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Hélder & Ana Favarin
Hélder is Brazilian and Italian. He was ordained as a minister in Brazil, where he graduated in Business Administration and also in Theology. Hélder has an MA at the London School of Theology. Ana Paula was born in Brazil, where she graduated in Social Work and also completed theological studies. Hélder and Ana Paula have been engaged as leaders in youth ministries for over 10 years.
They worked as youth pastors in the UK for 2 years before joining OC International-UK in October 2009, and they began serving with OC in Spain in May 2010. The University of Granada enrolls approximately 80,000 students. Every year, over 2,000 European students enroll in the university through the Erasmus program, making it the most popular destination. The university's Centre for Modern Languages (CLM) receives over 10,000 international students each year. Hélder & Ana's primary emphasis is to extend the activities of 180 Degrees, a ministry they founded to serve local churches by working together to reach the emerging generation.
In their words, "Our vision is to honour God by communicating the Good News of Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, to as many young people as possible."
Learn more about their ministry on their blog at the 180 Global site.
Hélder and Ana have two young sons.
Don & Nancy Prokop
Don and Nancy joined the OC International - UK team in April 2010. They have been working in Austria for over 20 years. After 12 years in Business Don and Nancy entered full-time ministry in 1986. In 1987 they moved with their 3 children (Alyssa, Amy and Matthew) to the south-east suburbs of Vienna.
In the early year their first mission centered on discipleship, evangelism and church planting training in the former East Block countries of the former Soviet Union shortly after the fall of the communism. In 1991 the Lord directed Don and Nancy's focus to working within church planting teams across a denominational spectrum. In these environments they continue their worked of mentoring Austrian leaders in all aspects of church ministry including mission from Austria across her borders. With a passion for the unity of the body of Christ, they remain involved in one of Europe's most highly developed works of unity "the way of Reconciliation-Round Table."
All their children have grown and are living productive lives of their own in God's Kingdom. Because of widowhood and loss of sight, Nancy's mother Irene moved in 2007 to be given care by them in Austria. With approximately 8.3 million people, Austria is one of the most secular predominantly Roman Catholic countries of our world. Within the historical churches of Austria, a very small segment of Austrians have a living and active faith. The evangelical witness remains less than 1%.
Richard & Katherine
Richard and Katherine come from two countries of North Africa and the Middle East. For security reasons their names are not made public. Richard was born into a Christian family, while Katherine came to Christ while living in London. They have one son.
Their ministry is to recent disciples of Jesus Christ in the Arabic-speaking world. Their visits for ministry help these disciples discover what the Bible teaches. Meetings are arranged by churches and Bible schools. Cultural attitudes must be subject to what God teaches in the Bible; radical changes happen, especially among those God wants to be leaders in these new communities.
In addition to their international ministry, Richard and Katherine are currently helping an Arabic-speaking church in England. Their son is studying a pre-university course nearby.