Meet Our Missionaries

Rosewood Church believes that God is LOVE.  As an expression of that love, we as a church are partners in ministering to our community and beyond. Please read about the ministry partners we support both with prayers and finances. Please join us in praying for these missionaries.  If you would like to give a financial donation to help support our missionaries, please click here.

 

Danielle & Ziteife Obi: Missionaries in Yei, South Sudan

Danielle is a medical missionary in Yei, South Sudan with Iris Ministries.  Danielle graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2013.  Soon after graduation, Danielle felt the call to leave her comfortable life here in Southern California to go to South Sudan, a country ravaged by war. 

Danielle left for Yei in January of 2014.  Yei is an orphanage - home to about 120 children, ages 1-20.  Danielle’s main role is to provide medical care for all these children.  The work is challenging and rewarding.  Danielle also fills the role of spiritual mom, mentor, and friend to the children that live on the base.

While serving in Yei, Danielle met Ziteife, or Obi as we call him. They were married in November of 2015 in California. Obi is originally from Nigeria and attended Harvest School in Mozambique. He is the media director, power and electrical engineer, agriculture director, and the boys' mentor and teacher at the Children's Village in Yei.

 

 

Gil and Joyce Suh: Missionaries in Cambodia

Gil and Joyce Suh are missionaries in Cambodia where they do church development, discipleship, and pastoral & leadership training for Christian Churches in Cambodia.

The Suhs have three children.  

Cambodia is a small country bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. The Khmer Rouge’s rule of Cambodia in the 1970s ravaged the country. Out of a population of 13 million, an estimated 3 million people were killed under Khmer Rouge rule. The country is still recovering from this horrific time. Cambodia has a rich cultural heritage, but today, it is one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries. About 95 percent of Cambodians are Buddhist; only three percent are Christian. Yet, the church has been growing rapidly over the last decade.

For more information about the Suhs and their ministry, please visit www.crwm.org/suh.

 

Kevin & Michelle Suwyn: Missionaries with Young Life in Costa Rica

Kevin and Michelle's ministry is to love kids and to provide ministry opportunities where they can get to know God and how much He loves them. Kevin works with Young Life staff all across Central America, supporting them with prayer, encouragement and training. Michelle runs a ministry to help teen-age moms where mentors, like Michelle, intentionally spend time ministering to the teen moms in their neighborhoods.

The Suwyns have four children.

7 countries make up Central America:  Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.  Young Life has established programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua.  They are currently working on developing ministry partnerships in the other four countries. There are approximately 7 million 12-17 year olds in Central America.  Young Life is reaching them one kid at a time!

For more information about the ministry of Young Life in Costa Rica, visit www.costarica.younglife.org.

 

Roger & Karen Van Otterloo: Bible Translators in Nairobi, Kenya

Roger and Karen work with Wycliffe Bible Translators to provide Scriptures in the mother tongue for the churches of Africa (specifically in the Democratic Republic of Congo) which have no scriptures in their native language.

* From 1980-2000, they worked to translate the Kifuliiru New Testament.  Now they are translating the Old Testament into the Kifuliiru language.

* Roger and Karen also help prepare materials which will allow others to more easily translate the Bible into related languages.

* They recently completed the development of a Bible curriculum which will be used in the public schools throughout Kenya to get 50,000 elementary students used to reading the Kifuliiru Bible.

Roger has been on the mission field his whole adult life, but as a child he grew up in Bellflower and attended Rosewood Church!

Roger and Karen have five grown children and several grandchildren.

Becky Vanderzee: Kingdom Causes, Bellflower CA

 Becky Vanderzee works as the Director of Housing Programs for Kingdom Causes in Bellflower. She oversees a  variety of programs including affordable housing and homeless outreach in our community. Margaret’s House, a  transitional facility for homeless families, is also  under her management. Becky became a licensed Clinical Social  Worker in 2012 and also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social  Work. 

 

 

Rick and Haley Baker: Missionaries in Uganda

Rick and Haley Baker are missionaries in Uganda. After a year of serving the Amazing Grace Children’s Home, they have returned to Adjumani to support the community through economic uplift and development, also known as the “business as missions” model.  They recently started a business that processes and packages fresh yogurt for the community. Their product is currently the only packaged product made and produced in the area.