Ruben started at Hungry For Life as the Dutch intern in March 2022. During those three months, he had the opportunity to learn more about Hungry For Life in office and during trips to Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Ukraine. He experienced what it is to work fulltime for a ministry. It is a dream come true for him to start working for HFL.
Ruben will be working with both our local and international partners, helping to develop and implement project and missions plans. He is from The Netherlands and has traveled to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine with HFL.
“I am passionate about how God is working to change lives and to build His church. It is a dream come true to work for a ministry that serves people who are living in poverty and seeks to build and connect God’s church around the world.”
So, what brings a Dutchman to Chilliwack? His journey in the mission field started during a mission trip to Guatemala in 2016, where God changed his life and called him to pursue a career in missions. After another mission trip to Myanmar in 2018, he started working towards his BSc in International Development Studies at the Wageningen University in The Netherlands.
After graduating, God provided the opportunity to do an internship at Hungry For Life. A match was made and, after this internship, Ruben decided to come on staff and move from Rijnsburg in The Netherlands to Chilliwack in Canada.
Ruben will start working as a Project Manager (PM) & Mission Focusing Consultant (MFC). As a PM, he will work together with different international partners to develop projects and provide the required reporting. As a MFC, Ruben will support Canadian partners in their involvement in international missions.
Being sociable is one of Ruben’s biggest strengths; he loves to hang out with friends and meet new people anywhere in the world. He also loves the Dutch culture, like stroopwafels, partying in orange clothes, and Dutch DJs. He is looking forward to bringing some Dutch culture to Chilliwack.
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