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Warren Janzen: SENDing Professionals

Warren Janzen was a part of the MDE launch, and remains an integral member of the Board of Directors. Warren is passionate about missions to unreached communities, and he understands the needs of missions workers globally. In bringing his missiological experience to the MDE Board, he joins a team of business development experts, ministry veterans, and professionals from around the world.

When a Business Loss Becomes Gain

My training was in church and nonprofit business, but when I reached North Africa, starting a church was out of the question. So for-profit business became the natural way to impact the community. This had not been my plan, but the more I became involved in business, the more I realized my previous church-based objectives of spreading the gospel and strengthening disciples were still appropriate in the business context.

Incarnational Witness through Business

“Well, if you wanted to buy a red dress, how would you find out about that?” my local advisor, Sully, asked. “In our culture, you would never ask someone where to buy a red dress.” We were discussing how to find suppliers for a textile unique to our region. I had been disappointed more than once in supplier-buyer relationships, and I was ready to listen. Sully had been introduced to me by my MDE mentor who had previously served in South Asia.

From Start to Finish

Our introduction to MDE came at a time when we really needed support. I was reaching out to the children in our community and my husband was starting a manufacturing business. Our mission organization allowed us to be seconded to MDE, and MDE helped us walk through the legal hoops of starting both a nonprofit organization and a business overseas. They encouraged us each step of the way and never made us feel like what we were doing was a “bad idea.”