Kurt + Marlene Schimke
Kurt & Marlene Schimke have the great privilege of serving Christ at the campus of the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda. They have both worked there as teachers and in different administrative roles. The road to prepare and be able to serve in these roles was a long one, but very much worth it!
Kurt is from central California valley country, and Marlene is from Eastern Colorado cow country! Kurt attended Christian schools throughout his upbringing, and felt a strong call to missions while a teenager. He initially trained for Missionary Aviation at Christian Heritage College in Southern California, and served in that capacity for a short term in the 1990’s, but the Lord directed his focus away from machines toward the people who benefitted from them.
Marlene comes from a strong Christian home but never had a personal missions focus until her college years. This change of heart came through a semester as an exchange student in Costa Rica, which led to further field training during and after her college years. After graduation from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, she worked for that school as a college recruiter. She then met Kurt during his travels to raise support for his first term as a missionary in Kenya. They married in 1997, and hoped to return to Africa soon thereafter, but the Lord had them wait while Kurt attended seminary. After completion of his training at New Geneva Theological Seminary in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the door opened up for them to serve in Uganda in 2006 with three little children in tow.
The wait was worth it, and the benefit and results of service have been both challenging and very rewarding! Kurt and Marlene are blessed with 4 children: Zoe -2001, Ana -2003, Nick -2005, and Lexi –2011, and now a son-in-law (Seth, married to Zoe). Kurt completed his Doctorate from Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 2018 and continues to teach numerous subjects at ABU campus.
He also remains faithfully committed to the work with the boda-boda (motorcycle) taxi drivers through Community at Heart Outreach. Marlene teaches Speech Communication on campus, home schools our last-born child still at home, and also participates in various activities from running a homeschool coop, playing piano for chapel services, helping other homeschool families, and assisting in campus events as needed.
Kurt can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marlene can be reached via: email@example.com
Here are ways you can get involved:
Pray: Commit to regular prayer for us, the campus ministries of African Bible University, and the people of Kampala, Uganda. As we serve in Uganda, we will keep you updated with specific prayer requests. For now, please pray for:
The people of Uganda, who have endured the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and are still trying to recover financially.
The students of African Bible University, navigating their educational journeys, often along with family challenges and difficulties.
Our transition to experiencing three of our four children now living and working out of the home and abroad.
Our families, who support our decision but make a sacrifice in sending us overseas.
Our ability to raise and maintain the necessary financial support, especially in financially difficult times.
Partner: To serve at ABU, we rely on raising our complete salaries and living expenses. This allows the ministry to allocate resources for other critical areas and maintain affordable costs for students and families. We can utilize recurring monthly donations as well as one-time gifts. If you have unique talents or resources to share, we welcome your contributions as well!
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our journey and considering how you can join us. Your involvement can make a significant impact as we unite with God's ongoing work in Uganda and beyond.
African Bible Colleges
P.O. Box 103
Clinton, MS 39060 USA
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"Kurt and Marlene Schimke" in the memo line.