Missionaries

Vern and Gloria Wagner

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Season with Family

Published on August 25, 2020

This season has brought us to Alberta to spend time with our families. We have been on the move between our children’s homes – our daughter in Edmonton and our son near Medicine Hat.

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To-Do Lists

Published on May 29, 2020

Greetings from sunny Alberta. Because of COVID‑19, we arrived home on March 15 – we did our 14-day self-isolation in Edmonton and are now at our daughter’s (Katrina, her husband Michael, three-year-old Jack, and one-year-old Amelia) in Edmonton.

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His Timing

Published on February 15, 2020

Have you ever got to a spot in your life and were faced with a decision and went for it, only to have God say, “Whoa here, let’s wait a bit.”

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Get to know Vern and Gloria Wagner

Q When did you first know God was calling you to the mission’s field?

Vern: After we left Camp Caroline we started feeling like we were supposed to be doing something, but didn’t quite know what it was.

Gloria: After our trip to Romania in April 2015.

Q Who is someone that influenced you in your decision to serve as a missionary in a cross cultural setting?

Vern: Prayer Counselor at Camp Caroline and our kids.

Gloria: Our daughter encouraged us to go on our first mission trip. Our Christian friends.

Q What life experiences did you have that helped you prepare to go overseas?

Vern: We’ve both been serving in the Church that we’ve been members of. We’ve worked at Camp Caroline in a close community. We’ve been on a short term mission trip to Romania. We have a rural family background. I think all that helped prepare us for what God is doing on our lives.

Gloria: Working at Camp Caroline.

Q What initial fears/concerns did you have about serving as a missionary overseas?

Vern: Being away from family & friends; communication.

Gloria: Leaving family and grandchildren behind; learning a new language.

Q What is something that would surprise others about mission work or the people you are called to serve? 

Vern: How much the people in Romania love me as a foreigner.

Gloria: How blessed am I daily as I watch God work.

Q What advice would you give to those considering overseas missions?

Vern: Be patient.

Gloria: Have faith – Trust God.

Q How can people pray for you?

Vern: For patience.

Gloria: For adjusting to life in Romania away from family and grandchildren.

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Romania NAB pastors and churches have decades of relationship with leaders in Romania, but it was in 2014 that NAB formalized a ministry agreement to aid the Hungarian Baptist Conference of Romania in the development of Camp Falcon Rock. We are working together for the construction of a ministry center that be instrumental in developing the next generation of Christian leaders for this country. Read More Facts View All Countries
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