Derak and Shannon and family are part of the PCA MTW team in Romania (where Ed Hartman and family are too).
Derek & Shannon Ebbers have 5 children: Jessalyn 11, Aaron 9, Isaac 6, Elijah 4, and Hannah 2. One of their favorite verses is found in Isaiah 41:10, "The Lord has promised to go with us and uphold us with His righteous right hand." In Romania, they are trusting Him to do what He has said He will do.
“Then in fellowship sweet,
We will sit at his feet,
Or we’ll walk by his side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.”
The Ebbers arrived in Romania on July 13, 2007 and plan to make Romania their home as long as the Lord wills possible. Their initial year has been spent immersing ourselves in the language and culture. They have just now completed their first year, and Derek has begun teaching two ESL classes, three days a week, as a means to build relationships, identify & train leaders, and ultimately facilitate church planting.
Their goal is not only to start an ESL program in their community, but also to train others to teach English in various locations around the country and be a support to them. Derek has already been assisting a church plant with their ESL program in another city.
Shannon’s primary role is to be a help-meet to Derek. She is also building relationships with other young moms in the community. Overall, their local experience has been positive within their own neighborhood! As a family, they desire to be available to other young families who may be struggling, yet striving to honor God through their marriages and through raising children. They wish to express gratitude to First Church for their support. They consider it a huge privilege to serve our Lord in Romania.
Here are some of their birthdays. They would love a card from our church family if you wish to encourage them:
Derek (08/21), Shannon (02/05), Jessalyn (02/08), Aaron (12/22), Isaac (01/09), Elijah (03/05), and Hannah (02/07)
For more information, Visit their team website at www.mtwro.org
Family Blog www.dandsfamily7.blogspot.com
Derek & Shannon Ebbers
Str. Iosif Comanescu, 13