Jake and Anna Friesen both grew up in Mennonite homes. Anna trusted Christ as her Saviour at the early age of seven, while Brother Jake trusted Christ in 2000, after the Lord brought them to Pembina Valley Baptist Church. Brother Jake received his education at Canadian Baptist Bible College, and the couple faithfully served at Pembina Valley Baptist Church as youth leaders, Sunday school teachers and in various other ministries. The Friesens have three children, of whom the oldest is married.
In 1994, Brother Jake attended his grandfather’s funeral at an Old Colony Mennonite church in Mexico, where it was taught that one had to work for salvation. The family members in attendance were grieved, not knowing where he was to spend eternity. Even his grandfather himself was afraid of dying as all he thought he could do is hope that he did enough good works to earn his salvation. At that point Brother Jake decided that he would find out how one could know for sure about salvation and return to the Mennonites in Mexico to share it with them. In 2002, at a missions conference, the Lord reminded Jake of his decision. After completing Bible College and pre-field ministry, the Friesens are now faithfully serving in Mexico.
Brother Will and his wife Cindy were sent out of Pembina Valley Baptist Church and have been ministering to the Mennonites in Mexico since April 2010. Both grew up in a Mennonite home and can therefore relate very well to the people they are trying to reach with the Gospel. Brother Klassen has since taken over the Bible Baptisten Gemeinde, which Brother Bill Wall established many years ago. The church has been continually growing. The Klassens have seven wonderful children.
Brother Wall, who has lived most of his life in Mexico, was saved in his young adult years and was called to preach shortly thereafter. He particularly had a burden for the German speaking people in Mexico. He is heavily involved in church planting among the German speaking and Spanish speaking people in Mexico. He currently pastors a Spanish church and has recently given over leadership of a German speaking church to CanAmera Baptist Missions International missionary––Will Klassen. Brother Wall also ministers to the people in Mexico, Bolivia and Guatemala through the radio ministry. Many people have come to the saving knowledge of our Lord through the faithfulness of this man and his family.