David and Valerie Federwitz (Michaela, Josiah, Micah, and JoyAnna)
David and Valerie have been serving the Komba people of Northern Ghana since 2003. They completed their second term of service with LBT in April 2012. They are currently traveling within the United States to reconnect with family, friends, and the many supportive churches and individuals that make their ministry possible through prayer and financial gifts. They intend to return to Ghana early in 2013, with David retaining some of his past responsibilities and adding a few new ones.
In Ghana, David and Valerie have concentrated on developing relationships and learning about the culture. Early on, David worked with nationals to develop and complete a Komba language primer series. These primers teach sounds as letters and are used to educate the local people and to encourage reading and writing. This is a vital and integral part of promoting Scripture Engagement. David and his Komba colleagues also use various other forms of media to help people engage with the Word of God - songs, video, even cell phones. Church choirs are creating and singing vernacular Scripture songs. Another important thing that they do is promote the usage of newly translated Scripture in the churches. Valerie manages their busy household, home-schools their 4 children, and communicates with family and supporters.
David, the son of LBT missionaries, was born and grew up in Liberia, West Africa. From a very early age, he knew he wanted to be a missionary. Valerie grew up in Milwaukee, attending Lutheran schools and Covenant Lutheran Church. They met while studying at Concordia University, Mequon where David earned a degree in Secondary Education and Valerie a degree in Psychology.
A short term mission trip to Belize confirmed Valerie's earlier interests in missions. After their 1999 marriage, David taught school in Rockford, Illinois for two years during which time they led a mission trip to Haiti before joining LBT in January of 2001.
David and Valerie have four children, Michaela (2002); Josiah (2004); Micah (2006); and JoyAnna (2008).
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