Joseph and Ree Sumi - CIS

Joseph and Ree have been serving with the Church of the Nazarene on the CIS Field since June 2012. The CIS Field includes the countries of Armenia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and the area of Central Asia. They work in church development, in the fields of finance, Christian education, youth ministry and missions. They live in Kyiv, Ukraine and have one daughter, Hannah Kaori (with a boy on the way). They are alumni of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), and call the Pacific Northwest their rodina (Russian for "motherland").

Joseph was called into ministry at the age of 13, and developed a heart for cross-cultural ministry at 16, after studying abroad in Japan. Ree accepted her ministry calling while attending NNU. They dated in college, and upon recognizing a similar calling to ministry, married after graduation. In June 2011, they felt called to go to Ukraine after hearing a specific need in finance and ministry.

Joseph enjoys photography, music and language studies.

Ree enjoys being a mom, reading, and coffee.

Hannah enjoys singing, dancing, cooking, princesses and discovering the world!

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  • Hannah
  • Elijah
  • Elizabeth

Home District: Intermountain

Home Church: Meridian Valley Shepherd

Home Assignment Dates:

Apr 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018