Sumi, Joseph and Ree - Ukraine

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. Joseph ministers in the areas of church and leadership development across the field, building up leaders in youth, missions, and discipleship. He is also working with the new volunteer mission program on the Eurasia Region, M-Power, which is providing opportunities to mobilize people into missions. Ree works with finances on the Ukraine District and takes care of our two young children, Hannah  and Elijah. 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 that described their abilities.

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  • Elijah Shiro
  • Elizabeth Ritsu
  • Hannah

Home District: Intermountain

Home Church: Meridian Valley Shepherd

Home Assignment Dates:

Jun 01, 2020 - Aug 01, 2020

Service History:
  • 2015 - Present , Ukraine
  • 2014 - 2015 , Ukraine
  • 2013 - 2014 , Ukraine
  • 2012 - 2013 , Ukraine