A Note from Paul - March 2019


We can all tell funny stories regarding our language mishaps, but it is consoling to know even large businesses that invest money into getting it right have made terrible and costly mistakes:

  • In Chinese the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan “Finger-lickin’ good” came out as “Eat your fingers off.”

  • In Taiwan the Pepsi slogan “Come alive with the Pepsi Generation” was translated “Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead.”

  • When Parker Pen marketed a ballpoint pen in Mexico, its advertisements were supposed to say, “It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you.” However, the company mistakenly translated “embarrass” as embarazará, and the advertisement read, “It won’t leak in your pocket and make you pregnant.”

It seems the world is wired for miscommunication.

Communication has far-reaching consequences for us as missionaries too. Taking time to think through what we communicate should be part of our discipline as leaders in cross-cultural environments. Do we think about how welcoming our communication is or how welcoming our church services may be to our communities? How incarnational are we as Europe missionaries? Are we intentional about understanding, respecting, and identifying with those who enter our lives?

I leave these questions with you for the Spirit to challenge and provoke you in the most positive way. Overcoming Babel will be our challenge until heaven, but just because Babel is our reality doesn’t mean the Spirit can’t help us overcome.

I’m praying for excellent communication and welcoming conversations for all our missionary family to all the publics we serve.

Your brother,


Important Announcements

Europe Together 2019

May 8–13, 2019, will be a wonderful time for our region as we gather in Croatia for Europe Together. All of you are encouraged to prioritize this important event.

Most of your expenses are covered by the monthly budget contribution called “Europe Life.” Your travel expenses to and from Croatia can be paid with (00) funds and then reported on your quarterly report. Funds in your class (70) will cover your anticipated travel expenses. If you do not have this class set up, please contact your regional accountant to ask for funds to be transferred from your (00) to this special class designated for retreat travel.

Together 2019 (t19)

You have recieved communication from the Executive Office inviting you to Orlando for this all-AGWM event following General Council in Orlando. A special Commissioning Service will conclude General Council on August 4, 2019 at the Orlando Convention Center. T19, August 5-7, 2019, will take place at Calvary Orlando (Pastor Ed Garvin).

*Please note: For missionaries currently not itinerating, we ask that you please do not book any services or fundraise while you are in the States, out of respect for those who are itinerating at this time. Thanks for caring for your missionary family in a sensitive and practical way!


This invitation is for missionary women who are itinerating this year or are U.S.-based. Once again, James River Church is offering AGWM women the opportunity to be together at their annual Designed for Life Conference, October 17–19, 2019. 

Remember, this registration link is for AGWM itinerating and U.S.-based missionaries only and AD approval is required. To register, go to the following link: https://agusa.brushfire.com/agwm/451874 

To learn more about conference speakers and programs, go to www.designedforlife.org. However, do not register on the James River website; rather, use the link above.

New Website

Check out our new website, europemissions.org! The website allows visitors an opportunity to respond and get involved. As a team member, you can click TEAM LOGIN at the bottom of the homepage and use the password micah6:8 to access team resources, submit announcements and prayer requests, and more.

Security Awareness and Travel Advisories

We would like to remind you that information is available to you from the U.S. Department of State regarding security risks, including general cautions and advisories as well as specific country and city security information. You can find the latest advisories at this link from the Department of State. We encourage all personnel to be aware of these precautions at all times.


A reminder to subscribe the following contacts to your quarterly newsletters:

  • mynews@ag.org

  • agwmmobilization@ag.org

  • ntallagsen@ag.org

  • jclegg@ag.org

  • For printed copies:

    AGWM Mobilization/Gil Rodriguez

    1445 North Boonville Avenue

    Springfield, MO 65802


Education Honors

Tony & Anna Gryskiewicz (Austria) Anna successfully defended her dissertation and has been recognized as Dr. Anna Gryskiewicz on February 28. Her Ed.D is in organizational leadership. She will graduate April 26 from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

James Sabella (Southeast Europe AD) was awarded the degree of doctor of ministry in leadership and global perspective from Portland Seminary of George Fox University on February 19.

 Sympathy Extended

Please continue to pray for these families who have lost a loved one.

  • Pat & Brenda Mahar (Italy) Brenda’s father, David C. Vespa, passed away on March 13.

  • Corey & Kaylee Breaux (Sweden) Kaylee’s grandfather, Marvin R. McCasland, passed away on February 24.

  • Robert & Raquel Suarez (Belgium) Robert’s grandmother, Ada Gwin, passed away on February 23.

  • Bill & Melissa Chappel (Ireland) Bill’s father, Billy Chappel, passed away on February 22.

  • Joel & Gail VanBriggle (Belgium) Joel’s grandfather, John Donald Rizak III, passed away on February 19.

  • Steve & Astrid Dunn (Germany) Astrid’s father, Friederich Wehling, passed away on February 17.

  • Brian & Colleen Thomas (NW Europe) Brian’s mother, Lola Jean Thomas, passed away on February 9.

  • Aaron & Nanette Koepp (France) Nanette’s mother, Raynan Jeter, passed away on February 11. Raynan is also the aunt of Ruthie Gomez (Spain). Doug & Raynan Jeter served as Europe missionaries in France.

Final Clearances and Returns to the Field


Changes of Status & Transfers

  • Brent & Renea Liebe (Malta) resigned from AGWM on March 31, 2019.

  • John & Anita Koeshall transfered from Europe General to Central Europe on January 30, 2019.

  • Krystopher & Katie Scroggins (Czech Republic) transferred to U.S. Missions on January 31, 2019.