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Introducing Jiska

My name is Jiska Chin-A-Teh – Schuurmans. I’m 36 years old and I live in The Netherlands in a little village called Moordrecht, together with my husband Curly and our 8-year-old son Jayden. In 1989, at the age of 6, I moved with my family to Surinam (South America) as the daughter of missionaries Marco and Marjolein Schuurmans, where I lived for eleven years until our return in 2000. After my return I experienced what it’s like to return from the mission field as a Third Culture Kid. Having to ground again in an environment everyone speaks of as home, but which no longer felt to me like home.

After my Bachelor in Business Administration I started working as a project & account manager for a Dutch IT-company. Even though I enjoyed my job I was always looking for more satisfaction in work and life and ways to contribute to God’s kingdom. Since 2013, I’m involved in the Mission & Evangelism team within our Church. In addition, I am a member of the support teams of two missionary couples (working in Brazil and Suriname). I have a passion and heart for mission, in other words I guess you could say, mission is part of my DNA.

Since February 2020 I started working for MissieNederland (the Dutch EMA) as Relations manager Church & Global missions. In addition, I was appointed as Coordinator for MemberCare Netherlands and therefore joined the Board of MemberCare Europe. For me it’s a real privilege being able to call my passion my work and I look forward working together with other MemberCare professionals in the care for our missionary workers!

 

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