Meet September 2017!

Erin Johnson:

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Erin is an e3 staff member and Senior Trip Leader. She is a member of LifeBridge Church and lives in San Diego with her husband, Rick, and their 5 kids. She loves reading, barre classes, and going to the circus!

 

 

 

 

Rick Eisemann:

What does your family look like? Married for 41 years with 3 married daughters and 8 grandchildren.
What do you do? Worked for E3 Partners for 21 years and led 114 trips to 17 different countries.
Why are you going on this trip? Love Ethiopia the most of any country.
What do you do for fun/what’s your greatest joy?Greatest joy in life is sharing the gospel with people who’ve never heard it.

Dave Helfrick:

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Hi everyone!  After 30 years of “bravely refusing” to go on a missions trip, I finally obeyed God’s calling about 2 years.  Now I’m about to go on my sixth trip to Ethiopia.  I know God continues to call me on these trips, and I believe at least part of that is to take my daughter Rachel as well.  I do think at times I am becoming a missionary’s father.  I am excited to think of God saving many more souls in these next two weeks.  It is going to be awesome. My prayer request is simply that you pray for us as often as God brings us to your minds, because your prayers make such a difference.

Rachel Helfrick:
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To all those who do not know: this shall be my fifth trip!!!!!! I totally cannot wait to go back and see what God has in store for me – and the rest of the team – this time. I’m also hoping to not get or be sick on this trip – I know, picky right? I just know this trip will be just as amazing as every other trip!

 

 

 

Allison Sonnier:

allisonnierThis will be my fourth trip to Ethiopia.  The people of Ethiopia have stolen my heart, and I am forever grateful God has chosen to use me in this way.  I have the privilege of taking my oldest son Jax on these trips and watching him tell people about Jesus.  There is nothing better!  My husband Mike and I have three younger boys as well. I look forward to the day when all six of us can travel to Ethiopia together.

Jax Sonnier: 

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This is my fourth trip to Ethiopia.  I want to keep going back, because I want everyone to know about Jesus. I love playing with the Ethiopian kids and learning about their culture.

 

 

Taylor Johnson

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Hi! I’m Taylor. I’m a twenty-something living in North Park (San Diego) with a love for Jesus, coffee and mascara (in that order). I love doing life with people over a cup of coffee, and seeing how Jesus brings out the goodness and beauty of others. This is my 3rd trip to Ethiopia, and my fourth trip with E3! On my days off from work, you can find me on a spin bike, at a new restaurant or coffee shop or on my mom’s (Erin Johnson’s) couch because she has air conditioner. I love watching how Jesus is moving in Ethiopia, and am WAY too excited to see how he’s going to let us watch him do his work while we’re there.

Rachel Somes

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Born and raised in San Diego, I have completed my Bachelors Degree at Cal State San Marcos and am now working with the Student Life ministry at LifeBridge Church. This will be my first time in Ethiopia. I am excited to meet and do life with the people!

 

 

Matt  Evanston

Marie Von Dane

My name is Marie Von Dane, I’ve been married to Chuck for 12 years, and our son Tymen is 11. God clearly spoke to me when I was 13, telling me I was to be a missionary. I prepared for this journey in high school, got off track in college, and became interested again in my 20’s and 30’s while being a “sender” for friends going into the mission field. I’ve watched many people go to Ethiopia over the last five + years but never felt God calling me there until a few months ago when He used, of all things, a fortune cookie (with the promise of the best coffee) to draw me to Ethiopia! I’m looking forward to seeing God’s love and power come alive in me, my teammates, and all those we meet in Ethiopia.

Rayna Mann

Nick Lewis

Who’s your family? Married to Sherry, I have 4 children. Rayna whose coming on the trip, she’s married to Tim. Whitney married to Blake. And Austen and Wesley my 2 boys ages 24 and 20 respectively.
Where do you live? Temecula.
Why are you going and have you been before? To proclaim the great news of Jesus Christ our savior.  Yes, one other time.
What are you excited for? To see what God does!
What do you do for fun? For fun…well I’m a big soccer fan, being that I was born in England. I could say I like to hike and enjoy Gods’s creation but that would only be something I think about doing!!

Jessica Pauletto

Bill Williamson

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My name is Bill Williamson, and Debbie and I will have been married 34 years this September.  We have three daughters: Kathryn, married to Mike and living in Portland, Or; Megan, married to Brian, living in LaVerne, Ca., and have two daughters Berkley and Chloe; and Haley who is living in Spokane, Wa.  I have been serving as a pastor in some capacity my adult life, and have recently stepped away from ministry in the local church.  In the process of stepping away from one type of ministry, God is opening doors in other types of ministry.  This includes my introduction to e3 Partners.  I am going to Ethiopia to participate in what e3 is doing for the Kingdom, sharing the love of Christ to whoever and however possible.  I have been to Africa on four other occasions, twice to Kenya and twice to Rwanda.  I was invited to join this team to Ethiopia as I explore partnering with e3 Partners in future ministry endeavors.

 

Laura Benson:

Who’s your family? Married to Dan. We have 5 kids and 10 grandkids.
Where do you live? Laguna Beach
Why are you going and have you been before? To tell Ethiopian people about Jesus, to see past teammates, and watch Jesus work in the lives of people who do not know him. this is my 3rd trip to Ethiopia, 4th Expedition.
What are you excited for? Seeing people hear the gospel for the first time and accept Jesus.
What do you do for fun? I’m a labor and delivery nurse. I love women’s ministry, love to cook and spend days at the beach and with our grandchildren 🙂

Dan Benson:

Who’s your family? Laura is my beautiful wife. We have 5 kids and 10 grandkids.
Where do you live? Laguna Beach
Why are you going and have you been before? To tell Ethiopian people about Jesus, to see past teammates, and watch Jesus work in the lives of people who do not know him. this is my 3rd trip to Ethiopia, 4th Expedition.
What are you excited for? Seeing people hear the gospel for the first time and accept Jesus.
What do you do for fun? Spend time with family, ride my bike, stand up paddle and work around the house.