We are Gary and Ellie (Eloise) Sikma. Originally, we are from Northwest Iowa and now living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. We firmly believe that it is vital to have the Good News declared in a person’s heart language. The language that they think in, dream in, and by God’s grace, pray in. That is one of the reasons that we feel the call to support Bible translation as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
We are also excited to be partner missionaries with Resonate Global Mission of the Christian Reformed Church. After serving in a number of other ways, we both feel God leading us in this new direction where we will support Bible translation.
After serving in a number of other ways, they both feel God leading them in this new direction that will help to serve the Bibleless and change lives through God’s word.
Gary’s assignment is with Global Partnerships as a Strategic Innovation Consultant and Ellie’s role is with the Advancement Team. Both are working out of their home office.
As a Strategic Innovation Consultant, Gary serves the Bible translation movement by developing an understanding of key challenges and opportunities in the achievement of movement goals. He develops relationships, engages in planning, and serves as a catalyst for creating breakthrough strategies and plans.
Ellie is a Senior Philanthropy Advisor. She reaches out to project donors who don’t normally get a personal call in order to thank them and to pray with them. This is a genuine match for her heart and skills.