Evangeline "Vangie" Claassen is a missionary teacher with Mission Aviation Fellowship, at the Hillcrest International School in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia. This past term she taught Bible, Science, and Social Studies to 7th and 8th graders, and also helped out by occasionally teaching Health and Social Studies in the high school. "I love seeing my students learn, and grow, especially in the knowledge of Jesus Christ," Vangie says. This year she has taken on the role of Elementary and Middle School Principal and lowered her teaching load.
Aside from teaching, she enjoys interacting with people in the local community, being involved in their church, getting to know them, and making an impact for Christ among the nationals. Vangie was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and grew up in Congo, Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. During family devotions when she was six years old, she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior. Growing up in a third-world environment, Vangie saw the great needs around her. She served overseas for four short-term assignments in various countries and in several capacities before joining MAF as a career staff missionary.
Following high school, Vangie attended Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she earned a B.S. degree in Christian Education and Music. She continued her education at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She earned a Masters of Science in Education, with an emphasis on international students in 2005.
A favorite verse of Vangie's is Colossians 1:28 (NASB), "And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ." She says, "I like this verse because it is important not only to teach the academic subjects, but also to teach Christ so that, to the greatest extent possible, the students mature in Him."
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Vangie’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with her through prayer and/or financial support.