Tim and Melanie Wendel

The Best is Yet to Come!

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Since late 2011 the Wendels have served as the Latin America Regional Director Couple. Presently there are 6o IWs serving in 10 countries (Mexico, DR, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay) that they give leadership to. Their role involves providing pastoral care, strategic planning for the teams and fields, administration support and budget details, communication and connection between the National Office in Colorado Springs and IW personnel along with maintaining and strengthening regional partnership relationships with the 20 C&MA National Church Leaders from Mexico down to Chile. All of this involves a fair amount of travel which has been enhanced through technology, mainly through Skype.

The 10 years prior to being the RDs the Wendels church planted outside Madrid, Spain. Accepting this leadership role didn’t dampen their calling to be involved locally reaching out in their neighborhood. The analogy that seems to fit is the concept of being a player/coach. As the Regional Leadership Couple they coach at the macro level and as church planters they cooperate with local efforts as players on a church planting team in Montevideo, Uruguay. The reason the Wendels chose to live in Uruguay was that it is the least evangelized nation in Latin America with the most spiritual need and is most culturally parallel to Spain which helped with the transition of their four children.

OUR 4 KIDS! The Wendels’ oldest son Timothy (20) is going to be a sophomore at Crown College in Minnesota and is on the basketball team. Nathanael (18) likes running, singing and math and starts LeTourneau University in Texas this Fall. Elijah (16) likes basketball, computer programing and is learning Chinese. He is in 11th grade. Olivia (14) enjoys gymnastics and doing flips on the trampoline and is in 9th grade.

Prayer Opportunities:

Regional
1. The Breath of Life C&AM church plant located in Guadalajara, Mexico just bought property for it's 1+ year old church and are in the beginning stages of building.
2. La Alianza is a 4+ year old church plant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that is the only evangelical church in that part of the island and is growing.
3. March 2017 we have a Regional Leadership Meeting in Ecuador.

Local
1. We are on home assignment in Wheaton, IL. As we are away we continue to pray for your friends and nation to know Jesus.
2. The Neighborhood Bible Study continues with a variety of people coming on Wednesday nights to study God’s word which has led to some great conversations.
3. Three new IWs were commissioned at Council in Columbus in May!

Getting to Know the Wendels and their Work

Personal History:
Melanie was born and raised in Ecuador, S.A. to missionary parents where she gave her life to Christ at a young age. She later rededicated her life to Christ in high school and at that time felt a call to full-time Christian ministry. She graduated with a B.S. in nursing in 1989 from Goshen College, Goshen, IN, and with a Doctorate in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1998 from Rush University, Chicago, IL.

Tim also was raised in a Christian home as a pastor's kid. He too gave his life to Christ at an early age. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics in 1990 from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. The next year he studied at Capernwray Bible School in England where he felt a strong call to full-time Christian ministry. In 1997 he graduated from Trinity International University with a Master of Divinity, Deerfield, IL. During this time he also served as associate pastor.

While in England, Tim and Melanie met at Bible school and were married 4 years later. Tim and Melanie are the parents of three active boys and one little girl: Timothy (1997), Nathanael (1998), Elijah (2001) and Olivia Elisabeth (2003).

Part of the Wendel's process of preparation before arriving in Spain involved Melanie working as a Registered Nurse for 11 years at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and later as a Family Nurse Practitioner where she was on the teaching staff at Rush University during the last two years. Tim worked in the business world for several years as a computer trainer before entering into the pastorate. The Wendels were involved in pastoral ministry for six years (Elmhurst, IL, Chicago, IL, and Wheaton, IL) before leaving for Spain in 2001.

The Wendels church planted for 10 years in Tres Cantos, Spain where they were able to help start CCTC (Comunidad Cristiana de Tres Cantos). In 2011 they were asked to consider serving as the Regional Director Couple for Latin America and after much prayerful consideration they began in October 2011.

Contact Information:
The Wendels
Victor Perez Petit, 5725 (Punta Gorda)
Montevideo, URUGUAY

011-598-2604-2545

Magic Jack: 630.847.9638

Email: wendel_spain@yahoo.com and wendelt@cmalliance.org

Home Church: Wellspring Alliance Church, Wheaton, IL
District: Mid-West District

Wedding Anniversary:
7/16/94

Birth Dates:
Timothy Michael Sr.: 4/21
Melanie Ann (Moser): 5/24
Timothy Michael Jr.: 03/25/97
Nathanael John David: 12/28/98
Elijah Peter: 05/06/01
"Olivia" Elisabeth Ruth: 06/06/03

Uruguay

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Updated: June 21, 2017

Children's Names
Timothy
Nathanael
Elijah
Elisabeth "Olivia"
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Uruguay
Address
803 Irving Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187

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