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Janice Brazeau

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Janice was appointed as an associate missionary with Action International in September, 2020.

In 1982 she and her husband started a church in their living room because their community, Carnation, lacked an effective evangelical church. Carnation Bible Church was incorporated in 1984.

Janice, a RN and her late husband, Steve, a dentist, served as church planters in the Dominican Republic with another mission agency, using portable dental clinics to share Christ with patients and communities in areas with no gospel outreach or evangelical church. Mission issues in 1993 caused them to return home after their first three years. They had previously sold the dental practice and the home they had built in Redmond, so they relocated to Yakima, Washington, where Steve went on staff at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Later he purchased a private practice in Yakima.

Soon their new church, Memorial Bible Church asked them to consider taking medical-dental short-term teams to the Dominican Republic as an evangelistic outreach. The new ministry was born in 2002, taking a dozen-plus team members and portable dental equipment for two weeks annually to under-served villages. Over those 17 years approximately 2000 Dominicans and Haitians responded to the gospel as preached by the team evangelist, Jesus Cordova of Salem, Oregon. When Steve passed away suddenly from post-operative sepsis in 2017, that ministry ended. Janice and he were best friends, parents of 3, grandparents of 6, and ministry partners.

Early in her grieving process, Janice realized she had more time now for missions. Seeking out various mission agencies that serve in Spanish-speaking countries, she discovered through Joshua Project that the least-reached Spanish-speaking population in the world was in Basque Country, Spain. Soon she learned that a local ministry, Summer in the USA (SUSA) brought Basque students to the United States to expose them to Christianity. Immediately she went to Spain for two months to explore options and learn the culture. That summer, 2019, her church hosted 7 female students with SUSA. These students are motivated to travel to practice English skills.

The next winter, Janice returned to Spain, choosing a town of one of the 7 students. Nora and her family readily accepted her as a friend. Janice set up English chats to meet new friends and share Christ with them. The Covid-19 pandemic forced an emergency evacuation on March 13, 2020.

Basques are resistant to the gospel. They claim they gave up religion in the Renaissance period. They have high moral principles but do not believe in God. Additionally, their language is like no other. They are obligated to learn and speak Spanish, by Spanish law, however, they are a separate ethnic race.  Their society is affluent and vibrant.  “They need nothing.”  Yet WE KNOW that they NEED CHRIST.  Because a of their pleasant situation it seems they have been overlooked by Christian workers.

Janice’s prayer is for effective evangelism, more Christian workers and to see the realization of a self-replicating church.    She will continue to use English learning as a tool. Departure date is tentative due to the global pandemic and pending sale of her home in Yakima. Financially self-supporting, she needs your prayer support. She may seek funds for transportation expenses and special projects related to ministry.