My name is Susan Westvig. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school, I attended a year of Bible School in Los Angeles and 2 years of college at Bemidji State University. I married my wonderful husband, Warren, in 1973.
We spent 8 years in South Dakota during which time we were blessed with our daughter and son. I now have the privilege of being grandma to 5 grandchildren. We moved back to Minnesota in 1982. My husband had a variety of jobs, and I started working as a special education para. We took a month-long mission trip to visit friends in Tanzania, which renewed an interest we had in overseas mission work. Starting in 1996 my husband and I started working together in ministry. We took the youth from our church on a mission trip to Mexico. We fell in love working with youth, doing 7 mission trips and working at church camps together. We led our youth group for six years, then moved to being Camp Directors at our church camp.
As my parents aged we returned to the Twin Cities so I could care for them during which time I also continued working as a special education para, which I had started doing 15 years prior. We got a call about moving to Tanzania in 2013 to become In Country Directors for an organization who worked with orphans, had a large farm, helped sponsor high school and college students in education and hosted medical mission and college teams. We loved serving in a rural village for three years in a variety of community projects. We returned Stateside in 2016. I again worked as a special ed para for two years until March 2019 when my husband passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Surrounded by a huge community of wonderful christian friends, I have been working my way with God's faithfulness to discover a new purpose for my life. Before we moved to Africa, Haiti had always tugged at my heart as a place I'd love to visit and serve. A good friend told me about the work of Mission Haiti and the opportunity to combine using my passion of missions and education. I feel like this is a door God has opened for me, and I am very excited to see how I can serve here.