Lucas and Miia met in Vienna, Austria when Lucas started working for TWR and Miia was studying. Although he grew up in Brazil and the US, and she is from Finland, the two were made for each other! They now both work for TWR Europe & CAMENA.
Lucas double majored in Media Production and History at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also studied for a semester at Université Stendhal in Grenoble, France. In early 2016, he joined TWR Europe as Refugee Ministry Coordinator. TWR's Refugee Ministry reaches refugees on their smartphones through spiritually and culturally relevant Arabic, Farsi, and Dari radio programs on the Love Europe app. This app contains all sorts of helpful information for refugees, including locations of refugee ministries/events and a media section where one can find TWR's radio programs. Lucas also wrote a radio series (now on the app) that follows the life of a refugee in Europe, providing encouragement and spiritual nourishment to refugee listeners in the midst of their struggles.
In March of 2018 he became the Director of Southern European Ministry. This region includes Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. With his cultural background and knowledge of Portuguese, French, and Spanish, he has a heart for reaching people in this part of the world. The Refugee Ministry is now a part of the Southern European Ministry (as most refugees come to Europe through these countries) and he is responsable for both.
Miia is very used to working in a global environment, having lived in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Romania, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, and Austria. She recently graduated with a Master's in Executive Management from a university in Vienna. Besides her academic pursuits, she has worked for ethical clothing companies in Finland and Romania. She is now the Assistant Director of the Marketing and Development Department at TWR Europe & CAMENA, using her business knowledge to connect TWR with a new generation of supporters and listeners.
Lucas and Miia both love to travel, exercise, and learn languages. It's fortunate that they have this interest, because now that they're married, Lucas needs to learn Finnish and Miia needs to work on Portuguese! Both are excited to see what God has in store for them in their first year of marriage and work together.