Gottfried and Verona Schiele's relationship with TWR began when Verona met Martin Frische, a gentleman seconded to start TWRs German ministry (ERF) in South Africa. Gottfried's first contact with TWR was as a volunteer in the early 1990s.
Gottfried, the TWR-Africa Systems Administrator, has served TWR in this capacity for nearly 17 years first in Swaziland, then in Pretoria and currently in Kempton Park, South Africa. For three years the Schiele family resided in the USA where Gottfried helped design programme software for the mission.
Verona is currently helping TWR in an outreach area, burning CDs and DVDs for TWR-SA. But she is quick to add that most of her time is focused on being a Godly wife, mother and friend for other TWR missionaries.
Training in preparation for what they do today:
Gottfried: Born in Louis Trichardt, South Africa, Gottfried went to school in Phalaborwa, also attending a German boarding school north of Greytown. Gottfried studied Veterinary Technology in Pretoria and worked eleven years at Onderstepoort first as a lab technician and later as computer technician.
Verona: Born in Pretoria, South Africa, attended school there receiving a degree in Social Work.
Gottfried: Makes music to the glory God with the trumpet and hand bells. Gottfried also enjoys woodwork and photography.
Verona: Likes punctuality, honesty and transparency.
Likes and Dislikes:
Gottfried: Likes working as a team. He dislikes formal job titles.
Verona: Sings and plays guitar. Verona also does cross stitch and enjoys reading.
Advice to future candidates with TWR:
Gottfried: "Allow God to lead you. Give yourself time to get to know the people and country you are going to. Do not expect to change anything but become part of what is happening."
Verona: "If married, don't go to the field unless both of you have received the call to go."