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Ellen Pfirman

When God first called Ellen to serve Him on the mission field, she was worried because she was sure He was calling her to Africa. But even though she was terrified at the idea of snakes, scorpions, and danger of all kinds, once she made the commitment to surrender to God’s will, she stuck with it.

Born in Northfield, New Jersey, on September 25, 1937, Ellen attended church with her mother and siblings throughout her childhood. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 16, and a month later made a full surrender to the Lord. She attended Eastern Pilgrim College (Pennsylvania) for her Bachelor of Theology degree and went on to complete her MA in elementary education at Glassboro State Teacher’s College (New Jersey) while teaching in New Jersey public schools.

In 1964, Ellen was appointed as a missionary to Burundi. She taught English and Bible to high school students. She worked on creating Vacation Bible School materials from scratch, including lessons, illustrations, and training materials for teachers. She especially looked forward to spending time with her students outside of class. “Often I would just stumble into moments of ministry while walking to a village or going over papers.”

In 2000, Ellen moved to Kenya, where she “had the ideal job.” She taught Bible and theology to pastors in training during the week and showed the Jesus film and an AIDS prevention film on the weekends. She retired in 2002 after 37 years of remarkable, varied service.

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