Ben & Janielle Nordell

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ReachGlobal in Cameroon
(On leave of absence)

Ministry Overview

Youth ministry and Pediatrician at Mbingo Baptist Hospital

Supported by First Free since


Biography/Description of Ministry

  • God’s Leading into missions - God has been working a long time to lead the Nordells to Cameroon. Ben has worked many years in youth ministry at First Free and has felt God recently leading him to become more involved in ministry. Janielle grew up in a missionary home, which has greatly impacted her pursuit of a career in global health. She became a pediatrician not just because of her love for science and children, but more importantly because she wanted to be equipped to help train other doctors how to share Christ’s love by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of underserved people. In Cameroon, Janielle will help train national doctors in a faith-based residency program how to take better care of sick children, while focusing on sharing God’s love with them. Ben’s passion for youth ministry together with Janielle’s passion for medical mission work has all come together to show them that God has led them to serve in Mbingo, Cameroon.

  • How God has prepared them - God has given Ben a passion for working with teenagers that they may come to a better understanding of their relationship with Christ. His gifts in working with students have frequently been affirmed by those he works with and by the students’ responses of deepening faith as he walks along side them in their relationship with Christ. Looking back on Janielle’s life journey, it is clear that God has been preparing them to serve in Cameroon. During medical school, Janielle spent some time at Mbingo Baptist Hospital, reaffirming God’s desire for her to pursue global health. She then trained specifically in pediatric global health, serving in other countries and with refugee and immigrant populations in Minneapolis. She has continued to work with residents, training them in pediatric health care practice.

  • The Nordells deployed for Cameroon in August 2015.

  • Home Church: First Evangelical Free Church, Minneapolis





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