Manya de Zwaan

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Marc • Timmy • Marjolien • EMU • gardening • Big Bang Theory • encouraging • David Crowder • romantic comedies • the Netherlands • Aspergers • inviter • organized • dark chocolate • parenthood • tea • outspoken • reading • the ladies • lovely • “I’m just sayin’”

What are some facts about you and your family?
I’ve been married to Marc (who is from the Netherlands) for 11 years. We have two kids, Timmy is 8 and Marjolein is 5.

In your own words what do you get paid to do?
Everything that makes Sundays work for families.

Why do you work at Genesis?
Because I love that we are a church willing to love people.

What are you passionate about?
Having volunteers who are passionate and committed to Jesus and our kids.

What is one of your greatest memories from a ministry experience?
In college, as a summer camp counselor, I had a 12 year old in my cabin one week who was an example to all of us of what a Christian should be. She loved reading her Bible and was kind and compassionate to another girl in our cabin who was not easy to love. Meeting her parents at the end of the week it was clear that she had learned from them what it means to follow Jesus.

What are you learning right now?
Teamwork and delegation

What is your best memory from your schooling?
In college I failed the first test in my first math minor class. When I went to the teacher upset (I am usually good in math) and looking for help she said, “Good… now you will understand how your students feel when something is hard for them!” It’s a good reminder that we all have areas of struggle and different giftings.