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Issue  6       November 2019
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International
Guest
House

Newsletter
In this Issue
  1. Meet the current co-Hosts
  2. Recent volunteers
  3. From recent guests at the guesthouse
  4. New IGH website
  5. Call for volunteers
The International Guest House is a non-profit house owned and maintained by the Allegheny Conference of Mennonite Church USA. We are run by an all-volunteer staff eager to show the love of Christ through the ministry of hospitality to guests from all over the world. We look forward to serving you!
Visit our webpage to reserve a room or sign up for this newsletter.
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Meet The Current  Co-Hosts
Linda and Dave Miller are the current co-hosts at IGH
Dave and Linda Miller moved to IGH in April to begin a one-year term as co-hosts.  They hail from Greeley, CO where they have lived since 1980.  They have two adult sons, Tyler and Kris, a daughter-in-law named Jenny, a grandbaby named Daniel, and Eddy, a semi-feral cat.  Dave is employed by the University of Northern Colorado as a student teacher supervisor, and Linda recently retired as an interventional radiology nurse.  They enjoy traveling, biking, reading, and trying new foods.  But maybe no more muffins!

"The best part of hosting at IGH are the unexpected connections we make with new friends from usual and unusual places.".
Janet Harder Stucky is now co-host with the Millers and will continue once they finish their term in  May 2020.
--Janet joined the guest house in August after six years in west Africa. She served as a nutrition consultant with Mennonite Mission Network in Cotonou, Benin. During that time, she joined Mercy Ships serving on the medical team as a nutrition professional in the countries of Benin, Cameroon, and Guinea.

She previously taught food science and nutrition courses at EMU and was coordinator of the dietetics program. Her professional experience also took her to Wichita KS where she worked at Via Christi Regional Medical Center as an oncology dietitian.  Janet's passion is healthy eating and enjoys walking, playing the piano, and international travel. 
Recent  Volunteers
Lunch on the front porch
Cheryl and David Paulovich
Arizona
--We were blessed to volunteer from April to mid-June 2019 at the IGH. It was a dream come true! We met at IGH in 1972 when Cheryl was serving in VS under Mennonite Board of Missions, now Mennonite Mission Network. David came to DC on vacation. Desiring a person-oriented place to stay he searched the Yellow Pages for Mennonite Churches – and found the International Guest House listed. Upon calling he discovered that IGH only took international guests at that time, but was told he could have the one available male bed as long as he understood he’d need to leave if an international male called. When he arrived, Cheryl checked him in and carried his bag to the 3rd floor.

Needless to stay, that was the beginning of a lifelong journey together! For 46 years we have carried our bags around the world serving with MVS, MCC, MBM and finally to Phoenix, Ariz., ministering at Glencroft Center for Modern Aging. Retirement provided the perfect opportunity for us to serve together at IGH. We are deeply grateful for the dynamic ongoing ministry of hospitality offered to all in the name of Christ.
Christa Giesecke
International
Christa is delighted to volunteer at International Guest House for the October - November 2019 period. Having grown up between the US, Germany, and Greece, and since lived and worked extensively internationally, she loves the IGH environment and opportunity to interact with guests of all walks of life. Most recently, she completed her MA in Education, Gender, and International Development at University College London, in the UK, and worked as a consultant for a small non-profit organization before relocating to Washington, DC.

In her time off from cleaning and cooking at IGH, she enjoys runs and hikes in nearby Rock Creek Park, catching up with friends and family, and attending many of the interesting international-development-related events that DC has to offer. 
Hugo and Mary Ann Boschmann
Kansas
Hugo and Mary Ann Boschmann volunteered at IGH from October 14-November 23, arriving from North Newton, KS.  

Hugo was born in Paraguay and came to the U.S. to study at Bethel College. After graduate school his life-long career was a college biology professor teaching 4 years at Freeman College in Freeman, SD and 36 years at Hesston College in KS from where he retired in 2014.  

Mary Ann was a Kansas farm girl and alumna of Bethel College, where she worked from 1971-76 and 1993-1999. She worked for Mennonite Central Committee from 1976-1993, most of that time at the headquarters in Akron, PA plus 2.5 years in Dhaka, Bangladesh and half a year in Kolkata, India.  She completed her work career, also in 2014, after working with a church related property insurance company.

Family includes 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 3 small granddaughters in Salem, OR and Fort Collins, CO. Our hobbies include volunteering, travel, reading (Hugo), hosting guests in our home and time spent keeping in contact with friends and extended families.  We are members of Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, KS.
From Recent Guests at the Guesthouse
Minanda      Lisbon, Portugal
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We truly enjoyed our stay here.  This is a kind volunteer staff who go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome.  Again, thank you. 


Ricky     Kathmandu, Nepal
I felt very much at home. Very clean.  Everyone was so friendly.  Feels like God’s presence in this place.  Hope to come back again. 

 
--Thank you for another wonderful stay – the Mennonite hospitality – – 5 star!! May this house continue to share God/s love and invitation to all.
New IGH Website
Be sure to check out the new International Guest House Website.

You can get information or book your room and pay online.
Volunteering at IGH?
VOLUNTARY SERVICE Opportunity:
The International Guest House in Washington, D.C., offers live-in volunteers the opportunity to provide meaningful Christian hospitality to guests from all over the world. The work involves maintenance of a bed and breakfast type of household: changing beds, cleaning, baking and engaging with guests.

Seeking a host couple for the 12-month assignment (beginning April 2020) who receive health insurance, a private room and bath and minimal monthly stipend. Openings for short-term volunteers of 1-3 months begin in January.

For information or application
contact Sara at sfretzgoering@yahoo.com 
or call IGH +1 202-726-5808
(or contact SOOP).
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