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Rafiki Foundation  |  God's Word at Work

Gwen and John Cicone

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Gwen and John Cicone

Serving In: Tanzania
External ID: 257

John and Gwen learned about the Rafiki Foundation from a friend who went on a short-term mission trip to Liberia. In September of 2020, they contacted Rafiki and began exploring the possibility of becoming missionaries in Africa. In March of the following year, they committed to serving with Rafiki with a goal of going to the field in August 2022.

Gwen, with a B.F.A. in Painting and an M.A. in Teaching, began her teaching career in public schools in Virginia and Baltimore. In 1998, Gwen started work at Redeemer Classical Christian school where she developed the art curriculum for the entire K-12 program. She is excited to share her experience and love of art as Dean of the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education. She will also serve as a liaison for the Widows Exchange program where she also hopes to teach art.

John has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership. After working in the environmental and telecommunications industries for ten years, he began his education career in 2001 at Redeemer Classical Christian school teaching math and physics to grades 7-12. He is looking forward to partnering with other Rafiki missionaries and the national staff as the Head of School for one of the K-12 programs.

“I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.”
Ecclesiastes 3:14 (ESV)

Prayer Topics:

MONDAY: Thank God for the opportunity to serve him.

TUESDAY: Spiritual growth of the students and national staff.

WEDNESDAY: Unity among the missionaries.

THURSDAY: God’s provision for the physical needs of the Village.

FRIDAY: Wisdom to manage the many challenges of each day.

Gwen and John Cicone