Simon Wieschemann

Simon, originally from Germany, came in touch with SURGE for the first time in Austria. As part of SRS, a German sports missionary organization, he helped to run refugee / kids soccer camps. He then went on to play College soccer at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City. Early on there, Simon became a captain and discovered his passion to use a leadership position to influence other people’s lives positively. Over the years Simon went back to Austria and Greece to similar refugee camps, to share, mostly on the soccer …

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Nate and Insa Brewer

Originally from Springfield, Illinois, Nate played four years of collegiate soccer at Pt Loma before joining the Surge’s PDL team in Salem, OR. Nate traveled with the team to the Amazon River before being one of two pioneers of the Surge’s Global Player Initiative in Vienna in 2007. He played for Gerasdorf SV when he first arrived and also served as our Vienna director in 2012. Nate and his wife Insa were co-founders of the ​ and are currently involved in directing Kyrios ministries​ – discipleship, counseling and church planting.​ …

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Wolfgang Sutter

Athletes in Action Vienna, Austria

Josh and Amy Westermann

Josh and Amy Westermann met on the mission’s field in Nairobi, Kenya and have been married for 9 years. They have two children, Avery Faith (5) and Hudson Joshua (2). From being a top player with the Cascade Surge team to traveling with Surge International to Indonesia and Burundi, Josh brings a wealth of soccer ministry experience back to the Northwest. They will be based in Portland, OR and Josh will be directing the Oregon Outreach for Surge and also assisting with the ongoing Surge ministries world-wide. His main emphasis …

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Anstoss zur Hoffnung and SRS

It was 2013 we began traveling to Burundi and in 2014 Anstoss zur Hoffnung (Germany) joined us and gradually took over leadership of the work with our blessing. A partnership in Europe and Africa. Explore More at:

John Strauch

John Strauch has been working in the field of multimedia production since before there was ‘multimedia’. At the age of 16 he started his first photography business and hasn’t stopped developing since. With beginnings in photography, then in videography, and then graphic design, John Strauch has worked in a unique and diverse marketplace, as well as having an equally diverse skillset that has gotten him real work with, and around, some very impressive clients, customers and consumers. Now, as owner and president of Mid-Valley Media, Inc., John serves his clients …

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Likius Hafeni

Likius grew up in Mariental, Namibia where he was involved in his local church and Youth for Christ. As the pioneer of soccer ministry in his country, Likius became the facilitator for sports ministry in Namibia and Church Sports Coordinator for Southern Africa with the International Sports Coalition. In 2009 Likius played for Surge International’s Cascade Surge PDL team in Salem, Oregon leading to him settling in Salem to pursue his education at Corban University. Likius graduated from Corban with a B.Sc. in Exercise Science and his Master of Divinity …

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Doug DeVries

Doug joins the Surge Board with over 15 years experience in business & various non-profit ministries. He has lived in both Ecuador & Bolivia as a missionary and teacher. His business life has focused on helping local businesses succeed with their IT and web presence. He is currently working to develop Charity Director to help accelerate workplace giving to see sustainable thriving communities around the world.