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This topic of raising a family overseas is pertinent to audiences of singles as well as married couples because it is so important to have a biblical vision on how to raise your family in a godly way while on the mission field, before you get a family. In this breakout session, Brian and Joanne Parks share personally about the challenges and joys of raising a family overseas.

  • Brian Parks

    Brian Parks is Vice President of GDS Knowledge Consultants and helped to launch Redeemer Church of Dubai. He has workplace experience in Mechanical Engineering during the 80’s and University student ministry in the 90’s. Other than reading, studying and teaching the Bible, Brian enjoys a rousing family dinner conversation, Thai food, Ultimate Frisbee, and his dog, Winston. He is married to Joanne and they have four children.

  • Joanne Parks

    Joanne Parks is a wife, mom, spends part of her time in the Health Office at her kids’ school and teaches CPR and First Aid. Joanne grew up in Memphis, TN and received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is married to Brian for 25 years and they have four daughters. She enjoys walking around her neighborhood park in Dubai, talking with friends about things that matter, showing hospitality and playing tennis. She has been blessed to live in the Middle East for the past decade and has loved seeing God at work in the lives of people there.