About Anke and Patrick Sprau
Anke and Patrick are originally from Germany, but moved to Australia ten years ago and now call it home. Both their children were born in Mildura, Victoria, where they lived as a family for three years. Currently they live in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Patrick is a General Practitioner and most recently has been working in Indigenous healthcare in Whyalla on a fly-in fly-out basis. Anke is a physiotherapist and has been working close to home, first in a private practice and more recently in a nursing home. Anke and Patrick are also studying online at Tabor College in Adelaide to obtain a graduate certificate in International Health & Development, which will prepare them well for their upcoming ministry in Papua New Guinea. They attend St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Mt Barker, which is also their sending church, but have been blessed with a network of supporters throughout Australia and in their native Germany.
Anke and Patrick became members of Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2018 and have signed up for service in Papua New Guinea for two years, however, they are open to extending their service period, if all goes well. They are currently waiting for work permits, registration and visas as well as their funding to be complete. They will be based in Ukarumpa, in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Ukarumpa is a centre of operations, where many Bible translators come to check their work, liaise with others for mutual support, participate in professional development, receive medical care or take a break from living in remote areas. For Bible translators to be able to do their work, other professionals and support workers are needed, such as teachers for missionary kids, IT personnel, pilots, and medical personnel like Anke and Patrick. Ukarumpa has a medical clinic where they will work in their respective professions, treating expatriates as well as local people from the surrounding villages. Furthermore, they will participate in outreach clinics and health patrols to villages that otherwise would not receive medical care.
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