Nick and Laura Armstrong are the co-directors of Glocal Community Partners. After living in Indonesia for 23 years where they worked in relief/development (Nick) and education (Laura) as well as raised their two children, they came back to Boise in 2013. In that transition, God laid on their hearts to work with forcibly displaced people who have come to Boise to find safety, freedom and healing. With that in mind, Glocal was started with the aim of mobilizing, training and connecting volunteers with these forcibly displaced people to help foster friendship. Nick and Laura are on staff with Cole Community Church and are thankful to have this ministry that reaches out to churches all over the Treasure Valley. Serving and working with forcibly displaced people has become their heart work where they have learned they receive much more than they give.
Michelle has been friends with Nick and Laura for close to 20 years and was blessed to join them in the early days of Glocal Community Partners. She has a passion for working across cultures after living in Mexico and traveling extensively for business with HP. “I have seen the beauty of the God’s people across the world and enjoyed helping people learn about each other and to live, play and work together in harmony.” In addition to helping with administrative work and planning, Michelle has facilitated the baby shower ministry, blessing new moms that have come through the refugee process and their babies and families.
Carolyn is originally from Idaho and has worked in agriculture/horticulture for 20+ years. She has been working with refugees since 2013 and joined the Glocal staff in 2017. Her passion for other cultures was discovered while working in agriculture development overseas in 2003. While in Haiti the experience did two things. Opened her eyes to the beauty of God’s creation in cultures, but also revealed how hard it is to live as a foreigner! Now back home she hopes to use her experience to help New Americans feel welcome and facilitate bridges of friendship with the church. If you’d like current updates on the garden, consider subscribing (link) to receive Carolyn’s newsletter (4-5 letters/year).
Berna and her late husband, Dar, started as a young pilot/mechanic family with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Indonesia in the early 70's. They were stationed and moved from one flight program to another as they were needed. After her husband passed she continued to work and lived in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan and even back in Indonesia. Her last assignment was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she worked with refugees who were mostly from Myanmar. She joined Glocal in 2017. Teaching English to the refugee women and helping families when there's a need is her main contribution.
John and Nancy Hook joined Glocal Community Partners in March 2020, after serving 37 years with Mission Aviation Fellowship as a pilot/mechanic family. The Hooks have a heart for service, and especially for working with people from foreign cultures. We have been blessed to live overseas and learn from cross cultural life experiences first hand. We desire to come alongside New Americans as they transition to a new culture and life in the USA, and help support them and meet their needs however we can.