Paul and Mary Filidis
AN INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK perhaps comes easier to a couple that shares four nationalities--German/Greek and U.S./Colombian, and who met in Afghanistan and married in the Netherlands....
Their paths crossed in 1972 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when they were both ministering to young Western travelers; he, a recently‐converted "hippie" from Berlin (Germany), she, a Colombian‐born "missionary kid" fresh from high school in Southern California on a short‐term mission trip.
Married in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in 1975, they served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in various locations in Asia and Europe before moving to the United States to pursue further training.
After graduating with a Masters degree from Fuller Seminary's School of World Missions, Paul served for three years as vice‐President with Issachar, a frontier mission agency in Seattle, Washington, that focused on Central Asia and Mongolia.
Frontier missions (taking the gospel to the unreached) continued to be their motivation when they rejoined YWAM as volunteer staff in Amsterdam, in 1986. There they established the mission's Research functions that became instrumental in the growth of YWAM's work among the unreached.
In 1992, they moved a team of coworkers to Colorado Springs, pioneering and directing a number of communication and support services that continue to benefit the mission to this day.