Stéphane and Sandra are assigned intern missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene. They are assigned to the Africa French Equatorial Field. They currently live and serve in Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
Stéphane is French and Sandra is Swiss with a Lebanese mother. They met in Fribourg, Switzerland, where Stéphane was studying Theology, and Sandra Law. They found a common ground in their beginning faith, and in some of their Mediterranean roots. They married in their college town in May 2003. The Tibis spent their first wedding years in Kansas City, where they became Nazarenes at their actual home church, Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene. Their mother tongue is French.
Stéphane grew up in a suburb of Paris, France. He is a graduate from Ecole des Mines de Paris with a master’s degree in science and executive engineering (1993). He also has a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2003) and a Master of Divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO (2006). He was a teaching assistant in church history and Old Testament at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and a Hebrew instructor at the Nazarene Theological Seminary. One characteristic of Stéphane is that he likes to develop graphic tools as helps for teaching students.
Sandra grew up in several Arab speaking countries. She came back to Switzerland, her home country, at age 16. She holds a federal certificate from the Professional School of Business, Fribourg, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Fribourg.
Stéphane, although coming from an atheistic background, was first touched by the gospel after viewing the movie “The Mission” that showed the missionary works in South America. Deeply moved by what he saw, he was led to buy his first Bible and opened his heart to the Lord.
Sandra grew up in a catholic home. She gave her heart to the Lord during her college years.
As he and Sandra were praying about future steps after Seminary, they got a call from the World Mission Department asking them to consider becoming missionaries to Rwanda, a French-speaking country in Africa. Through prayer, they received confirmation that this was the Lord’s direction and that He was calling them to step out and be a light of the Gospel. The Tibis lived in Kampala, Uganda, a neighbor country to Rwanda, for two years. They moved end of March 2009 to Reunion Island, which is still part of the Africa French Equatorial Field.
They are thankful for serving the Lord alongside their brothers and sisters in the Messiah in Africa and developing new ways (through tools called ‘StudyMaps’) to train people to know better the Word of God.