Darrell Caldwell – Muskingum Area Director

Darrell CaldwellSusan and Darrell have reached out to internationals since the Fall of 1981, when they successively welcomed three former Cambodian refugees into their home in order to ease their resettlement to the States. They lead a church plant among Cambodians in Lynn, MA from 1984 till 1993. In 1996, with their four children, they arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia under the leadership of Eastern Mennonite Missions with the vision of church planting there. God graciously raised up a Mennonite congregation. After a few years Darrell had the vision of a student dorm ministry which became a reality in 1999. The first dorm for men welcomed up to 20. A second dorm opened about two years later welcomed 12 female students. The goal and purpose was to recruit men and women who showed promise of leadership and to share Christ with them, to disciple new believers and thrust them out as agents of change in the culture. Many have graduated with this vision in varying degrees. Three now serve as doctors, two pastors, a number of teachers, and several now work in Christian NGOs. The dorm ministry continues now under the leadership of EMM missionaries. Their family returned to the States in 2008.  Darrell and Susan have returned twice since then to teach in two different international schools. In Ohio they have found meaningful service in their local church and through giving hospitality to international students at MU.