I was born in Blue Creek, Belize, to Jacob & Nettie Friesen. I was the third of six siblings. I attended the Linda Vista School where I finished grade ten. Having a desire to finish high school, I, along with a few others from Blue Creek, finished grade 12 at King’s College in Maskall, Belize. Later I went on to attend the Aylmer Bible School for one year (1988-1989) where I met Nettie, who would become my wife in September of 1989. Together, Nettie and I have been so blessed in so many ways. We could never have imagined how God would lead us as only He can. He is amazingly good. He deserves all the praise of a lifetime.
I was also born in Blue Creek, Belize, to Wilhelm & Katherina Harder. I am the second of five siblings who, along with my parents, moved to Ontario when I was eight years old. I attended the Aylmer Bible School from 1988-1990. It was there that I met Diedrich, whom I would marry in 1989. Since then we have had numerous adventures together. We have traveled together to many different places in the service of our great God and King. We look forward to a lifetime of service together. All praise to God.
During the summer of 1991, we moved from Ontario to Steinbach, Manitoba, to attend the Steinbach Bible College. We both studied full-time and graduated together in the spring of 1993. Shortly after that, our first son–Andrew James Friesen–was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Andrew has graduates from Steinbach Bible College in the spring of 2016. In June 2017, Andrew married Deanna in La Crete, Alberta, Canada, where they continue to live. Deanna also grew up in a musical family, in La Crete, AB. She has always been passionate about serving the Lord with her gifts. Currently, they also serve with D’Friesens in a variety of settings such translating and writing songs and devotionals to provide the Low German people with resources.