Henry Vermont, Founder and Ministry Director of Didasko

Henry is the ministry director and co-founder of Didasko. He loves God and is deeply committed to Christ and His Word. He is passionate about getting the Good News of Jesus to those who have never had the opportunity of hearing the Gospel.

Henry and his wife Betsy made disciples among the "Iso" Mus1im people group on the south-east African coast for ten years.

In order to start work among the people, they had to learn two languages: the trade language of the country and the undocumented tribal language of the people. At that time, there were only two believers in the entire people group, and they were maintaining a low profile. There was also no New Testament available in the language. Henry translated 75 Bible lessons into the tribal language, and he and Betsy started evangelizing the people using these studies. Eventually a small fellowship of Jesus-followers was started. Because the people were not literate in their own language, Henry recorded the lessons and made them available to the people on small MP3 players. They also published the first printed New Testament in the tribal language (the NT was translated by SIL).

After colleagues took over the work from them, Henry and Betsy moved to South-East Asia in early 2010. Henry was part of the International Leadership of World Outreach for ten years, and has served as course leader on their “Nations” Course. He has ministered in several countries in Africa and in Asia, and in the USA and New Zealand.

As a life-long learner, Henry has earned master's degrees in Information Systems (IT) and in Systematic Theology (with a missiological focus). He is now working towards a Ph.D. in practical theology. Before becoming an intercultural worker, he had his own software development business for seventeen years.

Henry and Betsy have two children, Esté and Adriaan (deceased), a son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a grand-dog.

(Henry Vermont is a pen name)

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Betsy Vermont, Co-founder

Betsy is the co-founder of Didasko. She researches and writes course material, and does video editing.

Betsy and her husband Henry were ministers among the "Iso" Mus1im people group on the east African coast for ten years. In order to start work among the people, they had to learn two languages: the trade language of the country and the undocumented tribal language of the people.

The Iso people were not literate in their own language, so Betsy became proficient in oral training methods, mostly storytelling. She discipled a small fellowship of female Iso believers for more than five years.

Betsy has served with her husband as course leaders for World Outreach’s “Nations” Course. She has trained intercultural workers in several countries in Africa, Asia, and New Zealand. Together with her husband, she was on the Nations course development team, assisting in the ongoing development of courses, especially the ‘Orality’ course.

Betsy is a Core Coaching Skills graduate, and does informal coaching.

She is the author of the blog Peanut Butter for the Soul, a blog for Christian women working interculturally.

Betsy holds two undergraduate degrees: a BA degree in languages (Afrikaans, German and Hebrew), and a B.Bibl degree in Library and Information Sciences. She is currently working towards a Master of Theology degree through the South African Theological Seminary.

Betsy and Henry have two children. Their daughter, Esté, is married, has two children and lives in the US. Their son Adriaan died in 2010.

(Betsy Vermont is a pen name)

 

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