Bryan Orthner and Carmen Pauls Orthner
Bryan Orthner and Carmen Pauls Orthner provide support services to missionaries working in countries across southern Africa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Orthners work with SIM’s Southern Africa Service Centre, which provides financial, health, accommodations, logistics, IT and communications support to missionaries in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, and the Mascarene Islands. Bryan’s background in information technology has allowed the service centre to offer IT support to the region, such as with email, networking, hardware, and software issues. Carmen is the region’s media services coordinator, producing a monthly informational newsletter, writing news stories, taking photographs of SIM projects and events, and assisting missionaries with everything from funding proposals to communications strategies. The Orthners’ daughter Sara, 8, is currently in Grade 2 at Crawford Italia Preparatory, a local elementary school.