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Susana Wiens

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Susana’s family immigrated Paraguay in 1930, settling in Friedenruh No. 6. She was unable to attend high school because her mother needed her care. Susana accepted Jesus as Saviour at 18. After Susana married Hans, she sewed shirts and pants for the local co-op. In 1950, they moved to Bragado, Argentina, for Hans’ theological training. Susana supported him by working in the Bible school director’s household and typing Hans’ papers. In Buenos Aires, Susana took courses and worked while Hans completed seminary. They returned to Paraguay in 1955. Summers, Susana did missionary work in Asunción, in General Aquino and among indigenous peoples in Yalve Sanga and Cayin o Clim. Susana and Hans managed the elementary school in Yalve Sanga, 1961–63. Twice a week, in indigenous settlements, Susana sewed with women and taught child development and education. Returning to Asunción in 1964, Susana and Hans helped found Alberto Schweitzer missionary school and MB Bible Institute (IBA). When Hans pastored Asunción MB Church, Susana offered hospitality and visitation. The family moved to Vancouver in 1975. Susana supported Hans as he pastored Vancouver MB Church. In 1981, they returned to Paraguay as missionaries. They retired in 1988 and settled in Abbotsford, B.C., in 1990, but continued to travel: leading Church Partnership Evangelism groups to Peru, Chile, Nicaragua. Susana enjoyed camping with her children and grandchildren and volunteering at the MCC thrift shop.

  • Birth: June 25, 1925
  • Birthplace:
    Ivanovka, Siberia, Russia
  • Death: January 22, 2017
  • Parents:
    Peter & Katharina (Janzen) Epp
  • Married:
    Hans Wiens, Mar. 1, 1947 [Aug. 9, 2010]
  • Family:
    children Hedy (Bob) Eilers, Ursula (Ramon) Martinez, Ernst (Margie), Edgar (Ester), Bert (Eleonore); 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Asunción (Paraguay) MB; Vancouver MB; King Road MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Filadelfia MB, Paraguay, Nov. 5, 1944