Mission Possible: Following a Path to Belgium Via Africa and Pfeiffer
Robyn Zickmund is a well-traveled missionary who has served with some of the most well-known, philanthropic organizations in the world, including Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. She is also a 2009 graduate of Pfeiffer University's M.A. in Christian Education program (now Practical Theology) with a specialization in Youth Ministry.
Originally from Springfield, Va., Robyn received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion from James Madison University in 2003. When she enrolled in Pfeiffer's graduate school, she was working with the Cabarrus County division of Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps, where she recruited and trained volunteers to build houses. Through AmeriCorps, Robyn earned nearly $10,000 dollars to apply toward her Pfeiffer education.
In 2008, Robyn and her husband, Chris, began pursuing full-time ministry together, inspired by a 2007 trip to Senegal, West Africa. There the couple had worked with missionaries from the United World Mission and began to learn about opportunities to serve around the world, specifically Belgium.
The Zickmunds moved to Belgium in June 2011 as a part of United World Mission and are establishing a cafÃ© ministry in the center city, creating English conversation groups for locals and taking French courses at a nearby school. When Robyn began studying at Pfeiffer she was not sure of her path in ministry, but her experience in the practical theology program prepared her for her ministry in Belgium.
â€œThrough the Master of Christian Education program, I gained knowledge, learned to ask the right questions, and learned more about myself and what I have to offer in ministry.â€