Joel Hoefle and Patricia “Trish” Magal are development workers serving in Thailand and Myanmar.
Trish is developing and documenting an approach to empower people to relate and dialogue in a more authentic way in a cultural context, including both national and ethnic considerations. Trish is teaching English, exercise, music, dance and drama to women at the New Life Center Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Joel assists with developing tools and methodologies to build greater trust and understanding within civil society, utilizing his previous experience to enhance the effectiveness of initiatives to facilitate positive transformation within communities and between groups who are in conflict with each other. The couple is employed by Hope International (HI), a new IM partner, and jointly appointed by International Ministries. They are the first global servants serving in Myanmar since 1965.
During 2008 - 2010, the couple served as volunteers with the New Life Center Foundation and Family Learning Center both in Chiang Rai, Thailand, an IM partner.