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JULIE ARANT

For several years Julie has been on a journey that has opened her eyes to beautiful people from the nations and has taken her as an "armchair traveler" to the ends of the earth.  It all began when her father and mother met a special international friend at a store in Omaha, Nebraska.  The visiting international  and her parents became fast friends as God seemed to knit their hearts together.  From that time forward, their eyes began to open as more and more special friends from around the world began to make their way to United States, and some to Omaha Nebraska. They thought they could help welcome them.  The truth is, meeting these friends has changed their lives forever for the better.

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MIKE SCHMIDT

Mike comes to Global Friends with decades of cross cultural experience.  His first cross cultural experience came in 1988 when he spent a summer in the Philippines.  This convinced him that he loved all things cross cultural.  After marrying his wife LaRae, they worked in Niger, West Africa for 18 years.  Mike worked in food security projects, oversaw a surgical hospital and various agricultural projects.  In 2012, Mike returned to teach in the intercultural studies department at Grace University.  He has been the director of operations for Global Friends since 2018. 

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NATHAN WILLIAMS

Nathan moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 2010 and has served with Global Friends since 2014. He loves laughing with friends, learning new words or phrases in another language, or getting the opportunity to help a student find answers to questions. Things he dislikes include ladders, dance floors, walking on a roof, and cottage cheese. Nathan loves to travel and has had the privilege to visit a few European countries, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys reading, so if you are looking for a book to read please feel free to ask him for a suggestion! 

 

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CARRIE LYMAN

 

Carrie calls Ohio home, but spent most of her childhood in Maryland and New York. She went to Toccoa Falls College in Georgia and has been living in Omaha since 2016. She loves hanging out and seeing new sights with international friends, traveling, and eating bread from just about any country! 

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ASHLEY HAUKOS

Ashley is from a small town in central Minnesota. She graduated from Crown College with a degree in International Studies and moved to Omaha shortly after that. Ashley loves travel, cultures, and making friends. 

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LUKE SPAFFORD

Luke is a native of Colorado and lover of such topics as excellent books, incredible cultures, and fascinating people. He has had the opportunity to travel overseas and has spent two months in Jordan helping with the Syrian Refugee Crisis in 2014, and spent two months in Russia assisting in English clubs in 2017. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Cross-Cultural degree and a TESOL minor. He now works with Global Friends, excited to be able to spend time with peoples of every nation and all cultures!