Conversion: When I was attending several meetings led by a former TEAM missionary at the Sunrise School in Nasik, India, I realized I was a sinner. So at age 8, I knelt by my bed and asked Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my heart.
Call: Ever since I was a little child, I wanted to become a missionary. When I was 12, I saw a Hindu holy woman crawling to a distant holy place in order to atone for her sins. From that moment, I had a burden to tell the lost about Christ.
Education: Biola University, La Mirada, CA (B.A. – Social Science – Missions, 1975) Talbot Theological Seminary, La Mirada, CA (M.Div. – Missions, 1979)
Field Experience: While waiting for visas to Irian Jaya, Indonesia, to be granted, we began our missionary careers with a one-year short-term in India in 1982. This was where I had grown up as a missionary kid. We both taught Bible studies and led youth groups in Bombay, Agra, and Kandy, Sri Lanka. Our experiences in India showed us the needs of city work, and so we felt God’s call to Seoul, Korea. We ministered in Seoul from 1984 to 1995. I worked with Korean pastors in a church-planting program and was the field church-planting coordinator. I met weekly with the pastors in a “Titus meeting” format for prayer, accountability, teaching, and fellowship. We planted six churches. During the last four years of our time in Korea, I also evangelized and discipled foreign workers that came to Korea from South and Southeast Asia.
In 1995, TEAM decided to complete missionary participation in Korea. After a year of home assignment, we departed for Durban, South Africa where I started teaching at Durban Bible College. I am the chaplain and head of the department of Biblical Studies. I have served on the ministry area leadership team as secretary, treasurer and vice-chairman. We are also involved in Hindu evangelism and church-planting in the large Indian population in Durban. We have been ministering in Durban since 1996.
I love wildlife photography, and South Africa is a great place to enjoy that hobby!
Conversion: I was raised by Christian parents and at the age of 5 in a children’s meeting, I accepted Christ as my Savior.
Call: I was baptized at the age of 13, committing my life to whatever and wherever God would send me. Every summer, our church hosted a week-long missions conference that impressed me with the needs of the world. Later, in my freshman year at Biola University, I committed myself to overseas missionary service at the annual missions conference.
Education: Biola University, La Mirada, CA – B.A. – Intercultural Studies, 1979
Field Experience: While waiting for visas for Irian Jaya, we went to India and Sri Lanka for a year in 1982. This was especially challenging taking our 8 month old son, Kevin, with us. My main ministry was as wife and mother, but I also taught my first ladies Bible study. From then on, I have always been involved in teaching women. We went to Seoul, South Korea from 1984-1995. There I helped with church planting, hospitality, and making a home for Brian, Kevin, and Nathan. I taught a ladies Bible study at the church the whole time I was there. I also worked in the TEAM office as bookkeeper and later was the Field Treasurer and on the Field council.
We came to Durban, South Africa in 1996 with 2 sons in high school. We were able to enroll them in an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school which prepared them well for their college acceptance later. I helped at Durban Bible College first as the bookkeeper/office manager and then transferred to the Registrar’s office. I also worked extensively on the college’s application for accreditation. One of my greatest joys is teaching Cultural Anthropology to first year students. Even though South Africa is a rainbow nation of many cultures, the students have never really been exposed to seeing the world through another’s eyes. I have also been a regular ladies Bible study teacher at our church.
Brian (husband), Joyce (wife), Children: Kevin & Natalie Flickner;Nathan & Amanda Flickner
In 2003 the South African Christian Leaders Association met and came up with these seven giants or challenges in the land that would have to be overcome in order for Christianity to make an impact. These challenges are crime, family in crisis, HIV/AIDS Pandemic, poverty and unemployment, racism, sexism, and violence and abuse.
Durban is a good reflection of all these giants. The need is great. How can we make a difference? The vision of Durban Bible College is to impact the world around us by training effective disciple-makers as church workers, pastors, teachers, and missionaries. Training leaders is strategic because Jesus spent His 3 ? years in ministry training 12 disciples, and then they went out and turned the world upside down for Him. We have students for 3 years at DBC and train them to turn their communities upside down for Christ.
My strength in ministry lies in the teaching materials I produce. I teach Biblical studies and for each Bible class I teach, I emphasize the following areas: marriage and family, prayer, spiritual warfare, holiness, discipleship for men, and missions. If the Bible text touches on any of these areas, I will do an extensive exposition or excursus on that topic.
Recently I have become more aware of how important discipleship and mentoring are to the spread of the gospel. I plan to continue to teach but most of the time will be outside a classroom doing one-on-one or small group discipleship.