North American Indigenous Ministries

Marc & Sandra Fromme

Marc and Sandra first met in seminary in Germany, and they were married in July 1999. Both of them strongly felt God’s call into ministry among First Nations people. While Sandra was already connected with NAIM (North America Indigenous Ministries) and felt God wanted her to minister in North America, it would take Marc a little longer before he also heard the call to serve in Canada. Four years later, Marc and Sandra went to Toronto, Ontario on an eight-month term for cross-cultural training and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. They got involved in different ethnic churches and outreaches as well. While there, they also were involved in a small Native church in Toronto; it was then that Marc felt drawn to reach out to these people groups in North America. 

During this time, God opened up different opportunities for Marc and Sandra to connect with many First Nations, who influenced them in ordinary ways and who became key persons to help in their decision many years later to take the next step and apply to be full time staff with NAIM.

 They received an invitation to work full time with NAIM, and were assigned to serve the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation.

In July 2009, they arrived in Salmon Arm, BC and committed to serve among the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Native communities. With a focus on community outreach and discipleship, they are involved in learning the Secwepemc language and culture, and in building meaningful relationships within the community. They also participate in archery and atl-atl spear throwing, learning different Native crafts and arts as well as visiting and meeting with people to deepen friendships, read the Bible and pray together.

 Marc and Sandra serve at different events like community breakfasts and other gatherings in the Native community. They help within NAIM’s Salmon Arm team to run the bi-weekly Creator’s Talking Circle (CTC), a gathering for families. CTC is a time of fellowship, where they help with the food preparation, games, crafts and story telling.  It is a great opportunity to share their faith in Creator God, in His Son Jesus Christ, and how He reveals His love and power in their lives. They love to be part of different camps during the summer, like canoe camps, family camps or kids camps where people are especially open to listen to their life stories, and where people can experience what it means to walk with Jesus.

 Marc and Sandra’s prayer and hope is that God will use the local team, and they as family, to establish a growing local Christian fellowship that is culturally relevant to the First Nations people they are ministering to.

Marc & Sandra Fromme
Salmon Arm, BC
fromme@naim.ca