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To influence, equip, and release disciple-making disciples of Jesus Christ fuelled by apostolic vision, prophetic insight, and the love of Christ who multiplies missional communities in Heidelberg and beyond!


Karissa is a third culture kid (TCK), born in Canada who grew up in South America where her parents were serving as international workers with the C&MA.

Having grown up in a Christian home, God was always a part of her life. At age 18, Karissa sensed a call into full-time ministry. However, the next six years felt like a “long dark night of the soul” where she deeply wrestled with depression, doubts, and a God who seemed silent.

In 2011, Karissa attended a 7-month YWAM school in Germany, during which God began to heal her heart as well as redefine her concept of “missions”. She came back to Canada knowing, “I am called to journey alongside people towards healing, and wholeness, and freedom in Christ” and “it’s not in Canada”. After finishing her university degree, she sought out people and spaces where she could learn more about living in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit.

In March 2015, Karissa join Ralph & Ruth Shareski in Heidelberg, Germany, first under the 2-year apprenticeship program and now as a long-term International Worker.

Heidelberg, Germany is an international hub and a huge university city. In a population of 150,000 there are ver 30,000 students, 20% of which are internationals, which makes Heidelberg a very strategic location. The nations are coming here!

Karissa is a part of the lead team of NewSong HD. The ministry focuses on discipleship training, leadership development, evangelism, planting missional communities, and fanning the flame of unity and prayer.

What she loves most about being an IW is being able to be a part of equipping a new generation of Germans and Internationals to rise up–lovers of Jesus, who know who they are, who experience transformation in daily life, and who live OUT this gospel with passion & excellence in whatever sphere God has them–carrying this gospel into all the world.


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