Wichit & Miriam Maneevone
I was born in Chieng mai, Thailand. First of all the Lord Jesus has caused me to be "Born Again" in to His family by the ministry of International ministry call ISI. God planted in me and my wife this passion for internationals since from that time on. My wife and I just love to share Christ's love with them. It has been more than 29 years now. We "just love it."
I have degree MA in Economics and my wife Miriam has PhD in Education. My hobby is gardening and working outside in the yard. We have been blessed with four daughters.
I was born in Yakima Washington, July 22, 1949. My parents left for India when I was ten months old and I learned to walk in the ship on the way there where my parents served as missionaries in Central India for ten years and then in Northern India with the Tibetans when they fled the atrocities when the Chinese took over Tibet in 1960. I came back to the US to go to Biola College in La Mirada, CA. I transferred to UCI and earned the first BA in Linguistics.
My parents, Elcho and Millie Redding, started an international student ministry in Orange, CA in 1968 with International Students Inc. when they could no longer return to work among the Tibetans in India. Wichit, an international student accepted Christ January 14, 1970 was active in my parents' ministry. His father disowned him cutting off funds and communication because he had not become a monk for his family, which created a big problem for him. December 18,1971 Wichit and I were married.
After two summers in University of Washington in the SIL program in training to join Wycliffe Bible Translators, I entered Claremont Graduate School/University where I graduated at age 24, with a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Cross Cultural Studies. My father, Elcho Redding studied with me took off a year to type my 284 page dissertation on a typewriter before computers were around and my mother helped care for baby Leonie; Wichit was studying at Dallas Theological Seminary and a heart to reach out to Thais and other international collegians with the love of Jesus.
Wichit and I formally joined International Students Inc. Summer 1974 and have opened our home to the internationals in the San Diego area. We originally had "rallies" for internationals every month as an evangelistic outreach, but when we realized the need to disciple and train internationals to live as Christians back home was seriously lacking, we started the first ICF in our home May 1983 with a handful of internationals. With few exceptions we have met every Friday in our home since then and have been careful to disciple and train students to be equipped when they leave from us.
Teaching ESL, English and Writing has been an important part of my life. However, Fall 2002 I quit teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University so I could be available to help Wichit more in ministry to internationals and to participate with Global Education in university English conferences in Kazakhstan.
Hobbies most certainly include hospitality, reading, writing, cooking, gardening, enjoying people, counseling. I crave to know God more and grow to be like Him. I am committed to live a life of prayer. I long to use the short life I have been entrusted to make a difference in the world where God has put me.