Alta Shenk holds son David Shenk during the family’s first year in Bumangi, Tanzania, in 1937.
Clyde Shenk holds David Shenk outside their home in Bumangi, Tanzania, in 1937.
The first EMM East Africa missionaries pose together. Left to right, front row: Catharine Leatherman, Ruth Mosemann, Dr. Lillie Shenk, Elizabeth Stauffer, Maybell Ferster, Alta Shenk (David Shenk on lap). Back row: John Leatherman (holding Lois Leatherman), John Mosemann, Elma Hershberger, Elam Stauffer, Clinton Ferster, Clyde Shenk.
Alta Shenk in 1963, on an “evangelistic safari.” While the Shenks worked in Migori, Kenya, the trailer was their home.
In 1988, Clyde Shenk greets Pastor Nashon Nyambok in Shirati, Tanzania.
David and Grace Shenk’s family during their ten years as missionaries in Somalia in the 1960s. Left to right: Jonathan, David, Timothy, Grace, Karen, Doris.
David teaches one of the few female students at Johar Middle School in Somalia. David served as principal at this school.
In 2012, the Shenk family stands on the dock where EMM missionary Elam Stauffer first landed in Tanzania in 1934. The Corkery/Shenk and Yoder/Shenk families traveled East Africa in 2012. David and Grace’s grandchildren Owen and Chloe Corkery and Gabriel Shenk are in the front.
Near the dock at Lake Victoria lies this plaque to commemorate Elam Stauffer’s arrival in Tanzania. Elam Stauffer was one of the first missionaries to be sent by EMM.
In 2016, the other half of the extended Shenk family visited East Africa. They stand with members of Bumangi Mennonite Church in David’s hometown. The Shenk/Kaufman family stands on the left, with grandchildren Maia and Amani. The Shenk/Zeager family is grouped on the right, with grandchildren Dulce and Vanessa.
Dulce Shenk Zeager helps make ugali during her trip to East Africa.
The extended Shenk family is invited to a meal at the home of Francis Ojwang, a longtime friend of the family, who lives outside Migori, Kenya.
Amani holds a baby at the Ojwangs’ home.
David and Grace are invited to the grand opening of the Clyde Shenk School in Migori, Kenya. The school, named after David’s father, is for children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS.
David stands in front of his childhood home in the small village of Bumangi, Tanzania.