Shaun and Melanie grew up worlds apart—Shaun in a remote tribe in Paraguay, and Melanie in Wisconsin. They met while students at the Ethnos360 Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Both arrived at the school with a desire to be used by God among unreached people groups. Shaun had seen firsthand the transforming power of the Gospel while growing up alongside the Manjui people. Melanie had been impacted by short-term mission trips, and by the stories of her grandparents who were missionaries in Bolivia.
In 2003, with two young children in tow, they moved to Paraguay. Their third child was born in Paraguay.
During the 16 years that they served in Paraguay, they had the awesome privilege of living alongside the Nivaclé people and learning their language and culture. It was actually Shaun and Melanie’s children that opened doors for ministry as they lived and played alongside the Nivaclé children daily.
After developing and teaching Bible lessons, a small group of Nivaclé came to know Christ as their Saviour! There is now a group of faithful Nivaclé believers who are reaching out to their own families and communities to share the Gospel.
In 2019, God redirected the Humphreys family to the Ethnos campus in Durham, Ontario, where Shaun and Melanie serve in leadership roles. Shaun is the Director of Indigenous Ministries and the Co-Executive Director of Ethnos Canada. Melanie serves as the Director of Human Resources.