Janet Guyer

Mission co-worker in the Republic of South Africa


Janet accompanies African partners as they strive to address the marginalization of women and children in their communities. She assists them with strategic planning, works with women leaders as they seek to expand their skill sets, supports initiatives that promote the well-being of women and children, and encourages relationship building among women across Africa. She also engages with Presbyterian Women and other US constituencies who wish to come alongside and promote these efforts.

Janet has been serving as a missionary for over 20 years. She was born to two missionary parents in Thailand. She earned an MDiv degree, an MSW, and a Master’s degree in Education! She describes her calling using the words of author and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner. He wrote “The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Janet has worked with the Church of Christ in Thailand in community development ministries to develop its response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. She also worked with South Africans struggling with the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Janet says her goal in mission service is for her position to become unneeded. “My greatest joy will be if, one day, my sisters and brothers in the various African churches with which I work will say, ‘Thank you for all you have been and done. I think we can do this by ourselves now.’”

Find out more at:   http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/guyer-janet/