The daughter of former missionaries, Jake and Becky Popejoy, Lisette was born in Bury St. Edmunds, England. Having lived her earlier years in several European countries, she developed an interest in languages.
Lisette received her calling to missions during college, and upon graduating, a door opened for her to spend the summer teaching English in Mongolia. She also spent a year teaching English at the Church of God seminary (SEMISUD) in Ecuador. Yet, Lisette had a strong desire to return to Europe. In 2000, appointed as an associate missionary, she was sent to Central and Eastern Europe/CIS, based in Germany, and now is presently serving at the European Theological Seminary.
Lisette is married to Steffen, a German minister, who adds many gifts of his own to the ministry they are privileged to accomplish as a team. He holds an M.Div. and is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.
Lisette believes that education and communication are areas in which the people of God can work toward seeing the people of the world receive a clear knowledge of Jesus Christ. Training takes place on several levels—the missionary trained on the homefront; the missionary training leaders abroad; and the new leaders training their own people.
To the Schumachers, the ministry partnership with donors means they can focus more fully on their responsibilities on the field; will not feel alone in the work they’ve been sent to do; and can know people are thinking about them, praying for them, and believing in them enough to invest in their ministry, which affirms them when the times of discouragement come.