The Stones’ passion for missions began early, when young Ruth led fundraisers to sponsor Lutheran missions, while little Lyman grew up reading missionary letters around the dinner table. After serving with MCN for two years as teachers in a Lutheran school in Hong Kong, they’re now in Montreal, Canada, where they share the gospel through English as a Second Language programs and immigrant outreach in the Parc Extension and Mile End neighborhoods.
Ruth’s heart for international missions and teaching has led her around the world. She tutored English to refugee children while receiving her BA-Mathematics from Transylvania University, and then served a summer teaching in Costa Rica. This path culminated in her being placed in a Chinese-language school in Malaysia through the Fulbright program, where she taught conversational English. Upon returning from Malaysia, she married Lyman (2015), and worked at Immanuel Lutheran School, where she was the Manager of Operations. She then worked full time as an English and Bible teacher at Lutheran Tsang Shing Siu Leun School in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, before beginning her current role coordinating ESL programs and other church outreach activities for Ascension Lutheran Church in Montreal.
After a mission trip to the Philippines in high school, Lyman was motivated to begin studying economics as a path to serving the world. After receiving his BA-Economics from Transylvania University, he went on to receive his MA in International Trade from the George Washington University. Meanwhile, he worked as a staff economist for a think-tank. After completing his MA, Lyman began work at the Foreign Agricultural Service, where he forecasted cotton market conditions in Africa and the Middle East. When the Stones moved to Hong Kong, Lyman split his time between supporting the mission work at the church and school, and also expanding his private population forecasting consultancy. The flexibility of freelance consulting work has enabled Lyman to do what he truly loves, volunteering and supporting church work and lay theological education, and also helping to support the Stone Family while abroad. He is now continuing that work while pursuing a PhD at McGill University, where he also supports campus ministry activities.
The Stones are now raising another little missionary, Suzannah, who was born in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, in January 2020. A fourth member of the family is due in December 2021.
Please pray for Lyman and Ruth as they serve at Ascension Lutheran Church in Montreal, and for the growing, diverse community in the Parc-Extension and Mile End neighborhoods, that God’s Word would be known among them!