Community Development Manager: Malawi
Liana Tyrrell grew up in Taipei, Taiwan as a missionary kid. She remembers fondly the years her family spent there, and still likes to go back to visit from time to time. She credits her childhood and the friends of many different nationalities she made as the reason she is interested in cross-cultural work and international development. She and her family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota when Liana was fifteen years old. She finished her high school years at St. Croix Lutheran in West St. Paul, and then went on to the University of Minnesota to study Global Studies with an emphasis in Africa.
Liana’s first experience with Africa was in 2010 when she was accepted into the Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) study abroad program. She lived in central and coastal Kenya for four months where she took classes on Kenyan politics, social services, and Kiswahili. She also held an internship with a Kenyan-run non-profit organization. During this time she was first and foremost a learner, and gained valuable experience with African culture, working internationally, and international development. Shortly after her time in Kenya, she co-founded an organization which works to increase access to education for under-privileged children.
Shortly before graduating from the University of Minnesota, Liana began researching job opportunities in Kenya. But the more she looked, the more she felt God telling her it wasn’t the right time to be moving to Africa. It was then that she was introduced to the Friends of China organization. After much prayer, she signed up to teach English with Friends of China and was sent to the city of Shanghai. It was there that she met her husband, Dan Tyrrell, and they were married in the summer of 2013. They moved back to Minneapolis in July 2014. Her most recent job was working as a neighborhood coordinator for Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association.
Liana has traveled to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, England, Norway, and Haiti. She is very excited to explore more of southern Africa.
It’s rare to find me without…a bicycle
To get to know me you’d have to...talk about current events with me
When I was five years old I wanted to be….a veterinarian.
Another ministry/NPO I love is…..Eden Ministry (www.edenministry.org )
When I’m not “Working Together to Share the Gospel”, I’m…..reading at a coffee shop or exploring Minneapolis by bike.
The book on my nightstand is…biography of Eleanor Roosevelt
My favorite potluck food is….red jello
The moment I knew I wanted to work for Kingdom Workers was….when I learned about their passion for connecting the spiritual needs and physical needs of the materially poor.