As Associate Head of School at Black Forest Academy (BFA), Doug partners with the various school leaders at BFA to help serve the ongoing needs of the school, with a keen eye on advancing broader goals. It's an exciting, challenging, and humbling opportunity to help in this way.
Christal recently began serving part time as Alumni Relations Coordinator, building relationships and promoting connections with and between BFA alums living around the world. She is also balancing the home-front and many of the logistics of serving overseas.
Our goal is to be intentional and incarnational, connecting with our communities in meaningful ways using the gifts and talents that God has given us.
Keegan is in Grade 5 at BFA now, studying at the Sitzenkirch Campus with our Middle School. He's really enjoying the new co-curricular activities, like drama and intramural sports, that add content to the end of his school days.
Nadia is in Grade 2 at Christliche Schule Kandern (CSK), a bilingual partnership between BFA and a local German school, the Freie Evangelische Schule (FES). Some classes are offered in English, others in German. With Keegan off to BFA, she's growing into her own at school, and has developed some really good friendships in her class.
We’re extremely thankful for our neighbours and our neighbourhood, and we find that using our feet to get us where we need to go whenever we can has helped us to simplify and hold focus on our priorities here in Germany.
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Who are we, you ask?
Who are we, you ask?
We are Doug and Christal Barkman. We have two children - Keegan (10) and Nadia (7).
Doug grew up in a missions-oriented family. His dad was a principal and his mom was a teacher in the Bahamas and later Belize, where Doug was born. He grew up in Landmark, spent a year at Columbia Bible College, and met and married Christal a couple of years later. We spent our first few years of married life completing our B.A.'s at the University of Manitoba. He's the Associate Head of School at Black Forest Academy. He enjoys being active in a number of sports, and relishes his quiet time.
Christal was born and raised in Altona, a small town in Southern Manitoba's Bible belt. She spent a year at Providence University College before finishing her degree at the U of Manitoba. Until Nadia was born, Christal worked at the U of M. She enjoys cross country skiing, running, drinking fancy coffee, and spending time with girlfriends.
Keegan was born in Winnipeg on a beautiful August morning in 2006. He's thoughtful, sensitive and cheerful! Keegan enjoys being and working outside, hockey, soccer, being with his friends, and playing with Lego.
Nadia joined our family in June, 2009 and provides a lot of spice! She is almost always silly. It's hard to get her to be even a little bit serious. She is a tough little girl, and will do her very best not to cry if she gets hurt. As tough as she may be, she really loves putting on her princess dresses, sparkly crown and Cinderella slippers. She enjoys colouring, puzzling, and imaginary play.