Bergen’s Mission Turns Tragedy into Charity

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Bergen’s Mission
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An accomplished entrepreneur and financial executive based in Phoenix, Arizona, Darcy Bergen serves as president of Bergen Financial Group and as an independent consultant for Bell & Associates. Active in several nonprofit organizations, Darcy Bergen is treasurer of Bergen’s Mission, a charitable foundation that supports children who have been orphaned and other Kenyan youth in need.

Founded by Canadian missionaries John and Eloise Bergen, the foundation raises funds to provide essential resources for orphanages in Kenya, as well as to support general development in the region. The founders established the foundation after a brutal home invasion by nine armed men left them severely injured. The couple, who had been working for the Canadian group Hope for the Nations, remained committed to serving as missionaries and improving the quality of life for Kenyans.

To share their own story of recovery and healing, the couple wrote Forgiveness in the Face of Terror, which is available on www.bergensmission.com or at www.amazon.com.

The Bergen’s Mission Charity

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Bergen’s Mission
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Darcy Bergen is the president of Bergen Financial Group in Mesa, Arizona. In this capacity, Darcy Bergen provides financial advice to seniors and hosts finance workshops throughout Arizona. Outside of work, he also serves as the treasurer of the Bergen’s Mission Charity.

The Bergen’s Mission Charity is an organization that was established following a 2008 attack on John and Eloise Bergen. The couple endured a near-fatal assault and robbery at the hands of eight men in rural Kenya. At the time of the attack, John and Eloise were four months into a mission to help orphaned children. The couple made headlines for choosing to remain in Kenya after their long recovery, despite the horrors that they experienced. They also publicly forgave their attackers during the course of their recovery. The local police managed to find and arrest all of the men involved.

The Bergens are now back home in Canada. They wrote a book about their mission in Kenya, and they often speak about the 2008 attack and their subsequent recovery at special functions.

To learn more about the Bergen’s Mission Charity, visit www.bergensmission.com.

The Story Behind the Bergen’s Mission Charity

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Darcy Bergen is the managing partner of Bergen Financial Group, a Phoenix-based firm that helps clients with wealth and investment planning. In addition to leading his company, he serves as the treasurer of Bergen’s Mission charity.

Darcy Bergen’s parents, John and Eloise Bergen, are missionary workers with a passion for helping orphans in Kenya. They made headlines in 2008 when their home in Kenya was invaded by a group of nine men with machetes. The attackers maliciously beat the pair, who worked with the Canadian group Hope for the Nations at the time. Despite being bound and beaten, Eloise saved both herself and her husband by getting to a nearby car and driving to the Hope for the Nations complex for help. Fellow missionaries rushed the couple to a hospital for medical assistance. Even though the Bergen’s almost did not survive the ordeal, they continue to work to help people in Kenya.

It is possible to learn more about their perseverance, bravery, and the great work they do by visiting www.bergensmission.com.

A Look at Bergen’s Mission

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Bergen’s Mission
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Darcy Bergen supports Bergen’s Mission, the work of his parents, John and Eloise Bergen, and was inspired by a traumatic ordeal they went through in Kenya. Darcy Bergen and others have drawn inspiration from the Christ-centered message of John and Eloise and from their personal story of suffering and forgiveness.

In 2008, Canadians John and Eloise Bergen were in Kenya working as Christian missionaries among orphans for the group Hope for the Nations. Eloise Bergen was taking a bath at the couple’s home when five intruders entered the bathroom armed with machetes and clubs and assaulted her. Her husband, who was outside the house, was also assaulted by the men.

The attackers left the couple badly injured but still alive, and John and Eloise were forced to leave their house and venture outside seeking help. They were eventually airlifted to Nairobi, where they were initially both in critical condition. They received medical attention for the various injuries they sustained, including multiple fractures and contusions. Their assailants were later arrested, and police learned that the assaults were part of a larger conspiracy that involved the men hired to handle security for the Bergens.

Despite the ordeal, the Bergens both said soon after the attacks that they forgave their attackers. They have continued to do missionary work and tell their story at church meetings and other functions.