Shirley grew up on a farm in the heart of Lancaster County PA. She went on a Medical Group Missions trip to Dominican Republic in high school, and was hooked on travel. She lived for a summer in Scotland with Teen Missions, and then moved to the Netherlands for a year with Intermenno (MCC sponsored), working as an au pair. This is where she met her future husband Fred, from Ontario, who lived in Switzerland and France. Together they lived 3 years in Thailand through MCC, supporting SE Asia refugees moving to Canada. Their first son was born there. Since moving to Elmira, Canada, Shirley has worked for Mennonite Church Canada as Director of Christian Service Ministries, and for the past 14 years works as a Family Outreach Worker with House of Friendship for families experiencing low-income in Waterloo region. Shirley's husband Fred was a pastor at Floradale Mennonite Church for 25 years where she was youth pastor, worship leader, Sunday School teacher and Bible Study leader. They now attend St Jacob's Mennonite Church. Shirley is presently President of Mennonite Women Canada. She and her husband have four amazing adult children, one daughter-in-law and two grandsons. Her travels have taken her to Europe, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Central/South America, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, India, Turkey and Greece. Shirley enjoys reading, talking, coffee in outdoor cafes, movies, travel and motorcycling.

Splendors of Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand is filled with Buddhist temples, gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. On this 8-day tour, get to know Thailand’s history, culture, and friendly people. During a city tour of Bangkok, see its three most important Buddhist temples, the Grand Palace, and a precious gem factory. Outside the city, visit a railway market and a floating market. Fly to Chiang Rai to explore scenery and sights near the “Golden Triangle” at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. On an excursion outside Chiang Mai, meet some indigenous White Hmong people in their village. Cap off this travel experience at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to see these beautiful creatures surrounded by pristine scenery. Tour leaders Fred & Shirley Redekop lived and worked in Thailand with Mennonite Central Committee.