Glen was full of life and an enormous spirit. Three great passions were very close to his heart: he sought to help meet the needs of those less fortunate, especially in developing countries; he had an unquenchable thirst for adventure; and he was constantly on a quest for wisdom and knowledge. The opportunity to volunteer in Afghanistan was a perfect fit for him, and the realization of his passions. Glen’s gentleness, love, grace and kindness are and always will be a blessing to us all.
Glen’s zest for life and love of adventure were evident early on, and his passion for bicycling, hiking and mountain climbing grew with each passing year. In his short life, he cycled across the United States twice, climbed several high mountains in the Chilean and Ecuadorean Andes and trekked extensively in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. He had a gift for learning languages and was a fluent Spanish speaker.
He graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1987, and from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1991, where he excelled in volleyball. He received his Bachelor of Science in nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and spent several years of his early career working as a nurse. After his college graduation in 1991 he joined his brothers and a family friend on his first cross-country bicycling trip, and his travel bug was born. 1996 found him working as a nurse in a Tucson, Arizona nursing home and in 1998 he spent six months in Nepal, teaching English and trekking the Himalaya.
Three years later he moved back to Arizona to work with Native Americans at the Indian Health Center in Supai, a remote village in the Grand Canyon. In 2002 he traveled to Thailand and Nepal, where he welcomed his first niece, Anabelle, into the world. 2003 found him back in Pennsylvania working at the Lancaster Regional Medical Center. A year later, he went to Afghanistan for the first time to visit a friend and fell in love with the people and culture of the country.
In November 2008, he went to Afghanistan again, working with International Assistance Mission (IAM), a Mennonite Central Committee partner organization. He had planned to serve for two years and return in October 2010. He initially worked in the IAM headquarters in Kabul. After he became conversant in Dari, the language of the region, he began working with the National Organization for Opthalmic Rehabilitation to administer their eye care throughout Afghanistan.
Here are a few links to articles giving a further glimpse into Glen’s life . . .