Can a small country church like Dalkena have an impact on the world? WE CAN! and in a very real way. Through our prayers and financial support, through missions trips to places like Mexico, Uganda, Mozambique and Indonesia, through guest missionaries who travel here to Dalkena to present their work and needs to an interested and involved congregation. All these work together in our lives and the lives of others to impact lost cultures and people groups for Jesus Christ.
Below you will find information on missionaries we are supporting to some degree through prayer and financial giving. We consider them our missionary family. Many of them have direct ties to Dalkena either because they were sent out from here or because they have close friends and family who are members here. Most of them are at Dalkena every few years as furloughs and time allows to give us first hand updates and reports of the progress in their various fields. As you look through the list you will find that they span the globe and work in people groups of a multitude of cultures, languages, and geographic locations.
So while we are trying to build up each other and impact the Newport Cusick area for our Lord Jesus Christ, we can at the same time uphold these missionaries in prayer and financial support and impact the far reaches of our world for Jesus Christ. These missionaries get lonely being so far away from home and one of the best things you can do for them is simply to reach out and contact them. Contact information and timely newsletters, website and blog addresses are available for each one.
You may be wondering why we have so many missionaries listed. Dalkena is a relatively small church and obviously we cannot contribute a large percentage of each of these missionaries financial support. Most churches limit the number of missionaries so that they can contribute to the ones they do support in a more substanative way. There are several reasons for the large number of our missionaries:
First, our financial support for missions does not come from a missions board or from our church leadership. It comes through the giving of individuals designated for the missionaries of their choice and is forwarded to those missionaries through the church. It is significant that although our giving is done in this manner that the percentage given towards missions is in excess of twenty percent of our total annual budget, one indicater of the high degree of interest our congregation has in the support of missions.
Secondly, though our financial impact on each individual mission may not be as large as we would like, our influence as a whole is diverse and widespread. This is true both in the outward flowing of our giving and interest as well as the incoming effect to our own congregation. By being personally involved in ministries spanning all regions of the globe and the benifit of the many regular updates and visits from each of these fields we stay attuned to Gods working in a wide variety geographic areas, cultures and people groups which we would not were our scope more limited.
Finally, though our finances are limited our prayers are not and through our regular communication with our missionary family members we keep informed of events in each of their fields and keep our informed prayers continually before the Lord in their behalf. In that respect we are not limited by human resources and we feel that the divirsity and size of our missionary family is benificial to us and maximizes our impact and participation in God's worldwide plan for evangelism.
Shawn first learned of Slovenia in December, 2001. Since that time, he had been burdened to go and in 2003, met Josiah Venture missionaries Joel and Amy Woodard and now had a direct contact to Slovenia. After Shawn graduated from Bible college, he and his wife Christena served in multiple cities in Slovenia as summer interns in 2008 with their three young boys (Zackery, Nathan, and Corban). During that time, God confirmed their call to serve the youth of Slovenia..
They now have a daughter (Alisha) and arrived in Slovenia long term in May of 2012 to serve in the growing youth ministry through English camps, Bible studies, and the developing of local churches. They are very excited for their return to Slovenia and will continue investing in the many relationships that were established through the church in Ljubljana.
Shawn and Christena have been to Dalkena several times in recent years and we have been praying with them as they crossed many hurdles to obtain Visa's and proper documentation as well as countless other details in preparation for their departure. They have a beautiful family and just the thought of them always brings a smile to our hearts and faces. Matt and Bri Schlaich are good friends with the Werdebaughs so you might want to visit with them for more information. Shawn and Christna would love to hear from you so feel free to contact them and share some encouragement.
Kids: Zackery, Nathan, Corban and Alisha
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Dan and Devri have been serving in Turkey as missionaries to Muslims in a ministry of evangelism, discipleship and church planting for more than 25 years. They continue to serve in Turkey as ministers at large with Turkish World Outreach working among Turks, Kurds, and Iranians. Dan frequently gives seminars or courses comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam at churches, conferences, and Bible Schools around the world. Dan has appeared on numerous TV stations in Turkey to represent Christianity and participate in live debate and Turkish talk shows with Muslim theologians and commentators. Dan has written a number of books, some of which are in both English and Turkish
We at Dalkena have known and followed Dan and Devri's ministry for years because of the fact that Dan's parents, Ed and Jo Wickwire, were great boosters of their kids and kept us informed on a regular basis, as well as procuring more frequent visits from them when they were here to visit their parents. We have many times been blessed to have them share at church and in homes and have been amazed at the way God works among the Muslims in Turkey. A lot of things happen over there on a regular basis that are considered "strange" or "unusual" in this part of the world, but God is doing an amazing work there through those unusual means.
Dan's Website: danielwickwire.com
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We work with North African families who live in or near Madrid, Spain. These families come mainly from three North African people groups; the Rifi Berbers, the Moroccan Arabs and the Jebalas. It is estimated that there are about one million people from these people groups living in Spain. In an effort to reach out and build relationships with these families we have started a number of community based outreach activities including adult literacy classes, Spanish classes for men and for women and English classes and activities for youth. The purpose of these activities is help North African families integrate better into the local context and culture and also to demonstrate love and compassion in practical, tangible ways. We also collaborate with other non-profit organizations as well as with the initiatives of local city officials.
In addition we work alongside believers who are from North Africa and who have a burden for their own people. Supporting nationals in the ministry is one of our top priorities. Since the year 2000 we have been working in close partnership with the La Elipa church in Madrid where we have been involved with youth ministry, women´s ministry and missions.
We got to know Dan and Eva here at Dalkena through our previous support of Dan's parents Neil and Carol Anderson who were Wycliffe Bible translators in Paupau New Guinea for 30 years completing the New Testament for the Folopa people there. Neil is now pastor of 4th Memorial Church in Spokane. It is always encouraging to have Dan and Eva come and share with us. They have a lot of energy and a strong vision for the ministries in Southern Spain. That and we just love Eva's accent!
Kids: Manual and David
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I am Pastor Sean Carney and I would like to welcome you to the Newell Christian Fellowship church. All are welcome to come and worship with us each Sunday morning. We sing hymns and choruses along and read the scripture together. My messages are Bible based and meant for the encouragement and growth of the congregation.
My wife, Jani, and I enjoying singing gospel music together and love to encourage fellow believers in song. I also have ranching and farming in my background and enjoy getting out and participating on the area ranches when I can. Other hobbied include mechanics, computers and golf. (I know, a glutton for punishment, especially with how I golf.)
Our oldest daughter, Jessica, is a student at Montana Bible College in Bozeman, MT and has finshed her first year there. Our youngest, Sheila, will be a sophomore this year at Newell High School.
Sean and Jani and family were core members of our congragation here at Dalkena for many years and ranched here as well. Many of us have still barely forgiven them for going off into ministry and leaving us to struggle on without them. They have many close friends for life here in our congregation and community and we get together with them as often as time and distance allow.
Rich and Joyce began serving in Papua New Guinea in 1993 as teachers of missionary children. Since 1999 they have served the Kamano-Dafe people through Bible translation, Scripture use, literacy, teaching, and audio/video recordings. In 2009 they also begn sering as Highlands Regional Directors, overseeing translation ministries in many of the highlands 64 language goups. They returned for their 5th field term in january of 2011.
We have been "enriched" by having Rich and Joyce here many times to share their ministry and the many challenges they face in their work with the Kamano-Kafe people. God has blessed them with much success in spite of the challenges and they continue to serve him faithfully in this field
Daughter: Christa 5/22/97
Address:SIL * po bOX 428 * Ukarumpa EHP 444 * Papua New Guinea
Vanessa earned her bachelor's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Moody Bible Institute, where God developed her desire to serve in missions overseas. She went to East Asia with Christar in 2001 and spent a year teaching in an English training center. God gave her both a love for the people and opportunities to share the gospel with them.
Vanessa completed her masters degree at Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions in 2005.
She has served with Christar in East Asia since 2007, ministering among the least reached.
Vanessa has been to Dalkena several times sharing with us as she was preparing for her field of service. She has ties to us through family members in our congregation and we continue to follow her ministry with great interest and prayerfulness.
Roger and Diana are serving with Ripe for Harvest World Outreach church planting the "El Amor de Cristo Church" in Ciudad Constitucion, Mexico. They are involved in leadership training and work along with the local pastor and leaders to disciple the church members. Their work includes children's ministry, evangelism, youth ministry, missionary work teams, and a Bible Institute. The goal is to produce a reproducing healthy body of believers.
We have been supporting and praying for Roger and Diana and their family since they first came to one of our annual missions conferences way back in 19??. At that time they were raising support for their first term down South in La Paz Mexico.
They have since moved further North to Ciudad Constitucion where they have been for three years involved in the church planting effort there. El Amor de Cristo Church is doing well, the attendance is up, but even better, the number of people participating in ministry is growing. The pastor's brother, Alejandro, is teaching the first course of the Bible school and there are others who are getting more involved in preaching, teaching and evangelizing. Even the pastor's father, has asked for a large print Bible, so he can read it for himself. God is at work.
Children: Joshua & Meaghan; Anthony & Sara; Jeremy & Mary; Zachary
Address: Apdo Postal No. 72 * Ciudad Constituciion, BCS * CP 23600 Mexico
Ripe for Harvest: www.ripeforharvest.org
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Mike and Rebecca served in Brazil with Wycliffe for many years where Mike was a missionary pilot and mechanic.
In more recent years they have been involved in many aspects of Bible translation and media recordings with JAARS Vernacular Media Services. JAARS is a nonprofit organization that provides technical support services—such as aviation, information technology, and media—to advance Bible translation and literacy programs worldwide. Their work impacts teams with SIL International, the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and many related organizations.
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Our VISION is to help equip the Body of Christ worldwide for the fulfillment of Christ's Great Commission and His Cultural Mandate.
It is our goal to assist the local church in Evangelism and Discipleship in order to produce healthy church growth. It is our belief that the local church is God's instrument. EMI works to equip the local church to become self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating
We have a particular burden to assist the persecuted Church and the struggling Church in developing countries. It is our intention to work in a way that most glorifies Christ, without creating or encouraging dependencies or entitlement. We seek to give the struggling Church a "hand up not a hand out". To that end, we seek to promote trust in Christ alone, believe that anything we do that causes the local Church to trust in our Ministry instead of Christ is ultimately destructive.
In short, it is our intention to "work ourselves out of a job" by equipping the local Church to be everything that Christ commanded it to be. To this end, we seek to assist and equip the local Church for healthy growth so that we are no longer needed and can move on to other mission fields and repeat the process.
We believe that we can be most effective in developing local Church leadership by ongoing Discipleship and continued Theological Education for Pastors and Lay Leaders. Also recognizing the need to reach the next generation for Christ, we emphasis training for Youth and Children's workers. As we believe that many of the problems facing the developing Church have a generational origin, it is therefore our intention to simultaneously equip the existing Church Leadership and the Youth and Children's Leaders, helping to ensure continuity in future church growth.
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Lincoln and Alisha are finishing up training with New Tribes Mission this fall, preparing to be missionaries in Asia-Pacific, Lord willing. They pland to be involved in planting a church in an unreached people goup there.
Specifically, Lincoln hopes to do Bible translation or teaching. Alisha has a backgound as an EMT which should prove useful.
After completing linguistic training this fall, they will start raising support. They hope to head overseas in November of 2013.
Lincoln and Alisha are another missionary couple that we just think belongs to us. We watched Alisha grow up here and after she found Lincoln and they made the decision to go with New Tribes we have all supported them with love and enthusiasm. We have followed them through their years of schooling and we all look forward to their ministry, but we are glad to still have them with us temporarily as they are in preparation for their assignment.
Children: Elroy (9-6-2007) Evangeline (2-24-2009)
Address: PO Box 42 * Usk, WA 99180
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Phil and Janelle serve in Flagstaff, Arizona working with the Navajos and other tribes on the reservation and surrounding area there. They work with the Native Americans doing evangelism, discipleship, men's retreats, and many other activities. They are training and equipping Indian church leadership to further the ministry among the people there.
Phil's parents, Harold and Shirley Maycumber were here at Dalkena serving as Village Missions Pastor for several years. Phil's brother Bill is still part of our congregation so we get to see Phil and Janelle a little more often than we might when he comes for a visit.
Address:11300 N. Alice Drive * Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Kadie grew up here in our congregation at Dalkena and it is with great pleasure that we see Greg joining her for ministry. They serve with New Tribes Mission, working to see Christ glorified among the tribal groups of the world. They met and have served together at NTM's Missionary Training Center in Ontario, preparing others for tribal church planting. God has now led them to Asia-Pacific, and they desire to plant a church among one of many unreached tribal groups in Asia-Pacific.
Children: Jensen (5-5-2012)
Phone: (336) 462-8428
New Tribes Mission: www.ntm.org/greg_ried
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More missionaries added as information becomes available.