Don and Teleka Dewing have served the Lord with Midwest Indian Mission out of Crandon, WI, since 1974. Don currently pastors Lake Lucerne Gospel Chapel as well as being Director. Teleka does all of the treasury work and is involved in the everyday operation of the mission.
During a visit to Hartford, Don sat down and talked about the mission and some of the history of he and Teleka.
Part 1: Beginnings. Don gives some of the history of he and Teleka at the mission.
Part 2: Sons. The Dewing's three sons take different paths but all return to work with the mission.
Part 3: Provision. God has taken care of the Dewings for decades now, in amazing ways.
Part 4: School. The impossible task of educating school dropouts is accomplished by God through the sacrifice of people in other states even.
Part 5: Doing. Thank God for the example of the Dewings in their doing the will of God.
Sara and Victor Gaultney have been serving full-time with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 19 years. They first visited Hartford while on a summer ministry team in 1983, and have kept up with the family at First Congregational ever since. Victor designs computer fonts for minority languages around the world and Sara is a bookkeeper for Wycliffe UK. Over the years, First Congregational has faithfully supported their ministry through prayer and finances. They currently live and work in England and have 4 children.
The hills have come alive with the sound of music, as the musical Tiner Family has been singing a new song in Austria. The Lord has used this multi-faceted family to proclaim the good news of Jesus in a wide variety of ways ... even by yodeling!
Tim and Mary Lou Tiner have serving in Austria since 1991. They first worked in Salzburg and more recently, just outside of Vienna. The Lord has broadened the focus of their ministry, as the Tiners have joined in partnership with Arab4Jesus. They have traveled to many Arab speaking countries, conducting leadership training and marriage seminars. Their ministry to Arab speakers has also included teaching and training in Arab Churches in Vienna and other parts of Europe.
Tim, a gifted teacher, is passionate about leadership training and church development. Over the 19 years he has trained a number of Austrian men who are now actively serving the Austrian church. Some have planted new churches, others are pastoring existing churches or serving as key lay leaders in different areas of Europe. The Tiners have also planted a network of small house churches in Vienna.
From a very young age, the Lord was working in Tim's life, preparing him for ministry. His call to full-time ministry was quite clear, even as a child. Having accepted Christ in his mom's Good News Club, Tim's life centered on the church and ministry. The Lord has gifted Tim for the unique needs of Austria and Beyond through his experiences serving on staff with Youth For Christ, at Christian camps, through music ministries, and finally as a pastor in California and Kansas.
The creative force behind many aspects of the Tiners' ministry has been Mary Lou. She uses her gift of songwriting to communicate her love for Jesus, both in German and English. Mary Lou also uses her talents by writing poetry, articles and teaching materials. Mary Lou came to faith while still young and benefited significantly from her church, which placed a great emphasis on missions. In addition to being a mom, Mary Lou enjoys working with women and speaking at women's meetings. Tim and Mary Lou also conduct Marriage and Family Seminars.
One of the greatest blessings the Tiners share is the joy of ministering as a team. Each one of their five children has been actively involved in the family's concert ministry. The family has traveled all over Europe using music as a vehicle to share the gospel. The four oldest children: Julianne, Joshua, Janna and Josiah are married. Josef, the youngest, is still at home and remains active in ministry with his parents. Be sure to read more about each of the Tiner children on their family pages.
The Tiners are part of WorldVenture. They have served with WorldVenture since 2001. WorldVenture is a worldwide Christian organization serving over 1,000 transformational ministries and missionaries that produce significant positive changes in the lives of children, churches and communities. WorldVenture builds partnerships around the world with people who serve Christ through ministries of evangelism, church development, leadership training, compassion and local mission movements.
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Amy grew up in the Hartford, Wisconsin area. God planted seeds for a calling to missions through her family and annual church missions conferences. While attending Bethany College of Missions, she had an internship in Southeast Asia.
Following that experience, God directed Amy to a unique medical missions training program at Elim Bible Institute and subsequent hands-on experience in the Philippines, ministering through health outreach and patient advocacy in the slums of Davao.
After completing training in practical nursing, Amy arrived in Cambodia, Southeast Asia, in 2009 to serve with a mission agency called World Team. World Team exists to glorify God by working together to establish reproducing churches focusing on the unreached peoples of the world. World Team’s vision is “Innovative teams multiplying disciples and communities of believers, bringing the Gospel within reach of lost people everywhere we go.”
Amy served among Vietnamese refugees in Cambodia in Kampong Cham province after intensive language and culture learning. Her current ministry role is serving in Phnom Penh on World Team’s EDu team - Educating and Discipling Cambodian teachers and local leaders through a teacher training program. Watch this 5 minute video to see what Amy and her team are doing lately:
Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (Jn. 10:10).