A Look At The Missionaries We Support
Tim and Sara Arfsten – Associated with the Philippines
Tim works with an international ministry, the Global Adopt-A-People campaign which has played a vital role “behind-the-scenes” efforts to coordinate the teams that serve the unreached people group. The purpose is to see that every unreached people group in the Philippines is touched by “adopting” churches. Tim travels internationally 3 to 4 times a year.
Dan and Lisa Friesen – Cameroon, Africa
Dan and Lisa along with their son Joshua, live in Cameroon and are working to translate and publish the Word of God for the Oroko people. This is requiring a major effort in that the Oroko people didn’t have a written language or even an alphabet. They have also been working on the Christmas story in Luke 2. Their daughter Rachel is attending college in Minnesota.
David Popilek – United States
Better known by most people as Jacques LaChristian, he has been a regular guest at our church. Since 1981 he has dressed and played the part of a French-Canadian Voyageur from the 1800s. Jacques has hundreds of relics from that era including pelts, bone-handled knifes, and jewelry. Most importantly however are the stories he tells and uses to share the Gospel. See www.legendsofthewilderness.com .
John and Amy Lindstrom – Papua, New Guinea
John and Amy completed the work of translating the Bible for the Malei people in 2012 with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Now they are working to translate for the Kapin and Yamap. They also work for SIL International.
Shawn and Cindy Bandy
Shawn and Cindy work with the JESUS Film Project. See their website for more information.
Greg and Asa Swenson – Japan
See their website http://gregasajapan.blogspot.com/ for more information.
Elwood and Brenda Nelson- Africa
Elwood and Brenda work at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya Rift Valley Academy is a school for, missionaries. Elwood teaches children algebra and this coming year he will also be the choir teacher. Brenda helps out with all the bills for the school. They also provide food for some elderly and widows in the town.
Marie Sandvik Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Since it began in 1940, the Marie Sandvik Center has reached out to the people of Minneapolis with meals, clothing, adult Bible studies and kids programs. Once a month folks from Oak Park lead a Friday night worship service. We also support the center in their yearly Christmas shoe box outreach.
We support outreach efforts in the local jails, food shelf, and various other community outreach efforts such as our annual egg-hunt and free family fun fest.