Mission of Prayer
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28: 19-20
Below you will find pictures of mission members as well as brief bios.
Clyde and Mary Keizur
Clyde is a volunteer chaplain at NORCOR (the regional jail) and for MCMC (the local hospital). Through these ministries, he comes alongside hurting men & women and prays with them, offering words of hope & comfort. In the jail, he has been involved in planting a fellowship among those who have been led to Christ or have renewed their faith in Him. He gives the inmates Bibles & Christian literature, and teaches them to apply the truths of God’s Word to their lives, in jail and upon release. After seeing so many new believers fall back into their old lifestyles of drugs & alcohol following their release from jail, Clyde & Mary, with the help of others, opened the Mid-Columbia Grace House. MCGH consists of two recovery homes: the Grace House holds 10 men plus a supervisor; and the Mercy House holds 2 women plus a house mom. Clyde & Mary now serve on the boards of each house respectively, and are available to the residents, building relationships with them. Mary serves as bookkeeper for this ministry as well. Clyde also volunteers as Outreach Minister for First Christian Church, leading a service on Friday evenings and teaching an evangelism / discipleship course.
Jackie Miller and Julie Fritts
Julie Fritts serves as the director, and Jackie Miller as the secretary & bookkeeper, for the Mid-Columbia Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). Based in downtown The Dalles, the Mid-Columbia Chapter oversees the outreach in Klickitat, Hood River, Sherman, Skamania & Wasco counties, as well as aiding in the training of teachers in eastern and central Oregon. Presently, they have about 30 volunteer teachers and helpers. Yet they foresee needing 150 teachers and helpers to attain their goal of someday having a Good News Club (also called Release-Time Class) for every school in every town. To do this they would love to utilize the churches in each community by training their teachers to conduct those Clubs and establish the children in their churches. CEF also trains up youth to do 5-Day Clubs & Fair Ministry during the summer through a ministry called Christian Youth In Action (CYIA). Because of this ministry, they raised up a young missionary to Taiwan, Nadine House. And they now have other CYIAers, being trained and helping with Clubs, whom God will use to bring children to Himself. CEF not only trains youth but adults through Super Seminars and courses called Teaching Children Effectively (TCE) Level I & Level II. In addition, teachers can purchase CEF Press curriculum from their office, or borrow from their curriculum library.
Joe and Tara Martin
Joe & Tara are directors of the sports ministry Acclaiming Christ Through Sports (ACTS). Their mission is: To provide, present and promote the gospel of Jesus Christ using sports as a way of communicating with youth; To equip youth with the knowledge & skills necessary to make healthy life-style choices, especially concerning abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and regarding sexual abstinence until marriage; To disciple youth in the Word of God in small groups; To establish youth into local churches. ACTS’ annual events (including the Super Duper Football Bash, Buddy Bowl & Mariners/Wild Waves Trip) draw new kids and offer special opportunities to share the message of life. Weekly activities include ACTS After School on Thursdays, Friday Night Hockey and ACTS Saturday Sports Program. Joe & Tara also spend time investing in youth outside of scheduled activities, often counseling kids who have found themselves in painful situations either because of their own poor life choices or those of their parents. With the help of adult volunteers, they have been developing student leaders, especially middle schoolers. Joe & Tara also continue to work with The Dalles Youth Center Coalition to have a place for youth activities here.
Arturo and Rosa Angulo
Pastor Arturo & his wife Rosa (Rozzy) started Iglesia Bautista Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower Baptist Church) in Ensenada, Mexico in 1987. Through this church, they also started a Biblical Institute, in which they equip men & women to serve in the church and to start other missions. In 2010, their sons Enrique (Pepe) & Aaron took over as pastor & youth pastor respectively, while Arturo & Rozzy started Misión Filadelfia in another suburb of Ensenada called Cañón Buena Vista. As they did with the first church, each week they go out with the members of the new church to do door-to-door evangelism. Most of the families to whom they minister are indigenous to the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, bringing with them many different customs, including idolatry, witchcraft, promiscuity and the selling of daughters. Through this new church, Arturo & Rozzy also hope to open a group home (orphanage) for children.
David and Melissa Mettler
David & Melissa Mettler minister in Germany with Steiger International, an organization dedicated to reaching the global youth culture. Germany is a “post-Christian” country: at one time accepting the truths of the Bible, but since deciding that a living relationship with God is no longer desirable or viable. Young people are often caught between the desire of living a materialistic life and being dissatisfied with the status quo. Dave & Melissa want to offer them the hope that Jesus gives. Since 2011, David has been the pastor of the youth church in Karlsruhe. He is also investing in young leaders to become the church leadership team that serves this church. Besides being a mommy to their children Lilian & Lynden, Melissa has been leading and organizing the discipleship school for the past several years. She is working to establish a long-term team to be the discipleship school staff, who will share the responsibilities.
Sam and Lynn Owen
Sam & Lynn Owen seek to build a network of “influencers” all throughout the private, professional, political & governmental sectors—people whose lives have been touched and won by Jesus—helping them be both salt and light to the nation of Kenya as it moves into a new period of growth. They do this by meeting weekly in small groups with leaders and their spouses. Sam assists these groups as they organize for the Kenyan National Prayer Breakfast. They also help organize and participate in retreats for growth and teaching, specifically an annual Men’s Gathering at Green Park. They help with other projects as well: Habitat for Humanity; helping women sell their handcrafted jewelry; and the Light & Power Achievement Center that works in the slums of Gatina meeting with young men that mentor kids who make gift bags. Sam & Lynn also aim to mentor Kenyans to continue this “leavening” work themselves, including connecting them with Kenyan supporters.
Ramon and Monica Rios
Pastor Ramón & his wife Mónica started Iglesia Bautista Manantial de Vida (Spring of Life Baptist Church) in Ensenada, Mexico in 2001, having studied under Arturo & Rozzy Angulo in the Biblical Institute. They also have started a training institute in their church. Ramón & Mónica have three sons, Francisco (Paco), Julio & Daniel, who help them in the ministry, with Julio now serving as youth pastor for the church. Each week they go out with the members of the church to do door-to-door evangelism. And like Arturo & Rozzy, they have also begun missions in other suburb towns of Ensenada, including Maneadero & San Vicente, introducing many people to Christ. It is very difficult in México for single mothers to get ahead, so Ramón & Mónica help by supporting them and their children as much as possible. They also work with children and youth, moving them away from drugs and other vices, getting them involved with sports, giving them counseling and bringing them nearer to Christ.
Ritha Maria Matta
An Indonesian missionary to the country of Guinea-Bissau in Western Africa, Ritha Maria Matta first came to The Dalles to perfect her English in order to learn Portuguese (Guinea-Bissau’s official language) in Brazil. In June of 2000, she made it to the often politically unstable country of Guinea-Bissau, where she learned Portuguese-Creole (the trade language). She has lived in several villages, teaching Sunday School to Animist and Muslim children, training youth to teach and evangelize, and discipling new believers. Ritha’s focus now is to reach the Fula people, the biggest Muslim tribe in Guinea-Bissau, who are very open to the Gospel. The Fula practice an animistic version of Islam. Ritha has been learning their language and culture. She lives in the town of Gabu, making outreach trips to the Jao Sector, where the Fula village of Tchetche has granted the Church of Bissau some land to start a Christian Kindergarten. Ritha also works with YWAM discipleship students, helping in their training practicum as they assist her in evangelism, discipleship and children’s ministry.
Andrew and Karina Smith
Affectionately known as “Andy & Keeky” among those they serve in Uganda, Andrew & Karina Smith work with SHEPHERD’S HEART INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY. SHIM ministers to the people of the Buvuma Islands, located about the equator in northern Lake Victoria. While living in a village in the middle of Lingira Island, Andy & Keeky come alongside the pastors & community leaders of these islands and empower them to meet the needs of their own people in the following areas:
* Pastoral Training
* Economic Development
* Agricultural Development
* Lake Victoria Pure Water & Sanitation Project
* Family Ministry
* Namiti Health Clinic
* Child Development & Sponsorship
* Lingira Living Hope Secondary School
Randy and Claire Sparks
In 2004, Randy & Claire Sparks went to work with Lone Tree Missions at Fort Lone Tree, just outside of Capitan, New Mexico. Since 1991, the Fort has hosted thousands of children, teens, and adults through Christian summer camps for kids ages 8-12, teen training programs, and retreats that happen throughout the year. As camp cooks, they join others in Christ-centered service to help kids grow closer to Christ, teens train for future service, and adults receive spiritual teaching and much-needed R&R. When time permits, they also help with Mexico Missions, going across the border to orphanages and housing projects in Juarez, Mexico.
First Christian Church
909 Court Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Friday Service 7:00 pm
Sunday School 9:15 am
Sunday Service 10:30 am