We met in 1981 while attending Bible School at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. We have been married now for 36 years and have 3 sons, 3 lovely daughter in-laws, 4 adorable granddaughters & 3 handsome grandsons.
We worked with troubled boys for 9 years both in Chicago and the Detroit area. In 1993 we joined a Global Mission organization founded in 1957 called, Operation Mobilization (OM). OM works in 120 countries and operates one ocean-going ship. On to Poland, in Eastern Europe, with our boys in 1994, where we ministered for seven years, mainly assisting the Nationals in church planting and evangelistic outreaches.
In 2001 we moved back to the States and joined one of OM’s regional offices in Castle Rock, Colorado. Our work consisted of: recruiting, mobilizing, and sending out missionaries for OM International. In 2003 we began working with the OM India field and Dave was the National Director for Church Relations. In this position he was raising awareness & funds for the many projects in India throughout the country. His main passion has been the training & development among the new Dalit Pastors, better known as, “Untouchables.”
Eileen worked for 5 years as the Trip Coordinator & Regional Director for women’s ministry for the Dalit Freedom Network. The DFN office was birthed in 2002 in Denver to be a voice for the Dalit’s of India in partnership with OM India. Eileen had the joy of coordinating and sending all teams going to India to work among some of the poorest of the poor in the world today.
During our time in Colorado, Dave was also the Mission Pastor at our home church called, “The Rock.” He has overseen the many outreaches each year and has given leadership to the many team members and focus groups on our Global Outreach Team. Along with all of this, Dave has kept up on the happenings of our many missionaries ministering locally and globally.
Starting in 2014 Dave & Eileen began working out of the OM U.S. office in Tyrone, Georgia were they both joined the Global Connections Team.
In that position, Dave was the Director of Pastoral Relations. In that role he was maintaining & developing new partnerships with churches throughout the U.S. He also was training, sending and going with teams to work in some of our international fields especially India, Africa, and the Middle East. Dave was involved in the ministry of preaching, teaching, and training to mobilize American Christians into discipleship and World Missions involvement.
Eileen’s role was the Director of Women’s Ministries. In this role, she was recruiting and mobilizing women in the US to work alongside women’s ministries globally. She was also involved in our ministry called: “Freedom Climb.” The Freedom Climb of OM has projects spanning the globe that are actively working to combat the modern day tragedies women and children are enduring each day. Eileen was also the assistant to the Director of Prayer for Freedom Climb.
However, both of us felt the stirring of the Holy Spirit to get back into ministry cross-culturally. So, we made the move to South Africa in March of 2016 to be involved in reaching the lost, discipleship training, leadership development & church planting.
Dave is the Regional Team Leader for the team in Cape Town and Eileen is the Director of the Chanua Empowerment (Chanua means ‘Thrive’ in Swahili) Center in the City Bowl of Cape Town.
Dave & Eileen
Dave – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen – Eileen.email@example.com
OM’s INTERNATIONAL MISSION
To see vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached and forgotten people of the world.
CAPE TOWN’S MISSION
Diaspora Hope is a pioneering team in Cape Town seeking to reach out with the love of Christ among the immigrants, refugees, foreign students and neighbors from other faiths, especially among the Muslims.