March 2020 Update

Dear Friends, Diane and I are doing well. We hope you are safe and healthy. As believers we find ourselves looking beyond the challenges of the current spread of a deadly virus. Peace is available and yet sometimes illusive. Faith that is optimistic is considered by some to be unrealistic. Fearful people who are committed to a negative attitude are not move by facts. Some people are putting their faith in the government to solve the problem. Others find some kind of energy by blaming the government for mismanaging the crisis. Our battle is not against people. (Ephesians 6:12) However we reject the paranoid perspective that a virus is lurking somewhere, ready to jump on us. The battle against fear is fought on our knees. We battle in prayer on behalf of those who are ill. We are the church without buildings. We reject the theology that God is judging us with this virus. We live in the dispensation, the age, of grace. There will be a coming judgment day. (Hebrews 9:27) We also reject the conspiracy theories because they are not helpful. They generate hopelessness and fear. Our personal focus is prayer, comfort for the fearful, delivering food to those in need and encouraging those in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Jesus said the whole deal boils down to this: Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40) We are praying for you and your family. Be blessed and wash your hands like your mama taught you. Dennis and Diane...

January 2020 Report

Happy New Year! We are believing for a grace – filled 2020. Challenges met, victories with minimal bruises, and lives touched for the better. China November 3-14 Diane and I had a successful time. Surveillance is quite hi tech now. Resident foreigners are being pushed out. It is not advisable to discuss the details. Most likely any news you have heard is true and probably worse. The good news is that our friends are heating up instead of cooling down! And more hungry than ever. They invited us and chose the topics – church planting and missions! Philippines Dec. 4-26 We taught Revival and Passion for Mission at Zion Ministerial Institute (ZMI). When we spoke at Eric and Janette’s church in Malabon, M.Manila, we were blessed to see Marjorie, 16. We’ve supported her since she was 3 yrs. old.  She was abandoned by her father when he mother died.. She lived with her grandparents in a squatter shack. Being poor and having a tumor on her face, she would have never gone to school. With help from the church, the government, and a few bucks we put in, Her surgery was successful. She is a pretty 10th grader, on fire for Jesus, who wants to go to college and become an airline attendant. Sunday, Dec. 22, we were in a village church we started 35 yrs ago in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. Three years ago nearly everyone left when a self appointed American ‘apostle’ had offered the pastor a ‘deal’. Then an older inexperienced couple took over with only a few people in the church. Edgar and Cora slept on...

Trips to China and Philippines

China November 3-14 Please pray for Diane and I as we travel to China. Transportation is becoming more difficult and also the circumstances there. It is not advisable to discuss the details. We are concerned about our friends there. Philippines Dec. 4-26 We will be teaching at Zion Ministerial Institute (ZMI) and several churches in the area. We hope to visit most of the students you are supporting. There are 2 elementary, 2 high school, 2 university, 1 med school, and 1 Bible school student. We plan to celebrate Christmas with our daughter Joy’s family who recently moved to the Philippines after mission work for 9 years in Spain.  Our daughter, Hope, and her husband, Nate, will join us from Abu Dhabi where they teach in the international school. Our daughter, Faith, a registered nurse, is studying Arabic for her mission work. She  will join us. Since we are busy preparing for these trips and working on a number of projects we may not send out a Christmas card or another news letter until after the New Year. We just want to thank you for your confidence in us, your prayer support, and your generosity in supporting our mission efforts. Your partnership in these efforts means so much to us. Souls are coming to Christ, ministers are being mentored, students supported, disciples taught and churches planted. Sincerely, Dennis and Diane Teague www.missionconcepts.com PO box 44, Shelton, WA...

Congratulations to Our Graduating Students

When Deannie was in her 3rd year of collage she was burned from wax when the container slipped out of her hand and burned parts of her left torso, face and hand. Miraculously in 2 weeks the wounds were healed. The 3 degree burns left no scar. Deannie Mae R Loreto now 19 years old graduated from the Nursing School at Western Mindanao State University with honors. WMSU College of Nursing 47th Pinning Ceremony she received *Clinical Proficiency Award – Silver Medal and Certificate *Red Cross Supreme Service Award – Gold Medalist and Certificate *Service Award – Silver Medal and Certificate *Journalism Award – Certificate *Athletics Award – Certificate Graduated a Cumlaude student. God willing she will continue her Medicine course to be a Doctor . We are so proud of her commitment to the Lord and to complete her course with honors. Deannie’s Brother Dennis Joshua 18 years old graduated from High School at Bethany Child Development Center (one of the Christian school here in Zamboanga) . He received the Loyalty Sports award. He will pursue his studies to be a marine engineer. This young man has worked hard and has a vision for his future. We will continue to support him financially in his studies. Deannie and Dennis have a younger sister. Denise Keith is 17 years old and is enrolled in her last year of High School at Western Mindanao State University. She is doing well. Please keep her in your prayers as she is working hard in spite of a heart condition....

February in Myanmar

Seattle-Beijing-China-Kunming-Myanmar and back again. Lost luggage didn’t steal our joy but each leg of the journey reminded us to trust God’s provision and be grateful for our bed at home! In Myanmar (previously, Burma), we traveled to three major cities and were privileged to meet so many believers. While the Gospel has reached many of those in this region, there is always a need for revival. We held 3 days of meeting which included Bible teaching during the day and revival at night. From drunks to monks, young people and adults alike received salvation experienced the power of God through prayer, healings, and deliverances. We looped back through Mandalay to pick up our luggage before heading to Lashio to bring, love,  presents and a special message to the Children’s Home. We were blessed to join a team of Burmese, Chinese, and American believers as we partnered with  Frontier Harvest  Ministry. A personal highlight was visiting the Elephant Reserve. After navigating the dusty countryside, we arrived at the camp. These elephants worked for the government hauling logs out of the forest. Now they have a beautiful home for retirement. It is a unique place for families to enjoy the outdoors with nature and these awesome animals. As with every trip abroad, we seek to glorify God through all our encounters. If you feel God tugging at your heart, go get your passport and come with us sometime! Dennis and Diane Teague            ...

New Book And Mission Video

Here is Dennis’ latest book “Jesus, Who Are You”. Many people think they know who Jesus is but do they really? Prophet, teacher, good man, Son of God? Great tool for teaching about Jesus. Includes study guide. All his books can be ordered on this website and riversofgrace.org   Also our 2018 Video of Myanmar and Philippines is now on YouTube   https://youtu.be/rQH333GM_Zc  ...