The strong currents from Rivers of Grace carried across land and sea

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Current Messages from Dennis Teague

Dear Friends,

As we are preparing for local missions and a trip to Uganda May 16-June 5, we are still involved with Rivers of Grace and Gethsemane Ministries. Here are a few messages in those meetings. Also go to the Books page and see what Dennis has been writing. Contact us if you are interested in more copies for your Bible Study program. Some books can be purchased on Amazon and the ones written in the Philippines are available through the website or a phone call.

MC Beautiful Feet Dennis Teague https://youtu.be/AcRt8DI8kpY

MC 3 Frogs on a Log.m2ts https://youtu.be/MJPcYZ377Pg

MC Following Jesus.m2ts https://youtu.be/_3aDzLBWn4A

MC Standing on Grace.m2ts https://youtu.be/SYKRgexODIo

Thank you for your prayers and support and encouragement.

Dennis and Diane Teague

360-432-0658

PO BOX 44, Shelton, WA USA

denteague@gmail.com

dianedancing@gmail.om

 www.missionconcepts.org

 

February 2024

Dear Friends,

Can you believe we are well into 2024! Some of us remember the Y2K scare as we approached the year 2,000. Don’t get fearful or distracted by the latest predictions of the secular or religious doom-sayers. The prophet foretold of these days when gross darkness would cover the earth. He said to “Arise and shine”, penetrate the darkness with His light, His love, and His gospel. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Some people ask and some assume we are retired. Our reply, “Not at all!” We resigned as head pastors of Rivers of Grace Church in Olympia, WA in July, 2022. We are still involved there and work daily with the Gethsemane live-in recovery ministry. In addition, we help my sister and her children to provide meals for my 96-year-old father, who still lives alone. 

Touring the USA

In April we will be in S. California to visit friends and supporters. April 12-14 we will hold special meetings, Fire of the Holy Spirit, hosted by Pastor Nandy Ibon and Onward To Zion Church in Murietta, California.

On April 15, we head east with stops along the way through Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, to North Dakota. Then we go north to Pennsylvania and then back to Washington through Wisconsin and Montana. If you want us to speak in your church or just stop by for coffee, let us know. Our schedule at this point is flexible.

Uganda, Africa June 9-July 1

My first mentor was Phillip Beattie. We recently renewed our relationship with his son, Joel. Joel is a successful businessman who is on fire for the Lord. He started a mission work outside of Kampala, Uganda about 7 years ago.  We are going to encourage his work with a pastors’ seminar and revival meetings. Thank you for your prayer as we hash out the details.

Also on our radar, Mexico, Philippines, Myanmar, and China.  If Jesus says, “Go”, we go.

BTW If you live in Western Washington and need a new roof, siding, painting, etc. call Joel’s company, Chase Construction, for free estimates.

Yours in the Harvest,

Diane and Dennis Teague

Dennis’ Latest Books can be ordered through Amazon or Kindle

Donkey Duty with Jesus Serving with the Greatest Servant

Fire bugs for Jesus Spreading the Spirit’s Fire

Peace, Joy, and Righteousness God’s Gifts to You

Homeless Apostles Destination – Celestial City

Gaining Confidence in a Crumbling World

Diane’s Trip to Haiti

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your prayers and support. I, Diane, was asked to video a teachers’ conference for Apparent Project (AP) in Haiti. The idea was that future teachers could be trained with these videos. The seminar teacher, Pam Thompson has a  degree in family and Child development situations with 30 years of experience. This includes teaching parents, teachers, family dynamics and connecting with the children through wisdom and responsibility. It was interpreted in English, French, and Creole.

Condition of Haiti

The president of Haiti was assassinated. The country is in chaos and near anarchy.  It is primarily controlled by gangs. However, we were protected by the Lord and the AP staff. When the camera failed, I finished the recording with my cell phone.

Besides 2 days of video recording, I had the opportunity to be a light in a dark place and dance in the isles of the grocery store. We prepared materials for the 90 students and prayed for the staff, the parents, and each classroom. There were times of intercession for Haiti and the school’s future.

Apparent Project

AP is a 501(C3) nonprofit artisans’ guild that was co-founded by Shelley Clay and Marilyn Monaghan in 2008. AP offers the quality education and job skills training needed to help the poor rise out of poverty and become future leaders of integrity in Haiti. The Haitian employees of Apparent Project create jewelry, clothing, and art pieces made from metal, clay, cloth, and paper.

A day care was started for the children of parents who work for AP. It has grown into a daycare for babies, toddlers, and a school from preschool through the 6th grade.

Answered Prayer

We prayed for a pastor’s wife whose legs were inflamed with a sever rash from a voodoo curse. They had been displaced from their home by the gangs, as many families are today. They had no money to rent another place. She was healed and the money came in the following day. There were several other answers to prayer before I left.

https://apparentproject.org/ for further information about Apparent Project. Thank you for your support.

Diane Teague

Summer Greetings!

Greetings from Dennis and Diane,

We hope you are doing well keeping your trusting gaze toward heaven. We seem to be enjoying a good hot summer especial this month of August.

Prayer Requests:

September 4-9 Diane is going on a mission trip to Haiti with Marilyn Monaghan to make training videos for current and new teacher.

We hope to go to the Philippines in November.  However, we are dealing with some personal health issues as well as being a part of Dennis’ 96-year-old father’s caregiving.

Message us if you want a free copy of Dennis’ new books: FIRE BUGS for JESUS (Spreading the Fire of the Holy Spirit) and DONKEY DUTY with Jesus (Serving with the greatest Servant)

More books are listed on the book page of the website with a brief description.

Thank you for your involvement in our lives and ministry,

Dennis and Diane

www.missionconcepts.org

denteague@gmail.com dianedancing@gmail.com

PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584

Hot off the Press!

Most of our lives w invest in self and go out of our way to serve ourselves. The world says we wastes topo much of our efforts on others, caring for them and working for them, while neglecting our own comforts. On the other hand, we host events to honor those who selflessly serve others even to the point of giving their own lives. Which is it? Selfless service or a narcissistic life where even our service is motivated by self interests. Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Example of a servant. Jesus is the Tireless Servant of God and Man. When God stepped off His throne and entered our space, He made Himself of no reputation and took upon Himself the form of a servant.

We are encouraged by the  apostle Paul to have the same attitude. When a person begins to understand their purpose, they may mistakenly think they are called to be part of some earth-shattering event. That may be true for few, but most of us find our significance in insignificant service.

If you are already a yoke fellow with Jesús Christ, I commend you. keep doing it no matter what. If you have had a taste of the glamorous gospel of self indulgence, perhaps he Lord will reveal Himself to you in a new, life changing way ( Matthew 11:28:30)

Donkey Duty with Jesus. Servanthood is not about performing to earn something from God or productivity to impress people. It is about the character and nature of Christ being formed in you and being expressed through you, You are saved by grace but crafted in Christ to walk in good works. (Ephesians 2:8-10). You fulfill His purpose as you are one with Him – He in you and you in Him. Donkeys are burden bearers laboring together with the Greatest Servant of all, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s be clear from the start: I am not talking about fire flies, those littles insects that glow at night. And I am not talking about starting natural fires, although I make several illustrations about natural fires. Arson is a crime. An arsonist is a person who sets destructive fires. They have an addiction or an agenda for vengeance or financial gain.\This book is about [people who are filled with the Holy Spirit fire and have a passion for others to be touched by it. I am calling these people Fire Bugs for Jesus. In this book I will give stories and examples of good fire and bad fire, and mysterious fire. Jesus Christ is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit and fire. In fact our God is a consuming fire. (Matthew 3:11; Hebrews 12:29

These Books can be purchased on Amazon

Spring Report

Greetings Friends,

The Lord said to me, “I am not finished with this planet.” He finished the work of salvation at the cross, but Jesus is not finished building His church. He said, “… upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

Despite the media and some pessimistic preachers, we believe the Holy Spirit is on the move, saving souls and changing lives. Don’t put away your fishing nets! It’s harvest time.

We just returned from visiting and speaking in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, and Texas. We had hoped to do the same thing in Tennessee, Georgia, N. Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Montana, but we returned to help the family with my ailing 96 yr. old father.  Thanks for praying for Roy Teague.

News from the Philippines

Six elementary students:

  1. Sisters in a remote area of Southern Luzon – Ellamae (grade 7) and Elain (grade 6);
  2. Sarah (grade 8) and Princess (grade 6)
  3. From Metro Manila – Raven (grade 7) and Arianna (grade 5)

Six university students:

  1. Bart (graduated and studying for certification in Criminology)
  2. Andrew (graduating and studying for his teacher’s certification)
  3. Marjorie (Second semester of first year college)

Zamboanga, Mindanao

  1. Dennis (finishing his Merchant Marine training for ship engineer)
  2. Denise (Third year university);
  3. Deanie (second year med school)

Without supporting them in full or in part, none of them would have this educational opportunity. If the Lord puts it on your heart to help, send a check to the address below or through PayPal on our website. Write ‘students’ in the memo.

Books Hot off the Press this Year

  1. Donkey Duty with Jesus Serving with the Greatest Servant
  2. Fire Bugs for Jesus Spreading the Fire of the Holy Spirit

   Send me an email if you want a copy. Pastor Edwin Abisado is translating Donkey Duty with Jesus into Tagalog.

Prayer Requests

  1. Our daughter, Joy, in the Philippines, needs healing.
  2. We are looking at a trip to the Philippines the end of the year and Uganda, Africa next year.
  3. Pray we can finish the second half of our ministry trip around the USA.

Do not despair of evil; God will have the last word. (Psalm 37:1-9)

Dennis and Diane Teague

Send tax deductible offerings to Mission Concepts, PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584 or PayPal on our Mission Concepts website www.missionconcepts.org

 

 

Open Doors for The New Year 2023

Greetings, Dear Friends,

Once again we are blessed to report the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior. After three years of varying levels of pandemic restrictions, God opened the door for us to head overseas. For the past two months, we’ve traversed the globe! After 15 beds and 12 airplane rides we were still praising the Lord.

Middle East

We had the opportunity to explore the United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We visited our two daughters, Hope and Faith. Hope and her husband, Nate, work as teachers in an International School, while Faith is a nurse in a nearby city.  Besides catching up on their lives, we sampled cuisines from around the world and explored local tourist sites. Diane even rode a camel!

Luzon Island, Philippines

From there, we hopped on a budget airline and dashed over to the Philippines. During our month-long stay, we visited our daughter Joy and her family in Manila and ministered up and down Luzon and Mindanao provinces. Our goal was to follow the spirit where He was leading and where the anointing was flowing. God opened the door to reconnect and minister in five local churches and Zion Bible School.

Mindanao Island, Philippines

Many of you may recall our connections in the Southern Philippines, specifically Zamboanga and Zamboanga Del Norte, Mindanao. We felt thankful returning to the churches that we started back in the ‘80s. Today, God is continuing to move among his people through prayer,  preaching the Word and outreach with new church plants. We also stopped by Hope for Kids, an orphanage many of you help us support.

There are so many highlights from this trip, we want to take a moment to tell you a few stories. We were reunited with Nelfa, a woman my brother sponsored 30 years ago for surgery in the U.S. At the age of 15 the left side of her face had been infected, revealing her teeth and gums. After a year and many surgeries she returned to the Philippines.  Now she is healed and working as a CNA in the local hospital.   

Bucolad Island, Philippines

On the Island of Negros, Bacolod City we connected with two mission groups.  Pastors Chuck and Elsie with Negros New Life In Christ Ministry and Christian Academy .

and  John and Cecille Bailey founders of Harbingers Ministry and Furnace Ministries. Both groups are church planters with a prayer emphasis.  The Furnace Ministry is building an orphanage.   The Kingdom of GOD is growing.

After returning to Taytay, Rizal Dennis had an emergency trip to Cagayan De Oro, Mindanao for a memorial service for the leader of the King Jesus Fellowship founded by Dennis and Pastor Balili.

More to Come

These are just a few of the stops on the journey.  We will share more on each of these stories in the next few months.

 

 

Once again, we want to thank you all for the prayer and financial support you’ve given during the last few years. Your faithfulness to this ministry made it possible for us to travel again. We have been blessed by your prayers and support. We are praying for you and your journey.

Dennis and Diane Teague

Dennis 360-70-8212,  Diane 360-701-5026     email: denteague@gmail.com and dianedancing@gmail.com
Send tax deductible donations through the website or checks to Mission Concepts at PO Box 44,
Shelton, WA 98584 Give us a call for other options.

Traveling in the USA

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all the encouragement we have received as we venture out in faith once again. As our previous letter states we have turned our church, Rivers of Grace, over to capable leaders to continue ministering in the Olympia area.

We are traveling in the USA to meet up with friends, relatives and supporters. We began in Washington going to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, etc, working our way to California and Mexico.

We have had the opportunity to pray and encourage people we have met along the way.  Highlights so far are meeting with friends who were with us in Rivers of Grace Church, but have moved to other states. It has been a pleasure to share in their new life and pray with them. We met with 2 young men, who were in our recovery program, Gethsemane. One has gone on to Bible College and the other has been restored to his family and found employment. They are beautiful example of what God can do when we put our trust in Him. We have shared in home meetings, prayed, prophesied and ready to do whatever the Lord leads. Dennis, also, did a video teaching for a church in Malaysia.

Every day we all meet people who need Jesus, hope and encouragement. There are many nice people, but if you can’t find one you can be that nice person. Freely you have received freely give. People need to know that they are seen, accepted and loved. Share God’s love and acceptance. Who knows whose hearts have been prepared for salvation? Share Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers and support as we travel these next few months. We still have plans for overseas as God directs and opens doors.

Dennis and Diane

Dennis 360-70-8212,  Diane 360-701-5026     email: denteague@gmail.com and dianedancing@gmail.com
Send tax deductible donations through the website or checks to Mission Concepts at PO Box 44,
Shelton, WA 98584 Give us a call for other options.

 

 

New Adventures for the Teagues

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you thriving in these interesting times. We would like to share with you a few aspects of our journey and glorify God for His faithfulness to guide us all these years. Then we have some exciting news about our future plans.

As many of you know, we have spent the last 22 years pastoring in the Northwest. In July of 1999 we returned from 16 years of overseas mission work to place our daughter, Hope, in college. We anticipated a quick return abroad to the mission field by January 2000. However, Diane’s mother had a difficult surgery and needed home care. We decided to close our apartment Hong Kong and stay home a little longer..

“Man makes plans, but the Lord directs his steps.” When the season at home became longer than we expected, we were stirred to start a church in Olympia. With no money, no building and no people, we stepped out in faith and launched Rivers of Grace Church with a 4th of July picnic at Millersylvania State Park. The following Sunday we gathered to worship at Madison Elementary School on Legion Way and continued to do so for 12 1/2 years!

In October of 2013, we moved our congregation to a new location. The Free Methodist Church on the east side offered their space to us!  We were delighted to move Children’s Church from a hallway at the school to a room and use a fully-equipped kitchen with fellowship hall! Needless to say we settled into ‘space’ that allowed us to host weekly services, annual garage sales, and to support Gethsemane ministries discipleship and recovery program.

Because of pandemic restrictions, the Methodist Church closed their facility and we no longer had a venue to gather. A small building at 620 SE Legion Way became available. Some of you may remember this as the location of Glory House.

For one year, we saw God bring in those who had no place to worship, including folks from the street. Just as we were planning to return to a normal routine in the spring of 2021, a fire destroyed part of the building.  We temporarily held services at Camp Grace in Union, WA.

During the eight months it took for the insurance company to repair the building, we negotiated the purchase of another building. After some time all of our offers were declined.

In December, 2021 I was asking the Lord if we should resume meeting at 620 now that it was repaired. He clearly said, “Set it up and give it away.” In January He indicated to give it away in six months. Therefore we resumed worship at the building on Legion Way in February, 2022.

We awaited God’s next direction knowing He would bring the right person at the right time to fulfill the word He had spoken to us. Pastor Brian Hellenthal felt the Lord was directing him to this aspect of ministry. Some of you may recall our close affiliation with Pastor Brian and our support of Gethsemane for many years.

On July 31, 2022 we “gave it away” transitioning Rivers of Grace Sunday worship from our responsibility to Pastor Brian and his team.

What does this mean for Diane and I? We are being re-commissioned! We anticipate spreading some fire to the churches and friends who have supported our mission work all these years. Our passion for international missions has never wavered. Every year until the pandemic we made at least three trips overseas. The students we support and these missions were funded through Mission Concepts partners, not our local church missions. We hope to soon visit the nations again to bring encouragement and the Word of God.

Our calling is to spread the Holy Spirit’s refreshing through preaching the good news, Bible teaching, retreats and conferences, writing materials, and sponsoring underprivileged children’s education.

We appreciate all the love, prayers, and support you have shown over the years. We will continue to be a part of the Rivers of Grace community and would love to see you. We also serve the men and women at Gethsemane ministries who are breaking free from their drug and alcohol addiction through the power of Christ.

If you’d like to support us or if you don’t have a missions giving plan at your church, please consider partnering with us through “Mission Concepts”, our mission entity since 1983.  We are now available to meet with you or to speak at your church. Call us at (360) 432-0658 or my cell (360) 701-8212.

We look forward to connecting with you, Dennis and Diane Teague

email: denteague@gmail.com and dianedancing@gmail.com       Send tax deductible donations through the website or checks to Mission Concepts at PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584 Give us a call for other options.

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you thriving in these interesting times. We would like to share with you a few aspects of our journey and glorify God for His faithfulness to guide us all these years. Then we have some exciting news about our future plans.

As many of you know, we have spent the last 22 years pastoring in the Northwest. In July of 1999 we returned from 16 years of overseas mission work to place our daughter, Hope, in college. We anticipated a quick return abroad to the mission field by January 2000. However, Diane’s mother had a difficult surgery and needed home care. We decided to close our apartment Hong Kong and stay home a little longer..

“Man makes plans, but the Lord directs his steps.” When the season at home became longer than we expected, we were stirred to start a church in Olympia. With no money, no building and no people, we stepped out in faith and launched Rivers of Grace Church with a 4th of July picnic at Millersylvania State Park. The following Sunday we gathered to worship at Madison Elementary School on Legion Way and continued to do so for 12 1/2 years!

In October of 2013, we moved our congregation to a new location. The Free Methodist Church on the east side offered their space to us!  We were delighted to move Children’s Church from a hallway at the school to a room and use a fully-equipped kitchen with fellowship hall! Needless to say we settled into ‘space’ that allowed us to host weekly services, annual garage sales, and to support Gethsemane ministries discipleship and recovery program.

Because of pandemic restrictions, the Methodist Church closed their facility and we no longer had a venue to gather. A small building at 620 SE Legion Way became available. Some of you may remember this as the location of Glory House.

For one year, we saw God bring in those who had no place to worship, including folks from the street. Just as we were planning to return to a normal routine in the spring of 2021, a fire destroyed part of the building.  We temporarily held services at Camp Grace in Union, WA.

During the eight months it took for the insurance company to repair the building, we negotiated the purchase of another building. After some time all of our offers were declined.

In December, 2021 I was asking the Lord if we should resume meeting at 620 now that it was repaired. He clearly said, “Set it up and give it away.” In January He indicated to give it away in six months. Therefore we resumed worship at the building on Legion Way in February, 2022.

We awaited God’s next direction knowing He would bring the right person at the right time to fulfill the word He had spoken to us. Pastor Brian Hellenthal felt the Lord was directing him to this aspect of ministry. Some of you may recall our close affiliation with Pastor Brian and our support of Gethsemane for many years.

On July 31, 2022 we “gave it away” transitioning Rivers of Grace Sunday worship from our responsibility to Pastor Brian and his team.

What does this mean for Diane and I? We are being re-commissioned! We anticipate spreading some fire to the churches and friends who have supported our mission work all these years. Our passion for international missions has never wavered. Every year until the pandemic we made at least three trips overseas. The students we support and these missions were funded through Mission Concepts partners, not our local church missions. We hope to soon visit the nations again to bring encouragement and the Word of God.

Our calling is to spread the Holy Spirit’s refreshing through preaching the good news, Bible teaching, retreats and conferences, writing materials, and sponsoring underprivileged children’s education.

We appreciate all the love, prayers, and support you have shown over the years. We will continue to be a part of the Rivers of Grace community and would love to see you. We also serve the men and women at Gethsemane ministries who are breaking free from their drug and alcohol addiction through the power of Christ.

If you’d like to support us or if you don’t have a missions giving plan at your church, please consider partnering with us through “Mission Concepts”, our mission entity since 1983.  We are now available to meet with you or to speak at your church. Call us at (360) 432-0658 or my cell (360) 701-8212.

We look forward to connecting with you, Dennis and Diane Teague

email: denteague@gmail.com and dianedancing@gmail.com

Send tax deductible donations through the website or checks to Mission Concepts at PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584 Give us a call for other options.

 

Joshua Bermil Barte Graduate

JOSHUA BERMIL BARTE, 22 years old, BS Criminology
LIFE STORY
Joshua Barte was born on January 27,2000 in Pasig City, Philippines. He has 4 siblings and is known as “Barts”. Barts lives with his family in Napico, located in Pasig City, a place where you can encounter people from all walks of life. His friends and companions just hangout, don‘t have plans to study or ambitions in life, and remain as a burden on their family. Because he grew up with them, this is what sticks in his mind about what life should be – to be discouraged, to not aim high, and to expect his life to be like everyone else’s..

Aside from the environment that hinders him from dreaming high, they also struggled financially. They lived a simple life where his father was the only one working to support to support the family. In order to cut expenses, his mother didn’t encourage them to finish their education. Unfortunately, things changed. His father had another family and chose to abandon Bart. There was no one to support the family and that made his sister decide to stop schooling and started working to provide for their needs.

Fast forward to the year 2015, Barts was already in his 9th grade in High School about 15 minutes away from his house by public transportation. But because he lacked financial support, he had to walk about 30 minutes to school.. He also didn’t have money to buy food for break time and he only had a chance to eat when his friends shared what they had, but usually he skipped lunch and at dinner at home.

In that same year, Barts met Pastor Noy and his wife Beng, a campus missionary couple, that was given the chance to reach out to his high-school.  Despite the fact that they only knew one student in that particular school, they did not give up and because of their sincerity and dedication in serving God, that one student multiplied and Barts joined their group. Through the life of this couple, he had the chance to attend fellowship and hear the Gospel. It all started as fun till one day their fellowship turned into serious conversations and the unexpected salvation happened. Barts, together with his friends, accepted Jesus in their lives and commited to walk with Him. Since then, they have been regular attenders  at the fellowship every Friday, after class in a famous place near the school called “Magic Place”. JOSHUA BERMIL BARTE – “BARTS” MAGIC PLACE

Barts was very consistent in attending the bible study and became involved in the ministry. He was also determined to take his faith to the next level and willingly attended retreats and seminars. His first experience was held in Taytay New Life Fellowship and it was called “EGR” (Encounter God Retreat). It became his turning point and through this encounter, his faith grew deeper and he became more eager to know Jesus. Since then, he surrendered everything to God and decided to be His disciple.

His life was not a smooth sailing ones. It’s like a roller coaster ride where every day becomes a challenge for him. But still, he bravely accepted and willingly served in the kingdom of God. After class, instead of going home right away, he dedicated his time and effort in the work of the Lord and even invited his friends for fellowship despite the hindrances that may affect him. Even though he had no money for transportation to go to church, that didn’t stop him from serving God. He patiently walked around 2 km from his school in order to have this fellowship with others. His life is indeed a living proof that nothing should be impossible if we really desire to serve God.

Year 2016, Barts graduated from Junior high school and it was a big achievement for him. But, because they were struggling financially, continuing his study was not his priority. That was his plan but the plan of the Lord is better and best. God even used other people to show His great plans in Barts’ life. Pastor Dennis and Sister Diane Teague, American Missionaries, heard about his story and God touched their hearts to be part of somebody’s future. Indeed, God moves in wonderful ways. The missionary couple sponsored his studies and allowed him to continue pursuing his dreams. He enrolled for Senior High School in Asian College and chose his focus on Accountancy, Business and Management. While pursuing his dreams, he did not stop serving God, but he found more reason to serve Him with joy in his heart. And by the grace of God, the year 2018, he graduated from Senior High School. Because of this achievement, his family was very proud of Him knowing that he is the only one who went that far in education among the family. God set his heart ablaze with fire and he became even more active in serving Him. His talent in playing guitar was even used for His kingdom and he became part of the music ministry.

God is faithful to His servants and He gives favor to those who endures hardships. The missionary couple continued to be an answered prayer to his life and they gave him full sponsorship in order to finish college.
EGR 2015 ASIAN COLLEGE – Senior High School CAMPUS OUTREACH – NLC EAST It was the best and toughest decision he has made because he knew he was not academically good. But, because of his passion to finish his studies and for his mother, he never gave up and pursued a 4-year degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminology in the Institute of Creative Computer Technology (ICCT) . During that time, he decided to be a working student and had the chance to work as an assistant in Autobase Car Exchange.

It was in the year 2020 that the pandemic came. Although there were lots of changes in the society his education didn’t stop. His school adapted the online means of learning and having a reliable internet connection and computer became a necessity. The blessing of the Lord is continuously flowing in his life. Ptr Dennis gave him a laptop for him to continue his studies. The next year, 2021, he received a heartbreaking news. His mother died because of Diabetes complications. She was one of his motivations in life and he was once told by her that she was very proud of him because she never thought or imagined that Barts would be able to take college and finish his studies. After the death of his mother, he became even more eager and passionate to finish his studies and achieve his dreams knowing that his mother believed in him. After two years of online school, last May 24,2022, Barts graduated college with a BS in Criminology. People around him can see how faithful and good our God is. He never stops serving the Lord despite the crisis in his life and issues in the family. He is planning to take a board exam in December, in God’s will.

BARTE, JOSHUA – a faithful servant of God that never gives up because Jesus never gives up on him.

Happy Resurrection Day!

Dear Friends,

Spring has come to the Northwest. As new life breaks out in the trees, flowers bloom and the sun shines more. Yet we still have plenty of refreshing rain to keep things fresh and alive. This is also the time of year when we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He was crucified, died and was buried but on the third day He rose from the grave and lives today.. His resurrection is a promise of new life for all who believe.

1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

We believes that all people are created in God’s image and that no life is beyond God’s reach. Our mission is to share Christ that all might believe and be saved. Therefore there is no place or person that is hidden from God’s reach. Take every opportunity to share what Jesus has done in your life. We all have a story that needs to be shared. May the power of the Holy Spirit anoint your words and bring signs and wonders as you speak. Pray for the sick,  mentally weak, addicted, abused, marginalized and everyone who you come in contact with.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 Paul said, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s powerso that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

May the Lord bless you as you share your faith with others and see God move in power not only in this season but all year round.

Blessings,

Dennis and Diane Teague

 

Ministry In Myanmar by Jerad Lenhart

Jared Lenhart
The first time I came to Burma was in 2014 and from then on the Holy Spirit put a desire in my heart to want to live in this country. In the beginning of April 2019 I was able to finally move to Burma when the Lord gave me a wonderful companion to serve alongside. Me and my wife Julia have now been blessed with a son, Elijah Edward Lenhart. We have been living in Mandalay, Burma for the past 3 years. Our desire as a family is to walk in the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ and make disciples amongst unreached ethnic minorities.
Burma is a land of more than 130 tribal groups with majority being Buddhist. In the past Three years we have been planting a church in the city of Mandalay.  We have been establishing a core team for a long lasting work, building up locals in the work by consistently teaching the word and teaching other how to teach the word. In North-Eastern Burma we have also established work outside of the city in more remote areas of the country. Our ministry has been able to support five fulltime evangelists and their families in these remote areas.
Our objective is to bring new converts who are hungry to serve out of their environment into an environment where the Holy Spirit can transform their lives. and in the process, showing them how to do the work and preach the gospel to their own people groups.
Please continue to pray for:
1. Our family as we press forward in the call God has given us.
2. That we may become a bigger conduit for Gods blessings to flow through us into the lives of those who truly seek and desire him.
3. That more hungry and humble workers will be raised up and released into the kingdom of darkness in this Burma.
4.  That those sent out may become the light of Burma for their own people in this dark time.
Thank you,
Jared, Julia and Elijah Lenhart

Looking forward to 2022

Greetings friends!

We hope you’ve had a blessed Christmas and are entering the new year with eagerness to see what God has in store. Because of your faithful support and partnership with Mission Concepts, we continue to see souls added to the kingdom of God.

A Year In Review:
  •  As many of you know, Mission Concepts sponsors missionaries throughout the world. Special thanks to those who continue to sustain the work of Chris Heian as he traverses the globe, Elmer and Joy Matienzo in the Philippines, Faith Teague in the Middle East, Jared and Julia Lenhart in Myanmar and Dennis and Diane Teague as they serve in the USA and Asia. Your financial contributions and prayer have sustained them through this pandemic.
  • Your generosity made it feasible to provide education for nine Filipino students and on-going services at the Hope for Kids Orphanage. Without your giving, these young people would not have the resources or home life to give them a better start in this life.
  • This year we mailed 6 large “balikbayan” boxes to the Philippines. These packages are filled with much toiletries, garments, school supplies and special “American” snacks.
  • Through your donations, we helped with community restoration after several typhoons. This included rebuilding several devastated churches, distributing food to survivors, and providing some cheer in a special Christmas project.
  • Dennis continued to impact the world through Zoom teaching sessions. These workshops not only serve to strengthen the body of Christ but also help maintain connections with believes around the world. Souls are being saved, discipleship and follow up is ongoing  and church growth continues despite the pandemic.

As you can see, nothing can stop the Kingdom of God as we all join together to support what God is doing.


 

Ways to be involved in 2022:
  • Continue praying for the missionaries scattered throughout the world
  • Continue financial contributions to Mission Concepts to support Filipino students and Hope for Kids Orphanage
  • Partner with us in sending bi-annual “balikbayan boxes” to the Philippines

We believe this year will open up and put us back on the field to see first-hand the works of God over the last two years. We hope you will continue to support Mission Concepts both spiritually and financially.

 

God is on the Move

Dear Friends,

Yes, we are alive and well! Still preaching every week here at home. (at least to our recovery group since our church building caught on fire!) Zoom video is great, but we are waiting for face to face with our friends in other countries. We miss engaging with you in person. Please feel free to connect with us on Zoom.  We trust you had a good Easter Celebration and Pentecost Sunday.  We pray that you are continually filled with the Holy Spirit and see the hand of God moving in your life.

Isa. 60:1-3 We want to encourage you to rise and shine. Shouting at the darkness and pointing out the evil in it does not have much impact.  Nations and kings (people of authority and influence) will come to the brightness of your light. Try some patience, kindness, and good news gospel. Hide it under a bushel? No!

Great News from the Philippines! Our students have worked online this last school year. With your support we purchased phones, tablets, or laptops, whatever was available, so they could make it through the school year. One middle schooler dropped out. He was more interested in drinking with his friends. Covid is still a big issue in the Philippines.

Please pray for the students:  5 university students: Bart, Syca, Andrew, Dennis, and Denise; 2 Elementary students: Ellamae and Elain; one senior in high school Marjorie; and Deanie in med school. Without supporting them in full or in part, none of them would have this educational opportunity. If the Lord puts it on your heart to help, send a check to the address below or through PayPal on our website. Write ‘students’ in the memo

 More Great News!  After more than a year of the covid slowdown, my book, “Jesus’ Recovery is Yours” Freedom from Alcohol and Drug Addiction, was just published through OMF. We are praying that many lives, broken by addiction, will get a new start through this book.  The most excited news to me is the Filipino version of this book. We have printed 10,000 of these in the first edition to be distributed throughout the Philippines. Many thanks to Pastor Edwin Abisado, Cora Langi, and others who labored long hours to translate this book

If you like poetry, I have published a small book of 9 poems called “Pot to Potter” by Dennis Teague. You can find it on Amazon.    https://www.amazon.com/Pot-Potter-Dr-Dennis-Teague/dp/B0948GRV8Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dennis+teague+Pot+to+Potter&qid=1620650931&sr=8-1

The Lord has called some home. In the past few weeks, my mother, Grace Teague, 93 yrs. old, went to be with Jesus. We also grieve for the recent passing of Carol Gray whom we worked with in China and Glenn Carter who also impacted China from Hong Kong.

Prayer Request: Our daughter, Joy, who does mission work with her family in the Philippines, has had several surgeries in recent months. Until now the airports in the Philippines are closed. We are waiting to go there as well as to Myanmar and some other countries on our hearts.

Hold steady! Jesus is coming, but until then, there is work to be done. Thank you for joining us in this effort.

Great Grace to you,

Dennis and Diane

Celebrating the Resurrection!

Dear friends,

As Easter  holiday approaches we reflect on last year at this time. Because of Covid 19 we were robbed of celebrating the Resurrection as we have in past years with sunrise services, pageants, dinners with family or church members, Easter baskets and treasure hunts for the kids. This year may not be much different. Even if we are restricted to the number of people in the service, limit our singing or be required to wear masks, it does not take away from the sacrifice that Christ made for all of us while we were still in our sin and addictions. He died so we could be forgiven and made a way We will celebrate the risen Christ and the victory that He has won for each of us. We will give the Lord praise and exalt His name. Let the celebrations begin!

This is a great time to share your faith and make Jesus known. Here are some ideas to incorporate in your celebration.

  1. Pray for your country and for those who serve to make you safe.
  2. Pray for the persecuted Church around the world.
  3. Pray for the Missionaries and those working in difficult situations sharing the Gospel.
  4. Invite people to a small group and share the victories God has given you during this past year.
  5. Reunite with family that have been separated because of government restrictions or divided because of political affiliations.
  6. Take food to your neighbors or find out what other needs they may have.
  7. Give to those in need.  Rally community support to help those in your circle of influence.
  8. Enjoy all that God has given you and don’t forget to share with others what God has prepared for them.

Nehemiah 8:10 “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”

Christ has risen! He has risen in deed. Blessings,

Dennis and Diane Teague

 

Celebration Christ In a World of Uncertainty

Dear Friends,

Perhaps you will be celebrating Easter in a new way this year. Last year it seemed as though we were robbed of the Easter celebrations we have had in the past due to Covid and sheltering in. Everything was changed to on line and no personal contact with family and friends. This year may not be much different for some people, but at least we are a bit more tech savvy and can get on line faster and not miss half the service. As we have experienced, sometime all the tech stuff just does not work as smooth as we would hope. Never the less, we will celebrate Easter in every possible way. God is still on the throne and worthy to be praised. Christ has risen and conquered the grave. He set us free from the bondage of sin and fear of death.

Steps you can take this Easter to bless others and share Christ.

1.Spend some time to pray for those who don’t have the same freedom we share.

2. Set aside time to fast for break throughs in your life, family, friends, neighbors and country.

3. Attend a worship service in person or on line.

4. Take food to those near you and celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

5. Send money to the nations so the Gospel of Christ’s resurrection can be proclaimed and celebrated.

Nehemiah 8:10  “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”

Christ has risen, He has risen in deed!

Dennis and Diane Teague

Giving Thanks Daily for the Gift of Jesus

Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We stand together with those who are grieving for a lost loved one, confused by the continual stirring of the political pot, or suffering economic hardship and depression. Some psychologists are saying as much as 90% of depression comes from suppressed anger. The suicide rate is up. Domestic violence has increased.  Medication and counseling offer some relief for those with money or good insurance. What about the rest of humanity?

We in the USA have so much to be thankful for. May we not be like selfish children who complain about food, family, and the government. Peter and John  told Paul to “continue to remember the poor.” Obviously the poor are people here and abroad that are experiencing economic hardship. If we have the means, let us “send portions to those who have nothing prepared.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

The Philippines has 42% unemployment while being locked down from the virus and hit with natural disasters.  Other countries are in worse situations. We have been sending money for food to a village church in the southern Philippines. It’s not enough to sustain them, but it says we love them and we haven’t forgotten them. The believers are joyfully purchasing, packaging and distributing food.

Our banner at church says “Giving Thanks” reminding us that Thanksgiving is more than a feast one day a year. Count your blessings and look for ways to be a blessing to those in your area of influence.

It doesn’t cost a penny to pray that angry people will find a positive way to deal with it. Do you have a non-judgmental word for them? Can you use your creative, prophetic gifting to encourage and impart hope to those who are ‘poor in spirit’? There are many who are weak in body and fearful in mind. Let’s be kind and patient with everyone.

Thanks be to God for the grace that will carry us beyond the pandemic.

Your Co laborers,

Dennis and Diane Teague

Tax deductible offerings send to Mission Concepts, PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584 or donate on our Mission Concepts website www.missionconcepts.org

September News 2020

Every Sunday our church personalizes the first six verses of Psalm 91. I encourage you to read it in the Bible and then try reading the following out loud: I am dwelling in the shelter of the Most High and resting under the shadow of the Almighty. The Lord is my refuge. He is my fortress. He is my God. I trust Him. He will save me from the snare of the fowler. He will save me from the deadly pestilence. The Lord will cover me with His feathers and I will find refuge under His wings. His faithfulness is my shield and rampart. I will not fear the terror of night nor the arrow that flies in the day time. I will not fear the pestilence that stalks in the darkness. I will not fear the virus that destroys at mid day.

In the USA many people are still out of work, and in need of food. Every day, sometimes twice, a Gethsemane bus filled with food parks

in Shelton and people line up to receive it. It is also distributed to other food banks and individuals who know people in need. Diane delivers one to three loads of food every day in her Ford Escape.

 

Please continue to pray for the Philippines. The shut down has had devastating effects on the people. There is 42% unemployment. The government there is having difficulty helping the people survive.  No tourism means the loss of billions to the economy. Recently we started sending some money for food to a village church in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.  They buy and package the food. Some of it goes to their village outreach 20km  from the city.

If you want to help, you can your send tax deductible offering to Mission Concepts, PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584 or PayPal on our Mission Concepts website www.missionconcepts.org

Please continue to pray for the Philippines. The shut down has had devastating effects on the people. There is 42% unemployment. The government there is having difficulty helping the people survive.  No tourism means the loss of billions to the economy. Recently we started sending some money for food to a village church in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.  They buy and package the food. Some of it goes to their village outreach 20km

from the city.

If you want to help, you can your send tax deductible offering to Mission Concepts, PO Box 44, Shelton, WA 98584 or PayPal on our Mission Concepts website www.missionconcepts.org

Please Pray

  1. Persecution of believers is extreme.
  2. Remember to pray for the poor. Many in America are struggling to pay their bills. Other countries are far worse.
  3. Our students: School in the Philippines was delayed for 3 months. We bought devices for them to study online. It is a struggle including an unstable internet.
  4. I have been waiting for three months for my passport renewal.

 

Thank you, Dennis and Diane Teague

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 Teague

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 the floor with one light on an extension cord. They just loved the Lord and the people, saved or not. Their grown daughters joined them to lead worship and help out. We encouraged them and gave them some money for remodeling. They started an outreach church 5 miles outside the city and a discipleship training group.

The church was packed out and flowing out the door! When the former pastor sheepishly showed up for Christmas dinner, I gave him a big hug and invited him to our table.

We celebrated Christmas with our daughter Joy’s family on mission in the Philippines after 9 years in Spain.  Our daughter, Hope, and her husband, Nate, joined us from Abu Dhabi where they teach. Our daughter, Faith, also in mission work, came in from Cypress. Almost every day groups of people visited us, some of whom we haven’t seen for decades.

Thank you for your confidence in us. With your prayer support and generosity we went to Myanmar, China, and twice to the Philippines. Souls are coming to Christ, ministers are being mentored, students supported, disciples taught and churches planted.

Pray for our 2020 mission itinerary. There is plenty to do here and around the world. We will go wherever the Lord directs.