a desire to reach the world one tribe at a time…
Below is a list of the missionaries currently supported by FBC Douglas along with a brief description of their ministry. There are many affiliated with us that are serving that are not listed here, some members and others close friends of the church. This list has been developed over time depending on context, need, and the focus of the local church in Douglas. We are very grateful for all of those within our church family that are involved in reaching the unreached.
Doug and Sharon Hefft
Doug and Sharon have been active members of Ethnos 360 Aviation (formerly New Tribes Mission Aviation) since 1984. They served in Panama from 1986 thru 1998. They served in Venezuela from 1998 thru 2004. They came home from Venezuela to care for aging parents and have since been involved at the Ethnos 360 headquarters in McNeal, Arizona. Doug serves as the Parts Department manager. Sharon recently finished training to become a Registered Nurse and works part time at a nursing home in Douglas. Sharon also helps out at Ethnos 360 Aviation with medical needs there.
Yus and Fitria
Yuse and Fitria met at missionary training school in Manado, Indonesia in 1996. After they finished bible school they got married in July of 2001. The Lord has blessed them with 4 kids: Joshua, John, Joanna and Joselyn. They came from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Greg and Maureen
Greg and Maureen were commissioned as church missionaries with InFaith. Greg’s ministry was as pastor of the Snelling Chapel. In 1985 they took on the role of Area Missionary for the San Joaquin Field, encouraging small, rural churches, conducting children’s outreach ministries, leading Bible studies at the county jail, and working one-on-one with Mexican men. Maureen teaches K-1 at the Snelling School. Greg is on “senior status”, meaning that he receives a small pension through InFaith and continues to serve as before but with slightly reduced assignments. Greg and Maureen have three daughters. Rachel Gromer resides with her husband Jim and four children in Parker, CO. Cari Knapp lives in Fremont, CA with husband Matt, who is the youth pastor at Centerville Presbyterian Church, and their two children, and Andrea resides in Parker, CO with her husband Scott and one child. She serves in the home office of Youth for Christ International, guiding new missionaries onto the foreign field.
Bert and Alice
Bert and his wife Alice now live in Washington State near the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and their two adult children. From there Alice operates a business she launched in 2012, and Bert continues his multi-faceted life including serving as Chancellor of Western Seminary, the regional coach for Southwest Church Connection and a personal coach/trainer for individuals and groups throughout the West.
We had been married for 10 years when we moved to Minnesota where we came to know the Lord. In 1977 we went to New Tribes Bible School In Waukesha, Wisconsin, continued the training, and went to Paraguay in 1980. After language study we were asked to join the work with the Angaite people. We worked with a single lady and four families. Our part was to be involved in the physical realm of the work. When we returned to the US in 1990, the work with the Angaite was being phased out and we were asked to consider working with NTM Aviation. My husband was not a pilot or mechanic, but was involved in maintenance there. When my husband passed away in 1997, I still had 2 children at home. I continued on with missionary work because the Lord had called us as a couple and His work was not finished. My ministry while working with NTM Aviation was in many areas but I had worked as hostess for the past 10 years. In July of 2013 I retired and moved to Tucson, AZ. I am going to a small church called Faith Baptist Church. The church is under the Faith Baptist Mission and has a ministry in the Tohono O’Odham Reservation. I go with them on Monday afternoons to help with Bible Club. I have a son and his family with 10 children, and a daughter and her family with 4 little boys that live in the Tucson area.
Brent and Erica
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” is the heart of our work with New Tribes Mission. Back in 2004, as we pursued the Lord’s guidance in our lives, we realized that the task of making disciples in every nation was (and is) still in dire need of laborers. Even 2000 years after Christ gave this command, there is still a third of the world’s people groups who have yet to hear the gospel! God has convinced us that our lives are worth nothing except to testify to the good news of God’s grace through Christ Jesus. The Lord has called us to help in the effort to reach the unreached people through aviation. Brent is a licensed commercial pilot and will be using this skill to serve church planters who have committed to working and living in a remote tribe in order to make disciples. This task is enormous. Often times the church planters’ only contact with the “outside world” will be through Brent as he brings them supplies and food on a regular basis. He will be an encouraging and refreshing presence during these visits and will contribute to maintaining morale on the field. Aviation also provides the much needed ability to evacuate quickly from remote areas when medical emergencies arise. Understanding that they have that option for their family brings significant peace of mind to our church planters. Our passion is not aviation; our passion is taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth in order that every tribe, tongue, and nation will glorify him. We are eager to use the skills the Lord has given us for this purpose!