About Us: We were married in 1987 after a mutual friend introduced us; knowing that we were both interested in missions. Although we didn’t go overseas as initially planned, our hearts were always toward spreading the Gospel to unreached people groups. Twenty-three years and five kids later, we applied with Wycliffe Bible Translators thinking that it was finally time to take the plunge and move to an unreached country.
But God had a different plan. He began revealing areas of unconfessed sin. For five years God took us back to the basics of obedience and His Lordship. It was a hard time, but we were thrilled that God loved us enough to discipline us. Nevertheless, all thought of us being involved in any type of ministry was gone in our minds.
In December of 2014, our house church helped a local ministry in Dayton called Friends of Neal Avenue with a Christmas party for refugees. Gary and Pam Laughlin, old acquaintances of ours, have headed up this ministry for five years. We heard that many of the refugees from the horn of Africa were settling in Dayton and that there was a need for volunteers. We began praying about moving into the Five Oaks neighborhood.
We now spend our days tutoring, transporting, gardening and presenting Jesus!
Pray for Mike and Lena: Apex can pray for the refugees, many of them Muslims, in the Dayton area. Pray that God will open their hearts to see Who Jesus is. Pray for a bold and gracious witness from those involved in the ministry. Pray that we would do all things in the strength of His Spirit and not ourselves. Pray that more people will volunteer to minister with Dayton’s refugees. Pray that we would be humble and serve with joy when we feel depressed and discouraged.
Contact Mike and Lena: If you would like to contact us, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message for Apex: Exodus 23:9 says, “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
When we try to put ourselves in the shoes of our refugee friends, we know how grateful we would be for any help in navigating an unfamiliar language and culture. He’s brought many nations to our doorstep! We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity He has given to us all in Dayton!