Missionary monthly news


Missionaries across the globe need our fervent prayers more than ever. Many of them are quarantined and not able to provide fully to the people most in need. Some are providing online support to their students, their congregations and their staff, while others cannot provide online support due to the poverty in their region. Many of the missionaries highlight how the COVID pandemic has affected them. 

Check out the updates from our Missionaries throughout the world. Pray for all missionaries, that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of the people throughout the world to know and hear the love of Jesus and the path to eternal life. Also pray for the health and safety of all missionaries and their families.

Upcoming Events:

Dinner on the Green  |  Saturday, August 14  |  6-8:30pm

We invite you to the annual Dinner on the Green in the green space between the Church and Gym. A buffet dinner will be offered and missionaries will provide updates on their particular missions.


SHYP Navajo Trip  |  July 22-26

Greg & Sinuon Holz   |  First two weeks of August in Denver

Rev. Dr. Robert & Kristi Roegner  |  August 14-15

Joe & viya Stoltenow  |  Ray of Hope, Cambodia

Congratulations to Joe and Viya Stoltenow who welcomed their new baby girl, Elliana, to their family. She is precious, and thanks to the wonders of technology was baptized by Joe with a Zoom baptism officiated by Pastor Stoltenow! Family near and far were able to experience this wonderful sacrament. 

Doug and Tricia Stoner  | Pioneers-austria/Western Europe

We were blessed to have Doug Stoner give us an update in person on Sunday, June 13. The Stoners are mainly stateside to care for their mothers who need some in-person love and attention. Doug imparted that he will be shifting his focus to church planting in Vienna, Austria. He is excited for the opportunity and is leaving his directorship in good hands with his successor. He will still be affiliated with the Pioneers, which is a multi-denominational organization supporting Western Europe. 

While in the States, Doug is still meeting remotely with the team leaders in Iberia and Italy. Doug asks for wisdom, especially in helping with the transition to new area leaders for them. Additionally, Doug asks for prayers for the salvation of their unsaved friends and family, especially those they meet with while in Denver. Doug and Tricia are also celebrating 35 years of marriage and are so blessed to be back with some of the people that were at their ceremony 35 years ago. Praise God for the blessings of marriage. 

Greg and Sinuon Holz  |  Crossing cambodia

We are also excited to see Greg and Sinuon Holz in August, when they will come to Colorado to visit various churches who support them, in addition to being in the States so Sinuon can take her citizenship exam. We pray that she passes her exam, and that Greg and family can find housing while in the Denver area. 

John & Jenn Wolf  |  Africa

John visited with the Mission team in May, to give them an update on their activities through the 7 countries he visits in Africa. July through October is generally busy for projects in Africa as seminaries and children’s schools prepare to resume and construction activities take advantage of the drier weather. As it seems the COVID protocols will be in effect for a while longer in Africa, it becomes difficult for the Wolf family to travel stateside for home service, so the brief visit with John was a bit of a compromise. 

Also, with COVID, it has been difficult to move from country to country in order to support seminaries and the mission field. Pray that life will get back to normal for John and his family so his mission can be more hands on, as he is used to doing. 

Pastor Tim Norton  |  Navajo

Recently, a big change has happened in their lives. The Nortons resigned from Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM) and will now be raising support on their own to continue God’s mission at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Navajo, NM. Although the circumstances of their support have changed, what has remained the same is the location of their ministry and the goal to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus. Grace Lutheran Church in Albuquerque has volunteered to help them steward the money they raise as well as provide local oversight for the mission. 

Sharron Wilen  |  Son & Reins Ranch, Franktown, CO

The Son and Reins Ranch uses equine-assisted learning (EAL) and philosophy sessions to help people work through various mental, emotional and relational challenges. EAL is experiential learning with horses. Unlike talk therapy, where you have to put into words the emotions and affects that a past experience had on you, EAL happens in real time. Since it engages all the senses and it is hand-on and interactive, it therefore leads to greater understanding, application, and retention. They facilitate a learning opportunity and each participant will be impacted differently, according to what they are ready to learn, what they want to work through, what their experience is in the session and what their needs are. The Son and Reins ministry are there first and foremost to minister to people, not train horses. They build relationships, not give riding lessons. They exist to plant seeds and, Lord willing, have an eternal impact. 

Sharron has endured another shoulder surgery, but Rhonda has been filling in nicely, and Sharron is returning this month to help with the ministry. Pray for continued healing and that the barn can be built soon to facilitate the feeding and care of the horses.