Spotlight on Missions: The Vanderhoofs


Picture4Editor’s Note:  Recently Tabernacle held our annual Missions Conference.  In the coming weeks we will provide a look at each of the missionaries that came and ministered to us during this special time for our church.  We trust that God will continue to use His servants to accomplish His work.

EDUCATION: Don graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1979 with a BA in Bible and a minor in Greek. He also completed the Camp Director’s Institute program at the Wilds in 1982. Jill graduated from Pensacola with Secretarial Certificate in 1981.

PREVIOUS MINISTRIES: Before entering missions, we were involved in a Chinese Bible study with Chinese students at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. The goal was to start a Chinese Church. A church was started, but after we had left for the mission field. Our first term in Germany lasted six years.  Our second term lasted three years and a church was planted. The name of the church is Rureifel Independent Baptist Church. In German it is Freie Baptisten Gemeinde Rureifel.

PRESENT MINISTRIES: Presently we are on deputation to return to Germany for our third term

ABOUT YOUR MISSION FIELD: We are in the northern part of the Eifel Region of Germany.  There has been no Gospel witness in the Eifel Region for centuries. To date, we are aware of only three churches in the whole region that preach the Gospel to the Germans: ours in the north, one in the south, and a US military church in the southern Eifel with an outreach to the Germans. The region is mountainous.  Germany uses the Euro as currency. It has open borders with its neighbors in the Eurozone. Germany has the strongest economy in Europe.

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