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Missionary Highlight: David and Rita Blake

Today's Missionary Highlight: david and rita blake

Serving in indonesia


1. Tell us about your family.

     We are David and Rita Blake, and with our daughters Anna (17), Ruby (15), Laura (13) and Mary (11) we now live in Minnesota after many years in Asia.

2. How would you summarize your ministry?

   David still serves full-time in leadership for Bible translation work in Indonesia, making several trips there each year and doing a lot ‘behind the scenes.’  His area of responsibility is an island about the size of Iowa that has over 100 languages.  Not all of those language communities need their own Bible translation, but there is a lot of work to be done to sort that out and to find the people needed to do the work.  Exciting things are happening there, especially as Indonesian Christians – although a minority in their country – get more and more involved in Bible translation and other ministries. 

3. Favorite non-ministry activity:

Our family has done a LOT of traveling over the years and is VERY familiar with airports and flying.  However, if you ask the girls what they like to do for fun, they’re likely to say “Travel!”  We recently visited Mt Rushmore and drove to the top of Pikes Peak.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of God’s creation, and we were amazed (after living in developing countries) at how the road could be paved so smoothly at those elevations. 

4. praises and prayer requests

   We want to give a big thanks to the VEFC family for your faithful financial support for so many years.  Please pray for God’s provision of additional support needed due to the much higher cost of living here in the USA.

Please pray also for wisdom as we make plans and set goals for our ministry involvement in the coming years.  We came home last year after losing our visa to live in Indonesia, and now it appears that staying here long-term is the best situation for our family.  We hope to continue to serve the Bibleless peoples of Indonesia for as long as we can, from wherever we are and in whatever way is best.

Thanks so much to David and Rita for sharing this brief look into your life on the mission field. More missionary highlights are coming soon!

Posted by Nikki Twedt at 4:42 PM