Missionary of the Week
Dave and Marilyn Janke, have been planting
churches in Canada for 32 years. Dave grew up in Denver, Colorado, and Marilyn
was born in Bakersfield, California. In 1976 they met at Bob Jones University
and both graduated in 1977.
Marilyn enjoys writing for Frontline magazine and
her website is: http://www.ribtickler.org/.
She has also produced two CD's, Lord, Change Me and Homesick For Heaven.
In 1982, they began planting a church in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. At
that time Winnipeg had a population of over 600,000, and had only two small
fundamental works. After four years, they were able to turn it over to the
assistant pastor who is a Canadian.
In 1987, they began working with an established but very new ministry in
Abbotsford, British Columbia. The small congregation was struggling, but during
their time there they saw a number of folk saved. They also challenged the
people to pay off the mortgage early. The church folk responded by doubling
their monthly payments, and in October 1997 they were able to realize their
goal of being debt free.
In 1998, they took up the further challenge of beginning a brand new work in
Mission, British Columbia. As well, Dave has held evangelistic meetings
close to the Arctic Circle which planted the seeds for the establishing of
another work. They have also helped other sister churches stay on their feet
while waiting for the arrival of another pastor.
The Jankes have four children: Esther and her husband, Paul; David and his wife, Allie; Anna; Sara and her husband, Nathaniel.