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A Tribute to My Dad


On October 14th, 2021, just before 5:00pm, Dad passed into glory.

In 1986, while in the Air Force, I was stationed at Yokota Air Base Japan. It was there that I heard the gospel for the first time and trusted Christ as my Savior. I remember reading the New Testament, it was like somebody exposed my life. I began thinking, then praying, then fasting about each of my family’s salvation.

A few months later I flew home with the goal of sharing the gospel with each family member. Some were saved, some said let me think about it, some rejected. I gave all of my family Bibles, and tracts. The tract in the picture is the original one that Dad had read and then received Christ as Savior, about a year after I first shared the gospel with him.

For the past 34 years Dad has walked with God faithfully. He has read the Bible through many times. In his later years, due to macular degeneration, Dad began listening to the Bible. He had listened five times all ready in 2021. He has been a fearless witness for God over the years.

Dad was a real prayer warrior. Not only did he pray for his friends at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Winnemucca, Nevada, he prayed faithfully every night for our Congolese.

During our hour-long monthly talks, Dad always asked how each of my family was doing, then talked about happenings at his church, then it always turned to how our ministry in the Congo was doing. He began asking for individual pastor’s names. He prayed for them every night by name. The list grew to 20 of our fellowship’s leaders and pastors. Dad gave monthly to our Academy’s orphans. He would give one time gifts for various needs over our 30+ years ministering to the Congo. An outboard motor for river-village evangelism. An office chair for our fellowship’s pastor, and much more.

I will miss our monthly talks. He has fought a good fight. His faith has become sight. He is fellowshipping with Jesus, my mom, his parents, the saints of God, and no doubt Congolese that his life touched.

I love you Dad! See you soon!

The tract in the picture is the original one that Dad had read and then received Christ as Savior, about a year after I first shared the gospel with him.


Academy News

$8,500 of the $9,500 needed, has come in to finish the first floor of our Academy. Thank you so much for the generous gifts. Amount still needed:

$1,000

How to Donate

Here are 2 easy ways to support Rise Congo.

One: Head over to the www.risecongo.org website and donate through the donate button.

Two: Make a written check payable to “Rise Congo” and send it to Rise Congo P.O. Box 294, Payson, AZ 85547.

Thank you so much for donating!

Gale Dawson, Founder/ Director

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