DALE & ANN LITTLE

PROFILE

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Dale & Ann are global workers with ServeBeyond, the international ministry arm of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada.

As of January 2023 Dale & Ann are based in Maine for 9 mos./yr. and in Japan for 3 mos./yr. They carry out their ministries in-person in Japan and other Asian countries in Feb., Jun., and Oct. The rest of the year they do so remotely. During 2023 and 2024 they are also visiting their 21 supporting churches in Canada and the US.

ASIA

SERVEBEYOND ASIA REGIONAL COORDINATORS
(40% time)
As ServeBeyond Asia Regional Coordinators Dale & Ann come alongside, encourage, and network ServeBeyond Asia personnel and partners in Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. They travel to those countries three times a year during the months they are based in Japan (Feb, Jun, Oct).

TOKYO

TOKYO MULTICULTURAL CHURCH OVERSIGHT
(30% time)
In 2013 Dale & Ann launched TMC in their apartment complex and have been leading the church since. Now remotely when in Maine and in-person when in Tokyo, they continue consulting and overseeing the church by recruiting, coaching, and encouraging TMC leaders, with the goal of eventually turning over all aspects of the church planting ministry to them. Dale also leads Leadership Team meetings each month and Members’ Meetings three times a year.

In addition, the Littles provide a financial subsidy for helping establish TMC through their ServeBeyond ministry expansion fund.

THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION (10% time)
Dale is adjunct faculty at Japan Bible Seminary in Tokyo where he lectures in systematic theology (in Japanese) during two of the months the Littles are based in Japan (Jun, Oct). He also periodically presents papers and writes on theological reflections about church planting, and hopes to publish a book in Japanese on Contemporary Theology.

CANADA AND USA

SUPPORT TEAM BUILDING (20% time)
During 2023 and 2024 Dale & Ann are visiting their 21 supporting churches in Canada and the US.

PURPOSE

The purpose of Dale and Ann’s 39 years of ministry based mostly in Japan is to model and encourage BOTH the vision for making disciples of Jesus Christ through compassionate church planting AND the development of evangelical theology from which that vision rises.

Church Planting
Jesus Christ commanded his followers to make disciples. Paul obeyed by proclaiming the gospel, founding churches, and then nurturing those churches. Church planting lies at the heart of God's mission.
Theological Education
God’s mission as it unfolds in the New Testament has a significant ecclesial component. Therefore thinking theologically about church planting has great potential for encouraging and equipping church planters.
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