The North Central District is excited to welcome Dave and Sasha Bliss to our NCD family! Since 2006, they have served as missionaries in Poland and Bulgaria with ReachGlobal.  Over the past year, God has been at work to bring them into a new season of service here in the North Central District. Through many careful conversations and with much prayer, Dave has embraced a new ministry role on our district staff. Beginning July 1st, he will serve as NCD Director of Missions Mobilization. Sasha, while not joining district staff, will serve alongside him as they help NCD congregations bear fruit in missions. They will succeed Steve and Kathy Austvold in this role (who, like the Bliss’s, also spent many fruitful years serving with ReachGlobal). Steve will continue serving part-time on our NCD staff, too. He will assist Dave in serving NCD congregations as they seek to make an impact for Christ across the globe.

Dave’s new role with the NCD will have many important facets. It will include things like coaching local church missions teams, advising congregations on missions support, recruiting and supporting potential missionaries, serving district missions leaders, organizing short term teams, and preaching about missions across the NCD. In all this, the goal would be to multiply their ministry in a way that results in more sending and investment in global missions by churches in our district family. In addition to his ministry with us, Dave will also be available to serve EFCA churches in the Forest Lakes District, coming alongside them for help and encouragement in missions, too.

Like his former role as a missionary, this new position will require them to raise support. Because of this, we would ask you and your congregation to prayerfully consider supporting the Bliss family as they serve with the NCD. You can reach out to Dave at dave.bliss@ncdefca.org. You can give to support his work at ncdefca.org/give.