Derek and Kristin Dearth are full-time missionaries in Zambia, Africa. Derek grew up in Neenah, WI and was a member of Community Church prior to going to Zambia in 2004. Kristin grew up in Mt. Pleasant, MI. During what were supposed to be their college years, they instead chose to be nonconformists and spend one and a half years with ACTION in Lusaka, Zambia, which is where they met. Both of them spent time working primarily with street kids and some with the HIV crisis. It was in Zambia that God gave Derek the desire to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Kristin the desire to become a Registered Nurse.
After returning to the Midwest and getting married, they soon realized that their hearts were back in Africa. They pursued various opportunities to work with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, but none excited them like the unexpected request from Tim Hilty, the field leader of ACTION Zambia, to return to Zambia and lead the C.R.O.S.S. Project. Because Derek and Kristin were pursuing career missions, they wanted overwhelming confirmation that this was the right fit, which God graciously and repeatedly displayed through hours of Skype conversation with the Hiltys and visiting the ACTION Zambia field in August ’09.
They are delighted that God’s good providence would send them back to Zambia and are excited to join such a stellar team.
EAST AFRICA (http://www.eclea.net)
Equipping Church Leaders East Africa (ECLEA)
ECLEA’s mission is to glorify God by training and equipping East African church leaders with sound and relevant biblical doctrine in order to transform lives, the churches, and communities.
ECLEA Missionary Team