Minnesota natives Doyle and Dori Carlblom have traveled the globe spreading the Word.
Doyle and Dori Carlblom have been serving God as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 1981.
The couple, with roots in Minnesota and degrees from Crown College, wanted to serve overseas, but were not sure where they would be led.
What started out with the possibility of serving in South Korea and an assignment to Zaire, Africa, ultimately resulted in service in Asia.
The couple started working at a Bible school in Taiwan before moving to Hong Kong.
The two are considered Christian development consultants in China - a role they have been filling since 2007. Dori and Doyle are working in the central part of China where they help registered churches.
In preparation for their service in that part of the world, the two went through intensive language study programming.
“Walking down the streets and having kids laugh at you and not knowing what they were saying was a real incentive to learn,”?Dori said.
According to Doyle, the economy in China has been impacted by the recession facing the United States but not to the same extent.
Much of the impact has been felt in the factories, which, in many cases have either closed or have been scaled back.
Other than that, the nation has not been as impacted, as the people do not live in debt like they do here in the U.S., Dori said.
As part of the missionary culture in Asia, Dori sand Doyle have seen the impact the recession has had on their fellow workers.
Some people are finding it much more difficult to find financial support, and others have had to leave the field because there is no funding. Dorie and Doyle have even seen missionaries with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the entity they serve with, cut back in the number of missionaries it supports.
This past weekend, Dori was at the Echo Alliance Church sharing with the congregation about her time in Asia, and the couple is currently sharing the same experiences this week with the congregation at Redwood Alliance Church.
The Carlbloms’ are scheduled to offer a presentation Friday night starting at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
They are also taking part in the congregation’s Sunday morning activities, which start with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m.
The two are also going to be in attendance for the congregations open house Sunday afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m.
Doyle and Dori Carlblom are in the United States sharing their experiences around the region through the end of the year.
In January they are planning to return to the area where they are serving, and they have no plans of retiring from their service to the Lord any time soon. The two have two daughters, Linda and Kelly who live in the United States.
If you would like to learn more about the Carlblom’s you are encouraged to attend the activities this weekend at Redwood Alliance.