October 17, 2009
For immediate release.
Contact: Ken Bain 618-771-3318 PO Box 542, VIENNA, IL 62995
Johnson County IL couple commissioned by
North American Mission Board
In Denver, Colorado on October 5, a tri-annual missions commissioning ceremony included Kenneth and Thurleen Bain. The couple was among one hundred-nine Mission Service Corp missionaries commissioned by the North American Mission Board to various fields of work in the United States, Canada, and US Territories. “MSC” missionaries are provided with support services and a network of prayer reinforcement. They however must raise their own financial resources.
Ken and Thurleen serve among the Native American tribes in Arizona. They are based in the Tohono O’odham Nation in the Indian village of Hikiwan in the Sonoran Desert. Their work is in teaching, training, and mentoring Indian pastors and leaders to encourage them as they minister to their own people.
The Tohono O’odham Nation covers 2.3 million acres, larger than the state of Connecticut. Per-capita income is barely $3,000, health issues are extreme, and the villages are overrun by hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens entering from Mexico each year. The faithful who are active in evangelical New Testament churches make up less than 1/10th of one percent of the population. Of those, a small band of dedicated Indian believers in Hikiwan invited the Bain’s to live in their village, an extreme rarity in that closed society.
Ken Bain, a four time president of the Vienna Area Ministerial Alliance, and wife Thurleen are known for their active civic roles in Johnson County IL. They have served on numerous local boards and committees. Ken was a founding member of the Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone board of Directors and the Johnson County Steering Committee that helped form SIDEZ. Thurleen was Johnson County Coordinator for Shawnee Development Council until retirement. Their ministry website can be accessed at http://www.ktbministries.org .