Faith has always been at the core of ministry in the lives of Dan and Irene Jensen. In 1996 they sensed the Lord had put a call on their lives to begin full-time mission work in the country of Haiti. In 1997, they sold their small family business and began a faith journey, trusting the Lord for provision as they established Faith Missions International (FMI).
Over the course of 18 years of missions ministry, hundreds of people from across the United States joined FMI on mission trips to Haiti, Taiwan, Sweden, Russia and Trinidad. In 2004, the ministry built and operated an orphanage with 50 children in Haiti. Later, the ministry began publishing The Heartland Gatekeeper, a Christian Newspaper which was distributed free of charge to more than 300 churches and businesses in the Heartland. The ministry published 10,000 copies a month for eight years.
Throughout their years in mission work, the Lord called the Jensens to walk by faith and trust that He would provide. There were times they did not know how the bills would be paid, or how they would provide support for the 50 children in the orphanage in Haiti, but God was always faithful to provide what was needed.
The Jensen’s mission work came to a close in February 2014. In August of that year, as they sought the Lord for direction for the next season of life, they were led to begin a new ministry for pastors and their spouses. The Jensens know first hand that the call to full-time ministry is not easy, and periods of rest away from day-to-day demands are beneficial physically, mentally and spiritually.
After more than two years of praying, seeking, searching and waiting on God to show them where to begin the retreat center, The Drawbridge is now open and ready to serve. It is a step of faith as the Jensens sense the Lord’s leading to embark on a new ministry journey.
This new ministry launch is yet again, a call to step out of the boat and walk on the waters of faith.
Dan & Irene were married in 1988 and they have four grown children. They serve as the hosts and reside full time at The Drawbridge with their two little Yorkshire Terriors, Bailey & Baxter.