Longtime Caribbean Area Missionary Dave Stone retired Jan. 1 and plans to continue serving the region through discipleship and leadership training, serving alongside his wife, Nancy.
Their longtime ministry career included 24 years on the mission field, the first 10 in Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. Although in 1994 they returned to the U.S. to pastor in Guymon, Okla., and then at Woodburn Foursquare Church in Oregon, they later sensed a stirring in their hearts to return to missions.
They answered that call in 2005 after Foursquare Missions International (FMI) leaders asked if they would consider becoming regional coordinators for the Caribbean.
Over the years, Dave says they have been blessed to plant churches in Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, establish two training centers, and see young leaders enter ministry.
“It has been a special highlight to work with the national leaders of the Caribbean these past 14 years and to see them become a functioning regional council,” says Dave. “We always had to look to the future, with the understanding that we weren’t going to be here forever.”
“We always had to look to the future, with the understanding that we weren’t going to be here forever.” —Dave Stone
FMI Director Ted Vail commends the Stones, noting they have been the “perfect leaders in the Caribbean for this past season,” adding that they are both bilingual with cross-cultural experience, Nancy having been raised in Cuba. “I marvel at all the awesome things God has done through the Stones and the awesome leaders in the Caribbean. They step aside and leave a region poised for an awesome future in the gospel.”
Dave and Nancy recently relocated to Valdosta, Ga., to be near family.