David Gates is the son of missionary parents. He is an ordained minister with degrees in nursing, software engineering, and business administration. He also is a professional pilot and aviation mechanic. He has served as a missionary in many countries including, Peru, Mexico, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.
David founded Gospel Ministries International in 2000 in order to develop and administer medical aviation, education, and broadcasting projects around the world. As a speaker, David communicates his trust in God and passion for volunteer service on the front lines of mission work.
David is married to Rebecca (Duerksen) with whom he grew up as missionary kids in Bolivia. They have three daughters and two sons.
Eileen E. Lantry
Of the seventeen books written by Eileen E. Lantry, two show how God used the faith and dedication of two men, who lived a century apart, to change the lives of the neglected Amerindians of Guyana, South America. Eileen felt honored and privileged to share with others how God used O.E. Davis and David Gates in close partnership with Him. In 2001 via dugout canoe and bush plane, she thrilled with joy as she worshipped with over a thousand dedicated "Davis Indians" in the Mt. Roraima area of Guyana and Venezuela.
"I've always been a missionary at heart," she said, "but God has given my husband and I the joy of sharing His love with many precious people overseas for sixteen years, mostly in Southeast Asia. Maranatha has added many shorter volunteer trips to other areas of the world."
Eileen has taught school from kindergarten to college. As a librarian she especially enjoys organizing school libraries so the students will be challenged to increase in knowledge. She combines Bible study and nature's secrets by introducing God's two marvelous books to youth in many countries. Mission projects combined with adding new birds, plants, and animals to her life list give travel a Christ-centered purpose.
Life is always fun as she squeezes into her busy schedule hobbies like gardening, cross-country skiing, and making scrapbooks of the places in the world where God sends her and her husband, Jay. Two sons and four grandchildren add to her joy. Truly she can say with John 1:16, "From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another."