Weldyn and Barb Houger began married life in 1972 and also began ministry and mission work at that time. Haines, Alaska was the starting point for missions. They were Assistant Pastors in Haines and at the same time were pastors of a Native American church nearby in Klukwan. From July 1972 – April 1981 they were involved in Home Missions (District and National) and helped construct a Bible school building and church building in Bethel, Alaska, pioneered and built a church in Glennallen, Alaska, and worked with Klukwan, Alaska to function as an indigenous church. They also pastured in Poplar, Montana under National Home Missions appointment.
For nearly two and half years they ministered as the Ministers of Youth and Education in Sidney, Montana. At that point in time the Lord ministered to their hearts that it was time for foreign mission work. In 1983 they were appointed as foreign missionaries and began the process of raising support to go to Indonesia.
Two big blessings in their life are their two children. Blaine and Christy have been a part of their life and ministry in Alaska, Montana, and Indonesia. They graduated from high school in Malaysia and returned to the United States. Now home for them is Montana, but Asia has a place in their hearts and memories.
Landing in Indonesia in July 1985 was a fulfillment of God’s promise that they would minister there. When it looked impossible for visas and being told that they may have to plan to go to a different country, they held on to God’s promise. Language school was one of the harder experiences, but a joy to be able to speak with the people in their own language.
After language school they moved to Medan, North Sumatra to work with the Batak people. They worked in the Bible school there as Assistant Academic Dean and as lecturers. Traveling out to villages and teaching was a great joy. In different sections of that District they began the School of Ministry going once a month to teach a course, hold services, and help that area start new churches. Later they served in the Jakarta Bible School as Campus Pastors and lecturers, ministering and teaching in the churches in the areas of leadership and Christian education in the church.
In the middle of ministry time in Indonesia a year was spent in Vietnam (1993). Because of visa problems they had to leave Indonesia for a period of time. Vietnam was opening up for an opportunity for compassionate ministries. They were able to help start three orphanages, work with a couple of drug rehab centers and start the process for some health clinics. At that time a couple preparing for work in Vietnam arrived and the Hougers went back to Indonesia.
In 1996 they were back in the States for deputation. 1997-99 brought real joy to Weldyn as he served as Missionary in Residence at Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota. It was a great experience in helping plant a vision for missions in the hearts of students. At this time two of the couples he taught are serving in Thailand, one couple is in language school in Costa Rica preparing for ministry in Venezuela, another couple is raising support to go to Indonesia. Those are some of the special rewards of ministry.
For a number of years the Hougers have served as Bible school and educational consultants with the Asia Pacific Education Office. They have had the joy of teaching or consulting with Bible school leaders in Mongolia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Cambodia, and American Samoa.
In 2000 they moved to Singapore. From that time to November 2005 Weldyn served as the Principal, Acting Academic Dean (2002-2005), and lecturer for the Assemblies of God Bible College (Singapore). Barb was the Registrar (2002-2005) and lecturer for the College. Singapore is enjoyable, attractive, and clean country, but it is the students that makes Singapore a special place. The cry of Weldyn and Barb’s heart is to train Asians to reach Asia!