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The Josiah Foundation

The Josiah Foundation was founded in February 2007, and is a 501 (c) 3 Christian Charitable not for profit organization.  

The Foundation’s namesake is King Josiah whose actions are described in Jeremiah 22:16 “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD. This one verse includes both of The Josiah Foundation’s two central themes - helping those in poverty and knowing God.

Goals of The Josiah Foundation

• To help those who are living in deep poverty and who are without the most basic
   necessities of life.
• To communicate the gospel and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ to many so that they
   may come to know and love the living God.
• To find and share evidences of a powerful, sovereign, and loving God who personally 
   exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth.
• To glorify God and strengthen the faith of many people in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Methods of the Josiah Foundation

Utilize both full time workers and short term mission teams to provide the following services:

• Promote specific and practical means of meeting material and spiritual needs of those 
  living in deep poverty.

• Encourage, support, train and serve those living in deep poverty.  Objective is to see 
  holistic transformation in individual lives and in whole communities.  Potential area of 
  service include:
  • Train Pastors and Leaders
  • Financial and business training and planning
  • Medical missions
  • Provide funding and training for educational institutions
  • Support orphanages through funding and personal service of volunteers 
  • Food distribution
  • Prayer ministry
  • Developing Communication Systems for those unable to speak due to their disability**
  • Educational support and consultation with children with disabilities and their teachers**
  • Assisting those in need with obtaining the medical treatment they need**
            **Full time missionary Pat Duff utilizes these methods in Guatemala. For more on 
               Pat's ministry, go to www.guatemalagrandma.com

• Emphasize personal development by helping people to develop into individuals who, after 
  receiving help themselves, will in turn help others.

• Utilize various media (web site, newsletters, video documentaries, et al.) to publicize 
  God’s mighty works in the lives of people around the world.

Statement of Faith

• The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit and written without error in the original 
   manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
• There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and 
   voluntarily shed his blood on the cross as atonement for the sins of men.
• Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven where He, the only 
   mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession to the Father for His
   own.
• All men are sinners and in need of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. God bestows the free
  gift of eternal life to all who place their faith solely in the Lord Jesus Christ.
• All men will be resurrected; the wicked to everlasting torment in hell, and the saints to 
  everlasting life in God’s presence.


Board of Directors

David Penner | Founder and President

David is a professional engineer with over twenty five years of consulting engineering experience. David has provided consulting services for nearly the past twenty years at the Omaha, Nebraska headquarters of HDR Engineering Inc., a leading national engineering consulting firm. David designs control systems for facilities such as Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants and Power Generating Stations. Prior to joining HDR, David was a consultant in the Power Division of Black & Veatch Engineers & Architects. David has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
  

Michael Wenig | Treasurer

Mike is the Pastoral Care Pastor at Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to his service at Westside, Mike worked in the printing industry holding sales and management positions. He also owned and operated his own marketing company. Mike was born in South Carolina, grew up in Florida, and has lived in Nebraska for the last 31 years. He is the proud father of four children and the exceptionally proud grandfather of fourteen grandchildren.

Dr. Don Pahl | Secretary

Don, a native Nebraskan, graduated from Grace University (Omaha) in 1974.• For over 37 years, Don, along with his wife Rosi, has pastored churches in Saskatchewan, Ohio, Manitoba, Kansas, and presently in Omaha, Nebraska.• Don holds a Master of Divinity degree and an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from Denver Seminary.• Don and Rosi have two sons and four grandchildren.

Waldo Goossen | Member Board of Directors

Waldo serves with Africa Inland Mission (AIM), currently in the Omaha, Nebraska metro area. For 23 years, he and his wife Lynette, served with AIM in Nairobi, Kenya, where their three children were born. As a part of AIM AIR, Waldo helped maintain mission aircraft and radios, and was involved in administration. He was born in Kansas, but spent twelve of his early years in Germany. Waldo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Bible Institute (Moody Aviation).

John Schomburg | Member Board of Directors

John is a Managing Partner of DialogueIT LLC. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Omaha, Nebraska, and have been married for 28 years. They have two grown children. John has served with local, national, and international mission organizations for the past 16 years. Since 2009, he has been serving people in the remote villages of Los Limones, Zacapa, and La Avanzada, La Union, Guatemala.