History and Mission
and Ellie Dobbelmann established Dove International in 1991 as a result
of a vision and directive from the Lord to bring people to Mexico for
the purpose of evangelism. Since its inception the mission of Dove has
been to equip and mobilize the local church to fulfill the Great Commission.
Thousands of young people and adults have participated in Dove's short-term
outreaches and have made a huge spiritual impact in Mexico. The Mexico
outreaches have been very fruitful with thousands of people coming to
the Lord. The outreaches have also had an impact on the churches in
Mexico whom we partner with for the outreaches. Many have increased
in size and caught a vision for doing evangelism among their own people.
In addition, the participants on these trips have also returned with
a new vision of missions and evangelism. Several young people have been
called into full time missions and have gone on to serve the Lord in
their calling. We will never know the full extent of the impact of these
short-term missions but what we have witnessed has been miraculous and
anointed of the Lord. Our ministry in Mexico includes door-to-door Bible
distribution, children's ministry, open air evangelistic crusades and
some mercy ministries among the poor. Teams who participate in these
outreaches come prepared to do children's ministry, perform dramas,
lead worship, preach and give testimonies at the services. Dove International
owns 4 coach buses that we use for outreaches. The first bus was donated
to Dove by a ministry that has a common vision for taking people to
Mexico on short-term missions.
As part of Dove's
mission to train people in missions and discipleship, World Changers
Outreach Institute was formed in 1999. WCOI is located in Antigua, Guatemala,
and offers four programs: Discipleship Program, Leadership Program,
Summer Outreach and Guatemala Language School training. The programs
vary in length from 3 weeks to 3 months and are designed to provide
opportunities for spiritual growth, evangelism, mercy ministries, volunteer
work in the community and Spanish language acquisition. Bruce Ahlberg
serves as director of WCOI.
Dove is recognized
by the Federal Government as a non-profit 501c3 organization and is
governed by a board of directors who meet four times each year.
Serve the local
church's leadership in mobilizing their people into personal cross-cultural
missions involvement, and to train leadership to perpetuate and expand
We of Dove International
believe that the Bible is God's only inspired and authoritative Word.
It reveals that Jesus Christ is God's Son and became a man, and though
all other men are lost, have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God, God has made salvation for them possible through the substitutionary
death on the cross of this precious Son-Jesus Christ.
We believe that
repentance, faith, love, and obedience are fitting responses to this
tremendous act of God's love in our behalf, and that His initiative
of grace makes it possible for every believer to exhibit these qualities
if they so choose.
We believe that
it is God's greatest desire for "none to perish, but all to come
to repentance" (1 Peter 3:9), and that His choice was to work in
a loving union with us in "reconciling the world unto Himself"
(2 Corinthians 5:18)
Dove Staff Profiles
Director Dove International
Darrell is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has been
in full-time ministry for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of North
Central University. Darrell has been a pastor and worked for Youth With
a Mission in a leadership capacity prior to starting Dove International
in 1991. He is a gifted teacher, evangelist and motivational speaker. He is also working as an International Trainer with Oasis World Ministries.
Director of YWAM Antigua
Bruce is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. He holds a
Ph. D. with International Seminary and has worked as a youth pastor
and Christian school teacher. He has been working full-time with Dove
since 1999 developing and directing YWAM Antigua
in Antigua, Guatemala.