Penny Dugan, Director
My family and I know from personal experience the affects of AIDS. After my husband was diagnosed with HIV, my children and I became part of Youth With A Mission. I witnessed the physical and emotional pain of those who were despised, rejected, hopeless and dying-often alone. The Lord asked me to care for my dying husband. He filled me with His heart of love and compassion for the sick, lonely, broken and lost. I established New Jerusalem Missions in 1992, moving from Illinois to Kansas. Our team ran a hospice in Wichita until 2000. God gave us the Dwelling Place in Newton in 2001, where we trained missionaries. We started the Harvey County Homeless Shelter in 2005 and ran it for three years before turning it over to the community. By God's grace and people's prayers and generous support, the following ministries were started and continue to thrive:
2009- Ukukhyana Life Care Centre in S. Africa, caring for adults and children living with AIDS
2014- Loaves & Fish Cafe feeding program (10,000 meals/year)
- Transitional living for men
- Second Chance clothing and furniture giveaway
I came to New Jerusalem truly by divine appointment. My first experience with the Mission was as a Business Administration Intern from Bethel College. Penny then asked me to be the live- in staff member once they started the Transformation Living program. I accepted and moved in August 2014. I am originally from Pomona, California and found my way to Kansas by pursuing football as a college athlete. I gave the Mission a two- year commitment in October of 2014 and have since continued on past that commitment.
I moved to Newton, Kansas, in August 2018 to join with New Jerusalem Missions in my retirement years. I came from Randolph, Vermont, where I spent most of my life, along with my family. I started my journey with Christ Jesus as my Savior in my 20's and have loved the life that has unfolded since. I am a registered nurse, which allowed me to serve in many ways and many countries, on short mission trips and 10 years of full-time serve. I found Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the early 1990's. That lead to meeting Penny Dugan and her passion to serve the disadvantaged, including those dying from AIDS. I was part of developing a HIV/AIDS school for the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii, which provides training for its missionaries and care for those they served.
My daughter Laura joined me in the move to Kansas, while my son, Dennis, and his family remain in Vermont. My oldest granddaughter enjoyed the trip to South Africa in July of 2017, where we served at Ukukhanya, the sister ministry to New Jerusalem Mission. I hope my family and others will continue to join in partnering with this ministry.
I'm Tamara Redding and have been on staff since July 2020. A little bit about me, I grew up in the church and first came to know Jesus at a young age. I have been in ministry in various roles over the years. I have a cat named Guinevere, overflowing bookshelves, and lots of houseplants. I am so grateful to be able to serve at New Jerusalem Missions. It's exciting to see God at work in the lives of those we serve.