We have four children: Nate, Ben, Lucretia, and Dora. Nate and his wife, Daphne, live in Southern Missouri where they are in business. They have four wonderful children. Ben and his wife, Melissa, live in Iowa where Ben is on staff at his church and Melissa is a stay-at-home mom. They are parents of three children. Lucretia and her husband, Aaron, are in Nebraska where he is employed in IT. They have a daughter. Dora and her husband, Jeremy, are also in Nebraska where she is employed at a care home and he is a Med-Aide at the care home.
Paul & Janet Harkness We were both raised in the Ord - Arcadia, Nebraska area. Janet trusted Christ as a child at age 7, and Paul trusted Christ as a young adult at the age of 20.
In our third year of marriage the Lord led us to Bible College to begin preparing for ministry. Busy raising our children, Janet was able to complete one year at the college. During our college years Paul was interim pastor at two churches in the area.
After graduation we served churches in Nebraska and Oklahoma as Pastor and Associate Pastor for a total of twenty years of pastoral ministry. In these roles we could clearly see the Lord at work in the lives of children and youth. We were particularly impressed with how He used Awana Clubs to reach these young people. In 2009 we became Awana Missionaries serving Nebraska, SE Wyoming, Southern South Dakota, and SW Minnesota.