“He’s gone everywhere and tells stories like nobody’s business,” said Kelli Vigil, vespers coordinator. By multiple students’ request, Dick Duerksen, photographer and storyteller for Maranatha Volunteers International, will speak for Power Pac this weekend from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, beginning on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
From South Africa to Mexico and back again to the U.S., through his photography Duerksen has documented Maranatha volunteers’ adventures all over the world. Working with people from all walks of life, he and his wife, Brenda, a nurse and Maranatha’s medial projects specialist, travel frequently with the organization. Viewing themselves as “storycatchers,” they both enjoy sharing experiences with those they meet.
No stranger to Union, Duerksen previously worked in the college’s Enrollment Services, as well as spending time as a pastor, editor and health administrator at Florida Hospital. Now a regular traveler with Maranatha, he hosts a weekly television program called Maranatha Mission Stories, which airs on 3ABN, The Hope Channel and other stations.
An accomplished raconteur, Duerksen will speak for the college due to popular demand. “Students requested last spring to have him come as a guest speaker,” said Rich Carlson, vice president for Spiritual Life. “So we made it happen this semester.”
Offering a unique perspective of Christ through his stories, Duerksen’s descriptive style brings the narratives to life. “He paints a picture of Bible stories through words,” said Carlson. “He specializes in telling a very detailed story to the audience, without the need of graphics."
Duerksen’s four talks will be held in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Union College—Thursday evening at 7:30, Friday at 7:30, and two church services on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9:15 a.m. and noon. The church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott, and the events are all free and open to the public.
Each talk will also be webcast live at uclive.ucollege.edu.