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Mission founder to speak in Dillon

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DILLON ” It was 10 years ago that Lars Dunberg of Colorado Springs started a ministry group on a table in his basement.

Since then, Global Action has grown to serve humanitarian, faith-based needs in 74 countries ” bringing blankets and clothing to residents in India, a summer camp in the Ukraine and teaching and vocational programs throughout the world.

Dunberg is starting a nationwide tour to speak about the organization’s past 10 years and its current service projects. He will speak at the Dillon Community Church at 7 p.m. on Monday.

“We are going to inform the people who come of the value to the projects we are doing,” Dunberg said.

Many times, he said, his group’s humanitarian efforts are conducted outside the spotlight.

“In Northern India, about 10,000 people freeze to death and it doesn’t hit CNN or any other news, but we have been trying to help that problem by having people here provide money for blankets and clothing,” Dunberg said.

In Ukraine, Global Action received a former communist pioneer camp a few years ago and transformed it into a summer camp for children 6 to 16-years-old. It has a mix of poor children who wouldn’t normally be able to attend a camp and children wanting to attend a Christian camp, said Fred Sharpe, a Dillon resident who helped at the camp one summer.

The camp typically hosts about 600 children each summer.

“It was just amazing to see them come out of their shells,” Sharpe said. “Ukraine at the time was focused on marching in straight lines. The kids were like robots, and Americans came along, and the kids just opened up.”

Sharpe, a dentist by trade, also took time to perform an oral examination of each camper to see what kind of dental problems they may have.

The directors of the India and Ukraine programs both will be speaking at the event about their particular areas, with Dunberg speaking on Global Action’s ministries in other parts of the world.

Dunberg started Global Action after 40 years of ministry work for organizations such as the Salvation Army and International Bible School. In his travels across the globe, he noticed gaps where ministry work should be taking place but wasn’t, he said.

“People would say: ‘Why can’t you come and help me?’ And I couldn’t in my previous job because that wasn’t part of what I did,” Dunberg said.

Gradually, he began to fill those gaps and now hopes others will help the process.

“We encourage people to be participants that can either give (donations) or be a part of the projects and challenge people to participate,” Dunberg said.

Jonathan Batuello can be reached at (970) 668-4653 or jbatuello@summitdaily.com.

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