Emily Stader

Emily Christine Stader grew up in southwest Wisconsin. In February of 2020, she had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic with some of her family to do a mission trip with 516NOW, which sparked her desire to learn Spanish and serve the Lord in missions. After graduating high school, she spent a year at the Rio Grande Bible Institute in south Texas as part of the InterCultural Studies language acquisition program, where she studied Spanish and learned more about Latin American culture. She then spent a year in the Dominican Republic working with our team on the island, teaching English classes, helping with youth programs, and serving in various ministries with the local church. Currently, Emily is studying at a two-year ministry training school in Alabama. After graduating, her plan is to return to full-time ministry in Latin America.
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Emily Stader March – April Update

Emily Stader March – April Update

The past few months have been marked by many “lasts”: last small group, last Outreach class, last Saturday serve, last Sunday at the Southwest campus, last moments with friends, and so many more. lf I have learned anything in the past few years, it is that goodbyes are always bittersweet, but that the adventures to come are worth the sacrifice.

January/February Emily Stader update

January/February Emily Stader update

God has been speaking to me a lot recently about my identity as the “light of the world.” By its very existence, light illuminates even the darkest situations. When faced with the darkness of this broken world, we can be tempted to hide our light. But God has created us to shine brightly, as beacons of hope for those still stumbling in the dark.

November/December Emily Update

November/December Emily Update

I feel like God has continually brought my mind back to the phrase “defiant joy.” While this may seem to be a bit of an oxymoron, it reminds me that the abundant joy, peace, and hope available to us through Holy Spirit’s power are unnatural in a world that offers neither peace nor true joy. Our joy and hope defy the darkness, because “the darkness cannot overcome the Light.” (John 1:5) As we enter a new year, may abundant hope, surpassing peace, and defiant joy, be the characteristics that define us and make us light in a dark world.

News Letters

516 NOW Board Retreat Report 2024

516 NOW Board Retreat Report 2024

The mission of 516NOW is to create holy, prosperous, and sustainable communities. Recently, we completed a board retreat where we considered what God has done since our inception in 2012 and looked forward to what He may have in store for us in the future. 516NOW has grown dramatically in the past 3- 4 years. We now have a presence in 5 countries: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, and Belize. That has created essentially limitless opportunities in supporting school children, leveraging our radio stations, expanding micro-finance ministries, arranging more mission trips, engaging in more construction projects for the communities where we work, and more.

516 NOW DR February 2024 Newsletter

516 NOW DR February 2024 Newsletter

Jaime, Jacqueline, Jaimeline, and James:
Serving God in the Dominican Republic
Jaime is one of the founders of 51GNOW and currently serves as the country director for the Dominican Republic, as well as the director for Latin America. He and his family have been serving in the Dominican Republic for over six years in partnership with 51GNOW. Currently, ministry efforts in the Dominican Republic are primarily focused on reaching the large community ofHaitian immigrants, who experience extreme poverty and discrimination. 51GNOW is working to equip local Haitian pastors to reach their communities and seeking to improve their lives spiritually, economically, and educationally.

516NOW October 2023 Newsletter – SSK

516NOW October 2023 Newsletter – SSK

5:16NOW has been tracking graduation rates in Palacaguina, where our first program started, since 2013. So we have ten years of data. Based on data through the end of the 2022 school year, we know that the graduation rate for students in our program is 53%. To an American, this seems low. However, we know that the pre-Covid graduation rate in Palacaguina was 35% so our students are doing significantly better than the population at large. In addition, 27 SSK graduates are receiving financial support for their college studies.

In Grace and Wisdom