DENNIS AND DENIE HEPPNER
Missionaries to India
Dennis and Denie founded the Gentle Hands Ministry in the Philippines in 1990, now presently led by their daughter, Charity and her husband, Evan Graff. In 2002, the Heppners established a new orphanage in South India. Denie has nurses’ training and is an experienced mid-wife.
Biographical Information …
Arriving in the Philippines in 1987, their primary focus has been developing pastors and leadership in Asia. Dennis organized a ministry called Developing Effective Leaders (D.E.I.) which provides monthly training to over 500 pastors in the Philippines. He planted a church in Makati in 1998 where he still serves. They average about 500 converts a year and have had up to 17 nationalities at one time. The local church has sent missionaries to Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia, and China, as well as to other areas in the Philippines. Having written several books and training materials, one topic was extensively on the Holy Spirit. A Baptist church in Metro Manila used his book as a church Bible study and Dennis was later invited to attend and pray over the people. Every one of the 100 individuals present were filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues!
From the heart …
Dennis’ first trip to India was in 1979, and he has had a continuous ministry there since. Initially under appointment as Missionary Evangelist to Asia by the World Missions Board, Dennis carries through with his Career Missionary assignment by speaking at various meetings, and providing training for leadership. He states: “My burden remains the same. I want to develop leaders, train pastors, and build people’s lives. I’m thankful to be here and have never been sorry we came to Asia.”