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When Art Rorheim and Lance Latham started Awana, they knew they would need people to spread the word about the ministry. Today, over 100 missionaries serve
in the U.S.
In 1962, Leo Spencer became the first lay missionary. He helped churches on the East Coast to start Awana.
Don Bunge served as the first full-time Awana missionary in 1966. He and his wife, Mary, logged over one million miles visiting churches over the next two decades.
In 1970, a young pastor named Gene Goertzen answered God's call as the third Awana missionary in the Western U.S."