Loren and Milly Triplett were pastoring in Nebraska when they sensed God's leading to serve as missionaries to Latin America. At a Nebraska family camp in 1953, Loren told the other ministers of the Spirit's prompting and requested prayer for God's clear direction. Immediately a pastor felt led to give financially. Then several others pledged their support.
During a Sunday afternoon missions emphasis that weekend, the Tripletts were presented as new missionaries, and God again moved on people's hearts. By the end of the service, the congregation raised the Tripletts' support, including travel expenses and money for a Speed the Light vehicle. When recounting the experience, Loren said, "That was like a powerful wind of God that left us trembling with excitement, joy and holy awe."
The Tripletts arrived in Nicaragua in 1954 with their two children, Donald and Debora. For the next 12 years they evangelized, planted churches, directed the Bible school, and wrote and published Spanish literature. Two other children—Marcus and Timothy—completed the family.
In 1966 Loren was appointed director of Editorial Vida (later renamed Life Publishers), the Spanish literature department for World Missions. Seven years later he was asked to serve as regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, a post he held for 16 years.
At the 1989 General Council in Indianapolis, Loren was elected executive director of Assemblies of God World Missions. During his eight-year tenure, the number of Assemblies of God members and adherents overseas grew from 16 million to 25 million. The number of Bible schools increased 43 percent and national ministers increased 48 percent.
Since Loren's retirement in 1997, the Tripletts continue to minister effectively in both the United States and overseas. Their son Don and his wife, Terri, are missionaries to El Salvador. Debbe works with her husband, Lon Goff, in their business; Marc and his wife, Janette, pastor Thee Garden International Fellowship in Daytona Beach, Florida. Tim and his wife, Suzan, established and direct Steeple Foundation, which raises funds for church planting efforts.
The writer of a 1997 article honoring the Tripletts said: "Loren Triplett leaves a legacy of passion. Whether riding a Speed the Light mule through the hills of Nicaragua or seated in a jet airliner, his life focus has always been to take the saving message of Christ to a lost world. His characteristic passion for the lost is not just sentiment. It is an intelligent conviction coming from a Spirit-illumined understanding of God's Word and a keen sense of urgency."
About Doug Petersen
Dr. Doug Petersen is the Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies and a director of the Judkins Institute for Leadership at Vanguard University. Professor Petersen was a recipient of Vanguard University's "Alumnus of the Year" in 2005.
In 1977, Petersen co-founded Latin America Child Care (LACC), a faith-based network of elementary and secondary schools, and served as its international coordinator and president for 23 years.
During his tenure, LACC expanded to 22 countries in Latin American and the Caribbean providing education, food and medical assistance to 100,000 impoverished children in 300 schools. He built a vibrant fundraising arm that included 15,000 monthly donors. Doug is the founder of CINCEL (the Assemblies of God Language School and Research Center) in San José, Costa Rica. Together with a missionary colleague, Petersen planted the Centro Evangelístico in San José, now a congregation of 7,000.
With more than 30 years of leadership responsibilities in non-profit and higher education organizations in Latin America and the United States, Petersen is an experienced practitioner and research scholar in the development and operation of faith-based community programs, especially those focusing on children at-risk.
Petersen has published extensively on the social practices of grassroots religious groups. His book, Not by Might, Nor by Power: A Pentecostal Theology of Social Concern, was selected among the Outstanding Books of the Decade 1990-2000 by the International Bulletin of Mission Research. In addition to his books, Petersen has published numerous scholarly journal articles and authored book chapters and popular pieces on ethics, politics and Pentecostalism. Professor Petersen serves on the Advisory Board of the Values Institute at DGWB and is a member of the editorial boards of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Christian Analysis of Social and Political Issues.
Professor Petersen holds a Ph.D. in social theology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, in Oxford, England. He earned an M.A. in New Testament studies from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in religion from Vanguard University. He also received a diploma in ministerial studies from Northwest Bible College, Edmonton, Canada.
In his spare time, Professor Petersen is a sports fan and enjoys reading and coin collecting. The Petersen's reside in Laguna Hills, California, are the parents of three grown children and grandparents to Lily, Maya, Christian, Wyatt and Paige.