January 2024
If you’ve heard from us recently, or seen the pictures on the other side, our BIG NEWS is obvious – WE BECAME GRANDMA AND GRANPA (not a typo – there’s no ‘d’ in Granpa!) Measuring 4lb, 14 oz and 18.25 inches, BLAIRE EDEN DICKENS was born to Matthew and Rachel October 17, 2023!! Whoo hoo – she is a delight to all!  She enjoyed Thanksgiving with the rest of the Dickens’ in AZ and Christmas with Rachel’s family in CA (handled her first flights like a champ). Rachel has finished her job, and Masters in Counseling class work, at Grand Canyon University and Matthew just started a new job doing financial stuff for Embark, a consortium of mental health care clinics. We love having the three of them just 15 minutes away!  Wow – that’s enough, huh?
But to make your reading time a bit more fulfilling, some updates on us…
Continues to enjoy retirement, takes community classes in exercise and Tai Chi, plays pickleball 2-3 times a week, loves jigsaw puzzles, except the challenging(!) ones her husband gives her…is involved in a women’s group at our church.
Still serves students at ASU-Poly but will focus more on the ASU-Tempe campus (50,000+ students) this Spring, where a new CA ministry is being planted.  Was greatly encouraged when one graduating student named him as the “professor” which taught her the most important lesson while at college!  Remains active playing basketball and softball with students and peers, continues his oversight of campus staff in AZ and Mexico, and is also coordinating efforts to partner with some campus outreaches in Central America.
Here’s to a most blessed, and joyful, and peaceful 2024!
In His Service…
Myke Dickens
Ministry Focus
After graduating from college in electrical engineering, Myke served a two-year missionary term in Kenya. It was there that Myke first considered career ministry. He says, “We serve an awesome God! My passion is to see students’ lives changed by the power of Jesus, and to plant and strengthen college ministries that help facilitate that change. “I want to see students encounter Jesus, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and become equipped to minister while at college, in the local church, and after graduation.” Myke directs the ministry at Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus and serves as an Area Coach for Arizona and Mexico.
Faith Story
Myke, raised in a Christian family, made a conscious commitment to Christ while in high school. Melody came to know the Lord in Junior high. After graduation she served with Campus Ambassadors in Ashland, Oregon until their marriage in 1985. In 1991 they moved to Minneapolis to begin a new ministry at the University of Minnesota. The winter of 1999 found Myke, Melody and son Matthew relocating to Tempe, Arizona. They now work on the campus of Arizona State University-Polytechnic.
Myke and Melody have one child: Matthew; who is married to Rachel.  Myke and Melody are the proud grandparents of Blaire