Grace Ministries Intl.

Mike and Terese Benton


Mike and Terese Benton serve the Lord in the Rukwa Valley in Tanzania in East Africa. Their primary ministry is teaching and working children, though they also serve in vocational education, community development, and women's ministries. They have four children, whom they homeschool.

Field Address Birthdays
P.O. Box 77 Mike — 04/28
Sumbawanga, Tanzania Terese — 12/17
Email Erin — 10/21/1990 Danae — 08/25/1992
Anniversary Leah — 07/09/1994
08/16 Zach — 02/14/1996


Mike and Terese lived in Post Falls, Idaho, and attended Mountain View Bible Church prior to leaving for Tanzania. They met while attending the University of Idaho and were married in 1986.

Mike gave his life to the Lord in junior high at a Lutheran youth camp. Terese grew up attending a Catholic church. After she and Mike were married, a friend from work invited Terese to Bible Study Fellowship and a short time later prayed with her as Terese invited Jesus into her heart. Shortly thereafter they began attending church together regularly. In 1991 they visited Mountain View Bible Church and knew they had found "home." Mike served as an elder and the Pioneer Club coordinator. Terese was on a worship team and was the fifth and sixth grade Pioneer Club leader.

Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and went to work for Itron, Inc. in Spokane immediately after graduating in December 1985. He was a Software Engineer there. Terese earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations in May 1986. She worked at various jobs for a few years before landing her "dream" job in the Public Relations Department at Kootenai Medical Center. She worked there until Erin was born in 1990, at which time she chose to stay home to raise their children.

After Zachary was born, Mike began to feel a burden for missions. The burden grew over the next couple of years and Terese began to share the burden. God used missionary conferences at their church to really speak to them. Mike and Terese decided to go on a short-term mission trip to Tanzania with their church. There they learned of the needs and the opportunities to serve in Tanzania. Upon returning and after much prayer and discussion, Mike and Terese applied to serve under GMI and are currently serving in the Rukwa Valley alongside Ted and Kim Rabenold with a focus on children's ministries.