About Don Shire
Don Shire is a gifted Christian trumpeter with a passion for mission’s mobilization worldwide. Don offers his unique trumpet styling in church concerts, mission conferences and in evangelistic meetings throughout the United States and around the world. Don’s music is heard on Christian radio across the United States and is played on some international stations. His musical arrangements vary in style from classical to jazz to gospel, and his appeal is to all ages.
Alumni of Moody Bible Institute, Don and Kathy Shire have previously served in churches in the areas of youth, Christian education, and music. Don also worked for many years as president of two computer related businesses. Don was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by Impact International in 1994. In 1995, he responded to God’s leading to leave the business arena.
In 1997, Don and Kathy formed Don Shire Ministries, a mission organization offering short-term mission opportunities to anyone who is led of the Lord to serve. Since its inception, Don Shire Ministries has taken thousands of people on mission trips offering work projects, evangelism, teaching, children’s programs, Christian camping, and prison ministries. Several who have gone on these trips are now serving full time on the mission field.
Through the gifts of donors, Don Shire Ministries also supports hundreds of orphans and widows in India and Haiti. They have established orphanages and homes for widows and also, through the sponsorship program, place orphans into the homes of pastors in India.
Don also currently serves as president of the board for Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries. This organization has established a home on the island of Roatan, Honduras, for orphaned, abandoned, abused, and underprivileged children. For more information on this ministry, see www.sblmroatan.org.
Don and Kathy currently reside in Northern Wisconsin. They have been married since 1974, are the parents of three adult children, and are wonderfully blessed with twelve grandchildren. They are privileged to live across the street from Silver Birch Ranch, a Christian camping ministry that they have been involved with since 1980.
With a concert schedule taking him to some of the largest churches in the United States as well as small churches in rural America, Don simply wants to serve where the Lord leads him. His goal at each concert is to challenge those in attendance to live committed lives for the Lord and to help people understand how to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Don’s recordings are available at his concerts and on this website.
One of Don’s favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 14:8 “Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? " The trumpet has indeed opened doors around the world. To date, Don has ministered in the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Trinidad, Uganda, and Venezuela.
About Kathy Shire
Kathy Johnson Shire, Don's wife, is a gifted speaker and often speaks at women's banquets, seminars and retreats.
As a missionary wife, mother of three, and grandmother of twelve, Kathy faces the same challenges as all Christian women. Kathy loves to study the Word and find practical applications for woman today.
Kathy often travels with Don on concert tours and accompanies him on some of their short-term mission trips. In addition, she works part time as a tour director. This involves leading tour groups throughout the United States and abroad.
About Colton Draeger
Colton Draeger has been with Don Shire Ministries since February of 2015. His passion makes him a prime candidate for sharing the gospel, and discipling believers wherever the Lord has him in that season. He is married to his sweetheart, Mia, who is now studying as a student of Osteopathic Medicine at Liberty University in Virginia.
Finding effective ways to combat against poverty and show genuine care for orphans and widows has been a top priority and passion for Colton. It has taken him on a journey to many different nations around the world where he has had the privilege of sharing the gospel and studying different methods of poverty alleviation.
Towards the end of 2016, Colton enrolled in an agricultural program based in the Philippines. Through his internship, he learned brilliant farming techniques that could be brought into the context of DSM’s orphanages. Through the development of small farms in Honduras, Haiti, and India, he and his wife hope to be God’s vessels to bring the orphans and widows health, the ability to provide for themselves, self-worth, and sustainability!
While Mia works toward becoming a doctor, Colton has started a small farm in Bedford, Virginia, under the management and direction of Don Shire Ministries. There he raises Jersey cows to sell grass-fed raw milk in a herd share program, as well as several other enterprises including a newly planted orchard, pastured eggs, and a large vegetable garden. All profits from the farm are directed towards giving a hope and a future to the women and children of DSM, so they will never end up back on the streets.
Because of the nature of his farming methods, Colton has several weeks during the winter months where he can spend time overseas, implementing and teaching agriculture to those who are a part of Don Shire Ministries.
About Julie McFadden
Julie McFadden is heading up the DSM ministries in Haiti. The 50+ children at both Faith In Action House and Jehovah Rapha House have captured her heart.
Julie has always had a strong love for God. She grew up in a Christian home with parents who are in pastoral ministry. She became a Christian at a young age and felt called into vocational ministry. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a communications and Bible degree and married her college sweetheart, Arol McFadden. She and Arol began working at Minooka Bible Church in 1998. They have served there together since then. Julie loves being a pastor’s wife and serving within the local church in a variety of roles.
Julie and Arol have 4 sons and she loves being a mom to her boys. Her sons are Micah, Carson, Rylan and Cohen. Each of these adventuresome young men bring her great joy.
In 2015, Julie went with Don Shire Ministries and Minooka Bible Church to Haiti. On this trip, Julie fell in love with Haiti and the children that DSM ministers to. She felt God leading her to continue helping the children in whatever way she could. She developed a program called orphanED at Minooka Bible Church to support the kids from Don Shire Ministries as they “age- out” of the orphanage. This program provides for vocational training and/or college education to give each child the best shot possible at a secure future. She continued to volunteer for DSM whenever possible.
In January 2018, she came on as part time staff at Don Shire Ministries and is thrilled to take deeper steps into the work in Haiti. Her role involves managing the 2 homes that DSM serves in Haiti as well as promoting sponsorships for the children at Faith In Action House and Jehovah Rapha House. She is also the short-term missions director within Haiti for DSM. Please contact Julie if you are interested in sponsoring or going a short-term trip to Haiti! Haiti@donshire.com.
Hindu widows, the poorest of the poor, are shunned from society when their husbands die – not for religious reasons, but because of tradition and because they are seen as a financial drain on their families. They cannot remarry. They are invisible to society. Even their shadows are considered bad luck. With little social or economic status, many become destitute, living in the streets. For the estimated 40 million widows in India, this is a harsh reality. In India, a woman is respected only if she is a mother, daughter and wife. Since women in India are often married off at a young age instead of being educated, they usually lack the skills and knowledge to fend for themselves economically or fight for their basic rights. When a man dies, his widow is seen as bad luck; she is shunned from her community and exiled from family and friends. She is no longer welcome in the homes of those who once loved her. Her presence at family functions is totally forbidden. Most times her grown children even turn her away. The situation is even more extreme within India's rural areas, where communities are much more tradition-bound.
In urban areas, there are more chances and possibilities for a widowed woman to live a normal life. However, the majority of India's 1.1 billion population is rural.
We realize that we cannot help all of them, but, we can help some of them as the Lord leads. Don Shire Ministries, working with the local Christian churches in India, is establishing homes for these women. Some can sew. They make scarves that are available for sale through our ministry. Some widows work in our rice paddies, producing rice for themselves and our orphanages. The rest of their support comes in through the generous gifts of donors. 100% of gifts designated for the widows ministry goes to help their needs. The greatest joy is knowing that as these widows come to us and hear about the love of Christ, they turn to Him for their eternity. They have established a reputation for themselves as they are known as the “Prayer Widows."
About our Orphans Ministry
INDIA In 1994, UNICEF estimated that there were 11 million street children in India. This number is said to be a drastic under-estimation. The Indian embassy estimated 314,700 street children in cities like Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Kanpur, Bangalore and Hyderabad and around 100,000 street children in Delhi.
As Don Shire toured India with his trumpet, he saw local pastors reaching out to these children, but with very limited resources. Often the children were going days without food, and funds were not available to send them to school. Don decided to be a spokesperson for them in his concerts and established “Faith in Action Ministries”, a NGO in India. Today the ministry, working with the local churches in India, feeds, houses, and educates hundreds of orphans. The children love to sing praises to the Lord and memorize scripture. This outreach is funded by concert income and through the generous gifts of donors. 100% of all gifts designated to India orphans goes to help these children.
INDIA SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Pastors in India are generally very poor. Their churches are made up of the unemployed. They do not have jobs because businesses hire Hindu’s only. Don Shire Ministries has established a sponsorship program that places children from their orphanages into the homes of pastors. The pastor and his wife will raise these orphans as their own. DSM seeks sponsors for $50 per month to place each child in a home. Most pastors have agreed to take 2 children.
Go to the Sponsor page to begin sponsoring a child and change a life forever!
After the earthquake, thousands of children lost their parents, destined to live on the streets or with relatives willing to make them servants for their room and board, pulling them from school. Don, working with the local church in Haiti, has established an orphanage and helps other Christian schools and orphanages financially and by sending short term mission teams as they care for the needs of these children. 100% of gifts designated to Haiti goes to Haiti ministries.
On the island of Roatan, Honduras, a home has been established to help the abused, abandoned, orphaned, and underprivileged children of the island. Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries is the organization that oversees this ministry. Don Shire serves on their board of directors and Don Shire Ministries is a financial contributor to the ministry in Roatan. We also send ministry teams to the island during the year. SBLM has also established The Beacon Academy, a private school for the children in their care as well as local underprivileged children. 100% of gifts designated to Sandy Bay goes to them. Or, gifts can be sent directly to www.sblmroatan.org.
Our Mission Statement
Don Shire Ministries, Inc. is a not-for-profit ministry. Our purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all who will hear through personal ministry and in assisting missionaries and evangelical servants through short-term mission opportunities.
We are inter-denominational and are governed by a board of directors. All donations are tax-deductible.
Our Doctrinal Statement
The doctrinal commitment of Don Shire Ministries, Inc., is based upon the authority and reliability of the Bible as the infallible and divinely inspired Word of God, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.