Who We Were
In early 2005 many of the initial participants from various religions met at an Odessa, TX IHOP restaurant and had a conversation that would begin the research that would eventually evolve into what would become Dai Mission Ministries. The question asked that sparked this research was simple… “If there is only one God that created and reigned over the world then why was there so many religions amongst mankind concerning God and spirituality?” Whereas these conversations often arouse passionate discussions about the differences amongst faiths, this discussion instead focused on the commonalities between them, and the quest to answer this question began. At the table of this discussion were adherents of many religious backgrounds: Catholic, Nondenominational Christian, Baptist, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Wiccan, and Pagan. From this time until 2008, most of the study group reviewed the history of each of their religions, the origins of their source Scriptures if any, and how the pieces fit. A very Universalist faith concept emerged during this time of study, but as time wore on towards 2008, the group began to a deeper examination into the Judeo-Christian faith, including the many versions of the Bible that had been compiled by the different authorities that governed canonization in addition to the scriptures that were not included in any of the Bibles. The revelations contained within them were groundbreaking to the group, especially the realization that church services performed in most modern Christian churches today do not follow what the Scriptures prescribes much of the time. This unveiled a deep disconnect between the Catholic origins and the church culture that would eventually give rise to the various Christian denominations and the Jewish origins and culture that Christianity was born from. Simultaneously, the group discovered that almost all faiths could trace its origins archeologically back to ancient Sumeria; this knowledge caused the various adherents of different faiths involved in the research to believe that all faiths were once one prior to the time of Babel, and generally concluded that the Tower of Babel incident was most likely the incident that not only divided peoples and languages but religious understandings as well. Most religions have a concept of a “Divine Presence” or “Holy Spirit” that lesser “gods” or “angels” either serve or rebel against; often, these lesser “gods” and “angels” they are repeated under different names throughout religions. Additionally, most religions also have similar codes of ethical conduct and divine forms of reward for ethical deeds or punishment for unethical deeds.
After reaching this point of understanding the study group researching this — which had grown by quite a few members — made the decision to create a place where they could continue focused research on the New Testament period of Judeo-Christian history and organize proper worship services in accordance with our new understanding. Thus, expeditions into New Mexico to find a suitable site for Dai Mission began. Various expeditions by the group were made looking for ideal sites away from the increasing oil activity and crime of West Texas continued until a final expedition into the mountainous areas of Western New Mexico almost resulted in the tragic deaths of the expedition party in 2009. After this incident, the senior members of the group suggested that the Mission project be shelved for the time being. The majority of the group, feeling it was time for a recess in their research, accepted this proposition. They eventually scattered across the country, keeping limited contact with each other and continuing the research on an individual basis without the Mission serving as a central location for their quest for spiritual truth.
From 2009 to 2015, many of the group members discovered congregations under the Messianic Jewish and Hebrew Roots lines of faith that were closer to where they lived and became members of their congregations. With this discovery of these faith paths, new understanding of the early Christian church period emerged amongst the group members (now going by the designation of “Dai”), and with the oil boom many had returned to West Texas to take advantage of coming to an end. The members of the old group came back together and decided the time had come to resume the quest to form the Mission, now with the intention of it following a Hebraic Roots faith path with the addition of the knowledge the Dai had amassed over all this time. From 2015 to 2016, a site was selected in New Mexico and negotiations with the owner continued until a contingency with the Bureau of Land Management broke down negotiations and the seller was forced to withdraw the property from sale. From 2016 into 2017 additional sites in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado were examined until a prospect site in Southern Colorado was selected and negotiations began. However, despite a highly motivated seller, noted defects in the land caused the group to reject the site in 2017. The Dai selected a better location in Delta County, Colorado that was perfect for the group’s needs, though the property with a higher price than desired. Negotiations have been ongoing with this seller since late 2017; the Dai have since focused upon gathering its members together into local “Unions” for worship and fellowship purposes. Dai Mission Ministries, Inc. was founded on August 2018 by three of the elder members of the group and official organization of the ministry behind Dai Mission Ministries, it resources, its leadership, and its membership has been ongoing since that time. In 2018 and 2019, the Elders applied for 501(c)3 protections the ministry.
In the Spring of 2020, the Elders officially adopted a “One Law” theological stance, as the Dai firmly believe that all people unified under the banner of God — be they Jews or Gentiles — are subject to the commandments of God and should strive to be Torah-observant in their daily lives.
Who We Are Now
At present, the elders have been focusing most of its efforts into organizing Union services in the Alamosa, Colorado and Roswell, New Mexico areas with a few Christian churches supporting the mission behind Dai Mission Ministries, and on preparing more senior members to go and teach to churches that have expressed interest in a sermon (or “drash”) based on the research and unique perspective the ministry has about the Christian faith and its origins. Currently, Dai Mission Ministries is focused on the creation and organization of small groups and on aiding congregations in need.
Who We Will Be
For the rest of 2020, the ministry intends to focus primarily on forming and equipping “small group” ministries throughout New Mexico and Colorado and on unifying willing congregations in Dai Mission Ministries’ operational areas. In 2022, efforts to establish Dai Mission itself in New Mexico are expected to begin at that year’s beginning and will hopefully be completed by that year’s end.