Hi, I am Dana Stuber. First, I am a child of God. Jesus died on the cross for me, and shed His blood so that I may have everlasting life and because of that, I will be on my knees in awe of Him for the rest of my life. I am also a wife, mother, friend, lover of coffee, fitness, cats and chocolate. I was born and raised on the island of Papua, Indonesia. My parents were old time missionaries- a Bible translator and a nurse. The village I grew up in is known as Kiwi, home to the stone age Ngalum tribe (population of about 25,000) of the Eastern Highlands of Papua. I grew up speaking two other languages in addition to English, Indonesian and Ngalum. I roamed the mountains barefoot with my friends, eating bugs, learning the values and traditions of the Ngalum people.
After graduation from our international high school in Papua, I attended Cedarville University in the cornfields of Ohio. I majored in International studies, with a concentration in Missiology and also received a minor in Bible. In 2004, I graduated from Cedarville, married my high school sweetheart (Jakob, also a missionary kid from Papua, Indonesia) and moved to Branson, Missouri where my husband was in school. In Branson, I worked retail and waitressed at the Rib Crib. This is where I met my friend, Chris Gaines, who took a chance on a young gal and gave her a waitressing job at the Rib Crib. Here, I found that I had a passion for people, for serving in many different ways, and also for making a difference in people’s lives.
In 2007, God blessed Jakob & I with our first daughter. After the birth of our second daughter in 2009 (and various health problems for me, we decided that we would like to move back home to central Illinois where my husband’s family was from. The Lord provided a job very quickly for my husband in Pekin, IL, and we moved home! Since then, we have added two more healthy children to the mix, another daughter and finally a son in 2013. Our life is a bit crazy and chaotic at times, but also so sweet. My parents also retired from the mission field in 2013 and moved to our little town in Illinois. They live two blocks from us, and I could not have asked for a better gift.
After years of dealing with eye problems, and a variety of other increasing symptoms, I was officially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in March, 2016. On one hand it was terrifying, but on the other, it felt so good to have an explanation as to why I had been so sick for so long. I began treatment, and in October, began a fitness/diet journey to make me well again. After 7 months of being on a newer MS drug, and 7 months of a strict training and diet plan, I lost 85 pounds and all of my MS symptoms had almost completely disappeared. I felt like a new person. God has had His hand on me my entire life, guiding me, protecting me, and miraculously working in me. I am now enjoying life with my family, able to be very active, feel good and give glory to God for everything.
I am a stay-at-home Mom. I am conservative. I voted for Trump. I have very strong beliefs. My life is nothing without Jesus Christ. And anything that I write or contribute to Patriot Gaines will have a conservative slant. That’s who I am.