Archive for July, 2012

Dave at Timonium Presbyterian Church

Dave at Timonium Presbyterian Church

Yesterday I was with some old and new friends at Timonium Presbyterian Church. I first met this church when they brought a short-term missions group down in 1992. Don Wright was one of the church members who went on that trip. It was so good to see Don and Shirley Wright as well as other friends that we’ve known for years.

It’s a reminder that we don’t do this ministry alone. Many friends stand with us in prayer. The Lord uses them to encourage us. Friends and churches partner with us giving to our ministry. We’ve been in faith missions, raising our financial support for our work for over 20 years. Wow! What an encouragement to see God’s faithfulness!

Dr. Ben Taylor preaching at Timonium

Dr. Ben Taylor preaching at Timonium

Dr. Ben Taylor is one of the pastors at Timonium. I first met Ben in the summer of 1986. I had just returned from a missions trip to Mexico City to find some stranger camping out in my room in the house we were renting. Ben says, I was trying to figure him out. We became fast friends though, and enjoyed serving together that summer under the tutelage of Dr. William (Bill) Iverson.

Bill is the grandfather of Evangelism Explosion. He’s the most gifted and boldest person evangelist I’ve ever met. He was dangerous to be around, because he was an expert in finding a new, challenging and sometimes awkward ministry opportunity for us young seminarians.

I’m grateful for such wonderful friends, and churches like Timonium that partner with us in ministry. The encouragement, the prayer and financial support are all essential to what we do.

It’s one of the reasons that we are so close to moving to the San Diego – Tijuana border. The closing on our house is August 17th. We are praying for smooth sailing through closing. Please join us in prayer for that. We have a problem with our porch, but the Lord directed us to someone who can help us. Thank you, Jesus!

We just need nine people at $100 a month to be fully funded, so we can focus on our ministry on the border. Your gift could put us over the top. If you are able to partner with us in this way, send me a note. You can also give online via the support/giving page on this website. If you aren’t able to give at this time, pray that the Lord who is faithful will provide for all our needs.

Pray with us that the Lord will bring everything together. The closing of our house, our family needs and our support. It’s an exciting albeit somewhat stressful time!

In His Grip, Dave

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Kim & Petra Anderson

Kim & Petra Anderson

Last night NBC News, Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a piece interviewing Chloe and Kim Anderson. As the story is unfolding it is truly amazing what God has done already in Petra’s life. It’s nothing short of a miracle that Petra had this rare genetic defect in her brain, that may have saved her life, and at a minimum saved her from more serious a debilitating injuries.

With so much bad news in the world. Even this shooting, the injuries, the people who lost their lives, it’s heart warming to see God at work even in the midst of a very painful and difficult situation.

After I watched the interviews on NBC’s Rock Center (You can watch it at MSNBC – Rock Center – Chloe and Kim Anderson) last night. I woke up this morning thinking about Kim, Petra’s mom.

Kim has been diagnosed with cancer. The doctors have said that she may only have 6 – 18 months to live. Kim first discovered, she had breast cancer around 2009. They thought they had gotten all the cancer, but it’s come back.

I can’t say that I know all of God’s greater purposes, but I believe that one of them may be that through this tragedy that many would become aware of Kim’s cancer, and lift her up before the throne of grace in prayer. Many thousands maybe even millions are praying for all the shooting victims. This is a huge need.

Petra and her family still need to brought before the Lord daily and often. I would like to use my blog here to highlight the need to pray for Kim’s healing. I don’t know what God will do, but I know that He will be glorified if we unite together and pray for the Anderson family, and lift up the need for both Petra and Kim’s complete healing.

Let’s join together and believe the Lord for what He might do. Jesus said, With man this impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, ESV). God can do the impossible! He created a rare genetic defect in Petra’s brain to save her. He can bring her to full healing, and He can bring full and complete healing to Kim as well.

I don’t know what God will do, but I know what he can do. Join me in lifting Petra and Kim up before the Lord, and asking Him to continue to work miraculously in their lives!

“Dear Jesus, we look to you from your healing touch for Petra and Kim. Touch their bodies, and bring health, healing and wholeness. Thank you for hearing our prayer.”

In His Grip, Dave

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Dawn & Dave with the San Diego Harbor in the background

Dawn & Dave – The San Diego Harbor in the background

On Sunday when I was leaving church at Aisquith Presbyterian, just outside of Baltimore, a friend of mine discreetly handed me a crumpled ten-dollar bill. I stuck it in my pocket, and didn’t pull it out until later, because my friend acted like he didn’t want everyone to know about it.

When I got to a place where I could pull it out, and look at it, I saw that it wasn’t a large amount. Yet I felt like the Holy Spirit spoke to me and ministered to me through that gift. He reminded me that He loves me and my family, and that He’s going to take care of us.

You see we’ve got a lot on our plate right now. I’m traveling on the east coast, involved in ministry with World Team this week, and working on fund development on the weekends. Our house is under contract. Sunday morning I received the inspection report before I went to church.

The inspection report was on the discouraging side. It seemed like the buyers were asking for the moon. I had a hard time not thinking about it during the service. It’s hard not to fear that the deal is going to fall through. We are hopeful, looking to the Lord, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.

There are some challenging things going on in our family too. The move has stirred up all kinds of dust. On top of this we are working hard to get the rest of our financial support raised before we move.

In times like this it’s easy to get our eyes off the Lord, and focus on what appears to be a mountain of difficulties. I needed something. I needed the Lord to sweep in and minister to my hurting heart. That’s just what He did!

I don’t know what’s going to happen with our house. I’m hoping and believing that the sale will go through, but we do have some obstacles to overcome. We don’t know how the buyer will respond to our offer.

We do know God loves us, and He cares for our every need. He is more concerned about our family and our ministry on the border than we could ever be.

Psalm 56:3,4 is a great source of comfort in times of need.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise , in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”

Thank the Lord for His enduring love and His faithfulness.

Pray for the Lord’s wisdom and direction as we negotiate with the buyers. We will most likely give them a response later today to the things they’ve asked us to do as a result of the inspection.

Ask the Lord for His provision as we seek the raise up the final funds we need to be fully funded, and freed up to focus on the ministry on the border. If you would like to partner with us financially, you can give online . Just click on the donate button below: 

In His Grip, Dave

P.S. For updates on Petra Anderson go here…

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As more news is coming out about Petra Anderson we are learning that it’s a story of God’s grace. A rare genetic defect, which caused there to be fluid in an area of her brain that normally isn’t there may have saved Petra’s life. Or at least it prevented her from having a more permanent and devastating injury. Read the rest of the story here…

God is so good!

Petra’s family shared the story of God’s grace with channel 9 News:

Chloe Anderson, Petra’s sister shares more about Petra’s story with practical ways you can help. Here are some links where you can go to support Petra and her family:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/andersonfamilyprayers/

https://twitter.com/supportPetra

Check out this video featuring Chloe to learn more about the Petra Anderson Story, and ways you can help her and her family.

The Anderson family has some huge needs right now. We need to lift them up in prayer, and if you are able I would urge you to give towards the medical bills they are facing.

God is bigger than this tragedy, and I trust He will carry the Anderson family as well as the other families affected by the shooting through this. Thanks for caring, and believing God. For we know what is impossible with man, is more than possible with God.

In His Grip, Dave

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Petra Anderson

Petra Anderson

After a stressful day for family and friends, Petra made it successfully through surgery to remove bullet fragments that were lodged in the back of her brain. Petra’s sister, Chloe said that the doctor was very encouraged about the prognosis coming out of surgery.

Here is Chloe’s report yesterday, when Petra came out of surgery, “She could still talk and move when she went in for surgery which is nothing short of a miracle given that the bullet traveled through her entire head. They were able to get the pellet out of her head and they cleaned the entry place – putting a patch in place so that the “dirty” nasal passages wouldn’t be infecting her brain area. Also so that there wouldn’t be drainage of fluid from her brain into the nasal passages. She is sleeping now – but can still talk!”

Other friends who were with Petra this morning gave very positive and hopeful reports about her progress. The physical therapist encouraged her to get out of the bed, and sit in a chair. She was able to do it. Sounds like they have a great staff at the hospital that are already working with her to get Petra on her way towards recovery.

Wow! It’s so encouraging to see how the Lord is caring for Petra and her family. I’ve had a number of people inquire about Petra. Some have asked how they can help.

Obviously, a huge need to is hold Petra and her family up in prayer. I will list some prayer requests that Chloe shared.

That the antibiotics would keep any infection away so that her brain can heal.

That the pellets in her arm would be naturally discharged by her body without any complications.

For a speedy recovery so that she can attend grad-school as planned this fall for music composition and that this tragedy would be turned into a grand victory as she emerges.

That My mother can get some rest.

That the other families involved would have comfort. Many of them are waiting now to hear if their loved ones are among the fatalities. The Police expect to release names tonight. Pray for the families who will be getting the news tonight (last night).

One of my son’s, David’s favorite verses is Joshua 1:9. It offers a great word of encouragement for us. “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (ESV). Why does the Lord encourage Joshua and us to be strong and courageous? We are prone to fear. When the battle, difficulty or trial heats up we often imagine the worst instead of trusting God for the best.

Petra performing the violin

If you would like to follow the Petra’s progress as well as learn more about how you can help the Anderson’s have started a Facebook group called, Anderson Family Prayers, Well-Wishes and Relief. I think this group is an open group.

For those living in Colorado, you may go into any US Bank and write a check or give cash to the “The Kim Anderson Healing Fund”. For those living out of the area you may mail a check or money order to:

The Kim Anderson Healing Fund
c/o
US Bank – Thornton Office US Bank – Thornton Office/ 4301 East 120th Avenue/ Thornton, CO 80233

Here’s a great report on Petra from CBS Sacramento.

Thanks so much for the outpouring of love and prayers for Petra and the Anderson family.

In His Grip, Dave

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Petra Anderson

Petra Anderson

I woke up this morning to the news that there had been a terrible shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which is an eastern Denver suburb. The shooting took place at the premier of the movie, “Dark Knight Rises”. When I saw the news I wondered if anyone we knew might have been there. See story here…

Then my son, David came down with the news that our friend, Petra Anderson had been shot three times in the arm and once in the head. She is now in ICU. The bullet that hit her in the head went through her nose and is stuck in the back of her skull. She can still move and talk. That is good news!

Please join us along with her family and friends in praying for Petra’s healing and recovery. Pray for the Lord’s peace and comfort for her and her family, and loved ones.

We first met Petra through speech and debate. She is one of the most gifted and talented young women we know. She loves Jesus, and is part of a wonderful family! Her aunt, uncle and cousins go to our church, Village Seven Presbyterian.

The Anderson family has experienced more than their share of pain and hardship lately. Petra’s mom, Kim has been battling cancer. Our heart goes out to them.

It’s time to come together and hold them up in prayer as well as all those affected by this tragedy.

Psalm 34 is one of my favorites in times of trials and difficulties.

“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

—Psalm 34:17-19 (ESV)

When you read something like this in the news it’s sad and scary, but when someone you know was affected by the tragedy, it really brings it home. Thanks for caring and standing with us and them in prayer.

In His Grip, Dave

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Pastor Stephen Phelan leading worship

Pastor Stephen Phelan leading worship

When Dawn and I were in San Diego a week ago, our friend, pastor Stephen Phelan, pastor of Harbor Mid-city, the main church we are partnering with, shared this story. Part of the vision of the church is to bridge together people from different cultures, economic and social backgrounds. In one of the Bible studies Stephen is leading they have an affluent atheist, and a struggling Mexican immigrant. Bringing people together from such huge different backgrounds is done by design.

During one of their times together the atheist openly shared that he didn’t believe in God. Carlos couldn’t believe his ears. His jaw dropped. He said to the atheist, “let me tell you about my life. I was in a gang, and I ended up in prison. While in prison I found Christ. God told me he wanted me to stop using my weapon, my shank.” Carlos said to God, “how will I defend myself?” God responded, “you are in a new ‘gang’ now, the family of God, and I will protect you.”

That’s exactly what happened God protected Carlos, and because he stopped carrying around a weapon to protect himself, it gave him the opportunity to share his faith with other gang members. They wondered why he wasn’t trying to fight and defend himself anymore? If you saw Carlos today you would never know that he had been in a gang. The atheist was awestruck by this story. He told Carlos, “you need to tell that story to everyone.”

What an example of the power of the gospel to transform lives! This is the good news we carry to the border.

Join us in prayer for the San Diego-Tijuana border, and that we can move there in August. Our house is under contract. It’s set to close on August 9th. We are praying that we don’t encounter any snags and we will turn over the keys at closing.

We look forward to being able to relocate and serve Christ on the border.

In His Grip, Dave

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