Posts Tagged ‘Covenant Seminary’

Dave with Hannah & Jon

Dave with Hannah & Jon

Last week after I was at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis seeking to connect with students, and encourage them to take a look at our work on the border, I went to Colorado. While I was in Colorado Springs I visited two of my favorite people. My kids, Jonathan and Hannah. It was so good to see them, and to have the opportunity to visit other friends.

I love all three of my children, David Jr., Jon and Hannah! David goes to school at San Diego Christian College in El Cajon, California. He lives near us and we see him often. Jon and Hannah stayed in Colorado Springs.

Dawn and I love what we do, and where we live. Our season in Colorado was wonderful, but the Lord called us to move on. Now that we’ve moved, we are excited about what lies ahead as we live and serve on the San Diego – Tijuana border!

my daughter, Hannah & my son, Jonathan enjoying a float and having some fun!

my daughter, Hannah & my son, Jonathan enjoying a float and having some fun!

The hardest thing about moving apart from packing and unpacking 🙂 is leaving Jon and Hannah back in Colorado. I know it’s common for college age children to leave their home. In our case the parents left the home. Yet that’s not to say Dawn and I don’t miss our kids like crazy. One thing I used to enjoy doing is dropping in on them while they were working to say hello. I miss being able to do those simple things.

That’s what made it so awesome, so thrilling and exciting for me to be able visit Jon and Hannah. I dropped in on Hannah while she was working. We went shopping. Hannah and I enjoyed a cup of coffee together. On our last night together we made Gingerbread houses with Scott, Jeshua and Kaci Kracht. Wow! It was fun to be with my kids again.

The minute I said good-bye to them I missed them. The tears welled up in my eyes!

I know the Lord watches over us and our now grown children as we live in different places. I thank Jesus for his good promises to care for us.

Jesus also encourages us to keep our eyes focused on him, as we live for and serve him.

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”

—Matthew 19:29 (ESV)

Having some fun while building the Gingerbread House with the Krachts

Having some fun while building the Gingerbread House with the Krachts

“O, Lord I know others suffer the pain of separation from those they love, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Continue to watch over and care for my family. Lead them in your way, and cause their love for you to grow. I ask that I too will love you more, and walk in ways that honor you, day by day and moment by moment. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for loving us, even though we don’t deserve it. You are the King and Lord of All!”

In His Grip, Dave

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Dave Presenting at Covenant Seminary

Dave Presenting at Covenant Seminary

On Tuesday I was at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. I presented our work on the border to the students there. In God’s wonderful grace I met some great students! Young people who want to serve the Lord, and who are preparing themselves to be on mission with God.

I remember when I first went to the Covenant last April, I wondered what kind of students I would encounter? I thought, “maybe they are going to give me a lot of push back? Maybe they won’t agree with my philosophy of ministry?” I thought that might be the case in part, because in seminary it is a place where you study and think through how things ought to be.

Seminary is a great place to learn, but sometimes when it is removed from the messiness of life it can become a bit idealistic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I wondered how it might influence how they received my presentation of our work on the border. I know about the idealistic tendencies in part, because I can remember going through some of that while I studied in seminary.

Despite all my doubts, I have been very impressed by the quality of students I have met so far at Covenant. The school has a reputation for preaching grace, and the students I’ve met also seek to exhibit grace in their lives.

Interacting with students at Covenant

Interacting with students at Covenant

I’m thankful that the Lord connected me with these students, and I look forward to seeing what he will do. Who will come and join us?

Our need is for those who have a passion for God, his mission and the gospel to serve with us. This also includes those that haven’t been to seminary, but have the gifts and character necessary to minister in a cross-cultural setting.

Dawn and I continue to pray that the Lord will raise up workers to join our team. We look to the Lord to bring us the right people. Those that God is calling to serve with us, who have the necessary gift mix to make an impact on the border. Of course, not everyone will be a good fit, so we are also praying that the Lord will protect us from the wrong people.

Apart from praying we are actively looking for those that the Lord might be calling to the border. “Lord, give us wisdom where to look!”

In His Grip, Dave

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Dave sharing with the seminary students at Covenant

Dave sharing with the seminary students at Covenant

Mobilizing for kingdom work. It’s something I enjoy.

It gives me energy to interact with young people who love Jesus, and have an interest in missions. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Covenant Seminary. When I think about it I love to tell our story, and to share about the needs of the border. It’s not difficult to build a case for the area of the world we minister in.

The tale of two cities. You have the beauty of San Diego, yet under the surface, deep in the social fabric of the city there are some huge needs. Drugs. Sex trafficking. Immigration issues, and the list goes on. The tale of Tijuana is well noted. Crime and violence have been rampant, although they have slowed down recently. The problem can’t be ignored.

Do we have an answer for this problem?

We just celebrated the answer this past Sunday. Christ triumphant is the answer. The gospel is the answer, and it’s man’s only hope! He is the light of the world. He is the living water. He brings hope for the broken and downtrodden.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Covenant. Thankfully I was pleased and invigorated by the quality of students that came to our lunch presentation. It gives me faith that there are individuals out there that the Lord is calling to serve Him in missions. Some in God’s grace will join us on the border.

The Arch in St. Louis

The Arch in St. Louis

Of the students I met with yesterday about five expressed some level of interest in future internships. There may be some other doors that open as I follow-up with the students. I’ve already begun to talk to the school about a return visit in the fall.

Finding people who God is calling to work with us is sometimes a slow process, but it’s a good one. We have a terrific albeit challenging work, with some outstanding partners. Our story is compelling. I had at least a couple of people tell me that when I showed them the Harbor video that I have on my ministry partners page that it moved them. One said, “it makes me want to go.” That’s what I like to hear.

This journey is a journey of faith. We trust the Lord to raise our funds. We trust him to sell our house. We trust Him for our family. We trust Him to build our team. We trust Him to call people to serve with us that are a good fit.

Continue to join us in prayer for laborers for the San Diego – Tijuana field of harvest.

In His Grip, Dave

P.S. On Friday, April 13th at 4:30 PM (PT) we launch our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Please pray for a good group of students, and that God would draw them to Himself.

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Emily Gryder

Emily Gryder one of our summer interns

Last week I introduced one of our interns, Zach Lutz. The Lord has blessed us with two other interns, Emily Gryder and David Diaso Jr. Today I’d like to highlight Emily.

We give thanks to the Lord for giving us such amazing interns. It is surprising in some ways that we already have a growing internship ministry, since our team is still young. We are thrilled that we can build into their lives. As they serve the Lord will use them to touch the lives of people they meet and minister to on the border.

Emily Gryder is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the oldest of one brother, and two sisters. She is presently majoring in Spanish and minoring in Biology at UNC Chapel Hill. The Lord has given her a love for missions, and given her opportunities to go to the Dominican Republic with her youth group. Emily has a long time boyfriend, named David.

One of the ministries that she has enjoyed is children’s ministry. She’s been involved in outreach to children and tutoring elementary students.

Emily recently wrote about her experience in missions, and her opportunity to serve with BEAMM.

“As some of you my know, I have loved missions for a long time. This was first kindled at a young age and grew dramatically during two short-term missions trips to the Dominican Republic in 2008 and 2010. I am writing to let you know about another exciting opportunity that I have and to invite you to partner with me in it.”

We are glad that the Lord is working in Emily’s heart, and preparing her for the chance to minister with us this summer and fall. She brings excitement and energy to our team. You can learn more about Emily and her journey through her blog: egryder.blogspot.com. She will be with us from July 7th till November 30th.

We believe that our interns are an answer to our prayers. Join us in prayer that Zach, Emily and David will have an outstanding experience with us. Continue to ask the Lord of the Harvest to raise up laborers to work in and reap the harvest.

Have big dreams and don't live on the safe side!

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Speaking of the need for workers. This Thursday, April 12th, I will be at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis presenting our ministry to the seminary students. Pray that it goes well, and that the Lord would work in calling some to join us on our journey on mission with Jesus to serve on the border.

Ray Call and I would also appreciate your prayers for the ESL (English as a Second Language) launch this Friday, April 13th. Ray has been working hard with our friends at Harbor to promote and invite students. We are anxiously awaiting what the Lord will do through this outreach.

Thanks so much for praying for us, and for our growing team.

In His Grip, Dave

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