Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Joy in the Journey!
Dave with our friends from Ministerios TransformaciĆ³n

Dave with our friends from Ministerios TransformaciĆ³n

One of the joys of persevering in ministry is many surprises the Lord brings and all the wonderful people that we get to know along the way. Sometimes my friends and I joke around and say that,Ā “the ministry would be great if it wasn’t for the people” šŸ˜‰ but in reality the opposite is true. Ministry is great, because of the people.

I’m so grateful that some of my best friends are the people that I serve alongside!

A little over a week ago I celebrated my birthday, and to my surprise a couple days later at the Ministerios TransformaciĆ³n monthly pastors meeting they made a cake for me. Not only that, but they took time out of their meeting to share about how Dawn and I had ministered to them in different ways over the years.

Wow! We felt so loved!

The experience was a huge honor for me, and one of the highlights of all of my yearsĀ in ministry. To have so many pastors recognize the contribution we have made to them and their church efforts was so encouraging. I told them that it made both Dawn and me feel loved. It was an amazing time!

It’s interesting that right before the meeting I was feeling a little down. Partly due to some disappointment I felt regarding certain aspects of the work. Also, I find that special daysĀ are harder for me emotionally now that Hannah’s gone.

Hannah loved to celebrate others. She loved to party, and she had a way of making me and others feel loved and special. So it seems like there is a big hole when she’s not with me on these days.

Thankful for our Friends & God’s Faithfulness
A great night to celebrate our friendship and all that the Lord has done!

A great night to celebrate our friendship and all that the Lord has done!

God is so faithful and he shows his concern, his care and his love for me through others. Our good friends, Daniel and Yolanda NuƱez who lead Ministerios TransformaciĆ³n came up with the idea to encourage me at their meeting. The time was so special for a number of reasons. It was unexpected, and they are friends that Dawn and I love and respect. They walked through Hannah’s passing with us. They’ve prayed for us and encouraged us along the way. We’ve sought to do the same for them.

I’m grateful that by God’s grace we’ve helped them to plant five churches. We’ve also raised funds to help five churches expand as their ministry has grown. These churches are making a difference in the communities that they serve in. We do it all for the glory of the Lord, to make his name great. We’ve been able to train a number of their pastors in leadership, church planting, and coaching. A truly wonderful relationship that we give thanks to the Lord for.

What a joy to count them as our friends!

Dawn and I are very rich, because of them!

Thank you, Jesus! Thank you for your grace and your continued work, and thank you for all our wonderful partners!

In His Grip, Dave

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Jonny Boy, surprise, family

Jonny Boy the night he arrived for the fun surprise!

Last night Dawn and I said a tearful good-bye to our son, Jonathan as he flew back to Colorado.

Before that was the wonderful surprise visit!

Jon called me last week, and said he had some extra days off, because of the Martin Luther King holiday. Since Hannah and our friends from Mexico were also going to be here at the same time, I thought maybe we could take advantage of Jon’s days off.

I furiously searched the internet to see if I could find any affordable flights. After some digging I found a reasonable flight if he flew into the John Wayne airport in Orange County.

My son has a fun personality. I think he got that from his mom! šŸ˜‰ He said, “don’t tell mom, let’s surprise her.” So we decided to surprise Dawn and our friends from Mexico.

David and Hannah took the girls, Silvia and Cesia, to a nice mall in Irvine near the airport. I took Dawn and our friends, Mario and Silvia, out on the town. I told Dawn I had a surprise for her, but she thought the surprise was some of the places I took them.

David and Hannah blindfolded Silvia and Cesia before they picked up Jonathan at the airport. They were thrilled when they saw Jon. Then they drove back home. It’s an hour and a half drive.

It was a late flight, and they didn’t get home until about 12 AM, so I was trying to figure out how I was going to keep Dawn up. By the time they got home she was in the bathtub. It took me a little while to get her out of the bathtub for the fun that awaited.

We told Mario, Silvia and Dawn to come downstairs for a surprise.

David has a flair for the dramatic, so he had us all go outside for a fashion show as the girls showed us what they bought at the mall. Dawn and the Silvas were a little disappointed there wasn’t more to the surprise. Meanwhile, Jonathan snuck upstairs.

fun, family

Jonny Boy and the gang with some friends having some fun

When we went to go back in the house David had mistakenly locked the door, which added to the drama. Finally, we made it back in the house. Jon left a trail of his clothes for clues. We somehow missed the clues, but when we got back upstairs there was Jonny Boy sitting on a chair, drinking coke in his boxers!

Wow, his mom was very surprised and overjoyed!

The Lord gave us a wonderful five days together. It was the first time we’ve had our whole family with us since we left Colorado. What a blessing!Ā Our house has been busting at the seams with the Silva family and our family. There’s been much activity and fun late into the night!

Thank you Lord for the fun kids that you’ve given us! Thank you for a great visit with our son. I just wish it wasn’t so hard to say good-bye.

In His Grip, Dave

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