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A Sentimental Return to Calvary

Dave with Daniel Martinez at Calvary Church

As I drove up to Calvary Church in Glendale this morning I was reminded that this was one of the churches I visited 24 years ago when I first came on with Mission to the World (MTW). Wow! Was it that long ago that I began this exciting adventure? I was single then. I guess, that’s why my hair is turning gray!
I first visited Calvary when I was still in seminary, and studying under my professor, Bill Iverson. I believe that was in 1984 or 85. Bill used to take us seminary students to churches to help them work on their evangelistic outreach. It’s a vague memory now, but those were good days.
It was great to be back. I met pastor, Philip George at a Harbor church planters meeting in San Diego in December. When he told me who he was, I said, “O, your church used to support our ministry with MTW.” He said, “well, we should support you again.” That was all I needed to hear. That’s how my first trip of 2012 began.
Last year I traveled more than I have at any time in my life. I hope to travel less this year. But if I have to travel this was a good start to the year.
While at the church I enjoyed the opportunity to share about our ministry on the border and to meet some of their people. One of the people I met was Daniel Martinez. He is from Mexico City. He’s lived in the Los Angeles for more than 20 years now. It’s always fun to meet Mexicans and other Latinos. I met a couple of people from Guatemala there as well.
Pray with us for a great 2012, and that the Lord raises up more ministry partners so that we will be fully funded. Another big request we have is for the sale of our house. Yes, we are still trying to sell our home!
With you on the Journey!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By richardgascho
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Great, Dave.
    I, too, hope your travels are less in 2012. Praying for that final push to 100% and the sale of the house.
    Talk to you soon.

  • By Doyle Daniel
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I saw this on your Facebook page tonight while in Los Angeles at my sister’s home. I asked my brother-in-law if he was familiar with Calvary Presbyterian Church in Glendale. He said that he grew up in this church His family was very active there. He and my sister live in Highland Park and attend Eagle Rock Baptist Church. Jerry organizes our missions trips every two years to Kenya. I thought it interesting that he attending this church in Glendale.
    Doyle Daniel

  • By Doyle Daniel
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I forgot to tell you that his name is Jerry Gewe. He is retired as the director of the water department for the city of Los Angeles (the DWP). His parents were Robert and Martha Gewe.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Doyle, Good to hear from you. I’ve met the Gewe family. Anne Gewe still goes to the church. I saw her during my visit. It was good to be back with them. Great to learn of your connection with friends that used to be at the church.
      Hope you are doing well, and that your year is off to a good start.

      • By Moores
        Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        Such a good report. God has His hand on you Dave!

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