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Daisy at the beach

Daisy at the beach

Lessons from Daisy

I took our dog, Daisy on a walk at the beach in the morning. I find that the Lord ministers to me and lifts up my soul when I’m at the beach. Today God taught me a valuable lesson through Daisy.

Daisy and I got towards the end of the beach before we turned around. I took her leash off, and let her run free. She was so happy to be let loose. She started running all around with abandon. It brought a smile to my face, and made me happy as I watched. Her excitement and happiness brought me great joy.

Then as I reflected I thought how much pleasure it gives our Father when we are filled with joy. I think the Lord delights in our joy. He loves to give us good gifts as James 1:17 states.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Our Children Give Us Reason for Joy
Imperial Beach with the U.S./Mexican border in the distance

Imperial Beach with the U.S./Mexican border in the distance

He calls us sons and daughters. I thank the Lord for the gift of my grown children, David, Jon and Hannah. All three of them have accomplished much in their school and work that make Dawn and me feel proud. David and Jon have excelled at work and school. Hannah has overcome some huge obstacles and we are so thrilled and proud of her as she starts her discipleship training school – IMPACT 195.

Dawn and I teared up, with tears of joy as Hannah left for her wilderness camping trip earlier this week. She was so happy to be going, we couldn’t but be moved with emotion. Then to watch all the other students and staff cheer them on as they left also moved us.

God’s kids often have a distorted view of him. They see him as a kill-joy, but he takes pleasure in his children. Our joy pleases him.

IMG_0088If watching Daisy and my children gives me joy, I can’t imagine how much more the Lord is moved as he cares for us. Jesus told us that his Father cares for the birds and the lilies of the field, which are relatively insignificant. How much more does he care for us! We are made in his image.

As the first question of the Westminster Catechism asks: What is the chief end of man? To love God and to enjoy him forever. John Piper calls this Christian Hedonism. I suppose it’s the only good form of hedonism.

“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

Join Us in Prayer

Pray that we continue to grow in the Father’s favor and that we daily experience his joy.

Today we are doing a medical outreach in Ensenada with Redeemer Church and Iglesia Nueva Jerusalen (The New Jerusalem). Pray for God’s care and a fruitful day of ministry.

In His Grip, Dave

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Short-term team of college students from Mobile, Alabama, ESL, English as a second or foreign language

Short-term team of college students from Mobile, Alabama

This week on Monday and Wednesday I have a short-term team of college students from Mobile, Alabama working with me to promote our ESL classes. I appreciate them coming out and helping us walk the streets to hand out flyers.

The Lord gave us a fruitful time this afternoon. We broke up into two groups of four. The group that went with me included, Shelonda, Sophia, Josh, and our evangelistic dog, Daisy :).

Believe it or not, having a cute little poodle does help. It seems to make people think you are safe, and the kids love the little dog. You might say she is our secret weapon! A small dog is the next best thing to having a small child as far as attracting attention.

An Enthusiastic Short-Term Team

I was very encouraged to see how the college students really went for it. They were very enthusiastic, and because of that we were able to hand out a number of flyers. It’s so much better being able to do this with a team of people. We get more done, and it’s more enjoyable.

Shelonda & Josh handing out flyers with Daisy the evangelistic dog!

Sholandra & Josh handing out flyers with Daisy the amazing evangelistic dog!

Every week as we’ve gone out the Lord keeps bringing new people to our class. One of the things that was heartening today was as we were talking to people and handing out the flyers, we met two woman who are already attending the class.

New Connections at the School

We talked to Antonia and Martha. Then I told Martha that we’d like to start an English class at the elementary school where her kids go. She said she was on the school council, or something to that effect. Martha thought that was a great idea, and she wanted my contact info, so she could help me promote the class at the school.

One of our huge needs right now is to get our structure and system for teaching in place, so we can handle all the students, and do a good job teaching them. The other big need we have is for childcare. It’s not easy teaching when the kids are running around in the classroom.

As the Lord provides the people to help lead our ESL program I believe our classroom sizes will keep growing. Our prayer is that we will serve the community, and that we will see these people come to know the savior.

In His Grip, Dave

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