Thank you for joining with us in the call to impact the orphans of Kenya

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Moving Day

    Last night we spent our first night in our new home. The Lord has provided abundantly for us again. We had a wonderful couple from our church family offer us a home on the south side of Goshen. Arnold and Marsha have been a huge blessing to us and we thank God for them. We have a signed lease purchase agreement on our home, and it takes affect on May the 1st. So as of tonight we are about 99% moved out. We do thank everyone for their prayers!! God has been so good to us.

   We continue to catch up on our schooling. We can now concentrate on that aspect. We are confirmed for our training in Colorado and are looking forward to completing that phase of our preparation for service.

   We have a speaking engagement in Middlebury IN on the 19th of March. We will be part of the Men With Vision Dinner at the Essenhaus Conference Center. We are looking forward to being a part of this event with Bill Bucher, and the WGM President Hubert Harriman who will also be speaking that evening.

   Please pray for us in our adjustments to our new home and as I prepare to leave my job on the 18th of May. We are very excited to follow God's lead as we continue down our path to serving in Kenya.

D & D

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Great time in Iowa

Pastor David & Jan Pinkerton
     I just returned from a couple of days in Iowa. What a great time of connections and fellowship we had. I was hosted in the home of Pastor David Pinkerton and his wife, Jan. They have a great gift of hospitality!  They fed me like a king, I think I actually gained some weight! We had a wonderful time of sharing and fellowship in their home. I had the privilege of sharing at Pastor David's church, the Taintor Community Church, in Taintor, Iowa in the Sunday morning worship service. I could feel the love of Jesus in that place. They were very excited about the Baby Centre and were very generous to us. We are glad to count them as prayer warriors and financial partners for our  ministry. We look forward to staying in touch with our new found friends.
Pastor David & Tammy Brown
Omega Church Ladies Group
     On Sunday evening I was asked to speak at the Omega Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Pastor David Brown and his wife Tammy made me feel so very welcome. The church is very alive and the Spirit was moving that evening. We prayed before the service and as I entered the worship area I was greeted by several women from the ladies group with quilts for the babies at the Baby Centre. They had also made one for Dana and I. What a wonderful example of love and service. Before they had even heard the stories of the babies, they were loving on them. Thank you so much ladies for your heart for us and the orphans of Kenya. The Omega Church was also very generous and we thank them for the commitment to prayer support and their financial gift.
     On Monday I had the opportunity to go to the Vermeer Plant in Pella, Iowa with Bill Bucher of WGM Men With Vision. It is an impressive facility and I am looking forward to partnering with them in the future. They are the ones that are working on the block machine for Haiti. Our connection at Vermeer is Donovan VanWyk. He is also the head of the Iowa Chapter of Men With Vision. Donovan and his wife Ruth were the hosts for the Men With Vision Iowa State dinner. They did a terrific job of setting the evening up. We had great food and Bill Bucher presented the Project for the next year. I then had the opportunity to tell about the Baby Centre and some goals and visions for future work in Kenya. We were also honored with an award by the Iowa Chapter of MWV. It is called the Home Run Hitters for Jesus. This was the third annual award and we are humbled and honored.

    There continues to be a lot going on, we are in the final stages of packing up our home, and will be moving out by the end of the month. We thank God for His provision and His goodness to us every day! We continue to see new team members join us in our mission to the babies. We are currently at 58% of our monthly support, so we are a little behind in that area, but put our faith in the Lord for His perfect timing in bringing us the remaining team members we need.

     Thank you for reading and keeping up with what is going on in this ministry.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sharing in Iowa

Good evening,
I am here in New Sharon Iowa tonight getting settled in to speak at the Taintor Community Church in their morning service. Pastor David Pinkerton and his wife Jan are my hosts. We have had a great time of fellowship this evening and went to the church to set up for tomorrow mornings service. We start at 9:00am and prayers for the sharing and the service are appreciated. Then tomoorow evening I will be presenting at the Omega Commuinty Church. On Monday evening I will be in Oskaloosa Iowa for the Men With Vision annual dinner to share about the Baby Centre. I am  very excited for the opportunity, I do miss my wife not being with me. Because of her brother passing this last week we decided that she would stay behind. Please keep her and the rest of the family in your prayers. I am looking forward to giving a full report of the next two days when I return. Pray for the Spirit to move and me to be able to share what the Lord has laid on my heart.

From Iowa in the middle of quite a storm!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

In Memoriam

     We've had a bittersweet couple of weeks in our family.  As you know Dana's brother was quickly succumbing to the cancer that had invaded his body.  On Saturday, April 7th, Doug left the pain and suffering of this world and went to be with Jesus.  
Dana and Doug
     We are comforted by the knowledge that Doug had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  We know that Doug is now in heaven with Jesus, whole again.  No more sickness, pain or suffering, Doug's body is brand new!!  Praise Jesus! 
     Now we must learn to accept this new normal with Doug absent.  Not an easy task!!  The hole we have in our hearts will never heal, but the Lord will fill it with His peace.  His mercy and grace is overflowing on Dana's family as we process all that has happened. 
     We were so thankful and overwhelmed with all the people that attended Doug's viewing and funeral.  Listening to their stories about Dana's brother were priceless.  We never knew the impact Doug had had on so many people.  People that he worked with, present and past, attended and warmed our hearts with their kind words. 
     Doug had gotten very bad and was in a lot of pain on Saturday, March 31.  He went to the hospital and was there several days where he continued to decline.  He was moved to Hospice House later that week.  That was an extremely hard decision to make.  All the people at Hospice House were wonderful and treated Doug with love and respect.  They took such good care of him, we will be forever grateful for that. 
      Knowing that Doug was not doing well at all, most of Dana's family stayed the night at Hospice House.  On Saturday, April 7th, Doug's breathing had gotten very sparatic.  The nurse on duty told us to remain close that day, the end was very near.  We prayed over Doug.  Dana sat and rubbed his arm and read the Bible to him most of the morning.  We all gave him kisses and said our final goodbyes preparing for the inevitable. 
     Dana knelt by Doug's bedside holding his hand and began praying outloud.  The rest of the family that were there gathered in and layed hands on Doug during this time.  After Dana finished praying Doug's breathing slowed even further and within minutes he had left us.  Our hearts were broken, never again to be the same.  We will miss Doug for the rest of our lives.  But knowing he has eternal life in Christ Jesus makes all the difference in the world.
     About the time Doug moved into his Hospice room, a pair of doves moved in outside of Doug's window.  They began building a nest in this pitiful tree.  The tree provided no protection whatsoever for the doves so it was so a little odd that they decided to build in it.  A dove represents peace, we believe it was no accident that they decided to build their nest right there within a couple feet from Doug's bedside.  God's peace was all over that place.  His presence was felt so strongly. 
     The viewing was Tuesday and the funeral Wednesday.  Dana opened the service with a very touching eulogy for her brother telling stories from the past as well as the story of Doug accepting Christ.  Talia also spoke and read scripture.  Dan also shared with words of tribute to Doug.  Then Pastor Dennis Ingle gave the rest of the message.  The funeral was beautiful!  We were all very touched by everyones kinds words and prayers.
    Please continue to keep the entire family in your prayers. We have been so blessed by our church family at NMC. Many strong prayer warriors that lifted us up through this difficult time, flowers, cards, meals, hugs, it has been overwhelming to be bathed in that much love. Thank you, thank you!
   In the midst of our darkest hours, we can say, blessed be the name of the Lord!
Blessings and many thanks,


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Peaks and Valleys

    We have not posted anything for almost two weeks. This has indeed been a period of peaks and valleys. Almost two weeks ago, we got news that Dana's brother Doug who has been battling cancer for 18 months, only had 2 months to live. We were not sure if Doug had accepted Christ. We are very happy to report that this past week while Dana was talking with Doug, he did indeed ask Jesus to be the Lord of his life. Praise God!! We are actually this morning in his hospital room with him. Please keep Doug, Dana and the entire family in your prayers as Doug prepares to go home to Jesus.
   We are also in the middle of final packing in anticipation of moving on April the 28th. We have been very blessed to have a couple wonderful people from our church family give us a home to stay in until we leave for Colorado. Praise God for people who our so generous and giving.
   We are on track for our June departure to Colorado. We are also continuing with our schooling and should be completed by the end of May.
   We have a team from NMC there in Kenya this week. It will be great to hear first hand what is going on at the BC and in Saalga. Our prayers are with them. Below are some recent pictures of our new home at the BC sent to us by Kristy M.

     We have been very blessed with many ministry team members. Please continue to pray for opportunities for us to share about our passion for the BC and missions. We are scheduled to be in Iowa in two weeks and are looking forward to the opportunity. We continue to see new members join our team, and are so excited to be a part of such a special group of people  We are currently at 56% for our monthly support.
    We have a couple of busy weeks ahead and also the unknown of what will be taking place with Doug. We are thankful that the Lord is in full control, and ask that we are sensitive to His leading and direction as we move into these next two weeks!

  Love and Blessings
   D & D