I’m back! Thanks for all your prayers. Pastor Rick will be back Sunday so please continue to pray for him. Here is a group picture of the men and women that you all blessed by letting us go to train and encourage them. I look forward to seeing you all tonight or tomorrow! Pastor Dale
He is a sweet little boy who was adopted by one of the couples who lead a church in Slovakia. We had a long talk about adoption and the blessings as well as the challenges that come with it. He is one of nine children that his mother could not care for. I’m so thankful he ended up in a loving Christian home. Please pray for his siblings that they will be loved and cared for. Pastor Dale
Here are some of the participants at the training. They represent Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. You may recognize Timo, Olivere, and Todd from visiting The Compass Church this past October for our mission’s European Summit. (And of course Pastor Rick too!) So far we’ve talked about how to grow a healthy church, discipleship and marriage in the ministry. ...
How much is a trip to train and encourage pastors worth? I found out tonight when one pastor and his wife shared how these times have kept them from the pit of despair and discouragement. There’s a lot of stress and spiritual warfare here in Europe and the pastors and their families are on the front lines! Thank you to The Compass Church for making this possible through your generous...
What does the world look like when God is outlawed? A young pastor and his wife from Hungary described to me what life was like for their grandmothers under communist rule. Both of them told me that most of the young women living in Hungary at the time of the communist invasion were raped by the soldiers. The trauma of those years left many women with deep emotional scars. It has been twenty...
Arrived in Budapest!
Over fifteen hours later, Pastor Rick and I are at our destination two hours outside of Budapest. It is going to be a wonderful three days of training church planters from several different European countries. Please pray for good health, wisdom and for the Lord to make known His will in all of our hearts. More to come soon. Pastor Dale
Over the past few years I’ve had several people ask me if I am going to lead another tour to Israel. Well the answer is YES! I’ve confirmed dates and have made plans for November 7-19 of 2011. This will be a 13 day regional tour meaning we will avoid the souvenir shops and actually stand in the places that Jesus and so many of the characters of the Old and New Testament stood. We...
This morning I was sitting at my desk working on this weekend’s message in our new series, Behind The Scenes; Understanding the Times we Live in. As I was thinking about the return of the King, I suddenly felt my soul rise as though I were being prepared for that moment of eternal change; of being caught up to the Lord. For a few brief seconds I felt the newness and the excitement of what...