This past couple of weeks we were blessed in so many ways that if felt as if the Lord just couldn't' hug us enough and we are left breathless and in awe of His greatness. The Lord sent His people into our lives to become ministering angels in such amazing and powerful ways that we knew that His hand of affirmation was upon us and the work He has given us to do.
One angel came last Friday until Tuesday in the guise of David Schmidt. A young Christian man who is traveling across the county meeting people, staying with who ever takes him in and sharing what God is doing in his life while delighting to hear all of the things the Lord is doing in the lives of his hosts. We were able to take David around and introduce him to several of our very good friends and take him to our wonderful church. The fellowship and breaking of bread was so incredibly sweet! David became a friend and a brother to us and we ask that you remember him in prayer as he goes here and there for the next 2 months. If you want to know more about David and his journey, visit http://american-journey.blogspot.com/. You will be blessed. Also, don't forget to drop him a line and encourage him on his way.
At the same time that David was with us, we met and had the blessing of fellowship with yet two more of God's angels, Carl Carmody of Australia and his friend Graham. Carl & Graham are traveling around the world to interest Christians and churches in the evangelistic newspaper, Challenge News, the good news newspaper. Challenge News has been around for 26 years and is distributed in many nations. The really neat thing about this paper is that churches and individuals can order copies of their country's editions and hand them out to friends and strangers alike. Carl puts its so wonderfully when he says "Long after you and I are gone, the paper will still be there to witness to the truth." Challenge receives 100’s of letters per month from people who have committed their lives to Christ. These men became great friends and brothers in a very short space of time and we are now pleased as can be to distribute papers where ever we go on our own travels. If you want to learn more, please visit http://challengenews.org and pray that Carl and Graham's ministry will be warmly and enthusiastically received and that they find many friends to partner with them in their quest to bring the Good News.
More blessings last weekend include Dennis' long desired trip to Hoffmantown Church's Kid Stuff children's ministry. He had so much fun and blessing being there. The fellowship with the workers and teachers was warm and fulfilling and he could see the Spirit of the Lord on each face as they most sincerely applied themselves to this precious ministry. He is gone so much that he hasn't had the opportunity to really know what the Lord is doing with the children in our own church. Please pray for all the teachers and staff at Kid Stuff . It is an area where constant prayer is needed so that discouragement doesn't come to swallow up the victory. He said "I know what they need that would really help them - they just need prayer."
Now, if that weren't enough, we were blessed by yet two more dear angels when we opened our paypal account online and saw that the Lord had impressed upon them to bless DCM with an incredibly generous love offering that truly couldn't have come at a more critical time! As you know, our ministry is to give a cold cup of water to all who are thirsty by giving Scripture in its pure form. We do this in drama. Dennis doesn't memorize Scripture, he internalizes it. What that means is he let's God's Word live in him and define his life and actions so that he may sincerely minister the Word of God to others. Free will love offerings are the only source of our funding and we are so blessed to know that the Lord is always insuring this work will continue.
Last weekend we were immersed in so many ways in Jesus' Sermon to His people. We want to encourage all who read this that God's Word is true and living and that it can be totally trusted. We don't know what God is going to do, but what we do know is that He is faithful and will always act kindly and lovingly toward us. He only asks that we do the same for others and that isn't too much to ask. In fact it is a serious blessing to be able to be kind to one another. Dear Friends, please pray for us, that we will continue faithfully without faltering in the work and witness He has asked of us. Pray that our venues will receive us warmly so that they can get the most out of the ministry that we bring and will in turn be able to share the wonderful things of God with others. We are blessed to be a blessing and those who want a blessing must be a blessing. God's economy is to let us both freely receive and freely give.
Oh yes, more blessings! Wendy's sister came to visit and they were blessed with a sweet time of fellowship. Our sweet little bird, Stephanie, called several times to chirp to us all the many blessings coming her way and we drank in her happiness and thanked the Lord for His mercy and kindness. Family is a blessing. We're so glad that we are a part of the family of God, just think of how wonderful is the eternity awaiting us!
Time and again the enemy goes after us with his favorite acronym, F.E.A.R (false evidence appearing real), to try to discourage us. Many times, in the midst of blessings and ministry, there he is, malevolent and sinister, cunning and false. But, having lots of experience of his tactics since we have been in ministry over 20 years,we are able to hold fast to the truth and comfort each other with Scripture and prayer. We need not fear, there are angels all around us.
Blessings & Love,
Dennis & Wendy