Sharing in Portland

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Featured, Ministry Reports, Video | 5 comments

Immediately following our time in Sacramento we were able to spend a few days on the West Coast. Not only did we get to visit Priscilla’s sister Esther and her family, but we were also able to take some time and share in a church in Portland, Oregon. The pastor graciously allowed me to share for a full hour about my family and especially highlight our ministry in Mongolia and my brother Isaac’s passing. This is the first for four video clips.

Three Mindsets for Passionate Living

Amazingly, the connection with this church and pastor started when we arrived back from Mongolia. Today marks five years since we touched foot back in our home country of the United States. I had the privilege of engaging in ministry by working with several conferences with the Institute in Basic Life Principles. It was during a series of father’s conferences that I had the privilege of meeting twenty Romanian pastors and church leaders. During that conference, I was asked to play my violin and share about my family. Choosing my favorite hymn, It is Well With My Soul, I walked to the podium to introduce and share about why that meant so much to my family and I, especially since Isaac had passed away. There were nearly five hundred people there and many were touched and some even in tears.

The pastor of this church had been one of those in that group. Now, nearly five years later he wrote an e-mail to his congregation explaining that Priscilla and I had married and were going to be sharing in his church. What a blessing it was to reconnect. In addition, the youth leader of another church asked if we might come and share with his youth group two days later. What a blessing it was to fellowship with these dear faithful believers in Portland.

 

5 Comments

  1. David, Thank you so much for this important message and your testimony. I really needed the reminder that I have to lay down my life daily and give it to Christ alone. I am a Christian, a pastors wife and I like to think I’m a good Christian. But you know what? I really am not! I really struggle with witnessing for Christ. I’m really afraid of what people think and what I have to say to them about Christ. I also struggle to be in the Word daily. I feel like I’m failing daily. My desire is to be in the Word daily and to witness, but…
    Your lucky to live in the States with so many resources about training children and raising Godly families. Here in the Netherlands we do not have that kind of resources (like charactertraining for the children) but maybe I can search something about that on the internet. But the first person in this house that needs characterbuilding is me 😉

    Your message sharpened me up. Thank you!! God bless you and your beautiful wife Priscilla!!

    Through Christ alone,

    Marjolein

  2. Just wanted to ask which Portland church you preached at? I’m a resident of a suburb of Portland and was just curious which church it was.

  3. What an excellent sermon. Wow.

  4. What a powerful message. David, you speak with such conviction. The content is so wonderfully deep and it resonates within and feeds my soul. I’m finding it hard to find a church that preaches such deep and true ministry, so it was extremely encouraging to listen to the sermon. Thank you for posting it.

    (On a side note, Majolein, Priscilla’s sister, (Anna), her husband is Josh Duggar. Their family website (duggarfamily.com) have a wonderful resource: under ‘Homeschool Resources’- Character Qualities- you can print. I will be praying for you).

  5. I really like how he preaches, his services are always so many people and the atmosphere is pleasant

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