Aug 14, 2016

New Day Christian Ministry Minister’s Retreat 2016

We are proud to announce our second annual Minister’s Retreat!!

Through the years of ministry we have come to realize the many pressures pastors and their families face from day to day in ministry and in their personal lives and the great importance there is to build up and edify one another in the faith. It is our desire to provide this unique opportunity for pastors and their families to come together to minister to one another and to be ministered to. We hope that we will see you, or your pastor, and your/their family for this very special ministry to these men and women of God.



This year’s retreat will held November 10-12
at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp in Laurel, Kentucky

Over the years the camp has provided great opportunities for folks of all ages to come
to a place where they can grow closer to God and one another. The director of the camp is a long time friend of David’s and has given us a very special rate.

The cost of this year’s retreat is $70 per person. This covers all expenses including lodging and meals. Children 2 and under are free. 

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing”
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

We are hopeful that our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord will be willing to support this ministry to pastors with a special gift to offset the cost for them and their families wishing to attend. If you or the church you serve is willing to help support those who are attending, whatever you give is going to be greatly appreciate. 

Donations for this ministry to ministers can be given online or by mail:


(Click Here To Donate) 

Donations can also be sent to:
New Day Christian Ministry
PoBox 49610 West Carrollton OH 45449 


For mailed support please add minster’s retreat support in the memo of the check.



For all of the information and to register for this year’s retreat visit:

Or contact us at 937-307-0694 or david@newdaycm.org

All pastors must preregister to attend.
See you real soon!!! 

If you are needing assistance with registration cost please let us know as you have already read we are seeking support to help those in need and may be able to assist you. 

I would like to thank all of you who will share the word of this great opportunity to minister to those who minister and I look forward to seeing all of you who will be attending in November!

God Bless,
David Ingram
New Day Christian Ministry
Isa. 43:18-21
Forget the past; see God is doing a new thing! 
newdaycm.org 

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Jul 19, 2016

Greetings from Ohio and Puerto Rico...

Greetings from Ohio and Puerto Rico! Yes, that is correct, the Ingram family is currently in two different parts of the world I, Heather, am writing this update letter from Ohio while David is in PR. I will explain why  later on in the letter, but first we have an exciting update concerning the land loan for the orphanage that we shared about in our last monthly report.

                                                                                                                                                     
 As you remember there was a loan on the land that the orphanage was built on and there were past due payments totaling $2,060. The total balance of the land loan was $4,500 which was to be paid off by December 2016. God has seen to it through supporters such as yourselves, that not only the past due amount was paid off but the remaining balance of the loan has been paid off too! Praise be to God! We are so relieved to have the orphanage now operating debt free. We can not thank you all enough for your financial support, not only on a monthly basis but as well as for special needs such as this one. We are praying for you all that God will continue to richly bless you so that you may continue to be a blessing to others!

There are several ministry and family announcements we would like to inform you all of at this time: on Fathers Day I surprised David and the rest of our family with news that we are expecting our 4th baby! With us living in PR during a Zika outbreak David and I made the difficult decision to spend the pregnancy in the States and deliver the baby in Ohio. However, this was not an easy decision and it also comes with a lot of necessary planning and preparation which of course takes time. During the pregnancy we are planning to travel on furlough to provide updates for our supporters and Lord willing, speak at new churches. Planning a furlough, temporarily moving a growing family, and wrapping up ministry activities in PR we estimated was going to take us at least a month to accomplish. We were expecting to be ready to come to Ohio and begin everything sometimes in August for the rainy season came to PR. However, at the end of June David’s grandmother passed away unexpectedly. David,
myself, and the children flew up to Ohio for the funeral which was held on July 1st. Thankfully, his grandmother was a believer and the family is being comforted with this hope and peace through the Lord’s strength. If you have ever hear David sing you have heard him sing one of his grandmother's beautiful songs. So now, we find ourselves with another difficult decision : for everyone to fly back to PR for a few weeks to try to accomplish everything that’s necessary while I stay cooped up in the house away from mosquitoes carrying Zika OR for David to fly back on his own and do everything himself. We weighed out the pro’s and con’s and ultimately decided that it would be best for David to return to PR solo that way he can focus on getting everything done without worrying about family needs in addition to work. David flew back to PR July 11th and hopes to be back sometime around the first or second week of August. The children and I are currently staying with David’s parents in Ohio.

David already has a couple speaking engagements and a revival meeting lined up for our furlough trip and is looking for more dates to fill and opportunity to preach revivals. A phone call from David will be coming to a phone near you shortly! We look forward to seeing everyone again in the coming months and sharing with you what God has done. Feel free to beat David to the phone and give him a call at 937-307-0694 to schedule our visit for your church, small group, or simply a friendly visit, he’d love to hear from you!

David is also planning on a second Pastors/Leaders Retreat sometime this coming Fall.  Making phone calls and setting dates is another activity David is planning on doing in the coming weeks while he’s in PR. If you’re interested in attending or would like more information about the retreat, give David a call at the number listed above.

Along with these announcements there is of course prayer needs that David and I would like you all to be praying with us about. Going on a furlough with a family of 5 requires vehicle space; space for luggage, a projector screen, Joannah’s play pen bed, and of course 3 car seats of various sizes. This means we will need a vehicle bigger than a compact car. We have contacted an RV sales lot to put the bug in their ear about who we are
and our needs. As it would turn out the proprietors of the company are Christians. They currently didn’t have anything in the size we needed but they said they would pray with us for God to provide what we needed. If you and your church group could begin putting the word out to everyone that a missionary family is looking to use an RV or van for furlough, that would be helpful. If an RV isn’t available to us then acquiring a van would be our next option. A moderate sized RV would really be the ideal solution; as most of you know we have 3 highly energized children and staying with people while we travel isn’t always easy. We know God already has a plan already in place and knows how our needs will be met, whether it be through an RV or a van and really patient and hospitable people willing to open up their homes to our unique family! We are excitedly waiting to see how God will work everything out and we will do our best to keep everyone updated while we travel. Please remember that a phone call is always welcome!

We know and understand that our needs are great but thankfully they are not greater than our God. Last month God provided $4,500 for our orphanage land loan, if that isn’t a testament to how awesome He is then I wouldn’t know what would be! Right now there are more questions than answers and more unfulfilled needs than provisions. Please be praying for us about everything we’ve shared in this letter. We look forward to writing you all again in August to share with you how God has already begun fulfilling these needs.

Servants together,
Heather Ingram


May 26, 2016

Falling, it can happen to the best of us!

It has been quite a while since I or David sat down to write a blog entry. As you can see from the length of this article, I have made up for lost time. David recently suggested that I sit down and write something. Since a writer writes what he knows and right now all I know is how frustrated I am at our current situation. Yes, frustrated, I admit it; although I think David and my children already know this! Why am I frustrated? On Monday (4 days ago) I had a pretty bad fall while I was jogging. I have been running since I was 12 and running in the same place for 4 years. I have never had an accident, ever, until Monday. And it just so happened that I was running downhill when my ankle randomly gave out and I went skidding down a paved road on my hands, knees, and elbow.  I was taken to the hospital and my wounds cleaned and bandaged; x-rays concluded nothing broken or fractured. So, here I am on the couch unable to do much with my hands (lift, clean, or move anything) and unable to walk without limping and wincing from the pain. And of course, there is a serious need that needs David’s immediate attention concerning our orphanage in Kenya which means he has to be at his computer communicating with people and informing everyone of this need (see your e-mail newsletter for details). BUT, because of my injuries David is having to clean, cook, help with the children, run errands all the while trying to keep the orphanage building from being repossessed by the bank.  Talk about having too many pots to stir at once!

So, you say, what’s my point of all this? As I was in the shower getting my wounds cleaned out, I had something dawn on me. Sin (before it happens, during the act, and experiencing the consequences of it) can be kind of compared to my accident. Allow me to elaborate:

As I already shared I am an experienced runner. Picture this, it was a bright clear Monday morning and I was excited to have my “mommy time” and listen to good upbeat music and go for a good run. I had just run up my hill and was preparing to go downhill. I was enjoying the wind and sun on my face when all of a sudden before I could even react, I felt my ankle turn out and my hands go out to brace for my fall…pause that image.

Now, for most seasoned Christians we do not go looking for opportunities to sin. We have overcome many immature troubles and temptations in the past and feel like certain sins (an affair, pornographic viewing, lust, addiction to prescription meds, a drinking problem, gambling addiction, gossip, gluttony, constant bitterness and anger, addiction to anything harmful etc etc etc) are beyond our realm of even being possible to happen. But, there comes a day when we least expect it, that a sin of some kind trips us and we find ourselves falling.  

Even though my fall only took seconds to happen, I am amazed that when I remember it I can recall thinking about what was taking place: denial it was happening, “What is going on?! How did this happen?” Fighting against the momentum of my downward fall, “I gotta stop falling; have to stop, ouch ouch ouch!”  Then finally thinking, “Oh my gracious, this is really bad. I can’t believe this is happening!”

When we have found ourselves in the midst of this unexpected sin we might deny that it’s happening at first. Then as it continues to happen we realize what we’re doing and we try to stop it from continuing; we fight the momentum of sin so that it doesn’t continue. Then finally it is finished and we accept that it’s happened and we look down at our bloodied selves and think, “Oh my gracious, this is really bad! I can’t believe this has happened!”

As I sat on the road crying, I tried to get up myself but I couldn’t. My palms were shredded so I couldn’t use them to push myself up. My legs and knees were stiff, bleeding, and in incredible pain. I sat there crying and bleeding and looked around for help. There was no one. So, I tried to figure out what to do on my own. But all I could do was sit there and cry and bleed. Then a black SUV pulled onto the street and stopped next to me. It was an older man with a kind face who was some type of policeman (somehow in the midst of everything I noticed mace, a gun, and a knife strapped to his person, go figure!), he knelt down in front of me took my wrists and spoke softly, “Calmete calmete calmete” (translation, calm down). I managed to calm down surprisingly and he asked a few simple questions in Spanish to which I was able to process, translate into English, and respond with a shake of the head yes or no. Then he said something I didn’t understand and I said, “I’m sorry I don’t understand”. He smiled and began speaking in broken English. He helped me up, put me in his car, and drove me down the hill to the parking lot where my car was parked. He was hesitant to leave but I told him I was alright to drive (yeah, right! I just didn’t want to bother David who was in the middle of cooking breakfast and taking care of the 3 kids by himself. And for some reason I though my bloody shredded palms would allow me to operate a vehicle).  I got in my car, whimpering and bleeding, and pulled away slowly. I didn’t get far down the road before I accepted the glaring fact that I could not drive the 5 miles home with bloody hands and searing pain. So I called David and he quickly morphed into Superman flying to my rescue! Pause narrative.

After we have come to realize the gravity of our sin and what we’ve done, we begin examining our situation and try to think of a way out. Maybe we’ll look around for help and find no one or maybe we’ll try to fix it and get out on our own. Rarely do Christians escape a sin on their own strength. Most times sin has us too cornered or damaged that there is no “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” strength left. God has created us to “need”. We were not put on this earth to be away from Him or one another. We “need” the Holy Spirits strength every day and we need fellow believers too.  The good Samaritan who seen me fall and stopped to help is like how God has blessed us with the Holy Spirit and/or fellow believers to be there for us, to help us get up and get us where we need to be. Although, sometimes we can still be stubborn and think we can finish getting ourselves out of our sticky situation flying solo. We typically don’t make it too far before we realize how debilitated we still are and we call upon a rescuer.  Our rescuer gets us the help we need which is only found in God’s healing touch and abundant forgiveness.


David realized my wounds were severe enough that I might need stitches. So he took me to the ER. I was allowed in immediately and a Dr. came to asses and clean my wounds. It hurt! I had to sit there, not pull away and submit to more pain as 7 different areas were cleansed of road debris, dried blood, and skin then were sanitized and re-bandaged. The pain continued as I was getting x-rayed and ultimately 3 shots (no stitches thankfully!).  We were there I think for about 3 hours. I came home and slept for another 3 hours. Every day David and I go through the painful procedure of cleaning my wounds and re-bandaging them. Then I hobble around and try to do small jobs to help out David. I can’t do many things yet; can’t scrub dishes, I can’t carry Joannah around, I can’t exercise at all on any level, I can’t drive and the list of things goes on inevitably ending up in frustration and yes, maybe even in a bit of self-pity. The only real thing I can control is my attitude, which stinks at the moment!
I do get better a smidge every day and find it interesting how my wounds have progressively healed more each time I take off the bandage (I have always marveled at how God made our bodies to heal!). The healing process is slow and tedious and it has had an impact on our family and has dictated what our activities can and can’t be for the time being. I know it’s only temporary but it’s hard to be patient; I want to press the FF button and be able to have my freedom back. And oh boy, when that day comes how relieved and excited will I and David be!

In order for sin to be eradicated from our lives it takes God’s healing and forgiveness, although it doesn’t come without pain and consequences. It hurts when God scrubs the sin away and the consequences of living with the repercussions of that sin every day is not fun for ourselves or for those around us. It puts a damper on what we do and what others have to do to help us. The people in our lives have to deal with the consequences too of our sin even though they didn’t commit the act. Recovering and healing from sin isn’t fun and it can be damaging and the process might leave scars on us and/or those around us. But after the damage from sin has healed, the wounds are no longer fresh, and we have regained our strength, we are able to put the past behind us, get up from the couch, and continue to run the race towards our prize in Heaven.  Halleluiah, thank God that we are no longer bound to the law of sin and death and it cannot hold us down any longer! Freedom from sin through Christs sacrifice is such a freeing gift.

As I close this article, I would implore my fellow believers to be on guard, to be alert whether night or day to the snares of sin and the temptations of the devil who never sleeps and is always looking for a way to trip believers in their run for the Lord. It was my pride and ego that caused me to believe I was above a trivial act of tripping and falling; I was too seasoned of a runner to trip, how silly to even think it would happen (do I dare to admit that I have even scoffed at David when he would encourage me to pick a different route due to safety concerns, whoops!).  Well, Christian reader, SIN CAN HAPPEN! The Bible repeatedly warns us directly and through parables that we should always be on guard and never fall asleep. Each day arm yourself with the armor of God, which is why it’s there, to protect us, but in order for Gods armor to work, we have to put it on. Armor doesn’t protect us if it’s in our closet. We have to choose to put it on and stand ready. So, today are you awake and ready to stand firm? Or have you forgotten where your armor is?

Your fellow runner in life’s race,

~Heather~



Sep 17, 2015

It Is Time For Revival

Did you know that during 1904-05 in Wales a great revival broke out? The revival was such a move of God that within the first 6 months 100,000 had come to the Lord. During that time this testimony from a mine manager was shared that I would like to share with you:

 “The horses are terribly puzzled. A manager said to me, “The haulers are some of the very lowest. They have driven their horses by obscenity and kicks. Now they can hardly persuade the horses to start working, because there is no obscenity and no kicks.” The movement is characterized by the most remarkable confessions of sin, confessions that must be costly. I heard some of them, men rising who have been members of the church, and officers of the church, confessing hidden sin in their heart, impurity committed and condoned, and seeking prayer for its putting away. The whole movement is marvelously characterized by a confession of Jesus Christ, testimony to His power, to His goodness, to His beneficence, and testimony…” (The Story of the Welsh Revival by Arthur Goodrich ect.)

If ever we, as the church, as a town, as a country, as a people needed revival we most definitely need it now. What changes would we see if God did with us what He did with those Welsh miners! I know that it is somewhat late in the season for planning revivals but if it is the Lord’s will, then this is arriving to you just as it was intended to be. As we return to the States this fall we do so looking to see God do some great things. We are excited about the Pastors’ Retreat in KY, and the Leaders’ Training Conferences in Africa but we are also eager to see God bring revival where you are. As Ron shared earlier, two years ago there was a group of leaders who were considering whether or not reduce the number of days or to hold a revival at all that year. Concerns were shared that there was no money to pay a speaker, people would not want to attend. In short, they were feeling pretty discouraged. What I said to them that day I still believe even stronger today: “If God has given a message, a burning desire to share, then the messengers only care about giving the message. Nothing else will matter to them.”

Maybe you,  your church,  or town is also seeing the need for revival, desiring to see God move in a mighty way, but are also feeling discouraged, doubtful it will happen, or wondering if you have the money to give to a speaker to hold a revival. If so we want to hear from you! We do not ask for anything to come, other than a place to stay, if it is too far to drive from where we will be staying in Eaton,OH.  We would love the opportunity to come and work with you. If your church is also feeling the Lord’s leading for revival, and leading you to contact us please do not hesitate. Whether it be for a time of teaching others how to share their faith, going out to share the gospel, holding revival meetings, or all of the above we would love to be a part of it. Please give me a call soon at 937-307-0694 or send me an email at david@newdaycm.org so we can plan accordingly.

God Bless,
David Ingram



Jun 13, 2015

God loves me just the way I am...


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"Do what thy will shall be the whole of the law." Or a more modern twist, "just do it"

We live in a culture today that has made this their chief commandment and as you talk with many who claim to be Christians they too seem to believe this is God's message. But does God say that doing what we want is what He wants? 

Sadly many today believe so.  You will often hear from a Christian content to continue in sin, "God loves me just  the way I am" or they may say "I know the Bible says,_________ but....."  or "God did not really say....."

"Do what thy will shall be the whole of the law" originates from Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley. The forefather of the modern day Satanic church. Though he died in 1948 the rock and roll crowed of the 1960's took greatly to his message and became his spokesman. It is not a new message though. God's word says it is the mentality of fools:

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15

He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight. Luke 16:15

Sadly somehow even Christians today have accepted the notion that we can do whatever we want and all that matters is whether or not it makes us "happy". And it is true that sin and rebellion can bring a measure of joy, excitement, or what people often just sum up as "fun" or as the Bible calls it, "the fleeting pleasures of sin." and those pleasures are fleeting. But what is worse is that in the end they lead in one of two directions. For the nonbeliever they lead to the finality of all sin, God's judgment. To the wayward believer they lead to a wasted, shortened life. 
Throughout my life, time and time again, I have had to say good-bye to those I loved greatly, who I miss deeply, who also just could not get this concept down and apply it to their lives, despite many pleadings by those who loved them and did not want to see them to continue on the way they were headed.  

Many of us go on in this life believing that if we are a Christian we can do and say whatever we want and He will simply forgive us and we can go on doing whatever it is we want. Sadly this is a very poor understanding of life, God, and consequences.

We are warned against having this mentality many times Throughout scripture and I will share a few of those times in a moment but first let me tell you it in a way we all as parents or as children can easily relate. 

Whether it was you as a child or you now as a parent we all know what it is to be called in to the house for misbehavior. If you have children playing out in the yard with some friends and you see them do or say some things they should not be doing, you will call them to the door and give them a warning as they go back to play, perhaps a stronger warning a second time but if they continue you eventually tell them, Ok it is time to come home, come and get in the house.  You bring them in the house because that is where they need to be when they are being disrespectful, causing themselves, or causing others harm. You may even say, "We do not behave that way in this family."

Time and time again God does this very same thing with his children when He sees that it is time for them to come home. 

The Bible tells us that there is a time when God must tell the believer "It is time to come home" because of sin: "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death."

This should at least give the believer pause before deciding if it is best to do what they want over what God has already told them not to do. Sadly for whatever reason they do not. 
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” 

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." (See Hebrews 12 for the full passage.)

In closing my desire for you today is that you will not be wise in your own eyes but rather will seek to see the world through the Lord's eyes as you go off today to see what the day may bring.

God Bless,
David Ingram







Mar 20, 2015

Our day...

I have a story to share about our day; it is quite long so be prepared!

Epilogue: for the past 3 weeks we have been traveling back and forth from our home in Juana Diaz (aka “JD”) an 1 ½ hr to the city where we have our current Deaf ministry in Hormigueros. We have been renovating a 3 apartment condo due to water damage and poor maintenance through the years. In exchange we are allowed to stay in the 2 bedroom apartment on the weekends so we can spend more time in this area in order to make more of an impact with our ministry goals; currently we are unable to spend more than a few hours every Sunday in Hormigeuros because of such a distance from our home and traveling with small children.  After the baby is born we are looking forward to being able to stay there on the weekends and teach language classes and hold Bible studies at the local university close by.

Chapter 1: So,today we had finished apartment #1 and because I am 37 ½ weeks along we need to

pause with ministry for awhile until after the baby is born, thus returning to our home in JD where our Dr. and hospital are for the delivery. In order to stay in this apartment we have to bring bedding, cooking + eating supplies, toiletries,cleaning supplies, food, toys, tools for repairing the condo, our bunnies and there accessories, and whatever other miscellaneous items a family of 4 needs in order to live away from their home for a week at a time. All the above fits into our Volvo and Chevy van (i.e. 2 vehicles). This morning as David was finishing up the final details of apartment #1, I was packing everything up and cleaning our apartment with a toddler in toe. This project started after breakfast, about 8am. David & Hannah began to leave to run errands in our van but discovered the battery was dead.  It took about 10 minutes to get the battery fully charged. After that little set back they finally left and I continued packing and cleaning. They returned at about noon and found the luggage,bunnies, various bags, coolers, and boxes ready to be loaded into the van. At this point Jacob was pretty bored with his movie and was getting into several different adventurous things. We all were ready for lunch as well and questions about when we were eating and where began at 5 minute intervals. We finished loading our 2 vehicles and cleaning both apartments with promises of eating at McDonald's playland before starting our 1 ½ hr trip home. It is now about 1:30pm. I followed David down our street to leave but when I came to the stop sign something odd happened…I had no breaks. At first I thought it was just the incline of the street and me not paying attention to how fast I was going and thus needed to apply more pressure to my peddle in order to stop, “Surely the breaks couldn't be bad” I thought. Then came the slowing down as I approached a speed bump and it happened again: I heard a soft “whoosh” as I pressed on the breaks and felt my foot go all the way to the floor before our car gently came to a slow halt. Jacob currently has my phone saying his last goodbyes to his daddy so I try to “calmly” ask for it back so Mommy can speak to daddy. Hannah’s antenna’s perk up at my fake calm voice and starts asking, “What’s going on?!” I get the phone back and say, “David, I have NO breaks; the peddle is going all the way to floor before I can stop”. We pull both vehicles over. Hannah is now beginning to get excited and Jacob recognizes that where we have stopped is not at McDonalds and begins complaining. David quickly realizes that the car is leaking brake fluid. We switch cars and head back to the condo. Now the children are in full mutiny. He inspects the car further and calls AT&T roadside assistance for a tow to the nearest PepBoys. AT&T gives us the terms and we agree so the tow truck service is ordered and expected arrival time is 3:18pm, it is currently 2:30pm.  Because this is PR there is not always an address to give so a person can quickly find you, many times we give step by step driving directions in order for someone to find us. In this instance the condo has no address and the tow truck driver does not speak English and our limited Spanish is useless. Both our cell phones are complaining of a low battery but my husband brilliantly remembers our GPS in the van has a feature that tells you where you’re at. We look up the coordinates and relay it to the company to relay them to the driver. About 30 minutes later we get a call from the driver wanting specific instructions…apparently he does not have a GPS.  So we call the owner of the condo and patch him through to the tow truck driver and listen in on the precise directions to the condo. We are told that the driver will be here in 35 minutes, making his ETA 3:45pm. At this point it is inevitable we are spending 1 more day in the area and I enlist my understandably grumpy daughter to help me unload some of the lighter things from the car we will need for spending the night, with the promise of snack food and another movie while we wait for the truck driver to arrive.  The snacks and movie rerun only last so long and boredom again sets in. Oh yes, at this point,cue the rain. It is now 4:10pm when we hear the long awaited sound of the tow truck arriving. However, upon his arrival he hands us his phone to speak to his boss. David is told the terms of service have been changed. As he watches our car get loaded onto the truck we’re told that instead of the $11.44 charge there is now a $3 per mile charge and AT&T will only cover the initial $50 service fee. We all quickly load back in to the van and as David is pulling out we are abruptly stopped by a light pole in our way. David and I both exclaim, "Seriously!" at the same time. We decide to inspect our bumper when we arrive at PepBoys. As we follow the tow truck to the PepBoys, in the rain with hungry & tired children, I call AT&T back to try to find out why the service terms were changed and what could be done about it.  By the time we arrive at the PepBoys I still am on the phone wondering what to do. The driver unloads the car and David once again speaks to the driver’s boss, explains the confusion and informs them that unless the driver takes debit or credit, he only has $10 in cash on hand.Miraculously the company agrees and all is settled. I reminded David to check our bumper and brace myself to hear about the damage. However, there is none, somehow! Chalk it up to being a Chevy, I guess! As often times happens with unexpected car repairs, we aren't prepared and are leery of the cost, thus we have picked up the habit of finding coupons for various repairs. David thankfully finds one for PepBoys for break inspection/repairs. He presents it to the service manager and thankfully they accept it and we get a discount on our repairs, thank you Lord!

Chapter 2:Current time is about 5:30pm. After the car is enrolled in the PepBoys system and all gets taken care of we drive next door to the long awaited for McDonald’s playland. The children play, we charge our phones, eat horribly unhealthy food,and everyone is happy or at least feeling better. About 30 min into our wait a boy arrives at the empty playland and Hannah and Jacob have a friend to play with. However 5 min later the dad comes in to announce its time to go in English. David comments, “Oh Dad that’s not fair I just got here…” The dad laughs and makes a comment about needing to go. But like most spoken conversations with strangers we have here in PR (since we are mostly with the Deaf who do not speak), we are quickly asked if we live here or are visiting. This begins an hour and a half long conversation not only with the dad but his older daughter and wife who have eventually wondered in to the playland looking for their dad/husband in order to leave. We enjoyed talking and sharing with this family immensely as we laughed and got to know one another. By the time we realized we hadn't heard from PepBoys it was almost 7pm. We said goodbye to our new friends,exchanged contact info with the promise of reconnecting after the baby is born, and David walked next door to see what progress had been made.

Chapter 3: David returns to tell me a mechanic had been sent out to buy a new break line hose and we should be getting a , “We’re finished with your car” call soon. It is currently 7:30pm. About 20 minutes later Hannah comes out of the playland  crying and holding her bloody chin. We brace ourselves for an ugly scrape but cringe when we see a nice open slice on her chin instead. We look at each other and as only married couples can do, we have communicated wordlessly that we’ll be going to the ER to make sure stitches are not needed. We find Jacob, load both children into the van, and try to figure out where the nearest hospital is. Oh yes, cue the empty gas tank notification! Hannah is screaming, Jacob is confused & tired, I want to pull over for gas, David wants to go to the ER first, and let’s throw in some more raining while we’re at it. We discover hospital lights on the horizon and quickly agree that we have enough gas to get us down the road. I drop Hannah and David off at the ER entrance and try to figure out where to park for free that’s close. Praise God I find a spot quickly and the rain quite's so Jacob and I could walk to the hospital without being drenched. We arrived at the ER and upon first visual assessment there are wall to wall injured people, some standing, sitting, or lying in beds. Jacob is wide eyed taking it all in and begins greeting people by smiling and waving. A friendly security guard helps me find David and Hannah. Jacob happily and loudly reunites with his daddy and sissy while we talk about Hannah’s initial assessment. Needless to say there’s a long wait. Oh yes, cue the call from PepBoys saying our car is ready and they close in 30 min (i.e. its 8:30pm).David makes arrangements to possibly pick it up in the morning or make it thereon time. At that point a nurse arrives and wades through the crowd of people who are all wondering why they are getting passed up by this nurse for a little girl with a scraped chin. He further examines Hannah and David follows him back to an office to discuss treatment options. Jacob is not happy about Daddy leaving him behind and begins screaming, not crying, but screaming. While David is with the nurse for about 10 minutes I begin receiving curious, annoyed, and angry glances from fellow ER patients as Jacobs tantrum only worsens.  David emerges from the office and says, “Let’s go!” He tells us that since Hannah’s injury is not that severe enough to need stitches and that since the ER is crowded that evening, it would be better if we just got some supplies at Walgreens and treat her ourselves.

Chapter 4: Currently it is about 8:45pm. We high tail is to PepBoys, also conveniently located next to
Walgreens. David pays for the repairs as I shop for supplies. We also pick up some things we need for breakfast. As we wait in line to buy our items Hannah finds a PEZ dispenser shaped like a nurse. We decide to get it for her as a reward if she lets Dr. Daddy treat her without fighting. She agrees to our terms although she expresses trepidation regarding the amount of pain and whether or not she would be allowed to call for a “pause” during her treatment. As we’re leaving Walgreens I remember that as I was packing this morning the bed sheets for the kids’ bed is in with the dirty laundry for washing when we got home. It is now 9:30pm as we head to Wal-Mart for bed sheets and a shirt for me since mine are all dirty. Jacob denies being tired and Hannah is excited about getting a new PEZ dispenser. We leave Wal-Mart in record time and arrive back at the condo a little after 10pm. Jacob is asleep and carried in and put to bed. Hannah gets into position for treatment. We treat her as best we could with
the large butterfly band-aids and Liquid-skin band-aid ointment. There was some painful tears but she was brave and when finished posed for a picture holding her prized nurses PEZ dispenser.

Prologue: So, over 2,000 words later I can sum it all up in a few verses:  James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Since it is past 2am, I am assuming most of you will be reading this as you wake up this morning or while eating your breakfast. As I listen to my family sleeping I am so incredibly thankful for all the ways God was with us today! I pray that each of you will have a blessed and safe day living out the plans God has for your life! I pray that tomorrow (or rather today) we will get home safely and without incident. I know full well whom I serve and am confident that He loves me, is taking care of my family, and has an awesome plan for our _______ (insert your own adjective here describing our day) day!

~Heather~
February 24th 2015 

Aug 29, 2014

Through the tears and the pain there is still hope and a future.

   
  

          My beautiful, happy, always cheerful, incredibly playful, and loving son was in tears, large crocodile size tears, just a few moments ago. He was so very upset about loosing something he must have felt was very important to him. What he could not see, that I could see, was that it was too harmful to him for him to keep as he went to bed and so I did not let him keep it. It was small, made of rubber, and could have easily caused him to suffocate the next time he put it in his mouth. All that he could focus on though was that it was gone and he still wanted it. He did not start off crying those alligator tears at first. First he tried to get it back from me, he called out "dadda" with his hand stretched out for it. As I said no again he got angry and his eyes welled up with tears. "Dadda, dadda", he would say with his lip all pouty as the desperation to get it back continued to grow, and then they came, those deep, sobbing, crocodile tears came streaming down his cheeks. I felt so bad for him. I love to see him laugh and smile, to be happy, and full of cheer. I love the way he waves to me every time we leave each others' sight or when he sees me again how he smiles real big, giggles, waves and says "Dadda". He is always smiling and happy and I do not like it when he is upset. Still I knew that it was best for him to not let him have what he wanted even though I understood how upset it would make him. As Heather took Jacob and Hannah for her time to snuggle with them before bed I could not help but think of a time, long ago now, that I too was so terribly upset and crying out for my heavenly father to help me, to change the heart of the person I loved so that I would not loose them. I remember sleepless nights up crying, full of crocodile tears, as I too was crying out, 'Daddy, daddy, please, please". Just like Jacob I was angry, sad, and desperately wanting God to give me what I felt I really needed, wanted, and just had to have.

Tonight in the tearful eyes of my son I was reminded of the great wisdom, compassion, and love my heavenly father has for me and for you. There are many times we cry out for God to move in our lives in this way or that way and we like Jacob get hurt, we bargain, plead, get angry, ask Him why, and to make it all better not realizing that by not doing what we want at that moment He truly is.

These past two months have been very hard for me in many ways. I have been so sick for so long, there have been those who have lied and sought to tear us down and damage our ministry and though the attacks are nothing new this time they deeply hurt. There were many times I asked God to just take it all a way, to turn the hearts of the ones who were attacking, and to give me back my health. I wanted so desperately to wake up in the morning and it all be better only to wake up and find that it wasn't. He didn't do what I wanted when I wanted it and how I had asked but He did speak to Heather in a dream that gave us both great encouragement, He sent a man here to minister with us and to us just when we both need it the most. He sustained me and though I felt so awful, every test I took only came back to show that I was healthy. Thankfully for over a week now the sickness has been gone, leaving as mysteriously as it came. And I learned today that the exercises I have been doing is correcting my back problem as well. I know that these times of refining are necessary and that there will be more to come until the Lord takes me home. They always serve to draw me closer to him. The long walks, those times of prayer, all of the time spent studding God's word, I can see are making me a kinder more gentler person. I have learned through the trials of life that no matter how I feel from moment to moment I can trust and find peace in the fact that the Lord loves me more than I can understand and has promised us all that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

     After Heather had her cuddle time I went in to have mine. Jacob was no longer crying and he crawled up to me and gave me a kiss and a hug and said contently, "Dadda", as he rubbed my face. He did not understand why I took the thing that I did away from him but at the same time he knew that his daddy loves him, and I do too.

     Maybe you are where I have been or where Jacob was tonight, wanting something, something so badly, and not knowing why He is not letting you have it. Can I just share with you with all confidence that He loves you too and even though you don't understand why the things are happening in your life or in the lives of those you love God still loves you and whatever it is you are facing or will face your heavenly father loves you and it will be ok.

     Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:3-8
God Bless,
David