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

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! 

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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,