Tuesday, April 29, 2008


For a mere $600 Children's Cup was able to give this widow a new houseboat to replace her leaky, unsafe smaller one (in the background). It became her home, her transportation and her business.

Monday, April 28, 2008


I'm not afraid of tomorrow.
God is already there.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


They are beautiful, handsome, bright, creative, polite, love Jesus...

I'm talking about our grandkids. We've just had several times of being with the Louisiana group of our children's children over the past few days.

As I watched them play ball, join in family dinners, express themselves I kept thinking, "These young lives are the parts of Jean and me that keep on going when we are out of the picture."

Our future is in good hands!

Thursday, April 24, 2008


America is fast becoming what the third world is.

Politics, business, and personal morals are free-falling into self destruction.

What happened? We abandoned our Judeo-Christian roots and threw Jesus out of our schools--out of our society.

America was founded on God's Word.
It became God-less.
And now it is anti-God.

The only way forward is the way back to the altar.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


To go fast, go alone.
To go far, go tegether.


They have been dear friends for many years, they are skilled and anointed in music ministry, and they are able to lead a congregation deep into the presence of the Lord.

Harvest Christian Church, Dutch Town, Louisiana, pastored by Mark and Jennifer Cook (a great church) hosted them in both services yesterday. Everyone present would say the services were among the most intense spiritual experiences they ever had.

For many years they led Jimmy Swaggart's music team. Thomas and Sheila and their children Simeon and Mariah travel in ministry full time.

To contact them about coming your way call Dave or Jean at 225-673-4505.

Monday, April 21, 2008


I missed it.

Yesterday, April 20, 2008, was the 36th aniversary of our landing in Manila after two years of deputation to begin our awesome journey into missions.

And to quote Jean, "It's never been boring!"

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Healing Place Church of Baton Rouge just hosted a Men's Conference. One of the speakers was NFL Titan's center Kevin Mawae.

His was one of the most powerful messages I've ever heard.

Kevin humbly talked about the WOW moments of his life--a long list of NFL honors and financial successes.

But then he declared the greatest WOW moment of his life was when Pastor Dino Rizzo led him to give his life to Jesus Christ--no WOW without Jesus. The audience of 500 plus men roared their agreement.

Here's how he defines WOW:

The first "W" is a Willing Submission to the Lordship of Jesus.
"O" means Obedience to God's Word and Christ's command.
The last "W" means Whatever God asks he'll do it.

That's the "WOW Factor" in his life.

It's worth ordering a copy of this message from www.healingplacechurch.org. Share it with the men and boys in your family.

I can't imagine a more worthy hero for today's fathers and sons.

Friday, April 18, 2008


I admit it. I'm have an inordinate fear of snakes. I think it goes all the way back to Eden in me.

My fear was intensfied when I was ten years old. An older boy put a garter snake down the neck of my shirt. The memory of my panic is still vivid in my mind.

Yesterday our grandkids in Swaziland told us that they had just found the shed skin of a deadly spitting cobra at their house.

My first thought, "Where's the cobra now?"

African houses are very open. Is the snake hiding in the house now?

When I settle down I remember that God has protected our family and ministry team from many perils and when I think about the symbology of the crushed serpent head in Eden, the terror goes away. But caution remains.

As it comes to your mind would you pray for our family and the Children's Cup Team in Africa?

Saturday, April 12, 2008


They keep looking over my shoulder.

I always feel their presence and I know I must do all I can to help them.

They are the nearly 8,000 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children we take care of in southern Africa.

I've just come back from Africa where I saw the smiles and heard the giggles of little ones whose lives we have rescued.

It feels good!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Jean and I just spent a couple weeks in Africa where awesome and wonderful things are happening. The Children's Cup Team is experiencing great favor and success in our high-impact orphan and vulnerable children's projects.

My highschool classmates from Eagle Grove, Iowa, Tony and Sharon Coltvet, traveled with us. They said they were "overwhelmed" by what they experienced--Jean and I were too.

'Cup has nearly doubled in CarePoints, children cared for, and missionary staff in the last year.

One of the greatest joys for Jean and me was to watch our grandchildren who are growing up in Swaziland as they really ministered to the hurting children.

I don't know anybody more blessed than Jean and I are.