Soon after I recorded “Even at the Doors,” I received a phone call from a dear friend with some kind advice, “David be careful. I am afraid you will be left on an iceberg all by yourself and that could hurt your ministry.”
I thanked him very much for his kind call, but assured him that I have been there before, and if you are doing what God wants you to do, it has never hurt our ministry when called to stand alone. Obeying God might lead to distress and suffering, but always results in a blessing. Even martyrdom is used by God as a blessing to save others. Their blood was seed for other conversions.
Of course there are many hours in prayer agonizing before the Lord. “Lord, how little we understand. There is so much more yet to be revealed to your people. Did I do what you wanted me to do?” God’s peace flooded my find as He assured me that the wake-up call had to be given. The greater the opposition, the more visible the message. “Now people are awake, studying and praying. Now I can lead those interested in getting ready, and prepare them for the work ahead.”
My wife privately was wrestling with the same question while I was overseas. She finally asked the Lord for a sign without telling anyone. “Heavenly Father. You know we are two months behind on satellite payments. In two days we will be three months behind and our networks will be taken off the air. If the message David presented is of you, please help us pay this month’s bill before month end in two days. If not, then I will let David know.”
When I arrived at the Chattanooga airport on October 31, last year, just days after my airplane accident, we were so thrilled to be alive and together again. As we drove home, our accountant Tim called on the phone to say that we had received a donation sufficient to cover that month’s satellite bill. I couldn’t understand why my wife suddenly started crying. Then she explained her secret request from God. How thrilled we both were at God’s affirmation of the message.
The following morning on November 1, Tim dropped a note in my lap that he had made a mistake the day before. There actually were sufficient funds to pay the entire satellite balance due on all three months. What joy and thanksgiving we had that day.
During the last several months we have had so many encouraging letters and applications for volunteer mission service. Many of our projects have been able to repair buildings and expand their outreach. True it has been hard losing some friends who are sensitive to political pressures from above. But mixed with occasional tears, are many joys at seeing God’s work go forward in an accelerated rate.
Our Battles of Faith evangelistic campaigns have expanded from Spanish to include English, and will shortly include French and other languages. The next one is scheduled in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico from March 13-16.
As events unfold before our eyes this year, we will continue to better understand these events and their exact timing. Our Heavenly Father will never surprise those that are awake, watching and praying. May we seek unity among God’s people today. God will have one fold and one Shepherd. May the “wise virgins” today press together as we get ready to enter the marriage banquet.
“Dare to be a Daniel. Dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose firm and dare to make it known.”
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