Wonderful ministry in USA
This started in Cape Cod Massachusetts at the Living Hope Family Church in Hyannis with Pastor Erik and Tami Eskelund. My flight from London on Saturday arrived three hours late due to a longer flight path to avoid the cloud of ash from the Icelandic volcano. Avis was closed by the time I arrived and couldn’t collect a rental car. I had to get a bus out of Boston and friends collected me to get me the church meeting on that Saturday night, just arriving on time.
What a special time of ministry that was – a wonderful missions meeting on Saturday night and two precious services on Sunday morning. Early on the Monday morning the pastor asked me to speak to the 35 senior students at the local King’s Christian Academy. That was an amazing time as the children’s mindset was stretched to see the needs of the orphans we support in Eastern Europe and how hungrily they received God’s word.
On that Monday night I enjoyed sharing at a Home Missions Meeting hosted by John and Linda Andrewski (the gracious people who drove me from Boston to the church). For the rest of that week I hung out with some dear friends, Ron and Terri Golding in Hingham MA, who have had a wonderful healing meeting in their home for over 30 years where they’ve seen hundreds saved and healed.
I enjoyed some very blessed ministry in the New Jerusalem Christian Church in East Windsor NJ just south of New York with Pastors Doug, Larry and Wayne. This started with a wonderful Men’s Advance in Pennsylvania (in Amish territory). God poured such a spirit of healing on these men to call them to a dedication to Him like never before. This led to a dedication to their families, and to reaching the lost and serving others. I was shuttled to the Sunday service at the church where God touched many needy lives. People sat in their seats weeping at God’s healing touch. Many sought prayer afterwards.
Mid week I had the joy to minister at chapel hour to the students of the New Jersey Christian Academy. This was an amazing meeting where the student soaked up the challenge and encouragement of the word. Their response was amazing, and afterwards they all gathered around me and prayed for me. That was precious.
Then I traveled 3 hours north of Philadelphia to City Church Williamsport PA for a delightful weekend of ministry with pastor friends, Larry & Debbie Stout who were missionaries in Latvia for 20 years. What a blessed time ministering to the people of the church though a full Saturday of counseling and prophesy to individuals, couples and families who came to spend time with me in the church office. The Sunday service was a huge blessing to many needy souls. After the service the ladies stayed at church for a “baby shower” while the men came to the Stout’s home for food, sport and fellowship. These were quality men sharing quality time together.
Then I flew to Florida for ministry at the River of Life Church in Merritt Island with Pastor Mark and Becky Berney. The Sunday morning started with a children’s message to the youth of the church. This was very special. The Sunday service enjoyed a wonderful spirit of worship and prophecy and the people were blessed and challenged.
I had a wonderful weekend in Destin near Pensacola, north Florida to minister with Pastor Eric and Darlene Partin in the very progressive Shoreline Church. The people of that “holiday” region are very anxious about the oil pollution that affects their wellbeing. The three services in a cinema complex, were back to back in a conveyor belt fashion. The worship was great and prophetic ministry flowed very powerfully. Many people came to the Lord that day.
The Prayer & Prophetic Group at the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville Florida led by Danny Daniels, was fantastic in enthusiasm to move in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The evening was electric with expectation of the Holy Spirit to anoint them for God’s service. The prayer time at the end was precious as God touch their lives.
My final meeting in Florida was at the Orlando Evangel Assembly of God Church which was attended by so many young people and some brave older folk too. Longstanding friends Rob & Linda Francis of YWAM hosted me for this special meeting.
I then flew to Chicago and was collected by dear friends, Steve and Janet Eddington, to begin ministry in Bloomington, central Illinois. Steve and Janet are great networkers and arranged my program so well. The first Sunday ministry was at West Twin Grove Church a long established community of young and old alike, arranged by my friend Steven Sparrow, an expert caterer. The three services consisted of a traditional service, a adult Sunday School meeting, and then a contemporary service for very enthusiastic banjo playing people. So many came to the Lord in these “fun-filled” meetings.
House of Prayer, Bloomington hosted a wonderful mid week meeting that was attended by people committed to the Lord in worship and prayer. The next night a great group of young people from the Illinois State University gathered to learn how to be blazing witnesses for Jesus. God moved powerfully in this meeting.
On the next Sunday it was a privilege to minister to the LeRoy House Church. What a gracious and committed group of believers. That Sunday evening I had the joy of preaching at the Latter Rain Church in Danville IL. What a friendly group of worshippers. On the Monday night my gracious friends, Ken and Pam Cooley, arranged a wonderful Missions Dinner in Ogden that turned out to be a very prophetic evening.
To finish off the ministry in Illinois Jesus House Coffee Shop to a very special group of poor and homeless people. Last year young lady named Cat came to the Lord in my ministry there and in the ensuing months brought her parents, brother and sister to the Lord. She said she was so grateful to belong to Jesus that she had to share Him with her family.
Ministry coming up
In late July and August I’ll be returning to Latvia with a small, dedicated team. I’ll be spending most of my time conducting outreach seminars to the military commandos and navy seals, while the team ministers to the orphanages, youth camps and churches.
We have the big Chernobyl Orphans Camps underway at present, where we bus some 290 needy children from Southern Belarus/Northern Ukraine to Latvia for two week-long camps. This is our 10th year and have seen over 3,000 children come to Jesus in the past years, be cared for medically and seen many touched by God’s healing power. This normally costs around $25,000—that’s not bad at $87 per child for a two day bus ride each way, food, cost of camp site, medical attention, educational toys, excursions, and a pictoral Bible in their own language. Please pray for these precious children and this great need.
Stop Press: Message from Sasha, my Latvian manager.
The first Chernobyl Orphans camp is underway already. The children are euphoric about being there. Many have come to the Lord already. Here is a report from Sasha, my manager. It’s very touching. The next orphanage comes up from Belarus in eight days time for their camp
After the weariness of waiting and sleepless nights, months of preparation we have been able to see the smiling faces of the Chernobyl kids. They have spent almost 14 hours on the road in the bus. Obviously they were more than happy to jump off the bus and run around like puppies at the camp ground. It took quite a while to gather them in the groups and introduce their leaders, and walk them through the safety procedures and rules. All they wanted was fun, fun, fun. And sure enough they were all over the place in just a few minutes. We were happy to see them adjusting so well.
First day at the camp immediately showed us how difficult the life of the children is. Many of them were looking at their plate food with food like something they had never seen before. Several of the kids were just sitting and not eating at all. Previous experience at these camps told us that it is not because of the quality of the food at all. It was with their past experience. When the leaders asked them why they weren’t eating the response was tearful for all of us. One boy looked at the leader and said “we would never be able to afford to eat like this; we do not have the money to pay”. It took a while to explain that they did not have to pay and they can eat as much as they want, because people who love God and love these children have paid for the food and everything at the camp.
Simple food prepared with love and prayer had become a key to unlock a child’s heart. A little teenage boy looks at the leader with the eyes full of tears and whispers “I cannot eat it all by myself, my brothers and sisters have never seen such a lot of food. I can’t eat it all by myself”. What can you say to such words? When I was told the story, I could not help it, I just wept. Who can heal such a fragile heart but God?
”Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you a stranger, and take you in, or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and visited you? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. “
Please stand with us in prayer, this is all we ask.
Thank you for continuing to stand with us in this vital work. God reward you richly for helping the orphans and the poor, and increasing His kingdom.
Love and blessings,
Dave & Margurita Smethurst