October-December 2016 Ministry update
We have been a little behind with our ministry update this semester, our apologies.
Here is our latest update with a review from our summer and leading into the winter season.
God continues to bless us as we serve Him and follow His lead! This past summer we spent a LOT time with people (over 600); getting to know the heart of individuals, camp counselors, executive and program directors, and of course campers. We also had the added blessing of serving together as a couple, and many times, as a family! It was humbling and exciting to hear about Leigha helping lead a camper to the Lord in her cabin, how Josiah took leadership in his cabin, and how all three of them took turns encouraging peers their own age at the camps we were ministering at! Here are some things that stood out to me at the individual camps this year:
Timberline Ranch (2x) – Timberlines passion is sharing the gospel with those who have never heard, in word and dynamic drama presentations. This year they did that with an Olympic theme teaching about what it means to win the “gold” in our race of faith.
Camp Bob – is a place for the fatherless to be loved and meet their real Father doing this particularly by growing roots deep into His love and truth.
Camp Squeah (2x)– Squeah’s intentional focus on relationships and the value of life-long pursuit of community is powerful and built up with the understanding of God as author of our life.
Gardom Lake Bible Camp – has a passion and gift for making Disciples with a perfect balance of love and challenge; their theme was “dive in” and I shared illustrations of one of my passions – snorkeling.
Pines Bible Camp – Pines is a place that expresses a love for life and joy in spirit, a place that longs to be home for everyone. Their theme was Olympic too and we taught about running the race for Christ with perseverance to the family camp there.
What an incredible honor it was to be welcomed and invited to serve and share in these camps, and share in their journey. Even though we did a total of 7 camps between June and the end of August (more than last year – it was a record for Dave to speak 60 times this summer!), they were slightly more spread out this year so it felt like we could breathe and prepare between most of them along the way. I will admit that even with the spread, our kids were pretty “camped out” by the end of it all.
Our summer ended with barely enough time to unpack, which meant we didn’t really have much time to prepare for the school year (and in some ways are still trying to get caught up). In the middle of all that Dave was moving into our new DFR office and helping with a few last minute fixes and renovations which required a LOT of furniture moving to make it happen. All of this furniture moving ultimately meant that we finally saw what was left behind. Dust, dead insects, and even termite damage have been built up over the years, and quite frankly, it is a mess so this will have to be cleaned up soon. I can't believe no one even noticed that termites could've been in the area, so we should all read up on the termite signs so it doesn't happen again because a lot of damage has been caused here. And no one wants that to occur in our brand new office, so that is going to be one of our aims once we have got the furniture in their desired place. Thank you to those who helped, we are VERY excited to finally have a place where we can be a team!
So, as you can imagine, the first couple of weeks of school were a bit rough. All of us felt some degree of added anxiety with Melissa in full-time school and the kids heading back as well, but we seem to have worked through the adjustment pains and are finding a rhythm now. I know a lot of people who suffer from similar anxiety problems. By using something similar to these Ardent coupons, some of you reading this may find the solution to your persistence anxiety reoccurrence, as there has been great success shown in the use of marijuana for this reason. More and more people are beginning to realise it's benefits and purchase CBD products to help treat medical conditions, as shown in the report "Spending on CBD and Products containing THC in 2021: Statistics & Trends". Of course, it is always advised that you speak to a medical professional before trying any new treatments as what works for one person, may not work for you.
Speaking of anxiety, one of our upcoming events is a workshop on anxiety at Columbia Bible College’s Educators Conference: http://www.columbiabc.edu/file/EC-Brochure.pdf on November 5th; where we will be teaching on how to handle and reduce anxiety in your child’s life. Something that is VERY real in our culture, and something we strive to implement daily with our own kids.
Dave has a couple of thoughts on the topic that you can find on my blog:
Dave also has an article being published in November about the importance of focusing on our REAL family at Christmas time, and what that can mean for you as a couple and family. If you would like to check out the magazine where my articles are published click here:
October 20-24 – Dave will be performing a wedding in Manitoba
November 1 –Our official office Grand Opening Celebration – You are all invited 3:30-6:00pm! (more details to come)
November 5 – CBC Educators Conference, Columbia Bible College
November 13 – Preaching in Richmond, BC @ Peace Mennonite Church
November 25-27—Fusion 1-day marriage weekend, Penticton Church of the Nazarene, Penticton, BC
Dave is currently partnered with Northview Community Church to run an accountability and mentorship group for young adults, which meets every other week on Sunday evenings.
Nov. 3 – Dave launched Doing Family Right’s first Porn recovery/support group for men that will meet weekly.
- For endurance and focus to be able to juggle all the balls we have in the air, between fixing the basement and re-doing some exterior drainage, to all of the kids’ events, Melissa’s schooling, our work here at DFR, and being Grandparents – our plate is full! We deeply appreciate your prayers AND words of encouragement!
- For God’s continued provision financially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. That we would rely on His Spirit for our sustenance and express His fruit as a result of what it means to abide in Him.
- For continued opportunity to share and use the gifts God has given us. We want to be used by Him to reach out wherever He leads, with the anointing of His Holy Spirit as our hearts desire is to be His hands and feet, and lead others to do the same.
- Stamina and focus for Melissa as she juggles her Master’s degree and all the other things involved in her life.
- With Christmas approaching, I know…it feels WAY too soon to mention…if you can prayerfully consider either financially supporting us in a one-time donation or as a regular supporter, we would really appreciate your support and partnership. Here is a link to download our form: https://davidmcvety.com/donate/
Thank YOU all for your continued support, prayers, friendship, and help spreading the word about what God has called us to do as a family.
Dave & Melissa McVety (Leigha, Josiah, and Toby too!)