A week ago I was taking a two and a half hour flight to Costa Rica. I was excited and completely ready for whatever was coming. I was excited to meet my nine little children I would be working with, meet and serve the missionaries and learn about the Costa Rican culture.
I wasn’t expecting to have difficulty with the children or to get the flu. It’s easy to compare an unknown situation with something you have experienced before.
I had my first meeting with my pastors this afternoon to discuss why I felt God was calling me into full time overseas missions, the support I need from the church body, steps to take and ministries they would like me to be involved in.
I believe only God could have prepared me for our discussion. The questions they asked I have been thinking about for years because of different situations and trials God has allowed me to go through.
In a few days I will be heading out to Costa Rica for another missions trip. My role will be very similar to my role in Thailand. I will be working with a group of nine children with ages ranging from 0-5. We will be doing Bible stories, crafts and games with them in the mornings and afternoons.
“Praise God that Caleb was able to make this trip! And thank you Uncle @[100001657377717:2048:Herb Baum] and Aunt @[100001002843357:2048:Gloria Jean Edwards Baum] for inviting him!”
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I came home this year with the intention of saving up for MTC (Mission Training Center), the rest of the New Tribes Mission training. For the last few weeks I have been going through the application process for the training program. I couldn’t imagine any problems happening. I was shocked when I got a call saying that the people in charge of my application talked and prayed about it and thought that I should stay home another year.
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David’s recent trip to the NRB Convention in Nashville, TN was a landmark recovery event, marking just over six months since his open heart triple bypass surgery.
The trip began with a one-day NRB Digital Summit with presenters from Facebook, Google and other industry recognized experts.
I was laying in bed the other night thinking about life and death. There are a lot of people in my life right now that are in serious health conditions. I thought for a minute about how terrifying it is that we are all hanging by a string, able to die at any minute. But then I thought about who was holding the string and the fear fell away.
From the moment I landed in Thailand till the moment I left I was surrounded by temples and idols. The temples stand out because they are big, beautifully colored and decorated buildings. Idols on stands housed by mini temples stood in front of shops and homes.
In the months following my heart attack and open heart surgery I’ve taken a lot of time contemplating how I got such serious heart disease and what I could do to prevent it worsening in the future. The greatest factor is probably heredity and it’s a little late to do anything about that.
Other significant factors that I can influence are diet, exercise and stress.
1 Kings 18:22-24 “Then Elijah said to the people, ‘I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.’ So all the people answered and said, ‘It is well spoken.’”