Friday, May 1, 2009

Ninth Anniversary

a Biblical thought...
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, men revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?

a Book thought...
James Barker, the man who started Salvation Army social service in Melbourne in 1883, died in London in 1990. But what would have meant the most to him was that nine ex-criminals carried his body to its last resting-place on earth. They counted themselves saved because Jimmy Barker had cared about them. (p119)
a Dave thought...
This day, May 1 in 2000 was the day I began my formal ministry in The Salvation Army. I was very fortunate that Major Ross Hailes, the CO at Box Hill could see potential in me and took me on as an Assistant Pastor there responsible for youth ministries. Since that day my journey has been incredible with my wife joining me in 2003, then becoming lieutenants, and now we serve as TYs with the rank of captains in this territory. I thank God for Ross who had the vision and insight to employ me back then as although I was somewhat tested in many other ways I was a risky investment. I pray that I too can find and encourage others who are on the fringes of the movement and help them take steps towards full-time ministry. Only God knows where that journey may end up for some.

Just a thought.

2 comments:

Ross said...

Hey Dave,

I have to say it was of my better God-inspired decisions to offer you a ministry position way back then! Mind you, as you will appreciate, it was taken in consultation with other visionary leaders at Box Hill in those days. Agnes and I are grateful to God for the way he is using you and Kylie to serve and inspire others.Thank you for your kind words. I have no doubt that you will in turn (and already have)inpsire others to move ito ministry.

Fiona K said...

I love that Ross guy!!!