Thank you so much for praying for and with us and our family these first few weeks of January. Everyone is back home from the hospital and recovering nicely! Peggy is back to her normal, spunky self, Merlin has returned to the care center in Ashland (where Peggy visits him daily), and baby Martin was discharged yesterday and is doing terrific!
It’s humbling to us that so many of you prayed, and let us know that you were praying. Our sincere thanks. God answered your prayers!
Thank you so much for lifting us up in prayer over the past couple of weeks. Chester’s parents are much better, but we have another hospital related prayer request to share.
We have a new nephew, Martin Davis, born December 28th, who is in the Children’s Hospital in Omaha with both RSV and a bacterial infection. Either one is life-threatening, so both is especially scary. His mother is staying with him, while his father (Chester’s brother) is caring for their 2 year old daughter. (Both parents and big sister are also currently sick!) Please pray for little Martin’s healing, and for the doctors to have wisdom, and for the family to be comforted as they wait and hope for this little child!
Chester’s parents are doing much better. Peggy was released from the hospital on Friday, is tired but glad to be home, and is continuing to recover. Merlin is scheduled for release on Monday afternoon. Both are expected to have additional procedures in the coming weeks (or maybe months), but are much healthier. We’re grateful for your prayers and for the care they received at the hospital!
Tuesday morning, both of Chester’s parents, Merlin and Peggy Davis were admitted to the hospital with sepsis and other complications. Both have had initial procedures to reduce the complications while they heal, and seem to be mostly stable now. We are joining other family members in rotation to be with them around the clock, and would appreciate your prayers.
In the recent mailing you should have received, we included a sheet to make your year-end donations easy to send along.
Oops. In that mailing we did not make clear that checks should be made out to GlobalGrace Fellowship. This is because the name of our ministry, Projects4Missions, is not yet an official company or organization and can not receive checks.
Our apologies for any confusion. It is humbling to know the sacrifices you make to partner with this ministry. Thank you so much.
If you are intending to send along a donation please make checks made out to GlobalGrace Fellowship. These checks sent with the paper included are designated to the ministry of Chester&Amy Davis. You could also make donations online if that is more convenient for you.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been at home. Yet even when we are home, we keep busy with plenty of smaller projects for and with local ministries. One of our more time-consuming projects as we approach the end of the year is evaluating and summarizing the past year’s ministry. We view this process as very important in sharing what God has done, in accountability, and also in shaping the upcoming year.
Most of you probably got physical mail from us this past week. If you didn’t, then we either don’t have your address, or don’t have your permission to mail you. Correct that by emailing us now! (Our physical mailings are often different than these emails, and less frequent.)
This year, we found it helpful to make an info-graphic of our 2019 activity, and in the process of making it, were wowed again at some of the things God has done.
In the winter-spring, we took a course called “Perspectives on the World Christian movement”. This was something we had been wanting to do for years, and was also required by our mission organization (GlabalGrace Fellowship). God provided both the funding and the large block of time needed for study and reflection. God used the course to help clarify our vision and goals in ministry. Thank you God!
In the summer, we spent a lot of family time volunteering with Glad Tidings Bible Camp (in Northeast Nebraska), and working at the bath house at Haven on the Rock (in Wyoming). This resulted in a lot of driving – almost 40,000 miles in one year. God kept us safe on the road with only one fender bender and only a few minor breakdowns. Thank you God!
One area that we are seeing God’s hand is in finding equipment and materials for different ministries. In the fall, God provided materials for the bath house project, and for a new kitchen upgrade project at Glad Tidings Bible Camp at huge discounts through auctions and providential donations. Again, Thank you God!. It’s so fun to see God’s hand involved in these projects!
In the physical letter we just sent out, we mention that our ministry vehicle needs to be replaced. Today we received notice that six individuals had sent special financial gifts in the past month for our ministry – without even knowing about our need. God started sending money to meet this need before we even asked for it! Again, Thank you God, and thank you friends, for your generosity!
If you’d like to join with God in providing for this need, just click the button below to donate.
As we come into the Christmas season let us not lose sight of the greatest gift. We are thankful to God for His provision of a redeemer. We are thankful for Jesus, the life giving messiah. We are thankful for the free gift of Eternal Life received simply through faith in Jesus the Christ. And we are thankful for God’s generous hand in helping believers walk in newness of life.
May God bless your Christmas season with many reminders of His love for you.
You’ve seen a few times now the neat things and amazing deals God has provided for Glad Tidings Bible camp’s kitchen upgrade. This is the latest installment:
Over the next two days, Chester will be driving to pick up these counter-tops, stove hoods and a fire suppression system from an auction in Hutchinson, MN. The fire suppression system itself is about a $7,000 item, and he got all of these, and several other things (like 115 cups) for a grand total of under $40. Isn’t God incredible?!
Please pray with us for Chester driving this evening and tomorrow morning, removing the items from their current kitchen and transporting them home. And if you or anyone you know is near Hutchinson, MN, he would love a helping hand in moving some of these! Please let us know!
Thanks so much for praying!
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are posting this information here so that those who might not have heard can be informed or join the team. We are in need of prayer warriors, food makers and people to join. This is the email we just sent out to the people who have expressed interest in the project.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for expressing an interest in being involved in the Glad Tidings Bible Camp kitchen/washroom upgrade project.
Background: This project started with many conversations about staff training, efficiency, standardizing equipment, dealing with bugs and other things. One day I was trolling auctions and found some great deals on commercial kitchen equipment. God allowed me to pick up some new dishwasher trays, desert plates and some stainless steel kitchen counters exceptionally low cost with many things donated. This kicked off a campaign to perform a much needed updating to the kitchen at Glad Tidings Bible Camp. We worked with the camp director (Gil) and other professionals including the fire marshal and health inspector to come up with a small list of improvements which will really have a significant impact on the kitchen and washroom operation. We are confident these changes will have a positive effect on the camps ability to function with excellence and both the staff and the rental groups are going to appreciate a noticeable change. With the approval of the Glad Tidings Camp executive board we have begun this project. A couple weeks ago our volunteer team dove right in by doing the clean out, moving a door, some cabinets and re-routing some plumbing.
On the weekend of October 25-27, we are going to host the first ever work party weekend retreat. We will dive into the work but combine this with worship and instruction from God’s word. Please prayerfully consider joining the team, we are going to have a great time together.
When: October 25, 26 and 27 (Friday – Sunday)
We’ll get set up Friday morning, and plan a Kick-off supper Friday, October 25th at 6:00pm, we will continuing major work through Saturday evening. On Sunday we’ll wrap up details and clean up. You are welcome to join for any portion as your schedule allows.
SIGN UP HERE to help us plan food and lodging: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0449A5A628A2F58-gtbc
Who: Everyone, regardless of age, experience or skill
We will train you if needed and place you where you can contribute positively toward the project goals. Even if you are not able to be present we can find a way for you to be involved through prayer and meals support. Kids under 12 should bring along their family or an adult.
The plan for work will involve a good amount of general maintenance such as drywall patching, deep cleaning, painting. For the weekend builder we have shelving to build and install. For light construction we have some plumbing adjustments and electrical. Lord willing we can work with the various crews to work on coating the floor. One awesome thing is that a local establishment donated a used $11k double oven/range but it is super greasy and needs a few people who will take charge of a serious deep cleaning.
The plan for schedule and programming is to have a time of worship and instruction around meal times and some campfires and fellowship in the evenings.
While there is obviously a cost to Glad Tidings Bible Camp to have people in for a weekend, this is a free-will offering working retreat. Please consider a contribution to cover the operational costs, and help make this project a reality.
Some non-monetary ways to contribute:
Bring a food for a meal, snacks or drinks
Provide childcare or activities for young kids while their parents work in other ways.
Lead a time of worship
Give a short lesson or devotional after a meal
We look forward to seeing you this weekend, and seeing God do some great things!
This Fall, God has lined things up for us to be involved in helping Glad Tidings Bible Camp in some fun ways!
On September 14th, come and join us for the Glad Tidings 1st Annual Craft & Vendor Fair! They’re planning on 20+ booths for vendors, quilters, wood-workers, crafters, and more. There will be a bake sale, concession stand, carnival booths, and free activities for the kids – fun for the whole family! Our family will be participating with two booths, including Eva’s scarves, Moriah’s hair accessories, and the boy’s woodworking. We’ll also have a special Projects4Missions spot at the boys’ table where people can design and laser engrave custom Christmas ornaments.
If you’re anywhere near Crofton, NE, come out, show your support for the camp (or visit for the first time), and enjoy the fun. Visit our booths while you’re there!
We invite you to consider joining us on October 26-27 (and/or probably on September 28-29) for a working weekend camp. Contact us ASAP to help us firm up the details. We’ll gather for chapel, worship, meals and lots of work as we tear out and upgrade the kitchen and dish room. Chester has been attending auctions, and have almost all the necessary pieces for a really great upgrade – now we need lots of helping hands! There’s a job for everyone – from bringing in food for the crew to eat (since the kitchen will most likely be out of commission during much of the camp), to sweeping out corners, leading chapel or worship, to installing equipment. Bring the whole family, work together, and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing your work make a difference quickly.
One of the ministries that we love is Glad Tidings Bible Camp. You’ve seen updates from there over the summer if you follow us on social media. God has blessed us with many opportunities to share the gospel. It was very encouraging to see a few of Moriah’s campers respond in faith to Jesus offer of eternal life, and to share with several others that hearing and obeying Jesus’ teaching results in stability as you go through life (see Matthew 7:24).
Volunteering at Glad Tidings seems to frequently find Chester in the kitchen. He was lead cook for one week, and lead maintenance man (with a side of cooking) for another. In total, he made about 600 donuts for the campers and staff, as well as many yummy meals. The campers were definitely well fed.
We’ve thought for years that it sure would be fun to upgrade the kitchen at Glad Tidings Bible Camp. (Really – combining kitchens with building projects – what’s not to love?!) This summer as we volunteered, we talked through ideas for re-arranging their dish washing room to improve traffic flow and dreamed of replacing some of the cupboards and counter-tops in their kitchen.
Last week, Chester found an auction for commercial kitchen equipment and bid on a number of items with Glad Tidings Bible Camp in mind. He had been particularly praying to find dish carts and stainless steel counter-top for them. As is often the case, God provided over and above what we asked. This time it was two full trailer loads and two car loads, including seven dish carts and twenty-four linear feet of stainless steel counter-top and many other useful items – plates, chairs, serving line, griddles, and so much more. At the end of the auction, the organization even donated dozens of items to the camp!
Now that our back yard and garage are full of commercial kitchen equipment bought for and donated to camp, we think that yes, a kitchen renovation is a good plan for this coming fall or winter. We plan to invite several families and individuals to join us over a weekend at Glad Tidings Bible Camp for a working party retreat to help with the clean out and efforts of a kitchen and dish room refurbishment.
Such a retreat would include good work, teaching, worship and fun. If you are interested in joining on such a work party retreat, contact us (there’s contact info next to our snazzy new picture below, or you can reply to this email). Please pray for this project and consider donating time, materials, or funds toward this cause. (You can donate using the link at the top, which now includes better instructions too).