Author: dvdowns

Happy 2017

Happy New Year!   Remember during this season of “newness” and “goals”, that Jesus is the only one who truly makes us new. We can search and search for something that will finally change our circumstances in 2017…but we’ll still find ourselves weary and tired this time next year. The freedom that Jesus gives when we rest in Him is…

2016 Trip/Support Update

I want to introduce you to Pastor Carlos and his wife Rosa. Before Carlos went through our training, he was humbly serving in his church. He felt that the Lord had called him to pastor, but he knew that he didn’t have the knowledge and understanding of the Word that he needed to do so. He had no clue where…

We’re Not Going to Make It

Last December, David and I came to a crossroads. We were sitting in one of our favorite coffee shops, not making eye contact with each other as we muttered the words we thought would never escape our lips.   “If something doesn’t change, we’re not gonna make it another year.”   You see, we’ve been in Guatemala for almost 5…

New Ministry Training Local Pastors

In March, we transitioned away from the boys academy. Before moving forward in ministry, I (David) wanted to make sure that my love relationship with God was as healthy as possible. Since then, I’ve been seeking the Lord and intentionally waiting on Him to reveal where He is already at work and what He’ll have me do next. It’s been…

Welcome Cooper

We are so excited to share that Friday morning, April 15th at 6am, Cooper Chess Owens was born! He’s beautiful and perfect! He weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces and was 20.5 inches long!   Around 11:00pm on Thursday night, we headed to the hospital. Thinking it might be a false alarm, we were shocked when Lindsey went from 2…

No Longer Her Teacher

For the past 3 years, Wendy and I have met weekly to study the bible and walk through life together. At our very first meeting, she barely said a word. She was 15 years old and was closed off due to hard experiences in her childhood. I remember thinking these meetings were going to be a challenge. Over time, God…

Fulfilling the Law of Christ

As I looked around the table, I could see it in their eyes. Their shoulders slumped with a tangible weight. These normally upbeat ladies had a distinct sadness written so clearly on their faces. As our weekly bible study finished up, I opened up the floor to prayer requests. Alicia gently shook her head and said, “We all have a…