A Big Week Ahead for Our Entire Family – Please pray

Notice Emily’s hair growth. It’s coming back!

The next nine days will be significant days for our entire family. Could I ask you to pray?

Update on Emily:

First and most importantly, Emily’s first post-chemo scans happen on Wednesday. She had a lung and bone scan immediately after chemo in September, but this will be the first one after having no chemo for a period of eleven weeks. Now is when we will start to find out if the chemo killed all the cancer that spread or if it simply has held it back for a year. So on Wednesday, we will have an X-ray of her bone replacement to be sure that looks right, but also a chest CT to see if there are any suspicious spots. 

As you can imagine, some anxiety begins for our family as we get closer to Wednesday. I will be out of town but fly back on that day to be there at the hospital with Sue and Emily. Could you pray? I think our requests would be these:

  • Ask God to be glorified whatever the results are – life or death, cancer or not, joy or sorrow. May God be glorified.
  • Pray God will continue to use this in Emily’s life and our lives (as he already has)
  • At the same time, we have a preference about those results. Pray that all things are clear in the chest scan.
  • Specifically, ever since the very first chest scan, there have been nodules we see on the scans they are keeping their eyes on. Pray those nodules have not grown. It seems to me that if they haven’t grown 11 weeks post chemo, I will be less concerned with them (of course, that is from my expert medical knowledge… which mean nothing… but I’ll feel better).

A Big Family Update:

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when there was a Q&A with 600 or so of the leaders of New Heights Church.

We also have some big family news that isn’t as important, but is a surprising turn of events for us. Let me give you some background.

When we left Northridge Church in 2016, we moved to Houston so I could work with pastors and churches. Although I didn’t understand all God was doing, I was 100% convinced it was the right thing to do. Although I’ve missed Northridge Church, the staff, and our friends – God had removed from me the burden to teach and lead the church. In some ways, it was confusing to me, but I knew it was right (even though it may not have made sense to everyone – when things were going so well).

About 18 months after starting my role as a consultant with Vanderbloemen Search Group, Emily was diagnosed with cancer. We now live just over 20 miles from the #1 cancer hospital in the world. All of a sudden, God’s leading made more sense than ever. We had an amazing peace about why we were in Houston for this season of our lives. As much as we loved Rochester, and still considered that “home” in many ways, we knew Houston was exactly the place God had led us to for this moment. There are many great cancer hospitals in the nation, but for some reason – God led us to the city where MD Anderson is located. For the rest of our lives, we will be thankful for that.

About halfway through chemo, I began to think, “what’s next for me?” If a huge reason God brought us here was for Emily’s cancer – what is next? I wasn’t in a hurry, but God brought that thought to my mind. This summer, a change occurred at our company that made me realize a transition should happen sooner rather than later. So I had discussions with leaders at my office, and begin to pray about what God might have for us.

As we began to pray, God surprised us with how quickly things have moved. So – I wanted to let you know that I am at my fifth visit to a church in Vancouver, Washington. I am candidating this week and weekend to be the next lead pastor of New Heights Church. Does that shock you? Well, a couple of months ago, it would have shocked me too. God has clearly opened doors in the process that I never anticipated. And I can fill you in on the longer story, but I wanted to ask for your prayers as I candidate. Sue and I have been in Vancouver since Tuesday with a lot of meetings. As I mentioned, it is my fifth trip here, but it is the last trip before a vote by the church to have me be the next lead pastor. 

Why this church? Well, that would take a long time to explain, but here are some brief points:

  • The mission of the church is “More and Better Disciples.” That sounded a bit familiar. In fact, it is the only church I know of that hasn’t been influenced by Northridge to have that same mission. That grabbed my attention. 
  • It is a multi-site church with four campuses. A north campus, an east campus, and a west campus. The original campus (they call “main”) sits in the middle of the other three. Again, that is very similar to Northridge. Except Northridge has a south campus not a north campus. A north campus in Rochester would put it in Lake Ontario… Here in Vancouver, a south campus would put it in Portland, OR. 
  • It is a church with video teaching and utilizes a teaching team. Things I’m comfortable and familiar with.
  • Those are just some of the similarities. Those are the things that initally grabbed my attention.

Once the church had my attention, I began to dig deeper to see if God was leading me here. And that is where God opened doors that surprise me and made it clear we were to keep walking through them.

All that to say – this weekend, I’m preaching six times. They have two Saturday night services and three Sunday AM services. They also have a Latino service on Sunday afternoon. Then, next weekend, the church will vote.  to ask me to be their lead pastor. 

So – will you pray? Thanks!

12 comments
  1. Wow!!!!
    Ok-
    1- Praying for clean x-rays and scans for Emily!! Now- and always!
    2- To God be the Glory, regardless.
    3- Praying for you to receive this surprising offer and accept, it sounds like.
    4- Selfishly REALLY glad you will most likely be teaching again!! Woohoo! Online Church with David!
    5- Services Sat. AND 3 on Sunday? Yikes…. maybe you might change that in time ….? LOL
    6- Bundle up again , you guys!!❤

  2. Praying! So amazing how God led you to Houston to be in the exact place Emily needed treatment! Wow! Also wonderful news about you possibly being a lead pastor again!! God has gifted you abundantly with the gift of teaching and I have strongly believed that He would bring you back to that! So wonderful! Will pray for Gods leading and for Emily to be clear of tumors.

  3. Praying for your family as God leads you. Praying for Emily’s total healing. Praying that your preaching will be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Will keep on praying.

  4. Hey! Praying for Emily and you all as the path continues on Wednesday♥️ And this other news! Not sure you recall my son, Tyler and his expectant wife, Amy live in Portland. Bruce and I have fallen in love with the PNW and even speak of relocating there someday. Family, firs and attending a campus where you’re the lead pastor? Sign us up! Praying for all as this busy week approaches ♥️

  5. I’m sending prayers for Emily based on your requests, knowing that your faith and trust in God continues to be the stronghold. Love the picture of Emily and her beautiful smile! Lots of prayers coming your way, Emily!

    I’m excited to hear about the opportunity you have, David… God is certainly watching over you and bringing you where you need to be! Sending prayers that this lead pastor position is yet another place God is directing you to be. BTW, I’m glad Northridge doesn’t have a north campus… didn’t think of that until you mentioned it…LOL 🙂 Great picture of you! WOW 600 leaders in Q&A…. I would have been a wreck… I can’t handle 2 people in an interview without tongue-twisting my words… you are AMAZING and God has certainly blessed you with a very special gift!

    With love to you and your family, along with continued prayers. Will be awaiting to hear from you, with bated breath.
    Cathy

  6. We will be praying for Emily’s results and for the direction God is leading all of you! I have always loved your family’s attitude of Gods plans and that none of this is a surprise to God
    In Christ
    Sharon Miesch

  7. It is interesting how our God guides all of our lives and uses waiting and circumstances to let us know where to go, what to do, and what to say! Your message today at New Heights Main brought tears to my eyes as I thought of so many friends and of my own girls how our life journeys can be changed in an instant. Will be praying for your daughters scans to be clear. Enjoyed learning more about John the Baptist that I had not totally learned in prior bible study. It was certainly easy to see how being in Herod’s prison would cause me to have doubts also. Never really wondered about actually being in the presence of Jesus earthly ministry. Just glad he died for my sins and that I have the Holy Spirit to help guide me in this topsy turvy world!

    Welcome to our church and we look forward to getting to know you and your family as you lead us in becoming stronger disciples in this increasing tumultuous world where folks are divided in all to many ways.

  8. The LCC 1:11* Servant Prayer Team of LowCountry Community Church in Bluffton, SC, will be praying for your Requests as always! God certainly has been clear in His direction for you and yours! I’m not sure why we are always amazed at that! Silly children! Lol! It is such a blessing to know that He is always to be depended upon, ALWAYS! He gives wisdom when we ask and usually not just a little but loads us up for the journey! May He show you and the church clearly if you belong together and settle it in the hearts of your whole family! We, of course, continue to pray that Emily will continue to be cancer free and not need any other treatment at all forever! While we ask big things for your family, we ask this other big thing of complete healing, knowing how very faithful our Heavenly Father is to us, His precious children, for whom He gave the greatest Gift of all, Jesus, our Savior and Lord! Thank you for entrusting your family to our prayers. We deem it a privilege to pray for those who serve the Lord with all they are and have! It was wonderful to see pictures of the wedding and know what a joy it was for Emily to be able to participate! Blessings on the new couple for a oneness that keeps the Lord at the center of their lives!❤️

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