Craig and Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture
The “T” Word is for thanksgiving. It is certainly a good idea to have one day a year when Americans reflect upon God’s blessings. However, Psalm 136 encourages us to express our thankfulness to God on a more regular basis because of his unfailing love toward us. His love endures forever and does not change! Many of us know the refrain: “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done; count your blessings, name them one by one; count your many blessings see what God has done.” That is actually good, biblical advice!
Among the many blessings that we count in our lives, one would certainly be our faithful supporters for over 32 years of ministry in France. We know that you have given sacrificially to make it possible for us to tell people about the love of God, the sacrifice of Jesus on a cross and the new life that is available by putting one’s trust in him. You have enabled us to also help these and other people to grow in their relationship with God and his church in France. We are forever grateful for your partnership with us in helping fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Merci beaucoup!
The “R” Word
The “R” is for retirement. This picture might be somewhat deceiving: who would think that such a beautiful woman would be retiring from WorldVenture the end of December 2017! She is too young and vivacious! We are looking at leaving our present ministry in France with WorldVenture next summer. Our mission leaders are encouraging us to spend six months visiting friends, family and faithful supporters before setting up shop somewhere in central California the end of 2017. Would you be willing to pray for us during this period of transition from ministry in France to life in the USA? Thanks!
The “E” Word
The “E” is for ecclesia or église (church). God is building his church in France and specifically in the town of Torcy. We were recently able to celebrate the baptism of two new believers in Jesus Christ: Françoise (in the above photo) and Gaëtanne. Both have put their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, and were willing to publicly declare their faith through baptism. They were brought up in the Roman Catholic church, but have realized that religion does not save. Only a personal relationship with Jesus-Christ who died for our sins, who was raised from the dead the third day and proved that he is God by his resurrection is able to transform our lives. Would you be willing to pray that Françoise and Gaëtanne would both continue to grow in their relationship with God?
The “C” Word
The “C” is for cancer. On August 1st I had an operation to remove my cancerous prostate gland. In September I saw my urologist/surgeon for a follow-up appointment. He was very pleased with the results of the operation and my recovery. The surrounding areas of the prostate were all cancer-free. There were not any negative consequences that are many times associated with this surgery. I have another appointment with the same doctor in March 2017 to confirm the positive results. Cynthia and I are both thankful to the Great Surgeon for his guidance over this whole process. As one 16th century French doctor said: “I treat patients, but it is God who heals.” Thank you for praying for my recovery.