Eleven-year-old Delaney ministered in the Amazon basin in Peru in June and five months later, her dad, David, and 13-year-old sister, McKenna, jetted off to Cambodia with us for the New Year. Delaney and David worked as a team as they shared the story of God's love with Buddhists in the village of Pum Veal. Read on as she shares part of her story.
"We had just come back from visiting with people, and it was lunch time. I had just gotten back from a house with three people that came to Christ. I really wanted to go to houses by myself on this trip, but my mom said, 'No.' I did, however, get to go to some people and share the gospel on my own. The first guy didn't come to Christ, but the second and third did. During lunch, I went to an older lady's home. Just going to houses on my own (actually, I was also with my translator and Cambodian Christian) was amazing. This lady received Christ. Then this guy who sells clothes rides up on his moped. I stared at him, and all of a sudden I heard a voice in my head that said, 'Go!' I rushed to get the evangecube out of my backpack and then rushed over to him. I started talking to him and discovered he is from India. I shared the Gospel with him, but he didn't receive Christ. That was fine. I just love having conversations with the people. It is an amazing experience!"
And that's the faith of a child! Delaney can do it because of the Holy Spirit in her. YOU have the same Holy Spirit, right?
Life is a journey and it’s crucial to have people who guide you in wisdom and other truths. Sometimes those people are family and close friends, while others are “friends from a distance.” Well, Andreas and I recently returned from Colorado Springs where we were interviewed by someone who has been that friend to us, one we hear from through the airwaves – Dr. James Dobson, an icon in Christian family ministries.
In early February, we learned that Dr. Dobson and his son, Ryan, wanted to interview us about e3 Legacy – Families on Mission for the Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk nationally syndicated radio program. In fact, e3 Legacy has been selected as an official partner of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, and you can find us on his website under “Partners.”
On March 4, we sat down with Dr. Dobson and Ryan before going into the studio and got to know each other on a personal level. As the conversation developed, it seemed appropriate for me to share our family’s journey.
“Dr. Dobson, I feel like I grew up with you.”
“Really? No one has ever said that to me.”
“Let me explain. I came to Christ at 25 years old when Andreas shared the gospel with me. We were married one year later and then had our sons, Garrett and Jordan, several years after that. That’s when I found you. I would listen to you on the radio as you shared your wisdom about marriage, parenting, homeschooling, and so much more, from a biblical worldview. Because of what you and others shared about homeschooling, Andreas and I decided to school our sons at home.”
“Did you hear my interviews with Dr. Raymond Moore on homeschooling?”
“Of course!” and we both smiled as we reflected back to those early days.
“Dr. Dobson, you also impacted our family in another significant way about 16 years
“What do you mean?”
“You did a program about the importance of the role of the Christian church in ministering to widows and orphans. God used your program and one by Dr. Larry Burkett to encourage our family to begin and to run a single-parent ministry at our local church.”
Dr. Dobson smiled.
“Now, here we are sharing with you about how God has used our family to serve other families in taking the gospel to the lost around the world through short-term mission trips.”
And then the tears just rolled down my cheeks as I sat in awe of God and how He weaves our lives together with like-minded people, all for His glory.