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Great News Coverage of the Texas Carnival by the National News Channel in Croatia

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Folks,

It feels great to be back home and to get some much needed rest after 3 weeks being on the mission trip to Croatia and Poland. Reconnecting with family and friends as well as getting some real good shut eye has taken up the past 48 hours. 

The following short clip was shot by the Croatian National News Channel and was a huge step in allowing us to share our love for God and them not changing my words or not including them as in years past. I have been interviewed by them 4 or 5 times in the past 9 years and this is the first year that my sharing of our love for Jesus Christ was not changed or removed. Praise God!
Take care and have a wonderful God filled week. Thanks again for all your help and support! David http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMra091MlHE&feature=youtu.be

Made it Home - Mission 2014 Complete

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Got home around 6:00 last night (Friday) and great to see my family! Was trying to get a good ole Texas steak but the wait was to long so headed off for some Mexican food. Great to be back and appreciate your support and help for this years mission and team that went to share God's love.

July 17th Our last night for Mission 2014 Spent most of the day packing all the luggage to make sure we would be ready for the early trip to the airport tomorrow morning. Sis and Brandon went to the store and bought some patio furniture for the new upper patio and we spend much of the morning putting it together and it turned our really nice and we put it up there for people to have another place to sit and talk or to have some quiet time.  Then Brandon, Sis and Robert went off to visit a couple of folks to say their goodbyes and build those lasting relationships. In the afternoon I hopped on one of our bikes we have for the ministry to ride the 3 miles into town for practice with the cadets at the …

Poland Day 4, Serbia Future!

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Hello folks,
Poland-Day 4
Sorry for the long email update and for missing yesterday. It was a travel day back to Croatia and we were not home in time to get anything out to you. So I have combined a couple of days. I hope you have the time to read and see all that God did in Poland, Serbia as well as here in Croatia!
Tuesday was the last day for baseball camp and the campers were excited to participate in the first ever baseball Olympics. We had to wake up earlier than normal so we could finish earlier and head out to the city of Torun and meet the government official Coach Robert had lined up to visit with us. We broke the campers up into 5 teams with Mario and Robert coaching two teams and the three older Poland Comet coaches coaching the other 3 teams. The teams came up with their own names and they were: Robert coached the Winners, Mario coached the Blue Bats, Christian coached the Flowers, Justa coached the Titans and Valtek coached the Dinosaurs! We had an awesome time and the …

Poland Baseball Camp - Incredible!

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Hello Folks,

July 13 – Sunday in Poland

What a terrific day of worship, eating and baseball. This day started with a tremendous time of devotions and prayer time with the coaching staff. Another wonderful breakfast was sat before us and we walked away from the table filled to the brim. Afterward, Coach offered anyone who wanted to go to church that morning that we would walk to the chapel that was here in the local community. The whole coaching staff went with about 7 campers while the rest of them stayed back at the school. The walk was a short 15 minutes in the crisp morning air. By the way, since we have arrived in Poland the temperature is fighting to get above 80 degrees, with no humidity. The chapel was full and we sat in the overflow area in the hallway. After church the priest asked the children where they were from and then asked us how we enjoyed Poland! Walking back we spent the time just talking about how thankful we were to be here and to share the love of Christ. Getti…

Poland - Great Success and Blessed Beyond Measure

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HiS PRINT Blog – July 11 and 12

Hello Folks, Greetings from Poland. Sorry about the length of this update, but since I have not been able to contact you for awhile, I want to share all that has gone on these past two days. Well there is no way to describe what we are going through here in Poland other than we are overwhelmed by the experience and the people that have embraced us from the moment we got here! Our trip to the village, Czernikowo, was a bit of an adventure, but we finally made it despite the traffic of Warsaw. By the time we had gotten to the village and stopped at the restaurant DeVinici, where we were to meet Coach Robert, I was as sick as a dog, with a horrible headache and sick to my stomach. Finally, got enough in my stomach that my head stopped throbbing and by the time Coach Robert and his daughter, Nelka arrived I was much better. She came over to me right away and gave me an enduring hug. She called me uncle and it touched me to the point of tears.  We finished ea…

Made it Back Safely to Sisak - Off to Poland Tomorrow Morning!

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Well it has been a long day and now I am ready to hit the hay! I made the drive back safely to Sisak from Split and after an 4 hour drive in the rain most of the way, the afternoon packing bags for Poland and for Serbia, I am ready to let the eyelids close. Before I do I would like to share a brief update on what happened last night and this morning and then I am going to let Shannon (Sis) share a story or two with you and what has been happening with her and the team that was in Sisak with her while we were doing football camp in Split.

Last night I had the opportunity to share the gospel message with Tomislov.  It was an incredible experience to watch his facial expressions change from one of question to one of satisfaction. He is really searching and with a few more walls in the way he is not ready to commit his life to Christ but has agreed to keep searching and beginning to read John! Last night Edo, a young man who is an atheist, asked me to go for coffee in the morning which we …

God Continues to Open More Opportunities!

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Hello Folks, Day 3 of camp showed a vast amount of improvement. The team came out a little flat but when the coaches made them restart a drill two or three times they quickly got the point that this was not going to be something they could go at half hearted. By the end of the practice the team was starting to gel and really move as a unit and pick each other up. We had a couple of new guys show up and they jumped right in. Also had a father and his son come by to check us out. I had met him on the plane on Sunday night and as we talked and I shared what we were doing in Split, he sounded very interested and said that maybe his 18 year old son would possibly be interested in joining. They came and his son checked it out and seemed to be very interested in joining in the future. They met Penie and several other Sea Wolve players and they took the time to explain what it was all about.  As they left the father came and brought me a gift. That was totally unexpected and I thanked him and…

Football Camp Day 2

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Hello Folks,
Day 2 of football camp was a great thing to witness because the team began to gel together and work harder than the day before. You could tell they were tired and sore from the first day and at the beginning they weren't sharp and were going through the first few drills in slow motion. The coaches didn't allow that and pulled them together and explained the purpose for dedication and hard work in every drill at every practice. The tempo picked up and the team began to participate at a whole new level. There was a new sense of work ethic and they began to challenge themselves to be the best they could be. They began to pick each other up when someone didn't do a particular drill correct, instead of make fun or ridicule them. Changing that mentality will be a huge step in developing a unified team effort  that we pray will stick with them once we leave.





After the practice I gave the devotional talk and spoke on trust, what it meant and asked if they trusted us. Th…

Mission Football Camp has begun in Split! Nursing and Handicap Program have begun in Sisak!

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Hello Folks,

First day of football camp and it was so great to see the Sea Wolves again. They were there with open arms and so thankful that we would come. When I brought out the footballs donated by HBU you should have been there to witness the smiles! They were down to there last two footballs and bringing them 12 was like getting a Christmas gift in July! Then to be able to give them the camp shirts we had made for them was a real joy! Their eyes were just to pop out of their heads and then I brought out the white jerseys for them to use as their new game jerseys, again donated by HBU! Well you can guess their reaction, words were spoken of appreciation and an explosion of clapping! Tomorrow I will pull out the blue football pants donated by Friendswood High School.


Mike Norman, Jeff Love, Dale Widolff, Zach Norman and Brandon Hoybach are the coaches who are running the HiS PRINT camp and this first day was an incredible day of working the team out and embracing some new fellas who h…

Incredible. Thank You Jesus

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Amazing, dynamic, powerful, joyful, peaceful, uplifting, much needed, are just a few of the words that I would use to describe and words or phrases I had heard to express one's feelings of what the carnival meant to them. To see over 450 (no knows for sure but God, but that is a pretty close estimate, some say more and some say less, so I am leaving it in Gods hands) come and enjoy the games, participate in the activities and enjoy the concert was absolutely a tremendous sight to witness and be a part of! God used that event to remove questions and apprehensions, to create a thankful attitude, to soften hearts, to generate a joyful environment which allowed us to share our hearts and His love! I could tell story after story and express feeling after feeling but not wanting to take up your entire day and not having the time to write a novel that would adequately capture it, I will touch on several highlights.

We took Friday and the entire morning on Saturday getting all things ready…

Made it to Split, and the Texas Carnival Was a HUGE Success!

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Hello folks,
Success is an understatement when it comes to describing how the Texas Carnival went! I would give you all the details and the many stories that happened but it would take me many pages! I am also know in Split and using a Croatian keyboard that slows me down considerably when typing my thoughts. 

I have made it successfully to Split late Sunday night and ready to start the American football camp tomorrow. The rest of the football staff drove down earlier Sunday and I will meet up with them tomorrow. I stayed back in Sisak because we had the last game of the tournament and then a celebration at the field for their 20 years as the Sisak Storks baseball club. <it was a great time and glad I stayed behind to enjoy this wonderful event. We also had 4 of our team members head back to the states. So the team is shrinking and spreading out all over Croatia.




I am extremely tired and need some rest so I am off to bed for now. I am going to spend some time tomorrow morning sharing …

Updates from Community Ministries

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