The Son leads the way.

Lucky 13

Thirteen years of full time ministry!  That is a good number.  I have quite a collection of interesting stories after thirteen years as well as many lessons learned.  Through it all I seem to keep coming back to my life verse Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your, ways acknowledge him,  and he will make straight your paths.”

Our goal has always been to faithful do whatever God puts before us.  We know the confusing thrill of going contrary to our own insights in order to stay on his straight paths.  Funny thing is that these straight paths don’t always look straight.  Our family has moved 11 times in the 11 years of our marriage.  We have moved from a radio ministry to a ‘failed’ attempt to move into church planting in Ukraine, then back to radio ministry only to have it crumble under our feet, then onto a mobile app development partnership with a local church which died to funding problems, and finally into starting social media marketing for SEND North.   It has been a winding road, but through it all God was there; teaching, guiding, comforting, listening to our complaints, smiling at our victories, and building His Kingdom through it all.  I can really relate to Wayne Watson’s song, Walk in the Dark

Where are you taking me-why are we turning here
this road is strange to me-this path is not so clear
must be the place where my doubt turns to faith
where I close my eyes and take your hand

I’d rather walk in the dark with Jesus
Than walk in the light on my own
I’d rather go through the valley of the shadow with him
Than to dance on the mountains alone
I’d rather follow wherever he leads me
Than to go where none before me have gone
I’d rather walk in the dark with Jesus
Than to walk in the light of my own

God makes all things beautiful in His perfect timing.  My work for SEND North has come to an end when I was thought it was just starting.  We have pressing, personal needs which requires us to stay close to family in Illinois.  Would you please pray for us as we seek God again, walking in the dark.

What about you?  What dark valleys have God led you down?  In what ways have you seen his faithfulness?  Can you agree with the final verse of this song?

There will be shadows-but I won’t be shaken
‘Cause you’ve never forsaken a vow.
You’ve never failed me before this I know
And, Jesus, you won’t fail me now.

Basically, I feel pretty ‘lucky’!


Daryl and his wife, Laura, are missionaries with SEND International.

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