Thursday, January 24 2019
The month of December was different than our regular routine of traveling. The first week of December we did our annual “year-end giving” letter stuffing. It also announced the speaker of our annual fundraising event. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MARCH 15! We will be having Pastor Chip Ingram speak at this year’s annual fundraising event here in Kearney. It is going to be an amazing night of worship and testimonies! Tickets are available online at www.toddbecker.org. We would love to see many of you there!
The second week of December was Alex and I’s one-year engagement anniversary. On the day before our one-year engagement anniversary, we found out the most exciting news that we want to share with you and that is… We are going to have a BABY! We know without a doubt that this is God’s divine plan because it wasn’t ours. J We are looking forward to what God has for us in 2019!
The third week of December we traveled to a nearby school here in Nebraska and had a great event with the bleachers packed both in the afternoon and the night. I, Alex, had a great conversation with a young man named Wyatt. He was very similar to how I used to be, a hypocrite. But by the grace and mercy of God, as we looked at what Jesus says throughout scripture, he told me at the end of our conversation that he was done “playing games” with God and was ready to repent and surrender his whole life to Jesus!
I, Ahna, talked with Cassie after the afternoon assembly. As I learned more about her, she told me that her dad had committed suicide a few years prior. She was emotional over the passing of her dad. I sympathized with her and then directed the conversation back to focus on her. I asked if she knew where she would go if she died at this moment? In a serious tone Cassie said that she didn’t know where she would go when she died. Before we opened the Bible, I addressed the reliability of scripture. Then we looked at Romans 6:23 and Galatians 5:19-21. She identified that her sin of drinking would lead her to death, which is Hell. Right after that, since she grew up going to church, she started to spout off all the things that she had heard like: “everyone sins” and “God will decides where we go.” Cassie was making excuses and not taking ownership of her sin nor had she repented of them. The Spirit was leading me to show her John 3. Jesus says that you must be BORN AGAIN by the Holy Spirit. I left the conversation by challenging her to read the Bible for herself because there she will find healing and life.
The fourth week of December we had our STINT intern and staff Christmas party. Then we packed up for home. We all went to New Hope Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Platte where we had two whole days to setup our new stage. We added two more screens along with a drum riser and more lights. The band is also coming out with a new song for the New Year. While we were there on Wednesday, we were able to put on a community/youth group night of worship. There were a few students from Platte who came out for their first time to New Hope since the Westerhuis’ tragedy. The message that was repeated that night was how God redeems, restores, and renews. Thursday everyone went back to Kearney and Alex and I were able to stay in SD for Christmas. It was such a blessing being able to see almost all of our families and tell them the exciting news of baby Daum!
We are beyond blessed by your support, and we continue to keep the ministry you have in Corsica and the surrounding areas in our prayers! We love you and are looking forward to meeting with you again in person soon!
May God bless you all,
Alex & Ahna Daum