Dear Praying Friends,
This past week my stepfather, Grover Davis, went home to be with the Lord. It has been a bittersweet time for me. He was a great encourager, a “Barnabas.” If there was ever a time in history that we needed encouragers, it is now. Daily we are bombarded with negative from the news to unhappy people we know – like the saying goes, “Misery loves company.” My dad was not like that. He was 95 at his homegoing and up until his death he never complained. He loved the work that we were doing here and was always giving me ideas of what to do next.
Just about everywhere I went, I had to pass by Grover and mom’s house. He would say, “Larry, slow down. Come over and rest a while. Life can wait.” Maybe that’s what kept him so young. He would stop whatever he was doing and give you his full attention.
This example from my step dad is one that I am trying to use in my daily walk. Are we too busy with events and appointments to sit awhile and visit? This morning as I came back into the office after being off a week, I thought about this as we were meeting with staff and missionaries that came here to pray. They have families, too. Our missionary families are here for such a short time and need to be encouraged to keep going. The Apostle Paul, while being under house arrest, did not keep him from plugging ahead and encourage believers.
While preparing for dad’s funeral, I saw a particular scripture that he liked and I wanted to share it with you today to encourage you.
Psalms 121:1-3 “ I will life up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who has made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.”
Wow! He never sleeps or slumbers. Jesus always had the time and the right words to say. It’s wonderful to know that in the hard times and the good times the Lord is always ready to help.
The Grover and Anna Davis Intern Scholarship fund is being established in memory of Grover Davis and in honor of my mom, Anna Davis, as a way to provide scholarships to missionary kids and young people out of college to come for a three month summer training program here at Camp Glory Farm, a part of Siloam. This is free to the interns but costs about $50 a week or $500.00 for a summer per intern. In some cases we will keep the intern on for a longer period of time. If you would like to help sponsor an intern for a week or for the summer, “Changing one life at a time,” please ask us how. So far this year we have had three young people apply.
Thank you dear friend for your prayers and support to Siloam Missionary Homes. Your faithfulness provides a great encouragement for missionaries that need a place to call home.
Looking up to Him,