It is always good to remember our past and to remember our
beginnings. It is good to reflect upon how God directed us. Let's
examine the journeys of Moses and of Elijah and compare them with
Dave's journey. Yes, there are differences but there are also
great similarities and many things that we can learn.
One time when we were in India, Dave became very sick. He could
hardly get out of the truck, he was very dehydrated and the Doctor
came and put in an IV. The Doctor must have been worried because
when he went home he asked his family to pray. The next day Dave
was remarkably better and when the Doctor went back home, his
children asked him, how Uncle Dave was. When they were told that
he was much better the little 5 yr old said, "God is sure tricky
he's got lots of power."
With the call of Moses and Elijah God was tricky. Moses was
drawn to the burning bush, God was tricky. God revealed himself to
Elijah by a still quiet voice. God revealed himself to Dave by a
With Moses, God constantly called the people to remember: how
the blood on the door posts saved them, how they were rescued
across the Red Sea, how God looked after them thru the desert.
Moses call was to lead these people to the Holy Land. Dave's call
was to bring these people (Joy Fellowship) to the Holy Land, to
En route Moses was given all the laws and all the instructions:
"Rely on Me," God said, "and I will provide all your needs." Dave
was called to be a pastor to the flock that God was bringing him.
"Dave was to rely on ME," said the Lord, "to supply all your
needs." And God has most wonderfully brought this promise to pass.
When Moses was given instructions he did all that he was
instructed to. This he did except for one time when he didn't
listen and he hit the rock. He learned and we learn that work must
bring glory to God alone.
Elijah had been given a very specific job to do, to bring these
people to repentance. The queen was very bad and wanted all the
prophets and wise men killed. The queen threatened Elijah and said
he would die too, and Elijah ran. He was burned out, he was tired,
he was taxed, and he needed a retreat.
In India, we came back to Canada disappointed: The work that we
thought we were to do ended. The doors closed, there were no more
visas for India. We needed a retreat.
Elijah got his message in a whisper, "I am with you," said the
Lord. Dave's call had no big fanfare: the telephone rang. It was
like a whisper - LIKE A whisper! The telephone rang. I was in the
next room and couldn't hear what the person on the other end was
saying . It was Fred Hilderman and he said, "Dave, did you ever
consider working with mentally challenged people?" I didn't hear
the question but I sure heard the answer!! Had Dave won the
lottery? Not likely, because we have never bought a lottery
ticket. It was like "WOW!! THIS IS IT!!!" It was a glimpse of
what, by God's grace, became Joy Fellowship.
So Elijah went into retirement and we moved on "by faith" into
our new ministry for Him. God confirmed to us that this was His
whisper by many signs and wonders but the biggest was the
provision, month by month, year by year, for these past 30 years,
of the funds we need for the ongoing running of the ministry. I
believe therefore that God has and will specially bless all those
who give their gifts Sunday after Sunday, month after month, year
after year so that "God's work done in God's way in the Joy
Fellowship will not lack His supply." And that too is a ministry
that God has laid on many hearts.
NOTE: Next newsletter—the story David Hayward Sr. told that
starts, "I had something that Moses and Elijah didn't have, this
wife, Ruby. And that has made all the difference."