Friday, November 2, 2012

A Letter From Jade Dols...

Hey guys!


Here is my October Newsletter.  Life has changed pretty dramatically these past few months, so this newsletter gives you an overview of what that looks like. If you would like to learn more about any of the issues (prostitution, persecution, asylum seekers/refugees, or simply being friends with your neighbors), please let me know.  I would love to chat or Skype with you.


I really want to encourage you to learn more about the persecuted church around the world. This issue is SO close to my heart.  It is something that I have been interested in for quite some time, but it always seemed so far away that it was almost surreal.  Now this reality has been brought near as I join hands with Pakistani brothers and sisters through prayer, worship, tears, fears, and breaking of bread.  Something changes when you see the face behind the story.  These are our fellow brothers and sisters in desperate need of prayer, friendship, encouragement, resources, and financial support.  If you would like to get involved in their lives in any of these ways I can help you do that (thanks to technology you can talk with them face-to-face!). 

There are 2 non-profits that I have been partnering with, Life Raft International and In Search of Sanuk that are very reputable.  They are small organizations that emphasize relationship and a holistic approach to helping these families. Life Raft is the organization that is currently helping my families.


Oh yes, and I'll be back in MN this December!  I fly in on the 18th, then out to CA on January 15th before returning back to Bangkok on the 23rd.  I would love to hang out with you while in town.  Let me know if you would like to get together during that time. 


Also, I do not have a vehicle when I return.  If you have an extra one laying around that you wouldn't mind lending out, let me know! I would greatly appreciate it.


Above all, thank you so much for your support. It comforts my heart and strengthens me knowing that I'm not in this alone, but that I have an army of people behind me.  Please continue to pray. I need it more than ever.  Things have been pretty overwhelming as I go deeper in relationship with the bar girls and refugees.  I am seeing, hearing, and experiencing so many new things; things that are difficult to understand and process. Through all of this I need to see what the Father is seeing, and do what He is doing.  Being moved by emotion can be a dangerous thing.  At the same time I want to remain sensitive to those emotions, never hardened in heart.


Thank you so much.  I love you dearly.




Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dedication Sunday, October 28 @ 4pm

Please join us for our special celebration. We will have lots of music - including "guest appearances" from a couple of musicians who have served us in the past, Susan Johnson and Shawn Urban.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You're invited to our...


...for Living Word Lutheran Church at our new building.

This Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Stop in, look around, say hello, and have some refreshments with us!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

What Are You Looking Forward To Most ... ?

What are you looking forward to most about being in our new building ?

That's actually a question I posed to our Mission and Ministry team awhile ago. They turned the question back to me, so here's my answer:

There are many things that we will be able to do in a building that we own as opposed to one we rent. One of the positive things I've already seen is how people have been working together to make the building happen. Working together always tends to bring people closer together as we get to know each other better.

But as for when the building is actually done, the thing I am looking forward to most is this: Not having to find other places to hold weddings and funerals.

That may not seem like a big thing, but if you've gotten married or had a loved one die during the time we've been at Prairie Meadows, you know it really is a big deal. The other churches in the area have been very accommodating in letting us use their facilities when a couple is getting married or when someone dies. But I've seen how needing to find another church facility puts an undo hardship on families at a time when they really don't need another burden - especially with funerals.

So it was with great joy that I was able to say, "Yes, it will!" when Kim Arends asked me if the building would be ready in time to host a wedding (and reception) for her and her fiancé John on October 13.

Please, click on "comments" below and share with us what you are looking forward to most. 
Thanks, and God bless.
Pastor David

Friday, August 31, 2012

VBS: The First Event At Our New Building !

Last Saturday we 'initiated' our new building with a one-day vacation Bible school. We had a great time learning about 'God's Amazing Creation'. We learned new songs (and some new hand motions for old songs), played some kickball (kids whooped the adults!), made some neat stuff (like Alka-Seltzer powered rockets), did a 3-minute service project (filled a 5# pail with rocks) even tossed some eggs at Pastor Dave (unfortunately no pics of that). Thank God for all the kids who attended, the parents and grandparents who brought them, the folks who helped and Mona Hjelle for organizing it all!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 9 - Painting and Siding

Our volunteer paint crew began work on the ceiling this evening. Shown here are Phil Iverson, Larry Hultgren, Jamie Iverson, Gracie Geer and Pastor David. Several more people came to help after these pictures were taken, and the crew was able to finish the first coat on the ceiling in the big room!  In the last couple of pictures Jason Miller and Fred Asche are shown putting the siding on the north side of the building.

Another "paint & side" work day is scheduled this Saturday, August 11. Please join us if you can.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August 2 - Softball Season Ends

Our Living Word church-league softball team's venture into the Gold League came to an end tonight. We won one game (Not sure how many we lost - who's counting?).
We had a great group of guys who had fun and showed lots of heart and dedication. Pictured are the guys who played in our final game of the season.

Back Row:  Jason M.,  Bryson,  Paul,  Mike,  Jason O.,  Nate
Front Row:  Kevin,  Bo,  Pastor David,  Chase,  Brandon

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 26 - Lots of new stuff

I've been out of town on vacation for a couple of weeks, so there's lots of new stuff for this update:

+ Interior walls have been completed

+ Ceiling has drywall has been hung

+ Aprons have been poured in front of each entrance

+ Windows have been installed

You can see all of these developments in the pictures below.

The next work to be completed will be drywall on the interior walls.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 11- Roof Finished. Inside Walls Going Up

Our volunteers finished putting the steel roofing on the south roof this past Saturday. More volunteers are putting up interior walls on the east end of the building tonight. Most of the black dirt for the lawn has been filled in around the building.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

June 30 - The North Roof is Finished

On Saturday Jason Miller, Vern Samuelson, Bryson Wachter, Brent Sawatzky, Pastor Dave and Kevin Welsh put the metal roofing on the north side of the building. You can't tell it from the photos, but the color is a Charcoal Gray. 

June 28 - Electricity and Water

Workers from Thein Well began drilling the well.  The guys from Electrical Plus have the transformer installed and electricity into the building

June 27 - We start work on the roof

Most of the contractor work on the building is completed. Today Living Word members and friends began work on the roof.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25: Trusses Went Up This Morning

The guys from Oak Ridge Construction set the roof trusses in place this morning (with help from a crane - not pictured). They will start on the roof sheathing boards late today or tomorrow.  Praise God for more good construction weather!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

From the LCMS Office of the President

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life.

In response to the incursion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) into the realm of religious freedom with its controversial contraceptive mandate issued earlier this year, we are compelled to offer “Free Exercise of Religion: Putting Beliefs into Practice,” an open letter to our members and, indeed, all Americans.

Twenty-four leaders of religious organizations across the country have joined with us in signing the letter. Together, these signatories represent more than 10 million American men, women and children. They represent religious organizations that stand with us in opposition to the contraceptive mandate on the grounds that it is an infringement of our God-given right to act according to the tenets of our faith.

We are preparing to issue this letter even as we await a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a historic piece of legislation meant to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. The HHS contraceptive mandate represents one of the reforms included in the law. The ramifications of the anticipated ruling are, of course, as yet unknown.

That said, our action in authoring this letter is not a statement on the global design of PPACA. As Christians living out our calling to serve our brothers and sisters with the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, we support and engage in wide-ranging efforts to restore health and well-being to the sick and suffering.

Thus, this letter specifically is in response to one effect of the contraceptive mandate—one that would require religious organizations, with only narrowly defined exceptions, to include coverage for contraceptives, including those that could cause the death of unborn babies, in their employee health plans. This is in direct opposition to a core teaching of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod—that only God gives and takes life.

I encourage you to read the letter and to share it widely. 

In Christ,

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

If you have questions about this email or need assistance,
please contact the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-THE LCMS (843-5267) or

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21 - Ready for the Floor

The roof trusses were delivered today (If you look closely you can see them in the distance, stacked near the church in the photo of the sign).

Oak Ridge Construction will be setting the trusses on the walls on Monday (weather permitting).

Plans are for our volunteers to begin installing the metal roofing late afternoon and evening next Wednesday (June 27).  Drop a note in the comments (or text if you can help us with this. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20 - Walls Are Up !

Several views of the church building walls. Praise God for the couple-day delay that caused to the walls to be put up after, not before, Sunday's storm. If you have a chance, take a drive out to the building site and walk around inside the church.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19 - Walls Going Up !!!

Guys from Oak Ridge Construction putting up our SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) walls.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wall Sections Delivered

The SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) arrived on Thursday. They look like Giant Vanilla Oreos - thick white foam sandwiched between two OSB boards. Weather permitting, Oakridge Construction will be setting these wall panels in place this week.

Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15 - The Floor is Poured

Joe Caskey Masonry and New London Concrete providing the manpower and materials for the church floor!