Responses to August 2, 2009 Update Letter:
From: Fred 'n Evelyn
"Wow... that was an amazing blessing to read! Praise God for what He's doing in your life and I know will do in the lives of your children and grandchildren through this.
You've come a long way since that day, so many years ago! Praise God for all He's done through you and Roger and how far things have come in Tijuana & Rosarito since you went there!
We're so thankful you answered His call... and so is everyone that you have touched... both here and there!"
"Your email has me in tears. What a beautiful reflection you shared. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us on this significant day. I am so grateful you and Roger had the courage to make the decision you made, as it had such a profound influence on so many lives, including my own. The week our family spent with you and Roger over 10 years ago was a very significant and formative week in my life. It would never have taken place as it did had you both not followed God's prompting in your life. You and Roger have been such an example to me and I am so thankful for you.
I read your email earlier today and just shared it with Tim a few minutes ago. We are both so touched and have just been once again reminded that we don't ever want to look back on our life and realize we missed God's challenge to give what we cannot keep to gain what we cannot lose.
You are often in my thoughts and prayers."
"What a beautiful letter of gratitude and thanksgiving! We have SO many wonderful memories and a future of HOPE that the Lord that began a good work will see it through to completion in Christ Jesus.
Barry and I got in the car yesterday and commented how proud we are of how the Holy Spirit has been your strength. You are an amazing woman of God and I LOVE that you are protecting yourself to not let the enemy have a foothold anywhere. Good for you!!!
Thanks for a BEAUTIFUL afternoon of fellowship - we loved it."
"You are such an inspiration! Even though I know the story, reading it once again brought tears to my eyes and it ignited once again, the prayer of my heart - Here I am Lord!!!
Love you loads!"
From: Ralph & Arlene
"Yours is a great story. We rejoice. We have fond memories of Roger."
From: Chris & Melissa
"Wow! God is good – what a legacy He has given. God bless."
"Denise, merci beaucoup pour ce beau courriel. Nous t'apprécions énormément!!!!
CON MUCHO AMOR!"
"This is awesome stuff mom. I am proud of you."
"That is such a lovely testimony. Thank you so much for sharing Denise. It is indeed a pleasure to be a supporter of your ministry. You are loved and thought of often."
From: Paul & Maureen
"THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER OF GOD'S FAITHFULL LEADING AND PRIVSION. YOU AND ROGER TAUGHT US SO MUCH ABOUT SERVING WITH GOD'S LOVE. FOR THAT WE ARE THANKFUL. YOU GUYS SHOWED US HOW TO BE SERVANTS AND MINISTER HIS LOVE IN MANY SETTINGS...THOSE FESTIVALS THAT LCA HOSTED AND MANY SPECIAL EVENTS DINNERS. IT TRULY WAS AN AMAZING TIME FOR US THAT WE REMEMBER FONDLY.
WE ARE SO BLESSED BY YOUR CONSTANT EXAMPLE AND PRECIOUS LOVING HEART YOU EXTEND AT ALL TIMES TO US. YOUR LIFE IS A TESTIMONY OF THE LORD'S HAND NEVER GIVING UP ON ANY ONE OF US. KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON DEAR LADY...GOD TRULY IS OUR STRENTH FOR EACH DAY.
MISS YOU AND THINK OF YOU OFTEN. LOVE & BLESSINGS WITH HUGS"
From: Jim and Carrie
"When you mentioned the “cost” of following your calling, my mind went to the parable Jesus told in Matthew 13 about the treasure hidden in the field. Seeing it was a treasure far more valuable than the price of the land—he would have been a fool not to sell all to buy the land! However, one of the lessons that always comes to mind as I think about this is so true for all of us: and has been especially true for you and Roger—if you want the treasure, you have to be willing to buy the field! The treasure is what we really want; the field is what comes along with it whether we want it or not!"
"In fact, it was last Sunday--August 2nd –that I shared this thought—along with the parable of the pearl also. Both required selling all to get the treasure! The parable of the pearl, though, is quite different! The buyer was a pearl merchant—it was his business. While the treasure of the first parable was hidden—and worth so much more than the price of the land—the pearl was sold at market value. In other words, the merchant wasn’t buying it so he could resell it and make a profit: he was buying it because it was the most magnificent pearl and he had to have it! After he sold everything—the only thing he had was the pearl! No car, no house, no RRSPs, no bank accounts…only the pearl."
"With the treasure, the man was wise! With the pearl, the man seemed like a fool-a fanatic! But, oh, when you experience holding that pearl everything changes and then you understand no price is too much! Having the pearl is like a divine obsession!"
"I suppose the moral of these parables for you, Denise, is that some people may think you foolish (like the pearl merchant was “foolish”). If there are people who think that way, it’s simply because they do not experience your joy: being able to rest your head on your pillow at night knowing you have made hundreds of lives better, and that you have your husband, Roger, waiting for you in Heaven! And, yes, like the man who wanted the treasure—you and Roger couldn’t get it without taking the whole field! The field is hardship, loneliness, misunderstandings—but that’s where the treasure is hidden!"
"If August 2nd is the date you “sold everything” to get the treasure—and the pearl—then looking back you see how rich you really have become. I could hear that in your email. Yes, you were telling everyone about the treasure and the pearl you possess!!"
"Well, my dear, keep telling your story! Keep on buying the fields that come your way! I dare say every one of them will have treasures hidden in them that you might not have imagined!"