May 27, 2009 at 4:49 am 3 comments

(I published this last night, but it did not work right. So I am publishing it again.)  Monday was a rough day in many ways.  Dan is dying.  That is clear.  When will God let him go Home?  That is known only to God.  But what a blessing that Dan has been with us these extra months, and now a heavenly home prepared by God awaits him. But our load is made lighter because people very dear to us have come to be with us, sent letters, e-mails, talked to us on Skype and phoned.  Here are some who have helped us bear this load –

Dan & Tim - our Dutch "Grandson" is with us.  

Dan & Tim – our Dutch “Grandson” is with us now.


Claudia, our Brazilian Dutch "Granddaughter" & Anne  

Claudia, our Brazilian Dutch “Granddaughter” & Anne










Dan is soooo happy Samuel is with him.  

Dan is soooo happy Samuel is with him.






Vicki W. wrote today –

This verse has blessed me so much and I wanted to pass it on to you today. My heart is heavy for you and your family but at the same time full of joy for what comfort we share as followers of our Saviour Jesus. Thank you for opening your heart and life and this special time to share it with us. I join you in giving thanks to the Father for the faith He has given you and the glory that is all His!

“For because of your faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. And we can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know they are good for us–they help us learn to be patient.”

“And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that heppens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” Romans 5:2-5 LB — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  May 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I love viewing your “children” and our “brethren” from around the world. What a lovely family we have in the Family of Jesus Christ. I enjoy very much Vicki’s scripture, because it is true, real, and valid–it works beneficially for believers in Jesus–helps Christians understand there is a purpose for our lives even in difficulties. In Jesus, troubles make us better, not bitter, because believers know the promises of Christ come true for us every time.

    My love to both of you,
    Sherrie H.

    “God is dependable . . . All of God’s promises are ‘yes’ in Christ! Through Christ, we give glory to God by saying ‘Amen’ [meaning, ‘so be it done according to my faith’]. God makes all of us–you and us–firm in Christ. God has chosen [anointed] us. He sealed us and gave the Holy Spirit as a guarantee in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:18,20-22-Simple English Bible, New Testament).” The Holy Spirit seals and anoints Christians with God’s enduring promises that come true by the power of Jesus. Isn’t that a wonderful, uplifting thought?! I love it! God loves us so much that He marks us with the Holy Spirit seal of approval and with His anointed spiritual ability so we can overcome anything difficult in our daily lives and He can turn our sorrows into joy. Praise His Name!

  • 2. Wanda Shantz  |  May 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    You bring new meaning to the phrase I’ve heard throughout my life. “We do not grieve as others do”. To follow and share with you in this journey impacts so many of us. Even in Dan’s dying there are victories and blessings. Who knows how many believers and non-believers you have impacted and will impact. Such a sweet thought that until the very end you are missionaries for the Lord. And the joy you must feel having those from across the nations in your home now…….the earth was white unto harvest and you planted. Look now at your harvest! How much sweeter will be Dan’s homecoming as he gets to “taste” it now! I’m convinced that he is already hearing the words “Well, done my good and faithful servant”! I will never be the same!

  • 3. Lil Kwast  |  May 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    One of my special memories of Dan was when we were meeting in our home in Dallas with our Friendship Evangelism group (about 1985). Dan was surrounded by friends listening intently as he read from Romans 8:38-39. “I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all the world will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Neither will death be able to separate us from the love that Dan gave to so many in his life on earth. God bless you this day.


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