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How time flies! A week from today I'll be in Mexico, and then on the road for much of the time until Thanksgiving. Only a few days left to get everything in order before I leave. So that's what I'm doing last week and this week. I still have some dates to nail down, meetings to schedule, and airline tickets to purchase. I'm working on a newsletter and other office projects. The biggest and most interesting projects these days are the new RUF ministries we are attempting for... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 30 August 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well, it's been a busy month! I left you just after I arrived in Baltimore on July 29 for a week of fundraising with Barush and his wife Lanu, our Mexican staff. We had a profitable week in the D.C. area. We worshiped at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Sunday and were given an enthusiastic reception there. On Monday we met with the mission committee of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church and were received warmly. We also met with individuals who are interested in supporting... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 24 August 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I had a very good week at staff training in Atlanta. I flew down last Saturday, arriving at 8:30 AM. I spent the next four hours preparing for staff training, and then picked up Monse at the airport. We checked in at the hotel and each took a nap to refresh from the very early travels. We returned to the airport at 9:00 PM to pick up Barush and his wife Lanu. Sunday morning we all drove to Athen, GA, to attend Redeemer PCA. Hal Farnsworth, the senior pastor, was formerly an R... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 29 July 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm waiting in the Lehigh Valley Airport, about to embark on a two week trip. Next week is staff training, and then a week of fundraising with Barush Sanchez, our Mexican staff. This was a good week. I met with Scott Mitchell to go over his summer report, but otherwise it was filled with email and preparation for the next two weeks. I read the reports of the other ministers and prepared for my part of staff training. I spent a lot of time emailing people to arrange the schedule for ou... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 23 July 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I am sitting here facing a week with only two appointments. It should be a relaxing week, but I have a feeling it won't be. Last week Ruth and I flew to Atlanta on Sunday evening, and the week never slowed down. The previous week (July 4-9) was a solid week of preparing for RUF Assessment and upcoming events. Everything fell into place, and we were ready to head out last Sunday. Monday morning I met with Tom Cannon, RUF National Coordinator, to discuss the developing Mexican ministry.... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 18 July 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
On Tuesday I caught an early flight to Mexico City. Along the way I read applications for RUF assessment and listened to sermons. I got some exercise to work the kinks out of my body before dinner, which was with Barush and Lanu, and Monse. I spent most of Wednesday with Barush and two local pastors - Victor Cruz and Marco Escalente. On my trip at the beginning of June we observed the wonderful success of the ministry this year, and we learned that Barush and Monse wished to continue ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 02 July 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I spent last week at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, in Mobile Alabama. It was a good week. The weather was moderate (for Alabama in the summer!), the food was tasty, and the meetings were edifying. General Assembly is a prime opportunity to meet people who work overseas. I met with a Philippine pastor who wants us to start RUF in the Philippines, and followed up with some overseas colleagues. I also met with several missionary friends. I discussed... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 27 June 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was pretty quiet around here. The biggest excitement was trying to file expense reports. Bonnie usually does that, but she's on vacation now so I tried my hand at it. After three aborted attempts I finally succeeded. The good news is that I accomplished my two major projects: the June newsletter and an article on small groups. I sent the newsletter to the printer last night. If you want to get this newsletter and aren't, send an email request to ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 20 June 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Considering everything, I had a good and profitable time at New Staff Orientation last week. I had caught a bad cold the previous week while in Mexico, and I'm still getting over it. So I was operating at half-speed last week, but I had good conversations with campus ministers and other coordinators, and a delightful meal with the two new interns coming to my area. My message to interns on Justification seemed to come off well. Pray for our new campus ministers and interns as they raise money an... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 13 June 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday Ruth and I woke early to catch our flight to Mexico City. We had been warned about unusually long security lines at the airport, but we discovered that Memorial Day is a good day to fly - the airport and airplane were not crowded at all. A few days earlier I had been asked to preach at the RUF Large Group meeting on Tuesday, so I spent the five-hour flight preparing a sermon. Monday night we had a nice dinner with Monse and Lizet. Monse and Barush are leading the RUF minis... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 06 June 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was going to be a peaceful week at home. The first part of the week was. I got home from the Jersey Shore RUF conference Sunday afternoon and slept in Monday morning. I was more tired than I realized! We worked through things at home until Wednesday. That's when we learned that Melissa Dentici was in trouble. Joe Dentici is the RUF minister at Penn State. He and Melissa moved there from Birmingham two years ago, and they've been doing outstanding work on campus. This winter ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 29 May 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week flew by! On Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, I prepared a seminar on "Justification." The campus minister previously assigned to it was unable to do it, so I was enlisted. I finished preparing at 11:00 pm Sunday. That's not as arduous as it might sound; I spent a couple of hours on the beach in the afternoon! I taught the seminar for an hour each morning, and filled much of the rest of the week meeting people - campus ministers and families that I supervise, and people from o... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 24 May 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was good. Tom Cannon's evening messages on our hope in Christ hit home with students. I met with the three ministers and one woman staff from my area who were here in Florida. We discussed personal and ministry matters, including how best to use the summer to position us for stronger ministry next year. Friday morning Ruth and I flew to Wheaton, IL for Peter's graduation. The family whose children he tutored while in Wheaton took us out for a lovely and delicious dinner Frid... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 12 May 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back from my sabbatical, and already we're off to Florida, where RUF's Summer Conference is running. You don't want a full recounting of events during my 8 weeks of sabbatical (actually 7 weeks sabbatical + 1 week of vacation), so I won't labor you with those details. Ruth and I took two weeks of true vacation - the first time the two of us have been away by ourselves for more than a couple of days since our honeymoon. That was wonderful! I read The Name of the Rose, by U... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 04 May 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's leap day, and the last day of work before I depart for a sabbatical. More on that later. I spent most of last week in the small state of Delaware where big things are happening. I had lunch with Scott Mitchell here in Bethlehem before heading to Newark, Delaware, to see Nick and Erin Owens at the University of Delaware. They had their first baby, Liam, last month. Everyone is fine, but of course Nick and Erin are beginning the process of learning to be parents. So far they're doi... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 29 February 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Saturday I drove home from Providence, RI, after visiting and preaching at the RUF ministry at Brown/RISD. Sunday we raced out of worship and drove to Philadelphia to catch a plane to Atlanta. Ruth and I were arriving for RUF Winter Assessment, where we evaluate couples who are interested in RUF ministry. Assessment is fun, in an exhausting way. We love meeting and getting to know couples (and an occasional single man) who want to join RUF. Most of them do, eventually, so it's th... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 21 February 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm racing to the finish line! I'll begin a sabbatical on February 29, so I'm cramming as many campus visits into February as possible. Pray for stamina! It was two and a half weeks ago, February 1, that I flew out to St. Paul, Minnesota, to visit Brandon and Erin Haan. I also got to meet baby Theo who was born a couple of months ago! I had dinner on Monday and lunch on Tuesday with student leaders. It snowed all day Tuesday, but this is Minnesota, so everything continued as normal. T... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 17 February 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm on my way to Minnesota - finally. Ruth and I got up at 4:00 a.m. so that I could catch a 5:45 a.m. flight, but it was delayed four hours. Last Monday I had just entered the highway to Connecticut when a huge block of ice flew off a truck in front of me and smashed my windshield. I was unharmed. I tried to find a shop to repair it immediately, but no luck. So I returned home and dug out the snow from Ruth's mother's car, and two hours later I was back on the road. Praise God for pr... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 01 February 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Don't you love a good blizzard? Today Ruth and I dug out from a 32" snowfall yesterday, then spent the rest of the day recovering! Last week I visited Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh - two of our most mature ministries in the Northeast. First State College, and dinner with Joe and Melissa Dentici. After a surprisingly mild winter so far, the temperature dropped. It was bitterly cold on this trip, but the Denticis and the Penn State students received me warmly. On Tuesday I... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 24 January 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I sat down to "take care of a few things" before I wrote this report - and here I am! It seems that everything last week took longer than I expected - longer than it should. I last wrote as I was flying to the annual coordinators retreat. We find that our regular meetings tend to get filled up with pressing matters that either fill up the time or wear us out, or both. We don't have opportunities to look at the big picture, to discuss long-range plans or new ideas. In Janua... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 17 January 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a merry Christmastide and joyful New Year celebrations. This is a slow time for campus ministry. Students are home with their families, and campus ministers are catching their breath for the spring semester rush. Christopher came from Arlington, VA, to join Ruth, Benjamin, Ruth's mother, and me on Christmas Day. We saw other relatives in the days following, and I sandwich... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 05 January 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Merry Christmas! "He was a baby and a child, so that you may be a perfect human. He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, so that you may be freed from the snares of death (Ps. 18.4). He was in a manger, so that you may be in the altar. He was on earth that you may be in the stars. He had no other place in the inn, so that you may have many mansions in the heavens (Jn. 14.2, Eph. 2.6). β€˜He being rich, became poor... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 26 December 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I just returned from a beautiful Christmas concert at First Pres. here in Bethlehem. After travels here and there and lots of activity, we're ready to stay put and celebrate the incarnation of our Lord! Last week I met with some people around town, worked on my spring semester travel calendar, did chores, and put up our Christmas tree. Benjamin arrived home from Grove City College on Wednesday. On Thursday I drove to Springfield, Virginia, to meet with someone who ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 20 December 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I got back yesterday from staff training, just in time to catch the meal part of our church Christmas program. It was a good week, and I didn't get sick this time in Denver. At this time last week I was on the plane to Denver. I got to my room by 9:00 PM - 11:00 Eastern time, so I was pretty tired. Monday began at 8:00 AM with meetings with the men I supervise, and my next substantial break was Thursday afternoon. But all the meetings and sessions went well and the time flew by. Thurs... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 13 December 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Monday I headed west to visit pastors and supporters. My first stop was to see Eric Molicki, an old friend now pastoring Murrysville Community Church. We had a wonderful time catching up. That evening I had dinner with Andrew and Christy Stockdale, Lehigh alumni, who are searching for a good church in the Pittsburgh area. It was great to see them. On Tuesday I drove to Grove City. My first meeting was with the president of Grove City College to discuss possibly placing an RUF minister... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 06 December 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was home all last week. I crossed six items off my project list! I joined the local PCA pastors for lunch on Monday, worked on the upcoming RUF newsletter, began a newsletter for New Jersey pastors to rally support for our new ministry at Rowan University, and handled miscellaneous office matters. I also saw a movie with Benjamin and his roommate. They began coming during the day on Wednesday, and by Thursday afternoon we had 21 people here for Thanksgiving. All of Ruth's brothers a... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 29 November 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's Ruth's birthday! We're entering a new era, and I'm not talking about Ruth's age. When I announced at 2:30 after a late lunch that we would reassemble at 4:00 for birthday cake, Benjamin said he would be on hand for dinner. He's already cleaned up most of the leftovers in the fridge. Actually, I suppose it's more like returning to an era we left three months ago when he left for college. Rewind to last Sunday. Ruth and I raced out of church and drove to Newark airport for our flig... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 22 November 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Sunday I drove to Connecticut so I would be past the New York traffic in the morning. The New England staff met at UConn on Monday, and we had a wonderful day for sharing, praying, and some teaching. I drove to Boston that night to miss the Boston traffic. It was nice to be in one place for the rest of the week. Tuesday morning I met with the RUF committee chairman for southern New England to discuss how to reach more students. I spent the rest of Tuesday with Nathan Dicks at... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 15 November 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Here it is a week later and again the agenda today is to rake leaves. But it's a small price to pay for the beauty of the trees. On Monday I drove to Maryland to see Chris Garriott in College Park. I was delayed in leaving because I actually did a chore - I replaced a broken light fixture. (Chores generally don't get done during the semester.) Nevertheless I arrived in time for the evening Bible study, after which I had dinner with Chris and his intern, Anna Catherine. RUF ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 07 November 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday, October 26, all the RUF ministers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware converged on Lancaster for our fall staff meeting. We had a wonderful time of sharing and prayer together. Tuesday morning Daniel installed a program on our RUF computers to enable us to use our old DOS database with Windows 10. Then I drove to Cambridge and arrived in time for a pleasant dinner with Solomon and Jane Kim. Solomon and I spent Wednesday discussing his ministry at MIT. He is still ra... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 03 November 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well, it's been a very busy couple of weeks. I'm going to blame it on my children. Ruth and I returned from our New England trip on Friday, October 16, in time for her to win the homeschool chili cookoff. Benjamin preceded us for his fall break from Grove City College. We enjoyed having him home, even though it was only for a couple of days. On Sunday, October 18, I flew to Atlanta for Intern Training. I taught two sessions, met with interns, and had good conversations with... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 03 November 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was supposed to be flying to Atlanta now, on an old plane without WiFi. My flight is delayed, so that gives me the opportunity to post this report from the Allentown airport. Last week was wonderful! Ruth and I had a very nice couple of days in Montreal last weekend and drove to Burlington, Vermont, on Monday. We drove through beautiful Quebec farm country and stopped along the way at a quaint little restaurant, Captaine Pouf. We arrived in Burlington in time for a workout before di... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 18 October 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was in Atlanta last week for meetings with RUF's national oversight committee and the other coordinators. We discussed some important issues and made some necessary decisions. The time was well-spent. On Thursday I drove to Millersville, PA, to see Trip and Joy Beans at Millersville University. That night I attended one of their three Bible studies. About a dozen students came out to study chapter 18 in Genesis. Trip led a lively discussion and concluded with good application. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 11 October 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I returned home on Friday after two weeks on the road. But the trip was nice, because Ruth was along for part of it. After visiting Kansas and Minnesota I flew to Pittsburgh on Friday, September 25. Ruth drove to the Pittsburgh airport and picked me up, and we drove to Grove City, Pennsylvania. It was homecoming weekend at Grove City College, and we spent Saturday and Sunday visiting Benjamin. We went to the football game and worshipped at Hillcrest PCA. We had a good time. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 05 October 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I have to leave the house at 5:00 AM to get to Manhattan, Kansas, before dinner. Monday's travel to Kansas State University was uneventful, and I caught some time with Jon Dunning in the afternoon. That night we went to a Bible study for men in a fraternity. It started with a few men early in the semester, but 11 showed up this week! The student leader is a solid Christian, but none of the others are very active in their faith. Nevertheless, they knew the Bible fairly well, asked good questions,... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 25 September 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Wednesday I stopped in New Jersey on the way to visit our new ministries in Delaware. Phil Henry contacted me several years ago shortly after he had arrived in the area to begin a discussion of bringing RUF to Rowan University. Phil was here to plant a church in the Glassboro area, and from the beginning he had a vision for a PCA campus ministry at Rowan. Mercy Hill church is growing and taking shape, and now it's time to launch the RUF ministry. I met with Phil and two others from the chur... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 September 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was not feeling well last week, but hotel and airline tickets were purchased, so I could not move my trip to Mexico. On Monday I slept on the way to the airport, in the air, and in the hotel until midnight. I felt better on Tuesday, but not full strength. By Thursday I was back into my normal exercise routine. Although I was not at full strength, RUF in Mexico is as strong as ever. We deeply miss our long-term staff, Zurielly Martinez, but two new staff are doing a terrific job. Bar... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 14 September 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The good news about last week is that I completed essentially all of my fall calendar. I also bought the airline tickets, reserved hotel rooms, and reserved rental cars. The bad news from last week is that I got something, maybe the flu. I had a fever Thursday and Friday which knocked out hope of working, but I've been getting better ever since. I heard from many of the ministers I supervise, and reports of freshmen outreach so far are very good. Life must go on, and I couldn't move m... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 08 September 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's August 31. Arghhh! Although the calendar shows three more weeks of summer, the summer season is effectively over. I'm not likely to get any sympathy from the campus ministers who read this, however, because summer ended for them weeks ago. Speaking of which, please pray for RUF ministers, interns, and students as this new academic year fires up. This is the most important time for campus ministry, and we can use your prayers. If you'd like to get weekly email prayer requests from... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 31 August 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Windows 10 has arrived. Note the lack of exclamation point. I was happy with Windows 7 and willing to keep it for many years. But like the horse and buggy, old technology gets out of date, and we need to keep up with the times. The difference is, the times change every couple of years instead of every century. The nice thing about a tech project is that when it's finished, you have something tangible to show for your work. I prefer ministry, but in working with people your job is neve... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 24 August 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The first task of the day was to write this report. So how did it get to be 8:30 PM? Last week I was in the office half of the week, and in Florida the rest of the week. I worked hard to finish a newsletter focused on family news, and was pleased to complete it before we left on our trip. I nailed down the fall staff meetings for Mid-Atlantic and New England and worked on other scheduling. We have information about our Mexico City ministry on three different websites. I translated som... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 17 August 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was expecting to be working in the garden now, but the Tuesday rain appears to have arrived early. We had a wonderful vacation in Alaska! Peter and Megan are staying with her parents there, and they were wonderful hosts. We arrived in Anchorage on Saturday in pouring rain, which kept up all the next morning. We attended the PCA church in Anchorage, at which we were preceded by Christopher the previous week. We arrived in Kenai shortly before an amazing dinner of grilled salmon and v... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 10 August 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth an I are on the way to Alaska! All the children will be there - the first time in three years. I left you as I was heading to Atlanta last Friday to meet our Mexican staff, Barush Sanchez and Monse Santiago. We spent all day Saturday training for campus ministry and fund-raising. Sunday we worshiped at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Athens, GA. Staff training began for everyone on Monday, so Barush and Monse had to adapt to an American meal schedule. It was a good wee... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 25 July 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Wow, this week has been a blur. But first, back to last week. Ruth and I spent July 4th with friends in New Jersey and stayed over to attend Tenth Presbyterian Church. Afterwards we caught a flight to Atlanta for RUF Assessment. Eighteen men came to Assessment last week. Three were single, and the rest came with their wives. As always, it was an enjoyable, but demanding week. The enjoyable part was meeting and getting to know so many wonderful people. The demanding part was... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 17 July 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I see I missed posting last week. Time flies when you're having fun! June 29 - July 3, I worked on several projects. This was the last week Bonnie and I will be in the office together until the middle of August, so I tried to make sure she knew how to do everything here. I read applications, called references, and otherwise prepared for RUF assessment the following week. I read and commented on annual performance reviews of the men I supervise. Etc. More coming later today.... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 13 July 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I briefly considered not posting this week, because there isn't a lot to say about last week. As I reported, last Sunday we discovered that Benjamin's passport had expired. On Monday morning we gathered all the material to apply for a new one, and I drove it to an expediting service in Washington D.C. I worked with Bonnie Mitchell, our new assistant, in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Then I flew to Newfoundland on Wednesday for the underwater robotics competition, hoping that Benja... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 29 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I went to New England to take care of a few things I missed in April. I had a pleasant dinner with Solomon and Jane Kim on Tuesday, and with Eddie and Annie Park on Wednesday. The Parks are learning how to manage a house full of three boys, but Eddie is well-established in the ministry at Brown. Solomon and Jane are still settling into the rhythm of campus ministry. They're all doing very well. Wednesday morning I met with David Richter and Bob Sawyer to discuss a possible m... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 23 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Wow, a lot has happened since I last wrote! On June 1 I flew to Atlanta for RUF New Staff Orientation. This year I have two new campus ministers and six new interns. Brandon Haan is taking over RUF at the University of Minnesota, and Nick Owens is beginning RUF at the University of Delaware. Brandon and Erin grew up in South Dakota, so the Minnesota winters will not be new for them. Brandon is replacing Chad Brewer who is moving to southern California to start RUF at UC Irvine. Nick and Erin (tw... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Actually Summer Conference Week 3 ended over a week ago. We've just been spending the past week catching up from three weeks away from home. The last week of RUF Summer Conference was as good as the first two. For me it was a little more rewarding. More of the men I supervise were there, the crowd was less overwhelming, and I had encouraging conversations. Oh, and since the meeting hall was not packed, I was able to hear the evening sermons. Ricky Jones, former RUF minister now pastor... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 31 May 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We survived! Actually we did more than survive. Last week we had a wonderful RUF Summer Conference with over 1200 students. It was different. Most of the ministers and many interns had to stay on a property a mile away and we ran a shuttle back and forth all day. Meal lines were long. It was crowded! But we didn't hear any complaints from students. Thunderstorms threatened for three days, but it rained only 5 minutes all week. Most of all, students really appreciated the teaching. I p... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 17 May 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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