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This week I'm writing from home - one of only two or three Mondays in which I'm not traveling. Last Sunday afternoon Ruth and I were heading to Atlanta when we heard that there were "mechanical issues" with our airplane. We landed in Dulles Airport and were there for several hours while the plane was being repaired. That meant that we missed the evening briefing and arrived just at bedtime. This trip was for RUF Assessment. We spent three days evaluating 14 couples and one ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 23 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again. Today Ruth and I are flying to Atlanta for RUF Assessment. Last Monday I caught an early flight to Kansas City, then drove to Manhattan, Kansas - the "Little Apple." I had a good time with Jon and Tricia Dunning and the students at Kansas State. This is their second year with RUF, and the ministry is growing nicely. Four Bible studies and impressive student leaders are a good sign. We discussed when and how to launch a Large Group Meeting - maybe next fall. Brian... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 15 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
These days we're watching the weather pretty closely, and last Sunday night the next storm was supposed to pass through Connecticut and move on by late afternoon. That was fine for me; I could just follow it. Monday morning I set off for Manchester, CT, but soon discovered that it was raining through New Jersey. The roads were not dangerous, but everyone was being cautious. Traffic on I-78 normally goes 65-85 mph, but Monday it was going 50-60. I made it to the Hudson River without in... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 08 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's winter, but the weather last week was not too difficult. There was a light snow as I left Bethlehem Monday morning, and a light snow as I pulled into State College - but nothing on the drive. The light snow continued into Tuesday, making everything wonderfully beautiful. Campus minister Joe Dentici made a solid transition to Penn State in the fall, learning his way around and adapting to a ministry with a much larger student leadership component. Now the challenge is to train nex... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 01 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last weekend Ruth had a wonderful time at the RUF wives retreat. I commented how it seems this retreat has slowly been gathering momentum, and this year there were 11 women in Ruth's dinner group. She was kept up late talking - a striking departure from her "normal" life - but a good sign of camaraderie developing among the women. She arrived home tired, and is still recovering! I completed the family letter with Adriel's help. We've finished spring semester travel plans and made revi... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 25 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was expecting to post this on Monday, but the refrigerator died, the sink drain cracked, I had to see some people, etc. Finally here I am. Ruth and I had a short vacation to recover from the holidays. We went to Annapolis and watched football, read, and strolled through the picturesque town. We returned in time for me to fly out on the 6th to the annual coordinators retreat. The retreat was productive and fun. Other coordinator meetings are focused on the business at hand... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 15 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Happy New Year! I'm posting this quick update because I expect to be away next week. Ruth and I are leaving tomorrow for a short get-away, and then all the RUF Coordinators have a retreat next week. We had a very nice Christmas at our house. All of our boys were here except for Peter and his family. Ruth's brothers and their families joined us 26-28. Adriel came in yesterday and we wrapped up things in the RUF office ... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 01 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Not much exciting to report these days. Perhaps that's why only 20 people checked my post last week! We cleaned the office (an on-going project), I wrote two Sunday School lessons, worked on my budget for next year, put up Christmas trees for us and Ruth's parents, email, etc. Christopher and a friend arrived on Wednesday. I picked them up at the Philadelphia airport, and we spent time with them until she left on Friday. Stephen flew in from Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas on Satur... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week's staff training in Denver went very well. I think we had more compliments of the speakers than usual. I had profitable meetings with all the staff I supervise, and we were able to address some lingering issues. The weather was wonderful - sunny with temperatures in the 50s! But it was physically challenging due to the altitude and dry air. I slowly got a bit dehydrated and dragged toward the end of the week until I realized what was happening. But it was a very good training. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I spent every day in the office. The good news is that I accomplished all of my goals. I completed the winter newsletter by Thursday night. Adriel is finishing adding new names and making address corrections, and the newsletters should hit your mailboxes by the end of this week or early next week. If you aren't receiving our newsletter, send an email to Northeast@ruf.org. Friday afternoon I finished preparing for staff training this week. By bedti... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 07 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday my travels took me all the way across town to Lehigh University. I spent most of the day with campus minister Scott Mitchell, whose ministry is going really well. He corralled three of his student leaders for an hour, and it was especially good to spend that time with them. Alas, the office beckons yet again. RUF has adopted a new logo, so I created new email signatures incorporating it. I won't bore you with my other feats of office accomplishment. We opted for... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 01 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I left church immediately after worship and drove to Newark Airport to catch our flight to Atlanta last Sunday. The Coordinators meeting began at 9:00 Monday morning. We had a good time of sharing and prayer in addition to decisions about placing staff, etc. A bit of excitement ensued when everyone left for lunch while I was in the bathroom. Upon my exit I was unable to leave because the doors were deadbolted, and I set off the motion detection alarm. Ruth joined us that even... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 23 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I woke up in Milford, Connecticut, and headed to Cambridge for the New England staff meeting. We had a good time together sharing how things are going and praying for each other. I led a brief review of fundamentals of freshmen outreach. On Tuesday and Wednesday I met with Solomon and Nathan, our two new ministers in Boston. I visited them in September, but wanted to check up on them again since I was in the area. Solomon passed his exams and was ordained this fall. He has... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 16 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm getting a bite to eat in Milford, CT, where I'll be spending the night. I'm on my way to the New England staff meeting in Cambridge tomorrow. Last Monday I picked up Scott Mitchell and we drove to Millersville, PA, for the Mid-Atlantic RUF staff meeting. It was a good time of fellowship, prayer, and review of some ministry fundamentals. On Tuesday I seized the first opportunity this fall to turn over my garden in preparation for winter. That took an hour in the morning,... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 09 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
A week ago Ruth and I were savoring our last night in Carmel-by-the-Sea near Monterey, CA. We had gone there to see Stephen graduate from the Defense Language Institute and to celebrate his birthday. Monday we flew home. Tuesday morning I met with Adriel Adams, my office assistant. Adriel worked here last spring, but took a different job in the summer. We're glad to have her back in the office! Late in the morning I headed down to Maryland to visit Chris Garriott and his interns at th... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 02 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I arrived in Atlanta last Sunday night, and intern training began first thing Monday morning. I taught two sessions and took the interns in my area out to dinner. I also had a good time catching up with Philip, who is in Mexico City and is harder to stay in touch with, and the other coordinators and office staff. I left Atlanta Wednesday morning and flew to San Francisco where I met Ruth. We drove to the Monterey peninsula and checked in at our hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, an amazingly... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 27 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I missed this report last week. We spent Sunday celebrating with Ruth's family. Her brother John's daughter Megan got married on Sunday in New Jersey. We drove part way, stopped for worship, attended the wedding, and drove to south Jersey for the reception. Canadian relatives joined us, and it was a wonderful day. On Monday, October 6, I was scheduled to drive to Pittsburgh to visit Derek and Luda Bates. We've been discussing bringing RUF to Frostburg University in western Maryland. I... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 19 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I left for the airport before 6:00 last Monday. Do you see a pattern here? Fortunately, that was the last early flight I need to take this semester. Monday to Wednesday was spent in Atlanta. All the coordinators came in and we met with the national oversight committee. Business was relatively routine - which is a very good thing! No problems with health insurance or finances! On Wednesday we coordinators and the office staff met to discuss operational and ministry issues. One of the t... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 05 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It was another early start, and two flights to reach St. Paul, Minnesota, where I joined Chad Brewer and Bart Moseman for lunch last Monday. Chad and Bart moved to St. Paul seven years ago to plant a church and start RUF. Last Sunday the church became a self-sustaining congregation with over 150 people attending regularly! In those seven years Chad has built an impressive RUF ministry at the University of Minnesota. He always prepares a written report for me when I come to visit, and we used tha... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 29 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I enjoyed last week! The week began with an unenjoyable early bus to Newark and flight to Boston, but it was great from then on. Nathan Dicks and I spent all Monday afternoon on the campus of Boston University. He was full of questions, and I think we covered all of the first three years of training in one afternoon. Over dinner with Nathan and Sarah we discussed their adventures in adjusting to marriage, job, and a new church. I spent Tuesday with Solomon Kim on MIT's campus. He's me... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Every trip to Mexico is wonderful! I arrived a few minutes late for the Large Group meeting Tuesday afternoon at the UNAM, and found the group waiting for me. There was a good crowd of students, and the pastor seemed to have a solid message. It was in Spanish, of course. We had a picnic lunch afterward, and then I gave a workshop on personality differences with Zurielly translating. That is the third time I've done that seminar, and the students always love it! Over the next two day... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well, I finished painting the shutters, swept the chimney, and insulated the kitchen floor. Now I'm on the bus to the airport for a flight to Mexico. Since my last post I mostly wrapped up house projects, oriented Lori in the office, and mostly completed fall travel plans. I drove to New Jersey to discuss books for campus ministry with the people at P&R Publishing. This fall is going to be a tight schedule, so I decided to catch Lehigh's Large Group meeting early. I enjoyed my time at... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 09 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The calm before the storm. This is my last week based here at home. Next Tuesday I'll fly to Mexico, and travel every week until Thanksgiving. My major project last week was to prepare my Sunday School lessons in the book of Revelation. I spent a couple of days on background work, and then dived into the lessons. I finished 1/4 of them. I had hoped for more, but that will carry me most of the way through the fall. Otherwise, my week was consumed with email and other communications and... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Students began arriving on campus last week! This is a fun, exciting, and tense time for campus ministers. It's the opportunity to reconnect with returning students, and meet others for the first time. We do fun activities for a week or two, but the planning and organization take a toll. Pray for our campus ministers and student leaders! While the campus ministers are hard at work on campus, I am laboring behind the scenes. My week consisted of phone calls, email, and preparation for... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 24 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
As predicted, I visited my father and brothers in Maryland this week, Monday to Wednesday. It was a very nice visit and good to see everyone there. The rest of the week was spent with more office work - email and planning fall travels. The more I do now, the more time I have to spend with campus ministers later. I also had a couple of breakfast meetings and lunch with Ruth's brother John and his family. I'm working my way through a large backlog of house chores. Today I preached at ou... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 17 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Today I preached at Providence Presbyterian Church near here in Quakertown. We had not been there for a couple of years, and it was good to worship with those friends. So part of last week I spent preparing my sermon. I spent part working with Lori in the office. Actually, she does most of the work. I advise (i.e. give instructions)! When September hits, she's pretty much on her own, so this is the time to make decisions about how to handle office tasks. I'm doing some work on travel ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 10 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We entered August yesterday, and we're in the midst of four weeks without any RUF travel. I'm planning a couple of days visiting my family in Maryland, but otherwise we'll be in Bethlehem the whole time. It's a wonderful opportunity to catch up in the office and in the yard. My last report was from College Park, MD on March 24. Since then life has raced ahead at a rapid pace. March 31 was the deadline for our four new campus ministries to raise 40% of their budget. It was a huge job... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 02 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well I never made it to Penn State last week. Alex, the interns, and a team of students were just returning from a spring break mission to San Francisco, and I was still recovering from my cold. So we decided to postpone the trip until April. I divided my time Monday to Wednesday between the office and home maintenance. Our new gas fireplace stopped working, so I worked on it and ended up calling a repairman. The bathroom fan also quit, so I disassembled that and ordered a new motor. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 24 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I spent the day at Lehigh University. We had a rich time at Noon Prayer, praying for everything from Eastern religions to job needs to the lost Malaysian airplane. After lunch I attended the exec team meeting. It was great to see the Lehigh students interact with each other and with Scott Mitchell. I was scheduled to see more of Lehigh, but first I needed to get up to Burlington, Vermont, to catch the Wednesday night Bible study there. I headed out on Tuesday and stopped i... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 16 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I left you last week as I was on my way to Atlanta for the spring RUF oversight committee meeting. Pastors and elders from all over the Presbyterian Church in America make up this committee which supervises RUF. Each of the coordinators gave a brief report. In mine I highlighted the four new RUF ministries we are starting in the Northeast. On Wednesday the coordinators and office staff met to assign new interns to campuses. We have 60 new interns beginning in June! We also discussed s... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 11 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
One of the qualities of RUF that I love is the commitment to reach beyond our comfort zone and establish ministries in challenging areas. Last year we began a ministry at Kansas State University in conjunction with a new church plant. Last Tuesday I flew out to "The Little Apple" - Manhattan, Kansas - to visit Jon and Trisha Dunning and their new ministry. Jon got a quick start last fall, leading two Bibles studies with students connected to PCA churches in Kansas City. This semester he's leadin... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 03 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I see it's been almost three months since my last post. Shocking! The Green household and the RUF ministry have been prospering. We had a wonderful holiday with all of our children except Christopher in town, and Ruth's brothers and families. I wish it weren't the case, but I have to admit that winter drains my energy level. But spring is about two weeks away, and I'm back with these reports. January highlights include our coordinators retreat, a fundraising event in New York City, a ... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 27 February 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Sunday was the first of December, the beginning of Advent, and another flight to Atlanta. The coordinators had not met since early October, and we had a lot to discuss. We spent a long day Monday and most of Tuesday. Ruth went along because we had our Christmas party Tuesday night. It was a fun and productive trip. Thursday I drove to Baltimore to meet with the RUF committee of the Chesapeake Presbytery. They are a wonderful group and I enjoy working with them. They are pondering whic... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 07 December 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I see that it's been almost a month since my last post. This semester is racing to the finish! Fortunately it's all good. I returned from the Global Missions Conference on November 10 and spent the next two days in Bethlehem, visiting Lehigh University. Scott Mitchell has an excellent ministry there. I had a good time meeting some of his leaders and attended his Large Group Meeting. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, I drove to State College, PA, to visit Alex Watlington at Penn State.... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 07 December 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
On Friday I flew to Greenville, SC, for the Global Missions Conference. This was a joint effort of RUF and Mission to the World, the foreign mission agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. This was the fifth missions conference our denomination has held, and the first jointly produced with RUF. It was a fantastic weekend! I don't have any official statistics, but it appeared to me that there were about 1,000 people, half students. For a denomination the size of the PCA and a stu... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 10 November 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
In my last post I alerted you that the next three weeks would be packed, and so they were - which is why I have not posted since then. But they've been very productive weeks. On October 22 I drove to Pittsburgh and spent the week there. Derek Bates was not well, so my schedule with him was a little lighter than normal. In its sixth year, this ministry has shown very satisfying growth. They have made enormous strides in reaching freshmen, but they still have a ways to go. Student lea... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 10 November 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was my first of two New England trips this semester. I visited Lucas and Maggie Dourado at UConn and met a potential intern. The beginning of the school year is always stressful and tiring, but Lucas and Maggie are hanging in there. I had to cut my visit short in order to fly out to Iowa to meet with the RUF committee there. It was a long trip out and a 12 hour trip back. I'll return to UConn next week. The last half of the week I spent in Providence, RI. Eddie an... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 22 October 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I flew out to Kansas for my second visit to Kansas State, and my first since our ministry there got started. Jon and Trish Dunning moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in August, but were able to buy a house only a few weeks ago. Starting school for their children and starting a ministry from a temporary apartment was a challenge, but they seem to have come through it well. Now they are in a house of their own and are getting settled. The ministry is off to a fast start. Jon had nu... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 15 October 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was a bit strange, but good. I did some things I've never done before. I spent much of Monday with Daryl Wattley, training him in raising funds. I've done this many times, but never before in Atlanta. That's where Daryl lives and I had to be there by Monday evening, so I flew in Sunday afternoon. Daryl is raising funds to begin our new ministry at Delaware State University, which we hope to launch next year. Pray for Daryl as he works to raise these funds! On Tues... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 07 October 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My visit to Nebraska last Tuesday got off to a rough start. I was up very late Monday night finishing our fall newsletter (If you are not getting our newsletter and want to, send an email to Adriel Adams. ), caught an early flight to Omaha, and arrived in Lincoln before lunch. I was pretty tired, but Steve Allen had arranged a couple of meetings with students and a Bible study for me to attend in the evening. I enjoyed everything, and in spite of a coup... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 29 September 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again, this week heading to Nebraska, St. Louis, and Atlanta. I'm excited that Ruth will be along on part of the trip. We'll also get to see Peter, Megan, Elijah, and Amelia. Ruth and I had a wonderful weekend in Cambridge, Mass. Sept. 13-15. We went for the wedding of my former intern Flora Yee-Kwong, now Flora Lee. We had dinner Friday night with Jeremy and Adrienne Mullen, visited the MIT museum Saturday morning, and worshiped with Christ the King church Sunday morni... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 24 September 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back from a wonderful trip to Mexico City, and I've been rushing around ever since. Tomorrow I leave for New England. I always have a good time in Mexico. Both the Mexicans and the missionaries are warm and welcoming, and the ministry there continues to thrive. Tuesday was long, as I left at 4:45 am to catch a bus to the airport. Zurielly (our staff there) picked me up in Mexico City and we headed to the RUF large group meeting. We had enough time to drop off my bags at the hotel,... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 12 September 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The past two weeks for me were calmer than usual. I had lunch with the pastors in our area, continued setting up fall events, and kept up a steady email correspondence with a few RUF committee people. We've been hoping to start RUF at Delaware State University in Dover, and we've been working on those arrangements. Last week we received news of a major grant from a foundation to get us started! I spent several days working on my high school Sunday School class which I'm teaching this year. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 02 September 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
August is the lightest month for Area Coordinators, but in the last two weeks I found myself traveling all over. I cannot practically meet with all of the committees that supervise RUF ministries - especially in the Mid-west states. But I was able last Tuesday (8/6) to meet with the Iowa committee to discuss the future of our work there. They are wonderful people, and it was a delightful meeting. Too bad they're so far away I can't seem them more often! On Wednesday I flew ... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 16 August 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
As predicted, I spent last week in the office - and as always, the work expanded to fill the time. The week began with an unpleasant encounter with a wasp nest and a painful collision with the picket fence. I was sore all week, but it didn't hamper my work much. I worked through a long to-do list, and then added a lot more items. At least by the end of the week I had done all I can do at present toward planning for my fall travels. I had just one meeting - with the RUF committee of ou... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 05 August 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
What a wonderful week! Last week was great, too, but I mean the perfect weather here in Bethlehem. More like Belize than Bethlehem. Ruth and I finally arrived in Atlanta last Monday. I had to reschedule a few appointments due to our trouble getting there (see last post), but everything worked out fine. This was the first time that each area coordinator spent an afternoon with everyone he supervises. I reviewed policy matters for half of the time, then discussed developing and leading ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 30 July 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're on our way to Atlanta. We were on our way yesterday, but the flight was diverted due to thunderstorms. After hours waiting on the plane, we were released in Columbia, SC, and given hotel and meal vouchers. I had to cancel some appointments, but hope to arrive in time to meet with my staff at 1:00. I was home all last week! Benjamin was at camp, so Ruth and I had the place to ourselves. That has only happened once or twice in our lives. It was terribly hot, so we holed up in ou... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 July 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week Ruth and I flew to Atlanta for RUF Assessment - to evaluate men for possible RUF positions. But Les Newsom's father had died the week before, and I decided to attend the funeral. Les is the RUF coordinator for the Midsouth area - Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas - and a good friend. Delta changed my flight so that I could go to Memphis on Saturday, attend the funeral on Sunday, and fly over to Atlanta that night. I have heard a lot about Independent Presbyterian... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 16 July 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
On June 16 Ruth and I caught an early flight to Greenville, SC, for the General Assembly of our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America. The week was packed amd exhausting, but we accomplished a lot. Rod Mays, National Coordinator for RUF, lives in Greenville and chaired the committee that sponsored the assembly. There were special RUF gatherings on Monday and Wednesday nights, and the RUF oversight committee meeting on Monday afternoon. Ruth attended events for wives and joined me for ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 06 July 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm flying to Greenville, SC, for the General Assembly of our church, the Presbyterian Church in America. This will be a busy week, but Ruth is with me, so it will be fun! Two Mondays ago I flew to Atlanta for New Staff Orientation. A lot of campus ministers left last year to take positions starting new churches, serving in existing churches, or going overseas. This is part of RUF's goal - to prepare men to lead churches. But it meant we have a large number of new ministers this year.... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 17 June 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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