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Time sure flies! Part of the reason I've missed the last couple of weeks is that I've been taking a nap on Sunday afternoon, when I often write these reports. We're in that strange end-of-semester lull where school is still in session, but with exams and deadlines upon us, students are less available. That's why I don't plan any major trips at the end of April. I left you at the beginning of Passion Week. The highlight of that week was my campus visit to Lehigh University. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 28 April 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week started with the Mid-Atlantic staff all coming to Bethlehem for our spring staff meeting. Nate Bower came the farthest - from Akron Ohio! In the fall we'll meet on the western side of the area. We had a good time in prayer and discussion. Just before dinner on Monday Ruth got a call from Ginny, Daniel's wife, that their baby was on the way. Ruth and I decided that the best plan was to go to Maryland separately. She jumped into the car, and arrived in Annapolis in time to see... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 09 April 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We've filled two new RUF positions in the Mid-Atlantic! Peter Green will be starting RUF at West Virginia University, and Brent Kilman will be starting at Rowan University in New Jersey. I spent a good part of last week writing up instructions for launching a fund-raising campaign, and on Tuesday I met with Brent to go over them. We're off and running! Peter and Brent have to raise a lot of money. Pray for God to send them many generous donors! After lunch with Brent I headed on down ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 02 April 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I had a wonderful time with RUF in Mexico City last week. We arrived Thursday, March 16, and participated in the English Club on Friday. On Saturday we visited San Angel, a charming town within Mexico City, where the square was filled with street vendors. Ruth bought two presents for our grandchildren. Sunday we worshiped with Victor Cruz at El Redentor Presbyterian Church and spent the rest of the day in the square of Coyoacan - another wonderful town within Mexico City. Monday was a h... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 26 March 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I flew to Atlanta for the spring meeting of the RUF national oversight committee. I gave a brief report to members of the executive committee and participated in the audit sub-committee. "Participated" is a bit misleading since I know nothing about audits except that it's good when income exceeds expenses. I'm happy to say that our auditor gave RUF a glowing report. Dinner that evening provided an opportunity for coordinators and committee members to interact. Tuesday the ... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 16 March 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Two weeks ago, February 21, I drove to Dover, Delaware, to visit Daryl and Laria Wattley at Delaware State University. Ruth came along for dinner with Daryl and Laria, but she had to return on Wednesday to teach her co-op class. Daryl continues to pick up students and build a strong ministry at Delaware State. We had a close look at his budget and determined that he is short of ongoing financial support, and also that his salary is not where it needs to be. I met with the RUF committee chairman ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 06 March 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We finally arrived in Atlanta last Sunday, after one flight cancellation and a couple of delays. We got to bed before midnight, which was good because RUF Assessment began at 8:00 AM the next morning. Assessment went well, and now we have another group of men who are approved for RUF ministry. Ruth and I flew home on Thursday. I spent Friday on assessment reports, emails, phone calls, and communication with other coordinators and committee members about filling current campus openings... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 19 February 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I are spending all Sunday afternoon in the cozy, romantic Allentown/Bethlehem airport. Our 1:25 flight was delayed, then canceled. We're heading to Atlanta for RUF assessment, and the first meeting was to be tonight at 8:30. At present we are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 9:30 this evening. We'll miss tonight's meeting, but at least we should be there for tomorrow morning. It's that time of year where travel is unpredictable. My drive to Burlington, Vermont, last Monday w... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 12 February 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Two weeks, two mature RUF groups, two young RUF groups. I arrived in State College two weeks ago tomorrow to a gentle snowfall. I enjoyed coffee with some student leaders in the afternoon, then visited a Bible study in the evening. I spent most of Tuesday with campus minister Joe Dentici, then had dinner with Joe and Melissa. Penn State RUF is a solid ministry, and Joe and Melissa have adapted well to a new university. On to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, getting coffee with an old friend ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 05 February 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It took two weeks, but I'm back to normal. Ruth not quite, but getting there. Those were some of the worst colds we've ever had. Since my last report I've been preparing for spring semester travels. Of course that means finalizing the calendar, buying airline tickets, and reserving hotels. It also means getting everything in order in the office and at home for three months mostly away. I cleaned debris from the office, charted the house circuits with Benjamin, put away the Christmas d... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 23 January 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This week when I should be back in high gear, I am struggling with a bad cold. I hope this post will be coherent! We had a very good coordinators retreat last week. Chicago was mild on Tuesday, but then temperatures plummeted. Everyone had taken multiple layers of clothing, so even the southerners were able to take the 20 minute walk to dinner in the single digit cold. At least there was no trouble traveling. Bill Vogler, pastor of Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Ka... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 11 January 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Merry Christmas! and a Happy New Year! The Green family is enjoying a delightful Christmas season. We entertained Ruth's brother Peter and his family from North Carolina the weekend before Christmas. Later that week Benjamin returned from Grove City College and Daniel and Ginny arr... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 03 January 2017 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was the first time I can remember (which probably means about 2 months) that I had a week in the office without a major project, like a newsletter. Bonnie, my assistant, and I have been cleaning out old, formerly useful books and materials, and reorganizing the office. Over the past 30 years I've periodically thrown out stuff, but the renovation project this summer was an occasion to do a thorough housecleaning. Speaking of the renovation project, there was one element that was not com... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 20 December 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm on the last leg of my trip home from RUF Staff Training in Denver. Staff training is always good, but tiring. I did some teaching, met with everyone I supervise plus some, and attended some of the other sessions. My ministers had a good fall and are well-situated for the spring semester. The biggest event was all-day Wednesday teaching by Tim Keller. He opened the day helping us to stay spiritually fresh, then spent the rest of the time in cultural reflection and analysis. Barush ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 10 December 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
People are often surprised at how much I travel. I love traveling, and consider it one of the perqs of my job, not a trial. Nevertheless, I'm always glad for the end of the semester and to spend a week or two at home. I'm not always able to stay at home - things come up - but I try! Thanksgiving week was a nice break. I worked in the office the first half of the week, and focused on house projects the second half. Which meant that there wasn't much to report! Last week I got ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 04 December 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's been a whirlwind four weeks, as perhaps you guessed by the lack of reports. I will spare you the details and just hit the highlights. I left you on October 24 when Ruth and I were in Kansas visiting Jon and Trisha Dunning in Manhattan - the "Little Apple." We had a fine time with Jon and Trisha and the RUF students there. Before leaving we had a chance to visit the Kansas State Insect Museum, where Ruth got to pet a tarantula. On November 1 I drove to New England. I me... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 November 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week at this time I was in Atlanta for intern training. I taught a session on setting goals, which I thought was rather ordinary, but seemed surprisingly helpful. On Wednesday I flew to St. Paul, Minnesota, where I was joined by Ruth. We had dinner with Brandon and Erin Haan that evening, and I spent the next day with Brandon, discussing his ministry at the University of Minnesota. I visited his leaders meeting and his large group meeting that evening. This is Brandon's second ye... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 24 October 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I put 1,000 miles on my car. The week began with the drive to Pittsburgh to see Derek and Luda Bates and RUF at the University of Pittsburgh. I arrived in time for a bit of exercise before another exciting dinner with Derek and Luda. Among other things we discussed a Christian approach to the current presidential election, with special attention to its effect on Christians in Russian and the Middle East. Tuesday was packed, but it flew by. I met with the RUF intern, staff wo... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 16 October 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Sunday I landed in Atlanta at 10:00 PM and took the subway to the hotel. I arrived about 11:00 PM, to discover that the hotel had stopped running their shuttle van after 10:00 PM. So I walked. I got to sleep soon after midnight. Monday and Tuesday were occupied with meetings with the RUF national oversight committee. I was looking forward to some free hours, but they got consumed with email and phone calls about the new ministries we are starting in the Northeast. Good conversati... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 09 October 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I spent every spare minute last weekend doing house chores, especially cleaning up after the renovation in our third floor. It's looking nice up there, and the office will be much improved when we're able to move back in. I was up early Monday morning scrubbing the floor before I had to head up to Vermont. The drive to Vermont is lovely, and I particularly enjoy driving through Vermont dairy country. Tuesday morning I had an early breakfast with John Meinen, then a break to take an im... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 02 October 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was thrilled that Ruth decided to accompany me to visit Nick and Erin Owens and the RUF ministry at the University of Delaware. We drove to Newark, Delaware on Monday and had dinner with Nick and Erin, who weathered their first fall outreach season with a new baby impressively well. This was only their second year on campus, but their ministry is picking up speed quickly. On Tuesday Ruth visited with Erin while Nick and I met with a succession of students throughout the day, punctuated by disc... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 27 September 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I arrived home from Mexico late last Monday. Tuesday morning I had time to supervise a plumbing repair job and some other work on the house before I set out for New Jersey. I had an excellent meeting with a pastor regarding our interest in starting RUF at Rowan University, then headed toward State College, PA. I had to navigate through the center of Philadelphia, with the attendant traffic problems, and arrived in State College at night. I spent Wednesday with Joe Denitici, talking ab... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 18 September 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
You can find a shorter version of this report, called "A Visit to RUF in Mexico" I flew to Mexico last Monday. I had been focused on the sermon for my church, Lehigh Valley Presbyterian, in the previous week. So on the flight I launched into preparing for my sermon at the university on Tuesday and mostly finished by the time we landed. I arrived at the hotel by 9:30 PM, Central Time, and hit the sack. Tuesday morning I finished my sermon and sent a copy to Monse, who would ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 12 September 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the airport waiting to board for the flight home. It's been a wonderful week in Mexico. This is the highlights report. The next post will be more detailed. I arrived last Monday, having mostly finished the sermon I was to give to the students on Tuesday. Tuesday morning I finished my sermon, then met Matt Jesch from MTW. He is the new MTW contact for our work here, and it was wonderful to spend a couple of days with him. I think the students responded well to my sermon that aft... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 12 September 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I preached at Lehigh Valley Presbyterian Church this morning, and no one ran out. My sermon was "A People Loved by God," Deuteronomy 7:6-10. Tomorrow I fly to Mexico for a week. It's going to be an exciting trip, and I'm eager to see everyone there, but it means the beginning of travel season. The sleepy days of August are over. Hardly sleepy! The first week I was fundraising with Barush, our Mexican staff. Then three weeks of family and home projects, including the overwhe... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 04 September 2016 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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...
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