Welcome To First Baptist Church

Lake Crystal, Minnesota

Jerry and Dorphia David

Posted on May 2, 2012:

Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD@WORK

A Ministry of InFaith

  1. Volunteer, Lisa Krosch, has been ministering to a 95 year old resident for about a year. Recently the person passed away. In her obituary it read that she had received Christ as Savior April 12, 2012 and she passed away on April 15, 2012! Praise the Lord she was saved before it was too late.

  1. I spoke this past Monday morning at a nursing home's chapel service. I was planning on speaking on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. When picking out the songs for the service the pianist suggested that we sing Easter (Christ's resurrection) songs since it's "still that time of year". God led me to preach on Christ's resurrection and two residents invited Christ into their lives. Please pray for these two ladies.

  1. I’m excited to announce that Joe Meixl from Mankato has joined GSM as our administrator! I know God is going to use Joe to help us in our ever growing ministry. Please pray for Joe.

  1. New volunteer, Maxille Moultrie, will be leading our ministry to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter! Pray for Maxille as he visits one-to-one with some of the clients in the facility.

  1. Marie Shaffer, volunteer at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato, tells how a person outside of the facility takes the bus in order to attend her Bible study. Marie is doing a wonderful job with up to 15 residents attending the weekly Bible study. Pray for the study.

Thanks for praying!!!

Jerry and Dorphia David

Posted on April 15, 2012:

Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD@WORK

A Ministry of InFaith

1. Three inmates came to know Jesus as Savior at the Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato through the ministry of our volunteer, Gus Gonnerman. Gus says that he always shares his personal testimony first and then shares the plan of salvation with the inmates. Please pray forMark, Adrian, and Bobby who made decisions to receive God's plan of salvation.

2. Volunteer, Gus Gonnerman, has also ministered to Jennifer in the Blue Earth County jail for the past year. Jennifer has received Jesus as Savior and is actively following and serving Jesus. New inmates are surprised at the joy that Jennifer has in her life after being in jail so long. Sheleads Bible Studies with the new inmates. If they have a question she cannot answer, she goes to Gus for the answer from the Bible. Please pray for her.

3. We took a bus load of seniors to the Twin Cities to see the Easter production "All Things New" yesterday. There was a cast of 300, live animals, airealists, and special effects as the life, death and resurrection of Christ was presented. Following the production a presentation of the gospel was given. To my knowledge no one in our group made a decision to receive Christ as Savior. Do pray for any in our group that do not yet know Christ as Savior that they would indeed receive Jesus.

4. Two residents of Lutz Wing (nursing home) in Fairmont received Christ as Savior! I gave the Bible lesson and then shared the plan of salvation with those present at the Bible Study. After sharing the plan of salvation, Lorry and Margaret raised their hands that they had just prayed a prayer to receive Jesus into their lives! Pray for them.

5. New volunteer, Cherrye Tagatz, will begin leading Bible Studies at Parker Oaks in Winnebago beginning in May. Cherrye recently retired from Parker Oaks having worked there for many years.

6. Volunteer, Marie Shaffer, will take over for me and lead the Holy Land trips at Oak Terrace in North Mankato. We had planned to show the Holy Land trip for 6 weeks, take a 2 month break, and then show them for another 6 weeks. The residents have enjoyed them so much that they didn't want a break!

7. Volunteer, Joanne Jaeger, is taking over for me and leading the Holy Land trips at Mapleton Community Home. Please pray for that ministry.

Thanks so much for praying for these requests!!!!

Jerry and Dorphia David

Posted on April 3, 2012:

GSM’s GOD@WORK

A Ministry of InFaith

  1. Volunteers, Louie and Kathleen Gilman (Nicollet County Jail in St. Peter), announce that 3 inmates received Jesus as Savior this past Sunday. Kathleen shared, “Javier- it took him a couple of weeks to make a decision as he was concerned that he was too evil and had done too many bad things. After answering many questions for him he was excited to make a decision Sunday. Jay-the college basketball player, made a decision. He did not know what born-again meant. We explained the way of the Master with Jay and Ryan and at this time they also made decisions.” Please keep them in prayer.

  1. Today I (Jerry) had the bi-monthly Bible study at Lutz Wing in Fairmont. As a part of the study I shared the gospel with the residents Lorry and Marjorie raised their hands indicating that they wanted to know for sure they’re going to heaven. I then led them in a prayer to receive Christ as Savior.

  1. New volunteers include: Pastor Gus Gonnerman (Bible studies at the Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato) and Kay Wood (playing piano for Holy Land trips at Crystal Seasons in Lake Crystal).

  1. George Denn, from Mankato, will periodically contribute copies of his books to GSM. These books contain short stories with Scriptural references of George’s experiences with his business “Hey by George.” The short stories will be distributed and read to residents during the library hours at Truman Senior Living in Truman, Hillcrest Health Care in Mankato and Crystal Seasons in Lake Crystal. Interested in George’s books? They can be purchased at Amazon. The titles include: Hey By George!Hey By George! II, On the Northwest side of Wita Lakeand Hey By George! III Uncut StonesPray that God will use the readings.

  1. Volunteer, Joanne Jaeger, will be leading the monthly Holy Land trip at Mapleton Community Home in Mapleton. Keep her in your prayers!

Thanks for praying for these requests and GSM!

Jerry and Dorphia David

Posted on March 17, 2012:

Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD@WORK

A Ministry of InFaith

  1. Recently at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato volunteer, Pastor Steven Hultengren, spoke during the morning service. Volunteer, Donna Heise, reports: “Pastor Steve was amazed at the count of hands raised showing a decision for Christ. The room was unusually populated to begin with. He talked about his work in prisons and asked folks if they felt like they were in prison in their wheelchairs and away from family. Then he asked if anyone would like to cast all of these burdens on Jesus and make Him the Lord of their life. More and more hands came up each time he asked and we all prayed together. He counted the raised hands and there were more than seven.” Please pray for these residents.
  2. Volunteers, Louie and Kathleen Gilman at the Nicollet County Jail in St. Peter, saw 10 inmates trust Christ as Savior during a Sunday morning Bible Study. Kathleen writes: “every Sunday morning, at the end of our time with the inmates, we go through the way of the master and also the importance of not knowing when our time here on this earth is done. We talk of Heaven and Hell and where we want to spend eternity. That morning the Holy Spirit was with us these inmates were convicted of there sins and there need for a savior and there desire to start a new life with the Lord and excited about there position in Heaven once there time is finished here. It was a great morning!” Please pray for these new converts.
  3. GSM is taking independent and assisted living residents to an Easter Production called, “All Things New,” on Saturday, April 14. I was impressed and blessed by one resident who has signed up for the trip. She would have difficulty getting up onto the bus so she is working hard every day practicing climbing steps and also losing weight. Thus far she has lost 7 pounds! Pray that she’ll be able to make her goal. Please pray that God will touch the lives of each one of us that attends “All Things New.”
  4. We praise the Lord for two new volunteers: Maxille Moultrie (discipling ex-inmates who have made a decision for Christ) and Fran Bartz (who will take over my Bible study at Suite Living in Le Sueur. Fran also has Bible studies at Gardenview nursing home in Le Sueur and Grandview nursing home in St. Peter). Please keep them in your prayers.

We praise God for all He is doing and give Him all the glory! Thanks for your prayers for these people listed above!

Website: www.gentleshepherdministries.net

Because of Jesus,

Jerry and Dorphia David

Posted on March 1, 2012:
Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD@WORK
A Ministry of InFaith
 
1. We praise the Lord for the new ministries that will be beginning this month. We will begin a weekly Bible study led by volunteers, David and Pat Bergsland, at a new facility, Gus Johnson Plaza in Mankato. A Holy Land trip will meet bi-monthly at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Also, a bi-monthly Bible study at Colony Court in Waseca will start led by me. Please pray for these new ministries.
 
2. Two weeks ago Arturo made a decision to receive Christ as Savior at the Watonwan County Jail in St. James. This past Monday night at the same jail, volunteer, Pastor Ron Hanson, had the privilege of leading two lady inmates to the Lord: Lisa and Erin. Please pray for their growth in the Lord. Arturo has enrolled in the Crossroad Bible Institute Bible course.
 
3. Please pray for GSM as we will be taking a chartered bus to North Heights Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities to see an Easter production called, "All Things New." This production will feature a cast of 300, live animals, airialists, and great special effects. Pray that we fill the bus (40) with independent and assisted living residents and that God will touch their lives.
 
4. We welcome the following new volunteersAnna Barnett (1 to 1 visits at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato), Joyce Gillen (1 to 1 visits at Gardenview Nursing Home at Suite Living in Le Sueur), and Ali Wilkinson (1 to 1 visits at Sterling House in Mankato). Please pray for them and their new ministries!
 
5. We thank the Lord for volunteer, Joyce Wigley, and her work on our Gentle Shepherd Ministries website! Please check it out at gentleshepherdministries.net
 
Because of Jesus!
 
Jerry and Dorphia David
Posted on February 15, 2012:
Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD@WORK
A Ministry of InFaith
 
1. As you have prayed for a spiritual awakening among the seniors to whom we minister, I'm excited to report that 4 residents and a daughter of one of the residents received Christ as Savior on this past Sunday morning! I preached on James 2 concerning "Saving Faith." Following the sermon I invited residents to pray the "Sinners Prayer" to place their trust in Christ as Savior and 5 people raised their hands indicating they did! What a joy to see seniors come to Christ in their latter years! Also, Diane from Central Health Care heard the same message with an invitation and she became a Christian last Thursday!God has blessed this past week with a wonderful harvest. Praise the Lord who has been at work! Pray forPhyllis, Mary, Melissa, Marie and Adeline to grow in their faith. Keep praying for more seniors to come to faith in Christ.
 
2. I'm very excited that a church, Word of Life Church in Mankato, has adopted a senior care facility...Hillcrest Health Care. Word of Life's volunteers (5 of them) will focus their attention on ministering to the residents at Hillcrest. Pray for other churches to adopt a facility.
 
3. Volunteer, Pastor Steven Hultengren, reports that 3 inmates recently became Christians at the Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato! Tom, Rodney and Nick are the names of the inmates that came to Christ. They also signed up for the Crossroad Bible Institute Bible correspondence course to get grounded in the faith. Pray that they would grow in their faith and find a good Bible-believing church when released.
 
4. I praise the Lord for the 21 people that signed up to pray daily for GSM, my family and me! God has blessed GSM and the David's because of prayer support. Because of a change of status with my mission, InFaith, they would like for me to have 30 prayer partners now. More prayer partners would be GREAT!!If interested please email (gsm@hickorytech.net) or phone me (507-327-1480).
 
5. On Monday we began a new ministry at Oak Terrace Independent Living in North Mankato as we will have a Holy Land trip weekly. Pray that many people will come and will be blessed.
 
6. We have enrolled more inmates in the Crossroad Bible Institute Bible correspondence course. Currently we have 14 signed up to take the CBI course. Pray that the inmates will stick with it and get grounded in the faith.
 
Because of Jesus,
 
Jerry and Dorphia David
Posted on February 1, 2012:
Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD@WORK
A Ministry of InFaith
 
1. As you have prayed for volunteers, God continues to provide. Our newest volunteers are: Pastor Ron Hanson (Watonwan County Jail in St. James), Stephanie Haight (Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato), andCarolyn White (Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato). Keep praying!
 
2. Last Sunday night Joe, an inmate at Brown County Jail in New Ulm, became a Christian! Joe came to me in despair and lacking hope. He was charged with a crime of stolen property as a friend--unbeknownst to him--was placing property he had stolen in Joe's garage. Joe has lost his job, his home, and his reputation in New Ulm. I shared with him the hope we can have through faith in Christ and he responded to the presentation of the gospel. Joe has since enrolled in the Crossroad Bible Institute Bible correspondence course. Pray for Joe.
 
3. God has opened a long awaited door of ministry at the Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato! In addition to our men's ministry, we will now have a women's ministry at the jail! Volunteers Bev Reichel and Stephanie Haight will be ministering to the women inmates in the near future. Pray for them.
 
4. Marco is a former inmate at the Watonwan County jail. An answer to prayer is that he was released! He was looking at 3 years in prison until God intervened. Marco is a changed man through Jesus. He has fully committed his life to Christ. God answered his prayers for an early release so that he can be reunited with his family and take care of them and lead them Christ's way. I have begun meeting weekly with Marco and he has become a student in the Crossroad Bible Institute's Bible courses.
 
5. We currently have 7 inmates enrolled at Crossroad Bible Institute. Pray that God will ground them in their faith.
 
6. Volunteers Louie and Kathleen Gilman report that 3 inmates have trusted Christ as Savior at the Nicollet County Jail in St. Peter during the month of January!
 
7. Please pray that there would be a great spiritual awakening among the seniors that we minister to that are yet without Christ. Pray for those who know Christ to continue to be built up in the faith and encouraged.
 
As always, thanks for praying!!!
 
Jerry and Dorphia David
Posted on January 16, 2012:
Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD @ WORK
A Ministry of InFaith
 
1. I am very excited to announce that GSM is partnering with Crossroad Bible Institute that offerscorrespondence Bible courses to inmates and assists them upon reentry in locating housing,locating a church, and finding a job. We will become much more effective in discipleship and follow-up of inmates that make a decision for Christ. Thus far, we have 4 inmates enrolled in the program!! Please pray for Rachel, Eric, Marco, and John as they enrolled in the program.
 
2. We praise the Lord for the Holy Land Trips (DVD's of the Holy Land shown at senior care facilities)! Today at Colony Court in Waseca a resident said, "I always learn something new. I won't miss the Holy Land Trips!" We have Holy Land Trips in the following locations:Mala Strana-New Prague; Mapleton Community Home-Mapleton; Grandview Good Samaritan-St. Peter and Heritage Meadows-St. Peter. Pray that God will minister to the residents as they view the DVD's.
 
3. My mission, InFaith, would like to have every partner missionary have 20 prayer partners. Great idea!! If you would support Dorphia and me in prayer daily would you let me know. I will send you weekly prayer requests. Thanks for your consideration.
 
4. Pray for John at the Brown County Jail in New Ulm. He is a drug addict and was arrested with a DWI. He told me he has no hope being a drug addict and has contemplated suicide. I shared with him that there is hope through Jesus and then shared the gospel with him. After my presentation of the gospel he said, "I've already done that." Please pray for John...it's very likely that he does not have a personal relationship with Christ (God knows). Pray that God would open his eyes to the truth that he needs Jesus in his life. By the way, John is one that wanted to enroll in CBI for the Bible courses!
 
Grateful for your Prayers!!
Jerry and Dorphia David
Posted on January 5, 2012:
Gentle Shepherd Ministries GOD @ WORK
A ministry of InFaith
 
1. Last night was an encouraging night at the Watonwan County Jail. One of the inmates, Marco, invited other cell mates to come to the study. Marco served as an interpreter to one of the other hispanic inmates. Both Marco and Eric have already trusted Christ as Savior and continue to grow in their walk with God. They are reading God's Word regularly and are interested in going deeper in their knowledge of the Word. Eric will be released in 9 days and wants me to mentor him. Pray for Marco, Eric and the other inmates that attended the Bible study.
 
2. The following new ministry sites begin...starting tomorrow: Koppen Gardens-North Mankato (6:30 PM Fridays weekly Bible study led by volunteer, Les Edwards. note: we already have a weekly church service there.); Mala Stranda-New Prague (1:00 pm 2nd and 4th Mondays; Holy Land trip); Grandview Good Samaritan- St. Peter (10 AM 2nd and 4th Tuesdays; Holy Land trip); and Heritage Meadows-St. Peter(10:45 AM 2nd and 4th Tuesdays; Holy Land trip). Please pray that God will use these ministries in the lives of the residents.
 
3. We welcome Mike Coyle as a new volunteer from Nicollet who will be volunteering at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato.
 
4. Please pray that God will provide more volunteers and that there would be a great spiritual awakening in 2012 among those we minister to.
 
As always, thanks for praying!!!
Jerry and Dorphia David