Q & A’s with David Nowell


A few weeks back, I did a review of the book Dirty Faith. I hope that EVERYONE took my recommendation and picked up a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

I asked the author, David Z. Nowell, a few questions about his ministry, so I would like to share the info with you, plus some fun question/answer too (: You know I have to enjoy life!

He runs an incredible ministry helping children that have nobody else. Being Jesus to them. The face of God. In other words, he doesn’t show up on a short term mission trip, tell them he loves them and then disappear, thus leaving the message that God is the same way. I am CERTAINLY not against short term missions, I just believe that we are to be faithful in whatever area God wants us to be and remain steady. It can be anywhere, but follow through and show love that doesn’t go away.

I have added a list of categories (with links included) so you can see what different areas that are addressed on the website.

1. How do you guys spend Christmas, holidays, birthdays, etc…with such a large group?

David – The same way we would with a smaller group. our kids are divided into families, with each family having 12-16 children in the own home on campus. We celebrate family time within the context of these smaller group. 

2.  Do you take on interns?

David – Rarely, It would have to be someone fluent in Portuguese, or having the intern would be more work than contribution.

3. What is one of the funniest stories you have? I am sure there are plenty! Kids are always full of fun!

David – See http://www.davidznowell.com/oh-lord-hear-my-prayer/

Charity – I see! Please check out the website for some great info on what’s going on there. Plenty of fun and incredible stories!

4. Is something like that home a possibility in the States? We have tried to adopt teenagers for almost 4 years now, with absolutely no luck. We passed our home study with high reviews. Social workers don’t want to get around to it.

David – I am not sure it would; there would be a lot of culture to overcome. Have you talked to the folks at Bethany Christian Services? Another option would be to attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville, and meet some of the adoption orgs there.

Charity – Thank you! We actually are going through Bethany Christian Services and they are wonderful. It happens to be the state workers that THEY have to deal with that are problematic. I have not heard of the event in Nashville! Something to pray about, for sure!

5. Weirdest food you’ve had to eat there?

David – Really, nothing too weird. Brazilian prepare wonderful foods, with heavy emphasis on grilled meat and great desserts.

6. Does your family enjoy life at Hope Unlimited?

David – We actually live in the US. My daughters are grown, but my wife absolutely loves to travel to campus in Brazil with me.


I want to thank David again for taking time to talk to me. Please check out the website and his book (which was just released!) The link for his book is in the pic at the top of this post.

http://www.davidznowell.com/

Dirty Faith

by David Z. Nowell

I am not one to give a long review or spend a lot of time going over the book. I usually like to give the reader a small taste and let them know what effect it had on me. However, there is so much in this book that needs to be brought out, you may just find yourself in my longest review yet! (There will also be quite a number of quotes!)

Dirty Faith

What is “dirty faith”? How do we relate to “the least of these”? God calls us to, but how? And what does that mean? The least of these. The person sitting alone on the street asking for money? The thousands of children in foster care and state homes? The homeless? The cashier at Wal-Mart? Your waiter at dinner last night?

YES!

It has become a habit of mine to listen to God as I am at a store checking out. I ask Him if this is a person I need to be praying for. If I get a “yes”, I will ask the cashier if there is anything going on in her life I could be praying for. Maybe 2% say “no”. An overwhelming amount will tell you yes and sometimes share some really big things that they are dealing with. Sometimes it’s just a simple “my family” with tears welling in their eyes.

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So often, when we go on mission trips and even ask people how they are doing, we have this  “power and position, and you do not” attitude. “I have Jesus; you don’t. Unfortunately, I think it is precisely the perspective we often bring to our interaction with the poor, not just in spiritual matters, but in all things. The giver operates from a position of power and privilege. The recipient, by definition, is the inferior.”

David continues, “Relationship with others is integral to our relationship with God. Jesus’ indictment is that, if we are not capable of having a relationship with His brothers and sisters,  then we do not have a relationship with Him. Not a gray judgement here. It’s black and white. No relationship with my brothers and sisters in these circumstances, no relationship with me (Jesus). Determinate, not just indicator.” Dirty Faith

He also says, “I cannot begin to tell you how many times someone has said to me something along the lines of ‘It is such a wonderful work you are doing, but God just has not called me to that.’ Well, actually, yes, He has. Perhaps not to adopt, or even to foster, but He has called you to care for the orphan.”

I could continue to quote this book all day.

David Z. Nowell is the President of Hope Unlimited for Children. This is a refuge for children that are living on the streets, prostituting themselves out so they can survive (at VERY early ages), and doing whatever it takes to make it. This is a place where they can feel loved, learn about Jesus, and feel safe. Unfortunately, many children are more fearful of the unknown, so they are more comfortable living on the streets. David’s goal is to show Jesus to them. Not just for a week or two on a short term trip. He once asked a girl what she enjoyed about her mission trip and the young lady answered with the typical answer of showing them Jesus. His response was, “You were the face of God for them, and you left. You came back to your comfortable life, and those girls are still on the streets every night selling their bodies to strangers What did you really tell them about God?” dirty faith 5

He, in no way, is against short term missions, but the point of this book is that we love to write a check and not get our hands dirty. Jesus came here as an example of how to do EVERYTHING. We are to relate to others just as He did. He became a servant. Physically, not with money and well wishes. He got his hands dirty.

I hope you will take a look at Hope Unlimited. There are a few different things he is involved in that one is bound to speak to you. Check out this resource page and see where and how God is calling you.

dirty faith 4It is always scary to step out in faith, but look at everyone in the Bible that God called faithful. It was always the weak, the “least of these” and the ones that stumbled through life. The difference is, they got back up and asked God “what’s next?”.

Please pick up a copy of this book and then another one for a friend. It’s completely reasonable at $8.99.

Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These

 Thank you, so much, netgalley! I appreciate the book and, as always, this is my honest review. Here’s to many more!