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.