Flooding Support

Jesus is outrageously faithful. On February 8th our board gathered together and talked through what is needed in order for the home in Malawi to be opened. The Malawian committee also sent this List of needs we can start housing the girls. We were a little further from opening than we thought. 

One day later the Lord led David Peterka to enter into a fast. As he sought direction Jesus moved and asked him to fast until our monthly support is doubled. This would insure that we would have what is needed to run the home in Malawi.

Over the last 3 1/2 years since the launch of WtS, our monthly support has slowly grown to $1,400. The prospect of doubling in a few weeks seemed unrealistic, but our God has been known for crazier. Over the last 25 days our monthly support has grown to $2,530 is just $270 shy of this goal.

If 9 more of you are willing to give $30 a month we will make it! We are asking you to prayerfully consider becoming one of those monthly supporters. Of course, if you would prefer to give a one time donation we would deeply appreciate that as well. Please let us know if you are interested or if you have any questions.You can click Here and fill in your information for becoming a monthly supporter.

Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey!

Humbly,

The WtS Team

Genesis 22:13- “Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns.”

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As some of you may know, recent flooding has caused tragedy across much of southern Malawi. Our project is located in the central region and has not been too deeply impacted, but we have heard numbers as high as 100,000 people displace and over 500 people killed. Please watch this video link and pray with us over those impacted.

Statements and a Story

The giving statements for those of you who donated in 2014 were sent out early last week. If you have not received yours yet or if you have any questions please let us know!

Also we received one of the most encouraging emails ever and with their permission are sharing it with you all. 

    “I wanted to share with you how your ministry has impacted my life. Long story short, I was sexually abused at 16 for 6 months. I was physically, verbally, and sexually abused throughout my 20’s by multiple men. I wanted to help women in sex trafficking, but I had the wrong motives. I saw men as evil heartless beings. I was not able to look anyone in the eye because of the shame that I felt. My friend invited me to your November 15, 2014 banquet in St Louis. When I was there God literally changed my life.

     I was so angry when I heard you say that you were breaking out ministry to the men. I saw them as souless, and heartless beings. God asked me that night to truly let go of the bitterness that I had been holding on to for the last 13 years. On the way home that night, I finally did. I have not been the same since. God has truly and completely changed my life. I have not been this changed since my salvation! I am able to look people in the eye again. I am working towards finishing my degree I started to become a pastor. That night is marked as a milestone changing point in my life. I am so grateful that God brought you guys and that you did a skit which challenged my very core. Thank you so much for listening to God. 

Sincerely,”

So grateful when Jesus allows us to see the fruit of what he has called us to. Each one of you has played a role in allowing us to see lives like this redeemed.

 

-Honored

The WtS team

At a Glance

We pray that 2015 is off to an incredible start for you! Last year was a challenging, but fruitful year for When the Saints. We have come a long way and learned a lot as we are making our way through the toddler stages of being a ministry. It is an outrageous honor for us to have your care and support.

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Last year WtS… Read more

Drum Roll!

If you missed out on our 4th Annual Dinner Banquet we filmed the event and you can watch it Here. We had such an incredible time and our 300 friends were able to raise over $22,000. Our consultant Lindsay did an outrageously stellar job with her presentation and David pouring out his heart was tremendously compelling as usual!

We have had some amazing feedback from the night… Read more

4th Annual WtS Dinner Banquet Fundraiser

Join us on Nov. 15 as we celebrate what God has done through the ministry of When The Saints! Our annual fundraising banquet will be held at 6:30 pm at Orlando Gardens (4300 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125) and we look forward to celebrating with the whole WtS Family. Read more

What Happened to You?

The greatest thing about this tour, that has also been the most surprising, typically takes place after the screening. At the majority of these screenings, someone (from ages 13 to 60) will come up to one of the tour members and tell us a scenario of how they were raped at the age of 6, 8 or 12 by their uncle, neighbor, or cousin.

It’s such an honor to be able to provide an environment where people can share the most damaging moments of their life in a culture that tells us, “Don’t make people uncomfortable with the story of your sexual abuse”. I’m learning that people don’t want to feel alone and carry the weight of their abuse themselves. Satan would love nothing more than for you to feel like you have to just deal with it, but there is so much freedom and healing found in solidarity. If you have been sexually abused please talk with someone you trust about what happened to you.  Another person’s abuse does not define who you are. Read more

On the Road

As you probably know, When the Saints is on a 2 month campaign across America to encourage the Church to start asking themselves how we, as a body, exploit one another on a daily basis in our attempts to fill a void that only Jesus can fill. We’ve been blessed by each of our screenings in various ways. It seems as though Jesus is communicating to each person different beautiful truths. Speaking identity over daughters and sons, shaping the way we view and interact with the opposite sex, and giving people the freedom to confront past abuse. Read more

He Sent You Here to Me

In the previous email, we set up the back-story of our first outreach to the men. You won’t believe what happened! I’m glad it happened on Memorial Day because I forever want to remember what happened in that little room at the end of Devil street in the hotel named Zamilaulo (“You will see amazing things here.”) Read more

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To all those who have backed us already or plan to, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. After editing today, I can see so clearly how God intends to use this film. Constantly great ideas come along that I know are not from me at all. More than any other project, I can see Him leading me with story structure ideas when I’m stumped, background shots that fit perfectly with interviews, and new ideas for David to film while he’s in Africa.

Today, I got the chance to go on a run, which, trust me, doesn’t happen often. Maybe a dozen times a year but I needed the physical exertion after the mental stress of editing a feature length documentary. This is on the same day that my fiancé and I close on our future home (a duplex in South City St. Louis) and have a month to plan a wedding. Whew!

While running, I thought about what my brother in Christ, Deangelo, challenged me the other day. He was very direct; “Dan… You arrogantly walk out into all you have on your plate and you’re like “I” got this. There is no way “YOU” got this. The only way you will be able to accomplish this is with God’s help.” It hit me right between the eyes. Read more

Who Should I Marry? My Relationship Rant

I have been hearing a lot about marriage lately, mostly from single people, since I am one and spend a lot of time with other single people. The topic seems to come up quite a bit when you are 27 and available. People have been giving me a hard time for the way I approach marriage so I thought I might share a few thoughts. Read more