Since arriving back at home in Czech, when Dave hasn't been at the JV office, or in meetings, or out seeing people, he's been at home.
In his office.
No, he's not working on his book. Or working on another one yet.
He's in the midst of writing a revision of our main training curriculum that will be rolled out to the JV team in September at fall conference.
Entitled "Walk 2:6", this is JV's core training material for leaders on how to do ministry like Jesus.
The name comes from 1 John 2:6 where it says, "Anyone who claims to abide in him must walk as Jesus walked."
Packaged in a new format that will work better for learning communities (aka small groups), Dave is hard at work to make the material more interactive, more transformative and more "sticky"- he wants people to remember it more easily.
The original version was written twenty years ago by Dann Spader, but Dave re-wrote it in 1994 and again in 2003 for our context here in Central and Eastern Europe.
Now he's at it again for another revision.
I don't know if that sounds easy or hard to you, but I can tell you from watching Dave up close here at our house, it's HARD!!
He prays and thinks, writes a few sentences...then prays and thinks again. It's literally taking tens of hours for him to do this revision. But he loves it!
Well, maybe not the long grueling process of re-writing.
But as a visionary, he can already see how it will be used in the thirteen countries where we have JV staff and that keeps him there in his chair as he spends time praying, thinking and writing day after day.
Pray for him right now, would you?
Pray that he'll have the Lord's heart and mind as he writes, and that this tool will be effective in training leaders how to walk like Jesus walked.