DeckerUpdate December 2018

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
With all that is within me, praise his holy name!
For as the skies are high above the earth,
so his loyal love towers over his faithful followers. (Psalm 103: 1, 11 NET)

Dear friends and family,
Greetings to you from rainy Charlotte. We are grateful for your friendship and for your prayerful support as we come to the close of 2018.

  • Thanksgiving weekend was special as ALL of our sons with our daughters-in-law, grand kids, and a girlfriend were together in Charlotte for several days. With our family scattered  from coast to coast in the US, we don’t take these times for granted!
  • Mary’s trip to Liberia, supported by your prayers, included much joy of reunion with Liberian friends, and significant training times with the staff of various SIM Liberia ministries.
  • Our support for 2018 has improved significantly. We are ending the year at 93%, and are so grateful for the ways God has provided through the generosity of individuals and churches.

We pray for each of you as we end this year, and look forward to sharing together in God’s plans for the days ahead.

In His love,
Dave and Mary


Dave will travel to Burkina Faso early in January.  This country faces a worsening security crisis that has already had a significant impact on SIM’s ministries there.  Missionaries working outside of the capital city have been forced to vacate those areas for the foreseeable future.

Dave is part of a small crisis management team established by SIM International to walk alongside local SIM leadership on site as they consider their circumstances and chart a course going forward.

Please pray that the team will listen well, and will develop a clear understanding of the times, and will bring fresh perspective and much wisdom into the discussion.

Christmas 2018 will go down as one of the most surprising, sweet, and sorrowful ever. Dave expected to spend it at home in Charlotte and instead was in Florida with his two sisters, saying farewell to their father. We are sure glad for family at a time like this, and for the steadfast love of our Heavenly Father whose compassion is endless… “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103This photo is from their visit to Ocala two years ago.


  • For Dave as he prepares for his Burkina Faso trip, and several other trips in the next several months.   Pray for wisdom and diligence in the preparations, and for health and stamina in the travels.
  • For changes ahead in the lives of our sons.  Jacob and Katie are exploring a possible move overseas  with their work, and Joey will have a new placement for the final year of his commitment with the US Navy.
  • For Mary’s ongoing work with the Child Safety team. This work is challenging as well as encouraging, and the situations the team works with often represent painful and difficult situations. Pray for God’s healing and redeeming work for each one involved.



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