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My Lord was not held on the cross with nails, but rather with cords
of love. He came as a man to face pain and betrayal. He came from
his Fathers love.
I take that love with string in hand, not for mine
but for His glory. Sometimes near home or in a far off land, to spread the Gospel story.
I come not with a soldiers price, with whip and chain or
rope, But as a friend of Jesus Christ, I come with strings of hope.
A child, a leper, a peasant or clerk, all seek the God
above. I share the message of grace not work, I share with strings of love.
David Titus, Oct, 2000
NOTES FROM DAVE
Many people ask me where I
go to church. I am a Methodist and attend Lawton Heights United
Methodist Church here in Lawton. It is a small neighborhood church with
older original members who are trying to reach out to their changing
neighborhood with new programs. Running about 70 people a Sunday
service, we all do many jobs. I teach the Children's Sunday School class
if I am in town and Brandon is not. I sing in the choir and do a few
other things when needed. As their “resident missionary”, it is my job to
keep them informed as to the role of the local church in missions. They
do a great job of supporting me in that endeavor.
We are also involved in a couple of prison ministries, one of which I
take part in each Sunday afternoon and evening that I am in town. We
provide a meal and service for inmates at two prerelease centers near
here. We pick up the prisoners and have great food and fellowship. Their
families may also attend these services. I have a badge from the state,
which gives me the “power” of a guard. They could not come without a
certain number of “badge” people. It is a rewarding time for me.
“Spreading the Gospel Message
I have been to three
different refugee camps in, Lithuania, Palestine and twice to one in Ghana, West Africa.
I have also seen many displaced people in Nepal, South Africa, Latvia,
Germany and The Russian Far East to mention a few. As I work in the
schools in America I also see many who have come here as refugees to
start a new life. Many of these people have witnessed first hand how
cruel mankind can be to each other. Many have seen atrocities committed
to their family and neighbors or experienced it themselves. Many have
spent their savings or walked for weeks to get to a safe place, leaving
belongings and family behind. They are all trying to figure out how to
make a new life somewhere else or playing the waiting game for when they
will be able to go home.
If I am to love my neighbor as myself, these certainly are my neighbors.
How can I help them? What can I do? Well, for one thing, we can be
political beings, letting our representatives know how we feel when we
hear about these needs. We can help the established organizations in
their work. We can just let our hearts be pricked with their needs. We
can also pray for these people, realizing that some of our ancestors
were in the same situation. I go sharing the love of Christ with them
through a piece of string. How can you share it?
|String Ministries is a
not-for-profit organization whose main purpose is to support the sharing of the love of
Jesus Christ through the use of string figures.
Charles Boyle, Peggy Sager, Mayme Strange, Hazel Stall, Randy
Warren, Rev. Kevin King
||Leprosy hospital in Surkhet, Nepal. Dave is showing the benefits of
string as a physical therapy tool. It is fun too.
|Initial funding was provided by the
generous support of the Woodworth Foundation of the Oklahoma Conference of the United
|Two boys at Mindies' Haven, an orphanage in a village
near Kathmandu, Nepal. It is fun to teach someone.
of Lawton Oklahoma is now a part of
String Ministries team.
All strings used by String
Ministries, inc. are made through the help of Goodwill Industries of Lawton Oklahoma. The
workers there are joining the multicolored nylon strings together with a hot-weld process,
putting rubber bands around them and counting them to insure they are paid for their hard
work. They are happy to have the work and excited to be a part of this endeavor. They
can't wait to see pictures from Mongolia where 20,000 of their strings are going.
Purpose - String Ministries is an
organization founded to share the love of Christ through string figures. Aimed at
the "needy" of the world, especially working with the people in developing
nations, refugees, the oppressed, imprisoned or disabled. Some examples of these
would include but not be exclusive to: Leprosy patients in Mongolia, Reindeer
herders of Mongolia, Palestinian refugees, Aids affected inner city children of NY,
Alaska Children's Services group homes, children of prisoners, Pokera Drug
treatment center, Pokera, Nepal, Isolated Alaskan villages, East European children,
etc. String Ministries would also prepare materials such as videos, books,
pamphlets or interactive CD's to equip those in mission with materials at
reduced or no cost.
Staff would also be available to teach and equip people including
teaching at Missionaries' Annual Conferences in Nepal and Mongolia, speaking at churches
and organizations to promote the ministry and other activities as needed.
String Ministries may also provide strings to missionaries, Volunteer-in-mission
people, special groups etc. at reduced or no cost.
Dave's Travels in his
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!! Please note that strings can choke!!
Adults should instruct children that they should not place strings
around their neck.