Stepping down

fiecDear friends

I’m letting you know that I will be stepping down as FIEC National Director next year. It’s been a tough decision and a while in the making.

There have been a number of new stressors this year, most significantly declining health. My health problems reached a crisis point in June, when I was trying to function with constant pain, coughing, and breathlessness. Scans and biopsies confirmed that the cancer had been growing in my lungs and pleura. My poor health, fatigue, uncertainties, and stress, are among the factors behind my decision to step down. However, it’s not just the last year—it’s been eight years of living with the effects of lung cancer.

I now have reduced physical, mental, and emotional reserves, and I need to listen to my body and make some changes. While the pain and difficulties of the cancer have been reduced through the treatment, the side effects continue to limit me. I have increased fatigue, need more sleep, and yet often don’t sleep well. My stamina and durability have declined. I am still seeking to discover my new ‘normal’, but I am aware that it must be lesser than the previous normal. While I pray regularly for healing and relief, I must factor in continuing daily chemo for the remainder of my life.

A friend said to me this week, that not only have I had to drive the ship, but I’ve had to build the ship while driving it. It’s had its challenges, but I’d take the opportunity all over again. And I will miss it—that’s for sure.

This is not to say that I intend to stop serving within FIEC. Fiona and I have developed significant and supportive relationships among pastors, wives, and churches. We enjoy being able to offer practical ministry help, mentoring, and encouragement. It’s a joy to partner with churches to spur them on. It’s been a privilege to represent FIEC, as I’ve visited colleges, spoken at conferences, and exercised wider ministry. I will share with you more of our future plans as they become clearer.

I want to thank everyone involved with FIEC for the honour of serving you over the past three years. Thank you for your faith in me as I’ve sought to pioneer this role. It’s been a privilege to serve alongside each of you. I’ve appreciated your support and your fellowship. I’ve loved the opportunity to invest in the FIEC ministry, and to encourage men and women to work together in building God’s kingdom. Visits to churches and our annual conferences have been highlights for me over my time in this role.

As I’ve said, it’s been a tough decision to step down as National Director. I am stepping down from this specific role, not from ministry. I want life to continue to be about the service of God and others, it will just take a different shape. I understand that this will be disappointing news for some—we feel the grief ourselves. We would value your prayers and encouragement at this time of change.

7 thoughts on “Stepping down”

  1. From up over the pond (Canada). I pray for you daily on this journey (travelling on a parallel road)…”4 Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil,
    for He is with us; His rod and His staff, they comfort us. 5 He prepares a table before us
    in the presence of our enemies; He anoints our heads with oil; our cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life, and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23 Soldier on! Dave, soldier on!

  2. Thank you dear Bro in the Lord, It is painful to hear of your efforts in living the new normal. I can understand a it of this. I fell unconscious while taking photos on some rocky outcrops in Gloucester for my photo exhibition. My disc in C5 of my spine (in the neck) was smashed and needed a surgery. I am not half the man I used to be but had it been in C4, I’d be a gonna. The LORD is merciful so I am asking him in preparing me for the new normal.

    Will continue praying for you and may the LORD continue to be with you. BTW, I was at your talk in Wingham Golf Club not too long ago.

    God bless Bob Teoh

  3. David – I hope you gain further strength from the support of your family, friends and your calling, in your continued fight for your health and future.
    You are an inspiration – such a good man who deserves to live a long life. Michael

  4. Dave
    Thanks for sharing so openly again. We have been very blessed by your cancer journey. I’m sorry it’s cost you so much but thanks. We will continue to pray for your healing and for wisdom and contemtment to live inside the envelope he is giving you now. Love Steve and Karen Doust

  5. Thank you for sharing your journey with us David. My husband, Steve, was always blessed by your writing and we have given several copies of your book to people who are walking a similar journey. Sadly Steve passed away in June after a 3+ year journey with pancreatic cancer. He was an inspiration to many as his faith shone through despite the circumstances. I will remove his email from your list now and have changed it over to mine. May God bless you and your family as you continue to serve God in a different way. Love and prayers,
    Rhonda Eather

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