Thursday, September 27, 2018

Secure about being Insecure- No More!

So...it’s been awhile since my last post but by now your used to that from me. After all I’m not very consistent. This can be traced back to a whole host of things. The one reason for that comes to mind after all my schooling, 16 years in ministry, and almost 5 years of disability discovery ( which I’ll explain below) I stîll have insecurities. And this very thing holds me back all the time. Whose knows where it came from and frankly I don’t really care anymore! I can’t stand by and let my insecurities rip away at my city, my community, my friends, my church, my ministry, and myself anymore!!!

With that being said I have learned about disability discovery, what it’s means to be truly whole. In later blogs post I will share with you what I learned and review the books I have read. 

As I write this I’m finishing up my masters in ministry in 9 days. But what is the point of all this if don’t share my knowledge! I have been challenged by friends to write and engage more. And I apologize for not sharing my thoughts and ideas with you!

Thanks and I’ll see you soon! Meanwhile check out www.dahcrreates.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My confession


So, I guess it has been just over a year since my last confession, I mean my last blog... 

A lot has taken place. I started my masters, traveling to from Memphis to D.C. every 6 weeks, working on my art, writing books and learning all about disability.
The more I read on disability not only does my mind grow but my heart as well. Disability can reveal itself is many ways. So this a my confession. The real reason why I haven't blogged is not because I was too busy but of my own thoughts in my mind about my disability. It's a stigma on my physical disability that I allowed to enter not only my mind but my heart as well.

The name of this blog is "redefining wholeness'' in all aspects of my journey.  So I'm changing it up a bit in this new chapter. The three areas Celebration, Theological Thought, and my ministry as God fleshes it out.
I'm going to try to be more raw with my emotions too.
So sit back, read the past blogs and stay tune for next week.

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Short Update

Hello all,
Greetings from downtown Memphis!

I moved back downtown about a week ago into a studio condo owned by a business owner friend downtown. It's temporary until my other place is ready! Although I love being back, my body is not used to all the demands of being a downtowner again.
I have got a chance to reunite with old neighbors and meet new ones!

School
I continue to hammer away at my Mdiv at Capital in DC and doing Downline in Memphis. Both  are really going well!
My personal goals in attending these classes is trying look at it through the lens of disability. This has become a 2 fold thought process. As a man who has a disability and has a heart for others that do as well - 1. how do I/we perceive the teaching of the Bible? 2. And how do I/we with that view in mind train and equip not only my those with disabilities but all different abilities?

Fallen Walls International 
Equip-ability. Equipping the weak and strong to lean on each other in every cities!

Starting next year I will going to more cities then ever with this one passion!

Team Europe- next year I would like to take this message across the pond! But I need your help with contacts, finances and resources. Together we can do this! Email me with if would like to help.

Lastly 

I need FWI's prayer Partners!!! Please email if you are interested!

Thank you all!
Daniel 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I'm downtown again!!!

Hey brothers or sisters in Christ,

I'm writing each of you today to join me in another year of ministry.
Fallen walls relaunch..
Most of you probably know about fallen walls  but let me take a moment to break it down.
- I (Daniel) started FWI in October 2002.
- Mission
Fallen Walls International trains, equips and mobilizes city  dwellers to proclaim that in Jesus Christ there are no barriers regardless of their abilities.
Vision
Though  discipleship and proclamation, this message of wholeness enables ministers to minister in their own cities freely regardless of their abilities.

- through my disability I have been  blessed to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Using art, writing, being a pastoral consultant, sitting on various committees or just being a friend.
- I estimated this ministry reaches close to 500 yearly. My close circle of people I minister to monthly is about 50.
- God has me in...
Memphis 
Portland 
Seattle 
District of Columbia 
And more cities to come.

- last Sunday I moved back downtown after a long rest since May! God has show me so much this summer and now I'm ready for another year!!!
 
Ways you can help.

1. Pray for me as missionary that I would be guided by His Spirit  and not my own.
2. Sponsor..
A. 1 month downtown- 1,200.00
B. A city visit - 800.00
C. A mission trip - 2,000.00
FWI i s looking to raise 36,000 to 48,000 dollars for next year will you help me.

Thanks 

Monday, October 3, 2016

FWI is 14 yrs old I'm 36 and still running!!!

Hey all, 
I hope this letter finds you well! As I take a look at everything I have going- being in seminary, doing Downline, working on several writing projects, setting on committees, and keeping up with those I have been given to pastor- I can't help to think about how it all started.

14 years ago in October I started fallen walls international. Going downtown once a week with my dad and volunteers to pass out food etc. After a while this wasn't quite what I had in mind. It was then that I would begin learning a important lesson that I would struggle with for the next 14 years. God wasn't calling me to do something for those around me but rather be who He created me to be. That was the real gift that God was giving to those around me, it was me.  Over the years God has manifested this in many different ways though being a neighbor in downtown Memphis to being close friends to those half way across the country, to not being ashamed of my art or writings, and now though using me in Seminary.

Over the last 14 years God has faithfully used my life to advance His Gospel!!! It has been a long journey but I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

Soo.... Let's Celebrate!
October 15th
Crosstown Arts
Donations at the door appreciated 
6pm to 9pm 
Come buy some art and support the next 14 years!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Being instead of doing!

Hi guys!
As the summer comes to a close and reflect on my goings and comings, I'm so thankful for what God has been doing. For years I have felt this struggle to produce a good program and proof that I needed a big staff to get it done. Spending time with friends and family this summer I realized that it's not about doing but being!
I took a hard look at Fallen Walls and realized GOD is the one doing and I'm just along for the ride. As I step back and looked then I could see to fruit of almost 15 years of ministry this October. Amazing!!! Below is my mission statement, a brief description, where I have and where I hope to go. Will you partner in prayer and possibly a financial gift?  

Who I am:
Pastoral Consultant, Writer, Artist and Activist
What FWI:
Fallen Walls International trains, equips and mobilizes urban ministers to proclaim that in Jesus Christ there are no barriers regardless of their abilities.

Ministering one of one in these cities 
1. Memphis 
2. District of Columbia 
3. Portland
5. Seattle
6. Denver 
I hope to make contact with ministers in these cities in 2017:
1. New York 
2. Detroit 
3. Boston
4. And a friend and I are planning a Europe trip next summer to make contacts there as well!

Please consider meeting with me for for information on how to help! Thanks!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Standing Up For Whołeness


A few days ago I had the honor to stand with evangelical brothers sisters, proclaiming that our faith is greater than the redric of Tumps. Below is my speech.  You may ask what does this have to do with your mission or redefining wholeness? Sometimes we have to look inside ourselves to find it and I have. Other times you/we need to remind others of our wholeness.

Faith Trumps fear press conference speech:  

From the very birth of our nation in 1776 people with disabilities has played a key role in our history 
 
Stephen Hopkins although he had Palsy in his hand was still able to sign the independence by declaring "my hand trembles, but heart does not". Hopkins had a dream of a better America where all men are created equal. Hopkins was a part of the " we the people" as is all people with disabilities, every race, ethnicity we are all part of that. But I don't think mr trump understands this fully.

By mocking and shaming Serge Kovaleski of the New York Times publicly. Clearly he does hold the American values.
I am here today as a minister, a activate, a artist,writer and a American voter. But why should mr trump get my vote?

Mr tump has said in the past that my community/ those with disabilities are some how lower than those who are temporary abled body. And ask you againWhy should this man get my vote? 

As a Christian this  truth is built on something so much more important- the Gospel! 
We are created in the image of God!
God so loved The World that his only Son to die for it

All through the bible we have leaders such as Moses, David, Mary, Paul etc who God uses their weaknesses more then their strengths. Even Jesus emptied himself of his power when came to earth. 

We can see that in Christianity things such as weakness, poor, community are to Be up held not power, wealth and self reliance.  

So if Donald J Trump can't hold to this truth that is self evident then he won't get my vote and challenge my       evangelical brothers and sisters to do the same.