May 24, 2018
Dear Pastor/Friends,
I am very excited about Family Camp, which is just around the corner. This is always one of our family's favorite times of the year. Registrar, Pastor Randy Anderson, reports that preregistration is strong again this year but that there are still spots available. I know you will be blessed by the speaking and teaching of Dr. Chic Shaver and Rabbi Jack Zimmerman.   Pastors, please make note of Dr. Shaver's special "Pastoral Evangelism" sessions each morning  at 11:15  following the general morning session. Also, Rabbi Jack will present the Seder during the closing communion service  on Friday evening . This is outstanding! Please see the Flyer below for complete information.

As I write this, members of our District Disaster Response Team under the leadership of Todd and Raqui Forrest are in Puerto Rico. Please remember them in your prayers. Also, members of our District Work and Witness team are serving now in Papua New Guinea.  We are so very grateful for these two groups as they serve the Lord and represent the WT district family.

I want to congratulate two of our pastors, Rev. Mark Banda and Rev. Peter Orozco, on outstanding two-year pastoral reviews at our Hurst Pursuit and Ft. Worth River Oaks churches (respectively). Each of these fine pastors is deeply loved and appreciated by their church boards and congregations!

Also, we are prayerfully supporting two of our pastoral couples who have been granted well-deserved sabbaticals this summer...Chuck and Michelle Gibson (Post) and Steve and Rhonda Swanson (Dumas).  I am very grateful for the boards and leadership of these two gracious congregations as they are supporting their pastors during these times of renewal.

One of the great blessings of my ministry is visiting our congregations. I am always open to invitation and try to accommodate each one. This past Sunday, I was at Fort Worth Sobre de la Roca (Church on the Rock) with pastor Luis Maldonado and his wife Alma. Ana Carrier met me there and interpreted my sermon into Spanish. Church on the Rock has a wonderful ministry in their neighborhood, just a few blocks north of Downtown Ft. Worth.  They have made great renovations on their building and parking lot. The congregation was dynamic, filled with young families! While there, I was able to present Pastor Maldonado with a special certificate recognizing many years of faithful 100% payments of all denominational, district, and university allocations!  Luis works full time for a security company, and yet, amazingly has time and energy to lead his flock in a very outstanding and powerful way. We are proud to be associated with Pastor Luis and Alma and their wonderful people!

PALCON is just around the corner ( June 25-27) at SNU. Registration for WT is looking strong. There are several great speakers lined up but I am especially enthused about the Kevin Harney seminar on organic church strategies for evangelism. Many have traveled far and spent $5-600 for this seminar, yet it is fully covered in the cost of PALCON. I encourage you to plan to participate.  Please note that Pastor Harney's seminar  begins at 3:00 on Monday afternoon. You'll need to plan to arrive early. Also, there are still full scholarships available for our bi-vocational pastors. Contact Doris Betts at 
405-491-6314  for scholarship information. CLICK HERE for full PALCON information.

I want to celebrate with our wonderful office manager, Ana Carrier, the exciting news that she and her husband, Jon, are expecting their third child, which will be born this autumn.  Ana will be stepping down from her work in the district office in early June. I am pleased for Ana and Jon that she will be able to stay home during the last months of her pregnancy and after the baby comes... however, she will be deeply missed at the district office. We all wish her the very best and we thank her for her devoted service to our district!

I am pleased to announce that our former office manager, Vania Alvarez, will be returning as interim office manager  on June 3rd. Vania served in our office until about five years ago, when she married and moved to Mercedes, Texas, as a youth pastor. Now, she and her husband, Josh, are back in the Metro.  She knows the district well and will do a great job for us, before having to return to her teaching job in September. Please join me in prayer as we seek our new permanent office manager.

Finally, it was great to be at NTS and participate in their commencement recently. Special congratulations to Pastor Lucy Kimani, our new associate at Ft. Worth CrossPoint who received her Masters Degree that day! I want to congratulate each of these WT district pastors' kids (and a wife!) who graduated this spring.  I am very proud of each of you! 

Allen Dunlap - SNU
Amanda Anderson - SNU
Cailyn Pepper - Nocona High School
Caleb Hughes - Wichita Falls Rider High School
Chery Thang - Richland High School
Erika Mora - Tarrant County College
Jason Patalano - Dumas High School
Norman Kessell - Homeschool
Steve Pettit - Newman Academy
Susana Thang - Richland High School
Thiery Zachary - Lubbock Cooper High School
David Lee - Martin High School
Rebekah Sommers - Nazarene Christian Academy

For you and with you,

Pastor David Downs

 Sunday Night:
Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6:30
Evening Service will be at 7:00


Dear Pastors and NMI leaders,
It has been a whirlwind since we were gathered together for Vision Conference last month!  From being elected as your new District NMI President, being Ordained, my middle child turning 18, a trip to Haiti and now we are on to Graduation.  Whew!  Anyone else feel like life moves to fast sometimes?   
I think of you all often and how God has uniquely put each of you where you are with purpose and a plan.  Life is Mission.  Where we are is all part of the plan.  Where we go is part of the plan.  Who we do life with is part of the plan.  When life feels like it is moving to fast and when life feels like it is moving to slow, it is all part of the plan.  When we are in Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico or Dominica like some of our West Texan's are right now or sitting on our front porch writing a District Newsletter like I am, its all part of the plan.  And I don't want to miss any of it.
I want to mourn a little longer with our Cuban Brothers and Sisters who have suffered great tragedy this last week.  I want to read their names and see their pictures so that my love and burden to pray increases for the children left behind.  I want to hear the stories from the school shooting right here in Texas so that I am always compelled to tell everyone about Jesus.  Because I believe Jesus is the answer.  I wonder if that young man who took precious lives ever had someone invest in his?  Did anyone ever tell him about Jesus? 
Life is Mission and I don't want to miss any of it whether it is next door or in another country.  Where you are and where you go is a mission field.  Let's go together!
I am here for you!  I want to be your biggest cheerleader and your best resource for all things mission.  I may not know all the answers to your questions, but I will help you find them. 

Love Well,
Amanda Pettit
(682) 404-7894

The month of May NMI Emphasis is Missionary Health Care .  I have included a link to what exactly Missionary Health Care is and why it is important for us to be a part of and invest in.  My family has personally benefited  from this and our Vision Conference speaker(s) shared a great story you could share with your congregation.  If you have taken an offering for this this month or are planning on taking one, please let me know!  I want to be part of what you are doing!



June 3 - 8 - Family Camp at Arrowhead Camp
June 11 - 20 - SDMI Trip to Holy Land
June 15 - Kids' Regular Rate Camper Registration due
June 18 - 22 - CRAVE Teen Camp at Arrowhead Camp
June 25-27 - PALCON at SNU
June 29 - 30 - CPE en Espanol, Arlington Jesucristo Vive  
July 8 - Kids' Late Camper Registration due
July 16 - 20 - ACTIVATE Kids Camp at Arrowhead Camp
July 26-28 - WOW Women's Conference
August 10-12 - Young Adult Retreat at Arrowhead Camp
September 7 - NazNite at Six Flags
October 12-13 - JOY Senior Adult Retreat, Lubbock first
October 17-20 - Awakening Prayer Conference 
October 26-27 - Discovery Weekend in Abilene
Dec. 27 - Jan. 2 - Commision Unto Mexico (Guadalajara)