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CRI Report August 2023

I appreciate so much what the pastors of the Great Rivers Region do in their churches and communities. But with that being said I know ministry can become difficult and trying, so let me suggest that maybe we all should eat more vegetables! The Bible says in Daniel 1:11-16 (NLT) 11 Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. 13 “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” 14 The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. 16 So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, picked the brightest Jewish teenagers to serve in his court. Daniel was one of them; the king’s goal was to turn these teenagers into real Babylonians who would think like him and believe as he did. But he didn’t have a clue about the strength of Daniel’s character. When told to eat the rich, royal food of the King, Daniel told them no. He knew that much of the king’s food was not allowed by the law of Moses. Because Daniel wanted to obey God, he chose to eat good, clean, fresh vegetables. And guess what? He grew stronger and wiser than those eating the king’s food! Maybe we should eat more vegetables to help travel through difficult and trying times of ministry. As well as being good for your health, they’ll remind you to be like Daniel!

Please continue to pray for our pastors and churches in the Church Revitalization Initiative that they will follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their lives and the lives of their churches.


Wally Holt

CRI Coordinator