DPM Update – 2016 June – Big News!

23 Jun

Dear Friends

Big news!
There is a new human being on planet Earth… Charles Lee Shaw is the newborn son of Chris and Charlie1Lydia Shaw.  Mama, baby and Daddy are doing just fine. They’re back home and now discovering the joys of parenting.  And speaking of parenting: Can you believe it, our baby just had a baby?  How does that happen!  BTW…both grandfathers have the middle name; ‘Lee’.  It’s pretty cool to have my name carried on.

Debbie and I were in Redding, CA to welcome our new family member.  While there, Debbie did things that mothers do… attending to Lydia’s needs, cooking, cleaning, and smooching on Charlie… and she’s staying an extra week in Redding.  I did the ‘daddy do’ things, plumbing repairs, car repairs, fix-it things… and agreed with the mothers about how cute Charlie is. 

More big news!
And speaking of really ‘grand’ children, Debbie and I will have another ‘grand’ addition to our family next January.  Markus and Allison cid:image004.jpg@01D1CCE6.88B6A2B0Hendrickson are expecting their second child. We’re so excited for them!  We were Skyping with them a while ago when we realized that Avalee’s shirt said, “Big Sister”.  Surprise!  It took us about 10 minutes for the meaning of the shirt to sink in.  Kids!!!  They’re always coming up with some way to pull a fast one over on their parents.  Keeps life interesting and fun.   
More stuff

While in Redding, I climbed a couple mountains (a 2000’ and a 5000’ climb).  What’s a dad to do when his son and daughter-in-love are in training for a scheduled 7000’ climb to the top of 14,000’ Mt Shasta this Saturday?  I had to join them, of course.  What kind of dad would I be if I couldn’t keep up with my son?  O, the ramifications are horrible!  🙂  And besides, every mountain I’ve ever seen has begged me to conquer it… so we conquered at least two of them.  It was very rewarding in lots of ways… family time and stunning views… and I still have aching muscles.  But it was well worth it!  So I’m ready for more mountains… natural and spiritual… because that’s just what pioneers live to do.


During our two weeks there, I helped lead a couple house churches and a monthly pastors meeting in Anderson, CA.  And Father’s Day just happened to occur while we were there… (Hmmm, I wonder who planned that???)  It was a great day with family and friends.

Angels are real!
Did you know that angels love when you talk about them and celebrate their ministry to us?  Well, here’s a cool story about an angel that seems to indicate just that. 

One morning I was meeting at a coffee shop with my friend Paul, and his son Jarius.  Our conversation gravitated to angel activities and applauding their attendance in our lives.  We actually experienced a little ‘God-swirl’ while talking.  The time came to leave to drive to Paul’s job nearby… a flip-house he had bought 2 weeks earlier.  As we left the coffee shop, I said, “Let’s see if we can find an angel on your job.”  I was half joking… but I’m convinced more and more that we should expect and integrate with our cid:image010.jpg@01D1CCE6.88B6A2B0angels’ presence around us.  cid:image012.jpg@01D1CCE6.88B6A2B0

The house was in the middle of serious remodel – tear out, rebuild, drywall/mud and paint – from top to bottom.  When we walked into a basement room, I exclaimed, “Paul! What is that up in the corner?”  It was an angel figurine.  To which he exclaimed, “I can’t believe it, I’ve been in here for two weeks and haven’t seen that angel!”  We both were taken aback at the remarkable timeliness of that angel when we said not more than 20 minutes before that we were going to see if we could find an angel on the job.  And how often do you even see an angel figure of any kind?  So cool!

Did a previous owner hang it and the angel was kept hidden from Paul until we could see it together and give it more gravity of meaning from our recent conversation?  Or did an angel create it in the minutes before we entered the room – complete with cobwebs – in order to confirm and validate our subject of angels?  I really don’t know.  But in any case, it caused our hearts to soar in faith for even more integration and participation with our “fellow servants”, the angels (Rev 19:10).

Exciting changes
This is an exciting time of great spiritual discoveries and growth.  I hope that you are right smack dab in the middle of the Good Stuff.  God is big… and He’s so good… and He’s delighted to give us the Kingdom! (Lk 12:32)  What a God!!

We love you!
Mark and Debbie

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9 Responses to “DPM Update – 2016 June – Big News!”

  1. angelabachler June 23, 2016 at 6:08 PM #

    congrats Mark and Debbie!
    My take on the angel story… The Lord knew the angel was in the corner and that you would find it so He did the divine set up of leading your conversation… just cuz he’s dad and he loves to do things for his kids to wow them and reinforce his ever present help and love. He is the coolest like that! I love it!

    • Mark Hendrickson June 24, 2016 at 10:01 AM #

      Angela, I love it. And any way you ‘slice it’, it still comes up with a great God loves to “wow” His kids! We’re really gonna believe that He loves us someday. What an amazing thought. He will have done so many cool things like this that we become unshakable in His love. 🙂 Blessings!

  2. Mel Wild June 24, 2016 at 9:16 AM #

    Congratulations! You are one fruitful grandpa and grandma! Awesome. God is good!

    Btw, my son, Brandon, climbed Mt. Shasta a few years back. Quite the climb,,,and view!

    • Mark Hendrickson June 24, 2016 at 9:59 AM #

      Family!!! It originated in God… and it’s so good!
      That’s so cool about Brandon’s adventure on Mt Shasta. My kids are going to climb all night in order to be on the top at sunrise. And the peak is over 14,000′. Can’t wait to hear the reports.
      Here are cheering for our kids!!! You’re a great dad!

      • Mel Wild June 24, 2016 at 10:04 AM #

        Cool. Yup, 14,400′. It took Brandon and his friend two days. The boys need to make sure they have the right gear. Brandon’s goggles weren’t quite right for him and his eyes got a little sunburnt. Ouch!

  3. Paul Mast June 26, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

    Beautiful family! Angels….ah, Jesus is amazing!!! Love you guys, Paul & Lorrie

    • Mark Hendrickson June 26, 2016 at 10:18 PM #

      And you were a strategic ‘player’ in this story! I love it! No doubt about it, you’ve got angels attending you, your family, your work, etc. And you’ve got a memento to strengthen your faith any time you need a little boost. Thank you Father, for the angels who minister to us and for us!

  4. Theresa A Turnbull June 26, 2016 at 9:14 PM #

    How I rejoice with you and your entire family in all the beautiful happenings you are experiencing!

    • Mark Hendrickson June 26, 2016 at 10:15 PM #

      Theresa… like you, we love the God-stuff. We’re addicted to it… and Him! ‘Ruins’ you for anything less!

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