A Spiritual Father

by tnahid on April 3, 2012

Back in 1999, a friend invited me to BCC. She said her parents had attended there and that we could even wear jeans! She said they also had a band. Wow. That was really cool and different for me. I was a lost 25 year old young woman who had been away from church for probably 10 years, even though I had been brought up in a United Methodist church in a very small town. I was still a very lost, un-saved soul at the time.

Upon entering into the gymnasium and hearing the music and then Pastor Dave speak, I was hooked from the very first moment. The Holy Spirit began a work in me that continues until this very day. Through Pastor Dave’s clear, concise and down-to-earth teaching and preaching, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I truly understood the Gospel for the very first time. It’s like my eyes had been blind, and now they were opening.

I was a part of the BCC Singles group and I ended up meeting my husband in this group, Nami Nahid. He and I have been married for 12 years and have 3 precious children. When I heard the news of Pastor Dave’s passing this morning, I was devastated and brought to tears. I was overwhelmed. I thought back on all that the Lord had planted within my life though this man of God. Without His answering God’s call to plant BCC, I might not be saved until this very day. I most likely would never had met my husband or have had the life I now enjoy with Jesus. He was instrumental in my walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Because of His vision and obedience, mine and my husband’s lives have been forever changed.

I have been praying for Paula especially today, for the Spirit’s comforting presence upon her, for her to know that our God and Father is sovereign, and even in the pain, joy will come. Knowing all the lives they both have touched for God’s Kingdom, and knowing that they have laid up their treasures in Heaven. There are crowns awaiting Pastor Dave, of this I have no doubt. I never personally met Dave for more than a minute or so after or before a service, but I truly feel he was the first spiritual Father in my life. For this I will be forever grateful.

Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones). -Psalm 116:15

Blessings always,


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