Wednesday 9 April 2014

Pax Dei—Living in Peace 13

Rest in Peace—Resurrect in Perfection
Betty Lou and Dave Pollock
Remembering Dave, Betty Lou, and family  
on the 10th anniversary of Dave’s death, 11 April 2014.

To read/link to some tributes: 
and Member Care Associates  (homepage).

“The command of John 13:34 comes in the context of the last evening before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It may be that what we see in John chapters 13‑17 is in fact the shorter catechism of all He had taught His friends over their three year journey of discipleship. That which is recorded includes demonstration of His love for them in the process of washing their feet and predicting His crucifixion through the bread and wine. It was followed by His proclamation of what He was about to do, what the future of the disciples would be, and how through His Spirit their care would be safeguarded and their ministry implemented. He concludes with supplication as He reviews the essence of His journey on earth: “that they may have Eternal Life...this is Eternal Life that they may know You and Jesus Christ whom You have sent...that they may glorify Me…that they may be One as we are One that the world may know that You have sent Me” (John 17).” Dave Pollock, Developing a Flow of Care and Caregivers, Doing Member Care Well (2002, p. 23)

Some of Dave’s many colleagues in mission/member care. Photo is from the international member care retreat, following the annual MHM Conference, Angola Indiana USA, 18-19 November, 2000.

Pax Dei
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. We know that when Christ appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure. I Cor. 15: 53; Phil 3: 20-21, I John 3: 2-3 


Member Care Associates said...

It was very special working closely with Dave from 1998-2004, helping to develop the member care field internationally with many folks. He was the real deal and I sure miss him! Kelly O’Donnell

Esly Carvalho said...

Ah..! what a lovely picture! What a lovely remembrance. I was thumbing through the later version of Dave Pollock’s book on TCKS last week, where it talks about his graduation to heaven… he passed away on my birthday, so I never forget him. After reading their book, I felt “normal” for the first time in my life, no kidding… I finally figured out who I was and what had happened to me! I was a TCK! I made my daughter read it as a teenager and she went on to do her master’s thesis about it.. thanks for including us, Esly Carvalho

Michele Lewis O'Donnell said...

Dave’s wisdom continues to enlighten and transform lives and perspectives, as global nomads across the economic spectrum worldwide become the "new normal"...

As an adult TCK I listened intently to Dave when I first heard him speak in the 1980s. Later I enjoyed opportunities to work alongside him in the 1990s and early 2000s. I continue to personally encounter and process at deeper levels insights he shared verbally and in "writing. "The Transition Experience" and "RAFT" models have informed my professional work and practically helped our whole family through its many transitions. His wisdom continues to enlighten and transform! Dave’s loving and inclusive manner touched everyone he met, young and old, across the globe.

We miss you, Dave, your keen insights, deep faith in God, and warm embrace. Betty Lou and family, you are in our thoughts and our prayers. Michele Lewis O'Donnell

Ruth Van Reken said...

I agree with all Michele and Kelly have written of the profundity of Dave's life on me and so many other adult TCKs. I first "met" him when I sent in a survey for our own TCKs and their educational process in preparation for his first International Conference on Missionary Kids in Manila, Philipipinesin 1984. AT that point I was doing my own journaling trying to understand my own story better at the age of 39. His receptivity to my story, his invitation to come to that ICMK and to present a plenary at the second one in Quito, Ecuador where I also met Norma McCaig and learned the issues we were discussing were truly cross=sector...what can I say? My life took a different course after that. Writing the TCK book with him forced me to continue looking more deeply into what effects a globaly childhood had on me and many others...and to learn to live in the "all of the above" spaces of my life..not being forced to choose one or the other. Thank you Dave. Thank you Betty Lou for all the meals you prepared in the times I came to visit you and work on the book with DAve...and for all the times you served us all by blessing him on his journeys out to the world. Thanks to your family as well. Love and remembrances to all. Ruth VR

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