Starting in March everybody’s world flipped. That would include ours. Pretty much everything planned was thrown away and we had to pick up everything on the fly. Here are some highlights.
1-Last April I was to travel to Orlando for my Master’s intensive. That didn’t happen. It became two weeks online via Zoom.
2-Our YWAM Richmond’s Potter’s Pantry feeding program that was feeding 50 households a month jumped to 120 households in one week. Many families lost their jobs and needed food. We have been doing our best to help them since last April.
3-A lot of our stranded ELC students who couldn’t get home ended up staying for our Prayer and Counseling Seminar over the Summer.
4-We had 12 Summer teams scheduled to come- all canceled.
5-Riots broke out in Richmond. God lead us to call the church to bring worship to the protest. We saw hundreds worship and protesters coming to know Jesus. It was powerful. (See Picture)
6-We are going to all 2500+ doors in our neighborhood inviting people to come to open-air events at our campus to hear the gospel. We believe that everyone has the right to hear about Jesus Christ's gift of salvation.
7-What about my Master’s intensive in Canada this October? That’s right, it is on Zoom once again.
This year we have been so busy we have struggled to communicate as we have in the past. With that, I am so sorry. But at the same time, we are so grateful for those of you who have been faithful in supporting us through this season.
Thank you so much for standing by us.
In His service,
PS. For those who would want to donate and/or volunteer for YWAM Richmond click here to learn more.
Like many around the world, mid-March changed a lot of things for us. Our plans changed and our lifestyle was dramatically altered. If you read our last newsletter you know that we had 16 international students who just arrived to study English in our base the week this blew up. We quarantined our campus and the school is running with no one getting sick. They will graduate on June 12.
As a YWAM Richmond, we had been feeding around 50 households once a month for a number of years. Due to the loss of jobs, we had lots of new households apply and that number jumped up to 120 households. Though financial and food donations (see picture) we have been able to keep up with the demand and help families in desperate need.
I (Dustin) was also scheduled to travel to Orlando for a two-week intensive for my Master's degree. Since we couldn't travel, it became a two-week intensive via Zoom. I would have preferred in-person interaction, but considering everything it went very well. Also, I have been helping our church transfer everything online, from building a website, online donations, and weekly video productions.
As a family, we are doing well. The kids have been doing online schooling for a few years now, so that really hasn't changed much. Haydee has been doing a lot of communication touching base with those in our church. And all the meetings that I have with YWAM has switched to Zoom. For us, the transition hasn't given us a lot of downtimes. But I am grateful through it all we have been able to serve in the midst of all the adversity.
I want to thank all of you who have continued to support us throughout all of this. There is no way we could have continued without you. Some of our supporters have stopped while others have given extra. We are so grateful to you all. Will you continue to support us by clicking here? Your support will help us continue doing what we are called to do in these usual times.
In His service,
Dustin and Haydee Campbell
All of our lives changed in the past couple of weeks or months depending on where you live. Here is what is happening in YWAM Richmond.
On the day when this was hitting, we had 16 English Language and Culture (ELC) students fly in from outside of the country. Most of them came from Latin America. Now they are in a place where all of their home countries have closed their borders and can't get home. Having a bunch of people living together in a time like this is exceptionally challenging. So here is our game plan.
We have divided our staff from on-base staff and off-base staff. All on-base staff and students are quarantined. No one living on base will be allowed to leave the base. The off base staff will not be allowed to go on the base for any reason unless it is for a food/ supply drop off in on-base we are calling a "hot zone." This hot zone is a building on our property where we will do a drop-off, sanitize the drop-off, and then leave with no physical contact with on-base people. After a while then the on-base people will come and pick up the drop-off.
My role (Dustin), will be food pick up. This is by far the job that has the most exposure. I will be doing my best to protect myself and my family by wearing gloves and a face mask. Also when I enter my home I will change my clothes at the door, shower, and sanitize my footwear and anything else I bring in. Unlike any other time, please pray for good health for my family and me.
Also, I am sure you understand that our support has dropped during this time. I totally get it. We are all being hit. But if you could give an extra gift more now then before, it is will be highly appreciated. You can donate by clicking here. May God bless you as in Philippians 4:19.
I do believe that this is a time where God is moving and we have a rule in it. Please take the time to read my short blog about that by clicking here.
Stay safe. If you don't have to go into the public, then don't. If you are above 55 and/or have underlining health issues please stay home. Ask someone to go get food and supplies for you. I know we like to do things for ourselves. This is the time we need to support each other.
Please do reach out to us. We want to hear from you. Let us know how we can pray for you.
Thank you so much for standing by us.
In His service,
Dustin & Haydee along with Michaella, Lemuel, and Justin
I believe we need to walk in wisdom, but not fear. This can be a time where the the body of Christ can reach out to others or pull back. I see three things we need to do.
Grace and peace,
At the beginning of the year, we were in the Philippines. We knew that there would be changes for us, but we had no idea of what would happen. We came back to North Carolina in January and hit the ground running.
In February we visited YWAM Richmond, VA and talked and prayed about moving here. March I spoke in an Asian youth conference in Maryland, Haydee had surgery, and we moved to Richmond. April we settled into Richmond. May and June we started to host Summer Teams and I took leadership over volunteers. July we went to Canada where I spoke in a youth camp, Michaella was a camp counselor. Once we got back, I joined the leadership team in YWAM Richmond and became the training director and Haydee took over Hospitality at the base and became part of the Member Care Team. September we started the Discipleship Training School (DTS) and the English Language and Culture school in Richmond. Late September going into October I went to Canada for my first module for my Master’s degree. When I got back 3 days later Haydee flew to the Philippines to teach in the DTS in YWAM Butuan on Godly Relationships along with meeting and debriefing. While she was gone I spoke in the DTS in Richmond on Identity. And the year is not over!
We are planning to visit Colorado and Texas in the next couple of months. We are wanting to meet up with our family and friends and catch up with everyone.
Thank you for all of your prayers and/or financial support this past year. There is not a day that passes where we are not humbled by all of you who walk with us on this journey. Words truly can’t express our gratitude.
We do ask you to remember us through your year-end-giving. Would you continue your generous support by CLICKING HERE? It is with deep appreciation that we thank you for your partnership.
Blessings to you and your family as we enter this season of celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
This past summer has been very busy. YWAM Richmond hosted 9 summer teams, took a trip to Canada, and finished our staff retreat. We have been functioning at a very fast pace. Since becoming the Training Director I have been getting up to speed on our upcoming schools and seminars. This month we will start our English, Language, & Culture (ELC) and our Discipleship Training School (DTS) so the past week we have been getting everything ready.
Also this month, I (Dustin) will start my Master’s in Team-Based Communication with the University of the Nations! On September 27, I will start my drive to New Brunswick, Canada. Michaella will be coming along for the ride and we will be back in Virginia around Oct 14th. Then on October 17 Haydee and Justin will fly to the Philippines. Haydee will be teaching on Godly Relationships in YWAM Butuan’s DTS and they will be back on October 31. While Haydee is gone I will be teaching on Identity and Destiny in the DTS at Richmond.
Thank you to all of you who have supported our ministry on a monthly basis and through one time gifts. We are so grateful for you. We still need more monthly support. Will you support our ministry monthly or raise your support by Clicking Here?
Thank you so much for standing by us.
In His service,
- Safety in all of our travels (Dustin’s and Michaella’s drive to Canada and Haydee’s and Justin’s flights to the Philippines).
We are pretty settled in Richmond and learning more as the days go by. This summer we have 6 Summer Teams coming in and had 4 of them already. Different churches bring their youth or adults to our location to receive teaching, serve, and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in Richmond. They are powerful weeks were those who are participating experience breakthrough and we see people coming to know the Lord!
Also, this summer I (Dustin) have been asked to lead our volunteers. They are a great group with servant's hearts. Most of them are from Brazil and are still learning English, so that can be a challenge. Haydee will be heading up hospitality and helping in the kitchen. Also in July, we went to Forest Cliff Camp in Canada once again. I (Dustin) served as their weekly speaker while Michaella was a camp counselor. There were over 200 kids and we saw about half accept Jesus Christ into their hearts! God showed up! (Click here to see pictures)
I also wanted to let you know that the leadership has asked me to become the Training Director. This role oversees all of the schools/training on the base. This location has a long history and I am humbled and honored to be trusted with this role. Also, Haydee has taken lead over hospitality. Please do keep us in your prayers.
Thank you for you who have supported us on a monthly bases and through one time gifts. We have recently lost one of our major supporters. We have had new supporters join the team, but we still need more committed monthly support. With me starting my Master’s degree, increase in the cost of living, and expected ministry cost, we needing to raise $2800 more a month. Will you support our ministry monthly or raise your support by CLICKING HERE?
There is not a day that goes by that we thank God for you who support and/or pray for us! Thank you so much standing by us.
In His service,
- Haydee’s continue healing.
If you have been following us on Facebook you know I (Dustin) spoke in a youth conference in Baltimore. It was a powerful night and the youth were very responsive. On our way back to Charlotte we stopped by Richmond in hopes to find a place, but it didn’t work out. We were pretty discouraged. We were referred to a real estate agent to help us. Over the weekend, we found a house in the area we wanted. We had a video walkthrough with the agent, applied and prayed. And six days before we had to move we signed a lease for a house in Richmond! God is so good!
Also, with Haydee’s surgery things moved quickly. Her date was moved up and she went into surgery and everything went well. But it did make packing more of a challenge since she couldn’t carry more than 10 pounds. But, we made it! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement.
I wanted to let you know that this September I will start working on my Master’s degree in Team-Based Communication with the University of the Nations! I am looking forward to learning more and the challenge. It will require me to travel twice a year for lectures and 10 hours per week on homework.
We also like to thank everyone who has given over and above their regular giving in the past couple of months to help us in our move. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. Also, thank you to those who helped us move and those who have been praying for us. Truly, there is no way we can do what we do without your faithful support. Thank you.
With grateful hearts,
The week before we left for the Philippines the owner of the house we have been living in told us that he was going to sale the house. After much prayers and communication with YWAM Richmond we have committed to move there.
When we arrived back from the Philippines Haydee had a check up with her doctor. That followed by a diagnostic mammography, an ultrasound, and a biopsy. There is a mass they found that was non cancerous (Praise God), but still needs to be removed. We meet with a surgeon and the surgery is scheduled for March 8 (this Friday). We will be giving updates on Haydee on our website at www.dhcampbell.org/news--updates as the situation changes.
So last week, the house we have been living in went on the market. Within 3 days the house was under contract and they want to finalize the sale on March 29. So in short, we have to move out by March 29. We would like to move to Richmond as soon as possible, but as of now there are no houses for rent in the area and our health insurance is tied up with our residence in North Carolina. With Haydee’s surgery and follow ups. We maybe putting our things into storage and stay with a friend in Charlotte until we have housing in Richmond and Haydee is cleared medically. So we are not sure of dates we will be in Richmond.
As you can tell, there is a lot of moving parts for us right now. We have some extra moving expenditures, Will you give toward our move by CLICKING HERE?
With thankful hearts,
- Haydee’s healing.
Video on YWAM Richmond
Last February 14, Haydee had a bilateral diagnostic mammography and targeted breast ultrasound. She was having some discharge and we wanted to have it checked out. After the diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound they saw a small mass. So a week later they scheduled a biopsy that happened last Friday. This morning we have the results.
The good news is that there is no cancer (praise the Lord!). But they did find a mass called an Intraductal Papilloma. The only way to treat it is through surgery. We will be meeting with a surgeon within the next week to schedule a surgery. We do ask for your prayers.
Also, we have learned that the owner of the house we are living in are selling the house. So we will be moving by the end of March or April. There are some very big changes coming up that will be in our next newsletter so keep on the look out for that.
But as for now, please pray for healing for Haydee and also our upcoming move. There are lot of things moving at the same time. We do appreciate all your prayers, thank you!
Dustin has been serving as a missionary for 24 years. Here is where he places some of his teaching, thoughts, and updates.