October-December 2016 Ministry update

We have been a little behind with our ministry update this semester, our apologies.

Here is our latest update with a review from our summer and leading into the winter season.


God continues to bless us as we serve Him and follow His lead! This past summer we spent a LOT time with people (over 600); getting to know the heart of individuals, camp counselors, executive and program directors, and of course campers. We also had the added blessing of serving together as a couple, and many times, as a family! It was humbling and exciting to hear about Leigha helping lead a camper to the Lord in her cabin, how Josiah took leadership in his cabin, and how all three of them took turns encouraging peers their own age at the camps we were ministering at! Here are some things that stood out to me at the individual camps this year:


Timberline Ranch (2x) – Timberlines passion is sharing the gospel with those who have never heard, in word and dynamic drama presentations. This year they did that with an Olympic theme teaching about what it means to win the “gold” in our race of faith.

Camp Bob – is a place for the fatherless to be loved and meet their real Father doing this particularly by growing roots deep into His love and truth.

Camp Squeah (2x)- Squeah’s intentional focus on relationships and the value of life-long pursuit of community is powerful and built up with the understanding of God as author of our life.

Gardom Lake Bible Camp – has a passion and gift for making Disciples with a perfect balance of love and challenge; their theme was “dive in” and I shared illustrations of one of my passions – snorkeling.

Pines Bible Camp – Pines is a place that expresses a love for life and joy in spirit, a place that longs to be home for everyone. Their theme was Olympic too and we taught about running the race for Christ with perseverance to the family camp there.


What an incredible honor it was to be welcomed and invited to serve and share in these camps, and share in their journey. Even though we did a total of 7 camps between June and the end of August (more than last year – it was a record for Dave to speak 60 times this summer!), they were slightly more spread out this year so it felt like we could breathe and prepare between most of them along the way. I will admit that even with the spread, our kids were pretty “camped out” by the end of it all.


Our summer ended with barely enough time to unpack, which meant we didn’t really have much time to prepare for the school year (and in some ways are still trying to get caught up). In the middle of all that Dave was moving into our new DFR office and helping with a few last minute fixes and renovations which required a LOT of furniture moving to make it happen. Thank you to those who helped, we are VERY excited to finally have a place where we can be a team!


So, as you can imagine, the first couple of weeks of school were a bit rough. All of us felt some degree of added anxiety with Melissa in full-time school and the kids heading back as well, but we seem to have worked through the adjustment pains and are finding a rhythm now.


Speaking of anxiety, one of our upcoming events is a workshop on anxiety at Columbia Bible College’s Educators Conference: http://www.columbiabc.edu/file/EC-Brochure.pdf on November 5th; where we will be teaching on how to handle and reduce anxiety in your child’s life. Something that is VERY real in our culture, and something we strive to implement daily with our own kids.


Dave has a couple of thoughts on the topic that you can find on my blog:


Dave also has an article being published in November about the importance of focusing on our REAL family at Christmas time, and what that can mean for you as a couple and family. If you would like to check out the magazine where my articles are published click here:

October 20-24 – Dave will be performing a wedding in Manitoba

November 1 -Our official office Grand Opening Celebration – You are all invited                                                  3:30-6:00pm! (more details to come)

November 5 – CBC Educators Conference, Columbia Bible College

November 13 – Preaching in Richmond, BC @ Peace Mennonite Church

November 25-27-Fusion 1-day marriage weekend, Penticton Church of the                                                                        Nazarene, Penticton, BC


Dave is currently partnered with Northview Community Church to run an accountability and mentorship group for young adults, which meets every other week on Sunday evenings.


Nov. 3 – Dave launched Doing Family Right’s first Porn recovery/support group for men that will meet weekly.



  1. For endurance and focus to be able to juggle all the balls we have in the air, between fixing the basement and re-doing some exterior drainage, to all of the kids’ events, Melissa’s schooling, our work here at DFR, and being Grandparents – our plate is full! We deeply appreciate your prayers AND words of encouragement!
  2. For God’s continued provision financially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. That we would rely on His Spirit for our sustenance and express His fruit as a result of what it means to abide in Him.
  3. For continued opportunity to share and use the gifts God has given us. We want to be used by Him to reach out wherever He leads, with the anointing of His Holy Spirit as our hearts desire is to be His hands and feet, and lead others to do the same.
  4. Stamina and focus for Melissa as she juggles her Master’s degree and all the other things involved in her life.
  5. With Christmas approaching, I know…it feels WAY too soon to mention…if you can prayerfully consider either financially supporting us in a one-time donation or as a regular supporter, we would really appreciate your support and partnership. Here is a link to download our form: https://davidmcvety.com/donate/



Thank YOU all for your continued support, prayers, friendship, and help spreading the word about what God has called us to do as a family.


Dave & Melissa McVety (Leigha, Josiah, and Toby too!)

McVety Summer 2016 Schedule and Prayer Requests


Click here for our FULL update letter


How you can pray for us:

  1. For balance in our lives as we wear all the different hats in our daily lives.
  2. For God’s guidance and our reliance on Him daily.
  3. Finances; God continues to provide but we still see the need to be good stewards and do our part sharing our continued need. Melissa may not be paid a salary for more than half of this year so continued prayer for financial support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing how God will provide.
  4. Melissa’s schooling, strength and clarity as she learns all God has in store for her to learn.
  5. For adjustments for our kids as they head back to public school and into Middle School for the first time.
  6. We would LOVE for you to join us in prayer during the weeks and weekend that we are speaking… follow along with us by cutting out our coming schedule below…


Here is our schedule:


May 28: Melissa will be speaking to the ladies Spanish community, Nazarene church in Coquitlam, BC “Spring Cleaning for the Soul”


June 3–5: The McVety’s will be at Timberline Ranch, Maple Ridge, BC, for Family Camp.


June 19: The McVety’s, Richmond Pacific Grace MB, Speaking to Youth on the topic of Porn & doing the Sunday Sermon.


July 1-4: Timberline Ranch kids camp,Maple Ridge BC, Ages 11-13 yr olds, “Going for Gold”


July 10-15: Camp Bob in Campbell River, Ages 11-13 yr olds, Theme – “Where adventure begins”


July 17-22: Camp Squeah, Hope BC, Family Camp, Theme “A part of my story”


July 29-Aug 1: Pines Bible Camp, Grand Forks BC, Family Camp, Theme “Going for Gold”


Aug. 7: Preaching at Grace Church, Abbotsford BC


Aug. 14-19: Gardom Lake Bible Camp, Enderby BC, Ages 11-13, Theme “Diving In”


Aug. 21-26: Camp Squeah, Hope BC, Ages 13-15, Theme “A part of my story”


Click here for our FULL update email

Your Marriage is Like a Diamond for The World to See

I love marriage — for a different reason than you might think.

One of my favourite things about marriage is the incredible illustration it represents of the power of Jesus’ relationship with us, his church. We are to love our spouse as Christ loves the church: selflessly, sacrificially, full of grace. I’m convinced that there is NO greater form of evangelism in our current culture than a Christ-centered marriage (Eph. 5:25-30).

Our culture is filled with divorce and broken relationships. Unfortunately, there is a tendency for some to judge or condemn these families, sometimes separating ourselves from those who exhibit different values. Continue reading

Speaking Life – A New Year’s Challenge for a Family Mission

As many of you know we had an incredibly busy summer. Only being home for less than two weeks all summer was an adventure, but it was also kind of hard on our kids.

As much as they got incredible experiences of being at different camps and doing things like sailing and rock climbing that others may never be able to do, they were worn out and tired by the end.

Melissa and I understood, we were missing home too. We needed to think of a way to bring our children into the experience of serving and ministering to others Continue reading

Podcast: The Challenge and “How To’s” of Digital Protection for Your Kids.

Dave McVety and Dave Currie discuss the Challenge and “How To’s” of digital protection for your kids.

To challenge parents in the need of setting up carful software protection on all electronic devices giving practical step-by-step help in setting up the safeguards to protect from dangerous sites and negative influence.

10477433_10154314753760305_5127772975725248194_o Click here for my 3 layered approach to digital protection in your home.

And here for a list of the best filter options and resources.