Honoring David Simons

Dear Friends:

For as long as I can remember, Dad was always leading or taking part in a men’s discipleship group. He was a Sunday school and RA’s teacher for years, and some of my earliest memories are of waking up and there being a group of men around our kitchen table with their Bibles open.  I got to talk to two of the men who were in discipleship relationships with my dad and it was such a blessing. Dad and Mom were full-time missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ for five years. And I’ll never forget the story a fellow tree surgeon shared at Dad’s memorial service about Dad climbing down from cutting down a tree to share the Gospel that transformed this man’s life as he trusted Jesus to be his Savior and Lord. My own testimony begins with my Dad leading me to accept Jesus as my Savior when I was 7 years old, then he counseled me as I began to repent from years of running from God, and I’m so thankful he was aware that I rededicated my life to follow Christ before he passed away.

Dad was never the same once he came to know and follow Jesus Christ. His life was not defined by his career (although he enjoyed owning Family Tree Services for 25 years), his family (although it was very evident he loved us dearly), or his love for the outdoors (although fishing and riding his motorcycle were hobbies he enjoyed very much). As mom put it, “his heart was evangelism and discipleship”. These were the passions that defined his life and influenced the way he chose to spend his time, talent, and treasure. In fact, his Life Purpose Statement was: “Today, I strive to walk and communicate with God continually. I will be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to offer myself to anyone’s spiritual or physical needs that would lead to glorifying God.”

Wow – what a challenge to my own heart! Our home church, The First Baptist Church of Woodstock, was a huge part of his life that both helped to equip and train Dad but also gave him opportunities to live out his calling to glorify God. My parents joined FBCW the same year that Dr. Johnny Hunt became Pastor and it’s hard to put into words just how much Pastor Johnny’s leadership, friendship, generosity and kindness has impacted my dad and our family. And each year since its inception, Dad attended the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference. That’s why when I thought about the February 2018 Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to honor Dad’s life and legacy. Would you join me?

To mark these past 10 years loving and missing the man I am honored to call my Dad, I would like to see how many men we can send to the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference by providing scholarships for those who may not be able to afford to go.

You may help sponsor someone by writing a check to FBCW and putting “David Simons Scholarship” on the memo line.  Also please attend yourself and invite a friend! It would mean so much to know that someone attended because of this special invitation in my dad’s honor.  To get more information and to purchase your own tickets, please watch this short video https://vimeo.com/235407855 and click here.

Thank you and love as we honor my Dad, David Simons!
Ann Futch

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