A Man’s Plans…..

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

A testimony of God’s faithfulness in the life of a man whose plans were not coming to fruition.

Having spent the majority of my life in rural Missouri, where oak and lead keep the people fed, I only could dream that the call on my life to missions would be fulfilled. I had dreams of working in a remote village where there had not been white people in years–if ever. I wanted to be like many well know missionaries I had heard or read about only less known; isolated, suffering, but diligently serving the Lord that the people may be reached.

When I finally saw that the Lord was going to fulfill the very thing He had set in my heart for me to do, all those dreams, those plans, those musings came back to my mind. I wanted to be dropped in a remote village, live serving the Lord as long as possible and die in that land. The Lord, however, sent me for training that I might serve him better than I was prepared to at the time. During this training I had to work as a church planter. I was excited! There were five locations: one was a city and the others were small farming or fishing villages. So, the possibility of ending up in that city was small and I was thankful for that. I thought, “I am possibly the most prepared person to live in a remote location surviving off whatever was available. I can hunt, I can fish, I can improvise repairs and I am able to get by on very little.”

The day came for them to announce the teams and what village they would be working in. Village by village and person by person until myself and four others were left for the city. “Oh Lord,” I thought,”what are you doing? I hate cities, lots of people surrounding me, Ugh! Now, I have to deal with it in a foreign culture? Lord, I will need you everyday we are there. To calm me, to guide me, to help me speak and to understand.” The Lord did exactly that and through working in the city and a nearby town for two years the Lord taught me many lessons. Why? How is this work in this city going to help me with jungle living? How is living in a concrete house with running water going to prepare me for living some place that may not have either of those things? There are many ways that living and working in the city could prepare you for those things. Saying that the cross-cultural interaction of sharing the gospel is enough is a true statement. Sharing the gospel in a language and culture that is not your own is a small glimpse towards understanding the difficulty of missionary life and the most important task to accomplish. “Ok, I got it. Lord, send me to Tanzania, or Papua New Guinea, or the jungles of Brazil, I am done with this city living.”

I prayed and cried. I pushed and shoved, trying to get through doors the Lord hadn’t opened, but I wanted to be through them. I argued with myself and the Lord, where in the world, literally, I would take my family to serve Him. The Lord gave me some relief, He let me settle on two locations. This eased my mind and restlessness for awhile, but it was still unclear and unsettled. Once again, I was praying and crying, longing to serve with good friends and yet uneasy about serving with those friends. Why? What is going on? The options were an island in the South Pacific with all the things I had hoped and dreamed about (including a rainy season), or an island in the North Atlantic with a western culture (ugh) and a rainy year. So, I pushed for the island in the South Pacific with my friends. Why not? We made a good team and the island was fit for my dream.

“No!” “What?” “No!” You mean, Lord, that you are sending me, an Ozark hillbilly, to live in a western culture and more than likely in a city or at least a large town and it’s going to rain in some form or fashion, every day?! Catching my breath, I let it rest while I spent time praying and seeking counsel from older and wiser men. Confirmation that, yes, the Lord is calling you to Western Ireland. Whew! At least we know where the Lord is sending us, but now I have to rethink all my church planting thoughts and strategies that I had worked out from all the instruction I had received.

Then, the thought hit me like a barrel of bricks falling ten stories: the Lord sent me to the city to work because he was preparing me for working in a city environment. The Lord was preparing me for witnessing to neighbors, shop owners, barbers, bakers, and the random guy walking the sidewalk in front of your house. He was teaching me how to open my doors and bring people in to make relationships, to share with them, and to train them in the Word in my house. All these things I did not plan and I didn’t even know I needed to approach ministry this way and yet, the Lord was faithful to direct my steps that I might serve and glorify Him greatly in Western Ireland.

Why take the time to write a blog like this? In my mind there are two reasons for making this blog post. The first, is that it would encourage the body of Christ to remember. Remember that the Lord the one who knew you before the foundations were laid and is the one directing your steps. So, when life doesn’t seem to be going the way you planned it, thank the Lord because He is giving you something better than you can plan. Second, I want to encourage the body of Christ that there are unreached and unengaged peoples all over this world. So, if you’re willing to obey the Lord in reaching the nations, remember that He may not send you to the locale you dreamed of, but where He sends you is better for your sanctification and His glory.

Grace and Peace,                                                                                                                                            D.E. Burgess II

Goodbye. . .again

5 years ago, goodbyes were different for us. We would say goodbye to family and friends regularly. We knew we would see them again soon. Usually the next day or week or month. No big deal.

Goodbyes are still a normal part of our life. However, they aren’t the same normal.

Today, goodbyes are different. They no longer mean “See ya soon!”. They often times mean “This is the last time I will see you here on this earth!”. Sometimes they mean “Hopefully we will see you in a few years!”. Other times we have no idea what that goodbye means.

Ausust 2013 – we move to Texas and we met a couple who quickly became our best friends here. June 2014 – we say goodbye to them. One of those “Hopefully we will see you in a few years!” goodbyes. I stood crying as they drove away. It was hard.

Less than 1 year to make a friend, develop a friendship and say goodbye. The first of many.

A year later, we would be in the same situation. They drove away, I stood crying. A “This is the last time I will see you here on this earth!” goodbye. A little over a year later – again. 

Many of these friendships were only beginning when they had to end. Often I wanted to stop making those friends. That would mean no more hard goodbyes. But instead, God taught us to make deeper friendships in the time we had together. Instead of 10 years building a friendship, we get 10 weeks or 10 months. We learn to make those short weeks and months into a friendship that will last forever though miles apart.

Today, again, we said goodbye to friends. Friends we love and have no idea when we will see them again. Friends we met only a few months ago. Friends with kids who became our kids best friends. Friends who we shared laughter, joy, tears and sorrow with. Friends we grew to love. Friends that in a “normal” life we would see regularly for the rest of our life. But our life isn’t “normal”. Goodbye doesn’t mean “See ya later!” anymore. Goodbye isn’t said nonchalantly anymore. Goodbye isn’t painless anymore.

But GOD. . . God makes these goodbyes ok. He makes them make sense. He pours grace upon grace out on us. He makes forever goodbyes, ok. 

Tears flow less quickly though the friendships are deeper. The friendships are deeper though the time shorter. The time is shorter though the road ahead is longer. A long road filled with many more goodbyes. Bittersweet moments to come and many more heartbreaks to be.

Praise God for His unfailing love for us. To overflow with grace and peace and comfort and love. So, when we do say those goodbyes, we see God’s greater purpose for us is far better than our plans. So, we can experience a grace and love of which we are unworthy. We learn to thank God for the short time these friends are in our lives instead of resenting him for taking them away. We learn to say goodbye with a smile and full heart.

John 1:16 “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”

Ireland Videos

So this will be updated/added to randomly as we hear and see new videos. The purpose is to show Irish culture and scenery to familiarize our partners with the country they are sending us to and supporting us in.


Connemara Beauty

Castles of Connemara


Bi thusa mo Shuile (Be Thou my vision- in Irish, it’s original language)

Irish weather comedy

This isn’t a video, but it makes a good point about the difficulty of learning the language. Gaeilge

Photo for each County

Give Ireland the Light

We have seen the need for the Gospel in Ireland. It is possible to see the beauty that God has created in this country and yet see the spiritual darkness that covers over the land.

Job 12:22-25 says, “He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light. He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away. He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people And makes them wander in a pathless waste. They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.”

This passage can be seen in the history of Ireland. From a time when they were warring pagan clans to a time when they were made great and the Lord used them mightily to preserve the Gospel and to their fall into a disdain for the truth they once held so dear. There is hope for the Ireland of now, the Lord says;

Psalm 36:9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

Let us pray, send, and go to this beautiful country that the light may drive out the darkness and Kingdom outposts may be established in the name of Christ.

Interested in feeding the fire as we go in to the dark? Found out how here.

We want to showcase what we can of Ireland and the culture through the videos we have found online. So, look here.




Headin’ to Missouri

It has been a great year since we were last in Missouri and before we headed back we wanted to hit some high points throughout the year.

We were given this car by a brother and sister in Christ as we were leaving Missouri last year. Thanks


We ministered in Mexico


Easton played his guitar for his first “live” performance


Lanita and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on South Padre Island, 30 mins. from home


We completed our training at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting


We visited and are appointed to be missionaries to Ireland

And we are in ONE week headed to the land of possibilities

Thanks to everyone who has supported us while we have been gone and we are excited to see you soon!

Burgess Family Update- End of Summer

A Sunset in Galway

As summertime winds down, although you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures here in the Rio Grande Valley, we are preparing for our schedule changes. I (Daniel) will be preaching/teaching Wednesday chapels at the Faith Christian Academy. I will continue to teach the Word of God youth on Wednesday nights and will be planning our fall/winter support raising trip(We will be in Missouri from November through December). Lanita and the boys are getting geared up for the school year. Easton has been reading small chapter books and will be starting his third-grade curriculum. Braden has been showing off his letter, number, and word recognition skills and he will be starting kindergarten curriculum. As a family we have begun reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. We recently finished The Magician’s Nephew, what a great read!

We are also getting excited as September gets closer. We are ready to see what the Lord is preparing for us in Ireland, but more importantly we are ready to see how the Lord is going to use us to glorify Himself. As it looks right now we will probably be in a couple different regions of Ireland as we discuss ministry with brothers and sisters there and visit the area that the Lord has burdened our hearts, to give our life to(Galway). Here’s the initial post about our trip in September: Ireland

Praise the Lord, He has blessed us with 41% of our September trip funds! You can support the trip by clicking HERE and marking the donation as OUTGOING.

We are thankful to the Lord for the ministry partners that He has given us! (That’s you who pray and support us financially.THANKS!)

Get to Ireland Update

About a month ago we shared that Lanita and I would be going to Ireland for a week long trip. As part of our preparations we asked that you would join us by financially supporting the trip. We want you to know that we are $1300 away from purchasing tickets and that God is opening the door and providing. Join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ supporting this trip.

Click Here: Support The Burgesses

P.S. We will be doing a monthly update soon, so keep your eyes peeled.