IMG_9350David Wainwright was the gentlest human being. He oozed the love of Christ.

He was a member of Lighthouse Church in Santa Monica long before me, so I always looked up to him. It was he who got me into coffee on a long, overnight drive to Prescott, Arizona, to pick up a van our church had purchased from the Potter’s House Church. He taught me how to outreach, how to care for people, how to clean the church. He showed me Jesus was first in everything.

David got set free from every addiction except cigarettes, which remained his nemesis for 10 years after getting saved. Then, he called on the children of the church to pray for him, and, finally, he was free. He never smoked again.

I went off to Guatemala to pastor a church. He stayed behind and worked in the J. Paul Getty Museum in the hills above Brentwood. Later he moved to Hesperia, CA, where he helped successive pastors lead the pioneer work there. Whenever I came back from Guatemala, I would seek him out to share a coffee. It was our particular fellowship.

Then six year agos, I came back from the mission field for good, and the coffees were more frequently. He was a big bear, a teddy bear, who would give you hugs that communicated the love of God.

The last time, he saw me first, came over and gave me a hug. I didn’t even see it coming. Who would have know that would be my last David Wainwright hug? He died Sunday. He graduated with high honors to Heaven.

The irony? He passed away while visiting people — up to the last breath of his life, he was living for others, encouraging others.

That’s what I call a hero. That’s what I want to be.

David, I won’t miss you because I have you inside of me. I will strive to be like you — gentle, humble, servant-hearted. It is no easy role model to follow, but I have imbibed of your spirit, and I know what I need to do.

21 responses to “#Hero

  1. Thank you so much for sharing his life and love of God with us! You said, “Then, he called on the children of the church to pray for him, and, finally, he was free. He never smoked again” Yes! We have something to learn from the simple child-like faith of children praying! ~Yvonne

  2. I am so sorry for your loss (Heaven’s gain). A life beautifully lived.

  3. That is a true mentor. May we follow his example!

  4. Beloved brother in Christ, I thank God for blessing you with a brother in Christ like David.

    I hate he was not here on earth with us for longer, but I am thankful to know that he so deeply and richly impacted your life with the love of Jesus–himself loving like Jesus.

    I am thankful to know that David went to Hesperia, CA and shared a bunch of Jesus love (I’m from Hesperia–grades 3-9)!

    I pray abundant comfort in Christ Jesus from our God of all comfort to all who knew David–family and friends.

    Big hugs to ye via the Holy Spirit!

  5. David was a true hero. David was a very strong and loving man who helped me in many ways. I will never forget. Rest in peace Mr Wainwright.

  6. A wonderful tribute… Sorry for your loss,
    yet rejoicing in his life well spent! 🙂 ♥ ❤

  7. What an inspiration he must have been and what a legacy he left for the world. I am so sorry for your loss but thanks to your tribute, I’ll look forward to meeting another wonderful friend of yours in heaven. Blessings back,

  8. DAVID USED TO SERVE COFFEE AND AND THE BIBLE TO ME AND ANOTHER NEW BELIEVER – every morning, 6 am, at the Lighthouse church sanctuary. I am one of his early disciples.
    His memory only evokes life and joyful-peace in me. Love you and thank you David. In hope, will have coffee in heaven, with the other famous David.
    Glory to Jesus!

  9. Sorry to hear of his passing. But what an encouragement to read about his walk with God

  10. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,” Hebrews 12

  11. A hero indeed! The world needs more Davids. Thanks for sharing this. Sorry for your loss – but Heaven gains a hero of faith.

  12. We are so fortunate to have people like this come into our lives. Their testimony to Jesus is often merely by radiating the Light of the Spirit in the simple living in daily routines.

  13. He is with Christ the Lord.Heart warming post..J.M

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