Touché October 7, 2016
Posted on October 7, 2016 by under Touché,


A First Rate Preacher in the Third World

“The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.” (Psalm 46)

Dave Bast has preached from Times Square to Timbuktu.  This Sunday he preaches in Hopewell.  I traveled with him through Niger as HRC supported a Words of Hope radio studio in Maradi.  He has been to some of the toughest places in the world to be a Christian. Dave’s messages have given hope to Christians and those discovering Christ in those regions.  He is recognized in RCA circles as one of the most gifted preachers in our denomination.

He is also Cathy’s uncle.  Cathy’s grandfather, Henry, was the Words of Hope preacher for many years.  Uncle Dave continued his legacy.  He is now retiring.  It is a joy to have him here this Sunday on his retirement tour.  Dave and Betty Jo, his wife, provided our home in the midst of the storm of Andrew’s accident.  They blessed us with a place of refuge and peace as Andrew went from death to life at Mary Free Bed.

Dave will be preaching from Psalm 46 this Sunday, “God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.”  God’s help and strength was revealed through them.  I hope you will be here this Sunday to hear Dave and honor him for his work, and thank Dave and Betty Jo for the way they blessed our family in a time of need.

Here is Dave’s bio:

The Rev. David M. Bast has served since 1994 as the President and Broadcast Minister of Words of Hope, a media ministry affiliated with the Reformed Church in America that focuses on building the church in the world’s hard places. Words of Hope currently has ministry partnerships in ten major fields that produce Christian media in more than 30 languages, primarily in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. David Bast also is the co-host of a weekly Bible teaching program called “Groundwork,” co-produced by Words of Hope and ReFrame Media (

David Bast is a graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, both in Holland, Michigan. He has also studied at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before coming to Words of Hope, he served as a pastor for 18 years in RCA congregations in Michigan and Illinois.

David and his wife Betty Jo live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are the parents of four children, Andrew (married to Katie), Peter (married to Sarah), Jane (married to Lars Olson), and Anne (married to Paul Davis). They have seven grandchildren.

In Gratitude,