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The Way of Hope, Growing Close to God Through Loss – online workshop

Six Week Online Workshop, (Tuesday October 20th through Tuesday November 24th)

This workshop will find authentic answers to life’s pressing questions: Life can unravel suddenly, in many ways: an unexpected layoff, a doctor’s report, an unwanted divorce, foreclosure, a loved one’s death, a prison sentence, natural disasters, a child’s rebellion, PTSD, and others.  Like rocks tumbling downhill gaining momentum, these events often happen in combination, leaving brokenness in their path. Shock, fear, bewilderment, depression, and anger are just a few of the emotions that threaten to pull us under in the riptide of loss.

If life has given you a broken heart, help is available. Take this workshop The Way of Hope.

 The Way of Hope 6-week workshop series is available at this time for $49.95 (includes material cost, plus $5.00 per session). Scholarships available contact – by His design exists to provide help and encouragement to the afflicted. Suffering may last for a season, but the living God has a way through the loss.

We start our study at 6:30 Mountain Time (7:30 Central Time, 8:30 Eastern Time, 5:30 Pacific Time). This is a six-week study starting October 20th (consecutive Tuesdays} and will conclude on November 24th. If you miss a workshop meeting each class is recorded and you will receive a link to view.

by His design staff will be contacting you before our October 20th start to orient you on using the ZOOM We are all at different levels in technology knowledge, so no worries if you’re less-experienced with online meetings. We will get you online for this workshop. We also have a team of tech support to help with any issues. 

The workshop facilitators:

Dave and Beth Weikel have worked in full-time ministry, business, and public education for over 30 years. God is using their season of loss to provide hope and healing for others.

“An intense period of loss touched our lives in myriad ways: a life-threatening illness, the death of our son serving in Iraq, strained family relationships surrounding this event, elder care and the home-going of three parents in less than a year, a near-fatal car accident of our other son and a few others. What we are learning, because this is not finished yet, is to trust in the faithfulness of our Lord in unseen ways.”

Trained as a disaster relief chaplains, and former career educators with experience in full-time ministry, Dave and Beth have walked through their own intense season of loss. Its heartbreak and upheaval has taught them to cling to what cannot be taken away and has challenged them to wring purpose and meaning from those times of suffering.

“God has afforded us opportunities to proclaim a clear message of hope and redemption through discipleship, partnering with local, national, and international organizations that reach out to desperate populations looking for answers and help.” 

After being discipled into ministry through Peninsula Bible Church’s Intern Program, I have been a pastor in the Colorado Springs area. I also served as a church administrator in California. My ministry would be categorized as verse-by-verse Bible teaching, creative outreach ministries, and in-depth discipleship of men. I also was a teacher and school administrator focused on leadership skills to aid organizations.

When God calls us into a season of loss and grief, He becomes our all and all. He meets us and builds into our lives a dependence on Him, so “that we do not rely on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead” (II Corinthians 1:9). My desire is to share this message of dependence on the sufficiency of Christ.

I’ve been a pastor’s wife, published writer of books, articles and features, editor of a Christian newsmagazine, a secondary English teacher in public school for over twenty years, and a volunteer in ministry efforts and civic affairs that support healthy community.

Since my retirement from full-time employment, I’ve rediscovered time to enjoy my continuing interest in art and design, photography, music, gardening. My husband and I each facilitate small group discipleship studies, travel to teach workshops, and provide resources and training online (

In recent years God has been my Sustainer, Rock, and Friend who has brought me through a series of losses I would have never imagined. I am a Bible student and teacher.



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By : Dave Weikel /September 27, 2020 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on The Way of Hope, Growing Close to God Through Loss – online workshop Read More

“Purposeful Brokenness”

“Purposeful Brokenness”  “Because life challenges us with episodes of loss, we must become skilled and committed to handling all of life from the perspective of what we call purposeful brokenness. God’s grace operates in our brokenness

with the long view in mind, while actively, intimately embracing His sons and daughters in a lasting embrace day by day.”     -from The Way of Hope,  Growing Close to God through Loss  Many we met in Paradise, California, were broken and seeking answers to life, desiring to trust a living God as they moved forward. With God even tragedy can have meaning in horrendous loss.  Others who weren’t ready to seek God in their loss were being drawn closer to Christ. In addition to what by His design provided, the church we were partnering with demonstrated an unconditional love for people, with no expectation of getting anything in return. 

 The ten days we spent at Magalia Pines Baptist Church was both exhausting and exhilarating because we could visibly see how our God of undeniable mercy and grace was using all of the team of volunteers to re-create community daily. “The church we had before the fire is not the church we have

now,” Pastor Doug commented. He’s spent the last 25 years at this place and is uniquely qualified by a lifetime of experience and training to be used in this resurrection.   When we got there, this small church who’d lost most of their members due to the devastation, was providing home-cooked meals twice a day and other practical help to hundreds. They’ve been doing this for several months now.   

The ongoing collection of household goods that people can apply for is being housed in the church’s auxiliary building formerly used for children’s ministry.            

By : Dave Weikel /April 13, 2020 /By His Design Blog, Uncategorized /Comments Off on “Purposeful Brokenness” Read More

Jehoshaphat’s Crisis and the Prophet’s Response

The enemies of Judah showed up suddenly outside Jerusalem to make war in a time of peace.

When the report came, King Jehoshaphat was struck with fear, because the enemies’ combined armies far outnumbered Judah’s.

After declaring a fast for the nation, so they could seek God, they all came from their cities to hear from the Lord.

“All Judah was standing before the Lord, with their infants, their wives, and their children,” when the king spoke. His wise and humble prayer is recorded in II Chronicles 20:6-12.

In effect, he acknowledged the true God and admitted, “We are powerless before this great multitude coming against us, nor do we know what to do; but our eyes are on You.”

“Then, in the midst of the assembly the spirit of the Lord filled Jahaziel…and he said, Listen all Judah…and King Jehoshaphat, thus says the Lord to you” (v. 14-15).

What this obscure prophet relayed to everyone was God’s battle plan when they went out to face the enemy. What God had planned the next day for them was to show up to praise Him, while He dealt with the enemy (v. 16-25).

After Jahaziel spoke, everyone, including the King, bowed their heads and fell down before the Lord to worship Him.

They knew that God’s prophet had spoken and this was the way to victory.

By : Dave Weikel /November 08, 2018 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on Jehoshaphat’s Crisis and the Prophet’s Response Read More

From Pastors Interviewed:

When people experience tragedy in their lives, how do they typically respond?

  1. Many who experience loss in life find themselves desperate for answers… Any answers.
  2. People who’ve had more than one loss in quick succession begin doubting if there’s a God who cares.
  3. People dealing with the loss of a home are confused and
  4. don’t know where to turn. If it’s due to a disaster, many times they’ve lost everything they own.
  5. Desperate…disoriented…depressed
  6. People who are suffering often get angry, so they lash out at God and others.
  7. They stop going to church, even though the church is available for help.
  8. When living with a tragedy, family life disintegrates.
  9. People feel guilty and helpless.
  10. Secondary losses can be a significant part of the impact of the initial loss.
  11. Sleep after loss is a challenge. They can’t get adequate rest.
  12. People don’t prepare for loss. It usually takes them by surprise.
  13. People walk around for years with deep pain, not knowing what to do to recover. Quality of life suffers.
  14. When dreams are dashed, hope becomes illusive.
  15. Many walk away from the church and God. It’s been reported that ninety percent will not return to the Lord in any significant way.


By : Dave Weikel /February 17, 2016 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on From Pastors Interviewed: Read More
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    Dave and Beth Weikel have worked in full-time ministry, business, and public education for over 30 years. God is using their season of loss to provide hope and healing for others.
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