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David & Rhonda

David & Rhonda

About David & Rhonda

April 18, 2007

It was the Spring of 2006 that we first heard about the opportunity of working in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Baku is a place that many people don’t know exists but David knew it existed because on one of his trips to Kyrgystan, his plane touched down in Baku to re-fuel.  Before this, he had not known about this place.  Isn’t it neat the way God works–a short little touch down and a connection was made. 

We learned of this opportunity on a web-site that was advertising the need for a pastor to come and work with an International, Multi-Denominational group of people.  David first asked me what I thought of pursuing this opportunity and my immediate response was, “Go for it!!!!”  My heart did a little leap as fear struck me in thinking of the implications that this might mean for our family. 

To make a very long story short–Here we are in this wonderful country!  Azerbaijan is made up of so many great people that we have yet to meet.  We have been integrated into a great church with people from all over the world.  The church is vibrant with many young families, youth and young adults.  There is so much potential here and we are happy to be a part of what God wants to do in this place.

Getting settled has been challenging and fun!!!  Learning where to shop, what to buy, and what products can be used to resemble products from home have been interesting.   Cooking has been a challenge in the sense that it is difficult to always find the ingredients needed for recipes.  There has always had to be a plan A, plan B, and a plan C & D when we have been having company because what was in one store one day, may not be there the next.  Sometimes five stores do not have  the ingredients  needed.   We are learning to stock up when we see items we use regularly. 

God has our family on a journey.  From the Spring of 2006 until today, we are trusting Him to carry us through and use our lives for His purposes. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

This scripture is not just for the Fortune family but for each person who puts their trust in God.

Blessings to you.

David and Rhonda

14 Responses to “David & Rhonda”

  1. on 19 Apr 2007 at 8:10 amErika

    Hi Rhonda

    Great to get an update on your life in Baku. It sounds like you are having a great time. I know that the Lord will bless you and your family as you work for him.

    I am getting really excited about coming to Baku and just seeing the different culture.


  2. on 20 Apr 2007 at 3:28 pmKim

    So nice to see your picture and read all the things happening across the world. I know that both are a blessing to the people in your church. Rhonda I am sure you still can make wonderful meals for your family. My family and I are missing you all greatly.

    Someday Lord willing we can come and experience Baku for ourselves.

    Love Kim

  3. on 25 Apr 2007 at 11:47 amTom & Diane McIntyre

    David & Rhonda:
    Great job on the entire website. I read everything !!
    Glad to hear you are settling in and that you are surviving the adjustment period. It sounds like all the kids are doing well too.
    Tom just saw Heather at Eastern conference the other day and got the update on you
    We are all heading up to Chesley this weekend for Franky’s 90th birthday ! Mother is doing fine as well.
    Keep up the great work - you are an encouragement and a testimony of God’s grace. Love you guys !
    Tom & Diane

  4. on 03 May 2007 at 1:26 pmandrew spadzinski


    This is in poor lieu of the phone call I would have made yesterday, if I had a place to call.


  5. on 28 May 2007 at 1:55 pmSteve, Nicole and Kenzie

    I read your site and think what an incredible adventure you are all on! I can’t imagine life in another city away from family let alone half way around the world! You must see new and shocking things every day that are totally normal there…I can just imagine the stories you have ;) We miss all of you guys in Kitchener and it is so great to see that everyone is doing so well and adjusting so well to life in a new country :) Looking forward to hearing updates!

  6. on 14 Jul 2007 at 7:15 pmSheila Bowman

    Great to see all your smiling faces!!!! I had heard rumours that you had wandered off across the world!! So excited for all of you and this great adventure!!

  7. on 15 Oct 2007 at 11:07 amKaren Robertson

    Hi, all! Check your website all the time and look forward to new updates about your family and ministry in Baku (’course when there are no new updates I go to our favourite resource…BAF-Y!) Kristen is especially interested in all that is going on as she prays for you guys every night! We rejoice in the way God is keeping His hand on you and blessing your family and your ministry in Baku. We were especially thrilled to read about your Baptism service…isn’t God great!

    Keep smiling and remember that although you may be far away from Canada - you are always close to our hearts!

    God bless, Laurie, Karen & Kristen

  8. on 08 Dec 2007 at 2:37 amdoug and wanda

    Dearest Rhonda and David: Came across your website today. may god bless you. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government will be upon his shoulders.His name shall be called wonderful counsellor, mighty god. Everlasting Father, The prince of Peace.Is. 9:6 Have a very merry christmas and a happy 2008. Enjoy your special visitors from Sudbury. P.S. Sounds like you live in a very interesting place. Doug had an amazing trip of teaching and preaching in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. It truly was like the amazing race. Just not knowing at times how connections would take place, but God always showed up-just around the corner. Jesus is moving in a powerful way. May we all have the joy of bringing in the harvest in these last days . take care, be blest. Lovingly In Jesus, Wanda Crouse

  9. on 14 Jan 2008 at 7:25 pmRobin Isaacs

    Dear David and Rhonda,

    I am so glad that I found your new letter again with your email address. God’s blessings be upon you and your family!
    I have thought of you all oftern wondering how God faithfulness has been shown to you. Richard, I and the boys would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We all went to surprise my parents, in Calgary, on Christmas Eve - it was fantastic! The Lord gave us a wonderful time with all extended family there. Rhonda you unfortunately/fortunately will miss my big 40th Bday this year - I was so hoping to be roasted I mean toasted by you in some painful way! We are praying for you and miss you all.

    God Bless,

    Robin 4 all

  10. on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:39 pmrodrigues family

    Dear Rhonda, David and the crew,

    We are missing you all very much. Life on Michener Cres is not as lively without the Fortune children (and adults), noone makes us homemade donuts.
    We are getting by each day at a time. Its incredible how quickly time passes…
    When I read of Michealla’s braces it makes me smile. Metal mouth and all…Nathan, Jessica and myself all have braces right now. Soon mine will come off.(woohoo!)
    I have had a difficult time with communicating out with email or other… my goal is to get better with this…Did I mention I don’t like my computer.
    I heard through the friend vine that there will be a trip back to Canada this summer…please let me know details and if there is time for a Rodrigues visit…Have truck will travel…
    Love, hugs and metal smiles from our home to yours,
    Stephanie and the gang…

  11. on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:36 amErika

    Hi Rhonda and David

    It is so good to check your site and find out what is happening in the Fortune household. Get after your kids to update theirs eventhough I know that you are all very busy.

    Pray for you every day…

    Lots of love

  12. on 11 Nov 2008 at 4:05 pmJill Malleck

    Just spoke with KGT (asking about the flu clinics) and got this website address from Joyce. I didn’t recognize anyone there, but I am happy to have found you and your family - and doing so well. You look wonderful and you seem to be really settled in and making such a difference.
    I am sure to come back and check in on what’s up.
    All is well with me in Kitchener.
    God bless, Jill

  13. on 17 Dec 2008 at 2:25 pmDavid Adcock

    Hello Rhonda and David,

    Could you send me your address so that I can update my contact list. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

  14. on 18 Feb 2009 at 10:57 pmLorna Kroh

    Hey there David and Rhonda! Think of you often and miss our yearly visits :) Enjoyed reading your update. Life is going well in London.

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