A Letter from the Founder of
Stewardship: A Mission of Faith
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My name is David Abel and I am the father of fifteen beautiful children. Twelve of these gifts are adopted from around the world. In November of 2004, most anyone looking at me from the outside would have said, “He has it all; a beautiful wife, many wonderful children, he lives in a mansion with all types of worldly toys, has a very successful business and lots of friends!” But they were seeing the mask I wore, and not the total emptiness within my soul. I was out of control and on a crash course for death, which I could not stop.
Our loving God, working through many good people around me, used the key of Stewardship to open my heart. “EVERYTHING we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others”, was spoken to me by a friend at a parish Stewardship meeting. Those words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, opened my heart and His grace came flooding in! For 46 years I was a check-the-box-Catholic, just going through the motions. Then on the evening of December 10, 2004 the Holy Spirit filled my heart in a profound way. I began to develop an ever-growing, ever-deepening personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Everything that I do now, as a Catholic, takes me further into my relationship with Him. The level of love, peace and joy the Lord takes me to, on my journey Home, is beyond words.
I am now continually being filled by the Holy Spirit, and the overflow pours into each and every person that God brings into my life. I was once empty but now I am filled with His love and it is ALL due to the grace of God, our Father. I am all in for the Lord and whatever He wants me to do. I now realize I own nothing, but am merely the steward of all the gifts He has bestowed upon, and entrusted to, me. And the greatest of these earthly gifts is my family.
May God Bless each and every one of you, as you say your yes each day, by allowing you to be a blessing to others!
Yours in Christ,
David Z. Abel
A Christian Steward
Founder, Stewardship: A Mission of Faith
David Z. Abel’s Bio
David Abel is married to his precious wife, Tierney, and together they have 17 children and six grandchildren. David is the owner (steward) of DAS Companies, Inc. which he founded in 1978. DAS is a manufacturer, importer, and distributor of branded travel center merchandise and consumer electronics which are distributed both domestically and internationally. The corporate office is located in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, and warehouse facilities are located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and Salt Lake City, Utah.
David is the co-founder of Brittany’s Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DAS Companies. Brittany’s Hope aids in adoption and humanitarian efforts worldwide (www.brittanyshope.org). David is the founder of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith (www.stewardshipmission.org). This foundation produces and distributes faith-based materials worldwide, and facilitates the formation of various Scripture reflection groups.
David serves on several boards, including: DAS Companies, Inc., Direction For Our Times (DFOT) – based in Ireland, Stewardship: A Mission of Faith, and Brittany’s Hope.
He has 38 years of experience in business with talents in marketing, sales, speaking, and writing which he uses to spread the Gospel message of stewardship.
David is a member of the Stewardship Advisory Team at the Diocese of Harrisburg, a member of Convene (a Christian businessmen’s group whose mission is Business Performance with an Eternal Perspective), and a member of the Board of Stewardship of Leadership: Leaders Building Leaders on the Foundation of Christ.
At the annual Convene CEO Summit in February, 2011, David received the “Infinitely Beyond Award,” Convene’s highest award, which acknowledges the God-honoring activity of a business leader. In 2012, he received the “Service to Humanity Alumni Citation Award” from Lancaster Catholic High School (Pennsylvania).
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