As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NLT)
This past weekend was spent in Denver with Wendy’s family. Wendy and I packed up the car for the long trek. Taylor joined us for the journey along with Madison’s boyfriend, Kevin. Madison, who is in Colorado Springs studying, hitched a ride up to Denver on Friday to meet us. It was two solid days of family, food, life, love and laughter.
I couldn’t help but think of the family gathering as I read this verse from today’s chapter. While I enjoyed much conversation during the weekend, I also enjoyed a fair amount of listening and observing:
- I listened to Wendy’s dad talk about spearheading a Meals From the Heartland project that packaged hundreds of thousands of meals which will be sent to feed the hungry in Africa. He is planning to personally go this next year to help distribute meals in Haiti or in Africa as he plans and administrates another packaging event in their area.
- In casual conversation Taylor shared about her and Clayton’s experiences serving the homeless in Des Moines along with their church.
- I watched a video for Child Voice International and heard about an exciting opportunity Taylor and Clayton have to do a twelve-week internship in Uganda. They will each be able to use the passion God has given them to serve those who have been traumatized by the slave trade and terrorism. Taylor will be able to work with Art Therapy as she’s studying it at Grandview. Clayton will use his college education and passion to help with micro-financing efforts in the area.
- I listened to Taylor talk about Uganda with Wendy’s brother, Lucas, because he’d already been there. He helped build a church in the country and this past year went to Belize. During the summer Lucas served our community working for the National Guard in the flood relief efforts along the Missouri River.
- I heard Wendy’s sister, Suzanna, talk about her and her father’s work in Tijuana, Mexico building houses for the poor and saw pictures of their team’s efforts.
- I listened to Madison sharing about her studies at the New Life School of Worship and her own mission this past year in Nepal.
- I got to ask Madison’s boyfriend about the passion God’s given him for Christian music and an exciting job offer to manage a Christian concert venue in Florida when he finishes school.
The holidays are family time for most all of us, but this year I am knocked out by realization that I am blessed by family of whom I can truly think of their “faithful work, their loving deeds and the enduring hope they have because of the Lord Jesus Christ.”