Did you know that 10 years ago this past Sunday, I arrived in Slovakia?! Yep, it’s been that long since I took the road less traveled to venture off into a new culture, life, and ministry. And, I got to say it’s been an amazing journey and adventure!
I’ve put together a timeline of events and hope you enjoy celebrating what the Lord has done with your investments and partnership through our ministry with Josiah Venture.
To get started, I found an email excerpt that I wrote the day after arriving to Slovakia that mentioned my father and love. Who would have known that after 10 years, God would continue to use my father to talk to me about love? Check it out…
Feb. 18, 2003 email
A Father’s Tear…
The journey began with farewells with my family. I’ve only seen my dad cry once in my life and what a joy it was to experience this. I know this may sound weird, but let me explain. As I was sitting at the gate, God shared with me about Love. As I experienced this moment, I was reminded what it must have been like when God said good-bye to His Son, as Jesus left Heaven and came to earth. That love never left, so as it will be for me and my family, our love will never leave.
Part of my dad’s eulogy
The last few months I’ve been asking God to give me a picture of His love, and as sad as this may sound, He used my Father’s death to show me His love. Many people ask what can they do for my family and me. And so I asked God how should I respond to that, and He replied, “tell them to Love me and love others.” And that’s what I plan to do.
He reminded me that the reason we deal with death is because of sin, man being disobedient to God. But God loved us so much that He gave His only son, to die on the cross for our sins. My father’s death hurts. I can only imagine what it was like for Him, to offer His son for you and for me. God says all we have to do is believe in His Son, Jesus, and we will have eternal life.
I believe my dad is with Jesus enjoying his retirement in Heaven. And my prayer and heart’s desire is that you too are with Jesus. My dad’s death is a reminder, that life as we know it, is too short. Now I know from this pain what God experienced when He gave us His Son, for each of us. And to me that is a wonderful picture of His love.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:9-10
to continue on the timeline, go to 2001 link