Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Few Words of Thanks

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Generosity is the last Fruit of the Spirit that I am going to write about. This summer has been an experience of a lifetime as we have witnessed hundreds of people as they expressed generosity. In May, Eric and I began our American tour by flying into Nashville and speaking within the first 48 hours off the plane. We have been in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas speaking throughout May, June, July, and the first three weeks of August. We have experienced the birth of my third niece, birthdays, family vacations, and many other wonderful things. This summer has been a spiritual journey for the both of us as we have prepared financially, emotionally, and spiritually to fully rely on God. We have never been so incredibly vulnerable. Churches have opened their doors to us and have helped us experience worship in many different ways. Individuals have opened their homes and given us a place to lay our heads, food to put in our hungry stomachs, and sometimes even clothes. We could not have accomplished anything this summer without these wonderful churches and people. We would like to say “thank you” to everyone that has helped us and nurtured us.

I have attached a few pictures of the people that showed us extreme generosity.

Eric and I with Becky Camp at Perryville UMC

Eric with his father, Rodger, and Linda Perdue 

Liz with her parents, Bill and Linda Buchanan

Our other family...the Allisons. Never thought I would have such a large family!! It is great!

Liz's brother, Matt, sister-in-law, Melanie, and Liz's two lovely nieces, Ada and Nora

Dan and Joy Weathersbee opened their home to us more than once.

The Brandons: Kevin, Rebecca, Ellie, Stephanie, and Chelsea...Liz's best friends

John, Suzanne, Isaac, and Sam Wehner...they provided us with a place to lay our heads and fed us.

Tad and Nick sitting at the SigEp house. Eric stayed with them a few nights while Liz was in AR.

Nancy, Will, and Jake Nanney...they picked us in the middle of the night when the car was struck by lightening.

Eric's sister, Elizabeth, brother-in-law, Benjamin, and niece, Emily. They have done more for us that fits on this tiny space.

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