My family is a blessing to me. They support my efforts to lead the ministry of Remember the Children in ways I never imagined. We have loved our times serving together. We have made deep and life-lasting friendships in Romania, and it has truly become our second home. But my wife and girls sacrifice a lot with my continual absence from their lives, and that doesn’t go unnoticed by me. I love how supportive they are of my time away doing whatever needs to be done to advance the work we are doing in Romania.
We have come to a milestone in the ministry life of Remember the Children, and that is celebrating 20 years since my first adventure into the country of Romania. At that time, I never knew how deeply it would impact my life, nor did I ever dream that a ministry like Remember the Children would evolve. I have been amazed at the numbers when I look back. Hundreds of people have travelled with me to serve in Romania. Thousands of children’s lives have been transformed through these efforts. We have also had the privilege to help in the start and assist in the development of 12 churches. We are presently helping in the development of the Houses of Hope for orphans. But the staggering number to me is the millions of dollars that our friends and supporters have given through Remember the Children to bless the lives of those we serve. I’m grateful for the many people who have believed in my simple vision of bringing faith, hope, and love to those that have been forgotten.
But this summer was extra special after all the years of doing this, because my sister Carolyn and her husband Steve joined me and Gerri for a week of serving and encouraging our partners in Romania. We had the privilege to meet with all of them, pray with them, share meals together, share in times of laughter and good conversation, and Steve even preached for one of our partners in an evening service. If you hang around me long enough, one of my personality traits is to not really talk about what I do. I don’t know how to explain it, but deep down I just believe that I am doing what God purposed me to do with my life. It is an awesome privilege to do it, and it is a great gift to have a family that supports it. However, I was humbled to listen to my Romanian colleagues share with Carolyn and Steve the importance of the ministry of Remember the Children. There is something that I hear differently when the ministry is being shared to others by those that work alongside of me. It was overwhelming to listen to them, but I was grateful that my family got to hear how significant Remember the Children has been with those with whom I share my life.
I don’t know about the future but right now I’m forever thankful for the last twenty years, and hopeful for greater things in the next twenty.