It was nearly five years ago. We were in Beautiful Feet Boot Camp having just quit my job, sold our home and moved away from our friends and family. As the brand new directors of mobilization for Beautiful Feet, we’d gotten a call from a family who wanted to tour campus. They had a son in high school who was convinced he was going to be a missionary as soon as he graduated. It was summer and he’d just completed his sophomore year.
We waited in the office for them to arrive, greeted them, showed them around, listened to the young man’s dreams, gave them some advice and encouragement and then sent them on their way.
I put that young man on a plane to the other side of the world last night. So much has happened since our first meeting. In addition to his love of Christ and passion for the kingdom, he’s grown in humility, honed his patience and his ability to listen to the Spirit of God. I’ve gotten to know his good qualities and his not-as-good aspects. And I’ve grown to love him.
Five years of walking alongside this man as an encourager, advisor and friend and I’m looking forward to seeing what his journey holds in the next five 🙂
Godspeed, my friend.