Nancy and I are excited about our new adventure. However, all our emotions are not sweet. Some are bitter-sweet. Yesterday, Cindy, a friend and long-time member of the small group Nancy and I served for most of the time we have been in Spokane, gave us this letter she wrote for us. We are honored by her words and, with her permission, we would like to share them with you.
Dear Nancy and Greg,
My eyes fill like two ponds when I think of your leaving. You have been faith-filled friends, soul-wise mentors, treasured examples of heart-first servants. Humble and considerate, productive and courageous. I could go on an on… You remind me of Paul, going to the ends of the globe, sometimes in perilous places, to spread God’s Good News.
Nancy, I think God applauds your particular emphasis on reaching children with 1for50. Truly, you follow Jesus’ advice to “Let the little ones come to me.” He considered young ones closer to entering Heaven than adults. (Matthew 18:1-6) Not too surprising to me, considering my preconceived ideas of what is “possible” and what is “impossible.” Always, I emphasize works. “What can I get done today?” I ask each morning. But you two don’t suffer from the pride of intellect and accomplishment; instead you pray, follow and trust in the Lord.
Greg, I will miss the way you value each member of our group, your honest compliments. You could out-comentate (Is that a real word?) any of us with your scripture knowledge. Instead of dominating the discussion, however, you draw each person in. By asking questions and opening up sharing to others’ experiences, everyone gets a chance to participate. Your emphasis this last year on real-life application of the Bible was particularly rewarding for my spiritual growth. “What will we do in the coming week to implement and cement what we’ve learned?”
Nancy, I will miss most your hospitality (and your knitting!). Get-togethers at your house were always so welcoming, as well as learning experiences. Whether it was demonstrating your 1for50 lessons, or just talking about family, you always made me feel loved and included.
Please give me a call or text if you need anything before you move. I don’t know how I might be of service, but I’m eager to assist you.
With gratitude and delight in knowing you both,
Thank you Cindy! You have enriched our lives. Facilitating our group has been a delight. We pray the group will persevere and grow after we leave.