Five years ago this month, Claire and I met a young woman at Josiah Venture intern training at Malenovice. She'd come from Portland, Oregon, on the recommendation of my long time best friend, Michelle, to serve as a summer intern in the Czech Republic.
We didn't know her until then, but it was one of those "it feels like we know you" types of things when we met downstairs in the big meeting room amidst a hundred other interns. That began a sweet connection and friendship from afar.
After all those years, it was such a delight to reconnect with this dear young woman who we have come to love! How very sweet to spend a whole evening with Taylor and my dear Michelle, catching up on what God's done since we last saw her.
As we sat over dinner, she talked about how that summer laid a foundation for her life that shaped and developed her into the person she is today.
She is one confident, deep, happy, fun, mature, selfless, godly and beautiful-inside-and-out young woman! To think that Josiah Venture had a little part in her growth and development, SO thrills me.
"Taylor, you are a delight! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life and the ways God is using you here in Portland to live out the Gospel!"