Oh these people! How thankful I am for God's choosing of them long ago to be part of my life.
I've actually known Dan (the one taking the photo!) the longest. We met in 1982 when he was interning at my home church in Vancouver, Washington.
Dave came next in 1983, with Laura in 1984 and Mel and Amy in 1996. Collectively (if it works like that!) I've known them for over 150 years!
And truly, the depth of relationship with them feels rightly like that. We have been through so much together: laughter, tears, joys, sorrows, fun, and challenges. But all SO GOOD!
And on a personal note...they have loved me, challenged me, given grace, kindness, and joy to me; they've spoken the Word to me, prayed for me, and believed God with me.
They've also journeyed through life in Josiah Venture with Dave and I too. And that's a huge privilege, to have seen them impact so many different people's lives, and in so many different kinds of ways, in the name of Jesus. These people are the REAL DEAL when it comes to living sold out lives for God!
Who knew...back in the 80's, 90's and in the 2000's when we started vacationing together...that we'd still love and enjoy each other so much all these years later?!
Dan, Laura, Mel, Amy and Dave - love you all so much! You are good gifts from the Lord in my life, and I'm glad HE knew that we all needed each other!