Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
I met Margaret during my time at Houghton from 1983-1987. She served as the sponsor of Swordbearers, the Bible Memory Association that I headed up for a couple years as president. Always cheerful, upbeat and positive, she listened calmly to our concerns and offered a helping hand. Wonderful memories include baking Christmas cookies with John and Jennifer at her apartment for our Christmas events each year; her help preparing our annual chapels; and visiting her in her office at the college. She was the president's secretary; it was good to have a friend like her "in high places." She had a merry laugh and could always be counted on: consistent, steadfast and dependable are words that come to my mind that to describe her. Her faith in God was strong and sustained her throughout her life. She also worked at a Christian camp that my father attended during his youth, so that connection is another one that we shared.
She doted over our children when we visited her in Houghton and I am sorry that she will not meet Jacob and Elias, at least on this side of heaven. She gave Joel and Amelia a Bible story book during that last visit with her that we read with them during our family devotional time.
When I felt led to be a missionary to Ecuador, Margaret was one of the first people to commit to support me, and I know that she prayed for us, and prayed, and prayed, and prayed. We always looked forward to her Christmas cards every year. In fact, when we didn't receive one last year, we thought something was wrong, and we contacted her. Well, somehow her card got lost in the mail so she sent another one. When we received it, I called her to say thanks. That was the last time that we spoke, although we wrote her a couple times since then.
Although we will miss her very much, we are so happy for her: she is now with the Lord she loved and served so faithfully here on earth. Thanks, Lord, for allowing us to be part of her life and her to be part of our lives.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Elías and Jacob enjoyed exploring the property while Marisol, Joel and Amelia watched a film at the visitor's center.