Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Party Time

20 years ago today, Wendy and I became husband and wife in central Manitoba, not too far from where this picture was taken. When our pastor (we imported him from Full Gospel Chapel in Steinbach to do the ceremony) got to that part about "richer or poorer", I couldn't help smiling and Wendy laughed out loud.

Thinking of all of our earthly possessions stuffed into a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle (hidden in a friend's garage till loose lips led to its sacking), we knew which side of "richer or poorer" we were on at the time.

Now, 20 years later, we have many stories of God's provision and faithfulness, often in unusual and creative ways. We've gone through some heavy situations in churches, come out the other side a little burnt but hopefully a little wiser. We have three children that mean the world to us, and a fourth child (he'd be 14 now) who preceded us to heaven. We've lived and ministered in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, and California. We've had some incredible highs and some desperate lows.

To employ a much-abused Christian saying, "I'm blessed" -- in the truest sense -- to have walked these roads with such an amazing spouse. Happy anniversary to us!

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