The picture above is of Don, Debbie, their 3 children, spouses and 8 grandchildren. Wow, what a great looking family. I met Don and Deb when I was Director of a Children’s Home, they came as Houseparents in Big Brother Cottage. Don and Debbie were some of my longest serving staff and some of the best in my opinion. By the way, in my world my opinion counts, at least to me.
I am thankful for many things, number one, Don and Debbie were instrumental in Mike doing so well there and turning out to be the Awesome Young Man that he is. Number 2, I feel that I made some lifelong friends that will always be considered part of our family. Don and deb have many talents and they have children that are very talented as well. They have spent most of their lives in full time ministry to children and other adult populations that most of the world would rather forget.
Don and Deb, I just want to say on behalf of me and my family, we love you and we will always be grateful for what you did for our Son Michael. Michael is a wonderful young man who has made us grandparents two times now, Christopher and Victoria. He already owns his home at the young age of 22. Wow, we are truly blessed.
By the way, we still miss Jefferson too.
In the most recent issue of FFV magazine, Ed Stetzer writes, “We live in a world that is losing respect for Christianity. People don’t like Christians all that much, but they do like Jesus – at least the Jesus they have created in their own image.
“LifeWay Research discovered some sobering facts during two surveys conducted in 2007 of 1,402 people who had not attended a religious service at a church, synagogue, or mosque in the past six months. The following statements were agreed to ‘somewhat or strongly’:
62 percent — ‘The God of the Bible is no different from the gods or spiritual beings depicted by world religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.’
86 percent– ‘I believe I can have a good relationship with God without being involved in a church.’
79 percent — ‘I think Christianity today is more about organized religion than about loving God and loving people.’
“Perhaps the most sobering statistic is that 44 percent of people agreed (somewhat or strongly) with the statement, ‘Christians get on my nerves.’ I spoke with a CNN reporter who indicated that even he was ‘startled’ by the number. Few would be willing to say, ‘Jews/Muslims/Buddhists’ get on my nerves.’”
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