If you're lucky enough in this lifetime, you will meet someone who's not only fully dedicated to family and those he loves, but is also kind, interesting, inspiring, humble, wise, and a true servant of God.
In memory of a man we've had the honor to get to know and work with over the last year. He's touched so many lives in the humblest of ways. So humble in fact, that not many people realize all the places and people he's reached.
We've learned a lot from him. One of the things my husband and I have really reflected upon this last week is the way he spoke. "Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you."
Is what you are saying honest? Is it authentic, radiating energy true to who you are? Are you displaying integrity? Are you genuinely spreading joy and love? Do you encourage others? These are just a handful of things we have learned from this great man, and if anything, the events in the last week have motivated us even more to carry through with the dream he held so close to his heart for his family and his community on this farm.
In an interview with him that I found on christianleadersinstitute.org, a lot of what was discussed were the same topics we spoke about as we began this journey. "God calls all of us to ministry. He uses different environments and circumstances to reach people far beyond the context of a church because ALL of life is a ministry, using the gifts/talents He's given us. A calling is what drives your ministry and we shouldn't allow our fears to be a discouragement. We are created in God's image. We are a direct reflection of Him. We are doing God's work as we work."
We will forever cherish the short amount of time we spent with you. Thank you. We will continue to be inspired by a great man such as you by staying true to the vision and by spreading God's love.