Dear, dear Nancy,
How we thank God for your life, for your faithfulness in friendship and ministry, for your example to younger Christ followers, for your leadership in mission.... The list goes on and on. You, Jerry, and the children were at our first ever church visit as newly commissioned missionaries. You were the “main-liners”; they let us wave from the congregation. We learned so much that day! We were so impressed with your amazing kids!
Over the years we have had many opportunities to do life and ministry together. You have hosted us. We have hosted you. We will never forget the day you and Jerry arrived in Colombia for an extended visit. Instead of our preparing a meal for you following your long journey, you prepared the most delicious Mexican meal for the whole staff. Remarkable!!
I (Margie) will never forget our journey from Colombia to Ecuador for one of those early CIPE planning meetings. We ended up staying in the home of your friends. They were incredibly gracious and hospitable. When they showed us where we would be sleeping, we almost “lost it”. We started laughing as we got into a tiny little bed, the two of us. We laughed and laughed until we realized our hosts might be wondering what in the world was happening. I’m laughing just remembering! Not sure either of us actually slept that night.
Years later, we had the joy of visiting you in Spain after we became the Directors of Missionary Personnel for the Covenant. You were serving with Rob, Nancita, and the Maldonados. What a team!. You were marvelous hosts. The birthday hat you “made us buy” is still being used, we imagine, by the Serve Globally Staff for birthdays. Though we had “traded places” in ministry we continued to learn from you and Jerry.
We have been friends and partners in ministry for nearly 50 years. We were so grateful to visit with you and Jerry a few days before he entered his Savior’s presence. We had the privilege of celebrating Jerry’s life through our tears both in San Diego and in Chicago.
And now, we hear that you are suffering. We know that the human prognosis isn’t what we would wish. Yet, we rejoice with you that this present suffering will result in Glory! We pray for healing, according to God’s perfect purposes in your life. We pray for weeks and months of sweet family times and relief from pain. We pray for that great and glorious day when you, and all of us, will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We pray for your longed for reunion with Jerry and so many who have gone ahead of us into their eternal reward.
Nancy, we love you and look forward with joy to our next visit!
Baxter and Margie