Saturday, June 9

New Friends

Being around our university students nearly every waking hour has distinct advantages.  Besides 'keeping us young', we have the blessing of teaching, mentoring, and sharing Christ with those around the world.

Not being with them these weeks is a cultural shift for us.

I don't think we have seen/met one college student here, but spending time with new friends in the desert has been a blessing.

Though we miss our kids, spending time with the older generation has always been a favorite thing for us to do.

They bring such joy to our lives and have so much to share... Newt, who generously loves and gives with God's love-- with no strings attached;

or Helga who told me her story of escaping Germany in the war on a refugee ship.  
Their ship was torpedoed three times.  At age 17, she and her sister jumped into the Baltic Sea in freezing January weather to escape the burning ship.  After many hours she was rescued (with permanent physical needs); her sister perished.  

Helga taught us renewed gratefulness for freedom, for health, and for God's enduring grace.

We are soaking up the desert sun-- and the wisdom of our new friends.

There is much to learn when you walk in someone else's shoes.


  1. Wow, what a story Helga has!

  2. I am happy to hear that you are enjoying this time with your new friends, people full of years and wisdom! I have recently made quite a few new friends who are older than I am, due to joining an exercise class for seniors. Every one of them is extremely friendly, cheerful, and full of wit and wisdom! I love being around them!

  3. I LOVE the last picture! After trying to do photo shoots with my brother Chris up here in ID I have come to the conclusion that western pic's look much better when taken against a dusty background then in a lush green one.:) What a neat and moving story Helga has! I can't imagine losing a sibling like that.
    I hope you enjoy your stay in the the south-west! It is beautiful country and the people there are (usually) very friendly folks!:)

  4. Wonderful encouragement from the generation ahead of us. "One generation will commend Your works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts." Psalm 145:4 Love those photos--so much character in their faces.


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