Where have the years gone? I am sitting in the hotel while the girls are shopping or swimming. Three-fourth of a century has passed since I took my first breath. My childhood and early teenage years were lived in the late 1940s through 1961 when I graduated from Bunkie High School. I loved Bunkie, my classmates and my teammates. There were a few girls I loved along the way.
I entered Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1961 where I found Dottie with whom I fell in love and have been blessed to have her for my wife for nearly 56 years.
We married and would eventually bury 3 children due to heart disease. Those were such dark times and seemed to the worst thing that could ever happen. But those deaths that we thought were so terrible brought us a love to have children. We began adopting and eventually would have 9 adopted children.
Then we experienced what it was to be separated from them hen God called us to Guatemala. At this moment as I am sharing with you there are 10 fifteen year old girls (Quinceaneras) either shopping or swimming. My heart is so filled with gratitude to Christ when I look back over my life. The joy Dottie and I share with so many children can never be explained.
As Dottie and I go around the track and the final lap of our lives I just want everyone to know what a joy Jesus brings into the lives of those who serve Him.
It has not been easy and it is not easy today but I want to thank the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for allowing me to experience both the ups and the downs of the past 75 years. I also want to thank all of you who have prayed for us and given to Casa so lives can be changed.
Guatemala is a long way from Bunkie.