Thoughts

Super Stars

July 2, 2008

My parents are interesting people. Full of life and life experiences. Enough to write a book about… If only we’d get around to it. I am in awe of what they have done in their lifetime and look forward to what the Lord will do through them in the future. Even if that seems grim and cloudy at the moment.

Mom loves children and has reached out to thousands of Chinese “children” in the last nine years that they have spent teaching English in China. The last thing she did before she left China this last term was to share her testimony, in class, to her 1200 students. Then she asked them if they knew whether they were going to Heaven or Hell and how could they be certain. The students discussed this amongst themselves and then she went to each student and asked if they were certain. They all answered with a variation on “I hope so” and she gave them each an opportunity to “ask Jesus into their hearts” so they could be certain.

These students send emails and photos and wedding invitations. They cry and beg Mom and Dad to return. They pour out love and a longing to see them again.

We marvel. After all, she’s just my mom…

While everyone was appalled at the plight of believers behind the Iron Curtain during the 80’s, my dad went to Moscow, took a Russian language course at the University and proceeded to ride the Blue line to the Red line to the Orange line until it ended. Then he walked a ways and waited under just the right street lamp so he could meet Dmitri.

Then he went to a quiet little house meeting and gave hundreds of dollars to support them. And continued to do so for 15 years after.

In ’92, we went with him and saw these precious people and we marveled at how much they loved him.

I mean, he’s just my dad.

They have traveled all over the world and have been on nearly every continent. They have smuggled Bibles into Communist countries, started churches in Europe and on Indian Reservations. They have fostered children, raised their own and ministered to countless others.

Now Mom’s fragile and has been working with a disability for 16 years. She’s got a gi-normous back brace on and can’t stand without a great deal of pain and assistance. Her garden will have to wait for her this year.

My Dad?

He isn’t always sure what day it is or who he’s with.

Pray for us, they are just our parents.

We weren’t ready for this.

  • What remarkable people! And faithful servants. It must be hard to see their capacities diminished. I don’t think we are ever ready to see our parents’ decline. I will pray for them, and for you.

  • momma dragon

    excellent tribute Heidi.
    can I use it on my page?
    though I am not sure every continent is accurate. did they really go to Africa? I know it seems like they have been everywhere, but the world is really a very big place after all.
    thanks for writing..love you

  • Heh… I made that change. It does feel like they’ve been everywhere, doesn’t it?

    And you are welcome to use this on your page. Enjoy!

    We head out early tomorrow AM to spend the next shift in Boise. 🙂 Wish you were here. Or there… Whatever!

  • momma dragon

    thanks, safe travels and go in grace………

  • We weren’t ready for this.

    I know what you mean. My dad isn’t supposed to be dying. He’s supposed to have fifteen or twenty more years in him.

    I’ll pray for you when I remember.

  • Heidi,

    I am sorry to hear about what has been happening! I’ll pray for you and your family, and that our Lord will give you all his love, grace and peace.

  • Big Cat

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Thanks for sharing…thinking of you.