Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Missionary Friends

I have such deep respect and admiration for my friends Dudley & Inge.

I first met Dudley at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in February 2000. They had an Intercollegiate branch, and a job recruitment portion of the convention for the members of IRB. It was there I first met Dudley, and I had such a strong feeling that I should go work with him at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, as a production assistant in their "Unshackled!" radio division {an old-time radio program with live actors in front of a live audience, sharing real, life-changing stories}.

I was offered the position officially and accepted it just like a week or so before college graduation. I started working there a week after we got back from our honeymoon, in early July 2000.

I worked with Dudley for a year, and he was a definite highlight of my time there. With sarcasm and wit galore, I appreciated his lightening of the otherwise often intense mood in that office.

We kept in touch over the years, and appreciated their kindness to us. A few years ago, Dudley & Inge accepted the call to go serve as missionaries in Swaziland.

Yesterday I got the joy of seeing them again!!

It was great to catch up with them, hear about their work in Swaziland, show them around my workplace, introduce them to a few people, show them our products, talk about the way our company is growing, and share in some good memories.

I love having Facebook to keep in touch with people like Dudley & Inge, but I must admit, yesterday was really great. It's good to still see people beyond just the walls of Facebook!

Thank you, Dudley & Inge, you two are such a delight! Praise God for the work you are doing!!


blueviolet said...

How wonderful you had some face time with them. Facebook is nice, but the real thing is so much better!

Kimberly said...

That is so cool that you got to catch up with your friends! Sounds like they made a big impact on your life:)