We have had to say goodbye many times since starting this ministry. It has become a part of us. The word that is so final, yet recurring.
My grandmother told me to say, “So long.” She didn’t like the finality of goodbye. I guess it really doesn’t matter. No matter how we say it, we understand that another season of letting go is upon us.
Today we face that season once again.
God sent us Kristan at the right time. We were experiencing a time of exponential growth, but not enough help. Kristan came on board and served with all of her might.
She worked in every aspect of our ministry.
She served in our churches as they needed support and help with the youth. She served as a teacher in our children centers and she taught English to the children in our Lajas community.
She led the teams of counselors that led groups at our camps. She managed our household and even traveled with us to the states to support our family as a nanny. Needless to say, she was our right hand. Like Aaron and Hur, she held up our arms as we faced the many necessary battles of ministry and family.
Kristan is loved and treasured by us all.
But today we say goodbye again.
I’m trying really hard to hold back the tears.
She has brought so much joy to this place. Her sincere love for Christ and her true humility have refreshed us.
Kristan is different.
She thinks about herself last. This morning I watched as Solimar fixed her plate and forced her to eat.
She follows orders. She does what we ask without question. We know that we can count on her.
She sees deeply. She keenly beholds the heart of her companions. She’s enriching and engaging.
Kristan, thank you. Thanks to all who supported her as she served us. We are grateful to you all.
We know that God has great things in store for this precious soul and we are thrilled to have had a small part in her life.