My journey has taken me many places at home and abroad. I’ve had the privilege of meeting people from all walks of life and each one has enriched me in some way. Through each phase of life and ministry, there are special faces that grace my memory and represent a life that has rubbed up against my own and that of my family. For each one I’m grateful.
When I came to my current ministry in 2009, I met a couple who have become blessed friends and co-workers. Wayne Wasser has served as a deacon here for a number of years and his wife, Kathy, has been very involved in women’s ministry leadership. They have served as missionaries to Bolivia, sent by our church. They have worked with our youth ministry in a “past life” and for the last several years, have worked tirelessly with The Verge, our college ministry. That is where I have most closely labored elbow-to-elbow with them. Because of my passion for 20-somethings and their discipleship, I have had the opportunity to partner with this couple in hanging out with, teaching and counseling our college students. Their wisdom, humor, spiritual insight and commitment have been a blessing to many over the years…and a blessing and challenge to me.
Bitter Sweet Moments
I’ve seen it many times over the years. People with whom I’ve ministered and come to love and appreciate, sometimes move on. That is the case with Wayne and Kathy. Wayne’s job is moving them to the Dallas area and we’re losing two very valuable laborers in the Kingdom here in our community. They have requested that we have no special occasion to mark their transition. They just want to quietly move on…a sign of their own humility and maturity, perhaps. Regardless, I just wanted to give this little tribute to their ministry among us. I am thankful, and I’ve only known them for 2 1/2 years. There are many others who’ve worked, grown and ministered with them far longer who have an even deeper appreciation for their investment here and in Bolivia. We are all thankful.
Every life that touches mine provides an opportunity to learn something…these take-aways are the blessings of shared story and life. Here are a few of those I’ve gained from Wayne and Kathy Wasser. Continue Reading…