I don't even know where to begin with this one! Almost 4 years ago, our church launched a new ministry opportunity to college students, where 3 or 4 students were matched with an older person for Bible study, accountability, Scripture memory and prayer. At the time, Ian had been home for only a few months and I had a steep learning curve with his CP, therapies of all kinds, school evals and meetings, doctor appointments, etc. So, Tom thought it would be good for me to take on a POD for a "change of scenery" and of course, I was very excited to participate. I was matched with these 3 lovely ladies who were freshmen at the time and a junior, also. We began meeting once a week in Feb, 2010 and we've been together ever since. (The junior graduated and moved on and we were joined by another gal.) We've studied James, Galatians, 1 Thes, the Gospel, Prayer, the Church, etc. But mostly, we have become very good friends, sisters in Christ and prayer warriors for each other. I would adopt them all if their parents would let me (oh, and the fact that they are 22 might prevent an adoption!) They have been with me through 3 challenging adoptions, 4 grandchildren (yes, they have to hear about the grandchildren on a very regular basis!) and all kinds of other stuff. They have challenged me by their love for Jesus, their passion for the Gospel and their burden for friends and family members. They have provided child care for us, helped around our house and just generally put up with me for almost 4 years. Our boys affectionately know them as the "POD girls" and are thrilled to see them at church or our home. (Ian is in love with all of them!) They are all graduating in 2 weeks and thankfully, two will be around for another year but we won't be meeting on a regular basis and one will be moving. So, we had a farewell dinner last night and tried not to cry. We know we will always, always be friends and will share a very special bond. I am so very thankful for each of them and the opportunity to be a small part of their lives at Purdue. God has grown us all in wonderful and challenging ways and we pray He will continue to do so, knowing He isn't finished with us yet!
I love these girls!!!
Kara, Angela, Samone and Bria
They gave me a very sweet Willow Tree Caring Angel, which I will always cherish.