Growing up, my parents always made sure that I was exposed to a group of very unique people. Whenever a foreign missionary came to town to visit, my family would always find some time to just hang out with them...my parents thought it would be a good influence on their kids to spend time with these people who were willing to sacrifice so much for a cause worth believing in.
Turns out, my parents knew a thing or two...there are few people in this world I have more respect for than those who enter a foreign culture to live and tell others about the love of God, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I've learned about my own faith journey through my interaction with foreign missionaries. Two of the missionaries that I've been able to get to know over the past several years are the DeHarts who serve with NAIM in British Columbia. I now consider them to be good friends of mine, and it was an awesome experience to have them in my home, spending time with my daughter this past week.
I pray that Gwyneth will learn, through her interaction with the DeHarts and our other missionaries, as much about God and her purpose in life as I have.