Judy and I have spent two months shy of 10 years loving and learning at First Baptist Concord (http://www.fbconcord.org/). It has been a life-changing, growing experience, and we pray it benefited many. Over that time, our family structure changed dramatically as we hosted most of the 21 foster children we have had, adopted 3, and our adult daughter Jessica added three more grandchildren. We await another adoption, of Bogdan (left of picture above, with Caryn, Judy, Tori and Morgan, respectively in a 1 1/2 yr old photo). Bogdan lives in an orphanage in Ukraine.
Now we will all move under the shadow of Cove Moutain to serve under one of our spiritual heroes -- Jim Wood (www.aicministries.com) -- at Wears Valley Ranch as Biblical Counseling Director.
WVR is a home and school for children who come from families in crisis. Many reading this are in vocational ministry or very active in ministry -- I am asking you to remember us because you consistently come in contact with the type of children who need what WVR offers! Further explanation and application are available at http://www.wvr.org/programs/residential-program. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. I would love to tell you more about the ministry of Wears Valley Ranch -- there are many, many ways to partner with us!
If you are an FB Concord church member, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us serve you. We are leaving a staff positon, not friends! If you are a fellow minister, I look forward to continued fellowship with you, in particular about WVR helping families you encounter. If you came across this by chance on social networking -- perhaps it wasn't by chance after all. We would love to hear from you.
Yours, in Christ,