We both grew up in different small towns where only the mostly only the expected happened, and that’s how we liked it. And we expected it to stay that way.
But then, God had other plans in store. In 2004, we both left our small towns to move to Joplin, MO to attend Ozark Christian College. We quickly became friends, because we didn’t want to go the cafeteria alone. It is a good thing we became friends, because we have needed each other.
Amy has been able to encourage Kendra through the unexpected journey God is directing her through. In 2011, Kendra was diagnosed with a brain tumor which might be the reason behind three unexpected miscarriages. Now, three of her four children are in heaven, which helps to be more appreciative of her husband and daughter. After three brain surgeries and a year of chemo, we are waiting to see what God does with Kendra’s brain and praying to adopt someday.
Kendra has been able to support Amy while she adventures into the world away from the small town. God has taken a girl who doesn’t like to be the center of attention and called her to work as an American Sign Language interpreter, which draws quite a bit of attention. He took a girl from a small town where you hung out at Wal-Mart on the weekend, then He sent her to a large-ish city, whose road maps look like a bowl of spaghetti noodles, rollercoaster hills included. Currently and continually, God is walking with her as she struggles with loneliness, depression, pride, addictions, pessimism, an Irish temper, and German stubbornness.
Through these adventures, we have learned that although it is hard to remain faithful to God, it is worth it. God want to show his strength through us.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We have also learned that our weakness isn’t as crippling if you have someone on your team. We want to be on your team. So as we boast in our weaknesses (and other topics as well), our hope is that it will help you to be stronger with Christ.
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