Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Friends

Today we were truly thankful to go to worship at the Living Vine Church this morning for their Christmas service. 

One of the ways that God has truly blessed us while we've been in Kiev was getting to know two really great families: the Midkiffs and the Bergstroms.  Being in a foreign city can be extremely isolating, especially when you don't speak the language.  And it means so much when people who are complete strangers offer not only their help but their friendship.  The Midkiffs and the Bergstroms are two such families. 

They have opened their hearts and their homes to us while we are here in Kiev and it has been one of the things we will treasure most about this part of our adoption journey.  And Benjamin has loved having other kids to play with.  They have been great with advice and their time. 

The only thing we regret is that these new friends of ours will live so far from us when we leave.  They will, however, be in our hearts and our constant prayers. 

Despite the distance, we will have to remain in touch with these generous people who God has placed in our path during this major step in the life of our family.

Both families are true examples of Romans 12:10, "Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor."

We cannot thank either family enough for their kindness.

C. S. Lewis was correct when he wrote that there was no "greater pleasure" than "Christian friends."

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