“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 ESV
Many students at Western Kentucky University graduated last weekend, and dozens who attend WKU FCA huddle graduated as well, but 6 members of our WKU FCA Serve Team graduated. During the Fall and Spring for the last 2 years that our family has been here, we’ve seen them every week, whether through discipleship, fellowship, breaking bread or for huddle. Every week we have experienced life with them, through joy and laughter or tears and encouragement.
And just like that—like a snap of a finger, a moment in time flashing by, a blink of an eye—they graduate. They’re soon to be on to the next chapter in their life, and their journey at Western has come to an end.
Wait…already? No! We were just getting started! We were just beginning to build lasting bonds! Who would have thought that Wayne and I would have grown so attached to this incredibly gifted group of people? Yet, here we are at that moment when we say goodbyes, hoping they are merely “see-you-soons”.
Our last FCA Serve Team Meeting of the Spring Semester was “Senior Send-Off Night”, and as Serve Team Members felt led, they shared heartfelt words of love and encouragement to their graduating peers. It wasn’t until this night that it really sunk in—these students are leaving! They won’t stay here forever. They have to move on to greater things. But I am so thankful that our family was blessed with the privilege to be a part of their life-stories. God has blessed us with their presence more than they may really know.
Each moment of uncertainty, loneliness, difficulty, pain, confusion, inconvenience, purposelessness and heartache that God allowed during our call and transition to Bowling Green, Kentucky was worth each moment of clarity, community, love, joy, laughter, provision, thrill and purpose that God has provided us in knowing our FCA Serve Team. They have been a huge blessing to our family, and our prayer is that we were just an ounce of the same to them. Although it’s hard to say goodbye, we have abundant joy and peace in knowing that we have accomplished our God-inspired call to tell these students the greatest news of all—that Jesus Christ has paid it all!
Graduates, my only request is that while you move on to adventurous and amazing life chapters, don’t forget about our little family here in Bowling Green. Hold fast to the truths that we have instilled. keep in touch. Pray for us as we pray for you. We love you so much.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from this day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:3-6