One of the most significant things for Carey and me during our visits to Issaquah is our times of fellowship with Mark and Beth Miller. Mark helped begin the church as pastor in the early 90’s, and is now in a ministry role of helping to facilitate congregations through periods of transition. He has remained a close friend and brother to me over these years, and is one of a group of men around the country who the Lord has given as godly mentors to Carey. As a graduate of the Naval Academy and a veteran of the Marine Corps, Mark’s particular influence in Carey’s life has been in the area of military and firearms. It is always one of the highlights of our visit for Carey to get to go to the shooting range to get some practice and instruction with Mark. Six years have passed since Carey’s first visit to Issaquah. In a little more than two years he will graduate high school and go where God leads him.
On our way out to Seattle, Carey and I made a stop in Colorado Springs for us to do a campus visit of the U.S. Air Force Academy: one of the places he is considering for the future as he prays about a future in the military. I am thankful for each day with him, for what Jesus is doing in his life, and what He is doing in my life through Carey. Our days on this earth are short, and I pray that He will give us His heart for what matters as we continue,
Running together in Christ,