A Birthday Legacy

As a child I thought of my dad as an adventurer – Indiana Jones or Jacques Cousteau! He traveled around the world and brought me treasures from every location – wood carvings of giraffes, bracelets made out of zebra tails, and the stacking Russian matryoshka dolls.

But the best gift by far that he ever gave me … was taking me with him. I traveled overseas with my dad for the first time when I was only eleven years old to South Korea and the Philippines. It was on that trip that I first saw true poverty  – both physical and spiritual. My eyes were opened, and I have never been able to close them since.

I am so thankful that he chose to share his passion with me and allow me to experience the world through his eyes.  Here are a few pics of that first trip we took together:

 My dad and I in the Philippines on my first missions trip

Seeing poverty for the first time in the Philippines

Holding a child at an orphanage in Korea

Today as my dad celebrates his 65th birthday, I think back on all that he has accomplished in his life – all the places he has seen, the people he has met, the lives he has impacted. His mission statement says it all: Every day I try to live my life in such a way that I accomplish at least one thing that will outlive me and last for eternity. To him, these are not just words on a paper … but rather words that are literally the guiding force of his life.

So, happy birthday dad! May you have many more years to come … years that will continue to change the world!

To read more about my dad’s birthday and how we are honoring him at World Help, click here.

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