Dear Friends and Family:
It has been an eventful two weeks. Not much in the way of “ministry” per se, but we thought you might like to rejoice with us.
Our trip to Kenya was arranged last summer, long before my daughter, Michelle, settled on her wedding date of June 8. We looked into leaving Africa several days earlier, but that would cost us a mint. We had a tight schedule but we thought we could make it. However, at the last minute, our British Airway flight from Nairobi to London was delayed for 10 hours. That would mean we would miss our flight connections in London and perhaps even ultimately miss our flight to California. Missing my daughter’s wedding was not an option on so many levels! With some calls back to our travel agent, we were able to get last-minute seats on Turkish Air (at the price of the aforementioned mint!) and we would get home only a few hours later than we had planned. However, even that plane was late leaving Nairobi! On a dead run, we weaved our way through the Istanbul airport and just made our connection to New York City as they were announcing the “last call”. Our good friend Roger Wendell was kind enough to pick us up in Raleigh-Durham just before midnight and we were home by 1:30 AM. We had only 24 hours to do everything that needed to be done before we left for the airport once again to fly to Los Angeles. We were up at 1:00 AM Friday morning to get ready to go to the airport. We made it to LA on time – and then found out that my tux wouldn’t be in until the morning of the wedding. Fortunately, Sean’s had made it and mind did a few hours before the wedding started. It even fit. Sean made a fine usher along with his brother, Ryan, and I was brilliant in the role of the choked-up, blubbering, proud father of the bride.
Michelle’s wedding was Saturday afternoon and evening in the Greystone Mansion of Beverly Hills. This amazing home, built by an oil tycoon, was erected in 1927. The wedding was held in the formal garden and given that this was “Hollywood” after all, it had a 1920’s Jazz Age theme. Over half of the guests showed up in some sort of 1920’s garb including our family. It was a truly “fun” wedding and we were very glad to welcome Joey Aucoin into our family. They are honeymooning now in Antigua and will return to LA where Joey works as a scriptwriter.
There were several answers to prayer during this whole thing. First, we made it. The weather was great (a little too hot, but we shouldn’t complain). The marriage actually happened. My mother was able to attend and was in good health. She enjoyed herself immensely. My daughter, Bethany, was able to fly to California and actively participate in the wedding. It was so great to see her there and we were so proud of her ability to handle her anxiety and agoraphobia!
We want to wish you all a blessed Father’s Day. It is our first Father’s day without Bruce’s father and he is missed. We are so blessed that we can be confident that our separation is temporary and that we will spend eternity together. May we realize that all our days are the Father’s and live our lives accordingly.
Praise and Prayer:
- Please pray for Michelle and Joey as they begin their life together. Pray that Christ will be the center of the individual and family lives.
- Pray for my son Ryan. He is looking for a job or a graduate school, as the Lord leads.
- Pray for Bethany. Pray that she will overcome her anxiety and depression and that she will be able to build upon this amazing success to put her life together the way she wants it to be.
- Please pray for the team putting together the annual PAACS written exam which will be given July 6. It will take many, many hours to get it into shape in time. Please pray as well as we establish oral examinations to be given in Cameroon July 13.
Grace and peace to you all,
Bruce with Micky and Sean