Shout Outs and Acknowledgements
We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the people who have inspired, influenced, and lead our walk. First and foremost, always is God Almighty! Our plan exists because of God and we thank him daily for sending his son, Jesus Christ, who gave the ultimate sacrafice on the cross for our eternal life. Thank You Jesus! Pastor Frankie Mazzapica, one of the most divinely connected speakers of the written word, we are blessed to be members of his congregation. Pastor Kerry Shook, a great speaker we had the opportunity to see and hear weekly, he has been a significant educator for us and our children. Dr. Charles Lowery, Bill Hybels (of who we attended two Christian leadership summits, one in person at Willowcreek), TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, Tony Evans, Dr. Charles Stanley, Creflo Dollar, Dr Ed Young, Bishop Wendell Archie (who I listen to on AM radio along with Dr. Charles Stanley when I am driving in the car to my lawyers office), Craig Groeschel (who, while speaking on 'It' at the first Christian Leadership Summit satellite we attended, touched the hearts of some employees we had on the fence with their faith), Coach Tony Dungy (what an amazing Christian example he is), Drew Brees, and others we have heard, but dont know their names, whom spoke truth into our lives. We have been connected to these great leaders in person, by tv, via internet, and by books they authored. We continue to requote, use, and share lessons we have learned that touched us to touch those friends of ours who are still incarcerated, and family members who haven't heard the 'good news'. A special thanks to Pastor Jodi Oehlke, who was a light in the darkness during our 'test'. God put it upon Pastor Jodi's heart during a student ministry that someone was going through a 'life altering' event. She invited that person to come speak to her after the lesson. That person was our son who didnt want to be there, but was lead through a conviction for doing what he felt his parents would of wanted. He approached her after class saying 'you wanted to speak to me?'. The Holy Spirit lead him to that point. Ms Jodi was placed as a disciple for our family. Her intervention in the middle of our storm was Heaven sent. She came to the house and spoke to all seven of our children, and she was there unconditionally without ever meeting or knowing our family before this time in our lives. To our parents who selflessly stepped in for our children and remained positive throughout, keeping consistency in their lives. We thank them for their great example. To our Costa Rica family, who prayed diligently and checked on our family. To our great friends Free, SK, and family, who wrote to us while we were away, invested time into our children, and quoted scripture that helped us through the days when we were weak. To Brother Carl and Sister Edna who were and still are prayer warriors for our family, and also for the Baptism ceremony they conducted in our back yard pool for myself and our children after my initial release. To Sister Diane, Brother's Mousie, Nemo, Mikey, Bleezy, Chris, Michael, School, Justice, Mustafa, and Finn, our hearts go out to all of our friends who are still incarcerated and separated physically from their families. To both of our Costa Rican angels, one who opened a devotional to a lesson on "God loving his children" and put it on our sons bed so he could get a message. In this life its important to have true friends and family who believe in and encourage you. We call them our 'Aces', and in our situation all of those people have struggled but learned, fought and won, because they have come closer to God through the storm. In tough times your true friends run towards you while people who were never truly your friends run away. To all those not named, but mentioned through the meaning of this text, (you know who you are), We love and appreciate you, and to our enemies and trespassers whom we forgive, we pray with a pure heart for God to bless you and that you would seek him. Amen! Glory to God The Highest! Thank You Jesus!