Monday, March 5, 2007

Not a Bad Week

Highlights from last week: I got to see my whole family for the first time in a year; my mom still laughs out loud at my jokes; my nephews got to ride Chase's motorized skateboard; Felix & Sara loved Annette's biscotti and my homemade caramel machiattos; and we finally got to introduce our Spanish teammates to our Orlando teammates.

But my personal favorite was the surprise thaat Felix (at center in the photo) had orchestrated for us. His latest book was just published by Zondervan. Even Felix hadn't held one in his hands yet. So when a box of them showed up here, we couldn't wait to open it up. As Annette was flipping through the book she suddenly said, "Oh...." It wasn't said quickly or loudly but rather like the "Oh" that might come out of a child when she opens a present that contains a gift of previously unimagined worth. Her eyes had picked out her own name and mine. Felix had honored us by dedicating the book to Annette and me. She read it out loud,

I want to dedicate this book to my good friends Tim & Annette Gulick.
- For the good times we have spent together serving Latin American youth leaders.
- For the wonderful times we have invested in dreaming about how to better serve God and this generation.
- For the fun times we have shared enjoying life together.
- For your generosity that has inspired me to give out of grace, because from grace I have received.
(translated from the original which is in Spanish)

That should help keep us afloat during tough times.

1 comment:

VRain said...

How wonderful of Felix to dedicate his book to you - when you have dedicated so much of yourselves to the next generation and their leaders. Makes me think of Psalm 78:4 from the Message:
"We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation— GOD’S fame and fortune,
the marvelous things he has done."
I thank God that people like you two and Felix are passing it along.