February 2 has a very strange holiday which involves pulling a ground hog out of it’s burrow in order to prognosticate whether or not there will be an early spring. Well, we didn’t have any ground hogs, but the forecast of our future move to Romania seems to be that there will be delays. At this time, we are hoping to be able to move in June.
February is also the month of Valentines day, which when we were in college we used to refer to as, “Singles awareness day,” because it became painfully obvious if you were not in a romantic relationship. Humor aside, I have always seen Valentine’s day as an opportunity to share God’s love with others. His love is vast, and deep, and the only true love, and He has made it available to everyone through Jesus. We read in 1 John 4:10, “And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (Berean Study Bible)
David’s sister Susan has been blessed with God’s love by the Lord bringing, Wesley, a wonderful Christian man into her life. We have been so thrilled for Susan as we all got to know Wesley better over the past year. On January 23, they were married in Mountain Home, Idaho. The ceremony was so beautiful not just because everything was pleasing to the eye, but mostly because everything was Christ centered and gave glory to God! Susan and Wesley are also completely in love with each other and they are just adorable! It was a truly wonderful celebration with close friends and family. The wedding was small due to Covid, but the blessings and commitment are huge!
One week after the wedding, we received tragic news on Sunday afternoon. Nikhil Ahdi (Bobby), our brother in law, who was from India, was killed in a head on collision on January 31 just after midnight near Albuquerque New Mexico. He was driving to Texas for work when the accident happened. The other driver was under the influence of marijuana and got onto the wrong ramp and was driving west on the east bound side of the freeway. Bobby was killed instantly, he was only 29. He leaves behind his wife, Ruth, who is David’s sister, and his parents and brother in India. Ruth and Bobby had only been married since May 18, 2019. We are all very shocked by his untimely death! David and I and our children had spent quite a bit of time with Bobby and Ruth since they lived in Nampa and attended the same church we do. We intentionally made an effort to encourage and disciple our younger siblings as they were starting out in their marriage. Bobby’s death is very difficult. We are comforted by having the assurance that Bobby knew Jesus as his savior. We know that he is in the presence of the Lord. Please pray for those whom he leaves behind, especially his widow Ruth and his parents. His parents had not been able to see him since he had come to America 6 and a half years ago.
When I heard the news of Bobby’s death, I was deeply disturbed, but I kept thinking of this verse from C.T. Studd’s poem.
Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last.
None of us has a guarantee of tomorrow. Do not wait to get right with God! He offers all of us forgiveness and fellowship with Him through Jesus.
Thank you for praying for us! The love of God is holding us together! Please pray for Ruth and for Bobby’s parents!