"Great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:23)
Saturday, August 15 was a special day, a day of celebration for
Colorful flowers to help us celebrate
To mark the occasion we invited family, friends and colleagues, many who had faithfully supported our work over the years, to come and celebrate the day with us. The party was held at the Willowdale Christian Reformed Church from 4-6.30 pm. that Saturday. We are very thankful indeed for the many who turned up at the Willowdale CRC to join us in celebration.
The Willowdale CRC social hall is a lovely venue for such an occasion
As with any good party, there was lots to eat and drink!
We were honored by the attendance of Dirk and Rie Jongkind, former members of Toronto First CRC, now residents at Holland Home in
A number of guests helped us remember the reasons for this celebration.
Fred Reinders, longtime chair of the board of CSI, brought words of appreciation on behalf of CSI
Trish de Jong of CRWM (
Bob vander Vennen, former executive director of CSI, reminisced about the years we worked so closely together
We really appreciated the contribution of Hanneke Cost Budde, missionary colleague working with AIDS victims in
Wilma reflected with us on the many years of
All in all, it was a wonderful celebration. We are grateful for those who joined us in person, as well as those who were unable to be there for various reasons, but who did send their best wishes. Our daughter Sharon deserves much of the credit for preparation and organizing the event.
We are especially grateful to our friends Jack and Martiny Van Meggelen who hosted us after the reception to provide our out-of-town guests with an outdoor dinner.
Wilma and the two of us, with Jack and Martiny
Our thanks is extended indeed to all those who helped make this such a memorable day. Above all, we praise God for his faithfulness to us throughout these many years.