Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Cecilie (pronounced Cecilia) was a student at HOPAC from 5th grade through 9th grade.  Her parents were missionaries from Denmark.

Like many students, she became a part of our family.  Gil was her Bible teacher, she was a part of our youth group, she baby-sat our kids, she attended our youth camps.  We love her.

Cecilie and Josiah--probably 2008

Cecilie went back to Denmark after 9th grade.  That was three years ago, and she just recently graduated from high school.  She wants to be an elementary teacher and maybe even come back to HOPAC.

Cecilie's parents just happened to be on vacation in the States this year, so when she heard that we would be here, she added an extra week onto her trip, just to come visit us in California.

Cecilie was always a pretty neat girl back when we knew her:  hard-working, determined, a love for Jesus, great with kids, and one of the most kind and thoughtful teenagers we've ever known.  Now...she's even more awesome--self-confident and sure of who she is and what she stands for.  We are so proud of her, and it was amazing to spend a week with her.  It was also a whole lot of fun to show her the Bay Area.

Jelly Belly Factory

Monterey Bay Aquarium (one of my most favorite places on earth)

San Francisco

Sweet Cecilie, you have no idea what a blessing it was to see you again.  To see you as such an amazing young adult, with a future focused on serving God and others, brings us incredible joy.  
To God be the glory!

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