My first connection with GSM was counseling with Bettie about 40 years ago. This transformed my thinking and my actions to living in the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of another person. Soon after as newly weds, Tim and I became Co-Prayer Support Team Leaders at GSM. I served some time as the recording secretary of the board as well. We attended the Bible classes and went to the Holy Land in 1985, befriending the young Palestinian men who would later come for training.
In 1990, Tim and our nine month old daughter Christine and I left Portland in order for Tim to join the Foreign Service, working in eight different countries around the world. In Bolivia we adopted our son, David. We helped start GSM centers in Bangladesh and Senegal, returning later to see the work and continue relationships. Every summer we came home to Portland and GSM and I attended a few Intensives here in Beaverton.
Seven years ago, I felt the Lord encouraging me to visit ROJ and ASTA. I believed that the bond that started in ’85, along with the Lord placing Tim and me in the Middle East was not a coincidence. I’ve stayed with Yassin and Majed in their homes and visited our GSM work every year since, becoming co-satellite leader, then satellite leader of Rose of Jerusalem. I also co-led a tour to Israel and Palestine with Jennie Mitchell in 2018.
Since retiring to Newberg, Oregon in May, Tim and I have regularly attended 2nd Street Friends Church. I’ve also attended GSM classes and events. Currently, Patty Konigsfeld and I co-lead Rose of Jerusalem satellite, which includes We Care Daycare, a new project with Yassin’s daughter, Anwar.
Here are some important things to remember about me as you pray for God’s Will and His guidance:
- I’m deeply committed to GSM and to continuing our work of unconditional relationships through US and International Centers, building on personal connections and supporting the satellites.
- I seek daily to be a humble servant and follower of Jesus, growing in grace and truth. I seek to submit my opinion to Jesus and listen, ask good questions and be an influencer for good.
- I believe the Kingdom of God is ecumenical and our task is to love our neighbor. I always look for common ground and seek to unite and build relationship, never to divide.