In honor of Father's Day yesterday, Journey 2017 wanted to send a special shoutout to their dads!
Joey / What's up father of mine, I hope my message is finding you in good spirits and you've broken your fast! I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you our here in Africa! I've worn your sweet satchel to every single church I've been to and I've been getting handprints from so many special people. I'm trying to catch pictures of a bunch of cool stuff, emphasis on "trying." I truly miss you so much this Father's Day and I couldn't be more thankful for the way you've always pointed me to Christ. I especially remember how you'd come into my room every night to say Hail Mary. Anyways, I love you so much Dad and I can't wait to tell you all about this summer. Also I love you. Also also tell all my kin good morrow for me and offer them all loving regards on my behalf.
Hayden / HEY THERE FATHER DAD. 1. I love you so much and I can't say thank you enough for everything that you have done for me but THANK YOU SO MUCH. 2. You would be proud: I was not the first person to fall into a pit latrine this time. 3. I know you had planned some awesome things for us this summer and I last second told you I was going to Africa but I promise you the outcome of this trip will be eternally beneficial. It has been so amazing to have your overwhelming support and I cannot wait to get back and tell you all about how I haven't washed my hair for two months and that I got to play soccer in East Africa. I love you so much! P.S. tell Benjamin he has another fan club in East Africa.
Harrison / Hey dad! Sending love from East Africa! Things have been fun here. We are just finishing up our first round in Community 1. We have had two camps this weekend and have been doing house visits in between praying for people. It's been camping out in the dirt for two weeks without a shower! Tonight we played a game of soccer against 30 people from the community. I'm definitely out of shape! I hope things are going well at home! You have been a great dad and I wouldn't want my dad any other way. Love you dad.
Anna / HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! I wish I could spend this day with you but know I am thinking of you and sending you all of my love from East Africa! Wow how blessed am I to be your daughter. I could never tell you how much I appreciate you and all the things you do for me! I could not have made it to Africa this summer without all of your prayers and support- it means more than you could know. You are selfless, deeply caring, funny, intentional, and a man after the Lord's heart. You lead our family so well. You inspire me each day in my faith and inspire me to always pursue my dreams. Thank you for always believing in me, encouraging me, and granting me grace. You love me so well and set such an example for me. I miss you so much! Happy Father's Day I love you!!
Bailey / Happy Father's Day Dad!! I hope you are getting some good time in with the boys today, I wish I could be with you all to celebrate! If Georgia weather is anything like East Africa today than it is the perfect day for a good round of golf! Instead of golf, Sunday's here are for soccer against the locals and man the girls can play well and aggressively. I miss you and look forward to getting to share with you all the Lord has been doing here. Thank you for your support in letting me be here. Thank you for all your hard work and how you provide. And thank you for how you're seeking growth - I am proud of you. I love you and hope today is a special day with Daniel and Austin and I hope they give you another big hug from me. You are valued, deeply cared for, and loved by me but man more importantly than our Heavenly Father and I hope you really feel that today.
Desi / Hey Ole Man! I hope you had a great Father's Day with the new chunker and the family all together. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you guys. I hope God has been teaching you as much as He has been teaching me this summer. I can't wait to share stories when I get back. Aside from that, I want to thank you for sacrificing yourself every day for Dallas and I since before we were even born. That's something that I'll never be able to thank you enough for. A lot of kids say that there dad is their hero, but these days that statement fades away with time much too often. Thank you so much for keeping it true throughout the years and for loving me and even when I'm too stubborn to show it back. Happy (Grand)father's day. I love you!
Meredith / Hey DAD! Happy Father's Day! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you! I am so blessed to have such an amazing father! You sacrifice so much and give so much love! I am proud to call you my dad! I have so many great memories of all the time we have spent together! And I am constantly thinking about all of them today! Thank you so much for being the greatest dad in the world! Tell Big Ed I said happy Father's Day as well! Know that if I was with you right now I would give you so many hugs and kisses! I miss you and the rest of the fam so much! I hope everyone's summer is going great! There is so much about Kenya I can't wait to tell y'all! Give Jack a hug for me! I love you all! Xoxo xoxo!
Whit / Happy Fathers Day! It's crazy right now to not be able to call you and hear you voice but I'm so glad that I get to type this from thousands of miles away. I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for the past 19 years of you teaching me, loving me, and praying for me. I would truly not be in Africa right now without your efforts in helping me fundraise and your faithfulness in prayer. I hope you know how much I love you and feel appreciated today! Can't wait to see you when I get back and I hope you have an amazing Fathers Day!
Erin / Happy Father's Day Daddy!! I miss you so much! I'm so thankful that the Lord decided that I should be your daughter. You have been such an example of Christ in my life. You show me how to love well and show grace. Thank you for always loving me and for supporting me in following the Lord's will for my life. One of my favorite memories of you is getting up in the morning and seeing you sitting in your chair reading your bible and praying. You have always been an example of how to live out my faith. Thank you for teaching me how to own my faith and how to be bold and share it with others. Thank you for teaching me the importance of working hard and working with a good attitude. You have taught me so much more than I could say in this short post but just know I am so thankful for all of those lessons. I love you so very much daddy! I can't wait to hug you big when I get home!
Madeline / Wow, today is Father's Day and I am missing you like CRAZY. I sending my love all the way from East Africa and can not wait to see you in 6 short weeks! Today, and everyday, I am thankful for the lessons you have taught me. You have taught me how to be a servant leader, how to be humble yet bold, and you have shown me what hard work truly looks like. From Minnesota, to Texas, to Florida, to Kansas you have always managed to make a house feel truly like a home. I wish I was there to celebrate with you, and remind you how loved and appreciated you are. I am forever thankful for you and there is no better honor than having you for a father. I love you bunches and happy Father's Day!!!
Hannah / HAPPY FATHER'S DAY IAN!! I'm assuming that the whole fam bam went out to Richards Farm for lunch and I hope it was great! You are such a good dad to Harper, and she already looks up to you so much. You are constantly wanting to teach her new things, introduce her to new vinyls, play sports with her, and you do it all in a very calm and confident way. You have also played a huge role in my life as well. It must be very challenging to play the role of brother and male figure, but you balance it well. I am forever thankful for you and all you do for our family. I'm already looking forward to the many concerts that we will go to in the future, in addition to all the new music you'll force me to listen to when I get back. Have fun tonight at Sunday Night Ball! -Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.-Avetts
Hailey / FÀJÀ!! Happiest of Father's Days! Man, I miss you a whole lot right now and wish I could give you a big ole hug and eat some Panda Orange Chicken with you today! I'm beyond grateful for you, your wise spirit, goofy nature, and the way you love- both our family and the Lord! You've always been an incredible example of how to live my life for Him, and I'm so grateful for that. Thanks for loving on me more then I deserve, and always supporting me no matter what. Can't wait to see you in a few short weeks! Give Mom a BIG squeeze for me (and Lacey and Holly of course). I love you both SO MUCH, and I wouldn't be here (literally and figuratively) without y'all. Stay golden Pothra
Mallie / G-Daddy, Happy Father's Day! I know y'all are celebrating today after church and I'm wishing I could be there to give you a big hug. There are no words to describe how thankful I am for all that you've done for me and the family. I'm so inspired by your daily walk with the Lord and I'm always going to be learning for you. If it wasn't for you, G-Daddy I wouldn't be sitting around a bonfire in East Africa right now. I can't wait to get back and share what God has been teaching me with y'all. Again, I love you more than you could ever know. You deserve a great day with some coconut cake. :)
Hey Dad! I'm not sure what you're plans are today but I hope you're enjoying some good rest and or TV time. I wish I was there to tell you in person and take you out to McDonald's for lunch but that time will come in August. Im praying for you daily and I'm so excited to get back so I can share with you what God has been teaching me. You deserve a great day, Daddy. I love you more.
Jack / Hey Dad, happy Father's Day! Really wish I'm there to tell you in person. I'll be praying for you today as you preach and hopefully get up to the mountains in your Jeep. You've been there for me in the good seasons and you've been in my corner during the bad ones and I thank Jesus everyday for that gift. You're such a huge blessing to me and I'm thankful that you're my Dad. You're faithfulness in sharing the gospel is one of the huge reasons for my calling. You're a servant leader with a heart for the Lord and I'm so so proud to be your son. Love and miss you.
Caroline / Happy Fathers Day Dad! Wishing I could be there to celebrate you today, but know I'm covering you in prayer from East Africa! I'm thankful for the father you are to our family-you provide for us and lead us well. Our family would not be the same without you and I would not be where I am today without you! Thank you for being our best example, supporter and encourager. Hope you have a great day celebrating, miss & love you!