I am married to and serve with an awesome woman. She might down play it or even deny it, but she lit the spark that started this mission fire in us. She had a passion about missions long before I did and helped me find the desire to serve the least of these that I now have.
She works tirelessly for our two person mission here, always doing things I would never have though to do. She writes most 'Thank You' notes, books all of our travel arrangements and writes more than half of the blog entries. I probably do not tell her thank you enough, but she is about to get some very high praise.
If you have had the pleasure of knowing my wife then you know that right after Jesus and Salsa she loves Baylor University. And Baylor University loves her.
We were told that Baylor will be recognizing Katie has their Young Alumnae of 2010!
Baylor will be honoring Katie at half-time of their Homecoming game in October and she will be waving at Baylor Nation during the Homecoming Parade. This, of all things, might be most exciting to Katie who has attended all but ONE homecoming since she was born. 24 out of 25 ain't bad.
Katie was so humbled she didn't want to tell anyone besides our family but I asked, and begged to write something to celebrate her.
What we both hope is that this will keep Haiti and it's struggles in the spotlight longer. We know most people/media have moved on. The ever-changing news cycle has removed Haiti from the forefront of peoples minds. But Haiti still desperately needs so much: temporary and permanent shelters to replace the tents, rubble needs to be cleared and basic services need to be delivered, elections need to be held freely and fairly. Most importantly the aid pledged by governments needs to be delivered.
We acknowledge that there is much work still to be done. This award is not a mission accomplished moment. Please join me in congratulating the love of my life and my partner in ministry, Baylor University's 2010 Young Alumnae of the Year, Katie Kilpatrick.