Friday, September 17, 2010

Green and Gold and Honored

This blog entry is early. I shouldn't post it for a two more weeks, but I cannot help myself. To quote the little boy in the Walt Disney commercial, “I am too excited to sleep[wait].”

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.

This is a huge award and Katie is so honored to receive it. No one goes to Haiti and does this kind of work expecting or even wanting praise and awards. They do it because they believe in the words of Jesus Christ and want to serve a cause. We work with people who have been in Haiti decades and have not received anything like this.

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.



  1. Congratulations Katie!!! No one deserves this more than you.

  2. Congratulations Katie!! How fantastic! So happy for you.
    And what a sweet post :)

  3. Oh yes! Congratulations!! I would sing "That Good Old Baylor Line" but I don't want to scare people. I will just say..

    Sic' em Bears!

  4. Katie - CONGRATS!! This is a huge honor - which I'm sure you were never expecting. It is so awesome to see God working through you and Ben in Haiti. I know this recognition will certainly help your ministry there. Yay Baylor!

    Ben - AKA Cheese Head - Behind every great woman is a great that would make you great. We're so proud of you and who you have become - I never doubted.

    May God continue to bless you and those you touch.

  5. Congratulations! I'll even cheer for the Bears that week, for having so much common sense to recognize Katie's contributions. [Wait, they're not playing Rice are they? If they are, I'll cheer for a tie. :^]

  6. Katie,
    Congratulations! What a wonderful thing to celebrate. I can totally relate to Baylor Love... Here's to a fellow stufu alum! Sic'em!

  7. This is so great. I'm proud to "virtually" know you both and glad that you will have the opportunity to bring Haiti back into focus again. Go Bears!

  8. What a great honor, and as you said, even more important is the opportunity to keep the needs of Haiti alive in people's minds. Congratulations to you both and thank you for serving so tirelessly.

  9. Awww congrats Katie! You are so deserving of this! You and Ben are doing a wonderful thing! Love you both!

  10. This is so cool. Katie, I know that your whole family has been crazy about Baylor for your entire life, and I have the utmost respect for the work you two are doing there in Haiti. Congratulations on the recognition; Baylor is proud of your efforts (as they SHOULD BE) and of your being an ambassador of Christ. But I'm sure that the sustaining spirit and real pride comes from the little children and the adults that you help on a daily basis. Thank you for the love that you share.
    Sincerely, Jay

  11. Sic em Katie and Sic em Bears!! So proud of you!! Can't wait to wave and cheer for you in the parade. Save some candy for the Bowlins and the Fifers!! :)

  12. We are sooo excited and proud!!

  13. katie! I got the chills reading this blog post. i know you didn't go over to haiti to get praise but I am so glad that you are being honored in this way. we are so proud of you & continue to pray for yalls ministry in haiti. like you, I have attended all baylor homecomings & this year will mark the FIRST that I won't get to attend. (weddings....) but I will be there in spirit to cheer you on! so proud of you & the work you are doing.

  14. Wow, congrats Katie! it would be so cool if they could mention this blog site too - perhaps people would fell inspired to give by reading it.

  15. Congrats Katie! We are so proud of you!



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