During my recovery in my parents' home, I have spent a lot of time thinking about and praying for many of you. As a missionary living on a foreign field I often find myself far away from family and close "American" friends. However, I don't feel alone, as I've had the privilege of meeting and interacting with many people in communities across the United States and various countries. Many of you have become a part of my community and support system, and I am grateful for that.
Although our relationships may not be traditional friendships where we get to interact on a daily basis, I value them just as much. For me, friendship is not about the number of friends I have, but about the quality of the relationships that are built with me. It's one of the most valuable and beautiful relationships in the world, and I'm privileged to have a bond that God formed between me and many of you. We share common interests, values, and experiences, and we can talk about things that are important to us. We have a special connection, whether small or great, that God has given us to understand and accept one another.
In today's fast-paced and hectic world, friendship has become even more important. With so many demands on our time and attention, it's easy to become disconnected from the people around us. But having strong and meaningful friendships can help us navigate the ups and downs of life and provide us with a sense of belonging and support.
The connections I have with you are priceless. Your friendships are an invaluable support, encouragement, and motivation in the work I do on the foreign field. These relationships help me to stay connected to my purpose and keep me grounded when things get tough.
I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for my friendship with so many of you, whether our relationship is casual or close. It's my hope that our friendships will be strengthened, and that we may have a closer bond between one another. I think about my many friends often, and I simply want to send a heartfelt message of thanks to encourage you in your day.
Thank you for being a part of my life and for your support. I appreciate you more than words can express.