Monday, February 8, 2010

Family Connection

My father makes quilts for wounded soldiers. He picks out the material, designs the pattern (no two are alike) and sews them together. Then he sends them to an organization called Soldier's Angels. They put them in a pack with other things that wounded soldiers may need and when the soldiers gets to Germany, they are given the pack. He has designed over 50 of these wheelchair quilts.

Last week, my father was contacted by solider in Afganistan. Someone gave her one of his quilts. She found the label dad puts on each of his quilts and she sent him a postcard thanking him for making it. Then she decided to send an email to them. It gets better.

She is a Major at Ft. Eggers, Kabul. She helps the Afgan soldiers keep prisoners in line at a prison. She writes a weekly update about her daily life in Afganistan. Major loved the quilt and the coorespondence. She saw where Dad and Mom live and had friends there in Middletown. She is from Colorado. She had her friend call them and Mom spoke briefly with her. Major is quickly becoming a favorite person of mine to read about. She is very special because she loves what she does, she is thoughtful enough to thank my parents for their service, and she really seems to love her job in that foreign country. It is people like Major that makes us all stop and think about why our country is terrific!

Dad is just beside himself with this new friend. It shows us that this world isn't as big as we sometimes feels it is and that our little bit of service really does help make others have a great day. I believe God had a hand in this. He definitely brought us all together for something. Now we get to wait and see what that is. I think that a family connection is here as Christians it is our duty to keep that feeling going.

Galatians 6:10

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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