As we pause for a moment to reflect on our childhood, we are filled with thankfulness for being among the few that are fortunate enough to grow up in a loving and God-fearing household. We can attest to the fact that our folks truly loved the Lord. It wasn’t lip service—they lived what they preached and they continue to be a godly example for us to emulate.

Our parents showed us many times how the Lord supplies all our needs. “The Lord will supply,” they often said and sure enough—He did!

Their lives were an example in our home of what followers of Christ should be. They taught us the values of life. It wasn’t how much money you made or how prominent you were. It was, “Will the Lord be pleased? Will this help in the furtherance of the Lord’s work? Is this His will?” Over and over, we saw “only what’s done for Christ will last.”

We are also grateful that our family gathered together for a family altar to read and pray every day. This has left a lasting impression on us.

Our parents lived a sacrificial life before the Lord. We have never heard them complain in any circumstance. Dad always saw the good in people, and tried to teach us to do likewise. We teased him that he looked through rose-colored glasses.

There were times of ups and downs, but our parents kept plugging along, realizing that faith in people may let you down, but the Lord never will.

Mom has always supported Dad. They were (and still are) in the Lord’s work together. She is truly a woman of virtue! And while Dad was busy doing the Lord’s work, he always had time for his family. Had the Lord given us the opportunity to choose our parents, these would have been the ones.

Their motto is, “I believe God!” We have seen it, experienced it, and will cherish it always. What a privilege! We praise God for such godly parents and their love and devotion to Him. After such a life of faithfulness, we are sure that He will say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

As you read this book, you will see the tremendous faith we experienced first hand and perhaps you will understand why we are so very grateful for our Mom and Dad.

Vernon Jr. & Peetsie