You might remember when Luke and I went on a short-term missions trip to Greece and Italy in the fall of 2010? The Italy portion of the trip was such a great opportunity for us to see missionary life in the day-to-day grind, and to connect with our friends Keith and Debby. 🙂

Here is a picture from that trip, at the Duomo, a very ornate cathedral in Milan.

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I know in my brain that missionaries are just real people who love Jesus and have chosen to respond to the Great Commission full time…But it sure was great to spend some time with them and really see what day-to-day life is like.

And it was fun to build a relationship with them, so that when they came back on furlough this summer, we could spend time with them and have FUN! 🙂

I think everyone should have missionary friends.

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Our kids got along great with their kiddos, which was really great, too. It’s always easier for our kids to pray for missionaries when they love their kids.

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We had them over to our house (as you can see in the pictures above), and then were able to meet up with them a couple of weeks later at a local fair called Dutton Days. They had a small parade, free inflatables to jump around on, and a free photo booth where we made fools of ourselves. 🙂

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Keith and Debby brought along their Italian friend Andrea, who was visiting the States for the first time. And he had his very first ever hot dog that day. Not sure he was too impressed. 🙂 I thought it was a little embarrassing that we went to Italy and had amazing coffee and pasta and wood-fired pizza…and he came here and had a hot dog. Doesn’t really compare to his homeland, I’m afraid.

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I’m so thankful for these people! They’re gone from Michigan already, but I’m glad to know our parting is not “Goodbye” but “Until we meet again!”

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