Throughout my time in the truth, Jehovah has placed people in my life that helped shape my foundation. Two of which are in my own home. My mom and my sister. Family members can really be dear friends. Do not take their unconditional love for granted! I have developed an appreciation for the support, companionship, and encouragement that they have provided me throughout my service to Jehovah (especially full time) and it has made such an impact on the sister, daughter, and woman I’ve become.
But what I am most grateful for is being able to, as of recently, call them pioneer partners. After making many sacrifices and facing challenges, they have both began full time service to Jehovah recently! I want to congratulate you both.
To my momma (yes that’s what I call her, although it’s feels embarrassing to write. Mother? Mom? Looks better in paper, but not really our style. Haha) You’ve long displayed the pioneer spirit, been a spiritual rock in your own household, and a gem to Jehovah. The many scriptures you’ve shared, countless encouraging words you’ve spoken, and warm embraces feel to me like an extension of Jehovah’s love. You are considerate, thoughtful, and generous. Pioneering has been a desire of yours for many years! I’m so happy to see Jehovah has allowed you to do it. Now, I hope to be a source of encouragement to you as you were to me. The effort, time, and energy that you put into your family has not gone unseen by Jehovah. Their spiritual progression is an example of that. Which leads me to the next part:
To Summer, my little sister:
I would say seven years is a big age difference. That hasn’t had a bearing on our closeness. Partly because of the personal interest we show in one another but mostly due to your maturity, girl! Learning to appreciate our starkly contrasted personalities changed my life. I really mean that. It was like a light bulb went of when momma gave the simple advice just to accept how different we are, not to be divided by it. The result? A very close friendship. We are not necessarily incompatible, though I wear my feelings on my sleeve and you bury yours so far in your heart that I’m sure only Jehovah can find them sometimes! Really, you are a true friend, loyal and loving. Every weakness of mine is made up for by a strength of yours. What would I do without you? Seriously… who’s going to tell me how to get to my return visits? To anybody reading this, she showed me how to park my car at the Kingdom Hall and has never been behind the wheel herself! What a pleasure its been to watch you grow spiritually, Summer. Your heartfelt comments, your diligence in the ministry, and the compassion and (cooked meals) you give to your family is really amazing. I will never forget the letters you wrote just to cheer me up. And the laughter. You crack me up, girl!
A mere 15 years of age but so mature. I’m so happy to see that you’ve chosen to pioneer! Really serving Jehovah is the best decision you could ever make. A guaranteed success. Never let anyone make you feel your decision was less than the best possible one. It’s going to be a long three months without ya’ll, but I’m really looking forward to taking the next assignment with you by my side, already.
That’s enough with the love letter, haha. I just wanted you both to know I’m proud of you and have appreciated the many years of your support.