As I have grown to know Tatiana over the last year, first as friends, I have grown in my admiration of her passionate faithfulness to God and His glory, her deep desire to abide in Christ, and her sacrificial love for our immigrant friends and neighbors. I am more impressed with her character every day. I spent a lot of time in prayer and asking for advice before pursuing a relationship with her. I remember describing her to my mentor Chuck Wood. He listened carefully, and then said, “If I were you, I would ask that girl on a date today!” She has been everything I have asked God for and more.
Tatiana moved to Hamtramck two years ago because of God’s call on her life to work with Bangladeshi people and demonstrates the love and Spirit of Jesus as a High School writing teacher in Hamtramck. She shines the light of Christ among immigrant high school students, co-teachers, and friends every day. There are so many miraculous stories I want to share from Tatiana’s life, but I will let her share in a special letter to all of you.
I have grown in Christ, been encouraged, challenged, and been deeply loved because God put Tatiana in my life. I am in love with her. I want to spend the rest of my life with her, partnering as family and in ministry. Beyond that, I know that this is God’s good, perfect, and pleasing plan for us.
There are so many ministry stories to tell from this month: Bible studies with young Bangladeshi men, loving fun with Syrian refugee families and children, trainings for upcoming events in Detroit. At one training, we even got to see a family of eight people surrender to Christ and be baptized the same day. A team from the training baptized the parents and then led the parents in baptizing their children! I’m rejoicing with the angels over more stories of decisions for Christ from this month.
For me, none of these stories compares with the joy and triumph of knowing I have found the woman I will spend the rest of my life with. There is no doubt in my mind that together Tatiana and I will be more fruitful for the Kingdom, and God will receive the most glory from our lives. I’ve never been so convinced that the best is yet to come!