Both of the guys were asked to give their testimonies of when they came to know the Lord and when they were called into ministry. It was very moving.
As soon as David got up on stage, I knew it was going to be bad. Like, shouldn't have worn any mascara bad. His mom had given him the bible that was presented to David's dad when HE was ordained - back in 1956. It was VERY special. When David walked on stage and was holding his Dad's bible, I knew we were all going to be in for it. Sure enough, we all (including David) cried through most of his testimony! It was really an incredible moment.
After David's testimony, they had a few pastors come up to give a charge to them. I had to take the kids out back at this point - we were all sitting in the 2nd row, and Callie and Jacob just couldn't stay quiet much longer. It was already 7 pm...and I was REALLY wishing I had called a babysitter or had one of my sisters there or something!!! One of the other pastors followed us out and offered to take my kids for me so I could stay in the sanctuary to be a part of the ceremony for David. Talk about BLESSING me!!
After the charges were given, they had David and Doug come to the front and kneel down. They had all of the ordained pastors and deacons come up to lay hands on and pray for these two men. The congregation spent the time in prayer for them as well. These were the last few men praying over Doug and David. It was very powerful.
After the ceremony, we headed to the fellowship hall for a reception honoring Doug and David. Hooray! :)
This is Pastor Steve who played basketball in the gym with the kids so I could stay in the ordination service with David. I was VERY humbled and blessed by him that night - especially when I heard Jacob had to go potty during that time. Did I say I was HUMBLED????
Sharolyn - David's closest sister (10 years older)
NOT my favorite picture of me at all (remember the crying?), but I LOVED this dress that Kelli let me borrow. I'm going to have to wear it again and get a better picture of it - this doesn't do it justice.