You may remember that at the beginning of June we hosted Judson K. Pietsch, a friend of ours from our college days. He was here for a couple weeks and helped out with a plethora of ministries. He also became a favorite of all the kids here at The Pines. They continually ask about him, and many of them have taken to writing him letters.
If anyone has ever lived in a foreign culture, you'll likely understand when I say that most cultures tend to be more straightforward than what we are used to in the US. Many times this borders on what we Americans would consider rudeness, but since their culture accepts, nay, demands this type of communication, it is imperative that one learn to adjust.
Our older girls, and one - Okuhle - in particular, are not opposed to speaking their minds on most any subject. I must take this time to point out that Judd is single. Of interesting note for this story is that my sister Rosina is also single (for all the non-related and single guys out there). Our kids quickly put 2 and 2 together and decided that Judd & Rosina had to be destined for one another. In fact, before Judd left, they wrote a note on the chalkboard for him. The message stated "We will pray for you to get a wife."
So, with this in mind, I've posted a recent letter that Okuhle sent to Judson. I have received permission from all interested parties to post this. If you have difficulty reading it, click on the letter itself and you should be able to see an enlarged copy in your browser window.