Thank you mom for forcing me to talk to people when all I wanted to do was hide behind you.Without that learned skill I would never be here trying to talk to people in a foreign language.
Thank you mom for making me work hard.I know I didn’t appreciate it as a child, but without those skills (and the Lord of course) I would’ve given up on basically everything I am currently pursuing.Thank you for making me scrub the cabinets and clean the house even when it looked perfectly clean to me.
Thank you mom for your example of tireless service to your family.“A woman’s work is never done” is what you’ve always said as you worked to serve our family.You were an excellent example to me as I now try to serve my own family.
Thank you mom for protecting me from many evils.I spent many a Friday and Saturday nights throughout my high-school years watching 60-minutes with the family and I am so grateful for such a “boring” life as a teenager.I have few regrets and it because you and Dad told me “no” so often.Thank you for looking out for me.
Thank you for telling me no.Thank you for not allowing me to rule my own life as a child and a teenager.Thank you for exercising your God-given authority for my good.Thank you for not backing down even when I loudly protested.
Thank you for “making me” attend The Master’s College.I was disgusted that this tiny Bible college didn’t even have a football team, but this place completely changed the course of my life and is also the place where I met my husband.Thank you for seeing what was best for me when I couldn’t.
Thank you mom for always pursuing a relationship with me and now with my children.You have always taken a sincere interest in my life and now you take a sincere interest in the lives of my children.Thank you for caring about every sport I’ve gotten involved in, every musical I’ve been in, every major I pursued, and every friend who has come and gone in my life.
Know that there is someone here in France who loves you and appreciates you very much Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
Author: David M. Hare
Dave is a husband, father of four Africans, and is currently helping the Kwakum people do Oral Bible Storying and Bible translation in Cameroon, Africa.
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Dave and Stacey Hare met at The Master’s College (now The Master’s University) in Santa Clarita, CA. They then went on to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where they each received their MDivs. Also in Louisville, they adopted four kids from Ethiopia. Their first term on the field they spent learning French and Kwakum. For their first home assignment they each received a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Bible Translation from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (now Dallas International University). They currently live in Cameroon, Africa where they serve as Linguists/Bible Translators among the Kwakum (aka Bakoum) people.