Tomorrow being Father’s Day gives me cause to think about, not only how fortunate I am that my own dad is still alive and in pretty good health at 87 years old, but also how fortunate I am to be called “Dad” by so many.  Of course, there’s our birth sons, Mike and Jeff, and Mike’s wife, Rhonda.  And, though she calls me Jim, there’s Jeff’s wife, Vanessa.  But over the years we’ve been “Mom and Dad” to so many other young adults, with many of whom we are still connected.  Then there’s the special men and women in our lives that truly our own, even though we were not responsible for their birth.

Particularly, then, there’s Peru.  How blessed we are to be the adopted or spiritual parents to so many men and women who are faithfully serving the Lord in their home country.  Jose and Raquel Vicente, the first in Peru, Antonio and Debora Meca, Maria Momajara Diamond and now her husband, Paul, Jose and Marlene Navarro; and I can’t forget Ani Brown, though we actually met her here.  It’s through her dad, Pastor Julio Romero, that all of our Peruvian kids and friends came into our lives.  There are others as well that look to us as spiritual parents, calling on us for input into their lives.  All that plus a host of Peruvian grandchildren, both adopted and spiritual.

Yes, indeed, I’m blessed.  How could tomorrow be any happier a Father’s Day?  Thank you, Jesus.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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