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Our 30th Anniversary

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2: The Island of Boracay

3: We meant to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary by renewing our vows. That summer Cathy's dad became ill and moved in with us so we were not able. We decided to make our 30th anniversary special... Instead of Hawaii, we traveled to the Philippines to visit Betsy and visited the beautiful beaches of Boracay. We then started to plan a renewing of our vows and a 30th wedding anniversary party.

4: David was born the first child of a career Army enlisted man, J.D. and his wife Anna. Most of his years as a child and youth were in Kansas except for three years in Hawaii and a year in Florida. He attended the University of Kansas, graduating in civil engineering during December 1977. Cathy was born the first child of a Marine pilot who later turned to teaching English, Eugene Sullivan, and his wife Nellie. Most of her growing up years were in Minneapolis, Minnesota and its suburb, Plymouth. She attended St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University where she graduated with a degree in biology and a teaching certificate in 1978. In the summer of 1976, this Kansas boy and Minnesota girl joined fifty other students and staff of Campus Crusade For Christ in Panama City Beach, Florida. During the beach project we enjoyed getting to know each other. We discovered many things in common such as a desire to serve Jesus Christ, a desire to serve overseas in ministry by using our vocational skills, the commonality in view of family life and intentional living. While the summer ended with no definitive plans for an enduring relationship, our friendship continued through lots of letter writing, occasional phone calls and a few times seeing each other at large Crusade student conferences. This growing friendship eventually led David to take a job in Hopkins, Minnesota (a Minneapolis suburb) after his college graduation. Eight months later, during October 1978, David, always a deliberate decision-maker, surprised no one in asking Cathy to marry him. We married June 16, 1979 and spent our first year of marriage in Hopkins as David continued to work for an engineering consultant and Cathy as a substitute teacher. During the summer of 1980, we joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), raised financial support, and attended staff training in Fort Collins and three months of intensive training for international service in Los Angeles. Ten days after completing the second training, we headed to Bophuthatswana, South Africa for 3 years.

6: THE BRIDE | Then... | 30 years later

8: Amy Barfield and Mitch Langley singing "Faithful Friend." | Amy, Megan and Betsy singing "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman | CEREMONY | Part of Shaun's message involved his son, Josiah, acting out a "young Dave."

9: I am one of many whose path has been made clearer By the light you've carried faithfully as a warrior and a child God has used you greatly to encourage and inspire And you've remained a true friend all the while So I will never put you on a pedestal 'Cause we both know all the glory is the Lord's And I'll be there to pray that He will keep you by His grace And I always will remind you to be seeking His face | Everyone knows you as a man of honor I am glad to know you simply as a friend You’ve always taken time to be my brother And I’ll be standing by you in the end But I will never put you on a pedestal I thank the Lord for everything you do I’ll be there to pray for you and the ones you love I believe that He will finish all He started in you | Faithful Friend (duet sung by Twila Paris and Steven Curtis Chapman) | Chorus: I will be an open door that you can count on Anywhere you are, anywhere you’ve been I will be an honest heart you can depend on I will be a faithful friend | FOREVER FRIENDS

10: THE VOWS | We renewed our vows by repeating the ones we wrote thirty years ago.


12: BARFIELD | Then...

13: HUSBAND & WIFE | 30 Years later



17: THE DANCING | We thought it only fitting to have another Square Dance to celebrate our anniversary!

18: For our first anniversary, Dave surprised me with a dress he picked out himself. I wanted to change into a special dress for my anniversary dance and I was able to find a dress similar to the first one! On our wedding day, Dave gave me a one-pearl necklace. As the gift for a 30th anniversary is pearls, Dave and the girls gave me a string of pearls, bracelet and earrings from the Philippines for Christmas.

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