S: After I Do 2011
BC: Thank You!
FC: Thank You, | Durhams!
1: Dear Durhams, Josh & I just want to thank you both for the commitment that you have made to teach each week at 'After I Do.' We appreciate your heart for young married adults and we have been blessed by your teaching. You have both set such great examples of what a godly marriage and family looks like. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules each week to share your hearts with us. We really appreciate you both! Josh & Laci Boston
2: Davis and I were very blessed to find a home church and a Life Bible Study class right after we got married. We both felt it was very important to seek guidance from God and surround ourselves with God serving people. After I Do has provided just that. With the help of your guidance young married couples are able to dedicate serving God all areas of their marriage and families. Thank you for welcoming us with open arms. We look forward to experiencing many more memories with you. Love, Davis & Sarah Bradford
3: Thank you for your dedication to serving our class through teaching and helping us grow in our marriages. Your transparency and vulnerability have been monumental in helping us apply God’s truth to our lives and building true community within the class. It has been an honor to walk and pray through seasons of transition and struggles with you. Ultimately your servant hearts point us and all those around you to Jesus. What living witnesses you are! You are building God’s kingdom one marriage at a time and helping ensure eternal life for the next generation (Caleb and baby girl Brown to be specific). Thank you for sharing your testimonies with us as God writes them. With Love and Gratitude, Jennifer & Joshua Brown
4: We are so grateful to get to be part of a class under your leadership. What a blessing it has been for us to be a part of this class since the beginning of our marriage to be encouraged weekly through your teaching to have Christ as the foundation of our marriage (and of course, everything). We appreciate your vulnerability and that you continually share with honesty about what God is doing and has done in your marriage. Thank you for all the time you spend digging into the Word to prepare lessons for us. Thank you for your bruised, scratched up knees as you have prayed on our behalf and the behalf of our friends and family. Thank you for making this ministry a priority in the midst of your crazy, busy lives. In I Corinthians 11:1, Paul instructs the church at Corinth: “Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.” This verse captures how we feel when we see you two, we see your passion for the Lord and his purposes and your love for each other, and we desire to imitate you as you imitate Christ. Words really are not enough but thank you. Christopher & Christi Carter
5: Love, Jonathon and Lydia Hance | Dear Durhams, we want to thank you so much for your example of vibrant, healthy, Christ-centered marriage. We've learned so much from you about your commitment to teach us weekly, and what a sacrifice that is. We find ourselves returning to lessons you've taught as we journey together forward in our fifth year of marriage. Some of the lessons that come to us are: learning to be students of each other; the importance of weekly dates and departing our home and routine to find time together to connect; how to listen in communication; what it means to build each other up (and how it looks different for each of us); the power of the "do-over"; modeling successful spouses while successful in your careers; and understanding our own personalities better to love each other better. We are stronger because of you.
6: Alan and Kelli, we are so blessed to be in After I Do and to learn from your teaching, stories, relationships, and prayers. Thank you for your transparency and for caring so deeply for our class. We love the way you talk about your relationship with your sons and how open your communication is. We hope to be able to have relationships with our kids like that one day! Please know that we are incredibly grateful for the effort you put into our class and to enhancing our walks with God. Love, Dan and Kristin Hilgart
7: Dear Alan and Kelly, It has been so exciting for you to join our class as teachers. It is truly you both being sensitive to Gods voice at the timing you have come. In just the short time we have known you we have been so blessed by the wisdom you have shared. We are so happy that you are a part of our lives and look forward to you both being a part of our story. Love Bruce and Liz
8: Thank you for your devotion to the individuals of this class. We appreciate your prayers and your encouragement. We truly feel like we have found a family in After I Do, which is largely due to your leadership. Thank you for your devotion in preparing diligently for class. You both have such an excellent gift for teaching. We always leave class with our cups overflowing with new knowledge and great life application. You are such neat people and we are so glad that we get to grow with you and learn from you each week! We love you, JP and Megan Johnson | We want to thank you for your incredible influence on our lives. We realize that you sacrifice so much to commit to the class, and God has blessed the fruits of your labor. Since our involvement with After I Do, we have grown so much as individuals, but we have especially grown in our marriage. Thank you for your wonderful example of what a loving, Christian marriage looks like. You certainly give us an excellent model to emulate. It is so encouraging to see a couple that has walked through life together and is willing go share their secrets with us. Thank you for being so open and vulnerable in the way you share your lives with our class. While we certainly do not rejoice in your heartaches, it is touching that you are willing to share your struggles to help us learn and grow from your experiences.
9: Alan and Kelli, Thank you so much for your service and love for After I Do. Your marriage is truly an example of Christ loving the Church. Thank you for your encouraging emails, prayers and willingness to follow the Lord wherever He leads! All of us in After I Do are blessed to have you as teachers and role models. You are truly a blessing to us! Love, Jonathan and Sarah Lay
10: Dear Durhams, We are so thrilled that you both have joined the teaching team for the After I Do class. We have enjoyed every minute of getting to know you both over the past year. Thank you for your commitment to our generation by pouring biblical truths and wisdom from your own personal experiences into our lives. We are so blessed by you both. More than teachers, you have been mentors and friends. Thank you for being involved in our lives. From job advice to a hug when one is needed, you both have been true models. We appreciate you both modeling what a godly marriage looks like for us. Thank you both! We love you! Love, Sarah & Zach Lernor
11: Dear Alan and Kelly - thank you so much for joining our lives this year. Your investment in our family by sharing life experiences and His Word make an eternal difference in us. We're so grateful for your example of a Godly marriage and family. We love you. Beau and Erica McBeth
12: Alan & Kelli You've been a wonderful addition to our class. We really appreciate the life wisdom you have imparted to us. Thank you for sharing your experiences from teaching and parenting with us. We especially enjoyed the exercise where everyone shared life verses. You have taught us so much and have been so encouraging. We look forward to getting to know you even more. God bless you. -Paul & Kelli
13: Kelli and Alan, You will never know how much your prayers and encouragement have helped us in our ministry as a CARES team. Your uplifting attitudes and joyful spirits as teachers have taught us so much about what it means to be Christ-like in a marriage. Thank you for all you do! Surrounded by His love, Calan and Tracy Morgan
14: Alan and Kelli, Thank you so much for the investment you have made and are making in our lives. We are so blessed by you and your love for us, and our family. Your life, your marriage and your testimony are such an inspiration and encouragement to us. We admire your love for the Lord and your love for each other. You have welcomed us and loved us like your own kids. You have been so genuine and willing to celebrate the joys in our lives and pray with us through the trials. We appreciate your dedication and intentionality. Thank you for the hours and hours of time and prayer that you have spent on our behalf preparing lessons and being available to be used by the Lord. Our marriage and our lives are not the same (to God be the glory) because of what you have poured into us and challenged us with. We are so grateful and we feel so loved and supported by you. Thank you! We count it such an honor to serve with you and to be known by you. You are a blessing to us. We love you deeply. Michael and Laura Simpson
15: Alan and Kelli, Thank you so much for your ministry to our class. We have appreciated so much your teaching and sharing of your lives with us through After I Do. Thank you for taking the time to help train young couples in the ways of the Lord and for being transparent in order to help us avoid hard lessons. We wish you every blessing in the future and look forward to continuing to get to know you better as time passes. Love, Sean and Laura Townsend | May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your heart and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-1