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Adopted

During the first week of my Freshman year at Howard Payne College (now University), in Brownwood, Texas, I was walking from class to the Cafeteria when suddenly there was someone walking beside me.  She said, “Hi! My name is Betty.”  I replied, “Hi!  My name is Dan.”  She said, “ I know. I worked at Glorieta Conference Center this summer and some of your friends told me about you.”  The next time I saw Betty was at church on Sunday morning. Along with approximately a dozen other students, Betty and I both joined Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood, where they had an “Adopt a Student” program. A family came forward announcing, “We want to adopt a boy and a girl; a brother and a sister.”  They took Betty and me.  Having always wanted a sister, now Betty was the sister I never had.  For the next four years, I watched my adopted sister be a sister with many students, especially international students, studying far from home, needing a friend.  Then we both graduated, and it appeared our special relationship would end.  I enrolled in Southwestern Seminary, but who lived in an apartment on Seminary Drive, but my adopted sister, Betty.  For the next sixty-three years, we remained adopted “brother and sister.”  Along with our spouses, we re-united while living in Austin for six years, and later in Fort Worth, for eighteen years.  We served together on the Alumni Board of Directors of our alma mater and enjoyed our visits during annual college Homecoming events through the years.  Last week, I participated in the memorial service for Betty Ann Fowler Smith who had gone to her eternal home.  But our relationship still has not ended.  Since “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family” (Ephesians 1:5, NLT), Betty and I will someday, be brother and sister again in God’s forever family.  See you, Sis!

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