So, not long after Mandi and I were married in the summer of 2006, I asked Mandi and if we could make the trip to Stokes county and down Rosebud Rd. to visit my dear friend Gladys. She agreed and Gladys opened the front door of her home and welcomed me into the same living room I had visited years before. Our visit with Gladys was brief, but intentional. I explained to Gladys our reason for wanting to see her, as tears began falling down my red, warm cheeks: "Gladys, you will never know how much your Christ-like example has meant to me. You were responsible for sending me to Campbell, covering my gas expenses, and showing me the love of God's Son, Jesus Christ, by sacrificing your finances to help me answer the call to ministry and seminary education. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your kind gesture, and I just had to stop by and tell you how thankful I am for you, and for the witness you left with me. You need to know how special you are for living out Jesus to me and for me. And I love you!" While Gladys noticed how I was struggling emotionally, she let me say all that I wanted to say. With her patented Gladys smile, I'm sure she said, "You're so welcome" and went on to say how glad she was to do it. After a final hug, and walking out the door, I knew that our visit was a blessing to God and to us all, a living "thank-you note" come full circle. Gladys passed away a few years ago but her legacy of ministry in my life continues to bless the Kingdom, and it's safe to say I will never, ever forget my sweet, caring, Jesus-loving friend.