Hey there, it's Jason!
Today's episode is a bit different. There's no polished introduction, and I'm flying solo without Gary. But it's special because it's centered around someone who holds a profound place in my life - Greg Smith. This is an audio of him preaching the celebration of life service for his beloved late wife, Carol.
Let's journey back to 1992. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Greg Smith during a mission trip to Cancun, Mexico, an experience organized for our high school graduating class. It was there where Greg had devoted many years of his life to serving the people of Cancun.
Though our time together was brief, life had other plans for us. The whirlwind of my youth and the absence of social media meant we lost touch. I was just a young, clueless 18-year-old then, with a lot to learn.
Time flew, and I found my calling. My first immersive experience was at a language school in Costa Rica. From there, my journey took me to Venezuela for four soul-enriching years, and now, my heart has found its home in the Dominican Republic.
God, with His mysterious ways, reconnected me with Greg. Was it through Facebook? Honesty, I don't remember.
Our conversations moved from typed words to video chats, eventually becoming our cherished weekly tradition. We dive deep into discussions about language, culture, and, above all, our faith in Jesus.
I'm grateful to have Greg as not just a friend but also as a guiding mentor in my life. His wisdom is unparalleled. If there's one thing I'd want for all of you, it's to have a friend like Greg. Someone who doesn't just speak about the gospel but embodies it in every action, every thought, every breath.
I offer this episode as a source of challenge and encouragement. It touched the deepest corners of my heart, and I hope it does the same for you. Don't just preach the gospel; live it!