None of us are where we are today without others.

On Monday, Amy and I stopped in to see one of those mentors. Ted Esselstyn and his wife, Joan, lived in South Africa for many years, and Ted is a Swazi. (Yes, he was born in Swaziland and still has a Swazi passport). As Nazarene missionaries, they invested their lives over decades in the work of Nazarene higher education, and Ted served as the first Regional Education Coordinator for Africa.

It was a joy to catch up with the Esselstyns in their retirement home outside Mt Vernon, Ohio and to share a meal together. Ted still faithfully teaches Sunday School each week at his local Nazarene church. We updated him on the progress of Africa Nazarene University, of which Ted was one of the Founders and for many years served as a Trust and Council member.

Thank God today for those whom He has used to shape you!


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