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Sunday, 18 November 2012 07:22

Dear Friends,

What can I say?  The last month has been an adventure in uncharted waters.  Who would think the loss of your father would change your life so much?

I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the overwhelming support that my family and I received during the loss of my dad.  Combined visitation at the theatre and the funeral home brought over 2,000 people our way.  I realize what it means to be a part of a bigger family…the Family of God.

There is no way I could ever thank you individually for all that you said and did during the last month.  From cards, e-mails, facebook comments, and phone calls, I have never felt so loved and supported.  God used each of you to minister to my heart as well as my family.

The past few days, I attempted the thank-you cards.  I know that I missed people in the midst of it all.  Lois, my stepmother, and Andrea, my step-sister, tried to help with the correspondence.  I am also grateful for Nonna who helped me with the lists and lists of people to thank.

Please accept my apology if you do not receive a personal thank-you card or an acknowledgement for all that you might have done.  None of us were prepared for the generous response that you gave during this difficult time.

I am just now starting to digest all that has taken place.  I am finally allowing myself time to think about our loss.  We have been so busy taking care of necessary arrangements and continuing to honor our ministry commitments.  That is something that my dad would have been insistent about.

Looking back, I am amazed at the GRACE that God gives in our time of need.  In growing up, God gave a great deal of grace to grow up in a home with an alcoholic father.  God extended grace when my father gave his life to Jesus.  God poured out his grace on both my dad and me when we both learned how to forgive.  God used my dad to extend grace to me by calling my dad to be a part of my ministry.  God enveloped me with grace when He took my dad home to be with Him.  He now helps me walk in grace as I am left here to continue sharing Jesus until I see my dad again.

Who would ever think that your ENEMY could become your HERO?  That was how it was with my dad.  I am so amazed at what God can do in situations that make no sense.  I am honored that God allowed me to grow up the way that I did. I have no regrets.  I know that difficult situations have made me who I am.  I am a better person for enduring what God entrusted.  I know that what God has comforted me with, He expects me to comfort others the same.

I felt growing up that God gave me the worst father in the world.  Boy, was I wrong.  I was given the greatest father anyone could have ever asked for.  We spent the last 15 years not only being great friends, but learning how to be father and son.  I have loved every minute of it and would not change one thing…well, maybe one thing: a little more time on my end just listening to his voice…

I do have a promise of seeing my dad again and so do you.  For those of us who know Jesus as our Savior, we will all be together again forever.  Until then, there is much work to be done so others can go there too. That’s what dad wanted.

Thanks again for all of your support.  Words could never express my gratitude for all you have done.  Let’s just keep being faithful to God’s work and win people for the Kingdom…

I love you all,

Billy Wayne



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