Written by John Burt: It's Tuesday, Election Day, and while most of the country is obsessing over the vote today, our thoughts are with our son, Alex, whom we just took to the airport for his two-year mission. As he stood there waiting for his turn at check-in, he seemed very capable and mature. It contrasted sharply with the family videos we watched last night of Alex at 7 and 8 yrs old. That wasn't so long ago, really. I imagine the day, two years from now, when he returns to us, brimming with experiences of focused service and compassion toward others. God be with you, Alex, you are a wonderful son and a great young man -- you will be a fantastic missionary, I know.
Here we are at the airport, waiting for his departure time: