Kim and I lost a dear friend yesterday, Pastor Paul Thompson. Paul was a member of the Board of the Santiago Partnership but more than that he was the pastor of our Home Church, Northwest Covenant Church in Mt. Prospect, IL, the many years we attended there. He was the one who introduced us to Ecuador when he invited us to be sponsors on one of their Youth Trips there. That is where we fell in love with Ecuador and soon followed the process of becoming missionaries with the Covenant to Ecuador. You could say that we probably wouldn’t have ended up in Ecuador if it wasn’t for Paul Thompson. In total, he took something like 15 trips to Ecuador over the years as it was one of his favorite places, especially to show and teach others about. Paul has always been one of our biggest cheerleaders and emotional support. He also dedicated both Simeon and Esther at Northwest. For all of those who knew Paul, they would always comment on his love for life and love-for-others personality in which you always felt better after talking to him. He lit up the room when he entered. Kim and I will always remember him as a continuous example of unconditional love for others.
He will be greatly missed by all of us as we await our heavenly reunion one day again.