We met Synnove several years ago when she attended the Interchange Conference in our city; and we met Filip at “the House” in Copenhagen about two years ago, just as he and Synnove were going to start dating. Although they were not in a relationship yet, there was a strong sense they were destined for a future together. They were married a year ago, and this past summer we were extremely honored to have them come for a month-long visit!
While with us we shared special times of prayer and the opening of our hearts to each other. Their experiences here included the 4th of July, American baseball, the Henry Doorly Zoo, fellowship with families in our church, helping with Vacation Bible School, picnics, outdoor games and various other activities. They came to serve rather than be served, and in a very short time our church fell in love with them!
As we grew to know them, many aspects of their lives touched Don and me. One particular highlight was when I daily heard them worshiping and praying in their room. Each morning their voices, lifted in praise and prayer to God, drifted sweetly down the hallway and throughout the rooms of our home. Always I would sense the pleasure of God over their lives.
Synnove loves to sing! All through the day we would hear her voice raised in song. It was as if she lived to continually sing praises to the Lord. It was refreshing! And before long, my husband and I found ourselves singing too. In fact, by the end of their stay, we all would talk-sing to one another. It was hilarious! Like an opera when the characters sing their conversations to one another. So. Much. Fun!
These friends from Denmark brought expansion and change into our lives through their deep commitment to Jesus, their servants hearts and their love for God’s Word. Their lives revealed their love for Jesus and His Church. Their last Sunday with us, they shared their hearts with the church and Filip gave a powerful word regarding Hope! To this day, people remember their message – not because of the words they spoke, but because of the life they lived among us.
Thank you, Filip and Synnove! Your lives are the fragrance of Christ, and it lingers here among us, long after you have gone!