I met Dennis and Carita Chen the summer of 2001. We were part of a cross-cultural training program designed for people living and working overseas.
Some people you just “click” with. Dennis and Carita were this with me. Dennis and I bonded over a love of sports, Asia, and God. Carita is just a blast to be around and has always had a gift for encouraging me personally and many others.
We laughed. . . a lot. We also had a common heart for God and His work in this world to a level of which I rarely find.
Dennis and Carita have always struck me by the depth and quality of their marriage. They love each other, but they also really, really like each other. This is one of the many reasons I love being around them.
Though we have never lived in the same city, we have crossed paths quite a bit over the past 12 years. Anytime we do, we try to get to an environment where we can have a meaningful conversation. It is always wonderful, deep, Christ-honoring fellowship.
Dennis and Carita wanted dearly to have children. They were not quiet about this desire, but rather would share with people candidly about their struggles with infertility. They asked openly for prayer.
Their pain from waiting and wanting and longing was palpable, yet they never wavered in their trust in Christ. They wrestled with Him in this, yet trust in Christ they maintained.
I will always remember sitting outside of Beau Jo’s Pizza in Fort Collins, Colorado with Dennis and Carita for a long lunch in July 2009. We were all literally to the point of tears as they shared with me their pain of infertility. They had begged God for a child for so many years, yet there was silence in return.
Many, many of their friends and family had anguished in prayer for Dennis and Carita for these years, myself included.
Then there was Jacob.
Enjoy the video and the celebration of my dear friends, Dennis and Carita Chen.