As I prepare for the Amor Alumni Trip in August, I was looking through some old photos of my time at Amor. This one is from Spring of 1994. That’s me in the driver’s seat, Carrie Bailey in the passenger seat, and Darrel Larson with his head in the sliding window, and I can’t recall who that is sitting in the back.
It was late at night and I was taking a group of Spring Break volunteers from one camp to another. It had been raining A LOT that week and the roads were extra muddy. I was not very familiar with the area where I was driving and came to a fork in the road and needed to make a decision on which way to go. In the darkness and mud, things didn’t look familiar and needless to say, I chose poorly! I know the quality of the photo is not that great so if you can’t tell, we are stuck. Not just a little stuck, but you may be able to see that the mud is covering half of the tires on my VW bus. Thankfully I was able to radio for help and we got pulled out before too long.
This photo holds a lot of memories for me. Memories that didn’t stop that night but continue to grow to this very day.
Darrel Larson joined the Amor staff a few years later and made a big impact on the ministry. He has since moved on from Amor, he is now a pastor with Newbreak Church in San Diego. He recently brought a group of 29 people from his church to build in Tijuana and I was able to spend time with him during the weekend and reminisce about the adventures we’ve had together. It was a great time. The only part of the weekend I didn’t like was being away from my wife and son.
The girl in the picture, Carrie Bailey, I still see her. Actually I see her a lot. This picture was taken in 1994. 15 years later we got married. We now have a 3 year old son, Silas. We celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary on May 30th. Guess who took our wedding pictures….Darrel Larson.
If you have participated with Amor over the last 35 years and have made some great memories in the process, I invite you to come back and re-live some of those good times. You might even make some new memories that will last a lifetime.