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Equipped and ready for launch

May 23, 2013

He has waited all of his life for this moment.  Our son Tucker has always been old for his age.  He has always looked ahead and sought to plan out his life, long before his time.  We have sought to be intentional.  We have sought to prepare him.  We have sought to provide him with the training needed and times of testing to give him the opportunities to rise to the occasion of his life.  More than anything we have sought to show him the Father, teach him to be a disciple of Jesus, and help him to listen to and obey the Spirit.  

He has had many monumental experiences that give him unique skill sets and perspective.  He has lived in Africa since he was two living in and learning two very different cultures, customs, and languages.  Because of this he is pretty comfortable anywhere in the world.  He has climbed mountains and paraglided off of them.  He has spent nine years training in Taekwondo and has competed in the World Championships on Rwanda’s behalf.  He has scuba’ed in the Red Sea and prayed for direction from God on Mt. Sinai.  He has managed to become an Eagle Scout and for his project made a leadership training ropes/challenge course that was portable and gave it to and trained orphans from Rwanda’s genocide in using it to develop others and teach unity.  

He doesn’t have his driver’s license.  He has never been out on a solo date before.  He thinks that cool music is stuff of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  He has never watched a ‘horror’ flick.  There are many things that he has not experienced of the culture of the US, but in this we are not afraid, because he is equipped and ready.  He has discernment.  He has a heart willing to follow and pursue God’s wisdom.  He knows what it means to be a faithful man.  

Next year will be phenomenal for him.  He will work for a cousin in Arkansas.  He will learn how to drive.  He will have a checking account.  He will have to finish his scholarship applications by himself and make his decisions on schools.  He will get to spend time with family.  He will travel by himself to many places in America.  He will fly back to Rwanda for a short visit and by himself travel to South Korea and France.  

Such a full life for such a short 18 years!

And, for the next year, I am sure he will live and undoubtedly live very very well.

Ready, set, launch.  

Godspeed Joshua Tucker KoonceImage


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffrey L Holland permalink
    May 23, 2013 3:36 pm

    What a blessing he is! Jeff

  2. Jeff Holland permalink
    May 23, 2013 3:40 pm

    My your family be blessed in the midst of this wonderful transition! Proud of you Tucker!
    Blessings in your future adventures for the Lord!
    Love you,
    Uncle Jeff

  3. Linda Carey permalink
    May 23, 2013 5:42 pm

    Teary and goose bumps all at the same time!!!!! What a MAN you have raised!!!!!

    • May 23, 2013 8:35 pm

      Thank you Linda. We are deeply encouraged by our ‘cloud of witnesses.’

  4. Savannah permalink
    May 29, 2013 4:24 am

    So wonderful! Can’t wait to see what God has in store for him.

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