GOD'S COVENANT LOVE: celebrating 30 years of God's Faithfulness in Christian Covenant Community [Go to Table of Contents]
Trans-generational?  You Bet!
By Van and Janet Vandagriff

In our 45+ years of marriage, our family has moved many times, but two of those moves were especially significant: In 1965, we moved from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Malawi in southeast Africa forthree years; and in 1976, we moved to Ann Arbor to be a part of the Word of God community.

The culture in Africa put us in a situation that unified us as a family, so that we came into community life in Ann Arbor as a “unit.”  Our commitment to one another as  family expanded and grew to become a broader commitment to our brothers and sisters in community.  From being a family unit amidst a new and different culture in Africa, we found ourselves becoming part of a bulwark that involved not only our family and our brothers and sisters, but others who were just coming into community life.

Through the teachings of the community and through serving others, we have experienced ourselves becoming stronger as individuals, as a family, as members of Washtenaw Covenant Community, and as a part of a bulwark for others.  And it has been a source of great joy for us to watch our family plunge enthusiastically into community life!

There is so much strength to be gained from living one’s daily life with other committed Christians.

But there is extraordinary strength to be had from knowing that we – our children and their spouses – our grandchildren – and, in our case, our great grandchildren – are living out the Christian life precisely where God wants us to be!

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