Dear Special Friend

68BCC481-771F-497E-8FC8-5B83376D7CF4I’m not sure where to begin as I celebrate your birthday. I’ve seen so much firsthand that I might could write a book. First, I’m gonna give a shout out to your pops. Apart from him being one of my hospice patients we would likely never have met. Before he transitioned to Heaven he just kept saying “I just want to touch one more life.” I promised him that I would stay in connection to you and your Uncle Ronald. Crazy as it sounds God had already given me a vision of both of you walking into Refuge Church. That absolutely happened not long after his passing.

Now, five years later I can’t believe all I’ve seen with my own eyes. Three years ago God spared your life and you had successful triple bypass surgery. Then, God changed your life from the inside out. When you gave your life to Jesus Christ the change was obvious. What a joy it was to later baptize you, your wife and daughter. 

Who could have thought that two years later you would be on staff at Refuge. God has used you to facilitate the gospel truth to hundreds in church and online. Like you’ve said, “Saturdays are no longer the biggest game day for you.” Sundays and throughout each week God is using your skills to connect God’s love to thousands through social media. One day many of those people will find through you what you’ve already found only in Jesus Christ. 

On top of all of this and more you’ve truly become one of my best friends. You’ve encouraged me countless days through one of the toughest seasons of my life. One of my most moving moments was when you first asked to pray for me. I’m thinking, “Is this the same guy I met a few years back?” Indeed, it was and I’m extremely grateful for your prayers, family, and life. I guess Pops didn’t know that he wouldn’t just touch one more life, but countless others. I truly believe the best is yet to come for you! Happy Birthday brother Trey Asbelle.

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

(2 Corinthians 5:17)

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