Telling family stories to the next generation is an ancient practice that has begun to degenerate in the modern and post-modern world. The stories are calling us back to a biblical perspective of extended family, living in community not in isolation. It is the Biblical understanding of passing faith to the next generation. In 2003, weekly letters to the grandchildren started because of a “nudge” from the Lord to start sharing family stories. The first book in this series, Unexplainable Events ... But God: Legacy Letters to Our Grandchildren include letters from 2003 - 2012. This book includes “snippets” of letters from May 2016 - 2016. May you be encouraged to start passing the stories of your faith to your children and grandchildren.
In 1930, Ernstena was born into a pastor’s home. Her mother inspired her as she diligently, every three months, hand-wrote letters to her nine siblings. As Ernstena’s three siblings grew up, her dad drove them to California, quadrennially, for BIG family reunions, so they stayed connected.
Ernstena’s first husband Clyde Parker, a pastor, University professor, and businessman, inspired her to be a librarian. After he went to heaven in 1984, Ernstena lived with her widowed mother nine years. From 1995 to 2006, Ernstena traveled the world with Campus Crusade’s ISP and CoMission. She wrote travel letters to family and friends, to stay connected. Dr. Clifton Wood and Ernstena were married 2007, and she is “memawernie” to his grands! These letters keep their BIG family connected.