How Did You Meet?
The first time I saw Priscilla was when she came on her Journey to the Heart. However, nothing really crossed my mind until I saw her serving in the kitchen one day and respond beautifully to some pressures around her. I thought to myself, “That young lady has many of the qualities I would love to see in my wife someday.” However, I knew that I did not really have the three prerequisites every guys should have before he even thinks of marriage: He must consistently maintain a vibrant walk with God, demonstrate wisdom in financial matters, have and fulfill a life purpose worth dying for, before every considering marriage.
Was Your First Kiss at the Wedding?
Our focus was to be united first and most importantly in our spirits through a close relationship with the Lord and sharing openly our walk with Him. This was first priority over connecting emotionally or physically. We also understood from our parents how few young people today stay pure until marriage. Once the focus shifts to the physical, it can be difficult to refocus on the spiritual aspects of marriage readiness. This is why we chose to save our first kiss until the day of our wedding, and it sure was special!
Priscilla, How Did You Prepare for Marriage?
The best preparation for marriage for me was serving with my family and learning contentment at home. I was then able to enjoy each season God had for me. This included opportunities to be sent out to places my dad felt were good and wholesome to serve and minister.
How Many Children Are You Going to Have and When?
We believe children are a blessing from the Lord and gifts to be received. Psalm 137:3-5 states: “Children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.” Children are not a burden, but a blessing. He is the one who gives them and keeps them. He never gives more than we can handle and He is certainly not short in supplying for the needs of His children. Thus, we choose to trust God with the size of our family and accept as many children as He would so choose to give. We desire to view children the way Jesus did when He stated: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14). When we see from His perspective, we will love children as He does and receive with joy each one as a gift from God.
Was it Hard to Grow up in a BIG Family?
Both of us grew up in larger families and saw how true Scripture is calling each child a blessing from the Lord. Between work, play and homeschooling we never lacked for something to do or someone to do it with. We love each of our siblings very much and have learned many valuable lessons from each one. In fact, as we have watched our siblings we have noticed that each one seems to learn things earlier than the previous ones because they have witnessed multiple siblings try their hand at it.
What Prepared You to Serve God in Your Youth?
We owe our parents a huge thanks for their encouragement to serve the Lord and invest in things which will last for all eternity. To start off, both of us were deeply impacted when we attended a Journey to the Heart. This ten day experience has saved many from a life of regret and placed them on a track to eternal significance. Starting in Chicago, each attendee goes through a couple days of orientation, training and a personal interview before heading up to the Northwoods of Michigan in teams of ten for six days of seeking the Lord. Though David has only led two, Priscilla has led many such teams and has also written a few testimonies which you may find encouraging. One is on how she received special boldness for witnessing as well as one on a witnessing experience she had. Another is a podcast from a journey she led with several of the Duggar girls attending. Second, there is a powerful program which gave a lot of foundational training for ministry called In The Gap. This ministry outreach focuses on learning and practicing the skill of leading children to Christ and teaching them to embrace His character in their personal lives. Not only do you learn how to teach children, but you have the opportunity to put it into action immediately and see God work in and through you.
David, How Did You Know Priscilla Was the Right One?
The above questions have come from the many who have contacted us. We are delighted with each person who took the time to do so. However, we thought that since we have not quite had the time to answer each one individually, we might post some of the answers in a more public way. We hope you are encouraged by each one.