My husband dreamed at 9 YEARS OLD that he was in Africa baptising African people in the ocean. When he turned 17 years old he went on a trip to West Africa and FULFILLED HIS DREAM. Amazing that he was in the same nation that I was a little girl in. Although at that time my family was already back in the USA. Here he is at 17 with a Masai tribesmen. (look at the little stool in his ear)
We connected a couple of years later.... and the instant electricity between us was and still is unforgettable. Our paths were meant to be. I believe in arranged marriages.... God arranged ours for sure!
I have never stopped to count the many nations we have worked in over 36 years. The best thing about it? We love what we do.... because as children He called both of us!!
Standing in the velds of southern Africa, I could have never imagined how God was going to direct our lives. Having a baby in a war torn African nation was an experience I'll never forget. Building churches in war was not easy... nor supporting fear stricken christian friends night and day. Trying to feed hungry Africans while keeping our white skins alive was scary at times.... My husband was thrown in jail for smuggling food to hungry missionaries around this time in life. War is hell...
You may just see an old fashioned looking picture of us here. But when I look at this.... my mind is flooded with what we were doing, where we were and how we were quite alone and brave in those days. And I see the directing Hand of God leading us through paths we could not know because He was training us to feed the nations back then. We were left alone for a season.... no family, and no funds to support us. Just us three and God.
All of God's lessons imprint us deeply ....for a future destiny.
We were just two kids.... I was younger than the ageof my own daughter now. Life's perspectives do develop.... my baby girl in my arms - we determined if we died all three of us were going together! But we didn't.... it was just part of our training in God's plan.
I've been so busy entertaining that I have not had time to update .... a couple more days and things should get back to normal. Just trying to enjoy every moment I can with my mother.
Precious time together....
No one else calls me 'gayla darlin.... or my sweet little girl.... or honnnneeeey'.
I'm enjoying her as much as I can while the clock rushes round and round! Cooking her favorite foods, taking her shopping, and watching over her and trying to spoil her while I have her with me. My mom ... my friend..... Joyce Latta. One of God's 'angelic ' ladies on earth.
My sweet sister in law Lisa... we had a great time being together.
My awesome brother Alan and my sister in law Yvette - the proud parents of Summer - the darling bride in the family.
My nephew Zane who is a incredible singer! He entertains us all for a little while.
Cousins had fun... this is Marvin and Lisa's son Ben and our prize Angela
Father's and sons had lot's of time for conversations... our Sean and father in law.... The Bishop.
I guess it was the closest thing to a family reunion our family has had... we all are constantly working, traveling, preaching, singing, praying, and sharing the gospel. It's a rare event when all the members of a family are business owners or in the ministry - to try to schedule family time together. We are all leaders in different fields and I am proud of each one!
Thank you Summer Joy... Your wedding no one was going to miss! We all had a wonderful time!
My family.. The one and only Missionaries Sam and Joyce Latta and us four 'kids' in birth order. Alan, Gayla, Marvin and Regan!! Love you all more than words can say.
It is a rare occasion that I get to be with my mother for fun...
O with my beautiful daughter just chillin ....
And my sweetheart Gdaughter who brings me joy by just appearing...
We all enjoyed some relaxing time without actually 'doing something or going somewhere or being' someone'!
The morning of the wedding was a special time for us for sure!!! To be surrounded by my mother... my daughter... my granddaughter has to be one of life's greatest treasures to me.
To my friends... don't let anything stop you from being family. MAKE it happen. There may be differences in opinions, lives all lived in different ways.... still family remains family. Pursue your family... stick together... learn to make it work. Life is short and one never knows how long we have to live. So live life large.... celebrate and value each other. Did you know that it's usually women that make a family stay together?
We have been looking forward to Summer's wedding for a long time... and when she got married it was the most romantic, gorgeous and meaningful wedding of ALL! We are all proud for her... she got an incredible guy! Congratulations to Summer and Paul!!
Their reception was held at the Modern Art Musium in Fort Worth.... so awesome!!
A very special honor was given to my oldest brother Alan. He was chosen to be one of the Men of the Year by the Hood County News in Granbury Tx! I am proud of him.... he is my hero and a real christian.
He's the second one on the right. Everybody loves him, and he's a great Pastor too. He's smart, funny and we talk often. I love my big brother much!! He pastors Generations Church in Granbury Texas.
Feeding the hungry runs deep in us... we 'kids' remember being hungry as kids in Africa.