We are now a family of FOUR!!
Asher David Patty was born June 12th 2017 at 9:29PM at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. At birth he weighed 6 lbs 13 oz, and measured 19.5 in. He arrived quickly — Lara was only in labor for 3 hours! We are praising the Lord for a healthy delivery.
The next morning, Lara’s parents brought Judah to meet his little brother for the first time. At just 19 months, we weren’t sure how much he would understand about what was happening. But, amazingly, Judah felt immediately drawn to Asher. “Baby?” You could see in his eyes that this wasn’t just any baby: it was HIS baby brother.
This, I think, is a cool illustration of the way God knits together families. While we in Western society place great value on individuality, this experience reminded me of how central community is to our identity. There is something deeper than shared DNA that unites these two boys. God has made a brotherly link between them, one that we pray only grows stronger in the years to come!
A little now about Asher David’s name.
Asher comes from the Hebrew אשׁר, meaning “happy, blessed.” The best example of the word is found in Psalm 1. We pray our Asher embodies this song of wisdom:
1 Happy (אשׁרי) is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
His middle name, David, is also Hebrew (דוד), and probably means “beloved.” But this name is special because it is a family name: after my (Tyler’s) dad, Dave. We hope and pray that Asher David loves God and people as much as his grandfather!
Lara and I love being parents! It’s hard work, but oh so rewarding. We are excited that both these boys will grow up in Czech as missionary kids!
Our goal is to move to Czech by December 2017, but we can only do that once we have reached 100% of our support. God is providing, as we are at 40% now! But there is still a way to go. We still need partners who will pray and give.
Would you like to be a part of what God is doing in the Czech Republic? If so, please consider becoming a monthly donor to our ministry HERE, and help our family of four get to the field!