I have to be honest, I am not sure that I get the whole superhero fad. I know I am probably alone in my confusion, but I just don’t get all of the Superman, Iron Man, Thor, Avenger movies. I do remember as a child donning a towel as a cape and jumping off the foot-high ledge of our fireplace. My superhero growing up was Daniel Boone. My sister knew that to really “get to me” all she would have to say was “Daniel Boone is a sissy, yes a real sissy” to the tune of the theme song of the Daniel Boone show. I don’t know why I liked him so much, perhaps it was the cool coon skinned hat he wore. Or perhaps it was the fact that he was “blazing new trails.” Daniel Boone had no cool superpowers. I guess I just like ordinary people who do extraordinary things. I look up to the real person, who through their faithfulness and persistence, accomplish what others think impossible.
Using that definition, I have a couple of new “superheroes.” They are officially my “in-laws,” although I really never use that term to describe them. To me they are friends and coworkers in the kingdom. Doug and Sandy Holcomb just returned from spending 17 years in Cuernavaca, Mexico as missionaries. They returned to be with their physical family, yet they left behind a large spiritual family in Mexico. Before working in Mexico, they spent six years in The Philippines. After their kids were grown and out of the house they went through the Sunset School of Preaching and formed a team for Manila. Again, they returned to be with family as grandchildren were beginning to be born. However, they could not stay away from the pull of people of a different culture who needed Jesus. They faithfully worked in Cuernavaca providing stability while other missionaries came and left; they loved on people through their gracious hospitality; they became masters of ministering to people in a small group setting, sharing the word and committing needs to prayer; they mentored young marriages and families. They leave a large part of their heart with our Mexican brothers and sister. I don’t know many people who do not have a great love and respect for Doug and Sandy. No, I take that back, I don’t know of anyone that has not seen the love of Jesus in them after spending just a few minutes with the Holcombs.
So, I may not really get the whole superhero thing, but I do see the world-wide impact of the steadfast life of a servant. I see the powerful sermon preached through the lives of a loving couple sharing Jesus with others. Perhaps it is too much to call them “my new superheroes.” I think I will just call them friends. Thank you Doug and Sandy for your wonderful example!