“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” — Billy Graham
The Brink family had two major milestones to celebrate. The patriarch of the family, Nate, celebrates his 80th birthday this month and he and his bride, Marilyn, will soon celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Where did they choose to celebrate? The Cove!
Their daughter, Cindy, was visiting with a friend who told her he had just “been to heaven and back” after his recent trip to The Cove. Cindy contacted her two brothers and three sisters and suggested the family travel from Michigan to North Carolina to honor their parents.
One can only imagine the logistics, but they pulled it off.
The 14 family members (two sons and their wives, four daughters and their husbands, and parents, Nate and Marilyn) decided to attend the 3-day Blackaby seminar, titled, Becoming a Person of Spiritual Influence: Bringing Christ to Bear on the Culture of Your Family, Church, Company, and Nation. Quite appropriate for a large, multi-generational, tight-knit, growing family who are all very involved in their churches, all small business owners, and all with a heart for the Lord.
Who stayed home to hold down the fort? 22 grandchildren (14 married); 21 great-grandchildren, with #22 on the way, who may have arrived by the time they return home.
From Michigan, the family all live within a 30-minute drive from one another.
Son Craig recalls growing up on the family farm that despite evening farm chores to be done, the farm would shut down when a Billy Graham broadcast was shown on television. He remembers the family gathering around the tv to watch. “It was an important seed to plant in each one of our lives as we moved forward to adulthood.” Craig received Christ at the age of 12 after one of Mr. Graham’s televised presentations.
Speaking for himself and his siblings, Craig shared, “This has been very significant in each of our lives; It was our gift back to them to come here.”
Sister Dawn, the oldest of six, adds, “I felt like we grew up with Billy Graham.”
Son Tom added, “We were all given a huge launch pad because of our parents. We are all here because of their devotion…their commitment.”
Son Craig said, “It’s a testimony to our parents that they recognized the importance of the Great Commission and through Billy Graham wanted to pass that down, as a legacy to all of us.”
Marilyn, mother of this faithful brood, follows up with tears in her eyes, “It has been a joy to see our children and grandchildren come to know the Lord. We are blessed and favored.”
Nate, patriarch of the family recalls the couple’s link to Mr. Graham, even in the early days of their relationship. While courting Marilyn, he would leave her house at midnight and would listen to Billy Graham on the radio while driving home from midnight to 1 am.
The family graciously agreed to share a special prayer that they have been reciting together since daughter Dawn learned it at the age of five from her Kindergarten teacher. The grand- and great-grands are learning this prayer as well.
This wonderful family has shared a prayer together, since their eldest daughter learned it in kindergarten. We hope you enjoy it.
The Brink Family Prayer
Heavenly Father, hear thy children, as we come to thee in prayer. H
elp us to always to remember, God is with us everywhere.
Keep our minds from evil.
Let us walk in Jesus’ way.
Make us loving, kind, and truthful, night and day, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.