Yesterday, Aina hosted a reception for her husband, Jan-Aage.
Missionary Frank Fotland made us both laugh and cry (photo: Tor H. Lanton)At Den Gamle Banken Pub, 47 guests were gathered for a reception upon the 55th birthay of Jan-Aage Torp. Aina Torp had invited on five days notice, and what a party we had!
Here was family, friends and pastor colleagues of all colors.
Aina herself sang Jan-Aage´s life motto song, "I would rather have Jesus", and even another love song, "Have I told you lately that I love you?" Aina emphasized Jan-Aage´s love, grace and faith.
Aina´s mom Mailen held a speech about Jan-Aage´s positive faith. Cousin Else spoke about Jan-Aage´s devotion to Jesus even as a little boy, and she established that he hasn´t backed off, quite the contrary. Cousin Gerd spoke warmly about Jan-Aage.
Conversing with pastor colleagues (photo: Tor H. Lanton)There were greetings, poems and gifts.
Among ministry colleagues were pastors Duke Ajieh, Joseph Anin, Michael Nyave, bishop Peter Majeed, Arne Rudshaugen, Bjørn Kristofersen, Arne Dag Johansen, Gerd & Arne Sørum and, not the least, missionaries Frank Fotland and Bjørn Simonsen.
Jan-Aage treasured especially the lp-record with "trash metal" music from his backslidden friend, Svein Oskar.
And he received the Norwegian Bible Society´s new Bible translation in the preachers version from Eugene & Marie.
Friends and associates colored the reception.
And quite a few of the pub guests dropped by to congratulate "their pastor" upon his birthday!
The overriding sense in all greetings was that Jan-Aage has a God-given faith, and that the best is yet ahead!