The Adventurers

Dana and Brian Cummings thrive on challenge—even apartheid South Africa


10th anniversary: December 30, 1998
Hometown: Omak, Washington
Children: Devon (6), Joel (4) and Hadassah (2)
Brian's occupation: Agricultural adviser, Colville Indian Reservation
Dana's occupation: Full-time wife and mom
MP readers: 1+ years

When Brian and Dana Cummings said "I do" in the middle of their senior year at Washington State University, they looked ahead to a future of ministry, adventure and fun. And they didn't have to wait long.

For their first adventure, they left their bags behind in the car in their rush to catch a ferry to Vancouver—and spent two days of their honeymoon without a change of clothes. ("Didn't bother me!" says Brian.)

The Cummingses first got to know each other in a Christian group in college. "Dana had a lot of class," says Brian. "She was a lot of fun to be with."

"He was fun, too," Dana agrees. "And I loved the way he loved the Lord and totally enjoyed living his life for God."

But friends and family were concerned about the prospect of them getting married. Brian comes from a small-town family of white, middle-class farmers, while Dana grew up in inner-city Los Angeles in a black family that struggled financially.

"It's one of our big achievements that we built a solid foundation in our marriage," Dana says, "because we've grown through the differences and made sure to focus on the things we shared—especially our love for Christ."

"Now our kids are getting the best of both backgrounds," Brian says.

Against the Law

After graduation, the Cummingses joined the Peace Corps. To their surprise, they were assigned to work in Lesotho, South Africa—a country that prohibited inter-racial marriage.

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Commitment; Marriage; Relationships
Today's Christian Woman, Spring, 1998
Posted September 12, 2008

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