I started my journey following Christ when I was in my twenties (a long time ago.) It has been an adventure – and I am not and adventurous person! It all started when I heard and believed the Gospel. It continued as I made a commitment, after graduating college, to follow Him wherever He led. It grew as I attended a Bible Institute in Pennsylvania for three years. It was a “faith school,” which meant it did not charge any room, board, or tuition. I really learned a lot about both faith and works (mopping floors, gutting chickens, etc.) there! Best of all, after graduating, I married a beautiful classmate and we travelled to the Philippines as missionaries a few months after that.
During our twenty years among those amazing people we had five children, helped another missionary start a three-year on-campus Bible Institute, assisted on a couple church plants, and worked with very dedicated national pastors and missionaries in preaching the gospel there. I also administrated and taught at the school we started while Wendi, my wife home-schooled our growing brood (she also taught a course at the Bible Institute.)
After returning home permanently, I became principal of a K-12 Christian school for five years, and eventually pastored the church to which it was connected for four more years. After the kids grew up, Wendi and I moved to Texas (a dream we had for a long time) and loved our life there – it was like a three-year honeymoon!
The honeymoon ended abruptly when I came home to find that my beloved Wendi had suddenly passed into eternity and I was now in a place I never thought I would be – a widower. I since have moved back up north, closer to the children and grandchildren (latest count – 11) and have started to pursue, more seriously, a passion I have had since a child – to write.
Looking back, it has been a blessing – from New York, to the Philippines, back to New York, to Texas, and then back to New York again – to have worked side by side with some of the greatest people on the planet. You would not recognize their names, but God knows them, and that is all that matters. Looking forward, I can’t wait to see what He’s planned next!
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