Linda and I spent ten days in a couple far western states of Nevada and California last week.
The International Ministerial Association Conference was held at a great church in Bakersfield, California September 21-23. I am licensed with this association and have been with them since 1967. I have served on the general board for a total of 29 years and am now in my last three year term.
I was privileged to speak on Tuesday evening this year and God was with us and we had a very precious time of ministry. Dr. Timothy Warner from Hayward was appointed the chairperson for this upcoming year and I am personally proud of his credibility and leadership skills.
Linda and I joined Roy and Candie Peterson who live in Henderson, Nevada and where we stayed for four nights. They drove us to California where we visited the famous President Ronald Reagan Library. It is the same place where the last Republican candidates for the next President were interviewed on the forums.
Since I am very fond of President Reagan, the entire experience was so heartwarming and nostalgic for both of us. His burial site is on the grounds there.
We drove from there to Riverside, California and stayed in the home of missionaries Julius and Ruth Morar. They were extremely hospitable and kind to us. They rented a van to accommodate seven of us on a rush tour of some of the sights of Los Angeles which included Santa Monica Beach (no time to swim) and Hollywood, Beverly Hills and some great eating places. Julius’ son Jonathan, was our driver through the horrendous traffic of LA. (Seven lanes of vehicles bumper to bumper for hundreds of miles.) You can make 50 miles in 2.5 hours if all goes well. Jonathan is a part-time actor in commercials and plays so he knew his way around to see some famous sights.
We drove back to Henderson, Nevada on Saturday with Roy and Candie and took in one show of a teen-age hero of mine and Linda’s, Mr. Frankie Avalon. He brought back some fun memories of the 50’s and 60’s.
The scenery is completely different where we were than what we are accustomed to. All mountains, hills, and very dry land. I called it “rock heaven” but only if you like rocks! I personally like lakes and forests. So, it was a welcome sight for us as we returned to our lake and woods home on Tuesday night.