I thought how good to have a friend who had come so far. As I was talking to Gordon on the porch, Fred was inside ‘cooking our dinner’. He cooked venison burgers and tenderloin. The meal was delicious.
Gordon had organized and built a college in Kenya. He has been the college president for ten years and it has now grown to a campus of 17 acres. He had nothing but good to say about Fred’s leadership. I did tell Gordon that I was not used to doing this, and even though I had know a couple college presidents, this was the first time I had sat and talked and been served by the likes of Fred! Then we all sat and visited. I learned a lot.
I continued to think how Fred and I had taken different paths in the last 50 years. From the Coast Guard, after establishing himself as a pastor, he applied for a mission’s assignment. Fred started off in missions as a missionary to Guyana. He departed about a year before the terrible incident concerning Jim Jones. He said he was always amazed at hearing that because even though it was near where he had lived he had never heard of that compound.
Next it was Africa, where he and Frances had found a nitch and continued to advance until at retirement, he was overseeing 4000 churches and over a million people. Of course it was Africa where he became friends with Gordon.
Anyway it was fun and a privilege to spend most of the day with Fred and Gordon.
Today started with hearing Fred teach, he really ‘ain’t too bad’ (LOL) I could even understand some of it.
Then we drove around the Edge of the Cherokee National Forest. I love the scenery.
This road got narrow and was gravel but straight down on the sides.