The June 19 Small World Hole News stirred a lot of interest. Responses continue to come. This today from Bob Kobielush, a cherished friend of many years:
My, what memories! As you know, my aunt Hilda Ljungquist pastored Spirit Baptist Church for 18 years, and I claim it as my boyhood church. Loren was my Sunday school teacher for high school years (covering grades 7-12.) What a faithful servant! Tillie and Dan would often have us over for Sunday dinner…quite a commitment! It was my aunt Hilda, Aunt Ellen, Mom and five boys. If it wasn’t for that invitation, we would have to endure the windy ride on Hwy 86 from Spirit to Ogema, then south to Westboro on empty stomachs…often sick from lack of food and the roller coaster ride.
Oh yes: the two back rooms you lived in. It was there I knelt to receive Christ after being scared into the Kingdom by a traveling evangelist by the name of Russell Kingsley. With Hilda by my side, I prayed “Lord I’ve been a bad boy (for all nine years of my life) and I want you to come into my heart”. (I later learned the right words and what happened when I went to seminary.)
As a remembrance of those hallowed rooms, I have the old white kitchen cabinet in my garage and use it for a work bench…I’m sure there is a sermon in that thought. Perhaps you will remember: the cabinet stands 7-8 foot high, glass doors on sides, a work area, and a few drawers below, now filled with tools and gadgets.
It is fun to grow older…memories the young ones can’t even imagine. Thanks for your faithfulness, friend!
Through the centuries, small places have spawned great leaders. I first met Bob when he directed Trout Lake Camp in Minnesota. He then served Christian Camping International as president or many years. He is winding up his career as a camp and conference consultant.
Friends like Bob Kobielush opened many opportunities for my ragged career.
Old Grandpa Lloyd