Last weekend (October 5-8), Phil and I flew to Albany, New York, where we spent the night. The next day we met our very good friend, Gerry Mancino, for lunch before driving up the New York State Thruway to Schroon Lake for a "reunion" gathering of many of us who worked at one time or another on the staff of Word of Life International.
Most of you know that immediately after our marriage in 1965, Phil and I began almost four years of ministry with Word of Life. It was during those years that Phil was a member of the Word of Life Quartet/Trumpet Trio, and as the guys in the quartet married and the "girls" joined the group singing, we became the Word of Life Ensemble. Later we would become The New Creation.
Well, it was wonderful to see friends from the late 1960's with whom we worked at Word of Life. We did lots of laughing and reminiscing about our times together in the busy music responsibilities we had at the Word of Life Inn, Word of Life Island and the Ranch. It was also great to learn about the many opportunities staffers have had in the years that have followed.
During our time at the reunion, it was also fun for me to attend a surprise birthday celebration for Trudy Robertson, who with her husband has served with WOL in Kenya for many years. I took the above picture after our wonderful time celebrating and honoring Trudy. It was a lovely "tea," and Trudy was, to our delight, surprised (I think). :-)
Gerry Mancino, our good friend, and Trudy.
Mind you....Phil is sitting; Gerry is standing! :-)