I am indebted to my friend Nita Hodges, whom some of you will recognize in this shot of the gym of First Apostolic Church. She is a premiere speaker, godly, fun-loving, beautiful…and she is responsible for my being introduced to the Jacksons and to this excellent church and its ladies retreat. She and Ann Jackson are best friends, and it is so sweet of Nita to include me in this exceptional circle of people.
A wonderful perk came with our ministry at Highlands. Many of Jerry’s relatives who live in Louisiana and Texas came to the services and we had the delightful opportunity to visit with them.
Among the relatives was Emily who, for the first time in her life, saw her great, great uncle Jerry. It was love at first sight for both of them, and innumerable times, I saw her hanging all over him.
“Emily, do you want to call me Pappy?” Jerry asked her.
“Yes, Pappy, I do,” she responded. “And I want to go home with you.”
Although our dear friends Dean and DeeDee Godair were not able to attend any of the church services, we met at Starbucks on Saturday evening, and we will always cherish the few hours we spent with them. Thirty-nine years ago, in Garden Grove, CA. Jerry married these precious people, who are extremely dear to us.