Ed Roberts: With his wife, Ellanora, Ed spent time (in the 80s) with my wife and I over breakfast, brunch and other occasions. I remember the day when Ed, who was close to 80 at the time, kindly rebuked me telling me that he always wanted to be able to learn from people younger than him. I'll never forget how humble a man he was.It is often said that church and life is all about relationships. I cannot remember the church we all attended and not think of these men. They were encouraging shepherds in my life.
Ralph Schmidt: With his wife Leone Ralph began and maintained Horsecreek Ranch, a retreat center close to Lake Perry, Kansas. Ralph was a kind man who was filled with the spirit of encouragement. His kindness inspired me. I loved the way he cared for me.
Gil Blake: Gil was a man who I looked up to as a man of courage and principle. I appreciated the example he gave me and the care he showed me. Gil caused me to exercise the spiritual gifts God had given me.
Max Barnhardt: Max was the eldest of this group. He combined many of the qualities of Ed, Ralph and Gil. He was a deeply spiritual man. I felt the love of God when I was around him. He like the others would say the most outrageous things about me to my face. It was so encouraging to be around him.
Do you have uncles or aunts like Ed, Ralph, Gil and Max in your life? Maybe you could take a few minutes and tell us about them. It will do you good to rememer them!