It was a pleasure today to worship with the Grace Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Washington (Nathan Zakahi, pastor).
We had opportunity to present the work of Brethren Missionary Herald Co. in the morning service, and then participate for most of the afternoon in a fellowship dinner for Sunday School teachers and Christian education staff at the beautiful Prosser mountaintop home of the Ron Curfmans.
The Sunnyside church has a particular historical relevance to the Grace Brethren movement. It was in this town that Alva J. McClain was raised to manhood–he later became the wellspring theologian and founding president of Grace College and Seminary.
Dr. McClain committed his life to Christ in an earlier building that stands exactly where the current church building stands on Franklin Ave. when he heard L.S. Bauman preach. Bauman, who was pastoring the Fifth and Cherry church in Long Beach, California, was the visiting revival preacher.
For the next several days our online access may be limited as we will be in White Pass, out in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, with a group of about 25 pastors and church leaders for the Northwest Focus Retreat.
We’ll post updates if we can find internet access from Camp Clear Lake–but experience has shown there are far more elk around the camp than there are wi-fis, satellite dishes, or cable hookups!