Ron grew up in eastern South Dakota, attending a conservative Lutheran church. He remembers in 1st grade, living with his family on the second floor of the Wisconsin Synod Church student center while his father was studying for his bachelor degree at South Dakota State.
I spent time sneaking downstairs and playing an old pump organ (the one used for church services) that was powered by a vacuum cleaner located in the basement … probably why to this day my organ playing really sucks!
When his grandparents retired from farming, ... more
November 2018Millions of women and girls lose 5 days every month simply because they lack access to basic hygiene options. Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that helps girls stay in school by providing reusable feminine hygiene kits. When girls miss so many days of school each month, they often end up dropping out. Imagine how one kit can transform a girl’s life by giving her back days of invaluable education, freedom, and opportunity.
Each kit includes a small cloth backpack that girls can use for school supplies in addition to ... more
June 2018There is an old hymn that has these words,
I walked today where Jesus walked, and felt his presence there.
For many years, these words have been the inspiration for me to want to go to the Holy Land. In many of the Bible classes I have led, people who have gone to the Holy Land presented information and pictures of their trip. I was finally able to convince Deb that our time had come for this visit.
People often asked me, “Why do you want to go there?’ and “Is it safe?” ... more