Westmont College is located in the foothills of Santa Barbara and in the path of those notorious forest fires we hear about so often. 75 years of Westmont history include several fires―the most recent being the Tea Fire of 2008 which caused 15 million dollars in damage to the campus. So it was wonderful to see the campus restored and thriving and to celebrate God's blessings to Westmont over the years. I was especially encouraged to hear the solid vision President Gayle Beebe described for the future.
Here's what made an already special evening extra-special for me:
|Claudia Marcus Sinclair & Lara Custis Durrell|
|With Professor Robert H. Gundry|
I'm not the only one to benefit from his work. Nearly every speaker at the Gala paid tribute to him and to his lasting deep impact on their lives. Lots of Westmont alums would echo that sentiment.
It was a total delight to see him again!
By the way, his brother, Stan Gundry, Zondervan's Editor-in-Chief also looms large as an influence on me. Stan was first to open the door for me to submit a book proposal to Zondervan and has been an incredibly wise and godly mentor ever since.
I thank God for the Gundry brothers!
|Nieces Lara & Courtney w/their families|
So thankful Frank and I were spared the worst of Sandy's powers―a few downed tree limbs and loss of electricity for 24+ hours.
This Monday I'll be back at Boston-Logan again―this time heading for Portland to visit my mother who recently moved to assisted living and is doing remarkably well.