I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see his hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
and, just the time I need Him, He's always near.
2. In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho' my heart grows weary, I never will despair.
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blase;
The day of His appearing will come at last.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
3. Rejoice, rejoice, O Christians, lift up your voice and sing
eternal halelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.
When Bonna was preparing for the ordination, she told me she wanted to buy a special outfit for the occasion. She went to several stores and found this outfit at a store whose name will not be mentioned. Sher really looked sharp in the outfit. She liked it, so she bought it. Bonna is very frugal so it didn't cost much. Standing next to me, is D.W. Thaxton, District Superintendent of the Houston District of the Church of the Nazarene. Before the Ordination service, all of the deacons to be ordained and their spouses met with the Genreal Superintendent and the District Superintendent and their wives in this office for a little talk and prayer. When Bonna walked in, several people mentioned how nice she looked in her outfit.
Then the District Superintendent and his wife walked in. I almost went into shock. The DS's wife was wearing an absolutely identical outfir to the one Bonna is wearing! I leaned over and said to Bonna, "I guess we know where she shops." Bonna scowled at me. The two ladies looked at each other with that weird look women have when two of them show up wearing the same outfit. Our pastor said out loud, "Bonna, I thought you left the Salvation Army to get away from wearing uniforms."
Then the General Superintendent and his wife walked in . The scene was so spooky nobody said a word. The three women looked at each other. It was unbelievable. Not since our days at the Seattle Temple Corps had we ever seen so many women in identical clothing in one room. All three women had the identical outfit you see Bonna wearing int this picture.
I can only imagine what the audience of 600 Nazarenes were thinking when Bonna walked out, then the District Superintendent's wife walked out, then the General Superintendent walked out. I kind of took the whole thing to be God's way of saying that Bonna belonged with that caliber of women on that level of the Church.
As Childrens' Director for the Houston District of the Church of the Nazarene, Bonna's responsibilities included planning and coordinating large events such as summer camps for children and the Caravan program.
The caravan program included a day of fun and competition for over 400 children. Bonna had to contact all of the churches on the District and coordiante all of the activities surrounding the even. One main responsibility was recruiting adults to help with the event.
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Bonna supervised a "tracking" program for making the church accountable for every person who entered the church. As a person entered the church for the first time a greeter would talk to them. If the person were interested in a Sunday School class, the greeter would choose a class where the greeter felt the guest would be comfortable. The greeter then would accompany the guest to the door of the class and chat with them on the way. If the class had not started yet, the greeter would take the guest to the class teacher and introduce them to each other. At the end of the lass, the greeter would meet with the guest and discuss their opinion on the class. The greeter would explain to the guest that there were other class options. If the guest wanted to try a different class the following Sunday, the greeter would meet the guest at the church door the following Sunday and accompany them to the new class. This continued until the guest had seen all of the classes of interest and chose a class to try on a more permanet basis.
If it was discovered by anyone that a member of the church had stopped attending, the member was visited by someone on Bonna's team. The team would interview the member to find if there were any problems that warranted a pastoral visit. They would also try to ascertain if the member were upset with anything going on at the church. In any event, every body who came to Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene was accounted for. The church employees were accountable for how they treated the members and all Sunday School teachers were accountable to the church for how people were treated in their Sunday School classes.
Because of these caring procedures, very few people left the church and most of the peopole who were new felt so cared for that they stayed. As time went on, most of the peopole leaving the church were going back home to whatever state they lived in before moving to Houston.
Dan Ross Bonna Ross Jordana Ross Dan & Bonna Ross Dan and Bonna Ross drdan71, firstname.lastname@example.org cornucopiagenealogica 09/30/03
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