October 2017 – Our California Hosts

This is my first cousin, Gwen McCauley.  When we were kids people thought we were twins. Gwen and Lynn were inseparable.  We recently reconnected after being apart for about 30 years.  She and her husband, Joseph hosted us (and Glory to Glory) at their home in Oakland, California.

Elder Joseph and Gwen McCauley

While there, we attended their church.  Good Samaritan Cathedral Church of God in Christ.  What I love the about this church (besides the fact that my cousins serve in leadership here) is the way the (memorized) Word of God flows from Bishop Donald Murray as he preaches, and how genuine love flows from his wife, First Lady Gwendolyn Murray…and the church family make us feel at home whenever we are there.
Bishop Donald R. Murray, Good Samaritan Cathedral COGICGwendolyn Murray, Good Samaritan Cathedral Church of God in ChristWhile searching for a homeless relative, we were honored to serve in various departments of the Modesto Gospel Mission.  The mission has a rich legacy and a thriving outreach ministry.  We thank the Director, Pastor Jason Conway and the staff for their love, care and compassion for us and those they serve.

Modesto Gospel Mission

We served 3 meals a day with the awesome kitchen staff at MGM

Modesto Gospel Mission

Lord, Bless the MGM, staff, and community for the work they do and for welcoming us with open arms.

Pastor Jason Conway, Interim Executive Director of Modesto Gospel Mission

Pastor Jason Conway, Interim Executive Director of Modesto Gospel Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we absolutely MUST attend church on Sunday no matter where we are, we walked around the corner to Celebration Center where we were greeted and treated with love.  A special thanks to Gilda, Nicole Hammond’s mother, who gave us the church history and Pastor Mark who graciously offered to help find my homeless loved one.  God bless the couple that greeted us at the door (where the wife ministered to my broken heart) and treated us to lunch.

Celebration Center, Modesto, California

Celebration Center, Modesto, California

Pastor Mark Hammond, Celebration Center, Modesto, California

Pastor Mark Hammond

Nicole Hammond, Celebration Center, Modesto, CA

Nicole Hammond

In Vallejo, California, we were hosted by the Van Hoof’s.  Joyce works for the Chapel where my loved ones were memorialized and buried.  She blessed me so much and helped me through the emotional process.  Her husband Franz (from Holland) was a dear.  He and Franklin, both being technical guys got along just fine.

Joyce Van Hoof

Joyce Van Hoof

Franz Van Hoof & Franklin Mayfield

Franz Van Hoof and Franklin Mayfield

Franz Van Hoof and Franklin Mayfield

When in Vallejo, we attended Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  My aunt Bertha is a mother at this church.  The Pastor is Reverend Dante R. Quick, PhD.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Vallejo, CA

Arletia Mayfield and Bertha Young

Arletia Mayfield and Bertha Young (my mother’s big sister)

Reverend Dante R. Quick, PhD

Reverend Dante R. Quick, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my best friend, Holly Dunn, for making herself and her vehicle available to us whenever we needed and for being the definition of a best friend.

Arletia Mayfield, Gwen McCauley, Holly Dunn, Good Samaritan COGIC

Arletia Mayfield, Gwen McCauley and Holly Dunn at Good Samaritan COGIC in February 2017

Funny Story:  Holly has been my best friend for about 25 years.  She has been Gwen’s friend for about 20 years, and none of us knew that we all knew each other……until the weekend we took this photograph when we were reunited.

 

The Body of Christ is the family that God gives us when we become His children.  Thank you, family, for making the saddest season of my life bearable.  Thank you for your kindness, care, compassion, comfort, gifts and hospitality.  You are the best!

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