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.
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.
While 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.