By Don Weisbrod
The celebration at Frist Presbyterian in San Diego on September 13 and 14 was a wonderful event. Pastor Jerry Andrews had me share at three services, the adult Sunday school class, and a luncheon.
First Presbyterian is the church that sent me out as a college student on a summer short-term mission trip to Guatemala in 1964. It was there that Icthus started. This great church has supported Icthus ever since and has been a blessing to tens of thousands of young people, families, and churches.
In preparation for this event, I dove deep into the archives of the early days of Icthus and found the first church bulletin and a picture announcing the 1964 mission trip. I showed pictures of the early days and shared the adventures. Many who attended have been supporting Icthus from the earliest times. I told them that we will not fully comprehend until we get to heaven nor how the Lord used their faith, prayers, and sacrifice to bless so many.
PS: On a personal note: Sunday afternoon, after the 50th celebration marathon, I wondered how Pastor Jerry Andrews manages to do multiple services and classes every week. I was pleased with everything, but I was also completely exhausted. All I wanted to do was to lay down!
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