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Pretty normal life. After high school I spent 1 semester at a local Junior College and then joined the US Army and spent 3 years in Germany. Unfortunately I came back to USA pretty much a drunk; went to work in a Walgreen's Liquor Store in Florida. Transferred over to the Drugstore as assistant manager and met the most beautiful girl in the world, married a year later. Finally in 1970 accepted Christ as my personal savior, quit smoking and drinking, and began a lifelong study of the Bible.
On my road from there to here, I first began teaching Adult Sunday School classes and home Bible studies, was a Chaplain in the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Florida, Pastor of a small community church in Florida, taught as an adjunct professor at a small Bible College, went through missionary training, took a couple of church groups on short-term missionary trips, and ended up as a full-time missionary in Senegal West Africa. We lived in a small village called Kouniara in a round mud-brick house with a grass roof, no electricity, and no running water. While there, Donna and I began learning the Balanta language and I had planned on helping out with linguistics and eventually translating the Bible into Balanta. However, after only 3 years there, secondary to Donna's health (and mine), we retired from being missionaries. Ended up in Waukesha, WI, and I taught on staff for 4 years at a Bible Institute.
After leaving that ministry, wound up learning "doctorese" and became a medical transcriptionst, working out of my home. Did that through and up to semi-retirement (January 2007), and still work 3-5 hours a day as a transcriptionst. Along my journey have had 2 back surgeries with the implantation of a Harrington rod and fusion of 7 vertebrae, survived a heart attack and had quadruple bypass heart surgery and am trying to continue growing old as gracefully as I can.
I'm now looking to have a small ministry sharing God's Word from time to time on Tangle.
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