I was visiting Norwegian relatives in Odda on the Fourth of July in 1971 when they took me to the town square, where the U.S. flag was flying high over their village nestled on the mountainous shores of Hardanger Fjord.
I struck up a conversation recently with a tall, young man wearing a Central Washington University sweatshirt, called Central Washington State College when I graduated there in 1966. I called out, “Go Wildcats!” to him to break the ice and find out if we were both Central alums.
When popular photojournalist Paul Jeffrey came to speak in Chelan recently at the Lake Chelan United Methodist Church, he showed a startling video of people in distress around the world. Jeffrey revealed how missionary outreach and aid also has dramatically changed.