Director of Facilities – I grew up with my parents and younger brother in the suburbs of Riverside, CA. I was raised in the same manner my parents were – in the traditional Indian culture where relationships are extremely important. In our culture, children are highly valued and considered sacred, the elderly were sincerely respected. My father was from the southwest Tohono O’odham and Mayan tribes. My mother was a Lakota from the Plains of the Dakotas. Both of them had moved off their reservations but continued helping the native people. They worked and met at Sherman Indian School in Riverside, CA. We had many animals including turkeys, chickens, and rabbits that I cared for. My mother patiently taught me to tend a vegetable garden. From an early age, I learned that God wants us to protect and care for His creation and reap the reward of its yield.
Early in life, I experienced the freedom to do as I pleased, but this type of lifestyle does not come without natural consequences. Similar to my ancestors, I developed a rebellious attitude toward the government. My anger took me on a path of drug and alcohol abuse, which resulted in my wondering how life could ever be meaningful. I believed in God’s existence yet concluded He was somewhere up there and I was down here – alone.
In 1974 the “Jesus Movement” was in full swing and I was looking for peace, love, and good music! One day I was told by a young disciple that God wanted a personal relationship with me. I knew that’s what I wanted and needed the most – a personal relationship with the Almighty Creator. Jesus gave me the reason for all the ways my parents had taught me. I am eternally grateful that God kept me all these years to be the workman He created me to be.
I became involved with construction at the age of 16 and was later asked to work on projects at my church. This fueled my desire for carpentry and to be of service to the Lord. In my early 30’s, I got my CA General Contractor’s license and opened a small framing company called Shiloh Construction. We did all types of construction from the ground up. I thoroughly enjoyed the career God carved out for me. I was given opportunity after opportunity to witness of God’s unfailing love. I now realize that all the years of working in the construction industry has prepared me to work for the Lord here at CCF as Director of Facilities.
Book: Changed into His Likeness. Watchman Nee and Power form on high Charles Finney
Scripture: 2 Chr 25:8 1st half
Music: Classic Rock
Time: Early morning