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Born again. In beginning was Word. And translation issues. Not born with language. Baby picks up used tongue and puts in mouth[TK2] . Was third child of missionaries living in Aztec village about 60 miles and 400 years outside Mexico City. Spoke Spanish, Nahuatl, and English, and none of them. Father said learn to speak by Grace. Mother said learn to read by Bible. Experience constant miracles.
Moved to Bolivia, grew up in tropical jungle of Amazon delta. Visits to Andes, Pampas, and flights to Mexico City, Guatemala, United States. Intermittent attendance in public schools of Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and California. Sunday schools in synod–approved Presbyterian Bible Schools. Eagle Scout. Music for worship in over 100 Churches. Music creates ecumenical outlook.
Every thought. Thoughts are God to a child always in His Hand. Could not separate from His Presence, and never so inclined. Listening to others. Began to understand Power of Prayer.
Learned of Ancient Egyptian civilization. Now-lost lineages of Pharaoh took up Trinitarian God. Sons of women claimed to be Sons of God, prepared for Eternal Life. Pharaohs believed Thoughts constituted evidence of divinity: “I think, therefore I am”.
When 17 years old in 1968, traveled States, living off kindness of strangers and playing music. Found little “chaos” and rebellion often described now of then. Found constant generosity and kindness. Huddled against cold nights, experienced ecstasies and out-of-body visions. (Recently, during hospitalization, saw “Heaven” clearly). Hard-wired.
Drafted in last month of Vietnam era Draft. (Mexico and US universal Draft). Found, repeatedly, importance of Chapel to Soldiers. So often facing displacement, boredom and death.