As a teenager I was very blessed to have some great mentors, including Don Cremer, my manager when I worked at the local newspaper. I was part of a very passionate youth group, but Don was one of the few adults I knew who was equally passionate about living a life devoted to God and reaching the lost for Christ. He was part of the Jesus Movement in the 70s and still believed in the power of living authentically with the lost.
Since graduating high school and moving away, I think I’ve run into Don once or twice. As far as I know, Don and his wife Judy still live in Harrison, the town where I spent most of my childhood, but I am rarely back there except to drive through. Last weekend Chris and I stopped there on our way home from Springfield, MO, for a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop called Common Grounds.
The coffee was surprisingly excellent (no Starbucks locations to be found), but I was even more delighted to see a book by Judith Cremer for sale. I double-checked, and it was indeed written (and even signed) by my dear friend. Of course I had to buy it, and although I’m just a chapter in, I am enjoying reading Judy’s story of faith. It’s called Which Way the Wind Blows, and I found it available online. Definitely check it out for a bit of encouragement.
Hey Dee! Found your blog! Glad you read my book. When did you buy it? When are you passing thru Harrison again? Keep in touch!
Hey, Judith! I picked it up near the end of October at Common Grounds. I haven’t finished it yet, but I am really enjoying it! Every time I pick it up, I am reminded that you have fulfilled a dream, and also of God’s faithfulness to those who pursue Him and commit to a life of following Him. It’s very encouraging. 🙂
Oh! Forgot to mention – I’ll be through Harrison again sometime in January. My little sister lives in Springfield, and her second baby is due around the middle of the month. It would be great to grab a cup of coffee together if you have time!
We would love to get together with you and Chris, let us know when you are back through this way. i am pastoring two small Methodists churches in Yellville. we commute. Elli Weisel once said ” God made man because he loves stories.” we would love to hear yours. Rev. Don