After an extended transition, I have accepted a call to serve at the Lewiston Church of Christ as their minister. This faithful family of God has welcomed me warmly, lifting my confidence without expanding my head. To learn more about my new church family, link to:
I enjoyed ten white winters in the twin cities (the Minneapolis-St. Paul) only to end up in another “twin city” situation. Lewiston, Idaho, lies just across the Snake Rive from Clarkston, Washington, here in the “Banana Belt” where a 735 feet elevation allows for a mild winter climate for both towns. Lewiston is over twice as large as Clarkston with a population of 31,894 souls. Make that, 31,895 now that I have arrived. The Snake River and the Clearwater River converge here, making Lewiston the farthest inland port in the nation.
Both towns were named in memory of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who along with their fellow explorers arrived in this valley tired and hungry in the fall of 1805. An old woman among the Nez Perce Indians convinced her people to trust these bedraggled wanderers who were thereby rescued from starvation. Add Sacajawea to this picture and we see how beneficial women were for the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The Nez Perce helped the explorers make new canoes and Chief Twisted Hair guided them down the Clearwater, Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Pacific coast 465 miles away. Nez Perce Indians remain in this area to this day.
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