On the first day of Synod last week, we finally met.
I had hung around the registration area for some time, watching for him, and kept my eyes peeled while I waited out a rainstorm in the snack bar. But by the time dinner was served, I still hadn’t seen him.
I sat by Bill De Jong (Kansas City) and Herman Van Stedum (RCUS fraternal delegate) and enjoyed a delicious meal. Rev. De Jong finished his meal, stood up, and said he was going to get a cup of coffee.
A man came up to the table, pushed Rev. De Jong’s tray aside, saying, “Is anyone sitting here?” and began to sit down.
I was flustered and was saying, “Well, actually…”
About that time, I realized who he was and we both said at about the same time, “John Van Dyk.”
I couldn’t believe that, after all those hours of my being on high alert watching for him, he had caught me off guard. It was hilarious.
I quickly handed my camera to Rev. Van Stedum and asked him to take a picture of the historic moment.
And here it is:
(Photo and information credit: Glenda Mathes and Christian Renewal)