Twenty-one years ago, my wife, Nancy, and I were visiting this area from our home in Elbert. We attended the High Country Church of the Nazarene here for the first time and were asked to introduce ourselves. To our surprise, the congregation told us they had been trying to contact us.
Since the church was 135 miles from home, we were astonished at their words. After further inquiry, it was revealed that they had obtained a yearbook from the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs.
Nancy and I had just graduated from the college in 1992, and the yearbook staff there had made a mistake – declaring that our hometown was Buena Vista, Colo., rather than Pittsburgh, Pa.
My response to the discovery that the congregation had gotten its information from the yearbook was, "Oh, that was just a mistake." An elderly Christian lady advanced across the room, pointed her finger at me and declared, "Look, God doesn't make mistakes!"
When I clarified that it was really "just a mistake," her response – and her index finger – announced again that "God doesn't make mistakes."
Little did I realize at that time that the exchange about the "mistake" in the yearbook would eventually lead Nancy and me to ministry at the High Country Church, where I have now been the senior pastor for 20 years. If asked today what my hometown is, there is no mistaking it – it's Buena Vista.
The public is invited to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the our ministry Sunday, June 2, at the High Country Church, at 30275 North Hwy. 24. A potluck, with the main dish provided, will follow the 10:45 a.m. service. For more information, call 395-6730 or visit www.highcountrychurch.org.
Ken Rose, senior pastor of High Country Church of the Nazarene can be reached at 395-6730.