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AUGUST, 2008

Our time at Keswick this year has been marked by very special events. Pastor Bill Raws, the grandson of the founder of America’s Keswick and the Colony of Mercy, went home to be with the Lord on July 20. Pastor Bill, as he was fondly called, will be greatly missed. We had the privilege of building a good friendship with him and his wife Ruth over the past seven summers. As we ate many meals with the Raws in the staff dining room, we learned to appreciate pastor Bill’s dry sense of humor and his very consistently deep spiritual understanding. We learned to value his theological expertise as we were privileged to hear him each Sunday as he delivered the sermons at the Colony of Mercy.
On July 15, Carter Ross was welcomed into the Hayes family. Carter’s only sibling, Jordan, is 15. Joyce and Robert Hayes are the musicians in residence here at Keswick and provide the conferees with wonderful music at each conference session. We are all convinced that Carter Ross will surely be very musical and we think he is already trying to direct music when he thrusts out his arms! As you can see, his daddy is trying to expose him to music as early as possible.
The day finally arrived and we met our entire immediate family in New York City. From our point of view, the day couldn’t have gone better. We met at the Hard Rock Café for lunch. Fortunately, the Hard Rock now provides a photographer, so we could capture the moment. My dear friend, Marie Levine, stopped by to say hello.
After lunch we walked to the New Amsterdam Theater to enjoy a wonderful production of Mary Poppins. Marilyn admits her eyes got misty as she watched all of our kids and grands enjoy the show. We then went to Central Park to take a pedi-cab ride through Central Park.
We walked back 16 blocks and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Becco, a place chosen by our dear friend Jennifer who made all of the arrangements for us.
What a special day was had by all, and we are so grateful to our family for being willing to travel from California and Kansas so that Grammie and Grandpa could enjoy ALL of their family for the whole day.
It is hard to believe, but we are almost half way through our season here at Keswick. Marilyn presents two workshops each week and is the MC for the weekly ladies’ tea. Glen has kept very busy working to get all of the pc’s in good shape.
We have enjoyed the speakers for each week tremendously and have seen many men graduate from the Colony of Mercy.
Remember we would love to have each of you visit us here at Keswick and please keep us in prayer as we continue to serve Him each day.

Much love,

Marilyn and Glen Heavilin


Pastor Bill Raws

Robert Hayes and baby Carter Ross

Marilyn and Carter Ross

Glen, Marilyn, Nate, Caleb, Kate, Deb, Matt, Mellyn, Christian, and Mike

Mike and Mellyn


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