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To Dreamers, Long Forgotten  By Timothy D. White  Forward By  Robert A. Schuller     Copyright   1991, 2005, 2012 by Tim W...
                  Forward      Tim White introduced himself to me in 1984 when he invited me to come to  his church. He as...
grandfather.  Tim   s call represents an unbroken succession of three  generaCons of ordained ChrisCan ministers.     The ...
Table of Contents  Preface  Chapter One  A Visitor From Another Century  Chapter Two  A Cold River Called Loneliness  Chap...
    Preface     I bethought myself of my preface I was to make to Don Quixote   s history,  which did so much trouble me a...
Like many of our legacy gi s, this one is wrapped in the story of a     nobody    who began his life as a nobody and ended...
Ralph Waldo Emerson understood the hidden treasure in the simple  people of life.  He commented on this discovery in his e...
no historical record of Grandpa   s age that would not bring up a serious family  disagreement.  All we know for sure is t...
ChrisCans.  In fact, normally Grandpa would have been taking his life in his  hands to use such words in the presence of G...
di   cult art  narraUve should    ow as    ows the brook down through the hills  and the leafy woodlands, its course chang...
       Chapter One  A Visitor From Another Century      The Duke  Why are you poets so fascinated with madmen   Cervantes ...
producCon of plutonium.  In fact, half of all the atomic weapons in the world  have received their plutonium from Richland...
   Well,    he said with an almost musical saintliness,    I guess I   m lost.        You sure are,    heckled a teenager ...
You see, the stewardess gave chewing gum to the passengers to keep their  ears from popping when the plane reached high al...
He appeared undisturbed by this suggesCon, as his service had already  begun.  The old pastor turned and smiled.     That ...
We all walked up to the great granite altar in our fashionable blue-gray  robes.  But Grandpa wore his black robe, and tha...
   And Lord, you know the one about the absent-minded professor who  remembered there was something he wanted very much to...
for a moment we were transported in Cme to another century     where things  were simpler and they made sense, and the pro...
    Chapter Two  A Cold River Called Loneliness         These thoughts did make him stagger in his purposes,  but his foll...
   I   m no man     I   m just a child.  And nobody cares.     That thought  ripped his heart.  A    ood of icy loneliness...
Ephraim waited tables and did dishes for his meals.  And the man was  good to him.  Ephraim would always love to tell the ...
A venomous explosion of cursing erupted from the old Irish doctor.         I   m not running an orphanage  I only have wor...
Mama,  Ya should know it warn   t anybody   s fault I le .  I didn   t want to ruin  your   n family   with hard Umes  thi...
Chapter Three  Growing Up Alone         Don Quixote, Seeing himself in so ill plight, said to his  squire,    Sancho I hav...
The doctor was a leader in working with germ theory as well as  research on Rocky Mountain spoAed fever.  Dr. and Mrs. Col...
everything that maAered to him.  In point of fact, the cold river of loneliness  and self-hate was simply running its fami...
Ephraim broke in,    Doggone it, Doc, don   t put that on me, I   m just a  worthless nobody.  You and Mrs. Collister don ...
Go talk to him, please, for me      As the doctor entered Ephraim   s room,  Ephraim tried to hide his tears.     What cam...
   nd.  It would take a great load o    my shoulders.     The doctor le  the room,  hoping to    nd Ephraim there the next...
building near the cook shack, where they found the paCent in criCcal  condiCon.  The doctor   s examinaCon revealed that t...
a hand so beat-up.  The miner raised his voice as though he was preparing for  a    ght in a saloon.     Listen here, kid,...
real brother and sisters, and how he cared deeply for each of them.  He  re   ected upon the Collisters and his deep feeli...
Chapter Four  I Will Lift Mine Eyes Unto the Hills         So great is mine a   ecUon,    replied Don Quixote,    to serve...
Floyd in the middle of a meadow watching a mule deer bound away.     Just  sCck with me kid     ya goAa get trained for th...
men were displaying their skill with the caAle, Floyd was    xing fence line and  digging up poisonous plants.  By the Cme...
rode out of the corral, the mare took o    in her characterisCc canter.  Floyd was  elated as he breezed along.  He felt t...
His hands and face were the worst.  He began to remove some sCckers and  gravel as he limped down the trail.  A er some Cm...
le  before the storm, but if they were here now they would stay.     Dr. Collister  interceded for him, and Floyd headed o...
felt he had to share with others later in his life.  Floyd   s temper conCnued to  get him into as much trouble as any you...
   It is not that,    Floyd said slowly.     You said that you were  disappointed with me.  I   m disappointed with me  I ...
Bang   The trap door    ung open as this human being fell, breaking his  neck as designed.  His open eyes seemed to bulge ...
seeing young men a er baAle, because when you looked into their eyes, you  could see that somehow they had lost their hear...
The doctor snorted,    Well, if you believed that bull, then you   re even  dumber than I thought.  I just wanted you to g...
Christ lived it would be the most beauCful, inspiraConal force in the world.   ChrisCanity as I   ve seen it lived is the ...
Chapter Five  The Friend That Sticketh Closer Than a  Brother         In resoluUon, he plunged himself so deeply in his re...
Civil War childhood.  It appeared as though mankind had outgrown the ability  to live by these na  ve ChrisCan ideals.  Th...
Floyd scrambled up the steep incline and started down the tail,  slipping and sliding, someCmes searching for that path on...
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him  I will be with him in  trouble  I will deliver him and honor him.  With long...
Floyd had heard that this tall pastor was a real man as well as a real  ChrisCan, and he knew it was Cme to invesCgate    ...
believer.  He glanced over at what he thought was the meanest, dirCest  cowboy in town.     God, if you can reach him, the...
His mind    ashed back to that lonely coldness that he had felt at 10  years of age, when he looked in the window and saw ...
The doctor interrupted mercifully.     You   re going to    ght in the Great  War, aren   t you, Floyd      Mrs. Collister...
always.     Floyd li ed his eyes to the familiar mountain peaks as he prayed,     Thank you, Jesus.     A Prayer by Rev. F...
             Chapter Six  The Miracle of Love      Did my lady think to put me to a test   Ah, sweet sovereign of my capUv...
wild life that Floyd had been a part of in the past.  The years of hard living now  showed on her, as evidence by lips tha...
She spoke with almost a growl in her voice.     The most important  thing in the world to you is to become a pastor, isn  ...
He felt overwhelmed with confusion.  This was such a dark moment,  and he felt the prayers he was trying to say under his ...
including his ministry.  He envisioned someone who would be beauCful both  in spirit and body, someone who would be a fort...
   My God and I walk through the    eld together    hand in hand as good  friends do.     Floyd knelt in the dirt and pray...
Floyd smiled and said,    I sense that the Lord may be leading you    I   ll  go      As Floyd walked down the hill, he sp...
A er sebng up the tent, Floyd talked her into sneaking away to a  restaurant to eat, so they could skip the camp food.  Sh...
Ione just sat there blushing, and the people were murmuring as Floyd  stepped onto the train.  He came up to Ione and grab...
and sat on a bench.  Floyd got down on his knees as he asked,    Ione, will you  marry me      A tear ran down her check a...
say.     When I asked you to marry me and you said no, I was so ashamed, so  humiliated.     Ione   s eyes    lled with te...
Floyd   s voice became excited.     I   m going into the ministry full-Cme.     Ione quesConed,    Floyd, you don   t even...
is, yes.  The ministry is the only place in the world for a person with a heart  like yours, and I   ll do my best to keep...
Chapter Seven  People Who Hate God and the Pastor  Who Loved Them         Hear me now, oh thou bleak and unbearable world ...
Ione got out of the car and took a deep breath as she said with  sparkling eyes,    Oh Floyd, this is the place, this is G...
unrealisCc ChrisCans constantly pronouncing judgment were not welcome in  this valley.  It was true that these people refu...
God had called him into the ministry and that the Almighty was his boss, not  the people.  Nor did Floyd forget that he wa...
marches and soul-sCrring school songs.  The smell of fresh caramel apples and  hot buAered popcorn added to the    avors o...
here.  The referees haven   t shown up, and if we cancel this game we could  both have a riot with the    nal outcome resu...
Floyd stood over by the bench in the middle of his boys, with his black  preacher   s hat dripping a perpetual waterfall f...
   Our Father who art in heaven.  Hallowed be this game.  Thy kingdom  some thy will be done on the    eld as well as in t...
   I saw him go down,    said the pastor.     Come on, I   ll show you.     As  Floyd walked, he hoped the mark would be t...
would be a beAer world if just a few would stop talking ChrisCanity, and start  in on a day   s work.     Floyd sat down, ...
Floyd, are you sick   Floyd, do you hear me     Ione said.  He just sat there,  staring o    into space.  She raised her v...
The story came out.  The man had lost his wife, son, daughter, and  baby to sickness.  He had endured it all alone and had...
Thank you, our gracious father, for your blessings that reach beyond the  generaUons.  We think of the granite mountain th...
Chapter Eight  Though Times, Tough People, and Their  Pastor        I have held fortune prostrate at my feet  And though b...
lived in dugouts with dirt    oors, and everything about them depicted poverty  and hardship  Their weathered skin, wrinkl...
the land with not much more than their bare hands.  His heart would be  greatly moved, as he shared pracCcal messages of f...
the Fees, Floyd   s parents, and sisters were a big help to the struggling  minister   s family.  Even with all Floyd and ...
Floyd   s dark blue suit became a light color.  Finally the bride made the decision  to go ahead with the wedding, and Flo...
you know best even when we can   t understand.  But you have told us in your  Holy Word that it is our privilege to ask.  ...
enough water to help their crops I would.  Since you asked, let me return the  quesCon.  What is a farmer going to do with...
people coming from all over to give thanks to the Almighty God.  One of the  people running into the church was the county...
When other helpers fail, and comforts    ee,  Help of the helpless, O, abide in me.  A few of the volunteer    remen laugh...
they had traveled very far, they realized they should turn back as someone in a  truck shouted that the    ood was really ...
could to help.  One day as Floyd was studying in his o   ce, one of his boys  came running.     Mom wants you at the house...
turned to Floyd, and said the same thing she had said when they le  for the  ministry in New Meadows,    God will provide....
Wearing Floyd   s shirt, the early breakfast guest disappeared down the  street toward the sugar mill.  Floyd turned to Io...
The boy was shaking as he replied,    That place is haunted, Reverend,  and your boys are either vampires or they are in l...
because using an outhouse was a terrible and humiliaCng experience.  Not  only did it sCnk in a way that cannot be adequat...
the promise that they would call Floyd and report the doctor   s    ndings.  At six  o   clock the next morning, Floyd was...
road   As Ione tells it, the boys were good because they loved the trips and  they would all    nd girlfriends on every on...
At one parsonage, the bathroom caused quite a di   culty for the six  boys and all of their guests.  The older boys soon f...
into church with his wooden legs, everyone, no maAer how tough their  problems, believed in a God that could help them in ...
             Chapter Nine  Heart Wounds     Oh, the vain hopes of men   What thing is worse   Yet do at last in smokes our...
   nished his training.  He was home for a short Cme, and when he and his wife  said goodbye, neither one realized it  wou...
The experience of being a pastor in rural America during the Second  World War made this Army-veteran pastor even more pat...
going to quit the ministry.  He had set out to do something really great, but  now it was dawning on him he would never do...
worth it   Come on, cheap church poliCcs, come on, stacks of    rewood that  need to be cut and no one noCces. Come on, la...
night every type of human nature came out.  Some cursed God for allowing  such a tragedy to occur, while others prayed.  F...
woman stood there.  Floyd could see at a glance that she was very disturbed.   He took the visitor to his study and she un...
Floyd found her a temporary job, and eventually she moved home to  Portland.  Years later they received a leAer with a pic...
Whether there had ever been a romanCc involvement between  Grandpa and Edna is open to conjecture, but there is no quesCon...
One day as he was driving back home a er being out with a girl, he  passed his dad, who had been cubng wood for someone, a...
boys that made him feel like he could change the world all by himself.  Three  of their boys are clergymen, one is a reCre...
garden to give to them as long as I kept her name anonymous.  Some of your  grandparents got by that way.  At Christmas it...
their roughness to see the diamond lying there waiUng.  In the name of the  One who is, as St. John has wriPen,    the Lig...
                    Chapter Ten  Lessons From Grandpa         Help me, friend Sancho, to get up  into the enchanted chario...
the answers.  Some of the answers we will have to    nd for ourselves, but the  few foundaConal lessons they have taught a...
Later that evening, Grandpa and I returned again to the deck in the  backyard.  The sunset illuminated the land with radia...
When I was a boy, my family was traveling across northern Oregon to  the Rose FesCval in Portland, Oregon.  At a truck sto...
The rancher told us that the closer Pastor White walked, the angrier  he became.  Finally, he decided to himself that if t...
The shepherd   s example was clear to give,                  by his encouragement others would live.  He did not put his i...
would kill you if you looked at him.  He had a Fu Manchu mustache and was  smoking a big green cigar.  I remember his huge...
Grandpa complimented him on his biceps, his wife   s beauty, and how  this boy would probably grow up and do something rea...
aAenCvely, we can begin to follow the One they are following   Then we will  discover the humble grandeur our Creator has ...
Here   s to all the Dreamers Long ForgoAen, and all those who don   t  need this book to follow their path      which lead...