By Gerald Waterhouse
ST. LUCIE, Fla.--After serving in two wars (World
War II and Korea), I was very pessimistic in regard to any future for our
children and future generations.
A bright future unfolded when I went to Big Sandy
for the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread in 1953. After being baptized
by Mr. Armstrong, I spent the following seven days in the most informative,
encouraging and electrifying time of my life. Mr. Armstrong delivered all
the sermons (two services per day) and covered the meaning of the Sabbath
and annual festivals through about seven sermons.
This developed the plan of God so graphically,
which opened up such a marvelous purpose for mankind, which changed the
direction of my life in such a positive manner.
As Mr. Armstrong sent me to various overseas countries--England,
Australia, the Philippines and South Africa--I knew the importance of grasping
the overall Plan of God so the brethren would have a proper frame in which
the pieces of the "puzzle" would fit and help develop the picture
In and out of season
As I mentioned to Mr. Armstrong one morning at breakfast, "the festivals
did so much good for me that, wherever you sent me, I preached on the Plan
of God not only in season but a whole lot out of season."
Apart from the means of developing a meaningful
Plan and purpose in the minds of those brethren in those pioneering days
(February 1957 to August 1965), I couldn't have been successful. Christ
knew and led me in the way He knew was necessary.
In January 1966 I began my world tours--11 over
a period of 25 years. I reached 144 churches my first tour and 747 the last.
The Plan of God is so etched in my mind I could
never turn my back on it or the Sabbath and Holy Days, by which the understanding