THE HEAVILIN HERALD
We have arrived at Americaís Keswick to our
traditional WELCOME HOME sign. Within minutes
several people had gathered at our site to welcome
us, and our dear friend Donna Bitler arrived with a
bouquet of roses! Within just a few hours the
coupleís conference began with Annie and Steve
Chapman. We enjoyed the weekend of meetings and a
Our month prior to arriving at Keswick was very busy
beginning with a visit to Indianapolis where we
visited Marilynís brother, visited friends in
Bloomington and other parts of Indiana, and got to
visit with Dan Black, his family and his mom, Mary.
On the weekend of June 6 we traveled to Richmond and
enjoyed a Heavilin reunion on Saturday and attended
the memorial for Glenís dad on Sunday, June 8. We
had the privilege of honoring a good man and Glen
also enjoyed the rare event of being with all of his
siblings for a short visit.
We left on June 9 and headed toward Michigan to
visit Marilynís Uncle Bill, his wife Elaine, and
Marilynís Aunt Mickey and lots of cousins. We also
drove to Harrison, Michigan to get reacquainted with
Marilynís cousin Bobby Jean and her family. It has
probably been more than fifty years since Marilyn
has seen her, and the visit was great. We also spent
time driving through Clare where Marilynís
grandparents lived and many memories were recalled.
We left Michigan and headed toward New Jersey with
our annual stop in Lancaster, PA. We took a buggy
ride and a steam train ride through Amish country.
We also enjoyed the wonderful food at many of the
restaurants and getting to have a brief visit with
Marilynís cousin Monica and her family.
We have already attended a Sunday and a Wednesday
service at the Colony of Mercy. We so enjoy
attending the Colony services. On Wednesday evening
the men have the opportunity to share what God has
been doing in their lives during the past week. We
are humbled as we hear of the answers to prayer and
how God is working in the hearts of these men, and
we have even had the opportunity to hear men make
public apologies to one another. We see God at work
every day and are reminded that God is still in the
business of changing lives.
We do ask that you would pray for Pastor Bill Raws.
Pastor Bill is the grandson of William Raws who
founded the Colony of Mercy more than 111 years ago.
Pastor Bill is in the hospital battling various
physical problems including extensive pneumonia. Of
course, it is our heartsí desire that Pastor Bill be
allowed to return to Keswick healthy and whole, but
we also want Godís best for Pastor Bill. Please
remember his wife Ruth in prayer as well.
We have had fun this past month eating out with
friends and celebrating our fiftieth year of
marriage. Since we donít really have a specific
place to call home, we are enjoying our
coast-to-coast anniversary party. We look forward to
meeting all of our immediate family in New York City
on July 23 first to attend Mary Poppins and then to
have an anniversary dinner together.
Please continue to pray for our health and safety.
Glen and Marilyn Heavilin
A Welcome Home Sign posted at our spot by Brian
Glen, Carmen, Marilyn, Mitchell, Robin, Dan, our
Glen's siblings, Ruth, Al, Jane, Dave, George,
Glen and Marilyn after buggy ride near Lancaster, PA