Letters from Antioch Salvador chooses his special twelve


When they next saw the full moon it its glory, Salvador departed to the mountain to pray. He spent the night in prayer with The Mighty Savior. When day came, he called his students to himself, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named Akacita. This included Charles Liston, whom he named Lee Stone and Gibb Maywort; Abe Prentice, Curtis E. Monk, T. Le Grund, MacPeace, Will Komen, Dobbs Bell, Abe Prentice who is Leherer’s kid was paired with Montrell, who we called Monty of the Mountains.

Full moon over Lake Tahoe

Salvador also called Hugh Christos, who desired to be a terrorist/freedom fighter, and Hugh Christos, the “Mensch” from the city, who turned him in. Lee was a quiet type. Lee did read a lot for an angler, though it was mostly pulp stuff. He also liked to golf shirts with collars, khaki slacks, and hiking shoes. He was also an imposing man, about six feet four, with some build, which he acquired from fishing.

Paul and Curtis E. Monk, on the other hand, were quite a bit smaller, about five foot seven or so. They were always reading the paper and voicing their opinions to anyone who would listen. They had even worked together on several occasions to get their opinions published in their local paper.

Gibb was also a large quiet man, large and burly. You knew when this man promised something, that he would deliver. If he could not deliver, he refused to promise. T. or Tim Le Grund was the small French kid of the bunch.

Tim Le Grund insisted on nice shirts with collars. He came from a family of farmers, so he was accustomed to hard work. Even when the work was not finished, you knew that he had given it his very best shot.

MacPeace was only about five foot two, but when it came to getting the work done, he could be a buzz saw. When he was not working to keep things in order at camp, he was reading something.

Will Kommen and Dobbs Bell were the more sophisticated members of the group. They always wore nice shirts and pressed slacks. Around camp, they insisted on dress shoes, although they did put on hiking shoes when we were walking. Will, in particular, was always reading the Bible to find quotes to prove points he might try to make later.

He kept an extensive journal of his travels, which he used to write his own account of his travels with Salvador. Will had a powerful religious experience when he was little. It involved praying to God during a lightning storm when he was living in Holly Hill in PA. As a result, he always felt he found the Mighty Judge best in storms and on hills.

Will and Dobbs Bell did not spend a lot of time with the rest of the twelve of us. Salvador was always sending them off on side missions. Bill Kommen put his writing skills and his accounting skills to good use. With Dobbs Bell, they could persuade people to get us the supplies we needed to continue our travels.

Striking for what is right.

Abe and Monty were quiet workers in the group. If Salvador came across a family in need of fine carpentry work, plumbing, or electrical work, Abe and Monty were the ones to get it done.

Hugh Christos, who desired to be a terrorist/freedom fighter and Hugh the one from the city, were the official record keepers and the accountants of the group. They were also the hotheaded members of the others in the group and more prone to support violence. Hugh was into Jazz, which he always played on the harmonica he carried.

Songs around the camp fire.

Sometimes in camp, they would get together and sing songs. There was also a special young woman in the group that needs mention. Her name was Anna Lynn White and she was the woman who was to become my mother. She was a member of the Painted Faces tribe who identified with the charismatic churches.

The Painted Faces tribe, of course, prefers to call themselves the Irish. Whenever we entered a community with a revivalist church, she went. She was always at altar call. She was very interested in liturgy and woman’s issues, though she would be first to tell you that she was not the most informed on these issues.

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