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Editor: The “Judah, You’re Not Alone Conference” was opened (and closed) by Curtis Lewerke, the oldest son of Yvonne Lewerke of blessed memory. He introduced his sisters: Diane and Ruth; his brothers: Dennis and Jonathan – and their spouses.  The Lewerkes were the host family of the event. The following is some of his remarks.

Welcome to Clear Lake

Clear Lake is a city of about 8,000 people. Keep going east another 10 miles or so and you’ll see Mason City, which is about 30,000 people. And that’s about as big as you get until you come to Minneapolis.

This campground where we are meeting is on the beautiful Clear Lake which is one of about 3 or 4 in the whole state of Iowa. It’s a 600-acre lake, and we are very fortunate because last year at this time the lake was frozen over solid. It stayed that way for about 5 months! But that was last year; this year the weather is beautiful. It is almost a summer year. In 1991, ten years ago, we had about 7 inches of freezing rain that brought on a terrible ice storm. We had to have people from out of state to help us put things back together after that happened. But that was then and this is now and I don’t think there is any forecast for anything like that here  – until at least tomorrow! (Laughter)

The late Yvonne Lewerke: "Our mom is the one
who sparked our interest in Israel."

I’d like to introduce, also, to you our Mom — Yvonne Lewerke. Diane, Dennis, Ruth, Jon and I are the children of Yvonne Lewerke. Some of you know her and became very good friends of hers. And the reason I want you to know her is that she is obviously the one who sparked the interest in her family as she talked of these things that we’re going to be talking about this weekend for as long as I can remember. She always had a very serious interest in Israel and how the current events and issues tied with Bible prophecy. She lived for occasions like this and every time they happened, she always wanted to play a major role in those events. So it is obvious how we acquired that interest and I speak for the entire host family. We know she would have loved to be here.

Chris Josephson recently reminded us of Matthew 13:23 which says, “He that receiveth seed also beareth fruit and bringeth forth, some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.” This was taught by our mother, too, that’s how we acquired this interest. Chris’ late husband, Elmer, began Bible Light Int’l., and she is the coordinator of this event. She told me a week or so ago that she senses this will be a special time for everyone that is a part of this event. And I want to say that we likewise agree that this is going to be that kind of event. There are a lot very informed people here that have a serious interest in this matter.

So we welcome you all and if there is anything we can do as the host family to make this a little nicer and more convenient for you, just let us know.

Curtis’ dismissal prayer:

Our Father, we thank You again for this unusual beautiful day and for this gathering with these people, for this purpose. And we thank You for those who worked hard in preparing for this event. And for those who ministered to us as teachers and for the research they have done. We thank You for the blessing that it has meant for all of us.

We pray you will be with us, Father, in taking these things, which we have learned, and building ourselves from that, for the purpose of telling others and spreading this word. We pray for those who would have loved to be here and weren’t able to. And we pray, Father, for those who are going home. Give them a safe journey.

Father, we pray most of all for peace and prosperity for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem for the sake of all mankind that has ever lived and that ever will live. And we ask these things in your Holy Name.
Amen. -