The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
PROVERBS 10:22 NLT
DON McCLURE — Don, you probably don’t know how God has used you over the years, and especially in our early years here at Calvary Chapel; but I know, because I’ve been on the receiving end all these years. God has used you to help shape the ministry, and you continue to be an example to us of what it means to know the Lord and show His love to others. Thank you, Don. Can I add a word of thanks to your wife, Jean, as well? She has been here with you many times. Thank you, Jean.
GREG LAURIE — Greg, God has used you in so many lives, ours included. Over the years, the entire City of Visalia has been enriched by your ministry. We appreciate the balance God has put into your life and ministry. Thank you for sharing Jesus Christ with us over these many years.
RAUL RIES — Raul, you have been a quiet encouragement to me over all the years of ministry here in Visalia. Your willingness to come alongside and minister by example and by word is forever in our minds and hearts. Thank you for your kindness, especially during the difficult years. May God bless you and Sharon.
MIKE MACINTOSH — You are in the most special category I can think of, and that is the love of God. If there is one thing that defines you to me, it’s the love of Jesus Christ. Your constant example of His love has brought needed refreshment to me so many times. Thank you, also, for encouraging by example. Mike, you are the great encourager to so many. I love you, Mike.
DAVID ROSALES — David, you are a man of God and one who has been a clear example of how a pastor ought to pastor. Just look at the fruit that God has brought to you and Marie over these years! Thank you for your friendship and for always being there when I’ve needed to talk to someone. Your listening ear and heart have been of tremendous comfort so many times. Thank you.
MY GROUP OF FRIENDS: Lance Cook, Pancho Juarez, Ray Jaramillo, Jimmy Orate, Lloyd Pulley, John Snoderly, Gary Ruff, Randy Walls, John Millhouse and all their wives — If a man had one or two friends in his life, he would be fortunate. I have an overflowing handful. God has allowed Gayle Grenier and I to have you as “our friends.” What a treasure indeed! Proverbs 18:24 states, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Thank you, my brothers and sisters, in Christ.
JIM JARRETT — Jim, I don’t think there is anyone who knows me like you do and still likes me. Thank you for your friendship over the years. It’s such a comfort just to be with you and hang out together. May God continue to bless you, Jim.
MIKE BUFORD — Mike, you have been with me in the trenches, under fire, and during the times of great blessing. Loyalty and integrity mark you and Terri. Thank you for your years of service in the ministry with me on staff. May any pastor be as blessed as I have been by your family.
MY WIFE, GAYLE GRENIER — I wanted to just mention her one more time. She does not know that this is in this book, so it will be a surprise to her; but Gayle, thank you for being my wife, and thank you for helping me through these many years of marriage and ministry. Thank you for allowing me to ask you every Sunday after church on the way home, “Well, how did you like the message today?” I’m not sure how a wife can endure that over these 31 years, but you have. I wish I could start over in our marriage and be a better husband than I’ve been. I pray that I will love you in whatever years we have, as Christ has loved the church and has given Himself for her. May God help me to be that to you. Our ministry here at Calvary Chapel Visalia is just that: it’s OUR ministry, given to us by Jesus Christ and of great value in both of our eyes and lives. It is what it is because of your being my wife. Thank you.
THE VERY QUIET PEOPLE AT CHURCH — There are so many of you. We never get to talk. Time does not allow it, and life is just that way, but how many hundreds and hundreds of people there have been over these years for whom I would like to thank God. It’s been my blessing to minister to you. So many of you have stuck with me for so many years, especially in the early years; and you have hung in there with your pastor as he has grown and matured. Thank you so much.
THE CHURCH KNOWN AS CALVARY CHAPEL VISALIA — As we go into our 30th year of ministry, there is no way I could even remember all the people Gayle Grenier and I have known and still know. I always say that “it’s good people who make a good church.” Well, there sure are a lot of good people at Calvary Chapel Visalia. There have been, there are now, and I’m sure there will be much more the Lord will bring here. Together, we have watched and are watching the Lord at work … the Holy Spirit of God, work- ing through the Word of God, in the people of God. How true it is. Thank you, each and every one who has ever considered Calvary Chapel Visalia their home church.
MY BROTHER, BILL GRENIER — Bill, thank you for being my big brother — my only brother. Thank you for all that you have ever done for me and my family. Most of all, thank you for helping to take care of our mother the way you did. I love you, Bill.