Jonathan’s Journey
January 14, 2009

The snow was beautiful…but I did come home

We got up Sunday morning to it snowing in Gatlinburg. The mountains and the trees looked great! The roads were clear…but we had a beautiful ride home. I drove Barbara to the Oak Ridge exit…about 30 miles from her house. She then left to go and visit with her parents…coming home on Tuesday.

Kevin and Libby Collins gave me a ride the rest of the way…and we had a great visit…and we spent a lot of time talking about NASCAR racing, the history of BHCC---reliving the nearly 25 years that they have been part of the BHCC Family. It was a great trip---and we got home in time for me to get a short nap during the football game before returning to the building for our evening service.

Saturday night my good friend Coach Don Meyer---who you have followed in the Journey…became college basketball’s all time winningest coach---passing Bobby Knight.

Here is an article about coach…and his milestone

Former Lipscomb basketball coach Don Meyer now winningest coach in men's college basketball history
from Associated Press & Northern State University Sports Information
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Four months after a car accident nearly killed Don Meyer, the former Lipscomb coach passed Bob Knight as college basketball's all-time winningest men's coach.
Northern State University's 82-62 win over the University of Mary Marauders on Saturday night gave Meyer his 903rd victory.
His .750 winning percentage (903-301) has been compiled at three universities during a career that began in 1972 and nearly ended last September in a car accident that sent him to the hospital for 55 days, forced doctors to amputate his lower left leg and led to the discovery of a slow-growing cancer.
Coaching from the sidelines in a wheelchair, the 64-year-old Wayne, Neb. native moved past Knight.
"I haven't had this much fun since Carmen and I were married," he told the capacity crowd.
He said he was grateful for the people who had helped his family during the recovery.
"And I want to thank this group of guys for hanging with me during a difficult time," he said.
Taped remarks from legendary UCLA coach John Wooden were played after the game. The university plans a formal celebration on Jan. 17 to mark the record.
Meyer was critically injured on Sept. 5 when his compact car collided with a loaded grain truck west of this university town of 25,000. Alone in his car, his was the first of several vehicles taking the team to an annual weekend retreat when he either fell asleep or was distracted.
What followed were multiple operations in a hospital 200 miles from home to remove Meyer's spleen, repair cracked ribs and deal with a mangled left leg that later was amputated below the knee.
Meyer now calls the accident a blessing; without it, doctors would not have found the slow-growing cancer. Cancer treatment was put off until his injuries and the amputation could heal.
During his hospital stay, Meyer lost 20 pounds and went through rehabilitation to rebuild his strength and learn how to move with a walker or in a wheelchair.
Assistant coach Randy Baruth directed practices but spoke daily with Meyer.
The day after his hospital dismissal, Meyer was on hand for the team's 5 a.m. practice. Five days later he accompanied the NCAA Division II team to exhibition games at Minnesota and Purdue.
A standout baseball and basketball player in college, the 1967 graduate of Northern Colorado began his coaching career at Hamline University in 1972. Since taking the Northern State job in 1999, the Wolves have seven straight 20-win seasons.
Meyer's 37-year record is 37-41 at Hamline University, 665-179 at Lipscomb University, and 201-81 at Northern.
Meyer spent 24 years coaching at Lipscomb. His Bison teams spent a decade winning more games than any other team in the country, averaging more than 32 wins per season for 10 years before his move to Northern. His 1989-90 team set a college basketball record with 41 wins. Meyer’s Bison teams made 13 national tournament appearances, winning the NAIA National Championship in 1986. Meyer was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990, and was selected to the NAIA Hall of Fame at the age of 47.
Meyer’s teams led the nation in scoring in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1995, averaging more than 100 points per game in each of those seasons. Meyer also coached college basketball’s first and second all-time leading scorers, former Bisons John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson. Meyer’s son, Jerry, broke college basketball’s career assist record while playing for his father at Lipscomb. Former Bison Marcus Bodie holds the single-season and career record for steals in college basketball. Former Bison Andy McQueen holds the career 3-point field goals made record. Meyer’s system produced three National Players of the Year and 22 All-Americans.
If you would like to drop Coach Meyer and his wife Carmen a note of congratulations and encouragement, their address is:
Don & Carmen Meyer
12985 Willowood Dr.
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Congrats to Coach. I was by his side for a lot of those I wish him the best!

I could write a lot about what I have been doing for the past few days…but after I got this email from Ronald…I knew I couldn’t say anything to top his Journey….

Dear hermano Jonathan , great to ear that Justing go back to the law school well.
Respect to me i had a busy weekend.
On sunday morning we attented the church in a communty named Monjaras . This congregation is located close the sea. Poor community. After the service we went to visit a family , they invited us for the lunch and most of the time in this area the people has fish for the lunch or dinner. But there is a kind of fish that is very comun in this area is a fish call catfish. Is a kind of fish with a big mustache. Honestly i don't like this fish.
Well one day before the invitation i was talking with Daysi about fishes and I mentioned her that i don't lke catfish, and i hope never eat this fish.
On the next day the family that invite us has for as a soup of cat fish.
Daysi said: Ronald never said from that water i will never drink.
This happened to me. I drink the soup like a medicine. At leats Daysi and my daughters smiled.
Monday morning we had our open pray with the staff, then meeting with a preacher . He told me a story about a member of the church that has no work and now he lost his house with the bank. Our brother has three children and now he is looking where to live with his family. I told him that i will try to get a job for him at Mission Lazarus .
Then another meeting with a preacher that this year began to work with us. He is like my assistent with all the local preachers. His name is Roberto , and he is helping me to oversee and cooordinat activities and projects with the local preachers.
Then at 8:00 a.m i went to the ranch. Another meeting was waiting for me. This time the meeting was with jarrod and Allison. After the meeting i returned to Choluteca .
Afternoon i asked the doctor to go with me and visit and old friend that has been sick.
His name is Pedro , and he is 72 years old. He has been very sick of his leg . We stayed with him until 7:00 p.m
Time to return with my family . Monday was a blessing day.
On another hand , hope our brother Travis Taylor continue better. He is in our prayers.
God is good and He has another plan for our our brother Travis in this new year. This year brother Travis you will see again the power and love of Jesus through you.
Yes , because we are the clay and He is the potter.

I Love you all .
Have a great Journey
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 Ronald 1-14-09

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