Family

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

My paternal great-great-grandfather died soon after his 49th birthday. His widow was left to raise their seven children who were still living at home, ranging in ages from 3 to 17 years. My great-grandfather, John Calvin Winter, at age 13, together with his elder 17-year-old brother, assumed much of the responsibility in caring for the family farm in Central Pennsylvania and otherwise assisting their mother in the support of the family. In 1906 a local historian wrote of John Calvin, “it was through this that he developed those traits of persistency and industry which afforded him an equipment for his subsequent useful and successful career.” As the years went by, he formed a “general contracting and building business” that achieved considerable success and, to quote the historian, “the fruits of his labors are visible in the many ornamental edifices, business and residential, which adorn the city, and have given it the modern air which attracts the gratified attention of the visitor.” (Don’t you love the way they wrote in the early 20th century!) His sons joined him in the enterprise, as did his grandsons (which included my father). It was a family affair, that not only enjoyed commercial success, but also was “among the foremost in the advancement of every worthy enterprise” — including higher education and the furtherance of the gospel message.

Will i leave the godly heritage that i was given?

After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.  (Judges 2:10 NLT) God has blessed me with a godly heritage. i was raised by parents that loved the LORD and reflected Him not only in what they said, but also in the way they lived. i came to faith in Christ at the age of six in the basement of my paternal grandparents’ home. They hosted a Bible Club in their home for many years so that their grandchildren and other children in the neighborhood could hear the stories of the Bible and learn God’s Word. My paternal great grandfather was a homebuilder and developer in our family’s homestead city, and some of his most significant projects were the building of a large church in the center-city, a Bible conference center outside of town, a site for the annual Easter Sunrise service, etc. 

They Raised A Generation Who Did Not Know Him

After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things He had done for Israel. (Judg 2:10)

God has blessed me with a godly heritage. i was raised by parents that loved the LORD and reflected Him not only in what they said, but also in the way they lived. i came to faith in Christ at the age of six in the basement of my paternal grandparents’ home. They hosted a Bible Club in their home for many years so that their grandchildren and other children in the neighborhood could hear the stories of the Bible and learn God’s Word. My paternal great grandfather was a homebuilder and developer in our family’s homestead city, and some of his most significant projects were the building of a large church in the center-city, a Bible conference center outside of town, a site for the annual Easter Sunrise service, etc. As a child growing up, i benefited in my spiritual nurture from the work he had done, even though he had gone to be with the LORD before i was born.