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Blessings flow as Pearl of a church is saved: Funds raised to buy Hawaii church’s land from military.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

A Hawaiian honeymoon sounded perfect, so Neil and Carolyn Myers decided to fly for the first time.

Taking off, they were a little apprehensive.

“We just held hands and said, ‘Lord, you may be taking us, but we’re coming together,’” Neil Myers joked.

Did I mention that — by the time the couple got around to a honeymoon — they were in their mid-70s and had been married for 57 years?

Their trip came a year and a half ago, but it brought an experience they won’t soon forget. “I’m thoroughly convinced the Lord had a hand in this,” said Neil Myers, a retired preacher who serves as an elder for the West Walker Church of Christ in Carbon Hill, Ala.

What made their island trek so memorable? Not the sand or the waves. Not the tour of historic Pearl Harbor. Not even the travel at 35,000 feet.

Rather, the couple’s introduction to the Church of Christ at Pearl Harbor — a close-knit congregation that has served an estimated 3,000 military personnel and their families over the last 60 years — made a lasting impression.

“We spent the Lord’s day with them,” Neil Myers said. “We were impressed with the worship. It was very spiritual, and the lessons were good.”

This story appears in the May 2016 edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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