A trib­ute to two men who shaped my life

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick

Serve Daily is about peo­ple who serve oth­ers. I have en­joyed writ­ing for this news­pa­per and meet­ing many won­der­ful peo­ple that have brought some­thing good to oth­ers. I just learned of the pass­ing of a man that was like a fa­ther to me when I was grow­ing up as a kid. He was one of two men who were like fa­thers to me. The other man passed away two years ago. Th­ese men served me with kind­ness, guid­ance, and a place of refuge. As I pon­der my thoughts about th­ese two men I de­cided to pay trib­ute and share my story of the men who shaped my life.

I grew up as an adopted only child of a dys­func­tional fam­ily. This sit­u­a­tion left me feel­ing alone and with­out a fam­ily. My over pro­tec­tive mother en­rolled me in a Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist school in the fifth grade. That is how I meet Dr. Jim Dunn. He was ac­tu­ally the head of the church’s “Pathfinder” pro­gram, which

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