To begin the new year, let me introduce you to a soldier--actually an airman--who was my roommate at Lindsey Air Station in Wiesbaden, West Germany, in in 1978. Airman 1st Class Cliff Almes shared a room with me during the year I worked for the base newspaper at the Wiesbaden Military Community Headquarters.
You'll notice in the pictures below that Cliff is still in uniform and is serving on temporary assignment in the Middle East.
He is no longeer in the US military.
When his enlistment was up, Cliff went home to Arizona for a couple of months then came back to join a Lutheran Monastery in Darmstadt Germany with a name so long I will direct you to the web site if you want it in German. Land of Kanaan is the short version.
We became friends during the time we roomed together. And after Cliff began his time as a novice I was able to visit him in Darmstadt.
Cliff became Brother (Bruder) Timotheus.
Here he is on a recent trip to Israel. He is the second from the left with three other Brothers and a local pastor.
In this photo Cliff is back in Germany with some of the young men who have come to Kanaan for short-term ministries and sometimes to see if they have a vocation for a life of service.