You meet the most unusual people in California... and appearances can be deceiving.
Since the sun was shining (yay!), Barry and I went for a walk along the sea front. It was SO refreshing!
As we turned a corner in a parking lot to head back the way we came, we bumped into one of California's unusual people.
Allow me to introduce you to Mr. William Earl Walker Sr.
He's standing here, in front of his Superman Van
Yes, everything you see there, has been stuck on, by hand!
Each one of the little 'gems' individually stuck into place.
And Mr Walker excitedly exclaimed about how they all just shine so beautifully in the dark. As he drives along under the street lights, you sure can see him coming!
He's not done with the decor...
You can see he's missed a few spots - he's working on them!
Along with other fancy deterrents, in his van he has a camera which will immediately take a photo of anyone trying to break in, and it sends an alert and the photo directly to a gizmo hanging on his key chain - so that he can then forward the photo to the police.
Mr. Walker is an avid believer in Jesus, and he has an amazing testimony of how he once was terribly lost in sin; he lost his wife, his children, his job, his car - everything - because of drugs and alcohol.
Until, one day, he had a dynamic encounter with Jesus. It's a long story, and I could never do it justice -- simply to say, he was dramatically transformed. And now he is living for Jesus. He is a retired naval officer, and spends his time now allowing his van to attract people's attention so that he can tell them about how Jesus changed his life, and how He can change theirs.
He certainly got OUR attention.
And you know, if I was you, and I was reading this, I know what I'd be thinking.
But let me tell you, Mr. Walker impressed me with his bold testimony and his very evident love and gratefulness for the Lord's goodness to him.
. He and his wife have been happily married now, for 20 years. His Marine and Gov't pensions are more than sufficient to provide for him and his wife, so that he can concentrate on his ministry of telling people about Jesus, and praying for them in their need.
We attempted to shake his hand as we were leaving -- but he said he couldn't shake hands with a brother and sister -- so he gave us each a big bear hug.
You meet some of the strangest people in California...
but this one was a delight!