A Special Birthday

November 4 marks a very special event on the IBLP calendar. It is Mr. Gothard’s birthday! The staff worked diligently to put on a very memorable birthday celebration complete with seasonal decorations, special music, and a scrumptious banquet. With over 100 guests, it was an event to remember!

Decorating the dining room with real, fall colored leaves

"The Power of the Cross"

Preparing the head table

“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:6). Thank you Mr. Gothard for investing in the staff at Headquarters and families around the world the truths and insights you have drawn from Scripture!   Mr. Gothard expressing his gratefulnessBringing in the gift


  1. Elizabeth Kilpatrick November 17, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I was blessed to be there with the Journey group! It was a memorable occasion. Thanks a lot to every one who helped put it together!

  2. Donald November 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm #

    That same verse was on my mind this morning! Praise the Lord for designing life in such a way that one generation is able to pass on it’s wisdom and counsel to the next! Keep your heart and ears open James!

  3. Mom November 18, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    What a momentous occasion! It amazes me how every year the staff comes up with such good celebration ideas. Thanks for sharing this one with us.Does Mr. Gothard like popcorn?

  4. James November 18, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    How things are decorated surprises me every time too, Mom! We got the popcorn machine because we know Mr. Gothard likes gifts that he can share :). Actually, I’m not sure of the real reason, but there is probably an event from Mr. Gothard’s past that would yield an explanation.

  5. Crystal November 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    It was a great blessing for me to celebrate Mr. Gothard’s birthday at the beginning of Journey to the Heart. I could tell the staff put a lot of work into decorating the dining room. It really looked great!
    I never did hear how young:-) Mr. Gothard turned, does anyone know?

  6. Robert November 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    Mr. Gothard turned 74 this year! It was a very special celebration.

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