What follows is another short message from my devotional, “Unlikely Pastor” by Ken David Stewart.
During the last month I’ve really been “pressing in”. From my understanding, “pressing in” in Christian charismatic circles means intensely seeking the Lord by whatever means necessary.
What does this look like? For some it could mean reading the Bible regularly and meditating on God’s Word. For others it can mean seeking God through soaking (lying down, listening to anointed music and allowing God to do his work in us). Others seek God through intense prayer sessions and quality time spent alone with the Lord. It can also mean time spent reading, listening to or watching videos by people like Patricia King, Katie Souza, Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince, Dr. James B. Richards, Todd Bentley and Bill Johnson just to mention a few.
A meeting was set up for all the parties interested in The Ogopogo Project including Dean Sandeson, Dr. Lionel Phelge, Kyle and the rest of the university students, Ryan and Monique and Blake Riley. On a Friday afternoon they met in the university’s main conference room.
“Thank you all for coming,” said Dean Sanderson who was chairing the meeting. Today’s session will be mainly an exploratory meeting with the purpose of defining what our goals are for this project and how, in a practical way we might obtain them. I will ask Dr. Phelge to describe how he envisions the project.
“ As some of you already know I have been granted a year’s sabbatical to write a research paper on a topic of my choice related to marine biology. I have long had an interest in cryptozoology and a particular interest in the creature known as Ogopogo. I am hoping to gather some data that has previously never been published that would help determine whether or not this animal actually exists in Lake Okanagan,” said Dr. Phelge.
“There have been many sightings of this creature over many decades and yet no one has been able to come up with any conclusive evidence of the existence of the Ogopogo,” said Dean Sanderson. “Kyle, could you tell this group what the university students’ interest in this project involves?”
“Well, to tell you the truth, sir, our original aim was to come up with a story that would be of great interest for publication in the university’s newspaper. We have noticed that there is a great need for some articles that would be of interest to the student body,” answered Kyle.
“I consider that to be a worthy goal Kyle. I, too, have noticed a lack of interest and readership in UBC’s newspaper. I’m all for anything that’s going to improve the university’s image,” said Dean Sanderson. “And what about our two young people who are on summer vacation? Please tell us how you became interested in this project.”
“My new friend, Monique and I had a recent sighting of Ogopogo. We had just met and were out for a jog when we saw Ogopogo in the lake. Monique was able to take two pictures of the creature with her camera. Unfortunately, the photos were taken from a good distance and would never be considered as positive scientific evidence,” said Ryan.
Daniel Mason had just handed his edited copy of The Kelowna Sun to his boss, Blake Riley.
“I put a large red circle around something in the classifieds that should be of particular interest to you, sir,” said Daniel as he passed the paper to his boss. It’s on page thirty-seven.”
Blake quickly turned to the page indicated by his head of security. He perused the ad placed by Dr. Lionel Phelge, the marine biology professor.
I need to get in contact with this professor immediately. I am very interested in his proposed project but there are details that I need to find out. Having a marine biologist as part of our crew will add credence to our project.” Blake reached in his pocket for his cell phone. “I’m going to call this professor right now.”
Dr. Lionel Phelge was sitting at home in his favorite chair reading the book, Devil’s Knot by Mara Leverrit when his phone rang. When Lionel read he became deeply absorbed in a book and it took him a few seconds to adjust to a disturbance of his concentration such as a ringing phone.
‘Hello, this is Dr. Loinel Phelge speaking.”
“Professor Phelge, this is Blake Riley, the entrepreneur calling. I am responding to your newspaper ad about the expedition to find Ogopogo. I understand that you are looking for financial backers”
“Yes, indeed I am,” answered Lionel. “The expedition that I am envisioning could potentially cost in the million dollar range. Some university students are presently researching all the personnel and supplies that we will need and are attempting to come up with a rough estimate of the total expenses for our project.”
“I believe that I can be of invaluable service to you in this project. I have more than sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of the expedition. I also have previous experience with this type of endeavor. A few years ago my head of security was involved with a project searching for the Lake Champlain Monster. I have also been to Scotland to look for the Loch Ness Monster. At present I have the employee I mentioned contacting the crew from the Lake Champlain Project.”
“I thank you for calling me, Mr. Riley. What you have said greatly interests me. Could we arrange to meet in person in a few days to look further into this matter?” asked Lionel.
“That would be my pleasure. Get back to me with a few dates that you will be available,” said Blake Riley.
Sheriff George Anderson sat back in his black leather office chair and stared out his window overlooking Lake Okanagan. Just then his lead deputy Bill Rollins knocked on the sheriff’s door.
“Come in, Bill,” said George.
“Have you got any special assignments for me, Sheriff?” asked Bill.
“I’ve been thinking about the Ida Rhodes case, Bill. Have we got any new leads other than what the young boys told you?”
“Not a thing. Mrs. Rhodes has one sister that I contacted. Her sister Francis told me that she had not heard from Ida in about three weeks. I told her that her sister had gone missing and asked if Ida had mentioned anything about leaving town or going on a trip.”
“What did the sister say?” asked the Sheriff.
“She told me that her sister hadn’t mentioned anything like that and was probably not in good enough shape to travel at her age,” replied the deputy.
“Mrs. Rhodes doesn’t even drive a car, does she?”
“I’ve never seen a car in her driveway.”
The Sheriff got out of his chair and stood up. “So the old lady wasn’t planning on going anywhere except to take her dog for a walk along the lake. Some young boys saw her by the lake but do not see her return. I want some missing persons posters put up around the whole area,” said Sheriff Anderson.
“No problem, Boss. I’ll take care of that. I was just going to ask you one thing, sir. Has anyone reported seeing something unusual on the lake recently?”
“No, why?” asked the Sheriff. “What do you mean by unusual?”
“Well, last evening my son Jeff and his little friend Anson came to our house scared out of their wits. They said that they had been out fishing on the banks not far from where the old lady disappeared. Both boys told me that they saw a large grey hump move up and down in the water. They were probably about fifty yards away guessing by how they described the size of the object,” said Deputy Rollins.
“So want me to believe that Ida Rhodes and her dog got eaten by Ogopogo?” asked George Anderson laughing out loud.
“No, of course not, George but I believe that my son and his friend got a good fright from something they saw,” replied Deputy Bill Rollins.
As soon as Bobby O’Connor left Mike O ‘Grady’s apartment he drove over to Tim Hortons to meet Harvey Perkins, the fishermen who had called him earlier in the day. Harvey spotted Bobby immediately as he came through the coffee shop’s doors. Harvey was a sports fan and had seen Bobby O’Connor’s picture several times on the sports page of The Kelowna Sun
“I’m over here, Bobby,” said Harvey as he pulled out a chair for the reporter.
The two men shook hands. “Please to meet you in person, Harvey. I gather that you have something interesting to tell me and that it has nothing to do with sports,” said Bobby.
“You’re right about that,” said Harvey. “Like I was telling you on the phone, my partner and I spotted an unusual moving object on Lake Okanagan. Two kids, Ryan and Monique saw it also and showed us a couple of pictures they took of the creature.”
“Do you think the creature is Ogopogo?” asked Bobby.
“I’d put money on it. It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen and I’ve been a fisherman a long time.”
“What does your partner think?”
“Henry is skeptical about everything.
The creature would have to be staring him straight in the face before he’d believe in it.”
“How far way was the creature?”
“About a hundred meters I’d estimate.”
“Would you mind if your story was published in the Kelowna Sun,” asked Bobby.
“That’s fine with me. People can laugh at me if they want but I know what I saw.”
Daniel Mason, the head of security for Blake Riley Enterprises had just picked up the morning edition of the Kelowna Sun . He took it to his office to read. As part of his job duties Daniel skimmed through the newspaper underlining, highlighting or writing in the margins anything that might be of interest to Blake Riley. Blake was a voracious reader of both novels and non- fiction books, but didn’t have the patience to read the daily newspaper from cover to cover. That’s why he had his head of security search the paper for him. Blake and Daniel had many conversations in the past and Daniel had a good grasp on what might be of interest to his boss.
As he was reading through the classifieds Daniel noticed a very strange advertisement. It was posted by a marine biologist professor at The University of British Columbia. His name was Dr. Lionel Phelge and he was asking for financial sponsors for an exploratory expedition to hunt for the Ogopogo Lake Monster. As Daniel was putting a large red circle around the ad his office phone rang.
“Hi Daniel, this is Peter Marks, the captain of the boat that searched for Champ. I got a message that you might have a similar expedition in mind.”
“Yes, I do. However, I have to give my boss, Blake Riley the credit for the idea,’ replied Daniel.
“Isn’t he that eccentric billionaire who’s always seeking new adventures.
“I wouldn’t call Blake eccentric, but he is a man that is always looking for new challenges in life,” answered Daniel.
“So what does your boss have in mind?”
“He wants to head up an expedition to capture Ogopogo and keep him in his private zoo,” answered Daniel.
“What! This ups the ante considerably. So we’re expected to capture this creature?”
“That’s Blake’s goal,” answered Daniel.
“Well my crew and I are going to want much more money than National Geographic paid us. We’re also going to need to hire some additional staff for hunting and trapping this animal,” said Peter Marks.
“I wouldn’t worry about adequate compensation. My boss has pretty deep pockets and once he embraces a new project he becomes obsessed by it.”
‘Well, I still have the contact information from the old National Geographic crew and I could call them to see if they’re interested,” said Peter.
“I would appreciate that very much,” said Daniel. “Remember to tell them that getting paid generously for their work shouldn’t be a problem.”
Fan Mail August 2014
Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to answering all my fan mail. Most of the fan mail came via comments and emails posted by my WordPress readers and followers. I don’t know if I’m a good writer or not but I really appreciate the support and feedback that I have received from my readers. If any of you have comments, questions or feedback on my fiction writing and non fiction blogs don’t hesitate to contact me via WordPress.com, facebook or twitter. I have dedicated my recent video blog, What’s Up? (Summer Edition) to all my family, followers, friends, readers and fans.
God bless you all!