I was invited back to Union Church of Los Angeles in Little Toyko where I was honored to be the pastor the past eight years. Mitch and Mae Ogino were some of the first people to welcome me and my family and they were both two of the most encouraging folks you could ever meet. Each Sunday I was greeted by Mitch with, “Good morning, Pastor Tim!” How sad it was to learn Mitch passed away recently. How honored I was to be asked by his wife, Mae, to officiate the service. I will be singing with all in attendance one of Mitch’s favorite songs from our Thursday morning Recycler Bible Studies: Precious Lord, Take My Hand.
I am confident that Mitch’s life has continued in the presence of God, being received by his Savior with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” You were a blessing to me and many others, Mitch!