Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: March 24, 2020 06:16AM
C H A N G E D
When I arrived at Shiloh in June of '78, it was quite an electric atmosphere--kind of like a mini-Woodstock live-in with 400+ 'like-minded?' individuals from all over the country.
My entire time I bunked in a room with five other guys, mostly sawmill crew, along with a few randoms. The schedule was insane (referenced in earlier posts), but being young (stupid?) we incorporated it with the appropriate youthful exuberance.
A few tricks of the trade I learned in such a crowded house was to take my daily work-clothes (from the sawmill) into the shower with me, both shower and wash clothes, and then hang them off the top bunk to dry. I rotated two sets so there was always dry clothes available and ample dry-time for the others.
The best time to shower was at the beginning of dinner (when most others were eating) and leave enough time to hit the chow-line. (This did not work quite as well during the summer months when many of the 'departments' actually went back to work after dinner.)
We were quite creative in entertaining ourselves, especially during the long cold winter months when outdoor recreation was severely limited. Something that grew out of the routine was a weekly underground rag called 'Off The Wall' which provided much needed comedic relief, since it was open-season in roasting certain Shiloh-celebrities with biting wit. It also had sports predictions, cartoons, and movie reviews (for those who actually got to see them.) The 'authors' attempted to remain anonymous in order to escape 'fire from Heaven'.
Anyone who had a TV was instantly popular, not only for sports, but for watching that outrageous new show, Saturday Night Live. There was mouse-hockey in the basement, food-fights in the kitchen, raiding the refrigerators late at night, and roaming the grounds under the cover of darkness on Night-Watch--our version of security.
Monday nights and Sunday afternoons were our only free time. Everything else was WORD/WORSHIP/WORK. Life reduced to basics--TLW style.