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I am Bob Goodnough. There is no “e” in my last name; it appears that great-great-great-grandfather Ebenezer lost it 250 years ago during the move from Westboro, Massachusetts to Guilford, Vermont. His brother Levi did hang on to that “e” though, making me fifth cousin to the Bob Goodenough who lives in Michigan. The wife of that Bob, Carole, announced in a 1988 family reunion that she had found fifty different spellings of our last name. If you find our name confusing and amusing, that’s OK. We do too.
I was born 80 years ago in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Although I call myself a flatlander I spent the first nine years of my life in the Coteau Hills just south of Old Wives Lake. That area still feels like home to me, but so do most of the other places I have lived since then. My wife and I have lived in half of the ten provinces of Canada and came home to Saskatchewan in 1998.
We have been members of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite since February of 1979. We have one daughter, who was born in Manitoba, grew up in Ontario and wandered somewhat like her parents until she married in 1999. Now she and her husband, with their four children, live 3 km from us. We live south-west of Saskatoon and are members of the Swanson congregation.
My views on life and faith have been shaped by the things I have experienced and by my interest in history. They seem contrary to those espoused by the popular culture around me, yet I don’t think I am by nature a contrary person and don’t want to call myself a contrarian.
My outlook on life is based on the Bible and the old Anabaptist-Mennonite Christian faith that is solidly founded on the Bible. I believe this faith is still the safest haven amidst the confused storms and problems of our day.