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Darryl Brown with Burl and Y'Vonne Butler

Old acquaintances are not forgotten

Years ago Darryl (DC) Brown was a young man at Westview Boys’ Home when Burl and Y’Vonne Butler were caregivers at Sweetwater House. The relationships they formed have changed all of their lives. Eventually, After DC left Westview, they lost track of each other and what was happening in each other’s lives.

After decades apart, God brought DC and Burl and Y’Vonne back together at the Red River Family Encampment in Red River, New Mexico. DC found the Butlers at the Westview booth, and there was a joyful reunion. They retold old stories and celebrated DC’s long career of service to the church.

Most recently, after ministering for 19 years at a congregation in Pearland, Texas, DC now preaches at the Magnolia Church of Christ in Magnolia, Texas. Since his grandchildren were with him at Red River, he was proud to introduce them to Burl and Y’Vonne. Burl and Y’Vonne were glad to meet his grandchildren and very proud to hear of  DC’s dedicated and extensive service to the church.

At Westview, we’re proud of so many of our young men and their choices to make a difference this world. Only God knows all of the good that they do on any given day at work, in ministry, and with their families. We thank God for the blessings they are in this world from day to day.

We also thank God for the special people who work to change the lives of our young men. Often it takes years for the fruit of their loving labor to become apparent. Nonetheless, God richly blesses Westview’s caregivers—special servants of God—for their care for these young men.

Holding the catch of the day

Westview holds fishing tournament

By Everett Brazil, III

The Red River Sun

Fishing is one of the most popular ways to spend a quiet summer for many youth in rural America, whether standing on a grass-covered shoreline at a local farm pond or floating lazily across the water in a bass boat. For those who participate, it brings a bonding experience like few activities can, and for Westview Boys Home, it served as a way to kick off summer vacation when they held the annual fishing tournament and picnic at Lake Hall May 30.

Westview has been holding the tournament for 15 years.

“We have it at different locations, but mostly at Lake Hall in Harmon County,” said Burl Butler, Westview director of church relations. “The main idea is to help these boys enjoy a fishing trip they maybe haven’t gotten to do in their lives.”

The organization receives donations from businesses for tournament prizes, many of which relate to clothing and fishing equipment.

“We have donors from as far away as Yukon (Okla.), Altus (Okla.). Everybody gets a prize,” Butler said. “They get a prize by catching fish: The largest fish, most fish, and we invite donors to attend.”

There are a variety of lessons that can be learned from the fishing tournament. One is conservation, protecting the land for future generations, especially for those who have never experienced a fishing expedition.

“I’ve been around three boys this morning who hadn’t fished at all, and it helps them to learn about nature, patience, conservation,” said Tony Chitwood, transitional living program mentor. “We try to teach the boys to not only pick up our own trash, but to look over the place and leave it better than we find it.”

For the boys who participate, it really is a way to start the summer on a positive note as they experience the Great Outdoors in a safe environment.

“It’s really nice for them to take us out to go fishing. I know it’s a good way to begin the summer, that’s for sure,” said Marcus Fowler. “I find it a lot of fun, but if you don’t have patience, it’s not that great of a sport.”

Many have been on fishing expeditions with family, and the tournament serves as a way to continue an activity they love.

“I enjoy spending time with my family and getting to know more about their experiences. We usually grill (the fish) or cook it over the fire, and that is what I enjoy, skinning the fish and seeing it cooked,” said Tanner Cox.

Perhaps the best experience of the expedition is not the prizes, or even eating the fish they catch. The tournament is a great way for the boys to bond and to share in a new experience as they connect with each other and with nature.

“It’s peaceful, and you have time to talk to people. I think the best part is sitting down with people and swapping stories, talking about life,” said Joseph Owens.