We met again (for the 7th or 8th time at a church breakfast when Don spoke at Lighthouse Church in Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.
From our first meeting when he taught me in Perspectives in 1988 to our last, a few years ago in South Africa, Don Richardson educated, inspired, befriended, and championed me. His books and teaching guided our approach to thorny terminology as we brought the Good News to Mongolians in the early 1990's (he loved my stories about the Mongolian redemptive analogy and plied me for details at a YWAM Conference at Fortaleza, Brazil in 1998. He faithfully taught for me in every Perspectives Class I ever coordinated and in a YWAM school I led in Northern California in 2002. Don championed me as a writer and his blurb was on the back cover of my book on Mongolia (There's A Sheep in My Bathtub, Asteroidea Books) and he wrote a wonderful foreword to my second book (An A to Z of Near-Death Adventures). If fact I quote Don every time I sell the book: "Don Richardson said of this book: 'What an adrenaline pumper!' This man's neighbors ate people! If it got him going, imagine what it will do to you!" He also provided free and unsolicited editing of the copy I sent for him to read. I made every change he suggested. He was my hero.
I miss you already my friend. But since I am headed your direction sooner or later I'll just say "Adios" for now.