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Westside Church of Christ History Project

Dates attended: June 1963 – September 1970,
13 yrs old to 20 yrs old

My first experience of Westside Church of Christ
was in the Summer of 1963, when I was invited by
a friend, Jack Shintani, to the youth group which
met on Friday nights. I remember all those years
during junior high school and high school fondly. It
set a strong foundation for my relationship with God today.

I can still remember accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 13, and being baptized on a Sunday afternoon. I still remember it as my major life-changing decision.

Another fond memory is that of summers at Camp Tanda at Big Bear. What I remember most are the campfires and Bible studies…….oh yeah and roasting marshmallows. Unfortunately, I also remember the cold, cold swimming pool where I was pushed in more then once.

The church picnics at the old Pepperdine campus come to mind as well. When I visit the new Malibu campus with my wife and kids from time to time I always say…"I remember when the school was in South Central L.A. and the only view was that of the smog."

What I remember most vividly and have benefited from the most are the people that invested time in me during that important time in my life. Joe & Tosh Aiboshi, Bob Waldron, Ken & Nelmarie Robb, Marlin & Jeanie Ray and Nori Sekino are a few that were important mentors in my life and growth as a Christian. Joe and Tosh were such a strong influence in my life as a teen that I ended up working as a youth worker in my church for over 22 years. There are also many friends that I made some of whom I am still in touch with and others who are fond memories.

Many years have passed since this rewarding time in my life. Without hesitation, the one thing I can say that I took away with me from Westside is what Paul expressed so well in Ephesians 5:1-2, "Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father. Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him."

Thanks and blessings to my brothers and sisters of the Westside Church of Christ.

Bob Kitamura