According to Me
The Life and Times of
Orla J. Pedersen
I’ve come a long way in the seventy-six, and counting, years I’ve walked on this earth. From a farm in Denmark, where I warmed my feet in the morning in fresh cow pies, to the majestic slopes of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It’s been quite a ride, this thing called life. Looking back, I have my regrets, but mostly I am astounded by the abiding grace and the immense blessings that have been poured out over me. I hope that in some way I’ve been able to share at least a fraction of all I have been given. Anyway, this is my life, according to me.
It has been a life filled with excitement and a lot of hard work. I have had two careers, one as a painter and the other as a building contractor. I have built homes and developed neighborhoods. I was a volunteer Deputy Sheriff, and have been involved in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce and spent years working to improve the lives of orphans in Mexico. I have pursued and enjoyed many hobbies, flying, diving, sailing and, above all, traveling. It has been a privilege to travel around the world; something I’d always dreamt of doing, but never really had the time while I was working. Since retiring I’ve been blessed with, not only the opportunity to travel, but also to share the gospel with people who had never heard it before.