DALLAS (BP)--Long before it became a part of the American vernacular, I was a friend of Bill. Not the former president to whom the phrase is normally applied, but William P. "Bill" Hyde. I served with Bill and his wife Lyn in the Philippines in 1994-95 as a volunteer with the International Service Corps of the International Mission Board. Bill and I both taught at the Baptist college in M'Lang, Cotabato, on the island of Mindanao. He was a friend and a mentor.