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EVANGELIST 




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JANUARY IS PUBLICATION 
OFFERING MONTH 



Vol. XCIII 



January 2, 1971 



No. 1 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor Of Publications George Schuster 

Contributing- Editors 

Woman's Missionary Society .... Mrs. Judith Steiner 

Central Council Rev. Smith F. Rose 

Church News Rev. Herbert Gilmer 

Missionary Board Mr. John Rowsey 

Sisterhood Miss Nancy Bates 

Board Of Christian Education 

Youth Commission Miss Beverly Summy 

Adult Commission Rev. Fred Burkey 

Published Biweekly (twenty-six issues per year) 

Subscription rate: $4.00 per year single subscription 

Entered as second class postage paid at Ashland, Ohio. Accepted for 
mailing at special rate, section 1103, Act of Oct. 3, 1917. Authorized Sept. 
3, 1928. 

Change of Address: In ordering change of address, please notify at 
least three weeks in advance, giving both old and new address. 

Remittances: Send ail money, business communications and contributed 
articles to: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Phone: 323-7271 

Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman; Rev. George Solomon; Myron W. Dodds 



In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

It's Time For Good News! (Editorial) 

Board of Christian Education % 

"Explo '72" 

World Relief Commission Report £ 

"Christianity and Relevance" 

by John Brownsberger 1C 

Police Brutality IS 

News From The Brethren lo 

Cheep Advice li 

Book Review 1| 

Tranquilizers or Psalms 

by Charlotte Cole 1' 

G.I. Without A Gun 

by Candi Baker Vi 

Religion In Review 

by Norman Rohrer 21 

Missionary News 21 

World Religious News In Review 3 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



BETWEEN THE YEARS 
Clayton S. Brown 



Another Year! 

Scare did we greet you, till you're gone 

To take your ordered place with all the others 

In that avenue of time we call the past. 

And there you stand, irrevocable, defying touch of ought 

Save memory. Gone with you, Year, are hopes a few, 

And plans we may have had when you began. 

Another Year! 

And turning full around we face you, 

Not to see a fixt and changeless thing, 

But something new and fresh, inviting, 

Like a sheet of paper clean, with pencil near at hand, 

Or bit of plastic clay to mold; 

Or like a map of some enchanted country 

With chance to enter it, at will, and find its pleasant 

places, 
And its shadow too. 



Oh, Years, help us to know that in between 

You who have passed, and you now coming in, 

There lies that scene of action we call "Now"; 

That it belongs to us; that even kings, or mighty men 

Can have no more of it than we; 

That in this breathless, passing moment 

There is still time to live, and do, and love, 

And serve our fellowmen, and God. 

The Missionary Tidings 




Fanuary 2, 1971 



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IT'S TIME FOR GOOD NEWS! 



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glNCE JANUARY is Publication Offering Month, it 

I might be apropos to issue a few facts concerning 
vhat is currently happening in the news media and the 
bookselling business. This, of course, is taking a look at 
>oth of these subjects from a Christian viewpoint. 

The first perspective we might give proper evalua- 
ion to is in the realm of Christian books. Mrs. Helen 
£ooiman, a 19-year veteran in the bookselling business 
ind now editorial assistant to the president of Chris- 
ian Freedom Foundation, polled 400 "class A" book- 
tores in the United States for a special report prepared 
lor the Christian Writing School in Minneapolis for 1970. 

A few of the observations made and conclusions 
irrived at from this report were that Christian people 
ire reading more these days. The questions which were 
nost relevant were, what are they reading? What do 
hey like best? 

According to one college bookstore, only 2 or 3 per 

?ent of sales are "Christian" fiction. Some of the other 

booksellers mourned the "wishy-washy" content of 

hristian fiction. What fiction does sell moves out as 

paperbacks. 

Shorter books or books with shorter chapters seem 
:o be what many customers are looking for according 
o forty-one percent of the booksellers polled, but this 
s the order which was given as far as popularity in 
xioks is concerned (in order of preference): Modern 
speech translations and/or paraphrases of Scriptures; 
nspirational, devotional, deeper- life books; books that 
counsel; Bible-study helps; contemporary experiences 
)f Christians; personal encounters of people today; 
prophecy; current social issues; "how to" books; Bio- 
graphy: missionary. 

Perhaps the most vital revelation from this poll is 
:he subject matter customers are asking for in new 
oooks. These are the subject of hell; junior age books; 
3ooks on Satan; more books on how to teach children 
ibout sex; books on wholesome parent-child relation- 
ships; encouragement and inspiration for unwed moth- 
ers; books on the Holy Spirit; missionary program 
aooks; year-round plays and. programs; books for racial 



groups; books for boys and servicemen; books on the 
problem of retarded children; humor acceptable to 
Christians; more helps for new Christians. 

The booksellers also had some remarks for writers 
urging them to: keep in mind youth's thirst for chal- 
lenge; get to the meat without a lot of words; be a 
keen observer of human nature; get proper writing 
training; be positive; stop imitating other writers; re- 
main spiritually optimistic; write from genuine experi- 
ences; write the truth in love; write from the heart, 
not the head. 

The biggest need of all: "More people to read the 
books we have!" It has also been brought to light from 
other sources that exposure of evangelism is more pro- 
nounced now than it has been for quite some time. 
Readers of newepapers and magazines and viewers of 
TV by the milions are being reminded that the prom- 
ise of life abundantly and eternally still is in Jesus 
Christ. 

Esquire Magazine for December published another 
article by British critic Malcolm Muggeridge titled, 
"The Decade of the Great Liberal Death Wish." In it 
he clearly stated his belief in Christ as man's only hope. 

At the most recent convention of the Evangelical 
Press Association, President Sherwood E. Wirt appealed 
to the journalists to seize the opportunities of the media. 
"There is no limit to the outreach, influence or effective- 
ness of the Christian journalist who is prepared to train 
himself and to make himself available as a servant of 
God's Word," Dr. Wirt said. 

Since the Brethren Church through its Publishing 
Company is involved in both the book selling and maga- 
zine phases of Christian Literature and the news media, 
its concern naturally should be to feed a spiritually 
starved nation of individuals who may be turning aside 
on the broad road to hear the Truth. Your concern as 
members of the Brethren Church may be manifested as 
the appeal for the annual Publication Day offering is 
being made this month of January 1971. 

(G. S. ed.) 



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Carl W. Yoder, Jr. 



VARSETY GALORE 
FOR VINCO INTERMEDIATES 



r~> REETINGS from the Vinco Intermediate BYC'ers! 

We here in Vineo have been having a busy and suc- 
cessful year! Soon after our meetings began, we elected 
officers for the year; they are as follows: 

President LeRoy Aurandt 

Vice President Randy Hagerich 

Secretary Betty Goughenour 

Treasurer Peggie Gillespie 

Chorister Wanda Goughenour 

The advisors this year are Mrs. Peg Emerson and 
Nancy Bates. 

So far this year we have had a variety of programs 
which have included Bible Baseball, Bible Olympics, 
filmstrips and a special "Trip to the U.N." via pictures. 
We also had the opportunity to hear from and see pic- 
tures from the Congo which were taken by returned 
missionary, Miss Anthony. For Thanksgiving we heard 
a challenging message from Mrs. Roxie Grove, with the 
help of flannelgraph. 

One evening we made leaves that are to be used for 
a church Bible-reading tree. And one of the best times 
we had was the evening we went to see the Johnstown 
Jets hockey game! 

We have many more interesting and exciting things 
planned for the rest of the year, and with God's help, 
this will truly be a good year for the Intermediates 
of Vinco! 



/^■ARL W. YODER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl 
^-" W. Yoder, of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, was 
chosen "Boy of the Year" at Meyersdale Area 
High School by vote of the high school faculty 
Selection was made on the basis of qualifications 
in scholarship, leadership, service and personality. 

Carl graduated from high school in May 1970 
and is now attending the Indiana University ofj 
Pennsylvania, where he is majoring in crimino 
logy. 

In high school Carl served as president of the) 
Science Club. He participated in both District an| 
County Chorus as a bass singer. In sports, Car} 
won three letters in football. He was also a mem- 
ber of Meyersdale's undefeated Scholastic Qui2 
Team. 

A member of the Main Street Brethren Church 
in Meyersdale, Carl serves as Sunday School sec-l 
retary and has been in the church choir for thresj 
years. 

The record of Carl's school attendance is worth 
noting. He never missed a day of school from the 
time he enrolled in first grade in 1958. An acci 
dent during a football scrimmage resulted in ton: 
knee ligaments for Carl, and eveiyone expectec 
him to be absent for an operation. But Carl reso 
lutely hobbled around until Christmas vacation 
and then the operation was performed. Not ever 
crutches could stop him. As he swung into home- 
room one sub-zero morning he quipped, "I had 2 
little trouble this morning. My one crutch wouldni 
start!" But he was there! 



January 2, 1971 



Page Five 



YOU ARE ON THE WANTE 

LIST! 

YOU ARE WANTED . . . 

TO START THE NEW YEAR 

RIGHT! 





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YOU ARE WANTED... 

TO PARTICIPATE IN TWO 

VITAL PROJECTS! 



YOU ARE WANTED . . . 

TO HELP B. Y. C. MEET ITS 

NATIONAL BUDGET GOAL! 



YOU ARE WANTED .. . 
ARE YOU RUNNING? 
TURN YOURSELF IN . . . 
INTO A CHEERFUL GIVER! 



YOU ARE WANTED . . . 

TO SUPPORT THE $12,900.00 B.Y.C. 

BUDGET INCLUDING THESE PROJECTS — 

$2,000 FOR ST. PETERSBURG 

AND 

$6,000 FOR SUMMER CRUSADERS! 

(Consult the new BRETHREN YOUTH LEADERS RESOURCE GUIDE 
for fund raising ideas.) 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



NEWEST FILMSTRIP ACQUISITIONS 



The following filmstrips have just been placed in 
the Board of Chri ;tian Education audio-visual library 
and are available on the usual $1.00 per filmstrip rental 
basis. 

S-23 The Search For Black Identity: Malcolm X— 

Part I, Man of Challenge — 103 frames, color and 
b & w photos, rec. & man., jr. high-adult, 19 min. 
For young Malcolm, life is a continual challenge from 
being raised by white foster parents on to "street 
life" in Boston, Roxbury and Harlem. His hustling 
career ends in a prison sentence. In prison, he learns 
of the new religion that is gaining acceptance in the 
black community — the religion of Islam, and he is 
converted to the Muslim faith. Malcorn proves to be 
a superb preacher, and excerpts of his speeches and 
ideas are presented in this filmstrip. Part I end? with 
the ominous power struggle within the Black Muslim 
movement, that culminates in Malcolm's expulsion 
from the organization. But his convictions and goals 
are not changed, and he makes up his mind to seek 
a spiritual preparation for whatever lies ahead by 
making the pilgrimage to Mecca. 

S-24 The Search For Black Identity: Malcolm X 

Part II, Man of Change — 78 frames, color and 
b&w photos, rec. & man., jr. high-adult, 15 min. 
The trip to Mecca quickly turns into a triumphal tour 
of the Middle East and Africa. Malcolm is accepted 
as the unofficial ambassador from Black America. 
He makes several trips abroad during this final period 
of his life. A new philosophy is evolving. He learns 
that "true" Islam, as opposed to Elijah Muhammed's 
version of it, frowns on racial prejudice and preaches 



that men mu3t be judged by their moral character 
and conduct, not by their skin color. But as Malcolm's 
ideas expand in sccpe and sophistication, the black 
community draws back, skeptical of his seeming in- 
consistencies. Then he is assassinated. Then the film 
strip turns to a group of young black students with 
the question, "What was Malcolm's political legacy? 
And how does his life struggle relate to the problems 
of young people today?" This discussion will be a 
starting point for your own discussion. 

S-25 Environment: Changing Man's Values — Part I 
"The Enemy Is Us" — 96 frames, color photos 
rec. & man., jr. high-adult, 14 min. 
Part I begins by pointing out some of the ways ir 
which each of us contributes to the destruction oi 
pollution of our surroundings. In the present environ 
mental crisis, we need to look beyond our own ma 
terial interests, our own property rights, and to recog 
mze the needs of the community — and then of th( 
total environment to which we belong. Part I end; 
by showing some of the things the individual can dc 
to bring about this feeling of community responsi 
bility. 

S-26 Environment: Changing Man's Values — Part II 
Remaking the Patterns — 90 frames, color photos 
rec. & man., jr. high-adults, 13 min. 
Part II examines some of the economic and politica 
patterns that will have to change if our survival is t< 
be assured. And the changes must begin, not some 
where else — like Washington, D.C., where the respon 
sibiMties can be shifted to a government bureau — bu 
right in our communities, where the problem i; 
closest to us. 



HOLD SKATING PARTY 



•""pHE YOUTH of the First Brethren Church, Falls 
1 City, Nebraska, had their first monthly party on 
Sunday afternoon, October 25, 1970. The group met at 
12:45 p.m. at the church and left by bus for Sycamore 
Springs for a roller skating party. The bus was driven 
by Lester Peck, the teacher of the first-year high school 
class. A total of 32 class members and their guests 
were accompanied on the trip by Mrs. John Rieger, 



junior superintendent; Mr. and Mrs. Gene McGinnis, Bol 
Wissinger, Sue Peck, Miss Laura Janie Wissingeri 
Harold Alexander and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Yoder. 

Mrs. McGinnis and Miss Peck led in group singing 
A treat of cookies and ice cream bars was furnished b? 
Mrs. Reiger. The group returned at 4:15 p.m. 

Mrs. John Reiger 



January 2, 1971 



Page Seven 



"EXPLO 72" 



Dallas, December 3 — An international student con- 
gress on evangelism that is expected to draw 100,000 
students and laymen to Dallas from throughout the 
United States and most foreign countries was announced 
here today. 



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The Congress called "Explo '72," short for "Explosion 
1972," will be held in Dallas June 12-17, 1972, under the 
sponsorship of Campus Crusade for Christ Internation- 
al. Dr. Bill Bright, Campus Crusade president explained 
that the six-day Congress will "launch a strategy to 
train 500,000 people during 1972 for a spiritual explo- 
sion across America and around the world." 

Bright, a former California businessman who founded 
Campus Crusade in 1951, told a press conference in 
Dallas that literally thousands of students each week 
all over America are turning to Christ. 

Bright said his organization has found that the most 
attractive person to students, including many campus 
radicals, is Jesus Christ. 



"We believe that people must be changed from with- 
in," Bright said, "and that changed people will do some- 
thing constructive about social and political problems." 
Bright pointed to Wesley Revival in England during 
the nineteenth century as an example of a spiritual 
revolution which led to such social and political reforms 
as the first child labor laws, the first labor union, and 
women's suffrage. 

He described Campus Crusade as "an interdenomina- 
tional student Christian movement which stresses the 
importance of the local church and seeks to cooperate 
closely with churches of all denominations." 

Mass sessions of the Congress in the Cotton Bowl 
each evening, featuring Evangelist Billy Graham and 
other Christian leaders, will be televised nationwide. 

Bright said morning sessions will be held at some 
fifty locations throughout the city to train students and 
laymen "how to experience the abundant life in Christ 
and how to share their faith in Christ with others." 

The Congress will close with a rally in a natural 
amphitheater near Dallas that may draw 250,000 people. 
Bright said. The director of Explo '72 is Paul Eshleman 
who will head a 30-man conference preparation team. 

The Congress budget was set at $4 million, half of 
which will go for national television and scholarships. 

Plans call for month-long Institutes of Biblical Studies 
to follow at various sites throughout the United States 
to train people in Biblical principles of spiritual revolu- 
tion, Bright said. 

"Explo '72," said Blight, "is a springboard to Opera- 
tion Penetration which will seek to train hundreds of 
thousands of college students who could reach all 3,000 
college campuses in the United States and generate a 
movement for Christ that would sweep our country and 
the world." He anticipates that one-half million people 
will be trained during 1972 as the initial phase of a 
strategy to saturate the nation with the claims of Jesus 
Christ. 

"The hope for our nation and world rests in a great 
spiritual awakening," Bright said. "People have tried 
everything else," he said. "Now by the process of elimi- 
nation, they're coming back to God." 

The movement is active on 450 college campuses in 
the United States and 45 countries of the world. It has 
a full-time staff now numbering 2,200. Its international 
headquarters is located at Arrowhead Springs, near 
San Bernardino, California. 



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WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION 
SENDS HELP TO EAST PAKISTAN 



Brethren Can Help 

The following news release outlines what the World Relief Commission has 
already done to bring some relief and aid to East Pakistan. This report is for Breth- 
ren who have wanted to help in some way, but didn't know how to go about it. It 
is not a special appeal for funds, but simply notice that those Brethren desiring 
to help alleviate the suffering resulting from this calamity do have a channel in 
our own church through which they can share. Several did this following the earth- 
quakes in Peru earlier this year'. Mark "For Pakistan" on all individual and church 
contributions and send them to: 

World Relief Committee 
Mr. George Kerlin 
Rt. 4, Box 227 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

The World Relief Commission will act as a transmittal agency for funds from 
evangelical Christians in the States to aid the stricken people of East Pakistan. 

An initial check was forwarded to Rev. W. H. W. Paget, home director of Inter- 
national Christian Fellowship, which has regional headquarters in Decca, East Pak- 
istan. Rev. Phil Parshall is regional director. 

WRC feels that sending funds is the quickest way to get help to the people. The 
missionaries know the people, the language, and the need. They will purchase neces- 
sary supplies at unaffected areas and distribute them. 

The International Christian Fellowship has a missionary boat which has been 
serving the people of the offshore islands where the cyclone-tital wave hit. 

The International Christian Fellowship (Wheaton), formerly the Ceylon and 
India General Mission, is a member of the Interdenominational Foreign Missions 
Association (IFMA). 

The World Relief Commission will also be working with Assemblies of God, 
which is a member of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association (EFMA). 

WRC, overseas relief arm of the National Association of Evangelicals has head- 
quarters in Long Island City, N.Y. Dr. Everett S. Graffam is Executive Vice Presi- 
dent. The Commission has programs of relief and rehabilitation in Vietnam, Korea, 
Nigeria, Chile, Peru; and helps in a limited way in West Pakistan, Hong Kong, and 
Thailand. 



Report from East Pakistan . . . 

A WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL RELEASE 

by Jerry Ballard 

THE WORST IS YET TO COME 

Dacca — "Let us help in one of the most inaccessible On the scene to direct World Vision's relief opera' 

areas where the cyclone hit the hardest." This was the tions was its representative William Kliewer, normally 

request made by World Vision International here to the based in Hong Kong. He reported touring areas witf; 

Relief Commissioner for East Pakistan, in the wake of "absolutely no food, clothing or shelter" and suggestecj 

what ha3 been termed "the 20th Century's worst natural that "the worst is yet to come." 

disaster." Kliewer conferred with government officials ano 



ranuary 2, 1971 



Page Nine 



;hurch leaders and presented the request: "Let us help 
n one of your most needy areas." His later report: 
'They took us at our word." 

With Dacca soccer star James Biswas, a volunteer 
serving with the East Pakistan Christian Council, 
Viewer toured areas with up to 90% loss of life. "Most 
)f the survivors have only the clothes on their back," 
ie wrote, "and we are overwhelmed by the tragedy of 
leath and the helplessness of those still alive." 

But World Vision's representative had come to do 
nore than just look. Kliewer carried with him $2,000 
n cash for immediate aid and worked with Matthew 
tfalakar, director of East Pakistan Christian Council, to 
>rganize a relief team. 

"While the United States celebrated Thanksgiving 
)ay," wrote Kliewer, "World Vision sent out a relief 
earn of ten university students, all Christians, and all 
volunteers. They were led by Professor Patra from the 
Jniversity and Biswas 

"The team took food, water, rice, protein biscuits, 
vater purification tablets, and clothing for a thousand 
>eople. They traveled by boat most of the way as the 
sland areas were hardest hit. 

"Here are Christian young people taking relief sup- 
ilies in the name of Christ to almost inaccessible areas 
yhich are probably untouched by most other relief 
fforts." 



Describing the needs, Kliewer wrote: "I visited vil- 
lages where only a few hundred survived out of a 
population of several thousand. Their loved ones had 
vanished with no chance for burial — a tragedy in itself 
for Muslims. In all, I saw thousands of human bodies 
and animal carcasses yet to be buried." 

From its Monrovia, California, headquarters, World 
Vision International quickly responded to Kliewer's 
reports and calls for help. It arranged for immediate 
shipment to East Pakistan of protein food supplies 
valued at more than $81,000. Branch offices of World 
Vision were alerted to begin procuring huge quantities 
of food, water purification tablets, clothing, cholera 
vaccine — even tools, cooking utensils and building 
materials. 

"Keep in mind," said Kliewer in an overseas tele- 
phone report, "that these people have lost everything." 

World Vision of Canada also acted swiftly. From its 
own warehouses and through contacting food and phar- 
maceutical companies, it was able to provide the 
Canadian Relief Coordinator with over $125,000 worth of 
relief supplies. 

But Kliewer reminded that the need is far from over: 
"In the worst hit areas there is absolutely no food, 
clothing or shelter. The next rice crop is at least six 
months away. These people were already the poorest in 
East Pakistan, with an average earning of only 26 cents 
per day. So the worst is yet to come." 







1 WAS HUNGRY 


I was hungry 






and you 


circled the moon; 


I was hungry 






and you 


told 


me to wait; 


I was hungry 






and you 


told 


me to pull myself up by my bootstraps; 


I was hungry 






and you 


set up a commission; 


I was hungry 






and you 


said, 


"Machines do that kind of work"; 


I was hungry 






and you 


said, 


"The poor are always with us"; 


I was hungry 






and you 


said, 


"Law and order first"; 


I was hungry 






and you 


said, 


"So were my ancestors"; 


I was hungry 






and you 


said, 


"We don't hire over 35"; 


I was hungry 






and you 


said, 


"Let us pray about it." 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



CHRISTIANITY AND RELEVANCE 



by John Brownsberget 



The first Lay Theology course, entitled "The Biblical Doctrine of the 
Church/' was held at Warsaw, Indiana, during the fall quarter of 1970. 
Following is an abstract of one of the papers written for the course by 
Rev. John Brownsberger, pastor of the Winding Waters Brethren Church. 



RELEVANCE is a significant word in contem- 
porary life. Many people are demanding that 
the Christian faith be relevant to certain human 
systems and unless it produces, is quickly reject- 
ed on the ground that Christianity isn't relevant. 
But what criteria determines what is relevant and 
what isn't? 

The word relevance cannot stand in isolation. 
When asked if something is relevant, it is reason- 
able to reply, "Relevant to what?" In stating 
the question, "Is the Christian faith relevant?" 
we need to ask, "Relevant to what?" 

In his book, "The Church Inside Out," J. 
C. Hoekendijk mentions three Greek words from 
the New Testament which are basic to the Chris- 
tian faith if it is to be relevant. The first is 
Kerygma, the good news that God came among 
man in Jesus Christ, that Christ died for our 
sins, arose from death, and is now Lord of all life. 
The Christ-event is the word of God's New Crea- 
tion, His forgiveness, His love and His mercy to 
alienated man. Our response to the "good news'' 
of the Christ-event means that our sin and guilt 
are put away, and by an act of the will we turn 
the management of our lives over to God in Christ. 
The church must dare to say what really and ulti- 
mately counts is for sinners to find wholeness and 
realize the promise of heaven. 

The second Greek word is Koinonia, a fellow- 
ship of sharing and participation in depth with a 
few other Christians. Living the Christian life in 
response to the Kerygma, requires spiritual con- 



versation of continual openness and honesty witl 
a few significant persons which opens one's lif< 
to vulnerability and transparence. Here is th 
test which reveals how much we truly believe th< 
"good news" that God accepts us as we are. 

The third Greek word is Diakonia or enterinl 
into service with people in God's world. The ser 
vice is done not to convince people of spiritua 
truth, but to demonstrate Christ's love with ni 
strings attached. The service is offered to individ 
uals, to groups and to society in general. It cai 
be service to meet spiritual, physical, economic o 
political needs. The service has for its ioundatioi 
the continual response to the Kerygma and find 
support in the Koinonia. The church withou 
Diakonia is "phoney" in its Kerygma and Koine 
nia. On the other hand, for the church to separat 
Diakonia from the Kerygma and Koinonia, is | 
simply offer pure unadulterated humanism. Ironi 
cally, the very idhurch or Christian whose slogaj 
is relevance may in the Christian sense of th 
word be most irrelevant. For the seeming reli 
vance of a direct social action may merely be a 
evasion of the responsibility to respond persor 
ally to the Kerygma and to set right the affair 
of one's own life with God through the experienc 
of Koinonia. 

Kerygma, Koinonia, Diakonia — herein lies th 
the relevance of the Christian faith. To clair 
relevance without all three makes the relevance c 
the Christian faith irrelevant and one is simpl 
swept along passively and blindly by the marc 
of time. 



January 2, 1971 Page Eleven 

INTERNATIONAL EVANGELISM CENTER DEDICATED 

BY UNITED PENTECOSTALS 



Hazelwood, Mo. (EP) — A multi-million-dollar headquarters building has been 
dedicated here by the United Pentecostal Church for its publishing and office 
ministries. 

Named the World Evangelism Center, the complex houses all departments of 
the church, according to the Rev. Stanley W. Chambers, general superintendent. 

"The building program has been a tremendous stride forward for the church," 
Chambers said. 

The United Pentecostal Church was formed in 1945 by the merger of the Pente- 
costal Church, Inc. and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ. The demonina- 
tion is described as one of the largest and fastest growing Pentecostal bodies, now 
serving 4,700 ministers and 2,225 churches in the U.S. and Canada. Some 125 mission- 
aries are sponsored in 29 foreign countries. 



THE OX AND THE MULE 



A farmer had an ox and a mule that he hitched together to a plow. One night 
after several days of continuous plowing, the ox said to the mule: 

"We have been working pretty hard; let's play sick tomorrow and lie here in 
the stalls all day." 

"You can if you want to," replied the mule, "but I believe I'll go to work." 

So the next morning when the farmer came out the ox played sick; the farmer 
bedded him down with clean straw, gave him a bucket of oats, and left him for the 
day as he went forth to plow with the mule alone. 

All that day the ox lay in his stall, ate his feed and chewed his cud. That night 
when the mule came in, the ox asked how they got along with the plowing. 

"Well," said the mule, "it was pretty hard and we did not get much done." 

"Did the old man say anything about me?" 

"No," answered the mule. 

"We'll, then," went on the ox, "I believe I'll play sick again tomorrow; it was 
so nice to lie here all day and rest." 

"That's up to you," replied the mule; "I'm going out to plow." 

So the next day the ox played off again, and lay all day, nodding and chewing 
his cud. 

When the mule came in at night, the ox asked how they got along without him. 

"About the same as yesterday," replied the mule coldly. 

"Did the old man have anything to say about me?" again inquired the ox. 

"No," said the mule, "not to me, but he did have a long talk with the butcher 
on the way home." 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



POLICE BRUTALITY 



(A letter to the police department of a large city in 
Texas by the wife of a minister.) 

Dear Sirs: 

One of the most common phrases heard in our society 
and our city today is "police brutality." Perhaps I don't 
understand the meaning, but I would like to give you 
one mother's viewpoint on this subject. 

To begin, I should first tell you that I have two teen- 
age sons, and being a mother I cannot help but want 
the very best of evexwthing for them. I am a "typical 
mother" in that I don't want to see them hurt by any- 
one. I am not a typical mother, for I see things many 
mothers never hear of, much less become involved in, 
because my husband is a minister and we see the very 
best and the sordid worst. 

I would like you to be brutal with my sons. Is that 
a surprise? 

If you find them speeding in a car please be brutal! 
I have sat at the hospital holding a grieving mother's 
hand because of someone's mistake. That was brutal. 
I have gone with my husband to tell a wife her husband 
was killed. That was brutal. I have helped nurse a 
beautiful teen-age girl crippled in a wreck. That was 
brutal. I have played organ music at funeral services 
for babies, teen-agers, and adults because someone drove 
too fast. That was brutal. 

If you should catch my under-age sons with liquor 
in their possession, please be brutal! I have sat all night 
by my husband's side trying to help piece together two 
under-age young men's lives, both broken by drinking. 
That was brutal. I have listened to the horrors experi- 
enced by another man while he was drunk and heard 
him reca'l the many jails he had served time in for 
this. That was brutal. I have helped feed hungry chil- 
dren because a drunken father didn't come home. That 
was brutal. I have tried to console a mother whose 
daughter was killed after being struck by a drunken 
driver. That was brutal. 

If you should find my sons with drugs in their pos- 
session, please be brutal! I have tried to help rehabi- 



Copied from St. James Bulletin 

litate a woman just out of prison for shooting her hus- 
band while she was drugged. That was brutal. I have 
seen a handsome young man turn into an old ugly one 
because of drugs. That was brutal. I have seen a young 
mother who was addicted to a drug scream and rave 
for lack of a "fix." That was brutal. 

If you find my sons committing any kind of immoral 
act or carrying any pornographic material, please be 
brutal! I have listened to the sad cry of a young girl 
who was pregnant but not married. That was brutal. 
I have been present when a boy and girl broke the 
news to their parents that they had to marry. That waj 
brutal. I have tried to comfort a mother whose beauti- 
ful daughter was criminally raped. That was brutal. 
I have seen a promising young man with a brilliant 
future have to give it up and too young assume the 
responsibilities of a wife and baby. That was brutal. 

If you ever see my sons taking something that isn't 
theirs or willfully destroying property, please be brutal. 
I have walked into a hushed, sacred church that was 
stripped of everything that could be sold. That was 
brutal. I have seen a lovely expensive home and yard 
completely torn up by vandals. That was brutal. I have 
wiped a little boy's tears and helped him hunt for his 
stolen bicycle. That was brutal. 

If you should ever catch my sons doing anything 
illegal, please be brutal! I have come to realize that 
your kind of "brutality" cannot in any way compare 
with the brutality that comes from breaking our laws. 
My husband and I have tried to teach our sons that 
their rights end where someone else's begin. We believe 
they have learned this lesson, but in any case they for- 
get, we look to you and others who influence their 
lives — teachers, coaches, etc. — to see that they remem- 
ber. And if you must be brutal to remind them — then 
please, be brutal! I do not want my two sons to grow 
into two grown-up boys. I want them to become men, 
able to assume their places in this world and make a 
good contribution to it. I sincerely hope they won't need 
your help, but if they do, and if you must then be 
brutal! 



NEED "L S. D." 



WINNING ESSAY URGES 



Hamilton, Ohio (EP) — An essay contest sponsored in this city has been won 
by a 12-year-old girl who advocates heavy doses of "L-S-D" for young people today. 

The prize of $10 went to the teenager, according to newscaster Paul Harvey, 
for her entry which read: "What the kids of today need is lots of L-S-D, love, 
security, and discipline." 



January 2, 1971 



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n. ew s 



• • • 



BlitttMC 



Attention: Since In Orbit has 
merged with Insight and the 
Brethren Evangelist for Brethren 
News, we shall appreciate pastors 
or laity sending us their bulletins 
or midweek reminders and month- 
ly letters. The purpose is to share 
progress spiritually and materi- 
ally, also to share ideas and plans 
in our churches. However, the 
main purpose is to inform so we 
can pray for each other as individ- 
uals and churches. When you read 
the news accounts keep this in 
mind as pastors and laity. Satan 
is making final efforts to destroy 
the Church of Jesus Christ and 
make it a laughing stock in every 
community. Let us beware the 
lukewarmness that exists in so 
many Brethren Churches. Let us 
"come alive in Christ" and allow 
God to work fully through us 
through His Holy Spirit! Agree? 
Send your news to: Herbert Gil- 
mer, Box 246, Roann, Indiana 
46974. This is a very time-consum- 
ing job, and you can help if you'll 
circle news you feel is important 
in your bulletins. Thank you and 
the Evangelist for the Brethren 
News Bits. 



South Bend, Ind. Pastor and Mrs. St. 
Clair Benshoff were guest mu- 
sicians with organ and piano 
November 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. The 
church committed themselves to 
the support of David Loy, who is 
from East Malasia as a ministeri- 
al student in the Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary- It will cost 
$2,000 for a full-year's support 
and our Missionary Committee 
believes all classes, Laymen, etc. 
can meet this. Since Kumar's sup- 
port was very well invested, why 
not support another worthy stu- 
dent? 



Johnstown, Pa. (Second) The W.M.S. 
had their Public Service Sunday 
evening, November 15. Their 
theme was, "Thanks Be To God." 
They had readings, special music 
and filmstrips. They had their 
annual Christmas party December 
3. Pastor Joseph Hanna publishes 
the Brethren Bugle which is filled 
with many good thoughts. We 
appreciate it very much. 



St. James, Md. A pulpit exchange 
was held within the district on 
December 6. Rev. James Naff ex- 
changed with Rev. Marlin McCann 
from the Mt. Olive church. The 
Deacon Board is to organize com- 
missions to promote evangelism, 
missions, stewardship, worship, 
and Christian nurture. Pastor 
Naff will be conducting special 
classes during the coming year for 
officers and committees, newly 
weds, a membership class and 
teacher's training. Rev. William 
Thomas is to be evangelist Jan- 
uary 24-29. A Missionary Confer- 
ence will be held May 14-16 with 
John Rowsey. 



Gratis, Ohio. The December Gazette 
gives a very fine "Personal Testi- 
mony" of Virgil Barnhart, who is 
a member of Gratis. He tells how 
he had a difficult decision to make 
pertaining to his job and a conflict 
with his going to the Southeast 
Laymen's Rally at Mt. Olive, Vir- 
ginia. He was the guest speaker. 
He settled the matter with God in 
"Conversational Prayer," and the 
Lord definitely gave an answer 
which was amazing. Virgil is doing 
a good work as National Laymen's 
President and has many speaking 
engagements. God bless him 
greatly. 



Johnstown, Pa. (Third) The District 
Leadership Conference was held 
here on Saturday, November 14. 
We need their bulletins for news. 



Roann, Ind. At the Union Thanks- 
giving Service November 25, the 
five churches in Roann had the 
dedication of a fluorescent lighted 
sign, located at highway junction 
15 and 16. It states, "Roann 
Churches welcome you — Christian 
Church, United Methodist, First 
Brethren, Church of the Brethren 
and Evangelical Methodist." Cost 
of sign $450. Roann ministers are 
making plans to involve more 
people in calling on elderly people 
and shut-ins. The young people 
of the Roann Brethren Church are 
calling and singing for these 
people. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. The church must 
raise $1,607.04 to complete Build- 
ing Fund apportionment of $10,000 
which is due February 1, 1971. 
Their radio program has been 
cancelled. 



Bryan, Ohio. Homecoming was ob- 
served Sunday, November 29. The 
Good Will Class provided a pro- 
gram at the Bryan Nursing Home 
on two evenings in November. 
Fourteen took part in the pro- 
gram. 

Kokoino, Ind. Evangelistic Services 
were held November 30 through 
December 6, with Clayton Berk- 
shire as the evangelist. Mrs. Gable 
(wife of the pastor) needs our 
continued prayers as her health 
has not been good for the last six 
months. 

Vine©, Pa. Each Sunday night an 
organ recital is enjoyed 15 minutes 
before services. There were 66 
young people present in BYC on 
October 25. They have three age 
groups and sponsors for each. 
Miss Florence Rowland, a recent- 
ly returned missionary from India 
was evening speaker on November 
8. She worked where the Kumars 
are now. The Deacons have a 
"Needy Fund" to which the 
Church gives in November. All 
benevolent work is channeled 
through the Deacon Board, and 
everything is kept confidential. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Gretna, Ohio. A goal of 100 in Sun- 
day school as an average has 
nearly been met. Ohio Youth Re- 
treat was at Camp Bethany, 
November 27-29. The program was 
provided by the Collegiate Cru- 
saders. The community supports 
CROP. 



Oakville, Ind. The church is spon- 
soring a Boy Scout Troup with 
Mr. John Coulter II, a member of 
the church, as the scoutmaster. 
Renovation of foyer and porch 
area of the church has been de- 
layed until spring due to legal 
problems. Pastor's class begins 
December 13. 



Vandergrift, Pa. November revival 
results were: 8 first-time confes- 
sions, 27 rededications and 4 
anointings for healing. Two 
anointings were public. Average 
attendance was 110. Fourteen were 
baptized after the meetings. 
Adults were received as members 
and the young people are to com- 
plete Pastor's Class before becom- 
ing members. Men in the church 
preparing for the Brethren min- 
istry are: Robert Young, Robert 
Wadding and John Crawford. Ad- 
vent coin cards are being filled 
for their support. 



Elkhart, Ind. Trustees announce that 
plans for the remodelling of the 
front entrance of the church build- 
ing are ready to submit for bids. 
Also they are investigating the 
possibility of buying a church bus. 
Laymen are going to purchase a 
new filmstrip projector or phono- 
graph for church use. The church 
is cooperating with the Leighton 
Ford Crusade for the entire coun- 
ty soon. Training classes are in 
session now for Crusade prepara- 
tion. Christmas programs are 
planned and a Christmas Candle- 
light service will be held on 
December 23. 

Goshen, Ind. The church had a dedi- 
cation service for the new altar, 
cross, etc. recently. Max Slay- 
baugh gave a report on the work 
at Krypton for Margaret Lowery 
on November 29 in the evening 
service. Goshen uses their bus for 
Kentucky work schedules and to 
haul supplies. 



Warsaw, Ind. The Nu-Tones sang at 
the All-State Youth Rally Novem- 
ber 27. Only 87 attended the Rally 
and Banquet. School and Thanks- 
giving conflicts cut down on the 
number. 



Derby, Kans. A goal of $1,500 was 
set for Faith Promise missionary 
giving and when the final tally 
was made, the amount was $1,802! 
Praise God for the vision and faith 
He gave. Thursday nights are 
visitation nights to reach a com- 
munity that has a fast turnover 
of people because of the Air Base. 
Pastor Moore's grandmother 
passed away October 27. She was 
a member of the Highland Breth- 
ren Church. 



Sarasota, Fla. Midweek prayer ser- 
vices has four age groups meeting. 
High attendance for Wednesday 
is 115! Work is being done around 
the new church building such as 
landscaping, new sidewalks, paint- 
ing outside of old sanctuary and 
cleaning inside. A local radio 
station continues the "Brethren 
Hour" with Rev. Hamel as speak- 
er. (Station WSAF, 1220 on the 
dial, 8 a.m.) Many northern visit- 
ors attending Sunday worship 
hour. 



Lanark, 111. Community Cottage 
Meetings are in session on 
Wednesday nights. There are six 
groups. Total participation is 
around 60 each week. The host is 
not the leader. Scripture passages 
are given to each group. They are 
announced on Sunday so everyone 
can study previous to the meeting. 
The leaders are husband and wife 
or two ladies or two men. The 
meetings last one hour. Light re- 
freshments may be served. Four 
or five couples meet with the host. 
This is a union effort of the com- 
munity. Other ministers are at- 
tending. Anyone desirous of more 
information write to Rev. Paul 
Steiner, 220 East Locust Street, 
Lanark, Illinois 61046. Progress is 
being made in work on the church 
sanctuary entrance. Virgil Barn- 
hart, National Laymen's Presi- 
dent, was guest speaker at the 
District Rally at Milledgeville, 
December 5. 



North Manchester, Ind. Pastor 
Woodrow Immel is to be com- 
mended for the fine work he has 
done on the Kentucky Commis- 
sion of our National Mission 
Board. Rev. Immel filled his sta- 
tion wagon with clothing for Kryp- 
ton and Dale and Pauline Smith 
followed him with their pick-up 
loaded up to high side racks. The 
choirs are busy preparing a can- 
dle-light service to be held Decem- 
ber 20. Sixty youth and spon ors 
went to Fort Wayne to see the 
new film, "The Cross and the 
Switch Blade" on November 1. 
Another film, "My Favorite 
Phony" was viewed and discussed 
on November 15. The youth and 
sponsors had a Sunday afternoon 
outing at Salamonie State Park 
October 15. Dr. Michael Silvers 
met with these youth one Sunday 
evening as medical advisor. 



Memorials 



HUSTON. Mrs. Lyne Kraemer 
Huston, 22, was buried December 8, 
by Rev. Gilbert L. Dodds. Funeral 
services were held in the Lynch Fu- 
neral Home of Roanoke and burial 
was in the Roanoke Cemetery. Mrs. 
Huston was a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Roanoke, 
Indiana 

Rev. Gilbert Dodds 



KESSLER. Mrs. Leah Kessler, age 
90, widow of the late Henry Kessler, 
passed away November 20, 1970. She 
was a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Falls City. Rev. Elmer 
Keck was in charge of the services 
with burial at Hiawatha, Kansas. 
Ethyl Schroedl 



McKIM. Taps were sounded for 
Raymond S. McKim, Jr., age 41, on 
November 25, 1970. He was a mem 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Falls City. Services, with military 
rites, was held on November 28 with 
Rev. Elmer Keck officiating. Burial 
was in the Steele Cemetery. 

Ethyl Schroedl 



January 2, 1971 



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Ordination of . . . 



MICHAEL HURD 



MR. MICHAEL HURD, Cheyenne, Wyoming, was 
ordained into the Gospel ministry on November 
!2, 1970. The service look place in the Cheyenne Breth- 
ren Church of which Mr. Hurd has been pastor since 
September 1969. 

Pastor Hurd was born in Cass County, Michigan and 
*rew up in South Bend, Indiana, where he was a mem- 
ber of the Ardmore Brethren Church. He has a Bachelor 
>f Science degree from Ashland College and attended 
Ashland Theological Seminary. He has served as part- 
ime pastor for the Fremont, Ohio, Brethren Church 



and the Baptist Church of Greenwich, Ohio. He had 
previously taught at Kelly's Island, Ohio, High School 
before going to Cheyenne. He is married to the former 
Corina Basualdo of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Hurds 
have two children, Timothy, five years old, and Rachel, 
two years old. 

Participating in the service of ordination were Rev. 
Brian H. Moore and Rev. Russell C. Gordon, District 
Evangelists of the Midwest District of the Brethren 
Church. Rev. Gordon delivered the ordination sermon. 



CHEEP ADVICE 




One of those poor fellows that had be- 
come a Christian was badgered by his 
companions; and one of them said, "How 
do you know that Jesus Christ has for- 
given your sins?" The man turned at 
once and said, "How do you know when 
you have got sugar in your tea?" 

— John B. Gough 



Character is higher than intellect. A 
great soul will be strong to live as well 
as strong to think. 

— R. W. Emerson 

If you would be pungent, be brief; for 
it is with words as with sunbeams — the 
more they are condensed, the deeper they 
burn. 

— ■ Southey 

It is well to think well; it is divine to 
act well. 

— Horace Mann 

When I read the life of such a man as 
Paul, how I blush to think how sickly 
and dwarfed Christianity is at the present 
time, and how many hundreds there are 
who never think of working for the Son 
of God and honoring Christ. 

— D. L. Moody 



Amusements are to religion like breezes 
of air to the flame; gentle ones will fan 
it, but strong ones will blow it out. 

— ■ David Thomas 



If anger proceeds from a great cause, 
it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it 
is peevishness; and so is always either 
terrible or ridiculous. 

— Jeremy Taylor 



Time is short, your obligations are in- 
finite. Are your houses regulated, your 
children instructed, the afflicted relieved, 
the poor visited, the work of piety 
accomplished? 

— Massillon 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



BOOK REVIEWS 



Habitation of Dragons, by Keith Miller. Word Books, 
Waco, Texas, 1970. Cloth, 188 pages $4.95. This is a 
good book. It is an honest and realistic book. It is a 
truly Christian book in the sense that it deals with the 
Christian life honestly. 

In this book, Keith Miller, author of The Taste of 
New Wine and A Second Touch, has opened his inner 
life as a disciple of Christ in such a way as to call the 
reader to new insight, personal honesty, sincere con- 
fession, renewed faith, and reinforced courage. 

The over-simplistic approach to life with Christ as a 
"continuous victory celebration," which is characteristic 
of too much of our evangelism and Bible teaching, is 
dealt with effectively and lovingly. Conversely, the 
intellectual approach that categorizes daily personal 
experiences with the living Christ as emotional fantasy 
is refuted intelligently and kindly. 

Habitation of Dragons (Isaiah 35:7 KJV) discusses 
the dragons that inhabit our lives as "human" Chris- 
tians and so often bring fear and desolation. They are 
portrayed in the realistic context of the human struggle. 
Mr. Miller's format of 42 daily meditations with appro- 
priate scripture, prayers and quotes from Christian 
classics, should bring hope and release to many sincere 
but struggling Christians. The dragons of fear, "total 
honesty," sexual problems, anger, pride, criticism, im- 
maturity, discouragement, disappointment, resentment, 
and many others get succinct but helpful treatment. 

The author writes, not as one who has already at- 
tained, but as an often faltering follower of Christ, who 
is continually making new, often painful discoveries 
about himself and his dragons, and in the process gain- 
ing new insights into the sufficiency of the grace of 
God. A book like this has been long overdue, for in the 
cycles of Christian emphases we have needed a return 
to this kind of healthly self-examination and apprecia- 
tion of the riches of Christ's redemption. 

The following prayer excerpts are indicative: "Lord, 
help me to need you and want you so consciously and 
continually that I will turn to you regardless of my 
religious feelings." "Lord, help me to have the courage 
to look for the inner walls and fortresses in my rela- 
tionships, behind which I protect my pride." "Lord, I 
don't know who started the notion that being a Chris- 
tian, or a deacon, or even a bishop somehow seals one's 
life off from the problems of the world, but I wish you 
would tell whoever it was to stop saying it." 

I recommend this book for all, whatever stage they 
be in, as they tread the human path, for we all struggle 
with many common dragons — defeatable only in the 
power of the Gospel. 

L. Henry Nielsen 




The Emerging Church, by Brace Larson and 
Ralph Osburne. Edited by Richard Engquist. 
Word Books, Waco, Texas. 1970. Cloth, 160 
pages, $8.95. 



The title of this book is very interesting. The author* 
are not speaking about the current ecumenical move 
ment, but instead are concerned about the church being 
(or becoming) "the Church." The word "renewal" is alsc 
given some explanation. Renewal is a concept foreigr 
to the emerging Church. Renewal implies that th( 
Church was once what God intended it to be and tha^ 
our task is to bring back that golden age. From its earli 
est beginnings until now, the Church has been in th( 
process of becoming, and it shall always be so. If the 
Church is true to its Lord, it may never properly sa3 
that it has "emerged." 

The authors dwell on goals, resources, and strategies 
for the emerging church. This is not an answer boo! 
but it does seem to point the finger and cause one t( 
ask, "Why are you doing this?" 

Pastors and church councils will find it contains use 
ful material. Some guidelines which a congregation ma} 
use for evaluation are also included. 

I like this paragraph which also sets the general torn 
of the book: "A colleague of ours once asked an officia 
of the Westinghouse Corporation how Westinghous* 
would run the church if it had that opportunity. Th< 
answer that came back was profound in its simplicity 
'We would ask only two questions: What product are w< 
trying to produce? Are we producing it?' ' 

These two questions ought to be asked of every con 
gregation and every ruling board of every church it 
the land. What is your church trying to produce? Ar< 
you producing it? 

Stanley G. Knudson 



January 2, 1971 



Page Seventeen 



TRANQUILIZERS OR PSALMS 



by Charlotte Cole 



This article is a reprint of Tract No. 177 with permission granted by 
TRACT MISSION, U22 So. 5th St., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55U15 



"Well, good luck!" The druggist sounded sympathetic 
as he handed me the medicine, prescribed by my doctor 
for insomnia and a persistent rash on my neck. Sudden- 
ly I realized what the little pills were! 

"Tranquilizers?" I asked. 

"Yes." 

I dropped the box in my purse and left the store, 
disgust at myself causing me to clench my hands and 
walk rapidly from the direction of home. Without con- 
sciously planning it, I was on the way to see my pastor! 

I was belligerent as I shook hands with Dr. Ran- 
dolph. I'd come without plan, so I just took out the 
box of tranquilizers and tosjed them (threw them, 
actually) onto his desk. 

"Tranquilizers!" I barked at him. "See what I've 
come to? Teaching a Sunday school class of 10-year-old 
boys. Heathen, that's what they are! And riding hun- 
dreds of miles in a bus to take a bunch of teenagers 
|to an Indian Mission. Half of those kids came home 
going steady. I came home with insomnia!" 

Dr. Randolph started to speak but I ranted on. 

"You'll have to get somebody to take my Sunday 
school class, and sponsor the H.S. group, and make 
pies for Wednesday night dinners, and . . . and. . . ." 

I paused to think up more grievances against this 
good man who was not at fault in any way for my 
predicament, and to gain composure, for my emotional- 
ism was getting the best of me. 

"Now, now, wait a minute!" Dr. John, as we all fond- 
ly called our pastor, pushed me gently into a chair. "I 
guess we have been overloading you, without the prop- 
er fuel for all the uphill pulls!" 

"Fuel!" I cried, my anger returning. "What I need is 
dynamite to blow up these going-to-be juvenile delin- 
quents in the church and their lazy parents who are 
glad to let one or two of us cope with their little 
darlings!" 

Even through the chaos of my anger I thought I saw 
an answering flash of anger in Dr. John Randolph's 
eyes. He picked up the box of tablets on his desk, tore 
open the package, took out two of the tranquilizers 
and held one out to me. 

"Let's both take one," he said, and I thought, I'm 
giving him nerves too. 

"Oh, I'm sorry!" Contrite as usual after one of my 
outbursts, I traveled just as fast in the opposite 
direction. 



"It's just me!" I wasn't myself this morning, emotion- 
ally or grammatically. "I enjoy every bit of my church 
work. Really I do. Even the Sunday school class. It's 
just that I get so tired, so 'shook' those teenagers 
would say. Then this morning the doctor. . . ." 

"I know." Dr. John put a hand on my shoulder. "I 
know, Charlotte. Trying to run up hill — a long, diffi- 
cult hill, without fuel. Ever try it with your car?" 

I remembered all too well driving a group of my 
circle members 100 miles to a distant meeting, and, in 
my haste at getting started, after all the preliminaries 
of breakfast, report cards to sign, a lost school book, a 
baby sitter, and other household trivia, I had neglected 
to get gasoline before taking off. The result, of course, 
was a stalled car. 

"Don't remind me!" I said testily, the persecution 
complex beginning to build up in me again. "Just tell 
me where a woman pushing 40, with a family of six, 
and a crazy compulsion to say 'yes' to every plea for 
help is going to get serviced for the job!" 

Dr. John was leisurely, relaxed. No hurry, no tension, 
although he must have had hospital calls to make, a 
luncheon engagement to keep, a sermon to prepare. He 
sat at his desk, facing me. Idly, it seemed, he pulled 
the Bible toward him, toyed with it, riffling the pages. 
I relaxed too. My pastor was thinking of a solution to 
my problem. He was interested. He'd come up with 
something. 

Being Still Before God 

Still riffling the pages of the Bible he asked, without 
looking at me, "How long since you've sat down with 
this friend for a good chat?" 

"Why, of course, every Saturday when I study my 
Sunday school lesson, and when I have to give a devo- 
tional, and when I hear Joan practice the Scripture for 
the contest at Young People's. . . ." 

"In other words the way you use the Bible is to say, 
'Give me.' You don't go to it for companionship, or in- 
spiration, or re^xation. Just for help on a lesson or a 
devotional. And I'd be able to wager that when you 
hear Joan repeat her Scripture, you prop the Bible open 
while you go on with your mending or your pie-making 
— a pie for the church dinner, of course." 

Dr. John was smiling but there was a barb in his 
words for me. The barb struck home. It hit a tender 
spot. I knew I should take more time for personal de- 
votions, that I was missing something precious and 
vital in my life. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



"I've tried." My voice was meek. Then I remembered 
something and the edge of resentment crept into it. 
"But — take yesterday, for instance. I sat right down 
after the breakfast dishes were done, and I opened the 
Bible and started to read, then the phone rang. It was 
the calling chairman of the evangelistic committee, 
wanting me to take down the names of persons I am 
to call on. By the time we were through, I had to rush 
to get ready to go to a meeting of all circle chairmen." 
I was making quite a case for myself! 

"How often do you lie on the couch, close your eyes 
and listen to those wonderful sacred records you have 
in your record library?" 

"Never!" I said fiercely. How the man was punishing 
me! "There's never time. . . ." 

Dr. John made a clucking sound. 

"Your poor engine!" he murmured, almost to himself. 
"And you run so fast and so hard, and up such steep 
hills- -that Sunday school class, for instance. I don't 
know how the motor has stood up this long." 

Then, with that air of detachment, and still without 
looking at me, he said in a voice barely audible, "And 
your prayer life? What about it?" 

Now my face flamed. 

"At meals," I stammered lamely. 

"With your mind on the food getting cold, and one 
eye, figuratively, on the clock, and the children hoping 
you or your husband will make it short?" 

"Yes." I wished I hadn't come. But Dr. John was 
relentless. 

"And at night you fall asleep praying?" 

Like a fighter almost down but fighting to the last, 
I threw out a resentful protest. 

"I like to say I fall asleep talking to God!" I said 
with dignity. 

"With unfinished sentences and incoherent words. Ij 
that the way you like to have your husband and your 
best friend talk to you?" 

"Oh, I'm wicked and I try so hard! I just can't keep 
up!" 

But Pastor John wasn't through yet. 

"You asked me about fuel, Charlotte," he said, lean- 
ing toward me now, trying to pentetrate my martyr- 
dom. "You are an educated woman. What are you read- 
ing these days?" 

I was the epitome of penitence. 

"The newspapers," I replied, then added in a spirit of 
complete confession, "and the missionary books, for 
reading points for my circle." 

Some Good Advice 

"My dead child!" There was sympathy in Dr. John's 
voice. "Cut your milage. Reduce your speed. Refuel 
daily. And one more thing: learn to say 'no.' Say, T can't 
take on that duty. I'm low on fuel and must replenish.' 
Then read a chapter in the Bible, listen to music, fool 
around at the piano (you used to play quite well!), sit 
on your front porch and think! Not about what you're 
going to bake for the food sale, nor what you'll say 
when you give that talk on Cuban refugees, nor how 
your circle can raise money for carpeting. Just say, 
'Come in, God.' You'll be surprised how quick his ac- 
ceptance will be." 

Did I imagine a wistfulness in our over-worked pas- 
tor's eyes? But he went on talking, earnestly and 
sensibly. 



"And Charlotte, we'll relieve you of those teenagers. 
You have three of your own. That ought to make you 
exempt. But the 10-year-olds are yours for keeps! Now, 
I know a half dozen women in our church who bake 
just as good pies as you do — (don't get mad!). And at 
least a dozen women who if urged, or maybe given the 
chance, could give devotionals every bit as inspiring as 
yours. (Not angry, are you?) So refuel, and refuel, and 
refuel, and watch that motor! 

The phone rang while we were having dinner that 
night. I took it on the dining room extension. 

"Your name has been suggested for chairman of the 
music committee." 

"Chairman of the music committee?" I repeated. 
"Sorry, can't accept. You see, I'm low on fuel. I must 
replenish. Besides there are a dozen women in our 
church who would do just as good a job as I would." 

I hung us, probably on a startled woman who was 
looking into the receiver, wondering if the wires had 
gotten crossed. 

My family looked at me incredulously. 

"What's all this jazz about being out of fuel and the 
music committee?" asked Jock, his mouth too full of 
potatoes and gravy. 

"Don't talk with your mouth full," I admonished my 
son. "And we'll excuse you for a minute while you go 
put on that new record of Marian Anderson's I bought 
the other day." 

Jack, the other twin, looked up from his plate and 
asked anxiously, "Ain't — I mean aren't — you feeling 
good — I mean well — Mom?" 

"Just low on fuel, son," I replied, "but we're getting 
that straightened out. Hand your father the Bible — it's 
there on the end table — he'll read us one of the Psalms." 

My husband, who through almost 20 years of married 
life knows my foibles and eccentricities, began to look 
uneasy. 

"You're acting strangely tonight, Charlotte," he said. 
"Just what's going on here, anyway? This is choir 
practice night, you know. Do you have time for a 
chapter?" 

"I resigned from the choir this afternoon. And the 
new neighbor next door is going to replace me. I've 
heard her singing around the house. She has a lovely 
alto voice. And she was pleased when I asked her. Said 
her husband travels and she hasn't a thing to do 
evenings." 

"Can I — may I — be excused?" 

Of course it was Jack, always in a hurry, always 
rushing. 

"No. You need refueling too." 

Then, seeing the utter bewilderment on my husband's 
face, I laughed. 

"Explanations later," I told him. 

A light began to dawn in his mind. 

"I bet you got your doctors mixed this afternoon," he 
guessed shrewdly. "You sound like you'd been to Dr. 
John!" 

"You're so right!" I told him. "It was tranquilizers or 
Psalms. I chose Psalms!" 

by Charlotte Cole 

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, Who 
abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the 
Lord, My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I 
trust!" Psalm 91:1-2 



anuary 2, 1971 



Pajre Nineteen 



G.I. WITHOUT A GUN 



by Condi Baker 

Jandi Baker is the ivife of Larry Baker, Minister 
if Christian Education at the Park Street Breth- 
en Church in Ashland, Ohio. She is the daughter 
'/ Rev. and Mrs. Duane Dickson of Wabash, 
ndiana. 



OVE . . . PEACE . . . PACIFISM ... are three words 
i frequently included in the vocabulary of today's 
oung people. Often times people tend to be over critical 
f their dress, ideas or perhaps just their age, while 
heir theories and opinions fall on deaf ears. I can't 
peak of Tom Snyder's view on love, dress or peace, 
iut I would like to re] ay his ideas on pacifism and the 
rmed forces. The issue of bearing arms in the military 
lad always disturbed Tom so he began searching for 
m answer and would like to share it with you. 

Tom Snyder is an active member of the College Cor- 
ler Brethren Church located near Wabash, Indiana. He 
s the son of Reverend Fredrick Snyder, pastor of the 
Marion Brethren Church. Born in Peru, Indiana on May 
1, 1948, Tom grew up in the Wabash area and attended 
chool there. He graduated in 196G from Southwood 
ligh School where he was a member of the band and 
future Farmers of America. Tom didn't limit his activi- 
ies to school but also participated in the work of his 
hurch and Sunday school. He served as president of 
he College Corner BYC for five years and vice presi- 
lent of the Southern Indiana District BYC for one year. 
le was an assistant teacher in the primary department 
)f the Sunday school for a while. Tom was then em- 
)loyed by the Chrysler Co-operation in Kokomo, Indiana 
:or two years. 

Tom registered for the draft at the age of eighteen 
ind was classified as 1-A that stated his availability for 
service. Due to personal religious convictions he felt un- 
ible to bear arms in the military. The conscientious 
>bjection deferment known as the l-O classification 
hat states, "Conscientious objector available for civilian 
vork contributing to the national health, safety, or 
nterest," did not satisfy his needs so the search for an 
ilternate service was initiated. Several attempts through 
'arious religious boards and personnel failed to yield 
iny beneficial information so Tom contacted his local 
Iraft board. They were able to supply him with litera- 
ure on a classification known as the 1-A-O which states, 
'Conscientious objector registrant available for non- 
:ombatant military service only." 

Tom discovered that the congregation of the Seven- 
Day Adventist Church introduced this classification to 
he military and is primarily used by the men of this 
lenomination. There are several factors to be concerned 
n regards to 1-A-O such as a man must be drafted into 
he armed forces in order to make use of this classifi- 
'ation. Neither the Air Force nor the Navy are drafting 
it the present time thus eliminating these branches to 
he 1-A-O. A man can register at the age of eighteen 
'or the 1-A-O and if approved by his local draft board 
;an use it when drafted. This classification is not limit- 



wmmmmk^m 




ed only to men with religious convictions but also to 
approved moral objections to bearing arms. Tom applied 
for the 1-A-O classification and after receiving it he 
pursued it when drafted on July 17, 1968. 

Tom was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas for 
basic training which included mostly physical fitness 
and military terminology with the elimination of all 
types of weapon training. After completing boot camp, 
Tom continued his military education with ten weeks of 
medic-training followed by a short leave with his 
family. 

On December 14, 1968 Tom left California for Viet 
Nam where he was stationed at the 12th Evacuation 
Hospital near Cu Chi — a town so small that it is not 
located on most civilian maps of Viet Nam. The Cu Chi 
air-base is situated approximately twenty miles north- 
west of Saigon and eighteen miles east of the Cam- 
bodian border. Here Tom's duties were to assist the 
doctors and nurses with treatments and medications in 
the disease ward of the military hospital. Many of his 
patients suffered from malaria and hepatitis as well as 
the numerous injuries acquired in combat. They were 
transferred to larger hospitals as soon as they were 
able to travel, but Tom had the opportunity to witness 
his faith in God many times. It was through his sincere 
attitude that Tom's stand on bearing arms was highly 
respected among the hospital personnel and other GI's. 

Working as a military conscientious objector did not 
exempt Tom from the pain and death of the war. On 
February 19, 1969 the Viet Cong invaded the Cu Chi air- 
base killing several men on duty by cutting their throats 
and destroyed many of the United States aircraft with 
bombs. Weekly attacks were made on the base by the 
Vietnamese rockets resulting once in serious damage 
to one ward of the hospital. During the fourteen months 
of service at the hospital Tom experienced the coldness 
of death when four young GI's died of various diseases 
in his presence. Tom worked at the hospital twelve 
hours a day for six days each week which left him little 
time for any social activities. 



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The first three-day leave Tom received was spent at of The Brethren Evangelist who are interested in alter- 

the home of a missionary couple known to the service- nate service. A decision in this effect should be made 

men as "Mom and Pop Warren." He grew to love and between you and God. Prayer and much study are the 

respect these dedicated Christians who devoted their primary instruments of communication with our Lord 

lives to comforting the people involved in the war. Tom Please think carefully about this service before you act 

and two of his friends at the hospital accompanied Mom upon it. 



Presently, Tom is living in Somerset, Indiana and is 



and Pop to a Christian crusade in Singapore on their 

seven-day rest and relaxation leave. Later these three , . ., 

* ,-, • ■, t,., , , , , _,, attending the Indiana Business College m Marion. He 

fellows organized a Bible school class on Thursday , , . ,, 

.,,,,. , „, . J welcomes any letters or questions that you may have 

evenings with their co-workers. The group slowly grew .. . *' , - A ^ , .*. ,. 

, 7, . ■ i ., , , .., . pertaining to the 1-A-O classification or any tvpe ol 

from the original three to twelve with an organist, . . TT . ,, . J ' F 

, , . , , . , , , ,_ _ , alternate service. His address is: 

preacher, and seminary student included. On February 

19, 1970 Tom returned to the United States and was Tom Snyder 

given an honorable discharge from the Army on Feb- Box 6 

ruary 21, 1970. Somerset, Indiana 46901 

This information is provided for any of the readers Phone: 317-981-7407 



"SHOW AND TELL" 



New York — "Eternity doesn't come wrapped in plastic or dipped in smoke. Man 
must be reminded that only God promises immortality — and man's need for this 
reminder is urgent." 

These words were spoken today by the Rev. Dr. James Z. Nettinga, Executive 
Secretary for National Distribution of the American Bible Society. He addressed 
a group of nearly 200 representatives appointed by the denominations and com- 
munions which support the Society financially, during the 52nd Advisory Council 
at the Commodore Hotel here. The Council, which opened November 30, will con- 
clude December 2 with a session at Bible House, headquarters of the Society, 1965 
Broadway, New York City. 

Dr. Nettinga further told his listeners that in light of man's need for a personal 
knowledge of the Bible, the American Bible Society "today is declaring a first-stage 
Scripture alert." 

"The same blight that blots out the sun of man, blocks out the Son of God. It 
is the blight of indifference, greed, and inhumanity — and only a strong, fresh Bible 
breeze can blow it away," he contended. 

The American Bible Society is making available "tiny seismic Scripture selec- 
tions designed to "shake up, wake up the people of each state in the U.S. to the 
promise and responsibility of mankind to what God has created," Dr. Nettinga 
explained. 

Labeling the selections a " 'show and tell' record of God's love," Dr. Nettinga 
challenged the men and women present "to place these state-oriented Scriptural 
sentinels at every point where people gather, in every home, from border to border." 

The Society, with the help of the representatives of the denominations and 
communions, "is inaugurating a vast recycling program . . . designed to recycle 
God's Word through the lives and hearts of men," he declared. 

Earlier the Rev. Dr. Eugene A. Nida, Executive Secretary, Translations Depart- 
ment, told the Council there has been a greater demand this year for new trans- 
lations and revisions of the Scriptures than at any other time in the history of the 
United Bible Societies, the fellowship of 49 national Bible Societies of which the 
American Bible Society is one. 

In terms of the "actual demand" for assistance in providing help for translators, 
the United Bible Societies is falling "approximately $130,000 short of actual estab- 
lished needs," he said. 

Dr. Nida also asserted that the demand for popular language translations is in- 
creasing at an "almost incredible rate." 

"Where 10 years ago people were skeptical about having a translation that 
people could understand, they now are demanding that translations be prepared 
in such a way that the average person can comprehend what the Bible says," Dr. 
Nida disclosed. 

In 1969 a total of 145,300,866 copies of Scriptures were distributed by the United 
Bible Societies throughout the world. In the United States 76,216,533 copies of Scrip- 
ture were distributed during the year. 



aniiary 2, 1971 



Page Twenty-one 



OUR LANGUAGE HAS GONE TO POT! 



Remember when Hippie meant big in the hips, 

And a Trip involved travel in cars, planes and ships? 

When Pot was a vessel for cooking things in, 

And Hooked was what Grandma's rug might have been? 

When Fix was a verb that meant mend or repair, 

And Be In meant simply existing somewhere? 

When Neat meant well organized, tidy and clean, 

And Grass was a ground cover, normally green? 

When lights and not people were switched On and Off, 

And the Pill might have been what you took for a cough? 

When Dig: meant to shovel and spade in the dirt, 

And Put-On was what you did with a shirt? 

When Tough described meat too unyielding to chew, 

And Make-a-scene was a rude thing to do? 

Words once so sensible, sober and serious, 

Are making the Freak Scene like Psychedelirious. 

It's Groovy, Man, Groovy, but English it's not; 

Me thinks that the language has gone straight to Pot! 



Selected 



A LITTLE MORE 



little more kindness, a little less creed . . . 
little more giving, a little less greed . . . 
little more smile, a little less frown . . . 
little less kicking, a man when he's down, 
little more "we" a little less "I" 
little more laugh, a little less cry . . . 
little more flowers, on the pathway of life, 
\nd fewer on graves at the end of the strife. 

Selected by Mrs. T. G. Phillips 

Seminole, Oklahoma 

reprinted with permission from TRUTH. 



RECIPE FOR LIFE 

cup of good thoughts 
. cup kind deeds 

cup consideration for others 
! cups well beaten faults 
> cups forgiveness 

Mix thoroughly and add tears of joy, sorrow and 
ympathy for others. Fold in 4 cups of prayer and 
'aith to lighten other ingredients. Let rise to a heights 
)f Christian living. After pouring all this into your 
amily life, bake well with the warmth of human kind- 
less. Serve with a smile. 



A MORNING PRAYER 

Lord, in the morning I pray to Thee 

And ask Thy help for the day to be. 

1 know by now that my flesh is weak, 

So humbly then Thy love I seek. 

Always we are faced by sin. 

I pray today my battle to win, 
But if I fail I'll say to Thee 

Forgive me God and it will be. 

Let me understand that I never own 

For if I do I must atone. 
Everything is Yours and the work I do 

Must serve to witness and glorify You. 

If someone says an unkind thing 

Please defend me, O my King. 

Teach me not to hurt another, 

For I must treat him as a brother. 

Lay Thy hand upon Thy child, 

And this day I'll be meek and mild, 

Knowing tonight I'll sleep in peace, 

Since in Thy arms my worries cease. 

Helen Barnhart 



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1970 — Many voices, many banners 



The Brethren Evangelist 



RELIGION IN REVIEW 



by Norman Rohrer, Director 
EP News Service 



As a member of the EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION the 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST receives a year-end report of happenings 
throughout the world pertaining to events dealing solely with religious 
topics. Portions of this long report are being published as a synopsis of 
these events which occurred, in 1970. 



With the unrolling of God's prophetic scroll, the year 
1970 has run its course and passed into history. A net 
gain of 72.6 million people were added to the global 
community on the watery planet this year — a greater 
increase than during any other year in history. 

More than half the people born since Adam were alive 
in 1970. Each purchased the opportunities of this year 
for his Creator or squandered them in selfish, futile 
crusades. 

Trends 

For every religious movement to the right this year 
one could be charted heading to the left in the direction 
of secularism. Worship was characterized increasingly 
by noninstitutional or anti-institutional movements. But 
despite the restless urge for change the church by and 
large played it safe. 

A staggering increase of drug abuse was recorded, 
forcing churches to search harder for a challenging 
alternative to the "religion of drugs" in reaching young 
advocates of the psychedelic culture. People are search- 
ing desperately for all kinds of person-changing 
experiences. 

A new York psychiatrist summed up: "Nobody feels 
significant or that it's worth it anymore." He said the 
individual is losing his sense of value and significance 
and, to compensate for his ego depravation, may turn 
to violence "by getting a gun and shooting somebody." 

The old Protestant-ethic industriousness, technology, 
economic planning and social structure was attacked in 
1970 as being inadequate to make U.S. citizens "whole." 

Despite the erosion of respect for authority and an 
increasing denial of moral absolutes, a Harvard Univer- 
sity professor hailed the year as marking the dawn of 
a "social revolution" which has brought, he said, "an 
increase in principled morality." 

Chaplains invaded industry in 1970 to help peop'e with 
spiritual problems right on the job; clergymen rode 
along in police cars; Christian houses flourished among 
the young; "Moral Advance" was founded by Christian 
Freedom Foundation; Intercristo harnessed the com- 
puter to match people with missionary opportunities; 
the Satellite Christian Institute opened, marking a 



whole new idea in Christian leadership training; Food 
for the Hungry was launched against the outrageous 
spectre of starvation in the midst of plenty; and Presi 
dent Nixon declared 1hat the United States is able tc 
give the world "spiritual leadership and idealism" thai 
some other nations cannot. The year closed with 
thousands of young people on their knees in prayer a1 
the 9th triennial Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowshir 
missionary convention in Urbana, Illinois. 

Church and State 

While citizens burned the flag, marched in protest 
or registered in other ways their grievances with th< 
current regime, Christianity still remained a strong in 
fluence on the men who govern the United States. 

The Supreme Court refused to hear Atheist Madalyr 
Murray O'Hair's bid to ban religious practice among as 
tronauts in space; the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal; 
turned down a challenge to rule against the constitution 
ality of the national motto, "In God We Trust"; the Pos 
Office Department announced new regulations cracking 
down on obscene materials; three U.S. Senators pro 
posed legislation for an "unprecedented, massive, across 
the-board federal attack on the problem of alcoholism" 
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision, upheld thi 
principle of tax exemption on property med exclusively 
for religious purposes; and the government kept mam 
religious periodicals in business by holding the lin< 
against a move for increased postal revenue. 

The President continued his church-in-the-home wor 
ship habit and in late spring attended the Knoxville 
Ky. Billy Graham Crusade. He told 70,000 cheerinj 
listeners that today's troubled young people will be 
come tomorrow's "great generation." 

Denominations 

Membership in churches and synagogues of the U.S 
totalled 128,469,636 — up slightly in the downward treni 
from peak church attendance in 1958. This was th 
year in which churches geared to social action los 
ground while soaring enrollments were recorded by cor 
servative denominations who saw their job as "preach 
ing the gospel." 



January 2, 1971 



Page Twenty-three 



Blame for the decline among churches seeking to be 
"relevant" was laid to many reasons. Officials of the 
Lutheran Church in America said a "materialistic 
ethos" is the greatest cultural factor causing a decline 
in its membership growth. Blamed also were religious 
indifference, affluence, urbanization and population 
mobility. 

The United Presbyterian Church opened its 182nd 
General Assembly with reports of declines in total 
membership and in number of churches. And for the 
first time in a century, a drop in the ranks of Roman 
Catholics, amid a general rise in population figures, 
was discovered. 

Overseas, a major step in the ecumenical movement 
was made with the announcement of merger by the 
World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Inter- 
national Congregational Council. The new organization 
will result in the 59 million-member World Alliance 
of Reformed Churches. 

The Inter-faith Committee for Religious Careers 
opened a drive to solicit recruits for ministerial posi- 
tions, but poor pay, uncertainty about their roles in a 
changing society, conflicts with church authorities, and 
lack of encouragement from people in the pew were 
driving more and more pastors from the pulpit. The 
salary of ministers in 20 major Protestant churches 
was still far below that offered by most other profes- 
sions. 

Unless a wave of evangelical renewal sweeps over 
Protestant Christianity, present-day churches may be- 
come spiritual ghost towns, Dr. Carl F. H. Henry told 
the American Baptist Convention in Cincinnati. "It is 
no credit to churches to keep up venerable traditions 
that now accomodate the indifference of multitudes to 
the Gospel when there are more vital ways of enlisting 
them," he said. 

Education 

The two dominant issues on the educational scene, 
from a religious viewpoint, were prayers in public 
schools and federal aid to parochial education. 

While a former president of the Baptist World Alli- 
ance called the seven-year debate in Congress over 
legislation to permit prayer in public schools a "waste 
of time," a Massachusetts woman was sentenced to jail 
for 60 days for crusading to put prayer back into 
Brockton schools. The American Civil Liberities Union 
stood ready in every state to take court action against 
prayers in schools. In Netcong, N.J., voluntary pre- 
cession prayers were even outlawed despite the approval 
of the local school board. 

Despite the Administration's lean toward widening 
of federal aid to parochial schools, the "parochiaid" 
drive lost its steam in 1970. 

For the first time in its century-long history, the 
University of California at Berkeley introduced religion 
as an academic discipline. The move illustrated that 
although prayers in public schools are few, there is 
more talk than ever about religion. 

Other highlights in education during 1970: All-white 
congregations in Mississippi opened their own schools 
rather than integrate. Billy Graham contended that the 
great story of campuses today, "which the news media 
are missing," is the growing number of conversions 
being made among young people. 



Press 

The religious press in 1970 was in trouble. A survey of 
10 major denominational periodicals indicated that all 
but one of the magazines suffered circulation losses. 
Church memberships were down, circulation had 
dropped, advertising was scare, printing costs were 
skyrocketing and postal rates increasing. Meanwhile, 
those raunchy, dirty, misspelled little underground 
sheets were flourishing! 

The Associated Church Press reported that its mem- 
bership suffered circulation declines for the second 
straight year. One editor scolded his colleagues for wide- 
ning an already enormous credibility gap by magnifying 
trivia and avoiding conflict in their journals and for not 
being honest about what is happening in the church. 
Another editor saw the press as occupying an "island 
position" in the contemporary church — "rejected by 
radicals because it is not revolutionary enough, and by 
conservatives because it is too revolutionary." Dr. Sher- 
wood E. Wirt, president of Evangelical Press Associa- 
tion (EPA) called for "reformation journalists" to seize 
the opportunities of the media. 

Most member periodicals in EPA were not complain- 
ing of such worrisome drops in circulation. Of the 122 
periodicals reporting circulations, 77 showed an increase 
since 1967, 13 remained the same, and 32 had recorded 
a small drop. 

Ceasing publication during 1970 were, This Day, slick 
journal of Missouri-Synod Lutherans; The Canadian 
Mennonite; The Watchman-Examiner, 151-year-old Bap- 
tist publication, and the Sunday School World (both 
purchased by Eternity) ; and the Reformed and Pres- 
byterian World. Changing times, high costs, and dif- 
ferent reading habits were blamed. 

Missions 

For the first time since the depression years of the 
1930's, the number of Protestant missionaries from 
North America declined. The year began with 33,289 
Protestant missionaries from North America serving 
abroad, according to the Missions Advanced Research 
and Communication Center (MARC) of World Vision 
International. 

Though workers were fewer, giving increased — up 81 
per cent from 1959 and up nine per cent from 1967 to 
an estimated $345 million. The trend toward indigenous 
ministry may suggest the beginning of a radical change 
in how North American Protestants overseas carry 
out their work, according to MARC. 

Many nations initiated squeeze plays against mission- 
aries in 1970. Nigeria chided Western Christians for 
taking sides with the rebel Biafrans. The Japanese 
cou'd not guarantee to permit the Far East Broadcast- 
ing Company to broadcast from Okinawa when the 
island is returned in 1972 (forcing FEBC to arrange 
transfer to Korea). During the year some 20 mission- 
aries were ejected from Algeria. Militant extremists 
in the North India state of Orissa succeeded in marsh- 
alling sentiment against Christianity and in passing 
anti-conversion laws. Greece prosecuted evangelicals 
and Czechslovakia cracked down hard on the church. 

A statement by a West German missions leader that 
role of the white missionary is finished was challenged 
by TEAM associate director as he introduced 72 new 
missionary candidates. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



The year 1970 recorded Asia's biggest "Bible boom." 
Bible sales worldwide were up. Correspondence courses 
and radiobroadcasts flourished in countries otherwise 
inaccessible. Key evangelical literature leaders worked 
out methods of cooperation during the All-Asia Liter- 
ature Strategy Conference in Singapore. Expo '70 
opened the door of witness to some seven million Jap- 
anese and world's fair visitors. 

Europe, where Billy Graham's closed-circuit TV 
"Euro '70'' at Dortmund, Germany introduced a new 
way to reach additional millions of people with the 
Gospel, was viewed by German leaders as "once again 
a mission field." 

Typical of many nations, the Congo announced that 
more white technical assistants would be welcomed 
but that white missionaries could no longer dominate 
the scene. Christian business men quietly went about 
initiating business enterprise in underdeveloped areas 
as an aid to missions. In country after country, mission- 
ary personnel turned over complete administrative re- 
sponsibility to national staff members. 

The events of 1970 will be interpreted according to 
the prejudices of all who read them. But it will surely 



be the year remembered by all as the year of the worst 
disaster in living memory when tital waves in East 
Pakistan took the lives of perhaps 150,000 people and 
when earthquakes killed some 30,000 people in Peru. 

The year 1970 — the year a scientist created a living 
and reproducing cell . . . the first man-made gene . . . and 
found the "center of creation" among the Milky Way. 

This was the year of Women's Lib, the formal search 
for Noah's Ark, the public's determined outcry against 
pollution of natural resources, the "Jesus Freaks," the 
historic "Frankfurt Declaration" refuting the identifica- 
tion of messianic sa'vation with progress, development, 
and social change, the blessed campus revivals origina- 
ting at Asbury Theological Seminary. 

This year women entered pulpits of major denomina- 
tions, were allowed to be divorced in Italy, and cam- 
paigned for ZPG (Zero Population Growth.) 

The year of 1970 — a year that could happen only once. 
If there are any tears in heaven it will be for lost op- 
portunities, for the time spent in neglect of God. 

But the measured cadence of the calendar moves on 
to a new year with its promise of hope. 



New York — Two great advocates of Bible reading 
have united forces to lead people everywhere to a great- 
er awareness of God's love and care for his children 
as expressed in His Word — a "truly great need in these 
days of tension and turmoil." 

The American Bible Society, in cooperation with Evan- 
gelist Billy Graham, has founded the American Bible 
Society/ Billy Graham Bible Readers Fellowship to en- 
courage scheduled and planned reading of the Bible. 

Scripture references for reading will be supplied to 
everyone who indicates a desire to participate. A cer- 
tificate signed by the American Bible Society's Presi- 
dent, Edmund F. Wagner, and the noted evangelist will 
be issued to each upon completion of the prescribed 
Scripture readings. 

Persons indicating a desire to participate in the Fel- 
lowship, upon filling out a blank with their name and 
address, will receive information and literature from 
the American Bible Society. 

They will be encouraged to read the Bible "regularly 
and with confident faith." 

A list of Scripture references, carefully chosen to 



help the reader better understand God's Word, will be | 
enclosed. Also it will be recommended that the partici- 
pants read these passages "thoughtfully and prayer- 
fully," remembering that God speaks through the 
Bible. 

"Read with imagination, make notes, and read each 
day," are further suggestions, with the final words of 
encouragement : 

"If at first you don't understand remember that re-l 
peated readings will often bring to light the answers j 
to your questions." 

The participants will be expected to read a chapter 
a day of the 50 chapters on a chart, and to check each 
after it has been read. Upon completion the chart is toj 
be mailed to the American Bible Society/Billy Graham j 
Bible Readers Fellowship in the envelope provided for! 
that purpose. 

The American Bible Society, a non-profit organization, ; 
founded in 1816, has as its object the translation, publi-; 
cation and distribution of the Scriptures, without note; 
or comment, to men everywhere in a language they |i 
can read or understand at a price they can afford. 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



January 2, 1971 



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MISSIONARY 

news 




BRETHREN BEGINNINGS IN INDIA 



By Reverend Kctdmiel Prasantha Kumar 



NOTE: The last issue of THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST carried an 
article on the ivork in our new India mission program. This 
CONCLUSION deals with the PROJECTIONS and NEEDS for 
our new field. 



Steps are being taken for wider interchurch partici- 
pation and fellowship and for closer ties with other- 
Christian organizations — mostly evangelicals. Mission- 
ary Kumar is anticipating a meeting with Dr. Ben Wati, 
Executive Secretary, Evangelical Fel.owship of India to 
seek his guidance in interchurch participation and for 
collective working in literature, correspondence Bible 
courses, theological discussions, leadership training, co- 
operative evangelism and the necessary action at times 
of political pressure. 

The Brethren Bible Mission has applied for member- 
ship in the Christian Association for Radio and Audio- 
Visual Service, learned it will be eligible for membership 
in the Evangelical Fellowship of India in 1972 and is 
making arrangements to associate with other evan- 
gelical groups through cooperation with the Union Bib- 
lical Seminary. 

The missionaries are trying their best to communicate 
with friends of the B.B.M. in the United States and in 
other Brethren Mission fields. They have printed two 
news letters; one in March and the other in July. The 
first time they mailed ninety copies and the second time, 
ninety-seven copies. In addition to the general informa- 
tion they have tried to write personal messages in many 
of these letters. They felt the need to increase the num- 
ber of letters and also to write as often as possible. They 
are also thinking of inserting some Indian scenes and 
pictures of general interest in their letters. 




In order to get the B.B.M. recognized as rendering 
humanitarian service, Kumar planned an orphanage 
inauguration by the Minister of Social Welfare, Govern- 
ment of Andhra Pradesh. As the Indian Government is 
making plans to restrict foreign money into India, 
except for humanitarian purposes, Kumar is trying to 
evangelize India with the good will of the government. 

The need for evangelical workers is increasing as the 
Ministry of B.B.M. is growing. Kumar already has three 
men working with him under his direction. He is making 
plans to start a preacher's training course to train about 
ten men to minister in the villages which are reached 
by the Brethren Bible Mission. He is in contact with 
some men who are willing to associate with him. Kumar 
will keep close contact with them by visiting them con- 
stantly and by inviting them for classroom work to 
make them "fishers of men." The Lord willing, this will 
be started soon. 



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Plans are made to encourage Christian education in 
India. Work is in progress to print notebooks with 
scripture verses on each page to be given free to the 
poor children. Kumar is trying to find ways and means 
to start adult schools in the villages to train the unedu- 
cated elders to read and write. Through Christian teach- 
ers, interest can be created in these people to read 
tracts and Bible. Kumar is also pondering the possibility 
of making some scholarships available to help prom- 
ising students of poor families living in Christian com- 
munities. This will encourage them and may lead them 
into the ministry. The missionaries are completely de- 
pendent upon the Holy Spirit for His leading in all 
their plan-? and programs to establish a Christ-centered 
mission of the Brethren Church in India. 

NEEDS 

When the program grows in numbers the needs gen- 
erally increase accordingly. It is true with the Brethren 
Bible Mission. The most important need is prayer. It is 
with great pleasure the missionaries are expressing 
thanks to those who are praying for them and sending 
parcels and letters of encouragement. 

As the outreach in the villages is getting good re- 
sponse, Kumar wants to visit the neighboring villages 
as many times as possible. So far the missionaries are 
using taxis. These vehicles are generally not in good 
condition; therefore, in addition to the high price, they 



are not always reliable. There were occasions when the 
missionaries had to wait long hours in the middle oi 
highways until the taxi was repaired. The Scooter which 
is provided through the Missionary Board is serving 
them to go around in the city in times of good weather 
but in times of rain and hot weather they have to use 
some other means. It is hoped that a small car can be 
obtained some time in the future to travel in all kinds 
of weather over the rough Indian roads. 

Another need which the missionaries feel in theii 
evangelistic meetings in the villages is a portable public 
addressing system with a record player. The people art 
interested in music but most of them have neithei 
record players nor records. They listen to music wher 
ever they can hear it. As some Christian records an 
available in Telugu, Kumar wants to make good use o: 
them both in the city and also in the villages. As the- 
outreach into the villages is making significant stride s 
the Kumars hope to use all possible means to bring th( 
neighboring villages of Rajahmundry into the know 
ledge of Christ. 

In conclusion, Reverend and Mrs. Prasantha Kumai 
want to express that God has ordained them to be th< 
pioneers of the Brethren Missions in India and it is H< 
who is leading them. The Holy Spirit has gracioush 
blessed them in the first year of ministry in India. Tt 
Him be the Glory! 



THE KUMARS' CHRISTMAS LETTER 




Dear Friends, 

We wish you a happy Christmas tide, that on you God's best may abide. 

It doesn't seem, possible it has been a year since we landed in India! 
Our good Lord has been so kind to us by protecting us, leading us and guid- 
ing us in our ministry. Praise the Lord! How wonder fid the Lord is! Doors 
that seemed closed are now being opened. We feel that prayers have 
certainly been answered. 



January 2, 1971 Pa S e Twenty-seven 

We are all doing fine and are in sound health. Our daughter, Shanthi, 
is becoming a big girl, learning so many things to say and do; and note 
needs lots of our attention. She is always into mischief. Nirmala's sister 
Kanthi, came to stay with us for a month and a half. She was good com- 
pany and help to Nirmala, and we all enjoyed her stay. 

We know you are all busy in Christmas preparations. We, too, are 
looking forward for that day of our Lord's birth. Here in India we'll cele- 
brate on Christmas Eve and also Christmas day. On the 2lth of December, 
all the city churches will have Christmas programs in the evening, with 
carol singing, Christian drama and music, after the Christmas message. 
We are also planning to organize a drama and, some carol singing in Rajah- 
mundry. Prasanth is busy in training the youth for the play and, the or- 
phanage boys for the carol singing. This is the best way of communicating 
the Gospel to the non-Christian population. 

On Christmas day there will be regular worship services in all church- 
es. New clothes, dinners and parties on that day depend on the individual's 
ability. We are planning on buying new clothes for the orphanage children 
along with a good meal, on that day. This will be the first time in the lives 
of these children to know the real meaning of Christmas and enjoy it spirit- 
ually and, materially. 

We wish to inform you that Prasanth went to New Delhi and met, 
Dr. I. Ben Wati, president of the World Evangelical Fellowship, and has 
taken some suggestions for the progress of our mission work in India. 
During his stay in New Delhi, he had the honor of meeting the Honorable 
Sri. V. V. Giri, President of India, He had a few minute's talk with the 
President at Rashtrapathi Bhavan (the President's palace). Prasanth 
informed him about our mission work in India, and the President was 
pleased to know about our service, to humanity. 

Our mission work is progressing well. We are able to visit a good num- 
ber of villages and witness to numerous people about Jesus Christ. Present- 
ly we, have baptized k'-t people and established churches in three different 
places. We have many more plans ahead, and we are seeing the Lord's help 
to lead us in the right direction. 

May our love to Christ abound and Christmas joys spread all around! 
May the Lord continue to bless you and, your families as He has ours. 

In Christian love, 
Nirmala and Prasanth 



CHRISTMAS IN ARGENTINA 

by Regina Rowsey 

SINCE ARGENTINA is located in the Southern A few small presents may be given on Christmas day, 

Hemisphere, it is immediately apparent that the but the day the children look for that big gift is on 

month of December happens to be summertime. For January 6, Day of the Kings. On the eve of January 

someone who has enjoyed the "traditional"' white Christ- 6, the shoes of the children are left outside of the door 

mas, it takes some adjustment to accept a hot, humid so that the Kings will place their gifts in the shoes. 
December 25th. 

Christmas is a time of joyful family reunions and as 
often as not the traditional "barbecue" is eaten in the 

patio with many delicious salads. A favorite Christmas Although the customs are different the story is the 

dessert is called "pan dulce," similar to fruit cake. came — the remembrance of Christ's birth. 






December 30 brings noisy firecrackers and rockets 
to herald in the New Year. 



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A NIGERIAN HOLIDAY OF JOY 



by Kitty Winfield 



CHRISTMAS IS the most joyous holiday for Chris- 
tians in Northern Nigeria. It is not accompanied 
by the commercialism which we know and expect, and 
there is no exchanging of gifts and cards. There is no 
music associated only with Christmas and no decora- 
tions and trees. But the Christians in Northern Nigeria 
(the area in which the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church is working) celebrate Christmas in three ways 
— presenting the Christmas story, getting new clothes, 
and sharing food with family and friends. The simplicity 
of the Nigerian Christmas celebration helps to high- 
light the true significance of this holy day — the remem- 
brance of the incarnation of God's Son. 



Few costumes are needed in the pageant because the 
Nigerians' flowing robes and dresses are much like the 
clothes of Bible times. Animals, such as sheep, goats, 
dogs and donkeys (which normally wander about), will 
sometimes wander on the outside "stage" to add more 
realism to the Bethlehem stable. No lines are memorized, 
but the Christmas story is read from the Bible and the 
actors portray it, speaking extemporaneously. Nigerians 
generally enjoy role-playing and do it well. They speak 
lines which would have been natural to them if they 
had been in the situations of the original scenes. Thus 
the story rings true to the audience and is not just an 
event of the past. 




Nigerian Christians presenting 
a Christmas pageant 



Nigerians dressed in their Christmas finery 



The dramatic presentation of the Christmas story is 
the season's biggest event for the church and the com- 
munity. Hundreds of Christians and non-Christians gath- 
er outdoors to see the Christmas story retold from a 
Nigerian perspective. The stage for many of the Christ- 
mas pageants is the shade of a giant tree, because no 
church building can hold the crowds. People from dis- 
tant villages walk for miles, carrying their new Christ- 
mas clothes on their heads and donning them when they 
near the place of the gathering. The beating of drums 
and singing and clapping announce the beginning of 
the pageant. 



Three years ago in the Mbororo area there was afi 
outbreak of smallpox before Christmas. As travelers 
went into the larger towns for buying and selling, the! 
were stopped at the main roads and vaccinated. And si 
in the Christmas pageant that year, when the Nigeria 
Joseph and Mary entered Bethlehem, they too werl 
vaccinated for smallpox. The school headmaster men 
tioned that he knew there weren't vaccination prograrr| 
in Jesus' day, but the players associated this with trave; 
ing at that immediate time, so it was included in thl 
production. 



January 2, 1971 



Page Twenty-nine 



Three hours may pass as you sit on the ground watch- 
ng the Christmas story unfold, Nigerian style. But 
fou do not tire because Nigerians not only add touches 
)f realism to their play, but also touches of humor. In 
he same Mbororo pageant, a little boy was appointed 
o be the dog guarding the Bethlehem inn. As travelers 
:ame to the door, he would rush at them, barking and 
growling. Their frightened reactions to the dog would 
dways bring laughs from the audience. Who knows 
:hat the tired, overworked innkeeper didn't have a dog? 
So many times our Christmas programs are so hushed 
md formal that the joy which is in Christmas isn't 
expressed. Nigerians allow themselves laughter during 
heir Christmas program, and then afterwards, there is 
general merrymaking, with singing, playing instru- 
ments, and, perhaps, dancing. 




Music makers visit the homes and receive 
money for their performance 



Christmas is a time for special meals and a time for 
hospitality. At the mission Bible school the women are 
taught how to can tomatoes in bottles and to seal them 
with paraffin. The women told me that they were especi- 
ally glad they learned how to do this because they 
saved their last bottled tomatoes for their Christmas 
soup. The soup is sure to have fresh meat, which is a 
treat to the average family which may have such meat 
only once or twice a week. In the families who live near 
the place where the pageant is held, the women will 
spend hours preparing food for those who walk many 
miles to see the Christmas production. 

Christmas is also the time for new clothes. Because 
crops are sold about this time of the year, there is 
money for new clothes for the whole family. The head 
of the family will buy several six-yard-pieces of cloth 
(many times all of the same pattern) at the local mar- 
ket. He will take the material to the tailor who will 
make new outfits for all the family. Some ready-made 
clothes are available in Nigeria, but they are expensive 
and not of the highest quality. It's fun to see families 
coming to church together at Christmas, because many 
times their robes, shirts and dresses will be of the same 
colorful material. Children strut with pride, especially 
when the new outfit includes a pair of plastic shoes. 
Little girls will repeatedly take off and put on their 
new headscarves in the church service in order to see 
their pretty designs. Women admire each other's new 
jewe'ry and the baby's new hat. Since Nigerians gen- 
erally have few changes of clothes, their new Christmas 
outfits will be well used throughout the year. 

However and whenever Christmas is celebrated, it 
should be a time of expressing our great joy. Our joy 
that God in His divine love and wisdom gave His Son. 
Nigerians express this joy in one way and Christians 
of other nationalities express it differently. But the 
source of this joy is the same — expre3sed in the wonder- 
ful news of the angels, "unto you is born a Saviour. . . ." 

Kitty Winfield 
Furloughed missionary 
from Nigeria 



CHRISTMAS IN INDIA 



by Mr. & Mrs. William Hoke 



TO PARAPHRASE ROBERT BROWNING'S "Oh, to 
be in England now that April's there — " we would 
Jay "Oh, to be in India now that Christmas time is 
aere." 

In a heathen country there are none of the usual 
:hings that help to create a Christmas atmosphere 
There are no beautifully decorated shops or Christmas 
music and carols. In rural India, there were no Christ- 
mas trees or Santa Claus and, of course, no manger 
scenes. 

Our children came home the beginning of December 
from boarding school which was over nine hundred 
niles away, and then we tried to create as much of the 



Christmas atmosphere as we could within and around 
our home. Each day, along with all the regular respon- 
sibi'ities at the mission station, we would try to make 
special Christmas cookies or candy and many inexpen- 
sive fruit cakes, with dates and the chopped peelings of 
tangerines, a bit of extra spice and topped with brightly 
colored candy anise seeds to give or serve to the many 
callers during the Christmas season. 

We made December the time to prune the cedar trees 
in the front yard and wired the branches together to 
make a tree and decorated it with the balls and lights, 
which we had used while on furlough, and pictures cut 
from Christmas cards and mounted on cardboard. 



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At every conceivable place we placed a manger set 
of many and varied types, a lighted one on the wall, a 
stand-up one on a table, another one on a bookshelf, and 
we had a continuous f'annelgraph with the scenes from 
the Annunciation to Christ's Resurrection on the wall. 
These people needed to learn not only of the babe in 
the manger, but of Kis death and Resurrection to be our 
Savior. Decorating and preparing for Christmas really 
had meaning. The tree, the lights, the candles were an 
attraction and created the opportunity to tell over and 
over again the wonderful story of Christ the Savior. 
The high and the low came. Outside we put up a large 
billboard manger scene and rented a light so all could 
see as they passed by. For hours we would play Christ- 
mas carols over the loudspeaker and short gospel mes- 
sages were given. Groups of people stopped to listen. 

Each year the Indian Christians would have a Christ- 
mas drama of the Christmas story. On Christmas eve 
there was a carol sing and everyone who wanted to sing 
a special number had the opportunity. Following this 
the church was decorated with yards and yards of pur- 
ple, pink, blue, green, yellow and red paper chains and 
artfully cut paper designs. I have to confess that at first 
I didn't have very great appreciation for all this gaudy 
array, until one day I was out on tour with one of our 
Christian workers; when we came to the courtyard, she 
started jumping and clapping her hands when she saw 
a piece of string with some blue, green, red and yellow 
streamers attached and said, "Oh, oh, he hasn't been 
baptized yet and by putting up those colored papers he 
is giving a witness to all his neighbors that he is a 
Christian." In India, it makes a lot of difference on 
which day you light your candles and hang up your 
colored paper. On Christmas day it is a Christian wit- 
ness, but on Dewali it is a sign of being a good Hindu. 

The Indian people decorate, prepare special sweets 
and foods and they go caroling during the night. Group 
after group would come in, and we would listen to them 
sing and then serve 1hem hot tea, cake, cookies and 
candies and give them a little money. There is little or 
no sleep for anyone that night. For us there was no 
time for a regular meal on Christmas eve or Christmas 
day. We tried to get together as a family and have a 
special treat of canned weiners roasted in the fireplace 
on Christmas eve and exchange our gifts, but there was 
never any time on Christmas day for a special dinner. 
The missionary family would get together about the 
middle of December for the Christmas dinner so every- 
one could be with the Indian Christians during all the 
Christmas celebrations. 

On Christmas day everybody went to church. Most 
everyone wore a new sari or shirt. New clothing was the 
gift which was wanted on Christmas day. Christmas 
came in the cold season, and cloudiness brought a very 
penetrating cold when one has been accustomed to the 
intense heat. Our last Christmas in India was such a 



day. Many times we would refrain from wearing our 
heavy coats because the people of India did not have 
any warm clothing, but this day we wore them. I re- 
member a little girl sat down on the bench beside me 
in church, and I could feel the coldness of her body 
through my heavy coat. I picked her up and set her 
under the coat with me. All through the service I felt 
the coldness coming through her body to mine. Even 
though it was forty degrees or nearly down to freezing 
none of us had heat in our homes. We had a fireplace, 
but used it very sparingly as wood was hard to get and 
expensive. 

After the service we went to call at the homes and 
were given Christmas sweets and tea. Our boys decided 
that it was a good idea to carry a plastic bag to receive 
of their gracious generosity and then snacked on it 
during the next week while we were out on tour in 
the villages. 

On Christmas midnoon we returned to our homes 
and then received guests and greetings from the govern 
ment officials to the low caste villagers. All were of- 
fered tea, cookies, cake and candies. One side of the 
table was arranged with food for vegetarians, the other, 
for non-vegetarians. Then we would take them around 
the living room and tell the Christmas story over and 
over again, until I actually lost my voice. Christmas 
was the one time when both the high and low castes 
shared our living room at the same time and no on: 
seemed to mind. Such a Christmas was really mean 
ingful. 

By 8:30 after having 250 to 300 callers we were ex 
hausted and turned out the lights and turned off the 
music and began cleaning up for on the morrow we 
would have sports and games in the morning, and then 
we would leave for a week to go with the tribals to the 
villages. There were Christians and new believers ir 
these villages, and we would help them tell the stor> 
of Christmas to their neighbors and families and friends 
As with a scroll we would again use the flannelgraph 
pictures (which were sewn fast to the background sc 
they wouldn't blow away in the breezes ) beginning with 
the Annunciation and ending with the Resurrection and 
Christ's coming again. Through this period of time 
there would be no regular meals, and we would be sleep 
ing in a cow shed or on the mud floor of the house, or 
if the host permitted, in our little tent However, soor. 
these discomforts would be forgotten as we would be 
hold the joy of those who were born anew in Chrisl 
and their zeal as they witnessed to their neighbors anc 
friend.. As many Christians as possible then woulc 
gather at a central place on New Year's Eve and sing 
and praise God and bring their gifts in kind — corn 
wheat, rice, eggs or a chicken for a New Year's thank 
offering. 

Brethren in Christ Mission 
By Mrs. William Hoke 



Note: Mr. and Mrs. William Hoke w ere missionaries to India with Breth- 
ren in Christ Mission, and presently William Hoke is enrolled ai 
Ashland. Theological Seminary. We arc most thankful for her shar- 
ing with us this account of Christmas in India. 



Ifanuary 2, 1971 



Page Thirty-one 



World Religious News 

in Review 



EDUCATOR QUESTIONS 
INCREASING INTEREST IN 
RELIGIOUS STUDIES 

Philadelphia (EP) — Reports that 
religious studies in colleges and 
aniversities have been picking up 
luring the past two decades might 
not mean what some people think 
they mean. 

So reports Dr. Claude Welsch, co- 
author of a study of graduate edu- 
ation in religion. 

"We could be entering a post- 
Christian era," he said, citing im- 
pressive statistics outlining the in- 
reased interest in religion as an 
academic study. 

Although the number of under- 
graduates enrolled in religion classes 
and the number of faculty members 
teaching them has more than dou- 
bled in the past 15 years that ex- 
pansion has been almost parallel to 
the over-all growth in college enroll- 
ments and faculties generally, Dr. 
Welsh said. 

Growth is more evident on the 
graduate level, he said. Nearly half 
of the 53 doctoral programs in the 
U.S. and Canada have been estab- 
lished in the past 10 years. Some 
700 candidates are enrolled. 

He pointed out however that in 
Roman Catholic schools where re- 
ligion requirements have been 
dropped or reduced recently, fewer 
students are enrolled, and the same 
is true in Protestant church-related 
schools. 

He said there is growing recog- 
nition that if you want to be an 
educated person, you can't overlook 
the religious dimension of human 
existence. 

The study was sponsored by the 
American Council of Learned Soci- 
ties and financed by the Henry Luce 
Foundation. 



PASTORS QUITTING FOR 
LACK OF PAY 

New York (EP) — Poor pay is 
causing more and more ministers 
to leave their work, according to 
newspaper columnist George Cor- 
nell. 

Two recent Protestant studies on 
morale among American clergymen 
put complaints about remuneration 
at the top of the list, in addition to 
complex modern sociological and 
psychological factors that were 
drifting men out of the pulpit. 

The two new studies, in the United 
Methodist and Episcopal churches, 
found that a key source of clergy- 
men's dissatisfaction was their low 
salaries, putting a strain on their 
families and their sense of effec- 
tiveness. 

Other reasons mentioned: uncer- 
tainty among clergymen over their 
roles in a changing society, their 
seemingly waning influence, con- 
flicts with church authorities, and 
lack of encouragement from people 
and church colleagues. 

NO MYTHS, LEGENDS 

IN GENESIS, 
ARCHAEOLOGIST SAYS 

Auckland, N.Z. (EP) — There is 
no reason to treat the first 10 chap- 
ters of Genesis as myth or legend, 
says Dr. Donald J. Wiseman, Eng- 
lish university professor and archae- 
logist visiting here. 

Dr. Wiseman, professor of Assyri- 
ology at the University of London, 
told the editors of Challenge that 
the introduction to the first five 
historical books of the Bible follows 
the same literary pattern as the 
earliest history we know from any 
other source. 

"The Bible stands on its own be- 
cause it is unique in so many ways, 
in the message it brings to us," Dr. 
Wiseman said. 



LINKLETTER NEEDLES 
ROCK MUSICIANS 

Sacramento (EP) — Some rock'n'- 
roll musicians display a life style 
that helps fan a "forest fire" of 
drug addiction among the nation's 
youth, Art Linkletter maintains. 

He specifically mentioned the 
Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Jef- 
ferson Airplanes and Jimi Hendrix, 
the singer found dead in London 
apparently of an overdose of drugs. 

"These kinds of young, thrilling, 
exciting musical heroes" said the 
father of a girl who died under the 
influence of LSD, "began to be 
looked up to by youth and . . . 
preached that it was good to turn 
on with drugs." 

Speaking before the State Depart- 
ment of Education's annual pro- 
fessional staff meeting here Link- 
letter said, "It's a beautiful example 
of missionary work for drugs." 

PAT BOONE 'MOTIVATED BY 

FAITH' TELLS OF 
SURVIVAL IN CRISIS 

Philadelphia (EP) — Fear and 
faith are the two great motivators 
in life, Pat Boone told a reporter 
from the Inquirer here, adding that 
he had finally chosen the route of 
faith. 

"The man motivated by faith can 
move mountains," he said, alluding 
to Scripture. 

"Now I have a sense of fantastic 
liberation. I don't have to pretend 
to be someone I'm not," the 36-year- 
old singer said. 

Boone worked out his financial 
problems by writing a book, "A 
New Song." To solve his spiritual 
struggles he abandoned nightclub 
and secular movie roles. He stars in 
the movie, "The Cross and the 
Switchblade," which he calls the 
most uplifting experience of his life. 

The movie, due for release at the 
end of the month, is adapted from 
the Rev. David Wilkerson's book 
by the same title. Boone succeeded 
in getting an option on the book 
for $5,000 and Dick Ross as pro- 
ducer. 

"The great thing about the story 
is that it's true," he said. "It deals 
with so many of the problems con- 
fronting us today, drug addiction, 
violence, teenage rebellion, dropping 
out, virtual anarchy of giant seg- 
ments of our society. . . ." 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor Of Publications George Schuster 

Contributing - Editors 

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Sisterhood Miss Nancy Bates 

Board Of Christian Education 

Youth Commission Miss Beverly Summy 

Adult Commission Rev. Fred Burkey 

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In This Issue: 

6 "Through the Cooking Pot. . . 
or a Winter Retreat in Florida" 

9 "The Gospel is for the Ordinary Man" 
by Thomas A. Schultz 

11 "Ministry in the Believers' Church" 
by Richard Allison 

13 Secretary Ingraham Visits Argentina 

17 Opening of New Work in Alvarez 

18 The Laymen's Meeting 

19 Signal Lights — Sisterhood 
23 News 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



KEVIN 

KEVIN GENTLE, son of Rev. and Mrs. Spencer 
Gentle, died January 2, at his home in Tempe, 
Arizona, where his father is pastor of the Papago Park 
Brethren Church. 

Kevin was born 11 years ago in Goshen, Indiana but 
had lived most of his life in Ashland, Ohio, while 
Spencer was Editor of Publications for the Brethren 
Church. While in Ashland Kevin attended the Dale-Roy 
school and was known for his ready smile and his 
happy nature. Shortly before he moved to Tempe with 
his family he suffered a broken ankle. He never seemed 
to recover from this minor injury, and it appeared to 
be God's will that He take him home. 

The sympathies of the staff at the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company and the whole Brethren Church go out 
to this family in their sorrow. 

"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid 
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." 




see page 25 



, ,,..,. Manchester College 

anuary 16, 1971 Page Three 



The Funderburg Library 
Manchester College 
North Manchester, Ind, 



What Do You See? 



What do you see, the trees or the forest? 

There is an old cliche that says that we get so near the trees that we can't see the forest. 
We get so involved in the little things that we can't see the main project. We get bogged 
down with the details and lose sight of the ultimate goal. We get hung up on minor ob- 
jections and sacrifice the major purpose. 

One of the problems that faces the Publishing Board is the continuing low level of subscrip- 
tions. This condition has faced the Board as long as I can remember, certainly as long 
as I have actually been a member of the Board. Now we on the Board sometimes get 
hung up on the obvious monetary situation caused by this low circulation but, actually 
the tragedy is that a LOT of the Brethren don't get the message that the various boards 
of the church send out and the church suffers from the lack of a unified effort. 

Why don't more of our people subscribe to the Evangelist. Let me say here that I'm ob- 
viously not talking to the right people, you do subscribe, so hand this to someone who 
doesn't. Some of the reasons for not subscribing are discussed below. 

IT COSTS TOO MUCH. This is the cry in some quarters. But does it? A single issue of the 
Evangelist costs only 15V2 cents, only IIV2 if you're from a 100% church. A cup of 
coffee costs that much, more in a lot of places. We all get magazines that cost much 
more, that we read less, and that are certainly not as important to the church. Cost 
cannot really be a factor. There must be something else! 

I DON'T AGREE WITH THE ARTICLES. I actually had one layman tell me he discon- 
tinued his subscription because of the PEACE articles. Now I'm sure many of us find 
articles in the Evangelist that we take issue with. I'm just as sure that most of the 
secular magazines that we have in our homes also have articles that are contrary to 
our thinking. We continue to subscribe to them, but we drop the ichurch paper. It just 
doesn't ring true. It's not that we don't agree with the articles. It's deeper than that. There 
must be something else. 

THE ARTICLES DON'T INTEREST ME. This could be true part of the time, but not all 
the time. Not all the articles and stories can interest everyone, I suppose, as with every 
publication, but IF we are interested in our church, I mean the Brethren Church not the 
local congregation, then every issue of the Evangelist has something for us. There's got 
to be something else. 

I think the answer that we've been looking for is that many of our people are congregational 
to the degree that the denomination actually means very little to them. The Evangelist, 
which purports to bring us all together, does not demand their loyalty. How can we de- 
velop this loyalty? 

Oddly enough, loyalty must be fed by knowledge, and that's what the Evangelist is for — 
to increase the knowledge of its readers. If the Brethren know more about their de- 
nomination, it follows that their loyalty will be stronger. 

What do you see, the trees or the forest? Let's not get hung up on minor objections and sacri- 
fice the major purpose. Let's not be so congregational that we lose the advantages of 
our denomination. Let's look for the forest. 

Elton Whitted, President 
Brethren Publishing Co. 



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I AM THE PRINTING PRESS 

I am the printing-press, born of the mother earth. 
My heart is of steel, my limbs are of iron, and my 
fingers are of brass. 

I sing the songs of the world, the oratories of 
history, the symphonies of all time. 

I am the voice of today, the herald of tomorrow. 
I weave into the warp of the past the woof of the fu- 
ture. I tell the stories of peace and war alike. 

I make the human heart beat with passion or 
tenderness. I stir the pulse of nations, and make brave 
men do better deeds, and soldiers die. 

I am the laughter and tears of the world, and I 
shall never die until all things return to the immutable 
dust. 

I am the printing-press. 

Robert Hobart Davis 



THE NEW COLOSSUS 

Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door. 

Emma Lazarus 



OUT OF BOUNDS 

A little Boy of heavenly birth, 

But far from home today, 
Comes down to find His ball, the earth, 

That sin has cast away. 
O comrades, let us one and all 

Join in to get Him back His ball! 



John Banister Tabb 



January 16, 1971 



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SECOND WRITERS' WORKSHOP PLANNED 



"pHE BRETHREN WRITERS' WORKSHOP held 
1 last August at General Conference will, hopefully, 
levelop into an annual Brethren Writers' Conference 
vhere Brethren people can learn how to write better, 
)lan what needs writing, and pool their abilities and 
ikills to produce whatever God needs produced by the 
Brethren Church. Sponsored by The Brethren Publishi- 
ng Company, the workshop attracted far more people 
han had been hoped for even in the wildest of dreams, 
some 20-30 people attended each session, though not 
he same 20 or 30 each day. This changing personnel, 
ombined with a busy conference schedule, precluded 
liny great amount of finished writing, but a start was 
friade toward getting Brethren people to write. At 
east the ones who seemed interested. 

An attempt was made to acquaint the participants 
■vith the Printshop facilities and the mechanics of pre- 
paring manuscript to send to the Editor. Some general 
principles of composition for various purposes were 
iiscussed, and printed instructional materials were 
iistributed. Practice exercizes gave the writers a chance 
:o try the skills being demonstrated. All in all, it was 
i good beginning. 

The Publishing Company learned that Brethren peo- 
ple are interested in such a thing, and so plan to con- 
inue in the direction they have started — developing 
lew materials in the area of Christian Literature If 



the Brethren Church has something to say to the world, 
it will be printed and distributed through the Brethren 
Bookstores. 

To this end, then, another Writers' Conference is 
being planned. It will be planned so it will not conflict 
with Conference, and it will be more thorough than 
the first workshop. If possible, writing for radio and 
TV will be included since our developing work in these 
areas will need material as much as will our Evangelist 
and other printed materials. If this Writers' Conference 
is to do an effective job, the number of participants 
must be limited to those really interested in writing. 
Probably registrants will be asked to submit a manu- 
script early to assure registration. Watch for particu- 
lars in the Evangelist and get your writing started now. 

A list of the Workshop participants is incomplete. 
If you attended any of the sessions at Conference last 
year, will you send your name and address to the 
Editor, George Schuster, a!^ The Brethren Publishing 
Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio, 44805. You 
will then receive information about the next Writers' 
Conference, in addition to the notice in the Evangelist. 

For those who are not interested in a full Writers' 
Conference but would like a workshop session at Gen- 
eral Conference, this will probably be repeated one 
afternoon during conference week. 



-THE PRINTED PAGE BUSINESS 



"The medium is the message," says Marshall McLuhan, and "The printed page makes individuals of us 
ill." He explains that the printed page allows a person to be alone and to think in the rational, logical, 
sequential manner that has produced our Western Culture. 

The Brethren Publishing Company is in the printed page business: 

— Print shop has modern, up-to-date equipment and skilled personnel 
— Bookstores (two of them) are modern and well equipped 

— Publications include Bible study materials for adults, The Brethren History Book and other 

Brethren materials and The Brethren Evangelist, a family magazine designed to coordinate our 

denominational efforts and make effective our individual lives. 

Spread apart as we are, we depend on written communication and the telephone. Business can be conducted 

juite efficiently via the news letter or phone; but to build and maintain the family of Brethren, the feeling of 

Hieness, takes a bit more doing. As Brethren people we are being built into The Church. What is our place? 

vVhat are we to do? Or are we to be something? So God can do something? 

Perhaps, in addition to the subtle influence of the medium (print), the massage is the method (as a radio 
speaker said), and we can learn much from a look at the name of our paper: The Evangelist 
EV — well 

ANGEL — messenger — thus the good news, the Gospel 
1ST — one who does or practices, a person skilled in or occupied with, an adherent of or believer in — 

the Gospel, the good news. 
Thus the Evangelist must 

not just proclaim the good news — but practice it. 
not just report the actions of people — but be skilled in doing 
not just plan and coordinate — but engender belief. 
k big order? Of course! But consider this: 

"God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever [an individual person] be- 
ieveth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 
Vlaybe an evangelist is important. 



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THROUGH THE COOKING POT . . . 

OR A WINTER RETREAT IN FLORIDA 



AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE COOK! 



YOU ARRIVE AT CAMP FREEDOM at 8:30 
in the morning, search for the kitchen, look 
over facilities and make tracks for Brethren 
House where huge quantities of food are supposed 
to be waiting — and they are ! You greet Pastor 
Lersch, his wife Jean and their children, Susan 
and John, amist much screeching and grating of 
skates on the cement circle in front of Brethren 
House — for nearly a dozen children from the 
neighborhood have gotten new skates for Christ- 
mas and are now busily testing them (and their 
bottoms) on the cement at Brethren House. 

Food all loaded up (except for a few items left 
to be retrieved later in the week) and you are 
off back to Camp Freedom. By this time nearly 
all 36 kids and 4 adult staff members are either 
engaged in a rip-roaring football game or cheer- 
ing them on. (After 20 hours or more on the road, 
they were all supposed to be sleeping but you 
wouldn't have guessed it by listening and looking 
toward the rear of Camp Freedom.) 

You enter the kitchen, confront the mounds of 
food and begin checking to see what you have of 
the food ordered via phone to Sarasota and find 
that everything is there. However there are still 
a few more items to obtain so you make a deal 
with Dorman Ronk to hit a couple of stores for 
meat, milk and such other small items as are need- 
ed. By 11 :30 you decide that the kids are not 
going to sleep and you are going to have to come 
up with an unexpected meal — so cold meat, potato 
chips, drink, fruit and cookies are quickly placed 



on the table for 40 wound-up retreaters. Spirits 
are high and instead of sleeping after lunch, the 
group goes to Brethren House to get its first look 
at the work there and learn something about what 
they will be doing for the next two and a half 
days with Pastor Lersch. 

That leaves the cook — you know where — right 
in the middle of the kitchen and preparations be- 
gin for a large supper. Thirteen pounds of ham- 
burger are soon turned into meat loaves and 
placed in huge pans, 55 potatoes are washed and 
wrapped in foil for baking and two large green 
bean casseroles are prepared. Three cakes are 
baked, and since there is no electric mixer or hand! 
beater that works, you revert to pioneer methods! 
and hand beating the batter with a spoon. Soon 









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Ron Waters and Steve Zerbe appear and offer a 
'beating hand" for the two chocolate cakes, and 
after that ordeal they retire to the outside, saying 
hey will return in a few minutes to beat the white 
cake. But they do not appear, and the cook pre- 
pares the white cake. (Just before supper tney 
inquired how their cakes baked, and they were 
informed that they fell flat — which they believed 
for a while until the cakes appeared on the table.) 
^.lso a surprise cake arrived resplendent with 
candles to celebrate Dale Staffer's birthday 
(which was the day before while on the road to 
3ft. Pete) . 

First big meal over and the amount of food 
Mid drink consumed is fantastic! A work crew 
lelps clean up and all (including the cook) are 
>n their way to Brethren House where Pastor 
Lersch told about the work of Brethren House 
ria slides to a "packed house." Then during a 
Dreak, retreaters paid the rest of their registra- 
ion fee (only $35 total for the whole trip and 
stay in Florida) and Mrs. Lersch served hot 
chocolate, cookies and candy. After large quanti- 
ses were consumed, the kids were given oppor- 
:unity to sign up for the work and activities they 
wished to participate in during the following days 
md got acquanted with some of the kids of the 
leighborhood who were also there. Then a unique 
Christmas program with slides of children from 
Brethren House depicting the Nativity story, 
Scripture reading, tape recording and narration 
oy Pastor Lersch completed the evening. 

Back at Camp Freedom, and all were in- 
structed to get right to bed for a good night's rest 
x> be ready for the work of the following day (by 
:his time some had not slept for 40 hours). 

The ccok shared a room with Debbie Brady 
and Dale Fields from Washington, D.C. and did 
rot have an alarm clock. Therefore, sleep was 
light so she wouldn't miss the hour to rise — how- 
3ver, since the room was rather dark and a watch 
could not be read without turning on a light, the 
cook listened for sounds of morning and got up. 
By 6:30 a.m. the cook was at work in the kitchen 
— preparing hot chocolate, scrambling four dozen 
3ggs and toasting bread. About 7:30 a.m. Becky 
Bachtel (the cook's helper) arrived to set table 
and lend a helping hand with preparations. Only 
one two-piece toaster was available and the bread 
kept popping up before it was done and the whole 
process took forever even though toast was stored 
in the warm oven.. The cooks couldn't keep up with 
the demand, and the next day measures were 
taken to correct the situation. 

After breakfast clean-up, the kids departed 
for Brethren House where they began manual 
labor on the property — scrubbing mold off the 
back wall to prepare it for painting, painting the 
front wall, doing yard work and preparing for the 
House to be open in the afternoon to the children 
of the neighborhood. Some of the retreaters paired 
off and went out into the community to do a 
questionnaire survey for Pastor Lersch — and 
meanwhile back at the kitchen, the cook was pre- 
paring lunch. When the hungry and thirsty mob 



returned, they had chicken noodle and mushroom 
soup waiting, leftover and warmed meatloaf for 
sandwiches as well as bologna, cake and what 
seemed like a huge quantity of lemon blend. The 
latter was consumed in nothing flat and many 
headed for the water faucet to quench their thirst. 
(The icook learned that greater quantities of drink 
would be necessary. ) 

The kids headed for Brethren House after lunch 
to help with its activities (Monday- Wednesday 
from 2:30-5 p.m. the House is open to children 
of the neighborhood to participate in games an J 
learning activities which are Bible centered) 
while some did more survey work and some went 
to the beach. The night before when all signed 
up for the activities they wished to participate in, 
it was gratifying to hear some say they wanted 
to go to the beach, but they also wanted to be at 
Brethren House to work, so could they just go to 
the beach for a little while and then come back 
to work. 

And the cook — she was back in the kitchen 
preparing foot long hot dogs, potato chips, 6 
gallon of lemon drink and dessert which disap- 
peared in record time. As Becky said, "That one 
end of the table just absorbs everything you set 
on it." 

After supper, a good presentation by Pastor 
Lersch on the historic peace position of The Breth- 
ren Church generated lively discussion which only 
came to a halt with the announcement that pop- 
corn was ready for all in the kitchen. 

Wednesday morning — 6 a.m. — the cook is up 
and at 'em! Cereal, toast, hot chocolate and fresh 
fruit are on the breakfast menu. Rev. Hamel 
from Sarasota brought four sacks of oranges, 
bananas and grapefruit to be enjoyed by the 
group. Some of it had to be washed since it came 
directly from the trees, so several large bowls 
of fruit were washed and the hot chocolate was 
started. Becky arrived at 7 :30 a.m. to set table, 
get out the cereal and milk containers and aid in 
toast preparation. This morning the toast is pre- 
pared on a griddle on the stove with melted butter 
and all the bread was toasted that we had and 
still was not enough. So a last minute batch was 
prepared out of special loaves to be used for 
lunch. But the process was much faster and pro- 
duced needed quantities as opposed to the "one 
horse shay" method of the day before. 




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The kids soon left for Brethren House and more 
work. Kenny VanDuyne worked hard and was so 
determined to finish his painting at the House 
that he would not come back for lunch. Others 
worked hard on various projects or went into the 
community surveying. 

Meanwhile back on the "range" — chili was 
brewing in a huge, huge pot, special loaves of 
bread were ready, crackers, fruit cocktail, cookies 
and milk. When the hungry crew arrived, the 
cooks dipped up the chili and it barely went 
around — more would have been eaten ! 

The weather turns cold and this dampens some 
spirits for beach activities in the afternoon, but a 
few hearty souls can't resist and make the trek 
to the Gulf. Others work at Brethren House con- 
ducting the afternoon's activities since Pastor 
Lersch can't be there. He and about six of the re- 
treaters go to the local TV station to tape a week's 
programs of 10 minutes each to be shown on St. 
Petersburg TV. And more community survey 
work was completed in the afternoon by teams. 
Right after lunch, Dick Allison and the cook make 
another trip to get food and milk. The day before 
a similar excursion netted several large sacks of 
groceries at the K-Mart and 10 gallon of milk 
from Freezer Fillers. Today more supplies have 
to be purchased at K-Mart and 6 more gallon of 
milk. Dick reports that the man at Freezer Fillers 
looks a bit shocked with all the purchases of milk, 
but if he could have seen how 40 people consumed 
all that milk, he wouldn't have looked so shocked 
— or maybe he would have fainted on the spot to 
see it disappear so quickly! 

While the kids are away, the cook does not play 
— she cooks. Wednesday supper calls for barbe- 
cued chicken, scalloped potatoes, peas, (left-over 
green bean casserole) , and frozen cream pies. The 
cook salts and peppers chicken, chicken, chicken 
and more chicken. Fern Smith has said you need 
to figure one quarter of chicken per person so 
40 quarters of chicken were ordered but Pastor 
Allison and the cook decided that we got 40 whole 
chickens. Two huge, huge, huge kettles were 
stuffed with chicken and a smaller pan was need- 
ed to cook all the chicken. Needless to say the 
afternoon was spent fixing chicken, preparing 
scalloped potatoes, peas and the rest. When supper 
came, everyone ate all the chicken they could hold 
and there were pans of it left. While the clean-up 
crew worked, a cotton pickin,' chicken pickin' 
crew set about taking the remaining chicken off 
the bone to be used the next day. 

The evening was spent in viewing several film- 
strips on black migration to the cities and discus- 
sion followed. Pastor Lersch and the boss (Fred 
Burkey) spent some time consulting on the next 
day's schedule and events. Arrangements were 
made for some to go to an orange grove, some to 
visit the open-room school where Mrs. Lersch 
teaches, some to view the TV tapes made the day 
before and more work projects were planned. 

The cook fixed a large kettle of "snakes" (foot- 
long hot dogs) to be consumed before bed and 
then she retired with sore and aching feet to her 



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own bed after telling Bob Fowler (Assistant to 
the Director) that they would be available after 
the discussion. 

Thursday morning — up before 6 a.m. since 
breakfast will be earlier today — walking into the 
kitchen, the cook finds that all but three foot longs 
were consumed last night. She learns later that a 
dog eating contest was conducted the night before 
and so the foot longs were soon stuffed down com- 
peting throats. More fresh fruit is washed, hoi 
chocolate prepared and heaps of toast that finallj 
meets the needs of the "Hungry Forty" with some 
cereal thrown in besides. It is very windy and the 
sky gets darker and darker and before breakfas 
is over, the rain comes in torrents. It hamper; 
some of the outside work to be accomplished a 
Brethren House this morning and makes the ven 
ture to the orange grove a wet one, but everyoin 
is still enthusiastic. While the kids scatter in sev 
eral directions, Dorman Ronk retrieves the las 
of the food left at Lersch's (7 pies) and the cool 
begins the baking process in the limited ovei 
space. The largest pot of soup yet is prepared- 
vegetable with guess what? chicken! And t\v 
large pans of chicken are prepared for warmin; 
in the oven to be used for chicken sandwiches. 

Lunch — it's over — and there is still chicken lefl 
Bob Fowler decides to make some chicken sand 
wiches to take along on the road back and set 
about that task as the cook's grandparents arriv 
to take her to their home over New Year's Eve 
The rest of the gang descend upon Sarasot 
for a huge potluck meal, games, film and candle 
light service. The kids return to Camp Freedor 
to sleep — one car got lost and didn't make it bac 
until 2:30 a.m. — and get up the next morning fo 
breakfast (handled by Becky and her helpers) 
Everyone was soon on the road north and th 
cook? well, she was enjoying a few last houi 
with grandparents before boarding a plane fc 
the north also, allowing the feet to spring bac 
into shape from their flattened condition an 
drawing a satisfied sigh after a great experienc 
with a bunch of grand kids. 

Only one thing — the Administrative Assistai 
decided that she would not become a profession; 
cook — she would stick to the typewriter, offs* 
press, writing, and all those easy things ! 




January 16, 1971 



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THE GOSPEL IS FOR THE ORDINARY MAN 



by Thomas A. Schultz 



npHE TWELFTH CHAPTER of Mark is an account 
1 of Jesus describing God's love and the wonderful 
way of life. He explains the power of living, healing, 
and believing. At the end of the chapter, there is a 
little verse often overlooked. It strikes a very meaning- 
ful note for me, and I also hope it will for you: ". . . the 
common people heard him gladly" (Mark 12:37b). Jesus 
lived among common people. The little city of Nazareth 
is where artisan and craftsmen worked for their daily 
bread; it was a society of average men. 

Jesus and His disciples did not work with the aristo- 
crats nor the geniuses, but with the middle of the road 
kind of people. There was not a well-to-do man among 
the apostles. They were ordinary men: fishermen and 
those who assumed the medial tasks. One of the most 
interesting facets of His life was the ordinary people 
with whom He dealt day-by-day. His special friends were 
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. They were very simple 
people who lived in a very humble town eight miles out 
of Jerusalem, called Bethany. His other friends were 
the unpopular people: sinners and those excluded from 
normal society. His own disciples criticized Him because 
He ate, drank and talked with sinners. So we can say 
that our Lord spent His time directing His teachings 
and plan of salvation to the ordinary type of men and 
women. 

I love to think of the woman with the two mites. She 
was a very humble working woman who gave her two 
mites to the Lord. Because of her great mark of dignity 
and spiritual life, Jesus gave her a reputation that shall 
never be forgotten. Jesus knew her love and faithful- 
ness to God. Do you remember the story of the little 
boy who gave his lunch which Jesus used to feed the 
multitude? With it, Jesus taught a great spiritual lesson. 

The woman at the well who, upon meeting Christ, 
found the genius of following the Master. Mary Magda- 
lene, who was at Jesus' tomb, was the first to see the 
resurrected body of Christ. She was the first woman to 
discover the great message that, "Though he were dead, 
yet shall he live" (John 11:25b). Women of the street 
to the celestial kingdom of God in a short time. 

I like to think of the sick man who lay with palsy, 
scarce 1 ^ known by those who passed by. No one would 
move him into the troubled waters so that he could be 
healed by the therapeutic value of the water; until, one 
day, Jesus came and showed him he did not need the 
water — all he needed was faith and trust! The man was 
healed and received his strength. All through the Bible 
we see how Jesus worked with the ordinary, common 
people. 




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As you study the pages of the Scriptures, it is in- 
teresting to note that everytime Jesus came in contact 
with these common, ordinary folk, He gave them extra 
ordinary power. ". . . As many as received Him, to them 
gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them 
that believed on his name" (John 1:12). This was not the 
will of men, but the will of God! The woman on the 
street, the man sick with the palsy, the young man 
filled with demoniac spirits, to all who would receive 
Him, He gave this extra ordinary power — the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ! He gave them the faith and under- 
standing that if they would accept Him as their Savior, 
His dying on the cross would bring them the gift of 
eternal life. They would not only receive the power of 
healing, forgiveness, and strength, but also the power 
to overcome sin, death, and the grave, and at last to 
receive the gift of eternal life. ". . . As many as received 
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of 
God. . ." (John 1:12). 

One thing is for sure, we are living in a society 
today that de-emphasizes the ordinary man. The 
ordinary man, or the silent majority, are people 
who are not looked upon as being leaders of the world. 
They are led to believe that unless they are intelli- 
gentsia, an egg head, a genius, or a member of a parti- 
cular faculty, somehow or other God cannot use them. 
Unless you are somebody and have arrived, you cannot 



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be used as an ambassador for Christ ! They believe the 
average citizen is not important to the church. They 
believe that unless you have arrived in the social eco- 
nomic society, you are not important to the church. To 
the contrary, the message of the Christian Church and 
of Christ is just the opposite. It is the ordinary people, 
the simple, common people of life to whom Jesus came 
with the great message and commission. 

First God does not want us to think that our lives 
are insignificant. He does not want us to live as ordi- 
nary people in an ordinary way. I read an article which 
was an obituary of a man and his work: "Though the 
actor was never a star, he was invaluable in the small 
parts he played during his fifty years on the stage." 
We may not be supermen and we may have a low esti- 
mate of our lives, but it is these co-called unimportant 
people that Christ often uses to proclaim His message, 
do His work, and build the kingdom of love on earth. If 
you are only an ordinary person, you may be the one 
whom God will call upon to do something important. 
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for the rich, poor, nor 
the intelligentsia alone, but for all men. "As many as 
received him, to them gave he power to become the 
sons of God." 

Secondly, the ordinary man is seen in the example 
of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus' life was played on a very 
small stage. He never traveled more than fifty miles 
from the place where he was born. There were five 
great cities in Jesus' day: Rome, Alexandria, Ephesus, 
Antioch, and Tarsus. According to the Bible, Jesus 
never visited any of those great cities. The only great 
city He visited was Jerusalem, and it was small com- 
pared to the five. He spent most of His life in a farm- 
ing village. Nazareth was so small and unattractive that 
when the Jews learned the Messiah was to come out of 
Nazareth, they asked, ". . . Can there any good thing 
come out of Nazareth..." (John 1:46). From this soli- 
tary life and humble village came the best teachings 
that have ever stirred the lives of men. The greatest 
love the world has even known came from Nazareth. 
The greatest sacrifice ever given to the world and man- 
kind came from this unimportant place and ordinary 
people. That is how God worked! 

I talked to a couple who were neighbors of Neil Arm- 
strong. We talked about the humble life of this great 
astronaut. Neil Armstrong was just a farm boy. While 
in high school, and military work, scarcely anyone knew 
Neil Armstrong. When he became an astronaut, the 
people of his own city did not know what a great and 
brilliant man had come out of their small community. 
Wapakoneta, Ohio, is now on the map because Neil 
Armstrong walked on the face of the moon. He has 
done something greater than any man who has lived 
since the time of Jesus Christ! Noil Armstrong and his 
parents were common people out of an ordinary com- 
munity. Though you may be common and from an 



ordinary community, God can give you the power to do 
great things! 

God works secretly and quietly. It may be through a 
Sunday school teacher, scarcely known by the members 
of the parish, teaching the children how Jesus died on 
a cross that whosoever believeth in Him will have ever- 
lasting life. It is to these teachers, these ordinary, com- 
mon people that God often gives a great mission and 
challenge. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, bap- 
tizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 28:19). So, don't under 
estimate the power of God in your life, even though 
you may be just an ordinary, humble person. 

No matter how ordinary nor how simple our lives 
may be, many people feel that nobody cares for them. 
As an ordinary person, you are aware of your limita- 
tions. Even though you have sinned and fallen short, 
yet you can be assured that Christ is still within you. 
Christ said, ". . . Lo, I am with you always, even unto 
the end of the world" (Matt. 28:20). When we become 
depressed or things are not right, when our children 
go astray and they forget God, it is wonderful to know 
that Christ is still with us. "What a friend we have in 
Jesus." That is the strength of a Christian's life! 

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow 
of death, I will fear no evil: for thou are with me" (Ps. 
23:4). Christ is with me. He has gone to be with God 
to intercede for me, that when I go, "Nothing in my 
hand to bring, simply to the cross to cling," because I 
am assured that He has paid the price for my sins. I 
will be delivered free and exonerated from all my 
unrighteousness. 

If that does not stir the heart of a man, if that doesn't 
put courage, strength, and new life into a person, 1 don't 
know what will. ". . . As many as received him, to them 
gave he power to become the sons of God . . ." (John 
1:12). Those people who do receive Him feel that won- 
derful power. Let the world condemn me, let people ig- 
nore me, let failure come, let me be marked as a sinner 
and my sins be exposed, I will glory still if Thou art 
my Christ! That is the prayer a Christian should pray. 
Christ is always present in our lives according to His 
promise. You cannot go where God is not, whether in 
trouble, sin, failure, or disobedience to God. Whether 
you are popular or unpopular, whether you are just an 
ordinary man or woman, you can be assured that Christ 
is with you! 

The secret of a Christian's life is to know that God 
loves you. He is ever near wherever you may be. 
Lincoln once said, "God must love the common man 
because He made so many and loved them all." Lincoln 
had an understanding of Christian life. The Gospel of 
Jesus Christ is for all men regardless of their rank and 
station of life. So it is, that Christ comes into your life 
with the Gospel even though you may be a common or 
ordinary person. 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



January 16, 1971 



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MINISTRY IN THE BELIEVERS' CHURCH 



by Richard Allison 



The first Lay Theology course, entitled "The Biblical Doctrine of the 
Church," tuas held at Warsaw, Indiana, during the fall quarter of 1070. 
Following is an abstract of one of the papers written for the course by 
Rev. Richard Allison, pastor of the Jefferson Brethren Church. 



EVERY SOCIETY from the beginning of or- 
ganized community life has recognized the 
role of the professional religionist. He is a tech- 
nician, called in to deal with the crisis situation 
of the individual or society. Today, the "minister" 
usually fits into this pattern. He comes from afar 
with the aura of the holy surrounding him, and 
he deals primarily with the crisis situations of 
life. From the beginning, it was not to be so, that 
this cultural constant should become the model 
for the church. 

The New Testament develops pattern for min- 
istry. It speaks in terms of the universality of 
the ministry. This is not to be confused either 
with the democratic ideal or the pragmatic tech- 
nique. But according to such passages of Scrip- 
ture as Ephesians 4, I Corinthians 12 and Ro- 
mans 12, the universality of the ministry is a 
part of the work of Christ. More specifically, the 
"fulness of Christ" refers to all members of the 
body exercising their gifts. 

The modern concept of "laity," i.e., people of 
God excluding ministers, is not a Biblical concept. 
According to the New Testament usage, the laos, 
from which our word laity comes, are the people 
of God. Thus there are no non-ministers in the 
laity. And it is heresy to speak of "laymen" as 
though they are a category of persons without a 
ministry. This idea arose with the coming of the 
sacramental understanding of the bishop. A term 
was needed to designate the uncommitted. That 
term was laymen. 

Furthermore, the traditional doctrine of voca- 
tion interferes with the realization of the univer- 




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sal ministry. The traditional concept is that of 
Christian farmer, Christian banker, Christian 
businessman, etc. But "ministry" as it is used in 
the New Testament refers to a variety of func- 
tions within the community of faith. As for 
example : 

Romans 12:6-8 — prophecy, service, teaching, 
exhortation, liberality, administration, sick- 
Visitation. 



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I Corinthians 12:28 — apostles, prophets, 
teachers, workers of miracles, healers, help- 
ers, administrators, speakers in tongues. 
Ephesians 4:11 — apostles, prophets, evan- 
gelists, pastor-teachers. 
Thus ministry refers to a variety of functions 
within the community of faith. The church's task 
at this point is to assist its members in discover- 
ing what their particular function is. 

A problem arises when all or nearly all of the 
functions are cumulated in one man. This pro- 
duces an unwholesome and impossible situation. 
Biblically, it was never intended to be so. The 
prophet was God's man who spoke a new word. 
He spoke creatively. The teacher is God's man 
who speaks an old word. He is responsible for 
passing on faithfully the tradition. The pastor is 
a shepherd who watches over or moderates, and 
interestingly enough, the New Testament doesn't 
assign to him the sermonizing function. The con- 
clusion is inevitable. It is net normative, according 
to Biblical standards, that one man should be 
capable of all of this. 

The act of calling one man to be the "minister" 
from outside the congregation, weakens the min- 



ister and the congregation. The congregation as- 
sumes everything necessary is being done and the 
minister is so overloaded that he does little very 
well. And the way that a congregation solves its 
problems is to get a new minister. 

Out of this pattern, the "ministry" has become 
a profession. The "minister" is trained and 
polished so that he is interchangeable with anoth- 
er "minister." In the New Testament, the apostle 
was the only one who had an office that was uni- 
versally recognized. The professionalizing of the 
minister, i.e., making him interchangeable, is a 
denial of the New Testament teaching of char- 
isma as being unique and being locally inserted 
in the body. Thus Paul named elders from the 
congregation. They were not professionals who 
were brought in. 

This is a far cry from "involving" people in 
congregational activity. "Involving" people usual- 
ly doesn't require a call. Mobilization is hardly 
the approach of the New Testament with regara 
to ministry. 

Thus it becomes apparent that every Christian 
is a minister in the same sense as the pastor, the- 
teacher or the deacon is a minister. 



ANOTHER COMFORTER 



by Helen Barnhart 



"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you 
another Comforter that he may abide with you for 
ever." 

Until a year ago when I started taking the Bible 
courses, I was very clear on the Father and Son, very 
foggy on the Holy Spirit. For this reason, in spite of 
loving Je us very dearly, I didn't have an "inner peace." 

I chose "Living in the World" as my first course be- 
cause I thought it would help me to adjust to everyday 
problems, and I seemed to have so many. God began 
to teach me that worry is not for His followers and 
that I must trust Him more. 

My next course was "Living for Christ." I wanted 
to know the love of God as revealed in Christ. I learned 
that Jesus was just as human as we are, yet He never 
rinned. I was just beginning to understand how very 
much He loved me. My friends and family were begin- 



ning to notice a change in my character since I had 
yielded to Christ in repentance and faith. 

My third course was "The Bible: God's Word to Man." 
One of the most joyful messages of the Bib'e is this: 
"God is love." Because God loves us, He delights in our 
happiness. 

By this time, I felt I had begun to be a better witness 
in my daily living — but how to share what I knew and 
felt? I started the fourth course called "Witnessing for 
Christ." I have a small business where I meet the public. 
There hasn't been a day that I haven't been able to do 
something Christlike before the day is over since learn- 
ing the methods I learned from this course. 

As Rev. Paul Roth, my friend and teacher would say. 
"all glory to God," and to this I can only add, "Amen.' 
For now I am beginning to know the inner peace the 
Comforter can bring! 






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MISSIONARY 

news 




SECRETARY INGRAHAM VISITS ARGENTINA 



M. VIRGIL INGRAHAM, General Secretary of the 
Missionary Board, returned to Ashland on Decem- 
er 21 after making a brief visit to Buenos Aires, 
ugentina. 

During his short stay in that country, he was engaged 
a consultations with leaders of CAVE A, the inter- 
lenominational Argentine organization of which Breth- 
en missions is a part; with leaders of The Brethren 
|hurch in Argentina; and with Brethren missionaries 
!.nd their families, the Solomons, A .pinalls and Curtises. 

It wan a time of co-ordinating aspects of the various 
Argentine ministries in which the Missionary Board and 
The Brethren Church are engaged, along with a mutual 
Baring of present and future requirements of pro- 
|a.m, personnel, equipment and financial support. 

I he outcome of these conferences was an increased 
.v/a one j ; of the possibilities which are shared mutually 
n that land where a growing receptivity to the Gospel 
s being experienced. Also evident is the scarcity of 
;ufficient workers, both nationals and missionaries, for 
he cha lenge of an opening door for the proclamation 
ri the Good News by radio, by preaching and by the 
d ~'nted pa<re and other media of communication. 




Rev. Ingraham at airport 




Short-term Argentina Missionary 

npHE MISSIONARY BOARD is pleased to announce 
1 the special appointment of Mark Logan, Jr. as a 
short-term technical missionary to Argentina. Mark will 
work as an electronic technician in the radio work of 
CAVEA, helping Bill Curtis in this ministry. 

Mr. and Mrs. Logan will be leaving directly for Argen- 
tina as soon as travel requirements can be expedited. 
They will not have the usual language training in Costa 
Rica due to their ability to converse in Spanish, having 
resided in Spain at one time. 

Pray for Mark and Chantal Logan as they make their 
final preparations for service in Argentina. 



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Ray is teaching at the Eden Bible Institute in Argentina 
and is serving also as pastor of the Soldini Church 
which though young is very missionary minded. Ray is 
also treasurer for the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church in Argentina. Marilyn Aspinall is also teaching 
at the Bible Institute ai well as serving as treasurer of 
the same. 




Ray and Marilyn Aspinall and children 




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Ken is teaching at the Eden Bible Institute 
in Argentina as well as in the extension 
courses offered by the Bible Institute, and 
is in charge of teaching Personal Evan- 
gelism to the students using nearby vil- 
lages as practical training. The new work 
in Alvarez (see article in this issue) is a 
result of this ministry. Jeannette Solomon 
is teaching in the kindergarten operated 
by the Soldini Church where Ken and 
Jeannette both are active. 



Ken and Jeannette Solomon 
and children 



Bill is serving as the technician for the Radio work in 
Buenos Aires, maintaining the equipment, operating it 
for all early morning and evening recording and taking 
part in the film ministry of CAVEA. Bill is now also 
responsible for the programming of the various radio 
releases as well as legel representation for the Mission- 
ary Board with the federal government. Fran serves 
as hostess in the headquarters building giving a warm 
welcome to visitors. 




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BUI and Fran Curtis and daughter 



inuary 16, 1971 



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The Kumars have just completed their first year on the 
field and are highly encouraged with the evangelistic 
outreach in nearby villages. The Brethren Home for 
Children is operating smoothly and Kumar has estab- 
lished a training program for leaders in the church. 



R 



ren 



sioncines 




Dick and Kitty Winfield 



The Bolingers have returned to their work among the 
Higi people in Nigeria with Larry working also in the 
Literacy and Literature program. One of Larry's special 
projects is the preparation of self-teaching courses 
which may be used in helping the Higi people to be- 
come better trained in the Bible. There are many facets 
to this new outreach and Rose Bolinger ably supports 
Larry in his work. 




Kumar and Nirmala 
and, daughter 



The Winfields are now on furlough resid- 
ing in the Missionary Home in Ashland, 
Ohio. They have completed their first 
term in Nigeria where they both did a 
fine job teaching at Kulp Bible School. 
During their furlough they will be doing 
some deputation. You may be seeing them 
soon. 




Larry and Rose Bolinger 
and children 



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OPENING OF NEW WORK IN ALVAREZ 



by Kenneth L. Solomon 



OCTOBER 23, 1970— the night for which we had 
long awaited!! After weeks of preparation and 
months of prayer and, yes, even years of concern, evan- 
ge istic effort and missionary desire the anticipated 
event arrived! 

One could truthfully say that the preparation of this 
evangelistic campaign began in the year 1966. At that 
time the Soldini Church just two years in existence 
voted to support with their prayers and active participa- 
tion a monthly visitation campaign in Alvarez. With 
the door to door visitation an excellent, monthly evan- 
gelistic periodical was given and a Christian testimony 
spoken where opportunity permitted. In 1969 a public 
street meeting was held at which an excellent Gospel 
film was shown and the Word of God was preached. 
This year the students of the Eden Bible Institute along 
with some of the youth from the SoMini Church once 
again began a periodic visitation campaign which led 
up to the program for the Soldini congregation to open 
an annex in that town. 

Usually the procedure is to hold open-air evangelistic 
meetings and when there is a group of converts then 
look for a place to have weekly meetings, either in a 
private home, a public building or a rented hall. But 
this time the Lord led us to rent a hall, repair and paint 
it, buy a few secondhand benches, and obtain Bibles, 
New Testaments, religious records and pictures before 
there was even one convert in Alvarez. Now, with "hind- 








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Building used for the meetings in Alvare 



Principal street of the village of Alvarez 



sight," the word "unusual" seems rather mild for this 
procedure, though at the time of its execution, the plan 
did not seem at all peculiar or illogical since we were 
convinced of the leading of the Lord and were deter- 
mined to obey that leading. 

The opening night was wonderful in every way. The 
weather was lovely; Juan Carlos Astellano and his 
family (wife and little boy) arrived with the evangelistic 
equipment (Jeep, audio-visual trailer, loud speakers, 
tape recorder with sacred music, projector, and screen) ; 
the special speaker from the Bible Society, Reverend 
Roberto Romanenghi, arrived on time, and all was in 
readiness, thanks to the fine cooperation of many during 
the previous two months. 

The trailer with its platform, screen, and floodlights 
was located in the center of the wide, unpaved avenue 
on which is located the rented hall. The table with the 
projector had to be placed in the center of the right 
half of this street with the floodlights directly to each 
side and a student of Eden Bib'e Institute directing the 
little bit of traffic that did come by during the meeting; 
there were no problems. With the use of benches and 
chairs we were able to seat the majority of the adults 
who composed the nightly group of attendants. These 
were placed on the wide sidewalk in front of the build 
ing and the children sat down on the curb or in vehicles. 
It was difficult to count them but a conservative esti- 
mate would be an average of 60. 



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The programs each night consisted of approximately 
le hour of well-chosen Gospel films, preceded and/or 
llowed by a special musical number and/or a testi- 
ony by one of the students of the Bible Institute. This 
as preceded by approximately two hours of Gospel 
usic played over loud-speakers placed in front of the 
•nted hall where various youth gave out free Gospel 
erature to aU who passed by and also invited them to 
iter the Bible Book Store part of the rented hall and 
ay for the meeting that was to begin at 8:00 p.m. 
The first night was to emphasize the importance of 
le Bible and inaugurate the Bible Book Store, but it 
as also evangelistic in nature. The other five nights (a 
tal of six since we were rained out two nights) were 
rictly evangelistic in nature and purpose, though the 
ible was always offered to those desiring to purchase 
copy for themselves at the very low price of 400 pesos 
me dollar). A layman, Ernesto Rivero, gave two excel- 
nt messages on the second two nights and the same 
as true of the two messages of Reverend Hector La- 
knca pastor of the Rosario Church on Monday and 
Wednesday night. Then I was to give the last two mes- 
iges but was able to give only one because of rain 
n the last night. 

It, no doubt, has been more a time of sowing than of 
aping. But we have been thrilled with the visible 
esults that have made themselves evident in various 
/ays. (1) The effect of the campaign on the lives of the 
outh of the Soldini Church and the Bible Institute was 
wonderful to behold and shall be long-lasting we are 
onvinced. One youth of 12, who just began attending 
he Soldini Church during the last month, was convert- 
d as he went door-to-door with one of the students to 
avite people to the meetings and give them a tract. The 
tudent led him to the Lord. He is the older brother of 
ne of our kindergarten pupils. (2) The impact left on 




Film projected by the Audio-Visual 
trailer in Alvarez 



the town in which the Gospel is not known. A large 
group of young high-school boys came each night (and 
still come to the meetings since the campaign closed) 
and many were the "sermons" preached to small groups 
of them by the youth who cooperated in this cam- 
paign, to whom they asked many questions thus open- 
ing the door of opportunity for a personal testimony 
or brief Gospel message. (3) The b'essing to the owners 
of the rented hall — two widows past middle age who on 
the closing night of the campaign gave their hearts to 
the Lord in the privacy of their home. (4) Eleven con- 
verts to date (12-6-70). (5) The continued interest shown 
by the group that has been present on the two Sunday 
evenings that we have had indoor meetings, with an 
attendance of 30 to 40. We praise the Lord for both the 
visible and the anticipated results of this new venture 
of faith. We are grateful for those who joined in this 
evangelistic campaign by prayer and request that they 
continue. 



CHEEP ADVICE 




I have never heard anything about the 
resolutions of the disciples, but a great 
deal about the acts of the Apostles. 

— Horace Mann 



Before death many people believe that 
there is a Heaven, Hell, God and Satan. 
Alter death all of the people will believe 
that there is a Heaven, Hell, God and 
Satan. 

Talk to God about the lost sinners. Also 
talk to the lost sinners about God. 

You use more muscles to frown than you 
use to smile. Let your face take it easy. 

Accuse not Nature, she hath done her 
part; do thou but thine. 

— Milton 

How full of briars is this working-day 
world! 

— Shakespeare 

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting 
from impatience. 

— ■ Bishop Home 



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The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for February 



Topic: 

NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST 



Scripture: II Corinthians 5 
Introduction: 

Last Laymen's Meeting was devoted to our resolve to 
go all the way for the Lord in 1971. St. Paul was one 
who had tasted and tested Formal-God-Serving. He 
knew what it was to follow the law to the letter and 
keep the laws precepts of the Church. He was a Phari- 
see of the strictest sense, yet he lacked something. Our 
effort in this lesson is to show that a change takes 
place in a new born and regenerated person and he is 
a new creature. There is a difference between turning 
over a new leaf and turning into a new life. The Scrip- 
tures abound with proofs of the spiritual change. 

For discussion: 
Verse 17 

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crea- 
ture: old things are passed away; behold, all things are 
become new." When a person is ingrafted in Christ, by 
baptism and regeneration, and is a member of His 
body, he is by regeneration made a new man. All the 
faculties of his soul are renewed; his principles, affec- 
tions and practices are all new. Old things are passed 
— the carnal inclinations of mind are wearing off; the 
old will is changed; the old life is reformed. In a word, 
whatever was old and carnal is now become new and 
spiritua 1 . Behold, all things are become new; new af- 
fections, new inclinations, new dispositions, a new 
course, and a new conversation. Nothing is new 
physically, he has the same faculties: but all things 
are new qualitatively. He is renewed in the spirit of 
his mind. This implies a real and thorough change both 
in heart and life. The change will too, be noticeable. 
Verse 18 

". . . All things are of God, who hath reconciled us 
to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the 
ministry of reconciliation." God is the author of all 
things. We are estranged to God, and only by the death 
of Christ are we reconciled to Him. Iniquities are for- 
given and sin is not imputed against us (Rom. 4:7-8). 



Verse 19 

"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the 
world unto himself not imputing their trespasses untc 
them; and hath committed unto us the word of recon 
ciliation." The death of Christ rendered God reconcili 
able. The author of this reconciliation was God the 
Father. He was the person wronged by sin, declaring 
His anger against the sinner. Hence we are said to have 
access to the Father through Christ. Christ takes awaj 
God's enmity against us. 
Verse 20 

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ. . . ." Yov 
are all familiar with the term, ambassador. An am 
bassador carries great influence wherever he goes. He if 
a spokesman for the one he represents. Our commen 
tary states that we are fortunate that Angels are noi 
sent as ambassadors, but that they are men of likf 
kind and hence are able to talk as individual to otheil 
men. It is well to observe that man and God were onca 
friends. Man broke the friendship and God provided rej 
conciliation. Now it is the highest duty of man to ac 
cept the terms of peace and reconciliation with God. 
Verse 21 

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew nc 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God ir 
him." Jesus Christ knew no sin. We know that He livec 
a sinless life. God made Him to be sin, not a sinner 
He was the sin offering — the sacrifice for sin. God de 
creed that the shedding of blood should be the sacrifice 
for sin. In Old Testament times sacrifices of anima 
blood were required, but with the death of Christ or 
Calvary, there is no need of these sacrifees any more 
We are "new creatures in Christ." 
Summary: 

(Have one or two Laymen summarize the lesson. 
You can name some Bible characters who were madi 
new creatures. Can a person be a Christian and not b< 
a new creature? What is the difference between Chris 
tianity and other religions? Will dying for one's fait! 
save him? 



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all to Worship 
ong Service 
ircle of Prayer 

ible Studies: 

Senior: "Your Love . . . For God" 
Junior: "The Story of Ruth" 



Devotional Program for February 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



Signal Lights Program for February 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 



Bible Theme: JOY 



Project: LIT-LIT 



rheme Song: 

'Joy, Joy, My Heart is Full of Joy' 

VIotto: 

Jesus first; 
Others second; 
Yourself last. 

Singing Time: 

"Somebody Needs Me" 
"Showing Love" 
"It's Fun to Help" 

Bible Story Time: 

Sing for Joy 

Paul and Silas were missionaries. 
They traveled from one country to 
another, from one city to another. 



They went to many places to tell the 
people of Jesus. 

Some people were glad to learn of 
the Savior. They listened carefully 
to everything Paul and Silas told 
them. They believed Jesus was the 
Messiah sent from God. 

Others listened but did not believe. 

In some cities the people shouted 
unkind things at Paul and Silas. In 
others they threw stones at them. At 
still others the missionaries were put 
in jail for telling the people of 
Jesus. 

In Thyatira they were arrested for 
teaching of the Savior. They were 
beaten across their backs with whips 
and put in prison. 



Their backs hurt. They could not 
sleep. They prayed to God. They 
sang praises to Him. In the middle 
of the night the other prisoners 
heard them singing and praying. 

"How can those men sing?" they 
wondered. "They have been beaten 
and are in jail with chains about 
their hands and feet." 

Suddenly, a great earthquake vio- 
lently shook the prison. The doors 
were flung open and the chains fell 
from the prisoners hands and feet. 

"The prisoners will escape! The 
prisoners will escape," shouted the 
guard. 

"No, we are all here," called Paul. 






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The guard rushed to their cell. 
"Your God has caused this earth- 
quake to free you. He is a great God. 
What shall I do to be saved?" 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus," 
answered Paul. 

The guard took them to his home. 
He washed their sore backs. His 
wife fixed food for them. 

Then the guard called his family 
and servants. "Come to hear of the 
great God." 

Paul and Silas told them of God's 
love. They told them of Jesus the 
Savior. 1 he people believed what the 
missionaries to d them. They ac- 
cepted Jesus as their Savior. 

In the morning the judge sent a 
message to the guard. "Let those 
men go," the message said. "They 
have done no wrong." 

Paul and Silas were glad to se_ve 
God. They were glad to tell people 
of Jeu ;. They were good mission- 
aries. 

Some day God may want you to be 
a missionary. Will you go wherever 
He wants you? Will you go with 
joy? 

Based on Acts 16:16-40 

Memory Scripture Time: 
Isaiah 65:14a 

Why did Paul and Silas sing while 
they were in jail? 

Yes, because they loved God and 
knew He was with them and would 
help them. Even at a time when 
most peop'e would be sad they could 
sing for joy. 

That's just what our memory 
Scripture tells us God's people can 
do. 

Read the verse with me from the 
paper I have given you. 

(Practice memorizing today's verse 
and review previous verses.) 



Mission Time: 

Higi Names 

(Each time we have a Nigerian 
project we discuss Higi names. The 
children are always interested in 
these names which many times seem 
strange to us. Make copies of the 
Higi name list. Each child will enjoy 
having his own list to determine 
what his name and his friends' 
names would be in Higi.) 

Have you noticed in our Nigerian 
stories that many of the people have 
the tame name? This is because a 
child is named according to the order 
of his birth in a family. 

Each tribe has its own names. The 
names used by the Higi tribe are 
these: 

Boys Girls 

1st Born: Tizhe Kuve 

2nd Zira Masi 

3rd Tumba Kwaramba 

4th Vandi Kwanye 

5th Kwaji Kwaji 

6th Teri Kwata 

7th Sini Kwasini 

8th Kwad Kwada 

9th Drembi Drembi 

10th Kwatari Kwartari 

11th Tihale Kuvehale 

12th Zirahale Masihale 

If we lived in Higiland my brother 

would have been named Tizhe and I 

would be Masi. Can you figure out 

what your Higi name would be? 

Think how many older brothers and 

sisters you have. Remember your 

name is according to your number 

in the family. 

Twins in Higiland have special 
names. The firstborn twin is always 
named Thlakama and the second, if 
a boy, is Pembi and if a girl, 
Kwalagha. 

Sometimes something extra is 
added to a name to tell more about 
the child. For example, a fourth-born 



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might be Vandigamba meaning h< 
was born in the "bush" or countn 
between vil ages. Gamba is the won 
for bush. 

A second born might be Sira 
shukwi meaning he was born oi 
market day. Shukwi is the Hi 
word for market. 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for our families 
Let us ask Him to help us to shov 
more love for each other — to b 
kinder and more thoughtful. 

Let us thank Him for the mis 
sionaries who are helping th 
Nigerian families to learn of Him. 



Handwork Time: 

Hearts for Friends 

(You will need heart patterns, re 
construction paper, white pencil 
and scissors for each child.) 

Today we will make valentines fo 
our friends. 

First trace the heart pattern o 
the red paper. Cut it out. Decid 
what your friend's Higi name woul 
be. Then write on the heart "Go 

loves you, ," using th 

Higi name. 

When you give it to your frier 
explain that's his name in the Hij 
language. Te.'l him about oi 
Nigerian friends and how we ai 
helping them to learn of God. 

If your friend doesn't go to churc 
invite him to come with you. 

You may make as many valentine 
as you have time to do. 

Signal Lights Benediction 

(Note to Patronesses: Remind yoi 
group of the contest to rename Si 
nal Lights. Encourage them to ser 
in a name. Complete rules we 
given with last month's program 




Tanuary 16, 1971 

JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



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by Sandy Schwartz 



THE BOOK OF RUTH 



Conclusion 



CIRLS, it is my prayer that all of you found our 
series of studies in Ruth a blessing. The sincere 
and godly love of Ruth for her mother-in-law, Naomi, 
paid off in many dividends. If Ruth had not remained 
with Naomi and sought the true God, she would have 
been just another nameless woman of old. She would 
never have been upheld today as a model for girls and 
women. She would never have become the ancestress of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I'm not saying, "Do the right thing and love the Lord 
because He will richly bless," but, rather, "Do the right 
thing; love the Lord because of Who He is and what 
He has already done for you — and He will blejs." You 
see, girls, Ruth didn't obey for what she could get, but 
received as a result of her faithfulness. It was her love 
and obedience to God which brought untold blessings. 
Girls, are you faithful to the Lord and seeking to obey 
His Word each day? If you eagerly choose His way, 
blessings will be yours. Turn to Matthew 6:33 and see 
what Jesus says about providing the needs of life. 

Ruth was willing to glean the fields for Naomi's 
pressing needs. In obeying Naomi, Ruth met Boaz, the 



man who would eventually marry her and care for her. 
Boaz saw how loyal Ruth was to Naomi and knew that 
she would be a good wife for him. Of course none of 
you are planning your wedding now — but, now is the 
time for you to prepare. Do you follow Mother's orders? 
Do you take care of your room? Do you love the Lord 
with all your heart? Do you spend time reading His 
Word, the Bible? Are you improving your habits? Are 
you willing to do whatever you are asked to do — with- 
out complaining? Remember, girls, if we are faithful 
in little things, God will reward us by giving us bigger 
things (see Matt. 25:21). 

Because of Ruth's love, God blessed her marriage with 
Boaz and gave them a son, who was the grandfather of 
David. Blessings can be yours, now and in the future, 
if you are willing to obey God (see Eph. 6:1-4 and Col. 
3:20-24). Were Ruth able to visit with us I am sure 
she'd give you this key to life. Jesus, Others, and You, 
what a wonderful way to spell joy. In fact, girls, it is 
really the only way to spell joy. You will find that if 
you "Trust and Obey," God will keep that promise to 
bless those who honor Him. May Ruth and her story 
burn its truth in your hearts. 



SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



by Ruth Barber 



YOUR LOVE . . . FOR GOD 



LET'S READ ROMANS 5:8 TOGETHER, "But God 
commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." For four months 
now we've talked about the love that God has for you. 
We've discussed the way God proved His love through 
Jesus Christ. We studied the way Christ proved His 
love for us in the past, is proving His love today, and 



will continue to prove His love. Imagine, girls, a pitcher 
that is already partially filled with the love of God and 
the past love of Jesus Christ. Into that almost-full 
pitcher more love is being poured from the well of 
Christ's love for us today. Soon that pitcher begins to 
overflow — and it still hasn't received love from the 
well of Christ's future love. If you are a Christian your 



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life is like that pitcher. God has poured so much of His 
love into you that you are full of His love. On top of 
God's love, though, is the love Jesus Christ had for you 
when He died on Calvary. By now your life is brimful 
of heavenly love and you doubt if you can hold another 
drop, when suddenly, Christ does something for you 
today that shows His love right now — and the love in 
your life overflows, just like the pitcher in our story. 

When God's love overflows in your life, there are so 
many places that it can go — it can touch your parents, 
your girl friends, that special boy in your life, your 
neighbors, or even your enemies. But wait! We've for- 
gotten some very important persons. Read these three 
verses: Matthew 22:37; Ephesians 6:24; and Psalm 31: 
23. Now answer this question: What two people do these 
verses ted us to love? — God and His Son, Jesus Christ. 
By this time you're saying, "Well, of course, we're to 
love God and Jesus. Doesn't every Christian love God 
and His Son?" Well, every Christian should love these 
two very important persons, but just because we should 
do something doesn't mean that we always do it. 

When you have a special friend in your life that you 
love very much, how do you show your love? When we 
love someone, we want to be with that person, we want 
to read any letters they've written to us, we want to do 
things for that special person, we try to please them 
in every way possible. Do you love God as much as you 
love the special people in your life? Do you want to 
be with God and His Son — in their presence? Do you 
go places where you know They are? — church and 
rallies and prayer groups? Do you have a desire to talk 
privately with Them — to discuss your joys and prob- 
lems? Do you want to read the many messages that 
They have sent to you in God's Word, the Bible? Do 
you love God and His Son so much that you want to do 
things for Them — sing or teach or read Bible stories 
to your little brother or sister or introduce your friend 
to Them? Do you try to please Them? 

Jesus said in John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my 
commandments." Do your parents and brothers and sis- 
ters and friends know that you love Jesus Christ be- 
cause you keep His commandments? Do you love Jesus 
enough so that He is first in your life, and not second 
or third- -or tenth — or thirty-second? You see, girls, 
God proved His love to us, and Christ has proven, is 
proving, and will continue to prove His love for you and 
I. Actions really do speak louder than words, and if you 
say you love your Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus, 
then you're going to have to prove it — not to God, but 
as a witness for the world. 

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten 
Son. The only begotten Son gave His life, and is still 
giving salvation and hope and peace and joy and 
answers to prayer. 

What are you giving to your Father and His Son? 
What proof do you offer to show that you really love 
these Very Special Persons? Here is a partial list of 
your most treasured possessions. How many have you 
given to God out of love? — your heart? your mind? 
your body? your very life? 

"God gave His only Son; 
The Son His only life. 
Lord — 

Make me willing to give Me; 
For Love, this sacrifice." 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



A psychiatrist after treating a young 
boy told his mother, "I'll see him again 
next month. In the meantime, you need 
some help yourself. Take a tranquilizing 
pill twice a day." 

A month later the mother took little 
Johnny back. The psychiatrist asks, 
"How's Johnny coming along?" The 
mother retorts, "Who cares?" 

A ph^osopher described man's lot in life 
thusly; "A man's life is 20 years of hav- 
ing his mother ask him where he is going, 
40 years of having his wife ask the same 
question, and at the end, the mourners 
are wondering too." 

A state trooper was cruising along a high- 
way when suddenly a little elderly lady 
zoomed past at about 80 miles per hour. 
Pursuing her car and finally catching up 
he motioned her to the berm. Walking 
back to her car he asked for her driver's 
license. 

"Young man," she shouted, "how can I 
show you my driver's license when you 
people keep taking it away from me?" 

A race track is the only place where you 
can find windows that clean people. 

1st. bachelor: "Women are idiots. I 
never knew but one really sensible one." 

2nd. bachelor: "Why didn't you marry 
her then?" 

1st. bachelor: "I asked her to, but she 
wouldn't have me." 



PRAYER 

Prayer changes things so often we're told, 

We've heard of it late and we've heard of it old. 

It never was truer yet never more trite, 

Let's rescue its meaning and bring it to light. 

Amen. 




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TROOPS GET 'PSALMS FOR MODERN MAN' 



New York — At Christmas 1970, thousands of men 
id women in the U.S. Armed Forces in South Vietnam 
id Korea were the first large group to receive copies 
: "The Psalms for Modern Man," published December 

by the American Bible Society. 

The Rev. Dr. Oswald C. J. Hoffman, known to mil- 
3ns of radio listeners in the United States and other 
>untries as the speaker on the Lutheran Hour, distri- 
cted 30,000 copies of "The Psalms for Modern Man" 
aring his second annual 10-day Christmas visit to 

S. troops in the Far East December 19-29. 

The Psalms, the first book of the Old Testament to be 
>mpleted in Today's English Version, joins the Society's 

st-selling translation of the TEV New Testament, 
opularly titled "Good News for Modern Man." The 
itter has passed the 23 million mark in the number of 
3pies distributed by the Society since publication in 
eptember 1966. 

Enroute to Saigon Dr. Hoffman stopped in Manila 
>r a private meeting with Philippine President 
erdinand E. Marcos and Mrs. Marcos. 

Accompanying Dr. Hoffman was Miss Suzanne 
ohnson, a concert soprano and soloist from Chicago 

ho was with him on last year's Christmas tour, and 
Ir. Robert Garmatz, director of extension services for 
le St. Louis-based Lutheran Laymen's League, sponsor 
f The Lutheran Hour. 

Miss Johnson, in her appearances before the troops, 
ang with her own guitar accompaniment, inviting the 
len to join her in singing Christmas songs. 

Dr. Hoffman, whose program is heard on 1,500 sta- 
ions, conducted special Christmas services, gave spirit- 
al counsel and visited service men and women at 
umerous installations, including hospitals, ships, and 



small isolated units in advanced areas as well as those 
at larger rear bases. To all he gave paperback copies 
of the new "Psalms for Modern Man," comprising the 
150 hymns and sacred songs beloved for centuries in 
the Judeo-Christian tradition. 

The famed radio speaker has been a member of the 
American Bible Society's Board of Managers for six 
years and serves on its Committee on Translations. 

He became the Lutheran Hour speaker in 1955, at a 
time when he was director of public relations for the 
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He continued in both 
positions until 1963 when he resigned from the public 
relations post and moved from his office in New York 
City to the Lutheran Hour headquarters in St. Louis. 
Previously, the Nebraska-born minister's son served 
his church as a parish pastor, college professor and 
film production adviser. 

Dr. Hoffman's Lutheran Hour messages are regularly 
broadcast in a score of English-speaking countries and 
adapted and translated for broadcast in a number of 
other languages. Including indigenously produced pro- 
grams in more than 30 languages, the Lutheran Hour 
is beamed in 41 languages into 125 lands. It has been 
estimated that the program has a weekly audience of 
30 million persons. The broadcast's sponsor, the Luth- 
eran Laymen's League, is a 155,000-member auxiliary 
of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 

The American Bible Society, founded in 1816, is a 
non-profit organization to whose support more than 70 
denominations and church agencies contribute. Its ob- 
ject is to translate, publish and distribute, without note 
or comment, the Scripture to men everywhere in a 
language they can read or understand and at a price 
they can afford. 



/row the American Bible Society 



Rev. Charles C. Bader Expires 



The Rev. Charles C. Bader of 1268 Claythorne Drive 
lied at 10 p.m. Monday at the Indiana Hospital. He 
vas 50. 

According to relatives, he had accepted a call Monday 
norning to the pastorate of the Christian and Mission- 
ary Alliance Church in Gray, Somerset County. 

He was also a real estate and insurance agent with 
the Preferred Risk Mutual Insurance Company. 

The Rev. Mr. Bader was graduated from Nyack, 
(N.Y.) Missionary College in 1959. Pie served the Breth- 



ren Church in Sergeantsville, N.J., for more than a 
year and then was called to the pastorate of the New 
Lebanon (Ohio) Brethren Church, where he remained 
until 1965. 

In January of 1965, he accepted the post of director of 
the Bible Meditation League for the State of Washing- 
ton, where he resided until returning to Johnstown 
approximately two years ago. 

The Rev. Mr. Bader is survived by his widow, the 
former Phyllis Harris, and three children. 



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Roann, Ind. The B.Y.C. of Roann 
met with the Flora B.Y.C. for a 
special New Year's service. 
Games, films and fellowship made 
for a very enjoyable evening. In- 
diana District Workshops will be 
held January 25, February 8, 15, 
22, and March 1 on Christian Fam- 
ily Living, How to Give Away 
Your Faith, Home Bible Study, 
Facing Ihe Issues and Teaching 
Conversational Prayer. 

Kokomo, Ind. Southern Indiana Dis- 
trict Leadership Training Work- 
shop.; will be held from January 
25 to March 1. Courses offered 
are: How To Give Away Your 
Faith, Christian Family Living, 
Home Bible Studies or Small 
Groups in the Church, Teaching 
Conversational Prayer and Facing 
Contemporary Issues. 

Linwood, Maryland. Rev. Doc Shank 
conducted revival services for us 
the week of November 8, with an 
average attendance of 85. He 
showed some colored slides and 
other items from Nigeria. Every- 
one enjoyed the wonderful Chris- 
tian fellowship and received 
spiritual food that would make 
them more dedicated Christians. 

Holy Land Pilgrimage. The Ashland 
Theological Seminary has set 
June 7-28 as the time for their 
pilgrimage to the Middle East. 
The plans call for visiting various 
capitals of Eastern Europe includ- 
ing Moscow. If the war situation 
worsens the trip will be post- 
poned. The entire trip will cost a 
little over $1,000. 

Hagerstown, Md. Sunday evening 
December 1 Dr. James Teeter pre- 
sented a talk and pictures of his 
vacation trip this past summer 
to a mission fie'd in New Guinea. 
Each summer the Teeters, at their 
own expense, go to :ome mission 



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field to relieve a doctor stationed 
there, thus enabling the doctor 
and family to have a vacation. 

Ashland, Ohio (Park St.) A Work- 
er's Training Course began Janu- 
ary 4 at Ashland Theological 
Seminary. "Christian Life and 
Witness — Twentieth Century" was 
the course and Professor Charles 
Munson was the instructor. Rev. 
George Solomon entered Samari- 
tan Hospital on December 19 for 
tests and observation. Remember 
him in prayer. 



Memorials 



GASKILL. Mary Gaskill, 91, 
Bryan, Ohio passed away Decem- 
ber 14, 1970. She was a member of 
the Bryan First Brethren Church 
since 1942. Funeral services were 
conducted at Oberlin Ford Funeral 
Home with Rev. M. W. Dodds offi- 
ciating. Burial was at Swanton, 
Ohio. 



God sometimes washes the 
eyes of His children with tears 
in order that they might read 
aright His providence and His 
commandments. 

— T. L. Culver 

What seem to uis but dim 
funeral tapers may be heaven's 
distant hmips. 

— Longfellow 

Night brings out stars as 
sorrow shows us truths. 

P. J. Bailey 




M 



[R. AND MRS. ROBERT FOVv 
LER became parents of a 
pound, 5% ounce baby boy on D< 
cember 15. The little boy has bee 
named John Andrew. Bob is a pr( 
seminary student in Ashlan 
College. 



REV. AND MRS. EDWARI 
SCHWARTZ of Oak Hill, Wes 
Virginia, have a new son, Scott E( 
ward. He was born on Novembe 
18, 1970 and received into their horn 
on November 23. He weighed 
pounds, 3 ounces at birth. He wa 
adopted and is loved by all! 



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MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Vandergrift, Pa, — 3 by baptism . 
Milford, Ind. — 2 by baptism, 2 b 
letter. 



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Weddings 



JESSOP-BEER. Miss Debra Jesse 
and Mr. James Beer, both of M 
ford, Indiana were joined in Hoi 
Wedlock by the undersigned c 
Saturday, November 28 at the Na 
panee First Brethren Church. Bo1 
are members of the Milford Fir 
Brethren Church and will mal 
their home in Milford. 

Rev. Albert O. Curtright 

* * * 

MARTIN-WAYBRIGHT. Jo Elk 
Martin and Larry Waybright we: 
married November 21, 1970 in tl 
First Brethren Church of Nor 
Manchester, Indiana by pastor Re 
Woodrow Immel. They will mal 
their new home at 502 Line, Sou 
Whitley, Indiana. Mrs. Waybright 
the daughter of Larry and Audr< 
Martin of North Manchester. 

Alice Ambridge 



inuary 16, 1971 



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First Annual 
PENNSYLVANIA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 



[PENNSYLVANIA held their First Annual Leadership 
Conference on November 14, 1970 in the Third 
rethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. There were 
L churches represented with an attendance of 70. In 
ddition to the leaders of individual churches, key per- 
>nnel of the churches were asked to participate along 
dth the District B.Y.C. Officers and the presidents of 
le local Senior B.Y.C. in each church. Following is the 
chedule of the conference. 

Registration ($1.00) 

Opening Remarks and Devotionals 

Mr. Paul Bird, Moderator 
The Central Council 

Rev. Henry Bates 
Baptism Memorial Report 

Rev. Arden Gilmer 
Report on Recommedations of 
General Conference 
Moderator's Address 

Rev. Thomas Kidder 



0:00-10:20 a.m. 
0:20-10:30 a.m. 

0:30-11:00 a.m. 

1:00-11:30 a.m. 

1:30-12:00 a.m. 



12:00- 1:00 p.m. Lunch (arranged by host church) 
1:00- 1:30 p.m. Review of Statistical Reports 

Rev. Ronald Ritchey 
1:30- 2:30 p.m. Simultaneous Sessions for 
Church Leaders 
Discussion Groups: 

1. Moderators/Vice Moderators 

Leroy Boyer 

2. Church Clerks/Secretaries 

Mrs. Barbara Rudge 

3. Financial Secretaries/ Treasurers 

Jack Brant 

4. Deacons and Deaconesses 

Floyd Benshoff 

5. Ministers 

Jerald Radcliff 
2:30- 3:15 p.m. Dialogue and "Feedback" in Response 

to the Presentations 
3:15- 3:30 p.m. Closing Devotional 

Rev. John Young, Vice Moderator 



NEW PASTOR OF ROANOKE, INDIANA 



r^HANEY ROY BERGDALL began serving the 
<^ Roanoke First Brethren Church as interim pastor 
m October 13, 1970. He comes from Lanark, Illinois, 
vhere he graduated from high school, and he enrolled 
it Huntington College in 1965. He received his A.B. 
legree in June 1969, with a major in Ancient Civiliza- 
ion. During the past academic year he studied in Jeru- 
salem, Israel, at the American Institute of Holy Land 
studies and the Hebrew University, completing the 
vork there for the M.A. degree in August of this year. 



In 1966 he was licensed to preach by the Rock River 
Conference of the United Brethren Church. In the sum- 
mer of 1968 he spent eleven weeks as a summer mis- 
sionary to Jamaica, helping with evangelistic meet- 
ings, Bible camp and Vacation Bible School. During 
his last two years in college he was a member of a 
musical gospel team which traveled to many churches 
to represent Huntington College. At the present time 
Mr. Bergdall is attending the Huntington Theological 
Seminary in his first year of a three-year course lead- 
ing to the Master of Divinity degree. 



CROSS COUNTRY CONFERENCE 
FEBRUARY — 1971 
Theme: 

"I Will Build My Church" 
Textbook: 

"Learning to Understand the Mission of the Church" by Erland Waltner, Presi- 
dent of Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana (Leader's Guide also 
available) 

Textbook available from The Brethren Publishing Company at $1.25 per copy; 
500 for the Leader's Guide 

Purpose: 

That every Brethren congregation will, during a definite period, be emphasizing 
one matter of importance and concern to the Church. The conference may be 
conducted by means of a sermon series, discussion groups, class lectures, etc. 

Chapter Titles Include: 

"What Makes the Church Necessary" 
"Understanding the Task of the Church" 
"Seeking Relevance" 
"The Hope and Vision of the Church" 



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World Religious News 

in Review 



SURVEY ON SCHOOLS: 
PRAYER OUT' BUT MUCH 
ABOUT' RELIGION 

Washington, D.C. (EP) As 

schools open this month, seven 
years after the controversial U.S. 
Supreme Court decision outlawing 
devotional exercises in the class- 
room, American children may be 
learning more about religion than 
ever before. 

A survey by the Washington Post 
found the following examples: 

— In Florida, many high school 
students will have "Religious Is- 
sues" periodically incorporated as 
segments of their required social 
studies courses. All St. Petersburg 
high schools, as well as some in 
other parts of the state, are testing 
the series being developed at Flor- 
ida State University at the request 
of the State Board of Education. 

— In Pennsylvania, students in 40 
schools will study "Religious Liter- 
ature of the West" in elective class- 
es taught by English literature 
teachers. The curriculum, ordered 
by the state legislature in 19G5, is 
now in its third revision. Some 
cchools will sample "Religious Lit- 
erature of the East," a text not yet 
completed. 

— In Michigan, religion depart- 
ments in three colleges will develop 
a curriculum to enable the state to 
accredit teachers as specialists in 
religion. The program, a first for 
the nation, is being carried out by 
Michigan State University, Western 
Michigan University, and Calvin 
College. The State Board of Educa- 
tion is also the first in the nation 
to develop an independent religion 
curriculum not integrated in other 
courses such as literature or social 
studies. 

— In Nebraska, nearly half the 
school districts will use a curricu- 
lum for kindergarten through high 
school being developed by the Eng- 
lish department at the University 
of Nebraska. The state school sys- 
tem in Hawaii is considering using 
the Nebraska curriculum as a model 
for one being developed there. 



— In Indiana, students in several 
schools will use materials developed 
by English and religion specialists 
at Indiana University. 

— In Washington, D.C, the school 
board is to vote on an elective com- 
parative religion course for senior 
students in the district. In contrast 
to the state programs, it has 
"character building" as a specific 
purpose. It was recommended by 
the Committee of 100 ministers, 
headed by the Rev. Andrew J. Fow- 
ler, pastor of Capitol View Baptist 
Church. 

"It's been slow," the Washington 
Post was told by David Miller, who 
has worked on the curriculum for 
Pennsylvania. "People were afraid 
to enter the field." 

BOMBERS CRIMINALS, 
NOT RADICALS — SKINNER 

Seattle (EP) — People who bomb 
university buildings are not radicals 
but criminals. 

So states Evangelist Tom Skinner, 
speaking here during Christian Com- 
mitment Week at Seattle Pacific 
College. 

"There's a difference between a 
criminal and a radical," Skinner 
said. "A radical looks at what's 
wrong and tries to get to the root 
of it to correct it. Bombing a labora- 
tory (at the U of Wisconsin) was 
dealing with peripherals, not chang- 
ing anything." 

The Rev. Mr. Skinner conducted 
a retreat for the students at SPC 
and spoke at a banquet. He spoke 
also at the First Free Methodist 
Church here. 

The son of a Baptist preacher and 
head of Tom Skinner Associates of 
Brooklyn, the preacher has become 
a sting and a goad to a wide spec- 
trum of church people since his 
landmark address at the U.S. Con- 
gress on Evangelism in Minneapolis 
a year ago. 

"Jesus would not have disagreed 
with Barabbas' diagnosis of the Ro- 
man system," Skinner told Ray 
Ruppert of the Seattle Times. "Just 
as I don't think Jesus would dis- 



agree with a lot of the so-called ex- 
tremists today who diagnose what's 
wrong with America. 

"The difference between Barabbas 
and Jesus would not have been al 
the point of diagnosis; it would 
have been at the point of propagat 
ing the solution." 

The evangelist added: "That's 
where I have to part from the S.D.S 
and the Weathermen and the Blacl- 
Panthers." 

He said society needs not onlj 
someone to liberate the oppressec 
but also to liberate the oppressoi 
"because the oppressor is a slave an 
well. For me, this is what Jesu: 
Christ is all about." 

MINISTER'S SON 
KILLED BY DRUGS 

Hopewell Junction, N.Y. (EP) 
The tall, athletic son of a Methodis 
minister and his wife in this corr. 
fortable Hudson Valley communit; 
died last week from an overdose o 
drugs. 

"We knew he was taking drugs, 
said the Rev. and Mrs. Harol 
Stewart of their 18-year-old son JefJ 
"but we didn't know what to do. ' 

In and out of clinics, the boy wh 
was a star baseball player and ha 
helped build a clubhouse on Cand 
Lane, could only say of his pill cor 
sumption: "I like them." 

One time his mother remember 
Jeff wishing he were a child so h 
could start life over. He said h 
wished he had never started takin 
drugs. He wanted to stop bi 
wouldn't cooperate with the clinic; 
"I can handle it myself," he said. 

Before lie died, Jeff Stewart toll 
his parents he had made his peaq 
with God. 

Most of his friends admitted smoll 
ing marijuana and dropping acitl 
Why? "There's not much else to d 
in Hopewell," they said. 

IF HE'S KIDNAPPED, 
BILLY GRAHAM URGES: 
DON'T NEGOTIATE' 

Black Mountain, N.C. (EP)— "J 
I'm ever kidnapped . . . don't negoti 
ate. I'm not afraid. I know I'm goin! 
to heaven, so let the kidnappers c. 
with me what they will. 

So said Evangelist Billy Grahai 
to President Nixon. 

The comment was made public ;| 
a press conference here. Dr. Grahai! 
said he has received threats again: 
himself in recent weeks. He has r| 
ceived threats for years, but he | 



anuary 16, 1971 

iking the recent ones seriously 
ecause they involved members of 
is family. 

The evangelist called the news 
inference to discuss four subjects: 
prnography, campus violence, the 
enlevement of school desegration 
y busing pupils and federal aid to 
arochial schools. 

VHITE HOUSE SERVICE: 
EN COMMANDMENTS STILL 
IAJOB FOUNDATION OF 
OUND SOCIETY 

Washington, D.C. (EP) — In the 
,000 years since the Ten Command- 
lents were handed down at Mount 
inai, no sounder foundation for a 
table society, especially in these 
roubled times, has evolved, a form- 
er Congressman said at the White 
Louse religious service here. 

Dr. Walter Judd, who represented 

district in Minnesota from 1942-62 
nd was a medical missionary in 
Ihina in the 1920's and early 30's, 
aid President and Mrs. Nixon and 
50 guests in the East Room that 
is long experience in public life 
as convinced him that these 10 
ncient precepts are relevant to the 
urmoil, ferment, anxiety, conflict 
nd uncertainty experienced by 
early all levels of society. 

He said "deep questioning" is 
oing on in the country today, not 
nly of values in life but of the 
basic institutions" — the political 
conomic, educational, social and 
eligious institutions. 

Dr. Judd, affirming that the re- 
igious heritage handed down to the 
iresent generation is relevant, said 
.lore effort must be made to apply 
hese age-old guidelines to harmon- 
dus relations. 

tADIO BEAMS SERVICES 
'O HOTEL GUESTS 

Tokyo (EP) — A group of five 
English-speaking churches will 
roadcast a daily 10-minute relig- 
>us service over closed circuit TV 
it the Hotel New Otani here. The 
lew program begins October 1. 

In response to suggestions from 
uests, the Tokyo Public Relations 
'ouncil, which operates the station, 
sked the Tokyo office of the Luth- 
ran World Federation to help pro- 
luce Christmas Eve services last 
ear. 

The Council and the LWF then 
uggested the idea of regular broad- 
asts to the five Tokyo churches: 



Franciscan Chapel Center, Tokyo 
Union, Tokyo Baptist, St. Alban's 
Episcopal, and St. Paul Evangelical 
Lutheran. 

The churches organized the Asso- 
ciation for Christian English Mass 
Media Ministry which is making 
the hotel broadcasts its first project 
but may become engaged in other 
ministries. 

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SPONSORS 
INSTITUTE FOR SUCCESSFUL 
CHURCH LEADERSHIP 

Garden Grove, Calif. (EP) — 1 
was leaving the ministry . . . now 
I'm not." 

The comment was typical of ex- 
pressions at the mid-September In- 
stitute for Successful Church Lead- 
ership here sponsored by the Gar- 
den Grove Community Church. 

Dr. Robert Schuller, pastor of the 
unusual church whose parishioners 
gather mostly in cars around the 
podium, was the chief lecturer. 

Some 108 church leaders and 
wives from every major denomina- 
tion from 12 states attended this 
final institute of 1970. 

Also speaking was Dr. Harold 
Fickett, pastor of the First Baptist 
Church in Van Nuys, California. 
His church was called "the best 
organized Protestant church in the 
world." 

Dr. E. Stanley Jones lecturer also, 
challenging the group by stating, 
"We need Christian church leaders 
who are radically conservative and 
conservatively radical." 

The institute is a new idea of Dr. 
Schuller's, founded early this year 
and established as a separate relig- 
ious corporation for the purpose of 
problem solving and the sharing of 
success-building methods. 

37,100 HEARD LEIGHTON FORD 
IN PA. CRUSADE 

Erie, Pa. (EP) — Approximately 
4,600 people at the final rally in 
Liberty Plaza here gathered on the 
final night of Evangelist Leighton 
Ford's 10-day meeting. 

A total of 37,100 people was tabu- 
lated. Of those 774 people went for- 
ward as inquirers. 

"How Will the World End? was 
the topic of Dr. Ford's message in 
the large, colorfully striped festival 
tent which was full and running 
over. 

"The Bible has a lot to say about 
the future," Dr. Ford said. He la- 



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mented the lack of teaching in 
Christian circles about the future 
and the soft-pedalling of what the 
Bible has to say about history. 

"We have defaulted in a world 
longing for hope," he continued. 
"We have left out a tremendous 
part of the Christian message which 
is so relevant and gripping." 

"There are signs in the world 
that are being fulfilled that might 
point toward the end of the age," he 
said. 

Dr. Ford and his team opened a 
two-week crusade in Springfield, 
Illinois September 27. 

GEYER SAYS RELIGIOUS 
PRESS MUST ELIMINATE 
'INSTITUTIONAL TRrVIA' 

Oakland, California (EP) — The 
editor of Christian Century maga- 
zine has urged religious publications 
to replace "institutional trivia" with 
action-oriented material relevant to 
informed readers of this age. 

"Church publications are now 
flooded with decrees, , pronounce- 
ments, findings of study groups," 
Dr. Alan Geyer charged in a lec- 
ture at the Pacific School of Religion 
at Berkeley University. "We pretend 
that moralistic rhetoric is action." 

He noted that like the government 
and other big institutions, "the 
church has its own tremendous 
credibility problem." 

In a talk entitled "Religious 
Journalism on the Brink," Dr. Geyer 
conceded that it is just possible that 
religious journalism is on the brink 
of a break-through in relevancy and 
significance. 

However, he warned that church 
publications must learn to perceive 
the church as a political institution, 
and accept conflict as an essential 
ingredient in political movements. 

"Conflicts and controversy are the 
lifeblood of the secular news media, 
but religious publications avoid re- 
porting conflicts, especially internal 
church conflicts," Dr. Geyer ob- 
served. 

"Unless religious journalism be- 
comes more political in style and 
stance, it will wither and die away," 
he held. 

He said reports emanating from 
church conventions "sound more like 
a secretary's minutes of the meet- 
ing" rather than revealing "who 
wins and who loses and what the 
stakes really are." 



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In This Issue: 

2 Notes and Comments 

3 ". . . Am I My Brother's Keeper?" (Editorial) 

4 Board of Christian Education 

9 "A New Battle Against Filth Peddlers" 
by O. K. Armstrong 

11 "Midweek Prayer Meeting Just A Memory" 
by Milson Degaris 

13 Benevolent Board 

21 Missionary Board 

27 World Religious News In Review 

28 A New Era In Christian Service 
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NOTES and COMMENTS 



There is a certain TV station in Cleveland, Ohio which 
has been featuring on its evening news program a sort 
of man-on-the-street questionnaire in which a reporter 
stops people on the street who no doubt make up a 
good cross section of the populace and asks each one 
what their idea of happiness is. Of course the views or 
answers given are many faceted, and many are a bit 
selfish from a material standpoint. 

My answer might be, having a little grandchild leap 
into your arms to bestow a hearty hug. But to a lot of 
grandparents it might be the answers given by some 
of the Brethren as they commented in The Brethren 
Evangelist on The Brethren Home. One, now a retired 
pastor, said, "HAPPINESS is — recognizing a need." 
Another member of The Brethren Church said, "HAPPI- 
NESS is — showing concern for others." A very active 
layman laid open his heart by saying, "HAPPINESS is 
— honoring thy father and mother." Another pastor 
who is still serving in the active ministry stated it 
simply as "HAPPINESS is — serving." 



If we were to poll the residents of The BrethrJ 
Home on their ideas of happiness, we probably wou 
find that their ideas of happiness are just what tl 
Benevolent Board is trying to provide. Think about thl 
as you read about the plans of the Benevolent Boai 
in this issue. 



T^HE PEACE COMMITTEE has assembled a "Pea 
1 Packet" containing over 35 brochures and piec 
of peace literature from various sources — suitable f 
thought and study. Cost is $2.50, the actual cost of t! 
materials. Please enclose payment, and write to: 

BRETHREN PEACE COMMITTEE 

Pastor Phil Lersch, chairman 

6301 56th Avenue, N. 

St. Petersburg, Florida 33709 



(anuary 30, 1971 



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AM I MY BROTHER'S KEEPER?" 



TN ONE OF THE LONGEST and costliest work 

stoppages in more than a decade the issue in- 
volved was not a matter of working- conditions 
or higher wages per se, but a matter of fringe 
benefits, one which dealt with early retirement. 
Quoting from Time magazine on this particular 
issue, "The union won a considerable victory on 
the toughest issue — '30 and out,' or retirement at 
any age after 30 years of work on a pension of 
$500 a month." 

Whether this will have any particular effect 
on our economy in the future or not is not the 
point in question as far as this editorial is con- 
cerned, but rather a subject for purpose of 
illustration. 

Had such a plan been in existence for the last 
30 years, there would have been many who are 
retired now who might be able to live comfort- 
ably in their own homes or in new high-rise apart- 
ment buildings built especially for retired persons. 

Ironically, there are many who were not fortu- 
nate enough to have so-called fringe benefits such 
as early retirement after 30 years, and are fortu- 
nate just to have Social Security to exist upon. 
With the continuous rasing costs of livings 
spiralling ever upwards, it leaves no alternative 
to these many souls except to spend the remainder 
of their lives in various types of homes ; nursing 
homes, etc. 

The Brethren Church can hold its head up high 
in that it has in the Brethren Home in Flora, 
Indiana one of the best if not the best of its kind. 
It is here that many live who have given unselfish- 
ly their best and served so long and faithfully (no 
doubt many years beyond "30 years and out"). 

In spite of what the general public and the gov- 



ernment is doing to become more conscious of 
caring for the elderly, what with improvements 
being made in architecture, safety regulations ; 
better supervision; advanced medical care and 
other phases which are all good, there are some 
facets of care for the elderly that may only be 
found in homes such as The Brethren Home in 
Flora, Indiana. 

Here, many of the residents have a room of 
their own ; here, they have perhaps the best in 
dining facilities; here, there is the privilege of 
continuing their life practice of worship and de- 
votion to God. 

Plans are now drawn for a new home such as 
this in Ohio. It is hoped that such a home will 
soon be ready for occupancy on the outskirts of 
Ashland, Ohio. Perhaps in the near future one in 
Pennsylvania may be built. The need is here, the 
possibilities are unlimited. 

When we read how the elderly are taken care 
of in many lands, we might ask ourselves the 
question put to us in 1963 by Rev. Clarence 
Stogsdill, "What is it worth to you?" What IS it 
worth to us to know that faithful Brethren and 
others are being well cared for twenty-four hours 
a day by God-fearing people who operate and 
superintend the home? What IS it worth to us to 
know that the Brethren Doctrine is cherished and 
upheld in our Brethren Home? 

The continuation and future of the Benevolent 
Board's operations in The Brethren Home and 
Retired Minister's Fund is assured only by the 
results of our concern as the Benevolent Board 
offering is given by us and we show this concern 
as to "WHAT IT IS WORTH TO US." 

(G.S. Ed.) 



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/ 

HARE 

DAY'! 

JOURNE! 



by Fred Burke 




Bruce Ronk (on ladder) and Mark Hol- 
singe?- "help the kids" remove Christmas 
decorations. 



THE 1970 Brethren Youth Winter Retreat is now hi 
tory. It was an exciting and stimulating event 
from the long southward caravan-like trek out of tl 
frozen north to the painting at Brethren House in S 
Petersburg, everyone gave 100 per cent. 

For those with whom this writer travelled, the tr: 
began before 5:30 a.m. on December 27, 1970. 1 
Northern Ohio 3-5" of snow had fallen overnight ar 
the roads were not clear. But, we hurriedly finish* 
packing suitcases, sleeping bags and sack lunches ar 
headed for our first rendezvous: Hillcrest Brethre 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

By 11 a.m. more than twenty retreat participants ar 
at least five adult drivers had arrived in Dayton. D 
spite unfavorable weather and hazardous driving co 
ditions, almost all who were coming from Ohio ar 
Indiana arrived in time to participate in the mornir 
worship service before undertaking the long journt 
south. 

Following much excited confusion while son 
changed clothes, others arranged baggage, and st 
others affixed red reflector tape crosses to each of tl 
appropriate cars, we were off to the Red Barn for lunc 
Finally at 1 p.m., the caravan bound for St. Petersbui 
moved onto Interstate 75 south to begin the odyss< 
that would end nineteen hours later at Camp Freedo 
in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Throughout the remained of the afternoon ai 
through the night the caravan kept pushing southwar 
meeting every 200-250 miles at pre-arranged che< 
points along 1-75. As we travelled, it was comforting 
this driver to see the little 6" red cross on the bump< 
of our group leader glowing in the blackness of t] 
Tennessee night, clearly visible for at least fifty yard 
We were often curious about the questions which mig 
have been raised by other motorists going our way wl 
noticed the string of glowing red crosses. I guess we 
never know. 



January 30, 1971 



Page Five 



RECREATION AT MADEIRA BEACH 





While Patt Strang (I) and Beck Bachtel create a sandcastle, a foot- 
ball game progresses in the background. Identifiable players are 
(l-r) John Lersch, Marcia McPherson, Dave Radcliff, Bob Fowler, 
Ken Van Dui/ne, and Paul Deardurff. 



At 6:10 a.m., we arrived in Tampa and descended on 
the sleepy-eyed personnel of a Holiday Inn restaurant 
for breakfast and coffee! Fortified by several cups of 
coffee and a delicious breakfast of ham and eggs, this 
driver and his crew (Muriel Aurand, Marcia McPher- 
son, and Dale Stoffer) were ready to push on to Camp 
Freedom. We arrived there shortly after 8 a.m. despite a 
wrong turn by yours truly and everybody began mov- 
ing in. 

Unfortunately, there were not enough rooms to go 
around and some of the fellows had to be quartered in 
the chapel which they accepted cheerfully enough. After 
some predictable uproar, everyone had a place to lay 
his head — but nobody did. 

By 9 a.m. a ferocious touch football game was in 
progress under the palm trees in the pleasant 70° 
weather. This madness continued until 12 noon when 



the cook (Bev Summy) sent emissaries to announce 
sandwiches were ready in the kitchen. So, off we went 
to eat. 

At 2 p.m. the orientation program started at Brethren 
House where the children involved that day had made 
welcome signs and name tags for each of us. The rest 
of the afternoon was spent at Brethren House observ- 
ing the unique educational ministry of Pastor Lersch 
and his assistants and becoming acquainted with the 
kids. 

Monday evening we filled Brethren House to partici- 
pate in a "re-run" of the multi-media Christmas pro- 
gram which had been used at Brethren House earlier 
in the week and to sign up for the jobs which we had 
come to do. 

The following is a sample of the daily routine for 
Tuesday and Wednesday: 



8:30- 8:45 a.m. 

8:45- 9:15 a.m. 

9:30-11:45 a.m. 
11:45-12:15 p.m. 
12:30- 2:30 p.m. 

2:30- 5:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 

8:00- 9:00 p.m. 



Stimulator — Richard Allison 

Breakfast and Action Assignments 

Strategy Sessions — Brethren House, Paint Crew, Impact Team 

Lunch and Sharing 

Recreation 

Action Groups — Brethren House Program — or Beach 

Dinner 

Discussion — Seminar 
Thursday morning we were scheduled for work as usual but it rained — hard! 
Alternate work projects were lined up after the kids had either visited an orange 
grove, gone to the T.V. station to view video tapes made the day before, or visited 
the open classroom at the school where Mrs. Lersch teaches. We were disappointed 
by the lain which prevented completion of our work projects but several things 
were accomplished. The following is a summary report prepared by Pastor Lersch: 



Page Six 

Work Projects Completed: 

Neighborhood Survey 
112 Questionnaires returned 
!-16 Not home (after two attempts! 



The Brethren Evangelist Jan 



128 Contacts 
Painted — 

Benches, inside and out (6> 

Some outside walls 

Garage Door 

Children's chairs (2) 

Back porch (outside) 

Blocks around shrubbery 

Fuel Oil Tank 

Living room walls (2) 

Utility room wall (1) 
Trimmed bushes and removed dead 

trees 
Assembled peace packets 
Scrubbed mold off of outside walls 
Removed Christmas decorations 
Made attendance chart 
Washed and repaired painting easels 
Washing of windows at Brethren 

House and Parsonage 
Tape recorded children's stories 
Fixed curtain rod 




Dale Stoffer and Gloria Stout participated in making man than 101 
house calls in the neighborhood of Brethren Hons< . 




WhiU a small supervisor peeks out tfn door, Dun Grumbling and 
Mani Bachtel apply point to an outsidi wall of Brethren House. 



Washed drapes 

Cleaned kitchen cupboards 

Cleaned bathroom 

Made illustrated hymn book 

Helped with video taping television 

programs 
Sharpened pencils 
Scrubbed front door 
Cleaned screens on windows 
Removed varnish from bookcase 
Volleyball 
Basketball 
4-Square 
Tetherball 
I lop Scotch 
Viewing films 
Show and Tell viewer 
Tape recorded stories 
Painting on easels 
Crafl tables 
Table Games 
Building Blocks 
Clay modeling 
Made mural for wall 
Read stories 
Talking and Sharing 
"Roughhouse" on front lawn! 



(Note: One day of rain prevented completion of these intended projects— 
painting of car port wall, basketball bankboard, eaves. 4-square and hop- 

scotch courts, front doors, mowing lawns.) 



fanuary 30, 1971 



Page Seven 



To those who express little confidence in contemporary youth, let it be noted 
that the following young people not only came and worked for the cause of Christ's 
church but they also paid their own way: 



Muriel Aurand 
Becky Bachtel 
Mary Bachtel 
Frank Bargerhuff 
Janet Bird 
Nancy Borton 
Debbie Brady 
Roger Calhoon 
Paul Deardurff 
Ruth Deardurff 
Donna Enright 
Dale Fields 
David Grumbling 
Norma Grumbling 
Wayne Grumbling 

Joan Hamel 
Mark Holsinger 
Barb Huber 
Barbara Lentz 
Marcia McPherson 
David Radcliff 
Bruce Ronk 
Suzanne Schicker 
Cheryl Shannon 
Dennis Shannon 
Ellen Shultz 
Dale Stoffer 
Gloria Stout 
Patt Strang 
Jan Swartz 
Kenneth Van Duyne 
Roger Waters 
Ronald Waters 
Tracy F. Wilt, Jr. 
Robert Young 
Steve Zerbe 



Park Street 

County Line 

County Line 

Loree 

Berlin 

North Georgetown 

Washington, D. C. 

Park Street 
Gretna 
Gretna 
Belvidere, 111. 
Washington, D. C. 
Johnstown III 
Johnstown III 
Waterloo 

Sarasota 
Park Street 
Jefferson 
Park Street 
Gretna 

Masontown 
Park Street 

Cleveland 

North Georgetown 

North Georgetown 

Berlin 

Canton 

Flora 

Nappanee 

New Paris 

Tiosa 

Gretna 

Gretna 

Washington, D. C. 

Vandergrift 
Loree 



Ashland College 
Ball State University 
Goshen College 
Tri State College 
Ashland College 
Kent State University 
Suitland Sr. High 
Ashland High 
Ashland College 
Bluffton College 
Belvidere High 
Strayer College 
Westmont Hilltop High 
Ashland College 
West High 
Ashland College 
Ashland High 
Goshen High 
Ashland High 
Bellefontaine High 
Duquesne University 
Ashland High 
Ashland College 
Ashland College 
Ashland College 
Ashland College 
Ashland College 
Ashland College 
Nappanee High 
Wawasee High 
Applied Computer 
Riverside High 
Ashland College 
Suitland High 
Ashland College 
Taylor University 



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Activities with children: (3 days) 

New Year's Eve found us in Sarasota to visit the Brethren there as their 
guests at a 6:30 p.m. carry-in dinner and New Year's eve service in their new 
sanctuary. We certainly appreciated their hospitality and helpfulness in making 
our work-retreat a success. 




Janet Bird and Bob Young received lots of help cleaning and 
[minting easels. 



Perhaps all our reactions to the 1970 Winter Work- 
Retreat are best summed up by Pastor Richard Allison 
who accompanied us: 

"The Florida action-centered retreat continues to 
stand out in my thinking as an experience that has 
taught me much. First of all it taught me that action 
speaks to our young people today more deeply than 
inspiration and fun. Secondly, it dare not simply be ac- 
tivity, but the action must have value that can be ex- 
perienced or at least witnessed. Thirdly, action is an 
excellent way to prepare active minds to be receptive 
and perceptive of inspiration. 

"It was a great experience and I trust that it will be 
one that we will be able to attempt to repeat." 

Our special thanks for assistance above and beyond 
the call of duty are extended to: 

Pastor and Mrs. Phil Lersch 
Pastor J. D. Hamel 

and 
To All The Brethren In Florida! 




anuary 30, 1971 

1 NEW BATTLE 
AGAINST 
FILTH PEDDLERS 



Pagre Nine 



by O. K. Armstrong 



0. K. Armstrong , a Baptist layman, is a former member of Congress from 
Missouri (1951-1952). He organized the Churchmen's Commission for 
Decent Literature in 1957. A member of the editorial staff of the Reader's 
Digest since 1944, he is the author of several books, including "The 
Indomitable Baptists" which he wrote with his ivife, Marjorie. He is the 
author also of numerous articles in Reader's Digest and other publications. 



EARLY IN OCTOBER 1970, the majority of a Com- 
mission on Obscenity and Pornography issued a 
eport that truly shocked the nation. It recommended 
hat all laws against this monstrous evil of filthy litera- 
:ure and entertainment be repealed so far as adults are 
concerned. The Commission of 18 members had been 
authorized by Congress during the preceding October, 
and had been appointed by President Johnson in Janu- 
ary 1968. 

The most shocking thing about the report was that 
it came from an official body established specifically 
to recommend advisable, appropriate, effective, and 
constitutional means to deal effectively with such traf- 
fic in obscenity and pornography." 

Instead of assuming this important task, this Com- 
mission came up with an astonishing "finding" that 
obscenity and pornography — meaning the portrayal of 
illicit sex, perversion, and all sorts of debasing materials 
in literature and entertainment — have no "anti-social ef- 
fect" upon people, including children, even though 
every decent citizen should know better. 

The Commission had been created because concerned 
church leaders of all faiths, parents, welfare workers, 
and believers in human decency were completely fed up 
with the tide of filthy publications and motion pictures 
that were engulfing the nation. They were disgusted 
with the glorification of dirty sex they saw on every 
hand. They were alarmed that the U. S. Supreme Court 
in June 1967 had overturned the decision of lower courts 
in 23 cases in 15 states, decisions that had gone against 
the smut peddlers, and had said in effect, "from now on 
anything goes. Obscenity is protected under freedom of 
speech and the press." 

The people wanted something done to stop the com- 
mercialized dirt on the newsstands, in the mails, and 
in movie theaters. They hoped this President's Com- 
mission would do the job. Instead, the official group 



came up with recommendations that made the obscenity 
merchants cheer. 

While calling for the repeal of all laws against ob- 
scenity except for some restrictions for "minors," the 
Commission showed its gross inconsistency. If obscenity 
has no anti-social effect, even upon children, why re- 
strict what minors read and see? Furthermore, the 
Commission failed to define who is a minor, or juvenile. 
Is it a young person under 17, or 18, or 21? 

Totally ignored in the Commission's recommendation 
was the obvious fact that some adults, clear into middle- 
age and beyond, are definitely influenced by pornog- 
raphy, and as a result they commit crimes of passion, 
such as rape and even murder. Totally ignored also was 
the fact that some children mature earlier than others. 
One might also ask: Suppose a child becomes an adult 
at IS. Is there such a sweeping change in the habits, 
the desires, the personality, the character of the minor 
that all at once on that 18th birthday he is ready and 
mature enough to be exposed to illicit love, adultery, 
perversion, and all the dirty words presented in obscene 
literature and movies? 

If a steady diet of filth in reading and in entertain- 
ment does not produce any anti-social effect, why in 
heaven's name do all juvenile judges, welfare workers, 
police officers, and plain ordinary citizens see proof of 
the evil effects of it all the time and in every com- 
munity? 

The findings and recommendations were not unani- 
mous. Three of the 18 members of the Commission is- 
sued a vigorous dissent and a minority report to coun- 
teract as best they could the shocking impact of the 
majority. The minority members were the Rev. Morton 
A. Hill, prominent Catholic leader of New York, founder 
of "Morality in Media"; the Rev. Winfrey Link of Nash- 
ville, Tennessee, outstanding Methodist minister; and 
Charles H. Keating, Jr., attorney of Cincinnati, founder 
of Citizens for Decent Literature, the only member ap- 



Page Ten 

pointed by President Nixon to fill a vacancy. These 
three opposed the direction the Commission took from 
the start, and their minority report made a devastating 
answer to the majority. 

President Nixon, who had already expressed his con- 
cern over the preliminary "news leaks" about the Com- 
mission's work, totally rejected the majority report. He 
said that the Commission had "performed a disservice," 
and added: 

"So long as I am in the White House, there will be 
no relaxation of the national effort to control and elim- 
inate smut from our national life." 

Soon afterward, the U. S. Senate passed by a 60 to 
five vote a resolution sponsored by Senator John L. 
McClellan of Arkansas, which specifically rejected the 
majority report. Senator McClellan made one of the 
outstanding statements of the year when he said: "The 
Congress might just as well have asked the pornog- 
raphers to write this report . . . although I doubt that 
even they would have the temerity and effrontery to 
make the ludicrous recommendations that were made 
by the Commission." 

This smacking down from high officials was followed 
by a wave of condemnation of the majority report by 
newspapers, educators, law officials, and decent citizens 
generally. Churches, civic clubs, and welfare workers 
who know the disastrous effects of filthy literature and 
entertainment joined the chorus of rejection of a report 
so obviously biased as this one. 

Many a fair-minded citizen, concerned for the preserv- 
ation of moral standards and common decency in our 
communities, was perplexed that a group of supposedly 
responsible citizens on an official Commission could 
have arrived at the false conclusions and the bizarre 
recommendations of the majority. As a former mem- 
ber of Congress who worked hard and long in the fight 
againct the smut peddlers, and as a writer who has tried 
to inform the public of the danger of the big business 
of filth-for-profit, I believe the public should be given 
this fact about the recent lamented Commission. There 
is only one answer: 

This Commission was stacked in favor of what Presi- 
dent Nixon called "an attitude of permissiveness" with 
respect to obscenity. 

In fact, the Commission was stacked in favor of the 
viewpoint of the American Civil Liberties Union, an or- 
ganization of extreme liberals that has opposed the 
fight of decent people against commercialized filth. In 
numerous cases of prosecution of the producers and 
sellers of obscenity, the ACLU has sent in its big law- 
yers to defend the accused, always contending that 
there should be no laws against pornography since it is 
protected under freedom of speech and the press, and 
also, that there was no proved relation between "sexual 
materials" and crime. 

The man dejignated by President Johnson as chair- 
man of the Commission, Dr. William B. Lockhard, dean 
of the School of Law at the University of Minnesota, 
has long been affiliated with the American Civil Lib- 
erties Union. Paul Bender, who served the Commission 
as chief counsel and who wrote much of the majority 
report, is an active member of the ACLU. Several of 
the members were known to be in opposition to the 
fight against obscenity. So, in effect, the majority re- 
port was fashioned directly or indirectly by the ACLU. 
And the nearly $2 million appropriated for the Com- 



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mission was wasted on false conclusions and misk 
ing recommendations. 

The problem of what to do to fight obscenity in p | 
lications and entertainment, abandoned in a report t 
insults the intelligence of every decent family 
America, is still with us. In fact, the problem is 
ger than ever — due largely to a series of Supreme Cc t 
decisions in May and June, 1967. With former Jus 
Abe Fortas casting a deciding vote, the court rever 
the decisions of 22 lower courts against persons 
cused of violating the laws against obscenity in 
states. 

Since that blow to decency, it is safe to estimate t 
obscene literature has doubled in volume. The L 
Post Office estimates that the business of produc 
and distributing obscenity has grown to more than 1 
a billion in a year. And what of motion pictur 
Where can parents find a decent "family" film .ji 
more? 

One of President Johnson's aides, Jack Valenti, w 
from his White House job to become President of 
Motion Picture Association of America, and one of 
first acts was to announce that he was scrapping 
old "code of decency" that formerly guided the i 
producers. The code required movie makers to a\|i 
presenting adultery in an attractive manner, and 
many other rules for decency. Now they are out of 
window, and sexual intercourse and perversion 
shown in many "X-rated" movies. (Valenti's associ 
Miss Barbara Scott, was a member of the late C 
mission.) 

What can we, who still believe in personal and pu 
morality, do about it? Shall we quit, or shall we ( 
tinue to fight? 

I earnestly suggest that all who believe in the saci 
ness of the marriage vow, who believe in the Christ 
home as the major bulwark against the erosion of 
civilization, take up the challenge of a new fight agais 
the obscenity peddlers — and beat them. I suggest f 
things: 

1. We should support the recommendations of 
three minority members of the late Commission, Fat ? 
Hill, Dr. Link, and Mr. Keating: That in our state I 
islatures, and in Congress, the laws against obscenfo 
with adequate prosecutions and penalties for their 
lations, be strengthened, not weakened. 

2. We must keep up action at the local level, to 
to it that our newsstands are kept free from the wcl 
of the sex-oriented magazines, pictures, and books; ;|i 
that the X-rated movie theaters be closed by law, 
public nuisances. 

3. Let us surround our young people with literat 
and entertainment that are wholesome and clean, i 
phasizing that they do not have to go to garbage c 
of smut for their literary fare and their relaxation. 

4. Two members of the Supreme Court, Justi 
Hugo Black and William O. Douglas, have consister \ 
voted to overturn convictions and decisions agaif 
those accused of violating laws against obscenity, 
the ground of freedom of speech and the press — e 
though a green law clerk should know that the F 
Amendment has never protected obscenity. When A 
or both these justices leave the high bench, a mig| 
chorus should go up from fighters of decency, dema'd 
ing that the President appoint new members kno| 
to favor morality and decency. 






1 (January 30, 1971 



Page Eleven 



MIDWEEK PRAYER MEETING JUST A MEMORY 



This article is a reprint with permission granted 
by the Evangelical Baptist. 



by Milson Degaris 



J DON'T SUPPOSE that there is a Bible-believing, fun- 
damentalist church which does not announce a mid- 
week meeting for prayer and Bible study. But what 
percentage of the church attends? 

Does this attendance reflect a spirit of apathy in our 
ievangelical churches? Have Christians forgotten the 
power of prayer? Has the need for Bible study lessened? 
Has the "hour of prayer" lost some of its strength? 

These rambling questions are not really meant to be 
answered, but simply to stir thought. Why is it that 
our midweek meetings lack the interest of our Christian 
fellow-believers? As a teenager in the '40s, I can re- 
member fellow teenagers at the midweek meeting. Are 
teenagers present now? Young marrieds also attended 
in the '50s. Do they now? What has happened? 

The post-World War II years have seen change in 
our lives perhaps more than we realize. It is impossible 
for some people to attend every week. Yes, impossible. 
Think about it. Shift work has become an accepted, 
though unhappy, pattern of labor. Those engaged in it 
must be at work in the evenings at least one week out 
of three. 

Today further education is emphasized and encour- 
aged. Teachers attend night classes at universities. 
Others engage in high school, post-high school and 
vocational classes in the evenings. These cannot be 
present if the class is held on the night of the midweek 
meeting. That night may also be needed for study at 
home. 

During the '50s the television set became accepted in 
the Christian home as an expensive but "needed" item. 
It can be educational, especially for the children. We 
wanted to control our children's viewing, rather than 
have them watching indiscriminately at a neighbor's 
home. Whether we did or not is not the point of this 
paragraph. The point is, regardless of our reason for 
purchase, most of us watch television, and perhaps this 
interferes during the time of the midweek meetings. 
(Incidentally, how does it affect our Sunday atten- 
dance?) As we have watched the expensive secular and 
religious programs, our tastes have become more 
critical. 




When we engage in our local church programs there 
is sometimes a carry over of this criticism. If we do 
not attend a large church, the small church program 
may be pale by comparison. What may have satisfied 
us 20 years ago, does not please us now. Just as the 
communication media have forced school classroom 
teachers to update their methods in order to carry on 
their work of secular education, so it has been that we 



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have needed to take a hard look at the structure and 
methods of our Christian education programs. Have we 
looked at the method and mood of the midweek meet- 
ing? Perhaps all those who could attend do not. Why? 

The meeting usually consists of a time for prayer 
and a time for Bible study, but alternating these times 
is not enough variety to win those who have not the 
"midweek habit." Let us look at each. 
Prayer Time: 

Young people tell us than one of the reasons they 
don't like prayer meetings is that the same people pray 
the same long prayers every week. This suggests to 
me that the prayer time is one where all stay in one 
group to pray. Why not pray in small groups all over 
the church? Let's suggest the areas for prayer and 
perhaps the number in each group — say seven to ten — 
and then let our people find their own groups. This is 
the method used in Temple Baptist, Preston, Ontario, 
where Christians of all ages meet for prayer at the mid- 
week meeting. We might also suggest shorter "sen- 
tence prayers, dealing with one topic only. 

For the sake of those who may be new to corporate 
prayer time, a time for the conclusion of the prayer 
period should be mentioned. It can be agreed that a cer- 
tain person conclude at that time. 

What of the spirit of the prayer time? "The fervent 
prayer of a righteous man availeth much." This is a 
matter of concern for all Christians. Truly our desire 
for prayer is a measure of our spiritual temperature. 
The kind of prayer follows. Note, too, that it's the 
prayer of the "righteous" man that is the most effective. 
Bible Study Time: 

It has been said that the worst method of instruction 
is the one that is used all or most of the time. When 
we consider the method to be used for the Bible-study 
period, this may rule out preaching. The really good 
preachers attract many to the Sunday services. It takes 
a really great preacher to do the same at the midweek 
meeting as well. Pastor, why preach when it isn't neces- 
sary? Here is an opportunity to get closer to the people. 
Group inter-action — a profitable method of instruction — 
can be the answer. 



There are all sorts of procedures possible. Not fcl 
long ago, the prayer warriors of First Baptist, Timmir 
gathered for their midweek meeting, and after a fe 
preliminaries broke into small groups of six or sev< 
to consider the Bible portion under study for that e\ 
ning. After 15 minutes of brainstorming they reassei 
bled in the large group to pool their thinking under til 
leadership of the pastor. They returned to their grou 
for prayer time. (By the way, the young people mix 
with the older ones.) To do this every week all ye 
would be poor, though. 

Here's another idea. The deacon responsible for I 
particular midweek meeting at Calvary Baptist, Oal 
ville, was led to present the subject, "The Kind I 
Church I Want My Church To Be." He could have pij 
sented a 25-minute message. Instead, after an interej 
catching introduction, he invited the group to suggd 
adjectives to describe the kind of church they want! 
their church to be. 

Next he divided the group into four smaller grou] 
Each group was given the task of searching out vers 
which encouraged these desirable attributes, using th< 
back-of-the-Bible concordances. As the applicable vers! 
were suggested, illustrations were presented by tj 
leader. What a blessed time they had, sharing the Wol 
together! And what a spirit for prayer to follow! 

Some might ask if group procedures, as such methof 
be called, wouldn't fail with large groups over 40? Pi 
haps the answer for large numbers attending midwel 
meetings (a wonderful testimony) is to divide and mul 
ply — a truism which we have been hearing in our Sil 
day school for years. We know this works. Why rl 
vary it? Sometimes meet in the large assembly J: 
Bible study, say for a series, and then divide for prayj 
On other occasions groups can be formed on the ba,| 
of age, sex, marital status, whatever is satisfacto?;. 
(That can be varied, too! ) Deacons could lead in groui, 
When we stop to think about it, there is no probk: 
in gaining variety. 

Will the midweek meeting become a memory? 
shouldn't. We could see it become one of the most w4 
attended events of the week. The decision is ours. 



SHOPPING FOR NECESSITIES 



"One of these days I must go shopping. I want to 
exchange some self-righteousness I picked up the other 
day for humility which they say is less expensive and 
wears better. 

"I want to look at some tolerance which is being used 
for wraps this season. 

"Someone showed me some pretty samples of peace. 
We are a little low on that and can never have too 
much of it. 

"And by the way, I must try to match some patience 



that my neighbor wears. It is very becoming to Yn 
and I think it might look good on me. 

"I might try on that little garment of long-sufferijj 
they are displaying. I never thought I wanted to wel 
it, but I feel myself coming to it. 

"Also, I must not forget to have my sense of appi- 
ciation mended, and look around for some inexpensijJ 
everyday goodness. It is surprising how quickly on's 
stock of goodness is depleted." 

from North Manchester bulletiri 



Ifanuary 30, 1971 



Page Thirteen 



f BRETHREN CARE 



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by Mcsriin McCann 



r^ERE ARE more than 19 million Americans over 
65 years of age. Seventeen million men and women 
(ire between the ages of 55-64. Twenty-two million more 
ire in the middle years of 45-54. The problem of pro- 
viding living facilities for these people is critical! 
[ What is the Brethren Church doing to help these 
aeople? We are finally awakening to our respon- 
sibility. We are attempting to do more than just talk 
about the problem. We are acting on the problem and 
tnoving forward. 

Think back with me to just six or seven years ago. 
Our program consisted of supporting the Flora Home, 
Involving several employees and about 18 guests, in an 
Did building about to be closed down by the State of 
Indiana because it did not meet the requirements. In 
a few short years a new Home in Flora has been pro- 
dded for 39 residents and some 32 employees. How 
was this accomplished? Some Brethren men and women 
had a vision that it could be done, and it was! We still 
have that vision. 

In 1970, Mr. Dorman Ronk was employed as the 
Board's first, full-time Executive Secretary, to oversee 
the expanding work. It is heartening to see what can 
be done in this kind of ministry. New doors are being 
opened all the time. Our vision is being further ex- 
panded and enlarged. One result of the work of Mr. 
Ronk is the formation of a new non-profit corporation 
in the State of Ohio. The name of the corporation is 
Brethren Care, Inc. The purposes for which this corpo- 
ration was formed are these: 

"To acquire, own, construct, erect, maintain and 
operate a home or homes for the aged, for the re- 
tired and for other worthy persons, and to provide 
nursing care, residential care, boarding and lodging 
facilities, places of retirement, to inform persons 
and to provide for and to carry on other charitable 
and educational work in connection therewith. It 
shall be the primary purpose of this corporation 
to provide assistance to aged, retired and infirm 
members of The Brethren Church, with headquar- 
ters at Ashland, Ohio, but it shall be the supple- 
mentary purpose of this corporation to care for 
the aged, retired and infirm of other denominations 
to the extent that the facilities of this corporation 
are not needed for members of said Brethren 
Church. 

To engage in charitable activities primarily for the 
benefit of members of the Brethren Church, with 
headquarters at Ashland, Ohio, and secondarily to 
engage in charitable activities for members of 
other denominations. 

To receive by gift, grant, deed, conveyance, will, 
devise, bequest or otherwise, any property, real, 
personal or mixed, tangible or intangible or any 
money, absolutely or in trust, to be used either the 




Mrs. Whetstone and Rick Swartz 



principal or income therefrom, for the furtherance 
of any of the purposes herein stated. 
The purpose, powers and functions of this corpo- 
ration shall be in harmony and in compliance with 
the policies of The Brethren Church with its head- 
quarters at Ashland, Ohio, and in conformity with 
the general powers which it may have under the 
present or future laws of the State of Ohio." 
The reason for the formation of a new Ohio corpo- 
ration is to build a 100-bed nursing home in Ashland, 
Ohio. Ashland was selected because of the need for this 
kind of facility and because it is the home base for the 
Brethren Church. Plans call for the completion of this 
project in 1971. We still have the vision. Other areas 
such as the Midwest, Pennsylvania, and Southeastern 
Districts and Florida are being looked at as possible 
sites for a ministry to those 65 and over. We need peo- 
ple trained as Nursing Home and Hospital Adminis- 
trators, as Nurses and Dietitians. Many universities 
and colleges are offering programs and degrees in 
these and related fields. We need trained Brethren 
young people in these areas. Young people, this is an 
area of ministry to consider. Have you? 

I suppose we could say we are too small for this kind 
of ministry or it is too costly and should be left to the 
larger denominations, or to the government, but we 
aren't. Some time ago an article appeared in this maga- 
zine asking the question, "Where is the progressive 
spirit of the Brethren Church?" I believe the outreach 
of the Benevolent Board has caught that progressive 
spirit. For too long the Brethren have said, "It can't 
be done," and we have done nothing. We believe it can 
be done! 

I can't get out of my mind and heart the words of 
Jesus to His followers concerning feeding, clothing and 
caring for those needing help. "I tell you this: anything 
you did for one of my brothers here, however humble, 
you did for me" (Matt. 25:40 New English Bible). 

We have a vision, and we seek ways to make it a 
reality to provide care. 
Brethren care. Do you? 

Rev. Marlin L. McCann, 
President of the Benevolent Board 



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OSD BENEVOLENT BOARD AT WORK 



"I Will Build My Church" is not meant to be the con- 
struction of a building using wood, brick, and mortar. 
The Church is a body of believers who have been given 
gifts of varying abilities, that all God's people might 
be prepared for Christian service, "to build up the body 
of Christ" (Eph. 4:12, Good News for Modern Man). 

A few verses later we read "under his control all the 
different parts of the body fit together . . ., the whole 
body grows and builds itself up through love" (Eph. 
4:16, Good News for Modern Man). And so, the Benevo- 
ent Board, as one part of Christ's body, is prepared to 
cerve Christ by meeting the needs of others. 

The Superannuated Ministers' Fund 

For many years this board has given financial assist- 
ance to retired ministers and/or their wives. The begin- 
ning of this ministry is interesting. It actually began 
as a relief program for the aged ministers by the 
Sisters' Society of Christian Endeavor, and was termed 
The Superannuated Ministers' Fund. By 1912 the SSCE 
felt the responsibility was too great, and asked General 
Conference to assume this service. The Board of Benevo- 
lence was thus formed to administer this fund. Event- 
ually the SSCE became the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety so once again the women pioneered a noble and 
worthy ministry. 

Those who receive a monthly check from the fund 
are not many. Nine worthy and respected people are 
remembered for the years of service they gave as they 
strove to build up the body of Christ. 












A pleasant view for a bedridden patient 





by Dorman Ronk 



The Brethren Home of Indiana 

Other work of the Benevolent Board is also worth} 
Caring for those who can no longer care for themselve 
has been the purpose behind The Brethren Home a 
Flora. The Home has 39 residents, and many of thes 
are bed-patients — those who need constant care. Other 
are happy to live at The Home, but able to go to th 
dining room and into Flora for the church services, ye 
can receive medical care when needed. 



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Mildred Shockley, L.P.N. 



The Brethren Home is a happy home. The 32 staff 
nembers are dedicated to their work — many consider 
t an opportunity for fulltime Christian service instead 
>f just a job. 



In addition to this new nursing home, 3 cottages are 
nearby. The Bischof family lives in one cottage. The 
second is being remodeled and prepared for occupancy, 
and the third is occupied. Notice the foresight of the 
past board members in constructing these brick cot- 
tages (providing six apartments) for retired couples! 
The present board is considering additional apartments. 
The need is great. 

New apartments will come from remodeling the or- 
iginal Home. This large, brick structure was vacated 
when the State declared it inadequate for a nursing 
home. It would be ideal for apartments following a reno- 
vation. Dropped ceilings, new floors, windows, indi- 
vidual heat controls, and safety devices, but preserving 
the stately brick exterior, will make it an ideal apart- 
ment building. In addition to ten apartments, the 
original kitchen and dining room will become craft and 
hobby rooms. 

The Brethren Home in Flora has gained respect and 
worthy recognition in the state and throughout the de- 
nomination. The care and Christian atmosphere make 
living there pleasant and enjoyable. The Home is al- 
ways full, which indicates the desire of many to be 
there. When there is a vacancy, a Brethren person on 
the waiting list is contacted first. Incidentally, Brethren 
people are encouraged to indicate their intent to become 
residents at The Home. 



A LETTER FROM A RESIDENT 

Dear Friends, 

Arriving on November 7 , 1970 I fully expected, to get very homesick, 
for I had never been away from my home and loved ones. 

Being under the impression that all Homes away from home were 
dull lonesome places where you must sit with folded hands, what a delight 
it was to find the Brethren's Home to be a bright cheerful place with never 
a dull moment! Loving care from faithful nurses on duty around the clock; 
good food to enjoy in the large dining rooyn or in our rooms when we are 
ill, what more could you ask? 

Those of us ivho wish to, can setv, embroidery , crochet or whatever 
ive care to do. We gather in the lounge or living room to chat, to have devo- 
tional services, to watch TV or work with picture puzzles. 

I wish to personally thank all the churches for all the many gifts, 
cookies, candy and favors for the tables. This made our Ch?istmas so much 
more cheerful. Thank you and the Lord richly bless you. 

Many nearby churches came and sang carols at Christmas. This was 
deeply appreciated by all of us here. 

We have knoivn Brother and Sister Bischof for many years. We 
prayed for them when they were our faithful missionaries in Africa, and 
it was a real personal joy when we learned they were coming to be our 
new administrators here at the Home. 

What do we need? We need to expand! We need more rooms! And 
most of all we need your prayers. 

Sincerely in Christ, 
Miss Audrey Randall 
Miss Randall is a m.ember of the Dutchtown Brethren Church. 



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Architect's drawings of various elevations 



Brethren Care, Iric. 

Brethren Care will be the new Brethren Home in 
Ashland. Nearly seven acres of land on South Center 
Street is under option for purchase for a 100-bed nurs- 
ing home and retirment housing. The land is heavily 
wooded, and bordered by Jamison Creek. The natural 
beauty of the wooded knoll will be retained. The Ash- 
land City Council is planning a Special Use zoning per- 
mit in this lovely residential area. Brethren Care will 
aid in the development of this area since utilities will 
be extended. Previously, this land has not been 
developed. 

The cover of this issue shows the plot plan. The 
building will be on top of the hill, but set back from 
the road. Notice the shape from a bird's eye-view or an 
air view. The two wings of the nursing home form a 



cross, with the entrance and offices in the center. Stud: 
the floor plan, too, to see the room arrangement ant 
facilities. 

Construction is anticipated for this spring, and corn 
pletion in approximately six months. 

Because the Benevolent Board is expanding its pre 
gram, new opportunities for service are opening 
Licensed administrators are required for a nursin; 
home, in addition to nurses, aides, orderlies, kitchei 
and maintenance staff. The board wants to fill thes> 
positions with Brethren people. Some applications hav 
already been received from those interested in workinj 
at Brethren Care. Life Work Recruits and others wh 
de:>ire full-time Christian service may find God leadini 
them into this ministry. 

Dorman Ronk, 
Executive Secretary 



January 30, 1971 



Page Seventeen 




Proposed floor plans 






The First Impressions of a New Board Member 



by Daniel O. Gilbert 



A T THE 1970 National Conference of The Brethren 
W\ Church, I was elected to serve on the Benevolent 
3oard. This was a new experience for me, as I had 
lever served on a district or national board. I accepted 
nembership on this board because I felt that this is 
mother way I can serve God and the church. 

This is a very important board of the church be- 
:ause it is working to meet some of the needs of the 
iged church members. Some of the ways they are work- 
ng is to get a new home at Ashland, Ohio. Also the 
banning for more retirement cottages and apartments 
or the retired people. They are also thinking and plan- 
ting for homes in other districts. I feel the board is 
driving to give the best care we can possibly give to 
hese people. 

I feel that my serving on the Benevolent Board is a 
challenge to me to help and to do my part. I also feel 
hat it is a rewarding experience to work and fellow- 
hip with the members of the board from other 
hurches and districts. 



I made my first visit to the Flora Home on Decem- 
ber 24, 1970. Was I surprised. I knew it was nice, but 
I didn't realize how really nice it was. The Home was 
very clean and comfortable. The rooms all have big 
windows with a very pleasant view of the countryside 
around the home. The people with whom I talked all 
liked it very much, and thought it was very nice. They 
also said they were getting very good care, and I know 
that the employees were busy looking after the people 
when we were there. I want to say here that the staff 
didn't know we were coming. I feel, though, that it 
would be best to let the staff know if you plan to visit 
The Home, especially if you will be there at meal time. 

My feelings for The Home are of pride and satisfac- 
tion. I feel if the need arises for me to go to a home, 
I hope and pray that I can go to a Brethren Home as 
nice as our Flora Home. 

Daniel O. Gilbert 
West Alexandria, Ohio 



Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Some Thoughts on the Brethren Home 



AS A MINISTER, I get into many homes for the 
aged, and feel sure that I have not found one that 
I could recommend as highly as our own home at Flora, 
Indiana. In visiting there, I have found that all I meet 
!_;eem to be satisfied, unless it is someone that has just 
given up his own home to take up residence there. Then 
it is understandable that adjustments have not yet been 
made. It takes a little time. 

The Home is we 1 cared for at all times. Anything 
that is taken for the Home, or for the residents, is 
handled in a wonderful way. 

Recently we received from the new Administrator a 
list of birthdays, so that we can remember that those 
people still love to receive mail, as well as any of us. 
It is probably so that some do not have any relatives 
to remember them. Therefore, we can in a Christian 
way fill in by remembering them, even doing as we 
would want to be done by. Most of the folks there have 
been workers for the Lord, and it is always a pleasure 
just to talk with them and get their viewpoint on things 
that are going on in the Church and the world. 

Stop and visit them some day; you will be glad you 
did, and so will they. 

Wilbur L. Thomas, Pastor 
County Line Brethren Church 
Lakeville, Indiana 



by Rev. Wilbur L Thomas 




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HUH 
Mrs. Tombaugh 




I'VE/BEEN IMPRESSED 



by Rev. Robert Bischof 



WE HAVE ONLY BEEN at the Brethren's 
Home, at the time of this writing, about six 
weeks, but I would like to share with you some of 
the things that have impressed me about the 
Home. 

First is the fact that we have a very lovely 
home. The rooms are very pleasant with a large 
picture window in each room. This permits one to 
have a very cozy room and to have the atmosphere 
of home. 




January 30, 1971 



Page Nineteen 



Secondly, I have been impressed by the care 
given to the people. The staff is very much dedi- 
cated to their work in trying to create a home 
atmosphere for those who are living here. 





Nurses' station 

Third, I've also been impressed with the great 
need for caring for the aged and aging. Here at 
the Home at the present are 39 residents. Of this 
number only 6 are men and 4 of the six are bed 
patients. Quite a few of the residents are in their 
eighties. The oldest one living here is 98. One of 
the spriest ladies, Eva Rummel, observed her 95th 
birthday on Christmas Day. To observe her birth- 
day, a granddaughter sent money so that a large 
birthday cake could be purchased together with 
special ice cream treats. What a surprise lit was 
to Eva to have the cake brought in and have every- 
one sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Tears came to 
her eyes. Seeing these times of bringing joy into 
the life of an older person also brings joy to our 
hearts. 

Fourth, I have been impressed with the wonder- 
ful things that were accomplished at the Home by 
the Livingstons. As I am overwhelmed by the 
work that they accomplished, I praise God for 
the years of service they gave to the people here 
at the Home. 

Fifth, I've also been impressed with the excel- 
lent job that Mrs. Moeller has done since the 
Livingstons went to Cerro Gordo. 

Sixth, I was impressed also by the wonderful 
way many groups helped to make this Christmas 
a wonderful experience in the lives of the resi- 
dents here. Quite a few groups sent gifts to be 
distributed to the people. Christmas Eve after the 
evening meal we remained in the dining room and 
had a Christmas party together. Around the base 



of the Christmas tree had been laid the presents 
sent to the Home. A few of the ladies who have 
no living relatives close by remarked, "We will 
go to our room, for we have no loved ones or close 
friends near by and certainly no one would send 
us any gifts." But we urged them to stay. Enough 
gifts had been sent so that each person in the 
Home was given 8 gifts. Barbara sat with one 
of the ladies and helped her open the gifts, The 
lady's face just beamed as each gift was opened 
and she was told that it was for her. 

What a joy it was to know that many W.M.S. 
groups, Sisterhood groups and churches were con- 
cerned that the residents here also had a nice 
Christmas and wanted to share their Christmas. 

After all the gifts were distributed, I read the 
Christmas Story from the Gospel according to 
Saint Luke, Chapter 2. I did not stop until the 
account of Simeon, for as 1 looked around the 
room at these who had arrived at the golden age 
the words of Simeon had a new meaning. Remem- 
ber Simeon said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy ser- 
vant depart in peace, according to thy word : For 
mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast 
prepared before the face of all people" (vs. 
29-31). 

We are seeking here at the home to help these 
dear ones to spend the remaining years of their 
lives in peace in the assurance that the Brethren 
Church is concerned for their well being-. 




||8«f* 




Yes, in the short time I have been here, I have 
been impressed. May God impress upon us the 
need to support this wonderful work and may 
we all give a fine offering to help care for these 
who have reached the golden years of their lives. 

Bea and I are happy for the opportunity of 
serving the Brethren Church here at the Home in 
Flora. Remember all of us here in your prayers. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 





A LETTER FROM INTERIM ADMINISTRATOR 



by Donna Jean Moeller, R.N. 



Greetings from the Brethren's Home of Indiana! 

We have just finished another year, and praise the Lord for all His 
blessings. Thank you to each one who has helped to encourage and cheer 
our residents. We had a very good Christmas with lots of cards, gifts, 
favors, candy, goodies, and entertainment. The residents enjoy each ex- 
pression of your interest very much. 

We ivoidd like to encourage your continued interest in The Home, and 
would be very happy to have you visit at any time. For those who are 
near enough, the folks really enjoy your coming and providing a program 
of entertainment. Right now tve are in our "after Christmas slump." It 
seems there are so many remembrances at Christmas time, and so little 
during the rest of the year. We have many plans for the new year, in- 
cluding handcrafts, monthly birthdays, teas, etc., to help make living here 
more interesting. Possibly there are things you might do in connection 
with these activities or at other "little holidays" throughout the year. 

I have greatly enjoyed my last fifteen months of work here, and am. 
looking forward to an even better year ahead. We are all working to 
make this a pleasant Jiappy home for the elderly of the Brethren ChurcJi 
and the Flora community. 

In His Service, 

Donna Jean Moeller, R.N. 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



January 30, 1971 



MISSIONARY 

HiWS 



Page Twenty-one 




VV^Jfc 



Annual Legal Conference In Buenos Aires 



, T~ I HE ARGENTINE BRETHREN CHURCH held its annual legal conference on 
1 the 31st of October in the headquarters property of the church in Buenos 
Aires. During the business session three new members were voted on to the 
Directive Commission to replace Pastors Tomas Mulder and Juan Arregin and 
Mr. Guido Molino who had completed their two-year terms. The new Commission 
is organized as follows: President, Rev. Kenneth Solomon; Vice President, Rev. 
William Curtis; Secretary, Mrs. Eleanor Romanenghi; Assistant Secretary, Mrs. 
Angela Martin; Treasurer, Pastor Ricardo Rivero; and Assistant Treasurer, Mr. 
Eusebio Silvestri. The auditors for the coming year are: Rev. H. Raymond 
Aspinall, Pastor Esteban Anton, and Mr. Juan Carlos Astellano. 

Missionary Kenneth Solomon reports that during the afternoon several pre- 
sentations were made including an excellent film on the theme of "Family Devo- 
tions." He also expressed his opinion that one of the most inspiring moments of 
the day was when the large group of delegates seated in the public restaurant at 
noon gave testimony to the listening public and waiters by singing the prayer 
before the meal. 

Pray for this new Directive Commission as they guide the Argentine Brethren 
Church during the new year. 




Delegates cut the Legal Conference in Buenos Aires 



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The Brethren Evansrelis 



Graduation Exercises at Eden 
Bible Institute in Argentina 



CLASSES at the Bible Institute finished on the 13th 
of November followed by test week and the closing 
program of the school year. Over 100 representatives 
were present from the various churches to witness the 
graduation exercises. A group of four students received 
certificates for the successful completion of the two- 
year extension course of the Bible Institute which has 
been held in the Villa Constitucion Church. From left 
to right in the accompanying picture are Fredrico Rine- 
waldt, Osvaldo Carafoni, and Mr. and Mrs. Froilan 
Rosas. Mr. Rinewaldt is 73 years of age but does not 
consider himself too old to be a student of God'j Word. 
His on'y regret is that he did not have the vision and 
desire to begin earlier in life. A few weeks ago he was 
given an opportunity to preach in his own church, and 
the report is that he did a fine job. 

A gift was presented to retiring director, Pastor 
Tomas Mulder as a token of esteem and appreciation 
of both the staff and student body of the Bible Institute. 
Pastor Mulder is leaving the Bible Institute to take up 
his new position as National Director of Promotion for 
the Argentine Bible Society. We appreciate his work 
with the Eden Bible Institute as professor and as its 
director and administrator during the past 3 years. 
Brother Mulder had worked with the Bible Society for 
12 years as a regional director before coming to the 
Bible Institute. We wish him God's blessings as he re- 
turns to the Bible Society and his new responsibility. 




Graduating students of the Extension Course 0] 
the Eden Bible Institute in Argentina 



CO toll 




Presentation of gift of appreciation to Pastor 
Tomas Mulder for his work as director of the 
Bible Institute 




Pastor Tomas Mulden 
retiring director of th\ 
Eden Bible Institute 



fanuary 30, 1971 



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Let's Go on the Derby Ten Dollar Club Call 



WE'RE OFF ... on the new Ten Dollar Club call 
which will be open from January 1st to June 30th 
is per the agreement with the members of the club. 
Since 1951 this club through its members, has given 
substantial financial help to build new Brethren 
Churches. Membership is comprised of Brethren people 
vho promise to assist by giving $10 (or more) for each 
lew call. The semi-annual calls have been instrumental 
n establishing new churches in 17 different areas. Since 
L964 the club has been expanded to give further assist- 
ince by extending a second call for the churches that 
lave previously been helped by the club but due to 
ligh costs of construction are still struggling under a 
arge indebtedness. The club now also assists those 
murehes needing to relocate. However, it is understood 
;hat new churches shall continue to have first priority. 

Call No. 28 which was closed the 31st of December, 
L970 was for the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Brethren 
:hurch. Members of the club have contributed a total 
)f $10,359 toward this call and the new building of this 
congregation. Congratulations ! 

Call No. 29 is now open and is the second call for the 
murch in Derby, Kansas. You can have a part in help- 
ng this young church reduce its indebtedness and move 




Derby, Kansas Brethren Church 



closer to self-support by sending in your $10 now. The 
members of the Ten Dollar Club have been mailed their 
letter notifying them of the call. If you are not a mem- 
ber, fill in the coupon and send it in with your $10. 
Become one of this select group which assists in build- 
ing new Brethren Churches. 



MY SHARE 

(Application blank for new members) 

I promise to assist in the building of new Brethren churches by giving $10.00 (or 
more) for each new church project. It is my understanding that I will be called 
upon for this contribution not more than twice in any one year. I further understand 
that if I am unable to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my obligation. 



$> n ^ 
fuBh 




Signed 



Address 



Church 



Solicitor 



Date 



To become a member of the TEN DOLLAR CLUB, please complete this form and 

mail along with a check for $10.00 (or more) to: 

MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
530 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



NEW MEMBERS OF THE TEN DOLLAR CLUB 
FOR THE YEAR OF 1970 



Carl Aurandt Vinco Church 

Earl H. Aurandt Vinco Church 

Nancy Bates Vinco Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Behrends Goshen, Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Behrends 

Shipshewana, Indiana 
Lillian D. Bowers Pittsburgh Church 

Connie M. Bowrey Cerro Gordo Church 

Alfred A. Chapman, Jr. Herndon Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Chiddister 

Goshen First Brethren Church 
Christian Pioneer Class Berlin Church 

Christian Worker's Class College Corner Church 
Christian Worker's Class Warsaw Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C off man Maurertown Church 
Brenna E. Coleman Vinco Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crowe Nappanee Church 
William E. Davis, Sr. Vinco Church 

Rev. and Mrs. James Donahoo Levittown Church 
Mr. and Mrs. James Eck New Lebanon Church 



Stephen Emerson 
Russell Flora 
Mrs. Ted Ford 
David E. Frazier 
Mr. Gene Geib 
Elmer Gillin 
Thomas K. Goldie 
Mrs. Faith Greene 
Glenn Hagerich 
Paul Hagerich 
Rodney Hagerich 
Alma Hartshow 
Russell Havener 
Gerald L. Hudson 
Ralph A. Hurley 



Vinco Church 

Flora Church 

Vinco Church 

Fremont Church 

Fremont Church 

Vinco Church 

Vinco Church 

Park St. — Ashland Church 

Vinco Church 

Vinco Church 

Vinco Church 

Fremont Church 

Vinco Church 

Gretna Church 



Gretna Church 
Johnstown III Junior Church 

Johnstown III Church 
Mr. and Mrs. William Kemer 

Park St. — Ashland Church 
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Lauver North Liberty Church 
Laymen's Organization Falls City Church 

Laymen's Organization Maurertown Church 

Learning Leaders and Always Faithful Class 

Highland Church 
Mrs. Howard Louthain Logansport, Indiana 

Clifford H. Lyman Ft. Scott Church 

Alex Lynch Vinco Church 




uert JQctlwi ijJujdr 



Mrs. Jean Mackall 




Vinco 


Church 


Mr. Welden McQuillen 


Vinco 


Church 


Duane L. Metzger 




Vinco 


Church 


Mrs. George Miller 




Vinco 


Church 


Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Miller 


Muncie 


Church 


Mrs. C. K. Mundorf 


Park St.- 


—Ashland 


Church 


Beatrice Nipple 




Flora 


Church 


Richard O'Gorman 


Johnstown Third 


Church 


Mrs. Layton K. Pegram 


Oak Hill 


Church 


Charles Rager, Jr. 




Vinco 


Church 


Mr. Truman Ratliff 




Fremont 


Church 


Mrs. Elsie Ressler 




Vinco 


Church 


Mr. and Mrs. Herman 


Reusser 


Smith ville Church 


Ralph L. Richey 




Muncie 


Church 


Mrs. Dan Rorabaugh 




Vinco 


Church 


Robert H. Rorabaugh 




Vinco 


Church 


Garry L. Ross 




Fremont 


Church 


Eilene Shoff 




Flora 


Church 


Mrs. D. W. Simmons 




Vinco 


Church 


Lyle Singer 




Vinco 


Church 


Mrs. Agnes Smith 


Johnsto 


wn Third 


Church 


Carl E. Smith 




Vinco 


Church 


Allen Stout 


I 


>urlington 


Church 


Rev. and Mrs. Carl D. 


Thomas 


Fremont 


Church 



January 30, 1971 



Page Twenty-five 



Mr. and Mrs. Richard Troup Ft. Wayne Church 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Trout 

Washington, D. C. Church 
Wabash Church Wabash, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wagner Waterloo Church 
Rev. and Mrs. Ronald L. Waters Gretna Church 



Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Wing-ate Muncie Church 

Mr. Gerald H. Wise Fremont Church 

Miss Leona Wissinger Vinco Church 

Woman's Missionary Society Mathias Church 
Woman's Missionary Society — Group II 

Mexico Church 



TUCSON REPORTS 




Sandy Yarian and Vernelle Sullivan, co-chairmen 
of the mission outreach program of the Tucson 
Brethren Church 



NOVEMBER THE FIRST was the first ingathering of our Faith Promise in 
Tucson. It is indeed a great joy to see our people experiencing the blessings 
that are ours as we reach out in faith knowing our Lord will provide. Our in- 
gathering totaled $346.47 on our first missionary Sunday. The goal for the year 
being $3,881.20. We count it all joy and glory to God as we reach out in the mission 
areas through faith giving. 

During the month of November the William Curtis family in Argentina were 
featured as missionaries of the month and their pictures were on our poster. For 
the month of December we presented the new missionaries, the Jerry Grieve and 
the William Winter families. 

The total for December was $297 and with other gifts given during the month 
of November we reached to $648.47. Praise Him! This has been one of my great- 
est blessings as I see the Lord working among us as we exercise our faith. 

Sandy Yarian, Chairman 



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The Brethren Evangelisi 



PLEASANT HILL, OHIO 



GOD HAS TRULY been blessing us here at Pleasant 
Hill, and we would like to share with you what 
the Lord has been doing. 

Two and a half years ago, I must confess, I didn't even 
know where Pleasant Hill, Ohio was located. At about 
that time, the Lord began to lead and then finally call 
us as pastor of the Pleasant Hill Church. From the very 
beginning, the people here at Pleasant Hill have shown 
real love and concern for the Lord's work. Because of 
this concern and because the people have been willing 
to trust God to lead in His own way, things have hap- 
pened and God has blessed. 

One of our first really great experiences came in the 
fall of 1969. The Lord led us to have our first Mission- 
ary Conference, and with the conference we introduced 
the Faith Promise Plan of giving for missions. We set 
our goal at $3,000, but because many were willing to 
act in faith, we received Faith Promise Cards totalling 
$4,259. This was a time of great joy, but the Lord even 
had more blessing for us than we could see at that 
time. By the time the year had ended and all Faith 
Promise money was given, we had received over $5,000 
for missions. We now have completed our second Mis- 
sionary Conference at which we have received Faith 
Promises totalling $6,010. We are thrilled with the 
Lord's blessings. 

Beginning in 1970, we started an Elective Class Pro- 
gram in our Adult Sunday School. There has been 
greater enthusiasm because of this new program of 
studying God's Word. By the end of this next quarter, 
many will have completed a survey course of studying 
the entire Bible. 

This past year during our Vacation Bible School pro- 
gram, the Lord challenged us in a new direction. In- 



stead of closing our Bible School until next year, th< 
Lord has led us to follow up our summer program with 
a Children's Story Time every Friday afternoon froir 
2:00 to 4:00. Children age three through grade twc 
meet to hear Bible stories, Christian-life stories, anc 
sing gospel songs. The Lord has blessed us by sending 
us an average of 50 children every week. The real chal 
lenge of this program is that over 50 per cent of th< 
children are unchurched and most had never heard th< 
Gospel before. The children have responded so wel 
that the enthusiasm has gone back to the parents anc 
in turn has opened the door to many homes. 

It is a real joy to serve the Lord with the people her< 
at Pleasant Hill and together look at the Lord's bless 
ings with expectancy. 

Many exciting things have already been planned fo: 
1971. A Children's Church Program is being planner 
for pre-school age children. The church has recenth 
laid carpet in two rooms; one for the nursery and oni 
for Children's Church. A Christian Service Brigade Pro 
gram will soon begin for boys age eight througl 
eighteen. Brigade is a program similar to scouts onh 
the emphasis is on Christian training and leadership 
The church has very graciously agreed to hire a part 
time office assistant to free the pastor from some of th(| 
busy work in the office. Mrs. Becky Coate has beei 
hired for this position and has accepted it with a rea 
desire to serve the Lord. 

God has blessed us in so many ways. We can lool 
back with thanksgiving and praise to Him. We are no 
willing to just look back, we are concerned about tin 
spiritual needs of those around us. 

It is our concern and prayer that all that has beei 
done might just be the foundation from which we ca] 
reach out to others in need of salvation. 



PITY THE PREACHER 

The preacher has a great time: If his hair is gray, he 
is too old; if he is young, he hasn't any experience; if 
he has ten children, he has too many; if he has none, 
he is setting a poor example; if his wife sings in the 
choir, she is presuming; if she doesn't she isn't interest- 
ed in her husbands work; if the preacher reads from 
notes, he is a bore; if he speaks extemporaneously, he 
isn't deep enough; if he stays in his study, he doesn't 
mix enough; if he is seen on the street, he should be 
working in his study; if he calls on some poor people, 
he is grandstanding; if he calls on the wealthy, he is 
an aristocrat; if he preaches salvation, and gives the 
"invitation" regularly, he is in a rut; if not, he's not 
interested in the souls of men. Whatever he does, some- 
one could have told him a better way to do it. 



MURDER BY NEGLECT 

We can be guilty of murder by neglect . . . we hav 
become a nation not willing to get involved . . . we ar 
just passers by, spectators . . . but we have the will o 
God to contend with ... To him that knoweth to d' 
good and doeth it not, to him it is sin. 

"I never cut my neighbor's throat; 
My neighbor's gold I never stole; 
I never spoiled his house and land, 
But God have mercy on my soul! 
For I am haunted day and night; 
By all the deeds I have not done." 

from Johnstown Second Brethren "Mini-torial 



January 30, 1971 



Page Twenty-seven 



World Religious News 

in Review 



NEW ENGLISH BIBLE TOPS 
TERNITY BOOK POLL 

Philadelphia (EP) — The com- 
pleted New English Bible (TEB) 
took first place in Eternity maga- 
zine's recent survey of the year's 
most popular books. Nine years ago 
the New Testament of the TEB— 
which seeks to give fresh expres- 
sion to ancient documents — won 
first place in Eternity's annual poll. 

Of the 75 reviewers and writers 
who responded to the 1970 book sur- 
rvey, 43 voted for The New English 
Bible, highest vote in the survey's 
history. 

Second in popularity was The New 
Bible Commentary, first published 
in 1953, but now completely revised 
and brought up-to-date. 

Significantly, seven of the top ten 
books deal with the Bible, Jesu^ 
Christ, the church and basic Chris- 
tian beliefs. These are Carl Henry's 
Fundamentals of the Faith, Under- 
standing Church Growth by Donald 
McGavran, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 
II by Edward J. Young and Studies 
in the Fourth Gospel by Leon 
Morris. 

Keith Miller again ranks high 
with his book of personal reflec- 
tions, Habitation of Dragons. Other 
authors, Elton Trueblood and Jac- 
ques Ellul, contribute significant 
treatises on man and his envi- 
ronment. 

Remaining books on the list cover 
a variety of live issues by a diverse 
group of authors. Two impressive 
biographies of Bonhoeffer and C. S. 
Lewis show the still-present magne- 
tism of these men. 

Eerdmans leads the publisher of 
the year competition with nine 
books. Runner-up Harper & Row 
with three; Zondervan, Word and 
Macmillan each had two books. 
There were 13 publishers represent- 
ed on the list. 



DENVER CHILDREN WORK 
TO FEED HUNGRY 

One hundred eighteen youngsters 
attending Vacation Bible School in 
Denver, Co'orado, raised $1,100 this 
past summer to help feed hungry 
people overseas. 

Ranging in age from 4 to 14, the 
children of Glennon Heights Men- 
nonite Church participated in school 
activities in the mornings; in the 
afternoons they did small chores to 
earn funds for their project. One 
first grader sold 83 rides in his 
peddle car at a penny a fare. An- 
other boy washed and waxed an air- 
plane for his share of the group's 
contribution to CROP, the Commun- 
ity Hunger Appeal of Church World 
Service. 

The church's pastor, the Reverend 
Edward Miller, and Mrs. Ruth Miller, 
superintendent of the Bible School, 
installed an electric tally board to 
record the progress of each class 
toward the overall goal of $500. 
Bright colored Christmas tree lights 
marking each dollar donated, were 
strung from wall to wall across the 
sanctuary. On the final day, 1,100 
lights illuminated the room. It made 
a lovely light. 

News from "CROP" 

STILL PREACHING AT 
AGE 101 

Sumner, Wash. (EP) The Rev. 
W. A. Moore, believed to be Ameri- 
ca's eldest active preacher, observed 
his 101st birthday recently doing 
what he does best, preparing a ser- 
mon. 

The centenarian radiates a love 
for people — there is no sign of bitter- 
ness or self-pity which sometimes 
accompany old age. His wit is sharp 
and his method of preaching hasn't 
changed over the years. That method 
involves "sticking close to the Bible." 
Moore, with a hint of sadness, how- 
ever, says the church is changing. 



"A hundred years ago hardly any- 
body questioned Christ's resurrec- 
tion. Now half the preachers don't 
believe it! Christianity is simple. 
Anybody can understand it, even 
children. The tomb is empty now. 
Christ is risen. He is alive!" 

LARGE' SUNDAY SCHOOLS 
PREDICTED FOR THE 70s 

Wheaton, 111. (EP) The 1970's 

will be the "decade of the large Sun- 
day School," according to a predic- 
tion made here by Elmer Towns, 
Sunday School editor of Christian 
Life magazine. 

In the third annual survey of large 
U.S. Sunday Schools, published in 
the August issue of the monthly 
publication Mr. Towns reported that 
the 75 biggest Sunday schools in 
America increased their weekly 
attendance more than 10,000 over 
last year. 

"There seems to be no secret or 
'inside' information that causes these 
Sunday Schools to grow," he said, 
adding: 

"They simply apply the New Test- 
ament pattern of soul winning, 
prayer, teaching the Word of God 
and constant revival. They are led 
by an aggressive, gifted pastor, who 
heads up a militant program of 
evangelism." 

DISCOVERER OF LSD 
WARNS AMATEURS 

London (EP) - - Dr. Albert Hof- 
mann, a Swiss chemist who dis- 
covered the hallucinogenic drug LSD 
in 1940, said here in an interview 
that the drug has magic properties, 
but is an "atomic bomb" in the 
hands of amateurs. 

In a published story in the Sunday 
Times newspaper, Dr. Hofmann 
said that when he first synthesized 
and took a dose of lysergic acid 
diethylamide (LSD) 30 years ago 
he felt "a psychic atom bomb was 
exploding in my brain." 

He said medical research teams 
were able to work in peace for 20 
years, allowing the drug to be used 
exclusively in psychoanalysis and 
psychotherapy to enable the psychia- 
trist to reach the buried memories 
and trauamtic experience of his 
patient. 

He said the drug is becoming in- 
creasingly dangerous today because 
of its use among the young. "Atom 
bombs," he said, "must not be 
handled by amateurs." 



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The Brethren Evangelisl 



A NEW ERA IN CHRISTIAN SERVICE 



Sarasota, Florida Dedication Day 



THE SARASOTA CHURCH has grown from its 
original ten members in 1954 to its present mem- 
bership of 489. The Sarasota First Brethren Church is 
facing an exciting future. It stands open to people from 
all over America who come to worship, to find peace, 
and to seek personal salvation. The new sanctuary is 
cast in soaring simplicity as it calls men in its sweep 
and world outreach to adore Jesus Christ and to wor- 
ship Him! In all the years of this church there never 
has been a time for this people to be content as un- 
committed onlookers to the world. That time shall 
never come. 

At the morning worship hour a trumpet trio (John 
Hamel, Russell Robbins, David Delanoy) was featured 
with the Senior Choir in the great anthem, "Praise Ye 
the Lord, the Almighty" with a message "Look at the 
Foundations" by the pastor Rev. J. D. Hamel. When 
the invitation was given, several people came forward 
to become new members through triune immersion 
baptism and to rededicate their lives. The service of 
dedication was held at 2:30 p. m. with Mrs. Woodrow 
Immel, vice president of the National W.M.S. as guest 
organist. Rev. B. E. Waltz gave the invocation, and 
special music was presented by the "Brethrenaires" 
from New Paris, Indiana. The welcome was given by 
Moderator Ray Maxson, and Scripture reading by Rev. 
Woodrow Immel with prayer by Bill Ross. Rev. Fred 
Vanator, founding pastor, gave a brief history en- 
titled, "A Prayer Come True." 




Rev. Fred Vanator, founding pastor and Rci 
J. D. Hamel, pastor, as the former sanctnar\ 
is renamed "Vanator Fellowship Hall" 



The former sanctuary was dedicated and name 
"Vanator Fellowship Hall," in honor of Rev. Fred Vam 
tor, founding pastor. 

In the calendar year of 1970 the giving of the Sar£ 
sota church (including Special Building Fund gifts 
totalled over $100,000. 

Just recently ten new members were baptized by tr 
une immersion and received into the church by the righ 
hand of fellowship and the laying on of hands. 

"Mine house shall be called a house of prayer for a 
people" (Isa. 56:7). 



January 30, 1971 



Page Twenty-nine 



! Mr. Harley Rathburn, chairman of the Building Com- 
inittee, presented the key to Carl Mohler, chairman of 
'he Board of Trustees. Greetings were given by Robert 
rtidenour, Rev. Phil Lersch, and Rev. Wesley Carlson, 
k challenging dedicatory address was given by Dr. Dana 
3. Hamel, chancellor of the state of Virginia community 
college system. Prayers were offered by Rev. Clarence 
Stewart, former pastor and Rev. Orra Lemert, co- 
founding pastor. 

A musical concert was given by "The Brethrenaires" 
lit the 7 p.m. worship service. 

A record morning worship attendance was 640, with 
the afternoon attendance of 449 and evening attend- 
ance 286. 



: ! '; . ! 



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Sanctuary interior of new Sarasota Church 



In the photo above are pictured from 1. to r.: Rev. 
Phil Lersch, pastor at St. Petersburg, Fla. and pres. 
of Brethren Ministerial Association; Rev. Wesley Carl- 
son, pres. of Manasota Ministerial Association; Rev. 
Clarence Stewart, former pastor; Ray Maxson, modera- 
tor; Rev. Woodrow Immel, first vice pres. of National 
Mission Board; Harley Rathburn, Building Committee 
chairman; Carl Mohler, chairman of Trustees; Rev. 
Fred Vanator , founding pastor; Eugene Robbins, 
trustee; Robert Ridenour, chairman of Deacon Board; 
Dr. Dana Hamel, chancellor of Community College Sys- 
tem, state of Virginia, and guest speaker; Rev. J. D. 
Hamel, pastor; Rev. Orra Lemert, co-founding pastor; 
Bill Ross, Sarasota pre-seminary student at Ashland 
College. 



CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GROUP EXPERIENCES 15% GROWTH 



TNCREASES of 15 per cent in both number of schools 
b and pupil enrollment have been recorded for the 
third consecutive year by the National Association of 
Christian Schools. Sixty-two thousand pupils are en- 
rolled in 345 elementary and secondary schools located 
in 40 states and 35 countries. 

Illinois recorded the greatest per cent of increase in 
member schools. The largest number of schools is 
listed in California. Twenty-two other states reported in- 
creases in member schools. Indiana, Ohio and Michigan 
join Illinois in making the Midwest first in regional 
growth statistics. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania 
and Maryland combine to make the Mid-Atlantic region 
the second most active in Christian school growth. Forty 
states are now represented on the membership roster. 

The expanding interest of overseas schools for mis- 
sionary children in NACS fellowship is indicated by the 
46 schools in 35 overseas locations. In recent months 
members of the NACS Board have travelled to the 



Caribbean, South America and the Orient to strengthen 
the education of missionary children overseas. 

When asked for an explanation of this unusually vital 
private school organization, Dr. John Blanchard, Execu- 
tive Director, observed, "As the only national non- 
sectarian association of its kind, the NACS attracts 
schools that are strongly committed to Biblical values 
and continuing educational improvement. Our schools 
emphasize spiritual impact and academic content and 
our efforts to deal with social, racial, political and de- 
nominational problems are developed with Biblical dis- 
cernment. Many parents desire this balance of educa- 
tion for the benefit of both heart and mind." 

The NACS office in Wheaton, Illinois serves as a 
clearing house and source of information in all phases 
of the educational process and school operation. By 
its promotion, placement and new school services the 
NACS strengthens this rapidly growing private school 
movement. 



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CHEEP ADVICE 







The sincere man suspects that he, too, is 
sometimes guilty of the faults he sees in 
others. 

Freedom is like the air we breathe; we 
don't miss it until we are deprived of it. 



Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that 
where the fruit is? 

Starting research for a book in which 
he planned to show the misery resulting 
from large families, a sociologist inter- 
viewed the mother of 13 children. After 
taking down information about children's 
ages, family income and such he asked, 
"Do you think all children deserve the 
full, impartial love and attention of a 
mother?" 

"Of course," she said. 

"Well, which of your children do you 
love the most?" he asked, hoping to catch 
her in a contradiction. 

"The one who is sick until he gets well," 
she answered, "and the one who is away 
until he comes home." 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



Small boy, explaining his report card 
to his father: 

"No wonder I seem stupid to my 
teacher. She's a college graduate." 

When a certain youngster asked his 
mother where he came from, his mother 
replied, "The stork brought you." He re- 
ceived the same answer when he asked 
about his older brother and sister. His 
comment was, "Well, I guess there hasn't 
been a normal birth in our family." 

A college freshman home for the Christ- 
mas holidays was asked by his dad, "Well, 
son, how are your marks at school?" 

To which the youth answered critically, 
"Under water." 

"Now just what do you mean by that 
expression?" demanded the impatient 
father. 

"It's like this," said the son reluctantly, 
"they're all below 'C level." 



A do-it-yourself enthusiast had read the 
instructions accompanying the newly ac- 
quired gadget time and again, but despite 
repeated efforts, he couldn't assemble it. 

At last, gathering all the various parts 
and instructions, he sought the help of 
an old handyman working in a nearby 
yard. After looking at the gadget a few 
moments, the oldster soon had it in work- 
ing condition. 

"It's beyond me," said the do-it-your- 
selfer, "how you got it together so quickly 
without even reading the instructions." 

"Fact is," was the reply, "I can't read — 
and when a fellow can't read, he's got to 
think." 

A very small boy was in New York for 
the first time. Taking an elevator to the 
top of a skyscraper, the child and his 
father had shot 30 stories upward at 
breathtaking speed, when the little lad 
turned to his father and asked: "Daddy, 
does God know we're coming?" 



fanuary 30, 1971 



Page Thirty-one 



Death of Dan West, Pioneer in Peace, 

Relief Ministries 



(Goshen, Indiana) January 8 — Dan West, 77, founder 
and honorary chairman of Heifer Project, Inc., and the 
first layman elected moderator of the Church of the 
Brethren, died last evening at a hospital here. For 
more than two years he was the victim of a rare disease 
of the throat. 

A memorial service was held at the Manchester 
Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Indiana, 
Sunday, January 10. 

A farmer but also for 28 years a denominational staff 
executive, Mr. West was a pioneer in peace training, 
youth work and camping. He once was characterized by 
labor leader Kermit Eby as being "a modern mystic, yet 
like his Brethren forebears, practical." It was this com- 
bination that gave birth to the program of "heifers for 
Europe and the world." 

As he faced lines of hungry children while in relief 
work in war-stricken Spain in the 1930's, Mr. West 
pondered whether some alternative to direct food hand- 
outs could not be found. Why, he reasoned, could not 
bred cattle be shipped in to graze on the grassy slopes, 
be given to families on the condition that they would 
pass along some of the offspring to others in need, and 
at the same time provide an ever increasing supply of 
fresh milk? 

Within five years the program of Heifer Project was 
launched. For a period it was a Church of the Brethren 
enterprise, but eventually it became interdenominational 
in scope. As such, it has sent some 40,000 food produc- 
ing animals to families in 85 countries. At Heifer Pro- 
jects' 25th anniversary in July 1969, more than 1,500 
persons came to Goshen to honor the man designated 
as the founder. Mr. West, though present, was unable to 
speak to the assembly, by then having experienced an 
almost total loss of speech. 



Beyond the relief enterprise, Mr. West was an ardent 
student of conflict resolution and a stauch peace advo- 
cate. In every person he saw a divine image; his goal 
in leadership was to enable others to let this image 
come alive. 

He was on the staff of the Church of the Brethren 
Board from 1930 until 1959. In 1965 he was the first 
layman to moderate the denomination's Annual Con- 
ference. In the moderator's message he stressed as the 
top priority for the Christian the seeking of the "mind 
of Christ." 

"So far as I know, Christ never asked anybody to 
explain Him intellectually. Nor did He ever ask any- 
body to worship Him. But He did ask some to follow 
Him," he said. "Theology and worship patterns are im- 
portant but not fundamental. Obedience is." 

Born in Preble County, Ohio, and reared in Pleasant 
Hill, Ohio, Mr. West graduated from Manchester Col- 
lege, North Manchester, Indiana, and took later work 
at the University of Chicago and at Columbia, Ohio 
State, Cornell, and Harvard universities. 

He is survived by the widow, Lucy, four sons and one 
daughter, and seven grandchildren. 

Among those to participate in the memorial service 
was Dr. A. Blair Helman, president of Manchester Col- 
lege; Dr. S. Loren Bowman, general secretary, Church 
of the Brethren, Elgin, Illinois; and Dr. John F. Young, 
educator, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has established the Dan 
West Educational Fund, aimed at supporting volunteers 
who offer training in animal husbandry to Heifer Pro- 
ject recipients. Contributions may be given through 
the family or directly to Heifer Project. 

The body has been designated for medical research. 



"A CHILD OF A KING" 



A child of a King am I 
Made in the image of God. 
His value of me will not falter 
There's only one path to be trod. 

My King and my God is eternal, 
Immortal, invisible, wise; 
I know one can follow His teaching 
And be a true heir if he tries. 

A child is known by his doings; 
He knows if my work is pure. 
And if I am tempted to falter, 
He shows me a way to endure. 



by Helen Barnhart 



I must always show mercy in action, 
With love I promise to start. 
My mind must ever be humble 
I'll try to be kindly in heart. 

So if I accept my life calmly, 
And patient and tolerant be 
Forgiving too, the unlovely 
My King will be waiting for me. 

I Timothy 1:17 "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, 
invisible, the only wise God, be honour 
and glory for ever and ever. Amen." 



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3 "... by the people, for the people. . . ." (editorial 

4 Missionary Board 

9 "Suffering Is A Part Of It" 
by Thomas A. Schultz 

13 The Rediscovery Of The Hermeneutic Communi 
by P. Kent Bennett 

15 Board Of Christian Education 

18 A Job That Requires Love, Patience — 

by Mike Rogers 

19 Laff-A-Little 

20 Presentation of papers on Central District 

Memorial on Baptism 

27 Sisterhood 

28 Cheep Advice 

29 News from the Brethren 
31 World Religious News in Review 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



In 1969 Central District presented to General Con- 
ference a memorial pertaining; to Baptism. This matter 
was referred to Central Council for consideration. 

In its November meeting, Central Council gave to 
this issue a place of high priority and a committee was 
appointed to prepare guidelines for a careful study of 
the memorial. 

This committee lias labored diligently both from an 
individual and group basis, and the papers that were 
prepared and presented at General Conference in 1970 
are published in this issue of THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST. We recommend that every member of 
the denomination find time in their schedules, no matter 
how full they might be, to read these presentations 
carefully. 



The Kokomo Brethren Church needs a pastor. If sorl 
one is interested they may contact the secretary, Ml 
Anna Hurlock, Route 1, Sharpsville, Indiana 46068. [ 



Ohio District Sunday School Workshop 

Saturday, March 13, 1971 

United Methodist Church 

Bellefontaine, Ohio 



Missionary Conference 
February 26, 27, 28, 1971 
Gretna Brethren Church 






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...BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. 



There are so many gems of thought from the pen 
Abraham Lincoln to be found in books containing 
lotes of famous men of history. Almost twenty years 
o one of these was published on the cover of THE 
^ETHREN EVANGELIST. 

We have been the recipients of the choicest 
mnties of Heaven; we have grown in numbers, 
ealth and power as no other nation has ever 
°own. But we have forgotten God. We have for- 
)tten the gracious hand which preserved us in 
'-ace and multiplied and enriched, and strength- 
led us, and have vainly imagined, in the deceit- 
'Iness of our hearts, that all these blessings were 
'oduced by some superior wisdom and, virtue of 
ir own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, wc 
we become too self-sufficient to feel the neces- 
ty of redeeming and preserving graces, too 
oud to pray to the God that made us." 

We wonder if what Lincoln had on his mind when 
wrote these words hasn't been a problem that has 
en existing ever since the time or long before these 
ought s were conceived in his mind. Especially do we 
)nder when we read a compilation of prognosticative 
inions by a group of British scientists in a report re- 
ntly given by Norman Rohrer of the E.P.A. News 
rvice. 

In his report titled "Hope Is The Missing Cure" Mr. 
)hrer reveals what this group of British scientists dis- 
ssed not long ago as to what kind of a world we will 
.ve by the year A.D. 2,000. All but one of the panel on 
T.V. forum predicted: "The world won't be here." 
This article proceeds with the following statements: 
'^hat is the opinion of sophisticated secular men and 
>men in America concerning the condition of the 
)rld at the turn of the millenium? The Rev. Brubaker 
St. Petersburg, Fla., has collected the following state- 
ents from notables in his booklet, '2,000 A.D.': 



"Erich Fromm, noted psychoanalyst: T forsee two 
possibilities: The survivors of a thermonuclear war will 
have organized a world dictatorship, or a renaissance 
of united humanity will have begun.' 

"Norman Thomas, prominent socialist leader: 'Unless 
all nations end the arms race in the age of weapons of 
absolute destruction . . . unless people better apply the 
novel truth that above all nations or races is humanity, 
there will be no year 2,000.' 

"Marquis Childs, Washington columnist: T hope that 
in a system of controlled disarmament with widespread 
inspection, the terrible threat of nuclear annihilation 
will have been removed. . . .' 

"William Saroyan, author and playright: 'In the 
future, I cannot see how anything at all concerning man 
on this earth can change for the better!' 

"Clare Boothe Luce, former ambassador to Italy: 
'If long-range preventive measures are not taken soon 
to deal with the population explosion, by the end of this 
century men will literally be squashing one another to 
death in the fearsome scramble for land, shelter, water 
and food.' 

David Ben Gurion, aging ex-Prime Minister of Israel: 
'All armies will be abolished and there will be no more 
wars. . . . Jerusalem,' he says, 'will be the Supreme Court 
of Mankind to settle controversies among the federated 
continents.' 

"In his summary of these predictions, Author Bru- 
baker points out that the Scriptures forecast a United 
States of Europe in both a political as well as a religious 
federation. 'Already six nations have agreed to form an 
economic community known as the Common Market 
with a view to political union. The Bible seems to indi- 
cate that when 10 nations, presided over by one called 
Anti-Christ is in evidence, the time of the Gentiles is 
at an end and Christ's kingdom is verily at hand.' 

"Only one prediction is totally accurate for 2,000 or 
any other year: God is working out His purpose." 

Lincoln said it a long time ago, and could it be true 
j'et in our day that "we have forgotten God . . . have 
become too proud to pray to the God that made us"? 

(G. S.) 



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MISSIONARY 

news 




MOTHER OF TWO HOMES 



by Mrs. K. Nirmala Prasanrha Kum 



BECOME A MOTHER is beyond a doubt 
exciting and interesting. As it is said in 
India, "A woman's life starts right after her 
marriage." The ultimate aim of every Indian 
woman is to become a mother first, and then a 
loving or charming wife. Every girl that is born 
on the Indian soil looks for this honored position. 
In ancient times in India if a married woman did 
not bear children society looked down on her. Even 
today there is not much change in that idea. The 
mother is the symbol of patience and embodiment 
of service. I had the privilege of becoming a 
mother when 1 was in the United States. When 
I came back to India my parents and Prasanth's 
parents were more eagerly looking forward to 
seeing our daughter Shanthi than seeing me or 
my husband. No doubt, I was well honored for 
being a mother. 



Now after starting our mission work in Ind 
I am not only the mother of one girl but a moth 
of ten boys. For my daughter Shanthi, there a 
many who are interested in her, particularly i 
being the first maternal and paternal grandchi 
But the children in our orphanage are most i 
fortunate in that nobody wanted them. Ev 
though they were all born to legitimate paren 
they could not receive the basic needs of a ch 
— love and affection. Some of them do not hg 
parents, and others, though they have parer 
have nothing to eat nor place to live, and tl 
are no better than orphans. This is the type 
children to whom I am the mother. I am so thai 
fill to the Lord for giving me this opportun 
to help these destitute children. 

It is with great pleasure I want to share so 
of my experiences with other ladies of The Bre 





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ebruary 13, 1971 



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en Church, as I know many will be interested 
bout our family life and our work in India. 

It was on the 10th of January, 1970 that we 
loved into a nice little house in Rajahmundry. 
i'or the fii'st time we are establishing a home in 
ur native country. It took a long- time for me 

get things fixed in my home, as things are not 
lade easy as they are in the States. I had to wait 
|or two months to get a gas stove. In the mean- 
while I had to manage with a kerosene stove and 

small electric hot plate. When brother Ingraham, 
eneral secretary of the Missionary Board, was 
ere he had to adjust with us in our unsettled 
ome. 

As soon as we moved into our rented house, we 
bepared to start the orphanage. It was not an 
lasy job for us to find a suitable house. As you 
[now India is a country with many castes, and 
isually non-Christians would not like to rent 
heir houses to Christians and especially for the 
estitute children's home. We kept on searching 
nd went ahead by making other arrangements. 

1 Carpenters were hired and they started work- 
rig in our house, making all the furniture we 
k>uld be needing for the children's home, 
''rasanth during this period of time was working 
iard to find a house. The carpenters were in need 
f really careful supervision like any other 
aJborer in India. Prasanth then was away for 
'bout two weeks attending the Christian leaders 
efreshers course in Yeotmal ; therefore, I had 
o stay home supervising the carpenters and look- 
tag after the children. A s there was no cook for 
hem, I had a wonderful opportunity for the first 
ime to cook for these children and talk to them. 

inquired about many things ; to get an idea about 
what they think of their being in our children's 
ome, what their moral and spiritual thinking is 
.nd what kind of feelings they have toward each 
ther. Very soon I learned they have a feeling of 
iscontentment living with us. They had lived 
arefroe lives when they were in their villages, 
^hough there are sdhools in some villages, the 
hildren went on and off as they don't have any- 
one to take care of them, and also they don't have 
>ooks and clothes. After I told them about Jesus 
"hrist who loves them and wants to give them 
verything they need they were so happy to know 
bout Him and believed what I said. 

After a great search we secured a house for 
he orphanage. The house was adequate for the 
hildren and the boys are comfortable in this 
touse, but we had to construct a temporary shed 
or cooking. We have named the orphanage 
brethren House for Children. 



Until we secured the house and a cook, we 
housed them in our home. I learned many things 
in the very first week of my experience of being 
a mother to these helpless ones. I was terribly 
afraid when all the children became sick with 
belly aiclhes and diarrhea. Prasanth had to go to 
get the physician as we do not have a telephone. 
The doctor examined the children and said there 
was nothing to worry about; the reason for their 
sickness being that they ate too much and they 
were not used to nutritious food. They were all 
right after two days when I let them fast a little. 

Their educational level was poor so we had to 
engage a good Christian teacher to give them 
private tutoring to raise their standard to keep 
up with the standard of the city schools. Now they 
are slowly picking up. 




Mealtime at the Brethren Home for Children 



We have ten children in our orphanage. By 
schooling they divided into two groups ; one group 
going to the elementary school, the other going to 
Junior High. They have morning prayers (Hindu) 
in school, but we have prayers twice in the 
orphanage both morning and evening. We have 
regular worship service on Sundays at the 
orphanage. Often our children invite their friends 
for the prayers. 

My daily routine starts at six o'clock in the 
morning. After fixing breakfast, I spend some 
time in personal devotions. The vendors and 
hawkers who sell fresh vegetables come to my 
house every morning. They consume most of my 
morning hours. I have to spend some time bar- 



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Nirmala dealing with vendors 



gaining with them. After the rate is fixed I have 
to stand there and watch, otherwise they cheat. 
Sometimes I have to buy from three or four ven- 
dors. After 1 finish with them I go to the orph- 
anage on the scooter along with my husband. The 
orphanage is about a mile from our house. Some- 
times I go by myself in a rickshaw. By the time 
1 reach there the elementary school children will 
be in the school as their school is 7 :30 to 10 :30 in 
the morning, and the high school children will be 
ready to go to school. After I attend to them I 
give groceries to the cook and supervise his cook- 
ing. By the time I finish this the elementary school 
children will be back from school. I attend to them 
and find out about their learning in the school 
and inquire about their problems. Though there 
is a house-father for the orphanage the children 
want to tell their personal problems to their 
mother. We have a good Christian man by the 
name of Mr. Solomon to take care of the children. 
He is the house-father and gives them religious 
instruction and conducts prayers both in the 
morning and evening. Usually Prasanth attends 
their evening prayers. 



The Brethren Evangeli: 

With the clothing which the good ladies of oi 
Brethren Churches are sending I am able to clotr 
the children. When these children came to us, the 
did not have proper clothing. We got them tailo 
made clothes, and by their decent dress they a] 
well received by the teachers and the fellow st 
dents in the school. 

The general tendancy of the poor people 
India is to hang on to their children, even thou<; 
they do not have anything to feed them. Becau 
of this the children run away from orphanag 
and children's homes. But surprisingly no o: 
ran away from our orphanage. We accepted t« 
children and the same ten are staying with us. 
believe if we give them good care and make the 
understand that we really love them, they w 
feel that they have everything in the world. 

Our children come from various backgroun< 
Some of them have hereditary sickness and m( 
of them are physically weak. The discipline pre 
lcm is great. They hit each other and bite ea 
other. They destroy others' belongings out 
jealousy. They rob and steal. The worse thing 
all is that they don't believe in God. They say, ' 
there is God, he must be a wicked person. W 
should he allow us to starve to death while oth 
are living in luxury." They are innocent, t| 
only know to say, "I want this, I want that." 
they cannot get what they want they hate ai 
thing and everything. 

These children are desperately in need of 1< 
and affection. I am happy the Lord has called 
to this noble task of taking care of these childr 
I enjoy being with them and helping them. I w;i 
them all to come to know Christ as their persoji 
Savior. Though I have many responsibilities, I 
proud to be a mother of two homes! 




Nirmala teaching the children a game 



February 13, 1971 



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THANKS FROM BRETHREN HOUSE 



The following is a letter from Rev. Phil Lersch commenting on the 
work of Brethren Young People who helped out at Brethren House in St. 
Petersburg, Florida during their winter vacation. This program which 
was sponsored by the Board of Christian Education was a big help to the 
mission work in St. Petersburg. The Missionary Board adds their thank 
you to that of Rev. Lersch to both the young people who attended and the 
Board of Christian Education for their planning. 





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Rev. Phil Lersch 



Brethren House, St. Petersburg, Florida 



Small excerpts are captured on film. 

Others are scribbled in brief notes and on messy work schedules. 

But most of it lives in memory — pleasant to recall. 

I still see Brethren teenagers . . . 

— scrubbing mold off the back porch and repainting it. 

— tape recording Bible stories for children to hear at a later date. 

— laboring over the production of an illustrated hymn book for 

"0 God, Our Help in Ages Past." 

— stripping varnish off an old bookcase. 

— assembling peace packets. 

— sanding rust off a fuel oil tank and repainting it. 



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— guiding children in making a ivall mural with crayons and 

newsprint. 

— removing Christmas decorations. 

— ■ helping small hands model tvith clay. 

— -sharing conversation and friendship with quickly-made friends. 
— ■ answering innumerable questions f) om young, inquiring minds. 
— ■ washing windows. 

— mixing paints for the easels. 

— appearing on television. 

— working steadily with crafts and blocks and table games. 

— painting, painting, painting — (benches, outside and inside walls, 

chairs, garage door, blocks around shrubbery). 

— playing, playing, playing — (volleyball, basketball, //--square 

hop scotch). 

— showing films. 

— contacting ove)' 100 homes with a neighborhood survey. 

— etc., etc., etc. 

— even sharpening pencils! 

These snatch descriptions describe only one event — the Brethren Youth 
WINTER RETREAT in Florida, and their work at BRETHREN 
HOUSE, in St. Petersburg, in particular. Reports of their other activities 
appear elsewhere. But no report is complete without a BIG THANK YOU 
from us at Brethren House — including the small ones who enjoyed having 
so many big brothers and sisters around for a few days. 

With gratitude, 
Pastor Phil Let^sch 



NEW PRESIDENT ELECTED FOR 
WORLD WIDE PICTURES 

Atlanta, Georgia (January 22, 1971)— Bill Brown has been elected president of 
World Wide Pictures, producers of Billy Graham films. The announcement was 
made by Dr. Billy Graham, chairman of the World Wide Pictures' Board of Direc- 
tors, and Vice Chairman Cliff Barrows who formerly served as president. 

World Wide Pictures, located in the heart of the film industry in Burbank, Cali- 
fornia, has produced nearly 100 films including a documentary on Israel titled "His 
Land," as well as feature dramatic films such as "For Pete's Sake," "Two A Penny," 
and "The Restless Ones." Over 90 representatives show the films in theaters and 
churches across the United States as well as in 76 foreign countries. The films have 
been dubbed into 12 languages. 

Brown, who assumed his new position January 1, has been associated with the 
evangelist for the past 18 years. In 1952, when Graham pioneered his film min- 
istry, Brown started with the organization as a film representative showing 
"Mr. Texas." 

For the past 14 years, Brown's work has been that of directing Crusades for 
the evangelist in major cities throughout the world. He was Crusade Director for 
the 1966 and 1967 London Crusades as well as the 1969 and 1970 New York Crusades. 

In 1955, Brown married former English actress, Joan Winmill. She was convert- 
ed in Billy Graham's Harringay Crusade in London and later starred in the Graham 
film "Souls in Conflict." The Browns have two sons, Billy, 14, and David, 11. 



February 13, 1971 



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SUFFERING IS A PART OF IT 




WOULD LIKE to call your attention to an important 
part of Christian life. It is the duty of a Christian 
o suffer. 

Saul was being sent to Damascus to persecute the 
Christians. While there, and as he found Christians on 
be way, he was ordered to put them under arrest and 
(ring them back to Jerusalem for trial before the San- 
ledrin. But while Saul was on his way to Damascus, 
The Glorified Christ" appeared to him. (It is this Christ 
bat we can meet as we travel the highways and byways 
;f life.) 

"... Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me" (Acts 9:4) ? 
t was then that Saul knew that truly Jesus Christ was 
tie Son of God. Trembling, Saul fell to the ground and 
laid, ". . . Lord, what wilt thou have me to do . . ." (Acts 
1:6) ? The Lord commanded Saul to arise and go into 
pe city of Damascus to a house on a street which is 
ailed Straight. But when Saul arose from the earth 
... he was three days without sight, and neither did 
e eat nor drink" (Acts 9:9). The street called Straight 
| still marked in the little city of Damascus today. 

Simultaneously in that city, the Lord came in a dream 
d a man by the name of Ananias. The Lord asked 

nanias to go to this same house and there restore the 
ight of Saul by putting his hands upon him and bap- 
zing him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now 
.nanias was reluctant to go to Saul, because the repu- 
ition of Saul had gone before him. Ananias replied 
the Lord, "... I have heard by many of this man, 
ow much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 
. . he has authority from the chief priests to bind all 
lat call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go 
ly way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my 
ame before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children 
f Israel: For I will show him how great things he must 
uffer for my name's sake" (Acts 9:13-16). 

Apparently the baptism, conversion, and the life of 
aul, now called Paul, were all hinged upon the one 
entral fact, to be a follower of Jesus, one had to suffer, 
'his fact is still true. To be a Christian, one must en- 
age in a long struggle of suffering. We all know the 
fe of Paul: he was shipwrecked, thrown into prison, 
eaten, persecuted, and even the last days of his life 
'ere spent in prison. So it is true, when you become a 
Dllower of Jesus Christ, you suffer. 

In modern Christianity, we constantly play down the 
lea of the cost of discipleship. We beg people into the 
hurch by belittling any kind of sacrifice or suffering to 
'hich they might have to commit themselves. Often- 

mes they are not told until they are in the fellowship 
f the church about the real responsibilities of suffer- 
ig for Christ's sake. If we really told the people the 
ruth about the demands and requirements of Chris- 
ianity, many of them would not answer the call. 




by Thomas A. Schultz 



The Lord told Ananias to go to Paul, baptize him, 
and restore his sight. God's command indicated that 
there was just one motive: "For I will show him how 
great things he must suffer for my name's sake" (Acts 
9:16). What is this human suffering? Why is it that a 
human being has to suffer? To answer this question, 
we must note that there are two kinds of suffering. 

The first kind of suffering is the result of sin in the 
world. When God created the heavens and the earth and 
all there is therein, there was perfection in the world. 
God looked upon it and saw it was good. There was no 
suffering. But as soon as Adam and Eve disobeyed 
God's law, they reaped the consequences of their sinful 
disobedience and began to suffer. This was not because 
God was trying to impose a punishment upon them, but 
they suffered because they violated God's law and 
brought punishment upon themselves. So, in the world 
today, wherever there is sin, there is suffering. Sin, like 
suffering, is not a respector of persons; when you sin, 
your sin will vitally afflict every man, woman, and 
child in the whole wide world. This affliction which you 
have created will live on into generation after generation 
as long as the earth is here. 

When sin and its consequence strike, they are no 
respector of persons; consequently, the innocent as well 
as the guilty suffer the results. So suffering comes 
into the world by our willful disobedience to God. If you 
break a natural law of science, such as putting the 
wrong catalytic agent in a chemistry tube, you can 
be sure in most instances that it will blow up in your 
face and destroy you. It is likewise with the spiritual 
law of God. If you violate God's law; if you use the 
wrong element of life; or' if you are disobedient to His 
commandments, then you bring suffering upon yourself. 
That is why we human beings must suffer — because of 
sin! 



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Now why does a Christian have to suffer? This is the 
second kind of suffering to which we are subjected to 
in this world. It is the suffering which occurs when 
God's will is brought to bear upon the sin of the world. 
When God confronts sin, there you will find suffering. 
This is the meaning of the Cross. There on the Cross, we 
see the whole will of God and all of His laws counter- 
acting all the sin of the world. The suffering of our 
Lord upon the Cross was God's way of blotting out the 
sinful nature of all humanity and all sins that have 
ever been created in the world. If you remove the suf- 
fering of Christ from Christianity, you don't have a 
religion left. Christianity without the suffering makes 
Christ nothing more than a philosophy that doesn't sat- 
isfy the conditions of our daily life. The central thing 
about Christianity is that Jesus Christ died on the 
Cross and that through the act of suffering He over- 
came for us the consequences of sin. On the cross, God 
meets sin head-on. "The wages of sin is death; but the 
gift of God is eternal life..." (Rom. 6:23). Jesus' suf- 
fering eliminates the consequences of sin, which is 
death! 

Seven hundred fifty years before the birth of Jesus, 
Isaiah prophesied, ". . . He was wounded for our trans- 
gressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chas- 
tisement of our peace was upon him; and with his strips 
we are healed" (Isa. 53:5). So it was that our Lord upon 
the Cross set for you and for me an example of right- 
eous suffering for His name sake. In order to put an 
end to suffering for eternity, Jesus endured the pain, 
agony, and humiliation of the Cross. His suffering ob- 
tained for us a victory over the grave. The implication 
of this suffering for us is that we in His footsteps must 
likewise suffer until our hour of death. ". . . Christ 
also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye 
should follow his steps" (I Peter 2:21). 

Christianity is no guarantee against suffering. As a 
matter of fact, it is just the oppo3ite. Christianity is 
the kind of religion that says, "Look if you want to 
come after me, then come and I will show you how 
many things you must suffer for my name's sake." 
Christianity is not a guarantee you will escape pain 
and persecution. The only thing that Christianity 
guarantees you is that you will escape hell, and that 
you will enter into eternal life. But until that day when 
the portals are opened to eternal life, you will have to 
suffer for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ! We will 
suffer as long as there is sin in the world. 

Jesus beckons us to a world of suffering. ". . . If any 
man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take 
up his cross, and follow me" (Matt. 16:24). In other 
words, Jesus is saying, "If you want to come after me, 
you must extend yourself. You have to endure suffering 
along with me if you are to build the kingdom of God 
as it is in heaven." Most of us fall short of this admoni- 
tion. We don't know what suffering is all about. For 
most people suffering is arthritis, a heart condition, or 
some physical infirmity. Misfortune may have struck 
your life, and somehow or other we think this is suf- 
fering for Christ's sake, even as the Lord suffered on 
the Cross. A wheelchair patient who suffers day by day 
does not really begin to suffer as a Christian until he 
extends himself beyond the wheelchair in the service 
of Christ. 

". . . Everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, 
or sisters, or a father, or mother, or wife, or children, or 



lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold 
and shall inherit everlasting life" (Matt. 19:29). Thin] 
of the kind of suffering that Jesus expects a man to d< 
in extending his life in the building of the kingdom o 
God! None of us come close to this requirement! Mos 
people will not give one hour of their time for a simpl 
little task in an air-conditioned room these days, k- 
alone giving up their home, family, wife, children, an 
all the things which they have. You must be willing t 
make a sacrifice! That is the real challenge of discipl< 
ship. Why don't we accept the challenge? The answe 
is, "It costs too much. It's too much of a hardship fc 
us to engage in this kind of religion. It will produce 
suffering which we do not care to bear." But the fac 
remains, if you want to be a Christian, suffering is 
part of it. 

"... I will show him how great things he must suffe 
for my name's sake" (Acts 9:16), was the beckonin 
call of the Master two thousand years ago. It is r 
different today. If you want to follow this man wh 
claimed to be the Son of God, then you will have i 
take the yoke upon you and struggle through lif 
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and pers» 
cute you, and shall say all manner of evil against yc 
falsely, for my sake" (Matt. 5:11). For the sake of Jesi 
Christ, we must be willing to suffer physically, mentall 
and emotionally. Think of the Lord in Gethseman 
how drops of blood oozed from His head as He praye 
". . . Not as I will, but as thou wilt" (Matt. 26:39). Wh< 
is the last time you suffered so greatly for Christ th 
you sweat from your brow, or your back ached, at 
your heart was broken? 

There was a missionary in Africa who had labon 
with a tribal chief for a long time teaching him to t 
come a Christian. One of the requirements he set t 
fore this man was the fact that when he became 
Christian he was going to engage in a great strugg 
against sin and evil of the world. The native was ] 
luctant to accept this Gospel message of Jesus Chri 
But one day as the missionary came into the village, t 
tribal chief ran to him and said, "I want to accept Chr: 
this day; I want to be baptized." The missionary w 
thrilled by the conversion of this tribal chief. He i: 
mediately conducted the baptismal ceremony. Duri 
the ceremony, the saber which he used to cut his w 
through the jungle fell from its sheath and hit the fc 
of the tribal chief. The tribal chief never moved. Afl 
the benediction, the missionary saw that the foot 
the chief was bleeding profusely. The missionary begj 
to apologize and say how sorry he was. He said, "W 
didn't you say something to me when you were bleedi| 
so badly?" The native replied, "Sir, I thought it was) 
part of it." He didn't know much about theology. E| 
the chief knew something about the requirements 
Christianity that the church of Jesus Christ does 
know today. The church must discover that sufferi 
is a part of her life. Individuals who claim to be dis 
pies must suffer for Christ's sake if they want to ke 
the kingdom alive until Christ comes again. 

Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you . . ." (Matt 
29). The burden is heavy. The yoke bears down ur 
sometimes you declare you can't move again. But 
wonderful thing about bearing the yoke of Christ 
this text, ". . . My grace is sufficient for thee: for l 
strength is made perfect in weakness . . ." (II Cor. 12 
We never suffer so much but what God's grace is s 



ebruary 13, 1971 



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icient. ". . . We must through much tribulation enter 
Into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). A yoke has two 
blaces. The Lord is on one side helping us to bear the 
burdens of life as we suffer for His name's sake on the 
)ther side of the yoke. 

There are thousands in the world today who are suf- 
fering for His name's sake in cellars, prisons, and camps. 
They are bowing their heads in prayer. If they are 
taught praying they will be punished one way or 
mother. There are men and women around the world 
fvho have extended themselves beyond the call of duty 
In order that they might follow the commitment of Him 
vho said, "I will show you how great things you must 
jiuffer for my name's sake." 

There have been more people suffering for Christ in 
970 in certain areas of the church, than all the Chris- 
Jians in the Scriptures. There have been more martyrs 
lor Je3U3 Christ in 1970 than all the martyrs recorded 
p the pages of the Scriptures. Think of it. This is your 
lay and your generation. This is your beckoning chal- 
enge! What a paradox! While our brethren are dying 

pri:on and suffering for the name of Christ, most of 
is are in ivory palaces, playing our harps of luxury 



and indifference, with never a thought for the brethren 
who are giving their all for Christ. No wonder there is 
such a lack of devotion and indifference on the part of 
Christians in America for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. They can't pay the price. They won't suffer for 
His name's sake. No wonder we can't operate the 
churches in America to do the will of God and to answer 
His call. 

I don't know how you will suffer for Christ. I hope 
each of you as a Christian will search your heart and 
your life, and ask yourself how you can suffer. Perhaps 
you could work in the kingdom a bit harder; perhaps 
you could enter into full-time service, sacrificing your 
time, effort, and talent for the extension of the king- 
dom; or maybe love someone who is unlovely; or you 
could be good steward 3 and give until it hurts. There 
are many ways to suffer for Christ. That is the chal- 
lenge of Christianity. 

Today, Jesus beckons you as he did Paul, "Come and 
I will show you how great things you must suffer for 
my name's sake!" And remember this, if you are a 
Christian, suffering is a part of it! 



W. Joseph Hemphill, for 12 years a popular pastor 
n the burgeoning San Gabriel Valley of Southern Cali- 
ornia, has been appointed Executive Director of the 
National Sunday School Association, according to NSSA 
'resident Robert A. Crandall. He succeeds Wayne 
Buchanan who has joined the Benson Company of 
Nashville. 

Under Pastor Hemphill's ministry, the Sunday school 
t San Gabriel Union Church increased to more than 
,800 members and its missionary budget grew to an 
nnual $90,000. 

The former Marine line officer resigned from his 
hurch in 1969 for reasons of health and served fol- 
owing his recovery as administrative coordinator for 
he Greater Los Angeles Sunday School Association, 
n that capacity he remained active in the San Gabriel 
Galley serving the Sunday school — an arm of the church 
vhich Dr. Hemphill calls its most vital. 

"It's been estimated that between 80 and 90 per cent 
f all new members in evangelical churches come 
hrough the Sunday school," he said. "I feel that 
hrough the Sunday school we have our best answer 
o juvenile problems, and the problems that face the 
'outh of our day." 

A native of Ashville, N. C, Dr. Hemphill holds honor- 
ary degrees from Azusa Pacific College and from Tal- 



bot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, California. He 
came to California in 1949 direct from college in Green- 
ville, S. C, to serve for eight years as assistant to Dr. 
Ralph E. Stewart, then as pastor of the half-century-old 
San Gabriel Union Church. Pastor Hemphill actively 
promoted the church-sponsored San Gabriel Christian 
School, taking a hand in supervising the construction 
of a $250,000 plant that today accommodates more than 
450 pupils, Kindergarten through eighth grade. 

The Rev. Mr. Hemphill assumed his post January 5, 
1971. He will commute to the Midwest for a couple of 
months, then move to Wheaton, Illinois with his wife 
Marta and daughters Elissa (11) and Cynthia (7). 

The National Sunday School Association celebrated 
this year a quarter century of service to America's 
evangelical churches. There are 35 member denomina- 
tions represented and some 50 local area or state Sun- 
day school associations affiliated. 

NSSA carries out its work under the aegis of the 
National Association of Evangelicals which Dr. Hemp- 
hill has served as board member for six years. He has 
also been a board member of the Greater Los Angeles 
Sunday School Association, the Ministers Revival 
Prayer Fellowship, the World Relief Commission of the 
National Association of Evangelicals, and of Gospel Lit- 
erature International. 



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King James New Testament 
on Cassettes 

New York — The American Bible Society, marking its 
135th year of service to the blind, today announced the 
release of the New Testament and Psalms in the King 
James Version recorded on cassettes. 

The voice on the tapes is that of Alexander Scourby, 
television personality who for a number of years has 
volunteered his services to make recordings for the 
blind. Mr. Scourby was elected an Honorary Life Mem- 
ber of the American Bible Society in 1967. 

The first cassette edition of "Good News for Modern 
Man," the New Testament in the Society's Today's 
English Version, was introduced last May. 

The Rev. Dr. Dale C. Recker, the Bible Society's 
Secretary of Blind Work since 1963, who planned both 
cassette editions, explained that when "Good News for 
Modern Man" was issued on tape a number of requests 
began coming into his office for a cassette edition of 
the King James New Testament. 

"I guess that is because the majority of blind persons 
are elderly and they prefer the older version of the 
Scriptures," Dr. Recker, himself a sightless person, 
conjectured. 

The King James Version, originally published in 1611, 
today is one of the oldest English versions of the Bible 
which is still in use and in popular demand. 

The cassette edition of Today's English Version New 
Testament is on 15 tapes. The New Testament with 
Psalms is on 18. Each edition is conveniently boxed in 
a 10% inch square, light-weight container, the same 
size as that which holds the cassette edition of "Good 
News for Modern Man." 

As in the cassette edition of "Good News for Modern 
Man," each cartridge in the New King James edition 
is marked on one side in braille and on the other side in 
print for identification. 

Back in 1835, when the American Bible Society had 
been in existence for only 19 years, it produced its first 
Scriptures for the blind, in Boston Line type, a raised 
letter system devised by Dr. Samuel G. Howe of Boston. 

Since then the Society has provided Scriptures in 
every approved system of reading for the sightless. 
Some notable examples include New York Point, Moon 
and various types of braille. 



Braille classified as grade two was adopted as stand 
ard for the entire English-speaking world in 1932 an< 
the following year the entire Bible was produced in thi, 
form by the Society, in 18 large volumes. 

In 1935 the American Bible Society first moved inti 
the Talking Bible field. Marking its centennial of servic 
to the blind, the Society released two records that year 
These were followed by others until the complete Bibl 
was available in 170 records a decade later. The nun 
ber was reduced to 67 records in 1964, when slowe 
speeds were introduced. 

All of these are still available and listed as to pric 
in the American Bible Society catalog. A nominal fiv 
per cent handling charge in addition is requested. Th 
braille Bible at $72 is the most expensive item and th 
complete Bible on records, either the King James c 
Revised Standard version, cost $30.15. Individual recor< 
ed Books range in price from 45 cents to $1.80. 

The new cassette edition of the King James Ne- 
Testament is listed at $29 and the one with Psalms ;( 
$35. Playback equipment for the talking records and tr 
cassette editions is loaned by the Library of Congre; 
free to persons who are "legally blind" for the duratic 
of the need. 

"Legally blind," Dr. Recker explained, is not limit* 
to a sightless person, but one who sees "less at 20 fe 
than the normal person can see at 200 feet." 

The American Bible Society offers its services to tl 
blind to every person with impaired sight regardless 
religious affiliation or economic status. For those pt 
sons for whom even the low prices are too expensive tl 
Society's Scripture materials are available free. 

Dr. Recker said that many blind persons make 
"token contribution," but that many are unable to 
that because many of the blind are elderly, incapat 
of earning their complete living or unable to pay f 
such costly items. 

Since its founding in 1816, the Society has had as 
object making Scriptures, without note of comme| 
available to men everywhere in the language they c 
read or understand at a price they can afford. In 19l 
the Society distributed 369,671 records and 6,472 brail 
volumes to the blind. A total of 660 cassette editions I 
"Good News for Modern Man" have been distributli 
since last May. 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



February 13, 1971 



Page Thirteen 



THE REDISCOVERY OF 
THE HERMENEUTIC COMMUNITY 



The first Lay Theology coarse, entitled "The Biblical Doctrine of the 
Church," toas held at Warsaw, Indiana, during the fall quarter of 1970. 
Following is an abstract of one of the papers written for the course by 
Rev. P. Kent Bennett, pastor of the North Libert//, Indiana Brethren 
Church. 



WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT this brief study 
to protest against the deadening effect religious 
)luralism is having upon one branch of the 
Church in the U.S.A., i.e., the Believers' Church 
n general and the Brethren Church in particu- 
lar. My protest is presented in the form of the 
Reaffirmation of something basic in the Believers' 
Church tradition — something which we have lost. 
Iiamely, the interdependent concepts of the church 
is, first, the Hermeneutic Community, and then, 
ifterwards, the Prophetic Community. I am not 
■uggesting that this is all that the church is but 
>nly that it is this in a crucial way. 

The full term, Hermeneutic Community (some- 
imes called Discerning Community) is signifi- 
:ant because both words are necessary to describe 
he what, the who and the how of this process, 
iermeneutic is needed because we are talking 
ibout interpretation, interpretation of God's will 
nd Word. 

Before we can say a statement in the Bible 
— or any statement — is true, or that a com- 
mand is authoritative, we must know what it 
means, and that is not nearly so clear as one 

once thought Some would find the key 

to the hermeneutic problem in one correct set 




by P. Kent Bennett 



of definitions . . . others, learning from the 
linguistic sciences would argue that every 
language, and therefore every set of mean- 
ings is the product and property of a given 
group of men who use it. Thus the key to 
meaning is community, and the church is that 
community which has in common a grasp of 
and a commitment to the meaning of Christ's 
work. Concern No. 14 Herald Press. 



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If this concept of the church is taken seriously, 
then we who are in the Believers' Church tradi- 
tion, find ourselves with a problem to solve and 
a sin to confess. The problem is how to get where 
we should be from where we are. The sin is the 
sin of the assimilation of someone else's tradition 
and the violation of our own. 

What is the current hermeneutieal situation in 
our Church? How do we interpret God's Word and 
God's will for ourselves and our world? We don't 
The religious specialist or the religious profession- 
al does. We don't even question the existing her- 
meneutic process. We just accept it as established 
as the way things should he. 

Yet it is the conviction of the Believers' Church 
that the task of interpreting God's will and Word 
belongs not to the theologian in his "ivory tower," 
not to the professor in his study, not to the pastor 
at his desk and not to the Sunday school teacher 
or Deacon Board alone. Rather do they believe 
that God makes known the msaning of His Word 
and will for today as the brotherhood searches 
and shares spiritual discoveiy in humble depen- 
dence on the Holy Spirit and through the inter- 
action and faithful use of the gifts He has given. 

However the current practice in most Believers' 
Churches tends to exalt the pastor and to demote 
the rest of the laos (people of God) to a second- 
ary, dependent position of subservience. Most of 
the laos today has been trained to regard the 
pastor (or the theologian or professor) as the 



ansiver man, as the Bible scholar, as the solo in- 
terpreter of God's Word and will. This concept 
has invaded Believers' Church territory fron: 
mainline and Catholic Church traditions. 

If the doctrine of the Holy Spirit has beei 
the neglected teaching of Protestantism, tlu 
layman has come to be the forgotten man. . . 
The tendency of the institution, even tha 
which has a strong tradition of lay initiative 
is to develop laymen marked by docilit 
(teachable, easily managable) and submis 
sion. Mennonite Quarterly Review. 

The need of laying hold upon the competenc 
of all of God's creation the whole of humanit; 
consciously committed to discipleship an 
not just its clergy, in the task of knowiJ 
God's will for our day is . . . (urgent). . . 
''The laity should not be seen primarily as th 
needy, ignorant, and helpless." In many fielc 
the layman is more knowledgeable than th 
clergy. . . . What is called for, therefore, is 
mutual cooperation of theologians and la 
people, in which both are teachers an 
taught." Garret, Concept of Believer 
Church, 1969. 

Will anyone hear this plea for the rediscover 
of the hermeneutic community? Will anyone h 
vestigate further to understand its meaning ai 
process? Will any church implement this pra 
tice and become the hermeneutic communi 
rediscovered ? 



We sing "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and content ourselves 

with five to 10 minutes of prayer a day. 
We sing "Onward Christian Soldiers" and wait to be 

drafted into His service. 
We sing "Oil, For a Thousand Tongues" and don't use 

the one we have for God. 
We sing "There Shall be Showers of Blessing" but do 

not come to church when it is raining. 
We sing "Blest Be the Tie That Binds" and let the least 

little offense sever it. 
We sing "Serve the Lord with Gladness" and complain 

about all we have to do. 



We sing "We're Marching to Zion" but fail to mar 

to church. 
We sing "I Love to Tell the Story" and never menti 

it to our neighbors and friends. 
We sing "Cast Thy Burden on the Lord" and worry oi| 

selves into a nervous breakdown. 
We sing "The Whole Wide World for Jesus" and ne 

invite our next door neighbors to church. 
We sing "O Day of Rest and Gladness" and wear 01 

selves out traveling. 
We sing "Throw Out the Life Line" and content 01 

selves with throwing out a fishing line! 



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"pHE NORTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT held a Rally- 
1 Retreat over Thanksgiving vacation. The site was 
he Brethren Camp at Shipshewana, Indiana. It was 
he first attempt at combining the district rally and the 
listrict retreat and turned out to be most successful. In 
otal close to ninety youth from the various churches in 
Northern Indiana District participated and all enjoyed 
he fellowship and fun. For recreation, the group divid- 
;d with some going bowling and others going to the 
•oiler skating rink. 

The special speaker for the Retreat was Professor 
T. R. Klingensmith, professor of Religion and Depart- 
ment head at Ashland College. Professor Klingensmith 
addressed the retreaters on the subject of prophecy. 



Saturday evening was also the night of the traditional 
painting of the camp bell. This excusion was led by 
the notorious painter, Bruce Dodds, who hails from 
Bryan, Ohio. All in all, it was a great weekend, filled 
both with spiritual challenge, fun and fellowship. Sev- 
eral groups entertained the retreaters Saturday night 
in a special program. 

Now the dust has settled and Camp Shipshewana has 
returned to its serene state of being. Everyone involved 
is thankful for the work of the District Executive Com- 
mittee and the fine job they did in planning the week- 
end. So you see, new ideas and approaches are very 
often better than the old ways! 



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BERLIN SENIORS 

HHHE SR. YOUTH of Berlin, Pennsylvania have been 
1 busy since October. Our youth meetings are 
scheduled twice a month — usually the second and fourth 
Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Exceptions are 
made when Sunday evening church is held other than 
the second or fourth Sunday evenings. Social activities 
are held the third Saturday evening of every month. 

Topics of some of our meetings have been: Popularity, 
Modern Idols, Thanks for Thanksgiving, The Real 
Meaning of Christmas, The Christmas Story. Social 
activities have been: Halloween Party, Roller Skating 
Party, Bowling Party and Caroling Party. 

Carol Long and Charles Wiltrout, 

Sr. Youth Advisors 



LIVE-WIRE JUNIORS 
AT HUNTINGTON 

TN SEPTEMBER it was decided to combine Jr. and 
-*■ Sr. B.Y.C. devotional time with the adult group for 
Sunday evening services. The Jr. B.Y.C. is in charge 
of these devotions every third Sunday. After devotions 
we separate into three groups for the remainder of 
our meeting time. 

We had seven members in September. One member 
has moved, another transferred to the Sr. group so we 
had a total of five members. We have now gained an 
additional four members bring our total to nine. 

Our new officers are: President — Tommy James, Vice 



President — Beth Stahl, Secretary — Joni James, Trea: 
urer — Bobby Lusch and Song Leader — Jane Lusch. 

A Halloween party in October saw all members bein 
scared as we took a visit to the Haunted House, spoi 
sored by the Huntington Jaycees. Refreshments wer 
served by our sponsors at their home. 

A contest, boys versus girls, was held October 25 t 
November 25 to see which team could bring the mo 
guests to our meetings. The losing team had to cook an 
serve lunch to the winners. The boys have to cook. Hoi 
days and activities have taken most of our time so 
has been decided we will wait until January or Februar 
to have this lunch. 

On November 1st the Jr. and Sr. B.Y.C. were hos' 
for the district rally. Youth from the Jefferson Brethre 
Church at Goshen, Indiana provided our entertainmei 
with a program "Tell It Like It Is." 

One meeting in September was devoted to a sho! 
business meeting followed by a group discussion cj 
the B.Y.C. Covenant. 

We are now working on a play "The House on tl 
Rock" taken from Matthew 7:24-27 to be presented as 
Sunday evening devotion program. 

On December 20th we went carolling to shut-ins ar 
presented a package of cookies to each home where v 
sang. These cookies were made by the Jr. B.Y.C. girl 
We concluded the evening with a Christmas party ar 
gift exchange. 

We sent Christmas cards to boys of our church tlffl 
are in service and also to our shut-ins and to frienc 
out of town. 

As a money-making project we again sold calend; 
towels. We have made a profit of $50.90. 

We have had at least half our members attendirfc 
mid-week services. This is one goal we are really puttir 
forth an effort on this year. 

Joni James, secretary 



February 13, 1971 



Page Seventeen 



PLEASANT HILL ACTIVITIES 

WE HAVE BEEN HAVING some activities besides 
our regular Sunday evening meetings. In October 
Ive had a spaghetti supper. Some of the girls made the 
Spaghetti. The hard part of it all was keeping it on your 
i'ork. After the supper we went for a hayride. This was 
k lot of fun, riding through nearby towns singing our 
high school fight song. 

On November 22 we had a visitation program in the 
afternoon. We were successful in gaining a few new 
members. 

j We had a Christmas party in the fellowship hall on 
December 12. We bought a tree and trimmed it for the 
Primary Department. Following the tree trimming, 
chere was a pizza party. 

The Miami Valley District Rally of the Brethren 
Youth met in our church on January 17 also. 

Dave Shellenberger, reporter 



NEW PARIS SENIORS BUSY 

rIE NEW PARIS SR. B.Y.C. started its fall session 
in September. We had election of officers with the 
jfollowing results: President — Dana Sommers, Vice 
President — Steve Sommers, Secretary — Cheryl Tinkel 
and Treasurer — Nancy Smoker. 



We were invited by another youth group in the area 
to a hayride. We also had a hayride of our own with a 
Halloween party held in a barn afterwards. 

Sixteen of our kids attended the Northern Indiana 
Youth Retreat at Shipshewana in November. 

We went to a hockey game at the Ft. Wayne Memori- 
al Collesium in November also. 

Our Youth Banquet was held on Saturday night dur- 
ing our fall evangelistic meetings. Donna Rulon, wife 
of our guest speaker, Dale Rulon, presented the 
message. 

We also had a Collegiate Crusader team from Ashland 
here in December. We all went to the basketball game 
and afterwards returned to one of our member's houses 
for a weiner roast, and the Crusaders presented a pro- 
gram of music and devotions which was enjoyed by all. 

We went caroling after church on Sunday evening, 
December 20th, to shut-ins and sick people in the neigh- 
borhood. Afterwards we went back to the church and 
had hot chocolate and doughnuts. 

We had a bake sale before Christmas which proved 
to be very profitable. We received $105 for the items 
we had to sell. 

The Jefferson Brethren Church invited us to a retreat 
in Michigan over New Year's Eve. Several of our group 
attended this. 

We have been having very interesting programs and 
have been very active so far this year. 

Cheryl Tinkel, secretary 



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Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangelisl 



A JOB THAT REQUIRES 
LOVE. PATIENCE 



AND UNDERSTANDING 



by Mike Rogers 



T HAVE WORKED the last three summers with young 
*- people at Camp Bethany in Ohio. These young people 
and many others need good young leaders in their 
camps. If, through the sharing of my experiences at 
camp as a counselor, I show at least one person the 
satisfaction and joy of camp work then I'll be happy. 

In this essay you'll read the expression "my kids." I 
use this because instead of staying with the same group 
year after year, I've moved up steadily with the same 
campers each year. I've met a lot of fine people at camp 
other than "my kids"; other counselors such as Ron 
Waters, Rick Gemmell, Rich Drushal, Carol Klever and 
many others whose names I'm ashamed to say have 
s'ipped my mind. So besides learning what is on the 
minds of younger people, you also learn what is troub- 
ling people of your own pier group. A counselor learns 
the importance of being a big brother or big sister. 

I moved to Ashland in September of 1967. Rev. George 
Solomon asked me to be a counselor the week that he 
was to be the dean of camp during the summer of 1968. 
At first I thought "me, spend a week at a camp, with 
kids four or five years younger than me." Little did I 
realize that God was going to lead me to make the 
decision to accept Rev. Solomon's offer. Yet today, I 
thank God for leading me to that camp. This was to be- 
come the work that brought me closer to God and the 
world around me. 



Young people have a lot of things on their minds thai 
they must share with someone. Most kids shy awayj 
from talking to their parents and other adults on sub 
jects that really trouble them. I'm proud to say that ir 
the case of "my kids" their parents are close to them 
and I'm sure that there are many others who are jusl 
as close to their parents. These young people hav< 
many things on their minds that they have to tell some 
one nearer their own age. You cannot realize the feeling; 
one gets when a young person has enough faith in yoi| 
to confess and tell you things that they wouldn't tel 
anyone else, unless you, too, spend time at camp. 




At the end of the week of camp I saw "my kids" crj 
ing because it was time to leave camp and their friend; 
I heard many adults laugh and say how silly it was. 
counselor will learn after a week at camp why adult 
are foolish and blind when they make a statement lik 
that. I find myself crying on the way home, as anyon 
who rode home with me will testify. All the way horn 
I think of the time when one of "my kids" came up t 
me and told me he fell in love. Or of the time we ha 
a hike and I could feel the togetherness of the grouj 
Maybe our decision night would cross my mind and I' 
picture "my kids" showing how mature they were b 
going up front and confessing their sins. I would thin 
of how I had to be prepared for anything, maybe eve 
a turtle in my bunk. Or even getting up in the midd] 
of the night to talk to and rub the back of one of th 
kids in my cabin, realizing how much this camper reall 
means to me. 



February 13, 1971 



Page Nineteen 



I could bore you with many more stories on fun and 
james in the life of a counselor but I won't. There is 
me major thing that a counselor will learn at camp — 
hat life is much more than fun and games. Life has 
nany sorrows and rough times. It is important for a 
person to face the fact that he or she will have to face 
~ough and trying times. Most important is to realize that 
bod is always there to lead you through those times. 
! I learned my lesson on life at camp. I met a girl there 
;hat I felt I was truly in love with. I had never been 
liurt by any girl before, so I figured that since I really 
foved this girl and she seemed to like me, that it would 
ivork out perfectly. That love was shattered. It was 
kere that instead of me helping "my kids" with their 
'problems, they helped me. I thank God that through 
this he showed me that life has its rough times, but 
that we all live through them no matter how hurt we 
are. 

Through learning that life is sometimes rough, a 
:ounselor learns the importance of friendship. A coun- 
selor has to be a good enough friend to listen to and 
pray for his or her friends. I met a boy on the streets 
3f Cleveland who was going out of his mind because 
3f drugs. He said to me, "I don't know who you are, but 



help me, I'm sick." The question I ask you is, "Where 
were his friends when he needed guidance and prayer?" 
What kind of friend are you? 

I love "my kids" and the many others I know. I go 
back to camp every year. I don't go back to teach them 
how to think, because I believe they are all old enough 
and mature enough to think on their own. I go back 
simply because I love them and to show them that I'm 
always there if they need me for anything. 

These young people and many others across the 
country need people who are interested in life to guide 
them with love and concern. If you have any question 
you'd like answered or any comment on what I have 
caid, feel free to write to me. 

Mike Rogers 
417 Clayton 
Ashland College 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

I receive many letters from "my kids," even one who 
says she is just another pretty face. So I welcome any 
letters. So to all of you reading this and all "my kids," 
may you all find happiness and peace in the world. 
Remember it all must be done through love for God. 



Mike Rogers is a freshman at Ashland College 
and a member of the Park Street Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio. He is the son of Dr. and 
Mrs. Max Rogers, a former professor at Ashland 
College and ivho are noiv residing in the state 
of Kansas. 






LAFF-A-UTTLE 



Timmy came home from school with 
his January report card which was any- 
thing but good. When his mother saw it, 
she cried out, "What happened this 
month?" 

"Why nothing unusual," answered 
Timmy, "you oughta know — things are 
always marked down right after Christ- 
mas." 



High school junior to recruiting officer: 
"But you can't turn me down — I've pro- 
posed to three girls, told my principal 
what I think of him and sold my car!" 



A man applying for a job asked the in- 
terviewer whether the company would 
pay for his hospital insurance. The inter- 
viewer said the worker would have to pay 
for it but it would be deducted from his 
check. 

"Last place I worked the company paid 
for it," he said. 

"Did they pay for your life insurance 
too?" the interviewer asked. 

"Sure they did," the man said. "Not only 
that, but we got unlimited sick leave, sev- 
erance pay, three weeks vacation, Christ- 
mas bonus, coffee breaks — 

"Then why did you leave such a per- 
fect place?" the interviewer asked. 

"The company folded," the man replied. 



Page Twenty The Brethren Evangelist 



CENTRAL DISTRICT MEMORIAL ON BAPTISM 



PAPERS PRESENTED BY THE COMMITTEE 

AT GENERAL CONFERENCE 

FOR STUDY BY THE BRETHREN 



TN GENERAL CONFERENCE, 1970, papers were presented in a panel discussion 
on the subject of the Central District Memorial on Baptism. The presentation 
was made by members of the Central Council Committee appointed to supervise 
and oversee the carrying out of the entire research, discussion and information 
program regarding the memorial. Following the presentation by the panel, a ques- 
tion and answer period took place. 

In the pages of the Evangelist, the Committee is now presenting the texts of 
the papers given at conference. The presentation of these papers and the question 
and answer period following, was also taped. 

We encourage the Brethren to use these printed articles, and to request copies 
of the tapes (either reel or cassett) and use them in your study groups in your 
churches, homes, etc. (A copy of the tape may be secured on loan from the Central 
Council office, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Specify reel or cassett, and 
give dates you want to use it.) 

The Committee would also like to note that in keeping with the spirit of re- 
search and study taking place, papers will be presented at the Pastor's Conference 
in April and at the General Conference in August, with discussion periods to follow. 

Committee members: 

St. Clair Benshoff, chairman 
Fred Burkey 
Arden Gilmer 
Clayton Berkshire 
Doc Shank 



February 13, 1971 



Page Twenty-one 



INTRODUCTION TO 
PANEL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 




by St. Clair Benshoff 



LAST YEAR, at General Conference, delegates from 
the Central District memorialized General Con- 
ference with the following memorial on Baptism: 

"We memorialize General Conference of the Brethren 
Church with this petition of inquiry — that the Central 
District Conference goes on record as favoring — that 
the Brethren Church accept into membership persons 
jwho have confessed Jesus Christ as personal Lord and 
Savior, have been baptized by Believers' Immersion, and 
who evidence a personal faith in their lives. 

This memorial was brought to the conference through 
the Moderator's Address. The moderator then recom- 
mended that "this memorial be given careful and com- 
prehensive consideration by this conference and the 
Brethren Church." 

The Executive Committee, whose duty it is to study 
the moderator's recommendations and then report to 
conference on suggested methods of implementing the 
recommendations, reported back to conference as fol- 
lows on this particular recommendation: 

"The Executive Committee refers this recommenda- 
tion and memorial to Central Council for consideration." 
Motion was made to accept the recommendation of the 
Executive Committee and seconded. After some dis- 
cussion, the motion passed. 

Central Council considered a number of different 
ways of caring for the responsibility placed upon it by 
General Conference. After lengthy discussion, it was 
moved and passed to set up a committee of five to imple- 
ment the assignment. 

This special committee of Central Council, being duly 
appointed, held its first meeting in Ashland on February 
25, 1970. 



After careful study and discussion of the memorial 
it was the consensus that "the memorial is offered in a 
spirit of genuine inquiry, and is intended to precipitate 
neither disagreement nor disharmony, but candid dis- 
cussion of the matter.' 

A "purpose of the committee" was then established 
as follows: "We understand our task as a committee 
to be that of designing a program of research, discus- 
sion, and information concerning the Central District 
Memorial relating to baptism, which will be implement- 
ed on all levels of the Brethren Church (local, district 
and national) leading to a knowledgeable consensus 
within the brotherhood in a reasonable period of time." 

A study of the Articles of Incorporation of the Breth- 
ren Church, of September 21, 1883, was made, and we 
found no statement which wou'd preclude further in- 
vestigation of the matter before us. 

An "open letter" to the brotherhood, prepared by 
this committee, and approved by Central Council, ap- 
peared in the Brethren Evangelist, issue of May, 9, 1970. 
Mimeo copies were made available at various rallies 
and conferences. 

This letter discussed in detail the proposed study and 
discussion program for the brotherhood, leading to a 
"knowledgeable consensus in a reasonable period of 
time." The letter also encouraged conference to "make 
no conclusions on this matter in less than two years." 
The intervening time to be used for research, discus- 
sion and dissemination of information at all levels of 
the church. 

The committee also prepared for the Panel Discussion 
in which we are presently engaged. Areas for discus- 
sion by committtee members are as follows: 

1. The spirit in which this research is to proceed 

2. The suggested approach to this study 

3. Specific areas to be researched 

4. Methods of sharing research with the brotherhood. 

Following these presentations, questions will be re- 
ceived from the conference on the procedures being 
followed, and on the anticipated research and study 
program. 

The words of our past moderator (Allison) are rele- 
vant here: 

1. The New Testament is our standard for faith and 
practice. We begin by searching its pages. 

2. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, so we seek 
His guidance. 

3. Believers share their discoveries in an atmosphere 
of brotherliness. 

4. Then decisions are made. 



Page Twenty-two 



The Brethren Evangeli 



SPECIFIC AREAS 
TO BE RESEARCHED 




by Clayton Berkshir 



DEFINITE AREAS for research have been outlined 
in the program designed to deal with this memorial 
relating to baptism. Realistically, we are in a search 
for truth, seeking the will of God and the mind of 
Christ. History points up the fact that God has not 
given complete illumination and understanding of His 
Word nor His will to any one individual nor to any 
group of individuals — "We all see through a glass dark- 
ly." He does, however, enlighten our understanding and 
increase our knowledge of His Word and His will as 
we earnestly and honestly seek illumination. 

The very nature of the memorial leads us to the Holy 
Scriptures since it deals with baptism, an ordinance of 
the church, and also relates to confession of faith and 
membership in the Church visible and invisible. How we 
interpret what we find in the Scriptures may be deter- 
mined by our understanding of the nature of the written 
Word of God, how it was formed, and the extent of its 
authority. Therefore, it should be a refreshing and 
profitable exercise for us to research the area of Biblical 
inspiration and authority and thus determine where the 
Brethren Church stands on this matter and/or what 
God is saying to us as Brethren in this era of the 
seventies. 

Another area to be researched is that of "The Biblical 
View of Believers' Immersion." It seems most reason- 
able that we would want to take a good hard look at 
this in the freedom of the Holy Spirit's guidance. We 
may see what we have seen before. On the other hand, 
we may discover some blind spots. The Scriptures do 
not change, but God sometimes enables us to see more 
or less than we have been seeing; and so we may grow 
in the knowledge of God. There is great satisfaction and 
blessing simply in being open before God and acknow- 
ledging that we may not have the last word pertaining 
to facets of His truth. Tangibly, this may result in a 
confirmation of that which we already believe, or it 
may be an open door for God to enlarge our under- 
standing. 



Discovering how the Apostolic Fathers viewed it 
relationship of baptism to the purpose of the churc 
may also prove to be fruitful for us. At this point 01 
researching will amount to picking the minds of thos 
first century Christian leaders who experienced tl 
birth of the Christian Church and who were charge 
with the responsibility of teaching and preaching wh< 
they had been taught by Jesus and by the Holy Spirit 
illumination after Pentecost. We generally presun 
that history has a way of saying something to us. V\ 
should, therefore, look for some significant informatic 
from these who had been with Jesus. 

Just as we expect the Apostolic Fathers to contribul 
to our understanding as we look at the ordinance J 
baptism, so we expect that the historical view of Til 
Brethren Church will reveal some things of significail 
value. An analysis of the strong points, the certainiti| 
and the uncertainties, as found in the historical vie 
may be the searchlight which will ultimately light til 
way to a greater unity of thought among the Brethre 

"The Nature and Purpose of Baptism in the Believer 
Church" — A fresh and thorough look at this is in orde 
As a church we do place considerable emphasis upc 
baptism. What are the reasons of this emphasis? Sonj 
of our answers to this are a bit fuzzy. Others are ha» 
to justify. If we are simply imitating someone befo:B 
us in a rather blind fashion, what value is there in iJ 
If we practice baptism in the Believers' Church, thJ 
we should know why, and we should know the natul 
of that which we are doing. 

What can we discover about the reimmersion of t| 
lievers? Is it scriptural? Is it necessary for believeH 
to be reimmersed in order to become members in Til 
Brethren Church? A search and examination of til 
Scriptures should provide some guidelines to follow I 
indeed the Scriptures do not give a concrete answel 
An examination and analysis of our own ideas abo 
reimmersion and the necessity of it for membersh I 
in The Brethren Church, and a critical view of til 
foundations of these notions should shore up oil 
arguments or reveal the fallacies in them. The eij 
result should be that we find ourselves moving in I 
specific direction. 

These are the specific areas of research suggest! 
for this program. It is quite possible that many of iW 
will be stimulated to do our own private research in 
other areas related to these. 



ebruary 13, 1971 



Page Twenty-tliree 



THE SPIRIT OF 
MEMORIAL RESEARCH 



by Frederick Burkey 




SUCH RECORDS as we now possess indicate that the 
founders of The German Baptist Brethren move- 
nent were a quiet, serious, evangelical people whose 
eligious ambition was to be completely obedient to the 
cachings of the New Testament in matters of faith 
and order. 

Profoundly influenced by their personal Bible studies 
ind deeply disturbed by the decadence of the state 
:hurches in Germany, they felt unable to accept either 
:he rigid creedal statements or the ritualistic worship 
practiced by established religious bodies. 

With the Bible as their guide, Alexander Mack and 
lis small band of followers set out to recover the faith 
and order of the New Testament. 

As they approached this task, they did so in a spirit 
}f Christian brotherhood and love, accepting one another 
is new creatures in Christ while maintaining an attitude 
Df openness to the leading of the Spirit in the interpre- 
:ation of Scripture. 

It was their obedient search for new understanding 
m a spirit of agape such as could not be generated by 
fiuman will or effort, but by God only, that made the 
, Brethren a distinctive group in the eyes of their con- 
:emporaries. Herein, I believe lies the genius of 
Brethrenism. 



It is the hope of this committee that we, like our 18th 
Century forbears, can explore the vital issues of faith 
and practice relating to the life and ministry of The 
Brethren Church in this last third of the 20th Century. 

Therefore, we are urging every member of The Breth- 
ren Church to join whole-heartedly in this study in a 
spiiit of agape, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit 
as we search the Scriptures for deeper understanding 
of the issue before us. For the answer must come from 
God through our enlightened understanding, not from 
prejudice or tradition. 

Let us all resolve anew to love our brothers, even 
those who hold a view different from our own. Let us 
resolve to discuss the issues on the basis of Scripture 
and to maintain a spirit of openess to new light. Let us 
seek consensus not division. 

Ours is a time for discussion and sharing based on 
prayerfully completed research rather than debate. 
For debate, by definition, requires one to argue with the 
objective of winning his point without regard for truth. 
Whereas, debate inevitably divides, Christian discussion 
can and should promote unity and mutual under- 
standing. 

This memorial study provides us with a potentially 
great opportunity to grow as persons and as a church 
through our research. Thus, we can meaningfully renew 
the genius of our church — Christian Brotherhood in 
quest of truth! 

Let it be understood by all, that the function of this 
committee is not to expedite the alteration of Brethren 
doctrine. Rather its purpose is to execute the directive 
of the 1969 General Conference which referred the 
memorial to Central Council for consideration one year 
ago (see 1969 Conference Annual, p. 37). 

After initial discussion, this committee was appointed 
and asked to design a program of research, discussion, 
and information concerning the Central District 
Memorial relating to baptism which will be imple- 
mented on all levels of The Brethren Church (local, dis- 
trict, and national) leading to a knowledgeable con- 
sensus within the brotherhood in a reasonable period 
of time. 

Thus, our purpose is to provide supervision for the 
exploration of the various facets of the questions raised 
by the memorial. 

The very importance of baptism in the life of the 
believer demands careful study and persistent prayer. 
Quick and easy answers will be impossible to find. The 
question before us is a legitimate one and worthy of our 
best efforts. Therefore, let none view this study as an 
opportunity to document his own prejudices, but let us 
enthusiastically unite as brothers in Christ under the 
guidance of the Holy Spirit in a common quest for 
fuller understanding of God's truth. 



Page Twenty-four 



The Brethren Evangelisl 



THE SUGGESTED APPROACH TO THIS STUDY 



by Arden Gilmei 




HPHE ORDER of these two presentations is important. 
1 The spirit with which we come to this project will 
have tremendous implications on how we approach the 
study of the Central District Memorial on Baptism. If 
we approach the task at hand with a vindictive or cen- 
sorious attitude, our approach then takes on the form of 
a battle plan. However, if we approach it in the spirit 
of the Brethren tradition, we will manifest a spirit of 
love for our brother whom Christ has redeemed by His 
precious blood. In the spirit of the Brethren tradition 
our approach will be fashioned by a genuine desire to 
explore every possible avenue which may further en- 
lighten us and make us more knowledgeable on the 
topic being studied. 



Three immensely important words in the Central Dis 
trict Memorial are "petition of inquiry." These word; 
must not be overlooked because an awareness of then 
will establish the foundation of our approach. Becaust 
of these three words, it is the consensus of our com 
mittee that the memorial is offered in a spirit of geri 
uine inquiry and is intended to precipitate neither dis 
agreement nor disharmony, but candid discussion o 
the matter. Therefore, our committee has attempted I 
fajhion a long-range research program covering 
specifically recommended areas. Because the memoria 
is a "petition of inquiry," our approach will be governe< 
by acceptable rerearch methods and motivated by ; 
reverential spirit of inquiry as we humbly seek | 
experience again the revealed will of God. 

Out of our common background and Brethren tre 
dition come four areas which I would like to sugges 
as means for approaching this research. 

i. Searching: of the Scripture 

Because we are Brethren, our research must be firm! 
grounded in the Bible, the inspired Word of God. Bt 
cause of our motto "the Bible, the whole Bible, an 
nothing but the Bible," a study of the Bible is also 
study of our creed, and a study of the only authorit 
which we accept in the matters of faith and practice. D)L 
Ronk gives us the methodology of our founding father) 
when he says, "They searched the Scriptures. They ejj 
amined the claims of those about them in the light cj 
the Bible . . ." (History of the Brethren Church, p. 44 
Alexander Mack, Jr. says of the original eight tha 
"they examined diligently the New Testament" (Intnl 
duction to his father's Rites and Ordinances). Diligenii 
faithful, Spirit-guiding searching must be our approacjj 
as well. 

A sense of excitement about such an approach come!, 
when we realize that this memorial thrusts our totcj 
denomination into a specific area of Bible study. Sinci 
none of the Brethren are opposed to thorough study cj 
the Bible, we will use this opportunity to study fc| 
ourselves the nature of the Bible, the nature of th| 
Church as revealed in the Bible, and specifically 1 
study in their correct contexts all of the scriptural pa) 



ebruary 13, 1971 



Page Twenty-live 



lages dealing with the subject of baptism. In our study 
f the Word of God, let us be guided by sound princi- 
ples of Biblical interpretation so that we might come 
b an accurate understanding of the message of the 
iiible. 

II. Historical 

I Because we are Brethren, our approach must involve 
is in the study of church history. By this I mean a 
jtudy of the church's history from its beginning, and 
Lot only the history of the Brethren since 1708. The 
[riginal eight led by Alexander Mack not only searched 
Ihe Scriptures, but they also studied church history, and 
a particular the history of the apostolic church. They 
/ere motivated by a desire to be imitators of primitive 
"hristianity. They wanted to re-institute the practices 
f the primitive church (apostolic church). To complete 
n earlier quotation from Dr. Ronk, "They examined 
he claims of those about them in the light of the Bible 
nd apostolic history" (Ibid. p. 44). Their approach was 
oth scriptural and historical. Words from Alexander 
/lack, Jr. tell us of the importance of their study of 
dstory in forming their decision regarding the mode of 
laptism: 

And when they had found in authentic histories, 
that the primitive Christians in the first and second 
centuries, uniformly, according to the command of 
Christ, were planted into the death of Jesus Christ 
by a threefold immersion into the water-bath of 
holy baptism, they examined diligently the New 
Testament, and finding all perfectly harmonizing 
therewith, they were anxiously desirous to use the 
means appointed and practiced by Christ Himself, 
and thus according to his . . . counsel, go forward 
to the fulfillment of all righteousness (Ibid). 

The "authentic histories" to which the younger Mack 
eferred were probably those of Gottfried Arnold (1665- 
714), an historian whose studies developed a clear 
)icture of the early Christians. The new light which 
Arnold made available concerning early Christian life 
tnd practices was extremely influential in the decision 
)f the original eight regarding the form of baptism. 
'It was Arnold's studies and writings which had re- 
covered the knowledge that in the first and second cen- 
uries Christian baptism was trine immersion" (Mallott, 
studies in Brethren History, p. 28). I point this out 
lere simply for the purpose of showing that a study 
)f apostolic history played an important role in the 
inal thinking of the first Brethren with regard to the 
orm of believer's immersion. Therefore, we must also 
'xamine for ourselves the light from apostolic history. 

II. Fellowship 

Because we are Brethren, our approach must be one 
>f Christian communion. Our very name, Brethren, 
peaks of a Christian community, a brotherhood, to 
vhich we belong by virtue of our common belief in 
"esus Christ as our personal Savior. This research must 
>e approached from a basis of the deep spiritual com- 
nunion and fellowship which is a supernatural reality 
>ossible only in the Christian community. 



The Christian community can be healthy only as each 
individual member of the body of Christ fulfills his 
God-given ministry and function. Every member of the 
Brethren Church must become personally involved in 
this research, both by his individual study of the Scrip- 
ture, and by his enthusiastic sharing in the results of 
inquiry. 

Writing teams will be asked to do constructive, time- 
consuming study in specific areas, and the fruits of 
their labors will be shared with the entire brotherhood. 
Dr. Ronk says that the original eight "formed a cor- 
porate mind as near as they knew, after the mind of 
Christ" (Ibid. p. 45). As a result of our entering into 
this research in a spirit of Christian fellowship, our 
conducting it in a spirit of common prayer, and our 
sharing of insights, may we also form a corporate mind 
after the mind of Christ. This can happen as each of 
us seeks to be obedient to the Biblical injunction, "Do 
not think of yourselves more highly than you should. 
Instead, be modest in your thinking, and each one of 
you judge himself according to the amount of faith 
that God has given him" (Rom. 12:3 TEV). 

IV. Devotional 

Because we are Brethren, our approach must be de- 
votional — i.e., pietistic. The way of thinking and the 
life style of the early Brethren was enriched and lifted 
to new heights as a result of their common study of the 
Scripture. In the doing of research, even Biblical re- 
search, the hazard is always present to become more 
"headified" than editified. This time of common study 
across our denomination will be most valuable if we 
seek to be led by God's Spirit not only in matters of the 
intellect but also in matters pertaining to the enriching 
of the spirit of God's people. May our approach be de- 
votional with the result that our entire denomination 
will be edified through an intense study of the Scrip- 
ture. May we be aware of new insights into the words 
and the ways of God which may be revealed as a result 
of our common pursuit. Every time we study the Word, 
God speaks, and may we be listening so that we hear 
everything that He is saying, even though we may 
not think it apropos to the particular study at hand. May 
our approach be devotional with the result that genuine 
growth will take place as we speak the truth in love. 
Let our approach be devotional for the "edifying of 
the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of the 
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a 
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). Let our approach be 
devotional for the nurturing and strengthening of in- 
dividual lives and of the Brethren Church for the glory 
of God and the complete fulfillment of our ministry. 
May our approach be devotional with the result that 
the divine truth appropriated will be openly shed abroad 
in our hearts and in our living for Him in the world. 
May we be pietistic in our pursuit. 

Because we are Brethren, these four approaches are 
paramount. They are all a part of our tradition, and 
abiding by them will be, I believe, of immense benefit 
to us now. May we approach this research (1) Biblically, 
(2) historically, (3) corporately, and (4) devotionally. 



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METHODS OF SHARING THE RESEARCH MATERIAL 

by "Doc" Shant 





'TTIOSE WHO have preceded me on this panel have 
1 understood the importance of the memorial which 
is before us. They have also shared with you the 
specific areas to be researched with suggested approach- 
es as well as the spirit of the research. 

Much time will be spent in study, in work, in writing 
and rewriting (editing) so that the best can be presented 
to the Brethren for further study and thought. Once the 
research is ready for presentation and publication great 
care needs to be exercised to insure that the entire 
brotherhood will have access to it and will have oppo- 
tunity for study, discussion and evaluation. 

As each of us has opportunity to share in the study 
and discussion of the available research materials, let 
us keep in mind constantly the "intent" of the 
memorial, namely, "a petition of inquiry." Each of us 
must be encouraged to thoroughly study all available 
materials, and to maintain "the spirit of research" re- 
ferred to earlier by the other panel members. 



It is our hope that all will have access to the prepare* 
research materials. This will require the cooperation o 
pastors and local church leaders, of district moderators 
of leaders of the various organizations of the denomina 
tion and of denominational leaders. 

Some possible means of sharing the research 
materials are as follows: 

Presentation of prepared papers at Pastors' Cor 
ferences and Annual Conferences. 

Making wide use of the Brethren Evangelist witlj 
condensed articles from the original manuscripts 
(Also make use of other Brethren publications whei 
possible and feasible such as the Outlook. 

Presentation of papers at District Conference; 
Laymen Rallies, W.M.S. Rallies and in Iocs 
churches. 

Taping of research materials, discussions, panel 
to be made available throughout the brotherhooc 
Certainly as more research material becomes avai 
able we will want to use every available and prope 
means of sharing so that every Brethren person wi 
have an opportunity to share in the memorial. Th 
panel insists that all the Brethren must become involve 
in this study. We also stress again that this will requir 
the cooperation of national, district and local leader 
It will also by its very nature require the cooperatio 
of the individual in the pew. 

Members of the Supervisory Committee and/or th 
Central Council Executive Secretary are available 1 
help in the distribution and presentation of the researc 
material. They also stand ready in giving assistance i 
the sitting up of programs whereby discussion can t 
held. 

Thus as we have opportunity to share in th 
"memorial" let us constantly keep in mind its "intei 
of inquiry," and as we persue our study of the researc 
material let us maintain "the spirit of research." 

Brethren, ours is no small task, but let us acce) 
the challenge and rise to the occasion. May our Gt< 
"stir up the gifts in us," to the end that His Churcj 
will be made stronger. 



TO ALL MEN OF THE BROTHERHOOD 

// you arc not receiving the Laymen's Newsletter it is because your name 
is not on the mailing list. Therefore, please send your name and address to 
either John Roivsey, % Mission Board, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 
4480,5 or George Schuster, % Brethren Publishing Company, 524 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 



pbruary 13, 1971 




Page Twenty-seven 



) a tes' bait box — 



by NANCY BATES 



reetings Girls and Patronessej! 

The holidays are over; the new year has begun. Is 
this going to be a "good year" for your Sisterhood 
^x'oup? Are you working on your projects and striving 
:or higher gains, or have you already forgotten those 
•esolutions and promises you made at the beginning of 
he year? 

Several months ago one of my articles had to do 
Lvith Sisterhood, its origin, purpose and aim. This month 
again will be dealing with Sisterhood, but this time 
we want to look a little deeper and see what each of us 
s to do, whether as an officer, patroness, or just a good 
pember. 

Before going into that, though, lets take a quick look 
it something else: S.M.M., Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha, the complete name of our society or organiza- 
tion, stems from the New Testament sisters who were 
2[ood friends of Jesus. Read over the accounts of Mary 
and Martha as recorded in Luke 10:38-42 and John 11; 
then compare the lives of these two girls with your life 
today. How are the two related? Can you see yourself in 
their lives? How can we relate their lives to Sister- 
hood and why were their names used as part of the 
name of a group such as Sisterhood? 

Another part of Sisterhood that is badly neglected 
and often forgotten is its relationship to W.M.S., the 
'sisterhood" for the "mature" woman! In the S.M.M. 
manual you will find that it states that "the funda- 
mental purposes of the Woman's Missionary Society 
and Sisterhood of Mary and Martha are the same. The 
Sisterhood stands ready to help the women of the 
W.M.S., and together they work for the same end." Here 
s something that each of your groups should strive 
for: a closer relationship with and/or to your church's 
W.M.S. group (s). How much more can be done when 
:here are more to contribute to the cause. 

Lately there have been some questions raised about 
patronesses and their qualifications, duties, etc. For 
:hose of you who have forgotten or never took the time 
:o find out, here is what the Sisterhood constitution 
states : 

Seniors — "The patroness of the Sisterhood and 
the assistant patroness shall be women from the 




the W.M.S. and members of the local church who 
are in touch with young women and in sympathy 
with their life and ideals. The patronesses will al- 
ways be present at the meetings. Their work is 
done quietly and inconspicuously. They should not 
dictate, but in the spirit of the Master tactfully 
lead up to the right plans of thought and action." 
(To get the complete duties look in the Manual 
under Local Sisterhood. ) 

Juniors — "The patroness and the assistant shall 

be members of the W.M.S. or Senior Sisterhood. 

They shall be appointed by the W.M.S. and approved 

by the Junior Sisterhood." Here Senior girls is a 

way for you to help the church and yourself! If 

you are really serious about wanting to help out 

the Juniors, let the W.M.S. women know. Don't 

hesitate; but if you take the job, be sure to also 

take on the responsibility that goes with it. 

Patronesses, there is one thing that we have been 

hearing about that may have to be corrected by yon; 

the matter concerns prayer and Bible study as part of 

the monthly meetings. Sisterhood is based on the Bible; 

it is a Christian — Christ centered — organization. For 

these reasons we strongly urge that each of you insist 

that prayer, Bible reading and studj^ be part of all your 

meetings. 

One more thing, don't forget to send your National 
and District dues to the proper person by January 31! 
Good luck and God bless each of you! 

Nancy 

(continued on next page) 






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The Brethren Evangelist 



Written for Miss Nancy Bates as a guest article by Mrs. Jerald (Grace) 
Radcliff, assistant patroness for the National Sisterhood. 



HOW I DO WISH I could sit down with small groups 
of you girls in front of an old-fashioned wood- 
burning fireplace and have 3 modern-day rap session. 
We could share ideas and talk over personal problems, 
local S.M.M. problems, spiritual gains and losses, in fact 
anything that might help to make your individual Chris- 
tian lives more vital and productive. The Christian life 
is so challenging today and not everyone can live it. 
Those who know Jesus Christ and belong to Him can. 
Can you? 

Our Sisterhood groups need so much; more girls, more 
dedicated patronesses, interesting meetings, exciting 
members who know they have a valuable opportunity 
in S.M.M. to serve others and a patient, loving Father 
in Heaven. 

You girls like the feeling it gives you when you know 
you have pleased your earthly father. Do you realize 
how much more pleasure there is in pleasing your 
Heavenly Father, God Himself? But you know you have 
to show Him your love too. Love given is love returned, 
but love kept remains kept. 

Are your showing your love for Jesus Christ in your 
daily life or is it love for self that is evident? Love for 



self shines forth in unwillingness to go to a S.M.M 
meeting when something else seemingly more impor- 
tant is happening. Love for self keeps a young girJ 
giggling with a friend instead of giving the leader heil 
interested attention. Love for self makes a girl belitui 
the Sisterhood crowd in front of her more worldhj 
friends. Love for self te.ls a girl she doesn't want fa 
be a member of a group that didn't give her the office 
she desired. Love of self keeps a Sisterhood girl from 
being sister-like to anyone but those in the in-crowd 
You see our "selves" get in the way of the love fo] 
Christ that we should be living. 

A tune from an anthem our church choir sang recent 
ly goes through my head with the words, "I know wher< 
I'm going, and I know who is going with me." It is < 
song that can be sung with great assurance by we Chris 
tians because we know God is our companion as w< 
journey toward heaven and what a wonderful compari 
ionship that is. And believe it or not, you are on tha 
journey too. Think about it the next time your "self- 
tells you to go somewhere for your own pleasure anc 
you know only the devil himself can accompany you. 

The Christian life is challenging today and not every 
one can live it. Can you? 



CHEEP ADVICE 




THINK ON THIS! 

No wonder God refers to us as His 
"Little Children." We call upon Him when 
we are frightened, we want Him to hold 
our hands when the going gets rough, 
and we often skip out to play when there 
is work that needs to be done. 



If all the church members in the U.S.A. 
were put on welfare and then tithed their 
welfare checks, there would be a 35 per 
cent increase in church giving. 

from Bethlehem Brethren 
Church bulletin 



We never know what ripples of healing 
we set in motion by simply smiling on 
one another. 

Henry Drummond 



Rejoice when you read God's promises; 
obey when you read God's command- 
ments. 



Although some people do not believe the 
facts about God, the facts remain the 
same. 



February 13, 1971 




Page Twenty-nine 



•imithville, Ohio. According to the 
bulletin the members are very ac- 
tive working at the Apple Creek 
Institute. Donna Riblet has two 
classes of teen-age boys. They 
have singing, handwork, worship, 
Bible-related plays, puppet shows, 
etc. They use visual aids, film- 
strips, pictures, and chalk talks. 
The youth also made Christmas 
tree tray favors for the Institute. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. The youth have been 
making calls to two nursing 
homes. These proved to be very 
enjoyable visits for the young 
people as well as the elderly peo- 
ple in the Nursing Homes. 

Derby, Kans. The Sisterhood made 
candy and sent it to the Brethren's 
Home for Christmas. The Wo- 
man's Missionary Society is sew- 
ing blankets and clothing for Op- 
eration Holiday. 

Ardmore, Ind. The congregation vot- 
ed to call Pastor Tinnie Rorie as 
interim pastor, since Rev. Cole 
left February 1. 

Gratis, Ohio. Beginning January 1, 
1971, a new Sunday school depart- 
ment, Extension (Home) Ministry 
Department, was activated. For 
some time now, Alice Donson has 
been visiting and bringing the tape 
of the pastor's morning message 
to many shut-ins. Missionary Con- 
ference was held January 8, 9 and 
10 with Bill and Sharon Winter 
and Jerry and Cheryl Grieve. 

Berlin, Pa. Blodwen Lewellyn, Sun- 
shine Lady, and helpers distri- 
buted over 500 Cheer packages 
this year. Rev. D. C. White in- 
jured his leg in a fall recently but 
continues to improve. 



New Paris, Ind. A service which 
several from the church partici- 
pates in is the "Work Night" at 
the World Missionary Press. The 
Young People have their work 
night on the 1st Thursday night 
every month. The adults have 
their work night on the 3rd Thurs- 
day night. They help in preparing 
the printed word for mailing to 
missionaries in all parts of the 
world. 

Bryan, Ohio. The Laymen held their 
Public Service on January 17 with 
Virgil Barnhart, president of the 
National Laymen's Organization, 
as speaker. 

Lanark, 111. The Lanark Brethren 
are now using and enjoying the 
fine addition, yet incomplete. It 
has a stained glass window of 
Jesus praying in the Garden of 
Gethsemane, which is a memorial 
in remembrance of Miss Ruth 
Diffenderfer. 

Burlington, Ind. Rev. and Mrs. Al- 
bert Curtright of Milford, Indiana 
moved to Burlington January 20, 
to take up pastorate there. His 
first sermon was January 24. 



Weddings 



PAYNE-STEINER. Miss Joyce 
Ann Payne and Terry Ray Steiner 
both of the First Brethren Church, 
Burlington, Indiana, were joined in 
Holy Wedlock on January 9, 1971 
by Rev. Robert Boyd of Ohio. Mr. 
Steve Zerbe was vocalist and David 
Murphy was the trumpeter. 

Edith Mitchell 



McKIM-JONES. On Sunday, De- 
cember 27, 1970, Miss Linda Sue 
McKim became the wife of James A. 
Jones in the First Brethren Church 
of Falls City. The marriage was 
performed by Rev. Elmer Keck. 
Linda is a member of the Falls City 
Brethren Church. They will reside 
in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Ethyl Schroedl 



SWEET-WHITE. Tamara Sweet 
and Steven White were married 
January 17, 1971, at the College 
Corner Brethren Church. Rev. 
Duane Dickson, their pastor, offici- 
ated at the ceremony. 



BERKSHIRE-ROUSSAKI Phyllis 
Ann Berkshire became the bride of 
Peter E. Roussaki on Saturday, 
October 31, 1970 in Black Rock Con- 
gregational Church, Fairfield, Con- 
necticut. The Reverend Stanley R. 
Allaby performed the ceremony, 
assisted by the Reverend W. Clay- 
ton Berkshire, the bride's father. 
They are residing in Westport, Con- 
necticut where Phyllis continues to 
teach Home Economics at Bedford 
Junior High School. Peter is a 
teacher in Nichols School, Trumbull, 
Connecticut. 



Goldenaires 



Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Frank of the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church 
celebrated their 60th Wedding Anni- 
versary on December 1, 1970. 



Mr. and Mrs. William Bixler of 
the Sarasota First Brethren Church 
celebrated their 54th Wedding Anni- 
versary on December 2, 1970. 



Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Glessner cele- 
brated their 50th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on January 17. They are mem- 
bers of the Berlin Brethren Church. 



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REV. AND MRS. KEITH BEN- 
NETT became the parents of a 
baby girl on January 5. She has 
been named Allyson Kristine. 

REV. AND MRS. JOHN 
BROWNSBERGER are the 
proud parents of a baby boy born 
on December 16, 1970. Jeffrey 
Michael weighted 8 pounds 9 ounces 
at birth. Beth (6) and Steven (4) 

were delighted to welcome him also. 
* * * 

EV. AND MRS. JAMES FIELDS 
are the proud parents of a girl 
born January 7, 1971. She was 
named Lisa Jo. Rev. Fields is the 
pastor at Oakville, Indiana Brethren 
Church. 



Memorials 



BAKER. Mrs. George (Elva) died 
November 6, 1970 following an ill- 
ness of several years. Funeral ser- 
vices were conducted by Rev. Claude 
Stogsdill with burial in the Harrison 
Center Cemetery. 

Mrs. Wayne Schaaf 

HOFFMAN. Mr. Levi D. Hoffman, 
93, passed away November 27, 1970. 
He served as a deacon at the Second 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, of 
which he was a member. Services 
were conducted by the undersigned 
assisted by Rev. Charles Munson. 
Interment was in Berkey Cemetery. 

Rev. Joseph Hanna 

* * * 

MAGERS. Funeral services for 
Mrs. Frank (Marie) Magers was 
held in the new sanctuary of the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church. 
Officiating were Rev. Fred Vanator, 
the founding pastor, and Rev. J. D. 
Hamel, the present pastor. Marie 
was a faithful, dedicated member of 

the First Brethren Church. 

* * * 

COLEMAN. Mr. Lloyd Coleman, 
62, passed away December 25. He 



The Brethren Evangelist 

was a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church of Gratis. Memo- 
rial services were conducted by the 
undersigned at the Zimmerman 
Funeral Home, with interment in 
Fairview Cemetery. 

Rev. William Walk 

YARIAN. John L. Yarian, 67, 
passed away August 29, 1970 in War- 
saw, Indiana. Funeral services were 
held by Rev. Claude Stogsdill with 
burial at the IOOF Cemetery, 
Roann, Indiana. 

Mrs. Wayne Schaaf 

VANATOR. Mrs. John (Alice) 
Vanator died at Warsaw, September 
24, 1970. She was a former Sunday 
school teacher. Services were con- 
ducted by Rev. George Pontius. 
Interment was in the Oakwood 
Cemetery, Warsaw. 

Mrs. Wayne Schaaf 

WALGAMUTH. William G. Wal 
gamuth Sr. suffered a fatal heart 
attack November 4, 1970. Services 
were held November 7 with Rev 
Claude Stogsdill officiating assisted 
by Rev. Paul Tinkel. Burial was hi 
the Oakwood Cemetery. 

Mrs. Wayne Schaaf 



Mrs. Anspach Passes Away 



Funeral services for Mary Fisher Anspach, 76, were 
held December 4, 1970, in the United Methodist Church, 
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Officiating was Rev. Neil Bintz 
of the host church and the Rev. Malcolm Brown of the 
First Presbyterian Church. Interment was in Mexico, 
Indiana. 

Mrs. Anspach was the wife of Charles L. Anspach, 
former president of Ashland Col'ege and was very 
active there while he was president. She was also in- 
volved in many church activities which included the 
National Treasurership of the National Women's 
Association. 

The deceased was born in Mexico, Indiana, May 26, 
1894. She attended Ashland (Ohio) Academy and was 
graduated from Ashland College, where her husband 
later became president. Following graduation she was 
a social worker in Dayton, Ohio, and married Dr. Ans- 
pach in 1916. 

Mrs. Anspach moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1939 with her 
husband who took over the duties of president of Cen- 
tral Michigan University that year. In addition to her 
many activities concerning the University, she was ac- 
tive in church and civic affairs during the 20 years she 
was first lady of the university. 



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Afar// Fisher Anspach 



ebruary 13, 1971 



LATHROP, CALIFORNIA 



T HAS BEEN a very good year 

for us here at Lathrop. Last 
hristmas our Sunday school pre- 
sented the play "God's Christmas 
Vessels." The players did a great 
>b. After the play there were treats 
anded out to every one. 

During the past year we have had 
baptized. We praise God for 
ouls won for Him. 

During June we held Vacation 
iible School for five days. Pastor 
nd Mrs. Garrett were the directors. 
Irs. Garrett had a flannel graph 
tory each day and Pastor Garrett 
resented a five part missionary 
tory. We wish to take this oppor- 
tunity to thank them for the work 
Ley put into this. We ended Bible 
ehool with a picnic held at Victory 
'ark in Stockton where about 30 
jeople enjoyed good food, fun, and 
ellowship. There was also a mu- 
eum there for those who enjoy a 
Dok into our past and works of art. 

In June we enjoyed a week of 
amp at Camp Berea. It was a little 
amp the first night or so because 



of rain that fell just before camp. 
We had a lot of fun and fellowship 
with each other. 

We have just installed a speaker 
and turn table at our church. Each 
Sunday morning we can hear the 
sounds of chimes as we come to 
church. We are very proud of these 
chimes. We have also purchased a 
P.A. system for the church. We now 
have a speaker in our nursery, 
which was very much needed. 

Our rallies are just one of our 
outreach programs. They have been 
a blessing to all. They are held on 
the first Sunday of each month. We 
have had different groups that pre- 
sent the Gospel in song and testi- 
mony, and we have a movie twice 
a year. 

On the third Sunday of each 
month we have a movie during the 
Sunday school hour. We have had 
the series on the life of Paul and 
now we are having the series on the 
life of Christ. 

Sharron Hubble, 
Secretary 



Page Thirty-one 

TRIBUTE TO 
KERMIT CROSS 



On January 16, 1971 more than 
550 friends, neighbors and business 
associates met for an Appreciation 
Dinner honoring the retirement of 
Kermit Cross. He has served as man- 
ager of the Oakville Farmers Eleva- 
tor for forty-five years. He has seen 
the business grow from a $100 a 
year business into a million dollar 
business. He and his wife were given 
many tributes and gifts including a 
trip to the Holy Land. 

Kermit and Elsie are very active 
in the Oakville church in various 
capacities. 

We extend to them our best wish- 
es and God's blessings. 

The First Brethren Church 
Oakville, Indiana 



World Religious News 

in Review 



CHRISTIAN POLITICAL PARTY 
MOVEMENT AFOOT 

Though most Americans aren'i 
.ware of it, there is a move afoot to 
Christianize the United States. 

Spearheaded by a Nebraska attor- 
ney campaigning for the governor- 
hip of that state under the Ameri- 
an Party banner, the move for a 
Christian political party has gained 
upport of many Nebraskans and 
nterest of political leaders in several 
'ther states. 

Albert Walsh aims at putting 
political Christianity on a firm foot- 
tig. "Our national life must be recen- 
ered on Christ. If Christ is God. we 



can't any more ignore Him than the 
force of gravity." The 43-year-old 
attorney says he is running inde- 
pendent of the George Wallace 
movement even though the Ameri- 
can Party in Nebraska was formed 
in 1968 by Wallace supporters. 

Committeewoman Evelyn Hall 
says "efforts to rejuvenate Ameri- 
can interest in Christianity are long 
overdue. Church organizations have 
been derelict in their duty in that 
direction." 

Walsh is quoted as having said; 
"To return to greatness, Americans 
must return to Christianity. This is 
the destiny of the American Party." 



PSYCHIATRIST HITS 

FINDINGS OF 
PORNOGRAPHY COMMISSION 

Washington, B.C. (EP) — A brist- 
ling attack against the proposed 
legalization of pornography was 
made here by a psychiatrist who 
opposes the findings of the Presi- 
dential Commission on Obsenity and 
Pornography. 

Dr. Natalie Shainess of New York 
was one of the first witnesses called 
before the House of Representatives 
Subcommittee on Postal Operations. 
The subcommittee was gathering 
material to use in a brief to the Su- 
preme Court asking that porno- 
graphy be suppressed. 

Dr. Shainess argued that the com- 
mission is wrong in saying "a little 
pornography may be a good thing." 

"Is a little rape a good thing . . ." 
the psychiatrist asked. 



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Phone: 323-7271 

Executive Committee 

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In This Issue: 

3 WE ASKED 'EM and they .said . . . 

4 Missionary News 

7 The Brethren Laymen 

9 The Board of Christian Education 

12 The WORLD RELIEF COMMITTEE 

26 From The Mailbag 

27 The Benevolent Board at Work 

28 Sisterhood 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATE 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



THE TEMPERATURE OF CHARITY 



Eskimos abandon their aged kin 

To a swift death upon the artic plain, 

A custom we are quick to brand a sin, 

Though crops are meager in their harsh terrain. 

Uncivilized, they reason it is wrong 

To feed the weak and undermine the strong. 

Bui we provide our elders with a bed 

And see thai they are adequately fed. 

We push their wheelchairs to the lonely shade 

And go our ways . . . the lilial debt is paid. 

Our ancients watch the sunset, which is slow, 

And infinitely colder than the snow. 



Copyright by the Church of the Brethren General 
Board, 1971. Used by permission of Messenger. 



RECEIVED BY CABLE FROM ARGENTI1 

Visas for the Logans have been sent fr 
Argentina — The Mission Board anticipates th 

departure for Argentina in the latter part 
February. 







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WE ASKED EM 
and they said 



The following is being inserted as a guest editorial by the Brethren World 
Relief Committee. 



Last August at General Conference, those attending the FIFTH 
ANNUAL ''SUPPER" FOR WORLD RELIEF were asked, "What is the 
meaning for you of this token meal?" Following are some of the written 
replies: 



To know you can give a little help to those who 
ed it. 

Mixed emotions — sad that these people have so little 
comparison to us in the U.S.; happy that we can be 
some help. 

think it is an excellent way to remind us in a very 

al way that many are still less fortunate. For some 

son rice seems to imply "the less fortunate peoples." 

reminder of how little some folks have on which 

exist. 

Joyful that I can do my small part. 
Gives me a warm feeling to be able to share with 
ase less fortunate than I. 

Thankful that I had a part in the WRC program. 
Received information and fellowship, 
[t's a good feeling to know I have shared with others. 
Meaningful to share a sacrificial meal in same room 
th other Brethren. It's also an individual token of my 
inks and a bringing home of concern. 
Makes me realize that what I'm eating tonight is 
>re than some people get in a whole week. And corn- 
red to what I usually eat at one mea\ it is practically 
thing. It makes me feel like a pig to eat so much all 

time when other people are starving. 
My heart aches for those who have nothing or can 
ver get seconds. 
\ privilege of the highest sort. Charge more. This is 

only relief help some of us give in an entire year! 
Helps to identify more with the program of World 
lief. 

t's an easy way to help others, but I hope the mean- 
is deeper than that. 

feeling of thankfulness for what we have, and a 
pe we have acted out our concern. 
Ve are still blessed beyond measure. 
Satisfaction that this small gesture is helping some- 
i in need. 

leminds me we should care and be concerned more, 
low privileged I am to have plenty and to fellowship 
h those who are concerned also. 

Juch a small sacrifice for the Christ who gave us 
nes untold. 

want to give more and do more for the needy. 

feel like I've done something useful. 

realize how well-bussed I am, and I pray for the 
rving of the world. 

'ellowship with other Christians that are interested 
World Relief is good. 



Disappointed more people don't share 1he supper. 

Makes me realize how fortunate we are. 

It does us good to go away hungry. 

Someone else gets to eat a good meal. 

I appreciate another's plight. 

I feel I have helped share the compassion of Christ. 

It helps to make me more aware of the reality of 
hungry people. 

Makes me feel real good that my money will help 
others. 

Thankfulness for the abundance God provides for us. 
A little shame for taking for granted this abundance. 

I only want to do more as I read the brochures in 
my folder just before coming to eat. 

It seems so little for so many. 

I'm still hungry. 

I like to make a contribution and also support the 
program with my presence. 

The meaning is not what it should be. Except as a 
symbol, it is hard for me to realize hunger in our plenty. 

Real touching as I sat here and ate to think of the 
many people who have very little to eat when we have 
so much. 

I would hate to think that thi s or less would be my 
regular diet. 

We never give enough of our abundance. 

We should always be willing to share abundance and 
blessing with those less fortunate. 

It's about time I came. Let's do it twice next year. 

How can I say it? I have been living too good, as 
anyone can see. 

Contemplation of the world situation. 

It's wonderful for the diet, and make^ me glad I'm 
not eating this way because it is all I can afford! 

A realization as to how much this small meal would 
make more than one person happy. 

Ashamed that I don't think more of those less 
fortunate. 

In the past five years 1,019 people have attended these 
five Suppers For World Belief at General Conference, 
with profits totaling $1,119 

As the comments from those involved indicate, it's a 
good experience with valuable personal meanings. Won't 
you join with others this next August in Ashland? 
Maybe you can p'an for one in your local church during 
the next year. Identify with those fellow-Brethren who 
are concerned. Also identify with and help tnose who 
daily inch toward starvation. 



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MISSIONARY 

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PROGRESS IN INDIA 



For those who are maintaining scrapbooks of information concerning our 
various mission points, we have just received word that the exact spelling of the 
village of Rajolu, which we have mentioned several times is RAJAVOLU. From 
now on it will be referred to by this spelling. 

We want to share with the Brethren a letter received from our missionaries 
in India on February 2. We praise God for this progress in Rajavolu and for the 
blessings which he continues to pour out over the work of the Kumars. 



The Lord is blessing us with very good results 
in the village Rajavolu. The people are responding 
well to the Gospel and are very enthusiastic about 
joining our Church. We have visited this village 
a good number of times and on every visit we see 
at least one new commitment to Christ. On the 
27th of November we had a revival meeting. The 
Holy Spirit moved many souls and 16 people ac- 
cepted Christ as their personal Saviour. On the 
30th of November I baptized a large group of 51 
people. I thank the Lord for His mightly power 
in bringing people into the Light. Now we have 
86 baptized members of our congregation in this 
village. To Him be the Glory! 

The people of the village of Rajavolu are open 
to the Gospel. Both Christians and non-Christians 
gave us the community hall in a written contract 
and we are worshiping there. Praise the Lord ! 
The Lord has given us the opportunity to con- 
struct our first church building in India. Nirmala 
and I have pledged to God to construct the church 
in Rajavolu with our own tithes and offerings. 
The congregation has given free labor and Mr. 
Subba rao (the village president's grandson) 
payed for the electrification of the building. 




Construction of the first Brethren Chureh\ 
building in India 

We have remodeled the small community h 
and made a hall of 21 feet by 24 feet. We are i 
able to build any larger than this for the land 
small. We used stones and mud for the walls a 
burnt clay tiles for the roof. The church buildi 
can accommodate about 110 people sitting on 1 
floor. 



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On the 6th of December we had a dedication 
jrvice. Six hundred people attended the service, 
he service was conducted outside the church 
uilding. The people of the village joined together 
id contributed and gave a big lunch for all of 
le people who attended the service. At this func- 
!on we were thrilled with joy to see the president 
: the village, his son, and grandson attending 
le function with the families. Praise the Lord! 
he Holy Spirit is working in mysterious ways 
It bringing men who were once opposed to the 
ospel to where now all are in favour of our work 
l this village. We hope and pray that some day 
Le whole village of Rajavolu will become 
hristian. 

Nil mala and Shanthi join me in sending our 
ray erf ul greetings to everyone of you. 

Your fellow laborer in Christ, 
K. Prasantha Kumar 




Missionary Kumar leading the dedication of 
the new church building in Rajavolu 



NOTE TO SPONSORS OF CHILDREN IN INDIA 




Kumar writes . . . 

We have already received some letters from some of the sponsors of children 
informing us of their joy in supporting a helpless child. The sponsors may write 
to the children: c/o Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar, Post Box No. 64, Rajahmundry, 
Andhra Pradesh, India. 

Regarding the sending of gifts and personal items I would ask the sponsors to 
refrain. We are trying to give good things to our boys and to maintain equality 
among them. They are all happy. We are also trying to keep the standard of our 
boys equal with other boys of middle class families in their school. For instance 
we wanted to buy shoes for our boys but gave up the idea as it is only upper middle 
class and rich boys that generally wear shoes in the elementary school. We would 
like to bring them up in a way that they would fit right into the society in which 
they live. Taking all things into consideration we have to request our sponsors not 
to send any gifts. It will be appreciated, however, if they write letters and send 
their family pictures. 



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MARGARET LOWERY NIGHT 



The U-H Leaders Council of the Quicksand, Ken- 
tucky area on January 25, 1971 had a Margaret 
Loivery Night where Miss Lowery was honored 
for her work over the years in this organization. 
She was presented with a collection of written 
testimonies of various U-LL leaders and members in 
book form and an electric clock with an engraved 
plaque. We reprint here two of the tributes as they 
appeared in the program and add our own con- 
gratulations to that of the people with which 
Margaret ivorks. 



TRIBUTE TO A 4-H LEADER 



Somewhere between the sterness of a parent and the 
comradeship of a pal is that mysterious creature we 
call a 4-H leader. 

These leaders come in all shapes and sizes and may 
be male or female. But they all have one thing in com- 
mon — a glorious twinkle in their eyes! 

4-H leaders are found everywhere — at judging con- 
tests, junior fairs, square dances, and ta ent shows. 
They always are preparing for, sitting through, partici- 
pating in, or recuperating from a meeting of some kind. 

They are tireless consumers of muffins, expert at 
taking knots out of thread, peerless coaches, and spend 
hours on the telephone. 

Nobody else is so early to rise and so late to get home 
at night. Nobody else has so much fun with so many 
boys and girls. 

We sometimes forget them, but we can't do without 
them. They receive no salary, but we never can repay 
them. 

They are angels in aprons, saints in straw hats. Their 
only reward is the love of the kids and respect of the 
community. But when they look around them at the 
skills they've taught, and the youth they've built, there's 
an inner voice from somewhere that says, "Well Done." 

by Mrs. David Hill 




Miss Margaret Loivery, Krypton, Kentucky 




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The distribution of clothing is a part 
of the work in Krypton 



Who is the lady called Margaret Lowery? She is 1 
embodiment of Christian virtues and 4-H ideals. She 
the answer to a question or a solution to a proble 
She's the essence of devotion to a cause, an idea, a n 
an opportunity. She's a neighbor sharing the good ne 
of Christ, principles of good health, and educational 
portunities for youth and adults. 

Yes, she's more. She is composure in the face 
complexity. She's a good hostess for the unexpec 
guests and she's a good cook for the hungry crowd 

She's many things to many people. But to us she \ 
always be Miss 4-H, 4-H in State Council Leade:sr 
Area Council Leadership, Perry County Leadership, i 
Krypton Leadership. She'll be 4-H at county and a 
events. And she'll be 4-H teaching ornithology, comm 
ity beautification, conservation, cooking and sewing 

When we see boys step out of their carpenter's ap: 
or simple sports shirt, we say, "Yes there's Miss Low* 
again." 



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Program for March 



Topic: 



BE AN EXAMPLE TO BELIEVERS 



ripture: I Timothy 4:11-16; Ephesians 3:7-10 
Although our topic indicates we are to be an example 

believers, it would be well for us to consider being 
. example to the world about us. I believe the influ- 
ce of the church has waned because of the failure 

Christians to identify themselves with right. 
No better example of straightforwardness ever lived 
an Paul. Even when he was a Pharisee you knew 
aere he stood. 

sson Study: 

Read and study something about St. Paul 
Who was this Timothy he was writing to? 
Command and teach 

In the sixth verse of this chapter Paul exhorts Tim- 
hy to put the Brethren in. remembrance, or in other 
)rds "call to their attention some of the things he has 
irned, such as refusing to be swayed by every wind 

doctrine that came along." We must be firm in our 
ith. Know what we believe and teach it. 

Be an example to believers (v. 12). 

So far from his youth being a hindrance, Timothy 

ight be an example to believers in word (speech), con- 



versation (manner of life), charity (love), faith (faith- 
fulness), purity (strictly "chastity; but here in the 
sense of "propriety" or "careful observance of religious 
duties) — The Wycliffe Bible Commentary. 

5. Reading, exhortation, etc. 
Read and explain verse 13. 

6. Read verses 14-15 

What gift is he referring to? Does preaching and 
teaching go together? What is presbytery? 
Meditation is a lost art today. Do you agree? 

7. Take heed unto thyself 

Read and comment on verse 16. Hint — be reminded 
of your own needs. 

8. Ephesians 3:7-10 

The dispensation of the grace of God remains a mys- 
tery in many respects even today. That the Gentiles be 
saved was one thing the Jews could not understand. 
Paul considered himself the least of all saints. He re- 
membered his past and was thankful for God's grace 
in choosing him to bring the message of salvation to 
the Gentiles. He preached "The unsearchable riches of 
Christ." What did he mean? 
Be an example to believers. 



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BARN HART VISITS CENTRAL DISTRICT LAYMEN 



To me one of the highlights of being president o 
the N.L.O. is being a^keri to visit and speak to layme; 
over the brotherhood. It gives me a chance to trave 
and see God's beautiful land, and it's always a pleasun 
to make new friends and to visit with those we alread; 
know. 




ON DECEMBER 5, I had the privilege and honor of 
being invited to speak to the men of the Central 
District at a rally held at Milledgeville. Last spring 
we encountered rain and fog while traveling to Nap- 
panee. Indiana for a Laymen's Rally. When Lois and 
I went to Johnstown for the Laymen's Public Service 
we hit lots of rain and lived through a dangerous skid. 
You read what weather was encountered on our trip 
to Virginia in the last Layman. 

This time the weather was ideal. The sun was shining, 
the sky was clear, and we had a beautiful day to see 
the farmers turning over the beautiful black soil in the 
flat areas of Illinois. The houses, barns and cattle were 
certainly a joy to behold. We did have some high winds 
but made the trip both ways without difficulty. Lois 
was beginning to waver in her traveling with me. One 
more weekend of rain and fog and I probably would 
have lost a traveling companion. The Lord provided us 
with this weekend, and I'm sure that Lois will continue 
to go with me to the other areas. Thank you, Heavenly 
Eather, for safe traveling mercies and the opportunity 
to visit and speak. 

I think the men of the Central District are to be com- 
mended for their willingness to travel long distances 
to attend their rallies. It is a three hour or more jour- 
ney for the men of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Cerro 
Gordo when travelling to Milledgeville, and the same 
back home. 

The hospitality, fellowship, and Christian endeavor 
of the host church, the officers, and all who attended 
certainly made the trip worthwhile. I found out that 
wherever you go you'll meet God's dedicated people 
serving, loving, and worshipping Him in many ways. 
I am glad we were invited, glad we accepted the inva- 
tation, and glad for our safe journey. 

On Sunday morning I also brought the morning mes- 
sage at the Milledgeville Laymen's Public Service. The 
people there love to visit, shake hands and fellowship. 
They made us very welcome and we enjoyed this oppor- 
tunity to be with them. 

We left Milledgeville at 3:20 and arrived home eight 
hours later. We were tired, but we will always treasure 
the Christian love that we carried all the way back. 



SOUTH BEND LAYMEN MEET 

r ~pHE SOUTHBEND LAYMEN met December 8 at th 

1 church for their regular meeting. They have bee 

busy. 

The men have agreed to pay the insurance for th 
church bus and keep it in repair. 

The Project Committee, Bert Nordblad and Georg 
Paget, are going to work in the Nurcery and help Jin 
mie Lightfoot complete that project. 

They have many Bible Banks out with the proceed 
to be used for their Benevolent-Mission project of hel] 
ing a Missionary Seminary student. 

Their third memorial, in memory of Clem Garwood 
has been sent to and acknowledged by the Seminary fc 
the Student Aid Fund. 

Progress is being made with plans for their annu 
February Dinner. (We want to hear more about thi 
with pictures.) 

John Porte also reports that Dave Stickler gave eac, 
man a 1971 Pocket Secretary. He also said his wife h 
taken his already — watch out men! 



ASHLAND HOLDS 
CHRISTMAS DINNER 

""pHE MEN'S FELLOWSHIP of the Ashland Paj 
1 Street Church entertained their ladies at a Chrii 
mas Dinner, Monday evening, December 21. 

The evening was begun around the punch bowl 
the church parlor and from there the men and the 
wives adjourned to the fellowship hall for a delicioj 
buffet supper and a very entertaining program. 

Joe Shultz chaired the Planning Committee and w 
Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The entertai 
ment began with a Christmas songfest accompani 
no less, than by the Park Orchestra. The orchestr 
made up of some of the audience and some of the you 
of the church, was recruited and led by Brad Weide 
hamer. The singing was enthusiastic, if not melodioi 
and enjoyed by all. 

Mrs. Edwin Boardman followed with a reading e 
titled "Christmas in Appalachia" which told of a Chri 
mas experience of a mountain child who discovered t 
Christ child. 

The Christmas Carolers sang several numbers in kec 
ing with the season, followed by the devotions led 
Larry Baker. Dorman Ronk closed the evening singii 
"Oh Holy Night." 

The Committee in charge was made up of Dr. a 
Mrs. Joe Shultz, Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Harding, and IV 
and Mrs. Bill Hubler. 



ebruary 27, 1971 



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THE SUMMER CRUSADERS 



IEW . . . EXCITING . . . EXPERIMENTAL 



~*HE ABOVE WORDS might all be correctly applied 
to the 1971 Summer Crusader work program! New 
'ound is being broken in at least two areas of youth 
inistry: (1) for the first time, Brethren Youth will 

come actively involved in some of the great social 
'oblems of our day and (2) for the first time a large- 
lale effort in youth evangelism — planned and executed 
h Brethren Youth — will be attempted. 



The possibilities for this summer are just plain 
exciting:! Think of it— ten committed, trained Christian 
young people spending eight weeks telling others about 
Christ, helping some be born into the faith; helping 
others to grow in God's service; and themselves develop- 
ing by experience into dynamic Christian leaders. In 
addition the youth of the churches served and volunteer 
LVVR's will be invited to participate alongside the Cru- 
saders on this unique "Missionary Journey," 1971 sty'e. 

The program is experimental. We've never tried any- 
thing like it before. We're searching for contemporary 
answers to such ageless questions as how the Gospel 
message can be made relevant in the lives of human 
beings of all ages, races, and socio-economic strata. 

The dual thrust planned for the summer of 1971 in 
eludes a "Social Action" team (based in South Bend, 
Indiana) which would work with existing social minis- 
tries in the South Bend community. In addition to daily 
involvement in the various neighborhood ministries thi .; 
team will travel to other churches in the area to meet 
with youth groups and conduct special services on the 
basis of invitation and availability. 

The "Evangelistic Impact Team" will work in church- 
es of various locations in developing an effecthe 
approach to youth evangelism. Several new technique; 
will be tried by the team . . . we reserve the right to 
fail (sometimes) but have every reason lo expect suc- 
cess! With the guidance of The Holy Spirit and the 
assistance of local youth and district Life Work Recruits 
we are certain many young people can be won to Christ 
this summer. 

More will appear as the program develops, but those 
youth IS and over who are interested in fuller informa- 
tion are requested to fill out and return the following 
blank. 



GENTLEMEN: 

I request descriptive literature, application forms and a listing of the policies 

governing the 1971 Summer Crusader Program. 

NAME 



ADDRESS 



HOME CHURCH 



Return to: BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 



Application Deadline: April 15, 1971 



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Yes, now is the time to begin! The 1971 Bible Quizzing seaso 
begins March 1, 1971 and you should begin studying now. 
The books for quizzing this year are: 
JAMES 

I and II PETER. 
The official Bible version being used is the 1970 edition of th 
New English Bible. 

Below is a blank for your convenience in requesting the rules fc 
the Quiz and also sample questions for study purposes in local group: 
Advisors should prepare, or have someone else compose, addition? 
questions for practice and district Boards of Christian Educatio 
should arrange for questions to be made up for district competitioi 
Finals of the Bible Quiz will be held during the week of Gener; 
Conference, August 16-22, 1971. We would like to see many moi: 
churches and districts represented in district and national competitor 
this year. 

We urge you to begin studying James, I and II Peter in the Ne 
English Bible version right now. Further study is recommended in tl| 
following commentaries: 

THE LETTERS OF JAMES AND PETER by William Earclal 

(Westminster Press) 

HEBREWS, JAMES, I PETER, II PETER of The Laymen 

Bible Commentary (John Knox Press). 

Rules and sample questions will be sent to you approximate 

April 1, 1971 upon receipt of the request form below. Until then, beg: 

study of the books themselves, commentaries on James and Pett 

and any other sources at your disposal. 



BIBLE QUIZ INFORMATION REQUESTED 

Please send the 1971 Bible Quiz rules and sample 
questions to: 



NAME 

ADDRESS _ 



ZIP 



BRETHREN CHURCH 



Send request to: 



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BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 




February 27, 1971 



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SMITHVILLE SENIORS 

rIE SMITHVILLE SENIOR Brethren Youth started 
off the 1970-71 year with the election of the follow- 
ng officers: 

President Phyllis Glasgo 

Vice President Denny Shamp 

Secretary Linda Glasgo 

Treasurer Doug Drushal. 

Our first meeting was a campfire at Terry and Gene 
VtcConahay's to get acquainted with our new youth 
idvisors, Dick and Joyce Zimmerly. Songs were sung 
rom "Tell It Like It Is" plus many others. Popcorn 
vas popped and drink was served. 

As usual, the Senior Youth had a Christmas - New 
.fear's party. It was held at the home of Hope Winkler. 
jVlany games were played such as: cow, gorilla, I see a 
>ear, pass the sticks, and many others. Delicious re- 
reshments were served by the hosts consisting of party 
nix, pop, and cakes decorated by the Sisterhood girls. 
Another activity of the evening was a scavenger hunt 
vhich was enjoyed by all. 

After accomplishing our goals of last year, the youth 
ire looking forward to a very successful and rewarding 
'ear once more. 

Linda Glasgo, secretary 





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NINE BRETHREN STUDENTS who are members of 
the Ashland College Band will perform with Doc 
Severinsen when he appears in concert on March 6 at 
Asland College. 

Heading a special program in the Ashland College 
Artist Series, "Doc" will be featured in a Concerto 
written especially for him. In this work he will be 
assisted by the AC Band. 

Those performing in the Concerto are: 

Muriel Aurand, a freshman, is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. R. Gault Aurand, Jr., Route 1, Boyce Road, 
Shelby, Ohio. A graduate of Crestview High School, she 
is a member of Alpha Theta Religious Organization. 

Ronald Blake, a freshman, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Ronald N. Blake, Route 1, Homeworth, Ohio. He is a 
graduate of West Branch, Beloit, Ohio and is a member 
of the Ashland College Choir. 

Deborah Gullett, a sophomore, is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. LaRue H. Gullett, 178 West Broadway, Ply- 
mouth, Ohio. 

Kathleen and Kristine Heist are the daughters of Mr. 
and Mrs. Edgar Heist, 1245 Manor Avenue, SW., Canton, 
Ohio. 

Virginia Lee Kerner, a sophomore, is the daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. William Kerner, 2008 Crider Road, 
Mansfield, Ohio. 

Keith Kochheiser, a junior, is the son of Mrs. 
Frances Kochheiser, 24 Westgate Drive, Mansfield, 
Ohio. 

Rebecca Leedy, a sophomore, is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. L. E. Leedy, Route 3, Bellville, Ohio. 

John C. Shultz, a junior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
J. William Shultz, Route 4, Berlin, Pennsylvania. He is a 
graduate of Berlin Brothers Valley Joint High School 
and is a member of Alpha Theta Religious Organization. 
He has received the Oakville Brethren Church Award 
and Carrie Hoff Baer Memorial Award. 

Gloria Stout, a freshman, is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Carrol L. Stout, Route 2, Box 50, Flora, Indiana. 
She is a graduate of Carroll High School. 

Doc Severinsen is the featured artist and conductor 
of the orchestra on the "Tonight" show. 




OEORGE WASHINGTON 



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Information From the WORLD RELIEF COMMITTEE 



Dear Concerned Brethren: 

The World Relief Commission, New York-based relief arm of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals an agency through which Brethren 
World Relief monies are distributed, supplies good coverage (with pictures 
and commentary) of what is done with our gifts. Local Churches describe 
what they are doing to become increasingly involved in World Relief minis- 
tries. Our own Brethren World Relief Committee expresses thanks on behalf 
of those in desperate need, analyses the financial report, and encourages 
greater response this year. Plus the other tidbits of information and inspira- 
tion — like the picture on the cover — it's all here in this World Relief issue 
of The Brethren Evangelist. 

But this is not all. There is more! 

Every church will receive an ample supply of Sunday Church Bulletin 
inserts, and Offering Envelopes. 

Each pastor has received: 

An explanatory letter describing available World Relief resources, 
An Order Blank for free materials (World Relief "Reporters," 

coin-box banks, and World Relief Place Mats), 
An explanatory brochure from WRC, 
An idea sheet for "Observing World Relief Month in the Local 

Church," 
A sample Place Mat, 

And information about available WRC films and Material Aid 
collections. 
Two facts are staggering — the great good already accomplished by 
WRC through the wise use of limited funds, and the great needs yet 
untouched. 

We have the tools — God-led compassion, financial resources, prayer, 
information, an agency through which to work, and momentum. 

For the glory of God and the good of hurting people, let's respond in 
the name of Jesus Christ as never before. 

World Relief Committee 

Phil Lersch, chairman 
George Kerlin, treasurer 
Mrs. Ray Summy 
Glenn Shank 
James Payne 



February 27, 1971 



Page Thirteen 



WORLD RELIEF "CREDIT DEPARTMENT' 1 



It's a pleasure to give "credit" to an increasing number of churches and individuals who are sending con- 
ributions regularly to help provide "relief" for those oppressed by nakedness, starvation, sickness and unbelief. 

This is becoming the best year yet for World Relief in the Brethren Church. A moment to examine the 
statistics verifies this statement. Just look at what God has led us to do — in response to his provision and our 
oncern for others in great need. 

These figures are based on the July to June, General Conference fiscal year: 



Year 






Churches 


Individuals 


1966-67 






26 


5 


1967-68 






49 


5 


1968-69 






65 


18 


1969-70 






60 





1970-71 


(to 


date) 


50 


1 



Receipts 

$1,546 
4,630 
6,363 
4,651 
2,552 

$19,742 



Look at the facts another way. During the period from July 1, 1970, to January 31, 1971, 15 churches and 
6 individuals made additional special contributions (not included above) for disaster relief: 

For Peru —$392.00 and 

For Pakistan —$115.00. 

['his raises the total giving from July 1, 1970 to January 31, 1971 (from all churches and individuals) to $3,059 
-as compared with $1,673 for that same seven-month period last year. 

Analysis from another angle is encouraging also. Although we haven't reached 100 per cent, the number of 
ontributing churches holds steady. For purposes of including an entire year in the report, these figures below 
.re from February to February. 



Total Churches 



Number of Church Giving 



District 


In District 


Southeast 


21 


Pennsylvania 


21 


Ohio 


20 


Indiana 


39 


Central 


6 


Midwest 


7 


California 


3 


Southwest 


2 


Florida 


2 



1969-70 

7 
15 
15 
23 

4 

3 

1 



2 



1970-71 

11 
13 

14 
21 
4 
2 
1 
1 
2 



121 



70 



C9 



Following is a complete listing of money given through the Brethren World Relief Committee treasury from 
"ebruary 1, 1970, to January 31, 1971. (This includes the special gifts for Peru and Pakistan). 



Southeast District 

Bethlehem 

Chandon 

Cumberland 

Dunraven 

Gatewood 

Haddix 

Hagerstown 

Kimsey Run 

Krypton 

Liberty 

Linwood 



$ 5.00 



10.00 
25.00 
20.00 



Lost Creek 




Mathias 




Maurertown 


37.00 


Meadowbranch 


5.00 


Mt. Olive 


95.33 


Oak Hill 


77.92 


Rowdy 




St. James 


296.36 


St. Luke 


15.35 


Washington 


111.50 



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Pennsylvania District 




Elkhart 


170.00 






Berlin 


$111.00 


Flora 


64.60 






Brush Valley 




Fort Wayne 


57.98 






Calvary 


4.00 


Goshen 








Cameron 




Huntington 


49.70 






Fairless Hills - Levittown 


132.00 


Jefferson 


327.00 






Highland 




Kokomo 








Johnstown II 


139.16 


Loree 








Johnstown III 


347.35 


Marion 








Masontown 


75.50 


Matteson 








Meyerodale 


25.00 


Mexico 


37.00 






Mt. Olivet 


29.10 


Milford 


60.00 






Mt. Pleasant 




Mishawaka 








Pittsburgh 




Muncie 


128.84 






Quiet Dell 




Nappanee 


200.00 






Raystown 




New Paris 








Sergeantsville 




North Liberty 








Valley (Jones Mills) 


20.00 


North Manchester 








Vandergrift 


38.20 


Oakville 








Vinco 


80.00 


Peru 








Wayne jboro 


11.00 


Roann 


200.00 






White Dale 


11.00 


Roanoke 
Shipshewana 


34.00 






Ohio District 




South Bend 


200.50 






Akron 


$ 15.00 


Teegarden 








Ashland (Park Street) 


224.40 


Tiosa 


50.80 






Canton 


117.49 


Wabash 








Columbus 


20.00 


Warsaw 


18.00 






Dayton 


289.50 


Winding Waters 


19.75 






Fremont 


15.00 


Central District 








Garber (Ashland) 


5.00 


Cedar Falls 


$ 23.00 






Glenford 




Cerro Gordo 








Gratis 


175.00 


Lanark 


52.76 






Gretna 


166.29 


Milledgeville 


185.32 






Louisville 


73.00 


Udell 








Mansfield 




Waterloo 


11.82 






Massillon 












Newark 




Midwest District 








New Lebanon 


100.00 


Carleton 








North Georgetown 




Cheyenne 


$16.01 






Pleasant Hill 


97.55 


Derby 








Smithville 


180.00 


Falls City 








West Alexandria 


100.00 


Fort Scott 


24.95 


Is 




Wilhamstown 




Morrill 
Mulvane 




If 

n 




Indiana District 




California 








Ardmore 


$ 50.03 


Lathrop 








Brighton 




Manteca 


$31.00 






Bryan 


150.00 


Stockton 








Burlington 


45.00 










Center Chapel 




Southwest District 








College Corner 




Papago Park 


$6.00 






Corinth 


34.00 


Tucson 








County Line 




Florida Churches 








Denver 


19.00 


Sarasota 


$179.82 






Dutchtown 


64.72 


St. Petersburg 


45.95 





Of course, we're concerned about those 52 churches not contributing to World Relief during the past yea 
— and particularly the 28 Brethren Churches never giving to World Relief through the World Relief Committe 
Hopefully, Brethren in those congregations will sense the needs this year and respond with meaningful gifts 

Brethren World Relief Committee 
Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 



ebruary 27, 1971 Pa-e Fifteen 



WORLD RELIEF FILMS 
For Use Throughout The Year 



Information Is Inspiration: The World Relief Commission has available two full-color 16mm sound films, 
id one 35mm filmstrip which describe the work of the World Relief Commission in all parts of the World — 
om Vietnam to Nigeria/Biafra, from Korea to Chile. 



ar Without Guns — A 16mm, full-color, 23-minute film of Vietnam as seen through 
e eyes of Dr. Everett S. Graffam, executive vice president of World Relief Com- 
ission. It shows the other war in Vietnam . . . the personal war against starvation, 
mger, and sickness as well as the war against personal indignities. 



The Many Faces of Vietnam — The most current and informative film available deal- 
ing with the cultural as well as the personal aspects of the Vietnamese people. 
Skillful blending of film from the U.S. Marine Corps and WRC staff makes this 
film a "must" for all concerned Christians. 



lis Is How It Is! — The story of the activities of the World Relief Commission in 
parts of the world. Filmstrip is available with a cassette recording or a printed 
anscript for individual speaker presentation. 



These are available free of charge from: 

World Relief Commission 

33-10 36th Avenue 

Long Island City, N.Y. 11106 



(Note: Although the WRC literature mentions the need for a "free will offering" for the use of these 
uns, Brethren Churches are asked to send their offerings or budgeted contributions to Mr. George Kerlin, 
reasurer, World Relief Committee, Rt. 4, Box 227, Goshen, Indiana 46526). 



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NEW FEATURES AT 



Friday, August 20, 1971 



WOR 



GUEST LEADERS 



DR. PAUL FRYHLING . 




DR. PAUL P. FRYHLING is Senior Minister of the First Covenant Church in 
Minneapolis, largest church within the Evangelical Covenant Church of 
America. 

Born and reared in the Upper Midwest, Mr. Fryhling received degrees from the 
University of North Dakota and North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago — 
with further studies at the University of Chicago. 

Prior to his present pastorate he taught in college and then served pastorates 
in Chicago and Rhode Island — along with extensive radio and TV ministries. 

In addition to many denominational responsibilities, Dr. Fryhling has been 
active in Billy Graham Crusades, the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin, and 
the U.S. Congress on Evangelism in Minneapolis in 1969. His present church sup- 
ports forty missionaries with a missions expenditure of over $125,000 annually. 

An author — world traveler — speaker — pastor, but he comes to our conference as 
the knowledgeable and dedicated vice chairman of the World Relief Commission 
of the National Association of Evangelicals. Don't miss him! 



li*'% 



will 





Dr. Graf fain (left) chatting with Rev. William 
Cole at 1968 "Soup Supper" 



DR. EVERETT GRAFFAM 



DR. EVERETT S. GRAFFAM came from year 
experience and success in machine manufactu: 
through years of service to Christian schools and or 
izations, to the position of executive vice preside*] 
the World Relief Commission in April, 196 ". 

In the past 30 month ; he has traveled over SO'! 
miles directing World Relief Commission areas of 
vice. In Vietnam three enemy rockets blew up a 
ship within 1.0C0 feet of where he was staying. 

Recognizing his knowledge and keen incight \ 
the Vietname e and U.S. governments have hor 
Dr. Graffam for hi ; untiring efforts in relieving sU 
ing through en evangelical Christian concern for p< 
in great need. 

We welcome him as a dedicated instant-sourc 
World Relief facts and compassion. 



February 27, 1971 



Pajre Seventeen 



NERAL CONFERENCE 



DAY 



Ashland Ohio 



EVENTS 

12:15 P.M. — COLLEGE DINING HALL 

SIXTH ANNUAL "SUPPER" FOR WORLD RELIEF 

Sometimes Rice ! Sometimes Soup ! ! Always Meaningful ! ! ! 
PAY $1.50— EAT 750 worth of food. 

SEND 750 of your ticket to help a starving- child 
to live another dav. 



This venture has gained $1,110 for World Relief in the past 
5 years. 

^ote that the meal is at noon this year, rather than in the 
svening. 

Serving begins at 12:15. Program begins at 12:30, while you 

|3at and as others arrive. 

rickets available from "sign wearers" and at the door. 

'Eating Less To Feed More" 



7:30 P.M. — MEMORIAL CHAPEL 
A PROGRAM OF WORSHIP AND CHALLENGE 

LEADERS: Dr. Paul Fryhling 

Pastor, First Covenant Church 

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Vice Chairman, World Relief Commission 

Dr. Everett Graffam 

Executive Vice President, 
World Relief Commission 

Pictures — Words — Music — Thought — Response 




HELP IS COMING! 



Page Eighteen The Brethren Evangelist 



A LETTER OF THANKS 



152 Green Hill Road 

King of Prussia, Pa. 19406 

January 5, 1971 



To: Members and Friends of The Brethren Church 

Dear Christian Friends- 

Recently I returned from another visit in areas where WRC has its 
program of physical and spiritual help. I am more convinced than ever 
that through our program of "Food for the body and food for the soul" : 
we as Evangelicals are demonstrating in a most practical way that "we 
care enough to share." 

I spent time in Southeast Asia, South America and Nigeria, not only 
with the recipients of our aid, but with natonal leaders in the areas tuho 
recognize the significance of our many programs of Christian help and 
hope and have expressed their appreciation. Many of these leaders are 
pleased that we have responded so quickly by sending funds into areas of 
unbelievable disaster such as in Peru and Pakistan. Evangelical mission- 
aries and denominational agencies can then purchase relief supplies of food, 
clothing, medicine and equipment in nearby unaffected areas. We have con- 
tinued our aid beyond the emergency and helped in rehabilitation. We feel 
this is good stewardship, and also avoids the political and shipping delays 
often experienced in disacter areas. 

We have also continued our wide-reaching normal program of using 
food, clothing and medicine along with the Word of God in programs of 
self-help, day-care nurseries, feeding orphans, the blind and leprosy vic- 
tims. We also have the new and challenging opportunity and responsibility 
of operating the Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital near Danang, Vietnam. 

Without your generous contributions as a denomination, we could not 
be able to be in the vanguard as Evangelicals, helping in the name of 
Christ. We are most grateful that WRC is your channel for Christian help 
and hope. Your assistance is deeply appreciated by those who serve as ivell 
as by those who are served. 

We pray God will continue to abundantly bless you one and all. 

Dr. Everett S. Graff am 
Executive Vice President 
World Relief Commission 
(The Overseas Relief Arm of 
the National Association 
of Evangelicals) 

P.S. We will continue to need increasing funds for the Children's Hos- 
pital near Danang, Vietnam. We need another doctor, a Christian nurse 
or two, and a qualified hospital administrator. If you have these qualifica- 
tions, or know of someone who does, and are interested in being a part of 
the WRC team, to help in these areas at the Children's Hospital, contact 
me at the address above. We'd be very happy to hear from you. 



Pajre Nineteen 



ebruary 27, 1971 

FOOD FOR THE BODY- 
FOOD FOR THE SOUL 

THIS IS WHAT YOUR WORLD RELIEF 

MONEY AND PRAYERS ARE DOING 











IP'' 



OPERATION DORCAS in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously unemployed refugee 
tailors make garments in a relief -rehabilitation program conducted by the 
World Relief Commission and Sudan Interior Mission. 

(Niger Challenge photo) 



NIGERIA/BIAFRA 



'or the body: 

During the war WRC conducted five feeding stations 
or children. Funds provided food for many thousands 
:nd kept them from absolute starvation. The inside Bia- 
ra WRC counterpart personnel were veteran mission- 
iries who had been serving in Nigeria for many years. 

Now help is given with funds for vitamins and medical 
.nd hospital supplies. With the Sudan Interior Mission 
Operation Dorcas" was started. This was a program to 
mrchase huge quantities of cloth in Kaduna and then 
aake this cloth into clothing, through the training and 
mployment of many who had interest in becoming 
ailors. As they were taught they were also earning a 
ewing machine. 

Many thousands of people were clothed with new 



clothing made this way and a Christian tract in the 
language of the people was included with each piece 
of clothing. Commendation came from governmental 
officials because of the wide-ranging help of "Operation 
Dorcas." 

Help continues to be needed as the Ibo people re-enter 
the life of Nigeria. Many still out in the remote areas 
are classified as refugees in need of training, clothing 
and food. WRC continues to share in this needy area. 

For the soul: 

Christian witness is given through the Sudan Interior 
Mission, which is responsible for medical help and the 
clothing program. Tracts are attached to the garments 
when distributed. 



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KOREA 



For the body: 

Since the close of the Korean War WRC has pro- 
vided food, clothing, medicine, housing and educational 
supplies to refugees, orphans, widows, leprosy and TB 
patients. Last year in Korea alone, through PL 480 
surplus food, WKC provided more than 22 million meals 
for children in different types of institutions. 

At the large Honara land reclamation project, families 
in food-for-work programs are becoming self-sustaining 
and self-respecting. The 80 Child Day Care centers help 
keep families together. The child eats two nourishing 
meals at the center and gets vitamin supplements. He 
learns simple skills, plays with other children under 
supervision, and hears about Jesus. 



■«IP 



m 






Ifetarfi 




KOREA. Children of leprosy victims get specie 
care and attention. 




For the soul: 

The Korean Holiness Church, WRC's counterpart 
accompanies physical aid with a Christian message cj 
hope. Many churches have been established. 




KOREA. In lieu of cash, leprosy victims 
bring tithe bags of rice. Dr. Elmer Kilbourne 
(I.) co-director for Korea, looks on as Dr. 
Billy Melvin, Exec. Director of NAE, hefts 
a package. 



Special Notice to: 

CHURCH TREASURERS 

and 
INDIVIDUAL DONORS 

Please send all contributions for 
World Relief to: 

Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 
Rt. 4, Box 227 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 



ebruary 27, 1971 



Page Twenty-one 



VIETNAM 



THAILAND 



tor the body: 

In addition to staffing and maintaining the 120-bed 
loa Khanh Children's Hospital near Danang, WRC has 
ince 1961 brought emergency relief as well as long- 
ange help to refugees through programs of social 
welfare, public health, community development and 
ducation. 

The hospital has cared for more than 57,000 children, 
5,000 of whom would have died without this care. They 
eed two more doctors, a hospital administrator, and 
ome more American nurses to head up the 75 Viet- 
lamese nurses and lab technicians already there. The 
nvestment of energies and funds in the hospital project 
rill make it possible to make the greatest impression 
m that needy country, through helping its children. 

As the most completely equipped childrens hospital 
n Vietnam, it offers great potential for a spiritual min- 
stry to not only the children but the parents who come 
wice a week to visit. The staff reports that already 
here has been a great vote of confidence, with the out- 
patient load doubling recently. 



For the body: 

WRC is cooperating with the Overseas Missionary 
Fellowship. Meo tribal people have fled from their 
homes to other locations in Thailand in order to escape 
communist terrorist activities along the borders of 
North Thailand. WRC sent $1,000 to OMF in Singapore 
to help with the revolving fund from which refugees 
may borrow to build houses on small plots of land given 
to each family by the government. 

For the soul: 

There is a bright side to the picture, however, for this 
upheaval has meant spiritual quickening and strengthen- 
ing for many of the tribal Christian believers. They 
gathered recently from several areas at one of the re- 
settlement villages for five days of Bible study, fellow- 
ship and prayer. 

A number of Mong families moved to a Bible Training 
Centre when they evacuated their mountain homes, and 
some of the young men have completed their second 
year of studies. That class will complete their studies 
in November, 1971, and then locate for evangelistic out- 
reach to the thousands of Mong who are still in 
heathenism. 




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f§§§SS 



wmm 




'IETNAM. Children well cared for at Hoa Khanh 
Children's Hospital. Many of these little ones are 
rphans. 



"or the Soul: 

Scriptures distributed, Christian lay leadership train- 
ng, Bible courses offered students and food-for-work 
aborers. Working closely with Christian Youth Social 
Service, arm of The Evangelical Church of Vietnam. 

A children's Chaplain is on the immediate horizon for 
he Hoa Khanh Hospital. He will use flannel graph and 
udio visual aids to tell them the stories of the Gospel 
ti Vietnamese. 



EAST PAKISTAN 

For the body: 

It seemed as though there would be no one left living 
in the cyclone-tital wave-ravaged area of Pakistan in 
November. But there were — 2 million of them — greatly 
in need of medical aid as well as food and housing. 
Water supplies were putrified by bloated and rotting 
bodies, many bursting in the hot sun. Food supplies were 
washed away, homes destroyed, and no facilities were 
immediately available for cooking any food even if it 
were available. 

Within days after the disaster the World Relief Com- 
mission wired $2,500 to Dacca for immediate relief needs 
— especially food, medicine, blankets and shelter for 
the survivors, many facing the possibility of starvation 
and disease. 

Now WRC is hoping to meet both short-term emer- 
gency needs and long-term rehabilitation. Not only was 
there a great loss of human life, but also the people's 
means of livelihood are gone; their cattle, sheep, goats 
and buffaloes were drowned, their fishing boats swept 
out to sea, and their rice crops destroyed by salt water. 
Some experts estimate that relief work will have to be 
carried on until April and a feeding program will be 
required for at least one year. 

For the soul: 

The coordinator for the relief efforts of WRC in 
East Pakistan cabled, "Conditions are terrible! A million 
people are without any accommodations at all. Cholera 
getting pretty bad, and big danger of typhoid. Survi- 
vors urgently need everything. About 99 per cent of 
these people are without Christ. Now is our opportunity 
to demonstrate real Christian love." 



Page Twenty-two 



PERU 



The catastrophy and need created in less than five 
minutes in Peru were unbelieveable. 

WRC talked with the Counterpart Director the morn- 
ing after the earthquake on short wave radio. Funds 
were wired to him, so purchases of items needed could 
be made in the nearby unaffected areas. It was possible 
to have truck loads of food and equipment (such as 
crowbars and sheets of roofing for temporary shelter) 
almost as quickly as the vehicles could follow the bull- 
dozers up the road to the stricken areas. 

Feeding and cleaning up is taking a long lime due to 
extensive damage to every home in the area hit. An 
earthquake-proof house has been designed with cement 
pillars strengthened by steel bars and placed in key 
spots of the house. Then the adobe blocks are held in 
place in the time of earth tremors. Aluminum or cor- 



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regated tin roofs were made, thus protecting the ir 
habitants from the weight of tons of clay tiles an 
adobe mud roofs falling in and trapping the people. Thi 
has been approved by the government and can be bui] 
for approximately $500. Help has gone in so many area 
of need that a complete picture will not ever be possible 
WRC is helping to build a children's home to car 
for many orphans as well as day care for those whos 
parent must work. There is aid also for a hospital-typ 
home to help some of the old people who have loj 
everything and are too old to start again. It has bee 
estimated that it will take more than a year to clea 
up the damage and get back to a somewhat normal lift 
In the meantime WRC will continue to help. 

For the soul: 

WRC's counterpart agency, National Evangelic? 
Council of Peru, offers food for the soul through pe; 
sonal and public witness. An evangelical church ha 
been started in Cajacay, the first in 100 years. 




'"T/'/^Nfci 



PERU. Typical scene of devastation following earthquake. 



February 27, 1971 



Page Twenty-three 



CHILE 

For the body: 

WRC's primary function in Chile is conducting food- 
for-work community development projects. The 62,675 
oeop'e working in this program are glad to get U.S. 
PL 480 foods as wages for their labor. The families 
|iave from six to ten children, and sometimes they go 
ungry! 

A daily vitamin supplement for each child, supplied 



by WRC, may make the difference between apathy and 
vigor. Millions of chewable multi-vitamins are sent to 
Chile each year and are distributed to children in hos- 
pitals, schools, orphanages, day-care centers, and health 
cases suffering from TB or leprosy. 

For the soul: 

WRC's counterpart agency, National Evangelical Ac- 
tion Committee, comprised of many conservative de- 
nominations, gives a Christian witness through evan- 
gelictic services and distribution of Scriptures and 
tracts. 







UNEMPLOYED IN CHILE. Food-for-ivork team labors in community development, building 
wuses, roads, drainage canals, parks, etc. "Let him labor, 'working with his hands the thing which 
s good" (Eph. 4:28). 



ATTENTION ALL W.M.S. WOMEN 

The World Relief Committee has had a display of sewing items at 
National Conference each year for several years now. This display was of 
items made by the Park Street and Garber Brethren W.M.S. groups. This 
year we are asking that EACH W.M.S. group in our denomination bring 
one or two items that they have made during the year to National Confer- 
ence. These items will make up our display this year. So keep this in mind 
and be planning what you will bring to National Conference in August. 



Page Twenty-four 



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WORLD 



EMPHASIS 



O • 8 



in the Local Church 



Canton, Ohio 

Give! Share!! Help!!! These pleas are typical of the 
requests for assistance one receives repeatedly, many 
coming from distant parts of the world. Through the 
press, the mail, the volunteer worker, and even the 
church, constant appeals are made in behalf of suffering 
humanity. Unfortunately, one cannot respond to them 
all, worthy as they may be. However, a contribution will 
usually go farthest when given through a relief agency, 
which has the facts and distributes accordingly. 

Soon we shall hear a call for World Relief, sponsored 
by the Brethren World Relief Committee. It is hoped 
that no Brethren Church will choose to turn a deaf ear 
to this needy cause! 

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least 
of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt. 
25:40b). This is one of the rewarding promises to which 
Canton Trinity Brethren gladly lays claim. Provision 
for World Relief is not included in the church budget. 
As an outreach of missions, more people seem to res- 
pond to this call than to any other phase of mission 
giving. Sponsored by the Mission Committee, various 
plans have been tried to encourage support of this 
worthy project. The simplest has been voluntary "I 
Want to Share" envelope giving, together with "Pennies 
for Missions" received by our junior ushers over a two- 
month period. 

Last year, World Relief Sunday was observed with 
a congregational rice supper, followed by the film "War 
Without Guns." Tickets, 750 for adults and 250 for chil- 
dren, were sold in advance. A simple menu consisted of 
rice casserole, relish plate, apple sauce and beverage. 
With most of the food donated, expenses were kept at 
a minimum. Group singing and Christian fellowship con- 
tributed to a most worthwhile and memorable evening. 

One final word in behalf of World Relief: Brethren, 
it is "not what we give, but what we share" that will 
bring the greatest blessing to all who are willing to 
become involved in a program to relieve human suffer- 
ing. By the grace of God, each of us has been signally 
blessed. Are yon willing to express your gratitude to 
World Relief. 

Mrs. Inez Summers, 
Chairman, Mission Committee 



Washington, D.C. 

There are so many requests made today to help peo 
pie in need that it is hard to know just where to begin 
Our church's participation in the World Relief Progran 
has helped us individually in this matter and has alsc 
given direction to our church and its members. 

World Relief is now a budgeted item for us. However 
since it is only a small sum, our Missions Committee has 
been given permission to use other means to increase 
the support of World Relief. 

For several years the Children's Department of oui 
Sunday School has taken an offering once a montl 
which goes toward the support of a World Visiorl 
Orphan child. I don't believe any special emphasis had 
been made in prior years for World Relief, but las' 
year our Missions Committee used an idea presented ir 
the Brethren Evangelist. They distributed small con; 
tainers filled with rice to show how little some people 
have and to encourage our people to give a little mori 
for World Relief. Our offering last year at that time wa; 
more than double our budgeted amount. 

Robert Keplinger, pastor 



Sarasota, Florida 

World Relief is an amazing opportunity throughou 
our denomination for the ministry of Christian love 
in bringing immediate physical and spiritual help t< 
millions of people around the world. 

The Sarasota Church has given World Relief 500 o.j 
each $10 from its Faith Promise Missionary Budge; 
for this new year. We have been privileged to have th( 
chairman of the Brethren World Relief Committee, Rev 
Phil Lersch, pastor of the St. Petersburg Brethrei 
Church, as our guest speaker during the week of ou 
Missionary Conference. 

We will also be presenting the new film strip, "Thi, 
Is How It Is," — the story of the activities of the Worl( 
Relief Commission in all parts of the world. 

We dare not fail them! It is later than we think. 
Mrs. LaVerne Stone, treasurer 



Elkhart, Indiana 

Like many other areas of the Church's ministry, pec 
pie actively involve themselves only when they are re 
minded of a need. Because of our forgetful natures, th<| 
tendency is toward neglect of worthwhile projects ii[ 
trying to remain involved in a vicarious experience o 
relationship. Therefore, since there are so many press 
ing projects demanding our attention, we have foun 
that the best way to assure faithfulness to our tota 
ministry is to place each concern in our budget so tha 
every gift helps support a total ministry. This in no \va* 
nullifies our obligation to be informed, but it doe 
assure a more rational and balanced ministry. 

Our ladies' sewing groups have at various times sewi 
for World Relief and made up "Viet Kits," but agair 
because there are several other "sewing and work 
ministries in which they are engaged, the World Relie 
ministry is sporadic. The strength of our World Relie 
ministry lies largely in the planned budget. 

Charles Lowmaster, pastor 



ebruary 27, 1971 



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flora, Indiana 

Most people have a certain amount of compassion 
jor people in need. Their hearts are touched by what- 
ver the need may be. Certainly this compassion is a 
;ift of God which He has instilled in the hearts and 
ninds of people, and it is intensified when they become 
"hristians and have the love of God in their hearts. 

To illustrate: Recently in our community a family 
yhich had not lived here very long, and was unknown 
b most, lost all their possessions in a fire that destroyed 
he home they were in the process of buying. On a 
Ijlunday morning, without any previous announcement, 
k?e placed a plate in the rear of the church for people 
o give of their means that they might help alleviate 
he need of this family. The offering was $115.05. People 
^ave because of the compassion they had for those who 
ad suffered loss. 

Another illustration is the "Thrift Shop" sponsored 
y some of the churches in the community. It is oper- 
ited much as we do at our missions in Lost Creek and 
Crypton. People bring their good used clothing to the 
shop" where it is processed and sold at a fraction of its 
rue value to help the needy of the community, especi- 
ily the migrant workers, many of whom now stay in 
he community throughout the year. Our church par- 
icipates in this work, not only by furnishing used cloth- 
ing, but by regular sewing days when they make quilts 
nd comforts for the "shop" and also by furnishing 



workers to bag and sell. All of this because of com- 
passion for those of lesser circumstances. 

Many people are handicapped in their desire to help 
the needy of the world because they do not know where 
to give so that their money will do the most good and 
help where they want it to. There are so many agencies 
ajking for help they are hesitant to lend their support 
because they know little or nothing about them. They 
are not certain their money will be used for that for 
which it is given. 

Now that our denomination has become associated 
with the National Association of Evangelicals, and we 
do have an outlet for our members to help in areas 
where it is desperately needed, many feel led to do so. 
They have confidence in the leaders of our denomina- 
tion that they would not affiliate themselves with any 
agency that is not reputable. 

I believe this is a God-sent privilege to the members 
of the Brethren Church — that they, out of the compas- 
sion of their hearts, now can give to help the less for- 
tunate and do it with confidence that their gifts will 
go where they desire them to. 

This is not a budget item in our church; it is a special 
offering taken so people may give as the Lord leads 
them. As more and more of our people come to a realiza- 
tion of our involvement in World Relief, certainly out 
of their compassion and their confidence in the Brethren 
Church our offerings will increase proportionately. 

Clarence Kindley, pastor 



THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER 



There's a holy, high vocation 

Needing workers everywhere; 

'Tis the highest form of service, 
'Tis the ministry of prayer. 

No one need stand idly longing 

For a place in which to share 

Active service for the Master; 

There is always room in prayer. 

In these days of tribulation, 

Wickedness prevades the air, 
And the battles we engage in 

Must be won thru fervent prayer. 

There's no weapon half so mighty 

As the intercessors bear; 
Nor broader field of service 

Than the ministry of prayer. 

Do you long to see the millions, 

Who are perishing today, 
Snatched as brands plucked from the burning? 

Do you long, yet seldom pray? 



Are you looking for revivals 

In the good old-fashioned way? 

We must use old-fashioned methods 

Which have always been to pray. 

Is the worldliness appalling 

That within your church is seen; 

Are you grieved, yet, at the Throne never 
For the weak ones intervene? 

Do you long to meet the Saviour 

And your loved ones in the air? 

You may hasten Christ's returning 
By effectual, fervent prayer. 

Join us in the plea that Jesus 

Quickly will His bride prepare; 

May His coming find us faithful 
In the ministry of prayer. 

Come and join the Intercessors! 

Laurels, then, someday you'll wear; 
For there is NO HIGHER SERVICE 

THAN THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER. 
(Author unknown) 



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'pxam *76>e Tftaitfay, 



586 'If Elmhurst Road 
West Palm Beach, Florida 
January 25, 1971 

The Brethren Evangelist 
Ashland, Ohio 

Dear Sir: 

It has been more than 15 years since I have had opportunity to attend 
one of our churches, but there are few days go by that I don't remember 
the things that I -was taught as I grew up in the church. 

Recently, a close friend of mine, who was a Catholic, made his public 
profession of faith in Christ and became a Christian He frequently asks 
questions concerning the function of the Protestant churches and particu- 
larly of our Brethren denomination. 

I believe that the simplest way to answer these questions would be to 
subscribe to THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST. This not only will give 
him a picture of the government of the church but also give him good 
articles to read in relation to the doctrines of our church. Please start me 
immediately with the next issue of THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST and 
bill me and I will send payment. I would mail it now but have no idea of 
the present subscription price. 

Here in Florida, is a. tremendous need and field for mission churches. 
The rate of crime and, drug traffic here in Palm Beach County (to 
say nothing of the heavily populated Broward mid Dade County s taking in 
the southeast coast) is tremendous, to say nothing of the crying need for 
Protestant churches for the Spanish speaking population of the area. This 
area is in need of diligent Christians who are willing to go out of the 
church house and into the street, for every day a soul can be won for Christ 
if we do not wait behind a pulpit to speak, Christ's pulpit was to stand 
before the people along the roadway, on a hillside or along the seashores. 
He would find that same type of need here if He could walk this way in the 
feet of some dedicated missionary or minister. 

This is just a little thought I had this morning that I wanted to share 
with you. I am a, nurse in a local hospital and never a day goes by that I 
don't have several opportunities to witness to those who have no church 
affiliation. 

I will close now and wait for you to send THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST and a bill. Thank you for the opportunity to share these 
thoughts prayerfully with you. 

Sincerely in Christ, 
Janet (Loivmaster) Palmer 



ebruary 27, 1971 



Page Twenty-seven 



THE BENEVOLENT BOARD AT WORK 



'ACH OF YOU needs to become more aware of 

* the services that are offered at The Brethren 
lome in Flora. The Brethren need to encourage 
ach other to use this Home, when a friend, or a 
lember of your family, or you are in need. 

In order to meet the needs of others, we want 
3 expand the facilities to offer a more complete 
etirement center. Plans are being considered to 
dd a separate nursing wing onto the present 
uilding, and to remodel the original two-story 
rick home into a 10-unit apartment building, 
|ith these changes, 80 or more residents could 
ve in comfort and be part of the retirement icen- 
^r. Thus, the varying needs of the Brethren 
on Id be cared for — one bedroom apartment 
wellers, ambulatory residents, and nursing care 
esidents. Take your choice ! 

For you who have weathered another winter in 
le eastern or mid-western part of the United 
tates, consider your plight with those living in 
^mfort at Flora — no ice, snow, heat concerns, 
now shovels, or boots. All your needs met inside, 
l a Christian atmosphere with friends. Plan to 
3in them before next winter. 

It is very helpful if application is made at an 
arly date. We desire to care for the needs of our 
wn denomination first, but we want to know 
r hom to contact, when there is a vacancy. Our 
waiting list will indicate your intent to come live 
rere during your retirement years. Some pre- 
minary arrangements can be cared for by 
egistering in advance. 



Some say they cannot afford to live in the Home. 
Arrangements can be made to cover any person 
desiring to come. It will be to your advantage to 
contact Rev. Robert Bisehof, Administrator, The 
Brethren's Home, Route 2, Box 97, Flora, 
Indiana 46929. 





























































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Richard Swartz, the newest employee, talking 
with Mrs. S. M. Whetstone, a resident 

Rick is a member of the First Brethren Church, Park 
Street, in Ashland. He graduated from Ashland College 
in 1966 with an AB degree, then enlisted in the Navy 
and was trained as a hospital corpsman. He served in 
many areas of the world, including one year in Vietnam. 
In addition to being a medic there, he assisted a 
Chaplain. 

The Lord has called Rick into Christian service, and 
his employment in Flora is in answer to this call. He 
attends a class at Purdue University with Robert Bis- 
chof and Donna Moeller, especially scheduled for 
Nursing Home Administration. 








he Interim Administrator, Mrs. Donna Moeller 



The Head Cook, Miss Ada Keeley 



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SIS I r K HI II II 1 ^^ 

U1U 1U1LL1UUJJ 



Devotional Program for Marcl 



Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: Sharing God's Love 
Junior: The Book of Esther 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



Signal Lights Program for Marcl 

Prepared by Mrs, Alberta Holsinge 



Bible Theme: JOY 



Project: LIT-LIT 



Theme Song: 

"Joy, Joy, My Heart is Full of Joy" 

Motto: 

Jesus first; 
Others second; 
Yourself last. 

Singing Time: 

"O Come and Let Us Worship" 
"Hosanna to Jesus Our King" 
"Praise Him, Praise Him" 

Bible Story Time: 

A Day of Joy 

It was spring in Palestine. Flow- 
ers bloomed. Birds sang. Children 
laughed happily at their play. 

Springtime also meant Passover 
time. This was a very special time 
to the Jewish people. It was the 
time when they remembered how 



God had brought them out of Egypt 
to their own land. It was a time of 
joy — a time of praising God. 

Whenever they could the Jewish 
people liked to go to Jerusalem for 
the Passover. There they worshipped 
God in the beautiful temple. 

One Passover time Jesus and His 
disciples were traveling to Jeru- 
salem. 

As they walked Jesus told them 
about many things that were to 
happen. 

When they were a few miles from 
Jerusalem, Jesus said to two of His 
disciples, "Please go to that village 
over there. When you get there 
you'll find a donkey colt. Untie him 
and bring him to me. If anyone asks 
you what you are doing just tell 
him the Lord needs the colt." 



The disciples followed the instru 
tions Jesus had given them. Wh< 
they got to the village, there w. 
the young donkey just as He h; 
said. 

As they were untying the colt 
man walked up to them and aske 
"Why are you taking my colt?' 

"The Lord needs him," the 
answered. 

"Oh, then you may take him," sa 
the man. 

When the disciples returned 
Jesus they put a coat on the donk'l 
for Jesus to sit on. Then they ecl 
tinued on their way into the city ] 
Jerusalem. 

Other people on the road sc! 
them. "Jesus is coming! Hosannal 
the shouted. More people took up 1 1 
shout, "Hosanna! Hosanna!" 



February 27, 1971 



Page Twenty-nine 



They cut palm branches from the 
rees. Some they put on the road to 
nake a green leafy carpet for Jesus 

ride over. Some they waved as 
hey shouted, "Hosanna! Hosanna!" 

It was a happy shouting crowd 
yho entered the gates of Jerusalem 
vith Jesus. They were honoring 
esus. They were honoring Him as 

1 king and they were filled with joy. 

Based on Mark 11:1-11 

Memory Scripture Time: 
Mark 11:9 

The word joy is not in our verse 
his month, but it is the joyous shout 
>f the people as they went with 
esus into Jerusalem. 

I have the verse written on this 
>aper I'm giving you. Listen while 

read the verse for you. Now you 
ead it with me. 

(As before practice this month's 
r erse and review previous ones.) 

lission Time: 

Higi Homes 

, In Nigeria the groups of people 
ire called tribes. Our missionaries 
.re working mostly with the Higi 
ribe. 

If we could visit Nigeria we would 
ind that a Higi home is very differ- 
nt from ours. It is made up of 
rtany round mud huts with grass 
oofs. They have no windows and 
he doors are so low that even a 
hort person has to stoop to get in. 
""hese huts might be called the 
ooms of their house. 

The huts are surrounded by a 
/all made of stone or cactus or 
;rass mats. This fence might be con- 
idered the outside wall of the house. 
Ve call this kind of a house a com- 
tound. 

The compound has a gate made of 
3ng sticks woven together with a 
ope loop hanging on the inside. At 



night the gate is closed and a log is 
slipped through the rope to bar the 
door. 

The h:it closest to the door of the 
compound is where the father 
sleeps. He sleeps with a bow and 
arrows, knives, spears, and a big 
club near him to protect the com- 
pound. 

Behind this hut are two or three 
huts together where the mother 
lives. She has one hut for sleeping. 
The girls, up to the time they get 
married, sleep in the mother's hut. 
All the boys under eight years old 
sleep there, too. 

The second hut in this group is a 
kitchen. The stove is three stones 
arranged like the points of a tri- 
angle to hold a cooking pot over the 
fire. The third hut, if there is one, 
is for storage. 

When a man has more than one 
wife, each has her own set of two 
or three huts, all in the same 
compound. 

Other huts in the compound are 
for the grandparents and the boys 
over eight years old. 

Besides these huts for people, 
there are low-built huts for sheep or 
goats, and maybe a hut for a donkey 
or horse — all inside the compound. 
The chickens have a small hut with 
a mud roof covered with grass and 
a little door at the side. 

There are also many small silos in 
which peanuts, guinea corn, beans 
and other foods are stored. These 
silos are made of mud and have 
grass mat coverings on top. 

Just outside the compound you 
would see large piles of firewood. 
Close to the gate of the compound 
there might be an enclosed area 
surrounded by cactus in which cows 
are kept. 

A group of these compounds 
makes a village. 



Many people in the village cannot 
read and write. When you give to 
our lit-lit project, you are helping 
them to have books. You are helping 
them to learn to read. You are help- 
ing them to learn of God. 

(Note: As you tell the children 
about the Higi homes, make a rough 
sketch on the blackboard so they will 
be able to visualize it better.) 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for our homes. 
Let us thank Him for our mission- 
aries who have gone to Africa to 
teach the Nigerians of Him. Let us 
thank Him for the Nigerians who 
have become Christians. 

Let us ask God to help more boys 
and girls in Nigeria to learn of Him. 
Let us ask Him to help us to be 
more willing to share our money so 
the Higi people will have books and 
be able to lead about God for 
themselves. 

Handwork Time: 

A Nigerian Hut 

(For each child you will need a 
strip of brown paper about three by 
seven inches, a cornucopia style cup 
or a half circle of paper to form into 
one, excelsior and glue.) 

About the middle of the brown 
paper cut an archway for a door and 
then paste the ends of this paper 
together. Cover the cup with a film 
of glue and sprinkle it with bits of 
excelsior. Place it on top of the 
brown paper for the roof of the 
hut. 

Take your Nigerian hut home. 
Show it to your family and friends. 
Tell them about the Higi homes. Tell 
them about the Nigerian Christians. 
Tell them how you are helping them 
to learn of Jesus. 

Signal Lights Benediction 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



Pase Thirty 



The Brethren Evangelis 



SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



by Ruth Barbel 



SHARING GOD'S LOVE 



FOR FIVE MONTHS we discussed God's love— how 
God has proven His love for each of you girls in 
the past, the present, and the future. Last month we 
talked about your love for God. Can each girl in your 
Sisterhood repeat Romans 5:8 from memory? (Give 
each girl an opportunity to say this verse.) 

This month we are beginning a discussion of the 
other side of the coin called "love." God's love isn't even 
a two-way street! — God's love travels in at least three 
directions — from God to you, from you to God, and 
from person to person. Turn in your Bibles to John 
13:34-35. Let's read these verses aloud together. (Read) 
Jesus said, "All men will know that ye are my disciples 
— if ye have love one to another." Notice also in verse 
34 that Christ does not ask us to "please love one 
another"; He commands us to love one another. 

Where do we get this love that we are to share with 
one another? — why from God Himself! The love we 
show and share with others is not from us — we are to 
show and share God's love. This love is given by Him 
to us; we are to let it flow through us, or overflow from 
us, so that others are touched by love that comes direct- 
ly from God. Now the only difficulty with God's plan is 
that you can't give away or i_,hare what you don't pos^ 
sess yourself! 

Let's illustrate this with a story. If a friend of yours 
was seriously ill and needed $2,000 for medical expenses, 
it would be nice if you could give your friend the needed 
$2,000. But, if you did not own $2,000 it would be im- 
possible for you to honestly give it to your friend. Now 
the same idea is true when we talk about God's love. If 
you have let God's love flow into your life, then you're 
able to share this love with others. But perhap ; you've 
been careless about His love. Many times we're content 
with crumbs from His love supply when God Himself 
has invited us to feast at a banquet! Crumbs are barely 
enough to sustain our own soul's nourishment- but a 
banquet! — this we can happily invite our friends to 
enjoy. 

Be very honest with yourselves, girls. My heart is 
saddened and burdened when I see the spiritual malnu- 
trition evident in many of your lives. You see the Bible 
tells us what our lives will be like if we nourish our 
souls on the food that God has prepared for us. When 
these evidences are lacking, then your life is not a 
witness to God's love, but rather to the fact that you 
are living a life of spiritual poverty! 

First John 5:2 tells us that if we love God we will 
keep His commandments. Do you honor your father 
and mother? — or do you talk back, sulk at their 
decisions, and refuse to carry your load of the work at 
home? Is Sunday a holy day for you? — or can you 
hardly wait for church to be over so you can watch TV 
or go to a movie or be with your boyfriend? Do you 



, 



ever steal? — time from your employer, answers on 
test, your tithe from God? 

First John 3:17 tells us that if we have God's lov 
we will have compassion on those in need. How mud 
compassion do you have? Do starving children in Biafr, 
or homeless people in Pakistan or the girl next doo 
without a Savior disturb you? — or do you just accep 
these problems as part of life, never doing a thing t 
prove your compassion and love for any of them? T 
have compassion is to have a yearning, a desire t 
help those in difficulty, to do all you can to help peopl 
with a problem. 

Then, of course, there's John 13:34-35 where Jesu 
says that the world will know we are His by the lov 
we show each other. God's love is not "cutting you 
friend down to size"; God's love is not "telling it lik 
it is"; God's love is not making sure you get "what' 
coming to you"; God's love is not telling someone t 
"shut up"; God's love is not getting mad at your be£ 
friend because she can't come to your party; God's lov 
is not leading devotions at BYC grudgingly, wishin 
you were elsewhere. God's love is patient, kind, tende 
meek, compassionate, and desires to do God's will. 

God's banquet of love is spread in many places — 
His house of worship, in His Word, in fellowship wit 
Him during times of prayer, in the joy we have as w 
share Him with others, in the three-way communio 
we have when we are with other Christians and tall| 
ing about our Lord Jesus. Do you attend God's banqu( 
often — or is your spiritual life sustained by crumbs? 

You may try to "fake" God's love in your life but th 
only person you fool will be yourself. Friends can te 
by your actions whether love is within you — actions d| 
speak louder than words! Examine yourself honestl] 
if you've been content with the crumbs of God's love. J 
you've been satisfied with crumbs, pray, asking God 1 
give you a real desire to be saturated with His love an 
His presence. 

If you know that you have been feasting on God| 
'ove then you probably already realize that you can 
keep this love to yourself; it must be shared. As ttj 
words of the song go, "Love isn't love until it's give 
away." St. Paul said that the love of Christ "co 
strained" or compelled him to be an ambassador f( 
His Lord. Christ has commanded you to show His lov 
Feast often at His love-banquets so that you can sho 
and share His love. Remember that for every tiny b 
of His love you give away God will return a fuller po 
tion to you. You can never outgive God — the more < 
His love you give away the more you'll have in yoi 
own life! As you practice sharing God's love soon yoi 
life, desires, and will, will become completely His ar 
completely loving and then — all men will know that yc 
are His disciple because you show His love to others! 



February 27, 1971 

IUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



Page Thirty-one 

by Mrs. R. L. Hoffman 



THE BOOK OF ESTHER 



Purim.. . March II, 1971 



N THE OLD TESTAMENT book of Esther we find 

the story of Purim. Purim is a holiday observed yearly 
iy Jewish people since the time of Queen Esther. This 
r ear Purim falls on March 11. Since we are beginning 
l study of the book of Esther near this same time of 
rear, this seems like a good month to study how the 
loliday had its beginning. 

There was a time when many Jews lived in Persia. 
)uring that time there lived a very wicked man named 
laman. Haman was a very proud and vain person who 
jiad a lot of authority. (He was second in command to 
Cing Ahasuerus.) Everyone was to bow down to Haman 
^hen he passed by. 

Mordecai, a brave Jew, did not believe Haman was 
/orth all that, and so he did not bow down when Haman 
/alked through town. This made Haman so angry he 
/anted to kill Mordecai. More than that, Haman got 
ermission from the king to have all the Jews in the 
and killed on a certain day. 

The Queen of Persia at that time was a Jewish maiden 
.amed Esther. Esther had been brought up by her 
ousin Mordecai after her parents had died. Cousin 
lordecai sent word to Queen Esther at the palace about 
laman's evil plot to have all the Jews killed. Esther 
ecided to approach the king for help. 

Persian laws, once written, could not be changed but 
Cing Ahasuerus agreed to help Queen Esther and her 
eople. The only way to help now was to make another 



law — which is exactly what the king did. He command- 
ed that the Jews be allowed to arm and defend them 
selves from the attack of others. And defend themselves 
they did — very successfully! 

It is this success that Jews are celebrating on Purim. 
Haman, the vidian of the story, is the man who gave 
the holiday its name, even though he did not mean to 
do it. Remember when Mordecai refused to bow in 
Raman's presence? In his anger Haman decided on a 
day that Mordecai and all Jews were to be killed. Be- 
cause Haman was a very superstitious man he chose 
the evil day by throwing lots, a kind of dice called 
purim in Hebrew. Ever since their victory on that day 
the Jews have celebrated Purim. 

On the day before Purim the Jewish people spend 
time in prayer and fasting (not eating), honoring Esther 
who went before the king to save her people. In the 
evening the head of the home reads the book of Esther. 
(There are just 10 chapters.) When Hainan's name is 
mentioned during the reading, all the children protest 
by stamping on the floor. (Have someone in your group 
read Esther 3:1-6 while the others act out the part of 
the Jewish children.) 

The day of Purim (March 11, 1971) is one of friendli- 
ness and happiness. Presents are given to friends and 
relatives and to the poor. It is a day of visiting and 
play acting. What Christian holiday does this sound 
like? 



FRED SOMEBODY, 

THOMAS EVERYBODY, 
PETER ANYBODY and 

JOE NOBODY were neighbors, but they were not like you and me. 
They were odd people . . . difficult to understand. The way they lived was a shame. 

All four belonged to the same church, but you would not have enjoyed wor- 
shipping with them. 

Everybody went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends. 

Anybody wanted to worship but was afraid Somebody would speak to him. So 
guess who went to church — uh, huh — Nobody. 

Really, Nobody was the only decent one of the four. Nobody did the visitation; 
Nobody worked on the church building. 

Once they needed a Sunday school teacher. Everybody thought Anybody could 
do it, and Anybody thought Somebody should do it. And you know who did it? That's 
exactly right . . . Nobody! 

It happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area. Every- 
body thought Somebody should try to win him for Christ. Anybody could have made 
the effort. You probably know who won him finally: Nobody! 

Faith, Prayer and Tract League 
(From The Lamplighter Derby, Kans.) 



Brethren Historical Library 

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North Manchester, Indiana 46962 



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MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING 



In addition to your church's World Relief Offering, you may want to 
collect and send material aid for World Relief. This refers to clean, used 
clothing and blankets — always in great demand, especially when disaster 
strikes. When blankets and clothing are "stock-piled," they can be sent 
immediately to alleviate suffering and death — as is done frequently. 

Take or send (postpaid) ail materials to one of these collection centers. 
Please mark each box and gift "World Relief Commission" and enclose (or 
mail) 10<? per pound for shipping and processing. These are collection cen- 
ters near Brethren people. Use them throughout the year! 



World Relief Commission 

Brethren Service Center 

P.O. Box 188 

New Windsor, Maryland 21776 



World Relief Commission 

Brethren Service Center 

919 Emerald Avenue, Box 3747 

Modesto, California 95352 



World Relief Commission 

Brethren Service Center 
201 S. Main Street 
Nappanee, Indiana 46550 



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In This Issue: 

3 Get To The Center 

4 The Board Of Christian Education 

8 Silent Witness by John L. Johnson 

9 Lament Of A Teen-age Bride by Nancy Curti 
10 Boys' Brotherhood 

12 News From The Brethren 

17 Koinonia Abstract by St. Clair Benshoff 

19 Conserving Church Members by Henry Bates 

20 Sisterhood by Nancy Bates 
22 Missionary Board 

26 Urbana 

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An appeal is made once more for rags to be used in 
the print shop. Any contributions to this appeal will be 
greatly appreciated. Most materials are suitable for 
use excepting curtain material, ladies hosiery or coarse 
and heavy fabrics. 



A suggestion on how to build up church libraries 
comes from an example shown by one of the Indiana 
Brethren churches in the method of providing books 
for the libraries as memorials. 



Attention, all Sunday school department 

On shipments of Sunday school materials, the Bre1 
ren Publishing Company is obligated to pay the invoic 
within ten days after delivery without being penalize 
After this period a carrying charge is applied whi 
becomes accumulative. Also, at time of delivery 
freight charge must be paid which in recent mont 
has increased considerably because of various high 
costs to the transportation firms. 

The Publishing Company therefore is requesting tl 
statements for all Sunday school material be forward 
to the Sunday school treasurers as soon as they 
received. In order to offset the added expenses 
handling, the Publishing Company Bookstore regn 
to have to add additional carrying charges to accour 
due beyond one quarter. This policy becomes effecti 
beginning with the coming quarter's materials. 



The Missionary Board has received a cable from Argentina stating that Mark and 
Chantal Logan have arrived safely. They thank the Brethren for the prayers on their 
behalf for a safe journey. 



larch 13, 1971 



By the Way 



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GET TO THE CENTER 




RECENTLY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE of travelling 
to the West coast to attend a denominational con- 
Tence and the Northern California District Conference 
/ plane. This was my first experience in flying any 
ppreciable distance, and I suppose I did just what many 
her passengers do before and during a flight: utter a 
'ayer for safe journey. I may have added another 
ie while in flight: a prayer of thanks for being 
>rtunate to have such a vantage point from 37,000 
>et altitude to behold the beauty of God's earth. 
I would like to quote from a letter written by Francis 
. Steele, Home Director of NORTH AFRICA MISSION 
hich ties in both flying and prayer. 
"I do a lot of flying and enjoy it very much. However, 
'ery now and then, for reasons unknown to me, there 
•e unusual thrills thrown in; as when we roared up 
id away from a landing when at only a couple of 
mdred feet altitude to circle the field again because 
ie plane that had landed ahead of us was still on the 
mway." 

(It was during this flight that the writer conceived 
:e idea of centripetal prayer, centripetal being defined 
> having a tendency to move toward the center: 
r ebster.) 



The letter continues: "But the experience which got 
me thinking about 'centripetal prayer' happened during 
a recent approach to the Philadelphia airport. We made 
an unusually sharp and steep banking right turn. The 
plane seemed suspended on its side and I, sitting on the 
right, could look out the window almost straight down. 
What held us there was the mass of the air under the 
plane as it strained to swing out away from the center 
of our turn. Centrifugal force was pushing the plane 
out beyond the circumference of the circle But cen- 
tripetal force, counter-acting, was holding us on our 
course. You know the experience when you swing a ball 
around your head on the end of a string. The effort 
of your pull is centripetal force. The force you feel is 
centrifugal. 

"How does this apply to prayer? Well, our mission- 
aries are being pulled by many forces which try to get 
them off course. All that holds them on course is the 
power of God; especially as we pray. Or, to put it 
another way, as we pray we apply the power of God 
to counteract the forces which would drive the mission- 
ary out of orbit. 

"These forces are many and varied; the temptation to 
neglect devotions; the inclination to impatience and 
complaint; the tendency to allow suspicion to grow from 
misunderstandings. From the outside are the pressures 
of a hostile society and religion, the constant threat of 
expulsion hanging over one like a shadow, the heart- 
ache when a young convert who started out with great 
promise turns back, yes, and the feeling that friends 
back home don't really understand or care. All these 
forces, in changing degrees and combination, pull at the 
missionary constantly, and sometimes successfully." 

I suppose all these frustrations that face missionaries 
could be applied to our own lives in the realm of fam- 
ily, children, occupations, relationships with our fellow 
man, etc. Theories, books (hundreds of them) on 
psychology, devotionals, all the books listed in every 
publisher's catalog on counseling; marriage, drugs, 
what-have-you, these all are of benefit perhaps, but the 
surest way to get to the seat of any problem is prayer. 
Not prayers made up of picturesque speech or flowery 
phrases that have a tendency to go out in orbit by the 
centrifugal force of demands, but simple man to God 
prayers that are heading toward the center of all 
creation, the hub of the universe, the Almighty Father 
in Heaven. (G.S.) 






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Cheryl Romigh 

CHERYL ROMIGH is from our North George- 
town, Ohio Brethren Church, and if you 
watched the Rose Bowl parade on New Year's 
Day or the Bowl game, you may have seen Cheryl 
in the parade or cheering on the Ohio State team. 
She is a Junior at Ohio State and a varsity cheer 
leader. Cheryl is majoring in special education. 

At Ohio State she is active in Campus Crusade, 
and she sang with the Ohio State University choir 
for two years. Her freshman year she was a mem- 
ber of the Women's Honor Society known as 
Chimes and a member of the same group in her 
sophomore year when it is known as the Mirrors. 



In the summer of 1969 she was a part of th* 
"Summertime Singers" group. They sang at Cami 
Bethany several times and were at the Youth Con- 
ference coffee house. 

She has been active in the North Georgetowr 
Church for 15 years and has been at Camp Beth- 
any also. We are proud of Cheryl for her active 
youth work and dynamic Christian testimony. 



JUNIOR YOUTH — NAPPANEE 

JUNIOR JET CADETS are meeting with an averag 
" of 10 members present each week. A program o 
spiritual value is presented using a variety of present^ 
tions such as skits, games, competitive team quizzes 
Bible drills, art expressions, and stories all involvin| 
member participation. Leadership is encouraged throug 1 
officers and squad leaders. A group social is held one 
a month. 

Norma Geyer, Group Advisor 



JR. HIGH YOUTH — NAPPANEE 

NAPPANEE JR. HI YOUTH began their meeting 
this past fall with a picnic at Rogers Park in Go 
hen. During November and October the group studk 
about "Prophecy" and attended the District Youth RalJ 
at Shipshewana to consider the same theme. In Jan 
ary we went tobogganing at Echo Valley, Michigan. 

Our officers for this year include: Dennis Mishle 
president; Rich Hamsher, vice president; Brien Hal 
secretary and Greg Bigler, treasurer. Our sponsers i 
elude Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mishler, Mr. and Mil 
George Sheets, and Mr. and Mrs. Orien Hall. 

Brien Hall, secretary 



SR. HIGH YOUTH — NAPPANEE 

•T^HE SENIOR HIGH BRETHREN YOUTH 

1 Nappanee First Brethren Church have been vel 
busy. 

On October 31 was our Halloween Party. We had 
hayride and played games and had a real go 
fellowship. 

During the year we've been working on our Te 
House basement. We've painted the whole thing a 
made curtains. It is open on Sunday afternoons a 
sometimes after home basketball games. 

We have had different meetings during the year abol 
the Coming of Christ, and Acts Alive. We have aljj 
been to a Funeral Home. We listened to the owner U 
about the different things concerning the funeral. \| 
took a tour and went to different parts of the funei 
home. This was all very interesting. On January 24 o| 
group went tobogganing at Echo Valley Michigan. 
Brenda Heckman, secretary 



larch 13, 1971 



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YOUTH BANQUET AT TIOSA 



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Youth Banquet Scene 

I. to v.: Dennis VanDuyne, 

president; Rev. Waldo 

Gaby, speaker; Mrs. Paul 

Richey, advisor 



FIE TIOSA YOUNG PEOPLE held a youth banquet 
during our revival services on October 10, 1970. 
'he Youth decorated the basement of the church and 
le tables around the theme "It's God's World." 

The W.M.S. of the church took the responsibility of 

eparing and serving the meal. Rev. Waldo Gaby, 
astor of the First Brethren Church of Goshen, Indiana, 
/as the speaker of the evening. He presented an 
lformal talk which carried a challenge to the young 

:ople to be yielded to Christ. 

Forty-six people attended the banquet and were well 
ourished both physically and spiritually. 

Pastor Paul Richey, 
Tiosa, Indiana 




JOHNSTOWN II ACTIVITIES 

"""pHE BY CRUSADERS of the Johnstown II Brethren 
1 Church have participated in many functions this 
year. We set aside a night of our October revival ser- 
vices for a youth night and invited youth from a few 
district churches. Refreshments were served after the 
service. 

When Christmas rolled around we decided to hold a 
public Christmas Eve service in which many of our 
youth participated. We had a good attendance to view 
our efforts. 

One of our major projects for the year has been a 
bake sale in which we made close to $70. The adults of 
our church donated a lot of homemade goods which we 
sold very quickly at one of our big shopping centers. 

Our advisors for this year are: Rev. Joseph Hanna 
and Mr. Leroy Boyer for the Seniors and Kathy Miller 
for the Juniors. Our officers for the year are : 

President Howard McDowell 

Vice President Don Grove 

Secretary Jim Miller 

Ass't. Secretary Fred McDowell 

Treasurer Jim McDowell 

Ass't. Treasurer Brad Boyer 

Jim Miller, secretary 



BERLIN JUNIORS 

Tp'HE BERLIN JUNIORS have been quite active this 
X year and have been doing some interesting things. 
Our Christmas meeting used Christmas emblems for 
its theme as we dealt with the origin of the use of 
Christmas trees, mistletoe, stars, angels and other items. 
We also had a gift exchange. Many members took part 
in the church Christmas program which was held the 
same evening. 

The next evening we went Christmas caroling and had 
a repast served by the Christian Pioneer Class 
afterwards. 

Earlier in December we had a slide-record presenta- 
tion on the Holy Land. 

Our New Year's Program was entitled "Make the 
Right Beginning," and we had an illustrated story of 
the wise man who built his house on the rock and the 
foolish man who built his on the sand. 

January 16th found us attending a roller skating 
party with approximately twenty in attendance. 

Later in January a brief devotional meeting was held 
prior to the canvassing of Berlin for the March 
of Dimes. 






Karen Brant, Junior Advisor 



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KENTUCKY CAMP ADVENTURE KNAP-SACK . . . 

. . . HOBO-STYLE 




Bedtime in the Forest 



EDITOR'S NOTE: 

Spring is just around the corner and the 1971 
camping season will follow soon after. Tfm 
Kentucky campeis had a new experience lam 
yea>- that was good and will be repeated this yea) 
with some modifications. We urge other camps U 
consider similar programs or new approaches U 
camping. If you need help obtaining new ideas foi 
camp, write to oar Camping Commissio)i chair 
man. Rev. Don Rinehart, c/o Board of Christum 
Education, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohm 
J/4805. Following is an account and pictures of las 
year's Kentucky camping experiment. 



ON MONDAY EVENING, June 15th, about 4 p.m. a 
dozen Junior Hobos began to descend upon 
Krypton Bible Center for their annual conclave. Each 
one came bearing his knap-sack containing a Bible, 
toilet articles, bedding, and a change of clothing. After 
registering in and placing gear in Riverside bus, camp 
opened with a chicken and dumpling supper with all 
the trimmings on the campus. 

Following the evening's repast, recreation, vespers, 
sing-in for aged and shut-ins of village, a stewardship 
film, all assembled by the campfire circle on the back 
church lawn for a delightful campfire under the direc- 
tion of "Big-Chief" Rex McConahay and his assistants. 
Before retiring, snacks were served, and then Hobo- 
manager Doran Hostettler gave orders for the sleeping 
gear to be assembled. Bobbi Jones herded the female 
hobos to the Howard House, but the boys unrolled their 
sleeping bags and slept on the church lawn guarded by 
mascot "Happy" who slept on Manager Hostettler's feet. 

Long before the sun could peep through the fog, all 
had rolled out, had gear stowed away in the bus, and 
were assembled for spiritual repast under the leadership 
of Spiritual Director, Rev. Cecil Bolton. He invited each 
one to begin the day with God and include Him in all 
of the camp's activities. The hobo stoves set up on the 
campus were belching forth their smoke and heat, ready 
to bake pancakes and serve the hot sausage. Before 
departing to enjoy and learn about God's wonderland, 
a special demonstration was given in which a live 
chicken was prepared for the next camping group. In 
charge of the demonstration was Chief Butcher Hos- 
tettler assisted by Hash Slinger Lowery. 

By 8 a.m. all except the kitchen crew had boarded the 
bus and were on their way to the Buckhorn State Park. 
The morning was spent in the camping area having 
classes and recreation. At noon a spaghetti lunch 
arrived for a tired and hungry group. After a lunch in 
the picnic area and a clean-up period, the group depart- 
ed for the main park area for further exploration in 



God's great out-of-doors and a joyous time of swimmin; 
in the lake. All too soon 3:30 p.m. arrived, and it wa 
time to be off to Coomers Ridge, a camping area in th 
National Forest near Natural Bridge State Park. Herj 
camp would be set for the night. Hash Slinging Lower 
met the bus at Chavies with supper and evening snac 
provisions. 

The night's camping site affords many attractiv 
activities for getting close to nature. The hobos wer 
busy exploring the many nature trails, climbing th 
fire tower to view the sunset, building campfires, pr< 
paring the supper, holding vespers, enjoying fun an 
fellowship around a roaring campfire followed by be< 
time snack of peanuts and potato chips. Sleeping baj 
were rolled out and each one enjoyed a night's re 
under the stars. 




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Troubles! Need a push to start! 



larch 13, 1971 



Page Seven 



Early a.m. brought forth preparations for another 
ull day of activities. Fires had to be built for cooking 
ne breakfast, faces were washed by the camp pumps, 
ear had to be stowed away, sunrise had to be viewed 
rom the top of the fire tower, unexplored nature trails 
j/ere hurriedly explored, spiritual food to be taken be- 
pre the hearty breakfast arrived. With the arrival of 
hie late Mr. Maurice Hall with the breakfast provisions 
11 helped in completing the breakfast preparations . . . 
ash browned potatoes, gravy, fried apples, cocoa, fruit 
[aice were consume with great gusto. All pitched in for 
he clean-up and the take-off for Natural Bridge State 
'ark for further exploration and recreation. 

This park affords visitors some of Kentucky's best 
[atural wonders. Folks come from far and wide to visit 
lis lovely park. Young people never tire of climbing 
s ridges and exploring the natural bridge and small 
aves. Exciting adventures awaited those who were 
aying their first visit to this park. 

After an exciting day of activities a weary but happy 
roup assembled about 2:30 p.m. for their final spirit- 
al challenge before being homeward bound. The long 
ide back to Riverside and Krypton Bible Center afford- 
i opportunities for singing and cementing friendships. 
11 participants proclaimed it a real camping experience 
nd a most wonderful adventure. The staff was just as 

thusiastic about the experiment but requested that 

other time at least a day intervene between the two 
imping groups so they could recuperate from weari- 
ess and be more refreshed for the new group. (As 
|x>n as the Juniors arrived at Krypton, the Seniors 
;arted their conclave.) 

The Senior camp was made up of 34 hobos with the 
ime staff serving. A repetition of previous schedule 
as in force. This group returned late Friday evening. 





Chow Time for Seniors — Survey 

Food Supplies 

Doran Hostettler is "hunkered" down 

in the middle and Rex McConahay 

stands at his left elbow 



It Takes a Fire to Cook a Meal! 

I. to r.: Rev. Cecil Bolton, Doran 

Hostettler, Rex McConahay 



Camp Staff was composed of: 

Director — Margaret E. Lowery (Dietician), 

Krypton Bible Center 
Assistant — Rex McConahay, Smithville, Ohio 
Manager — Doran Hostettler, Riverside 
Spiritual Leader — Rev. Cecil Bolton, Troy, Ohio 
Camp Secretary — Miss Helen Campbell, Napfor 
Dean of Boys — Doran Hostettler 
Dean of Girls — Miss Bobbi Jones, Ashland, Ohio 
Meal Supervisor — Miss Joyce Amstutz, 
Ashland, Ohio 
Counsellors and Assistants: 

Rev. James Donahoo — Levittown, Pennsylvania 
Miss Brenda Favorite — Roann, Indiana 
Miss Rebecca Hooker — Roann, Indiana 
Miss Rhoda Campbell — Napfor, Kentucky 
Transportation was by Riverside school bus. Rev. 
Bolton's station wagon served as a ranch wagon carry- 
ing equipment, staples, class supplies, etc. TV trays 
and p^stic ware were used for serving meals. 

In evaluating the experiment, the following construc- 
tive things have been observed: 

1. More like a camping experience 

2. Less disciplinary problems 

3. More enthusiasm and interest shown in activities 

4. Few hardships involved in feeding groups offset 
by the many enriching experiences the young peo- 
ple were able to gain over the old type of camping 

5. A permanent campsite is not needed to provide 
camping experiences for young people. 

The following changes are being made in this year's 
camping program: 

1. Will plan to conclude this year's camp with strong 
spiritual emphasis — evangelistic in nature 

2. Plan to start camp at 8 a.m. on Monday and return 
to Krypton Bible Center for Tuesday supper and 
closing activities. Camp for Juniors will be over 
by 8 a.m. on Wednesday 

3. The staff will be free Wednesday for clean-up and 
relaxation. The Senior Camp will begin at 8 a.m. 
Thursday and conclude on Saturday a.m. 



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SILENT WITNESS 



TN SEPTEMBER of last year, Sandra Dawson, an 18- 

year-old promising stage actress left a pot party in 
Greenwich Village, New York, bent on ending it all in 
the Hudson River. Narcotics had burned out her mind 
and left her "soul an empty shell." All the beckoning 
hands of future fame were not enough to detour her 
from what she knew had to be the only way. 

On her way to the river, she had to push through a 
Salvation Army team of workers headed for settlement 
work uptown. When she got through them and con- 
tinued on to her determined end, she looked down to see 
a piece of paper in her hand which she had unconscious- 
ly accepted from one of the officers. She hung on to 
it only because, as she said later, she did not want to 
leave one piece of litter behind in her desire to make 
her exit from life as antiseptically clean as possible. 
While she was standing on the edge of the river work- 
ing up her nerve to jump, she looked down at that paper 
in her hand before throwing it away. The big, bold 
letters hung out like a row of stop lights: HAVE YOU 
THOUGHT TWICE? 

Sandra Dawson was jolted by the message that should 
come in exactly that fashion at that particular time. 
She read the tract. It was a simple reminder that God 
hears second thoughts about bad decisions, even second 
knocks for another try, and is willing to restore a life, 
any life, broken by the hammer of sin. Sandra Dawson 
found it too much to resist. She ran back to try to find 
the Salvation Army officer who had given her a tract. 
She couldn't. Instead she found herself hours later in 
a bowery mission where a sympathetic old man led her 
to Christ. 

"One piece of paper between me and total hell," 
Sandra said later, still mystified by what had happened 
but glowing in the fact that she still had her life to live 
again. "I'd say that's the longest reach anybody ever 
made for me." 

And today in America being torn by the terrible rip- 
tides of a thousand shocks — drugs, alcohol, sex and just 
plain emptiness — this "long reach," this piece of paper 
used by God to be very often the "silent witness," is 
intersecting the course of millions like Sandra Dawson. 
To masses of people who never go to church, never hear 
a sermon, never tune in a radio station, never give a 
word of mouth witness a second thought, the printed 
page is carrying on its own revolution for God. 

But why is the printed page so important today what 
with TV and films and so many technological wonders 
that seem to grab all the attention of people? There are 
several reasons which the church needs to get hold of 
again: 

1. The printed page neutralizes hostility — people like 
Sandra Dawson have little use for Christianity in their 
mad rush to get all they can get, and will even become 
highly agitated and angry when confronted with a direct 
person-to-person witness for Christ. As Sandra put it, 
"I would have blown anybodv over who tried to mix 
my life up with God." There is no way to spear home 
the love of God to any man or woman so hostile to 
Christ that they are incapable of thinking intelligently. 



by John L. Johnson 



But literature is a great neutralizer. It catches th 
mind unaware. It drills to the heart with subtle an 
often devastating impact — many times before the rea< 
er actually senses what is going on. If there is argi 
ment to whom will the reader argue? If there is ho, 
tility, on whom will the reader take it out? Insteai 
reading brings a quiet moment of concentration, 
moment when all the forces of God can come into pla; 
This is the great panzer movement of print. 

2. It is permanent — a word often blows with the wir 
never to be retrieved or recalled. But the printed pag 
lands in the computer of the brain and sticks in i 
image to be flashed out in a second from the memoi 
bank. That is why radio and literature work togetht 
with such power in touching lives for Christ. Rad 
gives the audio amplification and literature follows i 
to give visual permanence. 

3. It penetrates — Even Sandra Dawson can't expla: 
the strange power of that simple tract she read th 
night by the Hudson River, especially when she was : 
indifferent and even hostile to God. Nor can thousan< 
of others whose lives have been transformed by a boc 
or a tract or a pamphlet declaring Christ. This explaii 
why Communism spends 5.4 billion a year on literatu: 
—they know what it can do to slice through the barrie 
and make impact. 

So what of today then with its confusion of tongue 
a contradictory mixture of ideologies and beliefs? Wh 
of millions like Sandra Dawson who will never 1 
reached in any other way except through print? He 
will we reach the unreachable? How will we make co 
tact with masses caught behind the jungles of fee 
loneliness, boredom and certainly smug complacency 
Speak to them if we can, of course! Shout at the 
above the roaring sounds of the computer and the ji 
Of course! But when it's all done, we must be sure \ 
leave with them the book, the tract, the pamphlet. 

For in the night hours, when they roam their cagr 
of self-imposed imprisonment, that's when God wl 
speak -through the powerful neutralizing, penetratiil 
power of print. This "long-reach" of God, this siler 
witness," this life line when all else fails, to souls wl 
will allow no other penetration to their hearts. 

May God not find us slack in our responsibility. I 
taken from the Waterloo 
First Brethren Church bulletin 



[arch 13, 1971 



Pairc Nine 



LAMENT 



OF 



A 
TEEN-AGE 
BRIDE 



by NANCY CURTIS 

he new morality . . . and freedom 

rom classes (what a drag); 

rom mom and dad (always arguing); 

rom homework (senseless hours) ; 

rom discipline (useless); 

ji'om church (a bore); 

|rom conformity (a hangup). 

L 

m my own woman now. 

lade so by one decision . . . 
ne hour of love and pleasure and self- 
gratification, 
ree to look at my cheer-leading sweater hanging 

in the closet, 
|y books and basketball schedule resting on the 

shelf, 
material for a prom formal forlorn amid the 

remnants of material for maternity tops, 
medals from band and choir forsaken in the 

clutter of a jewelry box, 
friends passing by my window 
aughing over the gossip column in the school 

paper 
nd giggling over who will be the next to 

experience 

he new morality and freedom 

or cleaning (what a drag); 
or him (always arguing) ; 
or ironing (senseless hours) ; 
or dishes (useless); 
or cooking (a bore); 
or sex (a hangup). 

God, if you are there, 

ease let someone take this crying baby off 

my hands, 
nd let my feet dance once more. 

am so old . . . and I was never young. 



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iis poem by Nancy Curtis is being reprinted 
ith permission of the MESSENGER of the 
'lurch Of The Brethren. It ivas published in the 
eal netvspaper in Elgin, Illinois and at least one 
more other church periodical. 



THOUGHTS FOE PARENTS 

How many have been the times when we have heard, 
"I do not try to influence my children in matters of 
their religion or beliefs!" But why not, we reply? 
The ads will! 

The press will! 

The movies will! 

The neighbors will! 

The politicians will! 

The Communists will! 

All the forces for sin will! 
Shall we ignore our children? God have mercy on us 
if we do! 

We have been so anxious to give our children what 
we didn't have that we have neglected to give them what 
we did have! 



I HAVE TO... 

I have to pay my bills, but I can't afford to pay the 

Lord His tithe. 
I have to earn a living for my family, but I don't have 

time to teach them how to live. 
I have to see the late, late show Saturday night, but I 

can't get to Sunday school on time. 
I have to have color TV, but I don't have any money 

for missions. 
I have to keep a clean house for my family, but I don't 

have the courage to demand clean living of them. 
I have to teach my children a code of ethics, but I can't 

teach them the meaning of love because I don't 

know that myself. 
I have to keep my daily appointments, but I'm not ready 

for my appointment on the Day of Judgment. 

Laura Forinash 

from Elkhart 

First Brethren bulletin 



A GARDEN FOR ALL SEASONS 

First, plant four rows of peas: 

Presence, promptness, preparation, and 

perseverance 
Next, to these plant three rows of squash: 

Squash gossip, squash indifference, and 

squash criticism. 
Then plant five rows of lettuce: 

Let us obey rules and regulations. 

Let us be true to our obligation. 

Let us be faithful to duty. 

Let us be loyal and unselfish. 

Let us love one another. 
No garden is complete without tvrnips: 

Turn up for meetings. 

Turn up with a smile. 

Turn up with new ideas. 

Turn up with determination to make everything 
count for something good and worthwhile. 






Paire Ten 



The Brethren Evange 



Boys 9 Brotherhood 



PROCRASTINATION 



I'VE GOT A HANGUP" 



(For sometime, there have been no programs offered 
for local Brotherhood groups to use in their monthly 
meetings. As president of the National Boys' Brother- 
hood Organization, I have been asked to write a series 
of studies. If you have any comments or suggestions, 
write to me, in care of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany. — R.W.W.) 




by RONALD W. WATERS 



Ron Waters is a member of the Gretna, Ohio Brethren Church where his 
father is the pastor. He is presently a student at Ashland College where he 
is enrolled as a pre-seminary student. He is a member of the 1970 Crusader 
team and a member of the Alpha Theta organization. 



I have a hang-up — procrastination. (Maybe you get 
hung-up on just seeing a fifteen-letter word.) Procras- 
tination is defined as frequently and intentionally 
putting off doing something which must be done. The 
theme of procrastination is: "Don't do today what you 
can put off until tomorrow." 

As I said, I really put things off. For example, one of 
my professors told our class in October that we had to 
do a research paper, to be due on January 6. When did 
I complete it? I quit banging the typewriter at 6:00 
A.M., January 6, after working all night on it. Or, for 
instance, nearly every morning I put off the unpleasant 
task of getting up. That usually means that I do not 
get breakfast or that I am late for class. You see, when 
I put things off, I pay the consequences. 

In the Bible we find several people who had the same 
problem. One of them was Felix, a Roman provincial 
governor. After Paul was arrested, he was brought 
before Felix for a hearing (read Acts 24). In the public 
hearing, Felix refused to make any decision as to Paul's 
guilt because of insufficient evidence. However, in verse 
24 we read that Felix and his wife sent for Paul again to 
tell them about faith in Christ. In verse 25 Paul talked 
with them about righteousness, self-control, and the 
Last Judgment of God. At this point Felix became ex- 
tremely troubled, and he said to Paul, "You may leave 
now. I will call you again when I get the chance" (verse 
25, Good News for Modern Man). 

Felix put off his decision of accepting or rejecting 
Jesus Christ. This is the most tragic kind of procras- 



tination there is. We are never sure if we will even 
another chance to accept Christ. Even though 3 
would not decide to receive Christ as Lord or deny E 
he had made a decision. Harvey Cox once wrote 
"not to decide is to decide." In other words, by not 
ciding for Christ is actually deciding against 
Therefore, Felix gained nothing by putting off 
choice. Likewise, we gain nothing by "putting off" 
decision. 

A slightly different type of "putting off" is foun 
the Old Testament account of Jonah (read Jonah 1 
3:4). The Lord called out to Jonah and told him to g 
Ninevah, preaching God's wrath against it. But Jc 
wanted no part of it. As a result, he put off goin ; 
Ninevah in favor of going to Tarshish, which wa 
the opposite direction. We all know what his pro< 
tination got him: three nights in the beautiful Fi 
Belly Motel. When Jonah decided he did not like 
accomodations, he repented. God took him out of 
fish's belly and told him again to go to Ninevah. Jc 
did not put it off any longer. He went to Ninevah, 
the people repented. 

Jonah's procrastination, too, could have been tr; 
When Felix put off a decision for Christ, he was 
hurting himself. On the other hand, if Jonah had 
gone to Ninevah, not only he. but also the whole 
of Ninevah would have suffered the consequence 
procrastination. 

You and I can put off little things, like getting u 
the morning, without too much bother to anyone 
ourselves. But we must not put off the thing's of 



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'"irst, we must decide to accept Jesus Christ as our 
jord and Saviour. To put off a decision for Him is to 
lecide against Him. After we have accepted Christ, we 
nust not put off serving Him. In Luke 9:59-60, Jesus 
ailed a man to follow Him. He told Christ that he would 
ollow Him after he had buried his father. Jesus told 
lim that he had a higher calling than that of burying 
lis father, namely that of serving Christ, which he 
nust not put off. When Christ calls us, we must serve 
lim immediately. 



Our challenge for this month, then, is twofold. First, 
if you have never made a decision for or against Jesus 
Christ, do not put it off any longer. Decide now. If you 
need help, talk to your advisor, your pastor, or your 
parents. Second, if you feel there is something Christ 
wants you to do, whether it be to share Him with a 
friend or simply to mow the sweet old widow's lawn, do 
it now. Decide on one thing which you have been 
putting off, and do it this month. Don't forget, because 
we will check on each other next month. See you then 



BOYS' BROTHERHOOD STUDY FOR APRIL 

AMOS, THE LAYMAN -FARMER -PROPHET 



\MOS was a layman who earned his living on the 
farm (Amos 7:14). He was a dresser of sycamore 
rees. The sycamore was a fig of poor quality, a cross 
etween the fig and mulberry. He was also a herdsman. 
;oth of these activities fall in the farming category, 
[e was not a priest nor a professional prophet: but the 
^ord called him while he was following the flock, and 
aid unto him, "Go, prophecy unto my people, Israel 
7:15). 

Tekoa (1:1) the home of Amos, was ten miles south 
f Jerusalem, five miles from Bethlehem, on an eleva- 
on of 2,700 feet, in the very poor pasture lands over- 
oking the wilderness of Judea. Geographically speak- 
lg, he was in a very good place to see the wicked 
tivity of Judea and Israel. He was on the outskirts of 
xese two kingdoms, but he walked with God as he 
)llowed the flock. God always picks the right man to 
:> His work. 

As a boy, Amos probably had known Jonah, and may 
ave heard him tell of his visit to Nineveh. Possibly, 
>o, he may have known Elisha and may have heard 
im tell of his association with Elijah. Jonah and Elisha 
ere just passing off the stage when Amos was coming 
The prophet Joel also may have been one of his 
mtemporaries or near predecessor. It may have been 
>el's plague of locusts to which he refers in Amos 4:9. 
osea was a co-worker with Amos. He may have been 
Bethel at the time of Amos' visit. They possibly 
>mpared revelations from God at different times. Hosea 
as younger and continued his work after Amos was 
>ne. About the time Amos was closing his work, 
aiah and Micah were beginning theirs. 
Amos was in the will of God, and he was willing to 
J used of God to warn the people of their coming 
agedy — Amos, chapter 3, 4, 5. 

God may call you to do a job for Him. What would 
)ur answer be? Are you prepared to meet the challenge 
God calls? 




by JAMES I. MACKALL 



Questions for Discussion 

1. How does God speak to people today? 

2. Is God alive and what is He doing? 

3. Is God interested in what is going on in the world 
today? 

4. If Amos had said no to God when He asked him to 
warn the people what would God have done? 

5. Can we profit by reading about Amos in the Old 
Testament today? How? 

6. Some people say studying the Scripture is dry and 
uninteresting. What do you think? 



James I. Mackall is a membe?' of the Vinco Brethren Chwrch in Vinco, 
Pen/iisylvania, faithfully supporting many phases of the church's ivork, 
especially with the Boys' Brotherhood. He is also very active in the Lay- 
men's Organization on a local, district, and national level in addition to 
his devotion to the community as a prominent business man. 



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Falls City, Nebr. Pre-Thanksgiving 
services were held November 25 
with Rev. Alvin Smith, pastor of 
the First Methodist Church as 
guest speaker. The Christmas 
program was presented on Sunday 
evening, December 20 with Arlene 
McGinnis in charge. The Junior 
Department enjoyed a caroling 
trip, although the weather was 
cold. Rev. Keck and his wife en- 
joyed a trip to Ashland, Ohio to 
visit relatives. Gerald and Sue 
Peck were home from Ashland 
College for Christmas. The last 
Sunday of each month is "family 
night." A carry-in dinner and pro- 
gram is enjoyed. 

Chandon, Va. God continues to bring 
new families from the community 
to the services. The average 
attendance for the October-Decem- 
ber quarter was 62 in the Church 
School and 68 in the Morning Wor- 
ship, with a high of 87 on Decem- 
ber 6. Many blessings came as a 
result of the Crusade for Christ 
in December. Brother Jim Black 
brought stirring messages and we 
were all strengthened in the faith. 
Eight decisions were made during 
the week. A unique Christmas 
program was presented on Decem- 
ber 20. The program was opened 
by a radio program describing the 
"Hanukkah" service which the 
Jews observe at Christmas time. 
The program was interrupted by 
bulletins which told the events in 
Palestine surrounding the Christ- 
mas story. There were 95 in 
attendance. The Washington 
Church Choir presented their can- 
tata, "Love Transcending," in the 
Chandon Church December 27. 



West Alexandria, Ohio. Rev. Percy 
Miller is interim pastor during 
absence of a pastor. During the 
summer he served the Quiet Dell 
Pennsylvania and Cameron, West 
Virginia churches. During this 
time he received four into the 
Quiet Dell Church by baptism and 
three into the Cameron Church by 
letter. Recently he baptized four 
and received them into the mem- 
bership of the West Alexandria 
Church. 

North Manchester, Ind. A Mission- 
ary Conference was held February 
12-14. Pictures of Argentina, India 
and Nigeria were shown. A ques- 
tion and answer period with re- 
freshments followed each nights 
pictures. 

Bryan, Ohio. Evangelistic services 
will be held March 28 to April 4 
with Rev. Edward Schwartz of 
Oak Hill, West Virginia as evan- 
gelist. Donations are being taken 
for a piano fund. Over $500 has 
been received so far. A men's 
breakfast was held Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 21. 

Nappanee, Ind. The Triton Chamber 
Singers from Triton High School 
presented a program of contem- 
porary music on Sunday evening, 
February 17. 

Bethlehem, Va. A shower was held 
for Mr. and Mrs. Mark Logan, Jr. 
on Monday, February 1. They will 
be leaving for Argentina to do 
radio work. They were also given 
a gift of money from the church. 



Gratis, Ohio. Revival dates are s( 
for March 8 to 14 with Rev. Kei 
neth Howard from Peru, Indian; 
The Brotherhood visited the Da. 1 
ton Power and Light Compan 
for their last meeting. 

Wabash, Ind. Many wonderful thin£ 
have happened in the past si 
months at Wabash. The heatir 
system was converted from c 
to gas, with space heater instalk 
in basement auditorium. Tl 
church loft was insulated, nursei 
redecorated and minor repair jol 
accomplished. A fine spirit w< 
displayed by everyone concern* 
not only in time spent in lab 
but also by financial contribution 
Souls have been saved and mai 
have been drawn closer to tl 
Lord. There is a fine spirit J 
unity and love among the meii 
bers. Great things are expect'! 
in the days ahead. We give G< 
all the glory and praise. 



Milledgeville, 111. Pastor Black h 
been very busy in the church a: 
the community. He has had 
counseling sessions in and out 
the office during this year. Tl 
is additional to regular calling a 
pastoral duties. He works as ch< 
lain of the Fire Department, t 
Carroll County Sheriff's Depa 
ment, Senior Citizens, substiti 
teacher, P.T.A., and in district a 
national denominational work, 
is also meeting with residents 
the Good Samaritan Home 
Mount Carroll each 2nd and ! 
Wednesday for Bible Study. 

from Tom Schultz. Pat, my w:S 
just came home from the hospilj 
She is recovering slowly. I 
ever impressed with our Lord si 
the fact that He hears our pray) 
and heals us. Pat wants the gri 
number of people in the brotrf 
hood to accept her thanks 
prayers and cards. When yovJ 
isolated from Brethren chu:J 
folks, it is wonderful to have thl 
comforting prayers. Especial 
thanks to the Brethren chuj 
staff and members of the P;|) 
Street Brethren Church for 
membering Pat in prayer durj 
her major surgery. 



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krdmore, Ind. Rev. Tinnie E. Rorie, 
j of Mishawaka, has been assigned 
I as interim pastor of Ardmore 
j Brethren Church, succeeding Rev. 
C. William Cole, who left this 
I week for a new pastorate in Vinco, 
| Pennsylvania, north of Johnstown. 
J Ordained to the ministry in 1954, 
I by the Michiana Association of 

I General Baptists, Rev. Rorie was 
active in the association for 11 
years and engaged in pastoral 
I work in St. Joseph and Elkhart 

I Counties for nine years. He 
studied at Bethel College, Misha- 
waka, completing several Bible 
courses in the Old and New Testa- 
ments, and he completed several 
Bible courses recommended by the 
| Religious Board of Education of 
the General Baptists. He was a 
member of the Michiana Pres- 
bytery. 

Rev. Rorie served as chairman of 
the Foreign Mission Board, served 
on the Sunday school promotional 
board and has worked with youth 
in summer camps as teacher. He 
has taught leadership training 
c. asses and served on the examina- 
tion board for ordination of minis- 
ters and deacons. For the last two 
years he has been working with 
the missionary churches in the 
area. 

llkhart, lad. The Billy Graham film, 
"Love, Sex and Marriage" was 
shown Sunday, March 7. The 
Brethrenaires Quartet presented 
a concert of gospel singing Sun- 
day, February 21. 

ohnstown, Pa. The Second and 
Third Brethren Churches studied 
the Book "Learning to Understand 
the Mission of the Church" jointly, 
with the pastors serving as re- 
sorce leaders. 



drian, Pa. The Brush Valley 
Church will be holding revival 
services with Rev. Ralph Mills 
March 28 - April 2. 



jounty Line, Ind. The Cross Coun- 
try Conference sessions on "Learn- 

j ing to Understand the Mission of 

j the Church" was started on Feb- 
ruary 14. The church has called 

' Rev. Claude Stogsdill of Warsaw 
to be the evangelist for a series 
of meetings starting March 22, 
1971. 



Herndon, Va. Mr. and Mrs. Mark 
Logan, Jr. were guests on Sunday 
evening, February 7. They showed 
pictures of the radio program in 
Argentina, with recorded music by 
members of the staff there. 

Pleasant View, Pa. (Vandergrift) A 
men's prayer Breakfast was held 
in Vandergrift on Saturday morn- 
ing February 20, sponsored by the 
Ministerial Association. Rev. Gil- 
mer is the president of this 
association. 

Brush Valley, Pa. Congratulations 
are in order to Sharon and Tom 
Kidder, for having been chosen 
to represent East Brady in the 
Armstrong County Band. The 
thrill is not quite so big for 
Sharon, as it is her third trip, but 
for Tom it is quite another thing. 

Tucson, Arizona. Evangelistic ser- 
vices were held from February 2 
to 10. Rev. William Anderson of 
Manteca, California was the speak- 
er. He had a children's message 
on Wednesday, and a special mes- 
sage for youth on Friday night. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. Rev. Herbert 
Gilmer has officially accepted the 
call and will begin pastoring here 
the first week in June. Until then, 
the laymen, bolstered by occasional 
outside speakers, will be taking 
care of the Sunday evening and 
Wednesday evening services. 

Gratis, Ohio. Revival services are set 
for March 8-14 with Rev. Kenneth 
Howard from Peru, Indiana. 

South Bend, Ind. Revival services 
will be held May 2-9 with Rev. J. 
D. Hamel from Sarasota, Florida 
as speaker. Rev. Fred Burkey con- 
ducted a Christian Education 
Workshop on January 31. 

Sarasota, Fla. Revival services will 
be held January 24-28 with Mr. 
and Mrs. William Rexford. In- 
cluded will be musical selections 
on the swiss cow bells, choral con- 
cert glasses, ventriloquism, and 
Bible lessons presented with the 
use of "Black Light." 

St. Petersburg, Fla. Rev. Phil Lersch 
was the speaker on "Pastor's 
Study" TV program on WLCY the 
week of January 3-9. 



Gretna, Ohio. A Missionary Confer- 
ence was held February 26-28 with 
John Rowsey as resource leader. 



Memorials 




BUSHMAN. Mrs. Virgil Bushman, 
long-time member and prayerful 
supporter of the church, passed to 
her eternal reward and was buried 
on December 26, 1970. 

Rev. James Black 



MUNZ. Mr. Don Munz, after a 
long illness, passed away and was 
buried on December 31, 1970. In 
recent months brother Don came to 
a wonderful realization of the pres- 
ence and love of Christ. 

Rev. James Black 



GRUSH. Jesse H. Grush, age 77, 
passed away January 28, 1971. Mr. 
Grush was a long-time member of 
the First Brethren Church of Falls 
City. He held various offices in the 
church, including that of deacon, 
and had served as a trustee of Ash- 
land College. Funeral services were 
held at the First Brethren Church 
with Rev. Elmer Keck officiating. 
Interment was in the Steele Ceme- 
tery. 

Ethyl Schroedl 



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MIATKE. Ronald G. Miatke died 
January 30, 1971 in University Hos 
pital, Iowa City, Iowa. Rev. Miatke 
pastored the Brethren Church at 
Glenford, Ohio while in school, and 
the Cerro Gordo Brethren Church in 
Illinois. Memorial services were held 
February 2 in Oskaloosa, Iowa and 
in Milledgeville, Illinois. Rev. James 
Black conducted the services in 
Milledgeville. 

* * * 

LOGAN. Mrs. Zula Zirkle Logan, 
80, for many years a faithful mem- 
ber and worker in the Bethlehem 
Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, died January 25, 1971. Funeral 
services were held at the Lindsey 
Chapel with Rev. C. Y. Gilmer and 
Rev. Olen Landes officiating. Burial 
was in the Dayton Cemetery. 



MORROW. Mrs. Betty Morrow, 
46, passed away as a result of in- 
juries received in an automobile 
accident. She was a member of the 
Camden United Methodist Church, 
and a former member of the First 
Brethren Church of Gratis. She was 
the daughter of Mrs. Dorothy Bru- 
baker, church secretary. Services 
were conducted by the undersigned 
with interment in Twin Valley 
Cemetery. 

Rev. William Walk 

* * * 

STARK. Mr. Theodore Stark, 55, 
passed away January 26, 1971. He 
was buried from the Ardmore Breth- 
ren Church of which he was a mem- 
ber. Rev. C. William Cole officiated. 
He was a loyal Sunday school teach- 
er for many years. 



AUSTIN. Mrs. Anna B. (Hayes) 
Austin, 92, passed away January 7, 
1971. She was a member of the 
Second Brethren Church of Johns- 
town. Services were conducted by 
the undersigned. Interment was in 
Grandview Cemetery. 

Rev. Joseph Hanna 



KERR. Mrs. Joseph (Alta) Kerr.f 
82, passed away February 11, 197ll 
at the Cameron Community Hospital 
in Bryan, Ohio. She has been a mem; 
ber of the First Brethren Church oil 
Bryan for many years. Services' 
were conducted by Rev. M. W. Doddsj 
at the Greenisen Funeral Home with 
burial in the Fountain Grow 
Cemetery. 



SARASOTA. FLORIDA 



SUNDAY, January 3rd, Rev. Clarence Stewart from 
Nappanee, Indiana was presented a life member- 
ship citation from the National Mission Board by board 
member Rev. J. D. Hamel and Rev. Fred Vanator at 
the Sarasota First Brethren Church. The members of 
the Nappanee Brethren Church who were present at 
the service were given recognition during the 
presentation. 

Rev. Stewart has served many faithful and dedicated 
years as a member of the National Mission Board. He 
was ordained by Rev. Kimmel in the South Bend, Indi- 
ana Brethren Church in 1914. He served pastorates in 
Teegarden, Loree, College Corner, and Mexico, Indiana 
and then was called to Bryan, Ohio where he served six- 
teen years as pastor. He then served the Flora and New 
Paris, Indiana Brethren Churches before retiring and 
moving to Nappanee, Indiana in 1959. Since his retire- 
ment he has been very active filling in pulpits in various 
places including serving three months in Sarasota, seven 
months in the Papago Park Brethren Church in Tempe, 
Arizona, three years in Mishawaka, Indiana, and three 
months in Roanoke, Indiana. He has preached many 
evangelistic meetings in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania 
and Virginia. 




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BRETHREN ATTEND BRIEFING BY 
FEDERAL OFFICIALS 



}EV. CARL BARBER, Dorman Ronk, Ralph Fair- 
\ banks, and James Payne attended a five-day brief- 
g session with high government officials in Washing- 
n January 18-22, 1971. Barber is the pastor of the 
jhandon Brethren Church in Herndon, Virginia. Ronk 

the executive secretary of the Benevolent Board of 
ie Brethren Church. Fairbanks is a layman from the 
r alcrest Brethren Church in Mansfield, Ohio. Payne is 

layman from the Burlington Brethren Church in 
;idiana. Dr. Louis F. Gough of the Ashland Theological 
?minary also attended. 

The briefings are sponsored annually by the National 
jssociation of Evangelicals Office of Public Affairs. 
During this time, the Brethren visited the Department 

State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pentagon, 
ealth, Education and Welfare, and the White House. 
hey were briefed by Supreme Court Justice Bryon 
fhite, Thomas F. Williams of the Environmental Pro- 
ction Agency; Forrest Boyd, Mutual Broadcasting Co., 
e White House; Dr. C. Stanley Lowell, associate direc- 
r of Americans United, and a number of others. 
(Several issues were discussed in a number of sessions 
jjring the conference. The Family Assistance Plan was 
■ferred to by a number of speakers. Rep. John B. 
(nderson (R. - 111.) said that while it certainly had many 
leas of great difficulty and complexity, he foresaw its 



passage through Congress as the beginning of a solution 
to the welfare problem, which is intolerable in its pres- 
ent dimensions. 

The federal tax-sharing program was discussed by 
Senator Steny Hoyer (D. -Md.) as being critically es- 
sential to the fiscal life of the local community and state 
governments. He said that two-third of the daily require- 
ments of necessities (utilities, education, transporta- 
tion) are provided by local government, while it only 
receives one-third of the tax income received into all 
government (federal and state) treasuries. 

The basic issue of morality in government was 
stressed throughout the week. The gigantic problem of 
an operational bureaucracy where leadership is deter- 
mined by political means, while implementation of 
policy must be carried out by career professionals was 
thoroughly discussed by George Thomas, executive 
assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of personnel 
and training. 

Throughout the conference, a repeated theme was 
noted by the 125 delegates: as concerned citizens, a call 
for responsible government on the local level and on the 
federal level, and as Christian leaders to involve their 
personal influence in a ministry of love and concerned 
prayer for all public officials, regardless of their politi- 
cal stance. 



JOY AT BRETHREN HOUSE 



V 7E HAD SOME EXTRA JOY at Brethren House 
/V this afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Joy from 
kron, Ohio, are vacationing in St. Petersburg during 
bbruary. They worshipped with us last Sunday morn- 
g and evening. But this is Wednesday afternoon, and 
ey also stopped by to visit and become involved. Better 
t, they became involved with the children who were 
ere. 

On the back porch Mr. Joy helped construct a magni- 
:ent red and white brick house with Matt, and while 
ey built, they talked. Just friendly talk. Talk that 
lowed Matt that Mr. Joy liked being with him. Matt's 
ther and mother work every day and don't get home 
itil after 5:00, so it was good for Matt to have a grown- 
) man friend during that hour and a half of building 
ith blocks. 

Mrs. Joy began working on a picture puzzle and as 
ie did she talked with the children who came in for 
eir afternoon play. Talking with children can be a 
inistry. It shows concern for them, love for them. It 
x>ws them that "Jesus loves them." 
Other children played in the other rooms in Brethren 
ouse. They played school in two of the back rooms 
id some built with large blocks in another room. 
'ome see our wall, Mr. Lersch," said Damon and Mike 



proudly. Coming and seeing something made by a 
child is a way of showing him that you think he is im- 
portant. And this helps him understand that Jesus 
thinks he is important, because Mr. Lersch stands for 
the church to these children. 

In the evenings, after supper, the doorbell rings. "Can 
we play with the basketball and will you turn on the 
light?" asks Jimmy. It is good that Jimmy has become 
interested in basketball because he has not done very 
well in school and is likely to drop out of school as 
soon as he is old enough. On Monday nights Pastor 
Lersch plays basketball with the boys out front, again 
showing concern for them. They can play here. They 
matter. Pastor Lersch cares about them and displays 
this concern by taking time with them. 

Some who have played basketball have come and 
asked Pastor Lersch serious questions, questions about 
their faith. Some have come to unburden themselves 
of anger. Some simply need the firm tone of an adult 
who sets rules and will not allow certain things to be 
said or done. But all of them are accepted and shown 
concern. That's what Brethren House is — a place where 
concern is shown, God's concern for man. 

(Mrs.) Jean Lersch 
St. Petersburg, Florida 



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BOARDS COORDINATE 



FEBRUARY 2 Dr. Ciate Risley of Worldwide Christian 
Education Ministries presented the topic "Church 
Growth Success — What, Why, How?" on Tuesday a.m. 
to the Board of Christian Education, the Missionary 
Board and the Seminary community at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

Dr. Clate A. Risley, Worldwide Christian Education 
Ministries Founder and President, had in 1963 con- 
ceived the idea of a worldwide Christian education min- 
istry as a means of fulfilling a great need. When he 
was associated with NSSA, he was made aware of the 
volume of invitations to visit the mission fields to con- 
duct Christian education conferences. Exploratory 
conferences were first held in Latin America, sponsored 
by the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association and the 
Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association. These 
were followed by additional conferences on Christian 
education under the auspices of World Evangelical 
Fellowship. 

In mid 1967 a steering committee appointed by WEF 
voted to expand and incorporate as Worldwide Christian 
Education Ministries. WCEM was born! 

Dr. Risley is unusually qualified to lead this unique 
movement and a most popular speaker. 

The Board of Christian Education and the Missionary 
Board coordinated their winter board meetings the 
past two years in cooperation with the Seminary for a 
mission study. 




At a banquet Tuesday evening with 53 in attendan 
at Ashland College Convocation Hall Banquet Roo 
Mr. Risley presented "Observations, Obstacles and C 
portunities on Today's Mission Fields" followed by d 
cussion with the group. 



REV. CHARLES R. MUNSON 



Congratulations are in order for Rev. Charles 
R. Munson who recently received his Th.M. 
Doctorate from Pittsburgh Seminary. Dr. Munson 
attended Case Western Reserve University where 
he received his Ph.D., A.B. degree from Ashland 
College, and B.D. from Ashland Theological 
Seminary. 

At the present time Dr. Munson is Associate 
Professor of Practical Theology at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. He has served as Youth Direc- 
tor and Moderator of The Brethren Church and 
presently is a member of the Ohio District Minis- 
terial Examining Board. Prof. Munson is a mem- 
ber of the Park Street Brethren Church in 
Ashland, Ohio. 





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IS KOINONIA RELEVANT 
!N TODAY'S TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY? 



The first Lay Theology course, entitled "The Biblical Doctrine of the 
Church," was held at Warsaw, Indiana, during the fall quarter of 1070. 
Following is an abstract of one of the papers written for the course by 
Rev. St. Clair Benshoff, pastor of the Nappanee, Indiana Brethren Church. 



THE SO-CALLED established Church of Jesus 
Christ, as we have known it for many gener- 
ations, is undergoing many changes, if for no 
ther reason than by the falling away of its mem- 
bers who claim to have found the church irrele- 
r ant to their lives. 

To combat this rapid deterioration, concerned 
hurch leaders are thrashing around seeking some 
attern whereby a new church structure might 
merge, one that will more nearly meet the needs 
f the technologically-oriented man with the same 
ternal message of Christ. 

Man, by nature, a God-creature, blighted by sin, 
teeds a Redeemer. Christ, the Son of God, is that 
Redeemer. By faith in Him, by acceptance, and 
talking in His way, salvation is assured. But 
his "way" became lost in the structure of the 
hurch ; it was surrounded by do's and don'ts, and 
oday's man has found this offensive to him. A 
watered-down message on the part of some 
hurches, has not brought man back to the church. 

A new way of operation is succeeding, namely 
what is known as "koinonia.'' Here in koinonia, 

fellowship of love in Christ, the indivdual feels 
hat he is somebody, that he is loved and wanted, 
nd here he can share and receive to his own good 
nd the good of others. 

Koinonia can operate in one of two patterns, 
■'he first, apart from the organized church, and 
lie second, within the framework of the church 
ringing to it new life, vitality and purpose, 
[oinonia can take place in the home, with just a 
sw gathered together, friends, neighbors, etc., 
nder the guidance of the parent church. 

Koinonia is not only relevant, it is vital, and 
romises to be the hope and survival of the gos- 
el witness to men who have closed off any 
lought of their need of Christ as Savior. Where 



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the church of today cannot reach them, Christians 
in koinonia can reach them through the social 
and spiritual aspects of koinonia. 

Reaching these people, through the ever-present 
working of the Holy Spirit, becomes a matter, 
first of all, of expressing Christian love to them 
in daily living. These people must see that our 
faith makes our lives different, in a way that 
appeals to them. 

In the second place, reaching these people for 
Christ, means reaching them where they are — 
shop, street, bus, backyard, social gatherings, in 



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their homes or in your home. It means reaching 
them with a firm, meaningful, livable, compas- 
sionate, loving type of faith in our Christian ex- 
pression. It does not mean condescending to their 
way of life, but it does mean seeking to lift them 
up to Christ, not by a "holier-than-thou" attitude 
but by the love of Christ. "Let your light shine," 
said Christ. Then the aim of the gospel can be 
realized in the present day, by thus leading others 
into a knowledge of and acceptance of Christ. 
Through koinonia, problems can be dealt with, 
questions answered, and by mutual sharing, the 
richness of love in Christ can be manifested. 

Koinonia, while finding a great field of service 
in reaching out to the non-Christians, can also 
manifest a great work by permeating the congre- 
gations of the structured church. Basically, peopla 



are lonely, uncertain, scared and full of problems. 
As the congregation gathers to worship, they see 
others apparently happy and well-adusted, and 
are thus afraid to admit to their own misgivings. 
In small koinonia groups, they discover others 
share their same feelings of loneliness, fear and 
frustrations. Thus these inner feelings can come 
to the surface, be shared and obtain the strength- 
ening of the inner self in Christ not found possible 
in any other way. 

Koinonia is relevant to today's technological 
society if for no other reason than it helps a per- 
son to identify with others who are struggling 
with the same problems and frustrations, and 
helps them to come to common bonds of fellow- 
ship in Christ where the answers to problems 
both here and now, and future, can be found. 



UNITED BIBLE SOCIETIES MEMBERSHIP TOTALS 50 



An interesting bit of news has just been released concerning the 
UNITED BIBLE SOCIETIES membership and could well be considered 
as a sort of sequel to an article published in the December 19, 1970 issue of 
THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST entitled Bible Work In Eastern Europe. 



New York — The Organization, the Bible Societies in 
the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), has 
become a full member in the United Bible Societies, 
bringing to 50 the number of national Bible Societies 
in the 25-year-old worldwide fellowship. This was 
announced by the Rev. Dr. Laton E. Holmgren, general 
secretary of the American Bible Society, who also is 
chairman of the Executive Committee of the United 
Bible Societies. 

Until December 1969, the Bible Societies of East Ger- 
many were members of the Union of Evangelical So- 
cieties in Germany. Paralleling a division of German 
churches into East German and West German churches, 
the East German Bible Societies withdrew from the 
Union at that time. The Bible Societies in the German 
Democratic Republic is comprised of 15 member 
societies. 

West German Bible Societies has already set up a 
coordinating secretariat, the Evangelisches Bibelwerk. 
The West German members of the Union of Evangelical 
Bible Societies in Germany agreed on March 18, 1970, 
that the Union be dissolved and that its rights and 
duties be taken over by the Bib^e Societies in the Fed- 
eral Republic of Germany, which, in this way became 
a full member of the United Bible Societies as the lineal 
heir of the whole Union. 

The East German Bible Societies 12 years ago formed 
a co-ordinating secretariat for the Bible Societies in East 



Germany. After their decision on December 11, 1969 
to resign corporately from the Union, they applied foi 
full membership in the United Bible Societies in th( 
name of the Bible Societies in the German Democrats 
Republic. 

The Berlin Bible Society was granted a publishing 
license in 1952 after moving its headquarters from Wes 
Berlin to East Berlin. Under this license the Berlii 
Bible Society and the Altenburg Bible Society have beei 
able to produce all the Scriptures needed by churche: 
in East Germany. On several occasions German Scrip 
tures have been sent from East Germany to German 
speaking churches in other countries in Eastern Europe 

Scripture distribution of the East Berlin and Alter 
burg Societies in 1969 totaled 256,163 of which 64,35' 
were Bibles; 30,574 Testaments; 96,129 Portions, an< 
303,515 Selections. 

The General Secretary of the United Bible Societies 
Dr. Oliver Beguin of London, recently stated indication 
are that about 25 per cent of the people of East Gei 
many belong to a Christian church, compared to 80-9 1 
per cent a generation ago. 

The American Bible Society, a non-profit organize' 
tion which was established in 1816, has as its object th 
translation, publication and distribution of the Scrij 
tures, without note or comment, for people everywher 
in a language they can read or understand at a pric 
they can afford. 



arch 13, 1971 



Page Nineteen 



CONSERVING CHURCH MEMBERS 




■!■■§ 







by HENRY BATES 



M RECENT YEARS we have heard and read much 
concerning the importance of conserving church 
embers. It is important that the Brethren preach and 
itness and serve in order that new converts might be 
on to the Lord and to His Church. At the same time 
is important that the Brethren do everything in their 
>wer to keep the interest and enthusiasm and support 

those who are already members of the Kingdom and 
e Church. Each year the Brethren Church loses mem- 
Irs, some to other churches, and others as church 
Irop-outs," due to moving. A family moves from one 
mmunity to another, and may be lost to the Brethren 
lurch because they are not aware of the existence of 
lother Brethren Church near to their new home — or 
rcause the pastor and members of the Brethren Church 

the new community are not aware of the presence 
I the new family in their parish. This pastor has, for 
number of years, made a practice of writing to other 
pethren pastors whenever one of his members has 
ioved into the vicinity of other churches. We know 
:at some newly relocated Brethren have been conserved 



for the denomination because pastors in the family's 
new neighborhood have gone to visit them as soon as 
they have become settled. 

But do we do enough of this? A few months ago one 
of our pastors thanked this preacher for having sent 
to him the name and address of one or two relocated 
Brethren families from a former congregation. The 
pastor made the observation that in all of his years in 
the ministry this was the only time that any other 
Brethren pastor had sent him the names of folks who 
had moved into that city — and it is a city into which 
folks are constantly moving from all over this land. I 
wonder how many Brethren folks might be conserved 
for the Brethren Church if pastors, church secretaries, 
family members, etc. would just take a minute or two 
to notify the Brethren pastor in the community when- 
ever a member or friend of their congregation move 
into the other pastor's area of service. Such a program 
of cooperation would help, in some measure at least, 
to reduce the losses sustained by the Brethren Church 
through roll revision — for while a family might be 
"lost" to one congregation they would not be "lost" to 
the denomination. 

Perhaps this writer has something of a "selfish" 
thought in mind in writing about this matter at this 
time. After enjoying a wonderful ministry for the past 
eleven and a half years in Vinco, Pennsylvania we moved 
recently to the pastorate of the Wayne Heights Breth- 
ren Church at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. We are 
wondering if there might be Brethren folks living in 
the Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Greencastle area who 
might be interested in the work and program of the 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church if they were contacted 
by the pastor and others of the church to let them know 
that we are interested in them. This preacher would 
appreciate it very much if other pastors, who know of 
Brethren in this area, would write to 124 Strickler 
Avenue, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and let us know the 
names and addresses of Brethren families in this vicini- 
ty. Also, within a very few miles of the Wayne Heights 
Church is Fort Ritchie. Could it be that there are Breth- 
ren young men from other sections of the nation 
stationed there who do not know that they are within 
a very few miles of this church? If pastors, or parents, 
have young men stationed at Fort Richie, Maryland, 
please let us know at once and we will get in touch with 
them and make them feel welcome here. 

If a few minutes of time, and a six-cent stamp can 
help to hold a family in the Brethren Church surely 
the time and money are well spent. 

Rev. Henry Bates, pastor, 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church 



Rev. Henry Bates is presently pastor of the Wayne Heights Brethren 
Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania having served as pastor of the Vinco 
Brethren Church in Vinco, Pennsylvania for many years. He is also the 
writer of the Lesson Background portion of The Brethren Quarterly. 



Page Twenty 



The Brethren Evangelis 




bates' bait box 



by NANCY BATES 



Greetings to all Sisterhood Girls and Patronesses: 

Here we are with the Sisterhood year more than half 
over! I hope you feel that you have already accom- 
plished much in the past seven months, and I pray that 
the remaining five months will bring more rewards and 
blessings to all of you. 

The past few months we have been trying to give you 
ideas and suggestions for better Sisterhood meetings and 
activities; we have also studied briefly parts of the 
S.M.M. Manual to try to learn more about our organi- 
zation. This month, though, we are going to dwell on 
a different matter, yet one that should be important to 
each and every Sisterhood member and patroness. 

The subject is this: Your Responsilility to Sisterhood. 
I am using II Timothy 2:15 and Romans 12:1-2 for the 
basis of this important matter. These verses read as 
follows: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a 
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divid- 
ing the word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15) and "And be 
not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that 
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Rom. 
12:2). 

We are reminded to study. Why study? What does 
this have to do with Sisterhood? Paul, in the book of 
Timothy, tells us to "study" or "work hard so God can 
say to you, 'Well done' " (Living New Testament). Not 
only should we study the Bible and work hard to gain 
God's approval through the lives we live, but we also 
need to study so we in turn can help others. Study brings 
learning, learning brings understanding. 

These days it is getting harder and harder to live good 
Christian lives, and also we are finding less understand- 
ing of other people's problems, opinions, and differences. 
Even in our Sisterhood we find this problem, which is 
really only human; but when S.M.M. is a Christian 
organization, and the girls who attend and the women 
who direct take matters into their own hands, when 
they let their own personal likes and dislikes rule over 
what they know would be more Christ-like, something 
is dreadfully wrong. 




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S'.-K:~r:\.r\'.: 



What does all this have to do with Sisterhood and ou 
responsibility to it? I guess if you don't love God an 
have Him as Lord and Master of your life, it mear 
absolutely nothing. On the other hand, if you are 
child of God's you should realize that we have Siste 
hood as a means of helping girls to grow stronger i 
the faith, to be able to talk over problems and discus 
them without having to feel embarrassed because thei 
are a bunch of adults or boys around. Coming down t 
the nitty-gritty of it, we as Christian girls owe Siste 
hood everything. Why everything? When you gave Gc 
your life, you were supposed to include every part (j 
your life — time, talent, tithe, etc; S.M.M. is based o 
God's Word, the Bible, and its teachings, and is in fa< 
a continuation of His work. So if we are to give God oij 
very best, would that not include our best work, et| 
in Sisterhood? Think about it. 

Unfortunately too many Sisterhoods are becomin 
the monthly girls-time-to-gossip club, more time is give 
to general chatter and confusion instead of devoting cj 
much time as possible for the study of the Bible — oi 
life guide and strength in time of need. How many < 
the girls in your S.M.M. can tell you about the stuc 
lesson of the month? How many can tell you the bus 
ness taken care of during the business portion of yoi 
last meeting? Maybe it's time for each of us to evalua 
our Sisterhood group as a whole — the way God ma 
be evaluating it today. 

Does your Sisterhood of Mary and Martha come I 
to the standards set for it so many years ago? 



[arch 13, 1971 



Page Twenty-one 



PRAYER IS STILL IN SPACE 



THE CARPENTER'S SHOP 



The words of Abraham Lincoln are very fitting for 
ur present involvement in the space program of the 
Tnited States. He put it in words of "I can see how it 
light be possible for a man to look down upon the earth 
nd be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how we could 
>ok up into the heavens and say there is no God." 

The astronauts have demonstrated their belief in God 
aany times during space flights. Gordon Cooper, Jr. 
ffered these words during a prayer in the flight of 
'aith 7 on May 16, 1963— "Father, thank you for the 
irivilege ... of seeing these many startling, wonderful 
hings You have created." The Bible was read on Christ- 
aas Eve, 1968, by William Anders, Frank Borman, and 
ames Lovell, Jr. as they circled the moon in Apollo 8 
Gen. 1:1-10) and Edwin Aldrin in Apollo 11, after hav- 
ng set foot on the moon, read Psalm 8. This event of 
setting foot" on the moon was so significant to Astro- 
naut Aldrin that he partook of the communion elements 
which he took as personal items) and said of it that 
it was interesting to think that the very first liquid 
ver poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, 
^ere communion elements." 

The following article appeared in the January 1, 1971 
ssue of "The Sunday School Times and Gospel Herald." 



LTHEIST O'HAIR LOSES 
>PACE PRAYER FIGHT 

New Orleans (EP) — Madalyn Murray O'Hair, militant 
itheist who contends that Bible reading and prayer by 
istronauts in space are unconstitutional, found no agree- 
nent in a federal appeals court here. 

The judgment by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 
iffirmed a decision by a U.S. District Court in Texas 
hat prayers and Bible reading by Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 
istronauts were not unlawful. 

Mrs. O'Hair successfully fought compulsory prayers 
n schools in the Supreme Court. 

In the current suit, Mrs. O'Hair charged that the 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration ordered 
>r authorized the astronauts to take part in the 
eligious observances. This, she said, amounted to an 
mconstitutional usurping of legislative power. 

The appeals court also overruled Mrs. O'Hair's ob- 
ection to judicial oaths ending with "so help me God." 

The launching of Apollo 14 and the safe landing on 
he moon again demonstrates the power of God, and the 
aith His creatures express as they journey into space. 

May we be able to find God, not only in the heavens, 
mt here on earth. 



The Carpenter's tools, taking a page out of the church 
committee's notebook, had a conference. Brother Ham- 
mer was in the chair. The other members informed 
him that he had to leave; he was too noisy. But he said, 
"If I am to leave this carpenter's shop Brother Drill 
must go too. He is so insignificant that he makes very 
little impression, but runs right through people." 

Tall and pointed, Brother Drill arose and said, "All 
right, but then Brother Screw must go also; you have 
to turn him around and around, again and again, to get 
him anywhere." 

Brother Screw then said, "If you wish, I will go but 
Brother Plane must leave also; all his work is on the 
surface; there is no depth to it." 

To this Brother Plane replied, "Well, Brother Rule 
will have to withdraw if I do, for he is always measuring 
other folks as though he were the only one who is right." 

Brother Rule then complained against Brother Sand- 
paper and said, "I just don't care, he is rougher than 
he ought to be and he is always rubbing people the 
wrong way." 

In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Naza- 
reth walked in. He had come to perform His day's work. 
He put on His apron, and went to the bench, employing 
all the tools. After the day's work was over Brother 
Saw arose and said, "Brethren, I perceive that all of us 
are laborers together with God." 

How many Christians are like those tool, always 
fussing at one another. 

There wasn't an accusation against any of these tools 
that wasn't absolutely true. Yet the Carpenter needed 
everyone of them. Let us be careful not to find fault 
with God's tools or instruments, but rather make sure 
that we are in our right place and simply held in His 
hand for service. 

from Waterloo Brethren 
Church Lamplighter 



from the Brethren Bugle, 
Johnstown, Pa. 



Life has often been compared to the two seas — the 
Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The Dead Sea, also 
known as the Salt Sea, contains no life. Its existence 
depends upon the waters that empty into it. The reason 
no life grows in it or around it is due to the fact that it 
has no outlet, for it is far below sea level and its waters 
are salt. 

Not so with the Sea of Galilee. Its waters are filled 
with life. The reason? It not only receives but gives 
of what it has and is. 

The joy of living is found, not alone in that which 
comes into our lives, but what we may be able to share 
with others. This is an unchanging law of life. 

from North Manchester 
First Brethren bulletin 



Page Twenty-two 



The Brethren Evangelis 



MISSIONARY 

N£WS 




WORLD MISSIONS OFFERING COMPARISON SHEET 





1967-1968 


1968-1969 


1969-1970 


Total Church Offerings 


$ 86,458 


$ 96,826 


$132 874 


Individual Contributions 


2,644 


2,305 


1,448 


Bequests 


2,787 


1,502 


1,100 


Dividend & Interest Income 


1,471 


1,341 


4,324 


Memorial Gifts 


223 


220 


951 


Miscellaneous Income 


, 





52 


General Conference Offering- 


— 


3,474 


— 


District & National Organizations 


5 977 


29,720 


10,137 



TOTAL 



$ 99,560 $135,388 $150,886 



1. New Paris, Indiana 


$9,738 


6. 


Elkhart, Indiana 


2. Ashland, 


Park Street 


Ohio 7,795 


7. 


Nappanee, Indiana 


3. North Manchester, Indiana 6,907 


8. 


Vinco, 


Pennsylvania 


4. New Lebanon, Ohio 


6,628 


9. 


Loree, 


Indiana 


5. Smithville 


Ohio 


6,282 


10. 


Berlin, 


Pennsylvania 


CHURCH 




LOCATION 


1967-1968 1968-1969 


Southeastern 


District 










Bethlehem 




Harrisonburg, Virginia 




$ 333 


$ 728 


Chandon 




Herndon, Virginia 




96 





Cumberland 




Cumberland, Maryland 




12 


6 


Gatewood 




Fayetteville, West Virginia 




50 


50 


Haddix 




Haddix, Kentucky 




50 


60 


Hagerstown 




Hagerstown, Maryland 




2,346 


2,258 


Kimsey Run 




Kimsey Run. West Virginia 




25 





Liberty- 




Quicksburg, Virginia 




12 


3 


Lin wood 




Linwood, Maryland 




203 


156 


Lost Creek 




Lost Creek, Kentucky 




65 


107 


Mathias 




Mathias, West Virginia 




94 


170 


Maurertown 




Maurertown, Virginia 




863 


794 


Mt. Olive 




Pineville, Virginia 




359 


346 


Oak Hill 




Oak Hill, West Virginia 




124 


222 


Rowdy 




Rowdy, Kentucky 




10 





St. James 




St. James, Maryland 




966 


766 


St. Luke 




Woodstock, Virginia 




18 


22 


Washington 




Washington, D.C. 




1,785 


381 



5,82 
5,56 
5,26 
4,65 
4,27 



1969-197 



% 



664 

29 

15 

50 

47 

1,754 



26 

256 

112 

Q 

o 

918 
349 

110 

25 

987 

67 

1,405 



iVIarch 13, 1971 



Page Twenty-three 



[Pennsylvania District 

Berlin 

i'Brush Valley 

iCalvary 

Cameron 

Conemaugh 

Fairless Hills - Levittown 

{Highland 

j J chnstown ( First ) 

Johnstown ( Second ) 

Johnstown ( Third ) 

JMasontown 

SMeyersdale 

fit. Olivet 

hit. Pleasant 

^Pittsburgh 

(Quiet Dell 

jRaystown 

[Sergeants ville 

iValley Church 

Vandergrift 

jVinco 

iWaynesboro 

IWhite Dale 



Berlin Pennsylvania 
Adrian, Pennsylvania 
Pittstown, New Jersey 
Cameron, West Virginia 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 
Levittown, Pennsylvania 
Marianna, Pennsylvania 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 
Masontown, Pennsylvania 
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 
Georgetown, Delaware 
Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Cameron, West Virginia 
Saxton, Pennsylvania 
Sergeantsville, New Jersey 
Jones Mills, Pennsylvania 
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania 
Mineral Point, Pennsylvania 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 
Terra Alta, West Virginia 



2,716 


4,036* 


4,275 


168 


90 


175 


124 


57 


74 


112 


64 


32 


190 


205 


205 


381 


403 


502 


150 


150 


350 


132 


688 


750 


1,123 


233 


737 


1,625 


69 


1,806 


2 742 


73 


3,048 


148 


86 


65 


152 


176 


120 











199 


39 


249 


6 


21 


16 


45 


120 


198 


449 


502 


384 


65 


33 


46 


179 


926 


1,478 


3,216* 


5 321* 


5,269 


131 


232 


296 


26 


76 


114 



Ohio District 

Akron 

Ashland, Park Street 
Canton 

Columbus ( Co-Operative) 
Dayton 
Fremont 
Garber 
Glenford 
Gratis 
Gretna 
Louisville 
Massillon 
Newark 
New Lebanon 
North Georgetown 
'Pleasant Hill 
Smithville 
Walcrest 
West Alexandria 
Williamstown 



Akron, Ohio 
Ashland, Ohio 
Canton, Ohio 
Columbus Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 
Fremont, Ohio 
Ashland, Ohio 
Glenford, Ohio 
Gratis, Ohio 
Bellefontaine, Ohio 
Louisville, Ohio 
Massillon, Ohio 
Newark, Ohio 
New Lebanon, Ohio 
North Georgetown, Ohio 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio 
Smithville, Ohio 
Mansfield, Ohio 
West Alexandria, Ohio 
Williamstown, Ohio 



17 


372 


224 


2,935* 


5,075* 


7,795 :f 


1,287 


1,608 


1,652 


37 


64 


26 


1,745 


1,750 


2,327 


6 


9 


266 


336 


214 


18 





55 


52 


506 


422 


746 


920 


1,320 


1,058 


3 255* 


2,918 


2,453 


452 


224 


47 


137 


249 


189 


6,293* 


3,955* 


6,628 :; 


116 


223 


217 


401 


450 


3,874 


3,062* 


4,104* 


6 282 :: 


273 


164 


96 


166 


917 


1,596 


145 


230 


249 



Indiana District 

Ardmore 
Brighton 
Bryan 
Burlington 



South Bend, Indiana 


347 


387 


1,117 


Howe, Indiana 


127 


127 


242 


Bryan, Ohio 


1,486 


2,091 


2 065 


Burlington, Indiana 


491 


585 


1,231 



Page Twenty-four 



The Brethren Evangelisl 



Center Chapel 


Peru, Indiana 


64 


187 


College Corner 


Wabash, Indiana 


69 


153 


Corinth 


Twelve Mile, Indiana 


175 


218 


County Line 


LePaz, Indiana 


160 


583 


Denver 


Denver, Indiana 


272 


95 


Dutch town 


Warsaw, Indiana 


155 


27 


Elkhart 


Elkhart, Indiana 


4,340* 


6 280 


Elkhart - Winding Waters 


Elkhart, Indiana 


210 


403 


Flora 


Flora, Indiana 


1,342 


851 


Fort Wayne (Crestwood) 


Fort Wayne, Indiana 


— 


— 


Goshen 


Goshen, Indiana 


5,638 * 


5,213 


Huntington 


Huntington, Indiana 


77 


369 


Jefferson 


Goshen, Indiana 


— 


250 


Kokomo 


Kokomo, Indiana 


303 


558 


Loree 


Bunker Hill, Indiana 


514 


3,054 


Matteson 


Bronson, Michigan 


13 





Mexico 


Peru, Indiana 


302 


442 


Milford 


Milford, Indiana 


499 


548 


Mishawaka 


Mishawaka, Indiana 


206 


262 


Muncie 


Muncie, Indiana 


297 


359 


Nappanee 


Nappanee, Indiana 


3 317* 


4,770 


New Paris 


New Paris, Indiana 


4,487 * 


4,451 


North Liberty 


North Liberty, Indiana 


620 


821 


North Manchester 


North Manchester, Indiana 


5,161* 


2,418 


Oakville 


Oakville, Indiana 


436 


1,650 


Peru 


Peru Indiana 


117 


49 


Roann 


Roann, Indiana 


1,539 


1,533 


Roanoke 


Roanoke, Indiana 


151 


58 


Shipshewana 


Shipshewana, Indiana 


— 


— 


South Bend 


South Bend, Indiana 


585 


1,074 


Tesgarden 


Teegarden, Indiana 


19 


679 


Tiosa 


Rochester, Indiana 


229 


1,116 


Wabash 


Wabash, Indiana 


404 


486 


Warsaw 


Warsaw, Indiana 


626 


762 



Central District 

Cedar Falls 

Cerro Gordo 

Lanark 

Milledgeville 

Udell 

Waterloo 



Cedar Falls Iowa 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois 
Lanark, Illinois 
Milledgeville, Illinois 
Udell, Iowa 
Waterloo, Iowa 



62 


10 


740 


209 


1,077 


1,239 


889 


1,903 


368 


292 


1,174 


1,674 



Midwest District 

Carleton 
Cheyenne 
Derby 
Falls City 
Fort Scott 
McLouth 
Morrill 
Mul vane 



Carleton Nebraska 
Cheyenne, Wyoming 
Derby, Kansas 
Falls City, Nebraska 
Fort Scott, Kansas 
McLouth, Kansas 
Morrill, Kansas 
Mulvane, Kansas 



17 


13 





6 


155 


149 


13 


319 


264 


189 


104 


39 


17 


23 


530 


460 



arch 13, 1971 



Page Twenty-five 



orthern California District 



athrop 

[anteca 
tockton 



Lathrop, California 
Manteca, California 
Stockton, California 



105 

309 

38 



170 

306 

26 



516 

432 

26 



>uthwestern District 

apago Park 
ucson 



Tempe, Arizona 
Tucson, Arizona 



22 
25 



29 
276 



68 
307 



thers 

it. Petersburg 
arasota 



St. Petersburg, Florida 
Sarasota Florida 



86 
2,106 



186 
2,405 



206 
3,332 



designates top ten churches for each year 



BILLY GRAHAM TO ADDRESS 
N.A.E. 29th ANNUAL CONVENTION 



Wheaton, 111. (NAE) — Evangelist Billy Graham will 
; among seven top speakers at the 29th annual con- 
ation of the National Association of Evangelicals in 
>s Angeles, California, April 20-22. An expected 1,500 
angelical leaders representing 36,000 churches will 
•ar messages on the convention theme, "Jesus Christ — 
)rd of All," and more than 60 workshops and seminars 
ill explore vital evangelical concerns. 
"The significance of this meeting," NAE President 
udson T. Armerding asserts, "that sets it apart from 
1 previous ones is that the crisis and challenges we 
ce today are greater than at any time in our 29-year 
story. 

"We are going to have to focus our attention on the 
ings that really matter ... to rise above our preoccu- 
Ltion with personal or provincial concerns." 
During the course of the workshops, seminars, mes- 
ges and business sessions, the leaders of NAE's two 
id one-half million members will probe implications of 
eological and social action developments, the changing 
ce of the church, new Christian movements, church- 
ate relations, legislative concerns that affect the 
urch and resources for evangelization and Christian 
ucation. 

Other speakers besides Graham scheduled for major 
Idresses include Dr. Harold Lindsell, editor of Chris- 
inity Today; Dr. Hudson T. Armerding, president of 
A.E and president of Wheaton College; Dr. B. Edgar 
hnson, general secretary of the Church of the Naza- 
ne; Dr. Edward Hill, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist 
mrch and director of the World Christian Training 
mter, Los Angeles, California; Dr. Charles Blair, pas- 
r of Calvary Temple, Denver, Colorado; and Dr. J. 
dlow Baxter, Bible teacher and author who will speak 
iring the daily Bible Study Hour. 



CoUege and seminary students will attend workshop 
sessions, taking part in discussions about national 
issues. During a two-part meeting on the last day, the 
students will hear the president of some of the most 
active Christian youth movements — Dr. Bill Bright of 
Campus Crusade, Dr. Sam Wolgemuth of Youth For 
Christ International, Dr. John Alexander of Inter- Varsity 
Fellowship; Bill Star, director of Young Life, and Lome 
Sanny, president of The Navigators. 

Resolutions generated by convention discussions are 
expected to establish NAE policy in several important 
issues of the day, ranging from pornography to missions 
and evangelism. 

The Women's Fellowship of NAE will meet concur- 
rently with the convention and will host a special lunch- 
eon. Mrs. Vonette Bright, wife of Campus Crusade Presi- 
dent Bill Bright, will speak on the subject, "Women 
Can Help Change the World." 

Several commissions will also host luncheons, fea- 
turing such renowned personalities as Dave Wilkerson, 
author of The Cross and the Switchblade. NAE's four 
affiliates will meet during the convention; these include 
the National Sunday School Association, the National 
Association of Christian Schools, the National Religious 
Broadcasters and the Evangelical Foreign Missions 
Association. 

The International Hotel at Los Angeles International 
Airport will be the site of the convention. 

The National Association of Evangelicals comprises 
a network of four national affiliates, 11 commissions, 
five field offices and an Office of Public Affairs in 
Washington, D.C. The NAE national headquarters is in 
Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Clyde W. Taylor is general direc- 
tor of the two and one-half million member organization. 



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URBANA 



by Lucy Lawyer, Eternity Magazir 



Urbana, 111. — The Christians had a meeting at Urbana 
last week and they all came. They called it the Inter- 
Varsity Missionary Convention, but the costumes, the 
labels, the lifestyles represented by the 12,000 students 
from 72 countries covered every conceivable slice of the 
Christian spectrum. 

The Jesus Freaks were there. So were the social 
action Christian Labor Union supporters. The new resur- 
rectionaries and a small Women's Lib contingent came. 
(They were upset to see no women on the rostrum and 
none serving communion.) 

Communities were represented — urban blacks and 
third and fourth generation Christians; farm kids and 
suburbanites. 

Individual expression in clothing was the rule rather 
that the exception. Shoulder length hair for males as 
well as crew cuts, Afros, beards — all were common and 
pants were not a masculine monopoly. 

The diversity, however, was the jig-saw puzzle type, 
a mosaic which joined time and time again to form a 
single scene. 

The unity was expressed as the delegates sang: 
We are one in the Spirit; 



We are one in the Lord. 
And we pray that all 
Unity may one day be restored. 
And they'll know we are Christians by our love.l 

(Peter Scholte 
It was there in the interaction of students in t 
residence halls. Twelve hundred groups of ten studer 
each studied the Bible, prayed, drew together to h€ 
each other — first thing in the morning and last thi: 
at night. 

It was there in the rap sessions between missionari 
and students, between blacks and whites, among par 
sans of dozens of points of view. 

Some became Christians at Urbana. Some discover 
a life direction toward missions overseas. Many mov 
a step closer toward it. 

Most grappled daily with the question, "What 
God's will for me?" And the presence of some 11,2 
others in the same posture added a dimension to t 
experience. 

The result: a reflection of the great diversity 
our day, sharply outlined by the unity of believers 
Jesus Christ. 



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Urbana, Illinois — The ninth Inter-Varsity Missionary Convention, Urbana '70 ended 
here with the traditional communion service. The rest of the convention, however, 
had been anything but traditional. 

In large measure, an emphasis on recruiting missionaries was pre-empted by 
the need to redefine evangelism in a revolutionary age. More than 12,000 students, 
missionaries, and lay leaders, meeting from December 27-31 at the University of 
Illinois were challenged by speakers who called for the disassociation of Christianity 
for a particular culture and identified the need for a total gospel to meet physical 
as well as spiritual needs. There was no retreat, however, from a basic faith in Jesus 
Christ nor was there reactionary sentiment about revolution. 

In contrast with previous conventions of this type, the calls for foreign service 
were low key. Speakers anticipated collegians' questions about the relevance of 
foreign missions. In addition, although many students came to Urbana with specific 
interest in foreign missions, many others came on a more general quest for personal 
direction and enlightenment. 

The tone of the convention reflected perhaps the influence of students who have 
been involved at all stages in planning of Urbana '70. 



Urbana, III. — Strong statements by major speakers struck home with stu- 
dents at Urbana '70. Some of the more significant remarks are as follows. 



[jhton Ford: Maybe once upon a time we could think 
a missionary as a superior soul from Canada the 
d or America the beautiful going to set the poor 
then right. But no more. We've seen the burned out 
•ttos. We've seen the rural slums. We've seen the 
ies at Kent State. We've seen the stupidity and greed 
t has killed Lake Erie. No longer can we labor under 
illusion that God is our great white father and that 

us Christ wears red, white and blue. 

# * * 

just not true to say that men have no needs and 
rs. Even those who deny God can't escape from guilt. 
>ugh they don't take it to a clergyman, they do take 

a psychiatrist. Our mental hospitals are half-full 
patients with no organic troubles, suffering from 
It complexes and so forth. Before this school year is 
r one thousand college students will commit suicide, 
ny because they can't escape their sense of failure. 

il Little: It is also crucial to avoid the mistake of 
iking that a call to world evangelism or missionary 
/ice is any different from a call to anything else. . . . 

1 don't get three points more for being anything or 
ig anywhere. We have a false sense of spiritual 
'archical values which is not Biblical. There are 
ly people overseas who ought to be at home and 
re are even more people at home who ought to be 
rseas. The crucial question each of us must ask for 
selves is, "Am I in the will of God and sure of it?" 
s not a question of fastening our spiritual seat belts 

hope we'll not be swept by some emotion into over- 
s service and if the draft misses us, we can say, 
)w I can go and do as I please," but rather each of 
has the privilege of discovering for ourselves what 
1 wants us to do. 

rid Howard: In 1970 we stand at a similar crossroads 
which the student movement of 1920 stood. At that 
e some said, "Let us forget evangelism, Bible study 



and foreign missions, and concentrate on the true issues 
of the day, such as race relations, economic injustices, 
and imperialism." One of the great mistakes made in 
1920 and subsequent years was a polarization of issues. 
It became an "either-or" situation, either social concern 
or world evangelism. Today we dare not ignore the 
burning issues of race relations, economic injustice, and 
imperialism. By the same token we dare not ignore 
God's eternal and unchanging commands to His church 
to make the gospel of Jesus Christ, in all of its totality, 
available to all mankind. 

Tom Skinner: It is the purpose of God in this hour of 
revolution to take you and me, as the church and make 
us the vehicles through which he does express himself. 
We're not here necessarily to take sides with the revolu- 
tion; but we're here in the midst of this revolution, to 
say to you what the principles of the Kingdom of God 
are. . . . Real revolution lies in allowing the common 
clay of your humanity to be saturated with the diety 
of Christ and for you to go out in open display as a 
living testimony that it is possible for the invisible God 
to make himself visible in a man. 

We must not present Christ as the maintainer of the 
status quo. Jesus Christ is not the head of tne Pentagon. 
He is not the president of the New York Stock Exchange. 
He is not the defender of the capitalist system. He is 
no more capitalist than He is communist. He's no more 
Republican than He is Democrat. He is no more milita- 
ristic than He is pacifist. He is no more leftest than he 
is Tightest or conservative. He is the Lord from Heaven. 
He's the Christ of God. He's not black or white. He is 
God's answer to the entire human dilemma. 

Warren Webster: Christianity will advance over the 

earth with long, swift strides when the churches are 

ready to send their best men, and the best men are 
ready to go. 












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REGISTRATION STATISTICS 






Schools of Nursing 


3 


Registrants 


12,304 




Seminaries 


4 


Students 


10,937 




Christian Colleges 


2,1 


Pastors 


153 




Bible Institutes 


4 


Missionaries 


406 




High School (Seniors) 


8 


Nurses 


164 




Not Indicated 


1,1 


Faculty 


309 









I.V. Staff 


189 




Student Total 


10,2 


Local Committees 


77 


Sex 






Military 


69 




Male 


5,1 




48 




Female 


6,= 


California 


1,156 


Race 






Illinois 


959 




Caucasian 


10,8 


Pennsylvania 


841 




Oriental 


6 


Michigan 


756 




Black 


«. 


New York 


745 




Others 




Countries 


72 




Not Indicated 


c 


U.S. 


9,808 









Canada 


1,609 




Total 


12,c 


Hong Kong 


105 


Denominations (snecified ) 




Taiwan 


83 




United Presbyterian 


£ 


India 


48 




Conservative Baptist 


e 


Viet Nam 


44 




United Methodist 


c 


Nigeria 


37 




Evangelical Free 


c 


Type of School 






American Baptists 


c 


Public College or University 


5,624 




Christian and Missionary Alliance 


c 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



A little 4 year old boy was wandering 
around in a large department store, sob- 
bing and with tears rolling down his 
cheeks crying out for his mother. 

The manager happened by and asked 
the boy what he was crying for. The boy 
told him in a faltering voice that he lost 
his mommy. 

At this, the manager asked him why he 
didn't hang on to his mother's skirt. The 
boy answered, "I tried to mister, but I 
couldn't reach it." 



The order of a monastery decided to 
set up a fish and chip booth at the curb 
of the street which bordered the gate 
side of the property. The first customer 
was a young smart aleck who wise- 
cracked, "Are you the fish friar?" The 
good-natured brother answered, "No, I'm 
the chip monk." 



Doctor to patient suffering from obesity: 
"I am going to prescribe this diet for you, 
and in eight weeks I want to see three- 
fourths of you back here for a checkup." 



A matronly housewife asked the man- 
ager of the grocery store, "Do you remem- 
ber the cheese you sold me yesterday?" 
The manager said, "Yes." "Well," said the 
lady, "I'm trying to remember if you said 
it was imported or deported from that 
country." 



A young housewife was in a bit of a 
hurry to arrive home one afternoon when 
a motorcycle officer ordered her to "pull 
over!" Appearing in court later she was 
ordered by the traffic judge to pay a fine 
of twenty-five dollars. Knowing that her 
husband was in the habit of going over 
her checkbook she entered on the stub: 
"One pullover— $25." 



Professor: "Jim, why don't you join in 

the discussion?" 

Jim: "I get more out of it by listening. 

Anything I would have to say I already 

know." 



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THE WAY 




THE FOURTEENTH CHAPTER of John's Gospel, 
esus says, "I am the way ... no man cometh unto 

Father, but by me." To appreciate in some small 
| what Jesus Christ is saying, we must realize that 
things culminate in Him. He is the center of all pre- 
us prophesy and revelation. He is here stating a fact 
ich has been given over and over down through the 
is. We must realize that the Word of God given to 
in the form of the inspired writings has only one 
l, and that is to reveal to fallen mankind the salva- 
l that has been provided for him. Fallen man has 
;n trying to circumvent this provision and teaching 
God from the very beginning. When man fell, one of 

■ things he acquired was pride. This pride causes 
;h of us to want to stand on our own feet and on our 
n merits. This is very apparent when someone tries 
do us a favor. Especially if it involves giving us 
nething of value, we immediately rebel and want 
m to know that we can pay our own way. This idea 
very easily carried over into the area of our salva- 
n and becomes one of the obstacles, if not in fact, the 
in obstacle to our salvation. 

ro begin at the beginning, we see God teaching the 
st lesson to fallen man in the third chapter of Gen- 
s. Man had entered into an area of decision that did 
: belong to him. God said, "But of the tree of the 
Dwledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: 

■ in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely 
" (Gen. 2:17). In other words don't try to decide in 
r vast universe what is good and what is evil for you. 
you do you will only destroy yourself. You must have 
th in Me and let Me make the decisions for you in 
s area, trust Me. But man would not depend on God 
i entered into the area of God. God says in Genesis 
12-24: "And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is 
x>me as one of us, to know good and evil ... so he 
>ve out the man; and he placed at the east of the 
fden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which 
*ned every way, to keep the way, of the tree of life, 
rhe first real lesson, however, came in the 21st verse 
chapter 3 when God made coats of skins and clothed 
im. The first reaction of man after his fall was to 
/er himself because he was ashamed in the presence 
his God. God however, taught him that his covering 
.s no value toward his own salvation. If there was to 

any covering of the sin of man it must be of God. 
d is the only one who can cover or blot out man's sin. 

the first lesson, God also taught that the covering 
1st come through the shedding of innocent blood. 
ere must be a death to pay the penalty for sin — 
Ithout shedding of blood is no remission" (Heb. 9:22) 
d "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). 




by WILLIAM LIVINGSTON 



In the very next chapter, Genesis 4, God again sets 
forth this great truth. Cain and Able each brought sacri- 
fice to God. God accepted Abie's and rejected Cain's. 
Cain, by offering a bloodless sacrifice, did not face the 
need of an innocent, substitutionary death in his behalf. 
In order to find salvation man must recognize the need 
of God's act in history — the offering of His only be- 
gotten Son, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the 
sin of the world. The life of Christ, not taken from Him 
by man, but laid down by Christ Himself, a substitution 
for the death that mankind deserved — " ... I lay down 
my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it 
from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to 
lay it down, and I have power to take it again . . .'' (John 
10:17-18). 

There are many acts recorded in the Word of God 
which teach this lesson over and over again. The life 
of Abraham is an account of a man learning that his 
salvation is of God and not of his own works. God had 
promised Abraham that he would be the father of many 
nations. Abraham had to learn that this promise would 
be fulfilled only when all hope of human work? were 
gone. In his anxiety Abraham offered his own solution 
to the problem of Sarah's barrenness and old age; Abra- 
ham had a son by Sarah's handmaid, Hagar. He then 
found that the boy Ishmael, the boy born of the works 
and solution of man, was not acceptable to God. 
Abraham cries in torment to God, ". . . O that Ishmael 
might live before thee . . ." (Gen. 17:18) ! 



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We read in the 21st chapter of Genesis that Abraham 
had to "cast out this bond woman and her son" — "And 
Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, 
and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting 
it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and 
she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer- 
sheba." What a heart rending lesson this is. No one can 
imagine the heartbreak that Abraham suffered — won- 
dering about Hagar and his son Ishmael, out in the 
desert, alone with no protection against wild animals, 
no protection against the heat of the day or the cold of 
the nights. There were no doubt many sleepless nights 
for Abraham as his heart broke over the misery and 
suffering this act of self-will had caused him. He was 
slowly and dearly learning the lesson that the plan of 
God will be worked out by God, above and beyond the 
capabitities and offerings of men, to help or contribute. 
After all hope and possibility is gone as far as Abraham 
and Sarah and their physical efforts are concerned, God 
supplied the son through an impossible situation; Sarah 
had a son, Isaac. Once more the lesson of man's work 
not being acceptable to God toward his salvation is 
shown. 

We see this lesson worked out before our eyes for 
the final time in the New Testament when Jesus Christ 
presents Himself, "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy 
will, O God. . . . By the which will we are sancitified 
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once 
for all. . . . But this man, after he had offered one sacri- 
fice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of 
God; From henceforth expecting. . . . For by one offer- 
ing he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" 
(Heb. 10:9-14). 

As Jesus turns toward Jerusalem, knowing the hour 
had come, we see once more the way of man's salva- 
tion being worked out by God in His own way. As we 
see Jesus going to the garden of Gethsemane, we must 



expect Him to go alone. There can be no works or 
forts of man involved in what is to take place from he 
on to the end. Many times the disciples have been cri 
cized for sleeping as Jesus prayed, but this is the w. 
it had to be. Once again we see man determined to ha 
a part in the work of God. Peter saith unto Hi: 
"Though I should die with thee, yet will I not de: 
thee. . . ." Likewise also said all the disciples. Jes 
knew they could not have a part in what was abc 
to happen. Then saith Jesus unto them, ". . . All 
shall be offended because of me this night: for it 
written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of t 
flock shall be scattered abroad." Jesus instructed the 
"Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he to 
with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. ... Th 
saith he unto them, . . . tarry ye here, and watch wi 
me. . . . Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temp 
tion . . ." (Matt. 26:31-41). Jesus does not direct thf 
to pray for Him, but to pray for themselves that th 
enter not into temptation. Jesus is about to accept t 
cup, the will of the Father, He is about to accept t 
burden of the sin of the world. He is about to accc 
the iniquity of us all — the heaviness that Luke wril 
about that His sweat was as it were great drops 
blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44). This 
must do — alone. If the disciples had entered into t 
Holy of Holies with Jesus, man would have had a pi 
in his own salvation. Jesus had to go into the gard 
alone, without any human aid ... or prayer ... or co 
panionship ... or worldly concern. 

In all the whole wide world, there was no one c< 
cerned with what was going on in the garden — not o 
single solitary soul!! This is the way it had to be. M 
could have no part in it. Jesus had to go — alone. 

For this reason then Jesus makes the bold and tr 
statement here in John 14:6, "I am the Way ... no m 
cometh unto the Father, but by me. 



Rev. William Livingston is presently pastor at the Cerro Gordo Brethren 
Church, Cerro Gordo, Illinois. Rev. Livingston formerly held the position 
of Superintendent of The Brethren Home in Flora, Indiana. 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



arch 13, 1971 



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POETRY CORNER 



TENDERLY 



If you have a pleasant thought 

Sing it, sing it; 
Like the birds in their sport, 

Sing it from the heart. 

It is not so much what you say, 

As the manner in which you say it; 

It is not so much the language you use, 

As the tones in which you convey it. 

"Come here!" I sharply said, 

And the baby cowered and wept; 

"Come here," I cooed, and he looked and smiled 
And straight to my lap he crept. 

The words may be mild and fair, 

But the tones may pierce like a dart; 



The words may be soft as the summer air, 
But the tones may break the heart. 

For words but come from the mind, 

And grow by study and art; 
But the tones leap forth from the inner self, 

And reveal the state of the heart. 

Whether you know it or not, 

Whether you mean or care — 

Gentleness, kindness, love, and hate, 
Envy, and anger are there. 

Then, would you quarrels avoid, 

And in peace and love rejoice, 

Keep anger not only out of your words, 
But keep it out of your voice. 

(Anon) 



CHEEP ADVICE 




The religion of Jesus begins with the 
word "follow" and ends with the word 
"go." 

A Bulletin Board outside Christ Episco- 
pal Church, New Brighton, Pennsylvania 
contained this message, "Christian funeral 
directors provide many valuable services, 
but they can't 'phone ahead for reserva- 
tions' — you must apply in person for 
Eternal Life." 



"A poor scrub woman in New York was 
wonderfully converted and lost no oppor- 
tunity to tell others about it. One day a 
friend of hers who had not experienced 
her new-found joy heckled her and said, 
"Aren't you carrying your religion a bit 
too far?" 

"Maybe I am!" she replied, "but you 
aren't carrying yours far enough!" 

"But," said the other, "yesterday I saw 
you testifying to the wooden Indian in 
front of the drugstore!" 

Her answer was ready: "Maybe so, 
maybe so, for my eyes are getting poor, 
and I take no chances; but talking to a 
wooden Indian about Christ isn't half so 
bad as being a wooden Indian who never 
talks about Him!" 

Life like a mirror never gives back more 
than we put into it." 

Those who live in the Lord never see 
each other for the last time. 



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3 Are We Running Out of Lilies? (editorial) 

4 You Can Live Above Envy! 

by Leslie B. Flynn 

8 The Brethren Layman 

9 The Board of Christian Education 

12 A Letter to the Brethren 

13 The Greatest Things in the World 

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15 The Mission Board 

23 For Better Or Worse 

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26 News From The Brethren 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 



EASTER MUST BE RECLAIMED 




Easter must be redeemed 

From revelry that marks the end of Lent. 

And worshippers who yearly are content 

To journey to God's house, and then forget 

That Christ still lives when Easter's sun has set. 

The vision fades, the power soon is lost 

If Easter does not lead to Pentecost. 



Easter must be reclaimed. 

Too long the world has missed the Easter glow, 

Claimed by the glitter of a fashion show; 

A dress parade; a gala holiday, 

With church-bound manikins on display. 

The faith of Easter never will be caught 

By making Christ a fleeting afterthought. 



George W. Wiseman, 
conte »iporayri/ A merican 




Vlarch 27, 1971 



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IRE WE 



RUNNING 



OUT OF 



.ILIES? 




pHE LATEST EDITION of the NATIONAL WILD- 

I LIFE magazine contains an article by Irving 

engelsdorf entitled "Are We Running Out Of Fuel?" 

his article primarily concerns itself with the rapid 

msumption of the earth's fuels or energies provided 

>r mankind. Mr. Bengelsdorf points out in his article, 

Vtan's pursuit of energy sources has profoundly affect- 

1 the course of history, it has created severe social 

oblems, and now threatens our very survival." 

Since energy depicts fuel, we might consider how this 

pplies to the lily. At the same time we might contem- 

ate on why the lily is symbolic as the Easter flower. 

First of all, even though from earliest times the lily 

is been imitated in stone and bronze, as an architec- 

iral ornament, it was a plant which grew among the 

heat in the grain fields of Palestine, which plant was 

so adorned with regal colors, and having stems, which, 

hen dried, would answer as fuel for the oriental oven. 

Let us now apply the lily to the Easter theme. Let us 

rn to the Scriptures specifically to Matthew 6:28 

here these words are recorded. "And why take ye 

ought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, 

»w they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin." 



Yet, in spite of man's deliberate wastefulness in con- 
serving the earth's energies he should find consolation 
in the following passages in the same chapter of Mat- 
thew. "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the 
field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast in the oven, 
shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?" 

"Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we 
eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Werewithal shall we 
be clothed?" 

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His right- 
eousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." 

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the 
morrow shall take thought of the tilings of itself." 

Perhaps we can logically assume that since the lilies 
of the field fulfilled certain conditions, and the cross 
and the empty tomb are conditional to salvation, the 
Lord pointed to the lily to illustrate the heavenly 
Father's care of His children. 

Theoretically then, if we are depending on man to 
relieve us of the anxiety of running out of fuel, might 
we not also be running out of lilies? (G. S.) 









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YOU CAN LIVE ABOVE ENVY! 



by Leslie B. Flynr 



Leslie B. Flynn, D.D., is a pastor in Hanuet, N.Y. This address given at 
Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, Colo, has been copy- 
righted by the Conservative Baptist Press and is used with permission. 



WHY DO WE ENVY OTHERS? Because in some 
area they possess greater eminence or excellence 
than we. 

Envy is a backhanded compliment. Its presence tacitly 
admits inferiority. Someone said, "You have to be little 
to be'ittle." Reluctantly envy reveals, "I'm not up to 
you. You're a better soloist. You're a prettier woman. 
You're a more persuasive salesman. You're a more 
efficient pastor." 

Many a church member has chafed in envy because 
someone eke was selected chairman of a committee, or 
emcee of a banquet, or deacon, or elder. Students have 
been known to react with sarcastic bitterness against 
fellow-students who made the honor roll they missed. 

As the favored son, hi 3 status openly proclaimed by 
the coat of many colors, Jo^epli became the object of 
envy (Gen. 37:3). So have many class presidents, star 
athletes, leading actors, beauty queens and recipients 
of honorary degrees. 

The Pharisees' love of prominence helped rouse jeal- 
ousy when Jesus came on the .<:cene out-teaching and 
out-performing them. They wanted the honor He was 
receiving, bemoaning, "Behold, the world is gone after 
him." We try to blow out the other fellow's light when 
it shines more brightly than our own. 

The Sanhedrin persecuted Jesus' disciples when tra- 
ditional ecclesiastical popularity was threatened by 
apostolic progress. "Filled with jealousy they arrested 
the apostles and put them in common prison" (Acts 
5:17 RSV). One commentary calls this "general jealousy 
on the part of human power of any great movement 
not emanating from itself." 1 

All envy has not been confined to the first century. 
A missionary in Panama recently related that when a 
new group of believers was offered a piece of" land 
on which to build a chapel, the folks in whose home 
the church was currently meeting objected. Underlying 
reason for the objection according to the missionary— 
these folks 'believed they would not be the big T in the 
work if we built on land not owned by them.' " 



A mother of four was talking about her neighbc 
who had eight children. "She amazing! Her house : 
always neat as a pin; she's a wonderful cook and do< 
her own sewing. Her children are polite and we. 
behaved. She is active in P.T.A., and helps with tl 
Brownies and is a den-mother for the Cub scouts. SI 
is pretty and has loads of personality. She makes n 
sick! "2 

When someone can do something better than we, v 
envy them for their performance. Or we may em 
them for something we cannot do. Because Leah h 
given birth to four sons, the barren "Rachel envied h 
Lister" (Gen. 30:1). 

Recent headlines read, "Jealous Mother Executed 
San Quentin Chamber." 3 Because her overwhelmii 
mother-love could tolerate no sharing of her son's <j 
fection with another woman she had hired two men I 
kill her son's wife. 

Mother-in-law envy usually never reaches such mil 
derous proportions, but often expresses itself in lessfl 
ways. "You'd better let me buy his shirts. After all," sf 
tells the bride, "I know just what he wants." 

Psychologists tell us that the dominant emotion 
children suffering from physical defects is that 
jealousy. Seeing friends play sports the deformed 
sickly child is plagued with envy. He feels cheated c 
of a normal body, potentially resentful, bitter, lone! 
Fortunately most conditions can be at least partia 
restored during the first five years of life before 1] 
child enters school where he would experience the grej 
est mental and social reaction. 4 

The newspaper pictures a neighbor and his wife 
a Caribbean island, enjoying a winter vacation r 
sun and warmth. The reader momentarily stabbed wj 
envy, may wish the island would be hit by a hurricc, 
or tital wave, or disappear into the ocean. Why sho 
they loaf on tropical beaches for four winter we 
while all the vacation he gets is two weeks in 
summer. 






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A lady who lived alone was piqued because her neigh- 
>ors had not invited her to join them on a picnic. How- 
ever, on the morning of the outing the neighbor asked 
mr to come. "It's too late," she snapped, "I've already 
>rayed for rain." 

Sometimes the evil envy the righteous. Why did Cain 
:ill Abel? "Because his own works were evil, and his 
irother's righteous" (I John 3:12). Divine acceptance 
if Abel's blood offering drew the envy of Cain whose 
iffering, though doubtless beautiful to behold, was re- 
acted by the Lord. 

Strangely, not only have the bad envied the good, but 
he good have envied the evil. The Psalmist warns, 
Neither be thou envious against the workers of 
niquity" (Ps. 37:1). 

Moving into a classy neighborhood, a wife was so 
shamed of her furniture that she smeared the picture 
/indow with Bon Ami, not washing it off until a new 
et arrived. How easy for her pride, lacerated at the 
iferiority of her furniture, to spring into envy at 
eighbors with lavishly decorated interiors. Socrates 
ailed envy the daughter of pride. 

Pride is basically competitive. Subjection to secondary 
pot may cause hurt pride to lash out at the person at 
ie peak. A husband complained that his wife always 
aptured the limelight in social gatherings. If she 
/asn't playing the piano, she gathered others around 
er by her sparkling conversation. Perhaps the wife 
eeded some help for her over-desire for attention, 
.ikely the husband's jealousy could be explained by 
!. S. Lewis' observation, "We dislike the big noise at the 
arty because we want to be the big noise." Bacon wrote, 
Those are most subject to envy which carry their for- 
ane in an insolent and proud manner." 

In modern usuage envy and jealousy are frequently 
ynonymous. These chapters will often use the terms 
iterchangably. Technically, a distinction exists. Let us 
ause in our dissection of envy's ingredients to note this 
ifference. 

Some jealousy is justified. Warning against idolatry 
ehovah said, "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God" 
Ex. 20:5). The Lord will not take second-place in our 
rterests, rightfully jealous of His prerogative of first 
laim in our lives. Likewise a husband can be legiti- 
lately jealous over his right to exclusive devotion of 
is wife. 

However, most jealousy is unjustifiable, creeping too 
asily into Christian circles: the pastor who cannot 
ccept the possibility that his assistant may out-preach 
im; the veteran organist who cannot bear the thought 
lat a newcomer to the church may play as well as 
he; the deacon who doesn't wish to give up his office 
> that capable gentleman who was a deacon in the 
hurch from which he just came. Like envy, jealousy 
wolves potential inferiority and wounded pride. 

Some dictionaries list covetous and envious as syn- 
nyms. Though related, they differ. We covet things; 
re envy people. Covetousness usually precedes envy. 
Covetousness longs for another's possessions. Unless 
hecked, this covetousness results in envy stabbing out 
t the owner of the object we covet. 

Covetousness and envy often co-exist but usually one 
redominates. If our desire focuses on the acquisition 
f position, power, prestige, money, achievement or 
leasure, covetousness is the main element in our pre- 
ccupation. When Judas sold the Master for 30 pieces 



of silver, covetousness was his downfall. But if our 
feeling is aimed at the person possessing these coveted 
items, envy is the principal component. When the Phari- 
sees delivered Jesus to Pilate, though coveting His 
power, popularity and accomplishments, the dominant 
factor was envy striking out at His person. 

Abasement at another's superiority need not lead to 
envy. It may stir to emulation. A person who says, "I 
envy you. I wish I had what you have. But I'm glad for 
your sake," misuses the word envy. Genuine envy in- 
volves ill will, whereas the preceding remark expresses 
only good wishes. If acknowledgement of another's 
superiority leads to harder work for greater success 
to equal or surpass this friend with no wish or intent 
to downgrade him, this is permissible emulation, not 
poisonous envy. 

Ambition to forge ahead is not wrong. Emulation is 
a noble trait, consisting in imitation of something ex- 
cellent, scorning to fall short of the copy. However, in 
striving to outdo it, emulation doe: n't malign or depress 
its copy, but puts the emphasis on perfecting itself. 
Emulation inspires man to r.oble endeavors, to make 
himself useful and as accomplished as possible. 

Change one letter, and zealous becomes jealous. How 
easy for emulation to gearshift into envy. If in a race a 
runner finds a rival passing him, tries to jostle or trip 
him, honorab'e rivalry has been replaced by contemti- 
ble conduct in the athlete who is no longer zealous but 
jealous. And old English poet put it, 

Envy, to which the ignoble mind's a slave 
Is emulation in the learned and brave. 5 

Pat had a deep-seated grudge toward Mike. In waking 
hours he was obsessed with how to add to Mike's woes. 
One night an angel appeared to Pat, offering him what- 
ever he wished. The angel added, "You should know 
this — whatever you asked will be given you. But twice 
of the same thing will be given Mike." 

After a moment's pondering Pat asked, "You mean 
that if I ask for a Cadillac I will get it, but Mike will 
have two just like it?" The angel said yes. 

"If I ask for a mansion, Mike will get two mansions?" 
Pat continued. The angel nodded. 

"Then," said Pat, "I know what I want, I wish to be 
be blind in one eye." 

Sympathy makes us "rejoice with them that do re- 
joice, and weep with them that weep" (Rom. 12:15). 
Envy reverses this practice, making us rejoice when 
others weep, and weep when others rejoice. Envy is 
that nasty feeling of gratification when you learn that 
your neighbor's new car had its front fender dented, or 
that their new appliance has some defect, or that his 
business isn't doing so well, or that their brilliant child 
failed to win a scholarship. 

Even if we do sympathize with friends in their sor- 
rows, envy makes it difficult to exult with them over 
their successes. The girl who learns that her friend has 
been scarred in an accident can ache in sympathy. But 
if she hears that her friend has been selected home- 
coming queen, an honor which she herself coveted, her 
congratulations may have a hollow ring. 

Envy basely withers at another's joy. The envious 
man feels others' fortunes are his misfortune; their 
profit, his loss; their blessing, his bane; their health, his 
illness; their promotion, his demotion; their success, 
his failure. Phineas Fletcher said of envy, "Sick of a 
strange disease, another's health." 









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Often people consider sins of the flesh like adultery 
and drunkenness as more heinous than sins of the spirit 
like pride and envy. Such classification is a radical mis- 
calculation. In reality, sins of the spirit are more seri- 
ous. No sin of the flesh put Christ on the cross. Rather 
Pilate "knew that for envy they had delivered him" 
(Matt. 27:18). 

More than one New Testament passage ranks the 
envious person with the debauched and the drunkard 
(Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:19). The medieval divines recog- 
nized the severe wickedness of envy when they counted 
it among the seven deadly sins, second only to pride. 
Recognized traditionally as a part of moral theology, the 
seven deadly sins give structure to Dante's Purgatory 
which follows their order, and are discussed in Chaucer's 
Parson's Tale and in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. In his 
essay on envy Francis Bacon calls it the "vilest and the 
most depraved affection, the proper attitude of the 
devil, who is called the Envious Man, that soweth tares 
among the wheat by night." Envy has been termed 
"the four-lettered demon." 

But because not a gross fleshly sin, but rather slinky 
and subtle, envy can conceal itself under the guise of 
friendship, visiting in peoples' homes, dining with them, 
chumming with them, and all the time envying them. 
Or it can worm its way into church with little trouble. 
If someone suffers a temper tantrum in church, every- 
one around gets the benefit. If you envy, your closest 
neighbor need not know. The fellow who staggers into 
church drunk advertises his inebriation. But someone 
could envy repeatedly during a church service, during 



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hymn, prayer, Bible reading, choir number and sermor 
and not a single soul would be the wiser. 

Because so subtle, envy is often found in the Lord' 
work. Jealousy in the Corinthian church drew Paul' 
rebuke. One noted revivalist said that among the hal: 
dozen outstanding lessons he came to learn was thi 
sad truth — even in Christian work "effectiveness c 
service usually meant envy and opposition on the paij 
of some." 

How easy to envy! No one need enroll in a school t 
master envy, which springs from the unregenerate 
human heart as weeds on a lawn. Paul describes falle 
man as "full of envy" (Rom. 1:29). 

How we need to live above envy! In his probing wa 
revivalist Charles Finney wrote, "Look at the cases i 
which you were envious of those you thought wet 
above you. Have you not so envied some that you ha! 
been pained to hear them praised? It has been mot 
agreeable to you to dwell upon their failure than upo 
their success. Be honest with yourself, and if you ha\ 
harbored this spirit of hell repent deeply before God; 

Footnotes 
i Pulpit Commentary, Acts, Vol. I, p. 127. 

2 Reader's Digest, Good Neighbor, contribute; 
by Mrs. Harry J. Kurtz. 

3 Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario, Cani 
da, August 15, 1962. 

4 Podolsky, The Jealous Child, Philosophic;! 
Library, New York, 1954, pp. 22-28. 

5 R. C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Test 
merit, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1948, pp. 86-9> 



Editor Builds Brief For Missing 
Missionaries 



NEXT YEAR IN MAY it will be a decade since three 
stalwart missionaries to Vietnam were taken 
prisoner by Vietcong. Since then others have joined 
them until today, five are unaccounted for. A total of 
nine Protestant missionaries have been killed in Vietnam 
since the current war began — eight of them from 
the U. S. 

Most Christians have forgotten the five, but the 
associate editor of Christianity Today hasn't. David E. 
Kucharsky keeps the question alive in Congress, in the 
U. S. Department of State, and in the evangelical 
community. 

The issue of finding the missionary prisoners "could 
be used as a wedge in opening the door slightly at the 
Paris peace talks," he told William Willoughby of 
Washington's Evening Star newspaper. 

"It could be a negotiating point and serve the large 
picture of doing something for the prisoners of war 
and getting additional information on those missing in 
action," Kucharsky added. 

The editor, a member of the Christian and Missionary 
Alliance which has sponsored missionaries in Vietnam 



since 1911, has volunteered to go to Vietnam himse; 
to intercede for the missionaries and for some 1,6(1 
prisoners of war. 

He said several developments recently point to acticj 
on behalf of the suffering. One was an appeal by Ej 
J. A. O. Preus, president of the Missouri Synod Luther?] 
Church, for religious leaders to join him in a possibl 
"modern crusade" to the Communists in behalf of til: 
prisoners. 

Evangelist Billy Graham followed up the statemeJ 
by pledging support and said he would go to Hanoi <l 
anywhere else if the way were opened for it. 

Preus set March 14 as the "Day of Prayer for til; 
American Prisoners of War" in his denomination's 6,0(1 
congregations. Many others are joining the vigil. 

The C & MA is calling not only for prayer, but al:Jj 
for a letter-writing campaign to Congress on behalf I 
those who are unable to raise a voice in their behalf, j 

Editor Kucharksy is scheduled to appear on the Manl 
15 "Today" show on NBC - TV to discuss the five ca I] 
live missionaries. 



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Pastors 1 Conference on 
Faith and Order 

April 27-29, 1971 

ishland Theological Seminary 
Ashland. Ohio 

Registration Fee — $5.00 



PROGRAM 

Tuesday, April 27 
00- 1:15 Registration 
15- 2:15 Fellowship 
15- 2:30 Devotions 

30- 3:30 "The Brethren Position on the Inspiration 
and Authority of Scripture" — Elder 
Charles Lowmaster 
5:30- 4:30 Group Discussion 

Evening 

Seminary Friends and Alumni Banquet 



):00- 9:15 
):15-10:15 



Wednesday, April 28 

Devotions 

"The Biblical View of Believers' Immersion 
— Part 1 — 'Evidence for Triune Immer- 
sion' " — Elder James Naff 



10:15-10:45 Fellowship 
10:45-11:30 Group Discussions 

Afternoon 

1:30- 1:45 Devotions 

1:45- 2:30 Guest Speaker C. J. Dyck, Professor, "The 

Nature of the Believers' Church" 
2:30- 3:00 Fellowship 

3:00 Eugene J. Beekley, Ch., Lt. Col., USAF 

Evening 

Park Street Brethren Church 
7:30- 7:45 Devotions 

7:45 C. J. Dyck, Professor, "A Believers' Church 
Style of Life" 
Services followed by refreshments 

Thursday, April 29 

Devotions 

"The Biblical View of Believers' Immersion 
— Part 2 - - 'Evidence for Single Immer- 
sion' " — Elder Clarence Stogsdill 
Fellowship 
Discussion 

Reports from the groups 
Closing announcements and suggestions 
11:45 Closing Inspiration — Richard Winfield 



9:00- 9:15 
9:15-10:15 



10:15-10:45 
10:45-11:15 
11:15-11:45 



Announcements concerning Pastors' Conference: 
1. Ministers and friends attending the Pastors' Confer- 
ence are invited to attend the Seminary Banquet on 
Tuesday evening of the conference. The cost and 
final arrangements to be announced later. 
Rates at the local motel for spring are: 
Single— $13.00; double— $16.00; $2.00 additional for 
each extra person. At the Quality Courts Motel they 
can accomodate up to five in a few rooms. 



2. 



CHRISTIAN TEACHERS' INFLUENCE GROWS 



Pasadena, California 



CHRISTIAN TEACHERS and educators in the public 
schools of America are uniting in greater numbers 
id showing a steady sign of an increasing influence 
i the educational pattern of this country. Key indicator 

this trend back to moral and spiritual values in 
ie classroom is National Educators Fellowship, the 
ily national professional organization for Christians 

public education. 

The past year witnessed significant advancements in 
ie scope and outreach of National Educators Fellow- 
[lip. One was the acquisition of a permanent head- 
jaarters building located at 1410 West Colorado, 
asedena, California 91105. The new national offices are 
eal for current needs and adaptable to accomodate 
iture growth demands. 



Another important event in the second decade of NEF 
history was a national convention during the summer 
of 1970. It was this country's first national convention 
exclusively for Christian teachers and educators of non- 
parochial schools. It was so successful, however, that a 
second one is planned for August 3-6, 1971, at the fam- 
ous Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey 
Peninsula Coast near San Francisco. 

The NEF magazine, VISION, is now in its 17th year 
of publication. This magazine, one of the EPA group, 
is circulated free each month to NEF members only. 
It is available in no other way. 

National Educators Fellowship publishes other wit- 
nessing aids and keeps in communication with thous- 
ands of Christian educators across the country. Teachers 
will also be happy to know that arrangements have now 
been completed so that one unit, graduate level credit 
may be obtained through attendance at NEF 
conferences. 



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The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for Api 



Topic: 



THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST 



Devotions: Hebrews 9:11-14; 24-28 

Blood is the fluid which circulates in the heart, 
arteries and veins of higher animals. It carries nourish 
ment to all parts of the body and carries waste away 
Biblically speaking it usually refers to the end of life 
One who murders is said to have blood on his hands 
or head (see II Sam. 1:16; I Kings 2:36; Joshua 2:19) 
Murder is referred to as innocent blood (I Sam. 19:5) 
Judas confessed that he had betrayed innocent blood 
(Matt. 27:4). Pilate declared his innocence of the blood 
of Jesus, thereby repudiating responsibility for Jesus' 
death. This meaning was clearly understood by the mob 
when he spoke, as evidenced by their cry, "his blood 
be upon us and our children" (Matt. 27:24-25). 

The phrase most commonly used in the New Testa- 
ment to refer to the atoning death of Jesus is, "the 
blood of Christ." Just as the blood sprinkled on the door 
post was a sign that the participants in the passover 
feast were being sheltered from death by the death of 
the sacrificial lamb (Ex. 12:1-20), the blood of Christ was 
the visible sign of a life given in sacrifice that men 
might be released from death and reconciled to God 
(quoted from The Laymen's Bible Encyclopedia). 



Scripture relating: to The Sacrifice of Blood: 

Hebrews 9:13; Exodus 29:12; Leviticus 17:11. 

Topics for discussion: 

1. Saved by His blood 

It was according to His will, before the foundaj 
of the world, that He predestined men to be saved! 
the shedding of His own blood. Read Ephesians 1:M 

2. The Power of the blood of Christ 

In I John 1:7 we read "but if we walk in the lightia 
he is in the light, we have fellowship one with anot !h 
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanseth us frjt. 
all sin." Read Hebrews 9:22. 

3. The words of Jesus about His blood 

Matthew 26:28 — "For this is my blood of the il 
testament, which is shed for many for the remissioi,b 
sins" (cf. Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; I Cor. 11:25). 

4. Redemption by His blood 

Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 12:24; I J 
1:7; Revelation 5:9. 



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STAFF 
POSITIONS 

CAMP 
BETHANY 



1971 SEASON 




The summer camping season 
begins Juner 27 and continues 
through August H. 



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CRAFTS INSTRUCTOR: 

A well equipped craft shop is provided for this 
activity. We seek an emphasis on creative 
crafts, using native materials as much as pos- 
sible. Other expressions of creative crafts are 
left to the choosing and interests of the crafts 
director. 



WATERFRONT DIRECTOR: 

The waterfront director must be at least 19 
years of age and have a Water Safety Instruc- 
tor's permit or its equivalent. Responsibilities 
include safety at the waterfront and the direc- 
tion and supervision of a well-planned program 
of water activities. 



NATURE COUNSELOR: 

A nature center (tent) is provided for the na- 
ture counselor to operate from during camp. 
Camp Bethany is anxious to jupgrade this area 
of activity. This person will have liberty to out- 
line their own program. 




CAMP NURSE: 

The nurse may be an R.N. or L.P.N. Duties — 
provide first aid services required and admin- 
ister all medications and treatments according 
to physician's orders, A health center is 
provided. 







Salaries for the positions listed 
are open for consideration, and will 
be determined on the basis of 
experience and skill that the 
applicant has to offer. 



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KITCHEN HELP: 

Two people will be hired to assist the food ser- 
vice supervisor. Persons who like to cook and 
feel at home in a kitchen could qualify. 



Applicants should be aivare that 
Camp Bethany is a church operated 
camp ivith religious objectives. 



MAINTENANCE 

This will be the last position to be filled, but 
could possible be a means of the waterfront 
director or nature counselor earning extra 
salary for the summer. 



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STAFF APPLICATION 

CAMP BETHANY 

Route I, Lakeville, Ohio 44638 
Phone (216) 378-2440 



Name 



Present Address 

Home Address 

Age Birthdate 

Church affiliation 



Time available: From 



Phone 

. City . 
- City _ 



Social Security 



State 



.. Occupation .__ 
_ Congregation 
._ To 



_ State 



Zip. 
Zip. 



Remuneration : 

1. Can you come on a voluntary basis? (We will provide board, room, medical insurance ai 
mileage) Yes No 

2. If earning is necessary, would you be agreeable to a modest wage of $25 weekly plus boai 
room and medical insurance ? Yes No 

3. If earnings must be more, what wage should you have? 

Experience : 

A camper at (indicate years) 



A counselor at (years and positions) 

What experience have you had in working with young people? 



Preferences : 

Check specific position you prefer 
_ Crafts instructor 
Waterfront director 
Nature Study 



(1) first choice, (2) second choice 

Nurse 

Kitchen 

Maintenance 



1. Write a brief sketch about events and experiences relating to your current relationship to G< 



2. What do you feel Camp Bethany, as a church camp should attempt to accomplish in the experiei 
and life of each camper? 



3. In what ways do you feel you can contribute to these objectives? 



Send to: Rev. Don Rinehart, 17 Highland Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805, Phone 419-322-7341. 



larch 27, 1971 

NEWS FROM FLORA 

■THE FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH of Flora, 
I Indiana has twelve members in their BYC 
;roup. The officers are: Terry Shoff — president; 
5usan Duff — vice president ; Karen Richardson — 
reasurer; Joy Shoff — secretary and Rev. and 
/Irs. Kindley — advisors. 

We are studying the Navigator Book No. 2 for 
ur Bible study and find it very interesting and 
instructive. 

David Keppel from Roann came and enter- 
ained us with his slides from Switzerland which 
e took while an exchange student in that country, 
^hey were very beautiful and educational as well. 

We bought Bibles for use in the sanctuary to 
nable people to follow the reading of the Scrip- 
ures during the service. They will be placed in 
he hymn-book holders for the convenience of the 
worshippers. 

We have three new members : Barbara and 
Jobby Bischof and Michael Shoff. 

We invited the Roann BYC to a New Year's 
'arty on New Year's Eve . . . they came "en 
lasse" by church bus. 

The party began with a lively siingspiration fol- 
>wed by devotions and prayer. The movie 
Prescription for Doc" was then shown, and 
f forwards we gathered in the basement and en- 
oyed refreshments and games. 

Returning to the sanctuary we viewed another 
ilm "Inhale the Incense" and discussed the life 
>ssons it portrayed. A candle-light service fol- 
>wed and brought us up to "Happy New Year 
Wishes" at the stroke of twelve. 

The W.M.S. ladies prepared and served the re- 
reshments for both groups and their advisors. 

We were grateful to Roann for bringing their 
ew movie projector for showing of the films, 
he evening was very enjoyable for all. 

Joy Shoff, secretary 



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The Brethren Evangelis 



An Open Letter To All 
The 





by JOHN T. YOUNG 



The Lord Jesus Christ promised to build His Church. 
Praise His Most Holy Name, He is doing just that! Be- 
cause of the generosity and concern of the Brethren, 
the closing legalities for the "new" First Brethren 
Church and parsonage in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield dis- 
trict have been completed. 

As pastor of the Steel City church, may I point you 
to Brother Paul's exhortation to the church at Ephesus? 
I believe it to be apropos for this occasion. Listen dear 
friends ! 

"Yon, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the 
apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Jesus 
Christ himself. He is the One who holds the whole build- 
ing together and makes it grow into a sacred temple 
in the Lord. In union with him you too are being built 
together with all the others into a house where God 
lives through his Spirit" (Eph. 2:20-22 Good News.) 



Brethren in the Lord, you are to be commended. W< 
in this great industrial city desire to thank you for th< 
generous Ten Dollar Club which was recently com 
pleted; for the tremendous assistance of both Nationa 
and District Mission Boards; for the help of each loca 
church; for every individual member who caught th< 
vision and did something tangible about it — even in th 
spirit of the Apostle Paul who wrote that he was no 
disobedient to the heavenly vision. Perhaps most irr 
portant, we knew that countless prayers were bein 
offered on behalf of the Pittsburgh work and that thos 
petitions were being backed with positive action o 
your part. 

There were so many of you who invested in Time an 
Eternity. You refused to play it safe. Thank God fo 
giving you that measure of inner fortitude. 

A farmer, standing ragged and discouraged near th 
steps of his weather-worn farmhouse, was approache 
by a stranger who had stopped for traveling direction 
and a drink of water. By way of conversation the visitc 
asked, "How's your cotton crop this year?" 

The farmer replied, "Not good at all." 

"How many acres did you plant?" went on th 
visitor. 

"None," was the answer, "I was feared of the bol 
weevels." 

"In that case, how was your corn harvest?" 

Again a despondent answer, "Didn't plant no coil 
either 'cause I reckoned there wasn't goin' be 'noug! 
rain this season." 

The stranger refused to give up. "How about tl 
potatoes? How are they?" 

The farmer mumbled, "Ain't any of them either. I w;| 
scared of the tater bugs." 

Just what did you plant came the exasperated quel 
tion, and the calm reply was, "Didn't plant nothin'-l 
jest figgered I'd play 'er safe this year." 

The resultant events at Pittsburgh prove the Brethrm 
weren't about to "play 'er safe." (Even as I write thj 
letter, several thousand handbills are being distributj j 
in the Bloomfield district and environs announciijj 
Evangelistic Services at First Brethren, March 14-lEll 
Then too, the Pennsylvania District Brethren Youjj 
have adopted Pittsburgh as their current project. HcH 
can the work help but advance? 

We could never name the many individuals who dl 
so much and sacrificed unselfishly for our inner-cijj 
work — space will not permit. Just be assured (everyol 
of you) that our great God knows and He will rep ,1 
in kind. I'm certain He is blessing you and your churcM 
es even now. 

Accept our thanks in the spirit that it is given. Will 
deep humility, we promise that we shall endeavor to I 
good stewards of all that the Lord has provided throu.jj 
you the Brethren. 



In Christ Jesus I am 



Rev. John T. Young 
for the Officers and 
Members of the First 
Brethren Church of 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 



March 27, 1971 



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THE GREATEST THINGS IN THE WORLD 




by L V. KING 



Text: "In him ivas life and the life was the light of men" (John 1 :4). 

I want to write some devotional messages which I hope and. pray will 
prove a rich blessing to all who read. They will be a series of messages on 
the general theme: "The Greatest Things in the World." Yet they will be 
separate studies. Som,e of the devotional messages will be as follows •• "The 
Greatest Thing in the World"; "The Greatest Need of the World"; "The 
Greatest Virtue, Greatest Builder, Greatest Inspire?'," etc. Originally, these 
were suggested to me by two things: First, by Henry Drummond's booklet 
entitled, "The Greatest Thing in the World, Namely Love" and second, 
by a statement Professor M. A. Stuckey made in a message at a State Con- 
ference at Ellet, Ohio. He asked the questions, "What words does the Bible 
use most?" and "What thought or idea is used most by Christ in His teach- 
ings?" Searching the Bible only on one letter "L," I found ivords like, 
"life," "light," "love." Each of the ivords is used some U50 times in the 
Bible. The word, "Lord," is used 7,650 times. 

In some of the churches where I preached on this theme, I asked the 
congregation to write on a sheet of paper what they considered the "great- 
est thing in the world." Most suggested was LOVE. I received some re- 
markable answers, and they suggested other messages. One young lad gave 
as his answer, the "New York Yankees." That lad is now a doctor in Den- 
ver, Colorado. Only a few gave the answer I want to consider in this 
message. 









THERE IS THAT which precedes "love" and 
makes love possible. To me the greatest thing 
in the world is "life," as it is given in the text of 
this message. 

"Life," do you know what it is? Can you 



fathom it, can you understand it? "Life" is the 
most mysterious and yet most wonderful thing or 
thought that man can contemplate. It is that in 
which love finds its greatest expression. It is that 
which has been pre-existent, in Christ. It is that 



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which springs from above, from God Himself. It is 
that which dispels darkness and brings and re- 
veals light. 

What is life? Science cannot explain it. The 
scientist may know something about it, yet in his 
explanation he must go to only one source; that 
source is God. I am glad there is a source to which 
one can go. Even the Bible does not tell us what 
life is, but it does tell us from whence it sprang. 
Life is, therefore, one of the mysteries God holds 
in His hand and controls. But let us see what the 
Bible says about life. 

In Genesis 1:1 we read, "In the beginning God 
created. . . ." Heaven and earth do not possess life 
as we are thinking about it. True there is life in 
plants, trees, grain and flowers. When they fail 
to grow, we say they are either dormant or dead. 
True, water and food have life. That is they have 
life-giving power. They keep up the physical body, 
physical life, but these do not 'have life in its 
highest sense. If they did you might as well be a 
tree or a thistle. They do not have life as animals 
and man possess. There is no pain, joy, expression 
or personality there. Cut into a tree and the only 
evidence of life is sap, but there is no pain, no 
response, no fighting back. So there must be a 
difference between animate and inanimate 
objects. 

In Genesis 1 :20 we find a new word. Link with 
this verse, verses 24 and 25. Note the words, 
"created after their kind." This is one verse the 
evolutionist cannot explain. There is no jumping 
over from one species to another. So here we find 
that God gave life such as he did not to vegetables. 

Now turn to Genesis 2:7. Here you have the 
difference between animal and man life. Man is 
"God breathed," and man has a "living soul." So 
man has more than flesh and blood — (he has a 
soul, a life, a personality, a something that can- 
not be destroyed. The body may be destroyed but 
only in a sense, for nothing physical can be des- 
troyed ; it can only be changed into another form. 
Life can also be maintained apart from the body. 
So if God gave life, where did God get life? All 
we can say is that the Father hath life in Himself, 
and He gave to the Son to have life in Himself. 

Let us go deeper into this subject of life. We 
have seen according to Genesis that there is phy- 



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sical life and there is spiritual life. The physical 
in man came first. God made the body — spiritual 
life followed. God breathed into the body of man, 
life. So when I say life is the greatest thing in the 
world, I mean life in this double aspect. 

Physical life is wonderful. Men have given ages 
to the study of the human body with its health 
and with its diseases. Physical life is a mystery 
that cannot be explained apart from the Scripture 

Spiritual life is still more wonderful. James 
says, "For what is your life?" His answer is thai 
it is but a vapor, but he was speaking about phy-j 
sical life. If physical life is so wonderful how 
much more is spiritual life. 

Spiritual life, can you fathom it? No, onlj 
faintly, for we see through a glass darkly. But thii 
life is the light of men. Though we cannot under 
stand it we can possess it, we can experience it 
This is the reason Christ said, "Ye must be bon 
again." Just as I cannot understand an electrii 
shock, so I cannot understand this spiritual life 
I can have spiritual life wired up to my body an( 
I can use it. By this I know that Christ is th 
Way, the Truth and the Life. 

We read in Proverbs ". . . Whoso findeth n| 
findeth life" (8:35). John said, "In him was life 
and the life was the light of men" (1:4). We ma; 
pass "from death to life" (John 4:24). Jesus said 
"Life is more than meat, and the body is mor 
than raiment" (Luke 12:23). Romans speak 
about a newness of life. Ephesians warns us abou 
being alienated from God. Colossians tells us tha 
our "life is hid with Christ in God" (3:3). 

So every man is "dead in trespasses and sins 
until he allows Christ to come in and give eternd 
life. So if spiritual life is so much more wonderfij 
than physical life, why will men refuse it? Gol 
gave His life, but Jesus came to give us thj 
abundant life. Jesus said, "... I am the brea 
of life" (John 6:35) ; "I am the water of li^e 
(John 4) ; "... I am the resurrection, and th 
life . . ." (John 11:25) ; note, not a life but Th 
Life. Paul says that love is the greatest virtu< 
but it is the greatest because you have spiritu* 
life in Christ Jesus. 

Thank God today that you have physical lif< 
but thank Him especially that you can have th 
rich, abundant life that is eternal. 



Rev. Lester V. King is now retired from active ministry but not from de- 
voted service to his Lord in the work of the church. He is a member of the 
Park Street Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. In his tenure as a pastor he 
has served many large and small churches in the Brethren Denomination. 



March 27, 1971 



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MISSIONARY 

news 




GIVE LATITUDE TO 
BRETHREN 

WORLD - WIDE 



x 



MISSIONS 






LAT-I-TUDE 1. breadth; width 2. extent; scope; range 
of applicability 3. freedom from narrow restrictions; 
freedom of action 4. angular distance, measured in de- 
grees, north or south from the equator. 




John D. Rowsey 
Associate Secretary 



As my thoughts turn toward our World Mission 
emphasis during the Easter season I can't help 
but praise God for His blessings during this last 
year. The Brethren Church has indeed moved out- 
ward, added "BREADTH" to its World-Wide 
ministry. We dedicate these pages to that fact and 
as a note of Thanksgiving to God for His goodness 
and to the Brethren for your faithfulness. 

In the next issue of the BRETHREN EVAN- 
GELIST we will continue the report of this new 
'LATITUDE" to Brethren World Missions. 
Watch for these additional pages and add them 
to those in this issue for a full report of the 
"SCOPE" of Brethren Outreach. 

John D. Rowsey 



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LATITUDE 
TO 



INDIA 



On January 22, 1970 more than 150 people gather in 
the City Hall of Rajahmundry, India to witness a his- 
toric act for the Bretnren Church. At 9:00 on that morn- 
ing the Brethren Bible Mission was inaugurated and 
officially the Brethren Church had opened a new mis- 
sion field for its outreach after more than 20 years since 
we began work in Nigeria. Work continued on the con- 
stitution, registry with the government, formation of an 
advisory council. Today, one year later, much progress 
has been seen. 




Inauguration in India 




In March of 1970 a house was rented for the Brethre 
Home for Children. The building is small so that a ten 
porary shed had to be built for cooking. Living wit 
the 10 boys at present in the orphanage are 2 men, or 
a cook and the other as a house father. Nirmala is 
charge of the operation of the home and Kumar teach< 
the children in devotional times. The children attend tr 
public schools for their education but live together 
the home. The need is great and many could be take 
in with adequate space, help, and funds. 



Kumar with Children 



March 27, 1971 



Page Seventeen 














Palacharla is a village about eight miles from Rajah- 
mundry. Kumar and Nirmala have been visiting this 
village and giving their testimony going door to door, 
visiting and praying. They conducted prayer meetings 
in the open air, and when it rained Kumar stood under 
an umbrella and the people protected themselves with 
towels and other cloths. Because of this lack of a place 
to meet Kumar asked the people to build a temporary 
shed for prayer meetings. One man offered a piece of 
land on his property, and the people gave free labor 
to construct the prayer hall. This was all done without 
having a pastor living in the village nor yet one actual 
member for a congregation. Just interest in the message 
which Kumar was preaching. 



Prayer Hall in Palacharla 



Kumar is working with 10 men who are preaching in 
various villages and at the same time receiving Bible 
training from Kumar. At set times the men come to 
Rajahmundry for classes, or individually for on-the-job 
training with Kumar. At other regular periods, Kumar 
visits each man for training in his own place of work. 
Visiting professors are also being invited for lectures 
in the classroom work, and at the present Kumar is 
trying to affiliate these courses with the extension pro- 
gram of the Union Biblical Seminary which is establish- 
ing a center at Hyderabad. In this way a missionary 
an duplicate himself with many others going out also 
to evangelize and build churches. 







Students in Bible Training 




Recently the Honorable Sri, D. Perumalla, minister 
for Social Welfare of the government of Andhra Pra- 
desh (State), and Sri, B. Subba Rao, a member of the 
Legislative assembly visited the orphanage in Rajah- 
mundry. The orphanage was inaugurated as the Breth- 
ren Home for Children on September 30, 1970 with 
the Honorable Sri, R. Ramalinga Raju, minister of 
Religious Affairs of the government of Andhra Pradesh 
(State of Andhra) as the principal speaker. The interest 
these officials have shown in the new orphanage speaks 
well for Kumar, Nirmala, and the others and their work 
with the children. At the inauguration the president of 
the Weavers Colony, where the Home is located, wel- 
comed this new institution into the Colony and expressed 
thanks to the Brethren Bible Mission for selecting this 
site. 



Officials Visit Orphanage 



Page Eighteen 



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Eden Bible Institute is more and more symbolic of 
the work of the Brethren Church in Argentina as this 
is the location for all of the conferences, some of the 
camps, the Bible Training Center for the Church in 
Argentina as well as the hub for the extension courses 
of the Institute. This year on February 20-23 more than 
200 delegates and other Brethren met at the Institute 
for the annual Spiritual Conference. This number in 
spite of the bad weather and there was a good group 
of young people and children also present. This was 
preceded by a children's camp and followed by 3 days 
of Pastors' Conference. Even though not completed the 
new assembly hall was used for the conference since 
the roof was completed. In this way it was used as a 
large shelter for these meetings. 



LATITUDE 
TO 



ARGENTINA; 




Entrance to Eden Bible Institute 




Radio Ministry, Buenos Aires 



In mid September more than 80 women delegates 
from most of our Argentine churches gathered at Eden 
Bible Institute for their annual Women's Congress. The 
theme for this third national conference for the Breth- 
ren Women in Argentina was "The Christian Woman 
in the Space Age." 

Six new-y elected members to the national commis- 
sion are pictured here at the conference as they were 
named to join Mrs. Hector Labanca and Mrs. H. Ray- 
mond Aspinall in leading the women in this new year. 



CAVEA the Evangelical Audio-Visual Center 
Argentina which is the title of the radio v/ork in whic 
the Brethren Church co-operates in Argentina continue 
its radio programs sent out by tape throughout Latij 
America; its campaign ministry through the mobil unij 
films, sound systems, etc; as well as Bible distributiol 
through the radio programs and other related ministries 
Because of the loss of some of its missionary personnu 
through furloughs etc. some of its activities have hal 
to be curtailed but now with the arrival of the Mar 
Logans in Argentina, Bill Curtis will have some hel 
in the technical department. The ministry of sowin 
the seed of the gospel through radio has many poss 
bilities which can be reached with time, personnel, an 
funds. 




Women meet in Annual Congress 



larch 27, 1971 



Page Nineteen 




LATITUDE 
TO 



NIGERIA 



Dick and Kitty Winfield have been working at Kulp 
Jible School during their time in Nigeria helping to 
repare young men to better serve the Lord in their 
wn churches. A special group of the students are pre- 
aring to serve as pastors, but the majority are receiv- 
ig Bible and other training to prepare them to return 
o their villages and teach and serve. Not only the young 
aen are being trained but as most of them are married 
heir wives also receive training, not only in the Bible 
ut also in Hausa, and various skills necessary for their 
pecial responsibilities. Dick and Kitty, at present on 
urlough, will be returning to Nigeria in August to con- 
inue their work at Kulp Bible School. 







: 
: 






Students Preparing 



§mm* 




Nigerian Pastors Go Out 



Larry Bolinger is working with our Higi pastors, 
living at Mbororo which is our mission station in the 
Higi area. Pastor Daniel, here pictured with his family, 
was the first ordained Higi pastor. These men are the 
leaders in the Nigerian church and our missionaries 
serve as teachers and counselors. Larry also is deeply en- 
volved with the program of literacy and literature and 
is working with the Wycliffe Translators who are trans- 
lating the Bible into Higi at the present time. 

Through the work of our missionaries and the Nigeri- 
an workers which they are training the church is grow- 
ing both larger and stronger. 



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NEW MISSIONARY FAMILIES 

Add these to those sn the Brethren Evangelist of January 16, 1971 




*H!I 






Mark and Chantal Logan arrived in Buenos Aire 
Argentina on the 3rd of March, 1971 to begin two yea 
of work in our Recording Studios. Mark is a rece 
graduate from the Milwaukee School of Engineerii 
and as an electronic technician will be working wi 
Bill Curtis in the operation and maintenance of the ] 
cording equipment. Mark did not need to go to langua: 
school as he has served for 1 year in France and 1 ye 
in Spain under Brethren Volunteer Service. 

Chantal is a French citizen and a graduate of t 
University of Paris with her Masters Degree in Lingu 
tics. She met Mark during his service overseas, and th 
were married during his schooling in Milwaukee. 

The need for technical help has been very great 
Argentina and we are happy that Mark and Cham 
have been willing to serve as short termers. 



Mark and Chantal Logan 



Bill and Sharon Winter are candidates for our work 
in Argentina. Both are graduates of Ashland College 
and Bill has taken work at the Seminary. Bill is aLo 
a graduate of RCA Institutes and is preparing to work 
in the radio work in Argentina. The Winters plan to 
leave the United States the 1st of May 1971 for Costa 
Rica and a year of language study before going on 
to Argentina. Sharon, trained as an elementary school 
teacher will be helping aLo in the work of the church 
in Buenos Aires. Plans are that the Winters should 
arrive in Argentina a short time before the Logans 
return to the United States. Bill has been preparing for 
missionary service for many years, and Sharon, 
daughter of Rev. William Fells, has already had experi- 
ence in church work. We pray for God's blessing on 
them as they continue their preparation. 




... . . . •? 

IliiismiiiiillHHH ^ 

Bill and Sharon Winter and Children 




Rev. Jerry Grieve is serving as interim pastor of I 
Massillon, Ohio Brethren Church while he and Chel 
wait for their visas for Nigeria. Jerry has completed M 
training in Linguistics at Michigan State UniversI 
and the Grieves have been accepted by Wycliffe Tra| 
lators as short-term assistants. Cheryl is a Registe 
Nurse a very practical asset for missionaries in Afr: 
Jerry and Cheryl plan to leave for Nigeria as soon I 
visas can be obtained for them, all other arrangemei 
have been made including their packing. Remember t| 
dedicated couple as they wait for the final O.K. for till 
departure. They will be working in Nigeria if the vil 
can be obtained and nopefully near the Bolingers. Thl 
work will be similar to that of the Bolingers as it reil 
to literacy and translation. 



Jerry and Cheryl Grieve and Children 



larch 27, 1971 



Page Twenty-one 



MY TWO WINDOWS 



Faith Of A Child 



Two wonderful windows 
The Lord gave me; 

And through these windows 
His wonders I see. 



She came into the kitchen 

where we were drinking tea. 
Nearly four, she banged the door 

and said, "Can God see me?" 



The beautiful flowers 

The grass and the trees, 
The hills and the valleys, 

The birds and the bees. 



Her father lowered his cup and smiled; 

his eyes caught mine. He said, 
"Yes, of course God can see you 

all day and when you're in bed." 



The faces of parents 
So dear to me, 

The stars in the sky, 

The fish in the sea,- 



She fingered her new skipping rope, 
handle dangling on the floor, 

Then slowly wound it round her hands 
and walked back out the door. 



All these through my windows 

Most gladly I see, 
And praise my Creator 

For giving them to me. 

C. M. Snow 



Then down the garden path she ran, 

her small black boots light-tripping. 

We saw her face light up with joy, 

"Look, God!' she cried, "I'm skipping!' 



CHEEP ADVICE 




Be careful abouL calling yourself an ex- 
pert. An "ex" is a hasbeen and a "spurt" 
is a drip under pressure. 



A mind is like a parachute: to work, it 
first has to be open. 



Never part without loving words to think 
of during your absence. It may be that 
you will not meet again in life. 

Richter 



Don't worry if a rival imitates you. While 
he's following in your tracks he can't 



pass you. 




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Saturday With a Teen-age Daughter What Does a Pastor Do? 

"Are you going to sleep all day? . . . Who said you "The pastor teaches, though he must solicit his owi 

could use my hair spray? . . . Clean the dishes off the classes. He heals, though without pills or knife. He i. 

table . . . Turn down the radio . . . Have you made your sometimes a lawyer, often a social worker, somethinj 

bed? . . . That skirt is too short . . . Your closet is a of an editor, a bit of a philosopher and entertainer, j 

mess . . . Stand up straight . . . Somebody has to go to salesman, a decorative piece for public functions, am 

the store . . . Quit chewing your gum like that . . . Your he is supposed to be a scholar. He visits the sick, marrie 

hair is too bushy ... I don't care if everybody else does people, buries the dead, labors to console those who soi 

have one . . . Turn down that radio . . . Have you done row and to admonish those who sin, and tries to sta; 

your homework? ... Don't slough ... You didn't make sweet when chided for not doing his duty. He plan 

your bed . . . Your fingernails are too long . . . Look it programs, appoints committees when he can get them 

up in the dictionary . . .Sit up straight . . . Get off the spends considerable time in keeping people out of eacl 

phone now . . . Why did you ever buy that record? . . . others hair; between times he prepares a sermon an 

Quit banging on the piano . . . Why don't you iron it preaches it on Sunday to those who don't happen t 

yourself . . . Turn off the radio and get to sleep now!" have any other engagements. Then on Monday he smilej 

. . . Another day gone, and not once did I say, "I Love when some jovial chap roars, what a job — one day 

you. Dear Lord, forgive me." week. 

from the Elkhart from Pittsburgh, Pa. 

First Brethren Church bulletin First Brethren Church bulletin 



POPULAR CHURCH PROGRAMS 



Some television programs, past and present, remind us of certain areas of 
church life. Here is a guide to some of the more popular programs sponsored by 
our churches: 

1. The Thin Man — the fellow who claims he was at church but nobody saw 
him. 

2. Dead or Alive — what we wonder about some non-resident members (and 
also some who live close to the church). 

3. Groncho — how religion seems to affect some people. 

4. I Led Three Lives — confession of a hypocrite who lived one life at church, 
another at work, and another at home. 

5. I've Got a Secret — something the church gossip can't keep. 

6. Late Show — what keeps people in bed on Sunday morning. 

7. Gunsmoke — what it looks like outside the church building between Sunday 
school and the preaching service. 

8. Little Rascals — those who sit on the back row and cut up during the preach- 
ing service. 

9. Lone Ranger — the church member who does not cooperate with the ma- 
jority decision. 

10. People are Funny — especially when they give excuses for not attending 
church. 

11. Playhouse 90 — a program of 90 minutes that seems so much shorter than 
the 30 minute sermon. 

12. Person to Person — the only way to do soul winning. 

13. Sugarfoot — the kind of sermons some people want. 

14. The Lineup — something you never see at a church door. 

15. Popeye — what happens when the preacher's wife wears a new dress to 
church. 

16. Medic — what some people need on Sunday but have no use for the rest 
of the week. 

17. Rawhide— people with thin skin who get mad at the church leaders. 

18. Tombstone Territory— where a lot of sinners will end up waiting for a 
"convenient season" to repent. 

19. Get Smart — what some people had better do pretty soon, before it is too late. 

(from Gratis bulletin) 



Vlarch 27, 1971 



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FOR 



BETTER 



OR 



M)RSE 



They range from the more familiar terms of desertion, 
mental cruelty, and non-support to more obscure 
grounds for divorce such as: Public defamation, prosti- 
tution, etc. But the truth is that the grounds given for 
divorce by the court never really explains why a 
divorce was granted. As a matter of fact, ninety per- 
cent of all divorces are uncontested and the reason for 
the divorce is never actually disclosed. In most cases, 
grounds for divorce becomes a legal means to an end, 
and in most cases, the grounds don't mean a thing. To 
find the real reason for divorce, one must look deeper 
than the legal term and the court's statistics for the 
divorce. 

The real cause for divorce rests with disobedience to 
God's law and the individuals unwi'lingness to apply 
the spiritual principles of life. As I see it, there are ten 
basic causes for divorce: 

1. Emotionally disturbed children who never mature 
in adulthood 

2. Emotionally disturbed adults 

3. Persons with character defects 

4. Sexual deviation and disorders, both mental and 
physical 

5. Standards of living of both material and philoso- 
phical nature, being the root cause for divorce 

6. Interference on the part of others 

7. The lack of understanding the meaning of 
marriage 

8. Financial and social problems in and about the 
home and community 

9. Lack of communication between husband and 
wife 

10. The disregard of the spiritual laws of life and 

marriage as given to us by God and recorded in 

the Holy Scriptures. 

In most counties of the United States, little or no regard 

is given to any of these basic causes to affect a recon- 

( continued on next page) 


















SOMEWHERE in the United States, a judge's gavel 
falls almost fifteen hundred times a day with these 
:wo words, "Divorce Granted." Somebody's love story 
las come to an end. But that is not the end; the very 
structure of the home begins to collapse, and the chil- 
dren are sent out into the world without the God-given 
leed of a home in which to be reared. 

In the past ten years, nine million Americans have 
oeen grated a divorce degree. What does this mean in 
the terms of our American life? It is a mark of social 
lecay and decline among the people of our nation. Now, 
nore than nine million homes have been destroyed in 
America. Where there is no home, there is no nation 
aecause the home is the foundation upon which our 
lation has been built. Divorce is the violation of God's 
iaw. It is a disregard of a promise made, "For better or 
for worse; in sickness and in health." Divorce means 
a. dissolvement of a family unit where children no long- 
er have the image of a blessed mother and father; but 
rather, a man and woman living in different houses, 
ind, by chance, they see one or the other occasionally 
for an hour or two per week, and sometimes never 
igain. 

Why are there so many divorces? There are thirty- 
eight legal grounds for divorce in the United States. 





by Thomas A. Schultz 



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ciliation. Go to most any attorney, and within six to 
eight weeks the judge may grant you a divorce. Here, 
and many places in America, divorce is a legal machine 
based on trumped-up and unreal grounds. The records 
prove that people who get divorced once, usually find 
they are having the same problem in the second or third 
marriage. 

With this background and statistical information 
about our community and world, let us look at a few of 
the spiritual laws that are necessary to make marriage 
work. "And the Lord God said, It is not good that man 
should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" 
(Gen. 2:18). When God creates a child, it is unique. 
There is no other like it in the whole world. There never 
will be another child just like the one that has just been 
born. I often liken this to marriage. When you get mar- 
ried, it is a holy estate. There is no other marriage like 
it in the whole world, nor has there ever been or will 
be another marriage like yours. 

Marriage is created by God. It is a union between man 
and woman created by God's holy power and divine 
plan. God not only created marriage, but He also found- 
ed it as a way of life for men and women. God sustains 
the marriage and He wrote the laws governing it. With- 
out God, no marriage can be complete, and without 
following the basic laws that God has established for 
marriage, no marriage can be successful. Woman was 
created to be with man in fulfilling the responsibilities 
of life. According to God, marriage sets up a priority 
in life's responsibilities. 

". . . Have ye not read, that He which made them at 
the beginning made them male and female . . . For this 
cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and 
shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one 
flesh" (Matt. 19:4-5)? Marriage is a union established 
by God, holy and acceptable unto Him. It is not a fifty- 
fifty kind of a relationship; it is not an equality between 
man and woman, but it is a oneness — a oneness of flesh, 
spirit, and purpose in life. This oneness comes about 
through a spiritual union. Where there is no spiritual 
union, then the oneness cannot exist and the marriage 
soon falls apart. 

The second principle for marriage from God's point 
of view and according to His law, is that marriage is 
not dissolvable, 'What therefore God hath joined to- 
gether, let not man put asunder" (Matt. 19:6). In God's 
eyes, marriage is created just like He created the uni- 
verse. It is here to stay. Its laws operate and work day 
by day. Marriage, like nature and life itself, is a crea- 
tion of God! It is to be considered by all men as such. 
It is a grievious sin for any one, family or otherwise, 
to create any dissension in a family's life. It is grievous 
sin to do anything harmful to the structure of a 
marriage between a man and woman. It is sinful for a 
wife or husband to deliberate' y try to break down the 
moral of a marriage and destroy the vows. 

The vows you make before God, "For better or for 
worse; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish 
till death us do part," bind man and woman in a God- 
given union that no one can destroy, just as no one can 
destroy birth. Marriage, as such, can be the most won- 
derful of all God's creation. 

The third spiritual Jaw of marriage is based on the 
greatest force in Christianity; it is the greatest power 
God has ever revealed. Marriage is based upon love! 
(1) ". . . As the church is subject unto Christ, so let the 



wives be to their own husbands in everything. (2) Hus 
bands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved th< 
church, and gave himself for it" (Eph. 5:24-25). Notict 
the love here; it is not a romantic feeling that some 
times young peop'e have in their adolescence. Love ii 
marriage has to be more than just infatuation and sex 
ual desire. Love is based upon the spiritual love tha 
Gocl has made known to us through His Son Jesu: 
Christ. Love is telf-sacrifice in marriage. Love prefer: 
one over the other. Let your mate always come befor* 
yourself. Love in marriage demands respect; honor 
and sanctity of the body, mind, and soul every hour o 
the day and all through the night. (Please rea< 
I Corinthians 13:1-13.) 

Love is something you do in marriage. Marriage caj 
end! No matter how long you have been married, it cai 
break and fall apart. No marriage is secure when lov 
of God is not in the marriage. If spiritual love wane 
between husband and wife, then all the other parts o 
marriage will weaken, and eventually divorce will b 
inevitable. 

Spiritual law for marriage is based upon spiritua 
love for God! Do you remember, "Husbands, love you 
wives, even as Christ also loved the church." In othe 
words, a husband's love for his wife is based upon th 
same kind of love that a man may have for the buildin 
of the kingdom of God. "As the church is subject unt 
Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands 
everything." In other words, present themselves hoi 
as in the presence of Christ. 

The last spiritual law pertains to the end-purpose c 
marriage. ". . . Male and female created he them. An 
God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitfu 
and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue ii 
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and ove 
the fowl of the air, and over every living thing the 
moveth upon the earth" (Gen. 1:27-28). In marriagl 
when sex is abused, divorce is inevitable. Marriage I 
designed to bring children into the world. Here, agaiJ 
marriage is the most wonderful creation; having chil 
dren is even more beautiful. All the material things il 
the world cannot make up for the love and happinefl 
that a family can have in a home which follows til 
purpose for which their marriage was created. Whe| 
marriage is used alone for social, sensual, or sexual pul 
poses, trouble is ahead, and divorce is sure lo come. 

In conclusion, in a day when we see moral decay al 
around us, it is imperative that a Christian realizes til 
importance of making his marriage a witness f( 
Christ. Weddings in the church, being performed by 
Christian minister in the name of Christ, is a publ 
testimony that this man and this woman stand in tl 
presence of God on their wedding day as evidence 
their faith in God. God is the one who put love into the 
hearts. God is the one who unites them in this mo 
holy estate of matrimony, and God will provide tl 
grace and sustain a marriage all the days of their live 

With one out of two mart iages being destroyed t 
divorce, each family should begin, "To let your lig' 
so shine before men, that they may see your goc 
works, and glorify your Father which is in heavei 
(Matt. 5:16). This holy estate must be a reflection i 
God's divine love. With this, He shall bring unde 
standing, peace, and happiness to the world in whit 
you live. 



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NAME THE LODGE CONTEST 




Neiv Lodge at Camp Bethany 

■ 

THE PRIZE 

A free week of camping at Camp Bethany during- the 1971 season. (This 
prize may be awarded to a camper of the winner's choice) 

Rules of the contest: 

1. Only residents of the Ohio District are eligible. 

2. Only one name from each contestant will be considered. 

3. The contest will be open only from April 1 to April 30. (Names 
submitted prior to April 1 or after April 30 will not be considered. ) 

4. The decision of the judges will be final. 

5. The winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon, May 31st, at 
Camp Bethany, at the time of the dedication of the new lodge. 

6. The winner need not be present to win. 

This contest is being sponsored by the Camp Program Commission of the 
District Board of Christian Education. All entries must be mailed to : 

Miss Beverly Summy, secretary 

Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 



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Adrian, Pa. (Brush Valley) The 

Women's Missionary Society of the 
church is packing boxes for ser 
vicemen. This is a very worthj 
project. 

Vandergrift, Pa. The Senior Sister 
hood girls are collecting some 
items for the church nursery. Thej 
are collecting boys' toys, dol 
clothes and fitted crib sheets. 



Milledgeville, 111. Pastor Black was 
selected as one of the participants 
in the Drug Education Training 
Workshop held at Rockford, Illi- 
nois, March 8, 15, 22 and 29. Mr. 
and Mrs. John L. Parks have been 
elected Deacon and Deaconess and 
plans are under way for their 
ordination. 

Derby, Kans. The Brethren Youth 
Crusaders will present a special 
program on Easter evening, April 
11. They are calling it a "God Is 
Alive" Rally. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. Sunday evening, 
March 21, the Unichords, a male 
quartet from Eaton, performed 
for us with a night of singing. The 
evening was enjoyed by everyone. 



Ashland, Ohio (Garber) The church 
will have a Missionary Conference 
April 4-7. Speakers will be Rev. 
Virgil Ingraham, John Rowsey, 
and Rev. Richard Winfield. 

Levittown, Pa. (Fairless-Hills) Re- 
vival services were held March 15- 
21. Rev. Arden Gilmer, pastor 
of the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church, was the speaker with mes- 
sages from Ephesians. 

Hagerstown, Md. The Ashland Col- 
lege Choir presented a concert 
in the First Brethren Church Tues- 
day, March 23. 

New Paris, Ind. Our third annual 
Missionary Conference will be held 
March 25-28. 



Gratis, Ohio. The Laymen held thei] 
public service Sunday evening 
February 14 with Virgil Barnhar 
as speaker. The film "Like 
Mighty Army" was shown on Sun 
day evening, February 7. This ii 
a down-to-earth true story of 
man in tune with his times. 

Sarasota, Fla. The church was happj 
to wish a happy birthday to Rev 
Fred Vanator on February 17 an< 
Rev. Clarence Stewart on Feb 
ruary 14. Both are 86 years old. 

South Bend, Ind. Thursday nighl 
March 4, the Honorable Williar 
Cahn, District Attorney of Nassai 
County (which includes New Yorl 
City), spoke on the subject, "Th 
Growing Cancer of Drug Abuse i 
America — and What You Can D 
About It." 






St. James, Md. The annual Father 
and Son Banquet was held on 
March 10. The Laymen held their 
Public Service Sunday evening, 
February 14. Tony Deibert was 
the guest speaker. 



Johnstown III, Pa. The annual 
Father-Son Banquet was held on 
Monday, February 22. All had a 
wonderful time. 



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Memorials 




MOORE. Mrs. Catherine Platts 
oore, 89, a faithful deaconess of 
ie Highland Brethren Church, 
iarianna, Pennsylvania, died Octo- 
jr 27, 1970. Mrs. Moore was the 
•andmother of Rev. Brian Moore, 
uneral services were conducted at 
ie church by the pastor, Rev. Carl 
Phillips. Interment was in the 
lurch cemetery. 

Jessie Phillips 



HEETER. Mrs. Blanche E. Heeter, 
77, died February 24, 1971 in Pea- 
body Home Health Center. She was 
a member of First Brethren Church, 
North Manchester, Indiana. Memo- 
rial services were conducted by Rev. 
Woodrow Immel and Rev. Walter 
Stinebaugh. 

Alice Ambridge 



POTTENGER. Mr. Glenn H. Pot- 
tenger, 71, died unexpectedly Feb- 
ruary 19, 1971 in Wabash Hospital. 
He was a member of the First 
Brethren Church, North Manchester, 
Indiana. Services were conducted by 
Rev. Woodrow Immel with inter- 
ment at South Whitley, Indiana 
Alice Ambridge 



FRYE. Herbert Frye, member of 
the Washington, D. C. Brethren 
Church, passed away on February 
11, 1971. Funeral services were con- 
ducted at the Mattingly Funeral 
Home, Washington, by the pastor, 
Rev. Robert L. Keplinger. 

Mrs. Ona Lee Sams 




Goldencrires 

Francis and Laura Swain cele- 
'ated their 64th Wedding Anniver- 
iry on March 21, 1971. They are 
)th long-time members of the First 
rethren Church of Oakville, Indi- 
la. 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul LaDow cele- 
"ated their 55th Wedding Anniver- 
Iry on February 7. They are mem- 
«"s of the Sarasota First Brethren 
lurch. 



Mr. and Mrs. Omer Rodkey, mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church of 
Burlington, Indiana for 55 years, 
held their 61st Wedding Anniversary 

February 12, 1971. 

% * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wilson of 
Route 1, Peru, Indiana celebrated 
their Golden Wedding Anniversary 
January 12. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Wabash, Ind. (College Corner )- 
by baptism. 




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SISTERHMB^ 



Devotional Program for Apri 



Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: God Loves You, and Understands Your 

Need To Be Loved 
Junior: The Book of Esther 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



Signal Lights Program for Apr 

Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinge 



Bible Theme: JOY 



Project: LIT-LIT 



Theme Song: 

"Joy, Joy, My Heart is Full of Joy" 

Motto: 

Jesus first; 
Others second; 
Yourself last. 

Singing Time: 

"Easter Day" 
"Wonderful Easter Story" 
"He's Alive" 



Bible Story Time: 

Easter Joy 

There was saddness in the hearts 
of the friends of Jesus. A night and 
a day had passed since He had been 
killed. It was evening again. Three 
of the women, Mary, Joanna, and 
Mary Magdalene were together. 

"If there was only something we 
might do for Him." said Mary Mag- 
dalene sadly. "He was always help- 
ing others and now there seems to 
be nothing we can do for Him." 



"We might prepare spices for £ 
burial," suggested Mary. 

"And take them to His tomb 
the morning," added Joanna. "It 
not much, but it is all we can 
now." 

"That's a good idea," agreed Ma 
Magdalene. 

And the women forgot their Sc 
ness a bit while they prepared spic 
to take to the garden tomb in 
morning. 

The next day was a beautiful oi 



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>on after the sun was sending its 
axm rays to the earth the women 
arted on their way. As they walked 
ong they were reminded again and 
:ain of Jesus, their friend. 
"How Jesus loved the beauty of 
ad's world!" said Mary. 
"Yes, everything in nature was 
is friend," agreed Joanna. 
"Do you remember what He said 
»out the birds and how God cares 
r them?" asked Mary Magdalene. 
"And the lilies of the field," added 
Ifary. "I can almost hear Him telling 
>w God cared for them, and how 
uch more He cares for us." 
"How He would have loved this 
orning," Mary Magdalene said. 
or this morning seems even more 
jautiful than others." 
Then the women grew silent. They 
ere nearing the tomb in which the 
)dy of Jesus had been placed. They 
ere wondering if they could move 
e big stone from the doorway, 
iddenly Joanna stopped. "Look," 
le cried. "The stone has been 
>lled away." 

Then the women went forward and 
to the tomb. 

"He is gone!" cried Mary. "His 
)dy is not here." 

As the women looked around in- 
de the tomb they saw a young man 
essed in white. 

"Why do you look for Jesus here?" 
? asked. "Do you not remember 
iat He said He would arise on the 
lird day? He is not here, but is 
sen as He said. Go quickly and tell 
is disciples." 

"Not dead, but risen?" asked the 
omen. 

And suddenly they knew what had 
ippened. Their friend Jesus was no 
nger dead. He was alive again, 
rue happiness filled their hearts, 
ropping their spices, they ran out 
: the tomb and back toward the 
reets of Jerusalem. 
"Jesus is risen! He lives, He lives!" 



they happily told everyone whom 
they met. 

They found the disciples and joy- 
fully told them, "Jesus our friend, 
our Savior is alive f orevermore ! " 
Based on Mark 16:1-7 

Memory Scripture Time: 
Matthew 28:8 

Our memory verse tells us what 
the women did after they found the 
empty tomb and talked with the 
angel. I'll read the verse for you. 

(Exp'ain that departed means 
went and sepulchre means tomb or 
grave. Talk about why the women 
felt fear and joy.) 

Now let's read the verse together. 

(After practicing this verse review 
previous ones.) 

Mission Time: 

Higi Children at Work and Play 

Higi children have work to do at 
home just as you do. The boys take 
care of the sheep and goats. They 
bring leaves for the animals to eat. 
They help their parents on the farm 
with the planting, hoeing, and har- 
vesting. In the dry season, when 
there is no garden, they work with 
their fathers on repairing huts and 
mats and building new huts. Some- 
times when everyone else is gone 
one of the boys may watch the com- 
pound. 

Girls carry water from the well. 
They carry firewood into the com- 
pound. They help their mothers hoe. 
They help the older members of the 
compound. They help take care of 
the babies and younger children. 

The girls grind the grain. Every- 
day some grain must be ground into 
flour. The guinea corn is pounded 
on a large stone with a small stone. 
Then it is sifted and reground to the 
right fineness. 

Both boys and girls often have 
small peanut farms of their own. 
They take care of these after they 



have finished their work for their 
parents. The money they make from 
the sale of the peanuts is their own. 

Higi children don't have a lot of 
playthings. Boys like to wrestle and 
play a game that is something like 
a ball game. The "ball' is a round 
piece of wood. The group divides into 
two sides. They face each other and 
everyone has a stick. They make a 
line behind each team and have one 
person guarding the line. The object 
is to hit the "ball" over the oppon- 
ents' line with your stick. 

The girls do not play this game. 
They like to make dolls out of leaves 
and sticks. Then they tie the dolls 
on their backs with rope. 

Boys and girls all around the 
world are very much alike. They all 
have work to clo at home. They all 
like to play with their friends and 
to make things. 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for Jesus our 
Savior. 

Let us pray that many more chil- 
dren will learn of Him. Let us pray 
especially for the Nigerian boys and 
girls. 

Handwork Time: 

A Higi Doll 

Have plenty of sticks and leaves 
and let the children make dolls as 
the Higi girls do. A ball of leaves 
will make the head. Sticks will form 
the body, arms and legs. 

If it is a nice day the group will 
enjoy going for a walk to find their 
own sticks and leaves. 

Game Time: 

If time and weather permit, take 
the Signal Lights outside to play 
the Higi "ball" game described in 
mission time. You will need to have 
ready a round piece of wood for the 
"ball" and a stick for each child. 

Signal Lights Benediction 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



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SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



by Ruth Barb 



God Loves You and Understands Your Need To Be Loved 



REMEMBER THE OLD SAYING, "In the spring a 
young man's fancy turns to love . . . and a young 
woman's too." Well, spring is here, and all over the land 
buds are bursting, birds are singing and the hearts and 
minds of both boys and girls are turning to love and the 
need to be someone special to someone of the opposite 
sex. Love is beautiful and wonderful and fabulous and 
created by God. Yet, love, like fire, or cars, or drugs 
can be misused, and then it can become ugly and sordid 
and cause us hurt and grief. The Bible teaches clearly 
that God is love, and true love comes from God, and 
that God guides us to the one very special love He has 
planned in our lives. Read with me the story of that 
very special kind of love that is found in the book of 
Genesis: 

"Come in you blessed of the Lord. Why stand out- 
doors when I have gotten the house ready and a place 
for the camels?" So the man came in and unloaded the 
camels. Then he provided straw and fodder; also water 
to wash his feet and the feet of the men with him. Food 
was placed before him to eat. But he said, "I shall not 
eat until I have told my errand." 

"Tell it!" he said. So he spoke, "I am Abraham's ser- 
vant, and the Lord has richly blessed my master; he 
has become great. . . . After Sarah, my master's wife, 
had grown old, she bore my master a son, to whom he 
is leaving all he has. My master also made me swear; 
he said, 'Secure no wife for my son from the daughters 
of the Canaanites, in whose land I am living, but go to 
my father's house, to my relatives, and get a wife for 
my son.' " 

"I said to my master, 'Perhaps the woman will not 
follow me,' but he told me, 'The Lord, in whose presence 
I walk, will send His angel with you to render your trip 
successful, so that you will obtain a wife for my son 
from my relatives and from my father's house'. . . ." 

"Today as I came to the well, I said, 'Lord God of my 
master Abraham, if Thou art about to prosper the way 
I am going, see, I am standing by the water-well; let it 
be that the girl who comes to draw water, to whom I 
say, "Please, let me drink a little water from your 
pitcher," and who says to me, "You drink, and I will 
draw for your camels, too," let her be the woman whom 
the Lord has designated for my master's son.' And be- 
fore I was through saying this in myself, there came 
Rebekah with her pitcher on her shoulder. She went 
down to the well and drew. I said to her, 'Please, let me 
have a drink.' Quickly she lowered her pitcher and said, 
'Have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!' So I 
drank, and she watered the camels, too." 

". . . and I bowed myself in worship to the Lord and 
praised the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had 
guided me in the right road to take the daughter of 
my master's brother for his son. . . ." 

". . . Do not detain me, since the Lord has made my 



journey successful; let me be off to get back to ] 
master." They said, "Let us call the girl and ask 1 
personally." So they called Rebekah and asked her, "/ 
you willing to go with this man?" Her answers was 
will go!" (Gen. 24:31ff.). 

Girls, I would like you to understand three thirl 
about the story of Isaac and Rebekah that can a| 
apply to your life. First, God's love was so personal tl 
he worked in a very specific way to solve this probl 
in Isaac's life. God didn't just reign from heaven a 
see that Isaac had food and clothes and shelter — He p 
sonally planned and worked out details so that Is? 
would have the wife that God knew would be best 
Isaac in every way. God instructed Abraham; God s< 
an angel to go with the servant, and God prepared 1 
heart of Rebekah to receive Isaac's messenger. 

Second, Isaac was willing to trust his life to Go 
plan. So often, we try to plan our own lives. We try 
make our own arrangements for meeting boyfriends 
for being together, and we become impatient if C 
doesn't hurry up and do things when and how we thi 
they ought to be done. Praise God when each of you ( j 
honestly say with the psalmist, "My times are in 1« 
hand!" 

Finally, Rebekah was also willing to trust God cl 
the plans He made for her life. Rebekah had never rW 
Isaac, had probably never traveled to his country; je 
as she listened to the servant she realized that o:I 
God the Eternal, with love and wisdom could hcle 
worked out such a beautiful plan. Her answer, "I vil 
go," meant she trusted God completely, knowing It 
would fulfill the desires of her heart. 

How much do you trust God? Do you realize hw 
much He loves you — how much He desires your hfci 
piness, and wants your love? Do you believe that Cl 
loves you so much He will satisfy your every need eld 
grant your deepest yearnings — if you let Him work \\ 
His plan for your life? Girls, when we try to run (b 
own lives, make our own plans, do what we want, tip 
God's love can't work through us and we tangle (jl 
lives up in a web of frustrations and broken dreail 
Nothing shatters more easily than love that is givu 
but not returned. Let that special boy in your life bl 
part of an eternal triangle — you, your friend, and Gil 
Pray together, search the Word together, worship p 
gether, and share God together. Let God plan even I 
details of your life, trust Him completely, and be vip! 
certain that the someone special you care about trul 
the Lord completely too. 

God's love is patient, God's love is kind; 
God's love is gentle, God's love is mine! 

Thank you Lord for the gift of love. Grant that fc 
may freely share it and freely receive it, with friei;s 
and very special people, as we commune together wjh 
Thee. In Jesus name, Amen. 



tlarch 27, 1971 

JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



Page Thirty-one 

by Mrs. R. L. Hoffman 



THE BOOK OF ESTHER 

Esther, A Star 



WHAT COULD ONE GIRL in a minority group do? 
This one became a star. Her name was Esther 
; which means "star"), and she is, in a very true sense, 
he star of the book of Esther. 

King Ahasuerus (pronounced Ah-has-u-air-us) was 
laving a big fling at the palace in Shushan. He and 
nost of the important men of Persia had been boozing 
It up for almost a week when the king got to bragging 
ibout his beautiful wife. A message was sent over to 
he queen that she was to make an appearance at the 
party. Queen Vashi refused to go. She would not let 
jhese druken men stare at her. Because she disobeyed 
jhe king, Queen Vashti was sent away forever. Esther, 
I Jewish maiden, was chosen from among many beauti- 
ful women to be the new queen. 

Mordecai, Esther's cousin who had raised her after 
ler parents died, stayed near the palace as much as 
j»ossible. Every time Haman (the king's right hand 
nan) would enter or leave the palace, there was 
/[ordecai. That wasn't so bad except that everyone was 
o bow in Haman's presence and Mordecai didn't. Be- 
ause Haman wanted to get rid of Mordecai, Haman 
sked King Ahasuerus for permission to establish a day 
vhen all the Jews could be destroyed — that way he 
vould be sure to get Mordecai. 

When the word got around to the Jewish people (a 
ninority group in Persia) they were really upset, 
/lodecai sent a message to Queen Esther. "Your life is 
n danger and your own people need help. Talk to the 
;ing about this dreadful law." The king did not know 
hat Queen Esther was a Jewess. 



No one, not even the queen, was allowed to go in to 
the king unless the king had sent for that person. Esther 
needed help. "Let's pray about it for three days, then 
I will go to the king. If I perish, I perish!" was her 
reply. 

Their prayers were answered. Esther was greeted by 
the king when she entered the throne room. Then she 
made a peculiar request of the king. "Would he and 
Haman have dinner with her?" 

At dinner that evening the king was in such a good 
mood that he told Esther she could have anything she 
wanted up to half of his kingdom. Again she asked, 
"Would you and Haman have dinner with me again 
tomorrow?" 

At dinner the next evening the king said to her 
another time, "What do you wish, Esther? I'll give you 
what you ask, up to half of my kingdom." 

Her request this time really shocked King Ahasuerus. 
"If I've found favor in your sight and if it please you, 
let me live and let my people live. We have been sold 
to be destroyed, to be slain and to perish." 

Immediately the king wanted to know who would 
even dare to do such a terrible thing. "The enemy," said 
Queen Esther, "is this wicked Haman." 

The king was so angry he had Haman hanged. Then 
he issued another law which allowed the Jewish people 
permission to arm and defend themselves on the day 
that they were to have been destroyed. 

Thus it was Esther (the star) who saved her people 
from destruction. 




Promises to Peter, by Charlie W. Shedd. Word Books, 
Waco, Texas. 1970. Cloth, 147 pages, $3.95. 

Some readers will immediately recognize the author's 
name and remember his other books: The Stork Is 
Dead, Letters to Karen, and Letters to Phillip. This 
book, like his others, is written without the use of mind- 
boggling psychological terms. It is a simple book with 
a lot of "good horse-sense" about parent-child relation- 
ships. 

Great ideas are present in such statements as "the 
greatest thing I can do for my boy is to love his mother 
well," or "they care more about what their parents 
think, the more their parents let them think for them- 
selves." The author, a minister and lecturer, writes out 
of a wealth of experience as father of 9 children and 
not as a mere technician. 

This book will undoubtedly be widely read, and in 
this time of puzzled parents, its simple guidelines will 
be warmly welcomed. Church librarians would be well- 
advised to secure a volume. 

Gilbert A. Jensen 



Brethren Historical Library 

Manchester College 

North Manchester, Indiana 46962 



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International Hotel 

Los Angeles, California 

April 20-22, 1971 



Jesus 
cLmisr 

LORt) 
Of ALL 



29th Annual Convention 
of the National Association of Evangelicals 




Graham Undsell Armerdlng Johnson Hill Blair Baxter 

SPEAKERS 



Billy Graham, evangelist 
Montreal North Carolina 

Harold Lindsell, editor 

Christianity Today, Washington, D.C. 

Hudson T. Armerding, president 

Wheaton College and National Association 
ot Evangelicals, Wheaton, Illinois 

Edgar Johnson, general secretary 

The Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, 
Missouri 



Edward Hill, pastor 

Mount lion Baptist Church, and director 
of World Christian Training Center, 
Los Angeles, California 

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Can The P iE c eS Be Put Together? (Editoria 

Board Of Christian Education 

News From The Brethren 

Brotherhood 

Cheep Advice 

Mission Board 

Bates' Bate Box 

"Brethren Pilgrims" by M. W. Dodds 

"You And The Environment" by Jim Schwartz 

Poetry Corner 

"Jack-Of-All-Trades Syndrome" 
by Earl D. Radmacher 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 



SUPPOSIN' IN THE COMPOSIN' 

The March 13th issue of The Brethren Evangelist 

contained an announcement of Rev. Charles R. Munson 
receiving his Doctorate Degree. There was an error in 
the manner his acedemic progress was reported and is 
hereby being corrected. This should have read: A.B. 
Ashland College; B.D. Ashland Theological Seminary; 
Th. M. Pittsburgh (Western) Theological Seminary; 
Ph. D. Case Western Reserve University. Our humble 
apologies for this error. (Ed.) 



It really isn't too early to start planning for General 
Conference. To eliminate unnecessary haste and con- 
fusion in the last few months, The Brethren Publishing 
Company would like to have all materials for the con- 
ference program before June 17. 



Word has been received from Sarasota, Florida tl 
the Vanators have moved. Their new address is: 
Rev. Fred C. Vanator 
Lot 4-P, 3826 Guilder St. 
Windmill Village 
Sarasota, Florida 33580 




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fN THE PUBLISHING BUSINESS, especially in the 
L realm of daily newspapers and various periodicals, 
here is an appointed time usually called a deadline 
jvhen all the copy and photographs are ready for as- 
sembling and for what one might say, "to get it all 
together." 

We are reminded of the expression that seems to be 
;o popular among the younger set these days, "get it 
till together." This is their way of saying — and a pretty 
accurate way at that — that there isn't much time left, 
md we had better be doing something about putting our 
bouse in order in the time we do have remaining. 

This no doubt covers quite a bit of territory when we 

realize that they are speaking of what is practically in 

jhe back yard of each of us, ecology, the population 

explosion, the existing and future food supply, the tug- 

)f-war between peace and war, the social problems 

vhich are rearing their ugly heads all over this globe 

:alled earth. There hasn't even been a dozen men as yet 

o set foot upon the planet Moon and already there has 

>een a problem dealing with spiritual matters. 

] Of course, there are those who think that even though 

it took years to foul up the environment and run ramp- 

iint through our reserves of resources, that it can all 

>e corrected and replenished over night as it were. 

jrhere are those who are so determined to force feed 

prrective measures in some phases of environment con- 

rol that they are literally falling over a half a dollar 

o pick up a nickle. One case in point to illustrate this 

s the termination of the use of DDT. The World Health 

Organization has given an estimate of a million cases 

)f malaria breaking out from a new wave of the disease 

>ecause the use of DDT was banned in Ceylon. 

There must be hundreds of ways that most of the 
)ollution and ecological problems can be satisfactorily 
»olved, even though it may take a bit of time, finances 
jind co-operation. 

But there are other problems at hand which need 
)ther corrective measures to solve and after being 
;olved, have them abolished forever if possible — the 



problems which are destroying the minds and bodies 
of humanity itself — drugs, alcoholism, immorality, ra- 
cial hatred to name a few of the most important ones. 

It seems strange that many people are concerned to 
the point of frustration because some soap suds are 
floating on the surface of the streams flowing close to 
their property, but shrug it off most complacently if 
they hear of a 12 or 14-year-old living next door or in 
the same block that is pushing dope. How close to home 
does something of this nature have to get to run the 
storm signals up the pole? 

The trucking industry has long known that the use 
of reflectorized materials on the back of their vehicles 
has been most helpful and instrumental in the vast re- 
duction of rear-end collisions. The reason being that 
reflective signs permit wide-angle vision, are easier to 
see in stormy weather, and can be seen both day and 
night. 

Perhaps the words ME'NE, ME'NE, TE'KEL 
U-PHAR'SIN should once again be written on the wall, 
only this time in reflective letters so they also can be 
read by wide-angle vision, in stormy weather (the clouds 
may never have been darker) and also to be read day 
and night instead of very occasionally when one might 
be involved in the study of The Old Testament. 

It is possible to provide the solution to these problems. 
The means are at hand. The opportunities are many. 
Christianity, if used in the fullest sense of the word, 
could utilize its spiritual leadership in its missionary 
outreach with all the resources it has at its disposal, 
with the flame of the Holy Spirit lighting the way, the 
power of God providing the energy. 

So, let's take our seminaries, our church-related col- 
leges, our missionaries, the men and women's organi- 
zations, our youth groups, our Sunday schools, and most 
of all, all of us who take the committment of Christ 
seriously and as our young people put it, "get it all 
together" for the glory of God and His Kingdom. And 
also as our young people tell it, "while there is yet time 
and opportunity." (G.S. ed.) 



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IT'S NOT TOO LATE! 

. . . No, it's not too late to get information on the 1971 
Bible Quiz and form a team/s in your church. 

The books for quizzing this year are: 
JAMES 

I and II PETER 
The official Bible version being used is the 1970 
edition of the New English Bible. 

Bible Quiz rules and sample questions are available 
from the Board of Christian Education, and if you did 
not send in the form found in the current issue of BCE 
News or in an eai4ier Evangelist, we are including a 
request form on this page. These materials come to you 
free of charge. 

Note: Although we have no divisions in quizzing 
again this year, this does not mean that you can have 
only one team from your church. A church may field as 
many teams as they have personnel for, so if you have 
a dozen kids who want to quiz, encourage them all to 
become quiz team members. 

Finals of the Bible Quiz will be held during the week 
of General Conference, August 16-22, 1971. 

Two recommended workbooks available from the 
Brethren Publishing Company, 524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 are: 

JAMES, Moody Press, 60C 

I and II PETER, Moody Press, 600. 



BIBLE QUIZ INFORMATION REQUESTED 

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The Brethren Evangel 

YOUTH HAVE EVENING SERVICE 
AT WEST ALEXANDRIA 




l. to v.: 1st row - Grace Davis, 

Denise Ward, Carol French; 

2nd roiv - Bobby Davis and 

Curt Davis 



ON SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 1971 the youth of 
First Brethren Church of West Alexandria, Ol 
held the evening worship service. 

Bob Davis was the M.C. with Connie Waymire 
song leader. Denise Ward and Margie Gardner I 
prayer. The Youth Choir sang the "Boys and Gi 
Assurance March." We also had a quintet of Gr 
Davis, Denise Ward, Carol French, Bobby Davis, si 
Curt Davis. An instrumental number was presented I; 
Donna Gilbert and Phylis Gardner on the flute <[< 
clarinet. 

Three sermonettes were given by Sterling Oswl 
("Sin"), Donna French ("Christ's Second Coming) 
and Janet Gilbert ("Death - For All Ages"). 

The service was then closed by the singing of "Jb 
As I Am" and the choir's "God Be With You." 

Janet Gilbert, secretary 



BRETHREN CHURCH 



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ril 10, 1971 Page Five 

PAPER DOLL PEOPLE 

The following free verse ivas written by an anonymous Ohio State Univer- 
sity student and was obtained by the Director of Christian Education, Fred 
Burkey, who is taking graduate work at Ohio State. 



How do you build a tomorrow on a thin, threatened today? 
There are no tools to borrow, just a sack full of paper mache 
Because people are paper dolls, flattened and flimsy 

paper doll people with fixed faces and fronts 

no backs - people of just one dimension 

Paper doll people, copy after copy etched identical 
by dictator billboards 

by hypnotic screens and billious magazines 
and street signs and headlines 
and status symbols and high styles 

Paper doll people safe in their sameness - 

safe and soft and spineless 
living in cardboard houses - row upon row 
moving in tiny tin cars - stream after stream 

on ribbon roads and frightening freeways 

Paper doll people working in ugly block building, stack after stack 

with glass walls and hurrying halls 
Paper dolls consuming tired rubber sandwiches, bitter black coffee 

and coke and smoke and smut and smog 
People speaking at each other in copy-cat conversation 

quoting others who quote others - who quote still others 

with minds that memorize monotonous mechanics and term it thinking 

How do you build a tomorrow on such a think threatened today? 
where values are vended like vegetables - 
loveliness is a lipstick - or a lather 
love is a bikini - or hip-low pants 
beauty is a bath - a bra, a bed or a bottle 

culture is a Broadway play banned in Boston 
music is a twist - a tortured disc 
nature is a plastic plant 

a poodle in a jacket, grass in a packet 

discipline is 2,000 calories a day 
friendship is in alcoholic flavors 

gin and julep - brandy and beer 

philosophy is a label on a library shelf 
religion is a church supper, a collection plate 
marriage is a meal, a stopping-off place 

a namesake, a between-work-break 

honesty is a required tax statement 
compassion is welfare office, an alphabet check 

How do you build a tomorrow on today's paper values 

vented to paper people to paste upon their differences 
and cover them with a colorless, predictable pattern 

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How do you build a tomorrow on today's corrugated canyon 

where there's no room for eyes to see - ears to hear - minds to mediate 

110 room for souls to grow 

room only to copy, to complain, to criticize 

What happened to people who stand out like giants in vitality and vigor 
What happened to minds that design 

hearts that hope 

and faces that respond to delight and concern 
to anger, to sorrow 
to happiness ? 
What happened to people with purpose and pulses 

and muscles and motive 
and dimension, depth, determination? 

The paper must be split, the pattern broken, the canyon scaled 

So real people appear 

with eyes uncovered 

with ears opened 

hearts bared, 

minds unleashed, souls exposed. 

Real people who know 

loveliness in a listening face 

love in a held-out hand 

beauty in a beating rain 

culture in a student's struggle 

music in aria, in a bird's pure note 

nature in a baby sapling, in a polliwog's wiggle 

discipline in a tasteless task 

friendship in one unlike the self 

philosophy as a deed, not a word 

religion that goes home from church 

marriage that is both heaven and haven in one's heart 

honesty respects the self - not the law 

compassion touches close at hand - to spread itself across a land 

Peel the paper to the person beneath 
Crumple the dolls to the souls inside 
Probe to the real person 

each different, one from the other 

each special, each capable and creative 

each needed, each God designed, one of a kind. 
Real people with eyes to envision the loveliness 

God lay bare and beautiful for soul stretching 

the land, the lake, the massive mountain 

the flung stars, the cool forest, the vast desert 

eyes to see around the earth and beyond thru space 
Real people with ears to hear music in moving living things 

a cricket cheep a thunder clap 

a bird's thrill, a fall's roar 

With hearts to leap in love for another 
to despair in grief for another 
to feel, to care, to beat steady 
to pulse strong 

With minds to act on, to feel with facts to rely upon, to breed ideas to 
create, to meditate 
minds to build a tomorrow 

Giant people of strong spines, sure minds with values worth a child's learning 

and deed worth a world's remembering 
Real people each God designed, one of a kind, 

must re-build a today strong enough to reach a tomorrow. 



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Saint James Brethren Church 
St. James, Maryland 21781 
February Ik, 1971 

Dear Friends in Christ: 

This letter is to inform you that plans are moving forward for construction 
of our new sanctuary at St. James. Lord willing, in the immediate future 
construction should be underway . 

The sanctuary construction is to be financed in three ways: (1) By pledges 
which were made in 1969 and are now being paid, (2) by special projects 
and gifts, and (3) by receiving of memorial gifts. 

A Memorial Committee has been appointed by the Building Committee, 
consisting of: Larry Horchner, chairman; Paul Culler; Marvin Jamison. 

The purpose of this committee is to guide any person who wishes to pur- 
chase a memorial item in choice of an item that they can afford. The 
following items in the church building may be memorialized: 

1. Construction of ivindoiv for south end 

2. Move and repair six windows (from old to new church) 

3. Thirty church seats (pews) 
U. Two altar (platform) seats 

5. Pulpit and altar table 

6. Interior doors 

7. Hymnals 

8. Baptistry 

9. Public address system 

10. Altar table fixtures 

11. Light fixtures 

12. Carpeting 

13. Memorial plaque 

There possibly will be other items added to the list, we ivill keep you in- 
formed. Some items have already been memorialized. 

For further information, or to give a memorial gift, feel free to contact 

any member of the committee. 

Yours In His Service, 
Larry Horchner, chairman 
Paul Culler 
Marvin Jamison 



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The Brethren Evangelis! 



NEW PASTOR AT HUNTINGTON 
FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 




Rev. and Mrs. Leonard S. Bennett 



r[E REVEREND LEONARD S. BENNETT, ne\ 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 509 Eas 
State Street, Huntington, Indiana, delivered his firs 
sermon to the Huntington Brethren on February 28. I 

Reverend and Mrs. Bennett, formerly of Garret 
Pennsylvania, are now residing in the church parson 
age at 506 East State Street, Huntington. 

A graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, an 
of the School of Journalism of Chicago, Rev. Bennett il 
alio experienced in office management and busines! 
management. He began his ministry as a Brethren evai! 
gelist in the Grace Brethren Church and is well know 
in churches in Northern Michigan, Ohio, West Virgini;) 
Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Pie served pa tj 
torates in Pennsylvania, his native state, before movinj 
to Huntington. 

Reverend Bennett and his wife, Erma, came into thl 
Brethren Church approximately three years ago. Ej 
received his license to the ministry one year ago. 

The Bennetts are former members of the Berlin Bred 
ren Church and are the parents of one daughter, Gai 
who is married and living in Pennsylvania. 



SO SEND I YOU 

SARASOTA FIFTH ANNUAL MISSIONARY CONFERENCE 

February 21-28, 1971 



THHE HIGHLIGHT of the Sarasota Fifth Annual 
1 Missionary Conference was the consecration service 
for short-term technical missionaries Mr. and Mrs. Mark 
Logan. This special event was held on the final climactic 
evening just a few short hours before the Logans board- 
ed a plane in Miami on the way to Buenos Aires, 
Argentina. Rev Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of 
the National Mission Board; Rev. St. Clair Benshoff, 
president of the National Mission Board; and pastor 
J. D. Hamel, a member of the board; participated in the 
special service. Also present were honorary life mem- 
bers of the board Rev. C. A. Stewart and Everett Miller. 

The conference was highlighted with first-hand re- 
ports of Brethren mission work by General Secretary 
Rev. Ingraham and Rev. Dick Winfield, Brethren mis- 
sionary in Nigeria, West Africa. We were thrilled with 
the challenge we as Brethren have to present the life- 
saving message of Christ to the soul-hungry of India, 
Africa and Argentina. The conference opened with 
challenging missionary messages by the pastor on the 
8 a.m. radio broadcast, "The Brethren Hour," and at 
the 10 a.m. morning worship service at which there was 
an attendance of 538. 

Special music during the conference included beauti- 
ful organ renditions by Rev. St. Clair Benshoff and a 
missionary cantata by the Senior Choir, "So Send I 



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/. to r.: Mrs. Harry Liu, Rev. Phil Lerseh, AjJ 
Harry Liu, Dick Winfield, Mark Logan, Chanfo 
Logan, Rev. J. D. Hamel, Ree. Virgil InqrahaU 
Rev. St. Clair Benshoff. 



You" by John Peterson. During the meetings we all 
had a first-hand report of our home mission work 
St. Petersburg with Rev. Phil Lersch. The film, "Til 



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Many Faces of Viet Nam" was also shown, stirring our 
ihearts with compassion for the hungry of the world. 
First-hand reports from Southeast Asia were given by 
Rev. and Mrs. Harry Liu, world missionaries from 
■Pocket Testament League and the home mission secre- 
tary of P.T.L., Rev. Victor Beattie, Jr. Rev. Douglas 
[lines also presented the work of Bible Literature, 
International, with the showing of the film, "The Mighty 
'Moving of God in Africa." Special features of the con- 
ference were slides, displays, informal morning "Chat 
and Snack" coffee hour, and a Saturday morning mis- 
sionary breakfast for men. 

! In spite of the fact that our new $150,000 church 
[sanctuary was just dedicated in December and funds 
are now being raised to convert the Vanator Fellowship 
Hall (our former sanctuary) into Sunday school class- 
poms, our largest faith promise to date was subscribed 
U-over $6,000. This is always in addition to the amount 
given to missions through our regular church budget. 

i Christ's command is, "Go and preach the Gospel to 
every creature." Presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
;to the lost at home and abroad should ever be our aim! 
What else matters? 




The consecration of Missionaries Mark and 
Chantal Logan with Rev. J. D. Hamel; Rev. St. 
Clair Benshoff; and Rev. Virgil Ingraham, Gen- 
eral Secretary of the Missionary Board presiding. 



CANTON BRETHREN DEDICATE A NEW ORGAN 




rIE PICTURE ABOVE shows Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. 
Mishler of North Canton, Ohio, who recently gave 
o the Trinity Brethren Church a new, two-manual Allen 
Drgan. The picture was taken on the Sunday evening 
ust prior to Christmas when the church choir presented 
ts Christmas Cantata under the direction of Choir Direc- 
or, Edgar Heist. 



Special dedicatory services were held in the church on 
Sunday evening, November 29th with an all musical pro- 
gram, composed of congregational singing, special music 
by the church choir, a special selection on the organ by 
Mrs. Mishler, and a concert by James Caldwell, Organist 
and Choir Director of St. Louis Catholic Church in 
Louisville. 

One of the special features of the Allen Organ is its 
revolving speakers. Four of the six speakers revolve 
continuously, thoroughly mixing the music as it is 
played, resulting in far better tone quality and sound. 
A special sound chamber was built in the front of the 
church, high above the bapistry and altar areas, which 
not only provides the very finest of sound effects, but 
also adds to the symmetry and beauty of the church, it- 
self. The building of this sound chamber was the work 
of John Clapper; the design was drawn by Harland 
Clapper; and the materials for construction were pro- 
vided by Earl Glessner. Each of these men is a member 
of the congregation, and each contributed the work or 
materials without cost to the congregation. 

One other feature of the organ is a small organ cham- 
ber, specially planned for the choir loft. This, too, was 
provided for the congregation by the Mishlers. 

On Sunday, February 21st, a brass plate with an in- 
scription to identify the gift, was placed on the organ, 
and a letter of appreciation was read and presented to 
the Mishlers during the morning worship service. The 
congregation greatly enjoys the organ each week, and 
anticipates its continued usefulness and blessing for a 
long time to come. 

Arlene Heist, the wife of the choir director is the 
church organist. Her assistant is Mrs. Mishler. 



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Boys* Brotherhood 



0RG1VING OTHER 



I'VE GOT A HANGUP" 



(For sometime, there have been no programs offered 
for local Brotherhood groups to use in their monthly 
meetings. As president of the National Boys' Brother- 
hood Organization, I have been asked to write a series 
of studies. If you have any comments or suggestions, 
write to me, in care of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany.— R.W.W. ) 




by RONALD W. WATERS 



Ron, Waters is a member of the Gretna, Ohio Brethren Church where his 
father is the pastor. He is presently a student at Ashland College where he 
is enrolled as a pre-seminary student. He is a member of the 1970 Crusader 
teCtm and a member of the Alpha Theta organization. 



ONCE UPON A TIME there was a wise businessman. 
Being an industrious man, he worked constantly 
at his business in order to gain great wealth. After 
many years of toiling, he finally acquired so much 
wealth that he was a multi-millionaire. 

Now while the businessman was acquiring his wealth, 
he loaned $50,000 to a man who was buying a farm. The 
farmer used this money wifely to purchase the farm 
and some of the equipment necessary to operate it. 
However, it seemed that no matter how hard the farmer 
tried to save enough money to pay his debt, he never 
came close to the $50,000. 

After the businessman had become a multi-millionaire, 
he checked over his financial records. Discovering the 
farmer's debt to him, the businessman decided to collect 
the $50,000. But the farmer could not even begin to 
repay his debt and pleaded for more time. The million- 
aire, although being a shrewd businessman, was a kind 
gentleman. After looking at his great wealth and the 
meager means of the farmer, the businessman told the 
farmer that he would cancel his debt completely. Of 
course, the farmer went home a very happy man. 

The next day as the farmer and his hired man were 
working in the field, the farmer recalled loaning this 
hired man $50 several months before. The farmer de- 
manded that his hired man repay the $50. The hired 
man pleaded for more time, but the farmer refused to 
give it to him. As a result of a lawsuit filed by the farm- 
er, the hired man had to declare bankruptcy. 

When this happened, some friends of the hired man 
went to the businessman to explain to him the actions 
of the farmer. When the businessman heard of the un- 



grateful attitude of the farmer, he filed suit against thj 
farmer for the original amount of his debt, $50,000. Tb 
farmer, too, had to declare bankruptcy in order to pa;| 
his debt. 

This story should sound somewhat familiar, for it i| 
a personal paraphrase of the story Jesus Christ tol<| 
in Matthew 18:23-34. Christ used His story as an exampl 
of the principle of forgiving others. Each of us, as thl 
farmer, has a great debt before God. We have sinnej 
against Him, and He has given Christ to die for our sirl 
When we come before Him pleading for more time, Hi 
knows we will never be able to repay so large a debl 
So God forgives us of all the wrong we have done Him 

On the other hand, many of our fellow guys and gal;J 
represented by the hired man, have wronged us in thl 
course of our lifetime. Their offenses, though they seerl 
large to us, are hardly anything compared to our detl 
to God. We, likewise, should forgive others of the wronj. 
they have done to us. If we do not forgive others of at 
wrong, we are in danger of having our account witl 
God reopened, as happened to the farmer. As God hal 
forgiven much of us, so we must forgive the relative!! 
small things of others. 

This is difficult for me to do. It is much easier to blo\fe 
up at someone than to simply forgive them. But evef' 
worse than this, I sometimes practice what David Augs 
burger of the "Mennonite Hour" has called phony foil 
giveness. Phony forgiveness takes place when we sal 
we will forgive another person, yet we tack a conditioj 
to that forgiveness. 

One type of phony forgiveness is called play-scho<|| 
forgiveness. Augsburger says that a person employing 



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his forgiveness might say, "I will forgive you after I 
(each you a lesson or two." However, we forget that 
forgiveness is a gift of love — something given without 
j'xpecting anything in return. If we make the person pay 
for his wrong by teaching him a lesson, we are not really 
Jorgiving him. 

[ Augsburger suggests that another type of phony for- 
giveness might be called monopoly — "I will forgive you 
is soon as you prove you are sorry." We can monopolize 
i. person's life by requiring proof of his sorrow for 
vronging us. We may think that if a person wrongs us 
leveral times in the same way that he is not truly 
orry, even though he asks forgiveness each time. How- 
ever, Christ taught Peter in Matthew 18:22 that no 



matter how many times a man wrongs us, we should 
forgive him unconditionally. Only in this type of for- 
giveness can we follow God's example. 

I would like to suggest a ihird game to Augsburger's 
two. Sometimes we play I've got a secret — "Even though 
I will not forgive you, I will not let you or anybody else 
know I am angry." This only hurts the person who will 
not forgive, for hatred and resentment will soon build 
within him. As a result, he will be in a touchy, foul 
mood. We must avoid this too. 

This month let's keep this principle of forgiving others 
utmost in our minds. Remember: Christ taught for- 
giveness, God practiced it, and we must attempt it. 



AMOS PROPHESIES 
THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL 



A MOS was a prophet of Judah, the Southern King- 
^V dom, with a message to Israel, the Northern King- 
lom, during the reigns of Uzziah, king of Judah (787- 
35 B.C.) and Jeroboam II, king of Israel (790-749 B.C.) 
^.mos 1:1. 

This prophecy seems to have been delivered by Amos 
in a visit to Bethel (Amos 7:10-14) about thirty years 
fiefore the fall of Israel. 

Jeroboam's reign had been very successful economi- 
ally. The kingdom had been considerably enlarged 
II Kings 14:23-29). Israel was in the tide of prosperity, 
>ut brazen in idolatry and moral decay. A land of 
wearing, stealing, injustice, oppression, robbery, 
idultery and murder. They were also worshiping the 
;olden calves that King Jeroboam I set up in Bethel and 
)an about two hundred years earlier and Baal and 
^.shteroth, two of the most commonly worshipped idols 
n the Old Testament. 

God had sent Elijah, Elisha and Jonah to the Israel- 
tes, warning them to repent and turn from their wicked 
vays, but they refused to listen. Israel was hardened in 
ts wicked ways and idolatry and speeding on to ruin, 
vixen God sent Amos and Hosea in a final effort to save 
he nation from its mad dash to destruction. In Amos 
!:4-7, he tells them how they are oppressing the poor 
ind of their greediness and cheating in order to gain 
naterial wealth for themselves. 

King Amaziah told Amos in 7:12-13 to go back to 
j!udah to live and prophesy there. He didn't want to 
jiear the terrible things that were coming for Israel. 
Vmos told them in 8:11-12 that the days would come 
vhen there would be a famine in the land for the Word 
)f God and the Water of Life. 

It might not have been an easy job for Amos to carry 
his type of message to a backslidden nation; but he 
>beyed God and did it. The words he spoke to them came 
rue. 




by JAMES I. MACKALL 



Are we willing to take the Word of God to a lost and 
dying nation? Sometimes we say we are willing, but do 
not even speak to our next door neighbor about God and 
His Church. Then how could we go into a far away field 
to labor if we cannot do it at home? 

God's great commission is to go unto all the world, 
starting at home first, then spreading out. Are we will- 
ing to be used of God? 

Questions for Discussion 

1. Do we have anybody like Amos today warning the 
people? 

2. How popular would Amos be today if he were to 
warn some of our higher politicians of the destruc- 
tion that is surely facing this nation because of our 
drifting away from God through their governing? 

3. In what ways do you think conditions compare with 
those of Amos' time spiritually speaking? 

4. What warning would Amos have for our political 
and professional people about their demands for 
higher pay and fees? What would he say about the 
constantly increasing tax burden placed on the poor 
and the jobless and retired people? 



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THE LIVING BIBLE 



The Bible in everyday language for everyone — a 
paraphrase of the complete Bible by Dr. Kenneth N. 
Taylor. 



The translation of the complete Living Bible is now 
finished and will be published simultaneously in England 
and the United States in September 1971. The deluxe, 
cloth edition will be 1,400 pages with the first U.S. print- 
ing of 500,000. The deluxe, cloth edition will retail at 
$9.95 and the leather editions (both brown and black) 
will retail at $19.95. 




CHEEP ADVICE 




Happiness is finding your glasses soon 
enough to still remember what you want- 
ed them for. 

A lot of people dislike television so much 
that they sit up half the night glaring 
at it. 



TAKE NOTE, PARENTS— Possibly the factor that 
makes the adult-youth controversy more difficult than 
ever is that for the first time parents are outnumbered. 
Worse yet, they can't blame it on the children! 

Troy Gordon 
from the New Paris bulletin 

I would rather have one little rose, from the garden 
of a friend 
Than to have the choicest flowers, when my 
stay on earth must end. 
I would rather have the kindest words, and a smile 
that I can see 
Than flattery when my heart is still, and this has 
ceased to be. 
B;ing me all the flowers today, whether pink, white 
or red — 
I'd rather have one blossom now, than a truck 
load when I'm dead. 



April 10, 1971 



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GIVE LATITUDE 
TO BRETHREN 
WORLD-WIDE 
MISSIONS 





M. Virgil Ingraham. 
General Secretary 
Mission Board of 

The Brethren Church 



The words of our Lord, "Lift up your eyes . . . 
look on the fields . . . which are white unto har- 
vest" are as pertinent today as when they were 
uttered so long ago. When considering the ever- 
increasing world population, ive who are Christian 
ought to sense the urgent call to enlarged vision 
and broadened missionary effort to reach these 
unevangelized multi-millions with the Gospel. 

To say it another way, Christ's commission 
urges us to develop a growing LATITUDE in 
world missions which involves the total church 
and every individual believer. Webster's definition 
of "latitude" is suggestive: 

LATITUDE— breadth, width, scope, free- 
dom from narrow restrictions, geographical, 
astronomical, etc. 

The term has a geographical application for us, 
for even as Christ died for people all over the 
world, we are directed to go into all the world 
preaching the Gospel. 

The definition suggesting "freedom from nar- 
row restrictions" pinpoints one of our most preva- 
lent human problems. This is our own self-limita- 



tion, which is a genuine hindrance to real LATI- 
TUDE in missions. Self -limitation can take many 
forms. Several readily come to mind, one of which 
is our unwillingness to become completely in- 
volved in missionary work. Another is our insuf- 
ficient dependence on God's ability to make our 
offered talents and resources adequate for the 
task. Still another self-imposed limit is to be found 
in our faulty sense of call to worldwide evan- 
gelism, either through inexcusable ignorance or 
else a reluctance to respond to the responsibility 
and challenge, after being confronted ivith the 
need and our proximity to it. 

Our Brethren Church has made notable prog- 
ress in expanding our missions outreach since 
the turn of this decade. We have been blessed, with 
a great beginning in India, the continuing multi- 
plication of the church in Nigeria, and advances 
being experienced in Argentina. Even so, this is 
not enough, but only the beginning . 

Other fields in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin 
America are offering opening doors of missionary 
opportunity. Needed are the men and women ivho 
are both willing and able to go, and the sending 
churches which will provide their support. God 
has already promised the enabling power from 
His inexhaustable resources; leaving only our 
reluctance to be overcome, and renewed commit- 
ment to this primary task of the Church. 

As we celebrate anew the truth of Christ's 
resurrection, with all it means to humanity for 
time and eternity, let us give ourselves unreser- 
vedly to increasing our latitude in Brethren mis- 
sions at home and around the world. Give and go, 
that others might know in human experience the 
poiver of Christ and His resurrection. Let us share 
together in extending the LATITUDE of world 
missions. 



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LATITUDE 
TO 



NIGERIA 



Nigerian Christians from the several churches in the 
town of Mubi join together to follow the cross during a 
parade on Good Friday. Our mission work in Nigeria 
is helping to strengthen the indigenous church to give 
it freedom for action as it bear; for itself the cross of 
Je:us Christ. The Nigerian church is reaching out and 
increasing its latitude within its own assigned area as 
it follows the cross in all of its significance into areas 
where the go;pel has never been preached before. The 
church is growing because each member is an acting 
part of the whole. 





Good Friday Parade 











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Annual Conference 



Rev. Larry Bolinger talks to Pastor Mai Sule Biu, 
moderator of the Church of Christ in the Sudan, Eastern 
District, of Nigeria. Larry and Rose Bolinger are active- 
ly involved in literature-literacy work among the Higi 
people. They are seeking to establish a program where- 
by the people of this tribe may learn to read the Scrip- 
tures now being translated into their language. Larry 
is teachmg a class of eight in typing and the use of the 
mimeograph, and with Pastor John Guli and two other 
teachers is translating items from English to Hausa 
preparing for a two-week writers workshop. 



In March delegates met together for the annual col 
ference of the Eastern District church in Nigeria. Dej 
gates to the 1970 conference, seen here, came represei 
ing forty-two local churches and some seventeen-thoil 
and church members. At these conferences, calif 
majalisa, the delegates conduct the district business I 
the church. The church in Nigeria has its own orgal 
ization with Nigerian leaders as the head of this orgal 
ization. Ideas are formulated, decisions made, and plaj 
carried out by the various parts of the organization.! 




Workers Together 



April 10, 1971 



Page Fifteen 




The 1969 graduates of Kulp Bible School are seen here 
along with Rev. Dick Winfield. These men are now 
serving as evangelists, lay-pastors, and teachers of class- 
es in religious instruction. They are helping to meet 
the great need for leadership in the Nigerian church. 
Dick and Kitty Winfield have been teaching at Kulp 
Bible School most of their first term of service in 
Nigeria, and Dick served as principal of the school for 
a great part of their time at the school. Upon their 
return to Nigeria from their furlough they will again 
be located at the Bible School where they will continue 
their service there. 



Graduating Class 



Next month students at Kulp Bible School will begin 
plowing and planting their farms. Kulp Bible School 
emphasizes "faith and farming" as it trains lay-leaders 
and evangelists for the Nigerian church of the Eastern 
District — church workers who must support themselves 
entirely or in part through farming. There is also an 
advance class at the school which is training pastors 
although the greatest emphasis is on lay-leadership and 
training. These are the evangelists who will be going 
out to increase the scope of the church in the Eastern 
[Dhtrict of Nigeria. Students studying at Kulp Bible 
; School live at the school with their wives who also re- 
Iceive training. 




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Mr. John Kudzar and his wife Elmina were one of 
three couples from the Eastern District church who 
entered the Theological College of Northern Nigeria this 
past January. The other two men chosen were Mr. 
Anduwi Marya and Mr. Filibbus Guamma. All three 
men and their wives are graduates of the advanced class 
at Kulp B : ble School and are now receiving additional 
theological training in order to better serve the church. 
The Theological College is a co-operative school between 
eight denominations which offers either a certificate or 
the degree of Bachelor of Divinity, depending upon the 
training before entering the college, for those pastors 
desiring higher training than that offered by the ad- 
vanced class at Kulp Bible School. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



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LATITUDE 



The Evangelical Audio-Visual Center or CAVEA as it 
is known in Argentina has been continuing to grow in 
its outreach even with some setbacks during the year. 
Mr. Dick Voth, independent missionary with the radio 
work and in charge of programing and music left Argen- 
tina on furlough in December. Brethren Missionary Bill 
Curtis has been in charge of the technical department 
since his return to Argentina in January, 1970 and now 
also has the responsibility of the programing. New 
programs are being produced as well as the older re- 
leases with an average response during 1970 of 996 
letters per month requesting New Testaments and re- 
ceiving a follow-up by local churches. That is: 11,947 
people wrote in response to the programing during 1970 
and received some sort of spiritual help either by mail, 
through the New Testament or letters, or by personal 
visits. 




Helping Hands 



In December the Eden Bible Institute in Argentina 
finished its fifth year with 13 students enrolled in the 
residence and extension courses. Rev. Kenneth Solomon 
and Rev. H. Raymond Aspinall are the principal mission- 
ary professors at the Bible Institute working with others 
on the staff to provide training in Bible and other sub- 
jects related to a better preparation for the students 
as they become pastors or lay-leaders in the churches in 
Argentina. The extension courses in churches located 
near the Bible Institute allow those to study, who be- 
cause of family or work responsibilities cannot become 
resident students. The students at the Bible Institute are 
also used for extension evangelism in villages near the 
Institute which have no established church as yet. 



TO 
ARGENTINA 




CAVEA Control Room 

For some time the Missionary Board has been coil 
cerned about the need for technical help for Bill Curtl 
in the radio wo;k until such time as the Winters arrhf 
in Argentina. Now helping hands have arrived at til 
control board and in the maintenance shops of CAVEJ 
our radio work in Argentina. Mark and Chantal Loga 
arrived in Argentina March 2, 1971. See the March 2711 
issue of the Brethren Evangelist for a picture of thl 
couple as well as information about them. Although tl 
Logans are not as yet settled in their own apartmeJ 
but are staying temporarily with the Curtises, Mark I 
already hard at work in the Recording Studios, and oil 
reports indicate that he has finished some work whkl 
has been waiting for years for an extra pair of hami; 
in the technical department. 




Eden Bible Institute 



April 10, 1971 



Page Seventeen 







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Unfinished Conference Hall in Use 



During the holiday period of February 20-23, 1971 
(Carnival in South America) the Annual Spiritual Con- 
ference was held at the Eden Bib'e Institute in Argen- 
tina. Attendance at the conference averaged 230 with 
more than 200 sleeping on the property. Since this num- 
ber of people strains the capacity of the property for 
sleeping at the present time, many tents and cars adapt- 
ed for sleeping were in evidence. Even though the 
'weather immediately preceeding the days of the con- 
' ference included abnormal rains and flooding, the actual 
period of the conference was blessed with clear skies. 
A good number of youth and children were included in 
the group that attended. Following the Spiritual Confer- 
ence a pastors and workers' conference was held from 
the 23rd through the 25th. This period terminated in a 
Communion Service during which the pastors and their 
wives participated. Once again this week was a time of 
b'essing for all who took part. 



A conference hall is under construction on the prop- 
erty of the Bible Institute in Argentina which will make 
the property more adequate for the annual Spiritual 
Conference as well as other smaller conferences during 
the year. The work has been held up because of bad 
weather and lack of materials on the job when they 
were needed. The roof and its supporting columns were 
completed in time for the Spiritual Conference in Feb- 
ruary 1971. Funds for starting the building were re- 
ceived from the heirs of Dr. & Mrs. A. L. Delozier in 
memory of their parents. These funds will allow the shell 
to be completed, and this facility will be used by the 
conferences until other funds are available for comple- 
tion of the project. 




Annual Spiritual Conference 




During the Annual Spiritual Conference a significant 
act took place with the second baptism of people from 
the new church in Alvarez. (See the January 16, 1971 
issue of the Brethren Evangelist. ) At the present time 
there have been eighteen decisions for Christ in this new 
work. Two members had been baptized on February 8 
and then during the conference on the 22nd of February 
three more were baptized from Alvarez and also one 
young man from the Soldini Church. These baptisms 
were conducted by Ken Solomon and Ray Aspinall, pas- 
tors of these two churches. The following day Pastor 
Labanca baptized two new members into the fellowship 
of believers in annexes of the Rosario Church. Two of 
those baptized from Alvarez are sisters, owners of the 
building which we are renting for a meeting place and 
bookstore in Alvarez. 



Baptisms in Argentina 



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The Brethren Bible Mission in India is just a little 
more than a year old, and yet there already is so much 
progress to report. Articles have appeared in The 
Brethren Evangelist during the year as also in Insight 
about the various ministries carried on by Kumar and 
Nirmala in India; the orphanage, work in Rajahmundry, 
work in the interior and villages close to Rajahmundry, 
the "Bible Institute," etc. The Lord has indeed been 
good in His showers of blessings over the beginnings of 
this new Brethren Outreach into India. 




Village Work 



The Prayer Hall in Palacharla, India was dedicated 
on November 19, 1970. The work here waj begun as 
an exercise of faith by the Kumars as they visited the 
people. About two hundred people attended the dedica- 
tion service although more than half had to stay out 
side due to the limited capacity of the hall. All who 
attended the dedication showed interest in li ;tening to 
the Gospel. A few days after the dedication Mr. Prasada 
Rao decided for Christ and was baptized with his wife. 
He is now in training with Kumar (see accompanying 
article) and is working as the resident worker in the 
village of Palacherla. We praise God for this answer to 
prayer as we consider the start of this work. (Read arti- 
cle in March 27, 1971 Brethren Evangelist.) 



LATITUDE 
TO 
INDIA 




Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar, our Brethren Missiona 
to India has been working also among a number 
different villages, and the Lord has been Wessing 1 
hard work with many wonderful results. On Novemb 
1st he baptized eight people and received them into t 
church at Gokavaram. Kumar has been assisted in tl 
work by Mr. Bhushanam who is helping in evangelizi 
the mountain people. Mr. Bhushanam is also studyi 
with Kumar in the "Bible Institute." Kumar repor 
"The Lord is moving these people and opening the 
hearts for the Gospel. I am happy to see the wonder] 
way the Holy Spirit is working in this village." 




Prayer Hall Palacharla 



April 10, 1971 



Page Nineteen 



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Brethren Church in Rajavolu 



On the 6th of December when the new church build- 
ing in Rajavolu was dedicated more than six hundred 
people attended the service. This is an indication of the 
interest of the people in the gospel of Jesus Christ 
which is being preached by our missionaries to India. 
Following the services the people in the village joined 
together and gave a big lunch for all those who had 
attended the dedication. Again an indication of the will- 
ingness to join in with those 86 who have already been 
baptized in this village. Remembering also how the 
very land on which the building stands was given in 
writing for this purpose by the members of the com- 
munity, both Christian and non-Christian, we can see 
how the Holy Spirit is moving ahead and preparing 
the way for the work of Kumar and those who are help- 
ing him in preaching the Gospel. 




Among the many blessings from India during recent 
months was the news of the construction of the first 
Brethren Church building in India located in Rajavolu, 
This church, now with 86 baptized members, has re- 
modeled a small community hall with the labor donated 
by the members and other interested persons. About 
$200 has been spent for materials with many things 
donated. Although the construction of the building is 
simple yet the occasion is important, as this building 
joins the prayer halls and other meeting places as a 
fixed location for the worship of God and as a part of 
the increased breadth of Brethren World-Wide Missions. 




Dedication Day in Rajavolu 



On November 28, 1970 Kumar started a training pro- 
gram which is called the "Brethren Bible Institute." 
He reports that he and Nirmala have been praying and 
working for this since tneir return to India, for they felt 
the need for sound Evangelical training for the men who 
will be working with them in the task of evangelism in 
Andhra State. Through Kumar's visits to villages and 
his acquaintance with various Christian people, he now 
has ten men who are ready to share the burden of the 
ministry in India. These will be evangelists, pastors, 
and leaders in the church and through the nature of the 
"Brethren Bible Institute" are already working in many 
places throughout the area. 



Brethren Bible Institute 






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STERIIDDD 



bates' bait box — 



by NANCY BATES 



Greetings Girls and Patronesses, 

I am disgusted; I am disappointed; and I am dis- 
turbed. Why? And with what? With Sisterhood. No, not 
the Sisterhood as a whole, and not with each Sisterhood 
girl personally. It is with the many small incidents, 
the many small items of news that have reached my ears 
that have me so very much perturbed with Sisterhood. 

I am not speaking just to the Sisterhood girls, either, 
because some of it has been the fault of those who are 
to be responsible to and lead the girls in their S.M.M. 
lives. (It has come to the point where no apology is felt 
needed, and no explanation is required. "If the shoe fits, 
wear it"; if it doesn't, I hope that it will only strengthen 
your faith in the girls and in God and His work.) 

Let us consider the Sisterhood on the district level 
especially. We, on the board, are finding a very lax 
attitude in most of the Sisterhood groups as far as the 
District S.M.M. work is concerned. Many of the girls 
and patronesses don't know who the district officers are, 
what the district project is, and in some cases that there 
even is such a thing! Maybe even worse than that is 
the fact that those who are district officers could care 
less about their actual job, whether it gets done and 
done properly, and their responsibility to Sisterhood on 
both the local and national levels. We have tried to get 
accurate records of the Sisterhood groups all over the 
nation, but without success. Our district officers don't 
even know what churches have Sisterhood groups or 
who the officers are — and that includes presidents and 
patronesses. (Listen some time at National Conference 
to the total number of reported Sisterhoods compared 
to the known number of societies. Shame on all of us.) 
Then some of these same people have the nerve to say 
that there is a communication or generation gap. What 
a poor excuse. 



Girls, and patronesses, what has happened to the 
thing called responsibility? What has happened to wh£ 
used to be called concern for others, to the desire to d 
as much as possible to help growth not hinder it? lh 
fortunately it seems that in some cases, it is a matte 
of popularity that gets a person into these offices whei 
responsibility is needed. 

Then too, you could have the most responsible peop 
in office, and yet there isn't one big — and necessar 
thing: co-operation. Are you all working together 
Does everyone know what is necessary to know, or ai 
only one or two of the officers making all the decisior 
and plans? (This goes for local groups too.) 

Patronesses, you might not be the girls' mother; bi 
in Sisterhood you are their "parent." Don't forget the 
in most cases you have anywhere from 10 to 20 or moi 
years of experience and know-how about life — bot 
Christian and everyday at-home life. Use it. Don't expe> 
the girls to know or do everything that they are require 
or expected to do. (Even if they already know it, te 
them again and keep a check on them then. There a] 
ways of doing this without being a "dictator." I Tl 
girls can forget. They are busy with school and oth< 
things; and many times — unless they have had a re 
experience with God or have been raised to know an 
practice it — they put everything else ahead of Siste 
hood (and God and/or the church) and figure it eithi 
isn't "that important" or "someone else will do it." 

We, as adults (?), are often given "spankings" t 
God when we get out of hand or neglect His work ar 
His demands. So what makes you think that the gir 
are different and can be excused? (I know in my o\\ 
life these "spanking" didn't hurt me any — except n 
pride — they helped to prepare me for something hard 
that I would have to face later on.) Maybe each of 
is at fault for failing to expect and demand more fro 
ourselves and the other members. 

Think about it; all of you. When you stand befo 
God, is He going to tell you "well done," or is He goii 
to have to hold you accountable for lives of some oth 
girls who could have been helped and saved had y< 
only "spanked" them and shown more concern for the 
lives spiritually and physically and emotionally. Y( 
know they say that you can be kept out of Heaven ai 
eternal life by 18 inches; that is all the farther it 
from having God in just your head and having Him 
your heart. 

Are you going to lose by 18 inches or cause someoi 
else to? Are you really a Christian? If so, does yo 
life and your actions show it? More important, do y< 
know it? If so, then why not live it the way God expec 
you to live it — and where else is it better to start th< 
in your Sisterhood group. 

Think on these things. 

Happy Mother's Day 
to all Mothers! 

Nancy 



\pril 10, 1971 



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BRETHREN PILGRIMS 



The first Lay Theology course, entitled "The Biblical Doctrine of the 
Church," was held at Warsaw, Indiana, during the fall quarter of 1970. 
Following is an abstract of one of the papers written for the course by 
Rev. M. W. Dodds, pastor of the Bryan, Ohio Brethren Church. 



THE CHRISTIAN has been called to be a pil- 
grim in the world. The apostle admonishes 
Christians, "... I beseech you as strangers and 
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war 
against the soul" (I Peter 2:11, cf. Heb, 11:13). 
[The Christian is instructed concerning the man- 
ner and reason for living in the world. According 
to I Corinthians 6:14 — 7:1 the Christian is to 
Imaintain a separation from the world. Paul says : 
"Do not be mismated with unbelievers . . . come 
ye out from among them and be ye separate" 
(Phillips). A proper exegesis of this passage 
Would not mean isolation from unconverted man- 
kind but an avoidance of union with them. 1 The 
Christian is instructed to establish his standards 
of conduct not according to his experience in the 
world but his experience in Christ. Paul says, 
'Don't let the world around you squeeze you into 
its own mold, but let God remold your minds from 
within..." (Phillips, Rom. 12:1-2). 

Jesus associated freely with sinners but did not 
compromise his purity or engage in evil deeds. 
Those who have their "citizenship in heaven" will 
maintain a certain detachment from the world. 
The reason for the Christian's residence in the 
world is that he may serve as God's ambassador 
Df reconciliation sharing the good news of salva- 
tion in Christ (II Cor. 5:18-20, Matt. 28:19-20). 
Phis is why Jesus said, "As thou hast sent me into 
Ibhe world, even so have I sent them into the world 
(John 17:18). 




by Myron W. Dodds 



The Brethren in their history have given evi- 
dence not only of living the life of the Christian 
pilgrim but also of having some understanding 
of the Biblical concept of the relationship of the 
Christian to the world. They organized themselves 
in 1708 after a study of the Word of God. Being 
led by men of learning and influence by such uni- 
versity trained men as Francke and Spener they 
had an understanding of the world in which they 
lived. 2 That they understood their mission in the 
world is evidenced by the fact the original eight 
grew to 1,000 in twenty years. One writer con- 
cludes that the "Brethren Church was born with 
a missionary passion." 3 But persecutions, impris- 
onments and confiscation of property made them 
aware that they were pilgrims in the world. Con- 
verts at baptism were told to "count the cost." 4 
The persecution caused them to migrate to the 
New World. 









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Under the leadership of the Macks and Sowers 
the Brethren preserved their identity in Pennsyl- 
vania. Congregations were established. The 
Sower press served as a means of education and 
unity until the time of the Revolutionary War. 

During the Revolution the Brethren again ex- 
perienced persecution clue to their doctrines of 
non-resistenee and non-swearing. As a result the 
Sower press was destroyed and the Brethren were 
scattered from eastern Pennsylvania to the west 
and south. The Brethren at this time seemed to 
make a retreat from the world. An examination 
of the Minutes of Annual Meetings reveal that 
considerable time was spent on incidentals. 5 Such 
items as bells on horses, unbearded ministers, 
hoops for dresses, bright carpets for homes and 
colored wall paper were found to be "worldly." 
Despite the fact that civil government was found 
to be ordained of God, the Brethren were not to 
vote in elections, run for office or to engage in 
politics. 

A group of Brethren known as progressives 
developed from 1850-1880 that had different con- 
cepts of the Christian faith. This is indicated 
by their withdrawal from the larger brotherhood 
and the committees formed in the Ashland Con- 
vention of 1882. These committees were concerned 
with Sunday School, Education, Fraternal Rela- 
tions, Missions and Evangelism. 

Today we stand in the heritage of these Pro- 
gressive Brethren. We not only have a responsi- 
bility of preserving that which is worthwhile in 
our tradition but the confrontation of the world 
of our day with the Gospel of Christ under the 
authority of the Bible and the guidance of the 
Spirit. 

The fulfillment of our mission in the world will 
involve at least the following steps : 

1. An awareness of the present state of the 
Church — one writer observes: "The Church 
has come to the place of common acceptance 
. . . whereby the distinctiveness of Christian 
discipleship has been lost. ... As the world 



The Brethren Evangelist 

became Christianized, the Church became 

secularized." 7 

A renewal of the Church — not only in the 

commitment of individual members but also 

the restructuring of Church organization to 

gear it for mission. 

The inclusion of the entire "people of God" 

(not just the clergy) in the ministry of the 

Church (Eph. 4:11-12). 

A penetration of society by the Church under 

Biblical images of "salt" and "light." This 

would involve not only traditional forms of 

evangelism but the witness of the individual 

Christians in such places as the world of 

business, the world of education and the 

world of government. Following the example 

of Jesus, the Christian would associate with 

sinners but maintain his purity. 



FOOTNOTES 

1 Stanley C. Baldwin, "Worldliness Is More Than 
Breaking Taboos," Christianity Today, vol. X, no. 7 (Jan- 
uary 7, 1966), 17-18. 

2 Albert T. Ronk, History of the Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio, The Brethren Publishing Company, 1968, 
p. 68. 

3 Homer A. Kent, Sr., "250 Years . . . Conquering 
Frontiers," Winona Lake, Ind., The Brethren Missionary 
Herald, 1958, p. 23. 

4 Henry R. Holsinger, History of the Tunkers and 
The Brethren Church, Lathrop, Calif., Pacific Press Pub- 
lishing Co., 1901, p. 38. 

5 Alex W. Reese, et. al., Classified Minutes of the 
Annual Meetings of the Brethren, Mt. Morris, 111., The 
Brethren Publishing Co., 1886, p. 202 ff. 

6 Ronk, op, cit., p. 153. 

7 Joseph R. Shultz, The Soul of the Symbols 
Grand Rapids, Mich., William B. Eerdmans Publishing 
Co., 1966, pp. 171-172. 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



, 



Lpril 10, 1971 



YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT 



Page Twenty-three 



by JIM SCHWARTZ 



T WASN'T many years ago that the words 'environ- 
ment" and "ecology" were hard enough to spell, let 
done use in everyday conversation. Most of us were 
amiliar with "conservation" and "preservation" — words 
hat brought to mind the game warden or the tweed- 
lad birdwatcher. 

Times have changed. Now no one could ignore the 
lozens of "in" terms that concern the condition and 
workings of our natural world. Among the communi- 
rations media, many newspapers have assigned report- 
ers to full-time environmental beats. The idea is to 
llevelop stories that will make readers aware of today's 
pollution problems and, hopefully, what they can do 
|o help solve them. 

I Some of us with these jobs wonder whether the public 
Is listening and reading. After all, who has time to fret 
itbout the environment? The "environmental quotient," 
Is the National Wildlife Federation calls its survey of 
he nation's resource problems, is depressing. So are 
tatistics turned out by state and Federal agencies try- 
rig to balance our mounting human needs with the 
apacity of our lands, skies, and waters to support them. 

Who wants to hear, for example, that world popula- 
ion is estimated at 3.6 billion and will double in 30 
'ears ? 

Or that more than 500,000 tons of contaminants daily 
>our into the nation's skies, and that 140 million gallons 
>f sewage and other wastes are flushed into our streams 
■very minute? 

All this excludes the interrelated problems of pesti- 
ides, noise pollution, and solid wastes that detract from 
he quality of life. Not counting residues from agricul- 
ure, the nation accumulates a million tons of solid 
vastes every day. That enormous mountain of refuse, 
nostly old cars and paper and metal products from our 
repackaged, throwaway economy, likely will double in 
'10 years. 

Numbers. Every government agency has them to 
pare. They are numbing to the average person — who, 
he Department of Health, Education, and Welfare says, 
jontributes six pounds of wastes a day. 

Most of us figure we've got the solid waste problem 
n hand if the garbageman carts off the contents of our 
verfilled containers, including the grass clippings and 
grandma's old bedsprings. Few of us care to know 
yhere the stuff eventually is burned or buried. 

We do know, however, that we want no incinerators 
r sanitary landfills near our neighborhoods, despite 
he fact that these facilities can do more to enhance 
>ur communities than a new park with a sparkling 
ountain. 




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The truth is, we all want more of the so-called good 
things of life and we want to defer paying the bill, or 
to shift it to "them" — big government, or worse, to fu- 
ture generations. 

Only nature, with its dust-spewing volcanoes and 
erosive winds and streams, contributes more to the 
pollution problem than man. But we can take little con- 
solation from that fact. 

What is needed, as the late resource scientist Aldo 
Leopold suggested, is a change in man's attitude about 
the earth. He called for an ethnic that would permit 
men to live in harmony, rather than in conflict with 
the land. 

Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall says 
the environmentalist's view of the future is "restraint." 

"The idea of limits," he says, "must increasingly dom- 
inate our thinking. It is saying we can't succeed unless 
we think totally and see the interrelationship of our 
industrial system and our social and political institutions 
and the individual and his life with the environment." 

That's a tall order, considering that at least 80 Fed- 
eral resource agencies are making decisions about the 
environment, along with hundreds of counterparts at 
the state and community levels. As with citizens, each 
considers the pollution problem within the context of 
its own bias. 

In Kentucky, for example, eight separate departments 
are concerned with the state's 13,000 miles of running 
water, lakes, fish and wildlife, air, coal, and other 
natural resources. Seldon do they unite to solve a prob- 
lem, because — as in most states — no one agency has a 
comprehensive picture. 

(continued on next page) 









Page Twenty-four 

A current case of interagency squabbling that also in- 
volves the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerns Lake 
Cumberland in South Central Kentucky. Private indus- 
try also is involved, as are private citizens interested in 
recreation. 

A strip-mining company wants to barge coal over 55 
miles of Lake Cumberland to a power plant. The state 
water pollution control commission granted the mining 
company permission to build an unloading dock to do 
this. 

But lake barging, designed to save the mining com- 
pany trucking costs, is vigorously opposed by fisheries 
and parks officials. They say barging will detract from 
the outdoor experience of more than five million visitors 
who use Lake Cumberland each year and will threaten 
the safety of boaters, fishermen, and water skiers. Vari- 
ous conservation groups also are concerned about the 
project's impact on a proposed Federal trout hatchery. 

The state Highway Department, meanwhile, favors 
the barging proposal. It views it as a way to keep heavy, 
pavement-cracking coal trucks off Kentucky roads that 
weren't built for them. 

Final approval for the project must come from the 
U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the agency is pleading 
with the state to speak with "one voice." It seems that 
each resource agency, like each citizen, tends to see 
things a little differently when it comes to using the 
environment. 

Citizens in Louisville long complained that industry 
emitted enough dust and gases through smokestacks to 
make the city a top trouble spot for the National Air 
Pollution Control Administration. Most cheered when 
clean-air programs for industry cleared 30 percent of 
the dust from Louisville's skies in the past year. 

Then came a spate of new air pollution regulations 
imposed upon citizens. One bans all unnecessary fires, 
including leaf burning. As a result many homeowners 
must put leaves in plastic bags and pay extra to have 
them collected. Air pollution control officers received 
many complaints that the new requirement was too 
costly and inconvenient. Ironically, most of the gripes 
came from Louisville's wealthier neighborhoods, where 
trees are plentiful and leaf smoke hung heavy in 
previous autumns. 

"Now some people are beginning to recognize some 
of the problems industry had when it got the word to 
shape up," muttered a clean-air official. "If local com- 
panies can spend $15 million on their projects and com- 
mit another $10 million for more pollution-control de- 
vices, there's no reason why the public can't do its 
part." 



The Brethren Evangelis! 

Even conservation groups, bolstered by the ecology 
movement, follow single-purpose missions. In Kentucky 
one nationally known group successfully blocked a 
Federal plan to flood a scenic gorge, while it ignored 
another conservation organization's project to preserve 
a scenic river from a dam and hydroelectric plant. 

But, as a recent Gallup Poll confirms, Americans are 
beginning to share some of the alarm about the environ 
ment that is daily expressed through the mass media 
And there are plenty of signs of constructive action. 

Responsible industries now consider the quality o; 
life within the business domain. The auto industry al 
ready has promised to produce a virtually emission 
free car by 1975, and major oil companies, such as 
Sohio, are marketing no-lead or low-lead fuels needec 
to operate it. 

Reflecting local concern for a national problem, th( 
petroleum and allied industries in Louisville formed i 
response team to combat oil spills on the Ohio River. 

A Louisville cement company, the target of citizens 
complaints about dust fallout for 11 years, announced i 
model clean-up program in 1970 that earned the prais< 
of local women's clubs. 

Studies are under way to find ecomonical ways to re 
cycle newsprint, metal beverage cans, glass bottles, anc 
other materials that can be reused to make similar oi 
new products. Some view our mounting refuse heap:! 
as untapped resources. 

Sohio has patented Barex 210 resin, which offers ; 
different answer to the refuse disposal problem. Bottle: 
made with the resin are readily incinerable and give of 
no noxious fumes or gases that damage metal in incin 
erators. Incineration reduces the plastic to a white ash 

Other hopeful developments are seen in schools am 
on college campuses, where new generations are doinj 
more than learning about their world. Students ar 
involved in antilitter campaigns and in projects as d 
verse as banning irresponsible strip mining and mair 
taining zero population growth. Louisville high school 
are conducting dust-fall experiments with equipmen 
lent them by the Air Pollution Control Board. 

Pollutants such as mercury and other thrace metal 
at last are recognized a threat to air and waters. Muc 
remains to be done to eliminate these contaminants, bu 
a significant start has been made. 

Important as these developments are, however, the; 
are overshadowed by the growing realization that ther 
are no scapegoats for today's pollution crisis. 

More important still is the growing awareness tha 
even this nation's advanced technology won't save th 
best of American for future generations without 
strong and lasting citizen commitment. 



Jim Schwartz, a forme?- staff member of THE SOHIOAN, a Standard 
Oil of Ohio periodical, now covers environmental affairs for the LOUIS- 
VILLE TIMES and a special Sunday section of the LOUISVILLE 
COURIER - JOURNAL. He holds a master's degree in conservation com- 
munications from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied under a 
fellowship awarded by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, 
(editor's note) 



Bpril 10, 1971 



Page Twenty five 



POETRY CORNER 



TALKING WITH THE LORD 

IN THE OLD WOOD SHED! 



remember well when I was a lad, 
The times were hard and the crops were bad — 
Vasn't much work no where to be had, 
And no one to work but me and Dad; 
And Dad, well he was gettin' along, 

guess 'round seventy, but pretty strong 
And Mother, well — my mother was gone, 
She had done joined up with the Heavenly throng. 
3nce all we had was a poke of flour, 
And 'spectin' the sheriff most any hour. 
l«ast year's taxes had not been paid, 
Knd we'd done eat the only hen that laid; 
irhen I'd find Dad out in the old wood shed, 
Te'd gone there often since Mother was dead. 
E was wonderin' why, and then one day, 
I snuck into see, and I heard him pray. 

jAs I stood at the door I heard him say, 

,'Lord I thank you for this wonderful day, 

And for your kindness and care through the night, 

[list knowin' you Lord, makes everything right. 

I know that things get a little rough, 

3ut that's why you made these hands so tough. 

Now as for me, Lord, I don't worry none, 

J3ut would you kinda look out for my son? 

; know that I don't have much longer to stay, 

And I don't mind since Ma's gone away; 

[ have a hankerin' to join her up there, 

And that's one reason for this prayer. 

t want my boy to learn to trust You, 

Like Ma and me would alius do; 

Df course we've knowed You for many years, 

And jist talkin' to You has dried many tears. 

j'And right now my boy is worried to death, 

pause we ain't hardly got no food left. 

But its been this way many times before, 

[And I'd alius come a knockin' on Your door. 

Somehow, Lord, You'd answer my prayer, 

jAnd I'd alius know the food would be there. 

j[ thank You, Lord; enough has been said, 

[And I'll see Ye tomorrow here in the old wood shed." 

As I saw him bowed in reverence there, 

[ knew he had a special kind of prayer; 

Ke had been talkin', jist talkin' to the Lord, 

And somehow I knew God heard every word. 

My Dad is gone now, but I still see his face, 

As he looked toward Heaven and asked for God's grace. 

The old shed is still there, as it was on that day, 

vVhen I stood by the door and heard my dad say, 

| 'Jist havin' a talk with the Lord," he said, 

And I thank God I heard him, in the old wood shed. . . . 

by Buddy Starcher, BMI 
in Christ for the World 



Slow Me Down, Lord 

Slow me down, Lord! 

Ease the pounding of my heart 

by the quieting of my mind. 
Steady my hurried pace 

with a vision of the eternal reach of time. 
Give me, amidst the confusion of my day, 
the calmness of the everlasting hills. 
Break the tension of my nerves and muscles 

with the soothing music of the singing streams 
that live in my memory. 
Help me to know 

the magic restoring power of sleep. 
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations 
of slowing down to look at a flower, 

to chat with a friend, to pat a dog 

to read a few lines from a good book. 
Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and 
the tortoise 

that I may know that the race is not always 
to the swift; 

that there is more to life than increasing 
its speed. 
Let me look upward into the branches of the 
towering oak 

and know that it grew because it grew 
slowly and well. 
Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me 

to send my roots deep into the soil of life's 
enduring values 

that I may grow toward the stars of my 
greater destiny. 

Amen 






Flowers or Weeds 

I must not interfere with my child, I have been told. 

To bend his will to mine, or try to shape him 
through some mold 
Of thought. Naturally, as a flower, he must unfold. 

Yet, flowers have the discipline of wind and rain; 
And, though I know it gives the gardener pain, 

I've seen him use his pruning shear to gain 
Strength and beauty for blossoms rare. 

Thus he tends what's in his care, 
Like the Master florist fashions his lilies fair. 

I do not know, yet it seems to me 
That weeds are left to unfold naturally. 



Page Twenty-six 



The Brethren Evangelis 



THE JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES SYNDROME 



by Earl D. Racfmacher 



WE'RE COMMITTING spiritual suicide in our 
churches today. We are insisting that our pastors 
go at a killing pace, but we're the ones who are dying. 

We demand that our man be a charming pulpiteer 
with a pastor's heart and a great willingness to listen 
to us and our problems. 

We want him to go house to house visiting our sick, 
shepherding the flock and encouraging visitors to join 
our church. 

He must be a real leader who can organize and ad- 
minister church business. He must be a soul winner who 
can show us how to win souls. He must be able to work 
closely with all young people. 

He must be the taxi driver when we have errands 
and no other way to get there. He must be the church 
custodian and maintenance man, the carpenter, the 
plumber, the raker of leaves. 

And he must make sure that all the widows are fed. 

Were the situation to arise today that faced Peter and 
the apostles in Acts 6 when the Hellenists claimed their 
widows were being neglected, we would have our Peter 
dig into that problem, going from house to house, 
ferreting out the information and doing the whole job. 

Then he would tell us in the Sunday service, "I apolo- 
gize this morning that I can't really feed you. I haven't 
had time to prepare for you. I'll tell you what I have 
been doing. Some of our widows down here were going 
hungry and I went and found out the source of that 
problem and now those people are eating again. 

"And surely you people will forgive me for not having 
anything to give you this morning because, after all, 
I've been meeting the need of these widows." 

And what do we do in our sentimentalism? We fall 
back and say, "Isn't that nice? Isn't that kind of the 
pastor to do that?" 

No! I say it was cruel of the pastor to do that. On 
the basis of Acts 6:2 ("Then the twelve called the multi- 
tude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not rea- 
son that we should leave the word of God, and serve 
tables"), I say the pastor was cruel to spiritually starve 
his people that Sunday. Somebody else should have met 
the need of those widows. 

It is heartless of any congregation to ask a pastor — 
the shepherd of the flock — to run around like that. Per- 
haps many of us are frustrated and essentially weak 
because we keep the pastor too busy to feed us a proper 
spiritual diet, and we are too weak from starvation to 
lighten his load. 

We are stupid to think we can hire a professional 
spiritual exerciser who will wear out his shoe leather 



for us running from door to door winning all the soul 
to Christ and desperately trying to change their diaper 
and feed them bottles. 

Unless we evangelical church members in Americ 
wake up to what we are doing to ourselves today b; 
trying to make a professional clergyman do what Go 
intended us to do, we'll die and we'll die on the vine. 

God never intended that the pastor of the church b 
a professional exerciser. He has a professional respor 
sibility to be a saint-builder and a personal respons 
bility to be a saint-producer. He is to give himself, afte 
the example of Peter and the apostles in Acts 6, t 
prayer and the ministry of the Word. 

No profession in the world makes greater demand 
on a man today than the Christian ministry. The spiri 
ual needs and moral problems with which he must den 
are as wide and deep as life itself. And though he ma 
recognize his basic calling to preach the Word, he find 
himself enmeshed in such a multiplicity of jobs that h 
doesn't have time as he would like to prepare food fo 
the sheep. 

Even though he may have vowed that it would neve 
happen to him, the pastor finds that slowly, subth 
almost imperceptibly at times, he has been trapped i 
the jack -of -all-trades syndrome. He has forgotten hi 
job of bringing saints to maturity in Christ. He is su 
fering from what someone has called, "vocation? 
amnesia." 

Peter said, "Now it is not pleasing to God that w 
should leave the preaching of the Word and prayer to d 
this business." It doesn't please God. 

I suppose the pastor often tends to feel sorry fc 
himself. He has so much business to do and he can 
possibly do it all. His problem essentially is that he ha 
failed to recognize the priority God has given him. H 
is spiritually, educationally and emotionally equippe 
to do something in his church that no one else 
equipped to do. 

He may say, "Well, I'm nobody special. I'm just one c 
the guys. I just pitch in and do the work along with tr. 
rest of them. And whatever there is to do, I do that." 

At this point I question one of two things. Eith< 
he does not understand what a pastor is, or he shou] 
not be a pastor. Identified with the group he loses h 
own identity. 

Old Testament Levites were separated from the pe 
pie to do the ministerial work of the tabernacle. The 
were not at all like the rest of the Israelites. They wei 
a specially selected group of people, chosen to do 
special work. 

Numbers 18:6 spells this out. "And I, behold, I ha> 
taken your brethren the Levities from among the ch: 
dren of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for tl 
Lord, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congr 
gation." 

They did not go out and pull tent pegs up when tl 
tabernacle was moved in the wilderness. The Kohathit< 
did that. The Levites did the job they were called to d 



Ipril 10, 1971 



Page Twenty-seven 



hey were specially called men for a specially called 
>b for which they were specially prepared. 
A prominent preacher in the Northwest has carefully 
voided this jack-of -all-trades syndrome. He is a man 
f the Book and his preaching has brought many to 
laturity in Christ. His secret? He spends all day 
aturday making final preparation for Sunday's min- 
itry. Even though he is going to preach a passage he 
as preached probably a hundred times before, he feels 
necessary to study and to pray. He prays three hours 
jist in preparation for that morning's message. 
This, unfortunately, is too often the exception today, 
art of the reason is that thoughtless but well-meaning 
^ngregations refuse to let the pastor sit and meditate 
li his office. They find him with his feet on his desk 
nd with his eyes halfclosed and they say, "Don't you 
ave anything to do?" They would rather have his feet 
etive for them than his head and heart. 
I It is interesting that the Greek word for "scholar," 
hich comes from the word schoieo, has the idea of the 
k>rd "leisureliness." Do we ask ourselves why we don't 
ave scholars today? Maybe it is because we don't let 
ur pastor take time to be leisurely in the Word of God 
nd to let God really speak. 

The man who is not taking time to listen to God's 
/ord usually ends up preaching his own thoughts with 
biblical text for a jumping-off place, and in so doing 
e says, "I am preaching the Bible." 
t But he really isn't preaching the Bible. He hasn't 
iken time to see what the thinking of the Bible really 
He is preaching his own thought, which is all he 
as had time to gather up as he runs around from day 
) day during the week. But he is not preaching the 
ible if he has not taken time to sit down for a fresh 
>ok to see what the Bible says. 

The abiding- principles of Acts 6:1-7 should serve as 
welcome signpost to today's pastor, pointing the way 
ut of the jack-of -all-trades syndrome. 
Like the early apostles he must first recognize the 
roblem of his people. He dare not yield to the tempta- 
,on to blame them and whip them for his dilemma. 
[e may have too many jobs, but he is the leader and 
e is responsible for initiating action to solve the 
roblem. 

Like the early apostles, he will need to recognize the 
riorities of the ministry. First and most important he 
a preacher, a man of the Word, and for this there is 
o substitute for hours spent in the study. 
Having recognized this priority of preaching, today's 
astor must recognize God's provision for getting all the 
ther duties done that now consume his time. God's 
esign is not to consider these duties unimportant or 
>ave them undone. His design is for the person or per- 
ms in the congregation specifically gifted by Him to 
:> the job. 

Here is an area where many clergymen are guilty 
V default. They have not expounded the biblical teach- 
ig of spiritual gifts. I believe that this lack of teaching 
as been largely responsible for many laymen's sense 
E worthlessness. 

Paul proposed in I Corinthians 12:27-31 that the 
lurch functions properly only when each member is 
cercising his gift. But most Christians today don't 
ren realize they have gifts nor do they know what the 
tany gifts are. 



At this point pastors really can help themselves out 
of their jack -of -all-trades dilemma. Every pastor ought 
to have a goal of helping each member to identify his 
gift, and then to find the place where his gift fits into 
the total work of the church. 

It is a rare pastor who has preached a series of mes- 
sages covering each of the spiritual gifts. I ask pastors 
I meet, "Why don't you take fifteen weeks and preach 
on one gift of the Spirit each week and then ask for 
decisions from your people?" 

Ask them, "What are your gifts? How are you using 
them?" And really dig in deep because, as I understand 
it, shaping up the saints in large part means enabling 
them to find out what their gift is and where they can 
use it. 

But most pastors do not have that kind of goal. Just 
listen to a pastor for a while. He isn't encouraging his 
people to find their gifts. He talks about whether he 
had any people come forward last Sunday for salvation 
or for baptism or for church membership. 

He is thinking only of the initial stage. He is not 
thinking of completing his work by developing sheep 
out of lambs. 

A minimal beginning in developing maturity among 
the Lord's people is to identify the sheep among the 
lambs. The pastor might give some kind of Bible know- 
ledge inventory test to see how much knowledge of the 
Word each has. 

We might give a kind of Kuder preference test to 
measure where each saint fits vocationally into the 
church work. Perhaps we could develop some similar 
instrument on the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help people 
recognize which gifts they have by their likes and dis- 
likes, their talents and powers. 

Let's have a gift-consciousness committee of church 
leaders who have the gift of discernment. They would 
observe church members to discover what gifts the Holy 
Spirit has given to that congregation. 

This committee as a right arm to the pastor could 
help relocate a lot of misplaced saints — the ones who 
are teaching when they ought to be visiting or the visita- 
tion person who ought to be singing in the choir. 

So, essentially, the pastor-teacher's job is not to win 
all the souls to Christ and be universal handyman to the 
church. His job is to shape up the saints so that they 
can do the work of the ministry. 

The end result enables church life today to follow the 
lines laid down in Acts 6. Gifted men minister to the 
temporal needs of the church family, and the pastor 
dedicates himself to the ministry of the Word and 
prayer. 

Our pastor can help us find our gift. As we exercise 
it we share his load and he becomes increasingly able to 
nourish us spiritually and to really feed the flock of 
God. 

Do we want our churches to be vital today, full of 
healthy Christians who are living up to their spiritual 
capacity? Let us encourage our pastor to help us dis- 
cover our spiritual gifts. Let us release our pastor from 
the tyranny of this jack -of -all-trades syndrome! 



''Reprinted from Moody Monthly. Used by per- 
mission. Copyright 1971. Moody Bible Institute 
of Chicago." 









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The Brethren Evangelist 



NAME THE LODGE CONTEST 







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Neiv Lodge at Camp Bethany 

THE PRIZE 

A free week of camping at Camp Bethany during the 1971 season. (This 
prize may be awarded to a camper of the winner's choice) 

Rules of the contest: 

1. Only residents of the Ohio District are eligible. 

2. Only one name from each contestant will be considered. 

3. The contest will be open only from April 1 to April 30. (Names 
submitted prior to April 1 or after April 30 will not be considered.) 

4. The decision of the judges will be final. 

5. The winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon, May 31st, at 
Camp Bethany, at the time of the dedication of the new lodge. 

6. The winner need not be present to win. 

This contest is being sponsored by the Camp Program Commission of the 
District Board of Christian Education. All entries must be mailed to: 

Miss Beverly Summy, secretary 

Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 



Where the Crowds Are 

I WENT TO the graduation exercise at the local 

school. The auditorium was full. 
I WENT TO the store. There were long lines at 

the checkout stand. 
I WENT TO a basketball game. The gymnasium 

was full. 
I WENT TO a community supper. I could hardly 

find a place to sit. 
Tired of fighting the crowds I decided to . . . 

GO TO CHURCH!! 

from the Derby, Kans. Lamplighter 



THE DYING THIEF 

A preacher asked a church member why he didn' 
give of his time and money to help support the wor)j 
of Christ. "Well," said the man, "the dying thief didn' 
help with missions and do church work, and he wa 
saved wasn't he?" 

"Yes," said the preacher, "I believe he was, but yd 
must remember that he was a dying thief whereas yo> 
are a living one." 

from Oakville First 
Brethren Church bulletin 



^pril 10, 1971 



Page Twenty-nine 



Gospel Light Headquarters Building Unsafe 
Following California Earthquake 

This news item has a bit of personal significance to your editor' as he and 
Rev. Smith Rose, Executive Secretary of Central Council attended a 
Denominational Day Conference which wa,s held by Gospel Light Publica- 
tions in Glendale, California early in January of this year. (G.S.) 



GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLICATIONS, publishers of 
internationally used Christian Education Bible 
reaching materials in Glendale, California, has been 
forced to move from its headquarters at 725 East Colo- 
rado Street, as a result of the earthquake which hit 
(Southern California at 6:01 a.m. February 9. 

The company's main office facility, which housed 
approximately 75 employees, was severely damaged and 
cited as "unsafe for occupancy." Two other office build- 
ings and the warehouse distribution buildings were 
not damaged. 

First to arrive at Gospel Light following the earth- 
quake was William T. Greig, Sr., Treasurer and Chair- 
man of G/L's Board of Directors. "We are thankful to 
God this did not happen later when many employees 
would have been traveling on the ill-fated freeways, or 
iduring the day when the building would have been 
occupied," he stated after surveying the damage. "It is 
likely that lives could have been lost and any number 
of persons injured." 

G/L's President, Dr. Cyrus N. Nelson said as he sur- 
veyed the interior damage, "We are grateful there was 
virtually no loss of equipment, records, art work, man- 
uscripts but just a lot of cleaning up to do! While a 
number of our employees live near the epicenter of the 
quake there was no loss of life or personal injury." 

"In spite of the earthquake," G/L's General Manager 



Bill Greig, Jr. observed, "there has been no delay in 
G/L order processing or merchandise shipments. This 
time of year is particularly busy for G/L since Christian 
bookstores and churches are ordering supplies for the 
April - June Sunday School quarter and planning for 
Vacation Bible School." 

"Although the 'quake' registered 6.5, work was inter- 
rupted only momentarily at G/L's warehouse, located 
several blocks from the headquarters office where the 
early crew was working," Mr. Greig stated. "By the 
time I arrived in Glendale from Chicago late Tuesday 
(the day of the earthquake), the Order and Data 
Processing Departments had been relocated and were 
in full operation. Our staff did a remarkable job in 
processing orders so that there would be no delays." 

Gospel Light Publication, founded in 1933, has been 
located in Glendale, California for 20 years and has 
occupied the earthquake-damaged building since 1956. 
Since moving to Glendale, the company has grown from 
a staff of 11 to 150. In addition G/L has approximately 
75 representatives and consultants throughout the coun- 
try under the direction of three regional directors lo- 
cated in Pennsylvania, Illinois and California. G/L inter- 
national distribution centers are located in Toronto, 
London, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Sydney and Auckland. 

Effective March 1, Gospel Light's administrative 
offices will be located at 110 West Broadway in Glendale. 






WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION CONTINUES AID TO PAKISTANIS 



r[E WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION continues to fund programs of assistance 
to survivors of the cyclone that smashed into east Pakistan last November. The 
Commission has teamed with missionaries of International Christian Fellowship 
and the Assemblies of God. 

These missionaries are assisting the people in sinking tube wells to assure 
pure water, and building more permanent housing. One of the missionaries states 
that while the temperature does not go below 55 degree at night, yet if a person 
is naked, hungry, and unsheltered that temperature can be uncomfortably cold. 

Many of the victims will need help for at least a year because they have lost 
everything including their means of livelihood. WRC's long-range assistance in- 
cludes replacing boats, tools for farming, and livestock. 

WRC, overseas relief arm of National Association of Evangelicals, has contri- 
buted $30,000, and is still raising funds for continuing rehabilitation. 

(Brethren World Relief monies are channeled through WRC.) 



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Miss Mary Euphie Musselman, 77, president of the 
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and editor-in-chief of Union Gospel Press Publications, 
including the semi-monthly family Christian magazine, 
The Sunday School Times and Gospel Herald, was called 
into the presence of the Lord on March 16, 1971, after 
a brief illness. 

Miss Musselman, youngest daughter of the founder 
of the Union Gospel Press, the Rev. William B. Mussel- 
man, dedicated her life to the work of spreading the 
gospel by serving in the press in many capacities. As a 
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UNSEARCHABLE 

"What lies beyond the stars?" 

I said when I was small. 

"I'll search beyond the stars," I said, 

"When I am tall." 

Now in my garden plot 
I help the jonquils grow. 
What lies beyond the stars 
I do not need to know. 

Jane Merchant 



ipiil 24, 1971 



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This page is being dedicated to Mother's Day. 
Ince mother's have so many characteristics of 
uch a wonderful nature that it is difficult to 
escribe them with words, we would like to pre- 
Wit a few poems ivhich might in some way por- 
my a few of the ways God has blessed mankind 
nth mothers. (Ed. note) 



SHE 

he gave her thought, her looks, her time, 

o keep our childhood near sublime. 

She steered our youth to safer ways, 
And upped our confidence with praise. 

nd it was she who knew just how 

b cool a sick and fevered brow. 

I know she cried her heart out, too 
When we did things that we would rue. 

e owe her much we cannot pay 

o, Father, we can only pray, 

In parenthood there be infused 
The qualities our mother used. 

Osa Webb 



A MOTHER PRAYS 

lie school-bell rang so very long this morning, 
thought perhaps it may have wondered why 
e did not run, light-hearted, at its summons, 
hen other children laughed and hurried by. 

there is school, dear God, in some far Heaven, 
8 patient, please — He never could sit still; 
e will not wash his hands, he'll tear his trousers, 
e may play traunt on some distant hill. 

h, all the day he'll be a gay romancer, 
at when night comes he'll turn, not knowing why 
lere is no one to hear his prayers or kiss him 
le way I did — dear God don't let him cry ! 

ft, if you see a little boy who's lonely, 
little boy, afraid, when dusk-thoughts creep, 
ease hold his hand and weave a gay, brave story, 
nd stay with him until he falls asleep. 




THE SECOND MOTHER 

Bare-limbed, brown-eyed a gangling boy, 
And yet some woman thought him worth 
The task that mothers' hands employ, 
The second mothers of this earth. 
Ah, many a tribute we have read 
To motherhood, and rightly said, 
But some have found, yes, many find 
That second mothers, too, are kind. 

Or who be jealous of the dead? 

A mother now is reconciled, 

A mother who has gone ahead, 

Because she knows another one, 

A second mother, has her son 

Is giving him the love and care 

That she would give if she were there. 

For this should bind them, not divide: 
Joint motherhood, a common son, 
That mother on the other side 
With her, the new, the second one. 
Yes, even as her heart is sad, 
I think that she in heaven is glad 
Some second mother has the joy 
Of being gentle with her boy. 

by Douglas Malloch 

This poem gives honor, and rightly so, to women, 
known as "stepmothers." 






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Rev. Jerry Grieve and family 



THE BRETHREN are requested to join together in a special prayer 
request for Rev. Jerry Grieve, his wife Cheryl, and their two children 
as they wait for entrance visas for Nigeria. The Grieves have been accepted 
by Wycliffe Translators as short term assistants to be assigned to Nigeria 
and have been packed for some time now waiting the day when they can 
leave for the work for which they have been trained. During the waiting 
period Jerry has served as the interim pastor of the Massillon, Ohio Breth- 
ren Church. We pray that the visas might be granted soon so that this 
dedicated couple can join themselves with others in the literacy work going 
forward in Nigeria. 



Lpril 24, 1971 



Page Five 



A 20th CENTURY MIRACLE 



by Steve Hunter, Director of Development 
World Radio Missionary Fellowship, Inc. 



n he first time I saiv Bill Dreyer he was kneeling 
n half an inch of dust in the back of one of 
ICJB's trucks and exclaiming, "This is the most 
mautiful bronze casting I have ever seen!" Before 
he day was over, he and that bronze casting 
uotdd cause mission president Abe Van Der Puy 
o exclaim, "'This has done more to strengthen 
ny faith than anything I can remember in a long, 
ong time." 



BILL DREYER had just come from the morning 
worship service at English Fellowship Church in 
Juito and was wearing one of his best suits, but it 
idn't seem to matter to Bill. Those who know him best 
ay this is the kind of dedication the man has. 

The bronze casting was the impeller wheel which is 
he heart of HCJB's hydroelectric plant in Papallacta, 
Ecuador. How Bill Dreyer and that bronze casting got 
ogether that Sunday noon February 1, 1970, is another 
•art of the saga of miraculous events that have demon- 
trated God's provision and protection of the plant that 
upplies electricity to HCJB's powerful shortwave 
ransmitters. 

HCJB missionaries, Mel and Marge Whitaker, were 
a Otavalo to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, 
'here they met Bill and Margaret Dreyer. When Mel 
earned that Bill Dreyer ran a machine shop in Sunny- 
ide, Washington, and was interested in all types of 
nechanical devices, he suggested that they visit HCJB 
^hen they were in Quito the following weekend. 

For several months Bob Moore, Engineering Director 
t HCJB, had been discussing with Kerm Beougher the 
leed for a routine shutdown and inspection of the hydro- 
electric plant. Bob talked with engineers at the Quito 
Clectric Company, from whom power would be pur- 
chased during the shut down, to determine what day 
hey would have enough power available to supply 
ICJB's needs. They decided on Monday, January 28. 
Three days before the appointed day, the electric com- 
>any phoned to request that the date be changed from 
Monday to Thursday. God was working out His intri- 
cate plan. When the plant was shut down the engineers 
loticed a number of fine hairline cracks in the very 
jltal impeller wheel. To allow the plant to continue to 
'Un in this condition might cause the cracks to expand 
tnd the wheel to split in half. 

Through a combination of amateur radio and long- 
listance telephone, the engineers contacted Bob Wittig 
n Pennsylvania, the missionary who had supervised the 
milding of the hydroelectric plant from its beginning, 
md an expert machinist and welder himself. Bob's 




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till 





Mw- 



Bill Dreyer traveled to Ecuador to perform a, task 
no one knew needed doing until after he arrived. 
He was God's man, in God's place, at God's time. 



advice: "I don't know of a single person in Ecuador 
capable of repairing it. I suggest you crate it and send 
it back to the United States to someone who specializes 
in this type of work." It took all day Friday to remove 
the impeller wheel from the plant, and on Saturday it 
was brought the tortuous three-hour trip through a 
14,000-foot mountain pass to Quito. That same day the 
Dreyers, now back in Quito, received a phone call from 
the Whitakers inviting them to Sunday lunch — the next 
step in God's plan. 

At breakfast Sunday morning, Abe Van Der Puy, 
mission president, and his wife felt strongly compelled 
of God to stay home and read the Bible and pray con- 
cerning some of the things that the mission was facing. 
They prayed, and over and over again the Lord remind- 
ed them of the damaged impeller wheel from the hydro- 
electric plant. 

Bill Dreyer, on his collision course with God's plan, 
said, "This is the most beautiful bronze casting I have 
ever seen! Why, these cracks are nothing; I fix sixty 
or seventy wheels a year that are worse than this one. 
This is my business, you know. Give me a pair of cover- 
alls and some welding equipment and I'll have this 
thing in good shape for you in no time." That afternoon 
in HCJB's machine shop, Bill grabbed a hacksaw and 
began to cut lustily into the hairline cracks around the 
carefully machined water seal rim. HCJB engineers 
cringed and wondered if this man really knew what he 
was doing. 

(continued on next page) 



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The Brethren Evaiigelis 



Of the thousands of different types of welding rods 
and hundred of different types of welding flux, it just 
happened that we had exactly the right type on hand. 
With V-shaped notches cut around each of the hairline 
cracks, Bill lit the acetylene torch and began to heat the 
bronze metal — a crucial procedure because it had to be 
heated to just the right temperature. Bob Moore brought 
out a handfull oi colored crayons, designed to melt at 
different temperatures. "Do you ever use these, Bill?" 
"Naw, I just spit on it! When the spit rolls up in a 
little ball, the metal is the right temperature." 

The phone rang at 7:00 o'clock at Abe Van Der Puy's 
home. Bob Moore said, "Abe, the impeller wheel is re- 
paired." "What?" "I said, the impeller wheel is re- 
paired!" Then he related how Bill had welded the 
cracks and then refinished the finely machined surface. 
"Not only that, but Bill hai changed his travel plans 
and is going with u ; to Papallaeta tomorrow to help 
reinstall the impeller and align the bearing which 
caused the damage in the first place!" 

The Scriptures say, "Before they call, I will answer 
and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Every 
day the HCJB hydroeVctric plant is shut down, it costs 
over $500 to replace the lost energy — buying it from 
the Quito Electric Company. If the impeller wheel had 
been removed on Monday, as originally planned, it 
would have been crated and shipped to the U.S. before 



Bill Dreyer arrived in Quito. It could have taken sixt; 
to ninety days to get the plant back into operation. 

This story didn't begin that crucial week in January 
1970. It started when Bill and Margaret Dreyer planne 
their trip to South America. ... It started when Me 
and Marge Whitaker planned a trip to Otavalo to cek 
their 25th wedding anniversary — someone even sugges 
ed that it started 25 years ago when they set the dat 
of their wedding! ... It started several years ago whe 
someone bought the right kind of welding rod an 
welding fluz. ... It started when HCJB engineers d< 
cided it was time for a routine shutdown and inspectio 
of the hydroelectric plant. ... It started when a 
engineer from the Quito Electric Company changed th 
day from Monday to Thursday. ... It started when Ab 
and Marj Van Der Puy, and perhaps you, were led tj 
stop and pray for the ministry of HCJB. 

"Oh, come on now," someone may object, "is Gc 
really interested in a hunk of machinery?" With teal 
welling in his eyes, Abe Van Der Puy expressed tr 
emotion we all felt. "This has done more to strengthe 
my faith than anything I can remember in a long, lor! 
time. Our God is still working miracles in the 20th ce: 
tury!" No one could have expressed it better! 

Printed with permission from 

World Radio Missionary Fellowship, Inc. 

from September, 1970 issue of 

Call of The Andes 



BAPTISMS IN INDIA 



In the BRETHREN EVANGELIST of March 27 and April 10, 1971 re- 
ports were given concerning the work of our missionaries in the village 
of Palacharla. Here a prayer hall had been constructed even though there 
were no members nor resident worker. The dedication of this project was 
also reported when more than two hundred attended the special service. 











Prayer Hall under construction 



Dedication in Palacharla 



kpril 24, 1971 



Page Seven 




Baptisms in India 



We praised God to learn that land and labor had been donated by people in 
the village. Again we praise God for the fresh news reported below in this 
letter from Kumar. 



It is with great pleasure I would like to share with you that our faith 
attempts in the village Palacharla resulted in a good success. You know 
that we built a temporary prayer hall in the village even though we didn't 
have a single member of our church. The Holy Spirit was working ahead 
of us in preparing a way for our ministry in this village. He led Mr. A. 
Prasada Rao to join our church who is now receiving training in our Bible 
Institute. With his help we started an Adult School in this village which 
meets every night. On Sunday nights instead of the class we conduct wor- 
ship service. There has been no objection, people came as usual. On 
February 24, 1971 we started a ten-day revival meeting after each class 
time. The Lord opened the hearts of many people. Once they were opposed 
to Christianity, but this time they showed interest. There were commit- 
ments to Christ each night of the revival meetings. On the last day our 
total was fifty-six who had accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. 

In order to witness to the Hindu community I arranged the baptismal 
service in Rajahmundry, on March 6, 1971 in the "Holy River" (for Hin- 
dus) , Godavari. By the grace of God we had no objections from anyone but 
were observed by many. We had a wonderful service on the river shore 
with good singing. I preached a message about Jesus' baptism in the river 
Jordan. The Hindu priests who were there to perform religious rites and 
the Hindu worshipers heard the message out of curiosity. On that day the 
Lord enabled me to baptize 61 people ; 56 from Palacharla, 3 from Rajah- 
mundry, and 2 from Rajavolu. I praise God for helping me and leading me 
in showing the way of salvation to these people who were perishing in 
darkness. 

Yours in Christ, 

K. Prasantha Kumar 



Va'se Eisrht 



The Brethren Evangeli: 




a book review 



BRETHREN AND PACIFISM 



by Dale W. Brown 



DALE W. BROWN is Professor of Christian 
theology at Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak 
Brook, Illinois. A former pastor, graduate of 
Bethany (B.D.) and Northwestern University 
(Ph.D.). 

Copyright 1970, Brethren Press, Elgin, Illinois, 
paperback, 152 pages, ($2.00). 



"The book describes various pacifist stances, considers 
key ethical and philosophical issues, relates biblical 
themes to the contemporary situation, suggests strate- 
gies of peace making, and indicates the relevancy of the 
Anabaptist tradition to a radical witness of the church 
today." Thus is the publisher's description of the book's 
content. 

Because many young people in the church (including 
the Church of the Brethren) are looking elsewhere for 
pacifist models of inspiration, the author states his 
desire "to demonstrate that the biblical, Brethren, and 
theological heritage of their (Brethren young people) 
background contains the potentiality for a vital peace 
witness." This is what it's all about. 

Of particular value is the concise, yet thorough, man- 
ner in which Dr. Brown covers many pertinent topics re- 
lated to pacifism — certain considerations that every 
mature reader must deal with in forming opinions about 
peace and war, violence and nonviolence, resistance and 
nonresistance, church and state, and related subjects. 

After considering briefly the question of whether or 
not the distinctive peace position of the Church of the 
Brethren is adequate justification for its continued ex- 
istance as a separate denomination (in these days of 
church mergers), Dr. Brown turns to Brethren history. 
His quick survey of the Anabaptist and Pietist influ- 
ences and then of the key nonresistance events in Ger- 
men Baptist - Brethren historical periods is excellent. 
Those readers interested in more detailed historical de- 
tails and analyses should consult Rufus Bowman's, "The 
Church of the Brethren and War." But Brown aptly 
hits the high points and gives the beginning student 
helpful glimpses into the positions Brethren have taken 
in the past, and why. 

There are several different kinds of pacifist positions 

political, humanist, vocational, selective, nuclear, ana- 
baptist, new-anabaptist, revolutionary. What about the 
revolutionary spirit and existing parties at the time of 



the incarnation? Which stance should we adopt todc 
— Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, Zealots, or Jesus ai 
His disciples? Where do the common, historical Biblic 
themes of the Brethren fit in to our attitudes abo 
pacifism — imitation of Christ, Sermon on the Moui 
Love of Neighbor, Resurrection and Hope? There a 
the ethical and philosophical issues concerning abt 
lutes, relevance, just-wars, and the State. Which str; 
egy for peacemaking would you endorse- -personal cc 
version, transformation of society, service or prophe 1 
communities? 

Even in a few short pages these significant cons: 
erations and critiques are all there — giving a sou: 
base for applying Christian beliefs in these diffici 
areas of decision. 

And finally, a plea by the author to move beyo: 
"establishment pacifism" and honestly ask in all siti 
tions, "Are we faithful to the way of Jesus?" 

Although there is one chapter dealing with repli 
to hypothetical situations (What would you do if . . .' 
the general absence of proof-texting is refreshii 
Whereas he deals with some particular texts, Browil 
pattern is to study and chart directions from an over-l 
Christian and Brethren perspective. 

I appreciated the author's honesty in relating his o\I 
personal struggles and altering of views through ti 
years — and the reasons why he did. It made my iderl 
fication with him quite easy. 

Understandably, I found Dr. Brown expressing r| 
own beliefs at many points. But, whether a reacp 
agrees or not, I would recommend this book to all Brel 
ren interested in letting our church history and te 
Scriptures be a part of their attitudes and practice 
about war and peace — as well as listening to God speH 
through world and community conditions today. 
Review by Pastor Phil Lersch, chairman 

Brethren Peace Committee 
St. Petersburg, Florida 



April 24, 1971 



Page Nine 



You Tell Me I'm Getting Old 

You tell me I am getting old; 

I tell you that's not so! 

The "house" I live in is worn out 

And that, of course, I know. 

It's been in use a long, long while, 

It's weathered many a gale; 

I'm really not surprised you think 

It's getting somewhat frail. 

The color's changing on the roof, 

The windows getting dim, 

The walls a bit transparent, 

And looking rather thin. 

The foundation's not so steady 

As once it used to be; 

My "house" is getting shaky, 

But my "house" isn't me! 

My few short years can't make me old- 

I feel I'm in my youth; 

Eternity lies just ahead, 

A life of joy and truth. 

I'm going to live forever, there; 

Life will go on — it's grand! 

You tell me I am getting old? 

You just don't understand! 

The dweller in my little "house" 
Is young and bright and gay — 
Just starting on a life to last 
Throughout eternal day. 
You only see the outside, 
Which is all that most folks see. 
You tell me I am getting old? 
You've mixed my "house" with me! 

Dora Johnson (88 years young) 
from the Bryan, Ohio bulletin 



Be a Booster 

Do you know there's lots 'f people 
Settin' round in every town, 
A-fussin' like a broody chicken, 
Knockin' every good thing down? 

Don't you be that kind o'cattle 
'Cause they ain't no use on earth, 
You just be a booster rooster, 
Crow and boo^t for all you're worth. 

If your church needs boostin' boost'er. 
Don't hold back and wait and see 
If some other fellow is winnin' 
Sail right in, this country's free. 

No man's got a mortage on it, 
It's yours as much as his, 
If your church is shy of boosters, 
You get in the boostin' biz. 

If things just don't seem to suit you 
And the world seems kinder wrong. 
What's the matter with a boostin' 
Just to help the thing along? 

If some feller has some failins' 
Just forget 'em 'cause you know- 
That same feller has some good points, 
Them's the ones you want to show. 

"Cast your loaves out on the water, 
They'll come back" 's a sayin' true, 
Maybe they'll come back "buttered" 
When some feller boosts for you. 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



"Darling," sighed the enraptured young 
man, "when I think that tomorrow is 
your birthday, and when I think that a 
year ago I didn't even know you. . . ." 
"Sweetheart," she interrupted, "let's not 
talk about our past. Let's talk about my 
present." 



Clerk in Florist's Shop: "Sorry we don't 
have potted geraniums, would you be 
interested in African violets?" 

Customer: "No, it was the geraniums 
my wife told me to water while she was 
gone." 



"What is the formula for 

H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O." 
"That's not the formula I gave 

"I thought it was. You said the 



Teacher: 

water?" 

Jimmy: 

Teacher: 

you." 

Jimmy: 

formula for water was H to O." 



Dying man's request: "Just bury me 
with my old Model T; it has pulled me out 
of many a hole." 



"Dough" is a poor synonym for money- 
dough sticks to your fingers. 



Page Ten 

WAR AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS 



The Brethren Evangelis 



by Thomas A. Schultz 




AS A NAVY CHAPLAIN, I receive many inquirie 
from officers and men alike, and from both con 
batant and non-combatants, about the problem of wai 
The questions may be stated a little differently fror 
time to time — for example, "Doesn't the Bible tell u 
not to kill?" "Is war ever justifiable?" "Why does a jut 
God allow war?" — but the basic problem is the same 
it is the problem of war. It is a seeking to reconcile th 
flat prohibition of the Sixth Commandment, "You sha 
not kill," with the cruel facts of existence in a sinfi 
society. 

What should be the course of thought and action fc 
the Christian of today in regard to war? I offer som 
suggestions. 

First, realize the worth of human life. A man's lii 
is his most precious earthly possession; and precious i| 
the eyes of God is His greatest creation. This leaves r.| 
room for warmongering. As John Ray put it, "He the 
preaches war is the devil's chaplain." 

Secondly, acknowledge with Christ that violence (J 
every kind begins in the heart, and keep the heart righj 
Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount: 

"You have heard that it was said to the men of oil 
'You shall not kill; and whosoever kills shall be liab' 
to judgment.' But I say to you that every one who ! 
angry with his brother shall be liable to the councl 
and whosoever says, 'You fool!' shall be liable to tl 
hell of fire" (Matt. 5:21-22, RSV). 

Jesus did not say explicitly at any time that wars ed 
wrong — in fact, he spoke of war in his preaching illustrj 
tions. What he did say, though, was more significant tl 
far than any pronouncement on war that he might ha\ 
given. He said that hate and selfishness are wronj 
These are what cause war. Do away with these and ycl 
stamp out war. Jesus gave a solemn word of warninj 
anger is incipient murder! This puts things on the levl 
where we live day by day. Oscar Wilde, languishing I 
prison for his misdeeds, watched one condemned m<! 
after another go forth to be executed because he ha 
committed murder, and gave us a bit of rare insight 
I lis "Ballad of Reading Gaol"; 

"Yet each man kills the thing he loves, 

By each let this be heard, 
Some do it with a bitter look, 

Some with a flattering word, 
The coward does it with a kiss, 

The brave man with a sword!" 

Thirdly, know that even as there are individuals wl 1 
get out of line and commit crimes that must be dec: 
with by society, there are nations that cannot be allowo 
to run over smaller or weaker nations or innocel 
peoples without bearing the consequences or at leali 
being shown how far they can go with their irrespol 
sibility. No Christian can go to war with a clear C0|' 
science. Yet, when needed to help the oppressed aJ 
the down-trodden, or when called upon to defend libert; 
how can he refuse to go? Can his conscience be ail 
more clear after he has said, "Let someone else do it! 



pril 24, 1971 



Page Eleven 



A fourth suggestion: observe that there are those 
mes in history and in human experience when peace 
. at the other side of conflict. The blessings of peace, 
ke many other blessings, come at high cost. Perhaps 
lis is something of what Jesus meant when he said, 
[ come not to bring peace, but a sword." He was saying 
lat as desirable as peace is, it doesn't come easy. Some- 
mes it is necessary to use the sword to create the 
ivironment where peace can prevail, but once this is 
xomplished, the sword should be put away. This sword 
iust never become our modus operandi. Remember that 
?sus also said, "He who takes up the sword will perish 
17 the sword." 

Again, acknowledging that one is willing to fight for 

"just cause" or in a "just war," (as some say they 
re) consider that the Christian who waits until there is 

completely just cause to serve will wait forever. Un- 



fortunately for the Christian conscience, the state does 
not (and cannot) leave the option to the individual to 
decide for himself which wars he will participate in, or 
to what extent. 

I have one more suggestion: receive Jesus Christ as 
the Prince of Peace, and work actively and patiently for 
those changes in the human heart that will make wars 
unnecessary. Man's sin has alienated him from God. In 
his sinful state he is an "enemy" of God (Rom. 5:10). 
Through faith in Christ, however, this relationship is set 
right and man is reconciled to God (II Cor. 5:19). Being 
properly related to God, he is in a position to live in 
peace with those about him. 

Surely, those Christians who will join in war as 
necessity, and those who will have no part in it, should 
work together to the end thai" the Prince of Peace may 
have his way in the hearts of men. 



THE CAMEL 




loaded my camel rich and high, 

And marched him up to the needle's eye. 
e was laden with riches manifold, 

With bales of silk and sacks of gold, 
1th precious stones and with jewels rare, 

And with vessels lovely beyond compare. 

hoped to enter with all my gain, 

But the needle's eye made my efforts vain, 
urged my camel with angry din, 

I pressed the camel to enter in; 
ut far too large with his loading high, 

He could not pass through the needle's eye. 



rode the camel a night and a day, 

And sought to enter some other way; 

ut though I followed a wearisome round, 
Only the needle way I found. 



I groaned, for I did not have enough; 

But I took from the camel my bulkier stuff. 

And with gold and gems I would fain get by. 

Still the camel stuck at the needle's eye. 
Then I left the camel alone outside, 

And with only my gems, again I tried. 
I all of my pockets stuffed — Alas! 

The needle still would not let me pass. 

Then at length I threw my wealth away, 

And sank upon lowly knees to pray. 

I begged the Lord to forgive my sin 

And let a poor helpless traveller in. 

Then proud and glad, in beggar's dress. 
I passed the portal of happiness. 

from the JEWISH HOPE 



Page Twelve 



The Brethren Evangelij 



World Religious News 



LANDMARK CASE STOPS 
PERSECUTION OF AMISH 

Livonia, Mich. (EP) - - A clergy- 
man's fight to end persecution of 
Amish people in the United States 
has ended in a decision that has 
made legal history. 

The Rev. William C. Lindholm of 
this city has received word that the 
Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled six 
to one that Amish teenagers may not 
be forced to attend high school. The 
court ruled also that compulsory 
education laws are unconstitutional 
as applied to the Amish. The First 
Amendment guaranteeing religious 
freedom must apply, the court said, 
because the state did not prove that 
there was any compelling necessity 
to force Amish children to attend 
high school. 

Pastor Lindholm four years ago 
became upset over the plight of the 
Amish and their repeated arrests. 
He formed a committee to aid them 
and began taking their cases to 
court, since their religion does not 
permit them to defend themselves. 

The ruling came on January 8. 
It isn't likely that the decision will 
water down compulsory education 
laws because there is no other 
known religion that has such unique 
features. Amishmen drive horse and 
buggies, shun modern conveniences 
and care for their youngsters so that 
they have never become a welfare 
burden to society. 

A Temple University professor 
testified that if Amish youngsters 
were to attend a mainstream high 
school their religion would be des- 
troyed. An educational professor 
from the University of Chicago add- 
ed in testimony that the Amish are 
given on-the-job training in their 
community so that there is no un- 
employment and little juvenile de- 
linquency and crime among them. 

Attorney William B. Ball, consti- 
tutional law specialist from Harris- 
burg, Pennsylvania, was the attor- 
ney who represented Pastor Lind- 
holm and his Amish friends. 

"I believe in their cause," the 
attorney said. 



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DIMENSIONS OF CHRISTIAN 
WRITING' GIVES COUNSEL 
ON THE CRAFT 

Grand Rapids, Michigan (EP) — 
To improve the quality of Chris- 
tian writing, Zondervan Publishing 
House has published a guide for 
the would-be and semi-professional 
writer. 

Titled, Dimensions of Christian 
Writing, the 93-page paperback out- 
lines the various types of Christian 
writing and emphasizes as well the 
personal qualities necessary in the 
writer as he seeks the discipline 
required to write. 

ARCHBISHOP MEDEIROS 
SEES ABORTION AS 
THE NEW BARBARISM' 

Hanover, Mass. (EP) - - Describ- 
ing abortion as the destruction of 
human life at its source and "objec- 
tively evil," Archbishop Humberto 
S. Medeiros of Boston charged that 
this "new barbarism" is moving to 
upset God's moral order which is 
the foundation of peace on earth. 

He said that modern science and 
technology "should serve life, not 
destroy, should protect the unborn, 
not eliminate them." 

Archbishop Medeiros preached 
during a special Mass at Cardinal 
Gushing High School here, com- 
memorating both the Roman Cath- 
olic feasts of the Holy Family (Dec. 
27) and the Holy Innocents (Dec. 
28). The Mass was in protest of the 
increased acceptance of abortion in 
the U.S. 

Archbishop Medeiros, who was 
joined by five Boston priests in cele- 
brating the Mass, noted that various 
legislatures have revised traditional 
laws that protected the life of un- 
born, making abortion "easy and 
available." 

But he added that while this legis- 
lature was doubtless accomplished 
in good faith, "all the good reasons 
in the world — progress, pity, free- 
dom, health — cannot justify or allow 
what we know to be wrong in 
itself." 



NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER 
URGES RETURN TO BIBLE 

New York (EP) - McCandlis 
Phillips, a reporter on the staff < 
The New York Times, calls for 
national return to the Bible as tl 
Word of God. 

In his book, The Bible, the Supe 
natural, and the Jews (World) tl 
evangelical newsman warns that 
continued drift from biblical stan 
ards will ultimately make the natic 
ripe for dictatorship. 

"The present tragedy of Americ 
is that it has long left the truths < 
the scriptural faith on which mar 
of its founders stood, and to which 
majority of the people at least ga^ 
assent," Phillips says. 

The distinguished award-winnir 
writer is scheduled to speak at tl 
23rd annual convention of the Eva 
gelical Press Association, May 10- 
in Chicago. 



METHODIST BISHOP SAYS IT 
TAKES GUTS' TO BE A 
CHURCHMAN TODAY 

Charlotte, N.C. (EP) — Bish 
James Armstrong of the Dakot 
Area of the United Method 
Church, said here that "it takes gi 
to be a churchman today" becau 
"the church is part of this wh( 
mess." 

Addressing 600 clergymen at t 
annual Western North Caroli 
Conference Mission to Ministers a 
Lectures on Preaching, he said, 
don't care whether we consider o 
selves conservatives, fundament 
ists, evangelicals, liberals or ra 
cals — and, frankly, I don't thi 
God much cares — but how do 
relate to the brutalizing and del 
manizing, to the demoniac for< 
swirling around us?" 

"Be men in your ministries," 
counseled. "As you face the collaj 
of personal morality about you, 
men. As you see the poor, the bla 
the disillusioned ground underfc 
be men. As you see industrial gia: 
and pampered citizens alike polli 
the air and water about us, be mi 
As you see mad wars and suiciJ 
policies grind on, be men." 



kpril 24, 1971 



Page Thirteen 



^% 




BUILDING THE CHURCH 



THROUGH 



BRETHREN YOUTH 



CATt° 



"THERE IS A GROWING BODY of evidence 
I which suggests strongly that Brethren youth 
,re genuinely interested in and willing to serve 
s "builders of the church." In fact, as one looks 
ver the record of Brethren Youth, it is easy to 
et the impression that many of them have taken 
'aul's charge to Timothy seriously: 

"Try hard to show yourself worthy of 
God's approval, as a laborer who need not 
be ashamed; be straight-forward in your 
proclamation of the truth" (II Timothy 
2:15 NEB). 

Brethren young people have demonstrated their 
bedience to this command in too many different 
rays to list all of them here but some outstanding 
ctivities must be mentioned. 

1. The Summer Crusaders : During the summer 
of 1970 eight young people spent nine weeks 
working in eleven churches and three district 
camps. Over the nine week period, the kids 
visited more than 4,000 homes searching out 
prospects for host churches in addition to 
assuming leadership roles in nine weeks of 
Vacation Bible School. The Crusaders' sum- 
mer work was climaxed by their participa- 
tion in both the General Conference and 
Youth Convention. 

2. The Bible Quiz has also been revised and is 
generating considerable interest among many 
youth. Their study in God's Word goes be- 
yond mere competition . . . they are in fact 
being nurtured in a way of life. 



3. The National BYC Project is always aimed 
at the upbuilding of the church by supporting 
some facet of its total mission. Over the 
years such diverse needs as camping foreign 
missions, and home missions have received 
significant assistance from the youth. 

4. As an added service and learning experience, 
the Collegiate Crusaders, made up of Breth- 
ren students at Ashland College, have been 
active in a number of churches for special 
youth and worship programs. This service 
will be available again next year through the 
Board office. 

5. Also this year saw the official establishment 
of the BYC Council which functions in rela- 
tion to the National BYC Convention as the 
Central Council relates to General Confer- 
ence. This advisory body meets twice each 
year other than conference week and pro- 
vides invaluable assistance in the planning 
and evaluation of the denominational BYC 
program. 

So, with our young people growing in leader- 
ship and understanding, it is easy to be positive 
about the present and optimistic about the 
church's future. We've got a lot going for us . . . 
we have the promise of God's Word and youth 
who are committed to that promise. We can . . . 
as God leads ... we will build the church through 
Brethren Youth! 

We invite you to peruse the following pages 
where we have attempted to portray the values of 
the Brethren Youth ministry. Can you think on 
these things without getting excited? We hope 
not. It is urgent that you, the people of The 
Brethren Church support to the fullest extent the 
vital BYC ministry administered by the Board of 
Christian Education. 



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The Brethren Evangel 



BUILDING THROUGH SERVICE 




WORK RETREAT 70 



Volunteer workers at Brethi 
House (St. Petersburg , Florid 
spent three afternoons worhi 
in various capacities in Pas\ 
Lersch's unique educational m. 
istry for children and you 
Retreat participants pictw 
here (I. to r.) are Marcia A 
Pherson (Gretna), Dale Stofj 
(Canton), and, Mary Bach 
(County Line). 



Responding to the challenge to spend Christmas vacation in a meaningful 
activity which went beyond entertainment to the area of mission, thirty- 
six young people from seven states made the trip south to serve the St. 
Petersburg Church. Such activities illustrate the willingness of youth 
to participate in meaningful ministries and further suggests that even 
greater efforts should be made in the future to find means of involving 
youth in the work of the church. 






NEW LOOK FOR 
ST. PETE'S BENCHES 



Among the many work projects 
completed at St. Pete was the 
painting of numerous benches 
and chairs. Those applying paint 
are (I. to r.) Paul Deojrdurff 
(Gretna), Donna Enright (Bel- 
videre, III.), David Radcliff 
(Milford), Robert Fowler (Jef- 
ferson) . 




April 24, 1971 



Page Fifteen 



BUILDING THROUGH BIBLE KNOWLEDGE 



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Pictured (I. to r.) are the National Bible Quiz Winners and Runners-up respectively of 1970: 
The Waterloo, Ioiva team - Rebecca Grumbling, Janet Lamb. Bob Lamb, Cheryl Hummel, and 
Wayne Grumbling, captain. Ardmore - Jim, Vandermark, captain. Bobb Hoffman, Larry Rob- 
ertson, Kathy Jo Home. 






•"pHE INSPIRING AND CHALLENGING letters of James and Peter will be the subject of the 1971 Brethren 
I Youth Bible Quiz. Are your kids bright, energetic and interested in the Word of God? Of course they are! 
Do they enjoy competition? Of course they do! So, let's go . . . and get the quiz teams organized. The more 
the better. 

The official version of the Scriptures on which all questions will be based is the "New English" translation 
of the New Testament — 1970 edition. 

Copies of the Bible Quiz rules and sample questions may be obtained free of charge by writing the Board 
of Christian Education office. Get your order in now! 

NEW INCENTIVES 

1. As an added incentive, both first and second place finishers in district competition are eligible to compete in 
the National Finals of the 1971 Bible Quiz. District winners and runners-up must be certified in writing by the 
presiding district quiz official who will forward this information to the National BCE office by August 
12, 1971. 

2. We are asking that District Quiz personnel select four to six outstanding contestants from the various teams 
entered to make up a district All-Star Quiz Team. The All-Star Team will be subject to the fol- 
lowing restrictions: 

A. No more than two members from any team may be named to the All-Star Team. 

B. All-stars must have demonstrated their ability as a member of a local church team. 

The district All-Star Team will be subject to certification in the same manner as the first and second place 
teams mentioned above and, if there are a sufficient number of entries, the All-Stars of the various districts 
will compete on a schedule to be announced at General Conference. 

Everyone who really wants to quiz has a chance to make the nationals ... as a member of a local team or as a 

member of the district All-Star Team. 



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The Brethren Evangelis 



BUILDING THROUGH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 







One of the benefits of informal Brethren Youth activities is the 
opportunity for Christian fellowship. Gathered around the table 
at Camp Freedom are (I. to r.): Pastor Richard Allison (Jeffer- 
son), Tracy Wilt, Jr. (Washington, B.C.), David Grumbling 
(Johnstown III), Bale Stoffer (Canton), Wayne Grumbling 
(Waterloo). The subject of discussion that evening centered on 
the historic peace position of The Brethren Church. 



ONE OF THE MAJOR FUNCTIONS of the church is to provide a 
fellowshipping community for believers in which they are able to see 
themselves as an integral part of the family of God in the world. 

It is encouraging to watch the sense of community developing among 
the youth of The Brethren Church. It seems to be growing each year as 
they are increasingly active in the BYC Convention, BYC Council, Bible 
Quiz, Camping Program, Winter Retreats and Crusader work. 

The Christian community which has learned the art of sharing the 
love of Christ as a live, attractive community will grow. If the major 
obstacle to church expansion is the shortage of personnel who are both 
committed and professionally trained, it seems that we have a golden 
opportunity to move forward on the strength of our young people who 
have made their commitment to Christ and the church. They need and 
deserve our best support. 



April 24, 1971 



Page Seventeen 



BUILDING THROUGH THE SUMMER CRUSADERS 




Members of the special youth evangelism team preparing for 
summer assignment are shown above in a training session con- 
ducted by Board of Christian Education staff members. Then 
are (I. to r.) Robert Fowler (staff '), Ron Waters. Paul Deardurff, 
Beverly Summy (staff), Sherry Shannon, Gloria Stout, Randy 
Smith, Mike Radcliff. 



TE 1971 Summer Crusader program is exciting! This year, in selected sites, 
two experimental ministries to youth — through youth — will be proceeding 
simultaneously. 

In the one experimental ministry, based in South Bend, Indiana, our young 
people will come face to face with the conflicts of modern life in the inner city. 
Working closely with the South Bend Brethren and local Christian service organ- 
izations, the Crusaders, led by Dale Stoffer, will perform a wide variety of activities 
with chiMren and youth in the area. They will spend some time with their charges 
at Camp Shipshewana and in other recreational — educational settings. It is import- 
ant that the messengers of the gospel show themselves to be friendly before attempt- 
ing to introduce others to the greatest friend of all, Jesus Christ. 

In addition, tentative plans call for the South Bend team to visit Indiana church- 
es and youth groups some weekends to share their experiences with other interested 
persons. 

A second team will be at work more specifically in the area of youth evan- 
gelism. Though all of us recognize the problems involved in reaching contemporary 
youth for Jesus Christ, few of us are willing to admit it can't be done. In fact, some 
of us are determined that it can and will be done. Consequently, we are working 
on a plan to involve our team, local kids and district Life Work Recruits (or other 
interested young people) in week-long efforts to reach youth and steer them toward 
the church. 

To do this, part of each week will be spent teaching local youth and LWRs how 
to share their faith and the rest of the week will involve efforts to make personal 
contacts with as many youth as possible, inviting them to attend an experimental 
"youth only" worship program at the local Brethren Church in which various 
methods of presenting the Gospel w T ill be tried out. 

In addition, special arrangements have been made to place two Crusaders at 
St. Petersburg for a six-week hitch with Pastor Phil Lersch. While there they will 
assist in the educational ministry at Brethren House. Hopefully, their work too will 
bear much fruit for Jesus Christ. 

Honestly, we can't predict what the final result of these experiments might be. 
But we do know that because God is leading, we cannot fail. The results may not 
be immediately visible but we are confident that God will greatly use the 1971 
Summer Crusaders! 






Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangreli 



. . . AND THE COLLEGIATE CRUSADERS 



In an attempt to provide special youth emphasis programs to local church and 
district functions the Collegiate Crusader program was conceived in the autumn 
of 1970. Using Brethren Youth who are attending Ashland College, Board of Chris- 
tian Education personnel set up a number of visits to Brethren Churches for special 
programs. 

We were so gratified by the results of this new service that we have decided 
to expand it as needed in the 1971-72 academic year. 

One of the recent highlights of Collegiate Crusader work was the participation 
by the team pictured below in the '"Spring Revival: at Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 7-11. 
During their stay in Cedar Falls, the team worked with Pastor Gene Hollinger and 
Rev. Glenn Grumbling of Waterloo in an extensive community survey each after- 
noon and conducted special programs each evening. In all, 377 homes were contacted 
and 282 responded to the survey with 95 not home. A number of good prospects 
were uncovered. The services too, were well attended, averaging about 55 persons 
per meeting. 





COLLEGIATE CRUSADERS, EASTER TEAM 
(I. to r. ): Ron Waters, Norma Grumbling, Paul Deardurff, 
Gloria Stout 



April 24, 1971 



Page Nineteen 



BUILD YOUR CHURCH THROUGH BRETHREN YOUTH 



We believe that the disturbing- trend of youth leaving the church can be reversed, 
feel that it must be reversed and that all of us must share responsibility in this matter. 



Indeed, we 



Consequently we urge you . . . PERSONALLY ... to become involved in the youth ministry of 
your church. We know that many churches are doing little or nothing with their youth, for only 53 
have registered their youth group with the National BCE office. That means that more than 50 
churches are doing little with their youth. And, in most cases every church has some young people 
. . . what is lacking is adult leadership. If your church is not listed below, get with it ! Ask "what 
can I do to help our church become a better steward of those young lives entrusted to it. If you need 
help or suggestions, write or call the BCE office today! 

Following are the 53 churches who have registered youth groups for 1970-71: 



Indiana 

Ardmore 

Burlington 

Center Chapel 

College Corner 

County Line 

Flora 

Huntington 

Loree 

Milford 

New Paris 

Oakville 

Roann 

Teegarden 

Wabash 

Warsaw 

Nappanee 

Goshen 

Jefferson 

Roanoke 



Elkhart 
Peru 

Ohio 
Ashland 
Columbus 
Gretna 

New Lebanon 
Pleasant Hill 
Smith ville 
Canton 
Garber 

W. Alexander 
Gratis 

Pennsylvania 
Highland 
Meyersdale 
Valley 
Vinco 



Wayne Heights 
White Dale 
Pittsburgh 
Levittown 
Berlin 
Johnstown III 

Southeast 

Lin wood 

Mathias 

Maurertown 

St. James 

Washington 

Hagerstown 

Midwest-Central 

Lanark 

Waterloo 
Milledg-eville 



SUPPORT NATIONAL BYC. SEND YOUR MAY YOUTH OFFERING TO: 

Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 



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Cameron, W. Va. The Annual Com- 
munity gathering of World Day 
of Prayer was held in the Cam- 
eron Brethren Church. Mrs. Lee 
Bungard was the director. The 
choir had an Easter Cantata "The 
Sound of Singing," with soloists 
Larry Ashby, David Chambers, 
and Mrs. Cloyd Shilling. Narrator 
was Mr. Lloyd Ashby. The W.M.S. 
has completed two quilts this 
winter. 

Tempo, Ariz. (Papago Park) Rev. 
and Mrs. Francis Berkshire and 
son, Mark, are moving back to 
Phoenix and will be attending 
Papago Park. A new Altar Bible 
and Bible Stand were presented to 
the church in memory of Kevin 
Gentle by Rev. and Mrs. Spencer 
Gentle. 

Johnstown, Pa. The Second Brethren 
united with Vinco and Third 
Brethren for Holy Week Services. 
The Alpha Theta (gospel team of 
Ashland College) presented the 
Easter Sunrise Service and also 
participated in the Worship Ser- 
vice on Easter Sunday. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. Airman IC 
Glenn M. Edwards, a member of 
the 824th Supply Squadron at Ka- 
dena Air Base in Okinawa, was 
recently selected as Kadena's Air- 
man of the Quarter. Col. Allen W. 
Carver, Sr. base commander made 
the presentation to Glenn. The 
recommendation for the award 
cited Edwards for ". . . outstanding 
performance as a punch card ac- 
counting machine operator. He has 
performed all duties in a note- 
worthy manner that has won the 
respect and praise of his super- 
visors and co-workers alike. Air- 
man Edwards' appearance and 
military bearing are beyond re- 
proach." 



4 J tWiL tfet 
B"UtJlA€*C 



Ashland, Ohio. (Park Street) The 
North Eastern Ohio Youth Rally 
was held in the church with Rev. 
Don Rinehart as the guest speak- 
er. The discussion was on the 
topics "How You Can Know Who 
You Are and Where You Are 
Going," and "What God's Plan Is 
for Your Life." The Garber Breth- 
ren Youth helped plan the pro- 
gram. Holy Week Services were 
held on Wednesday and Thursday 
evenings, April 7, 8, with Dr. A. T. 
Ronk as guest speaker. 

Milledgeville, III. Revival fires are 
burning in our church and com- 
munity. Attendance in both Sun- 
day School and Church Worship 
is on the climb — running 30 to 50 
above a year ago in attendance. 
The Building Feasibility Com- 
mittee made a recommendation 
for expansion of the church, 
especially in the area of Sunday 
School facilities. A Building Fund 
was established. Laymen and 
wives had their annual husband 
and wife fellowship April 1. 

Elkhart, Ind. A Singspiration was 
held Sunday, March 21, with the 
Chain Baptist Church and Choir. 
An offering was taken to help 
these friends whose church burned 
several years ago. Between 80 and 
90 people have been meeting in 
Home Prayer Groups each week. 
About 15 teachers and leaders 
attended the Greater Chicago Sun- 
day School Convention at O'Hare- 
port Hotel and Convention Center 
April 2. 

Brush Valley, Pa. The Sisterhood 
Girls have presented the church 
with $240 to be used toward the 
purchase of tables and chairs for 
the Educational Unit. They will 
also be attending the spring re- 
treat April 23-25 at Camp Peniel. 



Goshen, Ind. The Junior Choir 
directed by Nancy Reith are visit- 
ing the Rest Homes in the area. 
The W.M.S. presented a play 
March 7 titled "In As Much." 

Vandergrift, Pa. A Missionary Con- 
ference will be held April 30, May 
1 and 2 with Rev. Richard Win- 
field as speaker. Teacher Training 
classes were held April 16 and 17 
with Fred Burkey, Director of 
Christian Education in charge. The 
Sisterhood girls will be attending 
the District Sisterhood Retreat in] 
Camp Peniel. 

Ardmore, Ind. Revival services were 
held April 4-9 with Rev. Keith 
Bennett as guest speaker. Hap 
Hossler was the song leader. 

Cedar Falls, Iowa. Revival services 
were held April 7-11, conducted bj 
a team of Brethren Youth Cru 
saders from Ashland College. Thej 
also conducted survey work in th< 
area. 

North Manchester, Ind. Rev. Wood 
row Immel was one of six speak 
ers taking part in a program o 
Lenten Chancel Dialogues, fron 
Wednesday, February 24 t< 
Wednesday, March 31. The meel 
ings were held in the Zion Lutr 
eran Church, North Manchester. 



Dutchtown, Ind. Revival meeting 
were held March 22 through Apr 
4 with Rev. Dana Hartong a 
speaker. Rev. Hartong is pasto 
at Shipshewana, Indiana. 






Canton, Ohio. The church extend 
congratulations to David Garb€i 
who was recently elected to tr! 
National Honor Society in tn 
Hoover High School. 

South Bend, Ind. On World Reli< 
Sunday, March 14, a bean soil 
dinner was held at noon and I 
free-will offering was taken. Til 
W.M.S. presented a Candid Carl 
era program on April 2. A frel 
will offering was taken for til 
Seminary and Benevolent Boarl 
On March 16 the Laymen hosted! 
joint Laymen - W.M.S. meeting I 
the church. Evangelistic serviol 
will be held May 2-9 with Re 
J. D. Hamel as speaker. 



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April 24, 1971 



Page Twenty-one 



Wabash, Ind. Evangelistic Services 
were held April 19-25 with Rev. 
Glenn Grumbling as speaker. Dis- 
trict Ministerium was Tuesday, 
March 9. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. April 4, 
Sonny Cuesta gave his testimony. 
He was a former drug addict, mur- 
derer, and thief and now hopes to 
help teenagers in trouble in the 
Dayton area. Revival services will 
be held May 9-16 with Rev. Her- 
bert Gilmer as speaker. 

Smithville, Ohio. Mike and Mary 
Ellen Drushal have moved to the 
adjoining farm at Camp Bethany 
to become caretakers of the camp. 

St. James, Md. The District Laymen 
Rally is being held at St. James 
on April 24. 

Mishawaka, Ind. Northern Indiana 
District Youth Rally was held 
April 2 with the program being 
presented by "The Salvation 
Heirs." 




PECK-ALEXANDER. The wed- 
ding of Miss Diana Sue Peck, 
{daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Peck, 
and Harold Alexander, Shubert, Ne- 
braska, was solemnized Saturday, 
| March 6, 1971 at The First Brethren 
Church of Falls City. Rev. Paul 
jWeinert and Rev. Elmer Keck per- 
formed the double ring ceremony. 
They are at home on a farm north- 
east of Falls City. 

Ethyl Schroedl 



Goldenaires 



Mr. and Mrs. Everett Miller cele- 
brated their 53rd Anniversary on 
March 7, 1971. 



Mr. and Mrs. George Whittle cele- 
brated their 70th Anniversary on 
March 16, 1971. 



Davey and Mary Siewert, both 
long-time members of the Oakville 
Brethren Church, celebrate their 
55th Anniversary on July 8, 1971. 



Memorials 




YAZELL. Mrs. Enid Bottorff 
Yazell, 61, passed away March 17, 
1971. She was a charter member of 
the Ardmore Brethren Church. Rev. 
Tinnie Rorrie officiated at the 
service. 

Geraldine Szczypiorski 



ENGLAR. Adelaide M. Englar, age 
81, passed away February 10, 1971. 
She had been a member of the Lin- 
wood Brethren Church since 1905. 
She was an active member of the 
W.M.S. for many years, and served 
as church organist for 43 years. 
Funeral services were conducted at 
the Hartzler Funeral Home on 
February 13 by Rev. Hays K. Logan. 



FLORA. Rufus Flora, 88, of Flora, 
Indiana, died Tuesday, March 16, 
1971 at the Brethren's Home. He 
was a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Flora. He was a deacon in 
the church for many years. Funeral 
services were held at the Leiter- 
Reinke funeral home. Rev. Clarence 
Kindley officiated, and burial was 
in Maple Lawn Cemetery. 

Gladys Flora 



SHRUM. Ira Marvin Shrum, a 
faithful layman and trustee of the 
Maurertown Brethren Church, Maur- 
ertown, Virginia died suddenly of a 
heart attack, March 11, 1971. He 
lived a good and useful life, and was 
a real asset to the whole community 
in so many ways. His funeral was 
conducted by Rev. Doc Shank. He 
was buried in the church cemetery. 
Mrs. Margaret Malone 



HEETER. Mrs. Mel (Blanche) 
Heeter passed away February 24, 
1971. She was buried in Pleasant 
Hill Cemetery following a memorial 
service at Peabody Chapel conducted 
by Rev. Woodrow Immel and Rev. 
Walter Stinebaugh. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Oakville, Ind. -- 2 by baptism . . . 
Ashland, Ohio (Garberl — 4 by 
baptism . . . Herndon, Va. (Chandon) 
— 7 by baptism . . . Tempe, Ariz. 
(Papago Park) - - 10 by letter, 1 by 
baptism . . . Milledgeville, 111. — 6 by 
baptism. 




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FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA 

WE PRAISE THE LORD for our steady increase 
in attendance at all our services over last year's 
record. We are especially thankful for the great success 
of our Junior Church, which has been averaging 30 to 
34 present. Mrs. McGinnis and Mrs. Keck are to be com- 
mended for their work with our children. 

A number of Laymen met at the church and donated 
their work in insulating the attic of our church. A 
remarkable difference in the temperature has been 
noticed by all. 

Falls City has been encouraging its members to read 
their Bibles. Time was kept of the readings, and the 
number of hours reported to our pastor, Rev. Keck, has 
been encouraging. 

The annual Lenten Breakfasts were held at the 
First United Methodist Church, with participating 
churches as hostesses. The First Brethren Church hosted 
the breakfast on March 7, and Rev. Keck brought the 
meditation message. 

Rev. and Mrs. Keck entertained members of the choir 
and their families at a buffet luncheon on February 20. 
Nineteen were present. 

The District Evangelists Rev. Russell Gordon and 
Rev. Brian Moore held a meeting at Falls City on 
March 8, 1971. A film "Wake up Charlie Churchman" 
was shown and discussed. 

Open house was held at the parsonage by Rev. and 
Mrs. Keck on Sunday, March 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. 
Delicious refreshments were enjoyed along with fellow- 
ship of Christian visitors. There were forty-three callers 
during the afternoon. 

Ethyl Schroedl 
Corresponding Secretary 



Herndon, Virginia 



We at Chandon have been very busy lately. Our goal 
is not to keep busy, but to glorify our unique Savior and 
Lord. He is constantly before us, and we praise Him 
mightily. 

One of the many blessings for which we praise Him 
constantly is for the way He has touched the hearts of 
Brethren throughout the Southeast District, and 
through them has reduced the mortgage on our church 
building from $40,000 in August 1971, to less than 
$19,000 at this writing. We want them all to know our 
heartfelt thank you, and we "Praise the Lord" for their 
constant and abiding love. 

Another of our manifold blessings recently is the 
addition on our parsonage. It has been finished struc- 
turally for quite some time, but only recently has all 
the paperwork finally been completed. The pastor and 
family have frequently been heard stating how much 
this addition has added to their comfort and enjoyment 
of their new home. 



On January 10, at our evening service, we viewed a 
very inspirational film entitled "God Owns My Busi 
ness." It was a testimony of a Christian businessman 
who legally made God a senior partner and fifty-one 
per cent owner of his business. His business was a huge 
financial success and was and still is an inspiration to 
many Christians and a witness to unsaved persons who 
deal directly and indirectly with this "God owned" 
business. 

Later in January we shared two missionaries with 
the Washington Brethren. Thursday, January 28, Mis 
sionary Richard Winfield was with us telling us of the 
Brethren work in Nigeria, and Mr. John Rowsey was 
at the Washington Church telling of Argentina. Or 
Friday, January 29, we traded missionaries for the 
services at the respective churches. The highlight of the 
conference was January 30, when on Saturday evening 
we from Chandon joined with the Washington Brethrer 
for a carry-in dinner at Washington Church. W( 
viewed some recent slides from India, and then Jatei 
they both answered a barrage of questions about al 
three mission fields. Mark and Chantal Logan wen 
also in attendance at the dinner. They shared some o: 
their hopes about the work in Argentina to which thej 
are now going. On Sunday morning, January 31, th< 
super highlight of the conference came when the Faitl 
Promises for Mission work mounted to $1,275 at Chan 
don. We were then and are still glorifying the Lord 
Pastor Barber averaged the amount per week ant 
"Praise the Lord," the amounts are coming in right oi 
schedule. Sunday evening, January 31, we had a younj 
lady from Washington Bible College who will soon be ; 
missionary to Germany. She told us about her expectc 
tions of the German mission field she's going to am 
presented a film about Wycliffe Bible translators an 
how they are trained. 

On the following Sunday evening, February 7, w\ 
were privileged to have Mark and Chantal Logan, whl 
are our new short-term missionaries to Argentina. 

Our newly reformed Children's Choir has been ver 
active during many of these services. They are quite a 
inspiration to all of us. Many of our children have mad 
decisions for our Lord lately. It is particularly touchin 
when one of the little ones come to our Lord. We ar 
assured that our children are indeed being raised "in thl 
admonition of the Lord" and all our prayers and efforl 
have not been in vain. At these times our blessings an 
praises are innumerable. 

Looking to the future, Holy-week services will t 
April 7-11. Professor Delbert Flora will be with us. H 
has slides of the Holy Land as part of the services. WJ 
will be having coffee and doughnuts each evening. Wj 
would like to extend an invitation to one and all to com 
and visit us this week. 

Sunday, May 2, we will have a morning service pr| 
sented by Washington Bible College's choir. We are vei| 
much looking forward to this, as we have heard ex« 
lent comments about this choir of approximately .'! 
voices. 

On May 15, the Chandon Brethren Church will ho I 
the Southeast District Youth Rally. So as you can sJI 
the little mission church at Herndon has been and w] 
continue to be, in the Lord's service. 

Betty Estep 



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Page Twenty-three 



CONTINUOUS REVIVAL 



k Report From Pittsburgh 



by John T. Young 



FIE BRITISH AUTHOR Norman Grubb wrote a 
small volume entitled "Continuous Revival." In 
utographing my copy, Norman wrote on the flyleaf 
bese words — "not God first but God only!" 

The Pittsburgh Brethren learned how true this is, 
nd the truth of revival is to see the Reviver in action, 
le, who came 2,000 years ago at Pentecost, made His 
resence felt in a blessed way during our week of 
pecial services. 

As 45 spiritual decisions were made and nine public 
nointings were conducted, we Brethren began to realize 
hat revival isn't so much a vertical outpouring from 
eaven; for the Reviver is already here in His temple — 
lie bodies of the redeemed. Revival is just as much a 
orizontal movement: God's Spirit operating from our 
^mples of clay to reach others; to touch other lives. 

The week of services began with a 24-hour prayer 
igil: the Brethren prayed and their earnest petitions 
rought unction to the pulpit which resulted in action 
1 the pews. 

In a day and age when most church attenders seek 
o have their heads filled with philosophical ideals, the 
iteel City flock asked that their hearts be fired. God 
bnored that sincere prayer. 

Pertinent preaching and victorious living are both 
tarn at altars of prevaling prayer. Someone said, "We 
'lust pray if we are to lead a holy life." Leonard Raven- 
ill retorts, "Yes, but conversely, we must live a holy 
'fe if we want to pray." To back this statement, he 
uotes King David, "Who shall ascend into the hill of 
he Lord? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart" 
Ps. 24:3-4). 

We must learn to pray and we must pray to learn to 
ray. It's that simple! Ravenhill also warns that the 
hurch that began with men agonizing in an Upper 
loom — is ending today with men organizing in a supper 
oom; that the church began in revival is ending in 
itual." 



Praise God that revival was not the end of our special 
services; it was only the beginning. That is why your 
pastor refused to pronounce the benediction at the 
closing service. Spiritual revival must not end when 
a given meeting ends. It must go on, and we must go 
out to share that which we have discovered anew: the 
Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Pittsburgh church desires to thank the Valley Breth- 
ren and Rev. Hesketh, the Highland Brethren and Rev. 
Phillips, the Vandergrift Brethren and Rev. Gilmer, the 
Pittsburgh Church of the Brethren and Rev. Bixler for 
participating actively in our special services and helping 
to kindle the fires of Holy Ghost Revival. 

"Oh! for a heart that is burdened! 

Infused with a passion to pray; 

Oh! for a stirring within me; 

Oh! for His power every day. 

Oh! for a heart like my Saviour, 

Who, being in agony, prayed. 

Such caring for others, Lord give me; 

On my heart let burdens be laid. 

My Father I long for this passion 

To pour myself out for the lost — 

To lay down my life to save others — 

To pray whatever the cost. 

Lord, teach me, O teach me this secret, 

I'm hungry this lesson to learn, 

This passionate passion for others, 

For this, Blessed Jesus, I yearn. 

Father, this lesson I long for from Thee — 

Oh, let Thy Spirit reveal this to me." 

Mary W. Booth 

Tears and prevailing prayer are an integral part of 
revival preaching. As Paul Rees notes, "Revival is an 
experience in the church; evangelism is an expression 
of a church revived." 






Sunday Never Comes 



"My brother, Henry, is in the eleventh grade. He 
lays on the football team and works on Sunday at a 
srvice station. 

"My sister, Karen is the oldest except Mom and Dad. 
he attends the community college and wants to go to 
few York next year and attend a school that teaches 
ou to act. Every week-end she attends two or three 
lovies and says they will help her learn how she can 
ecome a good actress. 

"Mother says she has her fingers in too many pies. I 
link she means that she is too busy. Well, she does 
repare our meals, wash and iron, as well as keep the 
ouse. She is an officer in the PTA and belongs to a 
'omen's club. She is chairman to raise some money for 

good cause and the only time she can visit all homes 

on Sunday. 



"Dad is an executive. I think he is boss. He does a lot 
of flying. Sometimes we don't see him for a week or 
two. He says he has to provide for us. He is going to a 
conference in a few minutes. The church bell is ringing 
now. So you see, Sunday never comes to our house. I 
know Henry needs some spending money, and Karen 
wants to be a big success. Mother desires to do her 
share, and Daddy must make money for us to buy food 
and stuff. I hope Sunday will always come to your 
house. Then you will have a home. There is a lot of 
difference you know! Oh, yes, I should introduce myself. 
I am Phillip. I am ten years old and in the fifth grade. 
I am going to Sunday school without breakfast and 
without my family. - ' Does Sunday come at your house? 

Gratis Lamplighter 
copied from Truth and Light 



Page Twenty-four The Brethren Evangelist 

Alexander Mack's Portrait, founder of the 

Brethren Movement, was placed in 

Christian Hall of Fame on Easter 



ALEXANDER MACK, founder of the Brethren 
Movement in Germany, Netherlands and later in 
the U.S.A., was listed with the church founding fath- 
ers on Easter Sunday when his portrait was formally 
hung in the Christian Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 

Dr. Harold Henniger, pastor of the Canton Baptist 
Temple, conceived the idea of forming the Christian 
Hall of Fame while lying in a hospital recovering from 
a heart attack in 1964. He had just finished reading 
Hebrews, chapter eleven, of God's Hall of Fame and 
Faith in the Bible when he heard an announcement of 
the famous Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 
"Why not establish a Christian Hall of Fame in honor 
of and to the great heroes of the faith?" A board was 
set up, gifts were given and the Christian Hall of Fame 
resides in the long 260-foot corridors of the three-million- 
dollar Canton Baptist Temple, 515 Whipple Avenue, 
N.W., Canton, Ohio. 

Today there are 75 large oil portraits of such great 
men as Chrysostom, Polycarp, Ignatius and Savonarola, 
the early church fathers. Renowed missionaries such 
as Jonathan Goforth, David Livingstone, C. T. Studd 
and William Carey still bear a testimony to their faith. 
Church reformers like Martin Luther, Zwingli and John 
Knox are found there. More recent Bible teachers and 
evangelists such as Harry Ironside, C. T. Scofield, 
Charles Spurgeon, J. Wilbur Chapman, Dwight L. 
Moody and Billy Sunday are pictured too. 

Alexander Mack's portrait, a man greatly beloved by 
Brethren people everywhere, was placed among the 
church founding fathers on Easter Sunday. The in- 
scription reads as follows: 

"Alexander Mack (1679-1735) is considered the 
founder of the Brethren Movement, oftentimes 
called the Tunker Movement because of insistence 
upon trine immersion as the proper mode of bap- 
tism. Following careful study of Scripture, Mack 
found himself out of harmony with the three state 
churches of Germany because of their formality, 
laxity in practice, and failure to observe all the New 
Testament teachings. In 1708, at Schwarzenau, Ger- 
many, with seven other like-minded persons, he 
organized a new denomination with a Christo-Bible- 
centered emphasis. Persecution caused flight from 
Germany. By way of the Netherlands, they followed 
others of like faith to America in 1729. German- 




I 






town, Pennsylvania, became their American heal 
quarters. From Mack's initial efforts three maj 
groups have emerged: The Church of the Brethrtl 
the Old German Baptist Brethren and the Prognl 
sive Brethren Church which is officially recognizl 
as The Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) and tl 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches (GraJ 
Brethren, Winona Lake, Indiana) whose motto 
"The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but t| 
Bible." 



Excerpts and a photograph from cm article on Alexander Mack, 
founder of the Brethren Movement were graciously supplied and permis- 
sion granted to reprint same in THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST by 
Rev. Lester E. Pifer, Executive Secretary, The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Inc., Winona Lake, Indiana. We are grateful to Rev. Pifer and to 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Inc. for this authorization. 



\pril 24, 1971 



Page Twenty-five 



Since Alexander Mack had such strong convictions, especially against 
things as '"graven images" there never was a photograph or painting of 
him available to anyone's knowledge. Therefore a bit of background and 
credit for the painting of Alexander Mack might be in order. 

Some years ago a series of murals depicting the history of the Breth- 
ren was painted for the chapel at Camp Mack near Milford, Indiana by 
Mr. Medford D. Neher, a Brethren artist (now in his eighties and living 
in Florida.) 

The Brethren Home Missions Council obtained permission from the 
camp to photograph these murals and also obtained permission from Mr. 
Neher to use these as a background for a portrait. 

Mrs. Shirley Henley, head of the art department of Tennessee Temple 
Schools ivas commissioned to do the painting of this portrait. With the 
information available to her Mrs. Henley produced her conception of 
Alexander Mack in the portrait that will hang in the Christian Hall of 
Fame along with other outstanding Christian leaders. 

We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who 
have diligently given of their time and talents to this excellent contribu- 
tion of having Alexander Mack chosen as a nominee to be included in a 
group of Christian leaders who showed, the utmost devotion to their Lord 
and completely dedicating themselves to His Word. This is indeed a great 
tribute to Brethren heritage. 



CHEEP ADVICE 




If absence makes the heart grow fon- 
der, how some people must love the 
church. 



Misfortunes always come in by the 
door that has been left open for them. 



If God loved you as much as you love 
Him, where would you be? 



To put the Bible on trial before the bar 
of human reason is to make man too big 
and God too small. 



The most highly inflamable kind of wood 
is the chip on the shoulder. 



If we walk real close to God, it doesn't 
leave much room for the devil to squeeze 
in between us. 



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The Brethren Evangelisl 



W.M.S. PUBLIC SERVICE SPEAKER CHOSEN 






: - K " : N ; h?|lfli>il% 




Mrs. Verla Pettit will be speaker for the Public Service 
sponsored by the W.M.S. for Tuesday afternoon of 
General Conference, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. This is for 
all — men, women, and young people. She comes highly 
recommended. 



VERLA PETTIT, Executive Secretary of the Mem 
phis Union Mission, Inc., since 1946, founder ant 
director of the Memphis Christian Servicemen's Cente: 
in 1964, member of the Board of Directors of the Mis 
sion, is a Bible teacher and speaker extraordinary. He 
messages are unique and timely and geared to th 
crucial days in which we live. With her contagious send 
of humor, she has a special appeal and challenge t< 
young people who affectionately call her "mom." Shi 
exalts the Christ of the Bible in a very personal, ye 
dynamic manner. Most of her graphic illustrations ar 
from daily, personal experiences, gleaned from the hur 
dreds she counsels each year. She has a ministry wit 
all segments of society. The "up and outers" and th 
"down and outers," the country club Get and the enure 
oriented, respond alike to the same message of th 
grace of God. 

Mrs. Pettit's speaking engagements have a wide rang 
from church groups, civic clubs, youth conference; 
women's retreats from coast to coast, jails, juvenilS 
courts and weekly television and radio programs. Thj 
derelicts and street walkers of skid-row have a gre? 
respect for this lady who dedicated her life to helpini 
them find a place in society. 

Watching the thousands of service men stationel 
near Memphis she had a burning desire to make fcj 
them a real "home away from home" but more thai 
that, a place where they might come and meet the Loil 
Jesus Chri it. This dream became a reality in Novembt 
1964 when she opened the doors of the Memphis Chrij 
tian Servicemen's Center. In five and one-half yeaif 
more than 6,000 young men have put their faith 1 
Jesus Christ. Fifty-six young men have dedicated thel 
lives to full-time Christian service and two died in Viel 
nam. Having traveled twice around the world, to Mrj 
Pettit the highlight in her career was a trip throud 
the hospitals in Guam, Okinawa, Tokyo, Hong Konj 
Taipai and Bangkok, sharing Christ with many wounj 
ed servicemen. 

Mrs. Pettit married former major league basebfl 
player, Leon Pettit. When asked how many child™ 
she has, she laughingly says 28,000 sons (sailors ai 
marines stationed at Millington, Tennessee). Her loilj 
play album, "About Youth — With Tears," relates ell 
periences she has had as she dealt with servicemen. I 



\pril 24, 1971 



Page Twenty-seven 




The 

Laymen's 

Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for May 



Topic: 



THE POWER OF 



THE WORD OF GOD 



scripture: John 15:1-13 

[sitroduction: 

We have discussed, "The Power of the Blood of 
phrist." This study is entitled, "The Power of the Word 
)f God." We will continue next month with, "The Power 
j)f the Holy Spirit," and finally in July, "The Power of 
Prayer." It would be well to think on these several topics 
is we go along. Let one of the Laymen of your group 
iook up the word "power" in a dictionary, and give a 
)rief summary of the terms physical power and spirit- 
ual power. 

Topics for discussion: 

L. Discuss the meaning of power (as mentioned in the 

introduction). 
!• What is the Word of God? Read John 1:1-5. 
!. In what part of Genesis do we first read of the 

power of God? 



To the leader: 

The following references on the influence and power 
of the Word of God may be used as time permits. 

a. Agent in new birth — I Peter 1:23 

b. Cleansing — John 15:3 

c. Enlightening — Psalm 19:8 

d. Faith-begetting— John 20:31; Romans 10:17 

e. Faith-confirming — I John 5:13: Hope-inspiring— 
Romans 15:4 

f. Life-giving — Ezekiel 37:7; Life-quickening — Hebrews 
4:12 

g. Light-giving— Psalms 119:105; 119:130 
Purifying — I Peter 1:22 
Sanctifying — Ephesians 5:26 
Soul-nourishing — I Peter 2:2 
Soul-saving — Romans 1:16 
Sustaining — Matthew 4:4 



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DlOlLluIUU 













Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: "Showing God's Love" 
Junior: The Book of Esther 



Devotional Program for Ma) 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



Signal Lights Program for Ma 1 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsing* 



Bible Theme: JOY 



Project: LIT-LIT 



Theme Song: 

Joy, Joy, My Heart is Full of Joy 

Motto: 

Jesus first; 
Others second; 
Yourself last. 

Singing Time: 

"Wonderful Thing to Know" 
"With You Always" 
"Always Near" 

Bible Story Time: 

Another Day of Joy 

The friends of Jesus saw Him 
many times after He arose from the 
dead. He walked with them. He 
visited them in their homes. He ate 
with them. 



Then one day He met with them 
on the mountain a short distance 
from Jerusalem. 

"My work on earth is over for 
awhile," He said. "I'm going to 
Heaven . I'll be there with my 
heavenly Father. Someday I'll come 
back and take all of you who believe 
to Heaven with me." 

"But Jesus," said someone, "there's 
much work to be done. Many people 
do not yet know about You." 

"That's right," agreed Jesus. "And 
this is the work I want you to do. 
I want you to tell everyone in Jeru- 
salem, in the whole country — yes, 
even in the whole world — about 
God's love and Me. My spirit will be 
with you wherever you are. And 
remember, someday I'll be back for 
you." 



While Jesus was speaking I 
slowly began to rise from tl 
ground into the air. The clou> 
parted. He continued to rise. Tl 
clouds came together again ai 
Jesus was out of sight. 

The people just stood there. Thi 
were amazed. 

Then two angels appeared in I 
sky. "Don't just stand there!" th< 
said. "Jesus told you the work 
wants you to do. Go and do it. I 
will be back. He'll come back fro 
the sky just as He went into it." 

The people smiled. They laugh 
outloud. "Jesus will be back!" th 
said. "Come, we must tell oth€ 
about Him!" 

Some ran down the mountain si 
to share the good news. Othe 
walked more slowly. They we 



\pril 24, 1971 



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hinking of the things that had 
happened that day. They were plan- 
ning to go to many places to tell the 
oeople of God's great love. 

They were all filled with joy. 
lesus would be back! 

Based on Luke 24:50-53; 
Acts 1:6-12 

Memory Scripture Time: 
Luke 24:52 

Our memory verse tells of the 
joy the people felt the day they saw 
lesus return to Heaven. 

(Read the verse to the children. 
Practice it with them. Review pre- 
vious verses.) 

Mission Time: 

Higi Fables 

Our missionaries will soon be 
writing books in the Higi language 
or the Higi people to read. You 
emember we said this language has 
not yet been written down. The Higi 
Deople have had to learn English or 
HIausa or some other language if 
;hey wanted to read. Now they will 
je able to learn to read their own 
anguage. Our missionaries will help 
:he Higi learn. They will write Bible 
stories and Nigerian folk tales in the 
Liigi language. 

I Do you wonder what kind of 
stories the Higi children will read? 
Here are two stories our missionary 
[Kitty Winfield said the Nigerians 
tike. Maybe some day they will be 
n a book of stories in the Higi 
anguage. 

(Patronesses: try to have pictures 
}f these animals to show the chil- 
dren.) 



Whatever You Have, Thank God 

One day an antelope went to 
drink water at a lake. When he saw 
his reflection in the water he said, 
"My, I'm handsome! I don't think 
that in all the bush there are any 
horns like mine. Look at their 
length, beauty and sharpness. But 
my legs are so small! If they had 
the beauty of my horns, then I'd 
really be handsome." 

Just then hunters were coming 
with their dogs. When the antelope 
heard them, he raised his head and 
listened. The hunters saw his horns 
and sent their dogs after him. The 
antelope broke into a run, with the 
dogs following him. Soon the ante- 
lope's legs, which he had criticized, 
carried him far away from the dogs. 
He entered a forest. But then his 
horns, which he had praised, became 
caught in the brush. He tried and 
tried to get free, but the dogs and 
hunters came and caught him. 

The Jackal and the Heron 

One day a jackal was eating a 
chicken when a sharp bone got stuck 
in his throat. He went looking for 
someone to help him. He said that 
he would give a reward to anyone 
who could remove the bone. A heron 
said he would try. The jackal opened 
his mouth and the long-necked heron 
put in his head and removed the 
bone. The jackal started to leave 
and the heron asked, "But where's 
my reward?" 

The Jackal said, "Oh this is your 
reward — you put your head in the 



mouth of a jackal and are still 
alive." 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for our schools 
and teachers. Let us thank Him for 
the ability to learn to read and 
write. 

Let us thank God for the Bolin- 
gers, the Grieves, and the Winfields 
who are helping the Higi people to 
learn to read and write. 

Let us ask that as the Higi people 
read the Bible stories they will learn 
more about God and accept Jesus as 
their Savior. 

Working Time: 

A Beauty Spot 

(You will need flower plants or 
seeds and garden tools. Talk with 
the trustees before your meeting to 
decide which area of the church 
lawn the Signal Lights may use.) 

One way we show our love for 
God is by keeping His House clean 
and pretty. Today we are going to 
help make our church lovelier by 
planting flowers. 

(Take your group outside. Super- 
vise the preparation of the soil and 
the planting. ) 

We will need to keep our flowers 
watered and weeded. (Appoint com- 
mittees to take care of the beauty 
spot each month during the sum- 
mer. ) 

Signal Lights' Benediction: 

Dear Savior, help us to be signal 
lights for You, shining in the dark 
d laces of the world. Amen. 



JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



by Mrs. R. L Hoffman 



THE BOOK OF ESTHER 



BETTER BEAUTY 



EVERY SPRING almost 15,000 people crowd into our 
small community for the Maple Festival. This year 
we will have our 24th Maple Queen. During the span of 
ine year the local newspaper will picture Miss Varsity, 
Fire Queen, the F.F.A. Sweetheart, Miss Dairy Princess 
ind the Somerset County Fair Queen. Television will 
oring us the Miss America Pageant and the Miss Uni- 
verse Contest. 



While beauty contests make news, they are not new. 
In the book of Esther we find a Biblical beauty contest. 
An order had gone out that all the loveliest young 
women of the land should be brought together into the 
king's court at Shushan. From among this lovely group, 
King Ahasuerus would choose a queen. 

There was one modest dark-eyed girl who probably 
never dreamed the day would come when an emperor 



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might want her to be his queen. Her name was Esther. 
She and many other girls were brought to the capital 
and left in the care of Hegai, the keeper of the women 
at the palace. All the contestants were given a one year 
scholarship. During this time they were put through a 
prescribed course in the arts of beauty and behavior. 

It is easy to picture these girls daily brushing their 
hair until it would shine, using lotions to get their com- 
plexion satiny smooth and practicing their smiles any- 
where they could get a reflection. 

Of all the beautiful young women in the group, Esther 
seems to have been outstanding. Her cousin Mordecai, 
who had cared for her after her parents' deaths, had 
told her not to disclose the fact that she was a Jew in 
the court of King Ahasuerus. Just as she was obedient 
in this matter, she must have been an obedient student 
for Hegai. We read in Esther 2:9, "And the maiden 
pleased him, . . . and he preferred her. . . ." This man 
was not one of the contest judges but he recognized real 
beauty in Esther. 



When the day of the contest arrived, each girl coa 
name what she wanted to wear for her appearance b 
fore the king. Try to remember the conversation b 
tween you and your mother when you were deciding c 
clothes for camp. Now multiply this by a large numbi 
of girls. The volume would probably go up and v 
would hear a few sour notes. Right? Let's see how 01 
girl Esther responded in a similar situation. In Estln 
2:15 we learn that she trusted the judgment of som 
one who was above her. Esther asked Hegai to sugge 
what she should wear for the occasion. 

So well did Esther do at her appearance before tl 
king that we read, "And the king loved Esther abo 1 
all the women ... he set the royal crown upon her hea 
and made her queen . . ." (Esther 2:17). 

Her position as Queen Esther did not become a thii 
of vain glory. Her beauty went beyond the day of tl 
contest. Esther must have been as lovely in her hea 
as she was lovely to look upon. Real beauty, queen 
beauty comes from within. 






SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



by Ruth Barb* 



SHOWING GOD'S LOVE 



FOR EIGHT MONTHS we've talked about love- 
God's love for you, your love for Him, and the love 
you have for other people that comes from God. This 
month we're going to try something a little different. 
We're going to ask you to break up into several small 
groups. Each group is to read one of the "situations" 
written in this article. Then, look up the Bible references 
given, discuss, and finally, act out the situation with 
the solution that your group decides is best. 

Remember the key Scripture verses we've been using: 
Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward 
us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for 
us"; and John 13:34, 35 "A new commandment I give 
unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, 
that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." 
Try and base your solutions on these two key principles 
— God loves you, and we are to show forth His love to 
one another. Remember that the easy solution is not 
always the best one. While God wants us always to obey 
Him, yet we must be tactful and gracious in witnessing 
so that we turn our friends toward the Savior and not 
away from Him. 

Situation 1: You are at a slumber party. Eight girls 
are present. One of the girls suggests holding a seance. 
She says that anyone who doesn't enter the seance circle 
is chicken. Suggested verses: Leviticus 19:31; I Samuel 
28:7, 8; I Chronicles 10:13; Galatians 5:19, 20; Revela- 
tion 21:8; Galatians 6:1. 



Situation 2: You and two of your friends are on 
shopping trip. You are in a large department store. Y 
and Margie watch as Carol slips a necklace from t 
counter into her purse. You say to Margie, "Thalji 
wrong!" Margie says, "That's her business." Suggest 1 
verses: Exodus 20:15; I Peter 4:15; Mark 12:31. 

Situation 3: You and Diane have played together I 
band for several years. Both of you are quite good, a I 
this year the two of you have been in the first al 
second chair in the clarinet section all year long. Hc| 
ever, neither of you seem to be able to "hang-on" If 
that first chair — first you had it, then Diane, now yji 
are in first chair again. Until last week you and Dia!£ 
were the best of friends; now your relationship is ver 
strained. Both of you played solos in the District Fe:» 
val. You got a 1 and Diane got a 1-. This mornir 
Evelyn told you that Diane was very upset over judgii 
at the festival. Diane said that the only reason you \v| 
was because your e'arinet was a higher-priced modi 
your father was a friend of 1wo of the judges; and ift 
judges were biased because you had written that y« 
were in first chair on your application for the festhJl 
You are very hurt and wonder what to say to Dk» 
when you see her in the morning. Suggested verslj: 
Leviticus 19:18; Psalms 119:165; Matthew 6:14, I 
Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13; Thessalonians 5:15. II 

Situation 4: You are a member of the school draip 
club. The club has practiced long and hard on a pjr 
about racial discrimination. Thev have been invitedio 






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»ut the play on at a Junior High School 35 miles away, 
fou get out of classes lor half a day, and everyone is 
ooking forward to the production. You asked your 
Mother if she could drive several of you to the perform- 
mce, but she has already made other plans. Enough 
nothers have volunteered though; everything seems 
o be set. The evening before the performance your 
ather asks you how you're getting to the Junior High 
or the performance. You answer, "Becky Silberski's 
nother is driving our carload." Very quietly your 
ather says, "Silberski? They're Jewish aren't they? 
fou know we don't want you to associate with unbe- 
ievers. I'm afraid you'll have to find another way to 
hat performance or else stay home." Suggested verses: 



Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; James 2:8, 9; II Corin- 
thians 6:14; Romans 14:13; Matthew 5:14-16. 

Remember girls, Jesus said that we were to be "wise 
as serpents, and harmless as doves." He also said that 
we were to let our light shine in the world as a witness 
for Him. Peter emphasized this several times — he says 
we are to be ready to give an answer to every one who 
asks us about the hope that is within us; and that all 
believers are "a chosen generation ... a royal priesthood 
... to show forth the praises of him who hath called 
you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ' Remem- 
ber that everything you do and everything you say 
must be saturated by love so that all men will know that 
you are His disciples! 



MORE AMERICANS 
READING THEIR BIBLES 



New York — Bible reading in the United States is 
.pparently on the increase, reports the American Bible 
Society. 

A subsidized offer of a Bible for $1.00 which ran 
tationally in public service radio spots and print ad- 
ertisements has resulted in requests for more than 
7,500 Bibles, according to the Society. 

The Society's 1971 Daily Bible Reading plan titled 
One World — One Book" has totaled nearly 2 million 
opies sold or given away — more than twice the number 
;upplied last year. 

I Response to the radio announcements and newspaper 
Ind magazine ads mounted as high as 1,500 orders in 
I single day, states the Society's editor of Bible reading 
[aaterials, Miss Clarice Franklin. The print ads featured 
lihotos of three leading rock groups and were head- 
lined "Look Who Reads the Bible." One hundred college 
iiublications were among media carrying the ads. 

"Most of the Daily Bible Reading plans reach indi- 
iduals," says Miss Frankiin, "but many churches pub- 
ish the list of these daily Scripture references in their 
ulletins. Also, a number of newspapers, periodicals, 
alendars and well-known devotional booklets include 
he plan." 

Publishers of a television schedule distributed in 
Missouri and Illinois plan to offer Bible reading guides 
nd Scriptures at cost to listeners. 

What accounts for the current upsurge of interest in 
!ible reading? 



"A general factor," says Miss Franklin, "is the desire 
many people express for a systematic method of Scrip- 
ture reading. There are, of course, many individual 
reasons." 

An attorney from Tennessee who requested 50 copies 
of the daily plan, explains: "Some of my personal con- 
ferences lately have presented opportunities for giving 
a schedule to persons who indicate a need and desire for 
regular Bible reading." 

A teen-age girl from Texas writes "I've been raised on 
the Bible but don't understand it. . . . Maybe this will 
help." 

From a youth director in Kansas came a request for 
daily Bible reading plans "for each of our high school 
kids to have at home." 

Other requests for the plan have come from people in 
all walks of life. These include, to name a few, a Nevada 
State Prison inmate, a Bible Study leader in Ohio, a 
Roman Catholic hospital nun in California, an Army 
transportation staff sergeant with an APO San Fran- 
cisco address and a Texas man interested in organizing 
Bible study groups in his church. 

According to a recent Gallup Poll, 72 per cent of 
Protestant adults said they read some part of the Bible 
in 1970. No poll showing the number of daily Bible 
Readers is known. But if the factors above are a sign, 
then Americans may well be taking their Bibles more 
seriously. And for many in 1971 regular reading of the 
Scriptures is on the way to becoming a daily habit. 






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In This Issue: 

3 Riding or Pushing? (Editorial) 

4 Board of Christian Education 

7 Laity and the Sunday School 
by Clyde Focht 

10 Poetry Corner 

13 Can We Treat Children Like People? 
by David Allen Hubbard 

16 News From The Brethren 

17 How Jesus Conquers Death 

by Thomas Schultz 

20 Bate's Bait Box 

21 Boys' Brotherhood 

22 Missionary News 

25 Let Go And Let God 
by Steve Swihart 

27 Cheep Advice 

28 Beach Evangelism 

29 The Greatest Need In The World 

by L. V. King 



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ODE TO THE TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR 

The typographical error is 

A slippery thing and sly; 
You can hunt it till you're dizzy, 

But somehow it gets by. 
Till the forms come off the presses, 

It is strange how still it keeps. 
It shrinks down in a corner, 

And it never stirs or peeps. 

That typographical error, 

Too small for human eyes, 
Till the ink is on the paper, 

When it grows to mountain size. 
The editor stares in horror, 

Then he grabs his hair and groans; 
The copyreader drops her head 

Upon her hands and moans. 

The remainder of the issue 

May be clean as clean can be, 

But the typographical error 

Is the only thing you see! 

(Brethren Evangelist "45") 



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RIDING OR PUSHING? 



PHAT TIME OF YEAR is fast approaching when 
L various Brethren people will be assembling for 
istrict and General Conferences. Since these confer - 
ices deal with the "life-blood" of The Brethren Church, 
e might consider them comparable to the "life-blood" 
our nation; the legislative and judiciary bodies known 
p The House and The Congress of the United States, 
seems to this writer that these bodies cannot efficient- 
carry out their commitments if their constituency 
jes not back them up. This principle can well be 
jplied to The Brethren Church. 

In the year 1945, the editor of The Brethren Evan- 
;list wrote an editorial which was entitled Carrying: 
>ead Weight." Rev. Fred C. Vanator, the editor and 
ithor of that particular editorial based his views on 
ndifference." 

He writes: "A long time ago someone wrote these 
ords: 'Paul got the defeat of his life, not at Lystra, 
here he was stoned, for he built a church there; not 
: Thessalonica, where he was mobbed, for he planted 
church there; not at Philippi, where he was beaten 
ith rods and put in stocks, for he built a church there 
so; not at Corinth and at Ephesus, where he was per- 
muted, for he built churches there; not at Jerusalem, 
here he was torn by the mob, for he built a church 
lere; but at Athens, where no violence was shown 
im, but where they were indifferent.' " 
The editorial points out that this attitude of indif- 
;rence is synonymous to the "don't care" attitude which 
as a predominating position in many places, especially 
i the church. 



Quoting further from this article: "Indifference does 
not necessarily mean the staying away from the church 
services; but merely tolerating such services and being 
glad when they are over is surely a sign that one is 
indifferent to the progress of the work of the Lord. 

"Indifference is the 'heartache of the preacher.' He 
would rather find downright antagonism to his pro- 
gram, than to have indifference toward it. For then he 
could change his methods, if necessary, and seek to 
make advancement along the line which would make 
for progress." 

There is a story given in the article which, although 
it is just a story, serves well even today to illustrate 
this attitude of indifference or of not caring. 

"The story is told of a preacher who had a congrega- 
tion that decided to help him in every way. They had 
an enthusiastic meeting and voted overwhelmingly to 
let the pastor merely guide the tongue of the wagon 
while they remained back of him and pushed the vehicle 
up the steep hill of advancement. They started out very 
well and it was all the preacher could do in holding the 
tongue of the wagon in guiding the wagon. There was 
great rejoicing in the voices as they sang as they 
'pushed.' But by and by the wagon began to lag. And 
the preacher began to pull. The load became heavier 
and heavier. He buckled into the job of doing some real 
pulling. He shouted to his followers to push, that the 
going was getting rougher and rougher, but still the 
task was more and more difficult. 

"The preacher decided to turn around to see what was 
the difficulty, and lo, he found that his entire congrega- 
tion, except a few little boys and one or two of his lead- 
ing men were perched contentedly on the wagon, en- 
joying the ride at the expense of the preacher." 

There is quite a bit of enthusiasm by delegates as 
they prepare to attend a conference, even though it 
might be difficult to recruit delegates at times, and in 
this day and age the hill of advancing Christianity and 
what it stands for might be considered steeper than 
ever. If the dead weight ever needed to be removed 
from the wagon it needs to be removed now. As for 
pushing behind the wagon, no matter how small it is, 
there is always room in back for one more pusher. 

(G. S.) 












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YOUTH BEAT 




Larry Ashby 



UNUSUAL DOINGS FOR 
SMITHVILLE SENIORS 



DURING THE MONTHS OF JANUARY throuj 
March, the Smithville Senior Youth have h 
various types of interesting meetings. 

In the month of January, the youth met at the hor 
of Don Dravenstott. Games were played upon arriv 
and others journeyed down to the ponds for ice skatir 
which turned into a snowball affair. Supper was lat 
served. Following the delightful meal, more games we 
played. As for the more serious part of the day, D 
Dravenstott played a religious record entitled "Natui 
High" and a discussion followed. 

For February the youth joined with the Method 
youth group. A blind college student, Willie Jones, spo 
to us on the three different types of blindness. Wil 
attends the College of Wooster and is a wrestler 
informed us on many things. Questions were asked f 
lowing his presentation. Games were played and refre: 
ments were also served. 

During our regular meetings of the month, we ha 
done enjoyable and unusual things such as a game 
titled "Car." Each member was given a slip of paj 
with the name of part of a car written on it. We w< 
then to tell the group how that part of the car coi 
be related to you and Christ. At other meetings 
have discussed our money-making projects and 
goals. 

During the month of March the youth met at 
home of Doug Drushal. This meeting was devoted 
tirely to playing the record "Jesus Christ, Supersta 
After the completion of the record, everyone voiced 
opinion on it. Other topics concerning the record w 
also read. 

Future money-making projects will include a mysti 
supper and a car wash. 

Linda Glasgo, secretary 



LARRY ASHBY, student at Cameron High School 
and member of the First Brethren Church, Cam- 
eron, West Virginia, was chosen as a member of the 
All-State Chorus. The West Virginia All-State Group 
Concert was held at John Marshall High School Audi- 
torium, Glendale, W. Va. on Saturday, March 27. Larry 
was chosen among 40 auditions to sing the baritone solo 
in "Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord" arranged by 
Undine S. Moore. Peter B. E. Bagley, presently teaching 
at Norfolk College, Norfolk, Virginia, and from a leave- 
of-absence from State University College, New Paltz, 
New York, was the conductor. 

Three hundred participants represented fifty-six 
schools throughout the state. 

Mr. Ashby is an honor student at Cameron High and 
a member of the junior class. Mr. David Palmer is 
chorus director at the school. 




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LORD, LET ME BUILD 




Choiv time at Mohican Park for Friendly Town Camp 



"Like a Bridge Over Troubled 
aters — I Will Lay Me Down." Can 
3 span the chasm of generations 

neglect and misunderstanding? 
re we willing to become part of the 
idge that bears the full weight 

others' agonies and resentments? 
e believe God is calling each one 

us to this urgent ministry of re- 
>nciliation." Milan C. Brenkus, 
Kecutive Director, Inter City Prot- 
tant Parish, Cleveland. 
Many times it takes but two to 
rild a bridge, yet we realize that 
lere is strength in numbers — the 
"eater the number of people, the 
ronger the bridge. 
The Friendly Town ministry is: 
Educating people to different life 
yles and building lasting bridges 
I 1 understanding through personal 
icounter. It is a two-way street to 
taring — to accepting one another 
|r the gifts each has to share." 
The aim of the program is not to 
lelp" these children become cul- 



tural copies of ourselves. Rather it 
is to understand one another. To 
allow each to be his own person and 
to recognize one another as such. 
To love one another, whether black, 
brown, red, yellow or white; rich or 
poor, educated or uneducated. Yes, 
to love simply because each is a 
child of God. God looks only at the 
inward man. This is what Christ 
commands and this is what we as 
Christians must do. 

Last year Ohio Brethren churches 
launched our Friendly Town Pro- 
gram; hosting and sponsoring 20 
grateful, happy, inner-city children. 
It is now time to reflect on the past 
while planning for the future. 

We would like to share with you 
some of the heart-warming com- 
ments of those people involved last 
summer. 

From counselors: 

"I learned to appreciate the chil- 
dren for their own qualities. The 



camp experience can give them a 
sense of identity — there is someone 
who cares about me, individually." 

"They gain an awareness of people 
who don't know them — still caring. I 
gained a strong feeling of being 
needed; an awareness of problems 
so basic that they never occurred to 
me. I think Friendly Town Camp 
was the most beautiful and reward- 
ing experience of my life." 

"It was an experience for the chil- 
dren in relating to people — their 
peers, and older people. Maybe this 
will offset some racial prejudice 
they might pick up. The camp ex- 
perience enforced something I've 
always believed (though never hav- 
ing any contact with blacks) they 
are not really any different from 
whites." 

Every counselor expressed a desire 
to serve again this summer and sev- 
eral young people have volunteered 
to give of their time. It was un- 
doubtedly an unforgettable week. 

From a pastor: 

"I think this is a great program. 
God's blessings on it." 

From hosts there were letters which 
told us: 

"The program definitely has a fu- 
ture and the need was never 
greater." 

"Our guest had a real need for 
friends and love, security and a per- 
sonal relationship with Christ." 

"We gained a better understanding 
of what these people must live with, 
how they live; and they do have 
problems just as we do." 

"The Friendly Town Program has 
value and should be continued. I 
think the far-reaching advantages 
are the ones to be hoped to be 
gained." 

And from a sponsor: 

"We want to say 'Thanks' for the 
opportunity to help. I'm sure the 
children, sponsors and hosts are all 
happy to participate in such a pro- 
gram. We also feel, 'You're the 
greatest for getting us together.' " 

This is a wonderful feeling— the 
bond of Christian people though 
separated by miles, yet able to "get 
together" on such a vitally impor- 
tant work. 

Many hosts received letters from 
their guests and from parents of 



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the children. A beautiful letter came 
from the mother of three of the 
girls we hosted and sponsored. Mrs. 
Rose McCulloh, mother of Rita, 
Christiane, and Linda wrote: 

"I hope in writing this letter it 
will let you know I am slow but 
not forgetful. I have intended 
to write to you before now but 
a handwriter I am not, so please 
forgive this bad pen. I still re- 
member our talk we had togeth- 
er when Linda came home, and 
the memories still linger of the 
letter you sent to me while 
Linda stayed with you. I sin- 
cerely hope that the friendship 
continues because the girls are 
just wild about Friendly Town 
Sister and Brother, Larry and 
Donna. Linda always wants to 
write but I'm afraid my nerves 
haven't been too good to help 
her write, but I will try, now 
things are going a little better 
now. The girls are all doing nice- 
ly in school and have improved 
somewhat, and I am still push- 
ing them to do better. I hope all 
is well with you and your fam- 
ily. I think you are just swell to 
take them to let us know we 
haven't been forgotten, and al- 
tho you stay quite busy you 
take time to write and let us 
know you are concerned with 
us, and this means so much, not 
just to the girls but it encour- 




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'Rapping" session at Friendly Town Camp shows campers a 
counselors in animated discussion 



ages me, and gives an up-life to 
so many traveling the Christian 
journey together. The CTS buses 
carry advertisements that love 
comes in all colors, and true this 
is because Friendly Town has 
made it true. Well I hope to 
write again before too long. 
Remember us always as we will 
you. A friendship strong, sincere 




Tug of War — an event in Bethany Olympics 
ul Friendly Toivn Camp 



and true — sincerely with 1< 
from all. 

The Gang! 
Smil 

After much prayer, planning 
now underway for this summi 
program, and we are taking a r 
approach. Although we will o 
again offer the opportunity 
privilege to sponsor the children 
camp, we will not be hosting then 
that time. Instead, we encourage ; 
to participate as hosts in your k 
Friendly Town Program by cont 
ing your Regional Coordinator 
Area Chairman. Your church sho 
have a list of Regional Coordinat 
who will supply the name of y 
Area Chairman. Applications maj 
obtained from them. Don't mis 
sharing experience you won't for, 

Approximately 1,200 children fr 
the inner-city take part each yll 
What better place for them tha a 
Christian home. 

However, if you find that i1M 
not possible for you to host a ell 
this year, you will still have the ip- 
portunity to share by sponsoring 
child for camp. 

Sponsorship of $25.00 per eld 
should be made payable to: C;io 
Board of Christian Education Id 
mailed to: Mrs. Donna Riblet, lit. 
No. 2, Wooster, Ohio 44691 no l;lr 
than June 1, 1971. 

BUILDING BRIDGES IS 
GIVING OF OURSELVES!! 



lay 8, 1971 



Page Seven 



LAITY AND THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



by Clyde Focht 



''his article contains excerpts from a message 
resented by Clyde Focht, Sunday School super- 
itendent at the Gratis Brethren Church, Gratis, 
>hio. 



ust what is the Sunday School? 

One author puts it in these words, "The Sunday 
chool is a great factory where the raw material of 
uman life is molded and fashioned and then brought 
long the assembly line to the Lord's Table and the 
ispiration of preaching and teaching at church that 
;e may all grow in grace and in knowledge of God! 

The Sunday School is the friend of childhood, the 
ispiration of youth, the strength of middle life, the 
omfort of declining years. It has God's day for its time, 
k>d's house for its place, God's Book for its text and 
tod's glory for its aim. It is officered and taught by 
!hristian men and women who are freely giving their 
jme, talents, and tithes to the end that the lost may be 
aved and the saved strengthened. It builds character, 
istructs the mind, warms the heart, feeds ambition, 
ncourages the faint-hearted, shields the tempted, and 
oints the way of life for us all. It stretches out a 
riendly hand to one and all, old or young, and bids 
hem enter into the Father's house and listen to the 
"ather's voice as He speaks forth out of His Holy 
Vord." 1 Can there be any greater calling than to serve 
he Lord by teaching His Word? 

Vhy do we have Sunday School? 

What is its reason for existing? It exists for a Person, 
^he Person who is the Head of it. The Person is Jesus 
"hrist, the Son of God, the Head of the church. The 
Sunday School is part of the church. Jesus tells us in 
ohn 15:10, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall 
bide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's com- 
nandments, and abide in His love." Then in Matthew 
8:19-20 He tells us, "Go ye therefore, and teach all 
lations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and 
f the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to 
bserve all things whatsoever I have commanded you: 
;nd, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of 
he world." Thus we are commanded to teach the Holy 
Vord of God, and we follow the commandments be- 
cause of our love for Him. We teach because we want 
iithers to share in the joy and rewards of loving God. 

What is the purpose of the Sunday School? 

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. The Sunday 
School then has two purposes. To seek the lost, then 
laving found them, to train them to do what Jesus 



has commanded. God's eternal plan is wrapped up in 
that simple statement. We are to recruit, to enlist, to 
go out into the highways and hedges and seek and bring 
in the lost, that they may be saved. They will not seek— 
they must be sought. They will not come — they must 
be brought. They will not learn — unless they are taught. 1 
Where do you and I fit into this eternal plan? Paul tells 
Timothy in II Timothy 2:2, "And the things that thou 
hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same 
commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach 
others also." We are all teachers even though we don't 
teach a class on Sunday morning. If we profess to be 
Christians, then everything we say and everything we do 
reflects on the glory of God. We are to teach so that 
others may teach also. 

You are teaching your children, your neighbors, your 
fellow workers, your social friends. Are you teaching 
what you would want them to teach also? Are you 
teaching according to God's plan? Probably this is not 
anything new or different. It shouldn't be for it is 
addressed to a group of born-again believers. This is a 
refresher course on how the laity fits into God's plan. 
(Read Matthew 4:18-22.) 

If Jesus were to appear before you this moment, and 
say, "Follow Me," how many Peters, Andrews, James 
and Johns would there be? Would any of us be willing 
to leave our nets, forsaking all familiar things and fol- 
low Him? But, today, Jesus isn't asking us to serve full 
time. Then He was trying to establish a church, now He 
is trying to keep His church alive. He is asking you and 
me to serve Him in our daily life. Not that it wouldn't 
please Him to have you and me offer a full-time service, 
but His greatest need today is not in a few ministers 
or evangelists but in the great majority of laity com- 
mitting to faithful men "the things that thou hast heard 
of me among many witnesses." Far too many of us Chris- 
tians repeat these words, "I'll follow you, dear Lord. 
I'll follow you anywhere. I'll attend your Sunday School. 
I'll even bring my family enmasse. But, please, dear 
Lord, don't ask me to teach a class." This may be ex- 
actly what he is asking you, if you will but listen. 

Recently a lady said to me, "You don't talk to me un- 
less you want something." This isn't the first time I've 
heard this complaint, and it's a complaint I would like 
to correct. One of the goals of the Sunday School is to 
be divided into departments with a superintendent for 
each department. At the present time we have no official 
departments for the Junior and Junior Hi groups or 
for the adults — a goal for the near future in this Sunday 
School. Maybe Jesus is saying to you "Follow Me" in 
administration. 

Far too often I hear the complaint that the teacher 
isn't teaching the lesson so that the message gets across 
to me. From the teacher, I hear discouragement be- 

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cause she isn't reaching the class. She can't get any 
response from the students. Not all teachers are trained 
how to teach. They have taken a class, they feel by de- 
fault — no one else would. They take the time to prepare 
a lesson, present it to a class that acts as if they are a 
permanent part of the chair they are sitting in. Put 
yourself in the teacher's place. Next Sunday's lesson 
would be a lot harder to present, wouldn't it? 

How many of you study the Sunday School lesson 
before you come into class? How many of you con- 
tribute something to the class? — I mean something in 
relation to the lesson, not about the country going to 
the dogs with the present administration, high taxes, 
war, etc. How many respond to your teacher? How many 
of you have already looked at next week's lesson? If 
you're like my family, you didn't waste any time getting 
to the Sunday newspaper. If you haven't at least 
glanced at the title of next week's lesson, you've already 
missed something in the paper that could be used next 
Sunday in class. Tomorrow, you will be talking to a 
friend or neighbor. Once again a contribution to the 
class was missed. By the time you do open your quar- 
terly next Sunday, these missed opportunities have been 
forgotten and once again you are merely a spectator — 
bringing nothing to class and taking nothing away. 
Maybe, Jesus is saying, "Follow Me" to being a better 
student, if you will but listen. 

Think about this typical situation: 

I'm in need of a new teacher. Just where is the teach- 
er coming from? Who do I ask? Last Easter Sunday I 
conducted my own little survey. The attendance chart 
said that there were 122 in Sunday School that morning 
— a good number. But where were they? I found S3 
in the youth classes, either attending or teaching. This 
leaves only 39 attending or teaching the four adult 
classes. Of the 39, 6 were actually teaching or serving 
in administrative duties — 33 left. The new teacher must 
come from those 33. But let's take a closer look at the 
33. Six of those are listed as assistant teachers — 27 left. 
At least 7 are going to tell me that age and health won't 
permit them to attend regularly, or to be well enough 
to even prepare a lesson each week. Chances are that 
more than 7 are going to tell me this, but I'll agree with 
those 7 — 20 left. Five are not members of the church 
and feel they shouldn't teach, and there are those mem- 
bers that concur with this — 15 left. I'd better stop there 

before long we'll be finding out just who George is, 
and it's not considered cricket to name names from the 
pulpit. It's bad enough to just step on toes. It would be 
interesting to relate the other 15 excuses to you. In a 
church that draws from an area that would number 
well into five figures, only 33 adults studied God's Word 
on Easter Sunday. Something is wrong. Something is 
needed. Something must be done. 

In this day and age we hear so much about revolt and 
revolution. A revolution is change. Total rapid change 
which affects every one of our lives. Revolution is a 
complete turn. Maybe this is what our church needs — 
a revolution. We hear many different ways to cure our 
ills in the society we live in. Some say, "Learn, educa- 
tion is the way to effect a change." Some say, "Earn, 
economic development will solve our problems." Some 
say, "Burn, the world is so corrupt we must destroy it." 
There is truth in all this. But Jesus Christ says, "Turn 
be converted. Put your trust in God, seek first His will; 



then you can become a part of the new world He i: 
making for us." 

After a complete turn you must stop, for if you conl 
tinue on, you are just revolving — just going around ii: 
circles. To effect a revolution in this church, we, toc{ 
must turn one turn only. Turn completely from the wa? 
in which we are heading and go in the direction Got 
would have us go. You may answer, "But I am goinji 
in the direction God wants me to go." Are you? Coulij 
there have been 34 in the adult classes on Easter Sur? 
day, if you had invited your neighbor when you werj 
talking to him the day before? Suppose the original II 
had stopped at 13. Is this the thing God would have yo 
do? 

Just how did you become a part of this church?-! 
born in it so to speak. Your father and mother went tj 
this church. You were brought up in this church, an 
you just couldn't go to any other. If our future lies i 
just those who will be born into the church for nev 
members, then chances are that there won't be a churc 
here in the future. We've all seen too many leave the 
were born into the church. You just happened to t 
passing by and liked the structure of the church anj 
decided to see what it was like on the inside — it ha] 
pens. But, if we are to depend on this for our evail 
gelistic efforts, our church's future isn't any brightej 
No, our future lies outside, in the world, and we mu: 
go to them. Evangelism by all, not by just a few. Thei 
is an old saying that the church should be "in the worl 
but not of it." Well, I believe that evangelism shou! 
always be of the church but not always in it. They wi 
not seek — they must be sought. They will not come 
they must be brought. 

I first came to this church in the sixth grade. Or 
day in what was actually the summer between my sixl 
and seventh grade, a car drove in containing two your 
men. They greeted my parents, talked with them awhij 
and invited them to church. They received no responji 
from them, but this didn't deter these young men. Th«| 
asked if mom and dad would let the children go. ThM 
even offered to pick us up each Sunday morning. Thil 
began what was to become a revolution in my heart. ■ 

Some will say, "But I couldn't go out and invite somB 
one to Sunday School." Couldn't you? A few years aal 
I would have agreed with you. I couldn't do it eith€' I 
Now I know better. I couldn't stand before you bringh, | 
the message of the evening a few years ago. I knej I 
three months ago that I would be asked to bring one I 
the first opportunity. I even had a message outlined j 
my mind and then threw it out last week because thH 
wasn't what God wanted me to bring tonight. No mil 
revealed this to me. The same things can happen to yoB 
if you will but listen to and turn to God. 

Some would say, "I wouldn't know what to say 
something happened very exciting on the Bold Or 
tonight you would find plenty to talk about tomorro 
Why not with Jesus Christ? Something exciting 
happening with Him every minute of every day. Suppc 
Jesus came into this sanctuary tonight. I wonder h( 
many people other than ourselves, would find out abo 
it tomorrow. He is here tonight. He was here this moi 
ing and He will be here next week. Why do I know thi 
Because He tells me so. "Where two or three are ga 
ered in my name there I will be also." Are you goi 
to tell someone tomorrow that you visited with Jes 
Christ today? I wonder. 



May 8, 1971 



Page Nine 



Maybe I'm being alarmed about nothing. Maybe there 
is nothing wrong in the Sunday School. At the start 
of the year I instituted a program of sending cards to 
absentees. My wife told me that it would break me up 
buying stamps for all those cards. I said, "Let's wait 
land see. For the class must tell me that a person is ab- 
sent before a card is sent." For five weeks now there 
hasn't been an adult absent from Sunday School. A 
marvelous record! At least that is what you are telling 
me. It certainly looks like there are a few faces missing 
each Sunday and our attendance figure varies from 
Sunday to Sunday, but no one is absent. How then can 
[ ask you to fill the chair up front, when it is so appar- 
ent you aren't even interested in the empty chair beside 
you. God tells me He wants to start a revolution in this 

hurch, and with God all things are possible. 
Sometimes the sweep of God's work takes my breath 
'away. It makes me ask, how I can be a revolutionary 
for Christ when God's plan is so big and my strength 
is so small. I am much more like Snoopy, daydreaming 
Dn top of the doghouse about fighting the Red Baron, 
than I am a daring revolutionary. I bow my head in 

hame when I contrast the tame Christian I am with 
:he bold Christian I should be. Are the demands too 
great? A leader of Students for a Democratic Society 
recently said, "For SDS people there is no summer 
vacation. We see ourselves working eighteen hours a 
day forever. We're in this for a lifetime." Dare we say 



any less to our God? When our lives and our church 
fail to meet God's expectations, what has gone wrong? 
Is it not that we have failed to let the Holy Spirit, the 
master agent of God's plan have control of our lives? 
God's revolution is going to go on, with or without you 
and me, but I don't want to be left behind. This is my 
prayer: Lord, start a revolution in Sunday School and 
start it with me. Won't you make it your prayer, too? 

I want to call your attention to the words in the 
familiar hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross," especially the 
first words. "On a hill far away stood an old rugged 
Cross." Far too many of us want the Cross just this 
way — far away. Oh, we want it handy. We might have 
need of it someday when we're in trouble. It might be 
something we can cling to when we are going down for 
the third time, but we don't want it too close. It might 
be talking to us. It might be saying things we don't want 
to hear. So we keep it on a hill far away, handy — just 
in case. When we sing this hymn, let us listen to His 
voice. He might be talking to us about that class that 
needs a teacher; that brother that wasn't in class this 
morning; that new neighbor down the street that wants 
to come to God's house and is just waiting for someone 
to invite him. Then let us cling to and cherish the old 
rugged Cross for the rest of our days, then we, too, may 
exchange it for a crown. 

1 "Superintend With Success," pg. 15. 



LARRY BAKER 

receives 

National Ministerial Association Scholarship 








M\ 



LARRY BAKER, who is in his first year of 
training at Ashland Theological Seminary, was 
made recipient of the first annual National Ministerial 
Association scholarship. 

Larry received Christ as his Savior and was baptized 
and received membership in the Nappanee, Indiana First 



Brethren Church in 1957. When his parents moved to 
Phoenix, Arizona in 1961, his family became members 
of the Papago Park Brethren Church. During his high 
school years Larry was active as Sunday School super- 
intendent and president of the senior youth group. While 
serving as a counsellor at the Arizona Brethren Camp 
in the summer of 1965 he dedicated his life for full-time 
Christian service. 

Larry graduated from Scottsdale High School in 
Scottsdale, Arizona in June of 1966. He was thirteenth 
in a class of 520. He entered Arizona State University 
where he majored in eecondary education. 

In June, 1967 Larry married Candace Elaine Dickson, 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Duane Dickson, and the 
Bakers made their home in Tempe near the university. 

While attending Arizona State University Larry re- 
mained active for his Lord. He was a Sunday School 
teacher, youth advisor, and business manager for the 
Arizona Brethren Camp for three years during its re- 
location near Patagonia. 

In January, 1969, a baby daughter was born to Larry 
and Candi, named Jennifer Christine. Larry graduated 
in June, 1970 from Arizona State University with dis- 
tinction and received a B.A. of Education. The Bakers 
then moved to Ashland in the same month. 

Larry is currently attending Ashland Theological 
Seminary and is serving as the part-time Minister of 
Christian Education at the Park Street Brethren Church. 



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The Brethren Evangelis 



POETRY CORNER 



THE FAITH AND PRACTICE OF 
THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



by Elder J. W. Bee 



This poem was /united in the Brethren Evangelist, volume XIII, number 
SJf and published at Waterloo, Iowa, September 2, 1891, under the editor- 
ship of Elder H. R. Holsinger. It teas republished in The Brethren Evan- 
gelist of January 5, 1921 under the editorship of George S. Bear. 



■ 






The Brethren church doth make it known 

Her creed's the Gospel — this alone. 

Christ's ordinances she doth keep 

And thus his promises doth reap. 

In ev'ry church she strives to see 

That elders, pastor, deacons be. 

These have their work, but all should preach, 

And sisters have a right to teach. 
Mark 16:15; Acts 6:1-8; 8:5; Rom. 1:16; 11:2; 16:3; Phil. 
4:3. 

To come to Christ we must believe, 

Repent, the wat'ry rite receive; 

And he will all our sins forgive, 

And by the gospel creed we live. 

The Father doth his children own, 

The Son doth save, and he alone; 

The Spirit guides, and comforts too, 

And leads us all our journey through. 
Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37-47; 8:37-39; John 12:26; 44-50; 14: 
6-31. Read to the end of the 18th chapter. 

If you would know the reason why, 
We in a wat'ry grave must lie, 
We hold it forth as Christ's command, 
To be observed with him to stand. 
We must be dipped in Father's name; 
And in the Son's be dipped the same; 
And in the Holy Spirit's too: 
Thrice dipped, with faith in all we do. 
Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Tit. 3:5; Matt. 28:19, 20; Eph. 5:26. 

But there's another washing shown, 
That by the child of God is known, 
His sins through Christ are washed away, 
And guilty darkness turned to day, 
The Holy Spirit, by God's Word, 
Shows what is true and what absurd; 
And thus we're washed from error's stain, 
And Satan's efforts prove in vain. 
Acts 2:37, 38; 22:16; I Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:5; I John 1:7, 9. Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19. 



When we with washing have begun, 
We do not feel that all is done; 
The minister, as Christ commands, 
Doth lay on us confirming hands, 
And with this rite doth humbly pray 
That we may share Christ's love alway — 
That we may ever faithful prove, 
And reach the home of bliss above. 

Acts 8:18; 19:6; I Tim. 4:14; Heb. 6:2. 

We now are cleansed from all past sin, 
A new and upright life begin; 
As members of Christ's body stand, 
Prepared to follow each command. 
We take the gospel as we read, 
The Spirit's meaning don't exceed; 
And yet we give it all it claims, 
And take the word just as it aims. 

John 12:47-50; Acts 2:37-47; Eph. 5:26, 27; I John 1:7, i 
Rev. 22:18, 19. 

Before the supper they did eat, 

Christ washed and wiped his servant's feet; 

And then, as Lord and Master, came, 

And said that they should do the same. 

We hold it right, as this we know, 

To do this act our love to show; 

And we can only happy be 

By yielding when his will we see. 

John 13:2-17; I Tim. 5:10. 

Then, after he had washed their feet, 
'Tis said a supper they did eat: 
And, at its close, he took of bread, 
And, blessing it, he brake and said, 
"This is my body, take and eat"; 
And, as they took, he did repeat, 
"For you 'tis given, see that ye 
Do this in memory of me." 



May 8, 1971 



Pasje Eleven 



The cup he took with thanks and gave, 

And as his blood is shed to save, 

He said to them, "Drink ye of it; 

My blood is shed sins to remit; 

This do in memory of me, 

And do it till your Lord you see." 

The supper, and the bread and cup, 

With thanks we eat, with thanks we sup. 

Matt. 26:27-29; Mark 14:23-55; Luke 22:17, 18-20. 



We wash and wipe each other's feet, 
The sacred supper next we eat; 
And then the bread and cup we take, 
And thus our full submission make. 
Then, ere we part, at close of this, 
We greet each other with a kiss; 
The brother doth the brother meet 
And sister doth her sister greet. 

torn. 16:16; I Cor. 16:20; II Cor. 13:12; I Thess. 5:26; 
: Pet. 5:14. 

We sometimes fast, we watch and pray 
And strive for right and health alway; 
But sometimes into sickness fall, 
When for church elders we do call; 
They come and over us they pray; 
Anoint with oil, and meekly say, 
"In Jesus' name we do anoint," 
As he, through James, doth us appoint. 

lames 5:13-20. 

Our Savior in these words doth teach, 

"Swear not at all," and so we preach: 

"Not by the heaven, it is God's throne; 

Not by earth, — his footstool own; 

Not by Jerusalem, this thing, 

The city is of the great king; 

Not by thy head; one hair to take, 

Not black nor white your oath could make." 

Matt. 5:33-36; 23:16-22; James 5:12. 

This great mistake we would not make, 
The legal oath we do not take; 
But as our blessed Lord doth say, 
Our yea is yea, our nay is nay. 
Ought more than this would evil be, 
As in our Savior's words we see; 
And as we would the Master own, 
We do affirm, and this alone. 

Matt. 5:34; James 5:12. 



The carnal sword, with one accord, 
We do reject, as did our Lord; 
We feel that we cannot afford 
To perish by the bloody sword. 
We hear the peaceful Master say, 
"All they who take the sword," today, 
"Shall perish — perist by the sword." 
This, I repeat, we can't afford. 

Isa. 2:4; II Cor. 10:4; James 4:1. 



When any man is joined for life 
By marriage to a lawful wife, 
One cause alone can give divorce; 
This breaks the sacred bond by force. 
The laws may other causes give, 
But we by Christ's command must live; 
And while we live we must be true; 
These wicked things we may not do. 

Matt. 5:31, 32; 19:3-12; Mark 10:2-12. 

The world is lost in flashy show, 
Immodest dress, as all should know; 
The fashions follow, day by day, 
Although they lead from Christ away. 
These things the faithful do not do; 
A modest dress they have in view; 
And then our conduct must agree, 
And show sincere humility. 

I Tim. 2:9; I Pet. 3:3, 4; Col. 3:12-14. 

With us, the brother doth not go 

To law with brother, for we know 

That there is wisdom with us found, 

In heads and hearts both good and sound, 

That all our trouble3 can remove, 

And our fraternal union prove. 

'Tis better we should bear the cross, 

And suffer wrong than suffer loss. 

Matt. 5:40; I Cor. 6:1-8. 

Secret cliques fill all the world, 
With showy banners wide unfurled; 
With oaths and pledges they are bound, 
And friends and neighbors in them found. 
With these the faithful do not go 
For carnal ends and worldly show: 
To Christ's own body we belong, 
And this is lovely, pure, and strong. 

Matt. 5:33-37; 23:16, 18, 20, 22; Col. 4:5, 6; James 5:12; 
Eph. 5:1-12; Rom. 3:13; I Cor. 6:15. 

Our doctrine is that we must grow, 
As new born babes, while here below; 
That we must ever watch and pray, 
And grow in grace from day to day. 
"One body" we are said to be; 
"One Spirit," which doth set us free; 
"One hope" we in our calling claim, 
And with each one it i^ the same. 

I Pet. 2:2; Matt. 18:3-6; Mark 10:15; II Pet. 3:18; Matt. 
6:5-15; 26:41; Rom. 12:5; I Cor. 12:12, 13; Eph. 4:1-4. 

"One Lord, one faith," we need no more; 
"One baptism," as described before; 
"One God and Father of us all, 
Above, and through, and in your all." 
How grand the thought that we are one, 
That all our works in love are done, 
That prayers and doings here below, 
Are such as do this oneness show. 

Eph. 4:3, 5, 6, 13; 5:2; Col. 3:14; John 13:34; Rom. 13:8: 
I Cor. 13; I Thess. 4:9; I Tim. 1:5; I John 3:23; 4:1-21; 
5:1-3. 



Paire Twelve 



The Brethren Evangelis 






When our dear Lord was here below, 
It was his Father's will to show; 
And not alone to show his will, 
But that the same he might fulfill. 
To save from sin his life he gave; 
And though they laid him in the grave, 
On the third day from death he rose, 
And triumphed over all his foes. 

Eph. 1:3-14; John 1:13; 5:30; 4:34; 6:38; 17:4; 19:30; 
Matt. 26:39: John 11:25; 14:6; Rom. 3:25; I Cor. 5:17- 
19; I Cor. 15:3, 4; Luke 24:26, 46; Col. 2:14, 15. 

The Sabbath day, his day of rest, 
Was thus fulfilled and fully blest; 
But from that time, the Lord's own day 
Has been observed, and will alway: 
On this, the first day of the week, 
We rest, and strive his will to seek — 
His will to do, to pray and preach, 
And labor till our rest we reach. 

Matt. 28:1; Mark 15:42; 16:1, 2; Luke 23:54-56; 24:1-8; 
John 19:31; 20:1, 11-31; Heb. 3 and 4. 

But, doing all that can be done, 
Our race on earth will soon be run, 
The hour will meet us, by and by, 
When we in death's embrace shall lie. 
There we shall sleep till Christ shall come, 
To take us to our heavenly home; 
But when he calls, we shall arise 
To meet the Master in the skies. 

Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 3:20; I Cor. 15:22-26; I Thess. 4:13-18; 
5:1-11; Heb. 9:27, 28; Rev. 11:12. 

Thus with the Savior we shall be, 
And then our Father's face shall see; 
With all the saints, at his right hand, 
In robes of glory we shall stand. 
Then with the Lord the saints shall reign, 
And highest honors shall attain; 
And as in heaven God's will is done, 
So in the earth by ev'ry one. 

Job 19:25, 26; Ps. 16:11; Matt. 5:8; I Cor. 13:12; II Cor. 
5:1-10. 



From what is said you plainly see, 

That congregational we be; 

And yet, that we may work as one, 

In conference our work is done. 

In local work we often meet; 

Our district work each year repeat; 

But in the Gen'ral church, you see, 

Each five years once assemblies be. 

Dear friend; These lines you're called to read, 
In earnest hope that you may heed; 
That one of us you soon may be — 
In faith and practice may agree. 
We offer you our hearts and hands, 
That we may honor Christ's commands; 
That when from earth we shall be free, 
We all at God's right hand may be. 



THE WISH 

Little fish, down in the sea, 
How I wish I could catch thee, 
With your different colors glowing. 
Come on out — they should be showing. 

With my rod and reel I go 
To try to steal you from your show. 
I try and try as you well know, 
But, you're too sly and quick to go. 

I'll try and try forever and ever, 

For you're the prize, worth my endeavo: 

Little fish, down in the blue, 

My largest and greatest desire is you. 

No matter what the future shall hold 
There will never be one so bold; 
No matter what fish I shall see 
There will never be another like thee. 

Dewey Thomas 



Detvey Tliomas is n nephew of Mm 
Helen Barnhart from Masontoiri 
Pennsylvania whose poems have bee 
found in the Poetry Corner of pm 
vious issues and whose poem is it 
serted beloir. 



HIS AR3I IS EVER LONGER 

My troubles one by one they came 
I asked for help in His dear name. 
It seemed that no one heard my cry 
Though He is always standing by. 

Reach higher child I heard His plea 
And thou wilt closer be to me. 
I'll reach down to fill your cup 
Farther still than you reach up. 

I am thy refuge and I care 
Your prayer was heard, do not despair. 
Touch my fingers, then my hand 
And in my arms you soon will stand. 

Lean hard on me, I'll closely hold 
While you, your story do unfold. 
Your rest has come from up above 
Because of God's unbounding love. 

Helen Barnhart 

Deuteronomy 33:27, "The eternal God 
thy refuge, and underneath are the eve 
lasting arms." 



May 8, 1971 



Page Thirteen 



CAN 



WE 



by David Ailen Hubbard 



TREAT 
CHILDREN 

LIKE 
PEOPLE? 




FOR MOST OF US extremes come easy. It's balance 
that's hard to come by. Over-reaction is almost a 
way of life with us. Our basic posture is not standing 
up straight but bending over backwards. We don't move 
freely; we ricochet our way through life. 

This tendency toward extremism is especially pro- 
nounced in the way we raise our children. In discipline, 
for instance, steadiness and consistency are virtues 
rarely found. We volley back and forth between strict 
regulation and open permissiveness, with a good deal 
of nagging and chiding in between. 

In turn we may neglect and then spoil our young- 
sters. Victims of our guilt feelings, we over-compensate 
when we feel we've done the wrong thing. Or we try 
to give our children what we never had. In sparing 
them the deprivations of our youth we sometimes de- 
prive them of experiences that help them grow. After 
all, learning to cope with frustration bravely, to take 
disappointment cheerfully, to do without gracefully is 
part of growing up. This younger generation of ours 
is psysically larger and healthier than almost any in 
history. But those of us who raised them may have 
over-protected them, with the result that they may lack 
the toughness and discipline that come from hardship. 




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In other cases, our youngsters have felt unimportant, 
even unwanted. They've had to take second place to 
our other aspirations. Our deep drives to succeed in 
business were sharpened by the great depression. And 
we'll knock ourselves cut to ward off the poverty 
which burned us so deeply as children. Consequently, 
we have been willing to risk personal health and family 
stability in order to gain financial security. 

Or social aspirations may have caused us to push 
our families into the background. The desire to be 
known in the right circles, to belong to the best clubs, 
to be recognized in the community has lured a lot of 
us to spend our spare time away from home. 

And don't forget how confused we've been about our 
authority over our children. We often fuss and fume 
at them over trivials. They become pincushions for our 
own anxieties and insecurities, as we jab and needle 
them over things that have no consequence. At the 
same time we may turn lax and fearful when their real 
welfare is at stake. The permissiveness of our age is 
monumental. We want so badly to be pals with our 
children that we end up not being parents. Pals they 
can have many. Parents, only two. If the two shirk 
their responsibilities and fail to give the proper sup- 
port in love, authority, and discipline, the youngsters 
are at a loss as to how to grow up. Other influences 
fill the authority vacuum, and mutiny or desertion are 
the result. 

Balance is our problem. How do we treat children 
like people — people made by God and committed to us 
to be prepared for fine and full living? The Bible has 
not abandoned us here any more than it has in the 
other aspects of family life. The great doctrines of the 
faith — our creation in God's image, our covenant re- 
lationship with Him through Christ, our freedom in the 
Gospel to be forgiven and forgive — all have things to 
say to children and parents. 

Not that the Bible tells us what to do in every situa- 
tion. It is not a handbook on children. It is the text- 
book of salvation. But our Christian families are part 
of God's program of salvation. Parents who raise chil- 
dren to know and fear God's name play a key role in 
what God is doing in the world. And children who 
honor their parents are object lessons to friends and 
neighbors of the reverence and respect we owe to God, 
who is the Father of us all. 

Not so much specific words of advice for every prob- 
lem but principles that we can apply to the changing 
needs of life — these are what the Bible gives. Paul's 
words in Ephesians 6 are especially helpful as we seek 
to avoid the extremes to which we're so prone. They 
deal with the ties between children and parents in a 
context which outlines the responsibiliites of each mem- 
ber of the family. This in itself is a reminder of the 
importance of children. They too are people, bound to- 
gether with us in the network of life, intimately tied to 
God's plan to rescue a people who will make true wor- 
ship their highest aim. 

I. Children are to be treated with dignity 

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is 
right. 'Honor your father and mother. . .' " (Ephesians 
6:1-2). Paul reaches into the heart of the Ten Com- 
mandments for these words which show how important 
the parent-child relationship is to God. 



Though the commandment is given to children, the 
parents' responsibilities are implicit in it. Our first re- 
sponsibility is to remember that our children belong 
more to God than to us. This means they are to be 
treated with dignity. He has high hopes and fine plans 
for them, and he counts on us to help them be what 
he wants them to be. 

We don't own our children. We have them as a trust 
from God who commissions us to lead them in paths 
of righteousness for His name's sake. Jesus reminded 
His disciples that our loyalty to Him takes priority even; 
over our loyalty to our parents: "If any one comes tcj 
me and does not hate his own father and mother ancj 
wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, ancj 
even his own life, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 
14:26). Strong language this. The same God who com 
manded us to honor our parents here insists that we 
hate them for His sake. What Jesus means, of course 1 
in this Hebrew type of overstatement is that we are tc 
put Him first. Our relationship with Him outrank: 
everything else. 

As we teach our children the dignity of being human, 
we teach them to honor God even above us, their par 
ents. We do this best by the way we honor God. Ou: 
second responsibility in helping our children obey God': 
command is to be sure that we honor our children a 1 
persons made for God. Where do children learn wha 
honor and obedience mean? From our example. Ou 
respect for them is the best way to insure their regarii 
for us. Some people think children are to be broke* 
like wild horses. But our ultimate aim is to relate U 
our children, not to ride them. It is their maturity, no 
our mastery, that we must seek. We may browbea 
them to respond to us, but we should rear them to cop 
with themselves and the rest of life. 

Our third responsibility is to remind our childre 
that honoring- others adds to our own dignity as persons! 
This is particularly true of our attitude toward parent:' 
We are so much a part of our parents — their fingei 
prints are all over us — that what they are cannot b 
separated from what we have become. Any person 
who detracts from his parents' dignity — whatever theij 
station in life or however they have treated him- 
diminishes his own sense of worth. To put it simph 
hurting others always hurts us more. And the close; 
the other person the deeper the hurt. 



II. Children are to be prepared for responsibility 

Can we treat children like people? Sure we can, b 
treating them with dignity and preparing them for r 
sponsibility. Again the checks and balances that Pat 
uses comes into play. The wife is to respect her hu 
band as the church does Christ. The husband is to lo\ 
the wife as Christ loves the church. Each has privilege 
and each responsibilities. Similarly, while children ai 
called to obey their parents, the parents are cor 
manded: "Do not provoke your children to anger, bi 
bring them up in the discipline and instruction of tl 
Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). Always a realist, Paul knov 
that we parents are as much flawed by sin as our ch 
dren are. We can easily pervert the commandment th; 
calls for their obedience into personal power play. Paul 
warning is wholesome: our task is not to lord it ov< 
our youngsters but to prepare them for their ow 
Christian service. 



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"The discipline and instruction of the Lord" — this is 
{not just factual information about the Bible. It is 
{thorough, consistent training in what it means to be a 
^Christian. There is no way to delegate this training to 
(Sunday School classes or young people's meetings, 
though they may have a share. The basic responsibility 
(rests with us as parents. 

"The discipline and instruction of the Lord" — our 
{equipment to be responsible Christians and wholesome 
human beings. To bank on the love of Christ is the first 
thing we ought to teach our young people about the 
Christian faith. Our first thoughts ought not to be of 
|our duty but of Christ's love. A good thing it is for us 
jto teach our children to sing "Jesus loves me, this I 
know, for the Bible tells me so." God's love for us is 
the prime truth of the universe, the best news to be 
ffound in heaven or on earth. Let's make it so clear 
in our teaching and living that our children will feel 
it in their bones even before they understand it with 
their minds. 

To follow Christ's views is the second lesson we must 
{both learn and teach if we are to treat our children 



like people — preparing them to assume responsibility. 
To follow Christ is to say "yes" to God's love by loving 
Him and sharing His love with others. Again, our em- 
phasis should not be primarily on the law with its de- 
mands but on God's grace which sets us free to follow 
Christ, as we learn His values and draw our strength 
from Him. 

Dignity and responsibility have been at the center of 
our thinking because they are the mix of our man- 
hood. No one can truly be a person, who is robbed of 
his dignity or who shirks his responsibility. The re- 
lationship between parent and child with its mutual 
delights and obligations is God's way of affirming our 
dignity and preparing us for responsibility. 

And more than that our relationships with each 
other teach us lessons about our relationships with God. 
In our total concern for our children's welfare, we par- 
ents get a glimpse into the depths of God's grace. And 
in our wholesome balance of authority and compassion 
our children sense something of the Fatherhood of God. 
How good of God to put us in families! Let's make the 
most of this special act of His goodness. 



David Allan Hubbard, B.A., B.D., Th.M., Ph.D., is president of Fuller 
Theological Seminary, and speaker on ''The Joy fid Sound'' radio broadcast. 
He is the author of two books, has contributed to six scholarly volumes, 
and writes for numerous journals. 



CONFERENCE 
MISSIONARY SPEAKER 



WE ARE PLEASED to announce that Dr. Paul S. 
Rees, vice president at large of World Vision 
International, editor of World Vision Magazine, and 
director of the overseas program of pastors' confer- 
ences for World Vision International has accepted an 
invitation to speak at National Conference during 
August, 1971. Dr. Rees will bring the messages during 
the missionary emphasis on August 21-22. Plan now 
to attend General Conference and hear this well known 
Bible teacher, radio speaker, pastor, and missionary 
statesman. 




Dr. Paid S. Rees 



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Memorials 




PUTERBAUGH. Mrs. Vivian L. 
Puterbaugh passed away March 6, 
1971 in Good Samaritan Hospital, 
Dayton, Ohio. A brief service was 
conducted at Bant a Funeral Home 
in Dayton by Reverend Cecil Bolton, 
and Reverend Paul Steiner conduct- 
ed funeral services in Lanark, 
Illinois. Burial was in Lanark Ceme- 
tery. Mrs. Clayton Berkshire (Mar- 
jorie) is a daughter of Mrs. Puter- 
baugh. 



BtitfiAetc 



Weddings 



^jftujjlnAUra^ 



REV. AND MRS. JAMES SLUSS 
are the proud parents of a boy born 
April 14, 1971. He has been named 
Paul Timothy and weighted 6 pounds 
and 11 ounces at birth. 



REV. AND MRS. PAUL RICHEY 
are the proud parents of a boy born 
March 31, 1971 at Elkhart General 
Hospital. He has been named Steven 
Allen and weighted 6 pounds and 2 
ounces at birth. 




BALDWIN - BALDWIN. Marianne 
Baldwin became Mrs. John Baldwin 
during a beautiful double-ring cere 
mony held on March 26, 1971 in th* 
Lathrop Brethren Church. Rev. BucP 

Garrett officiated. 

* * * 

CENTENO - CLARK. Miss Pauls 
Centeno and Mr. Buddy Clark wer< 
united in marriage in a beautiful 
double-ring ceremony in the Lathroj; 
Brethren Church on March 27, 1971 
Rev. Buck Garrett officiated. 

TUGGLE - DOWNEY. TUGGLE 
SHACKELFORD. Kathy Tuggle b€ 
came Mrs. Roger Downey and Su 
Tuggle became Mrs. Joe Shackelfon 
during a beautiful double ceremon; 
on March 13, 1971. The wedding tool 
place in the Lathrop Brethre: 
Church with Pastor Buck Garre 
officiating. 



Think: 

of stepping on shore and finding it 

heaven! 
of taking hold of a hand and 

finding it God's hand! 
of breathing a new air and finding 

it celestial air! 
of feeling invigorated and finding 

it immortality! 
of passing from storm and tempest, 

to an unbroken calm! 
of waking up and finding 

yourself home!! 
Halleujah! 

from Bethlehem 
Brethren Church bulletin 



Five-year-old Kathie had a habit of 
making long drawn-out bedtime prayers. 
On one occasion her mother, thinking to 
shorten them, said, "Amen" during a 
slight pause. Kathie prayed on. Again her 
mother suggested, "Amen." 

Then Kathie snid, "God, don't pay any 
attention to her. She doesn't know when 
I'm done." 

The prayer was continued. 

from The Pleasant Hill 
Lamplighter 



May 8, 1971 



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HOW JESUS CONQUERS DEATH 



r WOULD LIKE TO CALL your attention to a very 
n interesting text which we are using as our theme, 
!"How Jesus Conquers Death." "When Jesus came to the 
boasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, say- 
ing, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And 
jthey said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: 
some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the proph- 
ets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the 
Christ, the Son of the living God. . . . Then charged he 
his disciples that they should tell no man that he was 
Jesus the Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to 
shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jer- 
usalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief 
Jpriests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again 
the third day" (Matt. 16:13-21). 

This text reveals the way that man was finally to be 
delivered from the hour of death. From the very be- 
ginning of time man had exercised a will to disobey 
God. At the very beginning, man sinned and fell short 
ol the kingdom of God. No sooner had God made the 
wonderful garden for man to live in, when man began 
to destroy himself. Sin in the heart of man manifested 
itself almost as soon as man began to breathe. The 
universality of sin from the day of Adam and Eve to 
this very moment is evident. Down through the ages sin 
has continued to persist in the lives of all people. "All 
we like sheep have gone astray . . ." (Isa. 53:6). "For all 
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 
;3:23). Later on, Paul in his writings sums up what the 
pld Testament prophets said many centuries before, 
''For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is 
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23). 

This death of which we speak was a complete separa- 
tion of man from God. This separation between man 
land God creates what the Bible calls a great gulf be- 
tween our Heavenly Father and man. ". . . There is a 
great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from 
hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that 
would come from thence" (Luke 16:26). In other words, 
no man can cross this great gulf; there is no escape 
mechanism once man has separated himself from God. 
When man declare that he no longer needs God, or when 
man forsakes the light and takes up darkness, there 
:omes a chasm so great that no man is ever able to 
?ross over to the other side of his own power (John 
3:19). 

It is this great gulf that God had to bridge, and pro- 
vide a way for man to cross. This Gospel of Jesus Christ 
unfolds the story of how this was accomplished. Sin's 
penalty was not only a physical death that man should 
eventually die of his mortal body, but also sin was to 
tiave deeper consequences. Sin was not only a physical 
death, but also a spiritual death, so that when a man 
sins, he falls so short of the kingdom of God that he 
dies, body and soul. The inevitable results of these two 
'<inds of death, physical and spiritual, is that there is 
no escape for a man except as God might provide. 






by Thomas A. Schultz 



The Old Testament reveals that God, someday, would 
come to be our Savior. The prophets knew there was a 
great gulf, and they had implicit faith that someday 
God would bridge over it and provide us a Savior, an 
Emmanuel, who would save us from our sins (Isa. 9:7). 
Jesus alerted His disciples that the hour had now come 
that God would enact a way for sinful man to be re- 
stored to the kingdom of God. 

This text spells out in a very unique way the three 
methods that God employed to bridge the gulf so that 
Jesus could conquer death, and that we, believing in 
Him, might also be able to conquer death. First, the 
divine plan of redemption was a way by which man 
could be forgiven of his sins. If someone does some- 
thing wrong, the first thing that must be done is to 
correct the wrong. There is an unwritten law, according 
to the ways of men, called the law of retribution. If 
you do something wrong, you will have to pay the con- 
sequences, and in order to be forgiven, you must ask 
for forgiveness. Now this law seems to be inevitable. 
If death was to be conquered, there had to be some way 
by which the sins of man could be forgiven. 

Some years ago, a father went to the gallows to die 
on behalf of his son who had committed a crime. The 
son was found guilty, but the father was able to per- 
suade the judge that he would be willing to give his 
life on behalf of his son. The story is told that the 
father died in the presence of his son, and just before 
he was dropped from the gallows, his last will and test- 
ament reflected the great love that he had for his way- 
ward son. He died as a substitute for that wayward 
son. In a similar way, God designed a plan to take away 
the consequences of the sin of man. Only God could 
think of such a plan and manifest love, that He provided 



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a substitute offering for our sins. The plan was simply 
this, He would send His Son, Jesus Christ, into the 
world and would embody all His divine love and power 
in this Son. This Son, like the father in the story, would 
offer Himself to be a substitute ottering and bear the 
sins of all mankind upon His shoulders upon the Cross. 
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; 
and unto them that look for him shall he appear the 
second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28). 

No man can ever conceive by his own rational mind 
why God would send His only begotten Son to be the 
sin-bearer for all mankind. God who created the heavens 
and the earth yielded to have himself hung upon a tree 
and die for you and me. No one can answer the question 
as to why God would do this, but only God could love 
like this! But this is exactly what God did! This is what 
the prophets said of old, and this is exactly the claim 
that Jesus made, that He, Himself, would be the Paschal 
Lamb to be sacrificed for the sins of the world. "That 
it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the 
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare 
our sicknesses" (Matt. 8:17). God bore our sins, and 
forgave us. This was the act God accomplished in order 
to conquer death. 

Now victory over death was carried out in a second 
way. Man not only needed to be forgiven, but also a 
sacrifice had to be offered. 

In the Old Testament, bullocks, turtledoves, and the 
paschal lamb without blemish which was offered once 
a year were prescribed by God as a means of sacrifice 
(Lev. 1:4). The spilling of blood was a part of the 
cleansing and redemption for the children of Israel. 
Jesus became the lamb of God without blemish, perfect 
in every way, as the only acceptable sacrifice to redeem 
man from sin and give him the gift of eternal life. "But 
with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without 
blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained 
before the foundations of the world, but was manifest in 
these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, 
that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; 
that your faith and hope might be in God" (I Peter 1:19- 
20). There was no other offering suitable to God. 




There on Calvary's Cross we see the bleeding, tor- 
tured Savior, our High Priest, offering His life as a 
sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Not only did He suf- 
fer, but He also, the Son of God, died, and gave up the 
Holy Ghost. In that hour of darkness on that first Good 
Friday, He passed through the portals of death that He 
might conquer death for mankind from that time forth. 
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth 
his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). The Bible declares, 



"For thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are 
counted as sheep for the slaughter" (Ps. 44:22; Rom. 
8:36). Through Jesus, God experienced the death of 
mortal man in order that He might be the victor over 
sin, death, and the grave. Our Lord said, "These things 
I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. 
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good 
cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). So! 
as sacrifice was necessary to conquer death, so Jesus 
offered Himself for each of us. 

This victory over death had to come about in a third 
way. First, by the forgiveness of sin; secondly, by a 
sacrifice that would be acceptable unto God; and thirdly, 
He had to conquer death. The victory was a finality 
on that third day when He arose from the dead! How 
astounded were the Jews, and even His own disciples, 
when they heard the news that He was risen from the 
dead. A short time before our Lord arose from the 
dead, Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, had become very ill 
in the town of Bethany. Jesus, learning that Lazarus 
was sick, went to Bethany only to learn that Lazarus 
had, ". . . lain in the grave four days already" (Johr 
11:17). 

When Martha, the sister of Lazarus, ". . . heard thai 
Jesus was coming, went and met him: . . . and said, Lord 
if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. BuiJ 
I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask o: 
God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thj 
brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know 
that he shall rise again in the resurrection, at the las 
day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and th< 
life: he that believeth in me ... shall never die" (Johi 
11:20-26). 

Jesus was saying that He was the power to restor 
life after the mortal body has returned unto the earth 
Jesus asked, "Where have ye laid Lazarus" (John 11:34) 
When Jesus came to the grave, "It was a cave, and ; 
stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone 
Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto hirr 
Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dea' 
four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto the* 
that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see thj 
glory of God? . . . And when he thus had spoken, h 
cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And h| 
that was dead came forth . . ." (John 11:38-43). Lazaruti 
arose a mortal body that day, but he also arose a spirit 
ual body forever and ever. 

Not many months after Lazarus was raised from thi 
dead, the whole world was darkened by the death cl 
Jesus. On the third day, ". . . there was a great eartlii 
quake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heavew 
and came and rolled back the stone from the door c 
the grave" (Matt. 28:2). This Jesus possessed the powf 
to conquer even His very own death. Through the na 
prints in His hands, and the scar in His side were o 
servable by the many who saw Him after His resu 
rection, nonetheless, He was resurrected in a form th; 
was known by His disciples when He met them in tl 
closed room on at least two occasions (John 20:19-1 
and 20:26-28). The resurrection was confirmed throug 
His appearances to many (John 21:15-17). Death, itsel 
was conquered by the resurrection of Him, who is oi 
Lord! No wonder the apostle declared, "O death, whe:< 
is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory" (I Cor. 1 
55) ? Jesus, dead and buried, had to arise from the dea< 



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These three reguirements had to be met in order for 
Jesus to conquer death. He had to suffer that sins might 
be forgiven. Then, on the cross, He offered Himself as 
a sacrifice. 

Lastly, He arose from the grave! We must ask our- 
selves, "How can we appropriate this victory for eternal 
life?" The answer is found no other place, but in the 
teachings of Jesus during His earthly ministry. ". . . He 
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he 
live" (John 11:25). That's the solution and the way for 
jsinful man. (Jesus has conquered death and the grave.) 
ilf we have faith in this Christ, we too can have eternal 
life. 




Worth Reading 

The other day I checked a queer income tax return. 
Some guy with an income under $6,000 claimed he gave 
$716 to some church. Sure, he was within the 20 per 
cent limit, but it looked mighty suspicious to me. So, I 
dropped in on the guy and asked about his return. I 
(thought he'd become nervous like most of them do, but 
.not this guy. 

"Do you have a receipt from the church?" I asked, 
figuring that would make him squirm. "Sure," he said, 
and off he went to bring the receipt. 

Well, he had me. He had given $716 to his church in 
one year. One look and I knew he was on the level. So 
[ apologized for bothering him, explaining that I have 
co check on deductions that may seem unusually high. 

As I was leaving he invited me to attend his church. 
'Thanks, but I belong to a church myself," I replied, 
'Excuse me, that possibility hadn't occurred to me," he 
said. 

As I drove back to the office I kept wondering what 
le meant by that last remark. It wasn't until Sunday 
norning when I put my usual dollar on the offering 
plate that it came to me. 

An Internal Revenue Man 



Scripture Press Research Reveals 
Sunday School Growth Factors 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS whose teachers regularly visit 
prospects, contact absentees, and/or attend teacher 
training classes experience more numerical growth than 
schools whose teachers do not do those things. 

This fact was one of many observations that were 
revealed in a national study of 2,665 Sunday School 
superintendents made by Scripture Press Ministries of 
Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Other factors correlated with 
Sunday School attendance increase were the use of 
visuals by teachers in their classes. 

Though Sunday Schools in some churches seems to be 
declining, most of the 2,665 schools surveyed are grow- 
ing or holding their own. Two out of five (43.7%) of 
the superintendents' Sunday Schools increased in attend- 
ance and another two out of five (43.4%) remained 
about the same in attendance in the twelve-month period 
preceding the survey. 

In a separate nationwide survey of 1,417 carefully 
chosen Sunday School teachers, the "typical" teacher 
(according to plurality of response) is a middle-age 
unemployed housewife, who has taught Sunday school 
eleven years or more and is not a college graduate- 
Each week she spends between one and two hours pre- 
paring her lesson for a class of six to ten pupils. She 
has between 31 and 40 minutes of classtime. 

According to Dr. Roy B. Zuck, Executive Vice- 
President, "These and many other current facts about 
teachers and their pupils, and superintendents and their 
schools were discovered in these two research projects 
completed last month. Up to this time, very little data 
about evangelical Sunday Schools on a national scale 
has been available to church leaders. Findings from 
these two surveys help fill this void." 

Numerous easy-to-understand statistics, relevant data, 
and implications for action are given in the research on 
these two projects: "Research Report on Sunday School 
Teachers" (32 pages), and "Research Report on Sunday 
School Superintendents" (27 pages). Each report is 
available for $1.00 from Scripture Press Ministries, Box 
513, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137. 



GENERAL ORDERS ISSUED BY 

GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON 

IN NEW YORK, JULY 1776 

"The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish 
and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a 
vice heretofore little known in the American army, is 
growing into fashion. He hopes the officers will, by 
example as well as influence, endeavor to check it, and 
that both they and the men will reflect that we can 
have little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our arms, 
if we insult it by our impeity and folly. Added to this 
it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, 
that every man of sense and character detests and 
despises it." 

Signed G. Washington 






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bates' bait box 



by NANCY BATES 



Greetings Sisterhood Girls and Patronesses, 

"Spring has sprung" and what glorious awakening! 
After a cold, long winter, the beautiful sun and warmth 
is such a welcomed sight that one can't help but rejoice 
and feel happy! 

Has "spring fever" hit your Sisterhood yet? Are you 
experiencing a new awakening in your group? 

Well, just don't give up and coast along now, thinking 
that there isn't time to do anything else. Time passes 
quickly, but there is still time to work for the furthering 
of God's work here on earth. If you are lacking for new 
ideas, maybe the following will be of help to you. 

By the time this article reaches you, Mothers' Day 
will be over, which means that most of you who have 
Mother - Daughter Banquets will have had them. But 
wait! Must we stop there? Aren't there any other ways 
that we can continue honoring not only our mothers 
but also our fathers? Father's Day is just around the 
corner. Why not show them special recognition. How? 
You could have all the Sisterhood girls get together and 
prepare a supper for their fathers — or the Laymen or 
some group of "older" men. This could prove to be a 
very enjoyable time for all; if the girls plan a nice pro- 
gram, nice meal or refreshments and then sit down and 
get to know their fathers better. They might be sur- 
prised how wonderful the "older" generation can be! 

Another way of paying special tribute to all fathers 
in your church — and with a minimum of expense and 
time — would be to make a flower out of tissues, ribbon 
and green netting for each man. (Most girls have made 
these flowers at one time or another, I'm sure.) Instead 
of tearing the ends of the tissue off — before separating 
the layers — use pinking scissors; also tie the center 
with thread and then wind thin wire around once or 
twice leaving some extra at one end to which you attach 
the "leaves" and ribbon if it is desired. Leaves can be 
made from paper or else use netting and gather it, 
placing it behind the flower. One pleasant evening of 
fellowship would be enough to make all that you need; 
and how much the fathers (or all men) of the church 
will enjoy the special attention! 




TSecmtAe 



LOOKOUT 




And now a special reminder and early announcemer 
for all of you to be thinking about: statistical report 
and evaluation reports. These will be appearing soon i 
either the Evangelist or via the U.S. Mail. Start checl 
ing now to see how well you have done. Also you 
Thank Offerings will be coming due in July. And if tr 
Sisterhood Board sponsors a "Patroness of the Yeai 
and "Sisterhood Girl of the Year," you will want 1 
be giving your nominations some thought. 

Above all else though, keep God in your sight; nev< 
lose sight of Him. All of these other things are impor 
ant, but nothing is more important than God. How luck 
we are as Christians to have Him as our Savior! 

God bless each of you with "spring fever" for H 
work in Sisterhood! 

Until next month 

Nancy 



May 8, 1971 



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Boys* Brotherhood 



STUBBORNNESS 



TVE GOT A HANGUP" 



(For sometime, there have been no programs offered 
for local Brotherhood groups to use in their monthly 
meetings. As president of the National Boys' Brother- 
hood Organization, I have been asked to write a series 
of studies. If you have any comments or suggestions, 
write to me, in care of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany .— R.W.W. ) 




by RONALD W. WATERS 



Ron Waters is a member' of the Gretna, Ohio Brethren Church where his 
father is the pastor. He is presently a student at Ashland College where he 
is enrolled as a pre-seminary student. He is a member of the 1970 Crusader 
team and a member of the Alpha Theta organization. 



SINCE I BEGAN this series two months ago, people 
have been telling me all about my many hang-ups. 
It was from this source that I came up with the topic 
for this month. 

My girlfriend and I were involved in a disagreement 
the other day, and after some time she told me that 
[ was simply being stubborn. I thought about the sit- 
uation for a while, and then I had to concede that she 
was right. I simply thought things should be the way I 
wanted them to be, without consideration for others. 
i As I picked up my Bible, I found the story of a whole 
group of people who were very stubborn. They were 
the children of Israel. Countless times throughout his- 
pry, they tried to do things the way they wanted to, 
nstead of the way God had planned. 

For instance, in Exodus 32 we find them in the wild- 
erness at the foot of Mount Sinai. The Lord had called 
Moses to come up the mountain, and he had been 
separated from the camp for forty days. The people 
kmally concluded that Moses had died, so they gathered 
.ogether all their gold and fashioned a golden calf idol. 
jATien it was finished, they bowed down to the idol and 
praised it for delivering them from the Egyptians. But 
Ivhen Moses returned and found them worshipping the 
dol, he was extremely angry. He ground the golden 
:alf into power, put the powder into the water, and 
'orced the people to drink it. Instead of waiting for 
Vloses, the Israelites displayed stubbornness and im- 
patience by worshipping an inanimate object. The Lord 
("orgave the people, but still they continued their 
stubborn ways. 

Many years later, in the time of Samuel, the Israelites 



became dissatisfied with the judges. As a result, they 
begged Samuel to find them a king. They wanted things 
their own way, not the way the Lord had planned. In 
I Samuel 8, he commissioned Samuel to tell the people 
the evil things a king would do, but they stubbornly 
insisted upon having a king. In the end, the kings led 
the people astray, and they were eventually overtaken 
by the Babylonians. 

Yet the Jews still did not learn their lesson. When 
Jesus Christ came, they wanted to make Him a king, 
a political leader against the Roman occupation. Being 
a spiritual king rather than a political king, He did 
not allow them to lead him from His destiny. As a 
result, they crucified Him, failing to recognize Him as 
their own Messiah. They missed the boat, simply be- 
cause they were too stubborn to accept Jesus for who 
He was. 

If we are stubborn with other people, we probably 
will not suffer the consequences that the Israelites did. 
However, we will constantly be in contention with those 
around us, and even if we win the argument in the end, 
we will not really gain happiness from it. We must 
learn that sometimes we just have to give in. Let's 
work on it this month. 

I hope you are all making plans to attend National 
Conference in August. It is not too early to begin to 
think about it. 

Also, plan now to register for the Bible Sword Drill. 
The three top guys receive a plaque to honor their 
achievement. You can register at the first Brotherhood 
session at Conference. See you there. 



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MISSIONARY 

news 







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TRUSTING MY ALL TO THY TENDER CARE 




by Juan Carlos Astellano 



This testimonial was in the form of a letter to John D. Rowsey, missionary to Argentina, and pres 
ently Associate Secretary with the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 



Dear John, 

Today is March 30 and I am making the best of a 
rainy day in which we cannot have a meeting at Alvarez, 
where we are presently campaigning with the Audio- 
Visual Trailer. I am accomplishing that long-promised 
correspondence to our brother in Christ. 

First, John, we pray that God is blessing your life 
and that of your family, giving you many fruits in the 
work which He has now given you to do in the States. 

It has been a long period of time since I had the first 
inclination to write to you; however, I'm beginning to 
understand that the lives of workers of the Lord are 
so full of things to do. I never had this full realization 
before and now I can speak from personal experience. 
I can truly appreciate your work you did in Argentina, 
since you were not only with the Brethren Church but 
with CAVE A (radio ministry) and had numerous other 
details constantly, one of them being the Audio-Visual 
Trailer. 

My heart is so overflowing with things to share with 
you; and I may be able to share only a portion at this 
time. 

You will, no doubt, recall the repeated times they 
made me the offer of working with the Audio-Visual 
Trailer, sometimes directly from the Directive Com- 
mission through special messengers or indirectly 
through you, or your wife, Ricardo Rivero (pastor at 
Nunez Church) or Thomas Mulder (then Director of 
the Bible Institute). But I understand now that even in 
this period the time had not arrived for my decision. 
Finally there appeared to me, while in this indecision, 
One who spoke to me in a form to which, up to this 
moment, I had not listened. It was very concise and 
final. Declaring without beating around the bush that 
He needed me and He was waiting a positive answer. 
This was my Lord. I praise God for this encounter, be- 
cause without this occurrence I never would have 
thought of leaving the many personal obligations and 



J nan Carlos Astellano 



following Him. This was something very different, 
knew now that if I said "No," I was saying it to tr 
Lord and not just to the church organization. 

I was uncertain as to what would come, but I pil 
all in His hands and let go, confiding in and depending 
upon Him completely. 

I talked with my wife and shared what had happem 
in my life, but the blessing is that she also had receive 
a touch of the Lord in her life and together we cri< 
confessing our problems to the Lord. Since that momei 
we have been living a new experience daily with 01 
Lord, not only in the spiritual matters but in all thing 



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f It all began like this. One Sunday we were in my 
phurch in Villa Constitucion when the Holy Spirit spoke 
:o me through Pastor Vena. He spoke concerning the 
palling of Isaiah. I had never had an experience such 

i is in that night — it was different — something personal. I 
thought that it could be emotion or some such cause. 

I rwo days later, I went to visit my parents and upon 

Entering the house I noticed the open Bible and my 
byes were drawn to the Scriptures, "The fields are white 

[unto the harvest..." "...Who will I send?" Again I 
::elt the stirring of a call to my own life, but with it 

llso that lingering hesitation. This could just be a 
poincidence. Now there had been two occasions that God 

[pad talked to me clearly, but I had not comprehended 
j:he full meaning. 




Open air meeting shoiving film 



The next week I traveled to Rosario to discuss some 
Ijhings with my brother, who is working with the 
Iphurch of the Assemblies of God. When I arrived he 
livasn't there, and I decided to wait for him and occupy 
Iny time with playing the piano. I played for a consid- 
erable time with my mind drifting to thoughts of travel 
jiind various other things. Suddenly I became fully 
Inonscious of my music and the words of the hymn, "But 
If, by a still, small voice He calls to paths that I do not 
jjcnow, I'll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in Thine, 
11 go where you want me to go. . . ." Again the stirring 
n my heart for the third time now. I returned to the 
louse and commented to my parents, relating all that 
lad happened. They told me that without a doubt the 
^ord was talking to me. It was then that I decided to 
tsk the Lord to speak to me once again but in a way so 
:lear that there could be no doubt in my mind. During 
he Spiritual Conference, God spoke to me very definit- 
y, and it was then that I shared with my wife as I 
artier mentioned. Ah, but now was the most difficult! 
; Vhat would we do with all of our debts? Since leaving 
ny job would mean that my income would be reduced 
onsiderably, the struggle would then begin. My wife 
utid I decided to pray to God and ask that he solve all 
»f our financial problems if in truth he wanted us to 
f erve Him. My in-laws in the beginning did not share 
vith our decision, and their point of view was very 
mman to be sure. It only served to put doubts in my 
wn heart. 



I made an exact calculation of the monthly payments 
which I had to pay in order to have a factual base on 
which to discuss arrangements with the Council of Eld- 
ers of the Argentine Church. I wrote them that 1 had 
made my decision and they arranged for a meeting 
date. Much to my surprise when they offered a salary 
from the church, it was exactly 100 pesos more than 
my monthly obligations. The income would solve my 
contracted debts but with only 100 pesos how could I 
live during the month? What should I do? 

I consulted with my wife and we again decided to 
solve this challenge of faith praying to Him that I 
might secure extra work to provide for our needs. 

I wrote a note to the administration of the company 
where I had worked, declaring to them my determina- 
tion to leave. It fell like a bomb in their midst. They met 
in session and decided to offer me an increase in salary 
of 25,000 pesos per month if I would stay with them. 
Once again, what should I do? — and so the doubts 
began; maybe the Lord wanted me to serve Him in some 
other way. We knew that the Lord wanted to use us, 
but how? where? when? 

Satan was using this 25,000 pesos which had been 
offered so generously to bait the trap of doubt. With 
deep prayer and confiding in the Lord, I refused the 
offer, but at the same time ottered by cooperation to 
find someone to take my place and help solve their 
problems. 




Evangelical Mobile Equipment 
tent in meeting 



with 



No doubt, you've kept in mind my plea to the Lord 
for extra work. Answer came with the company assign- 
ing a half salary to me if I would work for them at 
times when I would be free. I need here to clarify that 
the Council of Elders of the Argentine Church and I 
had mutually agreed on 15 days in the month designated 
for me to be with my family and fulfill other employ- 
ment. 

The company thus asked me to work for them during 
those free days. The half salary whicli they had desig- 
nated for me, was the total of my basic salary according 
to my seniority in the company, plus family allowance, 
overtime and a consideration of difference in category 
because of substituting for the manager in the use of 



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licenses. All of this, gave me an income that was greater 
than I had received working as an employee. The Lord 
was giving back to me that which I had released to 
Him. 

So that you might have a full understanding of His 
blessings to us, I must tell you I have received at home 
a quantity of work such as painting signs for a real 
estate agent and electrical work, up to the point that I 
have had to refuse some because I have not had enough 
time to rest. All by His design? 

All of our financial problems have been solved and 
we have lived better than before with blessings over 
and above. Also, blessings to my brother Mario who had 
labor difficulties, and now I could recommend him to the 
position I left. Today he is working in my place and is 
very well situated with a good salary. 

It was with great thanks to the Lord for His love and 
manifestation in my life and my family's life that we 
went forward in faith. So it was with much joy that I 
began to work with the Audio Visual Trailer for the 
Argentine Church. My first campaign was for four days 
in Florencio Varela. Before that I had been in Nunez 
only one night to project "Lucia" in an open-air meeting. 
I never imagined that Florencio Varela was so open to 
the Gospel. A number of young people accepted the 
Lord in these four days with the local church gathering 
them under her. The Gospel was preached and we saw 
many blessings. From there I went to Gerli. 




Tent being raised for campaign meetings 



We installed the tent at Gerli with the assistance ol 
Pastor Ortiz and we had a very good time. Also there 
eleven made their manifestation of faith. From there I 
went to Villa Constitucion dividing the work between 
two areas, the Church of the Redeemer and the Church 
of the Sinner. In the area where the Church of the 
Redeemer is located, the meetings were nice and il 
was a new experience for the church as they workec 
a lot with the children, winning several of them for the 
Lord. The influence of these children in their homes 
was very positive, and today the church there is work 
ing within the homes of these children. We give thanks 
to the Lord even for unknown changes in lives. After 
wards we went to the Church of the Sinner, and then 
also the Lord visited us. Souls desiring to know th( 
Lord; the church desiring to work for the Lord. It wa: 
a time of much joy for everyone. I believe that th< 
church took a step forward in the work, but not onh 
in this but that also we learned to love one another mor< 
through being together in the presence of the Lord ask 
ing for those who are lost. Those won during the cam 
paign are still in the church today. 

From there I went to Soldini. A good time with tw<; 
precious souls won for the Lord. It was a different kinij 
of work there — each place being different — differenj 
churches — but God is One and His Word comes to th< 
hearts of those who truly listen. 

From Soldini to Alvarez. This was the first time thaj 
the Gospel had been presented in Alvarez, and th 
Lord was with us. There weren't any conversions durinjj 
the first days, but at the end of the campaign, whiej 
was with the Audio-Visual Trailer alone without thj 
tent, the women who were owners of the building bein 
rented for a meeting place gave themselves to the Lore 
Now we are at Alvarez for the second time. For thre 
nights now we have been in Alvarez and the Lord ha 
given us two souls. Young men under 20 years of ag< 
There is a splendid atmosphere for the work. From her 
I am planning tc go to Rosario with the tent. 

Just as the Lord has worked in our lives, we know h 
will touch others, and men, women, boys and gh\ 
through this audio-visual presentation will be won t 
Christ. 

I stretch out my hand, my dear brother, in thanks t 
you for what you accomplished here in the first daj 
of the Audio-Visual Trailer's uze. Even as we miss yo 
greatly, we pray constantly for your work in the State 
Kindly convey our appreciation to all of the Brethre 
there who have also extended themselves to us in a 
many ways. 

This testimonial is shared for the understanding ar 
encouragement to others who will also have days < 
doubts and hesitation. Ones quality of faith and lo\ 
and loyalty to Christ brings marvelous transformatioi 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



May 8, 1971 



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LET GO AND LET GOD 



HELL 
Two Endings 




HPHE DUKE OF WELLINGTON and Napoleon 
I Bonaparte were both born in the same year, 1769. 
Each was born on an island, each became fatherless in 
&arly boyhood, each had four brothers and three sisters, 
each attended military school in France at the same 
time. Both became lieutenant-colonel within a day of 
ach other, both excelled at mathematics, both were 
great soldiers and each commanded a great army. Both 
are remembered for what happened at the battle of 
Waterloo, where one became the victor and the other 
the defeated! 

To look upon these two men, their lives until death 
were almost identical, but their life's end was opposite 
from each other. The picture for you and the people of 
your community is much the same. Most residents in 
your city either have gone or will go to school, grad- 
uate, find a job, get married, raise a family, grow old 
and finally pass on. The majority will be good people, 
much like yourself, but the Bible declares that only a 
few people in your town will be equipped to go to heav- 
en, while the majority will end their lives totally pre- 
pared for hell! 

Jesus Talked About Hell 

The most serious subject in all the Bible is the judg- 
ment of God. Jesus taught the topic hell! In fact, Jesus 
ievoted more words and time to the subject of hell than 
3e did heaven! He called it "everlasting punishment." 
He called it "a furnace of fire." He called it "outer dark- 
less" where there would be weeping and wailing and 
plashing of teeth." He called it "a place prepared for 
;he devil and his angels." He called it a place "where 
he worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Hell 
s real. It is as real as heaven. Damnation is as much 
i part of God's plan for man as is salvation! 
The Rich Man and Lazarus 
Luke 16:19-31 

Jesus once told the story about a man of great wealth 
ind a beggar. This account is not a parable. It is not 
nere symbolism. The story is true. The men are real, 
md they are very much alive today in their perspective 
ibodes. 




I 



by Stephen D. Swihart 



The rich man lived only to please himself. This man's 
sole purpose in life was to satisfy his own selfish desires. 
He thought nothing of daily eating the most extrava- 
gant of foods in quantities of excess while the sick and 
starving died around him. Today he is poor, without 
comfort, sick with pain and suffering, and residing in 
the pits of hell. 

Lazarus, on the other hand, was poor. He practically 
lived at this rich man's gate. His body was continuously 
riveted with pain. He was covered with sores and as a 
result wasn't capable of work. In order to live, he had 
to scramble with the dogs over the few morsels of food 
which were thrown out as garbage from this rich man's 
table. 

Lazarus died probably from starvation and leprosy, 
but one thing is certain; the Bible says that Lazarus 
went to be with God! The earthly home of Lazarus, 
which was a near hell, was gloriously transformed at 
death into heaven. 

Lazarus is no longer ill. He is well! He is no longer 
hungry. His body is filled with the love of God! Today 
Lazarus is a child of the King of kings. He lives in the 
King's mansion — not so for the rich man. 
Personal Accounts 

I read a tract recently about the judgment of God 
and how millions upon millions of people will be cast 
into the "Lake of Fire." This tract gave a picture of a 
man who was being taken to the Great White Throne 
to be judged and sentenced to his eternal abode. A 
picture shows the man shouting these words: "Judg- 
ment? — but you don't understand, heaven and hell are 
here on this earth! I've always said that!" 



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Yes, many people believe that heaven and hell are on 
this earth. Somewhat surprisingly, many Christians are 
persuaded that a heaven lies ahead for them, but the 
existence of a hell is doubtful in their minds. The Bible 
does not leave room for such skepticism or doubt. God 
speaks precisely and clearly when talking about hell. 

Recently, when in the hospital, I had the opportunity 
to talk to a patient about his soul. He told me that 
heaven and hell are on this earth. "When I die," he said, 
"that's it!" 

I turned in the Bible to Luke 16, verses 19-31. I told 
him about another man who didn't believe in life after 
death either. This man didn't believe in a literal hell, 
I said, but when he died and went there, he changed 
his mind. 

This man said, "If God is love, then why didn't He 
let this man in hell come back to earth and tell people 
about it?" My answer was verse 31, "And he said unto 
him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither 
will they be persuaded, through one rose from the dead." 

The man only had one response, "You can get any- 
thing out of that Bible you want." I never saw him 
again. He was lying on a hospital bed, and he refused 
to even consider that such a thing could happen. This 
man, and millions like him, are dillydallying with 
eternity. 

Every human being in this world knows that he is 
going to die, yet the majority are willing to wait until 
the last second before considering the consequences of 
their souls. Somehow, the things of this world seem 
more important than our relationship to God and the 
world to come! 

The rich man discovered that hell was real. Onoe he 
doubted — now he believes. Onoe he rejected God — now 
God has rejected him. Once he lived in pleasure and 
luxury — now he lives in hell. Onoe he had time to escape 
— now it is too late! 

Three Basic Characteristics of Hell 

There are three basic distinctive qualities of hell. 
The first identity of hell is torture! The Bible says that 
the rich man "lifted up his eyes being: in torment." 
Isaiah writes of the pain of continuously being bitten 
by maggots and worms. Jesus portrays the agony of 
living in an unquenchable fire where there would be 
weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. The rich 
man is found crying out for mercy, that he may have 
but one drop of water to cool his tongue. The Bible 
tells us that this torment is forever — unending — it will 
never stop! 

How vivid hell speaks to us of God's utter hate of 
sin! Paul writes, "The wages of sin is death." It is just 
as true to say "The wages of sin is hell." God cannot 
and God will not tolerate sin. 

A distinguished speaker at a recent Nationwide Bible 
Conference explained the greatest tragedy he has ob- 
served in the Christian life. He is a part-time professor 
at Trinity Seminary in Chicago, the counseling chair- 
man at Michigan State, and the pastor of a 900 member 
church. The greatest disappointment in his life is that 
Christians are no longer shocked at sin! 

Our minds have become so accustomed to the over- 
exposure of sin in our world (by television, movies, 
radio, newspaper, magazines, and simply looking at 
those around us) that when a Christian gets in trouble, 
we aren't shocked. Somewhere, the despising of sin 



has left the Christian character. The result has pro 
duced an international spiritual crisis. God's childrer 
are called to hate sin. 

Jesus spoke these words of warning in Mark 9:43-4£ 
(Scofield): 

"... If thy hand offend thee, cut it off; it is bette] 
for thee to enter into life maimed than, having twc 
hands, to go into hell, into the fire that never shall b< 
quenched, 

"Where their worms dieth not, and the fire is no 
quenched. 

"And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off; it is bette 
for thee to enter lame into life than, having two feet 
to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never b< 
quenched, 

"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is no 
quenched. 

"And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out; it is bette 
for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one ey 
than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire, 

"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is no 
quenched." 

The charge of Jesus is to cut ourselves free fror 
anyone or anything which comes between us and i 
perfect obedience to the will of God. D. L. Moody put i 
this way, "It's better to be three feet from hell heade 
away from it than to be one thousand miles away heac 
ed toward it." 

Why the Rich Man Went to Hell 

Secondly, there will be past memories in hell. Whe 
Abraham spoke to the rich man he said, "Son remen 
ber." The rich man remembered his past life on eart 
before he died. He remembered the sins he committe 
and his mind was constantly plagued by the service hi 
failed to render unto God. 

The rich man is not in hell today because of son: 
great act of sin like murder. He never killed anyon 
He never headed a gambling racket or caused riots, c 
started wars or peddled drugs. The sin of the rich mai| 
which ultimately sent him to hell, was his lack of coj 
oern for the things of God. He did not do somethin 
which was eternally wrong! He did nothing which vm 
eternally right! Let us be certain as to what sends pe 
pie to hell. 

So many people today have the idea that only tlj 
outcasts of society (the gangsters, the Hitlers, tn 
Stalins, the sadists) will be in hell. This is 100 per cei 
false! 

Some of the kindest, most loving people you know- 
those who always were helpful to those in need; thoa 
who gave to the poor; those who worked for peace arj 
harmony; those who are good, moral, patriotic, re 
pectable, and likeable people are in hell right novj 
They may have never, to your knowledge, done anl 
thing wrong, but the judgment of God is not based (1 
"works." God is only concerned with this: did you acce]| 
and follow Jesus Christ? 

All Hell Remembers Their Sins 

The first murder in the world was when Cain slel 
Abel. Today Cain is alive and in hell with the memo:| 
of killing his brother. Today there are thousands J 
people in hell who have committed this crime but th| 
are not there because of that sin. God can forgive mil 
der ! Those in hell are there because they never accept) 
the grace of God! 



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The people who mocked God through the preacher 
Noah are not laughing or mocking today. These men 
and women refused to listen and obey the word of God, 
and as a result they lie tormented day and night in hell. 

Judas has not forgotten the thirty pieces of silver and 
the kiss he put on the cheek of Jesus. He remembers 
how Jesus taught a life of sacrifice. He remembers the 
teachings of self-denial, but he was more concerned 
about the pleasures of the world. His failure to look 
beyond himself to Jesus cost him his soul. 

All in hell remember the events that sent them there, 
and they are convicted of their sins. Now, they know 
the penalty of not believing the Bible to be the Holy, 
Inspired Word of God. Now, they know the penalty of 
not following these teachings of God. Now, they know, 
and now it is too late! 

Concern for Lost Souls in Hell 

The third characteristic of hell is that its members 
will be concerned about the lost souls still living on 
earth today! The rich man is heard praying to Abraham 
for his lost brethren. "I pray thee, therefore, Father, 
that thou would send him (Lazarus) to my father's 
house for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto 
them, lest they also come into this place of torment." 



This rich man who once had use for no one, especially 
Lazarus, is now praying that Abraham would send him 
to warn people of the reality of hell! People in hell don't 
want their loved ones to join them in their torment! 
They are concerned for the first time about the souls 
of men, and now it is too late! 

Beloved reader, the cry from hell is this, "If only I 

had " "If only I had believed God." "If only I had 

followed Jesus." "If only I had listened." "If only I had 
been different and obeyed!" 

Friend, that same cry will be heard from Christians 

at the judgment seat of Christ. "If only I had " "If 

only I had witnessed." "If only I had been more con- 
cerned." "If only I had been more faithful." 
What About Your Life Reader? 

If you knew you were to die five minutes from now, 
what would you want to do over? Stop and evaluate! 
Think seriously upon that question before reading on. 
Now, what would you want to have erased? If you hon- 
estly answered these questions, and then, if Jesus were 
to grant twenty more years to your life, now what 
would you do? 

Are you telling people that hell is real? May the Lord 
bless your witnessing as you let go and let God! 



CHEEP ADVICE 



}T*S/i 




Man has made thousands of laws, yet, 
has never been able to improve on the 
Ten Commandments. 



Don't provide the fuel for the fellow who 
likes to "burn you up." 



When one finally learns to make the most 
of life — most of it is gone. 



Watch your step! 

Whether we will or not, we cannot journey 
without leaving footprints and others 
will follow where we go because we have 
marked the way. 

(Anonymous) 



A motto on the wall of an atheist's 
office read, "God is nowhere." One 
day his little girl came bounding into 
the room, saw the motto, and ex- 
claimed, "O, Daddy, what a wonder- 
ful sign you have — 'God is now 
here.' " Her statement broke her 
father's stubborn will and he be- 
came a Christian. 

from West Alexandria bulletin 



AFTER SCHOOL 

A house should have a cookie jar, 

For when it's half-past three, 

And children hurry home from school 

As hungry as can be, 

There's nothing quite so splendid 

In filling children up, 

As spicy, fluffy ginger cakes, 

And sweet milk in a cup. 

A house should have a mother 

Waiting with a hug, 

No matter what a boy brings home, 

A puppy or a bug. 

For children only loiter 

When the bell rings to dismiss, 

If no one's home to greet them 

With a cookie or a kiss! 



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INTER-VARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIPS 
10th BEACH EVANGELISM PROJECT 



Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
April 4-9, 1971 






Walk up and down a mile-long stretch of beach at 
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida any afternoon during Holy 
Week and every twenty yards you could see some of 
the 225 Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship students, 
recognizable by their white wrist bands, intent in their 
conversation with the sun-bathers. More students were 
clustered around two umbrellas at which there were 
forums on various aspects of Christianity and around 
the city-sponsored bandstand. There from 2 p.m. until 
midnight, two Christian rock bands, the Excursions and 
The New Wine, played and rapped about Jesus Christ. 

The beaches were less crowded at night, except for 
the 4,000 gathered in front of the bandstand. Under the 
cover of darkness and while the police turned their 
backs, the sex, liquor and drug-use became blantantly 
open. Liquor was brought to the beach by the cases. One 
fellow howled at the full moon as he freaked out on an 
acid trip; another told a discouraged I-Ver, "I don't 
want Jesus; I just want some marijuana." 

But Satan did not have everyone in his grip. Some 
were listening. When the breaks in the concerts came, 
I-V students who had been praying that God's power 
would triumph over the evil forces on the beach were 
ready to introduce those students to their Lord. 

One such student was Steve. He'd run away from 
home and been on drugs since he was 14. Invited to 
the Alternative coffeehouse after a conversation on the 
beach Monday night, he rapped for four hours, and 
came to understand that he could know God — who had 
always been so big and abstract that Steve thought He 
couldn't touch his life — through Jesus Christ. Danny 
Taylor, the Christian folk singer whose gracious witness 
and charisma was used by the Holy Spirit to control 
the atmosphere of the Alternative, introduced Steve 
Wednesday night. The audience became still as Steve 
told them that they, too, should investigate Christ and 
take Him as their own. 

The raw concentrated force of sin hit many Christian 
students for the first time in their lives. A 7-month-old 
Christian girl said, "The concerts on the beach are very 
worthwhile but dangerous. Here is where our faith is 
really tested and our courage is needed." Another girl 
who has been a Christian a year and who led two to 



commitment to Christ during the week added, "It was 
easy to feel lonely and scared in the crowd, but I just; 
looked to the white bands and to God for comfort. Ij 
know that Satan worked just as hard as we did, but 
God was with us here." 

Claiming God's power, they were an influence for! 
good on that beach. Steve's story attests to that. So do; 
the words of a police lieutenant. "It is a genuinei 
pleasure to work with such a group," Lt. Brewster re- 
ported. "They help turn the crowd from being a poten-i 
tially trouble-making one. I wish they could comej 
earlier, stay out later, and stay longer." 

It was at the invitation of the city officials of Ft 
Lauderdale that I-V's Paul Little began the beach evan- 
gelism project in 1962, the year after the student riots. 
The project has grown steadily over the years in con- 
junction with a committee of local pastors and laymen, 
the Christian Action for Student Evangelism. William; 
M. York, I-V staff in Virginia directed this year's project; 
and Pete Hammond, Southeast Area Director, headed, 
up the morning training sessions. IVCF's Missions; 
Director, David Howard, gave the Bible expositions. 

Two other innovations this year, in addition to Inter- 
Varsity's bands being the only city-sponsored entertain 
ment, were "floating forums," yacht trips and discus 
sions with local pastors about the church, and surveys 
the students took for a Christian sociologist investi-i 
gating young transients' concept of freedom. Both led[ 
naturally to conversation about Christ. 

Said one student, "The people here were so ripe. The 
Spirit had prepared them so that their openness was al 
most unbelievable. I've really gained confidence in the 
power of the Holy Spirit to touch and open men's hearts 
and to give me wisdom in an intense witnessing 
situation." 

About eighty-five were touched by God so that the} 
desired further contact with Christians on then 
campuses: half of these indicated that they, like Steve 
had taken their first step of commitment to Christ. Pauj 
Woodard, staff in Missouri, who led one of the sevenj 
teen "families" of students, said that only God can scon' 
the conversions, but in his family there was one new 
birth for every two Christians. 



May 8, 1971 



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THE GREATEST NEED IN THE WORLD 



by L V. KING 




Text: ". . . / am come that they might have life, and that they might have 
it more abundantly" (John 10:10). 
In our last meditation on the question, "What is the greatest thing in 
the world," we gave as our answer, "LIFE." Life is the most mysterious 
thing in the tvorld yet the most wonderful thing one can contemplate and 
enjoy. Physical life is a mystery. All we can say is that God brealhed life 
into man. We cannot define it nor explain it, but the mat veious thing is 
that we can all possess it. Spiritual life far exceeds physical life, but when 
you combine the two you have the marvel of all life. The Bible begins ivith 
life, and life goes on and on and on. 



JN JOHN'S GOSPEL 10:10 we have our text of 
this message. This is one of the most wonderful 
texts of the Bible. We call John 3:16 the Golden 
Text of the Bible, but even though this verse be- 
gins with love it ends with life ; eternal life. But 
John 10:10 begins with life and ends with life. 
Now if life is the most wonderful thing in the 
world, what is the greatest need of the world? 
The answer is clear. If life is the greatest thing, 
jthen to possess that life in its fulness is the great- 
est need. This life includes the whole world. 

Now all men have physical life in some form, 
t>ut only a small part of the men in the world 
possess spiritual life. The small part of the world 
;hat possesses spiritual life does not possess it in 
ts richness and abundance. We must remember 



that physical life upon this earth is short. Today, 
under the best of conditions, life lasts not more 
than 100 years. Yet this spiritual life, the true life 
to come, is forever. 

Then what is the greatest need while living here 
now. What is there that will make this physical 
life happy, successful and great? What kind of life 
will help us to enjoy fully the life to come? The 
greatest need is not the prolonging of this physical 
life. Recently a man said that under proper en- 
vironment a man can live to be 300. He said that 
all we need do is to improve environment. True, 
but what will give us the proper environment? 
Are we heading in that direction with all our 
present diseases, accidents, wars and sin? 



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So this great need of the world is seen in sev- 
eral truths: 

First, Christ gave His own life to meet this 
need. Why did Christ leave the glory He had with 
the Father from all creation? Why did God per- 
mit and even choose such a course for His only 
Son? In any sacrifice we must ask: "Was the 
thing accomplished worth the sacrifice it took to 
achieve it?" Was it worth Ruth Elders eyesight 
to swim the English Channel? Was it worth the 
man's life to go down Niagara Falls in a barrel? 
Is it worth a man's life to win in an auto race and 
perhaps mar his physical life forever? 

Then let us ask, Was it worth the sacrifice of 
the early Christians to die for the sake of Christ? 
Was it worth the price of five martyred mission- 
aries to win the Auca tribe ? Is it worth the sacri- 
fice to stand by your church in every trial? Is it 
worth giving, working, praying for the souls of 
men? Are you as a Christian worth the sacrifice 
the faithful make ? Are you as a sinner worth that 
sacrifice Christ made for you? 

Secondly, men are lost apart from the shed blood 
of Christ on the Cross. The Word teaches that 
apart from His life and death there is no spiritual 
life. Occasionally a man gives his life for a friend. 
Christ gave His life for His enemies, those 
estranged from Him, those in rebellion. Was it 
worthwhile ? Surely God could not have made such 
a blunder if Christ's sacrifice could not avail. 

Some would say that health is the greatest need 
of the world. If we just had strong bodies we 
could do almost anything. Do you know that some 
of the happiest people have been those who suf- 
fered most, and some of the most unhappy have 
been the strongest physically? Some would say 
that happiness is the greatest need, but who are 
the happy people of the world? The truth is that 
men finally come to the plaice where they agree 
that material things and physical things cannot 
satisfy. Is there not in every human at some time 
in his life a desire for something deeper than 
this old world offers? 

Most men know in their best moments that only 
Christ can satisfy; that only the life He gives is 
lasting ; that only the life He gives brings victory 
and power. All who have experienced some phase 



of the spiritual life will agree that the greatesl 
need is the rich, abundant, over-flowing life Chrisl 
offers. 

Christians know that sincere heart-searching 
prayer will deepen their spiritual life. That sin- 
cere study of God's Word, sincere public worship 
sincere sharing of our life will satisfy the humar 
heart. 

The sad truth is that we are not seeking as wi 
ought these deeper spiritual truths. We too ofter 
seek our own ways and our own pleasures. We d( 
not want our preacher to tell us what will brine 
this deeper Christian experience. I read an artich 
recently which said: "Life's two great mysterie; 
are: (1) On God's side there is a marvelous dis 
play of His grace, (2) on man's side there is a dis 
play of sin and wickedness." If Christian peopl< 
were seeking this abundant life our houses of wor 
ship would be filled every Sunday. 

How many Christian people have a burning 
desire, a burning passion for the deeper thing; 
of this spiritual life? What kind of passion d< 
you have? Is there even a flame, a little flame 
Does any one know you have such a passion? Ar<| 
you doing the things that will fan it and make i 
burn? Is there heat enough to run the metal? 

This abundant life is yours if you want it. You 
will find it right where you yield to receive it. 

The story is told of a lady who was attracteil 
by many cults. She went from one to anothei 
through six such false cults, but none of then 
satisfied her deep longings. Finally at 47 she sho 
herself. She found no answer in the cults. As | 
result her daughter went back to her early train 
ing she had received from her mother and fouxij 
this everlasting life in Christ Jesus. She thanke 
God that He had freed her from these mumbc 
jumbo cults. Her mother could have found it, toe 
in her early training had she sought it properly. 

Yes, your greatest need and the greatest nee 
of the world is to possess this rich, full, abundan: 
life Christ offers to all. "If the Son shall makjj 
you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36)i| 
Let Christ first come in and give you spiritiuf 
life. Repent and turn to Him and He will savj 
you. Then let that saved life be used of God b 
yielding daily and completely to Him. If you d(j 
you will experience the greatest need of the worlcjl 



I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-12 



May 8, 1971 



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The following is "An Open Letter from an Uncon- 
verted Hippie," which was printed in the Funda- 
mental Baptist Fellowship Information Bulletin, 
%nd which the Bulletin said originally appeared in 
% Minnesota Baptist church bulletin. 

Dear Turned-on Baptist: 

Recently I was invited to one of your Baptist churches 
by one of your young people. I was told that the youth 
program was really "turned-on" and that the majority 
}f the people were "hip" and not "square" at all. 

I won't be back. Does that shock you? Would you 
like to know why? I'll tell you what one unconverted 
aippie thinks of 20th Century Christianity. 
. Although I was invited to the youth meeting, I also 
attended the Sunday evening service. Now I must admit 
a few things in that meeting turned me on! I noticed 
that the majority of the young chicks wore very reveal- 
ing miniskirts. Man, that would turn on any red-blooded 
American hippie. One young lady sang a religious solo 
just before the evening message. Man, I really did dig 
aer miniskirt. I must admit that you've got a lot of grit, 
vearing miniskirts in the building you call "The House 
bf God." 

i Although I didn't get too much out of what the 
preacher said, I do remember that he spoke on the sub- 
ject, "Letting Christ Change You." I'm really surprised 
hat I remembered that. With all the note writing, gum 
:hewing, whispering, and giggling among the young 
People it was hard to really "tune in" the preacher. Your 
/oung people are just like my hippie friends. They 

I'eally know how to show disrespect to a speaker. 
After the church service I was invited to a turn-on 
routh meeting. I must admit it wasn't square. I noticed 
hat many of your young men had the same long hair 
md side burns that we hippies wear. And they even 
lad our sample style of hip talk. And man, did I dig 
jheir music. Except for two religious songs they threw 
n near the end, all the music was rock and roll. Man, 



that's my kind of music. I was surprised that they 
didn't dance! 

Just before I left, one of your young people asked me 
if I would like to become a Christian, I told him that 
Christianity just ain't my bag. 

"Why?" he asked, I told him to let me think about it 
and I would give him my answer later. Well, I have 
thought about it quite a bit lately, and here's the reason 
why Christianity just isn't my bag. 

Your preacher preached about "Letting Christ Change 
You." I thought about that. And then I took stock of 
my hippie crowd and your Christian crowd. Frankly, I 
can't see too much difference. We practically dress the 
same, talk the same, show the same disrespect for our 
square elders. And we dig the same rock music. And 
you know, although your young people didn't dance at 
that meeting, I'll lay you two to one that dancing will 
soon be included in their programs. For you see, my 
style music just naturally creates a desire to dance. 
You know, except for soap and water, we're almost 
identical. 

I did attend a revival meeting a few years ago. But 
I don't guess you could call that group of Baptists 
"turned on." The music and the songs were not like 
mine. They sang from old-fashioned hymnals. And the 
preacher didn't talk like the "now generation" at all. He 
actually preached from an old-fashioned King James 
Version of the Bible. 

Man was he square! And I noticed that the young 
people at that meeting were different. They dressed 
like a bunch of squares. After the preacher got through 
preaching they had a thing called an invitation. Man, 
I really got nervous about then! When I thought about 
his message on Hell and repentance I actually consid- 
ered becoming a Christian. They were different folks! 

But to you turned-on Baptist I say, "Christianity? No 
thanks. I really don't see too much difference." 

Signed, 
"An Unconverted Hippie" 



Wh< 



ose Delinquency' 



We read in the papers, 
We hear on the air 
Of killing and stealing 
And crime everywhere. 

We sigh and we say 
As we notice the trend, 
"This young generation — 
Where will it all end?" 

But can we be sure 
That it's their fault alone? 
That maybe a part of it 
Isn't also our own? 

Kids don't make movies 
They don't write the books, 



That paint a gay picture 
Of gangsters and crooks. 

They don't make the liquor 
They don't run the bars, 
They don't make the laws 
And they don't buy cars. 

They don't make the drugs 
That addle the brain; 
It's all done by older folks, 
Greedy for gain. 

In far too many cases 
We find this to be true, 
The label "delinquent" 
Fits older folks, too. 

from the Fairless-Hills 
Levittown bulletin 



Brethren Historical Library 

Manchester College 

North Manchester,, Indiana 46962 



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Vol. XCIII 



May 22, 1971 



No. 11 




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In This Issue: 

3 ...???... Days To Go (Editorial) 

4 Missionary News 

6 The Brethren Layman 

8 Board of Christian Education 

12 Ohio District Conference Program 

17 News from the Brethren 

19 Signal Lights 

21 Sisterhood 

25 Whose Responsibility is it to set Policy 
Concerning Marriage, Divorce and 
Remarriage? by Clarence Kindley 

28 A Social Cancer by A. T. Ronk 

30 Golden Age Retreat 

31 The Face of Belief — The Unknown Soldier 

by John Young 



MEMBER <^j»^>r EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATIl 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



Camp Bethany Dedication 

Everyone is invited to attend the "Staff House" dedi- 
cation at Camp Bethany on Sunday, May 30, at 3 p.m. 
Rev. Charles Munson will be the dedication speaker with 
Rev. Don Rinehart as Master of Ceremonies. The service 
will be held on the lawn, weather permitting, and guests 
are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. 
The contest winner and the new name for the building 
will be revealed at this time. An offering will be taken 
to help with the building cost. 




A MEMORIAL TO MARVIN SHRUM 

Whereas the Maurertown Brethren Church has recently incurred a great loss in 
the passing of Marvin Shrum, the members of the congregation wish to pay tribute 
to his faithfulness and extend sincerest sympathies to his family. 

Marvin served with sound judgment and loyalty for 12 years on the Board 
of Trustees, and actively participated in the Layman's Organization. He was a good 
churchman, neighbor and friend. His life proved him to be a great humanitarian 
for he was untiring in his concern for the welfare of others. 



May 22, 1971 



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DAYS TO GO 




A PERUSAL of the Book of Revelation will give us 

r\ knowledge of what is in the offing of things to 

ome. Since these happenings are destined to occur at 

i time which is unknown to us, it means that we have a 

'ertain amount of time left, how much ...???? 

Time certainly is running out, and it might be 

propos to reprint a resume on this page of the 

rational Association of Evangelical's 29th annual con- 

ention held recently in Los Angeles. 

This synopsis of events is headed: With the clock 

mining- . . . 'WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE BALL?' 

'Few leaders in the evangelical community were 

lissing, and few passed up the opportunity to be heard 

including the men and women at 63 bright and flash- 

lg exhibits at the International Hotel. 

About the only hint of controversy was NAE Presi- 

snt Hudson T. Armerding's warning that the resur- 

ence of interest in Jesus faces the danger of "fadism" 

rid Billy Graham's favorable view of the Jesus People 

lovement and its risk of fadism. "It doesn't bother me 

lat it might be a fad," he said. "At least it is a positive 

id. . . ." 

Christianity Today editor Harold Lindsell told dele- 
ates in the second major convention assembly that a 
^orientation to the Christian faith and a clear under - 
anding of the Christian life are absolutely necessary 
> a meaningful thrust into the seventies, Robert A. 
ook, president of King's College, declared that "in this 
fcriod of the death of a culture, education is adrift and 
le church is powerless." 

Too many churches expect to win the world to Christ 
y "riding on the back of the clergy," Medford Jones 
lid. The president of Pacific Christian College empha- 
zed the need for every-member participation. 
Woman power was tapped by Mrs. Bill Bright. "God 
?eds women of action," the mother of two and wife of 
ampus Crusade's president said. She urged women to 
se their "talking power" for God. 
Dave Breese called religious broadcasters to a strategy 
; big as their problems. . . . Theodore Raedeke said 
ie forces of North America a.re tooling up for a 
assive evangelistic thrust in 1973. . . . Carl Lawrence 
)ined: "We tend to use the results of research until it 



collides with our preconceived ideas. Seth A. Rohrer, 
president of Evangelical Church Builders Corporation, 
was named the 1971 Layman of the Year by the NAE 
and Dr. Wesley Duewel, president of the Oriental 
Missionary Society, was re-elected president of the 
Evangelical Foreign Missions Association. 

Evangelist Billy Graham drew thunderous applause 
throughout a masterful chronicling of events during 
NAE's history. Comparing spiritual conditions in 1942 
when NAE was founded with those of today, he sup- 
ported his premise that while history doesn't record 
any worse activity of Satan, yet God is mightily at 
work in modern society. Dr. Graham said (1) radical 
theology is losing its influence, (2) the ecumenical 
movement has lost its zeal and (3) the ball is being 
passed to evangelicals. "Will we lose it, let it go dead, 
or fight each other over it?" he asked. All grumbles that 
NAE wasn't "with it" vanished in a chorus of vigorous 
amens as the evangelicals separated to scatter the fire." 




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MISSIONARY 

news 




FORGOTTEN GEMS 



by LARRY BOLINGER 









WHAT WOULD YOU THINK of if you heard the 
phrase, "forgotten gems"? An heirloom stashed 
away in an old wardrobe? perhaps a lost ring? an old 
necklace? a misplaced birthstone? . . . Rose was return- 
ing from a woman's meeting at the distant city of Ka- 
duna, when the car in which she was riding had a flat 
tire. While the tire was being changed, Rose got out to 
stretch. She happened to look down and there embedded 
in the tar were several pieces of amythist. These are 
semi-precious gems which are found in Nigeria. These 
had been scattered with other stones over new tar to 
form the road surface. They were forgotten and prac- 
tically useless. Rose bent down, pryed them out, and 
took them home for display. 




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First Production Class for literature 
work among the Higis 



Nigerian students practice typing on 
their ivooden keyboards. 



Larry was working with his typing class. The sti. 
untrained fingers of the men were beginning to lea 
the needed movements to type accurately. The woodi 
keyboards were a real help to them. (These had be 
carved by the men themselves.) Larry found that 1 
voice was giving out from calling out letters for fo 
hours on the days of the typing classes. He stumbl 
onto the idea of putting the lessons on tape in order 
conserve his voice. One day he had several things goi 
on at once, so he asked one of the men to run the 
corder. When he went to show him how, Larry fou 
they had been watching him and already had figur 
out how to run the recoi'der. So each man was giver 
turn at running the recorder in order to gain new exp€ 
ence. He was able to complete the other jobs as t 
men continued with their typing. During our vacati< 
the class goes on as usual. These men can use the taj 
to teach others in future classes. What a transformati 
had taken place! Most of these men had never been 
public school, some had been to Kulp Bible School, 1 
majority had never handled a tape recorder or ty; 



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Titer before yet they picked it all up rapidly. Forgotten 
ems lost in the vast mass of humanity, who when given 
le opportunity became valuable cornerstones for their 
eople. 

What if we hadn't cared? What if we hadn't persisted 
1 bringing new opportunities to these enthusiastic, val- 
able, yet overlooked workers? They would have lived 
rid died forgotten. May we never be guilty of over- 
ioking the untold opportunities of developing the 



potentials of others around us. Those "forgotten gems" 
who may bring new life and vigor to the church. Thank 
you for your support of the ideas we are trying. You 
have played a vital role in the discovery of many new 
"gems" precious to the Lord and to each of us in the 
Church. You have helped in their development whereby 
they may shine forth for Christ in their homes and 
villages. 

May we continue to stretch our minds and steward- 
ship in order to reach yet more "forgotten gems." 




WINTERS 
ARRIVE IN 
COSTA RICA 



£ILL AND SHARON WINTER and their two chil- 
J dren, Todd and Heidi left Cleveland on April 29th 
r a year of Spanish language school. Sharon's par- 
its, Rev. and Mrs. H. William Fells took the family to 
eveland, and Charles Beekley of Ashland drove the 
r containing their luggage. The family arrived in 
iami a few minutes ahead of schedule but were de- 
yed one and one-half hours in getting their bags and 
tting to the motel. With the warmer clothes for North- 





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before departure for Costa Rica, 



ern Ohio and the 95 degree heal of Miami this delay 
probably seemed much longer. 

Friday morning they left Miami at 7 a.m. for the last 
leg of their trip to Costa Rica. Sharon says, "Flying 
across Costa Rica and descending slightly was really 
a beautiful sight, farms laid out in sections with perfect 
patchwork squares of green, winding rivers and beauti- 
ful valleys between rows of mountains. You must come 
to see it to appreciate it." They had no problems in 
immigrations nor in customs with the things they had 
taken as accompanied baggage. The other items will 
arrive later. 

They were met at the airport by their Big Brother, 
an advanced student who had been assigned to help 
them by the Language Institute, who took them to the 
house that had been rented for them. Again Sharon 
says, "Believe it or not, I have a ten foot poinsettia in 
my back yard." The house is located one and a half to 
two miles from the Institute, but they have a bus which 
passes one block from the house and charges two cents 
per person. 

Bill and Sharon would like to hear from us all and 
their address is: 

Mr. William P. Winter 

c/o Spanish Language Institute 

Apartado 10240 

San Jose, Costa Rica 

Air Mail postage at the present time to Costa Rica is 
$ .15 per half ounce. Air forms can be purchased from 
the Post Office slightly cheaper. 

Remember this couple in prayer as they study the 
Spanish language during this year as the last step in 
their preparation for service in Argentina. 



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The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for June 



Topic: 



THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 



Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 
Introduction: 

The Holy Spirit is evidenced throughout the Word of 
God. The power of the Holy Spirit was what gave the 
prophets the knowledge of things to come. Much of the 
Scriptures remain to be fulfilled; and in due time every 
prophesy must come to pass. As an introduction to our 
study, let us take the first verse of Acts 2, "And when 
the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with 
one accord in one place." 

It is impossible for men unaided by the Holy Spirit, 
to be all of one accord. This opening verse realiy gives 
a glimpse of what can happen when the Spirit has its 
way in our lives. (The leader will arrange the discus- 
sion in the "Round Table Fashion," if possible.) 

For Discussion: 
Verse 2. 

"It was not a wind." The sound was like a mighty 
rushing wind. The wind is a symbol of the Spirit. It 
cannot be seen. 
Verse 3. 

Tongues "like as of fire" — not fire. 
Verse 4. 

They were all filled with the Holy Ghost. There were 
120 spirit-filled people, waiting for the promise of "The 
Comforter." (Read the words of Jesus in Acts 1:4-8.) 
There is the promise of "power." Discuss the speaking 
in tongues mentioned here. Was this a spiritual 
phenomena. Read and discuss verses 5 fo 12, conclude 
with "what meaneth this." 



Verse 13. 

All the hearers were in doubt of what was happei 
ing. You will note that the countries mentioned wei 
surrounding Mediterranean lands. Large crowds wei 
assembled because of the commotion. Peter offered a 
explanation of what had occurred before their eyes. B 
then moved on to a proclamation of the Gospel, whic 
was embodied essentially in the announcement of tl" 
messiahship of Jesus. 

Verse 15. 

Not drunken, it is 9 a.m. 

Verse 16. 

Peter refers to Joel 2:28-31, which foretells the on 
pouring of the Holy Spirit upon Israel in the messian 
era. It is important to note that the spirit was not lir 
ited to Jews only, it was the Christian church. Isral 
is also included in the fulfillment of this prophesj 
(Rom. 11:25). 

Verses 17-20. 

The new mission of the Holy Spirit was to rest c 
aU flesh. Has all of this declaration by Peter been fi 
filled? Or will the final day when the Lord comes 
triumph end it all? No! it will be the new beginning. 

Verse 21. 

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall C£J 
on the name of the Lord shall be saved." This is tl 
greatest promise ever given. 

The conc'usion of this chapter shows the power of tl 
Spirit on an uneducated man. 



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lay 22, 1971 



Page Seven 



SMITHVILLE LAYMEN 



\GAIN THIS YEAR the men of the Smithville area 
cooperated in holding the men's lenten breakfasts, 
n each Wednesday morning during Lent at 6 a.m. the 
ten of the community met for breakfast, singing and 
meditation all handled by the laymen. (The ministers 
ere allowed to attend.) Each week the breakfast was 
eld at a different church. There were always the usual 
umber of sleepy faces with a little extra effort on the 
art of the host church to have the coffee hot, juice 
Dured and cereal and napkins in place by 6 a.m., but 
le fellowship made it all worth while. Over one 
undred men attended each week. With the fine res- 
Dnse we have from a small community, it might be 
orth the effort for men from other communities to try 
>mething similiar next year. 

Dale Shamp 



"\N APRIL 13 a group of men from the Smithville 
_y Brethren Church spent a very fine evening at the 
ander Meulen House in Mansfield, Ohio. We were able 
> hear firsthand of this necessary ministry among men. 
The Vander Meulen House is commonly known as 
alfway House, but it is not just a house. It is a home 
«■ men who have served time in the State Penal Insti- 
ition and are now on parole, again trying to find their 
'ace in a useful society. 

The first part of the evening was spent with Ed and 
ary Harper, "mom" and "pop" as they are referred 
by the men, the superintendents of the home. They 
Id of the early start of the Home, its meager begin- 
ngs, its struggle to exist financially and its growth to 
larger home. The Home is owned and controlled by 
board of fine Christian men from the Mansfield area 
ho had the vision to cee this need in their community. 



The early start and all financial needs were met by 
gifts alone, but the Home now receives state aid. It was 
interesting to note that Federal help is available but is 
refused because of federal r