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ASHiANO COUEGE 
SEMINARY NEWSUTTi 

ASHLAND, IV 




The Brethren 

EVANGELIST 

Vol. XCIV A January 1, 1972 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 

Missionary Board Mr. John Rowsey 

Sisterhood Miss Sherry Barnhart 

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 

Second Class Postage Paid at Ashland, Ohio 

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

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

Publication of any article does not necessarily indicate endorsement by 
The Brethren Church, The Brethren Publishing Company or Board, or the 
editorial staff. 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Avenue Phone: 323-7271 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman; Rev. George Solomon; Mrs. Robert Holsinger 



In This Issue: 

3 Close The Gap 

by Elton Whitted 

4 Is There Life After Birth? 

by Thomas A. Schultz 

6 Board of Christian Education 

10 News from the Brethren 

12 Motivated Men 

14 Publication Day Offering 

19 Sisterhood 

21 Poetry Corner 

22 Missionary News 
26 Cheep Advice 



MEMBER 



EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



SALUTE TO 1972 



H appiness in the New Year 

A ssurance of Christ within 

P eace that passeth understanding 

P rayer that blots out sin 

Y ielded and submissive 



N ever a doubt or fear 
E nlightened by His Word 
W alk in the Way He plans 



Y earning to please the Master 

E ver mindful of His Commands 

A ccepting His gifts freely 

R edeeming the Time at hand. 



— Tressa C. Terry 




anuary 1, 1972 



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CLOSE 
THE 
GAP 



by Elton Whitted 













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TTAVE YOU BEEN IN A NEWS STAND LATELY??? If you have 
* * you know something about the gap, the vast gap between the liter- 
ature of the world and the Christian literature of the Church, both in 
amount and in content. The Bible continues to be the single best seller in 
the world, but the vast amount of trash, pornography, filth, sex, and 
sadism sold over the counters of our American news stands overwhelms 
the Church by sheer volume. 

The Brethren Publishing Board is the arm of The Brethren Church in 
this battle. We need all your help. A short time ago you invested in the 
future making it possible to modernize our equipment. We have committees 
working on new Brethren materials, tracts, electives, a more effective 
Evangelist. We need finances to design and distribute them. 

We have started a second Brethren Bookstore in the Indiana District 
at Plymouth. After a slow start this store is beginning to show promise, 
and it serves the community of Plymouth well in its battle against the 
world. It can serve the Brethren Church as well if the churches in the area 
want it to. We invite the Indiana Brethren to visit and support the Breth- 
ren Bookstore with their purchases. 

Through the years there has been a vast gap between the costs of 
Brethren Literature and the funds available to pay for it. Offerings and 
subscription income combined falls thousands of dollars short of the cost 
of the Evangelist alone. The Publishing Board has attempted to balance 
this account by Bookstore income and monies from Job printing, but 
rising costs of materials and labor, and now the threat of greater mailing 
costs, make this a precarious course. The Church must increase its support 
through its Publications Offering if we are to keep the battle going. 

Another way the Church can help is to see that the Evangelist is in every 
Brethren home. The roll of the Evangelist is two fold. It is a tool to spread 
the word, of course, but it is also the most cohesive force the Brethren 
Church possesses. It is the one thing that speaks for all Boards, the 
General Conference, the Central Council, the Brethren. But to what avail 
does it speak if only half the people hear?? What good is a voice that is 
not heard. 

We offer you this proposition: You can help by giving generously to 
the Publications Offering. You can help by subscribing to the Evangelist. 
God and the Church awaits your answer. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



IS 

THERE 

LIFE 

AFTER 

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by Thomas A. Schuitz 



TODAY, people are the best educated, the most 
favored,. and the most talented in the history of 
mankind. Communication, transportation, and science 
give us more techniques by which to live. And yet, there 
is a very strange paradox: in the midst of all these 
advantage;, we have more suicides, disinterested, and 
disillusion people than ever recorded in the pages of 
history. 

A young man was contemplating suicide. He said, "I 
don't have anything for which to live." He was con- 
templating death in spite of the fact that he had a 
lovely wife and good children. He had an excellent 
education with a Master's degree, and a good position 
with a great opportunity for the future. This young 
man is like many people today; they don't want to live! 
Why are there so many insecure, discontented, and un- 
happy people in the world today? What do people want? 

People need to learn how to face life! They need to 
learn the meaning and purpose of life? For many 
people, the bottom of life has dropped out and they are 
lost in darkness and confusion. A student was awarded 
his B.S. degree. As the president of the university hand- 
ed him his diploma, he took it and tore it in pieces. 
Hundreds of people were watching the ceremony. He 
walked to the microphone and said, "My university 
education is meaningless. It has no purpose in my life. 
It has answered none of the basic questions for which 
I and my generation must have the answers." What 
are the great values that make life worth living? What 
is real in the world today? On what can you count? 

There are three basic experiences that spell out the 
meaning of life: First, people need spiritual commit- 
ment. A young Navy dependent came to my office. H's 
appearance was that of a hippie. After a short conver- 
sation with him, I learned he was a hippie on the out- 
side, but on the inside he had made a great spiritual 
commitment. He said, "I thought I was emulating Jesus 
by my long hair. But one day I discovered that Jesus 



was not "a drop-out" in life; Jesus had a personal com- 
mitment. I discovered that Jesus had a program; He 
had a cau;e for living, and He spent His life in self- 
sacrifice fulfilling the cause." This is what adults and 
youth need to learn — spiritual commitment. It is not a 
matter of words or something nice to identify yourself, 
but it is a program and cause to which one must give 
his life. 

Our society and even the church is often sick because 
we have not learned to surrender our lives for the 
purpose of spiritual living. We have not tried to dis- 
cover the long-tried, eternal truths related in the Bible 
as the way of life. We are not, "Seeking first the king- 
dom of God and His righteousness." The educational 
system we have today seems too intent on the mind, 
but it has disregarded the soul. Teachers are imparting 
knowledge today, but it is knowledge without wisdom. 
The church also has become zo concerned with the 
ecclesiastical machinery, it avoids her main task, which 
is "sherpherding the soul." The spiritual commitment 
of life is so real and important in changing the lives of 
men, but it is demanding. It not only require ; your 
body, mind, and soul, but it requires all you possess: 
property, interest, and above all your life! 

One day, a rich young ruler came to Jesus and said, 
". . . 'Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I 
may have eternal life?' And he said unto him, 'Why 
callest me good? there is none good but one, and that 
is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the com- 
mandments.' He saith unto him, 'Which?' Jesus said, 
'Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit 
adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shaft not bear 
false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.' The young 
man saith unto Jesus, 'All these things have I kept from 
my youth up: what lack I yet?' Jesus said unto him, 
'If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and 
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : 
and come and follow me.' But when the young man 
heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had 
great possessions" (Matthew 19:16-22). 

This young man was asking, "Is there life after 
birth?" In the majority of the lives of men and women, 
many are not living. It is true, they are born, they are 
walking around, they eat, sleep, and breathe, but they 
have not found true life! The young man in the Bible 
was searching for the meaning of life. He wanted to 
live. He had everything, but actually, he had nothing. 
He was not living. 

The masses today are living just like the rich young 
ruler. They have all the material things of life, but 
they are living in a soulless society of materialism. 
According to the Bible, the young ruler obeyed the laws. 
He did not murder, steal, bear false witness, nor commit 
adultery. He honored his parents. Yet, he recognized 
that there was something more needed in life than just 
going through these rules and regulations. "What lack 
I yet?" he asked Jesus. Then Jesus put His finger right 
on the issue that kept him from living. "Go sell that 
thou hast, and give to the poor!" One of the saddest 
verses in the Bible followed, "He went away sorrow- 
ful: for he had great possessions" (Matt. 19:22). 

This young man lacked the spiritual commitment to 
put the laws into effect, and the spiritual willingness to 
forfeit his materialism for a spiritual kingdom. You 
can read from now until doomsday about the problems 



January 1, 1972 



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of your life in society today, but you will finally agree 
with what Jesus taught two thousand years ago, 
". . . Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every 
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 
4:4)! The young ruler was born, lived, and died, but he 
never knew life! 

The second real experience for modern man is to find 
a spiritual creed — something by which to live. What you 
believe determines how you live your life and how you 
respond to life's traumas. Youth revolt against their 
homes. Students have turned against their teachers. 
Many have become indifferent to the church. This is 
because homes, schools, and churches have failed to tell 
them what they should believe? What is your spiritual 
creed? Do you implement what you believe by the way 
you live? 

First of all, we should believe there is a God. God 
is more than just a Creator who arranged the atoms, 
designed nature, and fit the galaxies in proper order. 
He is a personal God. He knows each of us — even the 
number of hairs on our heads. This is more than we 
know about ourselves. He puts a worth in our lives! 

A Navy man had attempted suicide and was con- 
fined in a hospital. He said, "I am not worth anything 
to anyone. I have let my parents down. My brothers 
and sisters have tried to help me, but I have disappoint- 
ed all of them." On his arm was tattooed, "Born to 
Loose." In his own mind, this young man thought he 
was not important. What a wonderful privilege it was 
to tell him, "You are important. Your life is priceless 
in the sight of God. God gave His own Son for you that 
you might know the worth and value of your life." 

God has a plan for your life. You are not living unless 
you feel your life is a part of God's great plan. God 
will give you limitless power with great force behind 
it, and with eternal ramifications. The greatest power 
of all is Love! We are all a reflection of God's power of 
love which He manifested for us in Christ. The results 
of what we do is because God first loved us. When we 
believe that, we have the capacity to love our fellow- 
man. We, as Christians, need a creed that can spell 
out love for our neighbor. We should confess the Christ 
who lived in Nazareth and died on Calvary, but who 
rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven in 
order that through this life, spiritual life may be im- 
parted to us. 

We must confess that we need a power beyond self. 
This is none other than a spiritual law of Christ 
Himself. We must confess before men that we have a 
Saviour who has shown us a way of life. "Jesus saith, 
. . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man 
oometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Yes, 
Jesus is the way! He is the truth, and He is the life! 
He came down amidst sin, turmoil, and sorrow and has 
shown us how to live. The spiritual creed gives direc- 
tion, power, and purpose of life. How many people 
know why they are here? How many know where they 
are going? Today, the big stress is on social and political 
action while the real force of spiritual life is being 
played down. Man without a creed is not living a full 
life! 

Lastly, we must experience a spiritual Christ. It is 
easy to say but so hard to explain how Christ can enter 
the life of a man or woman. A sailor who was hospital- 
ized asked, "How can I bring God into my mind and 
life? I am so filled with sin and many terrible things, 



I know I need to be changed. How can I bring Christ 
into my life?" This spiritual Christ is an involvement 
in which your life is fused with a spiritual life. Jesus' 
power, mission, resurrection, and ascension at once 
become a goal and an objective. To bring Christ into 
your life, you must surrender to Him. You have to 
confess your sins and ask Christ to enter your life. We 
can do nothing except confess and surrender. It is then 
God enters a man's life! God enters your life and gives 
you power. 

"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nico- 
demus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by 
night, and said unto him, 'Rabbi, we know that thou 
art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these 
miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.' 
Jesus answered and said, 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom 
of God.' Nicodemus saith unto him, 'How can a man be 
born when he is old? can he enter the second time into 
his mother's womb, and be born?' Jesus answered, 
'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born 
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is 
flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the 
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and 
whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the 
Spirit.' Nicodemus answered and said unto him, 'How 
can these things be?' Jesus answered and said unto 
him, 'Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these 
things? Verily, verily, I say unto you, We speak that 
we do know, and testify that we have seen: and ye 
receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly 
things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I 
tell you of heavenly things'" (John 3:1-12)? Then 
comes the most famous of all the Bible verses, which 
is a key as to what should be in a man's mind. Jesus 
said, "For God so loved he world that he gave his only 
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). 

Now, in this account of Nicodemus and Jesus' mes- 
sage, you have a perfect combination of how Christ can 
enter your life. The key is the Gospel to believe that God 
sent His Son to live, die, and rise again for each of us. 
He loved us so much that He sent His Son to the cross 
that whosoever believeth in Him shall have the key to 
eternal life. Jesus said, "We must be born of the water 
and of the spirit." Through the water of baptism and 
the gift of the Holy Spirit, this message is sealed into 
your being. Then, you have the nucleus to become a 
different person. 

Is there life after birth? Are you truly living? The 
Bible is filled with the accounts of many men and 
women who first began to live when God entered their 
minds. I am sure, there are many who have been saved 
by this Gospel message. A woman said, "I have had a 
spiritual birthday. I was born again on December 1, 
1970, and my life has been changed. I am not the same. 
I have made a spiritual commitment to Christ, and I 
am a spiritual being." 

You, too, can have a spiritual birthday. A spiritual 
commitment is needed in your life. You need a spiritual 
creed in which you can believe in the teachings of Jesus 
Christ. And lastly, a spiritual Christ — for when He 
comes into your life, you will begin to live. 



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THE YOUTH ARE COMING! 
... AT ARDMORE 



YINCO AWARDS SUNDAY 





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Recently the Vinco Brethren Church held its 
Awards Sunday. Mr. Ira Goad was recognized for 
his 32 years of perfect attendance and Mrs. 
Margaret Parks has had 28 years of perfect 
attendance. 



npHE YOUTH OF ARDMORE BRETHREN took over 
1 the Sunday night worship service of November 21. 

The theme of the evening service was "Getting 
Together To Pass Love On." That is just what the youth 
did! The youth choir got together with smiling faces 
and their talents to pass love on. 

The service was a singspirational song fest. Songs 
that were in the song fest were: "Brother Let Me Take 
Your Hand," "Talk about Love," "Life," "Yesterday, 
Today, Tomorrow," "Put Your Hand in the Hand," and 
"Pass It On." Between each song there was a reading 
to fit the mood of the songs. 

The songs worked to a climax. In "Brother Let Me 
Take Your Hand," we knelt before the cross with up- 
lifted hands. In so doing, it gave this part of the pro- 
gram a great effect. Also in the final song, "Pass It 
On," we passed candles throughout the audience, 
illustrating that Jesus is the light of the world, the 
light of life. 

It was quite evident that the Holy Spirit was among 
the whole audience. The quietness, the intensity of 
God was round about us, the youth choir and surround- 
ed those in the audience. His greatness was truly 
there. 

The youth choir felt the intervening of the Holy Spirit 
which aided in our singing to the glory of God. Their 
faces proved that the Holy Spirit was present. Gleam- 
ing intensely with a brilliant light, the light of God, 
faces were smiling with happiness and the filling of the 
Holy Spirit in their lives. The youth choir praises God 
for how He has used their talents to spread this light 
to everyone.- 

Pray for our youth choir, that they may use their 
talents for God and not for self esteem. And in turn 
our youth choir will pray for all of you. 



BRUSH VALLEY YOUTH 
IN LOCAL CHRISTMAS PARADE 



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'HE BYC OF THE BRUSH VALLEY Brethren 
Church chose to participate in the Annual 
Christmas Parade for the November Social. We really 
had a good time decorating a small trailer. We drew a 
picture of the open Bible on the back of it and used 
magic markers to put the name of our church and 
Brethren Youth Crusaders on both sides. We placed a 
four-foot cross covered with Kleenex flowers in the 
front to serve as our banner. We wore our Jr. Choir 
robes and sat on folding chairs and sang Christmas 
carols throughout the entire route. Twenty of us were 
able to take part. 

We feel that we were fortunate to have David Loi, 
who spent the Thanksgiving weekend with us, to act 
as chaperone. We did not win any prizes, but we feel 
that it has given us another opportunity to witness for 
Jesus. We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously. 



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OPERATION: 



o u t r e a c 




NATIONAL BYC FINANCIAL GOAL 

1971-72 



August 19, 1972 — Ingathering for the 1971-72 

National BYC Financial Goal — Total Received 

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The Total Outreach Goal has been set at 
$10,900. How much of this will be raised? We 
have the potential to reach our Budget Goal this 
year. Last year there were over 1,300 registered 
BYC members. If your local BYC group would 
raise $10 for each of its registered members, we 
would receive over $13,000 toward the Budget 
Goal ! Wouldn't it be exciting to raise more than 
the Goal for the first time since 1967! It would 
certainly be a triumph for each local BYC group 
and for National BYC as a whole. Let us press 
toward the mark now. 



Outreach for Administration Expenses $3 000.00 

Outreach for National Project 6,000.00 

$3,000 for Summer Crusaders 
$3,000 for new Jefferson Church, 
Goshen, Indiana 

Outreach for Project Promotion 100.00 

Outreach for National Convention .... 300.00 

Outreach for Special Programs 500.00 

Outreach for Officer Travel 1,000.00 



Total Outreach $10,900.00 



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OPERATION PENETRATION 

Tentative plans for the 1972 Summer Crusader 
program are rapidly taking shape. Applications for 
Crusader service are available upon request from the 
Board of Christian Education and are due in our office 
by January 15, 1972. We hope to send out three teams 
this summer to these areas: (1) Northern Indiana 
District, (2) Southwest District (Arizona), and (3) to 
home mission churches in Derby, Kansas and Cedar 
Falls, Iowa. Again, our emphasis will be upon evan- 
gelism, with Explo '72 as the kick-off. 

Costs for operating three teams will be high. The 
support designated in the Budget Goal will allow us to 
continue our expanding Crusader program. 



CONTINUING PROGRESS 
AT JEFFERSON 

The exterior of the new worship center should be 
nearly complete when you receive this project update 
with interior work schedule to' be completed shortly 
after the first of 1972. As soon as the work is complete, 
we will have photographs of the new structure in the 
Evangelist. National BYC financial assistance will help 
to offset the high building costs at Jefferson. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

FREE PROMOTIONAL AIDS 

Available after February 1, 1972 will be two free 
filmstrips for project promotion. The first is entitled 
"The Jefferson Brethren Church Story," produced by: 
Richard Allison and Robert Fowler. This program tells ( 
the story of the Jefferson Brethren Church from its] 
beginnings just a few years ago through the present 
building program of a new worship center. 

The second filmstrip, "Operation Penetration," is 
produced by the Board of Christian Education staff and' 
the 1971 Summer Crusaders. "Operation Penetration'' i 
shows the 1971 Summer Crusader Program as it was.j 
and it concludes with tentative plans for 1972. 

Why not schedule a BYC program around the 1971-j 
72 Financial Budget, using these filmstrips as the basis; 
for the program. They will be sent free upon three (3)| 
weeks notice (less than that will require a small! 
charge). Order one or both at a time. Fill in the order ] 
blank below or send the information on it to: 



Project Promotion 

Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 



PROJECT PROMOTION ORDER BLANK 



Name 



Address 

Church 
Dates : 



First Choice _ 
Second Choice 
Third Choice _ 



"The Jefferson Brethren Church Story" 

cassette tape 

7-inch reel tape 

"Operation Penetration" — the story of Summer Crusaders 

cassette tape 

7-inch reel tape 

Mail to: PROJECT PROMOTION 

Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44-805 



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PROFILE OF A VOLUNTEER 



GREGORY BURTON looked around at the other 
volunteers assembled for orientation before the 
summer crusade. The lad was a handsome, 18-year-old 
volunteer who stood an even six feet in his socks and 
weighed 164 pounds. 

He had just graduated from high school with honors 
— scholastic, athletic, music and forensic. A member 
of the National Honor Society, Greg had maintained a 
3.8 gpa throughout high school. He had been active in 
student government, a staff member of his high school 
newspaper and yearbook, and winner of three athletic 
letters. In addition to this, he had won on the state 
level in debate and music competition. 

Greg listened carefully as the director talked about 
how to adjust to the cultural and climatic differences 
they would find in South America. But occasionally he 
allowed his mind and eye to wander to the other side 
of the room where he had discovered a petite brunette, 
Janet Johnson. Her age (21 years) did not discourage 
Greg. He wasn't looking for a date — just for his female 
counterpart, the average girl volunteer for service 
abroad. 

During the two-hour break in which applicants had 
time to become acquainted, Greg and Janet compared 
notes. She was five feet, four and one-fourth inches 
tall, weighing 119 pounds. She played the piano and two 
other instruments. Like Greg, she had been active in 
the music program of her high school, and she had been 
active in sports. Janet, too, was a member of NHS hav- 
ing pulled off a 3.9 gpa throughout high school. She 
was a champion swimmer, did well on the tennis court, 
spoke a smattering of French and was now enrolled as 
a student nurse. 

Both Greg and Janet had been active in their local 
church youth program. Each was on a Bible quiz team. 
Each had helped in children's work at their church, 
either in Vacation Bible School or in summer camping. 

As they chatted freely with the other volunteers 
during the break hours, Greg and Janet learned that 
nine states and Canada were represented by the 38 
applicants present. They discovered that the other 36 
volunteers were all active participants in music, sports, 
athletics, and scholastics. Eight of them were members 
of National Honor Society. One boy had been valedictor- 
ian of his class, and another had been named to Who's 
Who. 

Seven of the group had been involved in student 
government, either in high school or college. Many 
were members of pre-vocational clubs during high 
school. Plans for vocational training included the fields 
of laws, science, nursing, music education, library, and 
the pastoral ministry. 



Greg and Janet found that, like themselves, the others 
had been active in their local churches — teaching a 
Sunday school class, helping with the early youth min- 
istry, and participating in the music program. 

Janet found two volunteers who were involved with 
helping international students on campus, while Greg 
discovered that several of the volunteers were active in 
YFC work and in IVF work on campus. 

Interestingly, Greg and Janet learned that although 
they were representative of the nearly 300 persons who 
have participated in summer crusades, that was not 
the total picture. 

Short-term missionaries had emerged as a result of 
summer crusading. Twenty-three past and present cru- 
saders were at that moment also available for career 
appointment. Out of that 23, nine had either recently 
received an appointment or anticipated one in the near 
future. Of the 23, eleven are in the medical field. Nine 
are in the educational field. Two are off-spring of 
missionary parents. 

Only three of the 23 were over 32 years of age. 

In addition to these, ten or more volunteers who had 
participated in a crusade such as Greg and Janet were 
preparing for were now completing college training as 
prospective missionary candidates. 

Volunteers — for crusades or for short-term or career 
missionary service — are a special breed. 

— by Robert A. Crandall, 
General Director of the 
Department of Christian 
Education, Free Methodist 
Church and one of the 
founders of his 
denomination" s VISA 
(Volunteers in Service 
Abroad) program from 
ivhose files this article was 
prepared. 



Editor's Note: This is what one denomination has 
experienced in their summer crusading program. 
The Brethren Church also has a Summer Crusader 
Program that is providing valuable experience for 
volunteers. We want to take this opportunity to 
remind you that all applications for the Summer 
Crusader Program of 1972 should be postmarked 
no later than January 15, 1972 and addressed to: 
Board of Christian Education, 524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



news 




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Mr. and Mrs. Earl Howman cele- 
brated their 54th Wedding Anniver- 
sary November 11, 1971. They are 
members of the Sarasota First 
Brethren Church. 



Weddings 



Burlington, Ind. The Alpha Theta 
group from Ashland conducted 
morning services December 5. 
They were Jim Cooke, Maggie 
Bliss, Beth Ague, Bonnie Mc- 
Claren, Chuck Essig and Jim 
Wilhelm. 

Oak Hill, W. Va. A Missionary 
Conference was held December 10- 
12 with Rev. Virgil Ingraham as 
speaker. 

Milledgeville, 111. Rev. James Black 
was in College Corner, Indiana 
for a ten-day Crusade for Christ, 
October 19-27. The "Group" from 
the church attended the Revival 
Service at Cedar Falls to provide 
special music. Congratulations to 
another Homecoming Queen from 
Milledgeville Brethren, Vali Bush- 
man. Last year's queen was Vicki 
Bushman. Juniors in attendance 
were Sheree Livengood and Lyle 
Nesemeier. Jackie Warfel was 
also one of the candidates. 

College Corner. Stan Dennis pro- 
vided special music on Saturday, 
October 23rd. He sang for the 
Wabash Brethren on Sunday 
morning, October 24th. 

Nappanee, Ind. Mr. William Booth, 
of the Elkhart Camp of the 
Gideons, was speaker Sunday 
morning, December 5th. The film 
"TV and Thee" was shown Sunday 
evening, December 26th. 

Bryan, Ohio. The film "Viet Nam 
Profile" was shown December 5th. 
This is a film made by Dr. Bob 
Pierce of World Vision. It por- 
trays the people of Viet Nam in 
a rare and moving behind-the- 
scenes presentation. 

South Bend, Ind. The play "No 
Room in the Inn" was presented 
on Sunday, December 19. Mrs. 
Betty Goodrick directed the play. 



Sarasota, Fla. Seventeen years ago, 
November 7, 1954, the initial 
gathering of 10 Brethren met in 
the home of Rev. and Mrs. Fred 
Vanator and Mr. and Mrs. Carl 
Mohler to organize a new Breth- 
ren Church in Sarasota. Mr. Bill 
Fasig, Billy Graham Crusade 
Organist, will be with the church 
for their New Year's Eve Service 
and to present the entire program 
Sunday Evening, January 2nd. 
Revival services will be January 
16-23 with Dr. Harold Barnett. 

Smithville, Ohio. A new elective 
course of study is being taught 
by Mary Ellen Drushal. It is 
"Church Music: past, present, and 
where in the world do we go from 
here!" David Bridenstine was 
accepted as a participant in the 
God and Country program during 
special recognition service on 
Sunday, November 28. Neighbor- 
hood Bible Study is planned for 
January, February and March in 
the book of Hebrews. 

New Paris, Ind. Three couples en- 
joyed a trip to Dost Creek, Ken- 
tucky to take food, clothing and 
other things. At this time the 
school could use a sump pump, 
new or used, and a small TV set. 



Goldenaires 



Mr. and Mrs. Leo Smeltzer cele- 
brated their 62nd Wedding Anniver- 
sary on November 18, 1971. They are 
members of the Sarasota First 
Brethren Church. 

* * * 

Rev. and Mrs. Fred Vanator cele- 
brated their 64th Wedding Anniver- 
sary November 28, 1971. They are 
members of the Sarasota First 
Brethren Church 



MYERS-WEAVER. Beverly Myers 
and Earl Weaver were united in 
marriage on Saturday, September 
25, 1971 in a double-ring ceremony 
in the Second Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania by the 
undersigned. Mrs. Weaver is a 
member of the church. 

Rev. Joseph Hanna 

SOUDER - MARKLEY. Blanche 
Souder and James Markley were 
united in marriage on July 31, 1971 
in the Baptist Church of Laurel, 
Maryland. Mr. Markley is a former 
member of Second Brethren Church 
of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

ZIMMERMAN - PHEANIS, Miss 
Martha Zimmerman became the 
bride of Jeffrey Pheanis in a doub-e 
ring ceremony on August 27, 1971, 
at the First Brethren Church of 
Gratis, Ohio. Mrs. Pheanis is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Zimmerman of Gratis. Mr. Pheanis 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs Paul 
Pheanis of Camden, Ohio. The 
undersigned performed the cere- 
mony. 

Rev. William D. Walk 

* * * 

RODRIQUEZ - MICHAEL. Miss 
Vicki Rodriques became the bride 
of Wade Michael in a double ring 
ceremony on October 24, 1971, at 
the Camden United Methodist 
church. Mrs. Michael is the daughter 
of Mrs. Ann Rodriques of College 
Corner, Ohio. Mr. Michael is the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Michael of 
Gratis, The undersigned was assist- 
ed by the Rev. Ray Wiblin in per- 
forming the ceremony. 

Rev. William D. Walk 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Wayne Heights, Waynesboro, Pa. — 

2 by reaffirmation 

11 by baptism 
Sarasota, Fla. — 1 by baptism 
Hagerstown, Md. — 4 by baptism 



January 1, 1972 



Page Eleven 



Memorials 

FAUST. Mr. Ernest Faust, one 
of the original ten members of 
Sarasota First Brethren, passed 
away November 9, 1971 at the age 
of 71. Funeral services were held 
at the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church and burial was at the 
Indiana Springs Cemetery in Punta 



Gorda, Fla. Rev. Fred Vanator, 
founding pastor of Sarasota First 
Brethren, and Rev. J. D. Hamel 
officiated at the service. 

OBERLY. Mrs. Ethel P. Oberly, 
82, of Wyatt, Indiana died November 
28, 1971. Services were conducted 
my Rev. Kent Bennett, pastor of 
First Brethren Church of North 
Liberty, Indiana of which Mrs. 



Oberly was a member. Burial was 
in the Sumption Prairie Cemetery. 

* * * 

DITTO. Mr. and Mrs. George 
Ditto, members of Warsaw First 
Brethren Church, were both fatally 
injured in an automobile crash on 
October 26, 1971. Mr. Ditto was a 
well-known grocery merchant and 
trustee of the church. Mrs. Orpha 
Ditto was a member of the choir. 



FAITHFULNESS IS THY NAME 



THE ANCIENT COUNTRY OF ISRAEL had her 
King David, Africa her David Livingston and the 
First Brethren Church of Huntington, Indiana, has her 
David Johnson. We believe that faithfulness should not 
only be its own reward but that others should know 
about it. For 572 consecutive Sundays David Johnson, 
age 72, of R.R. No. 6, Huntington, Indiana, has been 
in his place in the Friendship Class, First Brethren 
Church, 506 East State Street. This is a period of eleven 
years. What pastor and Sunday School superintendent 
wouldn't be pleased to have a hundred such Davids? 
This is the type of person who does much to make for 
a successful Sunday School. Praise the Lord! Accom- 
panying this article is a picture of Mr. Johnson with 
his attendance pin and all it's year-by-year bars, each 
bar indicating another year of faithful attendance. May 
the Lord richly bless you, Brother David Johnson, and 
may He give you many more years of faithful service 
to His work here on earth! 



ill 












David Johnson 

David is almost always the first person on the scene 
each Sunday morning. He walks about one and one-half 
miles to and from church each Sunday. He gets there 
early and sees to it that the thermostats are turned up 
in the winter so that the building is nice and warm for 
others. David also folds and takes charge of Sunday 



bulletins, seeing to it that each person receives one as 
they enter the sanctuary. One can always be certain 
that David wi.l meet him with a big smile and friendly 
handshake. When at last God calls this faithful servant 
home, Heaven's gain will be Huntington's loss. 

I am pastor Leonard S. Bennett of the Huntington 
Brethren Church. We, my wife and I, are transplanted 
Pennsylvanians, having preached our first sermon here 
on February 28, 1971. 

It is our pleasure to report that all phases of the 
church and Sunday School work are progressing quite 
well. The Sunday School attendance is showing an 
average attendance gain each month. The average 
attendance for Sunday School was formerly below 
eighty and has now almost reached the ninety figure. 
Morning worship service attendance for the month of 
November averaged slightly over one hundred. Sunday 
evening worship attendance is also slowly but surely 
climbing as is the Mid-week Prayer, Praise, and Bible 
Study. Praise the Lord! We believe we can see a great 
future for First Brethren in Huntington. Pray with us 
that it may be so. 

Twenty-one persons have made decisions for Christ, 
while two others have been added by letter. May we 
say in closing, as did the song writer, "Work, For The 
Night Is Coming, When Man's Work On Earth Is 
Done. ..." 



WARSAW, INDIANA 

RALLY DAY AND HOMECOMING were celebrated 
by members at Warsaw First Brethren Church. 
The Hand Bell Choir from Cardinal Learning Center, 
directed by Mrs. Howard Wilson, presented a very inter- 
esting program during the morning worship hour. 

A bounteous carry-in dinner was served at noon with 
visitors and former ministers attending. 

In the afternoon a Singspiration and greetings from 
former friends and visitors were enjoyed. 

An offering designated for additional improvements 
was taken. 

Corresponding Secretary 
Mrs. Mabel Schaaf 



Page Twelve 



The Brethren EvanjreEist 



MOTIVATED MEN 



Dale P. RuLon 



A series of articles introducing the Brethren 
students presently enrolled at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary will appear in the Brethren 
Evangelist. Candi Baker, 1970-71 Semwife re- 
porter has compiled, the information and written 
each article in the series. The first article is 
included in this issue. 



DALE P. RULON, 36, is a senior at ATS and 
is from the First Brethren Church in Water- 
loo, Iowa. Dale attended West High School in 
Waterloo and was busy with various activities 
ranging- from dramatics to sports. As a student 
at AC,* Dale participated in Circle K, Gospel 
team, choir and college dramatics and graduated 
with a teaching degree. 

The first position that Dale held was a teach- 
ing job at Wadsworth High School where he 
taught speech and biology for four j^ears, as well 
as directing high school plays. Dale later worked 
for the Firestone Bank Baird Employment 
Service, Goodyear Tire, Goodyear Aerospace 
Corp. and Stewart Warner before returning to 
Ashland for seminary. 

Dale served as ATS* student body president 
in 1970-71 and on the library committee in 1969- 
71. Presently Dale is busy studying as a Church 



Ministry and New Testament major at ATS, 
serving as pastor at Sullivan Christian Church in 
Sullivan, Ohio, and acting caretaker of the sem- 
inary apartments. He also serves as chairman of 
the apartment housing counsel. 

Dale is married to Donna M. RuLon and they 
have two children; Denise Marie, 5 and David 
Laurence, 4. Denise attends kindergarden at the 
Grant Street school in Ashland. Donna is the 
sales order clerk for Polar Foods in Ashland and 
enjoys sewing and collecting antiques. 

The RuLons are members of the Smithville 
Brethren Church in Smithville, Ohio. They are 
looking forward to graduation in June when Dale 
plans to enter the pastoral ministry in the 
Brethren Church. 

* A.C. — Ashland College 

* ATS — Ashland Theological Seminary 



(January 1, 1972 Page Thirteen 

BRETHREN CHURCH NATIONAL GOALS 

FOR 
1972 CALENDAR YEAR 



Evangelism Goals (Potential 18+ points) 

One point (1) for every 1% gain in membership; 
having continuing program of Evangelism with one 
point credit given for each area up to (5) : a planned 
weekly evangelistic emphasis, at least 2 weeks of 
evangelistic emphasis, pastor's class for new mem- 
bers, planned lay visitation, follow-up with personal 
contact of VBS prospects, registration and follow-up 
of visitors to services, missionary conference; a 
monthly promotion of Brethren Missions among 
all age groups (4); having a Missionary prayer 
emphasis in the church (other than regular prayer 
meeting and regular W.M.S. meetings) (2); giving 
definite support to new churches, projects, or per- 
sonnel in addition to regular missionary offerings 
and the $10 Club which are credited elsewhere 
(3); and with 50% of all church families members 
of the $10 Club. (4). 

Christian Education Goals (Potential 19 points) 

Having 50% of eligible Sunday School students 
attending a camp recognized by the National Board 
of Christian Education (2); with your Sunday 
School following the "New Standard of Excellence" 
(3); operating a Sunday School meeting the closely 
graded requirements in this Standard (2); having 
a Board of Christian Education, elected by the con- 
gregation, directing the total program of Christian 
Education for the congregation (4); using all 
available Brethren Sunday School imprint materials 
(3) ; having a member of the local church enrolled 
in Ashland College or Seminary (2); and, in the 
reporting year, having one new recruit for the 
Brethren ministry enrolled in Ashland College 
under the auspices of Ashland Seminary (3). 

Stewardship Goals (Potential 25 points) 

Monthly stewardship promotion for all age groups 
(4) ; and Every-Member-Stewardship visitation pro- 
gram (3) ; every member tithing his income through 
the local church (2) ; promoting and subscribing 



$1.50 per member to the General Conference budget 
(2) ; giving 35% or more of local budget to denom- 
inational programs (4) with following per capita 
goals: Ashland College and Seminary $1.50 (1); 
Ministerial Aid Fund or local aid program for min- 
isterial students studying under the auspices of 
Ashland Theological Seminary $ .50 ( 1 ) ; Mission- 
ary Board $15.00 (4); Benevolent Board $1.00 (1); 
Publication Board $ .75 (1); Board of Christian 
Education $2.50 (1); and World Relief $ .50 (1). 

Church Promotion Goals (Potential 58 points) 

Maintaining an average morning worship and 
Sunday School attendance for the year equal to % 
of their respective membership (3); having a regu- 
lar program for development of prayer, fellowship 
and service among the membership of the congre- 
gation (3); institute at least one new program for 
Christian growth and witness (3); having a regular 
Sunday P.M. service with an average attendance 
equal to Vz of church membership (3); having 
semi-annual communion with 100% of resident 
members present each time (4); participation for 
pastor in a retirement program and/or Social 
Security (2); having at least one sign directing 
visitors and strangers to the church building with 
appropriate identification at the church (1); having 
the following organizations with national affilia- 
tions; W.M.S. (2); S.M.M. (2); Laymen (2); Boys 
Brotherhood (2); Brethren Youth (2); using 
approved Brethren Youth program materials (2); 
Signal Lights and/or Junior Church (2); The 
Brethren Evangelist in every home (4); full quota 
of delegates at General Conference (4); Annual 
Leadership conference attendance of: Moderator 
or Vice Moderator (5); Treasurer (5); and Board 
of Christian Education leader (5); and local con- 
gregational membership in the National Association 
of Evangelicals (2). 

Potential Grand Total— 120+ points 



CROSS COUNTRY CONFERENCE NOTES 



For some time the Brethren Churches have been 
encouraged to consider a common study once each 
year, this known as the Cross Country Conference. The 
committee responsible for this study is responsible to 
the National Ministerial Association, but in reality the 
success or failure is determined by the churches par- 
ticipating. Following are some reminders and helps 
that we trust will contribute to a great success for the 
Cross Country Conference in 1972. 

(1) The study this year is on the Epistle of James, 
with the guide suggested, The Good Life, Henry 
Jaoobsen, Scripture Pres Pub. This book is available 
from our Book Store in Ashland, Ohio, so place your 
order right away. 

(2) In addition to the study book and the Book of 



James, use of additional aids is certainly encouraged. 
We suggest The Epistle of James by Ralph Gwinn, or 
James, Belief in Action, Keith L. Brooks. These are 
books simply written and easily adapted to lay study. 

(3) February is the suggested month for the Con- 
ference. However, the study is easily adapted for nearly 
any type program, any time of the year. We only sug- 
gest that you do participate. James is certainly a 
"timely" Book. 

Be much in prayer for a constructive and meaningful 
Cross Country Conference. 

James R. Black, 

chairman 
Glenn Grumbling 
Gene Hollinger 
Paul Steiner 



Page Fourteen 



The Brethren Evangeli 



FIRST BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY BUILDING 1911 




Some of the group shown are: Rev. Dyoll Belote, Ira D. and 
Cynthia Slotter, Mary Zimmerman, Celia Wolf.* 



PRESENT BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY BUILDING 1971 



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January 1, 1972 



Page Fifteen 



100% CLUB 



SEVERAL YEARS AGO the 100% Club was initiated 
(perhaps not so named) as an incentive plan to 
increase the number of subscribers to The Brethren 
Evangelist. The 100% church enrolls all its family units 
in its subscription list either by personal solicitation or, 
preferably, by budget. The church maintains the list, 
making corrections, deletions and additions as they 
become necessary. For this the Publications Board gives 
the 100% church a discount subscription price of $3.50 
per year and permits quarterly payment if desired. 
Everybody wins on this gambit; The Publications 



Board gets a bigger base to work on, the 100% church 
gets 12% subscriptions free out of every 100, the Boards 
get a larger audience for their message and the 
Brethren denomination gets a better informed laity. 

Listed below are the star members of the 100% Club 
and following is a complete list of subscriptions by 
churches. Examine your church record. If you are near 
the 87%% level it will pay you to go 100%, for every 
subscription over 87% will be free. The other advan- 
tages are a bonus, for your local church and the 
denomination. 



100% 

Bethlehem 


CLUB 


36 


Bryan 




171 


Cedar Falls 




7 


College Corner 




54 


Highland 




30 


Johnstown III 




105 


Mt. Olive 




112 


New Lebanon 




187 


Papago Park 




31 


Park Street (Ashland) 


231 


Roann 




78 


St. Petersburg 




10 


Walcrest (Mansfield) 


36 



SUBSCRIBERS ON CHURCH LISTS 



Ardmore Heights 

Bethlehem 

Berlin 

Brighton Chapel 

Brush Valley 

Bryan 

Burlington 

Calvary 

Cameron 

Carleton 

Cedar Falls 

Center Chapel 

Cerro Gordo 

Chandon 

Cheyenne 

College Corner 

Columbus 

Corinth 



29 

36 

38 

9 

2 

171 

11 

6 



4 

7 

12 

6 

4 

5 

54 



9 



County Line 





Crestwood 





Cumberland 


1 


Denver 


15 


Derby 


8 


Dutchtown 





Elkhart 


9 


Fairless Hills - Levittown 


8 


Falls City 





Firestone Park 


6 


Flora 





Fort Scott 


13 


Fremont 





Gate wood 





Garber 


16 


Goshen 


58 


Gratis 


31 


Gretna 


28 


Haddix 





Hagerstown 


116 


Highland 


30 


Hillcrest 


10 


Huntington 





Jefferson 


20 


Johnstown I 


5 


Johnstown II 


16 


Johnstown III 


105 


Kimsey Run 





Kokomo 


3 


Lanark 


42 


Lathrop 


6 


Liberty 





Linwood 


4 


Loree 


41 


Lost Creek 





Louisville 


36 


Manteca 


8 



Pagie Sixteen 




Marion 


7 


Masontown 


18 


Massillon 


4 


Mathias 





Matteson 





Maurertown 


42 


Mexico 


12 


Myersdale 


4 


Milford 





Milledgeville 


57 


Mishawaka 


7 


Morrill 





Mt. Olive 


112 


Mt. Olivet 


8 


Mt. Pleasant 





Mulvane 


7 


Muncie 


6 


Nappanee 


65 


Newark 


9 


New Lebanon 


188 


New Paris 


20 


North Georgetown 


5 


North Liberty 


39 


North Manchester 


21 


Oakhill 


12 


Oakville 


29 


Papago Park 


31 


Park Street 


231 


Peru 


1 


Pittsburgh 





Pleasant Hill 


20 


Pleasant View 


41 


Raystown 





Roann 


78 


Roanoke 


13 


Sarasota 


28 


Sergeantsville 


7 


Smithville 


62 


South Bend 


15 


St. James 


3 


St. Luke 


■1 


Stockton 





St. Petersburg 


10 


Teegarden 


5 


Tiosa 





Trinity 


45 


Tucson 


21 


Udell 


4 


Valley 





Vinco 


38 


Wabash 


7 


Walcrest 


36 


Warsaw 


19 


Washington 


32 


Waterloo 


98 


Wayne Heights 


45 


West Alexandria 





White Dale 


7 


Williamstown 





Winding Waters 


6 



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January 1, 1972 



Page Seventeen 



PUBLICATION OFFERING 1971 



"Now is the time for all good men to come to the 
aid of their party." 

This old typing exercise still has some merit. Now is 
the time for all good churchmen to come to the aid of 
their publication interests. January is Publications 
Offering month. 

Through the years this offering has been woefully 
short of the need. Our hopes for an $8,000 offering for 



1971 are being shattered as we near the end of the year. 
But, next year is another year, 1972 is another 
opportunity. 

Below we have listed the 1971 giving by churches. 
Ten churches have been honored for their offering— 
The Top Ten. Examine your church's position. The 
General Conference has adopted a goal of 75c per 
member for Publications. We challenge each of you to 
meet and even exceed that goal. 



THE TOP TEN 

1. Park Street $720.81 

2. Dayton (Hillcrest) 627.50 

3. South Bend 300.00 

4. Waterloo 300.00 

5. New Lebanon 275.00 

6. Johnstown III 224.50 

7. Vinco 217.50 

8. Elkhart 180.00 

9. North Manchester 175.41 
10. Gretna 168.80 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 



Bethlehem 

Chandon 

Cumberland 

Gatewood 

Haddix 

Hagerstown 

Kimsey Run 

Krypton 

Liberty 

Linwood 

Mathias 

Lost Creek 

Maurertown 

Mt. Olive 

Oak Hill 

Rowdy 

St. James 

St. Luke 

Washington 



$ 25.00 



66.85 



20.00 
30.00 

38.70 
30.87 
24.00 



45.00 
100.00 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Berlin $ 62.58 

Brush Valley 

Calvary 6.00 

Cameron 

Conemaugh 21.00 

Fairless Hills 

Highland 15.00 

Johnstown 1st 50.00 

Johnstown 2nd 10.00 

Johnstown 3rd 224.50 

Masontown 63.45 



Meyersdale 


50.00 


Mt. Olivet 


32.00 


Mt. Pleasant 




Pittsburgh 


30.00 


Quiet Dell 




Raystown 




Sergeantsville 


10.00 


Valley 


20.00 


Pleasant View 


51.75 


Vinco 


217.50 


Wayne Heights 


20.75 


White Dale 


20.00 


OHIO DISTRICT 




Firestone Park 




Garber 


$ 13.00 


Park Street 


720.81 


Trinity 


10.00 


Columbus 




Hillcrest 


627.50 


Fremont 


15.00 


Glenford 




Gratis 


92.00 


Gretna 


168.80 


Louisville 


247.21 


Massillon 


12.00 


Newark 




New Lebanon 


275.00 


North Georgetown 


1.00 


Pleasant Hill 


35.00 


Smithville 


89.20 


Wal crest (Mansfield) 




West Alexandria 


100.00 


Williamstown 




INDIANA DISTRICT 




Ardmore 


$ 53.08 


Brighton Chapel 


50.00 


Bryan 




Burlington 


100.00 


Center Chapel 


22.60 


College Corner 


43.07 


Corinth 


68.00 


County Line 


20.75 


Denver 


35.75 


Dutchtown 




Elkhart 


180.00 


Flora 


96.15 



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Crestwood (Ft. Wayne) 


39.43 


Goshen 


59.50 


Huntington 


26.92 


Jefferson 


105.00 


Kokomo 


106.51 


Loree 


135.00 


Marion 




Matteson 


10.00 


Mexico 


45.00 


Milford 


77.00 


Mishawaka 


17.00 


Muncie 


75.00 


Nappanee 


5.00 


New Paris 


126.51 


North Liberty 




North Manchester 


175.41 


Oakville 




Peru 




Roann 




Roanoke 


25.00 


Shipshewana 




South Bend 


300.00 


Teegarden 


50.00 


Tiosa 


55.04 


Wabash 


15.00 


Warsaw 


100.00 


Winding Waters 


13.04 



The Brethren Evangelist 



CENTRAL DISTRICT 




Cedar Falls 




$ 75.77 


Cerro Gordo 




49.85 


Lanark 




87.97 


Milledgeville 




49.44 


Udell 




6.50 


Waterloo 




300.00 


MIDWEST DISTRICT 




Carleton 






Cheyenne 






Derby 




$ 1.00 


Falls City 




50.00 


Ft. Scott 




7.75 


Morrill 




7.00 


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 


DISTRICT 


Lathrop 






Manteca 






Stockton 






SOUTHWEST DISTRICT 


Papago Park 






Tucson 






FLORIDA 






St. Petersburg 




$ 25.39 


Sarasota 




157.16 



$6,658.37 



NORTHEAST INDIANA 
LEADERSHIP SCHOOL FOR 1972 



This school is sponsored by the Indiana District Board of Christian Education 
and will be held January 24, 31 ; February 7, 14, 21, 28 at The First Brethren Church 
of New Paris, Indiana. 

Courses being conducted: 

1. James 

Text: "The Good Life'' by Henry Jacobsen (theme for Cross Country Conf. ) 
Teacher: Rev. Phil Hershberger 

2. Denominational Concerns — Baptism, Remarriage of Divorced Persons, Peace. 
Panel: Rosalie Miller, chairman; Rev. Paul Tinkel, Gary Taska, Rev. John 

Brownsberger 

3. Teaching Children 
Teacher: Grace Radcliff 

4. Evangelism Explosion 
Text: Evangelism Explosion 
Teacher: Rev. Jerald Radcliff 

5. Facing Today's Problems 
Text: Facing Today's problems 
Teacher: Rev. Charles Lowmaster 

6. The Emerging Church 

Teachers: Rev. Richard Allison and Rev. Claude Stogsdill 
Enrollment will be limited to 15 with the exception of class No. 2 where there 
will be no limit on the enrollment. Class rolls will be determined by the first-come- 
first-served basis. Send enrollments to Rev. Richard E. Allison, Route 7, Box 187, 
Goshen, Indiana 46526, phone 533-8951 (church) or 533-3983 (home). 



January 1, 1972 



Page Nineteen 





i^M^-MMM 




by Sherry Barnharf 



HAPPY NEW YEAR! ! 

Well girls, it's that time of year again. School is half 
over, Christmas is a pleasant memory, and spring seems 
just around the corner. For some reason, life is really 
exciting now. A whole new year is ahead with new 
friends and new experiences. 

When I think of the highlights of last year and then 
look at the new one, I just can't wait to get started. I 
always make resolutions and promise myself not to 
break them, don't you? Well, last year I made two of 
them thinking the fewer I make the fewer I break, and 
I almost succeeded in keeping them. I say almost 
because I really tried on both of them. The one was 
stupid ... to lose some weight (which I did and 
promply gained back in time to lose it again — you know 
the old perpetual fanatic dieter trick). That's not the 
one I want to share. 

My other was to grow closer to God in new ways. 
I know that each year this should be our resolution, 
but I was stepping out on a limb and asking for new 
ways. Little did I realize that God would have so many 
new ways for me. Sitting here I can think of four ways 
in which I drew closer to God. Last summer I was a 
playground recreation leader, taught the Senior High 
and College age Sunday School class, was hired as a 
supervisor for breakfast at the college cafeteria and 
was asked to be your General Secretary. Wow! ! God 
really gave me some neat opportunities and experiences. 

Anyway, the reason I'm sharing part of my life is 
to try and encourage you all to find new ways to serve 
God and by serving Him grow closer to Him. 

I've found though that before you find new ways you 
have to be ready for them. What I mean is that I didn't 



find neat new ways on January 2. I had to wait a while 
and when I look back I know why. I wasn't really 
willing or brave enough. God was slowly training me. 

If you had asked me on January 2 to be a playground 
leader or teach Sunday School or be a supervisor or 
write an article, I'd have told you that I wasn't really 
athletic or gifted enough to teach or write and I didn't 
want to get up at 4:45 to cook breakfast. Well, I haven't 
changed that much! I'm still not really athletic or gifted 
or anxious to get up but God has blessed me anyway. 

You know it's funny how God can use you if you let 
Him. Here are a few practical suggestions to "be" if 
you really want to serve God and grow closer to Him. 

Be Willing! Just ask Him and believe me He'll use 
you in many new ways. 

Be Patient! Sometimes it's not the right time or the 
right job isn't available yet or God is training you. Just 
wait patiently. 

Be Brave! Suddenly you "know" deep inside of you 
that God is asking you to serve but you're scared, and 
you can think of 100 reasons why you're not good 
enough. Just remember that God wouldn't ask you 
unless you were the right one. He only asks that you 
try to do your very best. 

Be Diligent! In other words, don't give up! You can 
make mistakes. Don't quit just because you feel you 
didn't do well. Trust God and try again some other way. 

Anyway when you're setting your goals for the new 
year, don't forget God's work. I've found that even if 
you somehow influence or help only one person then it 
was worth it all. 

Sherry 



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The Brethren Evang-elisi 



JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY! 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 

FIRST, TELL OTHERS 



A FEW WEEKS AGO, I stayed in the nursery of our 
church during the worship hour. I enjoyed watch- 
ing the children play together and how they learn so 
rapidly to share whatever toy or cracker they had. Now, 
I don't mean to imply that their sharing was always 
spontaneous or sometimes even willing, but something 
(or somebody) made them share with others. 

Maybe we can all learn something from these babies. 
In Mark 13:1-13, Jesus is telling His disciples about the 
second coming of Christ. In verse 10 He says. "The 
Gospel must first be preached to all peoples." Here is 
where I think the observation of children sharing applies 
to us as we get older: If a child has not been taught 
to share, the first time may be a painful experience; but 
after he has done it a few times he learns it isn't so bad, 
and it can even be fun when he finds it pleases another 
person. 

Sharing of our faith in Christ with others works the 
same way. The first time we witness to another it may 
be difficult, but with each time it gets easier to witness. 
And when we think of the possible end results of our 
witness, that the person may accept Christ as his Savior, 
then this fact alone should make us glad and anxious to 
share our faith with others. 

Verse 11 says, ". . . when the time comes, say what- 
ever is given to you then. For the words you speak will 
not be yours; they will come from the Holy Spirit." This 
statement should be of some comfort to us when we 
witness the first time. But, I think we must know the 
way of salvation and have some memorized Bib'e verses 
already in our minds so that the Holy Spirit has some- 
thing to draw upon to fill the need of the individual to 
whom we are witnessing. One can't get something out 
of a computer or a bank account unless something has 
been inserted or put in the account before this. 

Jesus said, "The Gospel must first be preached to all 
peoples." Whenever I think of preaching the Gospel, two 




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by Mary Ellen Drusha 



vocations come to mind, ministers and missionaries 
This isn't completely fair because these two groups o 
people are not the only ones to spread the Gospel, fo 
each one of us is a missionary and our mission field i 
where we live and go to school. If you cannot be a mis 
sionary with your own group of friends, then going to 
a foreign land is not the magic ingredient to make yoi 
a missionary there! 

In Mark 13:32-37, we are told that we each have ai 
assigned task and when Christ comes again He will the} 
know how we have accomplished our job — let us b 
about the task at hand, and share what we know to b 
the truth — that Christ has saved us from our sin an 
eternal damnation. 




January 1, 1972 



Page Twenty-one 



POETRY CORNER 



AND GOD SAID" 



by Weir E. Tritch 



When time began God made a man 
And placed him on the earth. 

A gorgeous garden was his home, 
We know not length nor girth. 

And God said, "This is yours to keep 
And tend with loving care, 

The fruit is yours to feed upon 
Except of one tree there." 



He called to Noah, a righteous man, 
And said a flood would be. 

He gave him plans to build an ark, 
For the world would be all sea. 

When Noah had the ark complete, 
God, said, "Now fill it well, 

Preserve you two of every kind." 
And then the torrent fell. 



Poor man was weak, as he is now, 
And fell and disobeyed. 

He ate of the forbidden fruit 
And for his sin was paid. 

The Lord said, "You must till the soil 
And plant the fruit tree too. 

The weeds will grow and you'll have strife 
In everything you do." 

Over the years God spoke to man 
Through Prophet, Priest and King. 
He spoke to Father Abraham 
And withheld, not a thing. 



But Noah and his kin folks too, 
Were saved to do God's will, 

And after forty days and nights 
They landed on a hill. 

Now life was saved to start anew, 
For Noah had obeyed. 

A tribe of righteous men came forth 
And God's command was stayed. 

God sent His Son to earth one day 
To speak to man once more 

And show him how he ought to walk 
To reach the heavenly shore. 




Poor man has trouble here on earth 
To do the Father's will 

He's always tempted along the way 
To lie and steal and kill. 

Man's now doing all he can 
To land upon the moon. 

He's spent some billions and some lives 
To get up there — real soon. 

Just what he wants no one can say — 
It's just a ball of dust, 

But man is curious, this we know 
And filled with wonderlust. 

If only man would pause to hear 
That still small voice of God 

He'd learn to live at peace on earth 
And leave the moon to God. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



MISSIONARY 

N£WS 







WHY DON'T OUR CHURCHES GROW? 



The following is an article translated from the 
TESTIGO FIEL written by the Argentine 
Brethren pastor Ricardo Rivero, presently serv- 
ing the Nunez Church in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina. 



T AM NOT CERTAIN what is occurring in other 
places, but in Buenos Aires, the conversation of those 
willing to express themselves leans toward analyzing 
the reasons for which our churches are not full of men 
and women giving glory to God for salvation. 

Isn't this the time to give them a message on the 
Great Commission? I recall some verses which tell of 
the command; "Lift up your eyes and look . . . work 
while the day lasts . . . Go throughout all the world 
and make disciples." If a pastor or church loses this 
vision all is lost. I am convinced that the church is not 
growing as other institutions are. Some of our churches 
have no more members than they had 30 years ago. 

We have more advantages than some other institu- 
tions; equipment, literature, methods . . . "What is 
wrong?" I ask. Some say, we are in the last days or 
others refuse to try to analyze the difficulties. These 
answers which are too vague and have the flavor of 
trying to escape the true situation are not agreeable 
to me. However, consider them no less negative than the 
answers which I hear around here. For example: 
1. Our hymnology is out of focus 

"It is for another era, it is not fulfilling our needs. 
Our hymns are imported and the translations leave 
much to be desired." It is possible that all that is 
said here has much truth, but in reality is this one 
of the reasons for our lack of growth? I agree that 
the music of our hymns should meet the needs of 
time and history in which we live, and we recall, 
too, that hymns were updated in the past when 
necessary. Many of our hymns have the music of 
folklore of other countries. Included in several of 
our hymns were popular songs of some with pro- 
fane verses that were in the last moment changed 
or they were inadequate for our hymns. At the 
beginning of the century things changed so much 
that many historians and hymnologists were 
astonished and scandalized as we are in our days. 




Ricardo Rivero 






Mr. Rayno'ds, Director of Sacred Music of the 
Theological Institute of Fort Worth, says in his 
book, "The Ministry of Music in Religion," "Low 
standards of music in the church is the jazz which 
is used in the services; but what do we mean when 
we say this? Jazz is a modern term and refers to a 
state or condition that can be known by the follow- 
ing characteristics: Lack of mental equilibrium, lack 
of serious thought, excessive excitement, sensuality, 
extreme nervousness." Further on he continues 
saying: "The exaggerated use of choruses is another 
reason why we have low standards in respect to the 
musical program in the church. This is a reaction 
because of leaping from Bach to the modern." 
I am acquainted with churches who do not accept this 
new music and they don't grow, and also there are 
modern forms of music used in churches showing 
growth. The changes are alright so long as they do not 
affect the message, for isn't this our motivation — 
getting the message to all? 
2. The church building- is an obstacle 

What is the church building for many believers? 
They pray, they sing, they preach ... it is a place 
of concentration of the saints; for some it is the 
only moment of encounter with the Lord. Some 
experience spiritual growth within the walls of the 
church never concerning themselves with those out 
in the world who are suffering. Is this the reason 
our churches don't grow? 



January 1, 1972 



Page Twenty-three 




That the church is not integrated into society is 
certain, but there are two thoughts. Some defend 
their withdrawal from society as feeling it's most 
pure and do not accept their responsibility in the 
world. Others say that we should be involved in 
everything. Neither of these two groups accomplish 
anything. 

An adequate formula would be that each believer 
is a philanthropist and should extend all kinds of 
help. We cannot ignore that Jesus spoke of salva- 
tion, but He did not skirt social problems of His 
day. He healed: He gave to eat; He was decisive 
as He faced the problems of the day and of life. 



Therefore, the church building does not have to be 
the problem. 

3. There are many who say that our message is too 
traditional 

They are too traditional? Yes, some also say that 
they should not have so much content of "blood, ' 
that the times ought to make us see there are other 
subjects besides those concerning religion upon 
which we should concentrate. In some places they 
have changed the traditional messages for speeches 
and penetrate into dialogue on guerilla warfare or 
types of third-world cures. Is this one of the rea- 
sons we do no grow? 

4. Maybe all of these comments have some truth but 
there are other reasons. May it not be that today, 
more than ever, our leaders do not behave as those 
with true leadership qualities? Are we pastors? 
Can our people have confidence in us? Do we live 
as we teach? 

Might it not be that the testimony is lacking in 
general ? 

Might it not be that we are giving a message which 
has been embe lished too much? 

Might it not be that we do not believe in the work of 
the Holy Spirit? 

Might it not be because we are putting too much con- 
fidence in cecondary elements? 



The following letter was translated from an issue of 
TESTIGO FIEL in answer to the foregoing article, 
Why Don't Our Churches Grow? 




Dear Brother River o, 

I must tell you that I have read the article in 
the TESTIGO FIEL ''Why Don't Our Churches 
Grow?" 

I wanted to tell you that this article contains 
much truth, and that we are not only losing the 
vision, but I believe that we have too many com- 
forts and too much time to dedicate ourselves to 
other activities. Because of this we are becoming 
mechanized and are doing everything at an 
accelerated rhythm. We are losing control, or 
better, the rudder which should guide us; the 
point where we should look for guidance is in 
Christ Jesus. If ive lose this vision it is not ivorth 
anything to us that we have all these conven- 
iences. This is the reason that we feel uncomfort- 
able and everything bothers us. All is ancient, 
but we are not doing anything to improve the 
systems of teaching. Through this lack this church 
is falling because we are so few who are 
interested in helping one another. And thus ive 
look to our many conveniences and look aivay 
from God. 

R.M. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



LORD, GIVE ME A MISSIONARY SPIRIT 



The folloiving article was translated from the 
TESTIGO FIEL, magazine of The Brethren 
Church in Argentina. This article was written by 
Argentine Pastor Juan Arregin who is the 
Administrator of the Missionary Council of The 
Brethren Church in Argentina. 




Juan Arregin 



THERE IS NOTHING that surprises us anymore as 
it relates to human activity whether on the earth, 
under the earth or out in space, as we think of the 
great intellectual and physical capacity which God has 
given to each individual to face the demands of this 
world. As children of God we must not excuse our- 
selves from this demand, because the responsibility is 
greater since our work is not finished here but con- 
tinues into eternity, and is manifested in the souls 
which have been saved for Christ and through our pro- 
clamation of the Gospel. 

There are several aspects which the child of God 
shouM consider and possess in order to respond to the 
demands of the world. Thus, I mention a few of these: 



1. 



2. 



He should live constantly with the joy of his 
salvation 

It is this experience of the Christian which should 
be unforgettable, since here is the precise moment 
of accepting Christ as his Savior he has experienced 
a total change in his life. Now he is a new creature, 
his old nature of sin has been carried away by 
Christ in the cross. The joy and happiness of this 
transformation should be permanent and inherent 
in the heart of the saved. 
The heart has a new experience 
The personal acceptance and knowledge of Christ 
as Savior gives to the heart a new experience — 
one that wasn't actually "seen or heard." We have 
seen that the Lord can change the human nature 
giving a new direction to our present life and a 
glorious hope for eternity. We have heard the com- 
mand of Christ, to go to the souls that wander 
through this world without direction and afraid of 
the future, dissatisfied, unsure and unstable. We 
have heard the cry of the souls needing liberty, 
security, love and protection; and we the children 
of God have the answer and it is to speak of Christ, 
to live in Christ, to walk with Christ. What are we 
doing brethren? 
3. He gives us the power 

The Lord has promised us power to be his witnesses 

to the last parts of the earth. But this power is 

not being used by many believers, because the 

missionary work is not the passion of the churches. 

Yes, we evangelize but the area influenced is in 

close proximity to the local church. We stay in 

Jerusalem, or at the most to Samaria, but not "the 

uttermost parts of the earth" which continues 

calling without obtaining an effective answer frorr 

the church of Christ. 

The command is there, the need is there, the power is 

there; it lacks only the instrument which is the life) 

which God has given. Dear brother what will you do') 

Ask of the Lord, "Give me a missionary spirit." 

Juan Arregin, Pastor 
Colon Church and 
Maria Teresa Church 







William Curtis, missionary, baptizing an Argentine 



January 1, 1972 



Page Twenty-five 



TEN DOLLAR CLUB NEW MEMBERS 



Ten Dollar Club members within The Brethren Church are a group especially 
interested in assisting new churches within the denomination. This year we added 
51 to the membership bringing it to a total of 1,565. However, even if the total mem- 
bership would respond to any single call, $15,000 doesn't go very far theje days 
in the great cost of building programs. 

Maybe you have been considering joining the Ten Dollar Club. Do it now! ! Join 
the ranks of Brethren who reach out to build new churches. 

We list herewith those members who have been added in 1971. 




Richard Craner 

Edith C. Culp 

Mr. & Mrs. Perry Deeter 

Mrs. H. E. Eppley 

Douglas Guilliam 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Gift 

Mr. & Mro. Russell Gordon 

Thomas E. Gordon 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Grumbling 

Fred D. Horn Sr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Morns Hybble 

Rita James 



Mr. & Mrs. Keith Orebaugh 

Mr. & Mrs. John Schildt 

Mr. & Mrs. Chester Slayman 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Smith 

Rennert Stevens 

C. Richard Swartz 

Mrs. W. H. Swartz 

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Thompson 

Ernest Wagner 

Lulu M. Wolford 

Owen E. Wolford 

Y.O.U. Class 



Ardmore W.M.S. II 

Ardmore Laymen 

Mr. & Mrs. Kelley Arnold 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Arnott 

Lois Ater 

Mrs. William Baldwin 

Mrs. Jack Barr 

Gail Bishard 

Bonnie K. Bowrey 

Fred Bracken 

David L. Chambers 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Clyburn 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde 

Sibyl Coakley 

Mrs. Helen Covington 

Pittsburgh 
Ft. Scott 
Dayton 
Winona Lake 
Jefferson (Goshen) 
Waynesboro 
Ft. Scott 
Ft. Scott 
Johnstown III 
South Bend 
Fremont 
Johnstown III 

Mary Labrucherie 

Larry W. Lee 

Clarence Livingston 

Hazel Loekwood 

Mrs. Lucy Loger 

William Marsh 

Mrs. Edith Martin 

Miss Cleta Mayfield 

James McLaughlin Sr. 

Mrs, Margaret McTurk 

Jay Mi shier 

Mr. & Mrs. Brian H. Moore 

Oakville 

Waynesboro 

Canton 

Oakville 

Waynesboro 

Flora 

Syracuse 

Oakville 

Waterloo 

Hagerstown 

Hagerstown 

Hagerstown 



Ardmore 

Ardmore 

Ft. Scott 

Nappanee 

Ft. Scott 

Cumberland 

Walcrest ( Mansfield ) 

Ft. Scott 

Cerro Gordo 

Johnstown III 

Cameron 

Ft. Scott 

Canton 

Mt. Olive 

Oakville 



Ft. Scott 

Oakville 

Pittsburgh 

Ft. Scott 

Ft. Scott 

Pittsburgh 

Waynesboro 

Ft. Scott 

Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh 

Canton 

Derbv 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



CHEEP ADVICE 




Christ doesn't have to have very much 
to perform miracles; He can use you. 

Do not expect to become Godly if you do 
not spend any time with God. 

If you want to grow spiritually, feast on 
spiritual food. 



Time passes — invest it! "Talk to God 
about your neighbor, and then talk to 
your neighbor about God." This improves 
you and your neighbor. 

SIGN ON A DETURKSVILLE, PENN- 
SYLVANIA CHURCH BULLETIN 
BOARD: "Come to Ch ch. What is 
missing?" 

"The Hebrews believed that when God 
wanted any great work done, he first 
prepared a noble woman and then placed 
a child in her arms to be trained for 
leadership." 

"Jesus is the greatest leader, the most 
absolutely right person the world has ever 
known." 

(William Lyon Phelps) 

from Bethlehem bulletin 



LAFF-A-LITTIE 



PLAYING IT SAFE 

William: "I wish the boy's would stop 
calling me 'Big Bill.' " 

Jim: "Why? I think it's quite a com- 
pliment." 

William: "Well, you know how these 
college name? stick. I'm studying to be 
a doctor." 

Judge: "Have you ever been up before 
me?" 

Accused: "I don't know, what time do 
you get up?" 

FAMILY (AR) STORY 
Policeman: "Why didn't you report the 
robbery at once? Didn't you suspect some- 
thing when you came home and discov- 
ered all the drawers opened, and the con- 
tents scattered?" 

Wife: "No, I didn't suspect a thing. I 
just thought my husband had been look- 
ing for a clean shirt." 



A motorist ran over a rabbit and was 
concerned because it was just crippled 
and turned around to go back and put it 
out of its misery. As he got out of his 
car another motorist had stopped and was 
holding a bottle of some kind of solution 
under the rabbit's nose. In a moment the 
rabbit got up and scampered away as if 
nothing had happened. 

"That's wonderful stuff," said the first 
man, what is it?" The other man replied 
modestly, "Hair restorer." 

Do you realize that one in every four 
Americans is unbalanced? Think of your 
three closest friends. If they seem OK, 
then you're the one. 

Ann Landers 

Son: "Dad, why do you always make 
me sing every time Mrs. Bumgle comes?" 

Dad: "It's not as rude as telling her 
to leave." 



January 1, 1972 



Page Twenty-seven 



WORLD EVANGELISM NAMED TO NAE 



SAN DIEGO — Morris Cerullo World Evangelism has 
been named to membership in the National Association 
of Evangelicals, well-known fellowship of evangelical 
Christian action, it has been announced by Dave Eal- 
siger, Media Director of the San Diego-based World 
Evangelism organization. 

Rev. Cerullo was informed of selection for this honor 
by Billy A. Melvin, executive director of NAE, following 
the fall session of that group's Board of Administration 
in Wheaton, Illinois. 

In commenting upon the honor accorded World 
[Evangelism, Rev. Cerullo pointed out that World Evan- 
Igelism is one of the spearheads in the Charismatic 
Renewal, fastest growing movement in Christian circles 
today. This is one of the first such organizations to be 
elected to membership in NAE, long a voice for united 
Christian action around the world, he said. 



Accepting membership in NAE marks another avenue 
through which World Evangelism is extending its 
world-wide scope. 

Rev. Cerullo, who headquarters his international 
ministry in San Diego, has personally trained 30,000 
ministers world-wide and consistently sponsors an 
average of 55 crusades monthly in more than 45 coun- 
tries. He personally conducts several international cru- 
sades annually, often with 100,000 in attendance at a 
single service. 

This past summer in a crusade among the Cuban 
minority in Miami, 8,000 decisions for Christ were re- 
ported out of a total attendance of 22,000. In East Los 
Angeles, 9,000 received salvation out of 18,000 total 
attendance. In Pusan, Korea, this past summer, local 
crusade coordinators reported 70 to 80 percent salvation 
rates while attendance at classes for new converts ex- 
ceeded 3,500 daily. 



QUESTION 



Annabelle Merrifield 




Would men motion Him away, 

Were Christ to walk the earth today? 

Or would they purchase Him a car 
For His travels, near and far? 

Would they reverence Him and sing 
His rightful praises? Crown Him King? 

Give Him time on television — 
Man of sorrow and derision? 

I, for one, would listen long 

To His teachings . . . would the throng? 

Courtesy, The American Bard 



Brethren Historical Library 

Manchester College 

North 'Manchester, Indiana 46962 



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EVANGELIST 




Grow old along with me! 

The best is yet to be, 
The last of life, for which the first was made. 

Our times are in His hand, 

Who saith: "A whole I planned, 
Youth shows but half; trust God; see all, nor be afraid." 

Robert Browning 



Vol. XCIV 



January 29, 1972 



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In This Issue: 

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4 Religion in Review 

6 Motivated Men 

by Candi Baker 

7 Board of Christian Education 
10 News From the Brethren 

15 The Brethren Layman 

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27 Book Review 

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MEMBER 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 



ATTENTION 

This is my first year as your National Statistician. I 
hope to do a good work in this very important respon- 
sibility. However, without your fullest cooperation, I 
have failed even before I begin. Please report prior to 
February 15. 

One other thing. If you have suggestions that will 
help me do the job for you, please send these sugges- 
tions along. They will be considered and appreciated. 

National Statistician, Brethren Church 
Rev. James R. Black 

Age Can Bring Peace Or Torment 

Recently I read about a lady who was visiting 
with a neighbor lady who was in her late seven- 
ties and who at times had to make a very con- 
centrated effort to cope with life. 

Since this lady and many of her friends were 
concerned about the elderly lady's welfare, she 
asked what plans she had made for herself for 
that time when she could no longer care for her- 
self. The answer given was sincere and simple. 
She never thought she would ever be that old ! 

The feature article in this issue deals with the 



problem that this lady might have to face some! 
day. It deals with the problem that many of us; 
might be confronted with, whether we plan it to 
be different or not. 

This article will do well to bring to mind a quo- 
tation attributed to James A. Garfield: "If 
wrinkles must be written upon our brows, letj 
them not be written on the heart. The spiritj 
should never grow old." 

When I read how some people in the past, and! 
perhaps it prevails even today, set the elderly 
aside until they mercifully pass away, I can well! 
understand what George William Curtis meant' 
when he wrote these words : "Age ... is a matter 
of feeling, not of years." 

The consideration of those more fortunate to 
that group who must be dependent might make; 
all the difference in the world toward making 
'ripe old age' a period of mellowness. 

Be sure to read the article presented in this 
special issue of The Benevolent Board on page 16.J 
(Editor's note) 



January 29, 1972 



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WHAT'S NEW FOR 72? 



WELL, IT SEEMS that the "Seventies" were pretty 
well indoctrinating society to some innovations 
in 'change your way of livin' as one might say. So far, 
it seems that long hair, Women's lib, Student protests, 
Pollution — all these are dominating the stage as scene 
stealers. 

So, what's new? None of these are new if we sift 
through the history of the last 300 years. Back in 1842 
i Milwaukee paper made mention of one of these head- 
iners in a oertain article, "In these days of long hair 
and flaunting scarfs, . . . ." Skipping back to 1676 it is 
necorded that young men were hailed before a Massa- 
husetts Grand Jury and charged with "excess of hair 
and superfluous buttons." 

Coupled along with the long hair was the same 
counterpart that is in evidence today, student dissent. 
Dne newspaper reported in 1841 "Harvard College is 
n a state of complete insubordination and dissorder. 
The students refuse to attend at the recitations, or 
submit in any other way to the authority of the 
fficers. They have put forth verbally a second 
Declaration of Independence' and demand the expulsion 
f one of the tutors." 

We do have an isolated case or two these days which 
still adhers to the policy followed then as we read on, 
'The officers of course refused them this small favor, 
seing more accustomed to expel students than tutors." 

Part of the next quotation from an editorial in 1845 
night have a familiar ring as opponents of the vast 
strip-mining operations echo these words: "What is 
:he world coming to? We have no smell of earth — no 
sight of green fields." The rest of the quotation re- 
sulted from an announcement that an elevated train 
:rack was to be built in New York City. — "Leave us a 
trip of blue, and a small slant of sunshine. Give us a 
chance to see the stars." 

Oddly enough, there are some cities in our land that 
lo not have elevated trains and still can't see the stars. 

To this generation, the topic of celibacy might be a 
iew wrinkle, yet about 130 years ago one newspaper 
carried a story about a priest getting married. 

To the complainers about getting the largest portion 
>f their meals from a can these days, it was announced 
n 1843 that a pre-sweetened lemonade could be pur- 
chased in New York City. 



Having attended and entered various art exhibitions 
and seeing so-called paintings (abstracts) produced by 
dipping earthworms in oil paints and letting them crawl 
across a canvas; driving a sports car through various 
colors of paint and letting the tire treads produce a 
pattern of sorts; and various other silly modes of pro- 
ducing nightmarish results, it is not hard for me to 
believe that it was reported in an 1844 edition of an 
eastern newspaper that a monkey was discovered who 
could paint pictures. 

"You've come a long way, baby," and "Should a man 
offer a lady a Tipparillo?" are relatively new ideas 
from Madison Avenue. New? In 1845 the Milwaukee 
Sentinel reported that camphor cigars for ladies' smok- 
ing were on sale and going well. 

Now then, you gals who feel that you have been 
downtrodden by the descendants of the one from whom 
your original kin was created, the liberating movement 
that is trying to get in high gear has been tried before. 
If you happen to have some old newspapers in your 
attic, say, around 1842 editions, read them for 
yourselves. 

There were even some back in those days who had 
consumer interests at heart. The matter of nutrition 
was very important then too. 

We talk so much these days about how the younger 
generation is changing. Is this kind of talk applicable 
only to our computer age? In 1843 the Milwaukee 
Courier printed this conclusion, "Times have changed. 
Our children just don't have a chance to be children 
any more." 

Science and Medical journals present articles on the 
possibility of deep-freezing humans and human organs 
for later thawing out in the future. A Swedish doctor 
was conducting experiments on this very principle back 
in 1844. At that particular time the doctor had an 18- 
year-old girl on ice. Had she been set to thaw out in 
]972 would she find the world very much different? 

What's New for "72"? Well, not much, perhaps, but 
could we consider this to be something that is really 
new? To put all the tinsel and ornaments from another 
Christmas Holiday season in storage for another year, 
but let the real spirit of brotherhood and 'Peace on 
earth and good will toward men' reign in our hearts 
24 hours a day, 365 days in the year. (GS) 

Historical data provided by GRIST 



This year, Mend a quarrel .... Seek a forgotten friend .... Dismiss suspicion and 
replace it with trust .... Write a love letter .... Share some treasure .... Give a 
soft answer . . . .Encourage youth .... Manifest your loyalty in word and deed .... 
Keep a promise .... Find the time .... Forego a grudge .... Forgive an enemy .... 
Apologize if you were wrong .... Try to understand .... Flout envy .... Appreciate 
.... Examine your demand on others .... Think first of someone else .... Be 
kind .... Be gentle .... Laugh a little more .... Deserve confidence .... Go to 
church .... Take up arms against hatred .... Express gratitude .... Welcome a 
stranger .... These are all simple things — you have heard them all before. But their 
influence has never been measured! 

HOW ABOUT A NEW YOU FOR 72? 
suggested in the (WAYNE HEIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS) 



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-RELIGION IN REVIEW" is a year-end fea- 
ture of the Evangelical Press Association. 

by Norman B. Rohrer, Director 
EP News Service 



1971 __ 'Kingdom Against Kingdom 1 



RELIGION IN REVIEW 



Like the shifting patterns of a kaleidoscope, the 
events of 1971 altered the face of American society in 
unprecedented ways. 

Religious headlines gave top billing to the Jesus 
revolution, the charismatic movement among Roman 
Catholics, prayer in public schools and federal aid to 
private schools. 

Bibles blossomed under the arms of youth as a real 
and genuine movement of God's Spirit rolled across 
the land, but the seeds of heresy lay in the amorphous 
Jesus movement. From Broadway's rock opera "Jesus 
Christ Superstar" to the garish movie ads announcing 
in bold letters over motorcycles: "The Jesus Trip," the 
name was exploited. The top forty tunes included 
"Amazing Grace," "Spirit in the Sky," and, "Put Your 
Hand in the Hand of the Man from Galilee." Hollywood 
seized the Name for commercial gain, but thousands of 
young people worshipped. They waded into oceans for 
mass baptisms, gathered in home churches for Bible 
study, and found a way out of their hang-ups with 
drugs. 

Roman Catholics began moving from a liturgical to a 
personal confrontation with Jesus Christ. It began with 
an acceptance by Catholic laymen of the vernacular in 
the Mass, resulting in a new approach to catechetical 
training which led to changed lives radiating the joy 
of Jesus Christ. Some 4,000 Catholic Pentecostals 
gathered at Notre Dame to "sing a new song" to a 
Church they believed needs to find renewal through 
the Spirit. Increasing numbers hoped that the Pente- 
costal revival would restore a needed balance between 
piety and theology. 

Trends (These seem to bring the prophecies of Revela- 
tion into much sharper focus each day. Ed. 
note) 

This was the year when veneral disease raced out of 
control in the wake of new sexual freedom. Homo- 
sexuals demanded, and received, permission to "marry" 
by "adopting" each other and to serve as pastors of gay 
congregations. New abortion laws were termed a "new 
barbarism," and the theology of ecology consumed the 
zeal of increasing numbers of Americans. 



The curtain fell on a decade of war in Vietnam. 
America's toll: 54,500 GIs dead (45,000 killed in actual 
combat) ; 300,000 wounded; and a monetary expenditure 
.that produced fiscal chaos. 

Some 12,000 people every day . . . seven people everj; 
minute . . . died somewhere in the world of 1971 from' 
starvation or extreme malnutrition, according to Larryj 
Ward, president of Food for the Hungry. But evanj 
gelicals increasingly added social concern to their] 
orthodoxy, as seen in the global relief efforts of the 
World Relief Commission and other agencies. 

A Chicago educator found the average American ir| 
1971 "more confused . . . more frustrated," despite! 
unprecedented technological advances. TV commercials 
kicked the smoking habit, but cigarette sales continued 
to rise. Crime also was up. Lutheran Hour radio speakeii| 
Oswald Hoffman found the nation without joy. 

An economic slump had a beneficial fallout: More 
people in the inner-city were returning to church, 
national opinion poll showed that 47 per cent of Ameri 
cans believed inflation, unemployment, division, and bi| 
business will destroy the nation's civil order. 

A man ate and drank on the moon for the first time 
in 1971 when Col. James B. Irwin partook of oommunior 
elements he had stowed in his Apollo 15 space suit foi 
the mid-year mission. 

Sexual liberation, so callously touted in the year' 
best-selling book Love Story, were seen to result not ii 
a pinnacle of human fulfillment but in flat and tasteles 
experiences resulting in superficial emotional relation 
ships. 

Guilt over care for the aged increased, resulting ii 
better health care and in a suggested "ultimate" accom 
modation: a lethal bed-side pill for suffering patients t< 
take if they can stand the pain no longer. 

Additional trends: growing scenes of witchcraft ant 
voodoo; the first micro-fiche theological refereno 
library; alcoholic drinks served to 18-year-old customer 
in Illinois; humanistic funeral rites introduced for nor 
Christian mourners; Carl Mclntire's rallies in Saj 
Clemente and Washington protesting the plight o 
American POWs in Indochina and the President' 
announced visit to China. 



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Denominations 

Contrasted with the disorganized religion of the 
Jesus people, the organized religion of denominational 
Christianity flourished. 

The 1971 Yearbook of American Churches showed 
that membership in 230 U.S. church bodies rose 35,348 
to an all-time record of 128,505,084. The rise did not 
keep pace with the population rise of 1.1 per cent, how- 
ever. The church gains were only .03 per cent. 

Eighty-eight per cent of Protestant clergymen with 
15 years' tenure or more who participated in a national 
study said they received salaries lower than they should 
be reoeiving. 

Innovative churchmen created new modes of worship. 
One was a "family concept" church with 24-hour service 
and a resident minister. Another church set Tuesday 
evening as its stated time of Sunday school and worship. 

The Christian and Missionary Alliance announced 
sweeping reorganization of the leadership structure to 
achieve greater unity, to differentiate between policy- 
making and administrative roles, and to define account- 
ability more closely. 

Donations to the United Presbyterians were up but 
membership decreased. And W. A. Criswell, pastor of 
the Southern Baptists' largest congregation, said 
churches of Christ are facing floodtides which threaten 
to engulf them at a time when they have become tools 
of left-wingers who deny basic doctrines of faith. 

Mergers 

Denominational mergers have consistently produced 
spl'nter groups instead of healthy solidarity, a research- 
er proved, yet ecumenical fervor abounded in 1971. 
Officials of two major Presbyterian bodies — United 
and Presbyterian Church in the U.S. — urged the forma- 
tion of a task force to help resolve constitutional con- 
flict j which arise as presbyteries move toward union. 
One ecumenical effort, described as the nation's first 
was launched by 16 Roman Catholic and 16 Episcopal 
parishes in Massachusetts. The goal: To improve 
Anglican-Catholic relations at the parish level. 

On other levels, evangelical scholars engaged in 
dialogue with Jews . . . American Baptists listened to a 
Roman Catholic Penteoostalist . . . and evangelicals 
pushed ahead with their own simultaneous continental 
evangelistic thrust program called "Key 73." Theme is: 
"Calling Our Continent to Christ." 

Missions 

12,300 students opened the year in prayer at Inter- 
Varsity's 9th triennial missionary conference. They were 
in no mood for status quo, contending for a new mission 
order. 

A new mood of U.S. isolationism could be seen and 
this was felt by missionaries. But their cause flourished 
in 1971 — despite the punctuations of persecution. China: 
A glimpse behind the bamboo curtain showed the 
struggling church alive; India: Another cut in mission- 
aries reduced the number of foreign Christian personnel 
to 2,469, half the 1954 figure; Formosa: A Methodist 
couple who described Nationalist China as a "police 
state" were ousted; Guatemalans burned to the ground 
a new Baptist chapel; Missionary Aviation Fellowship 
lost five people in three crashes; Eastern Malaysia 
citizens persecuted missionaries, as did East Pakistan, 
Bolivia, and countries of Africa. 



Publishing- 
Liberal journals declined, conservative periodicals held 
steady, and the evangelical book market remained re- 
markably healthy. A trio of press associations (Catholic 
Press Association, Associated Church Press, Evangelical 
Press Association! spent $8,652.10 lobbying against con- 
fiscatory postal increases that loomed ominously. The 
issue remained unresolved. 

Bible reading- increased as editors of the Scriptures 
abounded. Ken Taylor finished the paraphrased Living 
Bible, and Catholics released their first ecumenical 
edition of the Scriptures to be granted an imprimatur 
from Rome. The New American Standard Bible, 
developed by the Lockman Foundation, was released 
through a group of publishers including Regal Books 
Division of Gospel Light Publications and Creation 
House. Psalms for Modern Man appeared in paperback 
from the American Bible Society. Gideon Bibles reached 
the 100 millionth bedside. Underground papers thrived, 
while slicks died. Missionary enterprise lost its presti- 
gious World Vision Magazine which merged with the 
sponsoring agency's Heartline. In Canada, The Enquirer 
tabloid made a hesitant then a booming start. Angry 
citizens succeeded in closing pornographic book stores 
and college editors pushed their editorial freedom to 
the limit. 

Church and State 

Protestants dominated the U.S. Congress with 74.3 
per cent of the membership. 18.3 per cent were Cath- 
olics; 2.3 per cent were Jewish and fractional percen- 
tages accounted for those of other faiths or none. 

Two church-state headlines dominated the 1971 news: 
The historic fight to allow non-denominational prayer 
in public schools and the attempts to channel federal 
aid to private schools. 

Americans United for Separation of Church and 
State met the issue squarely in Kentucky with a law- 
suit against federal salaries for teachers in parochial 
schools. 

Sentiment to keep church and state separate ran 
high in 1971. Several churches voluntarily paid property 
taxes and a survey found most Americans favoring 
the removal of tax-exemptions accorded churches. 

Education 

Christian colleges said they were in trouble, but no 
retrenching could be observed. New colleges announced 
in 1971 included Heritage Christian College, Anaheim, 
Calif.; Hyles-Anderson Bible College, Hammond, Ind.; 
The People's Church Elementary School, Toronto; 
Arizona College of the Bible; and the Southern Cal- 
ifornia Reformation College. The new Biblical Theo- 
logical Seminary was begun by Dr. Allan McRae who 
took his students with him when he broke with Faith 
Theological Seminary. 

Race 

Few minority groups joined the Jesus movement 
("we don't want to be sidetracked into the white, 
middle-class movement because we've found reality in 
our thrust for basic human right"), but blacks made 
substantial gains in 1971. Huey Newton, Black Panther 
Defense Minister, surprised friend and foe by announc- 
ing he would henceforth seek to correct evils in society 
by returning to the church. 



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A storm of protest arose when United Presbyterians 
contributed $10,000 to the Angela Davis legal defense 
fund but it cooled when black clergymen collectively 
paid it back. 

According to a Harris Poll, only 16 per cent of the 
American blacks felt white churches "really care" about 
achieving racial equality. 

1971 — what a year! With divine irony God reached 
beyond our institutions and programs to seize an 
assortment of disciples in unlikely clothing and vocabu- 
lary to preach His name to the lost. Secular people, like 
the heathen sailors on the ship to Tarshish, sought out 
the people of God and demanded: "How is it that you 
are sleeping? Get up, call on your God." 

People were spiritually hungry. They had a fear of 
massive forces which they were not able to control. The 
situation opened the thinking of many to occult pheno- 
mena. It also gave Christians the opportunity to fill that 
void with the true message of Biblical supernaturalism. 

In 1971 the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate exclaimed: 
"America must remain a great bastion of spiritual 



power," but Dr. Yu-Tang Daniel Lew, ambassador anc 
senior adviser of the ousted Nationalist Chinese dele- 
gation to the United Nations, warned: "Unless the 
United States developes a spiritual ideology — returning 
to its historical roots as a nation 'under God' — it will 
not be able to stop Communist expansion." Yu-Tang 
believed the U.S. lost its fight to keep Taiwan in the 
UN because it does not have an ideology which can 
win men's minds and hearts. 

The blue-brown watery planet kept spinning. Yet 
another year the Lord delayed His coming, giving each 
a fresh slate for a new year. 

Not even God can change the past, so the record of 
1971 will remain forever as it was lived in noble or 
ignoble pursuits. 

Four things come not hack: 

The spoken word, 

The sped arrow, 

The past life, 

The neglected opportunity. 



MOTIVATED MEN 



JUAN CARLOS MIRANDA 



JUAN CARLOS MIRANDA, 38, is a senior at 
ATS* this year and one of the usual students. 
Juan has been a member of the Brethren Church 
for the past ten years but has served the Brethren 
people many more years than ten. He attended 
Rosario English School in Argentina and Olivet 
Nazarene College where he was active in the 
Missionary Band and the speech club. 

Before coming to America Juan was a pastor 
in Argentina and taught both High school and 
Bible school there. He also served as the secretary 
for C. F. Yoder a Brethren missionary in Argen- 
tina. Juan taught and pastored after he and his 
family moved to the United States nearly 15 years 
ago. He has been very successful in business here 
and just recently sold a beautiful home in Mans- 
field to move into the Brethren Missionary house 
on Grant Street. He is a Theology major at ATS. 
Juan is married to Maria Miranda, and they 
have five children: Adrian, 17; Gus, 14; Samuel, 
10; Michael, 7; and Yvonne Marie, 2. The chil- 
dren attend the Ashland Public schools and are 
active in the Park Street Brethren Church where 
their family are members. Maria enjoys music, 
cooking and sewing. 



by Condi Bcskei 

The Mirandas are excited about graduating ill 
the spring because they will return to Argentina I 
to work and teach in the Eden Bible Institute. 
;: ATS - Ashland Theological Seminary. 



Juan Carlos Miranda 



January 29, 1972 



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REFLECTIONS OF A WINTER RETREAT . 

or Words from Kuns, Flora and Others 



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PRING MILL INN located in Spring Mill Park, 
Mitchell, Indiana was the scene of the 1971 Winter 
| Retreat sponsored by the National Board of Christian 
[i Education. Twenty-five youth and five staff were pres- 
I ent for the enjoyable and interesting days of December 
1 27-29. Keynoters were Richard Kuns, now studying at 
; ! Hartford, Connecticut, and Jerry Flora, studying at 
I Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. 
Both are doctoral candidates. 

Some remarks overheard at the Retreat were: 

"A fish stepped on this" (referring to a program 

with a fish on it). 
"Boy, I didn't think I would like that dusty archae- 
ology but Kuns really makes it interesting." (And 
he did!) 
"Man, the meals are great. I'll go on my diet when 
school starts again" (a New Year's resolution?). 
"I didn't know she got his ring!" (But she did.) 
"Hey, once you've seen one old house, you've seen 
'em all! Right" (as the group toured the old 
pioneer village) ? 
"You're late again! Take another wrong turn on a 
trail?" (Three girls were always out exploring 
the trails and caves at Spring Mill.) 
"I'm going to start my physical fitness program 
when school starts again to get rid of this roll" 
(the one around the middle of the anatomy). 
"What'cha makin', Bev?" (An afghan — aren't I 
always?) 
Richard Kuns (better known as "Digger") had four 
excellent study sessions on the book of Jonah and two 
slide presentations on his work in archaeology and how 
it helps illuminate the Bible. Following are gleanings 
from his four sessions on Jonah: 



Jonah I 

... "I hate God's enemies with perfect hatred. 

Why can't God do as much?" was a typical and 
summary quote about Jonah taken from the 
book You! Jonah! by Thomas John Carlisle. 
. . . Get up and go is the imperative of 1:1-3 — to Nineveh. 
God has the right to demand. 

Look at the implications of saying "yes" or "no" 
and be willing to live with what we say. 
. . . Verse 5 "sleep" means a deep sleep or stupor similar 
to Adam's sleep when Eve was created. 
"Sailors" means "salts" in Hebrew. 
. . . First questionnaire in the Bible — sailors questioned 

Jonah thoroughly. 
. . . Verse 9 is ironic because Jonah says God made the 
sea, and yet he is trying to flee from God by the sea 
which He made. Jonah really admits that you can't 
escape. 
. . . Verse 10 shows that he talked openly about why he 

was on the ship. 
. . . Jonah was concerned enough about the ship and 
men that he was willing to go overboard. Also he 
would rather die than go to Nineveh which he could 
have consented to do. 
. . . Why did Jonah hate the Assyrians (Ninevites) so 
much? 

Assyria grew by terror — their strategic plan and 

tactics were terror. 
See Nahum to learn how Israel felt about Ninevah. 
Isaiah 5:26ff. is a description of the Assyrian 
army. 
Jonah II 

. . . God was able to communicate with Jonah and he 
understood clearly — he just didn't want to do it. 



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... It is true for us also that God communicates with 
us and we can understand, but do we want to listen? 
We say He communicates, but then we question 
whether God can break through to us today. The 
problem is with the receiver not the sender! 

. . . Jonah blames God for his trouble rather than him- 
self as seen in 2:3. Then Jonah complains that he 
is now cast out of God's presence — just what he 
wanted in the beginning! 

. . . God is the one who decides who gets His message — 
not us! 

Jonah III 

. . . God repeats His original command to Jonah to go 
to Nineveh. Jonah found himself right back where 
he started. 

. . . Now Jonah says "yes," but can he live with the 
"yes" implications? 

. . . Jonah was not prepared for the Ninevites' repen- 
tance and rightly so knowing what they were like. 

. . . 4:1 — Jonah is mad because they believe him— 
strange! Like an evangelist being mad because 
people be'ieve his message and repent. 

... 4:2 and 3 — Jonah says he knew God would go "soft," 
and that is why he ran away the first time, not want- 
ing Nineveh to receive God's mercy. 

. . . Jonah still hoped God would change His mind and 
destroy Nineveh so he went outside the city to watch, 
wait and hope for the fireworks to begin. 




Jonah IV 

... 4:6 is the only time Jonah was pleased and that was 
short lived. 

. . . God questions Jonah's concerns — if Jonah was con- 
cerned for the plant, why shouldn't God care for the 
people He created? 

. . . See Psalm 139 to get another expression of how 
Jonah might have felt. 

Your editor's one sentence summary of Jonah was: 

"How not to run away from God." 

Jerry Flora led three sessions on personal and institu- 
tional renewal, and gleanings from his last session 
follow : 

"The Western world today has a vacuum into which 
things are rushing. This vacuum has been caused by a: 
breakdown in several areas: 

1. Philosophy — from synthesis to analysis 

2. Traditional religions or faith 

3. Traditional morals 

4. Social values 

5. Economy — taxation increases for instance. 
Because science has not provided real answers as was 

hoped we find these things coming into the vacuum: 

1. Eastern religions — accompanied with mysticism, 
often drugs, etc. 

2. Astrology which many thought was a thing of 
the ancient past. 

Then Jerry suggested that the early church came 

into being and lived in a world like that described above. 

. . . Stoics fused with astronomy as the vacuum was 
filled 

. . . The church came in to offer hope, personal experi- 
ence, etc., and they tied it to a person rather than 
thought. 

. . . The church offered all that was in the world but 
went a step beyond, grounding their word in Christ 
and offering eternity. 
In Mark 2:19 we see God giving a great wedding' 

reception (party) to many His Son to the human race.j 

All are invited, but if some won't come to the party. | 

they are to be left by the wayside. 

. . . Mark 2:22 — Is Jesus saying here that the institu 
tional church may not be able to contain the fresh- 
new movements within or without? 

. . . The Greek word translated "saved" can also be 
translated "healed." When we are saved we are 
healed. Note that Jesus often speaks this way wher| 
he performed a healing miracle — that the persorj 
was then saved. 

... A surging new movement in Christ filled the first 
vacuum. Will He, with our help, fill the present 
day vacuum? 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



January 29, 1972 



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MILITARY MESSENGER 

The National Board of Christian Education 
maintains a monthly mailing- to Brethren military 
personnel called the Military Messenger. Approx- 
imately 85 men and women are now receiving the 
mailing, but we know there must be many more 
Brethren who are in the armed services. There- 
fore, if you wish to have a fellow or gal in your 
church, a friend or relative receive the mailing, 
please fill out the form below and send it to us. 

MILITARY MESSENGER REQUEST 
Please send the Military Messenger to: 

Name 



Address 



PROGRESSIVE PARTY 

TO 
THREE COUNTRIES 

ON SEPTEMBER 26 the Brethren Youth Crusaders 
of the Johnstown Second Brethren Church held 
their first meeting with an attendance of 19. The new 
advisors are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hamel and Mr. and 
Mrs. James Miller. We had election of officers and the 
results were as follows: 

President Jim Miller 

Vice President Howard McDowell 

Secretary Debbie Wisor 

Assistant Secretary Sara Russell 

Treasurer Don Grove 

Assistant Treasurer Tab Boyer. 

Our programs for our meetings are planned by three 
alternating teams. We have had a policeman and a 
representative from Penelec speak for two of our 
meetings. 

For recreation we had a progressive party. We visited 
three homes representing the three countries of Hawaii, 
Mexico and Italy. A few features of this party were for 
Hawaii we had special food and lais. For Mexico we 
celebrated with a pinata and for Italy we had a cafe 
setting with roasted chestnuts and, of course, pizza. It 
turned out to be an unique evening. 

On December 3 our youth group hosted the youth 
from Johnstown Third Brethren Church for a party 
which consisted of a money tree for Kentucky, devo- 
tions, games and refreshments. 

One of our projects for this year was the selling of 
plastic Christmas trees, candles, ducks, dogs and smiley 
faces. 

Debbie Wisor, secretary 



Zip Code 



Home Church 



Branch of Service 
Discharge Date 



Name submitted by 
Address 



Home Church 



Zip Code 



(print plainly) 



OPERATION 



outreach 



GOAL: $10,900 



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Sarasota, Fla. Mr. Steve Abe, a 
senior at the University of South 
Florida and a member of Sarasota 
First Brethren Church, was given 
a formal call to the full gospel 
ministry of the Brethren Denom- 
ination Sunday, November 28 by 
this church. Steve plans to enter 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
next fall. 

Brush Valley, Pa. The BYC of the 

Brush Valley Brethren Church 
has adopted an orphan in India. 
They are sacrificing to give over 
and above their tithes to assist 
in the support of this missionary 
project. 

Lanark, 111. The Central District 
Laymen's Rally was held at Lan- 
ark, Illinois, December 4, 1971. 
Mr. Richard Best of Nappanee, 
Indiana was the speaker. Also 
attending was Mr. Virgil Barnhart 
of Germantown, Ohio, the Nation- 
al Laymen President. 

Johnstown, Pa. (II). Youth from the 
three Johnstown Brethren Church- 
es are sponsoring a "Coffee 
House" at Second Brethren 
Church. It welcomes young people 
from the age of thirteen to twenty- 
five from the Vinco and Johns- 
town area. 

Milledgeville, III. The W.M.S. held 
their public service January 2, 
1972 with Dr. Howard Christofer- 
sen of Sterling, Illinois. He was a 
missionary for eleven years in 
Durban, South Africa. The Annual 
Missionary Conference was held 
December 10, 11 and 12 with John 
Rowsey as director. 

Waterloo, Iowa. A Lay School of 
Theology will be held at Lanark 
and Waterloo February 7-11 by Dr. 






Weddings 



Joseph Shultz and Dr. Charles 
Munson of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. The title of the course 
is "The Biblical Doctrine of the 
Church." 



Memorials 




WINELAND. Reo Wineland, 80, 
died December 9, 1971 at the Bryan 
Nursing Home, Bryan, Ohio. He was 
a member of the Bryan First Breth- 
ren Church since February 6, 1907. 
Memorial Services were conducted 
at the Oberlin and Ford Memorial 
Home by the pastor, Rev. M. W. 
Dodds. Burial was in the Shiftier 
Cemetery in Pulaski, Ohio. 

SPANGLER. Emma Spangler, 74, 
a faithful member of the Wayne 
Heights Brethren Church for many 
years, went to be with her Lord 
December 4, 1971. She was active in 
the Sunday School and the Women's 
Missionary Society. Funeral services 
were conducted by her pastor, the 
undersigned, with interment at the 
Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania. 

Henry Bates 



SMITH-BUSH. Ginger Smith and 
Kent Bush were married Sunday, 
October 31, 1971, and are residing 
at Sandy Beach on Long Lake in 
their new mobile home. Rev. Wood- 
row Immel officiated for the cere- 
mony. 

* * * 

DAUGHERTY-BELLINGER. Deb- 
bie Daugherty and Stephen Belling- 
er were married Saturday after- 
noon, October 30, 1971, in a candle- 
light service read by Rev. Wood- 
row Immel. They are residing in 
Warsaw. 




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R. AND MRS. MARK LOGAN 
are the pround parents of a 

daughter born November 21, 1971. 

They have named her Rebecca 

Chantal. 



Goldencrires 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sigerfoos 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni- 
versary on Sunday, December 26, 
1971. Open house was held at Flori- 
dana Park, Bradenton, Florida. 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Frank oele- j 
brated their 61st Wedding Anniver- 
sary December 1, 1971. They are' 
members of Sarasota First Brethren 
Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Bixler cele- 
brated their 55th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on December 2, 1971. They are 
members of Sarasota First Brethren 

Church. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Swihart 
celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anni- 
versary on December 18, 1971. They 
are members of Sarasota First 
Brethren Church. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Nappanee, Ind. — 2 by baptism 

3 by transfer of letter 
Smithville, Ohio — 6 by baptism 



January 29, 1972 Page Eleven 

FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH — OAKVILLE, INDIANA 
A GOOD-LOOKING FACE LIFT 

by J. L. Fields, Pastor 







So two rows of brick with asbestos in between was 
built and a beautiful stained glass window, similar to 
the one in the chapel at our Ashland Theological 
Seminary was lost. The overall loss in terms of time 
and money was enormous. 

But the end was in sight and the structure was too. 
A beautiful sight rose for the Lord. On the outside the 
new foyer/ rest-rooms as well as the south and east side 
of the existing building are brick veneer. Thus, from 
the street it appears to be a new building. Die cast 
aluminum letters and cross on the front proclaim our 
name and message. Entering through the double glass 
doors into the fully carpeted foyer you are surrounded 
by warmth from the soft glow of walnut paneling. A 
bulletin board partition hides coats from view and pro- 
vides a place for messages and publicity. The much 
needed rest-rooms are fully equipped and modern. 
Steps leading to the fellowship hall and up to the vesti- 
bule are easy, carpeted and safe for all worshippers. 
New lighting adds beauty and service to the auditorium. 



Some years ago a man said, "Til give the trustees a 
'hundred dollars if they will just fix these crumbling 
jporch steps." Moving with the "celebrated" caution of 
the Brethren — nothing was done, and the steps contin- 
ued to crumble. 



In the fall of 1970 as the last of the storm windows 
were being put into place someone suggested that we 
enclose the porch and fix the steps. Later someone 
(suggested we enlarge the porch and enclose the steps. 
Suggestions flowed: new steps on the inside leading to 
ithe basement, a coat room, new rest-rooms — all because 
the steps were crumbling. 

It was decided to build a large foyer, modern rest- 
jnooms and bring all staircases on the inside as soon as 
jpossible. A survey was taken. The new building would 
protrude two feet into the street right-of-way. Proceed- 
ing intelligently the church spent the winter of 1970-71 
{securing permission and a dedication of land from the 
wity-County Planning Commission and the County 
Commissioners. Now we were ready — we thought. 

On the day after Easter the hammers fell and the 
porch was no more. New steps were poured, plumbing 
was roughed in, interior walls went up and then it 
lhappened; the State Inspector "dropped by unan- 
nounced." On June 2, 1971, he politely asked to see our 
State Compliance Number. Our what? All public build- 
ings in Indiana are under the jurisdiction of the Admin- 
istrative Building Council of Indiana. We did not know 
Ithat. The work slowed and changed had to be made- 
expensive changes. Cast iron plumbing was required, 
and so the plastic pipe and the floor had to be torn 
out. A fire wall would be required on the west side. 




On December 19, 1971, the purpose of all this work 
was made plain in a Service of Dedication. God resides 
in the hearts of the members of the First Brethren 
Church of Oakville not in a structure. We desire a 
place of beauty and comfort which will attract others 
and in which to worship our Lord. A place where we 
can be nurtured in the faith to go forth and "get the 
Word around." We seek His guidance in all that we do. 
He is blessing us with growth both physically and 
spiritually. To Him be honor and glory forever. A-men. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



29th CHURCH ANNIVERSARY 



rIE PROGRAM COMMITTEE of the Washington 
Brethren Church presented a program of reviewing 
the year 1971, along with some musical inspiration, 
in celebration of their 29th Anniversary. 

The highlight of the evening came when a letter was 
read which had been written by Meredith Lyon Porte 
concerning F. Harold Rabcock. Portions of the letter 
follow: 

"He was introduced to our church by Rockwell 
Drummond, since they ivorked together in a Men's 
Clothing Store (Raleighs). This was sometime in 
1950. I played the organ. After the service Mr. 
Drummond, brought Mr. Babcock to the console 
and introducted him to me. I told him of our need 
for an organist. He was very sympathetic and 
said he would try to help us out. He mentioned 
that his father was an organist, and he had some 
training along that line. He was soon led to come 
to our rescue. Soon both he and Mrs. Babcock 
joined our church and became close friends of 
our pastor, Clarence Fairbanks and family. 

"He was so faithful performing at our organ 
and piano, for over twenty years, including the 



many extra services and special occasions. He 
was always present and ivell prepared, and so 
very gracious (with very small remuneration) . 
His services have been a God send. And we do 
thank God for sending him to us in our need. I 
have appreciated him, his talents, and his faith- 
fulness perhaps more than anyone else. May God 
bless him (and Cecile) most graciously in their 
more leisurely way of life they so richly deserve." 
Charles Swain had previously reminded the congre- 
gation that Mr. Rabcock had probably played over 23,000 
songs for our congregation, performing some 6,000 
hours with 18,000 hours of practice for a total of 12 
years, 8 hours a day for 5 days each week. No one has 
given as much time to the church, and we all certainly 
do express our appreciation. We are glad that Mr. Bab- 
oock has not completely retired, but is still playing for 
Sunday School and has already played for the services 
when the regular organist could not be here. Thanks 
again to Mr. Rabcock for his faithfulness, and we know 
that someday he will hear the Master say: "Well done, 
thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful 
over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many 
-things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord." 



DEAN SHULTZ RECEIVES TWO DISTINCTIONS 











Dr. Joseph Shultz, dean of the Seminary was recently 
listed in the fourth edition of "Leaders in Education," 
an international compilation. In addition Dr. Shultz 
participated as a panelist at the Institute for Advanced 
Christian Studies in Chicago on October 1-2. The meet- 
ing was an invitational scholars conference having as 
their subject "Christian Perspective on The Search For 
Reality in Modern Life." Other participants included 
the chairman, Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, editornat-large of 
"Christianity Today," and Dr. Elton Trueblood of 
Earlham College. 



January 29, 1972 



Page Thirteen 



BIRTH AND DEATH IN ONE WEEK 

Jason Gilmer was born to Jim and Treasure Gilmer 
on Tuesday, December 7. At 1 a.m. Friday news was 
received that Jason was hemorrhaging in the skull. 
Brain swelling during child birth was the doctors expla- 
nation. Around 4 a.m. Saturday, December 11 Jason 
passed away. The family had him anointed and a great 
peaoe came upon them. God's perfect will was done. 

Monday, December 13 at 1 p.m. the service for Jason 
was held in the Teegarden Brethren Church. Pastor 
Jim Gilmer officiated at the service with his father 
Rev. Herbert Gilmer assisting. Burial was in Waldron, 
Michigan. 

The following ivas written by Treasure Gilmer 
about U hours after Jason passed on to the glories 
of Heaven. 

December 7, 1971 

God gave hearts full of joy, 
Brought His Spirit — a gift of love, 

He gave us our son — our boy! 

Jason Donavan was his name, 

It means "The Healer" did you know? 

The same as they called Jesus 
So many years ago. 

We loved him and wanted him all for our own. 

We loved him and love him still, 
But he was God's baby and so we pledged, 

In his life we would seek His will. 

We pictured him at the piano like Mommy, 
Being strong, running carefree and glad; 

Learning to play all kinds of sports and, perhaps 
If God called, preaching like his Dad. 

Grandma and Grandpa loved him too, 

And other folks came to see — 
The beautiful, wonderful sweet little lad, 

A new life, such mystery. 

But only four short days, 

Was Jason here for us to behold; 
Then Jesus said "I want him to be with me, 

On the streets that are made of gold." 

So to God's Heaven our babe has gone, 

To have Jesus hold him and hear angel's songs. 

Our hearts are broken we miss him so, 

But we are determined to Heaven to go, 

Where we'll meet "The Great Healer" God's only Son, 
And hear Him say to us "Well done." 

He can mend the body, mind and soul. 
Make you complete, make you whole. 

Let us learn from Jason as we lay him to rest- 
That a loving God knows what is best. 

Jason was here for us to have — 

For O, such a short time, 
i But we'll be with him forever — 

Someday in that land sublime. 

We'll hold him close again, 

And skies will be blue. 
Won't you make yourself ready, 

So you can see him too! 

— In memory of our first child, With all our love, 
Daddy Jim and Mommy Treasure 



BRYAN, OHIO 

r T"'HE LORD has been blessing the congregation of 
1 the First Brethren Church in Bryan, Ohio in many 
ways as a Fall Stewardship Program got underway. 

Festivities were in order on October 23, and 185 
gathered in a lovely fall setting at the Family Fellow- 
ship Supper to initiate this program with a ham supper 
and many side dishes. 

Dan Sander, General Chairman of the Stewardship 
Program, ably served as Master of Ceremonies. Ann 
Oxenrider, who was in charge of the poster contest 
presented awards to the winners. After congregational 
singing led by Jack Stombaugh special music was 
brought by the Connin Trio (Norma Stombaugh, Joan 
Culler and Marcia Sander) and accompanied by Bonnie 
Burgbacher and John Firestone, choir director. 

It was discovered that our church has many able 
speakers as Viona Musser, Bill Musser, Jim Manning 
and Gilbert Farlow demonstrated. Rev. Dodds completed 
the evening with "A Few Word." 

Chairmen of various committees were: Publicity, 
Louise Bishop; Hostess, Evelyn Kerr; Food and 
Arrangements, Doris Peltcs; and Visitation Committee, 
Jim Manning. 

Loyalty Sunday (Oct. 24), with all services well 
attended, church members reaffirmed their membership 
vows. A skit relating to the stewardship of material 
possessions was presented by Lenore Mansfield, Mary 
Manning "and Co." When the invitation was given at 
the conclusion of the service, one came for reconsecra- 
tion and two for baptism and church membership. 

With the interest of dedicated Christians this program 
is continuing as an Every Member Visit is being con- 
ducted by Jim Manning, Fred Brandon, Bill and Fae 
Musser, Aileen and Gib Farlow, Herb Benner, Jack 
Stombaugh, Kenneth Kerr, Dan Gray, Ann Moog and 
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The Brethren Evangelist 



A LETTER HOME 



This letter was written by a soldier who holds membership in the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church. It was suggested by members who were much impressed that 
the inspiration might be shared with the readers of The Brethren Evangelist. 
(Editor's note) 



Dear Mom and Dad: 

If you only knew how God has answered prayer. 
In regards to boldness to speak to others, God, 
has given me courage to speak to men from the 
lowest "private" up to and including the company 
commander. I have never talked to as many as I 
have here, and it's becoming more and more a 
compulsion rather than a duty. Not only has 
quantity changed, but also quality — God has given 
me a new ability, greater skillfulness, directness, 
an under stem ding of people, an ability to look into 
people's hearts and minds, with love. 

My desire for companionship is increasing but 
not enough. I'm definitely a hermit, but God isn't! 
I'm getting together with Jack on Sundays to 
study the Word and pray. Jack has a genuine 
hunger for the Lord. Today I asked him if we 
could get together for a few minutes every night 
to pray for men. He said "yes." 

Tony and N orris met with me one night last 
week to investigate the Scriptures. We read and 
discussed the 1st ten verses in the book of John. 
We talked about God and about life. Particularly 
interesting to them were the words "light" and 
"life." Tony's been bugging me the last couple 
days and says he's ready for another session. 

Leslie and, Lopez — two dozer operators. Respon- 
sive. Leslie, a Christian, but in need of a vital 
relationship. Lopez, unsaved, wide-open and 
hungry. 

Sgt. Dilley, a man in his Ws, a babe in Christ 
just recently, met Christ in his home church be- 
fore coming over here. Noiv in charge of "opera- 
tions" instead of me. I'm the assistant. We get 
things done and enjoy doing them. 



You couldn't pay me to be anyplace else in this 
world at this time. Have never been so excited 
'about living and following Christ. I think I could 
die tonight and be content. 

Excited about Discipleship, 
Doug 
P.S. Am more convinced than ever in the im- 
portance of prayer. You people back home who 
pray for me are getting residts. God is answering 
abundantly! Know this — it's very clear in my 
mind the importance your prayers have in my 
outreach here! God is answering your prayers! 
Prayer Reqitests: 

Continued boldness to preach the word and 

share my life 
That I'd involve myself more and more in the 

lives of others 
That I'd take my hands off my life and let 

God. . . . 
Conversion or growth in the lives of the above 
mentioned people 




He who hangs onto his life 

will never discover what life 
is all about 

He who lets go of his life 
will discover it all 



January 29, 1972 




Page Fifteen 



The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

Rodger H. Geaslen 



Topic: 



THREE "UNSPEAKABLE THINGS 



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' I 'HE BIBLE mentions three "unspeakable" things: 
1 His unspeakable gift, II Corinthians 9:15; unspeak- 
able joy, I Peter 1:8; and unspeakable words, II Corin- 
thians 12:4. 

In these instances the word unspeakable does not 
mean that these things cannot be spoken about; but 
rather that no matter how much is said about them, 
they cannot be told out in their fulness. They are inex- 
pressible and indescribable! 

When we think of God's unspeakable gift, the Lord 
Jesus Christ, our hearts are moved to depths that cannot 
find words to describe the greatness of His love! The 
Apostle John is often called the apostle of love; and he 
said: "In this was manifested the love of God toward 
us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into 
the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is 
love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and 
sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacri- 
fice) for our sins" (I John 4:9, 10). 

It was the Apostle Peter who mentioned the unspeak- 
able joy. Referring to the Lord Jesus Christ, he said: 
"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now 
ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy un- 
speakable and full of glory" (I Peter 1:8). 

The Lord Jesus Himself said: "These things have I 



spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and 
that your joy might be full" (John 15:11). He wants us 
joyous — unspeakably so — not only because our sins 
are forgiven, but "the joy of the Lord is our strength" 
(Nehemiah 8:10), and will enable us to face this life in 
reality. As we rejoice in Him, we are strengthened for 
worship and service! 

The Apostle Paul mentions the unspeakable words 
in connection with the experience of a man in Christ 
who was caught up to the third heaven, the paradise 
of God, where he heard unspeakable words! (This may 
have been his own experience when he was stoned and 
left for dead at Lystra, Acts 14:19). We are not told 
what these words or messages were. We know that in 
the Bible heaven is mainly described in negative terms 
because the positive glories excell all human concep- 
tion. So, all who trust in Christ may anticipate such a 
glorious experience when we too shall be caught up to 
be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:16-18); and there 
we shall be presented faultless before the throne of His 
glory (Jude 24). 

The unspeakable gift has been given in the past! We 
may experience the unspeakable joy now; and we may 
anticipate the unspeakable words and experiences in 
glory. What a portion for believers in the Lord Jesus 
Christ! 



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CAST CLASS 



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Reprinted from United Evangelical ACTION, Fall, 1971, by permission 



by Agatha F. Partridge 



NO ONE CAN AVOID KNOWING that this is a 
youth-oriented age. Young people crowd the stores, 
the restaurants, the beaches and the sidewalks. Youths 
wheel over deserts, highways and open fields on motor- 
bikes, snowmobiles and an assortment of homemade 
vehicles. 

Styles are geared to the tastes of teenagers. The 
telephone company sets up special "teenager phones" 
with directory listing for separate use from the family 
phone. Airlines offer youth, ages 12 through 21, an 
airlines I.D. card for air travel at a discount. Every- 
where^ — TV, magazines, roadside billboards — advertisers 
appeal to the buying power of youth. 

In a country so dominated by youth culture, everyone 
feels he has to remain young or at least attempt to 
appear so. This self-deception in our Western culture 
projects the impression that growing old is a dreaded 
disease and that an impotent age is a crime against an 
active, energetic society. 

Modern homes are built and furnished for one-family 
life. There not being room for more than parents and 
children, a grandparent is relegated to a nursing home 
or a rooming house. And with an annual crop of high 
school and college graduates contriving to unseat 
middle-aged job holders, there is little opportunity for 
older people to do useful work. Even in the church the 
older generation has been shunted aside as major de- 
nominations concentrate their efforts on producing 
innovative contemporary-slanted programs to interest 
and hold young people. The old are outcasts both in 
community and in church. 

America's outcast class comprises the forgotten tenth 
of the United States population. The burgeoning young 
may be pushing down the national age average, but 
a not-so-widely known fact is that the 65-and-older gen- 



Page Eighteen 

eration also is expanding — up 21 per cent since 1960. 
The Census Bureau's recent report of age breakdown 
discloses that on April 1, 1970 there were 11,641,651 
women and 8,407,941 men who were age 65 or older — a 
total of 20,049,592. This was 9.9 per cent of the total 
population, virtually one in every ten persons in the 
nation, compared to 9.2 per cent in 1960. The census 
alS'O reported a rise in the number of Americans who 
are age 75 or older — a total of 7,624,918 or 38 percent 
of the older population. 

Of the 203.2 million resident of the United States in 
1970, 61.8 million or 31.5 percent of all Americans — 
almost a third — are those 45 or older. 

One hundred years ago, in 1870, out of a total popu- 
lation of almost 40 million, only 4.6 million, or 11.6 per- 
cent were aged 45-64 and another 1.2 million or 2.9 
percent were 65-}- — making a total of 5.8 million or 14.5 
percent of the population in the 45+ group. Thus, a 
hundred years of variable growth in the U.S. has now 
produced a total population five times as large, a middle- 
aged population nine times as large, and an older pop- 
ulation an unprecendented 17 times as large. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

The greatest proportion of the aged live on farms and 
in communities from which youth has fled. The rural 
aged often subsist on pittances of $60 a month, and dis- 
continued bus services isolate them still further from 
doctors, stores, and friends. 

A third of the nation's aged live in deteriorating cores 
of the big cities. Locking themselves inside their dingy 
rooms, they are afraid to talk to their doped and drunk 
neighbors for fear of being robbed of what little they 
have. Self-imprisoned year after year, their only contact 
with the outside world may be the child they tip to buy 
their groceries with their monthly welfare check. 

Nearly a million old people live in nursing homes or 
convalescent facilities provided by Medicare. Fewer 
than half of the country's 25,000 nursing homes actually 
offer skilled nursing. And many of the aged living in 
their own domiciles on limited income cannot complete 
with rising costs of medical care. Others deprive them- 
selves of medical attention simply because they believe 
it is normal for old people to be sick. 



The fact that 

so many old 

people feel that 

they are not 

wanted is 

an indictment 

against Christian's 

professed concern 

for the individual. 

That is an increasingly large number of people to 
ignore. Yet the trend in the U.S. today is the devalua- 
tion of older people. Because the aging man and woman 
are regarded by the rest of the population as having 
completed their productivity, they learn to live in a 
society that has no role for them. 

The more serious side is discrimination against the 
aged in employment, insurance rates, driver's licenses, 
etc. Many older people are excluded from employment 
for reasons that have nothing to do with their capabil- 
ities. Spiraling property taxes and inflation devour their 
savings and fixed incomes. More than two million of 
them subsist on Social Security alone. One of every four 
Americans 65 or over lives at or below "the poverty 
line." 

A national questionnaire sponsored by the White 
House Conference on Aging and completed by 200,000 
Americans age 55 and older elicited the response that 
over half of them don't have enough money to make 
ends meet. - Fifty-five percent said they can't afford to 
buy the food they like. More than half said that to get 
by they must spend less than $200 a month. Twenty 
percent said they are limited to less than $100 a month. 




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Transportation, next to income and health, shows up 
as an increasing concern for the elderly. In some areas 
it is labeled the critical issue. Older citizens complain 
of poor public transportation, causing them inconven- 
ience and hardship For many, a major complaint is 
loss of the driving privilege because of arbitrary age, 
limits or inability to pay high insurance rates. For, 
some, lack of money for bus fare is a problem, while! 
others have physical difficulty in boarding public trans- \ 
portation. Older people say they feel isolated without 
wheels, unable to shop or visit, attend meetings orC 
church. It's an emotional point; transportation repre-f 
sents their link to society. 

Perhaps at the bottom of America's outcast class is] 
the elderly woman. The gap between the age of retire-! 
ment and the greater life expectancy of women makes! 
them subject to less than a minimal standard of living) 



January 29, 1972 



Page Nineteen 



At- the bottom 

of America's 

outcast class is 

the elderly woman. 



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"The older woman is the poorest in society today," 
is the opinion of a prominent woman professor of 
economics at Duke University. 

Dr. Juanita Kreps, a member of the Technical Com- 
mittee on Income for the 1971 White House Conference 
on Aging, predicts that "unless something is changed 
in the system, the older woman, living 25 years longer 
than her husband, will still be poor, even 20 years from 
now, compared to others in society." 

A major factor in the economic plight of the older 
woman, she says, is the fact that she gets an "inade- 
quate percentage" and not the full amount of her hus- 
band's Social Security income after his death. 

Dr. Kreps notes that women outlive men by an 
javerage of seven years and -are in the majority in the 
pver-65 age group. She predicts that this longevity in 
rthe long run will defeat her working years. 

"She will be faced with the poorest position in 
ssociety because her retirement income won't stretch 
over the greater number of years she is in retirement. 
|Also, if women continue to earn less than men, their 
iretirement benefits will be proportionately less." 

Even now, Dr. Kreps points out, Government statistics 
■indicate that there are more than 11 million women over 
,65 contrasted with some eight million men of that age. 
'Since most of these women did not work for pay during 
their lifetime, they live on proportionately less than 
men and make up a greater proportion of the elderly 
25 percent living at or below the poverty level. 



Rabbi Levi Olan, speaking at a state workshop on 
aging in Dallas, Texas, declared that this country's 
failure to lift poverty-stricken old people to a minimum 
standard of decent living is "shameful and blasphe- 
mous." 

The Jewish leader dismissed the excuse that America 
can't afford to help its elderly sick and poor. "We have 
money for the young, the military, super airplanes and 
football stadiums," he said. "It's almost indecent, cer- 
tainly immoral, for me to sit down in comfort to a good 
meal, knowing an older person not far away is living 
in a shack with nothing to eat." 

Quoting several biblical admonitions on attitudes 
toward old age, Dr. Olan said this country was founded 
on the premise that all persons have worth and dignity. 

Jews often are leaders in government reform in this 
area because of their traditional respect for parents and 
older generations. Notable benefits resulting from 
government action are the Medicare program; social 
security increases; the establishment of federal, state 
and local agencies for information and referral service; 
senior centers and similar helps. 

However, as older Americans themselves point out, 
constructive action on their problems has moved at a 
snail's pace. They indicate these facts: (1) very limited 
headway has been made on proposals such as social 
security adjustments to match living costs, (2) liberali- 
zation of the social security earnings test, (3) uniform 
higher standards for Old Age Assistance benefits, (4) 
the vesting of private pensions, (5) part-time work 
opportunities, (6) community health clinics, (7) foster 
home care, (8) low rental and public housing, (9) re- 
habilitation of the over-sixty-five, (10) adult education 
in health, nutrition and consumer protection, (11) ex- 
pansion of church programs, (12) improved family 
relations and lessening of the age gap, and (13) re- 
search in the processes of aging. A vital topic still left 
untouched is (14) the tragic impact of inflation upon 
marginal retirement incomes. 

In an attempt to confront some of the crucial prob- 
lems facing older people, a national White House Con- 
ference on Aging is scheduled to be held in Washington, 
D.C., the week of November 28. 

"I am concerned about the image that so many 
Americans have of older people," says John B. Martin, 
Special Assistant to the President for the Aging, who 
is Director of the White House Conference on Aging. 

"When we hear about the shocking conditions that 
exists for some of the elderly," Mr. Martin says, "we're 
so appalled and repelled that we have ,a tendency to 
close our ears, not only to the most serious problems 
but to any and all other problems that affect the elderly. 
It may be that we're so fearful of growing old our- 
selves that we shun even thinking about aging in other 
people. As a result we give a low priority to the prob- 
lems of older people. We may do this unconsciously but 
we still do it — and it amounts to a shameful neglect. 
We must become more aware of the fact that their 
problems today are our own problems tomorrow. 

"One of the objectives of the 1971 White House Con- 
ference on Aging is to make all Americans aware of 
our older citizens as an invaluable national resource. . . . 
Many have tremendous inner resources and make im- 
portant contributions to their communities. . . . Our 



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older citizens must be given the opportunity for a full 
participation in American life." 

With all the programs and social reforms that senior 
groups are hoping the Government will initiate, they 
give top priority to a non-social issue. That is "educa- 
tion to modify the attitude of the public towards "the 
elderly." Because older people are often resented and 
discriminated against, they feel that more important 
than developing programs or services is the creation 
of a climate in our nation that will emancipate age. 
Such a change in attitude involves ethics and Christian 
principles and conduct. Thus the church could play a 
major role in presenting and exemplifying this major 
step. 

Church groups could be encouraged to involve older 
people in some of their activities in which they would 
have an interest or arrange cooperative efforts with 
senior groups in order to have fellowship on a personal 
basis. As part of educating the public, churches could 
arrange for publicity in the local press or radio when 
an older member's accomplishments are newsworthy, or 
an event is planned in which older people are partici- 
pating and which is open to others in the community. 



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Recently there was a news story about a member of 
the First Baptist Church in Boonviile, Missouri, who 
had attended Sunday School every Sunday for 43 years. 
Miss Minnie Cook is still active as secretary of her 
Sunday School class and the adult Sunday School de- 
partment, and as a choir member and program chair- 
man for the church missionary group. This story was 
picked up by papers many miles from Missouri. It 
could be a direct means of educating the public con- 
cerning the capabilities of the older generation, plus 
encouraging other individuals, perhaps, to attempt some- 
thing on their own. 

The ways of being of service to the older person is 
limited only by the compassion of the Christian's heart, 
the openness of liis mind to the wisdom of God, and the 
availability of his time and means to accomplish the 
deed. 

In the national questionnaire mentioned earlier, a 
surprising 22.2 percent of respondents aged 55 and 
over, said "sometimes they feel they are just not 
wanted," and 17.4 percent said they sometimes feel they 
have "nothing to live for." Such feelings increased with 
age to 24 percent for those 85 and older. Older people 
find their problems becoming greater with each passing 
year. Their decreased income is less able to< meet their 
needs, they often must cope with prolonged health 
problems, and they face increasing limits on their 
mobility. When to these problems is added the painful 
discovery that they are being avoided by their families 
or shunted off on outsiders, their despondency is in- 
creased. It is among these who feel there is "nothing to 
live for." The suicide rate among elderly men is far 
higher than that of any other age group. 

The fact that so many old people feel that they are 
not wanted is an indictment against Christians whose 
faith is built on concern for the present and eternal 
welfare of the individual. It we believe the gospel has 
the answer for every problem, can we stand by indiffer- 
ent to a need that requires a spiritual service? It is a 
service that no government or social agency can fill. 
But Christians can. 

It is a wide-open field of ministry for the church. The 

church can respond as a group to perform needed ser- 

' vices for the aging in the community or as Christian 

individuals to extend concern and friendship on a 

person-to-person basis. 

Churches which would like to take on a project could 
start by checking for a needed service that is lacking 
in the community. Perhaps the church could use its 
educational facilities during the week for a referral 
service or senior center. If the church has the financial 
resources, it could build a senior residence or adapt an 
already constructed residence into the needed single 
rooms and central dining hall. Or on a more modest 
scale, there might be some widows or retired couples 
in your church who could offer elderly boarders room 
and board in a pleasant home at moderate prices. 

A woman's group in the church might be able to 
institute a homemaker service — shopping, cooking, light 
laundry or cleaning in an older person's own home. 

The blind and deaf are always in need of volunteers. 
And for older people without transportation, a church 
group could provide auto service to church, the grocery 
store or the doctor's office. 



There are even services to perform for church mem- 
bers with limited time to donate. Visits to nursing 
homes can be a real tonic to patients who have endured 
months without a visitor. A tape service to bring the 
Sunday church services to shut-ins or a library service 
to loan books and magazines to the sick or elderly 
people confined to their homes would take little invest- 
ment or time, but would be greatly appreciated. 

Almost any church group could plan an outing with 
older people as special guests. Such times would pro- 
duce a cohesive effect between the age groups and 
demonstrate the fellowship for which a church is noted. 

An important service for a church to fulfill to older 
individuals is to make them feel important and needed. 
Work on the task of convincing each older person that 
he has something to contribute. No one ever outgrows 
his need to be needed. 

Age is not indicative of ability. Coach William A. 
(Bob) Anderson is 60, grey-haired and totally blind. 
He originated the first active sports program for the 
blind in Southern California, and now he teaches blind 
children bowling, archery, golf, roller skating, basket- 
ball freethrow shooting, football goal kicking, baseball, 
and horseback riding. 

Elsie Honkala, 69, a retired interior designer from 
Syracuse, N. Y., is now a Peace Corps volunteer in the 
remote village of Polugollegama, Ceylon. Her activities 
as a community developer include teaching sewing or 
planting vegetable gardens. She is also a medical 
advisor. 

Nicolaus Schneil, 93, tends garden and lives at the 
Baptist Manor in Portland, Ore. His dahlias compete in 
county fairs. 

Charlie Brown Cox, 80, of Midland, Tex., started 
gardening three years ago. Now he is busy filling cus- 
tomers' orders for his fresh vegetables. 

One of the goals President Nixon has set for our 
nation is planning and working that "our older citizens 
will be more appreciated and will be recognized for 
what they are — one of the nation's most valuable 
resources." 

The older generation can offer an important contri- 
bution in many areas through the wisdom they have 
gleaned through many experiences of confronting life. 
The young usually think they don't need it, but wisdom 
expressed in understanding and insight can be a real 
asset. Older people have a broad perspective — a total 
view — that gives them a deeper insight into problems, 
needs and human relationships. 

Many times the loneliness an elderly person is forced 
to endure can become a blessing. He can experience the 
presence of God in a new, deeper way. His faith is 
increased through having learned to trust God in seem- 
ingly insurmountable problems. And he becomes acutely 
conscious of the transiency and instability of this life. 
He has a new awareness of the lasting and eternal, and 
looks on the rest of his existence here as a transition to 
heaven. If he can teach the rest of us a little of what he 
has learned, we will be the richer. 

The world needs more than youthful energies. It also 
needs wisdom that is patient, calm and stimulating 
to others. And it needs a mature faith that is strong in 
the face of present crises and eagerly anticipates a 
future life that is perfect, eternal and glorious. 



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MISSIONARY 

News 



; 







IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF OUR SECOND TOUR 



by Richard C. Winfield 



We are enjoying our life in Mubi! Our "compound" is 
on the edge of the town of Mubi, and we are separated 
by fields from our nearest neighbors. We set upon a 
rise and can look down into the town of Mubi and out 
beyond it to the ranges of mountains. It is quite a nice 
view! Mubi now has an estimated population of about 
35,000 people so it is a fairly good sized place (although 
geographically not as large as Ashland, Ohio because 
of the crowded conditions under which many have to 
live.) It has a town water system and also' electricity— 
the latter having been put in while we were home on 
furlough. The water comes here to our house and we 
use it for watering the garden and the flowers and 
shrubs, but the water we use in the house comes from 
our own well. The electricity doesn't come out this far 



yet, but the station here has its own generator which 
we use in the evenings. 

I travel to Kulp Bible School four days a week for 
classes, and Kitty goes one day — on Tuesdays. The 
twenty mile round trip is not bad, for the road is good 
'even though quite bumpy. They usually grade it during 
the dry season and right now is due for attention for 
it gives a "washboard" ride. 

Of course, our transportation at first was humorously 
provoked by a temporary assignment of an older Land 
rover pickup truck, that had loose steering and had to 
be pushed every morning to get it started with its dead 
battery. However, realizing this was just a temporary 
assignment, we managed alright and now we are driv- 
ing one of the two brand new Peugeot station wagons 




January 29, 1972 



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that belong to the mission. It is very nice and most 
reliable. 

In the first term wnich ended in mid-December, I 
taught four different courses. Two classes of English, 
a class in local church administration and a class in 
practice preaching. The last two classes mentioned were 
with the advanced class, so I mainly instruct using 
English language. Therefore, at the present time I am 
teaching no classes in Hausa, but maybe it is just as 
well for this term, just having gotten back from the 
year's furlough. Of course, I really prefer teaching 
Bible than the English instruction that I give, too, if I 
might comment on personal preference. 

Kitty because of her responsibilities at home with 
Melissa is just teaching one class which she teaches as 
a block on Tuesdays. This is a class in audio-visual aids. 
She is trying to help the men learn ways to teach the 
Bible more effectively by use of the aids which they 
have available to them. 

Our adjustment to Nigerian life again has been rela- 
tively easy. I guess I should say "life in Nigeria" for, 
rightly or wrongly, we could hardly call our way of 
living here "Nigerian life." I think we are more relaxed 
here and feel better and more useful than we did in 



the States. Melissa has adjusted well, too. Her world is 
small enough that she doesn't notice much difference. It 
is interesting to us that she will usually go to a 
Nigerian without crying, but she is not so trusting when 
a person with white skin wants to pick her up. She has 
surely brought a lot of joy to our home (and a little 
trouble at times, too, I must add). She manages to get 
into all kinds of things like tearing up letters and such. 
Her adoption is final now and we have a copy of her 
birth certificate declaring us as her parents. God cer- 
tainly worked this out for us and we are indeed thank- 
ful. We are very aware of the prayers of people through- 
out the denomination that helped considerably. 

Dick and Kitty first went to Nigeria in 
September 1967. Dick served as Principal at 
Kulp after May of 1969 and Kitty was hostess at 
Kulp and also taugh Nigerian men and ivomen, 
too. Even as Nigerians are becoming more res- 
ponsible for church leadership, they are also 
accepting other positions for which they are 
capable. A Nigerian is presently principal at Kulp 
and thus a missionary is naturally used ivhere 
most needed. 




FROM TIME TO TIME lists of ideas and suggested 
used items are published for possible assistance to 
various mission areas where The Brethren Church is 
working. In the November 20, 1971 issue of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist such a list was given from Riverside 
Christian School in Lost Creek. Used clothing is collect- 
ed all year long for Miss Margaret Lowery in Krypton. 
However, overseas it is a little more difficult to give 
other than through your offerings which are then used 
to purchase the needed items in the particular country. 
Some churches continue to send boxes to India, others 
send used greeting cards to Argentina and others pre- 
pare bandages for Nigeria. 

Two families will be leaving for Argentina in the 
spring. Used blankets (in usable condition) can be used 
by them as packing material for their breakable house- 
hold items. Such blankets will then be given to the 
Eden Bible Institute in Argentina for use during con- 



ferences or retreats. Dish towels for the institute could 
also be used for this purpose and thus would fulfill a 
double purpose. These families could also take some 
kitchen items for the institute; these should be large 
enough for serving at least twenty people. Maybe some 
church is replacing items which are still in good 
condition. 

We are also interested in working towards Amateur 
Radio Communications within Argentina and with the 
United States. Although this is not a priority project 
we would be interested in contacting anyone who has 
amateur equipment which is in operating condition but 
not being used and would be willing to donate it for 
this purpose. 

If you are interested in any of the projects mentioned 
above please contact the Missionary Board of The 
Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 
44805. 



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LET'S SUPPORT R.C.T.S 



TN NOVEMBER the Board of Riverside Christian 
Training School, in their regular meeting, talked 
about the various needs of the school in order to try 
to set priorities on a long range basis. It was felt that 
the greatest need was support for the operating budget. 
Shortly following this board meeting, the Missionary 
Board held their annual budget meeting. Because of 
the recommendations from Riverside Christian Training 
School, the following items were included in the Home 
Missions program for 1972: 

Program Support $5,000 

On-going Maintenance Program 1,860 

(see below) 
A project for rewiring electrical service 

to Wheeler Hall 400 

A project for sidewalks to the new 

Landis Building 300 



Nil 



As a part of the new maintenance program, the 
Missionary Board is happy to announce that Mr. and 
Mrs. Chester Spitler of Dayton, Ohio will be going to 
Lost Creek in July to begin a maintenance program for 
both Lost Creek and Krypton. Mr. Spitler is highly 
qualified for both building and vehicle maintenance and 
will be the Mission Board's representative for this pur- 
pose. A special fund has been set up for Mr. Spitler's 
use so that needed repair work can be carried out. We 
are thankful to the Spitlers and to the Lord for provid- 
ing them. 



You can help provide the support and projects listed 
above for R.C.T.S. by your contributions to the Home 
Missions program of The Brethren Church. Since last 
year, as reported at General Conference, a deficit was 
incurred in Home Missions, we prayerfully urge your: 
support of this outreach in the United States which 
includes the above program, worked out in cooperation 
with the school board of Riverside Christian Training 
School. 

In the December 18, 1971 issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist, there appeared an appeal from the Southern 
Indiana District Ministers Wives for funds to purchase 
a new school bus at a cost of $10,000 for Lost Creek. 
Some money has been received by the Missionary Board 
designated for this purpose. All designated funds are 
handled carefully as designated by the donors, and so 
these donations will be held in a special fund for the 
purchase of a new school bus when there is sufficient 
money. There has been some discussion, however, as: 
to whether the vehicle mentioned would be the most 
efficient. The van type vehicle is used extensively al 
R.C.T.S. and the carry-all type recently purchased fori 
Miss Margaret Lowery in Krypton is also used by some 
of the public schools. Thus the type of vehicle must yet 
be decided by those who will be using it at Riverside! 
Christian Training School. 

The greatest need as stated by the Board of R.C.T.S ! 
is for operating funds to meet the general expenses 
of the school which includes the salaries of the staff 
The school has operated with a deficit for some tirrw 
and has been unable to raise these minimum salaries 
Some churches wish to support this need over and abov* 
the giving of the rest of the denomination through th* 
Home Missions program. Last year these over and abovj 
gifts for R.C.T.S. amounted to $4,166.50 given througl 
the Missionary Board. Such designated offerings ar< 
forwarded monthly by the Missionary Board to Los 
Creek, and the churches are given credit for this giving 
Others prefer to send their offerings direct to R.C.T.S: 
and these are not mentioned in the above figure. 

Your support is needed for this "Light in the Hills, ! 
not only to help give the operating support mentions 
above as a part of the Home Missions program but alsi 
to allow new areas of help such as the maintenano 
plan which will be carried out by Mr. Spitler during thi 
new year. 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



January 29, 1972 Page Twenty-five 

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATOR COMMUNICATES 



The following is a letter from Roger Mohrlang who has been working with 
Wycliffe in Nigeria since May, 1968 translating the Bible into the Higi language. 
In the past ten years there has been a strong response to the Gospel among the 
Higi, as thousands have come to believe and follow Christ. The strong and growing 
Christian church is now enthusiastic to have the Word of God in their own language. 

This letter was written after Roger had been on leave. He is presently working 
with John Guli, one of the men who received financial assistance from the Brethren 
Church during his attending the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. Little 
did we know the great way in which the Lord would use John Guli to lead his people 
in greater faith. 

We use this letter of Roger Mohrlang to let you know what kind of work is being 
accomplished by Wycliffe Bible Translators and also that you might know about 
other denominations supporting work in Nigeria. 

If you would care to know more about workers associated with Wycliffe and 
would like an insight into the type of work Jerry and Cheryl Grieve will be involved 
you might like to read "Peril By Choice" by James C. Hefley which tells 
about workers in Mexico. 



November, 1971 



Dear Folks, 



Hot, sunny Christmas greeting and "top of the morning" to you all from 
here on the Nigeria-Cameroun border! Wish you could be here to join us 
this year for Christmas in this unbelievably different world. 

The long ride out to the village on Bessie (my new Honda 125) was de- 
lightful, and a really warm welcome was waiting for me when I arrived. 
But after a year and two months, my hut was a most depressing sight — an 
absolute mess, with thick dirt, termites, and termite mud everywhere. The 
termites had even enjoyed a few meals out of my mosquito net, leaving it 
in rather dismal shape. It took two full days to get the hut cleaned out and 
back into shape again, though the termites continued to reappear in vari- 
ous places. And then to my great dismay, the place was invaded by "minyi" 
ants as well! While I was frantically trying to get a few of them out of the 
place, the old village chief happened to stroll by; silently observing my 
distress, he gently suggested that I just leave the ants alone, as they harm 
nothing. "In fact," he said, "this particidar kind have come to drive out the 
termites!" ("God's termite medicine," they call them here — better than the 
white man's, they say.) I was a bit dubious at first, but sure enough — 
now both the termites and the minyi-ants are gone. (You learn a lot here.) 
So things are real fine now — even the snakes and rats are leaving me alone 
for a while. 

The thick, hazy dust has just last week settled down on the area. This 
morning I can't even see the mountains half a mile away. With the arrival 
of the dust, the nights have become colder now, getting down to around 
65 degrees F. Unfortunately the dust also brings with it the yearly epi- 
demics which siveep across northern Nigeria in the dry season, taking 
many lives in their wake. But right now it's a happy time in the village, 
as the rains have been plentiful this year, and the coming guinea-corn 



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harvest looks good. (But only thirty miles north, rain has been so scarce 
that it will probably produce famine conditions this year.) The peanuts 
have been havested now, so the people are enjoying the bit of slack time. 

Around here people get an early start on the day's ivork, so I'm often up 
by 4:4-5 a.m., and ready for the sack by 8:30 at night. Breakfast arrives 
anyivhere betiveen 6:00 a.m., and one o'clock, with supper coming pretty 
close to 7:15 in the evening. Aside from the tivo meal breaks and occasional 
visits from folks dropping by to greet us, the day's work is pretty steady. 
While John Guli works on the translation of the remaining half of the New 
Testament in his room down the road, I'm here at the table checking the 
work he's already completed. I've just finished checking Jude and Luke, 
and will be digging into Matthew as soon as John finishes it. The galley 
proofs of Mark are expected any day now from the printer, so we hope 
Mark will be off the press before Easter. The local Christians are busy 
working on plans for a set of Higi primers to teach the people how to read, 
and we hope that reading classes can begin this dry season. 

John Guli and I continue to push to reach our goal of having the manu- 
script of the whole New Testament ready for publishing by early 197 'U. 
We hope that his other increasing church responsibilities will allow him 
sufficient time to complete the translation within the coming year. Need- 
less to say, ive're both learning much in the exacting process of translating 
and checking. He and I are deeply grateful to those of you who have shown 
so much kindness to us, and who daily kneel to pray for us and the young 
illiterate Nigerian church here. Thank you sincerely. 

At this Christmastime, may the great news of the arrival of the Savior 
of the world be shouted from our hearts in praise to God! If you could see 
all that it's meant in the lives of some of the Higi Christians here (and 
in others' lives all over Africa and around the world) you'd shout too! 



ENVISION US 



by Weir E. Tritch 



As night time turns to morning gay, 
Our feathered friends in tree tops sway. 

In towering lair as each awakes, 
With golden notes, the stillness breaks. 

The grass iand grain with life renew 
As nature spreads its silvery dew. 

All life is bathed with song and bliss 
As earth receives this morning kiss. 

Help us, Lord, to humbly see 
That this could come from only Thee. 

Enlighten us that we may see, 
Lord, Our Father, more of Thee 

When in the stillness of the night 
We see the fullness of Thy might 

As endless heavens stretch away, 
And solar diamonds lofty stay. 

It's easy to behold Thy might 
When gazing upward in the night 

If only Thou wilt help us see 
Such glory comes from none but Thee. 



The lilly, rare and beautified, 
Its gleaming whiteness cannot hide. 

On it the white of heaven fell, 
That it Thy pureness might foretell. 

Daybreak comes with Thy delight 
To graoe the world with heaven's light 

That from the soil that Thou did'st bless, 
Can come such graoe and loveliness. 

Make our sight divinely keen, 
That through it all Thou can'st be seen. 

'Twas man, may we for ever know, 
Thou made'st from earth so long ago 

To live on this terrestial ball, 
And have dominion over all. 

Before mankind of every race 
Thou did'st the cornucopia place. 

Wilt Thou Thy grace to man unfold 
That he may sacred treasures hold. 

Guide his thoughts that he may be 
Always grateful unto Thee. 



January 29, 1972 



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BOOK REVIEWS 



A rather lengthy book review of the HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN 
CHURCH: Its Life, Thought, Mission was published some time ago in 
THE MENNONITE QUARTERLY REVIEW. This was written by 
Carlton 0. Wittlinger of Messiah College. 

A portion of this review is presented in this issue for the benefit of those 
who do not yet possess a copy of this historical book which was written 
by one of our own Brethren pastors, Elder Albert T. Ronk, D.D. Historian 
and Archivist of Ashland Theological Seminary. 



History of the Brethren Church: Its Life, Thought and 
Mission. By Albert T. Ronk, Ashland, Ohio: Breth- 
ren Publishing Co., 1968., p. 524. $6.95. 



The designation "The Brethren Church" refers to 
one of the three groups into which the German Baptist 
Brethren divided in the 1880's. This particular group 
represented a protest against what its members regard- 
jed as an unscriptural and legalistic control of congre- 
gational life by the German Baptist Annual Meetings. 
A case in point was the Annual Meeting insistence upon 
adherence to a prescribed dress code as a test of church 
membership. 

Approximately one-third of the book traces the 
German Baptist Brethren movement from its origin 
to the separation of the Brethren Church in the 1880's. 
The remainder treats the thought and life of that church 
from its inception to the present. After educational and 
theological controversy in the 1930's split the ranks 
into Grace Brethren and Ashland Brethren wings, the 
author limits his study to the latter. 

Dr. Ronk has lived his entire life within the stream 
of the movement about which he writes. He approached 
his task, however, hoping to write as "a bystander with- 
out personal bias," and on the assumption that any 



tendency toward bias could be corrected by "copious 
documentation." 

While the study outcomes do not always accord with 
these expectations, the author's personal involvement 
with his subject matter has certain advantages. He has 
chosen to make the assessment of the motivations or 
mind of the Brethren his guiding light. This approach 
requires great capacity to enter into the Brethren 
mentality; it calls for someone like Dr. Ronk in whom 
"Brethrenism in depth" has been instilled. 

This work should be read by everyone with a serious 
interest in the origin and development of the Brethren 
Church. The extensive documentation indicates that the 
study draws upon a rich body of source materials, 
much of which evidently is brought to bear for the first 
time upon the history of that group. Dr. Ronk is to 
be congratulated for his extensive labors in assembling 
and processing much of this material for further 
scholarly use. 

The format of the study reveals the author's 
wrestling with the length of the period covered, the 
voluminous sources, and the problem of selecting and 
arranging his material within a meaningful, interpre- 
tive frame of reference. He has made a commendable 
effort to identify integrating themes for chapters which, 
taken as a whole, combine elements of both chrono- 
logical and topical approaches to Brethren history. 



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TERHOOD 



SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 

Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

SENIOR: Obstacles of Faith—Delays 



PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



OBSTACLES OF FAITH 




DELAYS 




by Evelyn Ingraham 



Text: John 11:145 
Read text aloud. 

Discuss the following: 

1. What does Jesus say is the purpose of Lazarus' 
sickness (vs. 3-6) ? 

2. Describe Martha's reaction to Jesus' delay in 
coming to Lazarus (vs. 17-27). 

3. Describe Mary's reaction to Jesus' delay (vs. 32-33). 

4. Jesus sees these people in sorrow. What is His 
response in verses 33-35? 

5. In verse 40 Jesus promises what? 

6. Was Jesus' purpose of glorifying the Father 
accomplished (vs. 41-46) ? 



Conclusion: 

Believe it or not delays can be of the Lord, not 
hindrance but rather a test of faith. Often there 
much anguish, but it will be worth your while to ws 
on the Lord. 

The Lord's ways are not our ways. He sees what v 
do not see. He does not measure time as we do becau; 
He works from the view of eternity. Do not try to o, 
guess God. Do not set a time limit on Him. His timir 
is perfect. "And therefore the Lord will wait that I 
may be gracious to you" (Isaiah 30:18). 



ranuary 29, 1972 



Page Twenty-nine 



THIS COULD HAPPEN 



Five little Christians 
Shopping in the store; 
One ran off to gossip 
And then there were four. 



Four little Christians 
Golfing on the tee; 
One cussed out the preacher 
And then there were three. 



Three little Christians 
Kicking with a shoe; 
Struck Women's Lib President 
And then there were two. 



Two little Christians 
Condemning everyone; 
But one spoke ill of the other 
And then there was one. 



One little Christian 
Judging what had been done; 
Asked God's forgiveness 
And spiritual blessings won. 



This one little Christian 

His neighbors sought to- woo; 

And praised the services of his church 

So now there were two. 



Two little Christians 
Strengthening their church the more; 
Doubled all their efforts 
And now there were four. 



Four growing Christians 
Praising God so great; 
Kept on doubling their numbers 
Until they were eight. . . . 



Then sixteen; then thirty -two; 

Then sixty-four; then 128 

And the host kept singing: 

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow." 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



"You told me how good you were when 
I hired you a few weeks ago," said a 
foreman to one of his men. "Now tell me 
all over again, I'm beginning to get 
discouraged." 



LESSON No. 1 

After the honeymoon, the new husband 
asked his bride, "You don't mind if I point 
out a few of your little defects, do you?" 

"Not at all," replied the bride. "It's 
those little defects that kept me from 
getting a better husband, Dear." 



Man to little boy: "Do you think your 
daddy will be laid up long with his injured 
leg?" 

Little boy: "Yes, I think so. Compen- 
sation's set in." 



A father had rebuked his daughters 
rather severely and afterwards a friend 
said to him, "You were pretty hard on 
them, weren't you?" 

"I don't think so," said the father. 
"They're too biased." 

"How do you mean, biased? asked the 
friend. 

"Well, it's this way," said the father. 
"It's buy us this, and buy us that, until 
I'm practically broke." 



In spite of his 99 years, the old man 
lived by himself on the side of a mountain. 
When his son, 78, tried to get the father 
to move down to the village, the older 
man objected. 

"Mebbe I oughta go," the oldster ad- 
mitted to his grandson, who was 57, "but 
I just hate tc have a young upstart tellin' 
me what I gotta do." 



GOING BY THE BOOK 

Superintendent: "Your reports should 

be written in such a manner that even 

the most ignorant may understand them." 

Foreman: "Yes, sir. What part is it 

that you don't understand?" 



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RETIRING COUPLE HONORED 



THE YOUNG MARRIED PEOPLES CLASS of the 
Mexico First Brethren Church were the sponsors 
of a farewell supper given in the church dining hall 
Sunday evening, December 12. 

Their pastor, the Rev. Floyd Sibert, and Mrs. Sibert, 
who retired from the ministry and moved to their new- 
ly built home near Burlington, were the honored guests. 

A carry-in dinner was served with the class providing 
the turkey. The tables were decorated with evergreen 
boughs, red candles and frosted pine cones. 

Following the supper the program was presented in 
the main auditorium with over 125 in attendance. 



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A "This Is Your Life" story was given by Mrs. Joseph 
Berkheiser who collected the items which began in the 
year of Rev. and Mrs. Sibert's birth and continued 
through the years to the present day. 

This included the life of both Rev. and Mrs. Sibert in 
all the places they have lived since he entered the min- 
istry, first filling the pulpit at the Teegarden Church in 
the northern part of the state in 1925. 



They have been at the Mexico church over 13 years. 
Relatives attending were Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sibert, 
Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Watkins, (Rev. Sibert's 
sister Regina), Winona Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Imboden and Mrs. Mary Imboden, relatives of Mrs. 
Sibert's, all of Chillioothe, Ohio. 

The church moderator and teacher of the sponsoring 
class presented the Siberts with a gift from the church. 

Rev. Sibert was born January 27, 1899 at Tyner, 
Indiana, the son of Lewis and Myrtle (Stoneburner) 
Sibert. He was the second oldest child in a family oi 
- five children. 

He attended school at the one room Sibert School 
(thus named because their farm land was the closest 
to the school) in 1905. He farmed with horses and he 
raised and broke them to pull a two-wheel cart. He 
and his brothers rode white ponies to school and tct| 
Kuntz Lake in the summer to swim. 

He earned his college money by hauling gravel in s ; 
wagon with removable planks in the bottom, drawn 
by horses. His first job was at the Ball Rand Rubben 
Boot factory, Mishawaka, Indiana in 1918. 

He entered Ashland College in the early 1920's. Hiii 
first church was the Ellet Brethren Church, Akron, Ohic! 
in 1929. It was while he was pastor at the Ellet church 
that he married Adda Imboden of Logen, Ohio or) 
October 3, 1930. 

In 1931 to 1938 he pastored the Masontown, Pennsyl, 
vania Brethren Church. It was there that he had th<| 
largest mid-week service. 

In 1938 to 1942 he served the Pittsburgh, Pennsylj 
vania Church. In 1942 to 1954 he lived at the Pleasanji 
Hill, Ohio parsonage and served the church very well!: 
because it was there that a new educational unit wl 
built and the sanctuary remodeled. 

From 1954 to 1958 he pastored the Burlingto] 
Brethren Church. While there a new educational uni 
was built onto the church. 

In November 1958 he accepted the call to go to th>! 
Mexico First Brethren Church. While there he tool 
into the church membership 58 people by letter or haf 
tism. They organized an adult choir, junior choir an 
Daily Vacation Bible School plus numerous othe 
things. 

He preached his farewell sermon on Sunday, Deeen 
ber 19, thus closing his pastorate at the Mexico churc 
and retiring from the active ministry in the Brethre 
denomination. 

They moved to their new home near Burlingto] 
Indiana on December 23, 1971. Their new address 
Rural Route 1, Bringhurst, Indiana 46913. 



uary 29, 1972 



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A NEW BOOK FOR YOUR 
MISSIONS LIBRARY 




Dr. Albert T. Ronk has just finished his new 
book, History of Brethren Missionary Movements 
which traces the history of all of our present 
Brethren Mission fields plus those before 1940. 

This 168 page paperback book will contain an 
insert with pictures of the pioneer missionaries 
as well as maps of their fields. The history will 
be sold by the Book and Pamphlet Commission 
through the Brethren Book Store for $2.25 plus 
350 postage and handling, as of February 1, 1972. 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
is preparing a workbook for use with the history 
in teaching a course on Brethren Missions in 
camps or in the local church. This workbook 
should be available in early summer of 1972. 

To be among the first to receive a copy of the 
History of Brethren Missionary Movements, fill 
in the coupon below and give with your $2.60 to 
a representative of the Missionary Board or mail 
to: Brethren Publishing Company, 524 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

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Vol. XCIV 



February 12, 1972 



No. 3 



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EVANGEL. I S 



EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor Of Publications George Schuster 

Contributing; Editors 

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

Central Council Rev. Smith F. Rose 

Missionary Board Mr. John Rowsey 

Sisterhood Miss Sherry Barnhart 

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 

Second Class Postage Paid at Ashland, Ohio 

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

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

Publication ui any article does not necessarily indicate endorsement by 
The Brethren Church, The Brethren Publishing Company or Board, or the 
editorial staff. 

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Executive Committee 

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In This Issue: 

3 Does The Church Have A Heart? 

(Guest Editorial) by Dorman Ronk 

4 Brethren Care, Inc. 

9 "What Can We Do To Help?" 
by Marlin McCann 

10 News From The Brethren 

13 Only A Boy 

from Jewish Hope 

15 Book Reviews 

16 Know Your Brethren Churches 

Berlin Brethren Church 

19 Sisterhood 

20 Missionary News 

25 Board of Christian Education 

28 Motivated Men 

by Candi Baker 

29 Cheep Advice — Laff-A-Little 

30 Poetry Corner 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



At a recent Board meeting of The Brethren Publishing 
Company a suggestion was made to begin a series of 
articles entitled "Know Your Brethren Churches." 

The first of this series is being published beginning 
with this issue and features the Berlin Brethren Church 
of Berlin, Pennsylvania. 

It is hoped that this will be a regular feature of our 
church paper in the future. It is also hoped that in this 
migratory era of society moving from one place to 
another so frequently than many nostalgic memories 
may be stirred a bit. Also this series may serve in 
announcing that with many radical changes being made 
in all facets of life in modern society, The Brethren 
Church still is clinging to the basic principles upon 
which the foundation of the church was built. 

The line drawing of the church accompanying this 
announcement is the old Berlin Church which at one 
time was referred to as the Holsinger Church. 




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DOES THE CHURCH HAVE A 




by Dorman Ronk 



MORE PEOPLE are living in one of the 24,000 
nursing homes in our nation than ever before. 
For some, these homes are a brief transitional 
Deriod between hospitalization and recovery, but 
pr many it is a permanent home. This trend re- 
elects the changing nature of our society and 
family life. 

Vvhen families are unable to take care of a 
parent, when special care or a diet is needed, the 
lursing home is often called upon to fill this need, 
however, many parents are placed in nursing 
lomes just to get them out of the way. A sad but 
true statement of our changing society. 

Many of these nursing homes are operated by 
3rofit-making business people, who have as their 
)rime goal the desire to make money. Love of 
noney comes first. This fact can be seen in the 
ast growth of the expanding of several national 
chains of nursing homes. The Four Seasons 
Nursing Homes bankruptcy in Ohio is an example 
)f this condition. The demand on the managers 
}f each home is to return a profit to the owners. 
roo often this is accomplished by cutting down 
3n services. 

Because this is a fact of our present society, 
he church has a very definite responsibility. 
Previously we have been afraid to venture out 
nto this needed area. We claim Christ as our 
Saviour; therefore, we must turn our lives over 
to be used in service for our Saviour. We have a 
responsibility to help those in need. As Christians 
we care for our own, also as Christians we have 
a responsibility to provide care for others in our 
ommunities. 

The Benevolent Board of The Brethren Church 
has been commissioned by the Church to provide 
care for the elderly. Its objective is to give a home 



to others who need it, at a minimum of cost — 
sufficient for expenses, but not for profit — and 
yet midst comfortable and cheerful surroundings. 
As our society has changed, the Benevolent 
Board has changed its outreach to meet the needs 
of our society. Let us, likewise, be open to the 
leading of the Holy Spirit to see the opportunities 
for using the talents that God has given us to 
assist the aged. 



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Mr. Dorman Ronk is the Executive Secretary 
of THE BENEVOLENT BOARD OF THE 
BRETHREN CHURCH, secretary of the Board 
of Directors, Brethren Care, Inc., Moderator and 
a member of the Deacon Board of the First 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 



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BRETHREN CARE, INC 





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nr^HE PROCESS of securing a copyright for the name 
1 "Brethren Care, Inc.," has started. The Benevolent 
Board feels this phrase bears a double meaning and 
should be used by nursing homes and retirement cen- 
ters which are sponsored and supported by The Breth- 
ren denomination. 

Surely the Brethren do care! This was evident in the 
thinking nearly fifty years ago, when the Brethren's 
Home in Flora was built. The feeling that prompted 
gifts of the site and money to provide the home and 
the care, which many needed at that time, still persists 
today. The atmosphere of love and concern is felt in 
Flora. The care of fellow Christians is realized. 

The second meaning of Brethren Care is demonstrated 
in the daily acts of kindness. We want the residents to 
know that each one is important, and that their welfare 
and comforts are of utmost importance. A comfortable 
home, adequate care, a balanced diet, and activity for 
special interests are assured. A happy home will make 
happy residents. 

The name of The Brethren's Home in Indiana will 
not change. Long ago it was incorporated under this 
title. The thinking of Brethren caring wil] be sufficient. 

In December, 1970, incorporation papers were filed 
with the Secretary of the State of Ohio to make Breth- 
ren Care, Inc., in Ohio a reality. This Corporation will 
handle the work of The Benevolent Board within Ohio. 






The Board of Directors includes two Benevolent Boar 
members (Marlin McCann and Mrs. Charles Munson 
and two Ashland Brethren (Dr. L. E. Lindower and Mis 
Dorothy Carpenter). As nursing homes and retiremer 
centers spread into other districts, Brethren Care wi 
incorporate into that district to facilitate the work c 
The Benevolent Board. 

The new outreach of providing retirement centei 
will be in areas where there is a need. By providing ad| 
quate housing, activities, and health care in early p\ 
tirement, the retiree can remain a more active membe 
of our society, without being dependent upon his chi 
dren. If he has an adequate diet, friends, and somethin 
worthwhile to do, he is more content and moi 
independent. 

This expanding outreach will be built slowly and o 
a sound financial basis. Each new retirement cente 
area must be able to pay its own way. As our Februar 
offering and other gifts increase, some assistance wi 
be offered to the Brethren who desire assistance. A 
ways there is a need for more funds, and you are invite 
to be a part of the expanding program. Developmei 
and construction money is available through lendin 
agencies, but the interest rate is generally high. Man 
of us have savings and retirement money which 
invested elsewhere. The Benevolent Board offers yq 
the opportunity to loan this money to assist in the e 
panding work. Write for information. 



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PROGRESS 



rIE FIRST of the Brethren Care establishments is many Brethren. Those who have attended Ashland 
under construction in Ashland. You have read about Co. lege and/or the Theological Seminary, General Con- 
be beginning in previous issues of The Brethren Evan- ference > missionaries and ministers alike have strong 

„• * u + t 4-u f ■ a ui j • ties l0 tms cit y- More than the sentimental tie is the 

©Inst, but for those of us in Ashland it is an exciting , - . , . . 

need for nursing homes in this area. State reports in- 

eallty ' dicated the dearth of qualified nursing facilities in this 

Ashland was chosen because it is the "home" for so part of the state. 



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In 1970 over six acres of land at the south edge of 
he Ashland city limits became available, option was 
btained, building permits, city ordinances, and prob- 
lems were confronted and surmounted, and building 
lans started. Holland Associates of Akron, Ohio, were 
mployed to design and develop the nursing home. Mr. 
ack Holland has designed several nursing homes and 
ipartment housing units for the elderly. His background 
Las been very valuable in enabling us to venture out 
n this program. 



The loan for the construction was secured from The 
First National Bank of Ashland and shared by the 
Union Commerce Bank of Cleveland. Bids were received, 
and the contract was signed with Mowry Construction 
Company of Ashland in September, 1971. 

The mild winter weather has been ideal for construc- 
tion. The exterior walls are up, the roof trusses are in 
place, most of the windows are installed, and the build- 
ing should be completely enclosed by January 15. Com- 
pletion and occupancy are anticipated for early April. 



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r[E ADMINISTRATOR for Brethren Care in Ash- 
land will be Lenny E. Seaman, a member of The 
Brethren Church in Ashland, and a recent employee of 
the Ashland City - County and the State of Ohio Health 
Departments. 

Lenny is a graduate of Polk High School, and started 
his college education at Ashland College. This was inter- 
rupted by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1941, from which 
he retired after twenty years of active service as a Chief 
Petty Officer. 

He served in the hospital corps of the USN, receiving 
training at Norfolk, Virginia, and Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania. His sea duty included the landing at Hollandia, 
New Guinea, and the Philippines invasion. Following 
World War II, Seaman worked in several naval hos- 
pitals: Oceanside, California; St. Albans, New York; 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Argentia, Newfound- 
land. Each location was an advancement based upon his 
prior training and experience, till he served at the U.S. 
Naval Gun Factory in Washington, D.C., for five years 
as the medical department logistics and accounting 
officer. During the Korean War he was the senior med- 
ical department representative aboard destroyers, being 
responsible for the health of the 300-man crew. 

Lenny attended the U.S. Naval School of Hospital 
Accounting, the School of Radiological Safety, and the 
U.S. Naval School of Hospital Administration, and 
George Washington University. Following his discharge 
from the Navy, and while he was employed by the local 
health department, he completed his college work at 
Ashland College, majoring in accounting and business 
management. 

His family includes his wife, the former Frances 
Burns of Ashland, and four children: Jeffrey, an eighth 



grader, Elizabeth, a freshman at Ashland High School 
Deborah, a freshman at Ashland College, and David 
David and his wife, Le Anne, reside in Orange County 
Florida, near Winter Park, where Dave works in ; 
Youth Center. They have a son, Thomas David, who 1 
just 8 weeks old. 

Lenny and his family reside at 833 Eastern Avenu< 
in Ashland. 

Lenny will serve as an apprentice to the administrate-; 
of The Otterbein Home, Charles Dilgard, in Lebanon 
Ohio. The two men are friends, which is a good begin 
ning. Both Homes are Christian Homes, which is tbi 
important factor in finding a preceptor and apprentioi 
team. In addition to observing and working part-time ii 
Lebanon for six months, Lenny will participate in thi 
administrator's class at Bowling Green State University 
and pass the examinations before becoming a license! 
administrator. Most of his training will be complete* 
before Brethren Care opens, so then his time will to 
undivided. 



FUTURE PLANS 

Future plans * in Ashland include retirement apart 
ments. This is quite indefinite as yet, but thinking i 
toward both one-floor condominium-type apartment! 
near the nursing care building, and a large apartmen 
building at another location. 

Condominium-type apartments will be small resider 
tial buildings, built especially for the retired person 
The cost will be borne by the resident who may pui 
chase or lease the apartment. As funds become aval, 
able, some of these apartments could be rented monthlji 

Funding for the apartment building would be throug 
an FHA program of housing for the elderly. The 23 
bill is a low-interest guaranteed loan which helps t 
keep the rent at a lower level. 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Pennsylvania is the next district to actively oonside 
Brethren Care, Inc. At their district conference in 197 
a committee was formed to study the possibilities am 
to work with The Benevolent Board to make this 
reality. 

Members of the district to the committee are Robei 
Adams of Levittown and Rev. Henry Bates of Wayn 
Heights. Members from the Board to this committee ar 
John Golby of Johnstown and James Mackall of Vino< 

This committee met in December to formulate thei 
plans, hoping to have some definite recommendatior 
to present at their conference in July. Committee men! 
bers will investigate site possibilities, zoning an 
utilities, in addition to state code, health departmer 
restrictions, and state survey and reports ooncernin 
the need in certain locations. 

Preliminary contacts have been made in Indian- 
Iowa, and California. When inquiries arrive, answei 
are given and sometimes a personal visit is made. Man 
people are interested and concerned about the elderl 
in their communities. It is good to be aware of tr 
opportunities which are about us for helping these, wh 
are also God's children. 



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BRETHREN'S HOME-FLORA, INDIANA 



T^HIS HAS BEEN a marvelous year for the people 
1 who live at The Brethren's Home in Flora. In 
iddition to living in a Christian atmosphere and receiv- 
ng nutritious food and excellent care, the residents 
lave witnessed a miracle, performed by God, the Great 
D hysician, on Robert Bischof, the Administrator. 

The General Conference in August was alarmed when 
he Bisehofs were not in attendance because of Bob's 
wealth. Hearing the urgent need for open-heart surgery, 
>eople across the land began to pray for Bob's com- 
pete healing. 

The surgery was performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, 
ind surely the Lord worked through the medical team 
here. In two weeks Bob had returned to Flora, and 
'ery quickly resumed some office duties. His strength 
ind healing were evidence of God's power — even the 
loctors were surprised, and called it a miracle. His 
;chedule now is normal, and he is thankful to be about 
lis Father's business in Flora. 

Earlier in the spring Bob completed training courses 
it Purdue University and qualified for his administra- 
or's license. A well-supervised Home continues to be 
i happy home for the forty members of the "family" 
n The Brethren's Home of Indiana. 

This present facility is only the beginning of the 
>ossilibities in Flora. Plans for expansion are being 
leveloped, and then The Brethren's Home will be a 
complete retirement and nursing care center. The need 
or such a Center is urgent in this district, and the 
mcleus of such a Center is already established. 

The land is there. Forty-two acres are in the plot— 
ome is rented out as farm land, but plenty is available 
or expansion. The central services — kitchen and dining 
ireas, lounges, administrator's and nurses' offices — are 
tdequate for more than the present forty residents. 

The plan is to add a wing to The Home, which will 
>e equipped for skilled nursing care. Ten additional 
'ooms could care for twenty residents who need full- 
ime ursing care. The present structure would be classi- 
fied as residential care. The two areas will be separated 
)y the offices and central services, consequently will 



have different rates for care. (At the present time 
everyone is classified by the State as needing full-time 
care. ) 

The third housing area will be the apartments for 
the retired people who want to be free from caring 
for a property, yet who do not need any nursing care. 

The three, brick cottages which have been built for 
many years have always provided homes for retired 
people. The former Home — the 2-story brick structure 
—will be remodeled to provide nine additional apart- 
ments. Notice the preliminary plan (page 8) for the 
remodeling: each apartment will have a living room, 
1 bedroom, a kitchen and a bath; adequate and com- 
fortable for 1 or 2 people. 

By providing this complete retirement and nursing 
Center, the Benevolent Board can meet the needs of 
many others, and so better use the land and facilities 
there. Realizing the need and the present structures, 
one wonders why delay longer. Finances! Once again 
progress is hindered because funds are lacking. 

A bonding program will be established for the pro- 
posed construction of the nursing wing and remodeling 
for the apartments. Plans also include financing by life- 
time lease or monthly payment arrangement. 

Your help now can be a gift, and by naming The 
Benevolent Board in your will. Planning how your 
estate will be divided is good stewardship. An expanding 
program is built on a sound supply of money. 

No matter how much we write and talk about the 
services available, we occasionally find someone who 
is totally unaware of our program. Will you help us? 
A pastor is a good publicity agent and frequently con- 
tacts us when someone in his congregation desires 
information. Your neighbors, friends, and relatives may 
need you to tell them about The Home. 

Entrance to The Home is certainly not limited to 
Brethren, though they are given priority. Please use 
the envelope enclosed in this issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist to seek more information about any phase 
of this work: retirement apartments, residential or 
nursing care living, financial gifts, or other information. 



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BRETHREN CARE — ABOUT OTHERS 



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WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP? 



by Marlin L McCann 



| AM CONCERNED we Brethren become in- 
creasingly aware of the needs of one another. 
[ believe we are, as we seek to provide more 
facilities for the retired of our denomination and 
community. But let's face it — we cannot build a 
retirement complex in every community, ooon 
we will have two facilities; the existing Flora 
Home and our new Brethren Care center in 
Ashland. For those living in the immediate areas 
di these two units, you have the greater oppor- 
tunity for service to Brethren people. 

There should be auxiliary organizations where- 
by services can be provided : worship, entertain- 
ment, crafts, social events and the like. For these 
able to be out and around there could be activities 
in the local church, especially for the retired. Of 
course, I am sure they would like to be included 
in groups of all ages as well. Some of our churches 
and districts plan golden-age retreats. Youth 
groups within the church can serve by taking 
special worship services to the people on a reg- 
ular basis. We find the time to go caroling at 
Christmas, what about the rest of the year ? These 
are but a couple of the many areas for helping out 
in Flora and Ashland. 

But what about the rest of the Brethren who 
don't live in these two areas? What can we do? 
I am sure there is a denominational retirement/ 
nursing facility in your area somewhere. (In my 
immediate area there are three, plus some smaller, 
private homes.) In addition to those residing in 
these facilities, there are many older people living 
by themselves or with relatives. These are mem- 
bers of your church. When was the last time you 



visited one of them — to talk and listen to them, 
to share your life with them? Have you ever 
offered to take one of them to town, or to the 
doctor, or for a ride, or to your own home for a 
visit? Have you ever shared a family event with 
one who has no family? These may seem like in- 
significant little things, but to someone who has 
been forgotten they can mean a great deal. 

We shouldn't be satisfied to let the government 
or a social agency or our pastor or someone else 
take the responsibility, for we have done this too 
long! It is personally our Christian concern! 

In the next planning session, youth or W.M.S. 
meeting at your church give some consideration 
as to what you, as a group, as an individual can 
do on a continuing basis to care. Remember, one 
day you, too, will be one of the forgotten ten 
percent of the population. 




Rev. Marlin McCann is pastor of the Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church in Pineville, Virginia. He is 
presently serving as president of the Benevolent 
Board of the Brethren Church, president of The 
Brethren's Home of Indiana, Inc., president of 
Brethren Care, Inc. of Ashland, Ohio. 



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Bellefontaine, Ohio. The Gretna 
Brethren Church will hold their 
2nd Missionary Conference March 
3, 4 and 5. Rev. Ingraham will be 
the resource leader. 

Goshen, Ind. Sunday evening Jan- 
uary 9, 1972 pictures of South 
America were shown by Doug 
Risser about some of his work 
there at the Children's Home while 
in the Peace Corps. 

Washington, D.C. The Annual Mis- 
sionary Conference was held 
January 28-30. Participating were 
Rev. Virgil Ingraham, General 
Secretary of the Missionary Board 
and Mr. Carlos Miranda. Carlos 
is originally from Argentina, is 
at present at Ashland Theological 
Seminary and in the future will 
be a missionary in Argentina. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. On Sunday, 
January 23, a India Mission Rally 
was held. Rev. and Mrs. Virgil 
Ingraham presented first-hand pic- 
tures of the growing work in 
India, taken on their trip. 

Ashland, Ohio. The women and 
young girls of the Park Street 
First Brethren Church are operat- 
ing an "Out Reach Nursery" 
where they care for children of 
adults who are attending the 
Adult Education Program in Ash- 
land. The Church School Christ- 
mas Project received $100.57 to 
purchase clothing for the boys in 
the Brethren Mission Orphanage 
in Rajahmundry, India. This will 
enable them to purchase 20 com- 
plete outfits for the boys. 

Waynesboro, Pa. The children of 
the Wayne Heights church decor- 
ated a Christmas tree with en- 
velopes of money for missions. 
This offering was sent to the 
mission work at Lost Creek, 
Kentucky. 



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Canton, Ohio. The Annual Sweet- 
heart Banquet of the Trinity 
Brethren Church was held Feb- 
uary 12 in Walker's Country Style 
Restaurant in Louisville. The 
Louisville Church was invited to 
join in this evening of fun and 
fellowship. 

Sarasota, Fla. Mr. Bill Fasig and 
Mr. Bruce Woodman, who sings 
and plays baritone horn and is 
with South American Crusades, 
gave a concert January 2nd. The 
Annual Missionary Conference 
will be held February 16-20th with 
Rev. Virgil Ingraham. Rev. Harold 
Barnett held revival services Jan- 
uary 16-23rd. 



Weddings 




TROEGER-ALLISON. Joellen 
Troeger and David R. Allison were 
united in marriage on Saturday, 
October 23, 1971 in a double-ring 
ceremony in the Goshen First Breth- 
ren Church, Goshen, Indiana by the 
father of the groom, Rev. Richard 
Allison, pastor of Jefferson Brethren 
Church. Mrs. Allison is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Troeger. 



Goldenaires 

i 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Eicher ojl 
352 Penn Place, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Annij 
versary December 20, 1971. Opeii 
house was held January 9th. 



Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schrock oek 
brated their 56th Wedding Anniver 
sary on January 1, 1972. They an 
members of the Sarasota Firs 
Brethren Church. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Will Pottenger oele 
brated their 60th Wedding Anniver 
sary December 13, 1971. Their famih 
had a surprise dinner for them. The; 
are members of the North Mar 
Chester First Brethren Church 



Memorials 




ROYER. Mrs. W. McKinle 
(Edna) Royer, 71, for many year 
a member of the Brethren Churc 
in Louisville, passed away Octobe 
18, 1971. Services were conducte 
in the Stier Funeral Home in Louii 
vil'c by Rev. John Byler who serve 
in previous years as her pasto; 
Burial was in Union Cemetery c 
Louisville. 



MILLER. Mr. Donald G. Mille 
50, died October 21, 1971. He was 
member of the Loree Brethre 
Church. He was a Deacon, Sunda 
School teacher and held many office 
in the church and Indiana Distric 

Rev. W. E. Thomas 



February 12, 1972 



Page Eleven 



BOWLING. Mrs. Laura Bowling 
jof Brandy wine, Maryland died 
November 27, 1971. Mrs, Bowling 
Ivas a member of the Washington 
Brethren Church. Funeral services 
vere conducted by the pastor, Rev. 
Robert Keplinger. 

WHARTON. Mrs. Selesta E. 
Wharton, 81, of The Brethren's 
Some, Flora, Indiana, died January 
1, 1972. Funeral services were con- 
ducted at First Brethren Church in 
North Liberty, Indiana, where she 
was a life-long member. Rev. Kent 
Bennett, pastor, assisted by Rev. 
William Thomas, Loree, a former 
pastor, officiated. Burial was in East- 
awn Cemetery, North Liberty. 

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LAMB. Mrs. William C. (Nellie) 
Lamb, 71, of San Diego, California 
and a life-long member of the Breth- 
pen Church in Louisville, Ohio, 
passed away February 19, 1971. 
Services were conducted in Paquelet 
Funeral Home of Louisville by Rev. 
[John Byler, pastor of the Trinity 
Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, who 
served as her pastor for a number 
>f years. Burial was in Union 
emetery at Louisville. 

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SMITH. James O. Smith, 75, of 
anton departed this life on Novem- 
>er 3, 1971. His membership was in 
[he Brethren Church of Louisville, 
Ohio. Services were conducted by 
Ftev. John Byler from the Formet 
ind Clevenger Funeral Home in 
Canton, with burial in Union Ceme- 
ery in Louisville. 



SUTTON. Mrs. J. F. (Zilpha) 
Sutton, 86, the oldest member of 
the Trinity Brethren Church, Can- 
ton, Ohio, passed away on September 
13, 1971. A memorial service was 
conducted by her pastor, Rev. John 
Byler in the Schneeberger and Son 
Funeral Home and burial was in 

Westlawn Cemetery in Canton. 

* * * 

HILL. Mrs. Ralph C. (Mary) Hill, 
65, of Ft. Myers, Florida passed 
away in Auitman Hospital in Can- 
ton, Ohio on September 12, 1971. 
She was a faithful member of the 
Trinity Brethren Church of Canton 
for many years, but lived in Florida 
in recent years. Services were con- 
ducted by her pastor, Rev. John 
Byler, and burial was in Westlawn 

Cemetery in Canton. 

* * * 

STAHLY. Mrs. Henry (Mary) 
Stahly, a member of the Sarasota 
Brethren Church for fourteen years, 
formerly of Nappanee, Indiana, 
passed away December 17, 1971. 
Funeral services were held at the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church with 
Rev. Fred Vanator, founder and 
pastor emeritus and Rev. J. D. 
Hamel, pastor, officiating. Burial 

was in Sarasota Memorial Park. 

* * * 

WITTER. Mrs. George (Helen) 
Witter, 48, passed unexpectedly from 
this life on January 7, 1972. Memo- 
rial services were conducted in the 
Reed Funeral Home in Canton, Ohio 
by her pastor, Rev. John Byler. 
Burial was at Forest Hill Cemetery 
in Canton. 



HERBRUCK. William Herbruck, 

67, died unexpectedly from a heart 

attack on December 21, 1971. He 

was a life-long member of Trinity 

Brethren Church in Canton, Ohio. 

Memorial services were conducted 

by Rev. John Byler in the Formet 

and Clevenger Funeral Home, with 

interment in Sunset Hills Burial 

Park in North Canton. 
* * * 

HANCOCK. Mrs. Ruth Hancock 
died November 23, 1971 at Washing- 
ton, D.C. She was a member of the 
Washington Brethren Church and 
its predecessor for more than fifty 
years. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by Rev. Robert Keplinger. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Sarasota, Florida — 

6 by baptism 
4 by letter 

Canton, Ohio (Trinity) — 

4 by baptism 

5 by letter 

2 by reclamation 

St. James, Maryland — 

19 by baptism 

Hagerstown, Maryland — 

4 by baptism 

1 by reclamation 

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania — 

2 by letter 

Herndon, Virginia (Chandon) — 

3 by baptism 



ANNOUNCEMENT 

The Christian Reader magazine has an article in the February-March 1972 issue 
entitled "Up From The Scrap Heap." written by Rev. John Young, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is a very dynamic article. 
Be sure to pick up your copy of this issue of the Christian Reader. 



Page Twelve The Brethren Evangelis 

AN OPEN LETTER FROM SANDY 




JJ ti.9^SSm 



Mrs. Edward (Sandra) Schwartz is the -wife 
of Rev. Edward S. Schwartz, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Oak Hill, West Virginia. 



Dear Brethren Friends: 

I have so much to thank my Lord for this year that I don't know where 
to begin. In the early fall of 1971 my doctor told me that I had a huge kid- 
ney stone in my remaining kidney, and it must be removed immediately. 
My first thoughts were for my family. How woidd they manage while 
Mommy had surgery? 

Because of the seriousness of my operation I had to be sent to Philadel- 
phia to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, which is 500 miles away 
from Oak Hill, West Virginia, our home. My husband serves as pastor of 
the First Brethren Church of Oak Hill. 

Our members and friends here were so thoughtful to us during this trial. 
Bonnie, our second grader stayed, with the Aubrey Aliens and Scott, our 
baby stayed with the Lou Cep riches. When I left in mid-October I knew 
the children were in fine care. We took Laurie, our three-year-old, to Hill- 
town, Pennsylvania where grammy lives. We praise God for friends 'who 
prayed, sent cards, gifts and sacrificed for us. 

Several of our members suggested that I be anointed before the opera- 
tion. The service was beautiful as I felt the presence of God so real to me 
that day! 

October 28th was the day of surgery, and praise God the doctor took 
out that stone and didn't need a kidney machine to do it! With only one- 
kidney this sometimes must be done, but my God intervened. By December 
15th I was able to leave the Philadelphia area, and rejoin my family in 
Oak Hill. 

We covet your prayers for good health in the future years. My life is in 
God's hands, and, I want His will in every area. Many lessons were gained 
through my suffering. His presence and poiver is more evident, and I pray 
I can lead others to this way of life. Thank you everyone for your love, 
prayers and gifts. I love you and pray God's best for you in 1972. 

In Him, 
Mrs. Sandy Schwartz 



February 12, 1972 



Page Thirteen 



ONLY A BOY 



"Cast thy bread upon the waters" (Eee. 11:1). "Foras- 
much as . . . your labour is not in vain in the Lord" 
;I Cor. 15:58). 

j Over seventy years ago, a faithful minister coming 
iarly to the church, met one of his deacons, whose face 
vore a very resolute but distressed expression. 

"I came early to meet you," said the deacon. "I have 
something on my conscience to say to you, Pastor. There 
pust be something radically wrong in your preaching 
iind work; there has been only one person added to the 
bhurch in a whole year, and he is only a boy." 

"I feel it all," he said, "I feel it, but God knows that 

have tried to do my duty, and I can trust Him for 
-esults." 

"Yes, yes," said the deacon, "but by their fruits ye 
;hall know them, and one new member, and he, too, 
)niy a boy, seems to me rather a slight evidence of 
rue faith and zeal. I don't want to be hard, and I have 
his matter on my conscience, and I have done my duty 
n speaking plainly." 

"True," said the old man; "but 'charity suffereth long 
ind is kind; beareth all things, hopeth all things.' I have 
great hopes of that boy Robert. Some seed that we 
pow bears fruit late, but that fruit is generally the most 
precious of all." 

The old minister went to the pulpit that day with a 
grieved and heavy heart. He closed his discourse with 
[Jim and tearful eyes. He wished that his work was 
jJone forever, and that he was at rest among the graves 
Under the blooming trees in the old churchyard. He 
fingered in the dear old church after the rest were gone, 
tie wished to be alone, the place was sacred and inex- 
pressibly dear to him. It had been his spiritual home 
pom his youth. Before this altar he had prayed over 
[the dead forms of a bygone generation, and had wel- 
pomed the children of a new generation; and here, yes, 
here, he had been told at last that his work was no 
longer owned and blessed. 

No one remained. No one? "Only a boy." 

The boy was Robert Moffat. He watched the trem- 
bling old man. His soul was filled with loving sympathy. 
He went to him and laid his hand on his black gown. 

"Well Robert," said the minister. 

"Do you think, if I were willing to work hard for 
an education, I could ever become a preacher?" 

"A preacher?" 

"Perhaps a missionary." 

There was a pause. Tears filled the eyes of the old 
minister. At length he said, "This heals the ache in my 
heart, Robert, I see the Divine hand now. May God bless 
you, my boy. Yes I think you will become a preacher." 



Some years later there returned to London from 
Africa, an aged missionary. His name was spoken with 
reverence. When he went into an assembly, the people 
rose; when he spoke in public there was a deep silence. 
Princes stood uncovered before him; nobles invited him 
to their homes. 

Robert Moffat had added a province to the Church 
of Christ on earth, and brought under the Gospel influ- 
ence the most savage of African chiefs, had given the 
translated Bible to strange tribes, had enriched with 
valuable knowledge the Royal Geographical Society, 
and had honored the bumble place of his birth. 

It is hard to trust when no evidence of fruit appears. 
But the harvest of right intentions is sure. The old min- 
ister sleeps beneath the trees in the humble place of his 
labours, but men remember his work because of what 
he was to that one boy, and what that one boy was to 
the world. 



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Do you know what happened on that day 
When burdened for souls you tried to pray? 
Did you think you failed to touch the throne, 
When your lips were dumb, your prayer a groan? 
Over the sea in a hot diy land, 
A kind soul with a faltering hand. 
But lo! in that hour refreshing came, 
God's servant spoke with a tongue of flame; 
And souls long steeped in a land of night 
Passed from gloom to marvelous light. 

from -Jewish Hope 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



SUPERSTAR OR SON OF GOD? 



A teen-ager asked me several weeks ago, "What do 
you think about Jesus Christ Superstar?" At first, I 
thought he was being blasphemous. Then I learned that 
he was talking about a popular one and one-half hour 
rock opera which was recorded by a group of young 
artists from England. I became curious enough to listen 
to this exciting piece of music several times. 

The only good thing about it is that it speaks of Jesus 
and the events surrounding His crucifixion. However, it 
does not necessarily follow the scriptural account of 
these events. Frankly, I like much of the music. How- 
ever, Jesus Christ Superstar has four dangerous teach- 
ings and implications. 

(1) It questions the divinity of Jesus Christ. Never 
does it say, "Jesus Christ is the Son of God." It merely 
asks, "Jesus Christ Superstar, do you think you're what 
they say you are?" 

(2) It presents Christ as a superstar. It hints that He 
caused His own crucifixion as a part of a masterful 
public relations stunt. In this Jesus vs. Judas opera, 
Judas concludes that Jesus is "a jaded, faded mandarin." 



by Td Bonham 

The Sermon Builder 



(3) It leaves Jesus on the cross. The crucifixion is 
presented in such a way that you will never forget it.' 
But not one word is said about the bedrock of our faith 
— the resurrection of Christ! 

(4) It presents Jesus as merely a great human being.! 
The human side of Jesus is presented with overtones of|| 
blasphemy in a few places. Buddah and Mohammed are 1 
considered His equals. 

But what's so unusual about all of that? These four!' 
attitudes are held by everyone who refuses to mak£ 
Christ the Lord of their life. If one will not let Jesus; 
be the Lord of his life, he will find himself doubting the; 
divinity of Christ; he will conclude that Jesus was, in-| 
deed, only a superstar; he will ignore the empty tomb;!: 
and assert that Jesus was merely a great man. 



This bit of philosophy is contributed by an old sage 
who was reminded of the young couple expecting their 
first baby. They had the suitcase all packed for the 
trip to the hospital, and the car was filled with gas for 
the trip. As was expected she woke her husband up one 
night and said the time had come and it was getting 
short. 

Getting her into the car very carefully, he sped to 
the hospital with caution even though he was like the 
usual expectant father in his first experience, fussy, 
worried and perhaps bothered by a little guilt complex. 

Just as he pulled up to the hospital entrance, he 
learned over, put his arm around the little lady, patted 
her shoulder and asked, "Honey, are you sure you want 
to go through with it?" 



He goes on referring this rather humorous incident J 
to, as he puts it, "We got a lot of farm programs or 
the way, and somehow we have to learn to live with the 
consequences. Sometimes we think we have buried the 
law of supply and demand so deep we will never be 
bothered with it again. But then suddenly it is there 

"To change the subject, we have had quite a bit oJ|j| 
vandalism out our way. Folks tend to blame the school:- 
and maybe they are right, but only partly so. 

"Cy Jones says, 'The only trouble with the schools 
is the teacher is scared of the principal, and the prin 
cipal is scared of the school board, and the school boarc 
is scared of the parents, and the parents are scared m 
their own kids, and the kids aren't scared of anybody 
The heat is on all around — except on the tail end of the 
kids where it belongs.' " 



(TMs item has appeared in a variety of forms throughout the years. Here it is again, 
as found in the Trinity Brethren Church Newsletter.) 

Longfellow could take a worthless sheet of paper, write a poem on it and make 
it worth $6,000 — that's genius. Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper 
and make it worth a million dollars — that's capital. And Uncle Sam can take silver, 
stamp an emblem on it, and make it worth a dollar — that's money. A mechanic can 
take metal that is worth $5.00 and make it worth $50.00 — that's skill. An artist can 
take a fifty cent piece of canvas, paint a picture on it and make it worth $1,000 — 
that's art. But God can take a worthless, sinful life, put His Spirit in it, and make it 
a blessing to humanity — that's salvation. 






bruary 12, 1972 



Page Fifteen 



BOOK REVIEWS 



Reviewed by Rev. Spencer- Gentle, pastor of 
Papago Park Brethren Church, Tempe, Arizona, 
former editor of "The Brethren Evangelist." 



ntz, Marilyn and Schell, Catherine: NEIGHBOR- 
ED BIBLE STUDIES. Wheaton, III.: Tyndale House 
blishers, 1971. The two booklets that have come to 
r desk from Tyndale House Publishers are "Hebrews" 
i "Psalms and Proverbs." These are study guides for 
Tie Bible Studies. At the beginning of each book there 
a guide as to how to use the book in Bible studies. 
jo, an introduction is given for the book of the Bible 
it is to be studied. In the case of the book on 
ebrews" there are 16 studies available for the 13 
ipters of the book. Each chapter is given a special 
e. For the "Psalms and Proverbs" study there are 23 
ides given. Special Psalms and Proverbs are chosen 
' these studies. 

Cach discussion or guide is short and written to create 
cussion on the part of the study group. These are 
>d outlines and certainly can be of great help to the 
>up leader. 



READERS-PLEADERS 



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ANNOUNCEMENT 

The book HISTORY OF BRETHREN MISSIONARY MOVEMENTS 
recently completed by Dr. A. T. Ronk has been printed and is now avail- 
able and on sale by the Book and Pamphlet commission of The Brethren 
Church. 

This book can be purchased through the Brethren Bookstore, Ashland, 
Ohio. The price is $2.25 plus 35<? postage and handling. Residents of Ohio 
add 110 for required sales tax. 
Please send orders in care of: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 
524 COLLEGE AVENUE 
ASHLAND, OHIO 44805 




M^IBIHI lilt 



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Dr. A. T. Ronk presenting a copy of the 
HISTORY OF BRETHREN MISSIONARY 
MOVEMENTS to Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, 
General Secretary of the Missionary Board. 




Page Sixteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



BERLIN BRETHREN PROFILE 



LIKE A PERSON OR A FAMILY, each church has 
its distinct characteristic, its God-given reason for 
being in the community where it is. Ninety years young, 
the Berlin Brethren Church in the opening months of 
1972 emerges as loyal, faithful, a leader in its commun- 
ity; the sturdy dutchman country of mid-Pennsylvania. 



BRETHREN to the core, Berliners are faithful in the 
work of the Brethren Church. Their members serve 
their turn on District and National Boards, as officers 
and committee members. They support with their time, 
money and interest all denominational programs. They 
have consistently sent students to Ashland College and 
Seminary, and have done all in their power to loyally 
strengthen the Brethren Church. 



EVANGELISTIC and mission minded, the Berlin 
Church has been in the top ten churches in giving 
to World Missions. Thirty-six percent of their budget 
last year went here. Even more important, two of 
today's missionary wives, Regina (Hendershot) Rowsey 
and Kitty (Sarver) Winfield, came from this church and 
are still supported by it. 



RENEWING itself in the best fashion, Berlin 
through the years has sent forth more men and 
women into the Christian ministry than any other 
Brethren church. (This is my impression; data not 
verified. MEW) Right now they range from Rev. D. C. 
White, retired, through Dr. Joseph Shultz, Dean of 
Ashland Theological Seminary, to Janet (Bird) Young, 
a Sem Wife at ATS, and John Shultz, presently a stu- 
dent at Ashland College preparing to enter ATS. Rev. 
Robert Huffman and Rae, Rev. Ron Ritchey, Rev. 
Woodrow Brandt are others that come to mind; there 
have been eleven in all, and three missionaries. Quite 
a goodly number of sons and daughters to send out! 



LEADER in community endeavors, the Berlin Breth- 
ren Church stands out in its geographical setting 
as one of the solid landmarks. In this small, southwest- 
ern Pennsylvania town where almost every wage earner 
"works somewhere else," and Snyders Potato Chips is 
a main industry, the thriving church helps set the tone 
of solid mid- America. Its presence is known also by the 
activity of its pastor, Rev. Ralph Mills, who for fifteen 
years has visited in the many hospitals in the area, has 
served as chairman of the Berlin March of Dimes, 
as solicitor for Y.M.C.A., is a member of the Lions Club 
and the fire department, and is a popular speaker in the 
locality. The presence of the church is proclaimed also 
by the carillon installed in October 1970, as a memorial 
to Mrs. Mary Esken Coleman by her son Paul Coleman 
as it sounds out "to the Glory of God and the Service 
of Man," and reminds the community that a church is 
there. 



T NTENT on Christian work, the Berlin Church has a 
-*- wide age range, well distributed. 

Under 20 yrs. of age 21% 

20-30 22% 

30-40 14% 

40-50 10% 

50-60 13% 

over 60 20% 

They are very active: 

Resident Active 334 

Resident Active Communion . . 292 

Non-resident Active 60 

Non-pesident Communing .... 2 

Total Communing 294 

Non-resident Inactive 58 

Resident Inactive 29 

Friends, Children, etc 100 

Long noted for its strong youth program, active Sunday 
School, and high Communion attendance, the Berlin 
Brethren are in a position to serve the spiritual needs 
of their community well. At a recent church meeting! 
they approved the plans to expand their educationali; 
facilities. Their denomination they strengthen by their 
full support of all boards and auxilliaries. They care; 
and they show it. They were the first to respond to 
the Brethren Publishing Company's effort to feature 
Brethren churches. They are sensitive to Brethren en 
deavors because they do care. 



NICE property is perhaps an odd way to close this 
character sketch of a church, yet this tells so much 
about them. Three interesting tidbits came to light about 
this Brethren Church in its locale in Somerset County 
"the Ski Capital of Pennsylvania, a winter and summer 
paradise." Two visitors from Ohio who attended Laura 
Walker's wedding to Paul Bird, Jr. remembered the 
loveliness of the church building; well-kept, unusual in 
its arrangement with pulpit in the corner and seats 
curved around it, diagonal, in the sanctuary. Another 
time some new people in town asked about the impres- 
sive, important looking church. They'd not heard of the 
Brethren, but the well-kept building caught their 
interest. 

Even more interesting is the information that this 
congregation, purely for sentiment's sake, has pur- 
chased the original church built by Rev. Holsinger just 
to keep it from being destroyed. That's being pretty 
Brethren, stubbornly keeping the old verities because 
they are valuable, in a world that doesn't much under- 
stand verities, while modernizing plant and equipmenl 
and budgeting a third of your money to missions and 
denominational outreach to meet the needs of people 
today. But that's Berlin Brethren Church in 1972. 

(M. E. W.) 






February 12, 1972 



Page Seventeen 



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Berlin Brethren Church parsonage 



In 1960 a new brick parsonage 
was erected next door to the church, 
and two adjacent properties were 
acquired and paved tor parking. 

Then in 1970 a carillon was dedi- 
cated, the gift of Paul J. Coleman 
in memory of his mother, Mrs. 
Mary Esken Coleman. 

It is interesting to note that the 
pulpit Bible, bought by Elder H. R. 
Holsinger in 1880 for the home 
church, is being used to this date. 
Two of the early church members, 
who knew Elder Holsinger, are the 
oldest living members. Mrs. Frank 
Meyers is in her 100th year and Mrs. 
Harry Menges is 93 years old. 



"pHIS YEAR marks the 91st anni- 
1 versary of the organization of 
he Berlin Brethren Church. At a 
ouncil meeting in the Beachdale 
]hurch, on January 1, 1881, an 
rganization was formed which 
tamed W. H. Menges as clerk. 

On January 29 of the same month 
he Brethren met in council, in the 
)isciple Church, which had been the 
/Lethodist's first church house, and 
inanimously agreed to build a new 
jhurch in Berlin. 

A plot of ground was purchased 
n Main Street from Samuel Forney 
or $350, with Brother Forney 
greeing to contribute $100 toward 
he new building. The white frame 
hurch was dedicated on December 
1881. This white frame building 
till stands at the rear of the present 
uilding. 

Down through the years 22 men 
ave served as pastors for the Berlin 
irethren, some in the early years 
or only one year. Rev. J. H. Knep- 
er served the church on three 
jccasiions, twice for one year and 
be third time for six years. 
! During the term of Rev. C. W. 
jienshoff, who served from 1920 to 
929, a new church was built. The 
jhurch observed their 40th anniver- 
ary in 1921. The need for more 
pace was becoming quite apparent. 
L 12 member finance committee was 
lected and a committee of three, 
-. B. Cober, J. H. Landis, and F. H. 
Ileyers, was appointed to investi- 
ate the matter of building a new 
liurch. 



The letting of the contract was 
not made until after the business 
meeting January 1, 1925. Lewis 
Keiper was given the contract on 
March 30 and the corner stone was 
laid on May 31 with Pastor Benshoff 
officiating. Rev. C. H. Ashman, 
pastor of the Johnstown First 
Brethren Church gave the address. 
The evening sermon was delivered 
by Rev. H. L. Coughenour, pastor 
of the Meyersdale Brethren Church, 
and an offering for the building was 
raised in the amount of $2,336. 

The new church was dedicated on 
April 25, 1926, with Dr. W. H. 
Beachler, of South Bend, as the 
dedicatory speaker. A community 
service was celebrated in the after- 
noon with a choir of 60 voices 
assisting. Short addresses by other 
local pastors added congratulations. 
Cash and pledges in the amount of 
$33,500 was raised against a dedica- 
tion cost of $67,000. Sixteen years 
later, during the last year of Rev. 
N. V. Leatherman's ten year pastor- 
ate, the Berlin Brethren ceremonial- 
ly burned the last note of indebted- 
ness, on January 4, 1942. 

Several notable additions to the 
church plant have been made since 
that time. In 1946, during the pastor- 
ate of Rev. S. M. Whetstone, a gift 
of chimes was dedicated. The gift 
was from the J. H. Glessner family 
in honor of their daughter, Sara 
Jane. In this same year the church 
ce'ebrated the 25th anniversary of 
the present building and the 70th 
anniversary of the congregation. 



REV. RALPH MILLS 




PASTOR RALPH MILLS, minis- 
tering to the Berlin Brethren 
since 1956, has always wanted to be 
a minister. From the time he was 
twelve years old he felt drawn to 
the ministry. "God opened a few 
doors and closed a few," he said, "so 
here I am, just a pastor doing God's 
will." 

Rev. Mills was born in Hagers- 
town, Maryland in 1924 and received 
his ministerial encouragement as a 
member of the St. James Brethren 
Church just south of Hagerstown. 
(continued on next page) 



Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangelisl 



He is a graduate of Ashland College 
and has done graduate work at the 
University of West Virginia, Frost- 
burg University, in Maryland, and 
at Xenia Theological Seminary, in 
Pittsburgh. 

He is married to Miriam Rohrer, 
also of Hagerstown, and is the father 
of two fine children, Gary, a student 
at the University of Pittsburgh, and 
Beverly, now Mrs. Alan Piatt and 
living in Berlin. In 1971 the Berlin 
Brethren honored them with a sur- 
prise twin reception celebrating 
their 25th wedding anniversary and 
the 15th anniversary of their pas- 
torate at Berlin. Prior to hits term of 
service there Mills served the Breth- 
ren at Uniontown from 1949-1952 and 
the Pittsburgh church from 1952-56. 

Rev. Mills has been active on all 
levels of church work and is pres- 
ently a member of the General 
Conference Executive Committee 
and the Pennsylvania Conference 
Executive Committee, as well as 
serving on the District Mission 
Board. For many years he has been 
active in camp work and has been 
a member of the Youth Commission, 
served as treasurer of the District 
Mission Board and Secretary of 
the General Conference Executive 
Committee. 



BERLIN'S PASTORS 



Rev. 


H. L. Holsinger 


1881 


Rev. 


J. H. Knepper 


1882 


Rev. 


A. D. Gnagey 


1883 


Rev. 


S. W. Wilt 


1884 


Rev. 


J. H. Knepper 


1885 


Rev. 


J. D. McFaden 


1891 


Rev. 


B. C. Mumau 


1894 


Rev. 


J. H. Knepper 


1894 


Rev. 


M. C. Meyers 


1898 


Rev. 


P. M. Swinehart 


1900 


Rev. 


L. A. Hazliett 


1902 


Rev. 


J. L. Bowman 


1903 


Rev. 


David Flora 


1908 


Rev. 


L. O. Hubbard 


1910 


Rev. 


C. E. Kolb 


1913 


Rev. 


J. F. Watson 


1915 


Rev. 


I. B. Trout 


1918 


Rev. 


C. W. Benshoff 


1920 


Rev. 


Albert Lantz 


1929 


Rev. 


N. V. Leatherman 


1932 


Rev. 


S. M. Whetstone 


1943 


Rev. 


Percy Miller 


1948 


Rev. 


Lyle Lichtenberger 


1952 


Rev. 


Ralph Mills 


1956 



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SISTERHOT 



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Congratulations again to the twc 


(2) Honor Societies 


— Vinoo Jr. and Sarasota. All total 38 Societies reported 


last year. That's great! Let's beat 


it this year. 


The Budget for this year was 


as follows: (in case 


you've forgotten) 




Scholarship 


$ 150.00 


General Secretary 


300.00 


Bonding 


10.00 


Publishing Company 


200.00 


Miscellaneous 


82.98 


Seminary 


100.00 


India 


125.00 


Lost Creek 


150.00 



Total 



$1,117.98 



Congratulations to Marcia McPherson who was the 
Sisterhood Scholarship winner. This award goes to a 
?irl entering her freshman year of college at Ashland 
ollege. I'll tell you more about applications later. 

Don't forget your Thank Offering. One cent (1(f) per 
lay isn't very much to give to God's work. 

Hopefully you've sent in your dues by now — $1.00 for 
Juniors and $1.50 for Seniors. 

Pray for our church leaders as they plan our General 
Conference. This year's theme will be "Reaching Our 
Continent for Christ." 

Congratulations to the newly chosen B.Y.C. Crusaders. 
kVe have nine Sisterhood girls on the teams. 




by Sherry Barnharr 



Wanted: girls to come and participate in the State 
Conferences. Each district is planning good programs. 

Special thanks to all the W.M.S. Presidents who 
answered my letter so promptly. The answers were 
very helpful. 

The National Officers are listed in your 1971 Brethren 
Conference Annual. There is also a copy of the minutes 
included. It would be a good idea to review them for 
your own use. 

Don't forget to be reading your study books. 

Please, when you write the missionaries, send the 
letters directly to the field. Do not send them to the 
Mission Board. You can find their addresses in the 
Brethren Conference Annual. 

Till next month, 
Sherry 



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MISSIONARY 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



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PREACH! 



by Sherwood E. Wirt 




NOT LONG AGO it was our pleasure to go to a con- 
ference and hear some great preaching. The 
preaching was done by men we had never heard of: 
men who have never written books, or built a "public 
image," or achieved national status. It was a magnifi- 
cent experience. The conference was set on fire by their 
eloquence. Every Christian went away with a new sense 
of the presence of God. Right before our eyes the church 
was renewed. 




Whatever is wrong with the Church today, it is noth- 
ing that cannot be cured by good preaching. The layman \ 
who is unhappy about his church is the layman who 
has not been stirred lately by a powerful gospel 
message. Many executives are sitting in denominational 
board rooms wondering why the graphs that were going 
up for so long are now beginning to tilt downward. 
Their church membership statistics are dipping and 
threatening to cascade. They wonder, is there too much 
emphasis on this, and not enough on that? 

To such leaders we would say: Look to your preach- 
ing! Get your ministers excited about the Gospel. Burn 
into them the conviction that God's power is waiting 
to be released. See to it that each congregation is on 
tiptoe from Sunday till Sunday, wondering what kind 
of spiritual feast is going to be set when the Bible is 
- opened and God's Word is proclaimed. 

There is no excuse whatever for consistently poor ex| 
ecution in the pulpit. There is every reason to expect a 
thrilling, life-changing proclamation. Let us look at 
some of those reasons: (1) the authority of the Word 
of God, (2) the power and relevance of the Gospel of 
salvation, (3) the convicting work of the Spirit of God. 
(4) the desperate condition of contemporary man. Therfj 
is a full quiver for any preacher's bow. 

Instead of being made into a checkout counter wherfflL 
facile observations about the hang-ups of supermarket 1 
existence are spooned out, the puipit should be a flying || 
buttress of the kingdom of God, from whose sacrec 
ramparts life belts are pitched to drowning men anc 
women. The power of God to penetrate every facet o: 
a man's being, to strip him and drench him and dry hirr 
and clothe him — this is preaching fare! Our congrega 
tions need to be shaken until the pews groan with the j 
knowledge of the wickedness of sin, and until the floor; ! 
creak with the traffic of people heading for the fron 
to get right with God. 

If a minister is not preaching with power, it ma; 
be that he has allowed himself to doubt that God "cu 
him out" for such work. If so, he has skimped on spirit' 
ual preparation and shortchanged the pew. He ha 
deluded himself into thinking that program is mor 
important than proclamation. 

Christ said His preached words would live forevei 
Let's put the Church back on a biblical foundation. Let'! 
have some great preaching! 



Sherwood E. Wirt is editor of Decision Maga 
zine, he is also author of the books: LOVE SONG 
AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS; NOT Ml 
GOD; PASSPORT TO LIFE CITY and othen 



From DECISION, copyright 1970 by The Billy Graham Evangelistic 
Association. Used by permission. 






ebruary 12, 1972 

SOMEONE IS COMING! 



"Someone is Coming-!" was the theme at Brethren 
[ouse Learning Center on the four Sundays before 
hristmas. 

As an introduction to the theme Pastor Lersch inter- 
jpted a hymn during worship and led the eongrega- 
on into exile, dramatizing the dark times before Jesus 
ame and the consequent anticipation of the Jewish 
eople as they looked forward to the deliverance their 
lessiah would bring. The group reassembled in the 
arkened living room at the parsonage for a dramatiza- 
on and recorded music. 

Later, to underscore the mood of the pre-Christ times 
'hen "the people walked in darkness," these activities 
ere provided during study periods: 



Page Twenty-one 





by Mrs. Phil Lersch 

Mrs. Phil (Jean) Lersch is the wife of Rev. 
Phil Lersch, pastor of the Brethren Church of 
St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida. She is 
the daughter of Dean and Mrs. Leslie E. Lin- 
dower, Ashland, Ohio. 



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9. Models of deserted cities helped people understand 
the Scripture, "That will be when I bring back the 
exiles of my people Israel, to rebuild deserted cities 
and live in them." 



A wall display at Brethren House depicting 

II Chronicles 36:19 and the hope among 
God's people that things would get better. 



2. 



D. 



6. 



7. 



Pictures were drawn on murals showing the des- 
truction of Jerusalem. 

The Hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and 
ransom captive Israel," was studied, presented on 
the listening center (earphones connected to a 
tape recorder) and sung. 

Scriptures written by the prophets were analyzed 
and their messages classified into the topics, "Direc- 
tions," "Promises," "Names for the One coming," 
and "Jobs that the One coming would do." 
Creations of waxed paper, crayons and construction 
paper were made and hung for the light to shine 
through, illustrating the role of Messiah as "Light 
to the People Who Walked in Darkness." 
An original "Hymn Matching Game" traced the 
source of many Christmas hymn phrases in the 
Scripture. 

Illustrated hymn books gave meaning to the Christ- 
mas hymns, 

A search for names for the Messiah in the Christ- 
mas hymns revealed many. 

A worksheet directed people to look for "Descrip- 
tion of Bad Times" and "Hopes for Good Times" in 
the prophecies pointing to the Messiah. 




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A Church School Advent project at Brethren 

House depicting Isaiah U0:3, U and what 

will happen when the Messiah comes. 



10. Constructing a sand-model of land formations and 
showing how people would prepare the way for a 
King brought meaning to the passage, "In the 
wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make 
straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every 
valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain shall 
be made low; the unever ground shall become level 
and the rough places plain." 

(continued on next page) 



Pag* Twenty-two 



The Brethren Evangelist! 



11. Clothespin doll exiles were "bound together" be- 
cause the prophet promised that "when I bring hack 
the exiles of my people Israel," and "God will break 
the chains that bind his people and the whip that 
scourges them" (Whips also were made.) 

12. Swords, spears and other instruments of war were 
made because the prophet promised that God would 
"hammer their swords into plowshares and their 
plowshares and their spears into prunning hooks." 

Of oourse any alert person can point out that God 
has not fulfilled all of these promises. We still have 
war and many other injustices. This points us into the 
study begun on the first Sunday of the new year en- 
titled, "Jesus Is Coming- Back!" He has work to do that 
He did not accomplish on His first visit to earth. So 
our next unit of study planned for the coming 4-6 weeks 
will teach that "Jesus Is Coming Back!" We hope to 
answer these questions: "Who said Jesus is coming 
back?" "When will He come?" "Why is He coming 
back?" "What should we be doing now?" 

Mrs, Phil Lersch 

St. Petersburg, Florida 



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The newest Ten Dollar Club call has been given, covering the period from 
January 1 through June 30, 1972. This call is for the relocation of the Brethren 
Church at Fremont, Ohio. The Lord has gone before preparing the way and the 
congregation has accepted the challenge for growth. You can have a part in this 
ministry through the Ten Dollar Club. 

Members of the club have received information concerning this call through the 
mail. Your prompt response would be appreciated. If you are not a member of this 
club which assists young Brethren Churches and would like to know more about it, 
write to: The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio 44805 requesting information on the Club and on this call for the Fremont 
Brethren Church. Or if you would like to join the club send a minimum of 
Ten Dollars to the above address specified for Call No. 31 and stating that you 
would like to be a member of this elite group of Brethren interested in Brethren 
Church Extension within the United States. 



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February 12, 1972 



Page Twenty-three 



THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



Central Council — General Conference 



1972 CENTRAL COUNCIL MEMBERS 



\SHLAND COLLEGE 

Rev. Virgil Meyer, regular 

Mr. Myron Kern, regular 

Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, alternate 

Dr. L. E. Lindower, alternate 
BENEVOLENT BOARD 
| Rev. Marlin MeCann, regular 

Mrs. Charles Munson, regular 

Rev. W. E. Thomas, alternate 

Mr. Dan Gilbert, alternate 

BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Rev. Carl Barber, regular 
Rev. Richard Allison, regular 
Rev. Jim Gilmer, alternate 
Dale Staffer, alternate 
LAYMEN'S ORGANIZATION 
Mr. Floyd Benshoff, regular 
Mr. Virgil Barnhart, regular 
Mr. Glen Bixler, alternate 
Mr. James Payne, alternate 

NATIONAL MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION 

Rev. Charles Lowmaster, regular 
Rev. John Byler, regular 
Rev. John Brownsberger, alternate 
Rev. Arden Gilmer, alternate 

UBLICATION BOARD 

Elton Whitted, regular 

Rev. Henry Bates, regular 
[ Rev. Robert Hoffman, alternate 
i Rev. Myron Dodds, alternate 
SOYS' BROTHERHOOD BOARD 

George Brown, regular 

Rev. Phil Hershberger, regular 

John Shultz, alternate 

Rev. James Fields, alternate 

MEMBERS AT LARGE 

| Dr. A. T. Ronk 
Rev. Brad Weidenhamer 
Rev. Paul Steiner 
Rev. George Solomon 
Rev. Robert Kephnger 

iHISSIONARY BOARD 

Rev. St. Clair Benshoff, regular 
Rev. James Naff, regular 
Rev. Jerald Radcliff, alternate 
Thomas Staffer, alternate 



CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE 
COMMITTEE SECRETARY 

Rev. Alvin Grumbling 

RETIREMENT BOARD 

Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire, regular 

Rev. Paul Tinkel, regular 

Rev. Ron Waters, alternate 

Rev. Ed Schwartz, alternate 
SISTERHOOD BOARD 

Mrs. Robert Keplinger, regular 

Mrs. Jerald Radcliff, regular 

Miss Sherry Shannon, alternate 

Miss Gloria Stout, alternate 
WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY 

Mrs. Russell Rodkey, regular 

Mrs. Howard Winfield, regular 

Mrs. Paul Bird, alternate 

Mrs. Harry Hartsel, alternate 

BRETHREN YOUTH CONVENTION 

Moderator, regular (Mike Radcliff) 

Vice Moderator, alternate (Paul Deardurff) 

MODERATOR 

Rev. Donald Rowser 

RETIRING MODERATOR 

Rev. Spencer Gentle 

MODERATOR-ELECT 

Rev. Henry Bates 

MISSION BOARD 

Rev. Virgil Ingraham, regular 
John Rowsey, alternate 
BENEVOLENT BOARD 

Dorman Ronk 

EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS 

George Schuster 
DEAN OF SEMINARY 

Dr. Joseph Shultz 

DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Rev. Fred Burkey 

TREASURER 

Rev. Dale Long 

STATISTICIAN 

Rev. James Black 

CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE 
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN 

Rev. Keith Bennett 



Page Twenty-four 



The Brethren Evangelis 



BUDGET FOR 1972 



ANTICIPATED INCOME 

Apportionment from Churches 

Delegate Fees 

Other: Bequests (J, Eyman Estate) 

Investment Income (Interest) 
Withdrawal of Reserve Funds 

TOTAL ANTICIPATED INCOME 



$22,900 
450 

1,500 

650 

3,000 



$28,500 



ANTICIPATED EXPENSES 

GENERAL CONFERENCE OPERATION: 
Grounds Rental & Service 
Executive Committee Expense 
Conference Supplies & Expense 
Printing Annual 
Honorariums (Conf. Officers) 
Misc. Conference Expense 

Total General Conference Operation 



$ 1,500 

1,200 

1,000 

1,500 

250 

150 



$ 5,600 



DENOMINATIONAL PROGRAM: 
Central Council: Travel Expense 

Study & Promotion Comm.(s) 
General Conference Committees 
N.A.E.: Annual Contribution 

Commissions Expense 
Key '73 Evangelism Program 
Misc. Denominational Program Expense 

Total Denominational Program 



800 
1,300 
2,300 
250 
200 
200 
350 



$ 5,400 



DENOMINATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE & PROMOTION: 

C.C. Admin. Salaries & Allow. 

Executive Secretary: Basic Salary $ 7,700 

Housing Allowance 1,800 

Utility Allowance 600 

Office Secretary 1,200 

Retirement and Hospitalization 750 

Travel Expense (C.C. Executive Secretary) 2,000 

Office Supplies and Expense 900 

Telephone and Postage 800 

Office Rent 900 

Insurance 200 

Misc. Denom. Admin. & Prom. 250 

Office Equipment (New & Replacements) 400 

Total Denominational Administrative & Promotion 



$17,500 



TOTAL ANTICIPATED EXPENSES 



$28,500 



Approval of Above Budget 



1. Outline Budget totaling $28,500 adopted by General Conference 8/18/1971. 

2. Detailed Budget adopted by Central Council 11/15/1971. 



ebruary 12, 1972 



Page Twenty-five 




Oati° 



stand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and I have all 
faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not 
charity, I ani nothing." 

Then the youth choir sang the invitational. They sang 
"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Two individuals 
came forward. One was Barb Basham who wanted a 
prayer of dedication for herself before she went back 
to college. The other was Sharon Smead who< also came 
up with a heavy burden. The benediction was given to 
end another good youth service. 



NEW OFFICERS AT HIGHLAND 



PIE BYC of the Highland Brethren Church elected 
new officers for 1972. They were elected in Deoem- 
er and installed on January 2. They are as follows: 

President Richard Birch 

Vice President Bruce Ross 

Secretary Juanita Moore 

Assistant Secretary Debra Hill 

Treasurer Marilyn Rasel 

Assistant Treasurer Bill Birch 

Youth Advisors Mrs. Richard Best 

Mrs. Homer Phillips 
Rev. and Mrs. Carl Phillips 
Our youth group is planning to go swimming as 
ntertainment for February. We are going to the 
W.C.A. or at the local high school. 

— Juanita Moore, secretary 



YOUTH STRIKES AGAIN! 

T IS OFTEN SAID that lightening striking in the 
same place twice is unprobable; not so with the youth 
: Ardmore. 

The youth again had charge of the Sunday evening 
?rvice on January 9th. The guest speaker was Marve 
irkson, who with his wife Pam, sang a special number 
'.hich he wrote. 

i Marve spoke from II Peter the first chapter placing 
nphasis on II Peter 1 :4-7. He talked about the promise 
jf the divine nature that has been promised to us that 
kve escaped from the corruption of the world. After 
jilking about the divine nature, he went on to speak 
pout the virtues and how each one is important to 
hristian living. 

I challenge you who are reading this to study and 
?ply these virtues to your life, especially charity. Why, 
Jcause the Apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 13:2, 
\nd though I have the gift of prophecy, and under- 



MUCH ACTIVITY AT BRYAN 

THE SR. BYC members of the Bryan Brethren 
Church have been quite active this year so far. 

At the present time the members are selling BYC 
Booster tickets for one dollar. This purchase will help 
BYC of Bryan reach their goal of $800. As of January 
1, forty-three had been sold. 

In October, the youth held a halloween party and hay- 
ride to recruit new members. A small amount of $2.41 
was received. Although small, everyone enjoyed them- 
selves. Also in October, Carolyn Clappe, a teacher from 
Farmer, shared some slides with the BYC group. These 
were of her experiences with Christ. The "Fingers of 
Faith" presented the youth with several numbers of 
inspirational music during October. 

In November the youth held a bake sale to which 
many members of the church contributed. From this 
was received a total of $61. For the November 21 pro- 
gram the youth were pleased to have Rev. Dodds as 
guest speaker. He taught the youth parts of the history 
of The Brethren Church. 

On Saturday, December 18, the BYC members met 
at the church to make cookies for Christmas caroling 
to shut-ins that evening. 

Christmas Eve the Jr. and Sr. BYC groups put on 
the program which consisted of songs by the youth 
choir and a skit narrated by Terry Stark. The program 
was both enjoyable and inspirational. 

For some time now the BYC members have been 
collecting recipes and in a short time will be compiling 
them for their cookbook. 

The youth would like to thank all those contributing 
by donations, booster tickets, recipes and prayers. 

Some members of the youth group are planning to 
attend Explo '72 in June. Also, looking into the future, 
the youth will be having the rally for April. 

We will appreciate your prayers to help make this 
a successful year for our youth. 

—Cathy Brandon, Sr. BYC 



Page Twenty-six 



The Brethren Evangelic 



PROJECT ACCOUNTING 
FOR 1970-71 



Local BYC groups from across the country gave over 
$7,000 toward the 1970-1971 National BYC Financial 
Budget goal of $12,900. As you can see, many groups 
did not contribute much to the total effort. We are 
hoping each local BYC and each district BYC will get 
involved in this year's goal of $10,900. 

(Please Note: Any monies received after the 1970- 
1971 account was closed on October 31, 1971, will go into 
the 1971-1972 account. Also, we have ten dollars given 
which we do not have attributed to any group. If this 
should be credited to your group, or if there are any 
other discrepancies, please let us know.) 



Southeast District 




Bethlehem 


$ 


Chandon 





Cumberland 





Gatewood 





Hagerstown 


100.00 


Liberty 





Linwood 


200.00 


Lost Creek 





Mathias 





Maurertown 


150.00 


Mt. Olive 





Oak Hill 





St. James 


150.00 


St. Luke 





Washington Jr. 


40.00 


Washintgon Sr. 


140.00 


Pennsylvania District 




Special Offering 


$ 25.00 


Berlin 


150.00 


Brush Valley 





Calvary 





Cameron 





Fairless Hills-Levittown Jr. 


25.00 


Fairless Hills-Levittown Sr. 


25.00 


Highland 





Johnstown II 


124.75 


Johnstown III 


72.00 


Masontown 





Meyersdale 


75.00 


Mt. Olivet 





Mt. Pleasant 





Pittsburgh 


56.00 


Quiet Dell 





Raystown 





Sergeantsville 





Valley 


40.00 


Vandergrift-Pleasant View 


125.00 


Vinco Jr. 


40.00 


Vinco Jr. Hi 


125.00 


Vinco Sr. 


60.00 


Waynesboro-Wayne Heights 





White Dale 






Ohio District 

Akron 

Ashland-Garber 

Ashland-Park Street 

Canton-Trinity 

Columbus 

Dayton-Hillcrest Jr. 

Dayton-Hillcrest Sr. 

Fremont 

Glenford 

Gratis 

Gretna 

Louisville 

MansfieldWalcrest 

Massillon 

Newark 

New Lebanon 

North Georgetown 

Pleasant Hill 

Smithville 

West Alexandria Jr. Hi 

West Alexandria Sr. 

Williamstown 

Indiana District 

Ardmore 

Brighton Chapel 

Bryan 

Burlington 

Center Chapel 

College Corner 

Corinth 

County Line Jr. 

County Line Jr. Hi-Sr 

Denver 

Dutchtown 

Elkhart 

Elkhart-Winding Waters 

Flora 

Ft. Wayne-Crestwood 

Goshen 

Huntington Jr. 

Jefferson 

Kokomo 

Loree Jr. 

Loree Jr. Hi 

Marion 

Matteson 

Mexico 

Milford 

Mishawaka 

Muncie 

Nappanee 

New Paris 

North Liberty 

North Manchester 



$ 7.51 

212.28 
150.00 
10.00 
10.00 
25.00 


56.00 
250.00 




200.00 



150.00 

150.00 

10.90 

90.00 





$501.00 


320.00 








100.00 
60.00 




175.00 


400.00 



72.00 

80.10 

170.00 


15.00 
60.00 




$45.45 
150.00 




530.00 
400.00 







February 12, 1972 



Page Twenty-seven 



Oakville Jr. 

Oakville Jr. Hi-Sr. 

Peru 

Roann 

Roanoke 

South Bend 

Teegarden 

Tiosa 

Wabash 

Warsaw 

Jentral District 

Cedar Falls 

Cerro Gordo 

Lanark 

Milledgeville 

Udell 

Waterloo 



10.00 
195.00 

25.00 
300.00 

30.00 



Midwest District 

Cheyenne 
Derby 
Falls City 
Morrill 
Mulvane 


$ 









50.00 
50.00 


Northern California District 

Lathrop 

Manteca 
Stockton 


$ 








Southwest District 

Papago Park 
Tucson 


$ 
175.00 



100.00 


100.00 


Florida 

St. Petersburg 

Sarasota 

Unidentified 


$ 
571.32 
$10.00 



RESOURCE LEADER FOR 
1972 BRETHREN PASTORS CONFERENCE 



The Brethren Pastors Conference is scheduled to be 
eld May 16-18, 1972 at Camp Bethany. Rev. L. Doyle 
laster will be the resource leader for this conference. 



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L. Doyle Masters 

A native Tennessean, born in Livingston, Tennessee 
July, 1931, L. Doyle Masters graduated from Livingston 
icademy in 1948. He attended Tennessee Technological 
:'niversity, Cookeville, Tennessee from 1948 to 1952, 
^oeived the B.S. degree in English. He attended Duke 
J'niversity Divinity School from 1952 to 1954 and also 
anderbilt University Divinity School from 1954 to 
356, receiving the B.D. degree in December of 1956. 



His pastorates include Joelton, Tennessee; Lebanon, 
Tennessee ■ Westland United Methodist Church; 
Smyrna United Methodist Church, Smyrna, Tennessee; 
and presently, Calvary United Methodist Church, Nash- 
ville, Tennessee. 

He preached in evangelistic missions in the following 
conferences of the United Methodist Church: Holston, 
Tennessee; Memphis; Western North Carolina; and 
Mississippi. He preached at Ocean Grove, New Jersey 
August 1965 as part of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting 
Association Summer Program. He is presently serving 
on the Tennessee Conference Board of Missions and is 
an active board member of McKendree Manor, the Ten- 
nessee Conference Home for the Retired. He is past 
chairman of the Tennessee Conference Commissions on 
Christian Vocations. 

The present church pastorate, Calvary United Meth- 
odist, is a suburban church in Nashville, Tennessee 
with a congregation of 1,900 members. 

He attended the World Methodist Conference in 
London, England August 1966, and was appointed by 
Bishop H. Ellis Finger as an alternate delegate and 
accredited visitor. 

He preaches in at least four evangelistic missions or 
revivals annually in various conferences in the United 
Methodist Church. He teaches in accredited Leadership 
Schools in the Tennessee Conference in the fields of 
Christian Vocation and Family Life. He also has assisted 
in Leadership Workshops at Lake Junaluska, North 
Carolina for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the Metho- 
dist Church. He preached at Ocean Grove, New Jersey 
as part of their Centennial Celebration in June of 1969. 

He has written articles published in Guideposts 
Magazine, The Upper Room, and contributed to 
"Prayers for Reconciliation" published by The Upper 
Room. He also has a published meditation in "Bible 
Times" by The Upper Room. 



Page Twenty-eight 



The Brethren Evangelist j 




CANDI BAKER is the author of the new series tea. 
tured in the Evangelist entitled Motivated Men] 
Candi is the wife of Larry Baker a middler at Ashlanc, 
Theological Seminary. The Bakers are from Papagd 
Park Brethren Church in Tempe, Arizona. Larry i: 
presently serving as Minister of Christian Education a' 
Park Street in Ashland. 

Candi attended Coronado High School where she wai 
editor of the high school yearbook. An art major and 
speech and journalism minor at Arizona State Univer 
sity, Candi worked on the university's publications foj 
a semester. 

The Bakers have two children: Jennifer, 3, and Jasoi 
born on October 4, 1971. Candi is presently employed m 
a social worker for the Headstart Program in Ashlant 
and enjoys working with the underprivileged children 
As chairman of the 1972 National Publicity Committee 
she will be busy writing and corresponding in the nexj 
lew months. The Bakers are looking forward to graC 
uation in January of 1974 and a future of Christiai 
service in the Brethren Church. 

Candi is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Duane Dicksor 
pastor of the College Corner Brethren Church i; 
Wabash, Indiana. Mrs. Baker has a brother, Geralc 
who is a member of the Brethren Church in Nappane* 
Indiana with his wife, Rosalee, and daughter, Amy. 



MOTIVATED MEN 



GERALD A. BARE, 25, is the third seminary 
student introduced to you through the series 
entitled Motivated Men written by Candi Baker 
1970-71 Sem-wife reporter. Jerry is from Mans- 
field, Ohio and a member of the Mansfield 
Brethren Church for 15 years. He graduated 
from Mansfield Senior High School and received 
a BA degree from AC* before enrolling at ATS*. 
A senior at the seminary, Jerry is majoring in 
Old Testament and has special interests in Chris- 
tian Education and evangelism and is presently 
serving as the student pastor of the Church of 
the Master in Steuben, Ohio. In 1971 he served 
as the secretary of the student government. 

Jerry is married to the former Linda Lou Eagle 
from the West Alexandria Brethren Church. 
Linda is a Spanish teacher in the Ashland public 
schools and enjoys reading and singing. 

The Barrs are residents of the new seminary 
apartments, and Jerry serves on the housing 
council. They are looking forward to May when 
Jerry graduates from ATS and the arrival of 
their first child. After graduation, he plans to 
serve as a pastoral minister in the Brethren 
Church. 

*AC - Ashland College 
*ATS - Ashland Theological Seminary 



GERALD A. BARR 



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February 12, 1972 



Page Twenty-nine 



CHEEP ADVICE 



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Hate shortens life, 
Love lengthens it, 
Why not live as long as you can? 

Sometimes prayer changes things. 
Sometimes prayer will not allow things 
to change. 



Talking to lost sinners about God can be 
a two way street. We can also talk to 
God about lost sinners. 

A fair-weather friend is one who is always 
around when he needs you. 

You're only young once — but if yon work 
it right, that's enough. 

To err is human — to try to cover up is too. 

Most knocking is done by people who 
don't know how to ring the bell. 

WANTED: Wicks to burn out for God. 
Oil and lamps will be supplied. 

Anonymous 

The Bible is the Christian's guide in the 
pursuit of holiness. 

E. Schuyler English 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



A rancher asked the district superin- 
tendent to assign a pastor to his com- 
munity. 

"How big a man do you want?" asked 
the superintendent. 

"Well Elder," the wiry man replied, 
"we're not overly particular, but when 
he's on his knees we'd like to have him 
reach heaven." 

A group of women were walking to- 
gether. One lady said: Our congregation 
is sometimes down to thirty and forty on 
Sunday night. 

Another said: That's nothing, some- 
times our group is down to six or seven. 

An old maid added her bit: It's so bad 
in our church on Sunday night that when 
the minister says, "Dearly beloved," it 
makes me blush. 



A man was sued by a countess for 
defamation of character. She charged that 
he called her a pig. The man was found 
guilty and fined. After the trial he asked 
the judge: "This means that I cannot call 
the countess a pig." 

The judge said that that was true. 

"Does that mean that I cannot call a 
pig a countess?" the man asked. 

The judge replied that he could, indeed, 
call a pig a countess with no fear of legal 
action. 

The man looked at the countess and 
said: "Good afternoon, countess." 

Modern Miss: Mother, did you ever flirt 

when you were young? 

Mother: Yes, dear, I'm afraid I did. 

Modern Miss: And were you punished 

for it? 

Mother: Yes, dear, I got married. 



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POETRY CORNER 



SOMEONE. JUST ANYONE 



A CHILD LEARNS 



She sat alone in an old people's home, 
Lonely and old and gray; 

She wished that some one, just anyone, 
Would call on her that day. 

Did you? 



If a child lives with criticism 
He learns to condemn. 

If a child lives with hostility 
He learns to fight. 



He lay for days on his hospital bed, 
The hours were long and hard; 

He wished that someone, just anyone, 
Would send him a cheery card. 

Did you? 



If a child lives with ridicule 
He learns to be shy. 

If a child lives with jealousy 
He learns to feel guilty. 



He was far from home on foreign soil. 

Feeling homesick, lonely and blue. 
He wished that someone, just anyone, 

Would write him a letter, too. 
D.d you? 



If a child lives with tolerance 
He learns to be patient. 

If a child lives with encouragement 
He learns confidence. 



She felt a stranger, that little bride, 

When to her husband's church she came; 

She wished that someone, just anyone, 
Would stop and call her by name. 

Did you? 



If a child lives with praise 
He learns to appreciate. 

If a child lives with fairness 
He learns justice. 



Her loved one died a few weeks ago, 
So sad and heartbroken she sat; 

She wished that someone, just anyone, 
Would come to her house to chat. 

Did you? 



If a child lives with security 
He learns to have faith. 

If a child lives with approval 
He learns to like himself 



He hoped he had recited his verse real well, 

That little fellow you know. 
He wished that someone, just anyone, 

Would smile and tell him so. 
Did you? 



If a child lives with acceptance and friendship 
He learns to find love in the world. 

—Dorothy Law Nolte 



She spent long hours, that teacher, 

Giving the best she knew. 
She wished that someone, just anyone, 

Would speak just a brief "Thank you." 
Did you? 

This matter of Christian service, 

We are living it day by day 
When we help someone, just anyone, 

As we walk along life's way. 
Do you? 

from First Brethren News, Elkhart, Indiana 



Not until each loom is silent, 

And the shuttles cease to fly, 

Will my God unroll the pattern, 
Or reveal the reason why. 

For these dark threads are as needful 
In the skill of the weaver's hand 

A?, the threads of gold and silver 

For the pattern that He's planned. 

Anonymous 



©bruary 12, 1972 



Page Thirty-one 





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Applications are now being accepted for admission to Brethren Care, 
a complete and new nursing- center, sponsored by The Benevolent Board 
of The Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. 

The anticipated opening date will be May 1972. Brethren will be consid- 
ered first as residents. If you, a parent, or a friend, are interested in com- 
ing to Brethren Care in Ashland, you should apply now. The application 
does not obligate you to come when there is room available, but it will put 
you on the preferred list. 

At Brethren Care both residential and nursing care will be available. 
The rates have not been definitely set as yet, but will be approximately 
$12.00 per day for semi-private residential care, and $17.00 per day for 
semi-private nursing care. A few private rooms will be available also. The 
definite rates will be determined before March after costs and expenses 
are determined. 

This application blank is also for listing your possible desire to rent an 
apartment which is designed for the retiree. Such housing could be avail- 
able within the year in Ashland. This type of housing can be constructed 
wherever a need exists. Specially built retirement housing that is owned 
and operated by Christians, can be a great witness in any community. 

If you are interested in coming to Ashland to live at Brethren Care, 
please fill out the application on back cover. It is to your advantage to 
apply now. Send application to: BENEVOLENT BOARD 

710 Grant Street 
Ashland, Ohio UU805 



Page Thirty-two 
Brethren Historical Library 

Manchester College 

Nort> Manc^esirer^ Indiana 4696? 



The Brethren Evangelic 



APPLICATION OF ADMISSION TO 

"BRETHREN CARE, INC" 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

I hereby make application to Brethren Care, Inc. retirement care center 
of The Benevolent Board of The Brethren Church. 

In support of this I submit the following answers and statements. 

1. NAME IN FULL 



2. ADDRESS 



City 



State 



Zip 



3. DATE OF BIRTH 



PLACE OF BIRTH 



4. NAME OF HUSBAND OR WIFE 

Living: □ Yes fj No 



5. CHILDREN 



Name 



Address 



6. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 
Name of Church 



No. Years 



Address 



7. DATE DESIRE TO ENTER 



Pastor 



8. TYPE OF SERVICE DESIRED ON ADMISSION 

□ Retirement Apartment 

□ Residential Care 

□ Nursing Care 



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EVANGELIST 



Funderburg Library 
Manchester College 
North Manchester* IN 4d962 




Vol. XCIV 



February 26, 1972 



No. 4 



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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 

Missionary Board Mr. John Rowsey 

Sisterhood Miss Sherry Barnhart 

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 

Second Class Postage Paid at Ashland, Ohio 

Change of Address: In ordering change of address, please notify at 

least three weeks in advance, giving both old and new address. 

Publication of any article does not necessarily indicate endorsement by 
The Brethren Church, The Brethren Publishing Company or Board, or the 
editorial staff. 

Remittances: Send all money, business communications and contributed 

articles to: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Avenue Phone: 323-7271 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman; Rev. George Solomon; Mrs. Robert Holsinger 



In This Issue: 

3 The Trunk In The Attic 

Board of Christian Education 
Motivated Men 
Annual Inserts 



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8 
10 
11 
13 
14 
20 
22 

25 

29 
.30 



News From The Brethren 

Cheep Advice 

Missionary News 

World Religious News in Review 

Each One Win One 

by Thomas A. Schultz 

Koinonia — The Key To Spiritual Conversation 
by John Brownsberger 

Layman Program 

Sisterhood 






MEMBER 



EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATIOi 



NOTES and COMMENTS 






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Page Three 



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THE TRUNK IN THE ATTIC 



RECENTLY I went to the archives (some might call 
it an attic) and as I obeyed an impulse to look 
through an old trunk over by the window, I forgot for 
a while what I originally went to look for. 

As I opened the lid, I noticed a small box that had a 
pok of antiquity about it. Curiously I looked inside 
iind saw a legal looking paper folded neatly, and un- 
folding it carefully I found it to be a birth certificate. 
'. was astonished to find that my name appeared on this 
locument. Since I never did know who my parents 
*eally were my curiosity was aroused more than ever, 
fhe only information available on the paper that was 
;till legible was that the people who had taken me 
n were named Mr. and Mrs. Brethren Publishing 
bompany. 

The first and only home I really knew was The 
Brethren Church. I suppose my first crib is tucked away 
iomewhere up here. I do know it was a well built home 
vith a very firm foundation. Having exceptional main- 
enance and a few alterations here and there in all these 
/ears, I feel fortunate that I am able to still call it my 
lome. 

I do recall in my early years that there were many 
nembers in the Brethren family, and many of them 
;ame under this roof to care for me from the very 
>eginning. Although I have quite a few years on me I 
tm still looked after by members of this family. 

I was always given a rather special nook of my own, 
ind as I grew my quarters and furniture had to be 
mlarged also. Although the foundation was still as 
turdy as ever, the house had to be enlarged too. 

There were certain families in this clan called Breth- 
■en who started earning their keep while very young. 

remember some who were working along with me 
n different sections of the country. One of the first 
50-workers I had still is very busy in the house next 
o ours. He is called Missionary Board. 

The elder members of our large family wished to 
lave records kept of various members who were living 
n various parts of our land, and these were to be kept 
"or future generations. 

These bound papers that are laid neatly in the trunk 
nust be some of those records. This stack looks like it 
aas some early twentieth century dates on them. Yes, 
ook at these. 



One of the oldest issues here contains the official pro- 
gram of the Twenty-eighth General Conference of the 
Brethren Church held at Winona Lake in 1916. I see 
that R. R. Teeter was in charge of my welfare at this 
time. Glancing through some of the pages, I see also 
that my close friend, Missionary Board, is making 
progress getting to the heart of Africa. He sure has 
been a busy one. 

Look at this advertisement. A cloth-bound popular 
hymnbook for churches was being sold for 30 cents then. 
I guess times really have changed. 

Here is a letter to the editor from someone who wished 
to testify how much his church paper did for his Chris- 
tian life and work in the church. He had been receiving 
it each week for fifty years. 

This issue seems to have withstood the hard times 
that were present when it came off the press in 1930. 
George Baer, the editor at that time, had his hands 
full taking care of me as that was a period when the 
financial structure of our land was in a sad state of 
affairs and dispositions were comparable. 

I notice one little article in this issue and wonder if 
the times may not have had something to do with the 
announcement that the covers and contents of the Holy 
Bible were undergoing some changes — changes as far 
as color and content were concerned. 

Digging deeper into the files, I find many pages of the 
history of our family being entrusted to me by Fred 
Vanator, who after a long stint as wielder of the 
editorial pen rested not on his laurels in a retirement 
of serenity, but went on in a dedicated effort to start 
a new family of Brethren in the sunny south and by 
gathering a few of the relatives together and adopting 
many without a church home established one of the 
larger families in the kinship. 

I could spend days here perhaps refreshing my mem- 
ory as to all that has occurred since my birth, but some- 
day I will take time to again look over the documented 
statements of the history of all our family which are 
chronologically recorded by one of the nearer relatives 
in the Brethren family who must have had a close eye 
on me all these years. He recently gave much of his 
time to gather his collection of photographs and rec- 
ords of the Brethren since the family came into exis- 
tence to write a very knowledgeable and chronological 
history of the family. 

Incidently, Mom and Dad Publishing Company have 
many of these books stored away, and I am sure that 
many members of the Brethren family, especially the 
newer ones would be interested in obtaining one of 
these history books. 

Since there are many establishments where one can 
buy food to take care of the physical body, Mom and 
Dad decided to open the front of the house to have a 
place where one can also obtain spiritual food for the 

(continued on next page) 






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The Brethren Evangelis' 



mind and soul. This type of store cannot be found in 
every hamlet and larger city. 

Some of our brethren throughout the land wanted 
to do something for the family too, so they put their 
thoughts down on paper and sent these to Mom and 
Dad to be put along side the other books and papers. 
They weren't too big so they were given the name 
tracts. Even so, they knew how to make themselves 
visible and heard throughout the brotherhood. 

Recollecting that period of time about forty years 
ago when a depression was taking its toll throughout 
the land and many people had to share in order to 
survive, brings to mind how the Brethren family felt 
that they had received a special blessing from our Lord 
and have for many years, since they arrived in America, 
been diligently trying to preserve this blessing to share 
it with the entire world. 

Oh, here I have been prattling right along and forgot 
to mention my own name. The name on this birth 
certificate is The Bretliren Evangelist. Some of the 
other kids I grew up with and who decided on a similar 
career either had their names changed or received a 
nick-name somewhere along the line, (but my name 
must have been liked rather well as I am still known 
by that name. Perhaps the fact that the work that I am 
engaged in and my name seem to go hand in hand may 
have something to do with it? 

I thought many times that some of my school chums 
must have a few wealthy or goodhearted friends or 
relatives since they seem to have fancier clothes than 
I and whoever makes them must be using newer sewing 
machines. Still I am not. ashamed of my appearance 
because I know that the good people who* are looking 
after me even yet in my days of senior citizenship are 
doing their best with the equipment that shows a re- 
markable amount of reliability, even though spare parts 
for their tools are getting scarce. 

Every occupation has to have a few highlights in 
its tenure, and one of those that stand out in my career 
is being present at the various family reunions that 
occur each year. Here I meet personally many of the 
family who cannot visit us at home, and then too, 
occasionally I see again those good people who had 
taken their turn at baby-sitting for me. One thing cer- 
tain, the baby-sitters I had weren't the type to spend 
the time watching TV and raiding the refrigerator and 
leave me to my own devices. I suppose I owe my health 
and longevity to them. 

If only now they could convince some of the other 
relatives to lend a hand now and then, I wouldn't be 
faced with the dreadful fear that I might have to retire 
and be put away in some home or museum. 

After meeting and talking with some of my former 
schoolmates who are engaged in this same type of 
occupation, we concur that as long as we are physically 
able to carry on with our responsibilities that have been 
so sorely needed, we refuse to give up in spite of all the 
discouragements we may face. 

Well, I think I have been steeped in nostalgia long 
enough. I better be about what I came here for in the 
first place. I also hear the postman's whistle, and I have 
a feeling that he might be bringing me some good news 
from some of our relatives and news of their welfare 
and how their families are growing is always welcome. 

(Ghost Writer G.S.) 



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You are invited , . . 

30th anniversary 
convention 

OF THE 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 

OF EVANGELICALS 

CHASE-PARK PLAZA HOTEL 
APRIL 11-13, 1972 
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI 

SPEAKERS 

DR. CLYDE W. TAYLOR 

General Director, NAE 

International Secretary, World Evangelical Fellowship 

REV. CECIL B. KNIGHT 

Assistant General Overseer, 

Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee 

DR. HUDSON T. ARMERDING 

President, NAE 

Fresident, Wheaton College 

DR. HAROLD J. OCKENGA 

President, Gordon College and Gordon Conwell Seminary 

REV. DAVID WILKERSON 

David Wilherson Crusades 

Author 

DR. ROBERT N. THOMPSON, M.P. 

Member of Parliament, Canada 

President, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada 

DR. GEORGE SWEETING 

President, Moody Bible Institute 

CONVENTION THEME 

PLAN NOW TO 
SHARE IN THIS 
HISTORIC 
RETURN TO 
ST. LOUIS 
CITY OF 
NAE'S BIRTH 

Write for information 
and registration forms today: 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 
OF EVANGELICALS 

P.O. Box 28 — Wheaton, Illinois 60187 

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF 
SERVICE TO AMERICA 







February 26, 1972 



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A GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY OF 
THE INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 



Brethren Bible Class Quarterly 



Note: Ten minutes before the end of the study time, 
gather with others and do the following: 

(1) Share questions raised in your study. 

(2) Discuss insights gained from the study. 

(3) Compare ways the lesson can be applied. 

First: Skim the quarter's overfall theme. 

1. Read the General Introduction, on the inside cover. 
Either underline in your quarterly or write on 
paper the main idea of this introduction. 

2. Note the authors of the three sections of each 
lesson. 

3. Skim the lesson titles on the inside cover. 

second: Find the lesson written for this Sunday, or 
any Sunday you missed. 
L. Read the Lesson Background. Underline in each 
paragraph the important idea and any other in- 
formation that you want to remember. 

2. Read the lesson that is outlined under the title. 
Sometimes an abbreviated version is printed in 
the quarterly. You will get a more thorough under- 
standing if you read the complete text suggested. 
You may want to use more than one translation. 

3. Write questions concerning any parts of the 
Scripture that are unclear to you. As you read 
the exposition section next, look for the answers 
to your questions. 

Third: Begin your closer examination of the Scripture 
passage itself. 

1. Read the Lesson Exposition, referring back to the 
printed text when you don't remember the passage 
referred to. 

2. Write the answers to any questions you asked in 
the second section. 



Underline any statements that you think are par- 
ticularly meaningful. 



Fourth : 



relate to daily life what you're 



Plan to 
learning. 

1. Read the Lesson Application. Underline significant 
sentences. Put question marks beside any state- 
ments you wonder about or disagree with. 

2. If you like, write your own lesson application. 
After reading the lesson, there may be an em- 
phasis you think the author missed. 

3. If you have unanswered questions about the Scrip- 
ture, its background, exposition, or application, 
look in a Bible Commentary for an answer. If you 
don't find the answer, write the question on a 
piece of paper and give it to the pastor or teacher 
as you leave. 

Fifth: Respond to the lesson by one of the following 
ways: 
Write a resolution. 

Write or pray silently to God for help in over- 
coming some weakness in your life that the Scrip- 
ture lesson pointed out. 

Write your reaction to something outstanding in 
the lesson. 
Choices: Here are suggestions of some worthwhile 
activities. 
1. Write a letter to one of our missionaries. (Names 
and addresses are in the back of The Brethren 
Annual.) 

Read an article in the Brethren Evangelist, under- 
lining key ideas. 
Write a note of appreciation to someone. 

Developed by Brethren House Staff 
St. Petersburg, Florida 



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The Brethren Evangelist! 



SPOTLIGHTING NEW FILMSTRIPS 
NOW AVAILABLE 



5 f+'C 



The following lilmstrips have been added to the Board 
of Christian Education rental library. All items rent 
for $1 each unless otherwise indicated. Orders should 
be placed with us no less than two weeks prior to the 
showing date and three weeks would be preferable 
especially in holiday seasons. When ordering, give us 
your name and address, the catalog number (preceeding 
each title), title of filmstrip (include two or three 
choices wherever possible), and the showing date. Order 
from: Board of Christian Education, 524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 







CHRISTIAN LIVING 

Teens and Adults 



S-43 Man and the Earth — 67 frames, color draws & 
photos, rec. & man., sr. high-adult, 12 min. 
Man's existence is threatened by environmental 
pollution, ecological destruction, and over-popula- 
tion. The Judaeo-Christian view tended to separate 
man from nature, making man the lord of nature 
and exploiter of the earth. This filmstrip suggests 
a new look at the creation story, stressing man's 
responsibility as steward of the earth's resources. 

S-44 Mathematics and Starvation — 60 frames, color 
draws & photos, rec. & man., sr. high-adult, 
10 min. 

At current rates of increase, world population will 
double in thirty-five years. Yet population has al- 
ready overtaken our food production capacity; 
3 % million people die of starvation annually. And 
the "doubling rate" is far the fastest in under- 
developed countries least able to provide for their 
people. The filmstrip urges that Christians limit 
their own families and insist on national commit- 
ment to the needs of mankind. 

S-45 Canaries and Credit Cards — 55 frames, color 
draws & photos, rec. & man., sr. high-adult, 
9 min. 

Technology and exploitation are upsetting the deli- 
cate ecological balance of the earth. Man is com- 
pared to a prodigal teenager with an unlimited 
credit card — and now the bills are coming due: 



pollution of air and water, loss of irreplaoeabl*! 
resources, extinction of entire species, hunger an(| 
death for many. It is time for Christians to expand 
their man-to-man related ethic to include the entirfj 
life community — to achieve the "peaceable king 1 
dom" where man and nature live in harmony. 

T-l The Quality of Life — 54 frames, color draws <S 
photos, rec. & man., sr. high-adult, 9 min. 
Man is linked spiritually and physically to the worli 
of nature; yet today most people live in a manj 
made environment of steel and concrete. 70% o.j 
the population lives on 10% of the space. And i\ 
large part of the space in crowded urban areas il 
devoted to the automobile, which in turn increase , 
air and noise pollution. Crowding produces massivj 
social and psychological disruption — disorder, riots! 
crime. Even man's natural retreat, the wilderness, ijj 
threatened by exploitation, pollution, and crowding 

T-2 Therefore Choose Life — 53 frames, color draws 1 
photos, rec. & man., sr. high-adult, 9 min. 
This concluding filmstrip summarizes the challenge 
facing man and offers an "agenda for survival.! 
The money and technology are available to put thij 
plan into effect. What is necessary is a reversal o 
many cherished, though out-moded ideas. Tfo 
religious nature of the problem is renemphasizec 
As God's representative, man's job is to care fo 
the earth, not exploit it and to affirm that all meij 
are brothers. 






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EVANGELISM 



TRAINING 



!S-11 & CS-12 Kennedy Cassettes— A set of four 
cassettes on the evangelism program developed by 
D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Presbyterian 
Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This set presents 
live sessions with Dr. Kennedy in the training pro- 
gram which is also presented in the book, Evan- 
gelism Explosion. Rental fee: $2.50 per set, may be 
kept no longer than four weeks at a time. 



3-34 



A Church Ministering — 50 frames, color draw & 
photos, rec. & man., jr. high-adult, 8 min. 

An automobile accident leave a young couple 
injured and stranded in a small county hospital. A 
teen-ager is arrested for maliciously destroying 
property. An old lady sits alone day by day. To 
people in these and other situations, Christians can 
minister! This filmstrip shows highlights in Jesus' 
ministry and focuses on the present-day opportun- 
ities for the church to be a ministering fellowship. 



1-16 Growth By Groups — 167 frames, color photos, rec- 
man. & guide, jr. high-adult, 15:56 min. 
This filmstrip has been designed for three purposes : 
(1) to arouse interest in a church in the small 
group, (2) to explain the principles of group 
dynamics, leadership training, etc., and (3) to 
introduce the program of "Growth by Groups." 

S-35 Working With Young Adults In Sunday School— 

45 frames, color photos, rec. & man., adults, 

10 min. 
New terminology! New materials! Typical of our 
changing times and the spirit of the 70's. Good 
methods and techniques for working with young 
adults are presented — plus suggestions for equip- 
ment and arrangement in a class or department. 

S-36 Developing A Plan For Church Advance — 50 

frames, color photos, rec. & man., adults, 9:30 

min. 
The purposes of this filmstrip are: (1) to give an 
overview of church planning, (2) to help churches 
get started in planning, (3) to show that planning 
is an essential part of church advance, (4) to make 
the viewer aware of the principles and methods of 
church planning and (5) to present the available 
resources for church planning. 



6-31 



MISSIONS 

I Met A Guy — 91 frames, color draws & photos, 
tape & man., sr. high-adult, 10 min. 

This filmstrip is produced by Missionary Aviation 
Fellowship and tells the story of Don Robertson, a 
flyer with MAF who was killed in a plane crash. 
The filmstrip presents the kind of work done by 
mission pilots and makes a strong appeal to young 
people — this is one type of Christian service avail- 
able to young people who want to get away from 
"everything being the same." 



OTHER HOLIDAYS 

42 Squanto And The First Thanksgiving — 50 frames, 
color draws, rec. & man., junior-adult, 15 min. 

Tells the authentic story of Squanto, a brave who 
had much to do with the Pilgrims' success in 
establishing Plymouth colony. 



WORSHIP 

S-33 O God, Who Is Like Thee?— 45 frames, color 
photos, rec. & man., jr.-adults, 10:15 min. 
This filmstrip is designed as enrichment to a study 
of the Psalms with many scripture references, 
natural scenery and music. 

S-37 Creation — 34 frames, color photos, rec. & man., 
children-adults, 6:38 min. 
The narration for this filmstrip is James Weldon 
John's "Creation" from the book, God's Trombones. 
It is a moving story, written simply in sweeping 
style and grace of how God put everything together 
"in the beginning." Music by Fred Waring and the 
Pennsylvanians. 

S-38 Finding God in Worship — 44 frames, color photos, 
rec. & man., children-adults, 5:05 min. 
In worship man seeks to relate himself to a high 
being. Because of worship, man's life is changed. 
He wants to serve others. To worship is to experi- 
ence an awareness of God, to recognize His holiness 
and majesty, and to respond in loving obedience to 
His leadership. 

S-39 Worship Christ — 35 frames, color draws, rec. & 
man., children-adults, 8:15 min. 
Provides an inspirational look at the person of 
Jesus Christ. Devotional in nature, it provides an 
image of Christ as Savior while touching on His 
birth, life, teachings, purpose, death, and resurrec- 
tion. It is designed for a worship experience and is 
not chronological in sequence. Narration is limited 
as many frames are presented to music only. 



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The Brethren Evangelist! 



MOTIVATED MEN 



by Condi Baker 





Frederick J. Finks 



» 



FREDERICK J. FINKS, 25, is a senior at ATS* 
from the Maurertown Brethren Church in 
Maurertown, Virginia where he has been a mem- 
ber for 13 years. Fred attended Central High 
School and AC* where he graduated in 1969. 
While attending AC, He was busy as vice-presi- 
dent of the Student Senate and made Who's Who 
in American Universities and Colleges. 

Fred was the first National Board of Christian 
Education Director's Assistant to Rev. Fred 
Burkey. During his first year at ATS, this kept 
him busy travelling to various youth activities in 
the brotherhood. Majoring in Christian Educa- 
tion, Fred has worked with the Park Street youth 
and gained much experience in this field. 



Fred's wife, Holly is a member of the Welling 
ton Baptist Church. She is kept busy working a 
a registered nurse at Samaritan Hospital i: 
Ashland and caring for their new daughte 
Alyson. 

Fred is serving as student pastor at the Eas 
Mansfield United Presbyterian Church in Mans 
field Ohio. The Finks are looking forward t 
graduation this spring when Fred plans to eithe 
take a pastorate or continue his studies. The 
are residents of the seminary home located o 
High Street. 



* AC- 
HATS 



Ashland College 
— Ashland Theological Seminary 



February 26, 1972 



Page Nine 



CARL HENRY ARIZONA LECTURES 

INCLUDE 'KEY 73' APPEAL 




A N EDITOR whose plea for evangelical cooperation 
-\ spurred more than 100 American denominational 
nd church groups to designate 1973 as a year of co- 
perative evangelism throughout the United States this 
/eek addressed local church leaders on "Phoenix as a 
fey 73 Target." 

Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, now editor-at-large of Christian- 
ty Today magazine, devoted the first of five lectures at 
Jrand Canyon College to the present religious situation 
i America. His audience for the Staley Distinguished 
Christian Scholar Lectures included local churchmen 
nd the college community. 



Dr. Henry said, "1973 could be the momentous turn- 
ing time of the twentieth century, and some sections of 
Canada are already reporting spiritual awakening in 
advance of it." He said, "If men give God His due, the 
holy will of God will not only turn individuals 'right' 
side up, but turn educational institutions 'truth' side up, 
and social relationships and structures 'just' side up." 

"We are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His 
righteousness, not a technocratic society, not Walden II, 
nor even an extension of the American dream, which 
has now become a nightmare." 

"Americans can no longer point accusingly across 
the Atlantic at statistics of Christian fallout and church 
decline. Half of our own population is now unconnected 
with any church, and on any given Sunday half of the 
membership will not be attending a service. Only one 
in four persons in the United States is now estimated 
to be commited to the life style familiar to us in 
churches. Three in four have either rejected it, or com- 
promised it, or do not know it." 

Dr. Henry said that "for evangelical Christianity this 
is the most critical time in American history since the 
Civil War, and in some respects since the founding of 
the nation." He stressed the importance not only of 
simultaneous Christian efforts in 1973 but of cooperative 
effort "to the outermost limits of a good conscience." He 
warned that "Christians are bagged up, sacked in and 
isolated from the main currents of modern life." 



LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH TOPS 800,000 
SPAWNS NEWS DOCUMENTARY "THE RETURN" 

The 16th printing of Hal Lindsey's best seller, The 
Late Great Planet Earth, this one for another 100,000, 
brings the total number in print now to over 800,000. 

Based on current sales, the one million mark is ex- 
pected to be reached by March '72 according to Zonder- 
van Vice President of Publications, Robert K. DeVries. 

This month also premiers the film, The Return, a 
news documentary featuring Hal Lindsey and based on 
the contents of The Late Great Planet Earth. The 
Return is produced by and available through The 
Evangelical Communications Research Foundation, Box 
28539, Dallas, Texas 75228. 




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Northern California District Conference Organization 



Moderator— Buck Garrett, P.O. Box 475, 
Lathrop, California 95330 

Vice Moderator — Donald Mullins, Box 
315, Lathrop, California 95330 

Secretary— Alvin Shifflett, 6605 North 
Alturas Avenue, Stockton, California 
95207 

Treasurer — William Hubble, P.O. Box 
254, Lathrop, California 95330 

Board of Christian Education Represent- 
ative^ — Ruth Creson 

Trustee Board Representative — Donald 
Huse 

Mission Board Representative — Ralph 
Kullman 

Members-at-Large — James Walters, Wil- 
liam Anderson 

Board of Clmstian Education: 

1973 — Chuck Poindexter, Dorothy Sesser 

1974— Nila Harnden, Alvin Shifflett 

1975— Ruth Creson, Dennis Mullins 



Berean Trustee Board: 

1973 — Mac Freeman, Thomas Culp 
1974 — Donald Mullins, Clarence Harnden 
1975 — George Coykendall, Marshall Lehr 
Mission Board: 

1973 — Milton Robinson, Howard Crom 
1974 — James Creson, Ralph Kullman 
1975 — Lester Cox, Alan Schmiedt 
District W.M.S.: 
President — Evelyn Sesser 
Vice President — Sarah Garrett 
Secretary-Treasurer — Vivian Mullins 
Ministerial Examining- Board: 
President — Alvin Shifflett 
Vice President — William Anderson 
Secretary — Buck Garrett 
Ashland College Trustees: 
1973— William Anderson 
1974— Alvin Shifflett 
Member to Annual Conference Executive 
Committee — Milton Robinson 



Church Secretary Revisions 



Southeast District 

Bethlehem: Mrs. Maxine Wenger, Route 1, Box 206, Linville, Virginia 22834 

Kimsey Rim: Etta B. Miller, Wardensville, West Virginia 26851 

Liberty: Mrs. Ella Mae Weatherholtz, Quicksburg, Virginia 22847 

Mt. Olive: Mrs. Pauline Wagoner, P.O. Box 70, Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486 

Pennsylvania District 

Fairless Hills-Levittown: Miss Carol Welty, 284 Glouster Road, Fairless Hills, 

Pennsylvania 19030 
Highland: Mrs. Eunice Shrontz, Box 35, Prosperity, Pennsylvania 15329 
Valley: Miss LaVerne Keslar, Route 1, Box 224, Acme, Pennsylvania 15610 

Ohio District 

Canton (Trinity) : Mrs. Dorothy Brown, 665 Knoll Street, SE., North Canton, Ohio 

44720 
Fremont: Mrs. Roger Reedy, Box 71, Lindsey, Ohio 43442 
Louisville: Mrs. Sandra Schmucker, 210 East Gorgas, Louisville, Ohio 44641 
Smithville: Mrs. Helen Hershberger, 1506 Sunset Lane, Wooster, Ohio 44691 

Indiana District 

Center Chapel: Mrs. Vaughn Neff, Route 2, Peru, Indiana 46970 
County Line: Mrs. Pauline Peffley, Route 4, Plymouth, Indiana 46563 
Denver: Mrs. Louise Alspach, Route 1, Denver, Indiana 46926 
Dutchtown: Mrs. Willis Kreider, Route 6, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 
Kokomo: Mrs. Elizabeth Surbey, Route 1, Bunker Hill, Indiana 46914 
Peru: Mrs. James Miller, 480 West Fifth Street, Peru, Indiana 46970 
South Bend: Miss Judy Rose, 1029 Bellevue, South Bend, Indiana 46615 
Wabash: Mrs. Herbert Eckerley, Route 1, Wabash, Indiana 46992 
Warsaw: Miss Pam Teeter, Route 3, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 



Tucson: 



Southwest District 

Mrs. Delia Miller, 6365 Calle Bellatrix, Tucson, Arizona 85710 




Page Eleven 



REVIVAL IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA 

by J. D. HAMEL 



[ANUARY 16-23 the dedicated and Bible-centered 
scholar and preacher Dr. Harold Barnett, president of 
liverside Christian Training School, Lost Creek, Ken- 
Ucky, held an evangelistic meeting in the beautiful 
jarasota First Brethren Church which reposes in a 
uiet grove of majestic pines and palms. The average 
ttendance for the campaign's morning worship services 
ras 447, and 155 average for the evening services. 

The spiritual results of the revival were six first-time 
iecisions and twelve rededications with an additional 
venty-two leaders of the church standing the first 
lorning with the pastor and evangelist for revival. 
>uring the afternoon of the closing meeting a baptismal 
srvice was held in the beautiful outdoor memorial 
arden baptistry under a warm, sunny sky with the 
pmperature in the 80's. Eight candidates were baptized 
ly triune immersion and received into the church by 
Tie laying on of hands and the right hand of fellowship, 
'he pastor was assisted by the deacons and Rev. Fred 
fanator, pastor emeritus and Rev. Clarence Stewart a 
prmer pastor, from Nappanee, Ind. 
, During the services Dr. Harold Barnett and his wife 
"oris were featured musicians as well as having special 
jiusic from our own church. The song service was led 
w Walter Cummings from Lima, Ohio. Special guests 
• r ho attended the services were Rev. Bud Immel, pastor 

tilf the North Manchester, Ind. Brethren Church and 
ie staff members of the "Brethren House" in St. 
,etersburg, Fla., Rev. and Mrs. Phil Lersch, John and 
iusan and friend, and Miss Bonnie Munson. 
] This month of January First Brethren began its sixth 
jear on the radio with "The Brethren Hour" using the 
ecorded albums of Dr. Harold Barnett during these 
ervices. Dr. Barnett also brought greetings and sang 
Jvo solos on our television broadcast which reaches the 
(Test Coast of Florida. 
Dr. Barnett has the rare ability of making the Word 
f God live as he relates it from the Scripture. His 




Dr. Harold Barnett 

messages were Christ-exalting and Bible-centered. Dr. 
Barnett is not only a graduate of Riverside Christian 
Training Elementary and High School, but he also was 
a graduate of our own Ashland College and Theological 
Seminary where he received his A.B. and B.D. degrees. 
He also has an M.E.D. and a Ph. D. from the University 
of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. in Sociology from the 
University of Kentucky. Harold was National Moderator 
of our Brethren Conference in 1965. 

The Sarasota First Brethren Church and the denomi- 
nation are certainly indebted to Harold and Doris for 
the work which they are doing for Christ in these 
challenging last days. During the evangelistic meeting 
Sarasota First Brethren also had the privilege of host- 
ing Ashland Theological Seminary student Rev. Dale 
RuLon who was spending two weeks in Sarasota as a 
part of his practical homiletics course with credit from 
the Seminary. "Big Red" was actively engaged in every 
phase of our ministry, and the church was deeply im- 
pressed with his dedication and love for Jesus Christ. 
Thank God for Revival! 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



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The Brethren Evangelist >' 



OPPOSITION TO X-RATED MOVIES ACHIEVES CHANGE 



by JOHN M. WHITMAN 



PICKETING BY YOUNG PEOPLE of Second Baptist 
Church in Marion, Illinois, has prompted the local 
Orpheum Theatre to promise no more X-rated movies. 
Now the fight is being carried to surrounding com- 
munities. 

When a Marion newspaper announced a four-night 
showing of two X-rated color hits, Allen demons asked 
pastor Wallace Curlee what could be done. 

Curlee reported, "We started praying. Then we con- 
tacted other youth, and they wanted to help. We talked 
to the chief of police. He advised us he didn't think we 
could do any good, but as long as we didn't cause any 
trouble to go ahead and try." 

About 6:30 p.m., December 16, the pickets started 
walking with their placards. By movie time at 7 o'clock, 
only a few patrons had arrived. Pastor Curlee estimated 
that some left after seeing the pickets. Shortly later, 
manager Gene Buchanan came and, according to Curlee, - 
"asked us to leave, but we refused." 

Buchanan called theatre owner Eddie Stewart in 
Sullivan, Indiana. Stewart talked to Wade Hudgens by 
phone and asked him to remove the pickets. Then he 
called Pastor Curlee. 



Curlee said Stewart told him, "If you take off tfo 
pickets, I'll not show any more X-rated films. But i 
you don't, I'll flood the place with them." 

Curlee rejected the threat, saying, "The area is al 
ready flooded with that kind." 

Then Stewart offered: "Take them off now, and le 
me show the rest of this run, and I'll not schedule an; 
more X-rated movies. But I don't have anything elsi 
to show this week. I don't like to show that kind o 
stuff myself." 

Stewart, who owns several movie houses in Indian 
and Illinois, said he is a Methodist. 

The Baptist group agreed, if the manager wouli 
carefully check the age of each patron and not permi ! 
anyone under 18 to attend. The pickets were remove 
at 8:30. By that time only 37 patrons had entered. 

Manager Buchanan told the Illinois Baptist: "X-rate 
films don't do as well as the other kinds. Personally, 
don't care much for them, but some people do. And 
don't see why others should dictate what they can see* 
But we're willing to cooperate. 

Steward added: "If the people of Marion would suj 
port good movies, we would not have to show the > 
rated kind." 



POWER FOR AFRICA 



THE GREAT ZAMBESI RIVER of Mozambique, 
Africa, plunges 60 miles tlirough a gorge which is 
2,000 feet deep and 1,000 feet across. Over this gorge 
the Portugese government is building the Cabora Bassa 
hydro-electric dam at the cost of $246 million. It will 
be the fifth largest dam in the world and is to be com- 
pleted in 1974! 

Think of the power which will be generated to light 
the homes and turn the wheels of industry throughout 
most of the southern half of the African continent. 

But there are difficulties! Thousands of natives will 
have to move from their present locations, and many 
of them fail to realize the advantages that the move will 
mean for them. 

The government has found good soil about 30 miles 
inland from the river and has cleared the bush, plowed 
the fields and has grown better crops than in the old 
locations. The government wanted to prove the advan- 
tages of the dam. 

Sousa is the native boss-on-the-spot of the Zambesi 
Planning Commission, and he is convinced of the ad- 
vantages and tries to convince the tribesmen. He has 
succeeded in some cases, but bands of guerillas have 



risen to fight the building of the dam. This count* 
propaganda is intense and already six or seven chieJ 
have been killed because they cooperated with tl 
government. 

Electric power is wonderful and will be a tremendoi 
advantage. However, there is a greater power whic 
could mean more to Africa (or anywhere else) that 
any amount of electricity. That is the gospel of Chris 
We are told in Romans 1:16 that the gospel of Christ 
"the power -of God unto salvation to every one tbi 
believeth." 

John 1:12 informs us that "As many as receive HL 
( the Lord Jesus ) to them gave He power to become tl 
sons of God, even to them that believe on His name 
Think of all that is involved! Sonship includes fo 
giveness of sins and inheritance (Acts 26:18). 

Shall we be like the natives who refuse to believe ar 
receive the advantages offered to them? Shall we col 
sider the "preaching of the Cross" as foolishness! 
(I Cor. 1:18). Or shall we experience the "exoeedir| 
greatness of His power to usward who believe?" (Ep; 
1:19). 

from LeTourneau NOW 






February 26, 1973 



Page Thirteen 



BOOK REVIEWS 



Reviewed by Rev. Spencer Gentle, pastor of 
Papago Park Brethren Church, Tempe, Arizona, 
former editor of "The Brethren Evangelist." 



Jnger, Merrill F.: DEMONS IN THE WORLD TODAY. 

Vheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1971 

$1.95). This book is a study of Occultism in the light 
f God's Word and certainly is most timely in this mod- 
rn day. Dr. linger deals with demonology as evident 
n this age. He tells about the supernatural character 
f demons, how they work against men today. He also 
las a chapter on Spiritism as a cult; he explains how 
emons work through men and women in the foretelling 
f the future. His chapters on magic, demon possession 
nd healing are outstanding. He also deals with demons 
nd false religions of today. This book is written in 
anguage and style for the laity of the church. Every 
astor and Christian layman should read this book, it 
/ill help him to understand and deal with the problems 
f demonology and occultism that is so prevalent in 
hese last days. 

Before you become loo involved in astrology or spirit- 
;m, be sure you read this book, it will open your eyes 
3 the dangers of playing into the hands of Satan and 
emonology. This has been one of the most interesting 
ooks on the subject of demonology that I have read 
>r a long time. 




READERS 
MAKE 

LEADERS 



CHEEP ADVICE 



Pr*^l, 




Each morning when I open my eyes I 
say to myself: "I, not events, have the 
power to make me happy or unhappy 
today. I can choose what it shall be. 
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't 
arrived yet. I have just one day, today, 
and I'm going to be happy in it." That's a 
system that has worked for me for a long 
time; try it. 

Groucho Marx 



What this world really needs is a com- 
puter that can figure out all the things in 
life that don't add up. 

Things never go so well that one should 
have no fear, and never so ill that one 
should have no hope. 

Turkish Proverb 

The most valuable gift you can give 
another is a good example. 

Poor workmen always criticize their 
tools. 

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; 
weep, and you weep alone; for the sad 
old earth must borrow its mirth, but has 
trouble enough of its own. 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

Kites rise against the wind, not with it. 



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The Brethren Evangelis! 



MISSIONARY 

N£WS 



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SPIRITUAL CONFERENCE 

EVEN AS WE WRITE THIS John Rowsey, Associate 
Secretary, of the Missionary Board will be on his 
way to our Argentine field and will be present for the 
Spiritual Conference beginning February 12th to be 









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held at the Eden Bible Institute. People congregate fnoj 
all the Argentine churches for this national conferenc' 
for inspiration and future planning. Held in the summe, 
months in Argentina, many sessions are held out-O; 
doors. 



ARGENTINA 



RADIO MINISTRY 

r:CHNICAL RADIO WORK remains one of the 
most demanding occupations in the Argentine 
ministry. Presently, Bill Curtis (in photo) and Mark 
Logan serve in the CAVEA recording studios. Platicas 
Cristianas remains one of the better programs in con- 
tent and technical quality and is sent out over nine 
stations in Argentina and from Trans-World Radio in 
Bonaire. Other programming includes Reflexiones, on 
17 stations; Meditaciones Cristianas, 15 stations; and 
Biblia Abierto and also Senda de Vida, each on one 
station. In addition to preparing taped programs in 
Spanish, a German program is also taped at the studios 
and sent weekly to Transworld. Three special programs 
for women are recorded in CAVEA studios, too. 

The radio programs offer New Testaments of Good 
News for Modern Man in Spanish. 




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Harold E. Staoey, founder and president of CAVEA 
also introduced an additional ministry to Argentina in 
mid-1970 by establishing a mobile chapel for further 
evangelism outreach. This unit is presently scheduled 
through September 1972 for campaigns and for the 
summer months will be used at crowded beach areas 
such as Mar del Plata and other resort areas. This work 
is supported through the support of the Bible Society 
and subsidized by the Argentine churches and with 
special gifts from individuals. 






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JUAN CARLOS MIRANDA 

EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD BECAME closely 
bound by modern transportation, man moved pro- 
gressively toward reaching out further and further as 
ie followed the mission directive . . . "Go, ye. . . ." 
VLan's ministry extends where the Lord leads willing 
workers. 




I. to r.: Adriana, Juan, Gustavo, Maria 
holding Yvonne, Samuel and Michael 

God has been leading and guiding the lives of the 
Miranda family over the continents. Juan Carlos 
VLiranda brought his family to the United States from 
Argentina in August 1957 to pursue further education 
for teaching in Bible schools. His experiences in Argen- 
:ina had included teaching in a Bible school as well as 
pastoral duties in various churches. 



His years in the States have been enriched with 
higher education including graduation from Olivet 
Nazarene College, graduate work at Trinity University 
in San Antonio, attending Nazarene Theological Sem- 
inary and presently working toward his goal of Master 
of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary by June 
of 1972. 

While the Mirandas grew in faith and wisdom, they 
were also increasing in number. Juan and Maria brought 
Adriana and Gustavo to the United States with them and 
now have three more children, Samuel, Michael and 
Yvonne. 

The Miranda's combined education, business experi- 
ences and church related activities have been extensive 
in these past fifteen years. Juan was Director of Sales 
and Promotion in the Spanish Department of the 
Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City and also 
had responsibility in office management and public rela- 
tions. His duties included extensive travel through 
Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. 
He has had a most successful ownership of Filter Queen 
in North Central Ohio with two offices in Mansfield and 
Steubenville. 

The many opportunities and enrichments in his life 
prepared him well to further serve the Lord. He plans 
to return to Argentina to teach at the Eden Bible 
Institute. Pray for the Mirandas as they prepare to re- 
turn to our Argentine Brethren and to the Brethren 
Church he joined while in his teens. 

The Eden Bible Institute has the distinction of being 
the only resident Bible school in that area of Argentina. 
In addition to resident students there are seven corres- 
pondence students, and the extension course continues 
to be an encouraging program. The accomplishments of 
Juan under God's hand could well be the additional 
thrust needed at the Bible Institute for having national 
leadership. 



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INDIA 



ORPHANAGE 

HHHE ORPHANAGE WORK is progressing very well. 
1 This past year there were many demands for in- 
creasing admissions, but it was only advisable to admit 
five more orphans, making a total of 15 boys. They are 
under the direction of Nirmala and the male house 
warden. 

The boys provide music during services and distri- 
bute tracts at street campaigns and also help in cottage 
meetings. 

The Kumars share in the teaching and religious 
instruction at the orphanage and all necessary 
administration. 




BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE 

•""pHE BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE was started 
1 November 1970, and ten students joined the train- 
ing program to be evangelists and pastors. The aim of 
the Brethren Bible Institute is to train the student to 
learn through the Word of God and to enable him to 
proclaim the Gospel in such a way that regenerated 
converts will result. 

Visiting professors lectured in classroom work, and 
the evangelists had opportunity for going out in pairs 
to work in the villages and alternated partners for 
observing each other's procedures. October 1971 they 
had ten graduates in the first graduation service of the 
Brethren Bible Institute. 



BRETHREN MISSION MEMBERSHIP 

THE FIRST BAPTISMAL SERVICE was conducted 
on July 26, 1970 with 14 men and 17 women bap- 
tized. August 24 that first year of Brethren work in 
India two Christian teachers were also baptized and so 
it was that the people came forward and accepted the 
Lord. By the end of June 1971 Brethren Mission had 
reached a total membership of 169, and in October the 
General Secretary witnessed the baptism of 45 people 
during his administrative visit. The membership pres- 
ently stands at a total of 240. 




February 26, 1972 



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K. VIJAYA KUMAR 





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Prasanth presenting a Bible to the 
Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Kan- 
dubhai Desai, in Hyderabad. 




K. Vijaya Kumar 



ADDITIONAL BRETHREN LEADERSHIP in India 
is urgently needed as the work rapidly progresses. 
A decade ago there were 10,000 missionaries in India 
and today there are only 2,000. Nationals will be looked 
to for winning India to Christ. 

K. Vijaya Kumar came to Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary, September 1971 for training with the express 
purpose of returning to India and assist with the 
Brethren Mission work. 

The Loree, Indiana Brethren Church is providing a 
Scholarship Fund for the further education of Vijay. 




In addition to the PA System used in 
street meetings, Kumar noiv is using 
an amplifier on a Rickshaw for addi- 
tional audio purposes. 



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The Brethren Evangelis, 



NIGERIA 



KULP BIBLE SCHOOL 







MlP BIBLE SCHOOL 





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A'/i^2/ and Dick Winfield at 
Kulp Bible School 



BIBLE SCHOOLS have become important around 
the world in training both lay and full-time workers 
for the younger churches. Kulp Bible School continues 
to graduate young men who are prepared to give lead- 
ership in the communities and the church, and they will 
have a real opportunity to witness to their neighbors. 




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House of mud 





A 

Graduating Class at Kulp Bible School 

Students come to the school with their families, an 
their wives are required to attend the women's schoo 
The families have plots of ground to raise their food 
and are also further trained in farming methods. Tb 
couples then are prepared to give leadership in th 
communities and the church and can identify with thei 
neighbor farmers when they return to their commui 
ities or go to unreached areas. 

Dick and Kitty Winfield have served at Kulp Bib]; 
School since early 1969. They are presently both teacl 
ing there, in their second tour of service in Niger! 
Dick was relieved of his position as principal when 
Nigerian qualified for the position. Presently they ail 
teaching classes in English, Practice Preaching arl 
Audio-Visual aids. 



TRANSLATORS 

TERRY AND CHERYL GRIEVE, Short-Term Assi 
^ tants have been assigned by Wycliffe Bible Tran 
lators, Inc. for further study at Ahmadu Bello Unive 
sity prior to their jungle training. They live in a tw 
story mud house in the old section of Kano, a Hau; 
community. This will be ideal for further Haui 
language understanding. 

Their studies are in Islam and Arabic to prepare the 
for work among the Kanuri who number 2% millic 
in Northeastern Nigeria and are without a Bible 
their own language. 

Wycliffe Translators began work in Nigeria in 196 
and 17 language groups have been entered. There a 
more than 200 languages spoken in Nigeria and a hi| 
proportion of her people are bilingual, speaking one 
the major languages in addition to their tribal languaS 



February 26, 1972 



Page Nineteen 



LITERACY AND LITERATURE 

LARRY BOLINGER at Mbororo continues in his 
translation work through planning workshops and 
classes, the production of materials and his teaching. 
He works with Nigerians of all ages and herewith is 
shown teaching writing to eager, young children. It is 
sncouraging to the program to have nationals assist 
in so many different realms of the work, and a public 
school teacher assists in the preparation of literacy 
primers. The new production-typing class was started 
vvith former students doing the teaching, and the work 
progressed with one typewriter for each class of four 
students. Classes are held that deal with literacy theory 
ind methods with the duration of the class being two 
months. 

The Gospel of Mark is being printed for the people 
jo benefit from inspirational Gospel reading in addition 
to just hearing the Word. Firm instructive Scriptures 
in their own language can help them face an erupting 
world secure in their own identity. 



MEDICAL WORK 

MEDICAL MISSIONS is one avenue of becoming 
"all things to all men" in order that some may be 
saved. It is a way of going the "second mile" and giving 
"a cup of cold water in Jesus' name." It is also a method 
of demonstrating faith by works — doctrine by deeds. 

Dr. Roy Pfaltzgraff heads the Adamawa Provincial 
Leprosarium, where many new ideas in leprosy control 
were pioneered, and where today 380 in-patients are 
looked after. Out-patients are treated at Garkida Gen- 
eral Hospital in accordance with modern thinking on 
leprosy control, with absence of any real social stigma 
against the disease. Northern Nigeria has the largest 
leprosy control scheme in the world, and over % 
million people have been treated since its inception. 

Medical students from Ahmudu Bello University, 
Zaria, attend a seminar on leprosy in Situ. In the back- 
ground, left, Dr. Roy Pfaltzgraff, and center Dr. Darryl 
Parker, who had a six-month tour of duty for Church 
of the Brethren at Lassa Hospital. On-site training is 
proving to be of great value to Nigerian students and 
should help to lessen the almost total dependence of 
leprosy control in Nigeria on expatriate doctors. 




Larry Bolinger ivith children 



Medical Students at Leprosy Seminar 






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NATIONAL WORKERS 

[)ASTOR NGAMARIJU K. MAMZA has a triple roll 
as a Nursing Superintendent at Lassa Hospital, 
astor of the Lassa Church and Secretary to the Lardin 
iabas Church. His executive position with the church 
comparable to office in our General Conference. 
Nationals continue to shoulder more responsibility and 
ill plaoes of leadership. There is presently a new em- 
)hasis in training church workers through extension 
>ourses. 




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Pastor Ngamarijit K. Mamza 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



World Religious News 



SPIRITUAL RENEWAL 
SHAKES CANADIAN CITY 

Saskatoon, Sask. (EP) — A week 
of evangelistic meetings begun here 
by Evangelists Ralph and Lou 
Sutera have stretched into two 
months as spiritual revival sweeps 
the Canadian City and environs. 

The theme verse of the campaign 
begun at Ebenezer Baptist Church 
was II Chronicles 7:14 — the same 
passage that sparked the 1950 
Wheaton College revival. "The 
whole congregation got right with 
God and with one another, as they 
humbled themselves and prayed," 
says Mrs. E. Rowney, a member of 
the church. 

Honesty before God and man was 
the recurring by-product of the 
awakening. Two brothers who had 
not spoken for many years con- 
fessed their faults and were res- 
tored to fellowship. They sang a 
duet in the church. One family drove 
30 miles out of town to ask for- 
giveness of those against whom they 
had held a grudge for many years. 

After the first two weeks crowds 
forced the meeting in the larger 
quarters of St. Timothy's Anglican 
Church, two nights later to Univer- 
sity Drive Alliance Church seating 
1,000, and finally into the Third 
Avenue United Church. Hundreds of 
people stood in line to get in. Many 
times no sermon interrupted the 
flow of testimonals. 

Contagious joy, but no excessive 
emotionalism characterized the ser- 
vices. People spontaneously testified 
before the packed sanctuaries and 
lingered for "after glow" meetings 
following the main session. 

Nearly half of those testifying 
were young people. A significant 
number told of deliverance from 
drugs, alcohol and other binding 
habits. One young woman, diagnosed 
as a schizophrenic, had received 30 
shock treatments and was taking 
20 pills a day. The doctor said there 
was no hope, but she testified of 
healing following her conversion to 
Jesus Christ. 



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In addition to the restoration of 
friendships came restitutions for 
petty thefts. Businessmen all over 
the city were continually surprised 
by people returning stolen goods or 
paying for them. 

Bible schools in Saskatchewan, 
Alberta and even in far-off Toronto 
experienced a touch of the awak- 
ening 

Signs of the revival have appeared 
in Regina, 150 miles south. George 
W. Elliott, director of Western Tract 
Mission in Saskatoon, has traveled 
many miles with gospel teams re- 
cruited from local churches to 
spread the news. A taxi-cab driver 
was astounded when a woman asked 
him to drive her to a church meet- 
ing after midnight. Some services 
continue until 4 a.m. as the fresh 
dew of heaven continues to fall. 



REVOLUTION SEEN AS 

NO GUARANTEE OF 
GOOD SOCIETY* 

Palos Heights, 111. (EP) — The 
"theology of evolution" espoused by 
numerous neo-Protestant secular 
theologians "turns Christianity into 
a religion of coercive force more 
akin to Allah of the Mohammedans 
than to Yahweh of the Bible," Carl 
F. H. Henry said here. 

The evangelical theologian and 
author made the remarks in conclud- 
ing the Staley Distinguished Chris- 
tian Scholar lecture program at 
Trinity Christian College. 

Dr. Henry, editor-at-large of Chris- 
tianity Today and professor-at-large 
of Eastern Baptist Theological Sem- 
inary in Philadelphia, declared: "If 
God speaks in revolution, as is now 
often asserted, then the more ex- 
plosive the 'bang' the more vocal the 
Divine. But no objective criterion 
then remains for distinguishing 
good from bad revolutions; revolu- 
tionary violence becomes the neces- 
sary midwife of all spectacular 
social advance." 

The theologian conceded that the 
revolutionary theologians stress 



structual violence, or disruptive 
techniques for overthrowing exist- 
ing agencies, rather than military 
or physical violence. But he noted 
that the revolutionary view requires 
the use of force at least "as a last 
resort or in extreme circumstances," 
so that the distinction between 
physical and structural violence is 
more verbal than factual. 

"Revolution without physical vio- 
lence is an illusion," he said. "The 
radical theologians ought to learn 
from history how bloody a business 
revolution is." 

Scripture, he said, points to civil 
government, not to coercive revolu-; 
tion, as the responsible tool for pro- 
moting justice. A civil government 
forfeits a right to obedience "when 
it commands citizens to do what God 
forbid 5, or disallows then to do what 
he commands." 

JESUS PEOPLE ANSWER 
SUPERSTAR' WITH 
•I WILL COME AGAIN' 

Philadelphia (EP) — A new rockj 
opera titled, "I Will Come Again,' 
has made its debut as an answer tc 
"Jesus Christ Superstar." 

Cindy Tutalo, one of its writers 
told some 350 people here at a Jesus 
People rally the opera begins wit! 
the march to Calvary, moves on tc 
the crucifixion and ends with th< 
ascension and Jesus' promise tc 
come again. 

Playing an organ by ear and sing 
ing, Miss Tutalo's throaty voice proj 
vided tunes that were applaudec 
twice with standing ovations. 

The resurrection Jesus spend; 
time with his friends and thei 
ascends with a promise to return a; 
a king in the new rock opera. 



FOURTH REFERENCE BOOK 
EDITED BY ELEANOR DOAN 

Glendale, Calif. (EP) "You 

Treasury of Inspiration," an albun 
of favorite selections for daily ir 
spiration and enjoyment, is tin 
fourth such reference book edite 
here by Eleanor Doan. 

Miss Doan, coordinator of infoi 
mational cervices for Gospel Ligh 
Publications in Glendale, devote; 
two years to the Zondervan booi 
which publishers expect to reac 
half a million copies in sales. 



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February 26, 1972 



Page Twenty-one 



RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS 
URGED TO TRY 
DAYTIME RADIO 

St. Petersburg, Fla. (EP)— Neith- 
er God nor the radio are dead, a 
3BS vice-president said here in ad- 
vising religious broadcasters to in- 
vestigate the use of radio testimon- 
ials in their programming. 

"There are a lot of professionals 
waiting to be enlisted in the com- 
nunication work of the church," 
ieclared Maurie Webster, CBS-Radio 
services division. 

According to Mr. Webster, more 
Deople listen to the radio up to 6 
).m. each day than watch television. 
Hie foresaw positive results from 
jrograms and spot announcements 
>n religion aimed at day-time radio 
ludiences. 

The CBS executive was one of 
nany speakers taking part in the 
second annual meeting of the North 
American Broadcast Section of the 
World Association for Christian 
Communication, an interreligious 
igency. Attending were 167 dele- 
gates from the U.S., Canada, Puerto 
lico, South America and Europe. 



5L1ND MUSICIAN THANKS 
JOD FOR BLESSINGS 

Dallas (EP) — An accomplished 
jnusician, blind from birth, says God 
jilowed him to be blind "because He 
[Lad some special things in store 
or me." 

Ken Medema, soloist for Word 
teoords, doesn't believe God gave 
dm talent just to compensate for 
is blindness. "Because of my blind- 
ess, people contact me first, allow- 
ng me to have experiences which 
night not otherwise be possible," he 
laid. 

J Reared in a small Michigan town, 
n edema's family attended a Dutch 
jleformed Church. He was already 
jeing recognized for his musical 
•jbility when he entered Michigan 
ttate to study music therapy. 
a After much resistance to it, 
Tedema accepted the Gospel and re- 
jeived Jesus Christ as his Savior, 
pis led to the composition of 
(Christian rock which he discovered 
|/ould catch the ear of unbelievers 
Ind finally to a position as director 
llf music and art therapy at Essex 

bounty Hospital in New Jersey. 
"Since I became a Christian, life 

as become a joyful experience," he 

ays. "It's great just being alive." 



JEWISH THANK-YOU' 
TO METHODISTS: 
CHRISTMAS CAROLS BY 
40-PIECE BAND 

Baldwin, N.Y. (EP) — How can 
a Conservative Jewish synagogue 
say "thank you" to a Methodist 
church for an "ecumenical favor?" 

Play Christmas carols on the 
church's lawn, that's how. At least, 
that's what the 40-piece Shaarei 
Shalom Band, sponsored by the 
South Baldwin Jewish Center, 
planned here. 

The gesture is a response to an 
initial ecumenical favor performed 
for the synagogue by the Metho- 
dists in 1957, when the newly formed 
Jewish congregation was meeting in 
a storefront building awaiting con- 
struction of its permanent home. 
Baldwin First Church, United Meth- 
odist, invited the Jewish congrega- 
tion to use the facilities of the 
Methodist church for its high holy 
days and other activities. 

The only Jewish marching band 
in the United States decided that it 
would return the favor this Decem- 
ber. Its founder and director, Mandel 
Fogel, announced that the band 
would give two concerts on the 
Methodist lawn next to the "living 
creche," a nativity scene involving 
members of the Methodist Youth 
Fellowship. On both occasions, 
December 12 and 21, the band 
planned a half-hour program. 

Names in the News 

The Rev. Edward V. Hill, popular 
evangelical minister in the Los 
Angeles area, has been appointed by 
Mayor Sam Yorty to the Los 
Angeles City Planning Commission. 

Dorothy C. Haskin, hospitalized in 
her Hollywood home one week for 
a second mastectomy in six months, 
is able to operate her global "Friend- 
ship Ministry" from her bed as 
volunteers assist in dispatching aid 
to needy people overseas. 

Dr. Clyde S. Kilby, professor of 
English at Wheaton College, 111., 
was honored at a festschrift pres- 
entation of "The Imagination and 
the Spirit," in London, England. 

Dr. Floyd Massey, Jr., has become 
the first black elected president of 
the American Baptist Churches of 
the Pacific Southwest. 

Dr. Hugh A. White was the first 
Free Methodist named "Layman of 
the Year" by the Board of Bishops 
of the Free Methodist Church. 



RUNG COMPLETES LECTURE 
TOUR, JUBILANT' OVER 
WIDE SUPPORT 

New York (EP) - - The controver- 
sial Swiss theologian, Father Hans 
Kung wound up his extensive world 
tour here by gently reaffirming he 
had no intention of leaving the 
Catholic priesthood and suggesting 
that his problems with the Vatican 
over his stand on papal infallibility 
may have become "a hot potato for 
the Holy See." 

"I believe they really don't know 
what to do with me if they find my 
theological positions unacceptable," 
he said. 

He added that he was "jubilant" 
over the wide support he received 
from the world theological commun- 
ity, pin-pointing the "fantastic job 
of research" done by Dr. Brian 
Tierney of Cornell University on the 
history of papal infallibility and 
published in the Journal of Ecumen- 
ical Studies, Philadelphia. 

Father Kung, who holds a chair of 
theology at Tubingen University in 
Germany, disclosed that another 
book — this one on the priesthood — is 
ready for publication and that he 
had completed still another volume 
on a Hegelian interpretation of the 
Incarnation, which has yet to be 
translated from the German. 

During his lectures in Australia 
and the U.S., Father Kung concen- 
trated on the person of Jesus Christ 
—choosing to sidestep for the most 
part the issue of papal authority and 
the structure of the Church. He 
nevertheless has continued to imply 
in both his formal and informal re- 
marks that "the indefectibility" of 
the Church despite errors is more 
important than the idea of a Pope 
speaking infallibly from time to 
time. 



JEWS LEAVING RUSSIA 
IN BIG NUMBERS 

Moscow (EP) - - Jewish residents 
of the U.S.S.R. are leaving the 
Soviet Union in increasing numbers 
for Israel, and sources indicated 
Russia would not try to halt their 
exodus. 

The rate of departure was put at 
from 600 to 700 each week, 

Some 12,000 Jews will have left 
the Soviet Union in 1971 if the pres- 
ent rate continues — a 12 fold in- 
crease over the previous year. 



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The Brethren Evangelist ! 



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"EACH ONE 



WIN ONE" 



TF YOU WERE TO STUDY the evolving history of the 
■*- Jewish people in the Scriptures, as an individual, 
you would almost come to the conclusion that for a 
Jew, God was almost unapproachable. God spoke of 
His power collectively to the race of Jews and not par- 
ticularly to the individual. However, there were some 
exceptions. God was a God to the Jewish people as a 
group or as a whole. The loyalty of God was to the 
collective society and not to the Hebrew, himself. There- 
fore, salvation for the Jew becomes a collective term. 
Salvation involves the whole fellowship of those who 
claim to be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

The Jew understood then, as he does now, that he 
can only be saved from a heritage. All their people shall 
finally be saved by Jehovah. The Jew understands that 
he must be a member of a race, tribe, and one of the 
twelve sons of Jacob if he is to have salvation. No single 
thought was more prominent in the minds of the Jews 
then, as it is today, that their forefathers were descend- 
ants of Abraham, himself. For the Jew, the Messiah 
was not to come to the individual, but to the Jewish 
race. 

Now, when Jesus came to the Jewish society (Jesus 
being a Jew Himself) He shocked them. Jesus told 
them that He came into the world to save the souls of 
men, not only to the Hebrew people collectively, but 
also to individual Jews and Gentiles. The Messiah came 
to seek and save all who were lost! It meant nothing 
to Jesus if a man were a Jew, Greek, or Gentile. He 
did not come to save the Sunday evening society of the 
Jerusalem Church, but He came to save sinners! 

So, when Jesus announced His mission was for the 
individual and not to the collective society of the Jews, 
it was the most shocking announcement that the Jewish 
Council had ever received. This was out-and-out rebel- 
lion of everything they had learned for two thousand 
years. As a matter of fact, this kind of information was 
unacceptable. The Jews had built such a hierarchy that 
unless you were in the framework of this ancestory and 
a member of the Jewish race, God was not speaking 
to you. But for the Nazarene, the race of man was not 
important. This is a lesson we could well learn in the 
20th Century. Jesus' concern was for the individual's 
soul. 




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Jesus gave us three great teachings concerning His 
approach to religion as a whole. In this day, it is also 
important that we study them. First, we learn that 
religion for Jesus was. not mass produced. Today, we 
believe conferences, programs, societies, theology, anc 
theological cultures are a must. If we are not a produd 
of this kind of an organization, or if we are not stamped 
with this type of religion, then we cannot expect tc 
have salvation. So, we are just like the Jews in manj 
ways. 

Today, we feel that society must be collectively in 
volved in large organizational movements which some 
day shall bring us salvation. To be religious, the Jew; 
had to belong. That was all. If he belonged and had the 
right blood, or, if he were in the right community 
then he was a part of the great on-going program whicl 
God had designed. On the other hand, if he was not < 
part of this community, there was no hope for salvation 
For, no one, outside of the blood connection, could re 
ceive the blessings that God had promised to Childrei 
of Israel many, many years before. The Jews believec 
that God had produced a mass production theology to: 
a special breed of people. The door was closed for every 
one else. But when Jesus began to teach, He opened th> 
door to all men. Jesus taught that religion is a per 
sonal experience. 

Jesus' second lesson was directed toward the indivic 
ual. Among the Jews, the emphasis was not on win 
you were, but to what you belonged. If you will rea 
the third chapter of Luke, you will understand wha 
Jesus is saying. "In the fifteenth year of the reign o 



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ebruary 26, 1972 

Iberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of 
udaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his 
rother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of 
rachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 
.nnas and Caiaphas being of the high priests, the word 
f God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the 
ilderness" (Luke 3:1-2). 

Can you imagine what that statement meant to the 
ews? That the Word of God, concerning the coming of 
ae Messiah, should come to a son of a nobody such as 
ohn in the wilderness; that he was to convey the mes- 
age of salvation and thus be the forerunner of the 
on of God! God was speaking in the wilderness to a 
lan with no status nor lineage. God was speaking to a 
mple, humble man. One single soul was the object of 
[is concern. That is the religion of Jesus Christ! 

When Paul was in Rome, he wrote, "For there is no 
ifference between the Jew and the Greek: for the 
ame Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him" 
Romans 10:12). Although there are a few examples of 
esus' compassion and ministry to a group of people 
like the feeding of the five thousand), Bible scholars 
ill us that ninety percent of Jesus' ministry and con- 
ersation recorded in the Bible is directed to individuals. 
: was a private relationship between the sinner and 
lod which Jesus emphasized. 

It is always interesting to think about the woman at 
le well. It tells of a private experience between the 
.nful woman and the Son of God. This private en- 
^unter resulted in a conversion. Three years later, this 
r oman became the first person to see the resurrected 
ody of Jesus Christ. We are impressed at seeing the 
stronauts, but what if we could see the nail prints in 
le hands of Jesus? What if we could see the resur- 
?cted body of Christ who was dead and is risen again? 
hen, we would really have something to talk about, 
et, that is exactly the religion of Jesus Christ. It 
stablishes a personal relationship between a great God 
ho made the heavens and the earth and a sinner. 

. Paul was on the road to Damascus to persecute the 
ihristians. Suddenly, he was stricken by a great light, 
here, on that road, he found Jesus Christ Paul be- 
nme a great witness and martyr for Christ. When Paul 
poke about this encounter with God he said, "Christ 
>peared to me!" It was this personal experience of 
aul, a Jew and a member of the Sanhedrin, that 
nused his conversion. 

! Today, we are suffering from too much 'together- 
ess. " We believe that we are Christians if we are 
and-stamped "Lutherans," "Methodists," Presbyter- 
Ins," "Brethren," etc. Then, we become a Christian by 
te law of osmosis and finally inherit salvation. Often- 
mes, we are just as guilty as our Jewish brothers in 
: ,iinking that God speaks to groups of people instead of 
jhat Jesus taught. He speaks to us as individuals! 
Lastly, Jesus taught that God has a very intense 
isire to have an intimate and personal relationship 
ith all who are willing to come and talk with Him. 
psus taught that man may have the "Walking in the 
iarden," experience. We sing it so beautifully, but so 
rten we don't believe it! Recently, a physician did not 
ant an elderly patient to go home from the hospital. 
le was very weak, and the doctor was afraid that 
ie might fall. He didn't want her home alone. The 
oman said, "You know doctor, I am never alone. My 



Page Twenty-three 

God is always there with me." That woman has had 
many hardships in life, but she has had a personal re- 
lationship with Christ. She feels that God has an 
extreme concern for her life. AH of us should feel that 
way! 

Several months ago a pastor was called to conduct a 
funeral for a man who had expired in an institution. 
When he arrived, he was told that no one had come for 
the funeral service. There were no flowers. The funeral 
director asked, "What shall we do?" He replied, "We 
shall have a Christian burial." The pastor understood 
this man has been a Christian for many years. He 
preached on the subject, "Known only by God, Himself." 
When the body was placed in the grave, he offered this 
prayer, "Oh, God, when we leave our earth-bound home, 
without a soul to bid us farewell, what a great joy it 
is to know that legions of angels are heralding our 
advent into your kingdom. Amen." 

Pastors and Christians alike wish for the capacity to 
tell men and women how much God loves them. I tried 
to tell this to a twenty-one year old dope addict. He has 
committed practically every sin in the book in order to 
keep up with his addiction. How priceless he is; he has 
a fine mind and a wonderful opportunity to make some- 
thing out of his life, but, oh, he is so sick. Now, he 
feels dirty. He said he felt cheap coming to church 
and asking God to help Mm when he has not turned 
to Him before. What a great privilege it is for a Chris- 
tian to tell a young person like that, "Look, God sees 
you as a holy, precious child in His sight. He died on 
the cross in order that you might be redeemed." How 
wonderful it is to know that God has all of us in mind 
when He made salvation. He knows the very number 
of hairs on our heads. When God made the world, He 
was thinking of us! 

In the spring, how wonderful it is to look at the 
flowers and the trees. When you see these things, stop 
for a moment and think, "God made all of these beauti- 
ful things for me." God loves us. When God made the 
cross, He had us in mind; not the whole society nor 
the Brethren Church, but He had each person in mind. 
When man experiences this personal relationship with 
Christ, He becomes a new creature and can start life 
all over again. 

When God breathed the Holy Spirit on His followers, 
He was also thinking of you. He was pouring out power, 
forgiveness, and love; it is available any hour of the 
day. Once we experience this personal relationship, we 
should tell others what Christ has done for us. This 
will change the world! 

I estimate that there are about ten thousand Marines 
in my Chapel Parish who have never heard about the 
love of Christ. I am telling them how Christ can change 
their lives. "But the harvest is great and the workers 
are few." I want to impress upon you the wonderful 
richness that God has given to us as Christians, and 
then the necessity of sharing this richness with others. 
Jesus made a point of this when He said, "If a man has 
one hundred sheep and if one of them be gone astray, 
would he not leave the ninety and nine which have not 
strayed from His fold." It is that one single sheep, one 
single soul, to whom you may bring the wonderful rich- 
ness of God! This kind of emphasis is needed in the 
church. And remember, God did not come to the masses, 
but He came to bring the Gospel to sinners. 



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The Brethren Evangelisi 



LAFF-A-UTTLE 



Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Ambassador 
to the U.N., was heard lamenting, "Moses 
traveled 40 years in the desert and picked 
the only country in the Middle East with- 
out any oil." 

from BITS and PIECES 



G. K. Chesterton and several other 
literary figures were asked one evening 
what book they would prefer to have with 
them if stranded on a deserted island. 

"The complete works of Shakespeare," 
said one without hesitation. 

"I'd choose the Bible," said another. 

"How about you?" they asked 
Chesterton. 

"I would choose Thomas's Guide to 
Practical Shipbuilding-," replied Chester- 
ton. 



Little Mary had been naughty and was 
sent to bed right after dinner. The next 
morning at the breakfast table she smiled 
and said that she had thought and 
prayed. 

"Fine," said her mother. "Perhaps that 
will make you a good girl." 

"Oh, I didn't ask God to help me to be 
good," said the child, "I just asked him to 
help you to put up with me." 

An elevator operator, tired of constantly 
being asked what time it was, installed 
a clock in his elevator. Now the pas- 
sengers ask, "Is that clock right?" 

Two caterpillars were crawling across 
the grass when a butterfly flew over 
them. They looked up, and one nudged 
the other and said: "You couldn't get me 
up in one of those things for a million 
dollars!" 



MY TIE OR ME 



by Weir E. Trirch 



I wonder why folks pick me out, 
My "pretty" ties to shout about. 

A bright red tie with a suit of blue 
Produoes just the proper hue. 



I like a tie of orange and blue, 

For no one knows what that will do 

For some poor cuss who 'long life's way 
Has had a dark and gloomy day. 



But when I step out thus and so, 
Some think I'm putting on a show. 



And when I review of my looks, 
I'm not a picture for the books, 



My wife will say, "You're not going out 
With that bright tie on and roam about." 



But when I wear a tie that's loud 
As long I linger with the crowd, 



Why nothing will drive the gloom away 
Like a loud necktie on a rainy day. 



It serves my end, I note with glee, 
For folks see IT instead of me. 






February 26, 1972 



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KOINONIA 



THE KEY TO SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION 



by John Brownsberger 




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Introduction: 

! A scene from the movie "The Slender Thread" vividly 
eveals how the social superficiality of the church 
irevents opportunity for and obscures deep spiritual 
onversation concerning the realities of life and God. 
"A woman, her husband, and her son attended 
church after many years of not having done so. 
The week before, the woman's husband had 
discovered inadvertently that the boy who he 
had always thought was his son was actually 
that of another man by his wife. She had with- 
held this from him for over twelve years. He 
rejected her and she went into a profound mood 
of despair. For some reason, however, they all 
went to church the next Sunday. The service 
was over. Everyone left the sanctuary except 
the man and his wife. The man asked: 'Why 
did we come here?' The woman replied: T don't 
know.' At that moment a member of the church 
reentered and said: 'You'd better come on and 
hurry. We're having cake and coffee. Won't 
you join us for some fellowship?' 

"Thus ended a conversation that did not know 
where to begin at the outset. The main issues 
of sin and salvation, life and death, despair and 
hope were obscured by the superficial chatter 
of a coffee and cake routine. The desperation 
of human beings speaking out of the depth to 
be heard in the depth — deep calling unto deep 
— was 'sickled o'er' by the coffee and cake 
socialization."! 
How different the previous account is from a recent 
jxperience I had in our church fellowship, the closest 
xperienoe I have ever had to Peter's experience in 
iicts when asked, "Brethren, what shall we do?" Having 
! poken on the love of God in my sermon, a woman 
uring our period of sharing and discussion following 
he sermon 2 raised a very personal question. She said, 
I know that the Bible says God loves us, but my prob- 



lem is I can't ever 'feel' loved by Him. How can I feel 
His love?" The honesty and personal nature of the 
question, expressed in such a large group, almost 
caused me to lose the purpose of the discussion and 
sharing period. My immediate impulse was to give a 
"quick, pat answer," in reply. Collecting my composure, 
I asked the congregation if anyone would like to share 
their own pilgrimage and struggle in "How one comes 
to feel God's love." The congregation responded 
accordingly. 

During the following week I visited the home of the 
woman to follow up the experience. I asked her what 
good she thought the experience of sharing in the wor- 
ship service did for her. Her reply was, "So many peo- 
ple expressed concern, support and understanding 
toward my situation that I no longer feel alone with my 
problem. I have received some visits, phone calls, and 
letters of encouragement all week. They really help! I 
haven't completely solved my problem, but at least I 
know I have a church who cares for me. I also know 
that God must love me because His people have shown 
it to me." 
Spiritual conversation — a taboo: 

Speaking publicly about personal and religious 
matters has certain elements of taboo surrounding it 
in today's society and in the church. Gordon Jaech of 
Wheaton College contends that our society is reacting 
against this taboo with its increasing emphasis on 
psychological and physical (nakedness) unmasking. 
"While various forms of nudity have been 
common in other cultures and eras, one of its 
unique characteristics in contemporary society 
represents a kind of search for identity. It may 
well be revolt against the increasing anonymity 
of American society." 3 

No doubt the scientific objective approach to life and 
our modern technological advances, which de-emphasize 
human concerns for one another, mercy, love, faith and 
compassion and emphasize the pursuit of better things, 
faster methods and better machines, both lean to this 
taboo in society. 

In the church, many of the most faithful church 
attendants have great trouble expressing public prayers, 
their faith, and in putting into words their deepest per- 
sonal and religious feelings. On the whole these matters 
are "too personal" and "too private" to discuss. 

Most social occasions and even marital conversations 
in or outside the church remain very superficial. The 
boredom and marital unhappiness of our age are symp- 
toms of such superficialities. 

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The meaning - of Koinonia: 

We would do well to approach afresh the meaning 
of Koinonia as found in the Biblical record of the early 
church in order to rediscover spiritual conversation 
within the church. Koinonia is translated most often 
in the Bible by the word "fellowship" (KJ). 4 Fellow- 
ship is too weak a translation of the word, especially as 
it denotes to our society "the superficial chatter of a 
coffee and cake routine." The root Koin means "com- 
mon" and the noun Koinonia designates a having in 
common or sharing. 5 "The primary idea expressed by 
koinonos and its cognates is not that of association with 
another person or persons (social), but that of partici- 
pation in something in which others also participate." 6 
For this reason Koinonia is also translated "commun- 
ion," (KJ) 7 "communication" (KJ) of one's faith, 8 and 
"to share what you have" (RSV). 9 In relationship to the 
giving of money, Koinonia is translated "contribution" 
(KJ) 10 and "distribution." 11 The gathering of money 
was not the main issue. What counts is the sharing or 
participation of believers together in the collection. 

As can be seen from this brief word study of 
koinonia, it refers to any type of personal sharing or 
participation of at least one Christian with another 
through the Holy Spirit. The direction of this paper will 
be to concentrate primarily on the relationship of the . 
word to spiritual conversations among believers. 

Spiritual conversation pictured in the New Testament: 

"When you meet for worship, one man has a 
hymn, another a teaching, another a relevation 
from God, another a message with strange 
sounds, and still another the explanation of 
what it means. Everything must be of help to 
the church. If someone is going to speak with 
strange sounds, two or three at the most should 
speak, one after the other, and someone else 
must explain what is being said. If no person 
is there who can explain, then no one should 
speak out in the meeting, but only to himself 
and to God. Two or three who are given God's 
message should speak, while the others judge 
what they say. But if someone sitting in the 
meeting receives a message from God, the one 
who is speaking should stop. All of you may 
speak God's message, one by one, so that all 
will learn and be encouraged" (Cor. 14:26-31 — 
Good News For Modern Man). 

"They spent their time in learning from the 
apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and 
sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers. 
Many miracles and wonders were done through 
the apostles, which caused everyone to be filled 
with awe. All the believers continued together 
in close fellowship and shared their belongings 
with one another. They would sell their prop- 
erty and possessions and distribute the money 
among all, according to what each one needed. 
Every day they continued to meet as a group 
in the Temple, and they had their meals 
together in their homes, eating the food with 
glad and humble hearts" (Acts 2:42-46— GN). 

"Let us be concerned with one another, to 
help one another to show love and to do good. 
Let us not give up the habit of meeting togeth- 
er, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage 



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one another, all the more since you see that the 
Day of the Lord is coming near" (Heb. 10:24-25 
— GN). 

"... Confess your sins to one another, and 
pray for one another so that you will be healed" 
(James 5:16— -GN). 

"Christ's message, in all its richness, must 
live in your hearts. Teach and instruct each 
other with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, 
sacred songs; sing to God, with thanksgiving in 
your hearts" (Col. 3:16— GN). 
Elton Trueblood in commenting on the phrase "eac 
other" of Colossians 3:16 wrote: 

"We get a picture of modest Christians sit- 
ting in a circle in some simple room, sharing 
with one another their hopes, their failures, 
and their prayers. There were no observers, or 
auditors; all are involved. Each is in the min- 
istry; each has something to say to the other." 12 
The early church was basically a believing, wo 
shipping community, not a building or an institutioi 
The church was a soul-fellowship with each oth* 
through the Holy Spirit not a social fellowship. 

Superficiality and impersonalization in today's church; 

The church today has replaced the New Testamei 
church structure based on fellowship with the "Prote 
tant Hour" of three hymns and a sermon prepared b 
and presented by the Protestant version of the "Roma' 
Catholic Priest" and perpetuated as the Protestant ve 
sion of the "Roman Catholic Mass." 

In one church the Sunday evening preaching-worshi 
service came to a "death" of its own. The pastor, i 
order to keep the Protestant version of the "Roms l 
Catholic Sacrifice of the Mass," continued to hold 
preaching service in the traditional three hymns ar 
sermon style even if only his wife and one other perse 
were present for the service. 

What has the "Protestant Mass" produced in oi e 
churches? Cannot many of our churches be described « ' 
places where men and women know little of each other 
backgrounds, homes and work; each other's hope 
hazards, fears, ultimate concerns, and each other's wea 
nesses and needs. The attitude of many membe 
toward each other has become one of indifference. Tl 
congregation becomes another lonely crowd where roL 
are played superficially: there is, of course, the greet* 
at the door and in a few pews but they have the san 
Madison Avenue smile and handshake for everyone. 

Brief historical development: 

Wayne Oates writes that "historically, at 
least three things have happened to spiritual 
conversation. First, the oiiginal proclamation 
of the Christian message was a two-way con- 
versation in which Christians bore witness to 
what God had done in raising Christ from the 
dead. In return, those to whom they witnessed 
were free to converse with them, to inquire of 
them, and to discuss the meaning of the Scrip- 
tures in the light of these things. But, when the 
oratorical schools of the Western world laid 
hold of the Christian message, they made 
Christian preaching something vastly different. 
Oratory tended to take the place of conversa- 
tion. The greatness of the orator took the place 
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the dialogue between speaker and listener faded 
into a monologue. Only in pentecostal churches, 
street preaching, and mental hospitals are 
Christian preachers interrupted with responses 
and questions from the audience. One wonders 
what would happen if in a Sunday morning ser- 
mon some one would arise and say: 'Brethren, 
what shall we do?' 

"In the second place, the Great Awakening 
followed the path of the opening of the Western 
frontiers of America. To some extent it is still 
following it. Evangelism was institutionalized 
in the revival and took on a distinctly profes- 
sional character. Personal evangelism became 
a one-way conversation in which the evangelist 
did all the talking. This kind of evangelism 
consists too often in the proposal of general 
propositions with little awareness of the mean- 
ing of these to the person whose assent is 
sought. But the essential problem is that spirit- 
ual conversation has collapsed because the 
relationship is essentially a monologue. Evan- 
gelism soon became the emulation of salesman- 
ship just as preaching was transmuted into 
oratory. In both instances, spiritual conversa- 
tion deteriorated for monologue's sake." 13 

Many evangelical seminaries therefore attempt to 
x>duce orators and salesmen in much the same way 
; the business world produces its "organizational man" 

perpetuate the system. With the demands of the 
irriculum and the economic pressures under which 
udents and faculty work little room or opportunity is 
ven for exploration of the personal or spiritual life 

both students and faculty. Even the conversations 
hich do take place are quite often intellectual and 
eological rather than personal and emotional. Thus 
lless students receive some individual counseling, their 
>rsonal, spiritual and emotional needs fall upon the 
irren ground of total inattention. One cannot expect 
ir churches to experience the spiritual conversation of 
tinonia if pastors are not trained in or have not ex- 
■rienoed the Koinonia of spiritual conversation. 

^vitalizing Spiritual conversation in the church: 

How then can spiritual conversation be revitalized 
the church? Since Koinonia is a gift of the Holy 

)irit (II Cor. 13:14), is the church powerless to create 
nurture this fellowship? 

Daniel J. Fleming gives us a good answer when he 

note: 

"The fashioning and preservation of this 
Koinonia ... is the peculiar work of the Holy 
Spirit. But . . . we can help or hinder that 
consummation by the degree to which we 
consciously endeavor to enter into community 
with fellow human beings." 14 

Seming's remarks apply to the church as well as to 

ijdividual believers. 

(Howard Snyder suggests that "the fellowship of the 

lbly Spirit" is very dependent upon church structures. 

h suggests the following principles as necessary in 

cider to experience the sharing of spiritual conver- 
sion.' 5 
(1) Believers must gather together in ways "that 

irmit and encourage communication" among them- 

slves and in prayer with God. 



(2) "There must be a sense of the unexpected and 
unprogrammed when believers come together." There- 
fore, there must be the elements of freedom and open- 
ness. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" 
(II Cor. 3:17— RSV). 

(3) There must be a learning situation, especially in 
the areas of (a) Bible, Christian doctrine and church 
history and (b) life — personal and social — today. 

As a member of the Brethren Church, my immediate 
reaction is to consider these principles of Koinonia and 
spiritual conversation as most basic to the very meaning 
of being Brethren. For the Brethren Church cannot 
exist "spiritually" without Koinonia; it can only exist 
institutionally. If the principles of spiritual conversa- 
tion were to be applied to our Brethren baptism and 
communion services, they would both be revitalized. 
How must spiritual conversation actually takes place 
between the person presented for baptism or member- 
ship and the church? Is it not in many cases a simple 
"yes" to a series o£ questions with very little attempt 
to help the new member verbalize where he is in his 
Christian experience and beliefs? How much spiritual 
conversation actually takes place in Brethren com- 
munion services? Even during the symbolic "Love 
Feast," do not we sit in silence, self-consciously staring 
at one another, listening to the "crunching of pickles?" 
Why no directed and pointed spiritual conversation? 
Great opportunities for creative group procedures are 
open to the Brethren during their communion services. 
We must learn to utilize them. 15a 

Applying the above stated principles to the traditional 
worship service, including those in Brethren Churches, 
we find it reflecting more the concepts of oratory and 
salesmanship than spiritual conversation. They are quite 
different from, the house meetings of the early church 
with emphasis upon Koinonia of spiritual conversion 
(I Cor. 14:26-31). In a typical preaching service, people 
sit isolated, staring straight ahead — unless they whisper 
— but this is considered rude and disruptive of the spirit 
of worship — and they usually follow an "order of wor- 
ship." The service is basically a one-way, leader-to-group 
kind of communication. The excitement of the unpre- 
dictable, offered through periods of informality and 
conversation, need to be mixed with the proper use of 
form and liturgy. Worship patterns can be changed, 
shorter and more prayers could be offered by the people 
as well as by the pastor, use of silent prayer, use of 
corporate prayer, prayer requests could be received 
from the people, lay people could help plan and lead 
the worship, and, in some cases, preach from their ex- 
periences and new insights gained, a period of discussion 
and sharing can follow the sermon, and even some 
direction could be given for meaningful conversation 
between the people. 

Perhaps changes cannot come immediately to the 
traditional worship service, especially on Sunday morn- 
ing. However, one change which must come as a vital 
part of our church structures is the use of small 
groups. 16 As mentioned earlier, the early Christians 
met together in small groups in homes. "Is this merely 
a coincidence? Or does the very idea of the Koinonia 
of the Holy Spirit not suggest the need for some kind 
of small-group fellowships as basic structure with the 
church?"^ 7 Informal small groups of 8-12 people easily 
meet the principles mentioned for Koinonia. These 



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small groups can be used for educational purposes, 
boards and committees, Bible study and prayer groups, 
action and caring groups for service in the world, per- 
sonal growth groups and for therapeutic purposes. 
Remember, the early Christians experienced the spirit- 
ual conversation of Koinonia so deeply, they were able 
to "confess their sins to one another" (James 5:16). "A 
most significant by-product of the relationship of 
Koinonia certainly is the healing of human personality 
in the entirety of its components." 18 
Conclusion: 

Keith Miller underlined the need for the spiritual 
conversation of Koinonia in the church today when he 
wrote: 

"Our churches are filled with people who out- 
wardly look contented and at peace but inward- 
ly are crying out for someone to love them . . . 



just as they are — confused, frustrated, often 
frightened, guilty, and often unable to commun- 
icate even within their own families. But the 
other people in the church look so happy and 
contented that one seldom has the courage to 
admit his own deep needs before such a self- 
sufficient group as the average church meeting 
appears to be." 19 

The spiritual conversation of Koinonia can be th: 
means for the intensification and realization of fait 
and as an answer to Miller's attack upon the churcl 
If used properly, spiritual conversation will "addres 
itself in biblical and in modern, psychological terms 1 
the problems of being a human being in a technologic; 
society." 20 

* Koinonia is pronounced as COY-NO-NEE-UH 



Magazine, Nov. 

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FOOTNOTES 

1 Stagg, Hinson and Oates, Glossolalia, p. 81. 

2 Very few sermons are given in our church without an opportunity 
to have it tested, shared or discussed. This is one way we are attempting 
to make available spiritual conversation, (See I Cor. 14:26-33, note espec- 
ially verses 29-30, Good News For Modern Man translation.) 

3 Jaeck, Gordon, "The New Nudity," Christian Life 
1968, p. 47. (Taken from Krutza, Facing The Issue 1, p. 81.) 

4 Acts 2:42; I Cor. 1:9; II Cor. 9:4; Gal. 2:9; Phil. 
I John 1:3, 6, 7 — King James Version. 

5 Kittel, TDNT, III, pp. 789-809, and The Interpreter's Dictionary of 
The Bible, Vol. 4, pp. 665-667. 

6 Clowney, "Toward a Biblical Doctrine of the Church," Westminster 
Theological Journal, p. 72. 

7 I Cor. 10:16-21; II Cor. 13:14— King James Version. 

8 Philemon 6 — King James Version 

9 Heb. 13:16 (Revised Standard Version), "to communicate" (King 
James Version), "to help one another'' (Good News For Modern Man). 

10 Rom. 15:26 — King James Version. 

11 II Cor. 9:13 — King James Version. 

i .' Trueblood, The Company of the Committed, p. 

13 Oates, Protestant Pastoral Counseling, pp. 167-8. 

14 Snyder, "The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, 
Nov. 6, 1970, p. 5. 

15 Snyder, Ibid., pp. 6-7. 

15a Even changing from long tables to a series of smaller tables in 
groups of 12 would greatly enhance opportunities for spiritual conversation. 

16 For a good book on small groups and their use, see Clyde Reid, 
Groups Alive — Church Alive, especially, pp. 17-28. The author of this paper 
has also written a monograph entitled, "The Use of Small Groups In The 
Church" to be included in the Brethren Christian Education Manual. 

17 Snyder, op. cit., p. 7. 

l8Rader, "Koinonia and The Therapeutic Relationship," Pastoral 
Psychology, Oct. 1970, p. 39. 

19 Miller, The Taste of New Wine, p. 22. 

2oBurkholder, "A People In Community: Contemporary Relevance," 
The Concept of the Believer's Church, Garrett, James, Ed., p. 178. 



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BIBLIOGRAPHY 
Bible Quotations: Good News For Modern Man, The New Testament 

Today's English Version, American Bible Society, N.Y., 1966. 
Clowney, E. P., "Toward a Biblical Doctrine of the Church," Westminst 

Theological Journal, 31 (Nov. 1968), 22-81. 
Garrett, James, The Concept of The Believers' Church, Herald Press, V 

1969. 
Kittel, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Vol. Ill, Eerdmai 

Grand Rapids, 1965, pp. 789-809. 
Krutza, William and DiCicco, Phillip, Facing The Issues 1, Baker Book Hou; 

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1959. 
Miller, Keith, The Taste of New Wine, Word Books, Waco, Texas, 1965. 
Oates, Wayne, Protestant Pastoral Counseling, The Westminster Pre: 

Philadelphia, 1962. 
Rader, Blaine, "Koinonia and the Therapeutic Relationship," Pastoral Psycl 

logy, Oct. 1970, Vol. 21, pp. 39-42. 
Snyder, Howard, "The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit," Christianity Tod; 

Nov. 6, 1970, pp. 4-7. 
Reid, Clyde, Groups Alive — Church Alive, Harper and Row, N.Y., 1969. 
Stagg, Hinson, Oates, Glossolalia, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1967. 
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 4, Abingdon Press, N.Y., 19( 

pp. 665-667. 
Trueblood, Elton, The Company of the Committed, Harper and Row, N. 

1961. 



Rev. John Broivnsberger is pastor of tl 
Winding Waters Brethren Church in Elkhm 
Indiana. He is a member of the Peace ar> 
Stewardship committees of the General Confe\ 
ence Organization of The Brethren Church. 



NOBODY'S FRIEND 



I'm old man Worry, and I'm nobody's friend 
Though I'm called into many a home. 
When trouble comes, for me they will send, 
And it matters not where they roam. 

For me they will lay awake many a night, 
And I pay them in shattered nerves. 
But they hold me and cuddle me tight — 
I'm an old man whom many a one serves. 

The rich and the poor invite me in, 
And I go wherever they ask. 
But they should know I hurt like sin, 
And unfit them for any task. 



I rob them of friends, as well as health, 
And things that are held most dear. 
And it matters not if they have wealth, 
They are not happy when I am near. 

But there are two smart ones where I can't abid£ 
They are Faith and Hope, I declare! 
Wherever they go I stay outside — 
No room to crowd in there. 

from the Pastor's helper 

First Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Md. 



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The 
.aymen's 
Meeting 

odger H. Geaslen 



Program for March 



Topic: 



CHRIST, A "LIVING" SAVIOUR 



hv PINION IS DIVIDED as to the Resurrection of 
J the Lord Jesus. Some hold that it was a bodily 
surrection, while others teach that it was a spiritual 
;currenoe. 

Let us lay aside our own thoughts and consider what 
e Holy Scriptures say on this important subject. 
The women who visited the sepulchre, early on the 
rst day of the week with the purpose of anointing the 
>rd's body with spices, found the stone rolled away 
om the door of the tomb and were told: "He is not 
>re: for he is risen" (Matthew 28:6). They saw the 
apty tomb and believed the message that the Lord 
id bodily left the tomb! 

When the Lord revealed Himself to weeping Mary, 
e knew He had risen bodily from the tomb and called 




Him "Rabboni." She knew He was the man Christ Jesus, 
not a spirit, not an apparition of some kind. 

If the Lord's Resurrection were merely a spiritual 
affair, there would have been no necessity for the 
Roman soldiers to concoct the non-sensical falsehood 
that while they slept the disciples had stolen the body. 
It was the missing body which disturbed the soldiers. 

When the disciples saw the Lord after His Resur- 
rection, they imagined they were seeing a ghost or a 
spirit. But the Lord said to them: ". . . handle me, and 
see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see 
me have" (Luke 24:39). A human being cannot "handle 
and see" a spirit! 

On another occasion when the Lord showed His dis- 
ciples His hands and His side which had been pierced 
on the cross, the disciples were glad when they saw 
a spirit? No! but the Lord! (John 20:20). 

The expression "raised," in relation to the body of 
our Lord is mentioned many times in the Authorized 
Version of the New Testament: e.g. it occurs at least 
a dozen times in the Acts of the Apostles alone! 

Various reasons are given for the Resurrection of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Consider this one: ". . . he hath 
given assurance unto all men in that he hath raised him 
from the dead" (Acts 17:31). 

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus is positive proof 
of the Father's satisfaction with the sacrificial death 
of His Son. 

Here is another reason: ". . . God, that raised him 
up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith 
and hope might be in God" (I Peter 1:21). Faith in a 
dead and buried Christ is not saving faith. Christ's 
dead body in the tomb carries no hope to the believer. 
It is the combination of His death for our sins, His 
burial and resurrection that spells joyous salvation for 
the believer. 



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SISTERHOOD 




Devotional Program for Marc 



Call to Worship 

Song Service 

Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Junior: FIRST THINGS FIRST— 

First, Forgive 
Senior: OBSTACLES OF FAITH— 

Unbelieving Friends, Scoffers 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



UNBELIEVING FRIENDS. SCOFFERS 



by Geneva Berkshir 






Introduction: 

What does almost any psychological study tell us is 
essential for young people in maintaining good mental 
health? Isn't it all wrapped up in the word acceptance? 
Studies and personal observations tell us that if we 
don't find acceptance from family, peers, etc., we will 
find some manner of striking out against society in 
order to gain attention or to hurt those who have re- 
jected us. What should strike us as odd is that we be- 
come so wrapped up in seeking to become a part of the 
"in crowd" (for instance, in school — by wearing the 
latest in fashions and hairdos; buying all the current 
"hit" musical albums; attracting the coolest guys) that 
we forget that there is Someone who will accept us 
without the slightest change. Most of us are too often 
guilty of being like the Apostle Peter in shoving our 
relationship with Christ aside when we fear being ridi- 
culed by our friends. (Have one of the girls read the 
account of Peter's denial in one of the modern versions 
— Matthew 26:69-75.) In fact, we get in such a habit of 
keeping our knowledge of Christ hidden from our 
friends that our faith becomes stifled and shrivels up 
from its inactivity. 

Taking a "Look in the Book" 

(1) Have John 9:1-41 read from Living New Testament 
or other preferred versions (possibly have several 
girls share in the reading). We find in this 
account of the blind man that faith doesn't necessar- 
ily need to "shrivel up," but instead can withstand 



So 



scoffing, can develop through it, can be strengtjfcr! 
ened in spite of it. I'm 

(2) What or who is Christ's real concern here? Is B 
attention focused on overwhelming the JewLfj 
leaders with His miraculous healing powers? Is I 
concerned with providing the blind man with arg 
ments to combat their jibes? What deeper need 
the blind man does Christ wish to satisfy? 

(3) Comparing the accounts of the Apostle Peter ai i 
of the Blind Man, in what contrasting ways d 
each demonstrate his faith or lack of it? (For i 
stance, Peter had witnessed the miracles of Chris 
the blind man only knew that he had been healec§iu 

Getting into the "yellow" pages 

As a daughter of a minister, I must confess that 
have always been on the defensive against anyone « 
thinking that I should be different or more "holy." i 
was true with the blind man who had probably b© 
brought up in a religious household but still had 
take that one step on his own in reaching out to belief 
Christ ... so I finally realized I needed to deci s«, 
whether the beliefs under which I had been reared we 
what I wanted to claim for my life, or whether th 
were to remain as just a part of that life which I h 
been forced to accept for my father's sake. 
For reflection 

In what state is your faith? Is your faith stro: 
enough to defend itself, or haven't you put it to< ai 
tests lately to allow it to confirm itself and becoi 
strengthened? 



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Page Thirty-one 



JNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 



FIRST, FORGIVE 



"Mother, if Julie gets in my closet and wears one 
>re blouse of mine without asking me, she is really 
ing to hear about it from me," yelled Janet. 
"Now Janet," said Mother, "if you will remember, 
>t Thursday you wore a pin that belonged to me, and 
u hadn't asked my permission to do so!" 
"But that's different, you're my mother!" Janet said. 
But how differenet is it really? Please read Matthew 
:21-35. 

It was fine for Janet to borrow something from 
other, but it was not the same for her sister Julie to 
irrow from her. In the parable of the unforgiving ser- 
nt, the same thing had happened, only here, the debt 
is $10,000,000 he owed his master and he was for- 
fen the debt. But then he could not forgive the debt 
ed to him of about $17. I am not great in mathe- 
itics, but even I can see there was no comparison in 
s amount of money owed. 

The difference ends up in being the character of the 

in who held the debt, or the creditor. The master had 

rned to forgive and to show compassion toward his 

lorers. I only wish there were people like this man 

ve today! But the servant was unable to do for 

3ther that which had been done for him. We can 

rn a great deal from this master. 

Mow, it is not often that we owe another person a 

ge sum of money, but let's use this same parable and 

>ign to it circumstances which would be more appli- 

)le to you as Sisterhood girls. Let's suppose that 

* have a teacher in school that you don't like very 

11 — so you decide, whether this decision is conscious 

not, to start a rumor about this teacher. Let's also 

;ume that the rumor is started and the longer it goes 

■ worse it gets. The rumor becomes so vicious that 

1 teacher nearly loses her job after the rumor had 

veiled sufficiently to reach the ears of those in 

;hority. Now the teacher discovers who started the 

nor and by now, you are feeling very sorry for her 

1 wish you had never started the whole thing. You 

Wifess this all to the teacher and she does forgive you 

up grave injustice. 






by Mary Ellen Drushal 



During recess, one of your classmates says you 
cheated on a test! Is your reaction one of forgiveness 
for this person for telling something untrue about you, 
or do you want to get revenge on him? Your answer 
here will tell you if you have the character of the 
master or that of the servant! 

In the beginning of this parable Peter asked Jesus 
if he should forgive his brother seven times. And Jesus 
answered, "seventy times seven," as if to say that sin- 
cere forgiveness should never be withheld. 

Then at the last of the parable we are given a warn- 
ing. If we cannot forgive those small things that happen 
to us, how can we expect God to forgive us of our great 
sin? The comparison of debt we owe to God would be 
the amount owed to the master (or $10,000,000) and 
our debt to each other to that of the fellow servant (or 
$17). 

Will you forgive? 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



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5 BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

8 INNOVATIONS IN CHURCH SCHOOL 

9 NEWS FROM A.C. 

10 NEWS FROM THE BRETHREN 

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by Arden E. Gilmer 

13 MOTIVATED MEN 

14 MISSIONARY NEWS - World Mission Emphasi: 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 



CLEARING THE AIR 

The January 29th issue of THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST contained an article announcing 
the program honoring Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
upon his retirement from active ministry. 

The account states that the educational unit of 
the Burlington Brethren Church was built during 
Rev. Sibert' s pastorate there from 195 h to 1958. 
A letter has been received at the editor s desk 
stating that although the plans were laid for the 
educational unit during this period, actual con- 
struction was done during the pastorate of Rev. 
Gene Hollinger. 

This correction is being published in order that 
proper credit be given to those involved. Our 
apologies are offered in behalf of a report sent 
in for publication. 



Due to a clerical error the figure listed und 
Publication Offering for Nappanee was given 
$5.00. This should have been $250.00. Our apo 
gies for this error in the listing published in t 
January 1st issue. 




arch 11, 1972 



Page Three 



TO CARE IS TO SHARE 




Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham is General Secretary 
of The Missionary Board. 



by M. Virgil Ingrahcsm 



MAGINE BEING BORN in a land where there is 

seldom, if ever, any opportunity to hear the Gospel! 

icture yourself growing up, living your entire life, and 

nally dying without ever knowing that Jesus Christ 

ied on the cross for you, that you might have salva- 

on and eternal life through faith in Him. 

We find it difficult to stretch our imagination to this 

rtreme, for it is in such contrast to what we know in 

ar own land. On every hand there is access to the 

jospel; churches in abundance, radio and television 

ograms, Bibles on hand in bookstores and even news 

ands, Christian literature readily available and a wide 

iriety of other means for knowing Jesus Christ, Who 

Himself the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

It could be that the message of salvation has come 

1 us so often and over such a long period of time that 

e have lost some of our sense of privilege in having 

*en born in a land where its proclamation has sounded 

rer the decades and centuries. But, be assured that 

.ere are countless millions in other lands for whom 

rist died, who have yet to be told the good news. 

The Gospel is indeed good news, and it is the purpose 

| God that everyone who by means of its proclamation 

hows Christ as Savior and Lord should share Him 

pth. others. 

As we approach the Easter season, with all its blessed 
gnificance for the believer, our attention is focused 
x>n these untold millions who await the message of 
?w life and hope in the Risen Lord. We who know Him 
ie stirred to share through our world-wide missions 
itreach. Through our missionaries and their national 
lethren we express our love for the lost and our con- 
rn that all people everywhere might come to know 
rr Lord Jesus Christ 



The little Nigerian boy can say "Now I know Him," 
because we have cared enough to share Christ through 
our mission giving and prayer support. But he also 
reminds us that "others need Him too" in India, in Latin 
America and in other neglected parts of the world. May 
our giving to World Missions this year be a growing 
expression of our love which stretches around the world 
to embrace the "whosoever" which includes the whole 
of humanity. 



NOW I KNOW HIM! 





Others need Him too! 



Now I know Jesus 

and love Him with you. 

There are others still waiting- 
let's share with them, too. 

Remember He gave to each one of us 
the gift more precious than gold. 

How can we forget this great trust 

when the blessings of heaven we hold. 

You've shared with us 

of the blessings received. 
Now continue we must 

that the lost might believe. 



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SOUTHWEST DISTRICT CONFERENCE 
OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

TUCSON, ARIZONA 

April 7, 8, 9. 1972 1 




Theme: "First Things First" 
Text: Matthew 6:33 
Conference Officers 

Moderator Rev. Spencer Gentle 

Vioe Moderator : Robert Rhodes 

Secretary Rose Simmons 

Treasurer Delia Miller 

Statistician Iona Stiffler 

Friday, April 7 
7:30 p.m. 
Song Service 

Devotions Robert Rhodes, Vioe Moderator 

Special Music Tucson 

Message Rev. Spencer Gentle, Moderator 

Saturday, April 8 

9:00- 9:15 Prayer Service Rev. Clarence Stogsdill 

Devotions, Song Tucson 

9:15-12:00 BUSINESS MEETING 

Reports of Special Committees 
Elections: 
Officers 

Boards and Committees 
Nominees to General Conference 
Executive Committee 
Reports of national interest: 
Mission Board 
Christian Education 
Publications 

Executive Secretary of General Conference 
Brethren Home Board 
12:00 Lunch 

1:30- 3:00 Visitation Workshop Rev. Wayne Lehsten, 

First Evangelical Free Church 

3:15- 5:30 Simultaneous Sessions W.M.S., Laymen, Pastors 

5:30- 7:30 Dinner 
7:30 Song Service 

Devotions 

Message Rev. Jack Brock, The Friendly Church 

Sunday, April 9 
9:30-10:30 Sunday School Classes 
10:30-11:30 Worship 

Speaker John Rowsey 

12:00 Dinner 



arch 11, 1972 



Page Five 



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Also to help earn money, we made and sold Christmas 
wreaths made from colored tinsel, velvet ribbons, and 
small decorative bulbs. 

Another money-making idea (introduced by Gene Mc- 
Gonahay) was to sell BYC booster cards. These were 
made and sold at $3. When the youth sponsored a meal 
or any other activity, anyone owning a booster card 
would receive a 25<£ deduction. 

In the line of activities, the youth sponsored the N.E.O. 
Youth Rally on January 23. A shocking turnout of 160 
young people were registered. Recreation was held in the 
Smithville High School gymnasium and, if desired, roller 
skating was available. As guest speaker, Eric Stanton 
presented a "mod" worship service during the Coffee 
House. 

Through these various money-raising projects, the 
youth hope to enjoy a very rewarding trip to Dallas. 



WE'RE HEADED 



FOR EXPLO! 



HHE SMITHVILLE SR. BRETHREN YOUTH started 
[ off with an exciting year. Carrying the load of this 
<ars responsibilities are the following people along with 
e help from our adult advisors, Ken and Skip Hilty and 
?n and Kathi West: 

President Kathy Weber 

Vice President Gene McConahay 

Secretary-Treasurer Linda Glasgo. 

As our project for this year, we are planning to go to 
cplo '72 in Dallas, Texas for a crusade for Christ. To 
i us in getting there, we are hosting a series of inter- 
.tional dinners. One was centered around an Italian 
erne and another around a Swedish theme. Two more 
e being planned. International Dinner No. 3 on Feb- 
ary 20 featured African food with a program by Dr. 
illiam Walker, a medical missionary recently returned 
om Africa. 



ACTION AT SOUTH BEND 



ON JANUARY 23rd the youth of the South Bend 
Brethren Church held church services because our 
minister, Rev. Keith Bennett, was away to National 
Association of Evangelicals at Washington, D.C. During 
our worship service we had a special song presented by 
our youth choir. Our director is Mrs. Patty Penny, a 
member of our adult choir. The song was entitled "We're 
Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing." We received 
many compliments on our work. 

We have had many other activities including a dough- 
nut sale on December 11th, and on January 29th the 
youth supplied the muscle power and one-half the cost 
of the paint and painted a room at the church. Mr. and 
Mrs. Bert Norblad supplied the other half of the cost of 
paint. 

At our last meeting we decided to send $110 ($10 per 
member ) to the National BYC Goal. 

— Cindy Lightfoot, secretary 



DATES TO REMEMBER! 



March 25 — 

April 14-16 

April 22 — 
May — 
May 14 — 
June 12-17- 
June 18 — 



National Brethren Youth Delegation registrations for 
EXPLO '72 due in BCE Office. 

Northern Indiana Retreat at Shipshewana (with rally at 
Bryan on the 15th). 

Southeast District Rally at Hagerstown. 

Youth Offering Month 

Youth Sunday 

EXPLO '72 at Dallas, Texas 

Summer Crusader service begins 



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OH. NO! ! 



IT IS YOUR TURN to host the district BYC 
rally. What can you do that will be different 
from other rallies and still have an impact upon 
those attending? 

The BYC of the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania was faced 
with this common problem recently. They had 
volunteered to host the Pennsylvania District 
BYC Rally in January. After intensive brain- 
storming by the Senior BYC and their officers, 
their youth superintendent — Bill Hesketh, and 
their pastor — Arden Gilmer, they developed a 
program that was very promising — A Winter- 
Rally Retreat. 

The original plans called for rental of a nearby 
campground and an invitation to all kids from 
the district for the rally-retreat on Friday and 
Saturday, January 28-29, 1972. Plans also in- 
cluded the invitation of a Collegiate Crusader- 
team from Ashland College to participate in the 
program. 

Then the bottom seemingly fell out. The camp- 
ground was not available ! When it became evident 
that no other site could be acquired, they 
arranged to move mattresses and cots into the 
church basement and the parsonage basement and 
to hold the rally-retreat at the church. 



The weekend began at 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan- 
uary 28 as BYC'ers and sponsors from Pennsyl- 
vania District churches began arriving. The 
Friday evening program began at 9:00 p.m. with 
get-acquainted games and a stimulator session led 
by the Collegiate Crusaders. At midnight every- 
one began to sack out, the boys in the parsonage 
basement and the gals and their chapercnes in 
the church basement. Then when everyone ( ?) 
was settled, seventeen sponsors and youth arrived 
from Levittown, making a total of 71 for the 
retreat. 

At 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning more young 
people arrived for the rally portion of the week- 
end. A grand total of 155 (including the re- 
treaters) registered for the rally. The morning 
session was again conducted by the Collegiate 
Crusaders, consisting of an innovative worship 
time. After a delicious (and gigantic) lunch, the 
business session was held. 



Following this, a one and one-half hou 
"Celebration" was held in the church basemen 
This consisted of a Bible Sword Drill, the judgin 
of youth-centered collages produced by each loc? 
BYC, and a 'talent-sharing" program. The ke 
to success for the "Celebration" was the involve 
ment of each local group throughout the prograi 
and the active 'participation of each group. 

By this time it was 3:30 p.m. and the rally pai 
ticipants headed for home. However, the retrea 
ers participated in a coffee house Saturday nigl 
on the subject of "Love," held by the Collegial 
Crusaders. At 9:30 p.m. everyone headed horn 
some exhausted, others still bursting with energ 
and with new commitment to Jesus Christ. 




Are your district rallies suffering from "tire 
poor" programs? If so consider the rally-retre; 
idea. As Pastor Gilmer said in the Pleasant Viej 
newsletter, The Proclaim.er , "Many young peopj 
gave witness that the weekend had meant a gre; 
deal to them and to their Christian commitmerij 
. . . We pray that the Spirit's working in livi 
will continue to be manifested through yea 
to come." 

by Ron Waters 









Ilarch 11, 1972 



Page Seven 







During the "Celebration," two youth from each 
church participated in a Bible Sword Drill. 





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jprna Golby (right) from Johnstown III leads everyone at the rally in a singing and, clapping exercise. 




Warence "Fuzzy" Hesketh (center left photo) cooked the tasty meals (with a little help from Ms 
mends). In the right photo Collegiate Crusaders, Barb Tanger and Marcia McPherson, sing at 
ie Coffeehouse, with Dale Stoffer and John Shultz looking on. Team member Randy Smith is 
Vt pictured. 



Page Eight 



The Brethren Evangeli; 



INNOVATIONS IN CHURCH SCHOOL 
TEACHER-EDUCATION PROGRAM 



DICK AND GLORIA HOLMES recently conducted a 
three-month teacher education course for those 
desiring to become Church School Teachers at the Park 
Street Brethren Church. 

The course was organized around five major areas: 
professional growth, understanding the learner, adapt- 
ing the curriculum to the needs of each individual, teach- 
ing techniques, and teaching materials including a 
bibliography of resources. 

Some activities of the class included: assuming the 
responsibility of planning and arranging a bulletin board 
display as well as an exhibit of teaching tools; a guided - 
tour of the Curriculum Materials Center and a demon- 
stration of how to effectively use the equipment; dem- 
onstration lessons; planned visits to various Sunday 
School Classes while in progress; a video-taping session 
which promoted self-evaluation; and the construction of 
teaching tools which were donated to the Curriculum 
Materials Center. 

Each member completing the Teaching Methods Class 
earned a Church School Teaching Certificate. 

The Holmeses advocate that the home, church, school, 
and community must work together in all areas if 
society is to provide an environment which will enable 
each individual to develop to his fullest potential. 

Dick and Gloria predict seven major trends in Church 
School education in the near future: 

1. A Teacher Training Internship Program for future 
Church School Teachers. 

2. A curriculum with a definite emphasis on individual- 
ized instruction which is based on modification 
behavior. 

3. More concern for the "total" individual, thus pro- 
moting social, emotional, mental, and physical growth 
as well as meeting spiritual needs. 

4. A definite awareness of the fact that each individual 
is active and dynamic as opposed to being static and 
passive. Thus, individuals learn by doing and all 
learning should be related to the here and now 
(Dewey). 

5. The acceptance of each individual as he is and treat- 
ing him in reference to what he may become 
(Kilpatrick). 

6. A more effective use of teaching materials which 
will enable the teacher to adapt the curriculum to the 
needs of each individual. 

7. Many churches will have planned activities seven 
days a week as opposed to the usual one or two days 
per week. 




Dick is Director of Audio-Visual Education at Ashlai ( 
High School (which includes Materials Production) ai 
is also a Coordinator-Supervisor of Vocational Educ 



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tion. Gloria is an Associate Professor of Elementa 
Education and Supervisor of Elementary Student Tea( 
ing at Ashland College. Dick and Gloria were recenl 
honored by being one of the few couples in the nati 
to have their biographies included in Leaders In Edut 
tion which was based on doctoral level achievement 
the equivalent, educational research or publications, a 
attainment of a responsible position in the field 
education. 

Dick and Gloria reside with their five children (Ki 
berly, Sally, Kathy, Jeff, and Nancy) at 452 Hillcr< 
Drive in Ashland, Ohio. 



larch 11, 1972 



Page Nine 




Ashland, Ohio — Charles Perkins, a senior at Ashland 
College, has been nominated for Who's Who Among 
itudents in American Universities and Colleges. 

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Perkins, RR. 2, 
Jryan, Ohio. 

Representatives of the student body, administration 
nd faculty selected students for the national listing 
n Who's Who on their overall contribution to the 
ollege. 

Charles will receive a certificate of recognition from 
he organization which will be presented to him at an 
xshland College assembly, and he will be recognized in 
[he annual publication of Who's Who Among Students 
(i American Universities and Colleges for the Academic 
rear 1971-72. 

! His activities include judicial vice president of the 
tudent senate and member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He 
js majoring in business. 



Ashland, Ohio, Jan. 20 — A total of 412 students at 
Ashland College have been named to the Dean's list 
for the first semester Dr. L. E. Lindower, dean of the 
college, announced today. 

To be eligible for this honor a student must be en- 
rolled full time and maintain a 3.5 or better average for 
the semester. 

Brethren students who qualified with a 4.0 are: 
Ronald Waters, son of Rev. and Mrs. Ronald Waters, 
Route 1, Belief ontaine, Ohio; Janet Hamel. daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. J. D. Hamel, 605 Caruso Place, Sarasota, 
Florida; Mrs. Janet Hamilton, 227 Maple Street, Ash- 
land, Ohio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Zimmer- 
man; John C. Shultz, 36 Samaritan Avenue, Ashland, 
Ohio, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Shultz of Berlin, 
Pennsylvania; Dale Stoffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
L. Stoffer, 332 47th Street, Canton, Ohio. 

Those who received a 3.5 or better average are. Anne 
Gourley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Albert Gourley, 
Route 1, Leechburg, Pennsylvania; Kathy and Kristine 
Heist, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Heist, 1245 
Manor, Canton, Ohio; Sue Stoffer, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Thomas L. Stoffer, 332 47th Street, Canton, Ohio; 
Janet Amstutz, 625 Grant Street, Ashland, Ohio, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Amstutz; Leroy Solomon, 434 
Parkwood, Ashland, Ohio, son of Rev. and Mrs. George 
Solomon; Dennis Barr, 546 Bowman Street, Mansfield, 
Ohio, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Barr. 



I'VE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT 



One day, about four years ago, a co-worker of mine 
ras traveling in a single engine plane when the motor 
jailed. A competent pilot was able to' land on an open 
ttretch of highway but not without some jostling — 
pough to cause some slight injury to my friend. He 
jsturned to the office a day later with a bandage on 
is head but otherwise very well. As we stood around 
im, thankful for the happy outcome, one person said: 
That oertainly proves that the Lord was with you." 
kt once someone asked: "'Suppose he hadn't come 
hrough, but would have lost his life, would that have 
roved that God was not with him?" The person who 
ad spoken first said: "I've never thought of it in 
lat way." 

lerfect love oasteth out fear 

A man was on his way to surgery knowing that in 
e doctor's mind it was a critical case. A friend said, 
s he was wheeled out of the room on the stretcher, 
We'll be praying that the operation is successful and 
xat you come through." Was that a proper prayer? Yes, 
think so — but the man involved answered: "And if I 
on't come back — that's alright too." Did he want to 
vie? Certainly! But he was calm in the knowledge that 
is times were in God's hands and under no circum- 
tances did he desire to have God release his life into 
is own hands in order that he might dictate what 
iiiould be. 

from LeTourneau "Now" 




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Bryan, Ohio. Evangelistic services Milledgeville, 111. The Faith Promise 



will be held March 19-24 with Rev. 
Ronald Merrill of Savannah, Ohio 
as speaker. He will bring a choir 
of 20-30 voices for the first 
meeting. 



ingathering amounted to $3,174.25. 
Wednesday evenings will be given 
to prayer rather than Bible study 
in the future. Bible study will be 
Sunday evening from 6:30-7<:30. 



Vinoo, Pa. The Pennsylvania Distri 
met November 12, 1971 for tl 
Second Annual Leadership Co. 
ference at the Fellowship Houii 
of the Vinco Brethren Churc, 
There were 50 persons prese; 
representing 9 of the distri | 
churches. 



Waterloo, Iowa. Rev. Virgil Ingr 
ham, who recently visited t] 
mission station in India, will | 
the Missionary Conference speakj 
March 26th to 29th. This will 1 
for both the Waterloo Fir! 
Brethren Church and the Cedj 
Falls Brethren Church. 



Burlington, Ind. A Missionary Con- 
ference will be held, March 17th 
through 19th at the Burlington 
First Brethren Church. Rev. Virgil 
Ingraham and Juan Miranda of 
Argentina will be conducting the 
conference. 



New Lebanon, Ohio. The pastor, 
Rev. Donald Rowser, attended 
Ashland Seminary the week of 
January 31st to February 4th for 
continuing education program. 
"Pastoral Counselling" was the 
subject this year. The pastor and 
his wife will be attending Explo 
'72 in Dallas, Texas June 12th to 
17th. Child Evangelism classes 
will be held in April. The library 
of the church now has a total of 
over 1,200 books. 



Elkhart, Ind. Sunday, January 30th, 
Miss Alta Housoui, missionary on 
furlough from the Chinese Youth 
Gospel Crusade Center in Tai- 
ching, Taiwan told of her work 
among the youth of Nationalist 
China, illustrating part of her talk 
with pictures. 



Harrisonburg, Va. Mrs. Edna Logan 
attended the Missionary Confer- 
ence at the Chandon Church, 
Herndon, Virginia and at the 
Washington, D.C. Church. She 
was asked to report on her recent 
trip to Argentina. 



Canton, Ohio. Sunday, March 12th 
Juan Carlos Miranda, a Seminary 
student, will participate in the 
Brethren Round-up at Trinity 
Brethren Church. He will speak 
in the morning service and show 
slides in the evening service of 
the Argentine Mission field. He 
will soon be going back to Argen- 
tina to work in the Bible Institute 
there. 



Sarasota, Fla. J. D. Hamel will be 
holding revival services in the 
Dayton, Ohio Hillcrest Brethren 
Church April 23-28 and in the 
Vinco, Pennsylvania Brethren 
Church April 30 - May 7. "The 
Brethren Hour" is now heard at 
8 a.m. each Sunday morning- 
Television on WXLT (Channel 40 
or Cable 7). Rev. Hamel began 
his thirteenth year with the 
Sarasota Brethren February 6. 
Rev. William Ross, a student at 
Ashland Theological Seminary, 
was hired by a unanimous vote 
to become assistant pastor during 
the summer months. Rev. Fred 
C. Vanator, founder, was unani- 
mously honored and chosen to be 
Pastor Emeritus of the Sarasota 
First Brethren Church. 



Vandergrift, Pa. The Collegiate Cru- 
saders participated in the worship 
January 30th. The six crusaders 
were: Dale Stoffer, John Shultz, 
Randy Smith, Barb Tanger, Marcia 
McPherson and Ron Waters. 




VANDERMARK-O'BRIEN. Nan 
Vandermark and Tim O'Brien we 
united in marriage on January 
1972 by Rev. Tinnie Rorie. Both | 
members of the Ardmore Brethr 
Church. 



RAYNOR-HELSLEY. On Satij 
day, July 31, 1971, at a 7:30 p.] 
ceremony in the Maurertown Bre'j 
ren Church, Miss Connie Lee Rayn 
of Maurertown, Virginia became 1 
bride of Teddie Samuel Helsley 
Edinburg. Pastor "Doc" Shaj 
officiated and was assisted by t] 
groom's grandfather, Reverend La 1 1 
rence Helsley. Both bride and grocj 
are members of the Maurerto\ 
church and are especially active 
the choir. 

Carolyn S. Derflingei! 



March 11, 1972 



Page Eleven 



Memorials 




STULTZ. Mrs. Ella Laura Stultz, 
ge 84, of St. Luke died in the 
fhenandoah County Memorial Hos- 
ital, Woodstock, on October 7. 
'uneral services were conducted by 
'astor "Doc" Shank in the chapel 
the Dellinger Funeral Home, 
nterment was in the St. Luke 
'hurch Cemetery. She was a mem- 
er of the St. Luke Brethren Church, 
nd a number of her children and 
randchildren are members of the 
t. Luke and Maurertown Brethren 
hurches. This writer is a grand- 
aughter. 

Carolyn S. Derflinger 



JENKINS. Miss Mary Barbara 
Jenkins, age 22, of Woodstock was 
fatally injured when another car 
crashed into her automobile near 
Markham on December 17. Funeral 
services were conducted by her pas- 
tor, "Doc" Shank, in the Maurertown 
Brethren Church. Interment was in 
Massanutten Cemetery, Woodstock. 
Barbara was a member of our 
church and was the only child of our 
choir director, Mrs. Emily Jenkins, 
and the late Mr. Ray Jenkins. She 
had graduated from Longwood 
College in May. 

Carolyn S. Derflinger 

BEYDLER. Mrs. Mary L. Beydler, 
age 82, of Arlington passed away 
December 11 in the Northern Vir- 
ginia Doctor's Hospital in Arlington. 
Funeral services were conducted at 
the Maurertown Brethren Church 
by her pastor, "Doc" Shank. Inter- 
ment was in the Maurertown Cem- 
etery. Though a non-resident mem- 
ber, Mrs. Beydler remained quite 
active in the Maurertown Brethren 
Church. She was a granddaughter 
of Elder E. B. Shaver, founder of 
the Maurertown Brethren Church. 

Carolyn S. Derflinger 

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WORST. Mrs. Glen Worst 
(Esther) died January 22, 1972. 
She was a member of the Garber 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 
Funeral services were conducted by 
Dr. L. E. Lindower, former pastor, 
assisted by Rev. Stephen Swihart, 
present pastor. Burial was in the 
Fairhaven Cemetery. 



Goldenaires 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ladow cele- 
brated their 56th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on February 7, 1972. They are 
members of the Sarasota First 
Brethren Church. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bowser 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni- 
versary on February 5, 1972. They 
are members of the Brush Valley 
Brethren Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Crissman 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni- 
versary in the month of February 
also. They are members of the 
Brush Valley Brethren Church. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Herndon, Via. (Chandon) — 

3 by baptism 

Khnsey Run, W. Va. — 1 by baptism 
Smithville, Ohio — 6 by baptism 

South Bend, Ind. (Ardmore) — 

8 by baptism 

Oakville, Ind. — 4 by baptism 

3 by reclaimation 

Sarasota, Fla. — 3 by baptism 

Bryan, Ohio — 3 by baptism 

North Manchester, Ind. — 4 by letter 

Burlington, Ind. — 5 by baptism 
4 by letter 

Vandergrift, Pa. — 5 by baptism 

Milledgieville, 111. — 2 by baptism 



My name is Empty. Of all the words inhabiting the 
Iphabet I am the most ill born. I wander homeless and 
lone, looking for some hospitality. If I join myself to 

larder, I bring hunger. If I move into the mail, then 

see a sweetheart hurrying briskly down the lane, 
^ange her pace and slowly trudge back home. . . . 
nd if I enter into a heart, I squeeze it tight and wring 

dry of all compassion. 

"Yet I remember one day when I had proper welcome, 
occupied the chief seat among a noble company. Peter, 
>hn and Mary were my retinue, and a superhuman 
ranger clothed in white. That was my fierce, my 
jlorious hour. For my name was Triumph when I 
lodified a tomb! 

E. W Goodrick 




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BETRAYAL 



Even through betrayal, the love of God is at work. 



by Arden Gilmer 



A TRAITOR is one of the most despised of all crimi- 
nals because he has destroyed faith and trust. 
Treason is a most heinous crime. To betray one's coun- 
try is punishable by death. To betray one's friends is 
punishable both by ostracism and by the loud screams 
of one's own conscience. 

But, to Judas belongs history's most treacherous act, 
that of betraying Jesus Christ, the Son of God and 
Savior of the world. 





Rev. Arden E. Gilmer 




His infamous act had its own reward for Judas "went 
out and hanged himself." His last cry was, "I have 
betrayed innocent blood," but no one would listen to 
him. Judas could neither take back his kiss of betrayal 
nor stop its consequences. 

One of the terrible things about sin is that we cannot 
put the clock back. We cannot undo what we have done. 
So, but means of a kiss from one of His own disciples, 
Jesus, the Son of God, was handed over into the hands 
of cruel men who tortured Him and put Him to death. 

But God is a purposeful God. God still rules His 
World, His creation. Out of Judas' treachery God accom- 
plishes the eternal redemption of all men who will 
repent and receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Even 
through Judas' betrayal, the great love of God for man 
was at work. 



Judas' act of betrayal reveals the blackness and tl 
maliciousness of all human sin — of our sin. While Jud; 
betrayed Jesus with a kiss of feigned love, our act 
treachery is refusal to conform to God's will and wa; 
for us. We, just as Judas, often substitute our ovj 
false concept of Christ for the true reality of the divii 
Christ. We try to conform Christ to our image instes 
of being" conformed to the image of Christ. 

Judas, perhaps, wanted Jesus to establish His earth 
kingdom posthaste, and by his betrayal was hoping 
force Jesus' hand by placing Him in circumstanc 
where He would have to exert His power. But m» 
cannot change Christ. The tragedy of Judas is that 
tried to make Jesus what he wanted Him to be. But, ' 
is not Jesus who can be changed by us, but we w.' 
must be changed by Jesus. We can never use Jesus f 
our own purpose: we must submit to Him to be us 
for His. The tragedy of Judas is the tragedy of tl 
man who thought that he knew better than God." Mai' 
sin — our sin — has always been that we think we knc 
better than God. ( 

"Still as of old, 
Man by himself is priced, 
For thirty pieces, Judas sold 
Himself, not Christ." 

Another tragedy of betrayal is that it always con! 
from those who call themselves friends. "Judas, one 
the twelve disciples who' had been chosen by Jesus, vm 
had become the keeper of the common treasury frcl 
which the wants of the whole group were supplied, aj 
who had every opportunity to know Jesus intimate! 
to learn His inmost ideals, and to walk with Him daj 



Harch 11, 1972 



Page Thirteen 



n. all the relationships of personal friendship, by this 
>ne act of treachery makes of himself forever the most 
lisloyal man of all times." Jesus was not betrayed by 
in "outsider," and enemy, but by Judas, an "insider," 
chosen disciple. 




And so it is today. Only Christ's disciples can be His 
letrayers. Others may hate Him, but only His church 
an betray Him. 

To say we love Christ with our mouths, but not with 
iur hearts is a betrayal of Christ. For the church to 
ileny her Lord is betrayal. For the church to pervert 
find ignore its evangelistic mission of proclaiming the 
food news of salvation through faith in Christ is be- 
rayal. For church members to be governed by prejudice 



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rather than by love is betrayal. To say you are a Chris- 
tian while you live for Satan is betrayal. To live a life 
of discouragement, defeat, and doldrums instead of the 
abundant, meaningful, purposeful life Christ has made 
available for us through the indwelling Holy Spirit is 
betrayal. To live as though Christ were dead is betrayal. 
He is alive for all eternity! 

Judas was the first betrayer. But is he the only be- 
trayer of Christ Jesus? Only Christ's friends, those who 
take His name, can betray Him, for only they can prove 
faithless. During Lent, indeed, during the whole year, 
let us live for Christ, not for ourselves. Let's be gov- 
erned by Jesus' standard of friendship: "Greater love 
has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his 
friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command 
you" (John 15:13, 14 NASV). 

Rev. Arden E. Gilmer is -presently -pastor of the 
Pleasant View Brethren Church, Vander grift, 
Pennsylvania. He is the writer of the Lesson 
Exposition portion of The Brethren Sunday- 
School Quarterly. 

Activities in the General Conference Organi- 
zation of The Brethren Church include member- 
ship on Church Polity; Fraternal Relations Com- 
mittees. He is a member of the Missionarij Board 
and is Vice Moderator of the Pennsylraiiia 
District Conference Organization. 



MOTIVATED MEN 



by Candi Baker 



DAVID COOKSEY 



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DAVID COOKSEY, 25, is a senior at Ashland 
Theological Seminary from the Washington 
Brethren Church where he has been a member 
for fourteen years. Dave graduated from Suthland 
High School and was active in gymnastics. He 
attended Ashland College majoring in sociology, 
he served as a student assistant during his junior 
and senior years. Dave worked at Hawthornden 
State Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife 
for several months after graduating from Ash- 
land College. 

Dave and his wife, Carolyn, live in the new 
seminary apartments, and Dave serves on the 
apartment housing committee. During the sum- 
mer he served as assistant lifeguard at the pool 
on the seminary grounds. 

Carolyn is a professional social worker but is 
presently employed at Ashland College as a secre- 
tary. She enjoys arts, crafts and sewing. Dave is 
working at Ashland Rubber Products in the ship- 
ping department. After graduation in June, 
Dave's plans are uncertain. 



Page Fourteen 



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MISSIONARY 

N£WS 







BRETHREN MISSIONS IN INDIA 



1970 

January - 



January 10 - 
January 16 - 
January 22 - 

February - 
March — 



April 
May - 
July- 



August — 
September 



The Kumar's (Prasanth, Nirmala and Shanthi) arrival in India to 
begin Brethren Missions in India (arrival Dec. 1969 — work began 
in Jan.) 

Kumar's Wedding Anniversary and moved into a new house. 

General Secretary's Administrative Visit to India. 

Brethren Bible Mission inauguration in Municipal Council Hall, 
Rajahmundry. Virgil Ingraham delivered inaugural address. 

House secured for orphanage. 

Brethren Bible Mission legal status was secured with Prasantha 
Kumar as President. 

Kumar attended meetings at Union Biblical Seminary, Yeotmal. 

Began "Prayer Trought Correspondence" program. 

Seven orphan boys taken into Brethren Home for Children. 

Village evangelism, began at Rajavolu and Gokavaram. 

Total of 10 boys now in orphanage. 

Mr. Bhushanam began work with mission and Sri Raja Rao assist- 
ing in Evangelical work in Rajahmundry. 

Outreach in villages: Rajavolu, Gokavaram, Pedda Brahmadevi, 
Kotikeswaram, Dosakayala palli, Divancheruvu. 

First Baptismal Service; 14 men and 17 women baptized. 

Baptized Mr. Bhushanam and two Christian teachers working as 

evangelists. 

Orphanage house is being used as mission headquarters. 

Secured hall in Rajavolu for services and for adult school for 
women. Eighteen people accepted Jesus at Communion Services 
there. 



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Page Fifteen 




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Shanthi assisting Nirmala in the kitchen 






September 30 
November — 



December 



Official inauguration of orphanage by Minister of Religious Affairs 
and Endowments. 

Kumar met with Dr. I. Ben Wati, President of World Evangelical 
Fellowship. 

Kumar represented Andhra Pradesh as a delegate to All India Red 
Cross Society's Golden Jubilee celebration in Delhi and also All 
India Institute on Evangelism directed by Billy Graham Evan- 
gelistic Association. Had opportunity for interview with 
President of India, Sri V. V. Giri. 

Forty-four people baptized to date and churches established in three 
places. 

Prayer Hall dedicated at Palacherla. 

Brethren Bible Institute began with ten men registered. 

Baptized 50 people, with total of 86 baptized to date in Rajavolu 
membership. 

Minister for Social Welfare of Andhra Pradesh visited orphanage. 

Church building in Rajavolu dedicated with 600 in attendance. 

Kumars at Bhimavaram revival meetings distributed 8,000 tracts 
(the only mission to distribute free literature). 



Pago Sixteen 



The Brethren Evangelis! 



1971 

January - 
March — 



April 



June 



Cottage prayer groups meeting in Weavers Colony, Rajahmundry. 

Three more men baptized and attending services at Rajahmundry. 

Meetings held in temporary prayer hall; 56 accepted Jesus and 
adult school started at Palacherla. 

Baptismal service in Godavari River with 61 baptized; 56 from 
Palacherla, 3 from Rajahmundry and two from Rajovolu. 

Second girl, Sunita, born to Prasanth and Nirmala. 

Brethren Bible Mission became a member of The Association for 
Theological Extension Education. 

B. Velamalakota ground breaking ceremony for constructing two 
temporary thatched sheds. 

Land acquisition used for prayer hall in Rajahmundry. 

Adult classes, medical aid given and adults taught in B. Velamala- 
kota and land legally registered in name of Brethren Bible 
Mission. 

Street preaching started with new P.A. System. 



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July 



August — 

September 
October — 



November 
December 



Kumar at Bangalore for workshop in "Programming Theologies 

Education." 
Five more boys taken into orphanage on probation. 
Vijaya Kumar arrived in States for seminary training and to pr< 

pare him for Brethren leadership in India. 
Auto purchased for mission. 
Mr. and Mrs. M. Virgil Ingraham on Administrative Visit to Indi< 
General Conference held with 800 attending in Rajahmundry. 
First graduation class of Brethren Bible Institute with tej 

graduates. 
Mission magazine "Evangelist" in Telugu was inaugurated. 
Forty-five people baptized at conference. 
Total membership in Brethren Bible Mission stands at 240. 
Total of 4 churches and 5 prayer houses established. 
Name of mission changed to Brethren Mission. 



March 11, 1972 



Page Seventeen 



BRETHREN MISSIONS IN NIGERIA 



HERE IS A JOB . . . 



YOUNG BOYS looking expectantly toward the future 
display a relaxed happiness. What will another year 
bring to these young people? Will the literacy efforts 
help to change their hves? 

A production-workshop was accomplished in January. 
Presently they are having a month-long writers' work- 
shop with instructors from Kitwe, Zambia and coordin- 
ated by Larry Bolinger. Literacy primer materials need 
po be finished and men must be encouraged to work to 
learn these skills so they may carry on after mission- 
iries move to new areas of work. A two-week literacy 
vorkshop in April lies ahead. Writers' workshops are on 
he planning board to develop new teaching materials 
"or a three-year training program in the Higi churches. 




HERE IS A NEED . . 



r[E BOLINGERS carry on their ministry at the 
foot of the Mandara Mountains at Mbororo Station. 
{Nigerians continue to flock to the church for baptism, 
:md our missionaries reach out to work with them, teach 
hem and love them. 

i The low-income Nigerians cautiously approach solu- 
tions to their problems. They cannot solve any difficul- 
ties with high cost or deep, technical answers. Families 
jive on an income of $75 per year. Is it any wonder that 
|ome life is so different from what we know in America 
jr that the concept of marriage stresses relationships 
etween the families rather than between individuals? 
ow many of us would be willing to live on one meal 
day or on an unvaried diet? But money will not 
nswer the problems these people face. 
What is needed is a compassionate heart, a clear 
ommitment to share the love of Christ and a willing- 
less to meet people as equals on their level of existence, 
""he people in the Mbororo area have a phrase to des- 
ribe their frame of mind. In Hausa, it is "kaskantad 
a kai" which means "one who has subjected his own 
iride." We as Christians must ask continually for this 
iiind which will enable us to accept others and work in 
uch a way as to be forgotten in the solutions that are 



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found so that God may be praised. I wonder is this what 
Paul is trying to teach us in Philippians 2:1-11? Is it 
possible that you may have someone in your town or 
neighborhood who is living in the "Third World" of the 
overlooked and misunderstood? How should these people 
affect us and our relationship to Christ? 




Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangelis 



THERE IS A MINISTRY . . . 



NURSE BISCHOF serves at the Mbororo dispensary 
which was built in 1958 soon after permission was 
granted by the colonial government to cross the River 
Yedserum for the first time. Hitherto the remote hill 
tribes had so vigorously resisted any attempt at sub- 
jugation that the area had been banned to Europeans 
throughout almost the entire colonial period. A small 
dispensary, averaging 45 patients a day, it has great 
scope for development in an area 98 r <- illiterate with 
acute needs and scarcely any health facilities. 




THERE ARE PEOPLE . . . 



Larry Bolinger and Nurse Bischof 



— people who are learning to serve. 

At Kulp Bible School the last school term ended before 
Christmas, and in the leaving class there were 22 in the 
regular class and 8 in the advanced class. It is always 
most significant to note the changes in lives — students 
and teachers as well. 

In addition to Dick Winfield's preaching assignments 
and meetings to attend, in late January Dick was in- 
volved in the Kulp Bible School's week of training stu- 
dents who go out with the Mobile Bible School. They 
spend three weeks of village field work in evangelism, 
preaching, and teaching. 

Dick's teaching was even extended to classes on 
hygiene — another example of a missionary's need for 
a well-rounded educational background. 

Dick also presently is teaching Bible Knowledge in the 
Mubi Government Secondary School. He is teaching the 
equivalent of both high school juniors and seniors and 
gives each group three 40-minute periods of Bible each 
week. The provision for taking these classes is made 
by the government; students can elect to take either 
Bible Knowledge, Islamic Knowledge or neither. He 
teaches on Wednesday and Saturday when there are no 
classes at Kulp Bible School. 

The new semester at Kulp began February 28. In 
preparation for the regular opening of school, Dick 



and Kitty were both instructing an intensive Englis 
course for a period of three weeks for the new advance 
class. Since all the instruction for the advanced men jj 
done in English, they feel a refresher course is especial! ! 
valuable. 



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Dick Winfield ivith young people 




FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



Vlarch 11, 1972 



Page Nineteen 



HERE IS PREPARATION 



"pHERE ARE STILL more than 2,000 languages in 
1 the world without God's Word, and thus Jerry and 

heryl Grieve are living and studying in Kano, Nigeria 
n preparation for possibly working among the Kanuri 
>eople of Rornu Province in Northeastern Nigeria. 

It is through Wycliffe Translators, Inc. they are learn- 
ng to use modern technological tools, linguistic science 
o crack unwritten languages and new translation tech- 
liques that assure the highest accuracy and clearest 
neaning in the translated Scriptures. 

They are thankful for their opportunities for outreach 
n a Muslim community. 



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View of a street in Kano 



HERE ARE MEDICAL SERVICES 



"pHE MISSIONARIES receive medical attention at 
1 Garkida General Hospital as well as the Nigerians. 
Vhen it is necessary for a Nigerian to stay at the Hos- 
ital, a member of the family accompanies the patient 
nd remains to care for the sick person's needs. Food 
or patients is cooked right on the premises in the many 
tone beds seen in the picture. 




FIFTY YEARS IN NIGERIA 



TN 1973 fifty years in Nigeria will be observed by the Church of the Brethren, a 

celebration which may take various forms. Suggestions placed with General Board 
program units for possible implementation include special highlights in Messenger 
and Agenda, special Sunday bulletins during the year, a commemorative pictorial 
book on the culture and traditions of the peoples of the Northeastern State, a tour 
of Nigeria, a filmstrip, and receiving Nigerians in the U.S. for deputation, Annual 
Conference leadership, and fellowship. 

The primary focus of the celebration should be on the development of the Nigerian 
church, decided a committee of Charles M. Bieber, Merle Crouse, John B. Grimley, 
Howard E. Royer and Donald L. Stern. 

"This is an opportunity to become better acquainted with the Nigerian people 
and nation of today and to see the Church of Christ in the Sudan, Lardin Gabas, 
as a responsible church living and witnessing in that context." 

The committee saw the anniversary as an occasion for "expressing our joy for 
these relationships and for what God has wrought during 50 years of working 
together." 

— Messenger, Church of the Brethren 
January 1, 1972 



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BRETHREN MISSIONS IN ARGENTINA 



WHY MISSIONS? 




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by Juan Carlos Miranda 



r ~pHERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER. It is God's Great 
1 Commission. We cannot claim being new-born 
Christians and not fulfilling God's commandment to His 
disciples: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" 
(Matthew 28:19). 

The changing ideas of the times in which we live do 
not change our historic and spiritual commission. It is 
as strong now as when it was given by our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

The mission of the Church today, as it was before, is 
to give worldwide witness, and all believers without 
exception are expected to participate. Everybody is to 
get into the action. Since the Great Commission was 
given worldwide, it gives an opportunity for everyone 
to serve. It was not a commission to be fulfilled only 
beyond national borders. Natuz^ally, it is that, but also 
includes those in the nearby cities. As a matter of fact, 
you can be a missionary to your next door neighbor. 
It is an all comprehensive commission. God will tell you 
which one is yours. 

And God needs us all. Only as we share our mission- 
ary enterprise, we will be able to share of the glorious 
blessings of mission accomplished. We all belong to the 



great family of God's missionaries. That is why we neej 
missions. 

Missions is like a mirror, where as we look ourselve; 
we reflect the efforts done for those beyond our border! 
And as we look again, we see the fulfillment of oil 
necessities, because the Lord will not come until "Thh 
gospel . . . shall be preached in all the world . . . aijfl 
then the end will come." World evangelization is neede 
for the prophecies to be fulfilled. 

The Church of Jesus Christ is entering upon the greaj 
est time of worldwide evangelization. This is probahj 
the strongest answer to "Why Missions?" With model 
technology and the new means of communications, 01; 
task can be more readily obtained, but forces of e\ I 
can also have access to this technology, so our effor I 
should be doubled. 

Dr. Donald McGavran from the Church Growi I 
Institute, talks about the two billion who are still oijj 
responsibility. He says, "By the two billion, I mean tho:;| 
multitudes of men and women who do not know Jesr.l 
Christ as Lord and Savior. They are found in all s' 
continents. ... In the whole world, only one billki 
call themselves "Christians." Two billion have nev 
heard His name effectively." 

We are men of God, earnestly seeking His way 
greater usefulness in His Kingdom. Many times we ha 1 
asked ourselves what can we do to fulfill our share, or 
commission, or God's particular call for each one of u; 
Have we thought lately of those two billion, or our ne 
door neighbors? 

You may not be a missionary to a foreign land, orj 
preacher in your own community, but God has a missi*} 
for you. You definitely are, or should be, a witness. Y<! 
can be a financial and/or a prayerful supporter. Y< 
may be sewing quilts or promoting missionary hell 
but for your own sake, do something! Do not spend m 
rest of your life sitting down in the Holy rocking cha' 
There you will never fulfill your part in the Gre; 
Commission. 

Why missions? Because, they need you. But more thij 
that, you need them. Remember what someone has saM 
"While the world is dying in revolutions, the church 
wasting her time with Holy resolutions." What will yo|i 
share be today? If you have not found an answer y>\ 
let me suggest this: "Get in where the action is. Fj 
where the action is, God is there also." 



Reverend Miranda, having been in the Statt 
almost 15 years, is 'preparing to return to Arge? 
Una to teach at the Eden Bible Institute for th 
Brethren Church of Argentina. 






ijtarch 11, 1972 



Page Twenty-one 



CANDIDATE TRAINING 



CANDIATES for mission service in Argentina, Bill 
and Sharon Winter went to San Jose, Costa Rica 
n late April 1971. 

The Spanish Institute they attend started 29 years 
igo in Columbia and in Costa Rica today continues to 
>e instrumental in preparing Spanish speaking mission- 
iries. Many opportunities are provided for basic orien- 
tation in every phase of missionary life and witness on 
he part of language students. 




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Bill and Sharon Winter with Todd and Heidi in 
front of their home in Costa Rica. 



Soon it will all be a memory with graduation 
scheduled for April 21. They've enjoyed Brethren from 
the States visiting them; mother and father Fells and 
the William Mussers of Bryan, Ohio and John Rowsey, 
on his Administrative trip through Latin American 
countries. 

The institute prepares candidates in other than 
language study. They have lectures weekly taking up 
the sociological, cultural, religious and political aspects 
of Latin American life. 

Preparing our missionaries for their overseas work 
continues to be a very important part of the World 
Mission program. 



The Winters have enjoyed a very modern home, 
inique with hot running water and elegant mahogany 
loors. A maid, equipped with no English has handled 
outine household drudgery and supervision of children 
luring their year of dedication to study. Todd attends 
school and does very well; at first he kept inquiring, 
'How do I talk in Spanish?" 

Bill received amateur radio operating privileges, they 
bowl with student fellows and enjoyed a 4th of July 
'jelebration at the U.S. Ambassador's home with 2,500 
sTorth Americans. But it's mostly buckling down and 
seeping "nose in book" to prepare for the years ahead. 
Bill has had opportunity to work in the local evangelical 
iadio station one afternoon a week and is getting boned- 
xp on technical vocabulary, too. 






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SPIRITUAL CONFERENCE OF ARGENTINE BRETHREN CHURCH 



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Exterior view of new chapel at 
Eden Bible Institute 



HHHE SPIRITUAL CONFERENCE held at the Eden 
1 Bible Institute at Soldini was held February 12-16 
with over 200 present. Many who normally attend could 
not make it this year, and almost one-third of those in 
attendance were new faces, many having come from 
the new churches in Firmat and Alvarez. There was 
much enthusiasm to see the interest of so many new 
people. 



38. The Conference Theme was Luke 10:2, "Therefor 
said he unto them, The harvest is great, but th 
labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of th 
harvest, that he would send forth labourers into hi 
harvest." 

John Rowsey, on his Administrative Visit to th 
Argentine Field, presented missionary slide program 
of Nigeria and India and there was a great amount o 
interest in these works. 

Children were accommodated with special meeting 
separate from the adults and with organized recreatior 
too. 






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Jeannette Solomon and Marilyn Aspinall on 
conference grounds talking with laymen. 






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Workshops were held each day to discuss in sma 
groups the message of the morning. Reports were the 
brought to the assembly in the afternoon for discussioi 
and questions were answered by Jose' Guevara. 

During free times one could see many sitting unde' 
trees drinking Mate' and having fellowship in discussin 
interesting points of the messages. 

A baptism was held with one man and two worae 
from the Firmat Church baptized by Pastor Varela. Th 
baptisms held at conference help these new oonveii 
to feel a part of the whole assembly and not just i 
their local fellowship. 



Interior of new chapel 



Meetings were held in the new Conference Chapel 
which now has all of its doors and windows in and com- 
plete walls except for inside finishing. The first funds 
donated for this building were in memory of Mr. and 
Mrs. Delozier, parents of our missionary, Jeannette 
Solomon. The people were very pleased with the con- 
venience of all being contained in one area and being 
together for meetings. 

The principal speaker of the conference is a young 
man from Venezuela who had worked for some time 
in Chile and is presently living in the Nunez Church 
area. He is trained as a journalist but is presently 
working as a layman with Christian Literature. He 
presented a series of messages based on Matthew 9:35- 




faggillll! 






Bill Curtis shown with Argentine 
church member 



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Page Twenty-three 



CHURCH SECRETARY REVISIONS 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Chandon: Mrs. Ruth Barber, 462 Patrick Lane, Herndon, Virginia 22070 

INDIANA DISTRICT 

Flora: Mrs. John Miller, P.O. Box 163, Flora, Indiana 46929 
Teegarden: Mrs. Eva Berkshire, Tyner, Indiana 46572 




ST. LOUIS— Plans lor a "Christian blitz" across 
brth America in 1973 moved a step closer to reality 
pay. 

KEY 73, believed to be the broadest and most inten- 
ve evangelistic effort ever undertaken in the United 
tates and Canada, is led by a Central Committee 
hich closed a two-day meeting here (at Holiday Inn 
orth, Lindbergh and 170) Tuesday noon. 

The committee heard a report from its executive 
irector, Dr. T. A. Raedeke, that participation was 
mning ahead of schedule. He said that the number of 
^nominations and Christian organizations that have 
nmmitted themselves to KEY 73 now number 130. 
lost of North America's major denominations are 
icluded. 

The participation ranges from the Methodists and 
aptists to Presbyterians, Quakers, Churches of Christ, 
rid nearly all of the principal Lutheran groups. 



The chairman of the executive committee is Dr. 
Thomas Zimmerman of Springfield, Missouri, general 
superintendent of the Assemblies of God, largest 
Pentecostal denomination in America. 

The churchmen in their meeting here approved a 1972 
operating budget of $149,205 for the KEY 73 secretariat 
located in St. Louis (418 Olive Street). A drive for a 
$2,000,000 program budget was begun. 

Reports were presented on the progress of the six 
phases of the 1973 effort that are being planned, and on 
models of KEY 73 in action. 

Mrs. Vonette Bright of San Bernardino, California, 
told the group of a massive woman's prayer movement 
that is being developed. 

Raedeke reported that a second Roman Catholic 
diocese (Cape Girardeau) has joined KEY 73, and that 
American bishops are to consider membership on a 
national basis at their April meeting. The St. Louis 
diocese is already a member, as is a New Mexico inter- 
church agency to which Roman Catholics belong. 

The KEY 73 "sacred year" will be highlighted by a 
number of mass media events, special promotional 
events beginning at the local congregational level, em- 
phasis on personal Christian witness, Bible studies, 
literature distribution, house-to-house visitation, con- 
vention and fair exhibits, and special Christmas and 
Easter celebrations. 

KEY 73 is now in its fifth year of planning. 

It has brought together denominational leaders that 
have never before met for any reason. The Brethren 
Church is represented on the Central Committee by 
Smith F. Rose, Central Council Executive Secretary. 

One participant said it has already served to resurrect 
the term "evangelism." He said that even church 
leaders had been dismissing it as a "worn-out, effete" 
term. 

Each church is being encouraged to implement KEY 
73 in its own way. Coordinated efforts are being 
designed simply to reinforce what Christians plan to 
do at the grass-roots level. 



CHANGE OF DATES FOR THE INDIANA CONFERENCE— 1972 

The Executive Committee of the Brethren Conference of Indiana has set the dates 
of the 1972 Conference for June 2, 3, 4. (This is a week earlier than the usual time 
of the conference.) 

This change was made in order to enable Indiana Brethren intending to attend 
Explo '72 in Dallas, Texas, June 12-17, to do so without having to miss the 
Indiana Conference. 

St. Clair Benshoff, Moderator, 

The Brethren Conference of Indiana 



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JEW CITES ANSWER TO EXPLAIN 
YIDDISH JESUS FREAKS 11 



1ST 



Corte Madera, California (EP) — Eight reasons have 
been given by a young member of "Jews for Jesus" to 
explain why many of his contemporaries are turning 
away from Judaism in favor of Christianity. 

"Jewish parents regard (our conversion) as a 
tragedy," Moishe Rosen told EP News Service. The 
leader of San Francisco's "Jews for Jesus" movement 
added, "We . . . do not feel that we have defected. We 
do not have an easy answer to the parent's lament, but 
we'd like to explain some of the reasons why Jewish 
young people are turning to Christ." 

Rosen said Jewish youth are turning in faith to Jesus 
Christ because: 

. . . Anti-Christian prejudice is incompatible with 
traditional Jewish liberalism. The notion that no sincere, 
thinking Jew would consider the claims of Christ is 
just as stupid as the idea that most Jews have a plot to 
overthrow the governments of the world and bring the 
Zionists to power. 

. . . Personal convictions transcend dogmatism. All 
that Judaism has had to say when confronted with the 
problems of dope and degraded sex is that these things 
should not be done. . . . We have something better than 



The Brethren Evangelic; 

parental tears, psychiatry, or panel discussions in ouf 
approach to the problems of life. 

. . . We who are Jews for Jesus categorically reje<; 
the ethnic chauvinism of our parents. We believe Goj 
chose the Jewish people for His service, to preach th| 
good news of His existence and His redemption fc| 
all people. 

. . . The Judaism we know is not the religioj 
delivered by God to the prophets. The Judaism of th 
prophets was founded on the basis of supematurc 
revelation. 

. . . Most young people today, Jews included, ai 
experience-oriented. . . . What kind of personal expei 
enoe with God can establishment-type Judaism offer 1 
take the place of what we know has happened to us? 

... In one word, "love" is a reason. In Jesus we ha| 
found . . . love. 

. . . While in the committee meetings and forums < 
Judaism the discussion is continuing on how to defir 
a Jew, we have found the meaning of Judaism in Jesu 

. . . And finally, we Jews for Jesus, young and ol 
know that in choosing to worship God through Chri 
we have gone the route that the Lord God of Israel he 
intended. We believe the prophet's description of tl 
coming Messiah, who would suffer and die for our sin- 
Therefore, we hold to our Jewishness and treasure 
as something given uniquely by God. . . . 

A forthcoming issue of U.S. News & World Repo 
will feature the Jews for Jesus work of Mr Rosen. 



The three greatest questions in life are: 

1. Where did I come from? 

2. What am I doing here? 

3. Where do I go from here? 

Only when one recognizes his helplessness in 
answering these spiritual questions can he find 
happiness. 



HOW COME I'VE GOT THIS DOLLAR LEFT?" 



"I think I'm in big trouble. I was going through my 
pockets today and I found something I can't explain. 
A dollar! Yes, a whole dollar. I've paid my income tax, 
and my state tax. I've paid amusement tax, sales tax, 
hospital tax. I've paid taxes for Medicare and old age 
benefits. I've paid the automobile tax, the school tax 
and the tax to put up a bridge at the other end of the 
country. 

When I paid my lawyer $600, I paid on that — and so 
did he. I paid tax on the money I gave to the baby sitter 
and real estate salesman and the man who makes out 
my income tax form each year. So, how come I've still 
got a dollar?!" 

"Obviously, I've made a mistake somewhere and over- 
looked a tax. But I distinctly remember paying my road 
tax, the excise tax, the defense tax, and the tax to pro- 



vide more scholarships for kids to go to the universi 
so they can tell me how rotten the system is. 

I've paid my taxes for sewers, bombs, wheat for Indi 
the Senate and public transportation. Yes, I've paid n 
water tax. And when they charge us an air tax to cle; 
up the pollution, I'll pay that too. 

I confess I haven't paid my death taxes yet, but, 
will. I've paid my taxes for parks, fire protection, Is 
enforcement. I've paid my taxes to help the farmer, tj 
Indian and the unmarried mother. So, how come I've g 
this dollar in my pocket? Where did it come from? E 
somebody put it there to get me in trouble? Is the 
a tax when you find a dollar like that? I'm not sui 
But I know the government is going to be sore wh 
they find out I've got it." 

Reprinted from the Observer 



larch 11, 1972 



Page Twenty-five 



BOOK REVIEWS 



luggeridge, Malcolm: JESUS REDISCOVERED. Whea- 
>n, 111.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1971 ($2.95). This 
5 a most interesting book. It is about a journalist who 
rediscovered Jesus" during the later years of his life, 
[is father was a Socialist and an agnostic, therefore 
lalcolm had little training in Christianity. In fact, 
whenever he would attend a worship service, it was 
lways for reasons other than to worship or to learn of 
lie things of God. He had little use for the ecclesiastical 
stablishment as found in the churches of England as 




well as in other parts of the world. He condemns this 
phase of the Christian world. 

Mr. Muggeridge is a brilliant man. He is an excellent 
journalist having worked in Manchester, England; in 
Moscow; and in Washington^ D.C. It is most interesting 
to see how he uses the language to give us his ideas 
on his rediscovery of Jesus as the Son of God, the One 
who came to earth to bring salvation to mankind. Other 
subjects in the book are "Am I a Christian?"; "Is There 
a God?"; "Me and Myself"; "Consensianity"; "Happi- 
ness"; and other such chapter titles. 

Sherwood Wirt, Editor of Decision magazine, says in 
his introduction to this book, "No evangelical will be 
completely satisfied with this volume." So it will be 
with you as you read the book. Mr. Muggeridge's theo- 
logy will not always agree with yours; in fact, you 
will wonder where in the world he ever got such far-out 
ideas, yet you will have to admit to the limitless grace 
of God as He deals with men of the world. 

Every pastor who reads this book will become aware 
of his responsibility to preach the Gospel of our Lord 
in its purity more diligently. He will also feel guilty 
because he has neglected his calling in this aspect of 
the ministry. 

This book is certainly thought provoking, to say the 
least ! 



Reviewed by Rev. Spencer Gentle, pastor of 
Papago Park Brethren Church, Tempe, Arizona, 
former editor of "The Brethren Evangelist." 



I used to take my son to church and then I'd drive 
way, "I've more important things to do" is what I used 
) say. I lived a normal life, but never entered in the 
mctuary with the lad, to learn the fear of sin. Of 
Durse, for children it was best, I gladly made him go, 
rid thought the church would teach some lessons he 
iculd know. But he grew up and quit it all, nor did 
e ask of me, and soon was out in deepest sin, as vile 
3 vile could be. We took him to church today I entered 
ith the rest, to hear the robed choir stand and sing 
£ mansions of the blest. My face was wet with scalding 
?ars as I remember then, had I but gone with him 
pfore, the man he might have been. Yes, I went to 
lurch today, as long I should have done, and wept, 

cause I knew I'd helped to damn my only son. 



One million kids may be in trouble. That's the num- 
?r that dropped from Sunday School enrollment during 
ie past eight years. This is in face of a dramatic in- 
rease in the population of the U.S. 



A FATHER'S PRAYER 

Dear God, my little boy of three 
Has said his nightly prayer to Thee; 
Before his eyes were closed in sleep 
He asked that Thou his soul would keep. 

And I, still kneeling at his bed, 
My hand upon his tousled head, 
Do ask with deep humility 
Make me, Kind Lord, a worthy Dad 
That I may lead this little lad 
In pathways ever fair and bright 

That I may keep his steps aright. 
O God, his trust must never be 
Destroyed or even marred by me. 
So for the simple things he prayed 
With childish voice so unafraid, 
I, trembling, ask the same from Thee, 
O Lord, Kind Lord, remember- me! 

— Selected 



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World Religious News 

R 



in Keview 



LOG OF HIROSHIMA COPILOT: 
'MY GOD, WHAT HAVE 
WE DONE?' 

New York (EP) — A log written 
by the co-pilot of the B-29 which 
dropped the atom bomb on Hiro- 
shima in 1945 was sold at public 
auction here for $37,000. 

Robert A. Lewis, an Army Air 
Force captain when the mission took 
place, kept the record at the request 
of William Laurence, then science 
editor of The New York Times. 

After the bomber "Enola Gay," 
dropped its deadly cargo to earth on 
Aug. 6, 1945, Mr. Lewis wrote: 

"The city was 90 per cent covered 
with smoke. ... I am certain the 



entire crew felt this experience was 
more than any one human had ever 
thought possible. 

"Just how many Japs did we kill? 
I honestly have the feeling of grop- 
ing for words to explain this or I 
might say My God, what have we 
do ne ? 

"If I live a hundred years, I'll 
never quite get these few minutes 
out of my mind. . . ." 

Mr. Lewis now lives in New 
Brunswick, N.J., and is the manager 
of a candy manufacturing plant. He 
has lived a quiet life since leaving 
the Army, making occasional public 
appearances at which he voiced 
hopes that the need to use atomic 
weapons will not again occur. 



SCIENTIST, IMPRISONED IN 
URUGUAY SAYS A BIBLE 
PRESERVED HIS SANITY 

New York (EP) — A Colorad 
scientist, kidnapped and held captiv 
for seven months in a wire cage b 
rebels in Uruguay, told a New Yor 
audience how the Bible helped hir 
keep his sanity and establish 
"Christian relationship" with hi 
captors. 

Claude L. Fly, a soil expert fror: 
Fort Collins, was one of five person 
honored at a luncheon inauguratin 
the 31st Annual Interfaith Nation; 
Bible Week. 

He was cited for "living the Bible 
during his ordeal. 

Other notables honored were Peai 
S. Buck, for her book, The Stor 
BibLe; Kenneth N. Taylor of Whe; 
ton, 111., for The Living Bible, 
paraphrase; Arthur J. Goldberj 
former Justice of the U.S. Suprern 
Court and the first Jew to fill th 
po3t of chairman of National Bib]; 
Week, and Maj. Gen. E. C. R. Las] 
er, general industry chairman ft 
Bible Week. 

Mr. Fly was kidnapped on Auj 
1, 1970, while work'ng as an agi 
cultural scientist in Montevide 
Uruguay. 



EVERY TUB SITS ON ITS OWN BOTTOM 

This is one of those invisible, so-called Scriptures 
often quoted by people as Bible. Actually, it is not Bible. 
It is found nowhere in the Bible. But its principle is 
true. It points to individual responsibility. 

The Bible says, "So then every one of us shall give 
account of himself to God" (Rom. 14:12). 

A husband cannot ride to Heaven on his wife's petti- 
coat. A wife cannot get to Heaven on her husband's 
experience. A child cannot go to Heaven on his parent's 
salvation. Each one must make his own choice of Jesus 
as his Savior. 

Every hen lays its own egg. Every cow gives its own 
milk. Every dog does his own barking. 

For a tub to be useful it must be used properly. If it 
is set on its side, the contents run out. If it is set up- 
side down, that which is within falls out. It must sit on 
its own bottom. 

If it sits on another tub's bottom, the other tub would 
have to be upside down. Only one tub would hold water. 
One tub's contents would be lost. 

So every tub has to sit on its own bottom! And every 
sinner has to give account of himself to God ! 

—Evangelist Joe Boyd 
from the Sword of the Lord 



'MADE BY GOD' — 



LEADING AIR CONDITIONER 



by Norman Rohrer 



Your air conditioner is measured in BTU's (Briti: 
Thermal Unit) which indicate the amount of heat i 
quired to raise the temperature of one pound of wat 
one degree. 

An average home air-conditioner is able to cool fro 
5,000 to 7,000 BTUs. Even the larger window units, on 
separate circuit, generally give out no more than 10,0' 
to 14,000 BTUs. 

By contrast, take note of a large, well-watered tre 
The daily process of evaporation from this one tree g< 
produce the effect of more than a million BTUs. Th'l 
the "air-conditioning" effect of one tree is equal toi 
hundred or more air-conditioners made by man. 

Multiply this process by millions of trees on Got 
earth and you begin to comprehend the importance 
preserving the life-giving trees everywhere! 



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[arch 11, 1972 



Page Twenty-seven 



POETRY CORNER 



I WISH I KNEW 



by Weir E. Tritch 



I shudder when in mind I view, 
he host of the things I wish I knew. 

I wish I knew what there is to know 
bout God's great celestial show. 

Why does the sun come up each day 

drive our earthly gloom away? 

And why in the stillness of the night 
o the moon and stars give off their light? 

They twinkle there in the sky so dark 
ike the smithy's anvil's glittering spark. 

I look in wonder as they shine, 
ow far it is to the holy shrine. 

For no one less than the God of all 
juld make one shine or make one fall. 



How does the lily with leaves of green 
Its gleaming whiteness for flowers glean, 

From the self same soil where grows an oak 
Or a bed of nutritious artichoke? 

There too may be found in radiant hue, 
The portulaca 'neath sparkling dew. 

And for the yellow to behold 
Is found a bed of marigold. 

Then where the tulip graced the spring 
We find the zenia — a gorgeous thing. 

Only God in His graceous ways 
Could cool the nights and warm the days 

In such a way that from it all 
He could from earth these wonders call. 



IS PATRIOTISM WRONG? 

One of the by-products of the present "one-world" philosophy which is so popular 
in some quarters today is the playing down of patriotism. 

Conversely we see the strange phenomenon of an over-consideration for the 
nationalistic feelings of others, with a corresponding lack of emphasis on our own 
national rights and the moral duty of American citizens to be proud of and con- 
cerned for the good name and welfare of our own land. 

Frequently, perceptive editorial writers of our day call attention to the present 
dirve against patriotism and how it is playing directly into the hands of the enemies 
of our country. 

No one would defend the flag-waving of those "patriots" whose chief aim seems 
to be the glorification of self, or the grinding of some particular axe. Such is shallow 
and even obnoxious. 

On the other hand, every American citizen should be proud of this land in which 
we live and a zealous guardian of those things for which she stands. That this will 
at times involve a clear-cut stand for our national rights and prestige is inevitable. 
Such is both a duty and a privilege. 

As a Roman citizen the Apostle Paul found his rights disregarded in Philippi. 
Did he yield to the indignities heaped upon him without protest? A reading of the 
incident shows that he rightly demanded an apology, and got one. 

The day of the big stick and of sword-rattling may be gone but along with it has 
also* gone a willingness to stand for rights which often involve moral principles. A 
firm stand and a bold assertion of national integrity have often nipped incipient 
trouble in the bud. It may do it again in the future. 

As Americans we should be proud and thankful of our country and for our 
national heritage. Such patriotism is greatly needed today. 

The Presbyterian Journal, June 30, 1971 
— L.N.B. 



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CHEEP ADVICE 



Think how happy you would be if you 
lost everything you have right now — then 
got it back again. 



No man will ever be a great leader who 
does not take genuine joy in the success 
of those under him 



Temper is what gets most of us in 
trouble, pride is what keeps us there, 



A good supervisor', someone once said, 
is a guy who can step on your toes with- 
out messing up your shine. 



The trouble with the guy who talks too 
fast is that he often says something he 
hasn't thought of yet. 



A company is known by the men it 
keeps. 



Cooperation is doing with a smile what 
you have to do anyway. 



All ambitions are lawful except those 
that climb upward on the backs of others. 

Joseph Conrad 



Anger is often more harmful than the 
injury Which caused it. 



A good boss is a guy who will take a 
little more than his share of the blame 
and a little less than his share of the 
credit. 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



A small boy leading a donkey passed 
by an army camp and a soldier wanted to 
have some fun with the lad. . . . "Why 
are you holding your brother so tight?" 

"So's he won't join the army," the boy 
replied. 



Prosperity is the period between the 
last payment on the old car and the first 
payment on the new one. 



Teacher: "What inspired the pioneers 
to set forth in their covered wagons?" 

Johnny: "Well, maybe they didn't want 
to wait indefinitely for a train." 



"My husband," explained Mrs. Jones, 
"is an efficiency expert for a large 
company." 

"Imagine that," said Mrs. Brown, "but 
what does an efficiency expert do?" 

Mrs. Jones gave the matter some 
thought. "Well, I'm not sure I can des- 
cribe it exactly, but when I do it, he calls 
it nagging." 



A young man said to the girl he was 
dating: "My father is old and in very 
poor health. He's going to die soon and I 
will inherit all his money. Why don't you 
marry me? I'm soon going to be a 
millionaire." 

Two days later the girl became his 
stepmother. 



[arch 11, 1972 



Page Twenty-nine 



JlO 1 JjilQUUIJ 



FULFILLING THE TASK 

by Bonnie Munson 



HAVE FOUND since coming to Brethren House 

the first opportunity to serve the Lord in a full-time 

ipacity. I feel that each hour and each job I do is 

irected toward fulfilling the task He has called me to 

o. 

"Why is it that He gives us these special abilities to 

certain things best? It is that God's people will be 
quipped to do better work for Him, building up the 
lurch, the body of Christ, to a position of strength 
nd maturity. ..." I feel God has opened Brethren 
Jouse for the express purpose of teaching people in 
lie ways of God, and my gift from Him has ordained 
lie to care about people and lead them and teach them 
irough His Holy Spirit. 

i Brethren House is primarily involved in a teaching 
linistry. Our uniqueness allows us an opportunity to 
ach things about God that are new and exciting to 
ie people who come. 

At the present time we are engaged in a series on 
jie Second Coming of Christ. There is within this house 
ti atmosphere of expectancy that is really indescrib- 
ble. A banner at the top of the wall about a foot high 
(nd six feet long proclaims emphatically, "Jesus is 
loming Back!" For the past four weeks then we have 
sen discovering just what that means. At each level 
|f understanding we have probed the questions of How 
f; He Coming Back? When? What will He do? What 
pe should be doing till He comes? The handcraft activ- 
ies have grown out of our increased understanding of 
le Scripture, and several games have emerged to help 
s sort through and see clearly what this event will 
jiean to us when our Lord returns. 

1 My specific tasks are involved in planning, devising 
naterials, sorting and organizing the materials avail- 
ble and recording them so that we can use them during 
! given series of lessons. I am also personally involved 
| the many activities of Brethren House. In all of these 
uties I am one member of the team. I feel very 
>rtunate to be working with Rev. and Mrs. Phil Lersch 
s we try to be faithful in using our gifts together for 
od's glory. 

I guess the best way to try to describe what I do is 
go through a week with you and outline my 
rtivities. 

Sunday is the beginning of the week, setting up for 
lfi the tone of things to come. At 9:30 we have adult 
worship, and I receive the infilling I need to grow and 
lengthen my faith. We stress involvement here, and 
fter a period of time the topic of the sermon is dis- 
Jssed among us with directed questions from the 
astor. It is many times helpful to share with each 
ther the many blessings God brings us and to support 
tie another in the trials that come our way. 




Bonnie Munson 

At 10:30 is our Church School where we divide into 
study groups, and I work with Mrs. Lersch and Mrs. 
Kamp in teaching the children. The adults go next door 
to the parsonage and the entire open space of Brethren 
House then is used in learning experiences and activ- 
ities. We have broken the group down only in ability 
and level of understanding, and we move freely around 
the House. Because the children are interested and in- 
volved in what they are doing and learning individually, 
they are not distracted as others go about working on 
their own projects. 

We have individualized projects available, and each 
child can choose what he would like to do. Each activity 
is carefully and painstakingly designed so that each one 
will learn effectively the lesson at hand. By allowing 
choices we eliminate the doldrums and boredoms of 
listening to something they already know or the frus- 
tration of facing something that is beyond their under- 
standing. I make a real effort to learn to know the 
children better individually so that in my planning I am 
aware of their level of understanding, the misunder- 
standings they have and their interests. This way I can 
capitalize on what they like to do and then use it to 
teach a truth they need to know. 

Sunday night is spent in staff meetings and devotions 
to strengthen us and allow us time to use effectively 
the gifts God has given each of us. As we outline and 
prepare materials for the following weeks, we find this 
a very stimulating time. Seaching the Scriptures for 
truths we must teach we then gain insights into the 
best way possible to communicate these truths to the 
students. 

Monday night offers the teens an opportunity to come 
and relax and enjoy themselves. We have many Bible 
games available. Usually there is something on the 



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listening center, which is a record player or cassette 
player piped into earphones. Here they can listen to 
Jesus Cltrist, Superstar or the new rock opera Truth 
of Truths. After they've listened to the music we some- 
times have opportunity to expand or explore the topic 
and add interpretation according to Scripture. I con- 
sider this an extremely valuable learning experience. 
Many times too, they help with some of the ongoing 
projects we are preparing for the children. It is an 
important time when we can relate to one another in 
an atmosphere that reminds us of God's presence and 
care. 

Tuesday Brethren House is open from 2-5 p.m. for 
the children. Since this is the first day of our week-day 
program we usually introduce a Bible truth with a story, 
a record, or some other medium we have devised. Each 
one as he comes must participate in this first activity. 
After that a handcraft we have designed reinforces that 
same Bible truth. Some of the children take these crafts 
home and they become teaching vehicles there. If the 
child clearly understands what he has made, the parents 
too will learn the lesson we have taught. Others, how- 
ever, are reluctant to take them home stating that their 
parents do not want anymore "Jesus things," or they 
will only throw it away. It is sad to realize that some of 
their home experiences are the exact opposite of that of 
learning about Jesus at Brethren House. 

Wednesday we are open again from 2-5 p.m. and 
repeat many of the things from the day before because 
many of the children come on different days. We try 
to use the children's natural ability then to teach others 
what they have learned. In the evening we have a sew- 
ing class for young girls — "Sewing for Others." We 
have made a baby quilt for World Relief and are work- 
ing now on a larger one for children. We are also learn- 
ing to crochet and to weave and will eventually have 
warm blankets and afghans for needy children. 

Thursday morning is usually spent with some work- 
ers who come to help get the materials organized and 
recorded. In the afternoon Brethren House is open again 
from 2-5. As always, games and fun are a part of the 
activities, and often we allow painting in the back room. 
We attempt to tie in anything we are doing with the 
theme or subject of the week, thus giving it additional 
meaning. 

Then in the evening we have a newly organized Adult 
Study on the book Late Great Planet Earth. This book 
presents the prophecies in relation to the events taking 
place and speculation on what is to occur before the 
Lord returns. This gives depth and understanding to 
my knowledge of the Second Coming and the exchange 
of ideas is refreshing. 

Friday is a catch-up day when plans for Sunday take 
form and unfinished jobs are completed. 

Saturday is for cleaning and preparation. Because of 
the varied visual materials and choices provided we need 
to prepare many tables and corners with opportunities 
for learning experiences. Although this variety requires 
a great deal of time, it is very rewarding to see a child 
light up and relate some thing new he has learned or to 
hear him explaining to another child some of the things 
he has been doing. Then we know that he has learned 
far more by discovery than we could have ever taught 
him by "telling" him. 



In an effort to make our program continuously moi 
effective we are frequently making changes. By the tirr 
you read this my weekly schedule will likely be diffe 
ent, as we are presently considering some changes i 
our weekend schedule. I do hope by reading this yo 
have a clearer idea of what I'm doing at Brethren Hous 

The National Sisterhood Board has adopU 
Bonnie Munson as our National Project for th 
year. We will be contributing to the support < 
her work at Brethren House in St. Petersburg 
Florida. 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 
SISTERHOOD MEETS 



HPHE MAURERTOWN S.M.M. girls held the Soutj 
1 east District Sisterhood meeting at our church «j 
January 14 and 15. 

Registration started at 7 p.m. on Friday followed 
refreshments. Then our district president, Caroli| 
Mills, brought our business meeting to order. After o 
meeting we had a hypnotism, and all those who h 
never played "cow" before had their chance. Finally i 
found a place to put our sleeping bags and settled do\ 
to try and get some sleep. 

The next morning breakfast was served at 8:30. 
9:30 we all piled into the cars and went to the Ni 
Market Battlefield. There we were given a special guict 
tour with two films. 

We arrived back at the church at 12:30 where 
delicious lunch was served. 

After lunch we had another short business meeti 
ending with the S.M.M. benediction. The pajama pa: 
ended, all 46 girls packed up and went home. 

Donna Shank 




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In This Issue: 

3 APRIL IS WORLD RELIEF MONTH 

Guest Editorial 

4 FLORIDA REFLECTIONS 

by Dale RuLon 

5 WORLD RELIGIOUS NEWS IN REVIEW 
7 BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

9 MOTIVATED MEN 

10 MISSIONARY NEWS 

16 KNOW YOUR BRETHREN CHURCHES 

20 SHE CARES WHEN THEY BLEED 
by Lillian Graffam 

22 I WISH I COULD HELP 

23 WORLD RELIEF EMPHASIS 

27 THE CONTINUING RESURRECTION 
by Thomas A. Schultz 

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HE DIED ALONE 



He made the earth . . . 

And it had no room for Him; 

He made the rock . . . 

And it was a tomb for Him; 

He made the steel . . . 

Which pierced the very heart of Him; 

The imbedded thorns . . . 

Which became a part of Him; 

He gave their breath . . . 

To the mob which jeered at Him; 



He molded the shape . . . 

Of the faces that leered at Him; 

Yet never a tear . . . 

Did the multitude shed for Him; 

Though the sin of us all . . . 

Lay heavy as lead on Him. 

He called on God . . . 

And God turned His face from Him. 

He died alone . . . 

O, the marvelous grace of Him! 

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APRIL IS WORLD RELIEF MONTH 



in the Brethren Church 



Dear Brethren: 

April is the month for emphasis, education, appeal and offerings for 
Brethren World Relief. 

Materials sent to pastors: Every church has received a supply of 
two brochures, so that everyone in the congregation might have current 
information about the work of the World Relief Commission — the agency 
of NAE through which Brethren World Relief offerings reach those in 
need. 

One brochure is entitled, "One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" — 
giving facts and visual evidence of the great work God is doing through 
WRC with our money and prayers. The other brochure is called,, "Memory 
of Pakistani Faces Haunts K of P Relief Leader" and on the back, "The 
Bengali Refugees: A Surfeit of Woe" — a newspaper report and pictures 
from Dr. Everett Graffam's travels. 

The Brethren Evangelist: Tivo issues of the Evangelist will carry 
World Relief information — the one you have in your hand, and the April 
8th issue. Each picture, each article, and each statistic carries a part of 
the story. It's a two-fold story. First, how much great good is being done 
both physically and spiritually with Brethren dollars. Secondly, how much 
there is to do yet and how we can help with increased giving and prayers. 

Finances: Over $7,500 was given for World Relief by Brethren in 1971 
— the highest year yet. Complete details appear in the April 8th 
Evangelist. More churches are becoming concerned and involved — some 
for the first time last year. These facts are encouraging. It looks good . . . 
but the needs look even greater, so we press for more sacrificial giving 
because we have so much to share (of our means and our faith) . 

First-hand report : As described elsewhere in this issue, I will be 
traveling to six countries in Southeast Asia with the World Relief Com- 
mission in April, gathering current information and pictures of the relief 
work. Monday night of General Conference I'll show slide pictures of 
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines. 

Take a close look on these pages at all there is to see and "feel." You 
can help. Give through your church or, if you are a non-resident member, 
send a contribution directly to our committee treasurer, Mr. George Kerlin. 

Thanks for your help and emphasis and prayers. 
Signed: Pastor Phil Lersch, for the Brethren 
World Relief Committee 

(Mrs.) Bonnie Summy 
(Mrs.) Joan Bowers 
(Mrs.) Helen Dickso?i 
Mr. George Kerlin, treas. 



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FLORIDA REFLECTIONS 



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SUNSHINE, WARMTH, waving palm trees, the roar 
of the surf, birth, death, joy, sorrow, affluency, 
poverty, loneliness . . . these all go to make up the 
city and county of Sarasota, Florida. This article sum- 
marizes the writer's thoughts and feelings upon his 
return from a two-week visit to Sarasota as part of his 
Seminary Studies. 

The writer became acutely aware of the vision that 
Reverend Fred C. Vanator, Pastor Emeritus of the 
Sarasota Brethren Church, had and still has for God's 
work in the Sarasota area. Rev. Vanator saw the need 
and moved forward to form the church with the help 
of his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mohler, his daughter 
and son-in-law. He stepped aside 2 years later as another 
pastor took over the role of leadership; however, Rev- 
erend Fred remained active as the founder with the 
vision and spent much time before the Lord seeking 
His will for the church. 

Twelve years ago another man of vision, Reverend 
J. D. Hamel, was called to be the pastor. He too saw 
the vision — that of presenting Jesus Christ to everyone. 
The culmination of this vision in spiritual as well as 
physical results can be seen each Lord's day at 150 
North Shade Street in Sarasota and throughout the city 
the rest of the week. 



These results were possible because of men anc 
women of God seeking His will for their lives and follow 
ing the commission of God to present the Word to all 
This vision became a reality as a result of much prayei 
plus the outreach of radio for six years and the tele 
vision program which has helped put the Gospel o 
Jesus Christ before the people of the Sarasota area. 

This writer was invited by several laymen the thin 
day he was in Sarasota to go calling with them, whicl 
he readily accepted. The church has grown because tlw 
people are serving God by serving the people of Sara 
sota. Community involvement with good spiritual foot 
has been the key. Christianity is Love, Concern am 
Compassion for your brother or sister be they white 
black, brown, red or yellow. 



Bole RuLon is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Lctwrenc 
RuLon of Waterloo, Iowa. He attended grad 
school and high school in Waterloo graduating | 
1953. He entered Ashland College in Septembe 
of 1953 and graduated with a B.S. degree in Edu 
cation. Before entering Ashland Theological Sem t 
inary where he is presently a student he taugh 
school in Wadsworth, Ohio. 

He is presently serving as pastor of the Sidliva 
Christian Church in Sullivan, Ohio. 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



March 25, 1972 



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3SETHREN REFUGEE AID 
INCLUDES $5,000 TO PRESS 
U.S. ACTION ON PAKISTAN 

Elgin, III. (EP) — Allocation of 
539,500 for aid to East Pakistani 
e-fugees in India was voted here 
by the Church of the Brethren. 

The denomination's General Board 
itipulated that $5,000 of the sum 
inay be used domestically in 
;ittemps to assist the refugees; 
|hrough diplomatic channels. 
| It would implement Brethren 
fforts to have the United States 
ncrease the aid to the 10 million 
efugees who have fled to India, 
uspend military aid to the govern- 
nent of Pakistan, and to work for 
lolitical stability in East Pakistan. 



JALF OF COLLEGIANS USED 
j'OT— GALLUP POLL 

Princeton, N.J. (EP) - - The num- 
er of college students in the U.S. 
f/ho have used marijuana is increas- 
ig, according to the Gallup Poll 
/hich sets the current percentage 
t 51 among those who have used 
he drug once. 

j Only 5 per cent of all college 
Students said they tried marijuana 
/hen the Gallup college drug survey 
'as started in 1967. By 1969, the 
igure had climbed to 22 per cent, 
.etween 1969 and 1970, percentage 
lmost doubled, from 22 to 42 per 
ent. 

Latest findings showed that the 
reat majority of marijuana "triers" 
rere recent users. Of the 51 per cent 
mo tried marijuana, four out of 
ive had used the drug within the 
ast year; three out of five within 
he last 30 days. The latter groups 
laid they used the drug an average 
f nine times a month. 

The survey results are based on 
ersonal interviews conducted in 
Tovember and December with 1,063 
ollege and university students on 
7 campuses. 



TRUTH OF TRUTHS' A MAJOR 
HIT: ROCK OPERA 
FAITHFUL TO BIBLE 

Hollywood, Calif. (EP) -- For five 
years Ray Ruff wanted to tell the 
biblical story in a "contemporary 
pop" album. 

The producer of popular records 
almost abandoned his project when 
"Jesus Christ Superstar" appeared 
in 1970. But he went ahead and re- 
sponse to the resulting "Truth of 
Truths" — while not making the press 
splash of "Superstar" — has more 
than justified his persistence. 

"Truth of Truths," a two-record 
album, is increasingly being played 
in its entirety on radio stations. Big 
name singers have asked for per- 
mission to record individual songs 
and youth interest is soaring. 

Like "Superstar," Mr. Ruff's work 
is a "rock opera." But there the 
similarities stop. "Truth of Truths" 
covers the whole Bible — from Crea- 
tion to Revelation. And it stays 
extremely close to the scriptural 
texts. 

BANGLADESH TO BE SECULAR 

COUNTRY— NOT MUSLIM 

New Delhi (EP) — The People's 
Republic of Bangladesh — the world's 
139th independent nation — intends to 
be a secular country, and does not 
wish to be known as a Muslim coun- 
try, according to the deputy chief 
of the Bangladesh mission here. 

Mr. Jayuddin told newsmen that, 
although Bangladesh — formerly 
East Pakistan — has "the second 
largest Muslim population in the 
world," the new nation stands for 
"democracy, socialism, and equal 
opportunity for all, irrespective of 
religion or caste." 

About 89 per cent of Bangladesh's 
estimated 75 million people are 
Muslim. Bengalis make up 60 per 
cent of the population. 

The name Bengal is derived from 
the ancient kingdom of Benga, first 
mentioned in Sanskrit literature 
thousands of years ago. 



YOUNG DOPE ADDICT DIES 

AFTER WRITING 
KING HEROIN PSALM' 

Reidsville, N.C. (EP) — A tragic, 
twisted rewording of the 23rd Psalm 
was found in a closed car here beside 
a dead heroin addict. She was 23. 

Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. of North 
Carolina inserted the dead girl's 
message in the Congressional 
Record: 

"King Heroin is my shepherd, I 
shall always want. He maketh me 
to he down in the gutters. 

"He leadeth me beside the troubled 
waters. He destroyeth my soul. 

"He leadeth me in the paths of 
wickedness. 

"Yea, I shall walk through the 
valley of poverty and will fear no 
evil, for thou, Heroin, are with me. 

"Thy Needle and Capsule comfort 
me. Thou strippest the table of 
groceries in the presence of my 
family. Thou robbest my head of 
reason. 

"My cup of sorrow runneth over. 
Surely heroin addiction shall stalk 
me all the days of my life and I will 
dwell in the House of the Damned 
forever." 

Also found in the car with the 
dead woman was this written 
message: 

"Jail didn't cure me. Nor did 
hospitalization help me for long. The 
doctor told my family it would have 
been better, and indeed kinder, if 
the person who got me hooked on 
dope had taken a gun and blown my 
brains out. And I wish to God he 
had. My God, how I wish it." 

ALL NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL 
FOR POWs PRAISED 

Washington, D.C. (EP) - - An all- 
night prayer vigil being held Friday 
evenings at the First Church of the 
Open Bible in Ottumwa, Iowa, was 
cited on the floor of the House of 
Representatives as "an example 
for all." 

The emphasis of the vigils is on 
prayer that American prisoners of 
war and missing in action will be 
released, Rep. John H. Kyi (R. - 
Iowa), a Presbyterian, told his 
colleagues. "I have been inspired and 
gratified by the concern of the 
American people in the plight of our 
men in prisoner of war camps," he 
said. 



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FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA 

GREETINGS from the Falls City Brethren! May the 
Lord Bless all of you during this entire year! 

We feel that the Holy Spirit is working in our church, 
and we were blessed by twenty new members in 1971. 
We pray for many more in 1972! May all our Brethren 
grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior! 

We have an afternoon study club and prayer meeting 
in the homes. It is progressing nicely, and we are pray- 
ing for more to attend. The evening prayer meetings 
are he'd either in the church or in homes. 

W.M.S. women are busy in their work. We have a 
nice showing on our bandages and ulcer pads. February, 
the month of hearts, has been the date of the W.M.S. 
Annual Birthday Party, and this year it was held on 
February 20. One hundred guests attended the dinner 
and program. Members of the First Brethren Church 
of Morrill, Kansas were guests and assisted with the 
program. Each person contributed a penny for each year 
of their age, and this money is used as a church im- 
provement fund. 

Rev. Elmer Keck offered grace preceeding the meal. 
Birthday cakes decorated the many tables. Need I say 
"all enjoyed a bountiful meal?" 

The theme of our program was, "Midland Hall of 
Fame coming from southeast Nebraska and northeast 
Kansas. At our program we were visited by "Minnie 
Pearl" — Mrs. Gene McGinnis; Bob Wissinger as 
"Liberace"; a number of recitations; a duet by the 
"Gold Dust Twins" — Mrs. Harvey Hinz and Mrs. James 
Reiger; musical duet by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Landes 
and a so'o by John Eisenbise, "How Great Thou Art." 
The Junior and Primary Department entertained with 
songs. "Liberace's piano students each had a solo, and 
we were visited by "Junior Samples" — James Reiger; 
Lester Peck as "Grandpa Jones" and the "Culhane 
family" — Mrs. James Reiger, Lester Peck, Gene Killings- 
worth and James Reiger. 

Charles Stednitz and Mrs. Ella Peck were honored as 
birthday king and queen of 1972. They received a 
boutonniere and corsage. We were so royally enter- 
tained that we are all ready looking forward to next 
year's Birthday Party. 

New draperies have been installed at the parsonage, 
a new double sink and new cupboards have been in- 
stared in the church basement. These new additions 
are a great improvement and are truly appreciated. 

Our church will be host to the World Day of Prayer 
on March 3. Mrs. Keck is chairman in charge. There 
will be three sessions at 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m. 

Lenten breakfasts each Wednesday morning are being 
well attended by the Laymen. 

May there be a spirit of revival in all our churches 
during this new year. 

Corresponding Secretary 
Ethyl Schroedl 






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ST. LOUIS. MISSOURI 

SPEAKERS 

DR. CLYDE W. TAYLOR 

General Director, NAE 

International Secretary, World Evangelical Fellowship 

REV. CECIL B. KNIGHT 

Assistant General Overseer, 

Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee 

DR. HUDSON T. ARMERDING 

President, NAE 

President, Wheaton College 

DR. HAROLD J. OCKENGA 

President, Gordon College and Gordon Conwell Seminary 

REV. DAVID WILKERSON 

David Wilkerson Crusades 

Author 

DR. ROBERT N. THOMPSON, M.P. 

Member of Parliament, Canada 

President, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada 

DR. GEORGE SWEETING 

President, Moody Bible Institute 

CONVENTION THEME 

PLAN NOW TO 
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Write for information 
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OPERATION: "SOMEBODY CARES 11 



"TtiE PITTSBURGH BYC introduced a new experi- 
1 ment entitled "Somebody Cares." Their experience 
is shared here to encourage others to develop new 
[programs. 

"We mailed comic type booklets from Chick Publica- 
tions with a real gospel message to three hundred homes 
: in our area. One mailing each week for four weeks with 
two booklets in each envelope went out except the fourth 
llveek which included a Four Spiritual Laws tract from 
ampus Crusade for Christ, a pamphlet introducting 
>ur church and ministry and a Survey Card with ques- 
:ions on it. Some of the questions were: Did you enjoy 
he booklets? Did you understand the message? Did 
yon accept Jesus Christ as Savior? The response was 
^ery encouraging. Approximately 10% of the Survey 
"ards were returned. About 80% of these answered 
yes" to all the questions and many wrote comments 
tating how much they enjoyed the booklets and several 
requested visits. 



"This fits in well with our church ministry. Adult 
teams will visit these homes where a hunger for God's 
word was expressed. I feel sure we have found a method 
for picking out the "ripe fruit" in our Lord's vineyard 
and am hopeful this new door may lead us into a pros- 
perous ministry here at Pittsburgh. 

"I will be glad to give complete details such as the 
expense, work involved, etc. to anyone that may be 
interested." 

The following poem was read by a BYCer from Pitts- 
burgh at the Rally-Retreat at Vandergrift for the Cele- 
bration hour to explain what the youth at Pittsburgh 
had done in Operation: Somebody Cares." 



At this rally we assemble, 

as contented Brethren Youth. 
In other places many tremble, 

And are asking "What Is Truth." 
These times in which we're living, 

Many running "to and fro," 
Grabbing all this world is giving, 

And not caring what they sow. 
But now we ask these questions, 

As true Christians, do we share? 
Do we give hope in our suggestions? 

Does anyone really care? 
Our pastors keep proclaiming, 

You must witness, you must go. 
There is one thing yet remaining, 

That's your answer, yes or no. 
Just a crumb from Jesus' table, 

Is sufficient for their need, 
We know our youth are able, 

To sow the gospel seed. 
Recently a new experiment, 

Has brought us much delight. 
We have renewed excitement, 

As the blind receive their sight. 
Three hundred homes were challenged, 

With our booklets of "Good News." 
It didn't take much talent, 

Just our time for God to use. 
Many persons made decisions, 

And have mailed us their reply. 
Yes, Jesus is their reason, 

"Eternal Life," they will not die. 
If you would like to be a witness, 

But not certain "how or where," 
We'll "display" if you will let us, 

Operation "somebody cares." 

Pittsburgh BYC 
John E. Lynch, 
Youth Superintendent 
430 South Evaline St. 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224 






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CASSETTES 

ADDED 

TO THE 

AUDIO-VISUAL 

LIBRARY! 



The following cassettes have been added to the Board 
of Christian Education rental library and are available 
upon at least two weeks notice for $1.00 each. Please 
send your name, address, date of showing, catalog num- 
ber and title/s of cassettes you desire along with second 
and third choices if possible. 



C3-13 Session One — Basic Principles for Interpreting 
the Bible 

Session Two — God the Creator 

This cassette is in the Foundation for Practical 
Faith: A Layman's Theology series and has a 
manual with study questions. 

CS-14 Session Three — Jesus Christ: Lord and 
Redeemer 
Session Four — The Holy Spirit and the Church 

This cassette is in the Foundation for Practical 
Faith: A Layman's Theology series and has a 
manual with study questions. 

CS-15 Session Five — The Christian Understanding 
Of Man 

Session Six — Faith 
This cassette is in the Foundation for Practical 
Faith: A Layman's Theology series and has a 
manual with study questions. 

CS-16 Session Seven — Why Do Innocent People Suffer 
Session Eight — Eternal Life 

This cassette is in the Foundation for Practical 
Faith: A Layman's Theology series and has a 
manual with study questions. 

CS-17 Side 1— Who Is Jesus Christ For Us Today? is 

an honest look at the historical Jesus in the 
light of our contemporary way of thinking 
about reality. 

Side 2 — Fundamentals Of A Sharing Group con- 
sists of a panel discussion on the basic princi- 
ples in starting a small group. 

CS-18 Side 1— How Do You Speak Of God In The 
Modern World? is a candid dialogue on relating 
God to contemporary life. 

Side 2 — Basic Principles Of Group Life is a 

panel discussion on fundamental group tenets. 



CS -19 Side 1— What's All The Confusion About The 
Holy Spirit? an interview with a seminary 
professor and a Church of God minister, deals 
with the confusing aspects of the Holy Spirit. 

Side 2 — Identity Of A Group explores the unifi- 
cation of the various members of the group. 



CS-20 Side 1— -Can The Church Continue? is an inter- 
view with William S. Taegel, minister of an! 
experimental church seeking to rediscover New' 
Testament guidelines for contemporary form; 
and mission. 

Side 2 — Conversational Prayer is a discussion 
and demonstration of this unique way oJ 
prayer in small groups. 



CS-21 Side 1— Does God Speak Through A Book 2,<MH 
Years Old? explores the question of how tht 
Bible becomes the living word of God in oui 
day. 

Side 2 — The Communications Problems in smal 
groups is explored. 



CS 22 Side 1— Am I An Alien or a Citizen of ThL< 
World? - A seminary professor and a busines.' 
man discuss the meaning of being a citizen o 
the world and at the same time a citizen o 
the Kingdom of God. 

Side 2 — The Leadership Crisis focuses on a dis 
cussion of the role of the leader, the person o 
the leader, and the leader's functions. 



CS-23 Side 1— Is God In Everything? Virginia La\' 
shares her own experience in the tragic losj 
of her husband as a martyr in the Congo. 

Side 2 — Typical Group Problems - The pant i J 
discusses typical problems which groups musjj 
face. 



CS-24 Side 1— The Lay Apostolate - Rev. Claxtoi 
Monro discusses the meaning of the la: 
apostolate for this day, how it functions in h:j 
church, and the challenge of the renewal <1 
the church through the renewal of the lait;; 

Side 2— The Nurture of Small Groups - D 

Samuel Emerick, Director of the Yorkfellow 
Institute, discusses how outstanding layme I 
and sensitive ministers can insure the eonti 
ued life and growth of small groups. 



CS-25 Side 1— What About My Future? - The questicj 
of eternal life is discussed by Dr. Ed Bauma 
creater of the Bible Telecast Series. 

Side 2 — The Reasons For Being - The thesis I 
this interview is that unless a group finds 
reason for being beyond itself, it is destini 1 
to die. 



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Side 1— God Can Use A Man's Life - The affir- 
mation that God can use a man's life is docu- 
mented in the personal witness of Mr. Milford 
Chewning, a man whom God has thrust out 
across America to bring men and women into 
a new life with Jesus Christ. 

Side 2 — Growth In Groups is an interview with 
Betty Johnson and Pearl Glover after their 
experience at the Reuel Howe Institute near 
Birmingham, Michigan. 



Side 1 — How Does God Make A Family Life 

Meaningful - The answer to meaningful fam- 
ily life is documented in the actual experiences 
of a family seeking to live life under God. 



Side 2 — Power of the Koinonia in the Group - 

Chuck Carpenter describes from his own en- 
counters what the power of the fellowship in 
a small group has meant to him and dozens of 
persons in his community. 



CS-28 Side 1— How Does A Christian Handle Anger? - 

Dr. Lila Bonner Miller, a group specialist and 
psychiatrist, explores how anger can be 
handled in groups as well as in life. 

Side 2 — The Vision For Groups - Ben Johnson 
indicates both the pitfalls and the possibilities 
for small group life in a discussion which will 
be decidedly beneficial to a group in search of 
life's meaning. 



MOTIVATED MEN 








}•-..*. 



LARRY R. BAKER 



LARRY R. BAKER 23, is a middler at Ashland 
Theological Seminary from Papago Park 
Brethren Church in Tempe, Arizona. Larry has 
been a member of the Brethren Church for four- 
teen years. He was active in many organizations 
during his four years at Scottsdale High School. 
Some of his activities included president of the 
National Honor Society, Spanish Club and March- 
ing Band. Larry also served as Sunday School 
Superintendent and Brethren Youth President. 
In college, Larry majored in English and was a 
member of Phi Sigma at Arizona State Univer- 
sity. He serves on the Library Committee at 
Ashland Theological Seminary where he is major- 
ing in Christian Education. 

Larry is married to the former Candace Dick- 
son, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Duane Dick- 
son. Candi is a social worker for the Headstart 
Program in Ashland. She enjoys art, sewing and 
journalism. The Bakers have two children, 
Jennifer Christine, 3, who attends Headstart and 
Jason Robert born October 4, 1971. 

Larry is presently employed at Archway 
Cookies and Minister of Christian Education at 
Park Street Brethren Church in Ashland. Larry 
plans to enter the pastoral ministry after gradu- 
ation in January of 1974. 



Page Ten 



The Brethren Evangelist, 



MISSIONARY 

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Total Church Offerings 

Individual Contributions 

Bequests 

Dividend and Interest Income 

Memorial Gifts 

General Conference Offering 

District & National Organizations 

TOTAL 







Cal. Yr. 


1968-1969 


1969-1970 


1971 


$ 96,826 


$132,874 


$141,839 


2,305 


1,448 


3,977 


1,502 • 


1,100 


2,282 


1,341 


4,324 


3,104 


220 


951 


753 


3,474 


- 


3,736 


29,720 


10,137 


6,998 



$135,388 



$150,886 



$162,689 



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1. Ashland, Park Street, Ohio $9,492 

2. Berlin, Pennsylvania 8,342 

3. Vinco, Pennsylvania 6,516 

4. North Manchester, Indiana 6,339 

5. New Lebanon, Ohio 6,134 



6. Pleasant Hill, Ohio 

7. Sarasota, Florida 

8. Waterloo, Iowa 

9. Goshen, Indiana 
10. Smithville. Ohio 



$5,769 
5,247 
4,839 
4,702 
4,295 



The change in the denomination's fiscal year to coincide with the calendar year 
will show differences in proportion of giving as compared to other years. It is evi- 
dent that some listings are extremely high and others rather low; and yet we must 
honestly comment that a Faith Promise program established in some churches has 
helped to establish a new high in some local giving. These differences will reflect 
only in this year of change-over and a new pattern of disbursements from local 
churches will emerge in the near future. 











Cal. Yr 


CHURCH 


LOCATION 


1968-1969 


1969-1970 


1971 


Southeastern District 










Bethlehem 


Harrisonburg, Va. 


$ 728 


$ 664 


$2,084 


Chandon 


Herndon, Va. 





29 


205 


Cumberland 


Cumberland, Md. 


6 


15 


16 


Gatewood 


Fayetteville, W. Va. 


50 


50 


50 


Haddix 


Haddix, Ky. 


60 


47 


60 


Hagerstown 


Hagerstown, Md. 


2,258 


1,754 


2,556 


Kimsey Run 


Kimsey Run, W. Va. 











Liberty 


Quicksburg, Va. 


3 


26 


2 



arch 25, 


1972 










Page Eleven 




Linwood 


Linwood, Md. 


156 


256 


270 






Lost Creek 


Lost Creek, Ky. 


107 


112 


62 






Mathias 


Mathias, W. Va. 


170 


348 


714 






Maurertown 


Maurertown, Va. 


794 


918 


768 






Mt. Olive 


Pineville, Va. 


346 


349 


968 






Oak Hill 


Oak Hill, W. Va. 


222 


110 


385 






Rowdy 


Rowdy, Ky. 





25 


11 






St. James 


St. James, Md. 


766 


987 


905 






St. Luke 


Woodstock, Va. 


22 


67 


47 






Washington 


Washington, D. C. 


381 


1,405 


1,589 






Pennsylvania District 














Berlin 


Berlin, Pa. 


$4,036* 


$4,275* 


$8,342* 






Brush Valley 


Adrian, Pa. 


90 


175 


360 






Calvary 


Pittstown, N. J. 


57 


74 


27 






Cameron 


Cameron, W. Va. 


64 


32 









Conemaugh 


Conemaugh, Pa. 


205 


205 


155 






Fairless Hills-Levittown 


Levittown, Pa. 


403 


502 


1,055 






Highland 


Marianna, Pa. 


150 


350 


420 






Johnstown (First) 


Johnstown, Pa. 


688 


750 


463 






Johnstown (Second) 


Johnstown, Pa. 


233 


737 


474 






Johnstown (Third) 


Johnstown, Pa. 


69 


1,806 


880 






Masontown 


Masontown, Pa. 


73 


3,048 


3,545 






Meyersdale 


Meyersdale, Pa. 


86 


65 


100 






Mt. Olivet 


Georgetown, Del. 


176 


120 


54 






Mt. Pleasant 


Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 















Pittsburgh 


Pittsburgh, Pa. 


39 


249 


613 






Quiet Dell 


Cameron, W. Va. 


21 


16 









Raystown 


Saxton, Pa. 


120 


198 









Sergeantsville 


Sergeantsville, N.J. 


502 


384 


365 






Valley Church 


Jones Mills, Pa. 


33 


46 


39 






Vandergrift 


Vandergrift, Pa. 


926 


1,478 


3,556 






Vinoo 


Mineral Point, Pa. 


5,321* 


5,269* 


6,516* 






Waynesboro 


Waynesboro, Pa. 


232 


296 


566 






White Dale 


Terra Alta, W. Va. 


76 


114 


25 






Ohio District 














Akron 


Akron, Ohio 


$ 372 


$ 224 


$ 100 






Ashland, Park Street 


Ashland, Ohio 


5,075* 


7,795* 


9,492* 






Canton 


Canton, Ohio 


1,608 


1,652 


2,021 






Columbus (Co-operative, 


Columbus, Ohio 


64 


26 


56 






Dayton 


Dayton, Ohio 


1,750 


2,327 


1,991 






Fremont 


Fremont, Ohio 


9 


266 


550 






Garber 


Ashland, Ohio 


214 


18 


106 






Glenford 


Glenford, Ohio 


55 


52 


27 






Gratis 


Gratis, Ohio 


422 


746 


1,133 






Gretna 


Bellefontaine, Ohio 


1,320 


1,058 


2,764 






Louisville 


Louisville, Ohio 


2,918 


2,453 


3,896 






Massillon 


Massillon, Ohio 


224 


47 


15 






Newark 


Newark, Ohio 


249 


189 


305 






New Lebanon 


New Lebanon, Ohio 


3,955* 


6,628* 


6,134* 






North Georgetown 


North Georgetown, Ohio 


233 


217 


231 






Pleasant Hill 


Pleasant Hill, Ohio 


450 


3,874 


5,769* 






Smithville 


Smithville, Ohio 


4,104* 


6,282* 


4,295* 






Walcrest 


Mansfield, Ohio 


164 


96 


75 






West Alexandria 


West Alexandria, Ohio 


917 


1,596 


70 






Williamstown 


Williamstown, Ohio 


230 


249 









Indiana District 














Ardmore 


South Bend, Ind. 


$ 387 


$1,117 


$ 967 






Brighton 


Howe, Ind. 


127 


242 


200 






Bryan 


Bryan, Ohio 


2,091 


2,065 


2,958 






Burlington 


Burlington, Ind. 


585 


1,231 


1,600 






Center Chapel 


Peru, Ind. 


187 


79 


122 






College Corner 


Wabash, Ind. 


153 


205 


256 






Corinth 


Twelve Mile, Ind. 


218 


270 


431 





Page Twelve 










The Breth 




County Line 


LaPaz, Ind. 


583 


345 


664 




Denver 


Denver, Ind. 


95 


147 


152 




Dutchtown 


Warsaw, Ind. 


27 


114 


412 




Elkhart 


Elkhart, Ind. 


6,280* 


5,826* 


3,109* 




Elkhart, 


Elkhart, Ind. 


403 


131 


70 




Winding Waters 












Flora 


Flora, Ind. 


851 


1,492 


1,339 




Fort Wayne 


Fort Wayne, Ind. 




44 


49 




( Crestwood ) 












Goshen 


Goshen, Ind. 


5,213* 


3,655 


4,702* 




Huntington 


Huntington, Ind. 


369 


298 


283 




Jefferson 


Goshen, Ind. 


250 


1,069 


1,445 




Kokomo 


Kokomo, Ind. 


558 


1,030 


586 




Loree 


Bunker Hill, Ind. 


3,054* 


4,658* 


1,003 




Matteson 


Bronson, Mich. 








41 




Mexico 


Peru, Ind. 


442 


478 


216 




Milford 


Milford, Ind. 


548 


1,343 


1,361 




Mishawaka 


Mishawaka, Ind. 


262 


298 


74 




Muneie 


Muneie, Ind. 


359 


419 


921 




Nappanee 


Nappanee, Ind. 


4,770* 


5,565* 


3,448 




New Paris 


New Paris, Ind. 


4,451* 


9,738* 


4,019 




North Liberty 


North Liberty, Ind. 


. 821 


700 


1,122 




North Manchester 


North Manchester, Ind. 


2,418 


6,907* 


6,339* 




Oakville 


Oakville, Ind. 


1,650 


1,333 


1,074 




Peru 


Peru, Ind. 


49 


72 


107 




Roann 


Roann, Ind. 


1,533 


1,878 


2,731 




Roanoke 


Roanoke, Ind. - 


58 


135 


45 




South Bend 


South Bend, Ind. 


1,074 


84 


1,366 




Teegarden 


Teegarden, Ind. 


679 


274 


430 




Tiosa 


Rochester, Ind. 


1,116 


828 


283 




Wabash 


Wabash, Ind. 


486 


858 


297 




Warsaw 


Warsaw, Ind. 


762 


857 


1,097 




Central District 












Cedar Falls 


Cedar Falls, Iowa 


$ 10 


$ 377 


$ 234 




Cerro Gordo 


Cerro Gordo, Illinois 


209 


88 


61 




Lanark 


Lanark, Illinois 


1,239 


1,328 


943 




Milledgeville 


Milledgeville, Illinois 


1,903 


2,249 


3,384 




Udell 


Udell, Iowa 


292 


269 


100 




Waterloo 


Waterloo, Iowa 


1,674 


2,977 


4,839* 




Midwest District 












Carleton 


Carleton, Nebr. 


$ 13 


$ 15 


$ 2 




Cheyenne 


Cheyenne, Wyo. 


6 


56 


48 




Derby 


Derby, Kans. 


149 


256 


651 




Falls City 


Falls City, Nebr. 


319 


505 


394 




Fort Scott 


Fort Scott, Kans. 


189 










Morrill 


Morrill, Kans. 


23 


116 


157 




Mulvane 


Mulvane, Kans. 


460 


506 


289 




Northern California 












District 












Lathrop 


Lathrop, Calif. 


$ 170 


$ 516 


$ 546 




Manteca 


Manteca, Calif. 


306 


432 


1,017 




Stockton 


Stockton, Calif. 


26 


26 


103 




Southwestern District 












Papago Park 


Tempe, Ariz. 


29 


68 


67 




Tucson 


Tucson, Ariz. 


276 


307 


4,040 




Others 












St. Petersburg 


St. Petersburg, Fla. 


$ 186 


$ 206 


$ 271 




Sarasota 


Sarasota, Fla. 


2,405 


3,332 


5,247* 



Designates Top Ten Churches for each year. 



March 25, 1972 



Page Thirteen 



30th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET 
TO HIGHLIGHT NAE CONVENTION 



SOCIAL ILLS, EVANGELISM AND EDUCATION 

TO BE FOCUS OF NAE CONVENTION SEMINARS 

OCKENGA, W9LKERSON AMONG SEVEN 

TO ADDRESS 30th NAE CONVENTION 




WHEATON, ILL.— A 30th Anniversary Banquet fea- 
turing Dr. Harold J. Ockenga, president of Gordon 
College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary, as speaker will 
highlight a historic meeting of the National Association 
of Evangelicals in St. Louis, Missouri April 11-13. 

Ockenga, then pastor of Park Street Church in 
(Boston, gave one of the major addresses at NAE's first 
meeting in St. Louis, April 7-9, 1942. The three-million- 
member organization returns to that city to commem- 
orate three decades of service, convening under the 
theme, "By My Spirit." 

Since 1942, NAE has become the parent organization 
d f four national affiliates and eleven commissions, 
serving an estimated 10 to 11 million evangelicals. It 
has offices in six regions of the nation, an Office of 
Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. and headquarters 
n Wheaton, Illinois. More than 200 local and area 
associations have been established by members of the 
hational body which serve the local interests of 38,000 
member churches. 

NAE's Anniversary Convention will feature seven 
inajor speakers, including Dr. Harold J. Ockenga; Dr. 
blyde W. Taylor, general director of NAE and inter- 
national secretary of the World Evangelical Fellowship; 
Dr. Hudson T. Armerding, president of NAE and 
Wheaton College; Rev. Cecil B. Knight, assistant general 
bverseer of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tenn.; Rev. 
David Wilkerson of David Wilkerson Crusades and 
luithor of The Cross and the Switchblade; the Honorable 
Ftobert N. Thompson, Member of Parliament of Canada 
jind president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; 
,ind Dr. George Sweeting, president of Moody Bible 
institute. 



More than 60 commission sessions and workshops 
will offer the expected 1,500 delegates a wide range of 
resources for learning and fellowship in addition to 
business sessions of the general body. Several com- 
missions and affiliates will host special luncheons dur- 
ing the three-day affair, featuring such speakers as Rev. 
Bob Harrington, "Chaplain of Bourbon Street," and 
Rev. A. H. Orthner who will report on recent revivals 
in Canada. 

The meeting will attract some 62 exhibitors repre- 
senting the total spectrum of Christian ministries, in- 
cluding publishers, educators, missions agencies, and 
many independent organizations. 

The Evangelical Foreign Missions Association, NAE's 
missions affiliate, will hold its annual convention in 
conjunction with the NAE meeting. Dr. Peter Beyerhaus, 
professor of missions at Tubingen University (Germany) 
and architect of the Frankfurt Declaration, will speak 
to EFMA delegates on Tuesday. Dr. Ted Engstrom of 
World Vision, International, also will address the 
missions group. 

Three outstanding choirs will highlight evening ser- 
vices. Presenting 30 minutes of music each night will 
be Greenville College A Capella Choir, Greenville, 
Illinois; Concordia Seminary Chorus, St. Louis, 
Missouri; and Revivaltime Choir, Springfield, Missouri. 

Also meeting concurrently with the convention will 
be the Women's Fellowship of NAE, featuring as speak- 
er Mrs. Billie Davis, professor, University of Miami. 

Some 150 to 200 college and seminary students will 
be on hand to participate in seminar sessions. 



Special Note To All Congregations: No church can afford to hare their 
pastor miss the opportunities afforded by Pastors' Conference each year. 
Will you encourage your pastor (and wife) to attend 9 . Will you arrange 
for time off from pastoral responsibilities ? Will you assume costs involved 
including travel expense — an investment for spiritual renewal? 

SEE BACK COVER OF THIS ISSUE FOR HIGHLIGHTS 
OF THE PASTORS' CONFERENCE. 



Pas;e Fourteen 



The Brethren Evangelis 





MRS. MURIEL G. BOARDMAN 




MRS. MURIEL G. BOARDMAN, a member of the Brethren Church for 
over half a century, went to be with her Lord on January 30, 1972. 
She was the wife of the late Rev. Edwin Boardman, former pastor in the 
Brethren Church and Professor of Church History at Ashland Theological 
Seminary for nearly two decades. 

Sister Boardman entered into and contributed significantly to this min- 
istry with her warm personality and winsome ways. God had given her 
a talent to communicate her Christian faith and love both verbally and in 
writing. She used this talent joyfully and freely to the glory of Christ and 
the edification of the saints whenever and wherever she had opportunity. 

Her fine words of commendation and encouragement will long be re- 
membered by many of our pastors who passed through the seminary dur- 
ing the years the Boardmans were active in its ministry. 

She departed this life in quiet confidence, giving testimony to the same 
strong and vital faith by which she lived and served. 

Memorial services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. George W. 
Solomon with Dr. Charles R. Munson, a long-time friend and co-worker 
with the Boardmans, assisting. Her physical remains were laid to rest in 
the Ashland Cemetery. 



March 25, 1972 



Page Fifteen 



CHEEP ADVICE 




As life runs on, the road grows strange 
with faces new, and near the end . . . the 
milestones into headstones change, 'neath 
every one a friend. 

James Russell Lowell 

Early morning has gold in its mouth. 

The smallest deed is better than the 
grandest intention. 



How cruelly sweet are the echoes that 
start . . . when memory plays an old tune 
on the heart. 

Eliza Cook 

To talk with God no breath is lost- 
Talk on! 

To walk with God no strength is lost- 
Walk on! 

To wait on God — no time is lost- 
Wait on! 

from The Pastor's Helper 
Hagerstown, Md. 

The man who gets ahead is the one who 
does more than is necessary — and keeps 
on doing it. 

A leader has two important character- 
istics: first, he is going somewhere; sec- 
ond, he is able to take other people with 
him. 



GOOD MORNING, LORD! 



What's the best way to begin a new day? Many people 
aave many different ideas, but one of the best ways 
o begin a new day is to buy and read a small new 
/olume which you will find on the shelves at your 
brethren Bookstores. It's from a series entitled, Good 
Morning Lord! And once you pick it up you will find it 
Jiifficult to put down. The five books in this series go 
Ear to cover the need for devotionals for those who live 
n today's world — those who have but a few minutes to 
jlevote to this important aspect of their lives before the 
lemands of the busy world take over. The devotionals 
ire all brief — one page 1 — and to the point ; they speak the 
language of and deal with subjects that are of special 
Interest to the group for which they are intended. They 
jneet a real need for setting the course for the day, with 
Sod as the guide. There is Good Morning, Lord! — 
devotional for teens. There is Good Morning, Lord!— 
pevotional for college students, another one with 
levotions for women, still another with devotions for 
pveryday living, and also Good Morning Lord! — devo- 
iionals for servicemen which makes a splendid gift for 
he one in uniform. 

These are available at the Brethren Bookstore, 524 
College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805 at $1.95 each. 
3 ostage paid on orders accompanied with payment. 
Residents of Ohio add $ .09 sales tax. 




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Page Sixteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



HISTORY OF 



THE WASHINGTON BRETHREN CHURCH 



The beginnings of the Washington Brethren Church 
go back to 1892, when Reverend William Lyon came 
to Washington as the first Brethren "home missionary." 
Unfortunately, on two different occasions a large part 
of the work was lost to other groups, and the present 
congregation dates from April 1942. 

The first service was held on an April Sunday morn- 
ing, at Friendship House, a municipal community center 
near 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue southeast, with 86 
earnest Brethren present. The following Sunday, under 
local leadership, there were 94 in Sunday School and 80 
in the morning worship service. That evening, Reverend 
J. Ray Klingensmith, then secretary of the Mission 
Board, preached for us. For the next six months he 
served as temporary pastor while continuing his work 
for the Mission Board. 

By the fall of 1942 the work had developed sufficiently 
that Reverend Clarence Fairbanks was called as pastor, 
remaining in this post until November 1952. 



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Basement unit at completion, 19 k8 



Because of World War II, which was in progress in 
1942, we were unable to have a building of our own 
until the basement unit was completed in December 
1948. Until that time, except for an occasional special 
purpose, all services continued to be held at Friendship 
House, and this made growth difficult. For example, 
municipal regulations required that we not visit in the 
neighborhood to invite people to attend any of our ser- 
vices. Membership was scattered, and gas rationing 
hindered even interested members from attendance. 

Following Reverend Fairbanks, the following have 
served as pastors: 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, 

January 1953 - August 1956 
Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, 

September 1956 - September 1962 
Rev. Jerry R. Flora, November 1962 - June 1969 
Rev. Robert L. Keplinger, July 1969 to date. 
As each of these pastors left for other work (Rev. 
Klingensmith and Dr. Shultz to the Seminary, and Rev. 
Flora for further studies), it was felt that it would be 
difficult to replace him, but God has been good in send- 



ing an excellent replacement each time. Each of our 
pastors has made his own special contribution to the 
spiritual development of the members and the growth 
of the church. 

Our present "Pastor Bob" Keplinger has proved to 
be a most active minister. In addition to the expected 
services of worship (sermons and Bible studies, music, 
etc.) he manages to make an astonishing number of 
"house calls," and this pastoral visitation contributes 
much to the success of his work. 

Some one has described present day America as "a 
nation on the move." No where is this more true than 
in Washington. Servicemen, and their families, come 
and go — and sometimes even come again. So do govern- 
ment personnel. Even people in private employment 
find that their work takes them elsewhere. As a result 
of such factors, our membership is constantly changing. 
It has now been nearly 30 years since the congregation 
was established (generally regarded as about the span 
of a "generation"), and in recent years a considerable 
number of the "first generation" (the charter members) 
have died. 

There is a very real opportunity for Christian service 
here. The neighborhood itself has made some remark- 
able changes in the 23 years since the basement unit was 
built. Until just before that time, Branch Avenue 
(alongside the church) was unpaved and closed to 
traffic, and there were very few houses within several 
squares of the church. Most of the members "com 
muted" to the church from suburbs 5 to 25 miles awaj 
in all directions. 

Ju^t about the time the basement unit was built, sur' 
prisingly, Branch Avenue was paved and sewer became 
available. Previously, we had been told sewer could noij 
be available for a long time — if ever! 

After this there was very little change until aboui' 
five years ago, when hundreds of houses were built ir 



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March 25, 1972 

the immediate vicinity, and a shopping center was 
developed almost across the street from the church. With 
few exceptions, these houses were purchased by black 
people. Technically, our community is now "integrated," 
but in fact it is mostly black. 

The congregation readily "adjusted" to the changed 
situation. The community has been canvassed a number 
of times, inviting all to worship with us. Not too many 
of our black neighbors have seemed interested in the 
Brethren church, but it is believed that we do have their 
respect and confidence. We also have about 25 ( ? ?) 
black children and several fine black teachers in our 
Sunday School, 10 (??) black members of the church, 
a number of black singers in our choir, with some addi- 
tional black adults in fairly regular attendance at our 
worship services. Air Force Major Robert Trout (black) 
is vice-moderator of the church, and a member of the 
National Mission Board. 



Page Seventeen 

REV. ROBERT KEPLINGER 




Seated: Roger Geaslen, Moderator 
Standing: Robert Trout, Vice Moderator 



If the work "black" seems to have been over-used in 
j:he preceding paragraph, it has been to describe the 
make-up of the present congregation to outsiders. It 
ban truthfully be said that within the congregation there 
[s no distinction as to color: One is our Master, and all 
J3f us are brethren! 

Quite properly, our interests have not been confined 
o our local congregation. For example, the W.M.S. has 
collected and shipped clothing to Kentucky and other 
upplies to Africa. The Sunday School has supported 
in orphan over-seas. Both the Sunday School and the 

aymen have provided some financial assistance to our 
Seminary students. In addition, the Laymen have con- 
lucted each month for many years one of the regular 
evening services at the principal "rescue mission" in 
lown town Washington. The church has cooperated 
vith the District Mission Board in establishing the 
I!handon church and, this past summer, has been trying 
o get another mission started. 

Like the book of Acts, this letter has no formal end- 
ng: It is hoped that the work will just keep going on 

. . and on! 




PASTOR ROBERT KEPLINGER of the Washington 
Brethren Church is a young man with a new lease 
on life and a continued determination to live that life 
for Christ and the Church. 

Bob was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1929, the son of a 
Brethren family, reared in the circle of the First 
Brethren Church there, and made his confession of 
faith in that church at the age of seven years. Educated 
in the Dayton schools he was graduated from Fairview 
High in 1947, and continued to Ashland College, receiv- 
ing his Bachelor of Arts in 1951 and then to Ashland 
Theological Seminary where he was granted the 
Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1954. 

During his undergraduate years he was active in 
the youth work of the denomination touring from 
coast to coast with the original Ambassador Quartette. 
During his studies at the Seminary he began his min- 
istry at Canton Trinity where he continued to minister 
for the next ten years. During these years, too, he was 
married to Delores Thomas, from our Johnstown III 
church, who had been a fellow student at Ashland 
College and who was graduated with a Bachelor of 
Music degree. The family is now augmented by two 
sons, Thomas Lowell, now age 15, and Charles Everett, 
born in 1961. 

In 1963 Bob was called to the Fairless Hills Brethren 
Church, in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where he served 
for six years and in 1969 was called to Washington to 
minister to the Brethren there. 

Both Bob and Dee, his good wife, have been active 
in denominational work as they have served their 
church. Dee's field has been music and the Sisterhood, 
which she has served as National Patroness for many 
years. She is also a member of Central Council as their 
representative. 

Bob was elected Secretary of the Conference in 1968 
after serving several years as Assistant Secretary, 
Moderator Elect in 1969 and Moderator in 1970. He, too, 
is a member of Central Council and has been Secretary 
of that body the past two years. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



WASHINGTON PROFILE 





Washington D.C. Brethren Church 



Walking in the light, as God gives the light, 
Washington, D.C. Brethren are colorblind. This 
is the first church in our denomination to be largely 
integrated. Started as a new congregation in 1942, its 
growth has been steady and sound. 



Astonishingly, integration has oome about naturally 
as the neighborhood developed in our nation's 
capitol. What was a totally undeveloped section when 
the church was first built there in 1948 has recently 
been filled with homes. 



Giving strong support to Southeast District and 
denominational endeavors, members of the Wash- 
ington church give strength to the Brethren. Mrs. 
LaVerne (Shirley) Fields is the National Board oi 
Christian Education's "Teacher of the Year." The 
Washington Laymen were named the Outstanding 
Laymen's Organization for 1971. 



Today in the wider reaches of influence, sons are 
beginning to perpetuate the church. Jim Fields is 
in his first pastorate at Oakville, Indiana after grad- 
uating from Ashland College and Seminary. Genc- 
Shaver is in the field after studying at A.T.S. Dav* 
Cooksey and Jim Geaslen are presently in Ashlanc 
Theological Seminary, having graduated from Ashlanc 
College. 



Of special interest, to this writer at least, is the faci 
that the Washington pastor's wife, Dee, is nationa 
Patroness of the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha. Hei 
interest led the S.M.M. girls to their support this yeai 
for Bonnie Munson's work at Brethren House ir 
St. Petersburg. Both Dee and husband Bob are member.' 
of the Central Council and Bob is a Trustee of Ashlanc 
College. The churches interest in missions is reflectec 
in the recent naming of Robert Trout, Vice Moderate; 
of the Washington Church, to the Mission Board. 



O ve 



lecting this strategic site even before it was de- 
veloped into a housing area put the Washington 

Brethren Church in the right spot for its part in God's 

ongoing church. 



Heavy emphasis on Bible Classes including Vacation 
Bible School has made the church of wide service 
in the community. An active pastor and dedicated lay 
people reach out into our nation's capitol. 



N 



ew ways and new faces serve only to emphasiz< 
the presence of old accustomed principles. Thes* 
are Bible4oving and BibleJiving people who accep 
the New Testament as their guide for faith and practici 
in this church in the capitol city of our nation 
Washington, D.C. 






F n addition to the many people coming in recent years 
-*- from the local community, the long time Brethren 
members have regularly driven long distances to attend 
their church. I well remember driving for over an hour 
with tiny children when visiting one of the Washington 
Brethren living in Bethesda. Two hours in Sunday 
School and church and another hour home made a long 
morning. Washington Brethren are faithful. 



Now the church is strong, well established, and 
respected by its black neighbors. The faithfulness 
of the years is useable in God's plan. 




Sanctuary, Washington Church 



Harch 25, 1972 



Page Nineteen 



BOOK REVIEWS 



'arks, Thomas D.: LETTERS TO JODY. Wheaton, 
11.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1971 ($1.45). These are 
etters of a young lady who has just entered a large 
jitate university to her Sunday school teacher. Also, the 
>ook contains letters from the Sunday school teacher 
o Jody. The teacher of this class is an industrial 
;cientist with a Ph. D. in chemistry, but he is Chris- 
tian. As Jody faces the problems of racism, of dating, 
>f evolution, of church attendance, and other problems 
>f college life away from home, she writes to this Sun- 
lay school teacher. He and his wife have been very 
liligent in answering Jody's letters, and have been able 
o give her very good advice in these problem areas. 

Every young person in a Christian home who is going 
iway to college should read this book. It is small, and 
t can be read in a short time. 

Reviewed by Rev. Spencer Gentle, pastor of 
'apago Park Brethren Church, Tempe, Arizona, 
ormer editor of "The Brethren Evangelist." 




• READERS 
MAKE 

LEADERS 



POETRY CORNER 



THE BIBLE 



by Weir E. Tritch 




The Bible's the book of all books, you know. 
Ve all must now to its pages go. 

If we would be certain not to stray 
^rom Him, who's the life, the truth, the way. 

We read in the Psalms by the shepherd boy: 
^he songs of a God-given peace and joy 

That came to the life of one humble lad, 
Vho otherwise would have been lonely and sad. 

We also find here in this God-inspired word, 
low the sad and depressed find joy in the Lord. 

Its words of assurance bring faith where 
there's fear, 
^.nd banish all sorrow with heavenly cheer. 



Then the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, 
Show very minutely how God's only Son 

Was sent to this world, an example to be 
Of the laws given Moses for you and for me. 

The books that immediately follow these four 
Are worth to us all of this world's goods — and more; 

For they deal with the plan of salvation of old, 
Which is worth more than all the world's 
silver and gold. 

A man may be rich in the things of this earth, 
And still be a pauper in things of real worth— 

Unless he has turned to the pages of gold 
And found there the promises told and retold. 

Of the beautiful mansions of heaven prepared 
For those who on earth have found God and have dared 

To begin life anew, and by casting aside 
Everything that displeases their Savior and Guide. 

Let us constantly frequent the pastures of God 
And find sweet release 'neath the staff and the rod; 

That our life may be filled with the 
blossoms of love, 
And rewarded at last in His mansions above. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



SHE CARES WHEN THEY BLEED 



by LILLIAN GRAFFAtt 



Lillian Graffam is the wife of Dr. Everett S. 
Graff am, executive vice-president of the World 
Relief Commission. She writes much of the pub- 
licity materials for WRC and, in addition to 
household tasks, handles many details of WRC 
through Dr. Graff am" s "second office" in their 
home. 



This is a story about 
IB Gwen." A story about 
Gwen is a story about 
a hospital ... a hos- 
pital that Brethren are 
helping to staff. 



A BIG COMMOTION was under way in the market- 
place. "The Americans are baby killers! Have noth- 
ing to do with them," some were shouting. Meanwhile 
the Americans seemed to be trying very hard to tell 
the people something. 

An attractive young Vietnamese woman looked 
through the shop window at the disturbance. Nguyen 
Thi Khang was only visiting in Hoa Khanh, "Village of 
the Sweet Tolling Bell," that day in 1965, but she was 
sure the American medical pacification team could be 
of great benefit to these people — if the distrust could 
be overcome. 

"We are here only to offer medical help. Please believe 
us," the Americans were saying. But it was useless. 

Gwen, as she came to be known to the Americans, 
could speak very little English, but she rushed into the 
marketplace and bridged the gap. Because of her inter- 
vention, the people gradually came to accept and then 
enthusiastically support the work that has become one 
of the largest children's hospitals in Southeast Asia. 
Gwen, herself, was later to become the key figure in 
the hospital. 

Originally the medical work was only a wood and tin 
first-aid station maintained by the voluntary, after-hours 
services of Navy Doctors and Corpsmen of the 
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. 

Then one day in early 1966, Dr. Edward Shahady 
brought in two orphaned, half-dead infants. "And just 
what are you going to do with them?" asked Marine 
Gen. Lewis Walt. 



"Well, what about Gwen?" replied Dr. Shahady. "Sh< 
seems like a natural. Maybe we could hire her as < 
housekeeper nurse's aide for $7 a week to take can 
of them. 

At the time, # Gwen was operating a successful dress 
making shop in DaNang, but when she received tin 
doctor's offer, she sold her shop and became Numbe 
One Nurse. 

"They had the babies in C-ration cartons along th« 
wall where it was too hot, and they cried all the time, 
Gwen recalls. "We put them in market baskets sus 
pended in the middle of the tent where it was cooler 
and they went right to sleep." 

"Gwen was special from the beginning," recalls Dr 
James Wilkerson. "There wasn't a thing she didn't wan 
to learn. She even studied English at night school | 
she could understand us better." 

By 1966 a more extensive facility was needed. Th 
marines constructed a 70-bed wood-and-tin unit entire! 
with personal funds. 

Sick children soon began pouring in from as far a 
the DMZ, 100 miles north. When it became apparent 1 
1967 that a larger hospital would be needed, the ne\ 
Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital was built — again fror 
donations. It was enlarged to its present 120-bed siz 
in 1968. 

In June 1970 with the phase-out of the marines, th 
hospital was transferred to the World Relief Commi 






I 




Miss Lang telling Bible stories to little patient 
at Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital, near Danam 
WRC's largest project in Vietnam. 



March 25, 1972 



Page Twenty-one 





A terminal cancer patient, encouraged by Dr. 
lobert G. Long, Medical Director of Hoa Khanh 

hildrens Hospital, and Dr. Everett S. Graffam, 
VRC Exec. Vice President. 



sion, the overseas relief arm of the National Associa- 
ion of Evangelicals. Fortunately, they inherited Gwen 
along with the hospital. 

j Sometimes the hospital is so crowded two children 
must share one bed. Most of the children are not war- 
vounded but are victims of childhood diseases and 
iccidents. Many are suffering from malnutrition, 
especially the refugee orphans, who also often have 
vorms from eating contaminated food they have 
icrounged. 

Perhaps one reason attractive Gwen so willingly 
>erves these children is that she herself lost a daughter 
because of the war. 

In 1954 when Vietnam was partitioned, Gwen and her 
lusband lived in Hanoi. They escaped to South Vietnam, 
>ut left behind their only child with relatives. Later 
var broke out, and all contact with their daughter was 
ost. To Gwen this is a very great sorrow. 

Gwen would be the first to emphasize, though, that 
ler personal loss is not her main motivation for wanting 
o help Vietnam's children. Loving and serving others 
s Gwen's way of expressing her strong, personal, prac- 
ical faith in God's Son, Jesus Christ. 

This faith began for Gwen during a flood in 1964. 
he was a Buddhist until she and her husband and 
nother were stranded on the tin roof of Tin Lanh 
Evangelical Church in Hoi An, just south of DaNang. 
Dn the other side of the roof were the Vietnamese 
)astor, his wife, and their eight children! 

For four days and nights the marooned people clung 
o their perilous perch. From time to time the pastor 
vould read from his Bible and, after praying, would 
express his assurance that God would keep all of them 
;afe. 

Gwen marveled. How could he be so calm when his 
amily had food for only two more meals— and when 
hey might have to stay there several more days? 

Gwen was puzzling over this when a boatload of people 
vho hadn't eaten for two days pulled up alongside. 
Without hesitation the pastor shared his family's food 
vith the famished visitors 



Again Gwen was amazed. She began to sense that 
somehow this man's compassion was tied in with his 
Bible and his prayers. 

The water receded the next day and everyone climbed 
down safely from the roof. The pastor's God had actually 
answered his prayers! 

Gwen began visiting the pastor's wife to talk about 
God. Finally, one day she decided she wanted to know 
God for herself. Gwen found God that day by receiving 
Christ, who "once suffered for sins, the just for the 
unjust, that He might bring us to God" (I Peter 3:18). 

Just one year later, Gwen began her work at Hoa 
Khanh. A great deal now rests on the shoulders of this 
small woman who wears size 3 shoes and considers 
herself overweight at 90 pounds. Gwen had only one 
year of formal nurses training back in Hanoi. She 
learned everything else from the American doctors 
right "on the job." 

Now, Gwen is a highly skilled medical professional, 
responsible for the training and supervision of 70 Viet- 
namese nurses, aides, and custodial personnel. 

In addition, Gwen performs functions that only doc- 
tors do in America. It is not unusual for her to perform 
tracheotomies, stitch wounds, or set fractures. She once 
treated a girl with 22 shrapnel wounds, removing the 
foreign matter and stitching the wounds shut. 

All together, more than 57,000 patients have been 
treated by the workers at Hoa Khanh. Gwen figures 
25,000 of these would have died without medical care. 
Today it costs $500,000 a year to operate the hospital. 
All of it must come from voluntary gifts of U.S. service- 
men and American Christians. 

This is one heartwarming story to come out of the 
ugliness of war. The U.S. military, and now American 
Christians, have teamed up with "Number One Nurse" 
and her helpers to provide loving care for the innocent 
sufferers, the children. 

(Pastor Phil Lersch and John, his son, will visit this 
hospital in Vietnam about April 27th. See first-hand 
pictures and reports on Monday night of General Con- 
ference — August 14th — in Ashland, Ohio.) 

(Copyright 1971, Scripture Press Publications, Inc., 
Wheaton, 111. 60187. Reprinted by permission from 
"Powerlife.") 



»> 




Special Notice to: 




CHURCH TREASURERS 




and 




INDIVIDUAL DONORS 




Please send all contributions for 


World 


Relief to: 




Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 


Rt. 4, Box 258 




Goshen, Indiana 46526 





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The Brethren Evangelis 



When people in nearly every part of the world 
are experiencing almost unbearable 
hardship, you might cry out. . . . 



by LILLIAN GRAFFAM 



««j 



WISH I COULD HELP!" 



rlLEVTSION brings the brooding despair of home- touched. From deep inside we groan: "I wish I couli 

less refugees into our comfortable living rooms, help!" 

Pictures of little living skeletons with pleading eyes But we know that an expression of sympathy alonj 

remind us that we have too much to eat while much of does not fill a child's stomach. And because we arj 

the rest of the world has too little. Our hearts are Christians, we want to do something about humai! 




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Im, Yang Yung, a 12-year-old polio victim holds her friend at the 
Crippled Children's Home in Korea. 






, 



March 25, 1972 



Page Twenty-three 



wretchedness, as our Lord set the example when He 
was on earth. 

The distinctive Christian concept of helping and serv- 
ing others was continued after Jesus left earth and is 
with us today. The apostles taught the early churches 
that true faith resulted in good works. 

Peter urged: "Supplement your faith with . . . 

brotherly affection" (II Peter 1:5-7). 
Paul wrote the Galatian Christians: "As we have 
opportunity, let us do good to all men" (Gal. 6:10). 
James got more specific when he reasoned: "Sup- 
pose there are brothers and sisters who need 
clothes and don't have enough to eat. What good 
is there in saying to them, 'God bless you! Keep 
warm and well!' — if you don't give them the 
necessities of life?" (James 2:15-16 TEV). 
There is no doubt that the need is great. There is no 
jdoubt that the Christian attitude is to want to supply 
that need. But the needy people are a long way off — 
in Vietnam, Peru or Pakistan. How can a Christian in 
America personally deliver bread and milk to starving 
children in Nigeria, tend a sick baby in a hospital in 
(Vietnam, give hope to a victim of leprosy in Korea, or 
emergency supplies to an earthquake victim in Peru? 

One way is by supporting organizations who are 
extending - a helping hand in the name of Christ. The 
jWorld Relief Commission is one such organization. It 
is the overseas relief arm of the National Association 
of Evangelicals, formed in 1944 to "provide a medium 
for voluntary united action among evangelicals to assist 
needy people overseas, in the name of Christ." "Food 
for the body and food for the soul" became their slogan, 
and it is still their underlying conviction that a true 
Christian witness and real Christian compassion must 
jinclude both humanitarian and spiritual concern. (Note: 
JWRC is the agency through which the Brethren Church 
(continues its World Relief ministry. Pastor Phil Lersch 
lis a member of the Commission's governing body as a 
denominational representative. ) 



The Commission's outreach is loosely divided into the 
two categories of direct relief and long-range rehabilita- 
tion programs. In order to facilitate getting relief 
supplies to victims of war (such as Nigeria/Biafra) or 
of disaster (Peru and East Pakistan), WRC acts as 
transmittal agency for funds sent to evangelical denom- 
inations and missions. The missionaries know the people, 
the language, the need, and where to purchase emer- 
gency supplies at adjacent unaffected areas. 

After the immediate emergency, usually long-range, 
self-help programs follow. These programs are worked 
out with the government of the United States and the 
host country. An evangelical counterpart agency is 
established, such as WRC has done in Korea, Vietnam 
and Chile, where nationals are encouraged to help them- 
selves by learning and working in all kinds of civic 
improvement and self-help programs. USAID (foods-for- 
peace) are used as payment for labor. 

WRC has worked in Korea for 18 years, in Vietnam 
for ten, and four in Chile. It tries to do its work of re- 
habilitation so well that eventually the work can be 
taken over entirely by the nationals. 

In Vietnam, a major addition is the 120-bed Hoa Khanh 
Children's Hospital which the Marines built with per- 
sonal funds on the Force Logistic Command compound 
near DaNang. As the Marines were phased out, WRC 
has phased in with their own personnel and support. 
Here the sick and wounded children are given loving 
care, free of charge. 

This is the day of unlimited opportunity for evan- 
gelicals to display Christian compassion as an integral 
part of the presentation of the gospel. The World Relief 
Commission is a channel for evangelicals who wish they 
could do something! 

-from THE STANDARD, 
Baptist General Conference. 
Used by permission. 



ST-R--E— T-— C— --H— — — !■ 

DOLLARS 



N- 



'O 



Every dollar given for World Relief is 
S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D to its Maximum use: 

$300 will help rebuild a home, school, church or clinic in Bangladesh. 
$200 will help operate an ambulance, out-patient clinic, or x-ray lab for 

three months. 
$100 will send an abundant supply of food, clothing, vitamins and 

medicines. 
$ 25 will provide medical care for a child in the Children's hospital for 

a month. 
$ 15 will provide for a child in a day care nursery for a month. 
$ 10 will provide 3 full bed size woolen blankets. 
$ 5 will ship 1,500 pounds of food overseas. 

Note: 92 cents of every dollar given goes directly to those in need. 



Page Twenty-four 



Tlie Brethren Evangelis 



WORLD RELIEF EMPHASIS . . . 



at 1972 General Conference 



Monday Evening: 

Have you heard the word yet? Breaking with tradition, General Conference will 
officially begin on Tuesday morning (August 15) — rather than the usual Monday 
evening session. This allows boards and committees time to meet on Monday evening. 

But that doesn't mean there is nothing important happening for those who arrive 
on Monday! The Conference Executive Committee has asked the World Relief Com- 
mittee to provide a Monday night program in Memorial Chapel. This is your chance 
to obtain more first-hand facts and challenge about World Relief. 

Beginning about 7:30 p.m., the evening will be something like a double or triple 
feature. Rev. Phil Lersch and John will have slide pictures and tape recorded sounds 
from their trip in April to Southeast Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Konk, Viet- 
nam, Manila). Then will follow filmstrips and motion picture films from the World 
Relief Commission office. There will be something to see and hear all evening. Come 
when you like and stay as long as you like. You'll leave with more to think about 
than when you came! 
Friday Noon: 

"Soup Supper" for World Relief, in the college cafeteria.' Buy a ticket for $1.50; 
receive about 85<f worth of food and service; and send the rest directly to 
World Relief. 

1972 is the seventh year for this annual event. The cumulative results are 
impressive: 

Year Attendance Contributed 

1966 220 $190 

1967 176 $186 

1968 226 $268 

1969 200 $244 

1970 197 $231 

1971 220 $260 

1972 ??? $??? 



6 years 1,239 people $1,379 

That's right! In six years, 1,239 people have attended and contributions have 
reached a total of $1,379. 

In addition to the money raised, it gives all conference attenders an opportunity 
to identify in a meaningful way with those in need in many countries. It's worth- 
while! . . and you can be a part of this expression of Christian love on August 18th. 
in Ashland, Ohio. Don't let it miss you! 




Rev. Glenn Grumbling (left) and son, and Rev. 
Tom Kidder were among the 220 attending the 
Soup Supper in 1971. 



The Soup Supper for World Relief is for th\ 
very young too, as Rev. and Mrs. Jim Sluss derm 
onstrated last year. 



March 25, 1972 



Page Twenty -five 




Expectancy... 

8 YEARS? 



East Pakistani Child in Refugee Camp 



THIS YOUNG PAKISTANI CHILD may never reach the age of eight. 
What a pitiful thought. She has lived through a cyclone, a typhoon, 
civil strife, and now famine. Hunger, fear and misery are all she knows. 

She is only one of 7!/2 million refugees from East Pakistan who are 
crowded into already overpopulated India. India cannot possibly supply 
the needs for these people. Chances are this child and thousands more like 
her will die if someone doesn't bring help to them. 

World Relief Commission can't take care of them all, but it is anxious 
to help wherever possible. This will depend on the response from Ameri- 
cans with a heart. The numbers are beyond counting, but the suffering 
is very personal, each one feeling the pangs of hunger. The response must 
also be personal. 

The distribution of relief supplies is personal because it is done by evan- 
gelical missionaries both in East Pakistan and Bihar Province North 
India. This is the quickest way to get help to those who need it. The mis- 
sionaries are there, they know the people, the language, the need, the source 
of supply, and can purchase needed items at nearby unaffected areas. 

Their need is urgent . . . won't you help now? Give to the Brethren 
World Relief offering in April. Or, if your church is on a budget system 
of regular giving, consider an additional gift this year because of the 
countless people in great need. 



BRETHREN CHURCH REPRESENTED ON TOUR 

OF SOUTHEAST ASIA 



An Explanation by Rev. Phil Lersch 



P[E WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION of NAE is 
conducting a tour in April of world relief and 
dssion projects in six Southeast Asian countries— 
ipan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and 
hilippines. The group numbers 16, several being de- 
ominational representatives. At the invitation of Dr. 
verett Graffam, Executive Vice-President of WRC, I 
"ill participate in this three-week working tour. Also 
ar son, John (age 14), is going along with me. 



So that there be no misunderstanding about finances, 
let me explain. No money given for World Relief work 
through the Brethren World Relief Committee (George 
Kerlin, treas. ) will be used for this trip. The World 
Relief Commission itself will pay $750 and Central 
Council has authorized $750 (over a three-year period) 
from the General Conference money budgeted for 
committees' use. My personal expenses will include 

(continued on next page) 



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The Brethren Evangelis 



round trip fare to the west coast, passport, shots, film, 
tapes, etc., etc., etc. Of course, John is going entirely 
at our family's expense. 

In order that our entire denomination might benefit 
from the value of these first-hand experiences, we plan 
to return with a large supply of slide pictures, black and 
white prints, and tape recordings. You may see and 
hear these visual and auditory impressions on Monday 
night of General Conference in Memorial Chapel. Others 
will appear in various publications periodically. 

Itinerary For Southeast Asia Tour 

for Phil and John Lersch 
"General Information and A Guide For Your Prayers :|; 

April 13 (Thursday): travel 

St. Petersburg, Florida, to San Francisco in late 
evening. 

April 14 (Friday): travel 

Jet from San Francisco to Tokyo. 

April 15 (Saturday): Japan 

Arrive Tokyo in evening; view city at night. 

April 16 (Sunday): Japan 

A.M. — opportunities for worship in Tokyo 
P.M. — personal visits and church service 

April 17 (Monday): Japan 

Group tour to sites of Toyko, with visit to Evan- 
gelical Youth Center; some time for shopping and 
a Japanese luncheon. In afternoon visit to the Evan- 
gelical Press and Literature center and some 
shrines. In evening group will guest mission direc- 
tors and Japanese Evangelical leaders at a dinner. 
Will hear challenging reports of spiritual victories, 
as well as needs of Japan today. 

April 18 (Tuesday) to April 22 (Saturday) : Korea 

Host will be WRC Director, Jerry Sandoz. Many 
surprises await arrival Tuesday morning at 11:35 
a.m. Plans include a visit to Korea House with an 
introduction to Korean food, the land and culture. 
Then a trip to Inchon, the historic landing site of 
MacArthur's troops, now the location of WRC- 
supported Blind and Deaf Schools. 

One day is for traveling south to the Kim Chong 
Leper Village and one of the finest orphanages in 
all of Asia. Another day is a visit to a showcase of 
Asia, the land reclamation project at Honam. Back 
in Seoul will be a dinner with missionary guests, 
Korean pastors, leaders and lay statesmen — followed 
by a time of fellowship, questions and answers. 

A visit has been requested with President Park 
Chung Hee of Korea. Time is allowed for shopping 
and learning the history of Seoul. In Korea is a 
church totally involved in the New Testament 



dimension of practical Christianity. Early risers cai( 
attend the 5 a.m. prayer meetings. 

April 22 (Saturday): Fly to Taipei, Taiwan 

Dinner in the evening with missionaries, Chinesi 
church leaders, and laymen. 

April 23 (Sunday) : Taipei 

Visit churches of personal choice; one group tou 
planned for afternoon. 

April 24 (Monday): Taipei and Hong- Kong- 
Visit the Lillian Dixon mustard seed program, tou 
of Taipei and early luncheon with World Evangelical 
Fellowship people. Flight to Hong Kong is on! 
hour. 

April 25 (Tuesday) and April 26 (Wednesday): 
Hong Kong 

This part of the trip is a break from the routinj 
of rigid scheduling, offering time to relax, rechargj 
energy, and enjoy one of the finest cities in th! 
world. Opportunities to visit child-care centers, roc| 
top schools, and mission medical centers — plulj 
tours to the new territories, walled city, and th; 

harbor. 

i 

April 26 (Wednesday) to April 30 (Sunday): Saigonj 

Fly to Saigon on Wednesday afternoon, met 1 
WRC/VN Director, Stuart Willcuts. Stay here 1 
eludes visits to projects at DaNang and Dalat. Th:i 
program is one of WRC's largest, giving a side v 
the story of Vietnam that has been ignored in muc,i 
reporting. Visits to a tribal village church servic;' 
the Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital, and the vocj 
tional programs give a new outlook on Vietnarj 
The weather should be warm and dry, but humij: 
There will be time to visit with mission and Viej 
namese church leaders as well as governmea 
officials. Security will receive utmost attention 
with no visits to danger areas. 

April 30 (Sunday) to May 3 (Wednesday): Manila I 

Visits are planned to the Far East Broadcastiij 
facilities, dedication of a Wycliffe Translators A:| 
plane, the historic sites of Bataan and Corregidejj 
and the Pageantry of May Day. At an eveniijl 
dinner will be the final meeting with mission leaj 
ers, Philippine pastors, and evangelists. 



May 3 (Wednesday) and May 4 (Thursday): 
Honolulu 

One day arranged in Hawaii (at personal expens 
for sightseeing. 

May 4 (Thursday) and May 5 (Friday) : travel 

Fly directly to St. Petersburg, via Los Angel 
arriving early on Friday morning. 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



larch 25, 1972 



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THE CONTINUING RESURRECTION 




by Thomas A. Schultz 



T^HAT FIRST EASTER DAY did not begin with joy 
1 and happiness. As a matter of fact, as the first 
laster Morning began to dawn, the disciples and the 
blowers of Jesus were filled with disappointment. They 
rere sad because the one they had followed and whom 
ley believed was now crucified, dead and buried. 
As it began to dawn on the first day of the week, the 
/omen came to anoint the corpse of the Lord. Because 
lis body had to be placed in the sepulchre before the 
ime of the Passover on Friday, there had not been 
ufficient time to embalm and anoint His body. Now 
ley made their way through that valley close to 
lolgotha to make this last preparation of the dead 
esus. But when they entered the cemetery, they noted 
lat the great stone which had been fixed and sealed 
t the door of the tomb had been rolled away. Later, 
re learned from the apostles that a great earthquake 
ad occurred and moved the stone from the door of the 
rave. 

I The women hastened quickly and peered into the place 
Inhere Jesus was buried, but they did not find the body 
ccording to Luke. Instead, two young men with shining 
arments were standing at the place where they laid 
esus. The women asked where the Lord was. The men 
?plied, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He 
p not here, but he is risen" (Luke 24:5b-6a). The women 
fft the sepulchre, and two of them went back quickly 
jito the city to tell the disciples that the body of the 
Lord had been taken. Mary Magdalene who had been 
lleansed of evil spirits several years before by the Lord 
bmained in the garden heart-broken. She was one of 
he women who really believed that Jesus was the Son 
f God. Just a short time before the Easter Resurrec- 
on, one of her friends, Martha, had said to Jesus, "I 



believe that thou art the Christ the Son of God, which 
should come into the world" (John 11:27). 

Mary Magdalene must have cried bitterly in that 
garden. It was an hour of despair, disillusionment and 
disappointment. All of a sudden she noticed a gardener 
walking through the grounds. She approached him and 
said, "Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where 
thou hast laid him, and I will take him away" (John 
20:15). Then a voice came to her saying, "Mary." Her 
eyes were opened, and she, the sinful woman of yester- 
day, was the first to behold with her eyes the Resur- 
rected Lord who was crucified, dead and buried. Then 
she uttered the greatest cry that has ever come from 
the lips of a human being, "Rabboni; which is to say, 
Master" (John 20:16). She must have rushed toward 




Him, but He stopped her at once saying, "Touch me 
not; for I am not ascended to my Father: but go to my 
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, 
and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary 
Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had 
seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things 
unto her" (John 20:17-18). 



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From that time on, Jesus appeared to the eleven dis- 
ciples in a closed room and on Easter afternoon, as he 
met two men on the way to Emmaus (Luke 24:15-31) 
and went to their home to dine with them. He was seen 
by many (I Cor. 15:6) from that day on until forty 
days after the Resurrection when He ascended into 
heaven. At that time, He was again seen by His beloved 
disciples (Acts 1:2-9). 

As a result of this Resurrection, we have one of the 
greatest facts ever recorded in the pages of history. 
No discovery, even in this brilliant 20th century in which 
we live, no scientific phenomenon, no idea, no philo- 
sophy, no act in history has ever done more to change 
the lives of men and women as this act in that 
cemetery when Jesus rose from the dead. This Easter 
we give evidence of our faith and belief that two 
thousand years ago Jesus did rise from the grave. 

Something happened in that valley beside Golgotha 
two thousand years ago that has a special attraction 
for you and me, and countless millions of Christians 
who on this Easter day come again to proclaim His 
glorious Resurrection. The validity of the Resurrection 
is unquestionable! Luke, who records with more 
accuracy than any of the other writers of the Gospels, 
sets forth the record of His birth, life and work in great 
detail. 

There is no doubt in the mind of Luke that Jesus' 
was born in Bethlehem of Judea. There is no doubt in 
the mind of this physician that Jesus lived and per- 
formed the miracles about which he recorded. There 
was no doubt in the mind of Luke that Jesus was nailed 
to the cross, and that a spear drew out the blood and 
water from His side. There was no doubt in his mind 
that Jesus was sealed in the sepulchre, and that the 
stone was fixed and made sure with a guard set to 
watch over it that none should remove the corpse be- 
tween the hour of crucifixion and that Easter Morning 
Resurrection. Likewise, Luke records with great accur- 
acy this Resurrection. 

It is not only the record of Luke in the Bible who 
historically records the fact of the Resurrection, but 
also it was accepted as a truth by other writers of the 
Gospels, the disciples, apostles and thousands of men 
and women who lived in that 1st century. Together 
with those Christians down through the centuries, yea 
even with us today, we believe with our whole hearts 
that He did rise from the dead and has ascended into 
heaven to sit on the right hand of God the Father. 

In religion, man has long discerned that there is im- 
mortality. It doesn't take much of an analytical mind 
to realize that life goes on beyond the hour of death. 
Immortality has been a belief of every creature even 
before the time of Jesus and His Resurrection. Helen 
Keller wrote, "I believe in the immortality of the soul 
because I have immortal longings," Men through the 
ages have recognized that life is indestructible. The 
energy of life can neither be created nor destroyed. 
Any scientist will verify this as an undisputable law of 
life. It is this energy with which man is endowed at 
his birth. 

As Chardin, one of the great Catholic philosophers 
wrote, "If there is no resurrection, the human body is 
so badly devised that it contradicts within itself its own 
profoundest aspirations." In Christian faith, we go be- 
yond the immortality concept of the soul. We are not 
content simply in the belief that there is a personal 



survival after death and the grave. The Easter messag 
for a Christian is not an argument of immortality tha 
the soul shall somehow live and exist beyond the hou 
of death, but the Easter message and Christian fait 
are affirmations of the Resurrection of the body. Ther; 
is a difference between the two, and often we do ncj 
recognize this major difference. 

Immortality implies an inherent quality in man 1 
nature that is indestructible and lives regardless of th 
fle^h and blood. We do not contradict this. We kno^ 
as Christians that we shall live after death, and the 
there is an energy and power which we call in Theology 
the soul, which shall defy and exceed the flesh an 
blood, the sin, death, and the grave. But we g 
beyond the concept of immortality. We believe in th 
Resurrection. 

Resurrection on the other hand implies that a tran. 
cendent God has the power to recreate us once we ari 
dead into a resurrected form. Since God has made u, 
He most certainly has the power to change this life intj 
the sure and certain state of eternal life, "Who sha 
change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like un1j 
his glorious body, according to the working whereby r|: 
is able even to subdue a J things unto himself" (Phi 
3:21). Unlike Greek philosophers and Roman teacher: 
the Bible is not concerned with having you believe | 
the immortality of the soul, but the Bible and Christia! 
faith testify to the Resurrection of the Body unto evej 
lasting life. There is a difference! 

We differ from other religions of the world. If yc ! 
were to travel around the world, you would discovcj 
very quickly the major difference between immortalilj 
and the Resurrection. Other religions of the wor| 
believe in such things as transmigration of the sou] 
(a) or the incarnation (b) of a soul following deal I 
into another form of life, be it human, animal, or spkv 
On the contrary, Christian faith is not centered upd 
the fact of transmigration of the soul or upon the incaj 
nation of your soul into another kind of existence, b'j 
upon the fact that you will have a resurrection. In tl| 
Christian faith we teach that you and your body she 
resurrect from the dead. Upon this point, the Bible 
very clear even as the body of our Lord Jesus Chri! 
resurrected with the nail prints in His hand and tlf 
spear mark in His side. 

The dimensions, time, type of body, and the natul 
of our being are all unknown in this resurrection. Thej 
are not described in the Bible. The only matter of ii| 
portance dealing with the resurrection as far as Chri 
tian faith is concerned is that once you are dead, yo 
body shall live again! Every one who believeth in t 
Christ may have everlasting life; and He will raise hi 
up at the last day (John 6:40). How does the resurr* 
tion occur in us who believe in Christ? It actually occu 
only when we accept Christ! 

Martha and Mary were deeply concerned about t 
resurrection of their brother, Lazarus. In their convi 
sation with Jesus, they were asking for the resurrecti 
of Lazarus at the last day. Jesus said, "I am 
resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in n 
though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25). 1 
you understand the implication and the meaning of tl 
statement? This is so important! If you miss this yoi 
miss eternity! It is the Christ Himself within mor 
man that causes the resurrection from the dead. It 
within the transcendent power of God to enter yc 



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inful life to cleanse you, and recreate you, and lastly 
esurrect you from the dead once you have passed this 
arthly life. If Christ be in you, you can never die! "He 
Mt believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall 
e live" (John 11:25b). That is the teaching of the 
!hristian faith. As a matter of fact, the resurrection, 
nd the resurrection alone of the body is a fundamental 
jundation of the Christian Church and of our faith. 
The key to this resurrection is our faith in Christ. It 
; God Who has redeemed us. That is our faith in Christ. 
t is God through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, and 
ecause He lives in us they may crucify your body; 
ley may burn you at the stake; they may destroy your 
lind, but they shall never prevent His power from 
?surrecting you when you are dead. Remember how 
tephen died? "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and 
le Son of man standing on the right hand of God" 
Acts 7:56). How futile it was for the chief priests to 
ill Jeous on the cross, to seal Him into that sepulchre, 
nd to set a watch to make sure the stone could not be 
)lled away. They did everything in their man-made 
Dwer to hold the Resurrection back — as if anyone 
Duld keep the sun from rising in the east nor the earth 
om rotating. When we think of this power of God, it 
the same power of the Holy Spirit that lives in your 
fe and heart today. "For whatsoever is born of God 
jvercometh the world: and this is the victory that over- 
>meth the world, even in faith" (I John 5:4). 
There are three great evidences of belief in the Resur- 
jction. The first great evidence of belief in the resur- 
jction of the body following the Lord's Resurrection 
what happened to the lives of His disciples. Defeated, 
sillusioned and despairing men were transformed by 
le Resurrection and their belief in Jesus Christ. The 
Lsciples were a body of men unshakable in their wit- 
sss, and this was toward only one fact: not that Jesus 
as born; not that He did good works; not that He died 
pon the cross nor was sealed in the sepulchre, but only 
lat He rose from the dead. 

Because Jesus arose, they believed that they also 
ould rise on the Day of Resurrection. The early dis- 
ples met on the first day of the week banishing the 
Id Testament Law — "Remember the sabbath day, to 
?ep it holy" — because a new and greater day had been 
"dered, a day commemorating the Resurrection. After 
vo thousand years, we still attend church each Sunday 
Dt on the Sabbath Day but on the Resurrection Day 
» again commemorate — what? After three days, Jesus 
as resurrected from the dead. They believed that in 
lis Resurrection they had a victory for their own life. 
Ihey believed they possessed this victory because Christ 
as in them. The Bible says, "Not I, but Christ who 
/eth in me." Though sinful, unworthly, feeble, and 
ith intellect so poor, nonetheless, to know that there 
a God within my heart who not only walks with me, 
Iks and lives with me, but who a^o on that last day 
aall ban sin, death and the grave, and cause me to 
>surrect to eternal life — this is glorious! 
You may not be the most brilliant educator in the 
orld; you may not have much of an education; you 
ay not be very profound in life; you may be very 
3or; you may have a great sin burning your life; you 
ay be hopelessly incurable, but if you have faith in 
ie Resurrection, what more in life can you ask? Paul 
lys, "We are more than conquerors through him that 
ved us (Jesus Christ). . . . Neither death, nor life, 



nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things 
present; nor the things to come, nor heights, nor depth, 
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us 
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" 
(Rom. 8:37b-39). Out of these cowards, this Resurrection 
made great heroes. 

Most of the disciples died a martyr's death because 
they were not ashamed of the Gospel. They realized 
that if their life was to be taken, they still had eternal 
life. Stammerers became great eloquent preachers, and 
five thousand people at one time accepted the Lord 
because of their preaching. Little dwarfs became great 
giants. Confused and disillusioned men suddenly took 
told of a purpose for life — the death, Resurrection and 
ascension of Je.us which changed the world. That is 
the first evidence of the Resurrection. 

The second great evidence of the Resurrection of 
Jesus is the fact that it is the very foundation of the 
Christian faith which i3 now a world religion. On this 
Easter Day, we accept the Christ as a reality. The un- 
failing theme of the church from the 1st century down 
through the ages is the Gospel of the Resurrected Christ. 
There would be no church, no Bible, no communion or 
baptism, in fact there would be no Christianity if there 
were no Resurrection. So the church is the second 
evidence of the Resurrection. We gather here Sunday 
after Sunday to proclaim "He is not dead, but is alive, 
and because He lives, we also shall have life." 

The third evidence of the Resurrection is what has 
happened to men and to us who believe in this story 
of how He rose from the dead on that first Easter Day. 
Yes, not only the men down through the ages who be- 
lieved in the Resurrection, but also those of us here 
today who after two thousand years have in our hearts 
a need to come together to sing, proclaim, and profess 
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was crucified, 
died and was buried, but who on the third day rose 
again, "That whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Yes, you 
are evidence yourself that He rose from the dead. 



Since arriving in Iwakuni, Japan, Chaplain 
Thomas Schultz has been pastor ing a Japanese 
Mission. Look for pictures and an article in a 
future issue. 




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SISTER 



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DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR APRIL 



Call to Worship 

Song Service 

Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: OBSTACLES OF FAITH 

"Lack of Love on the Part of the Church" 
Junior: FIRST THINGS FIRST 

"First, Be Last" 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



Lack of Love on the Part of the Church 



by Geneva Berkshire 



Introduction 

It is ironic, but nevertheless true, that one of the 
greatest obstacles to a person's spiritual growth is the 
church itself — that is, speaking of the church as a body 
of believers, and not of the rituals, doctrines, etc., 
involved which distinguish various denominations. This 
really shouldn't come as much of a surprise to us, 
though, when we consider that its members are taken 
right out of that motley mass known as the human 
race — with all its imperfections and hang-ups. Doesn't 
it seem wrong that in the midst of individuals who are 
supposedly trying to walk in the steps of Christ, we find 
exhibited jealousy, unconcern, partiality — and all in all, 
just an absence of love for others! If people cannot 
receive love and understanding in the church, then they 
realistically have nowhere else to turn, and we as be- 
lievers have missed our whole mission. 

For Study 

1. Let us be assured that this is not a fault found 
in the church only in recent years. Christ even found 
that His disciples needed reprimanding for not showing 
?ove to those who came to Him. In Mark 10:13-16, we 
find Christ becoming provoked with them for shooing 
away little children, telling them not to bother Him. 
Why is it so important that little children come seeking 
the love of God? What does Christ say we must become 
to accept the Kingdom of God? 



Since we must become as little children to enter int 
the Kingdom of God, does it not seem logical that w 
should be more concerned with bringing young ones t 
an acceptance of the Lord, rather than allowing thei 
to enter adulthood, when they have added intellectu; 
barriers to overcome? (This is a point which we 
brought out in a leadership class which I have bee 
taking, and I think it is well worth thinking abou 
especially for those who help in Sunday School, in tt 
church nursery, who babysit, or have any close contai 
with children.) And we take so lightly the responsibilit 
of teaching children in Church School and Vacatic 
Bible School! 

2. On the other hand, we gain some insight into tl 
kind of concern our contemporary churches lack, t 
looking at the New Testament church. As Pete Gl 
quist puts so aptly in his chapter on the First-Centui 
Church (in his book Love Is Now) . . . they were n« 
"program-oriented"; but rather "people-oriented." Tl 
love of God bound them together and actually dre 
others into their fellowship. Notice how they handl< 
a problem concerning the widows in Acts 6:1-7. 

3. Read over an incident Paul describes in tl 
Corinthian church of how a man who was "cast ou 
from the body of believers as punishment for a sin I 
had committed (I Cor. 5:1-6) was drawn back into t) 
fellowship by love (II Cor. 2:4-8 -Living Ne 
Testament). 



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•'or Sharing 

Discuss ways in which you could show more love and 
•oncern to others through your church — your Sisterhood 
;roup; your youth group; a Sunday School class you 
each, etc. Perhaps an example which came to my own 
nind would help stimulate your thoughts. 

Several years ago during an evangelistic service in 
iur church, I became very distraught over a woman and 
ler noisy little brats who sat way down front and pre- 
'ented me from being able to concentrate on the 
nessage. I even complained to others about it later. The 



lady was not a regular attender of our church, and as 
I think back, I see that if I would have had any real 
concern for the mother and her need, I, as an established 
Christian, might have offered to take care of some of 
the children, so that she herself may have gotten more 
out of the service and been encouraged to come back. 
(Incidentally, she never has been back to our church 
services since that time, and one has to wonder if she 
sensed my, and perhaps others' hostile and unloving 
feelings toward her and her children.) 



JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



First, Be Last 



Please read: Mark 9:33-37 

Matthew 18:1-5 
Luke 9:46-48 
Matthew 20:20-28. 

I hope after you read these verses, you were as con- 
sused as I was! Here we have twelve grown men who 
re squabbling over which of them would be the greatest 
a the Kingdom of Jesus. Now this seems pretty silly 
o us now because we have studied and understand that 
esus had come to earth to establish a kingdom of the 
leart and not a political reign. 

I tend to get very impatient with the disciples because 
: would seem that being with Jesus during virtually 
11 of His earthly ministry, they would by now under - 
tand what His mission on earth was. But, as the old 
aying goes, "they couldn't see the forest for the trees," 
nd they were more interested, probably because this 

as a real and tangible thing, in a kingdom on earth 

an they were in a kingdom of Heaven. 

Jesus must have been very patient with these men 
ecause He had told them many times about what would 
appen to Him — and yet, they did not understand. In 
latthew 20:26 He says, "If one of you wants to be 
reat, he must be the servant of the rest" and then 
gain He tells of His Kingdom, "like the Son of Man, 
l/ho did not come to be served, but to serve and to give 
lis life to redeem many people." 

Now, if one of you Sisterhood girls desires to be great 
i Christ's Kingdom, one must first love Him and give 
aat life over completely to Him, so that He can live 
dthin and change that life to make it over into His 
nage. We must then desire to serve others, whether 
: be by holding a responsible office in Sisterhood, or 
he church at large, or whether it be in the janitorial 
/ork of the church. Whatever the opportunity, we must 
e yielded to Christ so much, that we are willing to 
erve in whatever capacity or cost to us as individuals. 

There is a chorus I learned many years ago , and 
lthough I don't remember all the words, the point was 
his — Jesus first, others second and self last. 

Jesus has said, in order to be first, we must be last, 
ire you willing to be last? 




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MAY 16-18 

"A Retreat for Renewal" 

NEW LOCATION— Beautiful setting of Camp Bethany 

# NEW TIME— May 16-18, Tuesday supper through Thursday lunch 

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# NEW PROGRAM FORMAT— Informal retreat atmosphere 

# NEW HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS— Round-the-clock 

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Calcutta. Thank you, Brethren, for doing much for me through the 
World Relief Commission. But I have one further request: Please 
. . . please don't complain if your food isn't cooked just the way 
you want it tonight!" 



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6 BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

8 THE BRETHREN LAYMAN 

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11 LET'S SING A SONG FOR GOD 

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WHO IS MISSING HIS SHARE? 

The treasurer of a congregation resigned. The chui 
asked another to take his position, a man who manag 
a local grain elevator. He agreed under two conditio] 
(1) That no reports from the treasurer for a whole y< 
be given; (2) That no one ask him any questions duri 
this one-year period. The church gulped but final 
agreed, since he was a trusted man in the communj' 
and well known because most of them did business w| 
him as manager of the local grain elevator. At the it 
of the year, he had this report: The indebtedness I 
$250,000 on the church was paid; the minister's sale!' 
had been increased; there were no outstanding bills £$ 
there was a cash balance of $12,000. 

Immediately, a shocked congregation asked, "W 
come?" Quickly he answered, "Most of you bring y<| 
grain to my elevator, As you did business with mtf 
simply withheld ten percent on your behalf and gfl 
it to the church in your name. You never missed 1 
Do you see what we could do for the Lord if we wi 
willing to give the first tithe to God who really owns ? 

from Gratis Lamplighter 






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By the Way 



e&&= ^- — =ve<cz» 



HEADS BENT LOW 



)ECENTLY A LETTER was received which men- 
V. tioned that senility should be dealt with in great 
ste. Haste accompanied by the guise of mercy which 
tes anything out of circulation when it becomes aged. 
Statistics show that the Holy Bible is still the best 
iler in literature although it is one of the oldest pieces 
[writing known today. The Constitution of the United 
[ites still reinforces the foundation which was laid as 
is nation was built. 

fouth which is immature in intelligence and fore- 
pt would like to set aside, not for the time being, 
It for good these established principles which have 
ided a true and steady course spiritually and socially 
•ough ages past. 

Those who have worked the hardest and most dili- 
ltly are the ones who show their age through stooped 
mlders and hanging heads. 

fhis brings to mind a selected poem entitled, "Heads 
it Low." 

A stooped old man, and a young man, 

Chanced to meet one day. 
The young man said to the elder, 

In his usual braggart way, 
"Why don't you walk up straight like me? 

That's no way to grow old; 
It's all a form of habit, 

At least that's what I'm told." 
The old man gave him a knowing look, 

And said, "My dear young friend, 
Have you ever examined your wheat fields 

And noticed the heads that bend? 
If not, just look them over, 

As the harvest time draws nigh; 
You'll find the heads that are empty, 

Are standing tall and high. 
But the heads that count in the harvest, 

Are filled and bending low, 
Awaiting the reaper's sickle; 

Their time is short they know." 
As the young man passed on by, 

He slowly bowed his head. 
No doubt, he pondered many a day 

On the words the old man said. 



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THE MAYOR GOES TO COLLEGE 



Mr. Ronald Hooker of New comer 'stown, Ohio 
is presently a Junior at Ashland College majoring 
in Education. He has recently received the honor 
of having been recognized as the youngest mayor 
in the United States. There are one or tivo other 
mayors who claim this distinction, but he is the 
only one heading local governmental departments 
in an incorporated village. 

Mr. Hooker is also a local director of enlistment 
for the United Methodist Church tvith an out- 
reach directed to young people who have never 
known Christ. 

Having known Mr. Hooker for some time 
through mutual business acquaintances and 
friends I suggested an interview with him which 
he graciously consented to give to us for the pur- 
pose of an article for publication in The Breth- 
ren Evangelist. 

This interview ivas based on questions relative 
to the younger generation becoming actively in- 
volved in politics, also with the matter of Chris- 
tianity's responsibilities in political affairs. 

We personally would like to congratulate Mr. 
Hooker in achieving this honor and express our 
gratitude for his kind consideration in granting 
this interview. (Ed. note) 




Mr. Schuster: "First of all Mr. Hooker let me offer 
my personal congratulations on your successful venture 
in politics and the distinction of being the youngest 
mayor in the United States. At this time I would like 
to ask you a few questions and get some of your im- 
pressions, as the youngest mayor in the United States. 
Can you recall when you first had aspirations of getting 
into politics?" 

Mr. Hooker: "Of course I considered it in High School, 
and during High School I attended most of the Council 
meetings that the village had. Listening to what the 
Councilmen and Mayor had to say, I thought that some- 
day I might be interested myself. Last summer after 
the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified — 
Ohio being the 38th state and the one to ratify the 



change in the Amendment to the Constitution to alio 
18-year-olds to run for office — I decided that I migi 
as well run. The opportunity was there, and a groi 
of businessmen in the town were behind me. They sai 
"Why don't you run Ron?" So I just decided to give 
a go. 

Question: Did you have any ideas of getting in 
politics before this happened, especially in your earli 
life? 

Mr. Hooker: Well some ... of course I have alwa 
been interested in politics, but I never dreamed it woi 
be this soon." 

Question: "Were there any particular instances 
people that_ may have influenced you to seek offic 
Mr. Hooker: Well, my next door neighbor Rot 
Zimmer, who owns a lumber company, was one of t 
key people and one of my campaign managers. He vfl 
one of the people who tried to get me to run from if 
beginning as well as John Kissler and people in j| 
town. I was taking classes at Ashland College dura; 
the summer when I decided to run. During the timi! 
was a candidate I was at the college five days J 
week so I was only around once in a while 1 
Newcomerstown." 

! 

Question: "I have heard that your campaign in seekj 
the mayor's position was rather unique and that it vl 
conducted in a rather unorthodox manner. Would jl 
care to comment on the method you used?" 
Mr. Hooker: "Well, it was unique. I didn't buy rap 
time or big newspaper ads. I just went around to peck 
in the town with a card and pencil and said I woj 
appreciate their consideration, and as the result I ^1 
lucky enough to capture about two-thirds of the vot< 



Question: "Now this might seem to be a loaded qi 
tion. There are those who staunchly defend keeping 
church and state strictly separated. Do you feel 11 
there is a place for a Christian in politics — that is J 
coming active in matters which are more or less strij 
political? 

Mr. Hooker: "Well, I do. I think that the church 
to work — the church and municipal government or 
form of government have to work together. I feel tli 
is no better person for office than one that is invo^ 
in church work." 



Question: "Well I have heard it said so many ti 
by people who consider themselves devout Christ 
that they should keep their nose out of politics. C 
you elaborate on this a little bit more?" 

Mr. Hooker: "Well, I think that what we nee( 
politics is someone who is honest and conscientious 
willing to put the will of others and the feeling 
others before their own. Usually people who are invo 
in church work are willing to do this, and for this 
son they often make very good candidates." 



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uestion: "To supplement the previous question a little 
t — What is your impression on whether Christianity 
in or does create any influence on social matters from 
political standpoint?" 

r. Hooker: "Well I think it does. For example: How 
in a devout Christian be willing to let contracts to 
>mpanies in hope for a rebate themselves? How can a 
?rson who is conscientious and a Christian pull many 
! the political maneuvers that go on? I don't think they 
>uld. This has long been a problem that people that are 
volved in the church and church work do feel that 
iey don't want to enter the rat race. They don't want 
get involved themselves because it would always be 
ying to pull them down." 

uestion: "What was the general reaction of your 
lends especially some of the students that go to college, 
pecially after you won this mayorality race?" 
r. Hooker: "Well, I think everyone was pleased. Of 
*urse I take razzing once in a while but that is part of 
>ing nineteen and mayor of the town. I was really 
>artwarmed by the results of the election. On the night 
iter the votes were cast I went down to my own pre- 
nct as I was a write-in candidate without any political 
irty's endorsement, and I turned on my flashlight at 
e voting precinct and saw that I had garnered 153 
)tes in my precinct to 27 to the next highest candidate. 
h,a.t was something!" 

uestion: "So that was a unique campaign even 
ough it was unorthodox. Do you think that your being 
iccessful in your first attempt at becoming involved 

politics will give other young people an incentive to 
so try their hand in careers pertaining to govern- 
ent?" 

r. Hooker: "Well, really I hope so. One good thing 
can say for a person coming out at nineteen years of 
^e is that you are not biased by a lot of political preju- 
ces. In other words I don't hear college students as a 
lie say that the best Democrat is worse than the worst 
^publican and this sort of thing. You have to take 

ople on their own merit — not necessarily any particu- 
r party endorsement. I would never support a candi- 
.te just because he was a member of any political 
rty. I would look at the person and see what he 
>od for." 

jiestion: "Well, I have heard in higher government 
jhelons and especially in the senate representatives 
fat these young senators that just went in for the 
st time are downgraded by the older senators until 
y get a little experience. Have you heard any 
this?" 
Hooker: "Well of course people are always going 
tS criticize any thing you do. Of course these people will 
Imp on the younger candidate who doesn't have any 
tjperience. The first couple months have been very 
vluable because I have learned a lot. I have learned 
flat you can't please everyone. No matter what you do 
cjcertain percent of the people are for it and a certain 
ljrcent against it. After a while everyone will be against 
$mething you have done. That one thing will stand out 
i your mind. Recently the village of Newcomerstown 
itrchased a fire truck. Well, there were people in the 
(mmunity who were naturally opposed to that, but in 
te long run it is going to help them as far as their 



insurance is concerned and as far as everything else. 
You have to weigh the benefits of your actions." 

Question: "Getting back to our younger generation 
. . . now since they have this opening, do you have any 
advise for these young people whose ambition might be 
leaning in the direction of governmental careers?" 

Mr. Hooker: "Well, yes, in order to be successful — I 
made this statement in a Youth Rally in Duluth, 
Minnesota — in order to be successful it is necessary to 
work with what you have, laying bricks until you reach 
a certain point, not standing on the outside throwing 
bricks." 

Question: "That is excellent advice. As I mentioned 
before this is your first adventure in politics or getting 
your feet wet as it were. Has this adventure turned out 
as you expected?" 

Mr. Hooker: "I have gotten more criticism than I 
thought I would. I have more people daily complaining 
than I ever dreamed, and I would say the job is not as 
easy perhaps as I thought it would be. There are a lot 
of things entailed with the job that I didn't realize when 
I first started to run. I think it is challenging, and in a 
way I'm glad it is a little rougher." 

Question: "I have been in Newcomerstown many times 
on business, and I notice that you defeated the incum- 
bent mayor in the election. What is the reaction of the 
residents in the relatively short time you have been in 
office — as far as corporations etc.?" 

Mr. Hooker: "Well, the former mayor was defeated 
in the Democratic primary and didn't actually run 
against me in the fall, but we have maintained good 
relations and there are no hard feelings between us. 
I think the people in the town are reasonably well 
pleased with the change in office. There were many 
people reasonably well pleased with the former mayor's 
performance." 

Mr. Schuster: "From our past conversations I am well 
aware that your enthusiasm in this direction has not 
dimished. Do you have any plans to further your 
political career?" 

Mr. Hooker: "Not at present. I am a delegate to one 
of the national conventions, and my name will appear 
on the ballot this spring for the first time." 

Question: What are your plans as far as your 
scholastic program is concerned? Do you intend to com- 
plete your studies here at Ashland?" 

Mr. Hooker: "Yes, in fact I'm even considering taking 
course at the Seminary, after I complete student teach- 
ing in the fall." 

Mr. Schuster: "Do you think that anything you have 
received here at Ashland might help in your career?" 

Mr. Hooker: "I do. I think it has helped a great deal. 
I think there are other things that a student can learn 
in college besides logarithms and dates of world con- 
querors. I think you can learn to cooperate with other 
people, and you can learn to accept responsibilities that 
come to you. And in this way better prepare yourself 
for the jobs, the vocations that you plan to go into." 



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CRUSADER SUPPORT 
GROWING 



WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT that various con- 
gregations, classes, individuals and other church- 
related groups have pledged nearly $3,000 in support 
of the 1972 Summer Crusaders! During the coming 
summer, seventeen youth and young adults from four- 
teen churches will be immersed — for seven weeks — in 
a variety of ministries with Brethren churches. 

Note the emphasis on "with." Summer Crusaders are 
not going out only to work "for" churches but "with" 
Christians of all ages in a wide variety of activities. 
God is alive . . . His Spirit is stirring within the "body." 
We expect great things to happen as we unite ourselves 
in the attempt to carry out His great commission. 

We feel that ours is an unusually promising time for 
"harvesting." For God has been opening the minds of 
men to receive His word in unprecedented ways. And 
we evangelicals are coming out in the open to declare 
ourselves through such media as "The United States 
Congress on Evangelism" (1969), EXPLO '72, and KEY 
'73. It's true . . . we have to reach out to those outside 
the family of God and offer them something real. We 
must proceed beyond mere verbal affirmation (words, 
words, words) by developing attitudes and behaviors 
consistent with our professed faith. The beauty of the 
Summer Crusader concept lies in the commitment of 
youth to "do the faith" as well as to prepare themselves 
to articulately talk about it. Their work will be described 
in detail in the next issue of The Evangelist and progress 
reports will be made from time to time. Watch for more 
on the ministry through youth! 

Until then, there is a very vital role each Brethren 
can perform which will be greatly appreciated by all 
the Crusaders . . . pray for God's direction in their 
lives and work. Your support dare not end with the 
sending of a check to help pay the bills. That is im- 
portant, but your prayers are also greatly needed. 



IW CASSETTES 
AVAILABLE 



A number of new Regal Cassette Tapes have bee 
added to G/L's growing line of audio aids for teaching 
learning and inspiration. 

Hear Ethel Barrett at her best as the master star: 
teller on the following two new tapes — four stories o 
each. Not only does she motivate, entertain, and inspii 
as she brings Biblical characters to life, but she teach* 
basic Bible truths in an entertaining way. 
Old Testament Venture Stories includes these storie: 
Miracle by Long Distance (The story of Naamar 
Little Guy with a Big Problem (The Story of Jonal; 
The Party's Over (The writing on the wall) 
Why Was I Born? (The Story of Esther). 
New Testament Venture Stories includes these storie 
I Can't Believe It! (Peter's escape from prison) 
God Is Wide Awake (The Philippian Jailer) 
The Big Secret ( Paul's nephew thwarts murder plo 
The Unsinkable Apostle (Paul and the shipwreck 
These new teaching cassettes retail at $3.95 each ai 
can be used in a wide variety of ways. 

In addition, five Sing-A-Long Cassettes are now ava 
able for use in Church School and in the home at $5, 
each: 

Little Ones Sing-A-Long: 24 songs for eai 

childhood. 

More Little Ones Sing-A-Long: 47 more ear 

childhood songs, activities, rhythms, for a varie 

of activities. 

Primaries Sing-A-Long: 17 songs for primari 

from G/L Praise Book songs, Primary Childr 

Sing. 

Juniors Sing-A-Long: Quartet sings 16 songs frc 

Praise Book songs Sunday School Sings. 
Let's All Sing-A-Long: 17 songs especially J 
youth. 

The value and versatility of cassettes as teaching to 
has hardly been explored in many Brethren Chui 
Schools. Here is a chance for making use of expi 
assistance in teaching songs and telling Bible Stories 




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kpril 8, 1972 



Pajre Seven 



PAW 



NAE 



SOCIAL ILLS. EVANGELISM AND 
EDUCATION TO BE FOCUS OF 




WHEATON, 111. — Problems of society, evangelistic 
lovements and Christian education will be the focus 
f attention during some of the 57 seminars at the 30th 
anniversary Convention of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. These and other important issues will be 
onsidered when an expected 1,500 delegates and visitors 
onvene for the three-day event which marks NAE's 
0th year of service to America. 

Some 35 speakers are lined up for the seminars which 
aclude eight luncheons. Among the notables on hand 
/ill be Dr. Peter Beyerhaus, professor of missions at 
'ubingen University (Germany) and chief architect of 
le Frankfurt Declaration; the attorney general of 
fissouri, M. John C. Danforth; Dr. Ted Engstrom, 
xecutive vice president of World Vision International; 
>r. David L. McKenna, president of Seattle Pacific 
'ollege; Dr. Dave Breese, president of Christian Destiny, 
nc; Dr. T. A. Raedeke, executive director of Key 73; 
nd the Rev. Bob Harrington, Chaplain of Bourbon 
treet, New Orleans. 



Business, sharing of mutual concerns, and fellowship 
will mark the thrust of the seminars. Other topics to be 
discussed include church growth, missions in Third 
World countries, the Christian day school, deferred 
giving, crime, creative radio spots, church-state separa- 
tion and family finances. 

NAE's eleven commissions and four affiliates touch 
more than 20 areas of Christian ministries, and serve an 
estimated 10-12 million evangelicals. Much of their policy 
and program planning is shaped by concerns and con- 
cepts from the convention seminars. 

The affiliates include the Evangelical Foreign Missions 
Association, the National Association of Christian 
Schools, the National Sunday School Association and the 
National Religious Broadcasters. Ministries served by 
the commissions include the chaplaincy, home missions, 
evangelical action, evangelical churchmen, higher edu- 
cation, evangelism and spiritual life, social concerns, 
stewardship, theology, women's fellowship and world 
relief. 



EVANGELICALS RIDING CREST 



NATIONAL BOOK SALES 



| New York (EP) — A poll of large publishers, denom- 
inational houses and independent firms shows that 
Lmericans today are buying books that stress personal 
■ligious faith amid everyday problems, and that evan- 
elical books are logging the lion's share of sales. 
Writing in the copyrighted March 1972 issue of 
hristian Herald, JoAnn Price says publishing execu- 
ves in her informal poll told her readers "want to be 
jispired." 

j Doubleday's editorial director Alex Liepa pointed out 
bat "most people are seeking some spiritual comfort 
a religion, and the evangelical books are obviously more 
fcely to offer such comfort than books written by 
pbple who either say God is dead or that Jesus was a 
blitical revolutionary." 

Macmillan's Clement Alexander noted that books 
pout death also move quickly. "After trying to avoid 
jioking in that direction for some time," he said, 
Americans want to come to terms with death." 
A related trend was noted by Pollster Price: books on 
^astern religions, the occult, psychic phenomena and 
^en witchcraft. Paul M. Pettit, editor of religious books 
>r Abingdon, said this was caused by a "loosening of 
rotestant and Roman Catholic authority, increased 
lobility and probably a thirst for . . . 'rumors of 
ngels.' " 



Association Press (YMCA) executive Robert Roy 
Wright saw the occult binge as a reaction against the 
extreme "God is dead" theology, general interest in the 
Far East, a search for religions of "low demand" and 
rejection of the religious "establishment." 

Author Price said her survey revealed that the popu- 
larity of highly personalized testimonials to the Chris- 
tian faith has meant better business for evangelical 
houses than for liberal denominations. A poor showing 
was made for theology books by and for theologians. 
The lowest mark went to liberal scholarly theology. 

Richard Baltzell, editorial director of Fleming H. 
Revell Co., noted that celebrities tend to be more widely 
read than people who are authors only. 

All agreed that modern versions of the Scriptures, 
Bible aids, references and atlases continue to sell well. 
The American Bible Society's Good News for Modern 
Man and its Today's English Version, became the all- 
time best-selling paperback in May 1971. By October, 
Good News had climbed to 30 million in sales. A month 
later it had sold a million more. The Living Bible sales 
now stand at nine million. 

Word Books' Floyd Thatcher warned: "We cannot 
respond to this receptivity with a warmed-over rehash 
of jargon and cliche-ridden trivia." 



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The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

Rodger H. Geaslen 

PROGRAM FOR APRIL 




EL CAPSTAN 

AND THE 

ROCK OF AGES 



EL CAPITAN, in Yosemite, California, is a granite 
monolith which rises 3,400 feet straight up from 
the valley. It can be easily climbed from the back by a 
gradually ascending trail. 

The southeast side of this monolith is called the "Wall 
of Morning Light" because the sun strikes that side 
first. That side had never been climbed until two experi- 
enced climbers ascended that wall in November 1970. 

They made it by driving pitons into cracks in the wall. 
Where there were no cracks, they bored holes and set 
expansion bolts to pull themselves up. They estimated 
they had to drill 300 holes in the wall. 

On the entire vertical face, they encountered only two 
ledges on which they could stand or sit. They spent 
their nights in tent hammocks suspended from pitons 
driven into the rock. 

When they started, they estimated that the feat would 
take about 12 days; but part way up they were hindered 
with winds and heavy rains and freezing temperatures! 
This also shortened their food supplies and nearly de- 
feated their assault on the cliff. Later the weather 
changed and with courage, perseverance, and endurance 
they were able to continue the climb. After 32 days they 
finally reached the summit where food and warm con- 
gratulations awaited them for the triumph! 

We have often thought of El Capitan as a picture of 
our Lord Jesus Christ — the "Rock of Ages." Isaiah 26:4 
says: "Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord 
Jehovah is everlasting strength." The marginal reading 



of everlasting strength is "The Rock of Ages." Sun 
everlasting strength is in Him! 

In Isaiah 32:2, the Lord Jesus is described pro] 
etically as "the shadow of a great rock in a weary Ian 

When the Israelites were in the wilderness on th 
way to Canaan, they murmured because they lack 
water. The Lord instructed Moses to smite the rock 
Horeb and when he did so, water flowed from the re 
in abundance. They drank freely from that stream whi 
followed them. 

In I Corinthians 10:4 the picture is explained to 
It says: ". . . they drank of that spiritual rock tl 
followed them; and that rock was Christ." What 
beautiful picture of our "Rock of Ages" which w 
cleft for us by the rod of divine justice for our sins! 

Now because He was smitten and bruised for c 
iniquities, the water of life — eternal life — flows free 
The Lord Jesus said: "If any man thirst, let him coi 
unto Me and drink." All who hear His invitation a 
come to Him may drink freely. 

We appreciate the courage and endurance of the m 
who climbed El Capitan. They said they climbed becav 
it was "a tremendous emotional fulfillment." Of cour 
such a feat also brings with it popularity and, ve 
likely, other rewards. 

The Lord Jesus Christ does not ask us to endure su 
agony as these men experienced when they hung 
hammocks in freezing temperatures. He endured t 
suffering Himself which we deserved, and now 1 
simply invites us to believe on Him and commit o 
lives to Him. We may hide ourselves in Him and li 
for Him who died and rose again. 

When we reach the end of the road, we will find Hi 
to be a "wall of morning light," and He will give 
welcome far greater than the El Capitan climbers e 
perienced on the top of the rock! 



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ASHLAND, Ohio, March 17 — On Tuesday (March 
1) at 8:15 p.m. in the Ashland College Memorial Chapel, 
ae Choir held a Bon Voyage concert preparatory to its 
uropean tour which starts March 23. 

According to the director of the choir, Calvin Y. 
.ogers, the choir was assisted in this concert by an 
rchestra provided through a grant from the American 
ederation of Musicians Music Performance Trust 
unds. 

The orchestra is composed of faculty, students and 
rofessional musicians from the Ashland, Mansfield and 
/"ooster areas. Rogers said, "We particularly wanted 
n orchestra for this concert because the choir is going 
> be performing with an orchestra in Vienna on Easter 
unday. This gives us an opportunity to do the works 
t least once with an orchestra." 

Of the 44 students in the choir, 42 will be making the 
uropean trip. They represent the most experienced 
articipants in the vocal program on the AC campus, 
[embership is open to students at all class levels and 
•om all departments. 



Brethren choir members are: Michael Radcliff, Mil- 
ford, Indiana; Paul Deardurff, Belief ontaine, Ohio; John 
Shultz, Ashland, Ohio; Dale Stoffer, Canton, Ohio; Julie 
Meyer, Ashland, Ohio; Ron Blake, North Georgetown, 
Ohio and Sherry Barnhart, Gratis, Ohio. Other Brethren 
going are: Jeanne Shultz, Ashland, Ohio; Gloria Stout, 
Flora, Indiana and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Barnhart, Gratis, 
Ohio. 

The Bon Voyage concert was drawn entirely from 
the choir's European Tour repertoire. Highlights of the 
program included the choir's first performance with 
orchestra of W. A. Mozart's "Regina Coeli" and the 
"Coronation Mass." These are two works that the choir 
has been requested to sing at the historic Minoriten- 
kirche in Vienna on Easter Sunday. 

The concert was enriched by sacred and secular music 
of contemporary American composers. "Three Devo- 
tional Songs" by Jack Johnston, composer-in-residence 
at Ashland College were featured. 

Andrew Gregerson is associate director of the choir 
and Richard DeLong, Mansfield, is organist. 



MOTIVATED MEN 



by Candi Baker 



KENNETH L. SULLIVAN 

KENNETH L. SULLIVAN, 29, is a senior at 
** Ashland Theological Seminary majoring in 
ew Testament. He has been a member in the 
rethren Church for eight years and comes from 
ie Firestone Brethren Church in Akron, Ohio, 
en attended Garfield High School and Univer- 
ty of Akron before enrolling in Ashland College. 
|i 1968 he entered Ashland Theological Seminary 
id has served as student body secretary in 1969- 
), active on the Gospel Team and Seminary 
mbassadors. Ken enjoyed a trip to the Holy 
ands in June and has shared his experiences 
ith all interested students. 

Ken is married to Jeanette Sullivan from the 
irestone Brethren Church, and they have two 
mghters. Dianne Lynn is six and attends 
ndergarden at Grant Street School. Christine 
argaret is two and a half and entertains every 
ie with her singing. Jeanette is involved in the 
ssociation for Children with Learning Disabil- 
ies and enjoys sewing and music. 





Ken keeps very busy with fulltime employment 
at Archway Cookies in Ashland as well as pastor 
of the Walcrest Brethren Church in Mansfield, 
Ohio. After graduation in June of 1973, Ken plans 
to enter the pastoral ministry. 



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Stockton, Calif. The New Tide 
Singers will be in the Stockton 
Church April 23 at 1:30 p.m. The 
W.M.S. was in charge of a 'Sacri- 
fice Soup Luncheon after morning 
services on March 12. Offering 
will be used in mission work. 

Center Chapel, Intl. The Southern 
Indiana District Laymen's Rally 
was held March 13. The College 
Corner Laymen presented the pro- 
gram; Charles Martin was the 
speaker and the music was by the 
"Five in Hand" Quartet. 

Ashland, Ohio (Park Street). Our 

10:30 Worship Service is now 
being broadcast live each Sunday 
morning over WRDL - FM 89.5, 
the Ashland College station. 

Burlington, Intl. The Southern Dis- 
trict Youth Rally was held Sunday, 
February 20. Even though the 
weather was bad there were over 
200 in attendance. 

Tucson, Ariz. A Bible Conference 
was held March 8-12 with Rev. 
Alvin Shifflett as speaker. Rev. 
Shifflet is from Stockton, Calif. 

Corinth, Ind. An anonymous donor 
presented door chimes to the par- 
sonage. An Easter cantata is being 
planned for Community Easter 
Services. 

Goshen, Ind. Sunday evening, Feb- 
ruary 27 the Junior Choir present- 
ed a musical program. Sunday 
evening, March 5, a musical pro- 
gram was presented by the "Sun- 
beams," a group of 22 girls rang- 
ing in age from 8 to 13. The group 
was from the Pleasant View 
Mennonite Church. 



Milledgeville, 111. The Milledgeville 
Brethren have entered into a build- 
ing program which will give them 
more classroom space and a more 
convenient entrance. The church 
has also officially joined the NAE 
(National Association of Evan- 
gelicals). The Bible Power Hour 
each Sunday evening has been 
very successful. The book of 
James is being studied. 

Hag-erstown, Md. On Sunday, March 
19 the three Brethren Youth 
groups took charge of the pro- 
gram. Mr. Allen Martin showed 
pictures with narration of his 
recent tour of India. The offering 
was for India missions. 

Belief ontaine, Ohio (Gretna) On 

Palm Sunday evening James Jus- 
tice, a chalk talk artist led the 
worship. Monday, March 27, The 
Chanteurs presented an Easter 
Cantata. Tuesday, March 28, a film 
titled "Dawn of Victory" was 
shown. Wednesday, March 29, the 
Lamplighter's W.M.S. presented a 
play. Thursday was Holy Com- 
munion; Friday — Good Friday 
Community Service and Sunday 
morning will be a Sunrise Service. 

Elkliart, Ind. February 27 a Mission 
Filmstrip was shown of the jungle 
training for Wycliffe Bible trans- 
lators in preparation for mission- 
ary service. On March 12 the 
Brethrenaires Quartet took part 
in the worship service. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. The Community 
Good Friday Service was held 
in the New Lebanon Church with 
Pastor Michael O'Dell of the 
Trinity United Church of Christ 
bringing the message. 



Brush Valley, Pa. The BYC is spon 
soring an orphan of the Brethrer 
Home for Children in India. His 
name is P. Sudhakara Rao. He is 
11 years old and in the third grade 

Mathias, W. Va. The W.M.S. Districl 
Rally will be held at Mathias or 
April 8. 

Harrisonburg;, Va. (Bethlehem). Th< 

offerings at the Union Lenter 
Services were used for the suppor 
of the program of Bible teaching 
in the public schools. C. Y. Gilmei 
was the speaker for the Lentei 
services Sunday evening, Marcl 
5. The Montezuma Church Choi: 
brought special music. 



ings 



SURGUY-LISEK. Miss Marlen 
Surguy and Mr. Stanley Lisek werl 
united in a double-ring ceremony bl 
Rev. Tinnie Rorie in the Ardmori 
Brethren Church on February 2(.j 
1972. Mrs. Lisek is a member of th| 
church and the daughter of Mr. an! 
Mrs. Thomas Simon. 

Mrs. Joy L. Blake I 



Memorials 

GRISSO. Memorial service wi\ 
held for Mrs. Anna Grisso, wido 1 
of Rev. C. C. Grisso, at Bend<{ 
Funeral Home on February if 
Interment was in the German Baptij 
Cemetery. 

* * * 

WOODS. Ralph L. Woods, Brya! 
Ohio, died February 18, 1972 at til 
Cameron Memorial Hospital. Funerj 
services were conducted at tl! 
Oberlin Ford Memorial Home (J 
February 21 by Rev. M. W. Dod'j 
with burial at Fountain Gro 
Cemetery in Bryan. Mr. Woods w 
a member of the Bryan Fill 
Brethren Church. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

Herndon, Va. (Chandon) — 

3 by baptism 
Milledg-eville, 111. — 2 by baptism 
North Manchester, Ind. — 

2 by baptism 



kpril 8, 1972 



Page Eleven 



LET'S SING A SONG FOR GOD! 




y 7HEN ONE TAKES PEN IN HAND to reveal his 
/V thoughts and ideas concerning music in the 
(urch, he is immediately in danger of acquiring the 
vath of multitudes. Almost every church member has 
1b likes and dislikes in the realm of church music, 
lie do not have to be experts in music to know what 
| like or dislike. Music is such an essential part of 
(Siristian worship that we all are affected by it and 
tjus we form our opinions as to what is meaningful 
fid appropriate and good. Religious experience is inten- 
jy personal — as it should be — and it unfortunately 
tpds to lose its freshness and becomes crystallized, 
iktitutionalized and defensive. 

b.s a result, we have observed the development of— 

ijjyou will excuse the expression — the "phariseeism" 

1 the right and the left, the new and the old. On the 

■tftht we have those who insist that certain standards 

cj musical excellence (of performance or compositional 

sde) are required for worship, or that the only "good" 

cprch music is that which comes from a certain period 

I history. On the left we have those who believe that 

rl'isy "celebrations" with balloons, jazz combos, shouting 

■ad dancing in the front of the church are the only 

Levant" worship services for Christians today. I 

spect that we would react much the same as a certain 

>up of church members, old and young, did recently 

ten they were subjected to an experiment by Donald 

■tzell. This brave soul, as he reported in the April 





iiliiii 
ititltiL 

Jilll 



by BRADLEY WEIDENHAMER 



Bradley E. Weidenhamer graduated from 
Ashland Theological Seminary in 1966. He ivas 
Minister of Christian Education at Goshen, 
Indiana from 1966-1968. He pastor ed the First 
Brethren Church of Goslien in 1969. Since June 
1970 he has been Librarian at the Seminary and 
is presently Minister of Music at the First 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 



1971, issue of "Eternity" magazine, prepared a tape 
with short excerpts of music that various generations 
of teenagers had loved during the past 60 years. When 
lie played the tape to the group, he could easily deter- 
mine their thinking from the expressions on their faces. 
Music of a previous generation was silly, music that 
was popular when a particular listener was a teenager 
was remembered tenderly and fondly, while music of a 
newer generation was shocking and crude! 

Thus, we are left with the dilemma: what music will 
aid us in the worship of our God and how shall we 
develop the relationship between music and worship? 
Worship may be described as a family celebration of 
the people of God, an active, willing, and deeply joyful 
affirmation about God, about man, about Jesus Christ, 
about life and about hope. Music, to be useful, must 
support and enhance worship, help the celebrative 
action to move along rather than delay it, bring dra- 
matic expression in whatever style or form or mood is 
being used. It would be valuable for all of us to examine 



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our oonoept of worship. Possibly such inward reflection 
might enlighten our minds and help us to improve our 
attitudes toward worship. 

If one undertakes a study of church music, he soon 
discovers that, believe it or not, changes have taken 
place in the field during the last five hundred years. 
Indeed, styles, instrumentations and lyrics have changed 
significantly as time has progressed. The mood of music 
has gone this way and that, sometimes following denom- 
inational lines, sometimes swayed by influential per- 
sonalities, sometimes trumpeting theological persua- 
sions. Almost every time that there has been a trend of 
change in church music, there has also been a backlash 
of protect. Isaac Watts is sometimes called the father 
of English hymnody. However, as a teenager he rebelled 
against singing the Psalms of the Old Testament, to 
which his elders indignantly replied, "Do you think you 
can do better than King David?" Watts went ahead and 
wrote anyway, but he was always careful to identify 
each of his compositions as a paraphrase of a psalm. 
A century ago, when Dwight L. Moody and Ira Sankey 
went to Ireland with their "gospel songs," they drew 
frequent criticism. One prominent pastor urged Moody 
to stop using those songs or else they would have all 
the people dancing. 

Today we are in the midst of a variety of musical 
sounds in the church, each seeking acceptance and use. 
What is to be the dominant church music-style of the 
future? Guitar accompaniment is exceedingly popular 
in many church groups today, but it is not nesessarily 
the church music of the future. In some places it is 
already giving way to the electronic sound. The Moog 
synthesizer and other sound-producing and recording 
and amplifying devices, no matter how strange they 
may seem to our ears, are being experimented with in 
religious music. Already there are some anthems 
accompanied by electronic tapes! 

All this builds toward a conclusion: each generation 
must find and develop the styles of church music which 
best express the Christian experience of that generation. 
I say "styles" because church music critics say that no 
one style of music is now in ascendancy or seemingly 
will be in ascendency to dominate all the others. It is 
pure hypocrisy for a generation of the body of Christ 
to automatically accept the church music of another 
generation and use it outwardly when it has no inward 



meaning in the lives of that generation. Of course, 
new generation may decide, as a result of its searcl 
to accept the styles of the past, and that is fine an 
good. But the critical point is that a search must | 
made. 

Acceptance of this conclusion leads us to see a numbe 
of implications. Possibly the most important of thes 
is that all of us must demonstrate more acceptanc 
and toleration of the various styles of music whic 
exist today. The "gospel-song" advocate must realh 
that gospel songs were never intended to become ti 
sole singing style of the church. The young "folk-roc 
religious musical" advocate must see the limitations < 
that particular style and must recognize the beauty ar 
meaningful use of other styles in a religious contex 
The staid and sophisticated "formalized" worships 
must understand that his obsession with the "highe 1 
quality" of church music can sometimes become devoj 
of life and spirit, so that he sings only words and fee, 
no joy or life in the Spirit. 

It is not expected that each of us, even in our mo; 
tolerant mood, is going to find a meaningful Christie! 
experience in all styles of church music. Nevertheles 
we should " develop enough appreciation so that 
"balanced" musical presentation in our church will n 
"turn us off" or cause us to develop a consistent 
critical attitude. By "balanced" we mean that the chunj 
music of a congregation needs to reflect the stylj 
which are found meaningful in the life and witness 
the body of Christ. All religious "folk-rock" and il 
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" will not produce 
well-rounded Christian experience. On the other har! 
all "religious Bach" and no Ralph Carmichael will al 1 
cause us to miss something important. 

We are certainly living in a world of incredible chan.j 
and music is only one area which the church needs j 
study. But there should be some study — music eduo 
tion in the church is almost non-existent as a practk! 
program, and it would do us well to examine the wa 
in which we might become more aware of the field 
church music and its influence on our attitudes 
Christian worship and experience. One thing is ij 
certain: music is an integral part of our total lives, 
and out of the church. We need to understand it so tr. 
we can use it to the best advantage for spreading t 
Good News and experiencing that Good News in o 
lives. 






il 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



April 8, 1972 



Page Thirteen 



MOUNTAINTOP HIGH! 



by Sherry Barnharr 




Greetings ! 
It seems like ages since the last time that I've written 

all of you. I hope that life is treating you all right. 
You know in life there are so many different feelings. 

>ometimes you are up on the mountaintops where no 
pe can hurt you, and then other times the valleys seem 
mbelieveably deep. This is normal. Everyone has the 
^ood days and the bad ones. 

Right now I'm on a high mountaintop! By the time 
''ou read this I will be in Europe (March 23 - April 16) 
vith the choir from Ashland College. So many of my 
riends are going, and also my parents are going. So 
t's going to be a "time to remember." 

1 But those dates also remind me of another "time to 
jemember" that to a Christian are really more impor- 
tant. I mean the whole Easter season. When you stop 
Ind think about it, Easter is one of the most significant- 
V beautiful times of the year Not only does it mean 
ew clothes and warm weather but also new life and 
ope. 

Easter is a time for Christians to renew their own 
aith and their love for one another "For Go so loved 
he world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that 
/hosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have 
ternal life" (John 3:16). This verse is so often quoted 
hat it sometimes seems to lose the total effect. But 
kow! That whole verse was fulfilled in just three short 
ays. 

This summer I'm a member of the Crusader team 
haX will be in Northern Indiana. Our whole purpose is 
his Easter message of love, life, and hope. One of the 
jongs that we'll be singing says this so well that I'd 

ke to quote part of it. 



"While we were sinners, Jesus came, and took upon 
Himself our blame. Willing to bear our sin and shame; 
He died for us. . . . The Son of God became a man. 
Fulfilling God's eternal plan, conceived before the 
world began; He died for us" ("He Died For Us" from 
Show Me). 

Yes, Jesus came to us, lived with us and died for us, 
but the message only begins here. He arose and is living 
today. Alleluia! ! 

He took the first step so now it's our turn. What can 
we do to show this Easter spirit — this peace and joy 
that comes with the inner presence of the Living Lord. 

I used to get the feeling that Jesus just didn't expect 
much from me. After all, I'm a busy college junior. 
Someday when I'm really out in the world and more 
involved in it then I can do more for Him. I especially 
felt this way in high school when I was still living at 
home, but now I really know different. Jesus did so 
much for me. If I can be kind to one person and really 
show His love then I am living for Him. Girls, analyze 
your lives, What is your best quality? How can you 
uce it for Jesus? For example, how can I use my ability 
to talk for Jesus? Sometimes this is not a gift that I 
am proud of, but I've found that when I use my voice 
for Jecus and not for Sherry Barnhart He helps me and 
uses me. 

So in this very special time of year let's all remember 
that Christ died and rose again for each of us. Let's also 
ask ourselves what can we do today for Jesus? 

Yours In Christ, 
Sherry 



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WRC ON RADIO 



Dr. Reginald Thomas, Speaker 



Dear Brethren Friends : 

Within recent months a very exciting thing has happened ! The Lord 
has provided us with a special radio program that we believe will encour- 
age more interest in the World Relief Commission than any other medium 
we have used to date . . . and it will do this with very slight internal ad- 
justment and at a cost so low that it will not change our policy of 92 cents 
of every dollar going overseas in services rendered and goods delivered. 

The radio program, called "The Bible With Dr. Thomas," will be broad- 
cast on many stations (see radio log). As radio stations and listeners 
become aware of this Biblically-based program, I am sure our radio line-up 
will increase greatly. We are vigorously negotiating for more radio 
stations, and hope that before too long people everywhere in the country 
will be able to hear. Our speaker, Dr. D. Reginald Thomas, is one of the 
nation's foremost radio Bible teachers. Formerly speaker for The Bible 
Study Hour and The Layman's Hour, Dr. Thomas has volunteered his ser- 
vices to speak on behalf of World Relief Commission. 

This now gives WRC a two-pronged ministry — of "food for the body and 
food for the soul" to needy people overseas, and also of providing spiritual 
food, through Dr. Thomas' messages, to our friends here in the States. 

It is hoped that as an expression of appreciation for Dr. Thomas' Biblical 
ministry, and in recognition of his deep concern for the needy of the world, 
that new friends will join old friends and help us to be an increasingly 
effective channel of Christian help and hope. Right now we are in great 
need of funds to help rehabilitate the Pakistani refugees and to continue 
caring for children in our 120-bed Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital 
in Vietnam. 

Whether you can presently hear Dr. Thomas or not, we hope you will 
continue to provide us with the means to help those who need our help so 
much, as we serve for the sake of Christ. 

"May God bless to you this simple witness 
in His -name . . . and let us work together." 
The above prayer by Dr. Thomas readily describes the entire philosophy 
of the program and of the World Relief Commission. "The Bible with Dr. 
Thomas" is a thirty-minute, thoroughly researched, Bible-centered message 
to help those who long for a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and a 
better relationship with God. We are sure these weekly messages will en- 
rich all who listen. 

Yours in His service, 
Dr. Everett S. Graffam 
Executive Director 
World Relief Commission 



ail 8, 1972 







• 




Page Fifteen 






RADIO 


LOG 


Dial 


Station 




City 


Time 


Position 


WTMR 




Camden, N.J. 


8:00 A.M. 


800 


WOIO 




Canton, Ohio 


4:30 P.M. 


106.0 


KWLC 




Decorah, Iowa 


10:30 A.M. 


1240 


WQMS- 


FM 


Hamilton, Ohio 


1:00 P.M. 


96.5 


WBRI 




Indianapolis Ind. 


8:30 A.M. 


1500 


KKLM- 


FM 


La Mesa, Calif. 


5:30 P.M. 


91.5 


WCIT 




Lima, Ohio 


9:30 A.M. 


940 


WMPC 




Lapeer, Mich. 


7:00 A.M. 


1230 


WNOG 




Naples, Fla. 


8:00 A.M. 


1270 


WPKO 




Waverly, Ohio 


4:30 P.M. 


1380 


WAWZ 




Zarephath, N.J. 


8:30 A.M. (Thurs.) 


99.1 



All broadcasts are on Sunday unless otherwise indicated. 
*More Stations will be added as resources become available. 



MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING . . . 



. . . in World Relief 



Here are instructions for shipping clothing and blankets for World Relief use: 

Clothing is needed for all ages, all sizes; summer or winter wear, clean, mended, 
with at least six months' wear. Children's and infants' clothing, and layettes are the 
most needed. 

Blankets and light quilts, clean and in good repair, are needed. Blankets bring 
comfort and emergency shelter to disaster victims. Do not purchase new blankets. 
Instead, send $3.50 for each blanket (3 for $10.00) to WRC headquarters. 

Shipping expenses: It will help if you send 100 per pound or 250 per blanket to 
the World Relief Commission office at Valley Forge to help cover the cost of pro- 
cessing to start your clothing or blanket gift on its way overseas. Do not send this 
money to the processing centers; rather, send it to this address: 

WORLD BELIEF COMMISSION, INC. 
P.O. Box 44 
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 19481 

Do not send shoes, hats, bathing suits, ties, formal wear, purses, girdles, nylon 
stockings, military or Scout uniforms, pillows, or articles made of silk or fragile 
fabrics or non-washable fabrics, or materials made with plastic or rubber. 

WHERE TO SEND CLOTHING: 

Do not send any clothing to a New York or Valley Forge address. Do send cloth- 
ing and blankets (postage prepaid) to the center nearest you: 

WORLD RELD3F COMMISSION, INC. 

c/o Brethren Service Center 

P.O. Box 188 

New Windsor, Maryland 21776 

WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION, INC. 

c/o Brethren Service Center 

201 S. Main Street 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 

WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION, INC. 

c/o Brethren Service Center 

919 N. Emerald Avenue 

Modesto, California 95352 

WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION, INC. 

c/o Lyon Van Co. 

3600 S. Grand Avenue 

Los Angeles, California 90007 
(Note: Before shipping new materials for special projects, please write the Valley 
Forge address for instructions.) 



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SEWING FOR WORLD RELIEF 




'"■». 




Mrs. Ray Summy 



The January-February issue of the Woman's Outloo] 
had an article on Page 16 with information on sewing 
Please refer to this to know where to send your pacP 
ages of finished items, how much to send for furthe 
processing, and what items are needed urgently. Yo 
will see that pajamas are still at the top of the lis' 
warm winter clothing next — plus a list of other item 
that are needed. 

Please Note: we have been informed that it is best t 
send all bandages and nicer pads to one of the Worl 
Relief Centers. Do not send them directly to Nigeria j 
This information was not in the Woman's Outlooll 
Bandages and ulcer pads are needed and will be distrilj 
uted fairly by the World Relief Commission. 

Since many women expressed appreciation in seeini 
items made by others and sharing ideas, we are goinj 
to have a display again this fall at National Conferencr 
So be planning what garments or items you can brin, 
for it. 

Several new features will be added this year. Chie' 
among them is a workshop on sewing (crocheting an 
knitting) on Friday afternoon. Look for the exact timi 
and place when the schedule is printed. For other net! 
features — Come and See! ! 



(Mrs.) Bonnie Summy, a member of the World 
Relief Committee for five years, is particularly 
helpful in assembling and mailing, information 
to pastors and in organizing all the details related 
to displaying the articles sewed for World Relief. 
She and her family live in Ashland, Ohio. 



LAST AUGUST at General Conference a new plan 
was used to display sewing items made for World 
Relief by the women of our W.M.S. groups. We asked 
each group to bring one or two items they had made 
during the year to put on display. Many of those who 
responded brought anywhere from five or six to eight 
items. 

We requested more room in the chapel ba:ement and 
were given a room adjacent to the display area. Here 
we had a large table plus a clothes rack. As the items 
began to arrive we saw we were going to need more 
space. The janitor kindly secured a second table and 
it was soon full also. The response was tremendous and 
showed the interest our women have in sewing for 
World Relief. This fine display represented the work of 
27 W.M.S. groups and we hope many more will respond 
this year. 



What Working Together For Others Can Do 

There are several women's groups in the Brethre 
Church sewing for World Relief. The following tabul.,; 
tion spotlights just one of them — from the Park Streii 
Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. 




April 8, 1972 



Page Seventeen 




These women began sewing on a regular basis in 
Viarch 1966. In these past six years they have made 
the following — according to Mrs. Charles Munson (chair- 
man and statistician) : 



women 

L2 Dresses 
1 Sweater 
6 Skirts 

1 Poncho 

2 Aprons 
4 Shorts 

3 Blouses 

2 Pair Slippers 
1 Gown 
|l Scarf 
1 Slacks 



Babies 

11 Sacques 

28 Receiving Blankets 

52 Gowns 

20 Shirts 

15 Binders 

71 Diapers 

4 Crib Quilts 

7 Bibs 

6 Pair Booties 

6 Sweaters 

1 Pair Pajamas 

3 Hats 



Girls 

53 Blouses 
93 Dresses 
14 Jumpers 
33 Skirts 

7 Shorts 

2 Dress & Panties 
19 Slips 
19 Sweaters 

2 Robes 

2 Pair Pajamas 
11 Knit Hats 

3 Vests 

7 Knitted Vests 
19 Pair Mittens 
2 Gowns 
9 Pair Slippers 



Men 

4 Shirts 
29 Scarves 
6 Pair Slippers 

Miscellaneous 

92 Hospital Gowns 

11 Bed Pads 

13 Pillow Cases 
78 Comforters 
29 Lap Robes 

12 Small Comforters 
3 Tote Bags 

44 Towel & Wash Cloth Sets 

3 Stuffed Toys 

3 Sheets 
144 lb. Bandages 



Boys 

46 Shirts 

7 Shorts 
14 Pants 

2 Vests 

9 Pair Pajamas 

4 Sweaters 

Total Pounds Sent— 905 

The Park Street Church now has two sewing groups; 
one meeting every Thursday morning and one meeting 
every two weeks on Monday evenings. They have seven 
sewing machines, four of which were purchased with 
donated TV Stamps. All material (for the items listed 
above) was donated and there is always plenty on hand 
to work with. 

Come to: 

SEWING WORKSHOP 
General Conference — Friday Afternoon 



DALAT DREAM REALIZED 



ALAT is a resettlement area for the Koho 
(ko-HAW) Montagnards who have been squeezed 
ut of their ancestral homes by war. 
The Rev. Wesley Schelander, Christian and Missionary 
lliance missionary for twenty years, noticed that Koho 
outh who studied at government schools in the morn- 
lg had nothing to occupy them in the afternoon. He 
earned of a Christian tribes vocational training school 
'here they could learn a trade and become self- 
apporting and self-respecting. 

The dream is now a reality. A whole new era has 
pened for the Koho. A new building jointly sponsored 
y the Koho Tribal District of the Evangelical Church 
' Vietnam (Tin Lanh), the World Relief Commission, 
ie Vietnam Ministry of Social Welfare, and U.S. 
lilitary civic action, was dedicated in May 1971. 
Now, under Christian guidance, Koho youth are 
ained as skilled carpenters, mechanics, tailors, shop 
.vners, electricians, sheet metal workers, masons, 
pists, and home economists. Another example of 
rethren dollars at work! ! ! 



in Vietnam 





Mechanics Class at Tribes Vocational Training 
School, Dalat, Vietnam. 



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FEELS SO GOOD TO GIVE 



Giving for World Relief has increased in The Bretliren Church every year since 
the fund began nearly six years ago, in 1966. And the number of churches partici- 
pating has increased every year also. 

These are encouraging facts — primarily because they indicate that more Brethren 
are expressing a basic Christian principle of "living for others"-- not ourselves. 

The compiled figures paint the following pleasant picture. With the exception of 
1969-70 (when the denominational fiscal year was changed), note that all figures are 
for a 12-month period. 



i 



Year 






Churches 


Individuals 


Receipts 


1966-67 






26 


5 . 


$1,546 


1967-68 






49 


5 


$4,630 


1968-69 






65 


18 


$6,363 


1969-70 


(18 


months ) 


74 


15 


$7,316 


1971 






81 


17 


$7,725 






5 


V 2 Years Total 




$27,580 


1979 






V? 


?•? 


•?•? 



< 



Of course, we've concerned about those 40 churches not contributing to World 
Relief during the past year through our committee — and particularly the 21 Brethren 
Churches never giving to World Relief through the World Relief Committee. Hope- 
fully, Brethren in those congregations will sense the need this year and respond 
with meaningful gifts. 

But in 1971 a total of 81 churches did aid people in need by sending an offering 
to Mr. George Kerlin, treasurer of our Brethren World Relief Committee. Here is 
a report of his records: 



Southeast District 




Pennsylvania District 




Ohio District 




Bethlehem 


$221.00 


Berlin 


$100.00 


Akron 


$ 15 


Chandon 




Brush Valley 




Ashland (Park Street) 


379 i 

1 


Cumberland 


14.00 


Calvary 


5.00 


Canton 


150;' 


Dunraven 




Cameron 


5.00 


Columbus 


25 1 


Gatewood 




Fairless Hills-Levittown 


125.00 


Dayton 


229 f 


Haddix 




Highland 




Fremont 


15 * 


Hagerstown 


5.00 


Johnstown II 


121.00 


Garber (Ashland) 


261 


Kimsey Run 




Johnstown III 


432.00 


Glenford 


10 


Krypton 


20.00 


Masontown 


26.65 


Gratis 


226 !l 


Liberty 


17.00 


Meyersdale 


50.00 


Gretna 


344 IS 


Linwood 


25.00 


Mt. Olivet 


40.00 


Louisville 


51 


Lost Creek 




Mt. Pleasant 




Mansfield 




Mathias 


5.00 


Pittsburgh 


52.00 


Massillon 




Maurertown 


45.47 


Quiet Dell 




Newark 


7' 


Meadowbranch 




Raystown 




New Lebanon 


iocj> 


Mt. Olive 


142.49 


Sergeantsville 




North Georgetown 




Oak Hill 


59.50 


Valley (Jones Mills) 


25.00 


Pleasant Hill 


9c) 


Rowdy 




Vandergrift 


32.50 


Smithville 


1941 


St. James 


148.60 


Vinco 


131.00 


West Alexandria 




St. Luke 


26.10 


Waynesboro 




Williamstown 




Washington 


71.20 


White Dale 









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Dndiana District 




Muncie 


75.00 


Midwest District 




Ardmore 


$58.02 


Nappanee 


200.00 


Carleton 




Brighton 




New Paris 


145.65 


Cheyenne 




Bryan 


157.50 


North Liberty 




Derby 


$31.50 


Burlington 


43.00 


North Manchester 


40.00 


Falls City 


25.00 


Center Chapel 




Oakville 




Fort Scott 


9.60 


College Corner 


53.14 


Peru 


20.00 


Morrill 




Corinth 


42.00 


Roann 


250.00 


Mulvane 




County Line 




Roanoke 


20.00 






Denver 


20.00 


Shipshewana 








Dutchtown 


61.69 


South Bend 


249.85 


Northern California District 


Elkhart 


195.62 


Teegarden 


35.00 


Lathrop 




Flora 


112.25 


Tiosa 


54.00 


Manteca 


$40.56 


Fort Wayne 


33.05 


Wabash 


3.00 


Stockton 


5.00 


Goshen 




Warsaw- 


25.27 






Huntington 




Winding Waters 


25.00 






Jefferson 


463.00 






Southwest District 




Kokomo 




Central District 




Papago Park 




Loree 




Cedar Falls 


$ 44.98 


Tucson 


$28.00 


Marion 




Cerro Gordo 








Matteson 




Lanark 


25.00 






Mexico 


22.00 


Milledgeville 


157.03 


Florida Churches 




Milford 




Udell 




Sarasota 


$168.29 


Mishawaka 


18.00 


Waterloo 


400.00 


St. Petersburg 


10.89 



Let us continue joining together to provide "relief" for those oppressed by naked- 
ness, starvation, sickness and unbelief — in response to God's love and His ample 
provision for us. We've done well, and we're thankful — but our "compassion poten- 
tial" hasn't yet been reached. 

You agree, don't you? Fine! ! 

For us, involvement in World Belief is a choice. For those we help ) there's no 
choice to it! They only benefit when we give. And without our gifts there is just 
more misery, coldness, hunger, sickness and spiritual darkness. The obligation is on 
our "Christian shoulders" — because we still have a choice in the matter. 

Let's not break the upward climb in 1972 — not just so the statistics will look better 
next year, but so someone will know we love them in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Give and pray — pray and give — give and give — pray and pray. No matter how 
we do it, the result is the same — God is honored, we feel good, and someone in need 
can face another day with h-o-p-e! ! ! 

Brethren World Relief Committee 
Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 




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LITTLE UT GETS A HEAD START! 



by SHERYL NELSON 



Hoa Luong Day Care Center, a daytime 
home, held in conjunction with Cu Chanh 
Christian Vocation Training Center near 
Hue, Vietnam. 




Sheryl Nelson, from Chicago, started and main- 
tained this day care center for a year. It is still 
functioning. Sheryl is now nutritionist at Hoa 
Khanh Children's Hospital. 



The children are so anxious to learn that Chi Tu hi 
to give only one blow on her whistle and they conj 
running. They find out what pencils, crayons and pap<! 
are for. The bigger ones practice writing numbers arj 
letters. 

Rhythmic exercises are followed by snacktime. I 1 
thinks the only way to eat bread is inside out. Bib 
story time with Miss Van comes next, and they sir! 
songs and learn verses. 

The children can smell lunch cooking and they g< 
hungry. Ut sometimes has three bowls of steaming ri< 
and fish. He is ready for a nap after lunch, after whic 
Chi Tu reviews the morning's lessons. The afternoc 
snack is a favorite, being a tasty fritter made of higj 
protein corn-soya-milk mixture and deep fat fried. 

There is one last game, then hands and faces as 
scrubbed again, and everyone lines up outdoors to sir 
and receive another little loaf of bread. They throj 
good-byes in all directions and run happily down tl 
lanes. 

Ut learns a lot, and the good food has changed hi 
from a skinny, listless child to a chubby, friendl 
bubbling boy, always into something. 



A 



S DAWN BREAKS over the village of Hoa Luong, 
four-year-old Ut Cook) squeezes one brown eye 
open, sees his mother lighting the fire, snuggles up to 
his brother and goes to sleep. 

His mother cannot return to bed, though. She has 
much to do before leaving at 7:45. Ut's father abandoned 
his family, so mother must support seven children and 
learn a productive skill at the same time. She can do 
this at the nearby WRC Christian Vocational Training 
Center as she and her oldest daughter learn how to 
grow better vegetables in the agriculture class. The 
oldest son is learning carpentry. They study in the morn- 
ing and work for the school in the afternoon, and are 
paid for their work by food, clothing and medicine. 

The two younger girls go to elementary school at the 
Center. Ut and his twin brothers go to the Day Care 
Center which is part of the vocational school. Chi Tu, 
the teacher, greets all sixty-five children as they arrive. 
They learn to wash up and even clean their teeth. 




Vietnam. Children well cared for at Hi 
Khanh Children's Hospital. Many of these liti 
ones are orphans. 



^pril 8, 1972 

WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION AIDS 



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REFUGEES 



WORLD REACTION to the plight of 15 million 
starved, diseased refugees in India has been al- 
nost apathetic. There has not been the response to the 
Bengali refugees as there was for those who suffered 
Imilarly in Biafra. 

After an inspection tour by WRC Executive Vice- 
jresident, Dr. Everett S. Graffam, it was decided to 
lireet efforts to the refugees fleeing into Meghalaya, 
lortheast of East Pakistan, because other agencies were 
vorking in West Bengal and Tripura. About one-fifth 
)f the refugees coming into Meghalaya are Christians, 
>ne-tenth Muslims, the rest Hindus. 

Not only has the government of India given its ap- 
)roval for specific Christian projects but has asked 
kVRC to take responsibility for a camp in Shillong car- 
ng for five to eight thousand displaced people. A four 
nonths' budget of $35,000 to provide food, shelter, 
nedical aid, blankets and clothing for this refugee 
center is needed. This breaks down to approximately 
51.00 per person per month. 

Offerings from Brethren Churches and individual 
?ifts help provide these funds for aid to homeless people 
dl over the world. And along with this "Food for the 
|3ody," there is always "Food for the Soul" — an ex- 
pressed Christian message in one of many forms goes 
p those who receive material aid. 

| Dr. Graffam reported, after visiting the camps around 
Calcutta: "I don't know how the workers can stand to 
ee such suffering' day after day. Soon I couldn't take 
t. I didn't want to eat. I couldn't sleep, and didn't even 
vant to talk. 




Dr. Graffam extends his hand of concern 
toivard a Pakistani child dying of cholera. 



"As an American, tuned to the lusty cry of healthy 
infants, I was heart-broken as I heard the dry, rasping, 
tiny sounds of emaciated, hungry little ones. 

"I was in India to see wliat WBC could do to help. 
We have found the quickest and most personal way is 
to make funds available to evangelical nationals and 
missionary organizations already working in the area. 
The Evangelical Fellowship of India is one of five organ- 
izations WRC is helping to support." 



EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS 



T IS TRUE— "every little bit does help." Very, very 
' true in just one project here in Korea where concerned 
eople have joined together in Christian love, to help 
rippled children of the Chun Sung Won, which is an 
rphanage in Pusan for handicapped children. 

The home was established in 1959 beginning with 21 

hildren. Since then the number has risen to 89, with 

hildren from the age of 10 months to 18 years. Because 

his home is for crippled children, the expenses and 

feeds are always more than in a regular orphanage. I 

lave always had a special place in my heart for the 

landicapped in Korea and I became interested in the 

Ihun Sung Won (Heavenly Star Orphanage) shortly 

fter arriving here. The World Relief Commission has 

iven assistance to them since 1960 with foods, medicines 

nd clothing. And since it is a specialized institution 

dth special needs, several people has responded to these 

eeds as they have visited or have heard about them 

Trough correspondence. 

Operations are an ever present need. Even though 
Ir. Yoon, the director, has found a doctor who is willing 
do the operations at the basic costs, cutting the 
mount in half, he has had to limit the number to 10 
hildren per year because of limited budget. 

The children in the Vacation Bible School of the 



by JERRY E. SANDOZ 
WRC Korean Director 




Jerry Sandoz (right) presents a $1,000 check 
from IV RC to the Crippled Children's Home in 
Korea, for a physical therapy clinic. 



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Vancover Friends Church in Washington State brought 
their money every day during their week last summer 
and sent it to us to pay for the operation of little Park, 
Kyung Ja, an 8-year-old-girl who was severely burned 
when a baby. After her accident her left arm healed 
in such a way so that she could not lift it. Since her 
operation, she has a greater use of her arm. I think this 
is a wonderful picture — concerned children helping other 
children. Even though they didn't have much, they put 
it all together and it went a long way. 




Korea. Children of leprosy victims get special 
care and attention. 



The student nurses at Good Samaritan School of 
Nursing in Portland, Oregon, have pooled their nickles, 
dimes, and quarters and are paying for the operation 
of 8-year-old Do, Wook Sun, who recently came to Chun 
Song Won after his mother died and they were unable 



to locate his father. He had polio which left his righij 
leg useless. It may take at least two operations ancj 
several years of physical therapy, but since someone 
cared, he will be able to live a more normal life. 

I could go on and recite many more cases in thiij 
orphanage alone where concerned people have shared! 
Like the lady in Friendsview Manor in Newberg, Oregon 1 , 1 
who knitted a sweater and scarf for Na, Hyung Soon! 
a 15-year-old girl who lost both arms in a train accident 
when she was about seven. Since this sweater was sem 
a year ago, many of the ladies in the manor have gotter 
busy and a shipment of knitted articles is on its waj 
for the children so they will stay warm this winter. 

Or the high rjchool students who saved yarn, whicl 
was used in many of there garments, by having a con 
test to see which class could make the biggest ball. The! 
largest one was 61 pounds and 81 inches in circumi 
ference. 

Or the people from several churches who had a projeaj 
to buy crutches and artificial limbs for the children. 

Or the case of Ku, Yong Ho, who had his first in A 
series of three operations from gifts given by three! 
people who visited Korea and saw a need. 

Every time I visit the children at Chun Sung Won I 
I receive a special blessing from their lives. To see the; 
smiles on their faces is rea^y a testimony of Christ'i! 
love shining back through them. To hear them sin^! 
rongs like "Jesus Loves Me" is a real moving experience 
It is hard to explain the feeling I get as I watch thesej 
kids, who for the most part have a real struggle doin^i 
the things that we take so much for granted, such asS 
walking, eating our food, etc. It is wonderful wher 
people give of their time or money to make things I 
little easier for them or hundreds of others like them: 

"Every little bit does help" — and we constantly thanl-} 
the Lord for His peop^ who get together and share 
these things with others. 

(This account is another example of what we BrethreiJ 
are a part of through the dollars given to World Relief 
Phil Lersch.) 



EVANGELICALS CARE 



by LILLIAN GRAFFAM 



One of the highest forms of Christian love is to dem 
onstrate compassionate helpfulness toward those wlVi 
are totally unable to reciprocate. [Wow! read that firs J 
sentence again. It's loaded! p.l.] 

That's exactly what many evangelicals are doinjj 
through the World Relief Commission of the National 
Association of Evangelicals. WRC provides 
food, 
clothing, 
medicine, 

farm equipment, 
funds, 

and encouragement to people who hav 
been ravaged by war, natural disasters, disease, poverty j 
and illiteracy. And in ministering to these needs, WR<| 
also presents the message of the compassionate Chris! 
who freely offers eternal life and blessing: to all wh| 
will believe. 



pril 8, 1972 



Page Twenty-three 




Peru. Typical scene of devastation following earthquake. 



When the shocking news came on May 31, 1970, that 
ii,000 died in the Peruvian earthquake, WRC did more 
( an express sympathy. It wired funds to purchase 
juch-needed emergency food and clothing. In a few 
4ys, building materials, construction tools, blankets, 
|edicines, and more food arrived. In a demonstration 
\ heartening unity, evangelicals brought help and hope. 
ply after distributing' relief supplies did they gain an 
idience for Gospel services. In Cajacay, such services 
'ere the first held in 100 years. 

sin Vietnam, where continuous war has left thousands 

institute, WRC is fighting a war without guns, Armed 

Ith the love of Christ, WRC workers have not only 

implied food for the hungry, blankets for shivering 

<;ildren, shelter for the homeless — but also schooling 

ijr thousands of Montagnard tribesmen. In Hue, the 

<iristian Vocational Training Center — with an enroll- 

ent of 600 and with over 200 continually on the waiting 

t — teaches tribespeople sewing, carpentry, and agri- 

dtural skills. Coupled with dynamic presentation of 

b Gospel, this training will help the Vietnamese rebuild 

eir country and establish village churches. 



In Korea, thousands of abandoned children have been 
rescued from town garbage dumps. These have been 
brought to health-promoting orphanages. WRC has also 
pioneered in day-care centers where mothers can leave 
their children to get two nourishing meals, vitamin 
supplements, learn simple skills, and hear about Jesus. 
Each evening when the mothers return from the WRC 
food-for-work projects, they are reunited with happy, 
healthy children. 

Almost 300 children enjoy the facilities at Inchon 
Blind School in Korea. Here destitute, despised, forsaken 
children are given a home and education, and hear of 
a God who cares. 

Working with the Korean government, WRC has been 
able to transform thousands of unusable acres into pro- 
ductive farms and small businesses. 

(Copyright 1971, Scripture Press Publications, Inc., 
Wheaton, III. 60187. Reprinted by permission from "Power 
for Living.") 



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PASTORS' 



WIVES* 



RETREAT 



MAY 16-18, 1972 



A Pastors' Wives' Retreat in conjunction with the 1972 Pastors' 
Conference is no longer a dream it is soon to be a reality. You ladies will 
be with your pastor-husbands in four combined sessions for inspiration 
and challenge from God's Word to be shared by Rev. L. Doyle Masters, 
pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 

All separate sessions for discussion and fellowship as pastors' wives, 
under the leadership of Julie Flora, will be held on the second floor of 
Cedar Lodge at beautiful Camp Bethany. Sound great? 

Total cost for you ladies will be $12.00. Pre-registration is essential this 
year to provide food and lodging for what promises to be the largest gath- 
ering of Brethren pastors and wives for "A Retreat for Renewal." Please 
remind your pastor-husbands to send in both registrations promptly with 
deposit. Registration will be mailed early in April. 




, 



pril 8, 1972 



Pag« Twenty-five 



CONDENSED PASTORS' CONFERENCE 
1972 SCHEDULE AT CAMP BETHANY 

Tuesday, May 16 

2:00 p.m. Registration, Recreation, and Relaxation 
5:30 Dinner (including Seminary Community) 

7:00 Opening Session - Musical Program and 

Rev. L. Doyle Masters 



Wednesday, May 17 

8:00 a.m. Breakfast 

9:00 

9:30 
10:45 
12:30 p.m. 

1:30 



3:30 
5:30 

7:00 
8:15 



Group Devotions 

Morning Session - Message and Feedback 
*Sharing-Discovery Groups 
Lunch 
Rest and Recreation 

* Pastors' Problem-Sharing Panel 
Dinner 

Evening Session - Message and Feedback 

* Triune Holy Communion - for Pastors with 

Dr. A. T. Ronk 



Thursday, May 18 

8:00 a.m. Breakfast 

9:00 

9:30 
10:45 
12:00 



Group Devotions 

Morning Session - Message and Feedback 
*Sharing-Discovery Groups 
Conference Reflections in Chapel 
Lunch 



12:30 p.m. 
Note: Pastors' wives will be meeting separately at these times. 

Pre-regisfrafion and an advance deposit will be required. 



BIBLE DISPENSING EXPERIMENT 

Brussels, Belgium (MNS) — A vending machine which 
dispenses the four Gospels in French and Dutch is 
proving attractive to travelers, according to the Belgian 
Bible Society. 

The rented machine which once dispensed chocolates 
can't replace human contact," P. Caufriez, Bible Society 
director, says. "But by making Scriptures available 
when the Bible Society is closed, the machine does 
show that the Society cares about people's needs. 

Tremendous publicity has been generated by the Bible 
Society experiment. Foreign visitors reportedly are ask- 
ing the Brussels tourist center, "Where is the Bible- 
vending machine?" 



Pag© Twenty-six 



The Brethren Evanseli! 



World Religious News 

R 



in Keview 



CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES 

ON THE RISE, 

SAYS CBA DIRECTOR 

Colorado Springs (EP) — Chris- 
tian bookstores are on the rise in the 
U.S. and Canada, says the executive 
vice president of the Christian Book- 
sellers Association (CBA). 

"This trend is definitely related 
to the consciousness of the public 
to the ministries and services of the 
Christian bookstores in their com- 
munity," says John Bass, head of the 
official voice of Christian publishing 
and literature distribution enter- 
prises in North America. 

"Also," Bass continued, "the pub- 
lishers are bringing into the market 
fresh, attractive, contemporary 
books and Christian educational 
materials, which are meeting the 
needs of a rapidly changing Church 
and a society searching for the rele- 
vance of the Christian faith." 

Bass stated also that the Christian 
recording industry can be credited 
for releasing top quality music in 
the "now sound" as well as in the 
traditional tastes, using outstanding 
artists on their records, cassettes, 
and cartridges. 

CBA has emphasized management 
training as its chief objective over 
the past three years and will con- 
tinue to move in this direction for 
1972. Many new and attractive stores 
are opening continually, Bass said. 

CBA is sponsoring an advance 
management seminar in Hawaii in 
January and a training seminar for 
store employees here, February 20- 
23. On schedule also are a sales 
training seminar at Bryan College, 
Dayton, Tennessee March 27-28 and 
a management seminar in Banff, 
Alberta, Canada April 16-19. There 
will also be one-day management 
seminars held throughout the U.S. 
by regional directors of the associ- 
ation. 

The CBA annual convention, 
attracting some 2,500 publishers and 
Christian booksellers from all over 
the world, will be held this year in 
Cincinnati July 30 through August 3. 



'RELIGIOUS SEGREGATION' 

HELD MAJOR ISSUE 
IN IRELAND 

Washington, D.C. (EP) - - "Relig- 
ious segregation in Ireland has had 
much the same effect as racial seg- 
regation in the United States," Gioele 
Settembrini, director of church re- 
lations for Americans United for 
Separation of Church and State, said 
here. 

Addressing a dinner at which the 
organization's "Religious Liberty Ci- 
tation" was presented to Rep. Fred 
Schwengel (R. -Iowa), Mr. Settem- 
brini said his observation came as 
a result of a recent visit he made to 
Northern Ireland (Ulster). 

"Ignorance has always led to fear 
and to hatred," he continued. "When 
groups are alien to one another, 
when they are separated so that 
they can never learn what the other 
is really like, then they are more 
likely to misunderstand, to distrust, 
and to hate one another. ..." 

He said the "principal conclusion" 
from his "experiences and observa- 
tions" in Northern Ireland is that 
"religiously segregated education is 
responsible in a large part for the 
problem which now exists. Catholics 
and Protestants traditionally, in their 
separate schools, have learned to dis- 
trust one another, and have certainly 
not learned how to get along togeth- 
er, he claimed. 



TENTH PRES. OPENS 
COFFEE HOUSE 

Philadelphia (EP) — The church 
of the late Donald Grey Barnhouse 
plans to add a coffee house in a 
continuing outreach to youth. 

The site will be the basement of 
the Spruce Restaurant across the 
street from the church at 17th and 
Spruce Streets here. 

It will be the church's first ven- 
ture in this particular type of youth 
counsel and evangelism. 



COUPLE MARRIED 
82 YEARS CITE 

BLESSING OF THE LORD' 

Manchester, Ky. (EP) — Ti 
couple holding the world's recoi 
in length of marriage gives til 
credit for nuptial bliss to their Lojj 
for keeping them together 82 yean 

"If you serve the Lord . . . ai j 
serve Him with all your heart, He| 
find the way for you," said Margar! 
Hollen, wife of her husband Ed! 
The husband, 105, and wife, 99, | 
Bear Branch, Ky., were married j 
the Kentucky mountains on May : 
1889. 

The previous record for marriaij 
was 82 years and one day, held ij 
Frederick Burgess and Sarah Ail 
Gregory of London, England. 

"I think the Lord has blessed I 
mighty well," Mrs. Hollen said. 

Their health is relatively gocj 
according to their 67-year-old m 
Carlo Hollen with whom they livl 
Six of their nine children are st! 
living and the Hollens have 38 gran! 
children and 60 great-grandchildrej 

"Yes sir," said Edd, "she's been! 
good wife . . . she's been all righ j 

j 

3 TYNDALE BOOKS FROM 
ART TO DEMONS 

Wheaton, 111. (EP) — The latJ 
books issued by Tyndale Houj 
Publishers here include Hidden AJ 
by Edith Schaeffer — wife of the well 
known Christian philosopher Frcl 
cis; Hope for Tomorrow, by Ha;; 
B. Goddard with foreword by Pi 
Tournier; and Demons in the Woi \t 
Today, by Merrill F. Unger, pi 
fessor emeritus at Dallas Theologitj 
Seminary. 

With the new Tyndale volumes 
"Lord of Reality," a collection ] 
Christian songs for today's yoij 
compiled by Carol M. Dettoni. 

CHILD WRITES TO GOD 

VIA LOCAL NEWSPAPER 

Seattle (EP) — In childish scri 
a letter from a nine-year-old youi 
ster here appealed to the Almigl 
on behalf of her father and her f 
The note dispatched to heaven | 
the Seattle Post-Intelligencer rear, 
"Dear God, Please help my fatl;' 
get his yelling self into a norr .' 
person : And also help my dog f : 
his way home (I love Him)." 



\pril 8, 1972 



Page Twenty-seven 



CHEEP ADVICE 




Most folks say they can keep a secret. 
Unfortunately, it seems that the ones they 
tell it to can't. 



Definition for sympathy not found in 
the dictionary: Your pain in my heart. 



When a kid misbehaved fifty years ago 
just to attract attention, he really got it! 



The way some folks stay away from 
church, they should call it "Shunday." 



"Don't resent growing old; some people 
never have the opportunity to do so." 



Big men became big men by doing what 
they didn't want to do when they didn't 
want to do it 



It was once believed the world was 
slated to be destroyed by wrathful gods. 
Now it's a do-it-yourself project. 



A winner says: "I'm not as good as I 
ought to be." A loser says: "I'm not as 
bad as a lot of other people." 



SAVED BY A DOG 

An old man who was unconverted had a good Chris- 
an wife who had prayed constantly for her husband's 
inversion for years, with no visible success. She could 
ot even get him to go to church with her. She had a 
?t dog she liked very much who always went with her 
> church, went under the seat and remained perfectly 
uiet through the service. 

In time the old lady died. The dog seemed heart 

oken, as well as the husband, who could find no con- 

•lation anywhere without his old companion. 

For several Sundays he noticed the dog leave the 

puse at a certain hour and come back at a certain hour. 

he Sunday morning he thought he would follow the 

bg, so he started after him. The dog seemed delighted 

: have his now only master go with him. He trotted 

>ong until they came to the church door. The old man 

ppped as the dog bounded up the steps, waiting at the 

p for his master. After standing a few moments he 

id, "I'll go in to please the dog; won't do any harm." 

3 went again the next and the next Sundays and found 

e dog in his accustomed place at the church. One 

orning after services he arose with tears streaming 

om his eyes, gave his heart to God, and told the story 

' the faithful dog leading him to Christ. So we see 

ere are many ways used by the dear heavenly Master 

lead us to Him. 

from Jewish Hope of March 1972 



SO YOU ARE THINKING OF RETIRING! 

Socrates gave the world his wisest philosophy at 70; 

Plato was a student at 50 — and did his best teaching 

after 60; 
Bacon was 60 before he did his best writing; 

Emerson produced English Traits when he was 53 

and Conduct, of Life when he was 59; 
Gladstone was a potent figure in political and intellectual 
circles when he was 80; 

Goethe wrote a part of Faust at 60 and the end of 

it at 82; 
Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables at 62; 

John Milton completed Paradise Lost when 57 and 

Paradise Regained at 63; 
Jules Verne was writing his imaginative stories at 70. 
Don't let the old rocking chair get you until you are 
sure you can't do much else but rock! 

from the Trinity Brethren bulletin 

Of all the various bones in the human skeleton, four 
are outstanding as they fit different characterizations 
of humans. 
The Wish Bone . . . the ones who always wish someone 

else would do the work. 
The Jaw Bone . . . those who talk a lot but do nothing 

but criticize. 
The Knuckle Bone . . . those who are forever knocking 

the efforts of others. 
The Back Bone . . . those faithful ones who are never 

too busy to undertake a job and complete it and who 

are always ready and willing to serve. 



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MISSIONARY 

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TNSTRUCTION at the Brethren House Learning 

Center in January and February focused on the theme 
"Jesus is Coming: Back!" Four questions formed the 
organization for the instruction — 

1. Who said so? 

2. When? 

3. Why? 

4. What should we be doing? 

As the children discovered answers to these questions 
through planned activities at different levels according 
to their ability and experience, evidence of their learn- 
ing appeared throughout Brethren House. Here is what 
you would find if you would "Come and See." 



Just inside the door a large banner of green shelj; 
paper catches your eye. In outstanding color eight inchei 
high and six feet across are pasted the words of th. 
theme — Jesus is Coming Back! Underneath it are pit 
tures made by individual children of clouds of cotto 
that hide or reveal the figure of Jesus as the childrej 
manipulate the fold in the paper 





MJIIIMII II 




Wall display tells the Good News 



Beside these pictures of Jesus ascending and descen 
ing are "clock pictures." Clock faces in the center she 
different hours since the hands are movable. In fo" 
segments of each picture are the children's drawings 
their activities at different times during the day a) 
year. These illustrate the fact that we don't know 
what time of day or year Jesus will come back. Oth 
posters show clocks superimposed on scenes cut fro? 
magazines showing different times of day. These t 
show the meaning of the Scripture verse found in Ma 
13:35. 






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Move into the room and look at a special project, 
sitting on the easel is an original book designed by one 
)f the children, Maureen Frank. She received the idea 
:or her book as she lay in bed one night. The next day 
she rushed to Brethren House from school to put her 
deas on paper. The staff was so delighted with her 
creativity that they requested her to make a larger book 
:or easier display and manipulation. In it she sum- 
narized so cleverly the four questions studied that the 
wok became one of the teaching tools for the other 
children. 



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Maureen's Book 



If you'll move into the "Quiet Corner" to your right 
)u will notice another opportunity for learning. There 
e Listening Center with earphones connected to a 
.ssette tape player enables one to eight children to 
;ar tape-recorded Scripture, music, or teacher-made 
rections as they watch specially-made booklets that 
company each tape. Since the taped material is being 



transmitted through the earphones, the noise from the 
room does not distract the listeners, "Big people" benefit 
from these tapes, too. 




Mrs. Hathaway and Mrs. Stewart listen and learn 



On the back porch look at the miniature gardens in 
egg cartons planted by the children to illustrate the 
Scripture verse found in James 5:7 reminding us to be 
patient concerning the Lord's return as the farmer must 
be patient after he plants his seed. 

There is the "Job Board" which enables the children 
to classify the work Jesus will do when He returns. 
The cards with Scripture verses you see hanging on cup 
hooks describe the work He will do — bring peace, gather 
his people, destroy the Lawless One, rule, judge, raise 
the dead, etc. 

Those notebooks on the table reveal the children's 
understanding of the source of our knowledge on this 
subject. The pages on the topic, "Who Said So?" show 
the names of the different Scripture writers who allude 
to Jesus' coming again. As you can see, some of the 
notebooks are illustrated with pictures of the authors 
speaking the words about His return. 

Open the younger children's notebooks and you will 
find four pages: one shows the figure of Jesus with a 
string attached so that He can descend from a cloud. 
Another has a calendar, illustrating the uncertain time 
of His return. A third has pockets labeled with some of 
the work He will do, with cards to be matched with these 
labels as the children place the cards in the correct 
pockets. The fourth shows the work we should be doing 
as we wait for Him to come back. 

Besides these graphic reminders of Jesus' return, 
listen to the singing on this same theme. The children 
have learned appropriate hymns and folksongs and they 
love singing them with the autoharp or the piano. 

There are at least 125-150 children in Pinellas County, 
Florida who believe Jesus is coming back. If you give 
them a chance they will probably tell you about it. So 
why not "Come and See." 

— Jean Lersch, Teacher 

Brethren House Learning Center 



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THE UNITED STATES 



MISSIONARY PRINCIPLES 



DO YOU FEEL that your ambitions are "small- 
sized"? Well — if not your ambitions, you might 
feel your missionary understanding and involvements 
just do not measure up. Perhaps you have already 
done a lot of reading for missionary motivation, but 
there is one book you'll have to put on your "must" 
list. "Give Up Your Small Ambitions" by Michael C. 
Griffiths challenges Christians today to face up to the 
need of the international church all over the world more 
realistically. 

Many people feel that the growing national churches 
in other countries will put our missionaries into retire- 
ment, but the author states this is not likely to happen. 
The small national churches are failing to reach the 
existing population, and in some of the East Asia coun- 
tries there is a 370-470 million estimated increase in 
population in the next ten years. Also, some churches, 
as in Europe and North America, have gone into a 
recession phase, and the younger generation must be 
evangelized. Remember the Great Commission is binding 
until the time of the Lord's return. 

This book is intended primarily for those who are 
already active and fruitful in the service and believe 
the Lord is calling them to missionary service. Are 
you anxious to know what the need is in mission service, 
what it takes and what it costs? 

If you aren't planning personally to "go" do you know 
how to mobilize, how to support, or how to have effective 
evangelism today? Your church may have many who 
have the exact gifts needed for missionary service, but 
if they don't volunteer, are they lost to the cause under 
the present system? What can we do? Relative to this, 
it was fascinating to read the statement, "in sending 
Barnabas, Saul, Silas and Timothy it was not just their 
own subjective sense of call, but the initiative of others 
already active in the work" that encouraged their 
mission. 

While reading and studying the specific issues cov- 
ered by this author, it is evident that our own Mission- 
ary Board is up-to-date and steadily shouldering the 
corporate responsibility for evangelization at home and 
abroad in good order. 

Studying your Bible will continually challenge your 
carrying out your own ministry and encouraging others, 
but also keep up on other missionary reading. Pick up 
this $1.95 Moody Press publication! 



TT IS POSSIBLE that by the time you read this the 
■*■ Aspinalls will have arrived in the States for furlough 
Their plans were to return to the States late March oi 
very early April, and at this writing we do not have ami 
definite dates. 

Ray and Marilyn Aspinall first went to Argentina ii 
1964 and were part of the first faculty of our Brethrei 
Bible Institute at Eden. They are still engaged in th< 
teaching at Eden, and Ray helped to introduce the ex 
tension course of the Eden Bible Institute. 

Prior to service overseas, Ray pastored the Glerrfora 
Brethren Church of Ohio while a student at Ashland 
Theological Seminary and became the pastor of Lanark; 
Illinois Church in 1959. While in Lanark he also wa 
business manager of Camp Blackhawk where he will b< 
remembered by many young people. 

The Smithville Brethren Church has been contributinj 
a great share of the support of the Aspinalls, who ar< 
members of that church, since their initial service h 
Argentina. This past year Bryan, Ohio Church an 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio Church also helped in their supporl 

Ray and Marilyn, along with Mark, 16, Kathy, 12, ant 
Claudia, 10, will reside in the Smithville area upon thei 
return. Ray plans to work toward a Masters Degree ami 
plans are still incomplete as to where he will be studying 
and where they will locate for this education. 

We're looking forward to seeing them again, and the! ! 
plan to see many of you during a few month's depute) I 
tion this spring. 



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The Aspinalls - left to right - Claudia, Marilyn, Kath; 
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MISSIONARIES' PICTURES 



Recently new additions for the packets of mission- 
ries' pictures were sent out to all churches plus a stand- 
ig list of those desiring picture packets of our overseas 
lissionaries. These 8% x 11" portraits are free of 
harge to anyone desiring them for bulletin boards, 
lissionary conferences, teaching, etc. 

These packets include pictures of the Solomons, 
^spinalis, Curtises, and Logans in service in Argentina; 
iolingers, Winfields, and Grieves serving in Nigeria and 
tie Kumars of India. There is also a picture of the 
Winters, candiates for service in Argentina. 

If you can put these promotional pictures to use, send 
or a packet by writing to the Missionary Board of the 
brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 
4805. 



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STOP! ! ! 

We just got word that more than enough greeting 
ards have been sent to Jeanette Solomon in Argentina 
>r use with the Kindergarten children. Please refrain 
x>m sending any more for a while. The ones sent Parcel 
ost involved customs charges and special trips by Ken 
jolomon to pick up so they would ask that you stop 
pnding all cards until further notice from them. Thank 
pu for your kind help and concern to forward items 
ley could use though. 



SUPPOSE 

Suppose this mission situation 

Were just turned about, 
And they became the folks of God 

And we were all left out; 
No churches here, 

or schools 
Or Christian friends, 

No worship and no prayer; 
No hospitals or nurses here, 

No doctor's kindly care, 
And nearly everyone was poor, 

And ragged — almost bare. 
And there was just one meal a day, 

Sometimes not any food, 
And ugly idols everywhere, 

Just made of stone and wood. 
Say, wouldn't we be more than glad 

If missionaries came 
And showed us how the love of God, 

In Jesus' holy name, 
Can make our lives worth-while to live, 

And give us hope and joy, 
Not only for the grown-up folks, 

But any girl or boy? 
Then shouldn't we be glad and think, 

It's grand, too grand to miss! 
And say, what's keeping us from doing 

More and more of this? 

Jean Leathers Phillips 

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In This Issue: 

3 HOW GREAT THOU ART (Editorial) 

4 REPORT FROM BRETHREN'S HOME 

5 MISSIONARY NEWS 

9 CHRISTIANITY UNDER SCRUTINY 

IN ACADEME by Donald Marvin Borchert 

12 NEWS FROM THE BRETHREN 

16 BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

22 SISTERHOOD 

24 LAYMAN 

25 MOTIVATED MEN 

26 GOD WANTS YOU TO BE PROSPEROUS 

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29 WORLD RELIGIOUS NEWS IN REVIEW 

30 SPORTS AND WAR 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 



WINTERS RETURNING TO STATES 

Graduation at the Spanish Language Institute in San 
Jose, Costa Rica will be held April 21. At the end of a 
year's training, Bill and Sharon Winter will be gradu- 
ating and returning to the States in preparation for 
going to Argentina. 

As a rad'o technician Bill will be serving in the radio 
ministry known as CAVEA. He worked in the San Jose 
evangelical radio station and has also been enjoying 
amateur radio operation while in Costa Rica. 




1. to /■.: Todd, Sharon, Bill and Heidi 



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r[IS IS THE TITLE of a song I am sure many of 
us have heard many times. Some of the lyrics have 
ken exemplified in a most graphic manner in the past 
1V0 weeks as I, accompanied by my wife, incorporated 

vacation trip with a District Conference in Tucson, 
rizona. 

i There have been many papers and articles written as 
i how old the earth is, how it originated, how long ago 
1 this transpired. Many of them are based merely on 
leory, many may be based upon supposition and I 
ijl to see how anyone could possibly try to explain all 
Le wonders of the universe by guesswork. 
"IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE 
EAVEN AND THE EARTH." Since to create means 
mply to cause something to come into existence, this 
prse also states very simply that there was a beginning ; 

the beginning there was God, and God made all 
lings, in fact He made the whole physical universe 
hich includes space, matter and time. Then of course, 
e formulated the natural laws which man could never 
ive devised, even with all his computerization, and by 
'hich all the things of the Universe are governed. 
I On our trip, we were privileged to have the oppor- 
'inity to visit one of the wonders of the world, the 
'rand Canyon. Studying the account of how the Canyon 
kd its origin, one is astounded momentarily at the 
rtimated time it took for the grandeur to arrive at its 
S'esent state. Yet, if we take into consideration that 
od is the creator of time, we can readily understand 
hy when we read the Rook of Genesis that we are 
Id that God created the earth and saw that it was good. 
Incidently, as I looked at the Grand Canyon, I could 
)t help but think of the contrast between God's creativ- 
y and that of man as we look at the despoilment of 
iture and the environment as he greedily takes from 
ie earth valuable resources and with all the means at 
s disposal to take these things away he cannot even 
i?gin to restore it to its original state. That is, if he 
sere in a frame of mind to do so. On the other hand, 
jod's creation becomes more beautiful as the elements 
I time and erosion take their toll. 

iTo us as it must seem to everyone else who may have 
;ver been out west, to be highly improbable if not on 
e border of being impossible to see animal life in 
hat was seemingly barren wilderness grazing away 

desert lands and surprisingly so also look rather 
ump. 

A passage of Scripture found in the 35th Chapter of 
aiah, the very first verse takes on new meaning as 
ie travels through desert country at a particular time 

the year as we did and see all sorts of cactuses in 
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As one of the stops in our itinerary we traveled 
through the painted desert and with breath-taking awe 
surveyed visually all the terrain surrounding us. This 
side excursion included going through the pertrified 
forest. Seeing what mature had done to trees that once 
stood stately and straight as soldiers at review as God 
used His chemical formula to this end results was an 
experience that was turned into some delusion as we 
read the notices in brochures and signs posted all 
through the forest that threatened a punishment of 
stiff fines and probable imprisonment to anyone taking 
even one small piece of this wonder of nature from 
the park. 

Even at a place as this, man's greed threatens to 
eliminate in a short span of time what God had seen 
fit to accomplish in what He reserves to call His time. 

As we looked into the heavens at night and saw all 
the majesty of the heavenly bodies unencumbered by 
man-made clouds of haze, I recalled an incident told to 
me by my wife's uncle who had taken up the hobby 
of astronomy. 

One of the most exciting experiences he had in this 
field was to behold a star in our galaxy through his 
telescope on his sixty-fifth birthday and through study 
of this particular star realize that the light he was 
looking at left the star on the day that he was born. 

I would like to conclude this editorial with a quota- 
tion from a lecture presented by Robert Kofahl at the 
Creation Seminar in Seattle, Washington, November 20, 
1971. ". . . At every level of the universe open to exam- 
ination by man the hand of the Creator is seen in law, 
order, purpose, design. The solar system and the earth 
were manifestly designed for man, and human theories 
of the origin of the solar system fail to account for the 
observed facts and contradict fundamental physical law. 

"Moreover, these man-made theories of origin have 
fluctuated through the centuries while the Scriptural 
account has never varied. And, of course, all evolution- 
ary schemes — be they for galaxies, cricket chirps, spider 
webs, or stars — share a common weakness in that they 
postulate historical processes for which there is no 
historical evidence. 

"Finally, the Christian need not seek for ways in 
which to insert billions of years into the first chapter 
of Genesis, for the dislocations and inconsistencies of 
the geological record collapse the accepted geological 
column, dissolve vast ages and totally disrupt the 
paleontological support that has been adduced for 
organic evolution. 

"Christians should bear witness to their God as 
Creator in accord with the Scriptural record, factually 
and graciously. Such testimony is valuable for evan- 
gelistic witness, even as our God has told us in 
Psalm 19." (G.S.) 



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REPORT FROM BRETHREN'S HOME 

Flora, Indiana 



by ROBERT BISCHCl 



During the past three months our hearts here at the 
Home have been saddened with the passing on of the 
following residents. 

Mrs. Charles (Selesta) Wharton of the North Liberty 
Church who came to live at the Home in August 1968, 
passed away January 4, 1972. 

Mr. Clarence A. Sholly of the South Bend Church 
came to live here at the Home every winter now for 
some time, passed away February 10, 1972. 

Mrs. Roy (Goldie) Stonebraker of the Flora Church 
came to live here at the Home April 1954 and passed 
away February 15, 1972. 

Mr. Charles Wharton of the North Liberty Church 
came to live here August 1968 and passed away March 
16, 1972. 

Mrs. Chlora May Kreitzer of the West Alexandria 
Church came to live at the Home November 1966 and 
passed away March 18, 1972. 

Even though we shall miss these, we are so thankful 
that they had a great faith, and lovingly we commend 



them into the care of Our Heavenly Father — v 
careth for them, and whose Son, Jesus Christ, died t 
they might have eternal life with Him in the mansi< 
prepared for them. 

At the moment we have 18 Brethren residing in 
Nursing Home, and three residing in the cott; 
apartments. 

Also at this time there is room for several ladies 
the nursing home and there is one cottage apartm 
available for either a couple or single person. Anyt 
interested please contact me about the details. 

Please clip the new Birthday List of the Residents 
the Home and post it on your church bulletin board, 
give to your W.M.S. The residents appreciate gett 
cards that are sent and enjoy reading a little note tl 
you might add about your church, family, town, 
W.M.S. group. This brings much cheer into their li\ 
They also appreciate visits by various church grou 
and I personally appreciate the way many churches h< 
responded by coming and having a program for us 



BIRTHDAY LIST — THE BRETHREN'S HOME 



January 24 Grace Porte 

February 2 Daisy Callane 

February 10 Florence Sholly 

February 20 Ellen Hodges 

February 21 Flossie Burton 

February 25 Olive Glascock 

February 26 Roxie Bowman 

March 4 Mary Maus 

March 9 Cathryn Bankert 

March 11 Vera Fooshee 

March 15 Bertha Tombaugh 

April 21 Elizabeth Ridenour 

May 18 Audrey Randall 

May 29 Minnie Hylton 

June 3 Gladys Whetstone 

June 11 Laura Wise 

June 16 Gladys Snell 

June 17 Pearl Showalter 

July 4 Nellie Kurtz 

July 5 Howard Smith 



July 17 Pearl Rumii 

August 5 Lucy Bit 

August 7 Elsie S: ij 

August 19 Mary Alice Coonf 

August 23 Salene Scl 

August 24 Nina Kenwo it 

September 18 Grace Pax!|i 

September 21 Nora Kenn<!' 

October 23 Nora M|l 

October 24 Blanche Bown li 

October 31 Millie Crom 

November 19 Ida Rumrjl 

November 22 Luema FI ji 

November 25 Maude Clingenpjl 

December 17 Bertha Dilln ji 

December 17 Gladys Han I 

December 25 Eva Rumi I 

December 27 Ona Humbar; 

December 29 Rebecca Shoemai j 



.ril 22, 1972 



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MISSIONARY 

news 




FIRST BILLET-DOUX FROM REBECCA 



Rebecca Chantal Logan 




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Dear- Brethren, 

As my mother seems to be too busy to write I decided to write for her. 
I guess you know who I am and when I was born, but it must be all you 
know about me. So I ivould like to tell you a little bit more about myself 
so you can know how much fun it is to be a missionary baby. 

First of all, as my birth seemed to be such an important event, my grand- 
mother, my great, great uncle and one of my aunts came down from the 
States to welcome me into the world. They came the 11th of October for 
three weeks (I ivas due on the 12th of that month) but I decided that I was 
not quite ready to make my appearance, and that I ivould have them, wait 
on me (girls are supposed to be waited on, aren't they?). Still, I did not 
want them to go back to the States without seeing me, so I decided to come 
to life Sunday, the 21st of November. My father ivas there giving a helping 
hand to my mother, and he was really proud of how loud I could cry. He 
does not seem to enjoy it so much any more, I wonder why. Grown ups are 
difficult to understand sometimes. Oh well . . . anyway like all babies I 
stayed in the hospital for a little while and came home with my daddy 
and mummy. 

When I was one week old, my parents thought it was already time to 
start my Christian education, so they took me to Sunday School at the 
Nunez Church. There I behaved real good. At least that is what they 
thought, because I slept all the time. (Yet when an adult sleeps through 
Sunday School, they don't seem to approve . . . oh well.) I was dedicated 
to the Lord. That is when I realized in what a complicated ivorld I was 
born. My great, great uncle prayed in one language and the pastor of the 



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church in another one, and yet none of them prayed in the language that 
my mother uses to talk to me. I know the Lord understands them all, but 
am I really expected to understand them too? 

When I was tivo weeks old, I ivent to the airport to send my grandmother 
off. I ivas very sad and my parents, too. I guess that is the no-fun part of 
being a missionary baby; you don't get to see your grandma very often. 
Well, like my mother says ''C'est la vie." 

When I was 17 days old, my parents decided it was time for me to get 
involved in missionary work, so they took me to an evangelistic campaign. 
We traveled by car with the pastor of the church of Nunez to Colon where 
he had to speak. My father was supposed to show a movie for the closing 
of the campaign. The campaign was the celebration of the 11th anniver- 
sary of the Brethren Church established in Colon. Colon is a little town 
at about 150 miles from Buenos Aires. I stayed at the pastor's house, and 
I was really well attended by the pastor's wife and by the ladies of the 
church. Some ladies did not understand why my mummy did not wrap me 
up in linen and left me laying around with only a little shirt and diapers 
on. I cant tell you much about the meetings because I did not get to go, 
but I am certain that many people had their hecwts touched by the Lord. 

When I was one month old, it ivas Christmas time. I don't remember 
much about it except that it was 'real hot. I remember though that on 
Christmas day the church ivas full for the Christmas program presented 
by the Sunday School kids. My mother thought I was too young to take 
part, and I got so hungry that she had to feed me in the middle of the meet- 
ing. But I knoiv that it ivas very cute and that it brought a lot of parents 
(unbelievers) to the church. 

When I was five weeks old, my parents decided that I was old enough 
to go to a youth camp. So my father carried a knapsack on his back with 
a tent on the top of it, a diaper bag in one hand and my changing pad in 
the other one. My mummy was carrying me in a baby seat in her arms. 
This time we traveled by train to Cordoba; it was a long trip (17 hours). 
I behaved very good though. We finally arrived at Diquecito, the site of 
the camp. It is a lovely place in the mountains (not very high, they are 
called sierra) just by a river where you can swim if you like to. Of course, 
you can't expect the place to be too comfortable, othenvise it woidd not be 
a camp. The main problem was that there was no drinking water. So my 
mother had to boil my water very carefully. As for my night feeding, she 
would keep some boiled water in a thermos bottle, and when I would feel 
hungry she ivould mix my formula, feed me, change me, put me back to 
sleep on the blanket spread on the ground — all that by the light of a little 
flashlight. I thought it was a lot of fun, but my mother did not seem to 
think so, so we did not stay very long. One day my father packed up the 
tent, put it on his back and away we ivent. 

This time we headed towards Rosario, or more exactly Soldini, where 
the Solomons are living. And over there it was the grand life for me. I did 
not have a wet diaper on for more than five minutes, and every time I 
would start fussing somebody would come to talk to me. My Aunt Jeannette 
and my Uncle Ken took special care of me so my parents could rest. I say 
Uncle and Aunt because we missionaries are a big family, and we call the 
other parents Uncles and Aunts. That way I have a lot of uncles and aunts 
and cousins too. I like it very much because they gave me a lot of attention 
(my parents have another word, for they call it "spoiling" . . . oh well . . .). 
The property where they are living is beautiful', it has a swimming pool, 
bid my parents thought I was too young to go in. While ive were there, 



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there was a children's camp going on as school at the Bible Institute was 
out for the summer. 

I liked it there, but it seems as if my parents don't like to stay at the 
same place too long. So away we went, to Buenos Aires this time. I thought 
that would be the end of our traveling, but we were not over there more 
than one day when they dicided to go again — this time to Mar del Plata. 
Mar del Plata is a resort area, the main one in Argentina. During the sum- 
mer season there are over one million people who come from all parts of 
Argentina and especially Buenos Aires. Of course, it is a very fashionable 
resort area, and there are a lot of people who don't know about the Good 
News. They try to entertain themselves a lot so they forget how unhappy 
they are. So the Bible Society decided that they would try to reach them. 
They printed a tourist guide with all the information any tourist would 
need plus the Gospel of Mark inside. It was very modestly priced, cheaper 
than other guides. It was sold by kids who got a share of the profit (50%) 
which permitted them to pay their room and board in a school. So we 
arrived over there, they gave us a big classroom and I got to sleep on a big 
mattress just for myself. Of course, there ivas no kitchen and no hot run- 
ning water, but there ivas a burner where my mother boiled my ivater. 
Imagine how long it took her to boil the water for my bath. . . . Anyway 
I decided to be good during the night and not wake up; so that's what I 
did and what I have done ever since. 

During the day I went to sell guides with my parents in the street. People 
looked at me and thought I ivas real cute, but then they would not buy the 
guide. It was not very nice, ivas it? We sold some anyway, and the whole 
operation was a success. The fellowship of the young people was really 
great. They had a real Christian love for each other. There was even a 
grandmother with them. Of course she would take care of me and fed me 
even when I was not supposed to be fed, but I did not mind though. (I did 
not tell my parents because they would have used that word again — 
"spoiling.") We did not stay very long because my parents' vacation was 
over. So we finally came back to Buenos Aires. 

Then another big event happened. Uncle John Rowsey came from the 
States to visit us. He arrived at the airport at one o'clock a.m. so I did, not 
get to go because my mother thought that little girls ought to be in bed 
at that time of the night. (I would have liked to go, but you can't always 
do what you want.) So he came and everybody was happy, and I was too 
because I knew he would take pictures of me (I am a French girl, after all). 

So he went to Soldini to the Spiritual Conference and we went, too. 
There were a lot of people speaking different languages to me, but I under- 
stood them all. After the Spiritual Conference and the Pastor's Conference 
the missionaries had an important meeting. I know it was important be- 
cause we kids were not allowed to participate. When the meeting was over, 
Uncle John finally decided to take a picture of me. Of course, then it ivas 
late. I had been smiling all day waiting on him to take my picture, but he 
waited until I was sleepy and ready to go to bed. They expected me to smile 
at the camera then, but I did not feel like it at all. So they all lined up and 
made a lot of faces and noises at me. I still did not feel like laughing, but 
I thought they looked funny and that Uncle John ought to take a picture 
of them instead of me. Finally as they worked so hard I thought they had 
to be rewarded, so I smiled just a little bit; that is what you can see in 
the picture. But don't get any ideas, I can do a lot better than that. 

Right now my parents are not planning any trips. I know though that 
some day I will fly to the States and maybe to France. I wonder what the 



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immigration office?' will think when he sees that my father has a U.S. 
passport, my mother a French one, and I will have an Argentine one with 
my own fingerprints and picture. Hoio about that? Don't you think it is 
a lot of fun to be a missionary baby? Why don't you become one? I am the 
only missionary baby on the field, and sometimes it is a lot of ivork to keep 
everybody entertained. I need some help. 

I am sleepy now so I will go to bed. I love you all. 

Rebecca Chantal Logan 
P.S. My mother said to thank you for your prayers. She thinks they have 
a lot to do with the fact that I am so healthy and happy. So thank 
you folks and keep on praying so I can stay that way. 



SARASOTA SIXTH ANNUAL 



SSIONARY CONFERENCE 



February 16-20, 1972 



by J. D. HAMIj 



HHHE HIGHLIGHT of the Sarasota Sixth Annual 
1 Missionary Conference was the first-hand reports 
of Brethren Mission work by General Secretary 
Reverend Ingraham and Reverend Phil Lersch, our home 
mission pastor at St. Petersburg, Florida. 

As "Tizhe," the story of a little Nigerian boy was 
presented and narrated by our Brethren Missionary 
Reverend Dick Winfield on film, we were challenged 
again to present the life-saving message of Christ to 
the soul-hungry people to Nigeria, West Africa. 

The conference opened with challenging missionary 
messages by the pastor on the 8 a.m. television and radio 
broadcast entitled, "The Brethren Hour." 

The church was decorated with slogans and signs 
depicting the exciting work of missions around the 
world with the theme, "Untold Millions still Untold" at 
the base of the Pulpit. Reverend Phil Lersch also shared 
with us the thrilling ministry of World Relief which 
stirred our hearts with compassion for the hungry of 
the world. First-hand reports from Southeast Asia were 
given by Reverend and Mrs. Harry Liu, world mission- 
aries from Pocket Testament League. 

Special features of the conference were slides, dis- 
plays, informal morning "Chat and Snack" coffee hour, 
and a Saturday morning missionary breakfast for men. 

Reverend Virgil Ingraham gave a challenging mission- 
ary presentation on the "Up-Date" work in India our 
newest exciting mission work in foreign lands, as well 
as the work in South America. During the conference we 
received our largest faith promise to date $8,124 which 



does not include the amount given to missions throu; 
our regular church envelope budget. 

This month Sarasota First Brethren also sent $6,S 
to the national Missionary Board for Missionary givi 
as a part of our last year faith promise and budg 
giving. 




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I. to r.: Rev. J. D. Hamel, Rev. and Mrs. Har\ 
Liu and Rev. Virgil Ingraham 



kpril 22, 1972 



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CHRISTIANITY UNDER SCRUTINY IN ACADEME 



by DONALD MARVIN BORCHERT 



Dr. Borchert is a professor and assistant chairman of the Department 
of Philosophy, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 



No student graduates from college with exactly the 
lame religious commitments he possessed when he first 
jatered academe. Some students find their religious 
ommitments enriched and broadened; others find them 
eshaped and radically altered; and still others find 
lem crushed and destroyed. All find them changed. 

I wish to discuss several of the factors which I be- 
eve have facilitated this change, and then I wish to 
jffer some suggestions concerning the Church's role 
1 this situation. 

'he Examined Life 

One of the cherished ideals of academe is that cdlege 
fhould afford the student the privilege to pursue the 
Ixamined life. In such a pursuit, one's individual-social 
fe is subjected to the scrutiny of reason in order that 
ne may formulate — with the aid of the wisdom of the 
ges — a clear, consistent and coherent view of life. Such 

pursuit is not completed when one graduates from 
pllege; indeed, it is scarcely begun. The examined life 
b a process rather than a resting place. 

No area of one's life is immune to the scrutinizing 
lower of reason as one engages in this pursuit. The 
lilitary-industrial-political complex, social customs, 
sligious beliefs and practices — all come under fire, 
'.ccordingly, the student sooner or later finds his relig- 
t>us commitments being questioned and challenged, 
fnder the pressure of those challenges, his commitments 
re nudged along the path of change. 

To understand better the nature of this pressure for 
lange, let us examine several of the intellectual 
lallenges which assail the religious commitments of the 
mtemporary Christian student who pursues the 
camined life. 

part from God 

The first challenge results from secularization — a 
ngthy historical development which involves the 
recess whereby man and his works have been gradually 
aerated from the control of religion. For example, 
hristianity, from its humble beginnings in Judea, 
)read gradually throughout the Roman Empire until 

eventually became the official religion of the Empire. 
Within three centuries, Christianity evolved from a per- 

cuted sect of Judaism to the dominant religious ele- 
tent in the Empire. Thereafter, Christianity's influence 
as increasingly infused throughout society until the 
lenomenon called "Christendom" appeared — that form 
I society in which the Christian God is established as 
le source, sanctifier and guardian of social structures, 
ws and customs. 

Christendom reached its fullest expression probably 
uring the papacy of Innocent III in the early 13th 



century. Since then, Christendom has been undergoing 
a process of increasing dissolution, and the movement 
has almost reached its finale in our time. Modern secu- 
lar man has been liberated from the control of the 
Christian religion: no longer does he construe his insti- 
tutions, ideas and experiences to be the result of God's 
activity, instead, he considers himself to be the creator 
of himself and his environment, the one who is respon 
sible for what happens in history. 

Important benefits accrue to mankind as a result of 
secularization. For example, when political structures 
and laws are seen to be the products of men rather than 
the creations of God, then those products are open to 
the possibility of radical criticism and reformulation in 
order that they may promote increasingly the welfare 
of mankind. 

Secularization, however, also produces some serious 
intellectual problems for the religious person. By em- 
phasizing the role of man in history, secularization 
seems to displace God from any active participation in 
history. In fact, the modern secular man seems to have 
little, if any, need for God. 

Accordingly, secularization confronts the college stu- 
dent with the problem of trying to find some part of 
life where belief in God makes a positive, practical dif- 
ference; and that is an enormous and often discouraging 
task. A considerable number of students seem to be able 
to succeed in their academic work, athletics, inter-per- 
sonal relations, and financial considerations without the 
slightest reference to God. Apart from God they are 
successful, happy and well-adjusted; and some of them 
are more successful, happier, and better adjusted than 
those who believe in God. If God is not necessary for 
success, happiness and maturity, is there anything for 
which He is needed? If He is not needed, then why 
bother with Him at all? 

Exposed to the Facts 

A second challenge is occasioned by historical research. 
For almost two centuries historians have been focusing 
attention upon Christian origins and upon the relation- 
ship of Christianity to other world religions. One of the 
important conclusions of this research is that many 
contemporary Christian beliefs and practices are not 
changeless truths and rites derived unchanged from the 
ancient revelation in Christ; but are, instead, the end- 
products of a long and slow historical development. 
Christian beliefs and practices must be understood, 
therefore, in terms of the various stages in their develop- 
ment and how various human situations in the past 
helped to shape those beliefs and practices. Even Jesus 
the Christ must be interpreted as a person arising in. 



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and addressing Himself to, a bygone definite social 
context. 

Needless to say, this historical research has benefited 
the Church by enabling it to gain an enriched self- 
understanding. Nevertheless, this research has also 
occasioned a serious intellectual problem which con- 
fronts not a few college students. If contemporary Chris- 
tian beliefs and practices are the products of one gen- 
eration after another, molding and reshaping those 
beliefs and practices to suit their needs, is it at all pos- 
sible to recover the beliefs and practices of Jesus? If it 
is impossible to recover exactly what Jesus taught (and 
many scholars would say that it is impossible), what 
criteria are left to guide and judge the contemporary 
Church? If we must fall back on criteria made by the 
Church in the past such as are recorded in the New 
Testament, why don't we formulate our own criteria? 
If we formulate our own criteria, are we not then 
making our own religion? If we make our own religion, 
what basis do we have for claiming that it is superior 
to other religions? 

Thij last question introduces another consequence of 
historical research: students are exposed to the facts 
that their religion is not the only viable religion in the 
world, and that their being Christian is, in many re- 
spects, an historical accident which is determined by 
the somewhat arbitrary time and place of their births:" 
they could have just as easily been Buddhists if they 
had been born in Ceylon or Jews if they had been born 
in Israel. 

These judgments occasioned by historical research 
are most welcome in that they often deliver students 
from a pernicious ethnocentrism and lead them to a 
richer appreciation of foreign cultures. Nevertheless, 
perplexing questions often emerge from this confronta- 
tion with other religions, which not infrequently weaken 
Christian commitment. For example, how do we know 
which, if any, of the world's religions is the bearer of 
divine truth in the light of the fact that so many claim 
to be that bearer? If we have no adequate grounds for 
deciding which religion is the bearer of truth, is not 
evangelism unjustified? Furthermore, why bother at 
all with religion when it is so difficult, if not impossible, 
to know which of the competing cla:'ms is true? 

Unresolved Dilemma 

A third challenge results from the existence of evil 
in t he world. An extremely perplexing problem emerges 
when one tries to reconcile the existence of evil with 
one's belief in a good and all-powerful God. For example, 
the college student may ask, "why doesn't God abolish 
agonizing leukemia and the brutalizing Vietnam War?" 
It would seem that either God does not want to abolish 
these evils or He is unable to abolish them. If He does 
not want to abolish them, then He must be some sort 
of evil or insane deity who derives pleasure from 
watching His creatures suffer. Perhaps, however, He 
does wish to abolish these evils, but He is unable to do 
do. If that be the case, then God is not all-powerful; He 
has created a monstrous world that He can no longer 
control. In brief, it seems incredibly difficult to believe 
that God is both good and all-powerful in the light of the 
abundance of senseless human suffering. 

This problem of evil has perplexed the minds of relig- 
ious persons for centuries. Probably no single issue has 
done more to shake Christian faith throughout the ages 



than this problem; and despite the efforts of countlei 
theologians, the dilemma has not been resolved. 

Pricked by Hypocrisy 

A fourth challenge is the consequence of ecclesiastic; 
moral hypocrisy. Probably nothing is more destructi; 
of contemporary respect for Christianity than the m 
parity between the Church's theory and practice. In 1 
creeds and confessions the Church proclaims 
allegiance to Jesus the Christ and declares that F. 
sacrifical altruistic love is the pattern for the Chr 
tian's life. Yet in its practice, the Church has condon 
slavery, pogroms, racial injustice, economic exploitatic 
wars, dictatorships, life-warping legalisms, etc. Tl 
failure of the Church to correlate theory and practice 
nothing new; a stream of ecclesiastical moral hypocri 
stretches from the present, back through every age (o 
need only think of the German churches' complicity I 
Hitler's Jewish pogroms and the decadence of t 
Babylon Captivity of the papacy at Avignon in t 
14th century), into New Testament times (where tj 
Corinthian Church offers a sterling example of moi 
duplicity). 

When students enter college, most of them are set 
a relationship of "distance" from their home church< 
They are, so to speak, permitted to step back and 
take a long, hard, scrutinizing glance at their hor' 
churches. Needless to say, there are probably many ll 
markable Christians in their home churches who a I 
striving to express their faith in works of love. Unf<! 
tunately, however, local and national religious hypocri 
is so blatant, that students often fail to accord rau 
significance to these faithful Christians. Instead, wi; 
consciences pricked by religious hypocrisy, many si 
dents wonder if organized religion is capable of servli 
the human interest of mankind at all. 

Pressures for Change 

Additional intellectual challenges could be discuss 
such as those occasioned by naturalistic explanatiol 
of religious origins (according to which religion a| 
the gods are seen as human creations in response 
very concrete human needs) and linguistic philosop .1 
(according to which religious statements seem to 
reduced to emotional reports about how one feels cc ( 
cerning the world ) . Enough has been said, however, cc 
corning the intellectual challenges encountered 
academe to indicate the enormous pressures for chanj 
to which a student's religious commitment is subject*; 

It should be noted, in addition, that various sociologkj 
and psychological factors reinforce and intensify the! 
pressures for change. College is a place where the you I 
person experiences a burgeoning of feelings of indepe 1 
dence because not only has the student been remov'' 
spatially from the constricting environment of his hon 
but also he is undergoing the transition from being 
youth to being an adult. Added to these feelings 
independence are the feelings of urgency and frustri 
tion occasioned by the War and the ecological disasi 
to which the world is racing. Such a psychologic 
framework reinforces the intellectual pressures i 
change. 

Under these circumstances — when Christianity 
under scrutiny in academe — what suggestions can 
offered concerning the Church's role? 

(1) The Church should remember the great theme is 



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pril 22, 1972 



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le Bible that God is working out His purpose in history, 
hat is the theological significance of the incarnation, 
urthermore, it should remember that such a God uses 
listory and cannot be defeated by history. That is the 
Geological significance of the resurrection. If the Church 
Lres in the light of these significances, then it will not 
lose its cool" in the presence of enormously bewildering 
roblems such as we have just described. 
1 (2) If God is still working in history, then the Church 
fiould be open to change; it should be prepared for the 
bexpected, for surprises. Accordingly, the intellectual 
■eations and explorations of students should be wel- 
>med rather than feared or condemned. Perhaps the 
hurch can learn from its young people something about 
hat God is doing today. 

(3) If the Church hopes to relate itself to eontem- 
>rary students under pressure, then the local church 



must confront and understand the same intellectual 
challenges which its students are facing. To do this task 
effectively may necessitate educationally oriented 
sabbaticals for pastors and curriculum revisions in 
seminaries. 

(4) Finally, Christians must be prepared to discuss 
their faith without recourse to the tired and worn-out 
phrases of yesterday; and they must be open to discuss 
their faith with the sort of honesty that makes them 
vulnerable and open to change. 

What I am suggesting is that the response to "Chris- 
tianity Under Scrutiny in Academe" should be "Chris- 
tianity Under Scrutiny in the Parish." 



This article ivas originally printed 
Baptist Herald of January 1972. 



in Th e 



ATTENTION ALL CONGREGATIONS 



IMPORTANT INFO ON PASTORS' CONFERENCE 



Are you encouraging your pastor to attend the 1972 Pastors' Conference 
at Camp Bethany May 16-18? Are you making it financially possible for 
him to attend? Do you realize that the fellowship and inspiration of the 
Brethren Pastors' Conference each year is a unique opportunity for 
strengthening the bonds of Christian fellowship and witness, not only as 
pastors but as Brethren Churches united in mission? Total cost of regis- 
tration including meals and lodging for pastors is $18 and $12 for wives 
attending the Pastors' Wives' Retreat. Registration forms for pastors and 
wives were mailed to all pastors early in April. Registrations and advance 
deposit of $5 must be sent not later than May 1st to Rev. John T. Byler, 
5930 Nella Avenue, N. W., Canton, Ohio 44720. 







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GOOD. Delford Lee Good, 70, j 
Maurertown, Virginia, passed awn 
January 29 in Shenandoah Coun! 
Memorial Hospital. A funeral 11 
vice was conducted at Dellingj 
Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vj 
ginia by Rev. James Mattison, 
neighbor, in the absence of 1 
pastor, Doc Shank. Interment wj 
in Maurertown Cemetery. Mr. Go) 
was a member of Maurertown Breii 
ren Church. 

Carolyn Derf linger j 



Gratis, Ohio. The congregation took 
another step of faith by approving 
the purchase of carpet for the 
sanctuary. 

Washington, D.C. The "Living 
Christ" motion picture series are 
being shown during March, April 
and May. Following group discus- 
sions are held. 

Bethlehem, Va. Miss Veda Liskey has 
returned home from the hospital. i< 
She is a former missionary to 
Nigeria. (6) 



Elkhart, Ind. The First Brethren 
Church was invited to share in 
the 20th Anniversary of the min- 
istry of Pastor Boston Dyes of 
the Chain Lakes (Negro) Baptist 
Church on Sunday, April 16. Mrs. 
Delores Campbell, "the world's 
greatest gospel singer," took part 
in the service. 



Memorials 



Nappanee, Ind. The Collegiate Cru- 
sader Team held the morning wor- 
ship service Sunday, April 16. They 
had a special presentation at the 
Teen House during the Sunday 
School hour. 

Milledgeville, 111. Rev. James Black 
will be in Fremont, Ohio April 17- 
23 to conduct service of revival for 
the people there. Summer Revival 
Services are planned for the 
Milledgeville church with Rev. 
George Solomon as speaker. 

Pennsylvania District Conference 
will be held at Berlin, Pennsyl- 
vania on July 27 to July 29. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 
Sarasota, Fla. — 8 by baptism 




PORTE. Robert G. Porte, 47, died 
February 24, 1972. He was a member 
of the First Brethren Church of 
South Bend, Indiana. Funeral ser- 
vices were held in the Forest G. Hay 
and Son Funeral Home with Rev. 
Keith Bennett officiating. Burial was 
in the Highland Cemetery. 

* * * 

SHOLLY. Clarence A. Sholly, 83, 
of the Brethren's Home, Flora, 
Indiana, died February 10, 1972. Mr. 
Sholly was a member of the First 
Brethren Church of South Bend, 
Indiana. Funeral Services were held 
in the Forest G. Hay and Son 
Funeral Home with Rev. Keith 
Bennett officiating. Burial was in 

the Southlawn Cemetery. 

* * * 

SMELTZER. Charles Leo Smeltzer 
(Jack), 85, died in the Essex Nursing 
Home February 23, 1972. Funeral 
services were held in the Forest G. 
Hay and Son Funeral Home with 
Rev. Keith Bennett, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of South 
Bend, Indiana, officiating. Burial 
was in the South Union Cemetery, 
Nappanee. Mr. Smeltzer was a mem- 
ber of the South Bend First Breth- 
ren Church. 



WAKEMAN. Mrs. Nellie Mj 
Wakeman, 81, of Toms Brook, V! 
ginia, died February 16 in Wi 
Chester Memorial Hospital. A funei 1 
service was held at Round Hj 
Church of The Brethren with hi 
pastor, Doc Shank, and Rev. Willial 
Zirk officiating. Interment was ] 
Riverview Cemetery in StrasbuiJ 
Mrs. Wakeman was a member I 
Maurertown Brethren Church. 

Carolyn Derflinger 

* * * 

BOWMAN. Mrs. Charles Bowm, 
(Grace Good), 78, died February 
1972. She was a faithful Christi;i 
and a member of the Bethlehe! 
Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, VJ 
ginia. Funeral services were held ' 
the Bethlehem Church with R<| 
C. Y. Gilmer and Rev. Aubu; 
Boyer officiating. Interment w 
made at Rest Haven Memor. 
Gardens, Harrisonburg. Blessed a 
the dead which die in the Lord. V 
are grateful for the devout life th 
was lived among us. 

Rev. John F. Locke 

* * * 

WHARTON. Charles E. Whartc 
84, of the Flora Brethren's Hon< 
passed away March 16. Funeral sd'l 
vices were conducted in the Nor it 
Liberty Brethren Church of whijl 
he was a member. Rev. Kent Be} ■ 
nett, pastor, assisted by Rev. A. i 
Wenger, pastor of the Church of t: 
Brethren, North Liberty, officiate 
Burial was in the Eastlawn Cen 
tary, North Liberty, Indiana. 



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VOORHEES. Fred Voorhees, j 
passed away on January 4, 1972. 1 
was a member of the Flora, India 
First Brethren Church for ma: 
years. Funeral services were cc 
ducted at the Carter Funeral Hor 
with Rev. C. Edward West offi 
ating. Burial was in the Maple Lav 
Cemetery. 

Mrs. Susie Landes 



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MUSSELMAN. Hoy Musselman, 
, passed away on February 20, 
72. He was an active member of 
e Flora First Brethren Church 
r many years. Funeral services 
ire conducted at the Leiter-Reinke 
meral Home in Flora, Indiana by 
e pastor, Rev. C. Edward West, 
irial was in the Maple Lawn 
smetery. 

Mrs. Susie Landes 

* * * 

STONEBRAKER. Mrs. G oldie 
onebraker, 85, passed away at the 
^ethren's Home at Flora, Indiana 
lere she had resided for many 
ars. She was a long-time member 
the Flora First Brethren Church, 
meral services were conducted by 
5 pastor, Rev. C. Edward West at 
3 Leiter-Reinke Funeral Home, 
terment was in the Maple Lawn 
fmetery. 

Mrs. Susie Landes 

* # * 

[MICHAEL. Miss Addie Michael, 
passed away suddenly at her 
e in Flora, Indiana. She was a 
mber of the Flora First Brethren 
urch. The funeral services were 
lducted at the Leiter-Reinke 
neral Home. Rev. Vernon Powell 
iciated and burial was in the 
iple Lawn Cemetery 

Mrs. Susie Landes 



WYPYZNSKI. Mrs. Mary Wypyzn- 
ski, 81, died February 8, 1972 in the 
Carlyle Nursing Home. Funeral ser- 
vices were held in the Forgest G. 
Hay and Son Funeral Home with 
Rev. Keith Bennett, pastor of the 
South Bend, Indiana First Brethren 
Church, officiating. Mrs. Wypyznski 
was a member of this church. Burial 
was in Southlawn Cemetery. 



Goldenaires 

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Miller cele- 
brated their 53rd Wedding Anniver- 
sary March 7, 1972. They attend the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nafziger 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni- 
versay February 16, 1972. They 
attend the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Kershner cele- 
brated their 58th Wedding Anniver- 
sary March 1, 1972. They attend the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church. 

Dr. and Mrs. Albert Ronk cele- 
brated their 60th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on April 16. Open House was 
held in their honor at the Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 



Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kiracofe, 
members of the Gratis, Ohio First 
Brethren Church, celebrated their 
50th Wedding Anniversary on March 
15, 1972. 



Weddings 




HENDERSON-LOCKLEAR. 

Marsha Henderson and Ronald 
Locklear were united in holy matri- 
mony in the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church February 5, 1972. Rev. J. D. 
Hamel officiated at the ceremony. 



SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 



\UR CHOIR, directed by Mrs. Duane Rose, presented 
/ a cantata for the Easter Sunrise Service entitled, 
"jallelujah What a Savior." Patsy Gurtner is our 
i|anist and Bob Swintz was the narriator. The choir 
I a splendid job and the service was well attended. 
Sp breakfast following was prepared by the Special 
si-vices Committee. 

'"or the W.M.S. Public Service on April 16 our ladies 
I on a comedy play entitled, "Welcoming the Minis- 
hs Wife." The play takes place in the early twenties, 



and the ladies had a ball practicing for the big night. 
There was a supper before the presentation. 

Our Golden Years group made up of people over age 
60 is becoming quite active. They are planning a Pan- 
cake and Sausage supper for Friday, April 28 from 
5-7:30 p.m. Profits from this supper will go toward a 
trip by bus to Flora, Indiana and possibly other projects 
or activities of the group. This group meets monthly 
during the day for a hot meal provided by the faithful 
Special Services Committee and a planned program. 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



Page Fourteen The Brethren Evans: 



BRETHREN HOUSE 



PROGRESS REPORT TO: "Our Friends of Brethren House" 

Some of you reading this report have visited Brethren House in the past; 
others have expressed an interest through correspondence; others were sent a copy 
of our "dream letter" last summer; others are personal friends of the staff — but all 
of you are Friends of Brethren House, and we use this means to send you 
our greetings. 

BONNIE MUNSON ON STAFF: Since September Bonnie, formerly of Ashland, 
Ohio, has lived at Brethren House and been an extremely helpful addition to our 
ministry. Her report to the Sisterhood Girls (March 11 issue) gives an exciting run- 
down of the weekly activities. From this you can catch some of the approach, con- 
tent and schedule that we follow. In addition, our local members assist in many ways 
behind the scenes. 

SOME WEEKEND CHANGES: No sooner did Bonnie write her report than we did 
alter the weekend schedule. Beginning on February 6th, this is it: 

Saturday— 10:30 to 12:00 A.M. at Brethren House— CHILDREN'S CHURCH 
SCHOOL. For preschool through Jr. High, this includes hymn study and sing- 
ing, children's worship service, and study groups — with much individualized 
study and projects. 

Sunday— 10:00 A.M.— FAMILY WORSHIP and FELLOWSHIP HOUR. 
This service has moved to Blanton Elementary School cafeteria, which we're 
renting on Sunday mornings. While enjoying refreshments afterwards, the 
adults visit and the kids play Bible-teaching table games. 

* These changes were made to give us greater outreach and more room — 
plus an opportunity to concentrate on each program of study and worship 
on separate days. 

PRAYER REQUESTS: One specific reason for writing now is to request your 
prayer support. Please aid our ministry by praying for: 

1) These newly-begun services at the Blanton School — that they might enable 
us to reach out to more families and that they might be meaningful events 
for everyone. 

2 ) More adult workers for our total ministry — that we might be aware of these 
whom we can serve and those who can offer service to others. 

MISCELLANEOUS: It looks now as though we might be having three Summer 
Crusaders again this next summer. At least Rev. Fred Burkey has made this inquiry 
and we're working out the details with him now. . . . Bonnie, Jean and I attended 
the International Center for Learning Seminar in Fort Lauderdale on March 3 and 4, 
which was a time of sharing ideas with those leaders involved in curriculum develop- 
ment. . . . We still have our "dream" of an enlarged learning and worship facility 
on the church lot, but that will have to wait for increased personnel and resources. 

KEEP IN TOUCH: Some of you are near enough to "stop in" again soon. Please do! 
And we hope our "far-out" friends will write some letters. Let us know what's ex- 
citing to you. By the way — anyone interested in moving to St. Petersburg, finding 
a job, and serving with us here at B. H.? Inquire! 

Signed: Phil Lersch (for all of us) 



April 22, 1972 



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CHEEP ADVICE 




Luck is what happens when prepara- 
tion meets opportunity. 

Elmer Letterman 

A troublemaker is a guy who rocks the 
boat then persuades everyone else there is 
a storm at sea. 

Success always looks easy — and even 
undeserved — to those who were not 
around when it was being earned. That is 
a regretable but understandable trait of 
human nature. 

Archie K. Davis 



You never get a second chance to make 
a good first impression. 

The goal of criticism should be to leave 
the person with the feeling that he has 
been helped. 

Nothing in this world is so powerful as 
an idea whose time has come. 

Victor Hugo 

Wouldn't it be nice to be as sure of 
anything as some people are of every- 
thing? 

Coming together is a beginning, keep- 
ing together is progress, working together 
is success. 

Failures are divided into two classes— 
those who thought and never did, and 
those who did and never thought. 

John C. Salak 



Enjoyment of anything is 
moment we get too much of it. 



lost the 



LAFF-A-LITTLE 



"Say, Dad, did you go to Sunday school 
when you were a boy?" 
"Yes, Son, regularly." 
"Well, then, I don't guess it will do me 
any good either." WHAT KIND OF AN 
EXAMPLE ARE YOU TO YOUR CHILD? 
from the Hagerstown, 
Maryland bulletin 

Have you heard the story about the 
little boy who answered that most inane 
of all questions asked little boys: What 
are you going \o be when you grow up? 
"I'm going to be possible," this youngster 
replied. "Possible? What do you mean?" 
he was asked. "Every day my mother 
tells me that I'm impossible," he ex- 
plained, "but when I'm older I'll be 
possible." 

Rev. G. R. Campbell 

A preacher said to his audience: "Some 
folks think they hurt the church when 
they get mad and quit, but they are wrong 
about that. It never hurts the tree for the 
dried-up apples to fall off." 



A preacher decided to discontinue Bible 
study and prayer meeting. Six weeks 
later, when the elders and deacons found 
out about it, they called a meeting and 
fired him. 

from The Berlin 
Brethren Church bulletin 

Dear Mr. Bayer: 

I understand that you are the manu- 
facturer of an aspirin that relieves suf- 
fering and colds and fever. The mixture 
used in your tablets makes it possible for 
a person to get out of bed and fight off 
headaches, muscle spasms and bad nerves. 
I have noticed that these tablets work 
wonders on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 
Thursday, Friday and especially on Satur- 
day. But people who take them on Sun- 
days seem to get no relief. They cannot 
get rid of their aches and pains. Is it pos- 
sible for you to examine your tablet and 
put in an ingredient that will help them 
on Sundays, too? Thank you. 

from Trinity Brethren Newsletter 



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Ofee%atio*t 



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by REV. FRED BURKE 






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AY, the beautiful spring month when Brethren 
give special attention to their youth, is with us 
again! The freshness and vigor of a new growing season 
is an appropriate time to think of things pertaining to 
the young of our church. What are they really like? 
What are they feeling and thinking? What are they 
being challenged to achieve? 

The contemporary song, "A Searching Generation," 
by Otis Skillings, thoughtfully portrays the youth of 
our day. 

Well it's a searching generation, 

Caught up in the whirl of youth ; 

Well it's a searching generation, 
Groping for the way of truth. 

They need that extra thrill; 

They know that drugs can kill; 
They know that death lies still — 

And yet a life in need is dead indeed. 

Well it's a searching generation, 

Caught up in the whirl of youth; 

Well it's a searching generation, 
Groping for the way of truth. 

We believe that Brethren Youth are a "searching 
generation." They are indeed "groping for the way of 
truth." We are fortunate that so many are conducting 
their search for truth within the context of a body of 
believers who care — very much — about them as persons 
and about their spiritual needs. 

At the same time, the church is fortunate that youth 
care — very much — about their church. This concern 
will take many forms during the coming year but per- 
haps the most conspicuous attempt to serve will be the 
ministry of the 1972 Summer Crusaders in "Operation 
Penetration." 



Beginning in June with Explo '72 — The Internatior. 
Student Congress on Evangelism — and continuing j 
through General Conference, eighteen youth and youi 
adults from fourteen congregations will go on t 
offensive for Christ. Working with local congregatio 
and district programs, these people will spend sev 
weeks in a wide variety of activities, ranging frc 
regular Vacation Bible Schools and camping prograi 
to personal evangelism and public musical performano 
But in and through all, their desire — and ours — is tr. 
Christ be glorified. 

Such an ambitious undertaking is an act of faith. \ 
had originally planned for a maximum of fourte 
Crusaders and a much lower budget (all of which mi 
be raised outside of the budgeted funds of the Boa 
of Christian Education) but the youth response 
applications) was higher than anticipated. The api 
cants were able people and we all agree that "the fielj 
are white." So, we took 'em all, trusting that enouj 
funds could be found! And unless contributions sudder; 
dry up, with the continued help of the Brethren, wej 
going to come through in '72! 

In addition to the Crusaders, whose pictures appf 
on the following pages, we have further reason 
enthusiasm (and support) for Brethren Youth. A 
vised National Brethren Youth Convention is bei 
developed for August featuring concentrated periods 1 
Bible study, prayer and discussion. All of these h| 
great promise for personal as well as group grow 
More will be coming on the 1972 BYC Convention 
the next issue of the Evangelist. 

May we urge each one of you to support the deno \ | 
inational youth ministry by giving generously to 1|I 
May Youth Offering. Your gifts will be used to furtlf 
develop the youth resources of the Brethren Churl 
Help keep the "searching generation" facing forw</ 
... to the glory of Christ. 



ril 22, 1972 



Page Seventeen 



SERVING ARIZONA AND WYOMING 



Bruce Ronk 
Ashland (1) 



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Paula Tinkel 
New Paris (1) 



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Jim Vandermark 
Ardmore (1) 



/ACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, 
camping, special youth activi- 
, and personal evangelistic pro- 
ms will be conducted by this 
m in such far-flung (from Ash- 
d) arenas of service as Tucson, 
zona and Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

rma Grumbling is team captain. 
] will be a senior home economics 
jor at Ashland College (AC) next 
and comes from Johnstown III 
thren Church. To her first year 
Crusader service she brings a 
d background of experience as a 
C leader in the Pennsylvania Dis- 
t and in Collegiate Crusader 
vities. 

ila Tinkel, from New Paris, Indi- 
-, is a "PK" and will be a sopho- 
~e at AC next fall where her 




Norma Grumbling, captain 
Johnstown III (1) 



interests include both elementary 
education and sociology. She has 
been active in Northern Indiana 
District BYC activities and served 
as a national BYC officer in 1971, 

Bruce Bonk has been an active lead- 
er in the youth program at the Park 
Street Church. Though majoring in 
physics at AC, Bruce is preparing 
for a pastoral career. Among his 
other interests are photography and 
music. He will be a sophomore in 
the fall. 

Jim Vandermark is a member of the 
Ardmore church and has served in 
numerous leadership roles with the 
Northern Indiana District BYC. He 
will be a sophomore at Bethel 
College next fall where his majors 
are Greek and Religion. 



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SERVING KANSAS AND IOWA MISSIONS 




Nyla Nye 
Milledgeville (1) 



Ken Van Duyne 
Tiosa (1) 



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Donna En right 
Belvidere, III. (2) 






HHHE CRUSADERS pictured on 
1 this page will be primarily en- 
gaged in serving the mission church- 
es at Derby, Kansas and Cedar 
Falls, Iowa with some district camp 
work thrown in for good measure. 

Randall (Randy) Smith is team cap- 
tain and is a second year Crusader 
from the Jefferson Church. A junior 
at AC next fall, he is preparing for 
ministerial service and is majoring 
in elementary education and religion. 
He is a fine pianist and has worked 
extensively with several musical 
groups. 




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Jefferson (2) 



Nyla Nye is the youngest Crusade 
She will be a high school senior 
the fall at Milledgeville, Illinois. SI 
enjoys working with children and 
active in the local BYC. 

Donna Enright is a second year Cr 
sader from Belvidere, Illinois, ar 
will enter AC as a freshman in tli 
fall, where she is interested 
business and physical educatic 
studies. 

Ken Van Duyne is a freshman 
AC preparing for pastoral servic 
He is a member of the Tiosa Bret 
ren Church and has been qui 
active in BYC programs in it 
Indiana District. 



April 22, 1972 



Page Nineteen 



SERVING IN ST. PETERSBURG 




Wendy Firing is a student at the Indiana University 
extension in South Bend where she hopes to develop her 
interest in sociology and psychology. She is a member 
of the Ardmore church. 



Wendy Kring 
Ardmore (1) 



FOR THE SECOND consecutive 
year, we are happy to have a 
Crusader team assisting in the 
Unique educational ministry at St. 
Petersburg. Also, the fact that our 
team captain worked there last year 
mil better prepare the team for an 
effective work. 




Debbie Smead 
Ardmore (2) 



)ebbie Smead, also a member of the Ardmore church 
serving her second summer as a Crusader, having 
vorked in that capacity in 1970. She is musically tal- 
ented, plays guitar, and has recently been working in 
south Bend. 



luth Deardurff, team captain, served in St. Pete last 
rear and is admirably equipped to serve in this unique 
jetting. A June graduate of Bluffton College with a 
legree in elementary education, Ruth expects to pursue 
i teaching career. 




Ruth Deardurff, captain 
Gretna (2) 



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SERVING IN NORTHERN INDIANA 




Paul Deardurff 
Gretna (2) 



Paul Deardurff also will be a junior 
at AC, where his academic interests 
include religion and sociology. He 
will be field work coordinator and 
a soloist. He is a member of the 
Gretna church and is currently 
National BYC Vice-Moderator. 



Pictured on these pages is the 
largest team we have ever fielded. 
Its seven members represent a wide 
range of talents and skills all of 
which dovetail into the Northern 
Indiana portion of Operation Pene- 
tration. This team will work with 
the Brethren in that area in an inten- 
sive effort to reach people for Christ. 
The knowledge and skills acquired 





Vickie Osborn 
Sarasota (1) 



Vickie Osborn from Sarasota, will 
be a junior at Florida State Univer- 
sity where she has been active in 
Campus Crusade work and has 
served as chaplain to her sorority. 
She will share the responsibility for 
developing the training portion of 
the program with Sue Stoffer. 



at Explo '72 will be condense* 
taught, demonstrated, and practice 
in the hope that people may be wor 
Among the variety of technique 
used will be the periodic present; 
tion of the musical "Show Me!" i 
which local youth will be invited t 
participate. It is anticipated that th 
use of a variety of approaches wi 
increase the size of the harvest. 



Gene McConaliay will be a Jun 
graduate from the Smithville Higj 
School where his interests includ' 
music and assorted athletics. He wilj 
serve both as a soloist and assistanj 
equipment manager. He is a membej 
of the Smithville church. 



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Smithville (1) 



\pril 22, 1972 



Page Twenty-one 





Sherry Barnhart 

Gratis (2) 



David Radcliff 
Milford (1) 



Sue Ellen Stoffer 
Canton (1) 



jiherry Barnhart first served as a 
Crusader in 1970 and is back in 1972 
s musical director and soloist with 
he team. Her exceptional abilities 
nd experience in music will equip 
er for her task. A past-national 
>YC officer, she will be a senior at 
iC and is looking ahead to- a career 
l Christian Education. 



lavid Radcliff, older brother of Mike 
id also a "PK," is "affiliated with 
otre Dame University" and will 
>rve as driver, equipment manager, 
ad engineer for the team. Though 
is membership is now at Milford, 
idiana, Dave was active in Pennsyl- 
mia BYC work before moving west. 




Sue Ellen Stoffer will be a sopho- 
more at AC and comes from Canton, 
Ohio. She will share training pro- 
gram development responsibilities 
with Vickie Osborn and will also be 
a soloist in "Show Me!" She antici- 
pates majoring in either English or 
Latin. 



Mike Radcliff is team captain. A 
second-year Crusader, he is a "PK" 
from Milford, Indiana, and will be 
a junior pre-seminary student at AC 
next fall. In addition to overall 
supervision of the team, he will be 
a soloist in the musical. He currently 
serves as National BYC Moderator. 



Mike Radcliff, captain 
Milford (2) 



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DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR MA 


Call to Worship 
Song Service 


Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 




Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 
Senior: GROWTH No. 1 

Abiding in Him 
Junior: FIRST THINGS FIRST 

First, Pray 


Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 

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SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 


GROWTH No. 1 

ABIDING IN HIM 


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THE next three Bible studies deal with spiritual 
growth. "Abiding in Him" is the first in this area. 
Text: John 15:1-16 (Read aloud). 
Discuss the following questions: 

1. Who is the vine? Who is the vinedresser? What is 
his job? Who is the branch (John 15:1-5)? 

2. Look up the word prune. Define the term as used 
in gardening and spiritual gardening. Why is prun- 
ing necessary for growth (John 15:2)? 

3. If you are already clean because of the word (John 
15:3) then why do we need to be pruned (cross 
reference: I Cor. 3:6, 7)? 

4. What must we do to abide in Him (John 15:4; 
I John 4:15; John 6:28, 29) ? 

5. List the results of abiding in Him (John 15:4-11). 

6. What is the evidence of abiding in His love (John 
15:10). 

7. How does obedience show love (John 15:12-14; 
I John 2:3-6; Phil. 2:5-8)? 

8. How are friends different from slaves (John 15: 
14-15)? 

9. How do you bear fruit (John 15:16; I Cor. 3:6, 7)? 
10. I Cor. 15:36-38: what must first happen to the seed 

before it can grow? What must first happen to you 
before you can grow? 
Conclude with prayer. 




by Evelyn Ingraham 



.pril 22, 1972 

JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



Page Twenty-three 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 

First, Pray 



by Mary Ellen Drushal 



"Mom, I have a test in science tomorrow, and I have 
tudied pretty hard for it, is there anything else I can 

to prepare for it?" 

Mother thought for a moment and then said, "Have 
ou prayed about it in addition to studying?" 

Sometimes it seems that we only pray when we want 
omething or are in need of help. If we use the prayer 
ife of Jesus as our guide, then there are many other 
Lmes we can appropriately pray. In Mark 1:35 we find 
hat Jesus prayed in the morning alone. In Mark 6:46 
; says that Jesus prayed in the late afternoon after 

long day of preaching and also performing the miracle 
f feeding the five thousand. He undoubtedly was tired, 
ut this didn't keep him from praying. Then in Luke 

12 we have the account of Jesus praying all night. So 
sgarding the appropriate hour for prayer — it is every 
our of every day. 

Now that the time is settled, we need to know how to 
ray. I often associate praying with writing a business 

tter. I imagine most of you have written business 

tters in school, and if you haven't you will. The parts 
f a business letter, as I learned them are: 1. Heading, 

1 Inside Address, 3. Salutation, 4. Body, 5. Complimen- 
iry Close, and 6. Signature. 

| The Heading is always the address of the person 

Iho is writing. When we pray we don't say, "This is 

ary Ellen Drushal, Holmes County, May 15, 1972," 

hy, because God knows this already so why waste 

is time. 

The Inside Address is the complete address of the 
>rson to whom you are writing. Again, we don't say, 
To God, c/o Heaven, Inc., 777 Golden Street, Pearly 
ates, Infinity 70707" because, He knows we are calling 
Don Him and He knows where He lives. 
The Salutation or the greeting is simply, Our Father 
Our gracious Heavenly Father or some address 
tnilar to that. 

Then comes the important part of the letter or prayer, 
e Body. This is the area where the business at hand 




should be taken care of. In a prayer, this is time to 
tell God how thankful we are for the things we have and 
enjoy daily. This is the time to confess our sins as they 
are many, and we need to vocalize them so that our 
ears hear how bad we really are and what we do. This 
is also the time to ask God for specific things and to 
pray in intercession for others. 

The Complimentary Close is "all these things we ask 
in Thy name, and we'll give you the praise and glory." 

And finally, the signature or signing off so God can 
turn His valuable attention to someone else, and it is a 
simple amen. 

So — Amen. 




Page Twenty-four 



The Brethren Evangel) 




The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

Rodger H. Geaslen 



PROGRAM FOR MA 



MEMORIAL DAY THOUGHTS 



FLOWERS are an exquisite expression of the Creator's 
goodness to us. "Hence," says Dr. E. J. Lena, "our 
practice each Memorial Day of scattering on the graves 
of our heroic dead the flowers of gratitude, is an appeal- 
ing custom — one which will never cease to be observed. 
It will not affect the dead, but it will greatly affect 
the living. 

"On nodding stem and waving branch, God has hung 
the blossoms of every conceivable beauty of form and 
color as perpetual expressions of His thoughtfulness of 
us. Is it any wonder, then, that when human hearts wish 
to express gratitude and thoughtfulness, they strew the 
graves of servicemen with beautiful flowers!" 

Memorial Day should be what its name suggests — 
a day for memory! It is impossible to remember all the 
heroes; but let us recall some of their names, battles, 
valor, and victories, as we crown their graves with our 
country's flag. 

Let us recall the price paid for the national peace and 
prosperity we are enjoying. Let us not take our liberties 
for granted but remember that they have been pur- 
chased at the cost of thousands upon thousands of lives. 

Someone has said, "What our wars have cost us in 
dollars and cents may someday be wiped out and for- 
gotten, but that they cost us hundreds of thousands of 
precious lives will never be forgotten while Memorial 
Day — or Decoration Day — continues to be observed. At a 
great price obtained we this freedom. It was the price 
of blood — the blood of a nation's heroes whose memories 
we honor. Our nation will not soon forget the value of 
peace purchased at such a cost. Memorial Day is a 
definite reminder of the price paid." 

Memorial Day should also serve to remind us of the 
outcome of the greatest battle ever fought — the battle 



between the forces of light and darkness, good and e\ 
and of the Lord and Satan. 

The battle was fought at Calvary, that we might 
free in the fullest sense of the word. 

"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall ma 
you free" (John 8:32). The Lord Jesus is truth perse 
ified. He said: "... I am the . . . truth . . ." (Jo 
14:6b). To know Him as one's Lord and Savior is to 
made free from the dominion of Satan, from the cui 
of a broken law, and from the bondage of sin! 

Is it any wonder the Lord said: "If the Son therefc 
shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 
36). He has paid the price of that freedom with I 
precious blood. He died for our sins and rose for o 
justification. 

The Lord Jesus also "made peace by the blood of I 
cross" — a peace infinitely superior to national and int 
national peace! "Therefore, being justified by faith, ' 
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Cirri. 
(Rom. 5:1). 

Hearken to this exceeding great and precious pro 
ise: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mi 
is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (If 
26:3). 

On this Memorial Day — and every day for that mat 

-let us recall the atoning death of the Lord Jesus a 

His glorious resurrection. Place personal faith in H 

and be able to say: 

"My chains are snapped, 

The bonds of sin are broken, 

And I am free! 

Oh! let the triumphs 

Of His grace be spoken 

Who died for me!" 






,pril 22, 1972 



Page Twenty-five 



MOTIVATED MEN 



JIM GEASLEN 



by Candi Baker 



[IM R. GEASLEN, 24, is a senior at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary and is majoring in New Testament. 
. member in the Brethren Church for 14 years, Jim 
)mes from the Washington Brethren Church in Wash- 
lgton, D.C. After graduation from Suthland High 
chool, Jim attended Ashland College where he was 
:tive in Alpha Theta, a religious club on campus. Jim 
recreation committee chairman and student govern- 
lent secretary at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Jim is married to the former Carol E. Deeter from 
ie Hillcrest Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio. Carol 
a 1971 graduate from Ashland College. She enjoys 
nving, knitting and reading. Jim and Carol are resi- 
ents of the new seminary apartments and attend Park 
[treet Brethren Church where they are active as youth 
jaders and teachers. 

Jim is employed at Ed Wagners as a radio repairman, 
m and Carol are looking forward to the birth of their 
rst child in April. Jim plans to enter the pastoral min- 
itry after he graduates in December of 1972. 




POETRY CORNER 




SAINTS WHO'VE NEVER BEEN CAUGHT 

When some fellow yields to temptation 

And breaks a conventional law, 
We look for no good in his makeup, 

But, Lord, how we look for the flaw. 
No one asks, "Who did the tempting?" 

Nor allows for the battles he's fought. 
His name becomes food for the jackals, 

The Saints who've never been caught. 
I'm a sinner, O Lord, and I know it, 

I am weak, and I blunder and fail, 
I am tossed on life's stormy ocean 

Like a ship that is caught in a gale. 
I am willing to trust in Thy mercy, 

To keep the commandment Thou'st taught, 
But deliver me, Lord, from the judgment 

Of the Saints who've never been caught. 



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The Brethren Evangelil 



GOD WANTS YOU TO BE PROSPEROUS 



WHAT REACTION would you have if I said, "I am 
confident that God wants you to be prosperous." 
"Well, now, that's for another man perhaps, someone a 
little younger, or a little more educated, but certainly, 
Chaplain, it could not be that God wants me to be pros- 
perous." Well, He does. More of us would live more 
dynamic lives if we could only catch some of the sig- 
nificance of what God wants us to be. God does not in- 
tend for us to live cheap lives. Our lives are filled with 
wonderful possibilities and great riches. Now there are 
three reasons why God wants you to- be prosperous. 

In the first place, God has made a wonderful world 
that is full of abundance. I am amazed as I see the 
wonder of nature: hundreds of miles of fertile lands, 
wonderful trees, and glorious lakes are filled with fish. 
All around the world there is an abundance of things, 
that God has made, and it is all here; all we need to do 
is use it! When God made the world, He saw to it that 
there would be enough for all of us to be prosperous. 

Then there is a second reason why God wants us to 
be prosperous. He gave His Son Jesus Christ to give us 
the forgiveness of our sins. There is nothing more won- 
derful in life than the Gospel of Christ. God sent Christ 
into the world to free us from all of our sins. He gives 
this gift to us without one single penny of cost. It is 
a wonderful thing! And as if that is not enough, He 
says, "Then you will have eternal life." Jesus would 
perform a great and marvelous miracle, ". . . He . . . 
rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be 
still.' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm" 
(Mark 4:39). And as the people stood around, they 
were astonished at the tremendous power of this man. 
Then He would say, ". . . Thou shalt see greater things 
than these" (John 1:50). That wonderful Gospel is 
free, and it will make you prosperous! 

God wants us to be prosperous for another reason. 
He has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell among us. We 
Christians do not speak enough about the Holy Spirit. 
God living in and among us. But it is a fact that God 
is with you each day. He is sustaining, lifting, healing, 
and blessing you beyond all of your needs, and He does 
it without a single penny cost! God wants you to be 
prosperous! When He made you, He had the thought in 
mind that you would be the richest person in the whole 
wide world. 

A Christian is a man who realizes these facts; at his 
fingertips he has riches beyond human understanding. 
Consequently there are three blessed assurances! "What- 
soever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he will 
give it to you." Do you believe that when you pray God 
will open up the heavens and have it become a reality 
to you? That's what a Christian should believe! That 
is the blessed assurance! You have the whole host of 
angels at your command! You have the throne room of 
God listening to your prayers! You have the whole 
universe and the galaxy at your disposal. 



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by Thomas A. Schul 



The second assurance, and that is since we are l\>. 
children, we are heirs to His kingdom. This means tr 
we can be assured that God's entire creation, salvatki 
and sanctification are for us, His followers and If] 
children. Once you become a child of God, you au, 
matically inherit all the things which belong to you. 

Recently there was a case in Texas where an adop^ I 
child came into a fortune of millions of dollars, and tj 
rightful child tried to take away the fortune from t| 
adopted child through the courts. Naturally, \l 
adopted child won in court. The court said, "This chjj 
is rightfully a child of the deceased, and rightfully I 
inherits this huge fortune." It is the same thing w:!j 
you and me. Though we have strayed from God's kin] 
dom, each of us are adopted children, and as adopt 
children, we are heirs of His kingdom. The universe, 1 
the spiritual laws and salvation are ours because we c| 
children of our Heavenly Father. There is nothijj 
except what God has made, and since we are His cli 
dren and He is our Father, then each of us legally I 
herits a great estate. This is the third assurance. 

When God made us, He made us with the intentib 
and purpose that each of us would be rich and prl 
perous in our life. It is like an insurance policy. Yj 
read all the fine points of the policy, but when you | 
to the bottom of the page you read that you have to 
soiand-s© in order that this policy might be invoked.' 
is the same thing in spiritual law. We can be prospero I 
God has made the world, and the policy reads like I <1 



Lpril 22, 1972 



Page Twenty-seven 



aying to you, but your prosperity is subject to certain 
piritual laws. You have to fill the conditions before 
irosperity can come into existence. The Prodigal Son 
wuld never have found the richness of his Father's 
nansion had he not followed the spiritual laws. The 
•lind man, the leper, the woman at the well, none of 
hese people would have discovered the richness which 
ras theirs had they not followed the laws which were 
[iven them. So, our prosperity is subject to certain 
piritual laws; if you are not rich, maybe you are not 
ollowing these laws. If you are not prosperous in your 
Christian life, maybe it is because you have not applied 
he laws. 

Let us take a few moments to look at three laws 
/hich I have gleaned from a very simple story in the 
ourth chapter of II Kings. There was a certain widow 
/ho had been left with two sons and a great burden 
f debt. Now the woman was up against a stone wall; 
he didn't know which way to turn. Her husband being 
ead, she had no income. She had no material wealth, 
nd she was not prosperious at all. So she decided to 
peak to a man of God by the name of Elisha. 
On an appointed day, the widow went to the Temple 
hd asked what she should do. She began to beg for 
elp. And Elisha asked her a very interesting question, 
What hast thou in the house" (II Kings 4:2)? The 
"Oman did not approach him so she may give him an 
lventory of what she had in her little house outside 
le village of Jerusalem. She had come for help! And 
ie widow said, "Not a thing, except a pot of oil." Then 
e said, "Go, borrow all the vessels in the community 
lat you can possibly get, then take your pot of oil and 
11 the vessels which have been given to you. When 
ou have filled them all, give to your neighbors; what 
left, sell, and use this to pay your debts." 
Well, the widow went home, borrowed the vessels, and 
sgan to pour the oil; but as she poured, she noticed 
ie oil was replenishing itself. The more she poured, 
ie more oil came forth until she had filled all the 
?ssels. She began giving them to her neighbors until 
ie had given them all they needed, but still she had 
lot left over. She sold what she had left and became 
ch by unburdening herself of the debts which her 
ushand had left her. 

There was a banker who said, "In order to save a 

illion dollars, you have to save the first penny." That 

the spiritual law Elisha wanted to bring to the mind 

: this widow. In order to save, she had to start with 

hat she had! "What do you have in your house?" 

Nothing! Nothing! Except a pot of oil." "Good! That's 

here you have to start with spiritual life!" And that 

what she did. When you start with what you have, 

od will see to it that it will replenish itself, and the 

ore you pour, the more will come forth. It is a spirit- 

il law. When you begin with what you have, though 

only be a vessel of oil, it can be used by God. 

Remember how Jesus dealt with the five thousand. 
sus said to feed them, but the disciples said there 
as no way to feed them. "There is a lad here with a 
w barley loaves and a few fish, but what are these 
nong so many?" Doesn't that sound like our lives? 
hat can I do for God? I am not educated. I am not 
ained. I have no money. I have no background. My 
ist mocks me. I can't do very much in life. What are 
:y qualities among so many? The fascinating and ex- 



citing thing about Christianity is that at this moment 
you possess that which can make you prosperous. You 
possess that which can make you rich. That little some- 
thing, I don't know what it is; it is up to you to find 
out what you have in thine house that can be put into 
the Lord's spiritual pantry. That's the first law. Start 
with what you have and you will become prosperous. 

Now the widow discovered another thing. She dis- 
covered you have to give what you have. From the 
story, it is reasonable to assume that the neighbors 
were without oil also, because Elisha said, "You must 
take the oil and give it to the other neighbors too." He 
knew that in that part of the village, there was darkness 
because there wasn't enough oil to go around. Yet this 
woman had a little oil, she could have given one tenth 
of that oil to the neighbor to keep their light burning, 
but she didn't do it. It was all that she had, it wasn't 
much. The neighbor wouldn't appreciate a little dab of 
oil which would only burn for ten minutes. Why should 
I take what little I have? Doesn't this sound like most 
of us? But when she met Elisha, he said, "Now look, 
after it is replenished, start giving it away." 

I am constantly amazed at people who give things 
away; they have no right giving anything away. They 
can't afford to give things away. I know of people who 
give things away when they don't have enough on their 
own pantry shelves to feed their children, yet they are 
moved by a compassion and love. That is the law of 
love. There is nothing ever done, unless it is motivated 
by love. Somehow or other this widow was thinking too 
much of herself and her boys; she had forgotten to 
share with her neighbors out of love and compassion. 
If you want to be prosperous, you have to learn how 
to love and share what little you have with your fel- 
lowman. Love is the beginning of all things worth- 
wliile. I don't know of anything in life, that did not 
begin first by the process and motivation of love. The 
widow did not become rich because she apparently 
would not share. She had no love in her heart. People 
don't give unless first they love. Nothing ever happens 
but what the first motivation is that of love and sharing. 

I am always fascinated by the story of George Dun- 
lop. Perhaps you have Dunlop tires on your automobiles. 
As a young man, George Dunlop had a compassionate 
love for his invalid mother who was confined to a wheel 
chair. He could not stand the suffering of his mother 
because every time she moved the wheel chair around 
the house to do the chores, the steel of the wheels would 
rub and cut her so badly that it caused her severe pain. 
So he began to develop the substance which you now 
call rubber. He covered the steel wheels with this sub- 
stance and protected the body of his mother. This same 
George Dunlop developed the idea of the tire. Then, 
he became a millionaire. Most of us know the fame of 
the Dunlop tire. It all began because of compassionate 
love for his mother. He was motivated because he saw 
something he wanted to do and share with someone 
else. 

To be prosperous, you have to give out of a com- 
passionate heart of love. There are two seas in Pales- 
tine. The northern sea is the Sea of Galilee. Around its 
edges the children play and the foliage is beautiful. 
There are little villages around the Sea of Galilee. Not 
far from that sea is another sea to the south. It is called 
the Dead Sea. The air hangs heavy about the water. 



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You can't bear to be there but for a few minutes. Here, 
neither man, beast, nor fowl will drink of the water. It 
is 25.6% solid salt. Nothing lives there. What makes 
the difference between the north and the south sea? 
It's not the river Jordan; it empties into both of the 
seas. It's certainly not the soil, because the ground is 
exactly the same around both seas. They are only about 
thirty miles apart. It is not the environment nor the 
topography; they are exactly the same. No, this doesn't 
make the difference between the Sea of Galilee and 
the Dead Sea. But I will share the secret with you. For 
every drop of water that empties into the Sea of Galilee, 
it gives out and flows into other channels. But for every 
drop of water the Dead Sea gets, it hoards and keeps 
until it dies. That is why it is called the Dead Sea. That's 
the spiritual law of life. In order to get, you have to 
give. We have to give not grudgingly, nor of necessity, 
but out of love. I don't mean giving of our tithes and 
offering, but I mean giving something of your heart 
and your life. 

I wish I could lay upon your heart the need of people 
for the love of God, or for a friend with a passionate 
concern for them. I dread to think of the sinners, and 
the thousands of men who die in the gutter because so 
few of us are willing to share a little of our life in com- 
passionate love for a lost .soul. Give out of your heart:, 
love, faith, witness, or a testimony that you can share 
with somebody along the road of life. When you do, 
you will become rich. Oh, the riches that can come to a 
man who sees a wandering child walking straight again; 
or a man whose head is bent low by the burden of sin, 
who now can walk among his fellow men knowing 
that he has touched the hem of someone's garment. 
That's the law. When the widow gave oil to her neigh- 
bor, she found the more she poured, the more it re- 
plenished itself. 

Now there is a third law of prosperity. When the 
woman found her predicament, and discovered that she 
was broke, she went to the temple for help and advice. 
She sought God. That's the law. If you want to be rich, 
you have to seek the Lord. There was a young man 



by the name of Uzziah, the youngest king of Judah. ji 
the age of sixteen, he was fatherless. The people lov<] 
this young man because he was a child of God. I J 
reigned for fifty-two years over the little kingdom j 
Judah. "And Uzziah did that which was right in t| 
sight of the Lord. . . . And he sought God in the da; J 
of Zechariah . . . and as long as he sought the Lora 
God made him to prosper" (II Chronicles 26:3-5). il 
you remember what happened to Uzziah? He becanj 
rich, but he forgot the source of his prosperity, l! 
forgot God. He became so obstinate and disobedient th 
he came into the temple and began to light the candl 1 
and burn the incense. These privileges were only giv< 
according to the priestly laws of Leviticus to the Hij 
Priests. 

But Uzziah had forgotten the Lord. He lighted ti 
candles and burned the incense. But as he was doii 
this leprosy rose up in his forehead. He was a Lepe 
He spent the balance of his life living in a hut at tl 
village's edge; "he was cut off from the house of ti 
Lord" (II Chronicles 26:21). No longer did Uzzif 
profit when he failed to seek the lord. If you seek fir;j 
spiritual tilings, if you seek the kingdom of God, thq 
all of these other things will be added unto you. Y<' 
can't reverse the formula if you want to be prosperoi 
and rich. 

Are you rich today? I believe you are. God intend 
for each of you to be abundantly rich. You don't new 
to bear the burdens of life, the sorrows of the past, aij 
the sins of yesterday. You don't need to be worn dovi 
with the frets and cares of life. That's not the way G$ 
intends for us to live. He wants us to be rich and pre! 
perous. Have you anything in thine house today th] 
can be put into the service of our Lord? Do you ha 
something to start with? Some of us never put that fir 
cent into the bank, and we never become millionaire 
We never invest the first trinket for God's sake, ai 
we never discover the spiritual laws of life. Can y< 
share a vessel of something with your neighbor? As y< 
share, you will receive His blessings and in so reoeiviri 
you will be prosperous! 



HUMAN SKULL CONTAINED IN OCCULT DISPLAY 



SAN DIEGO — A full-equipped educational anti-occult 
mobile unit produced through the Action Center out- 
reach of World Evangelism (WE.) will be unveiled as a 
highlight of the Seventh World Deeper Life Conference 
slated for San Diego, January 18-23. 

The mobile unit composed of more than 100 items 
gathered during an intensive six-month study of the 
alarming rise in occultism by a special staff of investi- 
gators, is expected to tour 45 of America's largest cities 
during 1972, according to Morris Cerullo, Action Center 
founder. 

The display will contain a wide range of occult items 
including potions, voodoo oils, a Satanic altar and a 
genuine human skull. 

"It was prepared to warn people of the dangers 
arising from exposure to the occult and to reveal the 



inocuous appearing instruments used to lure peoij 
into the sinister world of evil spirits," said Rev. Cerulj 

The reports of WE investigators also led to the pvlj 
lication of a book titled, "Witchcraft Never Look! 
Better" being readied for late April distribution by 
national publishing firm. 

In addition, a special tabloid edition of UP-LOCj 
titled, "What's Wrong with the Occult!" which de;j 
with this timely topic will be available for first distj 
bution at the World Conference. 

This special tab and a companion tab titled, "Dn; 
Abuse, A Mind-Bender" can also be obtained by writij 
to Action Center, P.O. Box 901, San Diego, Californl 
92112. 

From International Headquarters: Media Departme: 
Morris Cerullo World Evangelism. 



April 22, 1972 



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WASHINGTON BILL STUDIES 
]HURCH TAX EXEMPTIONS 

I Olympia, Wash. (EP) — House 
Sill 136 before a special session of 
he Washington Legislature could 
pad to the possibility of taxation for 
hurch and certain other church- 
elated property. 

The bill, according to the Rev. 
Iverett Jensen, general secretary 
f the State Council of Churches, 
; under fire from church leaders. 

The proposal includes a basic 
hange in government attitude 
)ward established churches. 

As a revenue measure, S.B. 136 is 
:ill alive in the special session des- 
ite the cutoff date on bills. 

It provides that on January 1, 1973, 
ad on the first day of subsequent 
ears all the real and personal prop- 
~ty of churches, private schools and 
?rtain other groups would be pre- 
imed to be taxable. Each property 
■vner would be able to apply for an 
cemption which the county asses- 
>r, after inspecting the property, 
mid approve or deny. 



IBLE WORK IS EXPANDING 
* BULGARIA, YUGOSLAVIA 

Sofia (EP) — A new translation 

the New Testament and Psalms 

to Bulgarian has been completed 

j^re after seven years' work by 

|rthodox scholars. 

; Protestant and Roman Catholic 
kurchmen have read the text and 
jade suggestions, and the transla- 
jpn is expected to be acceptable to 
k Bulgarian Christians. 
(Publication is under discussion 
:aong representatives of Bulgarian 
'[lurches, the government and the 
'Kited Bible Societies. The latter 
;j;ency has offered to provide the 
llper. 

jMeanwhile, the European Baptist 
Iteration in Switzerland reported 
1at distribution of Bibles in Yugo^ 
Hvia increased in 1971 to 36,760 
(jpies, as compared to 19,478 a year 
(rlier. 



GANG WARS END AS 
POLICEMAN LEADS BOYS 

TO CHURCH FACILITY 

Philadelphia (EP) — Some gang 
members voluntarily turned in weap- 
ons to a policeman and a minister 
here and asked for community help 
"in our effort to stop gang warring." 

Mt. Hebron Baptist Church was 
the scene of the confrontation when 
18-year-old Warren Pleasant led 25 
members of rival South Philadel- 
phia gangs into the chapel. Six 
youths approached the Rev. Calvin 
L. Jones, Sr., and Patrolman James 
T. Wilson to surrender a German 
Luger, five knives and a straight 
razor. 

Patrolman Wilson, a deacon of the 
church, is known for his work with 
youth in the community. He said 
the boys had told him two weeks 
before the meeting that they were 
tired of gang warfare and wanted 
to form a social club. He said they 
had asked him to be their sponsor 
in helping them to secure a club- 
house. 



GUNSMOKE'S 'DOC SAYS 
PRAYER RESTORED 
HIS HEALTH 

Hollywood, Calif (EP) — "What 
happened to Milburn really makes 
me a believer," said James Arness, 
star of TV's popular "Gunsmoke" 
series. 

He was referring to 67-year-old 
veteran actor Milburn Stone, the 
show's "Doc." 

Milburn told a reporter for the 
National Enquirer, "I prayed my 
way back to life," following a heart 
attack in 1968. 

"The operation was a success but 
God really saved my life," Stone told 
the Enquirer. "My wife Jane and I 
prayed night and day. . . . I'm show- 
ing my gratitude now by telling 
others to believe in God. Pray to 
Him. He is with you all the time." 



RUMANIANS: "DON'T WEEP 
FOR US, WEEP FOR YOUR 
OWN CHILDREN" 

Albany, N.Y. (EP) — Christians 
living in Rumania "see themselves 
living there under the sovereignty 
of God," according to a Protestant 
clergyman who recently spent six 
days there delivering illegal gifts of 
Bibles and medical supplies. 

The Rev. Donald Hawkinson, 
pastor of West Stephentown Baptist 
Church in Rensselaer County, said 
both religion and immorality are 
frowned upon in the Communist 
state. He pointed out that the im- 
portation of either Bibles or porno- 
graphy is illegal in Rumania. 

Despite restrictions, the minister 
asserted, Eastern Europe "is better 
soil for Christianity to grow in than 
is the materialistic society of the 
West." 

He cited a comment made by a 
Rumanian Christian regarding West- 
ern society: "Don't weep for us and 
for our children; weep for your own 
children who are accepting godless 
materialism and losing their faith." 

According to Mr. Hawkinson, "In 
France and West Germany, they 
have real drug problems, but you 
don't find that in Eastern Europe. 

He expressed the view that "some- 
times dictatorships are blessings 
from God" for the people of a nation 
that "lacks self-discipline." 

SPURRLOWS STAGE 
"THE CARPENTER" 
FOR CROWDS IN 
N.Y. TOWN HALL 

New York (EP) — The hour-long 
youth oriented musical "The Carpen- 
ter" was premiered January 27 in 
New York City's Town Hall audi- 
torium by the Spurrlows. 

The musical, with lyrics by Editor 
Harold Myra of Youth for Christ's 
Campus Life magazine, probes, 
stabs, nags and doggedly pursues 
the problems of a God/Man who 
made a mixed world of pain, pleas- 
ure, war, peace, hate and love. 

Thomas, a contemporary Ameri- 
can, complains, "Your world's gone 
sour, Jesus." And the world of Joe, 
the Head Muggis, the Seedling, the 
Nobody and a pair of Octogenarian 
lovers prove it. 

The answer is provided when the 
Carpenter invades their violent 
worlds. 

The music was written by Otis 
Skillings and Jimmie Owens 



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SPORTS AND WAR 



by JERRY PYI 



The author of the following article is a University of Minnesota senior 
and an active Lutheran Layman. 



I attended the game today. There, war has become 
an institution for amusement ... a deadly dance . . . 
a tragic ritual. I am sad. 

There were 60,000 fans in the stadium but it could 
have been fourteen parents at a Little League ball 
park. ... It really doesn't matter. It happens every- 
where . . . everyday . . . and everyone participates. 

One army charges onto the field. Maneuvers com- 
mence. Footballs boom across the battlefield during 
the uneasy pre-war peace. The enemy enters the field 
. . . and the arms race begins. Muscles flexed, war paint 
applied, equipment adjusted. 

Noise is the major weapon of intimidation in the pre- 
game cold war. Team captains work the troops intO' an 
emotional frenzy for battle: "Precision double time . . . 
hustle ... hit the deck ... up quick . . . hup 1, 2, 3, 
4, . . . shout . . . kill." Raucous antiphonies of "support 
our boys" resound from the grandstand chorus. 

Battle-hardened veterans and students of war coldly 
analyze the strength and power of the respective teams 
from vantage points high above the field of battle. The 
inevitable decision: the victor will be the regiment with 
the best morale, the team that "came to fight." 

A restive mood permeates the stands. Marches and 
fight songs blare from the regimental bands. The frenzy 
grows and contaminates the fans. Shouts of "murder" 
and "kill" fill the ritual litany. A hymn is sung: the 
National Anthem becomes integral to the chemistry of 
the movement. This frenzy swells and grows. 

War is declared. The troops mass in formation in their 
own territory. The referees desert the militarized zone. 
The whistle sounds . . . the troops race toward each 
other in something less than controlled violence. 
Collisions are numerous. Casualties occur . . . some 
minor . . . some not. The troops retreat . . . regroup 
. . . and plan the next skirmish. 

They clash . . . retreat . . . clash . . . retreat. The 
drama proceeds. Ground is won and lost. Battle fatigue 
sets in, casualties increase. 

The prearranged cease fire finally arrives; a Tet New 
Year in a Saturday war. No one knows who will benefit 
the most from the cease fire . . . perhaps only the fans 
. . . and the vendors. 

The generals use the cease fire to brief the troops on 
imminent strategy. The generals exercise all of their 
charisma; it is necessary to convince the troops of the 
ultimate importance of the battle. The generals don't 
actually, take part in the fight . . . they direct it. It's 
an old tradition to hold generals responsible for victory. 

The folks in the stands and back home use the cease 
fire to reminisce about past moments of glory and 
speculate on the forthcoming battle. They are vociferous 



and confident of victory; thoughts of defeat are imni 
diately shunned. And yet the thoughts of being humj 
ated before the enemy is on everyone's mind. As tij 
battle is renewed both fans and players know th( ! 
will be no negotiated peace. One army will be conquer* ( 
the other victorious. The drama proceeds . . . clash . I, 
retreat . . . clash . . . retreat. 

As the battle draws to a close the burden of deft 1 : 
begins to appear on the faces of the losing troops. Tj 
culmination of the battle is signaled. The victor 9 
tacitly honored by the conquered. The fans are ecsta? 
in victory ... or disconsolate in defeat. "We kill 
them!" and "How can we go on?" are the function 
phrases of the postlude litany. The game is Alpha a] 
Omega, if not for the fans at least for the players ; th 
vocation demands that of them. . . . 

"Oh Lord, the hatred that fills the stadium 
frightens me. I am unable to understand such 
demonic exercises in a world already filled with 
an abundance of despair. Please offer me 
light. Amen." 
The above prayer is a response to what some hc|j 
come to despise: the similarity of sports and war. ji 
be sure those who view sports in such a light areji 
small minority. They are labeled un-American, subvj- 
Give, uncompetitive and cowardly by their critics. \' r 
the number of those who question the similarity j: 
sports and war is growing; their question deseri 
answers. 

Is there a gospel response to the question? I, for o'a 
believe that Jesus offers us some clues on how spojs 
should be. In fact, in light of Jesus a whole new cone!- 
tion of sports is demanded. Needless to say a re-examij- 
tion of sports may be a bitter and traumatic task f o i 
society as permeated with sports (and war) as is oijf 
Coaches, players and fans place primary emphasis i 
winn'ng games rather than on team cooperation as I 
end in itself. Victory is the goal and the rest is of lip 
consequence. The people of Israel present a stunnjf 
contrast to our "win mania." They seem to be a sin ■ 
larly unsuccessful people; during 3,200 years of ex; 
ence barely 100 years are marked with greatness, 'I 
the Old Testament seems at least as concerned v,'\ 
the development of cooperation within Israel as withjs 
failure to "win" its freedom. Similarly it seems evidjt 
that Christ spoke of loving and caring for our neighb S 
far more often than he spoke of fighting enemies. '' 
make cooperation secondary to victory is to wors') 
competition and power and ignore love. 

Throughout history, victory and power have bp 
attained by organization. In athletics this takes 
form of regimentation. Man's perennial quest for f r < 



pril 22, 1972 



Page Thirty-one 



g and creating order in the world seems to manifest 
jelf on our athletic fields. Our intolerance for diver- 
ty in the human community seems satiated by the 
anufactured homogeneity of the players. Even the 
>aches' demand that their players have identical short 
air styles and wear team blazers seems contrary to 
le Christian celebration of the uniqueness of each 
dividual. Paul said: "By the grace of God I am what 
am." Surely even the most "open-minded" coaches 
ould be disgraced by the diversity of Jesus' rag-tag 
men of disciples. Ironically, the early church shunned 
Le conformity game. It did not built its strength on 
le uniformity of its members, but rather on the cele- 
^ation of their diversity in Jesus Christ. 

Most athletic fans enjoy the security of the simple 
lies which govern athletic contests. Needless to say 
lere is no such comparable simplicity in the world in 
hich we live. Even the Ten Commandments, once 
tought to be the rules of the game of life, have exposed 
i to more complexity in moral decision making than 
e had anticipated. We have found the world far more 
implex than simple. 

In the midst of the most complex time in our nation's 
story, we are witnessing a phenomenal growth of our 
hletic institutions. Sports lias become the national 
nversation, complete with its own peculiar grammar 
id vocabulary. It has absorbed our passions in its 
ntasy world of winners and losers. Sports has proved 
mpatible with our view of the world as a dichotomy 

winners and losers. In fact, we seem to retreat into 
orts in order to deny the complexity and ambiguity 
at marks the political, social, and religious issues 

our time. . . . The Lord's creation has become far 

o complex and traumatic to be the stuff of daily con- 

rsation; in a word, the world has become too hot to 

ndle. Hence, in our need for simplicity and neutrality 

i have found respite and security in the irrelevant 

ama of sports. We are fascinated by the sports world's 

furgies of win and lose. Tragically our fascination has 

Icome a fixation, and we are unable to move in those 

fleas of our personal and national life where all the 

ipes are painted gray. 

There are other costs. Perhaps the most serious is 
tit as a nation we have attempted to define the world 
i terms of a global athletic contest. We boast of our 
i defeated history of war and count the bodies of the 
e?my dead as if we were tallying touchdowns. The 
tdgedy of viewing the world through win/lose per- 
fective of sports is that we are unable to make peace 
vth those we have defined as opponents. There is win, 
o lose, but no middle ground. Is it any wonder that 
^tnam has become such an enigma? 
. Perhaps the most tragic about the sport mindset is 
N inability to see injustice as an ultimate determining 
Htor in the "game of life." While Old Testament proph- 
et rail, we deny the injustice that is all around us. 
"fter all," we say to each other, "the breaks even out 
In the best team wins." That Christ was crucified as 
a advocate of love, that non-whites endure the injustice 
otracism, that a Third World farmer will not be blessed 
b the fruit of his labor no matter how hard he works, 
ms cause enough to doubt that "the breaks even 
." Yet the sport mindset, holding to the belief that 
ry man has an equal opportunity to make the team, 
ms to dismiss flukes of injustice as if they were 



minor gambling scandals or unfortunate exceptions in 
professional sports. Injustice is simply unlikely and 
not in concert with the spirit of the game. Since injus- 
tice is undefinable in the context of the game it remains 
undefined in the world; injustice cannot exist in the 
world because it does not exist in the game. Unfortu- 
nately the world lives and grows in injustice . . . and the 
breaks don't even out. 

We have both the hope and the right to expect that 
the Christian will bring different gifts to the world of 
sports. . . . The Christian ought to be about the business 
of functioning as lover and giver. . . . The call is to 
care for the world. . . . And there is no room in the 
style of the caretaker for the win/lose irrelevancies of 
the sport world. . . . Caretaking is not a business of 
making victory but rather making life more human 
and blessed. 

Liberation from the win/lose mythos allows one to 
venture into new and risky arenas for care without 
the baggage of a "record to protect." For the Christian, 
life can become a celebration of the complexity without 
the paranoia that comes from the fear of losing. Christ 
called his disciples to care where the rewards were not 
apparent. To have "scheduled the easy ones" to protect 
a record would have denied the world their blessing of 
care. Instead life can become a carnival in which the 
Christian's win/lose record becomes secondary to the 
people and arenas of care. 

But what then becomes of athletics? Do sports have 
a place in the Christian community? Or are sports so 
divisive and dehumanizing that they are without worth? 
Indeed not. I believe that we can anticipate a conversion 
in the spirit that will produce a new vision of what 
sports can be. 

Perhaps the new man will be able to pray a new 
prayer with peace and hope: 

"Dear Lord: I was at the game today. I 
don't even remember who won. In fact I think 
we all won. It was a circus, a festival, and a 
communion all in one. I saw things I had never 
seen before. They made me smile. 

"The teams admitted the irrelevance of terri- 
tory by changing ends at halftime. Players 
helped each other up after collisions. They 
smiled at each other when passes were com- 
pleted. Black arms throw to white hands. It was 
an event and not a contest. 

"Even the fans seemed involved. They yelled 
and laughed and cared as if the outcome were 
in their hands. But they knew it wasn't and did 
not pretend when the outcome was reached. 
Somehow they know it was a game for fun and 
not a contest for survival. 

"The athletes' graceful strides and precisioned 
moves made the game a living work of art. The 
freedom of their movement seemed both a cele- 
bration and a prayer of thanks for life. 

"The crowd partook of the event in the spirit 
of love. The fans shared their bread and wine 
just for the joy of sharing. And when the game 
was over, Lord, there was peace . . . continued 
peace. 

"Thank you for the game, Lord, for its para- 
ble of life, for its celebration of your creation. 
Peace. Amen." 



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and the New Testament Venture Stories was erroneo ly 
printed at $3.95 per cassette. This should have la 
$4.95, which is the price quoted in G/L order bj* 1 
and catalog. 



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By the Way 



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THOU SHALT . . . THOU SHALT NOT . . . 



) ECENTLY, in glancing over some news releases 
\ from the NAE Convention in St. Louis held in 
pril I noticed some headings such as: "It was the best 

times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of 

isdom, it was the age of foolishness. . . ." This was 

i introduction of a message given by Dr. Cecil B. 

light, second general overseer of the Church of God, 

eveland, Tennessee as he used the words of Charles 

ckens' "A Tale of Two Cities" to describe the world 

jday. 

jRev. A. H. Orthner, superintendent, Canadian Midwest 
] strict of the Christian & Missionary Alliance in 
ibgina, Saskatchewan, as he addressed a combined 
'ncheon meeting at the Convention stated: "When you 
lar teenagers say, 'My parents are beautiful,' that's 
Mval!" 

,Dr. Robert N. Thompson, a member of Canada's 

Jjirliment, and also a speaker at the NAE Convention 

ntributed these remarks: "Politicians in their legis- 

ures pass laws in the name of the common good 
thout too much concern about how it affects the 
i lividual." 

This last statement leads me to believe that there 
terns to be a lot going on in the way of creating ordin- 
£ces, making rules and regulations, enacting legislation 
t put new laws on the books, evaluate old laws and 
cange them if necessary, make amendments to existing 
sbtions and articles of constitutions, etc., etc., etc. 
Perhaps this would be a good time to yell: "STOP 
HE PRESSES!" in the process of getting all these 
tings down on paper and refer to the original laws 
tit were written upon stone by the finger of God, 
le Ten Commandments. 

These commandments were terms of the covenant 
vdch God made with His chosen people; and in this 
ripect were to be distinguished from the elaborate 
sktem of laws which we refer to as Mosaic, and per- 
Hps those which we have today which are frantically 
tiring to outnumber the myriads of laws found in the 
erlier books of the Old Testament, 
jlust as it was in those days, it is today in that the 
npy laws made were primarily made to achieve a 
g'en end, while the Ten Commandments as a whole 
i.'ia statement of principles to continue for all time, 
iro show the extreme contrast between man made 
ms and that which God handed down to Moses on 
want Sinai, it might be pointed out that a very unique 
nthod was used to deliver these commandments (Ex. 
l]l9, 20). Deuteronomy 33:2 tells us that even the 
feels were implicated in this act. Aforementioned was 
tl fact that they were written on stone by His own 
f'ger, and we are told that writing on stone signifies 
ti( perpetuity of the law written upon it. 

t would seem to this writer that since the Ten Com- 

ndments contain all the essential principles of the 



moral law, that this obviously would nullify the need 
for the constant legislation of new law after new law. 
This is most evident if we also take into consideration 
that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ held it as the 
perfect code. 

As Jesus in His dispute3 with the Pharisees did the 
opposite and exalted the Ten Commandments and cast 
the minor laws into the background, so did the apostle 
Paul in protracted discussions concerning the law by 
giving examples taken from these commandments and 
by explaining what they clearly forbade or required. 

The validity of the Commandments is evidenced in 
their foundation and source. The principles of this law 
have their standing in the character of God. "I AM . . . 
THOU SHALT." This is the connecting link. They are 
as majestic in their unehangeabJity because as God is, 
so is the law. They therefore cannot even conceivably 
be changed without changing the character of Jehovah 
Himself. 

The fact that God has placed the law of His own 
character on man is proof that man is capable of the 
divine. Expressing as it does man's true nature, to vary 
from its requirements is to fall beneath the dignity of 
true manhood. In this sense the Ten Commandments 
may well be identified with the eternal law of nature. 

It has been said that many of our younger generation 
are turned off on segments of our society and culture 
because of the many "Do this" and "Don't do that"s. 
What they may not realize is that the Ten Command- 
ments were handed down for a specific reason. They 
too are a series of Do's and Don'ts. If man would not 
have fallen into sin while in the garden of Eden, these 
may never have been handed down to mankind. 

If men were not inclined to worship something other 
than God, the first commandment would not be needed. 
If man had no murder in his heart, the sixth would not 
be necessary, etc. 

One might say that if man wants to get away from 
all the statuatory requirements made of him which 
may only restrain and regulate his actions and there- 
fore be rather negative in nature, he might set his sights 
on higher things such as the two great laws which are 
summarized thusly: "THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD 
THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL 
THY SOUL AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH, AND 
WITH ALL THY MIND; AND THY NEIGHBOR 
AS THYSELF." 

Because man is not perfect, these two laws are 
naturally the hardest to obey, yet, as God continues to 
shower mankind with His unending grace, it does not 
mean that man cannot strive toward that goal with the 
help of Almighty God to be able to say along with Paul: 
"FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN 
CHRIST JESUS HATH MADE ME FREE FROM THE 
LAW OF SIN AND DEATH" (Romans 8:2). (G.S.) 



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'YE GOT A FRIEND 



Hi Girls, 

This isn't Sherry Barnhart writing to you this month, 
it's Norma Grumbling. I'm your National S.M.M. treas- 
urer, and a junior at Ashland College. Sherry has been 
in Europe with the Ashland College choir tour for three 
weeks, so I'm filling in with an article while she's away. 

I thought I'd like to share with you some of my feel-, 
ings about a song that Carole King wrote and James 
Taylor made popular not too long ago. It's called 
"You've Got A Friend." The first verse goes like this: 

When you're down and troubled 

And you need a helping hand 

And nothing, no nothing is going right, 

Close your eyes and think of me 

And soon I will be there 

To brighten up even your darkest night. 




Now did you ever think of the words of that song as 
applying to Jesus? I really think they do. God's Word 
assures us that when we call for Him, He'll be there. 
This wonderful assurance begins at the moment of our 
salvation and never stops. 




by Norma Grumblii 



Listen to the words of the chorus: 
You just call out my name, 
And you know wherever I am, 
I'll come runnin' 
To see you again. 
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, 
All you gotta do is call 
And I'll be there. 
You've got a friend. 

Although I never quite pictured Christ as "runnir 
anywhere, the thought is still the same — anytime 
have separated ourselves from Him, He will be with js 
as soon as we call. 

Do you know what it means to have Jesus any ti: 
we call him? It means we have an answer for all c 
problems. Whenever there's a certain teacher that 
just can't get along with, Jesus will give us patien 
and understanding, 'cause maybe he had a teacher jit 
like that. When we're absolutely crazy about this g'y 
at school, Jesus will help us know how to act aroip 
him and what to say, 'cause maybe he kind of liked <m 
of the girls who lived across the road from the carpenjr 
shop once upon a time. When we have this big hasje 
with our parents, Jesus can still keep love in our hea; 
'cause his folks didn't always understand him eitl 
Jesus lived through the same problems that we ha 
The only difference was that he knew all the answ< > 
Well, he never said that be was going to keep th 
answers a secret. He said "Seek and ye shall find." ] 
Carole King said, "All you gotta' do is call." 

Girls, if you know Jesus, "You've Got A Friend." 






[ay 6, 1972 



World Religious News 



000 WOMEN IN SPORTS 
EENA PRAYER RALLY 
EAR MRS. BILLY GRAHAM 

Los Angeles (EP) — Some 6,000 
3Uthern California women, partici- 
iting in the February 24 Great 
ommission Prayer Crusade at the 
ports Arena, were challenged by 
[rs, Billy Graham to pray like 
[oses and to enjoy the fruits of an 
Efective Christian life. 
Directing the colorful rally was 
[rs William R. Bright, wife of the 
resident of Campus Crusade for 
hrist under whose auspices the 
[Tge effort was conducted. 
Ethel Waters figuratively em- 
raced her "chillun" and sang with 
usto a medley of gospel songs, 
daring the platform also were Jim 
oberts of the Lawrence Welk show, 
ampus Crusade's vocal ensemble 
rhe Great Commission Company," 
id Dr. Theodore Raedeke, director 
j: the "Key '73" simultaneous evan- 
?listic effort to begin next year. 
The prayer rally, Vonette Bright 
icplained, was a cooperative effort 
\ mobilize the women of America 
[ pray for the needs of the country 
Lspecifically for a moral and spirit- 
al awakening, as well as for individ- 
al and local needs. "A prayer leader 
| appointed in each city who in turn 
fleets 20 prayer captains who re- 
fuit another 20 women apiece to 
irve as prayer hostesses," she said. 

1 The prayer efforts, Mrs. Bright 
jiid, would back up both Explo '72, 

Dallas student rally expected to 
faw 100,000 people June 12-17, 1972 
hd Key '73. 

JDr. Raedeke told the gathered 
Somen Key '73 would "call a con- 
sent to Christ." It will be under - 
ken in six phases beginning with 
ds coming Thanksgiving season: 
.) "Calling our continent to repen- 
jnce, reflection and prayer, (2) 
ialling our continent to the Word, 
«) Calling our continent to the 
•surrection, (4) Calling our con- 
sent to new life, (5) Calling our 
pntinent to proclamation, and (6) 
Ialling our continent to commitment. 



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A "good number" of sign-up cards 
were collected by Campus Crusade 
workers who will expedite the ad- 
ministration of prayer cells. 

"We don't want this to be an ex- 
clusive Campus Crusade effort," 
Mrs. Bright explained. "It's just that 
we have staff members in 450 areas 
of the United States and can intro- 
duce the program to lay leaders in 
all parts of the nation." 

In calling the women to stem the 
tide of immorality Mrs. Bright re- 
minded them that 19 of 21 civiliza- 
tions fell from within through moral 
decadence. 



FATHER "KIDNAPS" 
DAUGHTER IN COMMUNE 

New York (EP) — Sandy Wen- 
deroth, the daughter of a business 
man here, went to Los Angeles on 
a casual trip but became so deeply 
involved in a Jesus commune that 
her family feared for her sanity. 

In a special interview arranged by 
Religious News Service here, the 19- 
year-old girl told how phone calls 
from home seemed as if they were 
coming from Satan . . . that her 
family was doing the devil's work. 

Only after the transcontinental 
phone calls failed to pursuade Sandy 
to return home did her father fly to 
the house operated in Saugus, 
California by the Susan Alamo 
Christian Foundation and actually 
push her into a small foreign car. 
He was thus able to pry his daughter 
loose from the austere "senior 
Christian" counselor always at her 
side and take Sandy back home 
with him where the nightmare is 
over. 

The girl had been a "rather devout 
Roman Catholic" in younger years 
but had been under certain strains 
concerning her college education. 
She became easy prey for street 
Christians in Hollywood who taught 
that the world would end soon and 
that believers should spend their 
time in nothing but to pass our leaf- 
lets and attempt to save souls. 



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NEWSPAPER WITH ONLY 
GOOD NEWS FOLDS 

Sacramento (EP) — After 16 
months of publishing, a newspaper 
which printed only good news went 
out of business. 

Publisher Bill Bailey said the bad 
news of its own demise would not 
appear in The Good News Paper, 
halted by creditors who didn't look 
on the bright side of things. 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR 
MISSIONS IN BANGLADESH 

SEEN AS 'INCREDIBLE' 

Cliicago (EP) — A medical mis- 
sionary in Bangladesh and the 
director of Medical Assistance Pro- 
gram told an interviewer on Radio 
Station WMBI that the openness to 
the Gospel in the world's newest 
country "is an incredible thing in 
the history of missions." 

Dr. J. Raymond Knighton and 
missionary Viggo Olsen, M.D., told 
interviewer Tedd Seelye they were 
received well on a recent trip to 
Bangladesh, and that officials of- 
fered full cooperation with American 
relief efforts to help returning ref- 
ugees and victims of the recent war 
of liberation from Pakistan. 

Dr. Knighton said he presented to 
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman an en- 
graved copy of The Living Bible 
provided by its originator, Ken 
Taylor. 

The men said there are 10 million 
refugees who ran away from the 
military regime over into India who 
are now returning — sometimes to 
burned out houses and blown-up 
bridges. "We have a tremendous 
need to get these people underneath 
a roof in this next three-month 
period," Dr. Olsen said, "before the 
June rainy season begins." 

The missionary said the Founda- 
tion for Airborne Relief — an evan- 
gelical Christian organization — flew 
a thousand missions into Biafra and 
has offered its services to MAP. 

The men said they were amazed at 
the opening for the Gospel now. 
"Much of their own faith has been 
undermined by what has happened," 
Dr. Knighton said. "They're flound- 
ering and looking for something." 

The men introduced a program 
they call "WEEP," the letters stand- 
ing for, "Will Everyone Everywhere 
Pray?" 

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BERKELEY FREE 
CHURCH CLOSED 

Berkeley, Calif. (EP) — The 
Berkeley Free Church, a haven for 
street people and wandering hippies 
since 1967, has closed its doors and 
shut down its street community ser- 
vices indefinitely. 

The Rev. Ray Jennings, one of 
the church's trustees, who is a mem- 
ber of Berkeley's First Baptist 
Church, said after a week of partial 
operation the church closed com- 
pletely. 

Vandalism contributed to the sus- 
pension of services, according to the 
Rev. Richard York, an Episcopal 
priest and pastor of the church. He 
also confirmed reports that a num- 
ber of obscene scrawls accusing him 
of being a "pig" had appeared on 
interior walls. 

Mr. Jennings said the pastor "feels 
he couldn't get his work done any- 
more." 

Shortly before the church closed 
Pastor York dismissed the Free 
Church's administrative assistant, 
David Howard. 

The Free Church, at 2315 College 
Avenue, was founded by Berkeley 
churches of six denominations as an 
ecumenical project of the Episcopal 
Church. 



CITES REVIVAL 
IN ETHIOPIA 

Sioux Falls, S.D. (EP) — A report 
of "amazing working by the Holy 
Spirit in Ethiopia" was recounted 
here for Reformed Church women 
by missionary Arlene Schuiteman, 
R.N. 

The nurse said that spiritual re- 
newal, much like that reportedly 
going on in Argentina and Indonesia, 
is happening in Ethiopia — especially 
in the areas of Mettu, Dembi, Dollo 
and Gore. In the last-named area, 
Miss Schuiteman said, missionaries 
had worked for many years with no 
results, finally closing the doors of 
their mission in Gore. 

In 1968, she said, another man 
reopened the mission building as a 
hostel for boys attending a govern- 
ment school there. Since that time 
there has been a tremendous moving 
of the Holy Spirit, including tongues- 
speaking and many conversions. 

The missionary noted that there 
has been a Church in Ethiopia since 
Philip the Evangelist won Queen 
Candace's treasurer to Christ in the 
first century. Called the "Ethiopian 



Orthodox Church," it has long since 
become cold and formalistic. 

The nurse went to Ethiopia from 
Sudan from which Africian nation 
she had been expelled earlier. Many 
of the Sudanese refugees, she re- 
ported, fled during the 15-year war 
that has taken a heavy toll in lives, 
property and suffering. 

She closed her report with Psalm 
68:31, "Ethiopia shall soon stretch 
out her hands unto God." It's hap- 
pening, she said, in our generation. 



ASTRONAUT CALLS 
CHRISTIANITY HIS 

NEW MISSION 

Van Nuyis, Calif. (EP) — "I want 
to tell everyone in the world that 
Jesus Christ and God were there." 

Those were the words of Astronaut 
James B. Irwin, one of the first men 
to ride a dune buggy over the un- 
explored surface of the moon. 

Irwin, who feels that his greatest 
mission is evangelism, spoke to sev- 
eral thousand people at two morning 
services of the First Baptist Church 
here. He is one of two astronauts to 
land on the lunar surface during the 
Apollo 15 mission last summer. 

The 42-year-old airman, invited by 
the pastor, Dr. Harold L. Fickett Jr., 
was described by his host as "one 
who is really turned on to the Savior 
and willing to testify to his faith in 
Jesus Christ." 

Irwin, a member of the Nassau 
Bay Baptist Church of Houston, pre- 
sented to the congregation a color 
photograph of the Apollo 15 landing 
team on the surface of the moon. He 
added his "personal testimony that 
God was there." 

Jim Irwin said he accepted Christ 
during a Baptist revival in Florida 
at the age of 11. Throughout the 
training for his lunar mission "it 
was preparation in body, mind and 
spirit," he said. "My daily prayer 
was that God would help me get 
ready." 

He described the beauty of earth 
as his craft circled before blasting 
away for the moon. "The next time 
I looked down I could see the south- 
eastern part of the United States — 
Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas with 
their clear waters," he recalled. 

"A couple of hours later we could 
see continents, the whole earth in 
the beauty of color . . . the brown 
Sahara, the blue oceans, the white 
clouds. The earth reminded all of 
us of a very fragile Christmas tree 



ornament, surrounded by the blac 
ness of space." 

"The thing that really stirred rr 
soul, however, was the fact that 
felt God's presence (on the mooi 
closer than I had ever felt it before 
the young man testified. 

He said he asked for God's ha 
and "help was granted immediatel 
I asked for guidance, and guidan 
came, as when we miraculous 
found and retrieved the 'Genes 
rock,' " said by geologists to be pt 
haps the oldest bit of matter ev' 
inspected closely by man. 

He said he felt the informatic 
gained on the flight would bless i 

of mankind. 

i 

! 

WORLD RELIEF 
COMMISSION AIDS IRAN 
EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS 

Valley Forge, Pa. (EP) — $2,0; 
for relief goods was dispatched I 
emergency aid by World Relij 
Commission here on the day 
devastating earthquake hit the M 
die East, April 10. 

The aid was announced by Coij 
mission director Everett Graffam 
the 30th annual convention in 1 
Louis which opened the followii' 
day for the National Association 
Evangelicals (NAE). World Reli; 
Commission is the overseas reli 
arm of NAE. 

The relief funds were sent to In 
where some 5,000 people died whj 
an earthquake and ensuing tremol 
completely leveled or heavily daii 
aged 45 villages. 

The Commission showed NAE ccj 
ventioners its new film "A Chance 
Live," a sound-color production sho| 
ing life at Hoa Khanh Childrer 
Hospital, WRC's largest project 
Vietnam. 







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YC CONVENTION INFORMATION 



was suggested in the last issue of BCE News, the 
ational BYC Convention has been subjected to the 
'rutiny of the BYC Council and some changes have 
en proposed. This communication on the subject 
percedes all earlier information and we urge you to 
ss the word on noted changes along to the appro- 
Late persons. 

ELECTION OF DELEGATES 

inimum age for delegates is completion of the 7th 
lade in 1972. Each local BYC will be allowed one junior 
eh or high school age delegate for every eight (8) 
gistered BYC members or any part thereof. In addi- 
|n, registered college age persons (through 22) may 
gister as at-large delegates. All registered National 
r C Council members will receive at-large delegate 
?dentials. 

SGISTRATION PROCEDURES 

ily those groups whose membership has been regis- 
ed with the National BCE Office are eligible to send 
legates to the National BYC Convention. All potential 
^legates must be registered with the BCE Office by 
my 30, 1972. About June 1, the appropriate number of 
trior high/high school delegate credentials will be sent 
t the local church by the BCE Office. Upon receipt of 
Ipse credentials, the local group is encouraged to elect 
teir delegates. Registered college students will receive 
sjlarge credentials upon request (they will be sent to 
t>ir home address) until August 1. 



business. Delegates shall participate in all program ac- 
tivities — except in special cases when clearance is re- 
ceived from convention officials. Report forms will be 
given to each delegate for a report to his local group. 
Christian conduct will be expected; deviations may re- 
sult in dismissal from the convention. Delegates must 
wear name tags to all business meetings. 

Any National BYC Council member has the authority 
to issue a warning to a delegate or alternate and notify 
his sponsor for breaking these rules. Council members 
will have the responsibility of checking on repeated 
absences by delegates. In extreme cases, delegates who 
are habitually absent may be sent home. 

CHECK-IN 

Upon arrival at the dormitory, the following procedures 
will be in effect: 

(1) All youth (ages 9-22) will be required to go to the 
BYC registration table in the dormitory lounge 
before checking into their room. 

(2) At this table, each person will: 

(A) Pay the $5.00 registration fee after showing 
his valid 1972 BYC Membership Card. 

(B) Have his sponsor sign the receipt IN 
PERSON! 

(C) Present the receipt to the dormitory desk for 
room assignment. Note: No rooms will be 
assigned to persons under 18 years unless a 
sponsor has signed the receipt. 

NON-DELEGATES 

Youth who are not delegates representing their local 
group may attend any part of the Convention except 
business sessions if they are registered as members of 
the National Brethren Youth Crusader organization. The 
same behavior is expected of non-delegates as delegates. 

NATIONAL BYC MEMBERSHIP 
REGISTRATION PROCEDURES 

Membership in National BYC lasts from September 1 
through August each year. There are several advantages 
to registering: (1) it provides the BCE with a mailing 
list for direct communication with local youth and col- 
lege students; (2) it assists in a very small way in the 
costs of operating a national youth ministry, just as do 
the dues paid to the national and district organizations 
of Brotherhood and Sisterhood, WMS, and Laymen; 

(3) it gives local groups and college students a sense of 
being a part of the larger movement and lessens the 
isolationist or "inward only" attitude; and (4) only in- 
dividuals registered prior to May 30, 1972 are eligible 
for participation in the National BYC Convention. 

Local BYC groups wishing to register should submit for 
each member: (1) name, (2) address, (3) college ad- 
dress — where applicable, (4) year in school, (5) group 
(junior, junior high, senior, combined), and (6) one 
dollar. 

College students who have not registered with their 
local BYC may register by submitting the same 
information. 



tiCLEGATE REQUIREMENTS 

l|legates having completed grades 7-12 must have an 
ajult sponsor (LIMIT: 6 youth/sponsor!). Delegates 
rist live in convention facilities unless living with fami- 
Ijor sponsor in approved housing. Commuters living at 
lime are excepted. All delegates will be required to 
side by the rules of conduct adopted by the National 
IfC Council and the Board of Christian Education. The 
C Constitution will be the standard for conduct of Membership cards will be issued as soon as possible. 



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EVANGELIST 

The following BYC groups are registered with the BCE 
Office: 

Central District: 

Lanark Milledgeville Waterloo 

Florida: 

Sarasota 
Northern Indiana District: 

Ardmore Bryan County Line 

Elkhart First Jefferson Milford 

Nappanee New Paris South Bend 

Warsaw 
Southern Indiana District: 

Burlington Center Chapel College Corner 

Loree Flora North Manchester 

Oakville Roann Roanoke 

Wabash 
Midwest District: 

Derby 
Miami Valley (Ohio) District: 

Columbus Gretna New Lebanon 

Pleasant Hill West Alexandria 

Northeast Ohio District: 

Ashland First Smithville 

(Park Street) 
Northern California District: 

None 

Pennsylvania District: 

Berlin Brush Valley Cameron 

Fairless Hills- Highland Johnstown Second 

Levittown 
Johnstown Third Pittsburgh Valley 

Vinco 

Southeast District: 
Chandon Maurertown Washington 

Southwest District: 
Tucson 

Total No. Churches Registered (4/1/72) 46 

Total No. Churches Not Registered (4/1/72) 74 

Total No. National BYC Members (4/1/72) 1012 

If your group desires a voice, register now! 

NEWS FROM YOUTH GROUPS 

Report From Lanark Jr. BYC (October-March) 

We started our year in October with election of offi- 
cers. They are as follows: President — Marty Wineland, 
Vice-President — Teri King, Treasurer — Debbie Geisz, Sec- 
retary — Craig Vietmeyer. 

During the month of November we sponsored a family 
film night at church. We also packed Thanksgiving 
plates for 17 shut-ins and delivered them. 

December brought Christmas, we had a caroling party 
and invited the Senior BYC to join us. 

In January our church had mission studies, at the 
church, each Sunday night during the month. We, Jr. 
and Sr. BYC, served refreshments after one of the meet- 
ings. Our first meeting in February we had one of our 
State Troopers as a guest speaker. Our second meeting 
was a bowling party. 

This is March and we are getting ready for an Easter 
Bake Sale. We hold our meetings the first and third 
Sunday of each month. Our advisors are Mrs. Elmer 
Merbath and Mrs. Ronald Peek. 



News From Vinco 

During the last few months the intermediate B'iJ 
group of the Vinco Brethren Church has been doiii 
some interesting things. With the help from our v 
visors, Mr. and Mrs. Crouse and Mr. and Mrs. Auraml 
we've been able to go to a hockey game, sell tickets 
have a skating party, make fruit baskets for the shii 
ins and sick people of our church, and just recently hi 
a pie-cake social. Our latest project is called "Penni 
for Pete." This is a project which our members brii 
in pennies to help a mission in Kentucky. 

There are sixteen members of our group, but we : ; 
always looking for more. We're an active group aj 
plan to do more things in the future. 

Our elected officers for this year are: Presidentl 
Mickele Baker, Vice-President — Randy Hagerick, Sec:! 
tary — Peggy Gillespie, Asst. Secretary — Betty Gou^l 
nour, Treasurer — Jeffrey Hagerick, and Asst. Treasui 1 
— Matthew Hagerick. 

Peggy Gillespie! 



News From Wayne Heights Seniors 

Greetings to Brethren Youth all over the Brotherhoo! 
This is our first year as a strictly Senior BYC. In pa 
years we have had just one BYC group for all ages, hi 
last fall our Youth Board approved the idea of havi 
one youth organization for the young people from thi' 
grade through sixth grade, and another organizatil 
for those youth who were in grades seven throu;i 
twelve. This division of the different age levels hj 
made it possible for each group to plan meetings, acti 
ties, etc., in keeping with their own abilities, interesi 
etc. It has also brought about an increase in attendant 
for whereas before the combined group had an a vera! 
attendance of about fifteen, we now have a combin 
average attendance of thirty. 

Our Sunday evening meetings are varied. During t? 
past several months we have had some outsii 
speakers; we have enjoyed some exciting games 
Bible Baseball, "Bible 'You Don't Say'," Bible Olymphj 
we have had some interesting discussions brought on | 
our "Question Box" programs. The members of t| 
youth group take turns being program leader from wej 
to week. Right now we are busy working on our Pub 
Service program, and especially on the playlet whi 
we are going to present, 'When the Money Talked." 

We also have our times of fun. Early in the Fall ^ 
had an old-fashioned hay-ride (a horse-drawn hay racPj 
we have gone roller skating; a couple of weeks ago i 
spent a Saturday morning and afternoon touring al 
hiking around Gettysburg Battlefield — and enjoyed I 
picnic lunch there. We have had Hallowe'en partii 
Christmas exchanges, etc. 

Several times this year we have conducted pap 
drives, the proceeds of these work efforts going towa! 
some of our local youth projects. On our most recfj 
paper drive we collected two and a half tons of pap*; 
We also held a bake sale in the shopping center a sh(! 
distance from the church, which brought in about $75.' 

During this BYC year we have contributed $175 j 
our church's Emergency Fund; have paid for the f 
stalling of a new electrical circuit for our church orga 
have given food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christm} 
to a number of the aged and shutin members of ti 
church and community, and we are considering sever 
other projects in the very near future. 



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[ay 6, 1972 



Page Nine 



Last Sunday a number of our members helped the 
istor in our Easter Sunrise Service. Within the next 
lonth or so we will be having our Youth Banquet — 
XHisored by the Youth Board of the church — and es- 
?cially honoring those of our Sunday School and church 
ho will be graduating from high school this spring. 
1th the coming of nice weather we are hoping to spend 
l evening or so each week playing volleyball, etc., on 
ie church lot, and possibly enjoying a campfire and 
einer roast on occasion. Mr. Rennert Stevens and Rev. 
ates are serving as our advisors this year. 

Spaghetti Supper 

The Senior Youth Group of Ardmore had a money 
aking project February 11, 1972. We had a Spaghetti 
jpper from 5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. in the church social 
«om. The menu was spaghetti, tossed salad, bread, two 
nds of butter (regular and garlic), all kinds of des- 
■rts, coffee, milk and punch. It was a free will dona- 
jn. All the Sr. Youth as possible helped by serving, 
Meeting dirty dishes and washing dishes. Ladies of 
e church were very helpful with the cooking. They 
ere Mrs. Betty Boggs, Mrs. Phyllis Vandermark and 



Mrs. Kring. We made approximately $79.00. Our decora- 
tions were built around the Valentine theme. We all 
enjoyed the work and fun because it was for our Lord. 

News From the Berlin BYC 

The Junior and Senior Youth Groups in the Berlin 
Brethren Church have been meeting twice a month this 
year. The girls and boys have been taking charge of 
many of the meetings and we've been having good 
attendance. 

Our activities have included skating parties in October 
and January, a taste supper in November, Christmas 
caroling in December, and a swimming party in 
February. 

Mr. and Mrs, Wm. Shultz presented a wonderful slide 
program of their trip to the Holy Land this past sum- 
mer to our groups at one of the February meetings. 

We are now looking forward to Easter and spring, 
and the planning of a sunrise service and a public 
program. 

Karen Wiltrout 
Jr. Youth Advisor 



ORDINATION OF 
JUAN CARLOS MIRANDA 




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JAN CARLOS MIRANDA was ordained to the 
Brethren Ministry in the First Brethren Church, 
hland, Ohio, April 16, 1972. Ministers officiating in 
; service were: Rev. George Solomon, Pastor of the 
I'st Brethren Church; Dr. Charles Munson, Professor 



of Ashland Theological Seminary; Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, 
Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary; Rev. M. Virgil 
Ingraham, General Secretary of the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church and Rev. H. Raymond Aspinall, 
Missionary on furlough from Argentina. 

Juan was born May 20, 1933 in Roario, Argentina 
and was baptized April 4, 1947 in the Brethren Church 
of Rosario. 

He received his primary and secondary education in 
Rosario and graduated from the Buenos Aires Bible 
Institute following two years of pre-medical school. 

In 1957 he came to the United States with his wife 
and two children. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene 
College, Kankakee, Illinois in 1960 and took graduate 
work at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. At this 
time, while doing mission work in Texas among the 
Mexican-Americans, and in conjunction with The 
Nazarene Church, he was ordained by that church. This 
was followed by enrollment at Nazarene Theological 
Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is presently 
working toward a June graduation from Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. 

He has served as a pastor, a high school and Bible 
school teacher as well as working in the business world. 

In December 1953 he married Maria J. Fiorenza of 
Rosario, Argentina. They have five children, Adriana, 
Gustavo, Samuel, Michael and Yvonne. 

They plan to return to Argentina in June to teach at 
the Eden Bible Institute. 



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The Brethren Evangeli: 



MISSIONARY 

news 

CHINA TOMORROW 










The entire contents covering the subject of China are taken from ASIA 
PULSE edition of the EVANGELICAL MISSIONS INFORMATION 
SERVICE, Volume III, No. 1 of February 1972. 






EDITOR'S NOTE: President Nixon's visit to Peking: 
February 21-28 urgently brings into focus the possibility 
of the door to China reopening to the Gospel soon and 
the role, if any, of western missions and missionaries in 
the evangelization of this the largest nation in the world. 
In this issue of ASIA PULSE, three knowledgeable men 
speak out of their experience and convictions. 



MOSES CHOW 

Born in Chekiang, China, Mr. Chow has been a mission- 
ary in botli Indonesia and Japan and is now co-director 
of Ambassadors for Christ in Washington, D.C. 

"Western Christians and missionary leaders can 
make vital contributions to Christian Chinese by 
sharing with them their knowledge, skills, and 
experience . . ." 

WHEN PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON announced 
he would accept an invitation to visit the China 
mainland, I was in Asia in the midst of evangelistic and 
missionary conferences. In Asia we were experiencing 
typhoons, each called by a girl's name. But I felt that 
the storm blowing when Mr. Nixon's announcement 
burst forth should have been named "Richard"! Usually 
typhoon watchers can predict a storm's coming, speed, 
and direction. But this one, although expected eventually 
by political forecaster, came with sudden force. . . . 
Certainly it caught Asia off guard. And the eye of the 
storm hit Taiwan the hardest. 

Many people, even some Christian workers, are 
speculating that this is a sign of the opening of the door 
to China for Christian missions. According to TIME 
magazine, September 6, 1971, there are "certain mission- 
ary groups mulling a return to China." The article re- 
ported that one mission is suggesting mobilizing a 
thousand three-man missionary squads for the eventual 
evangelization of China, their motto being, "Let us be 
ready to be there first!" The magazine refers to other 
groups naively declaring that when Mao Tze-tung dies, 
the government will topple, and the "would-be saints 
will go marching in to be greeted by millions of Chinese 
eager for conversion. . . ." 

So far I personally do not see any concrete evidence 
that Mainland China is opening to the Gospel in the 



former traditional sense of foreign missions. Favorabj 
diplomacy, ease of travel, and friendly relations do n 
necessarily mean openness to Gospel witness. The "go< 
old days" may never come back again, even if atheist 
governments reform or anti-Western leaders changj 
The tide may flow back to the shore, but the water w:| 
not be the same. . . . 

Some well-meaning but misguided Christians do n| 
sense the difference between a simple faith in God I 
obey the Great Commission and a simple-mindedness j 
satisfy themselves by "being there first." Their oppcj 
tunism may lead them to fall into Satan's traps. Th€j 
innocence to think that millions will welcome them wi| 
outstretched hands is not only nearsighted, but dange! 
ous thinking. Even if there is suddenly total religioij 
freedom in China, we must not overlook the lessons 
history. Unless we allow ourselves to be revolutionizij 
by God in our missionary strategy, others will revol] 
tionize us. . . . The Holy Spirit . . . will teach us nei 
ways to share Christ in contemporary times. We mu 
pray and study the Word of God, open to His Spirit 
teaching. We must seek God's pattern in our best undt 
standing of the situation and the resources in har 
Then we must reckon on "the God of the impossible. . . 

I believe the basic strategy is to have men of prayj 
ready to evangelize China ... So Yan-Pui, a writ: 
from Singapore, reports: ". . . In the last two yea! 
I've discovered a new and powerful undercurrent j 
prayer among overseas Chinese. . . . Those attendiij 
this prayer meeting for China . . . not only pray, b 
study the situation in China . . . trying to understaj 
how to preach the Gospel to those growing up in < 
atheistic, materialistic society. This is not just a call 
sweet fellowship, but an active, serious workshop 
people with a vision and a commission. . . ." 

Christian Chinese should work hand in hand with ;i 
other Christians, both Western and Asian. Westej 
Christians and missionary leaders can make vital ccj 
tributions to Christian Chinese by sharing with th-e| 
their knowledge, skills and experience. . . . We Chrj 
tian Chinese should learn from those who have go j 
before, benefiting from their successes and failures 
missionary service. In this preparation stage, we shouj 
equip ourselves, taking full advantage of the mentj 
educational, physical, financial, and, above all, spiritu | 
resources wherever God has planted us. ... Wh 
China opens, not only will Christian Chinese have t 



lay 6, 1972 



Page Eleven 



rivilege of "reconciling our kinsmen to the King of 
ings," but many other Asian Christians will also have 
een prepared. So when God's time comes, they will 
larch together to share the Good News in China. This 
/ill give a new image to Chinese on the mainland. . . . 

As disciples of Christ, we should be open to allow 
iod's revolutionary changes even in our career expec- 
itions, to make room for God's possible call to return 
) China. Like Nehemiah, we should be willing to suffer 
rith our own people in a disaster land and help rebuild 
. We should be well armed in our technical abilities 
nd academic training, at the same time sharpened in 
ur spiritual understanding and knowledge of the Word 
f God. . . . When China opens, it will be a golden 
pportunity for both overseas Christian Chinese and 
Iainland Christians together to rebuild China, both in 

material and spiritual way. . . . When China opens 
jr the Gospel, and even now, overseas Christian 
hinese should throw all of their professional capabil- 
ies and financial abilities toward this great task of 
vangelizing their own people. 

Preparation should go full speed ahead to train in 
ie use of mass media, such as literature, radio, and 
'V, to communicate the Gospel on the China mainland. 
: is encouraging that in some Southeast Asian cities 
hristian Chinese writers already are being trained to 
roduce relevant materials which will communicate the 
ospel to communist-oriented readers. 

"Typhoon Richard" might just blow over. On the other 
|and, in God's divine plan, it just might bring on the 
atter rain" to allow a mighty harvest on China's soil. 

Reprinted from AMBASSADORS COMMUNIQUE: 
ril 16th N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011 



ESLIE LYALL 

^ith a background of twenty-plus years in China under 
ie China Inland Mission, Mr. Lyall has made it his 
isiness to know what has been going on in China dur- 
g his years on OMF's home staff in London. 

Renewed fellowship with the church in China 
f ter . . . twenty or more years . . . will re- 
tire humility, understanding, and patience on 
)th sides." 

CERTAINLY RELIGION has been hard hit (in 

China): Tantric Buddhism in Tibet may be in its 

lath agony . . . Mahayana Buddhism never had a 

Irong grip on China's masses and has probably gone 

irever. Taoism and its superstitions are surely dead. 

jmfucianism was never a religion in the true sense 

I the word. So what is left except a heart hunger for 

:!mething beyond the material? But is a new generation 

< ! Chinese, educated in Marxist-Leninist-Maoist philoso- 

]iy and taught to distrust a religion always associated 

th foreign imperialism, likely ever again to give a 

tening ear to Christianity? (Note: The author dis- 

sses this and other related questions fully in his recent 

.perback RED SKY AT NIGHT, published in the U.S. 

Moody Press, Chicago, 1970.) 
The chief hope lies in the nucleus of Christian believ- 
(3 in China now. A revival in the universities between 
47 and 1950 brought many students to a living faith 



in God. Those former students are now in their forties, 
the potential leaders of a new generation of Christians. 
They have lived through all the experiences of the 
revolution . . . and only they can take the lead in a 
new advance to present the Gospel to the Chinese of 
the mainland. 

Overseas Chinese, who, by living abroad, have escaped 
the experience of revolution, will find themselves 
strangely out of touch with thought and life in the 
China of today. Any plans they may have for re-evan- 
gelizing China will have to be submitted to the church 
in China first of all. The church which has suffered 
will have more to teach than overseas Chinese can 
possibly offer. Renewed fellowship with the church in 
China after a time lapse of twenty or more years will 
be of the first priority, and it will require humility, 
understanding, and patience on both sides. But Chinese 
Christians must be the first to return. 

And what about those who are not Chinese? . . . 
Clearly Westerners must walk warily. They must try 
to see themselves as the Chinese see them; they need 
to study Chinese psychology — and that takes a lifetime! 
-^and they must endeavor to understand the real situa- 
tion in China. 

Brash adventurism by Americans and Europeans 
would severely embarrass the Christians in China and 
do untold damage to the cause of Christ. This is not 
the time for grandiose and spectacular schemes to be 
given maximum publicity with the hope of attracting 
maximum donations. To exploit a China situation in the 
sensational way that similar situations elsewhere have 
been exploited would be fatal. What is called for now 
is quiet, unheralded, informal, and, above all, prayerful 
consultation, and a constant waiting on God to under- 
stand His purposes as they unfold little by little. 

No one who discerns the moving of the Spirit in this 
generation contemplates the return to China of "foreign 
missions" in the old familiar pattern. ... If the church 
in China wants the aid of overseas Christians, it will be 
for her to ask for it, and it will be for overseas Chris- 
tians to work with the church or not at all. 

China may one clay welcome foreign lecturers, 
scientists, medical personnel, English teachers, music- 
ians, artists, and research students as well as business- 
men. If so, how many Christians will be among them? 
Are any people in these categories preparing for this 
possibility? And if they go to China, will they link up 
with the local Churches in China ( always supposing that 
the churches have their liberty restored in accordance 
with the UN Charter) and exercise their Christian min- 
istry in and through those churches? This is the most 
likely way, perhaps the only way, in which foreigners 
will at first be tolerated in China. 

This year of 1972 is not 1939, when foreigners forced 
their way into China at gunpoint; nor is it 1946, when 
foreigners returned to China right after the war, more 
or less expecting to restore the misguided paternal 
status quo of the pre-war period. The approach to China 
in 1972, 1973, or whenever will be totally different. 
God knows what He will do, and He will reveal His 
will to the wise. The wise will avoid highly publicized 
schemes, however well-meaning, and will quietly and 
cooperatively seek to discover that will. 

Reprinted from THE LIFE OF FAITH: 1-5 Port Pool 
Lane, EC 1 N, 7SH London, England. 



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The Brethren Evangelis 



RAYMOND BUKER, JR. 



With keen insights and some 18 years missionary ex- 
perience, Mr. Buker shares the burden of Chinese Cluis- 
tians and their faith that the door to China will open 
soon. 

"God has given these Chinese brethren a real faith 
that SOMEDAY CHINA IS GOING TO OPEN. 
The question is not IF China opens . . . but 
WHEN China opens." 

In an unscheduled noon prayer meeting during the 
Congress on Evangelism in Singapore, God manifested 
His presence and power in a wonderful way. It was 
called spontaneously for the purpose of praying for 
China. The participants were mostly Chinese. Weeping 
was profuse. Their faith that China will soon be open 
to the Gospel was unshaken. Their reasons: 

REASON NO. 1: The long-suffering of God. This is 
found in II Peter 3:9. With the signs of the second 
coming of Christ being fulfilled in many parts of the 
world, the question comes: Why hasn't Jesus come to 
this earth? The answer: "The Lord is not slack con- 
cerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but- 
is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should 
perish, but that all should come to repentance." 

China today has 800 million people. Population-wise 
the largest nation in all the world. One-fourth of the 
population of the world! And one-half the population 
of Asia. These Chinese Christians do not believe that 
the God of justice, love, and mercy will leave China, 
this largest nation of the world, without another chance 
to repent. 

REASON NO. 2: The burden of Christians every- 
where. God has burdened Christians everywhere to 
pray for China in these days. This is particularly true 
of the Chinese themselves. If you could have heard 
these Chinese brethren praying in that noon prayer 
meeting, you would have known that that burden was 
from the Holy Spirit. And God does not burden people 
to pray unless He intends to answer their prayers. 
Years ago God raised up groups of people — Chinese, 
missionaries, Taiwanese — to begin praying for the doors 
of China to open to the Gospel of Christ. 

As they prayed, God began to answer. The falling 
out between China and Russia, the loss of Communist 
influence in Africa seemed to be a direct answer to 
their prayers. 

REASON NO. 3: The providential preparation of 
China. Just as God used the non-Christian nations of 
the world to prepare the way for the first coming of 
Jesus Christ, in an amazingly similar way God is using 
atheistic, Communist nations today to prepare China 
for the coming of the Gospel. How did God prepare 
the world for the coming of Jesus Christ? 

The answer is found in the words placed above His 
head on the cross: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING 
OF THE JEWS. It was written in three different 
languages: Hebrew, Greek and Latin. These languages 
represent the three nations that God used to prepare 
the world for the coming of Christ. 



THE FIRST LANGUAGE WAS HEBREW. It wa;! 
the language of the Jewish people. God used the Jewisj 
nation to prepare the world religiously for the comin 
of Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to this world, thj 
religion of the world was mainly polytheistic. Through 
the Jewish nation God prepared the world for a mon<; 
theistic concept of Himself. 

In a very similar way God has used the Communis, 
nation of China to prepare the way for the coming c| 
the Gospel. Religion in China had a very tight grip upo ; 
the people. The religious systems of China centered ij 
closely-knit family ties and family ancestor worship 
This family system exercised tremendous famil, 
pressures. It was very difficult for people to come l! 
Christ as a result. For in most cases it meant a con I 
plete breakaway from the family. This was a majc! 
obstacle to the Gospel of Christ in China. 

But when the Communists came in, they complete] 
destroyed the religious systems and in so doing a majci 
obstacle to the Gospel of Christ. 

THE SECOND LANGUAGE WAS GREEK. It wi 
the language of the people of Greece. God used Greecj 
to prepare the world linguistically for the coming <J 
Jesus Christ. The Greek empire under Alexander toci 
over an immense area of land in 334 B.C. Alexander tli 
Great decreed that in the whole kingdom that he he' 
captured, there would be one official language. It w< 
Greek. But it was not just Greek, it was Koine Gree : 
Koine Greek was the language of the common peopl 
In 283 B.C. the Old Testament was translated into tl, 
language of the people — Koine Greek. We call it tl 
Septuagent version of the Old Testament. 

What is the implication? The single common languaj 
spoken at the time of Jesus' first coming facilitated tl' 
spread of the Gospel throughout the then-known worl 
The Septuagent version of the Old Testament w;j 
available in the common language of the people. Tl ! 
tower of Babel had put road blocks in the way of tli 
spread of the Gospel. But God did away with the, 
road blocks during the time of Alexander the Great t 
making the Koine Greek the common language of tl 
world of His day. 

In a similar way God has used the Communists 
prepare China linguistically for the coming of tl 
Gospel. Before the Communists came there were man 
many languages all over China. And many dialects 
the Chinese language. Under the communists tl 
Mandarin language became the official language for a 
of China. The complicated Chinese alphabet was simpj 
fied into a phonetic alphabet. As a result it becant 
much easier to learn the Chinese language. Then j 
became a decree that every single person under 30 h<! 
to learn to read, write and speak Mandarin, just 
many of the older people had already learned to rea; 
write and speak it. The translation of the Bible into tj 
Mandarin language has prepared the way for £ 
spread of the Gospel throughout China. 

THE THIRD LANGUAGE WAS LATIN. It is t 
language of the Roman empire. By capturing this vsi 
area much larger than once dominated by the Greel; 
the new Roman empire brought political unificati 
to the world. It became the largest empire that the wor 
had ever known up to that time. It stretched from Ir. 
to England and from Turkey to Ethiopia. God used t 
Roman empire to prepare the world politically for t 
coming of Jesus Christ. 



May 6, 1972 



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The early apostles were able to travel freely from 
Dne land to another — North Africa, Egypt, Arabia, Tur- 
key, Greece, Rome, Spain, etc. They had no need for 
passports, no need for residential permits and no need 
for visas. 

God used the Roman empire to prepare the highways 
md the method of transportation which facilitated so 
greatly the spread of the Gospel. The Romans built 
excellent roads. In fact you can go into Italy today and 
vvalk on the very roads built back in the Roman empire, 
rhey prepared the ship lanes from country to country. 

In a similar way God has used the Communist regime 
;o prepare China politically for the coming of Jesus 
Christ. Before the Communists came in, missionaries 
,vho were there could only go into the interior of China 
i short ways by road or railway. Then the roads and 
-airways stopped and the rest of the trip into the interior 
aad to be made by wheelbarrow, horse or on foot. 



But the Communists came in. They unified the 
country. They built roads and railroads way back into 
the interior provinces. 

And when China opens again to the Gospel, travel 
into the interior will be greatly facilitated. Even the 
Himalayan Mountains — twice the size of the highest 
mountains in existence in the United States — have been 
conquered. It was a tremendous engineering feat that 
the Communists were able to accomplish. 

The faith of those Godly Chinese who met to pray 
during the Congress on Evangelism in Singapore was 
greatly strengthened as they realized how God has pre- 
pared the way for the spread of the Gospel in the 
CHINA OF TOMORROW. Who knows but that 
President Nixon's visit to China may be the key which 
will open the doors of tomorrow to the Gospel. 



A MARCH 30th HAPPENING 




The Aspinall's arrival at Cleveland-Hopkins 
Airport, I. to r., Kathy, Marilyn, Claudia, 
Ray and Mark. 



PIAT THURSDAY of March 30, 1972 was an exciting 
day to welcome the Aspinall family back to the 
tates after their four years on the Argentine field. It 
rings great joy to them to be with their families again 
-their family by relationship and with the family of 
rethren who have supported and prayed for them these 
ist four years. 



The Aspinalls are already scheduled for deputation 
and will appear at the Indiana District Conference as 
well as the Ohio District Conference. Their deputation 
schedule will be limited to the summer months, for 
this fall Ray will go into a study program for his 
Masters Degree. 

Presently they are making their home in the Smith- 
ville Church area and you can correspond with them 
at the following address: 



Reverend and Mrs. H. Raymond Aspinall 
c/o Clarence A. King 
418 E. Chestnut 
Orrville, Ohio 44667 



The past four years Ray has been teaching at the 
Eden Bible Institute and taken the extension course 
to the Brethren in their home cities. Ray was also pastor 
of the Soldini Church. Marilyn taught classes as well as 
doing accounting for the institute. She was active in 
the Soldini Church as President of the Woman's Society 
and secretary to the church. She was also treasurer of 
the national woman's work and taught one afternoon a 
week at the Kindergarten. 

The Aspinalls feel they have had a healthy, happy and 
most fulfilling year in their work. We are thankful for 
their lives and their outreach 



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The Brethren Evangelisl 



FORD'S BETTER IDEA — A GOOD ONE 



ATLANTA, Georgia — Seven television stations, which 
have included one-minute inspirational messages as an 
integral part of their local news program, report highly 
favorable viewer reaction. The one year test period has 
completely sold the flagship station on the pioneer 
project which features evangelist Leighton Ford. 

"Often when I'd finished the newscast I felt the mood 
was so negative that people needed something to lift 
their spirits," states Doug Bell of WSOC-TV in 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Bell, now program director at the station, was then 
anchorman on the evening local news program. 

A consulting firm surveyed the viewing area and dis- 
covered that, next to news and weather, the most 
desired feature was a message of inspirational value. 

Looking back, Bell recalls that he and the staff were 
skeptical about including a feature of this type. 

"But we decided," he says, "to give it a try and so 
we approached Leighton Ford, the well-known spiritual 
leader and associate of Billy Graham and asked him to 
work with us." 

The new "eyewitness" news format made its debut 



on the Charlotte station in August of 1970. An importari 
segment of the rennovated show was "Insight," a on<i 
minute comment by Ford on some topic of current of 
human interest. 

The Nielsen ratings for the newscast during the sprin 
months of 1971 showed increases from 29 to 44 per cer 
over the same period of the previous year in the numbe 
of viewing households. 

A station sampling of the reactions of viewers of a 
ages indicated overwhelming approval of the idea, th 
time spot, and the length of Leighton Ford's comment 
The margin of approval was from 89 to 93 per cent. 

"Those in the industry will recognize how phenomen; 
such positive response is," states Bell. 

Encouraged by the extremely favourable test responsi 
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is syndicatin 
"Insight" and i3 offering it as a public service to tel 
vision stations. 

As of April 1972 the following stations now sho 
"Insight" as a vital segment of the evening local new 
which is often regarded as the basic yardstick for loci 
ratings: 



WSOC-TV, Channel 9 
WITN-TV, Channel 7 
W-TWO-TV, Channel 2 
WMBD-TV, Channel 31 
WKPT-TV, Channel 19 
WBBJ-TV, Channel 7 
VVBIR-TV, Channel 10 
WTVM-TV, Channel 9 
WHEC-TV, Channel 10 
WJIM-TV, Channel 6 
WSEE-TV, Channel 35 
WCPO-TV, Channel 9 



(NBC) 
(ABC) 
(NBC) 
(CBS) 
(ABC) 
(ABC) 
(CBS) 
(ABC & NBC) 
(CBS) 
(CBS) 
(CBS) 
(CBS) 



Charlotte, North Carolina 
Washington, North Carolina 
Terre Haute, Indiana 
Peoria, Illinois 
Kingsport, Tennessee 
Jackson, Tennessee 
Knoxville, Tennessee 
Columbus, Georgia 
Rochester, New York 
Lansing, Michigan 
Erie, Pennsylvania 
Cincinnati, Ohio 



Commenting on the success of the venture, Leighton Ford simply observes, "With 
things as bad as they are, the good news sounds better than ever!" 




lay 6, 1972 



Page Fifteen 



MOTIVATED MEN 



by Candi Baker 




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REX McCONAHAY 



REX W. McCONAHAY is a 24 year old Middler at 
Ashland Theological Seminary majoring in History. 
He is from the Smithville Brethren Church in Smithville, 
Ohio and has been a member there for 15 years. A 1965 
graduate of Smithville High School, Rex was active in 
the speech club, basketball, choir and band. He attended 
Ashland College and participated in the band, Alpha 
Theta, gospel team, choir and various other clubs. At 
Ashland Theological Seminary, he is the student govern- 
ment vice president. Rex enjoys youth work, camping 
and music. 

He is married to the former Barbara Jones a member 
at the Smithville Brethren Church. Bobbi, as known by 
her friends is a special education teacher in the Ashland 
City Schools. She enjoys working with children and 
animals. Rex will graduate in May of 1974 and has 
indefinite plans. 



EDWARD J. HALES 



STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP 



PIE REVEREND EDWARD J. HALES, Director of 
Field Services for the National Association of 
jvangelicals, will be conducting a Stewardship Work- 
tiop on Tuesday afternoon August 15 at The General 
ionference. Mr. Hales formerly served with the Baptist 
eneral Conference where he was commonly known as 
Mr. Stewardship." He has also served as pastor, radio 
Sinister, and has designed several well-known Steward- 
|iip programs. He serves as vice-chairman of the 

ewardship Commission of NAE and is a featured 
)eaker in workshops across the nation. Mr. Hales is 

member of the editorial board of the interdenomina- 
anal stewardship newsletter SALT and serves as ehair- 

an of the Christian Stewardship Council which brings 
gether stewardship development and executive leaders 
ram the evangelical denominations, missions and schools 
I: the country. 

i He has written and produced a number of stewardship 
jaterials, including a book, Building The Budget for 
le Local Church. His program, "Let Love Guide You," 
: being used by churches of more than a dozen denom- 
lations to cultivate financial giving. 

At the General Conference in August he will be 

AE's official representative and will be speaking on 

iveral occasions to be announced 



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THE WAYNE HEIGHTS BRETHREN CHURCH 





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History — While the Wayne Heights Brethren Church is 
a relatively new congregation, a number of the members 
of the congregation have been associated with the 
Brethren Church for many years. In the late 1930's 
and early 1940's a group of members of the First 
Brethren Church of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania were 
disfellowshipped by that congregation because they 
chose to remain loyal and faithful to the Brethren 
Church when the majority of the members of the con- 
gregation chose to join the National Fellowship of 
Brethren (Grace) Churches. For a number of years 
these loyal Brethren met in a hall overlooking the town 
square. Rev. D. C. White, who pastored the St. James 
Brethren Church from 1939 to 1946, served the Waynes- 
boro Brethren on a part-time basis for several years. 
When it became necessary for this arrangement to 
cease there seemed to be little hope or future for the 
small group, and for the next four or five years no 
regular services were held. The only thing that held 
this band of loyal Brethren together was the Women's 
Missionary Society which continued to meet monthly in 
the homes of the various ladies. 

In the spring of 1950 Mrs. Verda Hess, a member of 
the loyal group of Brethren, offered to give some lots 
which she owned at Wayne Heights upon which a 
Brethren Church might be built. This offer was taken up 
by the Brethren who solicited the interest of the Penn- 
sylvania Mission Board, who, in turn, visited and studied 
the situation. It was felt by the Board that this mani- 
festation of faith should be encouraged, and Rev. Percy 
Miller and Rev. N. V. Leatherman were instructed to 
visit and conduct services with these folks if at all pos- 
sible once a month. This these pastors did, and also 
encouraged the folks by making a financial canvas 
among them to ascertain their ability to build a new 



church on the site proposed. When it was disco verei 
that the Brethren could, and would, give at least $5,0C 
the Pennsylvania District Mission Board appealed I 1 
the General Missionary Board of the Brethren Churc| 
for $10,000 along with certain pastoral support. Thj 
assistance was granted. Rev. N. V. Leatherman was the) 
called to serve these people as pastor, and on Septemb*j 
23, 1951 he began his ministry in this new Brethrei 
work. With these foundations laid, the group took tr! 
name of the Wayne Heights Brethren Church. 



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Groundbreaking — November 18, 1951 

Left to right — Mr. Ennis Pfoutz, Mr. George C ashman, Unidentified 
brother, Rev. N. V. Leatherman, Mrs. Hazel Leatherman, Mr. Charles 
Gift, Mr. Omar Sprankle, Rev. Dyoll Belote, Mr. Roy Martin, Mr. 
Frank Miller. 



For the first five Sundays, services were held in the 
>me of one of the members, and then on Sunday, 
ctober 28, 1951, the congregation moved into the 
>rtable chapel which had been purchased by National 
rethren Youth and had been set up by the Missionary 
bard on the ground given by Sister Hess. The late Rev. 
I M. Riddle, then secretary of the Missionary Board, 
;as the speaker on this big occasion. Three weeks later, 
1 November 18, 1951, ground was broken for a perman- 
it church building, with Rev. Dyoll Belote as the guest 
jieaker. (See photo.) On May 3, 1953, the new Wayne 
fights Brethren Church on Strickler Avenue was 
ificially dedicated with Rev. Clayton Berkshire bringing 
e morning and evening messages, and Rev. Riddle 
inging the dedicatory message in the afternoon. At the 
ne of the dedication of the new sanctuary there were 
members — and of this number 27 are currently 
sociated with the congregation, the other Brethren 
iving gone to be with the Lord. 

Soon after assuming the pastorate of the Wayne 
lights Church Brother and Sister Leatherman built 
ivery comfortable and comodious home on the property 
joining the church's parking lot. After the congrega- 
m had paid off the indebtedness on the church build- 
fe they entered into an agreement with the Leather- 
ikns to purchase this home for a permanent parsonage, 
id within a few years were able to pay off this obli- 
[.tion too. Then in 1966 a large plot of land across the 
s^eet from the church was purchased for development 
i:o additional parking, and for possible future 
Mansion. 



Following the sudden death of Brother Leatherman, 
Rev. Richard Allison was called to become pastor of the 
church. He served from June of 1961 until August of 
1963. From August 1963 until June 1967 Rev. Marlin 
McCann led the congregation. Rev. John Mills assumed 
the pastorate in October of 1968 and continued until 
July 1970. On January 11, 1971, Rev. Henry Bates, who 
had frequently assisted the congregation as District 
Evangelist for a number of years, became the new and 
present pastor. 

The Community — The Wayne Heights Brethren Church 
is located at 120 Strickler Avenue in the village of 
Wayne Heights, a steadily growing suburb of Waynes- 
bora — the southernmost city in Pennsylvania. The village 
of Wayne Heights is across the Antietim Creek and 
approximately one mile east of Waynesboro proper. The 
church itself is situated on one of the highest elevations 
in the area, and affords a beautiful view of the com- 
munity as well as the nearby mountains. The lighted 
steeple of the church is easily seen from a distance in 
any direction. 

When the Wayne Heights Church was built there 
were very few homes in the area, most of the surround- 
ings being farmland. During the approximately twenty 
years since the building of the church and parsonage 
many new streets have been laid out and paved, and 
all of these streets are fully lined with good substantial 
homes. Also within less than a quarter of a mile in 
several directions other housing developments have 
grown up, and continue to grow up. Yet in the midst of 



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this growth, and surrounding the area are many beauti- 
ful and productive farms and orchards. Though not an 
incorporated municipality, Wayne Heights enjoys a 
wonderful water supply, good street lighting, adequate 
police and fire protection, etc. In November of this year 
(1971) a beautiful large shopping mall was opened 
within a block or two of the church. The great majority 
of the folks in Wayne Heights, and in the Wayne 
Heights Church, are engaged in industry for a livelihood. 
Several tool and machine shops, shoe factories and 
other industries in Waynesboro and Hagerstown employ 
the majority of workers in this area. 

The Present Church Program — The Wayne Heights 
Brethren Church offers its members, and others of the 
community, a full and well-rounded program. A com- 
pletely graded Sunday School, staffed with a fine corps 
of teachers and officers, affords every opportunity for 
the study of God's Word on every age level. Bi-monthly 
meetings of the Board of Christian Education and the 
teaching staff, plus teacher training programs, help to 
keep the Sunday School progressive in its methods yet 
still conservative and evangelical in its message. Since 
the arrival of the present pastor on the field the con- 
gregation has the opportunity of worshipping and fellow- 
shipping together at year-round Sunday morning, 
Sunday evening and Mid-Week services. The services of 
the church are enhanced each week through the efforts' 
of an adult choir and a junior choir, and by other special 
musicial features from time to time. 

The adults of the congregation have additional oppor- 
tunities for fellowshipping, working, studying, etc. 
through two W.M.S. groups and through a Laymen's 
Organization. The Youth Board of the church endeavors 
to provide a program of spiritual and social enrichment 
for the young people through the weekly meetings of 
two B.Y.C. groups; monthly social and benevolent pro- 
grams, special banquets, recognition services, etc. from 
time to time throughout the year; Camp Peniel; and 
Vacation Bible School. A Children's Bible Hour is also 




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conducted each Wednesday evening (during the Praye 
Meeting service) thus giving the young folks anothe 
opportunity to study, pray and learn together. A newl 
organized Church Program Planning Committee seek 
to coordinate the entire church program by presentin 
to the church and her auxiliaries a year-round schedul 
of activities, service, special program, etc. A ten-pag 
monthly parish paper, "The Wayne Heights Highlights 
helps to keep the members and friends of the churc 
informed of coming events, items of interest, etc. 

The present membership of the congregation is 13( 
including a number of non-resident members. This coi 
stituency is quite evenly divided as far as age is coi 
cerned. On any given Sunday one will find about a 
many children and youth present as there are adults. . 
recently appointed Missionary Commission is seekin 
to make the folks of the church more missionary mini 
ed, and have gotten off to a good start in this directio 
by sponsoring a three-day Missionary Conference, 
"Supplies for Kumars" program, etc. 





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The members of the Wayne Heights Official Boaij 
(see photo) are: (Front Row, Left to Right) Jacj 
Warren, Chairman of Trustee Board; Mrs. Verda Hesj 
Member at Large; Mrs. Lorraine Schildt, Secretary 
Mrs. Mary Lecron, President of W.M.S. No. 1, (Baa 
Row, Left to Right) Kenneth Pugh, Financial Secretar;] 
Fred Hammonds Jr., Trustee; Tim Eigenbrode, Preside) 
of Brethren Youth (Seniors); John Schildt, Truste 
John Schlegel, Vice-Moderator; Judy Stevens, Treasure, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Sachs, Deacon. (Not Pictured) Danij 
Krocker, Deacon; Sam Anderson, Moderator; Mrs. Jan! 
Anderson, W.M.S. No. 2; Gene Sprenkle and Hem : 
Woodring, Trustees; Vera Laughlin, Member at Larg 
Jeff Duffy, Sunday School Superintendent. 

Through the past thirty years or so the Brethren j 
Wayne Heights have sailed through some rough wateii 
They have suffered some set-backs and some heart -achf 
But we believe that a new day is dawning here on tJj 
hill, and, with the Holy Spirit directing us, we lot J 
forward to a period of enlarged outreach, greater hs\ 
mony, and a real passion for souls. 



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BOOK REVIEWS 




Sands, Audrey Lee: SINGLE AND SATISFIED. 
Wheaton, 111.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1971 ($1.45). 
This little book deals with the single missionary on the 
field, and especially the single woman. Many of the 
problems which the single missionary faces on the field 
are discussed in a candid manner in this book. All sub- 
jects from former romances, to living with another 
person of the same sex on the field, to the possibility of 
future companionship are discussed in the book. 

Every young man or woman who is considering the 
mission field should read this book before entering the 
field. 



Reviewed by Rev. Spencer Gentle, pastor of 
Papago Park Brethren Church, Tempe, Arizona, 
former editor of "The Brethren Evangelist." 



4AJOR POSTAL INCREASES 
ALARM CHRISTIAN PRESS 



WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) — The U.S. Postal Service 
•oposal to increase non-profit second class rates by 
1.3 per cent has been upheld in the recent decision 
the Postal Rate Commission's Chief Hearing Exam- 
er, Seymour Wenner. The decision includes the pra- 
ised imposition of a 1% cent surcharge on each mag- 
aine mailed in addition to the escalation of the per- 
fund rates on the editorial and advertising portions of 
jjiblications. The full increase in the rate structure 
'buld be implemented over a 10-year period, if the 
jammer's decision is upheld by the full membership 
<■ the Postal Rate Commission. Rates for non-profit 
Ilk rates are unchanged. 

Representatives of the Evangelical Press Association, 
13 Associated Church Press and Catholic Press Assoc- 
i ion met here following the announcement of the 
(jcision and instructed their attorney, Charles Emmet 
l'ioey, to file briefs on exceptions to the Hearing 
Itaminer's findings. 

Oral arguments before the Commission have been 
s)ieduled for March 15. Under the 1970 Postal Reorgan- 
ition Act, the full Commission has the authority to 
ijTease, decrease or revise any of the recommendations 
ride by the Hearing Examiner. Thereafter the Com- 
mission makes its recommendations to the Postal Service 
I;ard of Governors who finally authorize new postal 
res. Whether religious press pleas for rate clemency, 



especially on the punitive 1% cent surcharge, will avail 
remains to be seen. 

In the brief on appeal, the religious press group has 
pointed out several of the Examiner's recommendations 
which were felt to be contradictory or in error: 

(1) The Examiner castigated the Postal Service for 
"untested beliefs" about the economics of its operations. 
However, his decision upholding increases in non-profit 
rates did not take his own skepticism regarding the 
Postal Service accounting philosophy into consideration. 

(2) The Examiner pointed out that non-profit rates 
are to be set by law at a level not to exceed their 
"attributable costs" (which makes these cost a ceiling) 
but then allowed these non-profit rates to make the 
attributable costs a floor. "Institutional costs" are not to 
be considered in setting non-profit rates. 

(3) The law mandates eight standards against which 
to measure new rate structures, yet, the religious group 
argues, seven of these criteria were ignored in the 
decision. 

Should the full Postal Rate Commission and Postal 
Service Board of Governors sustain the Examiner's 
decision, the religious press may take further court 
action. 

(By Russell T. HItt, Editor, Eternity magazine, postal 
representative for the Evangelical Press Association.) 



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NAE CONVENTION NEWS 




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WILKERSON BLASTS ESTABLISHED CHURCHES. 
THE HOLY GHOST HAS INTERRUPTED ITS PROGRAM 1 



ST. LOUIS, MO.— Three hundred jean-clad young folks 
sat at his feet while another 1,800 people listened 
amusingly, sympathetically, and perhaps somewhat 
questioningly as the "skinny preacher" from Cross and 
Switchblade fame described some Holy Ghost move- 
ments that are sweeping the ecclesiastical world off 
its feet. 

The happening was an annual convention of the 
National Association of Evangelicals. And the capacity 
crowd were from virtually every segment of Christianity 
—ministers, laymen, local church-goers, hippie types, 
college choir members, Pentecostals, Baptist, Mennon- 
ites, Presbyterians, Methodist and a whole range of 
missionary movements and Bible college representatives. 
But at least half were under twenty-one. 

What David Wilkerson had to say was that the Holy 
Spirit is now interrupting the entire program of the 
organized church. All the channels of the established 
church are temporarily blacked out — and Jesus is now 
coming across every channel. 

"The established churches are more interested in their 
own little programs than in miracles," he charged "it 
has always been that way. If it isn't in the constitution 
and bylaws of the church, it is not recognized or 
accepted. 

"Jesus has interrupted our church program. He has 
called this generation to himself. He is healing its sick- 
ness, touching thousands. Instantly they stand up 
straight, free from drugs, free from hate, free from 
fear, free from prejudice. They are praising and thank- 
ing God. 



"You would think the church and its leadership wou 
rejoice in this miracle," he exclaimed. "But No! 'I 
just not the way it's done (church leaders would saj 
Miracle or no miracle, we have our rules. . . .' 

"Listen to the established critics," Wilkerson Sc 
(They say), 'If those kids are really Jesus people, '. 
them prove it. Get them into the barber shop. Tha 
the only way I'll believe it. . . . And how about all tho 
Catholics who claim Holy Ghost miracles in their live 
Why don't they leave the Catholic church like we dl 
How can they still be Catholic and charismatic at t 
same time?' 

"The Holy Ghost has interrupted the program of tj 
organized ecumenical movement. He stole their thunc 
and started a love movement! Established church 
spent millions to promote unity. They've held confl 
ences all around the world. They have published moi 
tains of memos, and they still are disunited and si 
arguing over details. But suddenly, there came a Ho 
Ghost interruption. Jesus kids started their own undj 
ground ecumenical movement, without a committ., 
without red tape. 

"While certain denominations sent thousands 
dollars to defend Angela Davis, they (Jesus kids) 1c 
her better by praying for her conversion. While (denor 
inations) fund and support radicals, young Jesus peoj 1 ' 
now infiltrate them and get them to Jesus! While cj- 
tain liberal spokesmen sit in isolated offices dreami 
up more compromises to appease the kids, the k 
themselves have already adopted the Holy Ghost's ocfl 
of morals. I predict they will no longer have a hearii 
Jesus people are praying for them." 



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Wilkerson said that the Holy Ghost is even interrupt- 
lg all the preaching. 

"Some of our preaching today needs an interruption," 
e declared. "It is pompous, wordy, and often hypo- 
ritical." 

Jesus' resurrection power is raising thousands of 
oung people from the "dead," Wilkerson said. His 
escription of the Jesus Movement was paralleled with 
le miracle recorded in the Bible about Lazarus being 
aised from the dead. He said that this Lazarus is the 
ewly resurrected Jesus person of today. 

"He was sick, and he died. He was sealed in the stink- 
\g tomb of satanism, addiction, rebellion, hate. But 
nee again, Christ in perfect Holy Ghost timing has 
ppeared to roll away the stones. Resurrection power 
; bursting forth in every spiritual graveyard. Here is 
rhere you and I, as observers to this miracle, enter the 
icture. 

"No true follower of Christ can deny the resurrection 
ower when they see it. No one can honestly deny mir- 
cles are happening in the neo-charismatic and Jesus 
lovements. But we don't seem to know how to react 
) that strange looking creature walking toward us 
tesh out of the grave! 

"If certain ministers had been there, I know exactly 
I'hat they'd be saying: 'I won't believe it 'til I see him 
ut of those rags and sitting in a synagogue Sunday 
lorning.' Or, 'I suspect that in spite of all he says about 
|eing born again, there's nothing but corruption under 
'ie surface.' Or, 'Let's not get too excited by this 
pparent miracle. Let's wait a while. Let him prove him- 
?lf. The miracle won't be complete until he's back at 

ork and a producing citizen.' 

"The words of Jesus came blasting down through all 
le ages: 'Unwrap him and let him go!' Jesus does the 

surrecting, we do the unwrapping. Blessed are the 
nwrappers ! " 

Wilkerson went on in unbroken, rapid-fire sentences to 
?scribe how to unwrap a resurrected corpse. 

"You begin by dealing with your own personal fears 

(id prejudices," he challenged. He included as objects 

these fears and prejudices addicts, junkies, harlots, 

ilitants, runaways and other types of people. 

"It was prejudice in the church that drove these kids 

it of it and into the tombs, and only a complete re- 

irsal will bring them back. 

."For years, now," Wilkerson boldly charged, "Cath- 
jics have been calling Protestants heretics, and we 
live called them blind, idol worshippers, and called 

eir Pope the anti-Christ. There has been an iron 

jirtain of hate, mistrust, and fear. 

"For years Pentecostals have been treated like holy- 

ller bumkins who jabbered in tongues down by the 

ilroad tracks. Now the charismatic movement has 

oved uptown. Catholics, Presbyterians, Episcopalians 

e speaking in tongues. Spirit-filled priests are ad 

)bing the mass and turning them into praise services! 

"The Holy Spirit is trying to bring about a true 

umenical movement, making us one in the Spirit. But 

le prejudice is still there." 

jWilkerson pointed out that he doesn't approve of the 

'iphasis on tongues-speaking, nor does he approve of 

e criticism of such charismatic movements. Nor does 
understand these new phenomena, he said. 
To deny that God is in this new movement is to dis- 

unt a worldwide miracle. 



"I don't understand the black rage of certain black 
ministers who now blame all white men for past evils 
and who now preach an un-Christlike militarism. But 
I can love everybody and start by trusting the Holy 
Spirit to be at work in them, too." 

The young minister in the Assemblies of God Church 
who founded Teen Challenge in New York City while 
preaching on the streets, in borrowed churches and in 
the hideouts of addicts, said that Christians can "unwrap 
resurrected dead by two-handed involvement, on the 
scene. 

"You take a sharp instrument," he said, " — God's 
Word. You use that instrument to unravel every last 
piece of grave linen. And in Christ's name you love him 
for the miracle he is. 

"Quit trying schemes, methods and programs to reach 
the resurrected. Pray that God will choose you to step 
forward without fear and prejudice to unwrap this 
Lazarus generation." 

Following his speech, Wilkerson urged the young 
people sitting before him on the floor to mix with the 
crowd to express their love to one another. They 
immediately obeyed as though they were suddenly 
awakened from a trance, to mingle with other guests, 
including the heads of about 30 denominations and 
organizations, to virtually step across a generation gap. 




ST. LOUIS, MO.— The pastor of Florida's Key Biscayne 
Presbyterian Church where President Richard Nixon 
attends when in that area, told about 150 officials and 
guests at a dinner of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals here last night that a generation of leadership 
may develop in the evangelical church "that knows not 
God" unless given the opportunity to acquire "soul 
faith" along with experience. 

The Reverend John Huffman, the 31-year-old Pres- 
byterian U.S. pastor who ministers occasionally to one 
of the most powerful men in the world, told members 
of NAE's Board of Adnr'nistration that at least six 
dangers lurk before the NAE leadership: 

— The danger of passing on an inherited religion to 
young leaders . . . 

— The danger of a defective Christian education which 
institutionalizes faith . . . 

—A lack of confidence in the Bible as a source of 
daily guidance and inspiration . . . 

— Fear of change . . . and, 

—The danger of being so busy with the Lord's work 
that they neglect their own families. 

Gently chiding the over-40 leaders of the three- 
million member national association of some 38,000 
churches, Huffman said there is a danger of "handing 
down a neatly packaged product to youthful leaders," 

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expecting them to carry on the ministries of a large, 
national evangelical fellowship without experiencing the 
difficulties and challenges that are necessary to leader- 
ship development. 

"We've allowed our faith to be institutionalized," 
Huffman said, "to the point where we often neglect soul 
faith." 

Evangelicals must look beyond yesterday's accom- 
plishments, he challenged, and intensify their efforts in 
today's changing world. Huffman referred to the major 
spiritual movements of the day, such as the Jesus 
Movement, as examples of how flexible Christians ought 
to be in presenting the Gospel of Christianity. 

Huffman's remarks to the 140-member governing 
board of NAE capped a business session which set in 
motion the 30th anniversary convention of the national 
body at Chase-Park Plaza Hotel. The three-day rally 
got under way Tuesday morning with a presidential 
address and ends Thursday evening with an anniversary 
dinner. 



"As your outgoing president," he said, "I plead wij 
you to remember that God is the Spirit of Truth ail 
of Holiness. Do not forsake the authority of God's Wo, 
and the demands it makes upon us." 

"The temptation will persist to choose 'might 
power' " he asserted. "Hear again the Word of the Lor! 
'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit.' " | 

Armerding said that what the NAE believes abo; 
the Bible will affect all of its various ministries, partic: 
larly in education and social concerns. He admonish 
the leaders representing some 38,000 churches to cc 
tinually recognize that God is the Spirit of witness, ai 
that every biblically sound effort to announce the "go< 
news of salvation" ought to have the strong suppc 
of NAE. 

Armerding concluded his address with the remind 
that God is the Spirit of wisdom, and for NAE 
effectively minister to this world, evangelicals must 
uncommonly perceptive of the Spirit's illumination. G« 
is also the Spirit of unity and of power, Armerdi] 
challenged, and evangelicals must rely upon His u 
erring wisdom to guide in every area of Christian li; 
to bring into a spiritual oneness all segments of Bib 
believing' Christians. 




NAE ENDORSES 
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 



ST. LOUIS, MO.— The president of the National Associ- 
ation of Evangelicals said today that when organized 
Christianity depends upon the state rather than the 
Spirit to achieve its goals, it limits itself to human 
might and power which too often has tended to be 
repressive. 

Dr. Hudson T. Armerding, addressing about 700 people 
in the opening session of NAE's 30th Anniversary Con- 
vention here today, called on evangelicals to exercise 
sensitivity and insight in distinguishing between that 
which is prompted by the Holy Spirit and that which 
is simply might or power. 

"From the Word of God," he reminded delegates and 
visitors, "we know that 'by my spirit' (theme of the 
convention) succinctly describes for us how the Lord 
of history has so significantly shaped human affairs." 

Surveying human history and illustrating how political 
power repeatedly has tended toward control of man's 
religious activities, Armerding warned evangelicals 
against allowing the spiritual dimension of man to be 
taken over by the secular forces that are increasingly 
shaping American life. 



ST. LOUIS, MO.— The ultimate penalty of capr 
punishment should be retained for premeditated capii 
crimes, the National Association of Evangelicals se 
this week. 

The resolution was passed with no floor debate duri: 
the NAE's annual convention here. Hearings on all t 
resolutions, which included the use of alcohol a 
tobacco on airlines flights, responsibility to the agir 
prayer in national life, higher education, parental rigl 
in education, prisoners of war, religious freedom arou 
the world, and discernment in missionary giving we 
held prior to considerations by the general body. 

"The gravity of any crime is measured by the penai 
it incurs," the resolution on capital punishment re; 
"We know how seriously God regards sin because i 
has declared, 'The soul that sinneth, it shall die.' E 
even God does not forgive without appropriate pena 
for our redemption. j 

"The pVace of forgiveness and rehabilitation of t 
criminal must not be minimized by those who are c< 
cerned with the administration of justice. Howev 
concern for the criminal should not be confused w] 
proper consideration for justice. Nothing should be dc 
that undermines the value of life itself, or the serio 
ness of a crime that results in the loss of life. 

"If no crime is considered serious enough to warn! 
capital punishment, then the gravity of the m 



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trocious crime is diminished accordingly. It follows 
den that the attitude of criminals will be affected, 
'rom the biblical perspective, if capital punishment is 
liminated, the value of human life is reduced and the 
espect for life is correspondingly eroded." 
On the matter of alcohol on airlines, the NAE said 
lat "alcoholic beverages on commercial airplanes 
hould be considered a menace to the safety of air 
ravel, a violation of the several laws which forbid 
ffering alcoholic beverages for sale in the presence 
f minors, and an intolerable affront to the non-imbiding 
assengers." The body subsequently encourages Con- 
fess to enact appropriate legislation which will pre- 
lude the offering of alcoholic beverages aboard 
irlines. 

Smoking on airlines also received condemnation from 
he national association serving some 38,000 churches. 
"The airlines should have statutory authority to pro- 
ide for the safety and welfare of those who do not 
/ish to be subjected to the discomfort and danger of 
>bacco smoke." Again, the body urges Congress to 
ass legislation requiring the Secretary of Transporta- 
ion to establish regulations for protecting non-smoking 
reas in all public carriers operating in interstate 
ommerce. 

In other resolutions, the NAE reaffirmed its advocacy 
f suitable legislation by the Congress that will 
trengthen the present Constitutional provision for the 
me exercise of religion in national life. The paper 
aid "that recent court actions reveal a cont'nuing bias 
gainst free exercise of religion as provided by the 
onstitution of the United States." 

"The church has a special responsibility to older 

eople which must not be neglected," another resolution 

?ad. "In our preoccupation with the youth of our day 

re may be in danger of forgetting our senior citizens. 

"The NAE recommends that appropriate commis- 

ons and committees be established by denominations 

at the local church level to determine the peculiar 

fr>blems of the aging. Suitable arrangements should 

made to help meet the spiritual, economic, health 

d social needs of our senior citizens." 

The NAE passed another resolution supporting the 

incept for tax credit for gifts to institutions of higher 

arning. 

"Every taxpayer," the resolution said, "would be 

prmitted to give to the college of his choice; for 

cample 10 per cent of what he owes the federal 

pvernment for income tax, or $100, whichever is 

jnaller. Most of the bills would also allow corporations 

give up to $5,000 under a similar formula. In no case 

uld such tax credit for gifts be applied toward a 

dent's tuition." 

In a statement on prisoners of war, NAE urges the 

sumption and continuation of meaningful and sincere 

gotiations for the exchange of all POWs. 

"The National Association of Evangelicals deplores 

e cruel and inhumane punishment North Vietnam 

is inflicted upon both the prisoners and their families 

ignoring the Geneva Convention," delegates said, 

nd) "commends the efforts of the President to restore 

ace in South Asia and to obtain the release of the 

)Ws. . . . We ask all Christians to pray fervently 

•at God will intervene and bring about the early release 

all Americans being held prisoner in North Vietnam." 



Two other resolutions were passed, one supporting 
parental rights in education under programs of aid to 
education for all children, and another supporting 
religious freedom around the world. 

Concerning President Richard Nixon's visit to the 
Soviet Union, the religious freedom resolution said, "As 
we pray for the success of his visit, we also hope that he 
may have opportunity to convey the moral and human- 
itarian concern of Americans over the plight of Jews 
in the Soviet Union, and of other deprived religious 
groups and nationalities." 



MORALITY MUST BE CHOSEN, 
EDUCATOR TELLS WOMEN 



ST. LOUIS, MO. — Getting teenagers to follow the rules 
of the church because "I said so," because it has always 
been done, or because "it was good enough for Paul 
and Silas" is going to kill it with the young people 
right away, a college professor told a group of women 
here this week. 

"Morality must include an individual's awareness of 
what he is giving his loyalty to," said Mrs. Billie Davis, 
professor at the University of Miami, in a seminar of 
the Women's Fellowship at an annual convention of 
the National Association of Evangelicals. 

"You cannot have people devoted to a cause unless 
they can see how that cause affects them individually," 
she explained. "Teaching a person to believe something 
depends upon that person's will to accept it. We, as 
Christians, ought to understand that, more than we do. 
The only way we can get a person to accept the Chris- 
tian faith for himself is to make him aware of what 
is available. 

"This is what we have failed to do many times with 
our young people. We have not made them fully aware 
of how they are individually affected — or how it is 
relevant, as they say." 

Mrs. Davis said that teenagers call the adults' prac- 
tice of religion phony because no one has told them 
the "why." They rebel against adults who teach them 
to become puppets of themselves. But they would wel- 
come older Christians who would help them become 
responsible moral creatures. 

"Sometimes the church has kept God in a box," she 
said. We reverence eccelesiastical vestiges that have 
lost their meaning. We have imposed religious require- 
ments that have lost their relevancy. Symbols have 
taken the place of reality. Let us give every person- 
young or old — the privilege of following God for 
himself." 

In later discussions, members of the women's group 
broached subjects from situation ethics and the new 
morality to the length of teenager's hair and the Chris- 
tian requirements of cleanliness. "The one principle 
you can apply to all these questions," Mrs. Davis 
summed up, "is 'Be honest.' Young people won't reject 
us if we admit we are wrong. They are more likely to 
reject us if we don't'!" 



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CHEEP ADVICE 



V 




Gossip is letting the cat out of the bag 
a claw at a time. 

Mrs. E. D. Plessinger 

Memories are the frosting on the cake 
of experiences. 

Bob Hope 

If you tell a man there are 300 billion 
stars in the universe, he'll believe you. 
But if you hang a "wet paint" sign on a 
bench, he has to touch it to be sure. 



"Idle Christians are the raw materials 
of which backsliders are made." 

"While the word is yet unspoken, you 
are master of it; when it is once spoken, 
it is master of you." 

Jesus said that He would be in the 
midst of two or three gathered in His 
name, but this does not mean that our 
Lord does not like to have a larger crowd. 

It doesn't matter to hungry people which 
side of the bread is buttered. They are 
only interested in eating both sides. 

"He who lends to the poor, gets his 
interest from God." 

"The men who try to do something and 
fail are infinitely better than those who 
try to do nothing and succeed." 

Lloyd James 



LAFF-A-UTTLE 



Wives, don't get up in the morning with 
a grouch! Get up about 15 minutes before 
he does. 

"I hear you have a boy in college. Is 
he going to become a doctor, an engineer, 
or a lawyer?" 

The slow, quizzical answer was: "That 
I do not know. Right now the big question 
is: Is he going to become a sophomore?" 

A neighbor dropped in at the young 
newlyweds' house and found the bride 
in tears. 

"What's wrong, Mary?" she asked. 

"I made a cake for John" said the un- 
happy bride, "and I put it in the refriger- 
ator an hour ago — and there isn't a bit 
of frosting on it." 

The average husband is one who lays 
down the law to his wife and then accepts 
all the ammendments. 



The motor of an airplane conked out, 
and the pilot had to parachute out. On 
the way down he passed a little old woman 
going up. 

"Lady," he called out, "on your way up, 
have you passed an airplane on the way 
down?" 

"Why, no," she replied, "on your way 
down, have you passed a gas stove that 
was on the way up?" 

Man: "We've got a puncture." 
Wife: "You should have been more 
careful, Dear. Remember, the filling- 
station operator told us to watch out for 
the fork in the road!" 

Puzzled wife to angry husband: "What's 
the matter? Monday you liked beans, 
Tuesday you liked beans and Wednesday 
you liked beans. Now all of a sudden on 
Thursday you don't like beans!" 



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arasota, FUu On April 23 Rev. 
Douglas Hine of the Bible Liter- 
ature International was the guest 
speaker. The Laymen had as their 
guest speaker at the Laymen's 
Public Service Dr. Paul Hartford. 

tayton, Ohio (Hillcrest). Revival 
services were held April 23-28, with 
Rev. J. D. Hamel as special speak- 
er. There was Gospel magic for 
children, and special music. Paul 
Abney was the song leader. 

fesb Alexandria, Ohio. The Youth 
| of the West Alexandria church 
held revival services with Jim and 
Treasure Gilmer and their "Regen- 
eration" singing group. The Youth 
have been very active in many 
areas. 

ew Lebanon, Ohio. On April 23 
Juan Carlos Miranda was the 
speaker for the services. A carry-in 
dinner was held at noon to become 
better acquainted with the Miranda 
family. 



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McKINNE Y - STOGSDILL. Guy 
Scott McKinney, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert McKinney, and Gwen Joy 
Stogsdill, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
Clarence Stogsdill, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Tucson, 
Arizona, were united in marriage at 
the altar of the Tucson Brethren 
Church in an afternoon ceremony, 
Saturday, January 29, 1972. The 
pastor/father of the bride gave her 
hand in the ceremony. 

Both the bride and the groom were 
members of the Tucson Brethren 
Church, having grown up together 
in the Sunday School and youth 
groups. The couple now live in 
Colorado Springs, where Scott is 
serving in the Air Force, a medic at 
the hospital at the Air Force 
Academy. 



Goldenaires 

Mr. and Mrs. George Whittle 
celebrated their 71st Wedding Anni- 
versary March 16, 1972. They attend 
the Sarasota First Brethren Church. 




SHOCKEY. Mrs. John (Nettie) 
Shockey, 81, died April 10, 1972. She 
was a charter member of the Wayne 
Heights Brethren Church and was 
very active in the work of the 
church. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by Rev. Henry Bates and 
Rev. John Mills at the Grove Funeral 
Home in Waynesboro. Interment was 
in the Green Hill Cemetery. 



BEAL. Dale L. Beal, 74, of 35 
Geary Road, Mansfield, Ohio passed 
away March 11, 1972. Services were 
conducted by Rev. Kenneth Sullivan, 
pastor of the Walcrest Brethren 
Church where Mr. Beal was a mem- 
ber. Burial was in Mansfield Memo- 
rial Park. 

Mrs. E. D. Nelson 



BLOCHER. John H. Blocher, 83, 
a faithful member of The Main 
Street Brethren Church, Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania, for many years, was 
called to be with his Lord March 
25, 1972. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by his pastor, Rev. Robert 
Hoffman. Interment was in the 
Union Cemetery in Meyersdale. 

Miss Miriam Bird 



STOGSDILL. Mr. Simeon L. Stogs- 
dill, 80, father of Rev. Clarence 
Stogsdill, Tucson, Arizona and Rev. 
Claude Stogsdill, Warsaw, Indiana, 
passed away March 12, 1972. He was 
a member of the Cerro Gordo 
Brethren Church. Funeral services 
were conducted by the pastor, Rev. 
William Livingston. 

Mrs. Elaine Dresback 

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COLLEGE CORNER LAYMEN SPREAD THE WORD 



npHE LAYMEN of the College Corner Church, last 
1 summer felt a need for camp-ground services at 
the Mississinewa Reservoir. 

Dave Manning accepted the responsibility for getting 
permissions from the state to hold services, and he 
brought the message each Sunday morning. Dave has 
definitely felt the call to the Ministry and has since 
filled the pulpits in many of our Brethren churches. He 
is willing to serve as the Lord leads. 

Each Saturday evening we would pass announce- 
ments through the camp ground. The Lord blessed us 
with a piano for the simple price of moving it out of a 
house. At this time we were again blessed with a 
young piano player, Kenneth Miller, who is now the 



president of our Senior Youth. This piano was haule 
back and forth each Sunday morning on a trailer whic 
was barely big enough for the piano, let alone th 
player! 

Through these services a quartet was organized whic 
is now known as the Five-in-Hand. It consists of Jffi 
and Sheri Weese, and Charlie and Shirley Martin. The 
brought special music to all of our services along wit 
Dave Manning, Jr., and others from our church. No' 
they are traveling to different churches and are willin 
to go as the Lord calls. 

We are hoping through our experiences that othc 
churches may feel the need to spread God's Word ou 
side the church doors. Many blessings were receive 
by those participating in these services. 



MARION, INDIANA 



BRYAN, OHIO 



GREETINGS from the Marion First Brethren 
Church. This is one of our newest churches. It 
will be five years old this fall. The only other Brethren 
Church here in Marion is a Church of The Brethren. 

We are located in the northern part of this growing 
city of 40,000 plus, at 1003 North Western Avenue, about * 
one-half mile south of the intersection of State Roads 
9, 37, and 15. Rev. Frederick Snyder was the first pastor 
who because of health reasons was compelled to re- 
linguish the work in January 1971. He did a fine foun- 
dation work. The undersigned took over as interim 
pastor in March, 1971. Rev. G. Bright Hanna began in 
January of this present year. He has received a call by 
the church and is serving as regular pastor. We believe 
he will serve as a faithful and steady pastor. He has 
purchased a home about a mile from the church and 
hopes to move by May 1. The church will be making 
the payments on this property as part of his salary. 

The Indiana and National Mission Boards have been 
a wonderful help. They are to be commended for their 
patience and help in many ways. We appreciate them. 
Financially, the members and friends are doing a real 
task of love by far more than tithing. We have no rich 
members, only in the Lord. Attendance is low, but steady 
and beginning to increase. One of our young married 
families with four little girls are either in or on their 
way to Haiti to engage in missionary work, Mr. and 
Mrs. Terry Winterrowd. We pray God's care and guid- 
ance for them. Brother Floyd Mullinix from Wabash 
has been working at Lost Creek, Kentucky most of this 
winter. A missionary minded-church cannot help but 
prosper spiritually. We seek as a church by faithfulness, 
patience, love for one-another, and persistence to 
succeed under God. It is our desire to reach souls for 
Christ and to teach and preach the whole and unadulter- 
ated Word of God. 

The undersigned since "retiring" in the fall of 1966, 
has held four interim pastorates, Oakville, Wabash, 
Milford, and Marion. He has conducted or helped in 
nearly 50 funerals and filled the pulpits of several other 
churches. Brethren, remember the Marion Church in 
your prayers. We expect to see eventually a thriving 
church here. 

Arthur H. Tinkel 



MORE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS! 

HHHE SPIRIT has continued to move in the Brye 
1 Brethren Church. Many received the blessings a 
the Holy Spirit during the special services March 18-2; 
There were 41 decisions for Christ including the 30 wr! 
came for salvation. (Others accepted Christ and mac! 
decisions to unite in fellowship with the church :j 
private conversions.) The Evangelist, Pastor Ronai 
Merrill of the Bethel Baptist Church, Savannah, Ohij 
is a forceful and dynamic preacher of God's Word. (F 
believes it!) 

The music brought by the Merrills and the Beth; 
Baptist Choir was outstanding. The piano playing | 
Mrs. Merrill added considerably to the services alorj 
with the vocal numbers by the entire family (Rev. ar 1 
Mrs. and children Ronda and Randy.) 

The attendances for the seven services were 187, IS 
115, 135, 148 and 342 for an average of 177. The Fridc 
night attendance of 342 was the largest for a sing 
service since Dedication Day in April of 1970. At th 
service there were 32 area churches represented. Co 
tinuing results of revival is evidenced in church atte 
dance and changed lives. 

Rev. M. W. Dodds 



Modem-Day Beatitudes 

"Blessed is the man whose calendar contains pray 
meeting night. Blessed is the man who can hear i 
alarm clock on Sunday as well as on Monday. Blessl 
is the man who counts one hour in worship no long 
than two hours of TV. Blessed is the church who 
members are not pessimistic. Blessed is the man wi 
loves the church with his pocket-book as well as wis 
his heart. Blessed is the man who loves his chur 
enough to sing its praises to others." 

from bulletin of Gratis First Brethren Church 



ay 6, 1972 



Page Twenty-seven 



A NAVY CHAPLAIN OFF-DUTY 



This article was received by The Brethren Pub- 
ihing Company from the JOINT PUBLIC 
FFAIRS OFFICE Marine Air Station and 1st. 
arine Aircraft Wing FPO Seattle, Washington 
S764. 

Chaplain Tom Schultz has contributed many 
-ticks for publication in THE BRETHREN 
VANGELIST, and the latest correspondence 
om him contained news that for some time now 
i has been ministering in Da Nang, Vietnam, 
most constantly under enemy fire. He is win- 
tering for Christ under very trying conditions, 
id we ask that your prayers for him be included 
| your petitions to our Heavenly Father. Pray 

o for his family, Pat and their three sons who 
e presently residing at 524 Adeline, Vandalia, 

io 45377. 

Correspondence to Chaplain Schultz can be 
dressed : 

Lt. Thomas A. Schultz, CHC, USNR 

First Marine Aircraft Wing 

MAPS 15, MAG 15 Chaplain, VMFA 232 BET 

Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam 

FPO San Francisco 96602 



7 THAT DOES a Navy Chaplain do with his off-duty 

V hours? 

n the case of Navy Lieutenant Tom Schultz, a 
nplain assigned to Marine Aircraft Group-15 of the 
1 Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, he does 
)-duty what he does on duty — he ministers. 

5chultz, 36, a Dayton, Ohio native, is the pastor of 
jf Iwakuni Evangelistic Center, a non-denominational 

irch founded by Missions to Japan, Inc., and together 

h a group of Marine volunteers runs the church 
^ing his off-duty hours. 

^.s if the church didn't keep him busy enough, he is 
13 vice-president of the Japanese American Cultural 
^endship Association (JACFA), an organization de- 
;ined to promote cultural exchange and friendship 
>ween the American servicemen and the Japanese 
^idents of Iwakuni. 

Under the direction of Lt. Schultz, the Iwakuni Evan- 
Histic Church sponsors many activities participated in 
I both American servicemen and the Japanese. 

the activities run the gamut from cooking classes 
tGible study classes that also double as English classes 
I the Japanese church members. 




Although pastor of this church for less than a year, 
Lt. Schultz has seen the congregation grow considerably. 
Schultz attributes the growth to his youthful volunteer 
church workers. "I'm delighted with the number of 
college-age young people who are coming to help," he 
says. "They're fantastic." 

Working with young people is the thing that Chaplain 
Schultz thrives on, and is a contributing factor in the 
success of the Iwakuni Evangelistic Church. 

Tom Schultz is no stranger to the problems that young 
people face in the woxld today. Prior to entering the 
Navy, he was a school counselor for the Dayton, Ohio 
public school system and during his tenure there, kept 
an eye on the problems of the "now" generation as they 
developed. "The young men and women serving our 
country are among the reasons I came back into the 
military," Schultz says. 

Concurrent with his public school work Schultz was 
pastor to the Ft. McKinley Church of the Brethren in 
Dayton. But during this time he was still trying to reach 
the youth. 

"In a civilian church you don't find a great number 
of young people," he said. "The congregation is made 
up mainly of families and older people. In the military, 
the church services consist primarily of young men 
who are in church because they feel they have a definite 
need to be there. This is what I find so exciting about 
being a chaplain." 

Getting involved is the by-word with Chaplain Schultz. 
Whether on the flight line of one of the squadrons of 

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Marine Aircraft Group-15 helping a young Marine solve 
a personal problem, or at one of his many church activi- 
ties, Lt. Schultz believes in getting involved with the 
young people of today. 

"Some people say that the youth of today are part of 
the worst generation ever — I don't. The young men in 
the military are more aware of the things around them 
than ever before. They are becoming more and more 
aware of God and Christ everyday. They are feeling 
a stronger need for God and Christ everyday. They are 
seeking their own answers to questions about God and 
Christ. The young man in the military today is the 
finest we've ever had and the generations to come will 
be better." 

With men like Lieutenant Tom Schultz to guide the 
spiritual needs of the men in the military, there is no 
doubt that they will be better. 





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OPEN MY EYES, THAT I MAY SEE 



TT SEEMS that lately almost every medium of commun- 
ication has been used to its fullest extent to describe 
how the world is being tarnished by pollution. Air 
pollution, water pollution, this kind of pollution, that 
kind of pollution, etc., etc. 

It also seems most paradoxical that the means of 
cleanliness is one of the culprits that causes pollution, 
a detergent. Also chemicals that are to eliminate air 
pollution in an internal combustion engine are still con- 
tributing their share to air pollution. 

If we would perhaps divert the tunnel-visioned view 
we have on pollution a bit we might come up with 
some better answers to the problem. I came across a 
small literary gem the other day which might be just 
the ideal way to look at a brighter and more colorful 
view of the Universe. It is entitled A CREED FOR 
TODAY 

I will try to discover some new beauty every day. 

I will watch for oportunities to see the sunrise and 
the sunset, and from some special vantage point when- 
ever possible. 



I will look for beautiful birds, flowers, and trees ail 
see how many I can learn to call by name. 

I will examine snow flakes under a magnifying glai 

when there is opportunity. 

I 
I will watch for rainbows in the sky, for eclipses 

the sun and moon. 

I will look often at the stars and learn the names 
the most important ones. 

< 

I will listen for the "music of the universe" — wat| 

flowing over rocks, trees bending in the wind, raindro, 

pattering on the roof. 

I 
I will take advantage of every opportunity to he 

great music and see great paintings. 

I will watch for lovely poems and choice bits of pro: 
and when I find something that I particularly want 
make a part of myself, I will commit it to memory, j 

I WILL REMEMBER ALWAYS THAT GOD SPEAI 
TO ME THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL AND WI1 
TRY TO UNDERSTAND HIS MESSAGE. 




J 



lay 6, 1972 



Page Twenty-nine 



THEN THEY DID — NOW THEY DON'T 

She married him because he was such a "dominating 
xan"; she divorced him because he was such a "dom- 
lating male." 

He married her because she was so "fragile and 
etite"; he divorced her because she was so "weak and 
elpless." 

She married him because "he knows how to provide 

good living"; she divorced him because "all he thinks 
aout is business." 

He married her because "she reminds me of my 
lother"; he divorced her because "she's getting more 
ke her mother every day." 

She married him because he was "gay and romantic"; 
le divorced him because he was "shiftless and fun- 
ving." 

He married her because she was "steady and sensi- 
le"; he divorced her because she was "boring and dull." 

She married him because he was "the life of the 
jarty"; she divorced him because "he never wants to 
pme home from a party." 

— Prairie Messenger 



DO IT! 



People remember 10 per cent of what they hear 
50 per cent of what they see 
70 per cent of what they say 
90 per cent of what they do 



HEBE IS A RECIPE FOR CHILD RAISING 

1 cup Proverbs 22:6 

2 tablespoons Proverbs 19:18 
Dash Proverbs 23:13 

Pinch Ephesians 6:4 
1 teaspoon Proverbs 3:5 
Vz cup Titus 2:3-7 

Mix all the ingredients, add a pound of persistence, 
one cup of love, and whip until right consistence. 

This recipe is recommended by the Creator of 
mankind. 

from the College Corner News 



POETRY CORNER 



LORD, IT BELONGS NOT TO MY CARE 

Lord, it belongs not to my care, 

Whether I die or live; 
To love and serve Thee is my share, 

And this Thy grace must give. 

If life be long I will be glad, 

That I may long obey; 
If short — yet why should I be sad 

To soar to endless day? 

Christ leads me through no darker rooms 
Than He went through before; 

He that unto God's kingdom comes, 
Must enter by this door. 

Come, Lord, when grace has made 
me meet 

Thy blessed face to see; 
For if Thy work on earth be sweet, 

What will Thy glory be! 

Then I shall end my sad complaints, 

And weary, sinful days; 
And join with the triumphant saints, 

To sing Jehovah's praise. 

My knowledge of that life is small, 

The eye of faith is dim; 
But 'tis enough that Christ knows all, 

And I shall be with Him. 

— Richard Baxter 



MY GARDEN 

By Haile Chisholm 

While cruel wars distress the world, 
Blasting the hopes of youth and age, 

I drop seeds beneath the sod, 

Unmindful of the warrior's rage. 

While kings and captains plot and plan 
To overthrow and slay the foe, 

I stir the slumbering soil, to coax 

To quickened life, with spade and hoe. 

The seeds I cover with the mold 

Are not disturbed by gods of war: 

They wait in patience God's full time, 
Nor tremble at the cannons' roar. 

I plant the garden in the hope 

Of benefit to hungry men. 
Wars crush the world in loss and pain, 

My garden brings new life again, 
from Nega Filings 

I SOUGHT MY SOUL 

I sought my soul, 

But my soul I could not see; 
I sought my God, 

But my God eluded me; 
I sought my brother, 

And I found all three. 

Author unknown 



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VOCAL ENSEMBLE 

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Allen Reinhardt. 

Front Row : Mrs. Lester Gigax, Mrs. AIL 
Reinhardt, Mrs. D. L. Bollinger, Mrs. C. 
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A timely article by Rev. John Hoffman entitled "Our 
God and Country" is found on Pages 28 and 29. Too 
often we center our thoughts on specific ideas or themes 
at one particular time of the year when in reality we 
should be concerned about these matters constantly. 
Although this address was given some time ago, the 
contents are still relevant, and with Decoration Day and 
the Fourth of July right around the corner they may 
be doubly so. 




Since phase two has gone into effect, it seems t 
everyone is climbing on the faster moving "Cost 
Living" bandwagon. In order to keep from being 
undated by the crashing waves of inflation, 
Brethren Publishing Company had to check its sup 
of life preservers. The result was that a new type 
safeguard would have to be resorted to>, and the desc 
tion of it can be found by turning to page twenty-f 
of this issue of THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST. 



[ay 20, 1972 



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By the Way 



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THE LOST SHEEP 



r[E OTHER EVENING we watched and listened to 
a panel discussion on television. The panel was 
ade up of a college professor, a minister and two 
illege students, coeds. 

The topic for discussion was to determine what if 
pything is a slow changing religion doing in a fast 
jianging world. 

I The discussion got off to a fairly good start in that 
ost of the panel were in agreement that the institu- 
>nalized church per se is not really coming close to 
?rforming its function which is to reach lost souls. 
What was of deep concern to this writer was the fact 
at one of the students without any eqivocation what- 
ever boldiy announced her atheistic attitude and what 
emed to her more easily understood, the idea of 
olution. 

Another matter of concern was this young lady's 
titude of being completely independent upon herself 
r her existence, for her own accomplishments, for 
■r own success. At this point I wondered a bit about 
iw many of us realize that we cannot really be 
idependent. 

[From where I stand it seems to me that the whole 
!heme of the Universe, down to the creatures and all 
iher life which occupies portions of the universe must 
pend upon something for its very existence, and in 
end everything has to depend upon God who 
eated it. 

Let us think about this for a moment. From the 
Dment of birth, and one might even go back further 
an that, man, animal or vegetable life starts to depend 
( someone or something in order to sustain that life, 
.(baby upon its mother, be it man or animal. Vegetable 
ip upon the sun and rain. And man and the vegetable 
'hgdom depend upon each other for oxygen and carbon 
•pxide. 

It seems to me that many people along with this 
Jung lady accept the exposition of Genesis and our 
i'viour's birth and second coming as being nothing 
ij>re than fairy tales. In other words, the Missourian 
tjitude of "show me" prevails. 

;3cience to a great extent has always relied on theory 
tat if it cannot be proven, it cannot be accepted. Yet, at 
R? same time one of the basic, if not the most impor- 
tit elements that man depends upon, especially in his 
tj'hnological developments is electricity which cannot 
I broken up as the atom, cannot be put in any specific 
cegory consisting of certain components because they 
<? undesignated and unspecified. The fact that this one 
jment cannot be proven or substantially explained 
is not hindered the progress of civilization. 



Although the panel discussion came close to turning 
out as a debate between atheism coupled with evolution 
versus Christianity, there were a few comments inter- 
jected from the various members of the panel which 
dwelt on the subject to have been discussed. 

The age old story of hypocrisy in the church was 
brought up as usual, and perhaps it is one of the main 
reasons for the church not adding more horse-power 
in an attempt to catch up with a fast moving world. 
But one does not necessarily have to confine hypocrisy 
to the church alone and use it as an excuse to stay away 
from what is commonly referred to as religion. In prac- 
tically every avenue of life in our present day society 
we can see exemplified the old saying: "Your actions 
speak so loud, I can't hear what you are saying." 

We are all familiar with the fable of the tortoise and 
the hare, and at the present rate that the church 
(institution) is travelling to deserve the name, slow 
moving religion, it never will catch up, let alone pass 
the hare regardless of how much he stops to rest or 
loUigag around. 

One observation made by this writer which could 
shed a bit of light on why the slow moving religion is 
not keeping up with a fast changing world was how this 
one student declared her belief without hesitation and 
regardless of who or how many people may have been 
watching this particular program. 

Whereas we who profess to be Bible believing Chris- 
tians are very lackadaisical when it comes to carrying 
out the duties we assumed when claiming Christ as 
our Saviour. Is it because we skip over some portions 
of the Scriptures when we read them, or are some of 
these portions simply ignored? Especially the verse we 
find recorded in Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power 
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye 
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in 
all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part 
of the earth." 




This I believe is what Christ meant when He spoke 
about the lost sheep. If the church must go beyond the 
confines of the physical building's walls to accelerate 
its speed to conform with this fast changing world, it 
had better get busy overhauling the engine or install a 
new one with more, not horse power, but the power of 
the Holy Spirit. (G. S.) 



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MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID IS VITAL 

to the 
BRETHREN CHURCH 




by Virgil Meyer 



THERE is an urgent need for the Church to 
raise more money for Ministerial Student 
Aid. Costs of education continue to climb. In 
addition, the last year's job market for students 
here in Ashland has been quite limited. It seems 
quite apparent that any thinking - churchman 
would realize that there is a direct relationship 
between Ministerial Student Aid and the mission 
effort on the part of the Church preaching- the 
Gospel. 

We have made every effort here at Ashland 
College and Seminary to strengthen the training 
program so that we can unequivocally state that 
we provide our Brethren students the best train- 
ing ever. 

Given the demands of the ministry in the com- 
plex world in which we live, we not only need good 
training but the most able young people whom we 
rear in the Brethren Church. Here at Ashland 
we have accepted the responsibility to prepare 
young men for the many different kinds of min- 
istry which are available in our complex society — 
whether it be the pulpit ministry, foreign mission 



field, military chaplaincy, hospital chaplain^, 
campus ministry, or college and seminal 
teaching. 

We have as fine young people as can be foil 
anywhere on earth. The cost of education has g.je 
up and up and up. They need our financial hjp 
and we should share in their costs by invest !g 
in their future. In order to get some idea of I tf 
we are doing, we might look at the following : 
ures. We have sixteen full-time pre-semin 
students. These are students who are taking f r 
hours of college work, which will prepare tt In 
to enter the Seminary. When we understand tit 
tuition, board and room for one year was $3,q), 
the total costs for the sixteen students ^ls 
$52,800. Our total giving for Ministerial Stud lit 
Aid the last school year was $11,306. In additn 
to the above total, we must remember that we J 
fifteen Brethren students in the Seminary. ' 
fees there were $750, which amounts to $11,£J). 
This does not include their living expenses E 
apartment rent, food and clothing. 

We would urge you to prayerfully look at tr 
figures carefully and then share generously. 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



ay 20, 1972 



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MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID MEANS PEOPLE 



These are some of the people who will be helped by your gifts to MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID, 
and in addition to these there are 15 Brethren men who are studying at the Seminary. They are able and 
committed young people. The Brethren Church last year give $10,315.12 but there is a need for considerable 
increase in aid. 

The National Ministerial Association has assumed the responsibility of receiving an offering in the 
denomination for MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID. The committee which administers this aid is; Dean 
I Joseph R. Shultz, Rev. George Solomon, treasurer; Bradley Weidenhcmer; and Virgil Meyer, chairman. 




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Left to right: Gerald Peck, Falls City; Dale Stoffer, Canton; Mike Radcliff, Milford; Paul Deardurff, 
Gretna; Rick Voorhees, Flora; Richard Craver, Pittsburgh; Ken Van Duyne, Tiosa; Steve Swihart, Sara- 
isota; Roscoe Keller, Jones Mills, Pa.; Randy Smith, Jefferson; Bruck Ronk, Ashland (Park Street). 

Pre-Seminary students who were not present for the picture are: John Crawford, Vandergrift; Weston 
His, Winding Waters; Harry Jones, Pittsburgh; John C. Shultz, Berlin; Ron Waters, Gretna. 



Ashland Theological Seminary 



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The Brethren Evange 



THE MAN IN THE PULPIT 



The man in this pulpit is Richard Craver, who is from 
Pittsburgh and is the son-in-law of Rev. Henry Bates. 
Maxine, his wife, is the Assistant Librarian at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. They have a little girl by the 
name of Michelle who has had to have many operations 
and still faces many additional ones because of a birth 
defect. 

Before Michelle's birth her father had committed him- 
self to studying for the ministry. Richard is now a junior 
at Ashland College and has four years of training ahead 
of Km. Next year we will hope to give him some assis- 
tance through MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID. 

We could put each pre-seminary and seminary stu- 
dent in that pulpit and then put a big question mark 
above it. Each one has a story. Every one has a need. 
Many times it is financial, but many other times it is 
emotional, social or spiritual. 

They are all, together with us, a part of the total min- 
istry of the Brethren Church. When you look at the 
picture above, imagine one of the pre-seminary or sem- 
inary students in that pulpit whom you know personally, 
and ask yourself, "What is his problem?" 

We know that a very great concern is the problem of 
getting enough money to finish the training. We urge 
you to prayerfully consider your committal to the 
MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID FUND. 

JUNE IS MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID MONTH 



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by Condi Bee 



JACK OXENRIDER 

TACK OXENRIDER, 24, is a Middler at Ashland Theo- 
^ logical Seminary majoring in Christian Education. 
He is from the Bryan, Ohio Brethren Church and has 
been a member there for 15 years. 

He attended St. Francis College and graduated from 
the Fort Wayne Bible College in Indiana where he was 
active in Campus Crusade for Christ and Inter-varsity 
sports. 

Jack's wife, Dodi, is from the Ebamjer Mennonite 
Church in Bluff ton, Ohio. She is a teacher and the 
president of the Sem-wives at Ashland Theological 
Seminary. 

Jack is presently working at the Thrifty Mart in 
Ashland and as a youth director at the Park Avenue 
Baptist Church in MansfieM, Ohio. He is one of the 
organizers of the Ashland Power and Light Company, a 
coffee house group ministry to the youth of the Ashland- 
Mansfield area. Jack plans to work with youth and 
college-age people in a teaching ministry after he grad- 
uates in June of 1973. 








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THE EIGHTY-NINTH CONFERENCE 

of the 
OHIO CONFERENCE OF BRETHREN CHURCHES 



CAMP BETHANY 



JUNE 22-24, 1972 



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ijeme: "First Things First" Conference Organization 

lets: ". . . lay up for yourself treasures in heaven" 

Matthew 6:20-21 Moderator Ronald Waters 



. thou shalt love the Lord thy God" 
Matthew 22:37-38 

Conference Musicians 



Moderator-elect Charles Munson 

Secretary Joan Ronk 

Assistant Secretary Charlene Rowser 

[ mists John Farlow Treasurer Thomas Stoffer 

Carol Swihart Assi3tant Treasurer Lois Byler 

:ig Leaders Paul Shank n , 

William Walk Statlstlcian Eleanor Bolton 

Bradley Weidenhamer Statutory Agent Elton Whitted 



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PROGRAM 



Thursday — June 22 

1:00 Registration: Housing 

5:30- 6:30 Fellowship Dinner 
6:30 Registration: Delegates and Housing 

7:30 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart 

Invocation — Ronald Waters 
Greetings — Ronald Waters, Moderator 

The Ohio Conference 
Sing Praises to the Lord 
Give ear to my words, O Lord- 
Virgil Barnhart, Gratis 
Special Music — 

Bill and Sharon Walk, Gratis 
Message, "Those Steepled Boxes" 
Charles Munson, Moderator-elect 
Rejoice in the Lord 
Benediction 
9:30-10:15 Extra-dimensional Chats 
10:30 Campfire (planned by Youth) 

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep. 

Friday morning — June 23 

6:30 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, 

O Lord 
7:00- 7:45 Breakfast 

8:15 Registration: Delegates and Housing 

8:45- 9:15 A Time of Devotion 

Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord 
Special Music — West Alexandria trio 
Devotional Study, "How to Give Away 
Your Faith" Herbert Gilmer, 
West Alexandria 
9:15-10:00 Sing Praises 

Message, "The Good or The Better" 
Ronald Waters, Moderator 
10:00-10:30 Mid-morning Break 

Conference Briefing Sessions 
Registration: Delegates and Housing 
10:30-12:00 Come now, let us reason together 
Prayer 

Announcements 

Report of the Credential Committee 
Organization of 1972 Conference 
Reading of Recommendations from 

the Executive Committee 
Election of the Committee on Committees 
Election of the Nominating Committee 
Election of the Board members 
Acceptance of Reports 
Treasurer — Thomas Stoffer 
Statistician — Eleanor Bolton 
A Time of Sharing District Interests 
Board of Christian Education 
Board of Evangelists 
Ministerial Examining Board 
Board of Trustees 
Report of the Election of the 
Committee on Committees 
Report of the Election of the 
Nominating Committee 



12:00 



1:00- 1:30 
1:30- 2:30 

2:30- 4:00 



4:00 
5:30 



7:30 



9:30-10:15 
10:30 



6:30 

7 

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00- 7:45 

15 

45- 9:45 



9:45-10:00 
10:00-10:30 



10:30-12:00 



Report of the Election of the 
Board members 
Lunch 



Friday afternoon — June 23 

Registration: Delegates and Housing 
Woman's Missionary Society, Laymen- 

Ministerium 
Come now, let us reason together 
Prayer 

Announcements 
Reading of the Minutes 
Report of the Credential Committee 
Action on Recommendations of 

the Executive Committee 
Action on Executive Committee's 
Recommendations from the 
Moderator's Address 
Report of Special Committees 

Constitution Committee 
Selection of Delegates at Large to 
General Conference 
A Time of Sharing Missions 

Mission Board 
Committee and Board Meetings 
Dinner 



Friday evening — June 23 

I Will Praise Thee, O Lord 
Joy to the World 
Consider my meditation — 

The Singing Youth, New Lebanon 
Special Music — The Singing Youth, 

New Lebanon 
Message, "God's Priorities" 

Owen H. Alderfer, Professor of Chith 
History, Ashland Theological Semirj"y 
Rejoice in the Lord 
Benediction 
Extra-dimensional Chats 
Campfire | 

I laid me down and slept. 






Saturday morning — June 24 






In the morning will I direct my prayer ljto 

Thee, and will look up. 
Breakfast 

Registration: Delegates 
Woman's Missionary Society, Sisterho 

Laymen, Ministerium 
Mid-morning Break 
A Time of Devotion 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord 

Special Music — Annette Carter and 
Geneva Berkshire, Dayton 

Devotional Study — John T. Byler, Ca 
Come now, and let us reason together 

Prayer 

Announcements 

Reading of the Minutes 

Report of the Credential Committee 

Election of Officers 



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Election of Committee Members 

Selection of Time and Place of 
1973 Conference 

Printing of Minutes and Distribution 

Unfinished Business 

Report of the Election of Officers 

Report of the Election of 
Committee Members 

Final Reading of the Minutes 

Adoption of the Minutes as the Offical 
Record of this Conference Meeting 
Installation of Officers 
Adjournment 
Missionary Luncheon 

Ray Aspinall 



AUXILIARIES 



Woman's Missionary Society 

Friday— 1:30 

lcome and Announcements 

motional Period 

cussion Groups sharing ideas on 

Joyful Ways of Putting First Things First" 

endship Circle and Benediction 

Saturday — 8:45 

motional Period and Project Offering 

or Camp Bethany 

'•ction of Officers 

Meet for 1973 

jicussion Group Reports, 

jjoyful Ways of Putting First Things First" 

endship Circle and Benediction 



Ministerium 



Friday— 1:30 

Combined meeting with the Laymen in charge 
f the program. 

Saturday — 8 :45 

rations — William Walk 
ction of Officers 
•■siness 



Brethren Youth 

Board of Christian Education- 
Carol Gilbert assisted by Doug Denbow 

Thursday evening 

5:30 Fellowship Dinner* 

6:30 Registration: Delegates and Housing 

7:30 Group singing at Cedar Lodge Fireplace 

8:00 " 'OUR FRONT PORCH' and How We 

Got It Together" Steve Moutoux, 

Black River Senior 
8:30 Refresh and group singing (planning 

for campfire) 
9:00 "Getting Your Thing Together— 

and In God's Order" 
10:30 Campfire (youth leading all)* 

Friday all day 

7:00- 7:45 Breakfast* 

8:45 Creating Devotion Where the Action Is 

9:00 "Analyzing the Goals — Long and 

Short Range" Doug Denbow, 

Institute of Church Dynamics 
Practical Application of Leadership 

Principles 
"Calendaring the Holy Spirit" 

Doug Denbow 
Swimming (individual counseling) 
Lunch (ministry to elderly and children) 
Eat 

Split for Loudonville Canoe Livery 
Bag Dinner in Loudonville with Albion 

kids in "OUR FRONT PORCH" 
Split for theater 
"OUR FRONT PORCH" Production 

and Ministry 
Split for Camp Bethany 
Campfire* 

Saturday 

Breakfast* 

Reflections and Visions in Devotion 

Sisterhood 

Practical Planning Session (a working 

model for Chiefs) 
Practical Work Session (a working 
model for Indians) 
10:30 Recreation and Packing 

(individual counseling) 
12:30 Missionary Luncheon* 

* Joint youth and adult functions; all others are 
separate. 



9:30 

10:00 

10:30 

12:00 

12:30 

1:30 

5:30 

7:00 
7:30 

9:30 
10:30 



7:00- 7:45 

8:30 

9:00 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Matthew 6:33 



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Waterloo, Iowa. On Good Friday the 
Waterloo Brethren hosted the area 
Evangelical Churches in a special 
service. The Youth Choir under 
the direction of Mrs. Robert Shafer 
presented their Easter Cantata 
"The Glory of Easter." Easter 
Sunrise services included special 
numbers by the Senior and Junior 
Choirs. 

Udell, Iowa. Mr. John Lewis, pastor 
from the Gospel Chapel in Center - 
ville has been filling the pulpit on 
Sunday morning. Special Holy 
Week services were held with Mr. 
David Manning as guest speaker. 
Mr. Manning is from the College 
Corner Brethren Church. 

Cedar Falls, Nebr. A carry-in dinner 
was held for the Garnold Hoskins 
family. They came from the Water- 
loo Church in 1968 as short-term 
missionaries and are now return- 
ing to Waterloo. Four members of 
the church enjoyed the Lay School 
of Theology with Dean Shultz and 
Dr. Munson. 

Belief ontaine, Ohio The Gretna 
Brethren Church were fortunate 
in securing Rev. Ray Aspinall for 
services on May 21. A carry-in 
meal was held at noon. 

Milledgeville, 111. Sunday, April 23 
the Youth and Laymen took charge 
of services while the pastor was 
in Fremont, Ohio. The Laymen 
presented the morning program 
and the Youth the evening pro- 
gram. Both were wonderful ser- 
vices. Pastor Black completed a 
Pastoral Counselling Seminar 
sponsored by the Sinnissippi 
Mental Health Center. 



Lanark, 111. Rev. and Mrs. Paul 
Steiner were in Canton, Ohio for 
a week of revival services April 
16-21. Mr. Randy Best will be 
speaking at the church June 4. 

Ashland, Ohio (Park Street) On 

Youth Sunday, May 7, the Sr. High 
Youth conducted the service with 
Douglas Denbow as guest speaker. 
The Madrigal Singers from the 
Junior High School performed in 
the evening service. 

Nappanee, Ind. The Nappanee and 
Goshen, Indiana choirs will pre- 
sent "So Send I You" at the Dis- 
trict Conference on June 4. 

Goshen, Ind. Sunday evening, April 
30, a "Night of Music" was en- 
joyed. Lee Stiver, his son Dave, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Siers 
presented the program. There were 
solos, duets, and group singing. 
Mr. Siers, a professional ventrilo- 
quist, added a touch of laughter. 

Shipshewana, Ind. Evangelist Russ 
Gordon of Ft. Scott, Kansas is 
scheduled to bring the inspirational 
addresses during the District Con- 
ference. 

Hagerstown, Md. Mr. Rex McCona- 
hay, a seminary student at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, will 
act as summer associate pastor 
for The First Brethren Church. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. The "Singing 
Youth" have a new name. The 
group is now known as "J. C. and 
Company." They sang Sunday eve- 
ning April 30. 



Central District. Mr. and Mrs. Rancj 
Best, Lost Creek, Kentucky w! 
be working in the Central Distri; 
Camp for the week of June 4-10. j 
Central District Conference w| 
be July 21 and 22 at LanarJ 
Illinois. 




Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Barr a 
the proud parents of a boy bo: 
May 4, 1972. The baby weighted 
pounds and 2 ounces at birt 
Gerald will be graduating fro 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
May. 



Goldencrires 



Mr. and Mrs. Garber Wright ce 
brater their 58th Anniversary i 
April 15, 1972. They are fro 
Andrews, Indiana. 



MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 

North Manchester, Ind. — 

4 by baptism 
Lanark, 111. — 11 by baptism 

7 by letter 
New Lebanon, Oliio — 10 by baptis 
Stockton, Calif. — 2 by baptism 

1 by transfer of 
letter 






Vlay 20, 1972 



I'airc Eleven 



CHARGE TO GRADUATES 



(The following address, condensed, by Dr. Eric A. Walker, President of 
The Pennsylvania State University, was delivered on September 11, 1969, 
to the members of this graduating class.) 








Ladies and gentlemen of the graduating class and 
hose who got advanced degrees. Let me extend to each 
)f you my personal congratulations and those of the 
pntire University on the degree you have earned today. 

This ceremony marks the completion of an important 
phase of your life. It is an occasion in which all who 
know you can share in your sense of pride and accom- 
plishment. But no one has more pride in your 
iccomplishment than the older generation. But I am 
not going to tell that older generation how bright you 
ire. Nor am I going to say we have made a mess of 
i.hings and you — the younger ones — are the hope of 
nankind. I would like to reverse that process. For if 
/ou of the graduating class will look over into the 
pleaehers to your left or right, I will reintroduce you to 
representatives of some of the most remarkable people 
ever to walk the earth. People you might want to thank 
pn this graduation day. These are people you already 
know — your parents and grandparents. And, if you 
(will bear with me for five minutes, I think you will 
(agree that a remarkable people they are indeed. Let 
me tell you about them. 

Not long ago an educator from Northwestern 
University by the name of Bergen Evans, a radio per- 
former known to your parents, got together some facts 
about these two generations — your parents and 
jgrandparents. I'd like to share some of these facts with 
you. 



These — your parents and grandparents — are the 
people who within just five decades — 1919-1969 — have 
by their work increased your life expectancy by approx- 
imately fifty per cent — who while cutting the working 
day by a third, have more than doubled per capita 
output. 

These are the people who have given you a healthier 
world than they found. And because of this, you no 
longer have to fear epidemics of flu, typhus, diphteria, 
smallpox, scarlet fever, measles or mumps that they 
knew in their youth. And the dreaded polio is no longer 
a medical factor, while TB is almost unheard of. 

Let me remind you that these remarkable people 
have lived through history's greatest depression. Many 
of these people know what it is to be poor, what it is 
to be hungry and cold. And because of this, they deter- 
mined that it would not happen to you, that you would 
have a better life, you would have good food to eat, 
milk to drink, vitamins to nourish you, a warm home, 
better schools and greater opportunities to succeed than 
they had. 

Because they gave you the best, you are the tallest, 
healthiest, brightest, and probably best looking gener- 
ation to inhabit the land. 

And because they were materialistic, you will work 
fewer hours, learn more, have more leisure time, travel 
to more distant places, and have more of a chance to 
follow your life's ambition. 

These are also the people who fought man's grisliest 
war. They are the people who defeated the tyranny of 
Hitler, and who when it was all over, had the com- 
passion to spend billions of dollars to help their former 
enemies rebuild their homelands. And these are the 
people who had the sense to begin the United Nations. 

They built thousands of high schools, trained and 
hired tens of thousands of better teachers, and at the 
same time made higher education a very real possibility 
for millions of youngsters — where once it was only 
the dream of a wealthy few. 

While they have done all these things, they have had 
some failures. But they — these generations — made more 
progress by the sweat of their brows than in any pre- 
vious era, and don't you forget it. And, if your gener- 
ation can make as much progress in as many areas as 
these two generations have, you should be able to 
solve a good many of the world's remaining ills. 

It is my hope, and I know the hope of these two 
generations, that you find the answers to many of the 
problems that plague mankind. 

But it won't be easy. And you won't do it by negative 
thoughts nor by tearing down or belittling. You may 
and can do it by hard work, humility, hope, and faith in 
mankind. Try it. 

Good-bye and good luck to all of you. 



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HOLY WEEK AT BRETHREN 



WE AT BRETHREN HOUSE have vividly expe- 
rienced the events of Holy Week. Before we began 
this series, we gave a pre-test with questions relating to 
Palm Sunday, Crucifixion, and Resurrection, in order to 
determine the knowledge and understanding of the chil- 
dren about this week of Christ's life. We discovered the 
children had very little awareness of the events and 
even less understanding of the terms commonly used 
to describe them. 

During the week leading up to Palm Sunday the chil- 
dren made individual pictures of the Palm Sunday scene 
with live palm branches easily provided in Florida. Many 
also worked on a nine-foot mural as well, depicting that 
day on a large scale. This mural then became the wor- 
ship focus for our Saturday Church School. In order to 
make the event real we reenacted the entire day follow- 
ing a narration from Scripture. The children began in 
the kitchen in a group and processed through Bethany, 
Bethphage, and finally to Jerusalem, passing signs 
throughout the house to tell them where they were in 
their journey. We ended the day with joyous shouts of 
Hosanna as palm branches were laid throughout the 
house. 

Sunday morning in our Adult worship experience we 
again walked the road to Jerusalem. As we entered, a 
piece of brown paper, spread across four tables, was 
laid out with signposts of the cities along the way. We 
were all to become involved in drawing and depicting 
the scene, of Palm Sunday. Everyone without fail, said 
"Oh, I can't draw." Yet everyone did participate and 
the scene took on many unique features as each one got 
involved. The scene had such varying things as a stable 



for donkeys, with one missing, where they got tl ( 
donkey for Jesus, houses with people on stairs arj 
looking out of windows, a temple, rather ornately deco 
ated by one of our youngest children, branches ar 
clothes all along the road. The donkey's footprin 
showed the journey from the stable to the place whei 
Jesus was riding in the center of the picture. After 
time together in group worship the adults were th€ 
directed to some personal activities of meditation, e 
pression and sharing while the children returned to tl 
mural and worked quietly. We all indeed remembers 
and shared in the triumphant coming of the King. 

As the weeks followed, the children were engaged : 
making a fold-out book with one page each for tl 
events of the Holy Week. This was done to cement tl 
sequence of time and to reinforce the fact that evt 
though momentous in themselves, they actually tot 
place within the space of one week of Christ's life. 

On Wednesday and Thursday of Holy Week, the bac 
porch was the setting for the Lord's supper. At tl 
communion table each place had a yellow paper pla 
marked with the name of a disciple and one for Jesui 
In the center, was the cup, a tray for the bread and 
food plate. At the side was a basin and towel. Ov< 
the door was the label "The Upper Room" and the chj 
dren were invited, not more than twelve at a time, 
visit the Upper Room. The doors were then closed 
shut out distractions, and Pastor Lersch talked abo 
the observance of communion as Jesus experienced j 
during the Last Supper. The children listened attentive 
and responded respectfully. This was done several timj 
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nore children experienced this event. Several oppor- 
unities for feedback suggest that this was a meaningful 
?xperience for them. 

On Saturday morning between Good Friday and 
Caster, the children arrived to find a five-foot square 
omb before them with a large gray (cardboard) stone 
wer the front. During the worship period, Pastor Lersch 
•eviewed the events of Good Friday and Saturday, and 
hen with narration from the Scripture, the children 
iicted out the events of Easter morning. 

It has been rewarding to hear many of the children 
respond quickly and enthusiastically to questions about 
,vhat happened during Holy Week. In giving the same 
:est again as a Post-test we found that there was, in 
nany cases, a significant gain of understanding. It is 
lard to determine the results of such an experience, but 
ive feel many lives were deeply influenced and effected 
jjy coming face to face with the reality of Jesus' life, 
death and resurrection. 

Bonnie Munson 
Brethren House 
St. Petersburg, Florida 




BRETHREN MISSION BOARD REPRESENTED 
ON NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 





Virgil Ingraham 



John Rowsey 



Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church has been 
a. member of the board of the Evangelical Foreign Mis- 
sion Association (EFMA) since 1970, and as a part of 
this responsibility he has also been serving on the board 
)f the subsidiary affiliate the Evangelical Missionary 
Information Service (EMIS). During the annual meeting 
3f the EFMA (in conjunction with the convention of the 
National Association of Evangelicals in St. Louis), Rev. 
[ngraham was elected Treasurer of the EFMA which 
places him on the Executive Committee of this 
organization. 



During the annual meeting of the Evangelical Home 
Missions Association (EHMAl in St. Louis, action was 
taken giving power to the Executive Committee to pur- 
sue the merger of the EHMA with the Evangelism 
Commission of the NAE (National Association of Evan- 
gelicals) in the light of the common and similar goals 
of these two commissions. Mr. John Rowsey, Associate 
Secretary of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church was named Secretary of the EHMA during this 
meeting, therefore serving on the Executive Committee. 



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TN A SERVICE ON APRIL 16, Juan Carlos Miranda 
was set apart for the Gospel ministry in the Brethren 
Church (see Brethren Evangelist for May 6, 1972). Rev. 
Miranda and his wife Maria were born and grew up in 
Rosario, Argentina. They both were baptized into mem- 
bership in the Brethren church of this city and were 
married in this church. They both graduated from the 
Buenos Aires Bible Institute and Juan Carlos served as 
assistant pastor in Brethren Churches in the area. After 
graduation they served Brethren pastorates in Victoria, 
Bombal, Bigand, and Villa Magueta for varying lengths 
of time. 

In 1957 the family moved to the United States where 
Juan Carlos graduated from Olivet Nazarene College 
and took graduate work at Trinity University and the 
Nazarene Theological Seminary. He will graduate from 
Ashland Theological Seminary in June with a Master of 
Divinity degree. 

While serving a Mexican-American church in Texas 
he was ordained by the Nazarene church and the Breth- 
ren church recognized that ordination in the service on 
April 16. We are happy that this very qualified minister 
will be returning to Argentina in July to serve as a 
professor at the Eden Bible Institute of the Brethren 
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During this same service of setting apart for minist 
in the Brethren Church, Maria J. Miranda was con; 
crated as the wife of an elder of the Brethren Churc 
Her training and capabilities will also be used in t 
Eden Bible Institute when they return to their nati 
land with their five children: Adriana, Gustavo, Samu 
Michael, and Yvonne. 

May God richly bless you, Juan Carlos and Maria, 
you continue to serve Him . . . again in Argentina. 



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HISTORY OF THE NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA CHURCH 







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The Town 

nE TOWN OF NORTH MANCHESTER is a beauti- 
ul town with wide streets and many shade trees 
fling the sidewalks. It is a growing town. Originally, 
was strictly an agricultural community with scarcely 
iry industries. 

iln 1895, the Church of the Brethren purchased the 
. B. Seminary which was located in Roanoke, Indiana, 
was moved to North Manchester and it became 
,anchester College. Dr. Otho Winger became its 
resident in 1911. 

The addition of the college brought more people, and 
e town began a slow growth which has made more 
pid strides in the past few years. The schools have 
nsolidated and expanded; the college has grown and 
e town is now also an industrial community. You will 
>w find construction workers, builders, truckers, 
isiness men and women, teachers, college professors 
id many retired folk living here. 

A shopping center has been added west of town with 
w stores and many new homes also constructed in 
id near this area. Two homes for the aged — Timber- 
est, Church of the Brethren home, and Estelle Peabody 
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originally built by Mr. Tom Peabody of the Peabody 
Seating Company. 

North Manchester and the surrounding community 
supports ten churches: Bible Baptist, Catholic, Church 
of the Brethren, First Brethren, German Baptist (Old 
Order), Lutheran, Nazarene, United Methodist, United 
Missionary, and United Church of Christ. 

The Church 

In looking through material for the early history, we 
find records very limited, but a short history prepared 
for the 1962 Homecoming by Mrs, J. R. Schutz found 
a few facts which were verified. The first deacons were 
Lawson Grossnickle, Israel Penrod and Dan Sala. John 
Domer was one of the first trustees. H. A. Switzer was 
the first Sunday School superintendent. Mr. and Mrs. 
F. P. Creager, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wright, Mr. and 
Mrs, George Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. George Harshman, 
Mr. and Mrs. Union Ohmart were among the early 
deacons and deaconesses. John Domer and Mr. and Mrs. 
Sam Landis were trustees, Isaiah B. Wright was origi- 
nally a member of the Church of the Brethren, but trans- 
ferred his membership to this church, and married 
Nettie Misner, a charter member of this church. He 
became the first Elder, and served in this capacity until 
his death. 



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Pastors who have served this congregation are: Simon 
Bonebrake, William W. Summers, D. C. Christner, W. C. 
Perry, R. R. Teeter, J. M. Fox, W. H. Miller, L. O. Hub- 
bard, George W. Rench, E. D. Burnworth, George Baer, 
J. L. Kimmel, Ben Flora, George Ronk, Charles A. 
Bame, J. Raymond Schutz, A. E. Thomas, Herbert H. 
Rowsey, Bert Hodge, D. Richard Wolfe, Henry G. Bates, 
Stanton Leland, and presently Woodrow A. Immel. (John 
Svaan and A. T. Ronk were interim pastors). During 
the early years of the church, many of the pastors 
served only a one-year term. Rev. Schutz gave the 
longest term of service — 22 years. 

At the present time, our deacons and deaconesres 
serving are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ruse, Mr. and Mrs. 
Ross Briner, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Burch, Mr. and Mrs. 
Alfred Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Conrad, Mr. and 
Mrs. Harold Jackson, Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith, Mrs. 
Charles Ambridge, Mrs. Ralph Frey, Mrs. Elmer Ebbing- 
house, Mrs. Helen Hunter and Mrs. Arthur Arthur. 

1883: The First Brethren Church of North Man- 
chester, Indiana, was organized in 1883 with twenty-five 
charter members under the leadership of Elder John 
Nicholson. 

1885: The first Communion was held in the barn 
of Simon Bonebrake who was the first pastor. For al- 
most two years, services were held in the United Breth- 
ren Church, and in July 1885, when the U.B congrega^ 
tion decided to build a new church, the First Brethren 
purchased the old building for $200 and moved it to the 
present location on the corner of Fifth and Sycamore 
streets. W. W. Summers, H. A. Switzer and D. F. Dice 
signed the note to buy the building. In 1904, a number of 
Improvements were made on the church building, and 
from then on the congregation grew in number. 

1907: In 1907, a revival meeting was held with Rev. 
I. D. Bowman as the evangelist which resulted in sixty- 
four converts! 

1911: In January, 1911, at a business meeting, the 
first plans were made for building a new church edifice. 
By July, the congregation voted to go on with the build- 
ing plans as soon as $6,000 was raised. This amount was 
raised in a few days time. James Early, of southern 
Indiana, was the architect and Ezra Frantz, a member 
of the congregation, was the contractor. This work was 
completed in 1912 at a cost of $9,100. Some labor was 
donated by church members. Regular wages for car- 
penters at that time ranged from $2.00 to $2.25 for a 
ten-hour day. Brick masons received 60<£ an hour. Mr. 
J. H. Weking made the form for the castings which 
were later made by the local foundry. The plowing for 
the sliding doors was done by hand. Some of the men 
employed were Curtis Gable, Dan Miller, Esta Miller, 
Jacob Bonewitz and Charlie Nichols. Rev. J. L. Kimmel 
was pastor at this time. 

The old building was moved to the rear on Fifth 
Street, and used while the new church was being built. 
Later, it was sold for $40 to George Myers who dis- 
mantled it and used much of the lumber to build two 
houses on Fourth Street. 

1914: In 1914, during the ministry of Rev. Benjamin 
Flora, another successful revival was held with Rev. 
Ashman as the evangelist. Forty-seven members were 
added to the church. 

1921: Under the leadership of Rev. J. Raymond 
Schutz, in 1921 a constitution was adopted, and was 






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revised in 1955 while Rev. D. Richard Wolfe was past- 
Currently, several changes have been adopted, and 
printing is in process. 

1927: The church voted to support a missionary 
our South American field in 1927. Mr. and M 
Romanengi (Eleanor Yoder), seniors in Ashland Collejj, 
were considered and were invited to visit North Mi; 
Chester to get acquainted with the congregation. Mj. 
Romanengi was the oldest daughter of Mr. and M 
C. F. Yoder, our pioneer workers in the South Americ 
field. These young talented people took the entire mo: 
ing worship service, and delighted the congregati 
with their talks and music. On the next Sunday, t 
church voted unanimously to extend to them a call 
our representative. 

The directory and yearbook of 1927 has the followi 
paragraph: "The year has been a successful one fr< 
every point of view. The attendances have been lai 
at both morning and evening services, and a splem 
spirit has prevailed. The finances of the church ha 
been cheerfully supplied without pressure. The missii 
ary contributions of the church are now nearly as lar J ; 
as the budget for current expenses, and this is the to 
sign of the spiritual life of the church." Rev. J. Ri 
mond Schutz was pastor. 

We observed our first Good Friday service in 19 
By 1930, it was requested by the local Ministerial Asi 
ciation that this service be held as a joint service for ' 
churches of the community in the Lutheran Chur 
because it was larger, and more centrally located, a 
easier for the business people to attend. 

Before the death of Rev. Schutz in 1945, plans h 
been made for a building program which included 
parsonage and an educational area. The Building Co 
mittee consisted of Ernest Penrod, chairman, Sylv | 
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Seated I. to r.: Mrs. Helen Baker; Ellen Bundy; Joan Jackson. 

Standing 1. to r.: Helen Vandermark; Marlee Beck; Mary Lou Shutz, Supt. 



The parsonage was built in 1946 at 404 North Wayne 
treet on a lot donated by Mrs. Rosa Harrell, and was 
jirst occupied by Rev. Bert Hodge and family. However, 
lecause of rising costs of contraction, actual building of 
fie educational plant was postponed, but in 1956 it cul- 
minated into a two-story addition adjoining the church 
n the east. It affords adequate facilities for a well 
rganized Sunday School, library, pastor's study, choir 
oom, nursery, rest rooms and so on. The cost was 
|pproximately $60,000. The building committee at that 
me was Ross Briner, chairman, Dorsey Brandenburg, 
Vayne Ruse, Paul Frey and Oman Harris. 
i The indebtedness for the annex was paid off in 1965. 
p 1966, the lot and house adjacent to the church (south) 
pas purchased of Charles G. Kennedy for $11,000. The 
»use was razed, the lot cleaned off and a parking area 
r as established which affords off-the-street parking for 
lany cars. Much of this work was done by willing 
rorkers, members of the congregation. 
At a church business meeting in October 1971, the 
uestion came up as to the need for refurbishing the 
hurch sanctuary. The pews were the same hard pews 
istalled when the church was built in 1911 and 1912, 
id further repair seemed impractical. This problem 
as brought to the attention of the congregation the 
blowing Sunday and received unanimous approval, and 
le trustees were instructed to carry out these plans. 
(February, 1972, services were held in the basement 
IE the church for two Sundays, so the sanctuary could 
2 emptied of the old pews, the floors sanded and re- 
nished, and a general cleaning and refurbishing of 
ie entire church. Services in the basement were rather 
'owded, but the "to-getherness" was very pleasant. The 
eaning and polishing was accomplished by many mem- 
rs of the congregation. 



The pews were installed the latter part of February 
and the dedication was held March 12, 1972. The cost 
of the entire project — padded pews, refinishing of floors, 
pads for pews in balcony, carpeting for stairways- 
amounted to a total of $8,500. This entire indebtedness 
was paid off when pews were installed. The committee 
appointed for this project included Sam Amberg, chair- 
man, Mrs. Paul Wendel, Mrs. Dale Smith, Tom Burch 
and Harry Leffel. 

In 1965, this congregation voted a Missionary Support 
program with a goal of $2,500 to be in support of Rev. 
Larry Bolinger and his family; this goal has increased 
to $5,000 in this year 1972 — this amount having been 
specified for support of not only the Larry Bolingers 
but also Miss Becky Baker. The Bolingers are now serv- 
ing in the foreign missionary field at Mbororo, Nigeria, 
West Africa, and Becky Baker is teaching at Riverside 
Christian Training School in Lost Creek, Kentucky. All 
are members of this congregation. 

The North Manchester church has supported its 
college and seminary at Ashland, Ohio, both with its 
young people as students and seminarians, and also with 
its finances. In recent years, Dr. Lloyd Smith was called 
to serve as one of the College Board of trustees. 

Regarding memorials, Mrs. Lois Wright Brown and 
Miss Ruby Wright sent a check for a memorial to their 
parents, Elder and Mrs. I. B. Wright. This was used to 
partially carpet the sanctuary and pulpit area. The 
chimes on the organ were given by Rev. and Mrs. Immel 
as a memorial for Rev. Immel's mother. The purchase 
of the new upholstered choir chairs are also one of the 
projects for which memorial funds have been used. 
The Memorial Fund has been established for those who 
wish to contribute funds in memory of a loved one; this 
fund is administered by the Board of Deacons. 



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An adult choir of around 25 voices enhances the wor- 
ship services, and is under the able direction of Mrs. Don 
Schutz, In recent years, a junior choir has been organ- 
ized with approximately 15 voices frequently rendering 
special music themselves, or in cooperation with the 
adult choir. Mrs. Immel is the organist and Mr. Scott 
Duffy the pianist. Their special duets are inspirational. 

In the beginning, there was no musical instrument 
in the church. In a few years, however, a small organ 
was purchased. Later on, the Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha became responsible for the purchase of the 
Hammond Organ in the sanctuary. This group laid by 
a fund for many years for this purpose, and furnished 
more than half of the purchase price. The committee 
of S.M.M. girls heading this project was composed of 
Pearl Creager, Grace Ebbinghouse, Ethel Grossnickle, 
Carrie Sausaman and Carrie Swank. The Volunteer 
Class purchased the grand piano in the sanctuary, and 
was responsible for the purchase of two pianos for the 
Sunday School rooms. 

Early in the history of this church, Rev. J. M. Fox 
organized a society for children and young people called 
"The King's Children." This group was later called 
Christian Endeavor, and is now known as Brethren 
Youth. There are three Brethren Youth groups — Juniors, 
Junior Highs, and Senior Highs. There is also a Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha (Juniors), and both a girl and 
boy scout group which meets in the Sunday School 
Annex. The church sponsors the Boy Scout Troop. 

The church auxiliaries have had various projects 
through the years. Some of the most recent include the 
cook books as "Special Recipes of the Brethren"; the 
book contains favorite recipes of member and friends of 
the Hadassah Circle. Six thousand copies have been 
printed and sold, and are still selling locally and in 
various parts of the United States. W.M.S. (Group I) 
has made and sold more than 200 quarts of very tasty 
mincemeat annually. The J.O.Y. Circle began shortly 



before Thanksgiving to make their delicious peanj 
brittle, and then worked at it one day each week unij 
just before Christmas. This year they used 350 pounl 
of peanuts and netted a profit of $538. With this, th< 
are able to support an Indonesian orphan and help wi| 
other projects as they arise. The men in the Win- 
Couple class have had a very profitable project with juj 
"junk." They have quite a system, it seems. They wat ! 
when furnaces or similar discards are being throv- 
away or changed, and some of the men pick up t 
"junk" which is then taken to the home of one of t| 
class members for storage. When they have a sufficiej 
supply, it is then removed by other class members to| 
place for recycling. The Two-By Two Class has be 
collecting old junk glass for recycling. They have tv 
tons of broken glass packed in barrels for shipping, ai 
more is added each week. 

The Brethren Church was formed in 1883 at Ashlar 
Ohio. The next year at Dayton it was named official]! 
and the following resolution was adopted: Resolve 
that our motto shall be the Bible, the whole Bible a! 
nothing but the Bible. Rev. Woodrow Immel has be 
our pastor for over ten years, and they have been go 
years. Good years of Bible teaching and preaching, bas 
on the original resolution of the Brethren Church. Undi 
his guidance, the church membership has grown to 4j 
persons. Each Sunday, the church is filled with meij 
bers and friends for Christian fellowship and to hear 1 1 
proclaming of the Gospel. May the Holy Spirit contin 
to work in our midst. 



(Material compiled and written for this artid 
by Miss Marie Creager, a long-time faithful men 
her of this congregation.) 



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The 

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Meeting 

Ddger H. Geaslen 



PROGRAM FOR JUNE 



ALIBIS FOR PARKING TICKETS 



1 VERY MONTH the city of Los Angeles collects fines 
for about 100,000 parking tickets! The chief of the 
jiffic division reported on some of the alibis that come 

his desk from folks trying to beg off from paying 
e fines. His list is a bit sad and a bit funny! 

)ne woman wrote that the ticket had actually been 
yen to her ex-husband who left it for her as "my 
ure of the community property!" 

)ne man wrote: "I've got problems — so if you will 
It overlook this one, so will I!" He said his wife had 
ttked him out, dogs who once loved him had barked 
?jhim, and cats who had once purred in his lap were 
Rasing him, and he added: "I feel rejected and lost." 

The chief says he can't let them get away with their 
ias for mercy. The court represents the law, and the 
Y has various ways of catching up with those who 
El to pay the fines. 

rhere is a verse in Luke 14:18a which says: "They 
I with one consent began to make excuse . . ." even 
aen they were invited to a feast! One man was too 

jorbed with some new property he had bought 

other with some new oxen and a third man gave his 
ate as an excuse! Their thoughts all centered in them- 
sjves and their own interests. They were indifferent 
Ian invitation to something good! 



How like many people today who are so absorbed with 
mundane things that they have no interest in the bless- 
ings and joys they might receive if they would attend 
services where the Gospel is proclaimed. No time for 
the Lord or His invitation! 

Law and mercy are opposites. The demands of the 
law must be met! Perhaps a person might be unable 
to pay his debt, but if someone stepped up and paid 
it for him, the case would soon be settled. 

God's law is perfect and its demands must be met. If 
we place ourselves under the law, we are condemned, 
for we have all failed. Like the traffic violator, we are 
in debt and like him we may feel "rejected and lost." 
But here is where mercy steps in! 

God can righteously justify us because Another has 
met our need! The Lord Jesus Christ knew our need, and 
He, himself, took the penalty we deserved when He 
". . . bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . ." 
(I Peter 2:24a). Now, if we will but acknowledge our 
guilt and come to Him — instead of being rejected and 
lost — we will be forgiven and welcomed into God's fam- 
ily. An entire new life will open before us, and we will 
count it a joy to live for Him who loved us so much 
that He was willing to pay our debt on the Cross of 
Calvary when He died for our sins! 



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Call to Worship 

Song: Service 

Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: GROWTH No. 1 

Christian Growth 
Junior: FIRST THINGS FIRST 

Wash Each Others Feet 

SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR JUL 

Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

Song: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



CHRISTIAN GROWTH 



We all 

with unveiled face 

reflecting 

as a mirror 

the glory of the Lord 

are transformed 

into the same image 

from glory to glory 

even as from the Lord 

the spirit 

(II Cor. 3:18). 

Introduction statement asking questions: 
How does one grow as a Christian? 
What role does Jesus have in this growth? 

1. List two or three possible ways we attempt to change 
our lives to conform to Jesus' life. Are they success- 
ful? Should we try? 

2. In reference to the passage above who does the 
changing or transforming in one's life (see also 
II Cor. 3:5; John 15:4-7)? 

In physiology the verbs describing the processes 
of growth are in the passive. Growth is not 
voluntary; it takes place, it happens to us. We 
are changed (transformed) — we do not change 
ourselves. "You must be born again" (John 3:3) 
— we cannot born ourselves. 

3. If we are transformed, if our life is changed by the 
glory of the Lord then what is our role in this 
process? 

What does "with unveiled face" mean (c.f. II Cor. 
3:16, 17)? 

4. What role does our behavior have in Christian 
growth? 

Sign on nearby wall: "Going to church doesn't 
make one a Christian anymore than going to a 
garage makes one a car!!!" Is this statement 
accurate? Why or Why not? 

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states that we are what others think we are. We ref pi 
the opinion of those who are around us. Do we as <|i 
dren of God have the responsibility to be in the preset 
of the Lord so that we can be changed into His ima|? 
How do we do this practically? List. 

Project for this month: 

Plant seeds; flower or vegetable. During this moth 
tend your plant. Record observations about your se s, 
particular growth. Compare findings to Christian f< 
( such as effect of soil, effect of watering, how much 
is needed . . . etc.). 



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". . . No slave is greater than his master; no 
essenger is greater than the one who sent him. Now 
>u know this truth; how happy you will be if you put 
into practioe" (John 13:17 TEV) ! 

Twice each year in the Brethren Church, we observe 
oly Communion. We have a three-fold Communion: 
e feetwashing, the agape meal, and the eucharist. 
)me denominations do not have the feetwashing or 
e agape meal as a part of their communion, but if 
>u read from John 13; Luke 22; Mark 14; and Matthew 

I think you will be convinced that feetwashing and 
e agape meal were very definitely a part of that first 
mmunion service. 
As I read over those chapters, each writer reported 

the same evening, but each in his own style and 

»out the things he felt were important regarding that 

ening. Each writer was an individual and was allowed 

be so even in the recording of the Scriptures. 

In John's account of the Last Supper, he included the 

t of Jesus washing the disciples' feet. The one dis- 

Dle who objected to having his feet washed by Jesus 

is Peter. Peter almost always seemed to be the spokes- 

an for all the disciples, and he was appalled that his 

jaster should perform such a menial task for him, so 

| objected to this, but Jesus said, "If I do not wash 

>ur feet, you will no longer be my disciple." 

This statement shocked Peter very much, and after 

time he told Jesus that he was ready to die for Him. 

Delieve that Peter was very sincere when he said this, 

t even though he had been with Jesus from the be- 

ining of His ministry and had heard Him speak of 

i s final days, Peter did not understand what was 

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Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him, and I'm 
sure Peter must have chuckled under his breath. Peter 
was no coward, because in the garden when the Roman 
soldiers came to take Jesus away, Peter cut off the ear 
of one soldier because he was so angered toward them. 
And yet, that same night Peter did deny Christ as Jesus 
said he would. 

". . . No slave is greater than his master; no mes- 
senger is greater than the one who sent him. Now you 
know this truth; how happy you will be if you put it 
into practice." When we wash anothers feet, we are 
essentially the master washing the feet of one of 
Christ's disciples or followers. So, in the spirit of self- 
denial and humility, we should approach the communion 
service. 

I believe Jesus says to us as He did Peter, "If I do 
not wash your feet, you will no longer be my disciple." 
We should never miss communion and the opportunity 
to fulfill one of Christ's commandments. 




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The Brethren Evangel! 



FROM THE MAILBAG 




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The Brethren Evangelist, Editor 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 4-4-805 

Sir: 

May I express to you my appreciation for some 
of the new features which have been added to the 
Evangelist. / have especially appreciated the 
ivrite ups on various Brethren Churches. I firmly 
believe the Evangelist must continue to experi- 
ment with new ideas and procedures. 

May I make a suggestion to you, your Editorial 
Board, and the Publication Board concerning one 
area of deep concern to me with the main direc- 
tion which most of the articles proceed. Most of 
the articles are by nature very devotional. I do 
believe devotional articles are needed, but I believe 
the magazine is over-balanced at this point. I 
believe we need more articles centered on both 
doctrinal and contemporary issues. 

Allow me to give some illustrations. Some con- 
temporary doctorinal issues relating to our de- 
nomination are the doctrines of baptism, of the 
church, of divorce and remarriage, of the peace 
issue, and of The Holy Spirit (especially as this 
doctrine relates to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and 
one specific gift of tongues). Other contemporary 
issues which are related to doctrine are such con- 
cerns as The Church and Social Involvement, 



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Abortion, Modern Day Spiritualism, Civil D[ 
obedience, Life or Death — Who Decides? If 
Race Issue, Christians and Our Sex-orieni'i 
Society, Sex Education in the Schools, the Chur\j. 
Crime Prevention and the Church, Modern Te<\- 
nology and the Church, Should Science Tarnvf 
with Human Genes?, and so on. A program f 
study should be developed, writers given assii\- 
ments (both pro and con), and the letters to w 
editor should be used for readers' reactions bv} 
pro and con. All letters to the editor should \ 
printed no matter hoiv controversial they a\. 
Only letters which attack personalities and 1 
ideas should be kept out of the magazine. Si 
an approach would be true to our histo 
Brethren position of being open to new light all 
truth and believing that we can learn new trii 
from our brother spoken in love (Eph. 4:15 a&i 
John 16:13). I woidd suggest that a man suchr 
Jerry Flora could write an article setting the rici 
attitude for such an adventure, and I believe P 
have enough love for each other in the broth - 
hood to make this adventure profitable. Stud^f 
as mentioned above could be used with mo\j 
groups and even sermons in a very creative w[/| 
in our churches. 

Your in Christian Love, 
John Brownsberger, Pastor 



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NEWS FROM ASHLAND COLLEGE 



ASHLAND, Ohio, April 28— Peter P. Muirhead, who 
was appointed U. S. Deputy Commissioner of Education 
in December, 1970, has accepted the invitation to deliver 
the commencement address at the Ashland College 
graduation ceremonies on May 21. 

Until his appointment, Muirhead had served since 1965 
as Associate Commissioner for Higher Education and as 
Acting U. S. Commissioner of Education from January 
to May, 1969. 

He began his educational career as a history teacher 
and prior to joining the Office of Education in 1958, 
served in a variety of teaching and administrative posts 
with the University of the State of New York and the 
New York State Education Department. 

During his career in education Muirhead has received 
many honors and awards, including the Outstanding 
Service Award from the University of the State of New 
York in 1953 and 1957, the Superior Service Award from 
the Office of Education in 1964, the Department of 
Health, Education and Welfare Distinguished Service 




Medal in 1968, and the Secretary's Special Citation 
1969. He has also received six honorary doctor 
awards. 

He is a member of the American Society of Put 
Administration, Foreign Policy Association, the Al 
andria (Va. ) Council on Human Relations, Alexand 
Little Theatre, St. Andrews Society and the Univers 
of Rochester Alumni Association. 

Muirhead received his B. S. degree from the St 
University of New York in 1934 and his M. A. deg 
from the University of Rochester in 1941. 

He is married to the former Kathryn Mary Waterrr 
and they have two children — Margaret Mary (Mrs. O 
ence Tyler) and David Norton 



Increased prices, freight charges, and trade term 
revisions from various suppliers have necessitated 
evaluation of our own trade policies. After careful con- 
sideration of the inflationary trends and in order to 
try to hold the line on prices in our Bookstores, The 
Brethren Publishing Company hereby submits its revised 
trade term policy. Copies of these terms will be sent to 
all customers and churches. 



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TRADE TERMS 
Effective June !, 1972 

I V2 % Service Charge will be added at close of each month 
to past due balances. 

Courtesy discounts where applicable will be forfeited on all 
accounts three months or more delinquent. 

Credit privileges will be discontinued on all accounts 6 months 
delinquent. 

Maximum credit on personal accounts will be established 
as $50.00. 

Sunday Schools whose accounts are current and whose orders 
for each quarter are received before deadline, paying invoice 
within 15 days after receipt of same may deduct 25% of 
Postage Charges from total of Invoice. 

Late charges on Sunday School order will be 10% with a 
maximum of $10.00. Guarantee of delivery on Sunday School 
material in time for beginning of quarter will not be made 
by THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY on late orders. 



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NAE NOTES 




The 30th Anniversary of the NAE in St. Louis was 
ghlighted by many significant messages, actions, 
id workshop sessions. Those attending from the 
-ethren Church were: Howard and Pauline Winfield, 
yron Dodds, Glenn Grumbling, Kenneth Howard, 
rgil Ingraham, Donald Rowser, John Rowsey, Joseph 
mltz, Ronald Ritchey and Smith Rose. 






llilttlfflll IMP" 

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Rev. D. Rowser & Rev. S. F. Rose 



Rev. Donald Roivser accepting 
plaque from Dr. H. Armerding 



General Conference Moderator Donald Rowser re- 
ceived a 30th Anniversary Plaque for the Brethren 
Church which was presented by NAE's retiring presi- 
dent, Dr. Hudson Armerding who is president of 
Wheaton College. This plaque will be displayed in the 
Central Council office. 

Virgil Ingraham was elected treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Foreign Missions Association of the NAE. 

John Rowsey is the new secretary of the NAE Home 
Missions Commission. 

Myron Dodds received the 20-cup percolator offered to 
one of those who registered at the Church Growth 
Services booth at the convention. (This organization was 
formerly known as the Evangelical Church Building 
Corporation.) 



JAE AT 30, STIRRED BY CHALLENGES. 
EEKS SPIRIT-LED UNITY 



^jHEATON, ILL. — Calls for a wider outreach and spirit- 
ll unity marked the 30th Anniversary Convention of 
tfe National Association of Evangelicals in St. Louis, 
j>., in mid-April, with explosive, possibly far-reaching 
challenges stirring the leadership of the country's lead- 
ife evangelical forces. 

Two speakers called for greater openness on the part 
c evangelicals, expressing concern that more coopera- 
among evangelical churches has not been evident. 



At the closing banquet Thursday night, the Rev. Dr. 
Harold J. Ockenga, president of Gordon College and 
Gordon-Conwell Seminary near Boston, and a founding 
member of NAE, urged the association to seek a merger 
with the American Council of Christian Churches and 
to explore possible ties with leading denominations such 
as the Southern Baptist, the Lutheran Church-Missouri 
Synod and others that are not affiliated with NAE. 

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Ockenga stressed that this is a time of disillusion- 
ment, hunger and longing on the part of the masses for 
Christian leadership. There is a need, he said, for a 
broader movement that will include all evangelical 
groups. 

Merger with the ACCC is possible, Ockenga said, "now 
that Mclntyre (Carl Mclntyre, formerly head of the 
ACCC and now an independent political-religious activist 
and head of the International Council of Christian 
Churches) has been discredited (by the ACCC) and I 
am out of the NAE leadership." He said that to accom- 
plish the union, NAE "may have to come out more 
strongly" against the ecumenical movement as it relates 
to left-wing activities. 

In contrast to action taken the same day by the 
national body, Ockenga also urged a leadership role 
for the association in KEY 73. 

The action taken was a vote to table a resolution 
calling for NAE's "reaffirmation of its historic com- 
mitment to New Testament evangelism, (urging) mem- 
ber denominations and local churches to participate in 
KEY 73 and similar programs leading to local, national, 
and world evangelism in our day." 

KEY 73 is a massive interdenominational evangelism 
campaign scheduled next year. At last year's conven- 
tion, the NAE passed a resolution urging evangelism "in 
the spirit of KEY 73," and most delegates this year felt 
that an additional resolution was not needed. 

Dr. Billy A. Melvin, executive director for the associa- 
tion, said the NAE by the nature of its structure does 
not have power to commit its member denominations 
to such a venture, and that he felt it was an issue the 
denominations would have to decide for themselves. He 
noted that several of the NAE member denominations 
had already decided to participate in KEY 73. 

The resolution at issue was rejected after Harold 
Burdick, superintendent of the Eastern Conference of 
the Evangelical Church of North America, read before 
the delegates a newspaper account of a meeting in 
Atlanta in which the Roman Catholic bishops officially 
endorsed Catholic participation in KEY 73. He warned 
of confusion and identification with "good news which 
is not good news, and a Christ who is not scriptural." 

An insurance executive and evangelical entrepreneur, 
Frank D. Nicodem, was named Layman of the Year 
during the convention. Nicodem, a layman and long-time 
officer in NAE was described as a "dynamic church 
layman and successful businessman who has sought 
ways to tie his business endeavors to the best interests 
of the church." 

Bishop Myron F. Boyd, head of the Free Methodist 
Church in Winona Lake, Ind., was elected the new presi- 
dent of the association, replacing Dr. Hudson T. 
Armerding. First vice-president is Dr. G. Aiken Taylor, 
editor of the Presbyterian Journal in Asheville, N.C., 
and second vice-president is Dr. Nathan Bailey, president 
of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church. Dr. 
Cordas C. Burnett, secretary, and Frank Nicodem, treas- 
urer, retain their respective posts. 

The Christian Life is not an individualism with over- 
tones of isolation, Dr. Clyde W. Taylor told the delegates 
on Wednesday morning, but a cooperation in fellowship 
because of a prior unity accomplished in the Spirit of 
God. Taylor, general director of NAE and international 



secretary of the World Evangelical Fellowship, depkjd 

individualism which isolates the single person from Its 

environment. 

1 
"In the Gospel we get little support for individuali'i, 

but rather a vibrant concern for the individual," he si}. 

The convention was not without its worship empties, 
despite the prolific amount of seminars (57 of the), 
major assemblies, and business sessions. A mon'g 
prayer session and an afternoon Bible hour offered lie 
1,500 delegates and visitors opportunities for spiri !i] 
inspiration and fellowship. Leading the Bible hour is 
the president of Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Gecj;e 
Sweeting, who addressed audiences numbering ut,;o 
500 on the subject of love. 

"Under normal and natural human conditions,' 
said, "you are not inclined to sacrifice and suffer i>i 
others, but when you are dominated by the Holy Spit 
love and sacrifice spring spontaneously to your n'lc 
and heart. You begin to see people in new ways, lu 
recognize selfishness in yourself and needs in otlrs 
that you never saw before. The natural man loves \\t 
praise of the people around him, while the Spirit-fAc 
person yearns for the praise of God." 




Major issues affecting the church were attacked i|tl 
an evident spirit of aggressiveness in some of ,u 
seminars during the three-day meeting. In session; a 
the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association, the ]|v 
Peter Wagner reported that 2,737 missionaries rele 
senting 142 missionary agencies working in 37 Tp 
World countries have significantly advanced wile 
evangelization. The data was gathered by a teanp: 
researchers of the Institute of World Missions at Fi 
Theological Seminary. Wagner called on missions ex 
tives to take steps to stimulate missionary activity)! 
the part of Third World churches related to their |s 
sions. He also called for the immediate development): 
missionary courses in hundreds of Bible schools m 
seminaries around the world. 

Addressing the final session of the EFMA, Dr. | 
Engstrom, vice president of World Vision Internatic jU 
said that western missions will not return to China, f)i 
will westerners be in the vanguard of foreigners to pi 
there. The Asian giant, he said, will accept foreig p 
with specific products and skills of value to her ejn 
omy, and he suggested that this might include pel< 
with the Christian faith as well as skills. After detail 
the modern China of the 1970's, Engstrom surveyed (i* 
status of the Christian church. 



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"God has not forgotten one-fifth of the world's popu- 
tion," he said. "He will make provision for those who 
ve never heard. But He may choose to do so in ways 
at are surprising to us." Engstrom suggested that be- 
vers outside China need to be praying for less perse- 
tion and restriction of believers, for more freedom of 
jrship, for opportunities to communicate with believers 
side China, and for a humble spirit in their own hearts 
ward China and the Chinese. 

Dr. Milton Baker, foreign secretary of the Conserva- 
e Baptist Foreign Missionary Society, was elected 
esident of the 65-member EFMA. 

The World Relief Commission, overseas relief arm of 
jVE, announced in a special luncheon on Tuesday of 
3 convention that $2,000 had been cabled to the earth- 
ake-stricken country of Iran in the Middle East on 
>ril 10. The money, channeled through the Interna- 
nal Christian Fellowship in Teheran, will buy needed 
pds for the victims. WRC received a check for 
2,100.33 from the Evangelical Covenant Church of 
nerica "responding to brothers in the world who are 
rting." 

In other commission activity, the Women's Fellow- 
lip elected as president, Mrs. Miriam Armerding, wife 
former NAE president, Dr. Hudson T. Armerding. 
~s. Mildred Smuland, past president, presented in be- 
lt of the group a $500 check to Dr. Billy A. Melvin, 
ecutive director of NAE, for purchase of typewriters 
: the NAE headquarters. 

Thirty-four member denominations were honored dur- 
l the Anniversary Dinner celebration on the closing 
?ning when Dr. Hudson T. Armerding presented a 



representative of each group with a plaque, commerat- 
ing their participation in the association. All of the past 
presidents of NAE were recognized at the dinner, seven 
of whom were present, two are deceased, and six were 
unable to attend. The two past executive directors were 
also recognized. 

Reactions to the convention were mixed, reflecting 
the diversity of the addresses and the actions by the 
national body. The new president, Bishop Myron F. 
Boyd, had an optimistic assessment: 

"We've proved this year that we aren't prejudiced," 
he told the religion editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
newspaper. "We have listened with an open mind and 
an open heart to many diverse opinions." 

"We've heard diverse opinions before," Dr. G. Aiken 
Taylor said of the convention. "But I believe a greater 
diversity has been accepted at this convention than ever 
before." 

He said he felt the convention marked the beginning 
of the end of the association's reputation as "narrow, 
exclusive and standoffish." 

Bishop Boyd told the religion editor that the associa- 
tion's current priorities were expansion of denomina- 
tional membership and a comprehensive evaluation of 
services. Discussions with several additional evangelical 
denominations and groups are already underway, he 
said, about possible membership in the association. 

Leaders of NAE's four affiliate organizations and 
eleven commissions will meet in May to begin a man- 
agement review of the more than 50 support programs 
serving 38,000 churches, Boyd said. 

The next annual session of the National Association 
of Evangelicals is in Portland, Oregon May 1-3. 



CLEANING CUPBOARDS 

Today while cleaning cupboards 

With neat, housewifely art 

I suddenly decided 

To clean the cupboards of my heart. 

I threw out criticism 

To the trashpile, to the fire! 

I put in appreciation 

And worthwhile thoughts that inspire. 

I threw out condemnation 

Which says, "You're wrong, I'm right." 

I put in consideration 

For all folks, brown, black or white. 

Yes, out too went complaining' 

Grumbling about trivial things. 

I put in smiles and laughter 

To ease the tensions each day brings. 

Friends, let's all clean out our cupboards, 

With help from God above. 

Throw out pride and hatred, too 

Put in humility and love. 

from Bryan, Ohio bulletin 



A BUSY BUSINESS MAN'S PRAYER 

Take my wife and let her be 
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. 
Take her moments and her days; 
Leave me mine for my own ways. 
Take my weekly offering 
That so grudgingly I bring 
Yet report as 10 per cent 
So that more will be exempt. 
Take my voice and let me pray 
Sundays — maybe twice that day 
Otherwise, O Lord, my mother 
Handles prayers for me and others. 
Take my children, show them how 
Respect is due me here and now; 
Make them do just what I say; 
Not to follow in my way. 
Finally, Lord, at end of life 
Make me faithful as my wife, 
That together we may be 
Ever, only, all for Thee! 

from the Elkhart, Indiana bulletin 






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OUR GOD AND OUR COUNTRY 



by REV. JOHN HOFFM/| 



This is the message which ivas presented by Rev. John R. Hoffman at 
the Masontown, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church. Rev. Hoffman ivas a 
supply pastor at the Masontown Church. 



TNDEED THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES for the 
church of Jesus Christ. If ever our message was 
needed, now is the hour. Ours, as you well know, is a 
world filled with violence, fear, and terror. Many have 
suggested that our society could be referred to as the 
sick society. Others suggest the curtain may be dropped 
soon on our civilization. 

It has been said, that the greatest threat to our future 
is not from the bombs. I do not think that our society 
will die in that way. I think only that it will die 
when we no longer care. Arnold Toynbee (the noted 
historian) has pointed out that of 21 great civilizations, 
19 died from within and not by conquest from without. 




There were no bands playing, no flags waving when 
these civilizations decayed. It happened slowly in the 
quiet and in the dark when no one was aware. The 
average age of the great nations of the world lasts 
about 200 years. Do you realize our country will cele- 
brate her 200th birthday on July 4, 197G? It maybe 
of real interest to you to know that most countries 
pass through the following cycle: from bondage to 
spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, 
from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abund- 
ance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to 
complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy 
to dependance, from dependance to bondage. It is in- 
evitable, but is it too late for us to respond to the call 
before us to reclaim America before we travel too far 
down the road? 

First of all, let us not forget just how we became a 
great nation. "The birth of our nation," of course, is 
the Declaration of Independence. This is, in essence, 
our birth certificate. On that great day, July 4, 1776, 
we were born. We became independent of Great Britain, 
we became dependent on the Almighty God. The pangs 
of birth were felt many times and became evident at 
Bunker Hill and old Concord Bridge in historic New 
England. Since that time we have suffered from grow- 
ing pains and battle wounds. Growing pains being in 
the form of recessions and depressions. The battle 
wounds from the battle of New Orleans, Gettysburg, 
the Alamo, the dismal Argonne forest of Europe, the 
Rock of Corregidor, the cold bleak slopes of Korea, and 



the steaming jungles of Indo-China. All these h|s< 
served as altars upon which the blood of our nati's 
manpower was spilled to give us the great freed ji 
we now enjoy. Someone has well said that the i|l 
difference between the success of North America ;|1 
the failure of South America, may be summed uph 
the following way. The early comers to North Ameiji 
came to serve God; whereas, those going to Soil 
America went to seek gold. Matthew 6:33 tells I; 
"... Seek ye first the kingdom of God', and jsi 
righteousness; and all these things shall be adji 
unto you." 

Now, let us turn from the birth of our nation to I 
Bible of our nation. The testimony of some of «|r 
presidents: George Washington said, "It is impossi'3 
to govern the world without God and the Bibll; 
Abraham Lincoln said, "In regards to the great bot 
I have only this to say, it is the best gift God has gi'ji 
to man — but for it we would not know right frji 
wrong"; Thomas Jefferson said, "The Bible is the soufe 
of liberty"; Andrew Jackson said, "The Bible is !e 
rock on which our Republic stands"; Theodje 
Roosevelt said, "The Bible is the most Democratic btk 
in the world"; Woodrow Wilson remarked, "There ja 
great problems before the American people, I woli 
be afraid to go forward if I did not know there layjt 
the foundation of our schooling and all through, 
incomparable and unimpeachible Word of God." 

The witness of some of our great documents: r . 
Mayflower Compact in 1620 states, "Having undertai 
for ye glory of God, the advancement of ye Christ 
faith, a voyage to plant ye first colony in the north f 
parts of Virginia. . . ." In 1775 Patrick Henry utte,i 
these famous words, "Is life so dear or peace so swjt 
as to be purchased at the price of chains and slave!? 
Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course othjs 
may take, as for me give me liberty or give me deal 

The Declaration of Independence in 1776, "We (he 
these truths to be self-evident that all men are creaji 
equal, they are endowed by our Creator with certti 
unalienable rights, that among these are life, libe:', 
and the pursuit of happiness." 

The Gettysburg Address in 1863, "This nation un!r 
God shall have a new birth of freedom, and the gov([i- 
ment of the people, by the people, and for the peo .:>, 
shall not perish from the earth." 

Kennedy's Inaugural Address in 1961, "The s£je 
revolutionary beliefs for which our forefathers foujt 
are still an issue around the globe. The belief that {e 
rights of man come not from the generosity of fi 
state; but from the hand of God." It is quite clear t|ti 
our nation has for quite some time leaned heavily u] i 
God and the Bible. Isn't it a shame that the Bible r< 1 
ing has been removed from our schools? Please rK. 
I do not suggest the studying of the Scriptures .1 



y 20, 1972 



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imenting on the same. I definitely do not believe 
gion should be taught in the schools; but heartily 
orse the reading of Scripture and the reciting of 
Lord's prayer. 

7e have dwelt on the birth of our nation and the 
le of our nation; now, let us turn our attention to 
burden of our nation. Our problems as a nation are 
at; but for a few minutes, let's briefly look at some 
them. Campus violence, Kent State is a classic 
stration of this point. Noted columnist Victor Rasel 
s that Kent State was the target for the Students 
Democratic Society to burn that institution to the 
und. J. Edgar Hoover says that the core of the new 

movement in the U.S. is the Students for 
nocratic Society, or as they are termed SDS which 
ocates what its members and leaders call Revolu- 
iary Communism. The FBI Director says that the 
ional officers of SDS identify themselves as com- 
nists with a small "c" to signify that they are not 
nbers of the historical communistic movement. The 
inction is of little difference to the rest of the 
erican people. Because the objective of both the 

left and old line Communists and their adherents 
ur society is to destroy our form of government, 
acial unrest is also a great problem. The black 
slems and the militant black panthers serve as a 
is for our illustration here. Again we quote J. Edgar 
►ver, "the growing number of black extremist organ- 
ions through the U.S. represents a political threat 
;he internal security of our nation. Black Panthers 
headed up by Stokley Carmichael, who served as 
ne-minister of this extremist group. They have been 
wing tremendously in number in the past few years. 
: panthers according to Mr. Hoover are armed, and 
r meetings are taught from the works of Chairman 
) Tse-tung of Communist China. Hoover says the 
up is definitely linked to bombings, burnings, and 
lorisms in recent years. H. Rap Brown has said that 
riots in Newark, Detroit, and 74 other cities were 
.ks-rehearsals for revolution in the U.S. 
|ommunism is also a real threat. There is some who 
Qd like to have us believe that fighting communism 
ike fighting a straw man. Here is some food for 
ight: In May of 1919 at Dusseldorf, Germany, the 
ed Forces obtained a copy of some communists rules 
revolution. Over 50 years have passed and it seems 
hough the Communists are carrying out these rules 
he letter. (After reading the list, stop after each 
U and think about the present day situation where 
| live, and also around the nation.) 

"1. Corrupt the young people and get them away 
from religion, have them involved in sex, make 
them superficial, destroy their ruggedness. 

"2. Get control of all means of publicity thereby 

a. Getting the people's minds off their govern- 
ment by focusing their attention on athletics, 
sexy books, plays, and other trivialities. 

b. Divide the people into hostile groups by 
harping on controversial matters of no 
importance. 

c. Destroy the people's faith in their national 
leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, 
ridicule and disgrace. 

d. Always preach true democracy, but achieve 
power swiftly and ruthlessly as possible. 



e. By encouraging government extravagance, 
destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation 
with rising prices and general discontent. 
Isn't this true today across our nation? 

f. Incite unnecessary strikes in vital industries, 
encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient 
and soft attitude on the part of government 
toward such disorders. 

g. By specific arguments cause the break down 
of old moral virtues — honesty, sobriety, self- 
restraint, faith in the pledged word, 
ruggedness. 

h. Cause the registration of all firearms on 
some pretense with the view of confiscating 
them and leaving the people helpless." 

This is quite a list, isn't it? 

Now, just stop and think for a few seconds of how 
many of these rules are being carried out in our nation 
today. It is fact and not just a coincidence. I guess you 
feel that the situation is quite bleak, and indeed it is! 

Here is an article I would like to pass on to you which 
makes a lot of sense to me. It is entitled, "Sick and 
Tired." 

"I am an American who is sick and tired. 
I am tired of being called the 'ugly American.' 
I am sick of those who think America can never 
do anything right. Tired of those who think 
no other country can do anything wrong. Sick 
of those who promote disobedience. Tired of 
those who ignore injustice. Sick of the brain- 
less mobs who burn and loot. Tired of the 
apologists blind to the truth. Sick of the back- 
less boobs who are desecrating our colleges and 
tired of the spineless educators who are letting 
them do it. I am sick and tired of those who 
are trying to sell me the belief that America 
is not the greatest nation in the world, 
a generous-hearted nation, a nation dedicated 
to the policy of trying to help the have nots 
achieve some of the good things that our sys- 
tem of free enterprise brought about. I am an 
American who gets a lump in his throat when- 
ever he hears the Star Spangled Banner and 
who holds back the tears when he hears those 
chilling high notes of the brassy trumpets when 
Old Glory reaches the top of the flagpole. Yes, 
I am a tired American who thanks a merciful 
Lord that he has been born an American citizen 
in a nation under God with truly mercy and 
justice for all." 
Yes, in conclusion the Bible says righteousness exalted 
a nation, but the wicked in all nations that forget God 
shall be turned into Hell. America is at the crossroads 
— we must stand up and be counted. As Joshua of old 
said, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as 
for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I firmly 
believe that the only hope for our great country in this 
late hour of history is for a genuine spiritual and moral 
awakening to take place from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific, from the Gulf coast to the borders of Canada. 
By this I mean many Americans will have to make 
a personal commitment of their lives to the Lord Jesus 
Christ. He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. 
No man can come to the Father but by me." May God 
truly bless and meet the needs of America. 



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NORTHERN INDIANA BYC 
RALLY -RETREAT 



by Jim Vandermark 
and Ron Wafers 



"The Northern Indiana District BYC held a 
spring rally-retreat on April 14-16, 1972. The re- 
treat was held at Camp Shipshewana, while the 
rally was held at the First Brethren Church of 
Bryan on Saturday evening. It was quite a week- 
end, wasn't it Jim?" 

"Yes it was, Ron. The retreat started off Friday 
night with a song festival with Dave Thrush 
leading it. Dave had practically the whole night 
to God, himself, and the kids. While Dave was 
playing his guitar and singing, God used a 
thunderstorm to turn off the lights. Everytime 
the name of Je3us was spoken or sung, the pulpit 
light came on and then dimmed. Coincidence? I 
thought so at first until this happened more than 
just a few times at the name of Jesus. Then an 
opportunity for testimonies was offered, and 
many did share." 

"I enjoyed the campfire program that night also, 
Jim. After roasting hot dogs and marshmellows 
and drinking pop, Ken Van Duyne had a few 
games. For one game, he had several kids blow a 
ping pong ball out of a cup. You should have seen 
your face, Jim, when you found that Ken had 
replaced the ball in your cup with flour." 

"I expected something like that from Ken. But 
after the games Ken shared a very meaningful 
mediation based upon some experiences he recent- 
ly had had." 

"Yes, the whole evening set the pace for the 
retreat." 



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Jim: After breakfast Saturday morning, Ken V! 
Duyne, Randy Smith, Paula Tinkel, Norii 
Grumbling, and Ron, all a part of the Collegi; 
Crusader Team that helped at the retreat, le 
small prayer groups. Everyone shared with o 
another their blessings and burdens. After sh 1 
ing, we talked with God through conversation ] 
prayer, knowing he would answer our needs." 

"The discussion leader for the retreat was I 
Charles Munson. It seems that you thought tl 
'Dr.' stood for something other than 'Doctoij 

"Since he played with the microphone like ! 
was driving a four-on-theTloor, turbo-engij 
pulpit, I thought the 'Dr.' stood for" 'Dragster 1 

"Well, 'Doctor' or 'Dragster,' he certainly w! 
an apt leader for our discussion of the gifts i 
the Holy Spirit. First he discussed the thij 
'nots' concerning the work of the Spirit: grid 
not, quench not, resist not. In the last of c 
three sessions with Dr. Munson, he spci' 
primarily of the gift of tongues. He emphasis 
that after studying the Scriptures, he concluci; 
that as Christians we should not seek the gift 
tongues but likewise we should not f orbit it.'! 



"After some of the guys and gals played footb 
and soccer, everybody got ready for the rally 
Bryan. We rode to Bryan on two church bus 
At Bryan the 51 retreat people joined 93 othi 
for the rally. Vice President Steve Deranek v\ 
in charge of the business meeting. Milford 
ceived the banner for small churches and Wars- 
received the banner for large churches. Tl 
elections were held and these were elected: Prt 
dent, Lori Keck; Vice President, Tony Huffj: 
Secretary, Kathy Comfort; Treasurer, Kati' 
Stoneburner; Lay Advisors, Rick Huber a! 
Dave Radcliff; and Pastoral Advisor, Ji 
Gilmer." 

"The Bryan BYC introduced a Jesus rock grcji 
which has tentatively selected as its nap 
'Rapture.' Through listening to them sing al 
through talking to members of the group aftj- 
wards, I recognized a strong commitment j» 
Jesus Christ." 

"Yes, Ron, in their songs Jesus was the centef 

"Jim, the Collegiate Crusaders and I had to left: 
before Sunday morning to be at Nappanee. Wl't 
took place then?" 



"Sunday morning, Steve Deranek, Lori Keck, £ 
I gave the talks for the church worship serv: 
We dealt with the necessity of allowing the Sp 
to work through each one of our lives. Only tl 
can we realize that all things work together 
the good of them who believe and trust in Chr 
After lunch we prayed that God would wa 
over us as we were returning home, and 
thanked Him for the blessings of the weekend 



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SOUTHWEST DIST. JUNIOR 
YOUTH CONFERENCE 

OUR DISTRICT Junior Youth Conference was held 
in Tucson this year on April 8th from 9:00-5:00. 

We were thrilled to have 25 Junior Youth at our Con- 
ference, which is the largest number we have ever had. 
We feel these young people are really growing in the 
Lord and are learning that's God's work is important. 
Some of them had decisions to make about Conference 
this year. . .whether to play Little League Baseball, be 
on a Junior Track team or attend District Conference. 
They chose the Conference, and we are "Praising the 
Lord." 

We met at the church at 9:00 a.m., and Rollie Cook 
led a discussion on the beauties of God's Creation and 
told them different things they should look for when 
we went on our field trip. 







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THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS we have been a 

ery active group. We have taken part in several 

lices at our church. Once we led the music for the 

Hay night service. Another time we had full charge 

le Sunday night service. We led the singing and had 

m, as well as Scripture. On May 28, the Junior and 

or Youth will combine to lead the Sunday morning 

rice. A skit will be performed for the main part of 

service. Our Senior Youth also visit shut-ins once a 

th. We sing, have Scripture, and prayer for those 

are not able to get out. 

June we plan to go to the Flora Home for a day 
Jork. We went as a group to see the films "King of 
Sis," and "Two A Penny." We invited non-Christian 
ijds to "Two A Penny" and afterwards came back to 
e:hurch for pizza. We had members present at both 
he Youth Retreats at Shipshewana and also at the 
•If in Bryan, Ohio. 

Ir money making projects we have had a bake sale, 
hper drive, and a yard sale, and on May 13 we are 
aning a Hobo Supper. 

(ir new sponsors are Belinda and Gary Murray of 
.SHast Fox Street. South Bend, Indiana. 



We spent the morning going through the Arizona 
Sonora Desert Museum, and we really enjoyed seeing 
all of the animals, birds, snakes, insects, etc.; then we 
had a picnic lunch in the beautiful Tucson Mountains, 
and we returned to the church at 4:00 p.m. George 
Schuster, from the Brethren Publishing Company, led 
them in an interesting devotional program. 

Our sincere thanks go to Rollie and Gloria Cook, Dar- 
rell and May Belle Janzen and Jim and Ellen Fisher 
who were willing to give of their time and talents to 
make our Junior Conference a success. 

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and 
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" 
(Eph. 5:201. 

Curt and Vernelle Sullivan 
Junior Youth Leaders 



Secretary, Carrol Ford 



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MINISTERIAL STUDENT AID FUND 

$15,000 needed for Ministerial Student Aid 

Your sacrificial giving is needed . . . 

... To spread the preaching of the Gospel 

... To meet the rising cost of education 

... To assist a growing number of ministerial students 



THIRTY-THREE MINISTERIAL STUDENTS 
RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID IN THE PAST YEAR 

Average assistance per student: 

1967-68 $378.29 

1968-69 399.93 

1969-70 369.90 

1970-71 473.23 

1971-72 . 482.50 



Seventy-eight Brethren churches made contributions to the Ministerial Student Aid 
Fund in the past year. 

Costs of education continue to rise. Tuition, fees, board and room will average $3,494 
per year for the pre-seminary student. 

Tuition and fees for the seminary student will amount to $750 — with living costs 
in addition to this. 

Your gift to the Ministerial Student Aid Fund helps these men remain in school, and 
after training, to be a part of the Gospel ministry. 



Send your offerings to: 



IINISTERIAL STUDENT AID FUND 

c/o Rev. George Solomon 
619 Park Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 



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In This Issue: 

3 Safety Is No Accident 

4 World Religious News In Review 

7 When Churches Discover One Another 
by Linda K. Beher 

11 Board of Christian Education 

13 When The Birds Sang 

15 "Right On" 

by Dr. J. R. Shultz 

19 Sisterhood 

21 Poetry Corner 

22 Ashland College News 
24 Benevolent Board 

26 Missionary Board 

29 Motivated Men 

30 News From The Brethren 



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ANNOUNCEMENT 

At the last Publication Board meeting held Ma>]-8 
1972 action was taken to raise the price of the Bretlpr 
Quarterly as follows: Single copies, 60 cents eacl;w 
$2.30 a year, 5 copies or more, 45 cents each per qitf ei 
and leaflets 30 cents per set. 

Before this action was taken, a survey was mad 
regard to prices quoted by other publishers for <j 
parable lesson quarterlies. The prices set by the Pub pil- 
ing Company are in line with the lowest prices pc,ed 
by these publishers. 

This price change will be effective beginning witrftfi 
Fall Quarter of 1972. The Board had hoped that it c|ld 
hold the line in its price structure, but with the coiiof 
material continuously increasing, regretfully haijto 
take this action. 



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SAFETY FIRST IS NO ACCIDENT 



PIIS SLOGAN was used by a firm to stress the point 
that the possible cause of an accident must be 
iminated first before an accident can be avoided. This 
ne of thinking can be applied to a rather controversial 
iibject or problem which is very prominent and comes 
imgerously close to if not directly there already to 
pry member of each family. This enveloping problem 
the subject of DRUG ABUSE. 

Who can really tell how many of those addicted to 
*ugs in some form or another may have been steered 
j. another direction had their parents or the users them- 
I'lves been aware of the dangerous consequences from 
Le use of presumably harmless drugs. 
Jit has always been known that cocaine and heroin 
kve been and are in the hard drug category, but until 
cently a simple barbiturate or stimulant has been 
?htly considered as dangerous. 

This article intends to supply just a little enlighten- 
jent on some of these drugs and will supply the infor- 
ation where more detailed knowledge can be obtained. 
j good place to start would be with the supposedly 
ast harmful narcotics which are sometimes referred 
j as medication— STIMULANTS. 

Mild stimulants start at coffee, tea, and caffeine. The 
■xt step is what are called amphetamines, usually 
ken to combat fatigue, curb appetite, and subdue mild 
pression. In the U.S., approximately one-fourth of all 
[e medical prescriptions for mood-altering drugs are for 
.'fmulants, mainly amphetamines. A characteristic 
put most drugs that is not taken into consideration 
1 more cases than not is that drugs create a dependence 
Ion them, as tolerance increases rapidly, requiring 
Igher doses to obtain the original effect. 
jAlso in most cases the sense of exhilaration which is 
■'tificially created seems so pleasant at the time that 
yen fatigue and depression which always follow be- 
•jmes so severe, that the temptation to revert to the 
<ug becomes too great to overcome. 
We have just touched upon the milder forms of drugs, 
>t us consider some of the more stronger ones as they 
<cend the ladder of potency. Next in line perhaps would 
1 sedatives. The supposedly harmless treatment to 
Hieve anxiety, reduce tension and to induce sleep. 



The first sleeping tablet or powder was concocted in 
1903. At the present time there are over 50 commercial 
brands on the market, many obtainable without a pres- 
cription. Taking this into consideration, imagine how 
much of this must be in use when we consider the 
statistics presented that 178,000,000 prescriptions for 
mood-changing drugs were filled by U.S. pharmacies 
in 1967. The majority of these were legally filled for 
medicinal purposes, but many of these barbiturates 
enter illegal channels. A good share of these illicit uses 
are known as "goofballs," drugs that were legally manu- 
factured, but found their way into illegitimate outlets 
through theft, hijacking, and indiscriminate sales to 
unauthorized persons. 

A word of warning must be given in connection with 
this seemingly harmless drug. Because it is prescribed 
by doctors, many consider it safe to use and do so freely 
and carelessly. They are nevertheless dangerous as 
death may result from the use of barbiturates, either 
from overdose or sudden withdrawal. 

The next drug in line to ascend the ladder of potency 
might be marihuana. There might be a difference of 
opinion here, but seniority should not prevail here as 
that is not the issue. 

This drug may be used in a variety of ways; smoked 
as a cigarette, or in a pipe, and also incorporated as 
a food and eaten. Its strength alio varies depend, ng on 
whether it is cultivated or found growing wild, and 
whether it is adulterated with other materials. 

For several thousand years it had a widespread use 
an an intoxicant and valued as a medicine. Other 
means of intoxication and drugs in modern medicine 
have replaced it in these categories and it is no longer 
known for these qualities essentially. 

As to the dangers of the use of marihuana, it should 
suffice to say that it has serious effects on the physical 
being, the psychological functioning, and in the matter 
of judgment. 

Whether it is "addicting" or as authorities now think 
in terms of "dependence" is not definitely established. 
But perhaps a report made in 1967 from a study of 
narcotic addicts from city areas will supply an answer 
of some sort. The study showed that more than 80 per- 
cent of those using narcotics had previously used 
marihuana. 

This may be the factor that makes it such a risk, 
especially for the young user. Beside being a harmful 
effect on the young person's personality growth and 
development, it jeopardizes his whole life from a social 
and legal standpoint. An arrest or conviction will in 
practically every instance complicate their whole life 
and plans for the future. 

Claiming a spot on the same level of the totem pole 
with marihuana might be LSD or "acid" as it is known 
in those circles. "Acid" because that is exactly what it 
is. It was first developed in 1938 from lysergig acid, a 
ergot alkaloid. How powerful is it? Would you believe 
one ounce is enough to provide 300,000 average doses? 
Let this statement be a guideline as we ponder what 
could happen in case of an overdose of this drug. 

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Clinical reports have warned of definite dangers from 
LSD. Included are: Panic, usually aroused because of 
the inability to "turn off" the drugs action. "Flash- 
backs," a recurrence of some of the effects of a "trip" 
days or months before. In some cases this has led to 
fear and depression great enough to lead to suicide. 
Accidental death, hallucinations or paranoid feelings 
have been the greatest contributors to this danger. The 
most repetitious incidents have been walking in front 
of a moving car, or attempting to fly — e.g. from a high 
window. Its therapeutic value is negatively limited, but 
its ability to cause mental illness and its contribution to 
birth defects is unlimited. 

Again there may be a difference of opinion, but evi- 
dence shows that many of the users of the drugs men- 
tioned heretofore graduated to the senior class of drugs, 
the big boys, NARCOTICS. 

Of all the "hard stuff" in this category, heroin will 
be focused upon as it is primarily used by most addicts 
today. 

If we concentrate on what the life of a narcotic addict 
is like, the questions, What are narcotics? What is 
addiction? What effects do narcotics have? may have 
their own answers provided. 

Once "hooked" an addict will readily admit that ob- 
taining a continuous supply of heroin becomes the main 
goal of his life. In many, if not most cases, the concern 
tration on getting money to purchase this supply over- 
shadows the desire to continue an education or pur- 
sue an occupation. 

In addition, his whole life span is shortened by 15 to 
20 years. He is also usually in constant conflict with his 



family and the law. His only goal is to support r| 
addiction. 

Any law enforcement agency from the FBI down to 
lone constable will attest to the fact that drug addicticl 
especially the "hard user" contributes immeasureatl 
to the crime rate in the land. This is readily understo' 
when it becomes evident that a daily supply of drill 
for a "fix" may vary from $25 to $100 as the moneta! 
need to purchase same. 

Much of the information provided in this article w 
taken from pamphlets which can be obtained by writii 
to the 

NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR 
DRUG ABUSE INFORMATION 
P.O. BOX 1701 
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20013 

The pamphlets to write for are PUBLIC ATIC 
NUMBERS HSM-71-9022; HSM-71-9029; HSM-71-90c| 
HSM-71-9027 and HSM-71-9026. These are available at 
cents each or $6.75 per 100. 

A fence around our property may be sufficient det! 
rent against stray dogs and against vandalism, bj 
nothing in this manner can prevent a contagious diseai 
from infiltrating our personal lives in one way I 
another. A better knowledge of the disease, whetr 1 ' 
it be cause, effect, or cure and prevention is our b| 
protection against its ravaging effects. These pamphl<ji 
may be just the tools to build this protective shield J 
society. 

As was mentioned before, "SAFETY IS r 
ACCIDENT." (G. S.) 



World Religious News 



VIETNAMESE CHURCH 
LEADER ASKS PRAYER 

Wheaton, 111. (EP) - The Rev. 
Doan-van-Mieng, president of the 
Evangelical Church of Vietnam, has 
issued an urgent call to American 
Christians to pray for churches and 
Christian leaders in the path of the 
Communist drive into South Viet- 
nam. 

In a cable to the Washington 
office of the National Association 
of Evangelicals from Saigon, the 
pastor expressed concern for the 
churches of his country, and asked 
that Americans intercede in prayer. 



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PENNSYLVANIA HOME TOWN 
HONORS ETHEL WATERS 

Chester, Pa. (EP)— Gospel Singer 
Ethel Waters was honored here by 
townsfolk who invited her back 
home May 1 and named the day 
for her 

The 74-year-old singer and actress 
was grand marshall for the city's 
Law Day parade. 

"If I have something people love," 
she said, "It's because I love them 
so much and they're just returning 
what I gave out to them." 

Miss Waters currently is singing 
at Billy Graham crusades. 



CAMBODIAN REVIVAL 
SWELLS CHURCHES 

Pnom Penh (EP) — Some 2,( 
people signed decision cards I 
accept Christ during the April 13 1 
evangelistic crusade here condudl 
by World Vision and led by 
president. 

Dr. Stan Mooneyham hailed 
results as a work of God's Spi 

"We are all spectators to what ij- 
Holy Spirit is doing," he said. 

Nearly half a century of missij- 
ary work in Cambodia resulted iili 
handful of Protestant churches vM 
600 members. In recent months im 
new churches have been formed m 
observers in Cambodia feel that f 
crusade could result in the churcs 
doubling its size overnight. 

Under the regime of Norod 
Sihanouk the Christian Church v 
harassed and persecuted, linked H 
royal propaganda to Western I 
perialism. 

With the winds of change h:>- 
come new freedoms and fresh spi 
ual renewal upon the Cambod 
church. 






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APEB SEES AMERICANS 
ECOMING STINGY IN 
HAKITABLE GIVING 

Washington, D.C. (EP) The 

verage middle-class American fam- 
y has become "22 per cent less 
enerous — or 22 per cent more 
ingy, if you prefer — over the past 
2cade," The Washington Daily 
ews observes here. 
Noting that churches and char- 
able organizations "now have, from 
d less authority than the Internal 
evenue Service (IRS), confirma- 
on of their suspicion that it's get- 
ng harder to persuade Americans 
> part with a buck," the newspaper 
ent on to state: 

"During the 1960's an IRS anal- 
sis shows, Americans who itemize 
leir tax deductions gave away an 
/erage of 3.73 per cent of their 
1 justed gross income to various 
fiilanthropic causes. In 1970 — the 
[test year for which figures have 
sen computed — contributions to 
jmrch and charity averaged only 
p per cent of adjusted gross in- 
»mes. In practical terms, that 
eans the average middle-class 
merican family has become 22 per 
■nt less generous — or 22 per cent 
[ore stingy, if you prefer — over the 
ist decade." 



ICOB STAM WITH THE LORD 

Patterson, N.J. (EP) — Jacob Stam, 
died April 19 following surgery 
Te where he had lived and worked 
an attorney while serving since 
36 as a Trustee for the Latin 
Tterican Mission. 

Stam, father of two LAM mission- 
lies — Dr. John Stam and Mrs. 
Idoit (Ruth) Stevens, was des- 
ubed as an active and joyful Chris- 
|in layman with seemingly inex- 
Austible sources of physical and 
:iritual energy. He served as presi- 
<nt of the Board of Trustees for 
'\ of the 36 years he was a member. 
He gave nearly half his time to 
te work of Jesus Christ. Stam was 
isociated in the leadership of Moody 
ijble Institute, the Billy Graham 
yangelistic Association, the Gideons 
international, Christian Business 
ten's Committee, Youth for Christ, 
Jacket Testament League, Word of 
Ife, Israel's Hope, Men in Action, 
1 M. Stearns Missionary Fund, and 
Sar of Hope Mission in his home 
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RELIGIONS ANTI-HEROIN 
ROLE CITED 

Washington, D.C. (EP)— For get- 
ting some addicts off heroin, religion 
may be better than methadone, the 
government's top drug-abuse official 
said here. 

Dr. Jerome H. Jaffe said treat- 
ment with the heroin substitute "is 
perhaps the approach that has the 
widest appeal for the drug user and 
is, for the ones we see in urban 
areas, the approach that is most 
likely to have a significant impact 
on social adjustment." 

But the 38-year-old director of the 
Special Action Office for Drug 
Abuse presentation said, "We have 
seen some remarkable changes in 
addicts with a varied number of 
religious approaches. I don't mean 
just one particular religion. There 
are Teen Challenge, Addicts for 
Jesus, Black Muslims and Zen 
Buddhism. People find another cause. 
It's sort of a change through a new 
commitment to something. That has 
certainly changed a number of 
people. 

"Now how long that will persist, 
I don't know," he admitted. "Nobody 
predicts how long a particular 
changed behavior will persist." 

BUNKER'S TV BIGOTRY 
OFFENDS JEWISH LEADERS 

New York (EP) - - The American 
Jewish Congress has challenged the 
producers of the weekly telecast 
"All in the Family" and the idea 
that Archie Bunker makes people 
more tolerant. 

"There is no such thing as a harm- 
less bigot any more than there is 
such a thing as a friendly cancer or 
a benign drug-pusher or a lovable 
murderer or rapist," Rabbi Arthur 
J. Lelyveld, president of the con- 
gress, stated. 

The remarks appear in the April 
28 issue of Congress bi-weekly, 
official organ of the Jewish con- 
gress, in an article de-bunking "The 
Archie Bunker Syndrome." 

To the rabbi, the award-winning 
TV program creates "a new freedom 
to be offensive." 

"If you would think for a moment 
about applying the same technique 
of ridicule, or merciless satire, to 
other social evils of our time, you 
would think twice about applying 
lampooning and laughter to bigotry," 
he said. "Slums are not entertaining. 
War is not entertaining. And bigotry 
is not entertaining. 



SEES JESUS PEOPLE 
RETURNING TO 
ESTABLISHED CHURCH 

Seattle (EP) — For a variety of 
complex reasons, the Jesus People 
are edging back to the church of 
their parents. 

So says Ray Ruppert, religion 
editor for the Seattle Times. 

"The institutional church is being 
rediscovered as a living and hopeful 
community by many of those who 
were ready a short time ago to 
abandon the church as a rigid and 
obsolete structure," he said. 

One reason was the realization 
among street-Christians that many 
of the young people who were con- 
verted suddenly and dramatically in 
city parks at Gospel rock festivals 
often fell away rather quickly. 

Another factor, Ruppert pointed 
out, was the willingness of church 
laymen and clergy to accept them 
when they made the first tentative 
steps back. He said the charismatic 
movement, in many cases, softened 
adults for the acceptance. 



OPEN HOUSE 
DRAWS PRAYERS 

By Anna S. Racz 

Bethlehem, Pa. (EP) Every 

Tuesday morning in Bethlehem, a 
charming and gracious lady opens 
her home for prayer and worship. 

In the kitchen, coffee and tea 
stand prepared. There is always a 
cake or some other "goody" to enjoy 
with our beverage. 

The dining room table is set, 
buffet style, waiting for anyone who 
might want to remain for lunch, 
with special prayer and counseling 
to follow. 

There is no set pattern here. The 
service is started by singing, Then 
we worship as the Holy Spirit 
directs. 

This group is unique in two res- 
pects. First, it is comprised of 
people from various denominations, 
who harmonize beautifully. Second, 
many of the songs we sing are Bible 
verses, which have inspired someone 
to cradle the beautiful words in 
music. 

Sometimes the melody is inspired; 
sometimes it is taken from an al- 
ready familiar tune. 

The result of this meeting is 
spiritual dessert for all during the 
rest of the week. 



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HAMEL TRAVELS NORTH 



REV J. D. HAMEL, pastor of the Sarasota, Florida 
Brethren Church, evangelist, radio and television 
preacher, held revival services in the Hillcrest Brethren 
Church in Dayton, Ohio April 23-28 and in Vinco, 
Pennsylvania Brethren Church April 30 - May 7 as well 
as attending the National Brethren Mission Board 
meeting April 17-18. 

During the six day "Abundant Life Campaign" in 
Dayton, Ohio Rev. Hamel was the guest speaker at 
chapel for the Dayton Christian High School, guest 
speaker at the Dayton Civitan Club in downtown Dayton, 
and at the Riverside Ministerial Association; and gave 
lectures to several classes at Belmont High School, He 
and the pastor also attended a meeting of the "New 
Life Institute" which was being held at the Pleasant 
Hill Brethren Church. Rev. Hamel was also interviewed 
by Rev. Clarence Morrison, manager of radio station- 
WFCJ who was present for the Wednesday "kick-off" 
meeting held before the revival. Rev. Clayton Berkshire 
and his evange ism committee planned a carry-in revival 
"Kick-off Dinner" Wednesday evening which was very 
well attended. On Thursday evening another meeting 
was held by the evangelist on "How to be a soul-winner." 
Over 50 attended this meeting. 

The visible results for this six-day meeting were 10 
first-time confessions and 12 rededications with an 
average attendance of 146. During the meeting the 
evangelist lived in the spacious home of Mr. and Mrs. 
Carl Denlinger where every kindness was extended by 
this family who were so very generous in their hospital- 
ity. They will always be remembered for this special 
ministry. 

During the meeting the pastor and evangelism com- 
mittee inaugurated three "after-service fe lowships" with 
refreshments with an average attendance of over 100 at 
each of these informal gatherings. A youth "Coke 
Party" after the service on Friday night was held with 
over 40 young people in attendance. A special "Florida 
Day" was held Friday before the meeting with over 25 
at a potluck dinner in honor of the visiting evangelist. 

Each night delegations from surrounding Brethren 
Churches attended along with Brethren pastors Rev. 
James Fields, Rev. Don Rowser, Rev. Herb Gilmer, Rev. 
Bill Walk, Rev. Cecil Bolton, Rev. Bill Ross, and Rev. 
Dale RuLon as well as Mr. Virgil Barnhart, president of 
the National Laymen's Association. A delegation 
attended several nights from the Dayton Rescue 
Mission where Mr. Myron Kem is president of the Board 
of Directors. 

During the "Spring Soul Cleaning Time" campaign 
at the Vinco, Pennsylvania Brethren Church April 30 - 
May 7 we had an average attendance of 261 with a 
Sunday evening high of 308 with 67 rededications and 
18 first-time confessions. 

The unique feature of the Vinco Brethren is their 



youth fellowship which has over 90 in attendance i 
their meetings in a special building dedicated just to tH 
youth of the church. They attended the meeting in larg! 
numbers in spite of many community and outsici 
activities. Such loyalty is to be commended. After tli 
services two nights were given to a shared ministil 
with the youth answering their written questions; ar: 
two nights were given by the evangelist after the evj 
ning services to lecture and give direction on "How I 
be a Soul-winner" and a follow-up program entitle! 
"Winning is Just Beginning." Extra chairs had to l! 
used for the attendance. 

Rev. Bill Cole of Vinco and Rev. W. Clayton Rerkshiij 
of Dayton and their evangelism committees made e| 
tended preparations long before our arrival on the fielj 
A definite and unique program of advertising by boii 
of these men was sent out well in advance of the meq 
ings so that a great deal of enthusiasm had alreacj 
been manifested. Prayerful support, enthusiastic spir | 
ual singing, splendid attendance, and excellent interef 
were outstanding in these meetings. The pastors aiji 
evangelist were "on the go" constantly in person; 
visitation with the unsaved and others in need of spir! 
ual help. Many splendid results were observed fro' 
these personal contacts. 

During the meeting at Vinco the evangelist had tfl 
privilege of staying at the home of his older broth; 
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Hamel in Park Hill, Pennsylvania 
During the meeting the evangelist was the guest speak: 
at the Johnstown Second Brethren Church for ti| 
Brethren Youth Awards Banquet and was a guest aij 
participated in the dedication service for the Conemaujj 
Brethren Church which he attended while in hi! 
school. 

During the meetings the evangelist used a trump: 
to lead the music with song leaders Rev. Clayton Ber! 
shire for Dayton and Mr. Jim Mackall at Vinco. Tj 
singing was extra special with full choirs in attendanj 
at all services. The evangelist also presented gostj 
magic object lessons for the children. 

The evangelist was challenged by the faithfulness I 
the Brethren. The cooperation of the churches and thf 
pastors was tremendous. Scores of telephone calls we: 
made, personal door to door invitations were extends 
and hundreds of cards advertising the meetings we 
given out and placed in store windows. I again wa 
to thank the Dayton and Vinco Brethren for their far 
fulness and the joy of serving Jesus with them. I sh 
long remember the spiritual fellowship of the Brethn 

These are great days for revival and every Brethr 
Church is urged to make these days of "aggressi 
evangelism" for Christ. People today are willing 
listen! Thank God for Revival! 



Evangelist J. D. Hame 
Sarasota, Florida 






jie 3, 1972 Page Seven 

WHEN CHURCHES DISCOVER ONE ANOTHER 



jw opportunities for outreach unfold 



by Linda K. Beher 




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DOC SHANK, PASTOR OF THE MAURERTOWN, ST. LUKE, AND 
LIBERTY BRETHREN CHURCHES IN SHENANDOAH COUNTY, 
VIRGINIA, has been involved in the development of the experiment des- 
cribed in the following story. He participated as a member of the original 
Planning Committee and has served on the Administrative Council of 
SCIPS continuously. He has served on the Migrant Ministry Task Group 
and is serving now on a special committee making plans for Key '73 thrusts 
in the County. 

Other Brethren who are personally involved in SCIPS are Barbara 
(Mrs. Paul) Racey, a member of the Administrative Council and currently 
working in the planning of a demonstrated teaching training program for 
Sunday School teachers which will be hosted by the St. Luke Brethren 
church. Paul Will, is a member of SCIPS' Finance Committee and Alvin 
Vann is a member of a lay Task Group on strengthening town and 
country churches. 

The following story is adapted from the March 15 MESSENGER. 

Coordinator of Christian Ministries 
Norman L. Harsh 



[ROM THE LOOKOUT TOWER above Woodstock, 
[| Virginia, the seven bends of the Shenandoah's North 
?'k curve in and out of farmland, rich with fence 
vs and ordered fields. To the west neat rows of apple 
?s, winesap, golden delicious, Jonathan, fill the low 
i 



brethren and other German folk trekking down from 
north during Revolutionary War years stopped near 
cij river and stayed. They built their homes and 
-lirches on or near the limestone outcroppings that 
Utilize the red soil 



The little towns of Shenandoah County cluster in the 
bends of the river that, long before the Indians named 
the land "beautiful daughter of the stars," drained the 
wide valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 
Alleghenies. From the lookout point it is easy to spot 
their water towers and the steeples of their churches. 

In fact, the countryside of Shenandoah County is 
filled with churches — 114 Protestant ones and a lone 
Roman Catholic parish. The people who attend them are 
like the quiet land that surrounds them, has shaped 

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them for generations: yielding only a little to the 
pressures for change that an urban society is bringing 
to bear on a long-rural culture. Conglomerates, councils 
(notably councils of churches), mergers — all are regard- 
ed with suspicion where fierce individualism and the 
comforts of tradition are highly valued. 

But the churches in the county struggle to stay vital. 
Many of their pastors experience a sense of isolation 
from one another, in spite of a fairly active ministerial 
association. And denominational executives wonder what 
to do with the churches that cannot afford full-time 
pastors. 

Closing is not the answer. So rich are they in family 
lore that some stand empty far out in the country until 
Sunday mornings when families drive twenty-five or 
fifty miles to get to the meetinghouses of their child- 
hood. Grandfathers and second cousins are buried in 
the crowded little cemeteries. Those churches mean 
home. 

The story of Shenandoah County Interehurch Plan- 
ning Service — SCIPS to most countians — is the story 
of one way in which those churches have begun to ful- 
fill their ministries more effectively, both individually 
and together. With task groups working at a resort 
ministry, overseeing a project with prisoners at the 
county jail, establishing neighborhood church clusters, 
and extending a fellowship to migrants, lay persons 
and pastors from a dozen denominations participate in 
new ways in the ongoing life of the county. 

Shenandoah District Executive Stanley R. Wampler 
had a hand in SCIPS' beginnings in 1967. "Bernie Zerkel 
(executive for the Shenandoah Association of the United 
Church of Christ) and I kept bumping into each other 
as we worked with our churches in the county. It began 
to seem to us that we could do some of our ministry 
together. We suggested to the Virginia Council of 
Churches that it call a consultation of the county's 
denominational executives to study our situation." 

Local pastors and laymen became involved. And to- 
gether they worked intensively to produce "A Study of 
the Churches of Shenandoah County." Its profile of 
church membership, size, location, and pastoral supply 
confirmed what Stanley and Bernie had guessed in the 
beginning: an overlapping of energies and efforts by 
nearly everyone. 

"We visited various neighborhoods in the county to get 
clusters of churches together," Stanley recalled. "In al- 
most every meeting people would say, 'We know we 
have too many church buildings. But we don't know 
what to do about it.' " 



The study period continued for about three yea! 
while pastors, laymen, and executives pondered "wl| 
to do about it." They dreamed of an agency which woi 
have funding from each judicatory at $100 a chunj 
and from individual churches, as each could, accordij 
to size. For its twelve churches, the Shenandoah Distrj 
of the Church of the Brethren contributes $1,200 a ye! 

And finally, in July 1970, SCIPS officially debuted 
a two-year experimental program, with Norman '' 
Harsh as coordinator. 

People in Shenandoah County quickly labeled hj 
"Mr. Church Closer." 

"The idea was never to close churches," Stanley e 1 
phasized. "The idea was to look at a mutual ministij 
what we could do together rather than separately." 

And closing churches would simply not fit the natij 
of Norman Harsh. A soft-spoken West Virginia nati 
Norman pastored the Barren Ridge Church of 1 
Brethren for ten years before moving down the val 
to Woodstock. 

He came to his new post well prepared to take ji 
administrative tasks, having served as district executji 
secretary for churches in West Virginia and west<JL 
Maryland. He participated in an experimental progr;|i 
in church renewal sponsored by the General Bod 
among congregations in Virginia and California. I 
served as a member of the board for five years. A sei|i 
of modesty, typical of the people of the valley, charactj- 
izes Norman. He worries about communicating ac- 
tively and effectively. But he doesn't have to fake a 1<j> 
and respect for the rural valley and for the people a 
their fears and hopes for their churches. 

He knew, though, that his task would not be an &\ 
one. Roger Combs, pastor of Valley Pike Church of M 
Brethren, describes the situation Norman faced: "Thfl 
is a fear of being tied into something larger; there ± ji 
fear of the size of things." 

Lutheran pastor Leonard J. Larsen's reaction typiJ 
early response to SCIPS. "When SCIPS first came h 
I had some reservations about it. I asked, just w. 
was it going to do? I later realized that the same qi 
tion being asked about SCIPS could be asked about 
churches in this county: What are they doing?' " 
only reason that the question isn't asked about 
churches is that the churches have been here for as lclj 
as people can remember. And so they simply acc|t 
them and don't question the reason for their existenc 

"Combining capabilities rather than organizations' 
how Norman would explain the function of SCIPS 
skeptics who feared it had come to their valley to crej? 




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perchurches. "People's fear that their small church 
not all it should be, struggling as it does, grows out 
their devotion to the church. One of the possibilities 
SCIPS is to help smaller churches examine new ideas 
i cooperative approaches toward faithful witness and 
■vice." 

\n early SCIPS effort at new approaches focused on 
: seven tiny churches in Powell's Fort Valley. About 

00 persons live in the spoon-shaped depression in the 
rth end of Massanutten Mountain. Roads to the other 
e of the mountain, and the towns, are few. But the 
rt Valley Interchurch Council is working to combat 
; sense of separation that people there could feel. Two 
men from each congregation comprise the council; 
Te is no resident pastor there. 

filda Tamkin runs the Seven Fountains post office 
im a alcove in her home in the Fort Valley. She is a 
ong woman with a shy but ready smile. On the council 
; represented her United Methodist congregation last 
ir. "The Interchurch Council began doing some things 
it we had already done," she reflected, "like the sun- 
9 service every Easter. But vacation Bible school 
ild not have happened, at least for our church. There 
ren't enough kids, and no one to teach. 
When the council began, some people didn't accept 
but we couldn't have had the Bible School without it." 
Lawrence Helsley was elected to the ministry in 1919 
the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren. He still 
ves over the Massanutten to the Fort Valley once a 
nth to preach a service at the Church of the Brethren 
re, and supplies other pulpits on the other Sundays, 
ring the week he operates Wayside Grocery, where 
i can buy anything from rubbing alcohol to home- 
de coconut candy. He doesn't mind reminiscing about 
valley where he has lived all his life and where he 
red his twelve children. "At my age I'm content to 
: the young folks take over," he declared, though he 
:nts himself among staunch supporters of SCIPS. 
:>ople need to work together." 

SCIPS attempts to provide ways to bring people 
: ether across all kinds of 'barriers,' like denomina- 

ial lines, in order to foster communication and con- 
v" Norman pointed out. "It's developing a sense of 
tponsibility for caring about what goes on in our 
ijhborhoods. The Fort Valley Interchurch Council 

1 m example of these ideas being put into practice." 
fringing people together works in another way when 
I|nandoah County residents attempt a ministry at 
wee Mountain Resort. 

kiing and summer recreation at Bryce draw a monied 
rlvd from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, persons 
/ilthy enough to build handsome second homes on 
b steep wooded mountainsides, or to buy one of the 
odominium apartments the Bryce Corporation is 
lilting up. 

he gap between longtime residents of the area and 
h newcomers are painful. Local people who missed out 
>r:he profit that resulted from buying land cheap and 
£Lng it high in small lots tend to regard their new 
i^hbors as intruders, different and alien. 

fhen some SCIPS advocates saw a place for a nun- 
s' y at the resort, a task group went to work. Roman 
-< lolic mass celebrated at a Lutheran church, a coffee- 
Kse setting at the ski lodge with folk singing and 
wersation, and, this year, Saturday evening Protestant 



services at nearby Trinity United Church of Christ are 
ongoing wintertime activities. 

Trinity pastor John Ware, co-chairman of the resort 
ministries task group, commented, "People in the coun- 
try are beginning to realize that the affluent skiers 
are really just people, with the same very human kinds 
of problems and frustrations." Until the resort ministry, 
Roman Catholic participation in efforts at cooperation 
had been nonexistent. It is significant now that Father 
Salvator Ciullo is a full-fledged member of the SCIPS 
team. 

More than the other ministries SCIPS is enabling, 
though, the Bryce Resort ministry has its detractors. 
One is David C. Darby, pastor of the Strasburg Christian 
(Disciples of Christ) Church. "Let's face it: The people 
who go to Bryce for weekends are trying to escape the 
church." Pastor Derby, who last fall was named a pas- 
toral delegate for his denomination to SCIPS' admin- 
istrative council, sees more value in such efforts as the 
Interchurch Council in the Fort Valley. But he pushes 
for a new focus on activities like family counseling. His 
frustration runs deep at not being able to pique similar 
excitment in other Strasburg pastors in such a venture 
for their own communities. But he is not sure that 
SCIPS is the agency to work at it. 

Grade school teacher Harold Ebersole, church board 
chairman of Valley Pike church, admits that SCIPS has 
risked general approval by engaging in a ministry like 
the one at Bryce. "People don't identify with the skiers. 
The ministry is not one from which they feel a direct 
return. You know, people ask, 'What do we get out of 
it?' And maybe there's not much that an individual 
person or an individual church does get out of it. This is 
a wrong attitude that we have about much of our giving. 
But this is the attitude we have, and we have to accept 
it, and work with it, even if we think it wrong." 

Twenty-five churches and 120 of their Sunday school 
teachers and superintendents did "get something out of 
it" last fall in a leadership training workshop. Harold 
chaired the task group doing the planning, and a new 
group is being formed now to undertake similar efforts. 

Another kind of willingness to reach out developed 
when a SCIPS task group found direction in the biblical 
injunction, "When I was in prison, you visited me." Its 
members began planning ways to minister to prisoners 
at the county jail. Placing copies of Today's English 
Version of the Psalms and the New Testament in the 
jail and chaplaincy counseling were early efforts. And 
at Christmastime gifts like after-shave lotion and tooth- 
brushes went to prisoners from drugstores in the county. 
Task group attempts to tie into Offender Aid and Re- 
habilitation of Virginia (OAR) were successful, and 
SCIPS volunteers trained with OAR personnel and ex- 
perienced in counseling prisoners in supervised settings. 
So far Norman has received no negative feedback from 
persons who might feel the SCIPS ministry is "making 
it too easy" for the prisoners. Jimmy R. Robinson, pastor 
of the Pleasant View and Wakeman's Grove congrega- 
tions of Brethren, noted that "SCIPS enables churches 
to have a part in ministry to the county — like the jail 
ministry — which, individually, they would not have 
begun." 

Jimmy has participated in SCIPS since its beginning 
in Shenandoah County. He can communicate enthusiasm 
for its "missionary" quality to neighbors of the county 



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like the prisoners and the skiers at Bryce. But he is 
enthusiastic, too, about his current involvement with 
other Edinburg-area churches in an experimental cluster, 
initiated by a task group on strengthening town and 
country churches. When Edinburg pastors met last fall 
to discuss the possibilities of a cluster experiment and 
the hope it might hold for church renewal, it was their 
first meeting in two years. 

"The SCIPS task group prepared materials on cluster- 
ing only as an excuse for these pastors to get together 
and begin their own process," Norman indicated. The 
pastors have met again to define their common prob- 
lems and to determine how to proceed. Lay involvement 
is occurring in three Thursday night meetings during 
Lent. Denominational executives are eager for more 
interchurch clusters to happen, particularly because of 
the significant relationships they encourage. Even talk- 
ing about cluster experiences seems to enhance relation- 
ships: "This task group has made no headlines," Norman 
laughed. "But its members have related well." 

Maxine Rosen, whose family-owned tire sales company 
has been near Mount Jackson for years, is one of the 
eight lay persons on the town and country churches task 
group. But her involvement with SCIPS extends beyond 
that. Her congregation, the Cedar Grove Church of the 
Brethren, collaborated with the Valley Central United 
Church of Christ a hundred yards away in a self-study 
period. The results are joint Bible school classes, supper 
meetings, and Easter services. A summer weekend camp 
experience with the young people of both congregations 
proved so successful that entire families plan a similar 
outing next summer. The two churches have agreed to 
support a joint pastoral program. While they seek a 
minister, Dr. Warren Bowman, president emeritus of 
Bridgewater College, is serving as pastor on an interim 
basis. 

Both congregations participated, too, in the fellowship 
extended to the migrant workers in the New Market and 
Woodstock areas who harvest the rich crops of apples 
in the county. "Through SCIPS we invited the migrant 
workers to three evening picnics. Our people have been 
very appreciative of the work with the migrant," Maxine 
affirmed. 

Response from some of the ninety workers who attend- 
ed the picnics point to their delight at being accepted 
for a change in one of the communities where they 
work. One woman paying her tire bill at Rosen's said 
that the picnics were the first community events any- 
where to which the workers had been invited. 

One member of the migrant ministry task group — now 
disbanded until next harvesttime — was Kathy Coffman, 
a young city-dweller-turned-rural when she came with 
her husband to the valley where he was born. "Here you 
can't escape your neighbors who are in need. They are 
too visible. Every morning that I come to work during 
the harvest season, I pass the migrants in the orchards. 

"There's a tradition about helping here. Migrants con- 
tribute a lot to the economy of this county. Part of the 



year they are our neighbors, and we have a lot to do i 
make them feel at home." 

What of the future? Begun as a two-year pilot p; 
gram, SCIPS has received the go-ahead from its admj 
istrative council to continue a third year. Jimmy Rob; 
son reflected, "Even though SCIPS is going into its s! 
ond year, it's still a 'babe.' Each time we meet we t 1 
to see what direction we're going." 

New directions are not difficult to see. 

Cletus Lindamood owns and operates a mill in Edj 
burg. He has been a member of the Pleasant Vil 
Church of the Brethren since 1916, and as chairman 
Shenandoah County's board of supervisors has watch 
the county's deepening recognition that persons mil 
work together for the good life. "This is healthy for t| 
county," he maintains. Miller Lindamood sees SCli 
finding ways to enrich home and family life — "the oj 
institution that needs the most consideration in a 1 
community." He hopes that SCIPS can become an agtj 
for good at the county farm, where some residents hsi 
lived since they were children. 

Youth ministries, a day care center, and work w|. 
retarded youngsters are among other tasks that SCI 
may be able to undertake in the next fifteen month! 

"When you start something new, people are slow I 
get the vision, not because they are against it, but 
cause they resist change," Stanley Wampler said. "If 
where there is an opportunity for ministry that peo I 
can see, they are glad to share in it." 

Getting the vision may mean coming to a new unci 1 - 
standing of what the church is in Shenandoah Courj], 
Listening to Norman Harsh comparing the church t(| 
tree — "The roots and branches spread out from ip 
trunk, where they have unity. They go in all directioi, 
but the fruit is the same" — recalls Jesus' words, "I 4 
the vine," and Paul's description of the church as ij 
body of Christ. 

Harold Ebersole noted, "At the first SCIPS meetij; 
I attended I realized that t