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UBRARY 
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BRETHREN MISSIONARY 

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January 10, 1970 




Radio: 
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Argentina 



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The Editor Speaks .... 


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You Can't Get There by Car 


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No Christmas for Sue .... 


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Children's Page 


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Hunger 


9 


Why Are Missionary Children Bitter? . 


10 


Paying the Price 


11 


Church News 


12 


Four Ways To Cut Your Pastor's Salary 


14 


Laymen's Page 


16 


All That I Need 


17 


The Creative Woman .... 


18 


The Master Calleth .... 


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Of Many Journeys and Varied Works . 


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WMC District News .... 


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SMM Honor Roll 


23 


Pick of the Vital Books 


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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hauvbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 




January 10, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 1 



Foreign Missions and WIVIC Issue 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription pri 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 



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The Editor Speaks . . . 



By Clyde K. Landrum 



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Someone has said, "The surgeon can 
bury his mistakes; the architect can 
only plant vines." And what do people 
like you and me do with ours? 

There is a great difference of opin- 
ion as to how mistakes are handled. 
Some people never make any, or so 
they would have us believe. Others 
are always apologizing for things they 
have done wrong. And, there are those 
of the vast silent majority who look 
neither to the left nor to the right 
in the matter. In any event, the sun 
never sets on a worldwide array of mis- 
takes. 

Some say a person should never ad- 
mit to a mistake, feeling that to do so 
would break down the confidence of 
his fellows. To them, for a person to 
say, "I'm sorry, but I made a mistake" 
is to destroy one's own confidence in 
himself and to frustrate his whole per- 
sonality; it creates a bone in the throat 
that can never be swallowed. But why 
is it so bad to admit to a mistake, when 
to do so brings one face to face with 
reality, and helps him to correct the 
matter? Then he is able to begin again 

January 10, 1970 



and steer his course with firmness and 
honesty. The alternative to admitting 
a mistake often is to blame someone 
else for it. How often have you heard 
a pastor say, "The Official Board did 
not complete arrangements for the 
business meeting, so we must postpone 
it," or an executive explain away a 
mistake in a letter by remarking, "My 
secretary has not been feeling well, so 
it was easy for her to make this mis- 
take." Have you heard of men who 
constantly blame their wives for this 
or that? It is so easy to pass off the 
responsibility for something going 
wrong. But, actually, does this solve 
the problem? The mistake is still 
there. The individual feels justified, 
but is he exonerated in the eyes of 
his listeners or readers? I believe not. 
Also, he has cast a shadow on some- 
one else. 

Discretion should be exercised in 
admitting mistakes. If this is not done, 
one can be made to look unnecessarily 
bad. It is poor taste for a public speak- 
er to continually apologize and admit 
to improper planning, and wrong pro- 
cedures. An occasional well-thought- 
out admission of a mistake does not 
hurt; people know that we are all 
human, and they understand. Very 
often magazines or newspapers print a 
well-worded correction, which is noth- 
ing less than admitting to a mistake. 
Yet, readers do not hold this against 



the publication; rather they respect it 
for such policy. This is a good exercise 
of discretion. 

The best possible way to correct 
mistakes is to avoid making them in 
the first place. Good and adequate 
planning will result in a minimum num- 
ber of mistakes. If one studies the 
activities of thorough and well- 
organized people he will find few mis- 
takes. But, he will also find that such 
a person will tactfully admit to mis- 
takes, and that he will not rest until 
correction has been made and an order- 
ly corrected procedure effected. There 
is too little of such thorough planning 
and preparation abroad today. How 
we need more. This is so essential in 
the work of the Lord. But, when 
there are mistakes, what are we to do? 
Realizing that we would not want 
others to openly blame us and em- 
barrass us, let us not do it to others. 
If a person must be advised of a mis- 
take, do it privately, and not before 
others, thus avoiding public embarrass- 
ment. And, if a "collective" blame 
can be taken, why not do it this way? 
How nice it is to say, "We made a mis- 
take." No one is on the spot, and yet 
the matter is corrected. A new start 
can then be taken with all the "team" 
pulhng together without irritation. 
This is businesslike and it is the Chris- 
tian way to do it. Let's try it in 1970! 



You Can't Get There by Car 



By Rev. Solon W. Hoyt 



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The Catholic Church of La Cru 



'ho listens to our radio broad- 
casts in Argentina? I'm really not well 
informed since my ministry lies in 
other spheres, but several discoveries 
were made when my wife and I set out 
to make contact with four different 
listeners who were thought to be living 
in a town near the church we pastor in 
Santa Isabel, about fifteen miles from 
the Bible Institute. 

All of the addresses had one part in 
common— "La Cruz," the name of 
this small town near Santa Isabel. 
Since the road leading there is all new 
macadam, we knew we could be there 
in a few short minutes. We did not 
have much time at our disposal for 
the trip, but we reasoned that surely 
we would find at least some of the 
listeners at home; so we set out. 

Upon arrival in the town, we came 
to the plaza and saw a goodly number 
of people entering and leaving the 
Catholic Church. Glancing across the 
plaza, we saw a policeman standing 
outside the "comisaria." We decided 
that he would be the proper man to 
give us directions for finding these 
radio listeners. After explaining our 
purpose, we read the four names, but 
he did not seem to recognize any of 
them. Then, together with the police- 
man, we took a closer look at the ad- 
dresses and found that "La Cruz" is 
only a small part of the town's name. 
Upon seeing the rest of the name, the 
policeman shook his head and said 
sympathetically, "You can't get there 
by car." 



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However, the man gave us directions 
to the first place and we decided to 
make an attempt. It was only twenty 
kilometers farther, but it seemed so 
much longer as we wound through 
and over the stony hills. The farther 
we went, the narrower and hillier be- 
came the road. Since we had already 
passed several tiny roads branching to 
the right and to the left, we became 
uncertain of the proper road so were 
very thankful when as by a miracle a 
small "boliche" appeared alongside the 
road. There we got our bearings again, 
and before continuing on, we asked the 
hillbilly proprietor: "How's the road 
ahead?" "Excellent" the answer came 
back. "How strange," we mused as 
we went on our way, "It must be a 
person's set of standards which makes 
the difference.". 

When we had gone what we thought 
to be the right distance, instead of find- 
ing a road sign with the name of the 
town, we found one lonely house at a 
sort of crossroads. This turned out to 
be Arroyo San Antonio de la Cruz, 
the place we were hunting— but where 
were the houses of our radio hsteners? 
This particular house contains a small 
general store, and is the post office 



and also the general information 
bureau! The surprise of all surprises 
came when we asked the whereabouts 
of these listeners. One lives ten kilo- 
meters farther down the tiny crossroad; 
another lives in the same direction but 
the only possible way to get there 
would be on foot or horseback. An- 
other lives twenty kilometers farther 
up in the mountains. 

Since it was almost noon and hungry 
children were waiting at home to be 
fed, it was imperative that we return 
immediately. What had we accom- 
plished? We had not seen one radio 
listener, although we were able to give 
out tracts at each stop. Maybe we were 
not supposed to accomplish anything 
—the Lord wanted to show us what He 
had accomplished. 

"You can't get there by car"-but 
neither the poorness of the roads nor 
the total absence of roads can stop the 
Lord from taking the gospel message 
to the poorest or the richest in the 
most remote places. 

By the way, there is a crying need 
for a missionary couple to dedicate full 
time to following up the thousands 
of radio contacts. Is the Lord calling 
you7 ▼ 





The small country store where wine is never lacking. 
January 10, 1970 



The huge cement cross at one end of 
town. 




''I 

I don't even know my parents, 
Sue sobbed. "I only see them once a 
year." Her body shook with emotion. 
"I really don't know them any better 
than an aunt or uncle." 

We were standing outside a mission- 
ary academy building. My heart ached 
as I watched the tears run down the 
freckled face of this 14-year-old mis- 
sionary girl. Her hair was blowing 
gently around her dampened cheeks. 

I was on a trip around the world. 
One of my major responsibilities was 
speaking and counseling at missionary 
academies. I needed answers to the 
problems that were evident in some 
missionary children. 

The churches in the States ask, 
"Why are many of our missionary kids 
'going bad' when they get to college in 
the United States?" Missionary parents 
ask, "What's happening to our chil- 
dren?" More and more missionaries 
return home, some with guilt com- 
plexes about leaving the "calling of 
God." These missionaries, often 
wrongly labeled "drop-outs," feel they 
need a secure home for their children 
during the crucial teen years. 

As I am busy with many holiday 
preparations I stop often and think of 
the lonely missionary girl named Sue 
who won't be going home for Christ- 
mas this year. I remember also the 
many other missionary kids like her 
who are separated from their families 
most of every year. 

Many of the mish (missionary) kids 
I met overseas were absolutely tre- 
mendous teens, spiritually well- 
grounded and emotionally stable. They 
enjoy a good relationship with their 
parents and a positive attitude toward 
the people of the country in which 
they live . 

However, many I met were strug- 



By James Conway 



gling with some degree of emotional 
problems. Most often these concerned 
parent-child relationships. 

A tall, handsome senior basketball 
player at one academy said, "I hate 
this place! In fact, I hate this country 
and the people. I hate my parents and 
sometimes I wonder if I don't hate 
God." 

When a mish kid has this attitude 
the most healing and creative thing 
churches do is criticize him. 

Redl and Wineman, in the book 
Children Who Hate, state: 

"The children who hate very soon 
become the children nobody wants. 
And it is to be admitted that even 
though we know that the reasons for 
which they got the way they are, are 
none of their fault, by the time they 
are as sick as that, they are practically 
impossible to live with." 

The examples of the problems are 
varied and almost limitless. Many con- 
ditions accentuate the problems in the 
hves of these mish kids. 

The visitor to many MK academies 
often notices poor facihties. In many 
schools the students live in dormitories. 
Some look like army barracks. 

One dorm has a very large room 
with 37 bunk beds along all the walls. 
The boys have no privacy or place for 
their personal things. They are just 
part of a gang jammed into that dirty, 
unpainted room. 



A rule of education states that the 
younger the children are the more 
adult leaders they need. Some acade- 
mies put large groups of young chil- 
dren together because they aren't as 
vocal in their demands as older chil- 
dren. 

If we decide that the academy ap- 
proach is the only way for educating 
missionary children, then we must con- 
struct the buildings to permit family 
Ufe to be duplicated. The large- 
barracks approach must be stopped for 
the child below college level. Maybe 
we need to build separate homes, hous- 
ing no more than 10 to 12 students. 
I visited an academy where 37 junior- 
age boys were the responsibility of one 
couple. 

I also found that unqualified per- 
sonnel were often serving as house- 
parents. It is sad that on many fields 
houseparents have not come specifi- 
cally to do that work, but rather are 
drafted by the field councO to fill that 
"dirty job." Often field councils 
promise to let the couple "get out into 
real mission work next year when re- 
placement houseparents arrive." 

As long as the position of house- 
parent is treated as the lowest, most 
despised position in the academy or on 
the field we will continue to have 
trouble attracting adequately trained 
personnel. 

I met some very outstanding house- 
parents who are doing a magnificent 
job with "their children." I also met 
a number of emotional misfits in those 
positions. 

A young couple was responsible for 
the senior high girls. The girls were 
attracted to the husband, looking to 
him as a father-image. His wife, how- 
ever, became deeply jealous and took 
every opportunity to criticize the girls. 



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The girls began avoiding her and going 
only to the husband, inflaming the 
situation. This couple has not solved 
their own marital problems. The wife 
is too insecure to be put in this posi- 
tion. 

In other cases dorm parents told 
me that they would rather be out 
"doing missionary work." As long as 
there is a divided heart the needs of 
mish kids wUl not be met. We need 
a new breed of houseparents who con- 
sider that developing the complete 
emotional-spiritual hfe of "their chil- 
dren" is their missionary work. 

The successful academy must have 
specially trained houseparents. Persons 
who apply to mission boards to serve 
in this capacity ought to have special- 
ized training in psychology and soci- 
ology, perhaps with a master's degree. 
They should be given a battery of 
psychological tests and be emotionally 
mature as individual persons and as 
marriage partners. Houseparents 
should be considered equal with the 
academic staff and not just custodians. 

The third condition that causes 
emotional problems in the lives of our 
mish kids is the staffs attitude in some 
of the academies. A number of schools 
feel that they are fulfilling their role 
in missions if the student learns science, 
math and English. 

The policy of the entire school from 
the superintendent to the PTA must 
be to develop the full emotional- 
spiritual-intellectual potential of each 
child. If this policy were effected, 
teachers would not be teaching Math 
107 but would be seeking to develop 
the total personality of which Math 
107 is a minute part. 

The activities on the basketball 
court, in dorm homes, at meal tables 
and on dates should not be viewed as 
extra-curricular but considered integral 
for child development. Personnel must 
face the fact that academic education, 
no matter how superior, will not be 
enough. 



A few generations ago missionary 
children were kept at home and given 
inferior education but were stronger 
emotionally. Today in spite of higher 
educational standards many are suffer- 
ing emotionally. 

A fourth condition that contributes 
to the emotional stress of our mish 
kids is inadequate missionary parents. 
I have met some parents who are sub- 
consciously glad to have the "burden" 
of child raising pushed onto the acade- 
my. With a pious prayer they say in 
effect, "God, I am doing your great 
work, now You raise my kids." Some 
of these kids have been terribly frac- 
tured but the parents could care less 
because they have "committed their 
children to God." 

Some missionaries should not be 
parents. They would have failed as 
parents here at home because they 
were not emotionally mature. 

Commissioning a missionary doesn't 
take away his problem or make him 
an adequate person, partner or parent. 
These problems must be ironed out 
before appointment and continued to 
be strengthened after a missionary 
goes to the field. 

Professionals should be sent overseas 
regularly to hold family clinics. These 
should include instruction in inter- 
personal dynamics and child behavior 
as well as provide private counseling 
sessions. The ordinary citizen in the 
States has a pastor and other profes- 
sional men available to help when 
pressures build up. But the missionary 
— m any people thin k— is a super- 
spiritual giant who is above sin and 
never needs help. 

Missionary parents must begin to be 
parents. They must seek help when it 
is needed and destroy their supernatural 
halo. As our missionaries become ade- 
quate parents they will be able to pro- 
vide the warm, secure, trusting relation- 
ships their children need. 

I also feel that stateside churches 
help produce some of the emotional 



problems of mish kids. The churches 
must learn to humanize their mission- 
aries. Missionaries are flesh and blood 
people with real heartaches. 

Let me quote extensively from a 
missionary dad who bares his heart on 
the struggles he is having: 

"You asked about boarding school 
and how we as parents feel about 
putting our children in school and 
also how the children feel about it. 
Well, I guess that today would be the 
best time for me to give you an answer 
as we just returned from the school 
where we left our children. To be 
really truthful it just seems so unfair 
that when we are given children and we 
have them for such a short time, that 
we should be denied the opportunity 
to have them grow up in our home! I 
love my children just hke any father 
does, and I just hate to have them 
away from me like this. 

"My son and I have had a very good 
relationship. But now I can only see 
him once in every four or five months, 
and then only for short periods of 
time. I just find my emotions put to 
the breaking point." 

When churches begin to understand 
the frustrations and needs of the mis- 
sionary family they will become con- 
cerned and involved in the real burdens 
the missionary often carries alone. 

As you share Christmas dinner with 
your family and open gifts around the 
tree, think about Sue, her freckles, 
blowing hair, and tear-stained face. 
She won't be going home for Christ- 
mas. ¥ 



Sue is not a CBFMS MK, nor do the 
writer's opinions necessarily reflect the poli- 
cies and conditions at schools administered 
by CBFMS. 

Rev. James Conway, a graduate of Con- 
servative Baptist Theological Seminary in 
Denver, pastors the Twin City Bible Church 
in Urbana, Illinois. 



(Reprinted by permission from Impact for 
December 1969, published by Conservative 
Baptist Foreign Mission Society) 



January 10, 1970 



TIHIE CHOLP^INI'S PAQl 
MHC at Waipio, Hawaii 



Away over in Hawaii— a place that 
probably all the MH'ers would like to 
visit-there is a Missionary Helpers Club 
at the Waipio Grace Brethren Church. 
Rev. Foster Tresise is the pastor of the 
church, and Mrs. Tresise is leader of the 
MHC. 

In the picture at the right, some of 
the Waipio MH'ers are holding posters 
showing the pictures of Brethren mission- 
aries on all the various fields. Don't you 
wish you could get a real close look at 
these posters? 

Some of the older members of the 
MHC may remember that for the MHC 
coloring contest several years ago they 
colored a picture of the Waipio Grace 
Brethren Church in Hawaii Hke the view 
shown below. 

Praise the Lord for this Bible-preaching 
church where boys and girls and grown- 
ups can hear the Gospel. Keep praying 
for the Brethren mission field in Hawaii! 




Above: Back row, left to right: Dennis Sandavol, Bobby Sandavol, 
IVIichael London, IVIichael Sandavol, Gary London. Front row: Lori 
Ayala, Dee Anne Butler, Yvette Hart, Tracy London. 

Below, left to right: Cheryl Kepner, Debra Kepner, Denise Joslin. 




HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIOIMARY- 



wouldnY it be 
nice to visit 
hawaii just now? 



WELL, MARY, I R.EALLY 
LIKE THIS SNOW- BUT 
I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO 
HAWAII 
TOO 




I'D LKE TO MEET ALL IT'S GREAT 
THE KIDS THAT T HE | THAT THERE 

TR.ES15ES I (even ARE MH'ERS 

ANP THE 
LEECHES 

AR.E 
WORKING 
WITH 
THERE 




SAY.' I WONPER. IF 
MOST OF THOSE KIDS 
HAVE EVER SEEN A 
SNOWBALL 




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Hunger 



I feel a little guilty 

When I see my table spread 

So sumptuously with everything, 

Not just my "daily bread." 

I seem to see the sunken eyes 

And wasting hollow cheek 

Of hungry children and the cries 

Of hungry babies, weak! 

"Oh how," I ask, "can it be fair 

For me to have so much? 

They perish, though the Master said, 

'My Kingdom is of such.' " 

And then there is that other food. 

More needful than the bread 

But on it, too, abundantly 

My heart and soul have fed! 

Ah yes, I am a debtor 

To all who are in need, 

And can I sit complacently 

And fail their cries to heed? 

Can I who have so much, ignore 

The Master's loving word. 

The One whose tender throbbing heart 

With great compassion stirred? 

"A little guilty," did I say? 
Oh God, how great my shame! 
That while I sit in pleasant ease. 
They know not e'en Thy Name! 
Stir me, dear Lord, Oh stir us all. 
Who call ourselves Thy kin! 
Words are so cheap, and futile grief 
Won't hungry children win. 
How can I stand before Thy throne 
Thy sorrowing eyes to meet 
Who said, "They need not go away? 
Oh give ye them to eat"?- 

— Florence Adkins 

(Reprinted by permission from Call to 
Prayer for Missions for November 1969. 
The author is a former missionary to Africa.) 



January 10, 1970 




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hy are missionary children 
bitter? This question from a student 
responding to a mission questionnaire 
took us somewhat by surprise. Person- 
ally, we had not encountered any mis- 
sionary kids who revealed bitterness 
and thus assumed that their problems 
were no more serious than the prob- 
lems faced by all normal Christian 
young people in the process of growing 
up. But here was a question we could 
not ignore. MKs compose one of the 
greatest potentials for the Lord's serv- 
ice, and it would be tragic to permit 
conditions to exist which lead them 
to disenchantment with missions, or 
for that matter, with any phase of the 
Lord's work. Thus, a letter was sent 
to all Brethren MKs above high school 
age, seeking their reaction. We en- 
couraged them to be candid, and 
assured them that letters would be kept 
confidential. The results were indeed 
gratifying, and although we have no 
intention of breaking a confidence by 
publishing names or the full contents 
of letters, we feel that none of our 
informants will object to excerpts or 
conclusions gleaned from their re- 
sponses. 

"Do I object to being a missionary's 
kid? No. Being an MK has given me 
more experiences in all phases of life 
than the average child." 

"One criticism— people expect too 
much from us. MKs are normal, red- 
blooded human beings." 

"I've always felt God specially 
blessed me by giving me missionary 
parents. I have never really felt bitter." 

"I am glad to be an MK and will 
always be grateful to the Lord for 
giving me this valuable experience. In 



my case I never left my parents while 
on the field so there was no problem 
with the parent-child relationship. . . . 
For MKs who were not as fortunate as 
we were, those who were not able to 
stay with their parents, I can see where 
bitter attitudes could arise." 

"As I reflect on my life as an MK, I 
know that all my trials and troubles 
were for my good. At the present I 
am better off physically, mentally, 
socially, financially, and most of all, 
spiritually, than many of my peers." 

"The life of an MK is now some- 
thing which I deeply value and wish at 
times I could return to. I feel honored 
that this experience could be mine." 

"Bitter? I don't think so. If there 
have been any discomforts physical or 
emotional because of my being an MK, 
it helps to keep eternity's values in 
view." 

The MKs were quite frank in their 
response to our office, and shared with 
us some of the special problems with 
which they had to cope simply because 
they were MKs. However, invariably 
they also recognized the advantages of 
growing up in a foreign culture and 
were quick to mention these things 
along with their difficult memories. 
We list below the advantages and dis- 
advantages that they feel are significant. 



A Moment wit[i 




Advantages of being an MK: 

1 . The MK has the privilege of 
being a part of two different cultures 
at one time. 

2. He has the advantage of learning 
two languages without real difficulty. 

3. He enjoys a much closer family 
unity. 

4. His life is centered around service 
for Jesus Christ and he himself has 
the privilege of participation. 

5. In missionary work he goes 
through many experiences which help 
him to mature spiritually and mentally. 

6. His family circle is broadened. 
All missionaries in the mission family 
become to him aunts and uncles. 

Disadvantages of being an MK: 

1 . People expect too much from 
him. 

2. The problems of adjustment in 
going to and returning from the field. 
Adjustments to different culture, 
language, schooling, and such. 

3. The problem of separation from 
parents. This can be a very trying 
experience for the MK, depending on 
the personality of the child, the age 
at which separation occurs, the atti- 
tude of the parents themselves, and 
adjustments which must be made in 
living with another family. 

4. The recognition that his parents 
do not have as much as others on their 
level sometimes causes bitterness. 

5. The MK may, for a time, feel 
cheated because he is not receiving an 
education in the United States. 

Not every MK responded to our 
request. In some cases this was due to 
procrastination; in others, perhaps 
some bitterness does exist and thus 



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they preferred not to respond. But all 
in all, there was sufficient response 
from a wide enough section of Breth- 
ren missionary families to reveal a 
healthy attitude and at the same time 
to alert us to the pressure points among 
the children of missionaries. Be sure 
to read the article "No Christmas for 
Sue" by James Conway in this issue of 
the Missionary Herald. It would be 
impossible to solve all the problems 
faced by MKs, and it would not be to 
their best interest if we could. But we 
can and we must solve some of their 
problems. We can be sympathetic. 
We can correct our own attitudes and 
behavior if they add to the problem. 
And we can pray that God will con- 
tinue to bring MKs through their 
particular experiences to Christian vic- 
tory. 



The historian Will Durant reminds 
us that there were twenty-two civiU- 
zations before us— and now ours is de- 
clining. He lists three reasons for this 
degeneration: 

1. A decUne of religious faith; 

2. The loosening of family ties; 

3. The absence of moral purpose in 
education. 

It would be appalhng indeed if we 
merely shrugged our shoulders and de- 
cided to do nothing about these in- 
disputable facts. But there is some- 
thing we can and should do to help 
check this downward trend. We can 
strengthen our own commitment to 
the Christian faith in our homes. And 
we can tighten the sagging family ties 
there as well. 

The absence of moral purpose in 
public education seems to have pro- 
gressed to such a point that there is 
little possibihty for Christians ever to 



hope to stem the tide. However, 
public education is not the only way 
our cMldren receive an education. All 
over the country Christian Day Schools 
have sprung up to counteract increasing 
godless philosophy which is stranghng 
the public educational system. 

In the field of higher education it is 
imperative to recognize the valuable 
contribution that Grace College and 
Seminary are making toward the wel- 
fare of our churches, our communities 
and our country. The Christian faith is 
upheld and proclaimed without apolo- 
gy. The sanctity of the home and the 
importance of the family is emphasized, 
and because God and His Word are 
given their rightful place there is moral 
purpose in the education that students 
receive. 

In this season dedicated to the 
financial needs of Grace Schools we 
need to be liberal in our giving!— /IVZ 



^aying a Price 



"Ye are not your own. . . . For 
ye are bought with a price . . ." 
(I Cor. 6: 19-20). 

In the two years my husband and 
I have been in Africa, we have been 
strongly impressed with a particular 
fact: that is, that every missionary 
has paid a price for the privilege 
of laboring for the Master in this 
land. Many who are here are 
miracles of God's grace. Some have 
been seriously ill— but, praise God, 
He has answered prayer and enabled 
them joyfully to continue serving 
Him. But previous to His healing of 
their bodies they had paid a price— 
the cost of pain and suffering. 

Others have had a price to pay in 
various forms— for many the separ- 
ation from children and other loved 
ones. Some have placed a precious 
member of their family in the 
African earth, there to await the 
resurrection day of our Lord's re- 
turn. 



Lives are expended in a strange 
land under conditions and circum- 
stances vastly removed from previ- 
ous situations in the homeland. On 
the mission field there can be no 
accumulation of wealth and security 
for the future; this is a life of 
trusting God day by day for every 
need and learning that His promises 
are steadfast and sure. "My God 
shall supply all your need according 
to his riches in glory by Christ 
Jesus" (Phil. 4: 19). 

And yet the greatest price that 
any of God's saints has paid is not 
to be compared in any degree with 
the price the Lord Jesus paid for 
the redemption of mankind. 

The privilege of being "called" 
by God, and of dying to self and 
living each day in the service of the 
King, far outweighs the material 
things of this world. The outpour- 
ing of God's grace and the fellow- 
ship and presence of the Lord dur- 



ing the trials are experiences known 
only by those who pay the price of 
discipleship. The love for our 
Saviour, and the willingness to pay 
any price, brings far greater riches 
than silver and gold (read I Cor. 
4:17-18). 

Our prayer can only be one of 
thankfulness and praise: "Thank 
You, dear Lord, for paying the price 
of Thine own precious self, for my 
eternal life with Thee and for all 
those who have placed their faith 
and trust inThee."— £'//en Voorhees, 
Bozoum, Central African Republic 




January 10, 1970 



11 



CM/z/tch/ lyeii/^ 



WE'RE SORRY! The Brethren 

Annual was tardy getting out to our 
subscribers this year due to production 
problems at the printing plant. A 
breakdown on one of the huge presses 
on which the Annual is printed caused 
a logjam in the printer's schedule, and 
when the Annual was completed and 
placed in the mail, it ran into the 
Christmas-mail rush. We at the Herald 
appreciate your patience and under- 
standing, and trust that the 1970 
Annual will escape a similar fate and 
arrive on schedule. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Rev. and 
Mrs. David L. Hocking, First Brethren 
Church, are the proud parents of a 
baby boy, Matthew Craig, weighing 
eight pounds, 14 ounces. The church 
announces the hiring of Mr. Glenn 
Harmonson as business administrator. 
He attended Westmont College and 
Long Beach State College and coached 
at Brethren High School for three 
years. For the past ten years he has 
worked as a tax consultant and invest- 
ment counselor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Remodeling of 
the sanctuary of the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church has been completed, 
and the first services were held in the 
new facility Dec. 21. Formal dedica- 
tion services will be held Jan. 18 with 
Dr. Warren Wiersbe as the dedication 
speaker. The brass choir from Grace 
College will provide special music. 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heinkel, members 
of long standing in the church, re- 
cently observed their 60th wedding 
anniversary. Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, PA. Rev. Alvin 
S. Bauch, state director of Child Evan- 
gelism Fellowship in western Pa., was 
the speaker for the evening service at 
the First Brethren Church Dec. 7. He 
is a graduate of Prairie Bible Institute, 
and is currently in charge of a 31- 
county area of CEF. His illustrated 
message, entitled "Rich Man in Hell," 
was a challenge to all hearts. William 
H. Snell, pastor. 



AFRICA. Rev. Robert Collitt, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Md., made a whirlwind 
tour of the Central African Republic 
mission stations Dec. 14-16. His sched- 
uled fiight into Bangui was canceled 
which cut three days from his visit. 
Roy Snyder , missionary correspondent . 

DAYTON A BEACH, FLA. The 
Brethren work here has selected the 
name of Community Brethren Church 
and will meet in the YWCA, 344 S. 
Beach St., Daytona Beach. Sunday 
school and morning worship services 
will be held, with no evening or prayer 
services planned for the present. Breth- 
ren from the North who visit the area 
are welcome to the services. Herman 
Koontz, pastor. 

COVINGTON, VA. Five feature- 
length, full color films were shown at 
the Grace Brethren Church Nov. 24-28. 
These films are available through the 
Billy Graham Film Crusade and were 
used in an area wide crusade under the 
sponsorship of Grace Brethren, Temple 
Baptist, and two United Methodist 
churches. For the first half hour each 
night, except Wednesday, a Christian 
concert was held under the direction 
of Mrs. Warren Hendrick. W. Carl 
Miller, pastor. 

JENNERS, PA. Mrs. Bette Firl re- 
ceived the bronze "Teacher of the 
Year" award at the Jenners Brethren 
Church. She is a teacher in the toddler 
department. The largest offering re- 
ceived any week this year was $2,719 
received the week of Nov. 2. James 
Hoffmeyer, pastor. 



LA PUENTE, CALIF. The Voices 
of Jerusalem, a Negro singing group, 
recently presented the evening service 
at the Hacienda Heights Grace Brethren 
Church. A record number of 72 were 
in attendance. In the following weeks, 
there have been seven decisions for sal- 
vation. Frank Dunigan, pastor. 

BUENA VISTA, VA. The Lord 
wonderfully blessed with 19 decisions 
for salvation and 41 rededications of 
life in recent meetings with Rev. Ed 
Lewis at the First Brethren Church. 
Seven of those making decisions have 
obeyed the Lord in baptism and have 
also become church members. Lester 
W. Kennedy, pastor. 

HARRAH, WASH. Steve Pickett, 
a member of the Harrah Brethren 
Church, finished his senior year's FFA 
livestock activities at Wapato High 
School with a flourish. Representing 
the school in FFA competition at the 
Pacific International Exposition in 
Portland, he was named grand champi- 
on showman. His steer placed fourth 
in beef classification. Charles H. 
Winter, pastor. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF. The Cherry 
Valley Brethren Church and Christian 
Day School is in need of someone to 
serve in a custodial capacity. Anyone 
interested in such a position should 
contact the pastor, Bruce L. Button, 
Box 655, Beaumont, Califi 92223. 

RITTMAN, OHIO. The Moody 
Science film "Facts of Faith" was 
shown recently at the First Brethren 
Church. It presents many interesting 
aspects about electricity and then ties 
in a gospel message. Charles W.Turner, 
pastor. 

RADFORD, VA. Rev. Roy E. 
Glass assumed the duties as pastor of 
the Fairlawn Brethren Church as of 
Jan. 10. Please change his address in 
your Annual to: 13 Oxford Ave., Fair- 
lawn, Radford, Va. 24141. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 



Date 



Pastor 



Speaker 



Alexandria, Va. 


Jan. 25-30 


Kenneth Teague 


Allen Herr 


Martinsburg, W.Va. 


Feb. 1-8 


Robert Dell 


Dean Fetterhoff 


Wooster, Ohio 


Feb. 1-8 


Kenneth Ashman 


Allen Herr 



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CHANGES. The following changes 
and additions should be made in your 
new Brethren Annual: On page 2 
under the heading "Executive Com- 
mittee," Ward A. Miller should be 
listed as chairman, and Jesse B. Deloe 
as secretary. Rev. Ron Allerheiligen 
is the new pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Beaver City, Nebr. His address 
is Beaver City, Nebr. 68926. Rev 
Donald G. Earner is the new pastor of 
the Vernon Brethren Church, Telford, 
Tenn. His address is R. R. 1, Telford, 
Tenn. 37690. The address of Rev 
Gerald Polman, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio, is 
1634 Pinecrest Dr., Dayton, Ohio 
46514. All mail for the Listie, Pa 
church should be sent to the pastor. 
Rev. Fred Wm. Walter, or the church 
address, Box 65, Listie, Pa. 15549. 
Miss Sarah E. Good is the church 
secretary, but all mail should be sent 
as listed above. Rev. and Mrs. Ron 
Graff, 632 Forbes, Montebello, Calif. 
90640. Please change your Annual. 

PIRMASENS, GERMANY. Breth- 
ren Chaplain (Major) Paul 0. Lindberg, 
second battalion chaplain, was co- 
sponsor with Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James 
J. Murphy, 32nd AADCOM chaplain, 
of a one-day religious retreat at the 
service club here recently. Discussions 
around the theme, "Influences on 
Today's Families" covered such topics 
as: the new morality, the military, the 
church, and the influence of these 
forces on the family. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The first 
service to be held in the new church 
edifice of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church was a communion service on 
Dec. 1 1 . Regular services began with 
a special Christmas musicale on Sunday 
evening, Dec. 21. Dedication of the 
new facilities is planned for sometime 
in January. Charles Ashman, pastor. 

SIMI, CALIF. Robert J. Lofgren, 
a high school student in the Communi- 
ty Brethren Church, received a letter of 
commendation for his notable per- 
formance on the 1969 National Merit 
Scholarship Qualifying test. He is 
among the 39,000 students who scored 
in the upper 2 percent of the 1970 
high school graduates. Robert is a fine 
leader of young people, and partici- 
pated on the Southern Calif, quiz team 
at national conference this year. He 
will attend Grace College in the fall. 
E. John Gillis, pastor. 




Cutting the cake, an exact replica of the church and grounds, are Pastor and iVIrs. Simon 
Toroian, as Rev. and IVlrs. Arnold Kriegbaum look on. 



CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Guest 
speaker for the 20th anniversary and 
mortgage-burning service at the Grace 
Brethren Church was Rev. Arnold 
ICriegbaum, first pastor of the church. 



Jn W. 



emorium 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BAKER, Mollie (Marion}, 11, a 
member of the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind., passed away Dec. 5. Ken- 
neth E. Russell, pastor. 

FLORY, Mary Catherine, 56, wife 
of Rev. Albert L. Flory, pastor of the 
Bell Brethren Church, Bell, Calif., en- 
tered into rest with the Lord Dec. 21. 
She graduated from the Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles in 1933 and was an ac- 
complished musician, poet and Bible 
student. Dr. Charles W. Mayes, her 
former pastor, officiated at the service. 

HAMMER, Myles (Annie), 90, a 
member of the First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., for many years, passed 
into the Lord's presence Nov. 22. She 
was the mother of James Hammer and 
of Rev. Thomas Hammers, alumni co- 
ordinator for Grace Schools. The 
memorial service was conducted in 
Johnstown by Rev. Wesley Haller and 
Rev. Don K. Rager. 




Watching in the background are Rev. Arnold 
Kriegbaum (I), first pastor, and Rev. Simon 
Toroian, present pastor, as trustees (I to r) 
Don Ciha, Ray Koop, and Alvah Gorsh burn 
the mortgage. 

l/l/eaaina ^^etl6 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
ofliciating minister. 

Bonnie Holmes and Donald Lemke, 
Nov. 29, Bellflower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, Calif. 

Bernice Orton and Cecil Snyder, 
Dec. 13, Bellflower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, Calif. 

Nancy Soule and Michael Darner, 
Dec. 20, Grace Brethren Church, Fre- 
mont, Ohio. 

Lois Linda Dreistadt and Stuart 
Randal Bowman, Dec. 20, Woodville 
Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, 
Ohio. 



January 10, 1970 



13 



For Penny-Pinching Church Boards 




Four Ways To Cu 



De 



'ear Cousin Ralph, 

So you're the new chairman of the 
finance committee in your church! 
Congratulations. 

In the inflationary period facing 
our nation, the churches have an obli- 
gation to lead in cutting costs. 

I have some advice for you on how 
to cut costs in a local church. I have 
served on the finance committee in 
four different congregations during 
the past decade. If you want to re- 
duce the budget, look first at the 
biggest items in the budget. In a 
local church, as in organizations that 
produce services rather than goods, 
the biggest single item is often salaries. 

In most churches one of the largest 
items is the pastor's salary. It is not 
uncommon for 25 to 60 percent of the 
total expenditures in a local church to 
be allocated for ministerial support 
salary and fringe benefits. 

If you are seriously interested in 
this subject, Ralph, you should know 
there are four very common methods 
being used by churches today to cut 
their pastor's salary. 

The first, the most highly visible, 
and the least common is simply to re- 
duce the cash salary. If the cash salary 
in your church was set at $8,000 for 
this year, simply reduce it to $7,500 



for next year. That saves the congre- 
gation $500. 

This can backfire. If cutting the 
salary does cause your pastor to move 
you may not save any money because 
(a) it may cost more than $500 for 
the moving expenses of the new minis- 
ter, and (b) the pulpit committee may 
not be able to find a vigorous, attrac- 
tive, dynamic young minister in the 
thirty-five to forty age bracket with 
twenty years of experience who will 
take the job for less than $8,500. 

A second method of cutting the 
pastor's salary is simply not to increase 
it. In this inflationary era, Ralph, that 
is the same as cutting it. 

Suppose your church is now paying 
a cash salary of $8,000. If you keep it 
at $8,000 for 1970 this will be about 
the same as a $560 cut since wages 
are now rising at an annual rate of 
about 7 percent. This means that on 
a comparative basis he is losing ground 
with the rest of the people in the labor 
force if his salary is less than $8,500 
in 1970. 

Take a look at the increase in the 
cost of living or the consumer price 
index as it is more properly called. 
This index has climbed for over thirty 
consecutive months and at the end of 
April (1969) it was 126.4, up from 
119.9 in April 1968. The base period 
for this index is the average of prices 
in 1957 to 1959. This means it cost 
$126.40 in April 1969 to purchase 
what $100 would have bought eleven 
years earlier. 

In recent months the rise in the cost 
of living has been even greater. In 
March it went up to an annual rate of 
9.6 percent and in April at an annual 
rate of 7.2 percent. This means you 
can be generous with your pastor and 
still cut his salary. Give him a 5 per- 



cent increase— that sounds impressive 
and some people will misunderstand 
this as a $500 increase. Actually, of 
course, on an $8,000 cash salary it is 
only $400 and really means you're re- 
ducing his buying power for 1970 by 
$100 when compared to 1969. 

A third, and much more subtle 
method of cutting your pastor's salary 
is used in many congregations. Instead 
of trying to use an axe on the item 
labeled "pastor's salary" in the pro- 
posed budget, the proponents of this 
method sit back quietly while others 
laboriously calculate the rise in the 
cost of living and add on a nominal 
amount for a "merit increase." In a 
church such as ours where we now 
pay our pastor a cash salary of $9,000 
for 1969 1 expect most of the members 
will agree to raise it to about $9,800 
for 1970. That $800 sounds impres- 
sive, doesn't it, Ralph? It offsets an 
estimated $550 decrease in his actual 
buying power because of inflation and 
adds on another $250 as a merit in- 
crease. 

I will openly and strongly support 
the motion for this $800 increase even 
though I believe our minister is over- 
paid and I want to cut his salary. 
Sounds inconsistent? Not at all, Ralph, 
because I will still get my way! 

There are two reasons why I am so 
confident. First, currently the median 
income of all persons with four or 
more years of college training is rising 
at the rate of nearly $1,000 per year. 
Incidentally, this is a significant change 
from the middle sixties when the in- 
come of the typical family head with 
four or more years of college rose by 
only $500 to $600 annually. Thus an 
increase of $800 means he will be in a 
poorer salary position, comparatively, 
in 1970 than in 1969. 



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By Lyie E. Schaller 



5our Pastor's Salary 



The other and more important 
reason for my acquiescence to an $800 
increase in our minister's salary is that 
I intend for the discussion to stop 
right there. Many churches are now 
putting items in the budget for the 
continuing education of the pastor, 
book ahowances, meetings, confer- 
ences, and similar items. A very sub- 
stantial number of congregations have 
even added an extra $300 to $500 to 
the pastor's salary in order to help 
cover his Social Security payments. 
As you may know. Social Security is 
now compulsory for clergymen. For 
ministers who weren't covered before, 
this means getting hit with a huge bill 
since nunisters pay the self-employed 
rate which is one and one-half times 
the rate most of us pay. 

In our church we pay a flat $600 
for utilities and $ 1 ,000 for automobile 
expense. I intend to argue that since 
we're increasing the pastor's salary by 
a very generous $800 for 1970, that 
we should leave the amount for utili- 
ties and car allowance the same for 
1970 as for 1969. 

Now I know as well as you do, 
Ralph, that the cost of utiHties for the 
parsonage will continue to go up in 
1970. If they go up by $50-that's 
the pastor's tough luck and is the same 
as decreasing his compensation by 
$50. Two years ago, when I first came 
here I got a policy clarification through 
the committee that we not pay utiU- 
ties and travel, but rather that we pay 
a fixed annual amount toward the total 
cost to the pastor. I did this on the 
premise that we could not prepare a 
reliable budget to guide the treasurer 
in paying bills unless we eliminated all 
variables whenever possible. 

The big saving as a result of this 
policy is in automobile expense. Our 



pastor drives about 10,000 miles a 
year on church business. According 
to Runzheimer and Co., Inc., regarded 
by most accountants as the leading 
authority on the costs of operating an 
automobile for business purposes, in 
1964 the annual cost of driving a car 
10,000 miles was $1,276 and it had 
climbed to $1,408 in 1968. At this 
rate the cost in 1970 will be nearly 
$ 1 ,500. By freezing the car allowance 
at $1,000 since 1964 I figure we are 
saving the church nearly $500 in 1970. 

I figure if we increased the minister's 
total compensation to pay a realistic 
figure for auto expense, utilities, and 
to offset the increase in the cost of 
hving it would cost us $1,100 over 
1969 plus a merit increase. 

The best way of cutting the pastor's 
salary, however, is the one we used at 
the last church where we were mem- 
bers. If your church's parsonage needs 
replacing, Ralph, this is one you might 
consider. 

That church had a hundred-year-old 
parsonage that was right up to date in 
every way— back in 1900! About once 
every twenty years it had been sub- 
jected to a major remodeling by ama- 
teur carpenters, electricians, and 
plumbers from the congregation. The 
new pastor, who came in 1964, was 
less than happy with it so in 1965 we 
made a deal with him. Instead of 
granting him an annual salary increase 
we would freeze his cash salary at the 
1964 level for three years and increase 
his "total compensation" by building 
a new parsonage. 

This turned out to be the best deal 
I ever engineered for a church, Ralph! 
We saved about $2,000 in cumulative 
salary increases that we would have 
had to grant. In addition, for 1968, 
when they had to raise the salary, they 




granted what appeared to be a very 
generous increase of $1,000. This 
made the total salary for 1968 about 
$600 less than what they would have 
been paying if they had been matching 
what other churches were paying and 
thus this was a saving of an additional 
$600. By the time that congregation 
gets the salary back up to the level of 
comparable churches they will have 
saved over $3,000 in what they would 
have paid a minister if they had not 
built a parsonage. 

An interesting sidelight on this in- 
cident, Ralph, was that everyone in 
that church, including the pastor and 
his wife, were delighted with the way 
everything worked out. I honestly be- 
lieve I was the only one in that whole 
congregation who realized that what 
we were doing was asking the pastor 
to provide the down payment for our 
new parsonage out of the minister's 
salary. 

If you have any questions about 
these items-don't hesitate to write. 
Somebody has to make an effort to 
keep church expenditures from going 
through the ceiling! 

Happy Budget Cutting! 
Your cousin. Bill 
T 
-From The Clergy Journal 



January 10, 1970 



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Received Your NFBL Decal Yet? 



Allegheny Purchases Land; Plans To 
Sponsor Camp 

The men of the Allegheny District 
have organized and purchased land for 
a camp. 

Pray for this new endeavor. 

The December district laymen's 
meeting was held at the Jenners (Pa.) 
Brethren Church. -£". A. Kelley 

Father-Son Banquet In San Bernardino 

On Nov. 21, the men and boys 
at Grace Brethren Church of San 
Bernardino celebrated the first anni- 
versary of their Christian Service Bri- 
gade program with a Father-Son ban- 
quet. Seventy-three men and boys 
enjoyed a steak dinner. The speaker 
was officer Bill Gansberg of the Cali- 
fornia Highway Patrol. His interesting 
message spotlighted personal account- 
ability and the role of dads in the lives 
of their son^.— Ernest Payne 

IMor-Cal Men Meet 

Fifteen men attended a meeting 
Dec. 5 of the Nor-Cal District Laymen 
at the Grass Valley Church. 

The men from the local laymen's 
group prepared the chicken dinner-the 
wives helped on dessert. 

The superintendent of the Reno 
(Nev.) Rescue Mission was our guest 
speaker. Also featured was the testi- 




For all those who pay the minimal dues of five dollars to belong to 
the National Fellowship of Brethren Laymen, goes the very excellently 
done decal, featuring the new symbol of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches— with a layman's touch! 

Great for your car, your briefcase— even for notebooks, etc. 

The NFBL is proud of this original design. Join the NFBL movement 
and identify! Identify! Identify! 



mony of an army captain who was to hit the goals of reaching and teach- 
won to Christ in the rescue mission. ing more boys for Christ in \910.-W. 

The Nor-Cal men are endeavoring H. Fountain 



NOW A WORD 
FROM OUR 
TREASURER . . 

The NFBL continues to work 
toward encouraging the youth 
of The Brethren Church. Re- 
cently, we sent $500 to the 
Grace College Laymen's Scholar- 
ship Fund. 

We hope to send $ 1 ,000 more 
before the August conference in 
Long Beach, Qa.\\L-Fred Peters 



MEET THE OFFICERS 




Phil Landrum, Editor 



Phil Landrum, of 314 Shawnee 
Drive, Carol Stream, Illinois 60187, is 
the laymen's page editor. A member 
of the Wheaton (111.) Grace Brethren 
Church, he is youth director there. 

He and his wife, Lois, have a 15- 
month-old daughter. Phil is the Direc- 
tor of Publications for the Christian 
Business Men's Committee Interna- 
tional (CBMCI). 

The CBMC Contact, which he edits, 
won the "Organizational Periodical Of 
The Year" award at the 1969 Evan- 
gelical Press Association Convention. 



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ALL THAT I NEED! 



It was a cold, barren November day 
as I walked out of the base chapel to 
my car with every intention of driving 
home to my family only a few miles 
away. As I began to drive, the dark 
foreboding problems and fears that 
harassed me day and night came like 
a torrent of rain, pelting my mind with 
questions for which I had no answers. 
I drove aimlessly for two hours and 
remembered only that I was looking 
for the perfect tree to crash into, one 
that would be certain to make the im- 
pact fatal for me. 

I had purposely gone to the service 
at the chapel looking for some answers 
to my questions. I was painfully aware 
of the fact that my life was being lived 
as a mockery to Christianity, but I 
could not find the way to a happy life 
that was able to surmount the frustra- 
tions of my present life. With the 
preoccupation and excitement of mar- 
riage, children and service life, I had 
slowly pushed the reality of Christ 
out of my life, although I did not 
realize it at the time. Now, God 
seemed dead to me, and religion was 
dull and dry. I became emotionally 
and spiritually drained of inner re- 
source, and honestly preferred Satan's 
hell rather than the hell on earth of my 
empty, perplexed existence. 

I never found my "perfect" tree 
that day. Someone kept me from find- 
ing it. He kept the country road free 
She kept driving, looking for the right tree to 



of cars and guided my driving at ex- 
cessive speeds. It was late when I 
turned the car into the driveway, and 
I was exhausted, but I stayed awake 
hours thinking and trying to pray. All 
I could cry out was, "Oh God, where 
are You?" over and over. I had the 
feeling that my cry only hit the ceiling 
and bounced back, but I know now 
that "He heard me for He has an- 
swered my cry" (cf. Ps. 138:3). 

The next day I did my housework 
mechanically and took care of the 
children, longing to be a "joyful mother 
of children" fPs. 113:9), and I won- 
dered why that particular verse came 
suddenly into my mind. A few days 
later while on the way home from 
taking my husband to the base for an 
overseas flight that was to keep him 
away from home for a month, I began 
to think of the bombs that he carried 
on his plane, the world situation, the 
loneliness of the next four weeks, the 
responsibility of the children, and in- 
stead of being afraid, the verses of the 
twenty-third Psalm slowly passed 
through my consciousness like a heal- 
ing balm. 

That was only the beginning of 
many, many months of spiritual thera- 
py by the Great Physician. A few 
months after my "ride" into the coun- 
try, my dad died. Once again I drove 
out into the country and this time I 
found the perfect tree. I stopped the 




car and went over to the foot of it where 
I poured out my sorrow. Clean, new 
thoughts came into my mind. Thoughts 
from the Man of Sorrows telling me 
that He was as alive today as that tree 
and that my dad was alive, only with 
Him; that I must come back to the 
foot of the cross and begin there as I 
was now doing at the foot of the tree; 
if I would abide in Him, the Vine, 
someday I would be a strong branch. 

In the book Absolute Surrender hy 
Andrew Murray, he says: "What a 
simple thing it is to be a branch, the 
branch of a tree, or the branch of a 
vine!" God is teaching me that this is 
true. Several months ago we were 
transferred to a new assignment. As 
we were on our way to the housing 
office , I asked God if He would provide 
a house for us with just one or two 
large trees in the yard. The first house 
we looked at had a dense woods in the 
backyard. We never looked at the 
other houses. The trees in our yard 
constantly remind me of God's love 
and understanding in so many ways. 
A few weeks ago, my husband called 
from the office to tell me that he is to 
go to Vietnam for a year. As I walked 
out under the trees, many peaceful 
thoughts went through my mind. Once 
again I meditated on Psalm 23 and a 
great sense of God's peace and love 
came over me. 

As the beautiful red and yellow 
leaves fell from the trees all around 
me, I realized that each life has its 
seasons, and that our marriage was to 
go through an apparent barren winter, 
but with our branch grafted in union 
with the Vine, it will survive, and our 
spiritual lives will be enriched and 
matured. Just as God has a purpose 
for the trees during winter. He has a 
purpose for us in this separation. Per- 
haps this is the Gardener's way of 
bringing forth fruit, choice, lasting 
fruit. With this thought, I willingly 
yield to His pruning and care. He is 
bringing me from a cold barren Novem- 
ber day of several years ago to a warm, 
sunny, blessed springtime, and I praise 
Him for His supply. 
Reprinted by permission from COMMAND 



January 10, 1970 



17 




look at life 
^KealliUcaUi/ . 



(Edit, note; It is indeed a pleasure to present 
in this issue the first installment of Mrs. 
Althea Miller's column "The Creative Wom- 
an." Mrs. Miller is the wife of Rev. Robert 
E. A. Miller, who has served in a number of 
Brethren pastorates. The Millers are now 
missionaries to the Jews in Washington, D.C. 
Mrs. Miller, author of the popular book 
Under the Parsonage Roof, is recognized 
nationally as a worker with women and is 
widely used as a speaker to women's groups.) 



I en-year-old Judy came home 
from school in terrible pain. Her arms, 
shoulders and legs were the focal point 
of agony. After exhaustive research, 
medical findings confirmed rheumatoid 
arthritis. Move from cold New England 
to a warmer climate; constant medical 
supervision the remainder of her life; 
this was the prognosis. 

We met this charming girl as a high 
school sophomore. A radiant personal- 
ity belied her misshapen fingers and 
stiff legs locked in a vice-like grip of 
tortured muscles. She, along with her 
wonderful, self-denying parents had 
realistically faced the hard facts of their 
life as a family. Against great odds 
they lived creatively. 

Today Judy has her masters degree 
and works with a state rehabilitation 
facility. Daily she helps the crippled 
and handicapped to see an indisputable 
sermon of creativity in her own re- 
markable achievement. While her re- 
sponse to life is exceptional, it is not 
unique. Clinical evidence throws abun- 
dant liglit on human capacity to sur- 
mount the insurmountable, especially 
in the physical realm. Yet it seems 



Miller 

there are far too few really creative 
people in the intellectual-spiritual- 
emotional realms. And among women 
even fewer. WHY? 

Questioning dozens of people I 
discovered two reactions to creativity 
in women. Many women really don't 
know who they are. Nor do they know 
what creativity is all about. Answers 
like: "Who, me? Creative? You can't 
be serious." From men: "Don't like 
'em. Make me feel uncomfortable." 
"They are too aggressive." I wanted 
to forget the subject. But the thought 
haunted me. Creative women periodi- 
cally show up on the world scene. 
Surely others are hidden in the "wings" 
of Life, hoping for the beckoning finger 
of encouragement to bring them into 
full bloom. Maybe you are one of 
them. Honestly, wouldn't you like to 
be creative? 

A first step is to look at Hfe 
realistically. This demands an honest 
evaluation of what life is all about. 
You already know it isn't a "pink 
tea." It calls for investigation on 
personal and inter-personal levels, prob- 
ing the positive, negative, spiritual, 
intellectual aspects of being alive. You 
must answer the questions: WHO AM 




I? WHY AM I HERE? WHERE AM 
I GOING? Your candid answers may 
hurt, but they'll not be phony. Hypoc- 
risy will be banished. Positive action 
is therapeutic. 

When did you last investigate your 
personal motives for living and your 
reactions to life? Have you been a 
leech, resorting to rationalizations, 
blaming another person, circumstance 
or condition? Or a tower of godly 
strength in your shaky world? The 
latter is a giant step toward creativity; 
the former carries you backward. 

Let's face it, you do have problems. 
Chiefly at home. You understand 
your husband less now than when you 
married. Sensing your desperation, 
the children add to your frustrations. 
The younger ones are Uttle monsters; 
the teenagers are something else. You 
get little cooperation in discipline from 
their father. Nobody in your family 
is interacting on the same wave length. 
You've never been more "up-tight." 
You just don't accept yourself, 
especially after that personal scrutiny 
which revealed many weaknesses and 
faults. How can anybody be creative 
in such a milieu? Who wants to be? 

You can. You do. If you don't 
make an effort to defy stalking defeat, 
your personality will die. If you don't 
want to hve creatively you're as good 
as dead now. DON'T let either happen 
to you. 

When you have faced yourself real- 
istically within the context of your 
life you are up against an identity 
crisis. It is imperative here to answer 
the question WHO AM I? Not who 
you are by family or given name; not 
by education, or social standards, nor 
even church affiliation. But who are 
you if you had no name, no education, 
no social status, no church relation- 
ship; if you stood utterly alone, with 
no identification with a world of 
humanity? 

I hope you would know and believe 
beyond doubt that you are a creation 
from God's hand. That He had a pur- 
pose in creating you. You are not an 
act of a capricious deity; or a play- 
thing; or an afterthought— it was for 
love's sake that you were created so 
that you might experience fellowship 
with the Most High. 

But more than this, God loves you. 

You are His loved one. His love 

answers the question, WHY AM I 

HERE? As a Christian you ". . . are 

(Continued on page 21) 



18 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



"T/»e Master Calleth' 




TO 

WIN 



CHILDREN 



By Mrs. Michael Funderburg 

Pastor's wife, Cumberland, Maryland 



Iwo nights before Christmas, 
1966, while seated in our dining room, 
I heard my five-year-old daughter 
scream a terrified, "Help!" She'd been 
sitting in the next room, in front of 
the fireplace, watching TV. 

I looked up. I couldn't believe what 
was happening. Huge orange flames 
were rising from her back! My father 
was immediately at her side, clapping 
out the flames. 

The Lord's protection over our 
daughter, Laura, was miraculous. 
When her long hair caught fire, my 
father was the only adult in the room. 
And he had just entered the room to 
watch a favorite TV program. We 
thank God for giving on-the-spot wis- 
dom—her grandpa quickly clapped his 
hands into the flames to extinguish 
them. Although some of 'her hair 
burned to within one-quarter inch of 
her scalp, none of her skin was burned. 
If he would have taken time to grab 
something to smother the flames, she 
would have been badly burned. Al- 
though Grandpa's hands had a stinging 
sensation all evening, he had no burns. 
We could never thank him enough for 
what he did. 

Before I put Laura to bed that 
night , she asked me how Grandpa had 
put the fire out. I told her he'd done 
it with his hands. 

"With his bare hands?" she asked. 

"Yes, Honey, with his bare hands." 

"Why'd he do that Mama? He 
might've got burned!" 



One night, as I told this story to our 
Missionary Helper's Club, I stopped 
the narration with Laura's question. 

"There's only one answer I could 
give to the question Laura asked," I 
said to the group. "Can someone tell 
me why her grandpa put out the fire 
with his bare hands?" 

"Because he didn't want her to get 
burned," said a sweet little girl with 
long, dark hair. 

"Right. But why didn't he want her 
to get burned?" 

"Because she's his granddaughter?" 
questioned a boy, not at all sure of his 
answer. 

"That's right. And because she is, 
why didn't he want her to get burned?" 

I called on an older child who'd 
been eager to answer. "Because he 
loves her," came the correct reply. 

"That's exactly right. When Laura 
asked me why her grandpa did that. 




the only answer I could give her was, 
'he did it with his bare hands because 
he loves you so much.' And it reminds 
me of what Jesus did for us when He 
died on the cross. He knew that it was 
going to hurt very much to pay the 
price for all the wrong .things we've 
done; to hang on the cross and shed 
His blood for us, but He loves us so 
much, He did it anyway." 

When I gave the invitation, the story 
of near tragedy ended in great blessing: 
five children came to receive Christ as 
Saviour, and three came to "make 
sure" they really knew Him. 

This has been just one experience 
of winning children to the Lord. Each 
time is different, but always rewarding. 
If only adults would accept Christ as 
readily as children do, but too few are 
willing to become "as a little child." 

To me, the greatest moments in my 
life have been telling other people 
about the Lord and seeing them accept 
Him. But I experienced a greater thrill 
last spring when Laura came into the 
house and said, "Guess what Mama. 
I told Pammy if she wanted to go to 
heaven, she'd have to pray and ask 
Jesus to come into her heart, and she 
did." 

It is exciting to win another person 
to the Lord. But there's one thing 
that's more thrilling: to see your child 
lead someone to Him. The Master 
calleth us to win our children to Him 
and teach them to be missionaries to 
their friends. Let's do our job! ▼ 



January 10, 1970 



19 



Second in a series on the 1969-70 WMC birthday missionaries 



Of Many Journeys and Varied Works 



By Marcia Wardell 



r^s one who has been fellowshiping 
with The Brethren Church all her life, 
Charlotte Austin has been privileged 
to be associated with various phases 
of the Brethren work. It can surely 
be said that she has a good acquaint- 
ance with Brethren schools, since she 
spent half of her own school years in 
a Brethren-operated school, as well as 
being in close touch with Grace Schools 
during her husband's seminary train- 
ing; she assisted in the beginning and 
development of a home-mission church; 
and she has spent a term of service as 
a foreign missionary. 

A southern California native, Char- 
lotte is thankful for the blessing of 
having been reared in a Christian home 
and in The Brethren Church. The 
Second Brethren Church, which later 
became North Long Beach Brethren, 
was where at the age of twelve she 
made her public decision for Christ 
and was baptized and received into 
membership. 

Attending Long Beach's Brethren 
school from its beginning when she was 
in seventh grade, Charlotte continued 
there through liigh school. This was a 




Mrs. Charlotte Austin 



time of strengthening her Christian 
life through the Bible classes, chapel 
services, and Christian fellowship with 
teachers and friends in both work and 
play. "I'm completely sold on the 
Christian school," she says. 

Furthermore, Brethren High was 
where Charlotte met Gordon Austin, 
who was a fellow student in her class. 
Late in the summer following their 
high-school graduation, the two were 
married, and then undertook the first 
of their journeys together— this one to 
Arkansas so that Gordon could take 
advantage of the scholarship he had 
received to attend John Brown Uni- 
versity. In the two years that her 
husband was in school there Charlotte 
worked at a variety of jobs on the 
campus, and she was able to enjoy 
much of the college life along with 
him. 

As they became acquainted with 
various opportunities for Christian serv- 
ice they decided to make a trip to 
San Jose, California, to visit the na- 
tional headquarters of the Sky Pilots 
organization. The outcome was that 
they joined the staff there, helping in 
the routine duties of a national office. 
At the same time Gordon continued 
liis schooling by attending San Jose 
State College, majoring in the field of 
radio and TV. Just six months later 
Sky Pilots moved their headquarters 
to Colorado, but the Austins stayed 
on in San Jose until Gordon's gradu- 
ation. 

During their time in San Jose, 
Colleen, their older daughter, was born. 
Also, Rev. and Mrs. Bill McKillen 
arrived in town to begin a Brethren 
work. The Austins pitched in to help, 
and experienced blessings and thrills 
in seeing the church grow and develop. 

But then there came another move 
across the country, with Winona Lake, 
Indiana, as the stopping place for the 



little family. Four more years passed. 
A second daughter, Marilyn, was added 
to the household. Outstanding memo- 
ries of those years on Charlotte's part 
include belonging to the Seminary 
Women's Fellowship, experiencing the 
blessings of various conferences, form- 
ing friendships with others of mutual 
interests, and making application for 
service with the Foreign Missionary 
Society. 

While awaiting developments with 
the FMS, they returned to California, 
and Gordon assumed the duties of chief 
engineer for radio station KBBI, the 
Biola station in Los Angeles. Two 
more years passed before arrangements 
were finalized for their missionary 
service. In December, 1963, they flew 
to San Jose in the Central American 
country of Costa Rica to enter the 
Spanish Language Institute, and there 
they spent the better part of a year in 
concentrated language study. Follow- 
ing a brief visit home to California they 
were off on their longest journey— to 
Argentina, where they arrived in Febru- 
ary, 1965. 

Buenos Aires, the capital of the 
country and a vast metropolis, is 
where the Austins reside. Since their 
arrival Gordon has been almost com- 
pletely occupied in the work of beam- 
ing the Gospel out over the airwaves. 
Though most of Mrs. Austin's work 
has been that of wife and mother, she 
has assisted her husband with various 
odd jobs in relation to liis work, such 
as radio follow-up, visual aids, sUde- 
tape sets, and photography. 

For the Austin family, February, 
1970, will mark the conclusion of a 
five-year term in Argentina, which 
means it will be time for them to re- 
turn to the United States for furlough. 
Pray that God may continue to direct 
this family in His perfect will for their 
lives. ▼ 



20 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Getting To Know 
Your National 
Officers . . . 







This month's national officer being featured 
is Mrs. Robert Ashman, financial secretary- 
treasurer, in the center of the above photo. 
Members of the Ashman family, at left and 
right, are Joyce and Bob. 

Born in the city of floods, I have 
experienced a hfe filled with floods of 
joy, blessings and trials. 

At the age of seven years I accepted 
Christ as my Saviour along with my 
twin sister. My parents loved the Lord 
and as a family with five girls, we 
served the Lord in the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 
Our pastor, the late Rev. Charles Ash- 
man, Sr., was a very influential person 
in my life as a Christian, as well as 
having a son Robert who later was to 
become my husband. Following high 
school, I worked in a business office 
for a year before entering nurses train- 
ing. This office experience has been 
very valuable in my WMC work. 

The first great trial in my life was 
my mother's prolonged illness and 
death at middle age. The Lord was 
gracious in permitting my father to 
live until just a year ago. 

In 1936 a flood came to our city 
which caused loss of life and much 
destruction. This same year we were 
married and began our fifteen year 
service in the pastorate. 

Following the death of our first 
baby girl, the Lord blessed our home 
with two other daughters. Joyce is a 
bookkeeper in the financial office of 
Grace Schools. Miriam is now Mrs. 
Dan Pacheco, a school teacher and 
mother. We have a grandson, Danny, 
who is the joy of our lives. 

I have worked in WMC in various 
offices over the past twenty-five years, 
being Financial Secretary-Treasurer for 
the past nine years. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MARCH 

AFRICA- 

Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mr. Robert H. Juday March 3 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Anne-Claude Waridel March 12, 1963 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mr. Hans Scheidegger March 27 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Stephen Mark Johnson March 29, 1961 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaianga via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

ARGENTINA- 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Quintana 353, Adrogue, F.C.G.R., Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. 

FRAIMCE- 

Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

50 rue des Galibouds, 73-Albertville, France 

Mrs. James R. Renick March 12 

10, rue Chailly-Gueret, 71 -Macon, France 

Mrs. Thomas T. Julien March 27 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71-Lugny, France 

HAWAII- 

Rev. Edmund M. Leech March 12 

98-404 Ponohale Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701 

Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 

95-303 Waioni Street, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786 

MEXICO- 

Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 

IN THE UNITED STATES- 

Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mrs. C. B. Sheldon March 21 

510 Rose Avenue, Long Beach, California 90812 



My husband is self-employed as a 
salesman, working out of Ohio. I am 
presently employed as a nurse in a rest 
home. We are serving and fellowship- 
ing at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church. 

I can truly thank the Lord for all 
His blessings to me and my family, 
yes, floods of blessings through the 
years. My prayer is that I will always 
be found faithful until "The Master 
Calleth." T 

THE CREATIVE WOMAN . . . 

(Continued from page 18) 

his workmanship, created in Christ 
Jesus unto good works, which God 



hath before ordained that we should 
walk in them" (Eph. 2: 10). 

WHERE AM I GOING? "Having 
predestinated [marked us out before- 
hand] us unto the adoption of children 
by Jesus Christ to himself, ... To the 
praise of the glory of his grace, wherein 
he hath made us accepted in the be- 
loved" (Eph. 1:5-6). You can know 
you are going toward that better day 
when the shadows flee away; when you 
will be in the very presence of Him 
who loves you "and gave himself for 
you." 

Such knowledge is like dynamite to 
the development of creativity. More 
about that next time. ▼ 



January 10, 1970 



21 




Our district is extremely scattered, 
having only five groups at present— but 
the fellowship and blessings have been 
great. We hold two rallies each year, 
one in the spring and the other in the 
fall. 

Our spring rally was held on April 
12, 1969, at our new Greenwood 
Grace Brethren Church in Modesto. 
The theme of our conference was, 
"Return to 'der Vaterland.' " This 
was in keeping with our special guests 
and featured speakers for the day. Rev. 
and Mrs. Roger Peugh, missionaries 
called to "return to the Fatherland" 
of Germany to preach the Gospel of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. The Peugh's 
presented the exciting challenge of the 
new field in Germany. 

At this rally the ladies decided to 
take on the project of supplying the 
necessary money for an arts and crafts 
program at our district youth camp. 
One of our WMC ladies went to camp 
and directed the program. It was a 
tremendous success and a great asset 
to the camp. 

This fall, November 1, 1969, we 

Miss Mary Cripe, missionary guest, portrayed 
an African mother with her sicl< child. 



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NOR-CAL REPORTS . . . 



returned again to Modesto for our 
rally but this time it was held in the 
La Loma Grace Brethren Church. Our 
special guest for this conference was 
Miss Mary Cripe, missionary home from 
the Central African Republic. She 
presented the challenge of Africa and 
portrayed for us, with the help of 
Clara Garber, the need for more baby 
clinics in this land. Mary played the 
part of an African mother bringing 
her sick child to the new chnic for 
which she had waited so long. As a 
result of this skit the ladies voted to 
adopt as a project for the year 1970 
that of supplying the money needed to 
set up a new baby clinic in Africa. 
Another project accepted is the new 
home-mission church in our district at 
Ripon. We are trusting the Lord to 
help us supply some of the material 
needs of this church. 

The Lord graciously helped us to 
go over our goal of three-hundred 
dollars for property in Hawaii, our 

1969 project. We are trusting Him 
now to do the same concerning our 

1970 projects. T 

Mrs. Mary Cripe, mother of Miss Cripe, signs 
the guest bool< at the fall rally. 



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WMC OFFICIARY 

President-Mis. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran 

daU Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. Ralpt 

Hall, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs 

PhilUp Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St. 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretary -Mrs. Gerald Kelley 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 49119 
Assistant Recording Secretary -Mrs. Dar 

Pacheco, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Roberl 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur 

er-Mrs. Earle Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave. 

Cuyahoga FaUs, Ohio 4422 1 
Literature Secretary-Mrs. Charles Koontz 

R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St. 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman-Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, 255 Dear 

bom, Berne, Ind. 4671 1 
Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Pol 

man, 824 N. Verde Ave., Rialto, Calif. 

92376 



Ladies . . . 

This is our 
last month 
for Grace 
Schools- 
Christian 
Education 



Offering. 



Generously! 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



SMM Honor Roll 



Congratulations to the following who either memorized a 
book of Scripture or who read the Bible or one of the Testa- 
ments! 



Reading 



Memorization 



East 

Robyn Hoffmeyer-Middler 

Indiana 

Brenda Journay— Senior 
Suzan Goodman— Senior 
Susan Guiles— Junior 
Nancy Kuhn— Junior 
Helga Linn— Junior 
Sharon Linn— Junior 
Ruth Male— Junior 
Cynthia Miller— Junior 
Rachael Moser— Junior 
Wendy Moser— Junior 
Linda Perron— Junior 

Northcentral Ohio 

Pam Walters— Senior 
Belinda Markel— Junior 
Karen Watson— Junior 



Northeastern Ohio 

Mary Jane Davis— Middler 
Nora Macon— Middler 
Peggy Robinson— Middler 
Brenda Steward— Middler 
Debbie Wolfe-Middler 
Lois Kisner— Junior 

Northern Atlantic 

Judy Knepper— Senior 

Southern California-Arizona 

Kay Polman— Junior 

Southern Ohio 

Sue Alexander— Senior 
Ann Victor— Senior 
Kim Faulkner— Middler 
Detta Gribbons— Junior 
Deanna Gribbons— Junior 
Kristie Long— Junior 




Ameri— Mex 

Alys Haag— Patroness 
Sandra Haag— Senior 

East 

Jeanette Russell— Senior 
Robyn Hoffmeyer-Middler 
Janice Neil— Middler 

Indiana 

Becky Russell— Middler 
Cynthia Miller— Junior 

Northcentral Ohio 

Renee Marietta— Middler 

Northeastern Ohio 

Kathy Carlisle— Senior 
Cathy Eckelberry— Senior 
Karen Kinsley— Middler 
Linda Kisner— Middler 
Jill Burke— Junior 
Lois Kisner— Junior 

Southern California-Arizona 

Marcia Hanscom— Middler 

Southern Ohio 

Vicki Kettering— Middler 
Detta Gribbons— Junior 

SMM OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Pam Edenfield, Bob Jones University, 

Greenville, S. C. 29614 
V. Pres.-Sharon Magill, R.D. 1, Box 426, 

HolUdaysburg, Pa. 16648 
Secy. -Jane Hoover, R.D. 1, Box 4, Rittman, 

Ohio 44270 
Fin. Secy. -Brenda Journay, Grace College, 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Treas.-RoseLeistner, Grace College, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Editor-Donna Hawbaker, Parkview School 

of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46805 
Patroness-Mrs. Robert L. Boze, R.R. 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 467 1 1 
Asst. Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Polman, 824 

N. Verde Ave., Rialto, Calif. 92376 
Devotional Program Chm.-Miss Marilyn 

Vnasdale, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 



January 10, 1970 



23 




Those Who Love Him 

M. Basilea Schlink (Grand Rapids, 
Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 
1969), 96 pages, paper, $1.95. 

"Thou hast left thy first love" forms 
the basis of this book. It, especially 
the first chapter, really prods the reader 
and forces one to examine his own 
love and work for Christ. Although a 
few statements would be questioned 
doctrinally, the message, as a whole, 
is soul-searching, challenging, and a 
blessing.— /soie/ Fraser, Los Angeles, 
California 



Caught With My Mouth Open 

Winnie Christensen (Wheaton, Illi- 
nois: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1969), 
143 pages, paper, $1.25. 

This little book is filled with punchy 
sentences such as; "It boils down then 
to sorting out priorities and the safest 
place to sort them out is on your knees 
before the Lord." Here is easy and 
interesting reading which might lead 
ordinary persons to feel that they too 
just might do extraordinary things to 
exalt Jesus Christ and help other peo- 
ple. The obvious challenge (however 
indirect) is that author Winnie Christen- 
sen did something that almost any 
Christian lady might do if she really 
wanted to. 

The book contains a lot of practical, 
common sense instruction for the per- 
son who may wish to consider launch- 
ing a home Bible study ministry. The 
author has delightfully set forth the 
positives and negatives, the do's and 
the don't's of such an undertaking. 
She flavors the whole thing with il- 
lustrations involving specific individ- 
uals.-/. Paul Miller, Modesto, Cali- 
fornia 



Conquest and Crisis 

John J. Davis (Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana: BMH Books, 1969), 176 pages, 
paper, $2.95. 

Here is a well-outlined study of the 
books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. 
Of its thirteen chapters, six are given 
to the Book of Joshua with its theme 
of "victory through faith." Judges, 
whose theme in contrast is "failure 
through compromise," receives five 
chapters. Ruth, given two chapters, is 
a "refreshing, wholesome love story" 
set in the "decadence of the period of 
the Judges." It "is an excellent illus- 
tration of the grace of God at work in 
the Old Testament era." 

Davis does not sidestep the many 
problems such as the lie of Rahab, the 
wars of extermination, Jephthah's vow, 
Samson's sins, and Ruth's uncovering 
Boaz's feet. After surveying various 
views on such problems, he presents 
an orthodox view buttressed by archae- 
ological, historical, cultural, geographi- 
cal and theological arguments. 

Practical applications for our day 
are found throughout the book but not 
to the extent that they eclipse the con- 
tent of this portion of God's Word. 

Davis gives an excellent but not too 
lengthy study and helps one to find 
the solution to many vexing problems 
that are often ignored by other writers. 
-Dr. Herman W. Koontz, Fern Park, 
Florida 



Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 or the Herald Book- 
store, Box 2385, Fullerton, Cali- 
fornia 92633. We pay postage. 



The Apostle: A Life of Paul 

John Pollock (New York: Double- 
day, 1969), 244 pages, $4.95. 

The biographer of D. L. Moody 
and Billy Graham now attempts to give 
us a fresh view of the Apostle Paul. 
He writes with the ambitious goal of 
introducing us to Paul as Luke or 
Timothy knew him. The result is an 
exciting account of the hfe of that 
great saint. In his preface, Pollock 
states that he himself has seen Paul for 
the first time. 

The work is scholarly. Pollock has 
done enormous research into the life 
of Paul, traveling through learned vol- 
umes and down dusty roads which 
Paul himself traveled. The dubious 
details of Paul's life are dealt with and 
over fifty notes help to explain Pol- 
lock's conclusions. 

Pollock's writing style could be im- 
proved. Some sentences are so in- 
tricately constructed that the reader 
must stop and laboriously ponder their 
meaning. Short sentences in the Jim 
Bishop style of writing would have 
made the book much more readable 
and would have enhanced its veri- 
similitude. 

Nevertheless, the book achieves its 
author's goal. The reader gets a 
glimpse of Paul as his contemporaries 
saw him. The serious Bible student 
will delightedly ingest ideas new and 
old. Every Christian will get better 
acquainted with the Apostle and his 
contributions to the Word of God and 
the Christian i^ith— Robert Sharkel- 
ford, Chicago, Illinois 



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The Editor Speaks .... 


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Before and After in Maitland . 


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The Year Ahead ... in Sunday School 


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Chains . . . Chain Reaction 


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. . . The Surging Seventies. 


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Church News 


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The French Shoemaker . 


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Greater Love 


15 


Sex, Scripture and Society 


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The Seething Seventies? . 


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Why More Money? .... 


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Grace's "Who's Who" 


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Dr. McClain's Alcove 


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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 



January 24, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 2 



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The Editor Speaks . . . 



By Clyde K. Landrum 



W/7/ the 70s Be Different? 



War in Vietnam, hunger in Biafra, 
assassinations, student rebellions, and 
an abandonment of the puritanical 
stance in the United States. For 
these and many other reasons, we 
"have had it" in the 60s. Or so goes 
the script. In its January 13 issue 
Look magazine warned: "Weapons, 
pollutants and reproduction make it 
pretty clear that the old ways will kill 
us all. Not that the world will end by 
1980; but unless we turn around some 
basic values, by 1980 mankind may be 
too far gone to rescue." 

It has been extremely interesting to 
read articles in secular and religious 
magazines picturing Ufe in the 60s and 
looking forward to Hfe in the 70s. So 
far as I have been able to determine, 
every secular pronouncement and pre- 
diction set forth was based on human- 
istic philosophy, with no mention of 
God. Even some of the religious 
analysts are extremely pessimistic. 

We should beware of being victim- 
ized by the gloom and doom alarmists, 
and we must continually remind our- 
selves that man is not self-sufficient, 
and that the up-by-our-own-bootstraps 
philosophy is an impossibility. Neither 



should we as Christians be so simplistic 
as to generalize with the statement 
"God will take care of everything," 
an attitude that is doing irreparable 
injury to the cause of Christ. There 
is a sound policy that keeps us involved 
in the basic problems of people and 
yet keeps our eyes heavenward. It is 
simply to be Christian in the fullest 
sense of the word, to put our faith 
completely in the Bible as the Word of 
God, and to trust implicitly in Christ 
as the hope of all mankind. In this 
way we can deal with the very real 
and human problems about us, and at 
the same time look with expectancy 
for His soon return. People are con- 
stantly looking for something or some- 
one to give them peace within. Many 
are willing to accept Christ as Saviour 
and Lord and to find peace in Him 
when He is properly presented. This, 
then, is our solution; it is our greatest 
challenge for the 70s. 

The church must move forward in 
the 70s— completely dedicated to this 
pohcy. By changing the hearts of men, 
we will see a change in the relationship 
between men. As men are won to 
Christ, we will soon see them begin to 




exert a united effort to win others to 
Christ. The same thing will carry over 
in our denominational program in the 
70s. We simply cannot afford the 
luxury of moving in different directions 
to achieve our Brethren goals. We 
dare not look upon one department as 
separate from or more major than 
another, neither can we say that work- 
ers in one field of endeavor are more 
important than others. And it is ab- 
solutely essential to view the missions 
program as a unit with schools, home 
missions, foreign missions, missionary 
literature, Christian education, and 
evangelism as integral parts of a unified 
whole. To do otherwise fragments the 
program, and fails to bring into oper- 
ation the Biblical principle of missions. 
As we in The Brethren Church oper- 
ate on this basis we face unlimited 
possibihties in the 70s. God will work 
through us and bless us beyond any- 
thing that we have ever experienced. 
We need not be discouraged by any- 
thing that seemingly went wrong in 
the 60s; God can overrule all such and 
even bring good out of it. Let us 
dedicate ourselves fully to having 
schools that are Christ-centered from 
kindergarten through college. Our 
Uterature program should be expanded, 
with full exploration of every possible 
new avenue of expression. The foreign 
ministry must move, with a trained 
national constituency, away from the 
mission-dominated philosophy to one 
of complete trust and cooperation. 
At home we must erect conservative 
church buildings as bases from which 
to move out and win men to Christ 
and teach them to become profitable 
workers for Him. With such a program 
we would merit the support of pastors 
and lay people, and even more impor- 
tant-we would be well pleasing to our 
God. ▼ 



January 24, 1970 



Before 
in Md 



By R. Paul AI 




Brethren Missionary Herald 



Maitland congregation now 



^^n September 22, 1968, the new 
facilities of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Maitland, Florida, were formally 
dedicated to the Lord. It was truly a 
day of rejoicing and spiritual blessings. 
The path of service was committed to 
the leading and empowering of the 
Holy Spirit. Some did a little dream- 
ing. Perhaps there was a vision or 
two. What would God accomplish 
through the small portion of His flock 
in Maitland? 

Nearly fifteen months have been 
added to history since that momentous 
day. The Lord has clearly manifested 
in so many ways His loving concern, 
enduring patience, and mighty power. 

During this period of time, the 
membership has doubled to the present 
60 with 21 additions thus far in 1969. 
The Wednesday evening "Share and 
Prayer Time" is now averaging 40 in 
attendance, with a high of 50. The 
Sunday evening service attendance has 
doubled, while the morning worship 
increase has been nearly 200 percent. 
The record highs are: morning worship, 
117; evening service, 80; and Sunday 
school, 97. 

In the past eight months six families 
in the immediate area of the church 
have begun attending regularly. Great 
encouragement has come also from the 
Grace Brethren families who have lo- 
cated in this area and are serving the 
Lord with us. They have come from 
Wheaton, Illinois; Fremont and Trot- 
wood, Ohio; Arvada, Colorado; and 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

July 16, 1969, was a momentous 
day in the history of mankind. The 
eyes of the world were on Central 
Florida. Celebrities from many nations 
were gathered here. At 8:55 p.m. 
the great decision was made: there 
would be an important launching. The 
time was definitely determined: 12:01 
a.m., January 1, 1970. At this precise 
moment the Grace Brethren Church of 
Maitland, Florida, would "blast off 
from The Brethren Home Missions 



Council launching pad and become 
self-supporting. Oh, yes, in case you 
may have forgotten, there was a launch- 
ing that actually took place on the 
morning of July 16-the Apollo 11,1 
believe it was. 

There were several factors which 
led to this unanimous action of the 
Maitland congregation: the promises 
of a great and faithful God, the urgent 
need for funds being available to assist 
other new building programs; and the 
financial record of the first nine months 
in the new facilities. The total income 
for this year should be about $18,500. 
Within the past five months, twelve 
new pews have been installed and paid 
for. Several thousand dollars were 
given to "Operation: POP" (Pay On 
Principal). This will make it possible 
to reduce the principal indebtedness 
in the amount of $5,000 during the 
year 1969. In addition to these two 
projects, the current expense fund has 
been averaging $260 each week during 
the fourth quarter. There are always 
many needs in a new and growing 
work, but we are confident that each 
one will be fully met and at the proper 
time. Praise His name! 

Maitland is Disney World country: 
just twenty minutes from the main 
entrance . This $600,000,000 grandiose 
42 square-mile fun city will produce 
some dramatic changes in Central 
Florida. Not the least important is the 
predicted 300 percent increase in pop- 
ulation. More people being brought 
to our doorstep. Souls for whom 
Christ has died. It is the desire of this 
pastor to lead this people, as directed 
and empowered by the blessed Holy 
Spirit, on a path of testimony that 
will magnify the Lord and enable the 
Holy Spirit to draw many unto Him. 
If we are faithful to the Word and fully 
controlled by the Spirit, when Disney 
World opens to the pubhc, October 1, 
1971, another Brethren testimony will 
open in the Orlando area for the glory 
of God. T 



Original Maitland congregation 



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January 24, 1970 




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The Year Ahead • • • in Sunday School 



Happy families, visitors, crowded parking lots 



... is as bright as the promises of God! 

I have just finished my study of the 
November contest standings of the 
Sunday schools of our Fellowship of 
churches, 171 of the 225 churches re- 
ported in that month. I am aware that 
the totals for these 171 schools in- 
dicated a loss of one percent over that 
of the month of November 1968. But 
the promises of God reveal to me that 
the Word of God shall not return void. 
Sunday-school staffs have been patient- 
ly sowing the seed and watering it with 
their prayers throughout the year, and 
God has promised. Therefore, I am 
encouraged with the prospects of 1970. 

How could I be anything but ex- 
cited as I see two churches from 
opposite sides of our nation produce 
a gain of 153 persons— Hagerstown 
(Md.) Grace Brethren, 66; and North 
Long Beach (Calif.) Brethren, 87 per- 
sons. That's equivalent to the size of 
about two average Sunday schools in 
America. Added in one year! Then 
in Division B the competition is excel- 
lent and the results are exciting as I see 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Waterloo, 
Iowa; and the First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, adding another 80 to 
the figures. That adds the farm and 
industrial areas to our picture. Division 
C is also exciting, for here from our 
Nation's Capital, Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington, we add 
another 70. Bellflower, California, 
added 47 more, and both of these 
churches showed increases of better 
than 20 percent over one year ago. 



By Dr. Harold Etling 



The next three Divisions, E. F and 
G, show some phenomenal gains, three 
churches in Division E above the 20 
percent mark, Los Angeles and Seal 
Beach, California; and Kokomo, Indi- 
ana; two more in Division F, namely 
Brookville, Ohio, and Elizabethtown, 
Pennsylvania; and in Division G, it was 
Simi, California, with 75 percent; Taos, 
New Mexico, with 42 percent and 
Phoenix, Arizona, with 21.8 percent. 
I would like to tell you about all of 
these places and the exciting things 
they have shared with me by letter and 
personal calls. 

But, lest anyone get the idea that 
increases are only for the larger 
churches, look at the last three Divi- 
sions. Orange, California, is one of 
our newer home-mission points, and 
yet showed an increase of 45.9 percent 
(28 additional people). And how 
Davenport, Iowa, ever managed to 
crowd 117 people into their facilities 
is a miracle to be seen. (This is 
another home-mission point.) 

But I move back home, for Indiana 
has a home-mission point likewise, in 
our State's Capital City of IndianapoUs. 
They have had a real struggle to get a 
building, but now the construction 



crew is in Indianapolis, and they are 
expecting 1970 to see them in their 
new facilities. By the way, Sunday 
schools in Indiana churches are helping 
this church in that every fifth Sunday 
month the entire offering for that 
Sunday from most of the Indiana 
Sunday schools goes to help in the 
project of Indianapolis which has been 
the district-mission point for several 
years. Oh yes, I must tell you they 
had a 48 percent increase in attend- 
ance over November 1968. Then in 
the smallest Division— J, Maitland, 
Florida, had more than a doubling of 
their attendance, an increase of 40 
people, for a gain of 133 percent. 

Do you wonder why I am excited 
about the 70s? It will be a decade of 
increasing fulfillment of the promises 
of God, as God's people continue to 
serve Him, and to obey His command 
to sow the seed. 

I am glad to be a part of the "on- 
going" of the spread of the Gospel 
through the work of the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches, and to 
be expecting great things from God as 
we enter the decade of the 70s. I am 
praying that God will allow us to see 
many more new churches begun 
through the efforts of our Home Mis- 
sions Council. I am trusting that He 
will honor His Word everywhere it is 
taught— in older churches and in new 
ones that are just begun. 

THE YEAR AHEAD IS AS 
BRIGHT AS THE PROMISES OF 
GOD! ▼ 



January 24, 1970 




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Chains. Of bondage? No, links 
that unite precious souls to Christ, 
which, alone, can make man free. 

The first link in one chain was 
forged in 1965 when in my door-to- 
door calling I met C— . At first she re- 
fused the Hterature, but after a short 
talk at the door, invited me in. In our 
conversation we spoke of the need of 
a corban (sacrifice), Yom Kippur (Day 
of Atonement) and the need of a 
kosher heart; for God is holy. Gan 
Eden (heaven) and gehenem (hell) 
were discussed, pointing out that only 
God could prepare us to come into 
His presence. This was the reason 
Messiah Jesus had come. The phone 
ended our conversation but I was 
asked to come again. 

Other links were added as I would 
find her at home from time to time. 
She was open to discuss the Word. 
Often she would promise to attend our 
meetings, only to back out when the 
time came. 

A very important link was added 
last spring when C— finally came to 
our evening Bible class. She was the 
last one of my group to be picked up. 
Getting into the car, she informed me 
that she had a friend who would like 
to attend that night. Would I pick her 
up? Would I! 

The friend lived over a mile from 
the Mission, and it was only a few 
minutes until time for the class to be- 
gin. Dropping off my other passengers 
at the Mission, we went gladly for S— . 

Our hearts were greatly encouraged 
by the attitude and response of both 
ladies. They enjoyed the meeting and 
entered into the discussion during re- 
freshment time. From statements C— 
made, it was definite that she beheved 
in God but not Christ as God. S— 
seemed to have some knowledge of the 
scriptural subjects discussed. Had she 
attended other meetings, I wondered? 
Both assured me they would come 
again. 

In the months that followed no 
links were added. Phone calls only 
produced excuses and call-backs found 
no one at home; both women work. 
Literature was left each time with the 
prayer that God would bless the testi- 
mony of the "silent missionary." While 
1 was in the East for conference and 
itineration, I included them in my 
group to whom I sent "thinking-of- 
you" cards. 

October 8, 1969. In the afternoon 
1 stopped by S-'s apartment and was 



overjoyed to find her at home. I was 
warmly received and invited in. She 
was pleased to learn that I was the one 
who had sent her the card. In our 
conversation I learned that our meeting 
was the first Bible class she had ever 
attended. 

She was very receptive as I pre- 
sented the claims of Christ to her. 
Some of the Scriptures discussed were 
Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 53, Acts 
4:23-28 (who are guilty of the cruci- 
fixion), the trinity through Deuterono- 
my 6:4 and Genesis 2:24. Asking her 
what she thought of what had been 
discussed, she replied that she believed 
these truths. She believed that Jesus 
is Saviour and God. After being shown 
that now she needed to accept Him, 
she prayed and asked Christ to come 
into her heart. After I prayed, Romans 



Our meeting 
was the first 
Bible class 
she had ever 
attended. 



10:9-10 were shown to her as a con- 
firmation as to what had happened. 

This act had linked her to The 
Anchor and she is now safely "anchored 
in Jesus." Before leaving I gave her a 
New Testament and told her to read 
the Gospel of John, showing her its 
purpose in John 20:3 1 . 

This was Wednesday but she was 
not free to attend our Bible class that 
night. However, she has faithfully 
attended since then. S— now seeks to 
add links. She tries, thus far un- 
successfully, to encourage C— to attend 
the Bible class. Another friend has 
also promised to come to our meetings. 

Another chain was started many 
years ago. I'm not sure just when; 
perhaps even before the one with C— . 
It's first Unk was fashioned when Ann 
Isaacson, a precious Hebrew Christian, 
became acquainted with Mrs. R— , who 
lived in her neighborhood. Many links 
were added as we called in her home 
and were able to discuss the Scriptures 
and the claims of Christ as Messiah and 



God. 

Several years ago she attended a 
few of our luncheon-discussion meet- 
ings. One time she even brought a 
dessert to be served. She enjoys baking 
very much. Usually when we visit her 
we are treated to homemade cookies 
and coffee. 

October 21, 1969. We were very 
happy to find Mrs. R- at home for 
she had not been there the last time 
we had called. As we enjoyed again 
some of her pastry, we discussed the 
claims of Christ from the Old and New 
Testaments. Completing our presenta- 
tion, I asked for her thoughts on the 
subject. She acknowledged belief in 
Christ as God and Saviour BUT, when 
we pointed out that she needed to 
apply this belief by accepting Him, 
she said she was not ready. Before 
leaving I explained to her the sinner's 
prayer and that at anytime, anywhere 
she could simply ask Christ to save her. 

November 5, 1969. Having prayed 
since that October visit that the Lord 
would close the link that would unite 
Mrs. R— to Christ by her acceptance 
of Him, I called on this Wednesday 
afternoon. Upon being asked again 
to make a decision for Christ, she said 
that she could not until she talked to 
her son. Apparently she has told him 
of our visits, and he has told her that 
she is too old to change. I pointed 
out that age should not be a deterrent 
to obedience to God, citing Abraham's 
experience. Then she remarked that 
she was unable to attend our meetings. 
My response was that this was not 
necessary to acceptance of Christ Jesus 
as Saviour and God. 

Up to now, this link remains open. 
Will you apply prayer power? The 
hand of God alone is able to forge this 
hnk to Christ. 

These chains and similar ones have 
been slow in forming, but we are 
thankful for each one. What we long 
for, however, is "chain reaction." In 
physics this is the process, molecular 
or atomic power, which once started 
automatically continues and spreads. 
There is a more potent power than 
this— the Gospel! For over twenty 
years the Gospel in word and print has 
been given out in this Fairfax area. 
God has said, "the gospel of Christ is 
the power of God unto salvation . . ." 
(Rom. 1:16). Oh, that this power 
might be released and a chain reaction 
be produced in Jewish lives through 
belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. T 



January 24, 1970 




I he church today stands with all 
mankind at a common crossroad, shar- 
ing a common concern: which way do 
we go to make a new world in which 
we can live in peace? I suppose your 
immediate reaction would be, it's not 
really for us to make a new world but 
rather let God remake and reform the 
nations into a new world. 

But what about that word world? 
What does this mean to you personally? 
If we are to be genuinely concerned 
for the changing of the world, what is 
our concept of our world? Would it 
be too simple to say your world or 
my world is right where you or I are 
right at this moment? 

Our world has been passing through 
a time of protest against the "Estab- 
lishment." It would seem that every- 
thing as old or young as yesterday is 
relegated to the category of the "Estab- 
lishment." National magazines tell us 
that the four-letter words so prevalent 
today in the communicative arts are 
just another form of protest and that 



the sex-sick sixties are only a prelude 
to the surging seventies. 

Our world is faced with the realities 
of all forms of revolution. The Chris- 
tian cannot blindly approve all revo- 
lution, but I wonder if we cannot en- 
dorse the fact that as Christians we 
proclaim a message which is revolution- 
ary. In the Person of Jesus Christ, 
God started a great reversal. Human 
relations were turned upside down and 
the proud and humble, the mighty and 
the weak, the rich and the poor 
switched places. What God did was 
revolutionary. 

The Book of Acts (chapter 17) tells 
of Paul and Silas preaching in Thessa- 
lonica where they were accused as 
those "that have turned the world up- 
side down." The message of the 
Gospel was having its effect upon the 
world in which these people were liv- 
ing. The message was revolutionary 
because it was demanding a change in 
the mainstream of life in New Testa- 
ment times. 

From the threshold of the seventies 



some say new methods are the answer 
if we are to make an impact on our 
world. Others would mention that 
new tools need to be suggested for use 
in presenting the Gospel to our world. 
But note that with all the tools such 
as literature, radio, television, films, 
aviation, we are still finding we must 
return to the first tool which God 
wants— a person, a witness. It is the 
person who has character and personal- 
ity and these can be directed and con- 
trolled by the Spirit of God to become 
a revolutionary force for the glory of 
God. All the methods and tools are 
only a means to an end. 

Where is your world? Does God 
want you to be responsible for a 
special area of the great harvest field? 
Your world may be no larger than the 
four walls of your home, or the neigh- 
borhood block, or the local communi- 
ty, or your vocational co-workers, or 
across this nation, or across other 
nations. Wherever your world takes 
you God wants each of us to be in- 
volved. The strange plight of man is 



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that while his knowledge is exploding, 
the whole idea of feeling responsible 
for those next to him day after day 
is disappearing. 

Of all the challenges before us the 
challenge of our youth must be the 
greatest. I am told that in two years 
the average age in America will be 
twenty-four. Our electronic generation 
has come alive to challenge our world 
with the possibility that there is no 
binding standard by which they are to 
live. 

How do we reach our world? At 
the very launching of this decade of 
the surging seventies the task of con- 
fronting this changing age with a 
changeless Christ belongs to each of us. 
We must accept the fact that the 
message we bear is revolutionary. 
Social conditions are fueled by the 
freedom drive which is surging up 
through the entire world of men— the 
struggle for identity, dignity, security, 
and equality. Spiritual conditions, 
when brought into the proper focus 
of the Gospel, can be changed by the 



power of the Spirit of God and men 
begin to see the revolutionary message 
that God wants to identify with man- 
kind. "For God sent not his Son into 
the world to condemn the world, but 
that the world through him might be 
saved" (John 3:17). 

If the church is at a crossroad at the 
beginning of 1970, is it there because 
we are not carrying out our Biblical 
directive? This crossroad could be 
marked with signs which read, "World 
of Frustration," "World of Lawless- 
ness." Are we carrying the transform- 
ing message of salvation to these 
worlds which are a part and parcel of 
our everyday life? 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil begins its thirty-first year of involve- 
ment in presenting the claims of Jesus 
Christ. If the Lord Jesus Christ should 
tarry His coming, it is the desire of 
Brethren Home Missions to assist you 
in reaching your world quickly with 
the Gospel. Do you see your world 
around you as God sees it? 

To the Corinthian believers who 



Uved during a time of moral revolution, 
a real cesspool of evil and perversion, 
the Apostle Paul wrote, "Now then we 
are ambassadors for Christ, as though 
God did beseech you by us: we pray 
you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled 
to God" (II Cor. 5:20). So then, we 
as personal representatives and ambas- 
sadors go forth with this message of 
reconciliation with great encourage- 
ment realizing the tremendous urgency 
of the hour. 

Be ready in 1970 to reach your 
world with a spoken word concerning 
your faith. Be willing to heed the 
words of the angels at the garden 
tomb of our Lord, "Go quickly, and 
tell his disciples . . ." (Matt. 28:7). A 
modern song is entitled, "Who Will 
Answer?" Will you give an answer— 
". . . be ready always to give an an- 
swer to every man that asketh you a 
reason of the hope that is in you with 
meekness and fear" (I Pet. 3:15). 
God's Word is the final answer for the 
surging seventies. 



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WINONA LAKE, IND. The Dr. 
John C. Whitcomb family wishes to 
thank the Lord and all those who have 
prayed for Mrs. Whitcomb during her 
recent illness. During Thanksgiving 
week, there was little hope of her re- 
covery, but God performed a miracle 
of healing in her body and she is 
gaining strength each week (James 
5:15; II Cor. 1:9-11). Dr. John C. 
Whitcomb. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF. Cassette 
tapes are being used to record the 
morning and evening messages and 
special music used in the worship serv- 
ices. The tapes will be kept on hand 
for several months and made available 
for shut-ins, those who cannot attend 
services regularly, and those who wish 
to do further study on the topic and 
Scriptures. Edwin E. Cashman, pastor. 

CHANGES. Please make the fol- 
lowing corrections in your Annual: 
The new phone number of Nathan M. 
Meyer is 703-721-2205. The new 
secretary for the Fairlawn Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio, is Mrs. Aloma 
Anders, 3790 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, 
Ohio 44321. All mail for the Grace 
Brethren Bible Church of Omaha, 
Nebr., should be sent to the church 
address. Under the name of Clyde J. 
Caes, page 94, the phrase (All mail to 
the church address) should be deleted. 

JACKSON, MICH. Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes of Whittier, Calif., recently held 
a Prophetic Bible Conference at the 
Grace Brethren Church. He also spoke 
at a carry-in dinner in the church. 
Gilbert Hawkins, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Dr. Russell D. 
Barnard was the speaker for the East 
District Foreign Missions Dinner held 
at the First Brethren Church Jan. 5. 
Approximately 80 moderators, chair- 
men of missionary committees, pastors 
and their wives were in attendance. 
Wesley Haller, pastor. 



WUERZBURG, GERMANY. Breth- 
ren Chaplain Emlyn H. Jones has been 
reassigned as Staff Chaplain, Hq. U.S. 
Army Hospital, Number g, and 
preached his last sermon at Emery 
barracks Jan. 1 1. 

MAITLAND, FLA. Three attend- 
ance records were broken recently at 
the Grace Brethren Church. Attend- 
ances of 1 17 for the morning worship, 
97 for Sunday school, and 50 for the 
midweek share and prayer service 
topped all previous marks. Rev. Robert 
E. A. Miller, director of the Washing- 
ton, D.C., branch of the American 
Board of Missions to the Jews, held a 
one-day Jewish Prophetic Conference 
Jan. 11. A special film on the "Six 
Day War" was shown in the evening 
service. R. Paul Miller, pastor. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Two fine 
families left the Grace Brethren Church 
for Alaska to assist in forming the new 
Brethren church in Kenai. Mr. and 
Mrs. Terry Appleby and Mr. and Mrs. 
James Welborn will add support to the 
church there. Mrs. Welborn is the 
daughter of Rev. Herman Hein, pastor 
of the Kenai church. Simon T. Toro- 
ian, pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Mr. Ken- 
neth E. Herman, managing editor of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald, will 
represent the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Co., in the churches of the North- 
west District during February and will 
attend the 1970 Northwest District 
Conference at Yakima, Feb. 19-20. 



HOMERVILLE, OHIO. Rev. Rob- 
ert Holmes, pastor of the West Homer 
Brethren Church, recently received a 
call to begin his 20th year of ministry 
here. In the past year, 21 new mem- 
bers were received into the church, 
and for the third straight year, the 
church has given more to missions than 
it has used for local expenses. 

COUNSELOR, N. MEX. Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Lathrop of the Brethren 
Navajo Mission announce the birth of 
Daniel Robert on Dec. 25, weighing 
seven pounds eight ounces. 

KENAI, ALASKA. The Jim Wel- 
born and Terry Appleby famihes have 
arrived in Kenai to help build the 
Brethren work here. (See Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa, news item.) Jim is 
working in radio and TV repair, and 
his wife Beverly teaches school in 
Sterling, about 21 miles from Kenai. 
Terry is now manager of the Tischer 
Burner Co., of Kenai, working on 
furnace sales and repair. The church 
has received a portable electric organ 
from the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. It is the one Rev. Dean 
Risser used to begin his church in 
Pittsburgh, Pa. Song books were pro- 
vided by the Kokomo, Ind., Indian 
Heights Grace Brethren Church, and a 
guest register, offering plates, and a 
four-drawer filing cabinet were received 
from the Troy, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church. Cash gift love offerings were 
received by Pastor Herman H. Hein 
from the Winchester, Va., Kokomo, 
Ind., and Winona Lake, Ind., Brethren 
churches. 

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO. A mis- 
sionary conference featuring the Keith 
Altigs, Lynn Schrocks, Don Millers and 
Eddie Mensinger was held Nov. 21-23 
at the Good News Grace Brethren 
Church. A threefold communion serv- 
ice warmly blessed the congregation 
Dec. 12. An open house at the parson- 
age with good fellowship and refresh- 
ments was held Dec. 16. John M. 
McKay, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 

Duncansville,Pa. 
Lexington, Ohio 
Lyndhurst, Ohio 



Date 

Feb. 1-8 
Feb. 15-22 
Feb. 22-27 



Pastor 

John Gregory 
Terrance Taylor 
Robert Markley 



Speaker 

Nathan Meyer 
Allen Herr 
Nathan Meyer 



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SUNNYSIDE, WASH. Sixty-one 
young people and counselors from the 
First Brethren Church and the Top- 
penish Grace Brethren Church met for 
a winter retreat at the Northwest Dis- 
trict Camp during Christmas vacation. 
Speakers for the retreat were Rev. 
Duane S. Jorgens, minister of Christian 
education at Sunnyside ; and Rev. Sam 
Horney, pastor at Toppenish. Plans for 
next year are to make this a district- 
wide retreat and double the attendance 
to fill the camp. John W. Mayes, host 
pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. A Brethren 
' Missionary Herald sponsored Commu- 
nications Seminar will be held at Grace 
Schools, Feb. 10-13. Featured speakers 
and panelists will be James Wilson, 
Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dale Brock, Fuller- 
ton, Calif.; and Mrs. Althea Miller, 
Washington, D.C. The sessions will in- 
volve both Grace College and Seminary 
students, and all interested pastors and 
other Christian workers. There will 
be messages each morning at 10:30 
and workshops in the afternoon. A 
special feature of the seminar will be 
a series of coffee whirls for the ladies. 
Mrs. Miller will be present to speak 
about subjects of interest to the ladies. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. A "Victory 
Day," Dec. 28, chmaxed the fourth- 
quarter enlargement campaign of the 
First Brethren Church. Four pubUc 
decisions, above average attendance, 
and an offering totaling $6,000 were 
the highUghts of the services. A large 
portion of the offering went for mis- 
sions, and the church was able to meet 
all of its total-support commitments to 
the four missionary families from the 
congregation. January will be a month 
of prayer in preparation for meetings 
with Evangelist Allen Herr Feb. 1-8. 
Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

COVINGTON, VA. An "electronic 
secretary" machine has been installed 
at the local radio station by Mr. Earl 
Key of the church. A 90-second taped 
message is automatically played for 
those who dial a specified phone num- 
ber. The messages are prepared by 
Rev. W. Carl Miller, pastor. The Billy 
Graham Film Crusade held in the 
church during Thanksgiving week re- 
sulted in two decisions for salvation 
and many rededicated hearts. 



WHEATON, ILL. Jim and Joyce 
Renick spoke to 44 persons in an eve- 
ning service at the Grace Brethren 
Church, and then were booked to 
speak at several high schools to speak 
in French classes and clubs. One in- 
structor taped Mr. Renick's entire talk 
for a later playback to history classes. 
A costumed Santa Claus appeared at a 
social following the Christmas program 
"Happy Birthday" written by Lois 
Landrum of the church. Each child 
received a gift, and a wastebasket full 
of household cleaning products was 
presented to each family. A group 
known as the "Expresso-Flowers" pre- 
sented a musical program for a recent 
Sunday evening service. Contemporary 
songs bracketed by readings from the 
Bible were chmaxed with the story of 
Christ's death on the cross. 

SANFORD, N.C. A new Grace 
Brethren Church has been organized 
here, and the first service was held on 
Dec. 21 with eleven present. Services 
are being held in the Bert Jordan home, 
203 Monroe St., which is located near 
the downtown section. The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co. has donated 
Sunday-school materials and songbooks 
from its free hterature fund for the 
new work. Officers have been elected 
for the church, and it is hoped that a 
pastor may be secured on a partial self- 
support basis. Brethren people in the 
area are invited to visit this new work, 
and may phone the Jordans at 
919-775-3815 for further information. 

LA PUENTE, CALIF. Dr. Curtis 
Mitchell, professor of Bible at Biola 
College, recently challenged the people 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hacienda Heights in the morning and 
evening services. The morning chal- 
lenge was from I Corinthians where 
we are exhorted that if the lost are to 
be won it must be "by the foohshness 
of preaching" the Gospel by each and 
every believer in Christ. The evening 
message centered around faithfulness. 
Frank Dunigan, pastor. 

BELLVILLE, OHIO. Rev. Larry 
Gegner was called unanimously to 
serve as the pastor of the Ankenytown 
Grace Brethren Church for another 
two years at the annual business meet- 
ing Jan. 7. A raise in salary and a 
generous gift to care for national con- 
ference expenses were also given. 



TAOS, N. MEX. The United States 
home-mission map has been completely 
colored in at the Canon Brethren 
Church which means we attained our 
goal for missions— plus! The goal of 
$450 was topped as a total of $499.09 
was received. Robert Salazar, pastor. 

CAMDEN, OHIO. The ordination 
service for Rev. George S. Ritchey, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
was held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 25. 
Rev. John R. Terrell, pastor of the 
Patterson Park Brethren Church, Day- 
ton, Ohio, was the special speaker. 



J,, w. 



emoriam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 



KISSELL, Helen, a charter member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Mans- 
field, Ohio, went to be with the Lord 
Jan. 1 . Richard E. Grant, pastor. 

lAJeddln^ (DeU6 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Novella Galleyos and Servio Padilla, 
Dec. 13, Canon Brethren Church, Taos, 
N. Mex. 

Dianne Walton and Rick Barker, 
Dec. 20, Patterson Park Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Barbara Hobert and Rodney Mayes, 
Dec. 20, Grace Brethren Church, Water- 
loo, Iowa. 

Marianne Scott and Richard Taylor, 
Dec. 20, Grace Brethren Church, Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. 

Diane Kay Diggins and Harvey Long, 
Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, 
Iowa. 

Sharon Marie Weber and Daniel 
Warren Gehman, Dec. 26, Pontiac, 
Michigan. Rev. Ord Gehman, offici- 
ating. 

Linda Schweikart and Phillip Swi- 
hart, Dec. 27, Grace Brethren Church, 
Goshen, Ind. Rev. James Kennedy, 
officiating. 

Ellen Wandel and Jeff Cooper, Dec. 
27, West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio. 

Kathleen Kellar and Jack Leffler, 
Dec. 27, First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. 



January 24, 1970 



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A penny's worth of reading netted great gain for 



The French Shoemaker 



Many years ago, in Nantes, a Bible 
was given to a beggar. Unlike most of 
his class, the man could read, and when 
he found that the book was not known 
in the towns and villages through which 
he passed in his wanderings, he con- 
ceived the idea of adding to his meager 
income by reading a portion to those 
who would be willing to pay for it. 

One day he stopped before the 
little shop of an old man who made 
the wooden shoes worn by French 
peasants, and begged alms of the shoe- 
maker. 

"You ask charity of me!" exclaimed 
the old man. "1 am just as needy as 

He covered more than 120 miles. 



you are. 

The beggar replied: "If you are not 
willing to give me alms, then give me 
a sou (a French coin equivalent in 
value to our cent), and I will read a 
chapter of the Bible to you." 

"What book is that? I never heard 
of it before." 

"It is a book which speaks of God." 

The old shoemaker, curious to know 
something of the contents of the book, 
gave the beggar a sou, upon which the 
latter produced liis wonderful book, 
and, sitting on a stone seat in front of 
the house, began to read. 

The narrative of the interview of 




Nicodemus with the Lord Jesus deeply 
impressed him, and especially was he 
struck by the words which Luther 
called "the Bible in miniature": "For 
God so loved the world, that he gave 
his only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, but 
have everlasting life." Before the 
reader concluded with the words, "He 
that believeth on the Son hath ever- 
lasting life: and he that believeth not 
the Son shall not see life; but the 
wrath of God abideth on him," the 
old man was eager to hear more, and 
cried, "Go on! Go on!" 

"Oh, no," replied the beggar, "Only 
one chapter for a sou." 

The old man could not continue to 
pay sous, for he was very poor, but 
he begged the man to tell him where 
he obtained the marvelous book. The 
beggar said that he had received it from 
a pastor in Nantes, and then went his 
way. 

One morning about a fortnight after 
the beggar passed through the village 
the shoemaker rose early and told his 
son that the little shop would be left 
in his care, as he was going to Nantes. 

"To Nantes, Father?" said his son. 
"You cannot think of it. It is much 
too long a journey for you, for it is 
more than sixty miles." 

AH efforts to dissuade him from 
his purpose were unavailing, and so he 
started on the long walk to Nantes, 
where he arrived at length. He sought 
the pastor who had a depot at which 
Bibles were sold. "What do you wish?" 
asked the pastor. 

"Sir," he replied, "I have been told 
that one can obtain from you a book 
that tells about God." 

"Is it a Bible you wish?" 

"Oh, yes, sir, that's it! I should like 
to have one." 

"At what price?" 

"Price, sir?" said the old man. 

"Certainly, we do not give away 
Bibles." 

"Well, I am unable to buy one, sir. 
A beggar told me that you gave him 
one, and I am as poor as he is." 

"Where do you come from, my 
friend?" 

He told the name of the village in 



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which he lived. The pastor, knowing 
it was a great distance, inquired, "How 
did you come?" 

"On foot." 

"How are you going back?" 

"On foot again." 

"What! Have you, old as you are, 
undertaken a walk of more than a 
hundred and twenty miles to get a 
Bible?" 

"Yes, sir; and I shall think myself 
amply rewarded if I get one." 

"If that be so, although I should 
never give away another Bible, you 
certainly shall have one. You read 
pretty well, I suppose?" 

"Ah, no; I do not know a letter." 

"But what are you to do with a 
Bible if you cannot read?" 

"Oh, sir, my daughter can read, and 
there are three other people in our 
village who can read. I do beg you to 
give me the Book." 

The pastor gave him a Bible. On 
reaching his native village, he invited 
the people to come to his house in the 
evening. Those who could read did 
so by turns, while the others listened. 

Some six months after his journey 
to Nantes, he was found there again. 



The pastor, astonished at seeing him, 
exclaimed, "My old friend! Whatever 
brings you so far again?" 

The old man replied, "Oh, sir, I've 
been all wrong— all wrong, sir." 

"But who told you that you were 
wrong?" 

"The Book, sir; the Bible says it." 

"Oh, really, and what does it say?" 

"It says that I've been wrong all my 
hfe. I, a poor sinner, have been praying 
all my life to the Virgin Mary. I find 
in the Book that she needed a Saviour 
just as much as I do." 

"How do you know that?" 

"Well, sir, the Book says that she 
rejoiced in God her Saviour— /!er 
Saviour. So she needed a Saviour just 
as I do. I have heard that you people 
have a religion just like the Bible, and 
if you please, I would like to become 
one of you." 

The pastor assembled a few of the 
leading members of the church im- 
mediately and proceeded to ask the old 
man a number of questions. 

"What do you know of the Lord 
Jesus Christ?" 

He answered: "The Word was made 
flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we be- 



held his glory, the glory as of the only 
begotten of the Father,) full of grace 
and truth." 

"What have you to say about His 
death?" 

"The blood of Jesus Christ his Son 
cleanseth us from all sin." 

"What are the privileges of those 
who believe in Christ?" 

"There is therefore now no con- 
demnation to them which are in Christ 
Jesus." 

"What would you say was the duty 
of the behever in Christ?" 

"Ye are not your own .... For ye 
are bought with a price: therefore 
glorify God in your body, and in your 
spirit, which are God's." 

"My friend," said the pastor, if 
these words express your heart, you 
have been taught by God himself, and 
we do not hesitate to admit you among 
us, and we welcome you as a brother." 

The old man was received into the 
French Reformed Church, and showed, 
by the confession of his lips and the 
change in his life the wonderful results 
that follow the hearing of the Word of 
God, if it is received in simple faith. ▼ 

Taken from the Christian Digest 



GREATER LOVE 



By Robert E. A. Miller, Washington, D.C. 



The demise of the "hippie" move- 
ment, recently observed by Dr. 
Graham Blaine, Jr., chief of Psy- 
chiatry, University Health Service, 
Harvard, leaves us with several sig- 
nificant conclusions. 

Asking why the movement came 
into existence at all, the Harvard 
psychiatrist indicts the "flower chil- 
dren" on the ground of their own 
"love philosophy." In the Academy 
Reporter, a publication of the Acad- 
emy of Health and Religion, he 
spells it out for us: "Their attempts 
to live by love alone led not to some 
glorious Nirvana, but instead to 
bitterness, rivalry, and finally vio- 
lence." Evidently many hippies 
found that a world without dis- 
cipline led only to chaos instead of 
the sought-for freedom. 

Most revealing of all the Harvard 
educator's comments was his sum- 
mation of the movement. "Perhaps 
the proponents of situation ethics 
will now look more cautiously at 
their suggestion that absolute stand- 



ards deprive man of desirable free- 
dom. The main difference between 
the short-lasting philosophy of the 
love-in generation and the long- 
lasting Christian religion is the pres- 
ence in the latter of absolutes which 
provide the structure that seems to 
be essential for the existence of a 
relatively harmonious human socie- 
ty." 

In characteristic academic hesi- 
tancy the Harvard doctor shrinks 
from a positive declaration of cer- 
tainty for a solution. But he does 
make a strong bid for some abso- 
lutes within the Christian frame- 
work. Could the man who is re- 
sponsible for the oversight of 
Harvard's student mental health be 
telling us that the relativistic con- 
cepts of morality emanating from 
his campus for the past several 
decades now have run the gamut of 
moral and spiritual bankruptcy? 

The New Testament has long in- 
sisted on some absolute standards. 
Jesus Christ is the truth (John 14:6). 



He declared, "Greater love hath no 
man than this, that a man lay down 
his hfe for his friends" (John 15:13). 
And this He did with finality on 
the cross. Furthermore, He made it 
quite clear, "Ye are my friends, if 
ye do whatsoever I command you" 
(John 15:14). Divine absolutes— 
"greater love," and His "command- 
ments." These secure for us the 
guarantee of a freedom that is 
genuine here and hereafter. In the 
same vein He said, "If ye continue 
in my word, then are ye my dis- 
ciples indeed; And ye shall know 
the truth, and the truth shall make 
you free. . . . If the Son therefore 
shall make you free, ye shall be 
free indeed" (John 8:31-32, 36). 
Absolutes, yes, the living Word- 
Jesus Christ; the written Word— the 
Bible; love, truth and freedom. 
These bring to us our responsibility 
—to be His friends and disciples. 
The decision is personal. You must 
decide one way or another. 



January 24, 1970 



15 



Sex, Scripture 
and Society 



By Richard Cornelius, M. A. 



I he Pill, the PLAYBOY Philoso- 
phy, the plunging neckline. Sex is in 
style these days as though it were an 
invention of the twentieth century. 
Almost all of society is inflamed about 
sex: college students demonstrate for 
the "new morahty," doctors warn 
against the rise of VD, Madison Avenue 
exploits the human body, police con- 
tend with increased cases of rape, 
Hollywood glamorizes what it calls 
"love," educators champion more sex 
education, popular songs glorify "go- 
ing all the way," parents worry what 
their teen-agers will do next. The 

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Christian dare not bury his head in his 
daily devotional booklet and hope that 
the problems spawned by this "fad" 
of sex will pass away. The real prob- 
lem is not with sex itself but with the 
false views of sex which the world pro- 
motes and also with an ignorance of 
the true views of sex which the Bible 
proclaims. 

The first false view is that sex is 
funny— and the raunchier the better. 
Shady jokes, suggestive cartoons, and 
sordid graffiti are the rule in the realm 
of sex, although few normal people 
carry over such indecorum into other 



areas. What host, for instance, ex- 
hibits the interior of the garbage can 
to his house guests, extols the items 
in the dirty clothes basket, or expounds 
on the flies, roaches, and mice killed 
in the kitchen during the past month? 
Light treatment of sex is an age-old 
method of achieving psychological re- 
lease from pent-up feelings of guilt 
and embarrassment. Not that sex per 
se is something dirty to blush at or 
whisper about, for until sin entered 
the world, Adam and Eve were naked 
and unashamed. Nor is laughter about 
sex necessarily wrong. Consider the 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



story of the sexually addicted Ameri- 
can businessman in Paris who was on 
his way to catch the airport limousine 
when he passed a second-hand book- 
store and noticed a large book entitled 
HOW TO HUG. Rushing in and pur- 
chasing the book, he had just enough 
time to stuff it into his briefcase and 
catch the departing Umousine. All the 
way across the Atlantic, he kept think- 
ing lasciviously of the moment when 
he could enter his New York bachelor 
apartment, draw the blinds, turn on 
the bed light, and slurp up the lurid 
contents of this huge volume. When 
he did arrive home and take out his 
treasure, he noticed much to his cha- 
grin that his book was only volume 
six. What a lost opportunity. Had he 
taken a moment or two longer, he 
could have purchased the entire sala- 
cious set. Then he took another look. 
The book was volume six of the EN- 
CYCLOPEDIA BRITANNIC A, How to 
Hug. 

Opposed to the false view of the 
world that sex is something grossly 
funny is the scriptural view that sex is 
a God-given pleasure. The first chapter 
of Genesis tells us that God is the one 
who designed and created sex, and the 
fifth chapter of Proverbs is a frank, 
specific, and balanced treatment of 
both the joys of legitimate sex and the 
sorrows of illicit sex, stressing that sex 
is important but cautioning that it is 
not all-important. Sexual pleasure is 
wrong only when one becomes a lover 
of it more than a lover of God (II Tim. 
3:4). 

A second false view is that which 
couples sex with complete freedom. 
In installment fourteen of the PLAY- 
BOY Philosophy, Hugh Hefner states 
that with regard to fornication, "There 
is nothing in the Old Testament or in 
the teachings of Christ, that specifically 
prohibits all sex outside of wedlock . . . 
all private sex between consenting 
adults— is the personal business of the 
individuals involved and in a free 
society the state has no right to inter- 
fere." 

Far from being silent about sex, 
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:28 that 
it is a sin even to look with lust upon 
a woman, and Ephesians 5:3 states that 
the sin of fornication is not even to be 
named among saints. And as far as the 
relationship of the state and the in- 
dividual is concerned, Romans 13:1-5 
instructs citizens to be subject unto 
rulers, for their powers are ordained 



of God in order that there may be a 
measure of law and order on the earth. 

The Bible associates freedom with 
sex, but if is a freedom within the 
bounds of a God-designed purpose. 
Although man does not like to admit 
it, he is a slave to many things. 
Gravity, for instance. On the one 
hand, gravity is quite a drag— one al- 
ways steps down when he walks. But, 
on the other hand, the restrictions of 
gravity make for great freedom in 
many areas: we are free to drink from 
glasses, for water stays put when it is 
poured; we are free to walk around in 
our homes, for lamps, chairs, tables, 
and beds do not go floating aimlessly 
about; and we are free to drive our 
cars, for they do not wiggle off when 
we park them, or sail into the air when 
we head down the highway. Each 
person is a slave not only of material 
forces such as gravity but also of some 
nonmaterial or spiritual force; sin (John 
8:34), Satan (Eph. 2:1-2), self (Rom. 
7:15), society (Rom. 12:2), or the 
Saviour (John 8:31-32). And in addi- 
tion, those who pursue freedom 
through illicit sex become enslaved by 
increased desires, frustrations, diseases, 
and the tragedy of illegitimate children. 
But those who are bondslaves of Jesus 
Christ can know what true freedom is, 
for by the empowering of the Holy 
Spirit they "can do all things through 
Christ . . ." (Phil. 4:13) and produce 
the fruit of the Spirit spoken of in 
Galatians 5:22-23. 

God's purpose for sex involves mar- 
riage, in order that through it a hus- 
band and wife can become fully united 
in true love, attain physical complete- 
ness, share in the responsibility of 
parenthood, and illustrate the joys of 
the relation between Christ and the 
Church described in Ephesians 
5:21-23. God's purpose regarding sex 
knows nothing of the double standard 
of worshiping and serving God on Sun- 
day morning but doing as one pleases 
with a member of the opposite sex late 
Sunday night. God's purpose for sex 
can be achieved by heeding the ad- 
monitions set down in I Corinthians 
6:18—7:5: flee fornication, recognize 
that your body is the temple of the 
Holy Spirit, glorify God in your body, 

-Reprinted by permission of the Bryan 
Blueprint, a quarterly publication of Bryan 
College, Dayton, Tennessee, where the 
author, Richard Cornelius, is associate pro- 
fessor of English and chairman of the 
division of literature and modern languages. 



marry a believer, and participate in 
marital intercourse. 

In rejecting the God-designed pur- 
pose of sex, the world stresses a third 
false view-sex is familiar. Pictures, 
commercials, novels, phonograph rec- 
ords, newspapers, movies, back-fence 
gossip, and the pronouncements of 
some learned experts continually re- 
mind us that sexual immorality is 
famihar to the point that it has be- 
come a "new morality." In the twenty- 
two lengthy articles constituting the 
PLAYBOY Philosophy, Hugh Hefner 
repeatedly refers to such "scientific" 
studies as the Kinsey reports as pro- 
viding ample proof that everybody 
practices this "new morality," but 
philosophy professor Lionel Ruby has 
pointed out that with regard to the 
makeup of the subjects, the Kinsey 
reports were not representative geo- 
graphically, educationally, economical- 
ly, religiously, or psychologically. 

In contrast to the world's approach 
to sex on the basis of familiarity is the 
Biblical emphasis on sex in a context 
of God-defined purity. The Christian 
is not to be conformed to this world, 
Romans 12:1-2 states, but is to shun 
the evils committed by the minority 
of people who make the majority of 
sensational headlines. In addition, the 
Christian is to realize that ultimately 
he will not be judged by the standard 
of what people around him think, say, 
or do but by the standard of the Word 
of God. Sex, like any other God- 
designed appetite, is to be used— not 
abused. A scriptural means of main- 
taining standards of God-defined puri- 
ty amid the barrage of sex symbols 
and solicitations that bombards our 
senses in this sex-mad society is to 
avoid the second thought and in its 
place practice the positive advice of 
Philippians 4:8-9, thinking on those 
things which are true, honest, just, 
pure, lovely, and of good report. 
Imagine how foolish— and even danger- 
ous—it would be for an overweight 
person with heart disease to attempt 
to stick to his health diet while reading 
dessert cookbooks in a room plastered 
with good pinups. Is it any less foolish 
and dangerous for a person to gorge 
his spiritual heart on sexually enticing 
pictures, books, and thoughts? 

The world's views that sex is funny, 
that sex demands freedom, and that 
sex is famihar culminate in the position 
that sex is a festival. Sex is seen as the 
summum bonum, the absolute in per- 



January 24, 1970 



17 



Is sex a 
festival or a 
God-planned 
progression? 



fection. Many modern novels, photo 
magazines, movies, and TV shows state 
or imply that some people have perfect 
bodies, can indulge in illicit sex with- 
out painful consequences, and are 
thereby made completely and continu- 
ally happy. If such things are true, one 
wonders why the beautiful and brawny 
stars of Hollywood require their pic- 
tures to be touched up, and why they 
have such a poor marriage reputation. 
While it is unfortunate that some 
Christians down through history have 
erred in considering sex evil, in reacting 
to tliis unscriptural position, the world 
has committed the equally serious er- 
ror of deifying sex so much that our 
modern society has regressed to the 
practice of the ancient fertihty rehgions 
by raising up a worship of sex complete 
with what the high priestly press agents 
frankly call "sex goddesses." 

Rather than picturing sex as a festi- 
val that produces ultimate and lasting 
happiness, the Bible reveals sex to be a 
God-planned progression. First, there 
is a progression operating outside of 
sex but influencing it. Romans chapter 
one describes unnatural and wicked 
sexual perversions in general as pro- 
gressing from a rejection of God, and 
Ezekiel 16:49-50 gives a specific ex- 
ample by showing how the infamous 
sins of Sodom originated in the people's 
pride, affluence, idleness, and failure 
to aid the needy. Sexual sins begin the 
same way all other sins do— with an 
improper relationship to Jesus Christ 
as Saviour and Lord. 

The second progression is within 
the realm of sex. This progression 
results from the general insatiability of 
the senses which Solomon observed 
when he said in Ecclesiastes 1:8, "the 



eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the 
ear filled with hearing." People enjoy 
gazing for long periods at the picture 
of a loved one, at some beautiful scene 
in nature, or at a recently purchased 
item. No one is ever satisfied with just 
one whiff of a bake shop, of coffee 
brewing, or of a Thanksgiving turkey 
roasting. Food companies capitalize 
on the fact that it is impossible to taste 
just one handful of popcorn, one bite 
of chocolate candy, or one sip of soft 
drink. Normal people do not go 
around singing or whistling only the 
first two or three measures of a song. 
And just as the senses of sight, smell, 
taste, and sound are insatiable, so too 
is the sense most involved with sex- 
touch. Two people who become physi- 
cally attracted to each other begin 
with the patty-cake or hand-holding 
stage, and this satisfies them for a short 
while. But soon their contact is to the 
pretzel or entwined arms stage. This 
is quickly followed by the sprained 
ankle support, the Siamese twins, and 
the wrestling match stages. Once the 
progression is initiated and the early 
stages repeated without restraint, it is 
almost humanly impossible to cut off 
the biological processes, which are de- 
signed to achieve their chmax in sexual 
intercourse. And even when a couple 
is able to stop short of intercourse, 
severe physical and psychological ten- 
sions and problems result. 

Instead of basing their conduct on 
what God— the Creator of the body 
and the Designer of sex— has said. 
Christian couples often make up their 
own standards: (1) "Everybody does 
it." (2) "We're in love." (3) "We're 
engaged." The first is an outlook com- 
pletely foreign to the Bible. Whether 



"everybody" does something or not, 
believers are not to allow the world 
to squeeze them into its mold (Rom. 
12:2, Phillips). The second statement 
evades the issue. Of course people 
should be in love if their sexual re- 
lationship is to be a health}' one, but 
the question remains— How far may 
unmarried people go in expressing their 
love? Part of the answer is found in 
the Biblical system of priority, in 
which man is to love God more than 
anyone else (Matt. 22:37-38) and ex- 
press this love by proper use of the 
body, which is God's temple (I Cor. 
6:19-20). Another part occurs in 
Colossians 3:17: "And whatsoever ye 
do in word or deed, do all in the name 
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to 
God and the Father by him." As for 
the third statement, God's standard 
regarding sex is not engagement but 
marriage. In Proverbs 5:15-21 and I 
Corinthians 7:1-2, intimate physical 
expressions of love, as well as sexual 
intercourse, are restricted to those who 
are married. 

But what should the Christian do 
if he has already gone too far in the 
matter of sex? For victory over the 
past, I John 1:9—2:1 is as effectual 
for sexual sins as for any other sins: 
confess them as sin and stop commit- 
ting them. Godwin forgive and cleanse 
the twentieth century believer just as 
He did the Christian in the ancient 
Corinthian church who had been Uving 
in sin with his father's wife. 

The story of Joseph in Genesis 37, 
39-41 is a reminder of how God can 
reward with the right mate the person 
who puts Him first in his or her sex 
life. It is also a challenging illustration 
of victory in the life of a teenager who 
knew what it meant to be rejected by 
his family, enslaved in a foreign land, 
and tempted daily by an attractive 
woman. God had a sexual partner re- 
served for Joseph, but it was not the 
first woman who became enamored of 
him. The next time sexual temptation 
comes, we need to remember that 
Joseph's God, who designed sex as a 
pleasure to be enjoyed within a clearly- 
defined purpose that involves the high- 
est standards of purity and is controlled 
by a powerful progression, is still alive 
today. And this God extends His saving 
power to those who trust Him, His 
keeping power to those who obey 
Him, His forgiving power to those who 
confess to Him, and His judging power 
to those who reject Him. T 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Seething Seventies? 



I he new year is upon us and 
peoples all across the world are wonder- 
ing what this year year will bring. Will 
it be a mere continuation of mounting 
confusion and chaos, or is there a 
possibility that some measure of peace 
and quiet will supplant the present dis- 
orderly scene? No human being knows 
the answer to this question. But the 
prognosticators, nevertheless, are multi- 
plying predictions for the immediate 
future. In very few instances do they 
paint a glowing picture. Perhaps 
Sacred Writ could supply something 
more than mere measured guesses. 
"In the last days perilous times shall 
come" (2 Tim. 3:1). The reasons for 
mounting peril follow in this passage. 
Read these words carefully and see 
whether professed Christians may be 
adding to the causes that produce the 
peril. 

THE NEW YEAR AND EDUCA- 
TIONAL CLIMATE. In a meeting 
consisting of the presidents of the 
colleges and universities of the State of 
Indiana, a dismal discussion ensued 
regarding the student situation on the 
campus. Every president, it would 
appear, is facing the same unrest in 
varying degrees. It arises out of the 
fact that students feel that education 
is not relevant. Students somehow 
sense the fact that the education they 
are receiving is not equipping them to 
meet the needs and problems of the 
world they face. This gives them a 
sense of hopelessness and a desire to 
wreck the estabhshment, as they refer 
to education. Frankly, this vicious 
vacuum felt by the student must be 
most depressing. 

Why do students feel this way? Is it 




because education as such is not valu- 
able? Is it not worthwhile to know 
history and English and mathematics 
and science? Do not all of these things 
make some contribution to life? Is it 
not worthwhile to learn how to teach 
others, to pass on to them the accumu- 
lated knowledge and achievement of 
mankind? Is it not worthwhile to dis- 
cover the secrets of the universe and 
make available its benefits to ease the 
living of mankind? Is it not of supreme 
value to make medical science available 
to men and women who suffer from 
disease and pain? Is it not something 
that men everywhere seek after, the 
material benefits and comforts that a 
modern technology has brought within 
the reach of miUions? 

In the face of all that education has 
brought within reach of the average 
man, why is it that this modern gener- 
ation has suddenly felt an aimlessness, 
a purposelessness, an irrelevance, an 
emptiness in education? This is the 
problem now confronting educators, 
and if the presidents of Indiana colleges 
and universities are a fair cross section 
of educators around the world, then 
this problem is universal. Indiana edu- 
cators are not only disturbed, but if I 
am any judge, they are frightened at 
the prospects that he ahead. These 
men are so disturbed at their role and 
responsibility in this area that it is their 
plan to meet in several months for 
further discussion. 

THE NEW YEAR AND RELE- 
VANT EDUCATION. This president 
thinks he knows what makes education 
relevant, and therefore was all ears as 
these many educators discussed the 
problem. As the discussion moved 
back and forth among knowledgeable 
men, there were times when it seemed 
that one of the presidents was just 
about to say something of tremendous 
significance, then he would back off 
and detour around it. The discussion 
was as though men were groping their 
way through the darkness without a 
ray of light. Never once was anything 
mentioned that would betray that 
these men were moving in the area of 
Christian thought. Nothing was ever 
said about God, morahty, the essential 



nature of man. It was all purely on 
the human and natural level, apart 
from any absolutes, and permeated 
with uncertainty, doubt, and clear 
elements of despair. What will a 
future discussion bring to light? Can 
it be expected that any real and lasting 
good will emerge from several more 
days of discussion in the same vein? 

THE NEW YEAR AND PANTHE- 
ISTIC PHILOSOPHY. The writer 
does not hesitate to explain where he 
stands in this discussion. And he can- 
not claim any originality or special 
intellectual acumen. What he holds is 
a supernatural revelation from God 
and a message accessible to all in the 
Bible. God in His grace brought me 
into this area of truth (I Cor. 2:10). 
Let me outline it briefly. 

In the first place, the Bible is a 
supernatural revelation from God 
which in itself is the only consistent 
philosophy of the totahty of existence. 
The exclusion of this from the human 
mind leaves man in darkness and un- 
certainty, and without any real value 
in man or purpose in life. 

In the second place, the God of the 
Bible is transcendent and supernatural 
and infinite. Any refusal to acknowl- 
edge this reduces the area of existence 
to the human and natural level, and 
any conception of God must be identi- 
fied with this natural order. That is 
tantamount to pantheism. Such a God 
cannot be differentiated from the 
natural and deserves no reverence. 

In the third place, the Christ of the 
Bible is God manifest in human hfe 
and not only reveals God for what He 
truly is, but also reveals man for what 
he is in value and possibility. This 
Christ died for men to secure for them 
the possibilities that God planted in 
them at creation and which they for- 
feited in the fall. 

In the fourth place, the Bible reveals 
a morality and a spirituality which is 
not only expressed in word, but was 
also made manifest in the person of 
Christ, and without which no real 
meaning can be imparted to life. Re- 
jecting this leaves man with the new 
morahty which is no morahty. 

Progressively, these four things have 
disappeared from consideration in in- 
tellectual circles and from the modern 
classroom. This is not true merely in 
the college classroom, it is true of edu- 
cation from kindergarten through high 

(Continued on page 21) 



January 24, 1970 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Why the Need for More Money? 



By John D. Evans, Development Officer 



lo help you better understand the 
funding of Grace Schools and the im- 
portance of increased contributions, 
you should know more about gifts and 
our needs. 

There are three funds to which you 
can give your money when you con- 
tribute to Grace Schools: the General 
Fund, the Development Fund and the 
Restricted Fund. The General Fund 
is used to finance the daily operations 
of the schools. Any money received 
as a gift and not otherwise designated, 
automatically goes into the General 
Fund. In 1968-69 the money received 
from all sources for this fund was 
$130,968. Because of an increase in 
the number of students (whose edu- 
cation is always partially subsidized) 
there must be a corresponding increase 
in the amount of gift money required 
to operate this year. This, in addition 
to a necessary increase in faculty, and 
an increase in wages of faculty and 
staff, brought the projected goal for 
the General Fund for 1969-70 to 
$170,000. It was then feU that be- 
cause of business conditions with tight 
money, we should make certain curtail- 
ments in our spending so that our 
minimum requirements for the General 
Fund could be reduced to $150,000. 
Even this is an increase of $20,000 
over last year. If we don't reach this 
minimum figure, the schools will oper- 
ate in the red for this fiscal year. 

Any expanding institution must ex- 
pand its facilities from time to time. 
As you know, dormitories are self- 
liquidating, but this is not so with 
libraries, classroom buildings or chap- 
els. For the purpose of constructing 



adequate facilities for a growing student 
body, a Development Fund has been 
established. Often the Development 
Fund carries the name of the latest 
project such as the Library Fund. 
Only monies so designated go into the 
Development or Library Fund. 

Gifts to the Restricted' Fund general- 
ly take the form of designated projects 
such as the refurbishing of a classroom, 
landscaping, furniture; non-cash gifts 
such as books, equipment, and so forth, 
or special scholarships like the Presi- 
dent's Fund. Many of our friends pre- 
fer to give in some designated way 
which allows giving to an area of special 
interest. 

From this brief explanation you 
can easily see that when the goal for 
the General Fund has been increased, 
it is absolutely necessary that gifts 
designated for the Development Fund, 
or the Restricted Fund must be in ad- 
dition and above what is given to meet 
the increased General Fund. 

Another very important consider- 
ation is inflation. The dollar of 1970 
is just not buying the same amount of 
education as the dollar of 1960. Has 
an individual's giving increased as his 
wages have increased. I am sure that 
few realize that their annual gift of 
$100 must be increased just to do the 
same job today as it did a few years 
ago. It has to be doubly increased if 
it is to meet the increased goals of an 
expanding student body and campus. 

I think there is also another very 
important matter to consider as we 
talk about an expanding student body 
and a growing campus— that is our need 
to be concerned about our denomina- 



tional interests. I think people have to 
reaUze that the local church is their 
church, that the foreign and home mis- 
sionary societies are their missionary 
societies and that Grace College and 
Seminary is their college and seminary 
and that each of these deserves their 
first consideration. After these agencies 
are soundly financed, then— and only 
then— should we think in terms of 
financing those other deserving outside 
interests. If we believe that God has 
raised up these Brethren agencies, then 
we must believe that God wants these 
agencies supported by our tithes and 
gifts so that they are financially sound 
institutions. 

If we are to continue to provide 
one of the best Christian liberal arts 
educations available to Christian young 
people, it is necessary that we consider 
all of the foregoing as we plan our 
stewardship program for this coming 
year. T 



THE SEETHING SEVENTIES? 

(Continued from page 19) 

school. It is cleverly written into the 
mental structure of the whole gamut 
of literature produced for the edu- 
cational system. Remember, ideas 
have consequences. Gradually, im- 
perceptibly, but relentlessly this sys- 
tem of thought moulds the thinking of 
children, until by the time they enter 
college they are ready to bear the fruit 
that is now frightening educators. What 
else can you expect? Can we expect 
that educators will reintroduce this 
into education to make it relevant? T 



January 24, 1970 



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Meet the Elite . . . 



Eight Grace College seniors have been named for 
the honor of Who's Who in American Colleges and 
Universities for the 1969-1970 school year. 

They are Michael Darner, Sturgis, Michigan; Robert 
Dungy, Detroit, Michigan; Marilyn Emch, Rittman, 
Ohio; Glenn Firebaugh, Wooster, Ohio; Steve Grill, 
Dayton, Ohio; Maxine Peugh, Harrah, Washington; 
Philip Teran, Pasadena, California; and Judy Rae 
Thompson, Winona Lake, Indiana. 

The students were chosen on the basis of overall 
contribution to college life with consideration given 
to citizenship, elected and appointed leadership, 
campus activities, general service, attitude, influence 
and loyalty. Recommended by Dr. Jesse Humberd, 
class advisor, to Registrar Ron Henry, and voted on 
by faculty, the eight represent diverse activities during 
their four years on the Grace campus. 

Mike Darner, a math major, has served his class in 
several elected offices, including vice president of the 
class during his junior year. He has also been a mem- 
ber of the Student Development Committee and has 
participated on both basketball and tennis teams. 
He is a member of the Sturgis Bible Chapel, Sturgis, 
Michigan. 

Bob Dungy, of the Faith Bible Church of Jackson, 
Michigan, served as senior class chaplain in 1968-1969. 
A transfer from Moody Bible Institute, he has been 
involved in off-campus service as pastor of the Breth- 
ren Chapel of Fremont, Ohio, for two years. This year 
he is working with the Youth Development Center in 
Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is an intercity work. 
Married and the father of three children, Dungy is a 
social studies major. 

Marilyn Emch, a mathematics education major 
from the First Brethren Church of Rittman, Ohio, is 
active as president of the Women's Dorm this year. 
Her musical interests have involved her in the college 
choir with whom she has traveled as well as providing 
her with the opportunity of traveling on college de- 
velopment teams for the past two summers. 

Glenn Firebaugh, student council president for 



1969-1970, is ranked number one in the senior class 
with a grade point average of 3.850 with a major in 
social studies. Last year he served as vice president 
of the Student Council. Other areas of leadership in- 
clude Campus Crusade leader in his sophomore year 
and sophomore class chaplain. The same year he re- 
ceived the Christian service award for his activities in 
Christian service. The First Brethren Church of 
Wooster, Ohio, is his home church. 

Steve Grill, majoring in speech, follows Firebaugh 
closely with a scholastic grade point average of 3.757. 
Active in speech productions, he has had parts in "The 
Torchbearers" and "Othello." Soccer has occupied 
his free time during the fall of his four years in college. 
Related to his sports activities, are his elected posi- 
tions of vice president and then president of "G" 
Club, the club for men lettering in sports. He is from 
the First Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio. 

Maxine Peugh, from the Harrah Brethren Church 
of Harrah, Washington, has been active in the music 
program on campus. A proficient pianist, she present- 
ed a recital her junior year and recently played Greig's 
Piano Concerto in A Minor at the College Community 
Concert Band performance. She has also traveled 
with development teams for two years and has been 
the accompanist for the college choir. For two years 
she received the Music Award for her contributions 
to the college music program and to the school as a 
whole. She also served as student council representa- 
tive and a resident assistant her junior year. 

Philip Teran has devoted a great deal of his time 
to positions of spiritual leadership while he has been 
on campus. For the past two years he has been 
elected as Student Council Chaplain. This year the 
position includes leadership of the newly formed 
Grace Missions in Action (GMA) which encompasses 
all the Christian service programs on campus. A 
speech major, he performed his senior speech recital 
in December. The San Gabriel Union Church of San 
Gabriel, California, is Phil's home church. 

Sports activities claim his attention. Active on the 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



. . . Grace's "Who's Who" 







Michael Darner 



Robert Dungy 



Marilyn Emch 



Glenn Firebaugh 







Steve Grill 



Maxine Peugh 



Philip Teran 



Judy Rae Thompson 



soccer team, he was chosen this year as a member of 
the all conference team; last year he received honor- 
able mention for the same team. Baseball is his other 
sports interest. Last year he served as captain of the 
team. 

Judy Rae Thompson, from the Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church, was chosen this fall as one of the three 
senior girls representing the school in the Homecom- 



ing activities. Last spring she was also elected as May 
Day Court attendant. Active in Student Council, she 
has served as secretary of the organization for two 
years. Rounding out her activities is her position as 
resident assistant in the dormitory. An English edu- 
cation major, she has a 3.7 1 7 average out of a possible 
4 points. 



January 24, 1970 



23 



DR. McCLAIN'S ALCOVE 



Six special pieces of furniture stand 
out on the tliird floor of the new Grace 
Schools learning center. These fur- 
nishings formerly equipped Dr. Alva 
J. McClain's study in his Winona Lake 
residence. 

From the study desk now in the 
new Grace library building, Dr. McClain 
prepared theology notes that have 
helped numerous Grace Seminary grad- 
uates to divide the Word of Truth right- 
ly. At this desk the founding president 
of Grace Seminary graded his students' 
examinations. 

His Romans and Daniel booklets, 
Tlie Greatness of the Kingdom (his 
master work) and many contributions 
to theological journals were born at 
the McClain alcove desk when it was 
in the beloved theologian's home. 

Dr. McClain's prized Encyclopedia 
Britannica is now on the book table 
in the alcove. His easy chair provided 
repose from scholastic activities. 



As circumstances allow, Grace 
Schools library staff members are pro- 
cessing Dr. McClain's personal library 
books. These items will be eventually 
on shelves in the alcove area for 
student and faculty use in the library 
only. 

The plaque, awarded to Dr. McClain 
for fifty years of faithful service to the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church, will be placed near 
Dr. McClain's portrait in the alcove 
area. 

As a member of the New Scofield 
Bible editorial committee. Dr. McClain 
received a complete transcription of 
all board sessions and discussions of 
editorial revisions. The transcription 
abounds with research data of interest 
to scholars. In the future the tran- 
scription will be analyzed and indexed 
for research purposes.— Z)r Benjamin 
Hamilton, Assistant Librarian 




Seminary library assistant Robert Ibach (center), shows a book from the McClain Alcove to seminary juniors Mike Rockafellow (I), and 
Doug Kracrht. 



BRETHREN MISSION 



February 7, 1970 






15 



TURNPIKE ENDS 
JUST AHEAD 




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tents 



omen 



The Editor Speaks . 






3 


The Story of Kilometer 47 






4 


Prospect for the 70s 






6 


Lost and Found in a Big City 






8 


Children's Page 






9 


Independence Day in C.A.R. 






10 


Report: Bogota Congress . 






11 


Church News . 






12 


A Heart Transplant . 






14 


Turnpike Ends Just Ahead 






15 


Worldscope 






16 


The Creative Woman 






17 


The Master Calleth for Thee 






18 


Praising Heaven for Sending Someone 


19 


WMCNews 


20 


Whoso Findeth a Wife 


21 


Pickof the Vital Books . 






22 



CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 



February 7, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 3 



Foreign Missions and WIVIC Issue 



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Brethren IVIissionary Herald 



The Editor Speaks . . . 



By Clyde K. Landrum 



To Be or Not To Be Creative 



Too often for the ladies, creativity 
does not survive matrimony. Young 
iwomen go off to college, do a great job 
with their studies, often rank high in 
scholastic standings. Some produce 
outstanding original plays and write 
Excellent manuscripts. They are very 
active in many creative activities— but 
then comes matrimony. Creativity 
puffers. Why? 

It is a recognized fact that the 

lace of the wife is in the home, 

particularly after she becomes a moth- 

:r. She has a God-given responsibility 

her children and for being a help- 

leet for her husband. But surely this 

houldnot exclude all creative activity. 

For a fact, the home can very well be- 

pome the base for creativity that can 

be exciting for her, and contributory 

to those in her home as well as to 

many outside her home. If her mind 

continues to explore new creative ideas, 

she will have wider avenues for service 

opening to her. 




Mrs. Althea Miller deals with this 
real life situation in her monthly col- 
umn "The Creative Woman" in the 
Herald. It is hoped that our entire 
feminine readership will follow this 
column regularly. In fact, the male 
readers just might profit from it, too. 
Mrs. Miller in this month's column 
(see page 17) deals with spiritual 
growth, stressing the fact that dynamic 
spiritual growth prepares one for crea- 
tive living in facing the manifold prob- 
lems of life. 

In one of her columns Mrs. Miller 
will warn the ladies against settUng 
down in "Dullsville," a fate that should 
overtake no one! Yet, it is a fate 
that catches up with many. One of 
the antidotes for this plague is reading. 
And perhaps this is near the top of the 
"how to" list for the creative woman. 
Where better can she learn of hubby's 
world and problems? Where better 
than through good books can she be- 
come resourceful in helping to plan 
for the training of her children? As she 
reads from and meditates upon the 
Word of God she is strengthened and 
encouraged in all of her activities. And 
as she presents the Bible and its 
message to her family, she will impart 
spiritual guidance to them. 

Granted that the woman should 
take her place as a helpmeet and fol- 
lower of her husband; a faithful and 
godly mother to her children. She 
should be a wonderful cook and at the 
same time coordinator of home activi- 
ties. But should she become so bogged 
down in home routines that she hasn't 



the time to turn a single brain cell in 
creative activity? She should not. 
But the only way she can avoid this is 
through planned stimulation. 

She must become a creator and ex- 
changer of new and exciting ideas; a 
purveyor of positiveness and originality 
in all situations. She will become an 
exciting conversation partner for baby 
even from the earliest years. She will 
work with older children in personal 
problems and homework detail to 
make them meaningful and productive 
of good results. She will even jot down 
for future use or for sharing with 
others her very methods of accompHsh- 
ments with her children. What interest- 
ing reading these would make! But 
she will be the one who will need to 
take the initiative to make all of this 
possible. She must rise above her 
problems, difficulties and discourage- 
ments to achieve her goal. This, in it- 
self, will require creativity. She must 
be a creative woman! ▼ 




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Rev Eddie Miller (I) and Raimundo Nunes in front of the new 
church building. 




The portable book stall attracts plenty of attention. 




I here are many ways of doing 
His work, but it is the same God who 
does the work in and through all of us 
who are His" (I Cor. \2:6, Living Let- 
ters). 

These words of the Apostle Paul 
certainly hold true today in the Ama- 
zon region where we are laboring. 
There are many ways of getting the 
Gospel out and establishing local 
churches, but it is the one Lord and 
God who does the work in and through 
us. If there are victories, the glory is 
His. 

Now let me tell you about a specific 
instance in Brazil. "Kilometer 47" is 
actually a small town on the Para- 
Maranhao highway about 1 1 5 miles 
from Belem. For about ten years the 
Federal Government has been build- 
ing this highway leading to the neigh- 
boring state of Maranhao. Many small 
villages and towns grew up overnight 
without any specific names other than 
the kilometer markings along the road. 
Thus, Kilometer 47 means that tliis 
town is 47 kilometers from Capanema. 

About eight years ago a layman and 
member of the local Brethren church 
in Capanema, Raimundo Nunes, de- 
cided to move his store out the high- 
way to this thriving community called 
"47." At that time the only gospel 
testimony in the town was a small 
Pentecostal church, so from time to 
time Brother Raimundo visited and 
worshiped with this group of believers. 
I am sure it was during these years 



that this layman got a vision of what 
could be done and should be done by 
all true believers in witnessing to those 
round about, if we are really born 
again. 

Thanks to the early training this 
layman received at the Capanema 
church, he felt that there should be a 
Brethren testimony in this town. 
Raimundo Nunes never had the oppor- 
tunity to get much formal education, 
but he can read and write and he 
studies his Bible. For a while the 
missionary in Capanema was able to 
hold Bible classes and encourage him 
in his witnessing. Then, some services 
were held in the home of this layman, 
but eventually there was a need for a 
larger meeting place. Finally in Jan- 
uary 1967 at the Brazilian National 
Conference in Icoaraci, Raimundo told 
the Brethren of the need for a pastor 
to carry on the work. The local pastor 
of the Icoaraci church and I decided 
to make a trip of investigation. What 
we found was a field "ripe unto har- 
vest." Because of the faithful testi- 
mony of this businessman, many in 
the community were drawn to the 
Gospel. Regular services were started, 
with the missionary helping out twice 
a month. Hardly a week passed with- 
out decisions for the Lord— decisions 
made because of the faithful witnessing 
of the nationals beforehand. Many 
times I have seen this businessman in 
the corner of his store, Bible in hand, 
witnessing to one of his customers. 



During this past year the believers 
purchased a piece of land, tore down 
the old building, and put up a brick- 
and-cement building on the main street 
of town, all with their own money. 
Forty-eight people were baptized in 
June— all in one service, and at least 
twenty more are waiting for baptism. 
God poured out His blessing on this 
community. We continue to look for- 
ward to many more victories in the 
future. Right now the believers in 
"47" are looking forward to calling 
their own national pastor in 1970. 

What has been the key to successful 
church planting in this community in 
the interior? A number of things can 
be mentioned: 1) The New Testament 
method of evangelism through the ex- 
pansion of the local church was fol- 
lowed; 2) The teaching of the new 
converts about the basic facts of a 
Christian life and walk with emphasis 
on their own responsibility in reaching 
others; 3) Cooperation between the 
national and missionary in developing 
a policy and carrying forward a plan 
of operation was very important; 4) 
Finally, there has been a real demon- 
stration of the presence and operation 
of the Holy Spirit in the saving of souls 
as the Lord promised would happen 
through the preaching of His Word. 

Praise the Lord for an open door in 
Brazil, and pray with us that many 
other communities such as this may be 
reached with the Gospel while there is 
yet time. ▼ 



Pastor Raimundo Cordoso (far right, second row), from Icoaraci church, and Rev. Eddie Miller (far right, first row), with the believers bap- 
tized in the town of Kilometer 47. 




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PROSPECT FOI 



Recently, prominent religious lead- 
ers in America were asked to comment 
on the future of religion in the 70s. 
The picture that develops on the canvas 
as some of these men paint religious 
trends in broad, sweeping strokes is— 
at least for the evangelical Christian- 
horrifying. 

This is what the liberal wing of the 
church can look forward to if those 
who are responsible for the shaping of 
policy and the training of theological 
students have their way. Unfortunate- 
ly, there is no indication on the hori- 
zon that, in the circles in which they 
move, they shall not have their way: 

1 . There will be much more materi- 
al from the pens of theologians probing 
the question: "If God?" His existence 
is seriously doubted, that is, the ex- 
istence of the God pictured by tradi- 
tion, and thus a new theological con- 
cept of Him needs to be framed in the 
fertile minds of theologians. Then a 
re-indoctrination of people can be 
initiated. The result should be interest- 
ing-but tragic! 

2. There will be less church activity. 
The church as an institution will gradu- 
ally be phased out of existence and "a 
new rehgious community composed 
of small groups of spiritual adven- 
turers" will emerge. Religion will be 
rooted in experience and experimen- 
tation rather than authority and dog- 
ma. Thus the Biblical revelation of 
man as a rebel against God is denied. 
He is cast instead into the role of a 
seeker, able to arrive at a worthy 



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spiritual experience with a little help 
from his friends. 

3. A breakdown of denominational 
and sectarian lines. Now if this should 
mean greater cooperation among Chris- 
tians, who may differ on minor issues, 
in order to do a more effective job of 
evangelism, there would be little cause 
for concern. But it does not. It means 
the complete removal of even the most 
fundamental of behefs which character- 
ize the Christian faith. Harvey Cox 
describes the present-day seminarians, 
who now pass freely between various 
seminaries, ranging from Baptist to 
Roman Catholic, without having their 
theological sensibilities disturbed (no 
doubt because they have none): "To- 
day's seminarian is not orthodox in the 
sense that seminarians were a few 
decades ago. They thrive on rock and 
folk masses, light show liturgies, agape 
feasts, and sacristy dancing. Many are 
convinced that our inherited worship 
forms need fundamental refashioning. 
Worship in the future . . . will be more 
festive, spontaneous and colorful— even 
Dionysiac." ("Dionysiac"— of a sen- 
suous, frenzied or orgiastic character 
—Webster. Dionysus is, in Greek 
mythology, the god of wine.) 

4. The sermon is out. Dialogue and 
discussion are in. If there is no revela- 
tion, then of course the exposition of 
the Scriptures by the preacher, his 
exhortations, assertions, and words 
have no more value than those of any- 
one else because they are, after all, his 
own opinions and are subject to de- 
bate. It is no longer a matter of 
"Thus saith the Lord" (King James 
English, by the way, is out also) which 
should determine one's actions, but 
rather one's own feelings. If a person 
feels good, if he relates to others, then 
this must be right. Behavior and 
moraUty are no longer based on the 
revealed character of God but on the 



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study of the nature of man. But the 
nature of man is sinful, which both 
the teaching of the Scriptures and ob- 
servation testify. It is thus not sur- 
prising that this leads to the Dionysiac. 
We object to such behavior being 
equated in any way with the worship 
of a Holy God. 

5. Ministers of the future will de- 
mand more of their congregations, that 
is, more social action, demonstrations 
and such. This does not mean the type 
of social concern and the demonstra- 
tion of Christian love for the needs of 
others which are the normal fruit of a 
redeemed life, but rather it translates 
into the radical left wing activity which 
encourages revolution. 

There are some other events which 
will occur as part of the fall-out from 
this religious revolution. In the first 
place, not all who are now in the in- 
stitutional church will be happy with 
these innovations, and thus they will 
be forced to leave. Since it is expected 
that this will occur mostly among the 
over-thirty group, they will not be 
greatly missed by the "now" genera- 
tion. But these folks who seek to 
maintain at least a semblance of Chris- 
tianity must go some place, and it 
would be well for the evangelical com- 
munity to be ready to provide a wel- 
come and the spiritual help and care 



needed by them. 

There will also develop a feehng 
that the greatest hindrance to social 
and economic, yes, even to moral and 
spiritual progress, is the Bible believer. 
Since the evangelical community of 
believers will not accept tliis way-out 
view of the church and its mission, it 
will suffer ridicule, harrassment and 
persecution. The ridicule has already 
started and is gaining momentum. 

There is no easier way to kill the 
spirit of an evangelical missionary 
thrust than to instill within the Chris- 
tian Church the ideas expressed by 
these hberal leaders. Not only will the 
source of mission candidates dry up 
but even the very dream of these re- 
ligionists for social and economic bet- 
terment will be shattered as an un- 
redeemed humanity clashes in strife 
and revolution. 

We praise the Lord that this poison 
has not infected The Brethren Church 
or her foreign missions outreach. But 
we need to keep informed and ever on 
our guard (I Pet. 5:8). Evangelical 
Christians would make a grave error if 
they took the attitude that these trends 
will not in any way affect them. With 
such a prospect for the 70s, the need 
for an aggressive and enthusiastic evan- 
gelical witness is greater than ever (I 
Cor. 15:58).-/H^Z T 



PRAISE FOR ANSWERED PRAYER 

Good news has come from The Brethren Church in the Central African Republic. 
In the recent annual conference of the association of churches, an agreement be- 
tween the church and the mission was accepted without a single dissenting vote. 
The agreement, which has to do with the "Africanization" of the church, will be 
put into effect just as soon as the required approval is received from the C.A.R. 
government. Over the past year much prayer has gone up concerning this vital 
matter, and God has wonderfully answered. 

Another interesting item which came out of the recent conference was the 
selection of Pastor Noel Gaiwaka to be the African Church's representative to the 
conference of the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches to be held this coming 
August in Long Beach, California. 



February 7, 1970 




Big City 




By Rev. Hill Maconaghy 

Adrogue, Argentina 



M. 



I any are tlie things which are 
lost and found in a big city. Purses, 
money, documents, and jewelry are 
but a few of such items. But that 
which 1 desire to relate to you would 
never appear in the columns of the 
big-city newspapers. It has to do not 
with things, but with real live people 
like you and me. 

"You had better go and find some 
religion which can help you." Tliis is 




what a certain man said to his wife 
who had become quite nervous and 
irritable. But in searching for such a 
religion she found something far better. 
She found Christ, or rather, Christ 
found her. It all took place in a tent 
meeting which was being held in the 
neighborhood of her home in Don 
Bosco. That same night her young 
daughter was also saved. Two souls 
lost and found in a big city. 

The change in this woman was 
notable. Gone were her nervousness 
and irritableness. Gone, too, were the 
cigarettes that she had been smoking 
at the rate of two packs a day. 

Her son, seeing such a change in his 
mother, decided that he would attend 
the meetings. Shortly thereafter he 
accepted Christ as his Saviour. 

During all this time the husband, 
who works as an engineer on a river 
boat making trips to Paraguay and 
Brazil, was absent. Upon his return he 
brought his wife a quantity of ciga- 
rettes. She told him she did not want 
them an"3 threw them away. Further, 
she said that she had done what he told 
her to do and had been saved. And, 
while he was home he would have to 
accompany her to the meetings. 

This he did, but from the beginning 
he made it clear that he was only ac- 
companying his wife. He did not in- 
tend to join the religion which she had 
found. However, the change which he 
saw in his family, especially in his 
wife, and the Word of God which he 
heard, soon brought him to the feet 
of the Saviour. Now there is a whole 
family which once was lost but has 
been found by the Saviour. 

Periodically we visit a family in 
Buenos Aires and have a short Bible 
study with them. As a result two of 
that family have been found. The 
elderly mother and one daughter are 



trusting in the Lord Jesus. 

The owner of the shop next to our 
bookstore is another person who once 
was lost but now is found. This lady, 
having been saved, is now concerned 
about her family. Several weeks ago 
she asked us if we could go to her 
home some Saturday and speak with 
her folks. An afternoon was arranged. 
To our surprise we found that she had 
invited her parents, her sister, and her 
aunt and uncle to be present. There 
we had the opportunity to present to 
them the way of salvation. Many 
questions were asked and an invitation 
was given us to come again. 

Praise the Lord that some of the 
lost have been found in the big city of 
Buenos Aires and its surrounding sub- 
urbs. But there are many thousands 
more who are still lost. 

There is the woman who in response 
to our radio program wrote requesting 
a copy of the New Testament. When 
visited she seemed to be quite interest- 
ed. However, later she wrote asking us 
not to visit her again, saying, "I am 
sixty-two years of age. I'm too old to 
change my religion." 

There is the husband of a young 
believer with whom we have contact. 
He is a technical engineer employed 
by a large concern. He recognizes liis 
spiritual need but feels that material 
progress for his family is more im- 
portant. 

There was the lady sick with cancer 
whom we visited. We presented the 
way of salvation and left literature 
with her. But alas, before we could 
see her again she was gone. The 
message reached her too late. 

Wouldn't you like to join us in find- 
ing some of the lost of Buenos Aires? 
The rewards are great. Life eternal for 
the lost who are found; joy and crowns 
for the finder. ▼ 



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TIHIE CnOLDI^IENI'S PA€E 

More Missionary Helpers 



Right: 

At the Grace Brethren Church of Defiance, Ohio, 
these MHers are pictured— left to right, front row: 
Jan Knipp, Kirk Neise, Kent Bowling, La Von Bowhng, 
Terry Coleman, Judy Neise. Back row: Wendell Bowl- 
ing, Gary Knipp, Lori Slocum, Liz Slocum. Members 
of the group who were not present when the picture 
was taken, are Charles Howard, Ela Howard, Steve 
Kohart, and Kandy Brown. The leader is Janet 
Slocum. 






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Left: 

The First Brethren Church at Dallas Center, 
Iowa, has a fine MHC with the pastor's wife, 
Mrs. James Marshall, as leader. They are, left 
to right, front row: Bruce Goepferich, Marie 
Bensley, Dianna Bensley, Sherri Wright, Lori 
Brown, Kim Porter. Back row: Terry Goep- 
ferich, Andrew Marshall, Micky Wenger, Sher- 
yl Bensley, and Dianna Roan is in the back 
row there, too, but she is hidden behind Kim. 



Right: 

An enthusiastic MHC leader is Mrs. Robert Markley, 
wife of the pastor at Lyndhurst Grace Brethren 
Church, Cleveland, Ohio. The MHers shown here are: 
left to right, front row: David Senay, Bobby Harkins, 
Suzanne Bitonti, Johnny Umbel. Middle row: Tim 
Shaffer, Ron Umbel, Wesley Holder. Back row: Mike 
Bitonti, Richard Holder, Lori Shaffer, Suzanne 
(Corky) Bitonti. Mrs. Markley is standing behind the 
kids, and the bigger boy who is behind her just hap- 
pened to get in the picture. 




HARRY HELPER AND (MARY MISSIONARY- 



FEBRUARY 15 A 
SHORT MONTH - 
BUT AW IMPOR- 
TANT ONE, ISN'T 
IT, MARY? 



OH, YES, WE 
CAN THINK OF 
THE G-REAT MEN 
WHO WERE BORN 
FEBRUARY- 




LINCOLN ANP 
WASHINSTON 
WE CAN'T 
FORGET 



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TWO HOLIDAYS/ 
AND THERE IS 
THAT OTHER 

TOO, THAT 

SPECIALLY 

IKE IN 

FEBRUARY 




"TT" 



valenti ne'5 
day.' i think 
of hearts — 
And love.-- 




IT MAKES ME. THINK 
OF THE GREATEST LOVE 
THE WORLD HAS EVER 

KNOWN THE LOVE. 

OF THE 
^.. „ , , LORP 

C=^ t I JESUS/ 



February 7, 1970 




(FMS editor's note: The following is an ex- 
cerpt from a letter written by Dr. Taber to 
his sister, with a copy being sent to the 
FMS office.) 



L^ecember first is the Central Afri- 
can "Fourth of July," and we just 
celebrated the eleventh year of our 
independence. Since Markounda is the 
government post for our district, we 
go there for the big celebration. About 
a week beforehand we received a copy 
of the program for the festivities— and 
a letter from the Administrator re- 
questing us to transport forty boys 
from the Boguila school who were to 
take part. . . . 

The first feature of the celebration 
came at four o'clock on Sunday after- 
noon—a service in each of the four 
churches in town (Protestant— which is 
Brethren, Catholic, Mohammedan, and 
Jehovah's Witnesses) with government 
representatives attending each service. 
Our local pastor, Moses Toudjoube, 
does not have much education but he 
really did well. He emphasized how 
much we owe to President Boganda 
for giving us political independence 
and how it is right that every country 
should be independent. Then he 
brought out clearly how the only real 
liberty is the kind Jesus gives. Then 
next morning at prayer meeting he 
brought out that there would be three 
kinds of people taking part in the 
celebration— those who see it simply as 
a time of fun, those who appreciate it 
as a reminder of the value of political 
independence, and those who enjoy 
the real liberty that Jesus gives. 

The main feature of the celebration 
came at 8:30 the next morning-the 
flag-raising and a speech by the Admin- 
istrator. The main speech was in 



French, followed by a shorter one in 
Sango. He began with a eulogy of the 
first president, Bartholomew Boganda, 
who was killed in a plane accident. 
There was also a wreath presentation 
before a monument to Boganda. The 
second part of the speech set forth 
the poUcy and program of the present 
government, which is essentially to 
overcome underdevelopment by hard 
work, especially in agriculture. The 
third part praised the people of the 
Markounda district for the good cotton 
crop they produced last year, and 
spurred them on to do better. The 
fourth and last part set forth the things 
this Administrator has already accom- 
plished during the six months he has 
been in office, and how much he likes 
the people of his district. 

The next feature of the program 
was a presentation of calisthenics by 
school boys. There are several schools 
in the district (a district about 100 
miles long by 50 miles wide) that go 
to fourth grade, but only three that go 
on to grammar school graduation. The 
school at Maitikoulou, which is sixty 
miles north of Markounda, was not 
represented, so there were just two 
schools, Markounda and Boguila. As 
I mentioned earlier, the Administrator 
had asked the mission to haul the 
forty boys of the Boguila school, but 
because of the vehicle problems we 
had no way of doing it. So they did 
the 45 miles on foot. 

The Markounda boys put on a very 
good program for about twenty min- 
utes, going from one thing to another. 
Some exercises were simply gymnastics, 
but many were imitations of things 
done in real Ufe— loading, cocking, and 
shooting a gun, paddling a canoe, tak- 
ing snuff and then sneezing, and so 
forth, all in rhythm to the beating of 



drums. If the Markounda boys had 
been the only ones to perform, I would 
have reported a very good performance. 
But the Boguila boys so far outclassed 
them that it made them seem mediocre. 
I never saw anything to equal it in my 
life. These boys just went from exer- 
cise to exercise in perfect rhythm 
without looking to anybody for a 
signal. I just can't figure out how they 
could remember what came next. After 
they had been going a long time, one 
group lay down on the ground to do 
one set of exercises while the rest con- 
tinued standing or sitting. And all 
during the other exercises they were 
jumping lightly up and down to keep 
up the rhythm. Africans just have 
rhythm in their bones. When the 
drums from one school stopped beat- 
ing and the others began, I could not 
tell to save my life when one set 
stopped and the others began. 

When it came time to go home, the 
Boguila school director came to us and 
begged us to make a third round trip 
to take some of the small kids who had 
swollen feet. 1 just could not see that 
we were justified in tempting the Lord 
by taking that pickup with the loose 
springs on another trip over that ter- 
rible road. I could tell that NGaba 
wanted to come back and get them, 
but 1 couldn't feel free to let him. 
Well, the Lord had it all planned. With- 
in a few minutes after we got back to 
Boguila, Tom McDairmant drove in, 
and in a little while he had Hobble's 
(Mary Ann Habegger) pickup running, 
so he could take that after the httle 
kids with the sore feet. If he had taken 
my Peugeot it would have been gone 
when Tom got here and he would have 
been killing time. Everything fits to- 
gether when the Lord does the plan- 
ning. Why do I fret so often? ▼ 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



REPORT: BOGOTA CONGRESS 



By Phil Guerena 



I he first Latin American Congress 
on Evangelism was held in Bogota, 
Colombia, November 21-30, 1969. 
More than 800 delegates from all over 
Latin America and the Caribbean at- 
tended. All this was made possible 
through the gigantic efforts of Dr. 
Clyde Taylor and, for a very large part, 
by the sponsorship of the Billy Graham 
Association. Dr. Taylor took such a 
personal interest that the Bogota press 
tabbed him the chief boss of all 
American Protestants. They also con- 
fused Billy Graham as the Pope of the 
Protestants. 

A great deal of work and funds 
went into the planning of this Congress 
before it became a reality. Approxi- 
mately one year's preparation was in- 
volved. Money was obtained to pay 
the round trip and expenses of each 
delegate; cost for the representatives 
alone was $30,000. 

Buses picked up the attendees at 
8:30 each morning and brought them 
back to their hotels about 10:30 p.m. 
Most of the lectures were given by 
Latin Americans, a few of whom were 
neoorthodox, but for the most part 
they were fundamental. The day usual- 
ly began with a Bible study from 
8:30 to 10:00, which was followed by 
a very brief recess. Next was a lecture 
on some basic issue on evangelism, 
which was intended to be the meat of 
the Congress. A workshop followed 
where the lecture was discussed, criti- 
cized, and conclusions formed. Lunch 
was from 12:00 to 1:30 and supper 
5:30 to 7:00. Three times a day we 
were given a panoramic view of a 
country with a history of the beginning 
and spreading of the gospel work as 
the main point of each. 

The last service of the day, to which 
the public was invited, was held from 
7:45 to 9:00. This is what the program 
said, but it usually ended well after 
10:00. This was supposed to be an 
inspiring service, and two of the nine 
were that. Two had very strong 

February 7, 1970 



socialistic impulses; some were very in- 
tellectual but not inspiring; the rest 
could be classified as nice music to 
sleep by. 

What did all this accomphsh? Well, 
there was a parade put on by the total 
Congress and the Christians of Bogota. 
Each country marched in back of its 
flag, and the local brethren came last 
with their flag. All this was done in 
the rain, since it usually does rain in 
that city which is more than 8,000 
feet above sea level. This parade passed 
through the center of Bogota, a city of 
two and a-half milhon, and ended in 
the main square, Simon Bolivar Square. 
Bolivar is the "national father" of 
Colombia. The press said over 10,000 
attended that day. An evangehstic 
message was given with an altar call. 
In all Latin America, the main square 
is built around the Catholic cathedral 
or church. Therefore, when the invita- 
tion to salvation was given, some peo- 
ple who were standing by the church 
raised their hands. Even priests and 
nuns were included in the number. 

Also, the fellowship and the gather- 
ing and living together of various de- 
nominations was an accomplishment. 
This fostered a spirit of understanding 
that the Great Commission must be 
fulfilled by the whole body of Christ. 

There was of course the official 
declaration of the Congress. In essence, 
it states that the entire delegation 
takes an imperative attitude toward 
the Great Commission, and that it is 
constrained to depend on the power 
of the Holy Spirit to fulfill this task. 
Each Latin American region is to have 

Taylor the boss? 

Graham the Pope? 

Yet gathering of 
800 profitable. 



its own congress before the next gener- 
al one in about seven years. 

Who can forget some of the high- 
lights! Just getting acquainted with 
the city and its people was a pleasure 
and an education. The Gold Museum 
was an unforgettable experience. Ob- 
taining souvenirs to take home was an 
expensive experience for those buying, 
and a lucrative one for Bogota resi- 
dents. 

Colombia has been probably the 
most fanatic religious country on the 
South American continent. The years 
of 1949 through 1959 were ten years 
of violence during which the Catholic 
church tried to exterminate the Protes- 
tants. Churches and homes were 
burned, people killed, evangelical males 
castrated, and freedom of religion 
taken away. During this time the 
church doubled. To have this Congress 
in the capital of Colombia meant that 
the Colombian Christians now have 
freedom of religion— a great victory for 
the Colombian church. 

Some of those who really knew 
the suffering of the Colombian Chris- 
tians shed tears of thanksgiving to Al- 
mighty God who made this meeting 
possible in this city. As the visiting 
Christians witnessed throughout the 
metropohs, they found the Colombians 
very wilhng to listen to that message 
which so recently was prohibited. 

After meditation on all the method- 
ology on missions which was expound- 
ed in Colombia, one thing stands out: 
the theme of the Congress— "Action 
in Christ for a Continent in Crisis." 
That last farewell by the Bogota Chris- 
tians, as they cried and waved good- 
by and in turn their brethren in Christ 
from other countries waved good-by 
and cried, will always be remembered. 
But that theme-ACTION IN CHRIST 
—left some stimulated and encouraged 
as to the method to fulfill the Great 
Commission. Among these was your 
reporter. Pastor Phillip Guerena of 
Mexico City. ^ 



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FORT BLISS, TEXAS. Chaplain 
Charles E. Bearinger recently received 
a Letter of Commendation from com- 
manding officers Lieutenant Colonel 
Robert D. Bretz and Colonel William 
E. Burr II, 3d Training Battalion, 3d 
BCT Brigade of Fort Bliss. Chaplain 
Bearinger was commended for the 
outstanding way in which he adminis- 
tered the religious program of the 
command, his demonstrated ability to 
"accomplish the mission" under all 
circumstances, his furnishing of mature 
professional guidance to all the men 
in the battalion, his long hours worked, 
and bearing without complaint the re- 
sponsibilities of his position with dedi- 
cation and purpose. Chaplain Bearing- 
er is currently on orders to Vietnam. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF. Rev. Ed 
Trenner, Campus Life Club Coordin- 
ator for the Greater Long Beach area 
spoke at a recent Sunday evening serv- 
ice at the Bellflower Brethren Church. 
Edwin E. Cashman, pastor. 

CONFERENCE HOSPITALITY! 
Folks from the east traveUng by car 
to the 1970 NFBC conference in Long 
Beach, California, will be invited to 
stop in Midwest District homes to 
"freshen up." Carolyn Valentine, re- 
cording secretary of the Midwest Dis- 
trict WMC, states that a list of names 
and addresses will be forwarded to the 
Herald for publishing at a later date. 
Watch for further details on the church 
news page. 

CHANGES. The correct address of 
the Simi, Calif., church is; 2762 Aveni- 
da Simi, Simi, Calif. 93065. The new 
address for Rev. and Mrs. Robert G. 
Clinton is: Accident, Md. 21520. 
The new address of Chaplain Emlyn 
H.Jones is Headquarters, 130th Gener- 
al Hospital, Nurnberg, APO New York 
09696. In the Jan. 10 Herald an in- 
correct zip code was listed in a change 
of address for Rev. Gerald Polman, 
Dayton, Ohio. The correct zip is 
45414. Please change your /l««Ma/. 



NOTICE. Churches in need of 
pastors or ministers desiring contact 
with churches are asked to write to 
Rev. Thomas E. Hammers, chm.. Com- 
mittee for Pastorless Churches and 
Available Men, Grace College, Box 
397, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. He 
will maintain a Ust of names of churches 
and pastors, and will assist those need- 
ing his services. Clyde K. Landrum, 
secretary. National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches. 

STOYSTOWN, PA. At their regular 
business meeting Jan. 12, the Reading 
Brethren Church extended a unanimous 
call to Pastor Arthur F. Collins to serve 
for another year. 



WRIGHTSVILLE, PA. Mr. George 
Wilhehn has recently been unanimous- 
ly called as the full-time pastor of the 
Susquehanna Grace Brethren Church. 
He was hcensed into the Christian 
ministry following examination and 
recommendation of the Northern At- 
lantic District ministerium. He had 
been serving the church as interim 
pastor since its inception on Mar. 30, 
1969. His address is 2783 Carnegie 
Rd., Apt. 104, York, Pa. 17402. (Tel. 
717-155-1794). This information can 
be added to the list of pastors in your 
Annual. A delicious dinner was served 
to 42 people by the ladies of the 
church Dec. 14. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The Board of 
Trustees of the Grace Brethren Village 
has been busy looking at existing 
homes for the aged and similar resi- 
dences and working on building plans 
and ideas. It should be noted that the 
address remainsP.O. Box 613, Dayton, 
Ohio 45401. Gifts continue to be 
needed for completion of the land 
purchase and drawing of the building 
plans. 




FULLERTON, CALIF. Rev. Dale Brock, West Coast literature representative 
for the Herald Co. and manager of the Herald Bookstore, receives the keys from 
Mr. Bill LaMar (right) to a station wagon for use in Mr. Brock's work. The sta- 
tion wagon was partially underwritten with funds given in the BMH "Friday 
Night Offering" at last year's national conference. There is need for additional 
designated funds to complete the goal . . . anyone looking for a missionary 
project? The station wagon was purchased from McPheeters Ford in Long 
Beach, Calif. Mr. LaMar is a member of the Grace Brethren Church, Anaheim, 
Calif. The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., and especially the West Coast 
branch, appreciates the interest and gifts by Brethren people for this station 
wagon to be used in the West Coast missionary literature program. 



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CINCINNATI, OHIO. Rev. Merton 
A. Lambert has been selected to serve 
as president of the Youth Commission 
of the National Sunday School Associ- 
ation during 1970. Mr. Lambert is 
assistant to the director and youth 
coordinator in the offices of the Chris- 
tian Education Department of The 
Brethren Church at Winona Lake. 

VBS TIME ALREADY? Well, not 
quite, but not too early to start think- 
ing and planning for your 1970 VBS! 
The Missionary Herald will be able to 
efficiently care for your needs this 
year from our offices at Winona Lake, 
Indiana, or FuUerton, California. Pas- 
tors and VBS directors should watch 
for a special mailing which will give 
details on VBS ordering information, 
postage and return policies, etc. Re- 
member . . . proceeds from your VBS 
purchases are used to expand the free 
literature ministry of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company, benefit- 
ing Brethren works at home and abroad. 

PARKERSBURG, W.VA. Rev. Na- 
than Meyer thrilled our hearts recently 
with his inspiring messages during a 
prophetic series. Five public decisions 
for salvation and numerous rededica- 
tions of life during the last two eve- 
nings brought the conference to a 
wonderful climax. The attendance on 
Thanksgiving night was 228, a new 
record for an evening service. Melvin 
C. Hobson, pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, PA. Jewish Mis- 
sions Sunday featured Rev. Henry 
Johnson of the American Board of 
Missions to the Jews, Pittsburgh 
Branch. For the evening service, Mr. 
Johnson gave a demonstration entitled 
"Christ in the Passover." William H. 
SneU, pastor. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. RemodeUng 
of the main auditorium began Jan. 5 
at the Woodville Grace Brethren 
Church. To be included in the re- 
modeling program are: carpeting the 
entire sanctuary, enlarging and re- 
modeling the present platform, and 
painting the sanctuary. New pulpit 
furniture and newly installed speaker 
system will also be included. Tony 
Schag of the church will lead the re- 
modeling crew. Tentative date for 
dedication is Feb. 22. Robert Kern, 
pastor. 



1AKE YOUR CONFERENCE PLANS NOW! 
AUGUST 7-14, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA 






Our Brethren churches in the Long Beach, California, area 
are hosting the 1 970 conference of the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches. "Come along to go Somewhere" in 
1970 . . . mark the dates on your calendar right now! 

A new Friday-to-Friday format is planned, with the Chris- 
tian Education Convention beginning Friday evening and con- 
tinuing through Sunday afternoon. The conference modera- 
tor's address will be on Sunday evening, and conference will 
close with the youth-challenge service on the following 
Friday evening. The afternoons of the conference week and 
all day Wednesday, until 7:00 p.m., will be free for sightsee- 
ing. 

Theme of the 1970 conference will be, "Absolutes in a 
Changing World." 

Each church in our national fellowship should be repre- 
sented, and concerned with the business of the NFBC. 
Churches should plan to put a generous amount in their 
budget for conference expenses for the pastor and his family, 
and also give an amount to the lay delegates. 

The 1969 conference set a new attendance and delegate 
record . . . let's make the 1970 one even bigger and better! 



NOTICE. All those desiring to have 
their 1969 issues of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald bound in book form 
should have them in the Herald office 
by Mar. 1 , 1970. The price for binding 
is $6.95 if you furnish copies. We will 
furnish copies and bind them for 
$7.95 postage paid. 

KETTERING, OHIO. The regular 
quarterly meeting of the Southern 
Ohio Fellowship of Brethren Men was 
hosted by the Calvary Brethren Church 
Jan. 10. Chaplain Brown of the Leban- 
on Correctional Institution showed 
shdes and presented information re- 
garding his work. 

MODESTO, CALIF. A Sunday 
evening adult study hour has been 
established at the La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church. Mr. George Cripe 
will lead the study based substantially 
on Seminary class notes of Dr. Alva 
J. McClain. Mr. Cripe once studied in 
classes under Dr.McClain's instruction. 
The six o'clock hour corresponds with 
the time of the youth meetings- 
nursery care is provided. J.Paul Miller, 
pastor. 



BROOKVILLE, OHIO. There were 
37 new members added to the Brook- 
ville Grace Brethren Church during 
1969. Of these, 23 came by baptism. 
The choir presented their first Christ- 
mas cantata Dec. 21 . Clair E. Brickel, 
pastor. 



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entonant 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

LOCKHART, Lester, 67, was pro- 
moted to the Lord's presence Nov. 10, 
1969, following a brief illness. A mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Parkersburg, W.Va., he was the first 
deacon to be elected in the church 
after it was built. He served that 
position faithfully, and also served as 
head usher for many years. Melvin C. 
Hobson, pastor. 

lAJeddin^ d^elL 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Breihren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Sharon Sue Henry and WilUam 
Thomas Jenkins, Jan. 2, Calvary Breth- 
ren Church, Kettering, Ohio. 



February 7, 1970 



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A Heart Transplant 



loday, man has at his disposal 
wonderful machines; cardiographs, X- 
rays, and so on. Yet they often fail 
to find the heart's disease. But God 
knows the heart. "For the Lord seeth 
not as man seeth; for man looketh on 
the outward appearance, but the Lord 
looketh on the heart" (I Sam. 16:7). 

Here is the heart God sees: "The 
heart is deceitful above all things, and 
desperately wicked [incurably sick] " 
(Jer. 17:9). 

"They made their hearts as an ada- 
mant stone [usually hard like a dia- 
mond]" (Zech. 7:12). 

"I will take the stony heart out of 
their flesh" (Ezek. 11:19). 

This is the condition of each one 
without Christ, "For all have sinned, 
and come short of the glory of God" 
(Rom. 3:23). 

Now medical science has found that 
it is possible to transplant a heart. But 



BY VIRGINIA SHINGLETON 



before this can take place, someone 
must die and give his heart. 

Jesus Christ, God's Son, died that 
we might live. "But God commendeth 
his love toward us, in that, while we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us" 
(Rom. 5:8). 

He wants each one to have this new 
heart. "The Lord is . . . longsuffering 
. . . not willing that any should per- 
ish .. ."(11 Pet. 3:9). 

"A new heart also will I give you, 
and a new spirit will I put within you: 
and I will take away the stony heart 
out of your flesh, and I will give you 
an heart of flesh" (Ezek. 36:26). 

No matter how much a doctor real- 
izes the need of a heart transplant, 
the patient must desire it. 



Even so God says, "Ask, and it 
shall be given you; . . . For every one 
that asketh receiveth . . ." (Matt. 
7:7-8). 

A transplant is done hoping to ex- 
tend time to a person's life, but even 
if the operation is successful, "it is 
appointed unto men once to die, but 
after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). 

"For what is your life? It is even 
a vapour, that appeareth for a little 
time, and then vanisheth away" (James 
4:14). 

However, God has provided eternal 
life for the one who receives His new 
heart. Christ's promise is "I am the 
resurrection, and the life: he that be- 
lieveth in me, though he were dead, 
yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth 
and believeth in me shall never die" 
(John 11:25-26). 

Man will spend a fortune to receive 
another's heart, while God's new heart 
is a free gift. "For God so loved the 
world [you] , that he gave his only be- 
gotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
in him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life" (John 3:16). 

The Great Surgeon pleads, "Come 
now, and let us reason together, saith 
the Lord: though your sins be as 
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; 
though they be red like crimson, they 
shall be as wool" (Isa. 1:18). 



A SOUL 
DIVIDED 




I f we could first know where we are, and whither 
we are tending, we could then better judge what 
to do, and how to do it. We have passed many 
days since we initiated a policy with the avowed 
object and confident promise of putting an end 
to half dedication. Under the operation of that 
policy, that promise has, in most cases, not only 
not been fulfilled, but the situation has worsened. 
In my opinion, this will be the case, until a crisis 
in Ufe shall have been reached and passed. ... A 
soul divided against itself cannot stand. 1 believe 
that a life cannot permanently endure, half dedi- 
cated and half not. 1 do not expect the Christian 
to be undone ... 1 do not expect the soul to fall 
. . . but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It 
wUl become all one thing or all the other ... all 
for Christ, or nothing. . . . 

—Donald A. Garlock 

Assistant Professor, Grace College 

Adapted from Abraham Lincoln 's "House Divided" speech. 



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TURNPIKE ENDS 
JUST AHEAD 



l^riving on the turnpike is a pleas- 
ant experience. It makes long trips 
much less annoying. I can buzz along 
without bothering about stop signs, 
traffic Ughts, slow speed zones or peo- 
ple who block traffic. Driving time is 
reduced by hours. 

But there's one problem ... it can 
be expensive. When I pull up to the 
tollgate at the end of the turnpike, the 
man with the uniform is going to ex- 
pect more than a "hello." He expects 
me to pay my toll, and somehow the 
wave of my hand will not satisfy him! 
All that driving pleasure must be paid 
for. 

At a time like that, wouldn't it be a 
fine thing to have a pass? Just think 
. . . I could have the pleasure of driving, 
and when I got to the tollgate at the 
end, I could just show the man an 
official card and he would let me 
through without taking any of my 
money! 

My life is like a turnpike. Be it ever 
so pleasant, I must remember that it 
will come to an end. But, unlike the 
toll road, I am not sure when or where 
I will get off the road of hfe. It may 
end without any warning at all, and I 
may find myself suddenly at the toll- 
gate. Will I be prepared to settle up? 

I ask, just what does it cost to 
settle up at the end of life, and to 
enter the city of God? What does God 
charge? What is the toll fee I will 
need? 

God has already paid the costs of 
eternal life. The price of bringing a 
person to eternal hfe is so high, only 
God could afford it, and since He loves 
us, He paid it. That's good news, isn't 
it? At least it is to most people. But 
some folks do not like to receive chari- 



ty even from God, since this is a blow 
to their personal pride. 

It is hard for anyone to believe that 
he is totally unable to do anything to 
get himself into heaven, but such is the 
case. "For all have sinned, and come 
short of the glory of God" (Rom. 
3:23). Some people may not be as 
bad as others, but they are stiO a long 
way from God's standard, which is 
perfection. Good deeds are like Con- 
federate money; no matter how much 
you have, it isn't enough. Just try to 
pay your toll on the turnpike with 
Confederate money! The trunk of 
your car may be full of it, but it isn't 
legal tender. 

My life may be full of good works 
such as: Bible reading, church member- 
ship, baptism, tithing, neighborliness, 
kindness, taking cortununion, and so 
forth, but this isn't the coin of heaven. 
All these things cannot cover up the 
fact that I have sinned against God— 
and this is the whole problem. My 
good deeds do not alter the fact that I 



By Dean Risser 



have offended God, and that this debt 
must be straightened out God's way. 

Our sins must be recognized, ad- 
mitted, and paid for in full. God says, 
"The wages of sin is death . . ." (Rom. 
6:23). TWs awful price must be paid, 
and the debt erased. 

But remember, the Bible says God 
has paid the price. This is what the 
death of Christ on the cross is all about; 
it was a price He paid for OUR sins. 
In I Peter 3:18 God says, "For Christ 
also hath once suffered for sins, the 
just for the unjust, that he might bring 
us to God, being put to death in the 
flesh, but quickened [made alive] by 
the Spirit." You are that important 
to God. 

However, I am not automatically 
free from my sins just because Jesus 
died and I believe it. I must actually 
receive Jesus Christ as my own personal 
Saviour. This involves admitting my 
sins have totally disqualified me from 
heaven, and I need the help of Jesus. 
This hurts my pride, but puts me with- 
in the reach of Jesus Christ . 

The Saviour now stands at the door 
of my heart, seeking to enter my Ufe, 
change it, and take away the sin. 

How about you? As you read this, 
the Son of God is asking you to let 
Him into your heart and life. Why 
don't you, right now, say to Jesus 
Christ, "Come into me. Lord Jesus, 
and be my Saviour and Lord from this 
time on." 

Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the 
door, and knock: if any man hear my 
voice, and open the door, I will come 
in to him, and will sup with him, and 
he with me" (Rev. 3:20). In the past 
you have had your way— now will you 
let God have His way with you? ▼ 



February 7, 1970 



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Worldscope 



PITTSBURGH (EP)-An experiment which de- 
fied the Supreme Court's ban on prayer and Bible 
reading in public school classrooms has ended here 
for the Albert Gallatin Area School District in rural 
southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Federal Judge Louis Rosenberg here signed an 
order enjoining the district to stop observances of 
classroom reUgious ceremonies it had practiced for 
nine months. 

However, the judge of the U.S. District Court 
for the Western District of Pennsylvania indicated 
his sympathy for what he said was an "overwhelm- 
ing" pro-prayer majority in Fayette County. 

Carmine V. MoUnaro, solicitor of the nine- 
member Albert Gallatin School board said the 
"original error in the school prayer matter was 
made by the Supreme Court and it's going to have 
to be corrected by them." 

But he added that morning prayers and Bible 
reading in the school system probably would cease, 
pending the outcome of an appeal to the United 
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 
Philadelphia and then, if necessary, to the Supreme 
Court. 

OWERRI, BIAFRA (EP)-Parishioners on their 
way to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass were victims 
of a sudden bomb attack by a Nigerian airplane, 
according to Biafran radio. The attack took place 
in a small village, south of here, just minutes before 
the Mass was to begin. Three persons reportedly 
were killed and 25 injured in the raid. 

JOS, NIGERIA (EP)-Missionary medics of the 
Sudan Interior Mission discovered an outbreak of 
deadly yellow fever here— the first in Nigeria since 
1946— and moved quickly to stop it. 

Africa Now, pubUcation of SIM, says the epi- 
demic was discovered when two patients were ad- 
mitted to SIM's Evangel Hospital in Jos with an 
undiagnosed fever. Dr. Jeanette Troup and her 
colleagues recognized symptoms similar to yellow 
fever. They rushed serum specimens 650 miles by 
road to the Virus Research Unit in Ibadan, and 
alerted authorities on the coast by shortwave 
radio. Virologists isolated the yellow fever virus. 

Five-hundred deaths have been reported within 
a radius of 50 miles of Jos. Vaccination campaigns 
are in progress, but there is no known cure once 
the disease has been contracted. 



CAM RANH BAY, VIETNAM (EP)-"Praying a 
lot and having faith," Lt. Woodrow Bergeron sur- 
vived 5 1 hours behind enemy lines here in a bam- 
boo thicket after parachuting from his disabled F4 
Phantom jet fighter. 

Helicopters made 1 6 attempts to rescue him as 
the New Orleans pilot lay under driftwood and 
leaves radioing for help. 

After Bergeron moved from his original hiding 
place enemy soldiers came and riddled the refuge 
with bullets. They came within 1 5 feet of finding 
him. 



MARION, IND. (EP)-If churches are going to 
stop the outflow of youth from their own families 
and reach the youth of the community they must 
"learn to communicate a feeling of love to young 
people." 

So said the Rev. Robert S. Zuhl, new General 
Secretary of Youth for the Wesleyan Church head- 
quartered here. 

The youth leader made the remarks to more than 
600 delegates at the Wesleyan Church's Conference 
on Evangelism in Cincinnati. 

"We must not forget that love is a universal 
language to all generations," Zuhl said. "This love 
doesn't lose patience with failures. It looks for 
new ways of being constructive to meet changing 
situations. It is not hung up on its own traditions 
and stock answers." 

Ministers and laymen of the Wesleyan Church 
from all over North America gathered for a three- 
day conference on evangehsm at the year's end to 
study the role of evangelism in the denomination 
and to mobilize its resources for total evangelism 
in the 1970s. 

NEW YORK (EP)-EvangeUst Jack Wyrtzen had 
been asked by singer Tiny Tim to perform the 
entertainer's wedding ceremony on the Johnny 
Carson TV show. 

The evangelist wouldn't appear because he had 
laid down five conditions, according to the Rock- 
land (Maine) Press, requiring that his friend (1 ) 
be baptized, (2) join the church, (3) get a haircut, 
(4) quit show business, and (5) go to Bible school. 

Tiny Tim couldn't comply, so neither could Dr. 
Wyrtzen and the marriage of the star to Miss Vicki 
Budinger went on without the founder of Word of 
Life Camp and popular evangelical speaker. 



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&rouia Vi/namkaUt/ 



"In my opinion we'd better 
not . . . ." By the time I lieard the 
word "not" I had turned off the 
speaker. For as long as I can remember 
it has been hard for me to appreciate 
opinionated people. The speaker con- 
firmed my reaction. 

From what I knew of her, it ap- 
peared that the first thing she saw in a 
situation was the problems inherent. 
I ached for her to see the opportunity 
first, then go from there to grapple 
with any problems. The mountainous 
accumulation of negatives in the lady's 
life resulted in frustrations and con- 
tinual upsets. And why not? She 
always looked for them! How could 
her opinions help me when they didn't 
help her? 

A negative approach to life pre- 
cludes dynamic growth— at least that's 
my "opinion!" Just as soon as two 
different opinions show up battle lines 
are drawn. Who knows how many 
good ideas or potential productivity 
have gone down the drain, victims of 
embattled opinions? 

Now convictions are another story. 
People who hold and live by strong, 
righteous convictions, who are able 
and willing to ". . . give an answer to 
every man that asketh ... a reason of 
the hope that is in you with meekness 
and fear" (I Pet. 3:15) are often the 
growing, dynamic contributors to life. 
It is they who speak to us. 



By Althea S. Miller 



What is dynamic growth and its 
significance to the Christian woman? 
I have a strong intuition that this de- 
sirable state hangs on the edge of the 
difference, if any, between opinion and 
conviction. Years ago I began wrestling 
with the concepts of opinion and con- 
viction. Is there any difference in the 
value of these to the human spirit? 
I came up with my own definition 
which is certainly not faultless, al- 
though it has helped keep me on an 
even keel in the midst of storms. You 
may heartily disagree, and in thinking 
it through will come up with superior 
reasonings. Hurrah for the Goliath 
steps this will mean in your personal 
Dynamic Growth. 

Opinions are sometimes the hasty, 
unproven conclusions of inadequately 
thought-out concepts in given situa- 
tions. 

Convictions are more often the re- 
sultant affirmations of wisdom, con- 
firmed by thoughtful interrelation of 
ideas and thought concepts arising out 
of experience. 

With these definitions in mind, I'd 
first like to suggest what dynamic 
growth is not before going into the 
positives. It is not an overbearing 
attitude of pseudo-righteousness. It is 
not a weak-kneed, mousy, colorless 
approach to life. It is not a cocky, 
know-it-all outlook which can be de- 
vastating to a timid brother. It is not 
negativism, and can have no part of 
defeatism as a daily stance. 

Dynamic growth is a thrilling, satis- 
fying, living experience. It places the 
Christian in command of given situa- 
tions rather than "under the circum- 



stances" so that she is not easily vic- 
timized or intimidated by the over- 
tures of sin. It is laying hold of "thus 
saith the Lord," strong in that "con- 
fidence that we have in him, that, if 
we ask any thing according to his will, 
he heareth us" (I John 5:14). Are 
you with the "in" crowd on this level 
of life? NO??? 

So you have problems. You some- 
times don't care whether you live or 
die. Fact is, you wish you could die. 
Trouble is, you don't die that easily. 
So, because you're going to continue 
Uving, why don't you stop crawling 
and begin soaring? Oh yes, it's pos- 
sible and exhilarating, but not easy. 

Begin with the Spiritual You. Sure- 
ly you remember that God loves you. 
That's the first thing you know for a 
fact. That's dynamite enough to lift 
you out of the ditch of despair. It is 
knowledge that doesn't make you ar- 
rogant with "I-know-it-all" attitudes. 
It leaves you warm and grateful on the 
inside; humble and helpful on the out- 
side. Give it a try. I promise excellent 
results because GOD LOVES YOU. 

Next, the Emotional You. There's 
that hot fire of unjust accusations. 
Or unkindnesses. Or being thought 
stupid. Or you can't please those you 
most want to please. Your good is 
evil spoken of. All this, no less, from 
close loved ones who shouldn't— and 
"friends" you can't believe would. 

It's at this point where your faith 
in the goodness of God steps in. The 
kind of faith Job had when he said: 
"Though he slay me, yet will I trust 
in him . . ." (13:15). Your emotions 
will be calmed for that little while 
longer you are asked to "be strong in 
the Lord, and in the power of his 
might"(Eph.6:10). Don't kick against 
God's call to dynamic living. 

In exposing yourself to this high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus you will 
become vulnerable in your love. It 
may be either misunderstood of mis- 
treated-or both-by sometimes selfish 
kin and a hostile world. But Christ 
suffered more than that for you on 
the cross. His resurrection offers you 
the key to winning the lost, both in 
your home and neighborhood by being 
Creative in Dynamic Growth TODAY. 



February 7, 1970 



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The Master Calleth 



for Thee 



By Mrs. Bill Shelby 



The other day I received a letter 
from a friend asking prayer for one 
who was trying to determine God's will 
for his life and was having little success. 
As I prayed for him I also thanked 
God for showing me such a clear way 
to know His will for my life. Not 
everyone can know God's will in such 
a way. 

Several years back, God began deal- 
ing with my husband and me. It was 
early in our Christian experience we 
realized that when we agreed on any 
point it was God's will for us to fol- 
low. We accepted Jesus Christ as 
personal Saviour about two weeks 
apart, but we made public our decision 
at the same time and were baptized 
together. We grew in the Lord to- 
gether. Was it any wonder then that 
God spoke to us for full-time service 
together? 

God brought my parents to Michi- 
gan from Florida so Bill and I could 
meet in high school. After several 
years of marriage we bought a house 
in the little town of Bridgman and I 
was so happy. I loved that little place 
and wanted to live there for the rest 
of my life. Bill was happy working 
two jobs in his "lifetime ambition" as 
a cook until one day things changed. 
I got the feeling that I didn't want to 
live and die there after all. Somehow 
the glamour of the house had faded. I 



felt that God had something different 
for my life. I didn't mention this to 
Bill. At the same time he felt like 
giving up his ambition of being a good 
chef. He didn't mention his feelings 
to me. He talked to our pastor about 
his feelings and he thought that perhaps 
God was calling him for full-time serv- 
ice. When they related this to me I 
said, "I already know— God has been 
calling me to be a pastor's wife." The 
call was clear and direct for both of us. 
Hebrews, chapter 1 1 , became very 
real to us as "by faith" we trusted 
God to work out all the details as we 
moved to Winona Lake where Bill be- 
gan seven years of study. While in 
college. Bill pastored a little church 
for nine months and then for nineteen 
months we traveled fifty-three miles, 
twice a week, to pastor another work 
near the Wabash River in Indiana— 
until graduation from Seminary. God 
blessed our work and taught us many 
lessons confirming our calling into the 
pastorate. Upon graduation in 1965, 
we asked God to lead us to the right 
place. We candidated, wrote letters, 
and considered several works, but noth- 
ing came up that we could agree on. 
Then in August, the challenge of 
Chico, California, was presented to us 
and we agreed that this was the place. 
We served the Lord there for almost 
four years— until God spoke to us 



about Grandview. We candidated— and 
it was "love at first sight!" We told 
the Lord we would go if He so de- 
sired and here we are. I do not want 
you to beheve that we have "perfect 
harmony" on every point in our lives! 
We also agree to disagree, too. But we 
are conscious of God's leading in our 
Uves and know from past experiences 
the blessings that come from decisions 
made together. ▼ 



WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Randall 

Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Ralph HaU, R.R. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. PhilUp Simmons, 10600 

S.E. 226th St., Kent, Wash. 98031 
Rec. Secy. -Mrs. Gerald Kelley, Box 67, 

New Troy, Mich. 49119 
Asst. Rec. Secy. -Mrs. Dan Pacheco, R.R. 

3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Robert Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Asst. to the Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Eaile 

Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave., Cuyahoga 

Falls, Ohio 44221 
Lit. Secy. -Mrs. Charles Koontz, R.R. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 604 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, R.R. 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Asst. SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Polman, 

824 N. Verde Ave., Rialto, Calif. 92376 



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Praising Heaven 
for Sending 
Someone 




Ana Maria Sena Reis and her children 

The Bill Burk family had lived in 
Quatipuru, Brazil, for five years before 
they left for furlough this past July. 
About a month before their departure 
Mrs. Burk received from a former 
cook a letter which she has translated 
and is sharing with us. 



Esteemed mother in the faith and sis- 
ter in Christ: 

My greatest desire is that all of your 
family as well as our brethren in the 
faith be in the peace of our Lord. As 
for me, always praising God for the 
humiliations and sufferings due to fol- 
lowing Him. 

Since arriving here, the neighbors 
and some of Manuel's (her husband) 
relatives who didn't know who I was, 
have noticed my Bible on the table 
and encountered me reading it. Im- 
mediately I was considered as belong- 
ing to Beelzebub. But I am certain 
that these are just words, for I read 
the Word of One who never lies, who 
is the Truth and the Life. 

In spite of all this I am happy, 
praising heaven for sending someone 
who opened my eyes. For before this 
I walked blind, erring along the path, 
perhaps to the edge of the abyss. 

May God keep you always as I knew 
you: good counselors, good employers, 
good parents, and worthy of the place 



that awaits us who believe in His holy 
name, paradise the eternal glory. I am 
going to miss you as much as if I had 
lost my mother, but in the hour of 
homesickness the Bible you caused me 
to know will comfort me and I will 
sing the hymns you taught me. Even 
though we do not meet again here, I 
expect one day to be in glory with 
you. 

If you still have a Bible, arrange me 
one and a hymn book. Mine I loaned 
to a neighbor who, praise God, listened 
to me and she is reading it. She had 
manifested a desire to own one for 
herself and her husband; therefore, I 
hope you still have one so I can buy it 
to give it to her for a present. 

I hope to go from here about the 
25 th to visit you and tell you good- 
bye and to see the baby. I'm going to 
have another myself, in October. 

Tell Linda not to forget my recipes. 

Without more, bless the daughter in 
the faith that esteems you. 

-Ana Maria Sena Reis 




How Many of 
the WMC 
Books for 
1969-70 
Have You Read? 



These books may be ordered from the Her- 
ald Bookstore, Box 2385, Fullerton, Calif. 
92633; or the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Thy People Shall Be My People by Ruth June Perl 

This is the story of a missionary to the Jews whose life has been an extraordinary 
parallel to Ruth of the Bible. It opens with the death of her Gentile husband and her learn- 
ing to look to the Lord for comfort, strength and guidance. She was called to work with 
the Jews, which led her to Israel to study the Hebrew language in a Kibbutz. From almost 
the first she compared her experiences with those of Ruth. Finally, after she had learned 
the lesson of complete trust in God, she received her Boaz. 

This book has something for everyone. It is a love story, a devotional book, a travel 
account. Above all, it echoes the note which all our WMC books emphasize this year-the 
wonders God can accomphsh through people who put their complete and absolute trust in 
Him. 

God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew, with John and Elizabeth Sheriff 

This is the true story of a Dutch boy who played tricks on German soldiers during the 
occupation, and grew up to smuggle Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. A paperback priced at 
only seventy-five cents, this book is an absolute must for every WMC. Every member should 
read it and share it with her family. Your sons and daughters will find it mo'e exciting than 
any fiction, and you will rejoice they are reading of the miracles that can be worked when- 
ever people put their trust in God. This book, which you will hardly be able to put down, 
will increase your faith and make your prayer times more meaningful, and your Bible more 
precious to you. 

Voice Under Every Palm by Jane Reed and Jim Grant 

This is the short, simple and concise story of one of the Lord's great miracles, the 
Christian radio station in Liberia, Africa. The call letters ELWA stand for "Eternal Love 
Winning Africa." The miracles started with a small group of students at Wheaton College, 
who had no official organization, resources or contacts-nothing but their vision and faith 
in God. Our Lord led them to choose Liberia and obtained official permission for the 
station. He chose men and women to give money, equipment, and themselves. He even held 
back rain directly over the station when the cement had to be poured. 

Now, seventy missionaries and more than one hundred Liberians use its transmitters to 
reach all of Africa and parts of Europe, South America, and the Middle East. They broad- 
cast hundreds of hours each week in forty-two languages, and the work is steadily expand- 
ing. 

1 The writers are workers at ELWA, and so they can give the vivid touches that make the 
work come alive for the reader. "There is a Voice Under Every Palm Tree. All you need is 
a box to catch it" (Gib tribal comment). 

(Editor's Note-Our thanks to Lucille Smith of the Northcentral Ohio District for reading 
and reviewing all three books. May we be inspired and encouraged to read each one of 
them. J 



February 7, 1970 



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Sunnyside, Washington— The annual 
WMC Birthday Missionary Tea was a 
most enjoyable occasion. Tables deco- 
rated to represent the four seasons of 
the year surrounded the center table 
which held the tiered birthday cake 
and decorated box holding the birth- 
day offering. Each lady enjoyed the 
evening's program wliile sitting at one 
of the tables representing her birthday 
month. 

Mrs. Edward Mensinger, missionary 
on furlough, shared with the group 
some of her experiences in the medical 
work in Africa. The program also in- 
cluded impersonations of the five WMC 
Birthday Missionaries, and a special 
song from four high school girls of the 
SMM-who also helped to serve refresh- 
ments. Trays of fancy cookies, as well 
as the birthday cake, were served. 



Sunland, California— The Glendale 
WMC deviated a little from the regular 
program at their Christmas meeting 
by inviting their husbands for the 
occasion and including them in the 
holiday festivities and program. At 
the conclusion, Refreshments were 
served which included a Bible cake, 
decorated with Scripture which had 
been used as a centerpiece. It was a 
pleasant evening and a wonderful time 
of fellowship for all. 

Washington, D.C.— The Mid-Atlantic 
District WMC met at the First Brethren 
Church for their rally, the theme being 
"The Master Calleth for Thee." Special 
music from several of the churches 
was enjoyed, and we had the privilege 
of welcoming some of the ladies from 
the new work in Hanover, Pa., to the 
district and pray they may soon have 
a WMC organized. The highlight of 
the day came from the speaker, Mrs. 
James Teeter, who was able to spend 



four weeks on one of our mission 
fields this past summer. We seldom 
get to hear someone other than our 
missionaries speak, therefore, we don't 
often hear the words of praise that we 
heard from Mrs. Teeter concerning 
them— their hard work in serving the 
Lord and their unselfishness in giving 
of their all to show others their love 
and Cliristian hospitality. The Teeters 
also had some wonderful slides of the 
mission work. As we saw these films 
and listened to the message our hearts 
were touched. May the Lord make us 
Women Manifesting Christ. 

Midwest District— Arvada, Colorado, 

WMC has experienced another first! 
We are grateful to the Lord for a com- 
plete officiary for the year and for all 
the exciting plans and projects they 
have outlined for us. We are enjoying 
the Bible studies, and anticipate the 
voice of the Master as He calls to us. 
It is our desire that we be found 
listening and obedient. 



PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE SUNNYSIDE BIRTHDAY MISSIONARY TEA. 




Four high school girls who served and gave a special number: (I to r) Mrs. Rosie Reeves (I) looks on as Mrs. Virginia Garrison cuts the cake 

Carolyn Danielson, Joy Mayes, Bobbi Jo Paden, and Debbie Burke- made in honor of the Birthday Missionaries. 

pile. 



Remember, Ladies! 



THIS IS THE LAST MONTH FOR GIVING TO THE GRACE SCHOOLS AND 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OFFERING. This offering will be used toward the ad- 
ditional support of the Brethren Student Life Volunteer program, and helping in the need 
for equipment in the athletic department at Grace Schools. 



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W^hoso Findeth a Wife 



who can find a suitable suburban wife, for her 
worth is far above secretary or cleaning woman? 

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her 
whether with eligible bachelor or high-pressure sales- 
man. 

She accepteth her husband as he is and hangeth up 
pajamas all the days of her life. 

She runneth not out of milk and bringeth her food 
from afar, not just stores giving Green Stamps. 

She decorateth her home in best of taste but 
showeth not emphasis on materialism. 

Her family feeleth house can be lived in, yet it 
suddenly becometh immaculate when doorbell ringeth. 

She riseth also when the alarm goeth off and 
dresseth, maketh breakfast and packeth lunches while 
family is still inserting contact lenses. 

She girdeth her arms with strength and on Tuesday 
carryeth out leaves and tree prunings to street for dis- 
posal pickup. 

She cooketh ample meals, yet avoideth for teen- 
agers: chocolate, nuts, chewy food, raw celery and, 
for husband, high cholesterol. She forgetteth not to 
defrost dinner. 

When wearing last year's knit dress and ancient 
coat, she looketh like a million dollars. 

She openeth her mouth with wisdom but knoweth 
when to keep it shut. She talketh seldom about 
trivia and never during football games. 

She forgetteth not to make appointments for 



annual checkups, orthodontists, eye doctor, haircuts 
and rabies shots. 

She attendeth all meetings, singeth in choir, spend- 
eth time to become friends with non-Christian neigh- 
bors, cooketh meals for sick, teacheth Bible class- 
but never becometh tired or cross and looketh well 
to the ways of her own household. 

Her children never riseth up to wonder why they 
have no clean socks or underwear. 

She becometh not "obsolete" as husband be- 
cometh known at the gates. But, if his position riseth 
not, she remaineth content. 

When husband spendeth week at Los Angeles gates, 
she panics not. She moppeth basement floor; she 
ordereth new water heater; she consoleth daughter 
snubbed by senior boy. And when, with family 
finally tucked into bed, she heareth the phone ring, 
she reporteth to husband that "everything's fine." 

She buyeth salt for the water softener and gently 
remindeth husband to bring it in, but the furnace 
filters she cleaneth herself. 

She knoweth not how to raise hood of automobile, 
but yet she haveth oil changed, shock absorbers 
checked and tires rotated. 

Give her a card on Mother's Day, and let her own 
works praise her in the gates. 

Many wives do a pretty fair job, but thou, oh 
modern mom, excelleth them all. 

—Jane B. Sorenson 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - APRIL 



AFRICA- 

Mr. Thomas J. McDairmant April 7 

Mission Evangelique, Bossembele via Bangui, 
Central African Republic 

Mrs. Robert Williams April 15 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Philip Edward Peters April 20, 1962 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Calla Jean Cone April 24, 1965 

B.P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Kipling George Cone April 24, 1967 

B.P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Thomas Allen Peters April 28, 1959 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

ARGENTINA- 

Mrs. E. Nelson Fay April 6 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
Argentina, S.A. 

BRAZIL- 

James Kevin Johnson April 19, 1956 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Mrs. Timothy Earner April 29 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

February 7, 1970 



EUROPE- 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 

Maison Internationale, Molenstraat 56, Antwerp, Belgium 

HAWAII- 

Leilani Lou Tresise April 15, 1956 

95-303 Waioni Street, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786 

MEXICO- 

Mrs. PhiOip Guerena April 5 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D. F. Mexico 

IN THE UNITED STATES- 

Suzan Marie Goodman April 1, 1952 

101 Fourth Street, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

Route 3, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 

Colleen Mary Austin April 8, 1956 

915 Harding Street, Long Beach, CaUfornia 90805 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

13344 Fonseca Avenue, La Mirada, California 90638 

Lois Esther Burk April 9, 1969 

11259 Pope Avenue, Lynwood, Cahfomia 90262 

Suzanne Lynn Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Route 2, Box 192, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128 

Mrs. Gordon Austin April 29 

915 Harding Street, Long Beach, California 90805 

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THE REAL 

MINISTRY OF BOOKS . . . 

"One last word—and a simple one— 
the acquisition of books, a knowledge 
of the titles of books, and the con- 
struction and revision of bibliographies, 
all will mean almost nothing unless 
these books are opened, read, studied, 
meditated upon, and their truths al- 
lowed to weave themselves into the 
warp and woof of our lives. Begin to- 
day with something great; don't try 
to cover everything at once; under- 
stand what you read; use what you 
read; correct everything by the truth 
as it is in Christ; and thus day by day 
we may increasingly comprehend with 
the saints of all ages, who have left us 
their thoughts, their prayers, their ser- 
mons, and records of their lives, the 
love of God which passeth all knowl- 
edge, and so be the more thoroughly 
equipped for every work which God 
has called us to do."-WilburM. Smith, 
Qiats from a Minister's Library (Grand 
Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 
cl951),page8. 



Is the United States 
in Prophecy? 

S. Franklin Logsdon (Grand Rapids, 
Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 
1968), 64 pages, paper, $.95. 

Dr. Logsdon's booklet is an attempt 
to satisfy widespread interest in wheth- 
er or not the prophetic format of the 
Bible includes the United States. It is 
a worthy objective. 

In my judgment, the author fails 
to present a convincing case for an 
affirmative answer. He assumes too 
much. He enumerates many details 
relating to the Babylon of Jeremiah 
50—51 and Revelation 18, then arbi- 
trarily identifies them with the United 



States. In this he leaves the teaching 
of Biblical prophecy and comes danger- 
ously close to becoming a prophet 
himself. 

After stating that it is not his pur- 
pose to render a verdict or pronounce 
with finality. Dr. Logsdon asks, "To 
what other nation of all time could 
these divinely given characteristics and 
descriptions so convincingly apply?" 
One gets the impression that the author 
is not ready to commit himself whole- 
heartedly to a clear-cut position on the 
matter, but encourages his readers to 
do so. 

I recommend reading Is the United 
States in Prophecy? with cautious and 
critical interest —Dr. Raymond E. Ging- 
rich, Sr., Longyiew, Texas 



Born Wild 

B. Joan Hanson (Fort Washington, 
Pennsylvania: Christian Literature Cru- 
sade, 1969), 139 pages, $2.25. 

Between caring for the horse she 
trained and her pet fawn and roaming 
the rugged mountains that surround 
her home, fifteen-year-old Kristina 
Koch finds lots of adventure. Add a 
special fellow and the stage is set for 
both new difficulties and parental re- 
strictions. Like many another teen- 
ager, Kris becomes rebellious toward 
her parents and toward the God in 
whom her mother trusts. In their 
views of God, Kris and her father are 
on common ground. Neither has much 



Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 or the Herald Book- 
store, Box 2385, Fullerton, Cali- 
fornia 92633. We pay postage. 



time for Him. But trying circum- 
stances bring both to realize their need 
of Christ. 

Teenagers will find this an exciting 
adventure story. It involves many of 
their own feelings and gives answers 
that meet their needs.— /o>'ceyl. Farn- 
er, Spokane. Washington 



House by the Bo Tree 

Ruth Seamands (Waco, Texas: Word 
Books, 1969), 154 pages, $3.95. 

Ruth Seamands tells the story of 
the life she and her husband, J. T., had 
as missionaries in India. Her tale 
covers the daily, normal, and not-so- 
normal routine of a family in a foreign 
country that we seldom hear when our 
missionaries speak in church. 

This book is easy, enjoyable read- 
ing with a missionary punch.— Marjorie 
Kirkpatrick, Omaha, Nebraska 



The Quality of Mercy 

Juliana Steensma (Richmond: John 
Knox, 1969), 143 pages, $3.95. 

Tlie Quality of Mercy combines 
several fascinating stories into one. 
First, it chronicles the founding and 
early years of the Amputee Rehabili- 
tation Center, founded in Taejon, Kor- 
ea, by the late Dr. R. A. Torrey, Jr. 
Second, it shares the story of Mrs. 
Steensma's husband, John, himself a 
double amputee as a result of a tragic 
accident which befell him at the age 
of 17, his personal victory over his 
physical handicap, and his experience 
as director and reorganizer of the 
Korean Rehabilitation Work during an 
eight-year period from 1958 to 1966. 
Third, it offers an honest evaluation 
of the successes and failures of various 
methods of rehabilitation work, weav- 
ing in some excellent answers to the 
question, "How do we really go about 
helping people?" 

Mrs. Steensma excells in the presen- 
tation of the delights and heartaches 
of a missionary family's adjustment to 
new circumstances, as well as in her 
vignettes of individual patients, with 
their sorrows and joys, defeats and 
triumphs. She brings out the startling 
abihty of foreign nationals to pinpoint 
the failings of missionaries, clarifies the 
seeming abundance of Korean orphans, 
and illumines Korean attitudes toward 



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disabilities and sickness, as well as life 
and death. 

The book is timely. It picks up the 
question of the evangelical's involve- 
ment in the social aspect of the Gospel, 
a subject destined to receive much 
more attention in the days and months 
to come.— Edwin E. Cashman, Cerritos, 
California 

You Know I Can't Hear You 
When You Act That Way 

Bill Eakin and Jack Hamilton (El- 
gin, Illinois: David C. Cook, 1969), 
95 pages, paper, $.95. 

Contemporary and pertinent, this 
book treats problems that teens are 
now facing: the draft, dating, music 
trends, identity, acceptance, conform- 
ity, and the race problem, to name a 
few that are considered. The content 
is very conveniently outlined and quite 
easy to follow. 

The material of the book in the 
small space allotted shows good 



thought. But though the authors in- 
tended to write for high schoolers, the 
depth of the treatment is better suited 
for junior high circulation. Although 
the problems attacked are key issues 
in the Uves of young people, the an- 
swers are shallow and lack greatly in 
Bible doctrine. Collegians will not 
profit from them, high schoolers may 
or may not receive help, but the junior 
high student will reap a great deal of 
benefit. 1 would like to see the same 
material covered on the collegiate level 
with solid. Biblical answers.— i^oy R. 
Roberts, Long Beach, California 



Balancing the Christian life 

Charles C. Ryrie (Chicago: Moody, 
1969), 191 pages, $3.95. 

The basic proposal of this book is 
that "genuine and wholesome spiritual- 
ity is the goal of all Christian living." 
Ryrie first lays down some Bibhcal 
foundations for spirituality, then in- 
vestigates the believer's personal re- 



sponsibilities essential in the practice 
of true spiritual living, and finally con- 
siders practical problems which face 
every concerned Christian. Among 
the problems discussed are temptation, 
Spirit-filling, confessing and forgiving, 
and tongues. An intriguing chapter in 
this section seeks to answer the ques- 
tion, "Must Christ Be Lord to Be 
Savior?" 

This book fills a long-standing need 
for a clear Biblical statement of what 
spirituality really is. Ryrie examines 
Scripture texts dealing with the spirit- 
ual life and subjects current "deeper 
Hfe" concepts to the test of Scripture. 

Ryrie is not simplistic in his ap- 
proach, but he has simplified the sub- 
ject and has made Biblical spirituality 
seem both desirable and attainable for 
every behever. 

This book is a must for believers 
who are confused by the conflicting 
requirements of the various "deeper 
life" groups, and who sincerely desire 
to be spiritual Christians.- Wzjt'tte 5'. 
Flory, Lakewood, California 



"Baker's Oven" 



Directions: Think of a subject you would like to 
read about; go to your local Christian bookstore; find 
the section where books on that subject are kept; 
now spend the rest of the day trying to decide which 
of the many books to buy. 

Everyone tells us to read today. Read about the 
Black community problems. Read about drugs. Read 
about politics. And read about Christianity. So to 
keep up with all this reading people are going to do, 
men, lots of men, are writing books. After narrowing 
your selection down to about ten books you might 
decide you didn't want to read after all. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald tries to help you 
cope with this problem. Every month, Dwight P. 
Baker presents a review of books on various subjects 
in his "Pick of the Vital Books" page, beginning on 
the previous page of this issue. These brief evaluations 
are to alert you to the plus and minus factors of the 
current books you will find on the shelf. 

Just for fun you might call this page "Baker's 
Oven." 

Well, that's just what Eternity magazine has de- 
^cided to do, and not just for fun either. This widely 




circulated magazine which presents the current trends 
in Christianity, began to publish with the January 
issue a monthly book analysis column by Dwight P. 
Baker, entitled "Baker's Oven." 

Introducing Dwight with a note in his first column, 
the Eternity editors had this to say: "For a long time, 
we have wanted to do a little more with our book re- 
view columns, more than printing book reviews. 
Books need to be placed in perspective; trends need 
to be analyzed; the work of authors needs to be 
evaluated as a whole. We have asked Dwight Baker 
to tackle the job for us." 

Dwight has been editing his page in the Herald for 
the past two years, and the staff commends him for 
a calibre of work that has gained him national recog- 
nition. It is also a boost to the Herald staff to have 
one of its members gain this recognition. 

The "Pick of the Vital Books" page will continue 
to appear in the Herald with Dwight Baker as editor. 
So the next time you decide to buy a book, check 
this page and "Baker's Oven." Dwi^t may have just 
the book you need. -Tim Rager 



February 7, 1970 



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BMH Books presents an informative 
new book on an area of the Bible 
where few commentaries have been 
written . . . 

DEUTERONOMY 

A FAVORED BOOK OF JESUS 
By Dr. Bernard N. Schneider 

FOREWORD BY DR. JOHN C. WHITCOMB, JR. 







PAPERBACK 



$2.95 



"Dr. Bernard Schneider's treatment of Deuteronomy is informative, 
stimulating, and heartwarming. Hidden truths are brought to Ught and 
applied practically to the Christian life. His training at Grace Theological 
Seminary, along with his background (more than thirty years in the Chris- 
tian ministry in the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches), make him 
well qualified to speak to the hearts of laymen and ministers alike. 

"Deuteronomy is no mere repetition of the law of God that was given 
in the earlier Bible books. It is a book of new things. It is the message of 
Moses to a new generation; for with the exception of Caleb and Joshua, the 
old generation had perished in the wilderness. It is a message to people 
who were anticipating new possessions, for they were about to cross Jordan 
and possess Canaan. Thus it is a message that anticipates new experiences 
of conquest and victory. As Dr. Schneider presents us with a panoramic 
view of the dealings of God with His people, we arc made to realize once 
more the emphasis in the Book of Deuteronomy on the love of God for 
His people -a love that is strong, steadfast and s\iK."-Mark E. Maltes 



DR. BERNARD N. SCHNEIDER is pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, 
Florida. He also serves as a member of the 
Board of Trustees of the Foreign Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 



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The Editor's Viewpoint . 


3 


One Small Step 


4 


Maintaining the House of God . 


6 


The Pharisee . . . But Then Again 
There Was Mr. P. 


8 


Six Months Without a Pulpit . 


10 


Church News .... 


12 


Winona Lake Brethren Dedicate 
New Building 


14 


Some Things To Come 


15 


God Doesn't Play Games . 


18 


The Soaring Sixties in Retrospect 


. 20 


In This Mod Generation . 


i 


The New Biology 


1 


M.I.K.E 


1 


Everywhere Is Lancer Territory 


. 25 ■ 


Franks/Brass Choir Western Tour 


26 


Meet the Faculty! . 


1 


CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 1 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor ' 


DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zlelasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer Laymen-Mr. Phil Landrum 


February 21, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 4 



COVER PHOTO: Pastor PhilUp J. Simmons stands 
at the door of the Grace Brethren Church, Kent, 
Washington. Read on pages 4 and 5 about the 
Lord's blessing on this latest home-mission point to 
go self-supporting. 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Editor's Viewpoint 



by Clyde K Landrum 



Have You Ever Read to a Child? 



"1 never knew there were children 
ho'd never been read to." This 
lought-provoking headhne appeared 

a recent International Paper Com- 
iny ad. It speaks volumes. How sad 
p think that there are such children 

the world today. 

One of my fondest childhood mem- 
ies is of a Sunday afternoon story 
3ur by our pastor's wife. How in- 
restingly she could read those ex- 
ting stories! The characters came 
ive and remained in my mind over 
le years so vividly that a great in- 
uence was made. Add to this the 
ly-by-day reading of the Word of 
od by my godly mother, her singing 
I her children the wonderful hymns 
'the church, and the privilege we had 
f attending a Christian school, and 
au'll see how fortunate some chil- 
:en are. 

But it is not so with most of the 
lildren of our age. The working 
lothers have taken with them to their 
laces of employment an influence 
)rely needed in the home. Television 



with its violence and immorality is 
taking the place of parental instruction. 
A lack of the reading and teaching of 
the Word of God in the home and 
school is robbing children of a much- 
needed solid moral foundation. And, 
around the world there is such poverty 
that malnutrition and disease wrack 
the tiny bodies of potential future 
leaders. The voice of justice cries from 
the hearts of these young ones; the 
very humanitarian spirit within each 
of us prods us to do something to 
better the lot of these children. And, 
the most powerful voice of all is the 
voice of God crying out in the souls of 
us who have experienced His grace, 
"Suffer the little children to come 
unto me, and forbid them not." 

A small percentage of the parents 
of the world do have a concern, and 
are doing the job God would have them 
do. Some churches are using their 
personnel and facihties from Sunday 
right through the weekdays to reach 
their children. There are those dedi- 
cated to work in ghetto areas, rural 







Sunday-school work, and in Child 
Evangelism classes to claim the young 
ones for Christ. Also there are those 
who have gone to foreign lands to 
preach the Gospel, and to minister to 
the physical needs. For all of these 
we can and should say, "Praise God." 
But what a small percentage of the 
members of the body of Christ are 
represented in such work. There is an 
urgent need for a "Save the Children" 
drive in a spiritual sense. How we 
need to overhaul our whole program 
to accomplish the task. 

Since 1956 the Brethren Missionary 
Herald has carried a monthly page from 
Brethren Foreign Missions dealing with 
children. The Missionary Helpers Club 
was organized and continues to func- 
tion for the purpose of encouraging 
children to dedicate their hves, their 
time, their means to Christ for service 
to Him; literally to be Jesus' helpers. 
The idea back of the entire program 
is that we must begin at the very 
earliest age to reach and hold these 
young ones for our Lord. 

"A call for loyal soldiers comes to 
one and all . . . ." The message has al- 
ready gone out from our Lord. The 
urgency is ever present— everywhere. 
But where are the recruits? This is 
not a superficial need; it is a need for 
dedication of parents before the child 
is born, for Christian workers to minis- 
ter through the childhood and teen 
years, and then for that next genera- 
tion of parents to repeat the process. 
We can see glorious things accom- 
plished if we are willing to dedicate 
ourselves to the task. But our efforts 
must go beyond the dedication stage; 
it must involve sweat, tears, prayer and 
patience to persevere in the important 
task. Everyone can do something, 
somewhere to help reach the children 
for Christ. Will;'OM Aoyoiir part? ▼ 



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By 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Last night as I stood in the foyer 
of our church, I watched a smaD son 
and a proud father. The child had 
just realized he was "standing all 
alone." The father, our youth leader 
and treasurer, was coaxing the little 
son to take his first unassisted steps. 
True, there had been many steps be- 
fore, but those steps were assisted by 
father, or mother, or some admiring 
friend. The thought went through my 
mind that this was very characteristic 
of our church which had a week ago 
found courage to take the big and dar- 
ing step into the realm of being self- 
supporting. 

On January 1, 1970, this home- 
mission church of Kent, Washington, 
took one step-and stepped into the 
ranks of established churches which are 
self-supporting. It was a natural one 
which was well planned and carefully 
observed. We believe we sensed at 
the Brethren Home Missions headquar- 
ters thai "something" of the same an- 
ticipation, anxiety, and concern that 
was so apparent in Houston at the time 
Neil Armstrong, from Apollo 1 1 , made 
his first step onto the moon. In Kent, 
we observed something of the fear, 
caution, and reserve that was equally 
apparent as Neil Armstrong made that 
one small step— or was it a giant leap? 

At Home Missions headquarters they 
watched the step of a congregation 
now ready for presentation to the 
Brotherhood. They watched and "let 
go" of the hand of this church knowing 
the church was still holding tightly to 
a Hand that would never falter or let 
loose. 

'riis small step, or giant leap, took 
place on our sixth church birthday. 
On January 5, 1964, we gathered for 
our first Sunday service as an organized 
church. We were indeed delighted and 
encouraged that an audience of about 



The 1965 Kent meeting place 



25 was present in the all-purpose room 
of a nearby school for Sunday school 
(four classes), and to hear Dr. L. L. 
Grubb preach the Word in the opening 
Sunday worship hour. 

These have been years of miracles 
as could be attested by any congrega- 
tion making a similar step. God has 
undertaken in a marvelous way. Mira- 
cles of grace have been many: each 
convert who has matured into a spirit- 
ual individual, each home that has been 
transformed by such conversions, each 
victory such as the one when we were 
able to start construction on a debt- 
free building site which had cost us 
$11,500, and which is now worth 
double— or more. Other victories in- 
clude the gigantic victory of being able 
to purchase with cash payment about 
$5,000 worth of church furnishings 
during construction, including pews 
and pulpit furnisliings for an auditori- 
um seating 260 people. We consider it 
an even greater miracle that we were 
able to build a building of over 8,300 
square feet usable space at slightly 
over $6 per square feet and which is 
now valued at over $100,000 by the 
insurance company with a present in- 
debtedness of only $51,130. 

We are grateful for the fine relation- 
ship which continued between volun- 
teer member labor crews; Lester Key- 
ser, our superintendent of construction; 
Ivan Barlow, our building chairman; 
and the pastor. 

It has been a joy to see eight of our 
young people enroll in Grace Schools; 
one of our charter membership families, 
the Edwin Johnsons, called and ac- 
cepted for missionary service to the 
Central African Repubhc; and our local 
group committed to a missionary budg- 
et of over $ 1 ,900 plus regular gifts to 
our various missions. 

We are the first to admit that this 
The congregation in front of the Kent church 



is only a first step— just one small step 
with an entire race ahead. It has not 
been made alone. We are indebted to 
many. 

It was a real joy to have Pastor John 
Mayes, a member of both The Brethren 
Home Missions Council and the North- 
west District Mission Board as our 
speaker for the "Going Self-Supporting 
Sunday" on our sixth birthday. The 
fine audience of local worshipers gath- 
ered for the morning services and were 
joined by friends and former worshipers 
for the 1 p.m. carry-in dinner. The 
2:30 afternoon Sixth Birthday Service 
featured slides of the Holy Land and 
was completed around a birthday cake 
on which was inscribed the words: 
"Trust in the Lord— and He shall direct 
thy paths" and "Looking unto Jesus." 

Our people voted to ask that the 
pastor express their sincere thanks to 
the Northwest District Board, The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, and 
to all of you across the Brotherhood 
who have contributed and prayed for 
us in our development period. 

Brethren, I believe in home missions 
and I want to express my personal 
thanks for the fine support and en- 
couragement I have received as a 
mission pastor from those who direct 
our home-missions program. It was 
thirty years ago, January 14, 1940, 
that this pastor became a home-mission 
pastor organizing the church at Fre- 
mont, Ohio. Six of the seven churches 
I have pastored were home-mission 
churches, and during the time I pas- 
tored the seventh I served as a Board 
Director of the Home Missions Council. 
Need I say that I am sold on home- 
mission work? I trust that we as a 
church may share in and pray for many 
newly established testimonies for our 
Lord until He returns. 




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Maintaining the House of God 



Iroper maintenance of the church 
building is a very important but often 
neglected aspect of the program of the 
local church. Great diligence needs to 
be exercised to insure that the building 
facilities are well cared for, and not 
permitted to deteriorate because of 
poor maintenance. 

Responsibility for Maintaining 
the House of God 

The responsibility for proper main- 
tenance of the building facilities rests 
upon the board of trustees. The chair- 
man should schedule monthly meetings 
to consider and arrange for any neces- 
sary maintenance. The pastor should 
not be responsible for this aspect of 
the church's program except to act as 
the overseer of the local church by in- 
structing the trustees as to their duties 
and seeing that they faithfully perform 
their work. 

Regular Maintenance 
Which Must Be Performed 

One very important consideration 
is the arrangement for adequate insur- 
ance protection. This protection should 
include fire and extended coverage in- 
surance on the building and contents 
with the optional additional coverage 
sometimes referred to as multiple perils. 
Also personal injury liabihty coverage 
should be provided in case someone is 
accidently injured on the church prem- 
ises. This protection can be extended 
to cover injuries resulting from any 
church sponsored activity regardless 
of the location where the accident 



By Ralph C. Hall, Professional Engineer 

occurred. Insurance coverage varies 
with different companies so the policy 
should be carefully reviewed to be sure 
what coverage is included. 

In addition the trustees should keep 
a complete current inventory of all 
furnishings and equipment owned by 
the church setting a cash value for 
each item. Two copies of this list 
should be maintained; one readily 
available in the office file and the other 
kept in a safe deposit box. In case of 
any loss this list provides a basis for 
settlement of insurance claims. 

Another important responsibility of 
the trustees is to arrange for adequate 
custodial services. Regular cleaning 
and dusting, collection of rubbish, re- 
placement of burned-out bulbs, waxing 
of floors, lawn services, snow removal, 
and similar custodial services contribute 
greatly to making the house of God 
attractive and inviting. Carelessness in 
this area reflects adversely upon the 
church's testimony in the community. 

Still another vital but greatly neg- 
lected responsibihty of the trustees 
should be to make periodic safety in- 
spections of the building. Special at- 
tention should be given to checking 
exit lights and exit door latches to 
make sure that nothing is stored in an 
exit way, that combustible items such 
as paper, paint solvents or gasoline, 
are not stored in a furnace room, un- 
der stairs, or in any exit way. Also 
each fire extinguisher should be 
checked to determine if its pressure 
is within the operating range or that 
each has been refilled on the proper 
schedule. 



Periodic Maintenance 
Which Must Be Performed 

Occasionally the trustees should 
take a tour of the entire building and 
carefully inspect it for needed or antici- 
pated repairs. 

The exterior of the building should 
be inspected for leaking or clogged 
gutters, cracks in the walls that will 
allow water to seep in and damage the 
interior, and if any are found arrange 
for repairs. If the ground settles next 
to the building it should be filled to 
slope and drain storm water away from 
the building. 

Any broken glass should be replaced 
and unlocked windows repaired to dis- 
courage vandalism. If painted areas 
show weathering they should be re- 
painted. Asphalt parking areas should 
be periodically sealed with an emulsion 
sealer to protect them from deteriora- 
tion. 

The interior likewise should be kept 
well painted, plumbing and electrical 
fixtures repaired, broken or worn floor 
coverings replaced, and broken furnish- 
ings repaired or replaced. 

The building facilities are very im- 
portant in the total outreach ministry 
of the church. How well they are 
maintained conveys to the community 
the church's attitude and concern. At 
attractive and well-maintained building 
is inviting; a poorly maintained one 
manifests carelessness and lack of con- 
cern. The church dare not neglect this 
area if it is to have an effective testi- 
mony and outreach ministry to the 
community. ▼ 







February 21, 1970 





The Pharisee . . . But Then Again 




Ihe other day I came face to face 
with a 20th century Pharisee— but then 
again, I met Mr. P.— both were Jewish 
men but how different they were. 

The occasion was a Bar Mitzvah 
(when a Jewish boy reaches "maturity" 
and through this service becomes the 
"son of commandment"). We were 
twenty minutes early, and as we en- 
tered the "schule" (synagogue) we 
could see only one man, an elderly 
gentleman who was setting the books 
in order on the table in the foyer. He 
turned to us, with a smiling "gut 
Shabbos" (good Sabbath). As I picked 
up the prayer service book, he indi- 
cated in almost unintelhgible English 
that we would not use that book and 
handed me the "Five Books of Moses" 
instead. He disappeared from view, 
reappearing with more books and with 
a tallis (prayer shawl) which he handed 
to me. Astonished, since I had never 
been asked to take a tallis before, I 
remonstrated that I was a Gentile. He 
told me to wear it. When in the 
"schule," I did as the "schulers" did- 
I put on the prayer shawl! 



After we had seated ourselves in the 
empty, quiet sanctuary, the silence 
was broken abruptly by an explosive 
conversation at the rear, finally punctu- 
ated by a sharp "ridiculous." So, you 
see, church auditoriums are not the 
only places where some react to a 
problem in a loud, verbal manner— and, 
believe me, it sounds just as bad in a 
synagogue. 

The slightly built man who had 
vehemently uttered "ridiculous," I was 
to discover later, was a cantor of the 
synagogue. (It seemed to me that this 
httle congregation had three cantors 
on this morning.) He had made his 
way to the front of the sanctuary, and 
then turned slowly around to discover 
two "strangers to the commonwealth 
of Israel" seated about midway back 
on the left aisle. Sally and I were the 
two strangers. As he came back with 
a deliberate walk of a man with au- 
thority, I had a feeling that something 
was going to happen. I arose to my 
feet and stuck out my hand, as it 
seemed I should welcome him since 
he was saying nothing and was not 



smiling. This was "my" Pharisee. C 
occasions like this, I never hide that 
am a Gentile or a minister since th 
might open up an opportunity for 
testimony. I did not hide the facts 
this service. I also told liim I was 
guest at the Bar Mitzvah. Then h 
tongue was loosed! He knew the la\ 
the tradition— he wanted to know wh 
I, a Gentile, was wearing a talhs ar 
that I had better check to see if 
should wear one. Believe me, I he 
wondered that too, and I told th 
"guardian of the law" that I had < 
informed the "doorkeeper." "Oh 
he said, "that man does not understar 
EngUsh." Relieved, for I had been 
at ease wearing the tallis, I returned 
to the custodian of the prayer shawl 
However, I have thought since ho 
much more I liked the little o 
"prayer-book-hander-outer" than tli 
pompous Pharisaical-like man. F( 
several brief, strained moments I r 
appraised my reason for being in Jewis 
evangelism. 

Praise the Lord, about the time 
returned to my seat, Mr. P. came alor 



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to reestablish me in Jewish missions! 
He was another httle old man, very 
warmhearted, very sincere, but also 
very lonesome. Have you ever met a 
lonely old Jewish man? When you 
have, if you are constituted like the 
Neelys, your heart will seem to be 
drawn out of your body in love for 
that person. He told us as he stood 
there that no one bothered with him— 
week after week he sat in the seat in 
front of the one I was occupying, and 
no one sat with him or paid any at- 
tention to him. Later we were to see 
his wrinkled face become further 
creased as it broke into a pleased smile 
when a Jewish family sat down beside 
him. 

Mr. P. turned away, placed his tallis 
over his head, as a woman does a shawl, 
and offered his prayer. Undoubtedly, 
though I did not see him do it, when 
he had finished chis ritual, he had 
kissed the corner of the tallis. (I was 
to later observe men touching the 
Torah scroll covering with the edge of 
the prayer shawl, and then lift it to 
their lips when the sacred writings were 
carried around the auditorium.) 

Mr. P. turned back to us, and since 
he knew I was a minister, immediately 



began sowing, very kindly, in the field 
of theology. It was now I was to stand, 
in a way, but in a very small way, 
where Paul once stood— I was to bear 
my first testimony to my Lord in a 
synagogue. However, gone would be 
the stoning, the persecution— oh, a little 
embarrassment in the tallis incident, 
but no plots hatched to do us any 
harm. This was Mr. P.'s line of argu- 
ment as he tried to sow some seed for 
Judaism. "Since Jesus was a Jew, and 
men in the Bible were Jews"— then he 
stopped, giving me credit for a little 
inteUigence to understand the sugges- 
tion in his statement which was, "Why, 
if you owe so much to Jewish men, 
does the 'Christian' persecute?" An- 
other, "Jesus was a Jew and He ob- 
served the Jewish Sabbath"— the im- 
pHed question here was, "Why does 
the Church observe Sunday?" Still 
another was, "We Jews have no mis- 
sionaries between God and Gentiles," 
and, "There is only one God and 
heaven is big enough for us all"— the 
implication here was, "Why do you 
Christians proselyte?" Mr. P. had this 
strange way of putting Ms statements 
in an incomplete way, but it was not 
too hard to arrive at the point to 



which he was driving. He would stop 
also at times when he gave an incom- 
plete thought to put on the brakes by 
saying, "But we will not discuss that 
here." However, when he got to the 
sh'ma of Deuteronomy 6:4 and the 
meaning of the Hebrew word "echod" 
found there, which he said meant an 
absolute unity of one, instead of the 
true meaning which is a composite 
unity (but this is the subject for another 
article), I really wasn't stopped as I 
gave him the explanation. He then 
moved away and took his seat, to turn 
once or twice during the service to see 
if I was taken care of properly. He 
even asked at one time if I was going 
to read the Torah with the men of the 
congregation— think of that, and this 
Neely (!!!) person with ancestors from 
the "old sod" and not having Aaron 
or Levi as my forefathers. He was a 
kind httle old man, this Mr. P. 

Oh, yes, we have a few Pharisees 
we meet in the work, but we have also 
the many Mr. P.'s and others like the 
little prayer-book-hander-outers to 
warm our hearts as we reach out in 
love with the message of Messiah Jesus 
to our Jewish friends as your mission- 
aries in the Fairfax District. ▼ 



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February 21, 1970 




Six Months Without a Pulpit 



By Rev. Herman H. Hein, Jr. 
Pastor, Kenai Grace Brethren Church 



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^yuring the sixteen years of my 
ministry, the thought has often come 
to mind, "What is it like to be without 
a church, or a regular pulpit ministry?" 
There had been many men during these 
years who had dropped out of the 
ministry. How did they feel when 
they were not filling that calling? 
Well, I found out. From the time of 
the last message at Kokomo, Indiana, 
to the first message in the Kenai 
(Alaska) Grace Brethren Church, it was 
exactly six months. 

Every Sunday morning during those 
six months there was an empty feeling 
because we could not go to our church 
to preach the blessed Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. We attended other churches 
every Sunday, and received many bless- 
ings from the Word, but the biggest 
blessing of all was missing. It was 
really an empty period of time. We 
enjoyed witnessing to others, but it 
isn't the same as preaching the Word. 
It was a lost feeling indeed— but praise 
the Lord, the six months of emptiness 
is passed. 

I have a pulpit again! It is only a 
small homemade lectern, made during 
substitute teaching in a high school 
manual training class, but what a bless- 
ing to preach that first message after 
all that time of being without a pulpit. 
Although it was in a public library, 
and only 15 people present, there was 
no greater joy in all the world. Thir- 
teen of the fifteen came back for eve- 
ning worship also. We really made that 
old library ring with the praises of 
God, in singing and in word. The 
presence of the Lord was abundantly 
manifested that first day. 

Here is how that first Sunday of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Kenai came 
about. After waiting, and preparing 
for thirteen years from the original 
call of God to begin this work, we 



look back and see how the hand of the 
Lord was working to bring it to pass. 
Let's go back to six months ago when 
we enjoyed our last Sunday with the 
people of Kokomo. They sent us forth 
with thirty-five almost-new songbooks, 
two lovely offering plates, a new guest 
register, their blessings, and their sup- 
port. The Brethren Home Missions 
Council sent out a Minute-Man Appeal 
to pay our expenses to get us here 
(we were already on the way by faith 
at the time). We had a very lovely 
trip with little trouble. 

On arriving in Anchorage, I was em- 
ployed part time as the sales and 
service representative for the Alaska 
Scale Company (about three days work 
a month is involved). On arriving in 
Kenai, I was sponsored by a local 
businessman into selling Amway Prod- 
ucts. He supphes all my needs in this 
business. In September I was hired as 
a substitute teacher in the Kenai High 
School and Soldotna Junior High. 
These three jobs, along with what my 
wife can earn at a part-time job with 
Sears Roebuck mail-order house, and 
the very much appreciated help of 
$100 a month from Brethren Home 
Missions to help on our lodging, we 
have been able to make our hvelihood. 
God is our chief helper and He will 
keep things moving. 

A Bible-study class was started in 
our apartment with little success. It 
was apparent we had to have a public 
meeting place. How could this be with 
no teachers, no pianist, and no people! 
Then the Lord began to work more 
outwardly. There was a great need for 
school teachers— so Beverly Welborn, 
our daughter, was promised a job 
teaching. It didn't take long for 
Beverly and Jim, her husband, to pack 
and get started on their way to Alaska. 
I found Jim a job in electronics before 
he arrived, and now both are employed. 
Then the Lord provided a job for 



Terry Appleby in the furnace business, 
and he and liis family arrived on De- 
cember 20. 

In the meantime, while Applebys 
were in Anchorage training, we met on 
December 13 and organized the Grace 
Brethren Church, with plans to start 
the first Sunday of the New Year, but 
there was no place to meet. Then the 
new Baptist work meeting in the 
library moved out on December 20, 
leaving it open for us. We had no 
musical instrument, so I sent the word 
to the Council. They got busy and 
an electric portable organ arrived on 
January 2. Dean Risser had moved 
into a new location and didn't need 
the one they had. A sign painter did 
a fine job of preparing a sign for us 
and dehvered it on January 3. So 
January 4, 1970, arrived along with 
14 people for Sunday school, 15 people 
for morning worship, and 13 more 
back for evening worship. Our new 
contacts included a family of four; one 
elderly woman who was directed to us 
by Raymond (Bud) Thompson of Win- 
ona Lake (she came, bringing the letter 
with her); and two others from the 
community. So that is how the Lord 
started the Grace Brethren Church of 
Kenai, Alaska. Praise His Name! The 
six months of emptiness is over. The 
months ahead are months of challenge. 

Kenai is a city with a population of 
almost 8,000 scattered over an area 
about eight miles long and two miles 
wide at places. Many of these people 
have not started to church since they 
moved here. Others are still searching 
for a church home. We found only one 
former Brethren man in the whole city 
and he is coming. It is not going to be 
an easy job, but then it is never easy 
when we are working for the Lord, but 
it will be a blessed job. God has shown 
us that His mighty hand is in the work. 
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YORK, PA. There were 42 decisions 
during the week of meetings witii Rev. 
Allen HerrOct. 12-19. Four of these 
were decisions for salvation. The 
Vicksburg Quartet from Hollidaysburg, 
Pa., presented a program of gospel 
music Sunday evening, Oct. 5. Ken- 
neth Wilt, pastor. 



(;RANi)Vli;W, WASH, a consist- 
ent growth from 7H in August to I IX 
in January has been a source of bless- 
ing for the members of the First 
Brethren Church. A record attendance 
was also established in Sunday school 
Jan. 25 with 137 present. Of that 
number, 33 were visitors, and 16 were 
in services for the first time. That 
same day there were two first-time 
decisions, and five redcdications of life. 
Two Bible classes have been started 
by the pastor, and there have been 
three decisions in three weeks. New 
pews were installed in the auditorium 
Jan. 15, and the full cost was covered 
by the people in three months. A 10- 
foot high oak cross was made by the 
pastor and hung in the baptistry. The 
goal of the Sunday school is to double 
by the end of l')7(). William L.Shelby, 
pastor. 

SAN BiiRNARDINO, CALIF. Pas- 
tor James McClcllan of the Grace 
Brethren Church received a unaninious 
call for his fifth year of service with a 
10 percent increase in salary. 

PHOENIX, ARIZ. A total of 40 
decisions were recorded in recent meet- 
ings Willi Rev. Allen llerr al the (jrace 
Brethren Church. The Sunday school 
is packed this year with an enrollment 
of 492, causing a waiting list in several 
classes. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Olson cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary 
in December. The church honored 
them with a gift and cake. Joe K. 
Coppinger, pastor. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. Steve and 
Barbara Muslo sang a special Christmas 
concert at the First Brethren Church 
Dec. 2 1 . Mr. Musto is a baritone soloist 
currently working with Bjlly Graham 
Crusades. Rev. 0. F. Phillips, presi- 
dent and superintendent of the Hebrew 
Christian Fellowship, was the special 
speaker for both .services Dec. 28. 
Vernon J. Harris, pastor. 



FORT MYFRS, FLA. An average 
morning worship .service attendance of 
200 has been recorded by the Grace 
Brethren Bible Church for the past 
several weeks. Work is now in progress 
that will provide more rooms for the 
Sunday school. The congregatit)n 
voted unanimously to pay off the re- 
maining debt on the church property. 
Bernard Schneider and Kenneth Carr, 
pastors. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Rev. Forrest 
Jackson has been called to begin his 
Hth year as pastor (;f the First Brethren 
Church. Rev. Horace Mohler was also 
called by the congregation to .serve 
for another year in the ministry of 
associate pastor. 

MAITLAND, FLA. The Florida 
District Conference will be held at the 
Grace Brethren Church here on Mar. 
19-21 . You may wish to add this date 
on the inside back cover of your An- 
nual. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA. The 
pastor's messages for the next several 
months at the Grace Brethren Church 
will be based on the Book of Acts in 
the morning worship hour, and on the 
Minor I'iDphets in the evening service. 
An added feature is a "throw-back" 
time after the evening service allowing 
for tiueslions and comments. The eve- 
ning messages will be limited to 15 
minutes. Impossible? "Well, almost, 
but we'll try," says Pastor James B. 
Marshall. 



KENAI, ALASKA. The first serv- 
ices of the Kenai Grace Brethren 
Church were held Jan. 4 with 14 in 
attendance at Sunday school. The 
need for an organ has been supplied 
by The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil which sent the one used to begin 
the Pittsburgh, Pa., work. The great 
need now is for about 20 more chairs. 
There are only about 30 chairs at the 
library where the church meets, and 
these must be shuffled back and forth 
from Sunday-school classes to the wor- 
ship service. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. Men and 

Boy's Sunday was observed at the First 
Brethren Church Feb. I , with the lay- 
men in charge of the morning service, 
and the Christian Service Brigade in 
charge of the evening service. Lt. Ed 
Jackson of the Ohio State Patrol was 
the principal speaker for both services. 
M. L. Myers, pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. A former 
Roman Catholic priest. Rev. John 
Zanon, was the guest speaker for a 
family night dinner at the Community 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 
Jan. 9. Mr. Zanon represents Christ's 
Mission near New York City, which 
specializes in reaching and ministering 
to priests and nuns in the name of 
Christ. Ralph J. Colburn, pastor. 

SPOKANE, WASH. The dedication 
of the new building of the Opportunity 
Grace Brethren Church will be held 
Feb. 15, with an ordination service to 
take place at the same time. Donald 
G. Earner, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


Myerstown, Pa. 


Mar. 1-6 


Luke Kauffman 


Allen Herr 


Akron, Ohio 


Mar. 1-6 


John Burke 


Nathan Meyer 


Hagcrstt)wn, Md. 








(Calvary) 


Mar. 1-8 


A. Harold Arrington 


Dean Fetterhoff 


Washington, Pa. 


Mar. 8-18 


Shinier Darr 


Allen Herr 


Hatboro, Pa. 


Mar. 15-22 


William Steffier 


Dean Fetterhoff 



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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. Six in 
Sunday school and fourteen in the 
morning worship service is the attend- 
ance report for the services of Jan. 1 1 
at the Community Brethren Church. 
Herman W. Koontz, pastor. 

CHANGES. The address of the new 
church secretary of the Coolville, Ohio, 
Grace Brethren Church is Mrs. Garner 
Bond, P.O. Box 2, Frost, Ohio 45731 . 
In the Jan. 10 Herald, Rev. Donald G. 
Farner was listed as the new pastor of 
the Vernon Brethren Church, Telford, 
Tenn. This should have been Rev. 
Donald W. Farner. The new address of 
Rev. and Mrs. Henry Dalke is 4402 
Mt. Henry Ave., San Diego, Calif. 
92117. The new church secretary for 
the Denver (Colo.) Grace Brethren 
Church is Miss Connie Cupp, 3009 W. 
Layton Ave.,Englewood, Colo. 801 10. 
Rev. and Mrs. J. Keith Altig have 
moved to 7621 S. Duchess St., Whittier, 
Cahf. 90606. Until further notice, all 
communications for The Brethren 
Church of Huber Heights, Dayton, 
Ohio, should be addressed to Mrs. 
Norma Bonham, 216 N. Main St., New 
Carhsle, Ohio 45344. Please change 
your Annual. 

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CALIF. 

There were 12 new members recently 
added to the membership roll of the 
Hillside Brethren Church. The high in 
attendance for the morning worship is 
63 in a service with Rev. Martin Garber, 
missionary to Africa. An evening serv- 
ice high of 49 was set in a service with 
Jim Bergthold, Haven of Rest first 
tenor soloist. Our missionary confer- 
ence will be held Mar. 7-15 in co- 
operation with five other Brethren 
churches. Harold Painter, pastor. 

VANDALIA, OHIO. A "Gift for 
the King" promotion sponsored by the 
financial committee of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church totaled $951.41. This was 
slightly short of the $1,000 goal that 
had been set. The money was put in 
the Brethren Investment Foundation 
until the proposed educational unit 
is started. Everett N. Caes, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Mr. Tom Drake, 
a member of the Word of Life staff, 
was the special youth speaker at the 
Riverside Brethren Church Jan. 25. 
His message in the evening service 
kicked-off youth week activities in the 
church. H. Don Rough, pastor. 




DAYTON, OHIO. Dedication services were held for the new sanctuary of the 
North Riverdale Brethren Church Jan. 18, with Dr. Warren Wiersbe, pastor of 
the Calvary Baptist Church, Covington, Ky., as featured speaker. Others partici- 
pating in the service were: Rev. Morse M. Hoover; Mr. Harry Deaton, chairman 
of the building council; and the Grace College Brass Choir under the direction of 
Prof. Gerald Franks. The renovation included the entire sanctuary and vestibule 
area, involving relocation of the baptistry, enlargement and extension of the 
platform, new ceiling, re-design of the architectural motif, new lighting, carpeting, 
and furniture. Preliminary provision has been made for future air-conditioning 
as well. Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 



MARTINSBURG, PA. Mr. and Mrs. 
Walter Bassler, members of the First 
Brethren Church, observed their 50th 
wedding anniversary Dec. 27. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. Sixteen 
decisions were recorded in a week of 
meetings with Rev. Allen Herr Jan. 
4-1 1 . Rev. Edward Clark, pastor, sends 
the following personal testimony: 
"Evangelist Herr has a real, vital, Christ- 
centered message, and a genuine love 
for the souls of the lost, and the dedi- 
cation of those who are redeemed. 
Our prayers and love go with Allen, 
knowing that the Lord will bless his 
ministry as he continues in the Lord's 
work." 

lA/eadlnf (/Jelld 

A six monUi's free subscription to the 
Brethren MissioTiary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Connie Martin and Paul Pryor, Oct. 
4, Grace Brethren Church, Hagerst own, 
Md. 

Judith Arm Keplinger and Charles 
W. Eager, III, Dec. 20, Grace Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Md. 



Constance June McCourt and Beryl 
Eugene Riley, Dec. 25, First Brethren 
Church, Grafton, W.Va. 

Bonnie Johnston and Dennis Troyer, 
Dec. 27, Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, Pa. 

Virginia Stauffer and Jerry Smith, 
Jan. 7, Riverside Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. 

Irene Pomeroy and Jack Vevenka, 
Jan. 17, West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio. 



J„ W. 



emorium 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

DARBY, Louis L., 77, departed 
for his heavenly reward on Jan. 9. Mr. 
Darby had been a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio, for many years. Forrest Jackson, 
officiated. 

SHIRLEY, Mary, 70, a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Kittanning, 
Pa., for nearly 48 years, passed away 
Jan. 10. W. Wayne Baker, pastor. 

SMITH, Bretta. 71, a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Martins- 
burg, Pa., went to be with the Lord 
Jan. 6. William H. Snell, pastor. 



February 21, 1970 



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View of the nave of the Winona Lake Brethren Church (Photos by Terry Klondaris) 



Winona Lake Brethren Dedicate New Building 



Exterior view of the new church with the educational unit at left 







After 27 years ... a church build- 
ing of their own! 

The Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, meeting in rent- 
ed quarters all this time, observed a 
particularly joyous day on Jan. 25 
when their beautiful new building was 
dedicated. 

Dedication day morning worship 
service featured the first pastor of the 
church, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., as 
speaker. At 2:30 p.m. the formal 
dedication service was held, which in- 
cluded an organ recital by Prof. William 
Schaffer, former professor at Grace 
College and now head of the music 
department at Miami Bible College, 
Miami, Florida. All former pastors of 
the church were present for the dedi- 
cation service except Dr. Herman 
Koontz, who brought greetings to the 
congregation by means of a slide-tape 
presentation. Former pastor Rev. 
Richard De Armey was the dedication 
service speaker. An open house and 
reception followed the afternoon serv- 
ice. 

A dedication musical was presented 

at the evening service, with musical 

groups participating and Prof. Schaffer 

playing the Rodgers Organ, custom- 

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'The eternal exposition will make Expo '67 look 



colors on the rim of this world as a 
"spiritual experience." Yet, we no 
longer talk of heaven. We who should 
be anticipating the pure colors of the 
rainbow around the throne. 

All of us can truly say with the poet: 
"At my back I always hear 
Time's winged chariot hurrying 
near." 
It's time to think about heaven before 
that winged chariot hurries past us. 

What are your thoughts about 
heaven? Do you think of being in 
heaven as leading a life outside space, 
without history, with nothing of the 
sweet delights of a cozy family scene, 
or the thrill of seeing a majestic 
mountain, or hearing the haunting 
strains of music? Or do you think of 
heaven as a "state" and not a place? 
For myself, I cannot imagine heaven 
only as a state. How could I be in a 
state and not a place? I do not think 
we shall share omnipresence with God. 
If I am, but I am not in a place, then I 
must be every place. But we cannot 
go round and round on this. 

On another "round" I have been 
fascinated with the subject of light. 
God is light. He is that uncreated light 
which is unlike the light of the first 
day of creation when God said: "Let 
there be light." Neither is that light 
which God placed in the firmament 
on the fourth day of creation. If I 
knew enough about light that I could 
remind you of how it takes color and 
form, how it makes night photography 
possible without being seen itself, how 
it cuts— then I might be able to reveal 
to you some of the wonders of the new 
creation. But the subject of light is 
too hard for me. So I want only to 
remind you of a few simple things to 
which we may look forward to in the 
city of God. True, the things we know 
about that city are few. John the 
Revelator saw that city only from the 
distance of a great and high mountain. 
But there is enough in the written 
Word of God to excite our longings 
for the Father's house. 

In the first place, everyone of us 
longs to be recognized in a completely 
satisfying friendship. None of us has 
experienced that perfect love of our 
desires. Misunderstandings, incompe- 
tence, selfishness, all hinder that deep 
relationship which is exclusively ours. 



yet— amazing paradox— teaches us an 
all inclusive love. Such a friendship 
will someday be ours. ". . . To him 
that overcometh will I give to eat of 
the hidden manna, and I will give him 
a white stone, and in the stone a new 
name written, which no man knoweth 
saving he that receiveth it" (Rev. 2: 1 7). 
Yes, we shall have such a friendship 
with our Lord. Why did He make so 
many of us, and make us so different 
if He intended only one result from 
His creation? Truly, He intended that 
each of us should be exclusively His, 
and He will give each of us a pet name 
that He alone knows and we alone 
recognize. Could it be that this com- 
pletely satisfying relationship is one of 
the reasons why in the resurrection 
they neither marry nor are given in 
marriage? And here there may be a 
hint of how we can be happy in heaven 
although some we now love are not 
there. 

This exclusive relationship with the 
Lord does not make us unmindful of 
others of His children. Rather, com- 
plete satisfaction will enable us to sing 
in perfect harmony with the great 
choir of heaven. It is our unrest, our 
uneasiness in the turbulent world which 
causes us to be out of tune with God's 
universe. When our hearts are fully 
satisfied, and our security fully assured, 
then, and not until then, can we live in 
perfect peace with each other. Then 
the fairy stories will come true and we 
shall understand the language of the 
birds. The whispers of the breezes in 
the treetops will be speaking to us. 
The roar of the cataracts will thrill us 
with meaning. The groaning of crea- 
tion will be ended with all its moaning 
turned to music. Then our voices will 
be in tune, and we shall join the ten 
thousand times ten thousands and 
thousands of thousands singing: "Wor- 
thy is the Lamb that was slain." 

Perfect love casts out fear. 

It seems that this perfect love alone 
would be worth dying to experience. 
But there is more. Do you ever get 
weary of yourself? We get weary of 
others, but we can escape from them. 
From ourselves there is no escape. 
Perhaps if such an escape existed we 
would forget all about heaven since 
we really could "get away from it all." 
But this mean self with whom I con- 



tinually live makes me long to abandon 
myself. 

We read how the Lord Jesus emp- 
tied himself, and took upon Him the 
form of a servant, and obeyed God. 
We are told to let the same mind 
which was in Him be in us. How can 
I do it? I try in vain. One of the 
anticipated joys of heaven is to be 
emptied of myself. Another paradox! 
Being emptied of myself completely, 
I shall then be free to be myself. The 
music I now hear far in the hidden 
recesses of my being will then fiow 
out in praise to the Maker of heaven 
and earth. The poetry now throbbing 
mutely in my heart will then speak 
out in perfect cadence telling of the 
eternal love that fashioned me, bought 
me, and gave me a name altogether 
my own. 

And yet we are not done. Can you 
imagine heaven as static? Perhaps a 
static heaven sounds interesting during 
the "rush hour," but it is not the 
heaven of Scripture. The Revelation 
shows us (21:24) the nations of them 
which are saved walking in the light 
of God and the Lamb; the kings of the 
earth bringing their glory and honor 
into that bright city; a pure river of 
water of life flowing out of the throne; 
a tree bearing twelve kinds of fruit 
each month; and His servants shall 
serve Him, and they shall go from 
strength to strength (Ps. 84:7). The 
perfect bud, the perfect blossom, the 
perfect fruit, budding and blooming 
and bearing fruit forever. From per- 
fection to perfection. Always in un- 
wearying motion. Heaven is not static. 
There we shall no longer have idle 
hands, but hands that are busy with 
service for the Master. 

There will be an exposition going 
on through all eternity. Expo '67 with 
all its brilliance will look tawdy. Just 
think, you and I will be on exhibit. 
To use the expression of a certain wit, 
even if we had the required number of 
boxtops, we still could not enter a 
beauty contest. We have to admit that 
today we do not look like kings and 
queens. We are lacking regal beauty. 
But through the ages to come we shall 
be sitting in heavenly places showing 
forth the exceeding riches of His grace 
in His kindness to us through Christ 
Jesus (Eph. 2:7). 



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awdy. 

Even in this present sinful world 
we are displays of God's kindness. In 
spite of our sins and the limitations 
of the physical laws of this world, we 
are now a spectacle to men and angels. 
When we shall dwell in perfect love, 
uninhibited by fear, the Lord will have 
a field without hazards where He at 
last can do all that His kindness wants 
to do. It is thrilling and sobering to re- 
member that God has selected us not 
only to receive His kindness but to dis- 
play His kindness throughout eternity. 

If today we are spectacles to men 
and angels, who will view the eternal 
exhibit? Perhaps far better races than 
ours will be amazed to see fallen man 
raised so high. Could it be that other 
races, dwellers in far distant worlds, 
perhaps on some now unknown planets, 
may view this amazing sight, and as 
Westcott expresses the thought, "thus 
be moved to faith and hope and to 
love, to thanksgiving and praise through 
which their destiny may be reached"? 

We cannot name the spectators, but 
we shall be the spectacle. And there 
we shall show forth the kindness of God 
through Christ Jesus. Can we say it 
soberly and reverently? "Coming soon 
—Expo Eternity." 

Never can we know— even in etern- 
ity—all that awaits us. If we could 
know all, then eternity would be 
wasted. But today we will think about 
one more thing. We have talked about 
our experiences in eternity. Now what 
about God? 

Do you sometimes feel that God is 
far off? That you cannot understand 
Him nor see wisdom to His ways? If 
God is making all things work together 
for good, then why do I get involved 
in things that displease Him? Why do 
the righteous suffer? Why do the un- 
godly prosper? 

No one has yet answered these 
questions. God himself did not answer 
Job when he raised the same questions. 
God simply asked Job, "Where wast 
thou when I laid the foundations of 
the earth?" The Apostle Paul reminds 
us that "now we see through a glass, 
darkly." Isn't that the frustration of 
many Christians— we see but dimly? 
Look as we will many things are still 
riddles to us. 

Someday we shall see the Lord face 
to face. The Lord whose ways are 




often hidden and whose face we have 
never seen, will look on us, and we on 
Him. With the Living creatures and the 
elders we will fall down before Him 
that sitteth on the throne, and worslrip 
Him that liveth forever and ever. 

And when I see Him face to face, 
then shall I know even as I am known. 
At last I shall know God. He under- 
stands me now; He knows me. Some- 
day, may it be soon, I shall know Him. 
No longer shall I see Him as in a dull 
mirror, but with a brightness that 
makes even reflection impossible. This 
will be the culmination of our ex- 
periences in heaven. The streets of 
gold, the gates of pearl, the many 
mansions are not the goal of God. But 
a redeemed people, fully aware of all 
His purposes, is the goal of our Lord. 

When we see Him face to face, and 
know Him as He now knows us, then 
His will shall be accomplished. And 



this will be the eternal satisfaction of 
our souls. Not that our pains are ended 
and our tears are dry, but that His 
will is done. This is the answer to our 
prayers— Thy will be done. And al- 
ready there before His face those whom 
we loved, and for whom we prayed, 
are happily doing God's will. 

Thus we see that the real joy of 
heaven will not be our exaltation, 
amazing as that will be. But the ulti- 
mate joy of heaven will be God's— for 
His will shall be done. 

"For I know that my redeemer 
hveth, and that he shall stand at the 
latter day upon the earth: And though 
after my skin worms destroy this body, 
yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom 
I shall see for myself, and mine eyes 
shall behold, and not another . . ." 
(Job. 19:25-27). 

The Lamb is ALL the glory of 
Immanuel's Land. ▼ 



Winona Lake Brethren Church . . . 

(Continued from page 14) 
built in Portland, Oregon. A challenge 
by the pastor completed the day's 
activities, and God blessed in twelve 
decisions at the close of the service. 

The new facihties, costing approxi- 
mately $525,000, were designed by 
the Brethren Architectural Service. 
Rev. Ralph C. Hall, P.E., and Mr. W. 
James McCleary, A. LA., designed the 
very functional building which allows 
for future growth of the congregation. 
The entire main floor is fully carpeted, 
and all areas are air-conditioned for 
summer comfort. 

An unusual feature of the church is 
the striking pylon in front of the 
sanctuary unit, which extends seventy 
feet into the air. At night, spotlights 
Oluminate the pylon and cross at the 
top, achieving a very pleasing effect. 



Seating capacity of the sanctuary is 
700, with 500 on the main floor and 
200 in the balcony area. The educa- 
tional unit features three offices, 
lounge, a fellowship hall, kitchen and 
twenty classrooms, including those 
which can be partitioned off in the 
fellowship hall area by the use of 
Modernfold Doors. 

The Winona Lake Brethren Church 
began worship services in the chapel of 
the Free Methodist Pubhshing House 
at Winona Lake. When the first build- 
ing was erected on the Grace Campus, 
the church moved to these facilities 
and has used them for the past 19 
years. From a charter membership of 
53, the church has grown to a total of 
314 members at present. Rev. Charles 
Ashman, the present pastor, has served 
the congregation for the past seven 
years— Kenneth E. Herman ▼ 



February 21, 1970 



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God Doesn't Play Games 



"I 

It can't be done," I'm told. "You 
an't succeed in business and be a good 
I'hristian." I almost believed it, I 
eard it so often. But no more. 

A close friend, Paul Olson, learned 
,he hard way. Working with him 
ielped me see how difficult it is to 
traighten out. But the rewards to 
im, and vicariously to me, are abun- 
ant. 

As a man in his early twenties Paul 
ecame successful in business. He was 
appily married and had a nice home 
h suburbia, a flashy car and a pleasure 
loat. He was able to do almost any- 
Ihing he wanted. Then he entered a 
Partnership with a man whose business 
principles were unscrupulous. 
1 "I remember," he relates, "how my 
jjartner would suggest we try some- 
jhing which wasn't ethical. I'd hesi- 
tate, consider the immediate benefits 
10 the business, then yield, rational- 
izing that it really wasn't that bad." 
\ One thing led to another, however, 
'antil Paul fell into a cage of frustrating 
guilt and seemingly impossible circum- 
stances. His schemes backfired and the 
Dusiness fell apart, leaving him with a 
debt of about $30,000 hanging over 
'his head. Looking over the ruins in 
despair he concluded bankruptcy was 
the only way of escape. 

His lawyer drew up the papers. But 
the further the proceedings went the 



By Rev. Lud Golz 



more uncomfortable Paul became. He 
knew the Bible said, "Owe no man 
any thing." Yet it seemed too in- 
flexible in his pressing circumstances. 

The pangs of conviction were sent 
deeper when his wife put her trust in 
Jesus Christ. She was transformed into 
a radiant witness of new Life. 

I still remember him sitting across 
from me in my office trying to share 
the groping he was going through. He 
had a hard time explaining his situa- 
tion. His dark rimmed glasses could 
not hide the longing look in his eyes. 
Yet he tried bargaining with God. 

As we met again I watched him 
soberly go from liis scheming ways to 
a partial surrender. From there he 
tried going most of the way with God. 
Finally, he came to the settled conclu- 
sion that it was all or nothing. 

He saw a book in liis brother's 
office one day entitled "Your God Is 
Too Small." The words kept probing 
at his mind until he finally said, "OK 
God, with your help I'll tackle my 
problem." 

Immediately he canceled the bank- 
ruptcy proceedings. Next he went to 
his creditors, explained his situation, 
and asked them to be patient— he would 
pay them back as soon as he could. 
Understandably they were skeptical. 

He went into the electrical contract- 
ing business again, only now for him- 



self, but many snags hindered him. 
One by one they were resolved. 

"I have come to appreciate the 
patience, understanding and love of 
God," he admits reflectively. And 
usually, with the sparkle of a tear in 
his eye, he is quick to add, "No matter 
where you're situated in life, when you 
come to God for help, He doesn't 
overwhelm you with all your wrongs 
at once. He looks at your motive and 
intent. I couldn't have faced all my 
problems at once. I'd have gone out 
of my mind. But since I surrendered 
my hfe to Jesus Christ, and trusted in 
Him, He has led me step by step. 
Every once in a while I'll become aware 
of someone I have wronged or am in- 
debted to. With God's help I work out 
the problem. What a peace and joy I 
find in this life." 

Soon after reentering business Paul 
acquired an employee. Business grew. 
In fact, he has done well enough to go 
abroad on two occasions to help mis- 
sionaries by doing the electrical con- 
struction on a new school building— at 
his own expense. 

"God doesn't play games with us," 
he concludes. "Living is a serious ad- 
venture. But it is exciting, especially 
to watch God work in our lives and 
circumstances. Since I've turned things 
over to God I've discovered that with 
Him all things are possible." T 



The story of a businessman 



February 21, 1970 



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Th^ 




f^ decade is over— one unlike any 
period in our history. 

A prominent periodical remarked 
ten years ago: "The next ten years may 
be the most exciting in mankind's 
100,000-year adventure on earth. At 
long last, we are about to begin the 
exploration of the mysterious universe 
that surrounds our planet. At the same 
time, we are faced with the choice of 
giving up organized tribal warfare or 
perhaps ending this long adventure by 
thermonuclear suicide. Ten years from 
now, life on earth may have been made 
intolerable by human stupidity— or it 
may have been transformed by human 
intelligence and ingenuity into some- 
tliing better than man has ever known." 

Commenting on this prognostication 
of the sixties, the editor remarks: 
"Looking back ten years later, we can 
say for sure only that we began the 
exploration of space. But the prob- 
lems of making life on our planet bet- 
ter, or even tolerable, are still with us, 
growing in giant steps with population 
and technology. That is why [this 
magazine] now more than ever before, 
must identify and clarify our problems, 
offer constructive solutions, celebrate 
our triumphs." 

With these years past, any observant 
individual can now evaluate the worth 
of this comment. The past ten years 
have been exciting. The exploration 
of space is just begun. Tribal warfare 
has not been abandoned. The world 
considers thermonuclear suicide. Life 
in the most modern society ever is 
nearly intolerable. 

Why? Partially, because of human 
stupidity. The hope that human in- 
telligence and ingenuity can change the 
human environment, is also stupid— in 
fact, utterly preposterous. Man is too 
limited to comprehend the situation. 



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soaring Sixties in Retrospect 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
President, Grace Schools 



In this editorial, as well as most of the 
prevalent diagnoses, the basic factors 
producing the problems of mankind 
are not even touched upon; these are 
the moral and the spiritual. The ex- 
planation is to be found in the fact 
that man is not only morally and 
spiritually blind, but is willfully so 
(I Cor. 2:14). He revels in spiritual 
blindness and bondage and calls it 
liberty. How could he identify and 
clarify the problems sufficiently to be 
able to attack them with intelligence 
and ingenuity? 

Therefore, at the end of the sixties, 
men must admit that the problems are 
still with us, and if anything, they are 
far more acute and widespread than 
they were in the ten years preceding. 
Men will pour bilUons of dollars and 
gigantic energy into solving the prob- 
lems, which in reality will net no more 
in the future than in the past. The 
reason for this is that men are attack- 
ing the results rather than the causes. 
They will be treating the effects of the 
disease rather than the cause, and the 
disease is allowed to spread, thus pro- 
viding for the multiplication of its 
effects. 

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PROB- 
LEM-EFFECTS. A little reading in the 
prominent periodicals, or hstening to 
nation-wide telecasts, confronts one 
with a formidable hst. These problems 
are on a national and an international 
scale. They are racial, political, eco- 
nomic, technological. They include 
the pollution of the air and the water, 
the disintegrating urban centers of 
population, the overpopulation of the 
earth, the intensification of hunger, 
the increase of poverty, the escalation 
of crime, the campus revolts, the 
spread of violence, the ravages of war, 
the vain search for peace, emotional 
disturbance, mental breakdowns, moral 



deterioration, thirst for power, increas- 
ing sensuaUsm, drug addiction, gallop- 
i n g inflation, under-e mployment, 
changing symbols in language and com- 
munication, intolerable oppression, 
class and caste systems, centralization 
of authority, segregation and integra- 
tion of schools and society, and in 
general— just the difficulty of living 
with one another. 

In a nation-wide broadcast over the 
Columbia Broadcasting Network, three 
of the prominent newscasters of that 
system sought to evaluate the sixties. 
It was amazing to listen to these men. 
Their reactions can be catalogued under 
four words: incomprehensible, con- 
fused, gloomy, hopeless. 

They were frank to admit that the 
vastness of the world and its problems 
were such that no human can quite 
comprehend the situation, and, there- 
fore, to render any sort of evaluation 
that is credible and analytical is almost 
impossible. 

They were frank to admit they were 
confused. Even though they had been 
viewing the problems of the world so 
they could report to the public, the 
situation was beyond their grasp and 
tremendously confused. 

They were frank to admit that as 
they viewed the past ten years and the 
present situation, things looked 
gloomy. As far as they were able to 
see, there had not been any real 
solution to the problems of mankind. 
War did not seem to be receding. 
Peace did not seem any nearer. Racism 
did not seem to be any less. 

They were frank to admit that view- 
ing the situation as men, there did not 
seem to be any reason for hope. The 
world had tried everything from liber- 
tinism to conservatism in an effort to 
solve the problems of mankind, and 
without avail. While they preferred to 



be optimistic, they had to admit that 
at the moment the scene gave reason 
only for pessimism. 

IS THERE REALLY ANY HOPE 
FOR MEN? Yes, there is. It is 
found in a place where men are refus- 
ing to look, namely, the Bible. It 
comes from the source from which 
men have turned away, namely, God. 
It is found in a person the world has 
rejected, namely, the Christ. It is 
found in two events that men prefer 
to ignore: First, an event that is past, 
the crucifixion of Christ where penalty 
was paid for the sins of men. This 
event provides the grounds for chang- 
ing the lives of men by regeneration of 
the Holy Spirit; then, the second 
coming of Christ, when by supernatural 
power the ills of the world will be 
corrected. 

Hope lies in the introduction of 
God into the human and natural order, 
to supply the needed ingredients to 
accomplish what men are unable to 
accomplish. Being sinful by nature and 
by natural endowment limited, men 
are both morally and intellectually in- 
capable of recognizing or being dis- 
posed to solve their own problems. It 
is at this point that God enters the 
picture and provides hope. 

On the dark background of human 
failure and rebellion there is that 
bright promise of Christ's coming. 
This will mean judgment to the wicked 
and gainsaying of the earth, those who 
have rejected the gospel of Christ Jesus. 
"But unto you that fear my name 
shall the Sun of righteousness arise 
with healing in his wings; and ye shall 
go forth, and grow up as calves of the 
stall. And ye shall tread down the 
wicked; for they shall be ashes under 
the soles of your feet in the day that I 
shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts" 
(Mai. 4:2-3). ▼ 



February 21, 1970 



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By Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Dean of Students, 
Grace College 



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common characteristic of this 
mod generation is to "turn off" all 
that is traditional and to join the clan 
to overthrow "the establishment." 
That which sounds of any '^status quo," 
or proclaims any absolutes, "turns 
off the mod generation. 

There has long been the "silent 
majority," but history confirms that 
only as individuals have been willing 
to stand alone for the absolutes of 
science and the truth revealed in God's 
Word, have they made an impact on 
the world. 



Old Testament Examples 

Adam feared to stand alone, and 
the curse of sin fell on the whole 
human race. Obedience to God's 
command has been out of fashion ever 
since Adam decided to change his robe 
of fadeless light and godly glory for 
the apron of faded leaves. 

Noah stood alone. Facing blunt 
criticism and mockery, Noah built an 
ark out in the desert. Folk laughed. 
Folk jeered him. Folk called him an 
"old fool." The ridicule did not turn 
Noah aside from his task. Even though 
there was no sign of rain, Noah loaded 
the ark amid the laughs and jokes of 
the mod group of his day. Noah had 
no sooner gotten the last of his cargo 
on board and closed the door when 
the thunder and rain started— an entire- 
ly new phenomenon in nature that no 
earthly being had ever seen before. 
God was faithful in fulfilling His Word. 
Noah's neighbors laughed at his pecul- 
iarities, and they perished in their style. 

Abraham stood alone (Gen. 18). 
The Sodomites smiled and joked at 
the simple shepherd, and they followed 
on in their way of sin, unwilling to 
listen to his warning. They considered 
him an old fogy, and a religious 



schemer. Indeed, Abraham worshiped 
and prayed alone, while his neighbors 
followed after fashion. But God gave 
Abraham the fruit of his faith while 
liis "leftist" friends fed the flames in 
death. 

Elijah stood alone (I Kings 18). 
Elijah was faithful to Jehovah, while 
the heathen chanted to Baal. Elijah 
was not popular, but he displayed his 
faith as he waited for God to send 
fire to consume the water-soaked wood 
on the altar. Not one man had the 
courage to stand with him. 

Jeremiah stood alone. The people 
despised Jeremiah and his preaching. 
He stood alone. He wept alone. Not 
one other soul was sufficiently bur- 
dened to weep for the people. 



New Testament Example 

Paul stood alone. "No man stood 
with me, but all men forsook me" 
(II Tim. 4:16). With these words Paul 
described his first appearance before 
Nero. Paul's life was at stake for be- 
lieving and teaching the Word of God 
which was contrary to the Roman 
world. Because of his love and stal- 
wart committal to the Lord Jesus 
Christ, Paul stood alone. 

The Holy Scriptures are filled with 
the record of men who were willing 
to stand alone in positive power for 
Jesus Christ. Frequently, the man 
who stands alone is standing for a 
truth. To stand alone for a certain 
principle or truth, takes real grit, 
courage and conviction. The man who 
stands alone is usually misunderstood, 
criticized, laughed at, mocked, and 
made to suffer deeply. As the poet 
wrote, "Truth forever on the scaffold, 
wrong forever on the throne." A mob 
is dangerous, for a mob is usually 
wrong. Truth is unfashionable. 



Reformation Period Examples 

Martin Luther stood alone. In Ger- 
many during the fifteen hundreds, this 
man loudly decried the corruption and 
false teaching of liis church. Luther 
exposed the errors of mysticism and 
tradition and sought to bring his church 
back to the doctrine of justification 
by faith. Luther contended for the 
basic doctrines of the Word of God, 
and he was cut off from communion 
by his church. 

Huldreich Zwingli stood alone. Dur- 
ing the Reformation, the name Zwingli 
was known throughout Switzerland. 
He attacked every earthly attempt to 
build up any ecclesiastical hierarchy 
that should dictate dogma to the peo- 
ple. He exalted the authority of the 
Bible above that of the church and 
sought to establish in his country the 
basic doctrine of the Christian faith. 

Present-Day Examples 

The church in the wilderness praised 
Abraham and persecuted Moses. The 
church of the Kings praised Moses and 
persecuted the prophets. The church 
of Caiaphas praised the prophets and 
persecuted Jesus. The church of the i 
popes praised the Saviour and perse- ; 
cuted the saints. 

The mod generation applauds the | 
courage and the fortitude of the leftist 
and the communists, but condemns as , 
hypercritical and irrelevant those who 
would stand alone for the historic 
faith as revealed in the infallible Word 
of God. 

In this new decade believers must 
be willing to stand alone and remem- 
ber God's faithfulness to Paul: "Not- 
withstanding the Lord stood with me, 
and strengthened me; . . . and I was 
delivered out of the mouth of the hon. 
And . . . from every evil work . . ." 
(II Tim. 4:17-18). ▼ 



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New 
Biology 



By Daniel 
Wonderly 

Biology Professc 
Grace College 



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hat is the value of the "new 
biology" for a Christian? Perhaps we 
should first explain that there definite- 
ly is a new type of biology being 
taught in most colleges and universities, 
and in many high schools of the United 
States. The new biology does not re- 
ject the facts and principles of former 
courses in this discipline, but it has 
taken on a considerably different direc- 
tion. 

Fifty years ago, biology courses 
usually consisted mainly of (a) the 
identification and naming of many 
kinds of plants and animals, and (b) 
the learning of as many facts as possible 
concerning the structure and parts 
which made up those organisms. The 
functions of the plants and animals 
were greatly neglected, and a study of 
the supposed evolutionary relationships 
of the organisms often took the place 
of physiological studies. But with the 
end of World War II a rapid change in 
biological education began. Govern- 
ment-sponsored research during the 
war demonstrated many new facets of 
the intricate chemical activities which 
go on in living things. The old idea 
that protoplasm is little more than a 
mixture of water, proteins, and miner- 
als was dispelled forever. Scientists 
were now discovering that every living 
cell— whether in plants, animals, or 
man— is a complex chemical factory. 
Each cell is too small to be seen with- 
out a microscope, but it nevertheless 
possesses at least a few thousands of 
kinds of chemicals, and carries on 
hundreds of chemical reactions each 
moment throughout its life. 

Up to twenty years ago the amoeba 
was often referred to as a very "simple" 



animal. But now practically all bio- 
logists recognize that there is no such 
thing as a simple animal or plant. 
Even if the organism possesses only 
one cell, it has most of the complex 
chemical activities which are found in 
a human cell— plus several additional 
ones, in most cases. 

For the non-Christian these dis- 
coveries have been interesting and in- 
triguing, but for the alert Christian 
they are the thrill of a lifetime. Bio- 
logical science has now uncovered a 
vast quantity of evidence to support 
the Christian's claim that Ufe is too 
complex to have just "happened" or 
"evolved!" Thus, it has turned out 
that the very scientists who many 
thought would discover more evidence 
against the Bible, have presented us 
with more evidences to strengtiien our 
faith than we can even make use of. 
We, of course, regret that so many of 
those scientists continue to ignore the 
spiritual significance of what they have 
discovered. 

When David the Psalmist considered 
God's works in relation to a living 
human being he exclaimed, "Such 
knowledge is too wonderful for me; 
it is high, I cannot attain unto it" (Ps. 
139:6). But modern biological research 
has revealed the human body to be a 
thousand times more complex than 
any of the ancients knew. Approxi- 
mately eleven hundred years after 
David's time the Greek anatomist Galen 
began to make some careful studies 
of the structure of the human body. 
The many facts which he and his suc- 
cessors learned about the intricate 
structure of the muscles, inner organs, 
and other parts of the body were 
astounding and exciting. However, all 
studies of anatomy have turned out 
to be rather elementary compared to 
what is now known about the chemical 
activities of the cells in man and other 
organisms. 

As modern biologists and chemists 
have ferreted out the facts concerning 
what cells do in living organisms, they 
have also come to realize that a knowl- 
edge of cellular activity is of greatest 
importance in biological studies. So, 
this has become one of the most promi- 
nent parts of the usual courses in 
biology. Now we spend at least as 
much time in learning how organisms 
live and function as in naming and 
describing their structure and appear- 
ance. 



Here at Grace College we have not 
completely converted our biology 
courses to the new chemical ("Mole- 
cular") approach, but we do include a 
sizable amount of this material in our 
teaching. We feel that a biologist 
should still spend a good amount of 
his time studying whole organisms and 
how they are constructed. But we are 
truly thankful to be able to make a 
major part of the course deal with the 
functions and activities of the living 
cells of which our bodies are largely 
composed. T 



Model of a small segment of the Master 
Molecule, the long, complex, twisted, ladder- 
shaped molecule called deoxyribonucleic 
acid— DNA— which is carried within the 
chromosomes found within the body cells. 
Photo used by permission of Xerox Exhibit 
Center, Xerox Square, Rochester, N.Y. 




February 21, 1970 



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M.I.K.E. (Mike Is Kenyan Emissary) 



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fould you like the recipe for 
roast hippopotamus? "Mike" Ondiege 
Diomakosembo Ombdye can give it to 
you. A student from Kenya, Africa, 
Mike acquired his nickname when 
friends found Ondiege too hard to 
pronounce. 

Mike first came to North America 
in June, 1967, as a representative of 
Kenya at Expo '67. After a conference 
in New York Mike was given the op- 
portunity to tour the U.S. 

"I think America is the best of 
everything," he says. "American teen- 
agers seem so free— and that's how I 
think it should be." 

During his tour Mike stopped at 
Warsaw, Indiana, and was hosted by 
members of the Kiwanis Club. 

"When I fell in love with Indiana 
University, the Kiwanians offered to 
sponsor me, but I was too late to be 
accepted there." 

But members of the Warsaw Kiwanis 
proposed a solution: "Why not go to 
Grace College?" 

As a result of this suggestion, Mike 



enrolled for the 1969 fall semester at 
Grace . 

Mike's life in Luo, on the shores of 
Lake Victoria, was not an easy one. 
"I have five brothers and four sisters," 
he relates, "and our hut is made of 
cow dung. But I like it; it's home. I 
will marry there and be buried there." 

Mike's diet was somewhat different, 
too, varying from birds to zebras. 
"Hippopotamus is my favorite," he 
disclosed. 

Every Thursday a member of Mike's 
clan goes on a hunt and later shares 
his catch with the rest of the family. 
"We use spears and bows," Mike tells. 
"It's a crime to have a gun in Kenya." 

In addition to meat, the natives of 
Kenya also eat "ugali," a national food 
similar to American bread. 

"We are farmers, too," Mike adds. 
"We have cows and each man meets 
his own needs with his tools. But we 
need machinery. With machinery Afri- 
ca could feed the world." 

Education was difficult for Mike to 
obtain. The nearest school was ten 



miles away, and at seven Mike was too 
young to travel alone through the 
brush. "My first school was under a 
tree. An old man taught me how to 
read and to write in the dust with my 
finger. After three years I was good 
enough to go to the school. By then 
I could resist the hunger; for we would 
leave very early in the morning and 
would not eat again until we returned." 

Mike, whose father was active in 
tribal politics and whose brother-in-law 
was next in line for the presidency be- 
fore his assassination, is very outspoken 
on the black youth movement toward 
Afro-Americanism. "They are Ameri- 
cans. The fact that they are black does 
not make them African." 

After graduation Mike plans to re- 
turn to Africa to work with his coun- 
try's affairs. When asked how he in- 
tends to help his country, Mike replied, 
"Through agriculture, I think. I am a 
farmer." ▼ 

-By Becky Roller, freshman at Grace Col- 
lege. The article was published in the 
Sounding Board. 




Mike (at right) arm wrestles with a classmate. 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Everywhere Is Lancer Territory 



Ihe eleven-member Grace College 
isketball team with Coach Chet Kam- 
erer; Roland Fletcher, Assistant 
Dach; and Lloyd Woolman, Athletic 
irector; left Chicago and twelve inches 
" snow on December 27, arrived by 
t in San Diego three and one-half 
)urs later in 60 degree weather to 
;gin eleven busy but fruitful days in 
£ "Land of Sunshine." 

Three reasons were given by the 
thletic Department for the annual 
iristmas vacation trip. It provides 
e players with an opportunity to 
!ep in practice; shows to those sup- 
)rting Grace College an example of 
le quality of the athletic program and 
" the students; and of greatest impor- 
nce, it affords the team members an 
jportunity to testify as to what the 
3rd Jesus Christ means to them. 

The team stayed at the San Diego 
ival Training Center from December 
' to 31. Two services at the Grace 
■ethren Church of San Diego were 




the first of fifteen similar services con- 
ducted by the players and coaches 
while in California. 

Half of the team conducted a serv- 
ice at the chapel of the Naval Training 
Center while the other team members 
gave their testimonies in word and song 
at the Mapleview Baptist Church of 
Lakeside with Rev. Jack Lockhart, 
pastor. This was followed with a 
Baptist youth rally with nine churches 
represented. 

The Lancers defeated the Naval 
Training Center team, the Bluejackets, 
120-87 before an enthusiastic crowd 
of San Diego fans. 

A new record was set by the team 
at the Norwalk Brethren Church, with 
Rev. W. Stanley Jensen, pastor, where 
they conducted a "four-hour" watch 
night service from 8:00 p.m. until 
midnight, "praying in the new year" 
with that group of believers. 

The Lancers maintained their 1969 
unbeaten record on January 3, by de- 
Ron Clase (left), leading 
Grace scorer against Goshen, 
chalked up 22 points to help 
crush the Maple Leafs. 

"Get two! Get two!" cries 
Rev. Leslie Moore (below), 
as he cheers the Grace Lancers 
on to a walloping 102-67 
victory over their arch-rival. 
Maple Leafs of Goshen Col- 
lege at Goshen, January 10. 
Moore, an ardent Lancer fan, 
is supervisor of Grace resi- 
dence halls. 



feating Southern Cahfornia College 
80-70 for the eleventh straight win. 

On Sunday, January 4, the team 
shared in services at the Community 
Brethren Church of Whittier with Rev. 
Ward A. Miller, pastor, and at the 
First Brethren Church of Long Beach 
with Rev. David L. Hocking, pastor. 

At La Mirada the Lancers chalked 
up their twelfth straight victory de- 
feating the strong Biola College team 
88 to 73. Ted Franchino, a cheer 
leader at Grace back in the late 50's, 
was on hand to lead the Lancer fans. 

On their final day of the tour the 
team participated in assemblies at the 
Long Beach Brethren High School and 
the Whittier Christian High School. 

It was the Los Angeles Baptist Col- 
lege which handed the Grace Quintet 
their first defeat of the season in an 
85-82 victory. 

Two questions were asked of the 
players about the trip. What sights 
did they enjoy most? Disneyland, 
Sea World, and the trip to Mexico rated 
tops. What was the greatest spiritual 
blessing? This came from the Cah- 
fornia Christians who opened their 
hearts as well as their homes and 
showed what Christian love is really 
like. 

After playing the last game, the 
team left the 72 degree California 
weather, arriving a few hours later at 
the Chicago airport in a 20 below zero 
temperature. 

Grace Schools enthusiastic fans were 
on hand to welcome the team home to 
a victory dinner in view of their 1 2 to 
1 record at that time. ▼ 




sbruary 21, 1970 



25 



Western Tour Schedule 

Jerry Franks 

& 

Grace College Brass Choir 

(March 19-APril 6, 1970) 



March 

Tliursday, 19-9:00 p.m. 

Friday, 20— a.m. 
Friday, 20-7:00 p.m. 



Saturday, 21-2:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 21-8:00 p.m. 

Sunday, 22— a.m. 
Sunday, 22—3:00 p.m. 
Sunday, 22—7:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, 25—7:00 p.m. 



Sunday, 29— a.m. 
Sunday, 29-7:00 p.m. 
Monday, 30-9:30 a.m. 
Monday, 30— p.m. 

afternoon 



April 

Wednesday, 1—7:00 p.m. 
Thursday, 2— afternoon 




Arrive at Portland, Oregon. By bus to Sunnyside, 

Washington. 
Concert at the Sunnyside High School (tentative) 
Concert at the First Brethren Church of Sunnyside, 

Rev. John Mayes, pastor (all churches of the North- 
west District invited). 
Flight from Portland to Los Angeles 
Biola College— all area junior colleges invited for a 

band clinic (tentative) 
Open 

Biola College, Sunday afternoon concert 
Community Brethren Church of Whittier 
North Long Beach Brethren Church for area-wide 

youth rally, appearing with the New Tide Singers 

from Stockton 
Norwalk Brethren Church Easter service 
Westminster Brethren Church 
Biola College chapel 
Brethren Missionary Herald banquet at the North 

Long Beach Brethren Church 
Norwalk Brethren Christian School chapel and music 

workshop 



Los Altos Brethren Church 

Joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of 

Bellflower 
Simi Pubhc Schools cHmaxed with a Simi Valley-wide 

concert in the Simi High School auditorium 
Open 

First Brethren Church of Long Beach 
Return to Winona 



For further information contact: 

Northwest-Rev. John W. Mayes, First Brethren Church, 719 Frank- 
lin Avenue, Sunnyside, Washington 98944 

Southern Cahfornia-Re\. W. Stanley Jensen, Norwalk Brethren 
Church, 1 1005 Foster Road, Norwalk, California 90650 




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Meet the Faculty! 



Back row: Dean Arnold Kriegbaum, Dr. Jesse Humberd, Dr. Norman Up- 
house, Mr. Ray Davis, Dr. E. William Male, Mr. Daniel E. Wonderly, Mr. 
John Stoll, Mr. David R. Dilling. 

Third row: Dr. Benjamin Hamilton, Dr. James Boyer, Dr. Gilbert Weaver, 
Mr. Donald Garlock, Mr. Vilas E. Deane, Mr. Glen Kammerer. 

Second row: Mrs. Roland (Verna) Felts, Mrs. Charles (Paulette) Sanders, 
Mr. J. Paul Dowdy, Mr. Alva Steffler, Mr. Roland Fletcher, Mr. Donald 
Ogden, Mr. Lloyd Woolman. 

Front row: Miss Ann Teel, Mrs. Florent (Dorothy) Toirac, Mrs. Richard 
(Yvonne) Messner, Mrs. Benjamin (Mabel) Hamilton, Mr. Ronald Henry, 
Dr. Charles Henry, Mr. R. Wayne Snider. 

Additional full-time college faculty members not present when picture was 
taken: Dr. John J. Davis, Mr. Roland W. Felts, Mr. P. Fredrick Fogle, Mr. 
Gerald R. Franks, Mr. Robert Ibach, Jr., Mrs. Norman (Miriam) Uphouse. 




Grace College faculty on the steps of the new library-learnin 



ig center. 



March 7, 1970 

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Selling Lettuce by the Gallon 






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Is the Battle Over for Missions? 




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The Key Word Is Opportunity . 




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"Instant Africa" 






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Annual Offering Report . 






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Children's Page 






11 


Church News . 






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"A" says a-a-a-ape . . . 






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Laymen's Page . 






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The Creative Woman 






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Called Friends . 






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Yielded and Used 






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Friend of African Girls 






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Pick of the Vital Books . 






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ADMIN 

EORGIA 



CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Havubaker 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 



March?, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 5 



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The Editor's Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



Selling Lettuce by the Gallon 



t's difficult and disconcerting to sell 
ettuce by the gallon. I know, for I've 
ried. One of my responsibilities as a 
eenager was to take farm produce to 
I mining town, sell it, and bring back 
groceries and supplies to help feed our 
large family. This house-to-house sell- 
ing brought me face to face with a 
vide variety of people, and produced 
'.ome exciting encounters. I was a 
iiovice, characterized by timidity and 
a lack of objective salesmanship. Most 
pf the people of this community were 
experienced in trafficking with the 
various vendors who came in day after 
day. 

On a particular trip it was suggested 
that a new venture be tried— selling 
lettuce. And by the gallon, no less. 
My first customer proved the folly of 
this endeavor. Somehow she got con- 
trol of the situation and began putting 
jthe lettuce into the gallon measure. To 
my complete dismay and consternation 
jshe was pressing it down so tightly that 
jit looked as if she would get what I 
{thought was four gallons into that one 
igallon measure! What a relief to re- 



ceive the payment for the "gallon" and 
be on my way. The lady beamed her 
delight at having such a bargain, which, 
in a sort of selfish way, brought some 
satisfaction to me. 

I have often thought about how 
selfish we Christians are in giving out 
the spiritual good things which God 
has entrusted to us. As recipients of 
His grace and all its accompanying 
blessings, we are charged with taking 
the plan of salvation and God's plan 
for spiritual blessing to the lost. Once 
the unsaved get involved they see that 
the product is good. They see that this 
is what they have wanted all along. 
Really, many people get quite en- 
thusiastic when the proper presentation 
of the Gospel has been made. They 
take hold and cram the blessings down 
and down. Their lives are changed. 
Their souls are nourished spiritually. 
And this is as God wants it to be. 

But why is it that there is not more 
sharing of the good things by Chris- 
tians? Why is there not more selling 
lettuce by the gallon, pressed down 
and running over to the great satis- 







faction of the multitudes of people? 
Without doubt it is because of selfish- 
ness on the part of Christian people. 

It's a sad commentary on the cause 
of Christ, but many Christians do not 
go out with the Gospel because they 
want to use their time for other things. 
They will not take time to carry the 
precious message to the lost. They are 
not willing to upset their own schedules 
to bring refreshing spiritual nourish- 
ment to the lost. 

And, there are those who take the 
attitude of asking, "What will I get 
out of it?" They resemble the inex- 
perienced lettuce salesman in that they 
want to help themselves and their 
family. Actually, there are Christians 
who are working two or more jobs that 
they might have more money to buy 
more things for themselves. The 
church today is characterized by this 
"What will I get out of it?" philosophy 
to the extent that often the sick, the 
shut-ins, the needy, and those with 
innumerable problems are neglected. 

The church is a not-for-profit organ- 
ization. Why must we get something 
out of every situation? Why must we 
always measure every little ministry to 
see whether we get as much as we give? 
Is it necessary to get more back from 
God than we give through tithing? 
Some people would have us believe it 
is. God will bless as we are faithful. 
We'll not lack for blessing if we are 
willing to stand by and see others 
gaining spiritually even though we 
seem to be losers. What joy and satis- 
faction to see others receiving rich 
blessings from God; to see their vessels 
crammed full and running over. This 
is the way it will be when we forget 
self for others. ▼ 



March 7, 1970 




w 



fhy foreign missions? Aren't 
they over?" both friend and foe of 
missions are asking. That the foe 
should ask why we are fighting a war 
is normal. His questioning should not 
unnerve the troops. But when friends 
withdraw from the cause or doubt its 
validity, it is time to pause for re- 
flection. 

Since both friend and foe are asking 
the same question, it is obvious that 
there is confusion in people's thinking 
about foreign missions. What has 
caused this confusion? 

When the Lord Jesus had received 
all power in heaven and in earth, just 
before He withdrew His visible presence 
from time and history. He gave one 
last command to His disciples: "Go 
ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost." The disciples and the 
Early Church understood those words. 
With staff in hand they traveled the 
length and breadth of the Roman Em- 
pire. The regions beyond— the heart- 
land of China, the subcontinent of 
India, the mountains of Ethiopia- 
heard the Gospel. Even during the 
Middle Ages the church of the day had 
its martyr missionaries from the Flem- 
ish bogs to the Bulgarian plains. 

But to the church of the age of the 
Industrial Revolution and the Great 
Awakening goes the high honor of re- 
discovering the Great Commission. 
Then the church shook off its lethargy 
and went about the business of mis- 
sions with a zeal which did it credit. 

"Go . . . teach . . . baptize" are 
the words the church understood. 
Savage tribes, unborn nations were 
waiting for the messenger of God. 
This was the great age of missions— 
the age in which the church learned 
about the world in which it lived 
through the work of missions. "Lan- 
tern slides" made bound feet, leprosy, 
witch doctors familiar to the church as 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



By Ruth Snyder 

Central African Republic 



iattle Over for Missions? 




well as to the world. These conditions 
and many similar ones seemed to justify 
the existence of foreign missions. 

A new day dawned. Every com- 
munity sent its boyish citizens to 
Greenland, Morocco, Alaska, India, 
the Aleutians, the South Sea Islands. 
Some of these boys returned home as 
men who had a vast knowledge of the 
world. These men talked of "One 
World." Feet had been unbound, 
leprosy treated with sulfone drugs, 
witch doctors traveled in planes. Could 
there be any further need of Missions? 

"Give them one chance," the church 
said. "They've had it," the new gen- 
eration says; "missions are done." The 
pioneer missionaries did such a good 
job of "go . . . teach . . . baptize" that 
the world says that the task is ended. 

It is just at this point that many 
Christians have been confused. They 
see that an era has ended. The exotic 
appeal of missions is over. But out- 
ward conformity to Christian standards 
is only the first line of the battle of 
foreign missions. Since that one battle 
seems to be so nearly won, we can dig 
in for the next and hardest battle. 
But we anticipate, for here is where 
the question is raised, "How long is 
the work to continue?" 

When the Lord Jesus gave the Great 
Commission, He said, "I am with you 
alway,even unto the end of the world." 
He foresaw the present age of journeys 
to the moon, color TV, riots in the 
streets, and all that is familiar to this 
post-Christian world. Yet, He also 
foresaw that the task of going to all 
nations would last until the end of the 
age. The Lord Jesus was not one who 
wasted words. He spoke exactly. 
Therefore we beheve that according 
to His words in the Great Commission, 
foreign missions are to continue until 
He returns. 

The Lord was also practical. He 
never intended that an institution re- 
main after its work was finished. 
"Your house is left to you desolate," 



He cried to the city which was proud 
of the temple where God had dwelt. 
Not long after the Lord wept over 
Jerusalem, Titus and his troops de- 
stroyed both the city and its useless 
temple. And so we are convinced that 
the Lord would not have sent His 
followers on a mission which was to 
endure to the end of the age if there 
was no work for them to do. So the 
question arises, "What remains to be 
done in foreign missions?" 

"Go . . . teach . . . baptize." The 
church has been busy and, to a certain 
extent, has succeeded in these three 
tasks. But there is more. Have you 
read all of Matthew 19:20? There you 
see that teaching is repeated. There 
the next battle line is drawn. 

The pioneer missionaries often 
quoted the Apostle Paul who wanted 
to do his own "thing" in the regions 
beyond (2 Cor. 10:10). That great 
pioneer Paul also has something to say 
to the present generation about the 
tough warfare which would follow the 
introduction of Christianity into a new 
community. Paul understood that the 
enemy of our Lord would fight for 
the souls of men who had been taught 
and baptized. It was to a church com- 
posed of former pagans that Paul 
wrote: "We do not war after the flesh: 
(For the weapons of our warfare are 
not carnal, but mighty through God to 
the pulling down of strong holds:) 
Casting down imaginations, and every 
high thing that exalteth itself against 
the knowledge of God, and bringing 
into captivity every thought to the 
obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:3-5). 

Long before the Lord Jesus gave 
the Great Commission, God had said, 
". . . the imagination of man's heart is 
evil from his youth . . ." (Gen. 8:21). 
In the earliest ages man was speculating 
against God. God saw and He gave up 
the sinful race (Rom. 1:21). From 
the first man until now mankind has 
been thinking of ways to rid himself 
of God. "I did not see God," scoffs 



the cosmonaut. The speculations of a 
man's heart drive him from God. 

During the long ages of darkness on 
the fields of missions, men's minds 
were bound by thoughts which drove 
them farther and farther from God. 
These theories gave birth to religious 
practices which resulted in spiritual 
bondage. Theory to practice, practice 
to theory with ever tighter bonds. 

In Europe the Reformation had 
unlocked the prison house of the mind. 
For the first time in history a large 
segment of civilization was seeking the 
mind of God. We who are the heirs 
of that wonderful age forgot that the 
mind was imprisoned. We thought that 
our freedom was natural. Going to the 
mission field we were eager to teach 
and baptize. And God blessed. Many 
mission fields can point to a purer 
church than their sponsoring church. 
Polygamy, witchcraft, heathen orgies 
are gone from the church— and in some 
places from the community. However, 
the minds of men remain. The ages- 
old thoughts still intrude upon the 
Christian. The task of teaching them 
to observe all things that Christ com- 
manded will not be ended until we 
have brought every thought into cap- 
tivity to the obedience of Christ. 

Just here is the really tough battle 
of missions. Shall we quit now that 
we face the minds of men instead of 
idols? To both friend and foe we 
answer, NO! Our predecessors faced 
the poisoned arrow and were delivered 
by the power of God in answer to the 
prayers of friends. Let us resolve to 
face the subtleties of the thoughts of 
men with the same faith the pioneers 
faced the arrows. And may the church 
resolve to pray that strongholds will 
fall in this rugged battle until the 
church in all lands has brought every 
thought into captivity to the obedience 
of Christ. 

Missions over? No, just starting 
another serious battle. 



March 7, 1970 




M, 



^y doctor has instructed me that 
if I'm to regain my health I must take 
a few weeks away from the pressures 
of my job as a high school teacher in 
the city, and just relax." These words 
spoken by the young woman in an 
Eastern Airlines seat next to mine be- 
gan the thirty-one days of insights it 
was my privilege to gain as I was sent 
on a tour of our South American mis- 
sion fields during December and Janu- 
ary. 

Further conversation with the 
young schoolteacher revealed the high 
idealism which motivated her as she 
conducted her work among young 
people: an idealism which was contin- 
ually frustrated by the youth them- 
selves, their parents, the school ad- 
ministration, the teachers professional 
organization, and by the local com- 
munity, until she had arrived at a point 
of mental and emotional exhaustion 
necessitating a Florida vacation. Then 
as her inquiry concerning my reason 
for travel had brought from me a de- 
scription of the work of our mission- 
aries, she asked, "Why do talented 
people give themselves to this kind of 
work?" Here was a wonderful oppor- 
tunity to speak of the place of the 
Lord Jesus in answering the needs of 
the weak, fearful, and frustrated of 
this world. Her response still leaves 
me amazed and shaken: "That's all right 
for those who need it but I don't need 
it." The following days of observation 
became to me a great commentary on 
the enormity of this need and the 
diligence with which our missionaries 
are working to expose the need and its 
answer in Christ Jesus to multitudes 
of people. 

Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, 
and Puerto Rico were the lands in 
which at least superficial impressions 
were gained, and in every one of these 
the air is charged with a certain self- 
conscious realization of potential and 



development. Everywhere there is the 
erection of high-rise monuments to 
progress in the form of industrial, 
commercial, and residential buildings. 
The most modern in vehicular traffic 
is grudgingly coexisting with the most 
ancient on highway systems which are 
expanding rapidly. The sense of de- 
velopment and renewal is enhanced by 
tlie youthfulness of the people. Chil- 
dren are everywhere; ubiquitous police- 
men, soldiers, and other officials very 
often appear to be extremely young 
men, sometimes little more than teen- 
agers. Whether one is an industrialist, 
an educator, a physician, or a mission- 
ary, the most apt one-word description 
fitting the continent of South America 
is OPPORTUNITY. 

Narrowing our viewpoint to the 
city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, we 
see a city which is one of the three 
largest in the western hemisphere. It 
is a literal beehive of activity, teeming 
with people who fill buses and cars and 
trains and subways, and spill over onto 
the sidewalks in an avalanche of human- 
ity. Materialism drives many of them 
to work at two jobs in order to pay 
the inflated prices for new luxuries. 
These people are proud of the changes 
which material progress is bringing to 
them, and especially about the extent 
to which they are themselves bringing 



The Key 

Word Is 

Opportunity 

FMS' Raymond Thompson 
reports on his trip. 



about this change apart from outside 
help. A frequent question asked of a 
visitor is, "What do you think of our 
land," and a complimentary response 
brings obvious delight. 

Buenos Aires is genuinely a city of 
progress. Growth and modernization 
are evident in industry, commerce, 
science, and education. Unhappily, a 
great void is developing in the area of 
things spiritual. Although nominally a 
religious city— with pleas for God's 
help even appearing on the elaborately 
painted trucks and buses-reality in 
Christian faith is almost nonexistent. 
It is to this need of presenting the 
option of personal faith in Jesus Christ 
as the Answer to the pressures of life 
that our missionaries are applying them- 
selves. They are almost overwhelmed 
by the magnitude of the opportunity. 
The radio ministry is bringing in hun- 
dreds of responses asking for help, and 
the only help we can offer is in the 
literature which is sent to them. These 
people also need personal contacts and 
churches to which they can be referred. 
The literature ministry conducted by 
the Hill Maconaghys in the Buenos 
Aires suburb of Lomas de Zamora has 
produced conversions and many in- 
terested contacts, but again, there are 
so few places to which these can be 
referred for continuing help. Appeals 
are coming to our missionaries for 
Bible classes and extension courses, but 
there are so few to do so much. 

The opportunity is growing at a 
rapid rate and our capability to re- 
spond is not growing with it. This 
great land and its people are not wait- 
ing for us to get in gear. Most of its 
people would agree with the high 
school teacher who felt she had no 
need of Christ. Who can we expect to 
seize this land of opportunity for 
Christ if we do not. Brethren, we must 
pray out more missionaries while there 
is yet time. T 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



"Instant Africa!" 



Robert Collitt's 36-hour visit to C.A.R. 



''A 

Aground the world in eighty 
days"? Forget it! A greater feat and 
bigger thrill is to cover the Central 
African mission field of The Brethren 
Church in thirty-six hours, as I did! 

Besides, if you only count on eighty 
days to get around the world, you 
haven't taken into consideration flying 
in Africa where, if he decides that he 
needs a commercial airliner, an African 
president can cause the cancellation of 
an entire flight. The fact that one Rev. 
Robert Collitt is stranded in Douala, 
Cameroun, for four days— just two and 
one-half hours away from his destina- 
tion in Bangui— is inconsequential. 
Can you imagine a preacher missing a 
chance to speak at the national confer- 
ence of the African Brethren churches? 
Or passing up an opportunity to preach 
to a congregation of 2 ,500 at Bossangoa 
with George Cone? I can't, either, but 
when a five and-a-half day visit is con- 
densed into two days, some things 
must be sacrificed. But not everything! 

"You'U kill him!" said fellow mis- 
sionaries as nurse Lois Miller volun- 
teered to take me on a whirlwind tour 
of the field. Was her smile a little 
wicked, hke Snoopy's on top of his 
doghouse when he thinks about shoot- 
ing down the Red Baron, when she 
said, "Oh, no, I won't"? 

So we set out in the Peugeot truck 
which Hagerstown Grace Brethren 
Church has provided for Lois through 
an Easter offering. Roy Snyder's golf 
cap— which has never seen a golf course 
—fit rather well to keep my hair from 
turning completely dust-red. A curious 
pastor and Lois Miller— nurse, truck 
driver, mechanic, and doctor. "Ya- 
loke," "Bozoum," "Boguila"— all made 
familiar by the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. "Bossembele," made famous 
by Rev. Wendell Kent's stand there- 
for a photograph of himself at such an 
unlikely-sounding spot. "Bossangoa" 
—meaning a reunion with George and 
Ruth Ann Cone after twenty-five years. 



At Yaloke, the ward building which 
our church provided a year ago, and 
the foundation for a second building, 
a part of the same gift. Also at Yaloke, 
a promise that our church would un- 
derwrite the cost of two buildings for 
married students' quarters (our Christ- 
mas offering will build three, instead 
of two). 

"Lois," I said, after glazing my 
eyes with the myriad sights, "you've 
shown me everything!" Which just 
goes to show that I am not clairvoyant, 
after all. 

"I wonder if that kerosene light 
in the bush dispensary means they 
have work for me?" mused the nurse, 
truck driver, mechanic, doctor beside 
me as Lois chauffered us down the 
path to the tiny dispensary constructed 
of mud-brick walls and thatched roof. 
When we entered the dispensary we 
saw an expectant mother (a pastor's 
wife) lying on a mat on the floor, I 
thought: "These missionaries think of 
everything! Lois is really giving me 
the deluxe treatment. What could be 
more exciting than to see an African 
baby born in a bush dispensary!" 

But it didn't happen. An exami- 
nation showed that the mother would 
probably fare best with a cesarean 
section at Boguila, a hundred miles 
away. After receiving a sedative, the 
expectant mother got into the back of 
the Peugeot. But it wasn't really a 
lonely ride for her. No, not with a 
hitchhiker from the Bible Institute at 
Yaloke, three of the mother's small 
children, two five-gallon cans of gaso- 
line, three large sacks of flour or sugar, 
and a roll of chicken wire. It wasn't 
lonely! 

Africa has lots of excellent highway. 



Rev. Robert Collitt is pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Maryland. 



compared with some foreign roads on 
which I've traveled. But it has some 
just as bad, too. This part of our 
journey was over the latter kind. The 
night was pitch-black, but illuminated 
by the stars high above and the burn- 
ing fields being cleared along the way. 
But no people and no vehicles were 
encountered during our night journey 
which ended at 1 :45 a.m. 

At about 10 p.m. we had just 
pulled up in front of another tiny 
bush dispensary which showed no 
signs of life, when there was a sign of 
life in the back of the truck. Piped a 
five-year-old in Sango; "Baby's com- 
ing!" Suddenly we were where the 
action is! In only a matter of minutes 
we had ourselves a pretty, little baby 
girl born amidst three children, three 
big sacks, two gasoline cans, and a roll 
of chicken wire in the back of a 
Peugeot truck. Yes, I know-the 
hitchhiker was a gentleman and got 
out. 

The mother got out of the truck 
and walked into the dispensary. After 
she was placed on a crude table, she 
looked back and smiled at the httle 
girl lying just above her head. 

These missionaries DO think of 
everything! 

A word of prayer later we were back 
in the truck and on our way to Boguila. 
Of course, something like this was 
worth celebrating, so we did. Having 
stopped the truck in the middle of the 
road about ten minutes after leaving 
the dispensary, Lois fished out a can of 
tuna and a can opener. I opened the 
can while she unwrapped some home- 
made bread and we had tuna-fish sand- 
wiches and a cup of cold water from 
the thermos. All in a hard day's night. 

At the Dr. Walker home the cuckoo 
clock went, "Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" Clos- 
ing my eyes, I agreed, "Amen!" 

My prayer was, "God bless these in- 
defatigable missionaries! May their 
tribe increase!" ▼ 



March 7, 1970 



MICHIGAN DISTRICT 



ANNUAL 
OFFERING REPORT 

BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSIONS 
JANUARY 1, 1969 TO DECEMBER 31, 1969 



ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident, Md $ 201.90 

Aleppo, Pa 525.00 

Coolville.Ohio 226.96 

Cumberland, Md 632.85 

Grafton, W. Va 558.99 

Jenners, Pa 1,642.82 

Listie, Pa 2,444.27 

Meyersdale.Pa 2,178.56 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 895.02 

Parkersburg, W. Va 827.07 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 

(Coraopolis) 342.53 

Somerset, Pa 1,736.77 

Uniontown, Pa 5,200.00 

Washington, Pa 3,292.70 

Westernport,Md 636.98 

Allegheny District, Misc. 778.42 
$22,120.84 



EAST DISTRICT 

Ahoona, Pa. (First) .... $1,739.00 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) ... . 2,520.87 

Conemaugh,Pa 1,847.89 

Conemaugh,Pa.(Pike) . . . 5,378.15 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 1,802.12 

Duncansville, Pa. 

(Leamersville) 2,169.31 

Everett, Pa 2,728.54 

Greensburg, Pa 57.00 

HoUidaysburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 3,450.43 

Hopewell, Pa 594.02 

Jefferson Center, Pa. 

(Calvary) 35.89 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . . . 9,068.60 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 414.50 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 3,834.87 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) ... 4,764.86 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) 1,305.15 

Martinsburg, Pa 6,755.39 

East District, Misc 625.00 

$49,091.59 



FLORIDA DISTRICT 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... $5,678.89 

Fort Myers, Fla 1,089.00 

Maitland,Fla 291.00 

Margate, Fla 1,382.54 

Okeechobee, Fla 150.00 

Pompano Beach, Fla. ... 2,871.73 

St. Petersburg, Fla 165.00 

$11,628.16 



INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne, Ind $5,211.74 

Clay City, Ind 497.00 

Elkhart, Ind 5,661.32 

Flora, Ind 2,063.42 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) . . 6,332.68 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 799.12 

Goshen, Ind 1,814.75 

Indianapohs. Ind 1,007.00 

KokomcInd 824.33 

Leesburg, Ind 2,322.54 

Osceola, Ind 10,055.25 

Peru, Ind 1,820.08 

Sidney, Ind 1,957.58 

South Bend, Ind 2,341.49 

Warsaw, Ind 3,744.51 

Wheaton,Ill 1,037.50 

Winona Lake, Ind 5,590.48 

$53,080.79 



IOWA DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa .... $ 473.60 

Dallas Center, Iowa .... 3,692.43 

Davenport, Iowa 695.75 

Des Moines, Iowa 26.00 

Garwin, Iowa 1,258.29 

Leon, Iowa 1,386.78 

North English, Iowa .... 1,035.74 

Omaha, Nebr 90.00 

Waterloo, Iowa 5,981.14 

Winona, Minn 153.00 

$14,792.73 



Alto, Mich 

Berrien Springs, Mich 
Hastings, Mich. 
Jackson, Mich. 
Lake Odessa, Mich 
Lansing, Mich. 
New Troy, Mich. 
Trout Lake, Mich. 
Michigan District, Misc 



$1,947.53 

196.25 

36.17 

640.90 

1,481.02 

2,403.00 

1,943.00 

190.88 

58.70 

$8,897.45 



MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, Va $1,346.26 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) 2,724.75 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay Street) 510.19 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 9,633.62 

Hanover, Pa 179.45 

Martinsburg, W. Va 2,256.14 

Washington, D.C. (First) 3,952.39 

Washington, D.C. (Grace) 771.03 

Waynesboro, Pa 7,693.57 

Winchester, Va 4,182.60 

Mid-Atlantic District Misc. 195.00 

$33,445.00 



MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Arvada,Colo $ 943.94 

Beaver City, Nebr 145.99 

Cheyenne, Wyo 122.50 

Counselor, N.Mex 470.96 

Denver, Colo 620.46 

Longview, Texas 110.00 

Portis, Kansas 1,920.20 

Taos, N. Mex 422.64 

$4,756.69 



NORTHERN ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Allentown,Pa $ 337.91 

Ehzabethtown.Pa 800.01 

Harrisburg, Pa 4,386.89 

Hatboro,Pa 1,937.06 

Lancaster, Pa 6,355.53 

Manheim,Pa 1,489.84 

Myerstown,Pa 315.83 

New Holland, Pa 3,745.22 

Palmyra, Pa 1,578.04 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) .. 7,455.04 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third). . 5,944.45 

Stratford, N. J 63.78 

Telford, Pa. 

(Penn Valley) 3,040.00 

WrightsvilIe,Pa 642.86 

York, Pa 2,331.46 

Northern Atlantic District, 

Misc 100.00 

$40,523.92 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



IMOR-CAL DISTRICT 

Chico, Calif $ 391.50 

Grass Valley, Calif 349.61 

Modesto, Calif. 

(Greenwood) 1 ,696.35 

Modesto, Calif. 

(LaLoma) 9,001.10 

Ripon, Calif 706.72 

Sacramento, Calif 598.19 

San Jose, Calif 1,425.32 

Tracy, CaUf 104.00 

Nor-Cal District, Misc. . . 17.77 

$14,290.56 

NORTHCENTRAL OHIO DISTRICT 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) . . . $6,826.87 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) 3,427.74 

Beliville, Ohio 

(Ankenytown) 2,280.48 

Bowling Green, Ohio ... . 128.11 

Danville, Ohio 782.32 

Defiance, Ohio 1,534.83 

Findlay,Ohio 1,965.09 

Fremont, Ohio 6,377.93 

Gallon, Ohio 177.06 

Lexington, OWo 810.12 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) . . 4,120.69 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 2,984.60 

Worthington, Ohio 

(Columbus) 6,098.44 

Northcentral Ohio District, 

Misc 295.00 

$37,-809.28 

NORTHEASTERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) . . $1,242.50 

Akron, Ohio (First) 6,381 .87 

Barberton,Ohio 809.93 

Canton, Ohio 3,335.66 

Cleveland, Ohio 1,783.73 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio .... 1 ,673.86 

Elyria,Ohio 920.51 

Homerville, Ohio 3,536.97 

Middlebranch, Ohio 6,792.50 

Minerva, Ohio 284.85 

Rittman,Ohio 11,740.21 

Sterling, Ohio 2,638.52 

Wooster,Ohio 24,847.09 

Northeastern Ohio District, 

Misc 112.28 

$66,100.48 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Beaverton, Oreg $ 461.12 

Bothell,Wash 37.39 

Grandview, Wash 1,147.32 

Harrah,Wash 3,312.83 

Kent, Wash 1,707.63 

Mabton,Wash 802.96 

Portland, Oreg 629.31 



Richland, Wash 131.44 

Spokane, Wash 422.60 

Sunnyside, Wash 4,689.96 

Toppenish, Wash 1,726.63 

Yakima, Wash 879.73 

Northwest District, Misc. 22.76 

$15,971.68 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Atlanta, Ga $ 226.35 

Boones Mill, Va 75.00 

Buena Vista, Va 3,668.63 

Covington, Va 2,407.68 

Hollins, Va 1,912.92 

Johnson City, Tenn 1,505.25 

Radford, Va 300.84 

Richmond, Va 117.50 

Riner,Va 42.75 

Roanoke , Va . (Clearbrook) 748 .62 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) 423.66 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) . . . 2,507.05 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Washington Heights) . . 588.46 

Telford, Tenn 1,918.30 

Virginia Beach, Va 130.00 

Willis, Va 31.62 

$16,604.63 



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA- 
ARIZONA DISTRICT 

Analieim, Calif $2,391.23 

Beaumont, Calif 3,357.09 

Bell, Calif 556.00 

Bellflower, Calif 7,225.94 

Cypress, Calif 493.18 

Filbnore, Calif 320.00 

Gardena, Calif 119.34 

Glendale, Calif 2,416.39 

Grand Terrace, Calif. ... 854.42 

Inglewood, Calif 1,201.50 

LaHabra,CaUf 2,090.01 

La Puente, Calif 174.73 

La Verne, CaHf 775.00 

Lakewood, Calif. (Artesia) 157.31 
Long Beach, CaUf. 

(Community) 3,998.24 

Long Beach, CaHf. (First) 3 1 ,054.50 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 4,102.53 

Long Beach, Cahf. 

(North Long Beach) . . 50,362.65 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) 2,202.10 

Montclair, Cahf 701.32 

Norwalk, Calif 2,722.79 

Orange, Calif 853.84 

Phoenix, Ariz 2,038.85 

Rialto,Cahf 1,011.19 

Rowland Heights, Calif. 

(Hillside) 44.62 

San Bernardino, Calif. .. 942.34 

San Diego, Calif 574.05 



Santa Barbara, Calif 
Santa Maria, Calif. 
Seal Beach, Calif. . 

Simi, Calif 

South Pasadena, Calif. 
Temple City, Calif. 

Tucson, Ariz 

West Covina, Calif. 
Westminster, Cahf. 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) . . 
Whittier, Calif. (First) 
Southern Calif.-Ariz. 

District, Misc. . . 



369.62 

25.52 
3,234.25 
431.53 
822.60 
843.30 
208.57 
575.14 
2,313.89 

5,368.92 
8,327.12 

. 323.68 
$145,585.30 



SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Brookville,Ohio $1,502.00 

Camden, Ohio 468.85 

Clayhole,Ky 261.46 

Clayton, Ohio 1,100.49 

Covington, Ohio 104.45 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) 406.75 

Dayton, Ohio (First) .... 12,099.25 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) 118.44 

Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) .... 7,292.40 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) 1 ,860.00 

Dryhill,Ky 104.01 

Englewood,Ohio 5,424.75 

Kettering, Ohio 1,872.16 

Sinking Spring, Ohio .... 183.64 

Trotwood,Ohio 1,114.19 

Troy, Ohio 623.88 

Vandalia, Ohio 1,228.75 

West Alexandria, Ohio . . . 330.86 

$36,096.33 



MISCELLANEOUS 

Akron, Ohio 

(HiUwood Chapel) $ 744.23 

Brethren Missionary 

Herald Company 180.00 

Grace College & Seminary 1 ,200.00 

Hawaii 3,715.60 

National Miscellaneous . . . 30,146.87 

National SMM 1,239.64 

National WMC 14,881.96 

Puerto Rico 75.38 

$52,183.68 



Total Gifts to FMS- $622,979.1 1 



March 7, 1970 



HONOR ROLL: 



Fifty- 
four 

Churches 
Exceed 
$3,000 
in 1969 
Brethren 
Foreign 
Missions 
Offering 



1 . Long Beach, Calif. (North Long 

Beach) S 50,362.65 

2. Long Beach, Cahf. (First) 31 ,054.50 

3. Wooster, Ohio 24,847.09 

4. Dayton, Ohio (First) 12,099.25 

5. Rittman, Ohio 11 ,740.21 

6. Osceola, Ind 10,055.25 

7. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 9,633.62 

8. Johnstown. Pa. (First) 9,068.60 

9. Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 9,001 .1 

10. Whittier, Calif. (First) 8,327.12 

11. Waynesboro, Pa 7,693.57 

12. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 7,455.04 

13. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) ... 7,292.40 

1 4. BellHower. Calif 7,225.94 

15. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 6,826.87 

1 6. Middlebranch, Ohio 6,792.50 

17. Martinsburg, Pa 6,755.39 

18. Akron, Ohio (First) 6,381.87 

19. Fremont, Ohio 6,377.93 

20. Lancaster, Pa 6,355.53 

21. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 6,332.68 

22. Worthington, Ohio (Columbus) 6,098.44 

23. Waterloo. Iowa 5,981.14 

24. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 5,944.45 

25. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 5,678.89 

26. Elkhart, Ind 5.661 .32 

27. Winona Lake, Ind 5,590.48 

28. Englewood, Ohio 5,424.75 

29. Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 5,378.15 

30. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 5,368.92 

31. Berne, Ind 5,211.74 

32. Uniontown, Pa 5,200.00 

33. Kittanning, Pa. (First) 4,764.86 

34. Sunnyside, Wash 4,689.96 

35. Harrisburg, Pa 4,386.89 

36. Winchester, Va 4,1 82.60 

37. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 4,120.69 

38. Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 4,1 02.53 

39. Long Beach, Calif. (Community) .. . 3,998.24 

40. Washington, D.C. (First) 3,952.39 

41 . Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 3,834.87 

42. New Holland, Pa 3,745.22 

43. Warsaw, Ind 3,744.51 

44. Dallas Center, Iowa 3,692.43 

45. Buena Vista, Va 3,668.63 

46. Homerville, Ohio 3,536.97 

47. Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 3,450.43 

48. Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 3,427.74 

49. Beaumont, Calif 3,357.09 

50. Canton, Oliio 3,335.66 

51. Harrah,Wash 3,312.83 

52. Washington, Pa 3,292.70 

53. Seal Beach. Calif 3,234.25 

54. Telford Pa. (Penn Valley) 3,040.00 



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Timi CHILDI^EN'S PAQ\ 



Boys and Girls 
and a 



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Before we left California to come to the 
Central African Republic, we were told 
that the African children love safety pins. 
So, we brought one thousand safety pins 
with us to Africa. 

It wasn't long after we arrived here until 
we were giving these pins away. A group 
of boys and girls would come to our back 
door, smiling and looking eager. We knew 
what they wanted. Safety pins! We soon 
learned why the children hke safety pins. 
They like to wear one on their clothing or 
in their hair as an ornament. To them it is 
something very pretty. 

Many youngsters come with their cloth- 
ing falling off their bodies. With a big 
safety pin I pin these pieces of cloth to- 
gether to keep them in place. Clothing is 
worn until there is nothing left but strips 
of cloth that we would call rags. But for 
African children this is all they have to try 
to cover their bodies for a little warmth 
when the weather is damp and cold. 

How we wish it were possible for each of 
you children of our Brethren churches in 
America to be with us on Saturday after- 
noons when we have our children's meet- 
ings with more than 100 boys and girls. 
We project fihns on a wall, and the young- 
sters love to look at the beautiful colored 




pictures that tell so many of your favorite 
Bible stories. They look forward to the 
meetings, for they have never seen any- 
thing Hke this before. They love to sing 
the same choruses you sing. These black 
boys and girls love the Lord Jesus and joy- 
fully sing His praises. I wish you could see 
their happy faces and big, bright, brown 
eyes. It's a real joy and pleasure for us to 
be working with them. 

Pray that these boys and girls will know 
the Lord as their personal Saviour -and that 
while they have so few of this world's 
possessions, they will have the greatest gift 
that God gives: salvation through the Lord 
Jesus-forgiveness of sins and life eternal 
with our Saviour. 

Keep praying for the work of all your 
missionaries in this land. 

In our Saviour's wonderful love. 
Uncle Diiev and Aunt Ellen Voorhees 



HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY- 




March 7, 1970 



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NORTHERN ATLANTIC DIS- 
TRICT. The round trip plane fare to 
national conference on a flight char- 
tered by the district will be $141. 
Conference dates are Aug. 7-14. The 
flight will leave Fri., Aug. 7, and re- 
turn Sat., Aug. 15. Other districts 
may also want to look into the possi- 
bilities of chartering a flight to save 
money, time, and to provide a relaxing 
trip. 




Pictured (I to r) at the laying-on-of-hands 
for Rev. Glenn E. Moore: Rev. Roy Dice, 
Rev, Richard iVIcCarthy, Rev. Arthur Mailes, 
Rev. Earle Peer, Rev. Ulysses Gingrich, Rev. 
Kenneth Wilt, and kneeling. Rev. Glenn 
Moore. 

PALMYRA, PA. Rev. Ulysses L. 
Gingrich, moderator of the No. Atlantic 
District, presided over the ordination 
service held Feb. 8 for Glenn E. Moore, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Palmyra. Rev. Earle Peer, pastor of 
the Melrose Gardens Grace Brethren 
Church, Harrisburg, Pa., brought the 
ordination message. Others partici- 
pating in the service were Rev. Roy 
Dice, Rev. Arthur Mailes, Rev. Kenneth 
Wilt, Rev. Richard McCarthy and Mr. 
Allen Zook. Palmyra has been the 
place of service for Pastor Moore since 
July, 1968. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. The goal of 
$1,000 for the Christmas offering was 
shattered at the Grace Brethren Church. 
An offering of $ 1 ,900 was received 
which will be used to erect three 
married-housing centers at the Bible 
Institute in Africa, and there will be 
some left over to buy needed medical 
equipment. Robert B. Collitt, pastor. 



GRAFTON, W. VA. The fifth year 
of broadcasting the Gospel over station 
WRRW was celebrated by the First 
Brethren Church Feb. 7. The response 
to "The Voice of Victory" has been 
very gratifying. The Sky Pilot boys 
won both games in a basketball tourna- 
ment in Meyersdale, Pa., to win the 
championship. The score was 38-32 
in the final game against a team from 
the Jenners (Pa.) Grace Brethren 
Church. Paul Mohler, pastor. 

FREMONT, OHIO. Pastors of the 
Fremont, Findlay, and Bowling Green 
Grace Brethren Churches held evange- 
listic meetings at The Brethren Chapel 
Jan. 25-Feb. 1. There were 18 de- 
cisions recorded, three for salvation, 
and an offering of $123.10 was re- 
ceived. The Brethren Chapel is an in- 
tegrated church sponsored by the 
Grace Brethren Church of Fremont 
and The Brethren Home Missions 
Council. Marion Thomas, pastor. 

KENT, WASH. A ferryboat ride 
to Bremerton was a highlight of the 
Northwest District Youth Rally held 
here. There were 111 young people 
in attendance. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. A group of 
eleven men from the First Brethren 
Church recently visited the Marion 
Correctional Institution to conduct the 
Sunday morning worship service. 
These men also conduct monthly serv- 
ices at the local jail and rehabilitation 
center. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 



CLEVELAND, OHIO. A surprise 
25th wedding anniversary party was 
held for Pastor and Mrs. Robert Mark- 
ley at the Lyndhurst Grace Brethren 
Church Dec. 28. Members and friends 
showered them with beautiful gifts, 
and the church presented a silver tea 
and coffee service. A Steinway piano 
was dedicated debt-free on church 
anniversary Sunday, Jan. 25. It was a 
memorial to Mary Smith whose estate 
has helped the church so much. For- 
mer pastor Rev. Robert Cessna and his 
wife were present for the full day's 
activities. 

GARDEN GROVE, CALIF. Jim 
Bergthold, minister of music at the 
Westminster Brethren Church, West- 
minster, Calif., and the first tenor with 
the Haven of Rest quartet, has just re- 
leased a new stereo LP album. En- 
titled "Personal Peace" it features such 
favorites as "Peace in the Valley," 
"Until Then," "Over the Sunset Moun- 
tains," "The Savior Is Waiting," and 
seven other selections. Jim's dramatic 
tenor stylings are accompanied by the 
New Light Singers. Rev. Ron Thomp- 
son, pastor of our Brethren church in 
HoIIins, Va., states that this new LP 
album is "really great." You may 
order this new recording from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 544, 
Winona Lake. Ind. 46590 or the Herald 
Bookstore, Box 2385, FuUerton, Calif. 
92633. Price is $4.95, postage paid. 
(California residents ordering from Ful- 
lerton should add 5% sales tax.) 

DAYTON, OHIO. "Pastor John's 
Jolly Janitors," is what they call them- 
selves! Each Tuesday morning, a 
group of faithful ladies and one man 
meet at the Patterson Park Brethren 
Church for a ministry of church clean- 
ing. They work hard and have a great 
spiritual time in the process, gathering 
at 10:30 for a brief study in the 
Scriptures. John R. Terrell, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 



Date 



Sinking Spring, Ohio Mar. 8-13 

Somerset, Pa. Mar. 13-15 

Camden, Ohio Mar. 15-22 

Hatboro,Pa. Mar. 15-22 

Hollins, Va. Mar. 15-22 

Fremont, Ohio Mar. 22-29 



Pastor Speaker 

Paul Reno Mason Cooper 

Clifford Wicks John C. Whitcomb 

George Ritchey Homer Lingenfelter 

William Steffler Dean Fetterhoff 

Ron Thompson Lon Karns 

J. Ward Tressler Allen Herr 



Worthington, Ohio Mar. 29-Apr. 5 James Custer 



Nathan Meyer 



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BROOKVILLE,OHIO. "When you 
need help, call the Fish number." 
These words went out to the com- 
munity in the form of a flyer from 
the Grace Brethren Church informing 
the people of "a group of Christian 
people who need to express their love 
and concern for their neighbors." 
When someone in need calls the Fish 
number, he (or she) is directed by an 
answering service to a member of the 
Fish. The member can then provide 
help in emergency situations, services 
and referrals. The Fish is the ancient 
symbol of the Christian church. Clair 
Brickel, pastor. 

CHANGES. The church clerk for 
the Hacienda Heights Grace Brethren 
Church, La Puente, Calif., should be 
changed to Mrs. C. Benson, 16714 
Inyo, La Puente, Calif. 91744. Please 
change your Annual. Inadvertently 
the names of Rev. and Mrs. George A. 
Johnson were omitted from the hsting 
of Brazil missionaries in the Annual. 
Please add their names to the list under 
"Brazil" on page 35, and their address; 
Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 



JnW. 



emoriam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BENNETT, Christine, 84, one of the 
two remaining charter members of the 
First Brethren Church, Fillmore, Calif., 
went to be with the Lord Jan. 29. 
Rev. Ted Malaimare, pastor of the 
church, assisted Rev. Ord Gehman in 
the service. 

HUMMEL, April, 10 months, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hummel 
of the West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio, passed away Feb. 8. 
Robert Holmes, pastor. 

MYER, Everett A., 77, a member 
of The Brethren Church for 57 years, 
went to be with the Lord Feb. 2. He 
was known as "Shorty" to many 
across the denomination. Robert C. 
Moeller, pastor. 

POYNER, Claude R., 56, a charter 
member of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Waterloo, Iowa, went to be with the 
Lord Nov. 18. He was the father of 
Rev. Randall Poyner, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Lansing, Mich. 
He had been in failing health for the 
past six years. John M. Aeby, pastor. 

SOWERS, Vera, a faithful member 
of the Listie Brethren Church, Listie, 
Pa., for the past 20 years, passed into 



the Lord's presence Jan. 28. She had 
formerly been a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., for 
five years. Fred W. Walter, pastor. 

UPHOUSE, Carl J., 66, a faithful 
member of the First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., went to be with his 
Lord Feb. 1, while on vacation in 
Escondido, Calif. He was a deacon 
and the church financial secretary for 
over 20 years. Memorial services were 
conducted in Johnstown, Feb. 7, by 
Rev. Wesley Haller, pastor. 



WeUng BelL 

A si.x month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Linda Markley and James Mc- 
Donald, Nov. 1 , Lyndhurst Grace 
Brethren Church, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Barbara Camp and Larry McLeary, 
Dec. 20, Grace Brethren Church (W. 
Tenth), Ashland, Ohio 



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March 7, 1970 



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A says, 
"a-a-a-a-ape; 
come to 
the zoo 
for a gape" 



That's the way they teach 
reading at Cherry Valley 
Christian Day School. 




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wo you want to learn to read! 
A says a-a-a-a-ape; come to the zoo 
for a gape. A says ah-ah-ah-ah-albatros; 
I fly seas and go across. C says 
s-s-s-centipede; I have more legs than I 
need. C says k-k-k-capterpilar; I crawl 
from post to pillar. 

Soon after my arrival in Beaumont, 
California (Cherry Valley), I found 
these jingles ringing in my ears. I had 
already witnessed our Christian Day 
School several times on television and 
had heard the State of California was 
interested in their new pilot program, 
S.P.A. (self-pronouncing alphabet) 
called Read-Span, developed by Mr. 
C. L. James of Beaumont. What an 
odd way to teach reading, I thought! 
I decided to see what "our" Christian 
Day School was doing that would 
cause so many to be interested in it. 

So, armed with pencil and note- 
book, I trotted off to school. My 
first stop was at the teacher's room. 
As I opened the door, the smell of 
coffee assailed me from a big urn in 
the corner of the room. Here the 
teachers were gathered to pray for the 
needs of the day and for those students 
whose needs were "special." I bowed 
my head with them while they asked 
for strength and guidance. 

The Brethren Elementary and Junior 
High School is located in a unique 
spot. At an altitude of 3,000 feet, in 
the foothills of the San Bernardino 
Mountains directly above the desert 
floor, it nestles under the protecting 
peaks of Mt. San Jacinto and Mt. San 
Gorgonio. These peaks are snow 
covered in winter, starkly outlined by 
the hot desert sun in summer, and 
often mist wreathed in the fall and 
spring. On this beautiful October 
morning the air was crisp and cold. I 
stood on the steps leading to the play- 
ground and watched 215 students 
standing in formation before the flag 
of the United States, pledging their 
loyalty to it with hands over hearts. 
Immediately following was the pledge 
to the Christian flag. Then, with heads 
bowed under the flawless sky, prayer 
was offered for the day. 

Mrs. Georgia Wallace, administrator, 
graciously ushered me to the kinder- 
garten room where twenty-four Httle 
heads turned and twenty-four pairs of 
eyes looked at me curiously. The 
teacher was engaged in telling a story 
of Abraham. The children sat at two 
large tables. These tables were in 




Mrs. Wallace's special reading group. Note 
and feeling raised alphabet cards, 
segments which had been pushed to- 
gether to make the whole. Little girls, 
hair tied with yarn ribbons, and little 
boys with scrubbed faces watched the 
teacher as she told the age-old story 
from God's Word, illustrating it on the 
flannelgraph. I glanced around the 
room, finding it bright and inviting 
with its deUghtful array of toys. In 
the front of the room was a large 
poster with the words, "In the be- 
ginning God . . . ." 

From the very first day in school 
these little ones were taught that the 
earth belongs to God. If only every 
child in our great country could have 
this opportunity! 

When the Bible story was ended, 
the teacher called upon a little boy 
to pray. He shuffled forward, tall for 
his age, a thatch of red-blonde hair 
and freckles marching across his nose. 
The teacher put her hands gently on 
his shoulders and guided him in his 
prayer. 

The reading class was next. I waited 
expectantly as five youngsters were 
selected to read at a table in the back 
of the room. Another group was as- 
sembled at the front with the other 
teachers (there are two teachers for 
kindergarten) where slides of the new 
alphabet were being projected on a 
screen for pronunciation. 

At the table each child was given a 
square chalkboard. The teacher placed 
a dupUcate of their reading books, 
only very large, on an easel. The first 
picture had under it the word "look." 
One boy said "lock" but the teacher 
had barely turned to him before he 
said, sounding it out, "look." She 
went to the front of the room and 
there was a discussion among the little 



the alphabet and the boy who is blindfolded 

ones about the word, sounding it out 
among themselves. By the time she 
returned they had agreed the word was 
definitely "look." Under her guidance 
they pronounced it and wrote it on 
their chalkboards. Next came the 
words, "oh, oh, oh." The teacher 
asked them what the letter was and 
they said, "opossum o," meaning the 
alphabet letter "o" represented an 
"opossum o" sound. In each alphabet 
letter is an animal which corresponds 
to a jingle. 

These children had been in school 
just one month! I had to remind my- 
self they were not first graders but 
only kindergartners. What is it the 
public school says about "reading 
readiness"? By mid-term these kinder- 
gartners will be able to sound out such 
words as "automobile," "yacht," "re- 
porter," and "newspaper"— and enjoy 
doing it! By the end of the year they 
will be reading on a second grade level 
and beyond! Even more than this im- 
pressing program I was amazed at the 
patience and love shown to each child 
by his teacher. How could any child 
not learn in such an atmosphere? 

Next, I stopped in the second grade 
room. Again, the sign at the front of 
the room said, "In the beginning, God 
. . . ." The alphabet adorned one wall 
under the windows. A caption under 
it said, "Such a funny animal . . . ." 
A little girl with blonde hair tied with 
beige yarn and wearing a brownie uni- 
form was passing out papers. Some of 
these children, second graders, were 
reading from a large, blue book and 
already well on their way through it. 
On the table under the window I could 
see "Touch and Tell" cards, raised 
alphabet letters with the funny mark- 



March 7, 1970 



15 




A first grade reading group with chalkboards. 

ings to denote the difference between 
two sounds for the same letter such as 
the centipede c and the caterpillar c. 

The chapel service is an integral 
part of the Christian Day School. On 
the day I attended, the pastor was pre- 
senting an object lesson by the use of 
a bottle of coke. The verse it repre- 
sented was from Psalm 34, "O taste 
and see that the Lord is good." The 
children loved it! 

Mrs. Wallace informed me that all 
children are given an achievement test 
before being admitted to the school. 
This test will help to place him in his 
proper grade level. He is also tested 
physically by the use of the Kraus- 
Weber tests for physical fitness. These 
are given twice each year. The physical 
education program includes corrective 
activities to up the performance of the 
Kraus-Weber tests. The children are 
tested in perceptual and motor activi- 
ties because there is a correlation be- 
tween playground learning situations 
and classroom learning situations. 
"The human organism," Mrs. Wallace 
says, "develops in a systematic pattern. 
When the pattern is interrupted for 
whatever reason, higher learning pro- 
cesses are effected. Therefore, the 
total school picture takes this into 
consideration and structures the play- 
ground freeplay as well as the physical 
education classes to retrain and to 
strengthen gross motor skills which 



will enable the student to be better 
prepared for the classroom." 

Mrs. Wallace says that in any school, 
there is always a group of slow readers. 
It is so with Brethren Elementary and 
Junior High School. To make it 
possible for this group to have an 
opportunity to enter the new Read- 
Span program, a summer school was 
instituted this past summer. Students 
were able to enroll as well as teachers 
from the public schools that they, too, 
might share in the program's unusual 
qualities. Two sessions were in oper- 
ation from June 20 to August 1 . 

Read-Span has been the subject of 
much controversy. It is being insti- 
tuted in the Beaumont Public Schools 
at the time of the writing of this 
article and has been in operation in 
the Palm Springs School System with 
excellent results. 

Mrs. Wallace invited me to attend 
her class which is a special reading 
group. Her students were poor readers 
and she was trying to break their pre- 
vious reading patterns to substitute 
these new ones. 

"Let's go!" Mrs. Wallace said with a 
snap of the fingers, and even the lag- 
gers got to work. Each child is en- 
couraged kindly and when each had 
read acceptably, books were placed 
under chairs, feet placed fiat on the 
floor, and each moved to the edge of 
his seat for drill work. 



Since this is only the second year 
of the Read-Span program in Brethren 
Elementary and Junior High, these 
children have not started out with it 
as the kindergartners are doing, for 
these are older children. Several have 
entered school only this year from 
other schools. Mrs. Wallace explained 
that a symbol is a picture. "BUT," 
she added quickly, "no peace symbols 
on notebooks or books!" 

"Sixteen letters of the alphabet have 
their own sounds," she explained. 
"Ten letters have more than one 
sound." She held up beautifully illus- 
trated cards showing the ten letters 
having two sounds— a, e, o, i, c, u, g, x, 
y,w. The jingles began. 

B says bh-bh-bh-bear, I have a coat 
made of hair. 

H says hh-hh-hh-horse, take me for 
a ride, of course! 

D says d-d-d-dinosaur, I am from 
the days of yore. 

Each letter has a picture of an 
animal. In writing the letter, the way 
the animal is placed in the letter tells 
how it sounds and how to write it. 
These self-helps seem to be no problem 
in the transition from learning them 
to reading regular words in the books 
that have no self-helps. During their 
reading period I heard such things as 
ape a, iguana i, and elephant e. They 
caused the pupil who was reading from 
a book to stop, sound the letter and 
arrive correctly back in what he was 
reading. Lagging was not tolerated. 

My last class of the day was a most 
unusual one— the special education 
class. I understand this, also, is unique 
in the field of the Christian Day 
School. Children, having some block 
to the normal learning patterns, are 
sent here during the morning only. 
Afternoons they return to their proper 
grade levels. 

Our sixth, seventh and eighth grades 
are manned by the vice principal, 
Richard Jensen, and his wife, Pam, 
fine Brethren teachers and products 
of our Grace Schools (Grace College 
and Grace Theological Seminary). All 
of the teachers at Brethren Elementary 
and Junior High are dedicated. They 
believe this is a vast mission field and 
God has placed them in it as His 
missionaries. This seems to be their 
primary purpose which is evident to 
even the casual observer. With this in 
mind I sought out some of the parents 
who do not attend our Brethren 
church. 



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These kindergartners really learn to read. 

Mrs. Rhodora Long of Banning, 
whose son, Rodger, attends our school, 
said: "I wanted a Christian education 
for my child that the pubhc schools 
do not offer. I wanted him to receive 
more personal attention and sound, 
academic knowledge which will benefit 
him when he attends college." 

Mrs. Fern Andrews, also of Banning, 
whose daughter, Alhson, attends our 
school, said: "I wanted a Christian 
education five days a week instead of 
just one day for my daughter, Allison. 
This school gives, more than anything 
else, academic motivation. She is not 
only told what to do but is permitted 
to think for herself, guided into right 
thinking by her teachers." 

How did all this come about? It 
was through the Spirit of God in oper- 
ation through Romans 8:28: "And we 
know that all things work together for 
good to them that love God, to them 
who are the called according to his 



purpose. 

During the ministry of Rev. Miles 
Taber, when the United States Su- 
preme Court ruled against prayer in 
the public schools, the Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church felt a responsibility 
toward the children of the community. 
The members decided to establish a 
Christian Day School. They appointed 
a school board and by fall a school 
was in operation. 

Praise the Lord for His Bountiful 
Goodness! 

(Editor's note: Since the writing of 
this article, Mrs. Georgia Wallace has 
resigned as administrator in order to 
devote more time to the primary 
grades and to music. She is now 
serving as director of music, primary 
curriculum, and special education. Mr. 
Richard Jensen, former vice principal 
and a graduate of our Grace Schools, 
fws been appointed by the school 
board to serve as administrator.) y 




Right The competent office staff includes Mrs Virden Taber and Mrs Lovella Gary 
Below The physical education instructor gives one of the Kraus Weber tests 




March 7, 1970 



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Men's Fellowship in "Buckeye State" Capital 



Laymen Effective 
with Boys! 

Thirteen-year-old Gary Palasay is in 
church today because of a layman. 
Charles Lehman to be exact. 

The layman was one of several men 
who took boys from the Lexington 
Boys Brigade to see the film by Billy 
Graham "The Restless Ones." 

After the showing, the laymen 
counseled with the boys they had 
transported. Through this effort and 
that of many others in the Lexington- 
Galion area, nine men led twenty-two 
boys to Christ. 

And, it's happening all over. A 
recent report comes from the Penn 
Valley Grace Brethren Church of Tel- 
ford, Pennsylvania, where four boys 
from ten to twelve years old and one 
boy sixteen years old accepted Christ 
as their personal Saviour. 

Two stated their father led them to 
Christ. One accepted Christ because of 
his Stockade leader. 

Does this excite you? 

Laymen are doing it in The Brethren 
Church. Witnessing laymen make 
growing churches. 

Is it happening where you are? 



Received Your 
NFBL Decal Yet? 




The men at the Columbus, Ohio, 
Grace Brethren Church organized a 
men's fellowship earlier this year, at a 
fellowship breakfast with NFBL Presi- 
dent Ed Jackson the master of cere- 
monies. 

New officers elected are shown in 
picture below: Russ Grill, vice presi- 
dent; John Embaugh, boys advisor; 
Doctor Dennison, presideYit; Dick 
Wells, secretary, and Bob Coldren, 
treasurer. 





MEET THE OFFICERS 




Walter Fretz, Vice President 

Walter R. Fretz, vice president 
of the National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Laymen, hails from 402 Norway 
Drive; Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a 



suburb of Philadelphia. A member 
of the Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church (Telford, Pa.), where he is 
treasurer and a member of the 
building committee. He is chair- 
man of the auditing committee of 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches, as well as being active on 
the district level. 

Walter is assistant vice president 
of the Union National Bank and 
Trust of Souderton, Pennsylvania. 
He is married, and has four children, 
three of whom are attending Grace 
College. 

He is program chairman of the 
1970 laymen's conference to be 
held in Long Beach, California, in 
August. 



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i 







A ten-year-old girl had become a 
victim of intense fear. The front door- 
knob of her home was her tormentor. 
Suppose she had not locked the door 
securely when she left for school? 
When she returned home late that 
afternoon she might be jumped by a 
thief who broke into the house while 
the family was gone. Daily such 
thoughts intimidated the child, deep- 
ening her anxieties and subtly changing 
her personality. 

About half way to school each day 
she'd turn and run back home to re- 
assure herself the door was secure. 
She never found it either unlocked or 
partially closed. Still her fears per- 
sisted. 

The girl shared these fears with 
nobody. Because her Dad was ill 
Mother had taken a job to support 
the family. She wouldn't worry Mother 
with more troubles. Besides, people 
would laugh. But the chains of fear 
froze her almost to the point of im- 
mobility. 

One day a miracle took place. On 
the verge of running back to the 
house to check the door she knew 
she'd locked, this daughter said to 
herself: "That door is locked. I'm 
not going back. If anybody gets into 



By AltheaS. Miller 



the house and jumps me when I get 
home— let him!" At last, the first link 
of that binding chain was broken! 

I know tills story is true. I was that 
girl. 

Like it or not, our world abounds 
with restraints which fall into two 
categories— voluntary and involuntary. 
The latter includes laws delineating 
how citizens must live within their 
society. At least in theory these re- 
straints are not arbitrarily imposed; 
they are for the benefit of all. As men 
fight against the restraints of ill health 
by the application of modern medicine, 
or restraints imposed by inferior edu- 
cation by "hitting the books" (ask 
your teenager what that means), so it 
should be the purpose of every Chris- 
tian woman to live creatively within 
the "restraints of her society." 

The restraints of fear, ill health, 
lack of opportunities can be devas- 
tating. How negate those fears, break 
the restraints that bind both spirit and 
body? By Creative Action! The kind 
that builds and acts upon voluntary re- 
straints. 

At this point you mutter: "That's 
easier said than done." I concur. But 
who ever promised you this life would 
be easy? What you really want to 
know is how you, a Christian woman 
can live creatively with the restraints 
of life imposed on you. Do restraints 
ever free one for full and profitable 
development? 

No matter how "free" you may be 
in spirit or body to pursue a course of 
action you've set for yourself, inevi- 
tably you'll clash head-on with those 
outside forces you have tried to ignore. 



How will you, should you grapple with 
them? Are restraints hurdles to be 
jumped? Or opportunities for growth 
to be embraced? 

The answer depends on your re- 
sponse to God's provision. Your re- 
straints are balanced within the frame- 
work of Christ's freedom proffered to 
all who love Him. "If the Son . . . 
shall make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed" (John 8:36). 

All restraints are not negative. Ac- 
tually, most are life-giving. Do you 
envy the devastation in the life of an 
alcoholic? She didn't bother to re- 
strain her desire for strong liquor. You 
don't want to be pitied as a gossip 
who has sunk to an all-time low in 
purveying false tales. She didn't re- 
spect the restraints of truth, and now 
stands friendless, bound in an iron- 
like web of lies. 

It is those self-imposed, voluntary 
restraints that reveal character and 
build strong spiritual backbone. What 
is the story of your life according to 
restraints? 

It seems to me that Christian charac- 
ter is developed within the framework 
of RESTRAINTS by adherence to at 
least four Biblical paradoxes. 

1. Surrender to win. Admit your 
need (be honest) and voluntarily hand 
over that stubborn will to Jesus Christ. 
When you feel as though you're failing 
in this, go back to the story of Jacob's 
victory in Genesis 32:24 and following, 
and be assured this can happen to you. 
Get with it! 

2. Give yourself away to others so 
you can keep that which is of greater 
price— a Christ-like Ufe. Remind your- 
self of what Jesus had to say on this 
subject in Matthew 16:25. 

3. Suffer to get well. Any alco- 
holic or dope addict will confirm the 
agonies of "drying out" or "with- 
drawal" once they come to the willing- 
ness of voluntary restraint. Horrible 
as the suffering must be, it cannot 
compare with the exhilaration of being 
made whole. There is sweet release 
and joy in restraint. 

4. Die, to live. The Bible tells 
Christians to count themselves dead 
to sin but alive to God through Christ 
(Rom. 6:11). Then when you hear 
God's voice, "This is the way, walk 
ye in it," the ecstacy of living CREA- 
TIVELY WITHIN RESTRAINTS will 
be your portion. Don't settle for less! 



March 7, 1970 



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It was a cold, snowy, December day 
and as I looked out my bedroom 
window I saw a huge, white moving 
van, loaded to capacity, rounding the 
corner from my friend's house. Tears 
began to run down my cheeks as the 
thought of the last four years of a 
happy friendship loomed before me. 
Let me go back a few years to the 
beginning of the story. 

My phone rang one hot August 
afternoon and the voice on the other 
end of the line wanted to know if I 
still had an opening for piano students. 
She and her son were interested in 
taking lessons. Even though she had 
no piano, but was going to purchase 
one, she was inquiring about lessons. 
Marianne was very eager to learn to 
play the piano and even though she 
had some music in college her knowl- 
edge was limited. Our weekly visits 
over a two-year period were very 
pleasant and turned into a time of long 
conversations with a piano lesson min- 
gled in between. 

Soon our friendship grew and we 
learned more and more about each 
other and our families. She is a rather 
tall, slim, dark haired girl, very out- 
going and eager to get into the thick 
of activity. Her different national 
background made her very interesting 
and her experiences many times hilari- 
ous. At that time she had four very 
active children and a nice looking 
husband who had a very responsible 
position for a prominent company. 

Her family kept her very busy, but 
she still had time to be a good neigh- 
bor as well as a friend. Her cooking 
was just out of this world. Many 
times after I had done her hair or cared 
for one of the children she would send 
over one of her culinary specialities 
which were mouth-watering. Our hus- 
bands were very much alike in many 
ways and we laughed many times at 
their dry sense of humor. She could 
almost predict at times what my hus- 
band would say or do at a certain 
situation and I could do the same for 
her. We both did a lot of sewing and 
shared many happy times talking about 
the suits, shirts, and skirts we had 
made. Marianne was more proficient 
at sewing than I, but proved to be a 
good teacher. 

Both my friend and her husband 
were brought up in a very strict re- 
ligious home, different from ours, but 
very religious. We tried many times 
to tell her of our Wonderful Lord and 



From the president's pen 



Called 
Frtoids 




By Mrs. Richard Placeway 
National WMC President 



Saviour, but she was trusting in the 
merits of her Church and was very 
uninterested. She was open to a point 
—then her mind would close to what 
we had to say. Our means of witness 
had to be a silent, consistent life that 
was dedicated to the call of God. 

Then a few months ago she in- 
formed us that they had been trans- 
ferred and would be moving right be- 
fore Christmas. Much of those four 
years flashed before me and I won- 
dered how many opportunities I had 
missed to tell her of my "Heavenly 
Friend." How much time was spent 
in just idle conversation instead of 
telling her the freedom from fear we 
can have when our hope and trust is 
placed in the Lord Jesus? I must ad- 
mit that I had to fall on my face be- 
fore the Lord and ask Him to forgive 
me and give me other opportunities 
to speak for Him. 

But in addition to a sense of failure, 
my relationship with this earthly friend 
has taught me much about my re- 
lationship with my "Heavenly Friend." 
One of the many relationships the 
Bible established between Christ and 
the believer is that of a friend. "Hence- 
forth I call you not servants; for the 
servant knoweth not what his lord 
doeth: but I have called you friends; 
for all things that I have heard of my 



Father I have made known unto you" 
(John 15:15). 

Some of the things known about 
our "Heavenly Friend" are first. He is 
fair to look upon. In The Song of 
Solomon 2:1 we read: "I am the rose 
of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." 
When we think of the beauty of the 
rose and gaze on the stately wonder 
of the lily we cannot help but say, 
"He's the fairest of ten thousand to 
my soul." 

Second, we find He never changes. 
Hebrews 1:8 says: "Jesus Christ the 
same yesterday, and to day, and for 
ever." From my own experience the 
Lord has never changed. In every 
hour of need He has always been there. 
Others in times past have testified of 
the changelessness of our Lord. David 
says in Psalm 37:25, "I have been 
young, and now am old; yet have I 
not seen the righteous forsaken, nor 
his seed begging bread." In the start 
of a New Year as well as a new decade 
what a comfort it is to know that the 
Lord changes not. 

Third, He is always dependable. 
"My grace is sufficient for thee . . ." 
II Corinthians 12:9. Every experience 
gives the Lord another opportunity to 
prove that His grace is adequate for all 
our needs. These experiences strength- 
en us because we must rely on Him. 

Even though our earthly friends 
come and go our Lord is a friend who 
will never leave— Hebrews 13:5 "... I 
will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." 
As much as we value and appreciate 
earthly friends how much more 
precious and valuable is our friend- 
Jesus. As Solomon wrote in Proverbs 
18:24: "A man that hath friends must 
shew himself friendly: and there is a 
friend that sticketh closer than a 
brother." 

May we as WMC ladies be steadily 
learning more about our "Heavenly 
Friend" that we might be able to 
share Him with others. As our theme 
suggests, "The Master is come, and 
calleth for thee," the Lord has given 
us a gracious invitation to come and 
learn of Him and also to GO and share 
Him with others. We have an illus- 
tration of this in our Lord choosing 
the twelve for we read in Mark 3:13-14, 
"And he goeth up into a mountain, 
and calleth unto him whom he would: 
and they came unto him. And he or- 
dained twelve, that they should be 
with him, and that he might send them 
forth to preach." ▼ 



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GettingToKnow 
YouiWMC Officei^ 




Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kelley and family. 

MRS. GERALD KELLEY 
WMC Recording Secretary 

Never say "I won't" unless it is 
a genuine conviction that God has 
given you. As a teenager I had 
promised myself (and declared to 
others) that I would not attend 



Grace College, I would not be in- 
terested in teaching school, and I 
most certainly would never marry 
a preacher. As you may guess, I 
graduated from Grace College, I 
taught school for three years and 
now do substitute teaching, and I'm 
married to the pastor of the New 
Troy Brethren Church. Above all, 
may I add that I am thankful for all 
of these as the Lord has brought 
them into my experience. 

I can see how wonderfully God 
led in preparing me for His service 
by giving me a Christian home. 
My parents are Rev. and Mrs. John 
Aeby at Waterloo, Iowa. They were 
responsible for making me a "P.K." 
(Preacher's Kid) and at one time I 
considered this to be a disaster. 
Nevertheless, God used it to prepare 
me through decisions for salvation, 
baptism, church membership, and 
eventually to complete surrender to 
His will. 

We have two little "P.K.s" in our 
home now. Jody Rae is five and 
Janelle Lynn is two. There are 
times when they wonder why Mom- 



my and Daddy are always busy at 
church and why we don't stay 
home to watch TV on Sunday night. 
As they get older there will be more 
complicated problems. But I trust 
they too will look back and thank 
God for the privilege of growing up 
in the parsonage. 

My other responsibilities include 
Sunday-school teaching, singing in 
the choir, participating in SMM and 
WMC activities. I have found WMC 
and SMM work to be interesting 
and rewarding for those who are 
willing to put something into it. 
Isn't all of life this way? The local 
group is the key, for it is based on 
individual participation. Yet, a 
small group can become discouraged 
and feel that they can't do much. 
So we need the fellowship, en- 
couragement, and new ideas from 
others in the district. The national 
officers have the richest blessing, 
for they see the combined efforts 
and the overall picture. Only eterni- 
ty will reveal the true values and 
rewards where there have been 
Women Manifesting Christ. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MAY 



AFRICA- 

Margaret Ann McDairmant May 11,1 965 

Mission Evangelique, Bossembele via Bangui, 
Central .African Republic 
Karen Sue Walker May 1 1 , 1955 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Daniel Keith Hocking May 21, 1958 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, 
Central African Republic 

Camille Sue Cone May 26, 1955 

B.P. 10, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

ARGENTINA- 

Rev. Robert J. Cover May 19 

Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
Argentina, S.A. 

Benjamin Paul Fay May 22, 1961 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
Argentina, S.A. 

BRAZIL- 

Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Nathan Allen Johnson May 14, 1959 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Mrs. Ernest H. Bearinger ....'. May 15 

Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Marilyn Joy Johnson May 17, 1957 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 



FRANCE- 

Mrs. David W. Shargel May 23 

36 avenue Weber, 1208 Geneva, Switzerland 

Mr. Daniel L. Hammers May 25 

50 rue des Galibouds, 73-Albertville, France 

MEXICO- 

Mrs. James P. Dowdy May 4 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 

Lorita Marguerita Guerena May 9, 1958 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D.F., Mexico 

IN THE UNITED STATES- 

Rev. Gordon L. Austin May 5 

915 Harding Street, Long Beach, California 90805 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



THIS MONTH . . . 

begins the Foreign Missions emphasls-$1,500 for 

completion of the chapel for the Bible Institute at 

Tijuana, Mexico— the remaining amount for Germany. 

Send before June 10. 



March 7, 1970 



21 



Two more in the series . 



l@IJji mi Ii@i 



AAfrica is just not for me!" de- 
cided the college senior. It was too far 
away, her parents were already up in 
years and what if something should 
happen to them; it would mean giving 
up the possibility of marriage and all 
the dreams of a nice home in America, 
and so on. Thus, Lois Miller had made 
up her mind, even though this was 
contrary to all that she had been 
aiming toward in her earlier years. 

Lois's arrival into this world had 
come on a snowy February morning 
years before this; the place was the 
operating room of Mercy Hospital in 
Altoona, Pennsylvania. She was the 
first child of a couple who had been 
married fifteen years. In their home, 
however, were two boys— one an or- 
phan whom they had taken to raise, 
and the other a nephew whose mother 
had died. Within the next three years 
the boys left this home, one going into 
the Army and the other to live with 
his father and stepmother. 

Mr. and Mrs. Miller had a question 
concerning the name of their child: 
should she be Mary Ehzabeth-or Lois 
Jean? Their decision was finally made: 
she would be Mary Lois. This has 
usually been shortened to Lois— except 
on the mission field where she serves 
now, for there she is called "Mary 
Lois" to distinguish her from another 
Lois Miller, who is Mrs. Don Miller. 
("The mission field"? We're getting 
ahead of the story!) 

Lois's parents were both Christians 
who were interested in serving the 
Lord day by day. When she was about 
two years of age, her parents were 
among those founding the Juniata 
Brethren Church-now known as the 
Grace Brethren Church of Altoona. 
The young Lois became a member of 
the Sunday school. 

One Sunday morning some years 
later, when visiting a Sunday-school 
class at Dr. Ralph Stoll's church in 
Altoona, Lois responded to the teach- 
er's invitation to accept Christ. Not 



long afterwards, when she was eleven, 
Lois was baptized and received into 
the membership of the Grace Brethren 
Church. During her teen years she 
taught the beginners Sunday-school 
class, sang in the choir, and attended 
faithfully the Sunday and Wednesday 
night services. She was involved also 
in SMM and other youth groups. 

At Kamp Keystone, the district 
youth camp, Lois dedicated her life to 
the Lord for full-time service as a 
missionary nurse to Africa, and she be- 
came a member of the Brethren Stu- 
dent Life Volunteers. So, she made 
her plans for the years ahead— to take 
nurse's training and college and semi- 
nary work. Through the counsel of 
Rev. Ralph Colburn, then the National 
Youth Director, Lois decided to train 
as a nurse at West Suburban Hospital 
in Oak Park, Ilhnois, completing her 
college requirements at Wheaton Col- 
lege. 

However, during her final year of 
college Lois incurred the doubts about 
missionary service in the far-off land 
of Africa. After a struggle with the 
Lord for several months, she finally 
conceded that she would go to Grace 
Seminary- but not to Africa. 

When seminary graduation had come 
and gone, Lois was completing her 
final packing before departure for 
Chicago, where she planned to take 




Lois 

Miller, 

Missionary 

to 

Africa 



post-graduate work. Just then she re- 
ceived a phone call from Rev. Warren 
Tamkin of Hagerstown, Maryland. He 
asked her to consider a position as 
church secretary and Christian edu- 
cation director for the Grace Brethren 
Church there. "This is great!" decided 
Lois; she could serve the Lord full 
time without going to Africa. And 
so she went to Hagerstown for six 
months, and she enjoyed the work— 
but it was not the Lord's place for her. 

Significantly, God sent Dr. Floyd 
Taber, missionary doctor from the 
Africa field, to minister in a missionary 
conference at the church. Lois talked 
with him, and her reasons for staying 
in the homeland melted away. She 
found herself yielding completely to 
the Lord for service in Africa. The 
next fall she entered the Frontier 
Nursing Service School of Midwifery 
at Hyden, Kentucky; one year later 
she left the U.S. for language study in 
France; she arrived in the Central 
African Republic on Sept. 4, 1960. 

After Sango-language study and 
medical orientation, Lois was first 
stationed at Yaloke, where she was in 
charge of the largest dispensary and 
maternity work on the field. It was 
there at Yaloke that the first school 
of midwifery was begun for the African 
girls in 1966. Since returning from her 
most recent furlough, in 1969, Lois 
has been stationed at the Medical 
Center, Boguila, where she is in charge 
of the maternity work and is involved 
in teaching the African male nurses. 
The third class of African midwives 
was begun there at the Medical Center 
the first of February this year, again 
under her direction. 

"The past ten years in Africa have 
been good years," says Lois. "It has 
been a special thrill to see mothers and 
fathers accept Christ as their own per- 
sonal Saviour after having been treated 
at the dispensary or the hospital. Pray 
for Africa and the work here!"— Afcrc/a 
Warden. T 



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. . . on the 1969-70 WMC "birthday missionaries'' 




©f Afric 




^^ne of my earliest recollec- 
tions," says Lois Ringler, "is of being 
carried on my brother's shoulders as 
we walked the long highway to the 
streetcar line on Sunday mornings in 
order to reach the church seven miles 
away. No day was too snowy or in- 
clement but what the Ringler pew 
was filled. 

"As I look back on how God chose 
me to become a missionary," she con- 
tinues, "I think how precious of Him 
to give me such a father and mother! 
They always led us (sometimes unwill- 
ingly on our part) in the right paths. 
From the background of my mother's 
loving care and training, as a child of 
seven I easily entered into the kingdom 
of God at a public Sunday-school 
meeting. And I learned to know God 
intimately when I was very young. 
Great portions of memorized Scripture, 
specially chosen books put at my dis- 
posal, all the activities of a healthy 
church-these brought me early to the 
decision that I would be 'all God's.' " 

The Ringler family was a large one, 
and Lois is the youngest child; five 
brothers and seven sisters had pre- 
ceded her arrival. 

"Little did I reahze that my home 
situation was so blessed, until I ar- 
rived at college," she says. "My 
mother had just passed away (she had 
multiple sclerosis for fourteen years), 
and I was fresh from 'her' school, hav- 
ing cared for her three years before 
her death. Some of the great principles 
of my hfe were formed in those years 
—I may not have been a nurse, but 
even in bed my mother was a good 
teacher. It was here I began to reahze 
what a wonderful and exceptional 
path the Lord was marking out for my 
life. Through her death I learned the 
triumph in sorrow known only to 



true believers." 

Now in her third term of missionary 
service in the Central African Republic, 
Lois thinks it is not strange, therefore, 
that she should be training women to 
be leaders of girls; for indeed she 
knows the value of training a child 
while he is still young. 

Born and reared in Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, Lois also went to Bible 
institute evening school there follow- 
ing her high school graduation. Then 
she went on to Bryan University, where 
she majored in French, and then to 
Grace Theological Seminary. At the 
age of thirteen, at»district youth camp 
(Kamp Keystone) Lois had yielded her 
life to the Lord for service in Africa. 
She is a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown. 

Miss Ringler left the United States 
in the spring of 1959 for France, and 
gained the "Superior Diploma" at the 
Alliance Francaise in Paris the next 
year, following which she proceeded 
to Africa. Her beginning missionary 
work was in the field of Bible institute 
teaching, and she taught pastors French 
to prepare them for the School of 
Theology (conducted in the French 
language). Also, she taught Bible 




iiirftr 



courses to women. But her heart was 
always in girls' work, and eventually 
she was assigned to this work. She 
has lived at several places on the field- 
seven years at Bata (Bible Center), one 
year at N'Zoro, and now at Boguila 
and Bozoum. Her African nickname 
is "Na ko bem," which means "mother 
of children," because she loves the 
children so much. 

Lois confesses that her main interest 
outside the Word of God is music. Her 
lovely voice has been heard in many 
missionary conferences and other meet- 
ings in the homeland, and she is very 
capable at the piano. 

At present Lois is spending much 
time traveling over every district of the 
Brethren Africa field, because she is 
the only missionary assigned to the 
Lumiere (girls) work. There is a defi- 
nite need for another who can devote 
herself to this work also, but on a 
field whose missionary staff is already 
overburdened, there is no one else 
available. (Pray that the Lord will call 
forth a new missionary to help in this 
needy endeavor!) 

Last year Lois traveled many miles 
around the field, holding two-week 
classes at various places. Girls' leaders 
walk in to a center where the classes 
are to be held, and afterwards they re- 
turn home to lead their troops of girls. 
The Lumieres (French for "lights") 
are sort of a combination of SMM and 
Pioneer girls, says Lois, specially adapt- 
ed to the African culture. 

"The Central African Repubhc of 
tomorrow," predicts Lois Ringler, "lies 
in the arms of its young women." And 
she is giving her best that many of 
these young women will be trained to 
assume capably the positions of Chris- 
tian wives, mothers, and leaders.— Mzr- 
cia Wardell ▼ 



March 7, 1970 



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M. R. DeHaan: The Man 
and His Mini 



James R. Adair (Grand Rapids: 
Zondervan, 1969), 160 pages, $4.00. 

This fascinating story is one you 
cannot afford to miss. Growing up an 
ail-American boy , Martin DeHaan chose 
to be a physician. He graduated vale- 
dictorian in a class of 1 1 1 and soon 
became a well-loved and respected 
country doctor. 

Through a serious illness his life was 
transformed. The Lord wanted to use 
this keen mind and ready tongue. 

You will enjoy the warm human in- 
cidents of DeHaan's family life and the 
personal testimonies to the effect his 
ministry had on multitudes. Well- 
written and interesting, the story is 
easy reading. It is a book you will 
want to share with others. -Alma M. 
Ahrendt, Spokane, Washington 

An Archeologist 
Looks at the Gospels 

James L. Kelso (Waco: Word Books, 
1969), 143 pages, $3.95. 

Writing for the layman, Kelso care- 
fully traces the life of Christ from His 
birth in Bethlehem to His ascension 
from the Mount of Olives. The basis 
of his narrative is the Gospel of Mat- 
thew, with attention given to related 
material from the other Gospels. Be- 
ing an archaeologist, Kelso incorporates 
data from recent discoveries in the 
Holy Land which have a direct bearing 
on the Gospel accounts. 

In our day of higher criticism it is 
good to find a book written by a 
genuine scholar and expert in his field 
who does not hesitate to affirm his 
faith in the deity of Jesus Christ, the 
only Saviour of mankind. Kelso fur- 
ther emphasizes the importance of 
world evangelism. Those who prefer 



a detailed account of archaeological 
data on the life and times of Christ 
will be disappointed in this book. 
But those who wish to see how history 
and archaeology have given new in- 
sight into the Gospel records will en- 
joy Kelso's interesting recitation.— £■£?- 
ward Mensinger, New Troy, Michigan 

The Fragmented, 
the Empty, the Love 

Patti Bard (Grand Rapids: Zonder- 
van, 1969), 154 pages, $3.50. 

With me the avoidance of "Christian 
fiction" is a long-time policy, but 
T!ie Fragmented, the Empty, the Love 
may change my habit. Instead of the 
old plot which seemed to insist that 
all good was inside the Christian and 
all evil was "out there," Patti Bard has 
written a novel about real problems in 
the lives of real people in a real world 
we all know. The novel concerns it- 
self with a neighborhood whose middle 
class families, through accident of 
history, become involved in one an- 
other's lives. Joanna and Matthew 
Johnston are the imperfect, stumbling 
witnesses for Christ in this problem- 
loaded block. Because the Johnstons 
are portrayed honestly, they are not 
the heroes of the story. Only the love 
of Christ stands worthy of admiration: 
the hero, God himself. 

The Fragmented, the Empty, the 
Love may be provocative for some 
evangelicals. For this reason, it is a 
good book for group reading (a wom- 



Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, In- 
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store, Box 2385, Fullerton, Cali- 
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en's or young people's group). The 
story is more than fiction. It is an 
honest assessment of today as we 
evangelicals live it. The questions it 
raises need to be talked about. Alone 
or with a group, it is well worth read- 
ing. -i?i/f/! Samarin, Toronto, Ontario 

Ten Muslims Meet Christ 

William M. Miller (Grand Rapids: 
Eerdmans, 1969), 147 pages, paper, 
$1.95. 

These ten Muslims remind one of 
the ten lepers in Jesus' day, with one 
great contrast. Only one leper re- 
turned to say "thank you." With this 
ten, each spent the rest of his life for 
Christ. 

All ten men lived during the nine- 
teenth and twentieth centuries, the last 
one having died only on January 3, 
1969. Their situations are contempo- 
rary. Some were in the king's court, 
some in rags; some were in positions 
of wealth and fame, some in poverty 
and prison; but all gave evidence of 
being "in Christ Jesus." 

They lived in Iran (Persia), and 
their stories illustrate the great hard- 
ship associated with witnessing and 
testifying for Christ in Muslim lands. 

This book should be especially in- 
teresting to Brethren people, in that 
our first foreign missionary effort was 
in Iran. Those early missionaries con- 
tinued for some six years, and were 
never heard from again. This book 
may help to answer the question, 
"Why?"-Z>. Russell D. Barnard, Win- 
ona Lake, Indiana 



March 21, 1970 



THREE GENERATIONS IN ORANGE 





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The Old Testament: Dry as Dust? . 

Orange Church Breaks Ground 

Absolutes of Success in a Home Mission 
Ministry 

Thoughts at a Grave 

Church News . 

Absolutes for the Seventies 

Don't Buy It, Girls! . 

Some More Questions . . . 

Grace News 

Crown of Rejoicing . 

Prayer that Moves the Hand of God 

Today's Pastor and His Problems 

Tribute to the Lancers 



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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 




March 21, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 6 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



COVER PHOTO: Three generations participate 
in the ground breaking for the Orange, Calif., 
church! L to R, Ronn, Brian and Dr. L. L. 
Grubb have a hand in turning the first shovel of 
dirt for the new building. 



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The Editor's Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



The Old Testament: Dry as Dust? 



I do most of my reading and study- 
ing of the Bible in the New Testament. 
I can't understand the Old Testament." 
You have heard it probably as many 
times as I. But how unfortunate that 
such an attitude is abroad! Some 
people might think that a more modern 
translation or paraphrase would solve 
the problem. While this may help, it 
will not solve the problem completely. 
The Old Testament is with us for a 
purpose and it is incumbent upon 
Christians to find some way to come 
into its blessings. 

Far too many people have given 
up on this portion of the Word of God. 
Actually, while we can't understand 
all of it, this section of the Bible is 
readable and interesting. It is so easy 
to sell the Bible off as impossible 
reading. I have just finished reading an 
article on ecology (the science of the 
relations between organisms and their 
environment) and that wasn't easy, 
even though it was in the latest version 
of modern English! Because of the 
increasing discussion of pollution, I 




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needed to read the article, I wanted to, 
and I did. And, after some study I got 
a fair grasp of it. But, I was fair to the 
article and persisted in my study. 
Why can't we do the same with the 
Old Testament? This is one step in 
understanding it. 

Also, we need to try to find some- 
thing in it of a practical nature for our 
individual spiritual benefit. And there 
is much there that we can find and 
use. Again, this portion of the Word 
of God has been labeled "ancient 
history— not for us today." The Bible 
says that "all scripture is given by 
inspiration of God, and is profitable 
. . . ." This includes the Old Testa- 
ment. No greater joy cap come to the 
child of God than to see the working 
of the grace of God in the Old Testa- 
ment in the lives of Abraham, Ruth, 
Jonah and others. And it is so impor- 
tant to realize that God's plan for His 
people in the New Testament has its 
roots and foundation in the Old Testa- 
ment. The God of the New Testament 
was real and active in the hves of the 
saints before the time of Christ. 

By the time this issue of the Herald 
reaches our readers, a new book by 
Dr. Bernard N. Schneider will be off 
the press. This book, eniitltA Deuter- 
onomy: A Favored Book of Jesus is 
thrilling and exciting. Why? It is 
written in a clear and forceful manner 
to give assistance to readers for a 
better understanding of this Old Testa- 
ment book. Dr. Schneider traces the 
hand of God as He works in and 
through His people, Israel. The ac- 
count does not stop with the past, 
but reaches forward to our time and 
even recounts God's predictions for 
the future. How exciting and how 
practical! The Bible is to be our text, 
but this and other practical true-to- 
the-Word books can be very helpful 
as study guides and commentaries. 



Dr. John Davis recently wrote such 
a book on Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. 
Many people have thrilled to this com- 
mentary and have spoken of great 
blessing received from it. Dr. Davis is 
now working on a book dealing with 
First and Second Samuel, and within 
two years plans to write one on Exo- 
dus. Dr. John Whitcomb is working 
on a book on First and Second Kings, 
and Professor John Stoll is producing 
one on Habakkuk. All of these can be 
used to assist us in getting into the 
Old Testament for information, but 
much more important, they can bring 
additional blessing to our souls, and 
a challenge to do more effective work 
for the Lord. 

So let us silence the critics who say 
that the Old Testament is dry as dust. 
Let us share the good news that this is 
God's Word for us today, just as it was 
for the eunuch on the desert road. 
You know we can begin at the same 
Scripture (the Old Testament) and 
preach Jesus to the people. Let's do 
it! ▼ 




March 21, 1970 




By Dr. L. L. Grubb 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Orange, Calif. 

ORANGE 
CHURCH 

BREAKS 
GROUND 



Above: Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary of The Brethren Home Missions Council, special speaker for the Orange Ground-Breaking 
Service, Dr. L. L. Grubb, pastor. Below: Dr. L. L. Grubb taking his turn with the shovel. 




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Orange Ground-Breaking crowd of nearly 100. 



I he ground-breaking service of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Orange, Cah- 
fornia, was a blessed event that took 
place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 
Of the more than ninety people pres- 
ent, a few were seated but most of 
them stood for the thirty-five minute 
special service and enjoyed every min- 
ute of it. There were many "Amens" 
and expressions of joy and anticipation. 
It seems that a ground-breaking service 
is almost as thrilling as a dedication 
service for a new church. When the 
dust begins to fly and the tractors and 
bulldozers move in the music of con- 
struction becomes very sweet— and ex- 
pensive. Ground breaking means the 
beginning of a process which will com- 
plete those much-needed church facili- 
ties. It is a milestone in the progress 
of any church. 

Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive secre- 
tary of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, presented a challenging mes- 
sage for the ground-breaking service 
that took place at 3 p.m. Other home- 
mission representatives present were 
Rev. Robert W. Thompson, western 
field secretary; Mr. Kenneth L. Rucker, 
financial secretary of the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation; and Mr. Chester 
McCall, member of the board of direc- 



tors. Rev. Ward Miller, pastor of the 
Community Brethren Church of Whit- 
tier, California, brought greetings for 
the Southern California-Arizona Dis- 
trict. A number of Brethren churches 
were represented by pastors and people 
with a cooperative Brethren spirit per- 
vading the entire service. 

The offering was history making 
also— $1,140. Building permits come 
very high these days. The goal for our 
ground-breaking offering was 
$1,247.50, the exact cost of the build- 
ing permit. The difference not received 
was promised by a layman. So, the 
ground-breaking congregation paid the 
building permit fee. We thank God 
for the generosity of the Lord's saints 
and their special interest in new Breth- 
ren churches. 

A httle over two and one-half years 
ago the Grace Brethren Church of 
Orange started with the pastor's family. 
The YAVCA facilities in Santa Ana were 
rented for seventy-five dollars per 
month with only faith in the Lord that 
the money would be provided. It was! 
No previous meetings of any kind were 
held preceding the beginning of a full 
schedule of Sunday services and 
Wednesday night meetings. The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council promised 



to help. We knew that God wanted 
another Brethren church in Orange 
County. There would be no other 
reason for starting a church. God was 
in it from the very beginning. Moving 
from the YWCA in Santa Ana to 
Waverley Church in a memorial park 
was a great advance in building facili- 
ties and also in projecting our ministry 
in the community where we wanted 
to locate permanently. 

A long series of miracles followed. 
Souls were saved. A few faithful saints 
from other churches came with us 
along the way. Today the church 
owns three and one-half acres of ex- 
tremely valuable property at one of 
the finest church locations in southern 
California. Plans are complete and ap- 
proved for new construction. The 
total construction organization is com- 
plete and ready to move. Two old 
buildings on the property are being 
demolished. Immediately heavy equip- 
ment will move on the job for grading 
and compaction of the building site. 

The anticipation of the people in 
the Orange church is intense and 
Christ centered. New Christians are 
enjoying not only the thrill of grow- 
ing in grace and in the knowledge 
of Christ but of also seeing a church 



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grow physically. As we see these 
people exuberant and happy we feel 
that it is sad that not all Christians 
have the opportunity of being a part 
of a new church development. The 
response financially in the Orange 
church has been outstanding and liber- 
al. Only on such a basis could a new 
church ever expect to do any building 
in a high-cost area such as Orange 
County. The men of the church have 
already given many hours and will 
continue this. Thank God for His 
dedicated children. 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil has made the Orange church pos- 
sible. This really means that Brethren 
people have made it possible by their 
gifts and prayers. The extreme need 
for such a national organization and 
the value of giving to Brethren Home 
Missions is pointed up in Orange as it is 
in all new Brethren churches. Every 
national organization in the National 
Fellowship has profited already from 
the Orange church. The people in 
Orange deeply appreciate The Brethren 
Home Missions Council and all of you 
who have given in order that our 
church may be born. T 

A Sunday-morning congregation at Orange. 




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Dr. and IVlrs. L. L. Grubb in front of the first meeting place of the Orange Grace Brethren 
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Minute-Men — Get The Message? 



Your postman has delivered a very important letter with detailed 
information on the need for some help at Coolville, Ohio. Did you 
get the message? If so, then just follow the directions but act today. 
The Grace Brethren Church at Coolville, Ohio, is just about two and 
one-half years old and the attendance now runs in the 80s, The 
pastor, Don Marken, has been on a part-time basis but needs to give 
more time to the ministry and you are just the one to help Mm do it. 
Let's make this decade of the 70s one of "all out" support starting 
with this first call! 



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ABSOLUTES OF SUCCESS IN A 
HOME MISSION AQIVITY 



I he building of the home-mission 
church is a very basic work in God's 
program of missions. This task be- 
comes more critical as our nation 
drifts farther away from God. This 
ministry becomes more vital as we near 
the coming of our blessed Saviour for 
His Bride, the Church. Therefore, 
success is a necessity, employing every 
scriptural ingredient to bring God's 
maximum blessing upon the effort. 

The successful home-mission pastor 
must be called of God. Isaiah 6; 8 
"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, 
saying. Whom shall I send, and who 
will go for us?" I Timothy 1:12 "And 
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who 
hath enabled me, for that he counted 
me faithful, putting me in the minis- 
try." Acts 13:2 ". . . Separate me 
Barnabas and Saul for the work where- 
unto I have called them." 

It is quite evident from the Scrip- 
ture that God the Father, God the Son, 
and God the Holy Spirit all are in- 
volved in the call to the ministry. The 
man of God must have a deep recog- 
nition that a holy, righteous, om- 
niscient God has issued the call for 
divine service. 

The man of God must recognize 
the astute nature of this caU. The 
ministry engages one in the greatest 
task on this earth. It involves the 
gifts of God, the Word of God, lost 
mankind, the conflict with Sat^n, the 
message of the person of Christ, and 
the manifestation of God in salvation 
(II Cor. 4: 1-7). 

As with the prophet Isaiah and the 
Apostle Paul a willing response to the 
call is needed. "Here am I; send me" 
(Isa. 6:8). "So, as much as in me is, I 
am ready to preach the gospel to you 
that are at Rome also" (Rom. 1:15). 

The successful home-mission pastor 
must have a concern for people. The 



By Lester E. Pifer 



man of God must be awakened to the 
basic needs of mankind. Such passages 
as, "The wicked shall be turned into 
hell, and all the nations that forget 
God" (Ps. 9:17) and ". . . the soul 
that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezek. 18:4) 
must grip the soul and entwine itself 
to every fiber of the minister's life. 
He must see the lost as they are and 
the penalty that must be paid for sin. 

The compassion of love (II Cor. 
5:14) must undergird his ministry. 
An unmitigated desire to reach the 
lost is a necessity, ". . . woe is unto 
me, if I preach not the gospel" (I Cor. 
9: 1 6)! An unswerving motive to serve 
as a shepherd to that flock which is 
committed to Ws care (II Cor. 1 1:28). 
Obediently, the congregation will fol- 
low this leadership. 

The successful home-mission pastor 
must have a conviction in his ministry. 
A major problem facing the modern 
clergyman is the lost sense of direction 
in his ministry. The unpopularity of 
the ministry, both in the liberal and 
conservative areas, is due in a major 
degree to the lack of dynamic purpose 
and dedication to the call of God. Men 
everywhere are clambering for abso- 
lutes. They want facts, proof, and real 
experiences. The minister who stands 
upon his conviction of the Word of 
God is the man who is going to meet 
the needs of this hour. 

Jesus said, "... I will build my 
church; and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). Paul 
said, "Being confident of this very 
thing, that he which hath begun a good 
work in you will perform it until the 
day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6). The 
man of God must be possessed with 
the concept that God will build His 
church through the Lord Jesus and His 
Spirit here on this earth. God has 
provided an adequate message to meet 
the spiritual needs. Neither His method 
of salvation nor His attitude toward 



sin has changed. The successful home- 
mission pastor must be convinced that 
such a Biblical, Christ-centered minis- 
try can build a Brethren church today. 

Tlie successful home-mission pastor 
must be a man with godly clmracter. 
Throughout the Old and New Testa- 
ments the prophet and the minister is 
always to be a man of the Word. His 
message and life radiate the truth of 
the Word of God. The fruit of the 
Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26), the attitude of 
prayer (I Thess. 5:17), and Christian 
integrity are the characteristics of his 
conduct. Dr. George Truet said, "Often 
we are correctly reminded that knowl- 
edge is power, but character is far 
more so. What a man is in himself, 
counts far more than what he says 
with his Ups or works with his hands. 
If a preacher be lacking in fundamental 
integrity, then, his life is a ghastly liv- 
ing lie." 

Tlie successful home-mission pastor 
will carry a ceaseless activity in soul- 
winning visitation. No thriving home- 
mission church can exist without lead- 
ership. The man of God must plan, 
promote, lead and direct a concen- 
trated effort to reach the lost, train 
the saved and buildup the saints in the 
Word of God. No pastor can be 
successful in his pulpit unless he has a 
congregation to whom he can preach. 
He must share in the responsibility to 
fill those pews. No man can walk into 
the pulpit with the kind of compassion 
and concern for the lost unless he has 
been out there in the field, heart-to- 
heart, man-to-man, dealing with the 
eternal issues of the lost. 

If he is alert to new methods and 
ideas, has the skill to direct his people 
into an active program, and will herald 
the Word effectively, there will be re- 
sults. The successful home-mission 
pastor, faithfully fulfilling God's will 
in his ministry will be a man in whom 
God's blessing dwells. T 



March 21, 1970 



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Thoughts at a Grave 



R. 



ecently I stood at the graveside 
service for Jean and heard the rabbi 
intone the rites. A disturbing question 
kept going through my mind, "Where 
is Jean now?" Jean, who had been a 
member ofourbhnd class and although 
she believed that our Lord Jesus was 
her Messiah and Saviour, would not 
believe that He was God, and because 
of this, it was impossible for us to 
think of her as a true believer. 

As I stood there, burdened with my 
doubts concerning Jean, there were 
some flashbacks to some incidents in 
her life and in that of another Jewish 
friend, a Mrs. S., who had been a mem- 
ber of our "sighted" class. There was 
something common in the experience 
of these Jewish women for both had 
now passed beyond this vale of deci- 
sion, and both had responded similarly 
to a message I had preached many 
months before. At that time I did 
something unusual in my method of 
ministry. I took Psalm 22 as my text 
for two messages. I told the group 
that I would not name the Person or 
the instrument of death in the Psalm 
in my first presentation, trusting the 
Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to these 
Jewish hearts. I told them that the 
following week I would reveal the 
Person and the instrument of death. 

After my first message (our Lord 
was not mentioned and the word 
"cross" slipped out but once, which 
I believe went unnoticed), my eyes 
met Jean's. As I approached her she 
smiled and said, "You could have 
named His name. His name is Jesus." 
Flesh and blood had not revealed that 
truth to her, believe me. The Holy 
Spirit was working with this heart. 



By John S. Neely 



Three days later, Sally and I went 
to the hospital to visit the other Jewish 
friend, Mrs. S., a terminal cancer 
patient. This day she was sitting in 
the lobby, and hailed us by name. 
Instead of her room, the lobby was to 
become the place for my pulpit. Other 
patients and their friends were sitting 
around, with still others passing by 
continuously. After our greetings, I 
turned to Mrs. S. and calling her by her 
first name, remarked, "S., I wish you 
could have been at the meeting last 
night. I preached an unusual message 
in which I never mentioned the name 
of the Person involved or the instru- 
ment of death." This was my approach 
to get an opening wedge to preach 
Christ. The opening came when S. 
asked, almost pleadingly, "John, can 
you give me what you spoke about?" 
Would I! There in that distinctly 
Jewish hospital, to a predominantly 
Jewish congregation, I presented Psalm 
22 for about ten minutes without 
mentioning Christ or the cross. It 
seemed to get awfully quiet as people, 
I believe, stopped their talking to 
listen. We missionaries to the Jews 
have some unusual pulpits from which 
to preach! 

Mrs. S. listened intently until I had 
finished. It was then she made my 
heart jump when she observed, "You 
were speaking of Jesus, and the cross." 
"Jesus and the cross, S.," I queried, 
"in the Jewish Old Testament?" I can 
never forget the look which she gave 
me. The impact had been made again, 
not by flesh and blood, but by the 
Holy Spirit. And Mrs. S. still wonder- 
ing, asked if she could have the Book 
of Psalms to read. Believe me, she 
could, and we saw that she did! 

These incidents flashed through my 



mind that day as dear Jean's earthly 
remains were being committed, "Ashes 
to ashes, and dust to dust." And I 
remembered that just a week before, 
I had stood at Jean's bedside, at which 
time I was able to slip in a brief witness 
for our Lord. I knew that a niece was 
waiting in the hall outside, and that I 
had about tliirty seconds to give her a 
message. It was then I turned to Jean 
and said, "Jean, you believe in Jesus 
as Messiah and Saviour; you should 
believe in Him as God, too." She 
looked up and answered, "I ought to 
believe that." These words had just 
passed her lips when the niece came 
in, and my conversation was termi- 
nated with her arrival. I read Psalm 
23 and prayed. The good-by I gave 
Jean was the last I gave her on this 
earth, for after several days in a coma, 
she passed on into eternity. 

The other Jewish friend, Mrs. S., 
had died some months before, and 
even as I write this, I wish I could say 
that they were in the presence of our 
Lord, but I cannot. Recognizing our 
Lord in Psalm 22, as these dear ladies 
did, is not the same as receiving the 
truth to the saving of their souls. But 
while I can get no peace concerning 
their destination after death, I do have 
this confidence, and that is, your mis- 
sionaries in the Fairfax District have 
discharged part of our debt to these 
Jewish friends. However, I wonder, if 
the work in reaching the Jew for whom 
Christ died should be carried on by a 
few of us so-called "professional" (?) 
missionaries, or is it the work of the 
whole church as individual believers 
to reach out in love with the Gospel of 
our Lord Jesus to our Jewish friends. 

It's something to think and pray 
about, isn't it? T 



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WATERLOO, IOWA. "Home 
movies" taken by Rev. Arnold Krieg- 
baum at the Grace Brethren Church 
and the Iowa youth camp about 20 
years ago were highhghts of the 30th 
Anniversary Fellowship Dinner held in 
the church Feb. 22. Mr. Kriegbaum 
was also the speaker for the anniversary 
Bible conference, speaking on the seven 
churches of Revelation, chapters 2 and 
3. John M. Aeby, pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Alva Stef- 
fler, professor of art at Grace College, 
has accepted the position as head of 
the department of art at Wheaton 
College, Wheaton, 111. He will assume 
his duties in September, 1970. 

DUNCANSVILLE, PA. There were 
three decisions to receive Christ and 
several rededications of life at a recent 
Prophetic Bible Conference with Rev. 
Nathan Meyer in the Leamersville Grace 
Brethren Church. An average attend- 
ance of 157 for the eight days heard 
inspiring messages and viewed slides of 
the Holy Land, Moscow and East 
Berlin. An object lesson from his 
"camel bag" was given by Mr. Meyer 
for the boys and girls. John E. Greg- 
ory, pastor. 

NOTICE. Several Brethren mission- 
ary families are now in the U.S. for 
furlough, and their addresses, listed 
on page 35 of the Annual, should be 
changed as follows: Rev. and Mrs. 
Gordon Austin, 915 Harding St., Long 
Beach, Calif. 90805. Rev. and Mrs. 
Solon Hoyt, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 
46580. Rev. and Mrs. George Wallace, 
5 Imperial Trailer Court, R. R. 1, 
Coatesville, Pa. 19320. Miss Evelyn 
Tschetter (listed under "Europe") 
should now be addressed at B. P. 10, 
Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African 
Republic. Miss Mary Emmert, retired 
missionary, is in a nursing home: 
Riverview Manor, Room 306, 701 
Riverview Dr., Des Moines, Iowa 
50316. Please change your /l«nwa/. 



JOHNSTOWN, PA. Rev. James H. 
Walker, area representative of Bible 
Literature International, was the guest 
speaker at the First Brethren Church 
Feb. 22. The BLI distributes literature 
to more than 210 mission boards in 
over 100 countries. Wesley Haller, 
pastor. 




Rev. and Mrs. Raymond H. Kettell 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. A money, 
food and gift shower completely sur- 
prised Rev. and Mrs. Raymond H. 
Kettell of the Grace Brethren Church. 
The event was sponsored jointly by 
the WMC and Laymen's Fellowship. 
Mr. Kettell began his ministry at the 
church Dec. 1, 1969, as Minister of 
Visitation. In addition to visitation 
and preaching in the absence of Pastor 
Robert CoUitt, Mr. Kettell regularly 
teaches an adult Sunday-school class 
of 200 and teaches a Bible class on the 
radio each Wednesday afternoon. Rob- 
ert B. Collitt, pastor. 



CHANGES. Rev. Kenneth I. Cos- 
grove has moved to 695 Wooster Rd., 
North, Barberton, Ohio 44203, phone 
216-745-6388. The new home address 
for Rev. Arthur N. Malles is 1 133 Nis- 
sley Rd., Lancaster, Pa. 17601, phone 
717-898-2554. On page 74 of your 
Annual, the Greenwood Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Modesto, Calif., is listed 
as temporarily meeting in the Sylvan 
Clubhouse. This is incorrect and 
should be deleted. The city has 
changed the address of the Orange, 
Calif., Grace Brethren Church from 
2219 E. Fairhaven to 2201 E. Fair- 
haven. The mailing address for Rev. 
Clyde K. Landrum should be changed 
to 1 108 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Due to an error. Rev. 
George Gripe's name was omitted as a 
Brethren minister. He is ordained, and 
a member of the LaLoma Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Modesto, Calif. Please list 
him on page 95 of your current 
Brethren Annual. The street address 
of Rev. Charles G. Thornton should be 
changed to 8400 Good Luck Rd., Lan- 
ham, Md. 20801. Please change your 
Annual. 

YAKIMA, WASH. At the North- 
west District conference, held at the 
Grace Brethren Church Feb. 18-20, 
the Grace Brethren Church of Kenai, 
Alaska, was accepted into the district. 
Pastor Herman Hein from the Kenai 
church was able to be present for the 
conference, and stated that the new 
Brethren church in Alaska has a current 
membership of 14, and that the average 
attendance in Sunday school for the 
month of February was 21.5. The 
John Snyder famUy arrived in Alaska 
and are now worshiping at Kenai. Rev. 
George Christie was elected district 
moderator for the coming year, and 
Rev. Don Earner vice moderator. The 
1971 conference will be held at Sunny- 
side, Wash. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


Elyria, Ohio 


Mar. 22-29 


Richard Placeway 


Joe Shultz 


Waynesboro, Pa. 


Mar. 26-29 


Wendell Kent 


JohnC.Whitcomb 


Defiance, Ohio 


Apr. 1-8 


Maynard Tittle 


Allen Herr 


Vandalia, Ohio 


Apr. 4-5 


Everett Caes 


JohnC.Whitcomb 


Philadelphia, Pa. 








(First) 


Apr. 12-19 


Vernon Harris 


Dean Fetterhoff 


Long Beach, Calif. 








(First) 


Apr. 12-19 


David Hocking 


Nathan Meyer 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



TENTATIVE DETAILED SCHEDULE 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE-AUGUST 7-14 

Long Beach, California 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 

Day of Prayer— sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
6:30 p.m.— Hospitality hour: refreshments: introduction 
of missionary and conference personnel 
7:45 - 9:00 p.m.— Christian Education Convention 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONVENTION 
7:30 a.m.— Superintendents and pastors— breakfast 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 

Morning services in local churches 

7:00 p.m.— First service of conference; rally at Long 

Beach Sports Arena with Richard DeHaan 

as the keynote speaker 

MONDAY, AUGUST 10 

7:00 a.m.— Home missions breakfast 
8:00 a.m.— Conference business session 
9:30 a.m.— Home missions corporation meeting 
10:00 a.m.— Moderator's address, Wesley Haller 

"Absolutes in a Changing World" 
10:45 a.m.— Simultaneous sessions 
7:00p.m.— Home missions challenge hour 
7:45 p.m.— Vice moderator's address, John Whitcomb 
"Absolutes and Scientific Change" 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 

7:00 a.m.— Foreign missions breakfast 



8:00 a.m.— Conference business session 
9:30 a.m.— Foreign missions corporation meeting 
10:00 a.m.-Bible hour. Ward Miller 

"Absolutes and the Local Church" 
10:45 a.m.— Simultaneous sessions 
7:00 p.m.— Foreign missions challenge hour 
7:45 p.m.— Inspirational hour, Curtis Mitchell 
"Absolutes and Campus Unrest" 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 

NO DAYTIME MEETINGS 

7:00 pjn.— Herald & Bd. of Evangelism challenge 
7:45 p. m.— Inspirational hour, Edwin Cashman 
"Absolutes and the Social Gospel" 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 

7:00 a.m. -Grace Schools breakfast 
8:00 a.m.- Conference business session 
9:30 a.m.— Grace corporation meeting 
10:00 a.m.-Bible hour, Charles Ashman 

"Absolutes and the Holy Spirit" 
10:45 a.m.— Simultaneous sessions 
7:00 p.m.— Grace Schools challenge hour 
7:45 p.m.— Inspirational hour, Knute Larson 

"Absolutes and the Generation Gap" 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 

7:00 a.m.— Youth sponsors breakfast 
8:00 a.m.— Conference business session 
9:30 a.m.— Herald Co. corporation meeting 

10:00 a.m.-Bible hour, Nathan Meyer 

"Absolutes and the Second Coming" 

10:45 a.m.— Simultaneous sessions 
7 :00p.m. -Youth night 



ALTOONA, PA. A list of goals for 
1970 was presented and an evaluation 
of the 1969 goals was made at the 
regular January business meeting at 
the First Brethren Church. It was also 
decided to raise the pastor's and jani- 
tor's salaries. Robert Russell, pastor. 

VANDALIA, OHIO. There were 
36 new members added to the Vandalia 
Grace Brethren Church during 1969, 
and of this number, 29 came by 
baptism. There were 24 decisions to 
receive Christ. The church now spon- 
sors two youth groups and a semi- 
annual Christian education course. Pas- 
tor Everett N. Caes has received the 
call for another year of service. 



J„ w. 



emorium 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 



DOWDY, Ned Edward, 60, passed 
away Jan. 29 in a Roanoke, Va., 
hospital. The memorial service was 
conducted by Rev. Ron Thompson, 
pastor of the Patterson Memorial Breth- 
ren Church, HoUins, Va. Mr. Dowdy 
was the brother of Rev. J. Paul Dowdy, 
associate professor at Grace College. 

FLICK, Sarah Elmira, 75, went to 
be with the Lord Jan. 23 after a long 
illness. She was a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa., for 
63 years and served as a deaconess 
since 1925. Robert Russell, pastor. 

HALPIN, Meredith, a former pastor 
of Brethren churches, passed into the 
Lord's presence Feb. 3. Rev. John 
Neely officiated at the funeral service, 
with Rev. Ron Graff assisting. 

MILLINGTON, Chester, a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Mans- 
field, Ohio, went to be with the Lord 
Feb. 6. Richard E. Grant, pastor. 



A six month's free subscription to the 
BTQthren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Patty Rife and Mike Farmer, Nov. 
28, First Brethren Church, Akron, 
Ohio. 

Karen Ankeny and Kenneth Mason, 
Dec. 6, First Brethren Church, Akron, 
Ohio. 

Rita Elam and Bill Taulbee, Dec. 
27, Grace Brethren Church, Trotwood, 
Ohio. 

Barbara Kinser and Wilham Dobson, 
Jan. 24, First Brethren Church, Al- 
toona, Pa. 

Deborah Shackelford and Charles 
Hartman, Jan. 31, First Brethren 
Church, Grafton, W.Va. 



March 21, 1970 



13 



Absolutes for the Seventies 



By Rev. Wesley Haller, moderator 



National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 



M 



I any rejoice to see the sixties 
behind us, with their shocking assassin- 
ations . . . Vietnam . . . riots . . . man's 
orbiting the earth culminating in his 
awesome walks on the moon. Now we 
stand at the dawn of the 70s. This 
brings new hope to the spirit of man. 
Somehow peace will come in Viet- 
nam; ghettos will disappear; hungry 
children will be fed. 

But these are impossible dreams 
unless we work for them upon the 
basis of the absolutes of God's Word. 
This August, we Brethren will assemble 
in Long Beach, California, to reevaluate 
these absolutes and how we as a church 
can effectively communicate them in 
the 70s. I would urge your plans for 
the summer to include a spiritual 
vacation at national conference. 

The wish to get away from it all 
resides in the heart of all of us at 
times. This is why vacations are 
essential. The bulging suitcase, the 
packed auto, the long hnes in air 
terminals waiting for the "holiday 
flights" are all indications of man's 
desire for change, rest, and recreation. 
The Bible reveals how at times our 
Lord led the disciples apart for a time 
of relaxation with Him. He took 
Peter, James, and John to a mountain- 
top where He was transfigured before 
their eyes. This helped the disciples 
to see beyond the turmoil of their 
present lives to things eternal. They 
were privileged for a moment to see 
the eternal Son of God in glory. But 
they had to come down from that 
mountain to the ordinary duties of 
daily life with all its problems. We 



would agree they could face these 
more easily because of the mountain- 
top experience. Christ had been with 
them in a special way and their faith 
was strengthened and their vision en- 
larged. 

If vacations are to serve the Chris- 
tian aright they must be times when 
we draw nearer to our Lord. Renewed 
in soul as well as in mind and body, we 
can return to daily duties better 
equipped to serve where Christ has put 
us. Unfortunately very often this is 
not the case. Some try to spend a 
vacation as a time of escape from 
everything usually done at home. Most 
vacations find the nominal Christian 
giving little time to worship, to prayer, 
or to quiet thought about the Lord's 
will for the future. As a result a re- 
turn from a holiday is tinged with 
regret and even resentment. The same 
dull routine has to be faced until the 
next period of escape. This routine 
is not seen as an opportunity to serve 
our Lord more faithfully but as a 
monotonous grind to be endured until 
the next vacation period. 

People like this are escapists all the 
year round. Yet every Christian is 
called to serve the Lord. Vacations are 
not "off-duty" times as far as Christian 
hving and witnessing go. Christians 
must never become escapists, for this 
only leads to frustration or failure in 
the will of God. And many Christians 
of our day seem to be doing so by 
dodging the clear call of God to be a 
witness in these days of crisis. 

We cannot escape to a desert island 
or an ivory tower. We have to serve 



the Lord in this present evil world. 
Many will remember when Jonah heard 
the call of the Lord that he packed 
his suitcase, not for Nineveh, but for 
Tarshish in the opposite direction. 
This was not a planned vacation but a 
deliberate act of rebellion and a refusal 
to accept God's will. Jonah did not 
want to know about the wickedness 
of that great city of Nineveh. Still less 
did he want to do anything about it. 
Fortunately the Lord pursued him into 
the hold of the ship, facing him with 
the issue-and Jonah returned. 

It is evident that the wickedness of 
our country today differs little from 
that of Nineveh. Christians today are 
called by the same God who called 
Jonah to witness faithfully for Christ 
by word and example. Perhaps on a 
vacation we can think-out how to best 
do this. 

I am praying, as I urge you to pray, 
that next August 7-14 will be a time 
when we will reevaluate our work as a 
Brethren church. The rottenness of 
so much in life today spells ruin for 
our nation. Revival among God's 
people is an urgent need. Let's pray 
that our "vacation" in California may 
be a time when our hearts will be laid 
bare before the Lord that He might 
show us how to make known the 
absolutes of our faith to the seventies. 
This is no time for Christians to be 
escapists nor lethargic nor lazy. Our 
call from the Lord is to effect a change 
in the national life of America. God 
grant that we may see you at Long 
Beach this summer as we plan in that 
direction. T 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Don't Buy It, Girls! 



L^on't buy the idea that you are 
no more than an animal. True, you 
have a physical body, and the 
mechanics are the same as those of 
other creatures. But you are a good 
deal more than the most intelligent 
animal. There is a driver at the wheel 
of your machine, and the driver is 
given control. They run wild, and do 
anything they like, anywhere they like. 
But the person in control of your 
machine is made in the image of God. 
And quite a lot is expected of that 
person: chastity, integrity, honor, and 
decency. However, she is capable of 
all these things, too. Don't let anyone 
sell you the belief that you are not 
capable of them. You are— but with 
the help of God, the grace which is 
given through Jesus Christ. 

Don't buy the idea that you are 
cheap. You are not. Christ died for 
you; God loves you. In His sight you 
are worth dying for, and that makes 
you an extremely valuable person. 
More than that, you have capacities 
and possibilities of which you have 
never dreamed. Developing them won't 
be easy. It never is. St. Paul once 
said, "I can do all things through 
Christ which strengtheneth me." That 





is the secret for you and for all of us. 
The Bible says it is even possible for 
you to become a saint— the real kind 

And don't let anyone persuade you 
it's necessary to sell your favors at a 
cheap price. Some boys will try to 
persuade you that you will never have 
any dates or fun unless you pay for it 
with sex. To put it plainly, they want 
all they can get from you at the 
cheapest price. Don't let them make 
you that cheap. And when a young 
man demands that you prove your 
love by behind-the-bushes sex, tell him 
he's the one that's cheap. He's trying 
to cheat you! 

Real love doesn't ask anything of 
the kind. Nor will any decent feUow. 
Any girl who doesn't want to become 
a "used by anyone" creature simply 
has to hold out for the standard price: 
the honest price that any fellow ought 
to pay. That is, of course, a decent 
marriage, a home, and children. Any- 
thing else is far too cheap. 

Don't buy it, girls. You're not 
cheap. Don't let anyone make you 
cheap. 

-James S. Randle 

Reprinted by permission from The Free 
Methodist. T 



March 21, 1970 



15 



Some More Questions About the 70s 



rbr the sake of marking move- 
ment in the course of history, thinking 
men have been in the habit of labeling 
the various periods. The decade of the 
twenties has been referred to as the 
"Roaring Twenties," the thirties as the 
"Decade of Depression," the forties as 
"War and Postwar Years," the fifties 
as one of "Tranquility and Peace," 
the sixties as a "Decade of Tumult and 
Change." Is it possible that men will 
label the decade of the seventies as 
the "Sizzling Seventies"? 

These labels are not intended to 
suggest that a decade is marked by a 
movement that begins with the open- 
ing year and closes with the final year 
of that decade. As one writer put the 
matter, "Men and events are not so 
tidy with time." History is dynamic 
and gradually merges one pattern into 
another. The sixties covered a period 
of time in which there were tremen- 
dous forces and changes at work. It is 
possible to distinguish two fairly dif- 
ferent segments during that period of 
years. The first half was marked by 
optimism and energy in the shift from 
the relative calm of the fifties. But the 
last half was characterized by a grow- 
ing swell of demands for extreme and 
immediate change. Suddenly society 
seemed to explode over race, youth, 
violence, inflation and war. 

Is it not altogether possible that 
this growing tumult and tempest in 
society will carry over into the seven- 
ties and produce a situation that could 
be described at the end of the decade 
as the "Sizzling Seventies"? 

It is impossible to contemplate the 
significance of the seventies without 
reviewing carefully the movement of 
the sixties. Though the decade began 
with something of an appeal to ideal- 




ism at the inauguration of a new presi- 
dent, suddenly it burst open into 
assassinations of distinguished citizens. 
Then came the audacious outbreaks of 
indiscretion and violence on college 
campuses. The ruthless and wanton 
riot in Watts spread across the nation 
to city after city, resulting in the 
destruction of millions of dollars worth 
of property and useless loss of life. 
Black militants and power groups were 
joined by whites in flagrant demands 
upon various segments of society, and 
especially the government. This grew 
into open revolt against law and order 
approaching anarchy. The stage, 
screen, the arts and literature threw 
off the restraints of censorship and 
glutted the atmosphere with a miasma 
of moral filth. Sensualism in society 
in general, but especially among the 
young in their determination to ex- 
plore the use of drugs, reached the 
point of excess, and along with this 
came the nauseating transformation in 
styles of dress and personal grooming 
that has reached proportions that are 
nostalgic, preposterous, maddening, 
amusing. 

All this seemed to be directed at 
last to a challenge of the present order, 
a settled determination to wreck the 
"establishment." Yet, on the back- 
ground of all this, the greatest tech- 
nological achievement in the history 
of mankind was accomplished, a man 
was hurtled to the moon and safely 
back to the earth. In the field of 
surgery there came the amazing feats 
of transplanting human hearts and the 
exploration of other areas to reUeve 
human suffering. 

Are we to imagine that the changes 
in progress and the trends now clearly 
dominating the scene will not continue 
on into the seventies? By no means 
will these trends come to an end. 
They have produced a whole new 
philosophy in the thinking of society, 
and this thinking will inevitably have 
its issue first in the seventies and then 
later more fully. 

In a prominent periodical, Look 
magazine for January 13, 1970, the 
whole issue is given over to a prognosti- 
cation of the seventies and what is 
needed. Here are some of the things 



that the writers insist are needed for 
the decade of the seventies: (1) a com- 
plete reorganization of communication 
in the symbols of speech, sign, and 
language; (2) a new system of school- 
ing; (3) a new sexuality; (4) a woman 
president by 1976; (5) a black presi- 
dent by 1980; (6) a vision of the 
human revolution; (7) a new class of 
politicians; (8) a new breed of business- 
men; (9) a new sense of national pur- 
pose. 

If these things are in the mind of 
the writers for this magazine, is it too 
much to expect that these very ideas 
are fulminating in the minds of people 
all across the nation, and that these 
deliberations are a basis for the de- 
velopments that will eventually appear? 
Consider what some of these could 
mean. 

Let us take the one on schooling. 
This is the gist of the proposal: teachers 
must have the professional freedom 
to work with their students as they 
think best; children and their parents 
should not have to submit to school 
experiences that seem degrading, pain- 
ful or harmful; abolish compulsory 
attendance laws; abolish all certifica- 
tion requirements for teachers; teachers 
should run the schools, not specialists 
in school administration; abolish all 
compulsory testing and grading; abolish 
required use of so-called intelligence 
tests and other psychological prying; 
abolish all entrance exams or selective 
admissions requirements; abolish all 
requirements for schools. 

Consider the proposals for a new 
sexuality. Ill transcribe a few para- 
graphs. "We might start making sex 
safe and joyful simply by renouncing 
all censorship. This means just what it 
says: Sexual intercourse and birth 
could be shown on network television 
and in family magazines." 

"We need a new sexuality; we need 
also a new sensuality. A society that 
considers most good feelings immoral 
and bad feelings moral perpetuates 
the ultimate human heresy: an insult, 
if you will, to God and His works." 

"We need a world where people can 
trust their good feelings, where mem- 
bers of the same sex can touch and 
(Continued on page 21) 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 




Morrison Named 
Outstanding 
Young Educator 

The Warsaw, Indiana, Jaycees named 
James Morrison, a Grace College gradu- 
ate and schoolteacher, the outstanding 
young educator of the year at their 
annual Distinguished Service Awards 
banquet. He received a distinguished 
service award plaque in recognition of 
the honor. 

Morrison received the Bachelor of 
Arts degree from Grace College in 
1958, with a major in music and a 
minor in speech. He also did some 
work in Grace Seminary. His Master 
of Arts degree was granted by Ball 
State University in the field of adminis- 
tration and supervision. 

He is organist for the Leesburg 
(Ind.) Brethren Church where he is also 
a Sunday-school teacher. He was 
formerly a member of the Meyersdale 
(Pa.) Grace Brethren Church, and a 
graduate of the Meyersdale High 
School. 

Morrison has served as vice president 
of the Warsaw Wayne Township Re- 
publican Club, is a member of the 
Warsaw Community Education Associ- 
ation and has served on the Council of 
local Cub Scouts. He is the designer of 
a special certificate awarded annually to 
outstanding members of the McKinley 
school safety patrol of which he is the 
supervisor. For the past eight years 
he has been a fourth grade teacher at 
McKinley school. T 




GRACE SEMINARY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS installed for the two-year term, 
1970-71, at the 1970 Grace Bible Conference are (I to r)— Gerald L. Kelley, vice president. 
New Troy, Michigan; P. Fredrick Fogle, president; Thomas E. Hammers, secretary; Charles 
H. Ashman, ex officio member of the executive committee; and John H. Stoll, financial 
secretary— all of Winona Lake, Indiana. 



Plaque Donated 

Bronze plaque, gift of 
an anonymous donor, 
mounted on stairs to 
the seminary level in the 
new library. 




Grace Goes on the Air 



"Reflections from Grace," a new 
thirty-minute, weekly, radio public 
service program made its debut Sun- 
day, February 15, at 4:15 p.m. over 
Warsaw, Indiana, Radio Station WRSW 
AM-FM. 

Portions of a recent performance of 
the eighty-five piece Grace College 
Community Concert Band, under the 
direction of Jerry Franks, were fea- 
tured on the initial broadcast. A ren- 
dering of Griegs piano concerto in A- 
minorby Maxine Peugh, a senior music 
major at Grace from the Harrah Breth- 
ren Church, Harrah, Washington, high- 
lighted the program. 

Future broadcasts will include the 
brass choir, concert choir, and excerpts 
from student and faculty recitals. In- 
terviews with outstanding college guest 
personalities, discussion groups made 
up of students and faculty concen- 
trating on contemporary topics, and 
departmental presentations of projects 
of interest to the public are also 
planned. 



Members of the radio committee 
include: Donald Ogden, chairman of 
the committee as well as chairman of 
the Division of Fine Arts and professor 
of music; Dr. E. William Male, aca- 
demic dean; Richard Messner, director 
of development; Donald Garlock, assis- 
tant professor of English and speech; 
Dr. Gilbert Weaver, associate professor 
of philosophy and Bible; Dr. John 
Davis, associate professor of Old Testa- 
ment and archaeology; and Glenn 
Nichols, junior speech major. 

Richard Border, a Grace College 
sophomore from the Grace Brethren 
Church, Everett, Pennsylvania, is the 
announcer, having worked for two and 
one-half years v/ith station WBFD of 
Bedford, Pennsylvania. 

Fred Gresso, station manager, is 
consultant for the school in prepara- 
tion of the programs. WRSW is owned 
and operated by the Warsaw Times- 
Union and is heard on 1480 Kc AM 
and 107.3MgFM. 



March 21, 1970 



17 



I he Apostle Paul tells of crowns 
of reward which shall be given by 
Christ to those who have faithfully 
represented Him in this life. He is not 
talking about the gift of life eternal— 
that gift cannot be earned. It's a gift. 
It's God's gift to all those who have 
put their simple trust in the finished 
work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
But for those who have received Christ 
as Saviour, God's Word tells us that 
they are candidates for five crowns 
which shall be given at the judgment 
seat of Christ following the rapture of 
the church. 

First, there is the Incorruptible 
Crown-the reward for self-denial. 
Second, there is the Crown of Life- 
for those who have endured temptation 
or trial. The third is the Crown of 
Glory— for those who have faithfully 
fed the flock of God. The fifth is the 
Crown of Righteousness— for those who 
love his appearing. 

But we are here concerned with 
the fourth reward— the Crown of Re- 
joicing. 

Turn to I Thessalonians 2:19-20— 

"For what is our hope, or joy, or 
crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye 
in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ 
at his coming? For ye are our glory 
and joy." 

Paul is saying through the inspiration 
of the Holy Spirit that those who will 
be in heaven as the result of the faith- 
ful witness of Christians, will be to 
these witnesses a Crown of Rejoicing. 
"Are not even ye in the presence of 
tjie Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?" 
Our hope, our joy, our Crown of Re- 
joicing? 

You'll notice that the salvation of 
the lost and rejoicing always go hand 
in hand. For example, in Psalm 126 
we read, "He that goeth forth and 
weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall 
doubtless come again with rejoicing, 
bringing his sheaves with him." 

In Luke, chapter 15, we have the 
story of the Prodigal Son who returns 
home and in verses 23 and 24, the 
father issues this command— "Bring 
hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and 
let us eat, and be merry; For this my 
son was dead, and is aUve again; he 
was lost, and is found. And they began 
to be merry. " 

Again in Luke, chapter 15, verse 10, 
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is/oy 
in the presence of the angels of God 
over one sinner that repenteth." 



Since the conversion of the lost and 
rejoicing always go hand in hand, it 
seems very logical that the soul win- 
ner's crown should be referred to as 
the Crown of Rejoicing. 

Now consider this basic question. 
"Why should we strive for this crown?" 

First, we should strive for the Crown 
of Rejoicing because it is commanded 
by God. Jesus' last statement to His 
disciples before His ascension went 
like this, "Ye shall be witnesses unto 
me." This was a great commission. 
It was a command. You find it in all 
of the Gospels as well as Acts, chapter 
one, verse 8. Earlier in our Lord 
Jesus' ministry, He said, "Ye shall be 
lights, so let your light so shine before 
men that they may see your good 
works and glorify your father who is in 
heaven." But in spite of this clear 
command of our Lord, I'm shocked 



Crown 



Rejoicing 



By Rev. Robert H. Shelton 

Pastor, First Baptist Church 



to learn that 95 percent of all the 
Christians in the world have yet to win 
their first soul to Jesus Christ. But I 
am more shocked to discover that 90 
percent, of all the preachers in the 
world have yet to lead one soul to 
Jesus Christ. 

Can you imagine some so-called 
ministers of the Gospel who will fail 
to receive the Crown of Rejoicing be- 
cause there may not be one soul in 
heaven because of their ministry here 
on earth. 

Jesus put the emphasis on the win- 
ning of the lost. Certainly there is no 
excuse for our complacency today. It 
must be given top priority in our 
lives— in our church. Let me go even 
further— God deliver us from anything 
that does not result in the conversion 
of the lost. How easy it is to become 
so busy even in the work of the Lord 



that we forget what the work of the 
Lord is. The program of God in this 
day and age is to reach lost men and 
women with the message of life in 
Christ Jesus. There is no other pro- 
gram of the church. If we are not in- 
volved in that program, then we are 
not involved in the program of God. 
This is the reason He has left us here. 
In John 14:12 our Lord makes this 
staggering statement, "Verily, verily, I 
say unto you. He that believeth on 
me, the works that I do shall he do 
also; and greater works than these shall 
he do; because I go unto my Father." 

Now if anyone is in the proper 
position to speak about "works" and 
"greater works," it is our Lord Jesus. 
Because in His pre-incarnate state, He 
was the one who spoke and worlds 
came into existence. Isn't that a 
fantastic thing! We were talking about 
this in our family devotions. To think 
that there was a time when there was 
nothing, and out of nothing God 
brought a universe. He put a sun here. 
He put the various planets around the 
sun. And He put various elements 
around those planets. But the one 
that God designed to bless more than 
any of the others was the little planet 
Earth. According to Dr. John Whit- 
comb of Grace Seminary, that was the 
first in God's creation. He made the 
heavens and the earth and then later 
on, the other acts of creation took 
place as we find in Genesis, chapter 1 . 

Think of it! God spoke and this 
earth and all of this world came into 
being. Dear friend, there was a time 
when you just did not exist. There 
was a time when this earth did not 
exist. And I happen to believe it came 
into being when God spoke! That was 
a great work, wasn't it? And then the 
very God that spoke and created 
worlds around us, one day became a 
man himself. That was a great work. 
To think that the eternal God— so great 
that our little universe can't contain 
Him, allowed himself to be born of a 
virgin. He became a man, and then 
for thirty-three years He lived here on 
the earth. Those last three years He 
performed some tremendous works. 

But in John, chapter 14, Christ has 
not as yet gone to the cross, and He 
makes this staggering statement, that 
those who beheve in Him, that the 
works that He did they'll do also. But 
even greater works than these shall we 
be able to do because He is going to go 



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;to the Father. Just eight verses later, 
j Jesus Christ tells His disciples that after 
JHe goes to the Father, He is going to 
I send the Comforter. And then in 
j chapter 16 He tells us what the Com- 
forter is going to do— He will indwell 
the bodies of believers. Now what's 
the purpose of it all? That we might 
go out and be witnesses. I'll tell you, 
dear friends, you and I have a part in 
the greatest work that is going on in 
the universe at this hour. There is no 
work like the work of reaching people 
for Jesus Christ. There is nothing to 
compare to tliis great task. It's the 
greatest work of our time. 

Now to fail in this great work is 
not only to be disobedient to the 
Lord's final command, it will also re- 
sult in the failure to receive the soul 
winner's crown— the Crown of Re- 
joicing. 

Second, failure to carry out this 
great commission will result in the 
eternal doom of the lost. In Romans, 
chapter 10, verses 13 and 14 we read, 
"For whosoever shall call upon the 
name of the Lord shall be saved. How 
then shall they call on him in whom 
they have not believed? and how shall 
they believe in him of whom they 
have not heard? and how shall they 
hear without a preacher [or a wit- 
ness] ?" You'll notice the progression: 
unless somebody witnesses to the lost, 
they will not hear, and if they do not 
hear, they cannot believe, and if they 
cannot believe they will not call. And 
if they do not call they cannot be 
saved. Are the heathen lost? Yes. 
They are lost. "But, Pastor, they 
haven't heard." That's our fault. God 
said, "I have made you witnesses, and 
I want you to go so that they may 
hear. So that they may believe. So 
that they may call. So that I may save 
them." If they don't hear the gospel 
story and receive the Saviour, they are 
lost for all eternity. 

TTiird, we should strive for the 
Crown of Rejoicing because it will 
bring spiritual joy and happiness into 
our own experience. I think of an ex- 
perience when my wife and I were in 
the Holy Land, and we made a quick 
visit to the Dead Sea. We took a dip 
in the Dead Sea, and discovered it's 
impossible to submerge. You see, the 
Dead Sea is not only made up of 
water, but of 51 percent salt and 
other minerals. Not far away the 
mighty Jordan River flows into the 




'V O H J 



Dead Sea. You can see it coming in, 
and that's where it stops. It doesn't 
go any further because the Dead Sea 
is at the lowest elevation on the face 
of the earth. Waters may flow into 
the Dead Sea but nothing flows out. 
It's a dead sea. No fish in that sea. 
No plant life in that sea. It's dead— 
and it reminds me of a lot of Christians. 
All they know is "How can I take in?" 
"What can I receive into my life?" 
"How can I be fed?" That's where it 
stops. It never goes any further and 
you know they're just as dead as the 
Dead Sea— oh, they have hfe eternal— 
they're going to heaven— BUT NO RE- 
WARD! 

Fourth, we should strive for the 
Crown of Rejoicing because of the joy 
in simply sharing Jesus Christ with 
other people. Now this is like the Sea 
of Galilee. You see, the River Jordan 
flows into the Sea of Galilee and it also 
flows out. There you have the inlet 
and the outlet and there you have life 
and vitality. There are fish in the Sea 

Exceprts from a message given to the 
Grace College student body by Rev. Robert 
H. Shelton, pastor of the First Baptist 
Church, Pontiac, Michigan. Reprinted by 
permission. 



of Galilee. There is vegetation there. 
People are living around it— there's 
something refreshing and beautiful and 
bright about that sea. That reminds 
me a lot of Christians, too, who are 
not only content to take in— they want 
to give out. They come to church and 
hear something about Jesus Christ and 
then they go out to tell somebody else 
about Him. This is what John means 
in I John 1:3— 

"That which we have seen and 
heard declare we unto you, that ye 
also may have fellowship with us; and 
truly our fellowship is with the Father, 
and with his Son Jesus Christ." 

It's that matter of taking in the 
precious Word of God and then giving 
it out to hungry hearted people. Some- 
one has said, "He who is on the road 
to heaven should not be content to go 
alone." These, then, are the reasons 
why we should strive for the Crown 
of Rejoicing. 

Our text tells us, "For what is our 
hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? 
Are not even ye in the presence of our 
Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For 
ye are our glory and joy" (I Thess. 
1:19-20). 

The Crown of Rejoicing-will it be 
yours? ^ 



March 21, 1970 



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PRAYER THAT MOVES THE HAND OF GOD 



By Rev. Charles H. Ashman 

Pastor, Winona Lake Brethren Church 



l^/id you ever pray and then have 
God answer in a completely unex- 
pected way? "Surprise, surprise! Look 
what the Lord did!" you exclaim. 
Then you look back on your prayer 
and say, "How weak my faith was." 
Maybe yes, maybe no! Is it not pos- 
sible that you had great faith that God 
would answer wisely in His way, but 
that you were left to faith alone? 
You didn't have any idea as to how 
God was going to answer or as to what 
answer to your prayer would be best 
and to His glory. 

DEATH OF JAMES. In Acts 12 
there is a story of behevers in a New 
Testament church prayer meeting. 
These must have been deep experi- 
ences, because their life was most 
difficult. Herod, seeking to appease 
the Jewish religious leaders and win 
their support, has killed James the 
brother of John. James has joined 
Stephen as one who was baptized with 
the baptism of blood. The Jews were 
delighted. Herod reasoned that another 
martyr wouldn't hurt, so Peter is 
thrown into prison and the day is set 
for his execution. Now! How would 
your church react if the chief leader, 
your pastor, were in jail and scheduled 
for pubhc execution? You'd pray, 
pray and pray some more. And they 
did pray. 

Peter, "kept in prison" under the 
normal tight security guards warranted 
by a prisoner on death row, sixteen 
soldiers, four per watch, is chained 
between two and the escape gate is 
guarded by the other two. Escape is 
impossible. And Peter must have 
thought that Jesus' prediction of his 
martyrdom "when thou shalt be old" 
(John 21:18) was coming to an early 
fulfillment. 



DELIVERANCE OF PETER. But 

Acts 12:6-12 tells the story of his 
miraculous and well-known deliver- 
ance. Peter, in a daze, couldn't believe 
it to be real and thought he had seen 
a vision. God had given him visions 
before (Acts 10). But the cool night 
air finally makes him fully aware that 
it is no dream or vision. MIRACLES 
have occurred and he is free. The hand 
of God has moved to deliver His own 
out of the hand of men. In Peter's 
words, "Now I know of a surety, that 
the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath 
delivered me out of the hand of Herod, 
and from all the expectation of the 
people of the Jews" (12:11). Where to 
go? Answer— the place where the 
church is assembled praying. 

DILEMMA OF THE CHURCH. 
This prayer of the assembly of believers 
that moved the hand of God in a way 
that totally surprised the church at- 
tracts our interest. Persecution pre- 
sented them with a traumatic problem 
and they prayed. God answered. BUT 
they couldn't believe it when it hap- 
pened. Read about it in verses 13-16. 
In effect, they were saying, "Rhoda, 
you are crazy. Peter's in prison, 
scheduled for slaughter tomorrow. 
Nothing can help him now. You've 
seen his ghost." When they finally 
do let Peter in they are quite taken 
aback and amazed. "How can this 
be?" they ask. "Oh, ye of little faith," 
we answer. Wait a minute. Before 
you, with many others, frown on these 
early prayer warriors for their "weak 
faith" think a bit. 

DETERMINATION IN PRAYER. 
The Holy Spirit testifies that they 
prayed for Peter "without ceasing" 
(12:5). This describes a determination, 
a concentration, a continued stream 



of prayer going up to God. They 
agonized in prayer. They had a 
burden. They were concerned. Theirs 
was "fervent" prayer, not "form" 
prayer. Theirs was the kind of prayer 
James talks about when he says, "Pray 
one for another. . . . The effectual 
fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." This is the prayer 
that moves the hand of God. Brethren, 
what impression do you get as you 
listen to the prayers in the average 
church prayer meeting today? "Ur- 
gency" often is not the impression. 
"Burden" and "Concern" don't fit 
the attitude either. And if someone 
doesn't quit on time he disrupts the 
whole schedule. May God help us to 
get our problems into focus that our 
prayers may be of the never-ceasing- 
fervent type. The Early Church prayed 
long and hard until they saw the hand 
of God move. 

Some have suggested that this kneel- 
ing church prayed "unbelievingly" or 
"doubtingly" and therefore, they were 
not prepared when the answer came. 
Listen to what God says about that. 
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall 
ask in prayer, believing, ye shall re- 
ceive" (Matt. 21:22). "I will therefore 
that men pray every where, lifting up 
holy hands, without wrath and doubt- 
ing" (nim. 2:8). "If any of you lack i 
wisdom, let him ask of God, that j 
giveth to all men liberally, and up- 
braideth not; and it shall be given 
him. But let him ask in faith, nothing 
wavering . . ." (James 1:5-6). And 
James goes on to say that the doubter 
cannot expect anything from the Lord. 

The church assembled in John 
Mark's home prayed, and they received. 
Did they pray doubtingly or out of 
weak faith? Were not Peter's deliver- 



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'Faith and fervency are not nutcrackers by which 
you can force the hand of God." 



ance and their prayers inseparably con- 
nected in this passage? I suggest they 
prayed in great faith and that God 
answered their prayers. . Why then the 
surprise? Most people assume they 
prayed for Peter's release. However, 
the story doesn't say so, and logic 
might dictate a prayer of a different 
sort. James is dead— God didn't de- 
liver him. They rightfully expect the 
same fate for Peter. For what then 
did they pray? I suggest they prayed 
for Peter's faithfulness and stability. 
Jesus did. "Simon, Simon, behold, 
Satan hath desired to have you, that 
he may sift you as wheat; But I have 
prayed for thee, that thy faith fail 
not. ..." I can hear what I suppose 
their prayers to be for their beloved 
Peter. "Lord God, you know Peter. 
He was weak once. He denied you 
thrice. This is a hard time for Peter. 
Lord, help him to be true in this the 
hour of his greatest temptation. And, 
Lord, we don't know what's ahead 
for Peter and the rest of us— but thy 
will be done." I think they believed 
God but didn't assume a miraculous 
deliverance. Thus they were blessedly 
astonished at the answer, which, as 
God sometimes does, was more than 
that for which they had prayed. And 
Peter remained true until the day of 
his death. God's hand moved in ex- 
pected and unexpected ways— their 
prayers were answered. 

Faith and fervency are not nut- 
crackers by which you can force the 
hand of God to do what you want 
Him to do. Faith and fervency are 
attitudes. Attitudes of trust and 
action. Nor is the power of prayer in 
the faith or the fervency of our 
prayers. Some have faith in faith. 
Some have faith in prayer. Faith, like 
prayer, is not the power. The power is 
in the object. They didn't believe in 



Peter's release, but they believed in 
the God who released him. Tliis is not 
only the faith that believes that God 
can do, but also believes that when 
His hand works, it always does things 
right. The hand of God was with these 
early Christians (see Acts 11:21) and 
I believe it was with them because they 
were a praying church— a believing, 
fervent, praying church. 

The Jews expected Peter to be ex- 
ecuted the next day and this was to 
their delight. But the hand of God 
moved and delivered him from their 
expectation. Many people around you 



expect your church to die and some 
have already expired. And some are 
about to die, which is to the delight 
of Satan's world. Maybe -just maybe 
-a major part of the problem was a 
weak, anemic, poorly attended, blah, 
unconcerned prayer meeting. The 
Early Church was a prayer meeting 
church— determined to see the hand of 
God work and "the hand of God was 
with them." Is His hand evident in 
your church? What kind of prayer 
meetings does your church have? What 
kind of a prayer meeting member are 
you? ▼ 



Some More Questions . . . 

(Continued fi-om page 16) 

caress without fear of homosexuality, 
where members of the opposite sex 
can touch and caress without fear of 
seductiveness. Sensory-awareness- 
pioneer Bernard Gunther proposes that 
if every person in the world gave and 
received a loving, half-hour massage 
every day, there would be no war." 

The printing of this kind of thinking 
is made possible because of the trend 
of thought on the part of many people. 
Once this breaks out into the public 
for general consumption, you may be 
sure that the actual performance is not 
too far away. No one needs to be 
told that the atmosphere is surcharged 
with sex these days. The exposure of 
the human form has gradually in- 
creased within the past few years. 
Just before Marilyn Monroe died, she 
shot her first nude movie. At the time 
it was edited at the studio. But since 
then nudism in the movies has gradual- 
ly grown in proportion— as well as out- 
side. It is no stretch of the imagination 



to expect that within a very short time 
nudism and the flagrant display of sex 
in all its forms will be the common 
scene in public. 

Those who promote this perverted 
sense of good are following in the 
steps of men of the past who reasoned 
the same way. This was true in Sodom, 
and society became so utterly degener- 
ate that God could only save three 
people out of that region (Gen. 19). 
It was also true in Greece and Rome, 
and Paul described the moral condition 
of that society in the first chapter of 
his epistle to the Romans (1:24-28). 
When molten lava from Vesuvius fell 
upon the city of Pompeii in A.D. 79 
it actually congealed people in the 
physical postures of their degradation. 
It may well be that this satanic reason- 
ing will shortly come to full fruition 
in the life and conduct of mankind, 
thus heralding the end of the age and 
the coming of Christ. 

If this type of reasoning persists, as 
well it may, now that it has surfaced 
all across the nation, it can produce 
the atmosphere and conditions that 
will in another ten years be labeled the 
"Sizzling Seventies." ▼ 



March 21, 1970 



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Today's Pastor and His Problems 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 

Registrar, Grace Seminary 



Job said long ago, "Man is born 
unto trouble, as the sparks fly up- 
ward" (5:7). Even so it is true of 
pastors that they all face problems. 
Some of them are much more serious 




than others. Some are easily solved. 
Others require much prayer and effort 
before a solution is reached. But the 
pastor should resign himself to the 
fact that he will have problems in his 
pastorate. One young man who was 
graduating from the seminary said he 
was not going to enter the pastorate. 
Why? "Because there are too many 
problems to be faced" was his answer. 

The true Christian pastor should not 
assume such an attitude. There are 
problems in every field of endeavor. 
He should recognize the problems that 
exist and courageously seek ways to 
overcome them. 

Tliere is the problem of maintaining 
a proper balance in pastoral activity. 
This problem has been accentuated 
because of the complexity of the day 
in which we live. There are so many 
calls for the minister's time— sermons 
to prepare, Bible classes to be taught, 
calls to be made, hospitals to be 
visited, articles to be written, and so 
forth. 

How is he to get everything done? 
Some pastors don't get the essential 
things properly cared for. They spend 
too much time on trifles. Dr. George 
Truett, great Baptist pastor of a past 
generation, said, "Some ministers re- 
mind me of an elephant picking up 
pins. They were called for bigger 
things." 

How is the problem to be solved? 
No absolute remedy can be given. But 
surely there needs to be some disci- 
pline exercised. There must be some 
budgeting of time so that all phases 
of the minister's responsibility are 
cared for. He must find plenty of time 
for study, time for reading the proper 
type of material, and a reasonable 
amount of time for calling. He dare 
not neglect his correspondence. There 
must be time for recreation both dur- 
ing each week and during vacation 
periods. The minister must also allow 
some time for his family. It is not fair 



to his wife to burden her with all the 
home responsibilities. There are some 
very lonely wives today because of 
failure at this point. 

In short, the pastor will do well 
occasionally to take time for self- 
examination to see whether or not his 
is a well-balanced ministry. Does he 
have a schedule that includes his varied 
responsibilities in proper proportion? 

A second problem is that of the 
ministry of pastoral calling. There is a 
strong basis for pastoral calling in the 
Scriptures. It is stated concerning the 
apostles that "daily . . . and in every 
house, they ceased not to teach and 
preach Jesus Christ" (Acts 5:42). We 
read that Paul taught "publickly, and 
from house to house" (Acts 20:20). 
The same principle is enunciated in 
the Old Testament. The prophet 
Ezekiel "sat where they sat" (3:15). 
In other words he got as close to his 
people as possible in order that he 
might better minister to their need. 
In Jeremiah a woe is pronounced upon 
the shepherds of Israel because they 
had not visited the flock of God (Jer. 
23:1-2). 

But with some modern day pastors 
pastoral calling is frowned upon. They 
say. Why should we call? Nobody is 
at home these days. Things are much 
different now than in former gener- 
ations. This is just an excuse to evade 
a serious responsibility that belongs 
to the pastorate. No doubt conditions 
are different today than in other gener- 
ations but the needs of men are the 
same. Multitudes will never darken 
the doors of the church and they need 
to be reached. While some are making 
excuses for not doing pastoral calling, 
the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses 
are making thousands of calls. They 
seem to find people at home and are 
reaping an abundant harvest. 

Yes, there are problems involved in 
the pastor's calling ministry. The 
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changed somewhat to fit into the 
modern complex structure. But the 
task can be accomplished. Even if 
the pastor rings the doorbell in vain, 
he can leave an attractive calling card 
or a church bulletin that oftentimes 
will serve as an able substitute. 

How better, let it be asked, can the 
pastor find out how the people in his 
community live, what are their prob- 
lems and what are their attitudes? Dr. 
; William B. Riley said, "His house-going 
(will produce church-goers" (Pastoral 
Problems, p. 137). 

ne third problem in the present- 
day pastorate is that of the so-called 
deeper life. To be sure there is need 
for a closer walk with God, a fuller 
dedication, a more complete separation 
on the part of all our congregations. 
The pastor needs to emphasize this 
need. The atmosphere of the world, 
the flesh, and the devil is so oppressive 
and alluring these days that there is 
real danger that our congregations will 
be affected by their subtleties. To 
counteract these forces the pastor will 
constantly need to challenge his people 
to holy Uving, to sanctification of life, 
to separation from the world. 

At the same time he will need to 
warn them against that type of deeper 
life that tends to undue emotionalism, 
eradication of the sin nature, extra- 
Bibhcal revelations, baptism of the 
Holy Spirit subsequent to the new 
birth with its attendant second blessing 
teaching, and the idea of tongues 
speaking as a necessary evidence of the 
baptism of the Holy Spirit. This sort 
of emphasis does violence to the Word 
of God and opens the door to all sorts 
of error and divisiveness. 

Let the man of God preach the 
Word in its fullness and this emotional 
type of manifestation will be dissi- 
pated. Let him give special attention 
to presentation of the true nature and 
ministry of the Holy Spirit with a 
proper distinction between the baptism 
and the infilUng of the Spirit. 

A fourth problem in the pastorate 
is that of getting the membership in- 
volved in personal evangelism. In the 
Early Church it seems that everyone 
was involved in this business. In Acts 
8:4 we read that "they that were 
scattered abroad went every where 
preaching the word." Those referred 
to included all except the apostles 
who remained at Jerusalem. This 
passage makes it clear that one does 



not need to stand behind a pulpit to 
preach the Gospel. The "everywhere" 
of this verse suggests that these early 
disciples made use of all sorts of op- 
portunities to proclaim the salvation 
message. 

This universal involvement is also 
graphically set forth in I Thessalonians 
1:8 where Paul says that the member- 
ship of the Thessalonian church had 
been so faithful in proclaiming the 
Word of the Lord in Macedonia and 
Achaia and surrounding areas that "we 
need not to speak any thing." This is 
an amazing statement! One wonders 
what would have been the result if the 
church had maintained this attitude 
toward personal evangelism down 
through the years. But in most in- 
stances the church has lost its zeal for 
this sort of thing. It has been content 
to leave the responsibility in the hands 
of the clergy. A certain woman was 
asked if she would cooperate in a 
visitation program that was being or- 
ganized in her church. "Why should I? 
The pastor is paid to do this," was her 
reply. Though not so bluntly spoken 
this is all too often the attitude of the 
church membership. 

Pastors have used and are using 
different methods to correct this weak- 
ness. There is the "Seventy Group 
Method" by which the personal work- 
ers are sent out two by two as in Luke, 
chapter 10. There is the "Outreach 
Program," "Everyone Win One Plan," 
and many others. Each pastor should 
choose the method that seems best to 
him and seek to promote it. Surely 
it is encumbent upon every pastor to 
develop soul winners in his congre- 
gation. Where this is done there will 
be a constant response to the gospel 
message. 

A final problem to be discussed in 
this article is that of ecumenicism. 
Talk of ecumenical union is heard on 
every hand these days. We hear of 
CathoUcs and Protestants coming to- 
gether for special meetings. We read 
of denominational mergers. The idea 
of a united church is exalted and de- 
nominationalism is repudiated. To be 
sure there is room for certain types 
of ecumenism within the evangelical 
church. Evangelicals can come to- 
gether for Bible conferences, prophetic 
conferences, evangehstic efforts, 
Sunday-school conventions and the 
like of mutual benefit, irrespective of 
denominational ties. It is sometimes 



advantageous for two struggling 
churches to merge if they are both of 
the same spiritual persuasion and no 
compromise with doctrine is involved. 
But ecumenism for the sake of bigness, 
prestige, and greater political influence 
and involving compromise with funda- 
mental doctrine is certainly to be de- 
plored. It is to be looked upon as the 
harbinger of the world church as set 
forth in Revelation, chapter 17. We 
need to be on guard lest some of the 
subtleties of this movement affect us 
in one way or another. 

The twentieth century has already 
witnessed some very outstanding move- 
ments within the Protestant church of 
a definite ecumenical character. There 
was the formation of the Federal 
Council of Churches in 1908 later to 
become the National Council of the 
Churches of Christ in 1950. There was 
the organization of the World Council 
of Churches following 1938 with its 
great universal assemblies in Amster- 
dam (1948), Evanston (1954), and 
New Delhi (1961). Then it is well 
known the Roman Cathohcs have been 
constantly making overtures to the 
Protestants to get them to come back 
into the Romanist fold. 

Every pastor should be aware of the 
problems involved in this sort of ecu- 
menism and should warn his congre- 
gation accordingly. Doctrinal com- 
promise is involved. There is a mis- 
taking of church union for true Chris- 
tian unity as set forth in John 17. The 
authority of the Holy Scriptures is 
often set aside. The tendency to 
minimize the importance of the holy 
sacraments if often evident. These 
and other problems confront those 
who would join in this movement. It 
is important that the pastor should 
know where to draw the line and how 
to stand for "the faith which was once 
delivered unto the saints." 

To be sure, problems in increasing 
numbers face the pastor in these com- 
plex days. Sometimes he is inclined 
to throw up his hands in despair and 
cry out, "Who is sufficient for these 
things?" But the dedicated pastor will 
find it possible to say with Paul 
"... our sufficiency is of God; Who 
also hath made us able ministers of the 
new testament . . ." (II Cor. 3:5-6). 
Moreover, he will be led to see that by 
the leadership of the Holy Spirit he 
can be used to bring solution to many 
of the problems that face his people. ▼ 



March 21, 1970 



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TRIBUTE 

TO THE 

LANCERS 

By Roy Roberts, youth pastor 



^Jrace College in Winona Lake, 
Indiana, is our Brethren school. 
Southern California teenagers must 
know very little about it since many 
of them choose other Christian col- 
leges above Grace. Yet, as your youth 
pastor, I would like to share a personal 
word about Grace College. 

I have never attended Grace College. 



My closest association with it has only 
been in my acquaintance with students 
and faculty members from there. But, 
may I say that I am overwhelmingly 
impressed by the Lancer basketball 
team. 

I have never seen a Grace College 
team in action before January 5, 1970. 
Yet, when the team visited our church, 



The Lancers' leading scorer Mike McCoy worl<s for an open shot against his Tri State 
opponent. 




they appeared more as a "gospel" 
team rather than a basketball team. 
They sang, gave testimonies and left a 
definite, positive message for Jesus 
Christ. After the evening service they 
met with our young people. We were 
able to know them better and they 
answered many questions concerning 
their school. My honest opinion was, 
they're great Christians, but can they 
play ball? Their record is 1 1 and 
but have they played anyone who is 
really tough? They're just so small!!! 
Some guys are not good ball players. 
They get "stuffed" too often. 

Well, I attended the Biola vs. Grace 
game Monday, January 5th. Coach 
Kammerer invited me to share a devo- 
tional word with the team before the 
game. This I did and proceeded to 
listen to the team share 20 minutes of 
prayer together. This was too much 
to see from a basketball team. Then 
they defeated Biola College in their 
own gymnasium. Yes, they could play 
ball and play well! I wasn't the only 
one impressed by this fine, Christ- 
centered team. This was evident by 
the fact that there were more Brethren 
people, especially young people, at the 
Biola-Grace game than Biola College 
students. May I say, thank you. 
Lancers, for playing for Jesus Christ. 

-Reprint of an article published in Live 
Lines, a youth publication of the First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, California. ▼ 



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Modern Weapons in an Old War 






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Children's Page 






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Missionaries: Born or Made? 






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SOS: Builder Needed for Africa 






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Memo from Foreign Board Meetings 




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Church News .... 




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The Unsavory Ostrich . 




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The Creative Woman 




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Preparation— Springboard for Service 




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Getting To Know Your WMC Officers 




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District Chatter .... 




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Is SMM Relevant? 




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Anniversary! ... 




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Pick of the Vital Books 






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KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 



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The Editors Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



Come Along To Go Somewhere! 



Whether it's a trip down the street 
for a coke, or a journey around 
the world, most everyone likes to 
have company. It just goes to prove 
|that people are gregarious; they like to 
!be with people. Negatively, this is why 
a child dislikes being sent to his room 
without his supper— he is cut off from 
people, and people like to be with 
people. 

Christians have wonderful 
fellowship with one another. Being 
gregarious enters in, but the real 
reason is that there is a common bond 
of fellowship with our Lord. This gives 
a new dimension for every gathering 
whether it be at church, Sunday 
school, or any other meeting. 

National conference is one of the 
exciting occasions for fellowship by 
the Brethren. It's a time for renewing 
acquaintanceships— for sharing 
blessings experienced in the Lord's 



service. It's a time for planning 
together for future victories. It is 
eating together— sightseeing. It's all 
that is included in fellowshiping 
together in all of the good things of 
the Lord. 

With all of this in mind, it is time to 
heed the invitation to "Come along 
and go somewhere." Where? To 
national conference at Long Beach, of 
course. Begin now to save for a trip 
that could prove to be one of your 
greatest blessings in 1970. Begin now 
to plan to get in on all the good things 
at Long Beach. While it is doubtful 
that any will walk or go by bicycle, 
without doubt almost every means of 
transportation will be used. But 
regardless of your mode of travel, 
come along. 

From the opening welcome on the 
Friday evening of August 7 to the last 
good-by following the closing session, 



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great spiritual blessings are in store. 
There will be outstanding Bible 
messages, testimonies, reports. Prayer 
times will be precious; the making of 
plans will be exciting. There will be 
opportunities early and late for 
Christian fellowship. This is true 
because our Lord will be there 
working and leading throughout. 

All afternoons will be free for sight- 
seeing, and Southern California is the 
"most" as far as potential for places to 
go is concerned. Young and old will 
enjoy the never-to-be-forgotten trip to 
Disneyland. Who would dare miss it? 
Then, there's that delicious meal at 
Knott's Berry Farm. Marineland 
beckons, the drive to the mountains is 
appealing, the trip to the beach is so 
refreshing. 

Young people will have a great time 
on BIOL A campus; good things are 
being planned. The children will 
doubtless get to see Aunt Alyce again, 
and enjoy the meetings with her. And, 
all of us will thrill to the fellowship in 
Brethren churches on Sunday. Just to 
visit the various locations that we have 
read about will be interesting. And to 
think of all the new people we will 
become acquainted with is thrilling. 
We'll see and get to know people who 
have faithfully served the Lord over 
the years in an area that we have not 
visited before. 

There is all of this and more; all for 
the taking. It's almost as exciting as 
the gold rush of 1849! More so, really, 
for who could trade gold for 
wonderful Christian fellowship? So, 
the word is out "Go west one and all." 
Come along to go somewhere! Where? 
To national conference in Long Beach, 
of course. ▼ 



April 4, 1970 



"Life in Christ** 



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• rethren missionaries and African 
pastors joined in January with tliirty- 
six church representatives from the six 
evangehcal denominations in the Cen- 
tral African Republic for a national 
committee meeting on evangelism. "In- 
spiration" and "instruction" are the 
words which best describe the week- 
long gathering in the capital at Bangui. 
Preparations, instructions, and dates 
were finalized for the forty-five re- 
treats involving over eight hundred 
pastors during the months of March 
and April. Following these retreats, in 
May and June some twenty-five thou- 
sand prayer cells will be formed 
throughout the country. Then will 
come classes in soul-winning and house- 
to-house visitation. Each training peri- 



od will be followed by organized pro- 
grams of soul-winning and visitation. 
The goal is to present every Central 
African with the plan of salvation. 
Evangelistic services are to be held in 
the local churches during the months 
of October and November, and in 
large regional centers during January 
and February of 1971. The climax 
will be a mass meeting in the capital 
in April, 1971, the Lord willing. 

Brethren, pray much for the salva- 
tion of many thousands of precious 
souls in the Central African Republic 
as our Christians are obedient to the 
Lord's command to "preach the Gospel 
to every creature."— IVoyne Beaver ▼ 




Pastors and missionaries listen intently as 
National Coordinator Wayne Beaver explains 
the year-long program of evangelism. 



Recess periods during the week provide relaxation and refreshments 




Below: Members of the literature committee prepare materials for printmg (I to r) Harold 
Dunning, Lee Einfeldt (Baptist Mid-Missions), Wayne Beaver, Simon-Pierre Nambozuina 
(Brethren), Paul Moehama, Andre Komesse, Bob Golike, and Gene Rosenau (all BMM). 



Above: Harold Dunning uses an 
overhead projector to teach the 
pastor's manual. 




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April 4, 1970 



M.K. Team Helps Out 



By Mrs. Harold Dunning 

Missionary, C.A.R. 



I he morning service at the 
Bozoum church had progressed in an 
ordinary manner that second Sunday 
in February— ordinary, that is, to a 
certain point. There was the song 
service, the visiting pastors sitting on 
the platform were introduced (they 
were on their way to the national 
pastors' retreat), people marched up 
with their offerings, Scripture was read 
and prayer offered. But then the 
service departed from the ordinary. 

The junior high young people from 
the Missionary Children's School plus 
two si,xth-graders had formed a gospel 
team. Carrying horns and guitars, 
songbooks and Bibles, they came to 
make their presentation to the 
Bozoum church that morning. 

The young people lined up on the 
platform and introduced themselves, 
telling in what type of work their 
parents were engaged; Bible Institute 
at Bangassou (Baptist), School of 
Theology at Yaloke, Elementary Bible 
School at Bossangoa, printing and 
literature at Bozoum, and medical 
work at Boguila. Then came songs by 
this entire group of an even dozen 
accompanied by guitars, a 
cornet-trumpet duet by the Chasteen 
brothers, a quintet composed of the 
Cone-Walker sisters, and a melodica 
solo by David Hocking. Interspersing 
the musical numbers were several 
testimonies, which were very 
interesting and which clearly presented 
the way of salvation through Christ 
Jesus as they told of the ways they 
had been led individually to see their 
need of the Lord and to trust Him. 
You could tell that this part of the 
service was a highlight for the 



congregation. 

One sweet incident at the start of 
this part of the service was when a 
sturdy little two-year-old boy came 
and stood just in front of the 
platform, unblinking eyes fixed on the 
MK's, little head moving with the 
music, completely mesmerized. 
Different ones in the choir whispered 
to him or reached out for him. He did 
not budge but occasionally turned the 
same wide gaze on them, expression 
unchanged, head still gently beating 
the rhythm, and then his eyes went 
back again to the singers. I was hoping 
the big folks would leave him alone, 
but finally someone grabbed him, 
handed him to his mother, and he was 
taken out wailing. Africa needs trained 
musicians. Will this boy be a future 
leader of choir, band, orchestra? 
Perhaps, if the Lord tarries. 

My husband had been invited to 
give the message of the morning. He 
launched off from their song, "God 
Bless Central Africa," which had been 
used in the opening song 
service— words and music being 
African, of course. He pointed out 
that this was God's plan and desire, 
and that He had told us just how the 
blessing would come. Using II 
Chronicles 7; 14 he urged the 
congregation to have the attitude of 
children before their Father; to pray, 
seeking His face, waiting on Him; and 
to turn from their evil doings and 
individual sins. In response to this God 
promised to answer their prayers, 
forgive their sins, and bring blessing to 
their land. 

At the close of the sermon Pastor 
Robert Yakara stressed a few points 



over again. (On the other side of the 
ocean people would have been 
checking their watches!) He told of his 
son, a young man who was rebellious, 
feeling his independence: 

"Now he remained my son, you 
know, and I still saw to it that he had 
food and clothing. But we had no 
fellowship. If I met him on the street I 
turned my face from him, and there 
were no little treats such as I wanted 
to give him. But when my son took 
the place of a child before me, treating 
me with respect (even though he has 
had much more schooling than I and is 
a gifted, well-educated young 
man)-when he sought my face, then I 
was happy to look at him and I could 
share a cup of tea or a bottle of soda 
with him. We must not think we are a 
great new independent nation and 
demand God's blessing; we must look 
humbly into His face, taking the place 
of sons before Him, doing His will, not 
continuing in our sinful ways, and He 
wOl then bless our Central African 
Republic." 

Following this pastoral exhortation, 
which might have been called a 
sermonette, the church choir sang 
"Stand Up for Jesus" while about 
twenty-five adults came and stood in 
the front, indicating their desire to do 
these things required by God, their 
Father. 

Will you pray for this church and 
others out here that, depending on 
God, they may bend every effort to 
see that the entire population will have 
opportunity during the next year to 
find "Life in Christ"? This is the 
greatest blessing God has to give to 
any individual or nation. ▼ 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Modern Weapons in an Old War 



By Mrs. Hill Maconaghy 

Missionary, Argentina 



w. 



hat mighty weapons both for 
good and for evil are radio and Htera- 
ture in this modern age! 

It is not necessary to prove to you 
who are reading these words how the 
forces of evil and error are extending 
itheir influence through the use of 
'these weapons. There is abundant 
'evidence of this every day as they war 
against God and His Word. 

This fact impressed itself upon me 
anew recently when a young woman 
entered the bookstore in Lomas de 



Zamora, Argentina, asking if we had 
the book entitled, Science and Health, 
by Mary Baker Eddy. She was so 
disappointed when she was told, no. 
Then she explained that she had been 
attracted by the broadcast that 
recommended this book because she 
felt it was just what she needed. She 
has an emptiness in her life, and from 
what she heard over these weekly 
broadcasts, this book would satisfy her 
need. 

Since there was no one else in 



|Mrs Hill Maconaghy and a customer in the Lomas Bookstore. 




the store at that time, it was possible 
to talk with her about the Lord and 
tell her how He could satisfy her 
completely if she would recognize her 
need of Him and receive Him into her 
life by faith. She was given literature 
and asked to read the Bible, not 
Science and Health, and invited to 
return. 

We are happy that our church in 
Argentina has a radio program and 
literature ministry which are being 
used as instruments in the Lord's 
hands to bring the good news of 
salvation to many needy souls. 

Recently a series of meetings was 
held in one of our churches in the 
suburbs of Buenos Aires, with Brother 
Eduardo Coria, our radio preacher, as 
the evangelist. During his stay in 
Buenos Aires he visited some of those 
who had written in after listening to 
the broadcast. He was well received in 
every home. One young man attended 
the service that evening and made a 
decision for the Lord. 

Brethren, this is only a sample of 
what could be done if there were 
workers who could follow up all the 
contacts that result from the literature 
and radio ministries. 

If a larger bookstore with a 
counseling room and adequate 
personnel could replace the extremely 
small bookstore we have at present in 
Lomas de Zamora, how much more 
effective a ministry could be carried 
on in that important commercial 
center. 

If there were workers to follow up 
all the radio and literature contacts, 
regularly, is it not reasonable to 
believe that more folks would be saved 
and that some home Bible classes 
would result? ▼ 



April 4, 1970 



TIHIE €yOLDIi.EINI'S PA€i 
A Little Girl in Bangui, Africa 




Here are new pictures of little Agnes Aellig (pro- 
nounced Ahn-yes' Ayl'lig-remember?) and her 
mother and daddy. You will see that Agnes has 
really grown since the first pictures you saw of her 
on the Children's Page last August. 

Missionary Helpers Clubs across the country have 
been doing a fine job of sending in money for 
Agnes' support, and Agnes (really, Agnes' mother) 
has written a letter to the MHC's telling how happy 
they are for all this. 

Agnes will be going with her parents to Switzer- 
land to spend this summer. That means she is 
having vaccinations and shots to get ready to go, 
and this is no fun! Keep praying for Mr. and Mrs. 
Aellig and Agnes. 

HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY- 




I THINK TKE MISSIONARY 

HELPERS CLUBS 

ARE 001 N& 

A TERRIPIC 

JOB 




you KNOW, IT IS 
REALLY GREAT 
THE WAY THEY 
HAVE WORKED 
ON THE PROJECT 
OF SUPPORTING 
BOTH KENNY 
BURK ANp 
LITTLE ACNES,' 



SOME OF THE MH'ERS HAVE SEEM 
KENNY, BUT NONE OF THEM HAS 
SEEN AGNES, EXCEPT IN PICTUR.ES 




THE 5LIPE-TAPE SET ABOUT 
AGNES HELPS THE KIDS TO 
KNOW ABOUT HER LIFE i N^ 
AFRICA— ^ 

I HOPE 
ALL THE 
CLUBS 
GET TO 
SEE IT.' 



Brethren Missionary Herald 




MISSIONARIES: 
BORN ^ 
OR 
MADE? 

By James McClellan 




Well," sighed one woman 
after hearing a thrilling account of 
what God was doing through a certain 
missionary, "he was just cut out to be 
a missionary." 

"Cut out of what? Cut out by 
whom?" asked a friend standing 
nearby. Arid that is a good question. 
Let's delve into it and see what kind of 
stuff the Lord uses in producing an 
effective missionary. 

Providence. From the exposure 
which this writer has had to 
missionaries, personally and through 
books, it appears that they are aware, 
as Esther was, that they are in such a 
place and with such a people with a 
vital message "for such a time as this." 
It is this sense of divine mission which 
hfts weary hands and encourages tired 
minds on the mission field. 

Although this experience is 
ultimately from God, it can be 
heightened as Christian parents and 
teachers help to establish a climate of 
awareness of God's providence. James 
4:15 reminds us that we "ought to 
say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and 
do this, or that." A Christian home 
where decisions are prefaced thus 
impresses the maturing young person 
with the high destiny of being God's 
person in God's place. As seeming 
"disappointments" are seen to be "His 
appointments," a fine godly optimism 
is developed. Adoniram Judson would 
have fizzled out in Burma without 
such an optimism. 

Prayer. A brilliant young man was 
asked, "How do you happen to be a 



missionary instead of a businessman?" 
He replied, "Because I was prayed 
here." How does Philippians 4:6, 
"... in every thing by prayer and 
supplication . . . ," fit into the process 
of missionary-making? First, by 
praying for the missionaries. We have 
prayer calendars to use in our family 
devotions. In some families this 
interest in carried further by bulletin 
boards, maps, pictures and prayer 
reminders. These can give a new 
dimension to a home which tends to 
be wrapped up in its own narrow 
materialistic interests. The most 
effective missionary conference you 
have may be the informal 
missionary-youth contacts in your 
own home. The second way that 
prayer can help make missionaries is to 
pray for our young people themselves 
that they will follow through with the 
missionary interest which they express 
in their best moments. Perhaps our 
prayers can help guard them from the 



Rev. James Mc- 
Clellan, pastor of 
Grace Brethren 
Church of San 
Bernardino, Cal- 
if., has served on 
the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society's 
board of trustees 
since 1967. 




alluring side trails and to the mission 
field safely. 

Priority. Missionaries constantly 
struggle with the matter of priorities in 
their ministry. "Shall I fix the ailing 
truck today or go visiting in the back 
country and trust the Lord that the 
truck will make it?" "Shall I spend 
more time with this prospect or turn 
my time and attention to another 
group of people?" "Shall I devote the 
evening to language study or spend 
some time with the family?" Family 
training where children are taught the 
necessity of completing personal 
responsibilities and family chores and 
putting first things first will help them 
to develop this ability. The Lord's 
service needs disciplined minds which 
have learned to sift the major issues of 
life out of all the minor ones. Maybe 
this is partly what Paul had in mind 
when he reminded Timothy to 
continue in the things which Mother 
and Grandmother had taught him. Are 
we taking time and care to instill these 
values in our youth? 

Perseverance. President Nixon has 
illustrated this Biblical principle for us. 
After being a two-time loser, he came 
back and tried again and became Presi- 
dent of our country. When our young 
people agree to do something, do we 
help them to see it through with this 
kind of perseverance? It is natural for 
them to initiate a task with youthful 
enthusiasm, but when their meeting is 
poorly attended or their witnessing 
effort is coolly received, do we allow 
them to give up? "Up like a rocket, 
down like a stick," says someone with 
a smile; "we didn't expect them to 
stay with it." Or do we encourage 
them like the great theme of Hebrews, 
"Let us go on!" 

Young people today are rejecting 
the superficial values which they see 
around them. They are ready to 
sacrifice for a cause which is big 
enough. We have such a cause. Are we 
communicating it to them by our 
devoted, tireless efforts? "Never give 
up," writes Fanny Crosby. "Sing when 
your trials are greatest. Trust in the 
Lord and take heart." 

So, that's at least part of what goes 
into the making of a missionary. 
Exciting stuff, isn't it? Providence, 
prayer, priority, and perseverance. 
Say, does God want you to be a 
missionary? Does He want you to 
make a missionary? ▼ 



April 4, 1970 



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• et me come right to the point. 
Two years ago when we left the 
United States after furlough, we let it 
be known that this would be our last 
term in Africa, and we were hoping 
that someone would feel the call to be 
our replacement. So far we have not 
heard of such a man. 

What can I mention for an incentive 
to you men at home? An easy life? 
No. A stable home? No; I have been 
gone five weeks on this trip. Always a 
nice house? No. A nice car? No; most 
driving is in a five-ton truck. A high 
production crew? No. Every day has 
its disappointments. Under these 
conditions, what can be an incentive? 

I will tell you. Seizing the Lord in a 
needy field— not a few hours a week in 
your church program but as many 
hours as your physical body will 
permit. Some of you fellows, like 
myself, cannot do the important work 
of preaching or teaching the Word. But 
surely one man in our brotherhood 
will make it possible for others who 
can preach to stay on the job in Africa 
and not need to take their time for 
building. 

Any position or fame you might 
have in your local area in secular work 
will not compare with the deep 
satisfaction you will have when you 
spend your full time in the Lord's 
business. I should know from 
experience, because our last year in 
the States, more than 23 years ago, we 
built 140 homes— and it does not take 
much figuring on this to come up with 
a nice income. Have my wife and I 
ever been sorry? No, never! We would 
do it all over again. Even at its worst 
we called it a wonderful privilege and 
joy to be serving the Lord full time 
here in Africa. Love the Lord you 
must. Love your fellow missionaries 




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■'BV Albert Balzer 



S0S:1J 

NEEDED FOR AFRICA 



Builder Balzer and a workman, 
you must. Love the African you must. 
Patience— slow to anger— and many 
other commands of the Lord are 
ingredients that are essential to a 
successful missionary career. 

Would building forty pulpits in one 
run give you satisfaction? Would 
building four or five churches per year, 
and building the homes, schools, 
dispensaries and other needed 
buildings for the mission make you 
feel you were fruitful in the Lord's 
program here in Africa? That is what 
we did last year. In these next ten 
months the mission would like to have 
ten more large and small buUdings, 
besides some student houses. The 
mission is looking forward to the 
building of sixty Bible Center student 
homes, small but permanent. 

Why not check or re-check with the 
Lord and find out if the replacement is 
not you, yourself. 

Write to me— Albert Balzer, Mission 
Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, 
Central African Republic, or contact 
the home office at Box 588, Winona 
Lake, Indiana, for any questions you 
might have. 

P.S. A word about the Bible 
student houses. Ever since we have had 
a Bible school our students have lived 



in little leaky shacks where the roofs 
are repaired every three years. We now 
have a program worked out with the 
national church to help them get 
small, neat, permanent homes and at 
least sixty of these will be required to 
house them all. The African church's 
part is small but it helps, and our share 
of the cost of one house is $500.00 
each. I understand we have money for 
eight homes now but that leaves 52. 
Maybe some of you who read this 
article will be led of the Lord to 
underwrite one house, or part of one 
house, and so have a real part in the 
very hub of our mission activities. 

Close to four hundred students 
have graduated from this school in 
past years, and no doubt this has 
played a very large part in the 
tremendous growth of our African 
church. ▼ 



(FMS Editor 's note: Praise God for His 
answer to this very real need for a 
mission builder in the person of Mr. 
Bernard Klus of San Jose, California, 
who was one of the new missionaries 
approved by the Board of Trustees in 
their recent meeting- see opposite 
page.) 



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MEMO from Foreign Board Meetings 

Date: February 23-26, 1970 
To: Foreign Missionary Society 

From: Foreign Secretary 

Board Members: Ten of the eleven members were present. Dr. Bernard Schneider was recuperating from 
pneumonia, as was his wife also. This was the first time in a number of years that Brother Schneider had 
missed a board meeting, and his absence was deeply felt. Our prayers have been with the Schneiders for a 
quick recovery. 

Notes of praise: In spite of overwhelming mission problems, God has continually answered prayer: 
•^FINANCES: A constant increase in mission giving, thus enabling the Society not only to keep up with the 

terrifying- inflation but also to take advantage of a few of the growing opportunities and challenges. 

• MISSION/CHURCH RELATIONSHIP: A healthy spirit of fellowship and cooperation on all fields. 

1^ PERSONNEL: Relatively good health enjoyed by most missionaries. A steady stream of new 

missionaries to help fill up the ranks. 
I^HOME CHURCH: A home constituency which is constantly growing more mission-hearted and involved 

in the overseas ministry. 

Board actions: 
l^NEW MISSIONARIES: Nineteen candidates (eight couples, three singles) were approved. Of these, 
fifteen received accredited candidate status, which means that they have board approval to start caring 
for the many details involved in actual preparation for the foreign field. Seven are expected to leave for 
the field this year. Watch for special articles on these new candidates. 

/'ALLOWANCE ADJUSTMENT: We would like to say that missionary allowances were "raised." Unfortu- 
nately, one factor forbids such an interpretation. Inflation, as all of us know, is playing havoc with the 
economy. The economic picture on most of our fields is even bleaker than for the U.S. To ignore mis- 
sionary salaries would be the same as decreasmg allowances. Thus, an "adjustment" in salaries was made 
by the Board. 

K' SERVICE ALLOWANCE: The career missionary is still the backbone of the missionary movement, and 
in light of the growing trend in short-term service, it was felt that there should be a way for the Society 
to show that it values the many years of service of the career missionary. At present all missionaries on 
one field receive the same allowance, whether they have served for one year or twenty-five years. With 
this action, token increases are granted after ten, fifteen, and twenty-five years of service. 

• ADJUSTED BUDGET: The foreign mission general fund budget for 1970 totals $620,574.36. This will 
mean a $64,000 increase in general fund income over 1969. The board alerts the Society and all mission- 
aries to this sizable increase, and requests a prayerful commitment to a serious endeavor to raise our gift 
income so that the need will be supplied. 

Our Lord has committed a weighty responsibility to the shoulders 
of the Foreign Missionary Society. As faithful stewards, our mission- 
aries want to carry that load and to advance with the Gospel. New 
candidates are ready to go. Worldwide inflation presents a threat to 
growth and expansion. Yet, the challenge and opportunities of the 
seventies lie before us. We believe that The Brethren Church will 
pray, will give, and will go in obedience to Jesus Christ. 




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ATTENTION! Rev. Richard W. De- 
Haan, radio and television Bible teach- 
er, will bring the keynote address for 
the 1970 National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches conference in Long 
Beach, Calif. This opening service will 
be held Sunday evening, Aug. 9, in the 
Long Beach Sports Arena. Mr. DeHaan 
is the principal speaker on "The Radio 
Bible Class," and his "Day of Dis- 
covery" television program is broad- 
cast widely each Sunday. Plan to at- 
tend! 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX. An- 
other Grace Brethren Church has been 
started in Albuquerque. The first serv- 
ices were held Feb. 22 with an at- 
tendance of 31 in the morning wor- 
ship service. The church is meeting in a 
former Baptist church building at 2518 
Eubank Blvd., in the North East 
Heights area of the city. We are look- 
ing forward to having this building as 
our own church property. The Grace 
Brethren Church at 149 Daniel Circle 
is sharing their pastor in order to get 
this work established. If anyone knows 
of Brethren hving in this area of the 
city, please contact Rev. Victor S. 
Rogers, 10301 Stovall PI. N.E., Albu- 
querque, N.M. 871 12. Victors. Rogers, 
pastor. 

LEXINGTON, OHIO. During the 
past month God has greatly moved in 
the congregation of the Grace Brethren 
Church. Including the results follow- 
ing the showing of Billy Graham's film, 
"The Restless Ones" and recent evan- 
gelistic services with Rev. Allen Herr, 
there have been 1 5 decisions to receive 
Christ, and 5 1 decisions concerning the 
Christian life. Terrance Taylor, pastor. 

CHANGES. The ivew address for 
Miss E. Elizabeth LeaJi, clerk of the 
Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., 
is Rt-. 4, Box 271, Roanoke, Va. 
24018. Rev. Dick Cron is the new 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Sacramento, Calif. His address is 5510 
Colonel Rd., Carmichael, Calif. 95608. 
Please change your Annual. 



ROANOKE, VA. Steve Medrid, a 
federal agent from the Bureau of Nar- 
cotics and Dangerous Drugs, spoke to 
200 people at four sessions of the 
Southeast District Youth Rally held 
Feb. 6-7 at the Clearbrook Brethren 
Church. Speaking on the theme for 
the rally "Drugs Can Kill" Mr. Medrid 
showed films and lit a marijuana ciga- 
rette so the young people could see 
and smell the actual thing. The rally 
was topped off by a "Wild Goose 
Chase" with four busloads of kids 
searching through buildings in the 
town to find the goose. Talent com- 
petition was larger than ever before 
with 60 young people competing. The 
Clearbrook Brethren Church youth 
topped the scoring chart to win the 
trophy. First place winners from the 
church were Tina Hall, creative writing; 
Debbie Harrison, songleading; Crusad- 
ers for Christ (Debbie Harrison, Diane 
Spencer, Ricky Sexton, Barry Hurt), 
vocal ensemble and best overall music. 
Connie Basham, Vickie Harrison, Nan- 
cy Kay Hall, composed the winning 
quiz team. Russell Weber, pastor. 

LA PUENTE, CALIF. The Hacienda 
Heights Grace Brethren Church held 
a baptismal service at the First Breth- 
ren Church of Whittier Mar. 1. Nine 
new believers were baptized. A Negro 
man and one of his children were 
baptized as the wife and mother, a 
long-time member of the church ob- 
served. A woman who had been raised 
as an Orthodox Jew, then led to 
Christ by Pastor Dunigan in her home, 
was baptized, along with a young, 
newly married couple and several chil- 
dren. Frank Dunigan, pastor. 



SOUTH BEND, IND. The victor 
in a four-way Sunday-school contest 
in the South Bend-Elkhart area during 
January and February was the Ireland 
Road Grace Brethren Church of South 
Bend. Other participating churches 
were the Grace Brethren Church of 
Goshen (second), the Grace Brethren 
Church of Elkhart (third), and the 
Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola 
(fourth). The Ireland Road church 
clinched the contest with a Sunday- 
school attendance of 177 Feb. 22, an 
increase of 36 percent over 1969. This 
gave an eight-week average increase 
of 9.7 percent to win the contest. The 
winner will display the "Sword of the 
Spirit" copper-on-wood medallion for 
the rest of the year. Scott Weaver, 
pastor. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. Mr. Alan Mc- 
Gill, recording artist with Word 
Records, ministered in song and per- 
sonal testimony at the First Brethren 
Church, Mar. 2. It was a real spiritual 
treat for the people. Charles G. Thorn- 
ton, pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. The Commun- 
ity Brethren Church hosted the Greater 
Whittier Area Brethren Missionary Con- 
ference Mar. 8-15. Nine missionaries 
spoke to various age groups in many 
conference sessions. A "New Life-In" 
folk-rock concert was held for the final 
session as hundreds of young people 
from local high schools and junior 
colleges were invited in to hear three 
Christian folk-rock groups perform, 
and be challenged with a message by 
Rev. Bill Burk. The church also hosted 
over 500 Sunday-school workers each 
Monday night in February for a Lead- 
ership Training Course. Youth Night 
was held Mar. 1 with "The Contem- 
poraries," a group of 40 young vocal- 
ists and musicians presenting the claims 
of Christ in an exciting musical pro- 
gram as an added attraction. Tim Mil- 
ler, son of the pastor, and Bill Davis, 
son of the youth pastor, are members 
of the group. Ward Miller, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 
Church Date Pastor Speaker 

Uniontown, Pa. Apr. 19-26 True Hunt Allen Herr 

Denver, Colo. Apr. 20-26 Thomas Inman Nathan Meyer 

Sunny side. Wash. Apr. 26-May 3 John Mayes Dean Fetterhoff 



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RICHLAND, WASH. Two new 
I records were established on Mar. 1 
Iwith 48 in Sunday school and 55 in 
Ithe morning worship services. FoUow- 
ling the morning service, one junior 
imade a public profession for Christ, 
land two teens presented themselves 
for baptism. In the afternoon service, 
seven were baptized by trine immer- 
sion. After this service, ten teenagers 
from the church made 78 personal 
contacts, inviting people to attend 
services. The climax of the day was at 
■the close of the evening service when 
ia family of four and two young people 
jcame forward to join the church, and 
ione teen rededicated his life. Nelson 
JE. Hall, pastor. 

; TOPPENISH, WASH. "The Open 
j Bible" is the name of the Spanish 
I Gospel Broadcast over station KREW 
of Sunnyside from 8:00 to 8:30 every 
Monday night. Rev. Sam Horney, 
■ pastor of the Toppenish church, is the 
speaker. The program is sponsored by 
the First Brethren Church of Sunny- 
side, Wash., as a missionary project. 
A free Bible or Spanish-language de- 
votional book is offered for the asking. 
Requests for these have come in from 
all over the Yakima Valley. 



BELL, CALIF. Rev. and Mrs. Henry 
Rempel left Mar. 10 on an around-the- 
world flight to visit mission fields 
throughout the world. They will con- 
tact our Brethren fields in Hawaii, 
Central African Republic, France and 
Germany. On Apr. 27 they will arrive 
in Cairo to link with a Bible Lands 
Tour directed by Dr. Paul Bauman. In 
Europe they plan to contact Brethren 
Chaplain Emlyn Jones. The Rempels 
are scheduled to fly on the first flight 
of the Boeing 747 to Hawaii. 

iAJeddin^ l/JeUA 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Virginia L. Kauffman and William 
Smith, June 20, 1969,Clarksville Bible 
Church, Rev. Earl O. Funderburg offi- 
ciating. 

Clara Wenger and David Spitler, 
Feb. 7, Englewood Grace Brethren 
Church , Englewood, Ohio 

Mary Margaret Gress and Ramon 
Rodriguez, Feb. 21, Grace Brethren 
Church, York, Pa. 

Donna J. Garey and Leland J. 
Kauffman, Mar. 14, Reading Grace 
Brethren Church, Stoystown, Pa. 



FORT LEE, VA. Chaplain (Capt.) 
John Talley will be leaving the Army 
chaplaincy on July 31. His future 
plans are indefinite. On Feb. 25, Mrs. 
Betty Talley gave birth to a 3 lb., 6 oz. 
boy, Timothy Merritt. However, the 
child died of internal complications 
the same day. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Kern of the Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church are the proud parents 
of Mark Jonathan, 5 lbs., 9 oz. who 
arrived Feb. 19. 



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emorium 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

ERICKSON, Ruth Ann, 35, a dedi- 
cated worker in the Lexington (Ohio) 
Grace Brethren Church, went to be 
with the Lord Jan. 17. Terrance Tay- 
lor, pastor. 

PETRY, H. C. "Bud," moderator 
and faithful member of the Englewood 
Grace Brethren Church passed away 
recently. He was a Sunday-school 
teacher and very active in district 
affairs. Submitted by Rev. Charles 
E. Lawson, pastor of the Trotwood 
Grace Brethren Church. 



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The Congregation of the 
SIMI COMMUNITY BRETHREN CHURCH 



December 31, 1969 



Dear Pastor Gillis: 

At the beginning of this New Year it seems only fitting 
that we, the congregation, should express some of the things 
that are on our hearts to you, the "Under Shepherd," our 
Pastor. We remember how many times we have looked to 
you in times of need, and you were right there, by our side. 
In times of trial and testing you have been with us— encour- 
aging us, building us up in the Faith, praying with us and for 
us. We cannot forget the times you were with us 'til the wee 
small hours of the morning in a hospital waiting room, or be- 
side our bed of affliction, ministering to us— with no thought 
of yourself. 

We know you have spent hours of prayer and study in 
preparation of a sermon to draw us close to Him. And then 
it may have seemed we felt we were doing you a favor by 
showing up for church or prayer meeting. Of course it was 
easy to "forget" to mention what a blessing the sermon was 
to our hearts. 

But we want to let you know, despite our many shortcom- 
ings and failures, we appreciate you more than you will ever 
know. Through you we have come to know our Bible as 
never before. Through you we see the love of our Lord as 
never before and consequently love our Lord more. True, 
many times we have been unfaithful to God and to you. We 
have let you down so many times. Forgive us and may God, 
our Heavenly Father forgive us. 

In this new year, 1 970, we will strive to be faithful to the 
One you are longing for us to be conformed to. May we re- 
member you are human too, and encourage you by faithful- 
ness to Him, and by praying for you more than ever before. 
May we truly realize what our purpose is here in our little 
church— to reach out and win lost souls for our Lord. 

Most of all, we want you to know of our love for you— we 
know of your love for us— it has been demonstrated over and 
over again. 

With love. 



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Beginning a new series on your BMH co-wor leers . . . 



MEET YOUR BMH FAMILY 




Our employee with the longest term of service- 
MRS. A. ROLLIN SANDY 



Mr. Austin, a technician who has 
served on the Argentine mission field 
for the past five years, will begin his 
Missionary Herald ministry in the sum- 
mer of 1970. He will assist in setting up 
and will serve as director of a BMH 
audio-visual department. Items to be 
produced will include BMH Recordings, 
tape-cassettes, transparency sets for over- 
head projectors, slide-tapes and many 
other items. Work will be done for all 
of our Brethren boards. 

Rev. and Mrs. Austin and their two 
children are currently residing in Long 
Beach, CaUfornia, and are members of 
the First Brethren Church there. They 
plan to move to Winona Lake, Indiana, 
sometime during the late summer. 



Mrs. Sandy, an employee of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald for thirteen 
years, serves as subscription secretary 
and operator of the IBM Magnetic Tape 
Selectric Composer. The composer is 
used to set all of the type for your 
Brethren Missionary Herald magazine, 
Foreign Mission Echoes, Home Missions' 
Forgotten Navajo and Communicator, 
as well as all of the typesetting work 
for the BMH Printing Department. 

A valued employee, Mrs. Sandy 
served for a number of years as secretary 
to the BMH editor-general manager. She 
and her husband are members of the 
Sidney (Ind.) Brethren Church, where 
her husband is pastor. The Sandy's have 
two sons. Brent and Dean, and live at 
Winona Lake, Ind. 




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This article 

reprinted by 

permission of 

VOICE magazine 



I don't know who he was, where he 
was from, why he did what he did, or 
whether he was real. He probably is 
the figment of someone's rich 
imagination. But I can picture him 
clearly, his large body covered with 
black and white plumes, his mighty 
legs braced firmly under his six-fooi 
frame, his head hidden beneath the 
surface of a dune. The ostrich who 
buried his head in the sand. 

1 already admitted that I know 
nothing about him. I can't tell you 
anything about his family. I can only 
surmise what his upbringing was like. 
But I am afraid I know more about his 
faith than I would like to. You see, 
I've seen his disciples all over the 
world. 

I've seen some of his disciples 
carrying idealistic placards down the 
streets without the slightest 
understanding of what the placards 
meant. I've seen them in the pulpits of 
large, liberal churches— they've been 
preaching salvation through education 
and urban renewal. I've seen his 
emissaries in the ecumenical councils 
shouting "Unity!" without the 
foggiest concept of Holy Spirit 
oneness, the only oneness that unifies 
any people. 

But the saddest sight I've ever 
viewed is one of the fundamentalist 
breed, in the earth up to his neck and 
with a big Scofield Bible tucked under 
his wing. He is the "Ostrichus 
Evangelicus," the most unsavory 
ostrich of all. 

Oh, don't get me wrong; he isn't a 
tragic figure because he is a 
fundamentalist. That's one of his 
redeeming features insofar as he carries 
out his emphasis on "fundamentals." 
He isn't tragic either because he has a 
Scofield Bible tucked under his wing. 
He's probably gleaned more truth 
from that book than most other Bible 
readers. The fact is, he is a tragic figure 
simply because his head is in the sand. 
This one attribute tells a lot about 
him. Just what it tells I'd like to have 

About the Author— 

Dr. Larry W. Poland is the president of 
Miami Bible College of Miami, Florida. He 
served on the staff of Grace College in 
Winona Lake, Indiana, before coming to 
Miami in 1967. 



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isavory Ostrich 



By Larry Poland 



you examine with me. 

First of all, our ostrich friend, if he 
could see himself, would be 
embarrassed to discover that he's 
focusing the world's attentions on 
some of the most uncomely parts of 
his anatomy. You know the 
kind-those radio preachers who have 
the same beliefs as you do and yet you 
feel sorry for the way they parade 
their uncouthness, their bad grammar, 
and their general ignorance. You feel 
embarrassed that they too claim your 
trust in Jesus Christ and in the 
infallible Word. They've focused 
attention on their human frailties by 
the interment of their heads. 

I'll never forget the time I was 
sitting in a question and answer period 
at a college lecture series. A man rose 
to his feet to question the speaker. His 
question was loaded, crudely phrased, 
and indictive. I remember my iniiial 
negative reaction before I stopped to 
realize that the man was expressing my 
viewpoint. He was an evangelical 
Christian with his most hideous side 
showing. 

A second problem with our 
feathery friend is that he has 
inundated his mind. What a shame. 
Here is one who has received the mind 
of Christ (I Cor. 2:16) plus a likely 
better-than-average intellectual 
capability from his parents. But his 
mind can't function subterraneously, 
covered by a lot of empty and vain 
religious traditions he has accepted 
without question from others. The 
Spirit longs to teach him new truths 
from God, give him new insights from 
the Word and proffer new concepts for 
making his ministry more effective. 
Futile. His mental activity is choked 
by the granulated earth packed tightly 
around it. When he has questions, he 
subconsciously screams shibboleths at 
himself and drowns the inquiry of his 
mind. When he has doubts, he tells 
himself that doubts are sin rather than 
asking God to give him rational 
arguments and evidence rooted in 
God's revelation. 

His position is that of immobile and 
unswerving mental commitment— «of 
to vital tenets of a living faith, but to a 
static and unthinking reliance upon 



what some other man has told him. He 
takes his stand not on eternal truths of 
God but on a set of convictions that 
he has received from a pastor who 
received them from seminary profes- 
sors who received them from pastors 
and seminary professors. That any one 
of these has sought the Scriptures 
objectively to arrive at his system of 
beliefs is often suspect. His mind has 
taken root and it has taken root in a 
hole of his own making. 

Our evangelical ostrich has another 
serious limitation. This limitation is 
that he has shut off all communication 
from the outside world. Most 
unfortunate. He has riosed his ears to 
the world's screams. He has shut his 
eyes to the world's miseries. His 
posterior parts get a little bit of the 
world's breeze, but it's quite difficult 
to tell from whence the wind is 
blowing. About all his head feels is 
heat, and "hot-headedness" is not an 
unusual attribute of one who has shut 
off all communication from the 
outside world. In fact, most such birds 
explode in rage at the sinful seekers 
who bump into them, a response 
rooted in self-righteousness and not in 
Godly compassion. 

You see, he knows that he is not to 
love the world system, partake of the 
world's evil, nor be swayed by the 
world's values. So he has shut off all 
reading of works by those who don't 
share his viewpoint— even other Chris- 
tians. 

He has denied himself entrance into 
the forums of the world's thought. He 
has lost his conception of the spiritual 
hunger of unbelieving human beings 
-he has limited his contacts to spiritual 
gluttons for so long. 

You see, these birds have 
misinterpreted "Christian separation." 
They have separated themselves from 
sinners rather than sm. The heart cries 
of sinners for spiritual life go unheard. 
The pitiful dilemmas of the wicked go 
unnoticed. The deathly coldness of 
judgment which rests on the ungodly 
is not felt by the buried believer. 
Consequently, with no objects for his 
love, he grows loveless; with no 
miserable sights to behold, he becomes 
compassionless. 



The final and most terrible 
attribute of this flightless fowl is that 
his witness is stopped. Ever try to talk 
with your face in the sand? Don't 
bother. Your voice will be inaudible 
anyway. It won't be inaudible because 
you don't have a message. You'll still 
have God's Word on your lips and 
God's spirit in your heart, but your 
vc oe won't carry through the soil of 
your isolation, through the pebbles of 
your indifference, or through the sand 
of your escapism. 

You'll have a Savior that you can't 
share, a gospel you can't proclaim, a 
revelation you can't reveal. The 
ministry of reconciliation you bear 
won't reconcile anybody. Your world 
will be denied the abundant life you 
have to offer in Jesus Christ. 

Maybe all this has already 
happened. A check on your situation 
would be to count the number of 
unbelievers to whom you have 
personally explained salvation in the 
past month. Embarrassing, isn't it? 

You'd better get out of the sand. 
You might have to join a service club 
or your PTA or start a neighborhood 
Bible study or get into a bowling 
league— something to get you in 
contact with your mission field, the 
world. 

If you stay in your mole-like 
stance, you will be an extremely 
unsavory creature. I'm not calling you 
that; Christ did. Didn't He say that His 
disciples were "salt" and that if they 
lost their savor they were worth 
nothing, but to be "troden under 
foot"? That's what He said. He did not 
save men to seclusion. He saved them 
to service. He saved them to seasoning. 
He saved them to incarnate the Spirit. 

If you've been an unsavory 
evangelical ostrich, better yank that 
head out of the sand, pray to God for 
a fresh breeze from the Holy Spirit, 
use those powerful legs to propel you 
to the lost, and open that sandy beak 
in words of love and compassion and 
salvation. 

If you don't extricate yourself, you 
won't even hear the approach of the 
big foot that treads all unsavory 
ostriches the rest of the way into the 
sand of divine judgment. ▼ 



April 4, 1970 



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PRODUCES 
POWER 
BY 
PRAYER . . 



"Never underestimate the power of 
a woman"^ surely a debatable idea; its 
validity depending on the character of 
the woman; what kind of power she 
wants and for what purpose. You have 
known one or two to whom cunning, 
conniving, deceitful designs are second 
nature? A look behind that behavior 
may explain it, at least in part. 

Lack of opportunity for full 
development may be some of the 
problem. Or a lazy nature which 
refuses to work hard enough to earn 
what she wants. Maybe impatience. 
She wants what she wants NOW. 
Colleagues belittle; peers snub. 
Lacking spiritual resources she 
becomes a master at double-talk; 
resorts to subterfuge. This is her way 
of kicking her hostile world in the 
teeth; an unenviable way of "I'll show 
'em. They'll pay through the nose 
until I get what I want." 

How do you handle this problem 
personally? Even thougli you are a 
child of God you are not immune. An 
honest look at the facts of your life 
must admit temptations in this 
personality area. You know you want 
to be somebody; you'll settle for just a 
"little" somebody. But you don't 



By Althea S. Miller 



want to be merely a sputtering cog of 
power in life's machinery. Because you 
love Jesus Christ you want to be part 
of the dynamite that transforms and 
advances productively. How do you 
synchronize your personal "gears" to 
be part of the godly power at work in 
today's world? What is the formula for 
connecting to that power? 

Perhaps you have stumbled over the 
answer because it is so simple. And 
profound. PRAYER. 

So you think this is an 
oversimplification. After all, you are 
no novice at prayer. You know it is 
talking to God, asking for His blessings 
as you intersperse a little praise for His 
goodness. You can't sleep well at night 
if you don't pray. You feel guilty if 
you fail to give God at least a little 
nod of recognition each day. But is 
that all? This ritual doesn't change the 
basic facts of your daOy living. What is 
the secret of prayer that will make you 
productive and give you power? 

Begin at the beginning. Sort out 
your motivations and discard the 
unworthy. Why do you want to be 
productive? What end results do you 
have in mind? Are you willing to pay 
the price of productivity? Who will 
benefit by the results? Why is prayer 
the key factor to the productive life of 
God's child? What kind of prayer 
produces impact? To whom should 
you pray? 

Obviously these questions cannot 
be answered within this limited space. 
You will be headed in the direction of 
creativity if you attempt to think 
these through to some conclusions.* 



Certainly you enjoy the satisfaction 
of achievement. You want to con- 
tribute to the well-being of others; to 
be that "virtuous woman" (Prov. 
31; 10) who is trusted by husband, 
family, friends. 

Every worthwhile gift to life carries 
a price tag. Disciplines of mind, body, 
spirit, possessions, cost. But how they 
count! Why don't you count that cost 
and with joyous abandon to the Lord 
who loves you, tell Him you are 
willing to pay? Your power to produce 
will come in answer to the honest 
prayer that forsakes self-will in favor 
of the will of God. "The will of God is 
either a burden to carry or a power 
which carries us."** 

No woman can be creatively 
productive apart from prayer in all its 
aspects. Prayer which moves God's 
arm is at once intercessory and full of 
praise; spoken and wordless; replete 
with warm fellowship with the Most 
High and moments of quietly ponder- 
ing who He is and what He means to 
the individual who knows and loves 
Him. Prayer releases the power of God 
to flow through His loved ones. And 
nothing can stop that power from 
producing the fruit of the Spirit which 
has the potential to set your world on 
fire for God. 

Prayer is faith in action. It's the 
kind that gets things done. Why waste 
your energies in time-consuming 
prayer if you don't believe God can 
produce the answer for and througli 
you? The prayer of faith is "obedient 
to the heavenly vision" of God's will 
for those "who are exercised thereby." 

How does your prayer production 
stack up? Awake now to the fact that 
prayer, not cunning or deceitfulness is 
your source of power that produces. It 
is at this point it is safe to believe, 
"Never underestimate . . . ." T 

*Would you like to share your creative 
thinking about prayer? Write me and we'll 
work on expanding the Biblical aspects of 
the potential of production by prayer. 

**It's Harvest Time, Jan. '70 



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^^rgentina, oldest of the Brethren 
foreign mission fields, has undergone 
many crises through the years, and 
though never oversupplied with mis- 
sionary personnel, it is now faced with 
a new crisis in a real dearth of workers. 
The Nelson Fays, presently in their 
second term in this great South Ameri- 
can land, are shouldering numerous 
field responsibilities. 

Back a few years, in early 1963, 
when Nelson and Marjorie Fay left the 
United States for their first term as 
Brethren missionaries to Argentina, 
they went out under somewhat differ- 
ent circumstances than do most be- 
ginning missionaries, which meant that 
the time required for their orientation 
and adjustment was minimal. Note- 
worthy facts were that both already 
spoke Spanish and both had previously 
lived in Argentina. 

Less than three years before, Miss 
Marjorie Hurlbut had returned to the 
U.S. for her first furlough after spend- 
ing a term in Argentina with another 
mission board. In the intervening time 
she had married Nelson Fay, become 
a mother of a son, joined The Brethren 
Church, and been accepted as a mis- 
sionary under the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society. 

Wyoming was the state in which 
Marjorie was born, but because of her 
father's work the family moved around 
considerably, and lived in several dif- 
ferent states all the way from Michigan 
to California. She graduated from high 
school in Montebello, California, which 
is still the home address of her parents. 

At the age of nine Marjorie made 



The Nelson Fay family. 



her decision to follow Christ as the 
result of a special evangelistic effort 
directed toward children, and not long 
afterwards she felt the desire to serve 
Him as a missionary. The desire grew, 
and when she was twelve she made a 
private commitment to the Lord for 
her life service; later, a public com- 
mitment was made. 

However, a time of rationalizing 
and compromise entered her life. In 
college she prepared for teaching, and 
she did teach for one year after her 
graduation from the University of Red- 
lands. But the following summer she 
faced up to her situation as the re- 
sult of a challenge given by a furlouglied 
missionary at a youth camp. Even 
though she was in debt and had no 
savings, she determined to enter Bible 
school, and she found the Lord was 
faithful to His Word in caring for her 
every need during her two years at 
Biola. 

Seeking practical experience, Mar- 
jorie went to Cuba for a summer with 
Practical Missionary Training. Then she 
stayed on in Cuba to teach missionary 
children for a year, thereby gaining 
further mission-field experience. 

Meanwhile, she had applied to and 
been appointed by the Conservative 
Baptist Foreign Mission Society for 
work in Argentina. Before arriving on 
the field she spent a year studying the 
Spanish language in Costa Rica. Then 

Completing the series 

on the 1969-70 

WMC "Birthday Missionaries" 



she was stationed in the northern part 
of the country, where her duties in- 
cluded helping with the book deposit, 
teacher training, child evangelism, and 
women's work. 

Before Marjorie went out as a mis- 
sionary she had made the acquaintance 
of a young couple from Argentina who 
had moved to California. They were 
very helpful to her in her preparations, 
and the wife carried on a correspond- 
ence with Marjorie after she arrived on 
the field. But the Lord saw fit to take 
the wife unto himself after a brief ill- 
ness, leaving a sad young husband and 
a little daughter. A couple of signifi- 
cant results developed: first, a time of 
decision for the husband— who former- 
ly had been seeking personal gain in 
the business world— in yielding to the 
Lord concerning preparation for full- 
time service; and, second, his con- 
tinuing the correspondence his wife 
had begun with the missionary in 
Argentina. 

The outcome of the latter situation 
was that, as is so often said— "to make 
a long story short"— the two eventually 
became engaged by correspondence. 
Marjorie finished her term on the field, 
returned to the U.S., and in June of 
1960 became Mrs. Nelson Fay. 

The first two years of their married 
life the Fays lived in Winona Lake, 
Indiana, while Mr. Fay attended Grace 
Seminary. Mrs. Fay became a member 
of the Community Grace Brethren 
Church of Warsaw, Indiana, where she 
still holds her membership. 

After they had been appointed to 
Argentina and all the myriads of neces- 
sary preparations were cared for, the 
Fays departed for the field in the 
early days of 1963, accompanied by 
the daughter, Sylvia, and their first 
son, Benjamin. Two more sons have 
joined the family; Jonathan, born in 
Argentina, and Theodore, their young- 
est, born in California during furlough. 

Almafuerte is the residence of this 
missionary family, since Mr. Fay's min- 
istry is largely connected with the 
field's Bible Institute which is located 
there. Recently he has taken on an 
added responsibility in heading up the 
field council of missionaries. 

Pray for the Lord's enabling in 
every needy area of Marjorie Fay as 
she works alongside her husband. Pray 
not only for desperately needed mis- 
sionary recruits, but for the calling 
forth of many laborers for the Lord 
among Argentine national Christians.^ 



April 4, 1970 



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Getting To Know Your National WMC Officers 




L to R; Roger, Mrs. Phillip Simmons and 
Rev. Phillip Simmons 

Mrs. Phillip Simmons 

Program Chairman 

Your national WMC officers are 
scattered from the east to the 
west— and even to the northwest. The 
West is famiUar territory to me since 
my ancestors were among the early 
pioneers who went westward in 
covered wagons of the bygone days to 
settle in California- my birthplace and 
home up through college days. 

Looking back, I now realize that of 
much more value than the gold in the 




L to R: Rev. Ralph Hall, Nancy, Steve and 
Mrs. Ralph Hall 

Mrs. Ralph Hall 

Project Chairman 

"Oh, a national officer in WMC?" 
you ask. "I thought you were working 
inSMM." 

You're right! For many years SMM 
was my labor of love, but now the 
Lord has given me the privilege of 
being your national WMC project 
chairman. It is wonderful to serve the 
One who has given us "richly all things 
to enjoy." 

It is interesting to live at Winona 



California hills was the challenge in 
childhood given by a pastor in our 
church in La Verne, California. He 
offered an award to all juniors who 
would memorize a long list of Bible 
verses— fifty-three in all. His award was 
a very special and unusual one. He 
promised to bring it back with him 
when he returned from a six-month 
tour of the Holy Land. It took many, 
many hours to learn the fifty-three 
verses word for word. The award was a 
string of mother-of-pearls-pearls from 
the Sea of Galilee— cherished, of 
course. It was through the 
memorization of these verses that I 
later realized my need of Christ and 
looked to Calvary where I saw Christ 
taking my place and bearing the 
penalty for my sins. "The entrance of 
thy words giveth light"-yes, Light! 

Dr. Alva J. McClain ministered to 
our church in La Verne during the six 
months' absence of our pastor, 
Herbert Tay, while he was in the Holy 
Land (boats were slower than the jets 
of today). A decade later, I sat under 
Dr. McClain's teaching at Grace 
Seminary and received a Christian 



Lake and hear, from time to time, 
various ones comment, "Oh, you're 
just like us, you weren't born Brethren 
either." We were not acquainted with 
The Brethren Church until my 
husband went to Grace Seminary, but 
we certainly praise the Lord for His 
direction in acquainting us with the 
Brethren Fellowship of Churches. We 
became Brethren in the spring of 1951 
before Ralph graduated from 
Seminary. 

We have lived in Winona Lake the 
past ten years after serving the Lord in 
pastorate work for ten years before. 
Sometimes we can only marvel at the 
way the Lord works out the details in 
our lives, such as, my husband getting 
a degree in engineering before going to 
Seminary. Why did he need a degree in 
engineering when he was going into 
the service of the Lord? The answer 
now, of course, is obvious. He could 
never do the work he is doing for the 
Brethren Architectual Services without 
it. 

We have much to look forward to 
in the future. Two exciting events will 
be happening this coming June when 



Education diploma for the completion 
of the two-year course offered at that 
time. Several years later, I married 
another Grace Seminary student, 
Pastor Phillip Jackson Simmons of 
Virginia. 

Twenty-nine years of "pioneering" 
have followed with twenty-four of 
these years spent in home-mission 
churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, 
California and Washington. 

God blessed our home with three 
children: Joyce, Bernard and Roger. 
Joyce, also in a pioneering 
home-mission church, is the wife of 
Pastor Don Farner, Jr., Opportunity 
(Spokane), Washington. Bernie, who is 
married to the former Sue Horney, is 
completing his last year in Grace 
Seminary. Roger is a high school 
student here in Seattle where we are 
located. 1 am also involved in the 
school systems working as a full-time 
secretary in the administration office. 

Having a part in planning WMC 
programs has always been of special 
concern and interest to me and I have 
found it a pleasure as well as a 
challenge to coordinate and help in the 
programming area of our WMC. 
Perhaps there is still a little pioneering 
for me to do in WMC ! 



our daughter, Nancy, who is a Junior 
at Grace College, will be married; and 
our son, Steve, will be graduating from 
high school. 

My favorite verse of scripture is: 
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is 
gain" (Phil. 1:21). 

WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Randall 

Rd., Elyna, Ohio 44035 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Ralph Hall, R.R. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. PhilUp Simmons, 10600 

S.E. 226th St., Kent, Wash. 98031 
Rec. Secy. -Mrs. Gerald Kelley, Box 67, 

New Troy, Mich. 49119 
Asst. Rec. Secy. -Mrs. Dan Pacheco, R.R. 

3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Robert Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Asst. to the Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Earle 

Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave., Cuyahoga 

Falls, Ohio 44221 
Lit. Secy. -Mrs. Charles Koontz, R.R. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 604 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, R.R. 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Asst. SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Polman, 

1634 Pinecrest Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45414 



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NORTHEASTERN OHIO RALLY- 

Despite a winter marked by lots of 
snow and zero temperatures, the Lord 
gave us a good day for our winter 
rally. The brave ladies journeyed to 
the Canton Brethren Church, January 
26, 1970. Mrs. Opal Laubender led us 
in singing "Is It The Crowning Day." 
Mrs. June Turner, our prayer 
chairman, centered her devotional 
thoughts around this song. We then 
enjoyed a time of conversational 
prayer. 

This was a special day for our 
pastors' wives. Each one was presented 
with a trivet for her kitchen. Mrs. Ray 
Johnson gave a special word of 
testimony about being called to be a 
pastor's wife. 

A bountiful noon meal was served, 
and then we had the afternoon session 
opened by Mrs. Laubender leading us 
in a song. 




The chapel in Tijuana, iVlexico, under con- 
struction. 



This is our national WMC 
offering period for Foreign Mis- 
sions. Our project this year is to 
supply funds for the completion 
of the chapel in Tijuana, iVIexico, 
and the balance to aid in the 
support of our missionaries to 
Germany. 



The business meeting was called to 
order by our president Mrs. Bea 
Ripple. All but two councils were 
represented. Committee reports were 
given. Our project offering was 
received for linen and table cloths for 
France and two units for the beginning 
work in Germany. We are praising the 
Lord for more than meeting our goal 
of two hundred dollars. 

Special music was furned by the 
Homerville ladies, and a solo by Hazel 
Plastow. Mrs. Joyce Renick took us to 
France via slides. She told of many 
customs of the people and also about 
the country. Knowing more about the 
mission work in France should help us 
to pray more faithfully. -A//-X. Wm. 
Snoddy 



District Chatter 



Northeastern Ohio 
District— Canton, Ohio, has started a 
new local project which will meet a 
real need. One of the WMC groups is 
responsible for the gathering together 
of a can-a-month project. Each family 
in the church is encouraged to 
contribute a can of food a month and 
the ladies will prepare baskets for the 
Mission Chapel. 

Midwest District-BSLV-One of 
the goals for each council is to pray 
for the youth who have made 
(Continued on page 23) 



April 4, 1970 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - JUNE 

AFRICA- 

Rev. S. Wayne Beaver June 2 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Pierre-Andre Waridel June 6 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mr. Pierre-Andre Waridel June 7 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 1 5 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 

David William Walker June 29, 1961 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic 

ARGENTINA- 

David Clark Miller June 12, 1966 

Circunscripcion 4, Seccion 4, Manzana 9, Casa 6, Ciudad General Belgrano, 
Argentina, S.A. 

BRAZIL- 

Earl Phillip Hodgdon June 11, 1956 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Beverly Anne Hodgdon June 26, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

GERMAIMY- 

Mrs. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

776 Radolfzell, Strandbadstr. 86, Germany 

Rev. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

776 Radolfzell, Strandbadstr. 86, Germany 

IN THE UNITED STATES- 

Mrs. Rose Foster June 9 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr ' June 12 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Rev. Martin M. Garber June 14 

c/o Mr. John Rae, 209 Rowland Avenue, Modesto, California 95351 

Lynda Kay Garber June 15, 1969 

c/o Mr. John Rae, 209 Rowland Avenue, Modesto, Cahfornia 95351 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

2592 Edgebrook Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44312 

Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

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Is SMM 

Relevant ? 



By Mrs. Robert L. Boze 

National SMM Patroness 



w, 



'hat's so great about SMM? 
Does it meet the needs of the "now 
generation"? How can anything fifty- 
seven years old (age of SMM) be up to 
date? Perhaps these and many more 
questions flash through the minds of 
those of you who have never experi- 
enced working in SMM. Don't stop 
now! Let us give you some answers to 
these questions. 

Anyone reading the daily news, 
viewing the tube, or leafing througli 
current magazines can truly say: "In 
times like these, you need a Saviour." 
The SMM theme "In Times Like 
These" is certainly relevant. We are 
facing the most critical time of our 
history and are constantly being chal- 
lenged to redeem the time because of 
the evil days. 

Each month in the SMM lessons we 
are taken to God's Word which offers 
us the solution to the problems of 
today's Modern Miss. Some of the 
topics for the year are: Knowing the 
assurance of your personal relation- 
ship to the Lord Jesus; Passing it on 
to others; Being pure; Loving one 
another; False teachers, and many 
more. Relevant— yes, and it doesn't 
stop there. Many alert patronesses 
promote discussions on the themes and 
broaden them to encircle the problems 
of her own particular girls. A lively 
discussion promotes the feeling of 
warmth and love. Many times the girls 
just need to know that others feel the 
same way about their somewhat gigan- 
tic problems. They need to know some- 
one really cares. This makes God real 
to the present situations in which they 
are involved. 




Our goals teach the girls that action 
is better than talk. They are taught to 
be witnesses to their peers. They are 
supplied with attractive tracts to back 
up their convictions. Sometimes they 
go in groups to the nursing homes to 
visit the sick. Surely you can see value 
in training others to do these valuable 
services. These and many more services 
are tauglit the girls, helping to prepare 
them for active participation in the 
church family. 

SMM is not another social night 
out! Although the social graces are 
being taught for this inexperienced 
Young Miss. How many times were 
you caught off guard with no ideas as 
to what to do? We wish to keep our 
girls as poised as the occasion demands. 
I think mistakes are more acceptable 
in a group that loves and understands 
and that has the same type of prob- 
lems. We always enjoy the fashion 
shows the Middlers put on. I am sure 
there are some mothers who are groan- 
ing in retrospect. It isn't easy in this 
day of commercialism, yet many a 
young bride or mother has benefited 
from this early exposure to sewing 
and coordination of the wardrobe. 

Relevant— yes, and up to date on 



the happenings in the foreign mission 
field. Can you name the various mis- 
sionaries and their work? Perhaps an 
incident or story that has been assigned 
to the girls in their earliest years pro- 
vides the groundwork for the Holy 
Spirit. Many of our lady missionaries 
were SMM girls and testify to the 
worth of their SMM training. 

How can something so old be rele- 
vant? This is where the national offi- 
cers come in. I'm sure you were not 
aware we had an active part, too. Up- 
dating the materials and handbooks, 
screening the writers of the various 
studies, and assisting in any way pos- 
sible to keep SMM "on the ball." 

Have we done anything to convince 
you to give us a try? You might say 
you have a guarantee! Can't pass up 
such a bargain, now can you? Isaiah 
40:31 -"But they that wait upon the 
Lord shall renew their strength; they 
shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run, and not be weary; and 
they shall walk, and not faint." We 
cannot promise a fountain of youth, 
but you can't lose can you with the 
Lord on your side? Remember, SMM 
is "Redeeming the time, because the 
days are evil" (Eph. 5:16). ▼ 



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Anniversary! Congratulations 



Anniversary! Yes, another year has come and 
gone for SMM. New officers have been elected. A 
new SMM Girl of the Year has been chosen. New 
groups are springing up. Everything seems to relate 
to the new, but without the old there cannot be a 
new. Let's take a look at some of the "old" times 
in SMM. 

1st SMM patroness— Mrs. Mary Bauman 

1st SMM location— Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania 

1st SMM meetings— Sunday mornings at 
ten o'clock 

1st SMM name— Ivy Kolb Auxiliary 

1st SMM national work-1913 

1st SMM covenant— "I will not cease to 
make offerings of 
prayer, time, and mon- 
ey to the end that the 
daughter of sorrow in 
every land may know 
the love of Jesus." 

1st SMM foreign-mission work— sending 
bandages to the lepers 
in Africa 

1st SMM Girl of the Year-Miss Sue Turley, 
1964 



to 

SMM 

on Your 

57th 

Anniversary 

—from 

the 

WMC 



DISTRICT CHATTER 

(Continued from page 21) 

decisions for full-time Christian 
service. Mrs. Adalaida Pacheco, 
Midwest District prayer chairman has a 
good idea as a reminder for the ladies 
in this district. She is making Open 
Bible Bookmarks with the names of 
the young people in the district who 
are enrolled in the Brethren Student 
Life Volunteer program. These will be 



mailed to each council to remind them 
to pray for these young people by 
name. 

Here is an idea from the 
"Northwest News." Some council 
might want to use it to promote good 
fellowship and to get better 
acquainted. Quote: "We sponsored an 
exchange dinner for families in the 
church. In this project, one of the 
families was host and the other the 
guests. Then at a later date, the 
entertained family was host. A 
committee was appointed to set up the 



hosts and the families they would 
entertain. Neither of the families knew 
the identity of those they were to 
entertain, nor by whom they would be 
entertained until the actual day. Then 
the family to be entertained was given 
the name of their host and they went 
directly to that home-then it was that 
the host knew who the family was 
they were entertaining. This was found 
to be an excellent way to become 
better acquainted with some of the 
new families as well as building a 
closer bond of fellowship." 



April 4, 1970 



23 




The God Who Is There Deoth in the City 



Francis A. Schaeffer (Chicago: 
Inter- Varsity, 1968), 191 pages, $4.50; 
paper, $2.50. 

This book is one of a new breed, 
and so far it is the best of its genre. It 
is what may be called a manual of 
"personal pre-evangelism." In the past 
we have had many books on personal 
evangelism. They are still useful, but 
the present age has called forth a 
different kind of manual, a manual of 
pre-evangelism, or what might also be 
called "personal apologetics." 

The God Who Is There is a brilliant 
and challenging accomplishment. Time 
will prove it to be a greater influence 
and practical value to the church of 
Jesus Christ than any book published 
in the established categories of 
evangelism and apologetics for many 
years past. 

What is the concept of 
pre-evangelism, and why is it suddenly 
appearing to claim importance today? 
Pre-evangelism is the task of preparing 
men and women intellectually to hear 
the Gospel with a clear understanding 
of its message. Prevalent modern ideas 
of reality, with which more and more 
people (especially the young) are being 
ever more effectively brainwashed, 
tend to destroy the very categories of 
logic and reason necessary to 
understand the human predicament 
and God's answer to it. 

If there is to be any sort of 
renascence, intellectual and spiritual, 
among evangelical Christians in the 
decades ahead (and God grant that 
there may be), the practical Christian 
presuppositionalism and the loving 
openness to the cries of modern men 
which characterize The God Who Is 
There will prove to be at the heart of 
it Don't miss it , if you want to be part 
of the effective solution, not part of 
the problem. -John A. Renick, Park 
City, Illinois 



Francis A. Schaeffer (Chicago: 
Inter-Varsity, 1969), 143 pages, paper, 
$1.95. 

Meditations on passages from 
Romans, Jeremiah, and Lamentations, 
this is a different sort of book from 
Dr. Schaeffer's first two. The 
Schaeffer we meet on these pages is a 
combination of Paul and Jeremiah; a 
man with the solid doctrinal 
convictions of the apostle and the 
anguish and tears of the prophet. His 
exposition follows no rules and is 
highly original. Biblical motifs are 
explored and their contemporary 
relevance indicated. 

Schaeffer believes that modern man 
is intellectually foolish, not merely in 
relation to what the Bible says, but 
also with regard to the world and life 
itself. In his turning away from God, 
man has backed himself into a corner 
of meaninglessness. He is experiencing 
spiritual and cultural death because he 
has turned away from the only 
answers that can meet his needs. Nor 
does the church escape Schaeffer's 
blistering indictment. There is 
hypocrisy and ugliness there, too. 
Many of us are existing on the 
memory of what it used to be like but 
no longer is. 

A weakness of Schaeffer's approach 
is its presuppositionalism. Basically he 
presents the non-Christian with the 
Biblical worldview as a system which 
can answer his questions and satisfy 
his heart. The truth question is 

Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 or the Herald Book- 
store, Box 2385, Fullerton, Cali- 
fornia 92633. We pay postage. 



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bypassed, and it cannot be. Obviously 
Schaeffer does not believe the 
Christian message is a myth or a fairy 
story. But he never tells us why he 
thinks it is not. He needs to fill his 
system out with a healthy dose of 
historical evidences for the 
authenticity of the Biblical truth 
claim. -Dr. Clark H. Pinnock, 
Kenosha, Wisconsin 



L'Abri 



Edith Schaeffer (Wheaton: Tyndale 
House, 1969), 228 pages, $3.95. 

The work of L'Abri Fellowship, 
centered in Switzerland, is to make 
redemption known in terms 
twentieth-century man can 
understand. The good news is 
delivered in two ways. Dr. Schaeffer 
spends much time with those with 
serious intellectual problems blocking 
their acceptance of Christ. The more 
important way is the practical 
demonstration of their faith in God to 
supply all needs. 

Covering the work of L'Abri from 
its earliest days, Mrs. Schaeffer traces a 
number of agonizing events that 
brought the Schaeffers into total 
dependence upon God, thus enhancing 
their message. Any literary weaknesses 
are made up for by Mrs. Schaeffer's 
warmth and eagerness. Her book is 
itself a fine apologetic for the personal 
relationship one can have with the 
God who is there.— Larry DeArmey, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 




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Spiritual State of the Committee . 
Reflection on Pastors' Workshops 
Dedication and Opportunity 
What If I Had Been Born Jewish? 
Atlanta Ground Breaking 
Church News .... 
Miracle of Prayer .... 

The Chimes 

Some Facts About Grace Schools 
Spiritual Complacency and Its Dangers 
"Bring Order Out of Chaos"— Hatfield 
Grace Recognized for Patriotism . 
Kappa Alpha Tau .... 
Christian Service at Grace 
Invitation to Commencement 



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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zlelasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 



April 18, 1970 

Volume 32, Numbers 



Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued bi»/eekly by The Brethren 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Editors Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



Spiritual State 



or tne Committee 



In the local churches there are 
committees on evangelism, expansion, 
finance, pastoral assistance, Christian 
education, and so on. District and 
national conferences have committees 
for making resolutions, reporting on 
the message of the moderator, for the 
expansion of our ministry, and for 
many other purposes. Such 
committees, and many others, serve 
useful purposes in most situations. 
However, it is possible that 
committees and boards can get bogged 
down and become simply maintainers 
of the status quo. 

Too often a committee fails to 
function properly because there was 
no real need for its existence. Many 
times on the surface it might appear 
there is a need for another committee, 
when in reality an existing one could 
function acceptably on the project. If 
there is not a real need and definite 
purpose to be served, a committee 
should not be constituted. 

There is, however, a real value in a 
small group working on important 
matters, then reporting back to the 
larger group. Great wisdom should be 
exercised in the setting up of 
committees and in staffing them lest 
the church be saddled with overmuch 
machinery. 

But even greater damage can be 
done by failure to place the best 
quahfied people on committees— those 
with the great spiritual discernment. 
How often it has happened that a 
person is chosen for a place of 



importance as a means of getting him 
to attend services more regularly. It 
should be kept in mind, however, that 
the people who are going to do the 
best job are those who have already 
demonstrated a good Christian spirit 
and a loyalty to the cause of Christ. 
Neither should a person be chosen for 
the purpose of giving dignity and 
prestige to the body. Nor should a 
person be selected because he is 
determined to be an important person. 
All persons are important in the sight 
of God; no one is more important than 
another. Good qualifications should be 
the important consideration, and the 
most important of all qualifications is 
a personal relationship to Jesus Christ 
as both Saviour and Guide. 

The extremely busy person should 
not necessarily be overlooked, for 
he usually does a good job and 
functions in a businesslike manner. 
However, one of the mistakes that is 
made too often is to overwork a few 
willing people to the exclusion of 
others. New talent is continually 
coming into the church and should be 
developed and utilized to the full 
along with the "tried and true." 

It is a mark of spiritual maturity 
and of good organization to have all 
the available capabilities in the cause 
of Christ used for His glory. All of 
which should cause us to continually 
ask in each of our situations: "What/x 
the Spiritual State of the Commit- 
tees?" 



April 18, 1970 



Reflections on the 1970 Pastors' Workshop 



B, 



ly definition "work" is the 
"exertion of strength or faculties to 
accomplish somethin g." A 
home-mission pastor's work could be 
said to be the exertion of strength and 
faculties to initiate and develop a local 
Brethren church. In today's rapidly 
changing society the "work of the 
ministry" is a highly specialized 
endeavor. In an effort to assist the 
local pastor in doing the very best job 
possible the National Home Missions 
Council has provided an annual 
workshop for each missionary. Here, 
in association and fellowship with 
others of like interests, the pastor can 
refresh his soul as well as replenish his 
briefcase. 

The presence, as well as the power, 
of the unseen demons in the world 
today was vividly presented by Dr. 
MerriU Unger. This renowned Christian 
author alerted all of those present to 
the ever-increasing interest in 
occultism in the present age which, he 
suggested, is just another 
characterizing sign of the lateness of 
the hour. There was also the 
interesting and challenging ministry of 
Rev. Raymond Stedman of the 
Peninsula Bible Church of Palo Alto, 
California. Mr. Stedman's probing 
messages on the Christian life brought 
a ready response from his eager 
listeners. In addition to this superb 
material were many pertinent subjects 
in the curriculum of the conference; 



Eastern Workshop 



By Rev. Robert W. Thompson 

Western Field Director 



Western Workshop 




that is. The Pastor and the Military, 
Contemporary Church Design, 
Methods of Personal Soul-Winning, 
Discipling Disciples, Insuring the 
Church, Financing New Churches, and 
a revealing series of messages on the 
Nature and Function of the Church by 
Dr. Herman Hoyt, president of Grace 
College and Seminary. 

Hosting the workshops this year 
were the La Loma Grace Brethren 
Church of Modesto, California, and 
the Grace Brethren Church of Canton, 
Ohio. The gracious contribution of 
these churches made possible another 
first-rate conference. Meals, prepared 
by the ladies of the churches, were 
served each day and the members of 
the local church families opened their 
homes to the missionaries and their 
wives for the three-day period. A 
special note of thanks goes to the 
ladies of the National Brethren 




Women's Missionary Council who took 
as their annual project the entire cost 
of these conferences. Recognizing the 
specialized nature of the "work of the 
ministry" in this 20th century these 
missionary-minded women could 
readily see the value of such a 
workshop. Without question The 
Brethren Church will be reaping the 
dividends of this investment for many 
years. 

Attending the workshops were 
missionaries from nineteen states, 
many of whom traveled great 
distances. One in particular, Rev. 
Herman Hein, came all the way from 
Kenai, Alaska, to share in these 
inspirational sessions. With his 
beautiful pictures of the "north 
country" and clever wit he succeeded 
in capturing more than his share of 
interest in this brand-new mission 
point. The enchantment of this new 
effort was not lost on any who 
listened to the report. A number of 
guests, including pastors and friends, 
attended these worthwhile sessions 
with the evening sessions well attended 
by a number of friends who live in the 
community. 

Perhaps no better commentary on 
the vahdity of the workshops could be 
suggested than that shared by one of 
the missionaries at the close of the last 
session. "How can I help but be a 
better pastor and missionary in the 
light of what I have heard during these 
three wonderful days? It is my 
intention to return to my church and 
work more diligently than ever before 
in reaching lost men and women for 
the Lord Jesus Christ." ▼ 



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I he terms dedication and 
opportunity are exciting and 
meaningful especially within the 
context of the Christian church. Here 
in Opportunity, Wash., we have just 
recently been reminded of the 
significance of this truth. 

On February 15 the Opportunity 
Grace Brethren Church dedicated its 
new facility to the Lord. This joyful 
event climaxed a building program 
that began nearly a year ago with a 
ground-breaking ceremony on Easter 
Sunday. Under the skillful direction of 
our building superintendent, Mr. 
Lester Keyser, the congregation has 
proved its "will to buUd." For the 
many volunteers who served so 
faithfully it was more than a 
dedication of time— it was an 
investment of life. 

The completion of the building and 
its subsequent dedication to the Lord 
on February 15 was just another 
carefully planned milestone in the 
progress of our new church. Just three 
years ago a small group of interested 
people met together at the McDonald 
Elementary School for their first 
church service in the city of 
Opportunity. The ensuing months 
have witnessed a steady growth and, in 
spite of the vicissitudes of a transient 
society, our attendance is now 
approaching seventy. There have been 
a number of crises along the way, 
including some financial, but God has 
been faithful in every instance. 

Dedication Day was more than a 
celebration of achievement; it was a 
full recognition of the great 
opportunities that yet lie ahead. We 
are very conscious of the conflict that 
rages about us today for the souls of 
men but we know that victory is the 
Lords. With our new facilities which 
include 4,000 square feet of floor 
space we now have an added advantage 
in presenting the Gospel to this 
community. When the final 
computation of the cost was 
completed the new building was found 
to have cost less than nine dollars per 
square foot. In view of the current 
economic inflation we consider such 
an achievement to be worthy of note. 

The special speaker for Dedication 
Day was Rev. Robert Thompson, 
Western Field Secretary for The 
Brethren Home Missions Council. This 
very fine organization has contributed 
much to our development. The 



DEDICATION 

AND 

OPPORTUNITY 

By Rev. Donald G. Farner 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Opportunity, Wash. 




The choir joins Pastor Donald Farner in singing on Dedication Day 



challenge from the Word of God was 
not lost on those who crowded the 
auditorium for this special event. Time 
was taken to express a warm note of 
appreciation to the host of friends 
who worked through The Brethren 



Home Missions Council, the Brethren 
Investment Foundation, and the 
Northwest District Mission Board to 
make this new church possible. 

An appropriate climax to the entire 
day of special dedication activities 



April 18, 1970 




The 

Dedication Day 
congregation 

came at the evening service when 
Pastor Farner was pubHcly ordained to 
the Christian ministry. Participating in 
the ordination service were fellow 
pastors from the Northwest District. 
The sermon for the occasion was 
delivered by Rev. Phillip J. Simmons, 
father-in-law of Donald and pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Kent, 
Wash. His exhortation caused everyone 
in attendance as well as the newly 
ordained pastor to reevaluate their 
own dedication to the task of 
evangelism. 

Having now entered into a new 
phase in the development of another 
Grace Brethren Church. The 
Opportunity Grace Brethren Church 
reaffirms its dedication to the great 
commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Every opportunity will be used to 
reach the lost and a constant 
dedication to the task will be our 
watchwords for the future. ▼ 




eling: Rev. Donald Farner. L to R: Rev. William Shelby, Rev. Phillip 
Simons, Rev. George Christie, Rev. Nelson Hall. 




A smiling, 

young 

Sunday-school 

class 




The new/ 

Opportunity, 

Washington, 

Grace 

Brethren 

Church 



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April 18, 1970 



What If I Had Been Born Jewish? 



By John S. Neely 



Oally's tiny, bouncy Jewish 
cosmetic saleslady, about whom so 
many ask, looked over at us as we sat 
in her living room and stated, "You 
are so nice. I said to Hy (her husband) 
the other night, i wish the Neelys 
were Jewish.' " 

Martha and her husband Hy are a 
two-member Neely fan club. This is 
not the first time she has expressed an 
opinion about us. One time it was, "I 
wish I had what you have." We must 
have appeared to her as possessing 
something. Of course, we know it is 
the Someone, our Lord, who has made 
the difference. On another occasion, 
she remarked that we are sincere; she 
repeated that opinion this night, 
observing that we were "no phonies." 
May God grant that we may not 
disappoint this couple, and that 
although they may seem deaf to our 
message at times, Christ might be 
revealed through our lives to these 
dear friends — that we may 
". . . provoke them to jealousy" (Rom. 
11:11). 

I have not forgotten her desire for 
us— "I wish you were Jewish." Did it 
reveal a deep pride in her heritage? 
Although she tells us that she is not 
deeply religious, could her statement 
connote that she wished we would be 
the followers of Moses and the Law, 
rather than to be believers in our 
blessed Lord and the Word of Grace? I 
do not know, but I repeat-I have not 
forgotten her earnest, "I wish you 
were Jewish!" 

It surely set me to thinking! What if 
I had been born of Jewish parents 
instead of having had a Gentile father 
and mother? Would I have been as 
blinded to the claims of Messiah Jesus 
as those to whom we witness? Would I 
have been a religious Jew, or just the 
average run-of-the-mill type of Yom 



Kippur-Passover son of Israel, 
something like our Christmas-Easter 
church-goer? Would I have been 
politically Zionistic, or in one of the 
three main streams of Judaism known 
as the Orthodox, Conservative, and 
Reformed? Would Sabbath have been 
ushered in with wife Sarah lighting the 
candles, and saying the welcoming 
prayer with hands over eyes, while I 
went to the synagogue, donning 
yarmulka and tallis as I observed the 
ritual of prayer, chanting, and heard a 
Christless message which never could 
bring the "shalom" (peace) to my 
heart? 

My thoughts went from the 
religious life to the social and political 
tragedies of the Jewish people. I 
remembered that my maternal 
grandparents were born in Germany. 
Grandfather was a native of Prussia, 
and Grandmother was reared in 
Bavaria. Now if I had been born as a 
Jew— and Jewishness according to 
tradition is determined by the 
mother's being a Jew and not the 
father — and it maintained that 
geographically I would have had my 
birth in the country in which my 
maternal grandparents lived, it would 
have been quite possible that I would 
have faced the satanic, anti-semitic, 
proposed annihilation of the Jewish 
race by the viciously-mad, 
sadistically-genocidal Hitler! As I 
continued to let my mind dwell on the 
question, "What if I had been born 
Jewish?" it would not have been 
impossible for me to have been 
victimized in the starvation-bent 
horror-filled concentration camps of 
Dachau and Auchwitz, with their gas 
chambers, crematory ovens, and mass 
graves which were the terminal points 
for some six million souls over which 
the specter of death had hovered, and 



who had died for just being Jews. 
Believe me, all this was sobering to 
John Neely, the Gentile. 

Or, if I had escaped the death of 
concentration camps, would I now be 
in Israel, having done my part in the 
six-day war, would now be feeling the 
oppressiveness of muslim and 
communistic hatred, would be 
experiencing the heartbreak of broken 
promises in the free world camps, and 
would be living in the dread shadow of 
the possibility that tomorrow or 
possibly even today might bring my 
life to a sudden halt in a bombing of a 
local marketplace, or of a bus or plane 
on which I might travel, or by death 
raining from the skies? 

Or, would I have found my way to 
America, and to the Fairfax District, 
opening my door slightly to 
unwelcome missionaries from an 
organization known as the Brethren 
Messianic Testimony, and listen bored 
to some of their "nonsense" that 
Yeshua Ha-Meshiach, Jesus the 
Messiah, was the One who died for 
me— and that He is not only Messiah 




Rev. John S. Neely 



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'Perhaps the question would stimulate Christian compassion. 



but very God! Or, would I be one of 
the few who would listen attentively, 
accept the literature and Scriptures 
offered, and graciously invite the 
missionaries to call back. And would I 
also attend the classes, finally coming 
under conviction of sin and my need 
of a Saviour, at which time I would 
receive the Lord Jesus as my Saviour 
and come into the wonderful 
experience of a completed Jew, born 
again, rejoicing in the Lord! 

I slowly came back from these 
reflections to my own experience and 
asked myself a question, "Would I 
have desired to have been born of 
Jewish parents?" In a very realistic way, 
I have come to this conclusion— 
although it would be a very rare 
privilege to be a Jew with an 



experience in Christ, it seems to me, 
knowing all the factors-the apathy of 
Christians toward Jewish evangelism, 
the judicial blindness of Israel, trends 
in the world today toward an educated 
mind instead of a Spirit-indwelt 
heart— that it was better for me to 
have been born a Gentile where all the 
signals were "go" for me to have the 
Bible with the message of the Word of 
God always near my hand and heart. 
This is especially true, since in spite of 
all these privileges, I did not receive 
Christ as my Saviour until I had heard 
of the saving grace of God consistently 
for three years. What if I had had, as a 
Jew, the added barriers to faith raised 
by traditions, the teachings against sin 
as a nature, and the unbiblical doctrine 
that a Jewish man has within himself 



the ability to be lifted back to a Holy 
God by his own bootstraps! 

"What if I had been born Jewish" 
might be a good question to ask one's 
self. Perhaps it would stimulate 
Christian compassion and interest in 
the evangelism taught in the New 
Testament to reach the Jew as well as 
the Gentile, who when Christ is 
received becomes one in His body. 
Praise the Lord, your missionaries to 
our Jewish friends in the Fairfax 
District have had the joy of having 
seen some ten or more souls-both 
Jews and Gentiles-make decisions for 
Christ this past year. This, we believe, 
is New Testament evangelism. Yes 
indeed, it might be a good thing for 
each of us to ask himself the question, 
"What if I had been born Jewish?" ▼ 



INVESTING DOLLARS FOR NEW CHURCHES 



IS 




INVEST TODAY . . . 



a joy many people across this land 
share. It is good to know your money 
is building churches instead of worldly 
facilities. The Lord has blessed His 
people for their part in the B.I.F. Are 
you missing that blessing? 



BRETHREN IIMVESTMEIMT FOUNDATION, INC. BOX 587 WINONA LAKE, IND. 46590 



April 18, 1970 



ATLANTA GROUND BREAKING 




M, 



any years of planning and 
praying for the reality of a Grace 
Brethren Church in Atlanta, Georgia, 
the "Hub of the South," has finally 
come to fruition. The combined 
efforts of the Southeast District and 
the Brethren home-missions program 
have made it possible for this new 
church to progress from a Bible class 
to an organized church. During these 
past two years many souls have been 
saved and Christians strengthened 
through this ministry. 

After many attempts to get land 
zoned for a church site the church 
purchased five acres of land on the 
extreme northwest side of Atlanta 
near the proposed interchange of 
Interstate Highway 75 near Marietta, 
Georgia. A joint effort of seven 
families from the church was the 
purchasing of forty-five acres sur- 
rounding the church property and 
developing into a first-class improved 
subdivision. Any Brethren who are 
interested in a building site or a 
purchase of lots ought to contact 
the pastor. Since this land has been 
acquired by these families this pur- 
chase made it possible for the church's 



Prayer precedes the first shovel of dirt 




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five acres of land valued at $40,000 
to be completely free of debt to the 
church. The pastor, William A. Byers, 
has built the first home in this area 
located next to the church acreage. 

Sunday, February 1, 1970, the 
ground-breaking service was held to 
start construction for the first unit of 
a four-phase building development. 
This special event was conducted by 
the building committee and acting 
trustees with the pastor. Mr. Wallace 
Swan led the congregation in the 
dedication prayer and Mr. Bill Stroup 
[ read the Scripture in I Corinthians 3 
J which puts great emphasis on building 
the foundation in Christ. Mr. Darell 
I Eakle turned the first dirt and 
I continued digging as the congregation 
filed by and presented their offering, 
singing as they moved along— "Only 
believe. Only beheve. All things are 
possible. Only beheve." Over five 
hundred dollars was given on this 
Sunday toward the progress of this 
work. Building completion is 
scheduled for this summer (1970). The 
congregation has borrowed funds from 
a local bank for construction 
amounting to $125,000. This building 





Portion of ground-breaking crowd 



is a real faith venture since the 
permanent loan needs to be raised 
through the Brethren Investment 
Foundation as the people throughout 
this nation put savings in their 
accounts for us in financing the 
Atlanta Church. The amount of 
$125,000 must be raised this year in 
savings accounts in order that the 
permanent loan can be set up at the 
end of this year of 1970. Savings funds 
must be earmarked "Atlanta Church" 
in order that they may be credited 
properly. Any of these funds can be 
withdrawn at any time. 

Many thrilling events in the 
activities of this new church have 
taken place in this great "New York 
City of the South" in these past two 
years. A tremendous challenge is 
present in such an area where a 



population of over 1,300,000 people 
stay busy— but such a very few busy 
for our Lord. Let us all pull together 
as Brethren — Pray — Visit — Give — 
Save that this beginning work will be 
the nucleus out of which many 
expanding Brethren ministries will 
develop in the South for God's glory. 

Addresses have changed often for 
tiiis work as the people have felt led to 
get estabhshed in the best location. 
Please correct your present mailing 
address for us to 3039 Hidden Forest 
Ct., Rt. 11, Marietta, Georgia 30060, 
phone, 422-6087. 

Do not fail to visit this growing 
church when you pass through the big 
city "Atlanta" and be sure to support 
this work the way God leads you, 
especially in this critical year of 
buildmg progress. ▼ 



April 18, 1970 



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LONG BEACH, CALIF. Andrew 
was the one who was always bringing 
people to Jesus. During March, the 
First Brethren Church emphasized 
"Operation Andrew," encouraging 
everyone to invite others to Sunday 
school. A New Testament was given in 
each elementary class to the one who 
brought the most visitors. A New 
Scofield Bible was given in each 
high-school and adult class. David L. 
Hocking, pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. The Calvary 
Brethren Church recently concluded a 
successful week of meetings with 
Evangelist Dean Fetterhoff. Besides 
the nine public decisions to receive 
Christ, the meetings provided contact 
with several new families. The average 
attendance was 158 with a high of 
234, and only one night under 100. 
Rev. A. Harold Arrington, pastor of 
the church comments, "Mr. 
Fetterhoff s message on the home was 
alone worthy of his being here." 

DAYTON, OHIO. Rev. Jesse B. 
Deloe, pastor of the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church, has announced the 
acceptance of the call to the pastorate 
of the First Brethren Church, Whittier, 
Calif. He will conclude his ministry at 
North Riverdale in June. 

ALTO, MICH. Preparations for the 
new building site of the Calvary 
Brethren Church was begun Feb. 21, 
when the Freeport Fire Department 
burned down the Logan School to 
clear the land for the new church. 
EvangeUst and chalk artist Ding 
Teuhng held meetings at the church 
Mar. 9-15 with an average attendance 
of 120. There was one decision to 
receive Christ and 5 commitments of 
life. While the pastor held meetings in 
Texas, the former pastor, Earl 
Funderburg, now director of Child 
Evangelism Fellowship in the upper 
peninsula of Michigan, filled the 
pulpit. C. A. Flowers, pastor. 



ELKHART, IND. Rev. Donald 
Shoemaker, assistant pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, has accepted 
the call to be pastor of the Los Altos 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
He will move to California the last 
week in July. Gordon Bracker, pastor. 

RICHLAND, WASH. Miss Sheila 
Adams of the Grace Brethren Church 
was elected Queen of the Northwest in 
a district SMM rally held recently at 
Sunnyside. Sheila, who was also 
elected vice president for the district, 
will now be eligible for the national 
SMM Girl of the Year competition at 
national conference in Long Beach, 
Cahf. Others from the church in the 
queen competition were Reesia Ann 
Petty and Penny Dees. Nelson E. Hall, 
pastor. 

CYPRESS, CALIF. The month of 
February was a busy one at the 
Cypress Brethren Church. The young 
people were in charge of the entire 
evening service Feb. 1 in observance of 
youth week. Special music, 
testimonies, and the evening message 
were handled by the youth. An 
all-church fun night at the local 
high-school gym for a time of 
volleyball and basketball was enjoyed 
by over 60 people Feb. 14. The first 
annual missionary conference was held 
Feb. 15-18. It was concluded with the 
showing of the film "No Greater 
Love," sponsored by World Vision 
International. Paul D. Morris, pastor. 



HAGERSTOWN, MD. At a 
specially called business meeting Feb. 
18, the congregation of the Grace 
Brethren Church voted unanimously 
to employ the Brethren Architectural 
Service to prepare preliminary building 
plans to expand the present church 
facilities. With the proper additions, an 
attendance figure of 1 ,000 in Sunday 
school and morning worship services 
will be anticipated. Robert Collitt, 
pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. Herman 
A. Hoyt, president of Grace Schools 
and the Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly, Inc., reports that there are 
many staff positions available at the 
Bible Conference this summer. Two 
work weekends are planned for May 
15-16 and June 5-6. Volunteers could 
be used for a week or longer. Those 
with the summer free can find a 
fruitful summer ministry in a wide 
range of areas, including food service, 
maintenance work, office duties, 
childrens' work, supervisory 
assignments and others. About ten 
couples are needed for each of the two 
youth weeks planned for July 6-12 
and July 20-26. Special training 
sessions will be provided for these 
counselors. Those interested in these 
opportunities are invited to write to 
the Personnel Director, Winona Lake 
Bible Conference, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Evangelistic 
meetings at the Southview Grace 
Brethren Church with Rev. Joe Shultz 
were "tremendous" with 57 public 
confessions of Christ. Mason Cooper, 
pastor. 

ALLENTOWN, PA. Rev. Delmer F. 
Jacobe has resigned as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, effective June 
15. His future plans are indefinite. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Notice of meetings to be listed 
for publication at least 30 day 



Church 
Portis, Kans. 
Englewood, Ohio 
Fremont, Ohio 
Kent, Wash. 
Kittanning, Pa. 



Date 
Apr. 27-May 3 
Apr. 29-May 10 
May 1-3 
May 3-10 
May 3-10 



Bowling Green, Ohio May 10-17 



in this column must be received 
s in advance of scheduled dates. 

Pastor Speaker 

Bill Stevens Nathan Meyer 

Gerald Polman Allen Herr 

J. Ward Tressler John Whitcomb 

Phillip Simmons Dean Fetterhoff 

W. Wayne Baker William Tweeddale 

John McKay Charles Lawson 



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DAYTON, OHIO. Grace Schools 
Day was observed at the First Breth- 
ren Church Feb. 15, with Dr. Herman 
Hoyt speaking at both services. The 
Brass Ensemble with Jerry Franks 
provided the special music through- 
out the day. An excellent offering of 
$2,500 was received as a result of the 
special day. Five churches of the 
Southern Ohio District (Brookville, 
Englewood, Dayton First, North Riv- 
erdale and Trotwood) combined their 
efforts in a missionary conference 
Mar. 11-22. The theme "Forward 
With Christ" was used in each church. 
A combined project, to supply a com- 
mercial stapling machine for Africa at 
a cost of $1,500 was underwritten 
as a memorial to H.C. "Bud" Petry, 
Jr., a faithful layman from the Engle- 
wood church who was promoted to 
heaven last fall. The total project 
offering went well over the $1,500 
goal. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

NORWALK, CALIF. A pot-luck 
dinner for the entire church was held 
by the Philathea class of the Norwalk 
Brethren Church Mar. 20. 
Entertainment was provided by Pam 
Swan Bryan, a vivacious, humorous 
musician with a very real testimony 
for Christ. She has performed in 
concerts throughout the U.S. and 
several foreign countries representing 
Youth for Christ International. W. 
Stanley Jensen, pastor. 

NOTICE. The new telephone 
number for the Board of EvangeUsm is 
301-797-5109, c/o Rev. Robert 
CoUitt, Hagerstown, Md. The board 
will maintain the same mailing address 
(P.O. Box 355) in Winona Lake, Ind. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Rev. Si- 
mon T. Toroian, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, has announced his 
resignation, effective in mid-July. His 
future plans are indefinite. 

ELYRIA, OHIO. There were 30 de- 
cisions to receive Christ in an eight-day 
meeting with Rev. Joe Shultz at the 
Grace Brethren Church. There were al- 
so 30 decisions of other types made 
public. The average attendance for the 
week was 117, and the offerings 
amounted to over $400. A great deal 
of enthusiasm has been generated by 
the meetings, and the people of the 
church are ready to reach out to 
others. Richard Placeway, pastor. 



HARRAH, WASH. Rev. Reider 

Kalland, western regional director of 
Child Evangelism Fellowship, 
conducted a series of five meetings 
under the joint sponsorship of the 
Harrah Brethren Church and the 
Union Church. The meetings had an 
average attendance of 130, with 48 
recorded decisions to receive Christ. 
Mr. Kalland, completing his twentieth 
year with C.E.F., used flannelgraphs, 
gospel magic, and his friend "Sammy" 
to present the claims of Christ to the 
largely "under twelve" audiences. 
Charles H. Winter, pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Former 
"number four" man of the Los Angeles 
chapter of Hell's Angels, Rick Carreno, 
gave his testimony in the Feb. 15 eve- 
ning service at the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church. He came to know 
the Lord in a Billy Graham crusade in 
Anaheim, Calif. The Billy Graham 
film "His Land" was also shown at this 
service. George 0. Peek, pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. A new parson- 
age and a $45,000 annex addition 
were dedicated on Easter Sunday. 
The dedication, part of the morning 
worship service, was attended by 284 
persons. The speaker was Rev. Lowell 
Hoyt, who pastored the church from 
1953-59. A fellowship dinner and 
open house at the parsonage follow- 
ed the dedication. The new parson- 
age is immediately beside the church 
and enlarges the church ground by 
30,000 square feet. The annex ad- 
dition is a complete unit in itself, 
with its own heating, plumbing, well, 
and rest-room facilities. It can func- 
tion as a single auditorium or, by 
drawing the accoustical doors, as ten 
class rooms. Donald P. Shoemaker, 
associate pastor. 

RIPON, CALIF. A new 
Sunday-school attendance record of 
113 was set at the Grace Brethren 
Church Feb. 22. An attendance of 96 
was recorded for the morning worship 
service. Howard W. Mayes, pastor. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Feb. 22 was a 
red letter day in the history of the 
Woodville Grace Brethren Church with 
the dedication of the remodeled 
sanctuary. Rev. M. L. Myers, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, Fort 
Wayne, Ind., delivered the dedication 
message. Robert D. Kern, pastor. 



Wedding EeiL 

A six month's free subscription to the 
BrethTen Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Gail Neil and Glenn Bridenbaugh, 
Mar. 14, First Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

Phyllis Kay Witzky and James H. 
Arnott, Mar. 14, Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 

Brenda Forren and Charles Craft, 
Mar. 14, Grace Brethren Church, 
Covington, Va. 

Vicky Williams and Bruce Schlange, 
Mar. 21, North Long Beach Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Joyce Beach and Dale Brubaker, 
Mar. 21, First Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

Connie Anthony and Hayden 
Klingler, Feb. 7, First Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

Nancy Miller and Phillip Toroian, 
Feb. 21, First Federated Church, Des 
Moines, Iowa. Rev. Simon S. Toroian, 
officiating. 

Carol Ann Speelman and Charles 
Mort, Listie Brethren Church, Listie, 
Pa. 

Donnella Bunch and Wayne Wel- 
born. Mar. 28, Leon Brethren Church, 
Leon, Iowa. 



JnW. 



emoriam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

DUNCAN, Virginia, 74, a charter 
member of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Covington, Va., died Mar. 5. She was 
a faithful member, prayer warrior 
and deaconess for many years. W. 
Carl Miller, pastor. 

JONES, Emlyn, 64, member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., 
and father of Army Chaplain Emlyn 
H. Jones stationed in Germany, passed 
away Mar. 23. Wesley Haller, pastor. 

REED, (Mrs.) B.H., a faithful 
member of the Fairlawn Brethren 
Church, Radford, Va., went to be with 
the Lord Mar. 7. Roy E. Glass, pastor. 

SHANK, J. Earl, 60, a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Camden, 
Ohio, died Mar. 17 as the resuU of in- 
juries suffered in an automobile ac- 
cident. He was baptized into The 
Brethren Church in 1928. George 
S. Ritchey, pastor. 



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lyiiracle 
of 

pRAVEP 



The Whitcomb family 

Along the Southern CaHfornia 
beach of San Clemente we walked. It 
was a beautiful clear Tuesday 
afternoon, November 11, 1969. We 
could see President Nixon's White 
House of the West in the distance. Our 
thoughts tumbled confusingly, 
questioningly, searchingly — yet 
trustingly. My sister Edisene wanted to 
get well . . . but the doctors said they 
had done all they could do medically. 

The next day she, yellow with 
jaundice, flew to her Indiana home. 
Her husband Dr. John C. Whitcomb; 
his father, a former Colonel in the U.S. 
Army; and the four children-Dave 13, 
Don 12, Connie 11, and Bob 9 all 
greeted her upon her arrival, trusting 
she was recuperated as a result of her 
California vacation. 

A couple of days passed at home 
then Mommy was rushed to the 
hospital hemorrhaging internally. A 
long-distance call came to me in Long 
Beach— "When can you come?" Reser- 
vations were made immediately. I 
stored all my earthly possessions, sold 
my car, and headed for Indiana to care 
for the children. 

It was Thanksgiving time. The 
leaves had fallen from the trees. The 
weather was getting cooler with winter 
days just ahead. Edisene was 
weakening because of malfunction of 
the liver and internal bleeding. By 
Wednesday little hope of her recovery 
was in sight— humanly speaking. She 
asked for prayer that God might touch 
her body. Four men from the 
seminary with her pastor anointed her. 
Three days she slept quietly in a coma. 
Many of you prayed! Children and 
their moms and dads prayed. 
Missionary groups, church families, 
individuals we had never met prayed 



that God would work a miracle. A 
miracle is when God comes in and 
takes over and man stands, sits, kneels, 
and then walks by faith, thanking God 
for what He does. 

Wednesday, Daddy was with 
Mommy 50 miles away at the Fort 
Wayne Lutheran Hospital. Pastor 
Charles Ashman came to talk with the 
cliildren. "I have come to let you 
know you have a very sick mother. 
She may come home or God may take 
her to be with himself. You children 
are old enough to understand that God 
does all things well. Your mother has 
been sick for a long time. Her body is 
very weak. God's Word says; 
'Rejoice ... In nothing be anxious 
. . . [and] the peace of God which 
passeth all understanding [will be with 
you] .... The God of peace shall be 
with you' " (see Phil. chap. 4). 

Thanksgiving Day was spent with 
the Ray Thompson family and others. 
We did have lots of "goodies" and all 
the trimmings ... the table was 
full . . . but, yet it was empty. 

Friday afternoon when Daddy 
came home he gathered the children 
together. "I want to tell you that 
Mommy is resting, she could be with 
Jesus most any time. God will take 




care of us. Our lives are like a 
tapestry . . . 'all things work together 
for good to them that love God.' God 
is doing something for our good and 
for a reason. Many surprises are ahead 
for us. God will do something for us 
that He could not do otherwise. He 
wants our lives more than anything 
else. We have many things, but they 
are not worthy to compare with the 
greater things He has for us. There will 
be tears, but joy will be in our tears. 
This is the first time today that Daddy 
has tears. It's hard— but God is 
faithful." 

With heads in hands the children 
prayed, by faith . . . "Please help 
Mommy today. Make her well so she 
can come home, if this is your will." 
There were tears, but joy knowing 
God would work out the tangled 
threads. Each went to his room. 

Winifred Kramer and Willietta 
Edmiston (Edisene's sisters) came 
from California. They faithfully spent 
their time, alternating hours, with 
Edisene at the hospital. Nurses and 
friends from Winona Lake and the 
First Brethren Church of Fort Wayne 
helped to care for her. The doctors, 
too, worked conscientiously. 

These were moments of waiting on 
the Lord for all of us. It was like a 
pillar of cloud or a prayer canopy 
hovering over the home for a week or 
more. Many cards, notes, and letters of 
encouragement came from near and 
far. There were telephone calls— people 
asking— "Is there any way we can help 
or something we can do? . . . Please let 
us know." Meals were provided 
faithfully by friends and loved ones 
from the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church and Grace Seminary families. 
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THE 
CHIME$ 



^^n the campus of the State 
University of New York at 
Binghamton, in the Library Tower, 
are the chimes. Ringing out the 
time of the day, every fifteen 
minutes— if they're working 
properly— is taken for granted and 
creates no special response. Yet, 
there are certain points throughout 
the day, when the chimes do more 
than give the time of day, they sing 
out tunes to which I swell with 
some sort of meaningful emotion. 
I remember last summer when I 
was first captivated by the chimes 
playing "Be Still My Soul"— what a 



paradox of feeling came over me. A 
university campus, far from 
knowing real peace, listening to the 
tune "Finlandia." A campus where 
hundreds, yes maybe thousands of 
stereos thunder out the new songs 
of today, and yet the chimes play 
"Be still, my soul, the Lord is on 
thy side." Songs that speak of hate, 
perverted love, sex and such like 
along side the chimes tolling a 
message of assurance, trust, perfect 
love, serenity. 

I wanted to enjoy the chimes 
and their music, so I decided to sit 
out on the lawn, under the birch 
trees, each evening at seven o'clock; 
looking west toward the Library 
Tower and beyond the close of the 
day. It was a break from the 
pressures of studies and classes. It 
was a time alone, yet with God, to 
reflect on what hfe was really all 



about. To read what God said to 
man, especially through His servant 
David. To feel, flowing through me, 
the spirit of dependence on Him. 
To think how desperately this 
campus needs to know the peace 
that Jesus gives. To pray, "Lord, 
help me communicate to my 
world." To hear music in the mood 
of evening. 

But through the long winter I've 
nearly forgotten what it's like to 
hear the chimes. It's been cold and 
snowy and wet outside under those 
barren birch trees. It's been dark 
out there. And now that spring has 
arrived I don't know if the chimes 
even play at seven o'clock anymore. 
But that doesn't matter. I 
remember the chimes. I remember 
their meaning. I remember the 
needs of the students on this 
campus— Brent Sandy 





BY AIR 

Have tickets available 
Two bags allowed per person 
Remember insurance 
Take wash and wear clothes 
Include lightweight jacket, sweater 
or coat 

BY CAR 

Map out your trip 

Make motel reservations ahead 

Plan to see some historic scenic 

places along the way 
Prepare games for children 
Place shoe bag over back of front 

seat, use pockets for games, 

maps, washcloth, Band-Aids, 

candies, etc. 



Summertime 

GOING WEST 

Long Beach, California 

t Warm days . . . 80-90 degrees 
Sea breezes and some smog 

t Cool evenings ... 70 degrees- 
sweater weather 

t Air-conditioned buildings 



WHAT TO TAKE 

Bible, notebook, pen, camera, 
colored glasses, binoculars, 
money, swim suit, towel, sport, 
casual and dress clothes, good 
walking shoes, sweater or a wrap 

FAMILY SUGGESTIONS 

Make a spiral-notebook-scrapbook 

of your trip 
Collect colored postcards 

NOTE 

Before leaving home prepare a 
snack available for when you re- 
turn. Leave house In order and 
one set of clean clothes for each 
member of the family. 



April 18, 1970 



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Irobably every denominational 
school has faced the same dilemma 
along the way. Should it open its 
doors to those of other denominations? 
Would not restriction to the parent 
denomination greatly reduce the cost 
of operation? Since this problem has 
been posed more than once to the 
president of Grace Schools, it seemed 
wise to open these columns to a 
discussion of this subject. There are 
doubtless many others who have raised 
the question in their own minds, 
though they have not expressed 
themselves. 

The facts about the seminary will 
surprise you. Taking the enrollment 
figures in the seminary over the past 
five years, the results are as follows. In 
1965-104; 1966-154; 1967-179; 
1968-190; 1969-225. Out of this 
total number for each one of these 
years there was respectively from 
among the Brethren: 43 or 41%; 49 or 
31%; 49 or 27%; 56 or 29%; 61 or 
27%. 

Though the number of students 
from The Brethren Church has 
increased, the percentage of increase 
has gradually declined in relation to 
the total increase. We are aware that 
Brethren students in preparation for 
Christian service are attending other 
theological seminaries, and for this we 
are glad. But we are disturbed that 
more Brethren are not attending their 
own school. However, we are glad that 
men from other denominations look 
with favor upon Grace Seminary to 
the extent that Grace has become one 
of the large theological seminaries in 
the country. 

What does this mean in respect to 
the financial burden for The Brethren 
Dr. Hoyt greets Senator Mark Hatfield 




Church? Does the overwhelming 
increase of non-Brethren students 
impose an unfair financial burden 
upon The Brethren Church? It would 
be very easy to draw this conclusion. 
But let us take a look at the financial 
picture. The 164 non-Brethren 
students pay $600 a year for tuition, 
or a total of $98,400. The 61 Brethren 
students receive a half-year scholarship 
of $300, which means that they pay 
an annual total of $18,300. In order to 
educate the 61 Brethren students, it 
would be necessary to maintain 
practically the same faculty— for which 
the $18,300 would never pay. The 
non-Brethren in the student body 
provide an extra $98,400 with which 
to maintain an adequate faculty. 

Are there any other benefits 
derived from permitting non-Brethren 



Some Facts 

About 
Grace Schools 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
President. Grace Schools 



to attend Grace Seminary? A hasty 
examination of the ministers listed m 
the Annual reveals that at least 35 of 
them came to Grace Seminary as 
non-Brethren and through contact 
with the school they finally joined The 
Brethren Church. To drop those 35 
leaders out of the list now serving in 
The Brethren Church would seriously 
hamper the ministry that is now being 
carried on. 

Even if finances or leadership in the 
church were not immediate benefits to 
The Brethren Church, there is the 
encouragement and conviction that 
hundreds of young people have gone 
out from these halls to serve the Lord 
Jesus Christ throughout the world. 

Let us take a look at the facts 
about the college. Over the past five 
years the following schedules in 



enrollment have developed: 
1965-371; 1966-447; 1967-492; 
1968-562; 1969-600. From the total 
number of students for each of these 
years, the numbers and percentages of 
Brethren students are as follows: 256 
or 69%; 298 or 66%; 329 or 66%; 333 
or 59%; 359 or 59%. 

It will be seen, as the number of 
students increased in the college, that 
the number of Brethren students also 
increased. But as in the seminary, the 
percentage decreased gradually. That 
percentage was 69% in 1965, but five 
years later it has dropped to 59%. 
Though we have the largest number of 
Brethren students in the history of the 
school, still the percentage is gradually 
dropping. This is not because there are 
not enough Brethren students who are 
going to college, for only about 20% 
of the Brethren students that attend 
college come to Grace. If this trend 
continues, it could well mean that in a 
very few years the number of 
non-Brethren students will outnumber 
the Brethren (as is now true in the 
seminary). 

Is this a losing proposition 
financially for Grace College to admit 
so many non-Brethren students? As of 
this year there are 240 non-Brethren, 
or a total of 40%. In round numbers 
each college student pays 
approximately $2,000 a year for 
board, room, and tuition. If the 
non-Brethren students were not 
enrolled, this would make a difference 
of $480,000 in income. A loss of this 
amount would make it absolutely 
impossible to operate the school, even 
for the Brethren. 

Now, if you add the amount that 
comes in from non-Brethren in the 
seminary to that amount which is 
received from non-Brethren in the 
college, the amount reaches the 
staggering total of almost $600,000. 
This is approximately 43% of the 
entire current budget. When you 
realize that the program being offered 
to the students right now falls short of 
what ought to be provided, even with 
this $600,000 now coming in from 
non-Brethren students, you are then 
confronted with the desperate 
alternative if this income were not 
available. There would be no school at 
all within the financial economy in 
which we are now living. 

The budget of this year is running 

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^f^Y''^^Y^ 




SPIRITUAL 
COMPLACENCY 
AND ITS 
DANGERS 



By Ron Henry 

Registrar, Grace College 

We live in fantastic times today in 
America, it's tlie greatest era of 
American history. We have made 
phenomenal scientific advance. 
Satellites, missiles, space program, the 
moon walk. You name the field of 




April 18, 1970 



"The longer we remain complacent, 
the less we are aware of its peril" 



endeavor, and progress is the byword. 

In the area of transportation, 
airplanes are reaching tremendous size 
and unbelievable speeds. Innovations 
with electricity and steam power are 
being made in the automobile 
industry. Experimentation with jet 
trains is also occurring. 

All of these advances mean 
tremendous activity is taking place in 
our world today. In virtually every 
aspect of our American life there is no 
such thing as the status quo. "He who 
hesitates is lost" is very apropos. Yet 
the church seems to be the exception. 
It would seem that it has stagnated 
and may be going backward. One word 
describes the condition. COMPLA- 
CENCY. An "I don't care" or 
a "care less" attitude exists in the 
church today. As Christians we are far 
more concerned about communism, 
corruption, crime, Catholicism, and 
civil disobedience than we are about 
complacency. The former problems 
are external while the latter is internal, 
and more dangerous. Complacency is 
the "Fifth-Column Movement" that is 
defeating the church. 

The procedure of complacency is 
cunning. In Amos 6:1, we read, "Woe 
to them that are at ease in Zion." 
However, too many Christians like to 
take it easy— which is the prize tool of 
Satan. Do you ever say that you are 
too tired to attend the Sunday evening 
service or prayer meeting? Or "I'm too 
busy to invite people to church. 
Besides, that's what we hired the 
pastor for." Maybe it's, "I can't find 
the time to study God's Word," or 
"I'm too bashful to witness." 
Unfortunately, it's easy to rationalize 
nonactivity when one could care less. 

The Lord brought this writer to 
consider his own complacent attitudes 
as a result of a diet. For quite some 
time this writer had been aware of his 
increasing girth, but assumed somehow 
that others were unaware of it. 
However, one day an individual 
indicated that my ill-kept secret was 
out. For years I had been gradually 
adding poundage to the point that I 
was verging on obesity. Yet, all along 
the way I assumed that no one else 
was aware of this. Is this not often the 



picture of us spiritually? We realize that 
we are becoming complacent, but we 
assume that we are hiding this from 
others. Our bubble of spiritual 
complacency needs to be burst by 
observant Christians. 

This writer commenced dieting 
gradually avoiding the faddish or crash 
diets. As progress occurred, I became 
encouraged and enthusiastic with the 
results. Initially, it was just dieting, 
but as time went on exercise was 
added. The same should be true in 
coping with the problem of spiritual 
complacency.. One must, first of all, 
avoid those things which would make 
him spiritually flabby. However, 
abstinence does not make one 
spiritually healthy. He also must 
engage in exercise, the exercise of 
studying and reading God's Word as 
well as spending time in prayer. 

Physically, upon arrival at the 
desired weight, one must work daily to 
maintain and to improve his present 
condition. The same is true in the 
spiritual realm. It takes work, daily 
work. Whether it be physically or 
spiritually, it requires constant daily 
involvement, a practice of limitation 
and exercise. 

Often friends and acquaintances 
will dislike the change that occurs due 
to limitation and exercise. They say 
that they hked the "old" you better. 
Beware! This may be due to the fact 
that they suffer by comparison to the 
"new" you. 

The progression of complacency is 
indeed perilous. We dislike to be 
awakened. Unfortunately we are 
satisfied with the mediocre as 
Christians. This is a much too 
prevalent situation in Christianity. 
Often people are inclined to think that 
as long as it is called Christian, quality 
has no merit. Yet anything we do for 
Christ should be our best. As the old 
saying goes, "If it's worth doing, it's 
worth doing well." 

Too often we become unaware of 
the peril of complacency and the 
longer we remain complacent the less 
aware we are of its peril. The 
complacent Christian feels he is as 
good as others. In fact, he loves to 
compare himself with other Christians. 



And, of course, often he may have to 
tear them down a bit to get them 
lower than himself. The complacent 
Christian is satisfied to be average, or 
less, rather than to try to improve his 
condition. 

A little observation would point 
out to us just what our perilous state 
is. For example, do we have a 
consistent prayer life? In Job 15:4 we 
read, ". . . restrainest prayer before 
God." Prayerless closets mean 
powerless Christians. What about our 
conversation? Is it rarely spiritual? In 
Ephesians we are admonished that 
"the keynote of your conversation 
should not be nastiness or silliness or 
flippancy, but a sense of all that we 
owe to God." How about Scripture 
reading? InHosea8:12it states, "I have 
written to him the great things of my 
law, but they were counted as a 
strange thing." Have our Bibles been 
worn out from use or abuse? Are our 
hearts growing hard to the things of 
the Lord? Hebrews 3:13 declares, 
"Beware that none of you become 
deaf and blind to God through the 
delusive, glamour of sin" (Phillips 
trans.). Have you ever hoped that 
when an invitation of salvation is given 
that no one would respond? A moving 
of the Spirit would mean that you 
would return home later than you had 
planned. Let's observe ourselves. Are 
we complacent? 

As an individual moves down the 
road of complacency, he learns that 
the products of such are indeed tragic. 
Complacency hinders the conversion 
of sinners. It will bring harm to family, 
friends, and fellowman. Complacency 
is contagious, and people are great 
imitators. It is displeasing to God 
and detrimental to the soul. What's 
your situation? Ask yourself, "Do I 
really care whether or not I'm 
complacent?" 

Whenever there is a problem, our 
Lord does provide a preventative. We 
as Christians should see Calvary in 
relationship to ourselves. On one 
occasion this writer was emceeing a 
Valentine Banquet. Caught up with 
the spirit of the occasion, he had 
written his notes in red ink. Upon 
(Continued on page 22) 



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Xhristians must 
)ring order out 
)f chaos" 
-Senator Hatfield 



^^fter a "filibuster" by the Grace 
pollege Brass Choir and a half-hour 
;delay in the program, an enthusiastic 
jaudience at the Winona Lake 
JAuditorium welcomed United States 
jSenator Mark Hatfield Saturday night, 
jFebruary 28, for the final session of 
|the college "Americans for America 
Week" sponsored by the Student 
Council. 

Senator Hatfield, who was detained 
because of a special session of the 
[Senate in Washington, arrived at Baer 
Field in Fort Wayne and was flown by 
private plane to Warsaw, reaching the 
auditorium at 9 p.m. 

Greeted by fanfare and prolonged 
applause by the waiting audience, 
Hatfield began his speech, switching 
the gears of his harried activity with 
apparent ease. 

In exploring his topic of the 
relevancy of American Christian 
Heritage to the world today, the 

Senator Hatfield's gestures emphasized his 
point. 



iK^iiwisEm 




senator referred to numerous 
documents and places which held 
historical and religious significance in 
the founding of this government and 
American way of life. 

Survey Explained 

The European branch of the 
University of Maryland a little over a 
year ago presented to soldiers on a 
United States Air Force Base in West 
Germany an unidentified copy of the 
preamble of the Declaration of 
Independence. 

". . . We hold these truths to be 
self-evident: that all men are created 
equal, that they are endowed by their 
Creator with certain inalienable rights, 
that among these are life, liberty, and 
the pursuit of happiness . . . ." 

Out of the 252 soldiers polled, only 
27 per cent (68) said they would 
support the statement by signing it; 
only 16 per cent (41) recognized the 
paragraph from the famous document. 
Seventy-three per cent said they would 
not sign the statement. Reasons ranged 
from the fact that "It sounds like a lot 
of trash" to "It's too radical." One 
asked, "Who wasted an afternoon 
writing this?" 

Tool To Future 

"It is my thesis tliis evening," the 
senator stated, "that a proper 
understanding of our heritage is, in 
fact, a tool which may be used both to 

The Senator answered questions informally 
at The Lamp following his address 




understand the problems and help to 
shape the changes which are pressing 
in upon us at the present time." 

"The heritage of our country," he 
contended, "bears within itself a 
remarkable capacity for renewal and 
reformation." The inspiration of 
America is largely religious. He 
asserted that this fact was widely 
recognized in the early history of this 
country. As the Christian tradition fell 
away and the main emphasis changed 
to business and economy the role of 
religion was altered. 

In the early 1900s a survey showed 
that the role of religion was not to 
raise troubling questions. It had 
become an emotional stabilizing 
business. A 1968 Gallup Poll revealed 
that 18 per cent of the people polled 
indicated that they felt that religion 
was gaining influence; 67 per cent felt 
that it was losing influence. 

Senator Hatfield next evaluated the 
evangelical church problem of today. 
(Continued on page 22) 

Senator Hatfield urged Christians to "in- 
filtrate" all walks of life. 




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Grace Recognized for Its Patriotism 



▼ There Patriotism is Alive and 
WeW is the title of a feature story 
about Grace College which appeared in 
Michiani, the Sunday magazine for the 
South Bend Tribune, February 22, 
1970. 

Excerpts from the article by Louise 
Purvis reveal something of the spirit on 
Grace campus. 

Grace College students at Winona 
Lake are busy "doing their thing" but 
odd as it may seem these days, none 
are engaged in burning their draft 
cards, marching in Vietnam 
moratoriums, or tossing the dean out 
of his office. 

Instead, they are combating the 
winter doldrums by planning a 
week-long activity, devoted to a 
display of that old-fashioned function 
defined by Webster as "love of 
country; devotion to the welfare of 

I one's country"~or, simply, Patriotism. 

j While many colleges and 
universities suspended classes last 
October 15 for the first moratorium 

I protesting United States involvement 
in Vietnam, and thousands marched in 



support, students at Grace had their 
own involvement. Their telegram to 
the President read: 

"Today the students of Grace 
College are attending classes as usual 
While we do not condone all that man 
is doing to man, we know that you are 
working in the interests of peace. Our 
prayers go with you. " 

Why does one small college plan an 
"Americans for America" observance 
when patriotism is almost a forgotten 
word in many places of learning all 
over the country? Grace is 
Christian-oriented, supported by the 
Grace Brethren Church, but that in 
itself is not the answer. Many such 
church-related schools were among the 
forefront in demanding an immediate 
end to participation of the United 
States in the Vietnam struggle last 
October and again in the November 
marches. 

Glenn Firebaugh, president of the 
school's student council which sent 
out the October 15 telegram to 
Washington, tried for an answer as he 
coordinated plans for this year's 



Americans for America Week at Grace. 

"The basic idea of the week is to 
bring to people's attention the positive 
side of our country," he said. "So 
many tend to accent only the negative 
side." 

The Grace senior from Wooster, 
Ohio, who maintains the highest grade 
point average in the senior class, and is 
listed in the 1970 Who's Who in 
American Colleges and Universities, 
tried again .... 

"We recognize there are lots of 
flaws in the country, and our 
patriotism week doesn't mean we are 
always agreeing with the 
Administration— we are just trying to 
show that patriotism is not dead 
among young people." 

That patriotism is alive and well at 
Grace College was certified in an 
earlier Americans for America Week in 
November of 1968, purposely held 
during election week to point up the 
country's democratic processes. 

Unashamed flag-raising was the 
order of the day, indeed of the week, 
(Continued on page 22) 



NEARBY 



(An Editorial by William K. Mollen- 
hour which appeared in the Warsaw 
Times-Union Thursday, February 26, 
1970) 

While the poUticians, newspapers, col- 
leges, labor unions, television commenta- 
tors-well, just about everyone -are be- 
ing criticized for their actions or lack of 
actions, we might take just a moment of 
your time to gaze upon nearby Grace 
College and Seminary. 

We just don't know what is wrong 
with the institution. There it sits, quietly 
educating young people, having such 
things this week as "Americans for 
America Week." How could you assem- 
ble so many patriotic young Americans 



under one roof in this day and age? 

The student body not only hasn't had 
a riot, the students haven't even burned 
a book, nor thrown out a dean! No 
headlines. Instead of inviting Mark 
Cleaver or the head of the Communist 
party to address them, they have asked 
Dr. Water Judd and such people as 
Senator Mark Hatfield, of Oregon! 

To stop being facetious for a mo- 
ment, we pause as we gaze toward Grace 
and reflect that such behavior must be 



caused by attitude. And attitude is 
caused by the school itself and the 
calibre of students it attracts. 

We can only be thankful that such a 
campus exists in our midst. We just 
about said peaceful, but that is not the 
word. There is such a turmoil of patriot- 
ic and wholesome activity going on 
constantly at Grace that you would have 
to call it "beneficially dynamic." Would 
that more schools and student bodies 
have this attitude! T 




Senator Hatfield, Ron Kinley, Glenn Firebaugh, Dr. Hoyt 



April 18, 1970 



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SPIRITUAL COMPLACENCY . . . 

(Continued from page 18) 

arrival at the banquet and preparing to 
deliver some of his remarks, he looked 
at his notes. Those in charge of the 
program had employed red spotlights. 
Much to the chagrin of this writer, his 
notes appeared blank-thanks to the 
red lights. This is illustrative to our 
relationship with God. When God 
looks at us through the shed blood of 
Jesus Christ, He sees us as if we were 
without sin. This is our relationship to 
Calvary. Additionally, we need to be 
filled with the Holy Spirit, to study 
God's Word, to pray, and to witness. 

The complacent Christian requires a 
soul-assuring experience with God. In 
Isaiah 6:5-8 we find that we first of all 
need confession, "Woe is me! for I am 
undone . . . ." Cleansing follows 
confession with "... thine iniquity is 
taken away, and thy sin purged." The 
final step is the commission. ". . . Here 
am I: send me." 

If one will do the above, the end 
result is activity. Activity is the result 
of life and is conducive to life. 
Inactivity is stifling and unhealthful 
for spiritual life. Without exercise, the 
body's muscles become flabby and 



FACTS ABOUT GRACE 

(Continued from page 16) 

roughly in the neighborhood of 
$1,500,000. Brethren students supply 
about half, $750,000; non-Brethren 
about $600,000; and The Brethren 
Church raised its current giving to 
about $150,000. Out of this income 
the administration has operated Grace 
Schools with almost a pinch-penny 
method as viewed by most colleges, so 
that this educational ministry could be 
preserved financially. The loss of 
$600,000 from non-Brethren would 
have closed its doors. As it is, all 
Brethren students benefit from this 
income from non-Brethren. 

There are two possible ways this 
financial situation could be relieved, if 
it were decided to exclude 
non-Brethren students. The first would 
be to increase the number of Brethren 
students attending both college and 
seminary. This would mean a total of 
404 more Brethren students. The 
other way would be for The Brethren 
Church to double its giving for current 
needs. With these facts, how would 
you approach this problem? ▼ 



virtually unusable. Complacency 
creates either the lack of or the virtual 
nonexistence of spiritual life. 

Christ himself was an active Lord. 
He has no time for lukewarm 
Christians. Heaven also will be a place 
of activity. In talking to a young 
Christian on one occasion he indicated 
that one of the things that had 
hindered his interest in Christianity 
had been inactive, complacent 
Christians. 

Quite simply the church must be 
more active. To avoid complacency we 
must be aware of the procedure of, the 
progression of, the product of, and the 
preventative of complacency. Active 
churches mean active Christians. Are 
you an active or an inactive Christian? 
Are you complacent or a competent 
Christian? Review your life. Repent 
your sins. Rally for Christ. The result 
will be a truly active Christian. ▼ 



MIRACLE OF PRAYER 

(Continued from page 14) 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Goldberg helped 
with evening meals. The family has 
been encouraged by so many faithful 
friends. 

After seventeen transfusions, the 
doctor wrote on the daily record 
chart, death imminent . . . Then the 
Great Physician took over and 
continued His work in Edisene's body. 
After three days of silence, she turned 
over and smiled, and said, "I'm a little 
thirsty." Little by little she gained 
strength. By Sunday, December 7, she 
was strong enough to talk to David on 
the telephone and wished him a happy 
14th birthday. 

Snowflakes, smaller than raindrops, 
started to fall. It was really like drops 
of pure white blessings falling all 
around the house and packed in real 
good. They hung on the tree branches, 
telephone wires, shrubs and piled high 
upon the road and along the sides of 
Arbor Lane. There was joy in our 
tears, there were showers of winter 
blessings. 

It was time to get a Christmas tree 
and gifts to be placed under the tree. 
The best gift and that which we all 
wanted most was to have Mommy 
home for Christmas. Two days before 
Christmas an ambulance brought her 
to us and she has been with us ever 
since. It has been a miracle of prayer, 
of love and grace! T 



". . . ORDER OUT OF CHAOS" 

(Continued from page 19) 

"Christ's ministry was a healing 
ministry in a scarred world. He moved 
in all areas of secular life." The 
church, he feels should infuse, 
infiltrate society to renew it, to 
rebuild it, "to bring about the 
revolution, the change that must be 
made." 

He challenged his audience to move 
into every legitimate institution and 
activity of man. "We can become 
involved in social disorder and bring 
order out of chaos. "-Mm C. Ann 
Teel, Assistant Professor of Journalism 
at Grace College ▼ 



GRACE RECOGNIZED 

(Continued from page 21) 
as activities were begun each morning 
at the flagpole near the Administration 
building, with appropriate music by a 
college choir. Red, wliite and blue 
decorations adorned the campus 
buildings ... a Freedom Sing one 
night involved group and individual 
competition in patriotic folk 
singing . . . letters were written to 
soldiers in Vietnam . . . grade and 
junior high school pupils in nearby 
Warsaw were enlisted to enter essay 
contests. 

In spite of Grace College's support 
of its country's elected officials, the 
school is far from militaristic. The 
Brethren Church is historically a 
"peace" church, yet this college agrees 
in principle with the words used by 
the faculty in its telegram to President 
Nixon. 

"Not unmindful of the 
demonstrations of the day, and while 
not in full agreement concerning 
policy and procedure on the Vietnam 
war, the hundreds of people in this 
college community wish to reassert 
their support of this government and 
an orderly function of the democratic 
process." 

Climax to this year's Patriotism 
week was a Saturday night rally 
featuring Senator Mark Hatfield of 
Oregon as speaker and a concert by 
the Grace College Brass Choir. Other 
notable speakers during the week 
included Will E r w 1 n, former 
representative and senator to the 
Indiana state legislature, and Dr. 
Walter H. Judd, former Minnesota 
congressman and prominent lecturer. 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Christian Service 
at Grace 



By Jerry Classen 

Christian Service Director, 
Grace College 



Veporters on most college 
[ampuses are amidst a conglomerate of 
ree-swinging activists and 
[ree-speaking students who are making 
heir issues known by whatever means 
possible. ACTION that is worthy of 
ittention is often overlooked. 
Consider for a moment your school, 
i/our college, where things are 
[lappening. There is ACTION at Grace! 
1 Every student in Grace College is a 
jTiember of Grace Missions in Action. 
jThe purpose of this organization is to 
yorify God through greater student 
involvement in Christian service and 
prayer; to present a vision of world 
imissions; to deepen the spiritual lives 
jof Grace students; to aid each student 
jin determining his place in God's 
worldwide program. 

Through the encouragement and 
direction of the Christian Service 
jDepartment, the students are involved 
jin numerous service opportunities. For 
iyour own encouragement, observe the 
following ACTION ... and WHERE 
IT IS! 

Campus Crusade for 
CTznxr-Between thirty to fifty Grace 
students have met for training sessions 
throughout the year, and have made 
some Saturday trips to Purdue 
University. Person-to-person contact 
on the campus has brought exciting 
results as many have been confronted 
with their need of Jesus Christ as 
Saviour and Lord. One Saturday 
afternoon the young people led eight 
souls to the Saviour. 

Oiild Evangelism —Fifty students 
teaching in twenty-five clubs weekly 
are given the privilege of leading and 
assisting in these "Good News" clubs 
for boys and girls. 

Personal Evangelism- According to 



Acts 1:8 and the command 
throughout Scripture, the individual 
Christian is not given an OPTION, but 
a commission to be a good witness at 
all times . . . wherever he goes ... to 
every creature! 

This positive program of personal 
evangelism finds the students in street 
work by twos. The result has been 
approximately forty-five decisions for 
Christ on the street corners or in the 
shopping centers. The surrounding 
cities and towns have provided a vast 
mission field with unlimited 
opportunities for sharing the Good 
News. During the past semester's 
efforts, nearly fifteen thousand tracts 
were distributed by students 

This spring semester finds a new 
and special effort in which 
door-to-door, systematic visitation is 
being done in six towns with a leader 
for each town who directs and 
coordinates the work. 

Gospel Teams-Two brass groups, a 
Folk Trio, a mixed quartet, and a flute 
trio involve students who present 
special programs in churches and civic 
organizations in a tri-state area. 

Youth for Christ-A few students 
are responsible for Campus Life Clubs 
in or near Warsaw among the junior 
and senior high young people. The 
leadership in this vital spot on 
campuses of the community is 
important so teenagers may have the 
chance to see the reality of the 
Christian life . 

C^«/-c/!es — Approximately forty 
students are taking places of 
responsibility through teaching or 
assisting in Sunday-school programs. 
Whether it be youth-group meetings 
on Sunday night or singing in the 
choir, these and many more avenues of 



service for the Lord are made possible 

Jail Ministry -Exciting reports have 
come back on many occasions from 
our twenty to twenty-five fellows who 
are burdened for the hearts of men 
behind bars. Some fifteen decisions for 
Christ have been made as the Word of 
God was made plain to these needy 
people. Pray for these 
converts . . . some of them have shown 
tremendous growth in the past months 
and have a most positive testimony 
with many other men. The Indiana 
State Prison gave twenty-one Grace 
students the opportunity to spend 
a day leaving literature and spoken 
testimony with these men. 

Nursing Homes-This important 
ministry has grown and multiplied 
through student effort and interest 
this year! Five homes are visited each 
week for services and personal work. 
An average of forty students are 
weekly visiting personally with about 
175 senior citizens. Two first -time 
decisions have been reported thus far. 

Athletes in Action-This group was 
newly organized this year. A Word of 
Life sponsored "Basketball 
Marathon," brought in many higli 
school students who in process of the 
day were presented with the claims of 
Christ. 

Spiritual life begins at the cross of 
Calvary and certainly the 
responsibility on the part of children 
of God is to "follow-up" these new 
babes in Christ. Students have 
expressed concern for a program of 
continued contact with new converts 
and, therefore, the Christian Service 
Department has taken a few simple 
steps to help meet this good problem. 
Student letters go to the individual 
which are followed by a letter from 
the Christian Service office. Contact 
with local pastors is sought, urging 
further follow-up with the new 
Christian. 

Grace College recognizes that 
practical experience in Christian 
service is an essential part of the total 
program of Christian education. The 
Christian Service Department seeks to 
estabhsh and maintain in the life of 
each student a standard of Christian 
devotion and professional excellence 
which will bring honor to the Lord 
Jesus. 

Therefore, may all of our doing and 
going—hving praise to His Name (Col. 
3:17). ▼ 



April 18, 1970 



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Invitation to Grace Commencement 
and Baccalaureate 

You are invited to attend the 

Thirty-third Annual 

Commencement Exercises of 

Grace Theological Seminary 

and 

Grace College 

at the Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Seminary Class Service— Sunday, May 24, 10:45 a.m. 

Senior Communion— Monday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. 

at the Winona Lake Auditorium 

Baccalaureate Service— Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. 

Speaker— Dr. George O. Peek, Pastor 

North Long Beach Brethren Church 

Commencement— Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. 

Speaker— Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr. 

Scofield Professor of Bible Exposition 

Philadelphia College of Bible 



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MEET THE BOARD 




Standing, I to r: Mr. Wayne Smith, Winona Lake, Indiana; Rev. R. Paul MiUer, Jr., Maitland, Florida; Rev. Earle Peer, 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Rev. Richard E. Grant, Mansfield, Ohio; Rev. 
Paul E. Dick, Winchester, Virginia; Mr. Theodore Franchino, Simi, California; Rev. Richard DeArmey, Osceola, Indiana; 
Rev. Sam Horney, Toppenish, Washington; Rev. F. Thomas Inman, Denver, Colorado; Mr. Dwight Stair, Wadsworth, Ohio; 
Dr. Herman W. Koontz, Fern Park, Florida; Rev. Robert CoUitt, Hagerstown, Maryland; Rev. Donald F. Carter, Anaheim, 
California; Mr. Glenn C. Messner, Ashland, Ohio; Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman, Wooster, Ohio; Dr. Douglas Cassel, 
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania; Mr. Carl H. Seitz, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. 

Seated, I to r: Rev. Lowell Hoyt, Hartville, Ohio; Mr. Ralph H. Grady, Waterloo, Iowa; Mr. John Armstrong, Wooster, 
Ohio; Dr. Charles W. Mayes, Long Beach, Cahfornia;Mr. Richard Holmes, Wadsworth, Ohio; Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

Not pictured: Mr. Harold Bolesky, Mansfield, Ohio; Mr. E. M. White, Templeton, Pennsylvania; Dr. Orville D. Jobson, St. 
Petersburg, Florida; Rev. James G. Dixon, Camp Springs, Maryland. 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY 



May 2, 1970 



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Liberation from Motherhood 






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View from a Dry Gulch 






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High Price of TV . 






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Of Astronauts and Missionaries 






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The Word Is Big . 






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The Children's Page 






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God's Answer for a Builder . 






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His Ways Are Perfect . 






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Freeway To N'Zoro 






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FMS Candidates Countdown 






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Church News 






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Laymen's Page 






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The Creative Woman . 






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The Master Calleth 






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Chapel on a Hill . 






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Inspiration, "Mini-Helps" . . . 






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Meet Your Officers 






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There's a Great Day Coming! 






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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen- Mr. Phil Landrum 



May 2, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 9 



Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Editor's Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



Liberation from Motherhood 



Protest is quite the order of the 
day. Now, it is women protesting their 
sad state. They say they are tired of 
the domination by and servitude to 
the male sex. They are even protesting 
motherhood. Perhaps the protest of at 
least some should be recognized so 
that they might be "liberated" from 
the responsibility. 

Particularly is this true with 
mothers who seem to have no love for 
their children. Mothers who have no 
concern for the spiritual and even the 
physical and social welfare of their 
children. The mother who is obsessed 
with drinking, smoking, and drug ad- 
diction and indulging in the satisfac- 
tion of her every lust is a good subject 



for "liberation." There is a false phi- 
losophy abroad today that the rights 
of an individual have not been fully 
realized until every desire is satisfied. 
Can we hold a "protest" against 
mothers who hold such a philosophy? 

If it were possible, we should grant 
the desires of these and all other 
mothers who would thwart the proper 
development of their children for the 
gratification of their own desires. 
There is no greater responsibility en- 
trusted to human kind than mother- 
hood. Any who would degrade it and 
who would selfishly deny to their chil- 
dren a normal development and 
growth should be "liberated." 

But there is a brighter side to the 




picture. Mothers who will in a dedi- 
cated way nurture and train their chil- 
dren for worthwhile lives are per- 
forming a great service to the world. 
Abraham Lincoln said, "All that I am 
or ever hope to be I owe to my angel 
mother." Mothers who will produce 
and train offspring of this caliber can 
feel that theirs is an important minis- 
try. What joy there must be to a 
mother who has a normal and healthy 
child and who sees that child grow and 
develop into a worthwhile adult. God 
has given to us the responsibility of 
the perpetuation of the race. Great 
satisfaction comes to those who pro- 
duce worthwhile citizens. 

The greatest requisite for success is 
that a mother be a Christian. A per- 
sonal relationship with Jesus Christ 
makes all the difference; a difference 
both in the usefulness of the life she 
lives, and in a resulting influence upon 
her children. The Bible statement 
"Train up a cliild in the way he should 
go: and when he is old, he will not 
depart from it," is still true. Mothers 
who believe and follow this teaching 
are the type of women who should not 
desire to be liberated from mother- 
hood but who should be encouraged 
to enter into it. Her children will fol- 
low the example of others who have 
borne testimony to the blessing of a 
godly mother. They will literally rise 
up and call her blessed. 

So, perhaps the "liberation move- 
ment" is in order. "Liberation" for 
those who are not worthy and who are 
unfit to be mothers and encourage- 
ment of those noble women who 
would be true mothers and who would 
guide their children into lives of serv- 
ice for mankind. 0Wj 



May 2, 1970 




"And it came to pass, . . . that the 
brook dried up" (I Kings 1 7: 7j. 



Ihe brook meant everything to 
Elijah. Every morning as he wakened, 
he stretched himself, rose from his 
pallet, and walked to the brook. He 
bathed, he drank, he ate the raven- 
brouglit meat, and then he worshiped 
his God. Life, viewed from beside a 
babbling brook, was sweet. 

This was the brook that-he 
thought-would never fail. There was 
drought through all the land, but 
though the heaving Mediterranean Sea 
itself should become dry land, my 
brook-he thought— will flow. This 
brook was God's own provision for 
him. That was his reward for being so 
faithful a prophet. Every tongue in 
Palestine might parch in men's 
mouths, but he would have water. 
There was no rain, but never mind. 
This brook flowed from springs that 
never did need showers. Because I am 
a prophet, and because God gave me 
this brook, this brook can never run 
dry. 

Until one morning as he woke and 
went to bathe and drink, it seemed to 
him the water ran a bit slower, and 
when he dipped his hand into it he 
touched gravel for the first time. It 
must be imagination. Nothing could 
happen to this brook. 

But the next morning it seemed 
shallower again, and so it did the next, 
and the fourth day there was no 
mistake. Pebbles he had not seen 
before were showing above the water 
now. And each day after that the 
water was less. UntU there was no 
thought of bathing anymore. Until one 
day he had to build a little dam to 
catch a day's drink, and until one 
morning, when he came, he found 
only damp clay there. Some jackal had 
come slinking by in the dead of night 



View 
from a 



Gulch 



and had lapped the last precious drops, 
and there stood the disgusted prophet 
beside the brook that could not pos- 
sibly have dried up. There he stood, 
and he stared down at the last bit of 
damp mud at his feet, and he dropped 
to his knees in desperation and began 
clawing into it with his hands hoping 
there might be water a few inches 
below the surface, and there was none. 
The brook that could never dry, be- 
cause he was a prophet, was dried. 

Now how does life look? What is 
the view from a dry gulch? Does a man 
stand there shaking liis little fist in 
God's face in rebellion? Or does he 
collapse and say there's nothing left 
worth living for? Or does he stand 
there in stunned incredulity and refuse 
to accept the fact? How does life look, 
and what does a man think, from the 
edge of a dried-up brook? 

One thing that must come out of it 
is a new understanding of others 
whose brooks have long since run dry. 
You are not the only one looking at 
life from a dry gulch in this world. If 
your hopes are blasted, and your plans 
exploded, all around you are others 
standing gazing upon the ruins of what 
they thought was their future too. 
And you must become their comfort. 
Elijah must never lose his compassion 
for suffering Israel. A man all by 
himself, secure in his own little cave, 
laved by his own little creed, may soon 
forget how dry the rest of the world 
may be. Far from keeping the brook 
flowing because Elijah was his man, it 
was precisely because Elijah was liis 
man that God had to stop the brook. 
And precisely because you are a Chris- 
tian you have to experience some 
griefs, so that you may somehow come 
to an understanding of others, and be 
able to pity and help and encourage 
them. There is nothing like a dry 
brook in your life to make you love a 
tWrsty child. 




Elijah had become a bit too smug at 
liis brookside. He was saying in his 
prosperity, I shall not be moved. A 
thousand may fall at my right hand, he 
mused, but it shall not come nigh me. 
My brook cannot fail because I am a 
prophet. And so it came to pass that 
the brook dried up. 

Another thing about the view from 
a dried-up brook: it can give a man a 
new look at God. As long as the brook 
is there and flowing, we keep looking 
into it and seeing our reflection in its 
waters, and are satisfied. The more we 
have of things, often, the less we think 
of God. Many a man has an empty 
heart because he has a full wallet. It 
sometimes takes a dried-up brook in 
our lives to bring us to our knees 
before God. Out of your lonesome- 
ness, your financial loss, your bereave- 
ment, can come a new experience of 
the sufficiency of God which you've 
never known before. And you never 
would know it, except your brook 
dried up. 

But it all depends upon whether 
you stand there to curse, or whether 
you kneel there to worship. Life looks 
much the same from a dried-up brook 
as from a babbling river, if we keep 
God in the foreground of the scene. 
No Hfe looks useless, or empty, or 
senseless, when looked at through the 
love and through the grace of God in 
Christ. And a man can kneel at a 
dried-up brook and say Hallelujah. The 
Lord gave and it was good while I had 
it. The Lord took away— and put 
himself in its place. Blessed be the 
name of the Lord. 

Your brooks may run dry; but you 
never did live out of brooks. Your life 
is not in your things but in your God. 
And the inexhaustible fountains of 
grace in him can never stop flowing. 
- William Vander Hoven ^^ 

Reprinted by permission from The Banner 



Brethren Missionary Herald 




. _s we enter the '70s, psycholo- 
gists have become our conscience in 
areas of human behavior. Warnings 
about the effects of TV -watching are 
coming from psychiatrists and educa- 
tors—not from pastors. 

The church has apparently de- " 
faulted on its responsibility in favor of 
the psychologists. Whatever threat pas- 
tors see in television is not related to 
its effect on the human mind and 
b'ehavior, but the effect on Sunday 
evening church attendance and pas- 
toral home visitation. 

Dr. S. I. Hayakawa, the embattled 
president of San Francisco State Uni- 
versity, points out that by the time a 
typical American boy or girl has 
reached the age of 18, he has had 
12,000 to 15,000 hours of TV- 
viewing. These are not hours stolen 
from school, but from relating to 
other people: parents, siblings, neigh- 
bors, the elderly, strangers. He con- 
cludes that it's small wonder so many 
students drop out; they did not learn 
how to get along with other human 
beings during their formative years. 

Dr. Graham Blaine, chief psychia- 
trist in the student health service of 
Harvard University, has said that the 
most serious problem of TV is not 
poor programming, but that it has 
destroyed the average family's ex- 
change of views and information at the 
evening meal. People are anxious to 
get to a favorite program, he says, and 
so they hurry to finish eating. What 
happened during the day, the little 
things, and bigger matters are never 
discussed. 

When was the last time you heard a 
preacher, or Sunday-school teacher, 
warn about the family-fragmenting ef- 
fects of television? 



Is the church even remotely con- 
cerned about what this electronic com- 
munications medium is doing, may 
eventually do, to the human behavior 
of Christians? I think not. What I hear, 
when I hear anything, is the soul- 
destroying effect of the theater in the 
theater, not the theater in the living 
room. Movies seem to have a baptism 
of purification when they are shown 
on TV. 

The daughter of a friend's pastor 
put it this way: "I can hardly wait till 
that movie is shown on television, so I 
can see it." 

What will be th.e long-range effects 
of TV on the American mind and 
morals, on the Christian mind and 
morals? 

For perspective on the question, 
one psychologist says that the average 
child today, who follows the typical 
American viewing pattern, will by age 
65 have spent nine years of 24-hour 
days sitting in front of a TV set. (If he 
went to Sunday school every Sunday 
during those years, he will have spent 
about four months studying God's 
Word.) 

Even if TV were morally neutral, it 
would have serious effects on Christian 
life and thought. You don't spend nine 
years of life watching anything with- 
out being affected by it. Or even six or 
seven years. 

"It's so cute the way our little boy 
can sing all the commercials." I've 
heard that statement several times; so 
have you. But even if it's cute, is it 
worthwhile? Is such mental condition- 
ing, perhaps, in the long view danger- 
ous? 

What view of life do people get 
from TV? Secular, materialistic, man- 
shall-live-by-bread-alone. What view of 



family life? Fragmented, strong 
mother, feeble father. What view of 
human life? Cheap, meaningless, here 
-and-now, hedonistic. What view of 
reading?— What's a book? What view of 
God? Who's He, apart from a Billy 
Graham special? 

Do Christian people even think of 
what Dean Martin, Tiny and Vicki 
Tim, Johnny Carson do to them and 
their children? Is this the sort of guest 
we want to invite into our living rooms 
every week? 

What about family Bible reading? 
Prayer? If these are missing and Dean 
Martin, or Rowan and Martin are 
welcomed, aren't we shouting some- 
' thing to our children and ourselves, 
something about the real values of life 
now and hereafter? No Sunday school, 
or later a Christian college, can replace 
that value system. 

But TV is not morally neutral. It 
was a secular writer in the Detroit 
News (Kathy Sudomier, a 26-year-old° 
newspaper woman), not a preacher, 
who. screamed loudly enough about 
TV advertising-"You dirty old ad 
men make me sick"— to awaken Ad- 
vertising Age to a potential threat. 

Has the church yielded its role of 
moral guidance, along with other roles, 
to secular society in our time? 

After giving examples of sexually 
arousing pictures and dialog in TV 
advertising, Mrs. Sudomier concludes: 
"If you think this generation repre- 
sents the New Morality, then look out 
for the next one. Granddad. You'll 
have our kids turned into the most 
over-sexed, over-sated monsters since 
the fall of the Roman Empire." 

A medical doctor in West Germany 
warned several years ago that the 
country that once knew the tyranny 
of Hitler now faces the tyranny of evil. 
And the United States, which has 
never— except in localized situations- 
known totalitarianism, seems to be 
embracing tyranny of evil. 

In my opinion, this represents an 
interesting switch on George Orwell's 
1984: It is not Big Brother observing 
human life in every room by TV 
cameras who thereby controls life; Big 
Brother performs on TV in every room 
and thereby determines life. 

If our Lord Christ returns during 
the '70s, will He find faith in the 
United States? # 

-Reprinted by permission of Eternity 
magazine. 



Or Astronauts 
ana Missionaries 



I he foreign missions program is in 
some ways similar to the U.S. space 
program. 

1 . Only volunteers are accepted. 
A person must be convinced that the 
program is something in which he 
wants to become involved. Men who 
are forced into it against their will or 
who give only halfhearted acceptance 
because they look upon it merely as 
another job, have no place in either 
the outer space or the foreign mission 
enterprises. A man must be so con- 
vinced that this is the thing he should 
do that he will say, like Saul of Tarsus, 
"Lord, what wilt thou have me to 
do?" and like Isaiah the prophet, 
"Here am I; send me." 

2. A selection must be made. Not 
all who would go can go. Many volun- 
teer for the space program but only a 
few are selected. In missions the same 
is true. Some are already engaged in 
another ministry and thus cannot go. 
This was the case in Antioch, where 
there were many prophets and teach- 
ers, but the Holy Spirit througli these 
Spirit-filled men set aside Paul and 
Barnabas for foreign missionary serv- 
ice. Others do not meet the special 
requirements needed for an overseas 
assignment. Still others want to be 
selected but refuse to prepare them- 
selves for the task. 

3. Special training and pre- 
paration are necessary. A man does 
not step into a space capsule the day 
after he is chosen as an astronaut. He 
needs special training and months of 
preparation in order to gain the con- 
fidence needed to handle that rocket 
through every possible maneuver and 
emergency. The missionary candidate 
also needs special preparation and 
training. Besides having a thorough 
knowledge of the Bible, he must be 
prepared to face a new language, a 
different culture, and perhaps a radi- 



6 




cally different political regime. He will 
need to be acquainted with the 
history, customs, religion, and thinking 
of the people with whom he works. 

4. It takes money to send these 
people forth. The space program is 
enormously expensive; yet, the money 
must be spent if the objective is to be 
reached. The foreign mission program 
is poverty-stricken by comparison, and 
yet the objectives are infinitely more 
important than conquering space. Un- 
fortunately, too many look upon mis- 
sions as a charity rather than a ful- 
fillment of God's plan for this age. 
God does not impose a tax on His 
people; but He does expect them, 
through love and conviction of the 
rightness of the program, to give 
liberally. 

5. Teamwork is imperative. A 
host of technicians and skilled crafts- 
men work behind the scenes to ensure 
a successful space shot. It takes the 
cooperation and efforts of many Chris- 
tians to carry out a successful mission 
if people are to be won to Christ and 
churches established. 

6. The trip must be made in 
stages. The power stage gives the 
rocket the necessary thrust and speed 
to enable it to get on its way success- 
fully. The missionary too needs that 
power stage. He needs the backing of 
God's people througli prayer and 
financial support. He also needs a 
thorough working knowledge of the 
language of the people so that the 
words he speaks will truly be recog- 
nized as the Gospel, the power of God 



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unto salvation. 

7. Adjustments must be made to 
a different environment. Special equip- 
ment, special clothing, and special 
arrangements are supplied to the astro- 
naut so that he can live in space. The 
problem of adjustment for the new 
missionary is one of the biggest 
hurdles he must overcome. 

8. A willingness to put up with 
difficulties is essential. The astronaut 
subjects himself to discomfort and 
difficulties in order to do his job. He 
lives in cramped quarters; dresses for a 
time in an uncomfortable space suit; 
eats special food, which certainly is no 
substitute for his ordinary meals; and 
his body is subjected to forces and 
pressures not encountered by ordinary 
men. The missionary also must be 
willing to subject himself to discom- 
forts, pressures and unpleasantness (II 
Cor.4:8ff). 

9. An element of danger is pres- 
ent. There is no doubt about this fact 
in the space program: a malfunction in 
any part of the intricate and com- 
phcated macliinery spells death for the 
astronauts. The Christian missionary is 
also placed in places of danger— among 
unfriendly Indians, political revolu- 
tions, native uprisings, sickness and 
disease with inadequate medical facili- 
ties. 

Recently the U.S.- government 
made cuts in its space program and 
thousands found themselves out of 
work. The emphasis shifted from outer 
space to social needs. The result— less 
money for aerospace. Of course, there 
has been great disappointment among 
those laid off. (We are told that one 
$15,000-a-year engineer wound up 
packing groceries in a supermarket for 
a minimum wage.) 

But we pray that the analogy may 
cease before that point. It would be a 
tragedy indeed if missionaries had to 
be turned away from their calling 
because of the lack of funds or due to 
the feeling that priority should be 
given to other endeavors. The space 
program may land men on the moon, 
but the foreign mission program en- 
ables men who are reached with the 
Gospel to reach heaven. 

The center spread of this issue 
shows the projected time schedule for 
the departure of missionaries to the 
field. We praise the Lord for these who 
have responded to God's call. They 
(Continued on page 7j 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



#A big job requires big machinery, 
wheels— or effort. A "big" effort is 
needed as a result of this year's board 
meeting. 

One by one the missionary candi- 
dates were approved at the midyear 
FMS board meeting until the total 
reached seventeen. These were en- 
couraged to begin raising their sup- 
port, hopefully enabling their early 
departure to assist missionaries who 
are constantly crying for more work- 
ers. The board was praising the Lord 
for the caliber of men and women who 
were volunteering. Most had seven 
years or more of training beyond high 
school. Their sacrificial dedication was 
obvious. 

Yet a gnawing question faced us 
and continues to do so: Has The 
Brethren Oiurch reached a saturation 
point in its giving to missions? 

One assures himself with the re- 
minder that if the Lord has called 
these candidates through The Brethren 
Church, He will surely supply their 
needs through Brethren people. But it 
takes no great mathematician to de- 
duct that if these missionaries are able 
to raise their support and others con- 
tinue to volunteer, the year that the 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society 
will require a million-dollar annual 
offering is not far away. 

What is needed if we are to meet 
the challenge? Here are four sugges- 
tions: 

1. Pastors must "think big"! The 
pastor is the key. The attitude of his 
flock will usually reflect his interest. 
He must think of Brethren Foreign 
Missions as his foreign mission pro- 
of Astronauts and Missionaries 
(Continued from page 6) 

have demonstrated their faith by pre- 
paring themselves for missionary serv- 
ice. They have also demonstrated their 
confidence in The Brethren Church by 
assuming that when their departure 
date arrives, the Brethren will speed 
them on their way. A possible mal- 
function in the total support system is 
the only place where we see that there 
could be cause for concern. You are 
the technicians who are responsible for 
that system. Will it be ready in time? 
The candidates are doing their part in 
obedience to the Lord. Now it is up to 
the church to do hers.—JWZ Mt 




Just as this airline stewardess finds herself in a big situation, so does the FMS with its 
seventeen new candidates! 



gram. There is a question as to how far 
beyond their own local church some 
pastors are seriously concerned. If 
there is a heart for missions, there will 
be enthusiastic reminders to the peo- 
ple of the need for prayer for the 
missionaries and their needs. Pastor, 
has your church reached its saturation 
point in giving? If your answer is 
yes— Brethren Foreign Missions is in 
deep trouble! 

2. Teachers must "challenge 
big"! Next to the pastor the teacher is 
most important in communicating the 
excitement of foreign missions. Every 
Sunday-school superintendent should 
have a constant program of instruction 
in missions in all departments. Person- 
nel should be trained and delegated to 
see that it is carried out. A great 
untapped source of vital concern 
which will result in praying and giving, 
rests among our children and young 
people. Also, young married couples 
who have been constantly trained in 
missions will be much more apt to 
include generous giving to missions in 
their family budget. 

Sunday-school leaders must count 
this program important enough to give 



it first priority and to provide the 
inspiration necessary to see that it is 
properly done. 

3. Christians must "give big"! A 
$30,000 house with payments of $200 
a month is not unusual; a $3,000 car 
with payments of $100 a month is 
reasonable; a $300 vacation is con- 
servative. Yet, many people who could 
give much more are dutifully donating 
their usual $25 or $100 per year. 
Many more must share the respon- 
sibility if we are going to go further in 
missions. 

4. All of us must "pray big"! It is 
the Lord's work and He must do the 
work. He asks us, however, to pray the 
Lord of the harvest to send forth 
laborers into His harvest. As He hears 
our prayers, do you think He gets the 
idea that we think the task is urgent? 

Has The Brethren Church reached 
the saturation point in giving to mis- 
sions? The answer depends on how 
"big" each of us counts the task of 
world missions. -Z)r Glerm O'Neal 



Dr. Glenn O'Neal of Anaheim, California, 
has been a member of the FMS board of 
trustees since 1952. gUbt 



May 2, 1970 



TimE CHDLDI^IilNI'S IPAOI 




rs. Shargel 




rs. Hammers 



NEW MISSIONARIES IN LANGUAGE STUDY 

Most Brethren missionaries work in lands where Enghsh is not spoken. So, 
the first thing new missionaries must do is to study the language of their 
field. For the Central African RepubUc, most missionaries learn French first. 
It is spoken by the officials and the educated Africans. Now, only part of the 
Africans speak French, but nearly all of them speak Sango. So, the 
missionaries must also learn Sango after they get to Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. David Shargel are nearly finished with studying French. 
They have attended schools in both France and Switzerland. Very soon they 
will be going on to Africa. 

Miss Carol Mensinger is studying French in France now. Later she will go 
on to Africa. 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter is all through with her French study, and now she 
is in Africa, studying Sango. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hammers are studying French at the same place that 
Miss Mensinger is. Soon they will be moving to the Chateau for their 
missionary service in France. 

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Peugh are studying the German language in Germany, 
the land where they will work. 

Language study is hard work, and these new missionaries need your 
prayers. Pray that they may soon learn these languages so that they can 
speak easily to the people of their fields. 




iss Mensinger 




Miss Tschetter 



HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 



YES/ ISM'T IT EXCITING.' 
- I HOPE REAL SOON 
] EVERY ONE 
OF THOSE 



THERE ARE A LOT OF 
NEW MISSIONARIES IN 
LANGUAGE SCHOOLS 

NOW, aren't there? 




KWANG JA PARK 
HAS FINISHED 
HER. PORTUGUESE 
STUDY IN SRA2IL 




-ANP THEN THERE 
WILL BE MORE NEW 
MISSIONARIES GOING 
OUT - DID YOU SEE 
THE 
CENTER 
SECTION 
OF THIS 
MAGA - 
NE ? 




Brethren Missionary Herald 



ili@f 



(FMS editor's note: In the Missionary Her- 
ald's foreign missions section for last month 
(April 4 issue), Brother Al Balzer told of the 
need for a mission builder in the C.A.R. An 
editor's note at the end of the article 
mentioned Mr. Bernath ("Ben") Klus of San 
Jose, California, who is to become Brother 
Baker's replacement. The testimonies of Mr 
and Mrs. Klus are presented here.) 



lo be considered for full-time 
service in our Lord's work still seems 
like a wonderful dream. I had heard of 
the need for missionaries in the foreign 
fields; how great the need and how 
few there are to go. Sure, I would have 
liked to help pick up some of the 
load— but to go to school for all of 
these years now? You see, I'm 
forty-three, a sheet metal worker, 
trained in the building construction 
trade. This is what I know. What I did 
not know was that the Lord had a 
place for me. He was patiently waiting 
for me to yield completely and to 
dedicate my life to Him. 

I was reared in a "good" home. My 
dad was a carpenter and cabinet- 
maker; my mother a fine homemaker, 
particular about all things, especially 
about my sister and me. When I was 
small we attended Sunday school 
regularly. When I was in high school I 
went to Sunday school because it was 
expected of me and it was a good way 



to get out of yard and housework. In 
growing up I missed much that I did 
not even realize at that time. 

Not until 1956 did I know what 
was missing. I was out sweeping the 
gutter in front of our house when a 
man stopped to talk. He spoke of a 
new Brethren church in a house just 
down the block and around the cor- 
ner. He also spoke of Jesus Christ and 
said He could do something for me. I 
had gone to Sunday school; I believed 
in God; I knew about Jesus, His virgin 
birth and death on the cross. But I did 
not know then what it was to know 
Jesus personally. New Year's Eve, 
1956, just before midnight. Pastor Bill 
McKillen led me to accept Jesus Christ 
as my personal Saviour. Since then I 
have been active in Christian service in 
our church. 

After having been under conviction 
by the Holy Spirit for some time, I 
finally yielded completely to the Lord, 
saying, "Here I am. Lord; use me, 
anywhere, anyway." 

In the last few years I have seen 
requests for people trained in many 
different occupations to be used in 
missionary service. When I wrote to 
the Foreign Missionary Society, I had 
no idea of what the response would 
be. I did not know then that there was 
a need for a construction man. Be- 
cause of our love for the Lord and The 



The Klus family: Bernath ("Ben") and Martha, Tim, Cathy Lynne 




Brethren Church, my wife and I want- 
ed to offer our services there first. 
When the reply told of possible service 
in the Central African Republic, I 
bhnked twice and asked, "Where? 
Who, me?" 

Our Lord has blessed our family, 
and has provided and directed every 
step of the way this past year. I'm 
fully confident that tliis move is to be 
not only the most challenging but, I'm 
sure, the most rewarding of our lives. 
—Bernath ("Ben ") Klus 

What a joy it is to be able to write 
this testimony! Little had I ever 
thought that some day I would be 
packing my bags for Africa. 

I was raised in an entirely different 
environment than was my husband. I 
was the youngest of a family of seven 
children, reared near a small town in 
Oregon. Probably, no doubt, you 
would say we were poor, although I 
never considered it so. I thank God for 
my parents; they were both Christians, 
but because it took so many hours of 
labor to care for the family, we had 
little formal Christian training. Mom 
always corrected us with Scripture and 
poetry, and as I grew into the rebel- 
hous teen-age years (I must admit we 
even had them then) I developed a 
dislike for both. What a thrill it was 
when I accepted Christ and then God's 
Word became beautiful and living to 
me; I also wrote a poem and sent it to 
my mother. 

Ben and I were married April 29, 
1945, and in a few short years we had 
a family of four children. Although 
neither of us was a Christian, we both 
recognized the need of spiritual train- 
ing for our children. We sent the older 
cliildren to Sunday school with friends 
and neighbors while we stayed home to 
do the Sunday chores. It was not until 
1956, when we both started attending 
the Grace Brethren Church here in San 
Jose, that we realized we ourselves had 
a need. 

I accepted Christ as my personal 
Saviour in our home in May of 1956. 
Mrs. Bill McKillen was used of the 
(Continued on page 10) 



May 2, 1970 



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A^lVa,.U 



By Lois Wilson 



rrom Navajoland to Africa? Why 
the change? To questions such as these 
I can answer only that the Lord has 
spoken and called, and I must follow 
His leading. 

During the past two years the Lord 
spoke to me several times about going 
to Africa. It was usually during our 
quiet times together in the morning 
hours that I heard His still small voice, 
and I would change the subject to 
other "worthwhile" thouglits. But the 
voice returned so often that at last I 
got the "point" that this was im- 
portant! 

My trip to C.A.R. during the sum- 
mer of 1969 emphasized the fact that 
the Lord had indeed been speaking to 
me about service in Africa. He used 
missionary nurses in Africa to cancel 
out many excuses I had given to the 
Lord-good reasons so I thought— for 
remaining here in Navajoland. 

One chief excuse was that "I 
couldn't ever do what those nurses are 
doing!" And this is true. But the Lord 
showed me that He, not L would be 
doing the work, and therefore what- 
ever He asked me to do would be 
possible; it would simply be Christ 
working through me. I finally claimed 
Psalm 37:5, "Commit your way to the 
Lord— roll and repose [each care of] 
your road on Him; trust (lean on, 
rely on and be confident) also in 
Him, and He will bring it to pass" 
(Amplified). 



I can view now with gratitude to 
the Lord the past six years spent 
among the Navajo Indians. The Lord 
had many lessons to teach me in His 
"candidate school" of life. He also had 
many blessings He wanted to give me. 
One very important event took place 
in 1968 during a tour in southern 
California with our older Navajo 
school students. I joined the Cherry 
Valley Brethren Church and was im- 
mediately adopted by these wonderful 
people. 

One of the earlier blessings in my 
Ufe was being reared in a Christian 
home in Pennsylvania. My parents 
have always been very active in Chris- 
tian work. Often as a child I found 
myself a guest at a men's quartet 
practice, or viewing a film on mission 
work among lepers in Africa. At an 
early age I had a piggy bank to gather 
pennies for missions in Africa. 

We moved from the City of 
Brotherly Love to Southampton, 
Pennsylvania, when I was seven. It was 
also at that age that I was born into 
God's family. The decision to trust 
Christ as Saviour came about through 
an "African" influence. A missionary 
from Congo, speaking in our 
Sunday-school department, told not 
only of the need of African boys and 
girls to receive Christ but also of our 
need to be forgiven of sin and to 
belong to Jesus. That evening my 
mother asked me if I wanted to belong 



God's Answer for a Builder 

(Continued from page 9) 

Lord to lead me to Christ. Together 
we prayed for Ben's salvation and the 
Lord was faithful. Since that time the 
Lord has given us two other children 
—Tim, now eleven, and Cathy Lynne, 
who is three. They will be going to 
Africa with us. 

The other day as I thought of all 
the things to be done before we can 
leave, the pressure seemed so great 
that I cried to God for help. He who is 



always faithful answered with this 
verse, John 20:21 : "Then said Jesus to 
them again, Peace be unto you: as my 
Father hath sent me, even so send I 
you." 

We do covet your prayers and your 
support as we go, but our confidence 
is not in man, nor in the Foreign 
Missionary Society, nor in The Breth- 
ren Church, but in the One who has 
called us. "Being confident of this very 
thing, that he which hath begun a 
good work in you will perform it until 
the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6).- 
Martha Klus # 




to Jesus and I replied, yes. 

During my high school years my 
home church often had tent meetings 
in the summer, and at one of these I 
dedicated my life to the Lord to be 
used according to His will. 

Then came nurses training, a year 
of hospital work, and two wonderful 
years at Grace College. Being led to 
Grace (a college relatively unknown in 
the area where I grew up) was indeed 
another indication of the Lord's hand 
on my hfe. 

How often, though, we try to get 
our own way in life. Perhaps this is 
even more true of us select few known 



Miss 

Lois 
Wilson 



as "only children." When I arrived af 
Grace College I became aware of the 
missionary prayer groups meeting each 
day. Since I knew more of work in 
Africa than any other place, I decided 
to attend that prayer group. At the 
first meeting I attended. Miss 
Elizabeth Tyson, retired missionary, 
was an invited guest. She took one 
look at me and asked if I was pre- 
paring for the Lord's work in Africa. I 
don't remember my reply, but I do 
remember changing prayer groups 
soon after that. 

Graduation, 1963, came quickly 
and I did not know what was ahead in 
my Ufe. Two fellow students, Joyce 
Baker Renick and her brother, Dwight, 
encouraged me to look into the sum- 
mer youth ministry at the Brethren 
Navajo Mission. Even though I was not 
a Brethren church member at the time, 
they thought I might be accepted for 
the summer at least. 

So the Lord has continued to lead, 
step by step, often having to take that 
big "I" out of my vocabulary so He 
could have His rightful place. And oh, 
the joy of having it that way. 

Now I look forward to serving Him 
in C.A.R. His ways are perfect. My 
prayer is that not "I" but only the 
Lord Jesus Christ might be seen and 
magnified. ^//ji* 



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It wasn't like in America! 



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lever had I seen a road like the 
"freeway" to N'Zoro! Deep ruts, fast 
moving streams running right across 
the road, mud to the hubs, large jagged 
rocks, and an endless supply of 
branches and logs. It was rainy season 
in the Central African Republic. Al- 
though the road was treacherous, the 
scenery was lovely. The rugged hills of 
gray rock were partially covered with 
a green blanket of moss and low shrub. 
The air was clean and the high grass 
was dripping from a recent rain; the 
dark clouds in the north told us there 
was more to come. Miss Marian Thurs- 
ton was hopeful that we would get 
"home" before the sky opened up. 

As we jostled along in the truck, 
my mind went back to the event 
leading up to this climactic trip to 
Africa. Margaret HuU was home from 
Africa on her first furlough. She and 
her sister were planning to spend some 
time in Europe together when Marga- 
ret returned to the field. The traveling 
group grew to include six single Ameri- 
can girls— three nurses, tluee teachers. 
What a time we did have! There is 
nothing to compare with English- 



Miss 

Lila 

Sheely 




0® 



By Lila Sheely 



speaking females driving a loaded VW 
bus througli Amsterdam, the Alps, and 
of all places— Paris! 

Early Sunday morning in Mainz, 
Germany, we parked our bus off the 
side of the road for Scripture reading 
and prayer before touring the Gutten- 
burg Museum. The verses read that 
morning touched my heart deeply, and 
I know the others were communing 
with the Lord in a special way, too. "I 
want you to trust Me in your times of 
trouble, so I can rescue you, and you 
can give Me glory!" (Living Psalms 
50:15). We took turns praying, and it 
was evident that the Lord was drawing 
each of us to a closer walk with Him. 

After a brief visit to the Chateau in 
France, Margaret HuU, Lois Wilson, 
and I left for Bangui. The other three 
were staying on in Europe for another 
month and then returning to the 
States. On July 22 we were greeted by 
a large crowd of missionaries who were 
welcoming Margaret home. Excite- 
ment was high as we rode into the city 
to the guest house. After supper and a 
visit with the missionaries, we piled 
into bed exhausted. Lois and I were 
awakened in the night by what we 
were sure was a lion! The next morn- 
ing the superintendent assured us 
(much to our chagrin) it was only the 
neighborhood dogs. 

The day we were to go "up coun- 
try" it was raining very hard. The 
truck was loaded between downpours, 
Dan Beaver baQed the water out of the 
cab by the bucketful, and we were off 
to the Medical Center at BoguUa. The 
next two weeks were busy ones as Lois 
and I tried to keep up with the 



missionary nurses. There was pre-natal 
clinic, where twenty-five women were 
checked in one morning; days spent in 
the pharmacy doing inventory of all 
the medicines; babies delivered; sur- 
gery performed; trips to the "bush" to 
pick up patients or return the body of 
a deceased loved one; a constant 
stream of visitors; and parties for the 
missionary kids. 

My attention was brought back to 
the present as we entered the vUlage of 
N'Zoro. I was immediately struck with 
a feeling of aloneness or isolation. 
Then the Lord really began to press 
home to me the need of complete 
dependence on Him. This work of the 
Holy Spirit continued seeking a re- 
sponse of willingness to obediently 
follow Christ wherever He miglit lead. 
One day while sitting on a rock look- 
ing out over the village, 1 tried to 
sort out all the thoughts and feel- 
ings that had overwhelmed me. I had 
to acknowledge that His Word is true; 
"the heart is deceitful . . . who can 
know it." (Lord, sitting in a comfort- 
able pew surrounded by Christian 
friends, it was easy for me to say I 
would follow you anywhere. But, see- 
ing the mission field firsthand . . . I'm 
not so brave, not so quick to an- 
swer. . . .) 

The words of Pastor Joseph re- 
turned to my mind: "Are you coming 
back to Africa? What does your heart 
tell you?" Thomas, Marian's house- 
boy, had asked, "Have you come to 
look or to work?" I assured him I was 
just visiting but that I was praying 
much concerning the Lord's will for 
my Hfe. His answer was: "We have 
been praying too. You will be back." 

That month spent in the Central 
African RepubUc was the greatest ad- 
venture of my life. New acquaintances 
were made and old friendships revived. 
What a thrill it was to hear from those 
whom the Lord had called and sent, 
how He was meeting their needs and 
guiding their lives. I realize that the 
task is great; the problems are many. 
But, the work is the Lord's and He has 
certainly blessed that mission field 
with a rich harvest. How I praise Him 
for the many who have come to 
himself in that great land. And, praise 
be to His Name for assured guidance as 
we follow Him moment by moment. 
"And thine ears shaD hear a word 
behind thee, saying. This is the way, 
walk ye in it... "(Isa. 30:31). # 



May 2, 1970 



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Quinn Taylor (left) and George Ehrhardt 
make improvements on the property of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Sacramento. 

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. Land- 
scaping improvements were made at 
the church by several of the men on 
Mar. 28. Seven tons of gravel were 
spread on the church parking lot, 
several holes were filled and leveling 
was done on the property, old tree 
stumps were removed, and weeds and 
debris were cleared by the use of a 
pickup truck and weighted drag. Mr. 
George Ehrhardt completed a gold- 
lettered church sign which was then 
located in front of the church. While 
the men worked outside, the ladies 
hung curtains and waxed floors inside 
the church. All of this work was in 
preparation for an Easter missionary 
conference. Richard M. Cron, pastor. 

NORTH ENGLISH, IOWA. Rev. 
Keith L. Zook, senior in the seminary 
division of the Grand Rapids School of 
the Bible and Music, has accepted the. 
call to be pastor of the Pleasant Grove 
Brethren Church starting June 2 1 . He 
is married and has three children. 

ROANOKE, VA. Three goals were 
recently met by the Ghent Brethren 
Church. For the month of March, a 
goal of 300 was set for the Sunday 
school and 300 for a church service. 
The Sunday-school attendance reached 
301, and 335 crowded in for church. 
A goal of $500 was set for debt reduc- 
tion, and a total of $793 was received. 
Mr. Gary Miller, a middler in Grace 
Seminary, will be serving the church as 
youth director for the summer. Robert 
Combs, pastor. 



ATLANTA, GA. Several goals for 
1970 have been set by the church: 52 
decisions to receive Christ; 12 new 
families brought into the church fel- 
lowship; 100 in active church and 
Sunday-school attendance; $12,500 
for the year's budget; a new church 
built and dedicated for the glory of 
the Lord. The church now has a full 
program of activities with the recently 
organized Boy's Brigade and SMM pro- 
grams. A fine prophetic conference 
was conducted Mar. 22-29 by Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt, with an average attend- 
ance of 40. Many new folks have 
visited the church and shown an in- 
terest in the work. The new building 
program will be completed this year, 
and dedication of the building is 
planned for September. Rev. Lester E. 
Pifer is scheduled to hold the first re- 
vival meetings in the church Sept. 
20-27. William. A. Byers, pastor. 

MYERSTOWN, PA. Attendance 
records were broken with 136 in the 
morning worship service. Plans are un- 
der way to begin ground breaking in a 
couple weeks. Occupation of the new 
building is expected by Thanksgiving. 
The Brethren Architectural Service has 
designed a colonial style building 
which will seat 300 people. Luke E. 
Kauffman, pastor. 



WHEATON, ILL. Robert Shackel- 
ford has accepted a call to serve as pas- 
tor of the Grace Brethren Church un- 
der the official title of "pastor with 
limited responsibilities." He graduated 
from Grace Seminary in 1957 and is a 
13-year veteran of the pastorate. He is 
presently assistant dean of students 
and a special instructor at Moody 
Bible Institute. He will begin his duties 
May 3. 

RADFORD, VA. The highest at- 
tendance record for the past six years 
at the Fairlawn Brethren Church was a 
recent 201 . The Sunday-school attend- 
ance for February showed an increase 
of 26.8 percent, and the March figures 
showed a 27.2 percent increase. In the 
first quarter of 1970, thirty-four life 
dedications, one decision to receive 
Christ, and three baptisms have been 
recorded. Roy E. Glass, pastor. 

BERNE, IND. Rev. Kenneth Rus- 
sell has submitted his resignation as 
pastor of the Bethel Brethren Church, 
effective June 28. He has served the 
congregation as pastor for the past 
eight and one-half years. His future 
plans are indefinite. 

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. Rev. 

Evan Adams, former director of the 
Brethren Navajo Mission, will become 
Chaplain of Westmont College here on 
Aug. 1. He will also be teaching a 
course in Anthropology. For the past 
several years he has been associated 
with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellow- 
ship. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Mans- 
field, Ohio. 




There are victories in Vietnam. The three men in dark shirts were baptized by Chaplain John 
Schumacher following decisions to receive Christ. (I to r) Sp/5 Clarence Reid, Chaplain 
Schumacher, Sp/4 David Betts, Sp/4 Jerry Parker. 

KONTUM, VIETNAM. A baptismal service was held by Brethren Chaplain 
(Maj.) John W. Schumacher in the Dak Bla River on the outskirts of Kontum 
Mar. 1 . Three men, pictured above with Chaplain Schumacher, who had recently 
made professions of faith in the chaplain's office entered the waters of Christian 
baptism. Attendances at services increased nearly 100 percent, and eight to ten 
men are meeting each week for a Bible study. Chaplain Schumacher's tour is 
now half completed, and he is looking forward to meeting his wife Martha on 
June 26 in Hawaii during a short leave. 



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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

HEWITT, Odella. 76, a member of 
the Aleppo Brethren Church, Aleppo, 
Pa., passed into the Lord's presence 
Mar. 22. David Thoinpson, pastor._ 

KARROR, Timothy B., four- 
day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kar- 
ror, Grace Brethren Church, Lake 
Odessa, Mich., passed away Mar. 3. 
Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

SMITH, June L., 52, former mem- 
ber of the Johnstown (Pa.) First Breth- 
ren Church and Conemaugh (Pa.) 
Brethren Church, passed away Mar. 22 
in Long Beach, Calif. The funeral serv- 
ice was conducted in Johnstown by 
Rev. Wesley Haller and Rev. Don 
Rager. 



BARBERTON, OHIO. Rev. and 
Mrs. Kenneth Cosgrove, First Brethren 
Church of Norton, announced the 
birth of Kenda Lee, their second 
daughter. She was born Apr. 2 and 
weighed in at eight pounds, nine and 
one-half ounces. 

LA PUENTE, CALIF. Rev. Frank 
Dunigan, pastor of the Hacienda Hgts. 
Grace Brethren Church, submitted his 
resignation to the Church Council Mar. 
15. Pastor Dunigan had served the 
church four years. His future plans are 
indefinite. 



LORD 
OF ALL 




Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., stands in front of 
the Northwest District Conference theme 
banner. 

YAKIMA, WASH. The 49th annual 
Northwest District Conference met in 
the Grace Brethren Church of Yakima 
Feb. 18-20. Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., 
vice president of Grace Schools, was 
the Bible-hour speaker using the theme 
"Christ: Lord of All." A highlight of 
the conference was the receiving of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Kenai, Alas- 
ka, into the Northwest District. The 
1971 conference will be held in Sun- 
nyside. Wash., Feb. 17-19, with Dr. 
John C. Whitcomb as speaker. George 
R. Christie, pastor. 



^amsm^. HAWAII CALLS! 

A Brethren tour to Hawaii is planned immediately after national confer- 
ence, Aug. 17-24. Visit our Brethren churches there, and enjoy a wonder- 
ful week seeing the highlights of this paradise of the Pacific! Less than 
$250 per person for round trip air fare and hotel! Write NOW for details 
and application forms: Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590; or Rev. Ralph Colburn, 3490 La Jara St., Long Beach, 
Calif. 90805. 




About 50 players alternated in spirited play 



WINONA LAKE, IND. A 73-hour 
volleyball marathon occupied part of 
Easter vacation week for the young 
people of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church and the Winona Lake Free 
Methodist Church. A church youth 
group in llhnois had set the previous 
world record of 72 hours, and the 
Winona Lake youth groups broke that 
record by playing 73 continuous hours 
of volleyball. The Brethren youth 
group took the honors in the mara- 
thon, scoring 4,211 points to 4,109 
for the Free Methodist. 

The tourney began in the parking 
lot of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, then moved inside to the 
Grace College gym for the last seven 
hours due to inclement weather. 
About 300 spectators were on hand 
for the final hours of the marathon, 
and the local Burger Chef restaurant 
furnished free hamburgers to the par- 
ticipants. 

Local merchants and businesses 
contributed various amounts for each 
hour the marathon was in progress. 




About halfway through the marathon, a 
sleepy-eyed Ed Lewis (left, above) needed a 
little support from Bruce Brickel, BIVIH 
printing dept. manager! 

and a total of over $200 was given to 
the Cardinal Learning Center, which 
furnishes training and employment for 
handicapped children in the Warsaw- 
Winona Lake area. 

Ed Lewis, assistant to the pastor 
and youth director of the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church, cared for the 
arrangements of the marathon. Charles 
Ashman, pastor. 



KENAI, ALASKA. Palm Sunday 
was a great day here, with one first- 
time decision and the church's first 
communion service. All 13 members 
were present for the communion serv- 
ice. Sunday-school attendance aver- 
aged 25 for March. Herman H. Hein, 
Jr., pastor. 



WASHINGTON, PA. Nine decisions 
to receive Christ and 19 life rededica- 
tions were recorded at recent meetings 
with Rev. Allen Herr. On the following 
Sunday, Mar. 22, four additional de- 
cisions to receive Christ and one re- 
dedication of life were made. Slrimer 
E. Darr, pastor. 



May 2, 1970 



15 




Sportsc aster Swain Speaks 
to Northcentral Ohio Men 



Iowa Men Meet, 
Choose Leaders 

The laymen of the Iowa District 
met for their semi-annual retreat at the 
Ox Yoke Inn at Amana, Iowa. The 
meeting provided a good time of fel- 
lowship and many challenges and 
blessings to all attending. 

Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, dean of 
students at Grace College, provided an 
interesting and informative session in 
the morning. He spoke of some of the 
new things taking place at Grace and 
expressed real encouragement concern- 
ing the big improvement in spiritual 
hfe on campus this year. 

A delicious dinner, served Amana 



The Northcentral Ohio District Fel- 
lowship of Laymen held their annual 
rally at the Ashland Southview Grace 
Brethren Church on April 6. 

The new officers for the coming 
year are: President, Harold E. Jones: 



family style, was enjoyed by all in the 
Ox Yoke dining room. 

Mr. Russ Johnston of the Navi- 
gators staff from Colorado Springs, 
Colo., brought the main message of 
the day. His message, "How the Bible 
relates to people in daily life" was one 
of encouragement and blessing. 

The following men were elected in 
the business session to serve as officers 
for the coming year; Wes Poyner, pres- 
ident; M. L. Intermill, vice president; 
Clyde Williams, secy.-treas.; Ted Coul- 
son, boys advisor. fjVJ* 



Vice President, Fred Peters; Secretary, 
Ed Taylor; Assistant Secy., Donald 
Vnasdale; Treasurer, Robert Davidson: 
Assistant Treas., Chester P. Monn: 
Boys Advisor, Ed Jackson; Pastoral 
Advisor, Rev. Knute Larson. 

Ninety-nine men were present at 
this rally to hear Sportscaster Bill 
Swain speak on "LOVE" and how love 
creates unity even in the world of 
sports. 

The Teixeria family of Lexington, 
Ohio, furnished the special music, con- 
sisting of vocal and instrumental. The 
messages in music touched the hearts 
of the listeners. 

Fred Peters was master of cere- 
monies and Knute Larson played the 
piano for group singing. 

The host church served pie and 
coffee at the conclusion of the rally. 



Received Your 
NFBL Decal Yet? 



^ 




Amount Given by District to 


National Fellowship of Brethren Laymen 


AUGUST 1969- 


-APRIL 1970 


DISTRICT 


MEN 


AMOUNT 


ALLEGHENY 


545 


28.15 


EAST 


849 


50.00 


FLORIDA 


237 




INDIANA 


715 


116.11 


IOWA 


307 


113.89 


MICHIGAN 


160 


26.00 


MID-ATLANTIC 


821 


40.00 


MIDWEST 


208 




NO. ATLANTIC 


507 


501.20 


NOR-CAL 


225 




NORTHCENTRAL OHIO 708 


215.00 


NORTHEASTERN OHIO 705 


154.00 


NORTHWEST 


382 


16.51 


SOUTHEAST 


768 


21.15 


SO. CALIF.-ARIZ. 


2415 


10.00 


SOUTHERN OHIO 


730 


46.10 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 




Spirit and Truth 

"Roberta, will you tell me what 
you think worship is? What does wor- 
ship mean to you?" 

Three days later our twelve-year-old 
granddaughter expressed some of her 
thoughts. "A way of showing someone 
how much you care about what he is 
doing. Example: Most people go to 
church (I think they should) to show 
Christ how much they care for Him 
and what He did for us. 

"On the other hand, some people 
go to church because their parents 
make them, or to see some of their 
friends. I don't think this is worship." 

You're on your way, Roberta. May 
you early learn that worship is not 
restricted to a building. True worship 
comes from within and enriches the 
person honoring Him who alone is 
worthy to be exalted. 

I don't have to ask today's intro- 
verted generation whom they worship. 
I look and listen. Shouts: "I will do 
my thing no matter . . . "; clenched 
fists; grinding teeth. Debating, deny- 
ing, destroying. Refusing, repudiating 
the "establishment" who gave them 
things but no One to worship or look 
up to. I quickly discover an enormous 
system of self-worship. 

VaUd as some of their grievances 
may be, the basic need of these rebels 
is purpose for living and hope for 
dying— which they do think about 
occasionally. How impoverished are 
these, headed toward self-destruction 
under a banner of self-fulfillment! 
God, what part have I, a Christian 
woman, played in a society which has 
spawned blasphemy? 



By AltheaS. Miller 



So I ponder the effects of worship 
on life— mine and others. At tliis peri- 
od of my Christian walk 1 should have 
fuller understanding of worship than 
Roberta. Certainly 1 don't worship self 
in the sense that contemporary dissi- 
dents do. But what do 1 know about 
genuine worship of the living God? 

For many Christians hfe is a con- 
tinual pursuit of tilings which eventu- 
ally become objects of worship. Hav- 
ing obtained things, what next? Does 
their acquisition make me better able 
to help another Roberta expand her 
concept of worship? Is my personal 
worship meaningful enougli for a 
"copped-out" generation to catch a 
glimpse of God's glory? Can these 
seekers for meaning and peace discern 
a glimmer of divine light through the 
armor of my self-righteousness? This 
lost generation, hving in the neighbor- 
hood of my church and home must 
have a relevant Saviour and none but 
Jesus Christ can meet this need. What 
does my attitude toward worship of 
God tell of Him? Not where or how 
often I pubhcly worship, but the 
witness of the temple, "which temple 
ye are." 

Signposts to h6lp me find my way 
back to creative worship are available. 
Godly worship "in Spirit and in 
reaUty" (John 4:24, Moffatt) will in- 
tensify my witness to His grace and 
revitaUze spiritual energies. Then my 
worship will be with sincere honest 
love. 

Worship of God in spirit and truth 
involves commitment. It's a com- 
mitment of joy despite costs. Com- 
mitment does cost. In terms of time to 
praise God for himself alone; to thank 
Him for His bountiful benefits, not the 
least of which are His love and salva- 



tion; to stand in awe of His holiness 
and marvel that He stooped to save 
such as I. 

In terms of looking at a neighbor 
with eternity in my eyeballs. It is a 
powerful look, believe me! It leads to 
giving selflessly to those in spiritual 
danger and physical need. In terms of 
denial of self (as different from self- 
denial) which precludes indulgence in 
ignoble emotions as maudlin self-pity, 
hot anger, caustic retaliation, bitter 
grudges and all that destroys instead of 
builds. No child of God who claims to 
worship Him has time or "rights" to 
partake of ignominy. 

Worship of God in spirit and truth 
includes reading, believing and obeying 
the truth, both written and living. It 
encompasses prayer-intercessory, 
thankful, praise-full, adoring, never- 
ceasing reliance upon God by prayer. 
It is confession of sin, asking for inner 
resources to forsake it; caUing down 
from God His love to pour out on the 
unlovely; for backbone to say No to 
the flesh and Yes to the Spirit; claim- 
ing spiritual insiglit to hate sin as God 
does but love the sinner for Christ's 
sake. 

Worship is living in the very atmos- 
phere of God's righteousness where I 
am sensitive to His will every moment 
of every day. It is singing as the joy of 
the Lord flows through me despite 
tears, storms, temporary setbacks and 
irreversible conditions. It is sweet re- 
lease from the bonds of sin to a 
creative life with the God of the 
universe. No earthly potentate ever 
walked with such majesty! Worship is 
meditating on His greatness; listening 
to His words of love and direction; 
loving Him with the freshness of youth 
and the depth of growing maturity. 

There's a tempest in a teacup 
abroad today. Above the strident 
sounds of the socio-political upheavals 
women have added another: "Liberate 
us!" From what, for what is often 
not too clear. 

The Christian woman's cry for 
liberation should be for creativity in 
her worship of Jesus Christ. Then only 
will she experience fulfillment. It cer- 
tainly must be true that no woman can 
be genuinely free until she accepts the 
restraints of a higher standard. I know 
she can reach her peak of creativity 
only to the extent of committing her 
entire being to the worship of God in 
Spirit and Truth. # 



May 2, 1970 



17 




"S 



► ay not ye. There are yet four 
months, and then cometh harvest? 
behold, I say unto you. Lift up your 
eyes, and look on the fields; for they 
are white already to harvest" (Jolin 
4:35). 

The Master's call for reapers sounds 
loud and clear. Most Christians have 
heard; few have answered—few are 
truly reaping the harvest. Why? 

The reasons or excuses given for 
not winning souls (reaping the harvest) 
are many. Very many of us feel we are 
too busy right now, but just give us a 
few weeks— or months or years— after 
the children are grown, after I get a 



The Master Ca/lem "^ Reapers I 



By Shirley Myers 



better and easier job, when my health 
improves, after we are moved and 
settled, after my vacation, and so 
on— then we can actively participate in 
soul-winning. Yes, months and 
then .... We are so concerned with 
our own needs and pleasures that we 
do not lift up our eyes and look for 
the need is all around us, even at our 
doorstep. This is the hour when people 
are searching for answers, trying every- 
thing imaginable to satisfy their need. 
A brief glimpse into one of the recent 
special issue magazines introducing the 
'70s shows us a groping mankind 
searching desperately for an answer. 
For many years, people have tried to 
find their answers in material wealth 
and some are still trying this approach, 
but many others have come to the end 
of this road, realizing that it led to a 
dead end. These people are now turn- 
ing to other avenues in which they 
hope to find something to satisfy their 
quest, which many now realize is an 
inward quest. They are trying drugs,_ 



witchcraft, oriental religions and phi- 
losophies, simplicity in living, wild 
fashions and wild morals. We have the 
answer in Christ, but we have not 
thrust in the sickle to this white needy 
harvest field around us! 

Proverbs 6:6-11 admonishes the 
man who does not gather in his mater- 
ial harvest to observe the ant. It labels 
such a man as nothing but lazy and 
heads him for poverty. So also is the 
Christian who does not seek to bring 
in the harvest of souls. He is lazy and 
his laziness brings him no wages and 
no fruit. Thrust in the sickle, and then 
take note of the promised reward in 
John 4:36, "And he that reapeth 
receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit 
unto eternal life." 
"Where are the reapers? Oh, who will 

come 
To share in the glory of the harvest 

home? 
Oh, who will help us to garner in 
The sheaves of good from the fields of 

sin? m 



h 



THE MASTER CALLETH 

Called to listen— but it is heard— 

The message sent you in His Word? 
Lives lent to you you're called to train. 

Don't let them slip away in vain. 
All you have you're called to share— 

Your home, your food, the clothes you wear. 
And when you do, you'll be fulfilling 

His call to give, and that is thrilling! 
Like Lydia, you are called to be 

A woman of hospitality. 

To love like Ruth— another call— 
Which can complete the life of all. 

Yes, called to sew— to be at home. 
And sometimes go and tell. 

Then to encourage and to stand 
As Esther knew so well. 

To listen, train, share or give- 
No matter what it be. 

It is from Him and so for you 
A call to opportunity! 

—Gladys Deloe 



WIVIC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Randall I 

Rd.,Elyria, Ohio 44035 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Ralph Hall, R.R. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Philhp Simmons, 10600 

S.E. 226th St., Kent, Wash. 98031 
Rec. Secy. -Mrs. Gerald Kelley, Box 67, 

New Troy, Mich. 49119 
Asst. Rec. Secy. -Mrs. Dan Pacheco, R.R. 

3,Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Robert Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Asst. to the Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Earle 

Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave., Cuyahoga 

Falls, Ohio 44221 
Lit. Secy. -Mrs. Charles Koontz, R.R. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 604 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, R.R. 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Asst. SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Polman, 

1634 Pinecrest Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45414 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



In your collection of snapshots or 
slides, or maybe just in your memory, 
there is probably a picture of a chapel 
on a hill. May I see it? Built of natural 
stone, ivy creeping up the walls, 
stained glass windows, carpeted aisles, 
comfortable pews and a sturdy pulpit. 
This is an attractive picture. I hope it 
is a place where God's Word is clearly 
preached and people gather there for 
that reason. 

Now that we have seen your chapel, 
let me show you another one for your 
collection. We will start from down- 
town Tijuana (Mexico) and take a 
street that goes up one, two, three 
grades before it reaches the top. From 
here, on a clear day you can see much 
of where some 350,000 people live in 
this growing city. The rest lies hidden 
in the innumerable canyons and on the 
backside of the hills that form Ti- 
juana's terrain. Across the Inter- 
national Boundary northward lies San 
Diego and its beautiful bay. But we 
came up here to see a chapel, didn't 



Chapel 

on a 

Hill 



Maybe you expected to find it 
standing alone in some striking setting. 
Sorry, but it has to share the hill with 
an ever-growing number of houses, 
shops, schools and churches that make 
up this area of Tijuana called Colonia 
Pancho Villa. The construction is of 
plain cement blocks, unpainted yet. 
The roof is covered with green asphalt 
paper. The main part of the building is 
the chapel area with seating capacity 
for about 150. A side wing contains 
space for an office, a kitchen and three 
classrooms, once the movable parti- 



tions are in. So far, there is no 
landscaping nor fencing around the 
outside. 

Before you turn away a bit disap- 
pointed, let me point out a few things 
about this chapel. It isn't quite as plain 
and uninteresting as it first appears. 
See those three stained glass windows? 
They came intact out of the fire that 
destroyed the old "Fifth and Cherry" 
in Long Beach. And the piano. You 
just don't take one across the border 
into Mexico without red tape and 
green bills. But tliis was a used one, 
given to us. We drove down to the 
border with it in a trailer. The in- 
spector looked it over, asked a few 
questions, and waved it on. This time, 
prayer had cut red tape and saved 
dollars. 

Even though the chapel is not 
completely finished, it is in use. Last 
Sunday there were seventy in Sunday 
school, an increase of eight over the 
week before. The pulpit is occupied by 

(Continued on page 20) 



AFRICA 



IISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - JULY 
BRAZIL 



Mrs. William L. Walker July I 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African 
Republic 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African 
Republic 

Dawn Marie Juday July 13, 1961 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Patrick Waridel July 13, 1967 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African 
Republic 

Rev. Don G. Hocking July 15 

Mission EvangeUque, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African 
Republic 

Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

James RandaO Hocking July 20, 1954 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African 
Republic 

Rev. David W. Shargel July 23 

B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui Central African 
Republic 

Miss Lois L. Ringler July 30 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

ARGENTINA 

Daniel Miller July 1, 1969 

Echeverria 96, Jose Marmol F.C.G.R., Pcia. de Bs. As., 
Argentina 

Sylvia Monica Fay July 20, 1953 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
■ Argentina 

May 2, 1970 



Mrs. Ralph Schwartz July 1 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Paia, Brazil 

FRANCE 

Rev. James R. Renick July 17 

10 rue Challly-Guerct, 71 - Macon, France 

MEXICO 

James Ernest Dowdy July 30, 1967 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

c/o Guy Hodgdon, Route 2, West Salem, Ohio 44287 

Miss Florence Bickel July 10 

105 Seminary Dr.. Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Dr. Orville D. Jobson July 1 1 

P. O. Box 420, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

James Kash McDairmant July 16, 1968 

c/o D. D. Terry, 2504 Madrid Way So., St. Petersburg, 
Florida 33712 

Mr. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 

c/o Guy Hodgdon. Route 2, West Salem, Ohio 44287 

Mrs. Orville D. Jobson July 21 

P.O. Box 420, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Garwin, Iowa 50632 
George Allen Hodgdon July 26, 1961 

c/o Guy Hodgdon, Route 2, West Salem, Ohio 44287 

Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt July 29 

Route 3, Wooster Rd., Warsaw, Indiana 46580 



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Inspiration^ "^Mini nelps^ "" 
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'hat do you do at a Home 
Mission Workshop?" I would hke to 
answer that question by giving you a 
ghmpse of what happened at a work- 
shop and share some of the inspiration 
and joy it was to attend the Eastern 
Home Mission Workshop in Canton, 
Ohio. 

The workshops are conducted for 
three full days. These days were 
packed full— with our sessions begin- 
ning at 8 a.m. and ending about 9 p.m. 
The morning devotions began with a 
challenge to our hearts by Rev. John 
Burke of Akron, Ohio. Our Bible hour 
with Dr. Herman Hoyt was of out- 
standing interest to both pastors and 
wives. 

Our hearts were also challenged by 
Mr. Ron Picard who spoke on personal 
soul-winning. Dr. Merrill Unger spoke 
twice daily on the timely subject of 
demonology. This brought to our at- 
tention in a greater way the condition 
of the times in which we are living. 

The highlight for the ladies was Al- 
berta Hanson who gave us a variety of 
"mini" helps. She reminded us of the 



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importance of being daily in God's 
Word. 

We talked about how to make bul- 
letin boards, the value of the yellow 
pages in the telephone book, and how 
to make our own greeting cards. We 
discussed budgeting and wardrobe 
planning. All of these were most prac- 
tical helps for us. Alberta turned our 
thoughts and hearts to the mission 
fields and challenged us anew with our 



privilege and responsibility of present- 
ing up-to-date mission information to 
the local churches. As she emphasized 
the importance of "show and tell" in 
this area she demonstrated a method 
of awakening attention by displaying a 
shrunken head from the land of the 
Auca Indians. ^ 

-Mrs. Don Brotherton 
Pastor's Wife 
Davenport, Iowa 




Mrs. Don Brotherton looks over the selection of tasty pies. 



CHAPEL ON A HILL 

(Continued from page 19) 

a graduate of the Bible Institute, Raul 
Tirado. His preaching and visiting are 
bringing growth to the local congre- 
gation. In that space to the side, under 
the lower roof, we held a series of 
night classes for laymen several 
months back, as a part of the Bible 
Institute program. And last Sep- 
tember, the annual confererice of The 
Brethren Churches in Mexico was held 
in this building. 



For those of us who worship and 
work in this chapel the picture is sharp 
and clear. It is a tool for evangelism in 
Colonia Pancho Villa, and the rest of 
Tijuana. It is a center from which 
trained Mexican brethren can go out 
to pastor churches and to start new 
ones. It is a place for your prayers and 
offerings to produce eternal results. If 
the picture is still not quite in focus 
for you, why not pay a visit to the 
"chapel on the hill" in Tijuana when 
you are out this way next summer for 
national conference?— A/ri. Jack 
Churchill # 



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"A, 



nd we know that all things 
work together for good to them that 
love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose" (Rom. 
8:28). 

I have claimed this promise as my 
life's verse and though there have been 
times in my walk with Him that I 
could have questioned it, He has al- 
ways shown me that His way is best 
for my life. 

As I sat and thought of God's love 
and grace to us and all that He has 
done in our lives the past few years I 
hardly know where to begin to share it 
with you in a short testimony. 

My husband, Ken, was saved in a 
small nondenominational church in 
California at an early age and attended 
faithfully until his teen years. His fam- 
ily moved to another area and due to 
the fact they were unsaved, Ken was 
not encouraged to find another 
church. He attended a few churches on 
his own but didn't feel at home in any 
of them and gradually began to stray 
from the Lord. He went into the serv- 
ice and continued in worldly activities. 
But God still had His hand on him. 

The day after Ken was discharged I 
met him and knew almost from the 
start that he was the one for me. Ten 
months after our first date we were 
married. Ken was now in college as 
well as working. This first year 
brought the arrival of our daughter, 
Lynn. 

After college Ken went to work for 
a Savings and Loan Company and it 
was while he was working there that 
we were invited to The Brethren 
Church by one of the men with whom 
Ken worked. I was from an unsaved 
home and had never experienced a per- 



MEET YOUR 
OFFICERS 

Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

WMC Editor 



sonal relationship with Christ. We be- 
gan to attend the Temple City Breth- 
ren Church and one Sunday morning 
God spoke to my heart and I an- 
swered, "Yes Lord." He also spoke to 
Ken and he rededicated his life to 
Christ. 

"Now, what Lord?" was our ques- 
tion as we both felt led to full-time 
service. Where on earth can You use 
someone who has majored in finances? 
Three years passed with various aven- 
ues of service pursued and each time 
the door closed. During this time we 
were blessed with our son Timothy 
whom we adopted at four months of 
age. 

We enjoyed our fellowship and 
work in the Temple City church and 
among my responsibilities were 
Sunday-school teacher, WMC president 
and co-sponsor with Ken for the Jun- 
ior High Department. 

In the fall of 1966 we were talking 
one afternoon with Rev. Robert 
Thompson, western field director for 
Home Missions and he mentioned the 
need for an assistant to Mr. Elmer 
Tamkin in the Bretliren Investment 
Foundation. This is it! After much 
preparation and countless blessings 
that God gave us which made it even 
more clear that this was His leading, 
we left California in May of 1967 for 







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It has been an exciting and rich ex- 
perience in our Lord. We serve and fel- 
lowship at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church. I'm kept busy at home as wife 
and a mother to three busy young- 
sters. Yes, I said three. One of our 
richest blessings has been the addition 
of our son Scott, adopted two years 
ago. Scott is fourteen years old and I 
must admit it's been a real challenge to 
have an instant teenager in our home. 
But the joys have far outweighed the 
adjustments and he has completed the 
Rucker family. 

It has been a rewarding experience 
to serve as a national WMC officer 
with all the blessings it has brought to 
my life. To see the overall picture and 
accomplishments of women who put 
Christ first in their lives is a chal- 
lenge—and a joy. May our prayer al- 
ways be that we remain faithful and 
always willing to answer when the 
Master calleth. # 



DISTRICT NEWS & VIEWS 

MYERSTOWN, PA. The Grace 
Brethren Church organized their WMC 
December 1 1 , 1969 with sixteen ladies 
present. Our attendance has been 
growing each month with nineteen 
present for the February meeting. 

One of our projects was to make 
thirty individual towels to be sent to 
Alaska in time for the Easter Com- 
munion. Another project will be to re- 
member our young people who are 
away from home with a token of re- 
membrance for Easter. 

We praise the Lord for women who 



are interested in the Lord's work. 
-Mrs. Guy Brightbill. Sec. 

ALLEGHENY DISTRICT. At the 
recent board meeting many excellent 
ideas were exchanged as the local pres- 
idents gave their reports. Here are 
some of the gleanings from those re- 
ports. The prayer breakfast seems to 
be catching on. The councils that are 
using this idea for the 15 th day of 
prayer, report very good success. 
Several councils had birthday dinners, 
inviting their husbands as guests. 
Special offerings were taken and used 
for the WMC Birthday missionary 
fund. The envelope method of giving 
at the monthly meetings is being used 



successfully by many of the councils. 
Two councils have secret prayer 
mothers for the SMM girls-each WMC 
lady is given the name of a SMM girl to 
pray for daily. Each month this girl is 
remembered in some special way, by 
her prayer mother. 

The spring rally will be at Grafton, 
West Virginia, in April. The goal for 
the project offering is S660 which is to 
be given toward the support of Angle 
Garber of the Navajo Mission. Last fall 
$600 was given to Barbara Hulse, a 
missionary to Brazil. 

Our desire is to answer the Master 
whenever, wherever, or however He 
calls us for service. ^ 



May 2, 1970 



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1970' 71 WMC Bible Studies To Feature Paperbacic Booldet 

The new program packets for this coming year of 1970-71 (compiled by the Iowa District program committee) 

contain plans for a discussion-type Bible study which will use the paperback booklet The Abundant Life hy Ray 

E. Baughman, published by Moody Press. (Next year's theme is "Living Abundantly.") This is the first attempt to 

try this type of Bible study in WMC, and it can work only as the women of 

^■J each council respond to the plan of individually using this booklet. For this 

reason councils are urged to: 

1 . Encourage each member to buy her own copy of the booklet. 

2. Order extra copies in anticipation of new members and for visitors. 

3. Encourage mature Christians to order an extra copy to use in a one- 
to— one study with a new Christian or in a home study with the 
family. 

There will be a special order blank in each program packet, and each 
councO is urged to place the order for booklets during June and no later than 
July 15, in order to insure that you have them prior to your September 
meeting. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald is giving a special price of 50c each for the 
booklet to WMC councils (regular price is 75c), however, the special order 
blank should be used, and a bulk order should be placed from each council 
(no individual orders, please). 

You may order the booklets from the Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 or the Herald Bookstore, Box 2385, FuUerton, 
Cahf. 92633. Please place your order no later than July 15 to assure prompt 
service—no need to send a check with your order, just specify who is to 
receive the bill. 




ANNOUNCEMENT: Remember to plan on 
attending national conference in California 
during August. Special meetings have already 
been planned for SMM. Look for more about 
these in the coming months! 




Hi, SMM Girls: 

In a few weeks our birthday offering is due. 
As you know, this offering is used to help edu- 
cate three young people who have parents serv- 
ing as missionaries. Remember these young peo- 
ple in prayer and give generously at your meet- 
ing this month. —Donna Hawbaker 
National SMM Editor 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Remember when SMM 
girls rolled bandages? Well, girls, those days 
may come back. Hunt up those bandage 
rollers and save your old sheets. More details 
later! 

SMM OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Pam Edenfield, Bob Jones University, 

Greenville, S. C. 29614 
V. Pres.-Sharon Magill, R.D. 1, Box 426, 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648 
Secy. -Jane Hoover, R.D. 1, Box 4, Rittman, 

Ohio 44270 
Fin. Secy.-Brenda Journay, Grace College, 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Treas.-Rose Leistner, Grace College, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Editor-Donna Hawbaker, Parkview School 

of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46805 
Patroness-Mrs. Robert L. Boze, R.R. 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 467 1 1 
Asst. Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Polman, 1634 

Pinecrest Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45414 
Devotional Program Chm.-Miss Marilyn 

Vnasdale, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 



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Charles W. Mayes 



^ere s a 
\ay Coming I 

Kingdom is coming 

|n our day men everywhere are 
cing forward to a great society. 
SJVien want peace, prosperity, ease, 
comfort and pleasant conditions in 
nerai. 

^Some have even equated the new 
transformed society with the 
|gdom of God. The challenge of 
nan wisdom is to get busy and 
bring in the kingdom of God. 
Tbwever, the wise men of the earth 
are blind to the Bible revelation 
that the kingdom of God will come 
when the King comes, and not 
before! This means that it will take 
more than the good intentions, 
worldwide planning and hard work 
on the part of man to establish the 
kingdom of God on earth. 

How will the King come? 

Bible revelation tells us that the 
coming of the King will be an 
instantaneous event. "As the light- 
ning cometh out of the east, and 





When will the 



shineth even unto the west; so shall 
also the coming of the Son of man 
be" (Matt. 24:27). 

When the Son of man and King 
of kings returns to this planet, the 
tribes of the earth shall mourn, 
"and they shall see the Son of man 
coming in the clouds of heaven 
with power and great glory" (Matt. 
24:30). 

We also learn that His return will 
be accompanied with great majesty 
and glory as an event universally 
visible on all the earth. "Behold, he 
cometh with clouds: and every eye 
shall see him" (Rev. 1:7). ^ 



wngcofl 

With other supernatural maf 
festations, the Son of man and King" 
of kings will appear "immediately 
after the tribulation of those days." 

It is also revealed that His com- 
ing in glory will take place when 
Gentile dominion shall be at its 
height. It is easy to see the ever- 
increasing power of the Gentile 
nations as we look at present 
trends. The nations are getting to- 
gether. Fear of nuclear war is 
driving nations together for mutual 
protection. 

Worldwide it is being said that 
we need a man who is big enough, 
wise enough, and powerful enough, 
to lead the world out of its 
troubles. Such a man will appear 
according to God's revelation in 
that awful day of great tribulation. 
But the Lord Jesus is coming again. 
He, as the King, will establish the 
kingdom of God on the earth, 
"immediately after the tribu- 
lation." 

Answer to prayer 

For centuries God's people have 
prayed: "Thy kingdom come. Thy 
will be done in earth, as it is in 
heaven" (Matt. 6:10). We will also 
pray, "Even so, come. Lord Jesus" 
,22:20). 



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BY AIR 

Have tickets available 
Two bags allowed per person 
Remember insurance 
Take wash and wear clothes 



BY CAR 

Map out your trip 

Make motel reservations ahead 

Plan to see some historic scenic 

places along the way 
Prepare games for children 



Long Beach, California 

t Warm days . . . 80-90 degrees 
Sea breezes and some smog 

t Cool evenings ... 70 degrees- 
sweater weather 

t Air-conditioned buildings 

WHAT TO TAKE 

Bible, notebook, pen, camera, 
colored glasses, binoculars, 
money, swim suit, towel, sport, 
casual and dress clothes, good 
walking shoes, sweater or a wrap 

FAMILY SUGGESTIONS 

Make a spiral-notebook-scrapbook 

of your trip 
Collect colored postcards 



May 2, 1970 



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The Ten Largest Sunday 
Schools 

Elmer L. Towns (Grand Rapids: 
Baker, 1969), 163 pages, paper, $1.95. 

Tlie Ten Largest Sunday Schools is 
thought-provoking and stimulating. 
Though many of the practices of these 
large Sunday schools are not practical 
and workable in most churches, yet 
there are some things which merit our 
close consideration. 

Without exception, the ten 
churches place tremendous emphasis 
upon evangelism. Each carries on an 
organized and aggressive visitation pro- 
gram. Each greatly stresses the Sunday 
school; an active absentee follow-up 
visitation program keeps people faith- 
ful in attendance. The churches em- 
phasize numbers. Towns believes that 
this emphasis comes from a sincere 
desire to reach as many people with 
the Gospel as possible. 

A word of caution is in order. The 
pastors of these churches (average ten- 
ure: twenty-two years) are unique, 
exceptionally strong and well- 
organized leaders. For us to do away 
with some of the more usual Christian 
education methods and programs 
would be very unwise. This book 
should be read to find principles and 
ideas that can be adapted to each local 
church, not adopted indiscrimin- 
ately. -MertOH A. Lambert, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 



The Drug Users 



A. E. Wilder Smith (Wheaton: Har- 
old Shaw, 1969), 304 pages, $5.95. 

Dr. Wilder Smith approaches the 
subject of drugs from two vantage 
points, that of a professional scientist 
and that of a thinking Cliristian. First 
he analyzes the chemical character- 



istics of drugs, includung LSD, mari- 
juana, tranquilizers, amphetamines, 
and the morphine drugs, and then 
discusses the physiological conse- 
quences and mental effects of each. 
With highly descriptive accounts he 
notes the various moods and percep- 
tions of reality induced by the drugs 
and sets aside certain misconceptions 
about the effects of drugs. Finally, he 
places the various drugs in their proper 
medical perspective, showing the po- 
tential value of some and possible 
misuse of all. 

The second section of the book 
shows Dr. Smith's concern as Christian 
and lay philosopher. Discussing the 
mind of man with all of its capa- 
bilities, including ESP and other 
psychic phenomena, he finds man to 
be fascinated with the powers of the 
mind. Dreams, hallucinations, trances, 
and other types of perception, he 
observes, are possible without the use 
of drugs, but are markedly increased 
by them. 

The value of this book hes in the 
authoritative information about drugs 
and the thouglit-provoking discussion 
concerning the "why" of drugs. The 
scientific information about the kinds 
and effects of drugs should prove quite 
useful in educating young people. 
Some are certain to find fault with his 
discussion of the "mind" of man, but 
the questions he raises, while not new, 
are certainly pressing for consideration 
and action on the part of Christians. 
-Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Brock- 
port, New York 

Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 or the Herald Book- 
store, Box 2385, Fullerton, Cali- 
fornia 92633. We pay postage. 



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Enjoy Your Bible 



Irving L. Jensen (Chicago: Moody, 
1969), 127 pages, paper, $.50. 

Enjoy your Bible is what you will 
do if you apply the contents of this 
book to your personal Bible study. It 
is not just a book to be read. It must 
be put to use, because it is not a story 
or an incident, but a detailed analysis 
of the best ways to get the meaning 
from God's Word-Holy Word. Small 
in size but amazingly large in content, 
this guide would be valuable to any 
Bible studem, pastor, or teacher.-£)o« 
K. Rager, Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 



Building the Family Altar 

Tenis C. Van Kooten (Grand Rap- 
ids: Baker, 1969), 144 pages, paper, 
S1.95. 

Practical and stimulating. Van 
Kooten awakens the reader not onh 
to the need for a family altar, but also 
to its enriching potential. In his easy- 
to-read style he shows the way out of 
the "rut" in family worship. The 
discussion helps and chapter divisions 
make the book well suited for group 
studies or family worship. It will en- 
rich the devotional life of all who read 
it and strengthen the family that fol- 
lows its suggestions.— /o/!« A- Kaiser, 
Medicine Hat, Alberta 



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Childlike or Childish? . 

One Church's Answer: Mobile Units 

Comparative Offering Report 

What's Your Name? 

Youth Quake in Taos . 

Church News .... 

Meet Your BMH Family 

The Best Kind of Advertising 

Gamblers for Christ 

The Biblical Teaching on Creation 

Can't Take It With Me . 

Kappa Alpha Tau 

Grace News ..... 
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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 

Foreign Missions— Rev, John Zielasl<o 
Grace Scfiools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbal<er 
Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 



May 16, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 10 



Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biwreekly by The Brethren 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Editors Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



Childlike 
or 
Childish ? 



I have often thought of the world 
of difference between the two words 
"childlike" and "childish." Only one 
letter different in length, but their 
measured difference in meaning is ex- 
tensive. Christ challenged adults to 
have childlike faith, implying that it 
was the real thing. This fact can be 
verified by our everyday experience. 
How many little children do you talk 
to who do not believe in God, and 
who do not believe that God can do 
everything? Not very many. Their 
actions breathe assurance that He is 
God; they believe He is the God who is 
all-powerful. When they put their faith 
in Him as Saviour and Lord, they rely 



on Him to the full. 

Not only so, but children also 
epitomize love. They have an affection 
that is simple and real. Their devotion 
does not waver; they are passionately 
loyal. Their hearts reach out with a 
fervor that is warm. I have heard 
adults comment, "I experienced such 
great love for Christ when I was first 
saved; it was a childlike love; so genu- 
ine and real." Doubtless that same love 
gave them an affection for fellow 
Christians. But such a statement im- 
plies their love is not as warm and real 
as it was when they were first saved. 
What happened? Evidently their 
journey through the world of adults 
cooled their love. Perhaps they tapered 
off in their fellowship with the God of 
love, and failed to regularly read the 
Bible, God's textbook on love. At this 
point the childlike love disintegrated, 
and the stature of childlike faith was 
dwarfed. 

Think now about childishness. It 
implies immaturity. Adults sometimes 
are classed as childish, meaning they 
do not think and act in a mature man- 
ner. One might say of such a person, 
"He acts just like a child; he is child- 
ish; he does not have the maturity and 
full stature of a man." The influence 
of such a person manifests itself in dif- 
ferent ways. Let's think particularly of 
it in the spiritual realm. Such a person 
does not have the positive and mean- 
ingful testimony that he should have. 
Too often if he serves in the church, or 
if he attempts even to witness, he is 
not successful. He does not manifest a 



mature and convincing attitude, nor is 
he emotionally stable. 

Another result of such a personality 
is that his immaturity begins to affect 
those around him. He realizes that he 
is not at his best, and is, perhaps, do- 
ing an inferior job for the Lord. He 
then begins to manifest his childish- 
ness through jealousy and a contrary 
spirit. He is critical, antagonistic, often 
bitter. He makes life miserable for 
himself and others because of his 
childishness. He is a strong deterrent 
to the progress of the Gospel and to 
the work of the Lord. One begins to 
wonder if he is even a Christian. 

The antedote for spiritual childish- 
ness is a continuing childlike faith in 
God that cannot be turned aside. A 
walking with and trusting in Him that 
will radiate assurance and trust to 
those nearby and which will cause 
them to desire a like faith. Also a 
genuine love that comes from the very 
heart of God which will cause the 
child of God to radiate love for others. 

The need is for mature spiritual 
giants who will stand tall in the faith; 
who will continually "grow in grace," 
". . . going on unto perfection." The 
thought is well-expressed by the 
following: "When I was a child, I 
spake as a child, I understood as a 
child, I thought as a child: but when I 
became a man, I put away childish 
things" (I Cor. 13:11). Such spiritual 
maturity will communicate to those 
outside of Christ the satisfying, fulfill- 
ing joys that await them if they will 
accept Him. ^ 



May 16, 1970 



One Church's Answer: 
Mobile Units 



An Interview By Sherwood Durkee 



Q: When did you begin your ministry 
in Davenport, Iowa? 

Brotherton: We began our ministry 
here in September of 1968. 

Q: What was your first impression? 

Brotherton: We had never been in 
the State of Iowa until this time. We 
were quite surprised at the size of the 
community and we were pleased with 
the building. 



Q: What was the first problem? 

Brotherton: Before 1968 passed we 
realized we were facing a problem of 
space. We began to seek the Lord's will 
about it as we saw growth material- 
izing. As we entered 1969 we tried to 
contemplate the problem we were en- 
countering. We were open to sug- 
gestions and were praying specifically 
that the Lord would show us which 
way we should go. 




Sherwood Durkee (left) with Pastor Don Brotherton 




Q: How did you find the answer? 

Brotherton: About June or July of 
1969 we began to consider every possi- 
bility, and not just the prospect of a 
new building~but any type of facility 
we might be able to rent or use. Dur- 
ing this time we were in the vicinity 
of the Bendix Corporation plant here 
in Davenport and viewed a series of 
mobile office units. Something sort of 
snapped in our thinking—this might be 
the answer for our immediate need. 
Q: What did you find upon investiga- 
ting this possibility? 

Brotherton: I thought they were 
real nice looking units, but I learned 
they were rented from a leasing com- 
pany for approximately $200 a month 
per unit. Of course this was not too 
encouraging but we thought perhaps 
we might be able to purchase these 
units secondhand. Upon contacting 
the leasing company we found the cost 
of the units at S5,000 each. However, 
they would lease them to the church 
on the same basis as they did to the 
local corporation. It was rather ob- 
vious that this was an impossibility for 
us so we began to look at other possi- 
bilities. 

The Davenport church and mobile u 



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NUETMI 



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May 16, 1970 




The Davenport congregation 

Q: Were there any other possibilities? 

Brothertoii: We have a hospital 
directly adjacent to our property and I 
thought perhaps we might be able to 
lease some of the solarium space. 1 
spoke to the administrator of the 
hospital and I found out they, too, 
lacked space and at that time had 
patients in their solarium. It seemed 
like the Lord just completely closed 
the door. 
Q: What next? 

Brotherton: We began to investigate 
the cost involved in the direct pur- 
chasing of mobile units. The schools in 
our area and car dealers were using 
these units. After checking with one 
dealer we found he would build them 
to our specifications at a cost of 
$3,120 per unit. 
Q: How did you like that answer? 

Brotherton: This was great, we 
could purchase two 12 x 50 mobile 
units which would almost double our 



present space for less than $7,000. A 
hurried call went to the Home Mis- 
sions office and we received the assur- 
ance that if we felt this was the leading 
of the Lord we should pursue it 
further. 
Q: What about local regulations? 

Brotherton: This was our first set- 
back. We checked with the building 
and zoning commission of the city and 
were told flatly that we could not use 
them. Our property was not zoned for 
the- use of these trailers and we defi- 
nitely could not use them. This was 
quite a disappointment because we 
had considered every means, and then 
to have our dreams dashed in a single 
moment— it was quite a setback. 
Q: What action did you take at that 
point? 

Brotherton: Right here the Lord 
definitely taught us a great lesson. We 
felt definitely in the right and so for 
the first time in my Christian life, as 



pastor, I showed some righteous indig- 
nation with this building inspector. He 
threatened that if we would use these 
trailers I would be given 30 days in jail 
and be fined $100 per day. Our next 
contact was with our lawyer and he 
said there was a possibility that we 
could appeal to a higher zoning com- 
mission which meets once a month. 
This was our only alternative and we 
felt we were in the right and we were 
doing it for His honor and His glory 
and by His leading. We were not going 
to accept the no that the city had 
given us. 
Q: How did you make your appeal? 

Brotherton: After three or four 
weeks of preparation, we petitioned 
for a hearing and the director of public 
works sent out a notice to all the 
property owners having property adja- 
cent to ours. This notice listed the day 
we would have the hearing and noti- 
fied the property owners if any ob- 
jected to us using these trailers on a 
temporary basis they should appear 
and make the complaints known. As 
we approached this day it was with 
some fear and trepidation because we 
knew that if we were denied the ap- 
peal—it was all over. The session was 
set for four in the afternoon. Our peo- 
ple turned out in full strength. Our 
men took off work early that day, the 
housewives came down and we liter- 
ally jammed the courtroom. There 
wasn't enough room for anyone to sit 
down. 
Q: What was the board's reaction? 

Brotherton: This was a five-man 



The Junior class 



The Primary I class 




Brethren Missionary Herald 



board composed of businessmen from 
our area. Our case was presented, and 
within five minutes this comment was 
made by the chairman, "Well, in emer- 
gencies we have helped the public 
schools so I see no reason why we can- 
not help God out." They voted unani- 
mously to let us have the use of these 
trailer units for a period of two years. 
This to us was a great relief. But then 
we had to turn right around and go 
back to the city that had denied us the 
use of these trailers and ask them for 
permits for the gas and electrical hook- 
ups. It was sort of like being thrown 
back into the lion's den the second 
time. But the Lord was with us in this 
and we were able to appeal to these 
men without any problem. We were 
overjoyed that God had overruled in 

The Junior High class 



the hearts of these men who were not 
at alJ sympathetic to our cause. 

Q: When were the mobile units placed 
on your property? 

Brotherton: The mobile units were 
set in and used the first Sunday of 
1970. From that time our attendance 
has increased on an average of thirty 
people per Sunday. 

Q: How are the units being used? 

Brotherton: They have been greatly 
utilized by WMC meetings. Jet Cadets 
gatherings, youth meetings, and 
kindergarten church. At the present 
time we have three classes meeting in 
one trailer, and two classes in the 
other, with a combined attendance 
averaging eighty to eighty-five. All I 
can say is that they were a special 



The Senior class 





The Primary 1 1 and 1 1 1 class 

Godsend to us at this time because we 

did not know what we could do to 

keep up the enthusiasm and continued 

growth. 

Q: How do you and the congregation 

feel about the whole project? 

Brotherton: We most certainly 
thank the Lord for His goodness to us, 
and also thank The Brethren Home 
Missions Council and the Brethren 
people throughout our Fellowship for 
the availability of funds to purchase 
these mobile units. The financial ar- 
rangements were set up through the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. I 
feel there are many areas that are 
virtually untouched as far as the use of 
these mobile units. We've only 
scratched the surface, I'm sure, in the 
use of them. # 



THE BRETHREN INVESTMENT FOUNDATION 
IS A FAMILY AFFAIR . . . 



Saving money with the Brethren Investment Foundation isn't just 
for Mom or Dad. It's for the kids, too. Mom and Dad's investment 
may be larger, but young people's investments are needed just as 
much. 

Mom and Dad, think about it for a moment. It's up to you to set 
the example. What better example can you set with your savings 
than investing them in the Lord's work? 

Kids, let your money help others while it helps you. While your 
money is earning dividends, let it help build new Brethren churches. 

The Lord has let you be together as a family. Are you doing 
everything you can to show your gratefulness? 




BRETHREN INVESTMENT FOUNDATION 



BOX 587 



WINONA LAKE, IND. 46590 



May 16, 1970 





COMPARATIVE OFFERING 


REPORT 




The 
April 


Brethren 
1, 1968 


Home 
-March 


Missions Council, Inc., 
31, 1969 and April 1, 


Winona Lake 
1969-March 


, Indiana 
31, 1970 


The gifts included in this report represent General Fund, Jewish Miss 
Missions, and all other funds designated for any phase of Brethren Hon 
Gifts designated for local projects, district missions, and other work ex 
the Brethren Honne Missions Council are not included. 


ons, Navajo 
ie Missions, 
traneous to 



ALLEGHENY 

Accident, Md. 
Aleppo, Pa. 
Coolville, Ohio 
Cumberland, Md 
Grafton, W.Va. 
Jenners, Pa. . 
Listie, Pa. 
Meyersdale, Pa 
Meyersdale, Pa 

(Summit Mills) 
Parkersburg, W.Va 
Pittsburgh, Pa. . 
Somerset, Pa. . . 
Stoystown, Pa. . 
Uniontown, Pa. . 
Washington, Pa. 
Westernport, Md 
District 

Total 



1968-69 1969-70 

S 45.00 S 10.00 

227.15 267.32 

414.10 

53.00 334.41 

413.58 537.24 

1,210.32 1,666.17 

1,344.84 864.50 

1,482.75 2,044.20 

778.15 1,376.46 

695.51 1,272.13 

291.43 432.35 

36.00 825.84 

273.60 194.05 

1,343.42 1,514.63 

939.07 1,987.20 

170.50 206.60 

52.00 40.00 



S 9,356.32$13,987.20 



EAST 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 874, 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 469 

Conemaugh, Pa. . . 3,186. 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Pike) 2,426. 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) . . . 1,166. 

Duncansville, Pa. . . 932. 

Everett, Pa 801, 

Greensburg, Pa. . . . • - - ■ 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. . 2,143, 

Hopewell, Pa. ... 160, 

Jefferson Center, Pa. 3, 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 3,450. 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) .... 261 . 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) .... 1,200. 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(First) 5,109. 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) . 114. 

Martinsburg, Pa. . . 3,088. 

District 3,107, 

Total $28,499, 



1,001.35 

374.40 

2,209.21 



61 2,679.14 



1,661.45 

1,178.11 

1,437.37 

26.00 

265.00 

90.00 

3.89 



85 4,413.55 

99 447.90 

39 2,107.22 

67 5,371.18 

65 328.39 

37 3,249.02 

M 750.36 
55S27, 593.54 



FLORIDA 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2,489.62 4,404.52 

Fort Myers, Fla. .. 127.00 170.75 

Maitland, Fla. . . . 288.26 484.00 

Margate, Fla 221.15 577.95 

Okeechobee, Fla. . . 20.00 51.00 

Pompano Beach, Fla. 1,833.17 2,741.65 

St. Petersburg, Fla. . 46.00 45.00 

District 114.00 35.00 

Total $ 5,139.20$ 8,509.87 

INDIANA 

Berne, Ind 5,142.59 5,676.84 

Clay City, Ind. ... 633.02 703.25 

Columbia City, Ind. 42.25 

Elkhart, Ind 4,199.98 4,602.57 

Flora, Ind 1,041.00 1,996.26 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 

(First) 4,828.04 4,631.32 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 

(Grace) 800.00 580.00 

Goshen, Ind 422.91 497.40 

Indianapolis, Ind. . 546.75 1,157.54 

Kokomo, Ind. ... 1,080.41 1,513.54 

Leesburg, Ind. ... 1,293.06 1,036.41 



Osceola, Ind 2,186.32 3,828.30 

Peru, Ind 1,467.50 1,419 50 

Sellersburg, Ind. . . 58.35 - ■ ■ 

Sidney, Ind 1,518.39 1,356.43 

South Bend, Ind. . . 398.55 1,052.60 

Warsaw, Ind 1,190.25 1,617.05 

Wheaton, III 2,814.00 322.00 

Winona Lake, Ind. . 5,486.20 5,712.97 

District 24400 212.92 

Total $35,393. 57$37,916.90 



IOWA 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
Dallas Center, Iowa . 
Davenport, Iowa . . 
Des Moines, Iowa . . 
Garwin, Iowa . . . . 

Leon, Iowa 

North English, Iowa. 

Omaha, Nebr 

Waterloo, Iowa . . . 
Winona, Minn. . . . 

District 

Total 



452.50 

1,919.91 

435.25 

76.00 
562.63 
685.66 

76.00 

23.00 

6,744.28 

113.87 

46.85 



661.40 

2,650.40 

988.91 

64.00 

592.50 

1,630.26 

98.00 

225.70 

6,178.39 

17.00 

203.00 



$11,135.95313,309.56 



MICHIGAN 

Alto, Mich 

Berrien Springs, Mich 
Hastings, Mich. . . 
Jackson, Mich. . . 
Lake Odessa, Mich 
Lansing, Mich. . . 
New Troy, Mich. . 
Trout Lake, Mich. 

District 

Total 



998.34 609.60 

416.69 5.00 

10.00 

106.00 425.50 

975.00 846.80 

1,127.68 574.07 

. 668.00 743.00 

273.00 174.00 

19.00 35.00 

S 4,583.71 S 3,422.97 



MID-ATLANTIC 

Alexandria, Va. . . 404.59 668.75 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) 2,738.50 3,357.57 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay St.) 230.67 621.47 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Grace) 9,237.00 11,903.04 

Hanover, Pa 186.47 

Martinsburg, W.Va.. 1,139.00 1,016.30 

Seven Fountains, Va. 103.00 7.00 
Washington, D.C. 

(First) 4,403.09 5,101.48 

Washington, D.C. 

(Grace) 650.27 973.19 

Waynesboro, Pa. .. 2,665.37 3,130.24 

Winchester, Va. .. 3,061.71 3,970.57 

District 250.00 203.21 

Total $24,883. 20 $31, 139. 29 



MIDWEST 

Albuquerque, N.Mex. 337.00 471.62 

Arvada, Colo. . . . 555.63 810.12 

Beaver City, Nebr. . 432.34 925.52 

Cheyenne, Wyo. .. 261.85 71.00 

Counselor, N.Mex. . 550.75 313.42 

Denver, Colo 234.07 685.00 

Longview, Tex. ... -.-- 150.00 

Portis, Kans 2,832.51 2,312.53 

Taos, N.Mex 548.98 550.10 

District 902.95 871.44 

Total $ 6,656.08$ 7,160.75 

NORTHERN ATLANTIC 

Allentown, Pa . . . 648.59 180.59 

Elizabethtown, Pa. . 247.00 1,081.10 



Harrisburg, Pa. ... 3,282.52 4,476.85 

Hatboro, Pa 1,069.15 1,636.76 

Lancaster, Pa. ... 3,550.72 6,007.45 

Manheim, Pa 237.07 458.54 

Myerstown, Pa. . . . 828.00 1,054.80 

New Holland, Pa. . . 1,743.20 3,250.85 

Palmyra, Pa 1,394.24 1,514.74 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(First) 6,091.95 5,908.73 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) 5,441.51 6,594.40 

Souderton, Pa. . . . 750.00 1,196.00 

Stratford, N.J. . . . 81.50 11.00 

Wrightsville, Pa. . . 877.32 

York, Pa 1,146.00 1,287.41 

District 11.00 60.00 

Total $26,522.45 $35,596.54 

NOR-CAL 

Chico, Calif 432.12 187.00 

Grass Valley, Calif. . 182.93 231.98 
Modesto, Calif. 

(Greenwood) . . 744.00 618.50 
Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) .... 3,217.74 3,068.89 

Ripon, Calif 451.45 628.40 

Sacramento, Calif. . 486.82 242.36 

San Jose, Calif. . . . 759.16 931.52 

Tracy, Calif 61.00 65.00 

District 35.00 

Total $ 6,370.22$ 5,973.65 

NORTHCENTRAL OHIO 

Ankenytown, Pa. . . 1,758.40 2,235.20 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Grace) 2,184.50 2,701.65 

Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) . . . 916.90 1,386.77 

Bowling Green, Ohio 14.00 92.25 

Danville, Ohio. . . . 939.96 1,148.81 

Defiance, Ohio . . . 65.00 139.12 

Findlay,Ohio .... 1,279.86 1,374.79 

Fremont, Ohio . . . 4,100.72 4,277.55 

Gallon, Ohio .... 453.05 198.97 

Lexington, Ohio .. 778.00 468.00 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Grace) 7,776.61 5,491.60 

Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) . . . 1,801.09 1,829.75 

Worthington, Ohio . 901.32 1,685.43 

District 250.00 121.00 

Total $23,219.41 $23,1 50.89 



NORTHEASTERN O 

Akron, Ohio 

(Fairlawn) .... 
Akron, Ohio (First) . 
Barberton, Ohio . . . 
Canton, Ohio .... 
Cleveland, Ohio . . . 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Elyria, Ohio 

Homerville, Ohio . 
Middlebranch, Ohio 
Minerva, Ohio 
Rittman, Ohio 
Sterling, Ohio 
Wooster, Ohio 
District .... 

Total . . . 



HIO 




NORTHWEST 

Albany, Oreg. . . 
Beaverton, Oreg. 
Bothell, Wash. . 
Grandview, Wash. 
Harrah, Wash. . 
Kenai, Alaska . . 
Kent, Wash. . . 
Mabton,Wash. . 
Portland, Oreg. . 
Richland, Wash. 
Spokane, Wash. . 
Sunnyside, Wash. 
Toppenish, Wash. 
Yakima, Wash. . 

District 

Total 



704.87 
439.14 
116.00 
1,048.98 
101.22 

1,165.09 
474.70 
568.87 
135.16 
393.26 

5,267.92 

808.25 

488.63 

80.00 



650 00 
365.37 

895.08 

258.90 

25.50 

1,684.86 
530.94 
791.54 
230.05 
297.10 

6,796.47 

999,00 

511.63 

10.00 



$11,792.09$14,046.44 



SOUTHEAST 

Atlanta, Ga 

Boones Mill, Va. . . 
Buena Vista, Va. . . 
Covington, Va. . . . 

Hollins, Va 

Johnson City, Tenn. 
Limestone, Tenn. . . 

Radford, Va 

Richmond, Va. . . . 

Riner, Va 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) . , . 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) . . 
Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Wash. Hts.) . . . 
Virginia Beach, Va. . 

Willis, Va 

Woodbridge, Va. . . 
District 

Total . . . 



170.70 

50.00 

854.51 

1,391.41 

1,191.69 

1,173.02 

694.74 

221.00 

163.24 

50.00 



321.50 

75.00 

1,142.17 

1,247.75 

2,311.97 

894.78 

639.97 

221.00 

91.50 

227.30 



671.00 1,288.30 



240.00 
1,742.61 



375.25 
99.00 



407.30 
265.00 



10.00 
2,189.15 

564.45 

156.00 

20.00 

377.15 



SOUTHERN GAL! 

Anaheim, Calif. 
Artesia, Calif. 
Beaumont, Calif 
Bell, Calif. . . 
Bellflower, Calif 
Colton, Calif. . 
Cypress, Calif. 
Fillmore, Calif. 
Gardena, Calif. 
Glendale, Calif. 
Glendora, Calif. 
Grand Terrace, Cal 
Hacienda Heights, 

Calif 

Inglewood, Calif. . 
La Habra, Calif. . 
La Verne, Calif. 



.$ 9,760.47 $11,777.99 
FORNIAARIZONA 



952.93 

384.07 

3,156.98 

39.50 

2,249.76 

87.00 

281.35 

335.25 

618.96 

7.50 



1,041.45 
138.12 

3,889.87 
316.10 

3,073.48 

72.88 

468.00 

124.00 

558.70 

1,257.52 

60.00 



102.15 33 70 

3,378.03 5,784.83 

629.56 972.69 

501.15 655.50 



Long Beach, Calif 

(Community) 
Long Beach, Calif 

(First) .... 
Long Beach, Calif 

(North) 2 

Los Angeles, Calif. . 1 
Los Altos, Calif. . . 2 
Montclair, Calif. . . 
Norwalk, Calif. ... 1 

Orange, Calif 1 

Phoenix, Ariz. ... 1 

Rialto, Calif 

Rowland Heights, 

Calif 

San Bernardino, Calif. 
San Diego, Calif. . . 
Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Santa Maria, Calif. . 
San Ysidro, Calif. . . 
Seal Beach, Calif. . . 

Simi, Calif 

South Pasadena, 

Calif 

Temple City, Calif. . 
Tucson, Ariz. . . . 
West Covina, Calif. . 
Westminster, Calif. . 2 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) . . 2 
Whittier, Calif. (First) 1 
District 1 



1,093.80 1,501.96 
8,730.30 17,959.42 



,990.50 
,434.71 
,147.26 

221.00 
,885.03 
,150.20 
,179.94 

643.95 



700.11 
473.46 
366.70 
116.10 

667.59 
223.42 

793.03 
500.84 
222.25 
389.97 
,576.43 

,636.85 
,023.85 
,373.52 



9,745.37 
2,024.65 
2,160.31 

835.32 
1,649.68 
1,368.95 
1,877.21 

853.94 

23.50 
982.59 
260.75 
183.25 
241.80 
4.00 
438.94 
138,78 

517.86 
596.30 
218.25 
549.60 
1,322.45 

2,879.25 

911.69 

1,110.43 



Total $46,265.00 $68,803.09 



SOUTHERN OHIO 

Brookville, Ohio. . 
Camden, Ohio . . . 
Clayhole, Ky. . . . 
Clayton, Ohio . . . 
Covington, Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road). 



496.23 
216.47 
102.00 



870.85 
346.15 
170.13 
837.22 
317.86 

337.75 



Dayton, Ohio 

(First) 10,003.80 11,762.89 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Hts.) . . . 60.04 10.00 
Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) 1,933.80 4,067.98 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) . 346.80 477.00 

Dryhill, Ky 382.05 421.88 

Englevuood, Ohio . . 889.10 552.80 

Kettering, Ohio . . . 411.15 394.38 

Sinking Spring, Ohio 15.00 

Trotvuood, Ohio. . . 1,538.56 1,595.02 

Troy, Ohio 531.10 348.44 

Vandalia, Ohio . . . 1,373.06 1,135.50 
West Alexandria, 

Ohio 225.09 279.52 

District 102.00 3.00 

Total $20,006.90$23,928.37 

TOTAL CHURCH 

GIFTS $286,322.16 

$353,966.95 

OTHER GIFTS 

Christian Education 

Department , . 270.00 

Grace Chapel, Hawaii 174.20 226.75 

Waimalu, Honolulu . 73,50 

Puerto Rico 42.35 130.10 

National WMC. . . . 12,750.22 12,041.36 

National SMM . ... 825.06 

•National Conference ■ • • - 347.02 

Grace College .... 1,230.00 

Miscellaneous .... 3,721.58 3,500.04 

Total $17,991. 85 $17,340.33 

Grand Total $304,314.01 

$371,307.28 

•Total Gift at Conference-$1,367.52 

$890.50 Posted to Churches for Alaska, 
$130.00 Posted to Churches for General 



Thank You Lord and Brethren 



It is with thanksgiving to God 
for answered prayer and to you 
Brethren for your response that we 
present the 1969-70 fiscal year re- 
port on the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions offering. The increase of 
$66,993.27 over the previous year 
was even beyond our expectations. 
For the last several months of the 
year in our comparison the trend 
was "ahead" and we were prayer- 
fully hoping it would continue to 
the end. Thank God it did. 

The 1969-70 offering represents 
the largest one recorded in the 
thirty years of existence of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. It 
was an encouraging climax to a 
30th anniversary year. It was also 
encouraging for the beginning of 
the new decade of the 70s. We are 
fully aware that these encourage- 
ments come from the Lord first of 



By Frank J. Poland 

all. Then, He has used faithful pas- 
tors, members of our Brethren 
churches, and many non-member 
friends to lay upon the altar funds 
designated for Brethren Home Mis- 
sions. 

The Board of Directors in a re- 
cent meeting expressed to the Lord 
and to you their gratefulness for 
answered prayer and the increased 
offering. The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Family scattered through the 
land would want to be first in their 
expressions of "thanks" for it 
represents a vote of approval upon 
their ministry. An administrative 
staff who lives with inflation, 
budgets, and over whose desks the 
"bills" pass just cannot but have a 
feeling of wanting to sing the dox- 
ology. 

Chronologically this was the 
year for an increase. The pattern 



for several years in Brethren Home 
Missions has been increase one 
year— decrease the next. We are 
now in the "next" fiscal year and 
you can be sure we have some 
thouglits as to its outcome. 

"No Time to Wait," the 1969 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches conference theme which 
was emphasized in the work of 
Brethren Home Missions this past 
year is a good theme to keep con- 
tinually before you and to keep 
you continually before the Lord on 
behalf of the need of Christ in 
America, if you will do this, we can 
"kick" the chronological order and 
continue on with "new record" 
years. 

"Thank you Lord and Brethren 
for what you did this past year and 
for what you are going to do in this 
year." W 



May 16, 1970 



W^hat's Your Name? 
iney Call Me Enzabetn 



Isobel Campbell Fraser is what my 
Scottish parents named me. There 
liave been many times when I have not 
been too happy with it. Because the 
middle name is a surname, it has often 
evoked comment; in fact, it is my 
mother's maiden name. This is ap- 
parently a custom with Scottish 
people, for my sister was named 
Margaret Stirling Fraser and my 
brother, Alister Campbell Fraser. Only 
my American-born youngest brother 
escaped. He is Duncan Maurice Fraser. 
Still, there is the definite Scottish 
flavor. 

Since few women name their 
daughters after them, I guess I am not 
the only one not too fond of her 
name. Nicknames didn't help much 
either. Much to my mother's provok- 
ing, some of my friends called me Isy 
or Izzie. Until I was in my twenties I 
never met anyone else so named. Wlien 
I did, they did not spell their name the 
same. THEN, in Hebrew class at col- 
lege, when we transliterated our names 
into the Hebrew alphabet, mine came 
out Jezebel. That did it. 

My refuge and defense from this 
was some information I had discovered 
several years before while checking in 
an unabridged dictionary. Here I 
learned that Isobel, Isabel, Isabella all 
came from Elizabeth. This means 
God's oath. 

Elizabeth I am often called by the 
Jewish people. I answer to it just as 
readily as to my given name. Many are 
not even aware that they are not using 
my right name, even when others say 
Isobel. At first I used to think they did 
not hear my name pronounced cor- 
rectly. But, even when this is pointed 
out, I'm still Elizabeth. So, I say that 
Elizabeth is my Yiddisher (Jewish) 



By Isobel Fraser 



name. 

Yiddisher Name? Yes, Jewish 
people have two names; a secular name 
and a religious name. The secular name 
would be according to the country in 
which they live. The religious name is 
in Hebrew and is usually given to 
honor a loved one who has passed on. 
Thus the memory of the departed is 
continued. Jewish people very seldom 
name after the living. That is why you 
rarely find a Junior, or II, III asso- 
ciated with Jewish names. This would 
apply to the Ashkenazim (those from 
Germany and eastern Europe). I have 
been told that the Sephardic Jews 
(Spain and Portugal) do name children 
after the living. 

The naming of the Jewish child is at 
birth. The boy's Hebrew name is made 
public at the bris (circumcision). The 
girl's name is announced shortly after 
birth at the synagogue when a special 
prayer is given for her physical well- 
being and future. The religious name 
is usually a Biblical name. The secular 
name will usually begin with the same 
letter of the alphabet, but other than 
that they may have no similarity. In 
Israel today this is not true. Since He- 
brew is the spoken language of the 
land, the secular and religious names 
will be the same. Ihe trend there is to 
use Biblical names. 

The secular name arouses one's in- 
terest as to the identity of the Jewish 
name. Ira, Irving, Isodore could be for 
Israel; Raymond, Richard, Robert, 
Rodney, Roger answers to Ruben; 
Sanford, Sheldon, Stanley, Sidney in 
Hebrew could be Samuel. Girls named 
Muriel, Myra may be Miriam; Sally, 
Shirley, Sadie, Sonia are for Sarah. 
What's in a name? You never know. 
By the way, checking in a Jewish book 



that gives the Hebrew name and its 
counterpart in other languages, Isobel 
is listed as Elisheba, which in Hebrew 
means God's oath. 

Another interesting Jewish tradi- 
tion practiced at times is the changing 
of the name. A dear Jewish friend told 
of how her name was changed as a 
child because she was sick and there 
seemed to be no help to restore her to 
health. She was also given for a time to 
another family. This action is taken on 
the assumption that evil spirits cause 
the sickness. Thus, it is believed, the 
evil spirit is confused and the child is 
delivered from its influence. This 
custom prevailed among the Jewish 
people of eastern Europe. 

We desire our Jewish friends to 
have another new name. "To him that 
overcometh will I give . . . him a white 
stone, and in the stone a new name 
written" (Rev. 2:17). "Who is he that 
overcometh the world, but he that be- 
lieveth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 
(I John 5:5). The promise of a new 
name is also an Old Testament teach- 
ing which will be fulfilled for Israel in 
the millennium. Read Isaiah, chapter 
62. 

We are rejoicing that in 1970 four 
dear Jewish friends have their names in 
the Lamb's book of life and have His 
new name awaiting them. May they 
grow in the grace and knowledge of 
Him whose name is "Wonderful, Coun- 
sellor, The mighty God, The everlast- 
ing Father, The Prince of Peace," 
even their Messiah Jesus. May they 
learn to walk in obedience to His 
Word. 

Until I learn the new name the 
Lord Christ has for me, most gladly 
will I answer when they call me Eliza- 
beth. » 



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Part of the crowd of young people 



Ochool vacations, whether they 
be quarter or semester breaks such as 
Christmas, Easter, or summer vaca- 
tions, have always been longed for and 
anticipated periods of time to youth 
all over the country. These vacations 
have represented opportunity to visit 
family, home and friends; to work and 
rest, and perhaps catch up with read- 
ing and that term paper. However, to a 
small segment of youth across the 
nation, these vacation periods are fast 
becoming something else. 

It is not unusual to hear of the 
activities that involve some of the 
youth across America on these cele- 
brated school breaks. Large multitudes 
of the so-called "now generation" 
flock to their Meccas of sin during 
Easter vacations. They drive and fly 
long distances to the beaches of Flori- 
da, California, and even Mexico, where 
they meet to release the inhibitions of 
a sinful generation and deteriorating 
society. They bathe in the sun, and 
frolic on the beach; they drink alcohol 



NEW CHURCH DEDICATED 

The new Grace Brethren Church, 
Jackson, Mich., was dedicated on 
Sunday, May 3, 1970. The dedi- 
cation climaxed the Michigan Dis- 
trict Conference and Rev. Lester E. 
Pifer, executive secretary of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
was the dedication speaker. Details 
will be featured in the next Home 
Mission-Grace Schools issue of the 
Herald. 



and smoke pot; they "shoot the 
needle" and go on LSD trips; they riot 
and destroy; and sin against Almiglity 
God. 

Such was not the case in Taos this 
Easter week. Young people from vari- 
ous parts of the country converged 
here in Taos for "Youth Quake" dur- 
ing their Easter vacation. It all began 
with a group of young people and 
their youth pastor from Community 
Brethren Church in Whittier, Cali- 
fornia, who wrote inquiring about the 
possibility of coming to Taos during 
the holiday to serve the Lord. They 
wanted to witness of their faith, to 
help with manual labor around the 
church, to assist in visitation, to share 
their faith with other youth, and to do 
some sightseeing in historic Old Taos. 

The prospect of young people com- 
ing from California for an entire week 
excited our own youth. We began 
praying and making preparation for a 
youth emphasis week which came to 
be known as "Youth Quake." The 
church folk began to make plans to 
house and feed the young people who 
would be coming. Homes were offered 
and food as well as funds provided 
to feed young people from out- 
of-state. It was a most blessed ex- 
perience to see our own church people 
become involved in this effort of 
Christian hospitality. 

Word soon reached other young 
people in the surrounding areas as well 
as in the states of Illinois and Colo- 
rado. "Youth Quake" week arrived 
and all througli the week young people 
poured in from near and far. 

As it turned out every day through 
the week was full of youthful activi- 



ties. Visits were made to historic spots 
in Taos, Taos Pueblo, Kit Carson 
Museum, Ranchos de Taos Church, 
and the Rio Grand Gorge. It wasn't all 
sightseeing, however; the young people 
helped with a number of projects 
around the church and parsonage. 
They did personal work in the town 
plaza, handed out tracts, witnessed to 
our many hippies, did house-to-house 
visitation and led souls to the Lord. 

Each evening the young people 
ministered to us in song and testi- 
mony. Youth Evangelist for the week, 
Leon Davis, concluded each evening 
with a challenging message. The meet- 
ings were attended with an average of 
133 each night, reaching approxi- 
mately 200 in attendance (see photo) 
on Thursday evening of that week. 

We look back to Easter week now 
and think— what if this could take 
place all over our country on such 
occasions? What a blessing our 
churches could experience. Our hearts 
were thrilled anew to realize that there 
are Christian young people today who 
really care, who love the Saviour and 
want the world to know it. There is a 
segment of young people in California, 
Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois and 
other parts of our country, who, 
bound to become "Tomorrow's 
Church," should the Lord tarry in His 
coming, are even now in the making. 
"Youth Quake" is history for us now. 
But the blessed experience of that 
memorable week still lingers in our 
hearts. Many young people will never 
be the same after this event for as 
young people met to share their faith 
with one another, God spoke and chal- 
lenged hearts. * 



May 16, 1970 



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IMPORTANT NOTICE! 
The next issue of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald will be the For- 
eign MIssions-WMC issue, and will 
be dated June 13, 1970. 



LONG BEACH. CALIF. Rev. David 
Seifert is the new minister of youth 
for the First Brethren Church. Former 
minister of youth, Roy Roberts, has 
accepted the call to become pastor of 
the West Covina (Calif.) Brethren 
Church. The address for Rev. David 
Seifert should be changed in youx An- 
nual to 4512 Pasadena, Long Beach, 
Calif. 90807. 

DUNCANSVILLE, PA. Mr. and 
Mrs. Ross Benton of the Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church celebrated 
their 70th wedding anniversary Mar. 
18. Many friends and relatives at- 
tended an open house for them Mar. 
15. John E. Gregory, pastor. 



NOTICE. Church financial secre- 
taries and treasurers! The "best price 
period" for ordering 1971 church of-- 
fering envelopes expires June 30. You 
can save money by placing your order 
before that time . . . delivery will be 
made in the fall or whenever you 
specify. Send a copy of the envelope 
you're using and the quantity you 
need to the Herald office nearest you: 
Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 or the 
Herald Bookstore, Box 2385, Fuller- 
ton, Calif. 92633. 

MIDDLEBRANCH, OHIO. A Chris- 
tian Home and Family Conference was 
held Mar. 15-22 with Rev. Gene Kling- 
ler, who is currently working toward 
his PhD. degree at the University of 
Florida, as the speaker. Attendance 
averaged 1 27 and Pastor Ray E. John- 
son reports that "God worked in a 
mighty way among our families, and 
we thank the Lord for Mr. Klingler's 
ministry among us." 



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Sunday-school superintendent Don Houtby and his wife Jean stand with Sammy Hayes 
(right) in front of his 30-year-old Ford. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. An old-fashioned day was held recently at the Com- 
munity Brethren Church which helped boost the attendance and brighten the 
spirit of the congregation. Many dressed up in old-time outfits, and Mr. Sammy 
Hayes displayed his 30-year-old Ford which was once the subject of an article in 
a national magazine. The evening service was highlighted by a testimony service 
under the flickering lights of oil lamps. Two new record attendances were set for 
the church Mar. 29 with 274 in Sunday school and 341 in the morning worship 
service. Ron Graff, pastor. 




Rev. Ralph Burns 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Rev. Ralph 
S. Burns, former pastor of the Geis- 
town Grace Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa., will assume his new work 
with the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company June 1 . The Lord has led in 
bringing him into the bookstore minis- 
try at a time when the work is ex- 
panding. In addition to his work in the 
store, he will carry on a contact minis- 
try with churches and pastors in the 
Winona Lake area to extend the BMH 
literature outreach. Mr. and Mrs. Burns 
have one daughter in high school and a 
son in Grace College. They will reside 
in Winona Lake. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. Paul Ander- 
son, "World's Strongest Man," a mem- 
ber of the Fellowship of Christian Ath- 
letes and former Olympic weight- 
lifting champion was the special guest 
speaker for Homecoming activities 
Apr. 5 . He spoke in the Sunday-school 
and morning worship hours. For the 
past 10 years Mr. Anderson and his 
wife have operated a home for home- 
less teenagers in Vidalia, Ga. Robert L. 
Burns, pastor. 

SAN JOSE, CALIF. Three young 
people accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. 
Harry D. Sorenson spent their Easter 
vacation at Counselor, N. Mex., visit- 
ing the Brethren Navajo Mission. The\ 
were able to get acquainted with the 
work and also to lend helping hands in 
several areas. Freya Michaelis has been 
appointed by TIME to serve at the 
Mission this summer. Robert D. 
Whited, pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, PA. Mr. and Mrs. 
Earl Daughenbaugh celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary Apr. 5. 
William H. Snell, pastor. 



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WHITTIER, CALIF. A group of 15 
from the Community Brethren Church 
recently returned from a week of min- 
istry in Taos, N. Mex. The group held 
a week of evening meetings, broadcast 
over the local radio station, and con- 
ducted personal evangelism in the 
town square. The church basketball 
team won the YMCA church league 
city championship with a 59-39 vic- 
tory over Hill's Baptist Church. Ward 
A.Miller, pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA. Seventeen peo- 
ple of the North Buffalo Brethren 
Church recently completed their first 
ETTA training course in New Testa- 
ment Survey and received credit which 
will apply to the diploma. During 
March, seven were baptized, and 
eleven were received into the church 
membership. Rev. Wayne Baker was 
the special speaker for the Building 
Fund Banquet held at the church Mar. 
27. At the February business meeting, 
the congregation voted to send the 
pastor and his wife to national confer- 
ence. Thomas E. Goossens, pastor. 



RADFORD, VA. A memorial 
fund has been established by the 
Southeast District in appreciation 
for the faithful ministry of Rev. 
Charles C. Hall. He held pastorates 
in Riner, Va., and Radford, Va.. 
from 1961-1969 when he passed 
away. He made many valuable con- 
tributions to the establishment and 
improvement of Camp Tuk-A-Way 
while he served in the district. The 
ministerium is sponsoring a special 
appeal to the district for funds to 
build a new boys' cabin in the camp 
known as "Charlie C. Hall Memorial 
Cabin." The total cost will be 
$2,500. Offerings will be taken in 
the district conference May 24. 




Rev. 

Charles 
C. Hall 



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Acquaintances of Rev. Charles Hall 
who wish to contribute should send 
their gifts to Rev. Dayton Cundiff, 
secretary. Southeast District Minis- 
terium, 3813 Long Meadow Ave., 
N.W., Roanoke, Va. 24017. 



BIRTH. Rev. and Mrs. George K. 
Wallace, missionaries on furlougli from 
Brazil, are the parents of a third son, 
Joel Christopher, born on Apr. 6. The 
Wallaces are living at Coatesville, Pa. 



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L to R: Rev. William Shelby, Dick Bacon, Rev. George Christie, Fred Harris. 

YAKIMA, WASH. A delicious chicken dinner greeted the members of the 
First Brethren Church of Grandview, Wash., as they arrived here to collect their 
reward for winning a Sunday-school contest with us during March. Approxi- 
mately 157 enjoyed the food and fellowship. The contest records showed 225 as 
the highest attendance at Grandview for the month, while Yakima reached a top 
figure of 113. Grandview averaged 183 for a 71 percent increase over March a 
year ago. Yakima showed an average of 88 for a 31 percent gain. George 
Christie, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


New Holland, Pa. 


May 16-24 


Richard McCarthy 


Allen Herr 


Roanoke, Va. 








(Garden City) 


May 17-24 


Henry Radford 


Dean Fetterhoff 


Hagerstown, Md. 








(Calvary) 


May 24-29 


A. Harold Arrington 


Nathan Meyer 


Waynesboro, Pa. 


May 31 -June 7 


Wendell Kent 


Nathan Meyer 


Aleppo, Pa. 


June 14-21 


David Thompson 


Allen Herr 


May 16, 1970 









CHANGES. The new residence ad- 
dress for Rev. Richard Cron is 5000 
Bowman Oaks Way, Carmichael, Calif. 
95608, phone 483-0930. The new ad- 
dress for the Canon Brethren Church is 
P.O. Box 975, Taos, N. Mex. 87571. 
Rev. Melvin C. Hobson's address has 
been changed to Rt. 2, Box 87, North- 
western Pike, Parkersburg, W. Va. 
26101; Rev. Charles F. Berkemer to 
1817 Vesta Way, Sacramento, Calif. 
95825; and Rev. Gerald Polman to 
212 Katy Lane, Englewood, Ohio 
45322, phone (513) 836-1467. Please 
change your Annual. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The Indiana 
District Conference, held here Apr. 
24-26 at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, registered a new high in dele- 
gates with over 130 in attendance. 
Named as moderator for the coming 
year was Rev. Scott Weaver, pastor of 
the Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
Church. South Bend, Ind. Vice moder- 
ator will be Rev. Lee Myers, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, Fort 
Wayne, Ind. Miss Judy Ashman of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church was 
named SMM "Girl of the Year" at a 
district SMM presentation. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. The Grace 
Brethren Church celebrated the first 
anniversary of their pastor. Rev. 
Richard E. Grant, with a carry-in din- 
ner on Apr. 19. On this special day 
there were 300 in attendance at the 
morning worship service, 258 in Sun- 
day school, and 180 in attendance at 
the dinner. 

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NOTICE. The Brethren Messianic 
Testimony of Los Angeles, Calif., is 
having open house during national 
conference on Wed. Aug. 12, when 
there will be no daytime sessions. If 
you are coming to conference, plan to 
spend part of this day with us. If you 
would also desire to tour the CBS tele- 
vision studio that day, please contact 
us immediately. We are asking for a 
free tour at CBS for 75 people. If re- 
sponse is greater, perhaps we can ar- 
range a second tour for 75. Contact 
Rev. John S. Neely, Box 48743, Los 
Angeles, Calif. 90048. 

EVERETT, PA. A "White Easter" 
greeted the people here, when 12 
inches of snow blanketed Bedford 
County. Many of the members were 
snowbound and unable to attend Sun- 
day school and church services. There 
were 250 in the Good Friday service 
to hear the Grace College Choir. The 
Sunday evening service featured the 
church choir in the Easter cantata 
"Lord of Life," and testimonies by 
five young people working with Cam- 
pus Crusade for Christ. Homer Lingen- 
felter, pastor. 



WINONA LAKE, IND. Virgil Fo.x, 
world-famous concert organist, per- 
formed on the custom-built, three 
manual Rodgers organ at the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church Apr. 10. After 
drawing a standing ovation, he led the 
entire audience as a choir in singing 
Luther's "A Mighty Fortress" while 
letting out all the stops on the organ 
for a moving conclusion to the pro- 
gram. Charles Ashman, pastor. 

TAOS, N. MEX. A Spanish radio 
broadcast has been initiated by the 
Canon Brethren Church on radio sta- 
tion KKIT each Monday afternoon. 
Mr. Andrew Santos is the speaker. The 
broadcast is being sponsored by the 
Community Brethren Church, Whit- 
tier, Calif. Robert Salazar, pastor. 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
oiliciating minister. 

Shirley Ann Hunt and David G. 
Byers, Mar. 21, Singer Hill Grace 
Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa. 



Joyce Blanar and Glenn Nichols, 
Mar. 21, Ghent Brethren Church. 
Roanoke, Va. 

Carol Streit and Jack Henley, Mar. 
21, First Brethren Church, Wooster, 
Ohio. 

Pam Shook and Dennis Kruger, 
Apr. 4, Grace Brethren Church, Lake 
Odessa, Mich. 

Patricia Stern and George Dell, Apr. 
11, First Brethren Church, Martins- 
burg, Pa. 



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emotium 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

OLSON, Emily. 87, a former faith- 
ful member of the First Brethren 
Church, Inglewood, Calif., went to be 
with the Lord Mar. 31. Her former 
pastor. Dr. Glenn O'Neal officiated at 
the service. 

WHITMORE. Margie C. 86, passed 
away Mar. 29 in Winfield, 111. Funeral 
services were held in the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Wheaton, 111., with Rev. 
Dean Fetterhoff officiating. 



Brethren Hawaii Holiday! 




lultill a lifetime dream! Spend eight days in beautiful Hawaii, 
our 50th State. Visit our Brethren churches there, along with 
viewing highlights of two islands. Here is the proposed plan: 

Leave Monday, Aug. 17, at 10:30 a.m. from Los Angeles, on 
a beautiful new Continental Boeing 747, arriving in Honolulu at 
12:38 p.m. Then we'll transfer to an Aloha Airhnes jet for a 25 
niin. flight to the Garden Isle of Kauai, where we'll stay two 
nights at the Kawaii Islander, and see some of the beauty spots 
of this lovely island. 

On Wednesday afternoon, we'll return to Honolulu, and trans- 
fer to the brand new Ala Mowana Hotel, on Waikiki Beach, right 
by a fabulous Ala Moana shopping center, one of the most un- 
usual in the world. Several sight-seeing tours are provided, in- 
cluding a visit to our churches on Sunday, and a luau with our 
Brethren people on Sunday afternoon. 

On Monday afternoon (unless you elect to stay longer) we'll 
board our lu.xurious giant 747 for the return flight to Los Ange- 
les, with many delightful memories of our Hawaiian holiday. 



Send this coupon to: Ralph J. Colburn, 5885 Downey Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805 

AIR FARE (economy class), ALL HOTELS, TRANSFERS, SIGHT-SEEING TRIPS, $289 plus $10 tax 
and services! Reserve your place NOW! 



Name 



Phone 



Complete address 

I am enclosing $50 (per person) deposit, the balance to be paid in full by July 10. 

I am interested in staying 3 days 7 days longer, and visiting other islands in the chain, also. Please send me 

information and rates. 



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Continuing the series on your BMH co-worf(ers . . . 

MEET YOUR BMH FAMILY 




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Just one year ago, the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
opened the doors of its West Coast branch at Fullerton, 
Cahfornia. The leading of the Lord in this step of faith had 
been very apparent in the eight months prior to the open- 
ing, and God has blessed in a marvelous way the literature 
ministry of this nevk' venture. 

In charge of the Herald Bookstore staff and serving as 
literature consultant to our churches in the West is Rev. 
Dale Brock. Upon leaving the Navy chaplaincy after twelve 
years of service, Mr. Brock accepted the challenge of di- 
recting this new phase of the Missionary Herald outreach. 
Mr. and Mrs. Brock and their three children live in Whit- 
ties, California, and are members of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Sharon Day serves as bookkeeper for the Herald 
Bookstore. She works part time and attends BIOLA, as 



does her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Day attend the La Habra 
Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Mary Hill is a full-time employee of the store. Her 
husband. Rev. Robert Hill, is a professor at BIOLA. The 
Hills served from 1946 to 1960 on our mission field in 
Africa. They have six children. 

Mrs. Marian Werdal is a part-time employee of the store. 
She and her husband have three children. 

This fine group of dedicated Herald family workers on 
the West Coast extend a cordial invitation to Brethren 
everywhere to stop in whenever you're in the Fullerton 
area. The beautiful Herald Bookstore is conveniently lo- 
cated in the Scripture Press Servicecenter at 3535 W. Com- 
monwealth Ave. During national conference week, the store 
will be featuring special offers for visitors. 



Remember to pray for those who labor with you in presenting the Gospel! 

HELP US REACH OUR 



FAMILY TO FAMILY" PERSONNEL SUPPORT PLAN GOAL 
$10 FROM EACH BRETHREN FAMILY 

FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE BMH FAMILY OF WORKERS 



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fe have been repeatedly re- 
minded that one of the best recom- 
mendations for a school is its product, 
and this goes for advertising too. 
Favorable publicity has come to Grace 
Schools in two specific areas. I refer to 
athletics and music. 

The year began with some question 
in the minds of the coaches as to the 
success that would be achieved in 
basketball. But it soon became evident 
that the modest appraisal of the boys 
who made up the team was greatly un- 
derestimated. The team began to turn 
in victory after victory. Students, pro- 
fessors, and the public became excited 
with the record that was being made. 

The year ended with Head Coach 
Kammerer being voted the coach of 
the year by the Mid-Central College 
Conference, the winning of an Invita- 
tional Tournament in which eight 
teams participated, and placing second 
in a Christian College Tournament 
held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 
results of this final tournament would 
have been different had it not been for 
the many injuries suffered by members 
of the team. Even so, during the sea- 
son the team and individual members 
established new records. 

Perhaps the most significant thing 
about this year of athletics was the re- 
markable spiritual impact the team 
had on its audiences and among them- 
selves. Some members of the team 
were saved and the lives of all were 
deepened in the Christian faith. The 
credit must go to the coaches who 
consistently took the oversight and 
direction of the players. To Athletic 
Director Lloyd Woolman, Head Coach 
Chet Kammerer, and Coach Roland 
Fletcher, the administration, faculty. 




staff, and students join in expressing 
congratulations for the excellent spirit- 
ual guidance and efficient coaching. 

No less significant has been the 
achievements by the brass and vocal 
choirs. The ministries of these two 
groups have alerted people across the 
land to the value of Grace College and 
its quality of instruction. Many young 
people have been made aware that 
they can get first-class training in the 
field of music at Grace College. Tliis in 
itself is turning young people in the 
direction of Grace College, and es- 
pecially when they are aware they can 
get this caliber of training in a Chris- 
tian atmosphere. 

To Professor Donald Ogden, head 
of the department of music, and to 
Professor Gerald Franks, artist in resi- 
dence in the field of brass instruments, 
must be given the special credit for 
this fine work. It should be evident to 
all that this high degree of excellence 
has been achieved in the face of neces- 
sary financial restrictions, which 
limited the facilities of the music de- 
partment. 

THE FINANCIAL LIMITATIONS. 
It is always interesting to examine the 
structure, limitations, and facilities of 
other schools to determine how well 
your own school compares. Recently, 
a bulletin from the Chicago Theologi- 
cal Seminary came into my hands. I 
would like to call several things to 
your attention which a study of this 
bulletin revealed. 

The per-student cost of training for 
theological students attending schools 
belonging to the American Association 
of Theological Schools is among the 
highest in American education. The 
only type of education which exceeds 
this cost is in the field of medicine. 
The largest single item of seminary ex- 
pense is for instruction. The salary 
levels in law schools and universities 
ran higher. The unmistakable con- 
clusion was that seminary salaries were 
not only substantially lower than 
those of teachers in universities and 
law schools, but that the salary pace 
was falling even farther behind. 

This article was evaluating the 
salary situation among theological 
schools where salaries are substantially 



higher than in a school such as Grace. 
The financial situation in those schools 
could be traced to the leveling off of 
individual or church giving in the face 
of an accelerating economy. Theologi- 
cal schools are excluded from support 
received from public funds, the one 
source of income that keeps pace with 
the demands of inflation and improved 
facilities. Grace Schools also feel this 
mounting pressure. 

What does the future hold? Pes- 
simism is almost a universal emotional 
climate when viewing the various 
trends on the human and natural level. 
There are some leaders who have 
frankly admitted that unless such 
schools are provided with access to 
public funds, complete collapse is not 
too far away. There is only one real 
alternative, and that is for God's peo- 
ple who count theological education 
worthwhile to determine they will 
direct a larger share of their substance 
to the support of these schools. 

We have been grateful for what the 
supporters of Grace Schools have done 
over the past year. Giving for current 
operation has increased from 
$130,000 to $150,000. But the con- 
cern we have is that this amount of 
giving was cut off at the other end for 
capital investment. There is need for 
increase in giving for current operation 
far beyond what has been achieved. 
The Church needs to raise its giving to 
at least $300,000 per year. But while 
doing that, it is necessary to make 
significant advances in giving for capi- 
tal investment. The library needs to be 
paid off. Until the remaining indebted- 
ness of $300,000 is paid, it will be im- 
possible to make any further advance- 
ments in the development of the 
campus, development that is so much 
needed to do the best in education of 
the young people who place their aca- 
demic future in our hands. 

ACCREDITATION IS A MUST. 
There is one thing that stands in the 
way of regional accreditation, perhaps 
more than any other, and that is finan- 
cial support that will guarantee the on- 
going of the school. This need can be 
met only by a larger and more deter- 
mined response on the part of our 
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Ihe use of the words "gamblers" 
and "Christ" together may seem to be 
mixing two incompatibles, yet on at 
least one occasion, the ideas are asso- 
ciated in Scripture. 

One of the Apostle Paul's helpers 
was a man named Epaphroditus. He 
was probably a member of the church 
at Pliilippi and was sent by them to 
take a gift to Paul in his Roman pris- 
on. He had become dangerously ill but 
recovered. Paul wrote a letter to his 
friends at Philippi and sent it back to 
them at the hand of Epaphroditus. In- 
cluded in the letter is a personal note 
calling attention to the faithful, de- 
voted service that Epaphroditus had 
rendered to him. He calls him a broth- 
er, a companion in labor, and fellow 
soldier. In the closing sentence of 
chapter two of the Philippian letter he 
says: "Receive him [Epaphroditus] 
therefore in the Lord with all gladness; 
and hold such in reputation: Because 
for the work of Christ he was nigh 
unto death, not regarding his life, to 
supply your lack of service toward 
me" (Phil. 2:29-30). 

The statement of special interest 
here is, "for the work of Christ he was 
nigh unto death, not regarding his 
life . . . ." In the American Standard 
Version the rendering is: "hazarding 
his life." In the Greek language in 
which this was written, the word for 
"not regarding" or "hazarding" is a 
gambler's word. It is a word which 
very literally means "to stake every- 
thing on the turn of the dice." Paul is 
saying that for the sake of Jesus Christ 
Epaphroditus gambled with his life. He 
risked his life in the service of the 
Lord. 

In the days of the Early Church 
there was an association of people 
known as the parabolani, which means 
"the gamblers." This title was derived 
from the word here rendered "hazard- 
ing." The purpose of these folks was 
to visit the prisoners and the sick, 
especially those who were ill with 
dangerous and infectious diseases. In 
the year A.D. 252 a plague broke out 
in the city of Carthage, in North Afri- 
ca, where there was a thriving Chris- 
tian Church. The heathen threw out 
the bodies of their dead and fled in 
terror. The Christian pastor, Cyprian 
by name, gathered his congregation to- 
gether and set them to burying the 
dead and nursing the sick in that 
plague-stricken city; and by so doing 



they saved the city, at the risk of their 
lives, from destruction and desolation. 
From those very earliest days, the 
Gospel has been advanced by those 
who were willing to lay their lives on 
the hne for Christ. Men and women 
did not ask— what are the dangers and 
difficulties in serving Christ? They just 
faced the commission of Christ, and 
the call of God in their souls, and with 
a determination to obey God at all 
costs they pushed ahead with hearts of 
fire and spines of steel. They were not 
concerned with the advancement of 




themselves but with the advancement 
of the Gospel. They did not care what 
men thought of them, because they 
cared supremely what Jesus Christ 
thought of them. They did not count 
their own lives dear unto themselves 
because those lives belonged to the 
Saviour who had bought them body, 
soul, and spirit. They did not fear 
death for they possessed the twofold 
conviction that 1) the Christian walk- 
ing in the will of God is immortal until 
his work is done, and 2) to die is gain. 
The attraction of creature comforts 
did not overpower them because their 



Lord had told them plainly that "in 
the world ye shall have tribulation" 
(John 16:33). Any glory they might 
attain in this world lost its luster in the 
glow of that "glory which shall be re- 
vealed in us" (Rom. 8:18). The re- 
wards that might be earned from 
labors in worldly things were gladly 
forfeited in favor of those tokens of 
appreciation they would receive from 
the hand of their Saviour when He 
comes (Rev. 22:12). 

One cannot fail to note the differ- 
ence in our own generation. Pulpits all 
across the country are empty, and 
millions are dying Christless on the 
mission fields of the world because 
Christians are far more concerned with 
comfort than with consecration. Our 
service for the Lord has become a serv- 
ice of convenience. Our God has be- 
come the "God of the leftovers," for 
He has to get along with the leftovers 
of the time, talents, and money of His 
redeemed people. 

Where do we see that holy indiffer- 
ence to personal popularity which 
prompted the early Christians to speak 
unashamedly of Christ to a society 
that was openly— and even officially 
—hostile to the Nazarene and His fol- 
lowers. Where is that sanctified brash- 
ness that caused Martin Luther to ex- 
claim as he set his face towards the 
Diet of Worms and possible death: "I 
am going even if there should be as 
many devils in Worms as there are tiles 
on the roofs." Oh, few of us will face 
the dramatic situations that Luther 
faced. We will not be called to the 
heroics of the Knox or a Livingstone 
or a Carey. But in the factory, the of- 
fice, the schoolroom, and the neigh- 
borhood, there must be those Chris- 
tians who are supremely loyal to Jesus 
Christ. 

The Church is in desperate need of 
a revival of that spirit which is willing 
to hazard all for the Lord. It is no 
gamble. It is eternal investment. It is 
laying down one's life to take it 
again. It is dying to live again. It is not 
regarding one's own life so that real 
life-eternal life-might be taken to 
dying souls. It is walking in simple 
obedience to the Saviour with no ques- 
tions asked and no strings attached. 
May God raise up many within the 
Church of Jesus Christ with the noble 
spirit of Epaphroditus who "for the 
work of Christ was . . . hazarding his 
life." • 



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loday, as never before in nine- 
teen liundred years of church history, 
the Biblical doctrine of creation is be- 
ing reinterpreted out of recognition, 
even by some who profess to be loyal 
to Christ and His Word. Yet the events 
of that all-important week of earth 
history are not left to the mere inter- 
pretive whims of men who would read 
into them ideas that are currently 
popular among secular scientists. The 
Bible does provide keys for its own in- 
terpretation, and this is especially true 
with regard to the events of the early 
chapters of Genesis. 

How Do Christ's Miracles Illustrate 
the Events of Creation Week? 

If we would understand something 
of the methods God employed in cre- 
ating the earth and living things, we 
must observe carefully the methods 
which Christ performed in performing 
His creative miracles while on earth. 
For the Gospel of John states speci- 
fically that He "manifested his glory, 
and his disciples believed on him" 
when he created wine out of mere 
water (John 2:11). In the previous 
chapter, John had explained that "all 
things were made through him" (1:3), 
and when He became a human being, 
"we beheld his glory" (1 : 14). 

Thus, the full glory of the incarnate 
Creator would have remained veiled if 
He had not supernaturally and sud- 
denly created wine from water, ten 
thousand fishes from only two, clean 
men out of hopeless lepers, seeing eyes 
out of sightless ones and living men 
out of rotting corpses! Spectacular 
miracles were the characteristic signs 
of the incarnate Creator during His 
brief earthly ministry. Since this same 
Christ was the Creator of "the heaven, 
and earth, the sea, and all that in them 
is" (Exod. 20:11; cf. Col. 1:16), we 

Dr. John C. Whitcomb is Professor of Old 
Testament and Theology and Director of 
Post-graduate Studies at Grace Seminary. 
This article is reprinted by permission of 
The King's Business. 



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lal Teaching on Creation 



By Dr. John C. Whitcomb 



may safely assume that He did not em- 
ploy lengthy, providentially-directed 
processes in bringing the world and 
living things into existence, especially 
in view of the clear statement of 
Genesis 2:1-3 that creative acts ceased 
with the creation of man. Thus, the 
Gospel records supplement Hebrews 
11:3 and Genesis 2:7, 20 in elimin- 
ating theistic evolution as a valid ap- 
proach to the first chapter of Genesis. 

How Lorvg Were the Days of Creation? 

A literal (grammatical— historical) 
approach to the early chapters of Gen- 
esis honors the claim of Christ that the 
Bible is God's inerrant Word on every 
subject it deals with (Matt. 22:29). 
Some Christians feel that it is essential 
to stretch the days of creation into 
conformity with the timetable of evo- 
lutionary geology. But such an ap- 
proach actually dishonors God's Word, 
for it is obvious that the sequence of 
events in Genesis 1 (earth before the 
sun; fruit trees before marine life; 
birds before reptiles) not only contra- 
dicts the evolutionary scheme, but 
does so purposely! For example, the 
I story of evolution must begin with 
; lifeless chemicals floating together by 
i chance to form the first single-celled 
i speck of life. But the God of super- 
I natural creation did not need to em- 
ploy such methods and therefore was 
not forced to begin life in the ocean or 
in the form of a sub-microscopic 
speck! To attempt a harmony of these 
two concepts is to ignore completely 
the infinite difference between an om- 
nipotent God and the helpless god of 
chance. 

In addition to the fact that stretch- 
ing the days does not help in harmoniz- 
ing the order of events with the popu- 
lar geologic timetable, it must be 
recognized that Scripture does limit 
these days of creation to approxi- 
mately 24 hours each: (1) the use of a 
numerical adjective in connection with 
"day"; (2) the quahfying phrase 
"evening and morning" in the light of 

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Daniel 8:14, 26 ASV; (3) the clear 
analogy of Exodus 20: 11 ; (4) the con- 
trast of "days" and "years" in Genesis 
1:14; and (5) the improbabihty that 
God would curse the earth during the 
day which He sanctified (Gen. 2:3), 
with the corresponding probability 
that Adam and Eve lived from the 
sixth day through the seventh day and 
into the following week. (See Creation 
According to God's Word, J. C. Whit- 
comb.) 

What Does the Millennium Teach Us 

About the Original 

Perfection of the World? 

The Scriptures clearly indicate that 
during the millennial kingdom which 
Christ shall establish on earth, the 
"bondage of corruption" to which the 
whole creation was made subject 
through the fall of Adam will be ended 
(Rom. 8:21). Among other super- 
natural transformations, carnivorous 
animals will become plant-eaters again 
(Isa. 1 1 :6-9), just as they were in Gen- 
esis 1 :30 before God cursed the earth 
for man's sake. 

However, if the Genesis account of 
creation is not taken exactly for what 
it says, then we not only lose the con- 
cept of a perfect and harmonious earth 
before the sin of Adam, but also the 
concept of restored Edenic conditions 
after the Second Coming! Obviously, a 
perfect world cannot be restored if it 
never existed. 

Those who would stretch the 
days of creation into vast ages must 
also redefine the "very good" which 
God pronounced upon the world at 
the time of Adam's creation (Gen. 
1:31), and allow for carnivorous 
characteristics, violence, and death in 
the animal kingdom for hundreds of 
millions of years before man's appear- 
ance. Thus, the fall of man would not 
have brouglit ruin to the world at all, 
in spite of the fact that Paul states that 
"by one man sin entered into the 
world, and death by sin" (Rom. 5:12) 
and "the whole creation groaneth and 



travaileth in pain together until now" 
(8:22) as a resuh. 

If, on the other hand, we do take 
Genesis 1 for what it says, we find that 
the pre-Fall world is indeed analogous 
to that future world which Peter de- 
scribes as "the times of restoration of 
all things, whereof God spake by the 
mouth of his holy prophets that have 
been from of old" (Acts 3:21). Just as 
God will have the power to control 
population growth and to maintain a 
balance of nature in the future king- 
dom age apart from a "reign of tooth 
and claw" (Isa. 11:9), so also before 
the Edenic Curse, a world free from 
violent death in the animal kingdom 
could have been maintained indefinite- 
ly by the power of God. Thus, an un- 
derstanding of God's revealed program 
for the future in terms of a "restora- 
tion" makes it quite impossible to ac- 
cept a "progressive creation" or "day- 
age" concept of Genesis 1 , with its 
vast ages of violence and death in the 
animal kingdom. 

In conclusion, an acceptance of the 
miraculous works of Christ, of valid 
principles of interpreting Scripture, 
and of premillennial eschatology, en- 
ables us to approach the first chapter 
of Genesis with confidence that it real- 
ly does mean what it says! # 

Reprinted by permission of The King's Busi- 
ness. 



THE BEST KIND . . 

(Continued from I 



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people. Tliis is not merely for the sake 
of achieving recognition by the North 
Central Assocation, but rather to the 
end that young people will not have 
their education at Grace College dis- 
counted by organizations where they 
seek employment. We are seeing a 
gradual tightening of scholastic re- 
quirements on our young people, es- 
pecially when they return to their 
home states and apply for teaching 
positions. Let's not sell our young peo- 
ple short. W 

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By Dr. W. F. Lown 

President, Manhattan 

Bible College 

Manhattan, Kansas 



y friend, Harry Baird, defines 
money as "coined life." Whether or 
not this definition is original with him, 
I beUeve it to be quite useful in help- 
ing us understand a principle of Chris- 
tian stewardship. 

In Luke 19:11-28 is a parable re- 
lated by Jesus. In it He was teaching 
His own disciples, who expected the 
kingdom of God to appear momen- 
tarily. At least one apparent purpose 
of the parable was to instruct His fol- 
lowers as to how to function after He 
had left the earth and until His return. 
He couched a spiritual lesson in mone- 
tary language! They could grasp this! 

Often we employ a parable using 
spiritual or figurative language to cause 
people to give more money. Obvious- 



jj^ ly, stewardsliip is much more than 
giving money to the church. 

On the basis of Jesus' teaching 
then, we establish the following defi- 
nition of stewardsliip: Stewardship is 
the Christian's management of God's 
estate on His behalf, and under His 
supervision, until Jesus" return. 

Money 

Let us give our attention to the 
Christian's management of God's 
money as a part of his stewardship. 

Money is really significant only as it 
represents "coined life." Money in its 
cold, inert form is utterly worthless 
except as it represents potential se- 
curity, status, comfort, sustenance, or 
helpfulness. So actually money per se 
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basic factors in a man's life. How ego- 
centric is he? How insecure? How 
committed to helpfulness and service? 

Behind this is his basic set of rela- 
tionships. With whom does he desire 
association? Has he a genuine passion 
to serve? What motivates his "need" to 
serve? What provides his sense of se- 
curity? Actually then we are asking, 
"What is really the direction of any 
given man's earthly life?" 

Our overriding concern is that man 
be related to God in a manner which is 
fulfilling to both in the fleeting experi- 
ence called time—as well as eternally. 
God is to us maker, owner, and per- 
petual benefactor. We are to Him chil- 
dren, recipients of grace and love, and 
grateful stewards. 

Earning 

In regard to God's attitude toward 
our stewardsfiip of material things as 
represented by money, what are His 
concerns? 

First, it would seem that God is 
vitally interested in how we obtain 
that portion of His money over which 
He has made us custodians. For us to 
secure this custody in ways which vio- 
late His principles of divine-human or 
man-to-man relationships would be in- 
conceivable. He would not want us to 
steal it, for this would be to preempt 
the area of another man's stewardship. 
For the same reason He would not 
want us to acquire it by fraud. I would 
violate my own and another's steward- 
ship if I secured my money by chance: 
I would be shirking at my work. 

God wants me to be custodian of 
His money in a manner which is con- 
sistent with my stewardship of time, 
capabilities and influence. They are all 
parts of the whole. 

Spending 

The divine owner is concerned with 
how I spend His money. There is a 
danger that I may fall prey to the 
notion that if I "give God His part" I 
may do with the rest of "my money" 
what I will. This is as foreign to a true 
conception of stewardsliip as can be 
imagined! It is to forget that it is not 
my money but His. "The silver and 
gold are mine" is still in the Bible. God 
does not demand 10 percent usury and 
charge the remainder off to us for 
squandering. He has clearly stated him- 
self to be against sloth, folly, and in- 
dulgence in any form. He wishes me to 



avoid waste, make wise investments, 
and to care for reasonable need. He 
will not be served by profligacy and 
carelessness. 

Giving 

God is interested in how I give 
money. As a general principle, we can- 
not imagine God's being pleased by 
our giving to promote any belief or , 
activity to which we could not devote 
our own lives. How could He be any 
more pleased by my supporting a 
foreign missionary who was unfaithful 
to the message of the New Testament 
than if I were personally unfaithful in 
preaching and teacliing. This principle 
is violated perhaps more often from 
lack of attention than for lack of ac- 
ceptance. 

The facet of the stewardship of 
money most often debated is the por- 
tion of the income to be given. "What 
percent must I give?" is often the cry. 
The legalistic reply is usually "a 
tenth." This writer has no argument 
with the concept of the tithe, properly 
understood and conscientiously exe- 
cuted, but the case for monetary 
stewardship rests on a broader, deeper 
foundation than this. I should hesitate 
to confront God with an explanation 
as to why I gave less than the tenth for 
kingdom causes, but I would be equally 
reluctant to explain to Him why I 
legalistically presented this and no 
more to Him. It is all His! 

My decision is not, "How much 
shall I give for kingdom purposes 
through His church," but "How much 
shall I divert from this to other needs 
and purposes" (personal sustenance, 
personal pleasure, etc.). Each allo- 
cation demands careful decision on my 
part— if I would be a faithful steward. 

Leaving 

God is interested in how I leave 
money. The exponents of the 
Restoration principle have been often 
silent and almost always weak at this 
point. We have all known Christian 
people who have left sizable estates to 
irresponsible relatives who proceeded 
to dissipate the inheritance in ways 
which would have been entirely offen- 
sive to their benefactors and which 
completely violated their stewardship. 

Some years ago I learned, from one 
who was in a position to know, that 
six residents of the state of Kansas, all 
members of Christian churches, died 



within the same calendar year. They 
left behind them estates totahng thirty 
million dollars in aggregate, and not a 
cent was bequeathed to any cause 
representing the kingdom! This is ab- 
solutely irresponsible stewardship! 
This says very eloquently, "This 
wealth is mine and I will do with it as I 
will." Such arrogant prodigality more 
nearly represents Baalism (Baal means 
"owner") than the concept of steward- 
sliip espoused in the Christian Scrip- 
ture! 

Someone has facetiously said, 
"Wliere there's a will— there are rela- 
tives!" We use the term "will" so 
thoughtlessly. For the Christian there 
should be only one principle giving 
direction to his will, whether in earth- 
ly life or in perpetuity. That abiding 
principle should be that the Christian's 
will be patterned after God's will, even 
as man himself is fashioned in God's 
image. 

It is easy for a middle class, salaried 
American Christian to criticize the 
wealthy Christian who writes no will 
in favor of the kingdom of God. A 
pertinent question, therefore, is this: 
Do you have a written will? Does it 
carry out God's will for your steward- 
sliip? 

"But," you say, "I have no 
wealth." Do you own a house? Have 
you an insurance policy? Have you a 
savings account? Do you own an auto- 
mobile, furniture, a library? Ask some 
attorney to describe what would hap- 
pen to your estate were you to die 
without having drawn a will. 

Suppose that one hundred Christ- 
ians were to write in their wills that 
upon their demise the houses which 
they own and in which they dwell 
should become the property of some 
church-related college, mission work, 
or similar project. At a very modest 
level of market values we can see that, 
upon their passing to their "heavenly 
mansion," approximately one million 
dollars would be released for that in- 
stitution to use in furthering the cause 
of Christ! Yes, how we leave money 
behind has a great deal to do with our 
Christian stewardship. 

The whole question is, "Who owns 
it, and whose interest does it serve?" It 
will serve its Owner only when our 
lives are unalterably committed to be- 
ing serious stewards of God. 
* Reprinted by permission of Christian 
Standard. W 



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By Johanne Dion 

School Nurse 



v7race College's nursing 
program is designed to prepare 
Christians to serve the Lord in the area 
of nursing. The nurses' club is a recent 
addition to this program. It was 
organized this past year by students in 
the nursing program who were 
interested in learning more about their 
chosen profession and finding a 
medium of service in the community. 
The Greek letters Kappa Alpha Tau 
have been adopted as the official 
name. These letters represent a Greek 
phrase which means, "for the 
fellowship and growth of the nurses." 

For a new club. Kappa Alpha Tau is 
very active. Monthly meetings are held 
to study different phases of nursing, 
often presented by guest speakers. In 
addition to these meetings the nurses' 
club is involved in special projects on 
campus and in the community. Some 
of the projects for this school year 
included the conducting of a survey on 
campus to determine the effect of flu 
shots in controlling the number of 
winter flu cases; baking cookies for 
special holidays for students in a 
community school for mentally 
handicapped children; and sponsoring 
a campus-wide clothing drive for 
World Vision's work in the Orient. 

The nurses' club is only one small 
phase of Grace College's nursing 
program. Grace offers a Bachelor of 
Science in Nursing degree to students 
who have graduated from an 
accredited school of nursing and 
completed sixty-four hours of study at 
the college in the areas of laboratory 
biology, chemistry, English, literature, 
history, fine arts, and Bible. A course 
in parasitology offered here is 
especially valuable for nurses who plan 
to serve on mission fields abroad. 




L to R 

Linda IVlejeur, 

Bertha Coats, 

Brenda Journey, 

Darlene Dawson, 

Sharon Skellenger, 

Johanne Dion, 

Marilyn Fehnel, 

Jean Graham, 

Barbara Miller, 

Sharon Magill, 

Cindy Ritchey 

Not present for 

picture— Cora Kerr, 



Studies at the nursing school can be 
taken before or after completing the 
liberal arts requirements at Grace. 

Grace College offers the student in 
the nursing program an education that 
is Christ-centered. Not only do the 
professors pray with their classes 
before their lectures begin, but they 
also present a consistent Christian 
world view along with the subject 
matter they teach. Science is taught 
with an emphasis on Christ's work in 
creating and' sustaining the universe. 
Man's desire to create an expression of 
art is related to his original likeness to 
the image of God. Because God 
created, we are creative. The history of 
mankind is presented as "His-story," 
the story of the movement of God's 
hand in the affairs of men in past 
civilizations and in our world of today. 
At Grace, Bible and Bible-related 
subjects are tauglit as a regular part of 
the curriculum, preparing the Christian 
nurse to be a more effective witness to 
those she may come in contact with in 
her work. 

Being a nurse involves so much 
more than just technical duties like 
passing medications to patients in a 



convalescent ward, or skillfully 
handing instruments to a surgeon in 
the operating room. Nursing is serving 
people who have needs: physical, 
mental, emotional, and spiritual. 
Nursing is holding a child in your arms 
after giving him a penicillin shot. 
Nursing is staying up all night with an 
elderly woman; keeping constant 
watch of the machines and equipment 
keeping her alive, taking her hand and 
praying with her. Nursing is being a 
busy supervisor on the evening shift 
and being called to see a patient v/ho 
wants to accept the Lord before he 
goes to sleep. Nursing is teaching 
safety to eight cabins full of live!) 
juniors at a Christian camp in the 
North Woods. For the Christian nurse 
who is prepared to serve God, God will 
bring many opportunities for service. 
If you are a Christian, and God has 
called you to be a nurse, Grace College 
has something to offer. The nursing 
program at the college is now in its 
thirteenth year. Graduates from the 
school are serving in nursing education 
and clinical hospital work both in our 
own country and on the mission fields 
around he world. * 



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Operation Sunshine 



"Operation Sunshine, your task- 
confronting thousands of students 
with the message of Jesus Christ!" 

This is the challenge that was pre- 
sented to us as we made plans to 
journey to sunny" Daytona Beach, 
Florida, during the Easter vacation. 

On Friday, March 20, twelve of us 
from Grace College left for Purdue 
University and training to prepare us 
for an exciting week of "sharing 
Christ." 

We got settled Sunday evening at 
Daytona after an eventful trip during 
which God gave us the opportunity to 



share Christ with two men working at 
a drive-in . 

On Monday our excitement became 
even greater when we met with the 
rest of the Campus Crusaders. We were 
challenged by tremendous speakers 
like Bill Bright, the founder and head 
of Campus Crusade. 

Then we hit the beach! For several 
hours we presented Christ to the many 
students strewn across the sand. The 
harvest was ripe. Many began to open 
up to Christ, and much fruit was 
reaped. 

We saw God really take over and 




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Left to right: (standing) Sharon Stuart, Linda Laubender; (seated) Beckie Bryant, Debbie 
Jennings, Bonnie Green, Jim Vosberg, Arden Steele, Sue Augsburger, Sharon Campbell, 
Jane Cooper. 



Grace Continues 

Efforts Towar( 

Accreditation 



The following recommendation 
expresses in part the conviction of 
the faculty of Grace College in their 
efforts to meet the requirements 
for regional accreditation. 

Whereas: The faculty of Grace 
College is committed to the idea 
that academic excellence is not in- 
compatible but complementary to 
Biblical Christianity, and is there- 
fore dedicated to the task of con- 
stantly improving the quality of the 
educational opportunities it pro- 
vides, and 

Whereas: Regional accreditation 



by the North Central Association is 
one of the evidences of quality edu- 
cational programs. 

Therefore, the faculty of Grace 
College hereby reaffirms its deter- 
mination to promote the education- 
al aims of Grace as a Christian col- 
lege of liberal arts, and to pursue 
the task of securing due recognition 
of the quality of its endeavors in 
the form of full regional accredita- 
tion, as long as the effort or attain- 
ment of such accreditation does not 
necessitate a diminution of the 
doctrinal position, spiritual ob- 
jectives, or moral standards of the 
school. 

The faculty recommends that 
this action be implemented at least 
in the following ways: 

(1) that all other parties associ- 
ated with the college— students, 
administrators, trustees, and 
members of the supporting con- 
stituencies—be informed of the 
content and intent of this action, 
and be encouraged to join the 



use us at Daytona. Thousands of lives 
were changed and some because God 
used us. God not only used us to help 
change others, but He also changed 
our lives. 

It was exciting to see God work 
miracles. Our eyes were opened to His 
great power. Be sure, He is very rele- 
vant to today's chaWengesl— A rde?i 
Steele, Grace College Junior 



To say, "we had a really great 
time," just doesn't begin to express 
what a wonderful week we had in Day- 
tona. The Lord blessed my life as He 
gave me opportunities to share His 
love with others. He gave me more 
love and concern for people than Fve 
ever known before. 

One thing the Lord especially 
made clear to me was that Satan's side 
has already lost the battle and we are 
the victors! It's so wonderful to be on 
the Lord's side and to be used by Him 
to tell others the good news. 

Our week in Daytona is over, but 
serving the Lord is not. Each day can 
be a successful day for the Lord if we 
are willing to allow Him to work 
through us— our best ability is our 
availability!— /a/!e Cooper. Grace Col- 
lege Junior # 



faculty in this endeavor to at- 
tain accreditation as quickly as 
possible; 

(2)- that relations be maintained 
and strengthened with the North 
Central Association office, that 
we seek the appointment of a 
new North Central Association 
consultant, and that, when pos- 
sible, we take advantage of op- 
portunities for professional 
growth provided by the North 
Central Association, the Council 
for the Advancement of the 
Small Colleges, and other such 
organizations. 

The Advisory Committee con- 
curred with the College Faculty 
recommendation in an action stating 
that, "along with them (the Facul- 
ty), (we) reaffirm our original in- 
tent to pursue regional accreditation 
and our determination to push for 
it as quickly as possible." 

Pray that God will give wisdom 
and provide through His people the 
gifts necessary to achieve this goal. 



May 16, 1970 



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Commencement 
Program 



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nnounce 



d 



DR. GEORGE O. PEEK 

AND DR. CLARENCE E. MASON, Jr. 

WILL BE SPEAKERS FOR THE 

THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES 



Grace Theological Seminary and Grace College 

WINONA LAKE, INDIANA MAY 26-27, 1970 

EXERCISES HELD IN THE WINONA LAKE AUDITORIUM 




Cla 



Dr. 



E. 



Baccalaureate 
Speaker 



Dr. George O. Peek, pastor of the North 
Long Beach (CaUf.) Brethren Church for the 
past twenty-two years, will preach the 
baccalaureate sermon on Tuesday, May 26 at 
7:30 p.m. He was formerly pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Seal Beach for five 
years. 

Dr. Peek is a graduate of Biola College and 
Talbot Seminary and now serves as a member 
of their Board of Directors. 




Mason, Jr. 

Graduation 
Speaker 



Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr., Scofield Pro- 
fessor of Bible Exposition in Philadelphia Col- 
lege of Bible and dean from 1943-69, will 
bring the commencement address on Wednes- 
day, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. 

A graduate of both Wheaton College and 
Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Mason 
served twenty years as a pastor in Philadelphia 
and Atlantic City, spent six months in the 
Philippines and Japan as a teacher and educa- 
tional consultant, and served as a member of 
the revision committee for the New Scofield 
Reference Bible. 



RETHREN MISSI 



June 13. 1970 




More Brethren Missionaries 
to Scenic Puerto Rico 



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The Editor's Viewpoint 
Harvest Is Now in Argentina! 
Challenge: To Communicate 
Those Who Never Heard . . . 
The Road to Commitment . 
God's Call Was Clear . 
Foreign Missionary Directory 
Children's Page 
Church News 

Meet Your National Officers 
CaUing .... 
It Was His Birthday 
Ladies! We Need Your Help 
SMM Elite- 1 970 . 
The Creative Woman . 
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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer Laymen-Mr. Phil Landrum 



COVER PHOTO-this view from the 
top of a mountain overlooks a town 
somewhere near the center of the 
island of Puerto Rico. 

An appeal has been sent out from 
the FMS for a number of months for 
Spanish-speaking Brethren mission- 
aries for Puerto Rico. Included in the 
group of new missionaries headed for 
language school this fall are Mr. and 
Mrs. Ray Davis, candidates for Puerto 
Rico. See story on page 8. 




June 13, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 11 

Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Editor's Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



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nswer 



"Television to many is violence, ob- 
cenity, crime, sex and glorified 
Tiaterialism. . . ." This is indeed a true 
tatement. Last year this column 
i:reated in detail the sad state of affairs 
n TV programming for children, with 
Special emphasis on violence. Parents 
tvere urged to do their part in solving 
the problem. 

Now, here is the answer to the dif- 
ficulty—at least a partial solution. 
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Grand 
Rapids, Michigan, has announced 
through a recent brochure the sched- 
uling on national TV of an exciting 
program for children. Titled "The 
Treehouse Club," the thirty-minute 
program aims to reach 20 million chil- 
]dren who watch television for an 
iaverage of 5 hours each Saturday 
Imorning. Airing the program in this 
I prime-viewing time presents a golden 
I opportunity for evangelizing children. 
I It is sad to have to admit that much 
of the material offered to children and 
young people by the church today is 
dull and unattractive. However, it is en- 
couraging to learn that this program is 
imaginative, sparkling, and child- 
appealing. Realizing that television is 
an effective tool for evangelism, CEF 
has produced The Treehouse Club in 
full color to be released on select 
key stations across the nation. The 
aim is to make a strong spiritual 
appeal to this vast audience of chil- 



dren, most of whom are completely 
unreached by the Gospel. 

Here is a program that presents an 
opportunity for Christians across the 
nation to stand up and be counted in 
the fight against crime, violence, and 
an overexposure to sex on TV. It is an 
opportunity to join cooperative Chris- 
tian hands in a positive gospel- 
preaching ministry to evangelize the 
children. Child Evangelism Fellowship 
is well-known for its extensive witnes- 
sing ministry to children. There is no 
reason why we cannot as a nation of 
Christians back them in this massive, 
but very expensive missionary en- 
deavor. 

First of all, we should praise God 
for a positive program aimed at chang- 
ing the hearts and minds of the chil- 
dren who will be the adults of the 
coming generation. We should pray 
earnestly that God will bless the mes- 
sage as it goes out in an attractive and 
appealing format; pray that the Holy 
Spirit will work in the hearts of mil- 
lions of boys and girls in the coming 
months. It is impossible to fully know 
what can be accomphshed if Christians 
will join together in prayer. 

Another very important "assist" 
that we can give is to encourage CEF 
with cards and letters. They should be 
advised of blessings received and of de- 
cisions made for Christ. And, it is ex- 
tremely important that we write the 



TV stations expressing our appreci- 
ation for such a program, urging that it 
be kept on the air. This is much more 
important than most people reahze. 
We simply cannot overemphasize the 
importance of writing and expressing 
the fact that the program is being 
watched and that it is appreciated. 
Just to plan to do it is not enough; the 
letter must be written and sent on its 
way. This is one of the most effective 
avenues for doing something about 
television programming available to- 
day. 

Financial appeals are few and far 
between in this column. But it is so 
very important that Christians not 
only pray for the success of this pro- 
gram, but that they also support it. A 
very small amount from all Christian 
viewers would assure the financial suc- 
cess of this ministry. The children 
themselves could be encouraged to 
give of their funds to help out. What 
better use of a portion of their allow- 
ance; and what better training than to 
encourage them to give to such a 
worthy work of the Lord? This should 
not be looked upon as "outside" 
work, for it is a definite church-related 
ministry. Boys and girls won to Christ 
will be fed right back into the 
churches across the land. Here is a be- 
ginning for a massive breakthrough in 
the struggle for better TV program- 
ming for the children. Let's support it. 



June 13, 1970 



Harvest Is Now 



in Argentina! 



By Ricardo Rizzo 



(Note: Ricardo Rizzo is one of the 
very fine young men who are lay lead- 
ers of our Brethren churches in Argen- 
tina. He and his wife have remained 
faithful even in the face of very diffi- 
cult circumstances. Mr. Rizzo, who 
holds a responsible position as person- 
nel director for a pharmaceutical firm 
in Buenos Aires, has a strong desire for 
Bible teachers who will be able to 
ground the believers in the Word of 
God in the Don Bosco church. It was a 
great encouragement to me to meet 
Mr. and Mrs. Rizzo while in Argentina 
recently, and I am glad that you can 
now meet him through his article. 
-Raymond W. Thompson.) 



B, 



before reading this article, dear 
brother or sister, I wish that you 
would seek two things: a quiet place 
and the Book of books, the Word of 
God. 

Are you ready? Then turn to 
chapter 9 of the Gospel of Matthew, 
verses 35 to 38. This is a well-known 
passage, is it not? I reahze that you 
have listened to and meditated in this 
portion many times, but I believe that 
it is the desire of our Heavenly Father 
to repeat it to our hearts in this new 
opportunity. 

The Saviour visited the cities and 
towns, meeting a great need: that of 
preaching, teaching, and helping with 
His great power that generation which, 
hke ours, lacked peace, quietness, and 
love. How wonderful it must have 



been for those like you and me, who 
have believed in Him and love Him, to 
listen to the Saviour. 

His body was often tired. Enduring 
the dangers of those days, the indif- 
ference of the Pharisees and priests, 
and the disdain of the people. He did 
not consider them impediments which 
caused Him to discontinue visiting, 
preaching, teaching, and healing all the 
needy ones. 

His stay in the world was short, but 
His brief time here was sufficient to 
demonstrate to the world His great 
love, and, especially to us. His faithful- 
ness to the wOl of His Father. 

He taught for that time and for all 
time. His words remain and will never 
pass away, because they are the words 
of God. Among those words stands 
out that great need, since His ministry 
here was about to end and would be- 
come the ministry of His disciples and 
of us. Thus He said to His disciples: 
"The harvest truly is plenteous, but 
the labourers are few." How true were 
His words and how they find echo 



". . . we must pray 
sincerely and in 
faith for prepared 
workers approved by 
God for such a tasl<." 



among us today. The laborers, or 
workers, are insufficient to meet the 
great need. 

What is the principle reason for 
this? I believe perhaps we have not 
prayed so as to show our love for 
needy souls. Yes, our enemy has ob- 
scured the true vision that we should 
have in this respect, and our faith, in- 
stead of moving us to prayer, has been 
exchanged for complaints to our 
brethren for the lack of workers. For 
this reason I believe that we must 
meditate again on this passage, and de- 
cide to pray sincerely and in faith for 
prepared workers approved by God for 
such a great task. 

To conclude, what can I say as an 
Argentine, from its capital, Buenos 
Aires? Our churches in the interior of 
the country (province of Cordoba) 
cannot progress as they should for lack 
of pastors. Here in Buenos Aires the 
Lord could do marvelous things, but 
we lack brethren who can give all their 
time to the work. I want to make clear 
that a pastor is not the salvation of a 
church, but when a congregation con- 
sists largely of members who work all 
day, the need makes itself felt more 
intensely. 

Therefore, if among those who read 
this article there is a brother who has 
heard the call of God in his heart to be 
a missionary among us, be assured that 
God will honor and bless you 
abundantly, and that the church here 
in Argentina will receive you joyfully 
and collaborate in all things. # 



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here is indeed a great and effectual door opened 



challenge: 



TO COMMUNICATE 



By Rev. J. Keith Altig 




Rev. and Mrs. J. Keith Altig 

^bout thirty-six years ago my 
mfe and I, accompanied by another 
foung couple, pointed the radiator cap 
jf our old Pontiac "Landaux" out 
Ventura Boulevard heading into a 
future completely unknown. This 
initiated an evangelistic tour which 
|Was to continue for a year and a half 
and result in the salvation of many 
'souls. A few years later we again 
headed our automobile out into the 
unknown but this time with the 
destination of Grace Seminary at 
Winona Lake, Indiana. With only 
enough money to get us there and no 
promise of employment or income, we 
did what we thought the Lord would 
have us do. He never failed. 

Twenty-one years ago, accom- 
panied by our three children, we en- 
tered a large airplane, flew to New 
York, boarded a ship and headed out 
into the unknown again, destination 
Brazil, to open a new field of service 
and ministry for our Lord. 

Now a new and unexplored field of 



ministry is opening before us: the 
ministry of Deputation and Pubhc Re- 
lations Secretary with our Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society. We are as thrilled and 
excited about this new opportunity as 
we were about any of the others, feel- 
ing that there is indeed a great and ef- 
fectual door opened unto us. This 
ministry will be one principally of 
communication. 

There is much to be done in the 
field of communication, especially as 
it relates to foreign mission service. 
Some years ago a writer in a secular 
magazine stated that missionaries had 
a really soft job. If they had no success 
in their work they could always blame 
it on the devil or the Mohammedans. 
Our task, however, will be to let 
people know of conditions, oppor- 
tunities, victories, and defeats in the 
nine areas of activity which the Lord 
has given us. 

New pastors need information 
about the fields of service, the people 
who are working in them, and the 



needs and blessings to be found there- 
in. Many new members have come into 
our Fellowship in the past few years. 
They, too, need to know of the work 
in which they may have a share. One 
pastor told me, speaking of his con- 
gregation; "These people for the most 
part know nothing whatever of our 
foreign fields. They are new believers 
and new to The Brethren Church. Give 
them all you can of the history and 
activities of our foreign work." 

There are new churches which have 
had very little contact with our over- 
seas ministry and those who are work- 
ing there. Some churches have no com- 
mitments for the support of mission- 
aries while many missionaries are lack- 
ing in their total support. In many of 
our churches and on many campuses 
are young people earnestly seeking the 
leading of the Lord as to their fields of 
lifetime service. We must get infor- 
mation to them, praying that the Lord 
will raise up laborers to enter His 
harvest fields. 

Cooperation and coordination with 
the other boards and agencies of our 
total denominational thrust is also a 
vast field in which to enter. We must 
maintain and even improve the inte- 
gration of the interests of the foreign 
fields with the interests and activities 
of all the other ministries of our work. 
There are no superfluous or unneces- 
sary boards or agencies in the de- 
nominational scene. All are performing 
some vital task, and as we work co- 
operatively the task is better done and 
our Lord more greatly glorified. 

So before us lies once again a vast, 
uncharted sea of opportunity. Pray for 
this new office and for the one whom 
God has called to serve Him in this 
capacity. 

Rev. J. Keith Altig, who "pioneered" the 
Brethren mission field of Brazil, will begin 
his new work with the Foreign Missionary 
Society about Sept. 1 of this year. # 



June 13, 1970 




I raditionally the missionary 
thrust of the church has been postu- 
lated on the truth that our Lord's 
commission to "Go ye into all the 
world, and preach the gospel to every 
creature" was imperative in the sense 
of the following verse: "He that be- 
lieveth and is baptized shall be saved; 
but he that believeth not shall be 
damned." Whatever the mood may be 
today in the ever-growing ecumenical 
movement on this subject, this word 
from the lips of Jesus, supported in 
the whole tenor of the Word of God, 
remains valid. The Gospel is to be 
preached because men are lost— the 
men of the whole world are lost, and 



will be forever excluded from God's 
heaven unless they are saved through 
the gospel message of God's love ex- 
pressed through His crucified Son. 

The practical implications of the 
question expressed in the title above 
lies in the personal response believers 
make to those two basic alternatives. 
The answer to man's eternal state is 
not found in the philosophies of men, 
much of it expressed in "comparative 
religions." Such an attempt would give 

Dr. W. A. Ogden is president of the FMS 
board of trustees and has been a member of 
the board since 1945. He resides in Akron, 
Ohio, and is dean of the Akron Bible In- 
stitute. 



By Dr. W. A. Ogden 

us too many answers— all wrong. To a* 
some that all men are destined to be 
saved because they adhere to a certain 
pliilosophy or religious creed would be 
to take God entirely off His throne 
and make Him an errand boy, standing 
at the gate of His own heaven taking 
tickets forged in the counsels of each 
man's personal opinion with God 
having no say at all. Man may consider 
himself sovereign in his own rights, but 
his sovereignty can never invade the 
rights of God to say on what terms He I 
will save men. 

The universality of sin is the con- 
sistent testimony of Scripture. In 
Romans 1 1 :32, for example, it is 
stated that "God hath concluded them 
all in unbelief, that he might have 
mercy upon all." The "all" in this pas- 
sage means all Jews and all Gentiles, 
that is, the entire human race. Every 
person is on the same ground in his 
natural state. Jesus declared (Johni 
3:18) that "he that believeth not is 
condemned already, because he hath 
not believed in the name of the only 
begotten Son of God." It is equally 
true that men are all equal in God's 
plan of salvation, for He has deter- 
mined to "show mercy upon aU." The 
first ten verses of Romans 1 1 tell us 
that faith was the determining factor 
in Israel's salvation. The next section 
of this chapter informs us that the 
same thing is true of the Gentiles, as 
follows : 

Paul was himself saved when by 
faith he crowned Jesus Christ Lord 
and Saviour. Although he was "the 
chief of sinners," Christ received him 
and fully forgave him (Col. 2:13). 
Thus, a Jew— any Jew-would be saved 
on the same basis. As to the Gentiles, 
Romans 11:11 teaches us that the 
Gentiles were inducted into salvation. 
This requires that they were first not 
saved, but through the favor of God 
were saved. See also Ephesians 2:12, 
when the Gentiles were "aliens from 
the commonwealth of Israel, and 
strangers from the covenants of 
promise, having no hope, and without 
(Continued on page 9j 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



H< 



ow does one decide to become 
a missionary? For a few, I know, it is a 
relatively simple matter. One dedicates 
his life to Christ at an early age. He 
somehow knows that God is definitely 
leading him into some area of Chris- 
tian work, and is quite sure that the 
area is foreign missionary service. But 
it did not happen that way for me. I 
did dedicate my life to God's service at 
an early age but with no specific goal 
in mind. I had interests and goals for 
my life, and while I really wanted to 
serve the Lord I felt I could fit His 
plans with mine easily enough. I had 
no dreams and saw no signs painted 
across the sky revealing God's will for 
me, nor did some dedicated Christian 
seize my arm and in a dramatic gesture 
tell me that he knew I ought to plan to 
become a missionary. Just how, then, 
did it come about? 

I have always had an intense in- 
terest in music. In the second grade I 
cried for a week until my parents 
agreed that I could take piano lessons. 
I Uked to practice-^and after some 
years I began frequently to perform as 
a soloist for clubs, schools, and 
churches. I gave a recital by myself 
when I was in the fourth grade. 
Teachers and adult friends encouraged 
me to pursue a career in music. The 
glamour of becoming a concert artist 
was appealing; of course, I could al- 
ways witness for Christ on the side! I 
truly did want to follow His will for 
my life, but I sincerely hoped that my 
plans for myself were also His plans 
for me. Well, they were not— at least 
not at this point. And how could they 
be— for no plans or goals for a Chris- 
tian are in accordance with God's will 
unless Christ is truly in the center of 
them, unless He is Lord. And this fact 
I had to learn. 

The road to full commitment was 
for me a very difficult one to travel. I 



resisted allowing God to have my hfe 
on His terms. I loved the luxuries and 
pleasures of the world-not the 
wicked, debased things, but elegant, 
gracious living appealed to me -and it 
was these materiahstic goals which 
directed my course in life more than 
love of God. So the Lord had to let me 
"fall on my face," so to speak, before 
I was ready to accept His best for me. 
I especially remember one time in a 
church service when I was listening to 
the testimony of a minister whom I 
respected very much. He told how he 
finally had to ask himself the question, 
"What is it that I really want in life: is 
it money, is it pleasure, is it fame?" 




And after much soul-searching he de- 
cided that what he wanted more than 
anything else was to appear one day 
before his Lord in heaven and hear 
Him say, "Well done." 

Through this incident God spoke to 
me. I had to be honest with myself. 
True, my plans to date had been re- 
spectable enough: I was not out to dis- 
grace God or my parents, or anyone 
else for that matter; I was not out to 
"live it up" in the "worldly" (and how 
often we misunderstand this word) 
sense of breaking God's law. I felt that 
the pleasures I was seeking were of the 
"decent" variety. But I was breaking 
God's law: I was loving things, things 
that I did not even have— but coveted 
to possess— more than God. Yes, I was 
interested in money, pleasure, and 



fame. I had to ask God to help me to 
change my affections— to give me such 
a desire to hear His "well done" that 
all these other things would not mat- 
ter. It was not easy and without a 
struggle, but there came the time at a 
missionary conference when I said to 
the Lord, "yes," I would definitely be 
willing to serve Him on a foreign field 
if this was where He wanted me. 

If one tells the Lord something— 
and really means it— it is not long until 
He both opens and closes doors to 
show which step ouglit to be taken 
next. I had thought that a year of 
public schoolteaching would be a use- 
ful experience, but the Lord in a very 
precise fashion worked circumstances 
to prevent my following this path. It 
was a little while later that I decided 
to enter Grace Seminary in definite 
preparation to become a foreign mis- 
sionary. 

Five years have passed since I en- 
tered Grace Seminary. I have gradu- 
ated and the Lord has given me a won- 
derul year of practial experience 
working with the young people of the 
Grace Brethren Church at Covington, 
Virginia. What a challenge it is to try 
to help young people realize the all- 
sufficiency of Christ. But, praise God 
that His Word can meet the needs of 
men regardless of their age or station 
in life. 

I am looking forward now to 
sharing directly in the work of the 
Brethren mission to the Central 
African Republic. Share with me, 
won't you— especially through your 
prayers— that I will always be faithful 
to Him in this His work to which He 
has called me. I am claiming this 
promise: "And God is able to make all 
grace abound toward you; that ye, al- 
ways having all sufficiency in all 
things, may abound to every good 
work" (II Cor. 9:8). » 



/ had to ask God to help me change my affections. 



The Road to Commitment 



By Bruce Paden 

Candidate for Africa 



June 13, 1970 



1 


One day she gave him a tract- 
he laughed and tossed it away 

God's Call 
Was Clear 

Ray Davis tells of God's leading 
to the mission field . . . 



"I 



rm sorry, young man. You will 
have to go back to your ship, pack 
your clothes, and come back here for a 
few tests." 

The speaker? A physician. The 
listener? A young crewman of the 
British freighter Scottish Star. The 
place? The British Hospital in Buenos 
Aires, Argentina. 

No one likes to be in a hospital- 
least of all, four thousand miles from 
home; but for Ray Davis there were 
added misgivings. Hospitalization 
meant missing his ship; missing his ship 
meant delay in getting back home to 
Birmingham, England; this meant he 
would miss the plane! What plane? 
Why, the plane which was to take him 
and a friend to Canada to start a new 
life. 

A few months prior to aU this, Ray 
and a close friend had decided to im- 
migrate to Canada. They completed all 
of the necessary papers and booked 
tickets on a plane. It was then that 
they decided it would be wise to delay 
departure and save a little more 
money. Ray, who was in the Merchant 
Marine, returned to London and 
signed as steward on the Scottish Star. 
This particular boat was headed for 
South America, including a short stop 



in Buenos Aires. The total voyage 
would take only nine weeks, which 
was just great. Back in plenty of time 
to board that plane! 

For four years Ray had sailed 
around the world fulfilling a boyhood 
dream of seeing new and different 
places. In all of those years he had not 
seen a day of sickness. However, on 
this his final voyage he became ill. 
Thus he found himself in a hospital in 
Buenos Aires. 

The capital city of Argentina is in- 
deed a beautiful city. It is home for 
many parks, plazas, and gardens; home 
to the world's largest and the world's 
widest streets; home to the tallest 
building in South America. It is also 
the home of some Brethren churches. 

The Brethren Church has been in 
Argentina since 1909. Much of its 
activity had been centered in the 
province of Cordoba, but in 1952 Rev. 
Solon Hoyt began to work in Don 
Bosco, a suburb of Buenos Aires. 
Shortly afterward Rev. Hill Macon- 
aghy began to work in Jose Marmol, 
another suburb. 

One of the families contacted by 
the Brethren in Cordoba was the Bet- 
tinalios. This entire family came to 
know Christ, with four of the children 




attending and graduating from the 
Brethren Bible Institute. The oldest 
daughter, Hebe (Ay-Bee), after work- 
ing as a national missionary for one 
year felt the Lord call her to be a mis- 
sionary nurse. With this in mind she 
went to Buenos Aires and enrolled as a 
student nurse in the British Hospital. 
The training period offered many op- 
portunities for witness to nurses, doc- 
tors, and patients alike. Life and death 
confronts the medical profession daily 
and often the regularity of tliis leads 
to indifference. To Hebe and other 
Christian nurses this was a time of trial 
and of spiritual growth. Life and death 
are not taken lightly, and vWtnessing 
was part of their daily lives. Bible 
study groups met each week with 
prayer time following. One day Hebe 
suggested they pray for "Two Meters," 
the tall English seaman. 

Ray's stay in the hospital lasted five 
weeks. His favorite nurse was the one 
called "Nurse Betti." One day she gave 
him a tract; he laughed and tossed it 
away. The day he was dismissed she 
agreed to go out with him and to his 
surprise they ended up in church! It 
was the Jose Marmol church, where 
for the first time Ray heard of the 
need to be born again, the sinful con- 



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lition of man, and the real reason why 
Christ died on the cross. When he 
ailed for home a few days later he 
cnew he would have to come back. He 
leeded to settle this "new birth thing" 
ind he also wanted to see Nurse Betti. 
n subsequent voyages he accepted 
Christ and Hebe accepted his proposal 
)f marriage. 

From the outset they knew God 
ranted them as missionaries. Hebe had 
;ompleted her education, but what 
ibout Ray? His Spanish was not good 
;nough for attendance at the Brethren 
Bible Institute. Grace Schools were 
suggested but the very thought of 
:oming to the United States seemed 
ridiculous; however, this was where 
God indicated they should go. Jere- 
miah 33:3 was the promise they 
claimed and God proved himself 
faithful. 

The first step was to get married. 
Rev. Jack Churchill helped take care 
of this in Almafuerte on October 29, 
1958. A few days later Ray sailed for 
England. (Through all of this, Hebe 
[had been working as an R.N. in 
Buenos Aires while Ray had been sail- 
ling back and forth between England 
and Argentina.) It would take many 
pages to relate how God "cut red 
tape" to make all of this come about. 
Often they were tempted to quit, but 
God's call was clear and His promises 
were true, so trusting Him they 



pressed on. 

From Canada they planned to im- 
migrate to the U.S. Again the details 
appeared insurmountable but Jeremiah 
33:3 was claimed daily, and fifteen 
months later they arrived in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. It was June 1960. 

College was the next hurdle, and 
then seminary. Hebe was able to do 
some nursing and Ray seemed to 



While in seminary they had a 
couple of summer pastorates, served as 
youth directors, and did considerable 
pulpit supply work. Since graduation 
Ray has been teaching speech at Grace 
College plus continuing the pulpit sup- 
ply ministry. 

Now the Davises are anxious to do 
what God called them to do— go to the 
mission field. The first step in this is 



*'. . . he knew he would have 
to come back. He needed 
to settle this 'new birth thing' 
and he also wanted to see 
Nurse Betti.'' 



spend much of his time working in one 
of the local supermarkets. God blessed 
them vnth two sons, Kenny in 1961 
and Marky in 1965. 

May 28, 1969, was a great day for 
the Davises. This marked graduation 
from seminary. God had called, sup- 
plied, and blessed. What had appeared 
impossible, God had made possible 
through His grace. 



language school (Ray never did find 
time to learn Spanish). This fall they 
will be at the Spanish Language 
School, Guadalajara, Mexico. And 
then, the final step— Puerto Rico! 

# 
(FMS editor's note: It is suggested that 
readers refer also to the article, "Things 
Great and Hidden," on page 6 of the Mis- 
sionary Herald for Nov. 1, 1969, which is 
the testimony of Mrs. Davis.) 



THOSE WHO NEVER HEARD . . . 

(Continued from page 6j 

God in the world." This terrible con- 
dition is the lot today, as always, of all 
who "are without Christ." Whatever 
else they may have, they do not have 
salvation. They are lost, lost in 
America and to the ends of the world. 
Let us now consider what is per- 
haps the greatest missionary and evan- 
gelistic challenge in the whole Bible- 
Romans 10:13-15. After declaring 
God's means of salvation, the unquaH- 
fied statement is made that "whoso- 
ever shall call upon the name of the 
Lord shall be saved." The lines that 
foOow are of universal application. 
They affirm without a doubt that all 
men are lost who have not heard the 
Gospel. Martin Luther makes the 
meaning here very clear. Four ques- 
tions are asked which must have a 
negative answer: (1) How shall they 
call on Him in whom they have not 



beheved? (2) How shall they believe 
on Him of whom they have not heard? 
(3) How shall they hear without a 
preacher? (4) How shall they preach 
except they be sent? 

Mr. Luther says: "These four state- 
ments follow one another in such a 
way that one leads to the other, but so 
that the last forms the foundation on 
which the others rest. Thus: (1) It is 
impossible that those preach who are 
not sent. (2) It is impossible that those 
hear who are without a preacher. (3) It 
is impossible that they believe who do 
not hear. (4) It is impossible that they 
call upon Him whom they do not be- 
heve. To these must be added a last 
one, namely: (5) It is impossible that 
they who do not call upon the name 
of the Lord shall be saved." 

This would be an awful place to 
drop a period and then think of the 
millions who have never heard and 
therefore have never called; and of the 
other millions who have heard but 



have not called. Their plight is de- 
scribed in the Ephesians passage (2:12) 
cited earlier— "having no hope, and 
without God in the [this] world," 
and, of course, in the world to come. 
"In this state were the gentile 
natioiis before the Gospel reached 
them ... the Gospel was not to be im- 
mediately declared by the voice from 
heaven, or by the Holy Ghost speaking 
without a medium of communication 
or by angels sent from heaven; it was 
to be carried over the world by men. 
How, then, according to this divine 
constitution could the nations of the 
earth hear the Gospel without a 
preacher? Paul's doctrine is that the 
Gospel must be communicated to the 
minds of men through the external in- 
strumentality of the Word, as well as 
by the internal agency of the Spirit. 
Men are not only saved through Christ, 
but they are saved through the knowl- 
edge of Christ, communicated through 
the Gospel" (Haldane). # 



June 13, 1970 



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FOREIGN MISSIONARY DIRECTORY 



(Note: It is suggested that you detach this page and cHp it in your 
Brethren Annual between pages 34 and 35. Or, if you do not desire 
to mutilate the magazine, keep this Missionary Herald with your 
Annual.) 

AFRICA 

Aellig, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African 

Republic. 
Balzer, Mr. and Mrs. Albert W., B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African 

Republic. 
Beaver, Rev. and Mrs. S. Wayne, B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African 

Republic. 
Carey, Rev. and Mrs. G. Arthur, B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, 

Central African RepubUc. 
Cochran, Miss Rosella, B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central 

African RepubUc. 
Cone, Rev. and Mrs. George E., B.P. 10, Bossangoa via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Cripe, Miss Mary, Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central 

African RepubUc. 
Dunning, Rev. and Mrs. Harold L., B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Geiser. Mr. Jorg, Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central 

African Republic. 
Habegger, Miss Mary Ann, Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Hocking, Rev. and Mrs. Donald G., Mission EvangeUque, Yaloke 

via Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Hull, Miss Margaret, Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central 

African Republic. 
Jones, Miss Gail, Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central 

African Republic. 
Juday, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H., B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Kliever, Rev. and Mrs. J. P., B.P. 13, Baibokoum, Chad, Africa. 
McDairmant, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J., Mission Evangelique, 

Bossembele via Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Mensinger, Rev. and Mrs. Edward B., Mission Evangelique, Yaloke 

via Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Donald F., B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Miller, Miss Lois, Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central 

African RepubUc. 
Peters, Mr. and Mrs. F. George, B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central 

African RepubUc. 
Ringler, Miss Lois, B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African 

RepubUc. 
Scheidegger, Mr. and Mrs. Hans, Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via 

Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Shargel, Mr. and Mrs. David W., B.P. 10, Bossangoa via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Snyder, Rev. and Mrs. Roy B., B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African 

RepubUc. 
Snyder, Miss Ruth, B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African 

Republic. 
Steudler, Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Louis, Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via 

Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Taber, Dr. and Mrs. Floyd W., Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, 

Central African RepubUc. 
Tschetter, Miss Evelyn, Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Walker, Dr. and Mrs. Wm. L., Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 
Waridel, Mr. and Mrs. Pierre- Andre, Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via 

Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Williams, Rev. and Mrs. Robert S., B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, 

Central African Republic. 

ARGENTINA 

Abel, Miss Bertha, Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N. G.B.M., Prov. 

Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 
Cover, Rev. and Mrs. Robert J., Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Alma- 

fuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov, Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 
Fay, Rev. and Mrs. E. Nelson, Corrierrtes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., 

Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 
Maconaghy, Rev. and Mrs. Hill, Quintana 353, Adrogue, F.C.G.R., 

Bs. As., Argentina, S.A. 
Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Clark W., Echeverria 96, Jose Marmol F.C.G.R., 

Pcia. de Bs. As., Argentina, S.A. 



BRAZIL 



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Bearinger, Rev. and Mrs. Ernest H., Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Para, 

Brazil. 
Burk, Rev. and Mrs. Bill A., Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 
Earner, Rev. and Mrs. Timothy H., Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, 

Brazil. 
Hodgdon, Rev. and Mrs. Earle C, Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, 

Brazil. 
Hulse, Miss Barbara, Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 
Johnson, Rev. and Mrs. George A., Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, 

Brazil. 
Park, Miss Kwang Ja, Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 
Schwartz, Rev. and Mrs. Ralph R., Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, 

Brazil. 

EUROPE 

Hammers, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L., Chateau de St. Albain, 71- 

Lugny, France. 
Julien, Rev. and Mrs. Thomas T., Chateau de St. Albain, 71 - 

Lugny, France. 
Mensinger, Miss Carol, Chateau de St. Albain, 71 -Lugny, 

France. 
Peugh, Rev. and Mrs. Roger D., 776 RadolfzeU, Strandbadstr. 86, 

Germany. 
Renick, Rev. and Mrs. James R., 10 rue Chailly-Gueret, 71-^Macon, 

France. 

HAWAII 

Leech, Rev. and Mrs. Edmund M., 98-404 Ponohale St., Aiea, 

Hawaii 96701. 
Tresise, Rev. and Mrs. Foster R., 95-303 Waioni St., Wahiawa, 

Hawan 96786. 

MEXICO 

Churchill, Rev. and Mrs. Jack B., 2758 Caulfield Dr., Imperial 

Beach, CaUf. 92032. 
Dowdy, Rev. and Mrs. James P., 5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 

79924. 
Guerena, Rev. and Mrs. PhiUip, Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D.F., 

Mexico. 
Haag, Rev. and Mrs. Walter E., 425 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, 

Calif. 92073. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Altig, Rev. and Mrs. J. Keith, 7621 S. Duchess Ave., Whittier, Calif. 

90606. 
Austin, Rev. and Mrs. Gordon L., 915 Harding St., Long Beach, 

Calif. 90805. 
Bickel, Miss Florence, 105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Byron, Miss Grace, 105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Emmert, Miss Mary, Riverview Manor, Room 306, 701 Riverview 

Dr., Des Moines, Iowa 50316. 
Foster, Mrs. Rose, 105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Garber, Rev. and Mrs. Martin M., 209 Rowland Ave., Modesto, 

Calif. 95351. 
Goodman, Rev. and Mrs. Marvin L., Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. 
Hoyt, Rev. and Mrs. Solon W., Route 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580. 
Jobson, Rev. and Mrs. OrviUe D., Box 420, Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. 
Johnson, Rev. and Mrs. Edwin D., 5849 Barbanell, Long Beach, 

CaUf. 90815. 
Kennedy, Mrs. Minnie, Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Kent, Miss Ruth, c/o Mrs. Loman Doty, Wakarusa, Ind. 46573. 
Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Eddie D., Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Mishler, Miss Marie, 2592 Edgebrook Ave., Akron, Ohio 44312. 
Nielsen, Miss Johanna, 1819 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CaUf. 90806. 
Robbins, Dr. and Mrs. Austin, Box 417, Tuckahoe, N. J. 08250. 
Schrock, Rev. and Mrs. Lynn D., 1311 Sunday Lane, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590. 
Sheldon, Rev. and Mrs. C. B., 510 Rose Ave., Long Beach, CaUf. 

90812. 
Sickel, Mrs. Loree, 1214 E. 59th St., Long Beach, Calif. 90805. 
Thurston, Miss Marian, Route 1, Garwin, Iowa 50632. 
Tyson, Miss Elizabeth, 105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Voorhees, Mr. and Mrs. W. Duey, c/o Glenn E. Dargatz, 3747 

Linden Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90807. 
Wallace, Rev. and Mrs. George K., 5 Imperial Trailer Court, Route 

LCoatesviUe, Pa. 19320. 



TIHIi CIHIDLDI^iNI'S PACI 



SAN YSIDRO MHC 




This picture shows the Missionary Helpers 
Club of the Grace Brethren Church at San 
Ysidro, California. This is a new church and 
so, of course, a new MHC. And guess who the 
leader is? Why, Aunt Alys herself! 

Wouldn't you like to belong to this MHC? 

Front row, left to right: Cynthia Peacock, 
Dawn Stroup, Isabel Velasquez, Carl Nichol, 
Douglas Edmiston, Waldo Olivas; second row: 
David Stroup, Sharon Churchill, Xochitl 
Quintero, David Churchill, Karen Smith; third 
row: Martina Quintero, Oscar Escobedo. 



The Missionary Helpers Club programs for this past 
year have been about Argentina; also, the MHC theme for 
national conference is Argentina— "Growing for God in 
Argentina." So, it seemed like a good idea to have a 
picture of Argentina for the coloring contest this year. 
Each boy and girl who receives the MHC letters in the 
mail got a copy of this picture with the May-June letter. 
Any pictures to be entered in the contest must be mailed 
to Aunt Alys by July 15. 

If for some reason you did not receive your letter, 
write quickly to MHC, Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590, and ask for another. Contest winners will be an- 
nounced at the MHC rally in Long Beach, CaUfornia, in 
August. 



1970 
OOLORING 

CDNTEST 




HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 




AND THIS PAPER 
HAS ALL OF THE 
QUESTIONS WE'LL 
NEED TO KNOW 
FOR THE 
QUIZ AT 
NATIONAL 
CONFER- 
ENCE-y 



I'VE REALLY LEARNED 
A LOT ABOUT THE 
MISSION FIELP IN 
ARGEMTINA THIS YEAR 




ME, TOO — 
HOPE I 
CAN RE- 
MEMBER. 
ALL THE 
ANSWERS.' 



June 13, 1970 



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Come to California for . . . " - ~ ^< i 

NFBC 81st ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFEREE 

Long Beach, Colifornia 
August 7-14, 1970 Long Beach Arena 



LODGING RESERVATION FORM-- 

Phone 



Name 

Address 

(Street) (City) 

When will you need your first night's lodging in Long Beach? 

Will you have your own transportation? Yes 

When do you plan to leave California? 



(State) 



(Zip) 



No 



(Date) 



How many in your family will need lodging? 
names and ages? 



(Date) 
If there are children, what are their 



Please check your preference as to lodging: 

Stay in private home if available (free) 

Motel or Hotel (See listing— make your own reservations) 

(Note: Motels in the area will be furnished with bus transportation to and from the conference 
meetings) 

For additional information contact: Mr. Glenn Harmonson, First Brethren Church, 3601 Linden 
Avenue, Long Beach, California 90807 (213) 424-0788 



A dramatic sk if ■ 
California. Or|)P 
foreground. 



THEME: ||i 
SPECl 



He*' 



Housing <>' 
Planned Chilf* 



For furf- 



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outline the oceanfront of Long Beach, 
lidscaped oil islands is pictured in the 



A CHANGING WORLD" 
RICHARD DE HAAN 

ri Church of Long Beach 
rocking — Pastor 
id 

' ch Brethren Church 
ek — Pastor 

'ransportation Shuttle Service 
inged Tours and Special Activities 

to: Mr. Glenn Harmonson, 
, 3601 Linden Avenue, 
ilifornia 90807 



Long Beach Area 
Hotel and Motel List 



HOLIDAY INN 

2640 Lakewood Blvd., 

Long Beach 
Phone: (213) 597-4401 
$13.65 for 1 person 
$18.90 for 2 persons 
$22.00 for 4 persons 



CIRCLE INN 

4430 E. Pacific Coast 
Hwy., Long Beach 

Phone: (213) 597-4714 

$10.00 for 2 persons- 
starting prices 

$14.00 for 4 persons- 
starting prices 



ROCHELLE'S 

3333 Lakewood Blvd., 

Long Beach 
Phone: (213) 421-8215 
$9.00-$11.00for2 

persons (regular bed) 
$15.00 for 2 persons 

(two regular beds) 
$19.00 for 4 persons 

(two regular beds) 
$2.00 for each additional person 
$2.00 additional for kitchenette 
(These are commercial rates and could 

give 35-50 rooms at that time in 
August) 



CITY CENTER 

255 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 
Phone: (213) 435-2483 
$22.00 for 4 persons 
(No singles available this time of year) 



CLOUD MOTEL 

5227 Lakewood Blvd., 

Lakewood 
Phone: (213) 634-0510 
$ 8.50 for single 




$10.00 for two (one bed) 

$1 1 .00 for two (twin beds) 

$12.00 for two (double beds) 

$13.50 for three 

$15.00 for four 

$65.00 for weekly rate, sleeps 2 
(rollaway $2.00 additional) 

(Refrigerator and coffee maker in- 
cluded in. each room plus hot 
plate if requested— large and could 
accommodate quite a few) 



TRAVELODGE 

2900 E. Pacific Coast 
Hwy., Long Beach 
Phone: (213)439-0213 
$12.50 for 2 persons 
$18.00 for 4 persons 



IMPERIAL 400 

848 E. Pacific Coast 

Hwy., Long Beach 
Phone: (213) 591-7624 
$10.00-$12.00for 1 person 
$12.00-$14.00 for 2 persons 
$18.00-$20.00 for 4 persons 
(Weekly rate 10% discount) 



INTERNATIONAL INN 

2595 Long Beach Blvd., 

Long Beach 
Phone: (213)426-7611 
$14.00 for 2 persons 
$18.00 for 4 persons 



QUEEN CITY 

3555 E. Pacific Coast 
Hwy., Long Beach 
Phone: (213) 597-4455 
$16.00 for 2 persons 
$19.00 for 3 persons 
$22.00 for 4 persons 

(These prices do not include tax) 




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NOTICE. Pages 12 and 13 of 
this issue of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald contain infor- 
mation regarding national con- 
ference and housing arrange- 
ments. Be sure to check these 
pages! Also, there are ITmited 
facilities for campers in the Long 
Beach area. Those desiring infor- 
mation should write to Mr. 
Glenn Harmonson, First Breth- 
ren Church, 3601 Linden Ave., 
Long Beach, Calif. 90807. 



DAYTON, OHIO. Mr. Dale Kurtz, 
director of the Dayton YFC, began his 
ministry as youth director for the Pat- 
terson Park Brethren Church Apr. 29. 
Jolin R. Terrell, pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Gary Wool- 
man, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wool- 
man, was chosen as Courtesy King of 
Warsaw Freshman High School from 
among 300 boys in the class at festivi- 
ties held May 9. He was selected for 
the honor by vote of the faculty, stu- 
dent council, and student body. Mr. 
Woolman is athletic director at Grace 
College, and Mrs. Woolman is an office 
secretary at the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. 

NEW HOLLAND, PA. Rev. Richard 
D. McCarthy has resigned as pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church. He will as- 
sume the pastorate of the Altoona, 
Pa., Grace Brethren Church sometime 
in June. 

TROY, OHIO. Twelve Dayton-area 
Brethren churches bowed to Troy in a 
Sunday-school contest during April. 
An average attendance of 90 yielded 
an 87 percent increase over a year ago. 
On Apr. 19, attendance topped 100 
for the first time since 1967. The Sun- 
day school gained 12 new members 
during the contest. The new goal is to 
reach 125 by August. Mike Volovski, 
pastor. 

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HARRAH, WASH. Rev. Charles H. 
Winter has announced the acceptance 
of the call to the staff of Missionary 
Tapes, Inc., of Pasadena, Cahf. He will 
conclude his ministry in Harrah in 
June. The church has purchased the 
property immediate to the east of the 
church building. The double lot has a 
five-room house which will be re- 
modeled and occupied by the beginner 
department of the Sunday school. The 
west Sunday-school annex will house 
the primary department. Charles H. 
Winter, pastor. 

DEFIANCE, OHIO. Rev. Maynard 
Tittle has resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church effective July 
15. He has accepted a call to become 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Gallon, Ohio. 

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CALIF. A 

recent survey of over 6,000 homes 
provided several good prospects for at- 
tendance at the Hillside Brethren 
Church. The census was sponsored by 
the American Bible Society and eight 
churches in the area. Youth pastor 
Leon Davis and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Neff 
of the Whittier Community Brethren 
Church brought seven from their 
youth group to help Hillside make 
over 300 visits. Harold Painter, pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. The slogans on 
the lighted church sign have drawn 
many various responses from the sur- 
rounding community. To commemo- 
rate Law Day, May 1, the following 
slogan appeared on the sign: "Obedi- 
ence to Law Is a Christian Obligation- 
Romans 1 ." The following Sunday, the 
letters from the sign were found on 
the ground with a signed note accusing 
the church of supporting a war that 
was against the will of God and the 
teachings of Christ. The note was 
signed by one who claimed member- 
ship in an area draft-resisting element 
of a religious sect. Donald Shoemaker, 
associate pastor. 



FINDLAY, OHIO. A profitable 
week of meetings was held with Rev. 
Mason Cooper as speaker Apr. 12-19. 
Pastor Glenn R. Coats reports: "There 
were many victories. We're not the 
same." There were approximately 30 
decisions, several to receive Christ. The 
average attendance was 96 with a 
weekday-high of 140 on Tuesday. Be- 
sides the evening services, five special 
morning classes were held. On Apr. 19 
six people were baptized. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Two former 
pastors were the featured speakers at 
the 15th anniversary homecoming serv- 
ice at the Riverside Brethren Church 
May 3. Rev. Ralph Hall, the first 
pastor, and Rev. Bruce Baker, his 
successor, were the worship-service 
speakers for the day which included a 
variety of activities. H. Don Rough, 
pastor. 

TOPPENISH, WASH. Using the 
scripture text of Prov. 31:28, "Her 
children arise up, and call her blessed," 
Rev. Sam Homey presented every 
mother in the congregation on Mother's 
Day a wooden paddle with the inscrip- i 
tion "He that spareth his rod hateth 
his son; but he that loveth him 
chasteneth him early." The pastor 
commented, "The time has come to 
leave the Dr. Spock philosophy of 
child raising and return to the Bibhcal 
principles." The Mother's Day congre- 
gation was enthusiastic, except for 
the chidren. 

JENNERS, PA. Rev. and Mrs. • 
James F. Hoffmeyer annouce the ar- 
rival of Dean Austin Hoffmeyer who 
was born Nov. 14, 1969, and recently ' 
adopted into the Hoffmeyer home, i 
The congregation has extended a five- ! 
year call to Pastor Hoffmeyer with a j 
generous increase in salary. j 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP). In their \ 
22nd annual convention here, 1 19 | 
members of the Evangelical Press Asso- 
ciation heard judges name CBMC Con- 
tact as "Periodical of the Year" among 
74 contest entries. Forty-eight other 
magazines were cited for journahstic 
and graphic excellence in a two-phased 
judging schedule. CBMC Contact is 
the official organ of the Christian 
Businessmen's Committee Internation- 
al published in Glen Ellyn, 111. Phil 1 
Landrum is editor. 

Brethren Missionary Herald I 



HOLLINS, VA. At a recent meeting 
f the Southeast District Mission 
Dard, Rev. Ron Thompson and Rev. 
3Ster Kennedy were selected to in- 
L'Stigae the Staunton, Va., area as a 
irget for a Bible class and church. If 
liy Brethren know of possible con- 
cts in the area, contact Rev. Ron 
ihompson, 3331 Ellsworth St., N.E., 
oanoke, Va. 24012. Tel. 

3-362-4705. 

MINERVA, OHIO. "Tithe Sunday" 
as a day of blessing as $412 was re- 
jived from the 36 people present for 
^e morning worship service. A unani- 
mous call was extended to the pastor 
begin his fourth year of ministry, 
[ennis Beach, pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA. Miss Gladine 
upp of the First Brethren Church 
nished fifth among 800 in the 
ational Academic Games held in New 
rleans. La. Other contestants from 
le church were Connie MiUer, David 
oy, Rodger Toy, and Bill Cousins. 
[oily Bennett and David Toy recently 
'on berths on the quiz team repre- 
mting East District at national con- 
ference. Rev. T. B. Weimer, former 
•aptist missionary to Africa, was guest 
eaker for the morning worship serv- 
e Apr. 26. He and his wife labored 
ith many of the Brethren mission- 
ies in the past. W. Wayne Baker, 
astor. 

RIALTO, CALIF. Rev. Thomas D. 
'icClellan, formerly of Seal Beach, be- 
;an his duties as pastor of the Rialto 
irethren Church in April. Please 
ihange his address in your Annual to 
i)209 Fillmore Ave., Rialto, CaUf. 
^2376. Phone 714-874-2012. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The 17th annual 
onference of the Southern Ohio Dis- 
rict was held at the North Riverdale 
irethren Church May 3-6. The theme 
[Labourers Together" emphasized the 

i ational boards of the NFBC, each 
aving representatives to speak. The 
ick-off rally featured Rev. Richard 
^.lessner, director of development for 
irace Schools, as speaker. The Com- 
nunity Grace Brethren Church of 
Vest Milton was received into the dis- 
rict. The 1971 conference will be held 
it Calvary Brethren Church, Kettering, 
Nith Rev. Clair Brickel as moderator, 
riorace Mohler, district secretary. 



SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. A 

cooperative workshop for Sun- 
day-school workers was held here May 
2. Participating churches were Beau- 
mont, Grand Terrace, Riaho and 
Montclair. Mr. Ron Widman of Gospel 
Light Publications was the visiting lec- 
turer and led workshops on lesson 
preparation and teaching methods. 
There were 35 in attendance. James S. 
McClellan, pastor. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Five Brethren 
boys gained special recognition at 
Mansfield Christian School's all-sports 
dinner. Named most valuable player in 
basketball was Doug Roberts of Lex- 
ington. Chuck Grant of Mansfield 
Grace received the award as most valu- 
able player in football and three 
basketball awards. Tim Faugl, Mans- 
field Grace, was voted best football 
lineman. Eldon Grubb of Ankenytown 
was the best football backfieldman. 
The best foul shooter in basketball 
award went to Mark Wilging of Mans- 
field Grace. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. and 
Mrs. Jack Galey, 1409 North Ave., 
Sunnyside, Wash. 98944. Please 
change Annual. 

lAJeddina dwells 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Betty Jean Bridgewater and Ken- 
neth Force, Mar. 14, Grace Brethren 
Church, Everett, Pa. 

Deborah Rice and Austin Ramsey, 
Mar. 21, Grace Brethren Church, 
Everett, Pa. 

Nancy Rudolph and Richard 
Hearons, Mar. 21, Grace Brethren 
Church, Anaheim, Cahf. 

Phyllis Wentz and William Willard, 
Mar. 27, Grace Brethren Church, Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. 

Beverly Burns and Harold Alderfer, 
Mar. 28, Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, Pa. 

Sharon Hooks and William Bracken, 
Apr. 16, First Brethren Church, Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 

Donna Pee and Charles Aldridge, 
Apr. 18, Grace Brethren Church, 
Everett, Pa. 

Jane Hoover and Ken Burkholder, 
May 2, First Brethren Church, Ritt- 
man, Ohio. 



PHOENIX, ARIZ. Mrs. Mary Jo 
Dixon was named "teacher of the 
year" at a recent Sunday-school Ap- 
preciation Dinner in honor of all Sun- 
day-school workers. High attendance 
in the Sunday-school for the current 
year was 172, and a record increase 
over last year of 45.6 percent for one 
month. During the month of March, a 
"Win-a-Friend" emphasis brought 
several new people into the Sunday 
school. Joe K. Coppinger, pastor. (In 
the Feb. 21 issue of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, the Sunday-school en- 
rollment was incorrectly listed as 492. 
This figure is the enrollment of the 
Christian Day School. -Ed. ) 

ALTO, MICH. Rev. Charles A. 
Flowers, pastor of the Calvary Breth- 
ren Church, has announced the ac- 
ceptance of the call to the pastorate of 
the Leesburg Brethren Church, Lees- 
burg, Ind. He will conclude his nine- 
year ministry at Alto in July. 



Jn W, 



emorium 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BOLLMAN, Nettie M., 71, a mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Everett, Pa., went to be with the Lord 
Apr. 25. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor. 

CLOSSON, Gertrude, 89, passed 
away recently. She was a member of 
the Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, Pa., and the 
grandmother of Rev. Gerald Teeter of 
Hagerstown, Md. John E. Gregory, 
pastor. 

HOOKS, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey, 
Sr., died Apr. 14 as the result of an 
automobile accident near Monticello, 
Ga. Mr. Hooks was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa., 
for 48 years. W. Wayne Baker, pastor. 

ROWSER, Gladys, 47, went to be 
with the Lord Apr. 12. She was the 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Joseph 
Gingrich. 

WILLIAMS, Beulah N., 70, depart- 
ed to the Lord's presence Apr. 25 fol- 
lowing a brief illness. She had been a 
member of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church from 1933 to 1959. 
At the time of her death, she had 
served faithfully at Mt. Hermon Chris- 
tian Conference Center and was a 
faithful member of the Evangelical 
Free Church in Felton, Cahf. 



June 13, 1970 



15 




Meet Your P| 



De strong and of a good cour- 
age: ... for the Lord thy God is with 
thee whithersoever thou goest." Even 
as God spoke these words to Joshua 
when he entered the promised land, so 
many times in my Hfe He has found it 
necessary to remind me of His con- 
stant companionship and guidance as 
He has led me into new areas of service 
for Him. 

As a child I never had any doubt 
but that I would be a pastor's wife. 
And surely God gave me many lessons 
in preparation as I grew up with my 
brothers and sister in the parsonage 
home of Rev. and Mrs. Charles H. Ash- 
man. He suppHed every advantage 
needed in parental training, a mother 
known as a model pastor's wife as my 
example, as well as a college and 
seminary education. But not until 
my last year of seminary did God 
give the pastor whose life it has been a 
rich and blessed experience to share 
for almost thirty-five years. It was not 
difficult to become the wife of the 
pastor but truly to fulfill the respon- 
sibUities as the pastor's wife at times 




Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers 

Mrs. Thomas Hammers 
Prayer Chairman 

was only possible because God con- 
tinued to say, "Be strong and of a 
good courage." 

The Lord blessed our home with two 
children. The first was our daughter, 
Janet, who with her husband, Odell 
Minnix, is serving Him in the Ghent 
Brethren Church in Roanoke, Virginia. 
He also gave us a son, Dan, who is in 
France with his wife. Sherry, where 
they are preparing to serve as mission- 
aries at The Chateau de St. Albain. 
And two years ago an added blessing 
came in Tommy Minnix, our grandson. 

After having the experience of 



starting WMC groups in several home 
mission churches I first became a pari 
of the national WMC board as North 
west District President in 1954. En 
couraged by the Lord and led step by 
step it has been my privilege to be a 
national WMC officer all but two years 
since that time. Has this always beer 
easy? No! But God has always beer 
near to remind, "I am with thee whith- 
ersoever thou goest." And many times, 
especially when national president, 1 
had to remember that when God sent 
Moses to lead the children of Israel He 
said, "I will be with thy mouth." 
Truly He has been faithful and it has' 
been a thrilling experience to me to 
see Him fulfill such promises when He 
has led into each new responsibility. \ 
Since December of 1964 my hus-l 
band has been on the staff at Grace | 
College and Seminary and I have been 
serving the Lord in The Brethren 
Home Missions Council office at 
Winona Lake. Always it has been a 
source of joy to serve where God calls 
and to experience His daily com- 
panionship and encouragement. W 



"I'm glad someone is praying for me . . ." 



Sustaining Comniitnient 



By Mert Lambert 

Christian Education Department 



"Dear Mr. Lambert, 

I'm so glad I can be a member of 
BSLV. Thank you for the literature 
which you gave me. It helps me a lot. 
I'm also glad that someone is praying 
for me because I need prayer. It's hard 
to witness to kids at school because 
they make fun of you but that's what 
will always happen. " 

This is part of a letter which was re- 
ceived from one of our BSLV mem- 
bers. In case the letters BSLV are new 
to you, they stand for Brethren 
Student Life Volunteers. This is a pro- 
gram of the National Christian Edu- 
cation Department to help the local 
church in its youth ministry. 



Through the BSLV program we are 
endeavoring to keep this commitment 
before them and help them find God's 
will for today and the future. Each 
church has been sent a packet of 
materials for conducting the BSLV 
program in their own church. When a 
young person makes a commitment of 
his hfe to Christ, he is given a BSLV 
brochure which explains the program. 
He is then encouraged to enlist. A 
wallet-size photograph and $2.00 regis- 
tration fee is sent with the enlistment 
form to the Christian Education De- 
partment. 

We ask the young people through 
the Holy Spirit to follow Christ in 



every area of their lives. They are 
urged to read and study the materials 
which are sent to them from time to 
time. Correspondence goes to each 
member five times a year. With two of, 
these five letters, a piece of literature i 
such as a tract, brochure, booklet or 
book is sent twice a year. They arei 
also encouraged to become involved in 
some type of ministry for Christ in ' 
their local church. 

The names of the BSLV members 
are sent to the national WMC prayer^ 
chairman. She sends them to the dis-i| 
tricts where the names are given to in- 1 
dividual ladies who pray faithfully fori 
each member. This is a great en- 
couragement to each young person to | 
know they are being prayed for! 
regularly. | 

At the present time there are fifty-l| 
one members from fifteen of curl 
Brethren churches. These young | 
people have made a commitment of| 
their lives to Christ and are serious j 
about giving Him first place. W 



16 



Brethren Missionary Herald i{ 



al Offi 



icers 





e Placeway Family 

Mrs. Richard Placeway 
President 



On 



ne Sunday evening a young 

Dther and dad placed their little six- 

;eks-old girl on the church pew and 

ide their way forward to accept 

irist as Saviour. I was that little 

by, and thus began my introduction 

the most wonderful life in all the 

rid as well as my introduction to 

e Brethren Church. 

As a result of being raised in a 

istian home, at a very early age I 

cepted Jesus as my Saviour. My life 

tar that, however, was a series of 

3es. No, I wasn't going to college. 

'ell, an emergency trip to the hospital 



and a serious operation, gave much 
time for the Lord to speak to my heart 
about further education. I went to 
Grace College and prepared to be a 
teacher. 

My next no came when I utterly 
refused even the thought of being a 
pastor's wife. This time the Lord per- 
mitted me to go through the wind- 
shield of a car to teach me more of 
HIS plan for my life. As a result of this 
experience I met my "prince charm- 
ing." He was studying for the minis- 
try—so I said, with my head hung 
down in shame, "Not my wOl, but 
Thine be done." Dick and I were mar- 
ried while both students at Grace— he 
in the seminary and I in the college. It 
was after I had graduated from college 
that the Lord blessed our home with 
our first son-Timothy. Thus begin- 
ning another new experience— that of 
being a mother. 

Our first church was in Parkersburg, 
West Virginia. We were privileged to 
serve there over seven years. It was 
during this time the Lord blessed our 
home again with another son, Stephen. 
These boys have proved to be a real 
blessing as well as a challenge in our 



home— and at times Mother feels al- 
most outnumbered. In 1964 we moved 
to Elyria, Ohio, which was another 
home-mission church. Both of these 
churches have since become "self- 
supporting"— for which we praise the 
Lord. 

My next no came when I was asked 
to work as an officer in the national 
WMC organization. I thought this was 
an impossibihty-with a family, piano 
lessons, substitute teaching, teaching 
a Sunday-school class— plus just being a 
pastor's wife! Then I quickly remem- 
bered my other experiences of saying 
no, and I had to say again-"Not my 
will, but Thine be done." Later, when 
I was asked to permit my name to be 
entered on the ballot for national 
WMC president, aU too quickly I 
voiced opposition to myself again, 
only to be reminded of my previous 
commitment to the Lord. So I had to 
say again-"Not my will, but Thine be 
done." 

This has been a busy year— one 
filled with many blessings as well as 
surprises, but I can say with the song 
writer, "I am happy in the service of 
the King " » 







ast District Reports 

Early in the fall the ladies of the 
ast District began their WMC year 
ith a "Kick-off banquet. In the past 
ily the president, program chairman, 
id pastors' wives were invited. This 
;ar all the district officers were in- 
ted and there were ninety present at 
le dinner. The president, Mrs. John 
illard, explained the WMC objectives 



to the ladies to help them have a bet- 
ter WMC year. 

Our guest speakers at the fall rally 
were Rev. and Mrs. Keith Altig. We 
were blessed with their messages and 
also with their singing. 

At our spring meeting at the district 
conference we can truly say we had a 
mountaintop experience. Because on 
top of Blue Knob Mountain we met on 
a beautiful sunny spring day. The 
ladies enjoyed a ride on the ski hft 
which blew a safety fuse, leaving us 
stranded for a few minutes— making 
the ride even more exciting. We hur- 
ried from the lift to the lodge to listen 
to a wonderful program planned by 
our very capable and enthusiastic pro- 
gram chairman, Mrs. Harry Barndt. We 
were favored in song by a pastors' 
wives trio making their debut. Our 
speaker, Mrs. Fred Walter, thrilled us 
with a message on "God's Open Door 
of Service." 




Mrs. Fred Walter, speaker, and Mrs. Harry 
Barndt, program chairman. 

Our district project goal is $ 1 ,000. 
Last year God blessed us by giving us 
$250.00 over our goal. We're trusting 
He will do the same this year. 

We have been thrilled by this year's 
programs and are looking forward to 
conference time in California and 
another great year. 



une 13, 1970 



17 




Calling 

By Ruth Snyder 

Missionary to A frica 







w. 



'hen spring comes the warm 
sunshine brings out the colorful 
flowers which year by year brighten 
the scene after winter's drab months. 
Some years the brave little crocus and 
the golden daffodil wave over the 
snow. Sunshine or snow the flowers 
bloom. Far away among the burned 
grass of dry season Africa, the flowers 
are white and red in the ashes of the 
dead year. Whether the rains come or 
are delayed, the flowers bloom. Over 
the earth the time of the flowers has 
come, and their response briglitens the 
scene, brightens the heart of the 
winter weary world. 

"For, lo, the winter is past, 

The rain is over and gone; 

The flowers appear on the earth; 

The fig-tree ripeneth her green figs. 

And the vines are in blossom; 

Arise, my love, my fair one, 
and come away. " 
Song of Solomon 2:11-13 (ASV) 

Spring calls. The flowers bloom. 
The fruits ripen. The young man calls 
his love. All seems natural. 

A little child hears the Gospel ac- 
counts of the Lord and her heart goes 
after the Saviour. She thinks much of 
the Good Shepherd and of the place 
He has gone to prepare. The simple 
faith of a child blossoms before the 
eyes of parents and teachers. All seems 
natural. 

Youth sees the spring flowers and 
the budding vines. The Shepherd-lover 
calls, "Arise . . . and come away." Far 
off to another continent, another 



country, another coast the youth must 
follow the call of that Good Shepherd. 
Youth is the time of calling. All is 
natural. 

No clap of thunder. No earthquake 
shock. No moving mountain reaches 
the youth. Only the natural response 
of the heart to the call: "Come, follow 
me," reaches her. Should this be 
thought unnatural? 

A childhood that knew well the 
Bible stories, that had the habit of 
regular Sunday-school and church at- 
tendance could not avoid thinking 
of Jesus Christ in terms of love. A 
youth spent actively in the young 
people's groups of the church— Sister- 
hood and Christian Endeavor— could 
not escape the call of the mission 
field. On every hand surrounded by 
Truth, at every turn confronted by 
need. It was only natural to respond. 

All the years of home reading, of 
Sunday school, of Sisterhood, of 
Christian Endeavor paid off. The caU 
came. There were many lands to call 




this young girl. China with her nuj 
lions, India with her mobs, tl. 
South Sea Islands with their mull'i 
tudes all had great need. All presentei 
an interesting field for the work sh 
could do. Ail had the glamour onci 
associated with the mission fields ( 
the world. However, the years of aj 
sociation with The Brethren Churc' 
led to a Brethren work. And it wii 
Africa, formidable Africa, which pn' 
sented the strongest claims. 

Why? When the right time of th! 
year comes the flowers bloom in sno'| 
or ashes, in sunshine or rain. Only Go| 
can tell why this is so. And only Go I 
can tell why one country pulls th, 
heart more than another. The "win; 
bloweth where it hsteth" (John 3:8 [ 

What am I trying to say? The call ti 
the foreign mission field is natural fc; 
the Christian. It is natural for the chil 
who has been trained in both horn' 
and church. It is natural for the yout ^ 
who cares about the world for whic 
Christ died. , 

I did not have a vision or a syn^' 
bolic dream. Those who wait for sucll 
never follow the Shepherd to the fai 
regions of the earth. In natural re! 
sponse of child to Father, virgin tii 
Lover, sheep to Shepherd, one obey! 
the command, "Go ye into all tbi 
world ... I am with you." And yearj 
later I knew that this was the only wa; 
I could have gone. May the flower; 
that have bloomed along my way ye; 
bear the fruit God intended when H(i 
called. W 



18 



Brethren Missionary Heralt 



It Was His Birthday 

By Mrs. Roger Peugh 

Missionary to Germany 



n q 

Oigfried, let s put your name 
down for cutting wood on Satur- 
day— OK?" He declined the honor. 
Thinking maybe he wouldn't do it be- 
cause the work was too hard, some- 
thing easier was suggested, like clean- 
ing up after the meal. Again he re- 
fused. Finally the reason came out. 
Saturday was his birthday. 

In Germany, birthdays evidently 
top the list of a family's yearly cele- 
brations. Parents often miss work and 
children sometimes skip school on 
birthdays. Celebration is the order of 
the day. Coffee time at 4 p.m. also has 
three or four special kinds of Kuchen 
(yummy German pastries) for friends 
and relatives who have come from near 
and far. Even in wretched weather, the 
family still expects the guests to be 
there. One woman said: "They won't 
let the snow stop them today— it's my 
husband's birthday." Even if the cele- 
bration and fellowship is hindered by 
the iron curtain, some still have a 
special coffee time in which they cele- 
brate the birthdays of relatives "over 
there" beyond the barbed wire. 

This emphasis on birthdays has in- 
terested us. But in our observation, we 



have noticed a corresponding lack of 
emphasis by Christians on spiritual 
birthdays. These birthdays, on the 
other hand, are kept very quiet. "Faith 
is a private matter. What I believe is 
personal and what you believe is per- 
sonal. What right do I have trying to 
influence your beliefs about God, or 
vice versa?" 




I agree, of course, that the decision 
to accept Christ is personal. Each man 
stands alone before God. And the 
matter of telling others about one's de- 
cision is intruding. However, many 
German Christians overlook the com- 
mand of Christ to "make disciples of 
all nations," and that involves in- 
truding. It is our business what others 
believe. 



Even in some Christian famihes, 
parents feel it is wrong for them to 
teach their young children how to be 
saved. Only Sunday-school teachers 
and preachers who have studied know 
how to do that, they might say. A fine 
Christian woman we know told us that 
she does not know if her nine-year-old 
son is a Christian, and she has not 
asked him yet. Parents so often believe 
that the message of the Bible is too 
complicated for a child to understand, 
and, therefore, do not introduce its 
teachings until he is in school. There 
he is being taught contrary beliefs by 
a non-Christian religion teacher, and it 
is often too late, then, to reach the 
child. 

The simple Bible message that man 
is a sinner, that he cannot work to save 
himself, that Jesus paid the price for 
his sin, and that by simply receiving 
Him into his heart he can be reborn- 
— can be understood by a small child. 
One woman recently had the thrill of 
leading her six year old to the Saviour. 
Just an hour before she had told my 
husband she doubted that her 
daughter could understand what she 
was doing. She only consented to lead 
her in this decision in answer to the 
persistent pleading of the daughter! 

We are praying that more and more 
of our German friends will have as 
much interest in spiritual birthdays as 
they do in earthly birthdays, and we 
hope you will join us in this prayer. 
And what about your children? Do 
you know when they were spiritually 
reborn by Christ? » 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST 



AFRICA- 

Mrs. F. George Peters August 10 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Robert H. Juday August 18 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Dr. J. P. Kliever August 21 

B.P. 13, Baibokoum, Chad, Africa 

ARGENTINA- 
Rev. Clark W. Miller August 18 

Echeverria 96, Jose Marmol F.C.G.R., Pcia.de Bs.As., 

Argentina, S.A. 
Lynette Marie Cover August 21, 1958 

Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 

Argentina, S.A. 

BRAZIL- 

Rev. Bill A. Burk August 5 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Rev. Ernest H. Bearinger August 6 

Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Paia, Brazil 



Mrs. George A. Johnson August 10 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Jeffrey Carl Earner August 20, 1967 

Caixa Postal 86 1 , Belem, Para, Brazil 

MEXICO- 

Phillip Valdo Guerena August 10, 1959 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D.F., Mexico 

Rev. Jack B. Churchill August 20 

2758 Caulfield Drive, Imperial Beach, Cahf, 92032 

IN THE UNITED STATES- 

Mrs. Lynn D. Schrock August 17 

1311 Sunday Lane, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Kevin Wayne Wallace August 19, 1965 

5 Imperial Trailer Ct., Route 1 , Coatesville, Pa. 19320 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Miss Elizabeth Tyson August 25 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Terry Lee Julien August 27, 1959 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



June 13, 1970 



19 



1970' 71 WMC Bible Studies To Feature F>aperbacl< Booldet 

The new program packets for this coming year of 1970-71 (compiled by the Iowa District program committee) J 
contain plans for a discussion-type Bible study which will use the paperback booklet The Abundant Life by Ray] 
E. Baughman, published by Moody Press. (Next year's theme is "Living Abundantly.") This is the first attempt to ] 
try this type of Bible study in WMC, and it can work only as the women of i 
each council respond to the plan of individually using this booklet. For this 
reason councils are urged to: 

1 . Encourage each member to buy her own copy of the booklet. 

2. Order extra copies in anticipation of new members and for visitors. 

3. Encourage mature Christians to order an extra copy to use in a one- 
to— one study with a new Christian or in a home study with the 
family. 

There will be a special order blank in each program packet, and each 
council is urged to place the order for booklets during June and no later than 
July 15, in order to insure that you have them prior to your September 
meeting. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald is giving a special price of 50c each for the 
booklet to WMC councils (regular price is 75c), however, the special order 
blank should be used, and a bulk order should be placed from each coimcil 
(no individual orders, please). 

You may order the booklets from the Brethren Missionary Herald, Boxj 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 or the Herald Bookstore, Box 2385, Fullerton, ] 
Calif. 92633. Please place your order no later than July 15 to assure prompt" 
service— no need to send a check w ith your order, just specify who is to ] 
receive the bill. 




Editor's Note- More WMC Devotional 
Booklets are now available. If you de- 
sire one, please send 25d per copy to: 
Mrs. John Mayes, Box 87, Sunnyside, 
Wash. 98944. Our national literature 
secretary reports that the pen pointer 
"Beyond Our Borders" is not available 
at this time due to lack of funds to 
reprint. ^^^ 

WMC OFFICIARY 

President -Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 

First Vice President (Proj. Chni.)-Mrs. Ralph 
Hall, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 
Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 
Kent, Wash. 98031 

Recording Secretary -Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 
Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 49119 

Assistant Recording Secretary -Mrs. Dan 
Pacheco, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590 

Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur- 
er-Mrs. Earle Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave., 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 

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R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind 46580 

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Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

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604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
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Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 467 1 1 

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man, 212 Katy Lane, Englewood, Ohio 
45322 




LADIES! We Need Your Help! 

This month begins our national offering emphasis for 
the WMC Operation and Publication Expenses. 

I'm sure each of us is experiencing the fact that our dollars don't 
stretch far these days, therefore, you will not be surprised to know that 
our national WMC organization is facing stretching problems. This ex- 
pense goal is not supported enthusiastically and wholeheartedly like our 
others— and yet our bills must be paid. 

Ladies, we urge you to give generously to this offering that our 
expenses might be met. We need your support for all offerings if we are 
to effectively proclaim the Word of God.-Mrs. Ken Rucker, WMC 
Editor 



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SMM Elite-1970 

Here is an up-to-date list of all the SMM girls and patronesses who either read the Bible through or memorized 
a portion of it last year. 



ALLEGHENY 

Reading 

Pam Edenfield 
Robyn Hoffmeyer 
Robyn Firl 
Wendy Sullivan 
Lila Ewart 
Cynthia Hoffmeyer 
Patricia Lankey 
Mrs. Donald Cale 
Mrs. Jean Sullivan 
Mrs. Stenson Edenfield 

Memorization 

Robyn Hoffmeyer 

\MERI-MEX 

Reading 

Kay Polman 

Memorization 

Sandy Haag 
Alys Haag 

EAST 

Reading 

Valery Rose 

Memorization 

Jeanette Russell 
Janice Neal 

NDIANA 

Reading 

Brenda Journay 
Nelda Leistner 
Judy Ashman 
Susan Goodman 
Jackie Miller 
Becky Russell 
Nancy Kuhn 
Rachael Moser 
Ruth Male 
Susan Guiles 
Helga Linn 
Linda Perron 
Cynthia Miller 
Wendy Moser 
Sharon Linn 
Mrs. Harold Journay 
Mary Jane Witter 
Mrs. Kenneth Russell 



Mrs. Frank Martin 
Memorization 

Becky Russell 
Cynthia Miller 

IOWA 

Reading 

Debbie Baker 
Betty Jensen 
Sharon Durell 
Amy Ryerson 
Kim MillhoUin 

MICHIGAN 

Reading 

Karolyn Mensinger 
Joyce Mensinger 
Marilyn Gahris 

MIDWEST 

Reading 

Sonja Simons 

NORTHERN ATLANTIC 

Reading 

Judy Knepper 

NORTHCENTRAL OHIO 

Reading 

Pam Walters 
Kathy Lenhart 
Belinda Markel 
Karen Watson 

Memorization 

Renee Marietta 
Susan McCune 

NORTHEASTERN OHIO 

Reading 

Nora Macon 
Vicki Kettering 
Linda Kisner 
Peggy Robinson 
Mary Jane Davis 
Brenda Steward 
Debbie Wolfe 
Peggy Plastow 
Karen Essig 
Karlene Essig 
Sue Capes 



JUl Burke 
Lois Kisner 

Memorization 

Linda Kisner 
Vicki Kettering 
Karen Kinsley 
Kathy Carlisle 
Cathy Eckleberry 
Jill Burke 
Lois Kisner 

NORTHWEST 

Reading 

Tracie Rosberg 
Velva Richey 
Connie McClure 
Paula Howell 
Miriam Ruppert 
Rebecca Rager 
Mrs. Georgenia Rager 

Memorization 

Ann Mayes 

SO. CALIF.-ARIZ. 

Reading 

Janice Hawkins 
Jeannie Griffith 

Memorization 

Marcia Hanscom 

SOUTHERN OHIO 

Reading 

Ann Victor 
Teresa Potter 
Sue Alexander 
Mary Kreitzer 
Rita McElfresh 
Gloria Kreitzer 
Kim Faulknor 
Janalyce VanDyke 
Lori Garber 
Colleen McGuire 
Diana Salsbury 
Detta Gribbons 
Deana Gribbons 
Kristie Long 
Penny Blakely 

Memorization 

Teresa Potter 
Detta Gribbons 




BuM //mi 
and //eari/i 



/^ few years ago two California 
women were recipients of honors and 
publicity for their work in construct- 
ing part of the freeway system. I re- 
member awe bordering on incredulity 
that women could be the planners- 
architects of so intricate a feat. 

My reaction to this achievement 
was not unique. What these women 
did is usually thought of as man's 
work, present-day feminists notwith- 
standing. (Incidentally, what womanly 
woman wants "equality" with men? 
More about that next time.) But be- 
cause women are not builders of build- 
ings, stone upon stone, are we not 
creative? 

Woman's role is one of building in- 
dividual human and home character, 
not stacking bricks. She works with 
eternity where life, not decay is the 
order. How can building inanimately, 
however important, be compared with 
building life? 

All construction calls for plans in- 
terpreted by an architect as blue 
prints. Before one spade of earth is 
turned the builder and assumed owner 
sign a contract agreeing on specs for 
the building. Size and types of 
materials play a large part in the over- 
all cost of construction. Despite good 
intentions and the best of skilled labor 
it seems that the human element pre- 
cludes any construction being finished 
without a flaw, with absolutely no de- 
viation from the specs. 

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ByA/theaS. Miller 

Materials for building within the 
human realm fall into three categories: 
Spirit, Emotions (intellect, soul). 
Body. From these emerge character 
which reflects meticulous or careless 
work, wise or imprudent response. 

Of these building materials, the 
body is easiest to work with— this in 
defiance of certain physical defects 
and problems. It is important to keep 
(or work toward making) the body 
strong as possible because it is the 
house, or temple of that all-important 
spirit, the real person, and the 
emotions-intellect which express that 
real person. But building the body for 
the sake of the body only is like trying 
to force breath into a corpse. It's a 
losing battle. 

Emotions and intellect, though ex- 
pressed in tangibles, cannot themselves 
be picked up and handled. Probably 
this is a contributing factor for the 
building weakness in this area. Too 
many human "houses" collapse under 
any form of stress. Wliy? 

Looking at his phenomenon in any 
depth often reveals a basic character 
deficiency— the failure to say NO to 
self at the proper things and time. The 
woman who will not deny herself cer- 
tain "luxuries" of self-will cannot 
creatively build her children's char- 
acters so they'll grow up learning to 
say NO to themselves. 

Listen to the whining, nagging, 
self-willed, feeling-sorry-for-herself 
woman. Even among evangelical Chris- 
tians! Why don't we want to grow up 
to accept the responsibilities as well as 
privileges of maturity? Small wonder 
there's so little emotional-intellectural 
stability among today's young adults! 



In a subsequent article we'll discu: 
the importance of reading to inte 
lectual and character growth. Suffice 
to say here that thinking is part of th 
process of creative building. "As a ma 
thinketh in his heart, so is he." 

Lest we get carried away with 
false sense of achievement becaus 
we've done a commendable job o 
building body and emotions-intellect 
we do well to ask: "Whither?" "... 1 
not the life more than meat, and th 
body than raiment?" (Matt. 6:25). 1 
is still true that ". . . wisdoni 
of . . . wise men shall perish" (L 
29:14). 

Yesterday's milking stool is a thin] 
of the past except as an Americana ac 
cent piece in the family room. Regard 
less of purpose, if one of its three leg 
is missing or broken, the stool is no 
very practical. Man is a three-par 
being— physical, "souhsh" (emotions 
intellect) and spiritual. If only one oi 
these areas is broken or undeveloped 
he is not whole and life is meaningless 

Strong bodies and mental- 
emotional prowess let man compete 
for the best this world offers, but 
when he's acquired things for things 
sake, they turn to ashes. A third, im-' 
portant ingredient is missing. ■ 

Failure to build spiritually results in 
ultimate disaster. You surely realize 
that faithful Sunday church attend- 
ance does not in itself constitute 
creative life building. It is just one of 
the outer manifestations of what 
should be a-building at home or on thel 
job the other six days each week. 

At the close of a conversation with 
a nine-year-old girl about our witness 
to the Jew, Suzann said: "It's nice to 
tell about Jesus. We are missionaries in 
Guyana." In my book this child is a 
product of a great God and creative 
parents! 

It's possible you have built a spirit- 
ual house but your believing teenagers 
are caught up— almost without know- 
ing how it happened— in the rebellious 
mood of the day. Does that mean you 
haven't built creatively? Not neces- 
sarily. Parents have to acknowledge we 
cannot accept spiritual values for our 
maturing offspring. Living consistently 
on a high spiritual plane our respon- 
sibOity is to clarify their account- 
ability to God in response to our 
building on "Thus saith the Lord." 
This is the only foundation for erect- 
ing the superstructure of life. W ' 

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Pfsonal Testimony of Specialist 4th Class David L. Betts 
—Submitted by John W. Schumacher 



'Tloatin* - on - a - Cloud 



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"Purple haze all in my brain 

Lately things— they don't seem the same 
Actin' funny, hut I don't know why 

X-cuse me while I kiss the sky. " 



These words were my way of life in Vietnam. In 
everyday language, the purple haze is a certain kind of 
intoxication of the mind— in my case, caused by mari- 
juana, speed, opium, and a few other drugs. Indeed 
things weren't the same, but nothing mattered as long as 
I was "high." 

So here I was— just so carefree and "floatin'-on-a- 
cloud." Then I got a letter from my wife one day. She'd 
had enough of my "purple haze and kissing the sky." I 
looked back and tried to remember things such as, what 
did I write to her, or did I even write? It's aU a blank, for 
it now seems Uke I was just in a coma. 

After reading the letter, I became hysterical, and 
figured suicide was the only way out. I was taken to the 
dispensary for tranquilizers, but they were no help; even 
the "quick acting" double-dose that was supposed to 
knock me out, didn't. Somewhere in all my confusion 
the chaplain was called in to talk to me. We talked a few 
minutes, and as I began to realize my wife was leaving 
because of "pot," "kissing the sky" didn't seem Uke 
such a great idea any longer. The next thing I knew I was 
asking the chaplain to pray for me-something I had 
always considered a joke before. Yet, as he prayed I felt 
God in my body, in my mind. God had come into my 
life. All of the tranquilizers hadn't helped, but as the 
chaplain ended the prayer I found a peace coming into 
my mind. 

Later in the chaplain's office, I wanted to know more 
how I'd changed from wanting suicide to having peace of 
mind. After some counseling he asked me to read the 
Gospel of John. Later, with tears in my eyes, I got down 
on my knees and accepted Christ as my Saviour. My 
whole life was completely changed in less than twenty- 
four hours-from the receipt of a letter to acceptance of 
aplain John Schumacher (left) with David Betts before David's baptism. Jesus Christ. ^ 



me 13, 1970 



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Don't Sleep Through 
the Revolution 

Paul S. Rees (Waco: Word, 1969), 
130 pages, $2.95. 

Readers of Paul Rees know that he 
writes with authority, perception, 
compassion, and persuasion. When 
elaborating his specialities, mission and 
missions, he is at his best. Such is the 
case in this book. 

Dr. Rees rightly observes that most 
Christians today, like Rip Van Winkle, 
are sleeping through a world revolu- 
tion. "Benumbed souls," a "somnolent 
breed," they are asleep to the needs of 
today's man. Failing to meet the chal- 
lenges of a fast-changing society. Chris- 
tians are not fulfilling their obligations 
as missionaries, ambassadors, and wit- 
nesses. 

Dr. Rees cogently assesses the 
various scenes of revolution around 
the world. He also provides keen in- 
sight into the many problems that now 
confront the church. But he does not 
stop there. He goes on to suggest 
sensible spiritual approaches to, and 
solutions for, these problems. 

If today's Christians will awaken to 
the person, power, and plan of the 
Holy Spirit, they will be able to meet 
an the challenges of today's revolu- 
tionary world. So contends Dr. Rees. 

And he is so right !-^/o/z« R. Terrell, 
Dayton, Ohio 

Deuteronomy: A Favored 
Book of Jesus 

Bernard N. Schneider (Winona 
Lake: BMH Books, 1970), 163 pages, 
paper, $2.95. 

After giving an overview, or sum- 
mary, of the entire book of Deuteron- 
omy in his first chapter. Dr. Schneider 
divides the high points of the book 
among twelve chapters. Each deals 
with a key portion of Deuteronomy; 



for instance, chapter ten is called "The 
Divine Bill of Rights" and covers 
Deuteronomy 21 through 25. The 
chapters provide clear outlining with 
commentary following every point, 
practical applications and spiritual les- 
sons for our day. and, at the end of 
each chapter, "truths to be remem- 
bered" and "questions for group dis- 
cussion." 

This book is practical. A busy 
pastor can use it as a basis for sermons 
on subjects that trouble our day. For 
instance, capital punishment, the im- 
portance of the home, juvenile delin- 
quency, obligations to obey the law of 
the land, and justice are all discussed 
in the above mentioned tenth chapter. 
A Bible class could easily use it as a 
text. Families with teen-age children 
could use it for family devotions. For 
those who want more than the daily 
devotional booklet approach. Dr. 
Schneider provides sohd instruction in 
matters of serious concem to parents 
and young people alike. He stresses 
God's love. All in Deuteronomy that 
seems stern to contemporary America 
is seen in the hght of that love. In 
Deuteronomy love and firmness, both 
for man's good, meet— Burton G. 
Hatch, Fort Sheridan, Illinois 

Under the Parsonage Roof 

Althea S. Miller (Winona Lake: 
BMH Books, 1969), 96 pages, $2.50. 

Nine children under any roof, 
especially a parsonage roof, would be 

Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
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certain to provide a bundle of lessor 
for any mother and father. 

Althea Miller, Brethren pastor 
wife and mother, shares her exper 
ences with her children as they eac 
mature at his or her own pace. Ant 
mindful that "our Father's delight 
our spiritual growth is greater than ou 
pleasure in the children's growth," sh 
takes advantage of many diverse of 
portunities to teach moral and spirit 
ual values— Elaine M. Taylor, Lex 
ington, Ohio 

Facing the Issues 

William J. Krutza and Phillip D. D 
Cicco (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1969)i 
119 pages, paper, $1.25. 

A commendable effort, this paper 
back is the first in a series with th( 
same title. Each of its thirteei 
chapters follows the same basic for 
mat. Current thought (evangelical anc 
otherwise) on a topic from creation o; 
life to church music to therapeutic 
abortion is surveyed, followed by re 
lated Scripture passages and pertinent 
questions. 

The authors' balance in presenting 
the issues rarely slips, and they suggest 
some important and novel ideas for 
reaching urban centers with the Gos- 
pel. On the whole, this book will ex- 
cite adults in Sunday school or home 
Bible classes into coming ahve in dis- 
cussion and application of their faith 
to current situations. -Jerry M. Brown- 
ing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY 



June 27. 1970 



LIBRARY 
THEatOGlCAl SlEWNm 



Two Little Indians . . 
Now Mimre Are Seven 














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The Editor's Viewpoint . 






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Two Little Indians . 






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"Old School" to New Church 






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Somewhere God Has a Man 






10 


Church News . 






12 


Bible Prophecy and Stamps 






15 


It's Time for France . 






16 


There's a Storm Gathering 






19 


Grace News 






20 


Happy Donors Are Here Again 






22 


Grace Is Unusual 






23 


Faculty Appointments 






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CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer Laymen-Mr. Phil Landrum 



Cover Photo: The staff of the Brethren 
Navajo Mission is shown informally in the 
natural surroundings of the station. Inset 
are two Navajo boys representative of those 
who have continued their high school ed- 
ucation in Brethren Christian Schools, Osce- 
ola, Indiana. See page 4 for the story. 



June 27, 1970 

Volume 32, Number 12 



Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Editor's Viewpoint 



by Clyde K. Landrum 



Spiritual Flag Waving 



The United States flag is not just a 
fabric, nor an artistic arrangement of 
fifty white stars on a blue field, ac- 
companied by seven red and six white 
stripes. It is the emblem of the United 
States of America. True Americans fly 
it proudly as an indication of their ap- 
preciation for and loyalty to our 
country. On July 4 many will fly it in 
deep gratitude to the founding fathers 
and to those who have paid with their 
lives to make our freedom possible. 

The flag does not belong solely to 
any individual; it is the emblem for all 
the people, and is the symbol of all 



that liberty-loving people are. Such 
have the privilege of displaying their 
flag, of waving it, mounting it as a 
standard, or carrying the colors. Old 
Glory is for all Americans. But none 
should fly it improperly, disrespect- 
fully, or with an ulterior motive. 
Why?— because it represents the 
United States of America and all the 
ideals of the United States, therefore, 
every American should honor it. 

Independence Day is an ideal time 
for people to reflect on the liberty and 
independence which we have and 
which our flag symbolizes. Since true 




liberty has its source in Jesus Christ, 
the child of God should respect his 
own and the liberty and independence 
of others, both Christians and non- 
Christians. As he "waves his flag" he 
must do it with gratitude to God and 
to the nation in which he lives. He is 
to fly that flag proudly, yet with true 
gratitude to God. It is sometimes diffi- 
cult for people to keep objective in 
their loyalties. Very often they "wave 
the flag" with a man in mind, rather 
than the office in which that man 
serves in the nation. Even though we 
might not always respect the particular 
man holding a high office, we dare not 
disrespect the office which he holds. 
This is the reason for being loyal to 
our presidents regardless of their poli- 
tics or whether we particularly "like" 
the men as individuals. We do not fly 
our flag for a person but for a nation. 
For the Christian there must be a 
continual exulting and rejoicing in 
Jesus Christ because of the full free- 
dom and release which we have in 
Him, since He is the ultimate source of 
complete freedom. For a man to 
"wave the flag" in a self-edifying ef- 
fort is completely displeasing to Him. 
How easy it is to relate what "I" have 
done, or how much "I" have given 
toward the support of the Lord's 
work! We need not "wave the flag"- 
He keeps the books, and He will re- 
ward in His own time. How much bet- 
ter it is that we serve on the basis of "I 
am what I am by the grace of God," or 
"Every good gift and every perfect gift 
is from above, and cometh down from 
the Father of Lights"! It is only on this 
basis that He can make us the liberty- 
loving Christians He wants us to be, 
and through us make our nation the 
kind of nation it ought to be. W 



June 27, 1970 




James Werito and Roy Sam 




Two Little Indians 



By Rev. Richard P. DeArmey 

Pastor, Osceola, Indiana 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



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I wo little Indians . . . now 
there are seven!" 

It all started on a July Sunday eve- 
ning in 1967 when Rev. Lester E. 
Pifer, executive secretary of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, 
flashed a picture on the screen while 
showing the home-mission slides at the 
Bethel Brethren Church in Osceola, In- 
diana. 

This particular picture showed the 
1967 eighth grade graduating class of 
the Brethren Navajo Mission School, 
Counselor, New Mexico. Lester Pifer 
spoke briefly of the concern of many 
for these two Navajo graduates, James 
Werito and Roy Sam. The closest pub- 
lic high school left much to be desired 
and the possibility of further Christian 
training seemed rather remote. He 
went on to other fields of Brethren 
Home Missions endeavor in the presen- 
tation and then the service closed. 




There is a close relationship between teacher 
and student. 

The picture of the two boys was 
carried home in the hearts of many. 
Two couples talked about it over a cup 
of coffee. Mr. Pifer was having a snack 
in Pastor DeArmey's home when the 
phone rang. The two couples were call- 
ing. "May we come over?" they asked. 
"Come ahead," was the reply. "Could 
we bring those two Navajo boys here 
to Osceola and have them in our high 
school?" was the question on their 
hearts. Discussion and prayer followed 
the question. Rev. Ralph Hayes, ad- 
ministrator of Brethren Christian 
Schools, Larry Wedertz, superin- 
tendent of the Navajo Mission, the 
parents of the boys and others were 
contacted in the next few days, and by 
the middle of August the two Indian 
boys arrived in Osceola to begin their 
high school careers. 

Now there are seven . . . seven fine 
Navajo young people in Brethren 
Christian High School in Osceola, In- 
diana. 

Charlene Thomas joined Roy and 




Artistic talent unfolds in this drawing of 
ancient ruins. 

James for the 1968-69 school year. A 
year later she was joined by her sister 
Darlene. Ernest Nez Begay, Lucille 
Juan and Verda Antonito also entered 
in the 1969-70 term. The first four are 
from the Brethren Navajo Mission at 
Counselor and the last three men- 
tioned are from the Berean Navajo 
Mission at Bloomfield, New Mexico. 

"What will four years in another 
culture do to these young people?" 
This question was on the minds of 
many— the parents of the children, the 
missionaries, the school board, church 
members and others. Would "The For- 
gotten Navajo" be forgotten even by 
these Navajos? Most of us face new 
situations with some degree of appre- 



hension. However, to this point we can 
only marvel at the grace of God. In the 
three years of experience with these 
young people, they have not only 
shown a great love and concern for the 
Navajo people, but they have com- 
municated it to others. Today many 
are praying earnestly with them that 
they will be able to have a fruitful 
ministry among their own people. 
Some are planning definitely for fur- 
ther training after high school with a 
view to assuming spiritual leadership in 
Navajoland as the Lord might lead. 

"What are the problems?" This is a 
standard question and to the glory of 
God we can say the problems have 
been absolutely minimal. These are 
very normal young people and apart 
from the "problems" enjoyed by all 
teenagers in those wonderful and ex- 
citing high school years, it has been a 
blessed and rewarding experience for 
all. The good experience we've had 
with these young people is a testimony 
to the transforming power of Christ in 
their homes, and to the work of both 
missions and the missionaries that 
serve there. Had there not been a 
happy adjustment from the hogan to 
the mission boarding school, it would 
have been highly improbable here. 

"Where do they live?" They live in 




There are a lot more to come! 



June 27, 1970 



the homes of our church family that 
have been opened to them. Three fam- 
ihes have two each and another has 
one. These famihes have "adopted" 
them for the school year with all the 
privileges and responsibilities that per- 
tain thereto. 

Others have asked, "How can we 
help?" Above all else we say, "Pray!" 
But, of course, there are other needs. 
Roughly speaking it costs about 
$1,000 per pupil for the school year. 
This includes tuition, room and board, 
and other incidentals. A part of this is 
absorbed by the famihes of the pupils 
and by the families that have 
"adopted" them, a part is absorbed by 
the church and the school. Members 
and friends in the church give sub- 
stantially to a "Scholarship Fund." 
Many who have a vital interest in the 
Navajos give to their support through 
the Brethren and Berean Missions. As 
the Lord sends these students to us 
and as others share with us, we will 
carry on with the conviction that it 
will mean much to the reaching of 
Navajos for Christ in the future. 

"What about their achievement?" 




'I just can't do buttonholes!" But she'll learn in a future sewing class. 



Scholastically, socially and spiritually, 
we would rate them all above average. 
They participate in all the church ac- 
tivities and have a large place in all of 
our hearts. A sign of their growth was 
noted this year as they have gone as a 
team into various churches where they 
have a number of times provided the 
entire service. They sing together, give 
personal testimonies and one brings a 



brief message. They never fail to thank 
the Lord and their Christian friends 
for making it possible for them to be 
in a Christian school. A highhght of 
these services is a "question and an- 
swer" period, and they can field the 
questions like a pro. 

Two little Indians . . . now there are 
seven . . . next year— eight, nine, ten 
Httle Indians? # 



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"Old School" 

to 
New Church 



By Rev. Gilbert Hawkins 

Pastor, Jackson, Michigan 



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'hat a thrill when that final stage of a "moon shot" is 
successfully completed. It is just as thrilling for a pastor and 
congregation to see a home-mission work where they have 
labored reach that stage where the dedication of a new church 
has been successfully completed. (Continued on page 8j 




The launching date of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Jackson, Michigan, 
was set for October 1961. The date 
was chosen after the Michigan District 
Mission Board did some exploratory 
work in Jackson relative to the possi- 
bility of establishing a Grace Brethren 
Church in this city. 

The dedication day (the final stage) 
was completed on Sunday, May 3, 
1970. Dr. Herman A. Hoyt. president 
of Grace Schools, delivered the special 
dedicatory message. He was joined by 
Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive secre- 




tary of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, under whose supervision the 
project was completed. The district 
was well represented at the event they 
had planned for, prayed for, and 
worked for during the years of its de- 
velopment. 

Stage one was completed in May 
1962 when with sixteen members, the 
Grace Brethren Church of Jackson was 
organized. For several months prior to 
this a small group of us had been meet- 
ing and growing some in numbers. The 
township house in which we were 
meeting was costing us $1,300 per 
year and this was a real burden for our 
small group. However, the Lord helped 
us to keep our heads above water so 
we started looking for a more ade- 
quate place and for a place that would 
be permanent. 

Stage two was completed when in 
the summer of 1964 we finalized the 
purchase of property for our church 
location. On the property was an old 
one-room school building that with 
some remodeling and fixing up served 
as a meeting place during the six years 
to follow. Even though we have a new 
church now, the "old school" will con- 
tinue to be used for a while. We expect 
to eventually remove it when adequate 
new facilities are completed. 

After securing the property the 
Brethren Architectural Service was 



LEFT: Dr. Hoyt maintains 

an interest in 

new Brethren churches. 



Dr. Herman Hoyt, 
Pastor Gilbert Hawkins 
and Rev. Lester E. Pifer 
are pleased with 
the progress. 

contacted regarding building plans, 
The plans were completed and ap- 
proved by the local church and Breth- 
ren Home Missions. This was the start 
of phase three and it was marked with 
the significant date of September 1, 
1968— Ground Breaking. Then came 
the building process and even though 
the church has been dedicated this 
process still continues. This phase 
could not have been completed had it 
not been for the financing secured 
through the Brethren Investment 
Foundation. We pause here to say a 
big thank you to the Brethren who in- 
vested in the B.LF. that made the loan 
available to our church. 

The cost of our building will run 
nearly $30,000 which is an unheard of 
price for this size building. It has been 
kept to this figure by the help of the 
members of our church and other 
Brethren laymen and pastors of the 
Michigan District who helped us with 
many days of volunteer labor. I am 
sure many of the Michigan Brethren 
churches many times had tired pas- 
tors on Sunday as a result of a hard 
Saturday working on our building. The 
ladies of the church likewise made a 
real contribution with the meals served 
the workmen and with the work they 
were able to do. The Lord will cer- 
tainly reward those who so faithfully 
helped establish this testimony in 
Jackson for His glory. 




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The location of the new church is 
in a rapidly developing area. It has 
been exciting to see how the Lord has 
^led us into and through each stage of 
the church's development. The num- 
ber of people who assisted could not 
be counted. Not only did the Michigan 
District give volunteer labor but its 
jnussion board helped financially. This 
'involved a number of Brethren. Lately, 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
has been giving assistance and this 
represents many Brethren gifts from 
outside our district. Brethren people 
loaned money to the B.I.F. and many 
people were helping in the greatest 
way with their prayers. 

The Lord has used Vacation Bible 
Schools, youth camps, evangelistic cru- 
sades, personal visitation and soul win- 
ning to add to the congregation here. 
From the sixteen members on the 
organization date the membership has 
grown to over fifty now. 

We are now ready to begin a new 
stage of the ministry here. During the 
early years we were almost completely 
self-supporting. Now we will be able to 
give more time to the work. We were 
handicapped with an unattractive 
building with poor facilities. Now we 
have overcome this obstacle. We need 
your continued prayers for Jackson if 
it is going to successfully make the 
present stage. So— Brethren pray for 

us. m 




ABOVE: The Jackson 
congregation on 
dedication day. 



RIGHT: Pastor Gilbert 

Hawkins is enthusiastic 

about the prospects. 



BELOW: The congregation awaits 
full-time occupancy of 
the new building. 





June 27, 1970 




WHERE 

a Man 




'e saw him, a blind man, 
just sitting there on the edge of his 
bed, staring sightlessly across the room 
in that convalescent hospital. The 
other two beds in the room were 
empty. R. was all alone. During the 
time Sally and I visited with him, R. 
wept openly several times. As we were 
about to leave, he gripped my hand— 1 
thouglit he would never let go. In spite 
of all the attendants around that hos- 
pital, R. anticipated the loneliness that 
he again would feel. It seemed to us, 
that he was just passing the hours or 
days until death would come. 



Blindness, loneliness, weeping and 
waiting for death without hope are all 
characteristics of the spiritual con- 
dition of our Jewish friends without 
Christ. Our going as missionaries to 
R.— and there are thousands upon 
thousands of those in Israel like him, 
viewing the situation spiritually, who 
sit blind, lonely, weeping, waiting for 
the messenger of death to beckon 
them for that walk through the valley 
of the shadow-I repeat, our going as 
missionaries to R., several out of so 
many in the body of Christ, gives a 
graphic picture of the forsakenness of 



the Jew by so many believers who owe 
so much. May I confess this to you— 
before I entered this field of ministry, 
I was guilty of this many times. 
However, concerning every Jew now 
there arises a question in my heart. 
"Does any man care for his soul?" 
and more personally, "Do I really 
care?" 

Sally and I are leaving our field of 
Jewish Missions in Los Angeles at this 
time principally because of a problem 
of health which affects Sally when she 
is in the Southern California area. Be- 
cause of the burden for Jewish souls 



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which has grown over these three years 
since we were accepted for the minis- 
try of reaching these friends for Christ, 
we offered ourselves for an extension 
of our work in the East. For over a 
year we have waited for replacements, 
la man and his wife, to take our place, 
!and for the gifts of Brethren people 
that would make an eastern work 
possible. But neither has materialized. 
And so we go out of Brethren Jewish 
Missions to what God believes best for 
us in His vineyard. Our longing now 
is one which Sally has expressed many 
itimes in the past several months. 
"Surely God has a man somewhere" 
meaning that God must have His man 
in some part of the Brethren Fel- 
lowship who will come and take my 
place in Los Angeles. 

Sally's reflection of the circum- 
stances enveloping our work, "Surely 
God has a man somewhere," has 
gripped me so much I just had to write 
Ithis article. It reminded me of a story 
told by one of our great soul winners, 
R. Paul Miller, when I was a member 
of his crusade team some years ago. 
This illustration always gripped me as 1 
listened. It went like this-a Christian 
had a dream in which he saw great 
throngs of blinded people heading for 
a precipice and death thousands of 
feet below on the rocks. On and on 
they came— wouldn't someone stop 
them? There were many who could 
have, but only one here and there 
jumped up to turn around so few. And 
the greater part of the throng went 
over the precipice into the chasm be- 
low—the dreamer could hear their cries 
as they hurled to their deaths. Oh, you 
know the application-so few turn the 
spiritually blinded from eternal de- 
struction. Please permit me to make a 
further application— the warning seems 
Ito go out to a Gentile world, but little 
effort is made to turn about a Jewish 
friend who blindly gropes for the way 
of Shalom (peace) but never seems to 
find it because he is not turned into 
the way of Sar Shalom (Prince of 
Peace) and is hurled into a Christless 
eternity. Surely God has a man some- 
where to turn about our Jewish friends 
through the message of the Cross 
which has spanned the chasm. 

Jewish people sadden me. Long be- 
fore I knew the "whys" for their pres- 
ent condition, I sympathized with 
their plight. It was the boy named 
"Neely" who went to the aid of the 



son of the Jewish grocer when he was 
bothered by the other "Irish" boys 
down the block. As a young man, I 
was disturbed by the hopelessness 
clearly revealed in the wrinkled faces 
of bewhiskered Jewish elders and the 
headscarf-wearing old women who 
clasped gnarled hands as they sat for- 
lornly on steps in the Jewish ghetto of 
Philadelphia. I was saddened when I 
attended the high school which had a 
predominantly Jewish student body as 
I observed that all the Jewish young 
men seemed to care about in their in- 
tellectual pursuit were those things 
which applied to this life. Would they 
be reduced to the condition of these 
elderly people who aroused my com- 
passion? I believe without Christ there 
will be the same hopelessness when 
death raises its specter— I believe this 
because I recently heard a Jewish 
woman of my age group who was 
brought into the presence of death. I 
will never forget her cry. It was not a 
soft weeping, but a cry not unlike the 
wail of a wounded animal at bay, weak 
and helpless. 

I can understand why they call the 
wall in Jerusalem a wailing wall— all 
the sorrow, the woe, the desires of the 
centuries are included in the cry from 
those in Israel. But we have the One 
who can change the wail into a song of 

YOU ARE INVITED TO . . 



joy! Surely God has a man somewhere 
who will present that One who is our 
rejoicing to those of our Jewish friends 
to whom we owe so much and to 
whom we give so little. Do you realize 
that the recorded giving for the last 
financial year to the Brethren Mes- 
sianic Testimony, and this includes the 
splendid offering our faithful WMC 
ladies gave, amounted to about 
seventy-five cents a member-less than 
seven cents a month? Do we really 
care for Jewish souls? 

As we leave, Sally and I wish to ex- 
press our heartfelt thanks to those 
who have prayed for us, who have 
given to the support of our Jewish Mis- 
sions. We know you will pray for Iso- 
bel Fraser if it is necessary for her to 
continue alone in this needy field. 
However, wouldn't it be a reason for 
rejoicing if somehow, somewhere God 
will speak to His man for this field, 
and lay it upon hearts to pray and give 
so that there will be other missionaries 
coming, and the work extended 
throughout our Fellowship? And by 
the way, it is my prayer that God will 
use you to reach that Jewish friend in 
your field of service. 

Don't you agree with us that surely 
God has a man somewhere? Will you 
pray about it— and if you are that man 
will you say, "Yes, Lord, I will go." jH\» 



Open House 



at the 



BRETHREN MESSIANIC TESTIMONY 

Wednesday, August 12 8 a.m. -4 p.m. 

During National Conference 



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day, contact Rev. John S. Neely, Box 48743, Los Angeles, Calif. 90048 
as soon as possible. 



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Pages 12 and 13 of the June 
13 Brethren Missionary Herald 
contain information regarding 
national conference and housing 
arrangements. Be sure to check 
these pages! Also, there are lim- 
ited facilities for campers in the 
Long Beach area . . . those desir- 
ing information should write to 
Mr. Glenn Harmonson, First 
Brethren Church, 3601 Linden 
Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90807. 



DENVER, COLO. Each Sunday for 
six weeks in a row, the Lord's blessing 
has been evidenced with public de- 
cisions of various types. Additional en- 
couragement has resulted from nine 
people obeying the Lord in baptism, 
and four joining the church by letter. 
The Mother's Day attendance reached 
250 in Sunday school and 200 for 
morning worship. The district mission 
outreach at Colorado Springs held a 
service with Rev. Nathan Meyer as 
speaker. There were 39 in attendance. 
Thomas Inman, pastor. 

LA MIRADA, CALIF. Biola Col- 
lege has announced that Harold B. 
Penrose will become the director of 
development and public relations for 
the schools. He has been working with 
the development program since last 
August, and will assume the coordina- 
tion of various college and graduate 
school public relation efforts including 
the offices of alumni, stewardship, 
publications, advertising, development 
and press bureau. 

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA. A record 
attendance of 165 was present for the 
Sunday morning service .Apr. 5. Dawn 
Tamkin, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
Warren Tamkin, returned home after 
27 days in Osteopathic Hospital where 
she underwent surgery three times. 



GLENDALE, CALIF. Rev. David 
L. Hocking, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, and Wayne S. 
Flory, vice president of Long Beach 
Brethren Church Schools, received the 
Doctor of Philosophy degree from 
California Graduate School of Theolo- 
gy at its inaugural commencement 
May 31. 

HAWAII HOLIDAYS! Reservations 
are coming in fast for the Brethren 
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days, two islands, deluxe hotels and 
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and a visit to our Brethren churches. 
Only $289 plus $10 tax and services. 
Send your $50 deposit to reserve a 
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Downey Ave., Long Beach, Ca. 90805. 
Tour sponsored by the Brethren Mis- 
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Lease Tours and Continental Airlines. 




Redd Harper with his famous "Mr. Texas" 
guitar. 

GOSHEN, IND. Evangelistic serv- 
ices with Redd Harper, converted 
cowboy-movie star, resulted in nine 
public decisions to receive Christ and a 
renewed spirit of evangelism in the 
church. Each evening featured a 
powerful gospel message and songs as 
Mr. Harper played his "Mr. Texas" 
guitar. A piano concert by Mr. Richard 
Dick, church music director, dedicated 
the new Yamaha Piano which was 
given to the church by a faithful 
family May 17. Robert Crees, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Rev. and Mrs. 
Ralph Burns celebrated their 25th 
wedding anniversary Mar. 31. A party 
was held in their honor Mar. 28 at the 
Geistown Grace Brethren Church. 




Rev. Ulysses L. Gingrich holds the plaque Rev. William A. Steffler is the newly elected 
he received for 50 years of ministry. moderator of the Northern Atlantic District. 

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. Harvey Cedars Conference Grounds was the 
site of the fourteenth annual conference of the Northern Atlantic District May 
1-3. Dr. John Davis of Grace Schools was the Bible Hour speaker using the 
conference theme, "Till I Come." Rev. Ulysses L. Gingrich, moderator, received 
recognition for 50 years in the ministry in the form of an inscribed plaque 
presented by the district ministerium. Rev. William A. Steffler, pastor of the 
Suburban Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa., was elected to serve as moderator of 
the 1971 conference. Other newly elected officers are Rev. Luke Kauffman, vice 
moderator; Mr. John Line, secretary; Rev. Vernon Harris, assistant secretary; Mr. 
Kenneth Kohler, statistician; Mr. Waher Fretz, treasurer; Rev. Daniel Eshleman, 
business manager. 



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WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. John C. 
Whitcomb and Coach Chet Kammerer 
received the unprecedented "Alumnus 
of the Year" awards from Grace The- 
ological Seminary and Grace College 
Alumni Associations, respectively. Dr. 
Whitcomb, professor of Theology and 
Old Testament and director of post- 
graduate studies in the seminary, was 
cited for his efforts in the area of 
alumni relations, and his authorship of 
widely read books and articles. Mr. 
Kammerer received recognition for his 
success as coach of the Lancers in bas- 
ketball and the spiritual leadership and 
growth in evidence on his athletic 
teams. The awards were presented at 
the Commencement exercises of Grace 
Schools held May 27. 

LAMORLAYE, FRANCE. Rev. P. 
Fred Fogle, director of missions at 
Grace Schools, was the commence- 
ment speaker at the European Bible 
Institute near Paris June 13. This oc- 
casion was the first stop for the TIME 
team to France sponsored by the 
Christian Education Department of 
The Brethren Church. Mr. and Mrs. 
Fogle are the leaders of the team. (See 
page 16 of this issue for testimonies of 
the team members.) 



WEST COVINA, CALIF. Rev. Roy 
R. Roberts has accepted the call to be- 
come pastor of the West Covina Breth- 
ren Church. He is a graduate of Biola 
College, and attended Talbot Theologi- 
cal Seminary. For the past six years 
he served as youth pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, and is 
now an ordained minister. After an 
outstanding academic and athletic 
record in high school, he accepted a 
full scholarship to John Brown Uni- 
versity. While there he was staff evan- 
gelist for the area Youth for Christ, 
and pastored a local church for one 
year. In 1965 he accepted the position 
at Long Beach and completed his 
schooling at Biola. 

LANSING, MICH. "Christian Edu- 
cation vs. Secular Education" was the 
topic of a dialogue with Pastor Randall 
Poyner and Rev. James Bowden, 
superintendent of Lansing Christian 
Schools, for the evening service May 3. 
A solid look was taken at education, 
facing questions such as: "Why don't 
Christian parents send their children to 
private schools?" "Is the education in 
these schools inferior?" "What's the 
future of the private Christian 
school?" 




Rev. Roy Roberts 

CHANGES. The following wish to 
announce address changes: Rev. and 
Mrs. Evan M. Adams, 812 Camino 
Viejo, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93103. 
Grace Brethren Church of Hanover, 10 
Eichelberger St., Hanover, Pa. 17331. 
The address of the pastor of the Han- 
over church is Rev. Donald R. Hinks, 
258 Meade Ave., Hanover, Pa. 17331. 
The new phone number for the 
Ankenytown (Ohio) Grace Brethren 
Church is 614-694-6936. Pastor Cliff 
Wicks has moved to R.F.D. 2, Somer- 
set, Pa. 15501. Please change your 
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Bible Prophecy and Stamps 



By Dr. Benjamin Hamilton 

Assistant Librarian 
Grace Sctiools 



Phoenicians (or Phenicians) lived in 
ancient times in western Lebanon, 
north of modern Israel. Sidon and the 
seaport Tyre were two main 
Phoenician cities. 

The Bible mentions Sidon once; the 
Sidonians, five times. Tyre rates 58 
Bible references. The Phoenicians were 
important in Bible times. Modern 
Lebanon thought so too when that 
country issued four airmail stamps on 
September 25, 1966 to honor ancient 
Phoenician culture. 

Phoenicians made a host of contri- 
butions to the lands they colonized. 
The 1966 Lebanese stamps illustrate 
four spheres of Phoenician civilization. 

King Ahiram's (a Phoenician ruler) 
sarcophagus appears on the 10-piaster 
Lebanese stamp of September 25, 
1966. The persons stiffly filing by to 
bring gifts and offerings in the picture 
on Ahiram's coffin illustrates Egyptian 
influence on Phoenician art in the 
homeland. Phoenician art elsewhere re- 
flected art styles of the lands where 
Phoenician colonies were situated. 

The sarcophagus on the 10-piaster 
1966 Lebanese airmail stamp was 
made for King Alriram who lived in 
1298-1232 B.C. Another King Hiram 
supplied King Solomon with workers 
and materials for Solomon's temple at 



Jerusalem (I Kings chapters 5 and 9). 

Ahiram's sarcophagus, unearthed at 
Byblos (perhaps the Gebal of Ezekiel 
27:9), is in the National Museum at 
Beirut, capital of Lebanon. 

One end of a Phoenician 
sarcophagus, of later date than 
Ahiram's coffin, is on the 15-piaster 
Lebanese 1966 stamp. The Phoenician 
ship shown on the coffin end panel is a 
virtual trademark of Phoenician sea- 
manship and commerce. 

By the fifth century B.C. 
Phoenician ships had reached West 
Africa, possibly off Cameroun or 
Gabon. The map on the 20-piaster 
Lebanese stamp of September 25, 
1 966 shows the extent of Phoenician 
colonies, trade and travel in the Medi- 
terranean zone. 

Phoenician ruins on both sides of 
the Red Sea indicate that Phoenician 
ships were hauled over dry land along 
a route similar to that of today's Suez 
Canal. Some scholars propose a theory 
that Phoenician sailors veered away 
from West Africa and ended up off 
South America! 

Phoenician industries were few. 
Merchants of Phoenicia relied on for- 
eign products. One Phoenician item 
enjoyed extensive sales: A purple dye 
for tinting cloth. The Greeks called the 



Postage stamps 
only tell part 
of the story. 



coloring agent plionike, Greek for 
Phoenicia. 

The map on the Lebanese 
20-piaster 1966 airmail stamp has ar- 
rows pointing to Mediterranean locali- 
ties. Each place so marked was a 
Phoenician trade settlement. 

Reading riglit to left, arrows direct 
the eyes along northern Mediterranean 
shoes to Cypress. Greece, Sicily, Sar- 
dinia, Italy, France and Spain. Other 
arrows point along southern Mediter- 
ranean coasts to Egypt. Carthage, Al- 
geria, and Morocco. 

Phoenician merchants needed such 
widespread depots to handle their bus- 
iness. Each Phoenician colony left an 
indelible cultural imprint upon the 
native people where the Phoenicians 
implanted settlements. 

Lebanon's 30-piaster September 25, 
1966 stamp shows a Phoenician man 
with Phoenician script on a tablet. The 
letters are part of the alphabet from 
which Hebrew and Greek writing 
came. 

Phoenician script was not the first 
alphabet. The initial alphabet, in- 
vented by Hittites during the fifteenth 
and fourteenth century B.C., was 
based on wedge-shaped writing used in 
Babylonia. 

In the twelfth century B.C. 
Phoenician scribes devised their 
22-letter alphabet that simplified writ- 
ing. Phoenician script influenced the 
writing of several languages. Yet no 
great amount of Phoenician literature 
is known. The literary quality is negli- 
gible. 

The four 1966 Lebanese airmail 
stamps advertising Phoenician glories 
tell only one side of the story. Ezekiel 
chapters 26—28 describe God's judg- 
ment against the Phoenician cities of 
Tyre and Sidon. Ezekiel's prophecy 
was fulfilled in 573 B.C. Nebuchadnez- 
zar, King of Babylonia, subdued Tyre 
after a siege started in 586 B.C. 

In the following centuries the 
Phoenicians experienced the yokes of 
Persia, Greece and Rome. The proud 
Phoenicians, honored more than 2,000 
years later by postage stamps, fell into 
the shame of slavery. W 



June 27, 1970 



15 



IT'S 

TIME 

FOR 

FRANCE 



"I remember the faces 

of those seeking for peace 

and forgiveness of sins 

in some dark, cold 

cathedral or church." 



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The TIME team will have a challenging program. (L to R) Wayne Hannah, Terry Davenport, 
Dale McDaniels, Mrs. Fred Fogle and Rev. Fred Fogle. Inset: Beckie Fogle. A picture of 
Ardyth Miller was not available. 



Six of the seven-member TIME 
team serving Christ in Europe this 
summer under the Christian Education 
Department of The Brethren Church 
are from Grace Schools. 

Directing the team is Rev. P. Fred 
Fogle, assistant professor in Anthro- 
pology and Missions at Grace, and for- 
mer missionary to France for fourteen 
years. He is accompanied by his wife, 
Maurita, a member of the Grace secre- 
tarial staff and his daughter, Beckie, a 
Grace alumnus who teaches at the Pen- 
sacola Christian High School, Pen- 
sacola, Florida. 

There are two college students, 
Wayne Hannah, senior, from the Pat- 
terson Park Brethren Church of Day- 
ton, Ohio; Terry Davenport, from the 
Grace Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, 
and a recent graduate with the class of 
'70; and seminary junior Dale McDan- 
iels from the First Brethren Church, 
Sunnyside, Washington. 

The seventh member of the team is 
Ardyth Miller, sophomore at Biola 
College, La Mirada, California, from 
the First Brethren Church, Washing- 
ton, D.C. 

The following testimonies reflect 
the spirit of the team anticipating this 
special missionary tour June 10 
through August 24: 



A trip to Europe for a summer is a 
dream for many people and would be 
a great pleasure for most. As we 
caught our last view of France when 
our ship was steaming out of Le Harve 
in July 1965 at the end of our third 
term of missionary service, we began 
dreaming of a return. This summer on 
June 10, that dream is to come true. It 
will be exciting and pleasurable be- 
cause it will be like returning home 
after a long absence. 

Of greatest significance is the fact 
that this tour will be a spiritual bles- 
sing and challenge. The Brethren TIME 
tram of young people that we are ac- 
companying to Europe will be serving 
Christ by holding meetings and con- 
tacting young people at the Brethren 
Chateau Youth Center, in churches 



"A trip to Europe 
for a summer 
is a dream 
for many people. ' 



Tor five years 
I prayed that the 
Lord would allow 
me to return." 



and youth camps, and also with the 
Roger Peughs, Brethren missionaries in 
Germany. 

Out first assignment is the gradu- 
ation service at the European Bible In- 
stitute, a few miles north of Paris. 
Other stops include Paris itself, Lyon, 
Geneva, Neuchatel. 

Every opportunity will be taken to 
fulfiU our God-given responsibility. We 
ask for your prayers for a fruitful sum- 
mer. 

-By Rev. and Mrs. 
Fred (Maurita) Fogle 

A small, insignificant family crossed 
the Atlantic Ocean in the fall of 1951 
on the Queen Mary and docked at Le 
Harve, France. In that family were a 
dedicated mother and father and three 
children, among whom was a little girl 
of three and one-half. 

France was to be my home till 
1965 when we came back to the 
United States. But how could 1 forget 
those fourteen years of growing up in 
a different culture? How could I forget 
those friends whom I had neglected in 
not really trying to win them to the 
Lord Jesus Christ? For five years I 
prayed that the Lord would allow me 
to return, even as a full-time mission- 
ary if that were His will. 

When I think of France I remember 
the faces of those seeking for peace 
and forgiveness of sins in some dark, 
cold cathedral or church; I remember 
those young schoolmates of mine, run- 
ning to confession every Friday night 
after school; but I also remember 
those few evangelistic churches and a 
handful of missionaries rejoicing in the 
service of our Lord. It is this great 
need which calls me to France this 
summer, for there is no joy more com- 
plete, no peace more perfect, than that 
of serving the most high God. 

-By Beckie Fogle, 
Grace College, 1965-66 



June 27, 1970 



17 



""I almost 
missed the boat 
to Europe 
this summer/' 



Never in my life did I expect to go 
to a mission field. When 1 dedicated 
my life completely to Christ two years 
ago, I think that I shoved the idea of 
going to a mission field back into a 
corner and ignored it. However, God 
had already decided that this consider- 
ation would not remain in this corner 
very long. So this year, when the opi- 
portunity came to go to France as a 
part of a missionary team, I remem- 
bered that promise of dedication to 
the Lord and became more willing to 
follow God's leading into this mission- 
ary endeavor. 

I am very thrilled with the prospect 
of being able to travel abroad this sum- 
mer, but I am even more excited about 
the opportunity I'll have to be part of 
an evangehstic outreach which will 
take the true gospel of Jesus Christ to 
those who have never heard. 

-By Wayne Hannah, 
Grace College Senior 

"How'd you hke to go to Europe 
this summer?" This is the question 
that Dale and Wayne cornered me with 
in the cafeteria one day. For me, that 
was the beginning of this whole ex- 
citing adventure. 

I invited Jesus into my life at a very 
young age. Since then I have had times 
of doubt, times of depression, times of 
ecstatic joy and real deep-down 
peace— the kind that comes only when 
you feel close to God. This makes up 
the Christian life. How are we ever to 
reach the top of the next mountain if 
we don't go through the valley first? 

I've learned a lot about God during 
the past four years at Grace, but the 
one thing that stands out in my mind 
is that— if God asks you to do some- 
thing and you would rather not, you'd 
better expect to miss an exciting ex- 
perience He has planned for you. God 
has things planned for obedient Chris- 
tians that we have never even dreamed 



of. I almost missed the boat to Europe 
this summer, but God had plans al- 
ready made for me and all I had to say 
was, "O.K., God." And I did. 

As the time approaches the excite- 
ment mounts! It's like graduating from 
high school or college— you can't wait 
till it comes but you are scared to 
death when it does. I feel inadequate 
-and I guess I should, but I'm sure 
God's power is able to supply every 
need— here or there. I am thankful that 
God has permitted me to be his ambas- 
sador this summer (II Cor. 5:20). 

No matter how excited and en- 
thused we are about the trip we realize 
that the devil is waiting to pounce on 
our enthusiasm or to step in the way 
of success. Even this can't stop us 
though if we are seeking God's help. 
We need much prayer for this exciting 
missionary endeavor. Please pray. 

- Terry Davenport, College 
graduate with the class of '70 

A tour to France? Me? Yes— no— 
perhaps. As usual, faith was no small 
factor involved in applying for the 
tour. The summer TIME program was 
still in the beginning stages. Each ap- 
plicant had to sign up not knowing for 
sure with whom he would be traveling, 
how much it was going to cost, and 
what type of work he would be doing 
once he got to the field. 

At this point the program has de- 
veloped very well, but it wasn't until 
someone decided to step out in faith 
and do something he wasn't sure 
about. Each one of us had to do just 



^Never in my life 
did 1 expect 
to go to a 
mission field. ' 



that. Now that we have made ourselves 
available, it remains for God to direct 
us. 

"For if there be first a willing mind, 
it is accepted according to that a man 
hath, and not according to that he 
hath not" (II Cor. 8:12). 

-By Dale McDaniels, 
Grace Seminary Middler 



For a long time the thought of ' 
someday going to France intrigued me. 
In fact, it started in the ninth grade 
with my first study of the French Ian- , 
guage. To actually go to France and I 
not merely see it as a tourist, has been I 
my dream and prayer. I most desired | 
to go under the Brethren TIME pro- ' 
gram. This would enable me to get a 
real solid grasp of a language by min- 
gling freely with those who speak it 
fluently. To be able to share my faith 
with my peers in return for their help, ] 
well, it is just FANTASTIC! This dual 
opportunity can only be offered by 
our TIME program. I 

When asked the number of years I I 
have been studying French, and I re- 
spond with five, people expect me to 



'To be able to 
share my faith 
. . . it is just 
FANTASTIC!' 



speak it nearly as fluently as a nation- 
al. Sometimes I even expect it of 
myself, but I must remember that I am 
not quite at the same level as a 
French-born five-year-old child. How- 
ever, it's not as frustrating as it may 
sound to work so hard and long, and 
seemingly learn so httle. In another 
three or four years of constant contact 
with the language, and the help of the 
Lord, I will be able to communicate 
freely with Frenchmen. That is the 
day I am striving to reach. 

God has given me a genuine love for 
the French language and the French 
people. When the Lord thinks I am 
ready for His service, I will gladly fol- 
low where He directs. This trip to 
France is just the beginning! 

To all of you who are helping in 
making this trip possible for our team, 
I thank you! 

-By Ardyth Miller, sophomore, 
Biola College 

(Editor's note: You may share in this 
European summer missionary ministry 
through prayer and by sending your desig- 
nated support gifts to the Christian Educa- 
tion Department, P.O. Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590.) » 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



There's a Storm Gathering 



/An earthshaking meeting was 
convened in Atlanta by the Christian 
iLife Commission of the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention as reported in The At- 
lanta Constitution for March 17, 1970. 
The three-day meeting, March 16-18, 
jwas advertised as a seminar on 
j"Authentic Morahty for Modern 
iMan." 

As a counter to the rising protests 
of the proposed meeting, three promi- 
nent Atlanta Baptist pastors signed a 
letter which was later made public, in- 
:sisting that the purpose was to provide 
"Southern Baptists with creative lead- 
ership in dealing with paramount 
[moral issues of the day as we seek to 
:assume our intended role as partici- 
Ipants v^ath God in His saving purpose 
for His world." 

The focus of the "Christian Life 
Commission Seminar" was on the 
necessary steps that must be taken by 
the local church to cope with some of 
the baffling situations facing it. Such 
matters as situation ethics, the play- 
boy philosophy, sex education, black 
power, air and water pollution, and 
authentic morality were discussed with 
a view to helping the largest Protestant 
body with a 1 1 .5 million membership 
prepare for the months ahead. 

Featured speakers from outside the 
Southern Baptist Convention included 
Dr. Joseph Fletcher, professor of 
social ethics, Episcopal Theological 
School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
and reportedly the father of situation 
ethics; Mr. Anson Mount, manager of 
public affairs for Playboy Magazine; 
and Representative Juhan Bond, a 
negro and Georgia legislator. In ad- 
vance of this meeting an avalanche of 




President, 

Grace 

Schools 



criticism arose within the Southern 
Baptist Convention, including editori- 
als in two state Baptist papers and 
hundreds of letters, most of the criti- 
cism being aimed at the scheduling of 
two of the speakers, Fletcher and 
Bond. 

Dr. Joseph Fletcher declared in pre- 
senting the case for situation ethics, "I 
am prepared to argue that the Chris- 
tian obligation calls for lies and adult- 
ery and fornication and theft and 
promise-breaking and killing some- 
times, depending on the situation." He 
based Christian decision-making on the 
norm of "loving concern" rather than 
"law." He referred to the Ten Com- 
mandments as no more than "foot- 
notes to history" and insisted that the 
Bible is the most radical social ethic 
we have. 

Mr. Anson Mount made his thesis 
quite clear, maintaining that the organ- 
ized church has not said enough 
about unmarried sex, and young 
people are no longer satisfied to settle 
for the church's traditional answer of 
"don't." He continued, "We see it as 
our mission to remind people that sex 
can, and ought to be, fun; that it is a 
legitimate part of human experience, 
that it can be happy, joyous, Ught- 
hearted and pleasurable. Not only 
that, but it ought to be." 

The public affairs manager for Play- 
boy was further reported to have 
said, "We feel there has been quite 
enough emphasis in our culture over 
the past 2,000 years on the dark, terri- 
fying possibilities of sex. We've heard 
quite enough about its terrors and its 
tyranny, about the disease and 
wrecked lives and tortured souls. ... If 
you people in the church feel it is your 
mission to remind people of the awful 
terrors of sex and the horrible implica- 
tions that can result from going to bed 
with somebody without a marriage 
license, then go ahead." 

It is not surprising that this hber- 
tine discussion admitted to the floor 
of the Southern Baptist Seminar 
should be greeted with a storm of criti- 
cism. Even Lester Maddox, the Gover- 
nor of Georgia and a Baptist, threat- 
ened to picket this meeting, but later 



decided against it. This, with many 
other like situations now surfacing 
within the Southern Baptist Conven- 
tion has led one prominent Southern 
Baptist theologian to remark that 
these things point to the "gathering 
storm." 

A denomination long noted for its 
rugged independence of individual 
congregations and members is now ex- 
periencing pangs of change and diversi- 
ty. Mass communications and popu- 
lation mobility have brought the 
differing elements into frequent col- 
lision. Some of the membersliip fore- 
see intensifying conflict ahead 
between young members and their 
elders, between denominational leader- 
ship and the people in the pews, be- 
tween the old-hne conservatives and 
the growing mass of liberals. 

Already the conflict is centering 
about such key issues as just what con- 
stitutes a Baptist, the infallibility of 
the Scriptures, and fellowship with 
other Protestants. Purges have been in- 
stituted for "aUen baptism," and the 
denomination's convention last year 
narrowly defeated a proposal to re- 
quire educational writers and seminary 
professors to sign doctrinal statements, 
pledging belief in "the infallibility of 
the entire Bible." 

The great Southern Baptist Con- 
vention is gradually being infiltrated, 
as is every other rehgious body. Once 
the stream of teaching is polluted at its 
source, there is scarcely any way to 
avert the permeation of the entire 
body without renouncing the source 
and turning to the formation of a new 
body of believers. Both the colleges 
and seminaries of this Protestant body 
have well-nigh been leavened with false 
doctrine and unchristian philosophy, 
and there can be no escape from the 
doctrinal disintegration of the denomi- 
nation and the local church. 

Eventually the conservatives will be 
forced to step out and organize new 
churches and schools in order to per- 
petuate the faith. The great mass of 
this denomination and others will con- 
tinue to reduce the level of its faith, 
until at last it will disappear within the 
(Continued on page 23) 



June 27, 1970 



19 




Grace 

Purchases 

Property 

Grace Schools recently purchased 
the Winona Lake Auditorium, McKee 
Courts, and the Lamp (formerly the 
Eskimo Inn) from the Winona Lake 
Christian Assembly. The Board of 
Trustees authorized the purchase. 

Ownership of the auditorium, 
which is already used extensively by 
the schools, will permit further de- 
velopment of this facility to meet the 
needs of Grace Schools musical and 
cultural programs. 

Projected student enrollments indi- 
cate that soon the entire McKee Court 
will be needed to house college men in 
addition to the part already in use. Re- 
modeling, including carpeting of the 
rooms and tiling of the showers, al- 
most completed in the north section, 
is to be continued through the entire 
motel facility. 

The Lamp, in which the students 
and schools have already made a siz- 
able investment in labor and money, 
will be available to the schools on a 
year-round basis, and continue to serve 
as a student union. 



$4,000 Initial Poyment 

$10,000 Grant Received 




Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, president of Grace College, accepts the first payment of $4,000 on ai 
$10,000 grant by R. R. Donnelley and Sons, from Don Hackbert, vice president and direc-1 
tor of the Warsaw plant. Other Donnelley representatives are Joseph Lake, personnel man-; 
ager at left, and at far right, Harold Nichols, superintendent of the east plant. j 



A $10,000 grant to be paid over 
three years to Grace College was pre- 
sented by Don Hackbert, vice presi- 
dent and director of the Warsaw Manu- 
facturing Division of R. R. Donnelley 
and Sons on May 19 during chapel. 
This will be used to reduce the 
$270,699 indebtedness remaining on 
the new $740,000 library-learning 
center. 

In making his presentation to Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt, president of the col- 



Queen for a May Day 



Vickie Zickefoose, the 1970 Grace 
College May Queen, shares some of the 




Vickie shares her smiles with her parents. 



joys of the occasion with her parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Zickefoose, mem- 
bers of the Patterson Park Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio. 

In colorful ceremonies reminiscent 
of May Day in Medieval England, 
Jackie Frushour, retiring 1969 queen, 
crowned Vickie, a Grace College junior 
to reign over the festivities. 

Vickie is the editor-in-chief of the 
1 970 college yearbook, The Heritage. 
She served as sophomore class secre- 
tary in 1968-69, sang in the chorale, 
served on a gospel team and was dorm 
social chairman in 1967-68. 



lege, Mr. Hackbert sai:d, "I feel the^ 
Warsaw-Winona Lake area— and for 
that matter, the whole of Kosciusko 
County— is fortunate indeed to have a 
student body of this quality in their 
community. My company and I are ex- 
tremely pleased to make this gift possi- 
ble. We see campuses in turmoil across 
this great nation, but these young men 
and women are interested in learning 
and serving their community. While 
the administrations of some other 
schools have closed their institutions 
for the balance of the school year, 
Grace College will be open and these 
students will be taking their exains 
next week." 

Dr. Hoyt, upon accepting the check 
of $4,000 as the initial payment of the 
pledge, expressed his appreciation and 
said, "We of the Grace College family 
feel a deep sense of gratitude to Mr. 
Hackbert and to R. R. Donnelley and 
Sons, as well as the entire community 
for the confidence they have placed in 
us. "We conceive of education as a 
process of developing young people to 
make a positive contribution to the 
life of the community, academically, 
morally and economically. We shall en- 
deavor to maintain this trust in the 
years to come." 



20 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Grrace Wins First "College Bowl" 




irace College "Bowl Team" Wins First Try. L. to r. Glenn Firebaugh, 



In their first "College Bowl" competition held on the 
;ampus of Taylor University, Grace College defeated four 
Dther colleges. Taylor had invited Anderson College, Butler 
Jniversity, Marion College, and Grace College to participate 
n the event in preparation for their appearance on the G E 
College Bowl TV show. 

Taylor beat Butler in the first round, Anderson won over 
clarion and Grace drew a bye. In the second round Grace 
icored 215 to 195 over Butler and Anderson defeated Tay- 
or 230-170. Grace beat Anderson by a score of 150-90 in 
he final round with questions asked from all fields of 
cnowledge. 

Ensemble Concludes Tour 

The Grace College Concert Ensemble under the direction 
)f Kenneth R. Kohler, Jr., Special Instructor in Music, 
;losed the spring tour season, May 13 through 17, with 
;hurch concerts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. 



Dennis Martin, Wayne Mensinger and Dean Knepp. 

Members of the Grace Bowl Team were Dennis Martin, 
freshman; Glenn Firebaugh and Wayne Mensinger, seniors; 
and Dean Knepp, sophomore; with Dr. Jesse D. Humberd, 
coach. 




ictured left to right (back row) Kenneth Ashman, John Fretz, John 
Iratcher, Dotty Lou Fisher, Shelly Franchino, Ruthanne Ward, 
mne Shipley, Bruce Sellers, Scott Jensen, Kenneth Kohler (direc- 
ar)— (middle row) Nancy Baughman, Susie Thompson (accom- 
lanist), Susan Eavey, Cheryl Secour, Jayne Conrad, Sally Bechtel— 
front row) Ronald Burns, Jim Gault. 



1970 SUMMER TOUR 


ITINERARY FOR 


THE CRUSADERS (TEN SINGING MEN OF GRACE)] 


from Grace College 


and Seminary 


Winona Lake, 


Indiana 


Prof. Donald Ogd 


en, Director 


June 28 {a.m.)-Mansfield, Ohio 


19 (p.m.)-Portland, 


(Woodville) 


Oregon 


(p.m.)-Mansfield, Ohio 


20'-Albany, Oregon 


29-Lexington, Ohio 


2 1-Chico, California 


30-Ankenytown, Ohio 


22 -Sacramento, CaUfornia 


July 1 -Dayton, Ohio 


23-Modesto, California 


(First) 


(Greenwood) 


2 -Dayton, Ohio 


24-San Jose, California 


(Basore Road) 


26 (a.m.)-Santa Maria, 


5 (a.m.)-Lonibard, 


California 


Illinois 


26 (p.m.)-Glendale, 


(Lombard 


California 


Bible) 


27-Anaheim, Cahfornia 


6-Davenport, Iowa 


29-Long Beach, California 


7-Des Moines, Iowa 


(Community) 


8-Portis, Kansas 


30-LaVerne, Cahfornia 


9 -Denver, Colorado 


3 1-Whittier, California 


12 (a.m.)-Spokane, 


(Community) 


Washington 




12 (p.m.)- Richland, 




Washington Aug. 2 (a.m.)- Los Angeles, | 


13-Grandview, 


California 


Washington 


2 (p.m.)-BeUflower, 


15-Toppenish, 


California 


Washington 


3 -Seal Beach, California 


16-Hairah. Washington 


4-Rialto, Cahfornia 


17-Yakima, Washington 


5 -San Bernardino, 


19 {a.m.)-Kent, 


California 


Washington 


6-Beaumont, California 


August 7-14-National Brethren Youth Conference and the 81st 


Annual Conference of the National Fellowship of Brethren 


Churches. 


1 



lune 27, 1970 



21 



Happy Donors Are Here Again 



I he Tax Reform Act of 1969 
was enacted December 30, 1969, after 
having been rewritten by the House- 
Senate Conference Committee. In its 
final form, the new statute represents 
a thorough overhauling of taxation, in- 
cluding the deductibility of certain 
types of charitable gifts. Despite 
earlier fears and uncertainties, it is 
now known that institutions such as 
colleges and churches can live quite 
easily with the new tax law. In fact, as 
one tax analyst wrote, "Happy donors 
are here again!" 

Since gifts are so vital to the ad- 
vancement program of Grace College 
and Seminary, I felt a quick review of 
this new Tax Reform Act would be 
most helpful. 




By Rev. Richard G. Messner 

Development Department 
Grace Schools 



Outright Cash Gifts 

All of us make contributions in 
some form, and most of us make cash 
gifts. In this respect, the new law has 
been most generous, particularly to 
the larger contributors. Formerly, no 
matter how large the charitable gift, a 
donor could not take in one year a 
charitable deduction of more than 30 
percent of his or her adjusted gross in- 
come. This is now raised to 50 percent 
of adjusted gross income for cash gifts; 
and, if you cannot use all your gift 
deductions in one year, because of this 
limitation, you can carry over the re- 
mainder for five more years. Certainly 
this is a generous provision which our 
government has provided for those 
who wish to exercise their steward- 
ship. 

Gifts of Property 
Which Have Increased in Value 

A home, land, or securities are 
types of gifts which may have in- 
creased in value over the years. If you 
would sell property of this nature, 
with an appreciated value, you will 
probably be subject to a capital gains 
tax. If, however, you decide to give it 
to a non-profit organization such as 
Grace Schools, in most instances you 
can take as a charitable deduction the 
present value of the property and es- 
cape a capital gains tax entirely. 

Example: If a donor makes a chari- 
table contribution of securities, land, 
etc., which cost him $5,000 more than 
six months ago, and have now in- 
creased in value to say $8,000, he re- 
ceives a tax deduction of $8,000 and 
pays no capital gains tax on the 
$3,000 increase in value. 

A Gift of Property 
With Retained Life Estate 

A couple may wish their home or 
farm to go to a charitable organization 
but want to continue living on the 



property for the rest of their lives 
This can be arranged so the non-profit 
organization can be assured of eventu- 
al possession and the donor can have 
an immediate charitable deduction. 

The Gift Annuity 

The gift annuity is a favorite type 
of gift with both Grace Schools and 
participants. Fortunately, the gift' 
annuity has been affected very little 
by the new tax law. 

The donor transfers cash, a farm, a| 
home, or securities to Grace Schools,! 
and receives a guaranteed annual in-\ 
come. There is an immediate tax de-| 
duction for the gift part of the agree-' 
ment and most of the income is tax 
free. 

This type of arrangement is especial- 
ly attractive for senior citizens who 
wish to help Grace College and Semi- 
nary and yet receive a generous return. 

Example: A man 83 years of age , 
would receive 9 percent annually ofj 
the total amount transferred to Grace | 
Schools, and 86 percent of his income ' 
from this source each year would be ! 
tax free. He may also escape most, if | 
not all, capital gains tax which he | 
would have to pay if he sold the 
property. 

Other Kinds of Charitable Gifts 

There are no changes in the law ; 
governing a charitable gift through a 
will. Bequests play a major role in > 
helping Grace Schools advance, and ; 
they take many forms. Also, new ' 
methods of giving have been intro- 
duced in the Tax Reform Act. 

This is, of course, just a brief look 
at some of the charitable gift aspects 
of this new act of Congress. If you 
would like additional information, feel 
free to contact the Development De- 
partment of Grace College and Semi- 
nary located at Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. # 



22 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



v.? race College is an unusual in- 
stitution. It not only recognizes the 
academic and social dimensions of ed- 
ucation, but alto the spiritual. No one 
dimension is complete without the 
other, and we must view all sides to 
insure a correct assessment of our 
school. 

To aid in getting a more complete 
picture, possibly it would help if I ex- 
plained more fully the specific role of 
Dormitory Senate. As stated in the 
Handbook, our purpose is "to work 
with the deans and counselors in regu- 
lating dormitory life in the greatest in- 
terest and harmony." 

This is very general, but necessarily 
so. It is impossible to get too specific 
without having a stifling effect. Also, 
it allows each dormitory adminis- 
tration fo develop its own philosophy 
within these bounds. Our obligations 
are both social and judicial. Our 
philosophy has been to integrate all of 
our activities with our Christ-centered 
philosophy of life. 

This sounds very basic and simple, 
but we dare not let its familiarity over- 
ride its importance ; for as students, we 
are able to get a perspective of the stu- 
dent body not available to the admin- 
istration. As this relates to Dorm 
Senate, we as students see that Grace 
is one of the fastest growing private 
schools in Indiana, and we are experi- 
encing pains commensurate with that 
growth. Among them are the pains re- 
sulting from sheer size, but these are 
easily handled with brick, mortar, and 
money. 

Not so easily handled are the pains 
resulting from a different type of stu- 
dent we are seeing in attendance at 
Grace. These students have been more 
bombarded with the philosophy of 
Satan than any other generation in 
Grace's history, and with this bom- 
bardment comes a greater need for 
spiritual leadership. 

There is also a new face emerging 
from the collective face of the Grace 
student body ... the face of Intel- 



G 



race 



Is 

Unusual 



By Max Anders, B.A. '70 

President, Dorm Senate 



(Editor's note: This article was original- 
ly given by Max Anders as an address 
to the parent-faculty reception during 
Operation Insight ai Grace College.) 

lectual ferment. The most vivid in- 
dications of this can be seen by ex- 
amining the curriculum, the infant 
interest in debate and quiz teams, the 
editorial page of the school newspaper, 
and private discussions. 

There is also a stepped-up attack on 
our fortifications here within our in- 
stitution. Satan reahzes that probably 
the greatest hope for Christendom is in 
the Christ-centered school. 

Leadership within the school must 
be apphed consistently, because those 
in need of leadership will be to- 
morrow's leaders. There are some stu- 
dents who reahze their awesome re- 
sponsibility, but we cannot fight the 
battle alone. We need an understand- 
ing administration who is ready to 
Usten to us and heed our words. We 
are the fruit of Grace College, and if 
we cannot be respected for what we 



have to say, it would reflect directly 
on inadequacies of the school. 

We need parents to estabhsh and 
maintain good spiritual foundations in 
the home. Psychologists agree that in- 
adequacies in the home readily trans- 
fer to become inadequacies in the 
personalities of their children. 

We need support— financial, verbal 
and prayer support. Again, we dare 
not let the familiarity of the latter 
override its critical importance. Grace 
has unlimited potential, and I am con- 
vinced that if we become victims of 
harmful experiences, it will not be due 
to pressure from the outside. Our 
weaknesses will be harmful only if we 
are attacked from the inside. 

We do not have the money and 
facilities of state universities, but one 
look at the university system of Amer- 
ica tells us that money and facilities 
are not the answer. Our needs are 
spiritual, and will be met only by 
prayer. 

It will take a unified effort on the 
part of students, administration and 
staff, and concerned people on the 
outside, to meet the crucial needs of 
our institution, but we have a tremen- 
dous promise from the Bible. If we un- 
hypocritically seek first, the Kingdom 
of God, all our needs will be added 
unto us. * 

There's a Storm ... 

(Continued from page 19) 

great ecumenical movement now de- 
veloping and become the harlot church 
of the end time which is thoroughly 
pagan. 

As long as there is hope, God's 
people need to respond sincerely to 
the command of the Scriptures to 
"earnestly contend for the faith which 
was once delivered unto the saints" 
(Jude 3). But when it becomes clear 
that further effort to stem the tide 
within a group is futile, then it is high 
time to withdraw and organize a new 
effort for the Lord. » 



June 27, 1970 



23 



Four Additions 



Grace Faculty Appointments Announced 



New 1970-71 faculty appointments 
have been named by Dr. E. William 
Male, academic dean for Grace Col- 
lege. 

Donald E. Harrison will come as an 
Instructor in Speech from a similar 




position at Southwest City College of 
Chicago. He has also taught at North- 
ern Illinois University and the Uni- 
versity of South Dakota. He studied at 
North American Baptist and Central 
Baptist Theological Seminaries, re- 
ceived his M.A. in Speech from the 
University of South Dakota, has done 
work on liis Ph.D. at Michigan State, 
Universidad International (Mexico) 
and Southern Illinois U. 

Lowell Allen Miller has been ap- 
pointed as Instructor in Chemistry. 
Since 1967 he has served as Clinical 




Chemist at the Presbyterian Medical 
Center in Denver, where he is current- 
ly conducting a class for Pathology 
Residents in Chemistry Instrumenta- 
tion. He studied at Citrus Junior and 
California Polytechnic Colleges, re- 
ceived his B.A. in Biology from Up- 
land College in 1963, his M.S. in 



Physiology from Colorado State in 
1967 and has done additional graduate 
study in Biochemistry at the Universi- 
ty of Colorado. 

Vance A. Yoder will serve as an As- 
sistant Professor of Music, a position 
he has held at Bluffton College. He has 
also taught at Ohio State and Indiana 
Universities and high school choral 
music in the Preble County (Ohio) 
Schools. He will receive his Ph.D. in 
Music Education from Ohio State U. 
in June, 1970, holds his M.M. in Organ 
from Indiana U. and his B.S. in Music 
from Manchester College. He also 
studied at McPherson College. 




Rev. Charles Lee Jenkins, who re- 
ceived his Th.B. from Grace Seminary 
in 1950, will assume his duties as Di- 
rector of Christian Service for Grace 
College, and as Chaplain for the col- 
lege and seminary on September 1, 
1970. 

In the seminary he will teach a class 
on the Chaplaincy and in the college 
his work will be under the office of 
Arnold R. Kriegbaum, Dean of Stu- 
dents. 

About July I Mr. Jenkins will be 
granted full retirement from the 
United States Navy as a Commander, 
having served the greater part of his 
enlistment as a Navy Chaplain. He, 
with his family, plan to move to 
Winona Lake in July. 

His daughter, Robin, graduated 
from Grace College in 1969. 

Promotions Announced 

Mary A. Fink, who has been at the 
University of California working on 
her M.A. program this past year, will 



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move up to Assistant Professor of 
Speech and Education when she re- 
turns this fall. 

Promoted from instructor will be P. 
Fred Fogle to Assistant Professor of 
Anthropology and Missions and Gerald 
R. Franks to Assistant Professor of 
Music. 

Ron Henry will be promoted to As- 
sociate Professor of History and 
Yvonne J. Messner to Associate Profes- 
sor of Physical Education. 

Professor Donald A. Garlock has 
been granted a sabbatical leave to re- 
turn to the University of Southern 
Cahfornia to continue work on his 
doctorate. 

Faculty Returning from Leave 

Richard A. Dilling, who has been 
working on his Ph.D. at Wesleyan Uni- 
versity in Middleton, Connecticut this 
past year, will return to campus in 
September as Assistant Professor of 
Mathematics and Physics. He will con- 
tinue his doctoral program at Purdue 
University. 

Edgar J. Lovelady, who this past 
year has been pursuing his Ph.D. at 
Purdue University, will return in Sep- 
tember as Assistant Professor of 
English Literature. Meanwhile, he will 
continue working on his doctorate at 
Purdue. 

Returning to the seminary from the 
University of California, where he has 
been working on a second M.A. de- 
gree, will be Dr. Paul R. Fink, Associ- 
ate Professor of Homiletics, Practical 
Theology and Christian Education. 



R E T H R E 



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July 11, 1970 



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The Editor's Viewpoint 


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Whither the American Way? 


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Tlie Specter of Today .... 


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We're on Our Way! 


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Our Church in Our World . 


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A Summer of Service .... 


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The Children's Page .... 


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Church News 


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Laymen's Page 


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Meet Your National WMC Officers 


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WMC in Africa 


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Coffee Cups and the Word . 


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The Master Calleth .... 


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The Creative Woman .... 


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SMM Rally Reports .... 


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Pick of the Vital Books 


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KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS: 
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Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 

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by Clyde K. Landrum 



The Buck Stops Here 



// 



* "The Buck Stops Here"— so the 
plaque read. It was on the desk of for- 
mer President Harry S. Truman, and 
jwas his way of saying there is a final 
authority in the Executive Branch of 
^he United States Government. He had 
^ides and department heads with vary- 
ing degrees of authority, but for the 
;final decision the word must come 
from the President. 

Is there a final authority in Chris- 
jtianity? Is there a statement of au- 
jthority? Some say no. Yet, God has 
spoken authoritatively and this mes- 



sage is recorded in a book. We call it 
the Bible. Failure to believe in this 
authentic message can bring the 
church into grave difficulties as 
demonstrated by her problems, past 
and present. The liberals, long ago, 
threw overboard many of the basic 
doctrines outlined in the Bible, turning 
to and preaching a "social gospel," 
rather than salvation by grace through 
Jesus Christ. They have proclaimed 
their own ideas to the neglect of 
God's message. 

In the June 3, 1970 Presbyterian 




Journal there is a presentation in the 
form of charts of the sad state of a 
great denomination. The key sentence 
in the briefly written summary is this, 
"We believe this sorry record can be 
largely attributed to the fact that 
many ministers in our church no 
longer believe in the integrity and 
authority of the Bible." 

What is this "sorry record"? Ac- 
cording to the report, during the past 
five years more churches have been 
dissolved than have been organized. 
While there are probably extenuating 
circumstances in some instances, the 
clear fact remains that the starting of 
new churches is on the decline. Fur- 
thermore, the number of churches 
showing no professions of faith in 
1969 exceeds 1,350. 

The report further points out that 
the number of ministerial candidates 
in a ten-year period declined by more 
than 30 per cent. The Sunday-school 
enrollment steadily decreased by at 
least 22 per cent. In 1969 the denomi- 
nation showed a loss in membership, 
rather than a gain. 

My remarks here are not critical; 
they are analytical. Hopefully, they 
are helpfully analytical. I have no de- 
sire to hurt but to help the church. I 
am pleading for the acceptance of the 
Bible as the Book of "integrity and 
authority," to be preached in the 
power of the Holy Spirit. 

If the church is to prosper and ac- 
complish her mission in the world, this 
is the only way she can do it. There 
must be an acceptance of the fact that 
the Bible is inspired, it is God's Book, 
and it is the final authority. The be- 
liefs and philosophies of men can 
never win souls to Christ, establish the 
saints in the faith nor give people a 
genuine hope for the future. Only the 
God-breathed message known as the 
Bible can accomplish these things. » 



July 11, 1970 



WHITHER THE AMERIC 




"If America 

succumbs to the 

philosophy of 

violence . . . 

one of the first 

'institutions' to 

crumble will be 

the Christian 

foreign missions 

program." 



Ihere was a day when United 
States Christians were proud to be 
Americans. They were not even 
ashamed to admit that their patriotism 
was a httle bit mixed with their Chris- 
tianity—after all, American roots lie 
deep in Biblical soil. It was a source of 
pride to realize that many of the 
nobler facets of American life, such as 
the relationship of church and state, 
an equitable judicial system, en- 
lightened medical procedures, and our 
system of education are all traced to 
the precedence, injunctions, and prac- 
tices of the Scriptures. 

Now there are those who would 
have us lament our citizenship and re- 
nounce our heritage. They would re- 
write our history, defile our flag, de- 
grade our heroes, and lead us into 
revolution. Such an attitude among 
those who detest the Judeo-Christian 
culture is understandable. But when 
those within the Christian community 
join in the critical chorus and advocate 
violent revolution, this we find beyond 
comprehension.^ 

We do not claim that America is 
perfect nor do we seek to identify it as 
a Christian nation, for such it is not. 
More correctly someone has called it 
"a pagan nation inhabited by a minori- 
ty of committed Christians." Having 
said that, we also need to recognize 
that it is the most Christian nation on 
earth and does contain a deep reservoir 
of Biblical ethics, morals, and faith. 
For example: the Constitution of the 
New England Confederation (1643) 
contains these noble words: "Whereas 
we all came into these parts of Ameri- 
ca with one and the same end and aim, 
namely, to advance the kingdom of 
our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the 
liberties of the gospel in purity with 
peace . . . ." Around the top of the 
Liberty Bell is inscribed Leviticus 
25:10; "Proclaim libertvjhroughout 
all the land unto all tffe inhabitants 
thereof." In fact, as a recent writer has 
commented: "No one can fully under- 
stand the American Revolution and 
the American Constitutional system 



without a realization of the long histo 
ry and religious associations which Ik 
back of them . . ." (A. M. Baldwin). 

We recognize the danger of pride ir 
an earthly kingdom. But it is not wor 
ship of state we advocate, it is true 
patriotism— that love of country thai 
made America the dream and hope ol 
the oppressed and the melting pot foi 
the thousands who came and still 
come to her shores to breathe the ^ 
of freedom and to enjoy the luxury of 
human dignity. Unfortunately, we stiB 
have ghettos. But so do other couii' 
tries, and nothing in the U.S. can conn 
pare with the tragedies of illiteracy 
slums, famine, and poverty— in Latin 
America and India, as examples. Yet, 
America is doing far more to solve her 
slum problems than is any other 
nation. Thousands of American fami- 
lies have gone through the ghetto stage 
in the past and have advanced to what 
is enviously referred to by foreigners 
as "the American way of hfe." Mil- 
lions are spent on urban renewal to 
provide modern homes for slum dwel- 
lers. But overzealous social gospelizers 
need to remember that social reform 
alone will not produce paradise. The 
sins of immorality, divorce, gambling, 
drunkenness, and drug use still plague 
many among both blacks and whites 
and keep them from attaining a decent 
standard of living even in better living 
quarters. 

Racial prejudice is a cancer that 
needs to be removed. Yet, compared 
to the prejudice and hatred that exists 
among peoples of different ethnic and 
religious groups in other parts of the 
world, our race problem is well on its 
way to a solution. We are told that the 
median Negro family income has risen 
to $5,360 a year, and that the number 
earning $7,000 has doubled in ten 
years. Compare that with the plight of 
the poor in the rest of the world, and 
you will find that the lot of the Ameri- 
can Negro is not to be equated with 
the depths of poverty experienced by 
multitudes overseas. To point out this 
fact does not by any means imply that 



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we advocate segregation or would keep 
the Negro a second-class citizen. As 
Christians who believe that man was 
created in God's image, any expression 
of prejudice or intolerance toward a 
fellow human being is repulsive. Breth- 
ren readers will be interested to learn 
that Christopher Sauer and his son 
used their press to fight for social re- 
form and the abolition of the slave 
trade. They found a ready market for 
their books among the German set- 
tlers, Mennonites, Moravians, and 
Lutherans whose pastors were gradu- 
ates of the best Swiss and German uni- 
versities. The moral fiber of men like 
these still exists, I am sure, in the 
bloodstream of American life. 

But the beat of another drum 
beckons men to fall in line, and it is 
appalling to see the number of Ameri- 
cans who march to its cadence. It is 
the beat of despair, of disdain, of de- 
struction. It is the beat of people (I 
will not say men) like Jerry Rubin 
who not only despise Christ and mock 
Christianity, but are willfully ignorant 
of history. It was the Puritans who in- 
vented the "universal, compulsory, 
tax-supported educational system"— the 
prototype in all important respects of 
what was to become the public school. 
This along with belief in the sanctity 
of the family were the bases of both 
church and state and helped make 
America unique and great. Now these 
"establishments" are threatened. Re- 
cently, in Tuskaloosa, Alabama, Rubin 
told the University of Alabama stu- 
dents: "Tear down the school system. 
We are going to destroy private proper- 
ty. Nobody will own a factory and 
have other people work for him." The 
tragedy is not that such a person 
speaks in this manner, but that col- 
leges and universities give him the plat- 
form to encourage anarchy, and that 
the best informed and the most knowl- 
edgeable (so we are told) generation of 
students think so little of their Ameri- 
can heritage that they take him seri- 
ously and help to carry out the de- 
struction. Here lies the danger, for if 



America succumbs to the philosophy 
of violence and resorts to revolution, 
one of the first "institutions" to 
crumble will be the Christian foreign 
missions program. It will also be the 
end of a virile Christian faith that has 
spawned vigorous Christian testi- 
monies all over America, and has 
thrust forth much more than its share 
of foreign missionaries. 

Back in the forties Life magazine 
carried an editorial entitled "Faith in 



Men must deserve freedom by know- 
ing how to govern themselves. The 
power to govern oneself, to distinguish 
between right and wrong, resides in 
conscience which is man's link with 
God. If God is really overthrown as 
the final ruler of Americans, the state 
will be left in sole charge. Such a state, 
fortified by a new religious national- 
ism, could conceivably be both strong 
and safe. The sovereign geographical 
expression called America, and the 



'^overzealous social gospelizers 
need to remember that 
social reform alone 
will not produce paradise." 



America Asks a Greater Faith in God." 
In the course of that editorial were the 
following words: 

". . . Most of the men who wrote 
the Constitution, who developed our 
institutions, and who gave us our cul- 
tural and ethical heritage ascribed this 
moral law to God. 

"It is therefore true, although it 
may sound paradoxical, that to believe 
in America and in nothing else is pro- 
foundly un-American. Even a belief in 
human liberty is not enough to under- 
pin the American dream. The men 
who fought hardest for religious liber- 
ty in America nevertheless believed 
that without religion self-government 
would fail. For the whole theory of 
liberty rests in its turn on the responsi- 
bility of the individual [italics mine] . 



A Moment with Missions 



forked animals called Americans need 
not suffer when the individual con- 
science ceases to be the supreme 
authority in our lives, but in the only 
sense in which good Americans have 
loved it, it would mean the end of the 
American dream." 

Have we reached the end of the 
American dream? Will American Chris- 
tianity follow in the wake of that dis- 
aster and lose its influence and testi- 
mony in the world? The answer to 
both of these questions can only be 
yes, unless Americans recognize their 
spiritual heritage and are willing to be 
grafted back into the roots of BibUcal 
truth. Revival has happened in the past 
during the darkest and most hopeless 
period of a nation's history. May God 
grant such to occur in this tragic hour 
of American liistory. 

"Blessed is the nation whose God is 
the Lord" (Psalm 33: 12).-/M/Z 



^See criticism of World Council Confer- 
ence on Church and Society by Alice 
Widener in Christianity Today, Feb. 17, 
1967. # 



July 11, 1970 



N, 



'I I I 



lightmares do not always come 
to one who is asleep. In fact, one of 
my most terrifying experiences has 
come to me recently in moments of 
lucid wakefulness. Perhaps you will 
understand my feelings through an il- 
lustration. 

It seems that there is a great group 
of us traveling together on a journey. 
A wonderful spirit of camaraderie and 
enjoyment of one another prevails as 
we walk along. Not being particularly 
pressed for time we have little concern 
for anything other than the immediate 
path upon which we walk and the con- 
versation in which we are engaged. We 
are vaguely aware that the boys and 
girls and the youth of our company 
have walked on ahead and are engaging 
themselves in the more vigorous pas- 
times characteristic of their years. We 
are aware also that there may come a 
time when we will want to call them 
back so that we can guide them 
through dangers which lie in the road 
ahead. However, there is no immediate 
concern for they are still in sight and 
our voices are strong. 

Suddenly our complacency is shat- 
tered by the sounds of conflict and 
disturbance. We recognize that there is 
difficulty ahead and we begin to cry 
out for our children to come back to 
us for protection and for guidance 
through the threatening area. Too late, 
we are terror-stricken to learn that our 
young have already crossed a chasm 
from which the bridge has been re- 
moved, and even worse, they are now 
associating with those who speak a 
strange tongue. Our words of counsel 
echo unheeded across the void. 

Immediately some will suppose that 
the chasm of which I speak is the so- 
called "generation gap" which inevi- 
tably separates today's youth from all 
who are over thirty. This is to fail to 
see the real nature of the problem 
through a dangerous oversimplifica- 
tion. In the first place, a generation 
gap is not inevitable. Then, where it 
does occur it is neither the only gap 
nor is it necessarily the most signifi- 
cant. We are being bombarded with 
news of the racial gap with blacks 
pitted against whites, social gaps with 



There are more gaps than the oni 

between the generations. Thi 

fragmentation is destroying thi 

souls of men, and Christians mus- 

act quickly to stop this destruction 



THE 

SPECTER 
OF TODAY 

By Rev. Raymond Thompson 



"haves" opposing "have nots," politi- 
cal gaps with party against party, gaps 
of sex with women against men, and 
class gaps with labor against manage- 
ment, and so on. In each case the 
divided parties are unable to communi- 
cate effectively with one another be- 
cause each suspects the motives of the 
other. 

What we must see is that this end- 
less fragmentation is part of a grand 
plan of destruction by the enemy of 
men's souls, and its seeds are being 
planted in the lives of our children at a 
much earlier age than we have been 
willing to acknowledge. Every child to- 
day learns through TV, comic books, 
and in school that he cannot expect to 
understand his parents and they will 
certainly not understand him. 

Recently at a conference on Youth, 
the World and the Church in the 
Seventies, Dr. Harley Parker, who is an 
associate of Marshall McLuhan, 
modern philosopher of communica- 
tions, vividly demonstrated the indoc- 
trination of today's youth when in his 
lecture he emphasized the following 
ideals: 

"I think of education not as an as- 
similation of data but as training in 
perception; training young people how 



to sense their world." 

"You can get a concept out of a 
percept but you cannot get a percept 
out of a concept." 

"This is troubling our society, 
giving children concepts . . . (they) 
can't see anything with a fresh eye." 

"The only thing that is going to 
stop pollution in our nation is the un- 
polluted mind. The only way you can 
do that is by training in perception." 

"Good taste is the first refuge of 
the witless." 

"I never make a value judgment." 

On the surface these statements 
have a certain ring of validity. Then as 
we begin to examine them carefully 
they take on a frightening aspect, es- 
pecially when we note the enthusiastic 
approval being given them by our 
young intellectuals. 

These words, as foreign to our ear 
as the Auca tongue, are becoming the 
language of many today. They deny 
the authority of any voice or principle 
outside of those one has gained for 
himself by means of his own sense 
organs. This is very flattering to one's 
ego, for it places him in complete com- 
mand without accountability to any- 
one. More significantly, this is an abso- 
lute denial of any valid written revela- 



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tion from God upon which the great 
issues of life may be based. Coupled 
with denial of God's written revelation 
is a denial of any plan, purpose, or 
organization whatsoever to our uni- 
verse. Logical reasoning is out-the- 
window, and we take our place in a 
world of perceptive beings each sorting 
out his own jumble of sensory experi- 
ences, to which he will respond in his 
own way, with no one in a position to 







distinguish between those taboo con- 
cepts of "right" and "wrong." 

Brethren, the hour is late. Unfore- 
seen chasms are appearing on all sides 
to cordon us off from those who are 
precious to us, and already there are 
many who cannot understand our 
words of warning. We are finding that 
we cannot suddenly jump into action 
in time to save those who are en- 
dangered, for by then they do not 
hear. What we do we must do quickly 
and with the utmost diligence. Our 
children must see the reality of a per- 
sonal Christ who lives meaningfully in 
our lives. Our communities must bear 
the invitation to, "Come unto me, all 
ye that labour and are heavy laden." 
Our world must see the demonstration 
of Christ's love in lives not too 
precious to be laid down on foreign 
soil as missionary messengers of the 
good news of a Saviour who died that 
we might live. There may not be any 
tomorrow. * 



THE THOUGHT CAME TO ME-COULD WE GO? 



We re on Our Way! 



(FMS editor's note: Mr. and Mrs. Ted 
Henning left the U.S. on June 16, ac- 
companying Dr. and Mrs. Jake Kliever 
on their return trip to Africa following 
their furlough year. The Hennings have 
written personal testimonies of the 
Lord's leading toward this event.) 

Wonder of wonders that the Lord 
could use a man of my age in some 
endeavor of missionary work! I 
thought that I could never be a mis- 
sionary because of the language bar- 
rier, but God has His way of providing 
the opportunity if one has the desire 
to carry through. Well, I have that de- 
sire, so I know God will supply every 
need. 

I have for a number of years 
wanted to be able to go to Africa and 
visit the various stations and walk 
where our missionary friends have 
labored. Now I can really be one of 
them for a year and work in the field 
myself. I am looking forward to the 
experience that I shall gain and I hope 
that I may be able to bring back to my 
church the same enthusiasm that I 
have in going. My desire is to be able 
to help at the Bible Center station and 
relieve some of the personnel to do the 
more important work of witnessing to 
the Africans. 

The Lord has prepared me well in 
the educational field. My area of 
teaching has given me a varied experi- 
ence, having served thirty-seven years 
in Vocational Education and Industrial 
Arts in high school. I have installed 
and maintained equipment in the high 
school as well as in various factories. 

I have had the privilege of sitting 
under good Bible-teaching ministers 
who have had a great influence on my 
life. The Lord gave me experience in 
teaching and working with young 
people, serving as superintendent of 
Sunday school, moderator of the 
church, working with laymen and 
boys, and on it goes. Not boasting, 
God forbid, but just sharing with you 



the way God prepared me for His 
work. So now I am really looking for- 
ward to serving Him in Africa. 

The Lord has been so good in pro- 
viding and preparing my wife and me 
for this new adventure. We desire your 
prayers on our behalf that we might be 
completely in the Lord's will and able 
to do the work He has laid out for 
us,.— Ted Henning 

P.S. Hebrews 4:14-16: "Seeing then 
that we have a great high priest, that is 
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son 
of God, let us hold fast our profession. 
For we have not an high priest which 
cannot be touched with the feeling of 
our infirmities; but was in all points 
tempted like as we are, yet without 
sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto 
the throne of grace, that we may ob- 
tain mercy, and find grace to help in 
time of need." 



"And we know that all things work 
together for good to them that love 
God, to them who are the called ac- 
cording to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). 

After the many years we have 
prayed for missionaries and helped in 
their support, the Lord is sending my 
husband and me to Africa to serve 
Him for one year. How we do praise 
the Lord for this opportunity! 

As a child I can remember my 
mother and father entertaining many 
missionaries in their home. It was a 
thrill for me to know these mission- 
aries personally and to learn of their 
work. After Ted and I were married, 
we too were soon entertaining mission- 
aries in our own home. Then our own 
pastor and his wife, Jake and Freda 
Kliever, went to the mission field in 
Africa. 

I taught school five years before 1 
was married, and then after fifteen 
years as a homemaker I was asked to 
return to teaching due to the teacher 
shortage. At the time I returned, I 
promised the Lord that I would not let 
my teaching interfere with my work 




Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Henning 



for Him. During the next twelve years 
1 taught in grades three through six. 

Then came a challenge! In the 
system in which I was teaching they 
wanted to start a Special Education 
class. I was asked to do this, and after 
much thought and prayer I accepted. 
Of course that meant going back to 
college and taking some special courses 
during the summer. 

During my first year in Special Edu- 
cation, Ruth Kent, the teacher of the 
missionary children in Africa, came 
home on furlough. She spent several 
days in our home and visited my class. 
We exchanged ideas, and I thought 
then how wonderful it would be to 
supply for her for one year but felt 1 
was not qualified. 

Finally, in 1966 I received my col- 
lege degree. The desire to teach in 
Africa was still there. It was in August 
of this last year that I learned that 
Ruth Kent would be coming home this 
June. Since Ted had retired, the 
thought came to me— could we go, and 
would I be able to supply for Ruth? 

In addition to my education experi- 
ence, the Lord has given me the op- 
portunity of serving Him as Sun- 
day-school teacher in the children's de- 
partments, choir director, VBS 
director, WMC president and SMM 
patroness (local, district, and nation- 
al). 

Praise the Lord! We are on our way 
to Africa. Our desire is being fulfilled! 
-Naomi Henning ^ 



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A practical outline for a 
practical missions program 



By Dr. Kenneth Ashman 

Pastor, Wooster, Ohio 



Our Church in Our World 



Every church worthy of a place 
in the New Testament record was a 
missionary church. Those congre- 
gations were more than "mission- 
ary-minded"— they were "mission- 
ary-hearted." The Lord has com- 
manded each generation to reach its 
own generation with the Gospel. 
The organism ordained of the Lord- 
to spread the Gospel is the Church, 
His body, His Spirit-filled witnesses. 
A person who has a command does 
not need a call. In the well-known, 
but little practiced, command of 
Jesus reflected in Matthew 28:19 
and 20, the Lord gave a complete 
assignment— Go ye into all the 
world. He gave a complete assist- 
ance—preach the gospel. He gave a 
complete assurance-"/ am with 
you alway. " 

The heathen around the world 
today are reechoing the cry of an- 
cient Job: "Oh that I knew where I 
might find him!" The answer to 
that cry produces a continual mis- 
sionary spirit, a consistent mission- 
ary program, and a constant nis- 
sionary support. 

Explanation— A church, to be- 
come missionary-hearted, must be 
informed of the Biblical basis for 
missions, and the personal respon- 
sibility that each believer has 
to discharge his obligation to 
the Lord and to the world. Every 
conceivable means available should 
be used to explain to the members 
of the congregation, young and old, 
all about the missionary outreach 
of the church and the denomina- 
tion. Missions should be explained 
from the pulpit and from the class- 
room. A proper explanation of mis- 
sions to a congregation includes in- 
formation concerning fields, con- 
cerning support, concerning assign- 



ments, concerning problems, and 
concerning prayer requests. There 
should be a constant flow of such 
information through all available 
channels to the congregation. An 
informed congregation becomes a 
missionary congregation. 

Exhortation— The missionary 
committee of the church should be 
charged with the responsibility of 
continually exhorting each and 
every member to be "missionary" 
in heart and in action. The exhorta- 
tions of the committee can be pur- 
sued through many channels. In our 
own church we have a bimonthly 
missionary challenge in each class 
and department of our Sunday 
school. There is a large mission dis- 
play board in a prominent place 
which is kept up to date with color- 
ful and meaningful material. Visit- 
ing missionaries are shuttled from 
class to class to give brief testi- 
monies so that the total school re- 
ceives a challenge on the day of 
their visit. A constant supply of ex- 
hortative literature Is put into the 
hands of the membership (not laid 
on a table to gather dust). 
Missionary support is not limited to 
a once-per-year conference with 
pledges, but rather is kept as a 
weekly obligation before the people 
with appropriate envelopes avail- 
able for their designated gifts. Doc- 
umentary missionary films are pre- 
sented at least once a month. Some- 
one has well said that "The greater 
part of promotion is motion." A 
moving missionary motivation in a 
church is promoted by constant e