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THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY 
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Volumes? Number 1 January 1, 1975 

Foreign Missions, WMC and Christian Education Issue 

Parents Ought To Have a 

Paperboy . . . Once! 

Is It Really Worthwhile? 

On the Go in Mexico 

Let's Look at Brazil 

Are We Fair to Our Missionaries? . . . . 

BMH News Summary 

1974-A Leaderless Parade 

Whatever Happened to Youth 

Training Hour? 

The Christian School: why it is right 

for your child 

1975 Directory of Christian Schools . . 

Grateful for His Grace 

Born Blind 

Thanks 



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Cover Photo: Joy on the 
faces of boys and girls in- 
dicates the success of the 
summer camps and Vaca- 
tion Bible School pro- 
grams at Brethren mis- 
sion stations in Mexico. 
{Photo by Walter Haag) 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Michael Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
WMC-Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
SMM-Miss Betty Grady 
Christian Ed.— Rev. Howard Mayes 



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Address your letter to the editor. Rev. Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. All letters must be signed, although names mill not be used 
in the magazine. 



Dear Editor, 

A sheen has been added, with the 
formation of the Herald Book Club, to 
the structural beauty that has been 
emerging at the Herald Company in re- 
cent years. This is especially true if 
you can continue to offer selections 
like the first, Hide and Seek, which is 
invaluable to me as a servant of God in 



appreciating people to whom I minis- 
ter who lack self-esteem. Your efforts 
are welcome in . . . .—Pennsylvania 

Dear Editor, 

I have had opportunity to take a 
look at the Hebrews study guide for 
the coming quarter. I want to thank 
the Herald Company for the excellent 



study material that you are providing. 
Continue to send us studies that are 
based on the Scriptures. -O/no 

Dear Editor, 

Enclosed you will find copies of the 
November edition of the Biblical Re- 
search Monthly which contains Rev. 
Howard Mayes' article, "Man's Wis- 
dom and God's Revelation," on page 
7. 

These lines are to express our sin- 
cere thanks for permitting us to re- 
print this fine article.— Ca/(/onna 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reflections By Still Waters 



Parents Ought To Have 
a Paperboy . . . Once! 



If parents want to learn parental re- 
sponsibility, they should at some time 
have at least one paperboy in the fami- 
ly. Several years ago my son, tired of 
his meager allowance, decided to move 
up into the world of high finance. He 
had heard of the fortunes his friends 
were making on their paper routes. To 
him four dollars a week sounded like 
something a Rockefeller would come 
home with at the end of the day. Be- 
sides, who can live on 50 cents a week 
and stUl be a big-time spender? 

After a major family conference 
that took on all the appearances of a 
United Nations session, approval was 
granted on three conditions. There was 
to be no morning paper route which 
would involve rising in the cold dark 
of dawn in the wintertime or in the 
summer to face the raw glare of the 
sun peeking over the horizon. Priviso 
two simply said: "No Sunday papers 
to be delivered." For number three 
there was a vague discussion of "out- 
side" help to be available only at times 
of extreme need. Later I regretted that 
this third condition had not been dis- 
cussed in greater detail, and that a 
seven-page document had not been 
written to define terms! 

All went well for almost a whole 
week. Zeal and dedication to the new 
task made me ashamed I had doubted 
my offspring's ability to manage a 
business of such major proportions. 
Delivery and collections were handled 
with record-keeping performance be- 
fitting a J. Paul Getty on the way to 
conquering the business world. 

Then it happened, the need for a 
substitute on a given day. Two pros- 
pects loomed large in the paperboy's 
eyes. One was a blond, good-looking 
lady-you guessed it— Mother. The 
second was one called Dad who had 
missed the joys of early childhood 
("paper-routing"). Mother learned her 
parental responsibility first. How 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

could she send a young lad (with a 
cold) out into such blustery weather? 
Her warm heart touched, she went out 
and delivered papers for him and also 
caught a cold. 

Father's turn was next. I remember 
the cold January day when Dad was 
"helping out." An elderly lady on the 
route was chipping ice from the door- 
mat on her porch. I stopped to help- 
ten minutes later I had it chopped 
loose. Her kind words to me were— "I 
think you are the nicest paperboy I 
have ever had." My ego was uplifted, 
but my pride was a little wounded. I 
didn't tell her I had never had the dis- 
tinction of being a paperboy; in reali- 
ty, her "paperboy" was only an edi- 
tor! She would not have believed me 
anyway. 

Through rain, snow and sickness, 
we took our turns when duty called, 
and we hit the route on foot, bicycle 
and by car. We learned what every 
parent learns. When one member of 
the family has a duty, all of the mem- 
bers are somehow affected. Families 
are not merely independent individuals 
without a common interest or bond, 
they are a unit. What one does affects 
the others in one way or another. If 
things are not going well with one 
member, the others will feel the conse- 
quences—all will be involved some 
way. That is what a family is all about. 

One of the modern-day problems 
which has cast a pall over civilization is 
that the family is literally being pulled 
apart. The various demands on all of 
us are genuine and valid, most of the 
time; but, nevertheless, they are a 
major source of hazard to our well be- 
ing. We just do not have time for each 
other as we should. Jobs, responsibili- 
ties and interests are like wedges cut- 
ting us apart. 




There is something good about rid- 
ing the paper route with my son. Yes, 
I guess I do grumble about it, but un- 
derneath it all I rather like it. 1 like it a 
lot better when the sun is shining, and 
I like it much better when there is no 
dog to tell me I am not welcome. It is 
a time of sharing a mutual interest 
with my son, or a time of trying to 
beat the old record of delivering all the 
papers in 45 minutes. I feel rather 
good when I see the last paper in the 
door. I know I have filled in for my 
boy when he was off to a church 
youth rally. When Mother has to get 
out on the route, I have a special plea- 
sure of knowing the customers have 
the prettiest "paperboy" in town. 

Yes, we learn many lessons in our 
family when it comes to sharing and 
doing together. Sometimes we hurt a 
httle together, and sometimes we even 
deliver papers together. We are aware 
that we are not in this thing for our- 
selves, but we are in it because God 
brought the three of us together for a 
reason. We are all learning our respon- 
sibilities to our Lord and to each 
other . . . we're a family. # 



January 1 , 1975 



"Oh, I can speak some German," 
said the camp staffer to the dean: "Ich 
liebe dich." "I didn't know you 
cared," responded the knowledgeable 
dean to the red-faced lady who had 
mouthed the German words for "I 
love you." 

Attempting to use a foreign lan- 
guage can be fun, embarrassing, boring 
or terrifying depending upon the cir- 
cumstances in which we find ourselves 
when we speak. New missionaries al- 
most invariably find the language a 
major hurdle to be surmounted before 
they can effectively perform the work 
of their calling. Most missionaries have 
experienced the excruciatingly painful 
slip of choosing a wrong expression at 
a crucial time and have become the 
target of laughter and ridicule, or 
worse, the cause of unintended insult. 
Such was the plight of the lady in 
Brazil, who, intending to ask pardon 
for passing in front of a gentleman 
when boarding a bus, instead asked 
permission to sit on his lap. Or the ex- 
perience of the novice in China who 
attempted to be very polite in address- 
ing an elder respected lady, but choos- 
ing the wrong tonal inflection he ad- 
dressed the lady as "old cow." When 
the new language is not a fun option 
but must be used to buy the daily 
bread, the trauma of each early en- 
counter can be devastating. 

While visiting our missionaries in 
Stuttgart, Germany, last spring with 
Rev. and Mrs. Dean Fetterhoff, we lis- 
tened as they explained to us some of 
the difficulties encountered in their 
first term of service. Roger and Nancy 
Peugh with sons Ryan and Philip-now 




Is it Really 
Worthivhile 



well into their second term-can look 
back with mature objectivity upon cer- 
tain experiences which came close to 
being the last straw. Roger, having the 
advantage of a previous tour of service 
in Germany with a Youth for Christ 
gospel team, had the jump on the lan- 
guage, but for Nancy it was cold tur- 
key. Added to the language problem 
was the care of a household into which 
a new baby arrived after about one 
and a half years on the field. Then 
there was the isolation from family 



By Raymond W. Thompson 

Administrative Assistant 
Brettiren Foreign IVIissions 

and close friends with whom real shar- 
ing could be possible. Stir into this 
mixture a guUty feeling of not being 
able to produce real "missionary" ac- 
complishments in spite of diligent ef- 
forts. Now garnish the whole with oc- 
casional bouts with illness, and you 
find the recipe for a one-term-only 
missionary. But God's people prayed. 



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the Peughs trusted and clung to the 
promises of God's Word, and today we 
see a hard-working, diligent family ef- 
fectively accomplishing a fruitful work 
in Stuttgart. 

Let's follow the Peughs' ministry 
further as an illustration of cross- 
culture evangelism or what we more 
commonly speak of as foreign mission- 
ary work. Is it really worthwhile? That 
is, couldn't these capable people really 
do more if they were in a place where 
they weren't so handicapped by lan- 
guage and customs? 

In answer to this very practical 
question, two principles stand out. 
Principle one: is it possible to do more 
than obey God? That is, if God has 
directed us to these people in this 
place, any results must be in His 
hands. Therefore, we can only make 
certain that it is His voice we are lis- 
tening to, and then make a complete 
presentation of ourselves to Him to ac- 
complish His objective. Principle two: 
can God faO? That is, when God calls 
He also enables. The time schedule will 
be His and the means He places in our 
hands may surprise us, but He will ac- 
compUsh His work. 

These two principles do not give us 
an excuse for fruitless work due to 
carelessness, or poor stewardship of 
the resources God has given us. Nor 
will mere stubbornness and refusal to 
change methods which are not work- 
ing give us reason to alibi the blame 
onto God's will. The effective mission- 
ary must be a phable tool in his Mas- 
ter's hand. He must be aware of what 
God is doing elsewhere and, in prayer- 
ful submission to his Lord, seek to be 
as productive as possible. He then can 
find reassurance in the realization that 
the work is the Lord's in both its 
planting and harvest phases. 

What about Roger and Nancy 
Peugh? Did God place them in a diffi- 
cult situation only to test their faith 
and obedience to His will? 

No, not at all! Let's look at some of 
the opportunities in which God is us- 
ing them effectively. Even before they 
had completed language school they 
were involved in sharing Christ with 



German people. Decisions made then 
have born fruit, and bonds of fellow- 
ship were formed which continue even 
though many miles now separate them 
from the place of first meeting. Now 
in Stuttgart they are, or have been, in- 
volved in youth work. Child Evan- 
gelism, adult classes, leadership train- 
ing, evangelism, and pastoral minis- 
tries. In each of these areas of empha- 
sis they have seen their efforts blessed 
to the point that they could specialize 
and put all their efforts on that one 
particular ministry. Children— the com- 
munities are fOled with them. FuU 
time could be dedicated to reaching 
them for Christ. Instead, pressures 
from other needs have lessened the 
time available to work with the boys 
and girls from the neighborhoods. At 
the other extreme, Roger informed us 
that the entire effort of a couple could 
be devoted profitably to working with 
the elderly: leading them to find com- 
fort and rest in the knowledge of the 
Lord. 

The youth ministry has blossomed 
in so many directions that it is diffi- 
cult to determine which should receive 
the principal concentration of effort. 
Since the objective has always been a 
work among German-speaking people, 
as we might expect, there are weekly 
youth activities including Bible study 
classes, training in personal witnessing, 
and fellowship times. Roger's knowl- 
edge in electronics has opened doors 
for contact with German youth. His 
goal has been to establish Paul-Timo- 
thy relationships with several young 
men so that as the newly established 
church begins to grow there will be 
prepared German leadership ready to 
step into the places of responsibility. 

Another definite field of opportuni- 
ty among youth was unsuspected 
when the decision was first made to 
enter Stuttgart. Two major U.S. mili- 
tary bases give Stuttgart one of the 
largest concentrations of U.S. families 
anywhere outside of America. An En- 
glish-speaking high school of 
1200-1500 teenagers has provided 
opportunities for Bible clubs, Christian 
film showings and personal evangelism 



so vast as to be limited only by the 
missionary's available time. Doors have 
been opened on the military bases by 
Christian servicemen, and many have 
been reached for Christ. 

For the general German populace 
there have been Bible classes, audio- 
visual presentations, personal problem 
counseling, street evangelism, and 
other fruitful avenues of contact with 
receptive people. 

Now remember that the context of 
all this many-faceted missionary minis- 
try has been the purpose to establish a 
sound Biblical church which will be 
governed by, supported by, and en- 
larged by German people. This means 
that the Peughs have also been engaged 
in all of the many pastoral duties 
which fall upon the shoulders of those 
establishing a new work. It might be a 
Saturday night spent with a family in 
trouble preceding a full schedule of 
Sunday activities. It certainly means 
the pastoral concern of every troubled 
heart in the little flock. For example, 
Nancy spent several hours listening to 
and encouraging a very distressed 
mother immediately before our party 
arrived to visit them. In addition, there 
are some who are not anxious to see a 
new church in the community, who 
have done what they could to thwart 
such effort, thus adding to the heavy 
burden. 

So— is it really worthwhile: this 
learning to live with a new language 
and customs; this facing of opportuni- 
ties which offer more than available re- 
sources will allow? The answer again: 
where God calls He enables. Roger and 
Nancy are seeing lives changed because 
they are where God has placed them. 
The church is growing. DisiUusioned 
people are leaving lifeless religious 
groups to unite and become active. 
There is challenge and excitement in 
the vastness of the opportunity. 

The question which remains then 
is: does the God who enables mean for 
them to continue in so limited a man- 
ner? Is there not another couple who 
will brave the adventure of custom and 
tongue that God can thrust into this 
ripened harvest field? W 



January 1 , 1975 




On the Go , 
in Mexico ^ 




( 1 ) The Vacation Bible School 
workers in the border area were leav- 
ing for their first VBS encounter of 
the 1974 season at Caborca and Piti- 
quito, Sonora, Mexico. The team con- 
sisted of missionary Walter Haag and 
his younger daughter, Sandra (center), 
who gave six weeks of her summer to 
work along with TIME missionaries Jill 
Moine (left) and Vicky Witt (right). 

(2) Boys at Pitiquito use truck 
bumper for their table to color their 
VBS workbooks. The small church 
building was overflowing with more 
than 50 people, and the air was fresher 
if not cooler outside. 

(3) Rev. Jack ChurchiU (in the 
back, near the right) and his class at the 
"Agua Viva" camp, about ten miles 
east of Ensenada. The theme was Basic 



Bible doctrines (God the Father, God 
the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Inspira- 
tion, and so forth). 

(4) The chapel sei-vice of the "Agua 
Viva" camp met under the large live 
oak trees. 

(5) Junior campers at the "Agua 
Viva" camp. At the conclusion of the 
week they presented their theme song 
of the week to the senior campers. The 
song was the "Wordless Book" with a 
stanza for each color. The adult leader 
is Celia Dominguez, who took the 
Child Evangelism training course in 
Puebla, Mexico, two years ago. 

(6) Mariano Dominguez, who pas- 
tored the Mexicali church with good 
church growth for two years, and his 
wife, Celia. They resigned to go to a 
Bible institute, but took an active part 



Photos by Walter Haag 



in the 1974 camp before leaving for 
school. 

(7) Missionary Walter Haag giving 
the Bible study preparatory to a bap- 
tismal service in the Colorado River. 
Standing next to him is Pastor Guil- 
lermo Galvez of the San Luis Revolu- 
tion church. Kneeling is Pastor Mari- 
ano Dominguez of Mexicali, and on 
the right. Candelario Lopez of the San 
Luis Sinaloa church, a layman. 

(8) Walter Haag baptizes a Mexican 
believer in the Colorado River at San 
Luis, Sonora, not many feet from the 
southwest corner of the State of Ari- 
zona. (Baja California, is in the back- 
ground.) # 



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Let's Look 
at Brazil 



The largest nation in South Ameri- 
ca, with a population of more than 
102 million, and the only South 
American country where Portuguese is 
the official language-this is the 
sprawling, awakening giant called Bra- 
zil. With rapid economic advances dur- 
ing the last 20 years, Brazil has passed 
from an agricultural to an industrial 
economy, now ranking ninth among 
the world powers. 

The evangelical church in Brazil is 
progressing at a pace more rapid than 
in other areas of the world. A religious 
survey by Sao Paulo's leading news- 
paper claims that the nation has over 
ten million practicing Protestants, 
compared to only eight million prac- 



ticing Roman CathoHcs. This is an 
astounding statement when one real- 
izes that just a few years ago Brazil 
was looked upon as the leading Roman 
Catholic country in the world, with 
the Roman church claiming 95 percent 
of the population. The main religion 

By Marcia Wardell 

Foreign Missions Office Secretary 



of the country, however, is a unique 
brand of Brazilian spiritism called 
"Umbanda." 

The Brethren testimony was 
pioneered by the Keith Altig family 
who entered the land in 1949. An ob- 
servance is planned for the latter part 
of January, 1975, to commemorate 
the twenty-fifth anniversary of the be- 
ginning of the work. Dr. Wayne Beaver 
is to be in Brazil at that time and will 
be the special anniversary speaker. Up 
to the present the Brethren work has 
been concentrated in the general area 
around the mouth of the world's larg- 




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est river, the mighty Amazon. There 
are 20 missionaries on the staff at pres- 
ent—nine couples and two single 
women. 

Starting at Belem, which is the 
capital of the state of Para, we find 
three missionary families stationed in 
this major city: The George Johnsons, 
the George (Duke) Wallaces, and the 
Ernie Bearingers. Mr. Johnson is super- 
intendent on the field, and directs the 
extension seminary program. Duke 
Wallace is occupied in evangelism and 
church planting. He also oversees the 
work in Coqueiro and Marituba. Mr. 
Bearinger is the mission's business 
manager and financial secretary, and is 
engaged in a film ministry. 

The Ralph Schwartz famUy lives 
about 12 miles from Belem in the 
town of Icoaraci where the Brethren 
Church ministry was begun 25 years 
ago. The Schwartzes are involved in 
church planting and evangelism in 
Belem. National pastor Raimundo Car- 
dosa is at the Icoaraci church. 

Moving east along the Belem- 
Brasilia highway approximately 40 
miles, we arrive at the city of Castanhal. 
Here the Keith Altigs are caring for a 
work that they initiated in their last 
term and which was further developed 
by the Tim Farners. Besides overseeing 
the Castanhal testimony, the Altigs are 
at the same time attempting to start a 
new work among some Brethren fami- 
lies in the city of Santarem, several 
hundred miles inland, about halfway 
up the Amazon River between Belem 
and Manaus. Santarem serves as the 
port city for the new TransAmazon 
highway. 

Traveling farther east, beyond the 
place where the Belem-Brasilia high- 
way cuts south, one arrives at the 
town of Capanema, which is approxi- 
mately 90 miles out of Belem. Here 
the Earle Hodgdons are in charge of 
church development, not only in the 
town itself, but in the many surround- 
ing communities. 

The Eddie Millers have set up their 
base 47 kilometers down the Para- 
Maranhao highway at the town which 



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Missionaries George Johnson, Eddie Miller, and Tim Farner, along with a national pastor, at 
a signpost on the TransAmazon highway. Additional missionary personnel could help the 
Brethren claim some of the opportunities presenting themselves through the opening of new 
areas in Brazil's back country. 



is known as "47." The link finally con- 
necting the state of Para with the state 
of Maranhao has been finished and 
dedicated, and the Millers are taking 
advantage of the opportunities along 
this highway to evangelize and estab- 
lish churches. That is, the road indi- 
cated on the map as ending at Gurupi 
now goes over into the adjoining state 
of Maranhao, and Brethren testimonies 
have been started at four places in that 
state. Other testimonies are situated 
between "47" and Gurupi— including 
"74," where a new church building 
was recently dedicated, and "96." 

Located on the Belem-Brasilia high- 
way, just after it makes the turn to the 
south, there is a town known as Sao 
Miguel. From here one must take a 
boat and travel about 20 minutes 
down the Guama River to reach the 
Bill Burk residence. The Guama is a 
tributary of the Amazon, and the 
Burks are involved in an evangelism 
and discipling ministry among the 
people who live along the banks of this 
river. 

The Tim Farners, who were at Cas- 
tanhal before their recent furlough, 
have been selected as the missionaries 
to head the first Brethren thrust south. 
Some months ago, at the direction of 



the field council, Tim along with 
Eddie Miller and George Johnson 
made a trip of investigation into the 
southern area. Their recommendation 
was that Uberlandia— almost midway 
between Brasilia and Sao Paulo— be the 
site of the new effort. The reasons for 
the selection were set forth in Mr. Ear- 
ner's report, condensed in the August 
3, 1974, issue of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald. The Farners should be in 
their new endeavor by the time you 
read this. Also selected to help in the 
Uberlandia thrust are Barbara Hulse 
and Kwang J a Park, who are still on 
furlough in the U.S. at present. Both 
formerly served in the Belem area. 

Brethren missionaries were also 
stationed at one time 200 miles across 
the Amazon to the north in the city of 
Macapa. The church there is in the 
hands of a national pastor. National 
pastors also care for churches in Quati- 
puru and the Amazon islands where 
the Burks served in earlier terms. 

Twenty-five years of the Brethren 
testimony have produced real results 
in spreading the Gospel. The need is 
tremendous for additional personnel to 
help claim the unlimited opportunities 
for giving the Good News of Jesus 
Christ to this giant land. W 



January 1, 1975 



As mission-minded people, we need to continually evaluate and re-evaluate 

our involvement. Here are some valuable suggestions on how to give our 

missionaries more effective financial, emotional and spiritual support. 




Of course we are fair to them. We 
pray for them every time we hear from 
them. We give generously— not always 
money, but all our old clothes and 
technical equipment. We invite them 
to write. When they come home on 
furlough we give them many speaking 
engagements. 

Yes, we pray,. but is it, "God, bless 
all the missionaries, Amen"? Or "God, 
bless their educational work"? 

These petitions are too general. To 
pray specifically and effectively we 
must be informed about the person 
and his work. Missionary prayer letters 
and the mission board's literature help. 
A letter to the missionary will bring 
more exact knowledge of his specific 
needs. 

We can also better understand a 
missionary's needs by knowing our 
own. One returned missionary advises: 
"Look into your own heart. Except 
for geography, it is the heart of a mis- 
sionary." 

WHAT are missionary problems 
that call for our specific prayer? 

They need good physical health to 
work effectively. Seeing available op- 



By Gordon Chilvers 

portunities and mastering a language 
demand mental alertness, but fatigue 
and numerous diseases attack them. 

The missionary's social life is im- 
portant. A few ill-chosen words or a 
tactless deed could close a door for 
years. Although he may have no Chris- 
tian fellowship, a missionary must 
maintain and deepen his spiritual life. 
Fears, doubts, discouragements and 
loneliness can attack him. "Living in 
harmony with one another" one mis- 
sionary told me was his most serious 
problem. 

Will the missionary feel the impact 
of our disciplined, costly prayers? 
Mary Waggoner writes: "Since our re- 
turn to Kenya we have already sensed 
the tug of prayer. ...The water 
pump at the river needed attention. 
When Mr. Lewton and Mr. Waggoner 
went to care for it, they encountered a 
huge cobra coming toward them with 
neck spread and raised two feet in the 
air. Mr. Waggoner spotted the deadly 
creature and called for Mr. Lewton to 
jump into the jeep. The cobra shot off 
down the hill. Later we learned that a 
sister had been awakened in the early 
morning and, being alarmed for us, 
awakened her husband. Together they 
prayed for us. She gave us the hour. 
She was praying when the men were at 
the river. How grateful we are that she 
was faithful!" 

Yes, we support missionary work 



by our giving, but is it informed giv- 
ing? The goods we send- will they be 
worth the cost of the import tax to 
the missionary? The technical equip- 
ment we ship— will it approach in value 
what we have bought for ourselves? 

Is our giving sacrificial? Have we de- 
prived ourselves of a useful product 
that the missionary might have a ne- 
cessity? We can best evaluate our 
stewardship by what we have left after 
making our gifts. Jesus sat over against 
the treasury and observed people's of- 
ferings. The wealthy made large gifts. 
He made no comment; they had much 
left. A widow put in a cent. Not worth 
a thought, the rich would have said. 
Bu.t Jesus said she had given more than 
all the others; she had given her all. 

We collect our castoff clothing. 
Have we inquired first whether the 
missionary will find it useful? His 
family is probably poor, but perhaps 
they would not be happily dressed in 
what we reckon useless. One church in 
Ohio had a better idea. When their 
missionaries came home on furlough 
they were dressed in clothes ten years 
out of date. Church members immedi- 
ately arranged a "Clothing Shower." 
Several hundred dollars were given to 
provide the missionaries and their chil- 
dren with up-to-date wardrobes. 

If the clothing is intended for the 
nationals, find out if they would be 
pleased to wear it. Is there some taboo 
which makes its use impossible? 

When we buy something better, we 
send our old technical equipment. A 
missionary dentist in India received a 
set of dental instruments from a 
dentist in America. In the letter ac- 
companying the gift was this state- 
ment: "I have just bought the most 
modern equipment available, so I 



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Gordon Chilvers is a former lecturer at Nor- 
wich City College, England, where he earlier 
took a degree in English and law. He is now 
a free lance journalist, his articles having ap- 
peared in Britain. North America and Aus- 
tralia. 




thought you would hke to have these 
instruments; it is better than throwing 
them away." 

The missionary was glad to have 
them. Yet he sighed, "How much bet- 
ter work I could do for God, if I had 
modern equipment!" 

MISSIONARIES' children must not 
be overlooked in our stewardship. 
They often are deprived of much be- 
cause their parents have been called to 
an inhospitable land. Toys and books 
are always appreciated. 

It is not surprising that we ask our 
missionaries to let us know what large 
numbers of people have been con- 
verted through their work. We want 
the best value possible for our mission- 
ary dollar. But if missionaries think we 
are looking for what is sensational, 
they will be tempted to respond by 
concentrating more on glamorous de- 
tails than on balanced reporting. A 
veteran missionary made this remark: 
"Remember, they aren't interested in 
facts. Just make it a good story!" 

Often a man is a faithful missionary 
for many years, yet the conversions he 
can honestly report are exceedingly 
few. I once asked Stanley Miles of the 
North Africa Mission how many Mus- 
lims he had led to the Lord during his 
long stay in Tunis. "About 20," he an- 
swered. How unfair it would have been 
to have asked him for sensational re- 
ports of his work! 

Dr. Aulden D. Coble, a missionary 
for 30 years and currently director of 
the Spanish Language Institute, Costa 
Rica, tells us of his experience speak- 
ing to church groups in America. He 
asked for their flnancial support in 
preparing Colombian Bible Institute 
and normal school students as teachers 
and evangelists. Buildings and scholar- 



ships had strategic importance for 
church growth. He also reported on 
Christians suffering with Hansen's dis- 
ease in central Colombia. This caught 
the sympathy and opened the purses 
of American Christians immediately. 
He adds, "Real honesty demanded em- 
phasis on the more prosaic yet far 
more strategic Bible Institute needs. I 
was tempted to not teD the truth— to 
build on the emotional response to the 
leprosy story." 

We can prevent this temptation. We 
can make our giving systematic, not 
emotional or impulsive. We can let our 
missionaries know that neither our 
prayers nor financial support will di- 
minish for lack of sensational news. 

When missionaries return home we 
try to arrange a rapid succession of 
dinner and luncheon engagements. 
Surely our missionaries want to speak 
on every possible occasion. Are they 
not keen to teU us the startling results 
of our prayers and financial support? 

ON THE FIELD, the missionary's 
devoted service is demanding. In most 
places opportunities for work exceed 
available personnel. So the missionary 
has worked as many hours as physical 
strength and nervous energy have per- 
mitted. In some countries the ther- 
mometer soars day and night for 
weeks on end. Relations with the 
rulers or government have perhaps 
been dehcate. He is tired. What he 



wants is rest. 

Often a missionary has few oppor- 
tunities to enjoy Christian fellowship 
while abroad. When in his home coun- 
try, he covets feUowship with sym- 
pathetic Christians. If asked to speak 
before he is ready, he will probably 
accept the invitation, but misunder- 
standings easily occur; they could lead 
to diminished support. 

After he has had physical rest and 
enjoyed warm Christian fellowship, he 
should be asked when he is ready to 
speak. Then he can enjoy telling us 
what we are eager to know. His fur- 
lough will have been a true preparation 
for further service for God. 

Being informed in our praying and 
giving will demand sustained effort 
that takes time. Being reasonable in 
our requests for information and 
speaking engagements will mean exer- 
cising restraint. Yet how valuable will 
be the final results! We shall have been 
true partners with our missionaries: 
both missionaries and supporters will 
finally be "workers together with 
God." m 

-Reprinted by permission from World 
Vision magazine. 



January 1 , 1975 




FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Ormond Beach, Fla. Pastor and Mrs. Gary Cole announce the 
birth of Andrew Michael, seven pounds, two ounces, on 
Nov. 26. 

A recent weekend was booked full of special events for this 
home-missions church. On Saturday, men of the church began 
clearing off a portion of the future building site. A group 
of young people from the nearby Grace Brethren Church of 
Orlando came in Sunday morning to conduct the worship 
service. Including the group from Orlando, attendance was 
41 for the service. Focusing his message on the work in 
Brazil, Rev. John Zielasko explained the ministry of 
Brethren Foreign Missions to the 21 attending the evening 
service. Gary M. Cole, pastor. 

Philadelphia, Pa. The First Brethren Church celebrated 
their 100th anniversary on Anniversary Simday, Oct. 20. 
Numerous friends and former members gave testimony of 
former years of the church. Roger L. VVambold, pastor. 

Washmgton, D.C. (EP)— A compromise is reportedly being 
worked out under which trade restrictions against the Soviet 
Union would be lifted and at least 60,000 Soviet Jews a year 
would be allowed to emigrate. 

The 60,000 figure would represent a 70 percent increase 
over the 35,000 allowed to emigrate last year, which was a 
record number. 




Pastor James Ament baptizes two of the twelve candidates at 
Hemet, Calif. 

Hemet, Calif. It was record day Oct. 27 and three of them 
turned out broken. All three Sunday services registered new 
attendance highs: Sunday School, 63; morning worship, 69; 
evening worship, 44. The new baptistry, secured from the 
Grand Terrace church which recently closed, was initiated 
the same day at noon. Pastor James Ament baptized 1 2, the 
first in their own church. 



Fort Wayne, Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith witnessed 16 public 
decisions during a November crusade at the First Brethren 
Church. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 

Armagh, Pa. Andrew David, born to Pastor and Mrs. David 
Plaster July 5, was dedicated to the Lord Sept. 29 at the 
Valley Grace Brethren Church. Rev. Robert Crees, Andrew's 
grandfather, officiated at the ceremony. 



Nominations Open for 1975 Brethren 
Sunday School of the Year 

A committee representing the Christian Education 
Department is interested in evaluating growth and 
progress of Brethren Sunday Schools during the cur- 
rent conference year in preparation for the naming of 
a "Sunday School of the Year" at the 1975 Christian 
Education Convention, Aug. 2-4, 1975, at Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

Published guidelines for the selection are as follows: 

1. Consistent growth. 

2. Consistent improvement. This includes physical 
plant, teacher -training, teacher-worker confer- 
ences, measuring according to the Standard. 

3. Total cooperation in the program of the Chris- 
tian Education Department. In addition to the 
attendance contest, this involves cooperation in 
the enlargement campaign, total grading and 
use of a standard curriculum, meeting the sug- 
gested goal of $2.00 per member per year. 

4. Outstanding achievement. This is based on ob- 
servation and on achievements reported to the 
national office. 

5. No school wUl be eligible for this award unless 
all attendance contest reports for the year have 
been received. 

A detailed account of progress in Sunday School 
ministry is most helpful to the committee charged 
with making this selection. All Sunday Schools are 
invited to present a record of their accomplishments, 
growth, and overall improvement through a scrap- 
book, letter, or other form of report. 

Such information should be submitted before July 
15, 1975, for consideration by the selection commit- 
tee. Send your reports to: Sunday School of the Year 
Committee, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



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Participating in the ordination of Rev. Paul Woodruff were (I to r) 
Rev. Edward Scofield, Mr. Jon Beam, IVlr. IVlarian Forrest, Jr., IVIr. 
Ralph Heist, Rev. Charles Lawson and Rev. Gerald Polman. 

Clayton, Ohio. After three years of ministry at the Clayton 
Grace Brethren Church, Rev. Paul Woodruff was ordained 
to the Christian ministry in the Fall of '74. Guest speaker for 
the service was Rev. Charles Lawson. Pastor Woodruff later 
resigned his position at Clayton and now pastors the Grace 
Brethren Church of Indianapolis, Ind. Jon E. Beam, church 
secretary. 

St. Petersburg, Fla. Bussing is going over big in this town. 
Not the school kind; the church kind. Bus Director and 
Associate Pastor Sam Baer reports that an average of over 
200 per week ride the buses. 

The new addition to the building is now under roof. Bills 
have been paid without the need to borrow money for the 
project. William Tweeddale, pastor. 

Greenville, Ohio (EP)— Judge Howard Eley of the Darke 
County Court of Common Pleas announced sentences upon \7 
parents for sending their children to an unaccredited 
school operated by a fundamental church in Bradford, Ohio. 
Each of the parents was fined the maximum amount of $20. 
The parents were also required to post $100 bond for each 
case to insure their comphance with the law. 
(Several of the parents were tried as couples and had to 
post only $100 for both.) Judge Eley then suspended 
execution of the sentences pending appeal. 
The judge had asked each of the parents to sign a bond to 
place their children in a state-approved school immediately. 
But when they gave oral notice of appeal, he suspended 
execution of that requirement and permitted them to send 
their children back to the Christian school while the appeal 
goes through. 

Change. The zip code for Water Haag should be 92173. Please 
change your Annual. 

Duncansville, Pa. Following hospitalization for a heart 
attack Oct. 18, Rev. George Ritchey has been released 
from the hospital for recuperation at home. Although he can 
be active part of the day, it may be a year before strenuous 
activity is allowed. The Ritchey's now reside at R. D. 3, 
Duncansville, Pa. 16635, and attend the Leamersville Grace 
Brethren Church. 



Johnstown, Pa. A dozen special couples were honored in a 
unique banquet at the First Brethren Church Oct. 19. The 
event recognized couples in the church who had been married 

50 years of longer. They were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. 
Howard Moore, 66 years; Mr. and Mrs. William Phenicie, 64 
years; Mr. and Mrs. James Neilson, 62 years; Mr. and Mrs. 
E. H. Blough, 62 years; Mr. and Mrs. John W. Sell, 60 years; 
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Horner, 59 years; Mr. and Mrs. John 
Barron, 55 years; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Himes, 55 years; Mr. 
and Mrs. Earle Thomas, 52 years; Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Mitchell, 

51 years; Mr. and Mrs. Russell V. Redinger, 50 years; Mr. 
and Mrs. Benjamin Dunkle, 50 years. Wesley Haller, pastor. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Bell, Calif. Jan. 5-10; Norman Schrock, pastor, Becker Evangelistic 

Team. 

Cypress, Calif. Jan. 12-17; Charles Mayes, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 



Zt Memori/ 



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

CUL VER, Arlene (Hoytj, 60, Oct. 27. She was the wife of 
Dr. Robert Culver, former Brethren minister and former 
professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical 
Divinity School, Deerfield, 111. At the time of her death, the 
Culvers were preparing for a move to Lincoln, Nebr., where 
Dr. Culver would assume the pastorate of the First 
Evangelical Free Church. 

FRETZ, Estella A'., 94, Nov. 18. She was a charter member of 
the Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa., and the 
mother of Walter Fretz, Financial Secretary of the Brethren 
Investment Foundation. Robert Griffith, pastor. 
GOOD, J. Carl, a faithful member of the First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Wesley Haller, pastor. 
KALESSE. Harriet, 91, Nov. 20. She was a member of the 
Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa., for 60 years. 
Until recent years of confinement, she taught Sunday School. 
W. Wayne Baker, pastor. 

MARGERISON, Elizabeth, 64, Oct. 1 1 . She was a longtime 
member of the Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa., and 
named the church as beneficiary of her estate. W. Wayne 
Baker, pastor. 

MENSINGER, Ben, Nov. 18. He was a leader and member of the 
the New Troy (Mich.) Brethren Church since its beginning. 
He was the father of Rev. Eddie Mensinger and Miss Carol 
Mensinger, missionaries to Africa. Ronzil Jarvis, pastor. 
MOVER, Cora R., 60, Nov. 19. She was a member of the 
Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. She was 
killed in an automobile accident on the way to the funeral of 
her mother, Estella Fretz (see above), who had died the day 
before. Robert Griffith, pastor. 

ROYER, J. Samuel, Sept. 8. He was a charter member of the 
Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. Robert 
Griffith, pastor. 



January 1 , 1975 



13 



Religion in Review 



1974--A Leaderless Parade 



The earth has once more looped the 
sun, spinning off a remarkable year in 
which the hope of the Gospel shined 
brighter against a bactcground of in- 
creasing despair. 

Scandals, feuding and resignations 
rattled the foundations of Western 
governments; inflation widened the 
gulf between the haves and havenots in 
a global community of 3.8 billion 
people that increased by 70 million in 
1974. 

Morally, 1974 skidded: nudity 
stripped away inhibitions; shame was 
in shorter supply; heroin usage in- 
creased but alcohol consumption be- 
came the number one scourge among 
youth. One of every four U.S. mar- 
riages ended in divorce as the old tradi- 
tion of marriage then babies was re- 
versed by teen couples released from 
precedent. 

Fewer American youth considered 
religion "a very important value." Sui- 
cides reached epidemic proportions 
among youth; starvation took more 
than 15,000 lives every day. 

Recycling of limited resources, be- 
gun largely by church groups, caught 
on in 1974. Victory over smallpox was 
announced. Christmas tree lights illu- 
minated the car-strangled cities again 
as the big E turned back from ecology 
to energy. 

Nonreligious funerals were a 
growing trend in 1974. Sexists asked, 
"Is God 'He'?" Homosexuals were or- 
dained to the Christian ministry and 
women confirmed as priests. 

Nineteen hundred seventy-four was 
a breakthrough for women politicians: 
18 were elected to the U.S. House of 
Representatives; the number of wom- 
en state legislators increased from 305 
in 1969 to 587 in 1974. 

TV addiction leveled off as sans- 
tube family activities grew more popu- 
lar. Americans spent S27.2 billion for 
booze ($3.1 million an hour); cigarette 
smoking increased; the popularity of 
large families declined; 23 million 
Americans lived below the "poverty 
line"; thousands bore witness to "evil 
spirits"; and 88 percent of high school 



By Norman B. Rohrer 

Director, Evangelical Press 
News Service 

students polled believed public offi- 
cials were dishonest. 

The man who opened the year at 
the National Prayer Breakfast declar- 
ing that "Americans should spend 
more time listening to what God wants 
the nation to do rather than telling 
God what they would like America to 
be," resigned in disgrace after his situa- 
tion ethics were uncovered. The new 
Commander-in-Chief (first in nearly 
200 years to be elected without vote 
of the citizenry) asked the nation to 
"confirm me with your prayers." 

The year opened with 14,000 Chris- 
tian students on their knees at Urbana, 
Illinois. Young people by the thou- 
sands met throughout the year in corn- 
field Jesus rallies and home assemblies, 
eschewing "churchianity" while em- 
bracing Christianity, The Senate Joint 
Resolution 183 called Americans to a 
"National Day of Humiliation, Fasting 
and Prayer," on April 30. 

Denonninations 

Church leaders who survived the 
conflicts of the 1960s headed into new 
controversies: Missouri-Synod Luther- 
ans clashed over Biblical inspiration; 
bishops of many denominations com- 
plained that young ministers were un- 
willing to endure humdrum pastoral 
duties; gift increases of 7.7 percent 
were not enough to offset the 9.6 per- 
cent drop in the U.S. dollar's purchas- 
ing power; 1 1 women Episcopalians in 
Philadelphia shocked their church by 
performing the Eucharist; the Vatican 
tried to squelch a drive to make the 
Roman Catholic church more demo- 
cratic; clergy dropouts continued to 
plague each denomination. 

Southern Presbyterians weighed 
union with other churches at its 1 14th 
General Assembly; U.S. Lutherans and 
Jews met to seek stronger relationships 
and remove historical barriers; Com- 
missioners of the United Church of 



Christ approved a plan of union with 
the Anglican Church of Canada and 
the Christian Church (Disciples of 
Christ). 

The spotlight on the Charismatics 
dimmed (some denominations strongly 
condemned them) but they continued 
to flourish in 1974. Overextending and 
securities violations crippled retire- 
ment communities and such vast evan- 
gelical enterprises as those led by Rex 
Humbard, Charles Blair, and Jerry Fal- 
well. Sunday Schools in evangelical 
churches grew larger while those of 
liberal churches in general declined. A 
total of 62.4 percent of Americans 
held a religious belief. 

A Unitarian minister in 1974 pre- 
pared a "Rite for Divorce" formalizing 
a couple's "I Do's" to become two in- 
stead of one. Rev. Sun Myung Moon's 
heretical "One World Crusade," 
spawned in Korea, aggrandized in 
North America. Bank loans for 
churches dwindled and abuses in the 
church bond market were greater than 
in any other area of the financial se- 
curities market. 

Christ's prayer that believers "all 
may be one" seemed less remote than 
in other years. And what unity was 
lacking in organization was realized in 
spiritual fellowship. 




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t-^ 



Missions 

Bearers of Christ's Good News to a 
lost world reaped both victory and de- 
feat throughout 1974. In a historic 
switch, Chinese Christians in Singapore 
sent $1,000 to a low-income Spanish- 
speaking Texas church. The total of 
national mission agencies in Asia rose 
to 200. India's runaway population 
kept the nation in the shadow of mass 
starvation but the people responded to 
missionary outreach. 

Korea hosted Explo '74, Campus 
Crusade for Christ's five-day training 
seminar which drew 303,000 regis- 
trants from 78 countries. Missions in 
Japan were handicapped by inflation 
pegged at 23 percent increases; her 
Protestant population dropped; the en- 
ergy crisis altered for the first time 
Japan's traditional job-for-a-lifetime 
arrangement, threatening to force the 
population into a free-floating society 
with its impending moral dangers. 

China's allegiance to the "Little 
Red Book" lessened; Europe was 
called a "post-Christian society," mak- 
ing missionary effort difficult (for the 
first time there were more Baptists in 
Asia than in Europe). Evangelicals in 
Italy started the "Cornelius Corps"; 
Spain's evangelicals staged the first 
Iberian Congress on Evangelization for 
some 1,000 participants representing 
the country's 500 congregations and 
35,000 evangelical believers— a first for 
Spain. 

Soviet Christians carried out pro- 
grams of evangelism in a society where 
religion has the same status as pornog- 
raphy. Bible smugglers and radio 
broadcasts in Russian from outside 
abounded. 



The eyes of the world were on Lau- 
sanne, Switzerland, in mid- 1974 as 
4,000 people (2,700 participants) 
from 150 countries met for ten days 
to discuss in plenary sessions and in 80 
strategy groups how to buUd new rela- 
tionships between missionaries and 
national Christians in emerging 
churches. Eighty-five percent of the 
participants signed the 3,000-word 
"Lausanne Covenant" affirming their 
understanding of the purpose of God, 
the authority of the Bible, the church 
and evangelism, social responsibility 
and the return of Christ. Honorary 
Congress Chairman Billy Graham was 
afterward elected interim chairman of 
a 48-member "continuation commit- 
tee" directing the publication of Con- 
gress documents and a documentary 
fUm. 

Africa presented a paradox: Out- 
spoken nations critical of missions sug- 
gested that perhaps Americans should 
"look to your own country," as the 
United Methodist Bishop of Angola 
declared. Libyan Chief of State Col. 
Muammar el-Quaddafi declared that 
the African continent must rid itself of 
"European" Christianity which, he 
said, was a "tool of colonialism"-all 
this against reports of unprecedented 
growth among churches. 

In Sierra Leone the largest evangel- 
istic crusade in the country's history 
culminated a series of significant spiri- 
tual events. John Wilson, a resident of 
Kampala, said Uganda was "turning to 
God" in remarkable ways. 

Bible sales boomed in Ghana. More 
than 1,800 decisions for Christ were 
recorded in Nigeria at a six-day evan- 
gelisfic crusade sponsored by the 
Nigerian Baptist Convention. 




January 1 , 1975 



The dreaded onslaught of mass star- 
vation and epidemics touched nations 
from Ethiopia to the sub-Sahara where 
babies and adults died by the hundreds 
and where prolonged drought threat- 
ened an estimated five million people. 
Relief agencies invested huge amounts 
of money and manpower to fight the 
scourge. 

This year the first-ever "Association 
of Evangelical Christians in the Sudan" 
was formed— a move typical of encour- 
aging trends among Christian nationals 
in Africa. Evangelist Arthur Blessitt 
said he would like to see Americans as 
"people conscious" as black Africans. 

National missions thrived among 
the 277.1 million people of the Latin 
American mainland while traditional 
missionary enterprise slowed. A native 
of Peru declared that the church in the 
"Third World" is "acutely embar- 
rassed" at the image of Christianity 
held in those parts of the globe, and 
that it was "attempting to live down 
and outlive the commonly held view 
that Christianity was in some way a 
part of the 'imperialistic plot' to domi- 
nate the world." 

In Rio de Janeiro, 225,000 Brazil- 
ians jammed Maracana Stadium- 
world's largest— to hear Evangelist 
Billy Graham. 

In Los Angeles, Dr. Graham told a 
Hollywood Bowl audience celebrating 
his big start in evangelism 25 years 
earlier, that the "time is short" for 
America. 

Thirty-one churches in 17 states 
tested a special summer evangelism 
project via newspaper ads; the Evange- 
lization Forum was begun, looking 
ahead to evangelistic activity during 
the United States' bicentennial. The 
National Association for Media Evan- 
gelism was organized. Hundreds of 
evangelists and evangelism projects 
such as "Power 1974" in England en- 
listed millions of people in support of 
the Christian message. They found 
people craving moral and spiritual 
leadership in the complicated world of 
1974. 

Education 

Secularized education left little 
room for the Christian message, al- 
though notable exceptions were re- 
corded: Gideons distributed New Tes- 
taments in 20 Hoosier elementary 
schools; the Pennsylvania Supreme 

(Continued on page 16) 



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RELIGION IN REVIEW 

( Continued from page 15) 

Court ruled that prayers in connection 
with public school ceremonies do not 
violate the Constitution; Minnesota's 
attorney general ruled that a church 
can require that students be released 
from public schools for religious in- 
struction up to one day a week; and 
"teaching about religion" was pro- 
moted in 25 of the 50 United States. 

On the debit side; Indiana officials 
fired a teacher for reading the Bible to 
his mathematics classes; A North Caro- 
lina teacher quit when officials threat- 
ened to fire her for arranging a minute 
of silent prayer with first-grade pupils; 
the California Board of Education 
voted to replace a reference to the 
Bible in a science textbook with a 
reference to the theory of evolution; 
intense opposition arose to meet Presi- 
dent Ford's advocacy of Federal aid 
for parochial and private schools with 
state money and Florida public 
schools were ordered to stop schedul- 
ing spring vacations around Easter 
weekend to eliminate the direct and 
immediate effect of advancing reli- 
gion." 

College costs rose again (up 35 per- 
cent in four years) and Christian 
schools faced cutbacks as inflation re- 
duced purchasing power. 

Publishing 

Forty-two percent of American 
families bought Bibles or other reli- 
gious books in 1974 as the hot market 
for evangelical books continued. Paper 
shortages plagued major printing 
houses, but something new emerged: 
World Home Bible League's "take 
home" Bibles in motel rooms. High- 
flight began putting Bibles in airliners 
and the United Bible Societies ap- 
proved a record S10.9 million to trans- 
late and produce Scriptures world- 
wide. 

Sixteen publishing houses founded 
the Evangelical Christian Publishers 
Association. The Evangelical Press As- 
sociation, Associated Church Press and 
Catholic Press Association rejoiced 
over Congress' Postal Bill S.411 which 
modified exorbitant mail costs for 
periodicals. Sunday School literature 
faced a 10 percent cost rise. 

The global "Scripture language 
count" stood at 1,526 among a total 
of 5,687 languages listed by Wycliffe 



Bible Translators' updated Ethno- 
logiie. After 20 years of work, new 
Hungarian translations of the Old and 
New Testaments were ready for the 
presses. Christian publishing flourished 
in Russia. Paper shortages in Britain 
cut into Bible production by 20 per- 
cent but the humming presses con- 
tinued to add an important dimension 
to the outreach of the Gospel world- 
wide. 

Broadcasting 

Since there is no roof on the world, 
the long arms of radio and television 
reached where missionaries could not 
go. Hundreds of weekly broadcasts 
were aimed at the Soviet Union, China 
and remote outposts. One thousand 
broadcasters began the year at the 
National Religious Broadcasters' Wash- 
ington, D.C., convention seeking ways 
to update their medium and expertise. 

Television, "the beast among us," 
offered ratings showing that it is "the 
most important influence on American 
lives today." 

Billy Graham successfully tied two 
cities together by TV and visual ampli- 
fication for a simultaneous crusade in 
Virginia. A new TV series titled 
"Search" and featuring Bruce Larson 
was launched as a follow-up to Key 
73's "More Than You Are" program. 
Moody Bible Institute's purchase of 
KCFA AM-FM in Spokane raised its 
radio network to seven stations. Back 
to the Bible Broadcast celebrated 35 
years on the air; so did John Jess. 
Radio was still the best bargain in 
global evangelism. 

Famine 

Twelve nations were on the verge of 
bankruptcy in 1974 and world food 
reserves were adequate for only 27 
days. Students hiked and hiked to 
lobby for food funds; church leaders 
called their people to meatless diets 
and to repentance for past sins of 
omission; members of the World Coun- 
clI of Churches' Central Committee, 
jolted by a report on the helplessness 
of the world to feed its people, fell 
into silent prayer "too overwhelmed 
to speak," 

Four agencies (Food for the Hun- 
gry, World Gospel Crusades, King's 
Garden and the Seattle Association of 
Evangelicals) dedicated a C-47 airplane 
to carry food, medicine and gospel 
literature to crisis areas of the globe. 



A Jewish leader likened apathy 
toward hunger by rich nations to 
world apathy to the Nazi slaughter of 
Jews a generation ago. Bread for the 
World went national to openly cam- 
paign politically for the poor and hun- 
gry. Churchmen pressed reluctant 
government officials to reserve 10 per- 
cent of exportable commodities for 
food programs. A World Food Confer- 
ence in Rome created a World Food 
Council to coordinate the global war 
on hunger. "We must act soon," U.S. 
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger 
warned. "If we do not act boldly, dis- 
aster will result from a failure of will." 
The poor, said a missionary, may take 
up arms to demand their inheritance if 
it is denied them. 

Deaths 

Notable personalities who passed 
from the scene in 1974 included UPI 
Religion Editor Louis Cassels; Frank 
Dewey Lockman, founder-president of 
the Lockman Foundation and sponsor 
of the New American Standard Bible; 
Ralph Freed, veteran Christian broad- 
caster with Trans World Radio; Clate 
A. Risley, president of the World Wide 
Christian Education Ministries (shot to 
death in a holdup attempt near his 
Chicago office); L, Richard Burnap, 
book editor of David C. Cook Co.; Vir- 
ginia L. Bell, widow of L. Nelson Bell; 
George R. Warner, retired president of 
the World Gospel Mission. 

Nineteen seven ty-four-what a 
year! A year of Watergate, amnesty, 
Lausanne and inflation ... a year of 
the PLO, EPA, SLA, and WIN! ... a 
year of civilization which Malcolm 
Muggeridge described as being in an 
"advanced stage of decomposi- 
tion" ... a year in which Dr. Benjamin 
Spock envied "parents who see God 
clearly and concretely, because they 
can then explain Him in a way that is 
easy for a child to understand." 

The world of 1974 marched to a 
hundred different signals in a ragged 
column, but the Light that first came 
to Bethlehem two thousand years ago 
still guided those with faith to see. 

O Splendor of God's glory bright. 
From light eternal bringing light. 
Thou Light of light, light's living 

Spring, 
True Day, all days illumining. W 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reports and comments about success in Christian Education from the Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Howard Mayes, 
director; James Long, assistant to the director. 



WHATEVER 

HAPPENED 

TO YOUTH 

TRAINING 



HOUR? 



Lines from Lewis 

Remember youth training hour 
when you were a teen? The meetings 
were probably on Sunday evenings. 
You helped plan the program and en- 
hsted other teens for various responsi- 
bilities. Some led songs, shared testi- 
monies, led discussions or planned 
games. Others made posters and parti- 
cipated in panels and skits. 

What has happened to youth train- 
ing hours? Did they fail or become out 
of date? No, not really. But for some 
reason through the years it seems that 
youth meetings have been leaning in- 
creasingly toward more sponsor- 
centered meetings rather than teen- 
centered. Although youth meetings led 
by adult sponsors are often beneficial, 
they fail to train youth to exercise 
their gifts and talents. Teens may 
know lots of Bible content, but they 
fail to know how to use that content 
to edify others. 

A priority in youth meetings should 
be the development of teen leadership 
(responsibility). These meetings should 
also focus on problems which are per- 
tinent to teens. A training hour should 
also lead the teens to build a bond of 
fellowship with one another while 



demonstrating love for those outside 
the body of Christ. 

Youth are most interested in things 
which they do. But often teens are 
made to feel like mere spectators in 
churches (until they're "old enough" 
to participate). 

Imagine the average church for a 
young person. He studies the Bible in a 
teacher-led Sunday School, he listens 
and worships in pastor-led services on 
Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and 
midweek. If he goes to a youth meet- 
ing where he sits and listens to the 
sponsor lead a Bible study, what is 
there in the church that is his'1 It is no 
wonder that we see teens who would 
rather not be involved-would rather 
not participate in church services, sing, 
share a testimony, or even show con- 
cern for the community. Perhaps we're 
guilty of training youth to be specta- 
tors. 

Some teens will complain at the 
thought of responsibility. But they are 
learning responsibility at home and 
school. Why not at church? It may be 
easier for a sponsor to lead a simple 
discussion or game, but it's not train- 
ing teens for leadership. Even if a teen 



By Ed Lewis 

Director of Youtfi IVIinistries 

fails in a responsibility, it's a valuable 
way for adults to demonstrate Chris- 
tian love through kind words of coun- 
sel and encouragement. Patience is the 
key. 

When a sponsor plans youth meet- 
ings himself, he soon becomes tired 
and frustrated. The teens gradually 
lose interest and the quality of the 
meetings decrease. The sponsor's ener- 
gy and ideas are limited, and soon he's 
discouraged. So are the teens. 

After teens begin to plan the youth 
meetings, the quality may decrease 
initially, but their abilities will im- 
prove with time. The youth meeting 
becomes more of a training center. 
From these responsibilities he sees 
variety in the youth meetings and even 
learns to take leadership in reaching 
outside the church walls. 

Young people respond to responsi- 
bilities. Be sure your youth meetings 
include training in teen leadership. We 
need teens who feel they are an active 
and important part of the church— that 
the church is theirs as well as belong- 
ing to their parents. We need a renewal 
of the meaning of Active Christian 
Teens in our Brethren churches. • 



January 1, 1975 



17 



Christian Education Department 



rS/^Tvn^ 



The Christian School: 
Why it is Right for Your Child 



Maybe you've heard of the new 
mother, typically proud and excited 
about her newborn daughter. I don't 
know her name, nor her hometown, 
just her unusual story. Almost immedi- 
ately after coming home from the hos- 
pital, she and her husband enrolled 
their daughter in the kindergarten of a 
nearby Christian school. Five years in 
advance! 

"There's only one kind of educa- 
tion as far as I'm concerned," the 
young mother explained. "And that's 
a Oiristian school education. I want to 
make sure there is a place for my child 
when it comes time to send her to 
school." 

Unusual? Yes, of course her actions 
are unusual, but not her thinking. It is 
consistent with an unprecedented 
nationwide interest on the part of 
many parents that is causing the Chris- 
tian school movement literally to ex- 
plode across the country. Consider 
these items about other parents and 
schools: 

■ In Wheaton, Illinois, nine parents 
formed their own car pool to travel a 
20-mile round trip each day so their 
children could attend a Christian 
school. This expense, of course, is in 
addition to the monthly tuition for 
each chUd. Other parents are traveling 
even greater distances each day to send 
their children to Christian schools. 

■ In Santa Ana, California, 65 stu- 
dents with their parents were turned 
away after they had waited their turn 
to enroll in Maranatha Christian Acad- 
emy. Principal Neal Pirolo said, "This 
is our first year of operation and we 
simply could not go beyond our maxi- 
mum of 400 students." He added, "We 
are providing for additional classes as 
rapidly as we can." 

■ Pensacola (Florida) Christian 
School is the largest Christian school 
in America, having reached an enroll- 
ment of more than 3,000 students. 
Plans call for even more expansion, in- 
cluding opening a Christian college in 
the fall of 1974. 

■ From 1965 to 1973 the Cah- 
fornia Association of Christian Schools 



By Dr. Paul Kienel 

increased from 68 to 350 member 
schools. The association's student 
population during that period mush- 
roomed from 1 1.388 to 46,032. Other 
Christian school organizations around 
the country reflect similar patterns of 
growth. 

Paradoxically, the Christian school 
movement is exploding at a time when 
other segments of private education 
are recording a decline. Catholic 
schools are currently losing six percent 
of their enrollment annually. They 
closed 365 schools in 1971. Military 
academies, popular in the '20s and 
'30s, are very much in decline. The 
elite private schools are barely holding 
their own in some areas and are dimin- 
ishing in others. 

Public schools in certain areas are 
also losing ground. The Los Angeles 
Herald Examiner quoted Dr. Wilson 
Riles, California state superintendent 
of public instruction, as saying in 1973 
that there were "50,000 fewer stu- 
dents in California public schools this 
year than last." The Whittier, Califor- 
nia, area school districts planned to 
close three public schools. Nearby 
Norwalk closed four public schools. A 
few miles east, the San Bernardino 
School District is in the process of sell- 
ing five public school campuses. It is 
interesting to note that some of the 
Christian schools in the area are nego- 
tiating to purchase these former public 
school facilities. The declining birth 
rate accounts for a significant part of 
the public schools' enrollment decline, 
but that is not the complete answer. 

U.S. News and World Report and 
Christian Life magazines published 

Christian Education Department Editor's 
note: Dr. Paul Kienel is Executive Director 
of the California Association of Christian 
Schools and is well known as a friend to 
Brethren Christian schools. The material on 
these pages is drawn from his book, Tlie 
Christian School: why it is right for your 
child, which is published by Victor Books as 
a paperback at $1.50. We recommend this 
book, available from the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co. or your local Christian book- 
store. 



articles in 1973 about the burgeoning 
Christian school movement, referring 
to this phenomenon as the "Boom in 
Protestant Schools" and "The Chris- 
tian School Explosion." According to 
U.S. News, this rapid rise of Protestant 
Christian schools is literally shaking 
the teeth of the government's public 
school establishment. Christ-centered 
Christian schools now represent the 
fastest growing educational movement 
in America. It is also one of the fastest 
growing segments of the Bible-believ- 
ing church world. 

What is behind it all? There is a 
"prairie fire" sense of urgency among 
many parents to find schools for their 
children that will not be at cross pur- 
poses with the teachings of the home 
and the church. Christian parents and 
church leaders alike are becoming 
weary of trying to compete with pub- 
lic schools for the minds of their chil- 
dren and young people. 

A seventh-grade public school- 
teacher who sends his son to a Chris- 
tian school said of his experiences: 
"As I observe the operations of the 
public school, I notice that parents 
and teachers are much of the time at 
opposite poles of opinion about life, 
morals, and/or philosophy. I want my 
son to get the same information about 
Hfe from school as he gets from home. 
I can tmst the Christian school to get 
Biblical principles over to him as a nor- 
mal part of growing up. I do not have 
to 'undo' anything when he gets 
home." 

With all of its problems, public edu- 
cation continues to hold a place of 
high esteem in the minds of many 
Americans. For decades, we have held 
public school education on the same 
high level as motherhood, apple pie, 
and the American flag. Multiplied 
thousands of wonderful people serve 
as teachers, administrators, and board 
members in the public school system. 
Many of these are dedicated Chris- 
tians. Our Christian college movement 
in America has supported the public 
school teaching profession more than 
any other secular profession. The lar- 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



gest single department in most Chris- 
tian colleges is the education depart- 
ment. As a result, there are probably 
more Christians per capita in public 
education than in any other secular 
field. This has been the established 
pattern for at least a quarter of a cen- 
tury. 

Today, however, we see a gradual 
turning from this established pattern. 
In the early '70s no Christian college 
or university in America offered a mas- 
ter's degree in Christian School admin- 
istration. Now several leading Christian 
colleges and at least one Christian uni- 
versity offer such a program. 

Other Christian colleges have Chris- 
tian school administration graduate 
programs in the planning stage. More 
and more future teachers in Christian 
colleges are being challenged to con- 
sider the Christian school ministry, 
and courses are being offered in the 
Christian philosophy of education. 
Pastors who never supported Christian 
schools before are beginning to pro- 
mote local Christian schools or are 
establishing their own. One national 
Christian school association received a 
thousand inquiries last year on how to 
establish Christian schools. Rev. Paul 
B. Smith, pastor of People's Church of 
Toronto, a church that gives more 
than a million dollars to missions each 
year, said in Cfiild Evangelism maga- 
zine in 1971; 

"If I had my life as a father to live 
over again, I would make whatever 
financial sacrifices that would be 
necessary in order to send each of my 
children to a Biblically centered school 
from kindergarten to the end of col- 
lege. 



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"If I had my life as a pastor to live 
over again, I would warn my people 
constantly about the dangers of the 
North American public school system. 
Over a period of 30 years I have 
watched with a heavy heart the devas- 
tating effects of the public schools, 
both on my own children and on those 
of many of my congregation." 

Pastor Smith has established a 
Christian school in his church. 

Parents by the thousands, a high 
percentage of them Christians, have 
now opted for a Christian school edu- 
cation for their children. Christians 
who at one time believed that they 
somehow had a religious obligation to 
use their children to neutralize or 
"save" the public school are now more 
concerned with the outcome of their 
own children than they are with the 
outcome of a given local public school 
system. 

The surging Christian school move- 
ment represents a new current, a new 
direction in the Bible-believing church 
world. There is a shifting of loyalties. 
There is an intense "grass roots" wave 
of parental concern for the preserva- 
tion of children, a concern that will 
not be denied. The current trends indi- 
cate that the Christian school explo- 
sion has just begun. 

One of the largest groups among 
the parents who send their youngsters 
to Christian schools are public school- 
teachers and principals. In 1973 I con- 
ducted a nationwide survey among 
these public school educators and 
asked them to write a few words con- 
cerning why they send their own chil- 
dren to Christian schools. I think you 
will find this sampling of their replies 




January 1 , 1975 



interesting! 

"After teaching 10 years in public 
schools, I realized many of my stu- 
dents lacked several things: (1) disci- 
pline; (2) reading skills; (3) belief in 
God; and (4) love of people and coun- 
try. The Christian school has all of 
these and more. My child loves her 
school."—^ public schoolteacher who 
sends her daughter to King's Academy, 
West Palm Beach, Florida 

"I became a member of the Santa 
Cruz Board of Education before my 
children were of school age. Subse- 
quently, two of our children are in 
Baymonte Christian School. I am tre- 
mendously impressed with the impact 
that is made on a child when the Bible 
and Christ-oriented exposure become 
integrated into the learning pro- 
cess."-^ resident of Santa Cruz, Cali- 
fornia 

"I prefer to send my two children 
to a Christian school because Christ is 
central to all information taught and 
caught. The public school is basically 
humanistic and materialistic in its ap- 
proach to life and the fundamental 
questions of human existence and pur- 
pose. The Christian school holds a 
unique position with the home and the 
church."— y4 public school social 
studies teacher whose children attend 
Emerald Empire Oiristian School, 
Eugene, Oregon 

"We believe that God does not 
cease to exist from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Monday through Friday, but with the 
laws and trends affecting public edu- 
cation today, this is the atmosphere in 
which our children would go to school 
if they attend public schools. We feel 
that we want as much continuity as we 
can get in our children's lives. If one ' 
thing is emphasized at home but is 
contradicted (no matter how subtly) 
at school, then we lose a great deal of 
ground. The religious aspect of our 
children's lives is the most important 
reason for having them in a Christian 
school, but there are sound academic 
reasons for it too. Public schools have 
had, in our view, too many experi- 
mental and innovative programs 
which, after the damage has been 
done, prove to be valueless."-^ 
seventh- and eighth-grade public 
schoolteacher who sends her three 
youngsters to San Gabriel Christian 
School, San Gabriel, California, and to 
(Continued on page 20) 



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THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 

(Continued from page 19) 

Maranatha Christian High School. 
Arcadia, California 

"Children are a gift from God, en- 
trusted to parents for proper care and 
training. As Christian parents, we want 
Christ to be the center of our chil- 
dren's lives including their education. 
This can only be done in a Christian 
school by dedicated Christian teachers 
who put Christ at the center of their 
lives and of all subject matter. "-/I 
public school tenth-grade teacher who 
sends his children to Gloucester Coun- 
try Oiristian School in New Jersey 

"Our public schools are required to 
work with an increasing number of 
pupils who waste a great deal of time 
by disruptive behavior. Such pupils are 
hostile to teachers and classmates and 
occasionally attack them physically. 
Their parents may also be hostile to 
society. They make it difficult or im- 
possible for learning to take place. 
These unfortunate children need help, 
but I do not think my children can 
help them. I want my children to grow 
and learn in a wholesome, loving atmo- 
sphere where parents, teachers, and 
students work together and Bible 
study is provided. Sunday School 
alone, as good as it is, is not 
enough."-^ public high school teach- 
er who sends her youngsters to Ingle- 
wood Ovistian School, Inglewood, 
California 

"We send our daughter to a Chris- 
tian school because the environment 
of the public school she would attend 
does not promote learning. There is a 
serious lack of discipline, stealing is 
very common, and the "pod" idea as it 
is being administered there is a joke. 
She is a very bright chUd, and we feel 
she should not be deprived of the right 
to learn. "-^ fifth-grade public school- 
teacher who sends her daughter to 
North Florida Christian School, Talla- 
hassee, Florida 

"We send our children to Alma 
Heights Christian Academy primarily 
to learn about our Creator and the 
Holy Bible. There are many advantages 
to Christian education such as smaller 
class size, individual attention from 
warm and understanding people who 
really care about the whole student, 
conscientious discipline, and a good 



feeling of working together to attain 
God"s will in the student's life."— ^ 
kindergarten public schoolteacher who 
sends her children to Alma Heights 
Christian Academy, Pacifica, Cali- 
fornia 

"The assumption of the public 
school is that man is the product of 
evolution and most teachers accept 
this as established. Therefore the basic 
foundations of morality are based on 
temporal expediency. The Christian 
school teaches and exemplies morality 
based on unchanging truth. The atti- 
tude toward the student sharply con- 
trasts. The public schoolteacher too 
often looks at the student as a num- 
ber, the ministry of teaching as a job. 
Most teachers in the Christian school 
try to understand the uniqueness of 
each student. As a consequence of the 
above, most graduates of Christian 
schools are better prepared intellec- 
tually and morally to face the prob- 
lems of adult life. "-.4 public high 
school English and social studies teach- 
er who sends his youngsters to Wes- 
cove Christian High School, Potomac, 
Illinois 

"The social and academic climate 
of the public junior high school failed 
to inspire confidence in my husband 
and me. The "anything goes" culture, 
with its loose and conflicting standards 
and indefinite guidelines would have 
left our children confused and uncer- 
tain regarding life's values and expec- 
tancies. Our Christian school provides 
a consistent climate for growth and 
learning through clearly definied 
guidelines for values based on the un- 
changing truths of God's Word. The 
peace of mind shared with us by our 
children that their well being in all its 
forms is the chief concern of our 
school is worth many times more than 
the cost of tuition."—^ sixth-grade 
public schoolteacher whose children 
attend Southland Christian Schools, 
Qiula Vista, California 

"We send our children to a Chris- 
tian school to supplement the basic 
principles they are taught at home in 
real life situations. We also appreciate 
the fact that wholesome activities are 
provided for them, and their closest 
friends are Christians."— .4 public 
school third-grade teacher who sends 
her children to Mansfield Christian 
School. Mansfield, Ohio # 



What's 
Up ^vith 
Christian 
Schools 

What obstacles are faced in the 
founding of Christian schools? What 
are their biggest challenges? What do 
their long-range goals include? To an- 
swer these questions, the Christian 
Education Department surveyed the 
administrators of Christian schools 
operated by churches of the Fellow- 
ship. The following reflects the results 
of that survey. 

1 . What was the biggest obstacle in the 
founding of the school? The obstacles 
that were singled out dealt largely with 
financial considerations-the purchase 
of property and equipment, and the 
employment of qualified personnel. 
Other obstacles mentioned included 
the difficulty of sharing the vision for 
a Christian education (especially on 
the elementary level) and meeting 
state and local requirements relative to 
zoning and qualified personnel. 

2. What is the biggest challenge in the 
development of the school? According 
to these Christian educators, the big- 
gest challenge is to maintain high aca- 
demic standards as well as an effective 
testimony for Christ. There is the chal- 
lenge of curriculum which must be 
constantly updated to keep pace with 
the current educational scene. The dif- 
ficulty of locating and employing qual- 
ified Christian teachers and administra- 
tors (many of whom are involved in 
public education) is another perpetual 
struggle. There is also the difficulty of 
expansion due to rising costs .of build- 
ing and operation. Along with these 
challenges is the continuing battle to 
convince Christians of the vital need of 
Christian schools. 

3. What are the long-range goals you 
envision for the school? Long-range 
goals center around the vision of ex- 
pansion . . . higher enrollment, more 
grades (some even considering the col- 
lege level), and improved facilities 
(additional classrooms, libraries and 
gymnasium facilities). 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



1975 Directory of 

Christian Schools Operated by 

Churches of the NFBC 



School and Sponsoring Church 


Grades 


1974-75 
Enrollment 


Staff 
FT PT 


Year 
Begun 


Grace Christian School 

Grace Brethren Church, Phoenix, Arizona 


Pre-K-8th 


325 


16 5 


1957 


Brethren Elementary & Junior High School 

Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont, California 


K-8th 


195 


14 4 


1964 


Brethren Church Schools 

Brethren Junior-Senior High School 
Paramount Brethren Elementary 
Long Beach Brethren Elementary 
First Brethren Church of Long Beach, California 


Pre-K-12th 


1,029 


73 27 


1947 


Los Altos Brethren Pre-School 

Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 


Pre-School 


125 


11 3 


1972 


Norwalk Brethren Elementary 

Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, California 


K-6th 


360 


17 8 


1954 


Grace Christian School 

Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino, California 


K-6th 


125 


8 1 


1954 


Brethren Elementary & Junior High School 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, California 


K-8th 


350 


15 12 


1953 


Grace Brethren Kindergarten 

Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 


Pre-K-K 


51 


4 


1962 


Grace Brethren Kindergarten School 

Grace Brethren Church, North Lauderdale, Florida 


Pre-K-K 


30 


2 2 


1967 


Brethren Nursery School 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana 


Nursery 


6 


1 


1972 


Brethren Christian Schools 

Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Indiana 


Pre-K-12th 


355 


22 2 


1955 


Warsaw Christian School 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana 


Pre-K-6th 


159 


9 5 


1958 


Grace Brethren Day School 

Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, Virginia 


Nursery— K 


46 


5 3 


1962 


Grace Brethren Christian Day School 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 
Temple Hills, Maryland 


Pre-K-8th 


350 


22 17 


1965 


Brethren Navajo Mission & Boarding School 
Brethren Home Missions 


Pre-K-8th 


98 


18 1 


1951 


Brethren Kindergarten 

First Brethren Church, Taos, New Mexico 


Pre-School 


20 


1 1 


1961 


Ashland Christian School 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 


K-5th 


70 


4 2 


1972 


Worthington Christian Schools 

Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, Ohio 


Pre-K-IOth 


165 


20 4 


1973 


Ripon Nursery School 

Grace Brethren Church, Ripon, California 


Nursery— 
Pre-K 


14 


1 2 


1972 



Christian Education Department 

fTeV7S 



Youth Week 
To Be 
Observed 



Brethren National Youth Week is to 
be celebrated in a number of Brethren 
churches next month. The theme dur- 
ing February 9-16 is "Showing We 
Care." It is based on Colossians 
3:12-17. 

The purpose of youth week is to 
(1) make the entire church aware of 
the needs of youth, giving the adults 
the opportunity to encourage teens. 
(This is to reinforce the fact that teens 
are part of today's church— not only 
the church of tomorrow.) (2) It allows 
the youth to be involved in planning, 
preparing, and presenting various pro- 
grams to the church and community. 

Youth leaders on the Pro-Teens' 
mailing list received suggested ideas 
and materials for the annual youth 
thrust. Activities have been suggested 
for each evening during the week, in- 
cluding taking an active part in the ser- 
vices on both Sundays. Although 
churches are encouraged to adapt the 
week to their own needs, a national 
scrapbook contest will again be spon- 
sored to encourage the use of the 
theme. 

Bulletins are being sent to each 
Brethren church for use during this 
emphasis. Offerings are encouraged 
during this time for both local church 
youth needs and the national youth 
program sponsored by the Christian 
Education Department. 

RECORD ATTENDANCES: Canton, 
Ohio-210; Cumberland, Md.-127; 
Myerstow/n, Pa. -578; Columbus, 
Ohio-1244; St. Petersburg, Fla.-312; 
Spokane, Wash. -50; Telford, Pa.- 
256; Bethlehem, Pa. -61; Columbus, 
Ohio (Eastside)-126; Long Beach, 
Calif. (Flrst)-1652. 

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JPilBJEHT 1 

A National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Sunday School Report !^B 

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 

of all reporting Sunday Schools* November 1973—160 

November 1974-171 

GROWTH INDEX BASED ON 174 REPORTING CHURCHES 

November 1973 weekly average attendance 27,474 

November 1974 weekly average attendance 29,697 

NET GAIN in reporting churches 2,223 persons or up 8.1 percent 

SUMMARY 

109 churches registered increases totaling 3,252 

60 churches registered losses totaling 1,029 

Largest numerical increase Columbus, Ohio, Worthington 

Largest percentage increase Akron, Ohio, Fairlawn 

* The larger the number of reporting churches, the more accurately these 
figures will represent the church growth picture of the NFBC. We urge the 
total support of the churches of the NFBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided free of charge to churches of the 
Fellowship by the Christian Education Department. 

DIVISION WINNERS - NOVEMBER SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 

Div . Church Pastor Superintendent 

A — Columbus, Ohio James Custer Donald Garlock 

B — Meyersdale, Pa. Robert Burns James Miller 

C - Warsaw, Ind, David Miller Donald DeYoung 
D — Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) H. Don. Rough Leroy Spangler 

E — Atlanta, Ga. Dean Fetterhoff James Bustraan 

F — Union, Ohio Ronald Picard Donald Blakely 

G - Gallon, Ohio Maynard Tittle James Botdorf 

H — Beaverton Oreg. James Willett Victor Hannon 
I — Columbus, Ohio 

(Eastside) Richard Sellers 

J — Akron, Ohio 

(Fairlawn) James Kennedy 

N — No one qualified 

Seminar In Sunday School Learning, sponsored by the Christian Educa- 
tion Department, has now been presented in eleven different locations 
representing ten Brethren districts. 

The two-day or four-evening seminar program provides approximately 
ten hours of intensive training in improving communication skills for Sun- 
day School teaching. The four-member instructional team includes Alberta 
Hanson, Ed Lewis, James Long, and Howard Mayes. 

The Christian Education Department is anxious to correspond with 
churches or district groups that are interested in arranging for a Sunday 
School learning seminar in 1975. 

SEMINAR IN SUNDAY SCHOOL LEARNING 

CALIFORNIA LOCATIONS FOR MARCH 1975 

March 7-8 Weekend Seminar (Bellflower) 

March 10-13 Evening Seminar (Whittier) 

March 15-16 Weekend Seminar (Modesto) 

Churches in California are urged to include these dates in their 1975 
planning. Printed programs will be available at a later date. ^| 



1974-75 WMC THEME PAGE 




REFLECTING GOD'S BLESSINGS THROUGH VICTORIOUS LEADERSHIP 



January 1, 1975 



23 



Third of a series on the 1974-75 "Birthday Missionaries" — 

Grateful for 
His Grace 



The strong love provided by my 
Christian parents, and the knowledge 
of God's love for me proven through 
Christ, gave me security as I grew up in 
Argentina. My parents, Clarence and 
Loree Sickel, were missionaries serving 
with the Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society. When I was born they were 
stationed in a town called Huinca 
Renanco, located in the southern part 
of the province of Cordoba. My child- 
hood was fairly uneventful. 

When 1 was nine, we moved to 
Rosario. It is the second largest city in 
Argentina— quite different from the 
quiet town 1 had formerly lived in. 
Here my sister and I attended a private 
school which was supported by the 
Methodist Church. We received good 
training. In the morning, the courses 
offered complied with the curriculum 
requirements of the Argentine school 
system. In the afternoon, our courses 
were in English. 

Two more years passed, and my 
parents were transferred to Rio 
Cuarto, the headquarters of our Breth- 
ren mission. In order to continue re- 
ceiving the type of education my par- 
ents felt we should have, it was neces- 
sary for my sister and me to board at 
the school in Rosario. That meant 
coming home only once or twice dur- 
ing the school year. On the whole, in 
spite of bouts with homesickness, I 
was very happy at the school. And I 
thoroughly enjoyed my summers at 
home. 



By Mrs. Jack Churchill 

When I was 15, my parents re- 
turned to the United States for their 
first furlough in ten years. The adjust- 
ment was a little difficult for one who 
found it hard to face new situations. I 
finished high school in La Verne, Cali- 
fornia. Then my father accepted the 
pastorate of the North Long Beach 



Brethren Church. This was a wonder- 
ful experience for me as it opened the 
door to rich friendships that still last. 

I attended Westmont CoOege. These 
years were truly happy ones. The Lord 
gave me so many friends who helped 
to mold me and change me. I was 
grateful for the opportunity to study 
under teachers who believed the Bible 
and sought to honor Christ in their 
lives. And it was at Westmont that 
Jack and I met. Before he could com- 
plete his college training, he was 
drafted into the U.S. Army during 
World War II. After I graduated we 
were married. When Jack finished his 
time in the service, he graduated from 
Westmont. Our next home was Winona 
Lake, Indiana, where Jack graduated 
from Grace Seminary. 

During our time in Winona Lake 
our first son, Kenneth, was born. Our 
greatest happiness has come through 



Rev. and Mrs. Jack Churchill with Sharon (left) and David. 




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him and the other children the Lord 
has given us. Charles was born in Ar- 
gentina after Jack and I went there as 
missionaries. Our first daughter, 
Margaret, also arrived there. 

Our second daughter, Marilyn, was 
loaned to us for a very short time. 
When she was eight months old the 
Lord took her back. It was an agoniz- 



ing experience but one in which the 
Lord was near, helping us day by day. 
Our Sharon was the "added" comfort 
that the Lord gave us to help in the 
healing from our grief. She was born 
here in the States. When she was five 
months old, we returned to Argentina. 
In 1962, David was born to add to our 
family joy. We are so grateful for the 




Lord's grace and help in making our 
children what they are: a joy to us and 
pleasing to Him. When our Kenneth 
married he chose a girl who has be- 
come as dear as a daughter to us. And 
their children, Steven and Melissa, are 
a continual pleasure to the family. 

Our time of service in Argentina— 
and now in Mexico— has proved to us 
that the Lord is always near, giving us 
just what we need for each day's tasks. 
My heart is full of gratitude to Him for 
His mercy and His kindness to me and 
mine. A verse the Lord gave to us 
when we were married says, "For this 
God is our God for ever and ever: he 
will be our guide even unto death" 
(the Spanish version has it "even be- 
yond death") (Ps. 48: 14). # 



WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 
Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Russell Ward, 3342 Val- 
erie Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405 

2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woo- 
ster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secy.-Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 
Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902 

Asst. Secy.-Mrs. Tom Inman, 2244 Fern- 
wood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Fin. Secy. -Treas. -Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 
Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 
National WMC.) 

Asst. to Fin. Secy .-Treas. -Mrs. Ben Zim- 
merman, R. R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Don WardeU, Box 325, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Editor-Mrs. Dan Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Harold Mason, R. R. 8, 
Warsaw, Ind. 46580 



lylSCIpl/nQ Correct thy son, and he shall 

■^ ^ give thee rest; yes, he shall 
lylStV give delight to thy soul. 

^ -Proverbs 29:17 

"Mommy, would you . . .?" "No . . . not now ... I'm too busy . . . it's too 
late." I've found myself saying this to my children and God When some- 
one "bugs" us, it's often the Lord telling us to pay attention. He is always 
near, never too busy or too tired. Do we teach our children about not 
having time, or about God? The next time you're asked, "Mommy, would 
you . . .?" say, "Yes!" You will need practice, but your work will get 
done, dinner will get served, and you will have new joy.— Z.. ft., California 




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MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MARCH 1975 

(Addresses may be found on pages 35 and 36 of the 1975 Brethren 
Annual.) 

AFRICA 

Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Stephanie Suzanne Pfahler March 23, 1972 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

ARGENTINA 

Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy ,, March 21 

January 1, 1975 



BRAZIL 

Ronald Andrew Burk March 15, 1972 

EUROPE 

Mrs. Thomas Julien March 27 

HAWAII 

Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 

MEXICO 

Miss Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

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Reflecting God's Blessings through Life 

BORN BLIND 



On July 10. 1973, Mark Alan, our 
second son, came into the world. A 
fine healthy baby, he joined his big 
brother, Douglas, in bringing the tul- 
fillment of joy to my husband and me. 
We thanked the Lord for allowing us a 
family. The Lord had brought Don 
and I together in middle life. Filled 
with love for Him and each other, we 
prayed the Lord would allow us to 
share this love with children. Should 
he give us this privilege, we promised 
to teach them to love and serve Him. 

When Mark was three months old 
we felt God leading us to move back 
to California. When settled there, we 
took Mark for his regular monthly 
checkup. The doctor noticed an irregu- 
larity in eye movement, and suggested 
we take him to a specialist at once. We 
had noticed this problem, but had 
pushed it aside as perhaps a muscular 
weakness. 

The nagging fear we had ignored 
surfaced and became a reality as the 



By Mrs. Don Slagle 

specialist announced that Mark had 
been born blind. Since it appeared to 
be a birth defect, there was no hope! 
The shock and grief was overwhelm- 
ing. The next days were spent just 
going through the motions of everyday 
Ufe. We notified our Christian friends 
and relatives, and requested prayer. 

It was this prayer, we know, that 
sustained us as we sought to yield our- 
selves to the Lord. We knew He had 
the power to bring sight to Mark, but 
we also knew that it might not be His 
will. The Lord was still all-powerful, 
and could use this for His glory if we 
would but accept this from His hand. 

We fought daily as Satan rushed in 
with his temptation to self-pity, bitter- 
ness and rebellion. The Lord was ever 
tender in attending to our needs. In 
the dead of night when there were no 
words and tears wet our pillows. He 



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faithfully brought promises from His 
Word. Bits and pieces of songs and 
hymns came to soothe the deep ache 
in our hearts. We marvelled at the min- 
istry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 
Often, it seems, tragedy has to strike 
many of the children of the Lord be- 
fore they discover the power and min- 
istry of the Holy Spirit within them. 

As time went on we tried day by 
day to prove the doctors wrong, but 
there was no response from the sight- 
less eyes. Then almost a month after 
the diagnosis, Mark reached for my 
necklace one day. My heart stood still. 
I tried holding a bright toy and he 
reached again! How our hearts sang! 

From that day on he began to give 
more and more evidence of sight. 
When we took him to be re-checked, 
the doctor began routine tests only to 
have Mark grab the flashing light from 
his hand. He was amazed and could 
not believe the change. He had no ex- 
planation at all. Of course, this was the 
opportunity for us to witness to him 
about the Lord. After taking Mark to 
the Orange County Children's Hospital 
where he underwent further testing, 
the doctor in charge could only com- 
ment that this was a very interesting 
and unusual case. There was no doubt 
now ... he could see! 

■ Mark is now a 16-month-old tod- 
dler, full of energy, mischief and fun. 
He can pick threads from the carpet, 
reach for dust particles in a sunbeam 
and wrestle with big brother! We real- 
ize that sight or no sight, God is in full 
control of all things in our lives. Faith 
IS an everyday thing— not just for cer- 
tam occasions. 

Why did God reach down and 
choose our Mark for His object of love 
and mercy? This is a question we have 
often pondered. Perhaps we wUl never 
know in this life, but we feel we must 
witness and use our every effort to win 
souls for Christ. Many are the gifts of 
God, but spiritual healing from sin is 
by far the most marvelous gift in the 
person of Jesus Christ who loved us 
and died for our sin. 

"Call unto me, and I will answer 
thee, and shew thee great and mighty 
things, which thou knowest not" (Jer. 
33:3). m 

Shirley Smith Slagle graduated from Grace 
College in 1959 and is presently teaching in 
a Christian school. She and her family at- 
tend the Grace Brethren Church of Colo- 
rado Springs. Colorado. 



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Throughout the new year . 



THANKS 



By Mrs. Robert Griffith 

National WMC President 

November is traditionally the month for thanksgiving in our country. I believe, how- 
ever, that we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should make every day of our lives a 
thanksgiving day. We have so very much for which to be thankful and so many blessings 
day by day. 

Time— We each have the same amount. It is precious. We should give consideration 
to its proper use. 

Homes— We too often take our comfortable lovely homes for granted. How grateful 
we should be for our Christian homes! 

Air— We have it to breathe. Watch someone struggling under an oxygen tent in a 
hospital; then you will know how thankful you should be for the ability to 
breathe fresh air. 

Neighbors— We often fail to show our gratitude to our neighbors and our friends 
when they go to the trouble of trying to cheer us or smile with us or even 
cry with us. 

Kin— We should thank the Lord every day for our wonderful families. 

Sharing— We can show our gratitude for the greatest of all blessings, our Lord, by 
sharing His blessings with others. 

The above spells out "Thanks" and just a few of the things for which we should give 
thanks were included. We are thankful, too, for you ladies because if we did not have you 
we could not have a WMC. Thank you, too, for giving your money so we can go over the 
top in our goals this year in WMC. We are counting on you! 

But November is past, the celebration of Christmas is over, and it is time to begin a 
new year. In II Corinthians 9:15 it says, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 
We should be THOUGHTFUL about Christ's birth-then be THANKFUL throughout the 
year! Christ is God's love-gift, and upon receiving Him as our personal Saviour we have 
eternal life. As we begin a new year we trust that you have accepted God's gift of 
salvation. If not, do so today, and this year will become the most meaningful and happy 
year of your life! During this new year— "May you have enough happiness to keep you 
sweet; Enough trials to keep you strong; Enough sorrow to keep you human; Enough 
hope to make your heart sing; Enough labor to keep you from rust; Enough leisure to 
make you broad; Enough Christianity to make you value the best; and Enough of the love 
of Christ in your soul to make you glad to serve." # 



January 1, 1975 



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MAN to MAN 



"faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" II Timothy 2:2 



THE MEN'S VOICE OF THE NATIOIMAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREIM CHURCHES 



First Junior 
Brethren 
Adventurer Units 
Are Underway 




Greetings in our Lord's name! 

My name is Jack Cline, director of 
boys ministries of the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches. We praise 
the Lord for His leading in the devel- 
opment of this ministry of men to 
boys. 

We are seeing the men of our 
churches stand in the gap as in Ezekiel 
22:30. 

There are now six churches with 
units of the new Junior Brethren Ad- 
venturers program. In the following 
months we will be featuring these 
units in the Herald to sliow what can be 
done througli this ministry. 



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NATIONAL 

BOYS MINISTRY 

KICKOFF 



LrALIrUKlNlM mtlM! 

Be sure to attend — 

Feb. 7-8 



Community Brethren Church 
Whittier, California 

Featuring Jack Cline and Efl 
Jackson ^ 

Send $5 registration (nonrefundable) 
to Lyle Marvin, 6217 Sea Breeze Dr., 
Long Beach, Calif. 90803. 



A campout was held in the Pennsylvania 
mountains by Adventurer units from 
Hagerstown, Md., and Waynesboro, Pa. Here 
some of the boys cook lunch. 



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Volume 37 Number 2 January 15, 1975 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



"Happy Birthday!" "No, Not Again!" . 3 

Coolville Dedication Different 4 

Bridging the Gaps in 

Santa Maria, California 7 

The New Year and Sin 10 

BMH News Summary 13 

Sports and Spectators ... A New Song . 15 

"For We Are Saved by Hope" 16 

From Pastor-Teacher to 

Pastor-Student . . . and Back Again . . 18 

The Normal Christian Life 20 



Cover Photo: Grace Col- 
lege's Ed Miller scores 
against Concordia College 
in the opening game this 
season. Miller, a 6'6" 
senior, is regarded by 
many as one of the top 
players in the Mid- 
Central Conference. He is 
the son of Rev. and Mrs. 
Eddie Miller, serving with 
Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions in Macapa, Brazil. 
{Photo by Terry White 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Michael Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zielasko 
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WMC-Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
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in the magazine. 



We have already announced that no 
further letters would be published on 
the subject of dress for worship. How- 
ever, since the following letter made a 
long, slow journey from Africa, we 
will make an exception.— CWT 

Dear Editor, 

I read with a great deal of satisfac- 
tion the article on women's dress in 
the house of the Lord and in spite of 
the adverse criticism I think the author 
was right. After all, the Scriptures do 



have quite a lot to say about the way 
people dress and my Bible says we are 
NOT to let ourselves be poured into 
this world's fashion. Certainly there is 
no excuse for Christians leading the 
style parade. We would at least do well 
to wait till it becomes the norm for all. 
Perhaps the commentators have 
never attended a formal reception for 
a head of state. A protocol officer 
stands at the door and those not fitly 
dressed for the occasion are detained. 



Of course, we don't suggest a protocol 
officer in the church. But, our God is 
King of kings and Lord of lords. Cer- 
tainly it is in order to approach Him in 
jeans or however, as the occasion re- 
quires. But it is also in order to re- 
member His glory and majesty. And 
when we gather to worship and adore 
our Mighty Potentate (scripturally cor- 
rect) we do well to dress accordingly. 
Now perhaps someone will bolster 
up her courage and address the subject 
of the miniskirt. 1 am really amazed at 
the readiness with which spiritual. 
Christian women and girls have con- 
formed to the world's mold in this re- 
spect. The Scripture says women's 
dress should be modest and the mod- 
ern skirt is not modest. Isn't it very 
clear that it is a definite part of the 
so-called new morality? Are we to ad- 
mit to no line of demarcation between 
the appearance and dress of the Chris- 
tian and the godless modern world?- 
Africa 



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Reflections By Still Waters 



"Happy Birthday!' 
"No, Not Again!" 






By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

What the problem is I do not know, 
but I do not Hke birthdays as much as 
I did when I was a child. Maybe it is 
the intense heat from what appears to 
be acres of candles burning at one 
time. Maybe it is all of those silly little 
Happy Birthday cards. But the prob- 
able reason is that birthdays are un- 
friendly reminders of the rapid passing 
of years. 

It has not always been this way, I 
must admit. Next to Christmas the 
most important time of the year was 
my birthday. As a child I looked for- 
ward to each celebration with great ex- 
citement. Besides angel food cake, 
which was and still is my favorite, 
there were other pleasant surprises. 
Presents, of course, were high on the 
list of the most important things. In 
fact they were number one, two and 
three on the list. It all added up to a 
time of anticipated joy. It was Birth- 
day Time! 

But, as I say, this thrill began to 
diminish some years back, and now it 
is— well, almost forgotten. Though I 
must admit that last year the new, 
ten-speed bicycle from June and Jeff 
did help me forget the immediate 
problems of the day. The only diffi- 
culty was— it almost broke me up fi- 
nancially to pay for such a pleasant 
surprise. This year I rather look for- 
ward to forgetting it all because I can't 
afford to have so much fun. Things are 
a little tougher everywhere, you know. 

A birthday can simply be defined as 
the remembrance of the beginning. 
When I think of it in this light, it isn't 
too bad, because the years have been 
very good to me. By that I mean the 
God of the years has been very gra- 
cious. He has given me many benefits 
and I certainly did not deserve them, 
but that is what grace is all about. 

As I look back in time, I thank God 



anew for fine parents with both prin- 
ciple and purpose in life. They loved 
the Lord and helped me to learn to 
walk in God's way. They taught me 
how to put into practice the way life 
should be lived. They supplied me 
with the temporal necessities and in- 
structed me with the primal fact that I 
really did not need everything I 
thought I did. 

God's grace also brouglit me my 
greatest blessing besides life itself, and 
that was life more abundant. This life 
comes from God and we call it life 
eternal. It is more than just taking a 
breath and walking around. It is life 
that the Father provides for His chil- 
dren to enjoy as they seek to serve 
Him. It is life with purpose and direc- 
tion. And the final destination is 
heaven. I am thankful for the present 
days and for the future I know to be— 
with Him. 

So this is the month for me to face 
the candles again. It is Happy Birthday 
time once more, and although I like to 
complain about it and seek to relive 
my 39th birthday again and again; yet, 
underneath it all, 1 do rather enjoy it. 
And if my wife were to forget to place 
a card under my breakfast plate this 
year, I would be disappointed. If one 
of my favorite meals didn't appear on 
this day, I would probably be a little 
hurt. And if I did not admit that there 
is still some boyish excitement about 
it all, I guess I would be a little less 
than honest. 

So, come on candles and angel food 
cake and all those cute little cards— I 
am ready! Please, June and Jeff, don't 
make the present too expensive, and 
remember to keep the credit card 
charges down in my honor. 

And sometime during the day, I ex- 
pect to quietly slip away and thank 
God for having given me another year 
to serve Him. And then as I look to- 
ward future years, if the Lord should 
tarry, I want to place in His hands a 
bit more of my life. # 



January 15, 1975 



The dedication service of the new 
Grace Brethren Church, Coolville, 
Ohio, was different in a number of 
ways. The dedication service was pre- 
ceded by a meal. Usually refreshments 
follow such a service. Everyone was in- 
vited to a fellowship meal served in the 
new Sunday School wing by the local 
WMC ladies. 

The usual day for such a dedication 
service is Sunday, but the Coolville 
church chose to have it on a Saturday. 
This day was the choice since more 
people who are involved in other local 
churches might have the opportunity 
to attend the event. 

The actual dedication service got 
underway at 1:30 (earlier than the 
usual dedication service) on Saturday, 
November 30, 1974. Dr. Lester E. 
Pifer, executive secretary of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, was 
chosen for the special speaker and 
challenged the congregation to the 



need of a dedication of life. 

Rev. Ralph C. Hall represented the 
Brethren Architectural Service, and 
other churches had representatives, 
some of which participated in the 
actual dedication service. Several 
special musical numbers were included 
in the program and the organ added 
much to this part of the service. 

The Wurlitzer organ was a special 
blessing from the Lord. Mr. Dwight A. 
Flickinger, Elburn, Illinois, no longer 
had use for the organ in his home and 
made it available to a home mission 
church. The Coolville congregation be- 
came the recipient of this fine musical 
instrument. The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council and the church are grate- 
ful for this instrument that will greatly 
enhance the services of the church. 
Mrs. Richard Tracewell, Parkersburg, 
West Virginia, was the organist for the 
dedication service and Mr. Scott Hob- 
son also of Parkersburg was the 



pianist. 

Pastor Donald Marken gave a brief 
history of the Coolville work, intro- 
duced the special guests, and led in the 
act of dedication. 

The building was erected by Fron- 
tier Construction Company of Mari- 
etta, Ohio, at a cost of $75,000. It is a 
very modest building located in a small 
town, but it is surrounded by a large 
number of people. The church devel- 
oped out of a Sunday School work in 

Pastor Donald Marken 




Coolville Dedication Different 




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which Pastor Marken was the repre- 
sentative. Prior to erection of the new 
facilities, the church met in an old 
Grange Hall which has since been re- 
moved from the property. 

The Coolville church is being as- 
sisted by the Allegheny District Mis- 
sion Board and The Brethren Home 
Missions Council. Financing for the 
new unit is through the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation. Assistance from 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
and financing by the BIF is made pos- 
sible through gifts and investments of 
Brethren people. 

The Coolville church is different in 
another way. New church opportuni- 
ties are usually selected from the more 
densely populated areas of the coun- 
try. However, with the "ready made" 
opportunity to start a church, and 
with a fine potential of the surround- 
ing community, the council approved 
Coolville for a mission point. 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil is interested in reaching people for 
Christ. The area chosen is determined 
(Continued on page 6) 








COOLVILLE DEDICATION . . . 

(Contimied from page 5) 

first of all by the leading of the Lord 
and not by reason of metropolitan, 
suburban, or urban population centers. 
Many of the fastest-growing congrega- 
tions of today are not in the metro- 
politan centers. 

The dedication service was differ- 
ent, the starting circumstances were 
different, and the location chosen may 
be different. But the Coolville Grace 
Brethren Church will preach the same 
Gospel and have the same purpose for 
its establishment and existence. It will 
take your same prayer support to see 
the Lord's blessing upon this new 
work and we are counting on the 
Brethren for it. You have helped make 
possible the facilities of this new 
church and the Coolville brethren and 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
are grateful for your gifts and invest- 
ments that made possible this dedica- 
tion day event .-K/P • 




The organ at Coolville, a 
gift to the church, will help 
create a worshipful atmo- 
sphere for the services. 



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I I 

Bridging the Gaps 

in Santa Maria, California 



There's a great distance gap be- 
tween Grace Brethren churches in 
northern and southern California. The 
Grace Brethren Church of Santa Maria 
is helping to bridge that gap between 
San Jose, 250 miles north, and the 
Brethren church nucleus, 175 mUes 
south. From humble beginnings in this 
central California town of 55,000, 
there have been great "bridging-the- 
gap" victories. Rev. Dale Hostetler 
from Santa Barbara began the work 
with home Bible classes. He was fol- 
lowed by Rev. Alva Conner as the first 
pastor. 

With nearby Vandenberg Air Force 
Base, the "missile capital of the West- 
ern world," the Lord has provided op- 



By Pastor Alva L. Conner 

portunity to bridge gaps between mili- 
tary and civilian populations in our 
community. Conversions to Christ and 
in-depth Christian growth in the last 
half year have included choice men, 
women, and families from the military 
that often are located here for years. 
Over 25 adults have come into our 
church membership since the end of 
May, 1974, and several others are in 
process. We have now gratefully 
"bridged the gap" between being a 
home missions church and a self- 
supporting fellowship as of January 1, 
1975. Missionary funds from the 
Brethren across the nation can now be 



channeled into other home-missions 
points. 

What causes a foreign missionary 
who had ministered in Santa Maria to 
request a return trip here just to see 
what the Lord is doing? What moti- 
vates musical groups from Grace 
Schools to report the unique experi- 
ences they have had in our fellowship? 

Let some of our people tell why in 
their written responses: "It is the first 
church I've ever been to that really 
tells it like it is . . . ." "Pastor preaches 
the Bible so it can be easily under- 
stood and applied to our lives." "This 
fellowship meets my need for fairness 
of treatment to all members; someone 
(Continued on page 8) 



January 15, 1975 



Pastor Alva Conner looks to possible future 
quarters (left). The present meeting place 
(below). 




BRIDGING THE GAPS . . . 

(Continued from page 7) 

who will listen and advise; ones who 
practice leading and guiding in love; 
ones to speak kindly to me about my 
sins." 

Another shares: "Even though I 
was raised in a Christian home and a 
Bible-believing and teaching church 
and majored in Bible at a Christian col- 
lege, it was not until I came to Santa 
Maria Grace Brethren that I realized 
God had specific and practical answers 
to the everyday struggles I go through. 
I now realize there is no way to 
achieve a balanced, successful Chris- 
tian life without facing, in the power 
of God, all the "garbage" we have in 
our lives and taking specific, detailed 
steps to rid our lives of this contami- 
nation; without this we can never 
know real freedom! This church has 
also meant fellowship to me which I 
had never seen. It means an opportuni- 
ty for me to minister and the willing- 
ness of others to minister to me. Most 
of all, God has used it to show me 
answers without which there is really 
no point in living at all." 

Another says: "Because of this 




The original Santa Maria group 



teaching, the brethren have learned to 
love and care for each other based on 
the principles of God's Word. It is a 
real blessing to watch our precious 
Lord work in this fellowship and to be 
a part of it . . . ." 

One shared in saying: "This is the 
first church in which I learned so 
much and have come to know the 
Lord so closely that I have to take 
notes .... The people in this fellow- 
ship are concerned for me and they 
practice their Christian love to the full- 
est extent. At Grace Brethren they 
study the Bible and interpret how I 



can use these principles to change my 
life. ... I only wish the services could 
be a little bit longer— say 7 a.m. to 9 
p.m.!" 

One of our newest said: "This is the 
first church I ever attended that 
doesn't build its services around the 
clock . . . ." 

This sample of responses perhaps 
shows why full commitment to the 
Lord is not just a teaching from the 
Word, but it grows to be a reality in 
life in Santa Maria. In bridging the gap 
between attending services and apply- 
ing the Word to life, our four regular 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



"Word services" offer concentrated 
Bible study on four different books of 
the Bible. "Body Life" sharing in 
"Word 3" (Sunday night) and "Word 
4" (Wednesday night) gives opportuni- 
ty for ministering to one another in 
direct answers from the Lord during 
the previous week. 

Wednesday night attendances in the 
forties are not unusual. With evening 
services running over 90 minutes, our 
people still aren't ready to go home. 
To have over 20 people still around at 
10 p.m. is not rare. Some sharing and 
discussion until 1 a.m. is still common. 
Santa Maria Brethren anticipated our 
threefold communion service and 45 
attended November's service. 

In bridging the gap between a self- 
centered life and an outreach of car- 
ing, we emphasize ministering to each 
other through our spiritual gift. Be- 
lievers here have the opportunity to 
serve through volunteer ministries 
from 13 categories that detail over 1 10 
different functions of ministry. For 
the pastor and his family it has been 
most rewarding to see tangible results 
from instruction in the Word. God's 
people have begun to minister to their 
pastor and famOy in fantastic ways- 
aiding with their home needs in loving, 
sacrificial, and practical ways. 

How do we bridge the gap between 
the unreached and the evangelized? A 
continuing training program for per- 
sonal evangelism through GROW 
73-74 has given us capable personal 
evangelists. Great victories have come 
very recently. One-fourth of our 
people are of Roman Catholic back- 
ground; a young couple who had 
studied with the Mormons are now 
grateful, baptized believers; a young 
mother from Jehovah's Witnesses has 
confessed Christ as God and Saviour 



and is a part of our fellowship; a 
young couple, enjoying our church but 
strongly opposed to our Biblical dis- 
tinctives of threefold communion, 
trine immersion baptism and even 
church membership, have found tre- 
mendous victories from the Word and 
are now baptized members and avid 
supporters of these Biblical practices. 
They actively share them with others. 

The Lord has sent five of our young 
adult members to Grace Schools. Two 
other members graduated recently and 
are back in our church. 

In bridging the gap between local 
giving and missions giving, we set some 
total goals at the beginning of 1974 
and our missions giving quadrupled in 
the year! 

The "generation .gap" has been 
bridged in Santa Maria. Children, 
teens, and young adults often fellow- 
ship with our "golden agers" and seek 

Pastor and Mrs. Alva Conner 



their spiritual encouragement and 
help. 

We are bridging the gap between 
static and dynamic in our reading and 
intellectual pursuits through our book 
and cassette tape libraries. Our all- 
donation library contains over 1,000 
books. 

Permanent location plans are pres- 
ently at a "hold status." We are negoti- 
ating for an already-constructed facili- 
ty several blocks from us, and three 
blocks from 70 million dollars worth 
of new construction now in progress. 
This facility would provide for 350-400 
persons. Presently we are using our 
large, two-story home that provides 12 
Sunday School class areas and worship 
space for up to 100. 

Rejoice with us as our Lord has 
wonderfully, provided for the Grace 
Brethren on California's central coast 
in "bridging the gaps!" # 




January 15, 1975 




By Isobel Fraser 

Messianic Testimony 



The New Year! 1975? No, the year 
5735. A future date? Not at all. We are 
now living in the year 5735— according 
to the Jewish religious calendar. As 
many heralded 1975 with the tooting 
of horns, Jews welcomed 5735 with 
the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn). 

This new year, which began the 
evening of last September 16, also 
ushered in the Jewish high holy days, 
the most solemn of Jewish religious 
observances, also known as the ten 
days of awe. The climax of the obser- 
vance is Yom Kippur, Day of Atone- 
ment. 

My interest was captured by this 
title in the Beverly Hills Post, "Old- 
New Question: What Is Sin?" The 
article contained thoughts on Yom 
Kippur and sin by the rabbi of one of 
the prominent temples in Beverly 
Hills. In the article the rabbi said there 
was a need to reexamine the definition 
of "sin" in seeking to atone for sins. 

He disavowed the popular classifi- 
cation of sin as "mental disorders, 
crimes, or collective social aberra- 
tions." His definition was taken from 
the Hebrew word for sin, "chet." This 
word, which is an archery term, means 
"to miss the mark." "Rabbi," I 
thought, "this sounds good." Then 
came this statement: "In contrast to 
the concepts of original sin or vicari- 
ous atonement, 'chet" clearly implies 
that we can analyze and rectify our 
personal feelings and get 'back on tar- 
get'!" 

This is how the rabbi illustrated his 
point: a worshiper who asked his rabbi 
how he could know he had God's for- 
giveness was told that he would know 
he had His forgiveness when he faced 
the identical situation but overcame 
the temptation this time. 

I was heartsick to think that it 
would be teaching much like this that 
most Jews would be receiving with 
which to face the new year. So, I de- 
cided to use this article as the basis for 
a discussion of sin and its definition 
according to Old Testament teaching 
with as many Jews as I could. This I 



did with our Thursday evening Bible 
class and our blind group during the 
high holy days. 

It is true that one of the Hebrew 
words used in the Old Testament for 
sin is "chet" meaning "to miss the 
mark." But is this word used in con- 
trast to the concepts of original sin or 
vicarious atonement? "To the law and 



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to the testimony: if they speak not ac- 
cording to this word, it is because 
there is no light in them" (Isa. 8:20). 
In Psalm 51:5 David said, "Behold, 
I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin 
("chet") did my mother conceive me." 
David was certainly not saying that he 
was an illegitimate child. Thougli 
David is remembered for his illegiti- 



mate son by Bathsheba. there has 
never been any stigma upon his own 
birth. David, as all the descendants of 
Adam, was born with a nature that 
would cause him "to miss the mark," 
the consequence of the original sin. 

The sixteenth chapter of Leviticus 
specifically spells out the events of the 
day of atonement. The crux is vicari- 




ous atonement— substitutionary death. 
The thirtieth verse states: "For on that 
day shall the priest make an atone- 
ment (by means of an animal sacri- 
fice) for you, to cleanse you that ye 
may be clean from all your sins" 
("chattahim"— from the same root 
word as "chet"). Isaiah 53 is another 
presentation of vicarious atonement 
and it concludes in the twelfth verse 
with these words: ". . . because he 
hath poured out his soul unto death: 
and he was numbered with the trans- 
gressors; and he bare the sin (chet) of 
many, and made intercession for the 
transgressors." 

Are we able, after we analyze our 
personal failures in our own strength, 
to get "back on target"! Jeremiah 
13:23 asks: "Can the Ethiopian 
change his skin, or the leopard his 
spots? then may ye also do good, that 
are accustomed to do evil?" In fact, 
Ezekiel 18:4 declares: "...the soul 
that sinneth (verb form of chet), it 
shall die." 

Though we cannot rectify our- 
selves, God can and will if we will per- 
mit Him. "A new heart also will I give 
you, and a new spirit wih 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. And I will put 
my spirit within you, and cause you to 
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep . 
my judgments, and do them" (Ezek. 
36:26-27). 

Those in the classes admitted that 
what the rabbi said and what God's 
Word taught were not in agreement. A 
day of atonement but no atonement. 
Also they acknowledged that not 
man's word— be he rabbi, priest, pope, 
minister, teacher (Isobel, too)— should 
not be obeyed if it did not agree with 
the Word of God. Still, a number need 
to obey that Word. 

1975! 5735! It matters not the 
number given to the year. Only may it 
be the year during which many pre- 
cious Jews will find atonement vicari- 
ously for sin ("chet") in the Lord 
Jesus, their Messiah and God. # 



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We're 

Looking 

for 

Isolated 

Brethren 



We need names and ad- 
dresses of our Brethren 
people living in states and 
cities without a Brethren 
church. Our district mission 
boards are also looking for 
new church opportunities. 
Listed below are some tar- 
get areas: 



CANADA 

Vancouver, British Columbia 
Toronto, Ontario 

NEW STATES 

Idaho 

South Dakota 
Montana 
North Carolina 

NEW CITIES 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

San Francisco, California 

Riverside, California 

NEW WORKS 

Hope, New Jersey 
Ormond Beach, Florida 
Brooksville, Florida 
Logansport, Indiana 
Armagh, Pennsylvania 
Aiken, South Carolina 






Happy New Year irom tne BIF! 
ana may I suggest . . . 

Follow through on that 1975 SAVINGS resolution 

Open a new Brethren Investment Foundation SAVINGS account 

Add to your present SAVINGS account 

BIF SAVINGS accounts earn 5% interest 

Interest is compounded for greater SAVINGS 

SAVINGS earn interest from day in to day out 

It's time-SAVING to save by mail 

Provide interest-SAVING loans to home-missions churches 

SAVINGS with the "E.D." additive-Eternal Dividends 

Write for SAVINGS information to the Brethren Investment Foundation, 

Box 587, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 




FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Correction. Due to an error, the line "By Dr. S. Wayne 
Beaver" failed to appear with his tribute to Dr. Orville 
Jobson on page six of the Dec. 14, 1974, issue of the Herald. 
Our apologies to Dr. Beaver for the oversight. 

Korea. Mr. Ilchoo Park, father of Missionary Kwang Ja 

Park, died on Nov. 15 in Korea. The Park family had gathered 

around his bed and, at his request, sang "Higher Ground." 

As he voiced the final word, he passed away. 

Mr. Park was known in his community as "Mr. Heavenly 

Sunshine," because he sang the song as he walked in the 

village. 

Pastor Merlin Berkey held a memorial service for Mr. Park 

at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Grace Brethren Church on 

Wednesday, Dec. 1 1, preaching from Mr. Park's favorite text, 

II Cor. 14-15. Miss Kwang Ja Park is ministering at the Fort 

Lauderdale church for a six-week period. 

Orlando, Fla. With the 

theme "The Pilgrims' First 

Year in the Americas— 

1621," the families of the 

church dressed as Pilgrims 

and Indians for their 

Thanksgiving worship 

service. There were 51 

present for the service, 

designed to add meaning 

to the season. Pastor John 

Diaz challenged the people 

to give thanks for "God's 

Gift-His Son, Christ 

Jesus." A turkey dinner 

followed the service. 

The Orlando church is a new home-mission work located near 

Disney World. Brethren traveling in the area are encouraged 

to attend. 

Pastor John Diaz (left) with an Indian and a pilgrim. 





Washington, D.C. (EP)-Fears that Congress will cut off 

income tax deductions for gifts to churches, missions, and 

Bible colleges persist, even though the rumors are groundless. 

"There is a strange phenomenon that is a little difficult to 

understand," W. Barry Garrett, information services director 

for the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, told EP 

News Service. 

"Just who is behind this sustained effort to scare the 

churches, in spite of all the efforts of Congressmen, our 

office, and others to convey the facts in this situation, has 

been impossible to trace. Why this 'scare' continues is 

beyond me." 

No, Congress is not about to remove the tax deductibOity 

of contributions to churches, schools and other public 

charities, the Baptist Committee reported. 

And no. Congress is not about to discontinue the provision 

for the tax-free housing allowance for ministers. 

In the words of a highly placed member of the staff of the 

House Committee on Ways and Means, such proposals in this 

Congress "are dead, cold and buried." 

Ashland, Ohio. A healthy baby was born to Pastor and Mrs. 

John Teevan Nov. 23. John Orin weighed eight pounds, three 
ounces, and measured 20Vi inches. Pastor Teevan is associate 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church. 

Battle Creek, Mich. (EP)-Some 400 members of the 

Pennfield Church of the Nazarene here, threw their television 

sets into the fire to protest "sinful" programming. 

The protest was spurred by comments from Evangelist Paul 

Wilde who addressed the congregation a week earlier on the 

evils of TV. 

One anti-TV father fired his shotgun into the screen before 

throwing it into the flames. 

Brazil, South America. Three teachers are needed for one 
year to teach in the Amazon Valley Academy High School. 
Each would begin teaching the first week of August. 
Missionary Duke Wallace writes that the teachers are needed 
on the high-school level in English, math, and science. 
During the year these persons would have opportunities to 
travel, see Brazil, and help in the Brethren work there. If 
interested in this TIME program, write to Ed Lewis, 
Christian Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. 

New York (EP)-"The Life of Jesus"-a six-part series 
based on the life of Christ filmed on actual locations and 
under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli-will be colorcast 
on the NBC television network early in 1976. 
Sponsor of the series is the General Motors Corporation, 
according to NBC President Robert T. Howard. 
The series will be presented without commercial 
interruption. 



January 15, 1975 



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Pompano Beach, Fla. (EP)-Some 720 residents and 170 
geriatric patients at Baptist Village here are among about 
4,000 elderly persons in religious-oriented retirement 
centers in Florida who may lose the roofs over their heads. 
Of the nearly 60 religiously oriented facilities in Florida, 
at least three, according to a report by Miami Herald 
religious editor Adon Taft, are in various stages of 
bankruptcy proceedings, with several others appealing for 
special funds to keep them operating and solvent. Many 
elderly retirees have invested their life savings in such homes. 
Baptist Village, the Herald noted, is in the most serious 
financial straits of the Florida religiously related-centers. 
The complex, which went into receivership last year, is the 
creation of Mack Douglas, the former interim pastor of the 
First Baptist Church of Margate, a Southern Baptist 
congregation. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Hemet, Calif. Jan. 19-24; James D. Ament, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 

Atlanta, Gx Jan . 26-3 1 ; Dean Fetterhoff, pastor ; Nathan 

Meyer, speaker. 

Maitland, Fla. Feb. 2-5; R. Paul Miller, pastor; Nathan 

Meyer, speaker. 

Whittier, Calif. (First). Feb. 2-7; Jesse B. Deloe, pastor; 

Becker Evangelistic Team. 

Monongahela, Pa. (EP)-According to Evangelist Harry Trover 
the probability of receiving Christ beyond the age of 21 is 
very slim. 

In evangelistic services here, the Grand Rapids, Mich., 
preacher said he has polled hundreds of audiences over the 
past 1 7 years of his ministry in all parts of the nation. A 
poll taken at First Baptist Church here showed on a scale 
of one to 100, appro.ximately 95 percent of first-time 
decisions for Christ are made before the age of 21. From 
ages 21 to 35 only about 3 percent make decisions. From ages 
35 to 50, 1 percent decide to follow Christ and only one in 
a hundred come to Christ after passing the half-century 
mark. 

London (EP)-Britain's great Bible production industry is 
threatened by a shortage of the special paper it uses, 
according to a statement by the British and Foreign Bible 
Society (BFBS). 

"For years the production department of the BFBS has 
bouglit its paper from three British mills-the only three in 
the country making Bible paper," the statement said. "Now 
two of them have amalgamated and the source of supply has 
been cut by 20 percent, which is a lot." 

Washington, D.C. (EP)-Roman Catholics will form the 
largest religious group in the 94th Congress. The total was 
pushed to 123-an all-time high in the November elections. 
Methodists continue to be most numerous in the Senate with 
17 members and have an aggregate of 85 in both houses. 
Jews scored the largest percentage increase this year. They 
will number 24 in 1975, 10 more than in the 93rd Congress. 
Christianity Today magazine prepared the 1974 tabulation 
of religious affiliations in Congress. 



Changes. Due to an error, the following information was 
omitted from the 1975 Brethren Annual. On page 37, under 
The Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc., Officers and 
Staff Southern Field Representative-Rev. William A. Byers, 
3039 Hidden Forest Ct., Marietta, Ga. 30060. On page 40, 
under Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc., Officers- Rev. 
William A. Byers-Southern Field Representative. 



/n Memortf 



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

FAAS, Paul (V., 1 7, Nov. 30. He was a member of the Grace 

Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Gilbert Gilgan, pastor. 

HOAGLAND, Nettie, 55, Dec. 10. She was a member of the 

Sidney Grace Brethren Church. A. RoUin Sandy, pastor. 

Mac DONALD. Donald, 85, Oct. 13. He was a member of 

the Grace Brethren Church, Pompano Beach, Fla., and a former 

employee of Christian Business Men's Committee, 

International. Gene E. Witzky, pastor. 

PRYOR, Harry, Sr., 61, Nov. 21. He was a member of the 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. Robert B. Collitt, 

pastor. 

SCOFIELD. Edward. 52, Dec. 21. He was pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Bowling Green, Ohio. His 
son-in-law. Rev. Paul Woodruff, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Indianapolis, Ind., officiated at the service. Further 
details will appear in a future issue of the Herald. 
WINHLAND, Florence, 86, Nov. 25. She was a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. William H. 
Snell, pastor. 



WeMfiji Belh 



A six-months's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Herald is 
given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Janette Kennedy and Whlie Miller, Sept. 21 , Norwalk 

Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif. 

Barbara Schoenberger and Robert Witmyer, Sept. 22, Grace 

Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa. 

Beatrice Barber and William Orrell, Oct. 1 2, Norwalk 

Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif. 

Evelyn Vogt and Harry Mills, Oct. 25, First Brethren Church, 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Sally Reed and James O'Brosky, Nov. 23, Los Altos 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

San Dee Garrett and James Martin, Nov. 30, Grace Brethren 

Church, Virginia Beach, Va. 

Patricia Lawrence and Steven Kopp, Dec. 6, Grace Brethren 

Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Dianne Croy and Douglas Blattner, Dec. 7, Grace Brethren 

Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Kathy Huntsman and Kenneth Bowers, First Brethren Church, 

Martinsburg, Pa. 

Lorna Eshelman and Gerald Replogle, First Brethren Church, 

Martinsburg, Pa. 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



On Sportsmanship 



Sports and Spectators . . . 

- a New Song 



"/ waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He 
brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet 
upon a rock, and established my goings. " (Psalms 40: 1-2) 



I thank God for Christian parents 
who lived the life of Christ before me 
so that at age ten I wanted that same 
life and was saved by faith in Jesus 
Christ. What "horrible pit" did God 
save me from? 1 cannot say that God 
saved me out of a filthy life of drugs, 
sex, or alcohol. I was no ten-year-old, 
drug-pushing wino who roamed the 
streets of Bremen, Indiana, after dark. 
But just because I don't have a "glam- 
orous" testimony does not mean I 
don't appreciate my salvation; rather, I 
appreciate it more. 

Sometimes we Christians get things 
turned around. We sit and hear some- 
one tell how God saved him out of 
drugs or some "terrible" sin, and we 
say to ourselves, "Wow, I wish 1 had a 
testimony like that!" Our response 
ought rather to be to thank God all 
the more for saving us and keeping us 
from getting involved in such a mess. 

On the other hand, I have been 
saved out of a "horrible pit." In fact, 
all of us who are children of God have 
been saved out of the "horrible pit" of 
reaping the results of our deceitful and 
desperately wicked hearts. Paul wrote 
in Romans 3:10-18 of the horrible pit 
from which we have been saved. All of 
us who know Christ as Saviour have 
much for which to be thankful. 

I want to share a httle about my 
involvement in tennis at Grace College. 
Last year we had a great undefeated 
season. This year we were undefeated 
again. 

After tennis season last year I began 
asking myself some searching ques- 
tions: Why should I play tennis? What 
is its real value? WUl it count ten years 
from now? Will it count for eternity? I 
began asking God for answers to these 
questions. I knew that I Corinthians 
10:31 said, "Whether therefore ye eat, 
or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all 



By Jon Hueni 

Grace College Sophomore 

to the glory of God." It has always 
been my standing policy regardless of 
the activity that: ;/ / can't glorify 
Oxrist in it, then it isn 't worth doing 
anyway. That would be wasting God's 
time. 

In my heart I had always said that I 
was playing tennis to glorify God. But 
was this just a selfish excuse so that I 
could play? How could God get any 
glory out of my hitting a little ball 
around on some concrete? So I told 
God that unless He would teach and 
show me how to bring glory to Him 
through tennis, I would quit. I believe 
this is an attitude God is looking for in 
each of us. Well, God began to open 
my eyes and He showed me how He 
wanted me to bring glory to himself 
through tennis. These facts and princi- 
ples apply to aU sports at Grace, and 
involve everyone. 

Although I have only been at Grace 
for a year and a half, I have noticed that 
the only information I have to form an 
opinion about another school is that 
which I receive through athletics. The 
only exception is if I know someone 
who attends there or who knows 
something about the school and they 
inform me. 

The opposite must also be true: 
The only information many other 
people from other schools have to 
form an opinion about Grace College, 
they receive through athletic events. 
This is really the only concentrated 
contact we have with other schools. 
When I realized this I no longer viewed 
tennis as just another game. Instead, 
my whole attitude changed and I be- 
gan to see myself as a 'gap man' (as 
Dwight L. Moody termed it), to stand 
in the gap for Grace and for God 



through sports. 

Some might not especially care 
what others think about Grace Col- 
lege. But it would be foolish not to 
realize that Grace has been tagged as a 
"religious" or "Christian" school. 
Many people who don't even know 
where Grace College is do know that it 
is a "Christian" school. So, like it or 
not, many people judge not only 
Grace College, but Christianity and 
Jesus Christ by what they see in us. 
When I understood this, some of my 
actions on the court were changed. 

This responsibility does not rest on 
the athletes alone, but also on specta- 
tors and fans. I thank God for those 
who came to watch the tennis 
matches. There weren't a lot of fans, 
but I would rather have just one show 

(Continued on page 22) 




Sophomore Jon Hueni from Bremen, Indi- 
ana, has been selected to the All-Conference 
Team and voted the Most Valuable Player 
award for two years as the number one rac- 
quetman at Grace College. He had a 4.0 
grade-point average during the second se- 
mester of his freshman year. 



January 15, 1975 



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u 



FOR WE ARE SAVEE 



The election is over in the United States and we stand on 
the threshold of a new year. Most of the world is dreading 
what lies ahead. Every portent points forward to severe 
recession or perhaps even desperate depression. War clouds 
are gathering in the skies of the Middle East in spite of 
every effort to compose the differences between Arabs and 
Israel, and the super powers are lining up on opposite sides. 
Famine and starvation are being experienced by half the 
population of the world, in China, India, and Africa. Im- 
morality and crime are growing at such a stupendous rate 
that it staggers the imagination. Education and science, 
which once reigned almost supreme in the thinking of men 
as the source for the solution of the ills of mankind, are 
now suffering an eclipse. Even religion has lost its place of 
respect among men and there is a turning to the worship of 
Satan, evil spirits and the occult. In short, mankind in 
general has lost hope. 

At this point the Christian faith has something to offer 
the believer in Christ and to anyone who will place his faith 
in Christ. At the outset of the Christian era and in the 
darkest hour of the period when that monster of iniquity 
reigned supreme in the Roman Empire, Nero Caesar, the 
Apostle Paul wrote these words for the Christians at Rome, 
and through them to Christians everywhere: 

"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not 
hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with 
patience wait for it" (Rom. 8:24-25 KJV). 

"For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen 
is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he 
sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with per- 
severance we wait eagerly for it" (Rom. 8:24-25 New 
American Standard Bible). 

"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is 
no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But 
if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it 
patiently" (Rom. 8:24-25 New International Version). 

The above translations with their variations present three 
well defined ideas about the subject of hope: 



First, Present Possession and Experience 
Do Not Constitute the Area of Hope 

"Hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, 
why doth he yet hope for?" (v. 24). In these words the 
apostle is clearly saying that the goods a man may possess, 
the condition of health he may experience, the position in 
society he occupies do not arouse within him the element 
of hope. Depending upon the degree of these various things, 
they may stimulate happiness, but most certainly not hope. 

However, in the general experience of all men, and cer- 
tainly Christians, sufferings characterize the present. But 
the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be 
compared with the glory that shall be revealed (Rom. 
8:18). Creation as a whole was subjected to a round of 
experience as a result of the curse that accomplishes noth- 
ing (Rom. 8:20). The cycles of life in nature and human 
life, the struggles of men to produce something worthwhile 
and lasting always fail. The resulting effect in men is to 
produce a sense of futility and uselessness. To see a lifetime 
of effort suddenly shattered and thrown into confusion in- 
stills an overpowering feeling of despair. 

But even if men of the world place an evaluation upon 
the things of the present order as good and worthwhile, 
there is nothing about this possession and experience that 
inspires hope, because it is something that is already within 
their grasp. Men of the world may love these things, cherish 
them, find in them the very center of their satisfaction, but 
toward them they do not in any sense display an attitude of 
hope. 

Second, Future Reality and Expectation Comprise 
the Domain for the Exercise of Hope 

"But if we hope for that we see not" (v. 25). It is ob- 
vious that the apostle is making the point that hope does 
not have to do with the present, but is exclusively occupied 
with the future. Hope is concerned with something that lies 
beyond the area of present experience. The object which 
inspires hope, that upon which men place their hope, is not 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 



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BY HOPE 



!)!) 



a part of sense experiences. 

It is important to point out here that hope does not 
imply doubt, so far as the scriptural use of the word is 
concerned. If that were true, the apostle would never have 
declared that "we are saved by hope." Surely he did not 
mean that we are saved by doubt. In the Biblical sense, the 
word hope points forward to a future reality that has not 
yet come within the area of personal experience. But it is 
nevertheless something that is very real and it is very sure. 
At that time appointed of God it will enter the experience 
of the genuine Christian. 

Creation was subjected to vanity, not willingly, but with- 
in the good purpose of God. The divine plan provides for 
the lifting of the curse when the sons of God are manifested 
(w. 19-20). Then creation itself will be delivered from the 
bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the chil- 
dren of God (v. 21). Until then all creation will groan and 
travail in pain along with the children of God who already 
have the firstfruits of the Spirit (vv. 22-23). 

But permeating the hearts of the saved there will be that 
prevailing outreach of the human spirit for the coming of 
Christ which means entrance upon and experience of the 
blessedness of the future. That is hope. 

Third, Personal Expectation Produces the 

Moral Virtues of Personal Perseverance and 

Enthusiasm in This Present Time 

"Then do we with patience wait for it" (v. 25). Herein is 
stated the practical values that grow out of hope. Two 
things develop in the life of a Christian who has his eye on 
the future. One thing is perseverance, and the other is en- 
thusiasm. 

The word patience has experienced quite a change in 
meaning from the days when the King James Version was 
produced, and perhaps even more change from the days 
when the Apostle Paul penned these words. Quite literally 
this word means holding up under a situation, which may in 
part be explained by the word perseverance or persistence. 
It describes that quality in a person who sees the goal and is 
willing to endure all the opposition and suffering of the 



present and with a dogged determination press forward 
toward the goal. This was the quality of Job in the midst of 
his sufferings (James 5:11). 

In some sense this quality may seem to partake of the 
quality of emotionless, austere, discipline in the face of 
crushing circumstances. But that is not the case. In fact, the 
undaunted courage in the face of opposition and suffering 
is colored by enthusiasm for the glorious prospect that lies 
ahead. That is the sense of the verb "wait" in this clause. It 
pictures the person stretching out his neck away from the 
present and reaching for the future. It is this quality that 
greets each new day with an expectancy that it will bring 
realization of the promises of Christ at His coming. This 
means that every effort expended for Him wUl be crowned 
with success and reward. 

This hope is what God's people are going to need as they 
enter 1975. Recovery of any sort, if there is recovery of 
any kind, will not bring a perfect state; and any degree of 
improvement will not approximate that which will be estab- 
lished at the coming of Christ. So knowing that Christ may 
come any time and it may be soon, there is reason to face 
the future with joy and expectation. 

We can depend upon the Lord to help us pray for the 
tilings that we need (w. 26-27). And we can rest assured 
that the program of God is constructed over a pattern that 
works everything for good to them that love God (v. 28). 
The purpose of God is to bring His own into complete 
conformity with Christ (v. 29), and therefore He has de- 
signed everything to work in such a way that it will ac- 
complish this for each child of God. This means the end is 
sure, and our hope will be realized. 

The year of 1975 may be marked by a whole succession 
of hardships, but these will not change the purpose and 
program of God. He works all things after the counsel of 
His own will (Eph. 1:11), and He has assured us that He 
will work them for our good (Rom. 8;28). Since these 
things are true, and the grand culmination may come at any 
time (Titus 2:13), there is reason for us to exercise unfail- 
ing courage and abounding enthusiasm in the days that lie 
ahead. For we are saved by hope. # 



Plan to attend the: 

24th ANNUAL GRACE BIBLE CONFERENCE 

Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana 

February 11-14, 1975 

Speakers: 

Dr. Paul Bauman 

Dr. James F. Engel 

Dr. Howard F. Sugden 

Write Alumni Coordinator Thomas E. Hammers for details. 



January 15, 1975 



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From 

Pastor -Teacher 

to 

Pastor -Student . . 

and Back Again 



Four days a week Jim Custer pas- 
tors the aggressive, growing Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio. 
The other three days he's a student at 
Grace Theological Seminary, working 
in the postgraduate division toward 
the Master of Theology degree. 

Why would a busy, involved pastor 
of ten years' experience commute a 
four-hour trip each week to sleep, eat 
and "hit the books" with the other 
320 seminarians? 

"I need to reorder my personal 
study habits and set higher goals for 
understanding and proclaiming God's 
Word," says Custer, whose Sunday 
morning preaching audience is ap- 
proximately 1500. "After you preach 
through most of the real important 
books of the Bible, your congregation 
could probably give it back to you 
word-for-word," he says, stressing that 
another of his purposes in returning to 
school is to "polish the rusty tools" of 
the Biblical languages. 

Custer, a native of Martinsburg, 
West Virginia, is known throughout 
the Brethren Church for his aggressive 
leadership of people and organizations. 
A 1960 graduate of Grace College with 
a B.A. degree in English, he also was 
graduated from Grace Seminary in 



1963 with the Bachelor of Divinity 
(since changed to Master of Divinity) 
degree. He was ordained in October of 

1964 and served as an assistant to Pas- 
tor Kenneth Ashman at the First 
Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, 
and as pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Dallas Center, Iowa, before 
taking the Columbus church. 

Being back in school means extra 
work for those at home. His wife, 
Triceine, is fully behind the project, 
even though it means assuming a great- 
er responsibility in the home and with 
the Custers' three children. The Co- 
lumbus church, as well, believes that 
having their pastor back in school is a 
worthwhile investment. Carrying 
added loads while Custer is gone are 
John Willett, associate pastor; Lou 
Koloze, superintendent of Worthing- 
ton Christian Schools; and Daryle 
Emch, pastoral intern. 

Custer has found his time on cam- 
pus both stimulating and challenging. 
"I expect to go back to that pulpit 
refreshed with new material and new 



By Terry White 

Asst. Prof., Journalism 
Grace College 




Pastor Jim Custer of Columbus, Ohio, re- 
turned to Grace Theological Seminary for a 
semester of profitable study. 



insight in new areas," he says. Admit- 
ting that this stimulation is also one of 
his problems, the articulate Custer 
says: "I get more charged up the three 
days I'm here ... it would take me 70 
years to accomplish all the things I've 
been stimulated to think about and 
do. This term has been a revival in my 
life!" 

Why does he come 200 miles when 
he has many excellent educational re- 
sources in Columbus? "Because I value 
the wisdom of these men under whom 
I sit," is the answer he fires back. "I 
want access to the minds of men who 
have spent their lives resolving these 
issues. ... A book only talks to you, 
but the professors who are alive see the 
problems from the dimension that I'm 
experiencing them, and have answers 
from their own study of the Word of 
God. I came to get contact with these 
men who know the Word." 

Also important for his own renewal 
is his submission to the established dis- 
cipline of school life. "At home there 
is no way I can get away from the tele- 



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phone . . . now my church understands 
that three days a week I'm going to be 
gone, and here I have a chance to 
study, to think, and to work through 
some vital questions." 

By taking eight hours next semester 
at the seminary as well as two hours 
by tape, Custer hopes to finish his de- 
gree within the next year. He cites 
several of his classes and instructors as 
being particularly influential in his cur- 
rent school experience. His class in 
pastoral problems and procedures is 
one, although he is likely the most ex- 
perienced person in the class, apart 
from Prof. Charles Ashman. "Prof. 
Ashman handles me beautifully in that 
class," says Custer, pointing out that 
the ideas, theories, and papers pre- 
sented by his fellow students are of far 
more value to him than to themselves. 
As an example, he cites a paper by a 
fellow student on ministering to the 
aging and aged. "That one haunts me," 
he admits. 

"Old Testament studies under Dr. 
John Whitcomb are particularly chal- 
lenging," he says. When in seminary be- 
fore, he was not able to include a full 
range of Old Testament studies, so he 
now is "plugging the gap" in his for- 
mer preparation. 

"Being in Dr. Homer Kent, Jr.'s 
class," he says, "gives me a direct op- 
portunity to pick the mind of one of 
the finest Greek scholars in the world 
today. I can take what he gives me and 
plug it right into my ministry." 

The Columbus church currently has 
a Bible institute, a day school, and is 
developing a program for Ohio State 
University students who are in sciences 
and disciplines not offered by Chris- 
tian schools. These specialized minis- 
tries, in addition to the full program of 
the church itself, place an added re- 
sponsibility on Custer to develop him- 
self further. "I came to prepare myself 
for where we will be five years from 
now," he says. "All those areas de- 
mand that I be much better trained 



than I am . . . much more a student. I 
need to be able to preach to the 
people the very most effective, the 
truest, and best messages possible." 

"Pastor Jim," as he's affectionately 
known by the 35 Columbusites and 
their families currently on the Grace 
campus, finds that a side benefit to his 
graduate work is having a firsthand 
knowledge of happenings and progress 
on the campus itself. He feels that if 
he is to intelligently recommend Grace 
College and Grace Seminary to those 
of his congregation who are interested, 
he should know more fully how things 
"really are" at the schools. 

He has developed an interest in hav- 
ing others of his congregation take ad- 
vantage of continued education possi- 
bilities at Grace, as well. "I'd like to 
see many of our men who are not 
necessarily going into the full-time pas- 



torate or ministry be able to come to 
Grace Schools and take a semester of 
concentrated studies." He has also 
realized some close fellowship with 
members of his congregation who oc- 
casionally drive for him or assist in his 
weekly "shuttle service" for parents 
who send packages to Grace students. 
"I'm astutely aware of the change 
in me," Custer says, reflecting on the 
completion of his first semester of 
postgraduate work. "My church sees 
it, my family sees it, and my relatives 
see it. It's a total revival. I have dis- 
covered archaeology, probed pro- 
fessors' minds, interacted with dy- 
namic students, relished some quiet 
hours of uninterrupted study, revived 
unused tools, and reviewed my priori- 
ties. I want to become the best pastor 
possible, for the Lord's glory and His 
church's benefit." » 



Pastor Custer particularly appreciated times to ponder and plan. 




January 15, 1975 



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The Normal 
Christian Life 

Thoughts on Psychology in the Book of Phi/ippians 



Today as never before, people are 
interested in psychology, and what it 
has to say to men. The study of 
psychology deals with the mind, its 
senses, and human behavior. Since our 
mind controls our behavior and our 
behavior influences and is influenced 
in many ways, it becomes an interest- 
ing study. Also involved are the ever 
increasing problems of the mind, social 
relations in a complex world, mental 
and moral breakdowns, the increase of 
the occult (for example, astrology), 
and the desire to know the future and 
the things of the metaphysical world. 

Man is constantly trying to explore 
the human mind and human behavior. 
It seems logical to the Christian that 
this knowledge can best come through 
an understanding of the One who cre- 
ated the mind of mankind, as well as a 
study of the textbook He has written 
on the subject. The most authoritative 



By Prof. John H. Stoll 

Chairman, Department of Bible 
Grace College 

textbook written on the subject of 
human behavior today is the Bible. It 
is not only authoritative, it is objective 
and it is the final word on the subject. 
The Bible is not a textbook on psy- 
chology. It is a text on God and His 
relationship to mankind whom He cre- 
ated. However, in this context, there is 
much stated in the Bible on human be- 
havior. Wherein the Bible speaks on 
the subject of psychology, it speaks 
with final authority. There are a num- 
ber of places in the Word of God 
where it directly touches on psycholo- 
gy. One of the most important places 
is in the Book of Philippians. 

Each person is beset in life by many 
and varied problems. This is common 
to mankind because of sin. Yet God's 



Word can and does help alleviate these 
problems. In the Book of Philippians, 
four such problems are considered and 
the proper means of disposal are given. 
In chapter one, the problem of person- 
al identification is considered. With 
what and with whom are we identified 
in life? Each person needs self-identifi- 
cation and is interested in association 
with some cause, group, or individuals. 
Chapter two deals with the problem of 
personal disposition. Each person is 
disposed in one or more directions. 
This can become frustrating with the 
many crosscurrents in life today. What 
is the proper path of life's disposition? 
In chapter three, there is the problem 
of priorities. Especially in today's 
complex life and fast living, we all 
have the problem of priorities. With so 
many people and interests tugging at 
us, frustration arises in not knowing 
which to choose. In chapter four. 



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If an individual's faith in Christ does not result in a more 
satisfying personal life, regardless of the problems, there is 
either something wrong in his life, or with his application of 
Biblical principles to daily living. 



there is the problem of personal securi- 
ty. Security in life is something each 
individual seeks. Whether it is security 
found in friends, love, education, fi- 
nances, the future, or whatever, each 
individual seeks for it. 

The Christian and Psychology 

For the Christian there arise prob- 
lems in the area of faith and belief. 
When a supposed "fact" of science 
conflicts with a person's belief, trouble 
may develop. The conflict in a person 
stems from how much his thinking is 
shaped by heredity and environment. 
If behavior is completely determined 
by these factors, as some think, then 
freedom is an illusion. In today's exis- 
tential and pragmatic world man is 
conditioned to become absolutely 
"free" of all restraints or bonds. 
Heredity and/or environment may in- 
hibit him. 

For the Christian, his problem is 
heightened by the idea that religious 
beliefs become an unrealistic bondage 
to his "superego" or moral conscience. 
To free himself from this control, it is 
often suggested that he should "live it 
up." 

What actually occurs, more often 
than not, is that the individual be- 
comes more guilt ridden and his anxi- 
eties are heightened. What is really 
needed is an understanding of freedom 
in Christ, through a study of the Word 
of God, and a pattern of life consistent 
with that freedom. Much of the prob- 
lem in today's Christian society is a 
superimposition of do's and don'ts on 
Christian individuals. These rules may 
or may not have a foundation in the 
Word of God. It is not the "black" 
area of life that bothers us (that is, the 
don'ts of the Ten Commandments) or 
the "white" area of hfe (that is, the 
do's of the Ten Commandments) that 
impose problems, but the great "gray" 
area wherein the Bible does not specif- 
ically state exactly what we are to do 



or not do. The reason that the Bible is 
not specific in the "gray" area is two- 
fold: (1) Certain actions are not al- 
ways wrong but must be considered in 
a contextual light of times, manners, 
customs; and (2) God wishes His chil- 
dren to become spiritually mature and 
be able to make mature judgments 
based on the truth of His Word, as the 
person allows the Holy Spirit to guide 
him into all the truth (John 16:13). 
This also presupposes for the Christian 
a continuous growth in the "grace and 
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ" 
(II Peter 3: 18). 

Today, we live in a world domi- 
nated by the philosophies of existen- 
tialism (that is, man exists as an indi- 
vidual in a purposeless world, and that 
he must oppose his hostile environ- 
ment by the exercise of his free will) 
and pragmatism (that is, the system of 
philosophy which tests the validity of 
concepts and actions by their practical 
results; if it works, it is alright). The 
resultant emphasis of these two philos- 
ophies shows up in the effects of the 
depersonalization of society, the 
breakdown of the eternal and tradi- 
tional elements of faith, and the loss 
of meaning to present life. Man is es- 
sentially free; he is conscious of him- 
self as being, and he can think and 
question his own existence. For the 
Christian this poses a real problem in 
that this philosophy accepts no au- 
thority other than experience. God is 
eliminated as well as are all moral laws. 

Traits or characteristic patterns of 
behavior are basic in the development 
of every individual's unique personah- 
ty. As our interrelations between these 
traits are formed, conflicts are created 
because of differences in interests and 
goals. A Christian desires to avoid in- 
consistencies and disorder, to be cre- 
ative and useful, and hopefully to re- 
duce tensions caused by inner con- 
flicts. Thus, the attempt to organize 
his life, which may take one of two 



forms; (I) By consciously or uncon- 
sciously isolating the traits that are 
causing the problems into logic-tight 
compartments that do not allow for 
any problem solving or communica- 
tion. In this way he may lose control 
over part of his personality and his 
solution is worse than the problem it- 
self; or (2) make one trait an organiz- 
ing principle, and then subordinating 
all other traits to it. A good example 
of this is seen in PhUippians 1:21: 
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is 
gain." This shows the simple trust of 
the Christian in Christ as an organizing 
principle in life. This answers the prob- 
lem of identification with the resultant 
proper organization. 

This problem of organization re- 
solves itself into finding a proper cen- 
ter for the personality into which all 
the human traits may be channeled, 
and which are at the same time be- 
yond the human element. In this 
thought, one would have a center for 
personality growth that would be un- 
Umited and allow for growth and ex- 
pansion. This then is the message of 
Philippians: The Normal Christian 
Life. This is also what Paul was talking 
about in Galatians 2:20, the "ego" or 
"I," ". . . am crucified with Christ: • 
nevertheless I live; yet not /but Christ 
liveth in me: and the life which I now 
live in the flesh I live by the faith of 
the Son of God, who loved me, and 
gave himself for me." 

The most serious problem that 
plagues most Christians is that of the 
"old" and "new" natures. The two are 
diametrically opposed to each other, 
and every Christian has the two within 
himself Paul certainly set forth the 
conflict quite clearly in Romans 
7:11-25 wherein he noted in verse 15, 
"For that which I do I allow not: for 
what I would, that I do not; but what 
I hate that I do." It then calls for a 
constant and consistent application to 
(Continued on page 22) 



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NORMAL CHRISTIAN LIFE . . . 

(Continued from page 21 ) 

daily living of the integration of the 
traits of life to the center, which is 
Christ. Only when this takes place can 
the latent power of the personality be 
combined with the power of God to 
produce a usefulness in the Christian 
life. 

The Bible has been given to man 
generally for three reasons: (1) To 
show how sin entered the human race 
and the need to overcome it; (2) To 
show the way of salvation through 
Jesus Christ and His overcoming of the 
sin problem; and (3) To show regener- 
ate man the way of sanctification in 
his life until Christ returns. Qualita- 
tively, each of these three aspects of 
the Bible is of equal value. A person 
cannot have the one without the 
other, and they must be accomplished 
in this order. However, quantitatively, 
the first two ways take up relatively 
little of the Bible; while the third way, 
that of holy living takes up the majori- 
ty of the Scripture. This is the reason 
for the many biographical sketches in 
the Bible— to show the Christian the 
normal way of spiritual life as God 
evaluates it. The Lord Jesus Christ 
stated in John 10: 10, "I am come that 
they might have life, and that they 
might have it more abundantly." This 
abundant life includes mature mental 
health, but it includes much more. If 
an individual's faith in Christ does not 
result in a more satisfying personal 
life, regardless of the problems or ob- 
stacles, there is either something 
wrong in his life, or with his applica- 
tion of Biblical principles to daily 



living. 

In conclusion, it may be suggested 
there are five ways by which each 
Christian can live a more satisfying 
personal life, and be a better steward 
of the grace of God. 

(1) Integration-In this Christ be- 
comes the center for all of one's di- 
verse traits of personality. After the 
initial step of regeneration, the inte- 
grating of one's personality becomes a 
matter of listening to the Holy Spirit's 
leading. 

(2) Purpose— An important factor 
in helping a person to live a useful life 
is the knowledge that there is a pur- 
pose in life. Life is meaningless unless 
there is a purpose to it. In Philippians 
1:21, Paul states, "For to me to live is 
Christ, and to die is gain." Here is the 
thought of personal identification with 
Christ. The ultimate purpose for the 
Christian is seeking to achieve the will 
of God in and througli his own life. 

(3) Contemplation— A person who 
is mentally healthy and spiritually 
acute, is one who is contemplative. 
Periodically he pauses to take stock of 
his spiritual life, and seeks to relate 
himself to the important concerns of 
faith and life. Paul clearly brought this 
out in Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind 
be in you, which was also in Christ 
Jesus." As the Christian reflects on 
himself, studies the Word of God, and 
speaks to Him in prayer, the result 
brings relaxation, positive Christian 
conduct, insight into life's problems, 
the ability to make decisions, and the 
indefinable strength and power result- 
ing from the working of the Holy 
Spirit in his life. This cares for the 



problem of personal disposition in life. 

(4) Perspective— When one personal- 
ly applies the principles of the Chris- 
tian faith to everyday life and living 
and these are integrated, the result is 
an understanding of the ultimate fu- 
ture of life. Paul says in I Corinthians 
6:20 that, "For ye are bought with a 
price: therefore glorify God in your 
body and in your spirit, which are 
God's." This perspective, the realiza- 
tion that things happening today have 
relevance for the present as well as for 
eternity, can bring meaning and signifi- 
cance to every incident in life. 

(5) Outgoing-ln Matthew 16:25, 
Christ said, "For whosoever will save 
his life shall lose it; and whosoever will 
lose his life for my sake will find it." 
Because the Christian's ideal concern is 
not immediate and selfish goals, his 
life can become an outflowing of help 
for others. A characteristic of the 
mentally healthy person is an outgoing 
personality. When we take Christ's 
commission in Matthew 28:19, we be- 
come outgoing. When we rely on 
Paul's thought in PhUippians 4:13, "I 
can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me," it shows the help 
we can and do have in Christ. This 
gives to the Christian a sense of per- 
sonal security to trust in the Lord for 
every aspect cf our life. 

Each problem raised by life and 
psychology has its answer in the Word 
of God. These answers should be 
sought and found. When they are 
found and applied personally, the nor- 
mal spiritual life that God has for each 
of us will be evident. • 



SPORTS AND SPECTATORS . . . 

( Continued from page 15 j 

up who is showing Christ's attitudes 
and actions than to have many with 
un-Christlike actions. You see, there is 
teamwork involved here. Imagine my 
trying to share Christ with my oppo- 
nent after the match when the specta- 
tors have shown poor sportsmanship. 
He sees hypocrisy and wants nothing 
to do with it. 

I can understand why Paul wrote in 
I Thessalonians 1:5, "For our gospel 
came not unto you in word only, but 
also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, 
and in much assurance; as ye know 



what manner of men we were among 
you for your sake." When Paul spoke, 
his words didn't go out of his mouth 
empty, but rather they went out with 
power, conviction of the Holy Spirit, 
and with the assurance of results. The 
reason was that Paul had lived among 
the people and they had experienced 
his attitudes, actions, and responses in 
good times as well as the bad. Through 
it all Paul had let Christ show himself 
in Paul's weak body. 

We saw this verse in action this year 
on the tennis team. Because of its 
truth I was privileged to share with two 
or three guys how they, too, could 
have this great life in Christ. Their re- 



sponse was one of real interest. Other 
coaches and players were asking why 
we were so happy all the time, why we 
got along with each other so well, and 
basically what made the difference in 
our lives. I even overheard some of 
them saying they always liked playing 
Grace. We had the privilege of telling 
them why. 

As spectators let's do our half of 
the work and give the players a chance 
to share Christ without being ashamed 
of "Christian misconduct." 
"And he hath put a new song in my 
mouth, even praise unto our God: 
many shall see it, and fear, and shall 
trust in the Lord" (Psalms 40:3). # 



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We are pleased to announce this month's selection of the 
Herald Book Club. The purpose of the Herald Book Club is 
twofold: 

— To keep Herald readers informed on the latest and 
best in Christian literature. 

— To provide, at reasonable cost, a book each month as 
the Herald Book Club selection. 

There are no dues, membership rules, or minimum pur- 
chase requirements. Purchase as many selections as you 
like. 



THIS MONTH'S 

HERALD BOOK CLUB 

SELECTION 

IS 

THE GREAT DOCTRINES 

OF THE BIBLE 

BY WILLIAM EVANS 




ABOUT THIS MONTH'S SELECTION 

Bible study often requires a book on doctrine to meet a 
special need. Our January selection is an outstanding book 
that can meet those needs. The Great Doctrines of the Bible 
by William Evans has sold thousands of copies. Originally 
published in 1912, it was recently revised, enlarged, and 
reprinted by Moody Press. The book covers the Biblical 
teaching on God, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Man, Salvatid 
The Church, The Scriptures, Angels, Satan, and The Last 
Things. It is a well-outlined book that should be in the 
library of every Sunday School teacher, Bible study leader 
and church worker. With your purchase, you will receive, as 
a free bonus, three copies of "Is It the Ark?"-Nathan 
Meyer's informative article on the search for Noah's ark. 



TO RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF THE 
GREAT DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE: 



1. Clip the coupon at right and send it 
with $5.95 in cash, check, or money 
order. Or send a discount certificate 
and $5.45. 

2. We pay postage. 

3. You will receive, as a free bonus, three 
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BRETHREN MISSIONARY 




FEBRUARY 1, 1975 





Volumes? Numbers February 1, 1975 

Foreign Missions, WMC and Christian Education Issue 

The News Gives Me the Blues 3 

The Meat and Potato Circuit 4 

To Implant EvangeUcal Christianity 

in France 6 

Yaloke Jubilee 8 

Missionary Mailbag 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

Just Call Me "Sister" 15 

The Man Who Attended a Women's 

Prayer Meeting 16 

Separated by Death 17 

Home Is for Leftovers 19 

Lines from Lewis 21 



Cover Photo: The chang- 
ing of the guard at the 
"Pink House" in Buenos 
Aires, capital of Argen- 
tina. (Photo by John Zie- 
lasko) 




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CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
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in the magazine. 



On page 23 of the December 14 
Herald, a picture of a boy with a bear 
appeared, beginning a contest to see 
who could guess the boy's identity. 
Several wrong guesses were submitted: 

... it is Charles Ashman, Jr.- 
Indiana 

... I think it is Gerald Polman of 
Englewood, Ohio. -O/uo 

. . . the photo looks like Dr. Robert 
Collitt.-0/!/o 



... it is my firm conviction that the 
boy with the bear is none other than 
Arnold R. Kriegbaum.- Ohio 

. . . the boy in the photo contest, to 
me, looks like Pastor H. Don Rough. - 
Pennsylvania 

. . . the young man is David Hock- 
ing. -O/i/o 

... I guess the little boy is Jim Cus- 
ter. -Co /ora<io 

Sorry, but they were all wrong. 



However, two right guesses were sub- 
mitted. Congratulations to Connie 
Clinton of Portland, Oregon, who sub- 
mitted the first correct guess. "The 
boy is Rev. William H. Schaffer." Con- 
nie won a $5 gift certificate from the 
College Bookstore. 

Dear Editor, 

Thank you for the beautiful Christ- 
mas issue of the Herald. The cover was 
beautiful, and the content was so very 
good. I like the one-issue idea in De- 
cember.— O/no 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reflections By Still Waters 




It matters not how great the day 
has been, if 1 do not watch very care- 
fully, the six o'clock news can give me 
the blues. I have had those days when 
it was almost impossible to make me 
mad. I have smiled for hours at prob- 
lems and grinned at personal confron- 
tations, only at the end of the day to 
suffer distress with my digestion due 
to watching the latest newscast on TV. 

It seems the intent and purpose of 
the news media is to see how much 
gloom can be shed in the briefest 
period of time. The NBC, CBS and 
ABC networks are all bent on winning 
the "Emmy" award for presenting the 
saddest story of the day. With great 
pains they go to every effort to find 
the most miserable news release via 
satellite from the four corners of the 
world. If my only contact with hu- 
manity came from the newscasts, 1 
would be forced to conclude there is 
absolutely nothing resembling cheer 
i left in this old world of ours. 

I have tried to argue with Walter 
Cronkite, but I can't win. The at- 
tempted two-way conversation with 
him in New York and me at Winona 
Lake has not brought very satisfactory 
results. However, after a visit to New 
York last year, I was left with the 



The News Gives Me 

the Blues 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

trospection kick with books and reams 
of material on the subject of MAN. We 
have been encouraged to do our own 
thing-let the old man and old nature 
go. "Enjoy yourself without discipline 
and without God," has become our 
cry in the liberated society of the 
twentieth century. And it makes us all 
see what man is really like, and we 
don't like what we see. 

Not a pretty picture is it? A world 
using up its resources with a feared 
shortage of material. Our environment 
is polluted and our lives corrupted. 
People starving and doubts of survival 
are ever lurking behind the door. No, 
not a very pretty picture! But, all of this 
makes the prophecies in the Book of 
Revelation seem so near to fulfillment. 
And as man stands in the spotlight of 
his collective problems, the glare of 
the bright light brings increasing fear. 

Though the news of man brings the 
blues to me, the message of God brings 
hope. The true light still shines bright- 
ly. Christ came into the world to give 
life as well as light. And the only hope 
that can be seen in this note of secular 
despair is the message of God to man. 
Christ came to forgive and to deliver 
man from himself and his sins. With 
this direct contact to God that results 
in the new birth in Christ, there is rea- 
son to change one's attitudes and life. 
Not only is there hope for existence 
following our physical death, but there 
is a purpose and joy in living today. 
Doing God's commands and loving 
Him brings much light in the gloom. 

So, NBC, CBS and ABC, I think I 
will turn in my press card and take a 
fresh look at my ministerial card. 
After all, it reminds me of the message 
that can bring hope to a sad and dis- 
couraged world. Because the Lord still 
lives, there is great hope and promise 
for today and tomorrow. So, be gone, 
gloom and the blues! # 



opinion that if the Optimist Club were 
to locate in New York City it would 
have to change its name! The immedi- 
ate surroundings no doubt affect the 
outlook of the newscasters. 

Several years ago I obtained my 
first press card when I became an edi- 
tor. It clearly says I am "entitled to all 
press privileges." At the time it seemed 
quite a change from the ministerial 
cards I had been carrying for years. I 
can now get through police lines to 
view disasters such as the havoc and 
devastation caused from hurricanes, 
tornadoes and other types of catas- 
trophies. After several years of attend- 
ing such problems, I can begin to see 
why the media looks grim at the first 
sight of a camera. It is part of the 
"press privileges" to do so. 

If a young person is not of college 
age he/she probably has never heard 
any good news. Our youth have lived 
with Vietnam and the social rebellion 
on campus and streets, Watergate, the 
Energy Crisis, and now inflation and a 
feared depression. What a gloomy 
period of fime for the young. 

Why all the gloom? Well, it is all 
rather simple. Man is taking a long 
look at himself and he does not like 
what he sees. We have been on an in- 



February 1 , 1975 



The Meat and Potato Circuit 



Brethren ministers are okay! They 
have to be to endure some of the 
things to which they are subjected. 
Take, for example, the recent foreign 
mission luncheon meetings conducted 
in the East and South. Without excep- 
tion, the majority of pastors and wives 
responded to the invitation, taking 
time out from their busy schedules to 
attend another dinner meeting. The 
food in most cases was delicious. The 
fellowship was always superb, and per- 
haps that was enough to entice them 
to travel up to 60 miles (one couple 
drove over 200 miles) to hear and hear 
and hear about missions. To be sure, 
the Foreign Missionary Society picked 
up the tab. But, as the adage says, 
there is no such thing as a free lunch; 
so, our guests did pay a price. They 
were expected to sit and absorb an 
hour's worth of the foreign mission 
program and its various aspects. .Ad- 
mittedly, this is expecting endurance 
beyond the call of duty! But short of 
the presence of active missionaries, it 
is the most effective means we have 
found to saturate churches with the 
exciting story of foreign missions to- 
day and to motivate them to greater 
participation in the evangelization of 
the world. Furthermore, it provides 
the foreign mission staff with a direct 
means of communication, criticism 
and control of the foreign mission en- 



terprise among Brethren churches. 

The purpose of the seminars is to 
impart information that will, hopeful- 
ly, be shared with congregations. The 
seminars are also designed so that by 
direct encounter we can learn how 
churches feel about missions. The ex- 
tent to which the latter purpose is ful- 
filled is indicated by the following 
thoughts gleaned from questions and 
observations made during the sessions. 

♦ The Foreign Missionary Society 
enjoys the respect, the confidence, and 
the backing of most of the churches. 
But this can only be maintained by a 
continuing aggressive foreign mission 
thrust that is based on Biblical evan- 
gelism and church planting. 

♦Pastors are disturbed by the lack 
of missionaries available for deputa- 
tion. They want and will use more 
audiovisual presentations, but insist 
that nothing can be as effective as the 



A Moment with Missions 



By John W. Zielasko 



missionary's periodic presence in 
churches. Fortunately, more mission- 
aries were available for conferences 
this year, but this will be a continuing 
problem until there are more mission- 
aries in the total program. 

♦Churches are concerned about the 
shortage of candidates and recognize 
the role of the local church in helping 
to solve that problem. 

♦"TIME" and "Term" missionary 
opportunities are popular. Pastors are 
pleased that the Brethren Church has 
such mission programs available for 
their youth. 

♦ Criticisms of missionaries on 
deputation were few. Most testify that 
the conduct of Brethren missionaries is 
unimpeachable; their message is rele- 
vant and well delivered; and their pres- 
ence is a blessing to the local church— 
but there aren't enough to provide an 
adequate program in every church. 

This annual series of mission semi- 
nar luncheons is, for me at least, an 
inspiring experience. To be associated 
with pastors who— for the most part- 
are solidly behind the missionaries and 
the program of Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions is most encouraging. 

With this kind of backing, 1975 
should be a year of notable victories 
for Christ in the evangelization of the 
world. m 



Left: Part of the group at the Brethren Foreign Missions meal and 
seminar at the Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Right: Pastor 



Robert Burns of Meyersdale examines the well-stocked missionary 
chest ready for the missionary conference. 




Missionaries Lois Wilson, 

Lois IVliller and Lila Sheely at 

a display prepared by the 

Meyersdale church for the 

missionary conference. 



CENTRAL 




Pastor and Mrs. Fred Walter (Listie, Pa.) with Mrs, 
John Zielasko at the Brazil booth at Meyersdale. 



Host Pastor Wesley Haller and part of the 

group at the East District luncheon and 

seminar. 




East District pastors and wives along with 
missionaries present at the luncheon and seminar 
at the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 




February 1, 1975 



p To Implanti 
Evangelical 
Christianity - 

i in France I 



Tropical paradise-primitive jungle 
—verdant veldt historic shrine-scenic 
alp— romantic land: which would you 
choose if you were planning to travel 
outside the United States? Topping 
the next highest choice by over 25 per- 
cent is France, according to figures re- 
leased by the U. S. Passport Office. 

Historically, from the Revolution- 
ary War through the two world wars of 
this century and into our present era 
of oil economy, the destinies of 
France and the United States have 
shared common concerns. In spite of 
frequent differences of opinion, the 
two nations collaborate on many 
issues and the relationship remains 
friendly. 

Mere national friendship has not 
been sufficient for Brethren mission- 
aries traveling to and from French- 
speaking Africa. For years a burden 
was expressed by many as they lived in 
France for a time learning the French 
language. Finally in 1951 the first 
full-time Brethren missionaries trav- 
eled to France to begin the work. 
These first efforts were directed to- 
ward the city of Lyon by the Fred 
Fogle family. There were disappoint- 
ments, but there were also lasting ac- 
complishments in establishing a Chris- 
tian testimony in their first ventures. 



By Raymond W. Thompson 

Administrative Assistant 
Brettiren Foreign Missions 

In 1964 a central location was es- 
tablished in a castle located in the vil- 
lage of Saint-Albain— about 45 miles 
north of Lyon. A very carefully 
worked out objective has been fol- 
lowed during the last ten years with 
the stated purpose being "to implant 
evangelical Christianity in the principal 
cities of the Saone-et-Loire." The 
Saone-et-Loire is one of 95 depart- 
ments into which France is subdivided. 
It would roughly correspond to a mid- 
way division between a county and a 
state in the United States with a 
government somewhat similar to one 
of our states. 

The Department of the Saone-et- 
Loire can be visualized as lying just 
southeast of central France. The name 
is derived from the two major rivers, 
the Loire flowing northwest, and the 
Saone flowing south, which are so im- 
portant to the commerce and the agri- 
culture of the department. This is prin- 
cipally an agricultural area. Wines 
made from the grapes grown here are 
certified and renowned around the 
world. A recent scandal made inter- 
national news when it was disclosed 





CHALON-SUR-SAONE 
Shargels 



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that some of these certified wines had 
been mixed with vintages from other 
areas in order to increase the volume 
of these expensive premium wines. 

Our missionaries are now located at 
approximately seven-mile intervals 
along the Saone River. To the south is 
Macon and in the north is Chalon-sur- 
Saone. Between these two points are 
Tournus and Saint-Albain. This is an 
especially strategic configuration of 
points because they lie along the major 
river, railroad and motor highway 
reaching the great cities of this seg- 
ment of France. In fact, this area has 
been labeled the main north-south 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



Church in Africa: Bold 
Bright and Clashing 



route in France. 

About a half million people live in 
the Department of the Saone-et-Loire. 
These people are largely unevange- 
hzed. Tragically, this area has been 
reached for centuries with a nominal 
Christianity. At one time the monas- 
tery of nearby Cluny was considered 
to be one of the major Christian cen- 
ters of Europe, if not the world. Its 
remaining buildings, and ruins indicate 
a community of such imposing mag- 
nificence as to inspire awe, and cer- 
tainly to indicate the impoverishment 
of local citizens to build it. 

There are two large centers for the 
propagation of beliefs in this area. One 
of these is devoted to charismatic 
phenomena and the other is an ecu- 
menical center attempting to unite the 
good of all religions into a humani- 
tarian brotherhood. Actually very 
little is being done in any attempt to 
evangelize and plant churches among 
these people. 

Now with the beginnings of estab- 
lished works in four centers along the 
Saone, our missionaries feel it is time 
to reach out into interior areas. Three 
cities have been targeted as immediate 
goals. These are Montceau-les-Mines, 
Le Creusot and Autun. An additional 
nine cities are also under investigation 
as the possible objects of evangelism 
and church-planting efforts. In some 
of them classes have been held and 
limited evangelistic efforts have indi- 
cated some responsiveness. 

What are we waiting for? The pre- 
hminary planning has been done. The 
objectives are clear. People. Called and 
prepared people. People who are will- 
ing to give themselves to a cause that 
will demand the best, but will offer 
great and satisfying rewards. To see 
the opportunity in perspective, note 
that we still have fewer Brethren work- 
ers in France than compose the staffs 
of some of our larger churches in the 
U.S.— this in spite of an opportunity 
which staggers the imagination for in- 
novative Biblical evangelism. 

The words are still in The Book: 
"Pray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest, that he would send forth 
laborers into his harvest." # 



Africans like their colors bold, 
bright and often clashing. Africa's re- 
ligious forces look much the same. 

Dr. David Barrett, a Nairobi-based 
anthropologist, spotlighted just how 
bright and bold Christianity's chances 
were when he published in 1968 a 
comprehensive study on church 
growth in Africa. He concluded that 
Christianity— not Islam-is the fastest 
growing force on the continent. 
Church growth, at 5 percent, is double 
the average population increase. 

Events since 1968 have strength- 
ened his conclusion. For example, last 
year a French evangelist came to Ivory 
Coast to dedicate a church. Some heal- 
ings took place in the services and 
catapulted the evangelist to national 
prominence. Thirty thousand people 
in the capital city of Abidjan packed 
the stadium to hear him preach. The 
government flew the evangelist to pro- 
vincial centers where thousands more 
accepted Christ and hundreds of vil- 
lages asked for catechists. The church 
in Ivory Coast still cannot cope with 
the wave of new converts and respon- 
sive villages. 

Last year also, a five-year drought 
in six West African countries cracked 
the previously solid Moslem front. 
Africans watched rival Moslem sects 
fighting each other over hoarded food 
stocks. They compared this to the 
open generosity of Christians who 
shared with anyone in need. Now mis- 
sionaries report a new interest and re- 
sponse to the Gospel in areas tradition- 
ally monopolized by Islam. 

Coping with the Numbers Explosion 

In a recent study. Dr. Barrett wrote 
of a nominal fringe of 32 million Afri- 
cans now crowding around church 
doors and seeking to enter the faith. 
By A.D. 2000 they will number 95 
million. He describes this nominal 
fringe of people as receptive to the 
Christian message and already past the 
point of decision. They are "an un- 
precedented phenomenon in the histo- 
ry of Christian missions." 

This kind of spiritual movement 



throughout black Africa has prompted 
some Africanists to project that in 25 
years the present generally defined 
Christian population of 91 million will 
swell to 350 million, outstripping 
Islam and making Africa at least nomi- 
nally the world's first Christian conti- 
nent. 

The panorama of Christianity in 
Africa, however, is not only bold and 
bright. Dark areas of tension also 
abound. 

Nigerian-born Dr. Byang Kato, 
probably the leading spokesman for 
evangelicals in Africa, fears that by 
A.D. 2000 the church in Africa may 
be unworthy of the name Christian. 
Extensive travels convinced him that 
three out of five African believers 
possess a syncretistic faith that every- 
one will uUimately be saved regardless 
of belief. 

He blames this deviation from Bibli- 
cal truth on unpreparedness and theo- 
logical ignorance. Missions and nation- 
al churches were unprepared for the 
phenomenal response noted above. 
They failed to contextualize Biblical 
theology in Africa, and failed to train 
adequately for the ministry. The re- 
sulting lack of theological teaching 
leaves church leaders and new converts 
alike in a dangerous vacuum. 

Dr. John S. Mbiti, an Ugandan 
author and lecturer, summed up the 
problem: "The church here (in Africa) 
now finds itself in the situation of try- 
ing to exist without a theology." 

Fighting to Fill the Theology Vacuum 

Ecumenical groups have a head 
start on evangelicals in filhng that 
theological vacuum. Bruce Nicholls re- 
ports that the World Council of 
Churches spends three million dollars 
every five years to train promising 
African and Asian church leaders in 
liberal seminaries. 

The Third General Assembly of the 
All Africa Conference of Churches 
(AACC) held at Lusaka in May showed 
the significance of this headstart. Five 
hundred delegates from 113 churches 
(Continued on page 9) 



February 1, 1975 




Fifty years! Jubilee! The Bible 
teaches us to cast a glance over what 
has been accomplished in the past 
years. The jubilee of Yaloke gives us 
this opportunity, not to glorify the 
work of the missionaries, but to praise 
God for what He has done througlT 
them. 

Truly the servant is more important 
than his service. It is the first condi- 
tion necessary for a work to develop. 
There must be workers, yes; but these 
must be men and women who have the 
qualities of heart which were in Jesus 
Christ and which they have received 
from Him. 

But let us turn back to June 4, 
1923. in the center of Africa. James 
Gribble looks unto his Lord after hav- 
ing opened the door of Oubangui- 
Chari to the Brethren Mission. The un- 
daunted hope that he possessed had no 
equal other than his faith in the prom- 
ises of God. He was convinced that 
this region in the center of the African 



By Colette Steadier 

Missionary to A frica 

continent was the promised land for 
his wife and himself. 

After waiting three years at the 
western border to obtain permission 
from the French authorities of French 
Equatorial At"rica, in 1921 he was able 
to build the first house on the first 
station at Bassai. In response to his 
faith, several missionaries arrived; thus, 
additional construction was required. 
Exhausted by frequent attacks of 
fever. James Gribble could not achieve 
his work, and his state of health was 
beyond hope. He finally went to rest 
in peace with his Lord, barely two 
years after this work began. 

Five missionaries had been assigned 
to open the second station-Yaloke. 
Then in that summer of 1923, Dr. 
Florence Gribble was alone and the 
young man who was to accompany her 



died on the way, 50 kilometers from 
Yaloke. Full of courage in spite of her 
loneliness, Mrs. Gribble decided to go 
ahead, regardless of the circumstances, 
and open the station. 

Accompanied by Mr. Hathaway, on 
February 19, 1924, she marked the lo- 
cation for future houses on one of the 
red hills. As soon as the work had be- 
gun, Mr. Hathaway left to bring back 
his wife from Bassai. Dr. Gribble 
stayed alone for several weeks super- 
vising the workers, but she was also 
-confined to her bed several times be- 
cause of attacks of fever. One morning 
just as she was lying down, the little 
caravan of missionaries was an- 
nounced. What a surprising arrival! 
Mrs. Hathaway, ill. arrived on the sta- 
tion lying on a small iron bed carried 
by four African workers. 

Would these three pioneer mission- 
aries cry and lament because they were 
facing such difficulties? No, the sick- 
beds were placed side by side and the 



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three of them began praying-praising 
the Lord for the opening of this new 
station. 

My purpose here is not to hst all 
the faithful men and women who later 
came to Yaloke. However, Florence 
Gribble, Elizabeth Tyson, Mary Em- 
mert, and Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Taber 
are names intimately associated with 
Yaloke. They shall always serve as ex- 
amples for us, the missionaries of the 
year of jubilee. 

Dr. Gribble always had three ob- 
jectives in view during her long service 
at Yaloke : 

1) To evangelize. She often went by 
foot into surrounding villages on 
Sundays to tell the gospel story to 
those who had not heard. 

2) To heal. This was her profession. 
She saw in this work a means of 
bringing souls to the Saviour. She 
realized that by showing compas- 
sion one touches men's hearts. 

3) To teach. Considering this third 
work as important as the first two, 
she courageously assisted in this 
ministry. In order to keep the 
French school open during Miss 
Emmert's furlough, she spent a year 
in France, obtaining the required 
diploma to satisfy the demands of 
the French authorities in Africa. 

Today, because of the faithfulness 
of God who has honored the faith of 
His servant, these three activities not 
only continue, but have been consider- 
ably developed. Better yet! The Lord 
always gives above what we ask of 
Him. As a Christian brother has said, 
"The greatest joy for a missionary is to 
see himself replaced by an African 
brother who is capable and whom he 
has trained." 

Yes, this is wonderful! At Yaloke 
the local church has two pastors and a 
growing membership (995 members as 
of October 1, 1974). A promise for 
the future: the School of Theology has 
already trained four pastors, who have 
had five years of theological study. 
Two of them are now teaching at the 
James Gribble High School. This fall 
there are nine students in the School 
of Theology. 

The dispensary, well managed by 
the medical evangelists trained at 
Medical Center (Boguila) and Bible In- 
stitute, is known for its maternity cen- 
ter which is very busy, and housed in 
modern buildings. One of the former 



students of our higli school is now in 
America studying medicine. 

The teaching must change with the 
needs of the country. The nationaliza- 
tion of primary schools in 1962 re- 
sulted in the closing of a normal 
school-for training primary school- 
teachers. However, an evangelical high 
school was able to open in its place 
with the assistance of European mis- 
sionaries. We cannot overlook the 
mention of Dr. Orville Jobson in re- 
gard to this school, for he played a 
most significant role in its creation and 
establishment. That is why, at our first 
student body chapel service this year, 
we praised God for the life of this ser- 
vant of His, who had died just a few 
days earlier. 

In this year of jubilee is it not a 
special benediction to see, for the first 
time, teachers of our high school who 
were once students in this same 
school? God reveals His designs in His 
own time— if we pray to know His will. 
Last year at this time we were thinking 
of not looking for new students for 
this fall, and to progressively eliminate 
the classes because of the shortage of 
personnel. Instead of these plans, so 
lacking in faith, we see an enlarge- 
ment, prosperity, and the possibility 
of many young people studying at a 
Christian school. The increase in stu- 
dents is an answer to the need of fi- 
nances to pay the salaries of the Afri- 
can teachers. 

Finally, an event which has caused 
surprise throughout the village: there 
are three girls in the high school! How 
many times in letters or during our 
furloughs have we presented the need 
to educate the girls and, above all, to 
give them the same Bible training that 
the boys here receive. And that is pre- 
cisely why, in this year of jubilee, the 
Lord has led us to this innovation in a 
manner quite unexpected. 

Thus, faithfulness in the service of 
the Lord is not only seen in the work 
of the missionary, but it is also fre- 
quent and active among our African 
brothers. 

Having before us these tangible 
proofs of the blessing of God on the 
church, the dispensary, and the 
schools, we can look to the future 
with faith, even if, for us personally, 
our time on this station is near an end. 

Those to relieve us are at hand! 
Glory to God who has done all things 
well. • 



CHURCH IN AFRICA . . . 

( Continued from page 7) 

in 31 countries attended. Among them 
were evangelical church leaders who 
attempted to make their influence felt. 
But they were outmaneuvered, out- 
numbered and practically outcast. Dr. 
Kato's gloomy assessment; "That the 
church in Africa is now heading for a 
new form of liberalism is clear." 

The AACC delegates approved one 
resolution which will soon loom large 
in African mission-church relation- 
ships: moratorium. John Gatu, Gen- 
eral Secretary of the Presbyterian 
Church in East Africa, defined mora- 
torium as the "complete withdrawal of 
all mission personnel and resources for 
at least five years." Even at Lausanne 
during the Congress on World Evange- 
lization he maintained that "the pres- 
ence of missionaries in Africa enslaves 
African Christians," and that the 
churches cannot find their "true iden- 
tity" until left alone. 

Standing up to Hostile Nationalism 

Hostile nationalism is yet another 
dark area of tension in the overview of 
African Christianity. Believers are be- 
ing pressured in the name of national 
unity or honor to accept changes in 
conflict with their conscience. 

In Zaire (Congo) this meant forcing 
evangelical churches to join the 
Church of Christ in Zaire whose lead- 
ership is openly ecumenical and whose 
policies-unless checked— will eventual- 
ly sap the churches of their spiritual 
vitality. 

In Chad this hostile nationalism is 
now attempting to force animistic rites 
on Christians -and threatening cruci- 
fixion or live burial if they refuse. 

It would seem that the dark, 
spreading areas of conflict must uUi- 
mately overwhelm the church in Afri- 
ca. Whether misguided nationalism, 
civil strife or theological anemia. Chris- 
tians are always the target. 

But history is on the church's side. 
Faithful even to death, believers in 
Burundi, Sudan, Zaire and Uganda 
have proven consistently that in any 
panorama of the Church in Africa, the 
bright and bold colors dominate. -.Sv 
Robert L. Niklaus, Associate Editor, 
The Alliance Witness and missionary 
to Africa for 15 years. 

-Reprinted by permission from Evangeli- 
cal Newsletter, copyright 1974. ^ 



February 1, 1975 




Missionary 
Mailbag 



Belem, Brazil 

We have a lot of fellowship with the Brethren down 
here. Duke Wallace and George Johnson only live 500 yards 
from us. Also, we meet together with all the Brethren in the 
Belem area once a month for a time of prayer and fellow- 
ship. We have been attending Duke's church and hope to 
become more involved with it when we have more Portu- 
guese.— M;-. and Mrs. Jim Menkhoff, members of Grace 
Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio, now serving with Wy- 
cliffe Bible Translators. (Letter received via Pastor Marion 
Thomas) 

Findlay, Ohio 

We must not wait another day to share with you how 
pleased we are here at Findlay with the missionary confer- 
ence we just had. What I mean is. how pleased we are with 
the missionaries and their presentations while here. From 
time to time I hear people say that the missionary is not 
usually a good speaker. I can truthfully say that we have 
had no disappointments here. The slides, the comments, the 
messages, the conduct, the fellowship-I mean everything 
has just been great. 

It has been so good to get to know some more persons 
who now are more than a photo in a daily devotional. It has 
been refreshing to hear testimonies of how the Lord has led 
into His service. It has been soul-stirring to hear of what 
some of these precious ones are sacrificing to be doing what 
they are. They didn't boast of this-it just came out here 
and there. . . . 

They all were, and are, a wonderful team. They fulfilled 
their responsibilities well and together were a real blessing 
to us here. I'm so glad we were able to have a missionary 
conference again this yeai.-Pastor Glenn Coats, Findlay 
Grace Brethren Church. (Foreign Missions editor's note: 
Missionaries taking part in the Findlay conference were 



Rev. and Mrs. Eddie Mensinger. Miss Lila Sheely, Miss Lois 
Wilson, Miss Ruth Snyder, and Miss Barbara Hulse.j 

Castanhal, Brazil 

It is time to let you know of the wonderful things the 
Lord is doing in the work here. 

Men's Bible study class— The men of the church and 
some visitors seem to e.njoy the simple study of the Word. 
They get a great deal from it as we meet every Friday night 
in the cabinet shop of one of our members. He puts a big 
sheet of plywood up on supports. We all sit around on 
planks or chairs and just read the Word and talk about what 
it means. They ask questions and try to solve some of their 
problems in the light of what the Bible teaches. Ten to 
fifteen men come regularly. 

Women's Bible study group -A lady of our church told 
of the many opportunities she had to witness to her neigh- 
bors and wanted a Bible study group to meet in her home. 
So on Friday afternoons Vivian goes to the house and leads 
a study in John. Six women attended the first meeting with 
only the hostess being a professing Christian. 

Young people's group-Sparked by Vivian as teacher and 
a young man who is a new convert and now studying in a 
nearby Bible school, the young people of the church are 
planning on twice-monthly outdoor meetings on Saturday 
nights. We had the young people in our home for a party a 
couple of weeks ago and there were 14 here. 

New Sunday School-In what was a great, empty tract of 
land when we were here before, a company has constructed 
a large housing project of dozens of dwellings. In back of 
this construction a small town has developed with hundreds 
more houses erected by the owners themselves. In this area 
a missionary of another mission built a small chapel and 
held services until he went home on furlougli about six 
months ago. The building has been unused since then. We 



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contacted the owner who is now back in another area of 
Brazil. He gave us permission to use the building, rent free, 
until he comes in January to see what he can do about 
selling or renting his property. 

On November 17 we had the first meeting with 54 in 
attendance. Since there are only four benches in the place, 
there was standing room only. Please pray that we will 
know how to proceed according to the Lord's will. 

A boy was led to the Lord in his Sunday School class 
one morning, and his teacher was so e.xcited she hardly 
knew what to do. She told Vivian, who told me as I was 
directing the closing period. Then the boy, about 12 or 13, 
came forward to make a public confession of his faith and 
to receive a Scripture verse for his encouragement. I used 
John 5:2A. -Keith Altig 

Stuttgart, Germany 

Tomorrow morning Elaine Heatwole is leaving us. To say 
that we are sad to see her go is an understatement, but we 
are also very happy for her— she wasn't able to be with her 
family last Christmas, and so they are looking forward to an 
exciting reunion. Two transatlantic calls from Yakima, 
Washington, to Stuttgart this last week betray a real eager- 
ness to see her. I'm sure we won't fully appreciate all the 
ways she has helped us until after she's gone a few days. We 
trust God's best for her for the future. 

On November 13 we began a ministry with children 
again— one that we had laid aside, unwillingly, in June of 
1973. This time, however, we are not alone in the work; 
there are five ladies and two girls helping. Without advertis- 
ing outside of our church group there were 24 children at 
the first meeting. And without encouraging them to invite, 
the children themselves have developed such an enthusiasm 
to bring others that there were 36 yesterday. Two, who 
missed the ride, even took the streetcar! Nancy and I agreed 
to take the full leadership of the first two meetings to 
demonstrate how we have usually done meetings. The ladies 
were really afraid of this work, and found nearly every 
possible excuse why they couldn't do it. In the first meet- 
ing I really flopped. In an attempt to be fully prepared, I 
overloaded the story with so many details and facts that it 
was really a "bummer." The Monday after that meeting we 
met for prayer and evaluation. There was quite a bit of 
criticism, and eagerness from the ladies to volunteer to do 
something. We think that, at least in part, my poor perfor- 
mance in the first meeting made them think: "I certainly 
can't do any worse than that." It is one of those times 
when I really rejoice that I failed! Romans 8:28! We have 
more help coming, too. We have contacted Child Evange- 
lism Fellowship, and they have a young couple who recent- 
ly graduated from Bible school with special teaching in how 
to train children's workers. After the first of the year they 
plan to help us for several months in training our ladies in 



how to teach more effectively. We will also probably divide 
the group into at least two groups, and possibly three if we 
can get enough workers-each group meeting in a separate 
location. 

In our last letter we mentioned the evangelistic film for 
October 25. There were between 240 and 250 there, and an 
exciting increase in the circle of contacts with a positive 
response to what the Lord is doing here. 

On November 24 we had our first baby dedication. The 
Grundlers requested this for their child, and invited rela- 
tives on both sides of the family to take part. More than 70 
were crammed into our little room. We even removed the 
side door quickly before the service for ventilation and ex- 
tra room in the hallway. We are sure that one of the main 
reasons for what God is doing here is that people are pray- 
ing. 

In our midweek Bible studies, we have started to study 
what the Bible says about the family. In the first three 
weeks we dealt with the founding of the home, and the last 
two weeks concerned the role of the husband in the mar- 
riage. The Lord willing, we will be spending several weeks 
now on the wife's role, before moving to the areas of disci- 
pline and family worship. Interest in these studies is in- 
tense, and the need is even greater. The cassettes of these 
studies are also making it into a number of homes where 
the families don't, or can't come to the meetings. 

Participation by the people in the ministry is growing. 
On November 10, Carol Nearpass from New Jersey came for 
the first time. She's working at the Hannsler Publishing 
House. Since then she has declared this her church home, 
and has been a great encouragement to us. Her German is 
tluent; she spent two years in Berlin on a Literature Cru- 
sades team with the Plymouth Brethren, and she recently 
translated a long text for the youth work. Also, she plays 
the piano. 

This week I met with three of the men for the first 
prayer and planning session of this type for the ministry. 
We discussed coming meetings, and evangelism. Dr. Whit- 
comb is coming at Easter time to minister in a number of 
places, and we have "claimed him" for a ministry here the 
weekend of April 5-5, 1975. These men are really visionary, 
talking of getting an auditorium for 500 to 700 people, and 
inviting other evangelical churches to take part. Please note 
this on your prayer calendar- we'll be saying more about it 
in the coming days. 

Everyone is praying for and looking with us for larger 
quarters. The YMCA auditorium is officially out, and two 
other places we looked at are much too small. In the mean- 
time we have received word that the house in which we are 
living is to be offered for sale in the next few weeks. Our 
mission is not in a position to lay out the nearly S250,000 
for the building, and the facilities are already inadequate. 
So, we see that the timing is His. -Roger Peugh # 



February 1 , 1975 



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UMMARY 



FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Middlebranch, Ohio. The Northeastern Ohio District will 
host Cedar Point Excursion 111 for the young people June 
6 and 7, 1975. Interested pastors and youth leaders should 
contact Pastor Gerald Kelley. 2023 State St., N.E., Canton. 
Ohio 44721 . The program chairman is Pastor James Custer. 

Phoeni.x, Ariz. More than 1 ,000 parents, friends and pupils 
attended the Christmas programs of Grace Christian Schools 
operated by the Grace Brethren Church. The programs were 
directed by Mrs. Kathryn Shaeffer, the music teacher. 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt conducted a conference on Bible 
prophecy the week of Dec. 29. He and Pastor Mark Malles 
appeared on KPAZ-TV for interviews on Monday night and 
Tuesday afternoon, speaking freely on current events in the 
light of Bible prophecy. A number of visitors attended the 
services as a result of the TV appearance. 

Sunnyside, Wash. At the annual Northwest District Ministers 
Christmas Fellowship here. Chaplain (Major) John Schumacher 

sang Christmas carols and led in a devotional. In March, 
Chaplain Schumacher will host the district ministers and 
wives at Fort Lewis, Wash. William Schaffer, correspondent. 




Mrs. Zelna Thurston (left) presented the nnoney tree to Pastor and 
Mrs. Bruce Button. 

Albany, Oregon. Contrary to the old proverb, Pastor Bruce 

Button discovered that money sometimes does grow on trees! 
In order to prove a statement he had made to be false, his 
congregation recently presented him with a "fruit-laden" 
money tree. "From the sizable amount 'growing' on that 
tree, we are convinced that I do make wrong statements once 
in a while," he said. 



Thanks for your orders! We appreciate the many, many 
Sunday Schools across the country that order their 
curriculum supplies from the Herald Co. Each quarter, in 
addition to shipping Brethren adult materials, we sell 
materials from Gospel Light, Scripture Press, Union Gospel 
Press, David C. Cook, Standard Publishing, and others. 
(Gospel Liglit, Scripture Press and Cook materials are 
carried in stock.) Remember that it costs nothing extra to 
order your curriculum needs from the Herald Co., and the 
publisher then pays a commission to us for handling. The 
proceeds are invested in our Brethren literature ministry 
from which each church benefits. If we're not serving your 
Sunday School, why not give us a trial? Drop a note to Mrs. 
Jo Disbro. Missionary Herald Co., Box 544. Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

Lake Lotawana, Mo. (EP)-How often do you see an offering 
plate start out with S 1 ,000 in it, with a request from the 
minister to take out whatever amount you wish? 
Rev. David Finestead, 30, wanted his congregation to 
understand the New Testament parable of the talents which, 
he said, "relates to the ability of people to receive the grace 
of God." 

Taking S 1 ,000 from his own savings account, he piled the 
money into the plate in denominations of $5, $10 and $20, 
asking his congregation to take out secretly whatever they 
thought they could invest. 

"There were one or two people who were nervous about it," 
Pastor Finestead said, "but that makes the parable real." 
He said one man bouglit dog food in damaged containers 
and is reselling it. Girls are organizing bake sales and boys 
bought supplies for such activities as lawn mowing and 
guitar lessons. A local printer took some cash and is 
dedicating all profits from wedding invitations back to the 
church. 

An accounting will be made. The pastor, who doubles as the 
local police chaplain, said he is not worried about getting his 
money back from people in the church which he took over 
in June. 

Listie, Pa. After 34 years as superintendent of the Listie 
Brethren Sunday School, Russell Beech stepped down from 
the position Jan. 1 . "The blessings of working with so 
many fine Christian people in the Listie church shall never 
be forgotten," he said. "God has given me the help and 
health to be in His service for these many years, and 1 
thank Him for it. I would recommend that all who can serve 
Him find out how wonderfully He guides and directs-always 
blessing those who would be faithful." Fred Walters, pastor. 

Hope, N. J. After resigning as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Manheim, Pa., Rev. Terrance T. Taylor began duties 
as pastor of the new home-mission work here Feb. I. 



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Beaumont, Calif. Rev. J. Dale Brock has resigned as pastor 
of the Cherry Valley Brethren Church. He assumed the duties 
as pastor of the Rialto Brethren Church, Jan. 1, 1975. 

Homerville, Ohio. The West Homer Brethren Church has 
called Pastor Robert Holmes to begin his 25th year in the 
ministry with an increase in salary. 

New York (EP)-Forty-two percent of American families 
bought Bibles or other religious books in the past year, 
according to National Family Opinion, Inc., a research 
agency which has sampled 15,958 families. 
The largest proportion of families, 68 percent, own copies 
of the 350-year-old King James Version, while the next most 
widely owned version, the 30-year-old Revised Standard 
Version, was in 32 percent of the homes. 

The third-placed version, now in 23 percent of the family 
homes, was the three-year-old Living Bible-a volume which 
has been the biggest seller of all in the past three years-a 
total of 15 million copies of the paraphrase. 



Ift Memory 



Glendale, Calif. (EP)— "Achieving a successful family life 
today is a challenge. Achieving a successful Christian 
family life . . . well, most Christian families would readily 
admit they could use some help," states Fritz Ridenour, 
Gospel Light's well-known author and now editor of a new 
Family Life program. 

Family Life Today is Gospel Light's newest magazine— a 
monthly offering specific help for the increasing numbers of 
churches that want to develop a workable family life ministry 
among their members. 

Change. The new church secretary of the Grace Brethren 
Community Church, West Alexandria, Ohio, is Mrs. Sandra 
Swafford, R. R. 2. West Alexandria, Ohio 45381 
(Tel. 513-839-5291). Please change your Annual. 

Ashland, Ohio. Child discipline workshops that meet once 
a month began recently at the Grace Brethren Church. They 
include direction from parents, staff, and counselors to 
children as well as other parents of preschool and elementary 
children. Teenagers and their parents meet once every six 
weeks on Wednesday evening for a combined study of mutual 
needs and problems. Knute Larson, pastor. 



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

FENN, Elbert, 64, Nov. 27. He was a faithful member of 

the First Brethren Church, Dallas Center, Iowa, for over 16 

years. Carlton J. Fuller, pastor. 

HALDEMAN, Minnie, 91, Dec. 26. She was the oldest member 

of the Grace Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio. Richard E. 

Grant, pastor. 

HOOVER, Anna G., Dec. 27. She and her husband originated 

the work that eventually developed into the Grace Brethren 

Church of Washington, Pa. Shimer E. Darr, pastor. 

KEITH, David N., Dec. 15. He was a longtime member of 

the First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. William H. 

Snell, pastor. 

McMORRIS, Eliza Jane. 90, Dec. 19. She was a charter 

member of the Leon Brethren Church, Leon, Iowa. Glen 

Welborn, pastor. 

PRYOR, Henry J., 61, Nov. 21. He was a longtime member 

of the Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. Robert B. 

Collitt, pastor. 

RIKE, Ivan, 70, Nov. 16. He was a member of the Grace 

Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. Gerald Polman, pastor. 

SHYER, Edna M, 83, Dec. 16. She was a prayer warrior 

and member of the First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa., 

for 77 years. Roger Wambold, pastor. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Minerva, Ohio. Feb. 2-7; Galen Wiley, pastor; Bill Smith, speaker 

Orange, Calif. Feb. 9-12; Richard DeArmey, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 

St Petersburg, Fla. Feb. 9-15; William Tweeddale, pastor; 

Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

La Verne, Calif. Feb. 16-21 Gregory Pfau, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 

Margate, Fla. Feb. 16-23; Clyde Caes, pastor; BiU Smith, speaker. 



Wedding Beili 



A six-months's free subscription to the Brclhrcn Missionary Herald is 
given to new subscribers whose addresses arc supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Frances Smitley and Mark Fortney, Aug. 24, Suburban 

Grace Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa. The bride is the 

daughter of Rev. Lester Smitley. 

Jackie Brewer and Michael Breen. Sept. 28, Southview 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Lynne Kirscht and Charles Connor, Oct. 13, of the Grace 

Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, N.J., married in the bride's 

home. 

Elaine Reiste and Ronald Shelley, Nov. 2, First Brethren 

Church, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Lori Prentice and John Luedy, Jr., Nov. 16, Southview 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Barbara Whited and Kenneth Slenker, Nov. 28, Grace 

Brethren Church, York, Pa. The bride is the daugliter of 

Rev. Robert D. Whited, pastor of the church. 

Margaret Leviner and Rick Wilson, Dec. 6, Grace Brethren 

Church, Anderson, S.C. 

Janie Bate and Larry Killduff, Dec. 14, Grace Brethren 

Church, Beaverton, Oreg. 

Betsy Ellsworth and Carl Greiner. Dec. 15, Grace Brethren 

Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Sheryl Kauffman and Ronald Stohler, Dec. 21, Grace 

Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Judith Miller and Thomas White, Singer Hill Grace Brethren 

Church, Conemaugh, Pa. 

Betty Gorman and David Hunt, Singer Hill Grace Brethren 

Church, Conemaugh, Pa. 

Gwendolyn Howie and Larry Hunt, Singer Hill Grace Brethren 

Church, Conemaugh, Pa. 

Ruth Smeed and David Dixon, Singer Hill Grace Brethren 

Church, Conemaugh, Pa. 



February 1, 1975 



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REFLECTING GOD'S BLESSING THROUGH SUFFICIENCY 



Brethren Missionary Herald 




Some of the "brothers" 
do last minute cramming for 
a big English test with 
"sister" Mensinger at 
Bangui. 



Fourth of a series on the 1974-75 "Birthday IVIissionaries" - 

Just Call 
Me "Sister" 



If someone were to ask me what I 
have enjoyed being most in life. I 
would have to answer, "Being a sis- 
ter." Like most children of large fami- 
lies, my recollections of being a sister 
involve frequent conflicts. But along 
with the "brotherly shove" there was 
also the "brotherly (and sisterly) 
love." No doubt the childhood prac- 
tice of teaching each other things we 
learned at school had a great influence 
in preparing the way for me to become 
a teacher. I have never lost the excite- 
ment of learning new things nor have I 
lost the joy of sharing new ideas with 
others. 

I remember the first time I was con- 
fronted with the choice of a lifetime 
occupation. In ninth grade English we 
each had to write a theme entitled, 
"My Ambition." At this stage of my 
life I had a horrible tendency of being 
a "brownie," which resulted in my 
choosing an "ambition" to be an En- 
glish teacher. My secret ambition, as I 
listed all the glories of teaching En- 
glish, was actually to get an "A" on 
the theme. 

Little did I dream that one day the 
Lord would lead in my life in such a 
way that I would become just that— an 
English teacher. But instead of teach- 
ing American high schoolers how to 
speak and write without grammatical 



By Carol Mensinger 

Missionary to Africa 

errors, here I am in the heart of Africa, 
explaining in French ' how one must 
pronounce English properly, and learn- 
ing new rules of grammar that we have 
never heard of in America. 

As an English teacher at the James 
Gribble High School and the School of 
Theology, it is my privilege to be 
teaching one of the favorite subjects. 
Normally the Africans are quite gifted 
at learning languages, and by the time 
they are, in my classes they already 
speak three languages fluently; their 
tribal language, their national lan- 
guage— Sango, and the official lan- 
guage—French. Learning English can 
open to them the possibility of reading 
the wealth of Christian literature 
which exists in our language. Since 
math is actually my teaching major, I 
usually teach at least one math class as 
well. But, unfortunately, math is much 
lower on the popularity chart. 

So what does all this have to do 
with being a sister? It was the realiza- 
tion that our African brethren are real- 
ly my brothers in Christ that 
prompted me to respond to the call 
for workers in that land. Education 
has been a rich and wonderful experi- 
ence for me, making possible not only 



a rewarding life in the social sense, but 
giving me a much greater comprehen- 
sion of the greatness and wonder of 
God and His Son, Jesus Christ— my 
Creator and Saviour. It seemed that as 
a teacher I could contribute to these 
brothers and sisters in Africa the possi- 
bility of a richer, more meaningful life. 
And the contribution that we as Chris- 
tian teachers are able to make toward 
the social and spiritual development of 
our students is even greater than I had 
anticipated. 

Until this year my activities at 
Yaloke were pretty much limited to 
working with the "brothers." But with 
increased involvement in the local girls 
work, coupled with the admission of 
three girl students to our high school, 
it looks as if some of my time may be 
consecrated for my "sisters" as well. I 
do not understand why so many of the 
African girls do not seem to care about 
studying or even about learning to 
read and write. But it makes all the 
more special those girls who do have a 
thirst for knowledge and who diligent- 
ly apply themselves to study not only 
the three R's, but the Word of God as 
well. It is a special joy to have a young 
pastor's wife in our School of Theolo- 
gy this year. Special not just because 
she is one of the rare ones who loves 
to learn, but special because her hus- 
band considers her spiritual life im- 
portant enough to desire for her the 
same training he received. 

This summer during a week of 
special girls classes, the prayer of one 
of our African pastors impressed me. 
At the time of closing prayer the pas- 
tors asked Margaret Hull and me to 
join them in a circle at the front of the 
church. While we all joined hands he 
prayed the words of Jesus, "Whoever 
does my work and the work of my 
Father is my brother, and sister, and 
mother." What an exciting thought to 
be considered a sister of our Lord as 
we try to faithfully serve Him! What a 
joy to be part of the family of God! 

fWMC editor's note: Miss Mensinger, a na- 
tive of Michigan, was graduated from Grace 
College and taught high school math for 
three years. Then, feeling that the Lord 
wanted her in missionary service, she 
studied at and was graduated from Grace 
Theological Seminary, and .studied French 
for two years in France and Switzerland. 
Carol has been on the field in the Central 
African Republic since 1971, and serves at 
Yaloke, the place where her brother Eddie is 
stationed also.) 



February 1, 1975 



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The 

Man 

Who 

Attended 



a 



Women's 

Prayer 

Meeting 



By Dr. Floyd W. Taber 



The man was a missionary. Missionaries are looking everywhere 
for someone with whom to pray. It is better to pray with a group of 
women than not to pray with anybody. 

But this particular missionary may have been surprised to learn 
that it was a women's prayer meeting. It may have just been an- 
nounced as a prayer meeting, and only women came. That can hap- 
pen. 

In any case we know that he had often prayed like this: "God. I 
thank Thee that I am not a heathen, nor a slave, nor a woman." 

So he may have been somewhat surprised at himself to find that 
he was attending a women's prayer meeting. But he was nonetheless 
sure in his own mind that the Lord had led him there. 

He had tried to go into two different mission fields and had been 
led to see that it was not the Lord's will. Then he had seen a vision 
calling him to this particular field. When he arrived, he found the 
only place open to him to begin his mission work was a women's 
prayer meeting. 

The fact that women were meeting to pray, even without know- 
ing the Lord, was an indication that the Lord had been preparing the 
way before him. And according to the report, it seems that in the 
very first prayer meeting he had a convert— a wealthy business- 
woman. 

What a way to start an indigenous church, with a woman as the 
first convert! 

The second person the report tells about being freed from the 
power of Satan in this new mission field was a girl— a fortune teller. 

Now I imagine this missionary felt the same about the situation as 
you and I would. This pulpit at the open air riverside where women 
met for prayer was inadequate for reaching the population. So he 
got himself a second pulpit by contriving to get put in jail, and twice 
refusing to leave when he had the opportunity. (There is more than 
one way to get the Gospel out.) Well, at his first jail meeting he won 
convert number three— a real he-man. He was a tough guy, a prison 
warden, a Roman soldier for whom life was cheap, and who was just 
as ready to take his own life as the other fellow's. 

So the church at Philippi was off to a flying start. 

In the Epistle to the Philippians we see these two kinds of con- 
verts. There were real men in that church— one was Epaphroditus, 
who delivered their offering to Paul at the risk of his own life. There 
were also women whom Paul considered as fellow laborers in the 
Gospel. 

There were problems in that church. And as I read the epistle, it 
is my hunch that it was the women who were the root cause of most 
of the problems. 

But Paul did not write, "Clamp down on those women." He 
wrote, ''Help those women," so that they might be more effective 
fellow laborers in the Gospel. 

Is it too big a stretch of the imagination to suppose that the 
openhearted hospitality may have continued to express itself in the 
fact that the church at Philippi was the only one that communicated 
with Paul concerning giving and receiving? Even if Lydia went back 
home to Thyatira, her spirit lived on in the women of Philippi. 

This is just a little glimpse of the fruits of the ministry of a 
Pharisee who had become humble enough to begin his work in a new 
mission field at a women's prayer meeting. # 



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My husband and I shared a wonder- 
ful hfe verse-Romans 8:28: "And we 
know that all things work together for 
good to them that love God, to them 
who are called according to his pur- 
pose." This verse along with many 
others are gems that sparkle and glow 
on dark backgrounds, even the dark- 
ness of death. 

After the 1967 national conference, 
we had started for the Canadian Fair. 
My sister, Mary Miller, was with us and 
we were having a good time of rest and 
relaxation. The second day of our trip 
we were in Watertown, New York, not 
far from the Canadian border and had 
stopped at noon to eat dinner in a 
Howard Johnson Restaurant. Riglit 
after we had ordered our meal. Dr. 
Ashman had a heart attack. Without 
even a sound or look of anguish or 
pain, the Lord took him home to 
glory. It was a time of sorrow and 
shock, and it was the hardest test of 
my life. Losing one's mate is like los- 
ing a part of one's self. In reflecting 
back on all that happened, I am sure 
that my Lord makes no mistakes. 
Therefore, thougla difficult to under- 
stand, we know that God's way is al- 
ways best. Out of this experience have 
come blessings as well as sorrows. 

»' There is the blessing of the marvel- 

ous promises in God's Word. I realized 
as never before from I Thessalonians 
4:13 that, ". . . we sorrow not, even as 
others which have no hope," for we 
shall see our loved ones again. After 
returning home I read the Book of 
Psalms and then reread it. I was 
amazed at the number of times we are 
admonished to "trust the Lord" and 
to "praise Him," even in adverse cir- 
cumstances. 

There was also the blessing and 
privilege of sharing in the ministry 




Dr. and Mis, Charles Ashman, Sr., in 1966 

with my husband. He loved the Lord 
and the Brethren Church. There were 
many joys and some heartaches in the 
23 years of this united service for Him. 
Another blessing is that of the love 
and care shown by loved ones, friends, 
and even strangers. I am thinking of 
the three sons and grandson who drove 



all night to be with us in our time of 
need, and how thankful I was that my 
sister was with me. I also remember 
the manager of the Howard Johnson 
Restaurant. He followed us to the hos- 
pital, waited and took us back. He had 
a room ready for our use in the motel, 
and helped us move in. The next 
morning he paid the bill for our break- 
fast—all six of us. We witnessed to him 
and also to the waitresses who had 
been so kind and helpful. The letters 
and cards of so many friends touched 
my heart as they gave words of com- 
fort and reminded me of God's sus- 
taining care and love. 

The blessing of continuing to serve 
the Lord in the Montclair church was a 
real help to me. During that time of 
adjustment it made me think of 
others instead of myself. Sometimes 
the Lord permits certain tests to come 
into our lives so that, in witnessing to 
others, we may comfort them as God 
has comforted us— I Corinthians 1:4. 

There is always the blessing of the 
marvelous way the Lord leads, guides 
and works out not only the big things 
in our lives, but every little detail. This 
was so true in the following situations: 
rclearning to drive— especially on the 
freeways, guidance in taking over 
many business affairs, selling the home 
in West Covina and buying an apart- 
ment in Leisure World near my sister, 
the Polmans and the Seal Beach Breth- 
ren Church, making many new friends, 
and opportunities of witnessing to 
senior citizens. 

I do praise the Lord for all of these 
blessings, and for the many answers to 
prayer. The hurt and loneliness will 
always remain, but so will the truth 
that HE is more than able to supply 
every need and give comfort andjoy. 



BE MINE 

jesusknocksandmntstoenter 
Offering life free and nes,. 

"No, I don't," or -yes, I do. 



GRACE SCHOOLS OFFERING 

Special teaching desks and accessories for 
seminary and the air-conditioning of two 
small classrooms. 

GOAL-$5,500 DUE MARCH 10 



February 1, 1975 



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Mailbag Messages 



"Our WMC hands out questions to all 

our women on the current WMC 
study. It has seemed to stimulate inter- 
est a great deal. "-Forr Myers. Florida 

"Blessings unlimited . . . members are 
excited and our visitors are finding 



Christ . . . Results of our visitation 
program were evident when a neighbor 
lady trusted Christ . . . We could re- 
flect blessings for every brick of our 
new building and still run out of bricks 
long before we ran out of God's bless- 
ings!— Coo/v;7/e, Ohio 



Fall Rally at Rittman . . . Projects re- 
ported were refurbishing church kitch- 
ens . . . nursery curtains . . . supplying 
meals for families of women who were 
hospitalized or where there was a 
death in the family . . . missionary 
chest shower and luncheon for mis- 
sionaries at the beginning of a Missions 
Conference. -Northeastern Ohio Dis- 
trict 




Mini-Maxi Memo 



A Maxi Mom was something new! 

With a Mini Daughter what would I do? 

I'd pray for my Mini each busy day 

That God would protect her and guide her way. 

A gift now and then would remind her I cared; 

Was ready to listen if she wanted to share. 

A thoughtful daughter she was to me 

With thank-yous and flowers and poetry. 

A Maxi Mom with a Mini Daughter — 

Dear WMC Lady you really "otter"! 






WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pies.-Mrs. Russell Ward, 3342 Val- 
erie Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy. -Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 

Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

80910 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. to Fin. Secy .-Treas. -Mrs. Ben Zim- 
merman, R. R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Lit. Secy. -Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Dan Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - APRIL 1975 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 35 and 36 
of the 79 75 Brethren Annual.; 



AFRICA 

Mrs. Robert Williams April 15 

Philip Edward Peters April 20, 1962 

Thomas Allen Peters April 28, 1959 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 

ARGENTINA 

Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

BRAZIL 

Joel Christopher Wallace April 6, 1970 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Samuel Ray Schwartz April 10, 1972 

Mrs. Timothy Earner April 29 

Jonathan Craig Earner April 29, 1971 



CANADA 

Deborah Lynn Austin April 26, 1965 

EUROPE 

Stephanie Ann Shargel April 10, 1973 

HAWAII 

Mrs. Clifford Coffman April 10 

April Dawn Coffman April 18, 1958 

MEXICO 

Mrs. Phillip Guerena AprO 5 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Suzanne Lynn Mensinger April 9, 1969 

c/o Mr. Neil Paden, Rt. 1, Box 16-B, Harrah, WA 98933. 

Lois Esther Burk April 9, 1969 

1 1 259 Pope Ave., Lynwood, CA 90262. 

Elizabeth Ann Hunt April 26, 1959 

14326 Bora Ave., La Miiada, CA 90638. 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reports and comments about success in Christian Education from the Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Howard IVIayes, 
director; James Long, assistant to the director. 



The first of three monthly vignettes on family ministry 



Home 



Christian Education Department 




ttSSL.^. .CKH 



is for 
Lefto 



vers 



By James Long 

Assistant to the Director 

February 1, 1975 






Called to a ministry of servant-style 
concern for people . . . that's the stuff 
that Christianity is really made of. 
Concern for people. There really is a 
certain gratifying glamour to the 
whole show, having the uniniti- 
ated—and if you're really swift, even 
the involved— cheer your holiness. Min- 
istry. We may wonder how much of 
our balsa wood effort will be whittled 
away as the Lord looks for Holy Spirit 
fiber. Ministry. And home is for left- 
overs . . . but with our gluttonous 
church organizational structures there 
may not be any. 

We've served the Lord. But what 
have we served Him? If we're feeding 
our families the leftovers of an impos- 
sibly busy schedule, the emaciated 
skeleton of a patient spirit and the ex- 
hausted hollow shell of a ministry to 
everyone but them, maybe we're feed- 
ing the Lord leftovers, too. 

God's Interests Are Inseparably 
Locked-in to People-centered Ministry 

Respecting people as objects of 
God's loving-concern must begin at 
home. People are not subhuman just 
because our post-modern culture 
presses us into molds of plastic dignity 
and wraps us in cellophane concern. 
God's interests are inseparably locked- 
in to people. Jesus became one. And 
then He demonstrated what it meant 
to give to people until your muscles 
ache and your head throbs and your 
life ebbs away. Ministry in the Jesus- 
mold demands that brand of active in- 
terest in others. It's not exactly that 
we are a nobody. Rather we regard 
everyone else as somebody . . . includ- 
ing the family pest that you wish 
(Continued on page 20) 



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If H\£ S4J6E 
iFlTS PE?T. 



The most effective "daily 
devotions" are tfiase tfiat are 
ministered along with daily 
devotion. To the Lord first. But 
don't forget the family. A page a 
day won't keep the devil away— 
especially if he's being invited 
by a life-style that has time for 
everything except deep, 
sharing-caring relationships. And 
that kind of relationship may lead 
you to more than a page. 



J 



HOME IS FOR . . . 

(Continued from page 19) 

would act like an adult-even though 
he's only seven. 

Inconsistency in the Home Can 
Critically Invalidate Our Ministry 

Is the home for leftovers'? Why does 
it seem to be easier to spend ourselves 
on others and then hurt the ones we 
are closest to? Check out the Gospels. 
Note that when Christ was the most 
fatigued, He still had a reserve of pa- 
tient concern for the Twelve. Christ's 
own ministry would have been invali- 
dated in their minds had He taught 
them all day about caring for people 
and then shunned their questions or 
crabbed at Judas just because He was 
so tired. Our families are looking to us 
for the same consistent concern. It 
really amounts to a question of priori- 
ties. Christ placed priority on His in- 
group. It was through them that there 
was the potential of reproducing His 
ministry. It was to them that He had 
the opportunity to express most elo- 
quently what He was really like. They 
knew Him. Your family knows you. 



Effective Ministry Is Married to God's 
Word and Cannot Be "Put Asunder" 

But it must happen in the home. 
Do not minimize the importance of 
being spiritual there . . . spiritual with 
a true spirituality. Put away your 
papiermache halo. Look at your loved 
ones face to face, not always over the 
top of "Daily Devotions." Be real. 
Genuine. Care. Take time. Spirituality 
in the home is not to be gauged by a 
certain "far-away-look" in your eyes. 



A home is not Christian because the 
walls are plastered with trite-but-true 
sayings. Your godliness does not con- 
sist of your ability to always turn up 
looking holy. Are you like Jesus? Not 
like the medieval paintings . . . wings 
on your feet, angels on your shoulders 
and light in your eyes . . . but like the 
Biblical picture of a man who cared 
and loved and bled because He was a 
servant in God's family. Have you 
shown your family that it's fun to 
serve Jesus? More than leftovers. # 



DISCUSS THIS VIGNETTE WITH YOUR SPOUSE 

1. To what extent do you serve ministry-leftovers to the family? 

2. When it is necessary to put other things ahead of the family, do they 
feel like it is a joint decision? 

3. What are some practical ways to make the family feel like ministry is a 
family affair? (Whether that ministry is teaching a Sunday School class, 
leading a youth group or pastoring a church.) 

4. What are the values of placing a big priority on the home? What are the 
dangers of letting that priority slip? 

5. Devotions can be an important part of family ministry. Is there some- 
thing more important? What is it? How can you communicate to one 
another as a family the heart of spirituality? 



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Lines from Lewis 



Deluxe Campus Facilities 
Rented for Youth Conference 



One thousand persons are expected 
to gather on one of the most beautiful 
college campuses in Indiana for Breth- 
ren National Youth Conference this 
August. 

The rapture theme, "Up, Up and 
Away," will be carried throughout the 
week of August 2-9. St. Mary's College 
in Notre Dame (South Bend), Indiana, 
has been rented for the week. This 
beautiful wooded campus is sur- 
rounded by the St. Joseph River. It in- 
cludes a man-made lake and is less 
than a mile from the Turnpike. The 
increasing numbers have forced the 
conference to expand to this campus 
which is only one hour from Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

The facilities of the youth confer- 
ence will be most deluxe with beauti- 
ful buildings, two spacious air-condi- 
tioned auditoriums, and a new dining 
facility with an excellent food service. 
Tennis courts, a golf driving range, 
olympic-size swimming pool and 
nature trails are all a part of the cam- 
pus. 

The exciting week will include 
times of participation for those in na- 
tional achievement competition, Bible 
quizzing, a full recreational program, 
opportunities to meet pastors, mission- 
aries and other Brethren teens. A key 



By Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth Ministries 

aspect of the week is the evening chal- 
lenge hours featuring great singing, the 
youth conference choir and band, and 
messages on the timely rapture theme, 
"Up, Up and Away." 

Speakers for the conference are 
men who are vitally interested in 
youth of today— Pastor James Custer 
and Pastor J. Hudson (Sonny) Thayer. 
Both are excellent communicators. 
Sonny will be sharing insights each 
morning to help youth find practical 
solutions for problems. The evening 
meetings will include relevant and 
dynamic messages by Jim Custer. 

The primary purpose of Brethren 
National Youth Conference is to bring 
teens to a closer walk with the Lord 
through an introspection on their lives 
brought about by a spiritual atmo- 
sphere. Biblical challenges, and the 
ministry level of the staff. 

The cost of the youth conference 
will be kept to S80. This price includes 
all room, board, insurance, campus 
fees and program for the entire week 
of the youth conference. Why not see 
that your church encourages teens to 
attend this national Brethren gathering 
this summer? 



NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK IS ALMOST HERE 

Brethren National Youth Week Is being celebrated In many Brethren 
churches this month. February 9-16 Is this special time set aside to en- 
courage the young people of our churches. Free bulletins and ideas have 
been provided by the Christian Education Department to use In conjunc- 
tion with this week. 

A number of churches will also enter the National Scrapbook Contest 
used In connection with the theme "Showing We Care." Those entering 
the contest must have their scrapbooks sent to our office and postmarked 
no later than March 15. First- and second-place prizes will Include $25 and 
$10, respectively. 



PhD. Program Instituted at 
National Youth Conference 

Attention collegiates! There will be 
a new PhD. program added to the 
Brethren National Youth Conference. 
It's the Post-high Division. Numerous 
requests have come from young adults 
who are college-age and would like to 
attend the sessions of the conference. 
Because of this, special housing, pro- 
gramming and activities will be 
planned for the PhD. 

Seminar in Structures in 
Youth Ministry 

All new seminars in youth ministry 
are being planned for this year. The 
Christian Education Department is 
presently working with Christian pub- 
lishers and Christian educators to 
formulate seminars in "Structures of 
Youth Ministry." The goal wUl be to 
have a renewal of the Brethren A.C.T. 
(Active Christian Teens) programs. 
There will be sessions for workers, 
teachers, and sponsors of youth. More 
information will come later. One pilot 
program will be held this spring with 
the remaining seminars being centered 
on fall dates. 

Vocational Christian 
Ministries Seminars 

A seminar for youth and students 
prayerfully considering the possibility 
of entering vocational Christian service 
will be held on Friday and Saturday 
morning, August 1 and 2. Scheduled 
for the Grace College campus, this will 
be not only open to BSLV members 
but others who would be interested in 
investigating these opportunities. 

The vocational seminar will include 
meetings with Brethren missionaries 
and pastors. Those attending will pray 
and talk with those in vocational 
Christian service. Bible study, getting 
(Continued on page 22) 



February 1 , 1975 



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acquainted opportunities, panel discus- 
sions, and studies related to discover- 
ing God's will for our lives will be 
some of the features of the seminar. 

Grace High School Day Prior to 
National Youth Conference 

Grace College will sponsor a high 
school day on the opening morning of 
Brethren National Youth Conference. 
The morning will include opportuni- 



ties for any teens to tour the campus, 
learn about the college programs, and 
meet some of the college professors. 

National Youth Conference dele- 
gates desiring to attend the Grace Col- 
lege higli school day program can meet 
at Winona Lake on Saturday morning, 
August 2, at 9:00 a.m. Transportation 
by commercial bus lines will be avail- 
able to transport students and luggage 
from the Grace campus to St. Mary's 
College on Saturday afternoon for a 
minimal S3. 00 charge. Students will 
arrive in Notre Dame in plenty of time 
for conference registration. 



The beautiful campus of St. Mary's College in South Bend, Ind. 




Youth Conference Counselors 
to Receive Special Training 

Those receiving appointment as 
Brethren National Youth Conference 
counselors will receive special training 
through a two-day seminar in Christian 
youth counseling. This will be held on 
the St. Mary's College campus on Fri- 
day afternoon and Saturday morning 
of August 1 and 2. The seminar will 
give opportunity for adults to hear 
guest speakers share insights into 
youth ministry. Opportunities will be 
given for interaction and questions. 
Books, notes, and informal social 
gatherings will be included in the semi- 
nar program. 

Approved counselors do not pay 
the regular youth conference fee. but 
this year will be asked to provide a 
S35.00 counselor fee. This will include 
books, materials and extra costs of the 
seminar as well as offsetting in part the 
higher cost of using a much larger, 
more deluxe campus. Local churches 
will be encouraged to underwrite the 
counselor fee as an investment in a 
ministry to their youth. # 



CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 
CORRECTION 



i 



In the January 1 issue of the Her- 
ald, Grace Christian School oper- 
ated by Myerstown Grace Brethren 
Church was inadvertently omitted 
from the Christian School Directo- 
ry. The school opened its doors for 
the first time last September (1974) 
with an enrollment of 73 in gradei 
•kindergarten through fourth. Mr, 
Boyd Grove, the school administra 
tor, is assisted by five full-time staff 1 
members and one part-time staff 
member. Projected enrollment for 
the 1975-76 school year is 100;" 
with the addition of a fifth grad 
class to the school. Rev. Luke 
Kauffman is pastor of the founding 
church, Myerstown Grace Brethren, 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania. 



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A program to help students considering vocational 
Christian service. 




Brethren Student Life 
Volunteers Write On 



Excerpts from actual letters from Brethren youth compiled by Ed 
Lewis, director of youth ministries. 

"Please pray for me as I am making some serious deci- 
sions concerning my future. I am not sure what the Lord 
wants for my life right now, but I'm willing to let Christ 
help me and make me what He wants me to be." 

"/ just want to express appreciation for all the Christian 
Education Department does for all involved in BSL V—all 
the newsletters, publications, books, and study guides. It is 
just a beautiful ministry. Thank you for the concern and 
help for and in my Christian walk. P.S. Thank you for the 
beautiful birthday card. " 

"Please send me book 8 in the 'Studies in Christian Liv- 
ing.' It's been so exciting for me to learn to search the 
Scriptures on my own." 

". . . and to mention that little booklet again, I hope 
that each BSL V member got as much out of it as I did. 
Thanks so much for your letters of encouragement and the 
helps you send along. " 

"I just would like to express my appreciation for the 
work of Brethren Student Life Volunteers. 

"It is very encouraging to realize that there is an organi- 



zation in our Brethren Fellowship which is interested in the 
youth of our churches. 

"The book that you sent me was very enjoyable, Meef 
the Man from Nazareth. It has answered some questions 
that were on my mind. 

"Also, I would like to inquire if the Christian Education 
Department has a systematic memorization plan of learning 
Scripture . . ." 

"God is working in very bold ways at our school. There's 
no doubt that He is setting the stage for a huge spiritual war 
there. I would appreciate your fervent prayers. I know of 
six Christians out of the 600 kids at school, three of whom 
are a matter of weeks old. We have a Bible study ..." 

"I'm sending that information card that you sent. I hope 
you will continue praying for me as I try to reach my goal 
and God's will for me to go to Africa." 

'7 worked on the devotion book you sent me and fin- 
ished it yesterday. I really like it. Now my devotions don't 
go through one ear and out the other. 

"I also enjoy reading about our missionaries. I always 
pray for them. " 

"The BSLV meeting at conference was a big highlight 
for my week to see where I was slipping up. I was really 
encouraged by it and hope there is always a meeting like 
this at conference." 

"First of all, I want to thank you for the Ac'cent and 
what it means to me. I thought it was really interesting how 
the missionaries answered the questions put to them. A fter 
reading the article, my 'burden' for our missionaries con- 
tinued to grow .... It seems unbelievable that these few 
missionaries are responsible for so many things. " 

"I also want to thank you so much and the people who 
are praying for me, for I know without their faithfulness to 
God in praying for me— I'd never have made it." 

"The other night some Brethren missionaries were at our 
church. I enjoyed them more than ever before. For quite 
awhile I have thought God was calling me to a mission field, 
but I wasn't sure where. That night I was even more sure. I 
was wondering if you could send me some information 
about the mission opportunities or openings. ..." 

"I was very glad to find out that I will be receiving 
letters from the different missionaries because I want to be 
a missionary myself some day if God continues to lead in 
that direction, and I think He will. God has really been 
blessing me this year— and BSLV has had a big part in it. It 
always seems that whenever I need a bit of encouragement 
my letter from BSLV arrives that day." 

Note: Thanks to the Brethren Missionary Herald Company for sup- 
plying most of the free books and literature for the 25 1 students in 
the BSLV program. Much appreciation goes to the National WMC 
and National Kellowship of Grace Brethren Men for selecting prayer 
partners for all these club members who are considering the possi- 
bility of serving Christ in a vocational Christian ministry. If inter- 
ested in Brethren Student Life Volunteers, please write to Ed Lewis, 
Christian Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. # 



February 1, 1975 



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Christian Education Department 



PBB JRIBJEHT 

A National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Sunday School Report 

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 

of all reporting Sunday Schools* December 1973—155 

December 1974-151 

GROWTH INDEX BASED ON 177 REPORTING CHURCHES 

December 1973 weekly average attendance 26,912 

December 1974 weekly average attendance 26,809 

NET LOSS in reporting churches 103 persons or down ,3 percent 

SUMMARY 

77 churches registered increases totaling '. 1,983 

98 churches registered losses totaling 2,086 

Largest numerical increase Columbus, Ohio— Worthington 

Largest percentage increase Columbus, Ohio— Eastside 

* The larger the number of reporting churches, the more accurately these 
figures will represent the church growth picture of the NFBC. We urge the 
total support of the churches of the NFBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided free of charge to churches of the 
Fellowship by the Christian Education Department. 



DIVISION WINNERS - DECEMBER SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 



Div. 


Church 


A - 


Columbus, Ohio 


B - 


No one qualified 


C - 


Warsaw, Ind. 


D - 


Johnstown, Pa. 




(Riverside) 


E - 


Lexington, Ohio 


F - 


Union, Ohio 


G - 


Cumberland, Md 


H - 


Conemaugh, Pa. 




(Singer Hill) 


1 - 


Columbus, Ohio 




(Eastside) 


J - 


Akron, Ohio 




(Fairlawn) 


N - 


No one qualified 



Pastor 

James Custer 

David Miller 

Don Rough 
C. Dean Risser 
Ron Picard 



Superintendent 

Donald Garlock 

Donald DeYoung 

Leroy Spangler 
W. H. Kornhaus 
Don Blakely 



Michael Funderburg Donald Bulger 

Marvin Lowery Gail Howie 

Richard Sellers Nick Jacobs 

James Kennedy 



RECORD ATTENDANCES-Bethlehem, Pa.-62; Telford, Pa.-270; Lex- 
ington, Ohio-262; Colorado Springs, Colo. -161; Lititz, Pa. -234. 



SEMINAR IN 

CHRISTIAN 

HOME AND FAMILY 

The 1975 Christian Education 
Convention in Winona Lake, In- 
diana, will feature a Christian 
Home and Family theme, with 
special interest workshops for 
husbands, wives, parents and 
pastors. 

The convention, held annually 
under the sponsorship of the 
Christian Education Depart- 
ment, will convene on Friday, 
August 1, preceding national 
conference. The concluding ses- 
sion, Sunday morning, August 3, 
will feature keynote speaker. Dr. 
Kenneth Gangel, president of 
Miami Christian College in Flori- 
da. 

Musical ministries for the entire 
convention will be under the 
capable direction of Bob and 
Nancy Messner. 

Watch future issues of the 
"Switchboard" section of the 
Herald for a complete list of out- 
standing speakers and workshop 
leaders. 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY 




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Discipline in the Home 



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Volume 37 Number 4 February 15, 1975 
Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



Where's Sri Lanka? 3 

The Bus Branch 4 

Something Marvelous Happened 7 

With God Nothing Is Impossible 8 

Earthly Mission Accomplished 11 

BMH News Summary 12 

Discipline in the Home 14 

A Lesson in Musicianship Ethics 18 

Who Me? 20 

What Does the Future Hold? 22 




Cover Photo: Raggedy 
Ann and Andy dolls sit 
peacefully for hours, but 
children do not. A panel 
of experts provides some 
answers to difficult ques- 
tions about discipline on 
page 14. Dolls by Sharon 
White, photo by Terry 
White. 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Michael Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 



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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
WMC-Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
SMM-Miss Betty Grady 
Christian Ed.— Rev. Howard Mayes 







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Address your letter to the editor. Rev. Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. All letters must be signed, although names will not be used 
in the magazine. 



Dear Editor, 

The boy in the picture with the 
bear is my brother, Rev. W. H. Schaf- 
fer. The picture was taken at Central 
Park in Allentown, Pa. Bill was five 
years old at the time. Our father had 
the popcorn concession at the park for 
many years.— Mrs. Helen Flowers, Al- 
lentown, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Flowers is right. However, her an- 



swer was not the first correct one sent 
to us. Thanks to ail who contributed 
their opinions and comments. Maybe 
you have a picture of a well-known 
Brethren to help us search our memo- 
ries for their identity.— CWT 

Dear Editor, 

1 was just reading your editorial, 
"How High Do You Pitch It?" in the 
August 17, 1974, issue of the Herald, 



and was challenged again by the 
"strike zone" of communication. 
Thanks, biother . - Pennsy Ivanta 

Dear Editor, 

So you are holding at 39. Just don't 
eat too much of that cake or I'll tell 
your wife not to bake any more. May 
the Lord bless you. "Reflections By 
Still Waters" is the first article 1 read. 
-Ohio 

Thanks to all for the nice birthday 
greetings.— CWT 

Dear Editor, 

We continue to enjoy your editori- 
als. Both of us had a good laugh at the 
one about the editor delivering the 
papers. We were probably only one 
family of many who could identify 
with you graphicaUy .-Washington 



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Reflections By Still Waters 



Now They're 
Changing the 
Mission Hymns! 



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Oh, for the good old days when life 
was not so complicated! Not that 1 am 
aging too rapidly, but to gracefully ac- 
cept change is getting more difficult 
every year. They took away the rum- 
ble seat and removed the running 
board on the automobile. These were 
not problems to me because I was just 
a young child at the time, and change 
was not hard to accept. They put pic- 
tures on the front of a radio and called 
it television, and I am still trying to 
figure out if this was good or bad. 
Then they removed the propeller from 
the airplane and called it a jet. This I 
called a step forward. But now they 
are changing the names of the coun- 
tries so fast I can't even sing one of my 
favorite missionary hymns and feel at 
peace. 

Remember "From Greenlands Icy 
Mountains"? It is a beautiful hymn of 
missionary challenge and world vision. 
I always loved it for the sentiment of 
its words . . . 

From Greenland's icy mountains. 
From India's coral strand; 
Where Afric's sunny fountains 
Roll down their golden sand; 
From many an ancient river. 
From many a palmy plain, 
They call us to deliver 
Their land from error's chain. 
What tho the spicy breezes 
Blow soft o'er Sri Lanka 's isle . . . 
"Sri Lanka"? They used to sing "o'er 
Ceylon's isle" . . . now they have 




Sri Lanka? 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

changed the name, and I am told I 
must bring myself into the twentieth 
century. 

If my geography teacher were to re- 
turn to her classroom, it would take 
the students weeks to reeducate the 
poor lady. For example, they do not 
call it "geography" anymore— my son 
says it is "social studies." Also the 
map has been rewritten, and they just 
do not call places by the same names 
in our modern day. So progress moves 
forward. But it is tough on a fellow 
who has trouble keeping in tune to be 
faced with the added problem of re- 
membering the updated names in the 
missionary hymns. All of this hap- 
pened about the time I had learned to 
say the words forward and backward 
of the old hymns of several hundred 
years ago. It has been said, "Time and 
tide wait for no man," and I am no 
exception. So with practice I will learn 
to say Sri Lanka instead of Ceylon and 
yet not lose my missionary vision. 

Adjustment to change can be dan- 
gerous if we tend to accept it without 
question. Often we Christians become 
victims of sin just by saying and doing 
things that everyone else is saying and 
doing. Because something is new and 
accepted does not mean it is right, or 
moral, or in line with God's will. 
Young people are not the only ones 



who succumb to the pressures of con- 
forming to the mold of the people 
with whom they associate. Adults tend 
to do the same thing because it is 
easier when under pressure to be 
molded than it is to retain one's shape. 

Paul, many years ago, warned the 
Roman Christians to watch out be- 
cause the world sought to press them 
into its mold. His advice and instruc- 
tion called for consecration to God 
evidenced by a Christlike character 
and actions. So worldly influence for 
change is nothing new. it only re- 
appears in different clothing. 

To resist change because it is 
change— can be a problem. "We never 
did it that way" is the battle cry to 
those who find security in sameness, 
and who are not willing to change or 
accept in faith a new venture for God. 
Without doubt it requires a great deal 
of wisdom to know when to approve 
change and when to reject it. There is 
need for an alertness to truth and an 
awareness of proper leading. 

The next time I pick up my hymnal 
and begin to feel sorry that beautiful 
Ceylon is no longer with us, I will also 
be reminded that changes come and 
go, but the people of Ceylon (or Sri 
Lanka) still need the light. Someone 
may have changed the name, but they 
did not change the need of the people. 
I can adjust to a few name changes as 
long as the name of Jesus Christ is the 
same yesterday, today and forever. .„^ 



February 15, 1975 




How does a new cluirch begin? Cer- 
tainly every church has its own unique 
story. Looking back over the past few 
months it has been exciting to see the 
guiding hand of the Lord as He con- 
tinues to build His Church througli the 
founding of a new local testimony— 
the Valley Grace Brethren Church of 
Armagh, Pennsylvania. 

The very first step took place in the 
form of a conversation between two 
electricians in the steel mill. George 



ARMAGH, PA. 

THE 

BUS 

BRANCH 

By Pastor David R. Plaster 



Toth was e.xcited about what the Lord 
was doing in his church, the Riverside 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, and 
was willing to share his testimony with 
a fellow worker. After leaving a liberal 
denomination. Stan Moore was search- 
ing for a Bible-teaching church home 
for his family. The Lord used the testi- 
mony of one conversation to begin a 
series of events which culminated in 
the founding of a new Brethren 
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should be obvious to all of us! 

In coining to their first service at 
Riverside, the Moores brouglit with 
them another family who was also 
seeking a church home where the Bible 
was preached— the Gary Stiles. The 
very first service they attended turned 
out to be a threefold communion ser- 
vice. These families came again and 
again. In the weeks to come they were 
to become members of the Riverside 
Brethren Church. 

The testimony did not stop here, 
however. These families began to reach 
others in their own community of 
Seward. In October of 1973 their cars 
could no longer hold the others who 
were coming. The minibus which they 
rented on their own was at double- 
capacity in two weeks. Thus, every 
Sunday a 60-passenger bus began run- 
ning from Seward to Johnstown. This 
was the beginning of the bus ministry 
which now involves two churches and 
seven bus routes. 

With the growth in numbers Pastor 
Don Rougli and Les Chamberlain of 
Riverside began holding a weekly Bible 
study in Seward. Three different 
homes were used to hold classes for 
four different age groups every Thurs- 
day evening. Meanwhile the bus minis- 
try was beginning to bear more fruit. 
With visitation came new contacts. 
These new contacts were followed up 
with the GROW program from River- 
side with the result of many decisions. 
With the encouragement and support 
of the Riverside Brethren Church the 
group began to grow. 

By early 1974 the bus was running 
at capacity— and beyond. At this point 
a decision had to be reached. Either 
the bus ministry in the area should be 
expanded or a Brethren church should 
be established in the Seward area. The 
men at the center of this work ap- 
proached the church council at River- 
side for their approval of a branch 
church. Plans were laid to organize 
such a church as soon as a full-time 
pastor could be found for the work. 

In February David Plaster, who was 



finishing his last semester at Grace 
Seminary, agreed to candidate. Palm 
Sunday witnessed a unique situation 
with one man candidating from the 
pulpit of another church! After 
preaching at Riverside Brethren 
Church in the morning, there was a 
special carry-in dinner that evening at 
the Armagh fireball for the group who 
would compose the membership of the 



new church. Pastor Plaster accepted 
the unanimous call of the group. All of 
these steps had been taken on faith be- 
lieving that this was the Lord's will 
and that He would provide. This group 
was willing to carry the entire financial 
burden of the new church if that was 
necessary to establish a Bible-teaching 
church in their community. 

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February 15, 1975 



THE BUS BRANCH 

(Continued from page 5) 

On May 5, 1974, the Valley Grace 
Brethren Church was organized with a 
membership of 30. The month of May 
was spent under the direction of the 
mother church. Morning services began 
with Pastor Rouglr preaching before 
returning to his own services at River- 
side. Sunday School followed. After 
serving for some weeks as assistant 
teaciiers at Riverside an entire Sunday 
School staff was in operation the first 
Sunday. Now the bus began to run a 
local route. 




Meanwhile the Riverside Brethren 
Church continues to face a problem: 
"Where can we get more space?" Re- 
leasing 50 people to start a branch 
church did not alleviate that problem. 
It has just been a little over a year 
since the church dedicated its new 
addition. But due to the vision of the 
people through GROW and the bus 
ministry, the church continues to 
move forward. Recently it voted unan- 
imously to call Jack Peters, Jr., as 
Christian Education Director. He be- 
gan his ministry in January. 

All of that activity took place 
simultaneously with the growth of the 
new branch church. Dave and Ginny 
Plaster arrived on the field in the first 
week of June. The East District Mis- 
sion Board at District Conference had 
undertaken to contribute to the salary 
of the new pastor. With this valuable 
financial help and prayer support the 
new work began to take root. The 
summer was a time of organization 
and consolidation. The Armagh tire- 
hall had become too small, and larger 
facilities were rented from the William 





Penn Grange. July 5 was a special day 
as the first new baby of the new 
church made his appearance-Andrew 
David Plaster. 

Since the church began as a result 
of the outreach of a bus ministry 
coupled with the GROW program it 
has continued such a ministry. Cur- 
rently, after six months of existence, 
there are two bus routes with a com- 



bined total of over 70 riders weekly. 
Attendances have climbed over the 
100 mark for both Sunday School and 
morning worship services. The bus 
ministry has continued to feed the 
growth of the church with decisions 
for salvation and entire new families 
coming into the work. 

Now an even greater challenge lies 
ahead. Having already outgrown the 



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Something Marvelous Happened 



at the Riverside Brethren Church, "IVIother" of the new worl< in Armagh. 



The Riverside Brethren Church was 
the result of outgrowth of the faith 
and missionary zeal of a group of lay- 
men from the First Brethren Church in 
Johnstown-laymen with a vision! One 
of these men mortgaged his own home 
in order for the church to purchase a 
house for their meeting place. Rev. 
Ralph Hall was their first pastor. 

Throughout the next years the 
church experienced growth and bless- 
ings along with some heartaches. At 
the end of a particularly difficult 
period I was called as pastor of a few 
faithful folks. 

The Lord blessed, the church grew, 
and souls were saved. Our church 
giving went from a few dollars to 
many. By faith we voted to support a 
full-time missionary from our church, 
Gail Jones. We feel very privileged to 
have her as our own missionary to 
Africa. 

We experienced many blessings and 
victories. However, as the years went 
by we always seemed to reach a peak 
in our attendance, only to see it drop 
back to the same figure again and 
again. We finally realized the Lord was 
telling us to move out by faith and 
build an addition to make room for 
the people He would send to us. So in 
October of 1973 a beautiful enlarged 
sanctuary and new Sunday School 
addition were dedicated to the Lord. 
He rewarded our faith and sent new 
folks. 



By Pastor Don Rough 

Something marvelous happened at 
the end of 1972. We were introduced 
to the GROW 73 Program-a training 
program for soul winners. Here was 
something tangible-a method of 
reaching the lost. This was just what 
we all needed! 

We prayed and the Lord heard. 
Folks responded to the plea for work- 
ers to be trained and then sent out. 
Many were afraid as they witnessed to 
their first soul, but soon they experi- 
enced great joy as one by one they saw 
people responding to the Gospel and 
being saved. New classes were started 
and soon the trainees were trainers. 

Our bus ministry began with the 
folks from the Seward-Armagh area. 
They were coming such a great dis- 




tance to hear the Word of God pro- 
claimed. We realized anew how many 
were hungry for the Word and needed 
the Lord. Enthusiasm spread concern- 
ing the bus ministry. 

The Lord has blessed abundantly 
with five bus routes in operation and 
many dedicated, faithful bus captains, 
drivers and workers. How we praise 
the Lord for the many who have been 
reached through this ministry. 

It was hard to see the dear folks 
from the Seward-Armagh area leave 
our church, but we rejoice that our 
daugliter church now has a greater op- 
portunity to win the lost in their own 
neighborhoods to the Lord. "Praise 
God, from whom all blessings flow." 
"Where there is no vision, the people 
perish: but he that keepeth the law, 
happy is he" (Prov. 29: 1 8). # 



Pastor and 



Mrs. H. Don Rough 



THE BUS BRANCH 

(Continued) 

facilities of the grange hall there is a 
real need for a building program. In 
order to have the experienced assis- 
tance and counsel needed at this vital 
stage in their development, the Valley 
Grace Brethren Church has entered the 
Brethren Home Missions program un- 
der an administrative relationship. 
Land is currently being sought and 
plans for a building program are under- 
way. With the guidance of Home Mis- 
sions, and the continued financial sup- 



port and encouragement of the East 
District Mission Board this new church 
is excited about the prospects for con- 
tinued growth. 

Armagli is located in the center of 
an area which has been boosted eco- 
nomically by renewed interest in coal 
production. Huge power generators are 
located throughout the area. The series 
of small towns which have grown up 
around the coal mines dot the coun- 
tryside. While Armagli itself is a very 
small community, the combined popu- 
lation of the entire area has rapidly ex- 
panded in the past few years. The 



series of small towns in a five-mile 
radius provide a perfect geographical 
arrangement for a bus ministry. The 
growing population attracted by the 
opening of several new mines promises 
continued growth for the church. 

Every church is unique as it adapts 
to its own local community to reach 
them for Christ. The Valley Grace 
Brethren Church is a little difficult to 
categorize. We are not an "urban" 
church, nor a "suburban" church, nor 
even a "rural" church. The prayers and 
efforts of the people are directed to 
being a "growing" church! # 



February 15, 1975 



With God 

Nothing 

Is Impossible 




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Just ask the people in 
Cumber/and, Mary/and 



By Pastor Michael Funderburg 

"There is no way that it can be 
done. . . ." "Let's keep looking for a 
more suitable parcel of ground. . . ." 
"Why not go back and see if . . . will 
reconsider selling. . . ." So it went for 
a period of over four years. The price 
of ground and its limited availability 
seemed to be insurmountable odds for 
the new congregation. Then, on 
August 12, 1973, the congregation at 
Cumberland, Maryland, broke groimd 
on an "impossible" site. Clearing the 
ground and preparing it for building 
was a major undertaking. A crew was 
called in to take out the trees, but the 
congregation was left with the stumps, 
tops and brush. August in Maryland is 
not a good time for burning brush- 
even on level land. But where the 
ground is all hills and ravines the task 
is next to impossible! The intense heat 
and smoke of the burning mi.xed with 
the heat of the toil wore the men to 
e.xhaustion, but their spirits were light; 
God was in the beginning stages of 
giving them a much needed building. 

A huge D-8 Caterpillar was rented 
and Charles Ringler, a member of the 
congregation, spent over 120 hours 
leveling the land, knocking off the 
humps and filling the gullies with what 
fill was available. While this was being 
done the others were busy wrestling 
with four foot sections of 30 inch con- 
crete drain tile. Each section weighed 
about 3/4 of a ton and had to be fit 
into place to create a 720 foot long 
storm sewer at the bottom of the 
ravine. 

The basement blocks were laid and 
on Thanksgiving Day the superstruc- 
ture of the church building was begun. 
It seems that the Lord had a very 
special interest in the project, keeping 
the weather during the entire winter 
mild enough so that the work pro- 
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gressed unhindered. 

Thougli there were shortages in our 
area of fuel, steel and other building 
materials, not one day was missed 
waiting for building supplies. 

From August until the middle of 
February the pastor's father. Rev. Earl 
Funderburg, supervised the building 
project with many dedicated hours of 
work. Then, because of other commit- 
ments, when it became necessary for 
him to return to Michigan, the pastor 
and congregation brought the building 
to completion. 

Over 75 percent of the building was 



done with the volunteer labor of the 
industrious people of the congrega- 
tion. Some of the men took their vaca- 
tion time to work on the building. 
Others came after they got off from 
their regular jobs and on their days 
off. Ladies came to paint, clean, and 
lend their encouragement. It was a 
regular occurrence for men who had 
been laid off from their jobs to come 
to the building and cheerfully take up 
their tools until they were called back 
to their regular work. A retired neigh- 
bor, Richard Thomas, though not a 
member of the congregation, teamed 



see/775 the Lord had a 
-I y special interest in the 
project, l<eeping the weather 
during the entire winter mild 
enough so that the work 
progressed unhindered. " 



with the workers day by day and 
helped in numerous ways in the proj- 
ect. When Harry Nealis of the congre- 
gation was retired from his regular em- 
ployment, instead of taking retirement 
from work he transferred his work to 
the church building. 

What a joy on December 1 5 to see 
199 people come together for the 
afternoon dedication service. After 
years of searching, months of planning 
and still more months of building, one 
thing became very evident~God is able 
to work the impossible. He has been 
faithful each step of the way. We were 
able to purchase the property at a frac- 
tion of its present value. It is located 
in an ideal spot. Most of the building 
materials were purchased at a real sav- 
ings. Through gifts from the congrega- 
tion and friends, the Lord enabled us 
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WITH GOD . . . 

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to raise all of the money for the 
church pews. He created the desire in 
many friends of the congregation to 
lend a helping hand. Yes, God's grace 
has been evident from the beginning to 
the final stages of building our new 
church. 

Rev. Ralph Hall, who gave much 
helpful guidance, was the speaker in 
the morning and evening worship ser- 
vices on dedication day. Rev. Earl 
Funderburg was the speaker for the 
dedication service; and Rev. True 
Hunt, Rev. Robert Burns, Rev. John 
Lancaster, Rev. Jack Monette and 
Rev. William Walker (pastor of the 
Cumberland Bible Church) all partici- 



pated in this special service. 

Is this now the end? Is the job now 
done? NO! It is only beginning. 

There are over 40,000 people living 
within a 15-mile radius of the Cumber- 
land Grace Brethren Church. With a 
building that is easily accessible, at- 
tractive and adequate to house a grow- 
ing congregation, the potential is un- 
limited. What God can do is inesti- 
mable; what God will do depends on 
our faithfulness to Him and to His 
Word. Please pray with us that God. 
who has worked the impossible in get- 
ting a building for the Cumberland 
Grace Brethren Church, will also work 
the impossible in giving the church a 
ministry that will literally get the Gos- 
pel to every creature in the Cumber- 
land area. 



The first baptismal service in the 
new church was held December 1. 
There were 15 (including four couples) 
who followed the Lord in the waters 
of baptism. Then on December 29 
these 15, with two others who had 
been baptized earlier, united with the 
fellowship of the church. On the eve- 
ning of December 29 over 60 gathered 
to observe the first threefold com- 
munion service in the new building. 
The Sunday School attendance average 
in November and December was 117 
with 124 in the morning service, 69 in 
the evening service and 57 in prayer 
meeting. 

God is doing the impossible and 
blessing in Cumberland, Maryland, 
through your Home Missions prayers 
and dollars. # 



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Rev. Edward Scofield, 52, left 

a career in engineering to enter 

the pastorate. He served the 

Grace Brethren Church of 

Bowling Green, Ohio, for 

nearly four years. 




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Pastor Edward Scofield suffered 
a fatal heart attack on December 
21, 1974, at Bowling Green, Ohio, 
while conducting a wedding in his 
church. Aware of an increasing 
heart problem, Ed Scofield, age 
52, informed us in October that 
he desired to give his utmost for 
his beloved ministry at Bowling 
Green. He continued steadfastly, 
"faithful unto death" and shall 
surely be the recipient of a "crown 
of life" (Rev. 2:10). 

"Pastor Ed," as he was so inti- 
mately referred to by Bowling 
Green students, left a brilliant 
career as an engineer and prepared 
for the ministry because he wanted 
to give "the rest of his life to the 
salvation of souls and the teaching 
of the Word." In this way, he could 
make his greatest contribution to 
mankind. Having been saved during 



By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

a Billy Graham telecast, he made 
his public decision at the newly 
formed Grace Brethren Bible Class 
at Columbus. Later, he moved his 
family to Winona Lake to enter 
Grace Theological Seminary. He 
graduated with honors while sup- 
porting a growing family. 

His ministry at Bowling Green 
started in the spring of 1971. His 
presentation of the Word pene- 
trated deeply into the hearts of 
young and old alike. His tireless ef- 
forts at counseling, visitation and 
outreach were fruitful in building a 
faithful congregation. In addition 
to his spiritual ministry, Ed was not 
beyond scrubbing the floors of the 
basement when a flood came, or 
painting his church building, or 
even shoveling snow off the walks. 



His heavenly call came in the midst 
of a wedding on Saturday after- 
noon. His Christmas gift— a trip to 
heaven to enter the presence of his 
beloved Saviour. 

He leaves behind a faithful con- 
gregation, his mother, his wife 
(Jeanette), and three daughters: 
Mrs. Paul (Jan) Woodruff, Indianap- 
olis, Indiana; Mrs. Terry (Patricia) 
Lambert, Waterloo, Iowa; and Mrs. 
Roger (Susan) Krynock, Warsaw, 
Indiana; as well as five grandchil- 
dren. Interestingly, the three daugli- 
ters and sons-in-law are either al- 
ready in Christian service or in 
preparation for the Brethren minis- 
try. 

Rev. Paul Woodruff, son-in-law, 
along with the other two sons-in- 
law, conducted the funeral in a very 
meaningful and triumphant Christ- 
mas Eve service. Rev. James Custer 
conducted the committal service at 
the Bowling Green Cemetery. 

Pastor Scofield was a dedicated 
servant of God, and a tenderhearted 
man. He was deeply moved with 
the needs of people, and he gave his 
best to minister to their needs. In 
the words of Pastor Custer, "having 
been given his divine call to the 
ministry— we are amazed that he 
finished his task in such a short 
period of time." # 



February 15, 1975 




FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Bellville. Ohio. After serving as pastor of the Ankenytown 
Grace Brethren Ciiurch for 10 years. Rev. Larry Gegner 
resigned Jan. 8. His new responsibilities will be as pastor 
of the Indian Heights Grace Brethren Churcii. Ivokomo, Ind.. 
beginning Apr. I . 

Changes. The address of the Grace Brethren Church, Flora. 
Ind.. is now 103 South Willow St. The secretary of the First 
Brethren Church, Buena Vista. Va., is Mildred Hartless, 
2446 Hawthorne Ave.. 24416. The name of the Opportunity 
Grace Brethren Church. Opportunity. Wash., has been changed 
to the Spokane Valley Grace Brethren Church. Please change 
yoin Annual. 

Sunnyside, Wash. A crowd of 686 attended the dedication of 

the new sanctuary of the First Brethren Church, which was 

designed to seat 600. Dr. Ross Rhoads, pastor and evangelist 

from Charlotte. N.C., began a four-day series of ineetings 

as dedication speaker. 

Guest recitalist for the dedication of the church's new 

Allen organ and Mason-Hamblin piano was Mr. Paul Mickelson, 

composer, arranger, and conductor-of sacred music. 

The original building was deinolished last summer to make 

way for the new sanctuary. An educational unit built in 

1962 was left standing and now serves as the main Sunday 

School facility. John R. Terrell, pastor. 

New York (EP)-There are 14,150,000 Jews in the world 
today, according to the 1974-75 edition of the American 
Jewish Yearbook. This compares with a figure of 14.370,650 
reported last year. 

Whereas the United States retains its lead as the country 
with the largest Jewish population-5, 732, 000 -that total 
also represents a decline from 6.1 15,000 in 1973. 

Hong Kong (EP)-Freedom to believe or not believe in 

religion and the right to "propagate atheism" are granted 

in the new Chinese constitution. 

The revised charter enshrines the thought of Mao Tse-Tung, 

the 8 1 -year-old Communist leader who did not attend the 

National People's Congress in Peking where the document was 

adopted. 

An English text was released here by Hsinhua, the otTicial 

Chinese press agency. 

Religion is mentioned in Article 28, which says: "Citizens 

enjoy freedoin of speech, correspondence, the press, assembly, 

association, procession, demonstration and the freedom to 

strike, and enjoy freedom to believe in religion and freedom 

not to believe in religion and to propagate atheism." 

The new constitution speaks only of the freedom to "believe 

in religion." It says nothing of the rights of religious 

practices. 




Mr, and Mrs. Arthur Lichty are the first couple in the Elyria church 
to celebrate their 50th anniversary. 

Elyria, Ohio. In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lichty's 
50th Wedding Anniversary, a surprise reception was held 
Dec. 28 at the Grace Brethren Church. Friends and relatives 
from Ohio and Pennsylvania gathered with their daughter, 
Mrs. Janet Robertson, to celebrate. Richard Placeway. pastor. 

Charleston, W. Va. (EP)-A Baptist pastor and five other 
persons were indicted here by a federal grand jury (Jan. 
17) on charges of conspiring to "damage and destroy" two 
public school buildings in connection with the West Virginia 
textbook controversy. 

The Rev. Martin Horan. pastor of the Leewood Freewill 
Baptist Church and a leader of an anti-te.xt group called 
Concerned Citizens, was charged with conspiring to bomb the 
Midway Elementary and Valley Grove Elementary Schools, 
with making a destructive device out of five sticks of 
dynamite and an electric blasting cap, and with "unlawfully 
and maliciously damaging and destroying the Midway 
Elementary School" on Oct. 22. 

The other persons named in the indictment, Larry Elmer 
Stevens, Michael Wayne Bankenship. Jeannie Lynn Stevens, 
Melvin B. Dickerson, and Delbert Lee Rose, were also charged 
with conspiracy to destroy the Midway school. 
Mr. Stevens, Mr. Bankenship, Mr. Dickerson and Mr. Rose 
were also charged with possession of the device. 
Maintaining that the Concerned Citizens group could not 
"commit or condone" such acts of violence. Mr. Horan 
declared: "We realize that somebody is responsible for this 
minor property damage. At the same time, the board of 
education is responsible for a major disaster- destroying an 
entire generation of young people." 

Mr. Horan and other textbook protesters have charged that 
English texts being used in Kanawha County public schools 
are anti-Christian and anti-American. 



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Anderson, S.C. Productive use will be made of the five-acre 
tract of land purchased by the Grace Brethren Church as a 
future building site. During the coming summer months, 
families of the church will operate a cooperative vegetable 
garden on three acres. According to Pastor Marion Thomas, 
the project "will be used to help needy folks, feed our 
own families, and prove to this area that we are practical 
Christian people." 

Washington, D.C. (EP)-Enrollment in private and religiously 
affihated colleges and universities increased this fall by 
3 percent, compared to an increase of 1 .3 percent a year 
earlier, according to a government report. 
While the enrollment in publicly supported higher education 
institutions increased by 6.3 percent this fall, as against 
5 percent in 1973, their rate of increase was lower than 
that of private and church-related institutions, the 
Department of Health, Education and Welfare indicated. 
Overall, the estimated 5.5 percent enrollment increase for 
public and private institutions marked the second year in a 
row that a prior decline in annual enrollment growth rates 
has been reversed. From 1969 to 1972, college enrollment 
increase had declined from 7.2 percent to 3 percent, the 
HEW National Center for Education Statistics noted. 

Lanham, Md. Rev. Charles Thornton resigned as pastor of 
the First Brethren Church Jan. I 2. He served the church just 
over six years. 

Houston (EP)-An attorney for the Houston bureau of the 
federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says the 
abuses he has seen in the church bond market may have been 
gi'eater than in any other area of the financial securities 
market. 

In an interview, James E. Sims declared that "many times 
churches issue bonds when they really don't have any 
business doing so." He urged prospective investors in 
church bonds to "investigate before you invest." 
Mr. Sims, who has been with the SEC for 10 years, noted 
that bond sales are sometimes "the last resort" for 
churches that cannot qualify for loans from banks and 
mortgage companies. 

Church bonds present a complex legal problem, he said, 
because they are exempt from some federal laws, but not 
exempt from others. Yet, the SEC attorney added, "the 
church bond market is the least regulated (area) of the 
securities market." 

Under a provision of a 1933 law, church bonds are exempt 
from the SEC registration required of corporate and 
municipal bonds. But the antifraud section of that same law 
provides that all bonds must be sold with "full and complete 
disclosure" of the financial records of the organization 
selling the bonds. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Long Beach, Calif. (Community). I'eb. 23-28; Ralph Colburn, pastor; 

Becker Evangelistic Team. 

Anderson, S.C. Feb. 26-Mar. 2; Marion Thomas, pastor; Bill Smith, 

speaker. 

Norwalk, Calif. Mar. 2-7; Nickolas Ivurtaneck, pastor: Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 



Martinsburg, Pa. Each year the First Brethren Church 
receives a special "Birthday for Jesus Offering" at 
Christmas. The 1974 offering amounted to S8,969.83- the 
largest ever received. William H. Snell. pastor. 

Lake Odessa, Mich. On Feb. 1, Rev. William Stevens began 
duties as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church. His address 
is 12591 Darby Rd., Clarksville, Mich. 48815. Please change 
yom Annual. 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The ministry of Rev. Lee Friesen 
as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church began Jan. 1. His 
home address is 1864 Fifteenth St., Cuyahoga Falls, 44221. 
Please add his name to yoin Annual. 



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A si.x-months's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Herald is 
given to new subscribers whose addresses arc supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

The following weddings were performed at the First Brethren 

Church. Long Beach, Calif. 

Dorothy Lynch and Gerald Button, Sept. 6 

Denise Lockett and Stephan Ekdahl, Sept. 14 

Elaine Clem and John Emerich, Sept. 20 

Esther Jernigan and Mark Egan. Nov. 15 

Bonnie Wagner and Elpidio Ramirez, Nov. 23 

Janet Pilcher and David Mathis, Nov. 29 

Andrea Albright and Gene Roberson, Dec. 7 

Sherren Hunner and David Ehrlich, Dec. 20 

Janis Wells and Curtis Grinnell. Dec. 21 

Linda Mayhew and James Stewart, Dec. 28 



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

BESSE. Alice, Jan. 8. She was a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
BUSCHLEN, Matilda, 100. Dec. 2. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church. Long Beach, Calif. 

COON, Myranna, Jan. 2. She was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., for 42 years and choir 

director for 18 years. 

DERRICK, Edna, Oct. 25. She was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

FELLER, Ozella, Dec. 1. She was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., for 46 years. 

GRA VES, Edna, Jan. 12. She attended the West Homer 

Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

JACKSON, Louise, Oct. 6. She was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

KEITH, David, 83, Dec. 15. He was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. William Snell, pastor. 

MORRILL, Bertha, Jan. 4. She was the wife of Curtis Morrill, 

former Brethren pastor in Harrah, Wash. 

RITCHEY, Hazel, 79, Jan. 1 1 . She was a longtime member of 

the Grace Brethren Church, Hopewell, Pa. Sheldon Snyder, 

pastor. 



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A panel of experts discuss . 



DISCIPLINE 
IN 





THE HOME, 



Grace Schools Editor's Note: The panel discussion from which this article is excerpted took 
place in a recent Sunday evening service of the Winona Lake Brethren Church, following the 
showing of a film on the subject of "Discipline in the Home" featuring Dr. Howard Hen- 
dricks. 

Panel participants include Mrs. Ruth Ann Cone, mother of five and teacher in a Christian 
junior high school; Mrs. Miriam Pacheco, mother of three and a former public school 
teacher; Dr. Lloyd Fish, Professor of Psychology at Grace College; Dr. Paul Fink, family 
conference specialist and Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at Grace Theologi- 
cal Seminary: E. Michael Grill, public school psychometrist and Instructor in Psychology at 
Grace College; and Ed Lewis, director of youth ministries with the Christian Education 
Department of the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches. Moderator of the panel is 
Winona Lake Brethren Church's pastor, Charles Ashman, who is also Assistant Professor of 
Practical Theology at Grace Seminary. 



Grill -In considering discipline, I 
think "Relationships Determine Re- 
sponse" is a Icey phiase. I absolutely 
know that's true. In I Timothy 3:4-5, 
Paul gives qualifications for Christian 
leaders. A Greek and Hebrew scholar 
friend says "rule" here means "taking 
the lead in" or setting the example- 



being the kind of person my child 
would delight to respect. I don't think 
parents spend the time they should 
with their children. Part of the reason 
is that they don't consider it as impor- 
tant as Paul does when he is writing to 
Timothy. This actually is a prerequi- 
site for service. 



As the pace of life gets faster and 
faster, it gets more and more difficult 
to find time to spend with your chil- 
dren. For the Christian, there's an 
added danger -that of getting so in- 
volved in your calling and your Chris- 
tian service that you relegate your 
household to playing second fiddle. 
But Paul says just the opposite- to 
qualify for your position of Christian 
leadership, you must be able to com- 
mand respect in your house and to 
control it. 

Ashman- Is it legitimate to make 
the statement "never use a bribe or a 
reward"? 

Lewis-A reward is very important 
in the right kind of situation. In fact, 
it is a Biblical concept-getting into 
heaven, crowns of righteousness, and 
so forth. Rewards are not automatical- 
ly wrong. 

Audience question Whose respon- 
sibility should discipline be? 

Fink-Throughout the Bible (Eph. 
6 and Deut. 6, for example) the re- 
sponsibility for disciplining the chil- 
dren is squarely upon the father's 



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shoulders. He is not the one who is to 
do it exclusively, but he is the one 
who is in charge of seeing that disci- 
pline is exercised. Also stemming from 
Ephesians 6, this is an area where 
wives are to be in subjection -that is to 
"rank under" their husbands. It is 
devastating when a wife will say to her 
husband: "Don't you lay a hand on 
my baby!" You've got all kinds of 
problems, then! 

Cone-An important part of your 
discipline in the home is your own 
self-discipline. Be careful that you are 
never disciplining a child while you are 
out of control of your own emotions. 
We often say "God hates the sin but 
loves the sinner." I think this carries 
right over. There must be a clear un- 
derstanding between you and the child 
that although you are thoroughly dis- 
gusted with the misdemeanor, yet you 
still love the child very much. 

Pacheco— "Consistency" is a key 
concept, I think. Children need to 
know what's expected of them— they 
want to know what we expect of 
them. They can't know what is ex- 
pected unless we are consistent as 
parents and demand the same response 
every time to certain instructions. This 
takes time and it takes energy— two 
things we seem to run out of all the 
time. 

Ashman— Would members of the 
panel like to comment on the effect of 
parents who disagree on discipline? 

Grill-I can honestly say that the 
most disturbed children I have worked 
with come out of that kind of home 
situation— where there are parents at 
opposite extremes. There will prob- 
ably never be a time when parents ab- 
solutely agree on every issue. But if 
you have a scrap, go into the bed- 
room-don't do it in front of the chil- 
dren. A united front is a very impor- 
tant thing. 

Ashman— What should be my pro- 
cedure if I come home and find that 
my mate has taken a disciplinary ac- 
tion with which I disagree? 

Fish-Any sensible husband (and I 
classify myself as one of these) is very 
happy for the wisdom, experience, and 
the input of a good wife. We -want 



that ... we need it. On the other 
hand, there is a Biblical order, and that 
order speaks of submission of the wife 
to the husband. If there is a disagree- 
ment, it certainly needs to be handled 
privately, rather than in public or be- 
fore a child. 

Fink-Consistency is very impor- 
tant. All of us have a number of 
voices. Usually about the third or 
fourth one is the "I mean it" voice, 
and that one is usually an angry one! 
We need to mean it the first time, 
when we say it nicely. 

Cone— I think nagging is a sorry 
thing. It builds frustration and prob- 
ably has something to do with inse- 
curity. In order to avoid nagging with- 
in your family, try to devise various 
little systems that will produce peace 
and calm. The other night one of my 
children didn't make it home from 
school in time for another appoint- 
ment, and I had to go out and round 
her up. On the way home I didn't say 
one thing to her except, "Do you want 
to be grounded all day Sunday or take 
a demerit?" She chose the demerit. 
Then our conversation was happy all 
the way home; there was no need to 
say anymore! 

Grill-A question I get all the time 
from mothers is: "The children will 
listen to their father . . . why won't 
they listen to me?" Well, fathers are 
more dangerous. When they say some- 
thing they usually mean it the first 
time, and they get results without 
nearly so much fuss, anger, or hesita- 
tion. If you mean what you say the 
first time, you are not usually pushed 
into overreacting. 



Lewis— I think it is James Dobson, 
in one of his books, who suggests that 
the young person knows exactly the 
point at which the parent "means it." 
He suggests a trained response, in 
which the child learns the exact point 
at which you're going to take action. 
His main thrust is "don't get emotion- 
ally involved— mean it the first time." 

Audience question -Proverbs 22:6 
says, "Train up a child in the way he 
should go and, when he is old, he will 
not depart from it." Does "train" here 
refer to physical, corporal punish- 
ment? 

Fink-Actually, I believe there is a 
threefold concept to that word which 
is translated "train up." Because it 
does frequently appear in a context of 
corporal punishment, it is often limit- 
ed to that concept. However, in the 
Old Testament it appears five times— 
twice in II Chronicles, twice in Kings, 
and then in Proverbs. In the Chronicles 
and Kings passages, it can only mean 
"dedicate." It is used there of Solo- 
mon dedicating the temple of God. 
That's where discipline actually be- 
gins-while the child is still in the pre- 
natal stage. As early as possible, dedi- 
cate that child completely to God, 
recognizing that the child is a steward- 
ship that God has entrusted to the 
parent. That would be the first facet 
of the word. 

For the second facet, we can go to 
the Hebrew rabbinical writers and real- 
ize that it means "to catechize." In the 
ancestral language it means "to create 
a desire." It is used when a midwife 
dips her finger into date-paste and 
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"All of us have a number of voices. 
Usually about the third or fourth one 
is the 7 mean it' voice, and that one is 
usually an angry one! We need to mean 
it the first time, when wesay it nicely." 



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DISCIPLINE IN THE HOME 

(Continued from page 15) 

stimulates the newborn baby's palate 
to cause it to desire to take on nour- 
ishment. The threefold concept con- 
sists of; dedicating the child, instruct- 
ing the child, and motivating the child 
so that his obedience stems from an 
inward desire rather than from an out- 
ward conformity. Putting them all to- 
gether, you understand what the Bible 
means when it says "train up a child in 
the way that he should go." 

Audience question What hope is 
there for parents who have been rais- 
ing their children in one way, then be- 
come Christians and now, in the new 
liglit of God's Word, change their man- 
ner of dealing with children. Will they 
respond? 

Grill-That's really tough. I would 
refer you to two books: C. S. Lovett's 
What's A Parent To Do? and James 
Dobson's Dare To Discipline. Lovett 
takes the more positive approach. But 
it's difficult. When you've rewarded a 
child one way for a long time, which is 
what permissiveness is. you're going to 
have a hard time changing him. 

Fish— Some aspects of it are irre- 
versible. Let's not deceive ourselves! 
The mold gets set a little bit more as 
you move on from childhood. How- 
ever, by the grace of God, we would 
always say you could stop and not 
make things worse. You might make 
things a whole lot better. I certainly 
think that it's worthwhile for parents 
who become Christians to begin a new 
life of consistency. Perhaps they can 
"undo" some of the problems. 

Fink-These little pocket electronic 
calculators are wonderful devices. You 
can do all kinds of things with them. 
Then they have a little button that is 
"clear the entry," and you're back to 
zero again. Would that children were 
that way! But they are not. Once that 
entry is registered, you never clear the 
machine. You have influenced that 
child forever! 

Ashman -Doesn't the passage in 
Proverbs work in revers' as well? If you 
put the right things in, then those can- 
not be canceled out. either? 

Fink- Yes, we did not talk about 
the promise a moment ago: "Train up 
a child in the way he should go and, 
when he is old, he will not depart from 
it." 



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"The threefold concept [of 
'train up' J consists of: dedi- 
cating the child, instructing 
the child, and motivating 
the child so that his obedi- 
ence stems from an inward 
desire rather than from an 
outward conformity. " 



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Audience question What about the 
child's own relationship to the Lord, 
as it relates to discipline in the home? 

Pacheco-I have found in our home 
that I have great confidence in know- 
ing that through the Lord I have the 
authority to discipline my children. I 
try to help them understand that if I 
did not discipline them, then / would 
be disobeying the Lord. I'm sure it's 
helped them to realize their own re- 
sponsibility to obey me and my hus- 
band in the Lord. 

Ashman— Dr. Hendricks on another 
occasion mentions II Timothy 1:7 as 
stating three things without which 
Biblical discipline in the home is im- 
possible. It says, "For God hath not 
given us the spirit of lear, but of 
power, and of love, and of a sound (or 




disciplined) mind." The "sound mind" 
means self-control, and the secret of a 
well-disciplined child is a well- 
disciplined parent. Our own relation- 
ship to the Lord is vitally important. 

Cone- 1 think many parents never 
find out or find out too late-that 
children want to be disciplined. They 
want good, consistent discipline be- 
cause it gives them a good feeling and 
security. I'll never forget what our 
Kim said when he was only six years 
old. He and his daddy were leaving on 
a trip, and before they left he came in 
and said. "Momma, I'm so glad you 
and Daddy spank us kids. Because if 
you didn't, I'd get worse and worse, 
and my children would be bad, and 
their children would be bad, and 
pretty soon the whole world would be 
bad!" That was only a six-year-old 
child, but they understand more than 
we might think. 

Fish I think the child's own rela- 
tionship to the Lord makes all the dif- 
ference. When you know Christ, 
you're a new creation, and this applies 
to a small child as well as to an adult. 
Instead of just the old nature, which is 
pushing the wrong direction all the 
time, there's a new resource in the 
child. It's a real reason why we should 
evangelize our children. It is the re- 
sponsibility of the parents not only to 
discipline with the rod and the strap, 
but also to make certain that the chil- 
dren have spiritual nourishment and 
encouragement all along the way. With 
the children saved, and then with our 
consistent lives and our godly ex- 
ample, we're going to have far less 
negative discipline and will have a 
happier home. 

Grill Carrying through on the idea 
that children learn responsibility and 
self-discipline in the home. Dobson 
says it is very unlikely that a child who 
has run over his parents and has done 
whatever he has wanted to do for 18 
years is suddenly going to look up to 
heaven and say. "Here am I, Lord, 
send me." That's pretty apropos. 

Lewis-Thinking of teen- 
agers . . . when a teen becomes a Chris- 
tian he now has the basis upon which 
to build. Accepting Christ will not im- 
mediately overcome all of his prob- 
lems and his background. He's still go- 
ing to act like a teenager. But it is the 
beginning of a curative process. 

Audience question— Is it ever right 

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to punish a child when you are angry? 

Cone—The younger the child, the 
more immediate your discipline should 
be. A good swat right at the time of 
the trespass can get the idea across. 

Fish— My specific answer would be 
"yes." If you only discipline when 
you're not angry, you may not get 
much disciplining done. If my child 
directly challenges my authority, 
there's enough old nature left in me to 
make my temperature rise a bit. But 
I'm going to meet the challenge at that 
point, because God gave me a responsi- 
bility to do so. 

Audience question— If your parents 
demand of you something that is con- 
trary to your Christian convictions, 
whom do you obey? 

Fish— "Children, obey your par- 
ents" is very definitely in the Word of 
God. This is a command that probably 
takes priority as long as the child is 
still young enough to be in the home. 
Now, if there is a direct command on 
the part of the parent to do something 
which the Bible specifically says not to 
do, then the child has to obey God 
rather than his parents. However, that 
is a pretty hypothetical situation and 
it is not like to actually occur. Let's 
consider another example where the 
parent would say, "I forbid you to go 
to such and such a church." I think 
the child should listen to the parent at 
this particular point. I think that 
would honor the Lord. The Lord 
didn't say "obey your parents if they 
make the riglit decisions." The com- 
mandment "obey your parents" takes 
very high priority. 

Fink— I would agree, but would add 
that in the process of disobeying your 
parents for something they think is 
right and you think is wrong, then you 
have also to expect the discipline they 
would mete out for your disobedience. 
Clearly it is the responsibihty of the 
child always to obey his parent. There 
are two realms of authority-the realm 
where God reigns, and the realm where 
God gives authority to parents. 

Let me illustrate: In one of my 
family conferences, a 16-year-old girl 
came to my meeting, and I found out 
later that she was there in direct dis- 
obedience to her parents. That night I 
said, "Karen, I don't want to see you 
here tomorrow night." She said, 
"What do you mean?" I told her there 
would be only one condition-if she 




would get alone with her dad tomor- 
row and say, "Dad, I know you don't 
want me to go to that church, and I'm 
ready to obey you. But Dad, I just 
want you to know that God holds you 
responsible for my spiritual develop- 
ment." Then if your father permits 
you to come, well and good. 

The next night I looked out, and 
there she was— right in the front row. I 
was perturbed and asked her after the 
service what she was doing there. She 
said, "Don't you remember what you 
told me? Well, I did it. My dad said, 
'Well if it's tliat way, go ahead and^o 
to that church!' " 

When the time comes that you are 
old enough to leave home, then you 
can go out and establish your own 
patterns. But as long as you are in the 
home, you obey your dad. God will 
use that obedience to bring dads to a 
knowledge of Christ. We are seeing a 
case like this working out right here in 
our own church. 

Remember that there is a difference 



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"It is very unlikely that a 
child who has run over his 
parents and has done what- 
ever he has wanted to do 
for 18 years is suddenly 
going to look up to heaven 
and say, 'Here am I, Lord, 
send me. ' " 



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between a Christian home, and a home 
where Christians live. Many homes 
where Christians live are anything but 
Christian. But still the responsibility in 
that home is on the dad and husband. 
And it is the responsibility of churches 
such as this to have meetings such as 
this so that moms and dads can find 
out what their Biblical responsibilities 
are— and obey them! 

Ashman-Is delayed discipline ever 
good? 

Grill- Have you ever noticed how 
children are worse when you have 
company? That is because they know 
that you won't react in the same way 
you would if the company weren't 
there. A classic example of this is in 
supermarkets. You are hesitant to have 
your child yelling bloody murder 
while you administer what he auto- 
matically would receive for the same 
offense at home. But you make a mis- 
take if you do not do what you nor- 
mally would do at home. What you 
end up doing is rewarding him for dis- 
obedience. You make it pay for him to 
disobey in certain situations. Learning 
theory says that the closer you reward 
or punish the behavior, the more likely 
it is to have an effect. 

Ashman-I want to close with a pas- 
sage of Scripture which Dr. Hendricks 
says is the most discouraging passage 
to a parent. It is I Samuel 3: 12-13. Eli, 
who was a most devoted priest, was a 
very defective parent, and was judged 
by God because of his poor discipline. 

It is possible to be professionally 
successful, but parentally a failure. It 
has been said that no professional suc- 
cess can ever make up for a failure in 
the home. 

On this point the Bible is very clear. 



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The congregation smiled in satis- 
faction as the chance! choir came to a 
gentle cadence. The pastor stood. 

"We thank the choir for their lovely 
ministry this morning. Indeed that was 
a beautiful number and we all appre- 
ciate their hard work and faithful- 
ness." 

On the outside, it was a tidy com- 
promise. They finally had a Minister of 
Music who bubbled with good ideas, 
and who had introduced many lovely 
pieces of music to their church. At 
first, it seemed as though he was going 
to be stubborn and unreasonable. He 
had insisted that the congregation in- 
crease the music budget. But the of- 
ficial board successfully resisted, citing 
examples of other churches that spent 
no more for music than they were 
spending. Yes, it had been hard but 
they had won. Everything was now 
flowing smoothly. 

But hidden underneath the ap- 
parent success lay dishonesty and de- 
ceit. To make the budget work, the 
choir director was duplicating copies 
of music by xerox and ditto machines 
to avoid spending the 35c per copy for 
individual octavos froin the publisher. 
Yes, he met his budget. But he lost his 
dignity as a musician. 

This situation has become far too 
common-even in fundamental 
churches-and has perhaps done more 
to smear the name of the Lord Jesus 
Chris: than anything else in the field 
of Christian musicianship. "Jesus 
Christ Superstar" was violently ob- 
jected to by scores of people who 
claimed that it was "unbiblical." Yet, 
at the same time, certain of these out- 
spoken individuals saw fit to illegally 
copy "Biblical" music for their choirs, 
congregations, quartets and soloists. 

That should strike anyone as being 
a contradiction of terms. Illegal and 



Biblical cannot go hand in hand. Yet, 
this attempt to join them in the realm 
of music is still made. 

Somewhere, an ethic has been dis- 
carded. 

If an individual wishes to copy a 
piece of music that has a copyright on 
it, even if it is no longer being printed, 
then that individual must have a letter 
of permission on file that gives him 
authority to do so. 

Unfortunately, such permission is 
seldom obtained. Commonly, a choir 
director or another church official will 
copy pieces of music for use by a 
group to avoid paying the per copy 
price. 

For example: When a publisher 
comes out with a new teen songbook, 
it may contain several new songs that 
the youth choir can do very well. The 
errant procedure is to xerox the song 
and use it. The xeroxing costs 10c per 
copy, and the entire 18 voice youth 
choir has music for less than S2. If 
they had to purchase the books at SI 
per copy, then the cost would be S18 
for their music. That appears to be a 
saving of Si 6! It is true that the youth 
choir's budget has been saved a S16 
expenditure; but someone has lost his 
integrity-which cannot be measured 
by dollars. 

The cause of copyriglit errors may 
be traced to one of two things . . . 
ignorance or rationalization. 

Many people do not bother to read 
the notices of copyright that appear 
on pieces of music, and they remain 
ignorant of their personal responsibili- 
ties to the publishers. Certain others, 
who do read the copyright statements, 
do not bother to discover the limita- 
tions that are inherent. They are igno- 
rant of the laws of copyright, and that 

By Randy R. Maxson 



those printed warnings carry conse- 
quences for disobedience. 

But ignorance is not an excuse. The 
driver that unknowingly "runs" a stop 
sign because he didn't see it is just as 
liable to get a ticket as the driver who 
did it deliberately. 

Ignorance also operates from an- 
other angle to affect the musician. 
Many congregations and church boards 
have no idea of music costs and do not 
remove that ignorance. Hence, they 
can tend to set budgets that are not 
practical. 

To illustrate: If a piece of music 
costs 30c, and the choir has 20 voices, 
then for 1 8 members to have a copy of 
music (remember that the director and 
accompanist each need one copy), it 
will cost S6 to do that number. Using 
that as a base, if the choir sings 50 
Sundays a year (dropping two for 
vacations or cantatas), then the choir 
needs a starting budget of S300 just 
for music. 

Add the costs for Easter and Christ- 
mas cantatas, and the average board 
member gets bug-eyed. To this point, 
the budget has not even looked at en- 
semble books, piano and organ tuning, 
perishable needs, robes, folders and 
the list could go on. 

Furthermore, the illustration dis- 
cusses one choir that sings only one 
song per Sunday. To add yet another 
blow, the price of 35c per copy of 
music is low: many pieces of music 
will run 35c to 45c depending upon 
length, demand, and other factors. 

While money may be a problem, 
the choir director has alternatives that 
will be discussed below. The issue at 
this point is to eliminate the budgetary 
ignorance that the average church-goer 
possesses. Even if the congregation's 
attitude is unsympathetic, the music 
director has a moral obligation to obey 



A Lesson in 
Musicianship Ethics 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



copyright laws and insist that the 
others with whom he works do so too. 

Rationalization is the other error 
that may creep in when ignorance can 
no longer be pleaded. The low- or non- 
budgeted-choir program that is asked 
to present top quality music has a 
problem. The faulty solution has been 
to xerox the music in spite of the laws. 

It may seem harsh, but such a choir 
program has voided its right to exist. 
In any church music situation, the 
choir that dedicates its ministry to the 
edification of the saints has a responsi- 
bility to be above reproach in its deal- 
ings. To attempt to minister for the 
honor and glory of God while defraud- 
ing and cheating a music publisher is 
more than inconsistent— it is abomi- 
nable. 

Perhaps every music director should 
be firmly instructed in proper musi- 
cianship ethics. Or perhaps congrega- 
tions, church leaders, and choir mem- 
bers themselves should ask their music 
directors to demonstrate proofs of 
ethical dealings with publishers. 

Is it possible that this type of dis- 
honesty is one of the things that has 
contributed to the seeming decline of 
God's blessing in many places? Only 
God himself can answer that question. 
But nevertheless, God does not prom- 
ise success to those who defraud 
others. 

We are not, however, without pos- 



"To attempt to minister 

for t/ie fionor and glory of God 

while defrauding and cheating 

a music publisher is more than 

inconsistent— it is 

abominable. " 



sible solutions to the monetary limita- 
tions on a choir's budget. 

How does a music director escape 
such budgetary pressures? 

One solution is to gradually build a 
music library. The choir director can 
add a few numbers per year and peri- 
odically repeat some of the songs that 
were favorites. Most publishers have 
collections of songs that are available 
in booklet form, and these are usually 
more economical than octavo (sheet) 
music. 

Of course, in order to build a music 
library, a lockable file is mandatory- 
since any popular church music has a 
tendency to wander off in the niglits. 
(Another discussion could well deal 
with that problem.) Also, paper has a 
way of wearing out. This brings yet 
another consideration for a music bud- 
get. Whenever an older song is reused, 
it almost always demands a purchase 
of replacement copies for the music 
that has disappeared or is disintegrat- 



ing. 

There are some churches, unfortu- 
nately, that expect the choir director 
to perform miracles by giving him a 
budget of minute reserves and no col- 
lection of music to fall back on. To 
such a director we extend our sym- 
pathy, but it does not mean that the 
case is hopeless. 

The average hymnal is full of songs 
that take on deliglitful and magical 
proportions when a little bit of crea- 
tive musical imagination is applied. 

Unison and two-part singing, with 
humming or other background effects 
can create lovely arrangements at no 
more cost than penciling instructions 
into the hymnal. 

Of course, this technique can only 
be used so far until every choir num- 
ber sounds like the previous one. But 
by using this approach in part, while 
buying select octavos with the budget 
that is available, the director can build 
a library of music in just a few years. 
Remembering that the glory of our 
Lord Jesus Christ should be foremost: 
"Give everyone what you owe him: 
If you owe ta.xes, pay taxes; if reve- 
nue, then revenue; if respect, then re- 
spect; if honor, then honor. Let no 
debt remain outstanding . . ." (Rom. 
13:7-8, The New International Ver- 
sion). 

Randy Maxson is a Grace College senior and 
serves as minister of music at the Bethel 
Brethren Church in Osceola, Indiana. M 




February 15, 1975 



Scriptural Thoughts on Hypocrisy 



WHO ME? 



20 




Did you ever stop to think that at 
this very nioment you could be giving 
an academy award-winning perfor- 
mance? If not now, possibly at some 
time in your life a person or group of 
people has pegged you as "Mr. or Miss 
Hypocrite of 19-." And if not at you 
personally, maybe you've heard the 
charge leveled at a church. "Oh, 
they're just a bunch of hypocrites." Is 
it a diversionary tactic, or is it really 
the truth? 

This is a serious charge, and since 
we are each responsible to the Lord 
for our own lives, we would do well to 
examine ourselves in the liglit of His 
Word. 

We miglit start with a definition. 
"Hypocrite" comes from a Greek 
word which means "a play actor." The 
custom of both Greek and Roman 
actors was to hide behind a large mask 
equipped with mechanical devices to 
augment the force of the voice. The 
real person was never actually seen. 

The word then came to be used 
metaphorically of a pretender. Webster 
says he is "a person who pretends to 
be what he is not; one who pretends to 
be better than he really is, or to be 
pious, virtuous, and so forth, without 
really being so." 

Two parallels between an actor on 
the stage and a spiritual hypocrite are 
especially striking. First, an actor has 
to have some kind of costume: the 
costume of the spiritual hypocrite is 
external religion. 

Nearly every time Jesus used the 
word it was directly aimed at the 
Pharisees. He explicitly stated that the 
"leaven," or corrupting influence, of 
the Pharisees was hypocrisy (Luke 
12:1). Another time Jesus condemned 
them as hypocrites because they were 
like whitewashed tombs: they appear 
beautiful on the outside, but inside 
they are full of dead men's bones and 
all uncleanness. "Even so you too out- 
wardly appear rigliteous to men, but 

By Steve Hughey 

Grace College Senior 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and 
lawlessness" (Matt. 23:27-28). 

A second parallel between the actor 
and the hypocrite is that they both 
have scripts. The religious hypocrite 
knows all the religious cliches and just 
when to use them. He knows how to 
pray long and hard so that it sounds 
very pious to other people (Matt. 6:5). 
There is just one thing he doesn't 
know, and his ignorance of this will 
give him away every time— the Word of 
God. 

Again, the illustration of this prin- 
ciple comes from some of the greatest 
hypocrites who ever lived, the Phari- 
sees. Their ignorance of the principles 
of prophecy in the Old Testament re- 
sulted in their not being able to tell 
the "signs of the times" (Luke 12:56). 
Their ignorance of personal principles 
of godly living resulted in their con- 
stant criticism and malice toward 
everyone else, including Jesus Christ 
(Luke 6:42). These are the kind of 
people who answer for everyone else 
except themselves. 

It may emphasize the gravity of this 
problem to note that Satan is the 
greatest hypocrite of all times. He is 
called the father of lies (John 8:48), 
and hypocrisy is the living of a lie. 
Furthermore, Satan's mode of opera- 
tion is to transform himself into an 
angel of light (I Cor. 11:13-15). The 
word "transform" in the Greek is 
"suschematidzo." It means to put on 
some outward form in order to con- 
ceal the real character. In other 
words— hypocrisy is satanic. 

This is why the Lord commanded 
His disciples to beware of the "leaven" 
of the Pharisees (Mark 8:15). Kenneth 
L. Wuest's translation of this verse is as 
follows: "And He repeatedly charged 
them, saying. Constantly be keeping a 
discerning mind's eye upon, and ever 
be on the lookout for the leaven of the 
Pharisees and of the Herodians." 

"Leaven" is the word "zume," and 
was used in the Septuagint (Greek ver- 
sion of the Old Testament) for "beer 
yeast." Throughout the Scriptures 



"yeast" speaks of some kind of evil 
influence. Today, the idea is expressed 
in such phrases as "one rotten apple 
spoils the whole bunch." Another 
proverb often quoted is "bad com- 
pany corrupts good morals." 

The concept is that hypocrisy 
spreads like measles. For example, 
when one person is acting out a part it 
is difficult for others to relax in his 
company. The first person's perfor- 
mance actually pressures the second 
individual to put on some kind of a 
mask. The result is that no one can 
really be himself and the church (if 
this is where it happens) has an epi- 
demic on its hands. 

Now we all have a tendency to be 
hypocritical. Furthermore, we all have 
people on every side who are quick to 
point out our problems. But the Word 
of God doesn't just point out prob- 
lems, it also offers solutions to them. 

Solution hinges on two very impor- 
tant factors. The first is the concept of 
love in Romans 12:9, "Let love be 
without hypocrisy." Because hypocri- 
sy is the opposite of love, hypocritical 



"Hypocrisy spreads like 

measles. When one person is 

acting out a part it is 

difficult for others to 

relax in his company. The 

result is no one can really be 

himself and the church has an 

epidemic on its hands. " 



people do not know the meaning of 
the word. 

This is one reason why hypocritical 
people will try to "run down" other 
people in order to promote them- 
selves. Reflect again on the Pharisees' 
questioning of Jesus in Luke 20:27-46. 
The Pharisees and other religious lead- 



ers were very jealous of His popularity 
and wanted to trip Him up and have 
Him arrested (Luke 20:19-20; John 
1 1 :48). Some people will never realize 
that blowing out someone else's light 
never makes their own shine any 
briglrter. 

What is love? It's a characteristic of 
those who are filled with the Holy 
Spirit (Rom. 5:5;Gal. 5:22-23). There- 
fore, the first important concept is 
really to make sure that we are under 
the influence of the Holy Spirit ( Eph. 
5:18;I John 1:9). 

The second important factor in the 
answers to hypocrisy is the daily in- 
take of the Word of God. This prin- 
ciple is taken from James 3:17. 
Browse over those last few verses of 
that chapter in a more recent version. 
If we remember that James was writ- 
ten at an early date to dispersed Jew- 
ish Christians, there could well be a 
link up with Pharisaism in verse 13. 

"Who among you is wise and under- 
standing?" Probably the tendency was 
for them to respect the opinions of the 
religious, pharisaical type. However, 
James says that true wisdom is "with- 
out hypocrisy." Remember that the 
hypocrite knows his lines, but he 
doesn't know the Word of God. "True 
wisdom" is a reference to looking at 
life from God's point of view and 
making decisions compatible with His 
Word. Naturally, we can't do this if we 
don't know what the Word says, so the 
force of the passage is for us to acquire 
true wisdom from a daily intake of the 
Word of God. 

God has created our personalities. 
He has also provided us with His very 
thoughts recorded in a book. Further- 
more, he has provided us with the 
Holy Spirit and with pastor-teachers in 
order that we can know His thoughts. 

God is waiting to do a work in our 
lives that is not a "cover up" or a 
"cheap imitation." He wants our posi- 
tive response to His Spirit and to His 
Word. Win your academy award for 
being Christlike, not for being a hypo- 
crite! » 



February 15, 1975 



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What 

DOES 

THE 

FUTURE 

HOLD? 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 



Predictive prophecy is something 
that God has reserved for himself (Isa. 
46:9-11). But in the running decades, 
centuries, and millenniums, there have 
been many who have souglit to claim 
this function for themselves. Evil 
spirits, mediums, knowledgeable men, 
and people in general have been mak- 
ing forecasts. U. S. News and World 
Report and the Kiplinger Letter are 
among the national periodicals that 
have flourished because they purport 
to provide reliable information con- 
cerning the future. 

Some of the Forecasts 

Educators face a whole new future 
for education. Funds from sources 
that were so plentiful are now drying 
up. Federal and state funds are dimin- 
ishing as a result of the effort on the 
part of legislators to ease the tax bur- 
den. Foundations and private donors 
are reassessing their financial abilities 
as a result of the uncertainties of the 
stock market. The student population 
is being affected by the escalation of 
costs and the difficulty of procuring 
loans and jobs. 

Therefore educators are taking a 
new look at traditional patterns of 
education. Will it be possible to main- 
tain huge campuses, with large and ex- 
pensive faculties? Should education be 



carried on in universities without 
walls? Could systems of taping and 
television provide education for a vast 
host of students without the necessity 
of maintaining expensive facilities? 

Out of uncertainty and pressure 
some innovations are bound to arise. 
But the education process must go on, 
for it provides and prepares the popu- 
lation for the future. 

And no area is so important as that 
of preparing Christian young people 
for the future. Grace Schools is now 
beginning to feel the pressures of un- 
certainty prevailing across the nation. 
This is strong reason for God's people 
to engage in earnest prayer and sup- 
port for the school. 

Recently I listened to businessmen 
of the Warsaw-Winona Lake area dis- 
cuss the condition of the economy in 
this area. Already several businesses 
have closed their doors, several more 
are on the verge, and yet the local 
newspaper pointed out that this area 
was much better off than others. 

Labor union leaders, management, 
and politicians have been reluctant to 
make forecasts that would precipitate 
a panic. But gradually they have been 
forced to admit that there is inflation 
sufficiently serious to warrant immedi- 
ate and drastic efforts to contain it. At 
last it has been admitted that there is 
recession that nears depression level. 
Reserves to offset the effects upon the 
laboring population are fast disappear- 
ing and at the rate Social Security 
benefits are being used up that, too, 
will soon be gone. 

There is now talk of tax cuts for 
the lower income brackets, and the 
pumping of billions into a fund to 
create jobs for the needy. It is even 
being suggested there is a need to re- 
vive strict control over wages and 
prices, perhaps even a rollback of 
prices. But with all these suggestions 
there seems to be no conviction that 
any one or all of these proposals will 
solve the situation. 

Consider Another Trend 

" 'We're not winning the battle 
against crime. If anything, we're losing 
ground.' This is the gloomy assessment 
by the U. S. Attorney General William 
B. Saxbe of the years-old problem that 
has now grown to the stage of crisis in 
this country," according to a 16-page 
article in a recent U. S. News and 
World Report article entitled "The 
Losing Battle Against Crime in Ameri- 



Mr. Saxbe, who later resigned his 
post, felt he faced an impossible situa- 
tion. During the first six months of 
1974, crime increased 16 percent, and 
headed toward an estimated record of 
10.1 million; and these figures show 
only part of the true picture, because 
most crimes committed are never re- 
ported. 

In this entire picture the most 
alarming aspect is the increase of crime 
among youth. From 1960 to 1973 
there was an increase of 144 percent in 
all types of crime and 116 percent in 
serious crimes among youth. Last year 
alone there was an increase of 45 per- 
cent among youngsters under 18. 

Could it be that men of our nation 
have willfully closed their eyes to the 
real cause of the rise in crime and then 
complain that they do not understand 
why? Could it be that in the public 
schools young people are being condi- 
tioned with a philosophy which pro- 
vides for crime, and through communi- 
cation media receive an attractive 
series of object lessons on how to per- 
form? Ideas have consequences. If the 
adult population provides the ideas, 
the juvenile population will be sure to 
respond. 

Like Israel of old, "they have sown 
the wind, and they shall reap the 
whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7). If there is to 
be a halting of this trend, it must come 
from putting back into the classroom 
God, prayer, and the morality of the 
Bible. If this cannot be effected in the 
public school, then God's people need 
to take warning and move in the direc- 
tion of Christian day schools and 
Christian high schools. Above all. 
Christian colleges deserve the whole- 
hearted approval and support of God's 
people. 

The high price tag of rising crime 
must be shouldered by everybody. 
This has now reached the staggering 
sum of 90 billions per year, and the 
cost in life alone is worse than World 
War II. Three mathematicians at the 
Massachusetts Institute of technology 
found that homicide is increasing so 
fast in U.S. cities that an urban Ameri- 
can boy born in 1974 is more likely to 
die by murder than an American sol- 
dier in combat in World War II. 

A wise man of long ago wrote these 
words: "Righteousness exalteth a 
nation: but sin is a reproach to any 
people" (Prov. 14:34). This statement 
has the seal of God upon it. # 



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Volume 37 Number 5 March 1, 1975 

Foreign Missions, WMC and Christian Education Issue 

. . . But Earthquakes Scare Me 3 

Mexico-A Gate That Swings Both Ways 4 

Foreign Missions Annual Offering Report 6 

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BMH News Summary 12 

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Reflections By Still Waters 



Adjusting To the Unusual 

Is One Thing, 

But Earthquakes Scare Me 



Indiana is a cold, cold place during 
the month of January. On further 
thought . . . December, February and 
March do not find time for too many 
heat waves, either. The thought of a 
business trip to Southern California, in 
the midst of winter, was not the worst 
thing I could contemplate in the line 
of duty. So, I packed up ready for a 
respite from the freezing breezes and 
blowing snow. 

My wishes were not in vain because 
when I arrived in sunny California, 
I found the climate much to my liking. 
Somehow the whole world looked a 
bit brighter. The smog was nil and the 
sun shone in warm, satisfying abun- 
dance. Why did I ever have a bad 
thought about Cahfornia? (My con- 
science bothered me a little bit!) 
Everything went well . . . with a good 
conference and seminar, a great time 
of fellowship, and a time of exchange 
of ideas with others in the publishing 
world. What more could a man ask in 
the cold, cold month of January? 

My thoughts were soon to receive 
quite a jar. It was three o'clock in the 
early morning hours and all was well. I 
was sleeping on the eighth floor of the 
Holiday Inn in Long Beach, when sud- 
denly I was aroused. The glass sliding 
doors were sliding and my bed was 
moving. Yes, indeed, an earth tremor 
in the area was making things feel dif- 
ferent than normal. My first impulse 
was to run to the dresser and check 
my flight insurance. I was curious to 
see if I was covered if I took flight 
from that particular area! However, 
before I could concentrate on any 
other rational thought, it was all quiet 



By Rev. Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



once more. 

The next evening as I sat talking to 
a friend it happened again! This time it 
was two minutes before midnight. 
What a way to close a day! In talking 
to the native Californians, during the 
next couple of days, I found they were 
impressed, but not overly awed by the 
happenings. You see, what was so un- 
usual to me was not strange to them. 
They rather acted and talked as if 
earthquakes served a purpose, like 
stirring their coffee in the morning or 
shaking the oranges out of the trees. 
As I started to reflect on the whole 
matter, I thought there must be an edi- 
torial in this whole phenomenon . . . 
and sure enough I found it. Let's call 
it, "Adjusting to the Unusual." 

The act of adjusting can be good or 
it can be bad. My first reaction to the 
quaking earth was negative because I 
thought it would take a few trial and 
error experiences for me to calmly ac- 
cept such episodes. I just didn't feel 
that earth tremors and yours truly 
were too compatible. This line of 
thinking leads me to the conclusion 
that it is possible to be around some- 
thing negative for a period of time and 
eventually become adjusted to its pres- 
ence. Sin is a great deal like that. I 
know some matters in question may 
be classified as wrong and yet a con- 
stant exposure causes one to finally let 
down his guard, and soon he just 
blinks his eye and goes on his way. 
This can happen in any number of cir- 



cumstances— we abhor . . . then we 
tolerate . . . then we succumb to the 
evil. 

Our life in a busy secular world is 
by necessity complicated. We are con- 
fronted with principles and actions 
that are contrary to the teachings of 
the Bible. Remember, we are not re- 
moved from the presence of sin when 
we are saved. It ever remains to con- 
front us, but in the name of Jesus 
Christ, we can gain the victory. It is a 
known fact that our attitude toward 
sin is determined by our relationship 
with the Son of God. 

Yet, there are unusual truths that 
we need to adjust to and accept. The 
natural man finds Biblical truth un- 
natural to him because it is supernatu- 
ral. Througli the new birth and salva- 
tion a person moves into a new life 
pattern. This pattern can be a dramatic 
change of purpose and intention as 
God directs. To move fully into this 
Christ-directed life is an existing and 
challenging spiritual adjustment. 

So, adjusting to the unusual is good 
IF it means moving from the domina- 
tion of sin to the freedom in the Son. 
It is bad when it means the good is 
encompassed about with evil, and if 
we accept and adjust to the wrong 
situation. 

Remembering that from little trem- 
ors mighty earthquakes do grow, I left 
beautiful California the next day with 
mixed emotions. Sunny California was 
exchanged for a cold, windy Indiana 
night with a temperature of about ten 
degrees above zero. Oh, well, it does 
take a little time to adjust, you know. 



March 1, 1975 



MEXICO - 
a Gate That 
Swings Both Ways 



By Rev. and Mrs. Walter Haag 



The neighboring country to the 
south of our United States has more 
than 50 miUion people now, almost 
one-tenth of them living in and around 
the capital, Mexico City. 

Then, why are we along the border 
of Baja California? Because that was 
"the field" when the work began and 
it has seemed best to continue what 
was started there. Also, Mexico is a 
field which we cannot enter as "mis- 
sionaries," so the border ministry has 
been more suited for that reason. 

Walter Haag and Jack Churchill are 
working in that first approved area. 
Mr. Haag, being field superintendent, 
visits all the churches from time to 
time to encourage the pastors and con- 
gregations. Mr. Churchill, as director 
of the Bible Institute program, is oc- 
cupied mostly in a teaching ministry 
of extension classes. 

Jim Dowdy carries on a border min- 
istry at El Paso, Texas, working over 
into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Phil 
Guerena is serving the Lord in the 
Mexico City area. 

The first Brethren church estab- 
lished in Mexico is at Tijuana in the 
suburb called Aleman. The Aleman 
Brethren Church is enthusiastic and 
serves its community well under the 
direction of Francisco Tapia. 

There is now another Brethren 



church in Tijuana in the suburb called 
Francisco Villa. This group has for its 
pastor a recent Bible Institute gradu- 
ate, Trinidad Viramontes, and is reach- 
ing new families regularly. These two 
churches are in the process of obtain- 
ing lots in a new section of Tijuana to 
e.xtend the testimony there. 

Traveling east across the mountain 
to Mexicali, we meet another group of 
Brethren believers in the Me.xicali 
Brethren Church. They are at present 
under lay leadership of one enrolled in 
Bible Institute classes. His name is Ben- 
jamin Chairez, and he and the people 
there have a lively church and are ex- 
tending themselves to one of the out- 
lying areas for weekly Bible classes. 

Going east another hour and then 
crossing the Colorado River, we arrive 
in San Luis. We have now left the state 
of Baja California and have entered 
that of Sonora. Here there are two 
established Brethren churches named 
for the avenues on which they are 
located. The first one established was 
Revolucion and the second, Sinaloa. 
At Revolucion we find Guillermo 
Galves with his sincere spirit leading 
the people to real growth. At Sinaloa 
we find a former Mexican evangelist, 
Rodolfo Villa, with a voice that carries 
half a mile, sounding forth the truth 
consistently and helping the church 



reach out in that area. 

To reach our next Brethren group 
we have to go into the heart of 
Sonora, through Mexican customs 
(Baja California to the north and also a 
part of Sonora are free entry for 
American tourists). We find ourselves 
now really reaching the interior; we 
are 400 miles from Tijuana. The 



UNITED 

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Juat 




/ San Ysidro 

2 Tijuana 

3 Ensenada 

4 Calexico 

5 Mexicali 

6 San Luis 

7 Caborca 



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Caborca, Sonora, church is under the 
leadership of Mario Monies. Senor 
Montes is part Indian, and it is through 
him that we are entering into some- 
what of a tape ministry among the 
Indians of that area. This is just bud- 
ding, as is our entire tape program, but 
it should be great. 

The newest church of this area 



STATES 



group is in Ciudad Obregon. This 
group was just born in November 
1974. Ciudad Obregon is 300 miles 
south of Caborca, and the lay leader of 
this nucleus of believers is Miguel 
Angel Carrillo. 

Now we really have to travel. We 
must triple our distance to reach our 
Brethren in Mexico City. In the 



EXICO 



'rango 




Guerena home meets the main church 
of enthusiastic middle-class Mexican 
people reaching their community with 
good strides. There is another group in 
the suburb of Vicente Guerrero where 
Abraham Gonzalez is in leadership. 
The primary group of the main 
church, which has Sergio Lopez for its 
national leader, is now, by faith and 
offerings, sending out Gilberto Acosta 
to the southeast area of Mexico to a 
place called Campeche to begin a work 
there. Along with this they are con- 
templating a radio ministry. 

If you wish to return to the border 
at El Paso, it is a long two days from 
Mexico City. We can drop in on the 
Dowdys and their Saturday afternoon 
Bible class. Jim has a good film minis- 
try in the area also. If the Lord so 
leads and the elder Dowdys join Jim, 
tliis will give many extra man-hours 
which are needed in follow-up work 
and establishing the groups in that bor- 
der area. 

You probably read in a recent Mis- 
sionary Herald that the Mexican gate 
swings both ways. The missionaries 
have gone into Mexico, but on the 
other hand, two Bible Institute gradu- 
ates from Tijuana have come into the 
United States and are instrumental in 
the Brethren churches of San Ysidro 
and Santa Ana, California. It is be- 
cause of Mexican missions that these 
Spanish-speaking churches are in the 
States. 

{FMS editor's note: Rev. and Mrs. J. 
Paul Dowdy have now moved to El 
Paso to make their home. After finish- 
ing a period of deputation in the West 
this winter and spring, they will— 
although officially on retired status- 
assist their son and family in the mis- 
sion work at this border point.) # 




ANNUAL 
OFFERING REPORT 

BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSIONS 
JANUARY 1, 1974, TO DECEMBER 31, 1974 



ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident. Md S 230.00 

Aleppo. Pa 318.98 

Boswell, Pa. 

(Laurel Mountain) ... 1.304.75 

Coolville, Ohio 105.00 

Coraopolis, Pa 1.273.92 

Cimiberland, Md 1,176.25 

Grafton, W. Va 2,270.01 

Jenners, Pa 2,183.62 

Listie, Pa 3.418.24 

Meyersdale. Pa 1,909.05 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 1,396.16 

Parkersburg. W. Va. ... 1,785.44 
Stoystown, Pa. 

(Readmg) 630.00 

Somerset, Pa 1,666.94 

Uniontown, Pa 7,091.03 

Washington, Pa 2,300.94 

Westernport, Md 275.53 

Alleglieny District, 

Misc 200.00 

$ 29,535.86 

EAST DISTRICT 

Altoona. Pa. (First) . . . . S 1,824.90 
Altoona, Pa. 

(Juniata) 2,404.00 

Armagli. Pa 179.03 

Conemaugh, Pa 9,063.16 

Conemaugh, Pa.(Pike) . 7,264.19 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 3.247.99 

Duncansville. Pa. 

(Leamersville) 5,443.27 

Everett, Pa 5,467.26 

Hollidaysburg. Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 5,149.66 

Hopewell, Pa 654.54 

Indiana, Pa 346.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . . 12,877.17 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 548.68 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 5.555.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) .. 11,633.23 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) 1,301.39 

Martinsburg, Pa 9,859.75 

East District, Misc 10.00 

S 82,829.22 

FLORIDA DISTRICT 

Fort Lauderdale. Fla. ..S 9,169.23 



Fort Myers, Fla 3,612.18 

Maitland, Fla 4,799.45 

North Lauderdale, Fla. . 654.00 

Orlando. Fla 398.17 

Pompano Beach, Fla. .. 1,611.86 

St. Petersburg, Fla 609.28 

West Palm Beach, Fla. . . 360.5 

S 21,214.67 

INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne, Ind S 5,043.46 

Clay City, Ind 450.00 

Elkhart, Ind 5,622.19 

Flora, Ind 2,255.00 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 5,545.14 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 

(Grace) 1,167.99 

Goshen, Ind 1,197.78 

Indianapolis. Ind 704.00 

K-okomo. Ind. 

(Indian Heights) 947.76 

Kokomo, Ind. 

(N. Kokomo) 84.50 

Leesburg. Ind 2,376.94 

Logansport, Ind 244.50 

Osceola, Ind 11,297.99 

Peru, Ind 2,303.16 

Sidney, Ind 3,250.87 

South Bend. Ind 2,033.95 

Warsaw, Ind 8,394.67 

Wheaton, 111 825.00 

Winona Lake, Ind 14,679.56 

Indiana District, Misc. . . 769.29 

S 69,193.75 

IOWA DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa . . . . S 988.45 

Dallas Center. Iowa .... 1,186.53 

Davenport, Iowa 451.74 

Garwin, Iowa 4,481.29 

Leon, Iowa 2,145.27 

North English, Iowa . . . 805.50 

Omaha, Nebr 98.72 

Waterloo, Iowa 5,044.55 

Winona, Minn 150.55 

Iowa District, Misc 81.45 

S 15,434.05 

MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto. Mich $ 2,820.83 

Berrien Springs, Mich. . . 537.26 

Jackson, Mich 462.44 

Lake Odessa, Mich 976.00 

Lansing, Mich 333.00 

New Troy, Mich 3,396.51 



Ozark, Mich 256.00 

Michigan District, Misc. . 107.0 

S 8,889.04 

MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, Va S 1.588.35 

Hagerstown. Md. 

(Calvary) 1.326.10 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay St.) 4,773.69 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Grace) 9,789.70 

Lanham,Md. (First) ... 3,826.23 

Martinsburg, W.Va, ... 4.836.00 

Seven Fountains, Va. .. 100.00 

Temple Hills, Md 2,793.72 

Virginia Beach, Va 201.00 

Waynesboro, Pa 5,267.92 

Winchester, Va 6,813.55 

Mid-Atlantic District 

Misc 244.00 

S 41,560.26 

MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Albuquerque. N. Me.x. 

(Grace) S 9.00 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

(Heights) 1,330.89 

Arvada, Colo 39.15 

Beaver City, Nebr 240.50 

Colorado Springs, Colo. . 425.17 

Counselor, N. Mex 1,025.03 

Denver, Colo 2,090.39 

Longview, Texas 320.00 

Portis, Kans 3,335.67 

Taos, N. Mex 533.40 

S 9,349.20 

NORTHERN 

ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Bethlehem, Pa $ 169.05 

Dillsburg, Pa 647.22 

Elizabethtown, Pa 3,467.42 

Harrisburg. Pa 4,770.31 

Hatboro. Pa 2,947.73 

Lancaster, Pa 7,474.00 

Lititz, Pa 1,731.09 

Manheim, Pa 2,740.37 

Mt. Laurel, N.J 425.50 

Myerstown, Pa 9,825.06 

New Holland, Pa 8.122.13 

Palmyra, Pa 2,253.00 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(First) 6,564.54 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) 5,722.19 

Telford, Pa 6,277.50 

Wrightsville, Pa 758.00 

York, Pa 4,578.32 

$ 68,473.43 

NOR-CAL DISTRICT 

Chico, Calif S 157.75 

Grass Valley, Calif 46.15 

Modesto, Calif. 

(Greenwood) 2,966.96 



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Modesto, Calif. 

(LaLoma) 10,893.24 

Ripon, Calif 1,104.80 

Sacramento, Calif 737.49 

San Jose, Calif 811.91 

Tracy, Calif 290.00 

Nor-Cal District, Misc. . . 600.00 

$ 17,608.30 

NORTHCENTRAL 
OHIO DISTRICT 

Ankenytown, Ohio .... $ 3,819.40 

Asliland, Ohio (Grace) . . 9,507.11 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) 3,717.25 

Bowling Green, Ohio . . . 26.30 
Columbus, Ohio 

(Eastside) 868.92 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 1 5,409.37 

Danville, Ohio 1,134.48 

Findlay,Ohio 761.09 

Fremont. Ohio (Chapel) 614.25 

Fremont. Ohio (Grace) . 5,536.41 

Galion, Ohio . ! 946.50 

Johnstown, Ohio 1,097.25 

Lexington. Ohio 1,329.72 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) . 5,125.05 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(WoodviUe) 2,902.91 

$ 52,796.01 

NORTHEASTERN 
OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) . S 2,673.50 

Akron, Ohio (First) ... 5,112.67 

Barberton, Ohio 1,282.09 

Canton, Ohio 5,887.30 

Cleveland, Ohio 910.87 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio .. 2,267.12 

Elyria, Ohio 707.05 

Homerville, Ohio 7,230.34 

Middlebranch, Ohio ... 6,592.55 

Minerva, Ohio 800.00 

Rittman, Ohio 9,963.11 

Sterling, Ohio 2,521.21 

Wooster, Ohio 43,072.34 

Northeastern Ohio 

District, Misc 448.06 

$ 89,468.21 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Beaverton, Oreg $ 613.96 

Grandview, Wash 908.66 

Gresham, Oreg 283.00 

Harrah, Wash 3,154.63 

Kenai, Alaska 570.95 

Kent, Wash 906.00 

Mabton,Wash 1,008.71 

Prosser, Wash 66.25 

Richland, Wash 27.59 

Spokane, Wash 174.21 

Sunnyside, Wash 12,765.85 

Toppenish, Wash 1,834.10 

Yakima, Wash 1,704.20 



Northwest District, 

Misc 434.36 

$ 24,452.47 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Anderson, S.C S 120.00 

Atlanta, Ga 1,028.70 

Boones Mills, Va 100.00 

Buena Vista, Va 1,949.72 

Covington. Va 2,964.95 

Mollis, Va. 

(Patterson Memorial) . . 5,197.18 

Johnson City, Tenn. ... 621.46 

Radford, Va 460.43 

Richmond, Va 297.61 

Riner. Va 35.00 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) 344.50 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) 700.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) . . 6.791.06 

Roanoke, Va. (Gospel) . 100.00 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Washington Heights) . 1,014.25 

Telford, Tenn 7,900.82 

Willis, Va 80.00 

Southeast District, 

Misc 33.07 

S 29,738.75 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA- 
ARIZONA DISTRICT 

Anaheim, Calif S 3,438.00 

Beaumont, Calif 4,768.17 

Bell, Calif 800.00 

Bellflower, Calif 7,540.54 

Cypress, Calif 769.10 

Glendale, Calif 319.64 

Goleta, Calif 279.50 

Grand Terrace, Calif. . . . 30.00 

Hemet, Calif 206.00 

La Habra, Calif 526.11 

La Verne, Calif 1,561.09 

Lakewood, Calif 496.73 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) 3,517.40 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 44,015.70 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 2,878.25 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(North) 42,664.60 

Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) 706.00 

Mission Viejo, Calif. ... 310.00 

Montclair, Calif 453.00 

Norwalk, Calif 2,709.46 

Orange, Calif 851.80 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace) . . 3,318.50 
Phoenix, Ariz. 

(Northwest) 290.47 

Rialto, Calif 1,000.00 

Rowland Heights, Calif. . 550.78 

San Bernardino, Calif. .. 1,707.72 

San Diego, Calif 1,000.72 

San Ysidro, Calif 130.00 



Santa Maria, Calif 748.73 

Seal Beach, Calif 2,428.45 

Simi, Calif 445.45 

South Pasadena, Calif. . . 615.48 

Temple City, Calif 448.44 

Tucson, Ariz 400.00 

West Covina, Calif 368.52 

Westminster, Calif 2,292.97 

Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) 14,682.02 

Whittier, Calif. (First) .. 5,217.00 
So. Calif.-Ariz. 

District, Misc 1 55.00 

5154,641.34 

SOUTHERN 

OHIO DISTRICT 

Brookville. Ohio S 5,500.00 

Camden, Ohio 174.00 

Clayhole.Ky 103.00 

Clayton, Ohio 1,473.10 

Covington, Ohio .....'. 363.63 
Dayton, Ohio 

(BasoreRd.) 1,366.25 

Dayton, Ohio (First) . . . 11,773.48 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) 432.00 

Dayton. Ohio 

(North Riverdale) .... 7,604.82 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) 2,424.00 

Englewood, Ohio 6,196.55 

Kettering, Ohio 1,127.25 

Sinking Spring, Ohio . . . 2,275.00 

Trotwood, Ohio 1,360.50 

Troy, Ohio 75.91 

Union, Ohio 475.23 

Vandalia, Ohio 1,199.64 

West Alexandria, Ohio . . 13.29 
Southern Ohio 

District, Misc 100.00 

$ 44,037.65 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Akron, Ohio 

(Millwood Chapel) ... $ 960.00 , 
Brethren Missionary 

Herald Co 300.00 

Grace College and 

Seminary 1 17.20 

Hawaii, Aiea 817.53 

Hawaii, Wahiawa 252.29 

Maranatha Brethren 

Church 1,029.99 

National Miscellaneous . 108,016.67 

National SMM 825.00 

National WMC 18,885.27 

Puerto Rico Church . . , 469.79 
$131,673.74 



TOTAL GIFTS TO FMS 
$890,895.95 



March 1, 1975 



even ^ 

Exceed' $3,000 
in 1974 BRETHREN 
FOREIGN MISSIONS OFFERING 



1 



1. Long Beach. Calif. (First) 544,015 

2. Wooster, Ohio 43.072 

3. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 42.664 

4. Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 15,409 

5. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 14.682 

6. Winona Lake. Ind 14.679 

7. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 12.877 

8. Sunnyside, Wash 12,765 

9. Dayton, Ohio ( First) 11 .773 

10. Kittanning. Pa. (First) 11.633 

11. Osceola. Ind 11.297 

12. Modesto. Calif. (La Loma) 10.893 

13. Rittman. Ohio 9.963 

14. Martinsburg, Pa 9,859, 

15. Myerstown, Pa 9,825 

16. Hagerstown. Md. (Grace) 9,789, 

17. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 9,507, 

18. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 9,169, 

19. Conemaugh. Pa 9,063. 

20. Warsaw, Ind 8,394, 

21. New Holland, Pa 8,122. 

22. Telford, Tenn 7,900. 

23. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 7,604, 

24. Bellllower. Calif 7,540. 

25. Lancaster. Pa 7,474. 

26. Conemaugli. Pa. (Pike) 7,264. 

27. Homerville. Ohio 7,230. 

28. Uniontown.Pa 7,091. 

29. Winchester. Va 6.813. 

30. Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 6.791. 

31. Middlebranch. Ohio 6,592. 

32. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 6.564. 

33. Telford, Pa 6,277. 

34. Englewood, Ohio 6,196. 

35. Canton, Ohio 5,887. 

36. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 5,722. 



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Elkhart, Ind 5,622.19 

Johnstown. Pa. (Riverside) 5,555.00 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 5,545.14 

Fremont. Ohio (Grace) 5,536.41 

Brookville. Ohio 5,500.00 

Everett. Pa 5.467.26 

Duncansville. Pa. (Leamersville) 5.443.27 

Waynesboro, Pa 5,267.92 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 5.217.00 

Hollins, Va. (Patterson Memorial) 5.197.18 

Hollidaysburg. Pa. (Vicksburg) 5.149.66 

Mansfield. Ohio (Grace) 5.125.05 

Akron. Ohio (First) 5,112.67 

Waterloo, Iowa 5,044.55 

Berne. Ind 5,043.46 

Martinsburg. W. Va 4,836.00 

Maitland. Fla 4,799.45 

Hagerstown, Md. (Gay St.) 4,773.69 

Harrisburg, Pa 4,770.31 

Beaumont. Calif 4.768.17 

York, Pa 4,578.32 

Garwin, Iowa 4.481.29 

Lanham.Md.( First) 3.826.23 

Ankenytown, Ohio 3,819.40 

Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 3,717.25 

Fort Myers. Fla 3.612.18 

Long Beach, Calif. (Community) 3,517.40 

Elizabethtown, Pa 3,467.42 

Anaheim. Calif 3,438.00 

Listie.Pa 3,418.24 

New Troy. Mich 3,396.51 

Portis, Kans 3,335.67 

Phoenix. Ariz. (Grace) 3.318.50 

Sidney. Ind 3,250.87 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 3.247.99 

Harrah, Wash 3,154.63 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



FROM 

THE 

FIELDS 



From Debra Hinger, TIME missionary. Central African 
Republic: 

I spent five wonderful weeks in the bush with the gals. 
The first week I was allowed to be broken in and only had 
to lead a reading group, song services and games. The 
second week at Betoko I was given my own class and also 
was assigned to give one of the "little morning talks." Our 
next stop was Batangafo where the Williamses are. Our 
classes were smaller and the weather much cooler than at 
Betoko. There I had my own little group and it was more 
hke a vacation for me. The last stop was Bouca for two 
weeks. There we had 140 in classes. During these weeks I 
had a class of 15 girls in the "Amie Etape." I almost 
went out of my mind trying to direct over 100 girls in 
games! 

When next I showed up at Boguila ready for a restful 
change of pace, I ended up designing couch covers, painting 
ceilings, doing medical reports, and helping sew piles of 
children's clothes for Christmas presents for the nurses' kids 
and the houseboy's kids. 

I personally can say that I love this program. It lets you 
get your fingers into every sort of work and do it to the 
glory of God. 

From Duke Wallace, Belem, Brazil: 

In reviewing the year of 1974 1 can see God's hand in 
everything, and I praise Him for it. 

January was field council and national convention 
month with many meetings and decisions. The victory of 
the convention was that the national convention was incor- 
porated and is now a legal entity. 

February was a great harvest month for souls, with 41 
decisions for Christ. It was the month of VBS in all three of 
our works, and much visitation. Also, during February the 
Coqueiro "church voted to adopt a $220-a-year mission 
budget. 

In March we baptized two young couples. March was 
also the month that five men from the church were taught 
personal evangelism. 

April was the month that Nova Marambaia really started 
to get moving and have life and win souls. This was a special 
victory in prayer. 

May was when God gave us land for the chapel in Mari- 
tuba, which is another wonderful answer to prayer. Thank 



you for praying for your missionaries. 

June was our sick month, first for me, and then Judy 
found another tumor and we had to go home for her sur- 
gery. 

July, God wonderfully undertook for Judy and her 
health, and we had some great times with the churches and 
with our families. God is so good. 

August was when we started a Bible club for children on 
Wednesday night. This proved to be a good thing immedi- 
ately, for precious souls were won that month. 

September, Marituba started the construction of their 
chapel. Pray for this construction. 

October, Dionisio finished his first year at the Bible in- 
stitute and I had the privilege of speaking at the graduation 
where he received his Bible Instructor's Certificate. It was 
also the month when the WMC got started once again in 
Coqueiro under national leadership. 

November was a great victory for the ministerium, which 
as president I had been trying to get better organized during 
the whole year. This was the month of the evangelistic 
campaign at Capanema which resulted in five decisions for 
Christ and one rededication of life. George Johnson did the 
preaching and I did the visitation and personal soul- 
winning. It was a great blessing. 

December is always a blessing with the Christmas pro- 
grams about the birth of our Saviour. Also, two more of 
our Bible institute students finished their first year of 
study, and our Christian Primary School got underway with 
national leadership. Pray for this. 

Another item of praise and an answer to prayer is the 
fact that God provided us with a little Volkswagen station 
wagon. Gasoline is very expensive here and our jeep was 
really hurting us gas-wise. Thank you, Lord. 

As we came to the end of the year in the three works, I 
was astonished to find that we approached almost 200 souls 
won for Christ during the year. We have been working 
through Brazilians and not just trying to be the whole 
show. I guess the Lord likes the idea! Half of the converts 
are young people; we have two workers who work only 
with teens and children. 

Thank you for supporting us and praying for us. You 
pray, and God answers here with growth and souls. Let's all 
pray for Brazil GROW 75, for it is the key in '75. 

(Continued next page) 



March 1, 1975 



(From the Fields, continued) 

From Bill Burk, Sao Miguel, Brazil: 

It's Christmas morning on the Rio Guama, and too many 
unusual things have been happening these days to let them 
go by without a letter to someone! 

Sunday, December 22, I left in the catamaran at sunup 
for the 250-mile trip to the Icoaraci Islands congregations. 
About 20 minutes downstream, I picked up the 22-year-old 
son of Mr. Nilo. We had a beautiful trip the first 80 
miles to Belem, but when we turned into the three-mile- 
wide river, Para, we hit the wind strong and had a real stiff 
chop head-on. Our first stop was Ilha Jutuba, 20 miles 
ahead, dead into the wind and waves. We stayed near the 
riverbank where at least the waves were not breaking. But 
then I noticed bilge water building up in the starboard hull. 
I pulled up the floorboards where the boat had leaked last 
trip (following which 1 had spent much time here at home 
making repairs), but found it was only leaking "a little 
bit"— not enouglr for all the water we had taken aboard. 

So I had Geraldo climb aft while I pulled up the board 
under his seat. Yep! The side of the tunnel had split open 
from the force of the sea. The boat is ten years old and 
each trip of late has exposed some more rotten wood 
underneath the paint. While bailing water we limped over to 
the riverbank to make some sort of repairs. 

For 20 years one of the unused tools in the box was a 
hacksaw blade. That Sunday morning it went to work- 
cutting up a piece of boat seat for a patch. Also, since that 
time about 1 5 years ago when I shipwrecked in these same 
waters (just below Jutuba), I've kept a can of wood screws 
aboard. That day they were broken out of the emergency 
kit. While I worked on the repairs Geraldo told me about a 
dream he had had that night. Something about a shipwreck! 

Since there was a rocky island dead ahead, we had to 
make our test run with the patch right out into the river. 
After two or three minutes Geraldo yelled for me to stop. 
The screws were pulling out of the rotten wood! So— when 
everything else fails-pray! The Lord immediately said to go 
west instead of north. West would be with the trough of the 
waves; less pounding. We pulled up one motor and ran with 
the other at half speed. About the time we arrived at Big 
Snake Island, I remembered that on ahead about two miles 
across from Little Snake on Vulture Island was a little one- 
man boat repair yard. He agreed to help me out, but his 



tools were on the other side of Little Snake Island. I'd have 
to wait until he went after them— in a decrepit little dugout 
canoe (made me think of the barefoot children of the shoe- 
maker!). The repair consisted of another back-up board 
with three braces to the framework of the boat. This would 
not keep her from leaking, but would keep the panel from 
breaking out altogether. Geraldo would take care of the 
bailing. 

During this time the Lord told of His plans for our modi- 
fied trip. The three groups that were expecting us down- 
stream would not be visited this trip. But we could still 
make Monday's visit today— Sunday-since it was upstream 
through calm waters on Monkey Island. In addition to the 
late afternoon communion service and the evening meeting, 
we had the baptism of the 17-year-old son of one of the 
believers. It's been a long time since I've baptized a teen- 
ager. May God bless young Deusdete! And may Geraldo be 
inspired to follow the example. 

After the people had gone home in -their canoes, we 
hung our hammocks in the thatched church building. By 
sunup we were ready to travel, and the Lord gave us fine 
weather. We gassed up in Belem and then dashed across the 
Guama in the trough (since it was already getting choppy). 
We made the first ten miles in sheltered water behind some 
islands. Since we had high tide all the way we were able to 
hug the shore away from the whitecaps and had a more or 
less normal trip home— with the starboard drain plug out all 
the way. 

Christmas Eve was spent dismounting the motors for 
storage. Also, we removed the patch for a good look at the 
injury to the hull. It will be complicated to repair, but there 
will be plenty of time to think as I won't do anything until 
after furlough (six months beginning in March). 

Just before supper I began to assemble the little 1 2-foot 
runabout that I'll be using here close to home this after- 
noon. Naturally, my eyes were tuned to rotten wood— and 
when I poked that suspicious-looking spot, my finger went 
right through the hull. It was at a spot near the waterline up 
forward where it's usually out of the water. So while you 
were stuffing stockings, Tim and I were patching a fist-sized 
hole in our main boat— alsa ten years old and homebuilt. 
And before six o'clock this morning I was back down there 
with a little more epoxy in the spots we missed in the dark 
last night. After breakfast the family opened presents. I got 
a jar of roasted cashew nuts— from our own trees. Then I 



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went down again to roll the Vamos out into the sunshine to 
cook the glue so I'll be able to make my visits this after- 
noon. 

There is no real danger involved in the use of this smaller 
boat on these narrower rivers hereabouts. I could always 
swim ashore if she went out from under me. She's built 
mainly of cedar. 

Happy New Year-and don't forget to praise God from 
whom all blessings flow. 

From Roger Peugh, Stuttgart, Germany: 

Sunday, December 22, was the big day of two German 
services, and we had rented a restaurant auditorium for the 
morning, praying for 100. It was a wonderful day! We had 
invited the parents of the children who attend the Kinder- 
stunde to come for this program, and several came. We 
didn't reach our prayer goal, but counted 85— our highest 
Sunday morning attendance. The children sang the songs 
they had been learning in the Bible club. The message was a 
slide-tape set which I had put together, just reading the text 
of the Christmas story. We had a small gift for each child 
there. The congregation met together again at 5:30 for 
several hours of fellowship. Seventy crowded into our audi- 
torium (about ten of whom had not been there in the 
morning), and we had the children seated on blankets and 
pads on the floor near the Christmas tree, which was deco- 
rated with cookies, candy and burning candles. This was a 
"first," as we had asked the families to take part in bringing 
the program. Some sang, some played flute and piano duets 
and trios, several read short Christmas stories and poems. 
At the end we had a time of refreshment— a light supper. A 
number commented how we were like one big happy fami- 
ly, and it certainly was true. This sense of unity in Him was 
realized by all. and we praise Him for this wonderful experi- 
ence. The 22nd of December was a real "higli water mark" 
in 1974, not alone in the numbers but much more in the 
spiritual unity we all sensed in the love of Christ. 

On December 3 1 we had an early New Year's Eve ser- 
vice, from 7:30-9:30. We did a lot of singing— a request 
time, which was new for some and they really enjoyed it. 
The devotional was provided by the young people who had 
recorded a "radio broadcast" of what miglit be related over 
the air when Jesus comes again to take the church out of 
the world. Frau Peter had baked and glazed 120 delicious 
rolls which we then enjoyed for refreshments at the end. 



after which we swept and set up the auditorium for the 
worship service the next morning— January 1 . It occurred to 
me that the most common wish we make for others for the 
new year is "Alles Gute" (everything good), and yet the 
most significant thing we could desire for the new year for 
each other is "Gottes Wille" (God's will). Our brief study 
emphasized this from the Word, and then we celebrated 
communion together. For the first time the men took part 
in the leadership of communion, making it much more their 
service. We certainly do love these people, and are thrilled 
to see them begin to make significant moves into the areas 
of ministry. In standing around after a recent meeting one 
lady commented that we can't seem to leave each other, 
because we love each other so much. It certainly is show- 
ing! 

At 5:30 p.m. on January 2 we met Rev. Zielasko, Dr. 
Ashman and Gordon Austin at the airport. They had ar- 
rived from the States, en route to Africa via Germany and 
France, for a three-day visit of our ministry. To keep their 
overtired bodies from getting in bed too soon, we took 
them right to a meeting at 8:00 here-our weekly Bible 
study. We have been studying "The Family" in the last six 
or seven sessions with great profit to us all. We have been 
seeing wonderful changes in homes as family members dis- 
cover their Biblical roles and begin living as He wants them 
to live. After a good night of rest, and a late breakfast, we 
took the men on a brief tour of the city. Gordon was very 
interested in taking pictures of everything. Our neighbor 
watched him go out the door and photograph the doorbell 
buttons, the housetops, the street signs and a multitude of 
other things, and was convinced that we had some kind of 
camera nut staying with us! Nancy simply explained; 
"Some Americans are just like that!" He was able to take 
pictures of many things we never see as "interesting," 
having lived here so long, and of many things we cannot 
photograph due to the fact that we're involved in them. 

You may be interested in some statistics which cause us 
joy. In the first quarter of 1974 the average attendance on 
Sunday mornings was 19; the last quarter, 61. Over S4,200 
was given in offerings during 1974; in 1973, just under 
SI, 500. Numbers do tell a story, but certainly not a frac- 
tion of all He has done in lives in 1974. We believe that 
you, who are earnestly praying for us. are in a large measure 
responsible for His working here. Thanks to you, and may 
all the praise be His. * 



March 1, 1975 



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FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Qayhole, Ky. Born to Rev. and Mrs. Richard T. Boggs on 
Jan. 21 was Seth Adam. He weighed 10 pounds, three ounces. 

Winona Lake, Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith reports a successful 
crusade meeting at Calvary Baptist Church of Greenville, 
Mich. There were 22 public decisions to receive Christ. 

Vandalia, Ohio. A successful series of meetings with 
Evangelist Ding Teuling was held at the Grace Brethren 
Church. Average attendance for the meetings was 106, with 
several public decisions recorded. Everett N. Caes, pastor. 

Angels and demons. What does the Bible reveal about them? 
Are demons a superstition or reality? Angels-who are they? 
Can the dead communicate with the living? An informative 
study guide with the answers to these and other stimulating 
questions has been written by Dr. Bernard N. Schneider, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Bible Church. Fort Myers, 
Florida. It is scheduled for use in adult classes during 
June, July and August, and quantity orders will again be 
priced at SI .50 per copy (one half of the regular retail 
price of S2.95). Address your order to the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
(Individual orders accepted at S2.95 per copy. Please 
enclose your check or money order, and we will pay all 
postage costs.) 

New York (EP)-Moshe Kol, one of the founders of the State 
of Israel and its minister of tourism since 1965, declared 
here that "cooperation between Christians and Jews is 
needed today more than ever before to prevent a new world 
disaster." 

He spoke at a reception held in his honor at the headquarters 
of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). 
Mr. Kol recalled that "when the Nazis started their 
oppression of the Jews in the 1 930s, the Christian world 
did not take the dangers of this regime seriously. The Jews 
were the first to suffer, but later the whole world paid a 
heavy price for their negligence toward these enemies of 
mankind." 

He warned that "we are now living in a period as dangerous 
as those days before the Second World War. A new 'unholy 
alliance' dominates the United Nations and it works to 
destroy the economies and regimes of the free world. The 
partners in this dangerous alliance are the leaders of the 
Soviet Union and oil magnates who are the owners of the oil 
sources in the great deserts of the Middle East." 
According to Mr. Kol, these parties "have nothing in 
common ideologically. Yet again they begin with the Jews. 
This time the object is the destruction of the Jewish State." 
The Israeli official called upon the Christian world "to 
remember the events of 40 years ago and to wake up in time 
to stop this tragic development." 



Maitland, Fla. A program of faith-promise giving initiated 
at the Grace Brethren Church at the beginning of last year 
gave positive results. In January, 1974, the faith-promise 
goal of giving to missions was set at 510,000. The total 
received was S 1 0,025. In light of a sagging economy, a goal 
of S 1 1 ,000 was set for 1 975, with 511,156 promised! The 
total includes district, home, and foreign missions. R. Paul 
Miller, pastor. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Warjiaw. Ind. Mar. 9-14; David Miller, pastor; Bill Smith, speaker. 

Columbus, Ohio (East). Mar. 16-21; Richard Seller.s, pastor; 

Bill Smith, speaker. 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside). Mar. 16-21; Don Rough, pastor; Nathan 

Meyer, speaker. 

York, Pa. Mar. 16-23; Robert Whited, pastor: Robert Thompson, 

speaker. 



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

ANTHONY, Caroline. 85, Nov. 12. She \vas a longtime 
member of the Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa., 
before becoming a member of the Suburban Grace Brethren 
Church, Hatboro, Pa. Her wish was to die in church with a 
friend and it nearly came true. During the evening service, 
Nov. 1 0, she quietly passed into a coma, putting her head on 
the shoulder of Mrs. William Steffler, W. Carl Miller, pastor. 
BRALLJER, Earl, 84, Jan. 28. He was a member of the 
Conemaugh Brethren Church, Conemaugli, Pa., for 74 years, 
and a faithful deacon for many years. Don K. Rager, pastor. 
CONNER. Charlotte. 84, Jan. 9. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va., since 1913. Lester 
W. Kennedy, pastor. 

DeARMEY, Harry J.. Nov. 28. He was a longtime member of 
the Jenners Grace Brethren Church, Jennerstown, Pa. He was 
the father of Rev. Richard P. DeArmey of Orange, Calif. 
Richard Smith, pastor. 

GINGRICH, Mary C, 70, Jan. 25. She was the wife of Rev. 
Ulysses L. Gingrich, retired Brethren minister, and a 
member of the Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. Robert D. 
Whited, pastor. 

PEITZMAN, Austin B.. 71, Jan. 15. He faithfully attended 
the First Brethren Church, Dallas Center, Iowa, for 47 
years. Carlton J. Fuller, pastor. 

SHEPHERD, Ronald D.. 19, Dec. 1. He was a member of the 
West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. Robert 
Holmes, pastor. 



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Reports and comments about success in Christian Education from the Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Howard Mayes, 
director; James Long, assistant to the director. 



Lines from Lewis 



Sunday School is too short. At least 
it's too short to allow for the many 
practical questions which can stem 
from a Bible passage. 

That is one reason for having a 
weekly youth training hour. This time 
(usually on Sunday niglits) allows for 
ample opportunity to put many of 
these Bible truths into practical living. 

Sunday School is not the place to 
have the entire lesson include a panel 
of parents to answer questions about 
guidelines for teens. Although a Sun- 
day School class may include a panel 
or other creative ways to communicate 
to teens, it should not be a replace- 
ment for the purpose of the hour. Sun- 
day School is for Bible instruction. 
That instruction is very important. A 
teacher must see that it is applied prac- 
tically for their lives today. 

The Sunday evening youth meeting 
on the other hand should not dupli- 
cate Sunday School. Youth meetings 
are not the place for systematic Bible 
instruction through Bible books or 
topical studies. Although some meet- 
ings will naturally include a searching 
of the Scriptures, this would only be 
done in accordance with a practical 
problem or need of the teens. 

The youth meeting is not as con- 
centrated on gaining new Bible con- 
tent as it is on discovering and apply- 
ing the content to life. For example, a 
Sunday School lesson might center on 



Sunday 
School 

and 
Youth 
Training 
Hour: 
Why 
Both? 



By Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth IVIinistries 

The Great Commission in Matthew 28. 
A typical youth meeting would not 
study the passage, but might have a 
series related to it. Such themes would 
include how to present Christ to cults, 
who our missionaries are, how one 
shares Christ naturally in school or a 



study of the lives of historical spiritual 
leaders. 

Young people also need this time to 
share their thoughts and feelings and 
by using their God-given gifts to ex- 
press their faith to others. 

Balanced youth meetings include 
these elements: (1) training (2) fellow- 
ship and (3) programs centered on the 
needs of the youth. These meetings 
may include topics that are being ques- 
tioned by the teens or themes that 
would be most informative to them. 
Of course, they should be planned and 
shared by the teens themselves with 
the help of adult advisors. Meeting 
themes may include such topics as dat- 
ing, parents, reading materials, music, 
devotions, etiquette, or career oppor- 
tunities. 

Both Sunday School and the youth 
training hour are important if used for 
their intended purposes. The "pro- 
gram" of the church is not the answer 
for reaching teens. It's much deeper. It 
is the personal involvement and shar- 
ing with teens that will bring about 
lasting results, but one must work 
within the framework of some plan. 
It's certainly unnecessary to destroy 
existing church meetings in order to 
minister to teens. Let us use these ex- 
isting church programs properly so . 
they can become more effective tools 
to minister to youth through a bal- 
anced church structure. • 



March 1, 1975 



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A man and a woman stand in the 
circle of their mutual alienation, lean- 
ing over the shattered fragments that 
used to be a home, straining every 
nerve, painfully trying to make the 
pieces fit. They are trying to recon- 
struct something that vaguely resem- 
bles a home, feeling that even that 
would be an encouragement. But, like 
a flattened can, it seems like every ef- 
fort to pound out the difficulties only 
rearranges the dents. And whether 
shattered glass or dented metal it 
mocks them . . . like every effort is 
doomed to frustration. And a multi- 
tude of minute failures haunt them so 
that even the remembrance of yester- 
day's good intentions are no longer 
consoling. Thoughts of homes that 
"made it" only evoke jealousy. But 
this marriage was to have been differ- 
ent. It was a three-way covenant— Man. 
Woman. Lord. 

Well . . . there it is. A situation you 
might just as well call "The Refrain." 
It's repeated over and over. Consider- 
ation of "family ministry" begins at 
home. Ours-not theirs. 

What home remedy will relieve the 
home's maimed and diseased condi- 
tion? Back to the ounce-of-preven- 
tion/pound-of-cure syndrome: pre- 
problem preventatives and post-prob- 



The Second 
of Three Vignettes 
on Family IVIinistry 

THE 
REFRAIN 

Recycled 
Family 
Failure 



By James Long 

Assistant to ttie Director 



lem prescriptions do not greatly differ. 
In either case it is a "new" breed of 
lioiise call. It demands an awakening 
of holy obedience to the dual essen- 
tials of loving-leadersiiip and reverent- 
submission. Violate the essentials. 
Strum the refrain. Another family fail- 
ure. The more the failure is redupli- 
cated the greater the crescendo until 
another home shatters under the pierc- 
ing. ma.\i-decibel volume of that re- 
frain of family failure. That is the re- 
sult of obstinate, selfish disobedience 
to sovereignly ordained essentials-or 
perhaps careless ignorance. 

I. Loving-Leadership 

The stuff that makes up the func- 
tioning of the home is the delicate in- 
terplay of leadership and submission. 
It permeates every interpersonal rela- 
tionship in the family structure. So 
God has ordained an order of leader- 
ship and submission. Currently the 
country is being "blessingly blitzed" 
by a multiplicity of family life semi- 
nars and institutes. Much needed. One 
can scarcely be conscious and miss the 
emphasis on authority and submission 
in the home. But . . . don't be buried 
in the barrage. Leadership is not dicta- 
torship. An alert and sensitive author 
cautions husband-leaders: "It's no big 
deal to die for your wife (and family) 



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I'LL WbAII YOUl , 
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There is no room in a Christian marriage for the mind-set which fancies submission as 
the surrender of dominion only when it is expedient to do so . . . and then with the 
"l-told-you-so" reserve prepared for the expected failure. Nor is there any place for 
the mediocre (at best) leadership that helps create (and then feeds! that monster. 



if you aren't living for them" (my 
paraphrase). The husband's role in his 
wife/family leadership function is to 
be one of loving service, not mere self- 
assertiveness. It is true that leadership 
which is not asserted is not leadership 
at all (attention all male jelly fish!). It 
is also true that leadership adminis- 
tered in harshness to support a bulging 
ego is not Christlike leadership. Christ 
commands His ministers to minister by 
serving, caring, sometimes lovingly dis- 
ciplining, and perhaps dying. Is that 
any less true of a husband's relation- 
ship to his wife? Or parental leadership 
of children? 

II. Reverent-Submission 

"Leadership can't work unde- 
fined." "Initiate-respond" is more 
than an affection formula. It is a 
general principle of leadership. Far too 
many homes of Christians are a mock- 
ery to the wisdom of God's Biblical 
design for the smooth functioning of 
the home. It is a scandalous miscar- 
riage of witnessing opportunity for the 
leadership of the home to appear as a 
seesaw wrestling match or close bas- 
ketball game in its last quarter. Wives 
are to be reverently submissive to hus- 
bands. Children are to be reverently 
submissive to parents. Not knuckling 
under, crabbing-under-the-breath, 
frown-filled surrender with an "I-told- 



you-so" arsenal of reinforcement for 
round two. Reverent. When Peter (un- 
der the Holy Spirit's direction) wanted 
to emphasize that very point in his 
epistle, he chose the example of Abra- 
ham and Sarah. No, the example of 
Sarah. (Abraham's leadership did not 
always rise to the occasion.) Think 
about some of the hair-brained stunts 
Abraham put Sarah (his "sister") 
through! She reverenced him, calling 
him "lord." And was praised for it. 



Leadership/Submission Is Not 
Superiority /Inferiority 

For a wife to manifest reverent sub- 
mission to her harsh tyrant-type male 
is a positive corrective prescription. 
For a husband to manifest loving lead- 
ership to a pathetically domineering 
wife is a positive corrective prescrip- 
tion. But for a husband to manifest 
loving leadership and have his wife re- 
ciprocate with reverent submission is 
the interplay of positive preventative 
measures. It is an education to every 
casual observer or cynical scrutinizer 
of the home. It is the essence of family 
ministry. 

Well . . . there it is. A preventative/ 
prescription for family failure in pain- 
fully brief perspective. Loving-leader- 
ship and reverent-submission. Not in a 
superior/inferior mentality mold. 
(There's even order of authority with- 
in the coequal Godhead.) Man. 
Woman. Parents. Children. A family 
. . . free to be individuals. Together. 
Liberated to praise God and celebrate 
the wisdom of His approach ... in 
stark contrast to the sick sounds of a 
refrain of family failure. # 



Discuss This Vignette with Your Spouse 

1. In reading the article, what did the title suggest to you? Did It bother you 
that Christian homes were portrayed as vulnerable to failure? 

2. List three or four examples of leadership In circumstances where the decision 
of a leader was a good decision, but It was not administered in love. 

3. List three or four examples of submission In circumstances where there was 
an acknowledgment of authority, but It was not done with an attitude of 
reverence and honor. 

4. If husbands practiced loving-leadership over their wives and parents practiced 
loving-leadership over their children, would they be taken advantage of? If so, 
why? How could such a situation be handled? 

5. If wives and children practiced reverent-submission would they be taken for 
granted by "the leadership?" If so, why? How could that situation be 
handled? 

6. If a Christian home practiced these essentials In what sense would that be a 
testimony for Christ? 



March 1, 1975 



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The 1974 Sunday School of the Year Reports the Key To Growth Is 
Not Clever Ideas, Just . . . 



Christian Education Department 



Teamwork in Outreach 



The 1974 Sunday School of the 
Year trophy is an impressive award for 
any church. This year the record that 
earned that award for the Riverside 
Brethren Church of Johnstown. Penn- 
sylvania, is equally impressive. Atten- 
dances which ran around 130 after the 
1973 national conference climbed to 
the 280 mark during 1974. Between 
those two figures a branch church was 
developed in Armagh with a group of 
60 people who left in June to form 
their own church. The growth had to 
thus include replacing those who were 
sent to the new work, the Valley 
Grace Brethren Church. A single bus 
route developed to the present five 
buses running every Sunday. 

But what lies behind these suc- 
cesses? Some miglit be tempted to 
look for new secrets, startling new dis- 
coveries which have made all of this 
possible. The answer to such a ques- 
tion may be surprising in this day of 
acclaim for sensational methodology. 
According to Pastor H. Don Rougli, 
the secret of success was not in new 
methods as much as it was in people. 

These people at Riverside are will- 
ing to work as a team. The charisma of 
one man miglit have a superficial suc- 
cess, but solid results in Sunday 
School development must be based on 
people who are united as a team and 
determined to accomplish the work 
which the Lord has given to them. 
Everyone does his part. Some teach, 
some visit, some drive a bus, but each 
one seems to be e.xcited about what 
God can and is doing in their Sunday 
School. You may talk about the bonds 
that unite us in Christ, but people who 
put that bit of theological precept into 
practical action will reap the kind of 
harvest that has been seen at Riverside. 

With this unity to the task, a vision 
has been included. The Sunday School 
began to grow when people began to 
catch a glimpse of what could be done. 
Their vision was motivated by sensi- 
tivity to the needs in their own corn- 



By Rev. David Plaster 

munity. With this vision in their hearts 
this group has set out to bring it to 
pass as the Lord enables. Pastor Rough 
states, "We are the answer to our own 
prayer!" Praying for the Johnstown 
area is not enougli when one is really 
challenged by what can be done. Only 
going out on faith and being willing to 
be used while going is the answer. 

This also is a church that practices 
the Great Commission. If one really 
believes what the Bible says about 
what it means to be lost and severed 
from God, then it is impossible to re- 
main silent and passive. If one really 
intends to obey the cornmands of the 
One we name as Lord as well as 
Saviour, then it is impossible to avoid 
reaching others for Christ as directed 
by the Great Commission. A growing 
Sunday School is one which is based 



on reaching others for Christ and then 
discipling them in the faith. Evange- 
listic services have their place in out- 
reach, but the evangelistic Sunday 
School can complete the Great Com- 
mission by discipling the babes in 
Christ in the Word. 

Of course, unity, vision, and a prac- 
tice of the Great Commission must be 
channeled through various methods. 
No matter what the method, however, 
it is the people that come first and it is 
the people that make it work. Perhaps 
we should begin to suspect that some 
of the success attributed to various 
methods really should be credited to 
the people behind them rather than 
the innovation. 

The most important tool that has 
developed the Sunday School at River- 
side really is a union of two programs: 
the bus ministry and the GROW pro- 
gram. These two form perfect working 



On behalf of the Riverside Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., Pastor and Mrs. Don Rough 
received the 1974 Sunday School of the Year award from Howard Mayes, executive director 
of the Christian Education Department. This event took place at the Sunday School awards 
program at national conference in Winona Lake. 




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partners through which the people o: 
the church have channeled their ener- 

The bus ministry involves 25-30 
people every week. On Saturday morn- 
ing they gather together for a "bus 
breakfast" before going out for inten- 
sive visitation. New contacts are made 
as well as the following up on past 
contacts. The bus routes have con- 
tinued to grow week after week. At 
the present time there are approxi- 
mately 150 people every Sunday com- 
ing to Sunday School on the bus. 

The new contacts made for the 
church through the work of the bus 
ministry are followed up by the 
GROW visitation team. With visitation 
every Tuesday evening families are 
reached with the Gospel and brought 
into the Sunday School and church. 
The GROW program turns the bus 
ministry from "just kids" into a pro- 
gram that has brought new families 
into the church. The testimonies at 
every baptismal service have been 
thrilling. 

Other areas of the church program 
also contribute to the success of the 
Sunday School. The church programs 
should be interrelated! They should 
contribute to each other. For example, 
the Junior Church program is used to 
help with the influx of children 



througli the bus ministry. Here the 
training and outreach of Sunday 
School is continued in a different 
format. Currently there are three divi- 
sions meeting during the morning wor- 
ship service. Public decisions for Christ 
are made upstairs before the whole 
church. 

Perhaps these observations may 
draw the reaction in your mind: 
"These are just the same old things 
with a bus or a tract thrown in!" That 
is absolutely correct. People using any 
methods available to them to reach 
out to others with the Gospel have 
been busy succeeding for centuries. 
"The same old things" launched the 
church across the Roman world with a 



literal explosion of growth. This same 
"formula" of teamwork with a vision 
of what God could do took the Breth- 
ren Church from a group of eight be- 
lievers to where we are today. 

Should you imitate the methods 
used at Riverside? Perhaps, if they will 
meet your needs. But new methods 
without the vital ingredient— people- 
will not reap the great harvest seen at 
the Riverside Brethren Church. The 
challenge given to us by the 1974 Sun- 
day School of the Year is not to 
change our textbooks on methods; it is 
to change our hearts! # 

Rev. David Plaster is pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Armagh, Pennsylvania, a 
"branch" of the Riverside Brethren Church. 



March 1, 1975 



17 



D K b I H K b rt 




Dottie Franks, Director of girls ministries for 
tfie Christian Education Department presented S700 
to Raymond Tfiompson of tfie Foreign Missionary 
Society to provide a refrigerator for tfie medical 
work in tfie Central African Republic (left). In 
addition to that, $500 was given toward Karen 
Walker's tuition at Grace College. Karen is the 
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Walker now serving 
in the Central African Republic. 

Gladine Rupp, national treasurer of SMM, presented 
a check for $1,019 to Dr. Wayne Beaver for the GROW 
program (below). 

This money was raised by the National SMM girls 
ministry. It represents one year of work among the 
SMM groups of all ages. The ministry to girls is 
directed by Mrs. Dottie Franks as a project of the 
Christian Education Department. Additional 
information about this ministry can be obtained by 
writing to Dottie Franks, Christian Education 
Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Ministries 



FOREIGN 
MISSIONS 

GROW 






DearSMIVl Girls, 

I would like to expi^ss my thanKs to you Tor your Tinanciai 
support for college. You have been God's answer to my prayers 
about money for school. As a former SMM member, I know what 
you had to sacrifice and I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Pray for 
me now as I prepare to go to France under the TIME program this 
summer. I have lots of work ahead. Thank you again for making me 
part of your national project last year. 

Love in Christ, 

Karen Walker fl 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Christian Education Department 



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Audiovisuals 
and the Church 

A media ministries seminar will 
convene at the Winona Lake Bible 
Conference Grounds June 16-20. 

Sponsored by Ken Anderson Films 
and assisted by the Double Sixteen 
Company, the theme of the seminar 
will be "The Utilization of Audiovisu- 
als in the Evangelical Church." 

Dr. Gene Williams, head of the 
Communications Department at Trini- 
ty Seminary, will serve as dean. Ex- 
perts in the AV field will make up the 
staff. 

More information can be obtained 
by writing directly to Ken Anderson 
Films, 1520 E. Winona Ave., Warsaw, 
Indiana 46580. 

Canton Area Seminar in 
Sunday-School Learning 

The Christian Education Depart- 
ment will present the Seminar in Sun- 
day School Learning in the Canton, 
Ohio, area. The ten-hour involvement 
seminar will be held Friday and Satur- 
day, April 11 and 12. The seminar 
which has been held in 14 different 
locations since September will focus 
on the development of communication 
skills in Sunday School teaching. It 
emphasizes the importance of utilizing 
Bible learning activities, audiovisual 
methods and materials, and ministry 
attitudes. The instructional team in- 
cludes Alberta Hanson, ministry to 
children; Ed Lewis, ministry to youth; 
James Long, ministry to adults; and 
Howard Mayes, administration and 
ministry to adults. Reserve these dates. 
More information will be coming to 
Ohio area churches. 

Other churches and district groups 
interested in receiving this kind of help 
are urged to write the Christian Educa- 
tion Department, Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 



DIVISION WINNERS - JANUARY SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 



Div. Church 



A 



Columbus, Ohio 
Meyersdale, Pa. 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Grace) 
Union, Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) 
Beaverton, Oreg. 
Columbus, Ohio 

(Eastside) 
Grass Valley, Calif. 
Armagh, Pa. 



Pastor Superintendent 

James Custer Donald Garlock 

Robert Burns James iVliller 

William Tweeddale Dennis Lambert 



Don Rough 

J. Hudson Thayer 
Ronald Picard 

James Poyner 
James Willett 

Richard Sellers 
Arthur Carey 
David Plaster 



Leroy Spangler 

Robert Gordon 
William Cochran 

Chuck Roush 



N. L. Jacobs 
Lloyd Goddard 
Joseph Barrett 



RECORD ATTENDANCES-Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 
Alaska-5L 



-147; Kenai, 



ILjM^^B I II 

A National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Sunday School Report 

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 

of all reporting Sunday Schools* January, 1974—146 

January, 1975-163 

GROWTH INDEX BASED ON 176 REPORTING CHURCHES 

January 1974 weekly average attendance 26,592 

January 1975 weekly average attendance 28,694 

NET GAIN in reporting churches 2,102 persons or up 7.9 percent 

SUMMARY 

107 churches registered increases totaling 2,856 

63 churches registered losses totaling 754 

Largest numerical increase Columbus, Ohio-Worthington 

Largest percentage increase Grass Valley, California 

* The larger the number of reporting churches, the more accurately these 
figures will represent the church growth picture of the NFBC. We urge the 
total support of the churches of the NFBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided free of charge to churches of the 
Fellowship by the Christian Education Department. 



Another Christian School 

We inadvertently omitted the Grace Brethren Kindergarten in Marietta, 
Georgia, from the 1975 Christian Schools Directory we published in an 
earlier issue of the Switchboard section of the Herald. The founding 
church is Grace Brethren Church of Greater Atlanta where Dean Fetter- 
hoff serves as pastor and William Byers as associate pastor. The kinder- 
garten has an enrollment of 14 with one full- and one part-time staff 
member. 



March 1, 1975 



1975 WMC THEME PAGE 




REFLECTIiSIG GOD'S BLESSINGS THROUGH DEDICATED DECISIONS 



20 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Fifth of a series on the 1974-75 Birthday 
Missionaries 

Striving for 
the Faith of 
the Gospel 



4 ^- 



By Mrs. Jake Kliever 




Being a missionary has its many 
compensations, one of which is the 
surprises that come along continual- 
ly—mostly nice ones, like being chosen 
for a second time to be one of the 
WMC Birthday Missionaries. Truly I 
was more than a little surprised, and 
honored! Thank you, each WMCer, 
and do pray for me that I may be 
worthy of the choice you have made. I 
like what Paul says in Philippians 
1:27— "... striving together for the 
faith of the gospel." I. shall try to do 
my part. 

From the time when I was a small 
child, I was interested in missionaries. 
The first "real live missionary" I re- 
member seeing was from India. At that 
time he was the most handsome man I 
had ever seen: tall, dark complex- 
ioned, black wavy hair, a beautiful 
smile and a voice 1 still remember. His 
whole being was filled with love and 
compassion for the people of whom he 
spoke. He presented the need to take 
the Gospel to those who did not know 
it in such a manner that, small as I 
was, it never left me. 

Through the years many mission- 
aries visited the Mennonite church that 
we attended. To me it didn't matter 
where the missionary served; it was the 
missionary himself and the work he 
was engaged in that interested me. All 
the time, way back in my mind, lurked 
the thought: There is no reason why 
you should not be a missionary some 
day. 

As I look back, I realize that I led a 



very normal girl's life with all its ups 
and downs. 1 don't think I missed very 
many, and praise the Lord for the ones 
that missed me! Growing up wasn't 
easy. I was si.xteen when I accepted 
the Lord and realized that I must yield 
myself to Him completely if I was to 
serve Him, even in my little old home- 
town. I was saved, baptized, joined the 
church, sang in the choir, taught Sun- 
day School, and so on-busy and hap- 
py to a degree, but not satisfied. There 
was more for me than this. 

Many things happened between my 
conversion and my leaving for Bible In- 
stitute to prepare for missionary ser- 
vice. 

Where was I planning to go to 
serve? 1 didn't have the slightest idea. 

When? That question didn't bother 
me. There were too many other things 
to think about just then. 

Ho\>i? I didn't even know how I was 
going to get through school, much less 
how I was going to get to the field-no 
rich uncle, a completely disinterested 
church, family opposition, and only 
$40 left after the initial school ex- 
penses were paid. But I had a prom- 
ise— Philippians 4:19— and it worked! 

Why? That was one thing I did 
know. God's Word put it so plainly in 
Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 1:16, and 
Romans 10:14-17. I'm not a preach- 
er—I just love to tell "The Story." 

Jake, my husband, and I have 
known each other from the time we 
were children. Our families were very 
good friends, but that didn't make us 



kids friends. In fact, I didn't even 
know that Jake had left home to go to 
Biola (that was in 1926), and I didn't 
see him again until shortly before my 
graduation from Biola in 1930. What a 
change! Our childhood dislike for each 
other turned to love, and the following 
August we were married. Happily, 
Jake also felt called to missionary ser- 
vice. Neither of us had a particular 
field in mind, but we knew that the 
Lord would guide us together in this as 
we waited upon Him. 

At this time Jake was working in a 
Brethren church, but we were not 
members. We liked the church and 
what it stood for, and we liked its mis- 
sions program. It was after a talk we 
had with Mary Emmert that we de- 
cided to become Brethren. Some time 
later we put in our application to the 
foreign board for service in Africa. 
Imagine our surprise when we were in- 
formed that we would have to take 
some seminary training. Wasn't our 
Bible Institute training sufficient? It 
was for other boards! 

We were stubborn and felt that the 
board was too, but they won out. 
After almost six years of waiting, we 
finally decided that if we were really 
called to Africa, we'd better get going. 
Where? To seminary, of course. 

As we look back, how thankful we 
are that the board insisted we take 
some seminary training. The many 
trials and experiences we had before 
finally going to seminary, and also dur- 
(Contimied on page 22 j 



March 1, 1975 



21 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MAY 1975 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 35 and 36 
of the 1975 Brethren Annual.) 

AFRICA 

Mrs. Larry L. Pfahler May 17 

Daniel Keith Hocking May 21, 1958 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

Nathan Allen Johnson May 14, 1959 

Mrs, Earnest H. Bearinger May 15 

EUROPE 

Janine Marie Hammers May 11, 1971 



Mrs. David W. Shargel May 23 

Mr. Daniel L. Hammers May 25 

MEXICO 

Mrs. James P. Dowdy May 4 

Laura Marguerita Guerena May 9, 1958 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mrs. Larry D. DeArmey May 5 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Miss Grace Byron May 7 

Alfran Nursing Home, 2501 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580. 
Mr. Larry D. DeArmey May 9 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Marilyn Joy Johnson May 17, 1957 

c/o Mr. John Keller, 1147 Eastern, Wooster, OH 44691. 



EASTER GREETINGS 

Blessings to you at this special season. The suffering of Christ on the cross, 
the glorious resurrection of Christ from the tomb and the power and glory 
of Christ in heaven can change your life. If it hasn't already . . . why not 
now? 



J!ai^!^it^ii»^!aR?!atA»^i^ii^^ 



SMM REMINDER 

Next month's WMC pages wi| 
include an offering slip for thi 
annual SMM OFFERING. A 
minimum goal of $1-a-year-per- 
member is suggested. Where 
SMM is involved, WMC has never 
been satisfied with the mini- 
mum! Encourage your council 
to give toward maximum sup- 
port of this offering. 



STRIVING FOR THE FAITH . . . 

(Continued from page 21) 

ing the time we were there, proved in- 
valuable for the further training we 
had to go through before reaching our 
destination. Our 1 1 months in Paris 
studying French, learning to know the 
people and fitting into a whole new 
way of life, were just further steps 
toward Africa and all the implications 
of becoming missionaries there. 

On November 6. 1938, we arrived 
at our station at Bozoum in what was 
then French Equatorial Africa. Dr. and 
Mrs. Orville Jobson were living there at 
the time. On November 13, Anne, our 
older daugliter, celebrated her second 
birthday. In May of 1940 Donna, our 
younger daughter, was born at Bekoro 
—our first appointment on the field. 

Now both of the girls are married 



and have families. Anne and her hus- 
band. David Farris, and three children 
live in California; Donna and her hus- 
band, Marvin Fuller, and son Mike live 
in Indiana. 

Throughout the years our children 
have given us much joy as the Lord has 
proved to us, through them, that what- 
ever we committed to Him, He would 
care for. 

We praise the Lord that in the sum- 
mer of 1973 He opened the way for us 
to come back to the Chad when the 
odds had seemed against us for a 
while. There are many things which I 
would like to tell you, but instead I'm 
going to close with a quotation from 
David Livingstone: "I do not mention 
these privations as if I consider them 
to be sacrifices, for I think that the 
word ought never to be applied to any- 
thing we can do for Him who came 
down from heaven and died for us." # 



WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 
Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Russell Ward, 3342 Val- 
erie Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405 

2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 
ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secy. -Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 
Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902 

Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 
Fernwood Dr.. Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 
Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 
National WMC.) 

Asst. to Fin. Secy .-Treas. -Mrs. Ben Zim- 
merman, R. R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Lit. Secy. -Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 
Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor-Mrs. Dan Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 
Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 



22 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Bless the WMC's 



As pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Orlando, Florida. 1 praise God for the assistance of 
the WMC. They have helped me personally and the church as a whole in so many ways over the past 
months. It's my desire that every pastor have a strong WMC like the one in Orlando. 

May the Lord continue to bless the WMCs across the land. 

Yours in Christ, 
John L. Diaz, pastor 



WMC Editor's note: An exciting part of being an editor is 
being the first one to read the articles requested. It is even 
more exciting when an unsolicited article is submitted 
that shows God's blessings on a group of women who are 



dedicated to His service. This report from Orlando, Flori- 
da, including testimonies from several ladies, illustrates 
just that. 



The words of an old hymn state, "What a fellowship, what a joy divine." This thought is a good 
picture of our WMC in Orlando. Each of our ladies joined our "I'd Just Love To" club, and now 
my job is so easy as we work on projects such as: 

Serving something sweet for the boys work on Saturday morning. 

Providing dinner to go— for any of our people or friends with a need. 

Helping with SMM. 

Inviting the missionaries coming our way for a meal. 

Stocking our missionary chest with useful items. 
We are thankful for our 100 percent membership. Every lady in our church is an active participant 
in WMC. We praise our wonderful Lord for these blessings and thank Him for giving that sweet 
spirit to each one. -Betty Sturgill, president 

WMC has meant a lot to me this year. I have especially enjoyed the wonderful fellowship with 
sisters in Christ. The time of reading and studying God's Word has also been a precious experience. 
The opportunity to learn more about our foreign missionaries has given me a better understanding 
of their needs. Finally, 1 count it a privilege to support our pastor in prayer as he ministers to us. 

WMC has been a wonderful experience this year. There has really been a unity of spirit among 
our women. Each woman is using her special talent for the Lord's work. It has been a very distinct 
pleasure to work with a group of women who are joyfully furthering the work of our church. 



I cannot begin to tell— in a short testimony— what WMC means to me. It has been a time for me to 
learn of what Christ can do for me as a wife and mother. It has also helped me to learn about 
myself— where I can best serve the Lord. 

An opportunity to give a mission study gave me wisdom in praying for our missionaries and their 
needs. 

The Bible studies have helped me to develop as a "Woman Manifesting Christ." What better way 
is there to serve than by learning together with other women with the same needs and having fellowship 
together and praying together? 

With the Lord as our guide we will have wisdom and knowledge, seasoned with grace, to rule the 
world victoriously by our faith in Him. 



Winter comes in France, too. The Chateau has no 
central heating to warm those long winter nights. 
Give to the project of providing this central heal 
through the National WMC Foreign Mission Offer! 
ing. Start now and keep right on giving througfe 



ianii 



March 1, 1975 



23 



Reflecting on God's Blessings Through Life 




Looking back to the day my par- 
ents dedicated me to the Lord, I can 
see how not only has the Lord guided 
me since then, but how He has hon- 
ored my parents' desires in dedicating 
me for service. Being married to a man 
who has committed himself to the 
Lord's work, our ministry is youth. We 
can only praise the Lord for what He 
is doing in our lives and in the lives of 
the teenagers with whom we work. 

As a teenager my own life was en- 
riched greatly by concerned Christian 
youth leaders. The thought, then, of 
spending my life helping teens sound- 
ed exciting and rewarding. And it has 
been! 

A little over two years ago we ac- 
cepted the responsibilities of volunteer 
youth sponsors of the high school 
youth group of our local church. 
There were some real challenges from 
the very beginning of our ministry. Be- 
coming personally involved in each 
teen's life was foremost. Somehow in 
just two short years I had forgotten 
what it was like as a high schooler. I 
had forgotten how foreign "adult 
youth sponsors" who wanted to help 
seemed to me. All of a sudden my 
roles were reversed, and there I was 
trying to reach out to some teens who 
looked at me as one of those "adult 
youth sponsors." 

Being vibrant, youthful, and "with 
it" are all probably helpful to youth 
ministry, but I found much more im- 
portant was just being genuinely con- 
cerned and honest with the teens. I 
wanted to be transparent so that the 
teens could really observe God work- 
ing in my life. I tried to get them to 
open up and share by opening up my 
own life and sharing with them first. 
This was what began to break down 
barriers and develop rapport. 

I had an extremely busy schedule 
that first year. I was attending college 
full time, working part time, and try- 
ing to be the Christian wife God 
wanted me to be. From the very begin- 



nsparent 
Life 



By Mrs. Tina Huggins 

ning God was teaching me that time 
was my worst enemy, but also my 
most important resource. I started to 
look for time-conserving ways to de- 
velop deeper relationships with several 
of the high school girls. One thing the 
Lord used was small Bible study 
groups. I met with several girls weekly 
in a small group which proved to bring 
us closer as we searched the Scriptures 
together for ansSvers to problems 
which we held in common. All the 
girls really began to open up in these 
private times. 

Planned times like the Bible study 
groups and youth meetings allowed us 
to help the teens, but I found just do- 
ing everyday things together with the 
teens presented great opportunities for 
ministry. I invited some of the girls to 
go shopping, or help me sew or bake. 
These were informal times which the 
Lord gave me to lend an ear to prob- 
lems and to give some Biblical counsel 
and advice. The Lord certainly taught 
us many things that year. 

A lot has changed since then. 
Kevin, my husband, is currently serv- 
ing as a youth pastor. I have finished 
college and am teaching mentally re- 
tarded children. The church has pro- 
vided us with a house which is our 
home as well as an open youth center 
to our jr. high and high school stu- 
dents. I have to continually thank the 
Lord for providing a teaching position 
for me which allows me to be at home 
when the teens drop by. 

One of the greatest privileges God 
has given to us is that of being able to 
watch our teens grow as they share 
their faith with others and express 
their desires and burdens to Christ. 
These sharing times in our youth meet- 




Mrs. Tina Huggins 

ings are often our most intimate ex- 
periences with the teens. It is very re- 
warding to hear the teens sharing and 
encouraging others in the same way as 
I have been able to encourage them. 

My prayer is that the Lord will con- 
tinue to shape me into the kind of per- 
son that is worthy to represent Him to 
the teens. If my life could be an open 
book to the teenagers, I pray that they 
would see me trusting in the Lord with 
all my heart and leaning not on my 
own understanding, but in all my ways 
acknowledging Him. # 



Something new from Grace College 



Taking Religious Drama to the Ghurcli 



(Seepage 17) 



^'^RALD 



Volumes? Numbers March 15, 1975 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



What's Wrong With the World? . 
Importunity Is the Key at 

Colorado Springs 

Taylors Take on Another Home 

Mission Church 



A Pastor's Discovery Becomes a 
Church's Success 



BMH News Summary 12 

The Mathematics of God's Grace 14 

News Notes from Grace Campus 16 

"Were You There?" 17 

Drama in the Church 18 

A Sermon in Song 20 

Washington Perspective 22 

The Fact and Fiction About St. Patrick . 23 





Cover Photo: Drama is a 
strong tradition at Grace 
College and will be used 
this Spring as a medium for 
communicating spiritual 
truths to B rethren 
churches. Playing leads in 
the school's fall dramatic 
production were Jane 
Fretz of Winona Lake, In 
diana, and David Ogden of 
Warsaw, Indiana {Photo by 
Terry White). 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Michael Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 



MEMBER <;CJJ£^>» EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued on the first 
and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $4.25 a year: foreign, 
$5.00. Special rates to churches. 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Reu. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
WMC-Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
SMM-Mrs. Kyle Bergen 
Christian Ed.— Rev. Howard Mayes 



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Address your letter to the editor. Rev. Charles W. Turrier, Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. All letters must be signed, although names will not be used 
in the magazine. 



Dear Editor, 

Thank you for the gift of the chil- 
dren's Bible story book for our waiting 
room. I certainly feel happier with this 
book than the "Uncle Arthur" ones 
which had been placed unsolicited by 
some unidentified friend.— Physician, 
Indiana 

Dear Editor, 

To let you know that today (Feb. 
5) we received "DaUy Devotions" in 



great shape. Should I "thank" the 
Postmaster General for such good ser- 
vice? The print shop has done an ex- 
cellent job again. We are really proud 
to hand these to anybody. They've got 
class.— Washington 

Dear Editor, 

In reference to your editorial "The 
News Gives Me the Blues." . . . Cheer 
up. I, too, was more than disheartened 
with Blue Monday, Black Tuesday, 



Gloom and Doom Wednesday, Tragic 
Thursday and the Frantic Friday. Not 
to mention Sadistic Saturday and Sun- 
day's massacres described in living 
color. So I began writing a humor 
column, after much prayer, and now 
have a weekly column called "Orga- 
nized Chaos" appearing in the news- 
papers. We as Christians can, if not 
fight 'em, counteract them! Please 
bear in mind that poor Walter Cron- 
kite, and all those other men have 
writers. They are not necessarily read- 
ing their OWN garbage. I could get de- 
pressed thinking of their jobs- day 
after endless night reporting on the 
depravity of man .... 

We need more Christians in the 
secular news media. Don't-I beg— turn 
in your press card! You earned yours 
and only the Lord knows when you 
will be able to use this card as a wit- 
ness for Him. Even if perchance at the 
scene of a tragedy .-California 



Brethren Missionary Herald 




Reflections By Still Waters 

What's 
Wrong 

With 

the 
World? 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

Eating alone is not one of the great 
delights of my life; thus I always sit at 
the counter when I'm alone. Many im- 
portant issues of the day are settled by 
the "talkers" who gather at the restau- 
rant counters. The service is usually 
faster and waitresses are more cheer- 
ful. Those who must run half a block 
to wait on a booth in the back of the 
room are usually in a bad mood from 
the long trip. 

Several years ago I stopped to have 



lunch at a restaurant and was just re- 
laxing when I saw a young man come 
in the door. He had on an overcoat 
and the longest scarf 1 had ever seen. 
He headed straight for the counter and 
the stool next to mine. When he sat 
down he gave his scarf a flip— draping it 
over me. The experience unsettled me 
for a moment, but I reluctantly waited 
to see what would happen. He soon 
turned to me and said: "Do you know 
what is wrong with this world, Mis- 
ter?" My first impulse was to say: 
"Yes, one of the things wrong is your 
scarf around my neck." He, however, 
spotted the problem and quickly re- 
moved it with an apology. 

1 was not to be spared his philoso- 
phy though. He said the problems of 
this world stemmed from the fact that 
everyone wanted to do the same thing 
at the same time. His wisdom fasci- 
nated me and I waited for his next 
gem of explanation. Again, I did not 
have to wait too long. He proceeded to 
tell me that everyone wanted to go to 
work at the same time which resulted 
in morning traffic jams. "True," I ad- 
mitted. Continuing his words of wis- 
dom he said: "Then everyone wants to 
go home at the same time— another 
traffic jam." I found myself unable to 
argue with such profound logic. He 
further pointed out the reason we 
were sitting in a crowded restaurant at 
noon was because everyone wanted to 
eat at the same time. A thought 



crossed my mind that my friend might 
help to solve this problem if he would 
eat at 1:15 p.m. when the rush was 
over! I suppressed this brilliant idea 
for just a moment. The time had not 
yet come to voice my opinions. 

While eating my soup and sandwich 
I listened, thinking that one greater 
than Plato or Aristotle had come on 
the scene. Finally he ran out of steam, 
and my first opportunity came as his 
food arrived. I thought he had a right 
to his opinion concerning the cause of 
the problems of the world, but I, too, 
had some rights and prerogatives. I 
acknowledged his premise was worthy 
of consideration, but I felt the prob- 
lems were much deeper than the 
schedule he was seeking to maintain. 
The existing conditions could be in 
man himself rather than in his hour of 
eating and sleeping and going to work. 
I proposed that man's difficulty was to 
be found in the fact that he was really 
rebelling against authority. This au- 
thority included both that of God and 
man. Man was a selfish, willful being 
who would not let God regulate and 
control His own creation. God's way 
included salvation and obedience to 
the Sovereign's will. 

I could see my winter-clad friend 
had encountered a discussion on which 
he had not planned. His frustration at 
being crowded in an increasingly 
crowded world had now turned more 
to a personal introspection of his own 
condition. His lunch disappeared as 
rapidly as possible, and he showed an 
unmistakable desire to be on his way. 
He politely thanked me for the chat, 
gathered up his scarf, and headed for 
the cashier-where he stood in line to 
pay his check. (Seems everyone had 
decided to pay his bill at the same 
time!) 

As he disappeared through the door 
to get into his car and head back to 
work, it made me think. How many 
people are there who believe they 
know the cause of this world's ills? 
They have the answer. They blame 
everyone and everything for the prob- 
lems, while all the time they are carry- 
ing the cause in their own hearts. In 
the selfish striving to get all possible, 
as soon as possible; rebellion and sin 
against God are responsible for creat- 
ing the chaos. 

There is an answer. It is to be found 
in God through submission to Him and 
His divine will. # 



March 15, 1975 




There's quite a view from the front door of the church. 



Importunity Is 
the Key at 
Colorado Springs 



By Pastor Tom In man 

A dedication in January in Colo- 
rado? Brrr! Yes, the date for the dedi- 
cation of our church building was set 
for January 19. A blizzard did pass 
through the night before but dedica- 
tion day dawned beautifully beyond 
our fondest dreams! Rev. Robert W. 
Thompson, western field secretary for 
The Brethren Home Missions Council, 
was our dedication speaker and led a 
Dedication Crusade following the ser- 
vice. Arriving two days early, he was 
put to work helping with last minute 
completion details. He spoke on Satur- 
day morning to 21 of our men who 
gathered at 6:30 a.m. (an every Satur- 

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day occasion) before busying them- 
selves in preparing the building for the 
"white glove" inspection at the close 
of the day! On Sunday 141 studied 
the Word during the Sunday School 
hour and 182 attended the morning 
worship service (a near record for us) 
and three decisions were made public! 
Two hundred forty-four of the church 
family and friends participated in the 
Dedication Service, including delega- 
tions from our Denver and Arvada 
churches. Mrs. Bonnie Berg of Colby, 
Kansas, sang "The King Is Coming" as 
a finale— fitting since our sanctuary's 
decor is purple and white. 



Importunity is a seldomly used 
word. However, it expresses what I see 
as the key to the establishment of a 
testimony for the Lord here in Colo- 
rado Springs. It also describes the 
building of a fine facility to God's 
glory! A loose translation of importu- 
nity might be— a holy dogged determi- 
nation. That is exactly what the devel- 
opment of a home missions point 
takes! When the Larry Huelsman fami- 
ly moved to the Springs from our 
church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, they 
exercised importunity in implementing 
their desire for a Brethren church here. 
First, they visited as often as possible 



our church in Denver. Then they sug- 
gested a Bible study in their home 
which became a reality in 1968 and 
continued for the two years following. 

It was in the fall of '70 that God 
called us, the Inman family, to leave a 
17-year ministry and begin a new work 
in the Springs with just 1 7 folk. God 
blessed from the very beginning with 
continuing growth in this unique city 
of 200,000 people. Often thought of 
as a "tourist town," Colorado Springs 
is in reality more military than recrea- 
tional. There are five military installa- 
tions in the area with a 55 percent 
military and military-related popula- 
tion! This means that in a two-year 
span folks must be won to Christ, 
trained and involved before they move 
on to another assignment. 

With rapidly increasing attendances 
in all services, the need for a perma- 
nent facility became pressing. We had 
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March 15, 1975 




Building Committee Chairman Will Langness (left) presents keys to (I to r) Trustees Marvin 
Parker, Fred Schroeder, and Gene Langness. 



IMPORTUNITY IS . . . 

(Continued from page 5) 

met in a school gymnasium, basements 
of a number of homes, a family room, 
and several church buildings of other 
denominations on occasion. We even 
used the base chapel at Fort Carson 
for baptism. With the direction of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council and 
the financial assistance of the Brethren 
Investment Foundation, plans were 
completed and ground was broken in 
October of last year. Much of the 
work was done by our church people 
under the able leadership of Will Lang- 
ness, chairman of the building commit- 
tee. 

Our facilities include a sanctuary 
which seats 216 and, with choir loft, 
balcony and overflow, we can easily 
accommodate 3)5. In addition we 
have a nursery, study, fellowship hall, 
fireside room and kitchen. The garden 
level has been exposed on one side to 
allow entrance at ground level there as 
well as at the main floor level. The 
large conversation porch faces toward 
the towering Rockies for a vista be- 
yond compare! This area has been 
dubbed the "conversion" porch, too, 
since we trust it will foster informal 
sharing of Christ. 

Our membership now numbers 70 
with several awaiting baptism. Decem- 
ber averages reached new highs of 141 



in Sunday School, 168 in morning 
worship and 113 for the evening 
"Mountain Top" hour. We fully realize 
both as pastor and people that the 
need for importunity is not over and 
will not be until the King comes! We 
have found that He has done and con- 
tinues to "do exceedingly abundantly 
above all that we ask or think!" # 



Larry Huelsman (top) got the "Springs" 
Bible study underway. Vice Moderator Kim 
Morrell (bottom) led in dedication prayer. 



God's faultless leading directed us to hold a Crusade in conjunction 
with our Dedication. It began the evening following the dedication service 
and continued througliout the week. In spite of a flu epidemic in the 
"Springs," our attendance averaged over 80 and several decisions for Christ 
were made. One evening Bob Thompson announced that we would do 
something that had never been done before in the "Springs." After the 
people set the attendance goals, he informed them of their possible re- 
ward. Namely, if our Sunday morning worship service numbered 225 the 
pastor would sing a solo in the evening service (perish the thought!). And 
if it reached 250 Bob would accompany him on the guitar (imagine!). The 
congregation accepted the challenge and went to work with mailings, 
phone calls, home visitation and even spots on a local radio station. The 
result? Two hundred and twelve people were present on Sunday morning. 
Even the advertising manager from the radio station was there with his 
family! Our previous "high" for a service was 1 85. 

Although the goals were not reached, the special was presented in grati- 
tude for the congregation's hard work. "Gold record" plaques were pre- 
sented to both the pastor and evangelist for their "courage." Also, a lovely 
cake made by one of our ladies was presented to Rev. Bob Thompson. It 
was enjoyed by all in the fellowship hall following the closing evening 
service. 



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Taylors Take On 

Another 

Home Mission Church 



Rev. and Mrs. (Elaine) Terry 
Taylor have accepted the call to the 
Hope Grace Brethren Church, 
Hope, New Jersey, They started the 
big job of developing a Brethren 
Home Missions church in that city 
on February 1, 1975. 

Pastor Taylor graduated from 
Grace Seminary and became the 
first full-time pastor for the Grace 
Brethren Church, Lexington, Ohio. 
This church grew under his minis- 
try. A building program was com- 
pleted and he saw the church be- 
come self-supporting within a four- 
year period. 

The Taylors have served for an 
interim period at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Manheim, Pennsyl- 
vania. The Manheim men assisted in 
moving the Taylors to their new 
home missions ministry. This saved 
the local church and The Brethren 



Home Missions Council a sizable 
number of dollars. (Thanks, Men!). 
Pennsylvania is home to the Taylors 
and Hope, New Jersey, is just 
"across the border." 

This work has been developing 
under the leadership of the North- 
ern Atlantic District Mission Board, 
and the district pastors have been 
filling the pulpit each Sunday for a 
number of months. The Brethren 
Home Missions Council has ac- 
cepted the work and will be assist- 
ing the local church and district to 
provide a full-time salary for the 
Taylors. 

The Hope Grace Brethren 



Church is presently meeting in the 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church with a 
full schedule of Sunday services and 
a midweek Bible study and prayer 
time. 

Developing a Brethren Home 
Missions church today is difficult. 
The Taylors' desire to tackle an- 
other one is commendable. It will 
take the prayers of our Brethren 
people to accomplish the goal. Join 
your prayers with these Hope 
Brethren, the Northern Atlantic 
District and The Brethren Home 
Missions Council to develop a self- 
supporting Brethren church in 
Hope, New Jersey. # 



Rev. and Mrs. Terry Taylor 



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A home-mission church in Northern Indiana has grown from seven families 

to an average attendance of 600 in five years. Dr. Lester Pifer, executive 

secretary of The Brethren Home Missions Council, interviewed Pastor David 

Jeremiah about the key to the growth. 



A Pastor's 

Discovery 

Becomes a 

Church's 

Success 



Pastor 

David Jeremiah, 

3laci<hawk Baptist 

Church, 

Fort Wayne, 

Indiana 




The beautiful story of what hap- 
pens when a young man just out of 
seminary faces his responsibility and 
personal evangelism as a pastor-teacher 
is now being unfolded in a home mis- 
sion church in Northern Indiana. For 
some time we've been hearing of testi- 
monies of people being saved at the 
Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, pastored by Rev. 
Dave Jeremiah. A radio ministry, tele- 
vision ministry, a growing church, an 
excited group of people and a new 
Christian Day School are the wonder- 
ful results of what can happen when 
an evangelism explosion takes place. I 
made a trip to this church to get an 
on-the-spot view of what God is doing 
and to tape a testimony of how this 
wonderful story began. 

Pifer: Pastor Dave, I understand 
that there was a certain point in your 
ministry where you really got inter- 
ested in personal evangelism. 

Jeremiah: Well, you're right! I 
guess, like a lot of seminarians, I came 
out of Dallas in 1967 somewhat under 
the influence of theory, and felt in my 
own heart that all 1 needed was a pul- 
pit. I thought if I could just get behind 
that pulpit and preach, then men and 
women would come to hear and ulti- 
mately in some mysterious way they 
would get saved, and the church would 
grow. I remember the day when I was 
seated in my study and recognized the 
options that were open to our church 
for growth. One option was transfer 
growth. Then I thought of a church 
across town that was a notable church 
in our fellowship and realized that no 
one would come to a little group like 

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ours if that church were available. An- 
other option I considered was that of 
physical growth from new-born babies 
into the families that were already at- 
tending. But I wasn't sure I was ready 
[ to wait that long for growth to take 

place! As I began to read the Word I 
realized the only way a church could 
grow in God's way was for there to be 
spiritual multiplication. The thought 
struck me that though I had been 
through college and seminary, both 
very good schools and I had many 
courses in evangelism, that I was quite 
unprepared to go out and effectively 
lead people to Christ. I said to the 
Lord: "If You can't allow me the joy 
of being a soul winner in the truest 
sense of the word, then I ought to get 
out of the ministry because I don't 
want to spend my life trying to cover 
up my ineffectiveness in this area." I 
was also aware of the fact that I could 
not teach somebody else what I didn't 
know. I committed myself that day to 
become what I wanted my people to 
be. It was not a week from that point 
that God gave me the first soul as a 
pastor— even through my stumbling 
presentation of the Gospel. From that 
point to this day a number of things 
have happened to bring me to the 
place of seeing evangelism in its proper 
place in a pastor's life and in the 
church's life. 

Pifer: You really feel then that per- 
sonal evangelism on your own part set 
an example and gave you an illustra- 
tion that really transformed your min- 
istry? 

Jeremiah: Without question! I am 
convinced of the fact that if I had not 
come to the place where I was person- 
ally involved in evangelism, there 
would not be people in our church to- 
day who are personally involved in 
evangelism. We started from scratch. 
We did not inherit people who were 
soul winners. 

Pifer: Has visitation and outreach 
created new avenues for your minis- 



try? 

Jeremiah: Yes, visitation and evan- 
gelism has opened many doors to our 
community. I can name numbers of 
families in our church today who are 
saved, walking with the Lord, and in- 
volved in the leadership of the church 
as a result of our visitation program. In 
fact, just the other day I was looking 
at my board of deacons in this respect. 
I think of the 1 1 men on the board, 
five of them are men who personally 
came to know Jesus Christ through 
this church. They have grown and be- 
come a part of this fellowship. 

Pifer: What about your ministry 
tlirougli television and radio? 

Jeremiah: I consider sometimes 
television and radio to be pre-evange- 
lism in a sense. You know, it is used to 
break down the stony hearts of the 
people in the community. First of all, 
they must accept this place as a legiti- 
mate option for them to go to church. 
I'm sure it is true in the Brethren 
Church, too, but there are a lot of 
people who have strange ideas about 
the Baptists. Many times the radio and 
television opens the door for them to 
come to church. We have seen a num- 
ber of direct results from this avenue 
of approach. . . . But I have a personal 
conviction that God will only send us 
the people that we are prepared to 
take care of. And if we are not trained 
to handle the people that come to our 
church, even as prospects, v/e do not 
deserve the privilege of discipling 
them. 

Pifer: What has it done for the 
growth rate of your church and the 
Sunday School? 

Jeremiah: In the past five years, we 
have grown approximately 100 per 
year. The church started with seven 
families, and today we have a Sunday 
School that averages considerably over 
500 and a morning worship service 
that runs in excess of 600. I would 
certainly attribute a large part of that 
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Dr. Lester E. Pifer 



"I said to the Lord: 'If 
you can 't allow me the joy of 
being a soul winner in the 
truest sense of the word, then 
I ought to get out of the ministry 
because I don't want to spend 
my life trying to cover up my 
ineffectiveness in this area. ' It 
was not a week from that point 
that God gave me the first soul 
as a pastor. " 



March 15, 1975 



A PASTOR'S DISCOVERY . . . 

(Continued from page 9) 

growth to the salvation and disciple- 
ship of believers who have been won 
through the ministry of evangelism. 

Pifer: This is tremendous, Dave. 
Have you been able to get the coopera- 
tion and involvement of your people 
in the program? 

Jeremiah: One of the problems that 
often comes into a pastorate when we 
get excited about evangelism is that we 
want to do it overniglit. I recognize 
the foolishness of this thinking be- 
cause of some sound advice I have re- 
ceived from older pastors. 1 began 
about four years ago by training one 
man and then in turn he and I trained 
four others. Finally, today we have 
about 55 to 60 people involved in our 
evangelism training program who are 
faithful week in and week out going 
out to share the Gospel. But it didn't 
happen easily or quickly. We selective- 
ly chose people and trained them over 
a period of four years. 

Pifer: Can you describe a little bit 
in detail what type of program you 
have for training? 

Jeremiah: We are involved almost 
exclusively in the Coral Ridge pro- 
gram. Evangelism Explosion. We have 
made a few adaptations, but -we use 
James Kennedy's book and we con- 
tinue to see the Lord using this ap- 
proach in the lives of our people. 

Pifer: What about new people that 
come to know the Lord. Are they get- 
ting involved in this type of program? 

Jeremiah: We've discovered that the 
new converts are the best soul winners 
because they can still remember what 
it was like to be lost. They're excited 
about going out to share their faith. So 
we encourage them as soon as possible 
to get in evangelism explosion. We 
have many people who are won to 
Christ in one cycle and become train- 
ers or trainees in the next cycle as we 
go through the evangelism program 
again. 

Pifer: After being in the ministry 
for these years, what advice and coun- 
sel would you give to a young graduat- 
ing seminarian who is starting out to 



build a new church? 

Jeremiah: First of all, I think we 
need to get the mysticism and the 
fables about the ministry out of our 
minds. A church cannot grow unless 
the pastor has a heart for evangelism. 
As I said at the beginning, one of the 
fables we all have is that if we can just 
get a pulpit, people will just flock to 
hear us. I think most pastors discover 
that doesn't happen! We need to un- 
derstand that we are called to be pas- 
tor-teachers. It is our job to train, not 
just to teach— and there is a difference. 
As trainers we must be involved in the 
process! We must teach our people 
what we ourselves have internalized. 
The pastor, I believe, has to be the 
leader. He has to go ahead of his 



'7 began four years ago by 
training one man and then in 

turn he and I trained four 
others. Finally, today we have 
about 55 to 60 people involved 

in our evangelism training 

program who are faithful week in 

and week out going out to share 

the Gospel. " 



people. It is the pastor's responsibility 
to show them the way. By his own 
example, as Paul said to Timothy, we 
must do the work of an evangelist and 
be involved in sharing the truth of 
God's Word. 

Pifer: Could you give us just one 
illustration of some young man or 
woman that you've led to the Lord 
who has really been involved in this 
program? 

Jeremiah: It wouldn't be hard for 
me to do that. I could pick any num- 
ber of them. But let me tell you about 
the young man who closed the service 
in prayer tonight. His name is Gene 
McCoy. He is probably one of the big- 
gest men I've ever met— 6'9" and 
weighs about 340 pounds. He had 
been a Roman Catholic all of his life 
until one of his friends invited him to 
this church. About a year and a half 
ago I went to his home with two other 
people to share the Gospel. He had 



many deep questions about the truth 
and was not ready to make a commit- 
ment to Christ. However, he began to 
come to church both Sunday morning, 
Sunday night and even to prayer meet- 
ing. He heard the Gospel over and over 
again. I would often watch him from 
the pulpit and see him struggling dur- 
ing the invitation with his decision. 
One Wednesday night I saw him walk 
in and I said, "Hey, I want to talk to 
you." I brought him in and I said: 
"Gene, you know you've been waiting 
a long time and you've heard the Gos- 
pel for a number of months. Don't 
you think it's time you got this matter 
settled?" And he said, "Pastor, I really 
am ready." Together we got down on 
our knees and that night Gene McCoy 
opened his heart to receive Jesus 
Christ. Two weeks ago on Thursday I 
was home with the flu and wasn't able 
to attend visitation. At 10:30 my 
phone' rang and it was Gene. He said: 
"Pastor, I know you're not feeling 
good, but I didn't think you would 
mind if I called you to tell you that I 
just had the joy of leading my first 
soul to Jesus Christ." A young lady 
came to know Christ as her personal 
Saviour. I guess I should share this 
sidelight. She came forward in the ser- 
vice the next Sunday and when I saw 
her in the hallway I introduced myself 
and told her I was her spiritual grand- 
father. She looked at me quite un- 
knowingly, so I explained to her that 
it had been just a little over a year ago 
that I had the joy of leading Gene 
McCoy to Christ. Now I had seen him 
have the joy of leading her to Christ. I 
don't know how you can compare the 
joys of the pastorate, but that certain- 
ly has to be one of the greatest! It is 
exciting to see your people catching 
hold of this truth and going out to do 
the job to which God has called all of 
us. 

• • • • • 

Our GROW materials and program 
have been designed and are available. 
However, as Pastor Jeremiah has 
stated, unless the pastor recognizes the 
need for personal evangelism, there 
will be no growth. All of our Brethren 
home mission points need this kind of 
an evangelism experience in their foun- 
dational years. # 



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March 15, 1975 




NEWS SUMMARY 

FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Roanoke, Va. Mr. G. Douglas Witt has accepted the call as 
youth pastor of the Patterson Memorial Brethren Church. He 
will graduate from Shenandoah Bible College of Roanoke this 
May. Daniel Eslileman, pastor. 

Hagerstown, Md. The Calvary Brethren Church has extended 
a call to Rev. Curtis Stroman to become pastor. He began 
his ministry on a part-time basis Mar. 2, He will devote full 
time to the pastorate in June when he and his family move 
to the area. Their address will be 241 Bryan PL, Hagerstown, 
Md. 21740. Please change yom Annual. 

Northwest District. Three Brethren girls from this district 
have recently received recognition as city queens. Miss 
Jenni Terrell, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. John Terrell, was 
named "Miss Sunnyside." Miss Lyn Cherry, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Albert Cherry was named "Miss Yakima." Miss 
Brenda Norwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Norwood, 
was named "Miss Kent." William H. Schaffer, correspondent. 




Mrs. Maude McDonald of Alexandria, Va., holds her Faithful Service 
Award. 

Alexandria, Va. A surprise party was given honoring Mrs. 
Maude McDonald on her 80th birthday Jan. 26. A member of 
the Grace Brethren Church for 1 8 years, she received a 
Faithful Service Award and a religious painting from the WMC. 
Birthday cake and punch were served. Kenneth L. Teague, 
pastor. 



Washington, D.C. (EP)~The National Religious Broadcasters, 
at their 32nd annual meeting here, inducted four persons 
into the newly established Religious Broadcasting Hall of 
Fame. 

Posthumous awards were given to the late Dr. Charles F. 
Fuller, founder in 1924 of "The Old-Fashioned Revival 
Hour," and the late Dr. Walter A. Maier, first speaker on 
"The Lutheran Hour" which went on the air in 1930. 
Receiving their Hall of Fame trophies in person were Dr. 
John E. Zoller, at age 85, the oldest living radio religious 
broadcaster; and Dr. Clarence W. Jones, co-founder of the 
Voice of the Andes shortwave missionary radio station, 
HCJB in Quito, Ecuador. 

Kokomo, Ind. Rev. Larry Gegner will begin as pastor of the 
Indian Heiglits Grace Brethren Church Mar. 24. His address 
will be 5820 Council Ring Blvd., Kokomo, Ind. 46901 . Please 
change your Annual. 

Elkhart, Ind. Rev. Robert Crees is serving as Minister of 
Visitation at the Grace Brethren Church. His address remains 
the same as listed in the Annual. 

Camden, Ohio. Rev. Arthur Sprunger is now pastor of the 
First Brethren Church. His address is 189 N. Second St., 
Camden, Ohio 4531 1. Please change your Annual. 

Parkersburg, W. Va. In June, Rev. Melvin Hobson will 
terminate 1 1 years of pastoral ministry at the Grace Brethren 
Church. His future plans are indefinite. 
In recent meetings with Rev. Nathan Meyer, there were 
16 public decisions, one to receive Christ. 

Full-color bulletins with your church picture, only S2.30 
per 100. The printing department of the Missionary Herald 
Co. offers a high-quality 4-color bulletin (8'/2xl 1" size) at 
a very reasonable price . . . 12,500 bulletins (minimum order) 
for $2.30 per 100, or a total cost of S286.50, plus postage. 
A number of our Brethren churches have taken advantage of 
this offer, including: 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

First Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio 

Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Gay Street Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

Calvary Brethren Church, Kettering, Ohio 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 
In addition to our Brethren churches listed above, the 
Wheaton Christian Grammar School and several Baptist 
churches have placed orders for full-color bulletins. 
For further information regarding a bulletin for your 
church, write to Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 



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Kinshasa, Zaire (EP)-President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire 
has threatened to close down all Roman Catholic churches in 
the country, government-controlled Kinshasa Radio reported. 
The broadcast said the threat was made by the President at 
a public rally here. It said the President charged that the 
Catholic Church in Zaire had "continually opposed official 
policy decisions" by the government. 
It quoted Mr. Sese Seko, who was baptized a Catholic, as 
saying he would shut down the churches if the clergy 
persisted in "commenting" in Zairean politics, or in 
distributing leaflets critical of government policies. 

Change. Rev. H. Fenton McDonald, 1439 Melwood Dr., San 
Jose, Calif. 95118. Please change your Animal. 

Washington, D.C. (EP)— President Gerald R. Ford, appearing 
before some 100 Senators, Representatives, Ambassadors and 
government officials, besides more than 1 ,000 delegates at 
the Congressional Breakfast of the National Religious 
Broadcasters here Jan. 28, urged his listeners to "keep 
strong the spiritual and moral ties that bind us together as 
a nation," and added that "all of us need the sure guidance 
of God in whatever we do." 

Quoting Proverbs 3:5-6, to which his Bible was opened as 
he took the oath of office as President, Mr. Ford stressed 
the fundamental principle of the separation of church and 
state, but viewed the Constitutional decree as one "never 
intended to separate public morality from public policy." 
The President spoke following a message by Billy Zeoli, 
president of Gospel Films, Muskegon, Mich., in which he 
applied the required discipline of sports to that of all-out 
effort required to succeed in the Christian life. 
The National Religious Broadcasters is an association of 
religious broadcasting organizations comprising about 
three-quarters of the total religious radio and TV programs 
in the USA. Dr. Ben Armstrong serves as NRB Executive 
Secretary in the Morristown, N.J., national headquarters. 



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

Irene Geisweidt and Robert Blough, Jr., Oct. 7, Grace 
Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa. 

Sandra Meadows and 0. V. Watts, Dec. 28, Clayhole Brethren 
Church, Clayhole, Ky. Ceremony performed by Rev. Sewell 
Landrum, assisted by Rev. Richard Boggs. 

Kim Stringer and David Goehring, Jan. 1 1 , First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Connie Smith and Dennis Brock, Jan. 25, Grace Brethren 
Church, Elkhart, Ind. 

Betty Jo Helmbold and Steve Petry, Feb. 22, First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

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Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio. Ceremony performed by 
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PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice ot nioetings to appear In this coUiinn must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Findlay, Ohio. Mar. 23-28; Glenn R. Coats, pastor; George Hamblin, 

speaker. 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Mar. 23-28; Merlin Berkey, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 

Maitland, Fla. Mar. 30-Api. 6; R. Paul Miller, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 

Waynesboro, Pa. Mar. 30-Apr. 6; Wendell Kent, pastor; Charles 

Turner, speaker. 

Vandalia, Ohio. Apr. 6-11; Everett Caes, pastor. Bill Smith, 

speaker. 



A Memort/ 



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

BROWN, Florence, Feb. 5. She was a member of the West 

Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. Robert Holmes, 

pastor. 

CLINE, Laura Jean, 7, Jan. 24. She was the daughter of 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cline of the Grace Brethren Church, 

Elkhart, Ind. Robert Kern, pastor. 

DALEY, Gayell, 79, Aug. 31. She was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 49 years. G. Forrest 

Jackson, pastor. 

HOLE, Charles, Nov. 10. He was from the First Brethren 

Church, Dayton, Ohio. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

LANDRUM, Serena, 97, Jan. 25. She was the inother of Rev. 

Clyde Landrum and Rev. Sewell Landrum, both Brethren 

ministers. A memorial service was held in Clayhole, Ky. 

MATTHEWS, Nell, 70, Sept. 6. She was a member of the 

First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 37 years. G. 

Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

MYERS, Bertha Mae, 81 , Feb. 3. She was a deaconess in the 

First Brethren Church of Washington, D.C, for 25 years. She 

was the mother of Rev. M. Lee Myers of Roanoke, Va., and 

Mrs. P. Fredrick Fogle of Delavan, Wis. The funeral was held 

at Mechanicsburg, Pa. 

SHIPLEY, Carrie, 90, Nov. 10. She was a member of the 

First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 41 years. All three 

of her sons are active members in the Dayton First church. 

Harry Shipley is a member of the board of trustees of The 

Brethren Home Missions Council. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

SMITH, Homer, 83, Nov. 14. He was a member of the First 

Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 49 years. G. Forrest 

Jackson, pastor. 

SMITH, Robert IV., Jan. 29. He was a member of the Indian 

Heiglits Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. 

SNIDER, Claude, 83, Jan. 20. He attended the First 

Brethren Church of Martinsburg, Pa., and was a longtime 

supporter of Brethren ministries. He was the father of Rev. 

R. Wayne Snider, professor at Grace Schools, and Mrs. 

Charles Koontz of Winona Lake, Ind. William Snell, pastor. 

TRISSEL, Emma, 64, Nov. 26. She served as a deaconess for 

15 years at the First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. G. 

Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

WOODFORD, Harry, 73, Feb. 2. He attended the Ghent 

Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. M. Lee Myers, pastor. 



iVIarch 15, 1975 



13 




Mathematics 
of God's Grace 



By the late Dr. Alva J. McClaIn 

Founder and First President 
Grace Theological Seminary 

There are at least three possible 
ways in which a theological system 
can be constructed for the purpose 
of putting the Christian under law: 

a. A system which would place 
the Christian under the total law, 
including all its elements and pen- 



alties. This is pure Judaism. 

b. A system which would place 
the Christian under the moral law 
and its penalties. This is moral legal- 
ism. 

c. A system which would place 
the Christian under the moral law 
stripped of its proper penalties. 
This might be called a "weak and 
beggarly" legalism (cf. Gal. 4:9). 

It is this third system that de- 



serves the severest criticism. 

It employs an unscriptural termi- 
nology, taking only one element of 
the law and divesting even that of 
its sanctions, and then calls it "the 
law of God." In the Bible "the law" 
is a unity which includes all its ele- 
ments with its penalties. 

Claiming to honor the law of 
God, the system actually dishonors 
the law, especially because it re- 
duces the holy law of a holy God to 
the level of mere good advice, com- 
parable to some of the legalistic 
functions of the United Nations 
organization. 

This ultimately moves in the 
direction of theological disaster, 
bringing and compounding con- 
fusion into our views of sin, of sal- 
vation, of the work of Christ and 
even of the doctrine of God. 

Worst of all, this abstraction of 
the moral element from the cere- 
monial element in Old Testament 
law, and its ipposition upon the 
Christian as a rule of life, has a 
grave spiritual and moral danger. 
For it is precisely this ceremonial 
element which provides the context 
of grace for the moral element, and 
this context of grace provides the 
great motivating principle which se- 
cures the fulfillment of the moral 
element of the law. Thus this kind 
of legalistic morality defeats itself. 

The Word of God condemns un- 
sparingly all attempts to put the 
Christian believer "under the law." 
The Holy Spirit through the Apos- 
tle Paul gave to the church the 
Book of Galatians for the very pur- 
pose of dealing with this heresy. 
Read this epistle over and over, 
noting carefully the precise error 
with which the writer deals. It is 
not a total rejection of the gospel 
of God's grace and a turning back 
to a total legalism. It is rather the 
error of saying that the Christian 
life, having begun by simple faith in 



Christ, must thereafter continue un- 
der the law or some part of it. This 
is clear from the apostle's indignant 
charge: "This only would I learn of 
you. Receive ye the Spirit by the 
works of the law, or by the hearing 
of faith? Are ye so foolish? having 
begun in the Spirit, are ye now 
made perfect in the flesh?" (3:2-3). 
Little wonder that he begins the 
chapter with a cry of astonishment, 
"0 foolish Galatians, who hath be- 
witched you, that ye should not 
obey the truth . . .?(3:1). 

And having pursued his devastat- 
ing argument against this type of 
legalism through chapter 3 and into 
chapter 4, showing that the re- 
demption of God in Christ has set 
us free from all the bondage of the 
law, he again asks with irony, "But 
now, after that ye have known 
God, or rather are known of God, 
how turn ye again to the weak and 
beggarly elements, whereunto ye 
desire again to be in bondage?" 
(4:9). And then he adds, "I am 
afraid of you, lest I have bestowed 
upon you labour in vain" (4:11). 
"Ye did run well; who did hinder 
you that ye should not obey the 
truth?" (5:7). As for the preacher 
who had introduced this heresy 
among the flock, Paul writes by in- 
spiration of the Holy Ghost, "He 
that troubleth you shall bear his 
judgment, whosoever he be" 
(5:10). 

That this matter was no mere 
case of theological hairsplitting (as 
some today are accustomed to 
charge) is made clear in the very be- 
ginning of the Book of Galatians. In 
seeking to add some modicum of 
law to the gospel of God's grace, 
these legalistic teachers are preach- 
ing "another gospel" (1:6). Paul 
hastens, however, to add that what 
they are preaching is really "not an- 
other" gospel at all, for the very 
meaning of the term "gospel" ex- 



cludes all works of law. And so, 
strange as it may seem to some, for 
anyone to add any law (no matter 
how worthy) to the simple good 
news of God's grace in Christ, is 
actually to destroy the gospel as 
gospel! It is no longer gospel at all! 

And so the problem becomes very simple: El\ 
grace through faith plus nothing, or He will r\ 
matter of fact, even an omnipotent God can : 
way— that is, by grace. 

If even the smallest item of the law 
should be added to the gospel and 
made binding upon believers, so 
that the requirement now becomes 
"believe" plus something else in 
order to be saved, the soul which 
accepts this "plus something else" 
automatically becomes "a debtor to 
do the whole law" (5:3). For such a 
one, the apostle warns, "Christ shall 
profit you nothing" (5:2). 

And so the problem becomes 
very simple: Either Christ will save 
you by grace through faith plus 
nothing, or He will not save you at 
all! As a matter of fact, even an om- 
nipotent God can save sinners in 
only one way-that is, by grace. Be- 
cause of what God is and because 
of what we are, there is no other 
way. Paradoxical as it may seem, 
this is one place where the addition 
of something finite actually results 
in a subtraction which is infinite. 
Such is the mathematics of grace. If 
the sinner adds anything, he loses 
everything. If he adds nothing, he 
wins everything. 

Understanding this, we can then 
accept sympathetically the ulti- 
matum of Galatians: "But though 
we, or an angel from heaven, preach 
any other gospel unto you than 
that which we have preached unto 
you, let him be accursed" (Gal. 
1:8). m 

Adapted from Dr. Alva J. McClain's 
book Law and Grace, published by BMH 
Books, Winona Lake, Indiana. 



'-Christ will save you by 
we you at all! As a 
> sinners in only one 



News 

Notes 

from 

Grace 

College 



Progress toward Regional Accreditation at Grace Col- 
lege continues with the recent receipt of the report of a 
North Central Association diagnostic team which visited 
the campus in November. Citing Grace for its "most strik- 
ing .. . strong sense of commitment of students and facul- 
ty to the goals, purposes, and procedures of the college," 
the team recommended that Grace pursue plans to apply 
for full accreditation this spring-a year earlier than origi- 
nally planned. A comprehensive Self-Study document is 
now under preparation by Institutional Self-Study Com- 
mittee Chairman Dr. Vance Yoder and Self-Study Coordi- 
nator Terry White, which will be presented to NCA by 
May 1, 1975. A diagnostic team visit should come in the 
fall, with a decision on full accreditation being reached 
next spring. 

The 24th Annual Grace Bible Conference was held 
February 1 1-14 on campus. Dr. Paul R. Bauman, formerly 
with the Grace administration, presented illustrated lec- 
tures on the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. Dr. James 
Engel of the Wheaton (111.) College graduate school com- 
munications faculty presented a stimulating set of lectures 
to the combined college and seminary student bodies on 
the application of communication and decision-making 
models to evangelism. Dr. Howard Sugden, pastor of the 
South Baptist Church of Lansing, Michigan, spoke on 
practical aspects of the ministry. Many pastors, alumni 
and friends of Grace Schools returned for the conference, 
including approximately 60 who attended the seminary 
alumni banquet Wednesday evening of the week. Many 
conference guests also saw the Lancers drop a "heart- 
breaker" to Indiana Tech, 100-98, in an MCC basketball 
thriller on Tuesday night. 

Enrollment Figures for Second Semester are now com- 



plete, showing a slight drop in the college but an identical 
enrollment with first semester for the seminary. In the 
graduate school the 321 figure remained stable, although 
some 24 new students entered the seminary at midyear. In 
the college, the total enrollment went from 731 in the fall 
to 657 for second semester. Most of the loss was in part- 
time students, however, with the second semester total of 
full-time college students standing at 553, up three stu- 
dents from last spring. According to Ron Henry, Director 
of Admissions and Registrar for the college, applications 
for next year are running ahead of last year's all-time 
record enrollment. 

A Perfect Grade Point Average for the fall semester was 
earned by 1 1 college students. Those completing the 
semester with a flawless 4.0 mark were Bruce Barlow, 
Bobbi Cass, Brenda Elder, Sarah Hawley, Eugene Inman, 
Jr., Barbara Mineely, Daniel Moeller, Karen Murphy, 
Philip Norris, Dan Ramsey, and Pam Taylor. Others on 
the Dean's List included Jane Fretz (3.96), Peggy Yoder 
(3.94), John Pritchard (3.93), Marlene Root (3.93), Alice 
Wallace (3.93), Dale Lapp (3.92), David Melton (3.92), 
Ruth Keffer (3.91), Susan Blood (3.90), Rebecca Pappas 
(3.90). 

A Christian Writer's Workshop held by seminary alum- 
nus Norman B. Rohrer, now Executive Secretary of the 
Evangelical Press Association, on campus January 24 drew 
some 64 writers and prospective writers for the four-hour 
instructional session. A free-lance writer with over 1 1 
books and 8,000 articles to his credit, Rohrer was the 
founder and first editoi- of the school newspaper, the 
Sounding Board. Free-lance writers came to Grace for the 
workshop from as far away as Indianapolis and Crawfords- 
ville, Indiana; and Jackson, Michigan. 

Easter Vacation Itineraries by traveling representatives 
of Grace Schools will include the Drama Team, directed 
by Prof. Stephen Grill, to Ohio and Pennsylvania; Prof. 
Donald Ogden and the Freshman Choir in the Great Lakes 
area; "His Followers" musical team to the Northwest; and 
the baseball and golf teams will go south. 

The First Winterim at Grace Schools enrolled nearly 40 
students in a short-course style session which took place 
between Christmas and the beginning of second semester 
in late January. Marriage and the Family, taught by Prof. 
Kenneth Taylor, had 21 enrolled. Dr. Donald B. De Young 
had 10 participating in an astronomy course. Seven were 
enrolled in Rapid Greek Reading taught by Dr. Charles 
Smith. One college student, Dennis Schultz, participated 
in a Washington, D.C., journalism internship under the 
direction of Prof. Terry White. 

Dates to Remember for the remainder of the semester 
include Easter vacation (March 21-30); Missionary Confer- 
ence, April 8-11; Parents Weekend and Fine Arts Festival 
(May lO-1 1); Baccalaureate (7:30 p.m. May 22) and Com- 
mencement (10:00 a.m. May 23). # 



16 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Under the direction of Prof. 
Stephen A. Grill, a newly formed 
Grace College Drama Team will take 
an Easter Tour to Ohio and Pennsyl- 
vania, March 22-30. This team will use 
the form of drama known as Reader's 
Theatre, allowing them to adapt to al- 
most any performing situation, yet 
providing a message with a deep and 
moving impact for the audience. 

The group's presentation will in- 
volve musical selections and individual 
monologues which focus on the cruci- 
fixion, in addition to the central work, 
"Were You There?" This drama in- 
vestigates the personalities of those 
who were in some way involved with 
the death of Jesus. And it shows that 
because we possess some of the same 
attitudes, we are also guilty of His 
death. 

Professor Grill, a 1970 Grace Col- 
lege graduate with the B.A. in Speech, 
received his M.A. in Theatre from Ball 
State University in 1972 and is cur- 
rently working toward the doctorate 
in speech at Indiana University. In 
addition to his teaching load, he has 
the responsibility of preparing the dra- 
matic productions each semester. His 



interest in ministering through drama 
has resulted in the founding of the 
team. 

The eight team members represent 
all of the college classes and a variety 
of majors. Rick Coldren (junior) and 
Christi Coldren (freshman) are brother 
and sister from Columbus, Ohio. Rick 
is a music education major with a 
Bible minor. Christi is a nursing major. 
Also from Columbus is Mrs. Becky 
Pappas (junior) whose husband, John, 
is a middler in Grace Seminary. 
Becky's major is English and her minor 
is speech. 

From Rittman, Ohio, comes Nancy 
Emch (junior). Nancy is a music edu- 
cation major and has held supporting 
roles in the college's spring musicals 
for the last two years. Majoring in his- 
tory and minoring in Bible, Dave Grif- 
fith (senior) brings to the team wide 
experience in traveling with gospel 
teams as well as holding lead roles in 
the college musicals. Dave's home is 
Souderton, Pennsylvania. Rowland 
Kisner (senior) from Akron, Ohio, sup- 
ports a double major of math educa- 
tion and Bible and was highly com- 
mended by the audiences for his lead- 



ing role in the Fall '74 dramatic pro- 
duction on campus. 

The seventh and eighth team mem- 
bers, both junior speech majors with 
supporting minors in psychology are 
Steve Munday from Parkersburg, West 
Virginia; and Jane Lengyel from Quill 
Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

The team's itinerary will be: 
March 23 (Palm Sunday )- 

Grace Brethren, Fremont, Ohio 

(a.m. service) 

Akron First Brethren, Akron, Ohio 

(p.m. service) 
March 24— Travel Day 
March 25— Pike Brethren (7:30 p.m.) 

Conemaugh, Pa. 
March 26— Myerstown Grace Brethren 

(7:30 p.m.), Myerstown, Pa. 
March 27— Waynesboro First Brethren 

(7:30 p.m.), Waynesboro, Pa. 
March 28 (Good Friday)-First Breth- 
ren, Uniontown, Pa. 
March 29— Travel Day 
March 30 (Easter Sunday)— Sou thview 

Grace Brethren, Ashland, Ohio 

(10:00 a.m.) 

Fort Wayne First Brethren, Fort 

Wayne, Ind. (p.m. service). • 



March 15, 1975 



17 



The Richness of Religions Drama 



Drama in the Church 



"One by one, three dark-robed men stately make their way down the central 
aisle of the church. The first carries a small golden chest. Brilliantly carved, it 
glitters with gems. A gold-tassled. satin pillow couches an ancient silver bowl in 
which the second noble figure brings his offering. With head reverently bent, the 
last traveler carries an ornate vase in his trembling hands and bows low before a 
manger scene as did his friends. Mary and Joseph smile as the kings pay their 
homage to the King of Kings. " 

"They are alone and worried. Moving the stone from the tomb's entrance 
demands much more strength than they can provide. But the worries of the 
women turn to terror and then to delight as they see the angel and hear the 
glorious message, 'He is not here, for He is risen as He said. ' " 



These Biblical scenes were taken 
from two religious presentations: the 
first is from a seventh century Roman 
Catholic Liturgical Drama, and the 
second from a twentieth century 
Easter Play. Both scenes are timeless in 
their meaning and importance to the 
Christian. We identify and associate 
with the events portrayed and the 
truths tauglit, as did Christians of cen- 
turies past. 

What is it about visualizing these 
scenes in the mind's eye that gives 
them added meaning? Even more, why 
does actually seeing such scenes create 
the feeling of "being there"? This is 
drama. 

We have been moved to let our 
imaginations run free. We accept the 
fact that Johnny (who last month in 
Sunday School created a disturbance 
by flying his morning-bulletin paper 
airplanes) is the angel. We now visual- 
ize him as the bearer of the joyful 
news that Jesus is not dead, but alive. 
We no longer see Johnny ... we hear 



the angel's words. Our involvement is 
not from the church pew ... we have 
been transported back in time, nearly 
two thousand years, to a garden scene. 
We thrill at the words as though they 
had been spoken to us personally. 

Drama. It has happened. We have 
shared in the e.xperience of another 
througli a recreated situation. We ap- 
preciate the speaker who uses good 
illustrations, especially when we can 
identify with his characters. Such 
identification takes on a meaning for 
us that aids our understanding of the 
basic truths he intends. We become in- 
volved with the illustration. We see 
and feel his point. 

The Word of God unfolds drama to 
us as we become involved with the 
story of God's people. In Daniel 6, we 

By Stephen A. Grill 

Assistant Professor of Speech 
and Randy R. Maxson 
Grace College Senior 



"feel good" when Daniel obeys God 
and prays in his faithful manner -even 
though the decree has been passed for- 
bidding such. We are "pained" with 
King D.arius as he is tormented by 
what his own decree forces him to do 
to beloved Daniel. And we "rejoice" 
with Darius as we hurry to the den of 
lions at early morn, and hear Daniel 
cry, "0 King, live for ever. My God 
hath sent his angel, and hath shut the 
lions' mouths, that they have not hurt 
me . . . ." Such Biblical passages are 
delights for the mind's eye. 

The ordinary drama wants to re- 
create a situation so that the audience 
can be a part of it through their 
imaginations. The religious drama goes 
farther. It wants to create a scene that 
will help the audience understand 
more deeply the truths of God's Holy 
Word; whether it be to realize that in 
spite of lions and men, God is faithful, 
or to experience the thrill of resur- 
rection morning as the women did 
when they saw the empty tomb. 

The more vividly we can imagine 
the situation, the more completely we 
can understand its importance. The 
dramatic production aids our imagina- 
tions by supplying certain details. With 
these items furnished by visual and 
vocal means, the mind is more free to 
imagine and feel the depth of the 
meanings. 

To Teach Or To Entertain? 

We may well ask, "If it is such a 
good vehicle, why hasn't drama been 
used more in the church?" 

Modern drama was really given its 



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birth in the Roman Cathohc Church in 
the sixth century. At that time the 
dramas presented events from the 
Scriptures and were quite Biblical. As 
time went on, however, certain writers 
of dramatic scripts decided to use the 
medium to teach doctrine. When im- 
proper doctrine was taught, the faith- 
ful believers rejected the message and, 
unfortunately, also the medium. 

As the corruption within the 
Roman Church helped to mark its de- 
cline, the secular world saw the drama 
as a good form of entertainment— not 
just education. So, drama moved 
quickly into a nonreligious setting as a 
source of pleasure, and the need for 
professionals became apparent. These 
two facts of history are the ground- 
work for most of the present-day ob- 
jections to Christians being involved in 
drama: 

1. A play may be unbiblical or it 
may use bad theology and there- 
fore teach falsehood. 

2. Drama is often associated with 
professional theatre and the 
moral problems of actors and 
actresses. 

For these reasons, it is often sug- 
gested that Christians should not be in- 
volved with drama. But let us look 
deeper. 

If a play is unbiblical or presents an 
improper theology, lines may be 
changed to make it acceptable and cor- 
rect or another play may be chosen. 
Whenever a religious drama is pre- 
sented that teaches something op- 
posite to God's Holy Word, the error is 
in the choosing of that play-not in 
the fact that it is a play. Further, while 
many plays are not Biblical stories 
themselves, yet they are in harmony 
with Divine Truth. 

Drama often takes on associations 
with moral problems because of the 
basic need of every human: finding 
one's self— the search for truth. In 
some way, every drama represents an 
involvement in that search. The un- 
christian actors and actresses are in 



search of reality in their everyday 
lives. But when they represent a 
character in a drama, they never know 
if their own personality is the way life 
should be, or if the character of the 
play represents truth. Hence, they seek 
many avenues of life hoping to find 
the key to satisfaction. In such a 
search, the pleasures of the moment 
have great attraction. Without a solid 
foundation, any moral character dis- 
integrates. 

How different is the Christian 
dramatist! Because of a personal rela- 
tionship with the Living Truth, Jesus 
Christ, the Christian can take on a 
temporary portrayal of another person 
and understand that character's joys or 
sorrows as related to God's Word. 

Good literature of all ages opens 
doors of experience to the reader, al- 
lowing him to share in the creativity 
and experiences of others, and making 
him a more understanding and com- 
plete person. So, too, the acting of 
good dramatic roles will broaden one's 
vision to see the many sides of human 
feelings and thoughts. The more we 
understand about people, the better 
we can communicate our Saviour to 
them. 

On Getting Involved 

Consider the possibilities of drama 
in your own local church. There are no 
restrictions on who can do it: a youth 
group, the children in junior church, 
or perhaps two cooperating adult Sun- 
day School classes could start it off in 
your church by giving a short play. It 
is a rewarding experience to communi- 
cate through the dramatic medium, 
touching heartstrings that have been 
long unused, sharing thoughts no one 
else in the audience has thought, and 
helping to "fill-in" the parts of lives 
that need the experience you share 
with them. 

Many people are frightened at the 
prospect of memorizing the lines of a 
play. If this is your case, take heart. 
The world of drama is fast recognizing 
another way to present dramatic ex- 



perience and we, as Christians, can be 
in on the "ground floor" of this new 
field. A relatively untapped resource, 
with tremendous potential in the 
church, is the Reader's Theatre, which 
operates on a few simple principles yet 
has the same depth of dramatic feeling 
and involvement as does a play. Read- 
er's Theatre takes a piece of good liter- 
ature and through the reader's per- 
sonal familiarity with that literature, 
communicates it so that the audience 
shares in the moods and meanings of 
the work. 

One type of Reader's Theatre with 
which we are all acquainted is the con- 
gregational responsive Scripture read- 
ing. All it lacks to be true Reader's 
Theatre is prior preparation in the 
areas of emphasis, pronunciation, and 
so forth. 

By choosing a well-written religious 
play or a dramatic passage of Scripture 
and rehearsing the lines so that they 
are expressed in meaningful and dra- 
matic ways, a few people can read, 
without moving around to act out the 
parts, and create drama. The congre- 
gation must be willing to imagine that 
the costumes and props are really pres- 
ent and that the familiar faces are 
other characters. But if the readers and 
the listeners each do their part, the re- 
sult will be a beautiful experience in 
dramatic interpretation of literature. 

Are you interested? Try it. Experi- 
ment. You cannot go wrong if you 
keep the Lord Jesus foremost in your 
thoughts as you prepare. If you have 
questions about doing plays or Read- 
er's Theatres, seek out a Christian who 
has had experience with good drama 
and theatre, or consult some of the ex- 
cellent books on the subjects. 

Our Creator has endowed us with 
the emotions and feelings that are 
touched by drama. To learn the depths 
of the truths of God in this area is 
precious and sweet. May we help? We 
will be glad to, that Jesus might re- 
ceive glory and honor, and that the 
richness of religious drama might be 
yours. • 



March 15, 1975 



19 



An Easter Meditation 




A Sermon in Song 



ki«iasnat2£^ 



One of Shakespeare's characters in 
As You Like It speaks of finding 
"books in the running brooks" and 
"sermons in stones." A more realistic 
and more accessible source of sermons 
(besides those delivered from the pul- 
pit) is the hymnal. An e.xample is Cecil 
Frances Alexander's "There Is a Green 
Hill Far Away," for which several 
musical settings exist. Let us look at 
the life and character of the poet to 
see what may have prompted her to 
write these words. 

In 1823 a second daughter, named 
Cecil Frances, was born to Major and 
Mrs. John Humphreys in Tyrone 
County, Ireland. She spent her entire 
life in that land. Major Humphreys had 
served with distinction in the Royal 
Marines and at the time of Cecil's birth 
owned considerable property in North- 
ern Ireland. The family was literary- 
minded and created a weekly periodi- 
cal that was distributed only within 
the family circle. As a child Cecil was 
trained to write poetry, and her verses 
appeared regularly in the family publi- 
cation. 

In her teens she became interested 
in the "Oxford Movement," which had 
been active both politically and theo- 
logically during the Revolt of 1828-32. 
Some of her poems exhibit the moral 
tenets of this movement. The direct in- 
fluence of John Keble's Cliristian Year 
is apparent in Cecil's first volume of 
poetry, published when she was 23 
years old. These Verses for Holy 
Seasons constitute a "Christian Year" 
for children, and include a hymn for 
every Sunday plus a hymn for each 
special day provided for in the Angli- 
can Prayer Book. 

In 1848 a second book of her re- 
ligious verses appeared in print- 
Hymns for Little Children. More than 
a quarter of a million copies of this 
book have been sold. In its 72 pages 
Cecil Humphreys sought to cover all 
the points a child was expected to 



learn from the teachings of the Church 
of England in the catechism and the 
Apostle's Creed. Each poem was based 
on a verse or two of Scripture. The 
lyrics of the hymn we know as "There 
Is a Green Hill Far Away" appear on 
page 3 1 of Hymns for Little Children. 

Two years later Cecil married Wil- 
liam Alexander, rector in Tyrone, who 
17 years later became Bishop of Derry 
and Raphoe. In 1893 he was made 
Archbishop of Armagh, the Primate of 
all Ireland. As a pastor's wife, Mrs. 
Alexander was a paragon. She at- 
tended service daily, she taught Sun- 
day School, and she gave unstintingly 
of her time and energies in attendance 
upon the sick, the poor, and the 
needy. 

Busy as she was, she still found 
time to pen verses. In addition to 
authoring almost a dozen volumes of 
poetry, she contributed to various 
journals. Several anthologies compiled 
during her lifetime contained her 
works. One of her poems, "The Burial 
of Moses." was praised highly by 
Tennyson. More than 400 of Mrs. 
Alexander's poems are in existence, 
which have been set to music. Perhaps 
those most familiar today are "There 
Is a Green Hill Far Away," "Once in 
David's Royal City," and "Jesus Calls 
Us." Mrs. Alexander died in London- 
derry, Ireland, on October 12, 1895. 

Examination of her poems indicates 
that she wrote for persons of all ages, 
but it is as a writer for children that 
she excelled. From her youth she had 
been interested in children and young 
people, and many of her poems were 
intended for their education and en- 
lightenment. Closer scrutiny of "There 
Is a Green Hill Far Away" will bear 
this out. 

Based on John 19:17 and Romans 

By K Marie Stolba, Ph.D. 

Part-time Instructor in Music 
Grace College 



5:8, this poem's five stanzas illustrate 
that portion of the Apostle's Creed 
which affirms that Jesus Christ "suf- 
fered under Pontius Pilate, was cruci- 
fied, dead and buried" and to impress 
upon children that "while we were yet 
sinners, Christ died for us." 

Cecil Alexander did not "write 
down" to children, but expressed her 
thoughts with the utmost clarity and 
simplicity. There is not a word in this 
hymn too difficult for a child to un- 
derstand. At the same time, there is 
not a word in it too childish for an 
adult. 

"There is a green hill far away, 

Without a city wall. 
Where the dear Lord was crucified. 

Who died to save us all. " 

This first stanza sets forth the 
place, the person, and the purpose of 
the crucifixion. That "green hill far 
away" is the place called Golgotha, the 
place of a skull, outside the city wall 
of Jerusalem where Jesus died for our 
salvation: For all of us He suffered and 
died-boys and girls, men and women, 
children and parents. In four brief 
lines this is expressed: 

"We may not know, we cannot tell. 
What pains He had to bear; 

But we believe it was for' us 
He hung and suffered tliere. " 

Verse two deals with a mystery of 
the cross which only Jesus knows: the 
extent of the pains He had to bear, the 
agony of all He suffered there. This is 
followed by the confirmation of our 
belief as Christians that it was for us 
that He endured this ignominious 
treatment. 

"He died that we might be forgiven. 

He died to make us good. 
That we might go at last to heaven, 

Saved by His precious blood. " 

Thus the purpose of the crucifixion 
is reiterated in the third stanza, ex- 
pressed there in four simple proposi- 
tions: Christ died "that we miglit be 
forgiven," "to make us good," "that 
we might go at last to heaven," and 
that we miglit be "saved by His pre- 
cious blood." And, as if in response to 
the ubiquitous "Why?" which children 
ask most often, the fourth verse states 
the necessity of the cross: Nowhere 
was there a person except Jesus who 
was "good enough to pay the price of 
sin" and "to unlock the gate of heaven 



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and let us in." A child will readily ac- 
cept these truths and believe and trust. 
However, for some adults it seems too 
incredible, too simple, that Christ's 
sacrifice atoned for our sins and that 
the red of His shed blood washed us 
white as snow. 

"There was no other good enough 

To pay the price of sin. 
He only could unlock the gate 

Of heaven and let us in. " 
"Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved. 

And we must love Him, too. 
And trust in His redeeming blood, 

And try His works to do. " 

Finally, in the closing stanza— that 
verse which many composers have set 
as a refrain to be repeated after each 
of the other strophes-is the matter of 
reciprocity. "Dearly, dearly has He 
loved" and our responsibility as be- 
lievers is that "we must love Him, 
too." But there is a further responsi- 
bility—to "trust in His redeeming 
blood, and try His works to do." 

Mrs. Alexander wrote no idle 
words. She knew in Whom she be- 
lieved, what He had done for her, and 
in her own life she exemplified the re- 
sponsibilities she felt toward Him. 
These very lyrics were penned while 
she sat up all night at the bedside of a 
feverish child-a member of her Sun- 
day School class-so that the child's 
mother might get some much-needed 
rest. ". . . And try His works to do." 

She was a true helpmeet to her hus- 
band. Hers was a familiar figure walk- 
ing through the heather or riding 
across the moor-no matter what the 
weather-to carry food, warm cloth- 
ing, or medical supplies to the im- 
poverished and ailing in her husband's 
parish, and to procure or supply other 
assistance when necessary. For in- 
stance, when she found in one cottage 
an injured woman needing help, Cecil 
herself went daily to wash and dress 
the wound until heahng began and re- 
covery appeared certain. 

Reviewing the story of Cecil Alex- 
ander's life and reading the lyrics of 
"There Is a Green Hill Far Away," one 
is reminded of Christ's words, re- 
corded in Matthew 25:40: ". . . Inas- 
much as ye have done it unto one of 
the least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me." 

Many composers have set this poem 
to music. Charles Gounod learned the 
words from his daughter, Jeanne, 



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when she returned home to France 
after spending a year in school in Eng- 
land. He was deeply moved and im- 
mediately set the lyrics to music in a 
concert version which Queen Victoria 
is said to have favored. Several settings 
are in use today in hymnals, but the 
two hymn tunes commonly associated 
with the words are John H. Gower's 
"Meditation" and the music called 
"Stebbins" which was written by 
George C. Stebbins in 1878. The latter 
may be found as number 71 in Hope 
Pubhshing Company's Worship and 
Service Hymnal. 

Mr. Stebbins wrote in Reminis- 
cences and Gospel Hymn Stories that 
the music was written for special ser- 
vices in the Boston church, pastored 



by Dr. Pentecost. It was intended to 
be sung by a quartet. However, on the 
specified evening a severe storm raged. 
Three of the quartet members (and 
most of the congregation) stayed 
home, but Stebbins sang the new song 
as a solo. As no comments on the 
music were forthcoming, he concluded 
it to be a failure. Two months later Dr. 
Pentecost requested him to sing the 
hymn at a meeting in Providence, 
Rhode Island, and from that time on 
appreciation for the music grew, until 
today Stebbins' is one of the preferred 
settings. 

"Books in the running brooks?" 
"Sermons in stones?" Maybe not. But 
a sermon in song? Yes, indeed! 



March 15, 1975 



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Washington Perspective 



A breakfast at the Holiday Inn last 
spring resulted in my making it into 
the "big time" in Washington last Jan- 
uary. Let me tell you about it. 

During last year's Americans for 
America Week at Grace College, 
United Press International star re- 
porter Wesley Pippert was a featured 
chapel speaker. Over breakfast at the 
Holiday Inn, Mr. Pippert and Prof. 
Terry White began talking about the 
idea of Grace College journalism stu- 
dents spending an internship with 
Pippert in Washington, D.C. 

The idea was planted, began to 
grow, and finally reached fruition dur- 
ing this past Winterim term. For two 
weeks in January, I became Grace Col- 
lege's first Washington, D.C, journal- 
ism intern. 

A four-member conference was 
scheduled for Sunday evening, January 
5, in Woodbridge, Virginia. Over sup- 
per the four of us-Wes Pippert, Prof. 
White, Hope Hungerford (1974 Grace 
College graduate who graciously se- 
cured lodging for me with her parents) 
and I— laid the groundwork for the 
two weeks. 

The first couple days of the pro- 
gram I stuck close to Mr. Pippert, in- 
cessantly riddling him with questions 
about his deep-rooted faith, the wire 
services, Watergate, and the press. Dur- 
ing those first several days he kept 
apologizing for not producing much 
raw news (he was on assignment to the 
Watergate situation, and all was quiet, 



By Dennis Schultz 

Grace College Junior 

as the trials had ended January 1). 

Then while we were eating lunch at 
prestigious Old Ebbott's, the big story 
broke Judge John Sirica had released 
from prison Watergate defendants 
John Dean, Jeb Magruder and Herbert 
Kalmbach. After hustling back to the 
UPI office we cauglit wind that Kalm- 
bach was having a press conference, in 
only ten minutes! We caught a ta.xi to 
the conference and arrived just in time 
for the press statement. 

Later that afternoon we "staked 
out" Magruder's home in Bethesda. 
Maryland, awaiting his arrival home 
from Fort Holabird, Maryland. Many 
reporters, especially from the elec- 
tronic media, were already at the 
Magruder home when .we arrived. 

Seeing a national news story break 
riglit before my eyes made that day 
the most exciting one of my stay in 
Washington. 

Because his workload was unusually 
low (Watergate, I take it, is on low 
tide), Wes attempted to give me an in- 
side look at all of D.C. Phoning Chris- 
tian friends in politics and the media, 
Wes arranged for me to spend one 
whole day with each of the following: 
the editors of Christianity Today. 
especially News Editor Ed Plowman; 
Forrest Boyd, Mutual Broadcasting's 
chief White House correspondent; Wes 



Michaelson, legislative assistant to 
Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield; and 
Bill Willoughby, religion editor for the 
Washington Star News. 

These excursions enabled me to hit 
practically every area of D.C. Being 
constantly able to pick the minds of 
these Christian brothers in high posi- 
tions, especially about relating their 
faith to their vocation, was the pro- 
gram's higli point for me. 

During those two weeks 1 made the 
Washington rounds with a UPI Water- 
gate reporter, observed the White 
House press corps in action, sought 
out the philosophy behind Christianity 
Today, opened mail for a U.S. Sena- 
tor, and followed the daily routine of 
the religion editor of a large metropoli- 
tan newspaper. 

I witnessed how men of God were 
being used in our nation's capitol. But 
I also noticed the need for many more 
dedicated Christians in all levels of our 
governmental superstructure. 

This was truly a unique training op- 
portunity for me. I'm hopeful that we 
can take this journalism jaunt and turn 
it into the foundation on which to 
build a strong Washington journalism 
internship program. I'm also grateful 
to Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Hungerford, 
members of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington, for 
their hospitality and assistance in mak- 
ing this a worthwhile, stimulating edu- 
cational experience. # 




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The Fact and /Fiction 
About St. Patrick 



Be it Ireland or the United Stares, 
St. Patrick's Day is a great day for the 
Irish. Parades, debates, and the wear- 
ing of "the green" aU blend together 
on March 1 7 as the mode of the day. 

For the last 15 centuries writers of 
Irish history have disagreed on certain 
biographical data relating to Patrick's 
place and date of birth, death and 
burial. Song, forklore, legend, poetry, 
and mythology have had their many 
versions of the unbelievable feats of 
St. Patrick. These fictitious claims in- 
clude that he was an Irishman who 
drove the snakes from Ireland, and for 
all this he was raised to sainthood by 
the Roman Catholic Church. Legend 
says that "St. Patrick" rid Ireland not 
only of venomous snakes, but of the 
Druidical priests, who were Christiani- 
ty's major enemy. The Druids were 
ancient half-magician, half-wise men 
(or half savage), who built a complex 
stone observatory-calendar which is 
now located at Stonehenge, England. 
The Druids and the snakes, according 
to the legend, were cursed into obliv- 
ion by St. Patrick, so that "the earth 
swallowed them up." He banished the 
reptiles by beating on a drum with 
such fervor that he hammered a hole 
in the drum, and cleared Ireland "for- 
ever" from their curse. 

From Dublin to Belfast, and New 
York to San Francisco, March 17 will 
have its St. Patrick's Day celebrations. 
Celebrated as the Irish Cathohc pa- 
triot, St. Patrick will be remembered 
by "the wearing of the green." This is 
symbolical of Ireland as the Emerald 
Isle, so named because of the abun- 



By Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Dean of Students 

Associate Professor of Church History 

Grace College 

dance of green vegetation which is the 
result of frequent rains. 

There is strong evidence that Pat- 
rick was born at Kilpatrick in Dum- 
bartonshire, Scotland, on the Clyde 
River about A.D. 372 (some say 387). 
He is believed to have died on March 
17, 492, in his 121st year, and to have 
been buried at Downpatrick, Ireland. 

The Confessions, the letter to 
Coroticus, and the hymn "The Breast- 
plate," all came from the pen of Pat- 
rick. These contradict a great deal of 
the prevailing folklore. In Patrick's 
writing he relates how he was taken 
captive by Irish pirates when he was 
16 years old. Later he was sold into 
slavery, and he had to tend sheep for 
seven years in Ireland. During this 
period Patrick was brought under the 
preaching of the Gospel, and he ac- 
cepted the gift of salvation through 
Christ. He was convinced later that his 
"captivity" was God's way to turn him 
from his rebellion against his parents 
and the Lord. There is evidence that 
he was either associated with or was a 
member of the North Umberland 
Church, which was Scotch Presby- 
terian. 

He escaped from bondage in Ireland 
and went to Patrick's Dale in England, 
and there he founded Kirkpatrick 
(Church of Patrick) at Durham. Later 
he sailed from Llanbadrig for the con- 
tinent. Contrary to the admonition of 



Patrick's parents and friends, he re- 
turned to Ireland as a lay-missionary. 
During his lifetime he assisted in 
founding over 300 churches. 

History fails to support the many 
claims coticerning Patrick. He was not 
an Irishman, for his parents were 
Britons. He was not a Roman Catholic, 
and that church never canonized him. 
The Schaff-Hertzog Encyclopedia 
(Vol. VIII, p. 384) states that St. Pat- 
rick "passes as a saint merely by popu- 
lar approval." He did not drive the 
snakes out of Ireland, and this is mere 
folklore. 

One fact seems to surface; namely, 
Patrick was a born-again believer with 
a burden for the souls of men. In Ire- 
land, both Protestants and Catholics 
acknowledge the impact made by this 
man of God, and the largest Protestant 
church in Dublin, Ireland, is called St. 
Patrick's Cathedral. 

On March 17 people all over the 
world wear green ties, dresses, coats 
and other pieces of green apparel, but 
the green shamrock commemorates his 
use of it. On one occasion Patrick is 
said to have plucked a shamrock and 
used it to explain the mystery of the 
Trinity to his followers. He identified 
the three leaves as representing the 
three persons of the Trinity— Father, 
Son and Holy Spirit— and the stem as 
the three-in-one unity of the Godhead. 

Whether or not we "wear the 
green" on March 17, the zeal of Pat- 
rick for Jesus Christ and the souls of 
men ought to surge through our hearts 
as it should every day of the Christian 
pilgrimage. # 



March 15, 1975 



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We are pleased to announce this nnonth's selection of the Herald 
Book Club. The purpose of the Herald Book Club is twofold: 

— To keep Herald readers informed of the latest and best in Chris- 
tian literature. 

— To provide, at reasonable cost, a book each month as the Herald 
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There are no dues, membership rules, or minimum purchase require- 
ments. Purchase as many selections as you like. 



March's Herald Book Club selection is The Quest for Noah's 
Ark by Dr. John W. Montgomery. 




ABOUT THIS MONTH'S SELECTIOIM 

The "ark fever" continues and many Christians have caught it. In The 
Quest for Noah's Ark , Dr. John W. Montgomery presents one of the most 
complete pieces of research on this subject to date. He deals with the 
Genesis flood from a Biblical perspective, then gives a history of thoughts 
and attitudes from the church fathers regarding the ark. 

The most interesting portion of the book centers around the accounts of 
expeditions in search of the ark. These accounts cover several hundred 
years of man's desire to see and touch the ark. 

As a bonus this month we are offering a copy of Bible Truths by Dr. Alva 
J. McClain. An old favorite among Brethren, this booklet aids the study of 
Bible doctrines. 



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Volume 37 Number 7 April 1. 1975 

Foreign Missions, WMC and Christian Education Issue 

Post-Easter Paralysis 3 

Meet the Saraivas 4 

The Chateau Walls Speak 6 

A Trip to Argentina 8 

Toppling the Obstacles in Germany ... 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

Keeping Brethren Teens Brethren .... 14 

Creative in the Crucible 15 

Busy TIME in Africa 16 

What's a Little Princess? 18 

Yes Lord, I will 21 

Mini-Maxi Memo 22 




Cover Piioto: Missionary 
Roger Peugh (left) greets 
members of the congrega- 
tion after a service in 
Stuttgart, Germany. 
[Photo by Dan Hammers) 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the l\/!anaging Editor 

Mrs. Michael Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 



VIEMBER 



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LICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 




SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued on the first 
and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $4.25 a year; foreign, 
$5.00. Special rates to churches. 



DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. PIfer 
WMC-Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
SMM-Mrs. Kyle Bergen 
Christian Ed.— Rev. Howard Mayes 




Address your letter to the editor. Rev. Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. All letters must be signed, although names will not be used 
in the magazine. 



Dear Editor, 

I wanted to share my appreciation 
for your publication. The articles on 
"Discipline" and "Church Music" were 
excellent. 

Too often I feel we neglect these 
practical areas in our teaching and 
writing. I was so pleased to see a 
strong stand taken on the duplication 
of music. That has bothered me be- 
fore, but I thought I was being too 
sensitive. Another area where I feel 



this same principle is violated is in the 
duplication of tapes. Thank you again 
for speaking out on such vital issues.— 
Indiana 

Dear Mr. Turner, 

We have moved from Hatfield, 
Pennsylvania, where we were members 
of the Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, Pennsylvania— Pastor 
Robert Griffith. We are now living in 
Alexandria, Minnesota, where there is 



no Grace Brethren church. Because the 
Grace Brethren preach and teach the 
Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but 
the Bible, we wish to remain Grace 
Brethren if possible. 

Could you print something in the 
Herald to the effect that if there are 
any persons in our area that would be 
interested in starting a Grace Brethren 
church to contact us. Or if they prefer, 
contact someone at Winona Lake. We 
are open to any other suggestions. 

In Christ's love, 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley W. Greiner 

208 Oak Street 

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308 

Dear Greiners, 

Having enjoyed services at Penn 
Valley last fall, I can see why you 
would miss such great fellowship. We 
will carry your letter in the Letters to 
the Editor with your name and address 
and we will see what happens.— CWT 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reflections By Still Waters 



Post-Easter Paralysis 



There are two seasons of the year 
when the front seats of the average 
church are put into full service-Easter 
and Christmas. However, at other 
times of the year these same pews are 
sadly neglected. If a personal inspec- 
tion were made by the church trustees, 
I am sure they would note the lack of 
wear and tear on these seats nearest 
the pulpit. 

On Easter Day if you are not an 
early arriver at the worship services, 
you will be escorted by the ushers to a 
front seat. Even those "choice" seats 
are soon filled. (This is as close as 
some people get to a pastor during the 
entire year!) 

But now we are coming to the Sun- 
day after Easter and this is a different 
picture. The beautiful lilies are gone, 
the choir members are more somber, 
and the regular attenders have settled 
down to the normal group. I call it 
Post-Easter Paralysis. 




The symptoms of those who suc- 
cumb to this prevalent disease seem to 
fall into a set pattern. The victims felt 
well just exactly one week ago. In fact, 
they were planning and preparing to 
get to the Easter services at church. 
Clothing in the latest spring fashions 
had been carefully purchased for each 
member of the family. New dresses, 
suits, hats and shoes were ready to be 
donned for the church parade. It was 
Easter! There is one thing to do on 
that day and that is to go to church. 

But now, one week later, there has 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 
not been the great preparation. In con- 
trast, the family was up late on Satur- 
day night and no one set the alarm for 
Sunday morning. Each member of the 
family has been attacked by a strange 
malady. It affects almost the whole 
body. The eyes are extremely heavy 
and do not want to open. They have 
shut out the light. The legs will not 
move. There is a paralysis preventing 
them from getting out of bed. Some- 
times the sickness has other side ef- 
fects which constrain a person to be- 
come overly eager for news. So instead 
of going to church, the person involved 
soaks up vast amounts of information 
from the Sunday paper. 

Certain other people have a wild de- 
sire to treat the disease by moving 
about. This may take them on long 
drives through the country, or their 
excessive energy may be dispelled 
through a tennis game or a golf match. 
Whatever symtoms may be present, 
there is one common characteristic of 
Post-Easter Paralysis and that is the 
stress of church attendance cannot be 
endured. 

Easter Sunday finds the church 
filled to capacity, but on the Sunday 
following Easter vast areas of empty 
pews stare at the pastor. And it seems 
like the message of Easter has been 
lost somewhere in the wasteland of the 
secular week. The message of Easter is 
the dynamic account of Christ and His 
death which is followed by the glories 
of the resurrection. Hence, a new life 
in Christ is available to all and can re- 
sult in transformed lives. This new life 
is action packed, being energized by 
God's Holy Spirit and is marked by 
willing service, meaningful worship 
and joy in the Lord. It also stands in 
marked contrast to the once-or-twice- 
a-year church goer who is only moved 
to action on special days. 

One of the tragedies of Post-Easter 
Paralysis is that it seems to be an en- 
during disease. Once it has struck, the 
affliction generally remains active for 
months at a time. In many cases there 
is no rehef until mid-December when 



thoughts of the Christmas service be- 
gin to jump merrily into the minds of 
people. It is then soon time to dust off 
the front pews of the church once 
more because they shall be filled . . . 
briefly. 

What a sad pity this spectacle pre- 
sents to God- a God who deeply loves 
mankind and was willing to die that 
we might have life! He wants to see a 
consistent life dedicated to himself 
and His will. This idea of only includ- 
ing God in one's plans once or twice a 
year is a sinful shame. But it is one of 
the symptoms of this tragic disease. 

Fifty-two weeks a year it is a privi- 
lege to hear God's Word and worship 
Him. But to only attend God's house 
several times a year is evidence of a 
critical heart condition. It is good to 
keep in mind that you might have to 
make an unplanned and unscheduled 
stop at the church sometime this year. 
This time you miglit be all alone way 




down front in front of the front pews! 
(And then it is not good to be a strang- 
er to God!) 

There is a remedy though for the 
problem of Post-Easter Paralysis. It is 
simple, but not easy. First, there must 
be regeneration and salvation in Christ. 
The next step follows closely as a per- 
son falls in love with God and loves 
Him more than anything or anybody 
else in all the world. Then Christian 
service is not a burden but rather an 
expression of the heart towards God. 



April 1, 1975 



Meet the Saraivas 



Antonio Saraiva, his wife, Isabel, and their two boys. Edno 
and Edilson, are faithful members of the Castanhal, Brazil. 

congregation. 

The man of the family, Antonio, became interested in the 

Gospel when each special shopping day he passed a portable 

bookrack set up in the public market. One day he bought a 

Bible and began to read it. 

After hearing the Gospel. Isabel wanted to be a believer but 

was afraid that her father would no longer "bless" her if 

she became a Christian. But being deeply under conviction, 

she accompanied her husband as they made public declaration 

of their faith in Christ at a Sunday evening service in the 

church. They were baptized in March of 1969. 



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After being childless for several 

years, the Saraivas were overjoyed 

at the arrival of their two sons. 



As a businessman with his own location in the public market. 
Antonio buys and sells dried and salted fish. In this business he 
makes a comfortable living for himself and his family. 




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Isabel has an artistic talent (above) which she expresses 

by painting designs and decorations on various cloth objects. 

The family, while not large, keeps the mother busy at home 

preparing meals and taking care of the house (right). They 

are able to afford a refrigerator, gas stove, television, 

and a bicycle for transportation. 





Having returned to the Lord and 
His work in the church, the family 
now rarely misses a service. And 
the little girl who lives with them 
has also come to know the Lord. 



It is a great blessing to see 
the Saraivas coming down the 
street each Sunday morning, all 
four of them on the bicycle, smiling 
and happy in the Lord and their 
newfound dedication to Him. 




Good-by, Antonio and Isabel. It was a 
wonderful blessing to get acquainted 
with you and to know of your love for 
the Lord Jesus. 



A few weeks ago Antonio (left) gave his testimony in a church service, telling of 
how, after accepting the Lord and being baptized, he had gotten away from the 
Lord and had gone back into the worldly ways of his previous life. He attributed 
this to the fact that he had not kept reading the Word and had neglected prayer 
and witnessing. 

Isabel teaches a fine class of young people (right) in the Sunday School, is active 
in WMC and all other church functions. 





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First of a series by the Brethren mission staff in France — 

WttlU 



"It was the best of times, it was the 
worst of times, it was the age of wis- 
dom, it was the age of foohshness, it 
was the epoch of belief, it was the 
epoch of increduUty, it was the season 
of Light, it was the season of Dark- 
ness, it was the spring of hope, it was 
the winter of despair, we had every- 
thing before us, we had nothing before 
us . . ." (Charles Dickens. The Tale of 
Two Cities). 

I have seen the best of times, I have 
seen the worst of times. I was here for 
the Renaissance, the so-called age of 
wisdom, and I am still around for the 
twentieth century the age of foolish- 
ness. My land was given by a grandson 
of Charlemagne to one of his military 
leaders. In the fourteenth century the 
bishops of the nearby city of Macon 
built me as a country residence and as 
a fortress to protect their interests. 

Later I was attacked by Protestants 
who came down the river seeking to 
obtain by the sword the liberty they 
were denied by the king. I lived 
through some of the great moments of 
France's history. The revolution came. 
The common people, sick of the op- 




By Mrs. David Shargel 

pression of the rich, burned and pil- 
laged me. Later, after my ruins were 
partially rebuilt, 1 was acquired by the 
Schweitzer family. Though I would 
never know my former greatness, at 
least I could have the satisfaction of 
lodging great men. Both Albert 





Schweitzer the missionary and Jean- 
Paul Sartre the philosopher knew me. 
Then in 1957 I was purchased by a 
fruit grower, and my rooms which had 
once been full of people were full of 
apple crates. I was humiliated. It was 
the winter of despair and I had noth- 
ing before me. 

I was so lonely and then one night I 
heard footsteps. The Julien family was 
stumbling through my dark corridors 
trying to make themselves comfortable 
for the night. During the weeks that 
followed, I got a real spring cleaning. 
While my new owners were washing 
windows, scrubbing floors, screwing in 
liglit bulbs, mowing the lawn, and 



planting tlowers, 1 overheard snatches 
of their conversations and pieced to- 
gether the puzzle of my future. I had 
been purchased by the Brethren For- 
eign Missionary Society and was being 
turned into a big "open house" where 
French people could come to study 
the Bible and find salvation through 
Jesus Christ. I was to be a bridge over 
which Frenchmen could pass from in- 
credulity to belief, from darkness to 
light, from despair to hope. For many 
"my walls would be salvation and my 
gates praise" (Isa. 60:18). I had seen a 
lot of religion through the centuries, 
but the Juliens were not talking about 
religion but about regeneration. 

The start was slow. Lessons were 
otlen learned the hard way from the 
hand of mother-experience. Slowly, 
young people started coming to my 
weekend youth rallies. Only two at- 
tended the first rally-a young man 
named Daniel, who was learning to 
play the guitar, and Genevieve, a girl 
who couldn't stand Daniel so returned 
home. Was it the spring of hope? To- 



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day I occasionally see Genevieve, her 
husband and baby strolling through 
my grounds. They are serving the Lord 
in Lyon, 60 miles to the south. Daniel 
attended Bible school, mastered his 
guitar, married a lovely soprano, and 
returned to work on my staff so I 
often hear his tenor voice echoing 
down my halls. 

Many have come for a first-time 
visit just to look me over or to be 




polite to the friends who invited them, 
but found they could not stay away. 
They discovered the peace that comes 
with crossing the bridge from incredu- 
lity to belief. In these last ten and a 
half years so many people have come 
as skeptics within my walls and left as 
believers. Some, already believing, 
have come to strengthen their faith 
and widen their Biblical knowledge. 
Some American Brethren have come 
for a visit to get to know me better. In 
fact, several couples-the Hammerses, 
the DeArmeys, and the Shargels— came 
to visit me and have returned to be- 



OVERSEAS BRETHREN AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE 

One of the highlights of the Brethren National Conference this coming 
August will be the presence of representatives from most of our overseas 
churches. Each field was invited to send a delegate. The only condition 
placed upon them was the requirement that the person be one selected by 
the national church with that church assuming half the round-trip fare to 
conference. Thus far the response has been most encouraging and delegates 
are expected from the following fields: Argentina, Central African Repub- 
lic, Mexico, France, and Germany. These brethren will be guests in many 
of our churches if convenient itineraries can be worked out. 

The coming of these delegates will be one of the features of the Foreign 
Missionary Society's 75"^ Anniversary celebration at the conference. 



MISSIONARY WEDDING 

The first Brethren missionary wedding to take place in Africa in nearly 
50 years was held at Bata (Bible Center), Central African Republic, on 
Sunday, January 19, 1975, when Rev. Bruce Paden, Brethren missionary, 
and Miss Anita Sundquist, Swedish Baptist missionary, were united in 
marriage. An account of the wedding was printed in the February 1975 
issue of Foreign Mission Echoes. 

Among those present for the occasion were Dr. Kenneth Ashman, Rev. 
John Zielasko, and Rev. Gordon Austin, who comprised a Foreign Board 
delegation visiting in Africa at the time. 

The new Mrs. Paden will become a member of the Fellowship and the 
Brethren mission staff in Africa. The Padens are at home at Yaloke, 
C.A.R., where Mr. Paden is on the faculty of the James Gribble High 
School and the School of Theology. 



come a part of my staff. Some young 
people find that I also make a good 
bridge from celebacy to wedlock. In 
the months to come I will be telling 
you more about my job and will be 
introducing you to some of my 
friends. Friends who turned from their 
foolishness to God's wisdom, from 
their unbelief to faith in Christ, from 



darkness to light, from despair to 
hope. Friends who now "are sur- 
rounded by the walls of His salvation" 
(Isa. 26:1). 

Generations come, generations go. 
People come, people go. Some reject- 
ing the truth, others accepting. It is 
the spring of hope and we have every- 
thing before us. . . . # 



Artwork by Terry Julien 




YOUR WALLS UlLLBE 

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April 1, 1975 




The "Bible Coach," first mission vehicle 

In 1909, while most of the world 
waited to know the outcome of Ad- 
miral Peary's attempt to reach the 
North Pole, the attention and prayers 
of the Brethren Church went south, 
down below the equator. Argentina 
was chosen as a mission field when it 
was seen that although the populous 
coastal cities had some gospel witness, 
the vast, recently settled flatlands of 
the interior had no way of hearing the 
powerful message of God's love. Our 
first missionaries went 400 miles in- 
land from the eastern seacoast and 
purchased property in downtown Rio 
Cuarto. Now on this same spot stands 
the largest of our churches, cared for 
by a national pastor. It is a monument 
to heroic efforts on the part of mis- 
sionaries and nationals in spite of un- 
believable discouragements and dis- 
appointments, and clearly shows the 
loving faithfulness of our Lord. 

The mission in Argentina, now 66 
years old, is the oldest of the Brethren 
fields where missionaries have served 
continuously. The first missionaries. 
Dr. and Mrs. C. F. Yoder and Miss 
Bertha May Bell, sailed from the 
United States on August 2, 1909. Ten 
years later, in 1919, Dr. and Mrs. 
Clarence L. Sickel arrived in Argen- 
tina. 

Soon after arriving on the field the 
Sickels purchased a Model T truck 
chassis for the mission. On this chassis 
was built a coach which became 
known as the Bible Coach. It could 
hold a good amount of literature as 
well as provide sleeping quarters for 
several people. It was used by mission- 
aries and nationals to do colportage 
work in the various villages and towns. 
This proved to be a most fruitful min- 
istry. While the people wouldn't go to 



A Trip to 
Argentina 



meetings held by the evangelicals, yet 
they would go to buy Bibles and Chris- 
tian literature from them. This gave 
the Bible Coach workers an opportuni- 
ty to witness to the people. Later a 
public address system was added to 
the coach and a movie projector by 
which they showed Christian films. 
This would attract a crowd. Still later 
they began to take along a tent and 
hold evangelistic meetings. This minis- 
try was continued for a number of 
years, but was discontinued some time 
in the late forties. The Bible Coach 
was valuable in that it acquainted the 
people of the area with despised Prot- 
estants. They had opportunity to get 
to know them as they were and not as 
the priest said they were. The people 
learned that the evangelicals had an 
honest concern for them. They also 
found that they were moral people, 
which was quite in contrast to that 
which they saw in the Catholic 
Church. So, many listened intently to 
what the workers had to say, and 



many came to know the Lord. If the 
Bible Coach had been quite successful 
in a particular town, then the mission- 
aries would try to start a Bible study 
there and organize a church. It worked 
well, and churches are still in existence 
which were begun as a result of the 
Bible Coach ministry. 

Juan CoUe is now pastor of the old 
church in the central part of Rio 
Cuarto, and is also starting a new work 
in Gigena to the north of the city. (Mr. 
Colle is also on the editorial staff of 
the Child Evangelism magazine in 
Argentina.) The second Brethren 
church, located in the Banda Norte 
section of Rio Cuarto, does not have a 
pastor, but the work is carried on by 
the laymen; five of the men and their 
wives have had Bible institute training. 

In La Carlota, Horacio Bettinalio is 
the pastor. He also has a successful 
watch and clock store. Salomon Luque 
is pastor of the congregations in 
General Deheza and Cabrera. 

Angel Camandona, living in Alma- 




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^Cordoba 



Santa Rosa 

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Berrotaran • Deheza 



Cabrera 



Rio*Cuarto 



LaCarlota 



Huinca Renanco 



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Cordoba. 



fuerte, is pastor of that local congre- 
gation, and also is visiting pastor for 
the people of Tancacha, Berrotaran, 
and Santa Isabel. 

Jose Rueg is pastor at Rio Tercero, 
and also works in the military factory 
in that city. Victor Wagner is pastor of 
the church in Santa Rosa. 

The church in the city of Cordoba 




Capita), area 



is progressing well under the super- 
vision of Pastor Juan Colle of Rio 
Cuarto, but the work in the local 
church is done mainly by faithful and 
capable laymen. 

Fermin Campos, a lay preacher 
from the La Carlota congregation, 
cares for the work in Corral de Bustos. 

Huinca Renanco is without a pas- 



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Maconaghys 




tor, but faithful members keep the 
work going. Young men from the Rio 
Cuarto congregation help with the 
preaching. 

All of these congregations are in the 
Province of Cordoba in the interior of 
Argentina. Two other congregations 
belong to the fellowship of Argentine 
Brethren Churches- Don Bosco and 
Jose Marmol. Eduardo Coria is pastor 
at Don Bosco, as well as being em- 
ployed part time in a Christian record- 
ing studio. The Jose Marmol church 
does not have a pastor at this time, but 
Rev. Hill Maconaghy, who lives in 
Adrogue, is helping in the work there. 

Concerning the work of the mis- 
sionaries, the Maconaghys are mainly 
occupied with a Christian bookstore 
ministry. Their aim is to use the store 
as a means for reaching people for the 
Lord, hoping to get a congregation 
started in Lomas de Zamora, Buenos 
Aires, where the store is located. 

Rev. Solon Hoyt and family have a 
new Brethren church well on the way 
in Haedo, Buenos Aires. A house has 
been bought and remodeled for use as 
a church. Mr. Hoyt is field superin- 
tendent and bookkeeper. He conducts 
Bible classes in Belgrano and one or 
two other nearby communities. From 
time to time he travels to the interior 
for special meetings in the churches 
there. 

The need for a missionary to work 
with pastors and churches in the in- 
terior is causing the missionaries to re- 
evaluate priorities. Soon the Hoyts 
may move to a location more central 
to the majority of Brethren churches 
so that this need can be met. 

It should be mentioned that the op- 
portunities in Argentina have never 
been greater. Opposition from the 
Catholic Church is almost nonexistent. 
We who have been blessed with the 
good news of the Gospel cannot afford 
to waste the opportunity to carry the 
good news to this needy country. # 

Foreign Missions editor's note: The first 
part of this article is excerpted from "Fields 
in Focus," a booklet concerning the Breth- 
ren fields. The material on the Bible Coach 
is from a paper written by Mr. Peter Peer, 
Grace Seminary student. The information 
on personnel was supplied by Rev. J. Paul 
Dowdy, retired missionary who served many 
years in Argentina. 



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Left; The Peugh family— Roger and Nancy, 
Ryan and Philip. Above: A special number 
by girls of the congregation. Right: Mr. 
Peugh with a musical quartet from the con- 
gregation. 




Toppling Obstacles in Germany 



Six years ago the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society zeroed in on Stutt- 
gart, Germany, and a church-planting 
ministry began. We knew the work 
would be difficult, and our prelimi- 
nary report made shortly after the in- 
vestigation trip-began as follows: 

"In the beginning of a report such 
as this, I have a desperate desire to ex- 
press the faith of Caleb (Num. 13:30) 
and to minimize the problems that 
present themselves when one ap- 
proaches the work of church planting 
in Germany. Yet, the attempts, the ad- 
vice, the heartbreaks experienced by 
other missions in their approach to 
this needy land should teach, if noth- 
ing else, that the formidable obstacles 
the missionary must face should be 
well understood by both the mission- 
ary himself and his sending body, lest 
there be misunderstandings and frus- 
trations when the work does not pro- 
ceed as quickly as anticipated. 

"In the city of Berlin there is a 



A Moment with Missions 



By John W. Zielasko 



wall-a wall constructed by the Soviets 
and East Germans to keep their people 
from fleeing to the freedom of the 
West. In the political realm this wall 
exists, making a tragic physical separa- 
tion between a people. This wall can 
be neither scaled nor ignored. It is a 
concrete fact of life, and the only 
hope for its destruction is a military 
strategy which no one is willing to en- 
dorce. So, thousands remain trapped 
in a system from which there is no 
escape. 

"To me, the religious system in 
West Germany is similar. A wall con- 
sisting of various obstacles has been 



erected— obstacles that will keep mil- 
lions of Germans in spiritual igno- 
rance." 

But God has a way of solving tough 
problems. Consider what has been ac- 
complished during the lapse of time 
since 1968. 

The two major obstacles that the 
Brethren Church faced in Germany 
were: 

1) The danger of being stigmatized 
(unjustly, to be sure) as a cult or sect. 
If this tactic were successfully accom- 
plished by unfriendly forces, it would 
have hindered the development of the 
work for years. In fact, the possibility 



A meeting with five couples from the Stuttgart church group 




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Left: The prayer meeting group at Stuttgart. Right: They en|oy congregational singing. 



was great that our missionaries would 
never be able to change the image im- 
posed by that libelous label. That 
didn't happen. No matter what else is 
said about the work, all who are in any 
way acquainted with the ministry of 
our missionaries have to admit that 
it is well within the mainstream of his- 
toric Biblical Christianity. 

2) The other obstacle revolves 
around mission policy. We were asking 
our missionaries to do something that 
is unheard of in Germany: that is, to 
spark a movement which will result in 
the planting of German Brethren con- 
gregations. We were aware of the fact 
that several similar works had begun 
with rather successful Bible cfasses, 
only to disintegrate when attempts 
were made to organize into local 
churches. But our missionaries were 
willing to accept this momentous task 



and to seek a prayer-bathed strategy 
which would be blessed of God. It is 
much too early to predict complete 
success in this endeavor, but consider 
the following: 

* Attendance at Sunday services is 
now consistently in the sixties. 

* A group of people have identified 
themselves as members of the organi- 
zation. 

* A Foreign Board delegation, along 
with the missionaries— the Roger 
Peughs met with five couples from 
the church group. They asked us 
how they could become involved in 
our total worldwide program. This 
was a new experience for me as For- 
eign Secretary. Mostly mission 
churches are asking what we are go- 
ing to do for them! 

* When we expressed concern that the 



Left: Greetings after a service. Right: A building of the type the Brethren hope to obtain 
for their church meetings. 




work would take on an American 
cultural image and thus be greatly 
handicapped in growth in Germany, 
our German Christian brethren 
lauglied. We inquired why? They 
said our fears were groundless be- 
cause the Peuglis are so thorouglily 
German! What a glorious testimony 
to the acceptance of our missionary 
couple in Stuttgart. 

* The people themselves are now look- 
ing for another meeting place, since 
present quarters are inadequate. 

* Many of the church duties— treasur- 
er. Scripture reading, special num- 
bers. Child Evangelism classes, and 
so on-have already been taken over 
by the German Christians. 

* Giving to the Lord's work is good. 

* Shortly after we left, eiglit of the 
men met together to select a German 
name by which they will call them- 
selves (there are other Brethren 
groups in Germany). The name se- 
lected is Biblisches Missions Zentrum 
(Biblical Missions Center). 

One couple told us that many evan- 
gelicals in the State churches are disen- 
chanted with the low spiritual condi- 
tion and distressed with the enormity 
of unbelief in organized religion. These 
Christians are beginning to assert 
themselves and are now willing to dis- 
associate themselves from the State 
church if a vibrant Christian move- 
ment presents itself as an option. 

God has removed two major ob- 
stacles in Germany. Let us pray that 
others will topple as well. • 



April 1, 1975 



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FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 




Dr. and Mrs. J. Kenneth Altig (left) listen tL Dr George Peek s 
farewell words before leaving the North Long Beach chuich for 
another term of missionary service in South America. 

Long Beach, Calif. Before returning to Colombia. Soutii 
America, wiiere they are missionaries with Wycliffe Bible 
Translators, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Altig were notified of a 
special honor they would receive annually while on the field. 
During furloughs in the states, Dr. Aitig is on the staff 
of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. In a letter to staff 
members. Chief of Staff Elect Maurice L. Ikenberry made 
the following remarks: "During the past year many of our 
staff members have come to realize and appreciate the truly 
remarkable dedication of J. Kenneth Altig to our hospital, 
to his faith, and healing art. He soon will return to Colombia 
for another four or five years. During that time he lives on 
what his church and friends send him. There has been 
expressed in the hospital in conversation and letter a 
desire to honor Ken in some manner." 
The honor decided upon was a cash gift from interested 
staff members to be forwarded to the Altigs each year before 
Christmas. Ikenberry added, "Not many hospitals have a 
"Ken Altig" and this seems such an ideal way to help him in 
a material and needed way." 

The Altigs are members of the North Long Beach Brethren 
Church. George 0. Peek, pastor. 

Changes. The new address for Rev. Tim Farner, missionary 
to Brazil is; Rua Javari No. 161, Uberlandia, Minas. Brazil. 
Three retired Brethren missionaries: Miss Florence Bickel. 
Mrs. Minnie Kennedy, and Miss Elizabeth Tyson will move 
into Grace Village, Box 337, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, 
effective May 1. The new recording secretary for the Laurel 
Mt. Grace Brethren Church, Boswell, Pa., is Nancy Markley, 
Box78, R.D. 1, Boswell, Pa. 15531 (Tel. 814-629-6138). 
Please change your Annual. 



Mansfield, Ohio. A healthy boy was born to Pastor and 
Mrs. J. Hudson Thayer, Mar. 1 , 1975. Samuel weighed 
seven pounds. 12 ounces. 

Winona Lake, Ind. The lettering for the new name design 
that has appeared on the cover of the Herald magazine 
for the past year is the work of Mr. Don Sterrenburg. In 
recognition of his quality work, this logo will appear in 
"The Book of American Trade Marks. Vol. 3," which will 
soon be released. 

Northbrook, III. (EP)-A national survey of high school 
student leaders reveals that 88 percent of them believe 
"there is a God or a supreme being" and 82 percent "feel 
religion is relevant in today's society." 
The survey, conducted by Who's Who Among American 
High School Students, also shows that 74 percent of the top 
students consider themselves members of an organized 
religion and 86 percent attend religious services either 
regularly or occasionally. 

Religion was one of 23 general topics covered in the fifth 
annual survey by Who's Who. Questionnaires were sent by 
the Northbrook-centered organization to the 70,000 of the 
236.000 student achievers whose names appear in its 1974 
edition. 

Yakima, Wash. Because of a hearing disability suffered 
during World War II. Rev. Herman Hein has withdrawn 
from the full-time pastoral ministry. However, with 23 years 
of experience in the Christian ministry, he is available for 
Bible conferences, evangelistic meetings, or interim 
pastoral work. His current address is 1316 S. 43rd Ave., 
Yakima. Wash. 98902. telephone 509-966-3938. 

Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. Larry Sowers began duties as pastor 
of the Lyndhurst Grace Brethren Church on Apr. 1. 

Winona Lake, Ind. There were 47 public decisions recorded 
in a Bill Smith crusade at the Grace Brethren Church of 
North Lauderdale, Fla. (formerly Margate), Feb. 16-23. 
Rev. Clyde Caes is pastor. 

Colorado Springs (EP)-A survey by the Christian Booksellers 

Association of 150 stores indicated that the industry was up 

in average gross sales 14.2 percent over 1973. 

The increased sales, according to CBA Executive Vice 

President John T. Bass, indicate that when there are 

uncertain conditions in the world people turn to spiritual 

matters. 

Mr. Bass, speaking to more than 50 publishers gathered at 

King of Prussia, Pa., also attributed the growth to new writers 

in the field. 



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Worthington, Ohio. Offerings for the National Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Men should continue to be sent to the 
office here-6675 Worthington-Galena Rd., Worthington, 
Ohio 43085. Following the untimely death of Mr. Bill Hart, 
NFGBM treasurer, Mr. Richard Wells assumed the position 
of treasurer and will be processing offerings from Brethren 
churches. 



Nominations Open for 1975 Brethren 
Sunday School of the Year 

A committee representing the Christian Education 
Department is interested in evaluating growth and 
progress of Brethren Sunday Schools during the cur- 
rent conference year in preparation for the naming of 
a "Sunday School of the Year" at the 1975 Christian 
Education Convention, Aug. 1-3, 1975, at Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 
Published guidelines for the selection are as follows: 

1. Consistent growth. 

2. Consistent improvement. This includes physical 
plant, teacher training, teacher-worker confer- 
ences, measuring according to the Standard. 

3. Total cooperation in the program of the Chris- 
tian Education Department. In addition to the 
attendance contest, this involves cooperation in 
the enlargement campaign, total grading and 
use of a standard curriculum, meeting the sug- 
gested goal of $2.00 per member per year. 

4. Outstanding achievement. This is based on 
observation and on achievements reported to 
the national office. 

5. No school will be eligible for this award unless 
all attendance contest reports for the year have 
been received. 

A detailed account of progress in Sunday School 
ministry is most helpful to the committee charged 
with making this selection. All Sunday Schools are 
invited to present a record of their accomplishments, 
growth, and overall improvement through a scrap- 
book, letter, or other form of report. 

Such information should be submitted before July 
15, 1975, for consideration by the selection commit- 
tee. Send your reports to: Sunday School of the Year 
Committee, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Manheim, Pa. Apr. 13-18; Edward Lewis, spealcer. 

Alexandria, Va. Apr. 13-18; Kenneth league, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team, 

Chico, Calif. Apr. 13-20; Lloyd Woolman, pastor; Henry Rempel, 

speaker. 

Virginia Beach, Va. Apr. 20-27; Edward Lewis, pastor; Becker 

EvangeUstic Team. 



WMny Beih 



A six-months's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Herald is 
given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Anita Yednock and Kenneth Grof, Feb. 1 , Grace Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

Karen Romesburg and Larry Smith, Feb. 22, Grace Brethren 
Church, Cumberland, Md., ceremony performed by Rev. 
Robert Burns of the Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 



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

CA VERLEE, Ralph E., Sr., Feb. 3. He was a faithful teacher 
of the Berean Sunday School class at the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. Kenneth Cosgrove, pastor. 
DAWSON, Belle, 75, Feb. 26. For 34 years she was a 
faithful member of the Winona Lake Brethren Church. Winona 
Lake, Ind. She was the mother of Mrs. Frank Poland of 
Winona Lake, and the grandmother of Dr. Larry Poland, an 
ordained Brethren minister. Charles Ashman, pastor. 
GEARHART, Emma, 90, Feb. 15. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 68 years. The 
oldest member of the church, she served many years on the 
deacon board. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
MOORE. H. Leslie, 59, Feb. 27. He served in Brethren 
pastorates in New Troy, Mich., Meyersdale, Pa., and 
Sunnyside, Wash., before being employed by Grace Schools in 
June, 1966. He served the school as Director of Housing. He 
was a member of the First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, and 
attended the Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Participating in the funeral service were Rev. Charles 
Ashman, his pastor; Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, president of Grace 
Schools; Rev. Earle Peer, Berne, Ind.; Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, 
Grace Schools; and Rev. James Poyner, Dayton, Ohio. 
NEELY, John S., 61, Feb. 19. He served Brethren pastorates 
in Conemaugh, Pa., Allentown, Pa., and Troy, Ohio, before 
joining the Messianic Testimony of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council for five years until 1973. He then assumed 
the pastorate of the Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 
Mansfield, Ohio. At the time of his death he had resigned 
that position to join the ministerial staff of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. Participating in the funeral 
service were Rev. Richard Jensen, Rev. Larry Gegner, Rev. 
Dean Risser, Rev. J. Hudson Thayer, Rev. Richard Sellers, 
and Rev. Ward Tressler. 

RUEL, John, Sr., 75, Jan. 12. He was a faithful member 

of the First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. G. Forrest 

Jackson, pastor. 

WITT, Walter D., Dec. 14. He was a member of the Grace 

Brethren Church, Meyersdale. Pa., serving as deacon, vice 

moderator and Sunday School teacher. Robert L. Burns, 

pastor. 



April 1, 1975 



13 



Reports and comments about success in Christian Education from the Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Howard Mayes, 
director; James Long, assistant to the director. 



Lines from Lewis 



Keeping Brethren 
Teens Brethren 



Every time we hear of teens leaving 
the Brethren Church for other denomi- 
nations it causes us to question the 
reason for such a move. Is it because 
they disagree Vi/ith our doctrines or 
practices? Almost never is this the 
case. 

It is because of friends they've 
made in other evangeHcal groups. And 
that combined with lack of close con- 
cerned friends in the Brethren Church 
may steer them into such a move. 

Teens especially are motivated 
through the lives of people. It is not so 



By Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth IVIinistries 

much the quantity or quality of teach- 
ing in Brethren beliefs or practices that 
will keep them within the Brethren 
Church now or in the coming years. 
There is little dispute on our position 
on the Scriptures. Where the strongest 
influence is felt is in the area of friend- 
ships. The personal influence of people 
with Christian love will have a greater 
impact than any denominational 



propaganda. We cannot underestimate 
the importance of developing friend- 
ships. 

We have a tremendous Brethren 
Fellowship where the Gospel is being 
preached, and we have an excellent 
world missionary program. Why apolo- 
gize for trying to keep Brethren in the 
Brethren Church? 

It is important that youth develop 
friendships with people in other Breth- 
ren churches through rallies, camps 
and interchurch gatherings. I feel that 
Brethren National Youth Conference 
can have a fantastic impact on the lives 
of teens in accomplishing this goal. 
Here they meet Brethren youth from 
across the country, learn about Breth- 
ren missionaries, our national organiza- 
tions, schools, and more. It can rein- 
force a strong tie to the Brethren Fel- 
lowship. 



1975 Christian Education Convention 
Centers on the Home and Family 



Want help to maintain a good healthy. Christian 
environment in your home? Are there too many un- 
solved problems like finances, the children's stubborn 
streaks, too few evenings together? Why not attend 
the "Seminar in Christian Home and Family"? 

This seminar will be the theme of the 1975 Chris- 
tian Education Convention in Winona Lake, Indiana, 
this summer. It immediately precedes the annual 
Brethren National Conference. Sessions in the semi- 
nar will be of special interest to husbands, wives, and 
parents. There will also be helpful sessions for teach- 
ers and pastors. 

The convention, held annually under the sponsor- 
ship of the Christian Education Department, will con- 
vene on Friday, August 1 . The concluding session, 
Sunday morning, August 3, will feature keynote 
speaker Dr. Kenneth Gangel, president of Miami 



( Florida) Christian College. 

Awards night will be the special feature of the 
Saturday evening rally. Trophies will be presented to 
the Brethren Sunday Schools with the higliest per- 
centage of growth. The e.xciting program will not 
only be open to convention delegates but to the gen- 
eral public as well. 

Musical ministries for the entire convention will be 
under the capable direction of Rev. and Mrs. Bob 
Messner. Bob Messner and his wife, Nancy, are both 
extremely talented in musical ministries. Don't miss 
their concert also on Friday evening of the conven- 
tion. 

How's your schedule for the summer? Why not 
include the Christian Education Convention in your 
plans? Make it your business to take advantage of this 
helpful convention. 



Christian Education Department 



The third of three vignettes on family ministry 



Creative in 
the Crucible 

Family Ministry in Situations of Stress 
By James Long, Assistant to the Director 



There is no immunization against hardship. It's part of 
hfe's standard equipment. The packaged deal called life 
does not include an arm-length buffer against tears and 
trials. But what's a family to do? 

Learning Blooms in the Crucible of Difficulty 

The most eloquent lessons on the sovereignty of a con- 
cerned Lord are not taught in the classroom. Indelibly 
stamped on the sensitivities of Jesus' mother were the intri- 
cacies of the character of God. She carried the cross- 
burdened footprints of her son's murder in her heart's 
crucible. But she also had the privilege of seeing the force- 
ful beauty of irrefutable and incomprehensible logic 
blossom out of her heartbreak. And she learned. 

God has not promised that we will bounce off of the 
rubber walls of synthetic stress . . . trials without teeth. 
Hardship is an integral part of learning-maturity. What are 
you teaching your family in situations of stress? 

Right Responses Teach Right Concepts 

Family leadership rides easy on smooth roads of predict- 
ability. But when it comes to washboard trials we may not 
have time to get to the chalkboard or find our way through 
an unfamiliar Book. Our immediate responses teach. Don't 
swerve. The road's straight. Every eye focused on your re- 
sponse will hear a sermon before you can prepare it. In the 
crucible of the cross Jesus was collected, although crushed, 
and affirmed the character of God. Even celebrated it. Jesus 
taught. 

Financial reversals. A loved one's death. A common 
cold. The agony of loneliness. An untimely flat tire. In your 
crucible-in your picture-window crucible— what are you 
teaching? What does your response affirm about the charac- 
ter of God ... to those who know you best? 



Wrong Responses Teach Wrong Concepts 

Sitting on a garbage heap, with tear-streaked ash on a 
drawn face. Job contemplates his crucible experience and 
disappoints the gleefully expectant enemy of his soul. Satan 
is eager to utilize the crucible experiences of life to perpe- 
trate wrong concepts about your Friend— Lord. Wrong re- 
sponses will teach wrong concepts, and he will capitalize on 
your weaknesses, your propensity to indulge yourself in the 
luxury of the middle-class mentality. You deserve a break 
today. What does your response affirm about the character 
of God ... to those who know you best? 

Speak. Talk. Walk. Sit. Advertise the Character of God 

Jehovah spoke to Moses in definite terms. The only way 
Israel could hack it in the land would be through the teach- 
ing ministry of the family unit. Talk about the Lord. Sit- 
ting. Walking. Reclining. Bring Him into the details of your 
busy life. Don't compartmentalize Him into the closet 
called "The Lord's Day." Interpret the beautiful as well as 
the brittle aspects of family life in God-controlled terms. 

Proper Response Demands Positive Input 

The point is plain. Our response is the product of our 
input. What embryo are you nurturing in your mind? What 
threads are coloring the stitchery of your thought patterns? 
You will respond out of the abundance of the treasure of 
your mind. It wiU be seen. You wUl teach. You will affirm 
something about the character of the God you profess to 
serve. 

Witnessing the collapse of many of the most important 
elements in his life and sharing something of the sentiments 
of a sovereign God, Jeremiah wept. His comprehension of 
God's control was a bulky package difficult to manipulate. 
But his response was branded by his years of positive input 
as he affirmed the character of God. "The Lord's loving- 
kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never 
fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithful- 
ness" (Lam. 3:22-23-NASB). He taught. 

There is no immunization against hardship. But neither 
can a family resist the dramatic input which is the natural 
by-product of a Word-oriented response in the crucible of 
stress. 

Discuss this vignette with your spouse 

1 . Did you agree with the principle that we teach more to 
those who observe us by our responses to life than by 
formal instruction? 

2. Our initial responses to situations are spontaneous. They 
cannot always be guarded. People observe them. What 
can be done to assure that our responses are right even 
when we don't have time to collect our thoughts? 

3. What teaches more-our responses to tragedies or our 
responses to minor irritations? Why? 

4. What is meant by "positive input"? Where does it come 
fiom? 

5. Read Lamentations, chapter 3. What does it teach you 
about responding to trials? • 



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TIME missionaries (I to r) Jan Norwood, Deb Hinger, Eric Smith, 
and Richard Harreii have plenty to do assisting the missionaries in 
the Central African Republic. 



Busy TIME in Africa 



Christian Education Department 

Greetings from Africa! I guess 1 
should say, Balao! After all, we fin- 
ished our language study in Sango not 
too long ago and should put it into 
practice. 

Shortly after arriving we found that 
the light plant was broken down which 
meant no electricity and no water 
pump. When there is a medical work 
going on, it goes on anyway and we 
found this out in short order! I was in 
the office typing one morning (I have 
been doing various things like typing 
and sewing mattresses and sheets for 
the hospital) and was interrupted by 
Mary Ann Habegger calling my name. 
She said, "Jan. lock up and come over 
to the hospital. We need you to hold a 
light for a surgery!" I automatically 
said "O.K. -be right there." Suddenly 
I knew why I had been praying each 
day, "Lord, please prepare me for the 
tasks that I am asked to do that I do 
not feel capable of handling." I knew 
that God would not ask me to do 
something that He would not give me 
strength to do. Joy Mayes had assured 
me of this and had prepared me for 
such times. But the first time you real- 
ize you are in one of those situations is 
an awesome experience! I locked up 
and headed over to "Hobbie's" of- 
fice—completely ignorant of what lay 
ahead. I was given a green surgical 
smock, a cap, and a mask. I dressed. 



and walked out feeling calm (igno- 
rance is bliss) but strangely unfamiliar 
with myself. The Africans around the 
area seemed to feel it perfectly normal 
for a missionary to be dressed like 
that. So I wandered into the operating 
room feeling somewhat like you do 
when you show up on your first day 
for a new job -you know you're sup- 
posed to be there, but you don't really 
know what to do yet. 

Our gal was lying on the table ready 
to be prepared for the surgery. She 
had an infected stomach and Dr. 
Walker was going to go in and see what 
was necessary in releasing the infec- 
tion. Everyone in and out seemed very 
comfortable and sure of the situation 
and there was laughing and general 
conversation as everything was pre- 
pared. Of course, the comfortable at- 
mosphere made me feel quite comfort- 
able, too, and as they worked they ex- 
plained to me just what they wanted 
me to do and what not to touch and 
why. They told of the gal's situation 
and what they were going to do and 
that if I felt I needed to go out I was 
just to tell someone and go out and get 
some fresh air. (The reason Rich 
wasn't helping was because he was giv- 
ing the tests for the Bible Institute.) 

They said not to forget that it is 
normal to need to go out during the 
first surgery and feel free to ask ques- 
tions if you want to know something. 
Then they repeated, "Remember, it 
won't be any problem if you need to 
go out." I was aware they were em- 



phasizing this about going out for a 
breath of fresh air, but I was very calm 
and was watching all the preparation 
and was having no problem. I thought 
maybe I wouldn't be affected by this 
normal procedure. 

The surgery began and I found 
myself in the front row seat! My gaze 
wandered around the room somewhat 
at first, and gradually I found it being 
more permanently fixed on what was 
happening in front of me. I found it 
kind of interesting finally and realized 
that here I was, the girl who used to 
get squeamish when we cut up pigs 
and frogs in science, watching an actual 
surgery-helping with it! Great realiza- 
tion but oh the side effects. 

All of a sudden I broke out in a 
cold sweat, my neck was burning. I 
was fighting to keep my mind on 
something else. After all, this was al- 
ready halfway through the surgery— it 
would be silly to get sick now. I tried 
to look outside and think of the name 
of the beautiful green tree with the 
yellow flowers that I liked so much. I 
think though that the only part of me 
that wasn't swimming was the hand 
that held the light and 1 kept saying to 
myself, "You have to hold the light!" 
Then I kept saying back to myself, 
"You'll never be able to make it 
through the rest of the surgery like 
this -snap to!" About then. Dr. Walk- 
er, bless him, looked up and asked me 
how I was doing. What a silly thing I 
said to him-"rm doing O.K. I guess." 
He knew better and so did I! I was as 



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close to feeling faint as I have ever 
come. 

"Hobbie" took the light and 1 went 
out. Thank the Lord for clean, fresh 
air! I drank that air in until I was full 
and then just sat and rested in it 
awhile. I felt pretty good then, so I 
reentered and I was fine from then 
on-and through the following five 
operations which I have assisted with 
in the same capacity. And I've actually 
watched everything and have seen and 
experienced many things! 

For example, the first C-Section- 
what a wonderful realization of God's 
miraculous making (Ps. 139:14) when 
we saw that little hand reaching out to 
be brought into the world and heard 
the beauty of his healthy little cry. 
There was satisfaction when we saw 




TIME missionaries are able to perform min- 
istries among the people. 

the unnecessary misery corrected 
when Doc removed two extra fingers 
from a man who had six fingers on 
each hand. But then, too, there is 
death. There are times when death is 
unavoidable, but there is a certain 
fighting in your heart that takes place 
when you experience death that is 
avoidable. 

For instance, a lady who was due 
to deliver had been told she would 
have to deliver by C-Section— as 
she had previously had a Section. 
These people have a built-in fear, it 
seems, that they must constantly be 
reproducing children or their husbands 
will leave them and they will be 
looked down upon. This lady knew 
that this C-Section would be her last 
and determined that she would have it 
by natural birth. She was all of several 
minutes away from the hospital, but 
stubbornly refused to come and tried 
to deliver in the village. After being in 
labor for five hours, they finally 



brought her in and an emergency C- 
Section was performed. No heartbeat 
was heard for the child when they 
started and preparation began to try to 
save the mother as she was weak and 
her chances were becoming less. Upon 
entering the stomach. Piere (Dr. Walk- 
er was in Bangui) found a ruptured 
uterus and the baby was dead. Rich 
administered oxygen to the woman for 
at least an hour or more. There were 
times when the only indication we had 
that she was alive were the periodic 
cries of discomfort. All of this was so 
completely unnecessary and avoidable. 

It was at this point that 1 struggled 
with myself not to yield to the atti- 
tude which was pulling with tremen- 
dous strength at my logic- whatever 
happens to her. she deserves. I am be- 
ginning to understand the disgust of 
the doctors and nurses when someone 
waits until the last minute and then 
comes in emergency with compli- 
cations that could have been avoided. 
But no-it is a life. And suddenly I 
realized the real value of a life. The 
value is not dependent upon things - 
the value comes in that God gave that 
life and therefore it is important. 

But the great sorrow this woman 
must experience now. We saw from her 
records that she had had four natural 
deliveries, all of which had died. Her 
one previous C-Section had died short- 
ly after birth and now this. Six chil- 
dren and all were dead. Why would she 
take the risk of losing this one which 
would have been her last, but could 
have been her one healthy baby? I 
don't have the answers. 

As you can see, participating in the 
TIME program is affording us with 
valuable opportunities which we 
would never have in the U.S. And the 
quality of the group of people we are 
working with is tops! I am very thank- 
ful, and I realize this anew each day 
that we are having an opportunity to 
see the field as it really is. No one is 
trying to paint a rosy picture for us, 
but they want very much for us to 
really experience the day-by-day life 
of the work. How valuable in prepara- 
tion for future service! Each day is real 
and overflowing with value. 1 was 
afraid it might be easy to take God for 
granted because we are in such a pro- 
tected situation— living and working so 
closely to the things of the Lord. But I 
have found that my Lord is not just 
close to me in my daily activities, but 
a very part of my activities and 



thoughts and considerations. How 
wonderful! It would be a struggle to 
exist through a day without the con- 
tinual consciousness of God's presence 
in everything you do and think; the 
consciousness of God's greatness and 
power. I was assured of God's suffi- 
ciency in my life before 1 came to 
Africa, and each day reinforces that as- 
surance—and there are times when that 
assurance is all you have to sustain 
you. 

Sincerely in Christ. 

Jan Norwood 

Christian Education Dept. editor's note: 
Janet Norwood is one of four persons pres- 
ently serving in the Central African Repub- 
lic for 12 months under the TIME program. 
Jan, Debra Hinger, and Richard Harrell are 
from the Community Brethren Church, 
Whittier, California. Eric Smith is a member 
at first Brethren Church, Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia. 

l'orty-si.\ persons were a.ble to minister 
through Training In Missionary Endeavor 
last year. This is a program of the Christian 
E'ducation Department in cooperation with 
the foreign Missionary Society and The 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 

This summer, teams of young adults will 
be ministering in France, Africa, Brazil, 
Argentina, Alaska, Mexico City, Mexican 
Border, Navajo Mission, and the Kentucky 
missions. Besides these opportunities, the 
Operation Barnabas (high school-aged team) 
will be ministering to Brethren churches in 
the United States. 

Be sure to pray for those young adults 
involved in the TIME program. This year 
over 60 persons will be involved in this pro- 
gram to acquaint young adults with needs of 
the world and church-related vocations. 

If you would like information about 
TIME or would care to contribute to those 
seeking financial support for this opportuni- 
ty to become involved in vocational Chris- 
tian service write to Christian Education De- 
partment, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. # 

Close friendships are made through informal 
activities. 




April 1, 1975 



17 



What's a Little Princess? 




SMM is a girls ministry designed for girls in the first 
through the twelfth grades. You've read about the Girl-of- 
the-Year contest, in which a middle or senior girl who best 
represents the ideals of SMM is chosen for national recog- 



Cary Gilmer-Roanoke, Virginia. 

"God is everything to me. Because 
without Him there wouldn't be any- 
thing. I wish I could show God and 
Jesus and the Holy Spirit how much 
I love them. God sent His only Son 
to die on the cross for me. And 
Jesus-He was brave and died. If He 
had wanted to. He could have done some kind of miracle 
so He wouldn't have had to die. I have so much to be 
thankful for. God has really helped me with things such as 
tests and many other things. I really thank God for all He 
has done. It will be a day of rejoicing when we get to 
heaven. I can't wait to see God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. 

Melody Jackson Dayton, Ohio. "Hi, 

1 am nine years old and am in the 

fourth grade at Dayton Christian 

School. I have been in SMM for two 

years and really like it. I accepted 

Jesus as my Saviour and I want to 

please Him. I take piano lessons and 

like to sing." (Melody carried the 

Girl-of-the-Year crown at the Coronation Tea at Goshen 

last year. ) 

Lori Essig-Canton, Ohio. "When I 
was five. I accepted the Lord as my 
personal Saviour. I was nine when I 
joined SMM. It has really helped my 
Christian growth because it stresses 
daily quiet time, which I think is im- 
portant. I have led two people to 
Christ. More girls should try out for 
Junior Princess; it helps you complete your goals, especial- 
ly the personal goals. Preparing the packet isn't too hard 
and the requirements aren't difficult to meet if you have 
an active group. I think the Lord is leading me to work 
with children, maybe in an orphanage. But, I am willing 
to do anything He wants." 

Joy Hobart-Simi Valley, California. 

"My name is Joy Hobart and I come 
from Seoul, Korea. I was Junior Prin- 
cess last year. It was nice to be 
chosen and I got a nice necklace and 
a bouquet of roses. My mother 
started me in SMM when I was in the 
first grade. I am happy to be in it. I 
know how important it is to do my goals and I thank 
Jesus for helping me." 








nition. Some districts have a Little Princess contest in 
which a younger girl is given special recognition in her dis- 
trict. We would like you to meet these little SMM achievers. 



Marie Melick— Ankenytown, Ohio. "I 

came to know the Lord at a small 
age. Then in first or second grade, I 
started at the Brethren church here. 
During the time in Vacation Bible 
School, I really let Jesus know that I 
loved Him. 

"I joined Little Sisters, but, now 
I'm in Junior SMM. SMM means a lot to me. We do a lot 
of things, and it makes it all the better when you go not 
to play around, but to serve Jesus. I was baptized at 
church. All the way, serving Jesus is fun." 

Laura Funderburg — Cumberland, 
Maryland. "I live in a Christian 
home. My dad is a preacher. I was 
saved when I was four years old. My 
.mom was reading Scripture cards to 
me. I asked how to be saved and she 
told me. I joined SMM when I was 
seven, and did all my goals. I was not 
sure if I was saved or not, so I prayed again. I told my 
next door neighbor how to be saved and she became 
saved. Her name is Pam. I have two brothers. Their names 
are Mickey and Mark. I also have a little baby sister named 
LeAnna. The new church we are building is done." 

Marcy Franks-Warsaw, Indiana. 

"The summer 1 was five my famil\ 
vacationed at Ocean City, New Jer- 
sey. At bedtime one night, we were 
talking about how God would de- 
stroy the world someday. My mom 
said that only Christians would es- 
cape. My older brother asked, 'How ' " i J 
do you get to be a Christian?' While my mother explained 
the way of salvation to him, I kept butting in. She didn't 
think I was old enough to understand. Then I said, 'But, I 
want to go to heaven, too!' So, she told Jeff and me how 
to be saved. We prayed and I asked Jesus to come into my 
heart, and He did! About a year later, I made my public 
confession of faith so the church people would know I 
was a Christian. 



Sheila Riffle-Middlebranch Ohio. "I 

am glad I am a Christian and that 
Jesus died on the cross for me. 1 am 
glad that I have other girls to talk to. 
"SMM is happiness and doing 
things like learning about God and 
telling other girls about God and 
singing and making things and hear- 
ing stories about God." 






Spokesmen II 



SICTCllSTS- 



Openings are available to go on a 
two-week bicycle tour of more than 
1,000 miles. Spokesmen II is a pro- 
gram for boys 14 and older. 

The first 30 boys being accepted 
will travel by 10-speed bicycles this 
July. They will depart from Winona 
Lake, Indiana, and go north through 
Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, Canada 
and around Lake Michigan. They will 
also travel through Wisconsin, Illinois, 
and finish at South Bend, Indiana, 
where they will participate in Brethren 
National Youth Conference (August 
2-9). 

The tour (July 1 8-August 2) will be 
planned and directed by men who are 
well-qualified and knowledgeable in 
ministries to boys. They have also had 
experience in various wilderness trips 
with boys. Charles Sanger and Bill 
Crabbs, students in Grace Seminary, 
will be among the adult leaders who 
will leave their families and jobs to 
minister to boys through this stress 
situation. Charlie has had many years 
of experience in boys work including 
being on the staff of Christian Service 
Brigade. 

Costs for the entire three weeks 
(tour and conference) will be approxi- 
mately $150. Any persons interested 
in more information about Spokesmen 
II should write to Christian Education 
Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 



Christian Education Department 





A National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Sunday School Report 

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 

of all reporting Sunday Schools* February, 1974—161 

February, 1975-152 

GROWTH INDEX BASED ON 182 REPORTING CHURCHES 

February, 1974 weekly average attendance 27,197 

February, 1975 weekly average attendance 27,690 

NET GAIN in reporting churches 493 persons or up 1 .8 percent 

SUMMARY 

81 churches registered increases totaling 1,995 

96 churches registered losses totaling 1,502 

Largest numerical increase Columbus, Ohio— Worthington 

Largest percentage increase Grass Valley, California 

* The larger the number of reporting churches, the more accurately these 
figures will represent the church growth picture of the NFBC. We urge the 
total support of the churches of the NFBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided free of charge to churches of the 
Fellowship by the Christian Education Department. 



Div. Church 



FEBRUARY CONTEST WINNERS 
Pastor 



A — Columbus, Ohio 
B — Fremont, Ohio 

(Grace) 
C — Warsaw, Ind. 
D — Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 
E - Mansfield, Ohio 

(Grace) 
F — Union, Ohio 
G — Cumberland, Md. 
H — Beaverton, Oreg. 
I — Columbus, Ohio 

(East Side) 
J — Akron, Ohio 

(Fairlawn) 
N — No one qualified 



James Custer 

Ward Tressler 
David Miller 

Don Rough 

Hudson Thayer 
Ron Picard 
Michael Funderburg 
James Willett 

Richard Sellers 

James Kennedy 



Superintendent 

Donald Garlock 

Nelson Cleveland 
Donald DeVoung 

Leroy Spangler 

Bob Gordon 
William Cochran 
Donald Bulger 



N. L. Jacobs 



RECORD ATTENDANCES-Cumberland, Md.-143; Canton, Ohio-195. 



April 1, 1975 



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Final article in a series 

on the 

1974-75 Birthday Missionaries 

Yes Lord, 
I Will 

By Mrs. Dan Hammers 



Slowly and deliberately, letter by 
letter, I penned the word: M-I-S- 
S-I-O-N-A-R-Y. For a third-grader per- 
fecting her writing skills, that was a 
long word to write! There was hardly 
enough room on the line in the small 
writing manual. My sentence was fin- 
ished: "I want to be a missionary." 

Can a child so young understand 
enough about that word to be really 
sincere in making such a statement? I 
am certain that I didn't realize all the 
implications, but I did understand two 
things. A missionary is a person who 
goes to faraway lands to serve the 
Lord, and some day God could hold 
me to this statement I wrote in my 
book. I was very sincere. 

Indeed my interest in missions 
started at an early age. My parents, 
Dayton and Ruth Ulrich, faithfully 
took our family to church and Sunday 
School. It was at the First Brethren 
Church of Wooster, Ohio, that I was 
introduced to the Lord and to mis- 
sions. Praise God for such a mission- 
minded church where people of all 
ages are exposed regularly to the 
Lord's work the world over. 

As I grew older I became less and 
less enchanted with the idea of leaving 
my homeland. Eventually my third- 
grade writing book was pushed into 
the hidden corners of my memory. 
Confident that it was well enough hid- 
den, I went my merry way, thinking 
that surely God would forget it, too. 

How I praise the Lord that He is 



faithful to us even though we do not 
deserve His concern. He has often 
gripped my heart and has given me 
strength that I would not find in my- 
self. When I was 15 years old He saw 
fit to take my beloved father unto 
himself. This was a severe blow to me, 
but the Lord was near and was eventu- 
ally glorified in my life through this 
agonizing e,x.perience. 

God continued to tap me on the 
shoulder occasionally to remind me of 
my former desire to serve Him. And 
little by little I yielded, always with 
reservations. "Yes, Lord, I love You 
and want You to guide my daily life." 
"Yes, Lord, I will serve You in a truly 
sincere way every day." "Yes, Lord, I 
will serve You on a full-time basis here 
at home." 

This was the stage of my spiritual 
life when I arrived at Grace College. I 
could never have planned more happy 
years for myself than the years the 
Lord gave me at Grace. He gave me 
friends for whom I will be eternally 
thankful. Each one had a certain influ- 
ence over me, whether positive or 
negative, which helped me to see my 
position clearly. I discovered that my 
meager promise to serve the Lord was 
made only to be a "put off" and that I 
was neglecting the real thing He was 
trying to tell me. 

Many were the discussions held 
around a bowl of popcorn concerning 
our obligation to be obedient to the 
Lord's will. Many were the times my 
friends faced me directly with the 
problem of missionary service. Finally 
I said, "Yes, Lord, I will go to another 
land to serve You." And then came 
the day when I could add to that state- 
ment, "I'll even go alone if You don't 
have other plans for me." That 
thought didn't please me, but I was 
willing. 

The Lord did have other plans for 
me. Dan came back to Grace after hav- 
ing spent 15 months as a cadet mis- 
sionary in France. I couldn't believe 
how he had changed during those 
months of service. He was certain now 
where the Lord wanted him to be, and 
he could hardly wait to get back to 
France. That pleased me very much. 

God led us together, and after I had 
graduated from Grace in 1967, we 
were married. Dan had one more year 
of seminary to finish, so I taught 
school that year at Mentone, Indiana. 
One more year of teaching followed as 



we made final arrangements for com- 
ing to France in 1969. 

Our years in France have been few 
but so full. We spent our first eight 
months in the French Alps studying 
French in a small school for mission- 
aries. It was one of the most unforget- 
table and impressive times of my life. 
We then moved to the Chateau de 
Saint-Albain and lived on the Chateau 
property for three years. About a year 
and a half ago we moved from the 
Chateau to a small town, Tournus, 15 
kilometers to the north of the Cha- 
teau. Here we are working in a special 
ministry with our dear friends and co- 
workers, Daniel and Julia Dutruc. We 
have formed a quartet, and use 
Daniel's songs in evangelistic meetings, 
making contact with these people who 
need so desperately to hear the gospel 
message. 

Two precious gifts from the Lord 
have added immeasurably to the 
"abundant life" He has given us. In 
1971 while we were still at the Cha- 
teau, our first child, Janine Marie, was 
born. She is nearly four years old now. 
Joel Daniel was born in September 
1974. and he is a treasure. We are ever 
thankful to the Lord for these two 
gifts and the love they have brought 
with them. We daily seek wisdom from 
God to mold our children to be a true 
pleasure to Him. 

Praise God that He leads our lives 
according to His purpose, and every 
detail has its place in the pattern. He 
gives us comfort; He gives us strength. 
He even leads us to write in our third- 
grade writing book: "I want to be a 
missionary." # 

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Volume 37 Number 8 April 15, 1975 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 

A Government School for Coyotes ... 3 

Springtime in South CaroHna 4 

Sharing in the Ministry 6 

Home Missions Workshops '75 8 

Men With One Accord 11 

BMH News Summary 12 

Kent, Davis Named to Succeed Hoyt . . 14 

World Evangelization: a Dream, 

a Myth, or a Reality? 15 

Grace Trustees Launch Optomistic 

Program 18 

How Long America? 20 

Considering Summer School? 22 




Cover Photo: Spring 
comes early in the South 
as evidenced by beautiful 
dogwood blossoms. Two 
home-mission churches 
are also blossoming in 
South Carolina. See page 
4. [Photo by Lester E. 
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the voice of the false prophet. Your 
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luted the name of the Lord Jesus 
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Dear Editor, 

A hearty "thank you" for publish- 
ing Randy Maxson's timely article, "A 
Lesson in Musicianship Ethics." It's a 
sad but true commentary that the 
worst offenders of the copyright laws 
are Christians- and many times not in 
ignorance of the law. Since many 
Brethren people hold the Herald in 
such high esteem, here's hoping that 
the article will bear much fruit. 

There is one other area I wish Mr. 
Maxson had touched upon-that being 
the producing (usually mimeograph- 
ing) of song sheets and chorus books, 
using words only. Many churches 
make them and the copying of words 
without permission is just as illegal and 
unethical as copying the music. -O/jio 



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Reflections By Still Waters 



A Government School 
for Coyotes 

(jhe sneep are being attacked again) 



Some things must be seen to be be- 
lieved, and even then one is not cer- 
tain. But let me tell you what I saw 
and heard, and I will give you the op- 
portunity to accept or reject it. I had 
settled down to the evening news and 
everything was just about normal- 
very gloomy. But the next sequence 
was different. It was an account of the 
diminishing sheep herds in the West. It 
seems the sheep population is not do- 
ing well, and one of the menacing 
problems is caused by the coyotes. 
Their number is increasing, and they 
are preying on the poor sheep. 

Of course this is a real problem to 
the sheepherders and they have sought 
some solutions. The logical one is to 
shoot the coyotes. But in this day and 
age there would quickly arise an orga- 
nization called "Save the Coyotes, In- 
corporated." This dedicated group 
would raise a million dollars toward 
the printing and distribution of liter- 
ature. Then in a few months all of us 
would be weeping and crying for the 
righteous cause of the coyotes. (I 
think there must already be an organi- 
zation to save the mosquitoes— they 
are doing so well!) 

So how do you stop the coyote 
problem and save the sheep? This, 
friends, is when we appreciate having 
such an efficient government -one to 
turn to in time of any need. The gov- 
ernment, upon due consideration, 
proposed a solution to the problem by 
means of educating the coyotes not to 
attack sheep. Now, here is a simple an- 
swer to the whole matter. It works like 
this— you catch the coyote and send it 
to the special government school. The 
instructors take a white rabbit and put 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

a chemical on it, and when the coyote 
attacks the prey-the results are ob- 
vious. From now on the coyote will 
leave all white animals alone. You run 
a black rabbit by, and again the coyote 
attacks. No chemical is on the black 
rabbit. So you see the mean coyote 
has been educated. They did not say 
what degree is given to the graduate of 
the government school, but I think it 
is an AOBA, which means Attack Only 
Black Animals. 

But even the government has a 
couple of problems. The coyotes are 
notoriously poor school attenders, and 
the rate of dropouts is unbelievable. 
There must be the problem of busing 
the animals as well. The other prob- 
lem is that, if the graduate has learned 
his lesson well, there are always blaci: 
sheep in the flock! It looks like the 
best answer to the whole problem is 
for the shepherds to spend more time 
and effort in protecting their sheep. 

Being a sheep has never been an 
easy life. The Bible talks often about 
the difficulties and the dangers that 
can come to such defenseless little 
animals. They need someone to care 
for them and provide for their needs at 
all times. If not, they get into big 
trouble and eventually perish. Jesus 
compared His earthly children to 
sheep in John, the tenth chapter, and 
pointed out how there is not only a 
need for a shepherd but for a good 
shepherd. There are good ones, and 
then there are those who do their 
work just for the gain they obtain 



from it. Without the right person to 
watch over and protect them, there are 
more problems to cope with than the 
average sheep can overcome. 

The Old Testament speaks of Christ 
as the Lamb for slaughter, and John 
the Baptist spoke of the Lamb of God. 
Where there is a lamb there is usually 
an enemy to threaten its very exis- 
tence. From the spiritual point of 
view, the world is literally filled with 
evil "coyotes." In fact, the name itself 
has come to mean "a contemptible 
sneak." So there is no rest for God's 
lambs in this evil world. That con- 
temptible sneak. Satan, is forever try- 
ing to get into the flock and carry 
away and destroy all he can. 

What is the solution for today? 
Well, the government took the oldest 
method by seeking to educate the 
problem away. Do not blame this ap- 
proach too much. Education has been 
an accepted method for a long time. 
When you take a sinner and educate 
him, you only elevate the level of 
transgressions. For instance, take a 
simple thief— he steals apples and 
many small objects. Give him a degree 
in electronics, and he then can use the 
computer to help him steal ten million 
dollars worth of merchandise. You did 
not change the man, you merely re- 
fined his methods. 

So it seems the responsibility is 
now back on the owner of the sheep 
to care for these needy animals. I am 
thankful to know that when I gave my 
life to Jesus Christ I trusted my future, 
both in time and eternity, to the Good 
Shepherd who has full power to save 
and to keep His sheep to the utter- 
most. • 



April 15, 1975 




The Anderson congregation 



in South Carolina 



It was a refreshing experience to 
leave the blowing snow, icy streets, 
and bitter air and enter the springlike 
atmosphere of South Carolina. Cross- 
ing the mountains, coming down into 
the lush green valley with spring flow- 
ers was like entering a modern-day 
Shangri-La. 

Our visit to Anderson was exciting. 
Pastor Marion Thomas, an excellent 
gardener as well as an aggressive pas- 
tor, took me on a tour of his garden 
and flowering shrubbery. Azaleas, 
tulips, dogwood (pink and white) and 
magnolias were in bloom everywhere. 
We then drove througli the city. Never 
have I seen a city that was so beautiful- 
ly decorated with spring flowers. 

Anderson, a growing city of 
28,000, is located in the northwestern 
sector of the state. Its location on 1-85 
between Atlanta, Georgia, and Green- 
ville, South Carolina, gives it many ad- 



By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

vantages in the transportation and 
marketing fields. 

This city became the target for our 
first home mission thrust in the state. 
The growth and development of its 
initial ministry has been exciting and 
beautiful. Pastor Thomas has been 
ably assisted by at least four Bob 
Jones University students who are in 
training for the Brethren ministry. Bob 
Fetterhoff from Atlanta, Georgia, Bob 
Smith and Bob Evy from Fort Lauder- 
dale, Florida, Randy Senior from Long 
Beach, California, along with various 
other students, have ministered in the 
pulpit, in Sunday School classes. 
youth meetings. Child Evangelism and 
music. Such help from these talented 
young people goes far in giving im- 
petus to a starting ministry. 

A word of commendation is due 



Pastor and Mrs. Thomas and the An- 
derson congregation for housing, feed- 
ing and giving financial assistance to 
these young people. The experience 
gained by them in helping to get a 
Brethren church started is invaluable 
along with their Christian academic 
training. Bob Jones University officials 
are to be commended for their pro- 
gram of Christian service. Dr. Gilbert 
Stenholm, who heads this area of 
training, has given us excellent cooper- 
ation in allowing our Brethren young 
people to serve in these new mission 
points. 

Another beautiful flower of God's 
handiwork is beginning to bloom in 
Aiken, South Carolina. Several families 
from the Mansfield, Ohio, area were 
sent to Aiken to build a new manu- 
facturing facility. Having sat under 
faithful Brethren ministers in the An- 
kenytown and Mansfield churches. 



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they were not content with the exist- 
ing church situations. They banded to- 
gether to form a nucleus to begin a 
new Grace Brethren Church. The Bob 
Jones team then split and Bob Fetter- 
hoff and Randy Senior began their 
outreach ministry at Aiken. 

A community hall was rented and 
public services began. A Good News 
Club was started in the Rosser home 
with an average attendance of 20, ten 
of which have made decisions to ac- 
cept Christ as Saviour. Mrs. Rosser is 
the teacher with Mrs. Reed and Miss 
Lori Atkins assisting. The Bob Jones 
team has held monthly teenage activi- 
ties, with an average attendance of 18. 
A religious survey is being conducted 
on a door-to-door basis of several 
areas. Advertising is appearing in the 
Aiken Standard which has also pro- 
duced results. The group is raising 
$100 per week for expenses and has 
$604 in the bank. The highest atten- 
dance reached was 24 with an average 
of 18. 

Rev. William Byers, southern repre- 



The Aiken congregation 



sentative of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, has been helping the 
Aiken church in organization and di- 
rection. He arranged for Rev. and Mrs. 
Steve Taylor, former associate pastor 
at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Grace 
Brethren Church, to candidate for the 
pastorate. Now a national mission 
point, the local church, the Southeast 
District Mission Board and The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council have 
pledged their united support. The local 
group has given a unanimous call and 
the Taylors will be moving to Aiken 
soon. 

The Taylors, having both originated 
from former home mission churches at 
Fort Lauderdale. Florida, and Coving- 
ton, Virginia, are thrilled at the possi- 
bilities of this new field. Their training 
at Grace Schools and service at the 
growing Grace Brethren Church of 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has given 
them excellent preparation for this ex- 
citing task. 

Aiken, South Carolina, is a growing 
city of almost 15,000. Geographically, 



it is located between Columbia and 
Augusta. Rich in southern history it, 
too, is a beautiful garden spot in the 
springtime. Like the tlower of the gar- 
den, we believe that our newest Grace 
Brethren Church is going to experience 
the blessing of God. By faith we praise 
and thank God for what He is going to 
do with the Word of God manifested 
in living people, the beauty of which 
shall redound to the glory of God. ^j(^ 



Pastor and IVIrs. Steven Taylor 




April 15, 1975 




Both the Grace Brethren 
Church of Columbus, Ohio 
(left), and the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif, 
(right), shared in the prepara- 
tion of the Ross Martins for 
the ministry. 







Sharing in the Ministry 



God has made full provision for the 
calling, appointment, and support of 
all missionary personnel. Prior even to 
the church's existence Jesus was sug- 
gesting the proper procedure in mis- 
sionary procurement in His advice to 
the disciples to pray "the Lord of the 
harvest." He likewise set a marvelous 
example in the matter of true com- 
passion as He viewed the multitudes. 
In the vernacular of today, Jesus was 
truly "people conscious." 

Throughout the Book of Acts we 
see a realization of these principles in 
the establishment of the Early 
Church. Interestingly, in every case 
where we find the church following 
the Lord's principles we see not only 
sufficient workers but the necessary 
support as well. There was a spirit of 
cooperation and sharing that resulted 
in fine wholesome churches. 

A contemporary demonstration of 
this basic principle is found in Ross 
and Lois Martin, our new home mis- 
sionaries at Cypress, California. They 
were first introduced to the Brethren 
Church by Dr. David Hocking when the 
Columbus, Ohio, church was still a 
home mission point. Following their 
confession of faith in Christ and subse- 
quent involvement in the teaching of 
the Word, they soon experienced a 
greater interest in the Lord's work. 




Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary of 
the Brethren Home Missions Council, de- 
livers the charge to Pastor Martin. 



The continued emphasis of reaching 
others for Christ and the sound prin- 
ciple of discipleship ultimately 
brought these two young Christians to 
Grace Seminary to prepare for a full- 
time ministry. 

Pastor Jim Custer and the folks 
"back home" at Columbus never 
ceased to pray for this young couple 
througliout the years of training. It 
was neither accidental nor incidental 
that on January 5, 1975, following a 
stirring message by this young candi- 
date, the Grace Brethren Church of 
VVorthington, Ohio, licensed this 
young preacher to the Brethren minis- 
try. Those who watched the "laying 
on of hands" by the elders and lis- 
tened to the solemn injunction by 
Pastor Jim Custer were reminded that 
God was still "Lord of the harvest." 

It was not coincidence either, that 
far across the continent a small group 
of believers learned of Ross's availabili- 
ty. They extended to him an invitation 
to candidate and then unanimously 
voted to extend him a call. This fine 
congregation had been carefully and 
lovingly nurtured by Dr. Charles 
Mayes, retired, of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach. 

The sharing in this young pastor's 
ministry has not ended at this point. 
The First Brethren Church of Long 



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Dedication, the final step, was performed by 
the elders of the First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Beach, in a heartwarming service on 
February 9, pledged their interest and 
support, and like the Philippian church 
of Paul's day entered into a delightful 
relationship with a new church. The 
Scripture is clear ". . . he that minister- 
eth seed to the sower both minister 
bread for your food, and multiply 
your seed sown and increase the fruits 
of your righteousness" (II Cor. 9:10). 
Joining in with the elders. Dr. Les- 
ter Pifer of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, shared in the dedication 
of this home missionary to the task. 
Pastor Ross Martin and his family be- 
gan this first ministry, assured that 
they do not stand alone. They know 
that others, along with the fine congre- 
gation at Cypress, are standing with 
them in the work where God has 
called them. When God's principles are 
followed, we can be confident that not 
only will the Word have the effect in 
the hearts of listeners, but every need 
will be met in the eternal resources of 
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In the air and on the ground, fol- 
lowing the turnpikes and the freeways 
they came! From the East, West, 
North and South-a diverse group, in- 
deed. But each one is characterized by 
a single objective that makes them a 
family. They are knit together around 
that one great common bond-a burn- 
ing desire to become more effective as 
a minister of the Gospel. This was the 
hallmark of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Pastors Workshop again this year. 

To expedite the Workshop it was 
held in two places again this year- 
California and Maryland. The hospita- 
ble folks of the Simi Valley Communi- 
ty Brethren Church, which only one 
year ago was itself a home missions 
point, hosted the conference in the 
West. At the opposite end of the coun- 
try the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, Maryland, a self-support- 
ing church of long standing, opened its 
newly dedicated educational facilities 
to the visiting home mission pastors 
and their wives. 

No page in the book of hospitality 
was left unturned by these gracious 
churches in order to make each person 
feel at home. The culinary exploits of 
the kitchen crews could only have 
been equaled, but not surpassed, by 
the "Galloping Gourmet" himselt. 
Many new and lasting friendships were 
made on the part of hosts and guests 
alike as homes were opened to these 
VIPs in home missions. A tender and 
compassionate interest in missions was 
evident in the personal dedication of 
every person who labored so hard to 
make this year's Workshops the suc- 
cess they were. 

Althougli the schedule was full with 
something going on every hour no one 
was heard to complain except, per- 
haps, an occasional groan from a body 
protesting the long hours of physical 
inactivity. A careful perusal of the 
daily schedule bears mute testimony 
to the practical nature of the Work- 
shop sessions. Only those individuals 



By Robert W. Thompson 

whose personal ministries have demon- 
strated the practicality of their mes- 
sage were invited to share. With the 
exception of the ladies' sessions con- 
ducted by Mrs. Cindy Byers whose 
Workshops were labeled For Women 
Only, this reporter can give personal 
witness to the superb quality of the 
material. Based on the competent 
testimony of those who were present 
for these sessions behind closed doors 
it can be said that they, too, were 
"right on!" 

Since preaching, of course, is basic 
to the pastoral ministry the theme of 
the Workshops really centered around 
the pastor and his pulpit. Pastor Dave 
Hocking of the First Brethren Church 

The Eastern Workshop 



of Long Beach and Pastor Jim Custer 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Worthington, Ohio, were urged to em- 
phasize this particular area of the pas- 
tor's work. It was observed by those 
present that not only was the material 
extremely beneficial but its precise 
demonstration on behalf of the speak- 
ers was greatly appreciated. 

No Oscars or Emmys were pre- 
sented to any of those participating in 
the Workshops or to the many that 
made them possible. There is little 
question, however, that there will be 
trophies of grace that will adorn the 
halls of heaven as a result of the per- 
sonal decisions and renewed spirits ef- 
fected in the hearts of those pastors 
present at the Home Mission Work- 
shops of 1975. m 




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MAN to MAN 



'faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" II Timothy 2:2 



THE MEN'S VOICE OF THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES 



Men With One Accord 



A workshop on "How to Have an 
Effective Boys Ministry" was held at 
the Community Brethren Church, 
Whittier, Cahfornia, on February 7-8. 
The speakers were Rev. Edward Jack- 
son from Kenai, Alaska, and Jack 
Cline from Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Thirty men were in attendance for 
this special seminar, with several repre- 
sentatives traveling long distances in 



order to participate. Activities in- 
cluded a report of our Brethren boys 
work, slides of Alaska, and six hours 
of instruction. The workshop was con- 
cluded with a delicious buffet lun- 
cheon on Saturday and a great time of 
fellowship. The men left with a new 
concept of how to minister to boys in 
their local churches. 



Jack Cline (below) ad- 
dressed groups at Whittier 
and Kokomo. 




Men at the Whittier workshop (above 
and right) enjoyed the instruction and 
food. The Executive Committee of the 
NFGBM (below) met at Kokomo. 




Fifty-seven men from the Indiana 
District attended a men's fellowship at 
the Indian Heights Grace Brethren 
Church, Kokomo, February 21. 

Featured on the program was a 
slide presentation by JackCline, direc- 
tor of boys ministries. The slides pic- 
tured a successful boys ministry in 
Kenai, Alaska. 

Eight churches were represented 
and four pastors attended. 



Would you like a workshop 
to be conducted in your area? 

Contact Jack Cline, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, First and Spruce 
Streets, Hagerstown, iVIaryland 
21740, phone: 301/739-1726. 





April 15, 1975 




FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Richmond, Va. Teens from the Southeast District and part 
of the Mid-Atlantic District converged on this Iiome-mission 
church for a "Get All Excited" fun and inspirational rally 
Mar. 7-8. 

The film "Flame in the Wind" was shown, and several made 
public decisions for Christ. Youth from Bob Jones University 
and the Grace Brethren Church of Anderson, S.C, provided 
music and devotions. Youth evangelist, Denny Walters, of 
Huntington, W. Va., exhibited his great physical prowess in 
a weight-lifting demonstration. Following a pizza refreshment 
hour, the entire group went out for a niglit on the town 
featuring ice skating, bowling, and miniature golf. The 
festivities lasted all niglit long. Early Saturday morning 
161 bleary-eyed people had breakfast at a local pancake 
house. Ron Thompson, pastor. 




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Mr. and Mrs. Al Rager (left) and Myra Bunn (right) share In the 
Missionary Fair at Riaito with Rev. and Mrs. Larry DeArmey and 
Ginette. 

Rialto, Calif. Members and friends of the Riaito 
Brethren Church were able to visit nine mission fields in 
the course of one evening-back to magic carpet days. 
Missionary Larry DeArmey spoke and showed slides of 
France for the evening worship service of the second annual 
"Mission Fair." The congregation then toured the nine 
mission fields by slides. 

A variety of national foods was offered at the booth of 
each country. Argentina was visited with quince and sweet 
potato dessert and mate; Brazil with Brazil nuts; France 
with French onion soup, French coffee and cream puffs; 
Hawaii with fresh pineapple; Puerto Rico with chilibeans, 
chicken-rice and Puerto Rican coffee; Jewish with lox and 
bagels; Germany with cheese on German black bread; Mexico 
with pan dulce, Mexican chocolate and Mexican dulce; and 
Africa with chocolate-covered ants, dried caterpillars, 
and petrified python. Rev. Dale Brock, pastor. 



Harrisburg, Pa. The Melrose Gardens Grace Brethren Church 
was one of 25 evangelical churches which participated in a 
unique area-wide Missionary Fair Mar. 1-2. Forty-two 
missionary organizations were represented, each with a table 
display in the Youth for Christ building. An estimated 2,000 
came to view the displays and talk with mission 
representatives. Dr. Dick Hillis spoke at the missionary 
rally which opened with a parade of all missionaries in 
attendance. The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church was represented by Rev. John W. Zielasko, foreign 
secretary. Phillip Simmons, pastor. 

Wanted. Rev. Robert Crees of Goshen, Ind., would like to 
piuchase volume one of the Brethren Missionary Herald. He 
needs it to complete a set of 35 volumes he has collected 
during his years as a Herald board member. He is offering 
$35 for the volume. Contact him at 2000 W. Wilden, Box 
138.Goshen, Ind. 46526. 

Change. Please add the following name to the list of 
Brethren ministers in y out Annual: Robert D. Culver, Th.D., 
6345 Huntington Ave., Lincoln, Nebr. 68057, phone 
402/466-4326. 

THREE HOUSING AND MEAL PLANS 
OFFERED FOR 1975 'NATIONAL 
CONFERENCE 

The following plans for housing and meals are offered by 
Grace Schools: 

PLAN A - Share bath, no air conditioning (College) 

Room, $3.50 per person 
Meals, $7.25 per person 
Total cost, $10.75 per day per person 
PLAN B Air conditioned -share bath (College) 

Room, $4.00 per person 
Meals, S7.25 per person 
Total cost, $11 .25 per day per person 
PLAN C Air conditioned— private bath 

(Winona Hotel, Lakeside, McKee) 
Room (with room makeup), $5.00 per person 
Meals, $7.25 per person 
Total cost, $12.25 per day per person 
Dates for this year's national conference will be August 
1-8. All of the above plans are on a first come, first 
served basis, and are based on six days or more. The room 
charges are based on two or more people per room. Complete 
details are contained in a mini-program bulletin insert 
which will be mailed to all churches prior to May 1 . 
All reservations should be sent to Grace Schools, Mrs. 
Leslie Moore, Director of Campus Housing, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590, and should be accompanied by a $10.00 deposit 
which will serve as the registration fee. 



12 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Ashland, Ohio. Dedication services for the new Grace 
Learning Center were held Apr. 13 at the Grace Brethren 
Church. The center contains six classrooms (36'x24') and 
three offices. Dr. David Burnham, pastor of the Chapel in 
University Park, Akron, Ohio, was guest speaker. Knute 
Larson, pastor. 

Long Beach, Calif. The King's Players of Biola College 
presented the drama "Of Six Who Died" for the evening 
service of the North Long Beach Brethren Church on Mar. 9. 
The team has presented this play in over 30 countries. Over 
500,000 people have seen the play in person, and several 
million have seen it on television. George Peek, pastor. 

Hammond, Ind. (EP)-The First Baptist Church of Hammond. 

Ind., which boasts of having the world's largest Sunday 

School, has dedicated a new $2 million auditorium seating 

5,000. 

Eighty-eight-year-old Robert G. Lee was the featured speaker, 

appearing with Pastor Jack Hyles. 

Fort Wayne, Ind. A goal of S2,500 was set for "Support 
Your Pastor Sunday" at the First Brethren Church, Mar. 2. 
The offering was received to eliminate a general fund 
deficit. Special gifts that day amounted to S2,691 and S266 
was added the next week for a total of S2,957. Regular 
offerings also exceeded the budget needs. Galen M. 
Lingenfelter, pastor. 

Washington, D.C. (EP)— The number of marriages performed 
in the U.S. during 1974 declined for the first year since 
1958, while the number and rate of divorces increased for the 
1 2th consecutive year, according to provisional statistics 
of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. 
During the year, 2,223.000 marriages were performed, 
54,000(or 2.4 percent) fewer than the number in 1973. 
"This occurred in spite of an increased population at 
marriageable ages," HEW added. 

The 970,000 estimated divorces during 1974 represented 
an increase of 57,000 (or 6.2 percent) over 1973. This total 
was 135 percent (or 557,000) more than the number of 
divorces in 1962. 

The number of marriages declined in 36 states last year, 
with each geographic region reporting fewer marriages except 
the West South Central area, which includes Texas where 
marriages increased. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace). Apr. 20-23; Knute Larson, pastor, Glenn 

O'Neal, speaker. 

Grafton, W.Va. Apr. 20-30; Paul Mohler, pastor; Harold Etling, 

speaker. 

Tucson, Ariz. Apr. 27-May 1 ; Kenneth Curtis, pastor; Lester E. 

Pifei, speaker. 

Coraopolis, Pa. (Bon Meade). Apr. 27-May 2; Roger Mayes, pastor; 

Luke Kauffman, speaker. 

Covington, Ohio. May 4-9; Gerald Root, pastor; Bill Smith, 

speaker. 

Gresham, Oreg. May 4-1 1 ; Roy Polman, pastor; Henry Rempel, 

speaker. 



Change. Rev. and Mrs. Terrance T. Taylor, P.O. Box 185, 
Hope, N.J. 07844, phone 201/459-4050. 

Mabton, Wash. Rev. Howard Snively resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church to become pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Ankenytown, Ohio. He began duties 
Apr. 5. 



WeMfUf "Beih 



A si.\-months's free subscription to the Breilircii Miasionory Herald is 
given to new subscribers whose addresses arc supplied by tlic 
officiating minister. 

Anita Maxwell and Kenneth Biddle, Dec. 14, First Brethren 

Church, Wooster, Ohio. 

Elaine Brenneman and Walter Poupart, Dec. 28, Summit 

Hills, P.R. Elaine is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Maxwell 

Brenneman of the Grace Brethren Bible Church. 

Robyn Brensinger and Gilbert Brightbill, Feb. 22, Grace 

Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

Robin Hurst and Earl Jentes, Feb. 22, First Brethren Church, 

Wooster, Ohio. 



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'emort/ 



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

DENLINGER, Vearl, Jan. 27. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. Gerald Polman, pastor. 
GEORGE, Marabelle, 36, Feb. 28. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Worthington, Ohio. 
James Custer, pastor. 

GUINN, James A., 63, Feb. 16. He was a member of the 
Vernon Brethren Church, Telford, Tenn. Donald W. Earner, 
pastor. 

HART, William E., 55, Jan. 8. He served as business 
manager for the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 
Worthington, Ohio. James Custer, pastor. 
MORRELL, Geneva C, 63, Mar. 16. She was a faithful 
deaconess, choir director, and organist for the Harrah 
Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash. Charles H. Winter, pastor. 
PREDA, Adrian, 57, Feb. 17. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio. Richard E. Grant, pastor. 
RIESEN, Gideon, 70, Nov. 6. He was a former member of 
the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind., for over 20 years; 
and a member of the First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. 
for over 35 years. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 
SCHAADT, Lena (Judy), Feb. 23. She was a member of the 
Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. Earle Peer, oastor. 
SECRIST, Briant, 64, Dec. 1 1 . He was baptized and 
received into the membership of the First Brethren Church, 
Fort Wayne, Ind., on May 5, 1974. Galen M. Lingenfelter, 
pastor. 

TURNER, Frances E., IS, Feb. 18. She was a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. She was the mother 
of Rev. Charles W. Turner, editor of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald, and Mrs. Richard Grant, pastor's wife, from Canton, 
Ohio. Gerald Teeter, pastor. 



April 15, 1975 



13 



Kent, Davis Named To Succeed Hoyt 



Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., and Dr. 
John J. Davis were named an adminis- 
trative team to succeed the current 
president of Grace Schools. Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt, during the school's 
February board meetings. Dr. Kent 
was named president-elect and Dr. 
Davis was named executive vice presi- 
dent-elect in an announcement first 
made public at a dinner meeting of 
Grace Schools faculty and trustees on 
February 25, 1975, at the Winona 
Hotel. The announcement was made 
by Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman, chairman 
of the schools' board of trustees. 

Dr. Kent, who has been with Grace 
Schools since 1949, currently serves as 
vice president of Grace Schools and 
dean of the seminary, as well as profes- 
sor of New Testament and Greek. 
Davis, who joined the Grace faculty in 
1965. is director of admissions and 
registrar for the seminary, as well as 
associate professor of Old Testament 
and Hebrew. Kent and Davis will con- 
tinue to serve under President Hoyt 
through the 1975-76 academic year, 
assuming their posts as president and 
executive vice president on September 
1, 1976. 

Following a predetermined course 
of action, a search and screen commit- 
tee composed of trustees and Grace 
faculty members has been working to 
obtain and screen nominations for the 
top administrative post for approxi- 
mately three years. In making the an- 
nouncement Dr. Ashman expressed ap- 
preciation to the committee and its 
chairman, Richard Holmes, for its 
thoroughness and hard work. 



Dr. Kent, who succeeded his father 
as vice president of Grace Schools in 
1969, is a graduate of Bob Jones Uni- 
versity (A.B., cum laude) and Grace 
Theological Seminary (B.D. summa 
cum laude, Th.M., Th.D.). He served as 
assistant to the dean from 1958 to 
1962. and was named dean of the 
seminary upon Dr. Hoyt's elevation to 
the presidency in 1962. He has also 
studied at the American Institute of 
Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem and 
has participated in and led several 
study tours to the Bible Lands, includ- 
ing one this past January. 

He has published five books and 
numerous magazine articles and contri- 
butions to scholarly publications. He is 
a member of the Evangelical Theologi- 
cal Society and the American Asso- 
ciation for Higher Education, and was 
named to Outstanding Educators of 
America in 1970. 

Kent, who is 48, was born in Wash- 
ington, D.C., and is the son of Dr. and 
Mrs. Homer A. Kent of Winona Lake. 
Dr. Kent, Sr., served Grace Schools as 
'vice president from 1962-69. Kent, Jr., 
is married to the former Beverly Page 
and they are parents of three children: 
Rebecca, a sophomore at Grace Col- 
lege; and Katherine and Daniel, stu- 
dents in Warsaw Community Schools. 
He is a member of the Winona Lake 
Brethren Church and lives at 305 Sixth 
Street in Winona Lake. 

Dr. John J. Davis holds the B.A. de- 
giee from Trinity College (Florida) 
and the B.D. (cum laude). Th.M.. and 
Th.D. from Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. He has done graduate study at 



From left: Dr. Herman Hoyt, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Dr. John Davis. 




the Near East School of Archaeology 
in Jerusalem and at Indiana University. 
He was also awarded the honorary 
doctor of divinity degree from Trinity 
College. 

Davis, 38, has participated fre- 
quently in archaeological expeditions 
to the Holy Land. In 1968 he served as 
academic dean for the Wheaton Sum- 
mer Institute of Archaeology in Jeru- 
salem, and in 1970 and 1971 was ex- 
ecutive dean of the Near East Institute 
of Archaeology in Jerusalem. 

Davis has pastored churches in 
Tampa, Florida, and in South Whitley, 
Indiana, and is a member of the Evan- 
gelical Theological Society, the Ameri- 
can Schools of Oriental Research, the 
National Association of Professors of 
Hebrew, and the Near East Archae- 
ological Society. He has authored 
seven books and numerous magazine 
and scholarly articles, and was nomi- 
nated to appear in the 1971 and 1972 
editions of Outstanding Educators in 
America. 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, Davis is married to the former 
Carolyn Clark and is a member of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. The 
Davises reside on R. R. 3, Warsaw 
(Kelly Addition), and are the parents 
of one daughter. Debbie, a student at 
Warsaw Community High School. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, only the 
second president in the history of 
Grace Schools, succeeded Dr. Alva J. 
McClain to that post in 1962. Dr. 
Hoyt is planning to retire from admin- 
istrative responsibilities on August 31. 
1977. upon reaching mandatory retire- 
ment age of 68. He will stay on as 
chancellor and advisor during the 
1976-77 school year, according to the 
present plan. 

In making the announcement. Dr. 
Ashman, board chairman, indicated 
that there will be a "restructuring" of 
the school's administration by the 
time Kent and Davis assume full re- 
sponsibility for the leadership of Grace 
College and Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. Announcement of the adminis- 
trative nominees to the student bodies 
of the two schools took place at the 
9:30 a.m. chapel hour the following 
day. » 



14 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



World Evangelization 



A MYTH, A DREAM, OR A REALITY? 



'^9 



"Let the Earth Hear His Voice!" 
This was the united heart cry of the 
more than 2,000 who signed the Lau- 
sanne Covenant and reaffirmed their 
commitment to the cause of world 
evangehzation. But the emotion of 
Lausanne has passed. Will world evan- 
gelization become a reality? Or is it 
just a dream? Or even a myth? 

Let's face it, similar declarations 
have been made before, but the fields 
"white unto harvest" have yet to be 
reaped. Lausanne, too, will pass into 
history as just a dream unless the 
Church of Jesus Christ does some hard 
thinking now with respect to its com- 
munication strategy. It is time to focus 
with new urgency on a Spirit-led, re- 
search-based strategy geared to the 
realities of today. 

Some Cobwebs 
of Misunderstanding 

Perhaps understandably, evangeli- 
cals tend to be highly message cen- 
tered. Great attention is properly fo- 
cused on retaining the purity of the 
Word of God, polishing and honing it 
so that proper theological underpin- 
nings are maintained. Given the purity 
of the message, the task of evangelism 
is conceived as follows: 

EXPOSURE RESPONSE 

(sending the mes- (the spiritual 

sage from the pul- _ results intended 

pit, over the air, in by God) 
print, or in person) 

The buttressing Biblical root of this 
strategy is Isaiah 55:11 where God 
said ". . . my word shall not return to 
me empty (void) without accomplish- 
ing what I desire." 

While no one can deny a core of 
validity in this conception, how can 
the following empirical findings from 
various Wheaton Communications Re- 
search studies and other sources be ex- 
plained? 

Twenty percent or less of the readers 
of a teenage Christian magazine even 
bothered to look at the four leading 
articles. 

A Christian-owned radio station of- 



fered both secular and religious pro- 
grams. Average listenership to the re- 
ligious programs was at least 50 per- 
cent below that of the secular pro- 
grams. 

A Christian radio station claiming to 
be reaching a potential audience of 
many millions was actually found to 
have an audience of no more than 
6,500 for any quarter-hour segment, 
and nearly all of these were females 
over age 50 with high school educa- 
tion. Younger listeners, in particular, 
actively avoided the station. 

House-to-house Bible distribution in 
a certain Asian country failed to pro- 
duce readership of the Bible; in fact, 
most Bibles were discarded. Similar- 
ly, the vast majority of Bibles given 
to prisoners found their way into 
trash cans. 

The fact of the matter is that the word 
can return void, and the blame rests 
with the communicator, not with God. 
First, the Isaiah passage is often im- 
properly interpreted to assume that 
God somehow will take anything we 




By 

James F. 
Engel 



^^m 



Grace Schools Editor's Note: Dr. James F. 
Engel, director of the graduate program in 
communication at Wheaton (111.) (ToUege, 
was the alumni-sponsored speaker at this 
year's Grace Bible Conference, speaking 
each day to the combined college and semi- 
nary student bodies. This article, copyright 
1975 and reprinted by permission from 
Spectrum, summarizes well Dr. Engel's 
series of lectures. A nationally recognized 
authority in the field of consumer behavior, 
he holds the B.S. degree from Drake Univer- 
sity and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from 
the University of Illinois. He served on the 
faculty of marketing at Ohio State Universi- 
ty from 1963 to 1972, when he joined the 
Wheaton faculty. 



say and use it for His purposes. A 
well-known Christian leader once told 
me that he had no responsibility other 
than to air his radio program and leave 
the results to God. When queried on 
the results which were being produced 
he replied, "1 haven't the faintest 
idea— that's God's concern, not mine." 
This is not the meaning of the Isaiah 
passage. It makes reference only to the 
great promises God has given the 
nation of Israel, especially those to be 
fulfilled in the millennial age. It says, 
in etTect, that He will stand behind His 
covenants, and the entire passage was 
written to give comfort. 

While it is true that spiritual re- 
sponse in the life of the hearer comes 
only through the ministry of the 
Spirit, man has a responsibility as well. 
The "leave-it-to-God" attitude is all 
too common and, in the final analysis, 
it reflects poor stewardship. 

We cannot ignore the fact that the 
recipient of the message has a God- 
given ability to see and hear what he 
or she wants to see and hear. The in- 
coming communication stimulus must 
pass through a filter containing learned 
patterns of thinking and behaving, atti- 
tudes and values, personality traits, 
and so forth. Thousands of published 
and unpublished studies demonstrate 
that exposure does not equal response 
and that the communication process is 
multistaged. 

EXPOSURE 
ATTENTION 

COMPREHENSION 
RETENTION 
RESPONSE 

First, unwanted communication 
can be completely filtered out by the 
audience through selective attention. 
Next, the meaning which is compre- 
hended or retained once a message 
captures attention may be something 
quite different from that intended by 
the sender. This selective information 
processing is by no means confined to 
the secular world. It is demonstrated 
convincingly by the growing body of 

(Contimied on page 16) 



April 15, 1975 



15 



WORLD EVANGELIZATION . . . 

(Continued from page 15) 

Christian communication evidence. 

What, then, is the key to successful 
communication? The answer is in the 
fact that we must, to put it in the 
vernacular, "scratch where people 
itch," if the message is to attract atten- 
tion, be comprehended and retained, 
and responded to as intended. The key 
to an open filter is to uncover points 
of felt need and speak to these needs 
using a combination of message and 
media appropriate to the total life- 
style and understanding of audience 
members. The best model is provided 
by the example of the Master Com- 
municator, Jesus Christ. While Jesus 
never wavered from His purpose of 
proclaiming the Good News, He al- 
ways approached people at the point 
of felt need. He did not approach the 
woman at the well by asking her 
whether she wanted to be born again. 
Rather, He began by speaking to her 
need of the moment, based on keen 
insight gathered through powers of ob- 
servation. Then He moved to the true 
spiritual need. 

Jesus also recognized that some, 
particularly the Pharisees, had closed 
filters and would misunderstand every- 
tliing He said. Therefore, He concen- 
trated His efforts on people seeking a 
change in life, sinners in need of a 
Saviour. 

The Christian communicator must 
be both message centered and audi- 
ence centered. The objective is to 
adapt message and media to the audi- 
ence without compromising Biblical 
truth. The Word of God, properly 
stripped of Western cultural baggage, is 
a constant which can never vary. But 
the way in which it is presented is vari- 
able, depending upon the level of 
Biblical understanding, needs and mo- 
tivations, and attitudes of the audi- 
ence. Otherwise, the message will be 
falsely comprehended, and the Holy 
Spirit will be deprived of an oppor- 
tunity to exercise the ministry of con- 
viction, regeneration, or sanctification. 
We have a responsibility, then, which 
cannot be avoided if world evangeliza- 
tion is to become a reality. 



Understanding the 
Spiritual Decision Process 

Since the communicator must be 
both message and audience centered, it 
becomes imperative that the message 
and media be properly adapted to the 
reality of spiritual decision making be- 
havior. This section discusses the fun- 
damentals of this decision process in 
the context of a multiple media, multi- 
ple church strategy. 

The Spiritual Pilgrimage 

Examine the model carefully. While 
it appears complex at first glance, the 
concepts are not difficult to grasp. 

Everyone falls somewhere on this 
continuum in terms of his relationship 
to Christ. Some may lie at the very top 
in that they have only a dim grasp of 
the reality of God through general 
revelation (nature and conscience). 
Others understand more fully the fun- 
damentals of the Gospel (especially 
the truths of monotheism, the sinful 
nature of man and the uniqueness of 
Jesus) and fall somewhere between 
. positions -7 and -3. The people at 
these stages, however, have not as yet 
reached the point where there is a 
strong felt need for change and moti- 
vation to open the perceptual filter to 
a serious consideration of a life com- 
mitment to Jesus Christ. This occurs 
only when there is a grasp of the impli- 
cations of the Gospel accompanied by 
personal problem recognition (stage 
-2). 

When the person is at stage -2 the 
only options are to reject the message 
or to repent and commit his life to 
Christ by faith, becoming a new cre- 
ature. Assuming a valid life commit- 
ment is made, the Christian growth 
process begins. The first stage (-1) is 
often one of post decision evaluation 
accompanied by doubts and anxiety 
about the decision's validity and 
permanence. Doubts can be reduced 
through proper follow-up which 
stresses the basic truths of the Gospel 
again and the meaning of faith. Simul- 
taneously, the new believer is assimi- 
lated into the fellowship of the body 
of Jesus Christ, usually through the 
formal means of baptism (stage -2). 
This stage is emphasized because spiri- 
tual growth is otherwise drastically im- 



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maturity then commence and continue 
throughout his lifetime. 

The model is open ended. All Chris- 
tians are at some stage in the process 
of understanding and applying Biblical 
truths about communion with God 
(worship, prayer, Bible study), stew- 
ardship, and reproduction (internally 
within the body through use of spiri- 
tual gifts and externally to the world 
througli the ministries of verbal wit- 
ness and social concern). 

God and Man in the 
Mission of the Church 

The objective of Christian com- 
munication is always to move people 
in their decision process; toward 
Christ initially, then, following the 
new birth, to greater maturity. God 
and man cooperate uniquely in this 
process. When an individual falls at 
stage -8, God uses general revelation to 
initiate awareness of the Supreme Be- 
ing and His attributes. Following that 
initial awareness, God through the 
Holy Spirit works within the life to 
bring about conviction, followed by 
regeneration once the life commitment 
is made. The Spirit then functions to 
actuate spiritual growth through the 
ministry of sanctification. This is all 
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The Christian communicator has a 
vital role, because communication pro- 
vides the grist used by the Spirit to 
move people in their decision process. 
When the audience members fall with- 
in stages -7 to -3, the role of the com- 
municator is to proclaim- to build es- 
sential awareness of the truths of 
monotheism, sin, and the uniqueness 
of Jesus. Without this base of aware- 
ness, a vahd and lasting spiritual deci- 
sion cannot be made. It makes no 
sense, for example, to induce someone 
to pray the sinner's prayer when he 
does not even understand the meaning 
of sin. Yes, he might pray the prayer, 
but in all probability nothing of lasting 
value has happened. 

The call for decision, our usual defi- 
nition of evangelism is appropriate 
only when stage -2 has been reached. 
The individual's filter is now open be- 
cause of felt need for change, and, in 
addition, sufficient understanding ex- 
ists to make an informed decision. 
Now it is appropriate to shift to a 
strategy of persuasion— a clear presen- 
tation of how a person commits his 
life to Christ followed by an encour- 
agement to take that step. Persuasion 
can never be placed before proclama- 
tion, but we often try to do so. If the 
individual refuses to commit his life to 
Christ, then the communicator should 
drop back to restressing the basic 
claims of the Gospel, shown in the dia- 
gram by an arrow back to stage -5. The 
goal is to make certain that the person 
truly grasps the meaning of the Good 
News. 

The strategy of follow-up reviews 
the basics of the Gospel to remove 
doubt. Cultivation begins as communi- 
cation builds basic doctrinal awareness 
and forges keys which apply Biblical 
truth to problems inevitable to the 
Christian life. 1 am convinced growth 
occurs as problems are encountered. It 
is the responsibility of the communica- 
tor to provide practical guidance in 
their solutions. 

The Message 

When we misunderstand the audi- 
ence decision processes, we assume 
that every communication to the non- 
Christian rnust stress the plan of salva- 
tion. What will these truths mean, 
however, to one who is at stage -7? 
First there will be no comprehension. 
But, even more critically, there may be 
no felt need for change. Thus, the mes- 



sage will return void because our strat- 
egy is misdirected. To paraphrase a 
little doggerel by Kenneth Boulding, 

Christian commuriication is like a 
blunderbuss. 

For all our muss and fuss. 

We fire a monstrous charge of shot. 

And sometimes hit but mostly not. 

In the strategies of proclamation 
and persuasion (traditionally called 
evangelism), we must speak in terms of 
audience awareness levels. If, for ex- 
ample, there is no understanding of 
man's sin nature, it should become the 
focus of our message. Keep in mind, 
however, that there will be minimal at- 
tention, comprehension, retention, 
and response unless the message is 
phrased to answer the basic needs and 
motivations of the target audience. 
Biblical truth apart from the life -style 
of the recipient is only a barren ab- 
straction, no matter how finely pol- 
ished or neatly packaged it is. 

Similarly, the strategy of cultiva- 
tion requires the communication of 
Biblical content to provide the basis 
for Christian maturity. As with procla- 
mation, doctrine is only an abstraction 
if it does not speak to audience needs 
and problems. 

What this boils down to is that mes- 
sage strategy requires, at the very mini- 
mum, firm information about both 
Biblical awareness and life-styles of 
audience members. Without research 
information it is impossible to com- 
municate. Furthermore, our messages, 
to be successful, must help the individ- 
ual move from one stage in the deci- 
sion process to the next. We will fail 
unless we fire a "rifle shot" rather than 
our usual blunderbuss. 

The Media 

We tend to use all media as a blun- 
derbuss when each has its unique role, 
depending upon the spiritual status of 
the audience. When the audience lies 
between -8 and -1, the mass media, in 
general, are appropriate only as tools 
of proclamation. Uniquely designed to 
build awareness, they stimulate inter- 
est in Christianity and bring about fun- 
damental attitude change which lays 
the basis for a later decision. Secular 
radio and audio cassettes, in particular, 
are vital media in today's world which 
is often responsive to audio and visual 
stimuli. The appropriateness of print 
or visual and audio media ultimately 
must be determined experimentally 



with each audience or market target. 

We must face the fact that we 
usually force the mass media into a 
role it cannot legitimately assume— the 
role of persuasion. History demon- 
strates that the interpersonal com- 
munication medium is the best way to 
stimulate a person to commitment. 
Occasionally radio or print evoke com- 
mitment, but this is the exception 
rather than the rule. We must use the 
media for purposes best suited to it. 
Radio, for example, can have a dra- 
matic impact when it builds awareness 
or sows seed. Persuasion is not radio's 
primary role, so why force an un- 
natural role upon it? 

The mass media can function in fol- 
low-up and cultivation, but the teach- 
ing ministry of the church is more 
natural for the job (assuming the pres- 
ence of a mature, functioning church). 
The mass media are supplementary. 

Ultimately, each communication 
situation requires a mix of media 
which is appropriate only for that cir- 
cumstance. A combination of media 
can achieve a greater impact than any 
single medium. It is time that we stop 
viewing ourselves as print or radio 
people, or whatever our medium is, 
and view ourselves as multiple media 
strategists! 

Finally, we all recognize that the 
church is the medium of evangelism, 
but seldom have any steps been taken 
to integrate mass media into the minis- 
try of the church. It is absurd, for ex- 
ample, to concentrate on successful 
proclamation through mass media only 
to have the impact drift into oblivion 
througli a dying church. Churches ob- 
viously must be mobilized for aggres- 
sive persuasion througli personal wit- 
ness once the basis of awareness and 
interest has been stimulated. 

From Dream to Reality 

Is the multiple church, multiple 
media strategy only a dream? Perhaps 
so at the present time, but Lausanne 
has stimulated the Church worldwide 
to center anew on its ta^k. The step 
from dream to reality, as 1 see it, is to 
measure empirically the spiritual status 
of those in target audiences. Once the 
facts are known, then we have the 
basis for a combination of men, mes- 
sage, and media to bring into reality a 
research-based. Spirit-led strategy. 
Hopefully we can help point Christians 
in that direction. • 



April 15, 1975 



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Grace Trustees Launch 
Optimistic Program 



On September 1. 1976, the third 
president in the history of Grace 
Schools will take office. For more 
than three years the board of trustees 
has been in search of a man to fill this 
position. This search culminated in the 
vote of the board on Tuesday, Febru- 
ary 25, 1975, naming Dr, Homer A, 
Kent, Jr, The announcement was made 
at a banquet in the evening of that day 
when trustees, faculty, and staff joined 
in fellowship as one of the higlilights 
of the annual board meeting. 

To assist Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., in 
his task of administration. Dr. John J. 
Davis was appointed as e.xecutive vice 
president. These two men will serve as 
a team to carry the load of adminis- 
trative responsibility that has more 
than tripled in the last 13 years. This 
approach to the problems of adminis- 
tration will enable each one of these 
men to carry a load of teaching, which 
is their first love, and at the same time 
discharge the many duties associated 
with leading a school. 

This approach was not at first en- 
visioned by the board of trustees. But 
in the gradual unfolding of the leading 
of the Lord, this arrangement took 
shape and met with the approval of 
the board as a way of handling the 
operation of the school. At the same 
time these men will continue their 
classroom ministry where they have 
already made such remarkable contri- 
bution and where they are still needed. 

Under the leadership of these men 
there will be further restructuring of 
the organization to produce an ef- 
ficient operation of both college and 
seminary. For the coming year they 
will be known as president-elect and 
executive vice president-elect. They 
will be working with the president and 
the board of trustees to complete the 
arrangements for the fall of 1976. Dr. 
Kent will continue to serve in his 
present capacities as dean of the semi- 
nary and professor of New Testament 
and Greek, and Dr. Davis as director of 
admissions for the seminary and pro- 
fessor of Old Testament and Hebrew. 

There is strong reason for thanks- 



Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 

giving to God for the selection of these 
two men. The direction in which a 
school moves is largely dependent 
upon the men who are called to lead 
it. These men are true servants of God 
committed to the Bible as the infalli- 
ble and inerrant Word. They are schol- 
ars and academicians in the highest 
sense of those terms. They have 
demonstrated their devotion to Grace 
Schools over a period of years. Both 
have taught in the college as well as in 
the seminary, and clearly understand 
the close bond between these schools. 
Pray for them as you pray for the 
schools, that the transition to the new 
administration will be strong and 
forceful and encouraging. 

Future Building Program 

With enthusiasm and determina- 
tion, the board of trustees launched a 
three-phase building program f^or the 
future. The first phase involves a 
science building, the second a fine arts 
building, and the third an athletic field 
house. Each phase of this building pro- 
gram will merge into the succeeding 
one until it is complete. The first 
phase is made contingent upon the 
raising of $350,000, With real energy 
and ambition, the first phase could be 
launched in the fall of 1976 when the 
new administration takes over. Almost 
$200,000 is already on hand. If our 
people have a mind to accomplish this 
project, surely another $150,000 
could be raised during the next year. 
The board of trustees voted unani- 
mously to support this program, and 
they are now calling on our people to 
join them. 

Prospects for the New Year 

The board of trustees adopted a 
budget nearing two and one half mil- 
lion. Encouragement for this grew out 
of advance applications for the coming 
school year. Not only has the Lord 
amazingly met the needs of Grace 
Schools througli the school year now 



current, but prospects of student 
growth strongly imply that the Lord 
intends to use these schools even more 
widely in the coming year. 

The seminary has grown to such 
proportions that it was necessary for 
the board to appoint two new teachers 
to that division. The college, too, 
shows signs of further development. 
This growth at a time of general de- 
cline in private schools is indication 
that God has a special purpose for 
Grace Schools. 

Thousands of you people have been 
praying for Grace Schools and God has 
answered your prayers. I am sure He 
wants to use you as a means to the end 
for the completion of those prayers. 
This school is dependent upon your 
gifts for operation. And students 
especially are in need of help. If you 
have funds that you could give to 
Grace to use in a revolving loan fund, 
this would mean much to keep stu- 
dents in school, and to encourage 
others to come. 

Government funds are drying up. 
We suffered further decline in this 
present year. That is going to make it 
more difficult to complete this year in 
the black, thougli we are still working 
and praying to that end. Let's not dis- 
appoint these Christian students who 
are ambitious to get their training for 
lifework. 

There Is One Whom We Can Trust 

I sat in the office of one of the 
businessmen in our community recent- 
ly. I had gone to thank him for a siz- 
able gift he had made to the school. As 
we discussed the financial trends of 
our day. the apparent confusion in 
Washington, the pressure of Arab oil 
cartels, the shortages developing across 
the world, the uncertainties of the 
economy, I was led to say to him, 
"Well, I'm glad that at a time like this 
we have the Lord to trust," His re- 
sponse was immediate. "He's the only 
One you can trust." 

He was so riglit. If the instability of 
the world is disturbing you, stop tor a 
moment and consider this One who is 



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called Lord. He is called Wonderful, 
Counselor, the Mighty God, the Ever- 
lasting Father. This last e.\pression 
means that He is the father of the ages. 
He brought them into existence (Heb. 
1:2). He upholds all things by the 
word of His power (Heb. 1:3). He 
works all things after the counsel of 
His own will (Eph. 1:11). And more 
amazing than anything else, for those 
who are His own He works everything 
for good (Rom. 8:28). 

This means that nothing happens to 
us except that it ministers to our good. 
The loss of a job, the pantry almost 
bare, the house growing cold for lack 
of heat, clothes growing old and 
threadbare -can there be any good in 
these things? It seems not, when we 
look merely at those things immediate- 
ly at hand. But is it possible that in a 
larger framework they may be used of 
God to draw us nearer to Him? The 
supreme purpose of God is that we 
shall become conformed to the image 
of His Son, and experience at the end 
of the way complete glorification 
(Rom. 8:28-30). In order to accom- 
plish this end, God uses means to that 
end. Perhaps one of the outstanding 
means is deprivation of material bene- 
fits. This compels us to look to Him. 
This teaches us that real gain is godli- 
ness (I Tim. 6:5-10). It has the prom- 
ise of the life that now is, and that 
which is to come (I Tim. 4:8). How 
easy it is to trust in secondary sources 
for the continuation of life, as did the 
rich fool, when as a matter of fact 
every secondary source is dependent 
upon God who is the primary source 
(Luke 12:16-21). 

As I listen to the news broadcasts 
and read the newspapers these days, 
and there flashes through my mind 
those scenes of want and destitution, 
my heart goes out to these people. The 
bread lines of the thirties are upon us 
again, despite the efforts of men to 
provide social security. Even the pres- 
ent efforts of our government are 
feeble indeed. It is at a time like this 
that I could wish that all these suffer- 
ing people knew our Lord, who is the 
only One you can trust. If you are a 
believer, and going through some of 
these difficult experiences, trust Him. 
These experiences are the loving hand 
of a great Saviour who wants you to 
put your trust in Him and Him alone. 



H. Leslie NLoore 
""with tne Lord'' 



• • • 



Rev. H. Leslie Moore, director of 
housing for Grace Schools, went home 
to be with the Lord on February 27, 
1975, after having suffered a fatal 
heart attack while doing one of the 
things he enjoyed most-watching a 
Grace Lancers basketball game. 

Mr. Moore, often described as the 
Lancers Number One Fan, was well 
known for his colorful and nearly 
fanatic support of Grace athletic 
teams. Easily picked out of the crowd 
as the enthusiastic fan with the red 
hat, he will be remembered by several 
generations of Grace students as both 
a "substitute dad" in the dormitory 
and as a loyal Lancer fan. 

Mr. Moore, 59, had been director of 
housing at the school for the past nine 
years. He was born June 9, 1915, at 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1939 he 
was married at Johnstown to the for- 
mer Elizabeth Miller, who survives. 

The Moores moved to Winona Lake 

Rev. H. Leslie Moore 




in 1965 after having served Brethren 
pastorates in New Troy, Michigan; 
Meyersdale (Summit Mills), Pennsyl- 
vania; and Sunnyside, Washington, 
where their church membership re- 
mained. The Moores were faithful at- 
tenders of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church and had, in fact, attended mid- 
week prayer meeting there only an 
hour before the fatal attack. 

In addition to his wife, Mr. Moore 
is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Noel 
(Linda) Hoke of Winona Lake; and 
three granddaugliters; also four broth- 
ers and one sister: Merle, Allen, De- 
Von, and Richard Moore, and Mrs. 
Grace Ream, all of Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania. 

Services were conducted Monday, 
March 3, at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church with Pastor Charles Ashman 
officiating. Also participating in the 
services were Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, 
Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, Rev. Earle 
Peer, and Rev. James Poyner. 

Having come to know Christ as 
Saviour in February of 1938, Mr. 
Moore claimed "Thou wilt keep him in 
perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on 
thee: because he trusteth in thee" (Isa. 
26:3) as his life's verse. Known by all 
as an intense man of deep Christian 
faith and convictions. Rev. Leslie 
Moore left an impact for God on the 
lives of many. He served well his last 
years in the area of his greatest bur- 
den—that of young people and their 
spiritual welfare. 

For the present, Mrs. Moore will 
continue her ministry as head resident 
of Alpha Hall on the Grace campus. 
Individuals wishing to contribute to a 
memorial fund for Mr. Moore should 
mark such gifts "Moore Memorial 
Fund." • 




remembered by several generations of 
Grace students as both a "substitute dad" and as 
a loyal Lancer fan. 



April 15, 1975 



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How Long America? 



Grace Schools Editor's Note: Each year on the Grace College campus the student govern- 
ment sponsors a week of patriotic emphasis entitled "Americans l-'or America Week." 

In addition to a full program of special speakers and public performances, a series of 
contests is held in the areas of original songwriting, art, essays, speeches, and decoration of 
campus buildings. 

FoUowJng the theme of this year's emphasis, "How Long, America?" the three essays 
printed here were judged to be the best from among some 60 entries in that competition. 
Other winners included Kim Osborne and Steve Stauffer (song contest), Jane Fretz, Karen 
Kincaide and Peggy Bechtel (art), and Kevin Zuber and V. L. Vawter (speech). 



Firsr Place 

By Dennis Schultz 

Grace College Junic 

The question "How long, Ameri- 
ca?" hovers Hke a dark cloud over 
these United States of America. 

It is not a negative question which 
implies that the U.S.S. America is ship- 
wrecked and sinking fast, nor does it 
imply that all is a sweet trip for the 
"good ship America." 

This question simply asks, how long 
can America continue in its present 
ways before it self-destructs? How 
long will God allow America to sail its 
present course before He sends judg- 
ment? 

Most Americans, including many 
Christians, shudder at the thought of 
God judging America. Why, America is 
a Christian nation that trusts in God 
(or so our coins attest)! God would 
never think of judging us! 

But the truth is, there is no such 
thing as a Christian nation. In God's 
plan of common grace He bestows 
many blessings on the righteous and 
unrigliteous, individuals and govern- 
ments alike. 

No country can claim to be a 
chosen nation after the order of Israel. 
God chose the nation Israel for him- 
self, not the other way around. And in 
this New Covenant, God has a new 
vehicle of grace-the church. 

America, then, is no more a Chris- 
tian nation than Lower Slobbovia. It 
is, though, a nation that contains 
many dedicated Christians. It is these 
individual Christians who of necessity 
must answer the question "How long, 
America?" 

A multitude of woes now beset the 
United States of America. The "Old 
Immorality" is now dubbed the "New 



Morality." White America is fleeing to 
the suburbs, leaving behind a decaying 
urban hub. Our national leaders are be- 
ginning to see the ugly head of war 
rising up in two global trouble spots. 
Unemployment and inflation are hit- 
ting every economic class in America. 
Crime rates run high, with no easy so- 
lutions in sight. Situation ethics rule in 
post-Watergate America. 

This portrait of America's soul is 
not a very pretty picture. But it was 
not always so. God in His providence 
provided this land for many of His 
people who had to flee religious perse- 
cution in Europe. 

These Puritan forefathers had a 
grand vision for the New World, a land 
dedicated to God's principles of liber- 
ty, justice, and love. But, unfortunate- 
ly not every immigrant and newborn 
American has held this lofty dream. 

As this vision of a noble and just 
nation declines in the hearts of men 
who are bent toward self instead of 
country, our nation also declines in its 
greatness. 

"How long, America?" Only God 
knows what is in store for America. 
And yet all the signs we can discern 
point toward a nationwide decline 
spiritually, morally, and physically. 
The major burden rests with America's 
Christians and their Biblical mandate 
to preserve the good of society and to 
enligliten our nation's darkness. 

With God's help we can build an 
America that may be seen througliout 
the world as Carl Sandburg saw us 
when he said: "I see America, not in 
the setting sun of a black night of de- 
spair ahead of us. I see America in the 
crimson light of a rising sun, fresh 
from the burning, creative hand of 
God." 

How long, America? 



Second Place 
By Susan Suter 

Grace College Senior 

America has problems. No one is 
shocked; it is nothing new. The origi- 
nal cause of America's problems is 
nothing new either, yet it has been 
overlooked by even the most gifted 
statesmen. 

America's problems were not origi- 
nated by her political leaders. It was 
not the presidents, vice presidents and 
congressmen in power who caused 
America to begin to crumble. Oh yes, 
some have contributed more than their 
fair share. Some have been swindlers 
and crooks, protecting their own inter- 
ests at the expense of the nation. But 
others have been just men, seeking to 
do the very best they could with the 
time and situations which they faced. 

America's problems were not origi- 
nated by a poorly constructed Consti- 
tution. The original system of govern- 
ment had new and exceptional ideas, 
such as the system of checks and bal- 
ances in the branches of government 
and the plan for a truly representative 
form of government. These new fea- 
tures had great goals in view. 

America's problems were not even 
originated by the carelessness of the 
people who became too busy in their 
own little worlds to take the time to 
listen to a candidate's qualifications 
and who even became too busy to 
vote. 

Then from where do America's 
problems come? Where did they start? 
Which generation is responsible for 
them? 

America's problems began as she 
turned from one of the basic purposes 
for which she was founded; that pur- 
pose being to provide a place where 
God could be worshiped without re- 
straint. America's burning torch for re- 
ligious freedom began to grow dim al- 
most immediately as some of the early 
religious settlements began to perse- 
cute those who worshiped differently, 
and who began to regiment the lives of 
their own people with strict codes and 
laws. The light of the torch grew dim- 



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of a hopeless condition which is not 
accurate. 

I've heard lately much talk about 
how bad our country looks; that we 
should clean up America, and how 
we've ruined the countryside with 
trash. It's a good thing to be cautious 
about protecting the country, but I 
feel that they have gone overboard. We 
have much more good clean country- 
side and protected national parks and 
forests than those environmental pro- 
tectors seem to advertise. 

Air pollution is a definite problem. 
It takes away beauty and it makes for 
dirty cities. But again we've gone over- 
board. Though it may not be pretty, it 
doesn't seem to be hurting us terribly. 
Our average age of death is older than 
in the past, not younger, so we've ap- 
parently just exchanged beauty for 
lu.xuries such as cars and planes. 

We all complain about high prices, 
but we're getting higher wages to 
match. The problem here, as I see it, is 
a lack of enougli strength to give up 
luxuries. Our food buying and eating 
habits are a good example. We buy so 
much food that we don't need; mid- 
day snacks, midnight snacks, and holi- 



mer as people began to cling to the 
controls of their own lives instead of 
letting God lead and direct them. To- 
day, in the age of agnosticism and 
skepticism and atheism, and in this age 
when it is unfashionable to believe 
that a personal relationship with Jesus 
Christ is even possible, that light is so 
dim it is in danger of being completely 
extinguished. When it is snuffed out; 
when there are no more Americans to 
look to God for guidance and direc- 
tion in principles of government as 
well as in the affairs of daily life; then 
there will be no America, for she will 
have died with her ideals. When will 
that happen? No one can predict the 
future. One can only exclaim, "How 
long, America?" 

Third Place 

By John Bauman 

Grace College Freshman 

How long, America, can you keep 
putting yourself down and allowing 
the people to put you down whom 
you raised in your land of such materi- 
al abundance and spiritual freedom? 
Even the week's theme "How Long, 
America?" to me suggests an attitude 

Dennis Schultz, Grace College junior, reads his winning essay en- dent Marvin Retzer. (Photo by Doug Conrad) 
titled "How Long, America?" At right is student-body vice presi- 



day feasts. How many things do we 
buy that we don't really need? It's 
worth thinking about. 

It hurts to see some of the losses of 
freedom that we as Americans are ex- 
periencing, especially in the area of 
business, where civil rights laws now 
tell us that we can't sell to or serve 
whomever we wish. But I also believe 
that the United States of America is 
the freest nation in the world today. 
We have many freedoms which we 
'take for granted; freedoms of speech 
and press (illustrated by my freedom 
to write this paper) and freedom of 
religion which, in the past few years, 
has been lost in several countries. 

How long, America? How long can 
your people keep putting down your 
great beauty and luxuries for which 
you have become known? How long 
can they complain about the loss of 
freedoms which they have not had to 
earn, but rather have received as a gift 
for simply being your citizen? Surely 
you are still the greatest country, and 
with the help and encouragement of 
the citizens you so greatly blessed, I 
predict you will remain just as great. 







April 15, 1975 



21 



Considering Summer School? 



Again this summer Grace College is offering a variety of 
courses for those who wish to accelerate their college 
careers, for any high school graduates who want to get a 
"head start" on their college education, and those who are 
interested in continuing adult education or completing cer- 
tification requirements. 

The registration fee for summer school is $10 for one 
term, or $1 5 for two or three terms. Tuition will be $35 per 
semester hour, with most classes being held in Grace's air- 
conditioned library-learning center. Deferred payment plans 

First Term (Four Weeks, May 27 

Course 

7:30 a.m. 

New Testament Literature 

History of the United States 

Introduction to Literature 

Greek Elements I 

Speech Communications 

Introduction to Sociology 

General World History 

Introduction to Physical Science I 

Principles of Education 

Music Theory III 

Art Appreciation 

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 

Developmental Reading 

10:45 a.m. 

Book of Job 
Educational Psychology 

May 27-June 6 

Workshop in Language Arts 
June 9-20 

Workshop in Mathematical Methods 
for Elementary Education 

6:00 p.m. 

Archery and Bowling 



are available, and dormitory rooms and meals will be pro- 
vided through the college's housing office if desired. 

For further information contact Ron Henry, director of 
admissions, or Dr. Jesse Humberd, summer school director, 
at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590, or call 
219/267-8191. 

Two five-week summer sessions have also been scheduled 
for Grace Theological Seminary, beginning May 27 and end- 
ing July 31. A schedule and registration information may 
be obtained from Dr. John Davis, director of admissions. 



-June 


20) 


6:00 p.m. 






Credit 


Instructor 


Tennis and Badminton 
To Be Arranged 


1 


Hoskins 


4 


Dearborn 


Musical Acoustics 


3 


Dilllng 


4 


Mathisen 


Body Conditioning 


1 


Hoskins 


4 
4 


Lovelady 
Smith 


Third Term (Two Weeks, July 21- 


-August 1) 


4 


Ziegler 


7:30 a.m. 






4 
4 
4 
2 


Taylor 
Snider 
DeYoung 
Uphouse 


Church History 


2 


Ashman 


Guidance in the High School 
Methods in Science 


2 
2 


Uphouse 
Dilllng 


4 


Ogden 


6:00 p.m. 






■ 2 
3 
3 


Coverstone 

Humberd 

Fink 


Paddleball and Golf 
To Be Arranged 


1 


Hoskins 






Supervised Elementary Teaching 


8 


Uphouse 






Supervised Secondary Teaching 


6 


Uphouse 


2 


Snider 


Readings in Comparative Literature 


1-3 


Lovelady 


2 


Uphouse 


Readings in American History 


1-3 


Henry 






Readings in Recent European History 


1-3 


Snider 


2 


Fink 


Piano 
Organ 
Classical Guitar 


1 
1 
1 


Staff 

Yoder 

Lovelady 



Humberd 



Hoskins 



Second Term (Four Weeks, June 23— July 18) 

7:30 a.m. 



Old Testament History and Literature 


4 


Dearborn 


History of the United States 




4 


Mathisen 


Speech Communications 




4 


Ziegler 


Greek Elements II 




4 


Smith 


English Composition 




4 


Sauders 


Music Theory IV 




4 


Ogden 


Philosophy of Education 




2 


Uphouse 


Physical Geography 




3 


Humberd 


Marriage and Family 




3 


Taylor 


Introduction to Physical Science 


II 


4 


DeYoung 



Make plans now to attend . . . 
PARENTS WEEKEND COLLEGE-FOR-A-DAY 

Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana 
MAY 9-11, 1975 

* Friday night music and speech department program 

* Saturday chapel and President's luncheon 

* Saturday evening pops concert 

* Photography exposition 

* Crafts display and sale 

* Exhibition in new art gallery 

* Dormitory open house 

For information contact: Rev. Thomas Hammers, chairman, 
College-For-A-Day, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, 
or call (219) 267-8191. 



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THE HERALD 



We are pleased to announce this month's selection of the 
Herald Book Club. The purpose of the Herald Book Club is 
twofold: 

— To keep Herald readers informed on the latest and 
best in Christian literature. 

— To provide, at reasonable cost, a book each month as 
the Herald Book Club selection. 

There are no dues, membership rules, or minimum pur- 
chase requirements. Purchase as many selections as you 
like. 




THIS MONTH'S DUAL 
SELECTION IS: GOD HAS 
A BETTER IDEA, BY DR. 

ROY ROBERTS; AND 

HEA VEN HELP THE HOME, 

BY DR. HOWARD 

HENDRICKS 




ABOUT THIS MONTH'S SELECTIONS 

A brand new BMH Book, God Has a Better Idea— The Home is 
written by Dr. Roy Roberts, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Seal Beach, California. He is a frequent speaker in 
seminars and Bible conferences on the subject of the 
Christian home. The book approaches the many aspects of 
family living from a Biblical perspective. 
Heaven Help the Home has sold over 1 50,000 copies. Dr. 
Howard Hendricks deals with the art and joy of successful 
home life. His style is very practical, and often humorous. 
As a bonus this month you will receive a free copy of The 
Inspiration of The Bible , a twenty-page booklet by Dr. 
Alva J. McClain. 



TO RECEIVE THIS MONTH'S 
BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS: 

1. Clip the coupon at right and send it 
with $4.70 in cash, check, or money 
order. Or send a discount certificate 
and $4.30. 

2. We pay postage. 

3. You will receive as a free bonus one 
copy of The Inspiration of The Bible 
by Dr. Alva J. McClain. 

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Angels and 
Demons . . . 
what does the 
Bible reveal 
about them? 



This new study guide approaches the whole 
spectrum of unseen spirits in a practical and 
understandable manner. It has been written by Dr. 
Bernard N. Schneider, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Bible Church, Fort Myers, Florida. Dr. Schneider 
is well known for his ability to take the great 
truths of Scripture and bring them into words that 
can be easily grasped by hearers and readers. 

A few of the interesting topics covered in the 
study guide include: 

Angels; Who Are They? 

Demons: Superstition or Reality 

Can the Dead Communicate With the Living? 

What About Life After Death? 



Quantity orders for Sunday School use will again 
receive the BMH half-price special. The regular 
price is $2.95 per copy, but orders received 
through August 31 will be priced at $1 .50 per copy. 

A Teacher's Resource Packet is also available 
for use with this study guide. It contains a wealth 
of material for the teacher, including illustrations 
for use with overhead projectors. James Long has 
compiled this excellent packet, which is priced at 
$2.95. 

Place your order with the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. The 
study guide is scheduled for use in Brethren Sunday 
Schools beginning June 1 . (Individual orders 
accepted at $2.95 per copy. Please enclose your 
check and we will pay all postage costs.) 




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BRETHREN MISSIONARY 




Volumes? Number 9 May 1, 1975 

Foreign Missions, WMC and Christian Education Issue 

Reflections By Still Waters 3 

Moment With Missions 4 

Does Argentina Still Need the 

Gospel in '75? 6 

Spiritual Depression— Spiritual 

Exuberance 7 

Pick-A-Project 8 

The Chateau Walls Speak 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

Because of Love 15 

How Will They Know? 16 

He Made It-He Keeps It 17 

TIME Exposure 20 

CED Ideas 21 

Brethren Youth Conference '75 22 



Cover Photo: Both the 
father and the mother in 
this family attend the 
Elementary Bible Insti- 
tute. {Photo by Gordon 
Austin) 





CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Michael Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, I BM Selectric Composer Operator 



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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
WMC-Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
SMM-Mrs. Kyle Bergen 
Christian Ed.— Rev. Howard Mayes 




Address your letter to the editor. Rev. Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. All letters must be signed, although names will not be used 
in the magazine. 

Dear Editor, 

First, I want to thank both you and 
Dr. Etling for the boolc. Our Heritage: 
Brethren Beliefs and Practices. I believe 
that this will become something of a 
classic and perhaps one of the greatest 
things Dr. Etling has ever done. The ac- 
ceptance of this book is tremendous. 
Second, I want to order 1 5 more copies, 
and no doubt will want more later. 
Also, I think Jim Long should be com- 
plimented for his fine teacher's resource 
packet. 



Dear Readers, 

! want to express my thanks to you 
for all of the kind expressions of 
sympathy at the passing of my 
mother. Dozens of letters, notes and 
cards came to me during the past 
several weeks filled with Christian en- 
couragement, i will not be able to 
acknowledge all of these expressions 
with a personal response, but thank 
you so very much.-CfVT 



Thanks for the great efforts to pro- 
duce fine literature for the brethren in 
Christ Jesus. -JVe.rf Virginia 

Dear Editor, 

Congratulations on the new study 
guide, Our Heritage: Brethren Beliefs 
and Practices. Appearance, layout and 
material are excellent. Keep ones, like 
this com'msl-California 

The initial response to the new study 
guide on Brethren beliefs has been 
great. Sales at the time of writing have 
already passed 7,000 and are still grow- 
ing. Next quarter's study guide. The 
World of Unseen Spirits , by Dr. Bernard 
Schneider, promises to be popular also. 
The orders are coming in already for it! 
-CWT 



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Reflections By Still Waters 




Each Thursday evening for the past 
several years my wife has been repeat- 
ing a familiar story to me. The day and 
the message are the same because it is 
the family grocery shopping day. Her 
account of woe goes something like 
this, "You will not believe how much 
food has gone up this week. Honey." 
At first I took the matter rather light- 
ly, but then the same message was re- 
peated each successive week. Now I'm 
to the point that every time I reach for 
the sugar bowl my conscience stings 
me. The other morning I watched my 
son put six spoonfuls of sugar on his 
cereal— my wallet wept until coffee 
break time! 

As the meat prices went higlier the 
cost of dog food went up 20 percent. 
Can you imagine the difficulty I had 
when 1 tried to explain to our cocka- 
poo why her morning ration was being 
cut back by 20 percent? She just 
doesn't understand that we have to 
keep within the limits of the budget. 

Then it happened last week. 1 knew 
prices were getting out of hand, but it 
took the sign on the local Kentucky 
Fried Chicken establishment to shake 
me into reality. In bold letters the bill- 
board proclaimed (with either pride or 
outright brashness), "FEED FOUR 
FOR S500." My first reaction was to 
treat it with humor, but it really 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

wasn't very funny. My second reaction 
was to quickly look for the dot be- 
tween the 5 and the 00-there was 
none. Could it be that my dear wife 
has not told me how bad things really 
are? 

Certainly I know that paper and ink 
and hospitalization and all the other 
business costs have gone up sharply 
during the past 24 months. But SI 25 
per meal for fried chicken is outrage- 
ous! Yes, I know that someone made a 
mistake. But it remained on the board 
for the entire week, and it caused me 
to seriously consider some current 
events. 

The way conditions are changing in 
this wild world of ours, it could just be 
the sign will go up again and the adver- 
tisement will be true. You may say, 
"Impossible!" But let's stop and think 
for just a moment. The affairs of this 
world are not getting any better. We 
can't look to our government to pro- 
vide the solution— remember these are 
the folks who run the U.S. Postal Ser- 
vice! Right now they are fanning infla- 
tion while they are fighting recession. 
They are uncertain whether to throw 
gasoline or water on the fire. However, 



this article was not intended to point 
out the fiaws of the government. 
Rather, it is to call attention to the 
fact that problems are building and 
earthly solutions are not to be found. 

It was not too long ago when we 
studied the Book of Revelation and 
read about the pouring of vials and 
plagues on the earth. Then later we 
read of war and death with great 
famines on the earth and large seg- 
ments of the population facing short- 
ages. Where once we looked upon these 
prophecies to be fulfilled, we now 
look upon them as near news head- 
lines. When the tribulation arrives, 
the wrath of God wUl be made mani- 
fest. The wheat and the grain and the 
oil for cooking will grow short. Men 
will trade their full day's wages for just 
enough food to feed their families. 

The tribulation is not here and the 
Church is still with us (at least at this 
writing). But it is not so "impossible" 
to see how Revelation could be a soon 
reality. We don't even have to stretch 
our imaginations! 

Yes, the sign will go up one of these 
days, and it will read "Feed Four for 
$500." But, thank God, about that time 
we will be sitting down to the great 
feast of the Lamb of God. I trust you 
will be there. It is possible by the grace 
of God and His gracious salvation. # 



May 1, 1975 



Africa Journey 

Our short visit with missionaries in Europe was over. 
Now a new chapter was to begin -destination Chad, Central 
Africa. We had read and heard much about two major prob- 
lems in that beleagured land. Both of these problems were 
featured as major items in leading news magazines, and now 
we were to see for ourselves the extent of their devastation. 
The first tragedy was the natural calamity caused by a 
severe drought in the lower Sahara which kept penetrating 
deeper and deeper into the countryside. On the plane into 
Africa we talked with a U.S. government official who told 
us how the United States government is trying to help. 
Then in the capital of the Chad, Ndjemena, we saw convoy 
trucks staffed by American and German personnel who 
were engaged in convoying food supplies to the flagellated 
areas. It was encouraging to learn that the U.S. government 
and U.S. based Christian relief organizations are trying to 
alleviate the sufferings of those caught in the disaster area. 
However, it was also great news to learn that in the section 
where the Brethren Foreign Missions is operating the rains 
did arrive, and thus guaranteed a normal crop for this year. 
RAB funds earmarked for the purpose of drought relief 
were thus not needed and could be directed to the more 
severe drought areas of the country. 

The other tragedy revolved around the political-religious 
pressure applied by the government. It was initiated by a 
desire for cultural renewal and African identity. With this 
we can sympathize. Unfortunately, it also involves syncre- 
tism and other aspects repulsive to the Christian conscience. 
Those who resist are persecuted and stories of atrocities are 
wide spread. The situation was admittedly bad in some 
areas, resulting in the expulsion of Baptist missionaries who 
were caught in the initial wave of the president's fury. The 
missionaries left the country, and believers suffered perse- 
cution because of their faith. But again we discovered that 
the same type of initiation ceremonies and government 
pressure had not (as yet?) penetrated the section of the 
country served by Brethren Foreign Missions. Whether that 




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A Moment with Missions 



By Rev. J. W. Zielasko 

Foreign Secretary 




Pastors on the way to conference. Some rode 50 miles to get 
there. 




Gordon Austin, Kenneth Ashman, John Zielasko. Albert Balzer in 
the background. 



Jake Kliever at the postgraduate course with Chadian pastors. 



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Elsie Balzer and Jane Peters engaged in village evangel isnn. 






Pastors conference at Bozoum 




Elementary Bible Institute class • Bessao, Chad 




Inside the Bangui Brethren Church. There are 10 Brethren 
churches in the city. 



A missionary to Zaire sent by the Brethren Church of Africa is 
pictured along with one of his first converts (right). 

wrath is now spent, or whether world pressure has caused 
modifying approach, or whether the tactics are now to 
squeeze one area at a time, remains to be seen. At any rate, 
pastors insisted that their administration is not going to 
force them to renounce their faith, and the evidence we saw 
convinced us that the Christians were not. at the moment, 
afraid to identify with the Church. This could be temporary 
if the president decides to move in the same manner as he 
did in the north. Let us pray that he will not, and that the 
blood bath of believers may be now past. 

During the pastors' conference at Bozoum, C.A.R., we 
participated in a mini-church growth seminar. Since the 
Church in Africa has a healthier numerical growth pattern 
than any of our other fields including the U.S., we have 
much to learn from them. 

In the course of the pastors' business sessions we also 
had opportunity, along with our missionaries, to cement 
relationships between the Mission and the Church. Mis- 
understandings as to the role of the Mission and the work 
of the missionary were frankly dealt with, and the priorities 
of both Church and Mission agreed upon. 

The African Church is initiating again the "Life In 
Christ" campaign and has set a goal of 75,000 members for 
1975. 

A highlight of our trip to the C.A.R. was the meeting 
with representatives of the African Foreign Missionary 
Society, coupled with the privilege (a few days later) of 
meeting the young African appointed by that Society to 
serve in a church planting ministry in Zaire. He told us that 
he has three congregations now meeting. 

On our last Sunday in Africa Dr. Kenneth Ashman 
preached to over 1 ,800 people in the Castor Church, and I 
had the privilege, along with Missionary Don Hocking, to 
minister in the Bafio Church in another section of Bangui. 
There are now ten Brethren congregations scattered 
throughout the city. We also learned that in the Brethren 
Church in Africa there have been no church splits leading to 
the formation of a cult or a sect. That is a remarkable 
testimony. Truly God is doing wonderful things with His 
Church in Africa. # 



May 1, 1975 



Does 

Argentina 

Still 

Need 

The 

Gospel 

In 1975? 



(Foreign Missions editor's note: Rev. Solon 
Hoyt sent this article, explaining that much 
of the material was taken from a Buenos 
Aires newspaper. Photos are by Mr. Hoyt.) 




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In the province of Buenos Aires 



Between Almafuerte and Rio Tercero 




Name just about any material you 
can think of. You'll find them all slow- 
ly decaying under the sun, left there 
by the faithful who pay tribute to 
Teodolinda Correa, la Difunta Correa; 
literally, "the deceased Correa." The 
tokens of gratitude left behind include 
boxing gloves, scores of bridal dresses, 
aircraft propellors, spare parts to build 
up several cars, as well as the cars 
themselves-all stacked in a kind of 
consecrated parking lot by Mrs. Cor- 
rea's "sanctuary." This is a sort of 
supermarket of the faith, one of the 
most extraordinary pilgrimage spots in 
the world, only 60 kilometers from 
the city of San Juan, Argentina. 

Maria Antonia Teodolinda Correa 
was just an ordinary woman of San 
Juan when she married Baudillo 
Bustos, a young man from the town- 
ship of Caucete. In the highhanded 
tradition of the time, Bustos was 
shanghaied into serving in the mon- 
tonerus (guerilla bands) irregulars. But 
Teodolinda, mother of a newly born 
child, could not stand the grief of part- 
ing with Baudillo. She set out on foot 
to follow the irregulars, hoping to be 
near to her husband. 

Unable to withstand the baking 
heat of San Juan, Teodolinda died a 
few days after setting out. (Other ac- 
counts say that Indians attacked and 
took her husband, and she set out 
after him in the scorching sun.) When 
she was found by another para-mili- 
tary party, she was dead; but— this is 
why the legend has sprung up about 
her-her baby was supposedly still 
sucking milk from her breast. As al- 
ways in these cases, it is hard to sepa- 
rate fact tVom fancy. But the Difunta 
Correa legend persisted. In time the 
place where she was allegedly dis- 
covered grew to be a pilgrimage spot, 
near the township of Vallecitos. 

At first only the hardy and really 
troubled in spirit braved the scrubland 
to get to the pilgrimage site, but then 
the roads came and bit by bit more 
and more of the faithful began to 
ilock to the spot. A chapel was built, 
with stone steps, and one building 
started sprouting up after another. 
The word got around that la Difunta 
"granted" requests made, but that one 
was supposed to "give" her something 
of value. So many things accumulated 
that buildings were erected to house 
them, but they have proved insuffi- 
cient; many of the offerings lie ex- 
posed to the pitiless rays of the sun. 



Gratefulness to Teodolinda Correa 
takes a number of unusual shapes. 
Many people who were able to buy a 
new car attributed their good fortune 
to Teodolinda and "gave" her the old 
one. Other people felt that they were 
able to build or buy themselves a 
house due to the good offices of 
Teodolinda. They couldn't "give" her 
their house but they built replicas and 
installed them on uprights near the 
main place of worship. 

Some of the offerings are in cash 
which is later loaned by the provincial 
authorities to those who will solemnly 
vow to return it on a specified date (of 
course, with interest!). People give 
coins, bills, checks, and, incredible 
though it may seem, even lOU's. Some 
of them bear naive inscriptions like 
"for you, dear Teodolinda, who 
helped me to realize my dream." Some 
of the pilgrims climb the steps to the 
sanctuary on their knees. Others arrive 
with shaven heads. Still others drag 
themselves face down to the sanctu- 
ary. 

But the consumer society is cashing 
in on Mrs. Correa. There are restau- 
rants there now, a coach station, and a 
service station. Tours come and go 
from San Juan and elsewhere almost 
constantly ( the weather is always good 
here; it seldom rains). Now la Difunta 
even has branches-in San Luis, Men- 
doza and Catamarca, as well as scores 
of small shrines all over the country. 

There are other pilgrimage places in 
Argentina, of course. The various 
saints and regional patrons have their 
"days" almost every week. In Salta 
they celebrate the feast of Our Lady 
of Candelaria; in San Luis, Our Lady 
of Renca; in La Rioja, Our Lord of the 
Mountains; also in La Rioja, the Feast 
of the Resurrection-and so it goes on 
and on. Many people, including itiner- 
ant salesmen who are really in the 
know, say the biggest feast of all is 
Our Lady of Itati, in Corrientes. 

Various townships have their own 
"Virgin," too. Usually the legend goes 
that the Virgin was being taken else- 
where in a carriage or cart, "but a 
wheel broke so we know that the 
Virgin wanted to stay here." 

But few if any of them can com- 
pare to the unique phenomenon of 
Teodolinda Correa, where the offer- 
ings range from motor cars to the 
simplest and, perhaps, the most touch- 
ing of all: bottles of water to soothe 
the eternal thirst of la Difunta Correa. # 



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Spiritual 
Depression 
I 



1 

Spiritual 

Exuberance 
I 



Two hundred fifty million people 
in Latin America! What a tremendous 
mission field that must be. I was to 
find out, for 1 had a ticket in hand to 
spend 27 exciting days with our mis- 
sionaries in Argentina and Brazil. Had 
I stayed any longer I would no longer 
have qualified as an e.xpert, and so 
could not have written this article! 

"Spiritually depressing" are the 
only words that can be used to de- 
scribe the religious atmosphere of 
Latin America. In spite of the years of 
missionary endeavor, 99 percent of the 
population still worship what the 
Apostle Paul in II Corinthians 1 1 :4 de- 
scribes as "another Jesus," "another 
spirit," and "another gospel." 
Churches dominate the centers of Ar- 
gentine and Brazilian towns, but inside 
those churches one is shocked by 
representations of a dead Jesus— such 
as Jesus sagging from a cross, Jesus 
emaciated stretched out under an 
altar— and neglected by the worshipers 
except for an occasional crossing of 
themselves as they pass by. Along the 
roads, especially in Argentina, shrines 
abound to local saints (Difunta Correa, 
Namuncura, and so forth) who are 
worshiped with the lighting of candles 
and giving of gifts. These saints are 
reachable; they are the ones to whom 
the people look for help in time of 
need and sickness. 

Since the transportation of over 
three million slaves to Brazil some 
three to four hundred years ago, Afri- 
can spiritism and Brazilian Roman 
Catholicism have so intermingled that 
many Brazilians find it impossible to 
separate the one from the other. On 
Saturday niglit worshipers crowd into 
the spiritist centers of Candomble 
(Umbanda) to consult the African 
spirit guides with the help of priest- 



Impressions of a 



South American traveler 



By Dr. S. Wayne Beaver 

esses (mediums). On Sunday morning 
the same people kneel to celebrate 
mass at the local Catholic church. On 
Saturday night the goddess lemanja is 
worshiped, while on Sunday morning 
she becomes the Virgin Mary. On 
Saturday night it is Orixas and on Sun- 
day morning it is Jesus Christ. 

Yet in the midst of this spiritual de- 
pression, among the remaining one 
percent of the population in Latin 
America, the gospel light is bravely 
shining. Brethren missionaries and 
pastors in Argentina are severely over- 
worked, frustrated by the enormity of 
the task before them, and depressed at 
the lack of prayer support from the 
Brethren in the States. Some are pas- 
toring two, three and even four con- 
gregations. Nevertheless these small 
but faithful groups scattered througli- 
out the countryside continue as solid 
Brethren congregations. As the Spirit 
has now begun to move among them, 
Argentine pastors have covenanted to 
pray each morning at 7:30 (1) for each 
other, (2) for cleansing from sin, and 
(3) for more workers. They are asking 
God to give them a burden for prayer, 
the ability to train other people for 
the work of the ministry of evange- 
lism, and a burden for the lost and dy- 
ing religious people around them. As a 
small cloud, there are signs of a spiri- 
tual arousing in Argentina. Under the 
able leadership of Pastor Juan CoUe, 



and the assistance of Missionary Solon 
Hoyt as he moves among the churches 
teaching the Word, offering encourage- 
ment, training in evangelism and other 
areas, a new day is dawning for Argen- 
tina. Missionary candidates are now 
completing their training, and will 
soon be on the field. Under the direc- 
tion of Peter Peer, a TIME team will 
be on the field this summer training 
Argentine young people in personal 
evangelism. God is working! 

Under the leadership of their pas- 
tors, Brazilian Christians are now going 
to their knees in prayer, beseeching 
God for an outpouring of His Spirit 
upon their land. In their movement 
called Avante Com Crista, the Breth- 
ren Church in Brazil is ready to ad- 
vance with Christ. Months of prepara- 
tion by Missionaries Ralph Schwartz 
and Duke Wallace preceded the official 
launching of the movement at the an- 
nual conference at Icoaraci, January 
17-19. How thrilling it was to share in 
that conference--in the preaching of 
the Word, the many musical numbers 
from the various church groups, and 
the packed-out church building. All of 
this contributed to the feeling that 
God is about to bless these saints as 
they move forward in faith. The TIME 
team chosen to serve on this field this 
summer should have much to report 
on upon their return! 

Did we say "spiritual depression"? 
Yes, if one looks to the dead religious 
systems that have dominated Latin 
America for years. Yet spiritual ex- 
uberance might well be the term we'll 
use to describe the moving of the 
Spirit in the lands to the south of us. 
Now let us be faithful in our part and 
faithfully support our Latin American 
Brethren as they move forward for 
Christ. # 



May 1, 1975 



Argentina — 

Cassette recorders for extention classes 

in pastorless churches 
Vehicles 

Movie projector- 1 6mm 
EvangeHstic films 
Tripod for projector 
Small offset press and equipment 



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n, 



Movie projector 16mm 
Films -S300 each 
Tape players cassette 

(Players are left in homes and tapes 

given to evangelize and teach) 
Cassette tapes 
Dependable duplicating equipment for 

cassette ministry 
Electronic calculator for business office 
Power mowers-3, $100 each 

(including customs and shipping) 
Accordion 
Trail bike 
Fiberglass boat for Guama River work, 

to replace wooden boat now rotted 

beyond repair 
Diesel-powered generator 



Materials for cassette ministry 
Recorders- 5, $45 each 
Players- 1 5, S25 each 
Quantity of blanks for copies 
Funds for tape studies in Spanish 
Movie projector -16mni, for use in 

Mexico City -S500 
Screen for use with movie projector- S50 
Movie films in Spanish 
Missionary car for use in Mexico City 



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If you desire to take one of these 
projects, or if you desire furttier 
information on a project, write: 
Brettiren Foreign IVIissionary So- 
ciety, Box 588, Winona Lal<e, In- 
diana 46590. 



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Cassette listeners-each, S25 
Slide projector- $ 1 50 
Tape recorder--$ 1 50 
Chateau upkeep and redecorating 
Overhead projector -$300 
Chateau heating to fulfill government 
requirements 



France 



Waimalu 

White paper film for thermofax 

machine-$50 
Mimeoscope for duplicating work 

~$100 
Waipio 

IBM Selectric typewriter 
For both Waimalu and Waipio 
Set of large flags-American 

and Christian 



Hawaii 



PICK A PROJECT 



Yaloke youth camps- $200 
Student housing— each, $650 
Student furniture- each, $100 
Wide-carriage typewriter- $400 
Mimeograph equipment-$50 
Station Mobylette- $300 
Printed textbooks for Bible 

Institute students 
Seminary Extension program 

Medical projects 

Vaccinations for children at baby 

clinic (under 2 yrs. old) 

$125 perchild-$2,500 
Medical buildings needing 

completion- $2,700 
Mimeograph-still needed, $80 
20 foetscopes (maternity work)- 

each, $20 
10 blood pressure apparatuses -each, 

$25 
40 beds each, $40 
10 vacuum extractors for maternity 

work-each, $260 
Bible Institute projects 
Typewriter 
Mimeograph machine 
2 one-drawer file cabinets 



CHAD 

Additional funds for missionary 
vehicle 

BANGUI PROJECT 

Evangelical seminary for Francophone 
Africa. Bangui has been selected as the 
site for this evangelical seminary. 
President Bokassa has donated seven 
acres of choice land to the project. 
This is to be a graduate-level seminary, 
and thousands of dollars are needed 
for buildings and housing. 



Africa 



May 1, 1975 



Second of a series by the Brethren mission staff in France — 




Tower: Don't just stand down there 
admiring me; come on up. You'll find 
your way through the inside of the 
Chateau attic. Watch your step on the 
ladder. 

Visitor: I was admiring your battle- 
ments. Seen from the ground, they 
look ancient. But up here I can see 
how recently the mason has been at 
work. 

Tower: How kind of you to men- 
tion it. Yes, after centuries of looking 
rather plain, I welcomed the face- 
lifting. I am easily visible from the 
main highway. Before my renovation I 
was so embarrassed as tourists would 
drive by on their way to visit other, 
more famous chateaus. 

Visitor: Are there many castles in 
the Burgundy? 

Tower: Oh, yes! Several dozen, all 
very noble and some quite good look- 
ing. The best time to visit us is in the 
summer, when the sound-and-light per- 
formances light up the hillsides like 
torches. 

Visitor: 1 can't see any from up 
here. 

Tower: You could if you had my 
eyes. My brothers, the chateaus, are 
located in or near the numerous cities 
in the interior of the department, like 
le Creusot, Montceau-les-Mines, Paray- 
le-Monial . . . 

Visitor: What lovely names. How 
many people live in these cities? 

Tower: Oh, you Americans are al- 
ways more interested in numbers than 
in culture! I suppose there are about a 
half million people like yourself living 
near these chateaus. 

Visitor: Do many live in the old 
castles themselves? 



By David Shargel 

Tower: Oh, no! The people live in 
large, ugly buildings called apartments. 

Visitor: Don't the Juliens live here 
at the Chateau de Saint-Albain? 

Tower: Yes, but my other people 
live elsewhere. The DeArmeys live in 
Macon, over there to the south; the 
Hammers and Dutrucs are ten miles 
north of us in Tournus, near my cous- 
in, the abbey; and the Shargels are in 
•Chalon, in a building called "the 
tower" that is only 1 1 years old! 

Visitor: Your family is, of course, 
much older. 

Tower: Oh, yes! My oldest brothers 
were born in the eleventh century, and 
the youngest in the eighteenth. I am in 
the middle. But don't you think I look 
young for my age? 

Visitor: Yes; yoiu' present owners 
take good care of you. 



Tower: See all the people down be- 
low us? All these folks, especially the 
young ones, keep me feeling vigorous 
and useful. But, alas, many of my rela- 
tives have not fared so well. My cousin 
at Cluny, for instance, used to be 
called "the energy of God." Now he is 
but a shadow of his former self. He is 
frightfully jealous of me, because in 
the twentieth century it is here at 
Saint-Albain that God's energy is 
working powerfully in the Burgundy. 

Visitor: You must be happy to be 
used to glorify God. 




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Tower: Yes, but I had quite a scare 
recently! The chateau at le Creusot, 40 
miles to the northwest, is one of my 
youngest brothers and very handsome. 
For tlie last few months, several of my 
people have been visiting there, and I 
was worried that they might be think- 
ing of leaving me for another chateau. 
But recently some of them were taking 
pictures from up here, and I learned 
the truth. They are preparing a slide- 
tape explaining to people in your 
country that there are many places in 
my brothers' cities where God's energy 



buying other castles and turning them 
into Bible centers like this one. Unlike 
the tourists who come to visit the 
castles, the people of your chateau are 
more interested in the men and 
women who live in the cities than in 
the monuments. 

Tower: Why is that? We have stood 
for hundreds of years and should be 
worth more than mere people who 
live, at best, little more than one cen- 
tury. 

Visitor: Because you are a tower, 
you see only the exterior. Did you 



to understand. 

Visitor: There are many people in 
France who have the same difficulty, 
but few who can spread the "good 
news" that this life is really available. 

Tower: I suppose there soon will be 
more people coming from your coun- 
try to take this "news" to areas where 
my brothers live. 

Visitor: Let's hope so, and that 
they will come soon. 

Tower: I am only a tower, as you 
pointed out; but it seems logical to me 
that news which is so good for you 



(Illustrated by Terry Julien) 




can go to work as we have never seen. 
At least, I do not recall ever hearing 
my relatives talk about people in their 
cities meeting to tell others about 
Jesus Christ, and to pray and study 
their Bible; and I have been around for 
centuries! I assure you, even consider- 
ing my cousins, the abbeys and the 
cathedrals, I am unique in this area! 

Visitor: I'm sure that the people 
who own you have no intention of 



know that we people will live forever? 

Tower: That must have something 
to do with the "eternal life" that is so 
much talked about around the Cha- 
teau. 

Visitor: That's it! God sent His Son 
to give sinful but redeemed people life 
with Him that never ends— not even 
centuries after there is not one stone 
resting upon another in this valley. 

Tower: Personally, I find that hard 



people should already be well known 
in an area which has so many cathe- 
drals and schools. 

Visitor: You're right, it should; but 
it isn't. What do you suggest? 

Tower: I see only two solutions: As 
there are almost more of us castles in 
this region than there are people who 
are sharing the news, either train the 
castles to preach-or send more people 
to tell the good news in our cities. • 



May 1, 1975 



11 




NEW2 SUMMARY 

FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Columbus. Ohio. More than 3.600 attended the three evening 
performances of "Alleluia," a Bill Gaither cantata, at the 
Grace Brethren Church on Easter weekend. Mr. Randy 
Kettering directed the 70-voice choir and the 40-piece 
orchestra. James Custer, pastor. 

Change. The new phone number for Rev. and Mrs. Larry 
Gegner. Kokomo, Ind., is 317/453-6426. Please change your 
Annual. 

Apologies to Rev. J. Keith Altig! The byline and picture 
credits for "Meet the Saraivas," the article on pages 4-5 
of the Apr. 1 issue of the Brethren Missionary Herald, were 
omitted inadvertently. Mr. Altig was responsible for both 
the story and the pictures. 

New York (EP)— Harper & Row and Hammond Incorporated, 
cartographic publishers, have joined to produce and distribute 
Discovering the Biblical World, by Harry Thomas Frank. 
It has taken the publishers two and a half years to 
complete the volume. The narrative is illuminated by hundreds 
of photographs, in full color and black and white. The 
terrain model maps, 27 in natural vegetation color and 37 in 
all, were individually produced by Hammond, as well as the 
battle maps, town plans, diagrams and charts. The publication 
date is Apr. 2, and the cost is SI 4.95. 

York, Pa. (EP)-Mayor John D. Krout is asking the local 

churches and other tax-exempt property owners in the city 

to help shoulder the cost of city services by making a 

payment in lieu of taxes. 

Last year the mayor made a similar appeal in letters to 

about 70 city churches, and many of them responded with 

contributions totaling some S5,000. 

This year the mayor has expanded the appeal to include 

other tax-exempt organizations. He said a total of 97 

letters were sent out in the latest mailing. 

Denver (EP)-Evangelist Leighton Ford has run the curtain 
down on the Jesus Movement. 

"The fadof the Jesus Movement is over." he said in an 
interview with Virginia Culver of the Denver Post. "A lot 
of young persons in the Jesus Movement thought Jesus was a 
'trip.' It was an emotional thing and their faith often had 
no content. We had some emotional casualties and dropouts, 
but many others (from the movement) have gone into the 
established churches and others have started their own 
churches." 

Mr. Ford, 43, was in Denver to address students from 
Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary, which is 
celebrating its 25th anniversary. 



THREE HOUSING AND MEAL PLANS 
OFFERED FOR 1975 NATIONAL 
CONFERENCE 

The following plans for housing and meals are offered by 
Grace Schools: 

PLAN A - Share bath, no air conditioning (College) 
Room, S3. 50 per person 
Meals, $7.25 per person 
Total cost, S10.75 per day per person 

PLAN B - Air conditioned-share bath (College) 

Room, $4.00 per person 
Meals, $7.25 per person 
Total cost, SI 1.25 per day per person 

PLAN C Air conditioned— private bath 

(Winona Hotel, Lakeside, McKee) 

R-Oom (with room malieupj S5.00 per person 

Meals, $7.25 per person 

Total cost, $12.25 per day per person 

Dates for this year's national conference will be August 
1-8. All of the above plans are on a first come, first served 
basis, and are based on six days or more. The room charges 
are based on two or more people per room. Complete 
details are contained in a mini-program bulletin insert which 
will be mailed to all churches prior to May 1 . 
All reservations should be sent to Grace Schools. Mrs. Leslie 
Moore, Director of Campus Housing, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590, and should be accompanied by a $10.00 deposit 
which will serve as the registration fee. 



Harrisburg, Pa. (EP)— Pennsylvania's Governor, Milton J. 

Shapp, has asked the legislature to provide $33 million for 

parochial and other non-public schools for the 15-month 

fiscal year beginning July 1 . 

The Pennsylvania program, already under way, provides for 

certain instruction aid through the state's "Intermediate 

Units" in the education program, and for certain supplies 

and equipment for technical education programs unrelated to 

religion. 

At the same time the governor disclosed that $175 million 

in the Parent's Reimbursement Fund, established to make 

payments to the parents of parochial and other non-public 

students, would be diverted to human service and education 

programs because the courts have declared the parent 

payment plan unconstitutional. 

"For years," the governor said in his budget message, 

"I've fouglit to find a valid constitutional way in which 

to use this money for non-public school aid, but no such way 

has been found." 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Cypress, Calif. The Singing Bergtholds presented an inspiring 
evening of song at the Grace Brethren Church, Mar. 9. A 
record attendance of 1 1 1 was reached. Following the service, 
the congregation surprised their new pastor's family. Rev. 
and Mrs. Ross Martin, Colin and Kevin, with a food shower 
and an informal get-acquainted time. 

Louisville, Ky. (EP)-Hal C. Wingo, news editor o{ People 
Magazine, says he is "amazed and amused" at Southern 
Baptist efforts to influence television programming by 
writing letters to sponsors of objectionable shows. 
Addressing the seminar on integrity held here by the 
Southern Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission, the 
veteran journalist said, "However appealing it may be to 
deal with the man at the top. that is precisely the wrong 
end of the tube to squeeze when it comes to television 
broadcasting. What you have to do is deal with the local 
outlet on matters which you may feel are out of synch with 
the attitudes of your community." 
The former senior editor and foreign correspondent for 
Life magazine discussed the integrity of journalism in 
the bulk of his address. But what he described as "an 
editorial" on his part won thunderous applause. 

New York (EP)— A Harris Survey reveals that 75 percent of 
American people polled said they are "willing to go without 
meat one day each week in order to send more food abroad to 
help nations with food shortages. 

Queried on energy conservation, 78 percent said they were 
willing to "cut back on our consumption by 10 percent if it 
would reduce the amount of money we as a nation spend 
abroad on oil." 



Gresham, Oreg. The Sweetbriar Elementary School, just 
down the block from the future building site, is the new 
meeting place of the Grace Brethren Church. Rev. William 
Schaffer led in a prayer of dedication the first day in the 
new meeting place. A record 58 were in attendance at the 
service. Roy Polman, pastor. 



LaHabra, Calif. Two men from the First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach are attempting to restart the Brethren church in 
LaHabra which had recently closed. Mr. Mark Henning, a 
student in the Western Graduate School of Theology, and Mr. 
Charles Covington, a student in the Western Institute of 
Biblical Studies, are leading the work. Attendance has 
reached 1 7 in the morning worship service and 13 in the 
evening. During a recent week the men made 19 contacts and 
led three people to decisions to receive Christ. 

Boston (EP)-A report smuggled from the USSR reveals 
that the Soviet secret police (KGB) used radioactive tracers 
to locate an underground printing press operated by the 
unregistered "dissident" Baptists. 

Paper bouglit by Baptists for the Christian Underground 
Print Shop was apparently treated with radioactive tracers 
by the Soviet police. Helicopters with sensitized devices then 
scoured the countryside until they found the print shop. 



Kingsport, Tenn. (EP)-A 29-year-old father who was 
convicted of child abuse in General Sessions Court here has 
been ordered to submit a written report to the judge on what 
the Bible says about disciplining children. 
"I've never done this before," commented Judge George 
Garrett. But he told defendant Jerry Vermillion, "I want 
you to read what the Scriptures say about disciplining 
children and submit to me in writing some comments about 
what you think they mean." 

Judge Garrett also told Mr. Vermillion, who was convicted 
of hitting his 12-year-old stepdaughter with a boot, that 
if he broke that probation condition or any of several 
others he would be sentenced to a year in jail. 

Dearborn Heights, Mich. (EP)-Authorities have released a 
member of a tiny religious group who says he buried his 
infant son without reporting the death because he doesn't 
believe the boy died. 

Police say they have dropped charges against John Shirey, 
27, after he convinced them that his religious beliefs 
prevented him from believing his son actually died. 
"How could 1 report a death 1 didn't believe happened?" 
Shirey said. "1 believe Jesus took him straight into the 
kingdom of God." Shirey belongs to a group called Children 
of God and had named his son "Child of the Land." 

Sacramento (EP)-Calling the country's welfare rules 

"confusing and ambiguous," California Governor Edmund 

Brown, Jr., held up a Bible and called it "an example of 

concise, workable rules for men." 

Brown, a former Roman Catholic seminary student, stacked 

28 volumes of federal and state welfare laws and regulations 

on a table in front of welfare directors gathered in the 

California capitol. Then he held up a thin copy of the Old 

Testament. 

"If 1 have to take my pick, I'll take this thing against 

that mishmash any day." 

Brown said welfare costs are reaching crisis proportions 

and "something's got to give." 



WeMif de/b 



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



Diane Chambers and Arthur Arrington, Jr., Mar. 20, Calvary 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. The groom is the son of 
Rev. and Mrs. A. Harold Arrington of Goshen, Ind. 
Ronda Christner and David Troxel, Apr. 19, Grace Brethren 
Church, Peru, Ind. Ceremony performed by Rev. Quentin 
Matthes. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received 
for publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Stoystown, Pa. May 14-23; Larry Weigle, pastor; Becker 
Kvangelistic Team. 

Richland, Wash. May 18-21; Llewellyn Ingwaldson, pastor; 
Henry Rempel, speaker. 



May 1, 1975 



13 



1975 WMC THEME PAGE 




REFLECTING GOD'S BLESSINGS THROUGH TEACHING 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Tower: Yes, but I had quite a scare 
recently! The chateau at le Creusot, 40 
miles to the northwest, is one of my 
youngest brothers and very handsome. 
For the last few months, several of my 
people have been visiting there, and I 
was worried that they might be think- 
ing of leaving me for another chateau. 
But recently some of them were taking 
pictures from up here, and I learned 
the truth. They are preparing a slide- 
tape explaining to people in your 
country that there are many places in 
my brothers' cities where God's energy 



buying other castles and turning them 
into Bible centers like this one. Unlike 
the tourists who come to visit the 
castles, the people of your chateau are 
more interested in the men and 
women who live in the cities than in 
the monuments. 

Tower: Why is that? We have stood 
for hundreds of years and should be 
worth more than mere people who 
live, at best, little more than one cen- 
tury. 

Visitor: Because you are a tower, 
you see only the e.xterior. Did you 



to understand. 

Visitor: There are many people in 
France who have the same difficulty, 
but few who can spread the "good 
news" that this life is really available. 

Tower: I suppose there soon will be 
more people coming from your coun- 
try to take this "news" to areas where 
my brothers live. 

Visitor: Let's hope so, and that 
they will come soon. 

Tower: I am only a tower, as you 
pointed out; but it seems logical to me 
that news which is so good for you 



lustrated by Terry Julien) 




can go to work as we have never seen. 
At least, I do not recall ever hearing 
my relatives talk about people in their 
cities meeting to tell others about 
Jesus Christ, and to pray and study 
their Bible; and I have been around for 
centuries! I assure you, even consider- 
ing my cousins, the abbeys and the 
cathedrals, I am unique in this area! 

Visitor: I'm sure that the people 
who own you have no intention of 



know that we people will live forever? 

Tower: That must have something 
to do with the "eternal life" that is so 
much talked about around the Cha- 
teau. 

Visitor: That's it! God sent His Son 
to give sinful but redeemed people life 
with Him that never ends- not even 
centuries after there is not one stone 
resting upon another in this valley. 

Tower: Personally, I find that hard 



people should already be well known 
in an area which has so many cathe- 
drals and schools. 

Visitor: You're riglit, it should; but 
it isn't. What do you suggest? 

Tower: 1 see only two solutions: As 
there are almost more of us castles in 
this region than there are people who 
are sharing the news, either train the 
castles to preach-or send more people 
to tell the good news in our cities. # 



May 1, 1975 



11 




NEWS SUMMARY 

FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Columbus, Ohio. More than 3,600 attended the three evening 
performances of "Alleluia," a Bill Gaither cantata, at the 
Grace Brethren Church on Easter weekend. Mr. Randy 
Kettering directed the 70-voice choir and the 40-piece 
orchestra. James Custer, pastor. 

Change. The new phone number for Rev. and Mrs. Larry 
Gegner, Kokomo, Ind., is 317/453-6426. Please change your 
Annual. 

Apologies to Rev. J. Keith Altig! The byline and picture 
credits for "Meet the Saraivas," the article on pages 4-5 
of the Apr. 1 issue of the Brethren Missionary Herald, were 
omitted inadvertently. Mr. Altig was responsible for both 
the story and the pictures. 

New York (EP)-Harper & Row and Hammond Incorporated, 
cartographic publishers, have joined to produce and distribute 
Discovering the Biblical World, by Harry Thomas Frank. 
It has taken the publishers two and a half years to 
complete the volume. The narrative is illuminated by hundreds 
of photographs, in full color and black and white. The 
terrain model maps, 27 in natural vegetation color and 37 in 
all, were individually produced by Hammond, as well as the 
battle maps, town plans, diagrams and charts. The publication 
date is Apr. 2, and the cost is S 14.95. 

York, Pa. (EP)-Mayor John D. Krout is asking the local 

churches and other tax-exempt property owners in the city 

to help shoulder the cost of city services by making a 

payment in lieu of taxes. 

Last year the mayor made a similar appeal in letters to 

about 70 city churches, and many of them responded with 

contributions totaling some S5,000. 

This year the mayor has expanded the appeal to include 

other tax-exempt organizations. He said a total of 97 

letters were sent out in the latest mailing. 

Denver (EP)-Evangelist Leighton Ford has run the curtain 
down on the Jesus Movement. 

"The fadof the Jesus Movement is over," he said in an 
interview with Virginia Culver of the Denver Post. "A lot 
of young persons in the Jesus Movement thouglit Jesus was a 
'trip.' It was an emotional thing and their faith often had 
no content. We had some emotional casualties and dropouts, 
but many others (from the movement) have gone into the 
established churches and others have started their own 
churches." 

Mr. Ford, 43, was in Denver to address students from 
Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary , which is 
celebrating its 25 th anniversary. 



THREE HOUSING AND MEAL PLANS 
OFFERED FOR 1975 NATIONAL 
CONFERENCE 

The following plans for housing and meals are offered by 
Grace Schools: 

PLAN A Share bath, no air conditioning (College) 

Room, S3. 50 per person 
Meals, S7.25 per person 
Total cost. Si 0.75 per day per person 

PLAN B Air conditioned-share bath (College) 

Room, S4.00 per person 
Meals, S7.25 per person 
Total cost, SI 1.25 per day per person 

PLAN C — Air conditioned-private bath 

(Winona Hotel, Lakeside, McKee) 

Room (with room makeup) S5.00 per person 

Meals, $7.25 per person 

Total cost, $12.25 per day per person 

Dates for this year's national conference will be August 
1-8, All of the above plans are on a first come, first served 
basis, and are based on six days or more. The room charges 
are based on two or more people per room. Complete 
details are contained in a mini-program bulletin insert which 
will be mailed to all churches prior to May 1 . 
All reservations should be sent to Grace Schools, Mrs. Leslie 
Moore, Director of Campus Housing, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590, and should be accompanied by a SI 0.00 deposit 
which will serve as the registration fee. 



Harrisburg, Pa. (EP)-Pennsylvania's Governor, Milton J. 

Shapp, has asked the legislature to provide $33 million for 

parochial and other non-public schools for the 15-month 

fiscal year beginning July 1 . 

The Pennsylvania program, already under way, provides for 

certain instruction aid through the state's "Intermediate 

Units" in the education program, and for certain supplies 

and equipment for technical education programs unrelated to 

religion. 

At the same time the governor disclosed that $175 million 

in the Parent's Reimbursement Fund, established to make 

payments to the parents of parochial and other non-public 

students, would be diverted to human service and education 

programs because the courts have declared the parent 

payment plan unconstitutional. 

"For years," the governor said in his budget message, 

"I've fought to find a valid constitutional way in which 

to use this money for non-public school aid, but no such way 

has been found." 



12 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Cypress, Calif. The Singing Beigtholds presented an inspiring 
evening of song at the Grace Brethren Church, Mar. 9. A 
record attendance of 1 1 1 was reached. Following the service. 
the congregation surprised their new pastor's family. Rev. 
and Mrs. Ross Martin, Colin and Kevin, with a food shower 
and an informal get-acquainted time. 

Louisville, Ky. (EP)-Hal C. Wingo. news editor oi People 
Magazine, says he is "amazed and amused" at Southern 
Baptist efforts to influence television programming by 
writing letters to sponsors of objectionable shows. 
Addressing the seminar on integrity held here by the 
Southern Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission, the 
veteran journalist said, "However appealing it may be to 
deal with the man at the top, that is precisely the wrong 
end of the tube to squeeze when it comes to television 
broadcasting. What you have to do is deal with the local 
outlet on matters which you may feel are out of synch with 
the attitudes of your community." 
The former senior editor and foreign correspondent for 
Life magazine discussed the integrity of journalism in 
the bulk of his address. But what he described as "an 
editorial" on his part won thunderous applause. 

New York (EP)-A Harris Survey reveals that 75 percent of 
American people polled said they are "willing to go without 
meat one day each week in order to send more food abroad to 
help nations with food shortages. 

Queried on energy conservation, 78 percent said they were 
willing to "cut back on our consumption by 10 percent if it 
would reduce the amount of money we as a nation spend 
abroad on oil." 



Gresham, Oreg. The Sweetbriar Elementary School, just 
down the block from the future building site, is the new 
meeting place of the Grace Brethren Church. Rev. William 
Schaffer led in a prayer of dedication the first day in the 
new meeting place. A record 58 were in attendance at the 
service. Roy Polman, pastor. 



LaHabra, Calif. Two men from the First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach are attempting to restart the Brethren church in 
LaHabra which had recently closed. Mr. Mark Henning, a 
student in the Western Graduate School of Theology, and Mr. 
Charles Covington, a student in the Western Institute of 
Biblical Studies, are leading the work. Attendance has 
reached 1 7 in the morning worship service and 1 3 in the 
evening. During a recent week the men made 1 9 contacts and 
led three people to decisions to receive Christ. 

Boston (EP)-A report smuggled from the USSR reveals 
that the Soviet secret police (KGB) used radioactive tracers 
to locate an underground printing press operated by the 
unregistered "dissident" Baptists. 
Paper bouglit by Baptists for the Christian Underground 
Print Shop was apparently treated with radioactive tracers 
by the Soviet police. Helicopters with sensitized devices then 
scoured the countryside until they found the print shop. 



Kingsport, Tenn. (EP)-A 29-year-old father who was 
convicted of child abuse in General Sessions Court here has 
been ordered to submit a written report to the judge on what 
the Bible says about disciplining children. 
"I've never done this before," commented Judge George 
Garrett. But he told defendant Jerry Vermillion, "I want 
you to read what the Scriptures say about disciplining 
children and submit to me in writing some comments about 
what you think they mean." 

Judge Garrett also told Mr. Vermillion, who was convicted 
of hitting his 1 2-year-old stepdaughter with a boot, that 
if he broke that probation condition or any of several 
others he would be sentenced to a year in jail. 

Dearborn Heights, Mich. (EP)-Authorities have released a 
member of a tiny religious group who says he buried his 
infant son without reporting the death because he doesn't 
believe the boy died. 

Police say they have dropped charges against John Shirey, 
27, after he convinced them that his religious beliefs 
prevented him from believing his son actually died. 
"How could I report a death 1 didn't believe happened?" 
Shirey said. "I believe Jesus took him straight into the 
kingdom of God." Shirey belongs to a group called Children 
of God and had named his son "Child of the Land." 

Sacramento (EP)— Calling the country's welfare rules 

"confusing and ambiguous," California Governor Edmund 

Brown. Jr.. held up a Bible and called it "an example of 

concise, workable rules for men." 

Brown, a former Roman Catholic seminary student, stacked 

28 volumes of federal and state welfare laws and regulations 

on a table in front of welfare directors gathered in the 

California capitol. Then he held up a thin copy of the Old 

Testament. 

"If I have to take my pick, I'll take this thing against 

that mishmash any day." 

Brown said welfare costs are reaching crisis proportions 

and "something's got to give." 



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



Diane Chambers and Arthur Arrington, Jr., Mar. 20, Calvary 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. The groom is the son of 
Rev. and Mrs. A. Harold Arrington of Goshen, Ind. 
Ronda Christner and David Troxel, Apr. 19, Grace Brethren 
Church, Peru, Ind. Ceremony performed by Rev. Quentin 
Matthes. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received 
for pubhcation at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Stoystown, Pa. May 14-23; Larry Weigle, pastor; Becker 
Evangelistic Team. 

Richland, Wash. May 18-21; Llewellyn Ingwaldson, pastor; 
Henry Rempel, speaker. 



May 1, 1975 



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REFLECTING GOD'S BLESSINGS THROUGH TEACHING 



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Because 



*/ Love 



We have all been told by our pastors, 
Sunday School teachers, WMC leaders, 
SMM patronesses and many others that 
we must read our Bible and pray every 
day for spiritual growth. The Bible says, 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto 
God, a workman that needeth not to be 
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of 
truth" (II Tim. 2:15). "But grow in 
grace and in the knowledge of our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ" (II Peter 
3:18). 

What attitude do we have when we 
come before the Lord? Is it out of duty 
because we know we should, or do \ye 
come to worship-to show Him our 
love? 

Oftentimes, we come before the 
Lord with a real burden on our hearts. 
There is a need or a situation in which 
we are truly seeking an answer from the 
Lord. The Lord tells us to bring our bur- 
dens to Him. "Casting all your care 
upon him; for he careth for you" (I 
Peter 5:7). 

But what about the other times? I 
have heard it said, "I quit reading my 
Bible because I just don't get anything 
out of it." Or, "I've got this to do and 
that to do and I just don't find the time 
and by the time I go to bed, I'm too 
tired." Were you ever too busy or too 
tired to talk with that special fellow 
who called you on the phone? 

Why do you cook a good supper for 
your husband, wash his clothes, stop 
what you are doing to do something he 
has just asked you to do? Because you 
love him. What do you get out of it? 
Love in return. But did you think about 



Lucene Harstine is wife of the pastor at 
Vicksburg Brethren Church in HoUidays- 
bitrg. Pennsylvania. She is the mother of five 
children, piano teacher, licensed pilot, and a 
former elementary schoolteacher. 



O come, let us sing unto the 
Lord: let us make a joyful 
noise to the rock of our salvation. 
Let us come before his presence 
with thanksgiving, and make a joyful 
noise unto him with psalms. 
l-'or the Lord is a great God, 
and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the deep places 
of earth: the strength of the 
hills is his also. 

The sea is his, and he made it : 
and his hands formed the dry land. 
O come, let us worship and bow 
down : let us kneel before the Lord 
our maker. 

Psalm 95:1-6 



receiving that love while you were 
working? 

Why did you read that story to your 
son or daughter for the hundredth 
time? Because you would get some- 
thing out of the story? No!! By now 
you could read it upside down and 
backwards. You read the story once 
again because of your love— giving, not 
receiving. 

Let's go back to devotions now. Do 
we read and pray out of a desire to get 
something out of it or to express our 
love to God? 

Who is God and what is He? He is the 
Almighty Creator, the Faithful God, 
the Holy One who loves you and me. 
"The Lord did not set his love upon 
you, nor choose you, because ye were 



more in number than any people ; for ye 
were the fewest of all people: But be- 
cause the Lord loved vou . . ." (Deut. 
7:7-8). 

When we pray and read God's love 
letter, the Bible, we are on holy ground. 
We come before a holy righteous God 
who desires our fellowship. 

Have you ever thought of reading 
your Bible as a time of fellowship with 
God? "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"(IJohn 1:3). 
Friends that we really enjoy being with 
are the ones who can put self in the 
background and can show honest inter- 
est in others. As you read God's Word, 
try forgetting self and experience the 
thrill of realizing how great God is- 
omnipotent. omnipresent, and omni- 
scient-and yet He loves you and me! 

Let us think of devotions as a time of 
worship, of expressing our love to Him. 
Let the Lord take care of the "getting 
something out of it." His desire is to 
shower His love upon us. 

This is not to suggest that since we 
need not worry about getting some- 
thing out of it, that we can have our de- 
votions carelessly. We all can recognize 
a person who is listening to us with one 
ear, but whose real attention is some- 
where else. This is not real fellowship; 
not a real expression of love. In the 
Gospel of Luke we are admonished to 
love the Lord our God with all our 
heart, with all our soid and with all our 
mind. • 



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Why is it no one can ever explain 

The joy we as Christians can claim? 

When others look at our lives can they see 

The joy and the love tlow abundantly free? 

Though trials will surely come our way 

Do they see us trusting our Saviour each day? 

How will they see the joy we profess. 

Through our tears and our moanings at some small test? 

Will they hear the Saviour calling to them. 

Or does our complaining cause His voice to grow dim? 

When our eyes are drawn by worry and fear. 
Will they really believe our Jesus is near? 
When people hear of quarrelings within. 
How many souls for the Lord will we win? 

There're certainly times when our troubles abound. 
When tears may flow and life gets us down. 
But I know no one who would truly declare 
That the burdens he has could ever compare 
To those of dear Jesus, God's very own seed. 
Yet Jesus said His burden was light indeed. 

Not once did He cry, "Oh Father, why me?" 

For He trusted His Father totally. 

Our joy is to be a light for others. 

To show that in Christ we're all sisters and brothers. 

A light that's warm, sincere, and true; 
Proof of God's love and all it can do 
Proof to all there's a better way. 
If we trust in Christ Jesus day by day. 

Sharon Lambert and family attend the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Davenport. Iowa. She is a Sunday 
School teacher, a Missionary Helpers Club leader 
and a hostess of a morning Bible study group. 



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He 
Made 

It 



It was God who instituted the family 
and He does not desert it when there are 
problems. This is an area where we need 
His help every day, perhaps because our 
family problems can be the most pain- 
ful and devastating of all problems. 
Situations arise which produce deep 
wounds and sometimes we wonder why 
our trials are so e.xtremely ve.\ing and 
long-enduring. 

But to blame God for our problems 
and withdraw from His presence is a 
sure road to defeat and brings victory to 
Satan. God's blessing is reflected in our 
lives when, through the Lord, we deal 
with our family problems in love and 
with patience and wisdom. 

Our first need, of course, is Jesus. 
Like the woman at the well, without 
Him, we have an empty heart and no 
Christian basis to function as a wife and 
mother. Just knowing Him as our 
Saviour is not enough; we must keep 
close contact with Him through prayer 
and an outgoing Christian life. The 
closer our contact with the Lord, the 
more we are able to draw upon His 
strength and wisdom. 

The Word of God will direct and en- 
courage us as we learn to rest upon its 
promises. The Holy Spirit, dwelling 
within us, comforts and guides us dur- 
ing troubled times. 

It is not always easy to love (in the 
riglit way) those with whom we live. 
When we read I Corinthians 13, we be- 
gin to understand that love, real love, is 
rather scarce in this old world. For Paul 
says, "It is greater than faith ... it is 
willing to suffer and is kind ... is not 
easily provoked ... it endures all 
things ... it is unfailing ... it is unself- 
ish." Although God is always working 
with us in our problems. He works best 
when there is love, because love is an ex- 
pression of himself. 

When I was younger, I used to feel 
hurt if I thouglit someone didn't love 




"Then they cry unto the Lord in their 
trouble, and he bringeth them out of 
their distresses. He maketh the storm a 
calm, so that the waves thereof are 
stiir'fPs. 107:28-29). 



By Mrs. Bernard Schneider 

Mary Schneider is the wife of Dr. Bernard 
Schneider, pastor of the Grace Brethren Bible 
Church in Fort Myers, Florida. They have one 
daughter and two grandchildren. 



me. One day, through a problem, the 
Lord showed me that it was more im- 
portant to love others deeply and forget 
their feelings toward me. Whether a love 
relationship is between husband and 
wife, parents and children, or with our 
in-laws, circumstances surrounding it 
will change as life goes on. If our own 
love is constant and not like a flickering 
light, the Lord is able to help us and use 
us for His glory. 

Patience is a great seasoning to add 
to our family problems. Impatience is a 
fault that most of us have. God doesn't 
seem to be in a hurry, but we are! Paul 
tells us to "follow after righteousness, 
godliness, faith, love, patience, meek- 
ness" (I Tim. 6:11). Sometimes this 



-He 

Keeps 

It! 



means taking a long look at a family 
problem. We can often see God working 
in and through a situation. Is the pur- 
pose of these problems to show us our 
dependency upon God? Are we learning 
to speak more graciously? Is it all hap- 
pening to give us determination to fol- 
ow Him at all costs? Are we getting to 
be like Jesus because of a certain prob- 
em? It seems to take a great deal of 
sandpaper to polish us to a Christlike 
finish. 

We need wisdom from God to be 
good reflectors of His blessings. James 
3:17 tells us, "But the wisdom that is 
from above is first pure, then peaceable, 
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of 
mercy and good fruits, without partiali- 
ty, and without hypocrisy." Wisdom is 
nurtured when we deal with our prob- 
lems in love and with patience. 

Here is an area where our Lord 
specifically gives a promise to answer if 
we ask Him. When Solomon asked the 
Lord for an understanding heart, God 
was pleased and Solomon received a 
"wise and understanding heart," Solo- 
mon recognized that wisdom is from 
above and is one of God's great gifts. 
Realizing how much we need wisdom in 
our family circles, are we asking the 
Lord to give us the gift of an under- 
standing heart? 

A young boy was trying to move a 
big rock. He pushed and grunted and 
perspired. As he tried and his efforts 
failed, he remarked to his father who 
was standing near, "Dad, I've tried 
everything but I can't budge it." 

His father answered, "Son, you have 
not tried everything because you have 
not asked me for my help." 

It is my privilege to know many won- 
derful Christian men and women who 
face hard problems with great courage. 
Always it is apparent that the Lord is 
being trusted with a childlike faith. He 
has promised-just ask. # 



iVlay 1, 1975 



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MEMO 





WMC Offering Emphasis 

Remember how cool it was a few 
months ago when we "dialed down" 
the thermostat? Imagine how cool it 
would be if there was no thermostat to 
dial. Your generous offering is needed 
to make the central heating for the 
Chateau in France a reality. This offer- 
ing is due June 10. 



note... 



Adaptability -that's what the program 
packet is for. If your group needs to 
rearrange a suggested program, do it! 
Make it work for your WMC not 
against it. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - JULY 1975 - 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages JS and 36 
of the 1975 Brethren Annual.^ 

AFRICA 

Mrs. William L. Walker July 1 

Rev. Donald G. Hocking July 15 

Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

Mark William Austin July 23, 1968 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

ARGENTINA 

Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt July 29 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. Ralph Schwartz July 1 

Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 

George Allen Hodgdon July 26, 1959 

MEXICO 

James Ernest Dowdy July 23, 1967 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 

c/o Mrs. Arthur Burk, 11259 Pope Ave., Lynwood CA 90262. 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

Miss Florence Bickel July 10 

Grace Village, Bo.x 337, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Mr. David W. Shargel July 23 

c/o Mr. Al Weirbach, 40643 Dutton St., Beaumont, CA 92223. 
Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Russell Ward, 3342 Val- 
erie Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy. -Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 

Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

80910 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. to I'in. Secy .-Treas. -Mrs. Ben Zim- 
merman, R. R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Dan Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reports and comments about success in Christian Education from the Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind, 46590. Howard Mayes, 
director; James Long, assistant to the director 



The National Youth Week Scrap- 
book contest was judged recently and 
the Grace Brethren Church in Water- 
loo, Iowa, was declared first place 
winner. Mr. Terry Lambert serves as 
youth pastor of the church. A prize of 
$25 was awarded to the youth for an 
excellent representation of their 
Youth Week. 

Bellflower Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia was awarded second prize in the 
contest. The youth of the church also 
had an excellent scrapbook to demon- 
strate the value of their church's 
special emphasis on youth. Mr. and 
Mrs. Bob Peercy are sponsors for the 
youth. A prize of $ 1 was given as the 
second place award. 

Participation in Youth Week across 
the Fellowship during February was 
very good. A number of excellent 
scrapbooks were entered in the nation- 
al contest. 



THIRTY MEMBER 
YOUTH EVANGELISM TEAM CHOSEN 

The 1975 Operation Barnabas program will stress evangelism 
through a varied program of witnessing that will include Youth Evan- 
gelistic Crusades in approximately ten Brethren churches. 

Building on the pioneering accomplishments of the 1974 Operation 
Barnabas team, this year's team will again make it a primary aim to 
involve the young people of the churches they visit in their unique 
program of outreach evangelism. 

A one-week program of intensive training will prepare the team for 
their various ministries of door-to-door witnessing, outdoor evangelism, 
and involvement in church evangelistic crusades. 

Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries for the Christian Education 
Department, will direct the team. Kevin and Tina Huggins will serve as 
associate directors. Kevin is the Assistant Pastor and Youth Director of 
the Winona Lake Brethren Church. 

Church crusades conducted by the Operation Barnabas team will be 
cosponsored by the Brethren Board of Evangelism. This organization is 
making a significant financial contribution to make this ministry pos- 
sible. 

A later issue of the Herald will introduce members of the team and 
provide itineration information. 



Spokesmen Leaders Chosen 




Spokesmen M 



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Charles Sanger and Bill Crabbs have 
been chosen to lead the Spokesmen 
for the summer of 1975. Spokesmen II 
is the name given the bicycle tour 
planned for July 18-August 2 for 
boys 14 and older. 

Both Charles and Bill are well quali- 
fied to lead the large number of boys 
who will be involved in the 1 ,000-mile 
trip around Lake Michigan. Being out- 
doorsmen, having had years of experi- 
ence in boys work and having a heart 
for boys certainly well qualifies both 
Charlie and Bill. 

Charlie has grown up in the Chris- 
tian Service Brigade program and has 
led boys groups. He has directed wil- 
derness camps and has led several 
backpack trips. Most recently he has 
served on the field staff of the head- 
quarters of Christian Service Brigade. 
He is a middler in Grace Seminary at 
the present time. He and his wife, 
Mary, have one son, Wesley, age 2. 



Bill is from the Worthington, Ohio, 
Grace Brethren Church. He attended 
Ohio State University and Grace Col- 
lege. He has also had three years of 
military experience with the U.S. 
Army. He has had over three years of 
experience as a leader in Christian Ser- 
vice Brigade. While Bill is in his third 
year at Grace Seminary, he continues 
to have an active interest in boys min- 
istries. He and his wife, Adele, have 
two girls, Sherri— age 7, and Michelle- 
age 5. 

The Spokesmen tour not only in- 
cludes two weeks of the bicycle tour 
but one week at Brethren National 
Youth Conference. The entire three 
weeks tour and conference costs SI 50. 
If any boys are interested in more in- 
formation about this new summer pro- 
gram, write Spokesmen II, Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



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TIME EXPOSURE 

Training In Missionary Endeavor is a program to allow teens to 
become actively involved in home and foreign "missionary" experi- 
ence. 

Below are a few of the many who will be serving with TIME this 
summer. Support them with your prayers and gifts. 



Christian Education Department 



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Gary Belles, among the four 
going to the Navajo Mission. 



France Team: (I. to r.) Becky Burns, Robert Melcher, Karen 
Walker, Debra Smith, Kent Good (Leader), and Becky Good. 



Karen Mason is going to 
Clayhole, Kentucky. 







Greg Stamm is going 
to Alaska. 



Leann Sanders is joining 
others going to the Mexican 
Border. 








Dave Stroup is among the 
team members going to 
Dryhill, Kentucky. 



Argentina Team: (I. to r.) Peg Bechtel, Mike Marshall, Viki Cover, 
Peter Peer (Leader), Larry Robbins and Colleen Austin. 



Christian Education Department 



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The Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, Florida, celebrated our Third Bus Anniversary on February 2 with "TOP 
IT ALL SUNDAY." We had with us Mr. Jim Schreiber, "the uncrowned king of Top Spinners." He performed four times 
and the whole church really appreciated how his tops illustrated Christian principles of living. 

We wanted each one to remember this great day in the history of our church, so we ordered some minitops that were 
imprinted with: "Three Years of Busing" with the church's name and address. Since we had to order 500 or none at all, 
our goal was 500. The most we ever had in Sunday School before was 365, and that was one week after Easter with the 
Double Decker Bus. We fell short of our goal, but we certainly "topped" all other previous Sundays. We has 436 in Sunday 
School and 460 in church. 

The picture is the No. 1 and No. 2 bus loads on Top Sunday. They brought 71 and 63, respectively. We regret that it 
was virtually impossible to get a picture of the whole group. The five buses broke a new bus record of 2 7-7. The previous 
bus record was 245 set last year with the Double Decker Bus. There were many decisions for Christ and a new air of 
excitement to realize that we finally broke the 400 mark in Sunday School. 

Bus Director, Pastor Sam Baer, attributes the success of their growth to prayer, five committed bus pastors who visit 
their routes every Saturday, 25 bus workers, Sunday School teachers who are willing to teach a large class, and a church 
that supports the bus ministry with their prayers and giving. 




Raising money for teens to attend 
Brethren National Youth Conference? 

Pastor Kenneth Koontz from the 
Pike Brethren Church in Mundy's 
Corner (Conemaugh), Pennsylvania, re- 
ports his church is paying teens to 
work for them. 

Teens work all day at the church 
each Saturday. Those teens who are in- 
terested have been divided into five 
teams. One dollar per hour credit is 
given to each teen for his work. The 
idea is- "It's not the amount you do, 
but the quality of work you do." The 
teens are even paid during lunch time 
when they eat their sack lunches. 

Pastor Koontz reports that this has 
been quite successful in many ways: 



(1) the teens serve as janitors, (2) 
adults appreciate the teens more, (3) 
the teens have a ministry, (4) they're 
able to earn money for conference, as 
opposed to being given money, and (5) 
teens have developed a sense of pride 
in their accomplishments. 

After the teens spent the day wax- 
ing furniture, painting, and cleaning 
gum from under the pews, one teen 
said, "I better not see anyone put gum 
under these pews again!" Another 
said, "I'm going to watch to see that 
no person leans his chair against this 
waH"-she had just painted that wall! 

In the spring, work projects will in- 
clude yard work, planting flowers, 
trimming shrubs and mowing grass. 



May 1, 1975 



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Brethren National 
YOUTH CONFERENCE 75 




Jim Custer, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Worthington, Ohio, will 
be the featured speaker each evening. 
He not only has a love for the Lord 
but is a warm yet dynamic communi- 
cator. 




The campus of St. Mary's College in 
Notre Dame (South Bend). Indiana, 
has been rented to house the almost 
1 ,000 persons expected to attend. 



Sonny Thayer is pastor of the Mans- 
field, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. 
He will share Biblical solutions to 
questions souglit by teens. He's had an 
excellent ministry to youth. His con- 
cern for effective communication of 
Biblical truth will be evident each day. 




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Costs: 

for those living on St. Mary's campus: 

S80.00 regular conference fee 

(if you register before July 1 ) 
S80.00 Post-high Division 

(if you register before July 1 ) 
(This includes room, board, 

insurance, campus fees, program) 

for those registering late: 

an additional charge of S5.00 will 
be added to the cost 

for those living off campus: 

off campus residents attending the 
sessions and activities will be asked 
to pay a daily registration fee of 
S3. 00 (not including meals) 

for Vocational Christian Ministries 
Seminar 

$8.00 for those not members of 
Brethren Student Life Volunteers 

S4,00 for members of Brethren Student 
Life Volunteers 

for Grace College High School Day 

free 

for bus from Grace College to St. 
Mary's College 

$3.00 



Vocational Christian 
Ministries Seminar 

A seminar in Vocational Christian Min- 
istries will be held at the Grace campus 
from 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 
througli '■):00 a.m., Saturday, August 
2, It's open to all but planned especial- 
ly for those in Brethren Student Life 
Volunteers. This will involve excellent 
opportunities to meet missionaries and 
pastors and be challenged for vocation- 
al Christian work. 



Grace College Tour and Program 

A Grace College tour and program is 
planned for Saturday morning, August 
2, to allow students the opportunity 
to see our college. This program allows 
students ample time to arrive at 
N.Y.C. in time for registration. 



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Old Testament Plumbers Visit Kentucky . 3 

The Excellency of HIS Power 4 

Home Missions Offering Report 6 

10 Momentous Years at Columbus 9 

BMH News Summary 1- 

The President Meets the President 15 

The Role and Qualifications of a Pastor ..16 

Riding the Raleighs with the Rands 18 

Myths That Can Handicap the 

College Choice 20 




Charles W. Turner, Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 

Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 

Anne Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

Omega Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Christian Ed. — Rev. Howard Mayes 
WMC— Mrs. Daniel Pacheco 
SMM— Mrs. Kyle Bergen 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at W/inona Lake, Ind. Issued 
on the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
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rates to churches. 



Dear Editor 



I would like to write you somet hing 
that has been on my heart for some 
time. It seems to me that if anything_ 
could be done it should be organized 

through the Herald Company^ 

Through the monthly prayer letters 
and the Daily Devotions we have~a- 
wonderful way of bringing our denom- 
inational organizations before oiir 
Fellowship for prayer. But we are 
neglecting our established churches 
and pastors in denominational prayerj_ 
For example, a pastor takes a home 
mission church and immediately gets- 
on the prayer list. He is able to lead his 
church to the place where the Council- 
does not need to continue to support 
the work and becomes the pastor of an' 
established church. Immediately he is 
taken off the prayer list. In many cases 
he needs prayer especially since he is 
on his own. Having been a home- 
missions pastor I know something of 
the struggle in making church ends 
meet when the Council money stops. 
Then there are many of our pastors 
Who are serving faithfully in very small" 
churches who have plenty of prob^ 
lems, but there is no mention of them 
for prayer. Also, I think of men who_ 
are working in some of our older 
churches, churches that in earlier days^ 
were leading ones in the denomination 
and now have come upon hard times.^ 
These men are faithfully serving, but 
we do not pray for them. 

Some weeks ago 1 added the 
Directory of Brethren Churches to my" 
prayer list, taking a column or two_, 
each day. This includes both estab- 
lished churches and churches under- 
the Council. 1 plan to divide the list so 
that we can pray through the directory - 
once each month. Maybe this is 
making the matter of denominational ' 
praying too large, but one has to think 
also of those in the Directory of 
Brethren Ministers who need a church. 
To pray for the above has been a great 
blessing to me and has enlarged my . 
burden for many of the pastors who 
are going through difficult times. 

You need not answer this letter. 
There may not be any chance of ' 
working out a workable plan. But if 
the Lord would give you a plan this 
letter will not be in vain. -Florida 



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By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

A recent business trip found me 
headed for the Southland. It was the 
last part of March, and the lingering 
hint of winter was still in the Indiana 
air. So it seemed like a good time to 
drive south. The first night on the road 
brought me to Elizabethtown, Ken- 
tucky. This was a familiar stop for me 
on the southern route. It had been a 
wet, nasty day of driving, and I was 
looking forward to some rela.xation 
from the strain. The thoughts of get- 
ting cleaned up and having a good meal 
kept me on the road an extra hour be- 
yond the normal driving schedule. 

So when I got to the motel it was 
with great relief and delight. One of 
my first thoughts was that of thirst. 
But when I turned on the right-hand 
faucet for the cold water ... I got a 
surprise. The water was hot-the 
plumber had made a mistake! He put 
the lines to the wrong faucets. Now 
any intelligent person would have 
taken note of this and would have 
avoided a real surprise later. But not 
me. I proceeded to care for my other 
duties of the evening and forgot what I 
had learned. 

Later that evening it happened! The 
same plumber had installed the lines to 
the shower. My memory being short 
. . . you guessed it. When I thought I 
was stepping into a nice warm shower 
1 walked into an icebox of freezing 
water. Have you ever tried to crawl the 
walls of a slick shower stall? If so, you 
know how I felt about the whole 



thing. 

So you ask-What about your sub- 
ject, "Old Testament Plumbers"? Well, 
Isaiah and several other Old Testament 
prophets mention those who do not 
know their right hand from the left. 
This was the problem of those Ken- 
tucky plumbers! Though I must admit 
I have found plumbers in other states 
who have the same basic problem in 
the installation of hot and cold water 
lines. 

There are several reasons for one 
not knowing his right hand from the 
left. One is youth-being too young to 
be that smart. This can be excused. 
Another reason might well be the lack 
of knowledge. The harsh term for this 
condition is called ignorance. 

When it comes to the absence of 
the knowledge of God there are several 
reasons for a person to be without 
such truth. One is the age problem of 
being too young. A child may not be 
able to grasp such actuality. It is amaz- 
ing though how early in life some chil- 
dren come to salvation in Jesus Christ. 
Even Christ spoke of the act of faith, 
as an act of a small child. Remember, 
we must all become as a little child 
before we can be saved. 

Spiritually speaking others do not 
know their right hand from their left 
hand because of a lack of information. 
This could include the multitudes in 
the world where the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ has not been preached. We tend 
to think of these places as backward- 
remote corners of the world. These 
places become fewer as the message 
reaches out farther and farther. Civili- 



zation and worldwide communica- 
tions have shrunk our world and 
opened up these remote places for the 
cause of Christ. The secular world has 
enlarged the scope of its representa- 
tives in order to sell its products. The 
church has been zealous, as well, to 
preach Jesus. 

But the shock comes to us all as we 
realize the vast number of people who 
are our neighbors, yet they do not 
know their right hand from their 
left- that is, spiritually. Some are even 
church attenders who are as ignorant 
of the grace of God as are the so-called 
heathen. Millions of Americans, as well 
as others belonging to advanced civih- 
zations, are as woefully ignorant of 
God as are the uncivilized people of 
the world. Perhaps this ignorance is in 
part a willful act of disobedience. The 
truth is not far from them, but sin 
keeps them in darkness. This darkness 
ultimately will end in eternal outer 
darkness. 

When a plumber has trouble know- 
ing his right hand from his left, the 
results are little more than a shocking 
inconvenience. In fact, an alert person 
can adjust to knowing what to do in 
such a circumstance. But spiritually- 
ignorance concerning God is some- 
thing else. The result is not merely in- 
convenience, but rather ultimate dis- 
aster and complete loss of life and 
soul. God has commissioned us to tell 
the story of His love and grace. To fail 
can mean another soul slipping into 
eternal hell. To faithfully succeed in 
telling of God's love can mean the 
eternal salvation of a soul. # 



May 15, 1975 



FUTURE HOME OF THE 




GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 

,_ of mt. laurel 
-Presently meeting at the 

THOMAS PAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL , 

IN CHERRY HILL ON CHURCH ROAD, EAST OF KINGS HWY. 

BIBLE SCHOOL-- 9=45 preaching: 

CHURCH: 11=00 ^ thewhJLeDIRI C 

T N0THIN6 BUT THeM ULL. 
PASTOR^ ROBERT M.SPICER i 

627-0246 J^ H Timo+hij 3.| 



By Pastor Robert Spicer 

Among the notes of praise, here 
and there a phrase was heard, 
"You know, I never thought this 
would really happen." Why would 
people say this at the ground- 
breaking service for the Grace 
Brethren Church of Mt. Laurel, 
New Jersey? Let me explain. 

1 1 is really thrilling when a 
young man leaves seminary, goes to 
a new Home Missions point, and ex- 
periences tremendous growth 
quickly. But it does not always 
work that way. 1 know from experi- 
ence. 

When I completed seminary I 
corresponded with Dr. Pifer about a 
possible Home Missions pastorate, 
and soon 1 accepted a church in the 
East. My wife, Kathryn (then carry- 
ing our first child), and I started 
out for New Jersey in our '56 Olds- 
mobile pulling our possessions in a 
U-Haul. I had noticed in Ihe Breth- 
ren Annual that the membership 
was listed as 5, but I also noticed 
that my copy of the Annual was a 
couple of years old, so I assumed 
that in those years the church had 
probably grown to the 20s or 30s. 
However, when we arrived, the 
membership was still 5, and there 
were 3 core families. 

Time passed by and, hard as it 
was for me to understand, the 
people of South Jersey very effec- 




tively managed to avoid my minis- 
try. During that first year I 
preached the finest sermons for 
which my training had equipped 
me, knocked on doors, and led a 
number of people to Christ. But 
not one of them came to church. 
Not only did they not make their 
decisions public, but they did not 
even darken our doors! About 15 
young people began to attend, but 
their parents would not follow. 

During this time, the men on our 
district mission board frequently 
discussed whether it was time to 
withdraw their support from a 
seemingly unproductive point. The 
time finally came when even the 
Home Missions Council began to 
seriously consider withdrawing its 
support. 

Soon, the suggestion was made 
that I candidate at other churches. 



So 1 did. However, the firm deter- 
mination of those few people in 
South Jersey brought a lack of 
peace to my heart about leaving. 
They had the faith to believe that 
God would yet build a church in 
this area. 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council encouraged us to try a dif- 
ferent location. We decided upon 
the Mt. Laurel area, but there were 
no temporary meeting places avail- 
able to us. Fire halls, schools, coun- 
try clubs, motels, the community 
hall, commercial buildings and even 
a dance hall were contacted, but 
none would accommodate us. Yet 
we felt the Lord leading toward Mt. 
Laurel because there were no 
Bible-teaching churches in that part 
of the township, and because we 
had located a fine parcel of ground 
situated between two large develop- 
ments. 



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the Excellency of HIS Power 




Moving just across the border 
into Cherry Hill Township, we be- 
gan to meet in a school building. 
However, the rent payment seemed 
insurmountable to us at first. We 
had been paying SlOO for three 
months' use of the Stratford Fire 
Hall for all day Sunday. Now, we 
would have to pay more than SlOO 
for the use of the school for only 
one month- and then just for Sun- 
day morning use. Although we did 
not have the money for that first 
rent payment, God brought in 
enough in our first offering to pay 
for the whole month's rent. 
"Now," I thought, "our trials are 
finally over,"- but such was not the 
case! 

For two years we labored before 
securing the subdivision approval 
from the township for our land. We 
have been faced with the most 
stringent requirements experienced 
by the Home Missions Council any 
place, I am told. For instance, we 
were required to reserve a 50-foot 
buffer strip around the perimeter of 
our property which must include a 
solid wall of trees to screen us from 
view by the houses on either side or 
in back. Month after month for two 
years we felt that the property clos- 
ing date was "just around the 
corner," and time after time we 
were put off. 

Another disappointment was the 
lack of immediate response. After 
calling on a family that had heard 
of our church and having had them 
visit us, I called on them again. 



Their response was, "Young man, 
you may believe that God can build 
a church here, starting with that 
handful of people meeting in a big 
empty room, but we just don't have 
the faith to believe it. We will have 
to go elsewhere." I was so disap- 
pointed that I prayed, "Lord, don't 
let me cry until I get out to the 
car." Believe me, I certainly did cry 
that day. That same year we passed 
out 500 fliers and a number of 




balloons advertising our V.B.S. As 
result, only two new little girls 
came out. I began to feel like David 
did in I Samuel 27:1. "I shall now 
perish one day . . . ." 

But, 1 have discovered in the last 
three years that "we have this treas- 
ure in earthen vessels, that the ex- 
cellency of the power may be of 
God, and not of us" (II Cor. 4:7). 
In spite of the multitude of post- 
ponements and discouragements we 
have seen a group of sometimes as 
few as 5-9 grow through the 20s. 
30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, to the 70s 
and 80s for our morning worship 
service. Humanly speaking, there is 
no explanation, but God is faith- 
ful-Jesus is building His Church. 

On January 15, 1975, after two 
and one-half years of waiting, we 
had closing on our property. Then, 
on March 16, 1975, over 100 
people gathered for our morning 
worship service and fellowship 
dinner followed by a ground- 
breaking service. Rev. Robert Grif- 
fith, pastor of the Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, was our 
guest speaker. 

Many times it did appear that it 
would never happen, but it did! We 
will undoubtedly continue to face 
obstacles, but the Lord willing, we 
will have a completed structure 
early this fall. How we praise God 
or the excellency of His power 





THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL, INC. 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

The gifts included in this report represent General Fund, Jewish 
Missions, Navajo Missions, and all other funds designated for any phase of 
Brethren Home Missions. Gifts designated for local projects, district 
missions, and other work extraneous to The Brethren Home Missions 
Council are not included. 



ALLEGHENY 

Accident, Md. . . 

Aleppo, Pa 

Boswell, Pa 

Coolville, Ohio . . 
Cumberland, Md. 
Grafton, W.Va. . 

Jenners, Pa 

Listie, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa. . , 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) . 
Parl<ersburg, W. Va. 
Pittsburgh, Pa. . . 
Somerset, Pa. . . . 
Stoystown, Pa. . . 
Uniontown, Pa. 
Washington, Pa. . 
Westernport, Md. . 

District 

Total 



EAST 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 
Altoona, Pa. (Grace) . 

Armagh, Pa 

Conemaugh, Pa 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 

Duncansville, Pa. ... 

Everett, Pa 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. . . 

Hopewell, Pa 

Indiana, Pa 

Jefferson Center, Pa. 
Johnstown, Pa. (First) 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 

Kittanning, Pa. 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) 
Martinsburg, Pa. . 
District 



S 18,698.49 



,987.10 
811.00 
36.00 
■ ,887.13 
.,039.33 



2,791.26 

1,456.00 

1,621.05 

760.33 

301.83 

574.35 

5.00 

6,612.35 

689.71 

1,187.70 
6,315.70 

624.66 
7,702.49 
630.00 
Total $ 43,032.99 



(First) 



FLORIDA 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. . 

Ft. Myers, Fla 

Maitland, Fla 

N. Lauderdale, Fla. . . 

Orlando, Fla 

Ormond Beach, Fla. . 
Pompano Beach, Fla. 
St. Petersburg, Fla. . 
West Palm Beach, Fla. 
District 



S 5,094.58 
910.50 
3,315.90 
483.02 
375.31 
35.00 
1,970.85 
637.28 
313.00 
981.00 
Total $ 14,116.44 



INDIANA 

Berne, Ind 

Clay City, Ind 

Elkhart, Ind 

Flora, Ind 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 

Goshen, Ind 

Indianapolis, Ind 

Kokomo, Ind. 

(Indian Heights) . . . . 
Kokomo, Ind. 

(North Kokomo) . . . 

Leesburg, Ind 

Logansport, Ind 

Osceola, Ind 

Peru, Ind 

Sidney, Ind 

South Bend, Ind 

Warsaw, Ind 

Wheaton, III 

Winona Lake, Ind 

District 

Total 



IOWA 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
Dallas Center, Iowa 
Davenport, Iowa . . 
Des Moines, Iowa 
Garwm, Iowa . . . . 

Leon, Iowa 

North English, Iowa 
Omaha, Nebr. . . . 
Waterloo, Iowa . . . 
Winona, Minn. . . . 

District 

Total 



MICHIGAN 

Alto, Mich 

Berrien Springs, Mich. 

Hastings, Mich 

Jackson, Mich 

Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Lansing, Mich 

New Troy, Mich. . . . 

Ozark, Mich 

District 

Total 



MID-ATLANTIC 

Alexandria, Va 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary). 
Hagerstown, Md. (Gay St.). 
Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 

Lanham, Md 

Martinsburg, W. Va 

Seven Fountains, Va. . . . 
Virginia Beach, Va 



$ 7,696.71 
922.00 
5,917.73 
1,841.50 
7,899.84 
1,099.58 
483.21 
1,165.65 

1,299.25 

173.36 

2,483.41 

255.46 

2,105.21 

2,299.50 

2,189.30 

1,324.06 

3,838.83 

10.00 

10,621.93 

988.68 

$ 54,615.21 



$ 375.99 

631.65 

465.07 

82.00 

832.12 

2,375.50 

228.71 

62.00 

7438.44 

25.00 

385.00 

$ 12,901.48 



S 1,549.92 
138.50 
-0- 

545.28 
2,138.54 
446.50 
288.80 
272.00 
51.00 

$ 5,430.54 



1,595.06 

1,371.37 

119.11 

13,955.12 

2,413.86 

2,018.04 

104.00 

333.00 



Washington, D.C. 
Waynesboro, Pa. 
Winchester, Va. 

District 

Total .... 
MIDWEST 



Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

(Grace) 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

(Heights) 

Arvada, Colo 

Beaver City, Nebr. . . . 

Cheyenne, Wyo 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 
Counselor, N. Mex. . . 

Denver, Colo 

Longview, Texas . . . . 

Portis, Kans 

Taos, N. Mex 

Tres Piedras 

District 

Total 



2,260.00 
2,905.34 
9,443.92 
1,249.9 7 
$ 37,768.79 



-0- 

817.50 

149.00 

246.35 

50.00 

356.39 

840.00 

677.97 

283.00 

3,775.92 

1,844.81 

25.00 

1,952.69 



NORTHERN ATLANTIC 

Bethlehem, Pa 

Dillsburg, Pa 

Elizabethtown, Pa 

Harrisburg, Pa 

Hatboro, Pa 

Lancaster, Pa 

Lititz, Pa 

Manheim, Pa 

Mt. Laurel, N. J 

Myerstown, Pa 

New Holland, Pa 

Palmyra, Pa 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) . . 
Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) . 

Telford, Pa 

Wrightsville, Pa 

York, Pa 

District 

Total 



NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 

Chico, Calif 

Grass Valley, Calif 

Modesto, Calif. 

(Greenwood) 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma). . 

Ripon, Calif 

Sacramento, Calif 

San Jose, Calif 

Tracy, Calif 

District 

Total 



252.10 

831.60 
2,318.35 
5,221.40 
1,972.50 
6,195.21 
1,191.28 
1,496.10 

352.50 
9,105.54 
5,594.00 
3,330.12 
11,345.58 
4,625.80 
2,017.00 
1,059.75 
3,428.14 

114.40 



$ 662.00 
508.01 

1,411.50 

3,086.00 

650.00 

828.33 

780.86 

30.00 

687.50 

$ 8,644.20 



NORTHCENTRAL OHIO 

Ankenytown, Ohio $ 4,342.92 



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Ashland, Ohio (Grace) . . 
Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 
Bowling Green, Ohio . . . 
Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 
Columbus, Ohio 

(East Side) 

Danville, Ohio 

Findlav, Ohio 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 
Fremont, Ohio (Grace) . . 

Gallon, Ohio 

Johnstown, Ohio 

Lexington, Ohio 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) . . 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 

District 

Total 



NORTHEASTERN OHIO 

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 



NORTHWEST 

Albany, Oreg. . . 
Beaverton, Oreg. . 
Grandview, Wash. 
Gresham, Oreg. . . 
Harrah, Wash. . . 
Kenai, Alaska . . . 

Kent, Wash 

Mabton, Wash. . . 
Opportunity, Wash. 
Prosser, Wash. . . 
Richland, Wash. . 
Sunnyside, Wash. 
Toppenish, Wash. 
Yakima, Wash. . . 

District 

Total 



5,817.77 

991.95 

43.27 

5,035.86 

166.50 

1,209.00 

1,273.05 

420.89 

4,826.07 

729.00 

153.25 

997.92 

2,860.93 

1,879.04 
-0- 



$ 78.00 

2,885.96 

926.42 

7,200.49 

633.32 

675.50 

631.77 

6,296.27 

695.00 

611.00 

4,109.77 

1,151.60 

6,876.65 

1,132.0 

S 33,903.75 



$ 60.00 

669.74 

726.02 

359.80 

427.40 

634.59 

1,133.38 

389.16 

220.51 

9.50 

30.00 

13,143.21 

918.60 

1,412.34 

627.0 

$ 20,761.25 



SOUTHEAST 

Anderson, S. C. ... 

Atlanta, Ga 

Boones Mill, Va. . . . 
Buena Vista, Va. . . . 

Covington, Va 

Hollins, Va 

Johnson City, Tenn. . 

Radford, Va 

Richmond, Va 

Riner, Va 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) .... 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) . . . 
Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Wash. Heights) . . . 
Telford, Tenn. 

(Limestone) .... 

Willis, Va 

District 

Total 



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA- 
ARIZONA 

Anaheim, Calif 

Beaumont, Calif 

Bell, Calif 

Bellflower, Calif 

Cypress, Calif 

Fillmore, Calif 

Glendale, Calif 

Goleta, Calif 

Grand Terrace, Calif 

Hemet, Calif 

La Habra, Calif 

La Verne, Calif 

Lakewood, Calif 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(North) 

Los Angeles, Calif 

Mission Viejo, Calif 

Montclair, Calif 

Norwalk, Calif 

Orange, Calif 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace) . . . 



156.00 

922.04 

100.00 

1,569.42 

1,444.05 

8,394.64 

604.90 

509.26 

294.25 

25.00 

462.33 

500.00 
5,306.45 



957.20 

80.00 

323.00 



999.00 

2,859.06 

467.60 

3,830.50 

781.83 

1,154.00 

243.87 

265.75 

40.00 

241.55 

95.01 

814.08 

89.00 

1,149.86 

22,901.82 

2,527.54 

24,660.18 

772.50 

50.00 

434.50 

2,246.44 

279.87 

1,676.50 



Phoenix, Ariz. 

(Northwest) 

Rialto, Calif 

Rowland Heights, Calif. . . . 

San Bernardino, Calif 2 

San Diego, Calif 

San Ysidro, Calif 

Santa Maria, Calif 

Seal Beach, Calif 1 

Simi, Calif 

South Pasadena, Calif 

Temple City, Calif 

Tucson, Ariz 

West Covina, Calif 

Westminster, Calif 1 

Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) 7 

Whittier, Calif. (First) .... 3 

District J\^ 

Total $ 90 

SOUTHERN OHIO 



295.47 
732.00 
506.23 
,320.08 
499.50 
-0- 

711.45 
511.50 
587.85 
497.87 
348.50 
410.00 
30.00 
023.99 

233.53 
,326.38 
,744.56 



Brookville, Ohio . . . 
Camden, Ohio .... 

Clayhole, Ky 

Clayton, Ohio .... 
Covington, Ohio . . . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) . . . 
Dayton, Ohio (First) 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Ruber Heights) . . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) . . 

Dryhill, Ky 

Englewood, Ohio . . 
Kettering, Ohio . . . 
Sinking Springs, Ohio 
Trotwood, Ohio . . . 

Troy, Ohio 

Vandalia, Ohio .... 

Union, Ohio 

West Alexandria, Ohio 
District 



$ 1,835.00 

48.33 

148.00 

619.80 

346.36 

839.50 
12,358.29 

606.27 

3,385.98 

1,065.00 
114.00 
3,148.19 
922.43 
10.00 
864.58 
72.11 
1,275.90 
206.15 
-0- 
1,276.75 
Total S 29,142.64 



OTHER GIFTS 

Hawaii 

Puerto Rico . . . 

National WMC . 

Miscellaneous . . 

Total . . . . 



.... $ 288.47 

.... 13.00 

.... 16,822.58 

.... 10,872.34 

.... $ 27,996.39 

GRAND TOTAL S521,921.05 



What an anniversary gift from the Lord! For the first time the offerings for Brethren Home IViissions exceeded 
one-half million dollars. The total 1974 calendar year offering of $521,921.05 was an answer to prayer and was 
adequate to meet the budget. After hearing this good news the board of directors took time out of their annual 
meeting to sing the doxology. 

We are sure you are interested in this good news and we would like to take this means of saying "thank you" 
to every one who contributed to this new record offering. We are indeed grateful for every one of you out there 
in our Fellowship who gave so generously and for those of you who increased your gifts this past year to make 
this a memorable anniversary. It could not have been a better present for us who serve in Brethren Home 
Missions. Best of all, it was done to expand the testimony of Christ and for His glory. May your share of His 
blessings be greater for your generosity. 

Record offerings present some "record" problems and so The Brethren Home Missions Council is transferring 
some 10,000 or more individual gift records to computer. This transfer is in process now. We anticipate some 
minor problems, but no more than usual with the present method. After all, the human element is also involved 
in the information fed into computers. Once the conversion is made we will have a more efficient recording 
system and a more rapid receipting of gifts at the end of the year. 

You have probably noted that a comparative report is missing and we are sorry about it. Due to the changing 
of the accounting year from a fiscal to calendar year such a report is not feasible. Starting with January 1, 1974, 
all reporting will be on a calendar year for Brethren Home Missions. A comparative report will not be available 
until after January 1, 1976.-FJP 



May 15, 1975 



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MOMENTOUS 



YEARS 



AT 



. COLUMBUS 



The Apostle Paul affirms that "the 
grace of God which was given us in 
Christ Jesus before the \Vorld began is 
.now made inanifest . . ." to all men. 
God has chosen many ways to demon- 
strate that grace in our time and place. 
It was active in the vision of our mis- 
.-sion, boards, in the' devotion of pioneer 
families, in the faith of new believers, 
and in the determination of zealous 
leaders. The teaching of God's Word 
has. bfeen both its s'ource and support. 
The ministries of the Grace Brethren 
Ch^jfch.of Columbus, .Ohio, has been 
its fruit.- ' • 

■ We share with you these memo's 
fi^om our scr'apbook so that you might 
rejoice With us. We have experiehced 
the surging of that sovereign grace as it 
has ignited men and their movements 
into a sacrifice for the living God. The 
gtace of God in our lives has become a 
testimony of His very presence and 
power. 

It's been "10 Good Years of Begin- 
niiigs;" ' 

■, Easter Sunday moring, March 30, 
.1975-2,391 gathered to worship the 
risen Lord in Brethren churches in 
Columbus; Ohio. Ten years ago, April 
19, 1965-i27 attended our' first 
Easter service. God has wonderfully 
blessed. 

The Weekend of March 2, 1975, we 
celebrated our first decade. Dr. David 
Hocking, first 'pastor of the Columbus 
work, 'gave messages for the services. . 
Chaplain John Schumacher was guest 
•soloist. Pastor Jim Custe'r joined Dave 
and John to revive the Yjuth Evange- 
lism Team. The team was active in 
serninary days. 




Da/e Ho.GKifu^ f\vo Jirl QusTBi^ ■ I9T5. 



Mr. Marion Forre'st.and Judge J. 
.Craig Wright .rSvievi/ed the first years of 
the church's beginning. 

"Interest in Coliirnbps goes back to 
the early 60s; but nothing became con- 
crete until a'.Bible class met in the For- 
rest home undf,r' the* teaching of Rev. 
Nathan. Mey.er. They met in the spring 
of 1964.- Pastor DaVe, Hocking visited 
Columbus with Re«. Lester Piter on 
June 11, 1964, and met with the Bible 
class. Theje we'r.e ' about 30 people . 
present. • ' • • '' , ' 
. • "It was 'de'cijied' to start a Sunday 
mornj'ng Bible '.class,' Septem'ber 13, 
19.64. We qonti.nued to meet for Sun- 
day services in the Worthington mus- 
eum; but whei> we started averaging' 
around -55 "in February, we knew 
that we had to -move. We rented the 
Seventh DayAdventist Church for 525 



a Sunday. On Easter Sunday (April 18, 
1 965) we moved . . . and set a goal of 
]()() for that day. 'We hit. 127! . . . 
every Easter -we 'planned tqr'each 100 
more, and each Easter we did just 
that 208 on Editer, 1966 310 in 
1967. ' * . 

"During a business meeting on May 
2, 1965, Ed Scofield moved that 'we 
purchase property on Worthington- 
Galena Road at S 1 1 ,000 for two lots, 
and S500'option on the third lot to be 
picked up in two years of S6,800.' The 
total, atreage was- 1.95; The motion 
carried. ■ '. 

"By March 1,' 1966, the first parcel' 
of land, 1 .23 'acres, was' paid for- 
S 1 1 ,000. * The Brethren Investment 
Foundation advanced a loan of 
560,000 for the • building. The first 
building committee was Marion For- 



May 15, 1975 




Schumacher 



Custer 

Dave \ 
H0CKIW6 



Peter Pepoivis ^T 
iJoHw Schumacher 
Jim CjVbtER 
Dav£ Hock/w(? 
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tliuRcH ' CoLU(vi6i^s, Ohio 




rest, Ed Jackson, Ed Scofield, Clyde 
Mann, Norman Bryar and Pastor Dave 
Hocking.. 

"On April ■ 16, 1967, the.- congre- 
gation took an' important step by 
voting to go self-supporting by May 1. 
In June the church welcomed a new 
assistant pastor, Tim Earner, and his 
wife, Sandy. August 1967 the 'Sunday 
School of the Year' award was pre- 
sented to the Columbus church. 

"Highest attendance in the first 
quarter of 1968 was 322 at the Sun- 
day morning worship service. At' the 
January 21 business meeting. Pastor 
Dave Hocking announced his decision ' 
to accept a call to the First Brethren 
Church, Long' Beach, California. At 
the March 10 business meeting, a call 
was extended to James Custer to be 
our pastor. The invitation was ac- 
cepted. Pastor Tim Earner guided the 
church until Pastor Jim and Triceine 
Custer arrived in May. The church 
again reached its goal of increasing the 
Easter Sunday attendance by 100 each 
year, setting a new record of 400. The 
Tim Earners left to go to Brazil in Sep- 
tember. A call was extende.d to Dave 
Seifert to become assistant-pastor. 

"D.ual services begijn in March 1970 
to accommodate our growing congre-' 
gation until our new sanctuary was 
built. Russ Grill was called to become 
the administrative assistant to the pas- 
tor. Pastor Dave -Seifert was called to 
be minister of youtli ,at the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia. On March 22 the congregation 
extended a call to Pastor Frank Gard- 
ner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. On 
April 26, 1970, new building plans 
were approved. The- ground-breaking 
service for the new building was set for 
August 23. Dr. Kenneth Ashman o'f 
Wooster; Ohio, was our guest speaker. 

"Plans were made to hold Palm 
Sunday, 197)', services in the new 
sanctuary. The Grace College Concert 
Choir and Efrass Choir came for a 
Good Friday Sacred Concert. Prayers 
were earnestly. requested for an atten- 
dance of- 1,000 qn Easter Sunday. 
Actual attendance was '1,065. At the 
May board meeting, approval and sup- 
poi-t was voted for a one-week touf 
ministry of the Joyful Noise, a youth 
musical group. It was voted to extend 
a caU to 'Bernie and Sue Simmons. 
Rev. Nathan Meyer came to speak at 
special weekend dedication services for 
the new sanctuary, June 18-20. Guest 



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soloist was Chaplain John Schu- - 
macher. The Daily "Vacation 'Bible 
School offering was used to buy a 
microscope for Dr. and Mrs./' Larry ;- 
Pfahler to use when they go to Africa./. 
In July Paul Mutchler was n^med 
youth activities director. 

"The first worship service of the 
.East Side Grace Brethren Church took 
place September 5, 1971, \p the, home . 
of John and Millie Embaugh. Pastor 
Robert Combs accepted a call to the 
East Side church, which moved from 
the Embaugh home, to the Seventh 
Day Adventist Church. 

"The Christian Day Sctipol Com- 
mittee (Pastor Bernie Simmons, chair- . 
man; Dick Coldren, Neil Crabbe, 
Charles Weed, 'Howard Troutner, Bob 
Malone and Stanley Fox) reported to 
the church boarfl M^rch 16. Nearly 
300 enrolled in classfes beginning in 
March. Hospitality was requested for 
33 pastors, seminary seniors and their 
wives for the first Pastors Seminar, 
May 29-June 4. Pastor Bernie Sim- 
mons accepted' a call to the Grace 
Brethren Churiill in Sterling, Ohio, and 
began his new ministry August 20. On 
July 9 John Willett preached at the 
e.vehing' service'. He and Linda joined 
the pastoral staff in September. 
, , "Fall 1972, Mr. Lou Koloze, Super-. 
intdndent^of'Brethren Church Schools, 
Long, B^ach, California, was called to 
' direQl/devfelop Worthington Christian 
Schools. A 7-acre plot across the road* 
frdm ■ the .church had been purchased 
to b.uijd a Christian Day School. Of- 
ficial' ground breaking for the school 
was Sunday, March 18, 1973. 

"A' record 1,443 attended Easter, 
1973. We commissioned a group of be- 
lievers who,. felt the Lord's leading tp 
establish a new Brethren church- The 
Grace Brethren Church of Licking 
County. August 1973 Paul and Linda 
Mutchler left for Grace Seminary. The , 
congregation' called Don Willett as 
youth director. On September 4 
Worthington Christian Schools opened 
with 1 20 students enrolled in pre- , 
schoal through grade 6, meeting in the 
church building. . 

■ "January 1974, Pastor Frank Gard- 
ner accepted a call to becorne pastor 
of the Grace Brethren. Church of Lick- 
ing County. The Worthington Chris- 
tian Schools building was dedicated 
February 24. The speaker" was Dr. Paul 
^Kienel, Executive Director of the Cali- 
•fotnia Association of Christian' 




UJoRTHIt\j&rorvJ GhRlSTlAfU 6CH00Lt) 




Schools. The students and staff moved 
into the new building on March 6 at 
Whichtimc'the enrollment had risen to 
150. 'In May .1974 the congregation 
voted to purchase the Wilson Bridge 
Scho61 building? Worthington Chris- 
tian §chools enrollment had now 
passed 3SQ. In Jul-y Pastor Dick Sellers 
becaipe pastor of -the East Side Grace 
Brethren Churchi 

.'tOn September f5, 1'974, we began 
our second' ■ decade. '' Darylfe Emch. 
joined our 's'ta'ff for a 2-year intern 
program. ".Mr. '^Bill, Hart,, our business 
adminisfrator sipce Jariuary 1971, con- 
cluded. his earthly ministry January 8, 
1975, when 'the Lord suddenly took 
him horne. Pa»s'l.or Ed Scofreld, former- 
ly from Cojurnbus, had gone to -be 
with .the Lord, just a few weeks before 
on December 21- In February 1975 
Dick sai'i "B" Mayhue joined the pas- 
toral "staff.; We began Bible classes in 



Cincinnati, Ohio, trusting/the Lord to' 
establish a sis'ter- congregation in that 
city. . . . ' ' 

"We are trusting God to rhultiply 
men for His Work frofn among us. ' 
Fifteen students from Cblumbus con- 
gregations afe preparing for the minis- 
try in Grace Theological Seminary. 

We share a 'great interest in the 
expanding ministries of the Paul 
Woodruffs, Don Hinks, Dale Forrests, 
•Jim_Elwells; 6_d Jacksons, Ross Mar- 
.tins, Tom Baileys, Tim Earners, Larry 
DeArmeys, Larry Pfahlers, Vance 
Yoders, Bernie Simmons, Dave Sei- 
ferts, Lou Kblozes, John Schumachers, 
and others who- have shared their lives 
to the blessing of this people. May 
God expand our capacity to love by 
increasing the ijtimber of these whose 
hearts have been knit to otirs." # 



May 15, 1975 



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FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE 
EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWS SERVICE 



Austin. (EP)— The Texas House of Representatives has voted 
approval of a bill authorizing silent prayer or meditation 
in the state's public schools. The vote was 1 1 2-24. 
Rep. Abraham Ribak(D-San Antonio) expressed fear that the 
bill would hurt rather than help religion in the classroom. 
"'By passing this bill, you simply give the color of law to 
this and make it more challengeable," he said. 

Washington, D.C. {EP)-The week of Mar. 28 through Apr. .i. 
1976, would be designated "National Sunday School Week" 
•under a joint resolution which has been introduced in the 
House of Representatives by Rep. John B. Anderson (R-llL). 
Such legislation was suggested to the Congressman, a member 
of the Evangelical Free Church, by Clifford R. Raad. 
executive director of the Greater Chicago Sunday School 
Association. 

The movement "for over 200 years," Mr. Raad told Mr. 
Anderson, "has meant a great deal in shaping the destiny of 
this nation. Because of the bicentennial events, we feel it 
is only right that the nation should also be made aware of 
the important role that Sunday School has played" in the 
country's history. 

Changes. The new church secretary for the Grace Brethren 
Church in Albuquerque, N. Mex., is Miss Naomi Garcia, 1 1 5 l.i 
Constitution Ave., N.E., Albuquerque, N. Mex. 871 12 (Tel. 
.'^05-294-8603). Please change your Annual. 

Hagerstown, Md. Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. CoUitt recently 
visited several Brethren mission fields during a 2-week 
trip in March. In addition to visiting several countries on 
the west coast of Africa, the CoUitts spent several days 
in the Central African Republic. They spent one night with 
the Bruce Padens at the Yaloke station, whose support is 
shared by the Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown. Pastor 
CoUitt had the privilege of preaching on Sunday morning at 
the Castor church in Bangui. 
As a result of the enthusiasm of Don Hocking, the 
Hagerstown church has recently invested more than Si 000 to 
help clear a building plot for a new school of theology in 
Bangui. Due to an airline foul-up, the CoUitts were able 
to spend only one night at the Chateau in France, but 
reported a spirit of expectancy among the missionaries 
concerning the Lord's blessing. Pastor CoUitt's reaction 
was one of elation over the developments in these fields 
since a similar visit in 1969. 

National conference information has been mailed to all 
churches. Bulletin inserts containing a mini-program and 
housing reservation form have been printed and mailed by the 
Herald Company. The dates for this year's conference are 
Aug. 1-8, and it will be held at Winona Lake. ind. Put these 
dates on your calendar and plan to attend. 



Ministeriiim plans joint sessions with national men at 
conference. Several changes are planned for this year's 
national ministerium sessions, all of which are designed 
for greater efficiency, inspiration and effectiveness. 
All of the sessions will be held at the Free Methodist 
Church, right at the top of the hill above the Auditorium, 
eliminating the need for scrambling for automobiles. (Saves 
gas, too!) 

The opening sessions will be shared with the laymen. A 
brief, lively song service, special music, a feature three- 
minute testimony, then a featured speaker on inspirational 
themes will be enjoyed. Then the men will adjourn to the 
basement of the church for their business, while the 
ministers remain in the sanctuary. 
President Charles Turner will preside at all sessions, and 
the inspirational speakers include John Gillis, pastor at 
Simi, Calif., on Tuesday, and Dave Burnhani, well-known 
pastor from Akron, Ohio, on Wednesday, Thursday and 
Friday. 

Ministers-Wives Fellowship Breakfast planned again. The 

very successful and delightful ministers-wives breakfast 
instituted last year at national conference will be repeated 
on Sunday morning, Aug. 3, at the Wagon Wheel. Cost will 
be about S2.25 including tax and tip. Pastor Wesley Haller 
will emcee the informal and enjoyable program. 

Salem, Va. Roger Odell has been licensed to the Brethren 
ministry and became pastor of the Wildwood Brethren Church 
early this year. 

Sunnyside, Wash. John Mcintosh, intern assistant at 
Sunnyside, Wash., was licensed to the Brethren ministry at 
Northwest District Conference in February of this year. 

Okeechobee, Fla. Charles Davis, former assistant pastor 
at Brookville, Ohio, has accepted a call to become pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church here. 

Johnson City, Tenn. Praise the Lord for His goodness to 
us! We had a record attendance for the morning worship 
services on both Palm Sunday- 1 1 8 and Easter Sunday- 121! Alsc 
in the GROW 75 class there are 10 new faces. Pray with us as 
wc discipli/.e new believers and as we anticipate our future 
building program. Sherwood Durkee, pastor. 

Sunday School superintendents and secretaries will 
appreciate the new method of order billing which the Herald 
Co. is using beginning with the June quarter. A more 
complete itemization of each order is now possible, with a 
minimum of time, inasmuch as a new NCR 299 machine has been 
installed in the accounting dept. It's another step forward 
at the Herald Co. -"a ministry on the move!" 



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Dallas (EP)— A survey of pastors of Southern Baptist 
churches having fewer than 200 members has found that "the 
average minister is under-insured and needs additional 
protection." 

Baynard F. Fox, vice president of the Southern Baptist 
Convention Annuity Board, reported that the survey also 
found that one pastor in seven reported having no medical 
insurance. 



WeMnq de/h 



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

Linda Adams and Steve Farris, Mar. 22, Norwalk Brethren 
Church, Norwalk Calif. Dr. Nickolas Kurtaneck performed the 
ceremony. 

Ruth Ann Krall and Alan Gonzalez, Apr. 5, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. Pastor Luke Kauffman performed 
the ceremony. 



Winona Lake, Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith reports a great 
crusade meeting at Vandalia, Ohio, Apr. 6-11. There were 38 
public decisions for Christ with an unusual spirit of 
conviction and revival. Everett Caes, pastor. 

Montreal (EP)-Evangelicals are mobilizing forces for the 

1976 Olympic Games to be held in Mofitreal. 

AO Chretienne, the coordinating agency for the Aide 

Olympique program for evangelical outreach at the 

international event, is receiving support from a broad 

spectrum, according to Executive Director Peter Foggin. 

At its inaugural meeting in Sept. 1974, leaders of about 

50 evangelical groups indicated backing. The Feb. meeting in 

Toronto this year revealed even more interest and 

participation. 

Evangelicals see the Olympics as an unprecedented 

opportunity for global and local impact. Six million 

international visitors and 10,000 athletes from 120 countries 

will descend on Montreal for the games slated for July 17 

to Aug. 1 . 

Worldwide broadcasting coverage of the events is expected 

to have an international audience of about one billion. 

AO's approach to the Olympics is heavily influenced by 

the Lausanne Congress philosophy of evangelism. The stress 

is two-pronged- evangelism coupled with responsible Christian 

love. 

As a coordinating body, AO acts in the capacity of a 

service agency to assist groups desiring to minister at the 

Olympics. Evangelical leaders have expressed the hope that 

there be as little duplication as possible, coupled with a 

tangible expression of Christian unity. 

Seven commissions are already at work to further that 

coordination and provide guidance to participating agencies. 

The seven are: literature, athletes, youth, social services, 

crusade and media, discipleship and linguistic and cultural 

cooperation. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

East Pa. May 24; North Atlantic District Conference; Nathan 

Meyer. 

Kittanning, Pa. May 25; Roy E. Kreimcs, pastor; Becker 

Evangelistic Team. 

Lititz, Pa. May 25; Jerry Young, pastor; Nathan Meyer. 

Lancaster, Pa. May 25-30; County-wide Crusade; Nathan Meyer. 

Wright sville. Pa. .lune 1-6; George Wilhelm, pastor; Becker 

Evanaelistic Team. 



Angels and Demons. What does God's Word reveal about 
them? You'll find the answer to this timely question in the 
new Sunday School study guide entitled The World of Unseen 
Spirits. The book has been written by Dr. Bernard Schneider, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, Fla. 
The regular cost of this 160-page paperback book is S2.95, 
but during the June-August quarter, quantity orders for 
churches will be half price. Individual orders are accepted 
at $2.95 per copy, and if you send a check with your order, 
the Herald Co. will pay postage and wrapping costs. Send all 
orders to the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. P.O. Box 544. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Clayton, Ga. (EP)— A Pennsylvania Dutch missionary .,^ai 
Maine is in his fourth year of roaming back roads of America 
in a covered wooden wagon emblazoned with scripture verses. 
To date he and his wife, and their two daughters, have 
rolled through 39 states in their 13,500-mile journey. Before 
the summer ends they plan to visit nine more states. 
Roland Church, 34, still has his original three horses 
with which he began his odyssey to "witness for Christ in 
each state" with the exceptions of Alaska and Hawaii. That 
goal will be achieved in July when he will return to his 
home in Maine. 



/t Memori/ 



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

DALE, Edward Ellsworth, Dec. 1 2, 1974. He was a lifelong 
member of the Lakewood Grace Brethren Church, Lakewood, 
Calif., of which he was the moderator at the time of his 
homegoing. 

SCHMELZLEN, Walter Christian. 79, Jan. 1 1. He was a 

faithful worker and member of the First Brethren Church in 

Altoona, Pa. Marvin Meeker, pastor. 

SURFACE, Mamie, 80, Mar. 6. She was a member of the First 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, 

pastor. 

VOSE, Richard L. Mar. 27. Mr. Vose was a faithful 
member of the Grace Brethren Church at Waterloo, Iowa. At 
the time of his death, he was a member of the trustee and 
official boards. The memorial service was conducted by 
Pastor John M. Aeby and Pastor John P. Burke Mar. 31,1975. 



May 15, 1975 




WOLLefiALL MAiATHiM 




(photos by John Burtoft and Terry White) 



A total of $2,024.02 was raised to 
buy a pump and other equipment for 
the Grace Brethren Chapel at Dryhill, 
Kentucky, in a recent 74-hour nonstop 
volleyball marathon sponsored by two 
Indiana Brethren churches. 

The marathon began on Sunday, 
arch 23, and ended at 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, March 26, before a crowd 
of more than TOO cheering spectators 



in the Grace College gym. The final 
score was Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, 3,900; Warsaw Community 
Grace Brethren Church, 3,731. The 
goal for the marathon was S300. 

In all, some 80 teenagers from the 
sponsoring and nearby churches par- 
ticipated, Valerie Byers raised the 
most support ($246.57) and Lon 
Owen played the most hours (45). 
Paul Thompson, volleyball marathon 
coordinator, was awarded the game 
ball on behalf of the winning team. 

Adult youth leaders in charge of 
the event were Mr. and Mrs. Kevin 
Huggins of the Winona Lake church 
and Greg Ryerson of the Warsaw 
church. Pastors of the sponsoring 
churches are Rev. Charles Ashman and 
Rev. David Miller. The game was con- 
tinuous throughout the 74 hours, and 
there were never fewer than four play- 
ers on each side. Parents and church 
members kept the participants forti- 
fied with food throughout the mara- 
thon. » 



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The President Meets The President 



On March 17, St. Patrick's Day, a 
special Academic Convocation honor- 
ing the president of the United States 
was held at the University of Notre 
Dame located in South Bend, Indiana. 
On this occasion the degree. Doctor of 
Laws, honoris causa, was conferred 
upon President Gerald R. Ford by the 
president of the University of Notre 
Dame, Father Theodore M. Hesburgli, 
C.S.CS.T.D. 

To enhance the occasion and pin- 
point the importance of higher edu- 
cation, especially the private sector. 
Father Hesburgh issued a cordial in- 
vitation to all college and university 
presidents and their wives in the state 
of Indiana to join in this special convo- 
cation. In addition to the convocation 
a luncheon was planned with the presi- 
dent of the United States immediately 
following the academic exercises, after 
which there was opportunity to meet 
the president informally for an ex- 
change of ideas on education. 

It waPthe privilege of the president 
of Grace Schools and his wife to be 
introduced personally to President 
Ford by Dr. Theodore Hesburgh, and 
we had an opportunity to greet him 
and shake his hand. 

The convocation convened at 1 1 :00 
a.m. when the president arrived with 
more than 200 others who are always 
included in the presidential party. It 
was held in the Athletic and Convoca- 
tion Center, a recent construction on 
the university campus, holding about 
11,500 people. More than 16,000 
gathered for this memorable occasion, 
and more than 5,000 had to be turned 
away. Included in this gathering were 
local residents, students of the univer- 
sity and surrounding high schools, 
faculty and trustees of the university, 
the presidents and wives of the col- 
leges and universities of the state of 
Indiana, and official dignitaries of the 
local, state and federal government. 

Clustered about the one appearance 
there was the procession from the air- 
port through the city of South Bend, 
the meeting of thousands of people at 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 



the Plaza in South Bend, the press con- 
ference at the noon hour, the closed 
session with governors of all nearby 
states, together with other significant 
meetings sandwiched into the event 
that lasted way into the night. 

For days in advance of this occa- 
sion the grounds and buildings of the 
university were serviced by Secret Ser- 
vice personnel. Antennas had been 
stationed on the roof of the tallest 
building to handle radio and telephone 
communications. A telephone was im- 
mediately available to the president of 
the United States wherever he was so 
that in the event of a national emer- 
gency he could command the forces of 
government for the protection of the 
nation. 

Nothing is overlooked in an effort 
to protect the president from insur- 
gents among the populace of the 
nation. During each appearance it was 
evident that Secret Service men were 
stationed in strategic positions to 
guard President Ford. It was their busi- 
ness to keep vigilance over the crowd. 
As is well known to the people of the 
United States, every assassination at- 
tempt upon the life of presidents has 
been in connection with crowds at 
some nationally publicized event. In 
1960 when a degree was conferred 
upon Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 
Secret Service wanted a whole row of 
trees on the campus of the University 
of Notre Dame cut down. The admin- 
istration of the university did not ac- 
cede to this demand, so other precau- 
tions were taken to accomplish the 
surveillance necessary. 

Complete precaution was taken for 
the safe arrival of President Ford at 
the airport, the procession through the 
city of South Bend, the arrival at the 
university, the program at the convo- 
cation, the movement from one meet- 



ing to another, as well as the final fare- 
well and the flight back to Washing- 
ton. 

Every facet and medium of publici- 
ty was also commandeered for this oc- 
casion. The press was present in abun- 
dance—local, state and national. The 
telephone system was even pressed 
into service. The radio communica- 
tions facilities were involved, and the 
television cameras were operating from 
every angle. 

It was President Ford and his im- 
mediate party that occupied the cen- 
tral stage of this event. People wanted 
to see him, to catch his smile of recog- 
nition, and to watch the friendly wave 
of his hand. But people wanted very 
much to hear his voice, to reflect on 
the substance of his message, to evalu- 
ate for good or ill the direction m 
which he was leading the nation. 

He did deliver a major speech, it 
centered on the foreign policy of the 
nation. It was his conviction that the 
United States cannot live in isolation 
from the rest of the world, and that 
financial aid for military purposes to 
such nations as Cambodia is essential 
to the future welfare of our own coun- 
try. 

I could not help but think of that 
day when the King of kings and Lord 
of lords will make His appearance a 
second time into the world. Worldwide 
publicity will be given this event. The 
liglit of His arrival will stream from 
one end of heaven to the other. And 
every eye shall see Him. To add digni- 
ty to the occasion. He will be accom- 
panied by a royal escort of creatures 
from His own creative hand, but He 
will not need them for protection. 
With the spirit of His mouth He shall 
consume His enemies, and with the 
brilliance of His presence He will ren- 
der all of them inoperative. His foreign 
policy will extend to all the nations of 
the earth, for all the tribes of the earth 
will mourn because of Him, and at last 
isolationism of any kind will be over. 
Then shall the Lord be King over all 
the earth. Even so, come. Lord Jesus. 



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The 

Role and Qualifications 

of a Pastor 



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For the past 7 ',2 years. I have been 
engaged in one of the most exciting 
ministries I can imagine; that of open- 
ing up God's Word in churches. Much 
of that time has been occupied in in- 
terim pastorates. While preaching on 
Sundays the last 4 years, I have also 
been teaching at Grace College. The 
role of a professor and that of a pastor 
are similar in some areas, yet are dif- 
ferent in others. Without wishing to 
sound like an expert in delineating 
either the role of a pastor or of a pro- 
fessor. I would, nevertheless, like to 
draw some thoughts together under 
the title "the role and qualifications of 
a pastor." 

The first prerequisite lor a pastor is 
that he be a man of God. The pastor 
must be one who is in love with Jesus 
Christ and who is demonstrating that 
love in all areas of his life. It is not 
enough to know the Word, to be pro- 
ficient in Greek and Hebrew, and to be 
a good pulpit speaker. The evangelical 
community is filled with men who 
have those qualities, but lack that 
genuine love for the Lord that exhibits 
itself in a desire to study the Word for 
their own edification and profit. They 
are so busy studying the Word to cor- 
rect their brothers in the Lord, they 
fail to take time to commune with the 
Lord concerning their own life. 

We are. in many cases, the modern 
day church at Ephesus as mentioned in 
Revelation 2. We are like the man who 
wore his wedding ring every day, lived 



with his wife, interacted in communi- 
cation with her, but never had what 
Charles Cooley would describe as a 
"primary relationship" with her. To 
illustrate, this morning did you have 
any real communication with the Lord 
and were you truly intimate with 
Him? 

The second prerequisite for a pastor 
is to demonstrate that love for the 
Lord in all areas of liis life. Let us be- 
gin in the home. The husband is called 
upon by Paul to love his wife even as 
Christ also loved the Church. Christ 
loved His Church by dying for it. plan- 
ning for it, leading it, and by nourish- 
ing and cherishing that Church regard- 
less of its response. Christ souglit ways 
to bring a response that would be 
honoring to Him and satisfying to the 
Church, in like manner we are called 
upon to love our wives. I believe that 
the most important and influential 
person we minister to in our congrega- 
tion is our wife. 

God has called us into a life with 
that person, a life not just in being a 
good husband to her, but in being a 
living demonstration to her and all 
others of the love that Christ has for 
His Church. Before we open our Bibles 
to preach a sermon we must look at 
our relationship with our wives and see 
in living color the type of sermon we 
have been delivering to her and all 
others who have viewed that marriage. 

It is sad to see some rock-solid 
evangelicals who border on heresy in 



the show of what Christ's love is like 
in their marriage relationships. To il- 
lustrate, when was the last time you 
stopped and tried to understand what 
it must be like to work 40 hours a 
week, to cook all the meals, to do the 
normal housework, to be terribly lone- 
ly, and to type all your husband's 
papers only to get jumped on for mak- 
ing a typographical error? Are you 
known as the husband of encoiuage- 
ment, or the man who always discour- 
ages his wife? If one's relationship 
with his wife is not a Christ-honoring 
one, he should either get it corrected 
or forget about the pastorate. 

A third prerequisite for the minis- 
try is a genuine love for people. It is 
never enough to be a good pulpit man; 
the pastor must be a good "people- 
man." Two hours, at the maximum, is 
spent in the pulpit in three services 
with the rest of the time being spent in 
face-to-face interaction. Whether one 
likes people is not the question-he 
nuist love people and seek ways to 
demonstrate that love. In reading the 
epistles of Paul one is immediately im- 
pressed with the love that he had for 
the brethren. Certainly all the brethren 
were not as pleasant and nice to be 
around as you and I are, but still he 
loved them! 

In the typical church you will have 
Serious Sam, Cantankerous Cathy, 
Moody Mary, Depressed Dorothy, 
Lazy Louie, Hypocritical Harry, and 
Dedicated Dan. Stratify your church 



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along social class lines and you will 
have Poor Peter. Wealthy Willy, and 
Average Arny. 

Frankly speaking, some of these 
people will be terribly unattractive 
either from a physical, spiritual, or 
psychological viewpoint, or all three. 
Yet. the pastor's orders are to love, ex- 
hort, and encourage them all. Nothing 
can wreck a good pulpit ministry 
sooner than a man who does not love 
his people or who shows favoritism in 
his love. What are some signs of a man 
who does not love his flock? One sign 
is an aloofness from the congregation 
where a man thinks nothing about the 
needs of a congregation and simply 
says he is going to preach through a 
particular book. "If Ephesians was 
good for the former pastorate, it is 
good for these folks." 

That type of approach is not fol- 
lowing the example of our Lord who. 
while preaching the same essential 
message, approached Nicodemus dif- 
ferently than he did the woman at the 
well. People want to see how they can 
apply the truth to their particular situ- 
ation. When the pastor simply recites 
seminary notes, they conclude he isn't 
interested in them, but is simply going 
through the motions. 

Another sign of a man who doesn't 
love his flock is one who is too oc- 
cupied in his pulpit ministry to work 
in the church. The pastor is not just 
called to preach, but he is called to 
minister and to be a servant, including 



calling on people, finding out what 
their needs are. and then showing 
them how the Word of God can meet 
their needs. One of my great thrills has 
been in homes where, after sitting on 
the floor playing with the small kids or 
after shooting baskets in the backyard 
with teenagers, I've had parents unload 
their problems and then I have had the 
privilege of opening the Word of God 
to show them answers. 

Some feel that if the pastor does a 
lot of work the people either will not 
grow spiritually or will become too de- 
pendent upon the pastor for their 
spiritual growth. These usually are de- 
fense mechanisms set forth by the one 
who is either too afraid or too lazy to 
work. What the evangelical church 
needs today is more "worker" pastors 
and fewer "welfare" pastors. 

Speaking of welfare, one great 
tragedy today is that apparently some 
men feel the Bible says, "My congre- 
gation shall supply all my needs." 
While serving as an interim pastor in 
Lima, Ohio. 2 years ago. I tried to 
enlist seminary students to share the 
preaching responsibilities. The number 
one question of those replying was 
"What is the pay?" Can we ask people 
to have faith in the Lord for some- 
thing so great as salvation when we 
don't even have the faith to believe 
that He will supply our daily needs? 
The Bible doesn't say "seek first the 
money of men and all the blessings of 
God shall be added unto you." 



For example, several years ago 
there was a Grace student who 
boarded a train on Fridays in Winona 
Lake, hidiana. and went to Pittsburgh. 
Pennsylvania, for a student pastorate 
each weekend. Where are the pastors 
who find themselves totally dependent 
upon God because they don't even 
have a cent to buy food for their 
baby? In one particular case God 
caused a letter with a check to arrive 
from a man who didn't even know this 
individual. 

We are to be in the world but not 
of the world. Yet many times we are 
of the world because we are so 
wrapped up with materialism that we 
forget our Lord owns the cattle on a 
thousand hills. The servant is definite- 
ly worthy of his hire, and churches 
should properly care for a pastor's 
financial needs. However, the pastor 
must first seek the mind of Christ in 
relation to his calling to a church. If so 
led. he should accept. Then, and only 
then, should he talk about salary if he 
is truly a Hebrews 1 1 type man of 
God. 

The pastorate can be a great and 
exciting life. If one really loves the 
Lord, can demonstrate that love in all 
areas of his life, and has a genuine love 
for people, then the Lord can mightily 
use him. May God challenge each of us 
to examine all areas of our lives for 
those qualities needed for an effective 
ministry. # 



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By Kenneth Taylor 

Asst. Prof, of American 

History and Sociology 

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Ka^ds 





By David Atkins 

Grace College Senior 



In these days of economic recession 
and energy shortages, one Grace Col- 
lege senior and his younger brother 
have come up with an inexpensive, 
though strenuous, way to cross the 
United States. On June 15, 1975, 
Steve and Ronnie Rand will be leaving 
their home in Simi Valley, California, 
to embark on a 3,500-mile bicycle trip 
that will take them through 12 states, 
finally ending up in New York. "We 
figure it'll take around two months, 
but we're not in any hurry," says 
Steve. 

Both Steve, 22, and Ronnie, 18, are 
graduating this spring; Steve from 
Grace College and Ronnie from Simi 
Valley High School. They are from the 
Simi Community Brethren Church, 
Rev. John Gillis, pastor. 

The trip has been in the making for 
several years. 'T got my first 10-speed 
bike in 9th grade and ever since then 
I've been wanting to take a trip like 
this. My brother got the same idea 
after he got his first 10-speed, and we 
just started talking about it. Finally, 
about two years ago, we decided to do 
it. I was home over Christmas and we 
finalized most of the plans then," ac- 
cording to the older Rand. 

Both Steve and Ronnie will be rid- 
ing Raleigh Recorder 10-speed touring 
bikes. Special optional equipment has 
been added in order to improve han- 
dling and speed. Special sprockets for 
mountain climbing and derailers will 
help considerably, according to Steve. 



in order to cut down excess weight, 
only the most essential items will be 
taken. The cyclists hope to stay under 
30 pounds of gear. This will include a 
sleeping bag, 3 changes of clothes, a 
tent, food, water, tools, and spare bi- 
cycle parts. 

The Rands are currently busy 
making preparations for the trip. "I'm 
on a weight-lifting program right now 
and so is my brother," says Steve. 
"I'm also going to take 30- and 40- 
niile bike rides on the weekends to 
try to get in shape. 1 will take a 
couple of 100-mile rides later when the 
weather gets nice. Really, it's almost 
impossible to get in shape for some- 
thing like this we'll just have to get in 
shape on the trip." As the trip pro- 
gresses, they will try to cover more 
and more distance each day. 

According to Steve, the trip will be 
very inexpensive. "On the trip itself, 
we don't figure to spend more than 
S300. That is if we can get free places 
to stay. We're hoping that churches 
along the way will let us stay over- 
night." 

The boys' parents were a bit skep- 
tical when told of the trip. "I don't 
think they think we are going to do 
it," Steve remarks. "My mom is very 
skeptical about it. That's just the way 
moms are. My dad is really for it, 
though," he said. 

What is the motive of the trip? "My 
brother and I are very close. We just 
feel that this will be a good opportuni- 
ty to deepen our relationship with 
each other and to grow in the Lord 
together. We hope to do some witness- 
ing along the way, and we may get 
into a few church services to present 
our testimonies. As we pinpoint our 
route, we're contacting churches and 
friends in surrounding areas and asking 
about possible lodging. We hope to put 
on a program at churches where we 
stay." Steve claims he is not much of a 
musician, but Ronnie can play a num- 
ber or two and sing. They plan to 
share testimonies and tell about the 
trip's experiences and how the Lord is 
working on the trip. 



The Rands have also contacted such 
organizations as the American Youth 
Hostels, Wandering Wheels, Men in 
Motion, American Wheelmen and the 
Bicycling Institute of America. They 
have received much helpful informa- 
tion through these contacts. 

Steve doesn't admit to any great 
danger involved in the trip. "This is 
my parents' fear. They are afraid that 
something might happen to us on the 
road. I'm not really scared. To me, if 
it's going to happen, it's going to hap- 
pen, but I'm going to think positive- 
ly," he says confidently. "There is al- 
ways an element of risk involved when 
you attempt something like this." 

After the trip is completed, Steve 
plans to continue his education by 
working on his master's degree in 
physical education. Ronnie hopes to 
become a member of the California 
State Highway Patrol. 

Both Steve and Ronnie are small 
but athletic. At the conclusion of the 
trip the strength and endurance of 
their bodies will be greatly increased. 
They both have a realistic view of the 
trip. "I think it's going to be a lot of 
work. I'm not so romantic to believe 
that it's going to be all fun. There will 
probably be days when we are sick of 
it, but I really don't know how I'll re- 
act until we get started." Steve says. 

The twosome is interested in having 
people accompany them on the trip. 
"We're looking for people, but we're 
going to be selective. We don't want to 
take anyone along who will slow us 
down. We would like to average be- 
tween 15-20 miles per hour once we 
get going. We'd probably take up to 10 
guys if the interest was there," Steve 
says. Anyone interested in accompany- 
ing them can write to Steve Rand, Box 
880, Grace College, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590, before May 23. 

The fellows are in no hurry to cover 
the United States in any set time. "We 
want to go on our own, and take our 
time, and see what we want to see 
without having to rush it," says Steve. 

Whatever the outcome, it is a daring 
venture. They will have their work cut 
out for them. Steve sums it up by say- 
ing, "We figure we are young now and 
who knows what responsibilities we 
are going to have later in life. We 
thought it would be a neat thing to do. 
We just want to see the country and to 
enjoy the outdoors for a summer." # 



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Ed Miller 

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By Gary Lopez 

Grace College Freshman 

The "best big man ever" is 
how Grace College head basket- 
ball Coach Chet Kammerer de- 
scribes Ed Miller, 6-6 center for 
the Lancers. Miller's cage career 
climaxed recently as he was 
named to the National Christian 
College Athletic Association 
(NCCAA) All-America team. 

"Big Ed," as his teammates 
call him, is a graduating senior 
this semester ending a colorful 
career with the Lancers. Ed has 
led the "Fighting Red" during 
the last 3 seasons as the leading 
field goal shooter, rebounder, 
and scorer. 

Miller is the son of Eddie and 
Eileen Miller, Brethren mission- 
aries to Brazil, where he was 
raised. According to Ed, it was 
during his parents' furlough in 
California that he became inter- 
ested in basketball as a young- 
ster. 

"Teammates looked to Ed for 
leadership in crucial situations on 
the court. He accepted a chal- 
lenge very well— the tougher the 
competition, the better he per- 
formed," Coach Kammerer said 
after the high honor was voted 
by the coaches during the nation- 
al NCCAA tourney in Chattanoo- 
ga, Tennessee. "Last year he 
made the second team but gained 









a much-deserved place on the 
first All-America team this year." 

Earlier this year, Miller was 
named to the first team of the 
Mid-Central Conference and by a 
unanimous vote of the MCC 
coaches he was named the Most 
Valuable Player. He was also 
named to the AII-MCC first team 
during his sophomore and junior 
years, as well as being selected to 
the All-District NCCAA team the 
past 3 years. 

Other honors have included 
Most Valuable Player at the 
Clearwater (Florida) invitational 
in 1973, at the Fighting Scots 
Classic, Gordon College in Massa- 
chusetts in 1974, and this year 
he was named to the All-Tourna- 
ment Team in the New Year's 
classic at the Point Loma tour- 
ney in California. During the last 
2 years Ed has been a member of 
the NAIA All-District 21 squad. 

Miller recently surpassed the 
all-time Grace rebound record of 
1,178 set by his cousin, Dave 
Goodman, a 1968 graduate. Ed's 
1971-75 career rebound total of 
1,350 will be a hard one to beat. 

Ed is a graduate of Warsaw 
Community High School in War- 
saw, Indiana, where he learned 
the fundamentals of roundball. 
He is a Bible and Psychology 
major at Grace. He and his wife, 
Susan, reside in Winona Lake. # 



May 15, 1975 



19 



Myths That Can Handicap 

Your 
College 



The young person's choice of a col- 
lege is one of the most important and 
far-reaching decisions of his life. Over 
some 16 years of teaching experience. 
as well as 9 years as registrar and direc- 
tor of admissions, I have accumulated 
some observations and ideas about 
misconceptions that can hurt the 
young person's college choice. The fol- 
lowing article on myths combines my 
own e.xperience with that of Loren 
Pope, director of the College Place- 
ment Bureau in Washington, D.C. 



1. 



The college catalog will inform you 
whether or not this school is for you. 

With some notable exceptions, col- 
lege catalogs are all saying about the 
same thing. Non-Christian and Chris- 
tian schools both are indicating that 
they are doing the best job possible. 
The catalog is their chief sales pitch. 
Often, the catalog is an attempt to be 
all things to all men. 

There has always been an intense 
competition for students, and with the 
decline in the number of students 
graduating from high school reaching a 
low point in the late 1980s, this com- 
petition is going to become even 
worse. 

Often, the entire catalog is written 
by an outsider who is only vaguely 
familiar with the college. There are 
many professional firms now in exis- 
tence who do this, coming out with 
slick presentations which often are not 
accurate. 

For example, one Christian college 
stated that 25 percent of its faculty 
had earned doctorates. Upon checking, 
it was discovered that there were four 
full-time faculty members, and one of 
them had a doctorate. The statement 
was correct, but it was misleading. 

Harry Gideon se, president of 
Brooklyn College, stated 30 years ago, 



Choice 



By Ron Henry 

Director of Admissions 
Grace College 



"If the Federal Trade Commission ever 
started prosecuting colleges for false 
and misleading advertising, a lot of col- 
lege presidents would be in trouble." 
My advice is to visit the campus and 
talk to the students and to the staff. 
You will get a real feeling of what the 
school is all about. 



2. 



Make your college choice early in your 
senior year and have all applications in 
by Christmas. 

In the academic community only 
about 70 colleges out of almost 3,000 
have winter application deadlines. This 
involves about 70,000 out of the total 




1,750,000 freshmen applications. The 
fact is, never once in the history of the 
United States have all colleges been 
full. Currently many colleges are down 
in their enrollment with some of them 
closing their dormitories and being 
forced to release their staff. It is pro- 
jected by 1990 that college enrollment 
will be one half what it is now. It is 
further projected that of the 850 pri- 
vate colleges in the U.S. today, one 
third to one half of them will fail by 
1990, due to lack of students. You do 
not have to get your application in be- 
fore Christmas, but do not wait until 
the last minute. This is especially true 
if you are desirous of financial aid. 



3. 



A big university offers a broader, rich- 
er, undergraduate experience with 
better teaching, a wider selection of 
courses, and a more diverse student 
body. 

The university today is primarily in- 
terested in research, publishing, and 
graduate teaching. Some of the best 
universities delegate 70 percent of 
freshmen and sophomore instruction 
to graduate assistants. At best, this is 
very uneven in quality with virtually 
no student-faculty interaction. 

The richness of the college experi- 
ence is not determined by the thick- 
ness of the catalog or the course list- 
ings. "The quality of the experience 
depends more on the human and intel- 
lectual caliber of the college communi- 
ty-both student and faculty and on 
the desire, the drive, and particular 
needs of the person entering it." You 
must know what you want and then 
seek the school that best fits the de- 
sire. 

Far more important than numbers 
are the kinds of people. Furthermore, 
it is often easy to know the whole 
community of a small college, while 



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having only a small circle of friends 
and acquaintances at a big university. 



4. 



The name of the college on your diplo- 
ma will determine whether you will 
get into a graduate school or do some- 
thing worthwhile in life. 

You cannot get into any medical 
school with a "C" average from Yale. 
You can with an "A" average and 
good medical college aptitude test 
scores from virtually any little-known, 
small college in the nation. Being a 
graduate of Harvard may get you your 
first job, but 5 years out of college, 
how you prosper or achieve will de- 
pend on your own initiative and abili- 
ties. 

Earl Nightingale told of a recent 
study taken by the American Tele- 
phone and Telegraph Company. They 
were trying to find the answer to the 
question, "To what extent does suc- 
cess in college predict success in the 
company?" The figures showed that 
the single, most reliable indicator of a 
college graduate's success in the com- 
pany was his work in his graduating 
class. Their figures did not say that 
they should look for men only in the 
above average schools. On the con- 
trary, the man and what he has done 
are much more important than where 
he did it. It is not the school the man 
went to; it is what he accomplished in 
school that makes a difference. 



5. 



What one or more of your friends say 
about a college is an excellent indi- 
cator that that college is for you. 

This is one of the greatest recruiting 
tools for Grace College and is one that 
high school seniors most frequently 
use. This may not, however, be a valid 
reason for attending the school unless 
you and your friends are alike in inter- 
ests, abilities, value systems, and per- 
sonalities. "Choosing a college because 
one's high school girlfriend or boy- 
friend is going there runs a statistical 
danger -most college students choose 
both their major and their love interest 
at least twice." 



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6. 



A college you have heard about is bet- 
ter, or at least safer, than one you have 
not. 

This is one of the worst traps of all. 
A conscientious parent wanting the 
best college experience for his son or 
daughter has probably heard of the 
following schools: Ivy League (Har- 
vard, Yale, Princeton), the Big Ten or 
some other conference depending on 
the section of the coimtry they are 
from, and local area schools. In addi- 
tion, the student probably has also 
heard of the ones his friends plan to 
attend or are currently attending. But 
"known" schools may be unrealistic or 
unfortunate choices for the student. 
There are no ratings or rankings of un- 
dergraduate schools. It is not necessari- 
ly good if called Christian and it is not 
necessarily Christian. First-rate 
schools, whether they are Christian or 
non-Christian, do not normally hit the 
newspapers because of the educational 
impact. Too many pick a college be- 
cause the name of the school is famil- 
iar, thanks to the sports page. An ex- 
ample of this is Jacksonville University 
in Florida. As soon as its basketball 
team became well known nationally, 
applications to the institution soared. 
However, the school itself was no dif- 
ferent or better than before. Now it 
was just more attractive. 



7 



There are millions of dollars in unused 
scholarships going begging every year. 

This cruel lie benefits the sellers of 
books on how to find a scholarship, 
but no one else. Practically all scholar- 
ship money is given througli the col- 
lege, and in most instances there is 
very little in the first place. 

Financial aid is customarily given in 
a package; part of it a grant, part of it 
a loan, and part of it work. Much of 
this aid is from the federal government 
and is drying up due to a great deal of 
abuse. 

E.xcept for the buying of athletes, 
good colleges use need as a criterion 
for aid. And almost always there are 
some students with needs that the col- 
lege no longer has funds to assist. 



8. 



Your choice of a college major is very 
important to you, and you should 
choose your college on the basis of the 
quality of its department in that field. 

The choice of one's major usually 
should be resisted or avoided until the 
end of the sophomore year. Why? Be- 
cause a student needs more exposure 
to ideas and education before he gets 
into his vocational training. For exam- 
ple, engineering demands the earliest 
full commitment, and yet it has the 
highest attrition rate of any field. Only 
about 30 percent of the young people 
who start finish that program. 

In addition, most college freshmen 
know very little about themselves, the 
world, or the growing variety of 
choices open to them. It has been my 
experience that many college students 
change majors once or twice. Many 
adults today work in occupations that 
are not closely connected with their 
college major. For example, I prepared 
to be a history teacher and am now in 
admissions and records work. 

The college major will not make 
you competent in any field. The most 
it will do is help you get your first job 
in some area. Then, you move from 
there and often will move into a differ- 
ent field as time goes on. 



May 15, 1975 



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9. 



It is hard to get into college. 

This was never true. Anyone who 
graduates from high school can get 
into any one of a number of 4-year 
colleges. In addition, there are 2- 
year community colleges that have 
open-door admission policies. This 
means they will allow anyone who has 
a diploma or the equivalent to enter. 



10. 



Tests scores are the most important 
thing. Good ones will get you into a 
good school, and poor ones will keep 
you out. 

For good admissions directors, test 
scores rank third in importance -after 
grades and class rank. The best indi- 
cation of how a person will do in col- 
lege is how they did in high school. Of 
course, there are exceptions to this 
reasoning. A student might not have 
been motivated to study in high 
school, but since has seen the value of 
education. Also one's relationship with 
the Lord is often a determining factor 
in his study habits. 

Generally, persons with good grades 
and poor scores will have many 
choices for admission to good aca- 
demic schools. However, the reverse is 
not true, because that individual is an 
academic risk. 





11. 



If you are in the top 10 percent of 
your class, in a good, big high school, 
and have good test scores, you belong 
in an Ivy League or Little Ivy school. 

Only 3 percent of the top 10 per- 
cent with good test scores get into 
these schools. The top 10 percent 
figures out to be 175,000, and of this 
group, 26,000 are valedictorians. The 
8 Ivy League schools take about 5,700 
freshmen annually. The three Little 
Ivys take about 1,000. If you lump to- 
gether the 30 or 40 most selective col- 
leges in the country, their freshmen 
classes would total between 20,000 
and 30,000. This leaves upward of 
150,000 of the top 10 percent of the 
students of the nation that cannot get 
into these Ivy or Little Ivy schools. 



Furthermore, it should be noted 
that all those accepted by the most 
selective colleges will not be in the 
upper 10 percent of their class. A few 
years ago one of the western universi- 
ties could have had an entire freshmen 
class made up of valedictorians. How- 
ever, they chose to look more closely 
at the accomplishments of the student, 
as well as the rank. In other words, the 
activities and athletics are considered 
along with the academics. Far more 
important than the glamour of the 
school's name is the motivation of the 
student. He must discover whether a 
particular school fits his need. 

Myths are to read about, but not to 
live by. Investigate, visit, pray, and use 
your common sense. Finally, demand 
to know from the schools you are con- 
sidering the answer to any question 
that is important to you. A good col- 
lege will honor your right to know. 



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Dear Editor 

n I have received a copy of the 
March 15 issue of the Herald, pic- 
turing the drama department of 
Grace Schools. I don't think L. S. 
Bauman, Alva J. McClain, Charles 
Ashman, Sr., or going back to Alex- 
ander Mack and the founders of our 
church, would have approved this 
Herald cover— although it was beau- 
tiful. I, too, thought it not appro- 
priate. 

We have told you we enjoy the 
Herald and also the study books 
you have been led to publish. 

May the Lord continue to bless 
you, and the staff in your impor- 
tant work for the Lord and our be- 
loved dnurdn— Pennsylvania 

D . . . a word of thanks for a quali- 
ty article. I appreciate the force of 
Jim Engel's article on communica- 
tion ("World Evangelization: A 
Myth, A Dream, Or A Reality?" 
April 15, 1975). It was a credit to 
the Herald that Grace Schools de- 
cided to reprint it in that issue! 

I'm sure the armchair critics and 
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may chew up the clock discussing 
his chart ... (Is decision to act, re- 
pentance and faith in Christ prior 
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pitage"!— //7cy/a/7a 

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"World Evangelization" written by 
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the April issue, I would think it 
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bage!" 

The plan of salvation and the 
gospel message are plain, simple 
truths. In the light of Christ's teach- 
ing His apostles. He used simple ex- 
amples and a language they could 
understand. 

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never have understood this article 
and neither did I. 

I praise the Lord and thank Him 
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By Larry DeArmey 



Oh la, la, I might just as well face 
it: I'm not going to get any rest to- 
night. The young people are finally all 
in bed now, but I couldn't sleep if 1 
wanted to. Listen. Alain and Jean- 
Claude are just getting wound up and 
they'jl be sawing logs all niglit long. I 
pity the poor guys who are sleeping 
(or should I say, trying to sleep) in the 
same dormitory with them. 

And Brigitte and Martine. Why 
won't they settle down. Giggle, giggle, 
giggle. I sure wish Larry would crack 
down a little more and get these kids 
quiet at a decent hour. 

Oh well, this only happens one 
weekend a month and I have to admit 
that I really wouldn't want it to be 
any other way. Things used to be 
pretty dull around here. I really feel 
like I am "me" now. What good is a 
castle without voices, laugliter, music. 
Without those things, I'd be just an- 
other interesting "place" for curious 
tourists to come and see. 

When the Juliens decided to "con- 
vert" me into a center where lots of 
people could come, especially young 
people, I was not at all happy, to say 
the least. But, you know, this "new 
life" that I've found— being used as 
God's tool reaching French people 
with the Gospel-is really something 
else. And being 500 years old, 1 didn't 
think that I could take dozens of teen- 
agers tramping all over me. But now, I 
can hardly wait for the first weekend 
of every month to roll around. Today, 
for example. I knew that it must be 
Saturday again and that something big 
was in the air. The missionaries were 



all running around, cleaning me up. 
carrying in groceries, building fires. 
Did I feel good! And then I heard it. 
Charles Roda would be my special 
guest this weekend. Magnifique! Or, as 
those American kids used to say last 
summer, "Fantastic!" Can he ever 
sing. When Charles puts on a weekend, 
things happen. He's got something to 
say. 

I thought this evening would never 
come. It takes these people forever to 
get down to business. Instead of going 



(Drawings by Terry Julien) 



Straight to the meeting room and let- 
ting Charles get on with the show, 
they have to go to the library to regis- 
ter, then a picnic in the park, and then 
game time in what used to be my wine 
cellar. I've got to admit that I much 
prefer the spirit of fun there in the 
cellar to the "spirits" they used to 
keep there; but, on with the show! 

Finally, everybody gathered to- 
gether in my "grande salle." I'm sure 
that if they would have squeezed one 
more person in there, my termite- 




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riddled beams would not have held up 
my floor. But when the guitars start 
strumming, voices singing, hands 
clapping -boy, that brings joy back 
into these old stones. And it's all over 
too soon. 

Tonight something special hap- 
pened again. Most of the kids were off 
getting ready for bed, and a few had 
left me for a midnight stroll through 
the village. Claudie and Thierry sat 
down by my fireplace and began to 
talk to Francois. They told him about 
the new life that they had discovered 



in Jesus Christ. Well, before it was all 
over, Francois bowed his head and was 
"born again." Every time that hap- 
pens, which has been hundreds of 
times in the last 10 years, I feel a little 
more life flow into me. I'm not the 
most handsome chateau in France, but 
you would have to look far and wide 
to find another one as alive as I am. 

Well, tomorrow is another big day: 
worship in the morning, another con- 
cert by Charles in the afternoon. May- 
be I'll try to get an hour of shut-eye. 
All is quiet. I'll just close my shutters 





and . . . zzz. 

Ho, what's that? Who's walking 
around on my tower? Oh no. It's 
Christian setting up his telescope to 
study the stars. He should be in bed. 
I'll never get to sleep now. Well, tomor- 
row night I'll be alone again. I might 
as well have a good time while I can.# 



A decision made by the Foreign 
Board in their most recent meeting was 
to move the three retired missionary 
ladies who had been residing in apart- 
ments at Philathea House, Winona 
Lake (IVliss Florence Bickel, IVIiss Eliza- 
beth Tyson, and Mrs. IVIinnie Ken- 
nedy), to the Grace Village retirement 
complex east of Winona Lake. iVlay 1 
was the tentative date for their mov- 
ing. Henceforth, Philathea House will 
be kept for furlough missionary use, or 
perhaps for other missionaries who 
will be retiring in the future. 

Built largely with funds supplied by 
the national WMC, Philathea House 
was first occupied in 1961 when Mrs. 
Rose Foster, Miss Grace Byron, Miss 



Florence Bickel, and Miss Elizabeth 
Tyson moved into the four apart- 
ments. Miss Tyson and Miss Bickel had 
continued to occupy their apartments 
until moving to Grace Village. Mrs. 
Minnie Kennedy moved into the apart- 
ment formerly occupied by Mrs. Fos- 
ter when Mrs. Foster felt no longer 
able to keep house for herself. 

Advancing age has made it less de- 
sirable for these retired missionaries to 
be "on their own," and all were look- 
ing forward with eagerness to residing 
at Grace Village. 

The new address for these three 
ladies is the Grace Village address- 
Box 337, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. # 



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grace village 




On June 1 Rev. Jesse B. Deloe is 

assuming the position of deputation 
director in the office of the Foreign 
Missionary Society in Winona Lake, 
Indiana. He is filling a much-needed 
position which has been vacant 
since Rev. Keith Altig left to return 
to missionary service in Brazil in 
the spring of 1974. 

Mr. Deloe has served in the pas- 
torate for some years— most recent- 
ly as pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Whittier, California. # 



June 1, 1975 






^^ 



BUSINESS MANAGER (Couple preferred) - 
Central African Republic 

Job description: 

1. Field Treasurer. Maintaining contact witli home of- 
fice; keeping stateside bank records (deposits and 
witlidrawals); keeping records on field; disbursing 
funds to co-treasurers, stations and projects; receiving 
copies of financial statements from various treasurers 
and making out quarterly financial statements of 
treasurer's funds. 

2. Freight Agent. Caring for food orders and all other 
incoming and outgoing freiglit for missionaries; con- 
stant contact with Ponteco company in Africa and 
shipping companies in U.S.; making breakdowns of 
charges to missionaries for transportation from ocean 
port to Bangui, as well as customs charges. 

3. Entertainment of guests. 

4. Possible other ministries: 

A. Teaching the Bible (in French) in government 
schools. 

B. Girls and women's work. 

C. Film ministry-in charge of all films on the field 
(Moody Science, Ken Anderson, World-Wide Pic- 
tures, Life of Christ films, and such). 

D. Personal witnessing and counseling. 

Notes concerning position: 

1. Language study requirement: French study for one 
school year at Albertville, France, and the following 
summer at Alliance Francaise, Paris. 

2. Bible study-A year at Bible institute, Bible college, 
or seminary. 

3. Age— Young enougli to gain a good knowledge of 
both French and Sango; it is difficult for older people 
to do this. 

4. Experience— Courses in bookkeeping; also, experience 
in an office is desirable. 

OTHER POSITIONS 

FOR WHICH PEOPLE 

ARE URGENTLY NEEDED: 

Church planter/developer in: 



ARGENTINA 


CHAD 


BRAZIL 


FRANCE 


CENTRAL AFRICAN 


GERMANY 


REPUBLIC 


MEXICO 


PUERTO RICO 





Women missionaries for work with girls and women in 
C.A.R. 




Miss Grace Byron (left) aboard the SS 
Bandama, French freighter, leaving the 
U.S. in 1953 for her last term in Africa, 
with Miss Florence Bickel and Miss Estel- 
la Myers. 



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.but 
His 
work 
goes on*' 



God has called unto himself another faithful servant. Grace Byron was an active 
Brethren missionary for 30 years, and even after her retirement she was a prayer 
warrior and diligent proponent of the missionary cause. 

Miss Byron left the United States in 1928 and studied the French language in 
France before continuing on to Africa, where she arrived early in 1930. 

In 1 958, after she had arrived back in the States for retirement. Miss Byron was 
requested to write an article for the Missionary Herald. The following is what she wrote. 



Be it ever so humble, there is no place like the little stone house, 
perched high on Bassai hill, which was my home for many years. The 
greatest desire of my heart was to spend the rest of my life serving the 
Lord in Africa and at last to be buried among the people 1 loved, but the 
Lord willed it otherwise. 

As I began another term of service in February 1953, I realized I was 
swiftly approaching the inevitable retirement age and there was no way of 
stopping time from marching on nor of turning it back. I did not like the 
idea of retiring, but if that was the Lord's will. He would give'me grace and 
victory. 

Near the end of my four-year term, the Africans began asking me when 
I was going to my village for a rest. Then I told them about retirement, 
and that I would not be returning. This they could not understand, as I 
had always returned after furlough. They asked: "Did you not give your 
life to the Lord to serve Him, and did not Miss Myers return and is buried 
among us?" This was hard to explain, but I said: "I will not reach the 
retiring age limit until 1958; we will pray for permission to have my term 
extended a year so that I can stay with you as long as possible." It was a 
happy day when I told them our prayers were answered. This comforted 
them somewhat, as they are always willing to accept anything as long as 
the completion of it can be kept in the future. 

The news spread that I would not be returning after furlough. The 
Africans came from far and near to see me, some expecting a gift but 
others to express their appreciation and beg me to return to teach their 
children. I told them the Lord would not leave them orphans. He may 
remove His workers, but His work goes on. In tears they would ask that we 
might pray together before they left. It was heartbreaking, but these 
memories and others are very precious. 

The day for leaving came all too soon. There was sadness as I looked 
across the valley to the hills and realized I would never see them again. I 
thought of Psalm 121 :2-"My help cometh from the Lord . . . ." Then as I 
looked into the tear-stained faces of the Africans, I praised the Lord for 
their changed lives, and for those who are serving Him, whom I taught 
when they were children, and their children also. We covenanted to pray 
for one another, and to pray that He would send out teachers. We praise 
Him for the consecrated young people He has sent, but more are needed. 

I am now living in the Missionary Residence at Winona Lake. I do thank 
the Lord for this comfortable home and all the nice things you have done 
to make it pleasant. Come to see me whenever you are in Winona Lake. 
Continue to pray that the Lord will use me in the field in which He has 
transplanted me. Pray especially for the African pastors, teachers and 
nurses, that they will be faithful, and also that the door in Africa will be 
kept open to the Gospel. 

In 1961 Miss Byron moved into a cozy apartment in the newly con- 
structed Philathea home for retired missionaries at Winona Lake. This re- 
mained her home until September 1972 when it was necessary for her to be 
moved to a local nursing home where she spent the last years of her life. 

A memorial service was held on March 22 at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, of which she was a member, and interment was in Oakwood Ceme- 
tery, Warsaw, Indiana. She is sundved by a niece, Mrs. Vivian Markuson of 
New York Uty. • 



June 1, 1975 



Memories and reflections of a long- 
time friend as presented at the 
memorial service for Miss Grace 
Byron — Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, March 22, 1975. 




Grace Byron 
May 7, 1888 - March 19, 1975 



Lovingly* 
Grace 



By Mrs. Ben Hamilton 

I've entitled these few thoughts, 
"Lovingly, Grace." I do not believe 
she ever signed a letter to any of her 
friends in any other way, and that 
signature sums up her philosophy of 
life. 

Grace loved her Lord and His Word, 
she loved her fellow missionaries, and 
she loved the Karre natives to whom 
the Lord sent her. This love for them 
showed itself in her zealous determi- 
nation to see that they learned to read 
the Word of God in their own native 
tongue. While Estella Myers devoted 
much of her missionary career to giv- 



ing the Karre people the Word in their 
own language, Grace devoted her en- 
tire missionary career to helping the 
Karre learn to read that Word. 

Grace, who spent her early years in 
and around Detroit, Michigan, came 
from a family quite unlikely to pro- 
duce a Brethren missionary. 

Sometime around 1920 she left De- 
troit to work in Chicago. There she 
met Ethel Myers, a younger sister of 
Estella who had gone with the Grib- 
bles to Africa to attempt entrance into 
French Equatorial Africa. After living 
in Chicago for a while, the two girls 
became tired of the city and decided 
to go back to Ethel's home farm in 
Iowa. They decided to raise chickens. 
One amusing sidelight is that Grace, 
who had never seen anything but cold 
storage* eggs, could not eat the eggs her 
chickens laid because in her words, 
"they didn't have any flavor." They 
also raised vegetables-good training 
for a city girl who was going to have to 
live off the land in Africa. 

Grace first became acquainted with 
the Brethren Church in Iowa. She was 
saved and worshiped with the Brethren 
at North English. And then Estella 
Myers came home on her first fur- 
lough Africa had been opened. The 
Brethren had gone in to Bassai in the 
heart of Karreland, and missionary re- 
cruits were needed. Grace responded 
to that need as presented by Estella. 

She then turned to the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles for the training 
she needed. It was there that she and I 
became friends in 1925-26. Our friend- 
ship has been sure and steadfast for 
the past 50 years. 

After graduation, and a few months 
spent in Kentucky plus some time of 
study in France, she reached our Afri- 
ca mission field early in 1930. She was 
assigned to the Bassai mission station 
where she was privileged to spend her 
entire missionary career. I followed 
her to Africa a few years later. Al- 
though I spent my first term at the 
Bellevue station, by 1937 I found 
myself living with Grace at the Bassai 
station. The old stone house on the 
brow of Bassai mountain now lies in 
ruins, but we spent some happy years 
together there. 

Grace and I were both teachers. We 
shared a three-room schoolhouse. In 
one end she taught Karre children to 
read their own language; in the other 
two rooms I taught older boys who 
had had vernacular school to read 
French. 

Grace's great passion was to teach 
her Karre children to read their own 
language. Those were the pioneer days. 
We had no printing press and no dupli- 
cating machines. I could buy French 



primers, but Karre primers were made 
one by one by hand. We had type- 
writers for ordinary type, but larger 
type and all pictures- hippos, ele- 
phants, pots, birds, even mosquitoes- 
had to be drawn in slowly by hand. 
Much love and dedication went into 
that task. 

As time went on and Grace's young 
students grew up to become vernacular 
teachers in surrounding villages, her 
teaching area expanded into teaching 
the teachers. And she spent much time 
in the villages encouraging the progress 
of this work. 

In addition to her zeal for giving 
the natives ability to read the vernacu- 
lar, I believe she would be most re- 
membered by her fellow missionaries 
for her resourcefulness and her quick 
wit. Nothing ever shook or ruffled her. 

For example, the ZamZam! Many 
of you recall that early in World War 
II, before the U.S. entered the war, a 
large group of missionaries sailed on 
the ZamZam for Africa. Several Breth- 
ren missionaries, including Grace, were 
on the ship. In mid-ocean, early one 
morning, it was attacked by a German 
raider. Grace was sharing a cubbyhole 
cabin with two other ladies. According 
to Grace, all three of them could not 
move around at the same time. When 
the shelling began, Grace calmly 
stayed in bed while the other two 
scrambled around and went on deck. 
Then she got up, dressed completely, 
and went on deck. By that time all life 
boats had gone. Only a few officers 
and little Elaine Morrill, who had been 
separated from her parents, were on 
the ship. The captain said he was sure 
the Germans would send a boat for 
them before they scuttled the ship. So 
Grace settled Elaine in a deck chair, 
went below decks, and calmly packed 
a suitcase of necessities. One thing she 
saved was a pair of colored prescrip- 
tion glasses I had ordered. Needless to 
say, it was many months before they 
finally got to Africa. 

Her wit and quick repartee will 
never be forgotten by us who knew 
her. That wit never left her through 
her long illness. Just a few weeks ago 
one of the nurses, trying to encourage 
her to eat, remarked that she was get- 
ting so thin she could hardly see her. 
To this Grace retorted, "Look twice." 

As we look twice we see not only a 
body ravaged by illness but, at second 
glance, a devoted friend, an untiring 
missionary! Only eternity will reveal 
how many hundreds of Karre learned 
to read the Word of God in their own 
language because she taught teachers, 
who taught teachers, who taught other 
teachers how to read the Karre lan- 
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The Story of a jungle adventure — in God s perfect timing 





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By Marvin Goodman 

The African jungle was dense and 
impenetrable. The stillness was broken 
from time to time by the sometimes 
beautiful but more often raucous calls 
of tropical birds. Chattering monkeys 
flitted by, passing easily via the tree- 
top freeway. Occasionally the haunt- 
ing echoes of the Pygmy hunting cry 
would drift within hearing range. This 
was the scenario we encountered on a 
recent, unforgettable trip I would like 
to share with you. 

The trip was being made to a mis- 
sion field in the far southwest corner 
of the Central African Republic. This 
mission field was maintained, not by 
our own Foreign Missionary Society, 
but by the Missions Council of the 
African Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. The "we" of our party were 
Simon-Pierre Nambozouina and Andre 
Gondje, president and secretary of the 
missions council, plus Albert Gou- 
lando, the first African missionary sent 
to this isolated area, and myself as mis- 
sionary counselor. 

Among the Apostle Paul's greatest 
travel experiences was an unscheduled 
stop at the island of Malta— ship- 
wrecked and marooned in an out-of- 
the-way spot. When the world, in the 
form of Paul and 275 other bedraggled 
persons, intruded itself upon these iso- 
lated people, the primitive people re- 
sponded with a kindly and hospitable 
reception. Paul's experience was ours 
in a 20th century setting— we were 
marooned in the Central African 
jungle instead of upon an island of the 
sea. 

Our schedule called for a quick, 
5-day survey of this isolated area of 
the Central African Republic. There 
were two towns on our itinerary: the 
government post of Nola, and a village 
called Ndele (pronounced "n-dell- 
lay"). Missionary Albert Goulando had 





faithfully labored most of the past five 
years at this village of Ndele, and the 
result was a thriving church of more 
than 200 members. But within the 
past year he had felt led to push on 
farther south and west to establish a 
church at the government center of 
Nola, located at the confluence of two 
large rivers. This left the church at 
Ndele pastorless; thus, a survey trip to 
determine the needs of the field 
seemed imperative. 

We had heard that this area was iso- 
lated because of roads that in many 
spots were almost impassable to all but 
4-wheel-drive vehicles due to drifted 
sand. We optimistically seized on the 
word "almost" and decided we could 
make it in our conventional 2-wheel- 
drive pickup. What we weren't aware 
of was other miles of jungle road 
which we will soon describe. 

VISIT TO NOLA 

We left Bozoum on Friday, and by 
hard travel and in spite of the sand, 
arrived at Nola, 320 miles away, by 
Saturday night. There we were wel- 
comed by Pastor Goulando and a 
thriving group of believers who have 
already formed a church, or more ac- 
curately, churches. There is one big 
problem. These believers are about 
equally distributed on the three differ- 
ent banks of the two rivers as they 
flow together. Because of economic 
reasons (no bridges, and paid crossings 
by pirogue or ferry) and physical 
reasons (swollen banks that make 
crossings impossible part of the year) 
there are three small congregations 
meeting each on its own riverside 
rather than one large congregation 
meeting at a central point. 

The Nola area is thriving economi- 
cally. Several large lumber mills supply 
a sizable part of the milled lumber for 



the whole country. Nola is also in the 
diamond mining area. So the popula- 
tion here is physically well off by Cen- 
tral African standards, but their spiri- 
tual needs have been sadly neglected. 

ON TO NDELE 

After having a good day of services 
with the Nola group on Sunday, we 
started on for Ndele the next day. Our 
departure had been delayed by rains so 
that 4:30 p.m. found us arriving at a 
village only 20 miles from Nola. Never- 
theless, Pastor Goulando announced 
that we would stop and sleep at the 
house of a Christian family in that vil- 
lage. The rest of our party protested 
saying that we surely could make it to 
Ndele yet that night. Pastor Goulando 
was unmoved by our objections, and 
so we stayed with a hospitable Chris- 
tian family who quickly killed one of 
their precious chickens to provide us 
with an evening meal. 

The next day we found out the 
"reason why" for Pastor Goulando's 
stubbornness of the afternoon before. 
We left the village about 4:00 a.m. and 
the first few miles were clicked off in 
good time. Then the jungle started 
closing in on the road. Our speed was 
reduced as Pastor Goulando warned us 
to be on the lookout for fallen trees. 
Our vigilance was soon rewarded as 
our headlights illuminated a tree 
squarely across the road. This one was 
small enough to be pushed to one side 
by our combined efforts. As we pro- 
ceeded on, the first was soon suc- 
ceeded by a second, and it had to be 
chopped through before we could roll 
it to one side. And so we progressed 
by "stop and start" for the next 25 
miles. 

While traveling this stretch we had 
seen no villages and no people— only 
jungle. Once in a while telltale wisps 



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of smoke drifted across the loaJ lo in- 
dicate that somewhere a little distance 
off the road there was a Pygmy village. 
These villages blend in so completely 
with their surroundings that finding 
them is next to impossible except by 
the traces of smoke from the Pygmy 
campfires. On a stretch of 75 miles of 
jungle road, we encountered only one 
small village. 

We were traveling along this narrow 
road when Pastor Goulando cried, 
"Stop!" We had just passed the cross- 
roads where we were to turn to get to 
Ndele. We backed up and the pastor 
pointed to a spot in the jungle that 
looked no less dense than any of the 
rest. Finally he convinced us that this 
was indeed a road, and we dubiously 
nosed our faithful truck down a little 
trail with the undergrowth rubbing 
against us on both sides. Several times 
we thought we were blocked by huge 
logs across the road, but each time we 
found a perilous detour hacked out in 
the jungle to get around them. 

After a 75-mile trip through the 
semi-darkness of the jungle, we sud- 
denly emerged into sunlight. We had 
arrived at an oasis in the rugged jungle. 
The people of three small villages with- 
in a stretch of less than a mile had 



laboiiously hacked out clearings for 
gardens. One could see for a distance 
of 50 feet in every direction! As we 
arrived at the first of these villages. 
Christians, won to the Lord by Pastor 
Goulando, swarmed around the car in 
joyous welcome. 

BREAKDOWN 

Yet we had not arrived at our final 
destination according to our program. 
Ndele was still about 20 miles further 
on. Our script said we must press on. 
so we departed from the first of these 
three villages. We had arrived at the 
second when the motor of our erst- 
while faithful pickup coughed, sput- 
tered and died. Despite all the efforts 
of this amateur mechanic, our truck 
could not be revived. The situation 
continued on this way for the next 
long week. Each morning we would 
work a little more on the motor, then 
long-suffering villagers would push the 
truck up and down the length of the 
village in continuously futile efforts to 
coax life into the balky motor. The 
day after our motor gave out, we had 
sent a man on an arduous 2-day trip 
through the jungle on the only bicycle 
in the village. He was to send an SOS 
by telegram from Nola to our "real" 



mechanic, Martin Garber at Bozoum. 
GOD'S PURPOSE REVEALED 

Just as God had a reason for ma- 
rooning Paul on the isle of Malta, we 
were sure that He had a reason for 
stranding us at the village of Loka, our 
oasis in the African jungle. We came 
here on the business of African Church 
Missions, and here was a mission field 
God had given us. The four of us had 
some great experiences in those days 
of enforced waiting. We divided up the 
land and each of us went from house 
to house in our area, visiting and wit- 
nessing to the people. Here was an old 
man whose three sons had accepted 
the Lord, but who was content to 
stick with the old ways in hopes of 
joining the spirits of his ancestors. The 
second day of dealing with him found 
him accepting Christ and rejoicing in 
our (and now his) blessed hope. There 
was an old lady who listened attentive- 
ly and said little, but then she came 
down the aisle during the invitation at 
our Sunday service. At another house 
we found a young man who had ac- 
cepted the Lord; but then-the con- 
tinually recurring story of Africa— the 
Lord had not blessed his marriage with 
children and so he had taken two more 
wives just recently. We dealt with him 
and left him under real conviction. 
Many accepted Christ, but not all. One 
girl attempted to run away when ap- 
proached. Not succeeding in this, she 
sat still with her eyes closed and hands 
over her ears. Three days of effort 
failed to get the message of salvation 
through to her. Demon activity hasn't 
ceased yet in this stronghold of Satan. 

PYGMIES 

As we went about our activities, we 
noticed small groups of miniature-size 
people walking by on various paths. 
These Pygmy people are not easy to 
approach— that is if you want to ap- 
proach them as people and not as 
curiosities. Even here there have been 
hardy tourists who came to gawk. We 
greeted these timid people and prayed 
for an opening that would win their 
confidence. On the third day I ap- 
proached two Pygmy men who were 
resting in the shade of a nearby tree. 
After a few minutes of greeting and 
general conversation, I displayed to 
them the illustrated tract showing a 
crossroads with the broad way leading 
to hell and the other way leading to 
heaven through Christ. These little 



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men listened and commented intelli- 
gently, and were visibly moved by the 
message of the tract. After another en- 
counter with these same two men the 
next day, we were extended an invita- 
tion to visit their village in the evening 
when the men had returned from their 
hunting and from clearing garden 
plots. 

How do you describe the primitive- 
ness of that little Pygmy village? There 
were 12 small huts which housed 
better than 70 of these diminutive 
people. Their huts were arched limbs 
covered with leaves. The dome shape 
reminds one of an Eskimo igloo but 
there the comparison stops. In a shel- 
ter not over 8 feet in diameter, a 
family of as many as six or even eight 
would sleep, lying on leaves around a 
small, smoldering fire. There were al- 
most no possessions in evidence apart 
from their hunting nets and, a type of 
crossbow with which they could ac- 
curately shoot deadly poisoned darts. 

The Pygmies have their jungle and 
know it like we know our old home 
town. They are in their element hunt- 
ing or searching out wild jungle foods. 
They do little in the way of making a 
garden or concocting foods that re- 
quire extensive preparation. They have 
functioned in a loose sort of slave 
system with some African family tak- 
ing the part of their benefactors. The 
Pygmies bring in part of their game, or 
work in their benefactor's gardens in 
exchange for prepared foods such as 
manioc flour, and-unfortunately— 
tobacco and native beer. 



We were able to visit the Pygmy 
villages and share Christ with them for 
several evenings. One of these evenings 
the Pygmy men came home wearied 
from a rare thing, a fruitless hunt. One 
man learned some tragic news from his 
wife. During their absence, two dogs 
had discovered their meager meat sup- 
ply and devoured it. To get their ven- 
geance, the Pygmies tramped one of 
the scrawny and hapless dogs to death 
on the spot. They picked the other up 
by the neck and tlung it savagely to 
the ground about 30 feet away. How 
our hearts ached for these poor people 
whose only hopes were centered on a 
few hunks of dried meat. Praise God, 
through our visit a few have begun to 
learn of the untold riches of heaven. 
But so many more need to know our 
Saviour. 

As a result of our unscheduled stop, 
at least 15 Pygmies made professions 
of faith in Christ. And for the first time 
almost the whole Pygmy village at- 
tended the Sunday church service. The 
small grass chapel was filled to over- 
flowing, and the little people joined in 
singing a couple of simple songs we 
had taught them. 

Spiritually, we enjoyed a feast. 
Physically, we had not come with suf- 
ficient provisions for an extended stay. 
But again, we did not lack. Here would 
come a Christian woman with a porcu- 
pine stew accompanied by a big dish 
of manioc mush. The next mealtime, 
another Christian lady would bring a 
stew of monkey meat. Again, we 
would receive a piece of roast ante- 
lope. And these deliciously prepared 



(though exotic) meats were always ac- 
companied by abundant quantities of 
the manioc mush which is the African 
staff of hfe. 

RESCUE 

The anticlimax came nine days 
after we broke down in this village. 
Our telegram had not been received 
until four days after it was sent. Then, 
Martin Garber and Don Miller drove 
day and night to come to our rescue. 
There had been a storm in the jungle, 
so there were lots of new trees to be 
chopped through or hacked around- 
eight hours of tedious toil. But that is 
■a tale of its own! The rescue party was 
joyfully received when they arrived in 
the middle of the night. The next day 
the troubles were diagnosed and rem- 
edied. There was a broken part in the 
carburetor plus some deficiencies in 
the ignition system. These were the 
physical and apparent reasons for our 
shipwreck in the jungle oasis. But we 
know there was another reason. That 
stop was registered on God's calendar 
a long time ago. 

We want to go back! Assuredly, we 
will make our preparations a bit differ- 
ently. But we want to talk again with 
our new brothers and sisters in Christ- 
isolated from us but not from God. 
And we want to have a greater part in 
reaching many of those Pygmies for 
Christ. We believe God's calendar has 
another rendezvous already marked 
there for us to go back to the scene of 
our shipwreck. In His time and His 
way, we expect to impart the riches of 
Christ again to these needy people. # 








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FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 




(I. to r.) Pastor Gene Witzky, Pastor Gary Cole, Jim Deuser, Mrs. 
Gerta Schnieders, Mrs. Marge Kurtz, Mrs. Claudine Brooks and Mrs. 
Ruth Latham. 

Florida District. Pictured above are the new officers 
elected at the district conference for the Brethren churches 
on Mar. 20-22 which was held at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Pompano Beach. Pastor Gene Witzky of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Pompano Beach will serve as the new moderator. 
Pastor Gary Cole of the Grace Brethren Church of Ormond 
Beach, Fla., is the new vice moderator. Jim Deuser is the 
treasurer from the Grace Brethren Church in Fort Lauderdale. 
Mrs. Gerta Schnieders from the Fort Myers congregation will 
serve as the statistician. The new secretary will be Mrs. 
Claudine Brooks of Fort Lauderdale, assisted by Mrs. Marge 
Kurtz from the Pompano Beach church. The district WMC 
president will be Mrs. Ruth Latham from the Grace Brethren 
Church in Orlando. 

Colorado Springs, Colo. The Colorado Springs Grace 
Brethren Church and the Denver Grace Brethren Church have 
recently exchanged Sunday evening programs! First, the 
Colorado Springs church journeyed the 75 miles to Denver to 
present the drama, "Barabbas," on Apr. 6. The attendance 
was 95. On the next Sunday, the Denver church traveled to 
Colorado Springs to present their children's choir. The choir 
sang Ralph Carmichael's "The Jesus Story." The attendance 
was 144. Both congregations enjoyed the switch, and the 
attendance was good at both of the services. It was a real 
blessing to all who attended. Thomas Inman, pastor. 

Wooster, Ohio. Mr. Tad Hobert has accepted the call of 
the First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, to serve as the 
associate pastor. He began his duties following graduation 
from Grace Seminary. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Wrightsville, Pa. June 1-6. George Wilhelm, pastor; Becker 
Evangelistic Team. 



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Long Beach, Calif. The First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach is now on the radio Monday through Friday. The 
broadcast is called "Sounds of Grace" and features 
systematic Bible teaching with outline notes available to 
the listeners. The station is KGER AM, and the time is 3:00 
p.m.- 1390 on the dial. David Hocking, pastor. 

Spokane, Wash. Members and friends of Spokane Valley 
Grace Brethren Church were able to attend two international 
evenings, Apr. 18 and 20. 

The fun started with a Missionary Food Fair where we had 
a record attendance of 70 people. The foods from seven 
foreign missions and three home missions were prepared by 
the WMC ladies and the young people. They were served from 
booths that were decorated in their native decor. The 
Central African Republic booth, which was done by the 
Wednesday night juniors, served fruit cups and peanuts. 
It was voted first prize as the most authentic booth. 
Following the vast variety of foods. Rev. and Mrs. Eddie 
Mensinger spoke and showed slides of their mission field in 
the C.A.R. 

The speakers for the second night included Miss Mary Cripe 
and Miss Lois Wilson of the C.A.R., Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul 
Dowdy from Argentina, and Miss Kwang Ja Park from Brazil. 
They shared with us concerning their work on each mission 
field and answered many questions. Rev. Paul Dowdy showed 
slides of Argentina and afterwards everyone enjoyed cookies 
and pastries from each of the mission booths. 



In Memori/ 



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

McLEOD, Dr. Robert, 88, Apr. 4. He was a fine 
Christian layman and was affiliated closely with the Ghent 
Brethren Church. Dr. McLeod was a very active Christian. For 
a number of years he conducted a network radio broadcast 
entitled "Gospel Meditation." Lee Myers, pastor. 
WRIGHT, Anne, Mar. 7. She was a charter member of the 
Ghent Brethren Church. Lee Myers, pastor. 



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A six-months's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Herald is 
given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Gloria Norris and James Cappy, Dec. 21, 1974. Grace 
Brethren Church, Bowling Green, Ohio. 
Ruth Weed and Robert Nowak, Mar. 29, 1975. Grace 
Brethren Church, Bowling Green, Ohio. 

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Reports and comments about success in Christian Education from the Christian 
Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Howard Mayes, 
director; James Long, assistant to the director. 



A weekend series of convention sessions and seminars have been planned to help your church in its 

ministry to families. These sessions immediately precede national conference and will be held at the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church except where noted otherwise. 



FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 

1:00 p.m. CONVENTION I - Sanctuary 

Music: Bob and Nancy Messner 

Speaker: Dr. Martin Stuck 

Remodeling Archie Bunker's Castle 
2:15 p.m. SEMINAR 1 

How To Be the Wife of a Happy Husband 
(Part I)-Mrs. Darien Cooper (Lounge) 

How To Be the Husband of a Happy Wife 
(Part I)-Dr. Martin Stuck (Sanctuary) 

Family Ministry in the Local Church (Part I)— 
Dr. Paul Fink (Fellowship Hall) 

Music and the Christian Family- 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Messner (Choir Room) 

Reaching Families for Christ Through the Bus 
Ministry-Rev. Don Rough (Youth Room) 
7:00 p.m. CONVENTION II - Sanctuary 

Sacred concert with Bob and Nancy Messner 
and family 
8:00 p.m. SEMINAR II 

How To Be the Wife of a Happy Husband 
(Part II)-Mrs. Darien Cooper (Lounge) 

How To Be the Husband of a Happy Wife 
(Part II)-Dr. Martin Stuck (Sanctuary) 

Music for a Growing Church- 
Rev, and Mrs. Robert Messner (Choir Room) 

Family Ministry in the Local Church (Part II)- 
Dr. Paul Fink (Fellowship Hall) 

The Church's Ministry to Young Marrieds- 
Rev. David Seifert (Youth Room) 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 
9:00 a.m. CONVENTION III - Sanctuary 

Music: Bob and Nancy Messner 

Message: Your Church Ministering to Youth- 
Howard W. Mayes 
10:00 a.m. SEMINAR III 

How To Be the Wife of a Happy Husband 
(Part I)-Mrs. Darien Cooper (Lounge) 

How To Be the Husband of a Happy Wife 
(Part I)-Dr. Martin Stuck (Sanctuary) 

Music and the Christian Family- 
Rev, and Mrs. Robert Messner (Choir Room) 

The Christian School and the Christian Family - 
Dr. William Male (Youth Room) 



Bible Learning Activities You Can Use 
Miss Alberta Hanson (Fellowship Hall) 
1:00 p.m. CONVENTION IV - Sanctuary 
Music: Bob and Nancy Messner 
Message: Dr. Kenneth Gangel 
2:15 p.m. SEMINAR IV 

How To Be the Wife of a Happy Husband 

(Part II)— Mrs. Darien Cooper (Lounge) 

How To Be the Husband of a Happy Wife 

(Part II)-Dr. Martin Stuck (Sanctuary) 

Music for a Growing Church - 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Messner (Choir Room) 
Christian Discipline and Disciplined Christians- 

Dr. William Male (Youth Room) 
Resources for Creative Bible Learning- 
Miss Alberta Hanson (Fellowship Hall) 
7:00 p.m. CONVENTION V - Rodeheaver Auditorium 
Music: Bob and Nancy Messner 
Sunday School Contest Awards 
Message: Dr. Kenneth Gangel 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 
9:30 a.m. SEMINAR V - Sunday School Hour 

Children and Youth Departments under the 
direction of Winona Lake Brethren 
Church Staff 
Elective classes for adults: 

Dr. Kenneth Gangel talks to pastors about 
family ministry (McClain Auditorium) 
Knute and Jeanine Larson talk to pastors' 
wives about family ministry 
(McClain Chapel) 
James Long teaches the Brethren Sunday 

School lesson (Rodeheaver Auditorium) 
Ken Taylor talks to parents of teens 

(McClain 108) 
David Seifert talks to young marrieds 

(McClain 109) 
Mary Lou Fink talks to parents of elementary 
children (Fellowship Hall, Winona 
Lake Brethren Church) 
10:45 a.m. CONVENTION IV - Final Sessions of the 
Christian Education Convention — Homer 
Rodeheaver Auditorium 
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Gangel 



christian education 

convention & seminar 



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A National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Sunday School Report 

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 

of all reporting Sunday Schools* March, 1974-159 

March, 1975-171 

GROWTH INDEX BASED ON 170 REPORTING CHURCHES 

March, 1974 weekly average attendance 26,961 

March, 1975 weekly average attendance 29,049 

NET GAIN in reporting churches 2,088 persons or up 7.7 percent 

SUMMARY 

112 churches registered increases totaling 2,802 

53 churches registered losses totaling 714 

Largest numerical increase Johnstown, Pa.— Riverside 

Largest percentage increase Cumberland, Md. 

*The larger the number of reporting churches, the more accurately these 
figures will represent the church growth picture of the NFBC, We urge the 
total support of the churches of the NFBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided free of charge to churches of the 
Fellowship by the Christian Education Department. 

MARCH CONTEST WINNERS 

Div . Church Pastor Superintendent 

A - Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman Guy Brightbill 

B — Westminster, Calif. Douglas Bray Richard Coburn 

C - Warsaw, Ind. David Miller Don DeYoung 
D — Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) Don Rough Leroy Spangler 
E — Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) Ralph Colburn 

F — Colorado Springs, Colo. Thomas Inman 

G — Cumberland, Md. Michael Funderburg Donald Bulger 
H — Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) Marvin Lowery Gail Howie 
I — Columbus, Ohio 

(Eastside) Richard Sellers N. L. Jacobs 

J — San Jose, Calif. Fenton McDonald 

N — Armagh, Pa. David Plaster Joseph Barrett 



RECORD ATTENDANCES: Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights)-56; Ar- 
magh, Pa.— 105; Beaverton, Oreg.— 130; Bethlehem, Pa.— 67; Brookville, 
Ohio-279; Colorado Springs, Colo. -226; Columbus, Ohio (Eastside)- 
146; Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike)-415; Coraopolis, Pa. -69; Cumberland, 
Md.-233; Cypress, Calif. -96; Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights)-148; Des 
Moines, Iowa— 134; Gresham, Oreg.— 58; Jackson, Mich.-1 17; Johnstown, 
Pa. (Riverside)-477; Lititz, Pa. -245; Mt. Laurel, N.J. -101; Myerstown, 
Pa.-631 ; Orlando, Fla.-46; Ripon, Calif. -255; San Jose, Calif. -78; Santa 
Ana, Calif.-70; York, Pa. -252. 



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specrfic 
summer 
prayer 



". . . and Lord, I pray for the mis- 
sionaries, our church, our family, and 
those serving the Lord this summer, 
and . . . ." 

It's so much easier to remember 
"all our young people" than "that 
Tom will find an opportunity to share 
Christ this week" or "that Sue will be 
able to completely memorize the en- 
tire Book of II Corinthians for quiz- 
zing next month." 

To remember specific requests 
takes a list. And prayer lists are excit- 
ing when one sees definite answers to 
prayer. Join us for these specific re- 
quests for summer ministry: 

BRETHREN NATIONAL 
YOUTH CONFERENCE 

1. That the goal of 1,000 persons to 
attend Brethren National Youth 
Conference be met. 

2. That a real spiritual reawakening 
will be experienced during confer- 
ence this year. 

3. That a positive atmosphere will per- 
meate the entire week. 

4. That 100 persons will be involved 
in the Post-high Division of Breth- 
ren National Youth Conference. 

OPERATION BARNABAS 

1. That Operation Barnabas will have 
a very positive effect on all of the 
30 teens involved in the one-month 
evangelistic ministry. 

2. That 50 first-time decisions will be 



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ANOTHER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 

Greenwood Grace Brethren Nursery 
School is completing its first year of 
operation. The school, which was be- 
gun as an extension of the Christian 
education ministry of Greenwood 
Grace Brethren Church of Modesto, 
has enjoyed an enrollment of 35 stu- 
dents with 2 full-time staff members. 
Del Stafford is the school's director; 
Ward Miller, pastor. You are urged to 
make this addition to your 1975 
Directory of Schools Operated by 
Churches of the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches, printed in the 
January 1, 1975, issue of the Herald 
magazine. 



made through the ministry of the 
team. 

3. That no accidents will occur during 
the many travels of the team. 

4. That all the team members will be 
able to have a positive influence on 
their home churches following the 
summer ministry. 

TIME 

1. That the 30 young adults involved 
in the TIME (Training In Mission- 
ary Endeavor) program will have no 
accidents or sickness. 

2. That all 30 will be open to return- 
ing to the mission field following 
their experience. 

3. That they will be a real encourage- 
ment to all of the missionaries on 
the more than 10 mission points 
represented in this summer's minis- 
try. 

VOCATIONAL CHRISTIAN 
MINISTRIES SEMINAR 

1. That the Vocational Christian Min- 
istries Seminar will draw 150 stu- 
dents on August 1-2. 

2. That all the students will be 
"turned on" to opportunities in vo- 
cational (full-time) Christian work 
in the Brethren Fellowship. 

We'll appreciate your prayer sup- 
port in each of these areas. You will be 
kept informed as to how these re- 
quests were answered. • 



CED FALL SEMINARS SCHEDULED 

Helping Sunday School teachers 
and youth workers is a continuing 
priority of the Christian Education De- 
partment. In the past year, weekend or 
weeknight seminars containing ap- 
proximately 1 2 hours of training have 
been presented in 16 locations. 

The concept of area seminars pre- 
sented by instructional teams from the 
Christian Education Department will 



be a priority again in the 1975-76 con- 
ference year. We welcome contacts 
from churches or districts regarding 
future seminar scheduling. As financial 
realities allow, separate seminar sched- 
uling this year will provide help in two 
main ixxhiQcis— Increasing Bible Learn- 
ing in Sunday School Through Student 
Involvement and Biblical Involvement 
of Adults in Local Church Youth Min- 
istry. # 



A National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Sunday School Report 

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 

of all reporting Sunday Schools* April, 1974-171 

April, 1975-173 

GROWTH INDEX BASED ON 178 REPORTING CHURCHES 

April, 1974 weekly average attendance 30,888 

April, 1975 weekly average attendance 30,761 

NET LOSS in report churches 127 persons or down .4 percent 

SUMMARY 

68 churches registered increases totaling 1,846 

107 churches registered losses totaling 1,973 

Largest numerical increase Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 

Largest percentage increase Cumberland, Md. 

* The larger the number of reporting churches, the more accurately these 
figures will represent the church growth picture of the NFBC. We urge the 
total support of the churches of the NFBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided free of charge to churches of the 
Fellowship by the Christian Education Department. 



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APRIL CONTEST WINNERS 
Pastor 



— Columbus, Ohio 

— Buena Vista, Va. 

— Warsaw, Ind. 

— Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 

— Lititz, Pa. 

— Union, Ohio 

— Cumberland, Md. 

— Beaverton, Oreg. 

— Columbus, Ohio 

(Eastside) 

— Ormond Beach, Fla. 

— Hope, N. J. 



James Custer 
Lester Kennedy 
David Miller 

Don Rough 
Jerry Young 
Ron Picard 
Michael Funderburg 
James Willett 

Richard Sellers 
Gary Cole 
Terrance Taylor 



Superintendent 

Donald Garlock 
Galen Lynn 
Don DeYoung 

LeRoy Spangler 
Jay Ruhl 
William Cochran 
Donald Bulger 



N. L. Jacobs 
Earl Tarr 



RECORD ATTENDANCES: Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights)-60; Bethle- 
hem, Pa. -80; Columbus, Ohio (Eastside)-163; Cypress, Calif.-126; Hope, 
N. J. -41; Indianapolis, Ind. -136; Kenai, Alaska-52; Kittanning, Pa. 
(North Buffalo)-144, Lititz, Pa. -265; Minerva, Ohio-95; Norton, Ohio- 
144; Santa Ana, Calif. -58; Spokane, Wash. -52; Toppenish, Wash. -83; 
Union, Ohio-310. 



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we're concerned 

that she have the opportunity to learn. 

we also have some other concerns. 

SMM is . . . 

Bible-centered. God's Word is the basis for all materials. The hub of 
the program is Bible study, around which the other activities revolve. 

Relevant in view of the changing role of women in today's society . . 
stressing Biblical concepts of Christian womanhood. 

Emphasizing the total girl, striving for Christ-likeness in the spiritual, 
mental, physical and social areas of life. 

Teaching about missionaries and their ministry— facts and figures, 
culture and concepts, programs and projects. 

Helping the outreach ministry of the local church by reaching out to 
unchurched girls with the idea of drawin g them into the body of 
believers. 

Readily adaptable to the uniqueness of each local church. Do it your 
way. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. 

Educating girls in the appreciation of the history and heritage of the 
Brethren Fellowship. 

Nurturing girls through the ministry-influence of dedicated women 
. . . caring enough to be involved. 



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work in your church. For more 
information write to Dottie Franks, 
Director of Girls Ministries, 
Christian Education Department, 
Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. 




SMM is a ministry of the Christian Education Department, 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches. 



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YOUTH CONFERENCE 75 



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Saturday, Au^st 2 - Saturday, August 9 



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(without additional charcfe) 

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: 1 :30 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 1975. 

: The first night's lodging will be 

: Saturday, August 2. 



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*AKRON, OHIO (First)-We divide into groups so 
that all members participate in programs and serve 
at least once a year . . . give cash gifts to all visiting 
missionaries . . . help pay expenses for WMC mem- 
bers attending national conference . . . honor our 
pastor's wife at birthday time . . . send a cash gift 
to our missionary child . . . (and a list of many 
more ideas too long to print). All of this just says 
that our WMC members know there is Joy in Serv- 
ing Jesus. 

*SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT-Now there are 3 
mystery packages per year! Percentage of member- 
jgJLiip ..preient at .each rally is computed .andthe 
""prizes are awarded at district conference. .^Tn& 
Old-Fashioned Dinner was a hit! . . . complete with 
antique decorations, appropriate music and menu, 
and special speaker. Rev. Charles Turner. 

*CLEVELAND. OHIO (Lyndhiirst)-At our special 
Birthday Missionary party we used SMM girls for 
the missionary interviews. They dressed up like the 
one they represented. Our offering was visualized 
with the figure of a person on a poster (represent- 
ing a missionary) and listed beside the figure were 
graduated amounts starting at the feet with $0. 
PRAISE THE LORD we were able to fill in the 
figure and even put a hat on the missionary with 
our offering. 

*ALLEGHENY DISTRICT-A recent project was 
the purchase of a motor bike for the work where 
Rev. and Mrs. Keith Altig are serving in Brazil. It 
has cut their gas bill in half. 

God has given me this day to use as I will. I can 
waste it -or use it for good, but what I do today is 
important because I am e.xchanging a day of my 
Hfe for it. 

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone 
forever, leaving in its place something that I have 
traded for it. 

I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not 
evil; success and not failure for the high price that I 
have paid. W 





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A CHILD 

OF 
THE KING 

AUGUST 
4-8 

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NATIONAL 
WMC CONFERENCE 




HIGHLIGHTS 

WMC Trio 

President's Message 

"AMP in Living Color" 

Children of the King at Prayer 

Informative business sessions 



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WMC OFFICIARY 

Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Russell Ward, 3342 Val- 
erie Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy. -Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 

Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

80910 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. to Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Ben Zim- 
merman, R. R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Dan Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 






MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST 1975 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 35 and 36 
of the 1975 Brethren Annual.^ 

AFRICA 

Mrs. F. George Peters August 10 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Rev. J. P. Kliever August 21 

Rev. R. Bruce Paden August 26 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. George A. Johnson August 10 

Kevin Wayne Wallace August 19, 1965 

Jeffrey Carl Farner August 20, 1967 

Rua Javari, No. 161, Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil 38.440. 

EUROPE 

Ginette Mireille DeArmey August 12, 1970 

Terry Lee Julien August 27, 1959 

MEXICO 

Phillip Valdo Guerena August 10, 1959 

Rev. Jack B. Churchill August 20 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Rev. Bill A. Burk August 5 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Rev. Ernest H. Bearinger August 6 

P.O. Bo.x 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson August 25 

Box 337, Grace Village, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 



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This is a first so make it great! The 
offering goes for the Girl-of-the- 
Year scholarship and support of 
the director of girls ministries of 
the Christian Education Depart- 
ment. If you missed the emphasis in 
the April 1 issue of the Herald, look 
it up now and give. 



birthday 

This is a contribution toward the 
support of missionary ladies serving 
under the Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety. This year 6 ladies have been 
chosen (see page 19). Next year is 
up to you! Send the offering now! 

offering 



thank 

This offering supports the Jewish 
work which is under the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. If your 
council has not given or if you feel 
like you could have given more, do 
not hesitate to send this offering to 
the national financial secretary- 
treasurer. 



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It's Straight From The Horse's Mouth 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald Company is experiencing outstanding growth. Sales of Christian litera- 
ture and the Herald magazine continue to move forward at a record pace. 

But your offerings are needed to help purchase new equipment at the print shop as well as to cover the 
losses of the magazine. You can help to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through your support of the 
printed page. 

We seek to set our offering goals at a very realistic level to cover the basic needs. This year the goal is a 
very modest $50,000. In order to break the goal down to an individual basis, we encourage each Brethren 
family to give at least $10.00 

Remember this information because it's . . . "straight from the horse's mouth. 



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ily! Judy and Pam Walters, 
daughters of Mr. and Mrs. 
John Walters of Mansfield, 
Ohio, were among the 110 
seniors graduated from Grace 
College on May 23, along with 
61 from Grace Theological 
Seminary. In addition to the 
flurry of finishing college, the 
Walters girls also spent the 
spring planning a May 31 
double wedding. f Photo bv 
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"Thanks, Lord, for Not Giving Me 

a Number 3 

Involvement in Total Community 

Evangelism 4 

Frank Poland; 25 Years with Brethren 

Home Missions 8 

Come Grow With Us! 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

The Importance of Education 14 

Did Christ Die Only for the Elect? .... 16 

Grace College Brethren. Graduates .... 21 

Grace Seminary Brethren Graduates ... 26 





Charles W. Turner, Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman, Managing EcJitor 

Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 

Anne Alexander, Editorial Secretary 

Omega Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Christian Ed.— Rev. Howard Mayes 
w/MC— Mrs. Daniel Pacheco 
SMM— Mrs. Kyle Bergen 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 
on the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Subscription price: $4.25 a year; foreign, $5.00. Special 
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pletely surprised, in this day and 
age, to read the letter from some- 
one who accused the BMH of being 
an abomination, satanic, and so 
forth. What disturbs me most is the 
manner in which he attacked the 
BiVlH. He showed a characteristic of 
the same thing he accused the 
magazine of— that of being satani- 
cally controlled or oppressed. Many 
times Satan will use the Christian's 
terminology to attack God's work. 
I do not know the person who 
wrote this letter, but I still love this 
person and am concerned for him. I 
pray that he (or she) will ask God 
to remove the bitterness that he 
seems to have in his heaxt.— Indiana 

D I just want to congratulate you 
on your beautiful alive Herald 
covers. The April 15th (Spring 
Comes To South Carolina) is a joy 
to look at and it is so refreshing. 

I always turn to the church news 
and in that way I keep abreast of 
the times. The specials are so good 
too— so keep it up.— California. 

n We certainly enjoy the Mission- 
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good articles in it that can be filed 
away for reference to use in teach- 
ing. However, this past issue had 
the coupon for the Herald Book 
Club on the back of an article that I 
wanted to file. Could coupons be 
inserted so I would not have to cut 
them up?— California 

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Thanks, Lord, 

for Not Giving Me 

a Number 



By 278-22-3559 

Editor 



There is a noticeable weak spot in my constitution 
caused by my fondness and simple delight for ice cream. 
Some may contend that the hamburger is the truly Ameri- 
can symbol of eating, but I would place ice cream as num- 
ber one. The point of complete frustration is almost 
reached for me, however, when I stand before either a 
Howard Johnsons or Baskin-Robbins' roster of beautifully 
descriptive names of multi-tlavored choices of ice cream. To 
force oneself to narrow a choice to one or two flavors 
almost makes a confirmed rainbow ice-cream eater. During 
my travels I determinedly keep a ready eye open for such 
establishments that specialize in frozen delights. What a 
wonderful opportunity to relax and break the boredom of a 
long journey! 

Every Baskin-Robbins' establishment comes complete 
with a little box and an invitation to take a number. You 
will be called when it is your turn. One advantage to this 
system is that it affords time for looking and deciding as to 
appealing choices. I have found if I must respond too quick- 
ly to a long list of flavors, I generally say: "Make mine 
vanilla, please." My wife says vanilla is a coward's choice, 
and one who so chooses lacks imagination and a sheer ad- 
venturesome spirit. She is probably right. 

When I do stand with number in hand and they call 
out— "Number 10," and the number I hold is 20, my re- 
action is one of impatience. Being a number is a growing 
source of irritation to me— sometimes I feel that is all I am. 
I have a car license number, a driver's license number, a 
telephone number, a half dozen credit card numbers, a 
social security number, a savings account number, a check- 
ing account number, serial numbers on my keys, a house 
number, a post office box number, and if you were to ask 
me for my insurance policy numbers, I would laugh. This is 
a partial list of the numbers I could give you. I find my 
identity in a numerical personification. So when I am look- 
ing forward to an uncomplicated time of relaxation with 
some ice cream and someone says, "Take a number," I just 
plain rebel. After all, why fight it because they are about to 
say another number-"75 cents, please." This is the final 
plunge, because I grew up when you could still buy a de- 



cent nickel ice cream cone (and that with a good ol' Buffalo 
nickel). 

Our society moves with a relentless thrust toward the 
depersonalization of us all. I resent it, but I can't stop it. 
When someone in the business world calls me by my first 
name, I feel 1 have a friend. In past days it seemed we all 
had more time for each other and were not hypnotized 
with these crazy boxes with the weird colors. Friends were 
friends, and you could spend some time with them as 
people-not as numbers. Now we rush around at such a 
pace that we seek to evaluate our effectiveness according to 
the number of miles we can traverse in a year. 

So the tendency of becoming a number grows and we 
resent it. Then we ask ourselves if there is no escape. Of 
course there is, what a foolish question to even ask. For the 
value of a person is determined by the value placed on life 
itself. This brings us right back to basics and that is God. 
God created man and woman as individuals and as eternal 
souls, in His image. None of God's dealings ever departs 
from this fact. Salvation, Christian living, prayer-all of 
these important truths of the Bible are really pertinent be- 
cause God is a person and He treats us for what we are- 
persons. He is holy and He is the creator; we are sinful and 
we are the created, but He works with us on the basis of the 
value of a human life. 

When I go to worship, man counts me and puts me up 
on the board (Sunday School register) as a number. How- 
ever, God speaks to me as an individual-and as a person. 
This gives me a wonderful, warm and personal relationship 
with my Saviour. 

When I pray alone in the quiet of my own devotions, 1 
know it is not just another number prayer. I am a person 
who will be heard according to the promises in God's Word. 
One of these days the number of a man will be even more 
important than it is today. During the Great Tribulation 
buying and selling will be impossible without the mark of 
the beast and his number. But the Word of God speaks of 
your name and my name as being written in the Lamb's 
Book of Life as His children. "Thanks, Lord, for giving me 
a name-not a number." 




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iTivolveTnent 

In Total 
CormnuTiity 
EvangellsTTi 

By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Glowing reports of growth and rapid development of conservative 
churches often cause varied responses. Some will rejoice. Others may be- 
come discouraged. Still others will search for a "plausible explanation," 
thus excusing their own lack of effort, minimal involvement or ineffective- 
ness. At least, it causes all to do a certain amount of introspection, self- 
examination and reevaluation of priorities. 

There are a number of important questions that every pastor or church 
must face in considering growth: 

Did God intend that our ministry be unfruitful? Did not 
Christ say, "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall 
not prevail against it"? 

Has the Holy Spirit been grieved, held back by the lack 
of salvation of souls and additions to His Church? 

Are there conditions in our churches that curtail and 
limit God's blessing in bringing people to Christ and 
maturity? Could the accusing finger be pointed at the 
church leadership, membership, or even the pastor? 
God has a plan of growth for His Church. He provided salvation in 
Christ for all mankind. "God so loved the world . . . that whosoever believ- 
eth . . . the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17). He insti- 
tuted the church as a body of believers for a depository of the truth, for a 
place of fellowship and training for believers, for a demonstration and 
witness to the world (Eph. 3: 1-11). He directed His Church to a definitive 
mission- to take the Gospel to every person in the world and to bring 
those that respond to a place of maturity (Matt. 28: 1 8-20; Acts I ;8). 

It is important to note that this becomes the major mission of the 
church. It is equally important to see that the early disciples saw the Great 
Commission as a personal command to each one to personally evangelize. 
Christ specifically directed the Church to worldwide evangelism, beginning 
in Jerusalem, where they were, and working out in ever-widening circles to 
the ends of the earth. 

He sent the Holy Spirit and ordered that He should direct the Church, 
collectively and individually, in her mission. The Holy Spirit dwelling with- 
in the body of believers was to have a definite ministry in the preparation 
and maturity of the saved, a special ministry to the unsaved, and a direc- 
tive ministry in leading the Church to carry out her commission. 



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Seemingly, the Holy Spirit working in individuals would direct the 
activity of the Body. Thus everybody would be involved. The commission 
would take them everywhere-to the whole world. Further, it would be 
full time, sharing the truth of the Gospel with no time limits, no seasons, 
no special weeks or days-just a continued pattern fashioned after our 
Lord's life on earth. 

God's directives for pastors and Christian leaders carry a heavy respon- 
sibility. The Apostle Paul's testimony as borne to young Timothy reflects 
his recognition of this God-given responsibility (I Tim. 1:11-17). In verse 
1 ] we see his commitment to the Gospel (cf. I Thess. 2:4 "allowed of God 
to be put in trust with the Gospel"); in verse 12, his commitment to Christ 
(involved, committed, put into the ministry); in verses 13-15, his con- 
fession of salvation; in verse 16, his conviction of purpose; and finally in 
verse 17, his continuous objective. The Apostle's concern for the lost is 
dramatically set forth in Romans, chapters 1-3, in his recognition of their 
condition. His burden and compassion is expressed in Acts 20:26, 31 . 

Acting under God's direction Paul points young Timothy to some perti- 
nent facts concerning his calling and responsibility (II Tim. 4:1-5). Timo- 
thy was to remember the judgment-facing Christ as his judge, v. I (cf. II 
Cor. 5:10); to preach the Word, v. 2; to evaluate his people, vv. 3-4; to be 
careful about his time and activity, v. 5; and "to do the work of an 
evangelist, making full proof of your ministry," v. 5. The Holy Spirit, 
leading Paul, was pointing Timothy to his personal responsibility in sharing 
the truth. 

Since God's church is programmed for such an outreach ministry it 
therefore follows that its appeal should be people oriented. The goal of 
each message should be to attract people to its truth. The appeal of each 
service should have an invitational effect to cause people to want to come 
to Christ. The concern of the staff, teachers, and helpers should also be 
people oriented. An all-out effort should be made to get every member 
involved in some manner of reaching people. The burden of a church's 
prayer meetings should be concern for people's needs and a passion to see 
people reached for Christ. 

Certainly every church locality should become a ripened mission field. 
The unsaved people should become our target for the Gospel witness. 
Trained personnel should be equipped and ready to follow up every invita- 
tion. Our people ought to expect and pray for a response following each 
message, rather than wondering if someone will be saved. Let us be objec- 
tive, expecting that people will be moved by the Holy Spirit to Christ and 
His Word. 

Our mission field is made up of special groups. Various ethnic groups 
and races must not be avoided. We are involved in total community evan- 
gelism. What are we doing to reach the handicapped, the crippled, the 
retarded, the deaf, and the blind? Do we make provision for transporta- 
tion, and equip ourselves to help these come to Christ and enjoy a church 
home? 

The elderly people in retirement homes, county homes, nursing homes 
often would attend if transportation were provided and somebody cared 
enough to help. The hospitals, detention homes, rehabilitation centers, 
jails, and prison farms offer a wonderful opportunity for youth groups, 
local evangelistic teams and group evangelism. 

If our people grasp the vision of what God wants to do through the 
local church, they will want to get involved. Training and equipment, 
follow-up literature, and new convert classes are necessary. When the local 
church gears itself to God's program, God will open doors of opportunity. 
Our Fellowship, too, will become an exciting area of growth, development 
and effectiveness in reaching the total community for Christ. W 



June 15, 1975 



TIME Is On Our Side 




Kim Osborne, Grace 
College junior, will take 
TIME this summer to 
fulfill a commitment 
she made to the Lord 
to serve in Navajoland. 



Serving TIME this summer at home mission 
points are Grace College students (I to r) 
Karen Mason, Clayhole, Kentucky; Paula 
Dawson, Navajo Mission; and Gregg Stamm, 
Alaska. 



Gary Belles, Grace Col- 
lege freshman, is on 
TIME for the Navajo 
mission this summer. 



The entluisiasm of youth will be of 
profit to the Brethren Home Missions 
Council this summer as a number of 
young people dedicate their summer 
to Christian service. Serving with the 
TIME program, sponsored by the 
Christian Education Department, these 
young people will serve four home 
mission points. 

Grace College students Gary Belles, 
Paula Dawson, and Kim Osborne will 
be working at the Brethren Navajo 
Mission at Counselor, New Mexico. 
Also from Grace College, K.aren Mason 
will serve at Clayhole, Kentucky, and 
Greg Stamm at Kenai, Alaska. A group 
of five high-schoolers from the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, 
Indiana, will be on duty at Dryhill, 
Kentucky. 

Gary Belles was born to Christian 
parents in Yakima, Washington, where 
they attended the Grace Brethren 
Church. He is now a Grace College 
freshman and will major in art. He 
hopes to work as a commercial artist 
part time when he attends seminary. 

A trip to Hawaii with the 1973 
national youth conference champion- 







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Looking forward to summer TIME at Dryhill, Kentucky, are 
high schoolers (I to r) Dave Stroup, Joy Leaf, Connie Whit- 
comb, Rick Battis, and Mark Maurer, all of Winona Lake 
Brethren Church. 



ship quiz team sparked Gary's interest 
in TIME service. He was accepted on a 
team for Hawaii this year, but circum- 
stances forced the cancellation of that 
team. He was then transferred to serve 
at the Brethren Navajo Mission. 

A Grace College sophomore, Paula 
Dawson is from Clayton, Ohio, where 
she attends the Grace Brethren 
Church. Paula has been interested in 
orphanage work and became aware of 
the Navajo boarding school. When an- 
nouncement of the TIME openings ap- 
peared on the college bulletin board, 
she applied for the program. 

Christian education or the mission 
field is where Paula has her sights for 
the future. She is an elementary educa- 
tion major. 

Kim Osborne will be fulfilling a 
commitment she made to the Lord 



while in ninth grade to serve in Navajo- 
land. While attending an SMM rally in 
Long Beach, California, a slide tape on 
the fnission aroused Kim's interest. 
Though she found it difficult to give 
up her summers in earlier years, Kim 
made the final decision in October of 
1974. 

The Simi Community Brethren 
Church of Simi Valley, California, is 
Kim's home church. A junior at Grace 
College, Kim's major is music educa- 
tion. She plans to teach in a Christian 
school. 

Karen Mason, from Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, will aid the work at the 
Clayhole, Kentucky, mission station. 

Karen's sister Patty spent a summer 
with TIME at the Clayhole mission 
four years ago. This inspired Karen's 
interest in the program. 



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Dedication of the new 
; building for tiie Grace Breth- 
ren Church of North Kokomo 
was held May 18, 1975. Evan- 
gelist Bill Smith was the' 
special speaker for the Sunday 
afternoon service. He followed 
up the special day with a week 
of meetings. / 

The pastor, Richard Bell, ar- 
rived on the field last year at ; 
the same time as the Brethren 
Construction Crew. With the; 
structure completed, the crew; 
moved on to Bethlehem, Penn- 
sylvania, and the pastor re- 
mained to continue "building 
the church." 

Watch for a detailed report ; 
on the dedication in the July 
issue of the Herald. 



New Faces at 
Brethren Home Missions 



With the position of midwife in a 
hospital as her goal, Karen will transfer 
to Ball State University, Muncie, Indi- 
ana, next fall. She has attended Grace 
College for two years, carrying a nurs- 
ing major. 

Traveling all the way to Kenai, 
Alaska, to work in our home mission 
church will be Greg Stamm from West- 
erville, Ohio. 

A TIME veteran, Greg previously 
served two weeks in both Dryhiil and 
Clayhole, Kentucky. He knew Pastor 
Ed Jackson of Kenai from their home 
church, the Grace Brethren Church of 
Columbus (Worthington), Ohio. Greg 
responded to Pastor Jackson's invita- 
tion to help in the Alaska work. 

Greg is a freshman in Grace College 
with a double major in Greek and 
Bible. He plans to attend seminary. 

Five young people from the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church will form a 
team aiding the mission at Dryhiil, 
Kentucky. Joy Leaf, Dave Stroup, and 
Connie Whitcomb, all 11th graders, 
and Rick Battis and Mark Maurer, 
1 0th graders, have served on ministry 
trips to the mission earlier this year. 
They are eager to return to work in 
VBS, camps, and youth work. • 



Timothy Rager, assistant to the 
managing editor of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, moved across the 
street from 1104 to 1401 Kings High- 
way on April 15, 1975, to become 
publicity secretary for The Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc. 

Tim worked part time for B.M.H. 
during his Grace College training and 
has worked full time for the past four 
years. He is a graduate of Grace Col- 
lege and has taken some seminary 
courses, but he feels most effective in 
the area of journalism, 

Tim was approved for the position 
at the last annual board meeting. He 
will be meeting a very urgent need in 
this area and filling a vacancy created 
in 1972 when Rev. Sherwood Durkee 
returned to the pastorate. We welcome 
Tim to the staff of the B.H.M.C. 

Our new publicity secretary is the 
son of Rev. Don K. Rager, pastor of 
the Conemaugh Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. Tim has 
had some connections with Brethren 
Home Missions in the past. His father 
was an active layman who was instru- 
mental in starting the Riverside Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Tim married Miss Sharon Campbell 
on June 5, 1971, and they are mem- 
bers of the Warsaw Community Grace 
Brethren Church. • 





A new voice was heard from Breth- 
ren Home Missions headquarters May 
1, 1975, as Mrs. "Junie" Scofield took 
over the switchboard controls. Mrs. 
Scofield, widow of the late Rev. Ed- 
ward Scofield, is "back home"— so to 
speak— since she spent several years liv- 
ing in Winona Lake while her husband 
was in training for the ministry. At 
that time she was employed in the 
Christian Education Department. 

Mrs. Scofield is the receptionist and 
also operates the switchboard. She 
replaces Mrs. H. Myron Jones who has 
efficiently served in the position for 
the past year. 

We are not really welcoming Mrs. 
Scofield into the Home Missions fami- 
ly, for she has been in it by virtue of 
her husband's pastorate at the home 
mission church in Bowling Green, 
Ohio. We are just welcoming her to a 
new position! W 



June 15, 1975 






There was never much doubt about 
his call to the Lord's work-just a little 
surprise. After all, Frank. Poland had 
only been in the Grace Brethren 
Church for two years. Now they were 
asking him to serve in a national of- 
fice. 

Most Christians searching for God's 
will have been warned that the answer 
won't appear as a neon sign in the sky. 
Frank Poland's call to serve with 
Brethren Home Missions was about as 
close to that as you can get. One tends 
to notice when aroused out of a sound 
sleep late at niglrt by a ringing phone. 

Since that phone call in 1949, 
Frank Poland has been busily con- 
cerned with the affairs of The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. It adds up 
to a total of 25 years of service at the 
Council headquarters. 



By Mr. Timothy Rager 

Born May 29, 1912, in Mount 
Gilead, Ohio, Frank was "born again" 
in a revival meeting at a United Breth- 
ren Church 23 years later. He married 
Aha Dawson two years later in 1937. 
Both were from the same general area 
and graduated from Mount Gilead 
High School. His contact with and in- 
terest in the Brethren Church came 
through a unique series of events. 

While serving with the Gideons in 
1945, Frank was asked to represent 
the organization in an area church. He 
requested a small church for his first 
Gideon presentation and was assigned 
to the Grace Brethren Church of Mans- 
field, Ohio. At the time, that group 
was sponsored by The Brethren Home 
Missions Council and met in a school- 
house. There were 45 present for the 
service he attended. He was impressed 
by the gospel message of the pastor, 
Bernard Schneider. 

The Polands were satisfied in the 
Evangelical United Brethren Church 
under the ministry of Rev. James 



Frank J. Poland, administra- 
tive coordinator of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, 
reached the milestone of 25 
years of service to the organi- 
zation. An inscribed plaque 
noted the accomplishment. 




Boyer-now Dr. James Boyer, profes- 
sor at Grace Theological Seminary. 
However, when Pastor Boyer resigned, 
their satisfaction diminished under his 
successors. The pastor that followed 
remained only one year. When Sunday 
evening services were discontinued 
during the summer months, the Po- 
lands started looking for somewhere 
else to worship. 

Some two years after Frank's intro- 
duction to a small Brethren church, 
the Polands observed that this church 
held evening services. There were 
always a lot of cars around, so ^ey 
made it a point to see what the attrac- 
tion was. 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Mansfield was now a thriving congre- 
gation of nearly 100 meeting in a new 
building. After a period of attending 
only the evening services, the Polands 
decided to join the church. "What 
really impressed us was that this group 
had more out for prayer meeting than 
were on the membership list," Frank 
recalls. Rev. Bernard Schneider was 
still the pastor. 

They were just getting their roots in 
the church when the phone call came 
in August of 1949. The board of direc- 
tors of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council was meeting in Winona Lake, 
Indiana, and a decision was passed to 
hire an assistant to the secretary. Fol- 
lowing a late session. Executive Secre- 
tary Luther L. Grubb phoned Frank to 
see if he would be interested in the 
position. Having forgotten the time 
difference between the states, Mr. 
Grubb rousted the Polands out of 
sound sleep at 1 1 p.m. 

"After the call, we got out of bed 
and onto our knees and prayed about 
it," Frank notes. "We decided there 



was no way to say no to the opportun- 
ity if the board approved us." 

He made his first trip to Winona 
Lake that same week to meet with the 
board and learn about the job. As far 
as Frank knows, there was no "string 
pulHng" or politicking to get him the 
job. "We were new in the Brethren 
Church. I didn't know a single board 
member and only a few area pastors. It 
had to be the Lord's leading." 

They moved to Winona Lake on 
November 2 of that year, with their 
son, Larry, age 10. 

Leaving the Texaco Bulk Plant 
where he had worked for over two 
years, Frank was in line for a promo- 
tion when he accepted the call to 
home missions. 

There were 33 churches receiving 
support from Brethren Home Missions 
that year, and two other employees. 
Rev. Luther L. Grubb was executive 
secretary, and Miss Cashel Heckman, 
now Mrs. Cashel Taylor, was his secre- 
tary. 

Frank remembers the situation 
when he arrived on the job. "The boss 
had just left for three weeks in Cali- 



fornia, and I had to try to figure out 
what was going on." Hired as assistant 
to the secretary, Frank was the first 
layman to serve on the staff of the 
Council. 

In those early days, Frank feels he 
made a definite contribution as a lay- 
man. "Usually the positions in nation- 
al offices were filled by pastors. By 
putting a layman on the staff, it al- 
lowed one more pastor to remain on 
the field, and pastors were scarce in 
those days." 

Of course, he has made other defi- 
nite contributions over the years. He 
has seen all the departments of Breth- 
ren Home Missions come into exis- 
tence: Brethren Construction Com- 
pany, Brethren Architectural Service, 
and Brethren Investment Foundation. 
He was directly involved in the organi- 
zation of the Brethren Investment 
Foundation with Dr. Grubb, and 
operated it for its first year of exis- 
tence in 1955. 
ff 

Now holding the position of admin- 
istrative coordinator, Frank oversees 
the operation of all the departments at 
headquarters. 



Besides his specific contributions to 
Brethren Home Missions, Frank has 
been totally involved in the Brethren 
Church. He has served a total of 30 
years as Sunday School superintendent 
or assistant in four churches. His long- 
est term was 1 1 years at the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church from 1950-61. 

In the early days of that church, he 
served as Sunday School superin- 
tendent, financial secretary and 
deacon-all at the same time. He has 
remained on the deacon board for 25 
years. 

He has been on the Indiana District 
Mission Board as one of three laymen 
since its inception in 1953, and has 
been secretary for 19 consecutive 
years. 

In April of this year, he delivered 
the moderator's address to the Indiana 
District Conference, the first layman 
to hold that office. 

As a layman serving the Lord in 
vocational Christian service, Frank 
Poland has given The Brethren Home 
Missions Council and the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches 25 years 
of dedicated, efficient service. # 



Brethren Home Missions em- 
ployees with 10 or more years 
of service received plaques 
from Rev. Richard DeArmey 
(right), president of the board. 
Honored were (1 to r) Miss 
Louise Blankenship, Mrs. Wil- 
liam l-igert, Mr. IVank J. Po- 
land, Rev. Ralph C. Hall, and 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer. Mrs. 
Donald Ogden was not present 
for the picture. The inscrip- 
tion reads: "Service award 

to for many faithful 

years. Brethren Home Missions 
Council. Holding forth the 
Word of life." 




Six Employees Serve a Total of 112 Years 

A first in Brethren Home Missions was observed with an awards banquet March 11, 1975, for the employees of the 
Council. Rev. Richard DeArmey of Orange, California, president of the board of directors, presented plaques to employees 
with 10 or more years of service. 

Those qualifying for awards were: Frank J. Poland, 25 years; Miss Louise Blankenship, 22 years; Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 21 
years; Mrs. BUI (Florence) Figert, 18 years; Rev. Ralph C. Hall, 15 years; and Mrs. Don (Wanita) Ogden, 1 1 years. 

The banquet was held at the Winona Hotel in conjunction with the annual board meeting of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council. Every director and all the employees except one were present. 

Those assisting in the presentation included: Rev. John W. Mayes, vice president; and Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary. Rev. Robert W. Thompson, western field director, was the official photographer. W 



June 15, 1975 




Tucson's Kitt Peak observatory 
claims the world's largest tele- 
scope. 



By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

In the shadow of the Santa Cata- 
lina Mountains, which tower to 
9,185 feet above Mount Lennon, 
we find the teeming metropohs of 
Tucson, Arizona. Perched on the 
edge of the Sonora Desert but influ- 
enced by the high mountains to the 
east, Tucson enjoys a unique cli- 
mate with outstanding features 
such as sunshine, pleasantly warm 
winters, hot summers, and low an- 
nual rainfall. Tucsonians enjoy 
more days of sunshine than any 
other major city of the United 
States. 

The Arizona desert takes hold of 
a man's mind and shakes it. One is 
struck by the barrenness and stark- 
ness of the area. However, it is 
amazing to e.xamine more closely 
the intricate beauties of the various 
kinds of cacti, the wild llowers, the 
ornate rocks and the world of wild 
animals and reptiles. 

This city has a lot going for it. 
Aside from its natural beauties, it 
has many parks, modern shopping 
mails, scenic historic sites, art gal- 
leries, and a sprawling air force 
base. Located nearby on Kitt Peak 
is one of the most fascinating astro- 
nomical centers in the world. It 
houses the world's largest observa- 
tion telescope. To give you an idea 
of the size of this immense tele- 
scope, more than two-thirds of its 
barrel is buried beneath the moun- 
tain top. 




Tucson's unique population, 
now near the 270,000 mark, is 
largely inlluenced by the western 
Spanish culture and by the vast 
numbers of eastern retirees who 
have migrated to this delightful, dry 
climate. 

Beckoning with interest to more 
than 350,000 annual visitors are 
such historic sites as the famed San 
Xavier Mission, known as the 
"White Dove of the Desert"; "Ole 
Tucson" Studio where many of the 
famed westerns were filmed; and 
the beautiful Desert Museum, one 
of the finest in our nation. 



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The city's populace offers a large 
variety of interesting people. Walk- 
ing down the street one may be met 
by the Spanish, the Pima Indian, or 
the Anglo, but all are dressed in im- 
pressive, casual western wear. In- 
dian silver and turquoise jewelry is 
worn in various amounts by most 
of the inhabitants. The University 
of Arizona. Pima University and the 
Davis Monthan Air Force Base con- 
tribute a strong element of youth. 
Surrounded by many dude ranches, 
convention centers, and massive 
hotels, Tucson offers much to vaca- 
tioners. 




There isn't much in the way of lawn mower 
sales around Tucson. Most of the lawns are 
gravel ! 



Grow With Us ! 



An invitation from Tucson, Arizona 



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Our own Grace Brethren Church 
located on Silverbell Road, on what 
was once the western perimeter, is 
now being encompassed by newer 
housing. A beautiful new park has 
been located across the street. With 
their ever expanding facilities St. 
Mary's Hospital and Pima Universi- 
ty are within a mile of the church. 
The western mountain foothills are 
already plotted in elevated choice 
home sites, offering an increasing 
mission field. Tucson's growing 
population and expanding borders 
are pointing to a growing need for 
more Brethren churches. 




This intricately designed cactus is 
one of the many varieties of the 
desert. 



The Sonera Desert crawls right up to the door of the Silverbell Grace 
Brethren Church. 





Recent signs of growth indicate the new enthusiasm of the Silverbell con- 
gregation. 



The historic San Xavier 
Mission nearby is known as 
the "White Dove of the 
Desert." 



The conservative message of the 
Silverbell Grace Brethren Church 
reaches a responsive chord in the 
hearts of retired people who have 
come from liberal churches in the 
East. University students, armed 
service personnel, and other youth 
are responding to the Gospel. Like 
any large metropolitan area, too 
many are on vacation 365 days a 
year and the progress of our church 
has been slow. However, my recent 
visit for a week-long Bible confer- 
ence revealed that hearts are being 
changed, souls are being saved, 
people are getting involved, and our 
work is growing. Pastor Ken Curtis 
has an excited, eager congregation 



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that is responding more and more 
with a concern toward outreach. 
There is a fine group of young 
people who are in preparation for 
full-time service. 

The congregation is now on 
schedule to reach a self-supporting 
goal in 1976. It will take more 
people, more income, more leaders 
and much prayer to reach this goal. 
Your investment in home mission 
gifts, prayer support and interest 
will help. And if you would like a 
good place for a sunny vacation or 
a pleasant, ideal atmosphere for re- 
tirement-why not Tucson? You, 
too, can be involved and give a 
helping hand. 



June 15, 1975 



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FROM THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES AND THE EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



Stoystown, Pa. A Church Mortgage Burning Service was held 
at the Reading Brethren Church in Stoystown, Pa., on Sunday 
afternoon, Apr. 13. The special speaker for this service was 
Pastor Don Rager of the Conemaugh Brethren Church in 
Coneinaugh, Pa. Pastor John Burns of Alexandria, Va., 
presented the special music. Pastor Burns helped to organize 
the work at Reading while he was pastoring the Listie 
Brethren Church in the mid-1950s. 

Messrs. Carl Rice and Dean Metzgar, members of the local 
congregation, also participated in the service. 
The Reading church was dedicated on Sept. 25, 1966. The 
payment on the church building was completed in June of 
last year. The congregation praises the Lord for this 
accomplishment. Larry R. Weigle, pastor. 

Western Pennsyhaiiin District Conference was held 
Saturday, May 17, at Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church. Dr. 
John Davis brought some very exciting messages on 
"Mountaintop Experiences." 

Officers elected for the coming year: Mod.- William Snell; 
Mod. -Elect (1977 Mod.)- Don Rager; Secy. -Marvin Lowery; 
Asst. Secy.- David Plaster; Treas.- Wesley Haller; Stat.- Rose 
Snyder. 

Important. -The name of our district was changed by action 
of the delegates to The Western Pennsylvania District 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches (nicknamed "West Penn"). 
This past year two editions were published of a new district 
newspaper-named "The East District Mountain Ear" (name 
suggested by Lloyd Davis, Pike Grace Brethren Church 
member. He won the contest over 12 other entries and will 
be receiving a gift certificate from the Herald Co.). This 
paper will now be known as "The Western Pennsylvania 
Mountain Ear," edited and published by Wesley Haller. 

Denver. Colo Extension Bible classes are being sponsored 
each week in Southglenn, and at Colorado State University, 
Fort Collins. On May 1 6 and 1 7, Russ and Betty Ogden 
hosted 25 CSU students in their home for a weekend Bible 
seminar. 

This year's Christmas tree was planted in the church yard 
as the "Mensinger Tree," to remind members to support and 
pray for missionaries, Ed, Linda and Susie Mensinger. 
Arvada joined Denver in a mother-daughter "Country Fair" 
May 2. Seventy-one mothers and daughters enjoyed the fair. 
Mrs. John Aeby (Joan) was the "Purple Ribbon Orator." 

Winona Lake. Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith reports a great 
crusade meeting at Covington, Ohio, May 4-9. There were 24 
public decisions for Christ. Gerald Root, pastor. 



Notice. The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. will not be 
able to furnish tapes of this year's national conference 
messages. Production problems and other complications have 
been encountered, and we regret not being able to make 
tapes available. We trust that conference delegates will 
understand and appreciate this early notification. Plan to 
bring tape recorders to record the music and messages of 
your choice. 



In recognition of his 25 
years of service with 
the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, I'rank 
Poland (right) receives 
congratulations from 
Rev. Richard DeArmey 
(center), president of 
the board, and a plaque 
from Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
(left), executive secre- 
tary. (See page 8) 




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

Betty Grady and Kyle Bergen, Dec. 27, 1974, Grace Brethren 

Church, Waterloo, Iowa. Rev. Thomas Miller, brother-in-law 

of the bride, performed the ceremony, assisted by Pastor 

John Burke. 

Judy Harris and Larry Bryson, May 1 5, Grace Brethren 

Church, Richmond, Va. Pastor Ron Thompson performed the 

ceremony, which was the first wedding in the church building. 

Jan McLamb and Stephen Miller, Apr. 26, Grace Brethren 

Church, Maitland, Fla. Pastor R. Paul Miller, father of the 

groom, performed the ceremony. 

Sandra Sarver and Darrel Hawbaker, May 24, Grace Brethren 

Church, Hastings, Mich. Pastor Russell Sarver, father of the 

bride, performed the ceremony. He was assisted by Rev. A. 

Rollin Sandy, pastor of the Sidney (Indiana) Grace Brethren 

Church. 

Deborah Wardell and William Lorenz, Apr. 12, Los Altos 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. Pastors Donald 

Shoemaker and Donald Foreman officiated at the ceremony. 

Sorry for the error in the May 15, 1975, issue. Mr. and Mrs. Steve 
Harris were married by Pastor Edwin E. Cashman at the Norwalk 
Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif. 



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Three thousand years ago a wise 
man passed judgment on the impor- 
tance of education. He said, "Train up 
a child in the way he should go: and 
when he is old, he will not depart from 
it" (Prov. 22:6). This principle has not 
been improved upon in all the cen- 
turies of educational development 
since. The reason lies in the fact that it 
strikes at the very heart of an unchang- 
ing characteristic of human nature. It 
is this, namely, that the gradual mold- 
ing of plastic minds and hearts finally 
reaches a point of fixation from which 
there will be no deviation. In the area 
of education, ideas have consequences. 
These can be for good, or they can be 
for bad. The consequences will be for 
good if the ideas that are planted are 
good. They can be for bad if the ideas 
that are planted are bad. As of this 
date, the entire population of the land 
is being alerted to consequences that 
are bad. 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 



The 



Approximately 70,000 teachers suf- 
fer physical assault annually. This in- 
cludes homicide, stabbings, buffeting, 
and rape in the presence of school chil- 
dren. Students are running narcotic, 
firearms, prostitution, and extortion 
rings. Vandalism has reached the stag- 
gering sum of $500,000,000 per year, 
with the average school district placed 
at an annual expense of $60,000. One 
hundred homicides were committed in 
1973, an increase of 19 percent be- 
tween 1970 and 1973. Assaults on 
teachers went up 77 percent, and on 
students it climbed 85 percent, while 
rapes or attempted rapes increased by 
40 percent. The staggering increase in 
crime of the baser type came in the 
age bracket under 18 years of age. 

The resulting atmosphere in the 
schools across the land is one of fear, 
destruction and chaos. In place of the 
primary purpose of the school, name- 
ly, that of education, students are con- 
fronted with the necessity of centering 
attention on preservation. Dominated 
by fear and the need for self-preserva- 
tion students can no longer give atten- 
tion to achieving in the area of learn- 
ing. This will explain why parents 
across the land are gradually becoming 
aroused against the school system. 
Already publicity has been given to 
resistance on the part of parents in 
West Virginia, Indiana, and California. 



The Harvest of Evil Is On 

Over a period of four decades, per- 
haps more, we have been seeing an in- 
creasing harvest of evil in the younger 
generation. It has now mounted to 
such enormous proportions that even 
the Congress of the United States is 
becoming alarmed— and well they 
might. School vandalism, vice, vio- 
lence, and viciousness now calls for 
some sort of legislation to arrest the 
wave of crime. Senator Birch Bayh of 
Indiana, chairman of the senate sub- 
committee on juvenile delinquency, 
made a preliminary report to the 
public in which he cited the increased 
crime statistics in American schools. 
He pointed out that the honor rolls are 
shrinking because the casualty lists are 
growing. The number of students who 
died in the combat zones of our na- 
tion's schools between 1970 and 1973 
exceeds the number of American 
soldiers killed in combat throughout 
the first three years of the Vietnam 
conflict. 



iTTiporfance Of 



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What Is the Cause and Cure? 

Even though the senate subcom- 
mittee will conduct a wide range of 
hearings on the cause of this situation, 
and what may be done to correct it, it 
Is a fair conclusion that the multitude 
of words that darken the air will skirt 
the real issue. It will follow the pattern 
of other such investigations of crime 
and no real values will grow out of the 
time and expense spent. The congress 
is committed to avoid any reference to 
God or His Book, or the holiness 
taught in that Book. How, then, is it 
possible for any real good to come out 
of this investigation? 

Christian people need to be alerted 
to the fact that more than a century 
ago, an educator, politician, and a 
Unitarian sold the Congress of the 
United States and the Christian public 
a bill of goods on public education. He 
convinced that generation that by 
means of education it would be pos- 
sible to produce moral reformation in 
every youngster, so that at last the 
saloons would close, the houses of 
prostitution would fail, the jails would 
be emptied. If he could only view the 
situation today. The tragedy is that 
the Church turned the education of its 
youth over to the public school. The 
years went by and the philosophy of 
the school changed. God was elimi- 
nated from the vocabulary, prayer was 
heard no more, and the Bible became a 
closed book. And along with this, the 
morality changed. Television has sup- 
plemented the pagan philosophy of 
the school, providing object lessons in 
vice, crime and vandalism. With delib- 
erate, programmed effect, the children 
have been fashioned into criminals, 
and now we wonder why. 



What Does This Mean to Christians? 

This harvest of woe in the children 
of our land ought to zero in on every 
Christian parent. It ought to bring a 
realization of the need for Christian 
day schools and Christian high schools. 
Are not children worth more than 
luxuries and physical comforts? They 
will exist forever, either in a condition 
of life or in a condition of death. If 
they are nurtured up in an atmosphere 
of Christian faith, there is a real pos- 
sibility of coming to Christ and living 
lives of usefulness to men and glory to 
God. If they are brought up in the 
atmosphere of that which is false, 
there is the awful possibility of being 
shut out from life in Christ, the result 
of which can be lives of misery here 
and hereafter. 

Mothers and fathers across this land 
who have some conception of the 
value of a Christian college are sending 
their children to such schools. We get 
many such young people. They belong 
to local churches and they have at- 
tended public schools. We are increas- 
ingly conscious of the toll that has 
already been taken in these young 
people. They have already been far 
more influenced by the public school 
than by their church or Christian 
home. Great barriers must be over- 
come in order to indoctrinate them 
and refashion them over the pattern of 
the Christian faith. All this means that 
Grace College begins its task at a dis- 
advantage. 

If it is worthwhile to place Chris- 
tian young people in the atmosphere 
of a Christian college, and it is, then 
why is it not worthwhile to begin the 
work of Christian education in the 
more formative years of 5 through 18? 
To begin there will not only increase 
the possibility of producing a high 
type of Christian manhood and 
womanhood, it will also enable the 
Christian college to bring young men 
and women to a higher degree of ef- 
ficiency and usefulness for the Lord. 



Leadership and Philosophy 

Go Together 

Surely the parent is aware of the 
fact that teachers make tremendous 
impact on pupils. The importance of 
this fact is accentuated when it is real- 
ized that the teacher is the one who 
inculcates the philosophy. How impor- 
tant it is therefore that in the forma- 
tive years the teachers be those who 
are Christians and who convey in 
teaching, demeanor, and pattern of life 
that which is thoroughly Christian. 
This is the conviction held by Grace 
Schools, and upon the basis of this 
conviction, Grace Schools has not only 
been operating its own program over 
this pattern, but it has dedicated itself 
to the training of Christian day school 
personnel for promotion of Christian 
schools throughout the land. v 



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Did Christ Die Only for the Elect? 

Editor's Note: This article is of a technical theological nature. Its content deals with a subject that is receiving a great deal of 
current discussion and has widespread implications. We carry it as a service to our readers. Reprints will soon be available in 
booklet form.— ONI 



Charles R. Smith 

Professor of Theology and Greek 
Grace Theological Seminary 



Did Christ die for the pharaoh 
whose heart God hardened (Rom. 
9:17-18) and who had already been in 
torment for almost a millennium and a 
half? Did Christ die for Stalin and for 
Hitler? Can you with real conviction 
tell a sinner that Christ died for him? 

In a recent article in Christianity 
Today (March 28, 1975), James Mont- 
gomery Boice suggests that the evan- 
gelical world is seeing the beginning of 
a great resurgence of the Reformed 
Faith or of "Calvinistic" doctrine as it 
is commonly called. Inasmuch as this 
involves a renewed emphasis upon the 
sovereign activity of God on behalf of 
His fallen creatures, along with an ap- 
propriate de-emphasis upon the search 
for "feelings," "emotions," and "ex- 
periences," Bible believers may rejoice 
over this trend. However, there is at 
least one dangerous aspect in this 
trend. Anyone who works with young 
Bible students does not need to be 
told that the questions above are again 
being asked with increasing frequency 
and that in increasing numbers the an- 
swers are being given in the negative. 
Though I am convinced that those an- 
swers are wrong, it should be noted at 
the outset that many outstanding 
Bible scholars, both in the past and in 
the present, have also given negative 
answers which, within the framework 
of their own definitions, should not be 
viewed as inherently heretical. They 
are simply the result of a failure to 
look at the complete picture of elec- 
tion and atonement as painted in the 
Scriptures. 

On the other hand, many of us who 
would answer the above questions in 
the affirmative have also only exam- 
ined a part of the picture. We often 
have not thought carefully about such 
questions as: "If Christ paid for Hit- 
ler's sin, why must Hitler himself 
pay?" and, "Did not Christ know who 



would be saved and consequently for 
whom He was dying?" Unfortunately, 
because answers to such questions are 
not readily offered, questioning young 
people have often concluded that the 
affirmative answers are thereby invali- 
dated. If this were the end of the issue, 
the resulting convictions, though seri- 
ously inadequate, would not be neces- 
sarily disastrous, for those with such 
convictions do still believe in the 
necessity of preaching the Gospel, 
prayer, and so forth. What is often dis- 
astrous about these convictions which 
might be termed "hyper-Calvinistic," 
is their unfortunate association with a 
hyper-critical and "super-spiritual" at- 
titude. Because others (pastors, teach- 
ers, elders) "don't even understand the 
questions," they themselves and those 
with like convictions are the only ones 
recognized as having real Biblical under- 
standing. It is a sad fact that these con- 
victions are not often based on careful 
Bible study but only result from 
rationalistic attempts to answer such 
questions as those cited in the opening 
paragraph. 

Do the Scriptures provide an ade- 
quate answer to these questions? It is 
my conviction that they do provide an 
answer which is therefore not only 
revelational but also logical. 

"CALVINISM" 

Before examining the Biblical 
teaching on these issues, in view of the 
present resurgence in "Calvinism," it 
should be helpful to review briefly this 
system of theological thought. This 
system is best remembered by the 
acronym TULIP. 

1. Total Depravity 

2. Unconditional Election 

3. Limited Atonement 

4. Irresistible Grace 

5. Perseverance of the Saints 

By total depravity it is meant that 
since the fall, man is a sinful creature 
who is unable in and of himself to do 
anything to earn forgiveness and a 
righteous standing before God. 

By unconditional election it is 



meant that God's election is based on 
His own gracious and sovereign choice 
and not contingent upon any foreseen 
faith or merit in the individuals 
elected. 

By limited atonement it is meant 
that the divine decision to provide 
Jesus as the Saviour was made on behalf 
of the elect only. The cross-work of 
Christ was not intended as a universal 
provision for all sinners; rather He died 
to save those He had elected. (This 
contention will be refuted in what fol- 
lows.) 

By irresistible grace it is meant that 
there is a specific work of God the 
Holy Spirit by which He "calls" (com- 
monly called an "efficacious call") the 
elect to Himself. It is not meant that 
this work is never resisted; rather that 
it always results in man's response in 
saving faith. 

By the perseverance of the saints it 
is meant that all those who are truly 
regenerated ("saved") are by divine 
power kept saved and ultimately glori- 
fied (i.e., "eternal security"). 

In common parlance anyone who 
holds two or more of these points may 
be called "Calvinistic." Certainly all 
who call themselves "Calvinistic" 
would affirm their acceptance of 
points one and five and most readily 
agree with point two as it is defined 
above. Many "Calvinists," however, 
object to the term "irresistible grace" 
(point four) thougli quite often they 
accept the same doctrine under what is 
considered as less offensive termi- 
nology, such as "efficacious grace," or 
by referring to an "efficacious call." 
The differences between those who 
would classify themselves as "two 
point Calvinists" and those who would 
classify themselves as "four point 
Calvinists" are sometimes minor and 
primarily semantic in nature. 

The real debate today concerns the 
third point, limited atonement. Again 
it is apparent that much of this debate 
depends upon one's definitions. For 
example, everyone will grant that in at 
least some senses the atonement 



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should be viewed as "limited." It is ob- 
viously limited in effect in that not 
everyone will be saved as a result of it. 
For the same reason, it must be grant- 
ed that it was limited in purpose (un- 
less one is prepared to say that it failed 
to accomplish its divinely intended 
purpose). It was not intended to ac- 
complish the salvation of all men. The 
real question is, "What was it intended 
to accomplish?" Was it divinely 
planned only on behalf of the elect as 
the means by which God "infallibly 
secured their salvation" (Spurgeon)? 
Or was it intended as a provision on 
behalf of all men, in anticipation of 
which, God, in righteousness, could 
choose some to whom He would ulti- 
mately apply the benefits of that pro- 
vision? Great scholars such as B. B. 
Warfield have often cavalierly dis- 
missed the latter alternative by the as- 
sertion that since some aspects of the 
divine activity with regard to the plan 
of salvation are particularistic (elec- 
tion, irresistible grace or efficacious 
call), then all aspects of the plan must 
be viewed as particularistic and not 
universal. This is specious reasoning 
based solely upon a rationalistic (dog- 
matic) approach. It is hereby affirmed 
that we do not have the right to ap- 
proach this as merely a semantic or 
rationalistic issue. Since the Bible 
speaks explicitly to this point it is a 
revelational issue. 

EVIDENCES FOR AN 
UNLIMITED ATONEMENT 

It is true that the Bible says that 
Christ gave His life a ransom "for 
many" (Matt. 20:28), "for the sheep" 
(John 10:11), and for "the church" 
(Acts 20:28, Eph. 5:25). It should be 
noted, in passing, that here is a link 
between five point Calvinism and so- 
called "covenant" or anti-dispensation- 
al theology. No one believes that 
Christ died for saints of this age alone, 
so in order to view the word "church" 
in such verses as Ephesians 5:25 as 
equivalent to "the elect of all ages" 
one is led to a denial of dispensational 
teaching. But these statements do not 
deny that He died for others also, and 
in fact are no more exclusive than are 
the statements, "Christ died for me, " 
and "This is my country." 

It is also true that some passages 
use the words "world" and "all" in 
contexts which limit their meaning. 
The statement in Revelation 13:8 that 



"all that dwell on the earth shall wor- 
ship" the beast, clearly has the "all" 
limited by the context so that it does 
not include believers who refuse the 
mark of the beast. Likewise, the word 
"world" is limited by its context in 
such passages as John 14:22, and 
Romans 1:8. The word "world" may 
refer to the unsaved, or non-elect, as in 
I John 4:5, but it never refers to the 
elect only! John 1 :29 states that Jesus 
would bear the sin of the world (not, 
that He would take it away), and this 
is the very point being affirmed in this 
study. Those who make "world" in 
such passages as John 1:20 and 3:16 
mean "elect" or "world of the elect," 
must pervert the plain sense of these 
and many other passages. 

At least ten important aspects of 
Biblical teaching oppose the concept 
of a limited atonement. 



I John 2:2 pointedly states that Christ 
provided such a "satisfactory pay- 
ment," such an "appeasing sacrifice," 
or "propitiation," not just with regard 
to believers alone but with regard to 
"the whole world." Any attempt to 
limit the term "whole world" to the 
elect in this context is based solely 
upon dogmatic presuppositions, re- 
quires a perversion of the obvious 
sense of the passage, and results in 
nonsense. 

3. A Universal Reconciliation 

Again, the word reconciliation is a 
word which can be used in several 
senses. In one sense all will ultimately 
be reconciled to God (Col. 1:20). In 
this sense even Satan and hell will be 
reconciled to God in that they will be 
properly limited, judged, and recog- 
nized as being treated in conformity 



At least ten important aspects of Biblical teach- 
ing oppose the concept of a limited atonement. 



1. A Universal Redemption 

It is true that the word redemption 
is sometimes used as a synonym for 
salvation. But several of the Greek 
words used for expressing the idea of 
redemption refer only to the concept 
of "paying a price" (the normal words 
for purchasing or buying.) At least two 
Biblical passages speak of Christ "pay- 
ing a price" for more than just the 
elect. Second Peter 2:1 speaks of false 
teachers who deny the Master "who 
bought them." He "paid the price" for 
even these false teachers who were 
definitely lost and bound for hell (vv. 
20-23). 

First Timothy 2:6 explicitly states 
that Christ gave Himself as "ransom," 
or "redemption," or "payment price," 
"on behalf of all " In fact, Paul avers 
that he was appointed as an apostle 
and herald to teach this very truth to 
the nations (v. 7). One young pastor 
recently told me that a study of this 
verse alone had led him to reject his 
former belief in a limited atonement. 



2. A Universal Propitiation 

The word propitiation suggests a 
satisfaction or an appeasement, and 



with God's holy nature and will. In an- 
other sense, to be reconciled equals to 
be saved (Col. 1:21). In yet another 
sense it may be used to describe the 
changed relationship between man and 
God due to the propitiation provided 
by the cross-work of Christ. All men 
were reconciled in the sense that all 
were made savable by the cross-work 
of Christ: Second Corinthians 5:19 
says that "God was in Christ recon- 
ciling the world to Himself." One 
major result is that in view of this 
cross-work (and in anticipation of it in 
Old Testament times) God grants to 
sinners the "common grace" of life it- 
self and does not call them at the time 
of their sins to a full reckoning or pay- 
ment for those sins ("not reckoning to 
them their trespasses"). In this sense, 
even those who hold to a "limited 
atonement" grant that the unsaved 
were benefited by the death of Christ. 
4. A Universal Provision 

All that will be necessary here is to 
cite five selected statements of Scrip- 
ture: 

But we see Jesus, who was made 
a little lower than the angels for 
the suffering of death, crowned 
with glory and honor; that He 



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by the grace of God should taste 
death for every man (Heb. 2:9). 

I am the Hving bread which came 
down from heaven. If anyone 
should eat of this bread he will 
live forever. Indeed, the bread 
which I will give on behalf of the 
life of the world is my flesh 
(John 6:51). 

For this cause we labor and 
struggle, because we have set our 
hope upon the living God, who 
is the Saviour of all men, espe- 
cially of believers (I Tim. 4:10). 

For the grace of God has ap- 
peared bringing salvation to all 
men (Titus 2:1 1). 

We all, like sheep, have gone 
astray; we have turned, everyone 
to his own way, and the Lord 
has laid on Him the iniquity of 
us all {ha. 53:6). 

5. A Universal Offer 

Those who argue for a limited 
atonement often point out that some 
of the "whosoevers" in our English 
Bible do not really have that meaning 
in the original language, John 3:16 is 
the most frequently cited example. It 
is argued that "everyone believing" or 
"everyone who believes" (literal trans- 
lation) is vastly different from the 
common "whosoever." It is granted 
that a distinction can be observed be- 
tween "whosoever believeth," and 
"the one believing," but John 3:16 
uses the universalistic "every" (or "all 
who") with the subjunctive following 
("might have") with an obviously con- 
ditional sense which is equivalent to 
"whosoever." 



gy in extending a universal offer of 
salvation, It would be difficult to in- 
vent language more expressive of a uni- 
versal offer or more emphatically em- 
phasizing the personal responsibility of 
the individual to respond in faith to 
the divine work. The four following 
verses were chosen, because they each 
use different constructions in the 
original Greek in expressing the uni- 
versal offer. They are only representa- 
tive of many other similar statements. 
And the Spirit and the Bride say, 
"Come!" And the one hearing, 
let him say, "Come!" And the 
one thirsting let him come. The 
one desiring, let him take of the 
water of life freely (Rev. 22: 1 7). 

Therefore whosoever will 
humble himself as this little 
child, this one is the greatest in 
the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 
18:4). 

Now in the last day, the great 
day of the feast, Jesus stood and 
cried out saying, "If any one 
thirsts, let him come to me and 
drink. The one believing in me, 
as the Scripture said, rivers of 
living water shall flow out from 
his innermost being" (John 
7:37-38). 

Whoever should confess that 
Jesus is the Son of God, God 
abides in him and he in God (I 
John 4:15). 

6. A Universal Love 

The Scriptures affirm that God sent 
His Son because of His love for the 
world, not just because of His love 
for the elect. Some object that God 



No matter how strongly the Bible may emphasize 
the doctrine of election, it never does so in a way 
that de-emphasizes human responsibility. 



For God so loved the world (His 
decision was made on behalf of 
the world) that He gave His 
Unique Son, in order that every- 
one believing in Him should not 
perish but might have eternal 
life. 

Regardless of how one interprets 
John 3:16, there are many passages 
which use the most explicit terminolo- 



did not love Esau and therefore does 
not love the non-elect (Rom. 9:13). 
But though God hated Esau, He also 
loved him! Martin Luther once wisely 
remarked that he was glad that John 
3:16 says, "God so loved the world," 
rather than "God so loved Martin 
Luther," for he feared he might dis- 
cover that the latter referred to some- 
one else named Martin Luther, where- 



as the former must include him. Our 
confusion results from a misunder- 
standing of the Biblical concepts of 
love and hate. Even we are expected to 
"hate" father, mother, wife, and 
others, whom we are also expected to 
"love" (Luke 14:26, Eph. 5:25). It is 
true that God has a special love for His 
own which He" does not have for the 
world (Deut. 7:7, Rev. 3:19). This 
special love involves the aspects of ap- 
preciation, relationship, fellowship, 
communion (Greek phileoj. But 
several passages indicate that God also 
has a love which includes even the 
nonelect (Greek agapad). This love in- 
volves the desire for the good of its 
objects as well as the willingness to act 
on their behalf. John 3:16 pointedly 
speaks of this love and affirms that it 
was because of this love for the world 
that God gave His Unique Son. The 
two occasions on which our Lord 
lamented over Jerusalem are also clear 
indications of God's love for even 
those who reject Him (Luke 13:34, 
19:41). It is explicitly stated that 
Jesus loved the rich young ruler who 
went away rejecting His Word (Mark 
10:21-27). 

7. The Day of Atonement 

The Old Testament institution of 
the Day of Atonement was a divinely 
purposed illustration of God's atoning 
work. In Leviticus 16 we are told that 
the sacrifices on that day were to 
make atonement "for all the congrega- 
tion of Israel" (v. 17), with regard to 
"all their iniquities" (v. 22). Yet we 
are also told that "If there is any per- 
son who will not humble himself on 
that day, he shall be cut off (23:29). 
This teaches a universal provision, with 
a particular appropriation or applica- 
tion. 

8. A General Call 

Theologians use the term "general 
call" to describe not only the offer of 
the Gospel to all, but also to include 
the general convicting work of the 
Holy Spirit which may be associated 
with the gospel offer. Yet it is possible 
for an unbeliever to resist such a work- 
ing by the Holy Spirit. Stephen told 
his unbelieving and murderous audi- 
ence, "Ye do always resist the Holy 
Spirit, as your fathers did, so do ye" 
(Acts 7:51). David also spoke of the 
danger of hardening the heart to the 
voice of God (Ps. 95:7-8, Heb. 4:7). 



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The point being made is that the Holy 
Spirit does a work even with some 
who do not respond. Since this is so, it 
may be argued that the Son also did a 
work on behalf of some who will not 
respond in accepting His provision. 

9. How God Saves 

In objection to the hyper-Calvin- 
istic assertion that the death of Christ 
actually and infallibly accomplished 
the salvation of all the elect, it has 
been rightly objected that the cross is 
not the only saving instrumentality. 
By this it is meant that men are not 
saved by the cross-work alone. The 
cross, in itself, saved no one-though 
apart from it there could be no salva- 
tion. Men are actually saved by the 
regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in 
applying the benefits of the cross-work 
of Christ. God's decision to provide 
the cross was not made in order to 
save those He had already chosen. Ac- 
cording to the Scriptures His decision 
to provide the cross was made on be- 
half of the world (John 3:16, and so 
forth) as the basis upon which He 
could elect some and subsequently 
bring them to a saving knowledge of 
Himself. The cross was not intended to 
save certain individuals, rather it was 
intended to make all men savable. 



But what saith it? The word is 
nigh thee, even in your mouth 
and in your heart. This is the 
word of faith which we preach: 
That if thou shouldest confess 
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, 
and shouldest believe in thine 
heart that God raised Him from 
the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
For with the heart man believe th 
unto righteousness, and with the 
mouth he confesses unto salva- 
tion. For the Scripture says, "No 
one who believes on Him will be 
put to shame." For there is no 
difference between Jew and 
Greek, for the same Lord of all 
is rich unto all those who call 
upon Him, for whosoever shall 
call upon the name of the Lord 
shall be saved (Rom. 10:8-13). 
To say that men go to hell because 
Jesus did not die for them is to make 
God a liar. How else would a rejector 
be making God a liar? The Apostle 
John pointed this out clearly. 

If we receive the witness of men, 
the witness of God is greater- 
because this is the witness of 
God— because He has borne wit- 
ness concerning His Son. The 
one believing in the Son of God 
has the witness in him. The one 



One 


who rejects 


the 


eternal 


life 


provided 


for 


us 


in 


Christ has made 


God 


a liar. 













10. God Is Not a Liar 

The offer of the Gospel to "whoso- 
ever will" is a bona fide offer. We 
know that men are depraved and that 
no one chooses the Gospel unless the 
Holy Spirit is at work in his heart. Yet 
the Bible lays great stress upon the 
human responsibility in responding to 
the work of the Spirit. The commands, 
"Repent," "Believe," "Receive," "Ac- 
cept," and "Be reconciled," all illus- 
trate this commonly recognized re- 
sponsibility. No matter how strongly 
the Bible may emphasize the doctrine 
of election, it never does so in a way 
that de-emphasizes human responsibili- 
ty. After the very strongly worded 
passage on election found in Romans 9 
we find these words: (Please read each 
phrase carefully!) 



not believing God has made Him 
a liar because he has not believed 
in the witness which God has 
witnessed concerning His Son. 
And this is the witness, that God 
gave to us eternal life-and this 
life is in His Son ... (I John 
4:9-11). 

One who rejects the eternal life pro- 
vided for us in Christ has made God a 
liar. According to God's Word he has 
refused to believe the truth. Yet those 
who teach a limited atonement would 
have us believe that one who goes to 
hell goes there because he does believe 
the truth— namely the "truth" that 
Jesus did not die for him! 



OBJECTIONS TO AN 

UNLIMITED ATONEMENT 

Rationalistic objections naturally 
arise in opposition to the Scriptural 
facts just reviewed. 

1. Two payments Required? 

The objection is often raised: If 
Christ died for all men, then why 
must, or how can, men be required to 
pay for their own sins in hell? Dr. Alva 
J. McClain's answer to this question in- 
volved the term "forensic equiva- 
lence." This means that Christ bore 
the sins "of the world" (John 
1:29)— "He bore our sins in His own 
body on the tree" (I Peter 2:24)-in 
the sense that He paid an adequate 
penalty, made an adequate provision 
for us all. We are not to view this as 
involving an individual and separable 
penalty for each sin of each individual. 
Due to the infinite value of His Person, 
He bore a penalty which was more 
than equal to the penalty that could 
be paid by all humans througliout all 
eternity. Exact equivalence of punish- 
ment was unnecessary and impossible. 
The infinite God paid a greater price in 
those moments on the cross than all 
men could ever pay. He did not pay 
the payment which we would other- 
wise be required to pay. He made a 
greater payment which may be applied 
to our account instead of the penalty 
that we would have to pay. 

Though an adequate payment was 
made on behalf of a//, the payment is 
not credited to our account until we 
respond in faith to the Spirit's work in 
our hearts in calling us to Himself. 

2. God Knew Who Would Be Saved 

Before He left heaven did not 
Christ know who was already in hell? 
Did He not know that Hitler would 
reject His Gospel'^ Did He not know 
whose names were written in His own 
Book of Life (Rev. 13:8)? Obviously, 
the answer to all these questions is, 
"Yes." When Christ came to this earth 
He knew who would be saved as a re- 
sult of His cross-work, so from this 
limited viewpoint one could say that 
He knew who would be benefited by 
His sacrifice and therefore came to ac- 
complish this work on their behalf. In 
this sense anyone could say that he be- 
lieves in a "limited atonement," and 
no doubt some have identified them- 
selves with the doctrine being refuted 



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simply because of this very limited 
outlook. 

When viewed from such a historical 
viewpoint the atonement was obvious- 
ly "limited" in the sense indicated 
above. But the Bible does not present 
a mere historical viewpoint. It presents 
to man the gospel of salvation in its 
eternal and divine perspective. In order 
to view this issue in its proper Biblical 
perspective it is essential to compare 
briefly two major views that Christians 
have held with regard to the order and 
relationship of the divine decisions. 
Those who hold to a limited atone- 
ment have commonly viewed the 
divine decisions as logically related in 
the following order: 

1. The decision to create 

2. The decision to allow the fall 

3. The election of certain individ- 

uals 

4. The decision to provide Jesus as 

Saviour 

5. The decision to send the Holy 

Spirit to accomplish salvation 
in regeneration 

Obviously, in this view of the divine 
plan of salvation, the decision to pro- 
vide Jesus as Saviour was made on be- 
half of the elect. This order, therefore, 
bluntly contradicts the Biblical state- 
ments affirming that God's decision to 
provide Jesus was made on behalf of 
the world (John 3:16, and others). 
Consequently, a more Biblical ap- 



proach is to view the divine decisions 
as logically related as follows: 

1. The decision to create 

2. The decision to allow the fall 

3. The decision to provide Jesus as 

Saviour 

4. The election of certain individ- 

uals 

5. The decision to send the Holy 

Spirit to accomplish salvation 
in regeneration 

This view is Biblical for the follow- 
ing reasons: (1) It agrees with the 
Scriptural statements affirming that 
the divine decision to provide Jesus as 
Saviour was made because of His love 
for the world, not because of His love 
for the elect. (2) It agrees with the 
Scriptural statements affirming a uni- 
versal redemption, provision, offer, and 
so forth. 

This view is also logical in that it 
conceives of God as having considered 
the possibility of salvation before He 
determines who is to be saved. To the 
present writer, at least, it requires a 
certain amount of irrationality to be- 
lieve that God elected those persons to 
whom He would apply a salvation 
which He had not as yet contemplated. 

From the purely human and histori- 
cal viewpoint it would be easy for one 
to conclude that Christ died for those 
who had been elected before the foun- 
dation of the world (Eph. 1:4) and 
whose names had already been in- 
scribed in the Lamb's Book of Life 



(Rev. 17:8). But God's ways are not 
our ways. His thoughts are as high 
above our thoughts as the heavens are 
above the earth (Isa. 55:8-9). But the 
great and glorious truth is that He has 
chosen to reveal Himself to us- in His 
Word and in His Son! 



CONCLUSION 

To present the question in the 
form, "For whom did Christ die?" is 
to present it in an inadequate and 
potentially misleading form. The real 
issue is faced when the question is 
worded, "On whose behalf was the de- 
cision to provide Christ as Saviour 
made?" It should be clear that at any 
point in history Christ knew who the 
elect were and consequently knew 
who would be saved as a result of His 
cross-work. But. in "eternity past," 
from the standpoint of the divine de- 
crees as revealed in the Scriptures, the 
divine decision to provide Jesus as 
Saviour was made on belmlf of the 
world. This universal provision is the 
basis for a universal offer and invita- 
tion to salvation (Rev. 22: 1 7). 

The great and glorious gospel of 
God is not, "Perhaps you have been 
elected." Nor is it, "Perhaps Christ 
died for you." It is best stated as it 
was on the birthday of the Church: 
"Whosoever shall call upon the name 
of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 
12:21). m 



But God's ways are not our ways. 



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Grace College 
Graduates 



Bachelor of Arts 





109 Graduates in the Class of '75 — 



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Darrel Lee Hawbaker 




Mary 
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Rebecca 

Lynn 

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David 

Robert 

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Janet Elaine Hoxworth 




Rowland Ray Kisner 




Michael S. Marshall 




Stephen 

Ray 

Miller 




David 
Clare 
Munday 




Rebecca 

Jo 

Payne 




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Susan Elaine Suter 




Denise 

Lynette 

Plice 




Ronald 
Wayne 
Snider 




Gerald 

Lee 

Stauffer 




Alice Ann Wallace 




Joyce Elaine Atkins 




Terry Lynn Butterbaugh 




Bachelor of Science 



Feme 
Elaine 
Hancock 



Paula 

Rae 

Harrison 





Kathleen 

Ritchie 

Kennedy 




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Holly Joan Philllppi 




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Stephen 

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Nancy Kay Ramsey 




Steve D. Rand 




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Martha 

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Elaine 

Jean 

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Pamela Louise Walters 






Judy 
Lynn 
Walters 




Lowell Clark Wolters 




Carol Louise Woomer 




Joy Teeter Arenobine 




Bachelor of Music Education 



Stephen 

P. 

Dombek 



James 

Thomas 

Jenkins 





Roland \^ 

Russell 
Maust, Jr. 



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Bacfielor of Arts 
Robert John Gault 
Edward Douglas Miller 
David Edward Ogden 




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Grace 
SeTniTiary 

Graduates 



Diploma In Theology Master Of Divinity 



Certificate In Biblical Studies 





Lynn Arthur Hoyt Russell Warren Betz 





Theodore Kiefer Hobert, Jr. Aldo Elwyn Hoyt 







Robert Lowell Foote Doyle Edward Miller 



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J. Dan Boulton 



Stephan J. Edmonds 





Norman L. Johnson Ross Duncan Martin 





David Ward Miller Paul Eugene Walter David Michael Wingfield George John Zemek 

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Vacation In Florida 

visit Our Brethren Churches!! 



Photo— Pompano Beach, Fla. 



BROOKSVILLE 

Grace Brethren Church 

Meeting at Spring Lal<e Civic Hall 

(2 miles south of Highways 50 and 98 

on State Road 41, between Brooksville 

and Interstate 75) 

305-830-9085 

Herman W. Koontz, pastor 



FORT LAUDERDALE 

Grace Brethren Church 
1800 N.W. 9th Ave. 

305-763-6766 
Merlin Berkey, pastor 

FORT MYERS 

Grace Brethren Bible Church 

2141 Crystal Drive 

(in the Villas, one block off Rt. 41, 

5 miles south of city) 

813-936-3251 

Randall Poyner, pastor 

Bernard Schneider, pastor 



MAITLAND 

Grace Brethren Church 

Corner of Wymore and Oranole 

305-831-1626 

R. Paul Miller, pastor 

NORTH LAUDERDALE 

Grace Brethren Church 
6002 Kimberly Blvd. 

305-972-0542 
Clyde J. Caes, pastor 

OKEECHOBEE 

Grace Brethren Church 

701 S. Parrott St. 

813-763-3218 

Charles Davis, pastor 

ORLANDO 

Grace Brethren Church 

6100 Apopka-Vineland Rd. 

305-876-3178 

John Diaz, pastor 



ORMOND BEACH 

Grace Brethren Church 

Meeting at 334 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach 

904-677-9406 

Gary Cole, pastor 

POMPANO BEACH 

Grace Brethren Church 
3501 N.E. Third Ave. 

305-941-3176 
Gene Witzky, pastor 

ST. PETERSBURG 

Grace Brethren Church 

6300-62nd Ave., N., Pinellas Park 

813-546-2850 

William Tweeddale, pastor 

WEST PALM BEACH 

Grace Brethren Church of the Palm Beaches 

Meeting at 20 S. Federal, Lake Worth 

305-965-0723 

William Cole, pastor 



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nation's history, but also 
its purpose. Let us re- 
member that we are to be 
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Happy Birthday, America! 3 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

75th Anniversary 4 

Persecution 5 

They CaH It "Language Study" 6 

The Chateau Walls SpeaJc 8 

BMH News Summary 12 

Visit a Reading Class 15 

WMC Missionary Birthdays 16 

Adult Sunday School Needs To Grow Up 19 

Is It All Worthwhile? 21 




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Dear Editor 

Address your letter to the editor. Rev. 
Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
All letters must be signed, although names 
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n "The pastor must first seek the 
mind of Christ in relation to his calling 
to a church. If so led, he should ac- 
cept. Then, and only then, should he 
talk about salary if he is truly a He- 
brews 11 type man of God" ("The 
Role and Qualifications of a Pastor," 
May 15, 1975, 5A/// issue). 

Good grief!!! Anyone involved in 
day-by-day business knows that you 
read a contract before signing it! If a 
pastor is to love his home (as this 
article well points out) he has the re- 
sponsibility to provide for his own 
household (I Tim. 5:8). Once a pastor 
and a church decide to enter a "full- 
time" arrangement both must realize 
that the salary will now be the pastor's 
lone source of support in most cases. 
And unless we are going to violate the 
Biblical idea of vocation and set up an 
unscriptural "clergy caste," it is wrong 
for us to expect the pastor to live 
economically any different than others 
in the church. Should not the pastor 
be like the wise builder Jesus men- 
tioned who sits down ahead of time 
and determines whether he can really 
afford to make certain plans for the 
future? 

The Apostle Paul's idea of financial 
sacrifice was that he would empty 
himself gainfully in "secular" work 
rather than be paid by the churches. 
He expected, however, that men with 
families would not have the financial 
flexibility he had (I Cor. 7:32-33; 
9:1-18). 

Single men, men who are indepen- 
dently wealthy, or men who, like the 
giant, have a goose that lays golden 
eggs, may be able to afford the luxury 
of entering a job with no look at the 
financial side. Few pastors are in the 
first two categories, and unfortunately 
the goose is as mythological as the idea 
of a pastor frying faith three times a 
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Reflections By Still Waters 

1 By Charles W. Turner 

^ Editor 

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Time has been said to be a relative thing. "It all 

depends on how you look at it," has been the 
comment of some of the "experts." But I firmly 
contend it is a very rigid, unbending force that 
constantly marches forward. It is clearly marked 
by years, months, days, minutes and seconds. It is 
measured by clocks and calendars and thus the 
results are recorded millions of times in all parts of 
the world. There may be different attitudes to- 
ward time, but there is very little altering of it. 

Time and age are viewed by individuals in many 
ways according to their varying concepts. Women 
are accused of dreading the passage of time. How- 
ever, a quick look at the male segment of our so- 
ciety tells us that vanity is not located in the sole 
domain of the ladies. We may look positively on 
the process of aging with the weak excuse that it is 
gaining us experience. My observation is that when 
we lose our "go-power," we had better be a bit 
wiser, or we will be run over by the energetic and 
knowledgeable younger generation. If the passing 
of time does not make us smarter, then I can see 
very little use in the whole process. 

People age and so do things all about us. Even 
countries have birthdays, and that is what I would 
like to talk about. It comes as a surprise to no one 
that America is almost ready to celebrate her 
200th birthday. Bicentennial observations are 
cropping up everywhere, and the red, white and 
blue markings are dotting the land. 

All of this comes during one of the more de- 
pressing times in our history. We have closed out 
an incident in this land of ours that has done more 
to divide us than anything since the Civil War. I 
refer to the Vietnam intrusion. Questions of how 
extensive the damage to us has really been awaits 
the inspection of the historians. From a distant 
analysis we will later be able to assess what this 
prolonged episode cost in human lives, dollars, and 
overall injury to our national unity. 

A celebration emphasizing our purpose and 
history could not have come at a more fitting 
time. Now is the time to pick up the pieces of 
national pride and get back to a touch of patrio- 
tism and a little flag waving. Now don't mark me 
off quite yet as being out of touch with reality! 
Please lend me your ears for just a few more 
minutes. 

At the age of 200, we as a country are having 
enough problems without every gloomy news com- 
mentator throwing on another burden on the pre- 
text of news reporting. We are suffering from a 
distortion of national purpose, and we need to do 
a httle "backward" looking to see how and why 
we came into being in the first place. The United 
States struggled into existence because people 



July 1, 1975 




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wanted to be free. They had enough of arbitrary 
government dictation and taxation in every area of 
their lives. They wanted to be independent and to 
have the control and say-so over their own des- 
tinies. They dumped tea into the Boston Harbor 
bay to show they had enough of "taxed" tea. 
They also wanted to worship God according to the 
dictates of their own consciences. They were not 
ashamed to put into their motto— "One Nation 
Under God." 

It will be a privilege to be here to help celebrate 
our 200th Birthday. Certainly it will be a gala oc- 
casion with parades, speeches, and renewed visits 
to many of our national shrines. I would hope and 
pray that it will be a time of return to our national 
purpose. May it be a reminder that we just cannot 
afford what all of the politicians are trying to give 
us. We should like to try to do a few things for 
ourselves and not become petty puppets with out- 
stretched hands asking for a return of what was 
ours in the first place. Perhaps a real brave man 
will tell us to work a little harder and to stop 
regarding our government as a deity that can and 
will supply all our needs. 

Maybe even a braver man will stand up and 
remind us that our liberty under God is rapidly 
vanishing, and that we must wake up. He might 

Happy 

Birthday, 
America! 



even tell us that we have been permitting lawless- 
ness and the rights of the criminal to overshadow 
the rights of the innocent one. It would sound 
good to hear the speaker tell us that justice should 
return to our courts and legal system— that crime 
should not be nonchalantly dismissed on legal 
technicahties rather than basing judgment and 
punishment on proved guilt. 

My great hope is that a voice might ring 
through the celebration saying: "If my people, 
which are called by my name, shall humble them- 
selves . . ."—then possibly a clear return to God 
can become a reaUty; and we can all say: "Happy 
Birthday, America!" # 



Brethren Foreign Missions 
To Celebrate 75th Anniversary 



"Are we ready to enter the for- 
eign missionary field?" To a com- 
mitted Christian in the year 1975 
that question is not a debatable one 
and certainly not a topic to excite 
controversy. But 75 years ago a dis- 
cussion on the subject severely 
divided the delegates of the Tenth 
Brethren General Conference, meet- 
ing at Winona Lake, Indiana. 

This came about because one of 
the group's leading elders, Jacob C. 
Cassel, had challenged the delegates 
by presenting a paper on a most 
relevant subject for any Christian 
body-the question stated at the be- 
ginning of this article. 

The matter was then presented 
to the conference. Even though an 
interest in missions had been devel- 
oping for several years, the attempt 
to actually form a foreign mission 
organization within the conference 
itself met with formidable resis- 
tance. To those who favored such 
action it was finally suggested that 



there was plenty of room "out 
under the trees" where they could 
affect their organization. 

So it was that on a hot Tuesday 
afternoon a group of determined 
people was found meeting on a 
knoll under the spreading boughs of 
a friendly oak, and in that meeting 
the Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church was born. The 
spot is identified today by a bronze 
plaque just beneath the tree. 

According to Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Sr., in his book 250 Years 
. . . Conquering Frontiers (A His- 
tory of the Brethren Church), 53 
people were enrolled as charter 
members of the Foreign Missionary 
Society and an executive commit- 
tee of six members was chosen. 
That committee became the Board 
of Trustees, which now consists of 
13 members- 12 elected, plus the 
Foreign Secretary as a member ex 
officio. 

Dr. Kent says that the first re- 
corded statement on the Society's 

• The theme of this year's conference is 

TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL 

Sunday, August 3 — 2:30 p.m.— Home and Foreign Missions Rally at the Homer Rodeheaver Audi- 
torium. Special Foreign Missions feature will be a skit, "Under the Trees," by Rev. Wendell 
Kent on the founding of the Foreign Missionary Society, written especially for this occasion. 
Monday, August 4 through Thursday, August 7 — Missions Seminars, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Five different 
ones to choose from each day, featuring various Brethren speakers. 

Evening Bible Hour will include a 10-minute presentation each evening by representatives 
from foreign fields. 
Wednesday, August 6- FOREIGN MISSIONS SPECIAL DAY 
9:45 a.m. — FMS Challenge Hour and Corporation meeting. 
12:30 p.m.— FMS 75th Anniversary Luncheon — Winona Hotel, by reservation only. Tickets 
$4.00 each. Speakers: Representatives from foreign lands. 
Following the evening service — FMS 75th Birthday Celebration at the Winona Hotel. Invited 
guests: missionaries, foreign board, office staff; along with anyone who has ever 
served as a missionary, staff or board member, plus husbands and wives. Speaker: 
Dr. Russell D. Barnard. 



record reads as follows: "At the 
General Conference of the Brethren 
Church convened at Winona Lake, 
Indiana, August 31 to September 5, 
1900, the matter of opening a way 
for foreign missionary effort was 
discussed earnestly, and many 
seemed moved by the Spirit to take 
some action that would lead to 
some definite step in that direction. 
Accordingly a meeting to effect a 
Foreign Missionary Society was 
convened on Tuesday at 2 o'clock 
p.m., Sept. 4, 1900." 

Nearly 75 years have passed 
since that day which proved so his- 
toric for the Brethren Church. In 
the months of this year leading up 
to the actual 75th birthday of the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church, the anniversary 
has been publicized in various ways. 
Events will climax with special ob- 
servances at the annual conference 
of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches August 1-8. 



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Brethren 


Foreign 


Missionary Society of the Brethren 


Chu 


rch 


Please 


reserve 


tickets for 


the 75th Anniversary Luncheon on Wed., Aug. 6 


Enclosed is a 


check in 


the amount of $ 


. (You will be mailed an acknowledgnnent of 


your 


reservation and 


a receipt 


for payment, 


but tickets 


will be held for you to pick up upon your arr 


ival in 


Winona Lake.) 


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The persecution of Christians 
has a long history. From 
Christianity's birth to the 
present, Christians in one part 
of the world or another have 
suffered at the hands of political lead- 
ers. 

Tradition tells us that not even the 
apostles escaped: 

Matthias was stoned, and 
then beheaded. 

Simon Zelotes was crucified 
in Persia. 

Jude was shot to death with 
arrows. 

Matthew was slain with the 
sword in Ethiopia. 

Mark was dragged through 
the streets of Alexandria in 
Egypt until he expired. 

Luke was hanged on an olive 
tree in Greece. 

John was put in a pot of boil- 
ing oil at Rome and escaped 
death. 

James the Great was be- 
headed at Jerusalem. 

James the Less was thrown 
from the pinnacle of the temple 
and then beaten to death. 

Philip was hanged against a 
pillar. 

Bartholomew was flayed 
alive. 

Andrew was bound to a cross 
where he preached to the people 
until he died. 

And, Thomas was run 
through with a lance. 
United States Christians who have 
enjoyed the sanctity of a country his- 
torically tolerant to religion, may, for 
the present at least, consider them- 
selves immune to such harrassment; 
but it is well to remember that in some 
societies fellow behevers are enduring 
persecution, and foreign missionaries 
working among them have not been 
spared. 

Not every political leader who has a 
part in persecuting Christians dies a 
violent death. However, it is worthy to 
note that many do. 

Herod Agrippa I persecuted the 
church and killed James, the brother 
of John. Acts 12:23 tells us that "the 
angel of the Lord smote him, because 
he gave not God the glory." 

Nero— This infamous world tyrant 
and debauchee makes his way across 
the annals of church history as an in- 
tolerant and persecuting enemy of the 



followers of Jesus Christ. History re- 
cords the wickedness of his reign, 
which became so bad that almost 
everyone turned against him. When 
finally even the palace guard forsook 
their posts, Nero secretly fled and hid 
in a free-man's villa four miles outside 
Rome. There Nero learned that the 
senate had proclaimed Galva as em- 
peror, and that he himself was sen- 
tenced to death. "On the approach of 
the horsemen sent to drag him to ex- 
ecution, he collected sufficient cour- 
age to save himself by suicide from 
this final ignominy, and the soldiers ar- 
rived only to find the emperor in the 
agonies of death. Nero died on June 9, 
68, in the 31st year of his age, in the 
14th year of his reign." 

Pilate-Eusebius is the authority 
that Pilate, wearied with his misfor- 
tunes, killed himself. Tradition re- 
corded the scene: "He tried to find 
solace on a mountain by the lake of 
Lucerne. After spending years in its re- 
cesses in remorse and despair rather 
than penitence, he plunged into the 
dismal lake and took his life." 

Decius— Persecutions of the most 
dreadful sort were carried out during 
his short reign. Civil magistrates were 
ordered to destroy Christianity by 
threatening Christians with severe pun- 
ishments and by the use of the crudest 
of tortures. Decius was killed in the 



tion were left to expire. Some were 
roasted by slow fires; and some sus- 
pended by their feet with the heads 
downward and, a fire being placed 
under them, were suffocated by the 
smoke. Some had melted lead poured 
down their throats and the flesh of 
some was torn off with shells. Others 
had splinters of reeds thrust under the 



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nails of their fingers and toes. The few 
who were not capitally punished, had 
their limbs and their features muti- 
lated." 

Diocletian eventually was afflicted 
with an illness which forced him to ab- 
dicate. He died in retirement eight 
years later. It is not known how 
Hierocles, the real instigator of the 
persecution, met his end. 

Timor (Tamerlane)— This man gave 
the final blow that caused Christianity 
to disappear from central and northern 
Asia and Mongolia. "Not only in the 
Far East, but wherever he penetrated 
with his barbarous legions, he piteous- 
ly harrassed Christians who would not 
renounce their faith. Christians who 



Persecution 



By John W. Zielasko 



battle against the Goths, and the Chris- 
tians were set at liberty. 

Diocletian— The reign of Diocletian 
was in many respects a noble and suc- 
cessful one, but its glory was stained 
by the terrible persecution of Chris- 
tians which he authorized. It seems 
that he was a reluctant persecutor but 
was prevailed upon to stamp out Chris- 
tianity by the phUosopher Hierocles, a 
violent antagonist of this belief. Dur- 
ing a shameful period of ten years, 
three decrees were issued against the 
Christians. Their sacred books were 
sought and burned. "The human imag- 
ination was indeed almost exhausted 
in inventing a variety of tortures. 
Some were impaled alive. Some had 
their hmbs broken and in that condi- 



resisted were slaughtered, their 
churches destroyed." We would expect 
that this despot would meet with a 
violent end, but not so. While planning 
a campaign against China, he was at- 
tacked by a fever, and died in camp 
with his troops. 

In recent days Christians in the 
African republic of Chad suffered per- 
secution at the hands of President 
Francois Ngarta Tombalbaye. Grue- 
some reports of people being buried 
alive, sewn up in a drum and starved to 
death, and tortures during initiation 
rites shocked the Christian conscience 
in Europe and America. Thousands of 
Christians were in prayer for the 

(Continued on page 9) 



July 1, 1975 



They Call It "Language Study" 



By Gary Austin 

We were a motley crew— tired from 
a long journey in an overstuffed 
Datsun 610. Inside the car one could 
see snowsuits, tape recorders, blankets, 
toys and other "essentials" which we 
thought necessary for the eight 
months ahead, in Quebec. Oh, yes, 
there were the four of us! 

We had just recently finished the 
exhausting struggle of packing our 
"outfit" for Africa: identifying each 
item and estimating its value, carefully 
packing each piece into a dozen 55- 
gallon barrels and/or crates, and then 
labeling the crates and barrels. 

We were tired. We were ready for a 
change of pace. And we got it. There 
are many words used to describe it, 
but the more common (polite) way is 
to call it "language study." That is the 
period of time new American mission- 
aries must spend in trying to forget 
how to think in English and in trying 
to relearn how to think— in a new lan- 
guage. The problem is that I have a 
hard enough time trying to think in 
English— let alone in French! 

Our grammar professor tells us that 
after age 15 our minds are like cement 
blocks. His job is to crack our block- 
heads so we can change our methods 
of thinking. Then he commences to 
blast away— eight month's worth. 
Meanwhile, our professor of phonetics 
forces our hps, tongues, teeth, and 
epiglottis (yes, you have one, too) to 
contort into strange ways unknown to 
us "normal" people. You make sounds 
you never thought possible. 

Days stretch into weeks. The day- 
light hours grow darker and yet you 
don't notice this, for your head is 
buried in the tape recorder, books or 
pillow. The snow piles up— and you do 
notice that the weather is cold. 

It's November and then December. 
Christmas. Home for the holidays! It's 
great to be home where you under- 
stand people. People want to hear 
what is going on in school. "Oh, it's 
tough," you tell them, "but not too 
tough." (Don't want to scare away 
potential missionaries.) 

Days of joy are over. Back to 
school— another long trip. Good to see 
friends at school. What did the pro- 



fessor say— "No more EngUsh on 
campus!" How can we make it? 

Mail comes from the United States. 
A pastor friend writes, "You're prob- 
ably speaking French fluently by 
now." He has nerve! 

Test scores on each chapter seem to 
be dropping. What am 1 missing? Frus- 
tration—want to do the very best— 
"mission expects miracles," so I'm 
told. Study harder. 

March. Professor says it is time for 
you to give your testimony before the 
French student body. En francais? 
Mais oui! Is it possible? 

I feel silly. Embarrassed. Strange 
sounds, words, phrases. I stumble 
along, all eyes watching. But— those 
eyes. Are they responding? Am I com- 



Spring must be near. Study is almost 
finished. And just when I'm starting to 
understand a little bit. 

Oh, that's all right. You are going 
to a mission field where French is 
spoken. You'll learn more as you get 
involved with the people who speak 
French. What's that— the people where 
I'm going speak another language— we 
will go through another language 
study? Oh, well. 

Would I like to take this study over 
again? Not on your life! But I 
wouldn't trade the experience for any- 
thing either. 

God teaches us many things 
through the hard lessons of life. For 
new missionaries, life includes lan- 
guage study. ^1^ 




municating? Is it possible? Afterwards 
they congratulate you on a fine testi- 
mony. They chatter with you in 
French as if you understand every- 
thing now! It's like an initiation. 
You're in— after seven months you 
have finally begun your study of a for- 
eign language! 

Now there are more hours of light 
in the day. I thought I saw a robin. 



(FMS editor's note: After finishing 
their study in Quebec at the end of 
April, the Austins spent a period of 
weeks visiting relatives, friends, and 
supporting churches in the U.S. They 
were scheduled to fly on June 27 from 
the U.S. to the Central African Re- 
public. There they will undertake 
Sango language study before beginning 
their work on the field.) 



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(FMS Editor's Note: Pastor Eduardo Coria 
of Argentina spent a couple of weeks in 
southern California this spring, and spoke in 
several Brethren churches during his visit. 
His expenses to the Costa Flica communica- 
tions conference, which he mentions, were 
cared for by the interdenominational radio 
organization, CA VEA, with which he is as- 
sociated in Buenos Aires. The Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society then brought him on to the 
U.S., but since he could be away from his 
home and work only one month, his time 
here was very limited. Thus, he worked with 
the western missionary conference team 
which was equipped with a translator in the 
person of Rev. J. Paul Dowdy. 

This article consists of excerpts from Mr. 
Coria's messages.) 



On the purpose of his visit — 

Before coming to the United States 
I spent two weeks in Costa Rica, tak- 
ing part in a seminar on the subject of 
communications— radio, television, and 
film. There were some 60 Christian 
leaders there from about a dozen 
South American countries. We put in a 
great deal of study and work in those 
two weeks. We all had the same feel- 
ing: that probably the Lord is giving us 
a last opportunity to spread the Gos- 
pel; and only by means of the mass 
media communications, along with the 
work of each individual Christian, are 
we going to get the job done. 

About his early life and conversion — 

Like the majority in my country, I 
was born into a Roman Catholic 



and we children had to return to her 
parents. I believe that in all this the 
hand of the Lord was working, be- 
cause shortly after we arrived there we 
had an opportunity to hear the Gos- 
pel. However, before that I was al- 
ready desiring to become a musician 
like my father. When I was 12 years 
old I bought a trumpet and began to 
play in a jazz orchestra myself in the 
company of very bad people. The 
director of the orchestra was an alco- 
holic. 

I lived that way for four years. But 
in the town where we lived, the son of 
the pastor played the clarinet. He 
wanted to win me to Christ so he 
brought choruses and hymns to my 
house for me to play. (When he was 
gone I would play them in jazz 




Pastor Eduardo Coria (left) and Missionary 
J. Paul Dowdy. 



On the radio work and its results — 

We receive thousands of letters 
from children, young people, adults, 
and older people— from every social 
level of life. Many of them have found 
Christ as their Saviour. Our radio pro- 
gram is supported and paid for by the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church. It is your offerings 
and your prayers that help us to carry 
on that radio work. 

The program is called "The Open 
Bible." It is broadcasted three times a 
week for five minutes at 6:50 in the 
morning, when people are getting up, 
having breakfast, and preparing to go 
to work. 

Once a letter came from an elderly 
lady in Buenos Aires who asked for a 
New Testament. We sent her some 
literature and she was converted. 
About the same time a young lady 
from a different city sent a letter. We 
sent her a New Testament and other 
Christian literature, and she too was 
converted. After a short time we re- 
ceived letters from both the elderly 
lady and the young lady— they were 
mother and daughter. The girl had left 
home many years before, had married 
and had children. Her mother didn't 
know where she was or what she was 
doing. Now they are united again— not 
only as mother and daughter but as 
sisters in Christ. 

We received a letter from a famous 



Ars:entine Pastor Visits U. S. 



home. That doesn't mean it was a 
Christian home; we had religion but 
that was all it was. My mother was 
very faithful to the church; my father 
was not because he was occupied as a 
musician in a jazz orchestra. He played 
the trumpet very well, and was prob- 
ably one of the five best trumpet play- 
ers in the country. As far back as I can 
remember, we were traveling with our 
father and the orchestra. On one of 
our trips we arrived in a town over 
next to the Andes Mountains. On the 
13th of January, 1944, an earthquake 
destroyed practically that whole city, 
and we lost everything except our 
lives. 

When I was eight years old my 
father left the family to follow a Bo- 
hemian type of life. So, our mother 



rhythm!) But the Lord was faithful, 
and when I was 1 6 years old I gave my 
life to Christ. This October it will be 
20 years since I became a Christian. 

Shortly after that the Lord called 
me to prepare myself for service, and I 
studied five years in the Brethren Bible 
Institute. The Lord gave me a good 
Christian wife, Nora, and we estab- 
lished our home. Since I didn't have a 
Christian home when 1 was a child, I 
am very happy to have one of my 
own. I served several churches as pas- 
tor, and spent seven years working at 
the Bible Institute as administrator be- 
sides teaching several courses. Now the 
Lord has taken me to Buenos Aires. 
I'm working part time as pastor and 
part time as director of the recording 
studio of a radio station. 



criminal in Argentina. His name had 
been in all the newspapers, for he had 
assassinated the wife of a high-ranking 
military officer. He had escaped to 
Paraguay but the government was able 
to apprehend him and bring him back 
to Argentina, where he was con- 
demned to hfe imprisonment. Soon 
after returning to Buenos Aires, he 
heard our radio program and wrote us 
a letter. In this first letter he said he 
was innocent; he had no interest in 
anything spiritual, and all he wanted 
was our help to get him out of jaU. But 
the Holy Spirit was working in his 
heart, and very soon his letters 
changed. He began to realize that the 
real prison he was in was not the 

(Continued on page 9) 



July 1, 1975 



Fourth of a series by the Brethren mission staff in France — 




By Mrs. Dan Hammers ' 'W - - - 1^ -^"M IT 



The Saone River ambles lazily 
down its valley bed bordered on either 
side with green velvet pastureland. 
Deep blue rises from the horizon and 
canopies the hilltop where I am sitting. 
A slight, warm breeze, slipping over 
the valley, rustles the tilleul (linden 
tree) leaves and refreshes my face that 
has been warmed all morning by old 
Mr. Sun who has since rolled around in 
the heavens and is now warming my 
back. What a wonderful feeling of 
well-being! 

For centuries people have walked in 
my shady park, enjoying the breath- 
taking view of the Saone Valley. But 
never has summer in my park been so 
exciting as the past few summers since 
my youth was revived, and I was made 
a youth center by Brethren Foreign 
Missions. 

I must confess that I am quite 
proud of my park with its neatly 
trimmed shrubs, ornamental trees, and 
smooth lawn. It has taken a lot of hard 
work and many helping hands to re- 
store the beauty that at one time in 
my existence was sadly neglected. I 
didn't understand at first why my new 
owners were so excited about getting 
the park in shape. I overheard ideas 
about "activities," "camp fires," "vol- 
leyball." I was totally in the dark until 
one day I overheard a conversation 
among several young people sitting 
under my horse chestnut tree. They 
were talking about Jesus Christ. And 
then I reahzed that my park had been 
dedicated for a purpose. It is wonder- 
ful to have a purpose, especially when 
that purpose is helping French people 
find this wonderful "eternal life" in 
Jesus Christ that is talked about so 



much here. So inside and outside God 
is using me as His tool. 

Now, I have many, many friends 
who stroll regularly through my park. 
Raphael is here now with his binocu- 
lars, watching birds. He sits often on 
my walls reading his Bible or sharing 
with another person. He came to the 
Chateau as a rebellious anarchist, 
crossed the bridge from the darkness 
of death to the light of eternal life, 
and is now one of the leaders in the 
church at Macon— a completely trans- 
formed life! 

Ghiselaine lived here in the village 
of Saint-Albain. Boredom with staying 
at home brought her through my gates 
one Sunday afternoon. She continued 
coming for a year during which she 
spent hours reading Christian books 
from my library. At the end of that 
year Ghiselaine crossed the "darkness- 



Claudie— personal Bible study in the park 




Outdoor Bible 
study — Chateau 
grounds 




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to-light" bridge and is now walking 
with Jesus Christ. 

Last summer, Raphael and Ghise- 
laine paid a particularly high compli- 
ment to me as they crossed yet an- 
other bridge together. I am evidently a 
good bridge between celebacy and 
wedlock. And the setting of this 
special ceremony? My park! Their 
choice of setting for their simple wed- 
ding ceremony was significant to me, 
for they have learned to love not only 
the Creator but also the wonderful 
world of nature that He has given us to 
live in. This couple will be leaving for 
Bible school this fall and will be serv- 
ing their Lord wherever He desires. 

Besides the weddings, which num- 
bered five lasf^summer, my green sur- 
roundings have been the setting of 
numerous other activities. Hot dog 
roasts and campfire fellowship, Bible 
studies and musical concerts, the an- 
nual "Barnyard Olympics" and the 
various volleyball tournaments, the 
group discussions and the quiet per- 
sonal sharing times have all contrib- 
uted to my new vocation as a place 




Raphael and Ghiselaine— one of the couples 
married at the Chateau last summer 




where the Good News is announced 
through life and word to those who as 
yet have not heard. 

Even though I am only a modest 
castle in comparison to my brothers in 
this region, 1 can now boast my own 
outdoor "Sound and Light" program 
in the summer. But instead of talking 
about my past as do most "Sound and 
Light" productions, mine tells the 
story of new life in Jesus Christ. I'll be 
telling you more about that later on. 

As I look back over my centuries of 
life in this one place, it's really strange 
to reaUze that I have been truly young 
for only the last decade. My youth 
started when I was given a valid reason 
to exist, a mission in the world, some- 
thing infinitely valuable to share. The 
accompanying face lift was for me 
what a trip to the beauty shop is for 
most of you ladies. I guess I'm pretty 
much like people after all. I have seen 
many of them, people like Raphael 
and Ghiselaine, find the real reason for 
living in Jesus Christ, and you would 
hardly believe what a revolutionary 
face lift Christ's love has given them. 



A portion of Chateau park in spring 



PERSECUTION - 

(Continued from page 5j 

church and missionaries in that be- 
leagured country. As if an answer to 
their prayers, headlines proclaimed: 
COUP KILLS PRESIDENT OF 
CHAD. Reports indicate that Tombal- 
baye was struck down in a dawn 
machine-gun and cannon attack on his 
official residence. 

What the future holds for the Chad 
under the new regime is at this point 
uncertain, except that it does close a 
chapter in the life of another man who 
persecuted the church, and by so do- 
ing, persecuted Christ (Acts 9:4). Such 
action does not go unpunished. Let 
human leaders be reminded that God 
is still on the throne. 

"This matter is by the decree of the 
watchers, and the demand by the word 
of the holy ones: to the intent that the 
living may know that the most High 
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and 
giveth it to whomsoever he will, and 
setteth up over it the basest of men" 
(Dan. 4:17). 

Tertulhan told the Roman persecu- 
tors: "Nothing is accomplished by 
your increasingly refined cruelty; it is 
the bait that draws men to our school. 



We increase as often as you mow us 
down. The blood of Christians is 
seed." 

If we should ever be called upon to 
stand up under pressure for our Chris- 
tian faith, would we stand the test? 

ARGENTINE PASTOR - 

(Continued from page 7) 

■physical jail— he was in a spiritual jail. 
He didn't need a lawyer, he needed a 
Saviour. The Holy Spirit illuminated 
his heart and mind and he accepted 
Christ as Saviour. In one of his most 
recent letters he said that very likely 
he would have to spend his whole life 
in that place, but he is happy because 
he is ahve in Jesus Christ. 

Concerning the need for missionaries — 

I am seeing today the need for men 
who are well founded in the knowl- 
edge of the Word of God to occupy 
important positions in teaching the 
Bible in Argentina. Liberal theology is 
entering more and more into the land. 
We are trying to neutralize that influ- 
ence, but we need more men who are 
strong, able teachers of the Word. I 
spent some years working in the Bible 
Institute, but we had to close the 



school because of the lack of young 
men interested in studying. Now we 
have a group of young men who are 
really interested in the Word of God. 
It would be a good thing to be able to 
reach those young men in their own 
churches and teach them. If it is not 
possible for them to come to an insti- 
tute and stay to study, we should take 
the institute to them. At present there 
are very few Argentine pastors, and 
not many of them would be able to go 
and do this kind of teaching work. I 
believe this would be a great oppor- 
tunity for missionaries. Please think 
about this; pray about it. ^ 



..J^ Years 

^'^^^ncing the Gospel 



July 1, 1975 



Reflections on two missionary women who are now with the Lord, by two who served with them — 

Two Great Women 



By Harold and Marguerite Dunning 



DEPENDABLE MARY EMMERT 



AMAZING GRACE BYRON 



Our first contact with Mary Emmert was when 
we lived in her rooms our first year on the 
field, while she was on furlough. In fact, our 
first daughter was born in her bed! Mary and 
Elizabeth Tyson shared one of the large 
houses built on our Central African field by J, W. 
Hathaway and rebuilt by Al Balzer a few years ago 
because of termite damage. When Mary returned to 
Africa the Taber house was vacant, and we lived there 
as neighbors to Mary and Elizabeth until our first 
furlough. After that it was never our privilege to be 
stationed at the same place with her again, but she 
remained one of our warmest friends. 

Mary never intruded into another's privacy but 
was "always there" when counsel or help were re- 
quested; now she must know more fully how greatly 
we appreciated her wisdom. How much .we learned 
from her about what it is to be a "foreign mission- 
ary"! She helped us take "missions" out of our heads 
and put it in our hearts and feet. She personified 
methodical, clear thinking, and was an excellent 
"balance wheel" to rash new-missionary thinking. She 
was so self-disciplined that when she was making her- 
self speak only French, she even engineered in French 
the killing of a snake! She was a Phi Beta Kappa but 
it never kept her from relating with everyone. 
Erudite, she could always be a winner in Anagrams or 
Scrabble; but she'd say, "Let's play in three lan- 
guages," which made it easier for everybody-if you 
didn't have the vocabulary or letters for English only, 
you might be able to come up with something in 
French or Sango. 

Mary was the kind of person to whom we felt we 
could entrust our teenage daughter for the trip to the 
States when they both left Africa for the last time. If 
she felt it hampered her somewhat to take a 10-day 
trip in Europe with two 14-year-olds in tow, neither 
the youngsters nor their parents could have guessed 
it. Patience and understanding characterized Mary 
here again. 

Her "children," from Marc Volongou to Maurice 
Molekpo, rise up and call her blessed. She taught 
them the "three R's" in French, along with French 
Bible, and also what it was to trust in the Lord Jesus. 
She not only told them, she showed them. 



Many of her fellow missionaries affection- 
ly called her "Amazing Grace." Grace 
Byron would respond: "That's okay. 
Just don't sing, 'Grace, Enough for 
Me.' " She was amazing in her ingenu- 
ity, her tolerance, her perseverance, her resUiance. 
She was a unique combination of leader-follower; and 
we especially enjoyed her sense of humor. 

Because she was ill, we missed getting to travel 
with her to Africa our first trip out, and we were 
never stationed at the same place. Nevertheless, we 
loved her the first time we met her, and this love 
always continued, nourished by correspondence and 
occasional visits. (Though she was disappointed at not 
getting to sail on the freighter Zarembo, this was so 
God could use her months later on the ZamZam, be- 
fore it was sunk by a German raider-ship, to rescue a 
lost daughter of other missionaries who thought she 
was already in a lifeboat.) 

One of the nicest things any missionary ever did 
for another, Grace did for us. Until the mid-1 950's 
Field Council meals were always prepared by three 
missionary ladies for the whole ten days or two 
weeks. You volunteered a year ahead of time, and 
then you were free for a few years. Thus it was in 
1949 I found myself planning to cook not only with 
eight- and four-year-old daughters, but with a small 
infant as well. That is when a letter came from Grace 
who was then living in the largest house at Bassai, 
which was the regular meeting place for Field Council 
unto grass fires during hunting season destroyed the 
thatched-roof mud dormitories which were the 
"motel rooms" for families. Grace wrote that she 
didn't know how I could manage (on an isolated sta- 
tion several days away, we were wondering, too). So, 
she wanted the five of us to set up our cots in her 
bedroom, which she ordinarily would have shared 
with other single missionaries. It would facilitate meal 
preparation, for I could use her own cooking facilities 
on the veranda (in that pre-aluminum-roof era most 
of the cooking was done in a separate cookhouse near 
each residence). Not only that, but we could be re- 
laxed about our children during the evening services 
which were always held in the adjoining long living 
room. We never were able to express sufficiently to 
her our thanks for this unique arrangement and her 
kind invitation. We know when she heard "Well 
done" from the Lord Jesus she loved so much, she 
was glad again that she did such a wonderful thing for 
two young missionaries. W 



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Winona Lake, Ind. A 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration 
will be held for Dr. and Mrs. Homer A. Kent, Sr., at the 
dining room of Grace Village, on Saturday, Aug. 2, 1975. 
Their children welcome you to come and go from 2:00-4:00 
p.m. No gifts, please. 

Aitoona (Juniata), Pa. Missionary Lois Miller, a member of 
the Grace Brethren Church here, recently was honored in the 
Central African Republic. She received from the presidential 
palace the Ordre: Merite Centrafricain (the Honor Society 
of the Central African Republic). 
This citation was originally to be given on Dec. 1 , the 
independence day for the republic. It was presented by the 
Minister of Agriculture on the field. It honored both the 
missionary and the Foreign Missionary Society through 
which she serves. The honor was given for service to the 
nation through teaching male nurses and the teaching of 
midwifery. It also rewarded her for designing and directing 
the building of a medical facility on the Boguila station. 
Word was sent by a local official of the accomplishment to 
President Bokassa who then sent the award. 
Lois returned on Apr. 22 to the Central African Republic. A 
surprise farewell fellowship time was held at the parsonage 
after the evening service of Apr. 20 and on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 
a fine delegation was present to see her off at the 
Altoona-BIair Airport. Simon T. Toroian, pastor. 

Kittanning (North Buffalo), Pa. On Apr. 6, the North 
Buffalo Grace Brethren congregation dedicated their new 
building with Dr. Harold Etling as the guest speaker. Three 
former pastors: Gordon Bracker, Fred Walters, and Thomas 
Goossens were present to assist in the services. There were 
144 in Sunday School, 185 for morning worship and over 
300 in the afternoon services. 

A goal of $ 1 ,000 was set for the building fund offering for 
the afternoon, and when the money was counted, we had 
received $1 ,610. The icing on the cake came when there 
were two first-time decisions and one rededication. Roy E. 
Kreimes, pastor. 

Elyria, Ohio. Pastor Richard Placeway concluded an 1 1-year 
ministry on May 1 1 . He began his new ministry in Manheim, 
Pa., on Sunday, May 18. Pastor Placeway's new address is 
R.D. 5, Penryn Road, Manheim, Pa. 17545. 

Change. The address of Rev. Robert Markley has been 
changed to: 1121 Winston Rd., South Euclid, OH 44121 
(Phone: 216/291-4548). Mr. Markley is available for pulpit 
supply in the driving area of Cleveland, Ohio. 



Annual Change. Due to illness Rev. Jerry Snyder has 
resigned from the Grace Brethren Church, Brooksville, Fla. 
The church has called Rev. Herman Koontz as the interim 
pastor. The church is meeting in the Spring Lake Civic Hall, 
two miles south of Highways 50 and 98, on the State Road 
41 which is between Brooksville and Interstate 75. 



Grace Alumni Reception Set for 
August 4 at Winona Lake 

An alumni reception for all former students of 
Grace College and Seminary, along with faculty, ad- 
ministration, trustees and spouses will be held on 
Monday night, August 4, 1975. The reception will 
follow the evening service as a climax to Grace 
Schools Day at the annual conference of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches in session at Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

Dr. Wayne Beaver is general chairman of the recep- 
tion committee which includes: Jim Morrison, Mrs. 
Tom (Donna Grady) Miller and Bill Darr. Prof. Don 
Ogden will emcee the program which will include 
some of the "Old Time Music Groups." Light refresh- 
ments will be served. Place will be announced. 



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given to new subscribers whose addresses are suppHed by the 
officiating minister. 

Mary Ann Birmingham and Dennis Lee Myers, May 24, at the 
First Brethren Church, Alexandria, Va. Pastor Lee Myers, 
father of the groom, officiated in the ceremony. 

The following marriages were performed by Dr. David 

Hocking, pastor, First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.: 

Linda Esparza and Mariano Dauz, Feb. 15. 

Karen Bolinger and Leighton Ogg, Mar. 8. 

Deborah Wade and Russell Kopp, Apr. 5. 

Myra Dennis and Edwin Loucks, Apr. 12. 

Linda Munke and Alan Markovitz, May 4. 

Betty McDaniels and Bruce Bingham, May 24. 

Mary Sullivan and Robert Paterson III, May 25. 



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Chambersburg, Pa. Ruth Ann Rittgers has been selected as 
an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America for 1975. 
Ruth Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ritchey, 
Sr. She graduated from Grace College in 1970 with a B.S. in 
Elementary Education. Later she married a Grace College 
classmate, Keith Rittgers. The couple then moved to 
Kinston, N.C., where they both taught at the Grace Christian 
School. For the past 2 years she has been teaching in the 
second and third grades at Calvary Christian School in 
Forrest City, Ark., where she was recommended for this 
award. 

Des Moines, Iowa. Pastor Ralph Miller has resigned from the 
pastorate of the First Brethren Church in Des Moines as of 
May 12, 1975. His future plans are indefinite at this time. 

PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be received for 
publication at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

York, Pa. July 17-20; Robert Whited, pastor. Dr. John Whitcomb, 
speaker. 

: PLAN NOW TO ATTEND • 

: NATIONAL CONFERENCE : 

: AUGUST 1-8, 1975 ! 

Princeton, N.J. (EP)-One fourth of the nation's college 

seniors become so disillusioned during their four years of 

college that they would rather live in another country, 

according to a recent Gallup Poll survey. 

Students in 57 colleges and universities indicated through 

the research that their political views moved sharply to the 

left as they advanced from freshman to senior and that 

their religious beliefs decreased in importance. 

With these came liberalization concerning attitudes toward 

sex, drugs, and alcohol. 

The pollsters concluded that instead of teaching collegians 

how to think, left-leaning faculty members were teaching 

them what to think as well. 

Hartford (EP)-Connecticut's House of Representatives has 

voted, 81 to 54, to require a "silent moment of prayer" each 

day in public schools of the state. 

The Senate has already passed a similar bill, but it will be 

returned to the Senate for approval of a House amendment 

to allow chOdren to leave the classroom, if they wish, during 

the moment of prayer. 

Opponents of the prayer bill said in an emotional House 

debate that it violates prior rulings of the U.S. Supreme 

Court. One of the responses by a supporter was "There's 

only one Supreme Being, and it isn't the Supreme Court." 

Notice. The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. wOl not be 
able to furnish tapes of this year's national conference 
messages. Production problems and other complications have 
been encountered, and we regret not being able to make 
tapes available. We trust that conference delegates will 
understand and appreciate this early notification. Plan to 
bring tape recorders to record the music and messages of 
your choice. 




Buena Vista, Va. On a recent Sunday we were rejoicing 
because we have a family of five generations that regularly 
attends our church. Four are members who actively serve the 
Lord, and the fifth rarely misses a service. They are from 
the right to left: Mrs. Theresa Lynn— great-great grandmother, 
Mrs. Ruby Smals— great grandmother. Rev. Jimmy Smals- 
grandfather, Mrs. Becky Lynn-mother, Baby Nicholas 
Lynn— son. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 

Winona Lake, Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith reports a great 
crusade meeting at the new Grace Brethren Church of North 
Kokomo, Kokomo, Ind., May 18-23. There were 1 1 public 
decisions for Christ. Richard Bell, pastor. 



In Memory 



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

BADGER, Ashley, 87, Apr. 1, member of the Melrose 
Gardens Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. On Dec. 6, 
1974, he and Mrs. Badger had enjoyed their 68th wedding 
anniversary and both were active until his death. Phillip 
J. Simmons, pastor. 

COOPER, R. Walter, Apr. 5, member of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor 
COUSER, Mary A., member of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Huber Heights of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Mar. 23. She 
had been confined to her home over 4 years because of 
illness, but had a rich ministry in prayer and Bible study 
and influenced many lives. James Poyner, pastor. 
CRAIG, David S., 75, Mar. 28, member of the First 
Brethren Church of Philadelphia for 57 years, having served 
on the building committee, and as an usher and trustee. 
Roger L. Wambold, pastor. 

HILDEBRAND, Mrs. Charlotte (Lottie), 76, May 27, a 
deaconess and a former Sunday School teacher at the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Wesley Haller, pastor. 
SIMPSON, Mrs. Cora, 92, Feb. 20, was one of the most 
faithful members of our current outreach program. David 
Hocking, pastor. 

SMITH, Joseph, 90, Apr. 24, member of the Findlay Grace 
Brethren Church, Findlay, Ohio. Glenn Coats, pastor. 
THOMPSON, Ben, Jan. 25, member of the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 



July 1, 1975 



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1975 WMC THEME PAGE 




REFLECTING GOD'S BLESSINGS THROUGH KEEPING PROMISES 



14 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



(WMC Editor's Note: When Miss Byron was 
chosen as a Birthday Missionary for the 
second time, she decided to write of African 
experiences instead of the usual biography. 
This article appeared in January of 1972 
and reveals her love for the African children 
and her concern for teaching them. Her per- 
sonal style also shares her lovely sense of 
humor. Although she is now in glory with 
her Lord, we can be blessed by reading of 
her missionary days.) 



Visit A 
Readin 

Class 




Come with me on a bush trip to 
inspect village classes and see what 
progress the children are making in 
learning to read and in memorizing 
Bible verses, and how we can help the 
teachers. 

We will travel by "push." I was 
dumped out of a push once, but no 
bones were broken and I was not any 
worse for the experience. What kind of 
vehicle is a "push"? It is a one-wheeled 
chariot— a chair seat and two poles on 
a frame built over a motorcycle wheel 
and operated by two men, one in front 
and one in back, who jog along at 
about four miles an hour. 

Careful preparations must be made 
for the trip, including arrangements 
for men to carry our loads, and for 
"pushers" and a cook. We must take 
everything we will need, for there will 
be no stores nearby. Two necessities 
are a mosquito net to protect us from 
malaria-carrying mosquitoes at night, 
and our malaria-preventive medicine. 
We must boil all our drinking water 
and not be tempted by sparkling clear 
water in a stream. Disease-carrying 
germs are easy to come by but it is 
difficult to get rid of them. 

When the loads are all packed, the 
men put them on their heads and we 
mount our pushes, bow our heads to 
ask the Lord's blessing, and the cara- 
van is on its way. Friendly Africans 
walking along the road greet us with 
smiles and wish us a safe journey. 

After traveling a couple of hours we 
come to a stream. The hot dusty car- 
riers lay down their loads and plunge 
into the cool stream, and we find a 
shady spot beneath a tree. Refreshed, 
the men pick up their loads, we chmb 
into the push, and are on our way again. 

July 1, 1975 



Finally arriving at our destination, 
we are greeted by the pastor, and 
chief, and some villagers. Our "motel" 
is an empty one-room adobe hut with 
a mud floor. There are no windows, 
and the door-closing is only a mat. 

After we set up housekeeping we lie 
down to rest for awhile. Do you hear 
that hen squawking? A little later a 
boy arrives with a gift of eggs from the 
chief. We test the eggs in a pan of 
water and sure enough, they all float. 
No doubt the eggs were taken from 
under the hen that squawked. We pre- 
fer our chickens out of the shell! 

When the people have come home 
from their work the pastor soon beats 
the drum calling the people to the eve- 
ning service. There is no chapel in this 
village, so the people sit on rows of 
logs and the pastor uses an upright 
drum for a pulpit. He announces a 
song— and as their habit is, they sing all 
10 verses; he asks us to give a greeting 
and then reads a portion of Scripture 
and gives a message. 

We go back to our "motel" and 
have our evening meal. Meanwhile, the 
men sit around their fires while the 
women cook cassava mush in an 
earthen pot, empty it into a basket 
container, and then cook the stew in 
the same pot. The stew is made of 
vegetables and meat— if they have the 
meat (it might be rats). The women 
bring the food to the men. Forming a 
circle around the two containers of 
food, they take a gob of the stiff 
mush, dip it into the stew, and eat it. 
They finish and the women come to 
get the food and eat what is left. We 
visit for awhile with the groups and 
then crawl under our nets to sleep. 
At dawn, after a good night's sleep. 



we hear the drum calling the people to 
the sunrise prayer meeting. We always 
are blessed in attending these meet- 
ings. Later we visit the children's read- 
ing class, and are pleased with the 
progress they are making in learning to 
read and reciting Bible verses. Some 
helpful suggestions are given to the 
teacher. 

We tell the children that Jesus loves 
them and if they will accept Him they 
will go to heaven. Some already know 
the Lord, and it is a real joy to see 
others accept Him. Their religion has 
taught only fear of death by the spirits 
of their idols, and they must appease 
the spirits. 

After a couple of days we leave and 
go to other villages where we have 
similar experiences. 

One morning we are at the river 
waiting to be carried across. Seeing 
some lion tracks, I follow them for a 
short distance and then ask myself, do 
I really want to see that hon? I look 
around for a tree to climb "in case," 
but there is no tree. Yes— I turn back, 
and am still here to tell you that 1 saw 
the lion tracks! 

We cross the river piggyback and 
are on our way back to the station, 
hot and dusty but happy to continue 
teaching prospective teachers so that 
there will be more classes in the vil- 
lages. 

It is a joy to serve the Lord. "The 
harvest truly is plenteous, but the 
labourers are few" (Matt. 9:37). The 
command is to go; "Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 
28:19). Is your answer, "Here am I; 
send me"? # 



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Yes, Lord 



(With Reservations) 



I'll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, 
Real service Is what I desire; 

I'll say what you want me to say, dear Lord- 
But don't ask me to sing in the choir. 

I'll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, 

I like to see things come to pass; 
But don't ask me to teach boys and girls, dear Lord— 

I'd rather just stay in my class. 

I'll do what You want me to do, dear Lord, 
I yearn for the kingdom to thrive; 

I'll give you my nickles and dimes, dear Lord- 
But please don't ask me to tithe. 

I'll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, 

I'll say what You want me to say. 
But I'm busy just now with myself, dear Lord— 

I'll help You some other day. 

—Author Unknown 




Offering note— Operation & Put 
lication Expenses— your garden 
should be looking very healthy 
and green. The harvest is not 
too far away. Production goal 
is $5,500. 



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WMC OFFICIARY 

Pies.-Mis. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 
Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st V. Pres.-Mrs. RusseU Ward, 3342 Val- 
erie Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405 

2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 
ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secy.-Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 
I Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902 

Asst. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 
Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
? 80910 

Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 
Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 
National WMC.) 

Asst. to Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Mrs. Ben Zim- 
merman, R. R. 1, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 
Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor-Mis. Dan Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard SeUers, 4661 
Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 



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(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 35 and 36 
of the 1975 Brethren Annual.; 

AFRICA 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

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

Mrs. Donald G. Hocking September 1 1 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. Edward D. Miller Septe