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Cover Photo: Dramatic 
moment at national 
conference 1975, when 
Lynn and Mary Hoyt, 
Aldo and Alice Hoyt, 
and Norm and Cleo 
Johnson were dedicated 
to missionary service. 
(Photo by John Bur- 

Cornerstone Laying for B.E.S.T 4 

The Laying On of Hands 6 

The Chateau Walls Speak 8 

Barrels, Crates and Migraines 10 

I'm A Child Of The King 12 

And God Made Four 14 

Christian Education Switchboard .... 16 

Horace Mann, John Dewey and the 

American Education Rip-off 18 

Public Relations and Christian Ministry . 20 

BMH News Summary 23 

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 

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 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 
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Dear Readers, 

I would like to express my persona! 
thanks as well as the thanks of the 
staff of the Brethren Missionary Her 
aid Company for your generosity, fi 
letter was sent out to the Herald sub 
scribers to call attention to the fad 
that we were celebrating our SSth 
Birthday in the ministry of the printed 
page. We asked you to share in the 
ministry with a gift, and in turn we 
would send you a Bible. 

At the outset I decided to write c 
personal note of thanks to everyone 
who responded. I was not exactly pre 
pared to use up a couple of ball poinl 
pens. The gifts and notes started com 
ing in and I started writing. Day aftei 
day we received the gifts and some o' 
the sweetest notes I have ever seen 
The effort was beyond anything I per 
sonally expected. The gifts came at the 
right time because the Herald Boarc 
voted to purchase a new, larger pres; 
to meet the growing demands of oui 
print shop. 

At this writing the letters are still 
coming in and you really have madr 
our birthday a happy one. You alst 
made possible the enlargement of ou 
printed page ministry. If any mistake 
were made or anyone was missedi 
please let us know. 

Again my deepest of thanks to all 
of you sweet people. 



Address your letter to the editor. Rex 
Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionar 
Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46591 
All letters must be signed, although nami 
will not be used in the magazine. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Reflections By Still Waters 

The Last 

of the 

Free LuTiches 

Here we are on the first 
day of 1976! The foot- 
ball bowl games are in 
full force and there 

I will be a lot of red eyes 

tomorrow for varying reasons. But it is 
the Bicentennial red, white and blue 
year that has arrived. New Year's Day 
has always been a time to stop and 
evaluate the future. This year it seems 
more than ever will be a time for 

Perhaps the year will see the end of 
the "free lunch." The free lunch is an 
expression that has received common 
usage in the language of the American 
people. It symbolically speaks of any- 
thing that may be obtained without 
cost to the individual. Free lunches 
have become a way of life to people. 
The movement of the government into 
so many phases of our personal lives 
does not need to be documented since 
it is very obvious. Free educational 
benefits, free hospital expenses, free 
food stamps, free housing allowances, 
and on and on. We have become ac- 
customed to leaning on the state, 
county and good old Uncle Sam for 
practically everything. Promises keep 
coming of more free things that will be 
available in the future. We are getting 
so many free things in this country, 
that it has reached the place where it is 
difficult to afford all of the free items. 
If our friendly congressman gets any 
nicer to us, we will all go broke bask- 
ing in our free freedoms. 

New York City has come to its day 
of reckoning, and the "pass outs" are 
all passed out. The promises of high 
wages and enormous pensions, free 
college education, and a welfare hand- 
out that staggers the imagination have 
all come due and there seems to be no 
one too happy about paying the bill. 

But who has ever been happy about 
paying bills anyway! So what is new? 
The fact that the bill collector says: 
"No More-Pay Up!" As true in all 
cases the debtor wants help because 
his case is "special." However, one 
spendthrift who has run out of credit 
is not different from another one. It is 
just easy to blame someone else for 
our problems. Take a lesson, Washing- 
ton, we all may be next. 

The free lunch has always been an 
illusion. It just never existed in the 
first place. There is nothing free . . . 
someone always picks up the tab. All 
of those free offers show up some- 
where in the final bill. We are going to 
pay not only in interest but in usury 
for our high living. Every free program 
is financed from the tax money of the 
working people. Those working people 
are getting fewer in number all the 
time, and the free lunchers are getting 
more in number. Not a very pleasing 

You may be mentally challenging 
me because of these negative state- 
ments regarding free gifts. Many of my 
readers will have spotted an apparent 
flaw in my conclusions. You know and 
I know that the greatest gift of all is 
free, that is, the gift of eternal life 
through Jesus Christ. But even here it 
cost someone something. In fact, it 
was the most expensive gift in the 
history of the world. 

First, it cost the Father His own 
Son, Jesus Christ. Christ left the con- 
fines of the divine presence of God to 
come down to this earth. That is an 
unfathomable expense. It cost the Son 

By Charles W. Turner 

His very life as Jesus Christ took upon 
Himself human form. Then it cost Him 
His life as He died to pay the penalty 
of our guilt. So what we may call free 
as pertaining to the gift of God was 
extremely costly. It is free in the sense 
it is not possible to work for it, pay 
for it, or obtain it in any way on our 
own merits. But it had to be paid for 
by someone at some time. 

With the movement of history there 
is a growing consciousness on the part 
of many that we need to "wise up" to 
the fact the time of the free lunch has 
ended. It never was really here. What is 
obtained must somehow be paid for 
by someone. It is always the hope of 
humanity that the payer of the bill 
will be the other fellow. This philoso- 
phy cuts its inroads into the church 
and its work. If we are not careful, we 
can become freeloaders on others. 
Often we depend on even the unsaved 
to carry a heavy part of the load that 
we were supposed to have picked up 
when we became children of God. 

We are going to have to face new 
problems in the coming years if Jesus 
does not return. Changing rules of 
taxation and the church are coming 
our way. We may have spent too much 
time in the past pleading with people 
to give to the church on the basis of 
the tax-free benefits of their gifts. In- 
stead of this approach, we should have 
been expounding the truth that their 
gifts ought to have been based on their 
love of God and His work and not on 
what could be extracted from the civil 
government. Too many church people 
have been accepting the benefits of the 
church without contributing anything 
in service or dedication. Perhaps it is 
about time we ran out of the free 
lunch philosophy and got back to 
some basic responsibilities. ^ 

JANUARY 1, 1976 

n Sunday afternoon, 
May 4, 1975, under a 
bright sun in Bangui, 
Central African Repub- 
ic. Rev. Samuel Odun- 
aike, a Nigerian and president of 
A.E.A.M. (Association of Evangelicals 
of Africa and Madagascar), gave the 
dedicatory address (translated into 
Sango by Missionary Don Hocking) for 
the beginning of the construction of 
B.E.S.T. (Bangui Evangelical School of 

Approximately one thousand 
people gathered at the corner of 
Avenue Jean— Bedel Bokassa and 
Avenue de France. This crossroads has 
a new name since the property was 
given to the seminary. It is now called 
"Schools Crossroads" (three other 
schools are in the immediate area). 
Among the one thousand-plus were six 
choirs (three Baptist and three Breth- 
ren), one of which had composed a 
special song for the occasion. All but 
one of the members of the Action 
Committee were present and partici- 
pated. Pastors of four different de- 

Al Balzer supervising work 

Cornerstone Laying for B.E.S.T. 

Rw Row nnnalrl VAnnUinn ^ ^^ 

By Rev. Donald Hocking 

nominations were there as well as re- 
porters from the Central African Re- 
public radio and television stations. 

From the time of the initial investi- 
gations in March 1973, which followed 
the decision by the General Assembly 
of A.E.A.M. in Limuru, Kenya, to 
build a French-speaking evangelical 
seminary, until this sun-drenched Sun- 
day afternoon, many hours had been 
spent in government offices and build- 
ing department offices, in making 
plans and decisions and in getting 
other preliminary details arranged. 

In his message of dedication Rev. 
Samuel Odunaike outlined once more 
the reasons why the city of Bangui was 
chosen by A.E.A.M. for this important 
project which will serve French- 
speaking Africa. He also mentioned 
why we need such a school. His chal- 
lenge was to rise up and build for the 
glory of Christ. 

An offering was received totaling 
$47.30. This has brought the total of 
gifts to over 300,000 francs (about 
$1,500). The evangelical churches of 
the Central African Republic (over 
half the contributions coming from 

Rev. Samuel Odunaike and 
Missionary Don Hocking at 
the building site. 

Rev. Samuel Odunaike (L.), Rev. 
Noel Gaiwaka (R.) and Rev. Don- 
ald Hocking share the podium at 
the ceremony. 

Brethren churches so far) have given a 
good testimony to other evangelical 
churches around the world by their 
voluntary offerings for this great proj- 
ect. We trust other evangelicals will 
follow their example. 

The Central African Republic radio 
station (Radio Bangui) interviewed Mr. 
Odunaike twice during his stay in 
Bangui, as well as recorded the entire 
ceremony which took place on May 4. 
These were all broadcast over Radio 
Bangui and took up most of the news 
broadcasts on Monday following the 
Sunday ceremony. 

Mr. Odunaike laid the cornerstone 
and then each member of the Action 
Committee added a stone (cement 
block). A bronze plaque will be pur- 
chased soon to replace the present 
cardboard plaque (graciously made by 
Rosella Cochran immediately before 
her furlough). 

Inside the cornerstone, various 
documents were placed: the original 
letter of acceptance from the Minister 
of National Education; the special 
ordinance authorizing the creation of 
this seminary by his excellence, Presi- 

dent Jean-Bedel Bokassa; and a French 
Bible donated by the "Foyer de la 
Bible" (Bible House) whose director, 
Pastor Ndomale Joseph, is a graduate 
of the Brethren School of Theology. 
He was a fellow-student with Rev. 
Pierre Yougouda who is now studying 
at Grace Seminary. Mr. Ndomale is 
also a member of the Action Commit- 
tee for this school. 

All those present at the ceremony 
realized that something very important 

was happening— not only for the Cen- 
tral African Republic, but also for all 
the 17 countries of French-speaking 
Africa. Difficult days of organization 
and construction are ahead, but the 
future of the construction and the 
school itself are as bright as the prom- 
ises of God. May the Lord use this 
school to produce Timothys who will 
be able to teach and entrust the Word 
to faithful men, who will be able to 
teach others also (cf. II Tim. 2:2). # 





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Officials and crowd gathered for cor- 
nerstone laying ceremony. 

Does the BFMS Have Any Candidates? 

Since 1972 the Foreign Missions office lias issued 117 prelinninary applications to those 
who have made a request for such. Of these, 98 have been returned: 12 of these former 
candidates are now serving as missionaries; 63 are in the active candidate file fulfilling the 
requirements for active candidate status, and 22 are still in the file but are not responding 
to follow-up efforts. 

JANUARY 1, 1976 

A stranger, unfamiliar 
with the Bible, who 
happened to pass be- 
hind the administration 
I building of the Winona 
Lake conference grounds on Wednes- 
day, August 6, 1975, at 10:00 a.m. 
would have been perplexed at the 
scene he encountered— people kneeling 
on the grass with bowed heads— a 
group of men standing with their 
hands on the heads of those kneel- 
ing—the crowd gathered under the 
shade of the stately trees in obvious 
approval of the goings on. His curiosi- 
ty would compel him to ask, "What is 
happening here?" If, perchance, that - 
stranger is an atheist, the answer 
would amuse him. One who does not 
believe in God would view this whole 
scene as an exercise in futility and 
self-deception. Really, from his point 
of view, it is ludicrous. 

For the Bible student, the laying on 
of hands is neither a humorous nor a 
mysterious custom. This symbolic act 
was practiced on numerous occasions 
in both Old and New Testament times. 
Hands were laid upon individuals: 
to convey blessing (Gen. 48: 14-15), to 
transfer sin (Lev. 16:21), to heal the 
sick (Mark 6:5). 

The Laying 

In a unique sense the laying on of 
hands denotes approval of an identifi- " 
cation with believers selected for a 
particular ministry. "These seven were 
presented to the apostles, who prayed 
for them and laid their hands on 
them . . ." (Acts 6:6— Living Bible). 
". . . the Holy Spirit said, 'Dedicate 
Barnabas and Saul for a special job I 
have for them.' So after more fasting 
and prayer, the men laid their hands 
on them and sent them on their way" 
(Acts 13:2,3-Living Bible). 

It also speaks of the conveying of 
spiritual gifts to the participant. In I 
Timothy 4: 14, we read "Be sure to use 
the abilities God has given you 
through his prophets when the elders 
of the church laid their hands upon 
your head." (Living Bible) 

The imposition of hands is a most 
important ceremony. In the case of 
missionaries particularly, the church 
and its organizations should be most 
careful in its observance for several 

1 . It impresses upon the missionary 
the realization that before God 
he is being set aside for an im- 
portant ministry. 

2. It gives him assurance that his 
church, local and national, is 
identifying with him and trans- 
ferring to him, through her lead- 
ers, any blessings, authority and 
gifts that the Lord may be 
pleased to give to the perfor- 
mance of his task. 

3. It helps the church to realize its 
responsibility in sending the 
Lord's servant out of the pro- 
tection of her midst into an un- 

to meet and identify with the mission- 
ary representatives. This year three 
couples received the blessing of the 
conference delegates: 

Lynn and Mary Hoyt-Argentina 
Aldo and Alice Hoyt-Argentina 
Norman and Cleo Johnson-Brazil 
In honor of the 75th Anniversary, 
the ceremony of the laying on of 
hands was held at the historic spot 
"under the trees" where three-quarters 
of a century ago the Foreign Mission- 
ary Society was founded. The Lord 
gave a most beautiful day for this 
solemn ceremony. 

We pray that in the coming years 

believing world. Congregations 
thus would be more apt to take 
an interest in the spiritual and 
physical well-being of their mis- 
sionary as he labors to make 
disciples and plant churches. 
4. In times of difficulty, frustration 
or persecution, when the mis- 
sionary is prone to discourage- 
ment, the mental picture of this 
ceremony recalled to his mind 
will fortify him in the realization 
that he is not alone. He will re- 
member that he has been sent 
out on a mission by both his 
God and his church and it will 
buttress and encourage him in 
his ministry. 
Each year the Foreign Missionary 
Society presents its candidates to 
national conference so that delegates 
from the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches will have the op- 
portunity, on behalf of their churches. 

many more will kneel before the Lord 
as elders place their hands upon them 
and commit them to the Lord and to '. 
the missionary calling. # ; 



By John W. Zielasko 


RetireTTient ? 

Al and Elsie Balzer 

By Don and Betty Hocking 

In July 1971, the Central African Field 
Council of the Brethren Mission gave a 
farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Albert 
Balzer in anticipation of their retirement. 
__^^^__ They had already served with distinction 
from 1946 to 19/1-25 years. The Lord had richly 
blessed their ministry not only in the C.A.R., but also in 
the Chad where Al had built several churches, as well as 
the Kliever residence and a medical dispensary. In addi- 
tion to being a helpmeet to her husband, Elsie had an 
effectual evangelistic ministry wherever they went. 

To the retired (?) Balzers in the States, the pull of the 
work in Africa continued strong even though they were 
busy in their local church home. "Would the field be 
interested in the Balzers' return?" was the question 
asked of Don Hocking, interim field superintendent dur- 
ing Roy Snyder's furlough in 1973. Although sure that 
he knew the answer already, Don consulted with the 
executive committee, which gave a unanimous "yes" for 
the Balzers' return. So, they "re-tired" and started roll- 
ing again in Africa. 

Al and Elsie have worked as a team, involving them- 
selves in every aspect of the African work. Elsie has been 
especially effective in village evangelism as they have 
traveled about erecting buildings. The list of buildings 
for which they are responsible runs the gamut of minis- 
tries on the field. For example: 

— 46 new church buildings (8 since their return in 
November 1973) 

— most of the buildings for the Yaloke junior high 

— the medical buildings at Boguila and Yaloke plus a 
number of dispensaries 

— classrooms, offices, and residences for the Bible 

Institute at Bozoum and the School of Theology 
at Yaloke 

— improvements to many additional buildings 

Now to cap off his rich years of service Al is oversee- 
ing the construction of the evangelical seminary in 
Bangui. What a fitting climax to a rich and fruitful minis- 
try to be involved in the first evangelical seminary for 
French-speaking Africa. Al is in the process of putting 
up four buildings: two professors' residences, one 
married student duplex, and a multipurpose classroom 
building which will also house the school library. 

After the cornerstone laying on May 4, 1975, it took 
Al and his crew just a little over five months to complete 
the first professor's residence. Al and Elsie moved into 
this lovely house October 11, 1975. Even the building 
department in Bangui is amazed at the speed of con- 
struction for this kind of house. Because it is so nice, 
people are coming to buy the plans for the house ($34 a 

After living most of their lives in Africa in trailers, 
hangars, huts, or other cramped quarters, who deserves 
this house at the twilight of their missionary career more 
than Al and Elsie. We all wish they would stay and enjoy 
it longer— like, say, another 10 years. (They will reach 30 
years of service in July 1976). 

Al and Elsie would not want anything to be said or 
written in this fashion, but we feel we should give honor 
where honor is due. The Balzers have always been inter- 
ested in the training of Central Africans and Chadians. 
Now, their last major project includes all 17 countries of 
French-speaking Africa— training Africans for full-time 
service for Christ. Their labors have been for His glory. 

God bless you, Al and Elsie, and thanks for the privi- 
lege of working with you. ^ 

JANUARY 1, 1976 

Tenth and final article of a series 

By Mrs. David Shargel 

"... I don't use human plans and 
methods to win my battles. I use 
God's mighty weapons, not those 
made by men, to knock down the 
devil's strongholds. These weapons can 
break down every proud argument 
against God and every wall that can be 
built to keep men from finding Him. 
With these weapons I can capture 
rebels and bring them back to God, 
and change them into men whose 
hearts' desire is obedience to Christ" 
(II Cor. 10:3-5-Living Bible). 

During my lifetime of 500 years 
very few battles were fought within 
my ramparts, but I have seen many 
battles being waged here in neighbor- 
ing chateaus. There has been quite an 
advancement in the weapons of war- 
fare. My brother-chateaus have told 
me how, centuries ago, spears were 
sharpened while knights sat around a 
roaring fire, and how armour was 
polished and duels were fought. Later 
on, cannons studded their outer for- 
tresses and ammunition lay in the 
magazines. During World War 11,1 was 
in Free France, but war planes often 
flew overhead because Chalon, just 25 
miles to the north, marked the border 
of occupied France. Today I see 
Mirage jets practicing maneuvers in 
preparation for the next war. 

Even though the memory of war is 
still very fresh in the minds of my 
countrymen, those battles don't really 
interest me much anymore, because 
for the last 11 years the conflicts I've 
been seeing are spiritual. The eternal 
destiny of many Frenchmen is depen- 


dent on the outcome of these battles. 
The enemy is continually attacking, 
trying to find my weak spots, shooting 
fiery darts. My soldiers have put on all 
of God's armour and are depending on 
the Holy Spirit for the strength and 
wisdom to continue fighting, knowing 
that the battle is the Lord's. Will you 
pray for them? 


— that God will keep them healthy 
and fit for the battle 

— that God will help them when 
they are tired, discouraged or have a 
special problem 

— for the missionary children 

— that God will give them the 
special love and understanding it takes 
to work with French people 

— that God will send more soldiers 
over here to help 

The battle is hard. Christ paid the 
ransom, but the enemy is still holding 
millions of French hostages in the 
dungeon of despair. God's soldiers are 
few in number. Talk about a danger- 
ous and exciting mission! Where are 
the volunteers? Why don't you enlist? 

In a fighting army, keeping equip- 
ment in good order is a priority. The 
"Quartermaster Corps" here has some 
needs which could be met by some of 
you on the home front. My kitchen 
needs cabinets, a new sink, a freezer 
and some new dish towels. The bath- 
tub and sink need to be replaced in my 
upstairs bathroom. The mess hall 
could use some additional table ser- 


vice, too. And then there's my bar- 
racks. The three women's barracks 
need new wallpaper, paint and cur- 
tains. The men's barracks need to have 
a sanitary facility installed. A locker- 
type closet where each soldier can put 
his gear is needed for each of the six 
barracks. The old stove and refrigera- 
tor need to be replaced in the "of- 
ficers' quarters," additional books and 
cassette listeners are needed for the 
library, and more gifts for the piano 
project would provide a small organ 
for the main meeting room. Because so 
many of you have given toward the 
central heating fund, this is the last 
winter that my soldiers will shiver in- 
side my thick stone walls. 

Would you regiments on the home 
front pray that God will continue to 
show us His strategy and tactics for 
winning the battles? And perhaps some 
of the divisions in your company 
would want to help provide new 
equipment by giving toward one of the 
above projects. Do you have any 
Green Beret special forces you could 
send us who are trained in using God's 
weapons to capture rebels and bring 
them back to God? 

Chateau Project Summary 


cabinets $300 

sink $200 

freezer $450 

dish towels amounts of $5 

tub $300 

sink $200 

table service $25 

painting and redecorating $250 

curtains $25 

3 locker-type closets $300 each 

painting and redecorating $250 

sanitary facility $300 

3 locker-type closets $300 each 

stove $200 

refrigerator $250 

books— any amount 

cassette listeners $40 each 

any amount 

Gifts for these projects should be clearly 
marked and sent to the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society, P.O. Box 588, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

verses 10 H7 



By Lynn Hoyt 

Mary, Michael, Phillip, Kathy and Lynn Hoyt 

Lynn: Honey, do you really think 
this is worth packing? 

Mary: Well, I'm not leaving it here 
when I nnight be able to use it there! 

That was July .... Now it is 10:20 
p.m. November 4, 1975, the first day 
of our settling-in period in Argen- 
tina—at long last! 

Little did we realize, in July, that 
those items which we so carefully 
packed away would not be available to 
us until today. 

My fear had been that the more we 
packed, the greater trouble we would 
have at the customs office. However, 
Mary's concern was more of a long- 
range objective. 

I had received expert advice on 
crate building from Mary's grandfather 
who is a skilled furniture crater, so 1 
went to work. My instruction, how- 
ever, didn't alert me to the rapid 
weight build-up after a crate is packed. 
As a result, the first crate I made 
weighed 500 pounds when it was 
closed. In the future my crates would 
be smaller! But the crate building busi- 
ness was short lived because the time 
was coming soon to have the packing 
done and to be ready to travel. I was 
leaving immediately after national con- 
ference on a two-week tour and 
needed to have everything ready by 
then. On Friday of conference week, I 
closed the final carton and moved all 
the crates and barrels to the FMS of- 
fice. With a sigh of relief, we left the 
Warsaw-Winona Lake area Saturday 
morning August 9, 1975. 

Mary and the kids went to Pennsyl- 
vania to stay with her parents, and I 
traveled for 16 days with Rodolfo 

Villa, the national moderator of the 
Brethren Church of Mexico. Upon fin- 
ishing this time our family planned to 
visit a few friends and then leave for 
Argentina. Our visiting lasted much 
longer than we expected, however, 
since our visas were delayed. It was 
three weeks later on September 24, 
that we started on our way to Florida. 
We intended to visit several churches 
and conclude our trip with an evening 
service at Fort Lauderdale on October 
4th. We were well received at all the 
churches and the trip was capped with 
a prayer circle at the Fort Lauderdale 
church to send us off to Argentina. 

As is often the case, the Lord's tim- 
ing was not the same as ours— and we 
praise Him for it! Columbus Day 
rolled around and no visas. October 
19th— still no visas. All this time (from 
October 3) the people of the Fort 
Lauderdale church proved themselves 
to be good Christians by taking care of 
the missionaries "after a godly sort" 
(cf . 1 1 1 John) . Our thankfulness to that 
church is not easily expressed; there 
are no words that can explain what it 
meant to us to be cared for so well. On 
October 24 the papers finally came 
through— but we had yet another wait. 

It would be impossible, the Argen- 
tine Consul said, to take care of the 
paperwork until Tuesday, the 28th, or 
Thursday, the 30th. I was instructed 
to get my tickets, but to be careful not 
to rush things. After investigating the 
different flights, we chose the Pan Am 
flight because it was leaving before 
midnight and arriving at a decent hour 
in Buenos Aires. This would mean 
waiting until Halloween, October 31. 

The Lord had His reasons for these de- 
lays. Let me note the ones which I 
have since discovered; 

1. That we might visit two additional 
Florida churches. 

2. That we might enjoy the hospitality 
of a church demonstrating its love 
in response to our need. 

3. That our baggage might arrive and 
be unloaded from the ship before 
our arrival. 

4. That our own faith in the sovereign- 
ty of God might be strengthened. 
We were able to get those barrels 

and crates today, just four days after 
arriving in Argentina. The Lord ar- 
ranged it so that due to the partial 
strike of the dock workers everyone 
was anxious to push things through, 
and vje got our things out in less than 
three hours. For Argentina that is 
supernatural— only the Lord could 
have worked that out! Let us rejoice 
and praise His name! 

Oh, by the way, the migraines come 
when one attempts to drive in Buenos 
Aires traffic. 

It is now 1 1 :20 p.m. on this my last 
day as a missionary candidate and my 
first day as a full fledged missionary. 

Epilogue— November 8 

We just moved in and things look 
like a cyclone hit, but they are starting 
to improve already. The people here at 
Marmol had a welcome party for us. It 
was beautiful. The WMC gave Mary a 
bouquet of gladiolus, and everyone has 
about loved us to death. Praise the 
Lord! Mary is enjoying it here very 
much. She starts Spanish lessons in 
about a week. S# 



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with many other activiti " "'°'' °' ^^^ ^^^dents were busy in their aard. 

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I'm A 


Of The KiTig 

In My CoTTiTnuTilty 

Kxy Pxopix 

Xvxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll, 
xxcxpt for onx of thx kxys. It is grxat if all thx kxys work wxll xnough, 
but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx. Somxtimxs it sxxms 
that this organization can bx likx my typxwritxr— not all thx kxy pxopix 
arx working. 

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or brxakWIVIC." 

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activx participation of xvxryonx. So thx nxxt timx you think your xffort 
will not bx missxd, rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr. 


To ILLUSTRATE our project, let me 
DRAW your attention to the Grace College 
Art Department. COLOR the rooms empty 
and CREATE the possibility that ART majors 
must SCULPTURE their degrees in schools of 
other DESIGNS. 

In giving through WMC, you can help 
PAINT a better PICTURE by providing some 
equipment and supplies. SKETCH in your 
mind the need and ETCH the goal of $5,500 
in your prayers. 

LINE up your giving PARALLEL with the 
need and the goal. 


Third in the series on the 1975-76 WMC Birthday IVIissionaries 

This photo of the Miller family 
was taken several years ago. (L. to 
R.) Jeanette (Mrs. Stephen 
Mason), Stanley, Edward II, Ed- 
ward, Eileen, Larry Howard, 
Carol (Mrs. Larry Howard). 

The Lord 
Has Been So 

By Mrs. Eddie Miller 

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is 
within me, bless his holy name (Ps. 103:1). 
There are many reasons for me to bless 
the Lord for all He has so abundantly done 
I in my behalf. One great blessing was that I 
was born into a Christian home, and from a very early age 
was taught to love and honor the Lord. What a privilege it is 
to have come to know the Lord at that time of life. He 
spoke to my heart when I was baptized at nine, and I 
responded with a promise to serve Him wherever He would 

As a teenager, during a city-wide campaign in Modesto, 
California, I went forward with a group of other young 
people to dedicate my life to service on the foreign field. 
From that time on, this was the plan of my life. When at 
Bryan College I met my future husband, who was preparing 
for the ministry, and I thought perhaps I was to serve in the 
homeland instead of the foreign field. We were married, and 
it was not until the final year at Grace Seminary that the 
Lord spoke to Eddie and called him to serve on the field of 
Brazil. It is marvelous to see the hand of the Lord in our 
lives as we wait and trust in Him. 

I am grateful to God for my Christian parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman. We lived in California, where my 
only brother— Marvin, Jr., now a missionary in Africa— and I 
attended grade school and high school. After I graduated 
from high school, both my father and my brother enrolled 
in Grace Seminary so the family moved to the state of 
Indiana. I soon went away to college; my first year was at 
Bob Jones University and then I transferred to Bryan Col- 
lege for the remaining three years. Bryan played an impor- 
tant part in my preparation for the field with special em- 
phasis on missions. 

Eddie and I were married while in college, and after 
graduation we moved to Indiana, where he studied at Grace 
Seminary. Our first daughter, Carol (now Mrs. Larry 
Howard), was born while we were there. Following semi- 
nary graduation we went to Brazil. Our other three children 
were born on the mission field: Jeanette (Mrs. Stephen 
Mason), Edward II (married to the former Susan Moulton), 
and Stanley. It is good to see the hand of the Lord in the 
life of each of our children. We are happy for each one as a 
gift from the Lord, and rejoice that each knows and loves 

the Lord as personal Saviour. We have two grandchildren, 
Eric (four years) and Sonia (eight months), the children of 
Carol and Larry Howard. We are joyful as we see these 
Christian parents training their children to honor and fear 
the Lord. Perhaps this is particularly impressed on my mind 
because in our area here in Brazil we see a need for more 
dedicated training of children from a tender age. 

My heart is full as I say, "Bless the Lord, my soul." 
The Lord has been so good to me in raising me up from the 
miry clay, and day by day forgiving me of all my sins. It is 
good to know and serve the Lord! It is good to walk each 
day with Him, knowing more and more of that love which 
has no bounds! 



Further notes concerning Eileen Miller: 

1) One of the special blessings the Millers are enjoying 
presently is a camper-truck which they took to Brazil when 
they returned two years ago. In a prayer letter sent out last 
year, they wrote: "We now travel about 1 10 miles one way 
to get to the farthest town in which we work. We are thank- 
ful for the camper we have on our pickup. Our first trip 
into two new towns brought quite a few curious onlookers. 
Many could not believe that "thing" on the truck was a 
house, and that we could take it off and put it on again. We 
usually stop in front of the believer's home where we are to 
have a meeting that night, set up our table with Bibles and 
evangelical literature for sale, and then get the P. A. going to 
play gospel music on our tape recorder. The truck stays in 
that same place for outdoor meetings, and we just get inside 
and go to sleep for the night. What a joy after a long and 
busy day! The next morning, after breakfast, we drive on to 
the town for our meetings that night. All this on paved 

2) A tribute to her parents has been written by Jeanette 
Miller Mason: 

"I have found there are so many advantages to being a 
missionary kid. Because I lived with friends during three 
years of high school, it was much easier for me to adjust to 
college life. I know that my grades didn't suffer as do those 
of some students their first year at college. 

"When I talk to friends who do not come from Christian 

(Continued on page 15) 

And God Made Four 

By Donna Grubb 

What can be more startling than a jingling 
telephone in the middle of the night? I 
answered it and found that the caller was 
asking me to come back to the hospital— 
^_^_^_^_ my mate had taken a turn for the worse. 
To add to the complications, the hospital was 65 miles 
away, my three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter 
were in bed, and the car seemed to be needing attention 
when I drove it home from the hospital just a few hours 
earlier. (Saturday evening had not been the time to find 
a mechanic on duty!) 

Another phone call was made and in haste my mother 
responded to care for the children. Without further 
thought of the ailing car, other than to ask the Lord to 
keep it operating, I set out alone on a long, anxious trip. 

When I arrived at the hospital, I was greeted by a 
doctor and a nurse who immediately escorted me into a 
counseling room. Since there is no gentle way to tell any 
woman that her husband has passed away, indeed the 
news came as a blow. This was even more true since he 
was only 30 years of age, and had gone into the hospital 
just for tests. Less than 24 hours earlier the doctor had 
assured me the findings were less than had been ex- 
pected. There was no brain tumor and with some medi- 
cation everything would be fine. 

How could this be? We had been married a little less 
than six years. Such things happen only to someone else. 
But as I faced reality, I decided that this was not the end 
of my life. To be a widow (Oh— what a terrible word!) 
with two small children certainly was not a dream come 
true. There seemed to be a bleak, empty, lonesome fu- 
ture staring at me. What was hidden away in that dark- 

After the funeral when all of the family and friends 
left, the silence and emptiness of the house seemed un- 
bearable. But the Lord gave me thoughts of reassurance. 
Certainly He could make no mistake. A veil of darkness 
was not allowing me to see His plan. If I could take a 
giant-sized step over this darkness, there would be a 
brighter tomorrow. Since I am a child of God, I knew He 
would not forsake me. He had promised and He would 
surely keep His promises. 

But then I looked at my two little fatherless children 
and my heart cried out to the Lord. The cry was in 
reaction to the awesome responsibility of training these 
children alone. 

Normally when things get me down, I am inclined to 
try to find my own solutions. But I had no answers for 
this situation and the darkness seemed to surround me 
like a thick fog that could not be penetrated. With liter- 
ally nowhere else to turn, the Lord was my only com- 
fort. The Spirit brought portions of Scripture to my 
mind that gave peace to my troubled heart. At times 
Satan tried to hurl darts of doubt and self-pity at me and 
that was when the Lord gave an extra portion of His 
grace, and He picked me up when I fell. 

God showed me that He would be the father of my 
fatherless children. My heavy heart was buoyed up as I 
meditated on this thought. How could I ask for any 
better solution to my need in "training up" my children 
in the way they should go than a heavenly Father? 

This has been my hope during these years of their 
growing up. We have prayed and shared God's Word to- 
gether in our home. God gave me the privilege of leading 
both children to trust Jesus as their own personal 
Saviour during tender years of childhood. 

Faithful Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, vaca- 
tion Bible school staff, pastors and Christian School 
teachers were used of the Lord to aid in their training. 

Joy has come as I have seen both of them turn to the 
Word on their own to learn more of their Saviour and to 
find answers for personal problems and decisions. It gave 
me peace to send them both off to college a few months 
ago knowing that each of them had sought God's will 
and their decisions were based on God's Word and 

The same Lord who helped me through the way that 
seemed eerie and dark is helping today. He is guiding me 
as I face the future in what is still another phase of life 
without my mate. He is helping each of my children as 
they attend Grace College in preparation for Christian 
service as the Lord will lead them. 

The darkness has eased as I meet each new day. He 
provided light for the path only as I needed to see the 
next step. I know that He will continue to "instruct and 
teach them in the way they shall go." # 

WMC Editor's Note: Donna Grubb is a 1963 graduate of Grace 
College. She is currently teaching fourth grade at Mansfield 
Christian School and attends our Grace Brethren Church in 
Ankenytown, Ohio. Her two children, Denise and Eldon. are 
both students at Grace College. 




(Continued from page 13) 

homes, how thankful I am that I do. The problems 
some others have in understanding or accepting 
Biblical truths seem so simple to me, but very diffi- 
cult to someone who has not been brought up in the 
things of the Lord. 

"I'm also finding that I'm not prejudiced toward 
minority groups— at least, not like some people are. I 
can be more sympathetic with people who are not as 
well off as some others (in relation to money, edu- 
cation, and so on). I think that's because I grew up 
with people who were poor and didn't have much 
education. They were my only friends (except for 
other MKs) at that time. 

"The experiences I received while living in Brazil 
are many. I had a chance to learn another language as 
well as live in a different culture. I have no regrets. 

"I certainly am proud of my parents! I praise the 
Lord for these who have always loved me and showed 
so much interest in me." 


^^* ^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ 

Only 4 more months until you have one of the 
most exciting opportunities ever! 

NOTICE: Sets of 8x10 pictures of the Birthday Mis- 
sionaries are available on loan to WMCs for their 
special birthday observances. Write to the FMS Of- 
fice, Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, to reserve a 
set of pictures for a particular date. You will be ex- 
pected to return the pictures promptly after using 

Sure Glad I Was Here 

Have you ever wondered why the one person who 
should have heard that terrific sermon wasn't there? 
Or ... it was a great WMC Bible study, but Sally, the 
one who really needed it, wasn't there. If only those 
people would be faithful. If only they would hear 
what God was trying to tell them and obey. If only 
they could see (through His Word, of course) what 
they were doing wrong. If only .... 

One thought just occurred to me. I'm always there 
to hear those sermons and studies, but they aren't. Is 
God trying to talk to me? 

"Don't worry about the other person. I'll speak to 
them. Right now I'm speaking to you. Keep your 
mind on Me and don't fret about who isn't here. 
Listen to the Word and apply it in YOUR life." 

Thank you. Lord, for the gentleness of your voice. 
I'll listen. Thank you for bringing me here today. 



Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan David Austin March 10, 1975 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 


Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Mrs. Lynn A. Hoyt March 12 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 


Ronald Andrew Burk March 15, 1972 

Joseph Daniel Johnson March 25, 1975 


Mrs. Thomas Julien March 27 


Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 


Miss Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 


Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

Stephanie Suzanne Pfahler March 23, 1972 


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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

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

Wooster 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. 

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, 

Box 157, 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 

JANUARY 1, 1976 


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. 


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* your questions to Ed Lewis 

1976 Directory 
of Christian Schools 

1975-76 Staff Year 
School and Sponsoring Church Grades Enrollment FT PT Begun 

Grace Christian School 
Grace Brethren Church, Phoenix, Arizona 



17 6 


Brethren Elementary & Junior High School* 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont, California 



14 4 


Brethren Church Schools 

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



48 3 


Los Altos Brethren Preschool 
Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 



13 4 


Greenwood Nursery School 
Greenwood Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, California 





Norwalk Brethren Elementary* 
Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, California 



17 8 


Grace Christian School 
Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino, California 



9 2 


Brethren Elementary & Junior High School 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, California 



15 3 


Grace Brethren Kindergarten 
Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Pre K-K 




Grace Brethren Kindergarten 
Grace Brethren Church, North Lauderdale, Florida 





Brethren Christian Schools* 
Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Indiana 



22 2 


Warsaw Christian School 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana 



10 2 


Grace Brethren Christian School 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 
Temple Hills, Maryland 



21 19 


Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding School 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. 



18 3 


Brethren Kindergarten* 
First Brethren Church, Taos, New Mexico 



1 1 


Ashland Christian School 
Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 



5 2 


Worthjngton Christian Schools 
Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, Ohio 

Pre-K- 11th 


12 4 


Grace Christian School 
fvlyerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown. Pennsylvania 



6 1 


Brethren Day School 
Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, Virginia 



6 2 


* Based on last year's figures since we received no reply to our request for current information. 

perated by Churches of the NFBC 

Christian Education Department 


Horace Mann, John Dewey 

and the 
American Education Rip- off 

Are the Behaviorists Putting Us On? 

by JOHN MAYES as told to James Long 

I talked to a man re- 

cently who told me, 
"It's been so long since 
I had a high school 
I graduate apply for a job 
who could read that I'm just absolute- 
ly heartbroken." 

There has been a deterioration in 
American education. 


You cannot separate two move- 
ments which have occurred in Ameri- 
ca. The first is a movement in theolo- 
gy. The second is a movement in edu- 

The rise of Unitarianism brought 
with it a denial of every major doc- 
trine of Christianity. It denied authori- 
ty. It denied the deity of Christ. It re- 
fused to believe in sin and sin's conse- 
quences. It rejected heaven, hell and 
the necessity of conversion. 

It is a significant observation that 
Unitarianism first gained impetus and 
ascendancy in the great institutions of 
higher learning in the eastern part of 
America. And with it came an orga- 
nized and concerted effort to turn 
Christian schools like Harvard and 
Yale away from the Christian convic- 
tions upon which they were founded. 
The watershed was the issue of author- 

They succeeded. 

This concentration on Christian in- 
stitutions explains, in part, why the 
Unitarian movement in theology can- 
not be separated from a sister move- 
ment in education. 


There are two philosophies of edu- 
cation. One is authoritative. One is 
relativistic. But a fuzziness has devel- 
oped. It is impossible in this gener- 
ation to spend enough time to brain- 
wash people away from the secular 

At the same time, the state has not 
had unmingled success in its attempts 
to brainwash people away from their 
Christian "consensus" and the vestiges 
of an authoritative approach. 

But they're trying. 

As a result. Christian schools are 
not as good as they could be because 
Christian schoolteachers and staff 
must expend much of their energy 
fighting secular-oriented Christians. 

In fairness (if you could call it 
that), we might observe the corollary 
that public schools are not as bad as 
they could be (and will be) because of 
this lingering Christian consensus— this 
authority approach— an abiding hang- 
over from early America. 

So, what's the difference between 
Christian schools and public schools? 

Much. More, in fact, than most 
Christians can fathom. And the differ- 
ence is largely a difference in approach 
to knowledge. 

"The fear of the Lord is the begin- 
ning of knowledge" (Prov. 1:7). Re- 
move that motivation and orientation, 
and you have murdered the prime 
reason to learn and have destroyed the 
reference point of ail truth. 


But what has happened in Ameri- 
can education? 

Bicentennially speaking, when our 
Founding Fathers came to this coun- 
try, the first education was carried on 
in their homes. As many of these 
people faced their inadequacy to teach 
such subjects as mathematics and phi- 
losophy they purposed to organize 
church schools. But their major con- 
cern was that their children learn to 
read the Bible and orient their life to 

But with a growing non-Christian 
"enlightenment" came a feeling of re- 
striction. And the effort on the part of 
secular, relativistic American pagans to 
extricate themselves from the restric- 
tions of the prevailing Christian con- 
sensus led to the thievery of American 

Christian schools were stolen. 

Public education was born. 





— ^ 


■1 Horace was "The WeatherMann" of 
this deteriorating climate in America 
who rose to prominence with the 
thickening clouds of the Unitarian 
movement. All of this catapulted him 
into recognition, rendering him a sig- 
nificant influence on John Dewey and 
etching on his history the distinctive 
title: "Father of Secular Education." 
Horace simplistically surveyed the 
educational topography of America 
and as a self-appointed healer pre- 
scribed strong doses of psychology and 
social concepts in a progressive frame- 
worl<, with the optimistic aspiration of 
"better people through state-directed 
education." With this rising emphasis 
on the social sciences— "The Horace 
Panacea"— came a corresponding de- 
emphasis of the fundamental si<ills— 
that traditional triad: "reading, 'riting 
and 'rithmatic." 


Horace IVlann's efforts to "claim the 
child for the state" got the firm shove 
it needed from John Dewey. When 
The Education of the Social Order was 
published, "Ichabod" was written over 
the former educational approach. 
Dewey did the writing. 

His favoritism for the "socialism 
child" was clearly demonstrated in his 
exhortation "to make sure of an edu- 
cational system that informs students 
about the present state of society in a 
way that enables them to understand 
the conditions and forces at work." A 
reference to burgeoning socialism. 

It was Dewey's conviction that if 
the school systems could at least be- 
come agents of communication, in- 
forming students of the progress of the 
social revolution, "students would be 
ready to take their own active part in 
an aggressive participation in bringing 
about a new social order." 

He succeeded. 

And he did it by the "reeducation 
of teachers and administrators." 

They're still enrolled in "his 

And what was Dewey's disppsition 
toward "religion"? "As a drowning 
man grasps for a straw, so men who 
lack instruments of skills developed in 
later days snatched at whatever, by 
any stretch of the imagination could 
be regarded as a source of help in 
times of trouble. In such an atmo- 
sphere religion was born and fos- 

Thank you, John Dewey. 

You cannot have education, he told 
America, until you strip the educa- 
tional institutions of the concepts of 
the supernatural and Christianity, with 
its dichotomy between "the saved and 
the lost." These concepts threaten the 
"democratic ideal." 


So, as the sun was setting on the 
prospects of religious involvement in 
state education Dr. Hodge, a great 
Presbyterian theologian and a con- 
temporary of the Mann-Dewey Duo, 
addressed his attention to the issue: 

"I am as sure as I am of the fact of 
Christ's reign that a comprehensive 
and centralized system of national 
education separated from religion as is 
now commonly proposed (an allusion 
to Dewey and his disciples) will prove 
the most appalling enginry for the 
propagation of anti-Christian and athe- 
istic unbelief and of anti-social, 
nihilistic ethics— individual, social and 
political— which a sin-rent world has 
ever seen." 

Education emptied of religious 

Hodge continued, "It is capable of 
exact demonstration that if every 
party of the state has the right of ex- 
cluding from the public schools what- 
ever he does not believe to be truth, 
then he that believes most must give 
way to him that believes least and then 
he that believes least must give way to 
him that believes absolutely nothing at 

Prophetic, isn't it? 

Dr. C. C. Morrison added, "Public 
education without religion creates a 
secular mentality faster than the 
church can Christianize it." 

Did you ever wonder how a vocal, 
atheistic minority could lead around 
an entire nation? 

The ring in the nose is the issue of 
authority and absolutes. 


-^ 2L 


The central heresy is the issue of 
absolutes. Dewey said there were 
none. "Everything is in a state of 
flux." It's still the issue. Different 
nomenclature but the same debate. 

But the Christian stance is a de- 
fiant, radical insistance on absolute 

God is an absolute. 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, 
today and forever. That's an absolute. 

The Bible is an exact, divine revela- 
tion given by God, to which every man 
is accountable. That's an absolute. 

"Thou shalt not commit adultry." 
And although Freud so considerately 
reminded us of the strength of the sex 
drive, encouraging us to not thwart 
our personality by self-deprivation, 
God's absolute Word stands. 

There are absolutes. 

These are the concepts Dewey so 
vehemently denied. And he must carry 
the responsibility for the predominate 
role he played in piping his atheistic 
philosophy in the rat-infested recesses 
of a Christ-rejecting educational sys- 

He piped. 

Educators followed. 

And the American educational 
system is still reaping the grim conse- 

I am convinced that Christian edu- 
cation is the last surviving hope for 
America. Anything we do that fosters 
the growth of the secular school sys- 
tem and does not build Christian edu- 
cation is standing on our own oxygen 
tube in the church of Jesus Christ. # 

JANUARY 1, 1976 


Part Two of a Four-part Series 

Public Relations 
and Christian Ministry 

Using Public Relations to Improve Christian Communication 

By Howard Mayes 

If has an almost holy 
ring— that little 
phrase— "I don't care 
what people think of 
\ me." And yet in ful- 
filling our commission to preach the 
Gospel, the relationship we have with 
other people is critically important. 
That's why it is appropriate to take a 
long hard look at the public image our 
churches are projecting. Carefully 
planned steps to improve the public re- 
lations program of your church may 
greatly improve your opportunities for 

1. Public Relations Is a Complex Pro- 

A Sunday School or church does 
not have just one public image. This is 
obvious if you do any firsthand re- 
search. I personally spent some time in 
the hometown of the world's largest 
Sunday School— First Baptist Church 
of Hammond, Indiana. I decided to 
ask everyone I met what they thought 
of Jack Hyles and the First Baptist 

Church. In a very short time I found 
every possible range of opinion. The 
answers would not prove very much 
without more controlled research ex- 
cept that a church has many "publics" 
and therefore many public images. We 
will never be totally successful in win- 
ning the approval of this world for the 
work of Christ, but even simple efforts 
toward influencing people's opinion 
concerning our churches will bring in- 
creased success in communication of 
the Gospel. 

Your church's public relations pro- 
gram is the sum total of every image it 
projects— from the ruts in the driveway 
to the peeling paint on the steeple, and 
from the way the teens talk about 
their church at school to the pastor's 
credit rating. It includes the Sunday 
School bus and the paid newspaper ad- 
vertisement as well as the work habits 
of factory workers and the business 
dealings of the church building com- 
mittee. Your public relations program 
may be positive or negative, but it is 

2. Attitudes of Churchmen Toward 
the Public Can Influence Greatly 
the Public Attitudes Toward the 

Over the local radio station in War- 
saw, Indiana, a local independent 
fundamental preacher denounces some 
segment of the population on a regular 
basis. No one seems immune from his 
attacks, as he singles out other 
churches, politicians, a local Christian 
film maker, and even the parents of his 
own Christian school who are slow in 
paying their tuition accounts. It is un- 
fortunate that this man, who is conser- 
vative theologically, equates contro- 
versy with communication of truth. 
Even if his observations were all valid, 
a secular radio station would be a 
most inappropriate place for launching 
attacks on other Christians. 

The overall effect of this kind of 
fundamentalist public relations makes 
the communication of the Gospel to 
the lost more difficult for all of us. 

Attacks on other Christians through 
venomous name-calling and over- 


(Continued from page 20) 

simplified generalities are more an evi- 
dence of carnality than of spiritual dis- 

Although we must accept some an- 
tagonism from the world because of 
our "position" as believers, we must 
carefully guard that we never incur an- 
tagonism due to our "disposition" as 

A carefully planned program of 
public relations with attention to 
feed-back and two-way communi- 
cation will help us exert the maximum 
level of persuasion in communicating 
the Gospel without compromise. 

3. Public Attitudes Are the Result Not 
Only of What You Do But of the 
Interpretation the Public Gives to 
What You Do 

Unfortunately every good thing the 
church does, will not automatically 
build good public relations. Public atti- 

tudes are based not only on the deed 
but on the way the deed is interpreted. 
Therefore good public relations is 
more than just getting publicity. 

Hollywood style press agentry, as- 
sumes that notoriety is as good as 
popularity. In communicating Christ, 
however, it should be obvious that 
merely drawing attention from the 
world does not necessarily contribute 
to clear communication of the truth of 
Christ. The fact that the Gospel is an 
offense to some does not justify being 
offensive with the Gospel. 

Some assume that good works will 
automatically assure a good public 
image. Virtue may be its own reward, 
but simply doing good things will not 
assure a good climate for public com- 
munication. Good works misunder- 
stood or misinterpreted by the public 
may hinder and not help in the com- 
munication of the Gospel. 

It is not inappropriate therefore to 
remember that good performance re- 

sponsibly interpreted builds favorable 
opinion and improves the climate of 
communication. The Bible states, "Let 
not your good be evil spoken of" 
(Rom. 14:16) and "Be ready always to 
give an answer" (I Peter 3:15). The 
practice of good public relations is not 
antagonistic to Christian communica- 
tion but is an important part of it. 

In the business world we occasion- 
ally see someone operating recklessly 
with no regard for public relations. 
Their success is usually very brief. 

Some Christians put their own spiri- 
tual slant on this viewpoint by em- 
phasizing that we are to please God 
rather than man. We must all agree 
that given two options, we must 
choose to please God and not man. 
But the best path of all is to please 
God by effectively communicating His 
love and grace to a lost world. Careful 
attention to your "public image" can 
benefit the preaching of the good 
fundamental Gospel. # 


A computer-evaluated Sunday School report of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 



♦Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 

day Schools'-November 1974-171; 





November 1975-166 

A - 

Whittier, Calif. 

♦Growth index based on 189 reporting 


John Mayes 

Robert Wilson 

November 1974 weel<lv average atten- 

B - 

Johnstown, Pa. 



H. Don Rough 

LeRoy Spangler 

November 1975 weel<ly average atten- 

C - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


Kenneth Koontz 

Jack Griffith 

Net Gain in reporting churches— 502 per- 
sons or up 1.6 percent 

D - 

Union, Ohio 

Ron Picard 

Carl Trimble 


E - 

Washington, Pa. 

Shimer Darr 

D. Malone 

102 churches registered increases total- 

F - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


(Singer Hill) 

Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

81 churches registered losses total- 

G - 

Columbus, Ohio 

Largest numerical increase— Johnstow/n, 


Richard Sellers 

Nick Jacobs 

Pa. (Riverside) 

H - 

Okeechobee, Fla 

Charles Davis 

Steve Rogers 

Largest percentage increase-Riner, Va. 

1 - 

Riner, Va. 

Murl D. Updike 

Randolph Altizer 

*The larger the number of reporting 

J - 

Anderson, S.C. 

Marion Thomas 

Jack H. Broyles 

churches, the more accurately these figures 
will represent the church growth picture of 

N - 

Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. We urge the total support of the 


North Canton, 

Ohio-205; Anderson, 

churches of the NFBC in this computer- 


-81; Columbus, Ohio (E 

astside)-207, Simi 

Calif.-300; Dillsburg, 

evaluated church growth analysis which is 
provided free of charge to churches of the 


91; Long Beach, 


(First)-1,754; Joh 


City, Tenn.-lOb; 

Fellowship by the Christian Education De- 

Beaverton, Oreg.— 143. 


JANUARY 1, 1976 


CalifornlaTi Goes to GerinaTiy 

Robert Har- 
rell, a member of 
the Community 
Grace Brethren 
Church in Whit- 
tier, California, is 
in Germany serv- 
ing under the 
TIIVIE program. 
Robert, who re- 
cently received 
his masters degree 
from Bob Jones 
University, is 
trained in sacred 

Studying Ger- 
man in college 
and feeling that the Lord is leading him into Christian 
work, perhaps missions, he applied to go to Germany. 
There have not been many openings in the TIME pro- 
gram in Germany because of the lack of missionary per- 

sonnel to help make a short-term worker's experience of 
the most value. But because of Robert's qualifications 
and willingness to spend at least two years in Germany, 
he was accepted to help in this work. His home church 
in Whittier, pastored by John Mayes, is totally supplying 
his financial support needed for this extended period of 
time. Dick Peak, one of the members of the church, 
helps to encourage and promote the local church mis- 
sions program. 

Robert had additional language studies in Germany 
for the first number of weeks, but he is presently in- 
volved in helping the Roger Peughs— our only Brethren 
missionary family in Germany. His work in the Stuttgart 
area is varied and includes work among youth and chil- 
dren while using his music as well. 

Remember to pray for Robert who is very active in 
sharing Christ among the German people. He loves the 
Lord and desires to help our Brethren missionaries in 
fulfilling the Great Commission. His letters to the Chris- 
tian Education Department are continually filled with 
news of those persons to whom he has been sharing. # 

TIME Exposure 

M'BAIKI 1359 


( R.) Richard Harrell, Debra Hinger, Janet Norwood, Eric 
Smith and Jim Hocldng (son of missionaries Don and Betty 

The four California young adults who returned from 
a year of service in Africa are still actively sharing their 
testimonies. Debra Hinger, Jan Norwood, Richard Har- 
rell and Eric Smith completed a year with the TIME 
program during the summer of 1975, yet they are still 
traveling in the Southern California area churches, telling 
how the Lord has been working through their lives while 
helping and learning about the Brethren missionaries in 

These young adults from the Community Brethren 
Church in Whittier and the First Brethren Church in 
Long Beach, have been used of the Lord to present 
strong Christian testimonies to both young and old. 
Each weekend since returning to California has been 
filled with speaking engagements in churches. They show 
slides of the work in Africa, sing and share testimonies. 

While these former TIME workers continue their edu- 
cation toward vocational (full time) Christian work they 
have been used to challenge lives. Fifteen serious deci- 
sions for Christ have been made (at this writing) as a 
result of their efforts. # 


TIME Keeps Moving 




The special full-color church bulletins with the GROW 
Bicentennial emphasis are now available. They feature 
the liberty beO on the front and a challenge to pray for 
our nation is included with the information on the back. 
They are priced at $2.15 per hundred, plus postage. Pas- 
tors and church secretaries may order them from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

In Mem^^rii 

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

FORNEY, Dora, Nov. 14, 90. She had been a member of 
the West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio, for 
74 years. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

HECKLER, Nancy, Nov. 4. She was a member of the 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Robert L. Burns, pastor. 

SIPPLE, Mary, Oct. 3. She was a longtime member of 
the Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Robert L. Burns, pastor. 

THA YER, Laurence Eugene, Nov. 5, 67. He was a mem- 
ber of the Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont, 
Calif. Rev. Dale Brock of Rialto, Calif., and Rev. Curt 
Wildish of Beaumont, Cahf., officiated at the memorial 
service. Rev. J. Hudson Thayer, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio, is one of the three 
surviving children. Curt Wildish, pastor. 

TYSON, Elizabeth S., Nov. 27, 82. She was a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. A retired 

missionary with the 
Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society, 
she began her service 
as a registered nurse 
in October, 1924. 
4 *^ mlt ^^® served the entire 

V***" #^^fc, time in Africa at 

\^^' •^Hb^^^^ Yaloke where for 
J^ ,^^^B^|H^ many years she was 
-^T' .^I^HIiHIH charge of the 

medical dispensary. In November of 1959 she returned 
to the United States for retirement. 
VANDERBILT, E. Lee, Oct. 14. He was a faithful, godly 
man who loved the Word and attended the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Lexington, Ohio. Dean Risser, pastor. 

JANUARY 1, 1976 


W. Russell Ogden, pastor; 

Kenneth A. Curtis, pastor; 

Lanham, Md. Jan. 11-14 

Nathan M. Meyer, speaker. 
Tucson, Ariz. Jan. 11-14. 
Becker Evangelistic Team. 

San Diego, Calif. Jan. 18-23. Lynn Schrock, pastor; Beck- 
er EvangeUstic Team. 


Conference dates: August 6- 13, 1976 
Location: First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 


(No meals or transportation. Send the form below to Mr. 
Robert Hailey, Conference Coordinator, First Brethren 
Church, 3601 Linden Ave., Long Beach, California 



( ) 



Family members (give 



, and ages) 


From Thursday night, Aug. 5, through Friday night, Aug. 13 only! 
HOTELS AND MOTELS within close driving distance 

Holiday Inn 

2640 Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, Calif. 90808. Tel. 
213/597-4401. Cost: Single-$2a.OO, Double-$26.00/2 pet- 
sons, $4.00/each additional person 

International Inn 

2595 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, Calif. 90806. Tel. 
213/426-7611. Cost: Single-$14.84, 2 people/1 bod- 
Si 6.96/1 9.08, 2 people/2 bed-$l 9.08/21. 20. Color TV- 
higher price 

Queen Mary Hyatt Hotel 

1126 Queens Hwy., North bound. Long Beach, Calif. 90801. 
Tel. 213/436-3511. Cost: Single-$22.00-31 00, Double- 
$28.00-37.00. Can have 1 additional person at $6.00 

Queensway Hilton 

700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach. Calif. 90801. Tel. 
213/435-7676. Cost: Single-$22.00- 30.00, Double - 
$29.00-37.00. Can have 1 additional person at $7.00 

Rochelle's Motel 

3333 Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, Calif. 9080B. "Tel. 
213/421-8215. Cost: King-$16.96/person, 2 twin3-$12.72, 
King^$l 9.08/2 persons, 2 twins-$21 .20/2 persons 

Travel odge 

2900 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, Calif. 90804. Tei 
213/439-0213. Cost: Single-$14.00, Double-$15.0C 

• Grandview, Wash. The Lord is blessing and we are prais- 
ing Him. During our recent meetings with Nathan Meyer, 
127 people came on a Monday night to hear him speak 
on "Is It Really the Ark?" All of the services were well 
attended and 10 public decisions were made. The follow- 
ing Sunday, 6 believers were baptized with 5 coming 
into the church for membership. Two weeks later 6 
more were baptized and 2 more joined the church. Rev. 
Zane Bull, pastor. 

• Kettering. Ohio (Calvary). A mortgage-burning cere- 
mony was held on Oct. 12 and those pictured above had 
a part in the service. (L. to R. Eugene Miller, Rev. Henry 
Barnhart, Leutell Ford, A. Raymond Brady, Maynard 
Coppock, and Rev. Percy Miller. 

- BOOK- cwm 

by Gerald Twombly 

BMH Book Selection for January \sA Survey 
of the Bible by Gerald Twombly of the Devel- 
opment Department of Grace Schools. 

Here is a book every Sunday School teacher 
and pastor ought to have in their library. Each 
book of the Bible is covered with a break- 
down of the following facts: an outline of the 
book, the author, keys to the book, the life of 
Christ as found in the book and the purpose 
of the book. There are charts and many help- 
ful aids. You must see it to appreciate all of 
the facts and helps that are easily at your dis- 

It is distributed by BMH Books. The regular 
price is $4.95; special book club price is 
$3.95. Send your check to: 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
Box 544 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

t I 1 

I I 

Cover photo: The Karen 
Quinlan case and others 
have recently brought to 
public attention the recur- 
ring questions regarding 
the sustaining of life by 
artificial means. A panel of 
Grace Schools experts ex- 
amined the Christian view 
of the question, along with 
its implications, on page 
14. (photo by Jay Fretz) 

A Season to be Thankfu 

The Crime Problem: 

A Challenge for the Gospel 

Bear on the Mountain: 

Baptism in the Lake 

BMH News Summciry 

"The Right to Life," or 
"The Right to Die with Dignity" . 

He Helps the Probationary Student . 

The Key to the Riddle of the Universe 

Church Finance 

Pastor Go Home 







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Charles W. Turner, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 
Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 
Anne Alexander, Editorial Secretary 
Omega Sandy, IBM Selecfric Composer Operator 
Foreign Missions— Rev, John /ielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Christian Ed.— Rev, Howard Mayes 
WMC-Mrs. Daniel Pacheco 




SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 
on the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Mis-sionary Herald Co., Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, ind. 46S90. Subscription price: $4.S0 a year; 
foreign, $5.25. Special rates to churcfies. 


Dear Readers, 

The Brethren Annual for 1976 has 
been placed in the mail! The mail- 
ing this year was different in that 
copies of the Annual were sent to 
those Herald subscribers who re- 
quested it. This procedure was sug- 
gested by the national conference 
delegates last August. The purpose 
was to save money and yet provide 
copies to those who needed the ma- 
terial contained in Vne Annual. 

This procedure proved to be a suc- 
cess as far as finances were con- 
cerned. The districts, national or- 
ganizations and conference saved 
about $1,500. The savings were 
probably greater if increased costs 
were taken into consideration. 

We were very pleased to realize that 
people took the time and effort to 
secure this very valuable booklet 
that contains names, addresses and 
pertinent information about our \| 
Fellowship. <i' 

Over 3,300 copies have been mail- 
ed. If you desire a copy, they are 
still available. If for some reason 
you have not received your copy, 
please let us know. 



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



Reflections By Still Waters 


"She was lonely... 

By Charles W. Turner 

The above simple headline was 
dated Novennber 16, 1975, Chicago. It 
caught my attention on a Sunday 
morning just before I left my home for 
a church service. What was described 
as the "biggest cat roundup in the his- 
tory of the dog pound" resulted in the 
hauling away of 96 cats via three 
trucks. Later this record was disputed 
because about three months previous 
146 cats had been removed from a 
"South Side" home in Chicago. 

A lady who was called Ruth had 
lived alone in her home for the past 
eight years since her mother's death. 
Ruth, 54 years old, was reported by a 
neighbor to have been lonely since the 
passing of her mother, and four years 
ago acquired her first cat, and then an- 
other, and another, and on and on. 
When the animal-control crew entered 
the house, they found wall-to-wall cats 
in the bedroom, living room, and even 
in the kitchen refrigerator. 

My first reaction to the story was 
one of light humor. My imagination 
ran away with me as I envisioned what 
happened when the house door was 
opened and the cats came forth! Not 
being particularly fond of cats, I also 
entertained some negative thoughts 
about living with a hundred cats— give 
or take a few. With the price of cat 
food at the present level, it would be 
an expensive luxury to maintain such a 
feline gathering! 

But there was also a very sad note 
in the whole story and it was Ruth. 
The headlines said a lot, "She was 
lonely ... so she got a cat." The ques- 
tion occurred to me— "How many 
'Ruths' are there in this world of 
ours?" More than we would ever 
imagine possible. Every community 
has a number of Ruths whom we all 
pass by each day without so much as a 
wave or a nod or even a little smile and 
a "hello." I have noticed so many 
people who want to talk to someone. 
They are lonely and tired and feel 
neglected in a world that does not 

SO she got a cat!" 

seem to want or need them. Everyone 
is in such a hurry that there is not a 
person who will stop and listen to a 
few words because those words do not 
seem to be important. But communi- 
cation is important to the "Ruths" of 
this world. 

Recently I spoke at a dinner meet- 
ing sponsored by a Christian women's 
organization. After it was all over, a 
little "Ruth" caught me and told me 
what she had done during the previous 
four days. Not one of the events was 
earthshaking or even very exciting to 
me. They were in fact quite dull and 
ordinary, and she forgot several times 
in the conversation where she had 
been. Although others waited to speak 
to me, I decided to give this little lady 
her fair share of time. She wanted to 
share a part of her life with someone 
else, and I happened to be the chosen 
one at the time. How important events 
are in a person's own life, even though 
they may seem inconsequential to 
others. And let's be fair, if something 
cannot be shared, it loses most of its 
true value. 

I personally find a sense of guilt 
when I rush through a conversation 
with an obviously lonely person. I am 
reminded of another incident one time 

following a message in a church service 
when a person "got hold" of me, and 
it seemed the conversation would 
never end. I was far from home and 
there was a great deal of business to 
transact and people were waiting. Be- 
lieve it or not, I remained "to listen." 
Some weeks later a letter came across 
the country to me after I had returned 
home. It contained a Thank You note 
from the person for the time we had 
spent in conversation. I am glad I had 
not been too busy that day to stand 
and share. I shared my "ear" with a 
lonely heart who was looking for a 

Have we as Christians become too 
busy with our church meetings and 
organizations? Are we so busy we do 
not have time to share ourselves with 
the "Ruths" of this world? How about 
the person who is lonely and needs a 
friend just to listen for a few minutes 
to the "big" event that happened last 
week. You may not be thrilled with 
the news, but you will be rewarded to 
know you helped make someone's day 
for them. 

Do not make your "Ruth" gather a 
hundred cats because there is no 
human being with whom she can com- 
municate and share. '/* 

JANUARY 15, 1976 

Orlando Brethren Break Ground Thanksgiving Weekend 

A Season 

to be 


In our beloved country. Thanks- 
giving is a very special day. We remem- 
ber thie Pilgrims who demonstrated 
their gratefulness to God for supplying 
all their needs. 

We of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Orlando are especially thankful for 
God's goodness to us this holiday sea- 
son. Therefore, we could not think of 
a more appropriate time than the 
Thanksgiving season to hold our 
groundbreaking service. In the hearts 
of Orlando Brethren, November 30, 
1975, will always be a momentous 

God's vision was caught: Until the 
day we receive that ultimate vision, 
seeing Jesus face to face, we are 
limited to "catching a vision" of the 
work God has for us to do. Five fami- 
lies from the established Maitland 
Grace Brethren Church in Northeast 
Orlando "caught a vision" to build a 
second Grace Brethren Church in the 
Orlando area. 

On the last Sunday in March, 1973, 
the Vernon Latham family, the Ed- 
ward Rife family, the Charles R. Stur- 
gill family, the Donald Nolin family, 
and the Earl Futch family met in the 
Latham home for their first official 
meeting as the Grace Brethren Church 
of Orlando. 

In God they trusted: This nucleus 
met weekly in cottage-style prayer 
meetings. Items of immediate concern 
were finding a meeting place and call- 
ing a pastor. 

That summer the Lord opened the 
door of a unique opportunity for a 

By Rev. John Diaz 
Pastor, Orlando, Florida 

meeting place. The Lord had gathered 
into this new church three men with 
construction backgrounds. The 
Lathams, Sturgills and Rifes were all at 
one time part of the Brethren Con- 
struction Company. 

They were aware of an unfinished 
three-bay garage owned by Mr. How- 
ard Phillips. The men approached Mr. 
Phillips with the idea of converting the 
shell into office space. The three men 
would donate their labor and time in 
exchange for temporary use of the 
building by the church. The agreement 
proved to be satisfactory and finishing 
work began. 

Regular Sunday morning services 
were begun late in August. The pulpit 
was filled by men in the church and 
guest speakers. 

With a temporary facility for meet- 

ing, the next item to care for was call- 
ing a pastor, the second big test. God 
worked again and brought the church 
and the John Diaz family together in 
May 1974. At this point the church 
also joined the Home Missions family. 

Through 15 months of trusting, 
God's everlasting faithfulness was 
clearly shown. He provided a tem- 
porary facility and supplied a full-time 

They believed God's sovereignty: 
The location of the meeting place was 
in a high priced area with great prom- 
ise of development. The price of land 
began at $7,000 an acre. An option to 
purchase 5.8 acres near the temporary 
quarters was offered to the church at a 
fraction of its value. 

Removal of zoning restrictions 
promised to be a major obstacle. Of 

In the pastorate full time since the summer of 1974, Pastor John Diaz now leads 
the church into a much-anticipated building program. 


1 Mr. Vernon Latham was an 
instrumental layman in get- 
ting the work started. Here 
he turns a shovel of dirt. 

The growing congregation 
looks forward to a finished 
building as a vehicle for as- 
sisting community out- 

Rev. William Tweeddale, 
district mission board 
chairman, gave a challenge 
to be carried on after the 
ground-breaking service. 

the 29 property owners in the develop- 
ment, 22 had to sign papers giving con- 
sent for construction of a church. 
When men of the church tried to get 
signatures, they discovered that the 
owners were scattered all over Florida, 
with some in California and New Jer- 
sey. Through God's sovereign control, 
the necessary signatures were obtained 
and the property was purchased. We 
had enough property for expansion at 
a price that would fit the budget. 

God made the vision a reality: 
Working in a high income area has its 
own particular problems. There is a 
continual struggle to see people break 
from a temporary dependence on 
materialism to a permanent depen- 
dence on God. But we will continue to 
be faithful to the task of carrying the 
Gospel to all with no respect of per- 

God has given us consistent In- 
creases since the first meeting. Mem- 
bership has increased from 17 to 43, 
and offerings have more than doubled 
with $16,000 anticipated this year. At- 
tendance for morning worship averages 
50, and evening service and prayer 
meeting have risen to a 30plus aver- 
age. One of the big highlights has been 
to see God lead three families into 
preparation for full-time Christian ser- 

The final step in God's plan for this 
work was the actual groundbreaking- 
three years in the waiting. Several 
churches were represented with 148 in 
attendance for the service. Rev. Wil- 
liam Tweeddale, chairman of the Flori- 
da District Mission Board, brought a 
message of challenge. 

The act of groundbreaking was car- 
ried out by the pastor, trustees, and 
representatives of the WMC, SMM, 
Brethren Youth, and the Brethren Men 
and Boys Ministry. The offering total 
for all the services of the day was 

It shall be a lighthouse: We thank 
God for what He has done and will do. 
This is His church and we are His 
people to be used by Him to reach a 
lost community and world. We are an- 
ticipating His building to be used as a 
vehicle to edify the saints for the evan- 
gelization of this community. # 

JANUARY 15, 1976 

Crime Statistics Show the Brethren Home Missions Council 
Has its Wori< Cut Out for 1976 

The Crime Problem: 

A Challenge for the Gospel 

By Dr. Lester E. Pifen 

While prisoners riot for their 
"rights," and the F.B.I, is scolded for 
secret operations, who has a word for 
the 10,192,000 victims of serious 
crime last year? 

The official Uniform Crime Reports 
released by the Department of Justice 
in November bears sad tidings. It in- 
cludes the grim statistics that serious 
crimes rose by a record 17.6 percent in 

Compared to a population increase 
of 5 percent since 1969, the number 
of serious crimes in America has in- 
creased by 38 percent over that same 
period. If the population increase has 
boomed, then the crime rate has ex- 
ploded. Though you are probably con- 
vinced that most crime takes place 
somewhere else, your chance of being 
a victim has increased by 24 percent 
since 1968. 

What has happened to the Ameri- 
can ideal of life, liberty and the pur- 
suit of happiness? Perhaps a portion of 
the owners of 40 million handguns are 
seeking to protect their rights. But 
most of the remainder are seeking to 
deny them. 

Crimes classified as "serious" by 
the F.B.I, fall into two categories; Vio- 
lent crimes— murder, forcible rape, ag- 
gravated assault, robbery; Property 
crimes— burglary, larceny-theft, and 
auto theft. 

Of the violent type, forcible rape 
has shown the greatest increase. Last 
year 55,210 cases were reported, a 
jump of 49 percent over 1969. Offi- 
cials feel that many cases in this cate- 
gory are not reported. 

Property crimes of burglary and 
larceny-theft combined for over 80 
percent of all serious crimes. Dollar 
loss to the victims of these two cate- 
gories alone amounted to more than 
$2 billion. 

According to the report, only one- 
fifth of all serious crimes last year 
were solved by arrest. A career crime 
study of 207,748 offenders from 
1970-74 indicated that 65 percent had 
previous arrests, and 36 percent had 
been arrested at least four times. This 
computerized study showed that only 
one-third of the charges against the 
offenders resulted in convictions. Only 
half of the convictions led to prison 
terms of six months or more. 

The picture for the future is no 
brighter. According to U.S. News and 
World Report, crime is up 13 percent 
in the first half of 1975. The increase 
is traditionally greater during the last 
six months. 

Even the general attitude of the 
public seems to be shifting its em- 
phasis. The plea, "Help stamp out 
crime," has been transformed into the 
sincere question, "How can I avoid be- 
ing a victim?" Crime, like pollution 
and inflation, has become an evil to 
live with— if we live. 

Dozens of do-it-yourself crime 
fighting programs are flooding the 
market. "Most of the responsibility for 
your protection is yours," says Ira A. 
Lipman, author of How to Protect 
Yourself from Crime. "We are making 
crime too easy for the criminal. We are 
not so much victims of crimes as ac- 
complices." (U.S. News and World Re- 

Is the day coming when we will be 
thrown in prison for not locking our 
door because it forced someone to be 
a burglar? 

Crime is obviously here to stay— 
and to get worse. Scripture is clear 
that the depravity of man will become 
more noticeable toward the end of the 
Church Age. The deterrants seem to 
have little effect. Since six out of ten 
murderers are rearrested within three 
years of their parole or pardon, prison 
is hardly the answer. 

As Johnny told Billy, who had just 
been caught chewing gum in class, 
"Remember, it only hurts for a little 







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while. She can't hit hard." As prisons 
incorporate the soft touch, a few years 
off to "rest up" may be refreshing for 
the criminal. 

There is another alternative, how- 
ever. Christians have been proclaiming 
it as the solution for years, but it has 
never become a government program. 
The gospel message attacks the 
"heart" of the problem rather than the 
result of the problem. Until a man 
realizes his act is morally wrong, he 
will perform it. And we won't get the 
man out of crime until we get the 
crime out of the man. What can do 
that? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
It is only as enough men have their 

hearts cleansed that the crime rate will 
drop. , 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil is not in existence to institute 
prison reform. That won't do the job. 
Our goal is to establish more churches 
which will reach more "criminal 
hearts" with the transforming power 
of the Gospel. 

Through the years, home mission- 
aries have faithfully taught from the 
Bible the necessity of the new birth, 
the positive Christian life, and a walk 
as controlled by the Spirit of God. The 
long list of transformed lives, Bible- 
teaching churches, and yielded lives 
for God's service is a step in the right 

direction. However, we must recognize 
the gigantic problem that still remains 
among the rapidly growing population 
of the USA. Many remaining areas 
have not been touched by Brethren 

The 200th anniversary of our 
nation demands some spiritual evalu- 
ation of our evangelistic thrust. It is 
time that we follow the direction of 
the Holy Spirit in making our greatest 
impact upon this nation. We must take 
the Gospel that will meet the need, 
and will produce the kind of people, 
churches, and missionary activity that 
God wants in this United States of 
America. # 





















Bear on the Mountain- 

By Rev. Edward Jackson 
Pastor, Kenai, Alaska 




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It was last winter we talked about a 
baptismal service for our church. We 
don't have an indoor baptistery, so a 
lake makes a perfect spot. Except all 
the lakes were covered with four feet 
of ice. Well, planning ahead never 

Seven candidates waited for the 
weather to cooperate by melting the 
ice on Fuller Lake. Nestled in the high 
mountains above Coopers Landing, the 
snow-fed lake is two and a half miles 
from any road. A hike of that dis- 
tance—uphill all the way— would prove 
to be a real test for those who were no 
longer teenagers. Hiking, however, is a 
great pastime in Alaska. 

After months of waiting through 
the long winter, a suitable time finally 
arrived. Late in June the temperature 
neared the 50 degree mark and the 
lakes cleared. 

On Friday, June 20, cars and trucks 
loaded with gear began the 60-minute 
drive to the foot of the mountains. 
What a joy it was for the pastor as 30 
people, packs on their backs, started 
up the trail to Fuller Lake. Since Fri- 
day night would be spent on the 
mountainside, tents, sleeping bags, 
food and cooking utensils were in- 
cluded in the backpacks. Most of the 
men carried a pistol or a high-powered 
rifle. This is bear country! Having just 
aroused themselves from hibernation, 
the bears often would defend their 
prior claim to the mountain. 

The edge of Fuller Lake was a wel- 
come sight after huffing and puffing 
up the incline. Just as we began to set 
up camp the cry, "Bear on the moun- 
tain!" rang loud and clear. All eyes 
were directed to a spot just above us. 
There a black bear was browsing 
through some of last fall's low-bush 
cranberries that had survived the win- 

It was black bear hunting season 
and they make fine fare for a dinner 
table. With "bear chops" in mind, Jim 
Welborn and Jim Hamilton went on 
the hunt. Shortly, the sound of a 
high-powered rifle echoed through the 
mountains. Any luck? Maybe next 
time. They were outfoxed by a bear. 

Baptism candidates listen to the reading of Matthew 28:16-20 by Pastor Ed 

Baptism in the Lake 

Wading into knee-deep water was bearable, but kneeling down into the 40-degree 
lake was next to impossible. 




While work continued on setting up 
camp, moose were seen nibbling on 
some willows. They paid no attention 
to the intruders knowing, of course, it 
wasn't moose season! 

Some of the men and boys were 
hauling Arctic Char, a type of trout, 
out of the lake. In two days about 40 
fish were caught. If anyone goes hun- 
gry in Alaska it's because he wants to. 
God is a great provider. 

As the sun began to drop behind 
the mountain, most of us were ready 
for the sack. A little early? Not exact- 
ly. Sunset at this time of year in Alas- 
ka was an hour before midnight. The 
night was short-lived because the sun 
came up again at 3:00 a.m. But sleep- 
ing out on the mountainside was as 
refreshing as a cool drink of water on a 
hot summer day. 

What a way to start a good morn- 
ing! Breakfast of steak, pork chops, 
pancakes, and eggs was cooked on an 
open fire. 

Some of the boys were called down 
from the snowbanks that still re- 
mained on the mountain ridges. The 
time for the baptismal service had ar- 
rived. Dr. Pete Hansen, one of the can- 
didates, had an emergency case on Fri- 


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insulated wading pants iielped some, 
but after the sixth baptism even the 
pastor was glad for dry land. 

day. He attempted to fly in Saturday, 
but the location of the lake made it 
too difficult for the float plane to 

It was probably good we didn't 
know the water temperature for sure. 
All the candidates agreed it was on the 
"cool" side— estimated about 40 de- 

We sang the chorus "Thank You, 
Lord," Jim Welborn led in prayer, I 
read Matthew 28:16-20, and Jim Ham- 
ilton closed in prayer. 

As Christ and His disciples had gone 
away to the mountain, so had we. And 
the Lord met us there. For the folks of 
Kenai, this was no less of a day than 
when our forefathers braved the icy 
waters of Wissahickon Creek in Phila- 
delphia to baptize the first Brethren in 
America on December 25, 1723. There 
were six candidates in both services. 

We praise the Lord for His blessings 
on the work in Alaska. It is our prayer 
that many more churches will be 
started in "America's last frontier." 
Many souls can be snatched from the 
gates of hell by the faithfulness of the 
Brethren who follow God's lead- 
ing. . . even into the vastness of our 
last frontier. Westward ho! • 









Home Missions News Through New Publication 

Readers of the familiar Forgotten Navajo and 
Communicator publications of Brethren Home 
' IVlissions should be prepared for a new look be- 
ginning in 1976. These two publications will be 
replaced by a single, quarterly piece to appear 
the first time in March. 

News of the Brethren Navajo Mission and the 
various mission points will continue to be fea- 
tured. With the awareness that a great volume of 
reading material passes through the hands of our 
readers, an effort will be made to keep the in- 
formation vital and interesting. 

It is felt that the new publication can main- 
tain necessary communication while eliminating 
ithe double printing and mailing costs of the two 
former items. Readers who are receiving either 
the Forgotten Navajo or the Communicator or 
both will automatically receive the new publi- 
cation. Look for the "new look" in March! 

JANUARY 15, 1976 

Don't Be a Guinea Pig for 

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You will know it is working for 
the Lord 

You will know what it will earn 
for you 

You will know it is backed by 20 
years' experience 

You will have access to your 
money if needed 

You will get 5%% interest day in 
to day out 

It's experience not experiments that make the difference 
in a B.I.F. savings account — So don't be a guinea pig 

Brethren Investment Foundation 

Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 





Somerset's ground- 
breaking service 
took place in No- 
vember. At the 
shovel are: (I. to r.) 
Charles Miller, 
board member; Pas- 
tor Cliff Wicks; and 
Mrs. Lemon Trent, 
charter member of 
the "Sweet Sixties" 

?» Somerset. Pa. A recent 12-day bus tour, led by Rev. 
Clifford Wicks, took the "Sweet Sixties" group through 
the "citrus state." The group toured Daytona Beach, 
Odando, and Disney World on their way south to the 
famed "gold coast." The trip required two buses to ac- 
commodate the 90 members who participated in this 
unique time of fellowship. 

Ground was broken in November for the site of the 
new Grace Brethren Church. The building will include a 
650-seat auditorium, offices, and Sunday School rooms. 
A three-bus garage will also be built at the same time. 
Construction is scheduled to begin immediately for com- 
pletion in early spring. 


Orlando, Fla, Jan. 18, Bill Smith, speaker; John Diaz, 

Bell, Calif., Jan. 25-30, Becker Evangelistic Team. 

Orlando, Fla., Jan. 25-27, Ed Lewis, speaker; John Diaz, 

Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Dr. John Wliitcomb, 
speaker; Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

Roanoke, Va. (Gospel), Feb. 1-3. Nathan Meyer, speaker; 
James Wingfield, pastor. 

Glendora, Calif., Feb. 1-6, Becker Evangelistic Team; Ken- 
neth Churchill, pastor. 

Glendale, Calif., Feb. 8-15, Becker Evangelistic Team; 
Don Foreman, pastor. 

JANUARY 15, 1976 

•Longview, Texas— LeTourneau College. Dr. Raymond 
E. Gingrich, former professor of Bible and dean of Le- 
Tourneau College, has joined the most exclusive club on 
the local campus as the result of action taken at the 
annual meeting of the board of trustees. Dr. Gingrich 
was named professor emeritus of Bible, becoming the 
second faculty member in the history of the school to be 
named a professor emeritus. 

He has entered a new phase of service at a point when 
most men are enjoying retirement. He is currently writ- 
ing a textbook covering the three epistles of John. Dr. 
Gingrich also actively pastors the Grace Brethren Church 
of Longview, Texas. 

•Stoystown, Pa. An ordination service was held for Pas- 
tor Larry R. Weigle on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Reading 
Brethren Church. Pastor True Hunt presided at the ser- 
vice and Pastor Paul Mohler was the special speaker. 
Several other ordained men in the Allegheny District 
also participated in the service— Shinier Darr, Cliff Wicks, 
Fred Walter, and Robert Chnton. Pastor Larry Weigle 
has been pastoring the Reading Brethren Church since 
January, 1972. 

•Virginia Beach, Va. Mr. Reid Walls, a member of the 
Virginia Beach church, was licensed to the Brethren min- 
istry in November. He will be. serving as assistant to Pas- 
tor Edward Lewis until such time as he receives a call to 
serve in another Grace Brethren church. If any church is 
interested, you may contact Mr. Walls through Pastor 
Edward Lewis. 

•Montclair, Calif. We are rejoicing in the 11 decisions 
for Christ that were recently made at our church. Rev. 
Duane Bartle who took up his new duties with us the 
first of September, has started a regular visitation pro- 
gram and has several Bible studies in progress. The new 
church building just needs the finishing touches before 
occupancy. Rev. Thomas McClellan, our minister of 
music, is diligently working and we're expecting God to 
continue to bless us here in order to honor His name. 

•Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary). The "All Church Harvest 
Home Program" was climaxed on Sunday, Nov. 23, with 
Paul Schumacher presenting the Word in song and testi- 
mony. There were 30 or more baskets of food collected 
plus cash gifts totaling $65. The following Monday Pas- 
tor Curtis Stroman and several other members of the 
church presented the gifts to Rev. Bill Crowe, administra- 
tor of the Rescue Mission in Martinsburg.W.Va. We praise 
God for His faithfulness and for the faithfulness of His 


• Winona Lake, Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith reports a great 
crusade meeting at the Grace Brethren Church of Van- 
dalia, Ohio, Nov. 2-9, where Everett Caes is the pastor. 
There were 35 pubUc decisions for Christ during the 
week. He is also rejoicing in the meetings that were held 
at the First Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, Ind., during 
the week of Nov. 16-23. Rev. Galen Lingenfelter pastors 
this church where 22 public decisions were made for 
Christ. During the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 7, there were 
16 public decisions for Christ at the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio. Rev. Kenneth Cos- 
grove is the pastor. 

Wedding Velh 

lit Memory 

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

HULBURT, Charlotte, Nov. 13. She faithfully spent 

several years at Clayhole, Ky., helping Rev. and Mrs. 

Sewell Landrum. She had a great love for the teachings 

of the Brethren Church. She was the mother of Mrs. 

Sewell Landrum. 

LANDIS, Ray, 74, Nov. 2. He was a member of the 

Clayton Grace Brethren Church for 35 years. W. Herman 

Pickels, pastor. 

SWARTZ, Raymond. 72, Nov. 25. He was a member of 

the Calvary Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md., for 12 

years. Curtis W. Stroman, pastor. 

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

The following weddings were performed by Pastor Jerry 
R. Young at the Grace Brethren Church, Lititz, Pa.; 
Jane Snader and Earl Kurtz, Apr. 19 
Shirley Reinhart and Jeffrey L. Houser, July 4 
Linda Rose Yundt and Glenn S. Longenecker, Sept. 

Connie Rutherford and Graig DeSantis, Sept. 20 
Connie Waughtel and John R. Kreider, Jr., Oct. 18 
Peggy Robinson and Gary Perdue, Oct. 1 1 , First Breth- 
ren Church, Akron, Ohio. 

LaVerna Orndorf and W. E. Burke, Oct. 15, First Breth- 
ren Church, Akron, Ohio. 

Carol Lynn Arthin and George A. Lynde, Jr., Nov. 1, 
First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Sarah Jane Evans and William John Ryan, Nov. 8, Grace 
Brethren Church, Seal Beach, Calif. 
Cindy Javorsky and John Caesar, Nov. 8, West Homer 
Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 
Susanna Ruth Sterck and James Dean Prentice, Nov. 8, 
Grace Brethren Church, Seal Beach, Calif. 


By Jerry Lucas 

Remember the Word is the most unique book 
that we have offered in our book club. Written 
by Jerry Lucas, star basketball player, this book 
is "based on educationally and psychologically 
sound principles of association." Mr. Lucas was 
saved about a year ago and decided to apply the 
memory principles he had already developed to 
the Scriptures. Remember the Word is a book 
teaching how to memorize the Gospels. There is 
also a set of pictures which includes each chap- 
ter of the Gospels. 

It is unusual in approach and will require a 
willingness to adapt the methods set forth. 
However, our first shipment of books are selling 
quickly! Mr. Lucas authored a previous book 
on basic memory that has now sold over 
600,000 copies. 

Retail price for the book and the set of pictures 
is $10.95. Special book club price is $9.75 if 
you send a check. We pay the postage! 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
Box 544 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


• Post-conference tour planned. Next year's national 
conference will be held Aug. 6-13 in Long Beach, Calif. 
A one-week tour to Hawaii begins Saturday, Aug. 14, 
and will feature tours of three islands and a Sunday visit 
to our churches. Cost will be about $450. Write for fur- 
ther information— Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or Rev. Ralph Colburn, 5885 
Downey Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90805. 

•Changes. Rev. and Mrs. Henry Rempel's new address is: 
1120 N. Wood, Apt. 186-F, Seal Beach, Cahf. 90740, 
(Tel. 213/430-6658). Dr. and Mrs. George Peek have 
moved and their new address is: Los Alisos Mobile Home 
Estates, 5772 Garden Grove Blvd., Sp. 560, Westminster, 
Calif. 92683. Pastor George F. Wilhelm has submitted 
his resignation to the Susquehanna Grace Brethren 
Church of Wrightsville, Pa., to become effective Jan. 18. 
He is available as a candidate for Brethren churches 
needing a pastor or an associate pastor. Please change 
your Annual. 

•Brook\ille, Ohio. A trip to the Holy Land and Europe 
was enjoyed by both the pastor and his wife, Rev. and 
Mrs. Clair Brickel. Along with eight other members of 
the church, they shared in a memorable tour with Rev. 
Nathan Meyer. They are praising the Lord for their con- 
gregation who made this trip possible. 

The church is also pleased to announce they have a 
new assistant pastor, Steve Shipley. He will work pri- 
marily with the youth of the church and he began his 
ministry the second week of December. 

Here and There. Kenneth Stoll is the new pastor of the 
Suburban Grace Brethren Church in Hatboro, Pa. His 
address i/: 3888 Krugel, Hatboro, Pa. 19040. Rev. Rob- 
ert Burns has submitted his resignation as pastor of the 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Further plans are indefinite. 

• Parkersburg, W. Va. Genuine love was recently demon- 
strated to Rev. and Mrs. Ralph F. Miller by their congre- 
gation. Soon after they arrived at the church in August, 
there was a surprise food shower for them. Recently, the 
Millers had an "open house" at their new home and 
among the several gifts that were showered upon them 
was an African Violet plant with ten dollar bills growing 
out of it! 


person of Prof. Stephen Grill of the 
Grace College speech department, 
recently lectured to the college stu- 
dent body giving the French view of 
the American Revolution. Another 
"visitor" (also Prof. Grill), was John 
Burns, civilian hero of the Battle of 
Gettysburg. Next semester senior 
speech majors will continue the special 
Bicentennial series, presenting Patrick 
Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and Mercy 
Otis Warren— female activist during the 
Revolution. (Photo by Terry White) 

LEGE-FOR-A-DAY program brought 
approximately 300 high school stu- 
dents, parents, and sponsors from as 
far away as Florida, Colorado, Ken- 
tucky, and Pennsylvania. The group 
toured the dorms, visited with faculty, 
enjoyed several musical programs, and 
attended performances of the fall 
dramatic production, "George Wash- 
ington Slept Here." (Photo by Randy 


JANUARY 15, 1976 


"The Right to Life" 

"The Right to Die with Dignity' 

The Karen Quinlan case and others 
have recently brought to public atten- 
tion the recurring questions regarding 
the sustaining of life by artificial 
means. In an attempt to clarify what 
should be the Christian's view of this 
complex subject, a panel discussion 
was recently conducted, primarily 
utilizing personnel from Grace 

Schools. Moderating the panel was 
Rev. Charles H. Ashman, assistant pro- 
fessor of practical theology in Grace 
Seminary and pastor of the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. Other participants in- 
cluded Dr. Paul Fink, professor of 
homiletics and practical theology at 
Grace Seminary; Dr. Lloyd Fish, pro- 

fessor of psychology at Grace College; 
Prof. Donald Ogden, chairman of the 
division of fine arts at Grace College; 
Dr. Gary Tanner, formerly teaching 
biology at Grace College and now en- 
gaged in medical research; and Dr. 
John Whitcomb, professor of Old Tes- 
tament and director of postgraduate 
studies at Grace Seminary. 

WHITCOMB: It is remarkable that 
we live in a nation where life is con- 
sidered so sacred that this topic is even 
discussed. We are interested in this 
question because of the frame of re- 
ference we have relative to what life 
really is. 

If we have some power or control 
over preventing a person's death who 
otherwise could live, doesn't God 
know the circumstances and our mo- 
tives and bring us into judgment? The 
question of the sacredness of human 
life is not a matter of public opinion 
or of convenience, but a matter of 
divine revelation. 

After the fall and after the flood 
God said that if any man take another 
man's life, that he himself would for- 
feit his life because that man whose 
life he took bore the image of God. It 
was a blow against God Himself to 
take a life. This is emphasized for us 
again in I Corinthians 11:7 and in 
James 3:9. 

When we trace the terms "image" 
and "likeness" through the Bible, and 
when we use them to look at ourselves 
with other humans and with the 
animal kingdom, a number of clear 
things come to our attention. 

We discover that man alone is self- 
conscious as a person. Animals do not 
have the capacity to look upon them- 
selves. God can, and man can— but 
animals cannot. Also, man has goals 
which he can set and toward which he 
can adjust his life-style and pattern. 

Animals are in a totally different realm 
of reality, that of instinct, which locks 
them into a pre-conditioning that 
eliminates real freedom, purpose, and 
goals in life. Further, only man is real- 
ly rational and therefore can express 
his rationality— a marvelous expression 
of his likeness to God. In fellowship, 
communication, language, and speech, 
he uses abstract symbolism that no 
animal can possibly enjoy. 

When we consider man's speech and 
knowledge capacity, his aesthetic qual- 
ities and moral nature, his capacity for 
true education and learning, his capaci- 
ty for worship, for acknowledging his 
God, for sacrifice, and for love, we 
find that the Bible is setting an infinite 
chasm between the lowest man and 
the highest animal. And this explains 
to us why it is that man, and not the 
ape, will continue on and on forever 
beyond the grave. 

Therefore we must examine all of 
these factors— not from the standpoint 
of "Is it convenient for me?" But the 
ultimate question for the Christian is: 
"What does God tell me in the light of 
His Word?" Can I live with my con- 
science before a God who has spoken 
so clearly in the Book when I make a 
decision which will determine the con- 
tinued existence of a person in this 
world in which God has placed him? 

FINK: Since human life is sacred, it 
becomes very important to determine 
when that physical life has ceased, or 
when a person has died. God is de- 
scribed in I Timothy 6 as being the 
Giver of life. Therefore it seems valid 
to come to the Word to see what He 
has to say about life and death. 

In John 1 1 :51, Caiaphas prophesied 
that Jesus should die for the nation. 
Our Lord said in John 10:17-18, "I lay 
down my life, that I might take it 
again." So if we can identify the exact 
point at which our Lord laid down His 
life and died, then from that example 
we can draw a generalization that 
would be applicable to all mankind. 

Looking at the accounts in the Gos- 
pels, starting with Matthew 27:50, our 
Lord cried with a loud voice— He was 
still alive— then yielded up the spirit 
and was dead. In Mark 15:37 again our 
Lord cried with a loud voice and then 
"breathed out." In Luke 23:46 He ■ 
said, "Father, into thy hands I com-, 
mend [commit] my spirit." In John I 
19:30 He cried, "It is finished." Like-i 
wise Stephen, in Acts 7:59-60, calledl 
upon God and said, "Lord Jesus, re- 
ceive my spirit," and he fell asleep. 

We need to define physical death' 
from both a negative and a positive i 
standpoint— first to understand what it 
is not, and then to understand what it 

In Luke 16:19-31 we find the 
familiar parable of the two men who 
died. In verse 22, Lazarus died but 




continued to exist, as did the rich 
man. Here are two people who died, 
one a believer and the other a non- 
believer. But neither of them ceased to 
exist. So physical death is not a cessa- 
tion of existence. What then is it? 

James 2:26 gives the definition of 
death: "For as the body without the 
spirit is dead." From a positive stand- 
point, then, physical death is a separa- 
tion of the immaterial part of man 
from the material. The reason most 
clinical definitions are not satisfactory, 
so far as theology is concerned, is that 
if you take any one of them and try to 
apply it to the other kinds of death in 
the Bible, they just do not make sense. 
The only definition of physical death 
that makes sense is the Biblical defini- 
tion—separation of the soul from the 

TANNER: The question in my 
mind is "When does that occur?" and 
then you're back to the clinical defini- 

FINK: I really don't know when 
the soul leaves the body. About a year 
ago my wife's brother was injured 
unto death by burns. Physical death 
took place when his soul left his body. 
We do not know the precise moment 
when that occurred. 

However, it is also possible for the 
vital signs to continue at a very low 
ebb after the soul has left the body, 
when artificial means are used. I am 
confident that my brother-in-law 
actually died on Monday. There was a 
great difference in him between Sun- 
day and Monday, yet he had pulse, 
was breathing, and so forth. When his 
wife saw him, she said "Charles isn't 
there" and I said "I think you are 
right." He wasn't pronounced dead 
until Wednesday, some 48 hours later. 

FISH: A great many arguments oc- 
cur because one party does not really 
understand what the other party is 
saying. There are words used, but they 
do not always carry the same meaning. 
In this particular topic, we err in mak- 
ing the matter such an emotional issue. 
'We use emotional terms— "pulling the 
plug IS one. 

Clarifying or defining of terms is 
important here. We have no clinical 
way of determining when the soul 

leaves the body — I think we'd all agree 
on that. Our biologist friends would 
tell us it's possible for tissue to survive 
for quite a while, even apart from the 
body. So we cannot say that the pres- 
ence of certain life signs is positive evi- 
dence that some kind of death has not 
taken place. 

What do we mean by death? On the 
one hand we talk about clinical signs 
like breathing, pulse, and so forth. On 
the other hand we refer to total lack 
of response on the part of the individ- 
ual, except as artificially maintained. 
We must ask whether there is "person- 
hood" present. If a person is in a deep 
coma, has the Lord already taken that 
person to be with Him? I don't know 
the answer, and I don't think even my 
friends in theology do. 

Also very important is the physio- 
logical structure of the brain and ner- 
vous system. God made our bodies— 
they are very wonderful. And the cen- 
tral nervous system, especially includ- 
ing the brain, is the one part of the 
body which does not regenerate tissue 
when that tissue has been destroyed. 
Damage is irreversible. It does not 
mend itself. 

Then too, there is the matter of 
"euthanasia," or purposely taking a 
person out of existence. That is com- 
pletely wrong. It is an act of commis- 
sion—of doing something which causes 
life to cease. 

Probably most of us are Christians. 
We are all inclined to say, "Well, the 
Lord can work a miracle." Yes, He 
can. Nothing is impossible with God. 
But how many miracles have you seen 
in a lifetime? Perhaps a few. God does 
not always choose in every instance to 

mend or heal the person who's critical- 
ly ill. We've had too many of our loved 
ones go before us to be sure of that. 

Sometimes we make choices. I hap- 
pen to be on the Foreign Missions 
Board, and sometimes we have to 
make difficult decisions. Do we or do 
we not approve someone to go to the 
foreign mission field? There are always 
those with tender hearts who say the 
Lord has called them, and truly they 
don't have what they need now, but 
maybe the Lord will do something 
miraculous if we can just get them 
across the ocean. This is operating 
against good judgment. If we have the 
responsibility for making good deci- 
sions, we must have the courage to 
accept that responsibility and to act 
upon it. We cannot just leave the re- 
sponsibility to someone else and say 
"me too." The matter of not using ex- 
traordinary means to prolong human 
life is not an easy question. 

L "'"icN: It's interesting when 
people who don't claim to be Chris- 
tians have some of the same problems 
and questions we have. One such edi- 
tor I read last week remarked that 
there are two questions to be asked: 

(1) What is best for the individual? and 

(2) What is best for society? 

In the question of euthanasia versus 
"pulling the plug," there is quite a dif- 
ference between putting a pillow over 
someone's face until he doesn't 
breathe anymore or simply allowing 
him to die a natural death. These are 
not quite the same. 

It is amazing how technology has 
advanced so that people may or may 
not be kept alive. Less than a century 
ago there would have been no ques- 
tion. They would have departed this 
world. Now we have the ability to 
keep them alive. Then comes the ques- 
tion: To what extent are we responsi- 
ble to use this added knowledge in 
keeping people alive? And if it's a 
problem now, think what it is going to 
be in just a few years! 

ASHMAN: I discovered in talking 
with a Christian medical doctor about 
this problem, that the definition of 
clinical death may not be the same in 
all of the areas of the world, and it is 

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JANUARY 15, 1976 


in a process of constant change. There- 
fore a specific decision in this case at 
this time does not mean that it will 
always be that way in the future. He 
indicated that there are only about 
eight states so far that have come to 
the position of accepting a definition 
of clinical death. He further observed 
that when a person is no longer able to 
relate to God from the body, which 
involves communication of some sort, 
then this would be a sign of death. 

I have here a document which says, 
in part: 

... if the time comes that I, , 

can no longer take part in decisions tor 
my own future, let this statement stand 
as an expression of my wishes while I am 
still of a sound mind. If the situation 
should arise in which there is no reason- 
able expectation of my recovery from 
physical or mental disability, I request 
that I be allowed to die and not be kept 
alive by artificial means or heroic meas- 

I do not fear death itself ... I there- 
tore ask that medication be mercifully 
administered to me to alleviate suffering, 
even though this may hasten the 
moment of death. This request is made 
after careful consideration. I hope those 
of you who care for me will feel morally 
bound to follow this mandate. I recog- 
nize that this appears to place a heavy 
responsibility upon you, but it is with 
the intention of relieving you of such re- 
sponsibility and of placing it upon my- 
self in accordance with my strong con- 
victions that this statement is made. 
This actual signed, notarized state- 
ment was delivered to lawyer, rela- 
tives, friends, and family physicians. 
This is a living will. Now the question. 
Is this proper for a Christian to do? 

OGDEN: I would say that if my de- 
cision to pull the plug on someone else 
is murder, then my decision to do that 
to myself is suicide. Either they're 
both accepted or neither one is. 

In this issue, like so many others in 
life, we tend to look at it from the 
standpoint of what seems, in a par- 
ticular case, to be good rather than 
what is the underlying principle or 
what the Word of God has to say 
about it. Sometimes the way we feel 
about an issue depends upon whether 
or not we're involved in it rather than 
on how we understand God's Word. 

FINK: When we realize what physi- 
cal death does for the believer, this 

takes away a lot of the problem. There 
are only two ways to get into the pres- 
ence of God. One is through the rap- 
ture, the other is through the door of 
physical death. I would be very much 
in favor of a will like this for myself, 
because physical death is not my ene- 
my; it's the means for my entrance in- 
to the presence of the Lord. 

OGDEN; I'm wondering if we can 
make a distinction between saved and 
unsaved in this issue— it's human life. 

TANNER: From the standpoint of 
the law, you can't really make this dis- 
tinction. Sometimes there should be a 
distinction made between preserving 
life, which is the goal of medicine, and 
in the prolonging of death. It seems to 
me, from a biological standpoint, that 
I would agree with the definition of 
the flat brain wave as being an end- 
point. The human body is such a com- 
plex of systems all working together 
that it's very difficult to separate one 
function and say: "If this one goes, 
then the person is dead." Even though 
the Bible speaks of the heart as being 
the center of our conscious activity, it 
has to be through the brain. This 
should be the primary consideration. 

QUESTIONER: If a person is being 
maintained in this state, how does that 
relate to the will of God for that per- 
son's life? 

FINK: The will of God is deter- 
mined at the moment the soul departs 
from the body. There is not a machine 
going that can prolong anyone's life 
one tick of the clock longer than God 
intended for it to be, regardless of how 
long physicians try to reverse the 
curse. They will never be able to pro- 
long a life any longer than God has 
willed for that life, whatever the 

ASHMAN: I don't know that I 
would agree totally with the impli- 
cation of the analysis of death as being 
almost a friend. Death is a defeated 
enemy. It is a "stingerless bee," for the 
sting of death is gone because sin has 
been cared for in the blood of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

But frankly, if I have a choice of 
how to get to heaven, I wouldn't 
choose death. I'd choose the rapture. 
However, I don't have that choice- 
only God has that choice for me. It's 
one thing to take extraordinary means 
to stay here; it's another thing to take 
extraordinary means to get there. 

TANNER: I'd like to add a person- 
al example. My mother died of cancer 
at an early age, in her 30s. She was 
extremely ill for a long time, and went 
through a tremendous amount of pain 
and suffering. But her attitude was 
such a testimony to the power of God 
to overcome that situation that I came 
to know the Lord as Saviour, and my 
sister, who wasn't anywhere near being 
a Christian, was saved as a result of my 
mother's direct testimony through this 
very difficult situation. As Christians, 
we have to realize that we have a testi- 
mony to bear. 

ASHMAN: We know we don't have 
the answers to all the questions. But 
there are some absolute answers. It is 
appointed unto man once to die, and 
after that the judgment. There's a way 
to face that experience when it comes 
and however it comes, with peace, and 
to say, even with Stephen, "Lord 
Jesus, receive my spirit." 

I've seen people die like this, with 
absolute peace. But you can't face that 
kind of experience without Christ. # 



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Some may feel that in its pursuit for full regional accredita- 
tion, Grace College may turn into an intellectual haven 
where only those who are "exceptionally gifted" will be 
comfortable. While Grace is seeking constantly to maintain 
excellent, top-notch academic standards, the person who 
was not the valedictorian of his high school class can still fit 
in very nicely at Grace College. 

The requirements for admission to Grace state that the 
applicant must be in the upper one half of his high school 
class and that he must score a designated percentile score 
on the American College Testing (A.C.T.) examination. 
This requirement correlates with the spiritual requirements, 
pastor's reference, and teachers' references, so that the Ad- 
missions Committee can prayerfully consider the whole per- 

If a person is lacking in one of the two academic areas, 
he still could be accepted on what is called a "restricted 
basis." Under this restriction, his course work is limited to 
12-14 hours and he is normally not allowed to participate 
in intercollegiate athletics, drama, cheerleading, gospel 
teams, and so forth, until he is removed from the restricted 
basis. These restrictions are not placed on the student as a 
punishment for inadequacies or for doing a poor job in high 
school, but rather to give him the maximum amount of 
time possible to spend on his classes. The student on aca- 
demic restriction must achieve a certain grade point ratio at 
the end of his first semester or he is placed on final aca- 
demic probation. This amounts to a final warning prior to 
an academic dismissal from school. 

Students at Grace who have been on academic restric- 
tion or probation during the past three or four semesters 
have come to know Bill Katip quite well. His job is that of 
Admissions and Retention Counselor for the College, which 
means that about 75 percent of his time is spent counseling 
these students who are on restriction or probation. A regu- 
lar schedule is set up where he attempts to see every stu- 
dent in this category about every two or three weeks. At 
this 10-15 minute session he checks how the student is 
doing in each of his classes and finds out where help is 
needed. Particular areas worked on include note-taking, 
scheduling, how to use study time most effectively, helps in 

Bill Katip counsels a student. 

reading, writing a term paper, and taking exams. Much of 
this material is covered in written handouts and cassette 
tapes that are available for student use. 

A concentrated effort is also made to cover many of the 
same study skills mentioned earlier in a "Study Skills Class" 
taught by Katip during the first month of the school year. 
This past fall was the first time the voluntary class was held. 
It was open to any student and about 1 5 students who were 
not even on probation came to these sessions. 

Another project just beginning is a tutoring program 
coordinated through Katip's office with the help of Randy 
Maxson, college student body president. Upperclassmen 
will spend two or three half-hour sessions working with 
underclassmen in their major field of study to help them 
get the basics of that subject. This project looks promising 
and should prove beneficial both to those receiving and to 
those giving the tutoring. 

Statistics show such counseling and programs are having 
an effect, for those students on academic probation in the 
spring of 1971 showed an average increase of .114 in their 
G.P.A. (when the systematic counseling was not available), 
while those on academic probation in the spring of 1974 
(with the counseling) showed an increase of .219. In 1971, 
75 percent of the students on academic probation were 
dropped for academic reasons, whereas only 18.75 percent 
were dropped in 1974. Also, in 1974 more students were 
allowed to continue on final probation rather than being 
dropped, and more were removed from probation status. 

When asked about his job at Grace, Katip is very quick 
to say that he really enjoys it. He states that he is thankful 
for the opportunity to work in a situation where he can be 
of some help to others and yet learn so much from others 
around him. 

In summing up the rewards of his work, Katip shares a 
letter he received this past July. It is from a student who 
was admitted on restriction and earned a G.P.A. of 1.5 her 
first semester at Grace. She was placed on final probation 
but, due to her increased progress, continued for a third 
semester until finally she was removed from any probation- 
ary status. Last semester she earned a respectible 2.85 
G.P.A. and is currently a junior at Grace with an excellent 



testimony and making a good contribution to the school. 

The letter reads as follows: 

"Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus! 

I hope you are having a good summer— I bet you are busy 
getting ready for fall. 

I received my grades a few days ago and praise God! I am 
finally off A. P.! It has been a long, hard climb, but thank 
God I made it! I was beginning to wonder for awhile! I give 
the Lord the credit and thank Him for using you as an 
instrument to help me. I would like to thank you for all of 
the time and effort you put in helping and counseling me. I 
know it can be a thankless job sometimes. That is a very 
special and sensitive job the Lord has put you into and I'm 
glad to see you do your best. Keep up the good work and 
don't get discouraged, even when things don't always look 

I am taking speech here at our local Junior College. It is 
really a breeze! So far, I have a B+ and I've hardly had a 
chance to study! The readings class was full— the Lord 

Have a great summer and keep trusting the Lord!" 


->«« < X » < > " < > " ^ " « X W— M 

3race Honors Fall Athletes 

The annual fall sports banquet was 
held recently by the Grace College 
' G-Club, a voluntary letterman organi- 
' zation, to honor both coaches and 
I athletes who participated in soccer, 
! cross-country and tennis. Phil Hoskins, 
[athletic director and head basketball 
(coach, was emcee for the evening's ac- 
i tivities. 

Terry Shrock, in his third year as 
head soccer coach at Grace, presented 
his award winners first. Freshman Paul 
'Henning and junior Dave Hanson 
walked away with the majority of 
■hardware. Henning was awarded both 
,the Outstanding Offensive Player and 
'Rookie of the Year trophies as a result 
of his two freshman records of most 
igoals and assists in a season. Hanson, 
;who has been referred to by many 
.coaches as ail-American material, was 
|Voted by the team as the Outstanding 
Defense Player for his superior job as 
goalie. These two individuals also were 
awarded All-Conference plaques. 

The Lancer hooters who had a close 
7-6 season took the NCCAA District II 
tournament and placed second in the 
iregional playoff. Grace placed five in- 
jdividuals on the NCCAA District III 
team-Henning, Hanson, John Boots, 
Denny Lapp, and Butch Derenzo. 

This year's squad named two men 
as leaders and Coach Shrock awarded 
senior Bill Henthorn and junior Jeff 

lANUARY 15, 1976 

Cahill the captain trophies for their 
outstanding loyalty and dedication to 
the team. 

Cross-Country Coach, Mark Skiles, 
now in his second year of coaching at 
Graqe, named his letter winners and 
announced the captain and Most Valu- 
able Runner award. Out of the total 
seven who earned letters, four of these 
were first year— Chad Curtis, Steve 
Bowlin, John Boyd and Roger Toy. 

Seniors Randy Sellers and Tom 
Snodgrass received the M.V.R. and 
Captain trophies, respectively. Sellers 
was consistently at the head of the 
pack but in the big meets missed tak- 
ing home the big hardware by a mere 
one place. Snodgrass, who has put in 
more than 5,000 miles while at Grace 
has led by example and hard work. 
These two individuals were also given 
certificates for being placed on the 
NCCAA District team. 

Tennis awards were presented by 
Coach Don R. J. Cramer. Seven men 

lettered this fall with two individuals 
earning first year awards, Steve Barrett 
and Mick Messner. 

Seniors Jack Kerr and Dave Beeson 
were recognized for their four years on 
the courts and the dedication plus fine 
records established. Kerr, who played 
in the number four spot, wound up 
the regular season with an unblem- 
ished record. While Beeson moved up 
to the number five position and swept 
the conference tourney in that spot, 
which was his first singles title while at 

Two awards were voted on by the 
team with juniors Stan Hueni being 
named the honorary captain and Gary 
Woolman being awarded the Most 
Valuable Player. Hueni, who last year 
was named Rookie of the Year, made 
a great contribution to this year's team 
both on and off the courts. He 
finished the season with an impressive 
10-3 record while playing in the num- 
ber two spot. Woolman, who was 
awarded the Most Valuable Player 
trophy, made a big jump from the 
number four position last year to the 
number one man this fall. His record 
was 1 1-2 which included the confer- 
ence tourney where he captured the 
number one singles championship. 
Woolman was also presented a plaque 
for being selected to the MCC All- 
Conference team. wi** 


The Key to the Riddle 
of the Universe 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

The new year is already on its way, 
and men everywhere are speculating as 
to what it will bring forth. Each per- 
son is weighing what it will mean in 
relation to himself. Men seeking high 
office are exploring the possibilities of 
rising to places of prominence. Men 
and women in dire circumstances are 
wondering whether conditions will 
change for the better or for the worse. 
People who have enjoyed some degree 
of material prosperity are speculating 
whether recession and inflation may 
squeeze their savings into insignifi- 
cance. Vast portions of the population 
of the world facing famine are weigh- 
ing the possibilities of survival. The 
threatenings and turmoil of war engage 
the thinking of millions in various 
parts of the globe. All these things and 
many more lie ahead in the unfolding 
of 1976. Do Christians entertain the 
thought that perhaps Christ may come 
and usher them into His presence? 

There Is One Who Knows 
the Future 

During the first great doctrinal con- 
troversy convened in Jerusalem, James 
declared to the assembled representa- 
tives, "Known unto God are all his 
works from the beginning of the 
world" (Acts 15:18). This means that 
He is never surprised by the turn of 
events. And the reason He is never sur- 
prised is because all events have been 
incorporated into His wise and eternal 
plan. Some of these things He causes 
and some He permits, but all comprise 
a part of His all-encompassing plan. 
Moreover, God works His plan. He 
"worketh all things after the counsel 
of his own will" (Eph. 1:11). And His 

"counsel shall stand" (Isa. 46:10). 

At the center of this plan is the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Everything has been 
purposed in Him. When the fullness of 
time is reached all the lines of develop- 
ment through the unfolding ages will 
be gathered together in Christ (Eph. 
1:10). The redemption wrought out 
and through Christ (Eph. 1:7) will ex- 
tend to many companies of saints 
making up the whole family of God. 
This group includes the Church, the 
bride of Christ. In the fullest sense 
Christ is the key to the riddle of the 
universe. In a lesser sense His ministry 
in and through the Church exhibits the 
wisdom of His great plan (Eph. 3:10). 

The first great theologian of the 
Church declared that creation is a uni- 
verse. It is not a multiverse. One great 
plan binds together every detail, as- 
pect, item, and the multiplied combi- 
nations into one coherent whole that 
works in harmony toward a future ful- 
fillment (Rom. 8:28). What appears on 
the surface to be conflicting move- 
ments and things thwarting any move- 
ment toward a wise and good end is 
not essentially true. A mighty hand 
guides everything toward that destina- 
tion He has chosen. And He has 
weighted every one of these things in 
favor of the Christian. No matter how 
bad things may appear to be as viewed 
and measured by men, they produce 
good for the believer in Christ. God is 
determined to bring His own through 
the wilderness to Himself, and to do 
this He makes things produce that one 
quality in them that entitles them to 
share His fellowship through eternity 
(Heb. 12:14). Whatever lies ahead in 
1976, it can only contribute good to 

the child of God. 

Some Things For 1976 
Are Sure 

The One who knows the end from 
the beginning has revealed some things 
that will mark the course of history 
through 1976. Wars are sure to con- 
tinue. Twenty-five hundred years ago 
God revealed through the prophet 
Daniel that there would be wars to the 
end (Dan. 9:26, ASV). Despite the ef- 
forts of men and nations to work out a 
durable peace in this world, no such 
quality of life can be expected until 
He comes, who alone shall be able to 
speak peace to the nations. 

Wickedness will continue in the 
earth and will increase, for "evil men 
and seducers shall wax worse and 
worse, deceiving and being deceived" 
(II Tim. 3:13). It seems quite evident, 
no matter whether the scene is viewed 
locally, nationally, or internationally, 
the vast proportion of mankind is de- 
termined to follow a course of moral 

Lawlessness characterizes society all 
across the world. Nineteen hundred 
years ago Paul wrote that "the secret 
power of lawlessness is already at 
work" (II Thess. 2:7, NIV). Today it Is 
more apparent than ever. And in the 
United States crime had an 18 percent 
increase in 1974 over 1973. It has not 
abated in 1975 and will not during 

Violence and vandalism is on the in- 
crease everywhere. It has risen to such 
proportions in the public school sys- 
tem that it has become a scourge. If 
we are indeed living in those days re- 
ferred to as the days of the Son of 


Man, then we may expect that the 
characteristics of the days of Noah will 
be repeated (Gen. 6:13; Luke 17:26). 

With the advent of the new nnorali- 
ty, sensualism has been increasing 
upon every hand. The pattern of 
society as it deports itself today guar- 
antees that the lowest forms of cor- 
ruption will multiply during the next 
year. This will be a fulfillment of 
prophecy and a repetition of the days 
of Noah and Lot (Gen. 6:11-12; 
19:4-8; Luke 17:26-30). 

God declares that a falling away 
from the faith will mark the move- 
ment of those who profess to be Chris- 
tians (II Thess. 2:3). They will not put 
up with sound doctrine, but will 
gather about them teachers who 
preach and teach what they want to 
hear. And they shall turn away their 
ears from the truth to myths (II Tim. 

All these things are happening and 
will continue to happen throughout 
the coming year, producing the peril in 
society now issuing in risk to life and 
property. Corruption is costing the 
nation more than 100 billion dollars a 
year in the effort to provide some sem- 
blance of protection for the welfare of 

But God Is Still in Control 

If ambitious and evil men come in- 
to power it will only be because God 
has permitted them to rise. "For pro- 
motion cometh neither from the east, 
nor from the west, nor from the south. 
But God is the judge: he putteth down 
one, and setteth up another" (Ps. 
75:6-7). God works in the movements 
of men and nations "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). Men are able to do 
no more than what God permits. For 
God "hath made of one blood all 
nations of men for to dwell on all the 
face of the earth, and hath determined 
the times before appointed, and the 
bounds of their habitation" (Acts 

Evil will abound everywhere, and 
the prospect for any major change 
does not appear anywhere among the 
sons of men. This must come from the 
Lord at the return of Jesus Christ. But 
even (With the immediate prospect, the 
Psalmist declared, "Surely the wrath 
of man shall praise thee: the remainder 
of wrath shalt thou restrain" (Ps. 
76:10). God is still causing all things 
to work together, and His purpose is 
that these things shall work together 
for good to them that love God, who 
are the called according to His purpose 
(Rom. 8:28). 

It is therefore good and proper for 
every Christian to "be subject unto the 

higher powers. For there is no power 
but of God. . . . For rulers are not a 
terror to good works, but to the evil. 
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the 
power? Do that which is good, and 
thou shalt have praise of the same" 
(Rom. 13:1,3). "The night is far 
spent, the day is at hand: let us there- 
fore cast off the works of darkness, 
and let us put on the armour of light 
. . . put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and make not provision for the flesh, 
to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Rom. 
13:12, 14). "Humble yourselves there- 
fore under the mighty hand of God, 
that he may exalt you in due time: 
Casting all your care upon him; for he 
careth for you" (I Peter 5:6-7). "See 
then that ye walk circumspectly, not 
as fools, but as wise, redeeming the 
time, because the days are evil" (Eph. 

Since the days are evil and time is 
running out, these two factors lay 
upon us Christians the responsibility 
of urgency, an urgency from the Lord 
to bear testimony of Him to the world 
round about. One way this can be 
done is investing in young people. 
Conditioning them with a Christian 
education increases their possibilities 
for a larger and more effective service. 

JANUARY 15, 1976 


Church Finance 

Is tithing necessary? Well, that all depends. 

When I am told that I must tithe, then my gift 
is no longer a freewill offering springing from 
my love for God. It is a tax. And I don't believe 
my giving is supposed to be a tax. When I am 
told that the only acceptable measure of my giv- 
ing is its proximity to a tithe, I object. Jesus 
never said, "Thou shalt tithe." 

Read through your New Testament. Jesus 
really had nothing to say about the size of one's 
gift. Spirit, attitude, motivation— that's what 
counted with the Lord. 

Take one look at your congregational budget 
and you may be quickly convinced that tithing 
is necessary if you're going to balance the books. 
Obviously, the financial impact upon your con- 
gregation would be extraordinary— life saving— if 
everyone were required to tithe and did so. 

Many of the faithful do tithe, fortunately, but 
not everyone has caught the vision of what giv- 
ing like that can do for them. To require anyone 
to tithe would not be Gospel, but Law, and 
would not be appropriate to my interpretation 
of God's love for me. The church has a responsi- 
bility to teach and explain and inspire and moti- 
vate, but it cannot and does not compel. 

Tithing is not some bargain we strike up with 
God. You cannot promise to give God 10 per- 
cent in return for His assurances that you are 
guaranteed the 90 percent for your own use. 
God has not signed the promissory note offering 
a specific return for your tithe. Furthermore, 
tithing won't generate more customers for you 
or double your sales either. It may help your 
attitude and it is certainly better than giving less, 
but your business could still go bankrupt. 

Furthermore, I am convinced that those con- 
gregations which use tithing as a gimmick to 
load up the offering plates, have also missed the 
point. You can't sustain a program of tithing 
just because the church's bank account is over- 

Tithing is a personal decision, a voluntary act, 
a reaction to one's love for the Saviour. Its result 
may or may not be an overflowing church cof- 
fer. That's not the point. Rather it is joy for the 
giver that makes the difference and that is all. 
No law, no demand, no requirement, simply de- 
sire that comes from love, joy, from knowing 

To tithe or not to tithe is a good question. 
But a more important question is whether to 
give or not to give in the first place. For it is 
from that point that one considers how much to 
give. Tithing may be the answer. It may not be. 
It is for my family and it is for others, too. 

No matter how many or how few dollars we 
can or do give, like the widow's mite, if the 
motive is right, God will take that gift and bless 
us for it. It may or may not be 10 percent of our 
income. God won't compute a percentage. 

We give, not because God expects us to or 
requires us to do so or the church budget desper- 
ately needs our money. We give because God 
loves us and we are extremely grateful to Him 
for that love. # 

* Copyright 1975 by Manfred Hoick, Jr. For additional infor- 
mation on this or other topics related to church or clergy fi- 
nance, write to the author in care of this magazine. Mr. Hoick is 
editor of Church and Clergy Finance, the biweekly financial 
newsletter for clergy, and publisher of Church Management's 
The Clergy Journal. 




A seminary professor who had 
spent several years as a pastor was 
asked what was the biggest difference 
between the two jobs. He replied, "I 
no longer feel the guilt and the pres- 
sure." Many former pastors say the 
same thing. They are relieved to be rid 
of the pressure. 

The modern pastor has far more de- 
mands on his time, knowledge and ex- 
pertise than his grandfather predeces- 
sor 70 years ago. Maybe it would be 
wise for our lay leadership to evaluate 
the pastor's role and help him turn it 
into a reasonable calling. 

Despite the many noble causes that 
fall within the minister's pale, maybe 
the demands have become too drain- 
ing. Does it make sense for him to 
work six days and four nights? Is it 
realistic for him to labor 60-70 hours a 
week? How many weeks does a pastor 
sacrifice his day off and deny the very 
principles of Scripture? 

Is it any wonder that a denomi- 
national executive who plans to return 
to the pastorate insists that he will not 
accept a church of any reasonable size 
without a multiple staff? 

But where is the origin of this pres- 
sure? Part of it comes from those who 
surround him, both the laity and his 
fellow clergymen. One friend asked a 
pastor, "Are you going to the crown- 
ing of the Bandage Rolling Queen?" 
When the minister explained his reluc- 
tance to attend, the inquirer replied, 
"But those ladies work hard every year 
and this event is very important to 

Worthy causes abound and meet- 
ings fill the air. Will you give a devo- 
tional at the Boy Scout picnic? Can 
you attend the special meetings across 
town to show support? Can you be a 
judge at the WCTU poster contest? 
How can you expect people to turn 
out for the men's fellowship if the pas- 
tor doesn't? 

The pressure to serve on commit- 
tees is stronger than King Kong's grip. 

By William L. Coleman 

Meeting with the music committee 
though he cannot carry a tune and 
thinks perfect pitch is an inside slider. 
Treading water with the trustees when 
he little cares if they paint the nursery 
a lovely battleship gray. All of this and 
more, merely because "it is so wonder- 
ful to have the pastor's opinion." 

In all fairness, the minister's mam- 
moth demands do not all come from 
other people. Few parishioners would 
drive him as hard as he drives himself. 
Often afraid to exercise his "ex- 
officio" status and avoid a committee 
or two, he plows on relentlessly. He 
has frequently developed into a work- 
aholic and finds it impossible to relax, 
even with his own family. His hobbies 
consist of musing over attendance 
charts or spending his day off at a min- 
isters' conference discussing Gog and 

While counseling dozens of people 
on how to handle guilt he is often un- 
able to solve his own. As one reflective 
pastor put it, "I had gotten to the 
place where I couldn't sit down and 
read the newspaper at home without 
feeling guilty about what was left un- 

An experienced minister has told 
his colleagues that overwork in his first 
few churches may have cost him his 
first son, who now totally rejects 
Christianity. Nevertheless, this same 
man still runs night and day and open- 
ly rebukes fellow ministers who do not 
attend every collection of saints. 

Sometimes unsure of himself and 
usually unsure of the boundaries of his 
job, he finds he must work himself 
endlessly in order to live with himself. 
Seldom content to labor from 
8:00-5:00 and forget it, he struggles 
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. just to be 

While many of these difficulties are 

of the minister's own making, the laity 
of the church can go a long way to- 
ward helping him solve his problem. 
Not only is it the layman's opportuni- 
ty but it is also his obligation, both to 
the minister and the congregation. As 
Exodus 18:18 explains so well, the 
leader and the people suffer from an 
overburdened chief executive. 

A young couple asked for an ap- 
pointment for pre-marriage counseling. 
The pastor's secretary returned the call 
and set the time for Tuesday at 4:00 
p.m. The fiance was upset. He would 
have to get off work. Why couldn't 
they meet in the evening? What an in- 
considerate minister who did not real- 
ly care about the needs of his people. 

But the more he thought about it 
the more sense it made. His doctor was 
not going to check his epidermis in the 
evening. His dentist was not going to 
clean his molars in the moonlight. Yet 
a minister is supposed to be different 
and do whatever people want. 

Would it be so pagan to encourage 
more people to bring their difficulties 
to the pastor's office? Would it be un- 
loving to confine more activities with- 
in office hours except for emergen- 
cies? Does this have to be interpreted 
as callousness, or would it not be a 
more efficient and sensible approach? 

Some congregations fully expect 
that a pastor will visit every member 
of their group. In order to accomplish 
this the minister has one of two op- 
tions. The first is to go out that fourth 
or fifth night of the week and abandon 
his own home. The second is to visit 
the women of the family in the day- 
time. Neither one appears to be sound 
or helpful. 

One minister set a goal of calling 
regularly on every widow in his flock. 
Often he would visit, only to discover 
that his lonely charge might be in 
Biloxi visiting her nephew or attending 
a women's meeting in Santa Fe. On 
Sunday she sat in the fourth pew and 
attended all of the suppers. The pastor 

finally concluded that these ladies 
were more mobile than he and turned 
his attention to shut-ins and let the 
sparks fly. 

Pastors have been called on the car- 
pet for all sorts of imagined sins. One 
person was castigated in a business 
meeting when a man stood up and 
complained, "The pastor has everyone 
else over for coffee after church, but 
has never had us." Another man was 
"chewed out" for quoting authors that 
were unfamiliar to the congregation. 

Ministers need correcting occasion- 
ally as everyone else. But how often 
do church leaders go to a pastor and 
say, "The Bible says that a pastor must 
rule his house well. We think you 
should spend more time at home and 
keep your family the fine people they 

Instead of insisting that he maintain 
so many unscriptural functions, he 
needs to be reminded that I Timothy 
3:4-5 is true. A side benefit of our 
clergy leading a normal life is that his 
sermons may very well improve and 
become the expressions of a well- 
rounded person. 

A veteran minister was once con- 
cerned about the price his children had 
to pay for being p.k.'s. Wondering if 
they were teased at school or shunned 

by playmates he asked his eldest child, 
"Do you find it tough to be a minis- 
ter's kid?" She replied, "Oh, no, just 
as long as you are home evenings." 

There are many pastors who 
thoroughly enjoy their responsibilities 
and would not change it for anything. 
But once in a while they need some 
helpful lay people to come to their 
side and assure them that they want 
the pastor to keep his family in per- 

After a hectic day of chasing law- 
yers and arguing with contractors on a 
building project, a minister with 
stomach in knots called one of his 
board members, "Fred, how would 
you like to get a new pastor? Get me 
out of the building business and let me 
do the job you called me to do." 

Most churches could have a new 
pastor and still keep the old one. All 
the laity needs to do is to encourage 
the minister to do just his job and 
then, "Pastor, go home!!" • 

—Reprinted by permission of Evangelical 
Beacon, a magazine of Evangelical Free 
Church of America. 

The author, a former pastor, is currently 
working on a book which will be published 
soon. He has had articles published in many 
Christian magazines and has now gone full 
time into a writing ministry. 

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for the President 

Chicago can be windy and cold in 
the winter. However, I have discovered 
on a number of occasions, when cir- 
cumstances have forced me to visit 
that fair city, that the wind also per- 
sists during other seasons of the year 
as well. 

Last fall John Davis, Kenneth Her- 
man, and I were in Chicago where we 
were attending a work seminar of 
Bible institute personnel. Our express 
purpose was to interest these people in 
the use of BMH Books for classroom 

We left the hotel for dinner one 
evening and due to the fact I had for- 
gotten my heavy topcoat. I was not 
prepared to face the strong breeze 
coming off of Lake Michigan. But the 
distance to the restaurant was short so 
the cold was rtot unbearable. Return- 
ing from our dinner, we were attracted 
by a shouting crowd which was gvither- 
ing in front of the hotel. Boisteious 
groups of people woie being restrained 
behind banners. One group displayed 
an Israeli flag-the other an Egyptian 
flag. Although the groups vvoio sepa- 
rated by police, this did iiot dampen 
their chanting and shouts for their 
countries. Such excitement is not at all 
unusual iii Chicago, but you must re- 
niiMnlxM I am not a resident of that 
t.tnious i-ity. The last time we experi- 
iM\(.t-d ,1 ili-monstiation in Winona Lake 
was when somtHini- un ovi-i >>'U> of the 
town's ovtM piosont wilii liiuks! So 
\ ou can understand my curiosity 
>iLxHit this excitement. 

By Charles W. Turner 


We soon heard that the president of 
Egypt, Anwar Sadat, was on his way 
to the hotel to be the guest of Mayor 
Daley. The time of arrival seemed to 
be imminent, and we certainly did not 
want to miss seeing the president of a 
foreign country. My problem was that 
I was freezing, aixl the wait became a 
prolonged one. But. freezing or not, 
there was plenty to keep me involved. 
Police were everywhere ready to pro- 
tect this imp)ortant visitor. Soon I 
noticed another group of people— the 
Secret Service. If they wanted to be 
secret they did not do too well. They 
asked to see the identification of a 
number of people who were specta- 
tors. They opened briefcases and shop- 
ping bags and with vigilance watched 
the windows of the hotel. 

The president finally arrived amidst 
the roar of sirens, flashing of lights, 
and a helicopter hovering overhead. 
We had stationed ourselves as near as 
possible to the door where the presi- 
dent would enter. His limousine pulled 
to the cuib and the door was opened. 
With one quick wave of the hand he 
disappeared behind his escorts aixl was 
gone. All I caught was one fleeting 
glimpse and a cold foi all of the eve- 
ning's efforts. 

People of world-wide impoitance. 
includiiK) dignitaiies, somehow hold a 
fascination for the i*st of us commoit 
folk, AnnouiH-e the cviming of a per 
son of iwte and you will have a civ>vvd 
on hand to witness the arrival. The 

suspense and anticipation are really 
something to experience. 

It was long ago, as a child, that I 
heard a sermon about the coming of 
One called God, My religious back- 
ground at this time was not too great 
and my knowledge was definitely 
limited. The minister s|X>ke of a time 
when Jesus Christ would come back 
for His own. It would be in silence ex- 
cept for the sound of a trumpet. This 
trumptet was to be heard only by tt>ose 
who were called Christians, Those who 
were not believers would not hear the 
trumpet aiKl would be left behind to 
face a time of tribulation ar>d hardship 
and most of them would never be 
saved. They would believe a lie of a 
master (>olitical-religious leader. 

I could not forget this n>essage of a 
coming King and Saviour. Often I 
would awaken from sleep at night as a 
branch would fall on the roof of the 
house, I was afraid* Each strange night 
souixl made me ask. "Is it Him?" I had 
heard He would come as a thief in the 

Then one day I gave my heait to 
Christ aixl I met Him, This meeting 
wv^s not in dread and fear but in an act 
of subrnission in faith and trust. The 
fevii of His coming then changed to the 
joyful hope of His coming. 

While standing on a cold Chicago 
street called Michigan Avenue that 
night, I couldn't help but question how 
n-vany in that crowd were waitii>g for 
the coming of the King of kings. An 
you? I am, •♦ 

1 1 l^lU'■\n^ I, u)/6 

Tell Us, Please ! 

Sometimes we assume too much. Those of us involved daily in the 
foreign missions program are prone to believe that everyone knows how 
the Foreign Missionary Society operates. Occasionally we need to be 
reminded that such is not the case. Informal sessions with pastors and 
church leaders by members of our staff recently brought out some 
significant questions. The answers to these questions should be shared 
with all supporters of the FMS. 




What happens when a church does not meet the year- 
ly support pledged to a missionary? 

As far as the missionary is concerned, nothing hap- 
pens. Missionaries serving under the BFMS do not have 
their salaries cut if their supporting churches fall short of 
personal support pledges. General fund giving picks up 
the shortage until the church is able to reach its goal. If a 
church consistently falls behind in support giving, the 
financial office requests that the church reevaluate its 
commitment and establish a more realistic financial goal. 
Then further support is sought among other churches. 

Does the Foreign Board keep missionaries in the 
United States until they have their support promised? 

Yes and no. I say that so you will read on. Yes, 
candidates must have their support pledged before they 
leave for the field. However, up to the present moment, 
it has never been necessary to keep a missionary home 
due to a lack of support. For the majority of mission- 
aries, churches have responded in time. 

In some cases we've permitted candidates to go on to 
language school before their support was all taken, but 
we did so with full confidence that the support responsi- 

bility would be assumed by churches within a few 
months' time. Church business meetings and correspon- 
dence requesting redesignation of funds all take time so 
it would not be good stewardship to delay a missionary 
just because official church commitment is late in arriv- 

In a recent case a new candidate was permitted to go 
to the field with quite a sizable amount of total support 
still lacking. However, readjustments needed to be made 
in the support program of several churches. Again, we 
were confident that within a short time this missionary's 
needs would be met, and that proved to be the case. 

If the financial situation is so tight that we do not see 
any possibility of getting funds through the efforts of 
the home office, then the candidate will be kept home 
and placed in a deputation ministry to raise support. 

Those missionaries who went out before the personal 
support plan was initiated, were not kept home until 
their support was raised. General fund gifts carried a 
major portion of this expense, except during a few lean 
years when it was necessary to borrow funds in order to 
meet the budget. It has taken many years to pick up 
support for missionaries who did not start out under the 
personal support plan. We praise the Lord that now the 
majority of the missionaries have their support under- 

What happens to the funds In those cases where a 
missionary is over supported? 

That's the kind of problem we welcome. However, 
there are few cases where this has happened. If there is 
significant excess in support, the office contacts the sup- 
porting church and requests that funds be redesignated 
either to another missionary or to the general fund. 

Please remember that just because a missionary's sup- 
port is underwritten by a church, does not mean that all 
churches meet their commitments each year— so some 
pledged surplus is healthy. 

What about personal money gifts to missionaries? Are 

these deducted from their salary? 

Gifts marked as personal are deposited directly to the 
missionary's personal account without any deduction 
from salary. However, in this case, the Foreign Mission- 

ary Society acts only as the agent to transfer the funds 
to the missionary. The gift is not counted as a mission- 
ary offering, and tax credit cannot be given. 

Suppose we want to send gifts other than cash to 
missionaries. How do we go about it? 

I wish there were a simple answer to this one. All we 
can do is make a few suggestions: 

—Give missionaries the gifts when they are home on 

—If another missionary's outfit is going to the field, 
gifts can be sent along. In this case, don't forget that the 
missionary must pay for the transportation and customs, 
and he should be reimbursed. 

—You can mail or air-freight packages to most fields. 
But again, transportation costs and customs may amount 
to much more than the gift is worth, especially if the 
missionary has to pay these costs. 

—Do not ask returning missionaries to take packages 
along for a missionary on the field. A letter or a small 
item to fit in a corner of a suitcase is permissible, but 
usually, returning missionaries are so loaded down with 
baggage that it is unfair to ask them to take gifts back 
for others. 


Why are missionaries such poor speakers? 

This question comes as a shock, and I include it hereV _ 
hoping for reaction from others. I do not believe that/ 
Brethren missionaries are poor speakers. The person who 
asked this question may have had a bad experience with 
a missionary, but it certainly is not typical. In most cases 
we have heard good reports of the effectiveness of Breth- 
ren missionaries on deputation. If such is not the case, 
we would like to know about it so that efforts can be 
made to help missionaries improve their ministry on 

Why can't the FMS office make photo-ready copy 
containing mission news to be used as monthly bulletin 


This suggestion is good and has already been imple- 
mented. The first copy was sent to churches in Decem- 
ber, and hopefully this will be a monthly service to 

If WMC birthday offerings go to missionary support, 
what happens with the support money already pledged 
to these missionaries by local churches? 

It would be impractical to have supporting churches 
drop proportionately the support of a missionary select- 
ed by the WMC to be the birthday missionary for a year. 
What then happens to the money? In some cases the 
missionary does not have all support pledged, and this 
helps meet the need. In many cases the missionaries have 

a deficit in their total support dating back many years. 
During these years the general fund carried them. Thus, 
these funds help reimburse the general fund. This is es- 
pecially important now since general fund gifts are de- 
creasing as total support funds increase. 

Should FMS provide autos for missionaries on fur- 

The Foreign Missionary Society does make an interest 
free loan to missionaries to permit them to purchase an 
automobile for use during furlough. However, there are 
too many problems connected with "company owned 
cars" for us to get involved. Some missionaries like 
Fords, others like Chevrolets, while still others prefer 
Volkswagens. If the office makes the assignment of cars, 
we could have some unhappy missionaries, especially 
since this is the one time in their lives when they are able 
to make a choice as to the kind of vehicle they prefer. It 
would also be difficult and expensive to have the proper 
number of cars available at all times. The same number 
of missionaries are not on furlough at any one time. 

I would prefer to pass the buck on this question. Why 
not do as one church recently did. The supporting 
church knew the missionary was coming on furlough, so, 
through correspondence, they learned of the mission- 
ary's taste and need. The church bought the car (FMS 
will continue to make loans if desired), and had the car 
registered in the church's name, thus saving on taxes. 
The missionary used the car during furlough, and the 
church disposed of the car when the missionary returned 
to the field. This gave the congregation a sense of satis- 
faction knowing that they were personally involved with 
their missionary and his needs. It also spreads the bless- 
ing beyond the Foreign Mission office. 

What opportunities are open on the mission field for 
retired couples? 

In answer to this question we have to be realistic. 

(1) A change in job usually requires further training 
to prepare for the job. Is the couple willing to get the 
training needed for the mission field? 

(2) How does the retired person view himself? If he 
takes seriously the word "retired" and is seeking limited 
service then the mission field is probably not the place 
for him. 

(3) Age is a hindrance to the learning of a foreign 
language to say nothing of the problems involved in cross- 
ing cultural barriers. Both are important in missions. 

(4) The areas of service are limited except in those 
missions engaged in institutional work. Technical posi- 
tions located on mission stations where a knowledge of 
the national language is not a requirement are sometimes 
available. BFMS has a very limited need for personnel in 
this area. 

(5) We would not want to discourage anyone from 
involvement in the Lord's service. All, retired or other- 
wise, who can fulfill the requirements for service will be 

Your comments and further questions are encour- 
aged. ™ 





Perm'is de COnstrUire N" OOl/74/MUAT 

By Donald Hocking 


Brethren B.E.S.T Friends 

"The spiritual battle for Africa dur- 
ing this decade (1975-1985) will be 
fought largely on theological 
grounds." This statement was made by 
Dr. Byang Kato, General Secretary of 
A.E.A.M. (Association of Evangelicals 
of Africa and Madagascar). Dr. Kato, a 
Nigerian, received his Master of Theol- 
ogy and Doctor of Theology degrees 
from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. 
Kato's concern is for growing but 
largely untaught churches that are at- 
tracted to elements of their old life- 
style or subjected to the new pressures 
of secularism— perhaps because the 
Gospel has not been presented to them 
adequately in their own cultural con- 

The theology of authenticity and 
the return to the old cultural back- 
grounds are making substantial gains in 
Africa and, in some cases, are drawing 
Africans back to pagan worship. Afri- 
can theologians trained in ecumenical 
circles are presenting another threat to 
conservative evangelical Christians. Dr. 
George Peters of Dallas Seminary stat- 
ed in 1969: "Let me plead the cause 
of the African churches to save them 
from a Christo-paganism which is a 
real threat to the future evangelical 
church of that continent." This is even 
more true in 1975 than it was in 1969. 

In the face of these theological 
trends and Biblical distortions, Grace 
Brethren people should be vitally in- 
terested in B.E.S.T. (Bangui Evangeli- 
cal School of Theology). What better 

gift can Grace Brethren Christians 
offer to French-speaking Africa than 
sound theological knowledge based on 
orthodox Biblical scholarship? 

We are praying that Brethren peo- 
ple will become special friends of this 
evangelical seminary so that construc- 
tion can go on and the school will be 
able to open its doors in October 1976 
as planned. The classroom and office 
building are next on the plan and their 
completion is crucial if this schedule is 
to be met. 

Perhaps a Sunday School class 
would like to become a B.E.S.T. 
friend, or a youth group, or a WMC 
group. A gift to B.E.S.T. is a gift to 
African evangelical Christians not only 
in the C.A.R. and Chad where we have 
several hundred Brethren churches. 

but also a gift to evangelical Christians 
in Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, 
Upper Volta, Togo, Dahomey, Niger, 
Cameroun, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Ru- 
anda, Burundi, and Madagascar. 

African Christians have given sacri- 
ficially to this school and are praying 
continually that it will become a real- 
ity. You can share in these aspirations 
and participate with them in this 
all-important project. B.E.S.T. needs 
your prayers and backing. It will only 
become the vibrant reality that it now 
is in the minds of us who are working 
on the project if the Lord of the 
Church pours out His blessing on this 
endeavor. We covet the prayers and 
support of Brethren people for the 
realization of this most significant proj- 
ect. ^*» 



If anyone had told me 
last June that I'd be 
here now, I'd have said 
they were dreaming. I 

f can hardly believe even 

that everything worked together 
Tioothly. Please convey my thanks 
II who helped things to move so 

ilthough my "work" here so far 
been entirely Sango study, my 
5 about many things have already 
I broadened. I'm not sure that I 
d say changed because I knew 
)st nothing about missions or the 
k in Africa. IVliss Ruth Snyder and 
3lla Cochran have been doing their 
to educate me in mission history 
I many books and a few trips. But 
past isn't the only or more im- 
sive thing— in spite of the immensi- 
)f the work that was undertaken, 
e I've only been sharing in the 
stian love of a vital church for 
Jt a year and a half, I guess it 
I't sunk into my mind that such a 
i feeling is available even in Africa 
n Christians are together. Every- 

Knowing Hurts 

By Miss Janet Varner 

one here has been so warm and kind. 
From the moment the plane landed I 
felt at "home." Even here at Bata 
when I went to class and couldn't talk, 
it was there— Christian love. 

I wonder how many others, besides 
me, have seen slides of missionaries 
and African villages and bad roads and 
ragged children and mud houses; 
thinking in the back of their minds 
that these are true and real but that 
they are one-time, one-place things. 
Do many people realize that the awful 
road isn't just one bad piece out in the 
middle of nowhere, but the main high- 
way that continues to be just as bad 
for 200 miles and then gets worse? Do 
they really understand that the rag- 
gedy children and beggars aren't just a 
picturesque shot that a missionary 
happened to find, but they are every- 
where? How many do you think 

understand that if they were average 
citizens here that they would live in 
those grass roofed, mud block houses 
with no lights and no plumbing; that 
those aren't just some quaint or poor 
villages outside a "regular town," but 
they are the towns? I'm sure I've been 
told, but hearing and knowing are so 
different. Do they know how many 
can't even read the Bible? 

I'm thankful that I'm having this 
chance to know, but knowing hurts. I 
think that if I've been so blind for so 
long, how many more are just so and 
how many more things there are that I 
still don't seel ^ 

(FMS Editor's note-Miss Janet Varner, a 
member of tlie Riverside Brethren Church in 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is taking her sab- 
batical leave from teaching school to assist 
our missionaries in the Central African Re- 
public for one year of self-supporting min- 

=iUARY 1, 1976 

What with the blistery March sun beating down, 
it's no wonder Reuben wears a cap and a hat and 
has one to spare. If the turbulent wind should blow 
one away, there's no worry, he has another. 

It's so reassuring to have a spare— one to "go" 
on, so to speak. Before starting on an automobile 
trip in the Central African Republic, the driver 
usually checks to see that he has a spare tire. But 
he doesn't really rest easy unless he has two spares. 
So Reuben definitely has the right idea— a spare 
and one to "go" on— a good reserve. 

God believes in reserves, too. When Elijah ran 
from Jezebel and sulked in the wilderness because 
he thought he alone served the Lord, God told him 
He had reserved for Himself 7,000 men who had 
not bowed the knee to Baal. Shortly after that, 
God pointed out to Elijah one of those reserves, 

I hope none of us missionaries is sulking in the 
wilderness but some of us are honestly beginning 
to wonder about God's reserves. If the purpose of 
reserves is to provide reinforcements in a needy 
time, then it seems to me that now is that time. 

God is the director of the harvest. He said that 
we are to pray the Lord of the harvest to send out 
more workers. He also said that the fields are ripe 
and ready to harvest. Perhaps there are some things 
which can wait our whims and our timings, but the 

harvest can't wait. A slow drive alongside an over- 
ripe cabbage or broccoli field tells you what hap- 
pens when the harvest is neglected. The neglected 
harvest of souls in the world is not God's fault. 

Then the fault must be with the pray-ers, or 
with the would-be-laborers, or both. Are Brethren 
people across the nation sincerely asking God for 
more laborers for the harvest? Do we see that there 
is a serious lack of missionaries and that areas of 
the harvest are spoiling? Is each of us enlisted in 
God's reserves, ready to be sent into action any- 
where? Does it really matter to us that neglected 
harvest means spoilage? 

There's something wrong somewhere. I remem- 
ber how dismayed I was as a new missionary to see 
the empty stations which had once housed one or 
two missionary families. I guess I felt the way one 
must when he sees empty trenches left by his re- 
treating army. There were Mbaiki, Bossembele, 
Bossangoa, Bouca and Bekoro. Now to that list will 
soon be added Batangafo when the Williamses re- 
tire and Bessao, Chad, when the Klievers leave. 

God has given us in the Central African Republic 
an oasis of peace in the midst of countries in tur- 
moil. What opportunity of service there is to work 
in evangelism, with youth, in schools teaching the 
Bible, and alongside the church. But we need help. 
I say, "Call out the reserves!" m 

One to Spare 

By Margaret Hull 

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Argentine pastor Juan Colle (left), 
speaking to Mexican pastor 
Rudolfo Villa at the 1975 NFBC 
conference in Winona Lake, 

Dear Brethren, 

Greetings in the Lord from Argentina. So wonderful was my stay in the States, 
enjoying the fellowship with the Brethren in Christ in churches and homes, as well as enjoying 
the beautiful nature and landscapes, that I thank the Lord and I remember you continually. Once 
a week I'm praying for you. 

Most of my time in your country was spent traveling through many states in Aldo Hoyt's 
car— covering about 4,500 miles and visiting about 31 churches. 

I had a nice trip to Argentina. I left the United States from Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
at 7;45 p.m., September 15. From Miami, Florida, I took Peruvian Airlines at 2:30 a.m., and arrived 
in Buenos Aires at 4:30 p.m. At the airport the Hoyts, Maconaghys and Corias (national pastor) 
were waiting for me. The next morning I was in my home— after a trip by bus of eight hours from 
Buenos Aires to Rio Cuarto. It was a great joy to be home again! 

The Lord blessed our home on Monday, November 10, 1975, at 1 :45 a.m. with a new 
son, Roberto German. Our children, Lorena (4) and GuiUermo (2) are very happy with their new 
little brother. 

Mr. Zielasko and Dr. O'Neal came to Argentina the first week of January, in 
order to meet with workers and leaders of our churches. 

The attendance in our Sunday School is increasing in these last months. Some of our 
young people are working with children of unbeliever homes, giving them Bible classes (we call them 
"Happy Hours") as you have there with Child Evangelism. In December we had a'baptism service 
with three teenagers and a young man. 

On last October 12, in a special meeting of our churches, I had the opportunity 
to show slides of my trip to the States, and to give them the greetings of the Brethren in the 
States, as well as your promises to pray for us. 

Here are some things to pray for: 

1. The Brethren Church in Argentina 

2. The workers and missionaries and their families 

3. The churches without pastors 

4. Our nation (the political situation is very critical) 

5. The new missionaries— the Aldo and Lynn Hoyt families 

6. The youth, teens, children and family camps during February 

7. The Annual Conference in February 1976 
Thank you very much. 

The Brethren Church in Argentina sends you greetings and love in Jesus Christ. 
May the Lord richly bless you. 

My wife, Mirta, and our three children, Lorena, Guillermo and our new son, Roberto, 
also send you greetings. Have a Happy New Year! 

In Jesus' Name 

Juan F. Colle 

Pastor at Brethren Church in Rio Cuarto 


Face to Face 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson went to French Equatorial Afri- 
ca in 1924 with a party including the Lester Kennedys, 
Mary Emmert and Hattie Cope, who later became Mrs. 
Chauncey Sheldon. Miss Estella Myers, pioneer mission- 
ary to French Equatorial Africa, accompanied this 
group. It must have been quite a trip. Down through the 
years this group regaled younger missionaries with 
stories of this adventuresome and most interesting jour- 

Upon arrival in the country in 1925, Miss Tyson 
stopped off at the Yaloke station, the southernmost 
Brethren work at that time. There she spent her entire 
missionary career, serving among the Banou people of 
what was then southern Oubangui-Chari. 

As a registered nurse she had felt called of God to 
serve as a medical missionary to these needy people of 
.central Africa. Along with Dr. Gribble, and later Dr. 
Taber, and still later. Dr. Mason, she set to work to 
establish a general medical dispensary, and close by an 
out-patient clinic to lepers. Under Miss Tyson's efficient 
and capable administration, the Yaloke dispensary soon 
developed into an outstanding medical service, whose 
reputation quickly spread throughout the southern part 
of Oubangui-Chari— the area now known as C.A.R. 
People came from miles away to benefit from the expert 
and kindly care given at the medical center at Yaloke. 
And always, they received not only help for their bodies, 
but more important, the message of eternal life through 
faith in Jesus Christ, God's Son, who died for the sins of 
all who would accept Him. 

Early in her medical work Miss Tyson realized the 
great importance of helping these people she loved at the 
very earliest opportunity— before malaria and other 
tropical diseases, rampant in central Africa, could exact 
their toll or cause debilitating damage to their hapless 
victims. Therefore, she quickly set up an obstetrical 
work involving both pre- and post- natal clinics. At the 
beginning it was difficult to convince these simple folk 
of the need for such a work. They only wanted to go to 
the hospital if the birth was complicated, or if after- 
wards the baby became ill. However, this missionary 
nurse's expert obstetrical services soon began to be ad- 
vertised from the mouths of happy families who availed 
themselves of the service— but even more so by the evi- 

dence of the healthy plump babies who faithfully at- 
tended the well-baby clinics. 

So, the work quickly grew and this dedicated mission- 
ary nurse and her crew of African helpers (carefully 
trained by the doctors and Miss Tyson) were kept busy 
day and night. 

We (the Beavers) arrived at the Yaloke station for the 
first time on well-baby clinic day. The long line of 
mothers and children waiting at the baby scales was a 
happy sight. Each mother carried away a small treasure— 
a piece of soap— to be used only on the baby. This 
"bribe" enticed many to be faithful in attendance. 

For the missionaries traveling to Bangui, stopping at 
Yaloke— midway— was always a pleasant pause on the 
journey. The beautiful well-kept station was a joy to 
behold, and eating at Miss Tyson's table was a delight to 
anticipate. This Pennsylvania-dutch lady was an excel- 
lent cook and housekeeper. 

Would one so efficient in all her ways be a bit stern? 
Not at all. All who knew Betty Tyson knew of her love 
for fun and good fellowship. A stay in the home of Miss 
Tyson and Miss Emmert, with whom she lived so many 
years, was always most pleasant. They showed Christian 
hospitality to all who came to their door. 

"Mile. Teeeson," as the Banou people affectionately 
called their beloved nurse, served among them for 34 
years. It was with great sorrow that they bid their be- 
loved "Mama" farewell in November, 1959. Miss Tyson 
had hoped some day to return to visit them, but painful 
arthritis and other ills made her confine her visits to 
letters. Now they are visiting face-to-face— Elizabeth and 
those from Banou land who preceded her; they are to- 
gether adoring the One who gave His life to conquer 
death to give us eternal life. * 

FMS Editor's Note: Elizabeth Tyson realized the desire of her 
heart in going into the presence of her Saviour last Thanksgiving 
Day. Fellow missionaries, Wayne and Dorothy Beaver, prepared 
this memorial tribute for the service held In her honor at the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. 



We Thanked the Lord - 
For a Broken Exhaust Pipe 

On the afternoon of September 23, 
1975, we were visiting a family that 
attends the meetings in our church in 
Jose IVlarmol. 

Leaving that home, it was our in- 
tention to make another visit, when 
suddenly a sound coming from 
beneath the car indicated that all was 
not well. "It must be the exhaust 
pipe," said my husband. "We had 
better go and have it changed now, so 
that it won't encroach on my study 
time tomorrow morning." 

It was almost closing time when we 
arrived at the shop. Asking an elderly 
man standing at the door if it was too 
late, he said, "No, drive in." While the 
mechanic was working, this gentleman 
looked inside the car and saw my hus- 
band's Bible. 

"That's a Bible, isn't it?" Receiving 
an affirmative reply, he commented, 
"The best Book in the world. Are you 
a pastor?" 

During the ensuing conversation my 
: husband learned that the man, Mr. 
• Martin, had been raised in a Christian 

home but was not saved. After con- 
versing with him from the Scriptures, 
he was asked if he would like to ac- 
cept the Lord right then. With tears 
streaming down his face Mr. Martin led 
my husband into the office and made 
the most important decision of his life. 
He opened his heart to the Lord. 

"The Lord led you here this after- 
noon. I almost never come down to 
the shop— my sons run it. But I was so 
preoccupied that I came down to try 
to take my mind off my condition. I 
just learned that I have a serious dis- 
ease and at noon I got down on my 
knees and cried to God to help me. He 
sent you at the very time that I was in 
the shop." 

How we thanked the Lord for that 
broken exhaust pipe, and for His lead- 
ing us to that shop at just the right 

Since that day Mr. Martin and his 
wife have been attending the Sunday 
evening services and prayer meetings in 
Marmol. His wife is a Christian and is 
so thankful to the Lord for her hus- 
band's conversion. 

By Mrs. Hill Maconaghy 

FEBRUARY 1, 1976 

He asked to be permitted to give his 
testimony in our church, and did so 
recently. It was so clear and had such 
assurance that it made an impact on all 
the people present. He had known the 
Gospel for over 50 years and had even 
played the harmonium in church when 
he was a boy, but he had never under- 
stood how to accept the Lord. The 
Lord used a couple of simple illustra- 
tions to show Mr. Martin what it 
meant to believe in Him for salvation 
and to have security. 

An evidence of his new life in 
Christ is manifested by his desire that 
his sons and others be saved, and his 
hunger for the Word. His wife said that 
recently he awoke her at three o'clock 
in the morning to ask her the meaning 
of a passage of Scripture he was read- 

Prayer is being made for his physi- 
cal condition. He is to undergo surgery 
this week, but he is not worried now. 
He is rejoicing in the Lord for the 
wonderful salvation that he is enjoying 
at last. 


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Winchester, Va. Feb. 20-22. Paul Dick, pastor; Nathan 

Meyer, speaker. 

Johnson City. Tena Feb. 29-Mar. 3. Sherwood Durkee, 

pastor; Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

Des Moines, Iowa. Feb. 15-20. Robert Wilson, pastor; 

Herman Hein, Jr., speaker. 

Leon, Iowa. Feb. 22-27. Glen Welborn, pastor; Herman 

Hein, Jr., speaker. 

Winona, Mina Feb. 29-Mar. 7. John Hartman, pastor; 

Herman Hein, Jr.. speaker. 

Ashland, Ohio. Feb. 27-29. Charles Martin, pastor; John 

Whitcomb, speaker. 

• Whittier. Calif. (Community). Twenty-five years of ex- 
istence was the cause for a recent anniversary celebra- 
tion! One of the interesting highlights of the day was a 
special hookup by the telephone company which al- 
lowed us the privilege of having our former pastor of 17 
years. Pastor Ward A. Miller, speak to the congregation. 
Dr. Charles W. Mayes was the speaker for the day, and a 
carry-in dinner provided a great time of fellowship. 
Afternoon activities included a time of viewing pictures 
of the church, slides and film as well as a rousing volley- 
ball game. We are especially praising the Lord for the 
many decisions that were made throughout the services 
of the day. 

- BOOK- €iUB 

by Edith Schaeffer 

In a period of time when the fannily unit 
seems threatened, Edith Schaeffer has 
brought her insights on the subject. She 
says, "a family is an everchanging mobile 
unit ... a formation center for human 
relationships ... a perpetual relay of 
truth ... a museum for memories." 

Her former writings have been a blessing 
to thousands and this book will measure 
up to such high standards. 

Book Club cost $5.95 when check ac- 
companies the order. Regular retail price 
s $6.95. 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
Box 544 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


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

A computer-evaluated Sunday School report of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 






A - 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

Charles Ashman 

Robert Ashman 

B - 

Johnstown, Pa. 


Don Rough 

Leroy Spangler 

C - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


Kenneth Koontz 

Jack Griffith 

D - 

IVlansfield, Ohio 


J. Hudson Thayer 

Bob Gordon 

E - 

Washington, Pa. 

Shimer Darr 

R. Dennis Malone 

F - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 

Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

G - 

Norton, Ohio 

Robert P. Combs 

Dwight Stair 

H - 

Rialto, Calif. 

J. Dale Brock 

Dan Hosey 

1 - 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Leiand Friesen 

J - 

Chico, Calif. 

Lloyd Woolman 

E. V. Rife 

N - 

Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

RECORD ATTENDANCES: Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill)-234; Washing- 
ton, Pa. -277; Aiken, S.C.-37; Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike)-432; Coraopolis, 
Pa.-72; Minerva, Ohio-104; Lititz, Pa. -268; Beaverton, Oreg.-141; 
Spokane, Wash.— 59; Kenai, Alaska— 77; Des Moines, Iowa— 136. 


Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 
day Schools*— December, 1974— 151 ; De- 
cember, 1975-157. 

Growth index based on 177 reporting 


December, 1974 weekly average atten- 

December, 1975 weekly average atten- 


Net Gain in reporting churches— 2,033 
persons or up 7.8 percent 

* Summary 

123 churches registered increases total- 

50 churches registered losses total- 

Largest numerical increase— Myerstown, 

Largest percentage increase— Cuyahoga 

Falls, Ohio 

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 De- 

Paula Dawson (pictured at left) with 
Gary Belles and Kim Osborne, spent 
much of last summer working with the 
staff of the Navajo Mission. They were 
sent there as a result of the TIME pro- 
gram—Training In Missionary En- 

All three of the TIME workers are 
students at Grace College in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. Kim's home church is 
the Community Brethren Church, 
Simi, California. The Grace Brethren 
Church of Yakima, Washington, holds 
the membership for Gary Belles; while 
Paula is from the Clayton (Ohio) 
Brethren Church. 

Comments from the summer work- 
ers include: 
•"The time that I spent at the Mis- 
sion was time well spent. The Lord 
blessed my life not only by the mis- 

sionaries, but also by the Navajo 
people. I grew spiritually ... I feel I 
could work anywhere on the Mission if 
that is where the Lord wants me. How- 
ever, I would like to finish college and 
then perhaps get a teaching job at the 

"I saw the great need that the Nava- 
jo people have, along with many other 
people— the need of our Saviour and 
Lord, and our responsibility as chil- 
dren of God to present the Gospel to 

"At the Mission this summer I real- 
ly enjoyed working with people as well 
as working on the new buildings. 
There were also hard times for me, but 
I'm thankful for all God showed me, 
and for the times He helped me when I 
was unsure. This summer really helped 
build my faith in God." W 

FEBRUARY 1, 1976 


Public Relations 

Christian Ministry 

By Howard Mayes 
Executive Director 


Although we cringe when news- 
paper articles equate Biblical funda- 
mentalism with everything from 
"snake handling" to "wife beating," 
we must also recognize that the atti- 
tudes of unsaved people in our com- 
munities are greatly conditioned by 
this kind of negative publicity. 

We are living in a culture rather 
aptly described as "the post-Christian 
era," and therefore we must view our 
strategy toward communication more 
carefully now than in the past. 

In the old days, church publicity 
could be built upon certain basic as- 
sumptions such as: (a) most people be- 
lieve the Bible; (b) most people feel 
some burden of guilt for not attending 
church; (c) most people have a basic 
curiosity regarding what the Bible says 
about their sins. The cross section of 
lost people in America is quite differ- 
ent today. Negative attitudes against 
the people of Christ and the message 

of Christ make careful attention to 
church publicity an important step in 
"pre-evangelism" communication. 

We do not all view church publicity 
with the same priority, but we must all 
recognize that the sum total of church 
public relations in our communities 
does affect the climate in which our 
churches communicate to the lost. 

Many churches are quite critical of 
the "softsell" positive approach of Dr. 
Robert Schuller. Without attempting 
to evaluate how well he succeeds in 
fulfilling the ministry objectives you 
have chosen, let's learn a lesson from 
the great impact he has made upon the 
attitudes of California's Orange Coun- 
ty—a rather impressive cross section of 
basically a "post-Christian" culture. 

In his book. Your Church Has Real 
Possibilities, Dr. Robert Schuller 
states: "If you have inspiring preach- 
ing and exciting programming then all 
you need is enthusiastic publicity and 

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your church will break all growth 
records. The first thing I did when I 
came to Garden Grove to launch a new 
church was to spend fifteen dollars for 
a small mimeograph machine large 
enough to take a postcard. Next I 
spent another forty dollars for a hand- 
operated addressograph machine. Then 
I began ringing doorbells, as well as 
picking up names and addresses of any 
unchurched persons in the neighbor- 
hood that I could lay my hands on. I 
began building the mailing list. . . . Our 
most prized possession in the Garden 
Grove Community Church today is 
not the $250,000 organ or the 
$1,000,000 Tower of Hope. Rather it 
is the 7,000 families who make up our 
mailing list." 

The purpose of this article is not to 
evaluate Dr. Schuller's approach to 
"inspiring preaching" and "exciting 
programming" but to thank him for 
what he is teaching us about "enthusi- 
astic publicity." 

Dr. Schuller outlines his strategy 
toward publicity in three points: 

(1) The newspaper advertisement 
published every Saturday is geared to 
bring nonchurched people into the 
church. The ads are generally built 
around helpful sounding messages. 

(2) People are urged to register 
their attendance. The object is to get 
them on the mailing list. 

(3) The mailing list is worked week- 
ly to build church attendance the fol- 
lowing Sunday. This simple procedure, 
followed year after year after year, is r 
the one single, simple secret of effec- 
tive publicity at Garden Grove Com- 
munity Church. 

He also outlines nine principles to 
guide the church in advertising and to 
build enthusiasm through publicity. 

(1) Expect a very small return. 
Most churches fail in publicity because 

they do too little and go into it too 

(2) Remember that good advertise- 
ments never cost— they always pay. 
The last item to be cut from the bud- 
get should be this money-producing 
item. That's what advertising is. 

(3) Consider a radius of ten miles 
from your church as the drawing 
power of your congregation. Many 
ministers fail because they think that 
people won't drive more than two or 
three miles. Nothing is further from 
the truth in today's world. 

(4) Aim at saturating the area in the 
ten-mile radius. Don't worry about 
competition with other churches. If 
people are interested in another 
church they won't come to yours any- 
way. Meanwhile, your advertisement 
will help create a general momentum 
in the community. . . . Your advertise- 
ment will only challenge other church 
members to be more active in their 
own congregations. 

(5) Advertise when people are in a 
buying mood. In other words, you 
don't try to sell air-conditioners in De- 
cember, but in the heat of summer! So 
plan your heaviest advertising in the 
seasons of the year when the non- 
churched people might conceivably be 
interested in attending church. 

(6) Determine the mental attitude 
of your area and analyze what would 
impress the unchurched people in your 
community. Then let your advertise- 
ments portray the kind of an image 
that could appeal to these unchurched 

(7) In setting up any publicity 

material, do not try to impress Chris- 
tians or religious people. They are al- 
ready involved with the church. Con- 
centrate on the 50 percent who are 
noncommitted to any faith. 

(8) Make certain that all of your 
publicity creates an image of your 
church that says: 

— This is a positive-thinking church 

— This is a church that really be- 
lieves in the power of Christ to 
transform human life 

— This is a church that welcomes 
everyone no matter what his 

— This is a church that believes in 
building people up— not tearing 
people down 

(9) Continue the job of advertise- 
ment and publicity until you are rea- 
sonably sure that every household in a 
ten-mile radius knows and understands 
that (a) you are in business; (b) you 
are offering distinctive services that 
nobody else is offering; (c) you have 
something they need. 

The principle of diversity in opera- 
tion allows for variations in strategy 
and priority, but every pastor should 
realize that his public image is making 
either a negative or a positive contribu- 
tion to the climate for Christian com- 

In his book. The Pastor's Public Re- 
lations, Eugene Dolloff writes: "The 
fundamental principles of public rela- 
tions are identical for both the pastor 
and business. The chief difference lies 
in the nature of the products pre- 
sented to the public. The pastor en- 
deavors to devise and promote a policy 

or program which will inform people 
and attract favorable public opinion, 
first with reference to the cause which 
he sponsors, and then with reference 
to himself as its accredited representa- 
tive. He is not a super salesman; yet he 
is an ardent publicist, not primarily to 
seek personal acclaim, but to popular- 
ize his "product." Reduced to simplest 
terms, the pastor formulates and 
directs policies and programs which he 
believes will win an increasing number 
of friends for his church. To achieve 
this objective he will utilize every 
available means of communication." 

Newspaper editors have a little 
truism that goes, "Catholics make 
news, Protestants announce meetings." 
The statement is certainly not true at 
face value, but I always cringe just a 
little when I look at the "church page" 
in a large city newspaper. Display ad- 
vertising does serve a good purpose in 
many situations, but there is no substi- 
tute for the planned process of plant- 
ing good news stories which build a 
favorable impression for the church in 
the minds of newspaper readers. 

Public relations is not the chief 
ministry of the church but it will 
greatly contribute to the effectiveness 
of the church in its chief ministry. Our 
priority responsibility is to confront 
people with the truth of the Gospel 
and the person of Christ. Any legiti- 
mate effort that builds the lines of 
communication from the church to 
the community strengthens the ability 
of that church to fulfill the priorities 
of the Great Commission. 

Christian Education Convention 
to Study Spiritual Gifts 

The Christian Education Department of the NFBC recommends the ministry of the 
staff of the First Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif., in a special study-seminar on the 

We're all more conscious of this subject than we were a few years ago. But the increase 
in the use of this term does not necessarily represent a proportional amount of study in 
what the Bible really says about this important topic. 

tion with the 1976 Christian Education Convention programming immediately preceding 
national conference in Long Beach, California, August 6-7. 

Word of this Seminar presentation has been spreading throughout our churches. Plan 
now to be present in Long Beach August 6-7. 

August 6 & 7, 1976 

FEBRUARY 1, 1976 


Little Sisters 

Pastor Ashman dropped by just in time for refreshments!!! Then, he 
told a silly story. 

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Recipe for an "SMM SUPER' 

Combine following ingredients in a large church with pro-youth atmosphere: 

Eighteen dedicated patronesses (must be fresh and of fine quality), 

One hundred girls, adding gently one at a time. 

Mix together with program material from National SMM. 

Stir in one very supportive pastor. 

Flavor with a whole bunch of WIVIC ladies. 

Season with games, crafts and special activities. 

Blend well using one effective coordinator. 

For variety, sprinkle in one Maxi for each SMM girl. 

The girls take turns presenting missionary skits with 
the aid of hand puppets. 




"Sure, it takes time to plan and orga- 
nize, but, we really love the girls!" 


Marie and Laura are our "shy" Nava- 
jo girls who are attending an area 
Christian high school. 

Sometimes a girl needs an extra 
pair of helping hands. 

The Winona Lake Brethren Church has the largest SMM and is tops in offerings and in girls reading and 
memorizing Scripture. SMM membership has tripled the past three years. Just over a year ago, the church 
changed to a weekly Family Night, including Little Sisters and Amigas as well as the boys club. This has 
resulted in a one-third increase in attendance at the midweek meeting. 

Lumiere and Charis groups meet monthly with occasional project and activity times. 

FEBRUARY 1, 1976 


Josh McDowell, one of America's leading communi- 
cators to young people, will be the speaker all week at 
Brethren National Youth Conference In San Diego, Cali- 
fornia, this August 7-14. 

Josh has spoken at more than 500 universities in 52 
countries. He is in demand as a speaker at many youth 
gatherings. In the last five years he has spoken to over 
2,000,000 students. 

A graduate of Wheaton College and a magna cum laude 
graduate of Talbot Theological Seminary, Josh is well- 
qualified as both a scholar and author. He's written the 
best-seller Evidence That Demands A Verdict as well as the 
recent sequel More Evidence That Demands A Verdict . 

Young people will not want to miss one evening of the 
youth conference this summer. The beautiful facilities of 
Point Loma College overlooking the Pacific Ocean and great 
Christian fellowship will add to the excitement of the 
gathering with the theme "Celebrate the Son." 



Josh McDowell and family 

A brand-new excellent film by Gospel Films has been 
released entitled "What's Up, Josh?" Much of the film was 
produced on the campus of Point Loma College (which is 
the location of the '76 youth conference). As the title 
would indicate, Josh IVlcDowell, speaker for the national 
youth conference, is featured in the film. 

You won't be disappointed in the message or quality of 
this film. Its thrust is evangelistic. It centers on a college 
student who is looking for solid meaning in life. Everything 
is going wrong including problems with his grades, his girl 
and his parents. He thinks very seriously about his life. He 
goes to the beach to escape his frustrations— only to be 
haunted by some things which he heard from a scholarly 
argument for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the testimony 
of a Christian roommate and the declaration of the truth of 
the Bible by Josh IVlcDowell. 

"What's Up, Josh?" has all the ingredients to give an 
answer to youth whose world is coming apart. It is youth 
oriented, dramatic. Biblical, interesting and unusually well 
done. This 54-minute, color motion picture can be rented 
for $37.50 by contacting the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company or a local film distributor. It's a tremendous tool 
to present the Gospel while publicizing Brethren National 
Youth Conference. 



Pi" ^ ""^ JVlANIF^STIWG .' )-<' 

I'm a Child of the King 

as a Wife 

FEBRUARY 1, 1976 








frica is a long way from Midwest, USA. Not only in nniles, but in years of 
learning and preparation. The "process" began for me in a small town in Ohio where my 
mother taught us four children to believe and trust in God. She was always a faithful 
example to us. But for me personally, the "Christian life" was a bitter struggle. I devel- 
oped Into a legalist, struggling to reach a point of perfection that would guarantee 
salvation and acceptance with God. I gave up the struggle when I got away from home, 
concluding that "Christianity doesn't work." The effort needed to maintain the standard 
was exhausting! 


rom the time of high school graduation to the second year in nurses 
training, I tried to forget the church and God. They had no claim on my life. I was angry, 
bitter, and hopelessly lost. But then, as God would have it, I transferred schools and was 
"thrown in" with a Christian roommate. There were other believing students associated 
with Nurses Christian Fellowship. One student especially seemed to recognize my needs 
and had some answers. She shared with me her own personal faith in Christ and trust in 
God's Word. I listened . . . and watched. I soon discovered that what was missing in my 
life was not the motivation to "try it again" but the One who is Himself the motivating 
force of the born-again believer. I opened my heart to Christ. He came in and began the 
process of changing my life. It was at this time that I was introduced to the Grace 
Brethren Church. 


ealizing that the Lord wanted me to continue my education, I enrolled at 
Grace College. But at no time during my college days did I know what I was training for. 
These were good days, though! Rewarding days. The last cobwebs of insecurity were 
swept away by the power of the Word. After college I attended Grace Seminary for three 
years. The only reason I went was because the ground was wet and the fleece was dry! 
Like Gideon, I was slow to catch on. 


_ can't say the Lord called me to missionary service during seminary, but 

J, ^y^ > ^^^'■^ certainly were a lot of influences in that direction. The retired missionary ladies, 

C ^S^ chapel speakers from various fields, close association with a "missionary kid" from' 

" Africa. But there was this one especially hard lesson to be learned yet before I was ready 

.5 ^^ to volunteer" to serve 


^^ _ alifornia is the place to go. That's what a lot of people were saying. 

CQ "5" Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in L.A. County! Well, that's where the Lord 

<0 f/j '^^ "^e a^^er seminary for my "internship." After all, I had spent practically my whole 

I TpT Christian life in Christian schools. I had a lot yet to learn. How to live in the world and 

5 CIJ not become a part of it? How to live with affluence and professional accomplishment 

fs /|K vjahoul depending on them? How to "love not the world" while being wooed by it every 

(ij yj '7!f,;'|- """^'^ 5^^^°°' was rough. The final exam was only one question: "Will you follow 

C^ 1^^ ^^- ' ^^'^"O'dea yet where He was leading. To Orange County-orBocaranga? 


,^ — . ^'■'^^ ™35 the last stop of a two-month vacation trip in 1969 I had just 

^ / \ resigned my ,ob, applied to the Foreign Missionary Society for service "somewhere " and 

Q. L J T^n"^? ""^^ '^^^'^' °^^^'^ ^° "^i^'t 3 "Mission field." It was while I was up at N'Zoro 

S ^^ <^ kilometers from BocarangaV that the Lord spoke very specifically about my place of 

C service^ I went back to the States to prepare for my first term of missionary service. I got 

hrough that difficult time of adjustments-not victoriously, admittedly, but somehow! (I 
old you, I m a slow learner.) But, I'm back now for a second term. The Lord has led so 

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' ■ ^^^^'^■O'^- by the way, I'm glad He's led me down this path! i«* 

By Jean Hedrick 

Her sophomore year seemed to be 
the year of the roses. Not just roses, 
either— there were carnations, camel- 
lias, corsages, and bouquets. By the 
end of the year, her room looked like 
a Christian florist's shop two months 
after the Rapture. And do you think 
she would throw any of them away? 
Not on your life! 

One day, she was cleaning her room 
and I happened to notice she had a roll 
of plastic bags. Eager to encourage any 
latent vestiges of neatness, I barged 
into the room and began to bag blos- 
soms that had long since lost all signs 
of life. It did not take long to realize 
that a very selective process was taking 
place. Only certain stems were being 
banished to the bottom drawer. 

"Oh, no. Mom. Those are from 
Bob. And those. Mom, those are from 
Jim. I'm only pHJtting away those from 
Joe and Harry." (Obviously not their 
real names.) As I glanced around the 
room, it became apparent that only 
she could do the "bagging and banish- 
ing." Each flower had a very sp>ecial 
meaning, and only she knew the mean- 
ing behind each one. This was a much 
more serious project than I had first 
imagined. When I had asked where the 
flower had come from, it was simply 
amazing how she could remember the 
occasion for each flower and would 
answer, "It was in my locker this 
morning." Or, "I got this after the 
spring play. It was just to say 'thank 
you' ."Or any one of a dozen answers 
I got all year. 


The Rose Room 

Today, Lori's room is free from 
dead blossoms. They are all bagged 
and banished. The reason is a new be- 

One day, the week before school 
started, I noticed the door of the Rose 
Room was open. I thought I had my- 
self pretty well trained not to look in 
there if the door happened to be open, 
but this time I guess I wasn't thinking. 
Sitting on the floor in the middle of 
the little-worse-than-usual chaos, was 
daughter number one. I got two steps 
beyond the door, backed up. then 
slowly peered around the corner and 
into the room. 

"What is it about a new school year 
that makes you want everything to be 
clean and straight?" she chirped. As I 
sat on the bed for a minute, we talked 
about new beginnings. She has many 
ahead of her yet. and we thought 
about those. Some are behind her. too. 

Without a doubt, the most impor- 
tant new beginning each of us has 
made or needs to make is that one 
spoken of in II Corinthians 
5:17— "Therefore, if any man be in 
Christ, he is a new creature: old things 
are passed away; behold, all things are 
become new." And yet even after we 
have made the new beginning sfKiken 

of here, things creep into our lives that 
seem as sweet as a rose at the time. 
But if there is any pleasure in it. it 
lasts only for a season— then it is dead. 
The problem comes with the bagging 
and banishing. It's so easy to make a 
Rose Room of our lives, clinging to 
each dead blossom, as if by smelling it 
now and then we could keep it alive. 
Holding a grudge might be the prob- 
lem, or maybe it's the constant rehash- 
ing of some choice bit of gossip, or 
disliking others, or a bad temper. 

Ephesians 4:23-24 (Living Bible) 
says. "Now your attitudes and 
thoughts must all be constantly chang- 
ing for the better. Yes, you must be a 
new and different [jerson, holy and 
good. Clothe yourself with this new 

It's time to clear out your Rose 
Room. V 

Jean Hedrick and her family live in Whit- 
tier. Calif-, where they attend the First 
Brethren Church. She teaches reading at 
the Brethren Schools there and is the 
daughter of Keith and Vivian Altig. 

FEBRUARY 1. 1976 


An Open Letter To My Childr^ 

(Ages 12-9-7-6-4-2) ' 

It may seem forever until you become ready for the college experience, but I have this opportunity to share with ! 
you exactly why I would like you to come to Grace College and I am taking this opportunity while it is here. It is not 1 
too early to begin to think about your life and what you may make of it. And, it is not too early to begin to consider < 

where you may go to college. ■ <- ■ . , . ' 

First of all, 1 would hke you to go to Grace CoUege because it is there that you will meet Christian friends and have ) 
fellowship with them. Year by year I have watched how friends influence-in styles of dress, ways of speaking, activities i 
you choose, and TV programs that you watch. There is a "contagion" of behavior and attitudes among peer groups and : 
it cannot be prevented any more than growth can be stopped. I want you to live, work and study among Christians who I 
love the Lord and who choose to serve Him by continuing on in their education at Grace. In this way, your associations , 
with those who hold Christian standards will allow you to gain pleasure and satisfaction from endeavoring to live a life j 
that pleases God. The "separateness" of a Christian school and the "sheltered" existence of Christian education are ; 
constructs of thought that some fine educators have mistakenly put forth as reasons for not attending a college such as ^ 
Grace. Beheve me, children, when I say that in spite of good Christian fellowship and peer groups that serve God J 
faithfully, there will be all the temptation and sin lying around that you will need and you will be using I Corinthians 
10:13 just as much as any Christian anywhere. The big difference is that at Grace College it is accepted by others to 
commit your life to God; it is the "in" thing to do to ask forgiveness of someone whom you have sinned against; it is 
considered "good" to make constant adjustments of your Hfe behavior to match that which is revealed in God's Word. 
This is the kind of school that I want you to attend and be influenced by, and in turn, I want you to be an influence 
upon others for God's glory. In orther words, I am encouraging you to attend a place where there is not only "Christian 
Education," but "Education with Christians." 

Another reason that I want you to go to Grace College is that education governs the mind. It is from your attitudes, 
beliefs, and opinions that your behavior comes. The Bible is clear: "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are 
the issues of life." The professors at Grace College have as their purpose to sway and affect your minds by blending the 
wisdom of God with man's discoveries of God's truths. I DO NOT want to think of you being under the reasonable 
presentation of error day after day in a school whose professors either do not or cannot seek God's wisdom and openly 
teach and talk about it. My own education has been in such schools and it has been difficult to separate, adjust, and 
evaluate the teaching I have received. One thing is sure: education in secular colleges has not the "free inquiry" and the 
"openness" to answers that students would like to think. Man is chained to do and think evil (see Rom. 3) and he has 
no other choice in his natural state than to repudiate God. I want you, my children, to sit under the teachings of a 
professor who has no guilt toward God and whose lessons for the day have been committed to God for His glory. In 
addition, let me add that students are both sophisticated and gullible, just as most common people are. In the final 
analysis, we must trust our information sources and I would far rather that you trust those who have yielded themselves 
to God's truth than to those who know nothing of God. 

Third, I want you to go to Grace College because I am sure that your education academically will be more 
satisfactory-it will be excellent. The professors that I associate with (and I am one of them, remember) have made 
their decision to let teaching the minds of young people be their ministry. They have as their desire to leave no stone 
unturned as far as scholarship is concerned. Many have driven themselves almost beyond endurance to gain graduate 
education, to take classes, to sift information, to evaluate what is being taught-so that the student can have the best 
human and divine wisdom that can be gained. All the time, the professors are aware that all the teaching and education 
in the world cannot make you "good" or "like God." So each professor has in his heart to pray and teach so that their 
attitudes are "caught" and not "taught." I want you to be under such men and women of God and to gain information, 
attitudes, and purpose to life so that when you make your decisions in life they will have been governed by your 
education and your teachers. 

Last, I want you, Anne Marie, Glenn, Jerry, Cathy, Dawn, and Gary, to go to Grace College because it is here that 
you may become aware of the multitude of opportunities for Christian service that are available to you. At home you 
have seen teaching as being the outgrowth of Christian dedication; you have seen preaching as one evidence of Christian 
service. There are many other ways to serve God in this world, and there are opportunities at Grace CoUege to hear 
about them and to serve while in school in many of those areas. There are many sad tales about the Christian worker 
who has only trouble and misery as he undertakes the work of God. It is too bad to emphasize the negative, especially 
when we have such happy, golden opportunities to serve with joy. And the best thing about Christian service at Grace 
College, IS that you get to do it with friends so that you don't face life all alone and miserable. These kinds of 
expenences reinforce the best side, yes, the REAL side of Christian service. It has been my opinion that if those who 
have not dedicated themselves to doing the work of God could find out how happy we are, they might just be jealous 
There is actuaUy ". . . joy in serving Jesus" in the here and now and not just in the "by-and-by " 

This has been a hasty letter, but it comes from my heart, from my real beliefs and prayers. Grace College offers you 
fine Christian associations, an education that pleases God, an academic commitment, and the grand opportunity to 
serve Christ. This is what life is all about-this is where it's "at." Other kinds of schools may offer a rainbow of free 
inquiry and social commitment, but when going there one will find a lightning bolt of reahzation that the world of the 
Christian is at best held in mock sympathy. You, my children, will not be ready for this at an undergraduate level. I 
covet for you that your future at Grace CoUege will be the zenith of your experience with God and with other 
Christians, and that your education wiU be a doorway of service t6 the world. 

With love. 

Your Mother and Friend 

Mary A. Fink 


(Addresses may be found on pages 27 and 28 of the 1976 Brethren 


Suzanne Lynn Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams April 15 

Philip Edward Peters April 20, 1962 

Deborah Lynn Austin April 26, 1965 

Thomas Allen Peters April 28, 1959 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 


Lois Esther Burk April 9, 1969 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Samuel Ray Schwartz April 10, 1972 

Rev. Norman L. Johnson April 15 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Timothy H. Earner April 29 

Jonathan Craig Earner April 29, 1971 


Stephanie Ann Shargel April 10, 1973 


Mrs. Clifford L. Coffman April 10 

April Dawn Coffman April 18, 1958 


Mrs. Phillip Guerena April ^ 


Take time to read a pertinent letter from a 
her to her children (on p. 22). This is in- 
cluded in a recent WMC pacicet, but is reprinted 

in ihe Henhl h\i soecioi readiest. 

For pictures of al! the Birthday 
Missionaries see page 23 of the 
September 1, 1975. 






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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Waher I-retz, 413 

Wooster 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. 

[in. 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, 

Box 157, 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 

Grace Schools Offering 

for equipment & supplies 
for the 

Art Department 






Beginning Sunday, Maicii 7 in our Brethren Sun- 
day Schools ... an extrHmely practical series of 
studies iri Proverbs will appear. This study was written 
by Charles W. Turner, executive editor and genera! 
manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. Thou- 
sands have enjoyed his "Reflections by Stil! Waters" 
page which appears in each issue of the Herald, and 
this nev^/ study guide is written in the same easyto- 
read style. 

What do you see in a st^jdy of the Book of Prov- 
erbs? Truth about life -hew to live it a--td find success 
through Saturdav tiding it takes you away from the 
stained glass windovv.5. the robed choirs, und the 

market place where most of us spend our time. But 
when Proverbs leads you there, it goes with you— 
offering excellent advice and words of wisdom about 
God and man. 

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 May 31 
will be priced at $1 .50 per copy. 

Place your ordsr with the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. (In- 
dividual orders accepted at $2.95 per copy. Please 
enclose your check and we will pay all postage costs.) 

A Teacher's Resosjrce Packet is also available for 
use with this study guide. James Long, assistant to 
the director of the Christian Education Dept., has 
compiled this excellent teaching aid, which is priced 











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Cover Photo: The winter snows 
of northern Indiana found a 
small but energetic group of 
students and teachers engaged 
in the "Winterim" term at 
Grace College and Seminary, 
McClain Hall, pictured here, 
also underwent some renova- 
tion work, as did Alpha Hall, 
in preparation for the second 
semester, which began on Janu- 
ary 21. (Photo by Jay Fretz) 

Church Home Aids Maturing Process 4 

A New Era in America? . 6 

48th Home Mission Point Added 8 

BMH News Siumnary JO 

Coopeiation Did It! 13 

Accent on Family . 14 

Grace News Notes 16 

A New Peace Academy 18 

Winterim Activities on the Grace 

Campus 20 

The Matter of Copyright 22 





Char?es W. Turner, Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 

Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 

Fern Sandy, Editorial Secrstary 

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Foreign Missions— Rev. John J'ieta^ko 
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Korne Mission;;— Or Lesfer E. Pifer 
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WMC— Mrs, Dii>iif;l .fanheco 

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Dear Readers, 

Thank you for your support 
to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company during 1975. 
The year just completed was 
the best in the history of the 
ministry. The offering was up 
some 21 percent and sales 
jumped $88,809 to a new high 
of $813,564. 

The big news is that we 
must continue to expand in 
order to meet our growing 
ministry. We have purchased a 
new Heidelberg Press that will 
increase our production in the 
printing department. We have 
also added a second IBM com- 
poser to prepare materials for 

Thanks for helping to make 
1975 such a good year! 

Sincerely yours. 


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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. 




Reflections By Still Waters 

By Charles W. luruer— Editor 

Our means of communication include many methods 
other than mere spoken words. We express ourselves 
through a look or even the way we walk. Perhaps it is a 
gesture with our hands. Not to be forgotten are the 
words we write as they provide an outlet for the inward 

During the Thanksgiving holiday, June, Jeff and I 
went back to Ohio for a family get-together. Since the 
turkey was not to make his appearance until late in the 
afternoon on this day, we stopped for a late morning 
lunch. The restaurant we finally located was just about 
empty. It was not because the food was unattractive or 
unappetizing, but apparently everyone was at home en- 
joying a family feast. My grilled cheese sandwich and 
vegetable soup were delicious, but not the kind of meal 
one would select on a day like this. However, there were 
many good things yet in store for us. 

I paid the bill and walked to the entrance way where 
a bulletin board had been placed. Its purpose was to 
permit local citizens 
the opportunity of 
placing announce- 
ments or want ads 
for inspection. My 
curiosity made me 
stop to inspect the 
various bits of infor- 
mation. For me it is 
difficult to resist 
reading such notices 
because I like to 
check the gram- 
matical structure 
and, incidentally, to 
check the content of 
the material. The 
usual signs were 
there— someone had 
a room for rent; a 
Honda was for sale; 
a car in excellent 
condition was being offered at a sacrifice price; a dream 
house ready for occupancy; nothing out of the ordinary. 

But there it was— a strange little sign written on a 3 
by 5 index card. Obviously it had been written with a 
ball-point pen because of the smudgy lines, and the pen- 
manship was not in the "A" category. Nevertheless, it 
was not the style but rather the message that caught my 
attention for a few moments. "For Sale— one engage- 
ment ring and one wedding ring— $85." A phone number 
without a name followed at the bottom of the card. 1 
was snapped back to reality by the voice of my son 
saying, "Let's get going." What cruel words to pull me 



back intQ a cool Thanksgiving Day of 1975 and to send 
me down the road to meditate and ponder. 

Maybe it was a good thing 1 was forced to go on my 
way. For if I had been alone, I might have picked up the 
phone and dialed the number on the ad. Not that I 
needed an engagement ring and a wedding ring or I 
thought the price was right. The last time I made such a 
purchase 1 found out it is not the down payment that is 
expensive, it is the upkeep and the maintenance that 
eventually proves costly. (But well worth any expense!) 
What 1 really wanted to know was the intriguing story 
that must lie behind the need to sell such items. A 
tragedy might have made it necessary. Or probably a 
change of mind on someone's part was really the mes- 
sage. But, even months later 1 continue to wonder about 
it all and the mystery remains unsolved. 

Though the circumstances will forever escape me, yet 
there is a lesson for me in it all. Some plan or circum- 
stance had caused a change and a disappointment to 

occur. It did not 
even tell me in the 
whether it was a 
man or a woman 
who wrote the note. 
Life had changed, 
and a little scribbled 
message was really 
saying this is the end 
of this episode. 

How many times 
have you changed 
courses in your life? 
An unexpected hap- 
pening or a changed 
plan . . . and it was 
all different from 
that point on. It has 
happened to us all 

~ because we do not 

have as much con- 
trol over life as we would hope. Probably it is better this 
way, because if we could control our total future we 
would probably scramble it to a useless state through 
our personal wishes which are not always wise. 

Get ready— for here comes tomorrow! A tomorrow of 
surprises and delights; a tomorrow of disappointments 
and uncertainties— either way— here it comes. Do I face it 
alone? The answer is 1 do not have to do it that way. 1 
was introduced early in my Christian life to the truth 
that Christ puts forth His sheep and He goes before 
them. And with that thought it is a joy to see the sun 
rise on my tomorrow. "* 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 


The purchase of a church building 
in Santa IVIaria, California, was another 
of God's provisions for a ministry to 
believers maturing in Christ. 

Church Home 

Aids iVlaturinq 

By Pastor Alva L. Conner 

God's people at Santa Maria have 
confirmed w/hat the ministry of the 
local Grace Brethren Church is all 
about— maturing in Christ. In the Sun- 
day morning worship service, desig- 
nated "Word 2," the pastor continued 
his series on Colossians 1:28-29: "So, 
naturally, we proclaim Christ! We 
warn everyone we meet, and teach 
everyone we can, all that we know 
about him, so that if possible, we may 
bring every man up to his full maturity 
in Christ Jesus. This is what I am 
working at all the time, with all the 
strength God gives me" (Phillips). 

Through the struggles and adjust- 
ments in our work on California's cen- 
tral coast, believers here are experi- 
encing that maturity. 

In January 1975 the decision was 
made to go self-supporting. Our se- 
quence of events was different than 
most home mission churches. How 
would we fare going self-supporting 
before we owned a building? 

Possibilities then began to open for 
God's provision of a building contain- 
ing nearly 10,000 square feet. Four 
years of praying and deliberating led 
to the purchase of this church home 
with a sanctuary seating 300 and 
Christian education space for the same 

Planning for the maximum use of 
the building and moving from our for- 
mer meeting place proved to be a great 
task. Teaching on the subject of spiri- 
tual gifts, especially from Romans 
12:3-15, was great preparation for this 
new experience. A committee was se- 
lected, including those with the gift of 
organization, to suggest the use for the 
25 rooms now available to us. God led 
us greatly as the church approved the 
committee's plans. The best use of 
space, time, and funds resulted in a 
partitioned, expandable sanctuary; a 
completely departmentalized Christian 
education ministry; crib and toddler 
nurseries; a centrally located library of 

over 1,200 choice books; and a church 
office and Christian education head- 

Personal evangelism has its head- 
quarters, and music practice and 
preparation rooms aid our commit- 
ment. A lovely area has been re- 
modeled and redecorated for the pas- 
tor's study, office, library, and coun- 
seling room. The fellowship hall has 
been redecorated with new paint and 
carpet to provide an encouraging decor 
for a variety of activities and minis- 
tries, including children's church and 
communion services. 

What a joy it was to see several take 
vacation time to assist in the work. A 
host of our people responded in time, 
effort, and funds to prepare all these 
areas for our own ministry of maturing 
Christians for His service. 

Through the years the Lord has 
been guiding us in securing equipment, 
furnishings, and materials for our new 
facility. We now have most of what we 




Still a possibility when Pastor 
Alva Conner saw it in 1971, 
the building is now owned by 
the Grace Brethren Church. 

Having moved from the loca- 
tion pictured below to a per- 
manent home, the congrega- 
tion now seeks consistent ma- 
turity in Christ in their new 

need to meet the challenge of "maturi- 
ty" in our area. 

There are many opportunities avail- 
able with 200 new housing units near- 
by and a $70 million, 80-store shop- 
ping mall just four blocks from our 
new location! 

What has our Lord already accom- 
plished in maturing saints at Santa 
iVIaria? Outreach to military personnel 
has been tremendous with nearby Van- 
denberg Air Force Base. Military per- 
sonnel and civilians of all ages and 
social backgrounds of various races, 
cultures, and religions have been 
brought together in Christ. 

Christian "body-life" sharing has 
brought maturity to our Lord's people 
through "Word 3" and "Word 4" ser- 
vices on Sunday night and Wednesday 
night. We minister to one another in 
songs, hymns and prayer, and share 
burdens, joys and victories. 

Personal evangelism has not been 
neglected here. We have a program 
that continues weekly using our 
"GROW" methods and materials to 
reach people for the Saviour. Spiritual 
alumni, trained in our "P.E." ministry, 
are now located in many places across 
the nation. Six young adults have gone 
from our church to Grace Schools in 
the last three years. 

Our commitment to maturity has 
been aided in recent years through em- 
phasis on a visualized ministry. Some 
use their talents and abilities to aid the 

pastor in this ministry, making trans- 
parencies for the overhead projector. 
Announcements, stewardship chal- 
lenges, and missions news are often 
visualized in color for the greatest im- 
pact. Overhead visuals of Bible pic- 
tures, outlines, diagrams, maps, news- 
paper articles, charts, cartoons and 
Scripture text are used to gain maxi- 
mum interest in retention of the Word. 
The great burden in our ministry of 
maturing is to effectively communi- 
cate God's truth in every way we can. 
We want to build Christ-centered lives, 
homes, relationships, and a church 

Hearts eager for hearing, learning, 
and using the Word as it is taught has 
been another evidence of maturity in 
God's people. Length of services is just 
not that important when people are 

serious in their desires for Biblical 

Another evidence of maturity is the 
willingness and openness of our people 
to sit down with their pastor and talk 
about ways he can improve his total 
ministry. Our folks have increased in 
their awareness that their spiritual 
leader needs time to mature as a per- 
son, partner, parent and pastor ... in 
that order! They are graciously avail- 
able to assist him in aiming toward the 
most important priorities in his minis- 

We thank the Lord for the prayers, 
gifts, support, and encouragement of 
God's people across the nation in our 
Brethren Fellowship. It has all resulted 
in provision for us physically, in our 
church facilities; and spiritually, in the 
continuing maturity of God's people. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 

A Mew Era in Americ/i 



traveler, just returned from abroad, 
was walking out of the international 
airport terminal with his family. He 
stopped at the edge of the lawn to do 
something he had vowed to do more 
than once during the trip. In the midst 
of the crowd, he knelt down and kissed 
the ground with the onlookers' cheers 
surrounding him. He was grateful for 
the good old USA. 

Our nation has passed through an 
unforgettable era of strife, rebellion, 
riots and degradation. We have all 
watched the TV screens in amazement 
as buildings were burned, cities were 
plundered, campuses became battle- 
fields and looters had their heyday. 
The American flag, a symbol of free- 
dom, liberty and peace, became the 
object of hatred, disgust and dispute 
on more occasions than we are ready 
to admit. Suddenly, the corruption, 
dishonesty and lawlessness of political 
leaders surfaced and caused the Ameri- 
can people to cower in fear, disgust 

By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

and mistrust of leaders every- 
where. For a time it seemed that all 
the powers of hell itself were unleashed. 
Now our 200th birthday has 
arrived. America has paused for a 
period of reflection upon the good and 
the bad. Radicalism of the past era is 
being carefully weighed to evaluate the 
results, if any. The liberal has backed 
off . . . frightened at the consequences, 
or waiting for a new thrust? Conserva- 
tives now are being heard. Can they 
swing the tide back to the basic tenets 
that made this nation great? At least 
there is an excitement in reflecting 
upon our progress, accomplishments 
and growth over these 200 years. 

Just as the traveler knelt before his 
family and expressed his love for 
America, a realization brought on by 
separation from his homeland, so we 
should all evaluate the country in 
which we live. We cannot appreciate 
without evaluation. America is more 
than luxury. It is freedom, liberty, op- 
portunity, beauty, happiness and safe- 
ty. Freedom to believe, live, move, 
work and accomplish. Liberty to ex- 

press and communicate our own 
choices in religion, government, philos- 
ophy and conduct. A land of oppor- 
tunity for every realm of life. America 
is characterized by beauty, possessing 
an abundance of natural resources, a 
veritable wonderland of parks, forests, 
cities and lovely farmlands. We Ameri- 
cans enjoy a happiness and safety un- 
paralleled in many other countries. Let 
us not allow the ominous clouds of 
darkness to take it away. 

Alexander Mack and his Brethren 
Movement came to the new land of 
America to escape the tyranny, op- 
pression, and the obvious lack of free- 
dom of worship and expression exist- 
ing in Germany. This nation offered 
him an opportunity to express freely 
the Gospel— to build the church 
through growth and spiritual maturity. 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil has followed in the wake of Mack's 
pioneering pattern. We are concerned 
for people, for the freedom to grow in 
the Word of God, for the establish- 
ment of a base from which we can 
send the missionary message to a lost 

In these 200 years, the Grace Breth- 
ren merely scratched the surface of 
this growing nation. Two hundred and 
forty churches, a 36,500 approximate 
membership is not a statistic to boast 
about, but rather a fact to reflect 
upon. It is a basis for appreciation that 
God has blessed our Fellowship. We 
have a church that is alive, awakening 
to its growth potentiality. We do have 
a conservative theological position. We 

are not a part of a liberal, apostate re- 
ligious giant. There is real cause for re- 
joicing in souls being saved, growing 
churches, and extension of our mis- 
sionary efforts at home and abroad. 
This writer sees the future bright when 
so many talented young people are 
laying their lives upon the altar for 
God's service. I am equally thrilled at 
the stand they are taking for the Word 
of God and the organized church. 
They have a concern for the lost. 

Having emerged from the era of the 
past, we now see vividly the need that 
America has for the Gospel. These last 
few years have awakened us to the 
facts of moral decay, the emptiness of 
the natural man, and the heinousness 
of sin. America and its people are 
uniquely prepared for the Gospel mes- 
sage. The spiritual quest of people will 
lead them to a satisfying church of 
true spiritual fellowship. All over this 
land men and women are turning to 
conservative Bible-teaching churches 
that can produce what they crave. This 
is our spiritual opportunity! 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil earnestly desires to have such 
churches in every state in this union. 
We want to shed our light in every 
community as God shall lead. God is 
providing talented workers. We are 
concerned about their support. Is the 
1976 budget of $640,000 a dreamer's 
package? No, it is a carefully laid, 
prayerfully planned faith goal for the 
extension of the Gospel in this great 
land of ours. W 


Rev. and Mrs. George Wilhelm. Mr. Wilhelm pastored the 
work since its beginning in 1969. 

Construction is nearing completion on the Wrightsville 

The Wrightsville congregation is eager to move into a new 
building and be on their way to self supporting status. 

Rev. and Mrs. Leslie Nutter and family. Mr. Nutter is the new 
pastor for this home mission work. 

The first new church to receive financial assistance fronn 
Brethren Home IVIissions in 1976 has been approved by the 
board of directors. The Susquehanna Grace Brethren 
Church of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, will become the 48th 
Home IVIissions point. 

Begun as a branch of the Grace Brethren Church of Lan- 
caster, there were 15 present for the first service on the last 
Sunday in March 1969. Mr. George Wilhelm, a member of 
the Brethren Home Missions Council board of directors, 
was called as interim pastor. Later that year he assumed 
duties as full-time pastor. 

As the work progressed, a building was planned with 
ground breaking held June 1, 1975. The structure is nearing 
completion and will be dedicated soon. 

The resignation of Pastor Wilhelm, effective February 1, 
1976, necessitated the search for a new pastor. Rev. Leslie 
Nutter of Warsaw, Indiana, received the call. 

Pastor Nutter is a graduate of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. While pastoring a church in rural Indiana, he also held 
the position of controller in the business department of 
Grace Schools. 

The Northern Atlantic District will join the Council in 
giving financial assistance to Wrightsville. 

Four other "branches" have resulted from the mission- 
minded Lancaster church. Thriving churches in Manheim, 
Elizabethtown, New Holland, and Lititz are all former 
home-mission works originated by Lancaster. 

With a similar cooperative effort, the fifth branch should 
soon be a self-supporting fruit bearer in Lancaster County. 

Home Missions: 

Gutttil ^5 


Since late last summer, "The Case 
for Home Missions" has been con- 
sidered seriously in Grace Brethren 
Churches across America. In an effort 
to determine if home missions is a 
worthwhile ministry, representatives 
have worked diligently in presenting 
evidence for their case. 

Exhibits were submitted in the 
form of testimonies of changed lives, 
accounts of growing churches, and 
records of former points now moving 
ahead as self-supporting churches. 

The verdict of Brethren people has 
now been received with the closing of 
the 1975 offering period. One thing is 

evident; Brethren Home iVlissions is 
guilty of being a worthwhile ministry. 

For the second straight year, the 
offering has topped the $500,000 
marl<. Final figures indicate a 
$518,000 offering total. We praise the 
Lord for His provision in meeting our 
needs. We thank Brethren people for 
considering this ministry worthwhile 
in their giving. 

One factor must be considered in 
future planning, however. The verdict 
was not quite as unanimous as was 
hoped. The offering goal for the year 
was $586,000— quite a bit higher than 
the amount received. Another gracious 

provision of the Lord— income from 
estates— made up the difference be- 
tween expenses and offering income. 
This supplemental income is a tremen- 
dous blessing, but it cannot be 
counted on consistently to eliminate 
deficits in future years. 

Though the books of 1975 have 
been closed out, the case for Brethren 
Home Missions is still open. A new 
budget and new goals have been estab- 
lished for 1976. Plans call for expan- 
sion of the work of home missions, 
based on an offering increase. Through 
the continued faithful giving of Breth- 
ren people, these plans can be fulfilled. 

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• Dayton. Ohio (Huber Heights). James Poyner was or- 
dained to the Christian ministry at the Grace Brethren 
Church where he has been pastor for the past five years. 
The ordination sermon was brought by Rev. Randall 
Poyner, who is pastor of the Grace Brethren Bible 
Church of Fort Myers, but who is also a brother to 
James. A beautiful reception was provided by the local 
church at the conclusion of the ordination service. 

• Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo). Due to the fact that 
Rev. Roy Kreimes has been out of the active ministry 
since having another heart attack, Pastor Donald Farner 
of the West Kittanning church conducted a communion 
service for the Brethren at North Buffalo. There were 41 
present which is a high attendance for this group of 
believers. Pastor Kreimes is now able to attend the morn- 
ing worship service at the church and is allowed to be in 
his study for a few hours each day. Remember to pray 
for this servant of the Lord as he desires to again be 
able to fill his pulpit. 

• Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill). If you think Pastor Mar- 
vin Lowery was speechless— you are right. At the close of 
a morning worship service, he was presented with the 
keys to a Plymouth Suburban station wagon. As the 
front doors of the church were opened, here was the 
parked car tied up with a huge red ribbon, and the 
church friends were lustily singing "Happy Birthday." 

•Garwin, Iowa. Thieves entered the sanctuary of the 
Carlton Brethren Church and took over one-half, frames 
included, of the stained-glass windows. Ten bottom and 
two top window sections were taken. During the rob- 
bery a 30 by 40 inch picture, "The Head of Christ," was 
also defaced beyond repair. Estimates are that each win- 
dow section is worth between $100 and $400. The par- 
sonage is located next to the church, and Pastor and Mrs. 
Ryerson were home at the time of the break-in. 

•Cypress, Calif. A high-speed tape duplicator was pre- 
sented to the mission field of Brazil by way of Mission- 
ary Ernest Bearinger. This was a gift from the Grace 
Brethren Church of Cypress. A check from the church 
was also given which was to be used to purchase cas- 
settes for the machine. The Bearingers were also given 20 
pounds of pennies! The plaque on the front of the 
machine says: "DA IGREJA DOS IRMAOS EM 
CRISTO EM BRASIL" (Portuguese), (Translated the 
plaque reads: The Brethren Church in Cypress, Cali- 
fornia, to the Brethren in Christ in Brasil.) Ross Martin, 


•Troy Ohio. A delightful time of fellowship was enjoyed 
when the Covington (Ohio) Brethren joined the Troy 
Brethren at a combined service on New Year's Eve. Pic- 
tures of the Norman Johnsons (new missionaries to 
Brazil) were shown, followed by the showing of the film, 
"The Rapture." 

Pastor Raymond Johnson of Troy included a note 
with the above information to the effect that Mrs. John 
Neely is now living at 565 Stonyridge, Troy, Ohio 

•Whittier, Calif. (Community). Many interesting things 
took place during the 25th anniversary celebration of 
our church. For instance: A telephone hookup by the 
telephone company allowed us the privilege of having 
the former pastor of 17 years. Rev. Ward Miller (now 
living in Indiana), speak to the congregation. 

Dr. Charles Mayes was the preacher of the day, and a 
carry-in dinner was enjoyed following the morning ser- 
vice. Afternoon activities included a time of viewing 
slides and films of past days, plus volleyball. 

At the close of the evening service, a birthday cake 
was served and a time of fellowship brought the happy 
day to a conclusion. Excellent attendances for the day 
included: Sunday School, 535; Morning Worship, 521; 
Evening Service, 287. John Mayes, pastor. 

•Alexandria, Va. A farewell reception was given m 
honor of Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Teague upon the termi- 
nation of Mr. Teague's 6 years of service as pastor. A 
plaque and a gift of money were presented to the 

•Minerva, Ohio. The men of the Grace Brethren Church 
have not only been running a very successful boys pro- 
gram with the guidance of the Brethren Boys work, the 
Pathfinder, but they sponsored the first father-son ban- 
quet held at the church. There were 47 men and boys 
out for this enjoyable evening. 

We at Minerva are praising the Lord for His answer to 
prayer in regard to the miraculous way in which Howard 
Bechtel, son of the Glen Bechtels, is being restored after 
an accident in October when he was left paralyzed in 
both arms and legs. The doctors continue to marvel at 
the rapidity of the healing that is taking place. Galen 
Wiley, pastor. 

• Dayton, Ohio (First). How is your blood pres- 
sure? . . . The new 5th grade teacher in the Junior de- 
partment took the blood pressure of all her students 
after her first Sunday of teaching to see how much she 
"shook "em!" 


In Memori/ 

l/l/eMtf Belb. 

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

COLLINS, Jane. Dec. 5, 71. A memorial service was 
conducted at the Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind., 
by Rev. Gordon Bracker in memory of Mrs. Collins, wife 
of Rev. Arthur Collins. A service was also conducted at 
Langhorne, Pa., with two "spiritual sons," Rev. Lester 
Sharp and Rev. Herbert Mitchell, officiating 
FORCE, Mabel, Dec. 29. She had been a faithful mem- 
ber of the South Gate Brethren Church, South Gate, 
Calif., for many years while this church was in existence. 
Then she moved her membership to the Brethren Church 
in Bellflower, Calif., when these two churches combined. 
One of her four daughters is Mrs. J. Keith Altig, mission- 
ary to Brazil. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 
LOCKE, John, Dec. 18, 72. Pastor Locke was ordained 
to the Christian ministry in 1928 and served two pastor- 
ates in the Brethren denomination for about 45 years- 
the Mount Olive Brethren Church at Pineville, Va., and 
the Bethlehem Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, Va. Rev. 
Paul Dick assisted in the memorial service. 

The following members of the First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif., passed away recently: ASKINS, 
Homer, Nov. 27; FAIRBANKS, Bessie, Nov. 22; 
MAGERS, Frances, Dec. 1 1 ; SCHWAB, Arthur, Dec. 6. 
David Hocking, pastor. 

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

Vivian Moyers and David Snyder, Sept. 6, 1975. David is 
the son/of Rev. and Mrs. Blaine Snyder of Winona Lake, 

Donna Day and Adrien Markey, Oct. 25, 1975. Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Debbie Mertis and Donald Garcia, Nov. 8, 1975. First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Patricia Wiese and William Dolengewicz, Nov. 29, 1975. 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Vickie Omo and Brad Myers, Nov. 29, 1975. First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Yvonne Whitt and Charles Humm, Dec. 6, 1975. Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Angeline Quintilli and Robert Yancey, Jr., Dec. 13, 
1975. Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 
Camille Cone and Larry Robbins, Dec. 31, 1975, Winona 
Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. Camille is the 
daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. George Cone who 
were missionaries in Africa for many years. Pastor 
Charles Ashman performed the ceremony, assisted by 
Rev. Pierre Yougouda. 


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FEBRUARY 15, 1976 


• North English, Iowa. In changing pastorates the Arthur 
McCrums experienced a dramatic change in tempera- 
tures, too. From 85 degrees in California to a wind-chill 
factor of 30 to 50 below zero in Iowa. A warm recep- 
tion? Well, the people at the Pleasant Grove Grace Breth- 
ren Church evidenced their warm hearts as they gave 
welcoming hands to their new pastor and family. The 
parsonage had been remodeled with each room being 
assigned to a family who then became responsible for its 
preparation. The result a beautiful home was ready for 
the new occupants. 

The change of address for Rev. Arthur McCrum is as 
follows: R. R. 1, North English, Iowa 52316. Phone: 
319/664-3568. The church phone is changed to 
319/664-3568. Please change Annual. 

• Johnson City, Tenn. The first Bicentennial baby in 
FJizabethton, Carter County, Tenn., arrived Jan. 1 to 
greet his parents, Donald and Connie Tully. The Tullys 
were formerly students at Grace College and are now at 
Moody Bible Institute Flying School, Elizabethton, 
Tenn. Baby Eric John weighed in at 8 lbs. lOozs. Sher- 
wood Durkee, pastor. 

•Dallas Center, Iowa. Please note the following change 
of address: First Brethren Church, P.O. Box 477, Dallas 
Center, Iowa 50063. 


Fort Myers, Fla. Mar. 7-12. Randall Poyner, pastor; 

Nathan Meyer, speaker, 

Albany, Orcg. Mar. 14-17. Bruce Button, pastor; John 

Whittomb, speaker. 

Pompano Beach, Fla. Mar. 14-17. (iene Witzky, pastor; 

Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

Kent, Wash. Mar. 18-21. James McClellan, pastor; John 

Whitcomb, speaker. 

Okeechobee, Fla. Mar. 19-21. Charles Davis, pastor; 

Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

San Jose, Calif. Mar. 21-26. Howard McDonald, pastor; 

Deckers' 1 vangelistic team. 

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

•Goleta, Calif. The old mimeograph machine that 
should have been retired some tiinc ago, but was still 
being pressed into producing the weekly church bulletins 
at Grace Brethren Church, has been replaced by the 
Lord's goodness. Thanks to another church which out- 
grew a wonderful, used electric Gcstclncr machine and 
gave it to us to use in the Lord's work. Dale Hosteller, 

•Winchester, Va. Pastor and Mrs. Paul Dick celebrated 
their 35th wedding anniversary at the close of a recent 
Sunday evening worship service as honorccs of the First 
Brethren friends. A beautiful cake was displayed and 
served, and the love of the congregation was further 
demonstrated by a most appreciated cash gift. 

• Post-conference tour planned. This year's national con- 
ference will be held Aug. 6-13 in Long Beach, Cahf. At 
the conclusion of conference, a one-week tour to Hawaii 
begins-Saturday, Aug. 14-and will feature trips to two 
islands and a Sunday visit to our Brethren churches. Cost 
will be S475. Brochures describing the complete package 
are now available. Write for your copy— Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or 
Rev. Ralph Colburn, 5885 Downey Ave., Long Beach, 
Calif. 90805. 

Mrs. Rose Foster, veteran missionary to Africa, was 
called home on January 22 at the age of 92. Further 
details will follow in the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

• New York (EP)— World Jewish pcjpulation is now esti- 
mated at 14,230,000, acccjrding to the \91 6 American 
./ewish Yearbooli. The total represents an increase of 
about one million in lO/years. 

About half the Jews (48 percent) live in the Western 
Hemisphere. Of tho^ 6.9 million, more than 5.7 million 
live in the United States, including a little less than 2 
million in greater New York City. 

A little more than 4 million Jews live in Europe (in- 
cluding all of Turkey and the Soviet Union). Of these, 
nearly 2.7 million are Soviet citizens. 

Jews in the rest of Asia number nearly 3 million, all 
but 100,000 in Israel. There ate about 184,000 Jews in 
Africa, and slightly more than 75,000 in Australia and 
New Zealand. 

• Los Angeles (EP)- Although the case is still before the 
California courts. World Vision International of Mon- 
rovia, Calif., has lost its bid to block a Los Angeles 
superior judge from removing 20 Cambodian orphans 
from the control of Family Ministries, a Whittier-based 
adoption agency that desired to place the children only 
with active members of an evangelical Protestant 

In the absence of any known religion of a child. 
Judge Olson ruled, state law requires that a child be 
placed in the home "best able to meet his needs," re- 
gardless of religious persuasion. 

•Pittsburgh (EP)-Evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman has had 
a mitral valve replaced in open-heart surgery in Tulsa. As 
of Jan. 2, she was said to be "getting along well" al- 
though still under intensive care. 

Miss Kuhlman's secretary said that she had been hos- 
pitalized last July for a heart problem. She said the evan- 
gelist has had heart trouble since she was a child, when 
she had a serious case of rheumatic fever. 

Although Miss Kuhlman is frequently referred to as a 
"faith healer," she prefers not to use that description 
and attributes the healings at her "miracle services" to 
the work of the Holy Spirit. 



"It was a night we will all remem- 
ber because it demonstrated the joint 
effort of a local body cooperating to- 
gether." The men, boys, SMM girls, 
and WMC ladies all used their distinc- 
tive ministries and made the Men and 
Boys Banquet a success. The dinner 
was prepared by the WMC ladies, 
served by the SMM girls, and eaten by 
the men and boys of the church! The 
purpose of the banquet was to "kick 
off" the National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Boys Ministries at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Orlando. 

Please note that the banquet was 
for the men and boys of the church-it 
was not limited to fathers and sons. 
The thrust of the Brethren boys minis- 
try is men involved with boys, and we 
were pleased that we had 20 in atten- 

After the WMC provided an enter- 
taining program, including some 
special music, there was a time of 
recognition for the boys. The awards 
program was under the leadership of 
Ray Sturgill (a member of the Board 
of the National Brethren Boys Minis- 
tries) and Andy Anderson (local boys 
ministry leader). An impressive candle- 
light ceremony, using the national 
motto Jesus, Others and You, was the 
highlight of the evening. The boys who 
passed their first rank were awarded 
their own green and gold necker- 
chief-made by the local WMC ladies. 

This local unit seems to be typical 
of the units that have been formed 
across our Fellowship. There are now 
18 strong, functioning units and 12 
that are in the development stages. We 
praise God for the 116 men and the 
320 boys who have joined our pro- 
gram just this year! Continue to pray 
for this vital ministry of men com- 
municating to boys. # 

The boys pictured here have passed 
their first tank, "Green Horn," in the 
National Brethren Boys Program. 

Cooperation Did It!! 

As reported by Ray Sturgill and Andy Anderson, Orlando, Florida 

Ray Sturgill (left) and Andy Anderson (right) are displaying the candleholder in- 
scribed with the theme— J-O-Y. 

^ Earl Futch, former boys work leader, 
■* presents an award to his son, Brian. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 


on Pamilg 

By Tom Barley 

Of the Daily Pilot Staff 

This article is a reprint from the Daily Pilot. 

Dr. Roy Roberts 

There's a population explosion 
under way at Grace Brethren Church, 
Seal Beach, California. 

Pastor Roy R. Roberts can now 
count 420 persons on his membership 
roster and that's a jump of about 25 
percent in the last nine months, he 

"I'm not complaining," he grinned. 
"In fact, I think it's terrific, especially 
when we see that so many of our new 
members are young adults who seem 
determined to make our church a part 
of their family life. 

"But I've never been able to really 
put my finger on the reason," the 
genial pastor-teacher admitted. "I 
know we're doing things right, or at 
least the congregation tells us we are, 
but I'd love to know what prompted 
this sudden growth." 

The pretty church at the corner of 
Eighth and Central Streets in down- 
town Seal Beach has known nothing 
like it in its 25-year-history. 

"But it's with us now and we're 
going to have to talk expansion," com- 
mented the Biola College graduate, 
fresh from a standing-room-only ser- 
vice in which every extra chair brought 
in by ushers was quickly occupied. 

Worshipers leaving that service gave 
much of the credit for growth to the 
direction of Dr. Roberts, 30, and his 
assistant pastor, the Rev. Mike Ryan, 
an All American football player who 


joined the Southern California Sun 
after a standout career with USC's 

"They're a great combination," a 
young mother commented. "Most im- 
portant of all, I think, is their ability 
to get through to people of all ages." 

"That's certainly true," commented 
a senior citizen whose enjoyment of 
the 9 a.m. service led him to repeat the 
experience in the 10:30 a.m. session. 
"But I think the main reason is that 
we have a thinking pastor here. 

"Take this program he's starting 
here today, for example," the congre- 
gation member said. "It is a wonderful 
idea and, to me, it's the kind of thing 
that we should be watching on 
national television instead of all this 
sex and gore." 

The Grace Brethren Church success 
story can most likely be attributed to 
a combination of reasons: the ob- 
viously fruitful Roberts-Ryan partner- 
ship and programs of the stature of 
"Family First Aid," launched last 
weekend by Pastor Roberts in his 
crowded sanctuary. 

Pastor Roberts sees an American 
society that has achieved the depravity 
of the Greco-Roman-Hebrew era but, 
he insists, the situation is far from 

The solution, he told his worship- 
ers, "can be held right in the palm of 
your hand-your Holy Bible. 

"Marriage in America is a mess," he 
said. "But it need not be if only we 
would turn to the Bible for the guid- 
ance that is spelled out in clear and 
unmistakable terms." 

Pastor Roberts feels that more 
Christian churches should be looking 
to programs aimed at eliminating 
social problems where so many of 
them start— in the home. 

"That's why I wrote my book, God 
Has a Better Idea— the Home," he said. 
"It stresses from the very first chapter 
that the home is the most important 
unit of our society. With strong 
homes, society will be strong; without 
strong homes, society will be weak. 

"I don't want to sound like a 
prophet of doom," Pastor Roberts 
said. "But I do believe that we have to 
turn to the Bible— and I mean now— if 
we are to prevent disaster." 

That statement has long been the 
cornerstone of the beliefs held by the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches, the nationwide organization 
of which Grace Brethren in Seal Beach 
is a member. 

"We . . . believe the Bible, the 
whole Bible and nothing but the Bible 
to be our infallible rule of faith and of 
practice . ..." reads the national 
church's statement of principles. 

Pastor Roberts' immediate concern 
in the series of hard hitting sermon- 
lectures that ran through December 28 


at his church was to hammer home to 
his congregation what the Bible spe- 
cifically has to say about family life 
"in an America where much of our 
family life is being destroyed. 

"There are passages in the Bible to 
meet every family emergency," he de- 
clares, in addition to divinely inspired 
text "that is just as easily relevant to 
our present day problem as when it 
first became known to us." 

Pastor Roberts believes that one 
need look no farther than the Book of 
Ephesians in the New Testament for a 
message that should be familiar to 
every American family. 

"Submitting yourself one to an- 
other in the fear of God. Wives submit 
yourselves unto your own husbands as 
unto the Lord. 

"For the husband is the head of the 
wife, even as Christ is the head of the 
church; and he is the saviour of the 
body. Therefore as the church is sub- 
ject unto Christ, so let the wives be to 
their own husbands in every thing." 

Pastor Roberts agreed that that 
might be the point at which a pastor 
may experience problems with 
"women's lib" types, in or out of the 

He doesn't intend to run away from 
any such confrontation. 

"There doesn't need to be one," he 
said. "In fact, look at the passage of 
Ephesians that immediately follows 
that quotation: 'Husbands, love your 

wives, even as Christ also loved the 
church and gave himself for it.' " 

Pastor Roberts points out that 
there are many other Biblical passages 
to support the real meaning behind 
Ephesians, that "woman is essentially 
a responder, who psychologically re- 
sponds to the manner in which she is 

"God expects man to be tender, 
loving, kind and always considerate to 
woman," he said. "Husbands are told 
to love their wives as Christ and in the 
way that Christ loved His Church. 

"You can't spell it out any better 
than that and those of us who know 
our Bibles know that that is God's 
message to every Christian family," he 

"I wouldn't be embarking on this 
series if every couple with marital 
problems would turn to the Bible for 
the no-cost counseling that can't be 
improved on," Pastor Roberts said. 

"If they need anything extra to 
chew on, I have a personal five-point 
program that many families might like 
to keep before them," he added. 

It reads: "The home is to be per- 
vaded by love and not constant bicker- 
ing; the home is a place of developing 
responsibility; the home should teach 
consistency of life; the home is a place 
where there is understanding; the 
home is a place where there is an at- 
mosphere of realism and not a fog or 

"And I'm not preaching something 
that does not apply to my own home 
and family," Pastor Roberts stressed. 
"We take tremendous pains to observe 
the principles that I will be setting out 
in our church series." 

Pastor Roberts lives in Westminster 
with his wife, Patricia, and his step- 
daughter, Dawn Marie, 8. "And I'm 
keeping my fingers crossed in the hope 
that a couple of sons might come 
along," he grinned. 

It was love at first sight for the 
pastor and his bride, a widow, who 
married a year ago after they met in a 
Bible study class at Belmont Shores, 
Long Beach. 

"We have hit it off in every way," 
the pastor commented. "And so would 
many other couples who seem to 
prefer to discuss incompatibility rather 
than sit down with the Bible at hand 
and thrash out whatever ails their mar- 

And he turned to the Old Testa- 
ment and Deuteronomy for a sum- 
mation that. Pastor Roberts believes, 
puts the motive of his personal living 
into capsule form. 

"And you shall do what is right and 
good in the sight of the Lord, that it 
may be well with you . . . ." # 

The book God Has a Better Idea— the Home 
referred to in this article and written by Dr. 
Roy Roberts is available at the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., at $2.75. Postage 
paid when check accompanies order. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 



YEAR, found our nation's official Bicentennial 
flag flying proudly beneath Old Glory on the 
front campus of Grace College and Seminary. 

Grace Mews Notes 

TER on the Grace campus occupied much of the time dur- 
ing recent meetings of the executive committee of the 
school's board of trustees. Three major steps were taken: 
(1) Bids are to be let by January 15, in order that reports 
on them can be available for discussion at the full board 
meeting February 23-27; (2) the committee directed that 
an immediate and vigorous program of fund raising for the 
science center should be pursued; and (3) it was decided 
that as soon as satisfactory arrangements can be made for 
financing, construction can begin. 

JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS recently by the English 
and Journalism department, in conjunction with the finan- 
cial aid committee. Those receiving the aid were Dennis 
Schultz, a senior sociology major from Akron, Ohio; Viki 
Cover, a senior English major from Tracy, California; Nora 
Macon, a junior English education major from Akron, Ohio; 
and Noreen Irvin, a sophomore psychology major from 
South Bend, Indiana. Schultz was editor of the campus 
newspaper, the Sounding Board, first semester; and Miss 
Cover will edit it this spring. 

sented recently by the class of 1976 president, Greg 
Howell, is a redecoration of Alpha Hall lobby as a memorial 
to the late Rev. H. Leslie Moore, director of housing for 
Grace Schools. The renovation, which took place over the 
winterim break, includes paneling and carpeting for the 
dorm lobby. Mrs. Moore is shown here receiving a plaque 
from Howell. (Photo by Randy Weimer) 



Dr. Laurence Barrett (center), professor of English at Kala- 
mazoo College, was chairman of the five-member North 
Central evaluation team which visited the Grace College 
campus November 10-12. He and other members of the 
team are shown here meeting with Academic Dean Vance 
Yoder and President Herman Hoyt and members of the 
college's institutional self-study committee. The evaluative 
team was to make its written report within a month, and a 
final decision on whether or not Grace College receives full 
regional accreditation will be announced by North Central 
late in March. Other members of the examining team were 
Dr. Evangeline Bollinger, vice president for academic affairs 
at Saint Xavier College in Chicago; Dr. Hugh McElwain, 
associate professor of religious studies at Rosary College in 
Chicago; Dr. Norma Noonan, professor of political science 
at Augsburg College in Minneapolis; and Dr. Francis W. 
Yow, professor of biology at Kenyon College in Gambler, 
Ohio. (Photo by Terry White) 

STAFF contributed 225 pints of blood to the Red Cross 
bloodmobile during its recent visit to the campus. Faculty, 
staff and administration members also contributed over 
$1,000 to the local United Fund campaign last fall. College 
student body president Randy Maxson headed up the 
bloodmobile drive, while Prof. Stephen Grill was campus 
captain for the United Fund drive. 

'75-76 school year included Debbie Longworth, Ronda 
Summers, Teresa Hauck, Annette Blackburn, Debbie Loy, 
and Linda Walker. Linda, whose parents are Dr. and Mrs. 
William Walker, Brethren missionaries to Africa, is a sopho- 
more and was chosen captain of the cheerleader squad this 

Living iUemorials 

An ever increasing number of thoughtful people, desiring to honor the 
memory of departed loved ones or friends, are sending "memorials" in the 
form of contributions to Grace College and Seminary. Families of those 
whose memories are so honored are notified of the contribution by an ap- 
propriate card. Names of the donor and those whom they remembered are 
listed below. These memorials were received from November 12 through 
December 31, 1975. 

In Memory of : 

Louise Arnold 
Mrs. Dora Forney 
Arthur Schwab 
Dr. W. A. Ogden 
Mr. A. W. Peter man 
Ray Benner 
Paul William Faas 
Dale Kile 

George E. Ralph. Sr. 
William Walrath, Sr 
Glenna G. Greenleaf 
C. W. Leader 
Mrs. Frank Lee 
R. Clyde Hoppes 
Rev. William Steffler 
E. Ellsworth Dale 
Rev. Vernon Duerksen 

Memorial given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Moore 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 
Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman 
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Ogden 
Mrs. A. W. Peterman 
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford E. Burket 
Mi. and Mrs. Robert Herdlicka 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Grey 
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Ogden 
Rev. and- Mrs. John J. Burns 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Greenleaf 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pieh 
Mi. and Mrs. Don Spanglei 
Mrs. Wavelene Hoppes 
Ml. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Kohler 
Mrs. Josephine Gaibei Dale 
Mrs. Maiilyn Duerksen 

A singular piece of legislation is 
scheduled as the first order of business 
for the Bicentennial year. It is labeled, 
"Senate Bill 1976." It was introduced 
by Senator Vance Hartke (Dem.) of 
Indiana, along with two others, IVlark 
Hatfield (Rep.) of Oregon, and Jen- 
nings Randolph (Dem.) of West Vir- 
ginia, as cosponsors. It is the purpose 
of these men to encourage the govern- 
ment to establish a "George Washing- 
ton Peace Academy," corresponding 
to the lines of the present military 
academies operated by the Army, the 
Navy, and the Air Force. Just as the 
military academies train specialists in 
the arts of war, so this academy would 
train men in the arts of peace. 

According to news reports the stu- 
dent body of the Peace Academy 
would be made up of candidates 
nominated by members of Congress 
and appointed by the president, much 
in the same manner that candidates for 
the military academies are selected for 
careers in the Army, Navy, and Air 
Force. After graduation, these peace 
cadets would be expected to spend 
two years in public service, either in 
government or with nonprofit organi- 
zations. The sponsors have in mind 
that these men shall make peace their 
life work. 

In a statement accompanying the 
bill, Vance Hartke told his colleagues 
that, "The Academy will train individ- 
uals in the development of a posture 
which would serve to relieve the ten- 
sion of a conflict situation. The arts of 
negotiation, arbitration, meditation, 
and conciliation will be explored so as 
to extrapolate from their methodolo- 
gies a new art of resolution to be 
utilized. It will present the facets and 
factors of any given dispute in the ap- 
propriate intercultural context by an 
international communication system 
before the appropriate forum to deter- 
mine a peaceful or nonviolent resolu- 
tion of the difference." 

The above statement means that 
this academy would teach people and 
nations how to settle their differences 
without resorting to war. But was not 
this the purpose of the League of 
Nations, and is this not also the pur- 
pose of the United Nations? The only 
difference is that these great organi- 
zations utilize parlimentary procedure, 
while the academy proposes to use the 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

academic. The end result is to replace 
war with peace. In that sense, certain- 
ly, the purpose is laudable. 

Is this procedure realistic? There is 
no problem with the goal. Long before 
the dawning of the 20th century there 
were movements among western 
nations to throw up roadblocks to 
war. There were disarmament confer- 
ences, the World Court, the Hague 
Peace Court. Then came World War L 
Gradually there was formulated in the 
minds of international leadership the 
ideal to make this war the war to end 
all war, the war to make the world safe 
for democracy. Out of this came the 
League of Nations, born in the mind 
of President Woodrow Wilson and 
adopted by many of the great nations 
of the world, except the United States. 
There is no question that it served to 
some degree the purpose for which it 
was organized, but it ultimately failed. 
And in the course of a few years an- 
other and greater war broke out in the 
very area where the first world war 
was fought, this one issuing in a more 
determined effort to outlaw war. This 
took shape in what is known as the 
United Nations. 

None of these efforts resulted in 
the outlawing of war. Wars may have 
been delayed, but nothing more. 
Korea and Vietnam are prime ex- 
amples. The internal strifes of Africa 
and South America and Cuba are fur- 
ther proof. The wars of the Middle 
East over the last 30 years give added 
proof to the importance of the United 
Nations to accomplish its purpose. The 
experiences of Poland, and Rumania, 
and Austria, and Czechoslovakia, and 
Portugal all bear eloquent testimony 
that the world is not safe for democra- 
cy. Even now there is brewing another 
outbreak of armed strife in the iVliddle 
East and the greater part of the na- 
tions belonging to the United Nations 
are giving tacit approval. 

Are not the above examples and the 
history of the world sufficient evi- 
dence that even the academy now be- 
ing proposed is not realistic? As a mat- 
ter of fact, no nation or nations have 
been willing to face up to the real 
issue. The problem is not academic. It 
is not parlimentary. It is not military. 
It is essentially moral and spiritual, 
having to do with the condition of the 
human heart in relationship to God. It 


is not surprising that the editor of U. 
S. News and World Report, therefore, 
reacts the way he does to the proposal 
of the Senators. To him, "Peace is the 
state of the world in the historically 
rare interludes when nobody is shoot- 
ing up the place. It is in other words, a 
negative. And negatives are diffcult to 
teach, even harder to set in motion." 
Whereas, "War— ugly and inhumane— is 
a positive force with real, physical 
components. Its terrible skills can be 

The sponsors of the "Peace Acade- 
my" and the editor of U. S. News and 
World Report represent by far the 
great majority of mankind. And to 
them it probably never occurred that a 
"Peace Academy" was launched more 
than 1,900 years ago, and it has func- 
tioned so well that were it not doing 
its task the wars of the world would 
have multiplied far beyond the dimen- 
sions thus far experienced. That 
"Peace Academy" is the Church of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Its purpose is the 
dissemination of the gospel of peace. 
This peace is threefold: peace with 
God (Rom. 5:1), the peace of God 
(Phil, 4:7), and peace with men (Rom. 

This peace is not an abstraction or a 
negative. It is very concrete and posi- 
tive and centers in a person. The Lord 
Jesus Christ is our peace (Eph. 2:14). 
Inasmuch as He is the infinite God 
become man and so is brought within 
the grasp of men, all that He is and all 
that He possesses become the moral, 
and spiritual, and physical components 
for impartation and comprehension. 
He is therefore the Prince of Peace 
(Isa. 9:6). 

This person performed a service for 
mankind some 1,900 years ago by 
which He made peace through the 
blood of His cross (Col. 1 :20). He thus 
removed the state of hostility between 
God and men that was produced by 
sin. Now men have peace with God. 
Men and women all across the world 
who have been willing to appropriate 
by faith this work of Christ on their 
behalf have entered into this peace 
with God. 

Resting fully in this peace with God 
has produced in men a peace of God 
(Phil. 4:7). A state of personal tran- 
quillity and rest has become their ex- 
perience. Just like all other people 
living in a world of turmoil and strife, 
poverty and degradation, sickness and 
disease, they have had to confront the 
dire results to their lives and the lives 
of their loved ones. But they have, 
nevertheless, been enabled to confront 
these woes with the peace of God 
reigning in their hearts, garrisoning 
about their hearts to protect them 
from the frustration and panic experi- 
enced by others. 

All these things together have 
armed them with a purpose toward 
others, with a pattern of life, and with 
a procedure to confront all other 
peoples. It is this that has enabled 
them to live peaceably with all men. 
Their times are in the hands of an all- 
wise, all-powerful, and all-gracious 
God who alone has the right to exer- 
cise vengeance, who alone is able to do 
so in absolute justice, and who alone is 
able to execute righteousness in the 
earth (Rom. 12:19-21). In His good 
time He will speak peace to the na- 
tions of earth. 

Wherever the Church of Jesus 
Christ has gone in the earth and fol- 
lows the charter as set forth in the 
Bible, the arts of peace have been 
taught. From these churches and from 
the Bible institutes, Bible colleges, and 
Bible-centered colleges and theological 
seminaries, men and women alike have 
gone forth to disseminate the gospel of 
peace and point men to that day when 
the Prince of Peace will come and 
speak peace to the hearts of men. 
These various companies, including 
Grace Theological Seminary and Grace 
College, making up the divine Acade- 
my of Peace have done and are doing 
more than all the other academic and 
legislative -bodies in Christendom can 
do to promote and effect peace. The 
reason lies in the fact that they are 
applying the divine remedy to the 
human spirit where the fault really 
lies. # 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 



As the cold winter night settles over Grace Schools, campus lights pierce the night. The shortened days found many 
students burning the midnight oil in preparation for final exams. (Photo by Bruce Ressler) 

Winfcrim Activities on tiic 

Grace Campus 

A change in the Grace Schools academic calendar two years ago opened up a 
month-long "Winterim" term between the first and second semesters. Last year some 
39 students participated in a variety of academic endeavors during the period, and this 
winter 65 students were engaged in on- and off-campus studies. 

A seminary non-credit course in the fundamentals of English grammar, taught by Dr. 
Paul Fink, enrolled 10 students. 

A variety of college courses were offered, including several reading courses. Also 
available were astronomy, taught by Dr. Donald B. DeYoung; organic chemistry, 
taught by Dr. Ray Gsell; and Old Testament history and literature, taught by Dr. 
Stephen Dearborn. 

A ten-day travel course in American history was conducted by Prof. Robert Mathi- 
sen for seven college students. Designed as an on-site study of principal locations of 
importance in the Civil War, the course took the students to points of historical 
interest in three states and Washington, D.C. Along with participation in the trip, each 
student read a book on the Civil War and prepared a paper on a specific Civil War 

Sites visited for this course included Antietam National Battlefield, Bull Run and 
Manassas in Virginia; the White House and other historical monuments in Washington, 
D.C; colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg, and a tour of the Appomattox Court 
House. The climax of the travel was a visit to Gettysburg National Military Park in 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

Nine members of the Lancer basketball team also participated in a limited travel 
course on the Civil War under the direction o,f Prof. Stephen Grill. Linked with an 
eastern playing tour, the course covered several historical sites and Washington, D.C, as 
well. Each participant also wrote a paper on the Civil War. ' '» 







^ 'hm 

' 1 A\9- : 

The icy winter cold struck Winona 
Lake with all its fury this winter, as 
demonstrated in this photo of the hill- 
side amphitheater, taken from the 
front porch of Beyer Home, one of the 
college residence halls. (Photo by Greg 

The Grace College Concert Choir, 
under the direction of Prof. Donald 
Ogden, had a heavy schedule of on- 
<;ampus appearances at Christmas time, 
as well as preparing for a 20-day 
southern tour over the winterim. 
(Photo by Brad Skiles) 



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The Grace College Lancers, in their 

first season under new head coach Phil 
Hoskins, got off to a good start early 
in the season. At press time the team's 
overall record was 9-3, including a 2-0 
record on an eastern road tour. Cheer- 
leader Ronda Summers, a sophomore 
from Xenia, Ohio, is shown here en- 
couraging the home fans during early 
season action. (Photo by Dan Prit- 


Head Lancer basketball coach Phil Hoskins (left) was pinning his hopes for 
a good season on this squad, after losing three starters from last season, 
including Ail-American Center Ed Miller. Lancers this year are (front row, 
I. to r.) Terry Day, Doug Noll, Greg Huston, Doug Lee, and Tom Edging- 
ton. Back row (I. to r.) are Hoskins, Roger Haeck, Phil Wickstrom, Bob 
Burns, Matt Tomsheck, Brent Wilcoxson, Steve Nelson, and assistant coach 
Jim Kessler. (Photo by Doug Conrad) 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 

The matter ol copgriqht 

... is serious business. So serious is 
it, in fact, that early in October Con- 
gress resumed deliberations on revising 
the present U. S. copyright laws, with 
a view to making them more stringent. 
There is grave concern on the part of 
copyright owners, publishers, and 
legislators alike with reference to the 
vast amount of copyright infringement 
which is occurring at the present time. 
In an effort to eliminate this infringe- 
ment legislators are planning stiffer 
penalties (in both fines and imprison- 
ment) and are considering revision of 
rates and fees to be charged for some 
uses of copyrighted materials. 

Part of today's problem stems from 
confusion with regard to the copyright 
status of materials. Frequently a lack 
of understanding of the present copy- 
right extension legislation has caused 
unintentional infringement. Another 
contributory factor is the ready avail- 
ability of copying devices which speed- 
ily reproduce materials at a very low 
cost per copy. Many offenders are edu- 
cators, students, and persons in the 
ministry or connected with the minis- 
try (choir directors, evangelistic teams, 
singing groups, and the like). Many 
persons do not realize that (a) making 
"arrangements" of copyrighted songs 
without permission of the copyright 
owners constitutes an infringement of 
the laws, or (b) it is illegal to borrow 
the lyrics of a copyrighted song 
(wholly, or in part) to set them to new 
music, or to write new words to exist- 

ing music that has been copyrighted. 

What is "copyright"? It is the law- 
ful right to make copies of intellectual 
property the ownership of which is 
legally protected. Such protection may 
be state, federal, or common law. In- 
tellectual materials advertise their 
copyright status by the imprint of the 
copyright symbol "©" and/or the 
word "copyright" followed by a date 
and the name of the copyright proprie- 

A copyright is not an item to be 
purchased. Rather, it is the registration 
of a claim to ownership and is de- 
signed to protect an item of intellec- 
tual property against indiscriminate 
copying. A person desiring federal 
copyright protection files an applica- 
tion with the U. S. Copyright Office in 
Washington, D. C, deposits with them 
for government archives the required 
number of legible copies of his intel- 
lectual creation, and pays a stated 
registration fee. The government office 
investigates his claim, and if it appears 
to be a legitimate one the claim is 
numbered and registered, and the ap- 
plicant is sent a certificate to this ef- 
fect. It is not unusual for a claim to be 

The first copyright legislation in the 
United States was enacted in 1783 by 
the state of Connecticut and resulted 
from Noah Webster's desire to have 
protection for his spelling book. 
Eleven states followed Connecticut's 

Federal provision for copyright 
legislation is rooted in the statement 
our founding fathers placed in Article 
I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which 
empowers Congress to secure "for 
limited times to authors and inventors 
the exclusive right to their respective 
writings and discoveries" and thus "to 
promote the progress of science and 
the useful arts" in the United States. 

Federal copyright legislation dates 
from the action of the First Congress 
in 1 790 when protection was extended 
to maps, charts, and books. At the 
present time protection exists for the 
following 16 categories: 

Books, including compilations, encyclo- 
pedic, composite writings. 

Periodicals, including newspapers. 

Lectures, sermons, speeches (material for 
oral presentation). 

Dramatic or dramatico-musical composi- 

Musical compositions. 


Works of art, including models or designs 
for such works. 

Reproductions of works of art. 

Drawings or plastic works of technical or 
scientific nature. 




Prints and pictorial illustrations, includ- 
ing merchandise labels. 

Motion picture photoplays. 

Motion pictures other than photoplays, 

Sound recordings. 

Renewal of copyright. 

Use of copyrighted music on mechanical 

Included in copyright protection is the 
right to control the use and distribu- 
tion of the copyrighted material via 
printing, public performance, or sound 
recording of it. 

The classification "musical com- 
positions" in the above list includes 
compositions both with and without 
lyrics— the words are considered an in- 
tegral part of a musical composition, 
and both words and music of a copy- 
righted song are protected. Copyright 
registration of a work protects it also 
from unauthorized translations, adap- 
tations, arrangements, dramatizations 
of nondramatic works, and con- 
versions of dramas into nondramatic 
works. In short, copyright legislation is 
designed to protect every original 
artistic, literary, or scientific creation 
that can be set down in some kind of 
written form. Any copyright registra- 
tion is available for both published and 
unpublished works. 

Current copyright legislation pro- 
vides that a person who registers his 
claim in the U. S. Copyright Office re- 
ceives protection for a term of 28 
years. If he so desires, he may apply in 
the 28th year of this initial term for a 
renewal of his copyright for an addi- 
tional 28 years. A 56-year period of 
statutory protection was thus pro- 
vided. At the end of this 56-year 
period, an item would pass into the 
"public domain"— in common par- 
lance, "become P.D."— for free use by 
the general public. However, enact- 
ment of further legislation by Congress 
has extended copyright protection be- 
yond the 56 years. This is wtiat many 
persons do not realize. Thus, much 
copyright infringement is not willful; 
it results from either lack of infor- 
mation or from misinformation. 

President Kennedy signed the first 
of these copyright extension laws on 
September 19, 1962. Since that time 
Congress has continued to enact exten- 
sion legislation— the latest was in 

1974— pending complete revision of 
the copyright laws. 

What does this mean? Simply, that 
any written item, publisiied or unpub- 
lished, which is covered by a copyright 
registration dated September 19, 
1906, or later, which has been duly 
renewed, is still in copyright It is only 
materials that were copyrighted in the 
United States by a United States citi- 
zen in 1905 or earlier which are in the 
public domain and which may be used 

freely. Any person desiring to use 
material bearing a copyright date of 
1906 or later should check with the 
copyright owner concerning the status 
of the material and request permission 
for its use. 

For purposes of recording, how- 
ever, material which has been pub- 
lished and copyrighted prior to July 1, 
1909, may be used freely. 

It should be stressed that copyright 
notices carry only the year date in 
which the item was registered for pro- 
tection; in order to be safe, check with 
the copyright owner before using 
copyrighted materials. Ask for per- 
mission; then abide by the decision of 
the copyright owner— this is the only 
way to be certain of not violating the 
law. There is always the possibility 
that a copyright notice is printed in- 
correctly—that a renewal has been se- 
cured which is not indicated in the 
notice— therefore, use the date of the 
initial copyright as guideline. 

Published works which are in copy- 
right are required to bear a "copyright 
notice" which contains the date of 
copyright registration and the name of 
the copyright owner. It is possible for 

citizens of the United States to obtain 
copyright registration in foreign coun- 
tries. This is indicated by either of two 
phrases included in the copyright 
notice: "International Copyright Se- 
cured" or "All Rights Reserved." 

Likewise, foreigners may copyright 
their works in the United States. In 
most foreign countries the length of 
term of copyright is for the life of the 
author plus a certain number of years 
after his death. The latter is usually for 
50 years, but it may vary from 15 to 
80 years. Some countries (for ex- 
ample, Portugal and Nicaragua) pro- 
vide perpetual copyright. Many hymn 
writers were European, some were 
Canadian; persons desiring to use their 
works should check carefully the date 
of death and the country in which citi- 
zenship was held, so as not to violate 
international copyright laws. 

Among items being considered with 
reference to revision of the copyright 
legislation are higher royalties for re- 
cording of musical materials, a longer 
term of copyright more in line with 
that in effect in foreign countries, and 
a "fair use" clause which would permit 
copying or reproduction of materials 
by libraries and archives, and perhaps 
be extended to include the realm of 

The key to the safe use of copy- 
righted materials is: "Ask." When in 
doubt as to copyright status of an 
item, inquire of the copyright owner. 
Most persons want their intellectual 
materials to be used, and it is only 
common courtesy to request permis- 
sion before copying or arranging or 
altering copyright materials. Copyright 
was designed to protect materials of an 
intellectual character, not to cloister 
them, but a copyright notice or a 
copyright symbol on an item of intel- 
lectual property does denote owner- 
ship and should be respected. 

By Dr. K Marie Stolba 

Part-time Instructor In Music 
Grace College 

FEBRUARY 15, 1976 




There is a right way to count your congregation's cash 
and to keep a record of it, too. 

Here's why: The Sunday morning offering is the most 
important source of revenue for your congregation. More 
cash, bills and checks are received at that time than on any 
other day of the week. Accounting for your congregation's 
money and safeguarding it are obviously very important. 

Maybe you aren't personally involved in handling the 
money. Maybe you don't even know how it is done or who 
does it in your congregation. But you do want to make sure 
all of that money gets to the bank, don't you? 

Then, here's how: Two people (always at least two 
people) must be around that cash all the time! That's right. 
One of the most basic accounting principles for internal 
control of cash requires that no one person ever has inde- 
pendent access to an organization's cash. 

And that doesn't mean you don't trust your church 
treasurer. Of course you do. But the likelihood of improper 
handling of cash (that's vjhat embezzlement is all about) is 
reduced considerably when two people must collaborate. 

So two people (or more) should remove the offering 
from the altar, take it to the counting room, sort and count 
the cash, prepare the deposit, and take the money to the 
bank. Inconvenient? Perhaps, but extremely importanti 

Not only that, but there is another principle of internal 
control that says different people must perform different 
tasks. That means that the same person should not record 
cash received and write checks, too; or record individual 

members' contributions and count the money, too; or write 
checks and reconcile the checkbook, too. 

Eliminate the temptation to fraud, and you eliminate 
the suspicions of fraud when something goes wrong. 

So, whoever counts the money does not keep the record 
of what each member contributes. Whoever records cash 
received and deposits made does not count the money or 
write the checks. And whoever writes the checks does 
nothing else with cash, not even reconciling the bank state- 
ment. All of those things are done by different people. 

If all of that sounds peculiar to you or cumbersome or 
unrealistic, just ask the professional accountants in your 
town what they would do. 

Good internal control, therefore, requires that no one 
person has access to cash alone and that the functions of 
accounting be divided among several people. 

I realize that the way your congregation handles its cash 
may not be at all like this. But if it is not, you should ask 
your official board why not. After the money is missing 
may be too late, and it may be embarrassing besides. Pru- 
dent congregational leaders will insist on counting and re- 
cording the cash right the first time around. # 

* Copyright 1975 by Manfred Hoick, Jr. For additional information 
on this or other topics related to church or clergy finance, write to 
the author in care of this magazine. Mr. Hoick is editor of Church 
and Clergy Finance, the biweekly financial newsletter for clergy, 
and publisher of Church Management's The Clergy Journal. 

;n missionary 

MARCH ■?, 1976 




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Cover photo: The 
driver of a truck haul- 
ing heavy road equip- 
ment pauses during 
the journey which 
takes him through 
Castanhal, Brazil. 
(Photo by J. Keith Al- 

Our Open Door in Brazil 4 

The Perfect Hostess 6 

FMS Annual Offering Report 8 

BMH News Summary 12 

I'm a Child of the King 14 

Don't Ever Marry a Doctor 15 

Christian Education Switchboard .... 19 

Public Relations and the 

Christian Ministry 20 

One More City Where the Buses 

Aren't All Baptist 22 

. 16,488.64 
. 13,154.00 
. 13,122.32 
. 12,993.92 
. 12,660.17 
. 12,268.74 

Charles W. Turnar, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 
Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 
Fern Sandy, Editorial Sa-retary 
Omt^ Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 
Foreign Wiissions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Hsrman A. Hoyt 
Home ivrissions— Dr. Lester E. Pjfer 
Christian £d.~Rev. Howard Mayes 
WMC— Mrs. Daniel Pacheco 
SMM— Wlfs. Kyle Bergen 

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StCOISiO-CLASb ponage paid at Winona Lal<e, ind. issued 
on the first and fifteenth o* eacn month by the Brethren 
Missionary Heraid Co., Box 544, Winona Laks, !nd. 46S90 
Subset ipUo:^ price: $4.25 a year; foreign, $5.00. Special 
rates to churches. 

t|c) c c) (b (b c) <b €). 

Dear Editor 

DWe quite agree with the article by William 
Coleman concerning "Pastor Go Home" 
[Brethren Missionary Herald, Jan. 15, 
1976). Since a pastor is the leader and 
"caretal<er" of his people, he should be an 
example in home l<eeping as well as church 
keeping. I Timothy 3:4 and 5 is true. 

How can he do both? This isn't just a 
problem the pastor has— a sincere conscien- 
tious church member has the same problem. 
You described the special meetings, calling 
days, work days, daily devotions, services, 
phone calls, fellowship times and on and on. 

We can place the Christian layman right 
beside the pastor. He is supposed to aid the 
pastor in all of the activities whenever pos- 
sible. Although he doesn't have sermons to 
prepare, he often teaches a class of unruly 
boys, has a responsible church office, is "on 
call" whenever the pastor needs him. This 
must be done in his "spare time" as he 
usually has an 8 hr. a day, 5 days a week 
job— many times, responsible and nerve 
racking. He is daily thrown with worldly, 
unconsecrated men who give him no spiri- 
tual uplift. The pressures of competition, 
pleasing a demanding boss, rush hour driving 
never let up. 

He gets a guilt complex too. When 
church attendance is low, he asks himself, 
where have I failed? He tries to encourage 
his family to support the church program, 
and when they don't, blames himself. 

Let's not just put the pastor in a hard 
position in our thoughts. We know there is a 
scarcity of pastors— they go into other fields 
of service. We can't blame them. What of 
the scarcity of laymen in our churches? 
Could it be from the same cause? We have 
heard searing sermons on the coldness and 
inactivity of our people. We don't say these 
are completely wrong. 

But— just as we must understand and be 
considerate of the pastor's problems, we 
must understand and be considerate of the 
layman's. Our families have to be a part of 
the church situation, have to be taught why 
daddy isn't always home in the evening and, 
if possible, share his evening away through 
discussions, review of the evening, or maybe i 
actual participation. 

To criticize the pastor is unChristian, toi 
expect him to do everything, to constantly ' 
bombard him with ideas, projects and sad 
observations around the church is selfish 
and cruel. 

But shouldn't this also be true concern- 
ing a faithful layman who is trying his best 
to serve the Lord? 

You see we do know the problems- 
through experiences We're for our pastors 
100% and for our Christian laymen too. 

Thanks for making us think!— Ca//'fo/"o/a 





Reflections By Still Waters 


1040 Tim® 

Is Not m 
* G##i Tim© 

I am not certain who said it first 
but it has been said millions of time 
since: "There are two things that are 
certain— death and taxes." So with 
that pleasant thought in mind I de- 
cided to get an early start on my 
Federal Income Taxes. This is one of 
the negative things in my life. I know I 
am to render to Caesar the things that 
are Caesars and to God the things that 
belong to God. Yet I find my weekly 
giving to God somehow is a much 
more pleasant priority. I also have the 
knowledge and assurance that my 
funds are in much better hands when I 
give to God. 

Nevertheless, it is necessary to get 
out schedules A, B, C and SE and be- 
gin my annual trek through the tax 
forms. There are moments of appre- 
hension and dismay as I follow the 
procedure from form to form. This 
year 1 was assured on page 1 that 
"1040 Form is more complex than last 
year's and this package is larger than 
last year's." I felt last year's simple 
forms were larger than a Sear's catalog 
but minus the pictures to guide me. So 
with multiple receipts; canceled 
checks; W-2 Form for federal, state, 
county taxes; interest forms from the 
bank; and my mortgage book before 
me I sought to follow Commissioner 
of Internal Revenue Donald C. Alexan- 
der's instructions. It was an evening 
long to be remembered as my calcula- 
tor tape grew from a tape worm to a 
threatening boa constrictor. As the 
final minutes of the transaction drew 
to a conclusion, and I was about to 
find the bottom line and net results, I 
must admit I was worried. But it all 
turned out well, as I discovered I had 
already paid enough to cover the bill. 

Charles W. Turner 


Paying taxes is a just price to pay 
for the privilege of living in a country. 
I believe it is also a necessary moral 
obligation for the Christian believer. 
But at the conclusion of my evening's 
work, I had to pause to wonder just 
what would happen to the many dol- 
lars I had entrusted to the United 
States Government. Here are a few 
actual samples of past year's expendi- 
tures— $5,000 went to a fellow who 
wrote a poem called "lighght" (that is 
not the title— that is the whole 
poem)-$714.28 a letter. Then there 
was an expenditure in the budget for 
$70,000 to study the smell of the per- 
spiration given off by Australian ab- 
origines, plus $28,361 for an odor- 
measuring machine for the same proj- 
ect. Then there was $121,000 to find 
out why people say "ain't." My guess 
is they don't know what else to say 
and "ain't" is not as bad as some other 
words people have been saying. Then 
the Queen of England received 
$68,000 for not planting cotton on 
her plantation in Mississippi. She prob- 
ably needed the money. There are 
other gems for which we see our tax 
dollars used like $71,000 spent to 
compile the history of comic books. 
My son would have done it for less. 
After having completed my taxes, I 
wondered where my funds would find 
final resting place. Mine is not to ques- 
tion why . . . mine is but to pay! 

So you see 1040 time is not a time 
of great joy. There are other things I 
would prefer to do, but this is a law 

and a requirement which I must do as 
a citizen of my country. I could wish 
for wise heads to see that the funds 
would find some just cause to pursue 
and would bring some benefit to per- 
sons in their needs. 

That, too, is out of my hands. How 
many things there are that fall into the 
category of being out of our hands. 
There are many of these, I would sur- 
mise, that fit into this category. This is 
not all bad, because there are many 
problems and decisions I am thankful 
that are not mine to make. 

The limits of my knowledge are so 
restricted and my wisdom is not great 
enough; therefore, it is well I must de- 
pend upon others to make many deci- 
sions. I often think of the vastness of 
the universe and billions of people 
scattered over the face of the world 
who must depend upon someone for 
help. The creator of the universe. Al- 
mighty God, has all knowledge and 
wisdom and is responsive to these 
people in His acts. He can know and 
see and respond to their petitions as 
can no other. So it is wonderful to 
place out of our minds the tasks too 
great and to place them in the hands 
of God. Faith is really a surrender of 
will to the person of God and a belief 
that He will care for our spiritual 
needs as well as the physical ones. I 
commit my funds each year to the IRS 
for the distribution and do so with 
limited hopes. But I committed my 
heart and life to God and do so with 
full assurance. '■' 

MARCH 1, 1976 


A recent article about Brazil appearing in a national 
news magazine stated that Brazil exports Volkswagens to 
Germany, electronic components to Japan, and blue jeans 
to the United States. The article was pointing out the tre- 
mendous industrial development taking place in this vast 
country of over one hundred million people. 

Some years ago I was talking to a man about what he 
called the "economic dictatorship" of the United States. He 
was complaining specifically about the manufacturing of 
automobiles. I said to him, in effect, "If you Brazilians 
don't like this you can develop your own industry." He 
shrugged and went on about how they did not have the 
capacity to do this. They must have found it somewhere 
since then, because Brazil is now the eighth nation in the 
world in the production of cars and trucks. 

There is also the agricultural and animal husbandry de- 
velopment necessary to sustain the rapidly growing popu- 
lation. Vast farms and small, one-man patches produce 
every variety of food necessary for man and beast. Great 
herds of cattle are found moving from one pasture to an- 
other, and hundreds are delivered every day in enormous 
cattle trucks. 

By Rev. J. Keith Altig 

On a recent trip through some neighboring states we 
encountered a herd of cattle being driven along the road. 
First, carrying a red flag, came a cowboy on a horse. Fol- 
lowing him came the herd-hundreds of cattle, their tossing 
horns glinting and flashing in the sunlight. All traffic 
stopped as the cattle streamed by on each side, controlled 
and guided by more cowboys on fine horses. After the herd 
had passed, the rear guard came along to check up and see 
that all was well. 

Schools are filled with uniformed students and the 
streets are alive with them coming and going to classes or 
home until ten or ten-thirty at night. People move freely by 
presenting evidence of identity when required. At least five 
major constructions are in progress right now in our city of 
Castanhal, and literally hundreds of houses are being built 
or remodeled. 

It is in this land that we now have two locations and a 
number of congregations where the Word is being preached 
and we are seeking to make Christ known. There is actually 
no end to the opportunities we have for evangelization and 
the related ministry of the Gospel. m. 





A Pray#r Q#al R:#alli#di 

By Dr. Russell D. Barnard 

Ten or fifteen years ago the Lord 
laid on my heart a prayer goal: that 
gifts to Brethren Foreign Missions 
would reach at least a million dollars a 
year. I invited people everywhere to 
join me in praying toward this goal. 
Many responded and we have had a 
great fellowship in prayer in this mat- 

In missionary conferences through- 
out our Brotherhood, many have 
heard me say, "If I live a normal life 
span, I expect to see the day when 
God's people will give at least a million 
dollars a year to Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions." Well, praise God, it has just 
been reported to me that in 1975 we 
exceeded that goal in total income. 
You can only imagine the joy that 
thrills my soul. I am sure it will thrill 
the souls of all of you who have had 
fellowship with us in praying and giv- 
ing. It is a fitting time to sing the 
doxology: "Praise God from whom all 
blessings flow." 

Now what? We could quit working, 
could even quit praying. We could say: 
"Thank You, God, for this blessing. 
You've been so good, but now we 
won't ask You for any more." Nothing 
would please Satan more; nothing 
could be more out of the will of God. 
Those half-hearted liberals who believe 
the day of foreign missions has passed, 
would be greatly pleased. My apologies 
to any such thinkers, but I don't be- 
lieve a word of it. 

The day of our greatest opportuni- 
ty is before us. God told us to "Go" 
and "Preach" and "Teach." There are 
the millions— even the billions— who 
have never heard of Jesus Christ as the 
Saviour of the world. God has given us 
the great Gospel, which is the power 
of God unto salvation. As long as these 
things are true, and there are hundreds 
and thousands of missionaries going 
out, and thousands upon thousands ac- 

cepting Christ, the day of missions is 
still our opportunity. 

The "sixth period" of our foreign 
mission history (1951-1960) was 
spoken of as a "Decade of Doubling." 
In that decade almost every area was 
doubled, and yet the top annual offer- 
ing of the period was only slightly over 
$300,000. What marvelous things God 
has wrought in the years since that 
decade! Does this give us courage and 
faith to ask concerning the years in the 
immediate future? Do we have the 
faith to ask God for another doubling 
in the decade we are entering 
(1976-1985)? I believe we do, and if 
we join in the united desire, I believe 
God will grant it. 

Two million dollars as an annual of- 
fering for Brethren Foreign Missions 
by 1985! It will be needed— every dol- 
lar of it. God is able— abundantly able 
(II Cor. 9:8). He can make us able to 
give it— and more, too. Are we willing 
to make this our faith goal and prayer 
goal? This is our responsibility to 
decide. It is only an average increase of 
10 percent per year for this decade. In 
the history of our Society there have 
been a number of years when our in- 
crease has exceeded that amount. Let's 
ask God, and trust God, to enable us 
and to make us willing to be used in 
reaching this ten-year goal. 

Two million dollars annual offering 
for Brethren Foreign Missions by 

[FMS Editor's Note: Dr. Russell D. Barnard 
has had a long association with Brethren 
Foreign Missions, first as a member of the 
board of trustees and then as General Secre- 
tary of the Society. Although at the end of 
1966 he officially retired after 20 years of 
service as General Secretary, he then served 
for several years in a part-time ministry as a 
traveling missions conference speaker. Pres- 
ently he and Mrs. Barnard reside at the 
Grace Village Retirement Complex at 
Winona Lake, Indiana.) 

Actual gifts from the churches amounted to $926,000. The million-dollar goal was 
reached through several estate gifts. 

MARCH 1, 1976 


By Rachael Picazo/Haiti 

(FMS Editor's note: Two teams of missionaries are currently speal<ing in missionary conferences in Bretti- 
ren ctiurcties across tf)e U.S. Thie following article seems appropriate and may offer help to those families 
who will serve as hosts to our missionaries. The article is reprinted by permission of Oriental Missionary 
Society OutreachJ 

So you are going to entertain a missionary! What will he like to eat? What roonn would he like to stay in? 
What should I do to keep him happy? 

Well, being a missionary, I have some very pleasant memories of perfect hostesses. So maybe I can pass 
along some of their secrets. 

First of all, just remember missionaries are very human. We get tired, need a drink, and like to wash our 
hands like you do. We like to be treated as any guest except for certain demands necessarily made upon us 
which require "special handling" by the hostess. The list is not long, and it's easy to remember (at least for 
me, since these things are important to me). 

1. The missionary needs rest. 

So often the missionary has traveled and had little sleep. I remember 
working until well past midnight one Friday getting the last-minute 
things ready for our missionary trip. At 5 a.m. 1 was up again, four 
children all ready to go by nine o'clock. They do a tremendous job of 
helping, but my early start is essential if we are to arrive on time. 

I drove about 250 miles that day, we had our service, and after 
taking time to greet people, it was eleven o'clock before we got to our 
hostess' house. The four hours of sleep had been used up. Even the 
floor looked inviting, if I could just lie down! 

What blessed words are these: "Here is your room. 
Just feel free to go to bed any time. But if you wish 
to stay up . . . ." 


2. The missionary likes simple food. 

On the mission field we are accustomed to simple fare. Then when we 
come home and loving hands prepare luscious pork chops, ice cream, pie 
topped with whipped cream— how we do enjoy it. But lo, how distressing 
to discover we are piling on the pounds. We are in a strait between offend- 
ing our hostess or adding to our avoirdupois. Really, the simple dishes you 
would serve your own family please us best. 

■^ The missionary needs privacy. 

This does not mean a separate room— it simply means time to himself. 
Where does the missionary get his inspiration for the messages he gives day 
after day, week after week? Even though much of the information is 
repeated, there must be a fresh anointing for each service, each message. 
The missionary gets that from God— from communion with Him. 

If you are sleeping your missionary on the living room couch, and the 
house is full of lively children, perhaps when you see your missionary get 
out his Bible, you can remind the children he doesn't want to talk to them 
for a few minutes. And you can postpone your conversation with him 
until you see he is through. 

4. The missionary needs your TLC (Tender Loving Care) forever. 

Four of the most dreaded words to a missionary are: "Do you remember me?" 

Since that very delightful time I spent in your home (and you were the perfect hostess) , I have been in 
117 other homes scattered over 13 states and 23,000 miles. Your face is familiar— but where did I see it? 
Haiti? Pennsylvania? Florida? At the Greenwood convention, you are out of your setting. I might not 
recognize a relative in that crowd. 

What a blessed balm to the tortured missionary's soul to have that familiar-faced man come up and say, 
"I am Bill Tatum from Sacramento, South Dakota." (Bill Tatum— that name should strike some bell.) "I ate 
dinner with you in your home in Haiti when I came on the IVIFMI crusade three years ago." (No wonder he 
looked familiar.) "I was the one that fell off the horse going up the mountain." (Oh, yes! I remember now. 
How could I ever forget?) "It sure is good to see you again." 

And I am never more sincere than when I clasp his hand and reply, "It's good to see you, too, Bill." 

Not a question as to my faulty memory— he jogged it up good. Bless the kind people who realize 
missionaries forget, and save us the embarrassment of having to admit it again. 

So you are to hostess or host a missionary? Maybe someday I will have the privilege of returning the 
favor to you in Haiti. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to keep this list and reread it before you 
come. I want to remember how it feels to be a guest in someone's home, and not forget the most important 
things to do. ^^ 

MARCH 1, 1976 


Accident, Md S 

Aleppo, Pa 

Boswell, Pa. (Laurel Mountain) .... 

Coolville, Ohio 

Coraopolis, Pa 

Cumberland, Md 

Grafton, W. Va 

Jenners, Pa 

Listie, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) .... 

Parkersburg, W. Va 

Somerset, Pa 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 

Uniontown, Pa 

Washington, Pa 

Westernport, Md 

Allegheny District, Misc 

Total $ 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla $ 

Fort Myers, Fla 

Maitland, Fla 

North Lauderdale, Fla 

Okeechobee, Fla 

Orlando, Fla 

Ormond Beach, Fla 

Pompano Beach, Fla 

St. Petersburg, Fla 

West Palm Beach, Fla 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
Dallas Center, Iowa 
Davenport, Iowa . . 
Des Moines, Iowa . 
Garwin, Iowa .... 

Leon, Iowa 

North English, Iowa 

Omaha, Nebr 

Waterloo, Iowa . . . 
Winona, Minn. . . . 

$ 1,381.00 










Total $ 26,552.01 


Alto, Mich $ 

Berrien Springs, Mich 

Jackson, Mich 

Lake Odessa, Mich 

Lansing, Mich 

New Troy, Mich 

Ozark, Mich 

Michigan District, Misc 


Alexandria, Va 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) . . 
Hagerstown, Md. (Gay Street) 
Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) . . . 
Hagerstown, Md. (Maranatha) 

Lanham, Md. (First) 

Martinsburg, W. Va 

Seven Fountains, Va 






$ 10,022.25 








JANUARY 1, 1975 TO DECEMBER 31, 1975 


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 

Osceola, Ind 

Peru, Ind 

Sidney, Ind 

South Bend, Ind 

Warsaw, Ind 

Winona Lake, Ind 

Indiana District, Misc 


$ 6,411.62 


















$ 71,530.63 

Temple Hills, Md 

Virginia Beach, Va 

Waynesboro, Pa 

Winchester, Va 

Mid-Atlantic District, Misc. 






$ 47,038.74 


Bethlehem, Pa ; 

Dillsburg, Pa 

Elizabethtown, Pa 

Harrisburg, Pa 

Hatboro, Pa 

Hope, N. J 

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 

Northern Atlantic District, Misc. . . . 



Chico, Calif 

Grass Valley, Cahf 

Modesto, Calif. (Greenwood) 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 

Ripon, Calif 

Sacramento, Calif 

San Jose, Cahf 

Tracy, Calif 

Nor-Cal District, Misc 



Ankenytown, Ohio 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 

Bowling Green, Ohio 

Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 

Danville, Ohio 

Findlay, Ohio 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 

Gallon, Ohio 

Johnstown, Ohio 

Lexington, Ohio 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 



Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) 

Akron, Ohio (First) 

Canton, Ohio 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Elyria, Ohio 

HomervUle, Ohio 

Middlebranch, Ohio 

Minerva, Ohio 

Norton, Ohio 

Rittman, Ohio 

Sterling, Ohio 

Wooster, Ohio 



Albany, Oreg 

Beaverton, Oreg 

Grandview, Wash 

Gresham, Oreg 

Harrah, Wash 

Kenai, Alaska 

Kent, Wash 

Mabton, Wash 

Prosser, Wash 

Richland, Wash 

Spokane Valley, Wash 

Sunnyside, Wash 

Toppenish, Wash 

Yakima, Wash 




$ 71,664.04 

$ 80.00 









$ 18,376.94 

$ 3,365.57 















$ 61,160.77 

$ 505.85 













$ 87,264.01 

$ 950.00 














$ 27,896.63 


Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights) ... $ 1,650.49 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Grace) 184.60 

Arvada, Colo 713.11 

Beaver City, Nebr 252.53 

Cheyenne, Wyo 300.00 

Colorado Springs, Colo 754.04 

Counselor, N. Mex 1,590.00 

Denver, Colo 1,068.67 

Longview, Texas 187.02 

Portis, Kans 2,726.00 

Taos, N. Mex 479.88 

Rocky Mtn. Region District, Misc. . . 31 .55 

Total $ 9,937.89 


Aiken, S. C $ 150.00 

Anderson, S. C 130.00 

Atlanta, Ga 2,835.23 

Boones Mill, Va 100.00 

Buena Vista, Va 2,796.92 

Covington, Va 2,279.1 7 

Holhns, Va. (Patterson Memorial) . . 2,267.00 

Johnson City, Tenn 375.24 

Radford, Va 716.05 

Richmond, Va 343.97 

Riner, Va 277.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 896.35 

Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 1,000.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 4,756.50 

Roanoke, Va. (Gospel) 77.13 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Heights) . 1,539.70 

Telford, Tenn 2,711.47 

Willis, Va 70.00 

Total $ 23,321.73 


Anaheim, Calif $ 2,724.00 

Beaumont, Calif 6,215.29 

BeU, Cahf 829.30 

BeUflower, Calif 12,660.17 

Cypress, Calif 3,933.71 

Fillmore, Cahf 80.00 

Glendale, Cahf 391.85 

Glendora, Calif 812.30 

Goleta, Calif 582.09 

Hemet, Cahf ■ 377.00 

La Verne, Calif 1,834.17 

Long Beach, Calif. (Community) ... 1,830.52 

Long Beach, Calit. (First Brethren) . . 40,414.89 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 3,1 19.65 

Long Beach, Calif. (N. Long Beach). . 49,975.66 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) ... 845.00 

Mission Viejo, Calif 250.00 

Montclair, Calif 394.00 

Norwalk, Cahf 2,325.62 

Orange, Calif 2,102.48 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace) 1,757.00 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Northwest) 187.15 

Rialto, Calif 1,168.00 

Rowland Heights, Calif 370.30 

San Bernardino, Calif 1,746.59 

San Diego, Calif 1,128.18 

San Ysidro, CaUf 1 15.02 

Santa Marie, Calif 674.67 

Seal Beach, CaUf 3,231.44 

Simi, Calif 1,045.47 

South Pasadena, Calif 612.99 

Temple City, Calif 646.50 

MARCH 1, 1976 

Tucson, Ariz 

West Covina, Calif 

Westminster, Calif 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 

So. Calif. -Ariz. District, Misc 

Total $ 


Brookville, Ohio $ 

Camden, Ohio 

Clayhole, Ky 

Clayton, Ohio 

Covington, Ohio 

Dayton, Ohio (Basore Rd.) 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) . . . 
Dayton, Ohio (Patters"on Park) .... 

Englewood, Ohio 

Kettering, Ohio 

Sinking Spring, Ohio 

Trotwood, Ohio 

Troy, Ohio 

Union, Ohio 

Vandalia, Ohio 

West Alexandria, Ohio 

Southern Ohio District, Misc 

Total $ 48,801.73 




























Altoona, Pa. (First) $ 2,162.50 

Altoona, Pa. (Juniata) 3,022.00 

Armagh, Pa 616.86 

Conemaugh, Pa 7,5 56.24 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 7,543.62 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 3,606.45 

Duncansville, Pa. (Leamersville) .... 6,333.82 

Everett, Pa 5,641.70 

HoUidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) .... 6,163,57 

Hopewell, Pa 680.07 

Indiana, Pa 570.85 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 13,154.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 5,641.75 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 12,268.74 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) .... 1,359.43 

Martinsburg, Pa 9,619.67 

Western Pennsylvania District, Misc. . 257.40 

Total $ 86,198.67 


Akron, Ohio (HUlwood Chapel) .... $ 944.02 

Brooksville, Fla 16.00 

Aiea, Hawaii 105.00 

Wahiawa, Hawaii 195.49 

National Miscellaneous 68,139.04 

National SMM 1,325.00 

National WMC 22,683.74 

Estates 252,174.88 

Total $ 345,583.17 

*********** TOTAL GIFTS TO FMS $1,177,869.37 *********** 

Chiir#i#s Ix###i ^9j 

1. Long Beach, Calif . (N. Long Beach) . $49,975.66 

2. Long Beach, Calif. (First Brethren) . 40.414.89 

3. Wooster, Ohio 37,059.94 

4. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 23,674.04 

5. Whittier, Calif. (First) 17,086.70 

6. Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 16,488.64 

7. Winona Lake, Ind 14,046.41 

8. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 13.154.00 

9. Sunnyside, Wash 13,122.32 

10. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 12,993.92 

U. Bellflower, Calif 12,660.17 

12. Kittanning, Pa. (First) 12,268.74 

13. Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 11,924.00 

14. Middlebranch, Ohio 11,792.00 

15. Dayton. Ohio (First) 11 ,589.82 

16. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 10,567.89 

17. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 10,520.00 

18. Myerstown, Pa 10,224.77 

19. Rittman, Ohio 9,770.15 

20. Martinsburg, Pa 9,619.67 

21. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 9,436.97 

22. Dallas Center, Iowa 9,329.55 

23. Warsaw, Ind 9,244.60 

24. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) . . . 9,041.78 

25. Englewood, Ohio 8,963.25 

26. Osceola, Ind 7,908.02 

27. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 7,817.24 

28. Telford, Pa 7^618.00 

29. Conemaugh, Pa 7,556.24 

30. Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 7'543.62 

31. Akron, Ohio (First) 7,532.38 

32. Waterloo, Iowa 7,526.20 

33. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 7,520.53 

34. Uniontown, Pa 7 414 75 

35. Winchester, Va 7109 27 

36. Honierville, Ohio 7 094 43 

37. Lancaster, Pa 7009 72 

38. Brookville, Ohio 6 

39. Hagerstown, Md. (Gay Street) .... 6 

40. Berne, Ind 6 

41. Meyersdale, Pa 6 

42. Duncansville, Pa. (Leamersville) ... 6 

43. York, Pa 6 

44. Beaumont, Cahf 6 

45. HoUidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) .... 6 

46. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 5 

47. Waynesboro, Pa 5 

48. Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 5 

49. Everett, Pa 5 

50. Elkhart, Ind 5 

51. New HoUand, Pa 5 

52. Canton, Ohio 5 

53. Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 4 

54. Harrisburg, Pa 4 

55. Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 4 

56. Maitland, Fla 4 

57. Garwin, Iowa 4 

58. Martinsburg, W. Va 4 

59. Fort Myers, Fla 4 

60. Lanham, Md. (First) 4 

61. Cypress, Cahf 3 

62. Alto, Mich 3, 

63. Parkersburg, W. Va 3, 

64. Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 3 

65. Harrah, Wash 3 

66. Ankenytown, Ohio 3 

67. New Troy, Mich 3, 

68. Seal Beach, Calif 3' 

69. Sidney, Ind 3, 

70. Long Beach, CaliL (Los Altos) .... 3! 

71. Elizabethtown, Pa 3, 

72. Altoona, Pa. (Juniata) 3,1 

73. Listie, Pa 3 




aims African 

rangelical Leader 

Word has come of the death by drowning of Dr. 
Byang Kato on Decennber 19, 1975. Dr. Kato was the 
General Secretary of the A.E.A.M. (Association of 
Evangelicals of Africa and iVladagascar) and an out- 
standing evangelical voice in Africa today. Humanly, 
his death seems a great loss to the evangelical cause in 
Africa, but God's ways are great and beyond our un- 

The A.E.A.M. was organized in 1966 in response 
-to a call for a united stand for the cause of Christ in 
Africa. At the Second General Assembly of the 
A.E.A.M., held in February, 1973, Dr. Kato was 
elected the first African General Secretary of the 

The "Association des Eglises Evangeliques Cen- 
trafricaines"— the Brethren church in the Central 
African Republic— is a member of the A.E.A.M. The 
new seminary being built at Bangui is being backed 
by the A.E.A.M. (Recent FMS publications have 
carried several articles on the seminary.) Brethren 
missionary Don Hocking knew Dr. Kato personally. 

Under the heading of "Why We Exist," the 
A.E.A.M. states the following: 

"As evangelicals in Africa we want to stand to- 
gether for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the truth of 
His Word. The Protestant Church in Africa is pre- 
dominantly evangelical in belief. Yet in recent years 
the voices of liberal theology and syncretistic uni- 
versalism have been invading African ecclesiastical 
leadership. Evangelical Christians share a faith and a 
fellowship that is our common heritage, and we real- 
ize that the challenges facing us demand cooperation. 

"For these reasons the A.E.A.M. was established: 

1) To provide spiritual fellowship as a means of 
united action among Christians of like precious 

2) To manifest before the world true Biblical 

3) To promote evangelism and church growth. 

4) To alert Christians to theological trends that 
undermine the scriptural foundation of the 

5) To render special services for all men, but 
especially for those 'of the household of faith' 
(Gal. 6:10)." 

"The A.E.A.M. holds to the conservative evangelical 
doctrinal position which includes a belief in the fol- 
lowing . . ." and the statement of faith follows. 

The A.E.A.M. maintains its headquarters at 
Nairobi, Kenya. Excerpts from a headquarters com- 
munication concerning Dr. Kato's death follow: 

"It is with deep sorrow that we share with you the 
news of the death by drowning of our General Secre- 
tary, Dr. Byang H. Kato, who was also the Executive 
Secretary of our Theological Commission. This tragic 
accident happened on the 19th of December, shortly 
after Dr. and Mrs. Kato and their two sons had begun 
a much deserved holiday at the Kenya coast. The 
Katos' daughter, Deborah, had left for Nigeria on De- 
cember 14 to spend the holidays with relatives and to 
look into the possibilities of entering nurses training 
next year. 

"After family devotions on the morning of the 
19th (Jonathan's 17th birthday). Dr. Kato took the 
boys in the car to give Paul his first driving lesson. 
Upon their return, Byang and the boys walked at low 
tide to a pool located between the shore and the coral 
reef. After swimming awhile, the boys said it was 
about time for lunch. Their father said, 'You go on 
in, and I'll come shortly.' After a half hour later, they 
began to wonder why their father had not returned. 
Mrs. Kato and the boys walked along the beach in 
different directions looking for him, but could not 
find him. Then others began to look. That night, at 
low tide, a group of rhen in boats using lights 
searched in vain. At low tide again the next morning 
the search was renewed, and his body found at 1 1 :30 
about 100 meters from where the boys had left him. 

"Dr. Kato was a swimmer. The postmortem re- 
vealed no indications as to why he drowned. No one 
saw what actually happened. When he left Nairobi, he 
was physically exhausted from a month of strenuous 
work during the AEAM Theological Conference and 
then as an observer at the World Council of Churches 

Dr. Kato, 39, was born in West Africa, and had a 
keen mind. His educational background included a 
B.D. degree from London Bible College and London 
University, an S.T.M. with honors at Dallas Theologi- 
cal Seminary, and a Th.D. at Dallas also. An adapted 
version of his doctoral thesis was published recently 
by Evangel Publishing House in Nairobi under the 
title of "Theological Pitfalls in Africa." 

He is survived by his wife, Jummai, and three chil- 
dren, Deborah (18), Jonathan (17), and Paul (15). - 

1, 1976 


News Summary 

From tr»£ Nat»onal !-euoDi,-s?iip ot 

Bretnr^n Churc*>es 3r>a tt^e c:var>aslic3i f*i3S Associa'Son 


This > esj's national con- 
ferer.-; _. :; ..;._ A_i- :--- m Long Beach. CaHf. Ai 
the ctMidusioii of conference, a one-week loui lo Ha*:aS 
begins— Sarurdav. .^ug. !4— and wiD feamre nips lo ra'O 
islands and a Sunday" %Tai to our Brethren churcbes. Cost 
wSl be S475- Brochures describing the complete package 
are now available. Write for your cop>— Brethren Mis- 
skman Herald. Box 544. Winona Lake. Ind. 46590: or 
Rer. Rilz ?;":_- r'^:" T oe> Ave.. Loik Beach. 
Cahf. %;:: 

•C — ^rrence bwosins j\ fisting of available fagusing for 

-_:_;- 1^ conference tMs year appears iii the cnrrent issue 
; : r .- Deronom. The listing also appeared in the Jan. 
1 and Jan. 15 issues of the Brcihren Misrlon^)' Herald. 
You may choose lodgins offered in private homes or 
area motels, bm you are encouraged to mate reserva- 
~:-" ::-': "r avoid disappoinimenL National conference 
1 -Vj£- 6-13 at the Fust Brethren ChurclL 
Lcz^ bii-zz, California. 

•: -'Fir--, -^"OW! What an exploaon! No. 

ibr . ' _ ■ . - iidn't blow up. nor did a split occur— but an 
explcs; ' - - -as the purpose for lasr Sun- 

day's C - : T .re. ... To conunission some 

; : :.".- ~ ; r. . _ . — in the church to besin a neit 
"r- i; -. ^ ._.. :_' -y to do; however. Fm con- 
Tiaced That :: ... : : ; dace a spiriiual growth in the lives 
of aH who are j:. . c^'. cd." This quotation from Pastor G. 
Forrest Jackson -a-a^ made in reference to lie commis- 
stoning of 21 members of the First Brethren Church who 
pfeiteed tbemselvK to b^in a new church in the Center- 
Tflk area, which is approximately 1 5 mites from Dayton. 

• Lr.iii Pi . Five years! Thai's how kwg the Grace Breth- 
ren Church has been in busines for the Lord. Some of 
the records of these 5 years are as foDows: 

From 124 in 19^1 to 238 in 1975 (Bible Schocd)-78 

pa- cent increase 
From 139 in 1971 to 264 in 1975 (Moming War- 
ship)— 90 percent increase 
From 102 in 1971 to 12"? in 1975 (Ev«oii^ Wor- 

sfc^J— 25 percent increase 
From 87 in 1971 to 106 in 1975 (PtavCT Meet- 

ia£>— 22 percent increase. 
Radar Jeiiy Youik asks: "What wH the records show 
at the ead of ibe next 5 years? 

•Middletranch. Ohio "Bi \-ite~-the last Sonday n^t 
of eaA Booth ia this year wil be a tnae of specif 
ua i*Hn ia heepme with this Biceateanid yea^. The pas- 
tor's Meg ^Es, spedal reports, sfides, aad Sais wJA be 
iraiiailiii of God's Messmes tqma Anoica and <rf oar 
Christiaa heritage. Genld Kdey, pastor. 


' : Oh>o ''i^esi Homer B-; :'":;" . .\fieT com- 

rli-.::L£ If years of service at the West Homer Brethren 
Church, the pastor was extended a unanimous caD to 
serve 26 years. Pastes" and Mrs. Robert Holmes were also 
given tickets for a trip to Israel. 


A six-— ; 

aid B ; 

the o'^ ; 

; sutjscription to ttie Brethren Missionary Her- 
» subsctitjers wtiose addresses are supplied by 


Doris Kauiz and Barn^ Martin, Jan. 2, 1976. Grace 
Brethren Church. Myerstown. Pa. 

Mar>" Sunthimer and Richard Misner. Jan. 24. at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoea Falls. Ohio. 

• Modesto. Calif. < La Lo- "'Zack. Jr.," a folk musical 
was recently presented by the Jet Cadets of the Grace 
Brethren Church. "Zack. Jr." is the story of a kid, his 
tree hotise. his friends and his encounter with Jesus. In 
fact, the entire Zacchaeus family was revolutionized by a 
visit from Jesus! It was interesting to overhear a discus- 
2on by the Jet Cadets as to why they were doing "Zack, 
Jr."^ One comment was. T;o make God happy." I Soiiiids:j 
Eke those Jet Cadets had the right motive in mind!) 

• ictniiof'^. Pi I First- The congregation voted per- 
misson to the yooiK people to hc^d paper stufiTiKS, car 
washes, "slave" days, garage sales, and so on. to raise] 
saooey for air fare and SI 00 cost for a week at national 
oonfereoce this .August in Cafif. Wesley Haller. past rr. 

• It is v»ith thanks to the L:'i 
and joyful anticipation that the First Church lo::-.s :;:- 
ward to the arrival of Rev. and Mrs. Tenyl Deiane> . 
Pasi<» Deianey wiD assume the pastoral duties at the 
church as soon as all the details involved in moving from 
Redmood, Wash., to Whittier can be accomplished. Re- 
cenilv' Mr. Deianey has been the DirectcH- of Mas Com- 
munications, American Board of Missions to the Jew's. 

• •*"• i ■ - - " i : r. - • r Contests do have a way of creating 
enthusiasm, and four churches in Pennsyh^ania (Vicks- 
borg. Leamersville. Martinsburg. Altoona [First] ) are in 
a FRIENT)LY ■llght-to-win" church contest. At the end 
of the year pen:eot^es of increase will be determined 
(neser a decrease— surely !). 

-Ajiother contest is takii^ place between the Grace 
Brethren Churches of .Albuquerque, N. Mex., and Ar- 
vada, Cc4o. A quote from a bulletin of one of the partici- 
paiing dnndies says: "Let's pray they win, but that 
they leaMf have to WORK!" 


• Chica;j<'— Charles W. Colson, once known as the "White 
House hatchet man" and the "wiliest man in Washing- 
ton" ... is now devoting full time to a unique prison 
ministry for Jesus Christ. 

Colson received Christ nearly three years ago at the 
height of the Watergate controversy. He served seven 
months in Maxwell Prison, Montgomery, Ala., and be- 
came convinced of the need for a prison ministry and a 
new method of rehabilitation. 

Colson and co-workers select Christian inmates from 
various federal prisons, and take them to Freedom 
House in Washington for two weeks of Bible study and 
fellowship with some Christian congressmen. Then when 
they return to the prison, they share their faith with 
fellow inmates. It has been found that prisoners many 
times do not trust an outsider, but they will trust a 
fellow inmate. They are finding that this type of minis- 
try is most effective on a one-to-one basis. That's the 
way it is on the outside too! 

• Fremont, Ohio (Gracey The S60,000 debt on the land 
is now paid in full and Grace Brethren are thanking the 
Lord for this achievement. All building fund money re- 
ceived in the future will be directed specifically to the 
new building. J. Ward Tressler, pastor. 

• Annual Chant- Rev. Arthur Carey, 506 Walsh St.. 
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945. Indiana, Pa., Grace Brethren 
Church secretary: Mrs. Roy Bowser, R. R. 1, Rural Val- 
ley, Pa. 16249. Grace Brethren Chapel (Dryhill), R. R. 3, 
Box 136, Hyden, Ky. Alexandria, Va., Grace Brethren 
Church. P.O. Box 2018, Ale.\andria, Va. 22301. 

In Memory 

Notices in this corumn must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ROUGH, Essie. Jan. 1, had been a member of the First 
Brethrijn Church of Whittier. Calif., since 1940. Merton 
Lambert, assoc. pastor. 

UPDIKE, Murl, Jan. 28. Rev. Murl Updike was ordained 
to the Christian ministry on Nov. 9. 1975, and had been 
ser\'ing as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Riner, 
Va., until his sudden home going due to a massive heart 

WEBB. Earl, Jan. 16. \ longtime member of the Peru 
Brethren Church. James Marshall, pastor. 

Our church recently filled 72 "Love 
Loaves." With this tangible expression of our love for 
the world's needy, every household in our church was 
able to help feed the hungry in the drought-stricken 
nations of .Africa. India and other countries of .A.sia. The 
Love Loaf Program was a cooperative effort between the 
Lanham church and World Vision International. Also 40 
percent of the offering went to Relief ,\gency-Brethren. 
We are thanking God for His many blessings and for 
helping our people show compassion in the name of 
Jesus Christ. 

• Nr The Herald Co. has a supply of 1972, 1974 and 

1975 Brethren Annuals for anyone who would like 
copies. You may have any you desire for SI. 00 each, to 
cover postage and handling charges. Send your request 
to the Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 




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In Wllnosslng 




Fifth and final article in tfie series on tfie 1975-76 WIVIC Birttiday /[Missionaries 


Ewmv Mmrv^ 


"Don't Ever Marry a Doctor!" That 
was the title of an article which ap- 
peared in a magazine I happened to be 
reading. Of course, it caught my eye 
immediately; I was interested in learn- 
ing why I shouldn't have done what I 

The article had been written by a 
doctor's wife, recently divorced from 
her husband. She had failed to count 
the cost before she entered into this 
union, and when the tremendous 
weight of family responsibilities fell 
upon her shoulders, she caved in. 

This doctor's wife quite obviously 
didn't know my Lord. He has tremen- 
dously big shoulders! When I finally 
came to the place that I just couldn't 
handle it alone, I shifted the weight to 
His shoulders. In some ways I can 
identify with this woman— and I did so 
at one time, but then my little project 
was labeled self-pity. When I needed 
his help with my sick children, he was 
always somewhere helping somebody 
else's (or so it seemed). When the day 
of certain social obligations arrived, so 
did somebody's baby. When I was in 
the hospital, guess whose husband never 
came to see her during visiting hours? 
When it came time for the children to 
be taken to piano and voice lessons, 
peewee football practice, band prac- 
tice, cheerleading practice and so on, 
guess who was never home in time to 
take them? Yes, life is very demand- 
ing, isn't it? 

Well, the Lord cornered me one day 
and made me feel very much ashamed 
of myself. He had shown His love for 
me by giving His very life. He didn't 
resent it one bit, and He certainly 
didn't complain. He did it because He 
loved me. Now, it was time for me to 
give myself to Him— and to others, 
too! Everything I do must be because I 
love Him. 

My, how my attitude changed after 
that. No sooner had I surrendered than 
the Lord took those responsibilities 
away and sent me to the mission 
field— to new responsibilities, more dif- 
ficult and more demanding, but now I 
share them with Him and He helps me 

MARCH 1, 1976 

By Mrs. William Walker 

climb over them. What a difference. 

The Lord is taking such good care 
of our girls in the States. I never cease 
to be amazed. Karen is a junior and 
Linda a sophomore at Grace College 
this year. David and Janet attend 
school in Zaire. Sometimes they fly 
over; sometimes they go by boat 
across the river. Tina is in sixth grade 
at Bata and lives with the Peters family 
for nine weeks at a time. It is a lonely 
time for us, but when they return we 
make up for it. My husband's responsi- 

bilities weigh heavily upon him now 
during the absence of Dr. Larry Pfah- 
ler, but the Lord is ever faithful and 
continues to uphold him through your 
prayers, for which we thank you, and 

My responsibilities are the same as 
for homemakers everywhere, perhaps a 
little more involved. Boiling and filter- 
ing water, making bread and rolls, 
cooking fresh vegetables (I always 
bought canned ones at home), cooking 
on a wood stove, supplying the refrig- 
erator with kerosene, and scrubbing 
cement floors. Of course, there are the 
pet monkeys, Nip and Tuck, and 
Mishy the cat to be fed every day. 
There are two guest houses to keep 
clean, and it is also my responsibility 
to plan and prepare meals for guests 
arriving on the station. (No motels 
along this road.) I am helping Mary 
Cripe in the pharmacy, and am helping 
two African teenage boys to learn to 
play the accordion during Evelyn 
Tschetter's furlough in the States. 
Also, I'm assisting OTN (WMC) 
women with their kambas (badges) 
during the absence of Linda Pfahler. 
Most of my work is behind the scenes, 
but I enjoy it immensely. 

One of my favorite jobs is to back 
up my husband and children (among 
others, of course, but "they" take 
priority) in prayer, and then sit back 
and watch the Lord work. Fascinating! 

Here we take time for coffee and 
prayer at 9:30 each morning to keep 
us aware of each other's prayer bur- 
dens since our work lies in so many 
different areas. This is a real joy as we 
gain an insight into each other's work, 
and it keeps our hearts united as we 
praise the One behind it all. 

Thank you for selecting me to be 
one of your 1975-76 Birthday Mission- 
aries. May the Lord bless in your work 
there as He is blessing here— saving 
lives, spiritually and physically. 

P.S. I have never regretted for one 
minute my marriage to the doctor God 
gave me. Had I not married him, I 
might not ever have met my Lord. «'''i' 



Each year in our WMC programs there is a 
definite theme to follow for the devotional 
meetings. How interesting and blessed it is to 
review the list and see how each year's idea has 
blended with the one before and after it. To 
quote from the book, Through the Years with 
WMC,* "The list of yearly themes and Scrip- 
tures ... is an evidence of the definite leading of 
the Holy Spirit in calling WMC women to a 
closer walk and fuller life of service for Christ." 

"From Darkness to Light" we can see the 
"Marks of Discipleship." We want to be "Fit for 
the Master's Use" "To the Praise of His Glory." 
"Come Ye Apart," "As Unto The Lord" in "Our 
Daily Walk." This is just skimming the top. You 
can find others that will remind you of the story 
of service in WMC. 

"For your copy of this book send $1 to Miss Joyce Ashman, 
602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Indiana 46590, and ask for it 
by title. 


WMC is a set of letters that are very versatile. 
Women's Missionary Council is the original 
meaning, but our motto has also been connected 
with the words-Women Manifesting Christ. In a 
time of need for our general fund some years 
ago it was suggested they could stand for With- 
out Much Cash. Another use that was suggested 
has to do with our service and outreach minis- 
tries through the grace of God-Women's Miracle 
Corps. Do you have an original use of the initials 
that represents some area of WMC? Let us know 
about it. We can share them with others. 

I have taught a class for many years; 
Bore many burdens— toiled through tears; 
But folks don't notice me a bit, 
I'm so discouraged— 
I'll just quit. 

Sometime ago I joined the choir 
That many souls I might inspire; 
But folks don't seem moved a bit. 
So what use to sing? 
I'll just quit. 

I've labored long in women's work. 
And not a task did ever shirk. 
But folks have talked a little bit. 
And I won't stand it— 
I'll just quit. 

I've led young people day and night 
And sacrificed to lead them right. 
But folks won't help me out a bit. 
And I'm so tired— 

I think I'll quit. 

Christ's cause Is hindered everywhere 
And folks are dying in despair. 
The reason why? Just a bit. 
The church is full of folks who quit! 

Author Unknown 





(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 2 7 and 28 
of the 1976 Brethren Annual.^ 


Daniel Keith Hoclcing May 21, 1958 


Michael Andrew Hoyt May 8, 1975 

Kathryn Ann Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Anthony Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Nathan Allan Johnson May 14, 1959 

Mrs. Ernest H. Bearinger May 15 


Mrs. Larry A. DeArmey May 5 

Mr. Larry A. DeArmey May 9 

Mr. David W. Shargel May 23 


Mrs. James P Dowdy May 4 

Lorita Marguerita Guerena May 9, 1958 


Janine Marie Hammers May 1 1, 1971 

450 Broadmeadows Blvd., Apt. 306, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 
Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

c/o Mr. Guy Hodgdon, R. R. 2, West Salem, Ohio 44287. 
Mrs. Larry L. Pfahler May 1 7 

450 Broadmeadows Blvd., Apt. 115, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 
Mr. Daniel L. Hammers May 25 

450 Broadmeadows Blvd., Apt. 306, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 


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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter I-retz, 413 

Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Inu. 46590 
Secy.-Mis. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 

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

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

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, 

Box 157, 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 

Offsrlfiji Emphasis 

Foreign Mission Offering— March, April, May- 
Goal $5,500.-BRAZIL-$4,000 will be for a boat 
and trail bike for the river ministry, and the bal- 
ance toward building a residence in the new mis- 
sion point of Uberlandia. 

Next month is the biggest opportunity of the 
year to support, on the national level, our daugh- 
ter organization— SMM. Watch for it! 

GO WEST! or north or south or east. 
Whichever way is necessary for you to 
travel to conference 1976 at Long Beach, 
California. Make your plans early and be on 
hand for all the special blessings in store. 

MARCH 1, 1976 


Dear WMC ladies: 

How is your WiVlC going by now? Do I hear, "Oh, we are nobodies and our WMC is 
nothing special." If your WMC is nothing special it may be that no one is prepared, the 
business is uninteresting, and after the meeting all you do is gossip. No one will ever get 
excited about that kind of a meeting! 

Ladies, if we are children of the King, we are princesses and there is not a "nobody" 
among us. God doesn't make nothings! Jesus Christ did not give His life for "nobodies." 

We really need to realize and hold on to the beautiful truth that Christians are the very 
best human beings. We have the built-in potential for being the best and doing the very best. 
We have the inner resources that should make us hold our heads high. We are chosen. We are 
redeemed. We have a known eternal destiny. In the light of this, isn't it kind of unreasonable 
that we should go around, as many of us do, letting our service for the Lord be shoddy? 
Also, the ladies that we are trying to reach through our WMC's are feeling false vibrations 
and they think Christianity is something that deflates rather than energizes our total person- 

It has been good chatting with you this morning. We trust that we have established the 
fact that we are not "nobodies" but "Christ's somebodies!" Then why does it seem so 
difficult for us to live and act as children of the King? Maybe we need to go on a little 
crusade and point out just who and what we are. A royal priesthood. A chosen generation. 
People for whom Jesus has long been preparing a wonderful home. It is because of who and 
what we are that our WMC's should be very special and reflect our image. Let us act, think 
and be good examples to those around us; because, remember, we are "Children of the 
King!" Don't leave it all up to the officers or committees— you do your part in making your 
meetings good meetings. 


Mrs. Robert Griffith 

Your National WIVIC President 



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. 

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Publie Relations 

and ih# 

Girlsllan Ministry 

By Howard Mayes 

Taking potshots at people who are 
successful is as natural to human 
nature as breathing. It is too bad this 
built-in tendency carries over into the 
realm of Christian work so often. 

Those who have launched creative 
and exciting promotional efforts to en- 
courage Sunday School growth have 
often been the object of misunder- 
standing by those whose priorities are 
a little different while attempting the 
same goals. It is unfortunate that the 
subject of the Sunday School bus min- 
istry has exploded as an issue of con- 
troversy in fundamental circles. 


The tragedy is not that issues and 
methods are being debated (which by 
the way could result in a much needed 
middle-of-the-road outlook on this 
question) but that the motives and 
character of those involved are being 
freely slandered by both sides. 

It is, in fact, possible for a Sunday 
School with or without buses to fail in 

the greater aims of discipleship. Like- 
wise, many churches with large bus 
ministries are succeeding in soul- 
winning and quality Christian educa- 

The one thing that the Sunday 
School busing controversy proves is 
the truth of Galatians 5; 15. (Freely 
paraphrased: If you go around biting 
and devouring each other, don't be 
surprised when you find teeth marks 
all over your own bodies.) 


Although this twofold goal of the 
church is expressed in many different 
terms, most would agree that edifica- 
tion and evangelism are both impor- 
tant priorities for the church. This 
thesis is supported both by Scripture 
and the success stories of modern-day 
churches. But in finding the balance 
and implementing it there is little 

Most church leaders establish their 


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own "status quo" as the proper bal- 
ance point and then proceed to evalu- 
ate other churches as unbalanced in 
one direction or the other depending 
on how they line up to their personal 
bias. This very human tendency of 
"I'm OK- You're Not OK" leads us to 
be defensive toward others who are 
doing either part of the job better than 
we are. How much better it would be 
if we would recognize that diversity in 
"methodology" should not polarize 
either side, but draw all of us toward 
the proper balance which is sometimes 
elusive after years of effort. It is more 
likely that most will continue to argue 
that the emphasis with which they are 
most comfortable, and best equipped 
in training and gifts, is the New Testa- 
ment Biblical norm. 

There are two sides to the quality 
versus quantity issue and both can be 
overplayed to the extreme. There may 
be some who do sacrifice quality for 
growth, but there are also those who 
defend failure to grow by claiming an 
unusual degree of pureness to their 
motives and methods. John Zielasko 
wrote the following in a recent issue of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. 
"Quantity and quality were never in- 
tended to be pitted against one an- 
other, and one is hard put to find 
Biblical support for such a premise. 
Conversely, there is Biblical evidence 
for the belief that God is interested in 
both. . . . The church or mission that 
experiences little or no growth would 
be foolish indeed to hide behind the 
false premise that God isn't interested 
in quantity, and thereby deceive itself 
into believing that it did possess quali- 
ty. ... God does not place quantity 



and quality in opposition— why not 
strive for both?" 

A pastor of a great church tells us 
that to get people to hear the Gospel 
in Sunday School, he will resort to any 
method that is not sinful, and launches 
vigorous efforts to attract people to 
Sunday School with contests, prizes, 
and exciting promotional campaigns. 
Another tells us that using any other 
motivation than the "spiritual" is in- 
appropriate for encouraging church at- 
tendance. Countless others draw the 
line somewhere in between. One writer 
justifies popcorn, cotton candy, water- 
melon and a trip to Disneyland but 
stops short of endorsing the use of 
Bozo the Clown. The following points 
may help us keep our balance while 
attempting to reach, teach and win 
people to Christ. 

(1) You can not buy converts, but 
you can legitimately buy contacts. 
Spiritual changes in people's lives will 
be accomplished only by "spiritual 
processes." But you can get names and 
addresses by giving away McDonald's 

(2) In general, the more contacts 
you secure for your church, the more 
opportunities you will have for spiri- 
tual ministry. However, as a represen- 
tative of Jesus Christ in your/ com- 
munity you are responsible not only 
for the public image you intend to 
build for His church but the one you 
actually do build. 

(3) Intermediate goals such as 
getting riders for a church bus are 
never ends in themselves but can 
create an open door for soul-winning. 

(4) Reaching folks with an atten- 
dance promotion campaign is not 
synonymous with evangelization, but a 
personal contact in Sunday School at- 
tendance can be an important first 
step toward evangelization. 

(5) We need to be tolerant of 
diversity in operation. It has been well 
said; "I like the way he's doing it bet- 
ter than the way I'm not doing it." 
Methods suitable in one place may not 
be suitable everywhere, however. 

(6) There is no consistent evidence 
that those who promote numbers in 
Sunday School contests are content 
with lower levels of teaching than 
those who disparage numerical growth. 

(7) We should not be pressured to 
choose between quantity and quality. 
It's not an either/or matter but a 
both/and matter. 

(8) Gimmicks and prizes can be 
used effectively to support more noble 
motivations. Giving a small tangible 
prize in an attendance campaign does 
not eliminate the intangible and great- 
er benefits of the Bible teaching thus 
provided. Too much emphasis on gim- 
micks may however make it difficult 
for people to keep their major goals in 

(9) Contests and promotional 
campaigns can greatly increase a 
church's effectiveness in establishing 
lines of communication to the neigh- 
borhood. The fact that these lines 
were opened through a promotional 
campaign does not mean that they 
cannot also be used effectively for the 
greater purposes of evangelism and dis- 

(10) Sunday School bus ministry, 
like any other effort in attendance 
building, must contribute to a healthy 
balance between edification and out- 
reach. A healthy church should be able 
to support an aggressive outreach ef- 
fort without losing its equilibrium. # 


A computer-evaluated Sunday School report of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 


Div. Church 

A - Long Beach, Calif. (First) 

B — Johnstown, Pa. 


C — Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 

D — Union, Ohio 

E — Washington, Pa. 

F — Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 

G — Norton, Ohio 

H — Okeechobee, Fla. 

I - Dillsburg, Pa. 

J — Anderson, B.C. 

N — No one qualified 


David Hocking 

Don Rough 
Kenneth Koontz 
Ron Picard 
Shimer Darr 

Marvin Lowery 
Robert P. Combs 
Charles R. Davis 
Lee Dice 
Marion Thomas 


Roy Halberg 

Leroy Spangler 
Jack Griffith 
Carl Trimble 
R. Dennis Malone 

Gail Howie 
Dwight Stair 
Steve Roger 

Jack Broyles 

RECORD ATTENDANCES: Prosser, Wash.-123; Canton, Ohio-174; 
Aiken, S.C.-39; Lititz, Pa. -286; Spokane, Wash. -56; Long Beach, Calif. 
(First)-2,055; Kenai, Alaska-70. 

^Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 
day Schools*— January 1975—163; Jan- 
uary 1976-162. 

♦Growth index based on 187 reporting 
January 1975 weekly average atten- 

January 19 76 weekly average atten- 

Net Gain in reporting churches— 485 per- 
sons or up 1 .6 percent 


84 churches registered increases totaling— 

100 churches registered losses totaling— 


Largest numerical increase— Long Beach, 

Calif. (First Brethren) 
Largest percentage increase— Anderson, 


* 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 De- 

MARCH 1, 1976 


Christian Education Department 




This is the story of Larry DeGolyer. 

Larry is a new Christian. Just two years old in the Lord. 

Larry is also a bus pastor. An enthusiastic, hardworking bus pastor. 

At the suggestion of his sister-in-law, Larry and his wife. Sue, visited the Grace Brethren Church of St. 
Petersburg. (Larry's sister-in-law attends our church in Indianapolis.) After they attended they were visited 
by Pastor Williann Tweeddale and Pastor Sam Baer. 

Two weeks later the DeGolyers both received the Lord. The following Sunday they made a public 
declaration of their faith. 

Larry is a salesman. Salesmen often make good bus pastors. The St. Petersburg church lined him up 
with a route and six riders for his first Sunday. 

Larry is a hard worker, and hard work is precisely what he put into his efforts as a bus pastor. 

The result? After 10 months as a bus pastor, Larry had 50 riding his bus. 

The church decided it would be appropriate to "celebrate" Larry's first anniversary as a bus pastor 
and challenged him with the goal of 75 riding his bus on that Sunday. 

Two weeks before his "anniversary" he had 65 riders. 

One week before he had 57. 

Postcards went out during the week encouraging kids to support Larry. 

When his anniversary Sunday came his "attendance" was unusually good. As he drove into his last 
stop, a mobile home park, they counted the riders ... 55. And as kids piled on the bus they kept count- 
ing .. . 60, then 70, then 75 (his goal). When the last child got on the bus Larry could hardly contain 

When the total was announced in church, the whole congregation was surprised at how super- 
abundantly God answered their prayers. Larry did not have the 75 they prayed for, he had 90 riders that 

That morning 25 boys and girls indicated they were inviting Jesus to be their Saviour. There were 268 
people who had come to church on buses. The church's record of 274 on buses was broken three weeks 
later when 286 rode. 

For men like Larry DeGolyer, being a bus pastor has proved to be a rewarding ministry. 

1— Pastor Sam Baer giving last minute instructions to the boys before he let the pig go at the special bus-promotional rally. 
There was a huge circle of boys competing for the $3 first prize. 2— Bus Pastor Larry DeGolyer, far right holding a child, 
had 90 on his bus for his one-year anniversary. The goal for the day was 75. Pastor Sam Baer presenting the boy and girl 
winners of the pig and chicken chase with $3. a piece— center of picture. 3— Larry DeGolyer presents 1 8 certificates to bus 
children who had perfect attendance for the first half of the year. 4— Pastor Sam Baer presenting Larry DeGolyer with a 
plaque on his one-year anniversary in the bus ministry. 




























































featured speaker at 

Brethren National Youth Conference 

August 7-13 

Point Loma College 

San Diego, California 



Dear Christian Education Department Staff, 

Well, here I am again. Time has really gone quickly since I sent my 
last letter to you. 

I finally finished up Sango study about the end of October. Have to 
admit I was sort of ready for a change of pace. However, I am thankful 
for the time spent at Bata and what I was able to learn while studying 

After language study, I traveled up toward Batangafo with the 
Williams. My first two weeks with them were spent at Bouka, just south 
of Batangafo, while Bob Williams held classes for pastors in the area. 
This gave me an added opportunity to extend my Sango studies as I sat 
in on the classes with him. Not only was my Sango given a boost, but 
the studies which were in Romans and Revelation were especially inter- 
esting and beneficial. Real spiritual food. 

While at Batangafo and Bouka I had a chance to play my guitar and 
sing on a couple of Sundays. It was a bit challenging to me as the 
people love "something new" and they drank it in. After that I decided 
it was easier singing for them than it was back home! I 
. Also, I've been given the opportunity to pray-which may not seem 
like much, but in another language it is the most challenging thing I've 
done here. The Lord sees me through and I know that I can trust Him 
to give me the strength to do those things which do not seem possible. 
And without Him they are not possible!! 

Please keep praying for me. I want these next few months to con- 
tinue to be the time of spiritual growth that the last few months have 

In Him, 

Tom Ryerson is currently serving with the 
TIME program in the Central African Re- 
public. The TIME program is a ministry of 
the Christian Education Department. 





Cover Photo: Construc- 
tion of the new Grace 
Brethren Church in 
Cypress, California, trans- 
formed the old ranch 
property to the best cor- 
ner in town. (Photo by 
Robert W. Thompson) 

TJie Best Corner in Cypress 4 

Reaching Jews for Jesus 6 

To earnestly strive 10 

Finances: Hindsight and Foresight 11 

BMH Nev/s Summary 12 

Grace News Notes 14 

Peace Is Departing from the Earth 16 

Reflections of Student Teaching 18 

Offering Report from Brethren Men 23 

CharJesW. Turner, Editor 
Kenneth E, Herman, Managing Editor 
Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 
Fern Sandy, Editorial Secretary 
Omega Sandy. iBM Seiectric Composer Operator 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schoo!s~Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Chiistian Ea.-Rev. Howard Mayes 
WMC— Mrs. Daniel Pacheco 
SMM— Mrs. Kyie Bergen 

.Vf.MSifl ^i 


tCOfsiDCLASS postage paid at Winona Lal<e, ind. Issued 
on ti-,e first otia tifteentii of each month by the Brethren 
Missionary Meraid Co., Box 544. /i/irioi-ia Lake, !nd. 46590. 
Sutvi[:r:ption fries: 54.?5 a year; fCTdlcjn. SS.-OO. Special 
rales to cliutcftts. 

Dear Editor , 

-■--^'^^•^ TT-^t>-^-^l,7i,Vy,^T,;v^y^- 


Dear Mr. Turner, 

I regret that I cannot continue my 
syndicated column CHURCH FI- 
NANCE. No more manuscripts will be 
sent to you. 

Thank you for your response and 

Sincerely Yours, 
Manfred Hoick, Jr. 

Dear Readers, 

We regret the announcement that 
the Church Finance Column will be 
discontinued. Many excellent re- 
sponses and words of appreciation 
have come to us from churches about 
the column and the excellent material 
presented in it. The final column has 
been prepared for a soon release in the 

Another new column will be ap- 
pearing in place of CHURCH FI- 
NANCE column. The new feature will 
be entitled "Best of the Bulletins" and 
will be gleanings of anecdotes and 
stories from the church bulletins that 
come to our office. It will appear once 
a month— watch for the first column. 
Charles W. Turner 

Address your letter to the editor, 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. 


I use, 


Reflections By Still Waters 

The Pet Rocks Are Dying 

By this time the whole world must have heard the 
unbelievable story of pet rocks. A man of unlimited 
vision and one who had the great conviction that people 
are not too bright decided to sell rocks to people. The 
cost on a retail basis was to be $4, and with the rock you 
received instructions on the care and training of it. 
People really did not buy the rock as such, they bought 
a very clever idea. 

Most people who bought the pet rocks found them to 
be friendly, loyal, clean, trustworthy and very good lis- 
teners. In fact many claim that the conversation with 
their pet rock was a bit one-sided, but perhaps there was 
an advantage there. Their pet rock never interrupted 
them and that was nice. Some claimed they had trouble 
housebreaking their new pets, but these cases were very 
few. Others liked the fact that their pet rock did not 
consume large amounts of food, and that is a real ad- 
vantage in this period of inflation. 

One of the more resourceful churches on the West 
Coast put an ad in the paper advertising "Funerals for 
Your Pet Rock— Cost: $5." I presume the only way you 
could tell it had died was because it was "stone cold." 
My pet rock died before I bought it, at least it did in my 
mind. I felt I did not want to be faced with taking into 
my life an object only to be separated from it at some 
later date. So I did the cowardly thing and avoided the 
attachment to escape the sorrow. 

But back to the man who perpetrated this wild idea. 
The net result was ... he claimed he made two million 
dollars in only several month's time. If I understand 
mathematics at all the whole thing works out to making 
$33,333.33 a day. Slightly higher than the average wage 
for ministers, or even editors for that matter. 

I had several regrets about the whole story. The big- 
gest one was I did not think of the idea first. This caused 
me great sorrow and a resolve to do better next time. 
But there is something else here for a little thought and 
consideration. I think the man did a masterful job of 
communication and was innovative beyond the normal 
level of practice. He took a worthless object and made it 
into a clever object of the imagination of people. He 
translated a piece of stone worth a fraction of a penny 
into something that brought laughter and fun into the 
lives of thousands of people. In our dull, drab, cynical 
and pessimistic world he had people smiling, joking and 
communicating with one another. All of this over a gift- 
boxed rock with some cleverly worded instructions for 
the care of your new acquisition. But like all things of 
this nature every pet rock will die. Suffering from ne- 
glect it will soon gather dust and then be moved to an 
out-of-the-way place to be discarded. The rock will die 
in the imaginations of people and be gone. 

Why is it that something of value more precious than 
rubies does not capture the imaginations of us as be- 

lievers? The Living Rock, Christ Jesus, can transform the 
lives of people and change the course of history, but we 
as the church communicate Him in such a restrained and 
unexcited way. Our concern lacks imagination and our 
wisdom remains dormant while the world stirs the 
thoughts of people with a pet rock and a thousand other 
passing delights. 

We have something to say; let us stand up and say it. 
Let's tell the world, and the community right where we 
live, of the love of God and the joy of Jesus Christ. Let's 
speak of the Rock that can bring forth living life and 
spiritual and emotional delights. A promise for time and 
a true hope of eternity. What the world does for material 
rewards, we should be performing out of a response of 

The pet rocks and the clever ideas come and go, and 
as believers we shake our heads in dismay as to why 
people respond to such silly little concepts. Is it because 
they have so very little in life to delight them? Is it 
because there is a great void that needs filling with some- 
thing that is important and eternal? Is it because we have 
not yet learned to communicate the reality of God to 
these hungry hearts? 

The pet rocks are dying— clever ideas of the world die 
quickly! Let us give mankind something of substance 
and truth— the message of the love of God. 

Charles W. Turner 


MARCH 15, 1976 

corner in Cypress 

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By Ross D. Martin 

Pastor, Cypress, California 

Former pastor, Dr. Charles Mayes, super- 
vised and participated in the building pro- 

One year after Pastor Ross Martin (left) arrived on the field, the Cy- 
press church went self-supporting. 

Come with me today and stand on 
the corner of Orange Avenue and 
Juanita Street in Cypress, California! 
To the north just across Orange 
Avenue is Cypress College, and tower- 
ing above the modern campus build- 
ings we see the magnificent snow- 
capped San Gabriel mountains. Turn- 
ing to the south and looking down 
Juanita Street, we see lovely new 
homes and feel the sea breeze blowing 
warm and fresh from the Pacific Ocean 
just six miles away. To the west down 
Orange Avenue is Long Beach, site of 
this year's national conference and 
home of the world's most famous ship, 
the Queen Mary. To the east is Ana- 
heim and fun-filled Disneyland. In the 
midst of all this, God is building a part 
of His Church on this busy corner. 

The transformation of the corner 
from rural ranch to suburban church 
began on May 7, 1969, when 24 Breth- 
ren met in the Cypress home of the 

Charles Ladd family and organized a 
Brethren church. Services began that 
same month in the Christine Swain 
Elementary School and the congre- 
gation soon called its first pastor, Paul 

The old ranch property on the 
corner was purchased in June 1971, 
but the church continued to meet for 
the next few months in the elementary 
school. In December of 1972 the con- 
gregation called Dr. Charles W. Mayes, 
who served as interim pastor for three 
years. Services were soon moved to the 
remodeled ranch house and under Dr. 
Mayes' leadership an ambitious build- 
ing program was begun. With a great 
amount of volunteer help by both 
local and visiting Brethren, the new 
building was ready for dedication on 
June 9, 1974. 

In December of 1974, the congre- 
gation extended a call to its present 
pastor, Ross D. Martin. Until that 

time, the church had been a self- 
supporting Home Missions point but 
now with the expense of a new build- 
ing and a full-time pastor the Brethren 
Home Missions Council began partial 
support. During 1975, however, God 
opened the windows of heaven and 
poured out blessings upon the church 
in Cypress. Both the local congre- 
gation and the Home Missions Council 
quickly realized that the church 
should be self-supporting once again as 
of January 1, 1976. 

The Brethren in Cypress agree that 
there are several reasons for these \ 
many blessings from the hands of God. 
Among these are: a desire to com- 
municate the saving grace of Jesus 
Christ, reliance upon the Holy Spirit, 
faithful and dynamic teaching of the 
Scriptures, real Christian love for God 
and others, and active prayer and 
financial support of both foreign andj 
home missions. 

Progress and change have happened! 
fast here on the corner of Orange and| 
Juanita in Cypress. Even now new pro- 
grams and buildings are planned which! 
will again change the appearance. The! 
things around the corner, the moun-j 
tains, the ocean, yes, even Disneyland] 
will all change too. The Bible tells usj 
that such things will pass away, butl 
the work which has been started onj 
our corner will have results which will] 
last throughout eternity. 

Looking out over the smiling faces, 
the speaker felt a sense of pride . . . 
pride in a people for faithfully stick- 
ing to the task in the face of great ad- 
versity. Church-planting demands a 
certain kind of people that are willing 
to forsake the comfort and advantages 
of an established work in order to ex- 
tend the testimony of Christ in a new 
community. Like others before them, 
they have placed their lives, their 
money, their homes, their time, and 
their individual talents on the line for 
Christ. Today was an opportunity to 
pause and reflect on the goodness of 
God in sustaining them through the 
travail and trials so characteristic of 
new works. 

There were those familiar faces so 
dear to the one bringing the message 
of the day but of particular signifi- 
cance were the many people whose 
contribution was equally important. 
They were, in a sense, the very pur- 
pose of the ministry in Cypress. Boys 
and girls, men and women, in this 
bustling Southern California communi- 

ty who are now a part of the family of 
God because others had cared and paid 
a price to bring them the good news. 
It was obvious to anyone observing 
these happy people that all those days 
of backbreaking labor, endless hours 
of preparation, countless discourage- 
ments and disappointments in the 
mundane and routine avenues of ser- 
vice were unimportant in the light of 
the victory being celebrated on this oc- 
casion. Another BRETHREN HOME 
MISSIONS CHURCH, dedicated to 
Christ and the ministry of His Word, 
was now assuming its place in the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches as a fully self-supporting 
entity. Not ungrateful for the assis- 
tance they had received from Brethren 
all across the nation but also thankful 
that now they could be more involved 
in helping others rather than being 
helped. The words of the apostle Paul 
to the Ephesian brethren seemed par- 
ticularly pertinent: 

"I have shewed you all things, how 
that so labouring ye ought to sup- 

port the weak, and to remember 
the words of the Lord Jesus, how 
he said. It is better to give than to 
receive" (Acts 20:35). 
In suggesting to the attentive audi- 
ence "You've Come A Long Way, 
Baby!" the speaker summed up well 
the progress of this new Brethren 
church in Cypress. Time did not allow 
him a detailed reminiscence of all that 
had taken place; but like those of 
Philippi, the past should be put behind 
and an aggressive effort put forth for 
the "prize" which is yet ahead . . . for 
in truth, the task is only begun. To be 
self-supporting is not an end in itself 
but another milestone along the way 
of church development. For the Breth- 
ren in Cypress there is "yet much land 
to possess" with even greater victories 
awaiting those who "stay with the 
stuff." Surveying the crowd from the 
vantage point of the platform and 
noting the enthusiasm of those as- 
sembled, the speaker could tell these 
folk meant business and will continue 
on diligently seeking to fulfill their 
mission in Cypress. For the rest of us, 
we must not allow ourselves the lux- 
ury of basking in this one victory but 
must now lift up our eyes to those 
other towns and cities which, like 
Cypress, offer fruitful opportunity for 
those who are willing to "spend and be 
spent" in the ministry of church ex- 
tension. W 

By Robert W. Thompson 


You've Come AVP 


Columbus discovered America, but he liad help 
from other sources besides King Ferdinand and 
Queen Isabella. Take Jews for example. A Castilian 
Jew named Louis de Sentangel provided the funds 
needed to fit out the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. 
The maps Columbus used were drawn by a Portu- 
guese Jew. The ship's physician was a Jew. The man 
to take the first step on American soil, Luis de Tor- 
res, was a Jew. 

From the very founding of our country, Jews have 
played an important part in establishing the American 
way of life. They have distinguished themselves in 
every branch of civil life. We can say without reserva- 
tion on the basis of the facts of American history that 
the Jews have made tremendous contributions to our 

It is in considering the imperative of reaching 
America that the challenge of the Jew becomes 
unique. There are about 6 million Jews in the United 
States. Though the nation of Israel is growing rapidly, 
there are reportedly still more Jews in America than 
in Israel. The Bible clearly indicates our responsibility 
in the evangelization of Jewish people. In the words 
of the apostle Paul, "I say the truth in Christ, I lie 
not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the 
Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual 
sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself 
were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kins- 
men according to the flesh" (Rom. 9:1-3). The com- 
passion expressed here by Paul should characterize 
our desire for Israel to be saved. 

Our prayerful concern for Israel also has Biblical 
origin: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to 
God for Israel is, that they might be saved" (Rom 

The task of reaching Jews with the Gospel be- 
comes distinct according to Scripture. But the Jews 
are not easy to reach. Scattered groups of "Jews for 
Jesus" receive publicity occasionally, but this is a 
minority. Not only is Jewish evangelism most diffi- 
cult but it is often least fruitful. To reach them with 
the claims of Christ takes much faith, patience and 

for Jesus 

By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

The missionary residence provides a classroom for the Bible classes a 
center for the ministry. 





Miss Isobel Fraser (standing, second from right) has been with the Brethren Messianic Testi- 
mony for 25 years. Mr. Phil Cariaga (standing, far right) teaches a Bible class (shown here) at 
the mission. 

boldness. The approach, methods and procedures are 
of necessity different than any other field of evange- 

To finally break through and reach the Jew for 
Christ is only a fraction of the task. The follow-up 
ministry is so vital to help him face the onslaught of 
criticism and scorn from the Jewish community. 
Sometimes the new believer is literally cut off and 
completely isolated from family connections when al- 
legiance is pledged to Christ. 

Confrontation by these difficulties should not 
deter our action in any sense. On the contrary, more 
concentration, prayer, and application of trained per- 
sonnel must be applied. There is great joy in knowing 
that we are directly involved in a ministry which has a 
most important bearing upon the climactic events sur- 
rounding the return of Christ and the fulfillment of 
end-time prophecy. 

For this reason. The Brethren Home Missions 
Council has been involved in Jewish evangelization 
since 1950. At present the Brethren Messianic Testi- 
mony is centered in Southern California with two 
full-time missionaries in the Los Angeles area. 

Miss Isobel Fraser has been with the Brethren Mes- 
sianic Testimony for 25 years. During that time she 
has been faithfully involved in personal visitation and 
the Bible class ministry in the Fairfax District. 

The Jewish work was expanded last fall with the ad- 
dition of Walter Schwartz to the full-time staff. He 
works out of an office in the Grace Brethren Church of 
Orange, California. His main thrust has been working 
with students of the University of California at Irvine. 

Mr. Phil Cariaga of the Grace Brethren Church in 
San Bernardino is a branch manager of the Bank of 
California, and an able Bible teacher. He assists the 
ministry part time by teaching some evening Bible 
classes at the mission. 

There is an earnest desire on the part of Brethren 
Home Missions to expand the Jewish ministry. Mis- 
sionary couples are urgently needed to establish a 
Jewish outreach in other cities of America. We believe 
that once a Jew is saved, he needs the fellowship, 
training, and instruction that any new believer can 
find in a Bible-teaching church. Therefore, it is neces- 
sary to work hand in hand with the local churches in 
reaching the Jew for Christ and seeing him integrated 
into the local church family. 

The Jewish outreach of the future will be centered 
around the local church. Introduction of the Brethren 
Church into New York State in the near future is 
viewed as a real opportunity to establish a Jewish 
ministry in the East. Pray that God will supply quali- 
fied leaders to teach and train workers in the local 
church to reach the Jew with the Gospel. # 

MARCH 15, 1976 

The Campus: 

By Mr. Walter Schwartz 
Brethren Messianic Testimony 

A new aspect of Jewish missions has been in operation for the past four months. As part of the 
Brethren Messianic Testimony, I work out of an office in the Grace Brethren Church of Orange. The 
Brethren Home IVlissions Council has established this as headquarters for an outreach to the Jewish 
population of Orange County. 

iVIy burden is to reach Jewish young people, especially those on the campus of the University of 
California at Irvine. Jewish students view the world situation like any other group of students-with 
mixed feelings. They are particularly concerned about the policies of the United Nations and the 
effect the decisions of the U.N. will have on Jews the world over. Most young Jews anticipate a new 
wave of anti-Semitism worldwide. Most have a definite interest in the affairs of Israel, but very few 
have a personal belief in God. 

Students seem to be more open to the Gospel than ever before. However, I find there is still a 
"vail" over these young hearts when they listen to a witness of the Messiah. Many of them have no 
interest in their Jewish heritage until they receive Jesus as Messiah. 

My goal is to reach many Jews on the Irvine campus with the Gospel and establish Bible studies. 
The doors are opening and I have spoken to many about the claims of Christ. 

A few months ago I contacted a Jewish student who had recently come to know Jesus as Messiah. 
Pray for J. L. because she has since transferred to another college. 

A high school student, J.D., read the article "Jesus Made Me Kosher" in a Broadside publication I 
had given him. He has shown an interest, so pray for him in his search for truth. 

A real opportunity opened when I had the privilege of meeting the head rabbi of Irvine. We were 
able to talk a few minutes, and I am hopeful of seeing him again in a few weeks. Lord willing. Pray 
for Rabbi B. that his heart will be receptive to the message I have. 

The local paper has been used as a means of making public my desire to be of spiritual help to any 
who are in need, and there has been some response. 

The main key to the success of this work is that Brethren people pray for my wife and me that we 
will be faithful, keep plugging, and keep trusting the Lord for open doors and open hearts. 

Mr. Walter Schwartz 

is spearheading the new/ emphasis of the Jewish work 

on the campus of the University of California at Irvine. 

' earnestly strive to be 

self-supporting by the end of 75" 

It is the ultimate goal of every Home Missions church to go self-supporting. Some accomplish it in a few 
years, while others stretch It out a little longer. Whatever the case, it is a major step. 

We like to share with you the history of each church that announces their intent to take that step. The 
Grace Brethren Church in Beaverton, Oregon, gave notice they would go on their own at the end of 1975. 

This report of their accomplishment is different than the usual article. Bertha Nelson, sister of Rev. 
Martin Garber with Brethren Foreign Missions in the Central African Republic, put the history of the 
church's development into verse. 


In Beaverton, Oregon, God saw the plight 
of souls in darl<ness, needing His light. 
One local resident by the name of Mel Grimm 
had a passion for souls burdened with sin. 

As he sold insurance, he told of the Lord 
who could take away sin, as revealed in His Word. 
Young couples responded and it soon came to pass 
that they gathered together in a Bible class. 

By Inviting others the class did grow, 
but for Sunday School and church to Portland they'd go. 
They enjoyed the fellowship, but they longed for the day 
when in their own town they could worship and pray. 

Joining together, they did earnestly strive, 

and it became reality in May '65. 

Little by little the flock did grow 

as Pastor Beery back and forth from Portland would go. 

Pastor Beery then to California was led 

and Pastor William Schaffer came in his stead. 

In June of '66 God brought to Beaverton 

Luke and Sandra Kauffman, who soon had a son. 

With a full-time pastor, there now was a need 
for help with his salary, his family to feed. 
Brethren Home Missions came to our aid, 
with Minute-Man appeal arrangements were made. 

Pastor Luke preached the Word, the building was filled; 

for lack of space, we needed to build. 

God met our needs through the BIF. 

With much work to do, 'twas no time to rest. 

When Pastor Luke left, God had a man. 
Leonard Meyers and family were part of His plan. 
Under his ministry, it seemed for a season, 
the work would go under for various reasons. 

Some moved away, the group grew small, 
but Home Missions stayed with us through it all. 
We thank all of you who prayed and gave 
to support the work of those who stayed. 

All you folk working in all kinds of weather 
were what the Lord used to hold us together. 
Northwest District Missions paid for our land. 
We thank the Lord for this faithful band. 

'Twas in the summer, the people were few, 
when Pastor Jim Willett came in '72. 
He preached the Word, we worked and prayed, 
and in God's time the increase was made. 

In answer to prayer the Lord brought folk in 
who wanted to work, lost souls to win. 
To God be the glory for all that's been done. 
We praise Him and thank Him for victories won. 

Once again it has come to pass. 
We're finding it hard to have room for each class. 
We've talked and prayed to earnestly strive 
to be self-supporting by the end of '75. 

We are trusting the Lord as we look ahead, 
to meet all our needs and keep out of the red. 
Keep praying for us as we launch out in faith, 
and go self-supporting, giving Home Missions a break. 

—Bertha Nelson 

made it! 

In the Parable of the Sower, some of the seed failed 
to produce because of the type of soil in which it was 
planted. In the case of Rowland Heights, California, Pas- 
tor Harold Painter was faithful in sowing the "good 
seed," but it did not seem to reproduce. 

It was the decision of the Brethren Home IVlissions 
Board of Directors that the soil or the season was not 
right for developing a Brethren Church in Rowland 
Heights. The Hillside Brethren Church was phased out as 
of January 1, 1976. 

This decision was made after four years of support by 
The Brethren Home Missions Council and additional 
years of support by the Southern California-Arizona Dis- 

Pastor Harold Painter served many years in Brethren 
Home Missions, pastoring churches in Modesto and 
Montclair, California, and Tucson, Arizona. He was 
always faithful in sowing the seed and seeing it repro- 

The final service of the church was held in Pastor 
Painter's home on December 30, 1975. The property is 
being sold to another church group which will continue 
a testimony for Christ. Two of the district Brethren 
churches shared in some of the equipment and furnish- 

Pastor Painter is looking to the Lord for future direc- 
tion in His service. 

Rowland Heights Churc 
Phased Out 


Pastor and Mrs. Harold Painter served faithfully in the work of 
sowing the seed through Brethren Home Missions. 


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By David R. Grant 


An organization's progress can be measured in many 
different ways. I'd like to share some of the progress The 
Brethren Home Missions Council has made from a finan- 
cial standpoint. I do not want to be technical or use 
unfamiliar terms, but just to speak about financial prog- 

It has been exciting to see the way the funds have 
come in to meet the 1975 Home Missions budget. This 
was a record year for total income to the Council. But 
before you say, "Praise the Lord," and drop this article, 
read further. In reality, our offerings actually decreased 
from $522,000 in 1974 to $518,000 in 1975. This is 
only a small decrease, but perhaps indicates a trend. 

Looking at the church offering reports for this year, 
almost 40 percent of our Brethren churches decreased in 
offerings to Home Missions. At least half of our churches 
failed to register even a cost-of-living increase in offer- 

Possibly there are some questions about the way the 
offerings are spent. Some may not be aware of the 
breakdown in spending. In the past year over $500,000 
was spent in direct support of our 40 Brethren Home 
Mission churches, the Brethren Navajo Mission, and the 
Brethren Messianic Testimony (Jewish work). That 
means 97 percent of the total offering was spent in 
direct assistance to Home Mission points. Without sup- 
plemental income from other sources, only $18,000 
would have remained for administrative and promotional 
expenses. Office salaries alone would have quickly used 
up that amount. 

Actually, approximately 21 percent of our total 
budget is spent on administrative costs, and about 5 per- 
cent for promotion. While the major category is direct 

assistance, as it should be, there would be no assistance 
without administration. Without promotion, you would 
know nothing of the work of Home Missions. Each 
category is necessary and they go hand-in-hand. 

Considering total income in 1975, we can continue 
with the major items in our budget even though the 
offering did not meet the need. We will continue to 
maintain the Home Mission points that are approved by 
the board of directors and continue their support 
through this year. We have attempted to cut our costs in 
1976 by reducing the previously approved budget by 
$25,000. We want to provide Home Mission churches 
with the best possible service with the least admin- 
istrative cost. Some positive tactics have enabled us to 
economize in every area without hurting our present 
constituency of Home Missions churches. However, if we 
fail to reach our 1976 offering goal of $640,000, then 
major budget cuts must begin. 

We know this is an ambitious offering goal-almost 
$120,000 more than we received in 1975. But we also 
know that if we are going to continue to reach areas of 
the United States with new churches, we must continue 
to have an increase in support from Brethren people. We 
can do no more than our support dictates. 

We have concluded that part of the problem may be 
ours for not keeping the Brethren informed of the offer- 
ing progress as the year passes. Therefore, increased at- 
tempts will be made to let everyone know the progress 
realized and also the need that yet remains. 

We have decided what should be accomplished by 
Brethren Home Missions in 1976. We have determined 
how much it will cost-$640,000. One decision still re- 
mains, and it is yours. Will it be done? # 

MARCH 15. 1976 



•Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The ordination of Leland Friesen 
was solemnized on Feb. 1. Rev. Howard Mayes was the 
speaker at the service with the following pastors assist- 
ing: Bernard Simmons, Galen Wiley. Clair Brubaker and 
Gerald Teeter. Rev. Leland Friesen has been pastoring 
the congregation at Cuyahoga Falls since January of 

•Sacramento. Calif On Feb. 8 Pastor Richard Cron was 
ordained to the Christian ministry. Rev. Robert Thomp- 
son was the speaker at the occasion, and Rev. Norman 
Nelson was the guest soloist. The elders of the district 
participated in the laying on of hands. The ordination 
service was followed by a concert with Norman Nelson 
and a buffet lunch. On Feb. 22 Richard and JoAnn Cron 
and family celebrated their 6th anniversary as pastor and 
family at the Grace Brethren Church. 

• Fori ^'■Lj.MK', liiu (ijraL ,1 Pastor Quentin Matthes re- 
signed at the Grace Brethren Church on Feb. 8. He is 
open for either a pastorate or an associate pastor posi- 

•Kittannlng. Pa. (North Buffalo) It was with deepest 
regret that Pastor Roy Kreimes tendered his resignation 
from the pastoral duties at the North Buffalo Brethren 
Church on Feb. 3. The doctor has advised that Pastor 
Kreimes cannot stand the strain of the work of the 
church. Therefore at the present time, due to several 
heart attacks, he is confined to the house. Your prayers 
for Rev. Roy Kreimes are requested. 

•Winona Lake, Ind. Evangelist Bill Smith reports God's 
blessings in recent crusade meetings conducted in Flori- 
da. At Pompano Beach there were 9 public decisions and 
at Okeechobee there were 5. 

• Day ion. OHk An exciting evangelistic venture was 
used in an effective way at Dayton First during the 
month of February. The prophetic approach was em- 
phasized by the presentation of 6 films: "His Land," 
"The Enemy," "The Late Great Planet Earth," "The 
Revelation," "What's Up, Josh?" and "The Rapture." 
The showing of these films was spaced out between Feb. 
15 and 22. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

Like to Live in Winona Lake, Ind.??? Man wanted 
with knowledge of street and sewer maintenance as 
well as experience in supervision of personnel. Hous- 
ing available as part of compensation. Send resume 
to: Town of Winona Lake, Box 338, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

• Winona Lake. Ind. Christian sympathies are extended 
to Dr. John C. Whitcomb Jr., and family in the death of 
John's father. Col. John C. Whitcomb, 81, on Jan. 31, 
1976. Services were conducted at Warsaw, Ind., by Rev. 
Charles Ashman. Col. Whitcomb was buried at the U.S. 
Military Academy, West Point, N. Y. 

•VVh\ are fire trucks red? Well, fire trucks have four 
wheels and eight men, and four and eight are twelve. 
There are twelve inches to a foot. A foot is a ruler. 
Queen Elizabeth is a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth is the 
largest ship in the seven seas. Seas have fish. Fish have 
fins. The Finns fought the Russians. The Russians are 
red. Fire trucks are always rushin'. Therefore, FIRE 
TRUCKS ARE ALWAYS RED. If you think this is 
wild— you ought to hear some people trying to explain 
why they are not attending church and Sunday School 
on Sunday morning!!! (Selected from Dayton First 
Brethren Church bulletin.) 

•Long Beach, Calif. (First). "Growth pains" have been 
alleviated for the present time as additional property has 
been purchased in the form of a nearby building which 
will be used for the purpose of housing the Western 
Schools offices, the library, and the printing equipment 
with additional space for classrooms, offices and storage. 
David Hocking, pastor. 

In Memory 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

CRESSELL, Beverly, 19, Dec. 12, 1975. A member of 
the Clayton Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio. Herman 
Pickels, pastor. 

HAHN. Nellie, 68, a charter member of the Meyersdale 
Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa., and faithful to 
her Lord for many years. Walter Fike, assoc. pastor. 
MURRAY. DeVere, Dec. 12, 1975, a faithful member of 
the Lake Odessa Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, 
Mich. Bill Stevens, pastor. 

SHOW, Mark William, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry 
Show of the Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyers- 
dale, Pa. Walter Fike, assoc. pastor. 

• Ritiman. Ohio The goal of expanded parking space has 
moved a few steps closer for the First Brethren Church 
as decisions regarding the purchasing of two properties 
were approved by the congregation recently. These steps 
in preparation for the future are indications of the vision 
of God's people. Robert Russell, pastor. 



• Maine. N.Y. (EP)-The Rev, Donald LaRose, who dis- 
appeared mysteriously Nov. 4 after receiving threats by 
mail from "satanists," was not abducted but left on his 
own with $4,800 of his own money-$3,500 of it in 
stock from Syracuse Radio Station WMHR, according to 
the New York State Police. 

A private detective hired by the First Baptist Church 
to find their pastor, uncovered evidence that the minis- 
ter left on his own. Reward money totaling $15,000 was 
immediately withdrawn. 

Radio minister Carl Mclntire had organized a rally to 
call national attention to the abduction which was sup- 
posedly carried out by cultists following a series of ser- 
mons by Pastor LaRose. 

A Queen iVhtiN 
Tour is one of 
the attractions 
you will enjoy 
on sightseeing 
day, Aug. 11, 1976, 
during national 
conference. Make 
your plans now to 
join with Brethren 
from around the 
world at the First 
Brethren Church, 
Long Beach. Calif., 
August 6-13. (P.S.- 
You can even get 
housing on board 
the Queen Mary 
for (■'<"'"'"•■'•" """"L- 

• ANNUAL Changes-Pastor Michael Wingfield, 236 
Gates Ave., Elyria, Ohio 44035. 


DaveAport, Iowa, Mar. 14-19, Ronald Weinier, pastor; 

Kenneth Ashman, speaker. 

Goleta, Calif., Mar. 14-21, Dale Hosteller, pastor; Henry 

Rempel, speaker. 

Ripon, Calif., Mar. 28-Apr. 1 , Larry Smithwick, pastor; 

Becker Team. 

Lake Odessa, Mich., Apr. 4-9, Bill Stevens, pastor; Henry 

Rempel, speaker. 

Covington, Ohio, Apr. 4-9, Gerald Root, pastor; Bill 

Smith, speaker. 

Mabton, Wash., Apr. 4-9, Paul Dixon, pastor; Becker 


Chico, Calif., Apr. 4-1 1, Lloyd Woolman, pastor; Herman 

Hein, Jr., speaker. 

Grass Valley, Calif., Apr. 11-25, Arthur Carey, pastor; 

Herman Hein, Jr., speaker. 

•Post-conference tour planned. This year's national con- 
ference will be held Aug. 6-13 in Long Beach, Calif. At 
the conclusion of conference, a one-week tour to Hawaii 
begins-Saturday, Aug. 14— and will I'eature trips to two 
islands and a Sunday visit to our Brethren churches. Cost 
will be $475. Brochures describing the complete package 
are now available. Write for your copy— Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or 
Rev. Ralph Colburn, 5885 Downey Ave., Long Beach, 
Calif. 90805. 





Charles W. Colson 

Mix politics and religion and what do you have? I 
assure you excitement will be the result. This we are 
certain of when we bring you the selection for this 
issue. Yet, we feel you should be exposed to this new 
book if you have any interest in current affairs in our 
country. Born Again will be on the best seller list very 
soon and with it will be a testimony of the grace of 

Charles W. Colson was part of the administration 
at the time of Watergate. His conviction and prison 
term were the background for the events that led to 
his conversion to Christ. Mr. Colson's testimony has 
been printed in newspapers across the country and it 
has been aired over the major TV networks. 

Chosen Books, 351 pages, cloth. Regular price 
$8.95-Herald Book Club price $7.75 when check or 
money order accompanies order. 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
Box 544 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Enrollment figures for Grace Schools for the spring 
semester of 1976 show 645 in attendance in the college 
and 358 in the seminary. The college is down 36 and the 
seminary increased by two. 

Although this is a decrease overall of 34 from the first 
semester, it still leaves the total enrollment at over 1,000 
students. In the college there are 611 returning and 34 
new students. This is a 5 percent decrease as compared 
to the 10 percent drop of 74 students from 731 to 657 
for the second semester of 1975. 

The increase of two in the seminary from last fall's 
all-time high of 356 includes 18 new students. The en- 
rollment data was compiled by Registrar James Shipley. 

55 Participate in Winterim— Fifty-five students par- 
ticipated in Grace College's second winterim held on 
campus during the month-long winter vacation. Three 
courses were taught summer-school style on campus and 
two involved travel to historic sites. Dr. Donald B. De- 
Young was the instructor for the course on astronomy. 
Organic chemistry was taught by Dr. Ray Gsell and the 
instructor for Old Testament history and literature was 
Dr. Stephen Dearborn. 

History Professor Robert Mathisen and six Grace stu- 
dents participated in a ten-day travel course which took 
them to points of historical interest in three states and 
Washington, D.C. Nine members of the Lancer basket- 
ball team also participated in a limited course on the 
Civil War during the team's eastern United States tour. 
They visited several historical sites and toured Washing- 
ton, D.C, to include the White House. Professor Steve 
Grill was the instructor. 

Staley Foundation Gran -Dr. Stanley D. Walters, 
chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, 
Central Michigan University, presented a series of four 
lectures on the Grace College campus on March 11 and 
12. His topic was "What Is a Christian?" The lectures 
were made possible through a grant from the Thomas F. 
Staley Foundation, Delray Beach, Florida, under the 
Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture program. 
The program has as its purpose to project the thesis 
"that the message of the Christian gospel when pro- 
claimed in its historic fullness is always contemporary, 
relevant and meaningful to any generation." 

Faculty to Observ —During the second semester of 
the current academic year the Grace College faculty will 
be engaged in a series of visitation-observation sessions 
whereby each faculty member will be visiting another 
faculty member in a teaching setting. The purpose oithe 
visits are to promote continuing interest in teaching 
methodology and to provide forums for the discussion 
of the teaching-learning process. 

W. E. Pearl, of Warsaw, Indiana, at right, presents a 
$800 Sears-Roebuck Foundation grant for Grace Col- 
lege to Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, president. This is an in- 
crease of $300 over the gift received last year. "I am 
very happy to be a foundation representative in the 
community in assisting our fine Grace College over the 
years," Mr. Pearl said. "In these times of inflation and 
financial need we gratefully accept the grant," Dr. Hoyt 
stated. (Don Cramer Photo) 



Christian Ministries Majoi— A Christian Ministries 
major and two-year Bible Certificate program have been 
added to the Grace College curriculum. The Christian 
Ministries is a new interdisciplinary major designed for 
the individual desiring work in the local church but who 
does not know what specific phase of service to enter or 
who does not want to major in Bible. The 30-hour major 
requirement is composed of courses from education, 
sociology, psychology, missions, evangelism, Christian 
education, music and speech-drama. In addition to the 
general education and Bible requirements two minors 
must be selected by student choice. 

The two-year Bible certificate program with required 
63 credit hours is a combination of general education 
courses and a tailored program in the area of Bible. This 
includes 30 hours of Bible courses, 6 of which are 
electives and 33 hours of general education courses. 
There are no physical education, lab science or language 
requirements. A new brochure is now available describ- 
ing the programs. 

Cooperatives Expanded— Grace College and Ball State 
University (Muncie, Indiana) are being expanded. Aca- 
demic Dean Vance Yoder states the newest programs 
approved are in Home Economics and Industrial Tech- 
nology. A cooperative program in nursing is currently in 
operation between the two institutions. The freshman 
and sophomore years are spent at Grace, and then the 
student transfers to the Ball State baccalaureate program 
for the remaining two years. Upon completion, the stu- 
dent receives a Bachelor of Science degree with a major 
in nursing and a minor in biological science from BSU. 

There is also an optional program at Grace which is 
not in any way a part of the Ball State program. Those 
who have completed or are pursuing a traditional three- 
year diploma program of nursing may transfer to Grace 
and on completion of a two-year program in General 
Science, may receive a Bachelor of Science degree. 

The itinerary for the Grace College sophomore choir 
for the spring of 1976 has been announced. The choir 
will be under the direction of Professor Donald Ogden. 

Following is the itinerary for the choir: 

Fremont, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Columbus, Ohio, East Side Grace Brethren 
Lancaster, Ohio, First Baptist 
Columbus, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Conemaugh, Pa., Pike Brethren 
Manheim, Pa., Manheim Grace Brethren 
New Holland, Pa., Grace Brethren 
York, Pa., Grace Brethren 
Hagerstown, Md., Calvary Brethren 
Middlebranch, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Mansfield, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Mansfield, Ohio, Woodville Grace Brethren 
Lexington, Ohio, Grace Brethren 

Winona Lake, Winona Lake Brethren 
Mishawaka, Ind., First Baptist 
Goshen, Ind., Sugar Grove 
Goshen, Ind., First Baptist 

























The Alumni Association of Grace College and Theo- 
logical Seminary, spokesman for nearly 4,000 Grace 
alumni, reports the most successful annual fund cam- 
paign in history. 

During the three month period from October 1 
through December 31, 1975, a total of $19,662 was 
received. This compared with the $11,411 of one year 
ago marks a dramatic increase of 72% in alumni giving 
toward the annual campaign. 

Part of the money raised in this year's effort was 
given for student aid but the major portion was desig- 
nated by alumni for other areas. Acting on behalf of the 
alumni of Grace Schools as cochairmen for this annual 
activity were Dr. Stephen Young, college professor and 
Grace alumnus, and Rev. Ivan French, seminary pro- 
fessor and alumnus. 

Director of Alumni Gerald Twombly said alumni gave 
$38,814 for the year of 1975. This is an increase of 
$4,221 over gifts of $34,593 in 1974. Following is a 
comparison of Grace Schools alumni giving for 1973, 
1974 and 1975. 

Left to right: Dr. Stephen Young, chairman for the college cam- 
paign; Mr. Paul Chappell, business manager, Grace Schools; Prof. 
Ivan French, chairman for the seminary campaign; Rev. Gerald 
H. Twombly, director of alumni relations, Grace Schools; and 
Mr. Don Faas, director of student aid for Grace Schools. 





















































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MARCH 15, 1976 


An article captioned "Freedom— An 
Endangered Species?" {U.S. News and 
World Report, Jan. 19, 1976) at- 
tracted the attention of this writer. 
The opening sentence struck the key- 
note: "The year just ended was a dis- 
astrous one for people striving for free- 
dom." Then it went on to analyze the 
situation throughout the world. At the 
opening of 1976, only one person in 
five in the world's 158 nations and 51 
territories enjoyed full political and 
civil rights. Changes in the political 
and civil climate have reduced freedom 
for the average from one in three to 
one in five. 

To make the assessment more vivid, 
a color map was included. Nations 
colored black marked those countries 
totally without freedom. Nations 
colored white are partially without 
freedom. Nations colored yellow are 
regarded as free. Almost all of Asia 
and Africa, and most of Europe are 
without freedom. A slender strip of 
South America, Panama, and Cuba 
also belong to the nations without 

Almost all of South America, 
Mexico, Greenland, India, and specks 
here and there in Europe and Africa 
can make any claim to partial free- 
dom. The United States, Canada, a 
strip of territory in Northwest South 
America, and nations on the fringe of 
Western Europe, colored yellow, enjoy 
freedom in the area used to make this 

In numbers and percentages, 803 
millions or 19.8 percent of the popula- 
tion of the earth enjoy political and 
civil freedom. One billion, four hun- 
dred, thirty-six million people, or 35 
percent, have some semblance of free- 
dom. And one billion, eight hundred. 

Peace Is 
Departing from the Earth 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

twenty-three millions, or 44.9 percent, 
live in nations where the rights of the 
people are totally ignored, where the 
system of government makes it impos- 
sible for mankind to raise even the 
voice for change. 

Out of 406 million people, only 
19.8 percent of them know what it 
means to exercise the rights of free- 
dom of press, radio-TV coverage, and 
the ability of citizens to speak freely, 
sue the government, and win in court. 
The greatest setback to democracy 
came in India when 619.6 million 
people lost many of their rights when 
Prime Minister Indira Ghandhi im- 
posed a "state of emergency." Even 
among nations where it is assumed 
that freedom reigns, there are trends in 
operation which can eventually de- 
prive the people of their freedom. If 
bondage to sin were included in the 
above evaluation the entire map would 
be colored black. 

The worst is yet ahead. Predictive 
prophecy points to a time when under 
the guise of peace and benevolence 
(Dan. 8:23-25; Rev. 6:1-2), a man will 
arise who will become the absolute 

dictator of the whole world (Rev. 13). 
In addition to combining in himself in- 
tellectual acumen, philosophic insight, 
political expertise, and social concern, 
he will be satanically energized for the 
gigantic task of rescuing the world 
from international hostilities, social 
distress, and financial disaster. By 
means of miraculous demonstration he 
will capture the hero-worship of the 
entire world. He will impose religious 
sanctions upon them under penalty of 
death. He will impose political sanc- 
tions upon them, and he will impose 
the most rigid system of commercial 
sanctions in his effort to mobilize all 
the resources of the world. 

The platform of peace he will use 
to enlist the following of the people 
will shortly disappear as the program 
that truly represents his bestial nature 
comes into view. The exercise of force 
displayed in war will cover the earth. 
Deprivation of the necessities of .life 
on the most colossal scale will cover 
the earth. Within months a fourth of 
the population will die as a result of 
war, famine, beasts, and persecution. 
Within a few years a third of those re- 



maining will die. By the time this dic- 
tator is brought to his end by divine 
intervention, more than half the popu- 
lation of the earth will be destroyed. 

Then will arise a benevolent dic- 
tator. This sovereign will be estab- 
lished in position over the earth by 
divine appointment (Ps. 2:4-6; Dan. 
2:44; 7:13-14). He will not need to 
employ political chicanery, enticing 
strategems, or social intrigue to attain 
this position of power and prestige in 
the earth. 

This sovereign will combine in Him- 
self all the virtues of God and man 
(Isa. 9:6; 11:2). He is the "mighty 
God, The everlasting Father, The 
Prince of Peace." "The spirit of the 
Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of 
wisdom and understanding, the spirit 
of counsel and might, the spirit of 
knowledge and of the fear of the 

This sovereign will disseminate 
peace throughout the earth and to all 
people (Isa. .9:7; Ps. 72:3,7). This 
peace will be in abundance, ever in- 
creasing with the passing of millen- 
niums. This peace will have a moral 
and spiritual source. It will grow out 
of righteousness, the righteousness of 
the sovereign, for His is a sceptre of 
righteousness (Heb. 1 :8-9). And in this 
atmosphere the righteous will flourish. 

This sovereign will break in pieces 
the oppressor (Ps. 72:4), and "his 
enemies shall lick the dust" (Ps. 72:9). 
"All kings shall fall down before him: 
all nations shall serve him" (Ps. 
72:11). "He shall smite the earth with 
the rod of his mouth, and with the 
breath of his lips shall he slay the 
wicked" (Isa. 11 :4). 

This sovereign will dispense His 
benefits to all the inhabitants of the 
earth (Ps. 72:6,16). Climatic changes 
will produce an abundance of materi- 
als that sustain life (Isa. 30:25-26; 
32:15; Amos 9:13), so that never 
again will peoples of the earth suffer 
the devastating effects of famine and 
hunger (Ezek! 34:29; Isa. 49:10). 

This sovereign will order His 
government in such a way that there 
will be a proper distribution of wealth. 
Every man will own a little bit of real 

estate that he can call his own (Micah 
4:4). Every man will be able to enjoy 
the fruit of his own toil. If he builds a 
house he can dwell in it (Isa. 
65:21-22). If he plants a vineyard he 
can eat the fruit therefrom. Their 
labor will never go for nought, nor 
shall they produce only for trouble 
(Isa. 65:23). 

This sovereign will be able to drive 
disease and deformity from the experi- 
ences of men (Isa. 35:5-6). "Then the 
eyes of the blind shall be opened, and 
the ears of the deaf shall be un- 
stopped. Then shall the lame man leap 
as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb 
sing." No one in this kingdom under 
the beneficent rule of the Prince of 
Peace will say, "I am sick" (Isa. 

This sovereign will exercise an abso- 
lute sovereignty over people which will 
be willingly accepted by the subjects 
of the kingdom. "Thy people shall be 
willing in the day of thy power, in the 
beauties of holiness from the womb of 
the morning: thou hast the dew of thy 
youth" (Ps. 110:3). The sovereigns of 
earth have been forced to follow the 
principle that "might makes right." 
But this sovereign will reverse that 
principle. Right will make might. For 
"Righteousness shall be the girdle of 
his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of 
his reins" (Isa. 11:5). 

This brings into view the essential 
nature of freedom. For all in this king- 
dom and under this monarch will en- 
joy the breadth of freedom. Freedom 
is that set of the will which accepts a 
person as sovereign, a set of principles 
as right, a course of life that is good. 
In such an atmosphere of spirit, there 
is no feeling of restraint, no sense of 
deprivation, no disposition to rebel. In 
this arrangement an individual is doing 
what he wants to do. That is freedom 

in the highest degree. 

Those who bow the knee in sub- 
mission to the King shall know and ex- 
ercise the freedom that satisfies the 
soul. Realizing that the King has re- 
deemed their soul from deceit and 
violence; that He has regarded their 
blood as precious in His sight; to Him 
shall endless prayer be made, and daily 
He shall be praised. "All nations shall 
call Him blessed. Blessed be the Lord 
God, the God of Israel, who only 
doeth wondrous things. And blessed 
be his glorious name for ever: and let 
the whole earth be filled with his 
glory" (cf. Ps. 72:14-19). 

In reference to all the material 
benefits after which men seek, which 
benefits are fleeing from them in this 
present order and arrangement of 
things, the Lord Jesus did not de- 
nounce men for wanting these things. 
But He did tell them the one and only 
way to get them. "But seek ye first the 
kingdom of God, and his righteous- 
ness; and all these things shall be 
added unto you" (Matt. 6:33). Peace 
and freedom begin with the King. With 
Him comes the kingdom and all its 
benefits. And included in this freedom 
is complete release from the bondage 
of sin (John 8:31-32,36). # 

MARCH 15, 1976 






Randy Maxson 

fter student teaching, then 
what? This is the question 
facing prospective teachers 
soon to be graduated from 
Grace College. 

However, for Senior Randy 
Maxson, of Winona Lake, Indiana, who knew 
the Lord was leading him into the teaching 
field, the answer came recently when he was 
offered a position in a public school system. 
It was a good thing that Randy had pursued 
more than the usual number of majors. 

As an incoming freshman at Grace in 
1970, Randy knew that the Lord was point- 
ing to the teaching field and so he walked 
that path. He declared an English major and 
music minor in education. As a sophomore, 
he studied, learned, experienced and just 
generally broadened his horizons. 

As a junior, he began to get excited about 
the dramatic side of communications and 
peered into possibilities of adding a speech 
major. In 1974, though a senior finishing his 
student teaching experience in English, he 
took advantage of a newly approved speech 
education major and declared himself in that 

As a fifth year student, he realized that to 
finish all the requirements for two majors 
and one minor (since many upper level 
courses are only offered every other year), 
he would need to be a student both semes- 
ters of the sixth year. Rather than just add- 
ing extra courses, he decided to use the sixth 
year to gain more in-depth study in the 
Word of God. Suddenly, Randy realized that 
he was one step away from having com- 
pleted all the requirements of a Bible major. 
So . . . you guessed it, that was the next 

This year Randy is serving as president of 

(Continued on page 20) 

Carol Hively 

tudent teaching was the 
partial fulfillment of my 
childhood dream to be a 
teacher. I can still remember 
lining up my dolls and teddy 
bears and "teaching" them 
everything I knew. Yet, when I was actually 
facing the experience of teaching real live 
first graders last fall, my feelings varied from 
joyful anticipation to fear and doubts- 
doubts of my own personal ability to teach. 
I entered McKinley Grade School on my 
first day of student teaching feeling about as 
I imagined the little first graders felt as they 
clung to their mothers' fingers. Mrs. Laura 
Humberd, my supervising teacher, did much 
to relieve that feeling. And as I watched her, 
I gradually began to understand teaching. 
But it wasn't until I actually stood in front 
of 29 first graders that I realized I could 
teach. True, there were problems, and it 
seemed like they always misbehaved worse 
when Mrs. Fink (Assoc. Prof, of Education 
and director of student teaching, Grace Col- 
lege) came to visit; but experience proved to 
be my best teacher. 

Student teaching involved many things. 
Besides teaching the regular subjects, there 
was recess duty, faculty meetings, and an 
endless dittoing of color pages and nursery 
rhymes. I got in on several holiday parties 
and a class picture I will always treasure. 

But there are two things I especially wish 
to mention that made my student teaching 
memorable. The first was the joy and satis- 
faction I received from seeing a child learn. 
Those first few weeks seemed impossible, 
with names written backwards and e before 
c. But, oh, the reward of hearing Michelle 
progress from reading a word, then a sen- 
tence, then a short story! And what success 

(Continued on page 20) 

Ph;i Morri'; 

y name is Phil Norris and 
I am a senior music education 
major at Grace College. Now 
that we have been intro- 
duced, I want to tell you 
some things about my experi- 
ences with student teaching. It's been nearly 
a semester since I began teaching, so, many 
of the specific incidents don't stick out in 
my mind. But, some very strong impressions 

First, people was what it was all about. I 
was faced with individual lives with needs 
and hurts and fears akin to my own. Certain- 
ly this was no scene in a college classroom 
nor theory or description from an education 
text; this was the real thing! There was al- 
ways the temptation to hide behind the 
podium and musical score and never relate 
personally to the people I worked with, stu- 
dents and critic teacher alike. And with 
about 400 young people (grades 5-8) to see 
each week, I could have easily stuck to my 
musical guns without personal involvement 
in their lives. The breaking point came for 
me when I made a mistake in front of a large 
group. At that moment I had to be honest 
and I said: "I'm not much different than 
you. Let's work together and help each 
other. I can learn as much from you as you 
can from me." 

The whole teaching experience was tiring, 
especially at first. I worked at four middle 
schools with eight groups, plus individual in- 
struction each week. You can imagine how 
much standing, traveling and rushing around 
I did in a day— a lot! I had eye-openers at 
7:45 a.m. and a case of the late afternoon 
"droops" with rehearsals up to 3:30 p.m. 

There were frustrations, too. I could 
sense and even see so many important needs, 

(Continued on page 20) 


Living Memorials 

An ever-increasing number of thoughtful people, desiring to honor the 
memory of departed loved ones or friends, are sending "memorials" in the 
form of contributions to Grace College and Seminary. Families of those 
whose memories are so honored are notified of the contribution by an ap- 
propriate card. Names of the donor and those whom they remembered are 
listed below. These memorials were received January 1 through February 14, 

In Memory of : 

Vera E. Bennett 
Rev. John S. Neely 
Lester and Blanche 

Living Memorial Fund 

Clarence Hubbard 
John Steele 
Lucille McGrew 
Virgil Foughty 
Marie Swope 
Living Memorial Fund 
Earl Webb 

Rev. H. Leslie Moore 
Glenn Cripe 
Mrs. Clara R. Ross 
Rev. H. Leslie Moore 
Seminary Student Aid 
J. Ralph Armentrout 
Mrs. Carl H. Seitz 

"Grandma" Rose Foster 

Memorial given by : 

William M. Bennett 
Miss Mina Neely 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ellison 

2:15 Sunday School, Grace Brethren 

Church, Sunnyside, Washington 
Grace N. Hubbard 
Miss Janet Steele 
Mrs. Allen D. Griffin 
Mr. and Mrs. Galen F. Fit 
Rev. and Mrs. James B. Marshall 
Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart, Indiana 
Mrs. Earl Hartleroad, Friendship Class, Peru 

Brethren Church, Peru, Indiana 
Mrs. H. Leslie Moore 
Mrs. Elsie Cripe 
Mrs. Miriam Rohrer 
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Snively 
Mr. and Mrs. Thurlo Fuller 
Rev. and Mrs. Steve Taylor 
Dr. and Mrs. J. Cameron McDade, Mr. and 
Mrs. Ralph Offner, Mrs. Geri Ewing, Mr. and 
Mrs. Victor E. Marquart, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. ' 
Schnittjer, Mrs. Edyth Wilkins, Mr. and Mrs. 
C. E. Seitz, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reiff, Mr. 
and Mrs. Edwin A. Yeo, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Ogden 

Maxson (Continued from page 18) 

the student body. The other years he has 
played important roles in most of the 
dramas presented at Grace and on several oc- 
casions was the assistant director. He was a 
member of the concert choir and this spring 
will be touring with the Company of Grace 
at Easter time. 

Durmg the fall of this year he had contact 
with several school systems. In December, he 
received a telephone call resulting in an in- 
terview in LaGrange, Indiana. It was unbe- 

The Lakeland High School needed some- 
one to take a speech and drama position, 
picking up English and choral music respon- 
sibilities on the side. When Randy graduates 
in May he will be certified to teach speech, 
English and music. 

The administrator conducting the inter- 
view said it was hard to believe that he could 
find one person to wear three hats. However, 
for Randy these facts were much more than 

"After my wife (Lois) and I prayed and 
considered the offer, we felt that LaGrange 
was the Lord's leading. On January 15, I 
signed a contract and was able to face the 
spring semester fully confident of the Lord's 
hand on our lives," Randy said. Incidentally 
Randy has served as minister of music at the 
Osceola, Indiana, Bethel Brethren Church 
for the past five years. Lois is the alumni 
secretary at Grace Schools. 

Hively (Continued from page 19) 

when Willie learned to add one rabbit plus 
two rabbits and get three rabbits. 

The second influential force in my experi- 
ence was Mrs. Humberd. Her confidence in 
me helped me gain confidence in myself. She 
opened her files to my umlimited use, and 
gave me numerous ideas. Working with her 
was truly great. 

I would like to thank all of the education 
professors at Grace College for their guid- 
ance in preparing me to teach. There was a 
lot of hard work crammed into four years, 
but it will be worth it when I get my own 
class and fulfill my dream. 

Norris (Continued from page 19) 

yet I had very limited contact with the kids 
(seeing them twice a week) in order to help 
meet those needs in some way. Above that, 
it was more difficult to know how to meet 
those needs. My feelings of inadequateness 
were frequent. It's really hard to sit back 
when you see someone hurting in some way 
and be unable to help! The younger age 
group was a bit foreign to me, so it took 
awhile to understand their life-style and life 
perspective and to learn to relate to them on 
those terms. 

Yet, with the frustration and weariness, 
there was an answer and a strength. I found 
it in the Lord Jesus. It was very clear to me 
to see how God worked; I could tell when I 
let Him work and when I hindered Him. 
There were many situations where a group 
out of control could have buried me, but by 
prayer and commitment of my work to Him, 
that never happened. He provided strength 
for the droops, concentration for the musi- 
cal rehearsal, compassion for the needs of 
kids and love for their young lives— seeing 
them as potential for His world plan. And 
none of these things were a part of my 
nature or inclination. I saw my need and 
lack, acknowledged them before Him, stood 
back and watched Him impart these things 
into my life as I got involved in the lives of 
those around me. For me, student teaching 
was seeing Christ demonstrate who He truly 
is: "He is before all things, and by him all 
things consist . . . that in all things he might 
have the preeminence" (Col. 1 :17-18). 

For ten days in January the moun- 
tains of Pennsylvania and the river val- 
leys of Virginia were utilized as class- 
rooms. It was a new venture for Grace 
College, as never before in its history 
had a college course been conducted 
outside the familiar confines of Phila- 
thea Hall, McClain Auditorium, or any 
of the other campus buildings. On 
January 5 six Grace students accom- 
panied by History Professor Robert 
Mathisen squeezed into a station 
wagon and headed east toward their 
first stop at Hagerstown, Maryland. 

The purpose of the trip was to 
enrich the students' study of the Civil 
War by visiting personally many of the 
battlegrounds where the tragic encoun- 

or the films before we went to the 
field. These not only showed how the 
troops fought but also showed the 
emotions of the soldiers. The films put 
me right in the midst of the war." 

From Antietam the winding road 
southward took the class to Harper's 
Ferry, West Virginia, where John 
Brown had made his raid to free the 
slaves in 1859. Moving on east into 
Virginia the next stop was at Manassas, 
the site of two Civil War battles. The 
group remained in Virginia for several 
additional days, walking the battle- 
grounds at Fredericksburg, Chancel- 
lorsville, Richmond, and Petersburg. 
After spending several hours at Peters- 
burg, sophomore Nick Bardo from 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, responded 

''w mimm ' mmmmm 

ing about them in a textbook." Senior 
Becky Hamilton from Merrillville, In- 
diana, agreed that "the Civil War trip 
has been one of the most meaningful 
classes I have had at Grace College. I 
learned more by actually going to the 
places where so much history has 
taken place than by reading about it in 
books and sitting in a classroom." 

During their travels the class also 
spent some time in Washington, D.C., 
Williamsburg, Virginia, and at Jeffer- 
son's home at Monticello near Char- 
lottesville, Virginia. These stays pro- 
vided interesting diversions from the 
battlefield routine during the ten days. 

Several nights the group stayed 
with people from area Brethren 

Civil War 



Prof. Robert Mathisen 

ter had taken place a century ago. 
Each student prepared for the trip by 
reading a book on the Civil War era, 
which provided valuable background 
information to the various locations 
visited. In addition, each student de- 
veloped a paper on a different battle 
of the war, which was then presented 
orally to the class upon touring the 
battle site. 

The first day of the tour found the 
class at Antietam in Maryland, where 
the results of the 1862 bloody clash 
stimulated President Lincoln to draw 
up the Emancipation Proclamation im- 
plemented on January 1, 1863. At 
Antietam and the other battle sites, 
the National Park Service has con- 
structed visitor centers where films are 
shown and electric maps are used to 
illustrate the significance of the battles 
and the strategies used in fighting 
them. Regarding the use of these visual 
aids, Linda Nolt, a junior from Ritt- 
man, Ohio, commented that "the best 
tools for learning were the battle maps 

(seated) and students. 

that he "was astounded by the terrific 
engineering and strategy that went 
into the tunnel and amazed that the 
Confederate Army missed sighting the 

While still in Virginia the students 
stopped at Appomattox, where the 
truce ending the war was signed by 
Generals Lee and Grant in April 1865. 
The last day of the tour found the 
class at Gettysburg, where the costliest 
battle in the loss of human life was 
fought in July 1863. The group hired a 
guide who drove the students through 
the battleground for two hours, point- 
ing out many of the significant high- 
lights of the battle which many histori- 
ans have acclaimed to be the major 
turning point in the entire war. 

About the Civil War travel course. 
Holly Bennett, a junior social studies 
major from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, 
observed that "visiting the actual sites 
of the various battles enabled me to 
see more clearly what actually took 
place during the battles than just read- 

churches, including those at Hagers- 
town, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; 
and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. "The 
times we stayed in homes during the 
trip were very enjoyable to me," said 
sophomore Deb Dilling of Louisville, 
Ohio. "It was nice to visit the different 
Brethren churches; I especially en- 
joyed the Sunday morning service at 
Richmond. After getting to know the 
people, I have been praying for them 
and the church." Agreeing with Deb 
was sophomore Luci Eshleman of Lan- 
caster, Pennsylvania, who commented 
that "traveling place to place allowed 
others to see the different techniques 
the college uses to teach a course. We 
were also able to promote the school 
to potential students through our con- 
versations with them." 

It was an experience with many 
highlights and one which the partici- 
pants shall always remember. It is ex- 
pected that the course will be repeated 
in future years during the winterim 
session between semesters. # 

MARCH 15, 1976 


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"The Company of Grace" will be presenting an Easter drama which investigates the personalities 
of those individuals who were closely involved with the death of Jesus. The spring tour will in- 
clude presentations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio. Grace College Pro- 
fessor Stephen A. Grill will be directing the student team of 1976 as they present the drama 
titled "Were You There?" 

Team members include: Nancy Emch, senior, of Rittman, Ohio, majoring in music educa- 
tion; Jean Lapp, senior, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, majoring in sociology; Jane Lengyel, 
senior, of Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, majoring in speech; Becky Pappas, senior, of Colum- 
bus, Ohio, majoring in English. Also, Randy Maxson, senior, Winona Lake, Indiana, 
majoring in speech and English; Steve Munday, senior, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 
majoring in speech; David Griffith, junior in Seminary, of Winona Lake, Indiana, 
majoring in missions; and Lois Maxson, Grace College graduate, presently serving as 
alumni secretary. 

The itinerary is as follows: 

March 24 (Wednesday) 

Brethren Christian Schools, Osceola, Indiana 

March 25 (Thursday) 

Grace Seminary Chapel, Winona Lake, Indiana 

March 27 (Saturday) 

Lancaster Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

March 28 (Sunday) 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pennsylvania (a.m.) 

First Brethren Church, Lanham, Maryland (p.m.) 

March 29 (Monday) 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 

March 30 (Tuesday) 

Norfolk Christian Schools, Norfolk, Virginia 

March 31 (Wednesday) 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Virginia 

April 1 (Thursday) 

Dayton, Ohio 

April 2 (Friday) 

Dayton Christian School (a.m.) 

Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Worthington, Ohio (p.m.) 

April 3 (Saturday) 


April 4 (Sunday) 

First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio (a.m.) 

Community Gospel Church, Bremen, Indiana (p.m.) 



The National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Mar 

Our thanks to Brethren across the nation who have faithfully supported the National 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men during 1975. You have nnade possible an expansion of 
the boys ministries through our full-time boys director, Jack Cline. 

Look over the listing ... if your church is not represented, or the amount given by your 
church isn't very large, we encourage you and the men of your church to get behind this 
important work. 

Jack Cline, 

Director of Boys Ministries 
Grace Brethren Church 
First and Spruce Sts. 
Hagerstown, Md. 21740 

Lyie Marvin, Jr., 


11468 Miscou Way 

Cypress, Calif. 90630 

Roger Hancock, 
Secretary- Treasurer 
6675 Worthington-Galena Rd. 
Worthington, Ohio 43085 


District IVIen $ 500.00 

Cumberland, IVId 54.00 

Grafton, W. Va 133.50 

Washington, Pa 51.00 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla $ 30.00 

Orlando, Fla 36.00 

Pompano Beach, Fla 41.00 


District Men $ 130.92 

Flora, Ind 330.00 

Kokomo, Ind. (Indian Heights) 55.00 

Kokomo, Ind. (N. Kokomo) 20.00 

Osceola, Ind 4,050.00 

Sidney, Ind 72.90 

Winona Lake, Ind 35.00 


Leon, Iowa $ 7.10 

Waterloo, Iowa 157.50 


Alto, Mich $ 27.60 

Lansing, Mich 76.00 

Ozark, Mich 20.50 


Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) $ 2,000.00 

Lanham, Md 281.25 

Waynesboro, Pa 142.60 


Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Grace) $ 18.00 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights) 11.00 

Taos, N. Mex 8.00 


Elizabethtown, Pa $ 69.18 

Harrisburg, Pa 12.00 

Hope, N.J 30.23 

Lititz, Pa 268.50 

Manheim, Pa 142.10 

Myerstown, Pa 290.00 

Palmyra, Pa 70 00 

Telford, Pa 356.50 

York, Pa 23.00 


Ankenytown, Ohio $ 146 50 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 112.50 

Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 273.94 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 410.17 

Danville, Ohio 40 00 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 49.70 

Galion, Ohio 25.00 

Johnstown, Ohio 80.50 

Lexington, Ohio 215.23 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 91.42 


Elyria, Ohio $ 19.00 

Minerva, Ohio 77.79 

Rittman, Ohio 100,00 


Grandview, Wash $ 12.00 

Kenai, Alaska 353.57 

Kent, Wash 13.00 

Mabton, Wash 41.91 

Richland, Wash 1.00 

Toppenish, Wash 16.00 


Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) S 2.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 124.00 

Roanoke, Va, (Ghent) '.' 65 60 

Roanoke, Va. (Patterson Memorial) 110.00 

Telford, Tenn 90.00 


Anaheim, Calif ..•....$ 132.00 

Bellflower, Calif 55.00 

Cypress, Calif 235.00 

Goleta, Calif 17.50 

Hemet, Calif 1,103.42 

Long Beach, Calif. (Community) 10.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 209.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 35.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) 1000 

Orange, Calif 30.00 

Rowland Heights, Calif 13.27 

Tucson, Ariz 12.00 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 118,00 


Clayton, Ohio $ 5.00 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 87.00 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 45 83 

Englewoof), Ohio 10.50 


District Men S 60.0( 

Conemaugh, Pa, (Singer Hill) 50.01 

Duncansville, Pa. (Leamersvilie) 22.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 37.40 


Waipio $ 10.0i 

MARCH 15, 1976 


Johnson City, Tennessee 
Dedicates New Cliurch 

(Editor's note: The congregation of the Grace Brethren Church. Johnson City, Tenn., 
dedicated their new building on January 25, 1976. There were 182 persons in atten- 
dance and the offering totaled over $2,000. Pastor Sherwood Durkee has written the 
unusual accompanying article which we believe you will enjoy.) 

Two score and seven years ago (April 29, 1949) our church leaders 
(Rev. Russell Ogden, this congregation, and the Brethren Home IVlissions 
Council) brought forth a new congregation (June 29, 1949), conceived in 
liberty (in the truth of His Word) and dedicated (first building April 16, 
1950) to the purpose of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. 

. . . For twenty - seven years this congregation has been engaged (with 
former pastors of the Vernon Brethren Church, and under the leadership 
of the following pastors: Rev. Russell Ogden, Rev. John Burns, Rev. Dean 
Risser, Rev. Charles Martin, Rev. K. E. Richardson, Rev. Clarence Lackey, 
Rev. Sherwood Durkee) in testing whether they or any other congregation 
shall endure. 

. . . But in a larger sense we do dedicate (Dr. Lester E. Pifer and Rev. 
Ralph Hall, special speakers), we do consecrate (Building Committee, 
members of the Official Board with Mervin Pratt, chairman), we do hollow 
this ground (construction started May 1, 1975), brave people both living 
and dead have struggled to establish this testimony. 

... It is for us the living to be dedicated to the unfinished work ... We 
here highly resolve . . . that this congregation under God (with the help of 
the Brethren Investment Foundation and the Brethren Architectual Ser- 
vices) shall have a new opportunity of sharing Jesus Christ with people of 
our community and around the world. 

Fellowship Hall, 

which divides into Sunday School classrooms. 



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Cover Photo: In a small 
community church in 
mideastern France. See 
page 4. (Photo by Kent 

4 Light in the Darkness 

6 "Hey Ma, look at that bicycle !" 

7 A Church Is Dedicated in Brazil 
9 A New Rose in Heaven 

10 Prepared To Live for Christ 

12 BMH News Summary 

13 I'maChildof the King 
16 From Rags to Riches 

18 Easter 

19 Christian Education Switchboard 

20 Christian School Pioneers 
22 Thanks . . . 

Charles W. Turner, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 
Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 
Fern Sandy, Editorial Secretary 
Omega Sandy, IBM Seleclric Composer Operator 
Foreign Missions- Rev, John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A, Hoyt 
Home Missions— Dr. Lester E. PIfer 
Christian Ed. -Rev. How/ard Mayes 
WMC— Mrs. Daniel Pacheco 




SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 
on the first and fifteenth of each month bv the Brethren 
Missionai-y Herald Co,, Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $4.50 a year'; 
foreign, S5.25. Special rates to churches. 

i\6 66 6 6^ it) 6. 


n Nothing could be finah' than to 
wake in Carolina in the mornin'l 

Hear the birds a singin', the mock- 
ingbirds voice a ringin' in our garden. 

Smell the sweet gardenia, and the 
scent of the magnolia. Hallelujah! 

God has surely blessed us, His good 
blessings have not missed us, all about 
See the honeysuckle flowing in the 
breezes gently blowing, they are grow- 

In a Carolina panorama, mountains, 
valleys, fields, and river, God the giver! 

Graceful grows the grand sasanque, 
and the state's well-known azalea, with 
camel ia! 

Stately stands the fine crepe myrtle 
in the valley rich and fertile, look 

Drink it in what you are seein'! 
Then you will be sure agreein', it is 

Just to live in South Carolina! 
Nothing's finah! 

Brethren, the next step sure must 
be heaven!— Sou f/7 Carolina 

Editor's Note: After having read the 
above poem, I almost packed up my 
bags and moved to Carolina. Well, it 
would be great if we all could enjoy so 
much of the beauty that God has 

Ever been in Indiana in October 
when the fall foliage is in brilliant dis- 
play? Then you have missed an inde- 
scribable treat.-CWT 

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. 



Reflections By Still Waters 

Secretly in most hearts lies an unspoken desire. Even 
your best friends may not know and you are not able to 
tell them. What is it? A hope that someday you might 
become fabulously rich— that once-in-a-lifetime hap- 

Just the other day I saw some information that re- 
minded me of those greedy little thoughts. You or I or 
anyone else could save six million dollars with one pur- 
chase—think of it! Now that is what I call a big oppor- 
tunity. Some people work a whole lifetime to save six 
million dollars and the rest of us could work a dozen 
lifetimes and we would never make it. The offer was in 
the Wall Street Journal, that sage and stuffy newspaper 
filled with endless columns of figures that told the story. 
If you would purchase a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 for 
delivery in 1977 the company would reduce the price by 
six million dollars. The story went on to describe the 
fact that most of the airlines of the world had cut back 
on their purchases, and there were a number of planes 
that could be produced but too few buyers. 

I hid the paper from my sweet wife because she is like 
some other dear wives. She is a saver! When she reads in 
the paper about a fabric sale going on in Fort Wayne 
she calls her friends and they form a money-saving-house- 
wives association. With all available cash and usable 
credit cards in hand they head east on Route 30 with 
smiles on their faces and joy in their economy-minded 
hearts because they are about to save their husbands a 
lot of money. That evening they return having saved us 
all so much money we doubt we can stand the shock. I 
protest ever so mildly with a dumb statement like: "If 
you saved so much, where is all the money?" Such a silly 
question doesn't even register with the seamstress due to 
the busy buzzing of the sewing machine turning out new 

If my wife had seen the Wall Street Journal, the very 
thought of saving six million dollars in one purchase 
would have presented that once-in-a-lifetime offer. But 
to be perfectly honest and not to infer my wife is the 
sole "saver" in the family, for one fleeting moment I 
thought— what a saving in one transaction! Of course, 
like all big deals, there was one small catch. In order to 
save the six million, you would have to spend 22 million. 
If that is not enough of a problem— what about the first 
flight and the cost of fuel? So the big deal was not what 
it appeared to be at first sight. Since the time of the 
offer I understand that not too many have taken advan- 
tage of this fantastic bargain. 

However, after reading this get-rich-quick ad I came 
to a couple of conclusions that illustrate Christian truths. 
For instance, you have to pay or invest in order to gain. 
I know the scriptural truth of man's faith and God's will 
to provide, but I also know there are commands to exer- 

I Cannot Afford 
the Savings 

cise faith by doing works for God. I fear that too many 
Christians are working with the "buried napkin" princi- 
ple. They take the talent as did a very foolish man and 
bury it in a napkin awaiting the day of accountability. 
The Lord removed, with a rebuke, the one talent from 
the person who did not put to use that which he had 
received. We are not called upon to guard our talents as 
much as we are called upon to put our abilities to use for 
Him. So there is a point in saying that I cannot afford 
the savings. 

People of faith are people of action. They first wait 
upon the Lord which is a form of preparation for action. 
After they have discovered the work to be done and the 
direction to go, they are off and moving. I love to read 
Hebrews 1 1 and every time I do I become aware of what 
God can do through a person and that excites me. 
People who shared visions with God and lived according 
to promise will be rewarded for their faith. They con- 
quered, they sought better things, and some of them 
even died not having seen the promise of their faith be- 
come reality; however, they were real adventurers for 

Thus I cannot afford to save. I cannot afford to save 
time for myself; I cannot afford to claim possessions as 
mine alone; I cannot afford to save talents for my use. 
Neither can you. Opportunities await us all in the cause 
of Jesus Christ and tomorrow may be too late. # 

By Charles W. Turner 


APRIL 1, 1976 






Short Candles . . . . 


Medium Candles . . 


Tall Candles 

. $1.00 

By Kent Good 

The indulgences attacked in Europe 
by Martin Luther in the early 1500s 
still exist in slightly more palatable 
forms in the country of France. The 
Catholic church, however, vies for con- 
trol of the Frenchman against its dia- 
metric opposites— communism and 
existentialism. What results from such 
philosophical combat is the skeptic of 
the 20th century. Today's Frenchman 
is aware that the church of France, the 
Roman Catholic church, has nothing 
to offer him concerning how to live, 
but he is fearful of God and of death. 
He turns to the church for its adminis- 
tration of the sacraments in his behalf. 
He is baptized while an infant, married 
in the church, takes communion in the 
church, and receives extreme unction 
on his deathbed. Except for these oc- 
casions, the Frenchman, by and large, 
will not go to church and, on the sur- 
face, is content to doubt and argue but 
is far from a knowledge of the truth. 

The cover photo was taken in a 
small community Catholic church lo- 
cated in the Saone and Loire depart- 
ment in mideastern France, If this 
community is typical of the country, 
there are no Christians living there. 
And so the spiritual outlook for the 
woman pictured is bleak. She will con- 
tinue to light candles, continue to 
hope and continue to doubt that hope 
is even logical in such a world as hers. 

There is, however, amidst the black- 
ness of despair, a light shining which is 
far greater than all of the candles of 
desperation. That light is the true Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ— not killed afresh in 
the.mass, but alive for eternity. 

It was thoroughly exciting for my 
wife and me to go to France this past 
summer with the TIME program. We 
had the rare experience of working 
side by side with the resident mission- 
aries, at times alleviating their bur- 
dens—at times, no doubt, adding to 
them. Over all, the experience was tre- 
mendously profitable. One's perspec- 
tive of the collective lostness of a 
people is heightened by firsthand con- 
tact. Though I am often ashamed of 
America in her international and in- 
ternal dealings, I cannot but praise 
God for such an heritage that intro- 
duced me to my Saviour. France has 
no such heritage. Each succeeding 
generation is reared in skepticism and 
aged in despair. The teachings of 
Christ are considered in the school 
along with those of Aristotle, Marx 
and Sartre. And Christianity means 
little in a society whose basic philo- 
sophical premise is that there are no 

The National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches is working in France to 
disciple men and women in New Testa- 
ment-style church planting. To say 
that this work is but a small flicker is, 
of course, true. That small flame, how- 
ever, is experiencing as never before 
the breath of the Holy Spirit. When 
French folks accept Jesus Christ, He 
becomes their daily bread and not just 
a Sunday morning pastry. They de- 
liberate much before making any deci- 
sions, particularly those of a spiritual 
nature, for spiritual matters are eter- 
nal. And so they accept Jesus in the 
totality of their being. 

The Word of God indicates that 
prayer precedes revival. In order for 
the French to know the blessedness 
that this Easter season holds for us 
who are His, we must, as never before, 
dedicate ourselves to prayer. For 
many, the flicker of the candles re- 
flects their sole hope and purpose. But 
the candles grow short and the dark- 
ness returns. Only the Light, which is 
Jesus Christ, replaces the darkness for- 
ever. Were our zeal for spreading the 
Good News only on a par with that of 
the candle burners, France would be 
aflame with the Gospel! # 


The tourist visiting Jerusalem is im- 
pressed by an empty tomb in a garden 
near a rocky elevation which strangely 
resembles a skull. 

To such a tomb the women came 
with spices to embalm the body of 
Jesus. Instead of finding a corpse 
bound in graveclothes, they were 
startled by two men in shining gar- 
ments who exclaimed, "Why seek ye 
the living among the dead? He is not 
here, but is risen!" 

Today Western Europe is also full 
of empty tombs. 

They are tombs of a different sort. 
We call them churches, and they too 
are tourist attractions. Many are gran- 
diose. Some contain objects of in- 
estimable value. At certain times 
lovely music echoes through their high 
vaults. Occasionally people who walk 
softly and do not speak light a candle 
and place it by an altar, where its light 
casts flickering shadows in the dark 

But most of these churches are 

They are empty tombs because 
Christ's body, the community of 
saints, is no longer there, leaving only 
dead traditions and decaying rites. On 
certain occasions, especially funerals, 
their chairs are filled, but not with 
people who come to seek the Living 
One; they come to honor the dead. 

According to a recently published 
survey, 21 percent of the French 
people attended Sunday mass in 1972, 
whereas only 13 percent were attend- 
ing in 1975. But though thousands are 
abandoning the institutional church, 
many are gathering in small fellowship 
groups that have sprung up around the 
country. To be sure, these groups are 
not necessarily churches, but they are 
proof that men and women still seek. 

Further, many are discovering that 
the true church. His body, has never 
died. It is not embalmed in the empty 
traditions of religion, but lives in the 
spiritual community of true believers. 
Their hearts still burn within them 
when they are in the presence of the 
living Christ. All over Europe there is 

Brethren missions are a part of this 
spiritual renewal in Western Europe. 
Though small, we are sharing in the 
work of God in Germany and France, 
and our influence has gone beyond the 
lives of the people who have been 

The goal of Brethren missions in 
Europe is to implant living and grow- 
ing churches in the cities where God 
has sent us— Stuttgart, Chalon, Macon. 
We are not concerned about beautiful 
buildings or meaningless institutions. 
We want to see men and women dis- 
cover real life in the risen Saviour, 
share this life with their friends, 
submit to the authority of God's 
Word, and join together in the spiritual 
fellowship of the family of God. 

In Stuttgart a marvelous spiritual 
harvest within the last few years had 
produced a strong group of active 
Christians who are molded together 
into a spiritual community. They have 
grown out of their present facilities 
and in the spring will be moving into 
larger quarters. The group already con- 
tains the elements of leadership in a 
group of men grounded in the faith. 

In France the church is growing 
both on the level of the cities, through 
personal evangelism and the creation 
of fellowship groups, and at the Cha- 
teau, where twice monthly the Chris- 
tians come together for study and wor- 
ship. Though the Chateau ministry be- 
gan as a youth-oriented center, it has 
grown into the role for which it was 
originally destined— a family-oriented 
instrument for church planting. 

Average attendance for weekly wor- 
ship in Stuttgart was 63 in 1975; this 
number has grown since the first of 
the year. For France, worship averaged 
56 in the bimonthly service at the Cha- 
teau for the second half of the year. 

This could be one of Europe's 
finest hours. Thus far missions have 
had but limited success in this conti- 
nent where there are only three and a 
half million evangelicals for a popu- 
lation of 450 million people, as con- 
trasted with the United States' 40 
million for a population of 220 million 
people. But some feel that Europe is 
on the brink of a spiritual awakening. 
Whether this is true or not, thou- 
sands of Europeans will continue to 
seek the living Christ among those who 
are spiritually alive. # 







By Rev. Tom Julian . 

APRIL 1, 1976 



By Rev. Lynn Hoyt 

It must be a very perplexing sight to an Argentine to see a 
red-haired man, an almost white-haired boy of four, and a 
brand-new Schwinn Twinn tandem bike go by all together at 
once. Any one of the three is really quite a shock to them, let 
alone all three together. The most interesting is the double take 
on the part of adults who are too reserved to yell out unin- 
hibited cries such as, "Hey, Ma, look at that bike!" One school- 
boy came real close to look while I was in the post office, but as 
soon as I came out he moved away as if I might get angry with 

A tandem bike might seem a little extravagant for a mission- 
ary, but I must say it has turned out to be a blessing. I am 
thankful to the Lord that He put it on the hearts of some of my 
friends to give it to us. Let me recount some of the ways in 
which it has been a blessing: 

1) When we arrived, there was a car already assigned to us. 
However, it was not available for two reasons: a) I did not have 
a driver's license, and b) Our car was being used by Hill Macon- 
aghy, and the new car assigned to him was not yet licensed. This 
is a long, drawn-out process. 

2) The bike is still my only means of transportation around 

3) Believe it or not, I have already lost some weight by walk- 
ing and riding, and I'm enjoying it. 

4) The bicycle has served as a means of giving me a chance to 
be alone with Philip, which might not otherwise be feasible. 

So, you see that what might seem like an extravagant thing to 
take to the mission field has turned out to be a useful blessing. 

it is our prayer that our lives will be just as different as the 
bicycle and our hair coloration are, so that people will say, 
"Hey, Ma, look at that Christian!" # 


Beginning with Bible classes in 
homes, street meetings and personal 
witnessing, the church in Castanhal 
(pronounced Cahstahn-yahl), Brazil, 
has entered the final stage of being 
fully independent. This was accom- 
plished after approximately ten years 
of ministry on the part of various mis- 

In a way the work in Castanhal is an 
outgrowth of a now defunct work 
which has been carried on in a neigh- 
boring town called Capitao Poco. That 
work closed due to lack of support for 
the national pastor and the inability of 
the people to maintain their building. 
Two families moved to Castanhal and 
became the nucleus of the present 
thriving congregation. Later, another 
family came. Two of these three fami- 
lies are in the work now and the other 
has moved to Belem, where it is active 
in one of our churches there. 

To bring the work to its present 
state was difficult every step of the 
way. It was initiated by Bible study in 
homes and evangelism in the city 
streets. Keith and Vivian Altig were as- 
signed to the work, and, finding it 
Impossible to rent a residence, built a 
modest house on lots given free by the 
mayor. Similar lots would probably 
cost three or four thousand dollars 
today. The mayor said he would like 
to have a work such as we proposed to 
do in the city of which he was the 
chief citizen. 

We tried everything— and found that 
street meetings were rained out; Bible 
study in homes was interrupted by 
brawling, bawling children, dogs in and 
out, chickens squawking, and neigh- 
bors staring and commenting through 
the windows and doors. Much the 
same situation existed in the rented 
store building on the corner. In spite 
of these difficulties, contacts were 
made and a small group began to meet 
regularly. The situation clearly called 
for us to have our own facilities if the 
work was to go forward. 

At this point, lots were secured and 
a small, portable chapel was erected. 
The group grew in numbers, people 
found the Lord, and the first baptisms 
were observed indicating a spiritual 
growth also. After a year and a half or 
so, the Altigs went home on furlough 
and the Tim Farner family took over 
the work which continued to grow and 

A Church Is 
Dedicated in Brazil 

By Rev. J. Keith Altig 

When Farners' furlough came due, 
the work was left without a resident 
missionary and suffered a severe let- 
down. When the Farners returned they 
were met at the first service by one 
adult. Tim's first reaction was to lock 
the door, throw away the key, and go 
somewhere else. Instead, however, he 
decided to fix up the residence which 
had become a shambles while un- 
occupied, and go to work, praying, 
preaching, teaching and visiting. 

This strategy paid off and the work 
revived. Former members returned and 
new people were brought in. The 
necessity for added facilities became 
pressing and a small brick addition was 
begun on the back of the wooden 
structure which had been moved to a 
new location. 

The Farners' assignment to the 
south of Brazil coincided with the Al- 
tigs' return to the field (after serving in 
the home office as deputation secre- 
tary for several years), so Altigs were 
requested to resume the Castanhal 
work. The construction was con- 

tinued, financed by contributions 
from the congregation. The people 
were challenged to double their giving, 
which they did, so that the construc- 
tion was completed without outside 

Dedication day of the completed 
new building was December 14, 1975. 
The rotting wooden walls had been 
torn out and brick laid in place. The 
front was constructed to look more 
like a church, and all was ready for the 
dedication. About 125 people at- 
tended, including pastors and people 
from other evangelical churches of the 
city. A regular schedule of activities is 
maintained. The church is fully orga- 
nized and registered according to Bra- 
zilian law as an existing entity. With 
the coming of a national pastor, which 
we hope will be in April, the mission 
of planting a self-supporting church in 
the strategically located and growing 
city of Castanhal will have been ac- 
complished. We praise and glorify the 
name of our Lord for His goodness 
and blessing. 9fi 

APRIL 1, 1976 

A longtime faithful servant of Jesus 
Christ, Mrs. Rose A. Foster, 92, retired 
missionary, departed this life on Janu- 
ary 22, 1976. Her health had gradually 
declined over a period of time, and 
finally she slipped away to be with her 
Saviour. The funeral service was held 
at the Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, 
Indiana, on January 24, with inter- 
ment at Goshen, Indiana, in the same 
cemetery where the bodies of Dr. and 
Mrs. Orville Jobson are buried. . 

Rose (Brosius) Foster was born 
June 9, 1883, in a log cabin at Re- 
buck, Northumberland County, Penn- 
sylvania. She was 1 1 when her mother 
died, leaving four children, of whom 
Rose was the eldest. Later her father 
remarried, and Rose also had half sis- 
ters and half brothers. 

At age 12 Rose went to live with 
another farm family where seven days 
a week she worked at all kinds of tasks 
to earn her board and keep plus a tiny 
cash remuneration. At 16 she moved 
to the big city of Philadelphia, where 
she finally settled in work for a lace 
curtain concern. 

Several years later Rose met Joseph 
Foster, a fine moral young man. They 
were married in May 1906. He was a 
textile worker and she continued with 
her factory job, and for 15 years they 
lived a happy life together with little 
change in their lives. 

Then one day a young co-worker 
confronted Rose with the claims of 
Christ, and Rose— who actually years 
before had received Jesus as her 
Saviour— came to the full assurance of 
her salvation. Through this friend Rose 
learned of the Bible School of Pennsyl- 
vania, and she became gripped with an 
intense desire to attend this school. 
Much to her surprise, her husband was 
willing that she quit her job to go to 
school— so that is what she did. During 
her two years in school she became 
acquainted with the Brethren Church. 
She prayed earnestly for her husband's 
salvation. The Lord answered and Joe 
too became a Christian. Together this 
couple, who had so long lived for 
themselves, found a new desire— to 
serve the Lord. 

In those days the Brethren Church 

The Fosters studying in France— 1926 

Called Home 

was hearing much of the new mission 
field in French Equatorial Africa. The 
Fosters volunteered but were turned 
down. A year later they again offered 
themselves. The foreign board was re- 
luctant to send out a couple already in 
their middle forties. But the Fosters 
used their own savings to buy a mis- 
sionary outfit and go to France to 
study the French language for a year. 
They left the United States in October 
1925. When their time in France was 
ended, the foreign board approved 
their going to Africa. 

After the Lord had allowed the Fos- 
ters 25 years in Africa— years of con- 
tributing toward the steady growth 
with which God blessed the mission— a 
terminal illness claimed Joe. He passed 
away in March 1951, and his body is 
buried at Yaloke. 

In ensuing years the Lord led Mrs. 
Foster into a speaking ministry in the 
U.S., and as long as she was able she 
traveled extensively across the nation, 
bringing devotional messages and mis- 
sionary challenges in churches, camps, 
Bible and missionary conferences. For 
several years she also served as national 
prayer chairman for the WMC. 

After she was not physically able to 
travel any longer, Mrs. Foster con- 
ducted a ministry of hospitality at her 
apartment at the Philathea House resi- 
dence for retired missionaries. Later, 
with physical infirmities overtaking 
her, she found another ministry in 
letter-writing to missionaries and pas- 
tors in the homeland. Several years ago 
she moved out of her apartment to 
take up residence with the W. A. Og- 
den family. The last few weeks of her 
life it was necessary for her, first, to be 
hospitalized, and then to be moved to 
a local nursing home, where her death 

In her years on the mission field 
nothing delighted Mrs. Foster more 
than to teach the Bible. Through the 
later years of her life she remained 
stalwart in the faith and in her love of 
God's Word; also, in a strong prayer 

Mrs. Foster is survived by a half sis- 
ter, Mrs. Ralph Whitmer of Pennsyl- 
vania, and several nieces and nephews. 


A condensation of the message given at tfie memorial service for Mrs. Foster — 






By Dr. E. William Male 

What a ministry she had— not only 
in Africa, but here at home! Her deep 
love for her Lord and her radiant and 
faithful testimony touched multitudes. 
I doubt that there is one of us attend- 
ing this service today who hasn't been 
touched and blessed in one way or an- 
other by her life. 

Rose Foster was a longtime member 
of our First Brethren Church in Phila- 
delphia. After her return from Africa 
and during the time when I was pastor 
of that church (1955-1959), she was a 
frequent speaker at youth rallies, dis- 
trict camps, vacation Bible schools, 
and Sunday Schools. She loved to 
show her curios and tell stories about 
life in Africa. And wherever she went 
the children loved it just as much. 

In those years we frequently trav- 
eled together to district confei^ences 
and camps, and although she referred 
to me as her pastor ever since, I always 
felt that she ministered more to me 
than I ever did to her. 

In addition to her story-telling min- 
istry with children, she had a great 
letter-writing and intercessory prayer 
ministry— especially in her latter years. 
It was always a blessing to receive a 
letter with that characteristic signa- 
ture, "Your African Rose," and I ex- 
pect that we may never know how 
many of us have been kept from some 
danger or had some special blessing on 
our ministry because of her faithful in- 
tercession at the throne of grace. 

There is so much many of us could 
share today of the blessing she was to 
us, but instead let's hear her testimony 
of what her Saviour meant to her. 

There are three verses she wanted to 

have included at this time, and she 
even outlined them for us: 

IWy Sa/i/af/on-John 1:12-"But as 
many as received him, to them gave he 
power to become the sons of God, 
even to them that believe on his 
name." Mrs. Foster rejoiced in her sal- 
vation, and the fact that it was hers 
solely because of her relationship to 
Christ. She had believed, and she had 
received. To her it was so profound, 
yet so simple; so real; and so personal! 
As John said later in the fifth chapter 
of his first epistle, "And this is the 
record, that God hath given to us eter- 
nal life, and this life is in his Son. He 
that hath the Son hath life." 

My Assurance-Jobn 3:36-"He that 
believeth on the Son hath everlasting 
life. . . ." The latter part of that verse 
contains a solemn warning regarding 
the awful plight of those who do not 
know Christ, and it was this fact that 
undoubtedly played a part in Mrs. 
Foster's desire to share the Gospel to 
those in Central Africa who had never 
heard it. 

The portion of this verse that she 
wanted emphasized at this time, how- 
ever, was the part that gave her the 
blessed assurance of her salvation. In 
her notes she underlined the word, 
"hath." She possessed a "present tense 
salvation." I would remind you that 
eternal life didn't begin for Rose Fos- 
ter the day before yesterday when she 
slipped away from us to be in the pres- 
ence of her Lord. It began for her that 
day many years earlier when she re- 
ceived Christ. And she knew it would 
never end. That was her assurance! 

My Victory — \\ Corinthians 

12:9— "And he said unto me, My grace 
is sufficient for thee: for my strength 
is made perfect in weakness. Most 
gladly therefore will I rather glory in 
my infirmities, that the power of 
Christ may rest upon me." 

How she rejoiced in the sufficiency 
of God's grace! It really wasn't her vic- 
tory, but His victory in her. Though 
she was weak in body, it was thus that 
God could demonstrate the power of 
Christ to her, in her, and through her. 

In bringing this message to a close, I 
want to share— though ever so brief- 
ly—three thoughts from the Psalms, 
thoughts that often occupied her con- 
versation as she and I traveled together 
from time to time. 

1. Psalm 18:30-"As for God, his 
way is perfect." 

Whether in life, or in death; in times 
of joy, or in sorrow; in little things, in 
big things; in temporal things, in eter- 
nal things; "As for God, his way is per- 
fect." It includes everything: His way 
of salvation, of supplying our needs, of 
blessing us, of using us. There are 
many things in life we don't under- 
stand, but this one thing we know, "as 
for God, his way is perfect." 

2. Psalm 103:15-16-"As for man, 
his days are as grass . . . ." 

As we consider the brevity of life, 
we must demonstrate our concern for 
the unconverted. This is a motivation 
for service, for what we are going to 
do must be done quickly. 

But this truth also gives solace for 
the sorrowing. In the light of eternity, 
delays here (before reunion with de- 
parted loved ones, for instance) are as 

3. Psalm 17:15-"As for me ... I 
shall be satisfied, when I awake, with 
thy likeness." 

This is what God had in mind when 
He saved us, and how frequently we 
thrilled with the words of John, "Be- 
loved, now are we the sons of God, 
and it doth not yet appear what we 
shall be: but we know that, when he 
shall appear, we shall be like him; for 
we shall see him as he is" (I John 3:2). 

Beloved, there's a new Rose in 
heaven today— an African Rose— and 
she no longer shows any signs of fad- 
ing! Our Rose is with her Lord, and 
she is satisfied, awakened in glory with 
His likeness! W 

APRIL 1, 1976 


Prepared To Live for Christ 

IFMS editor's note: Testimonies of students and former students at 
the James Cribble High School, Yaloke. Central African Republic, 
were sent by Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Louis Steudler.) 

From a School of Theology studen^ 

I was born in a Christian family. At the age of 10 I 
accepted the Lord Jesus into my heart, and two years later 
I was baptized. When I came to the last year of elementary 
school, I took the entrance exams for two consecutive years 
to enter secondary school. Although I was the top student 
in my class, I did not pass the exam and was not admitted. I 
was very disappointed and didn't know what else to do. 
One day a friend told me about the Christian high school at 
Yaloke, giving me all the necessary information to take the 
entrance exam. I spoke about this to my father and he was 
agreed that if possible I should go. This time I was ac- 
cepted. My parents were so happy, they did everything 
possible to pay my schooling. 

From the time I arrived I realized all the advantages of 
this school where I spent four years and where I truly came 
to know the Lord. At the end of my studies at Yaloke I 
made a decision to consecrate my life to God to serve Him. 
This decision was due to the messages which the teachers 
had given each morning as well as the Bible studies in class. 
Each time one of the messages touched on Christian service, 
I could feel my heart pounding. During our closing chapel 
service at the end of my four years, the director of the 
school, Mr. Steudler, preached on the subject, "Saved to 
Serve." To conclude his message he asked those who felt 
touched by this command of the Lord to raise their hands 
so he could pray for them. I was one of those who re- 

To continue my schooling I spent the next four years in 
Bangui. In my heart was still the promise that I had made 
to the Lord. It was at the government school of nursing 
where I spent two years that things began to take a negative 
turn. Having been judged "unsatisfactory," I was expelled 
from that school. It was a shock for my family and friends. 
As for me, I wasn't terribly upset, for I hadn't forgotten my 
promise, and I would think about the passage, "My 
thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your 
ways." Perhaps this profession of government nurse 
wouldn't leave me enough free time to serve the Lord. 
While I was out of school I asked God to show me what 
profession I should prepare for in order to serve Him better. 

It was during this time that one day I received a letter 
from Mrs. Steudler counseling me regarding my problems. 

She also asked me if I wouldn't like to present myself as a 
candidate for the School of Theology at Yaloke. I went to 
my room and asked God to make His will clear to me in 
this matter. One week later I left Bangui to go back to my 
family at Bekoro. I talked to my parents about the School 
of Theology and then to my church. The church said they 
couldn't help me financially at that time, so my father 
agreed to pay for my studies at Yaloke. 

I am now in the third year of study and I thank the Lord 
for hearing my prayers and those of my brothers and sisters 
in Christ which have made it possible for me to be at the 
School of Theology today. 

Permit me to share briefly with you how I spend my 
time during the summer vacation. From Monday to Friday 
in the morning I work in my cotton garden. In the after- 
noon from 4:00 to 5:00 I first of all teach a 20-minute 
Bible class to the children; then this is followed by choir 
practice three times a week for a choir which I direct. Each 
weekend I go out with this choir into nearby churches. This 
singing group is called "The Echo from Heaven" and is 
composed exclusively of students from the James Gribble 
High School and Yaloke School of Theology. With musical 
accompaniment of guitars, melodicas and maracas, we have 
already held three evangelistic meetings. 

The first of these was also a weekend of Bible study, 
which took place at Paoua the 19th and 20th of July. We 
traveled to this town by bicycle. The letter announcing our 
arrival was lost and we only had 16 boys and 8 girls of 
high-school age who came out. They were very interested in 
our meetings. There were also many children from primary 
school and some adults. After the Bible studies on Satur- 
day, we attended the worship service Sunday morning and 
sang. Following the message, three of the students who had 
come to our meetings on Saturday were converted. We then 
went out with literature and were able to sell many books. 
We found the three new converts and gave them booklets 
on the Christian life. In the afternoon we were at the 
church in South Paoua. There were more than 200 persons. 
The leaders of the church welcomed us warmly. Monday we 
were on our way back to Bekoro. 

On July 26 we were at Betoko where there were 127 
young people in attendance. The message was given by my 
father and two girls were converted. 

At Yene, near the Chad border, we arrived at 8:30 p.m. 



after a walk of 22 kilometers (about 14 miles), and were 
well received. Sunday irorning we began our activities by 
playing and singing special numbers in the church service. 
In the afternoon we held a special meeting for the youth. 
There was a true Christian atmosphere among us. I orga- 
nized a little Bible quiz and offered booklets to those who 
won. We returned to Bekoro around 7 p.m. (walking again). 
The following weeks we made other trips along the same 
plan in five different villages. Finally, on September 25 we 
organized an evening of farewell to mark the close of our 
activities for the summer. All my relatives were present as 
well as the leaders of our church. We thank the Lord very 
much, who has given us this opportunity to work for Him, 
as well as all those who prayed for us. 

■rom a Central African student in eastern Europe— 

I often think of Yaloke as a far-off paradise. Here you 
cannot always do as you'd like. I want to tell you a story. 
I met a girl 23 years old who works in the school where I 
study. She had always been distrustful of me, afraid I 
would discover that she is a Christian. But every time I 
talked to her I would purposely speak of Jesus Christ, and 
before leaving I would say, "May God keep us until we 
meet another day." Finally she asked me why I was always 
talking about God. I told her that I was a Christian. She 
didn't want to believe me until I brought her my Bible plus 
a New Testament in her own language, which I offered to 
her. She was thrilled to meet a Christian and above all to 
receive a New Testament in her own language, something 
she hadn't expected to have in her whole lifetime. 

This girl's parents are also Christians. They invited me to 
one of their underground meetings in the city. I brought 
them what was left of the New Testaments (in their own 
language) that I had received at Yaloke. They meet each 
Wednesday and Sunday in a hidden building, which is their 

meeting place, I do not go too often for their safety as well 
as for my own. 

On September 21, 1975, two young people were married 
in this little church. I was invited and went. Among the 
relatives erf the young couple were nonbelievers. They are 
the ones who denounced me at my school. Monday after 
class I was called in to be questioned regarding my Sunday 
activities. I answered that I had the right outside my classes 
to visit friends without neglecting my obligations to the 
school. They didn't pursue the questioning any further, but 
since that time I have been watched whenever I go out. 

Nevertheless, I went again to see my Christian friends on 
October 12. It was a Sunday evening. As I was returning, 
two men came up to me and ordered me to "take care of 
your own business if you want to avoid trouble." Conse- 
quently, since then, no more secret meetings. However, I 
continue to meet the girl and by her I transmit certain Bible 
passages that I studied at Yaloke. These people have a real 
thirst to see the Lord, and have a great desire to have Bible 
studies. If I have another opportunity, I will not hesitate to 
visit these brothers in the faith and seek the way of the 
Lord with them. 

In every situation I put my all in the hands of the Lord. 
This choice which I made from my student days at Yaloke 
high school, I continually renew and remain in the hands of 
the living God. 

Here I attend a church which does not satisfy me, but I 
cannot find anything else that is better. Believe me, you 
must truly be sustained by God when you are not in agree- 
ment with your church in certain principles. I realize that 
my short stay at Yaloke has given me a faith which is solid 
and unshakable. This is why I can stand firm spiritually. # 

APRIL 1, 1976 


Fror^ the National Feiiov. ship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 


• i'()>i-i.()increiKe lour piiiiuica This year"s national con- 
ference will be held Aug. 6-13 in Long Beach, Calif. At 
the conclusion of conference, a one-week tour to Hawaii 
begins— Saturday, Aug. 14— and will feature trips to two 
islands and a Sunday visit to our Brethren churches. Cost 
will be S475. Brochures describing the complete package 
are now available. Write for your copy— Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald. Box 544, Winona Lake. Ind. 46590: or 
Rev. Ralph Colburn. 5885 Downey Ave., Long Beach, 
Calif 90805. 

•Wheaton. III. (EPl— A two-man evangelistic team was 
broken up with the retirement of blind singer Bob Find- 

He and Paul J. Levin, who began singing and preach- 
ing the Gospel of Jesus Christ together in January 1 934, 
conducted their tlnal week of ser\ices at Levin's home 
church, Calvary Baptist of Normal. HI. Levin will con- 
tinue preaching and directing the global ministry' of 
Bible Tracts, Inc He also conducts a daily broadcast, 
"Bible Tract Echoes." aired on more than 30 radio 

•\v.' '1 or!; ( HP i-Evangelist Billy Graham's new book, 
Angels: God's Secret Agents, topped "by far" the annual 
summar>' of nonfiction best-sellers compiled by Publish- 
ers Weekly. 

It was the evangelist's first appearance in the No. 1 
spot, though his Tfte Secret of Happiness was ranked 
seventh in 1955. and World Aflame fourth in 1965. 

•Changes for Annual William Shelby, 1111 Spokane 
Ave., Prosser. Wash. 99350 . . . Leslie Nutter. 126 N. 8th 
St., Columbia, Pa. 17512. (Tel. 717-684-7122) . . . Sus- 
quehanna Grace Brethren Church. R. R. 1. Box 420-1. 
Wrightsville, Pa. 17368. (Tel. 717-252-1233) ... The fol- 
lowing two missionaries have new addresses: Timothy 
Earner, Rua Joao 23. No 520. 38 400 Uberlandia. Minas 
Gerais, Brasil . . . Miss Barbara Hulse. Rua Joao 23. No 
522, 38.400 Uberlandia. Minas Gerais. Brasil. 

• Covinaton \a A hub of activity has been noticeable at 
this church recently. Along with many decisions there 
were 14 baptized and 17 received into church member- 
ship. A total youth program has been adopted including 
Whirlybirds. Jet-cadets. Alpha Teens and Omega Teens. 
The Jr. and Sr. WMCs have organized weekly prayer cells 
throughout the city to pray especially for the spring 
revival, and the men of the church are directing daily 
cottage prayer meetings. 

ji. iGciiiuwiii Pastor Robert F. Spencer 
has resigned as pastor of Geistown Grace Brethren 
Church. His future is open to the Lord. He will be avail- 
able for evangelistic meetings and pulpit supply. 

• Elkhart. Ind Pastor Robert Crees has resigned as Minis- 
ter of Visitation at the Grace Brethren Church of Elk- 
hart to accept a call as the "Preaching Pastor" of the 
Robindale Union Church, a small independent church in 
the general area of Johnstown, Pa. He also plans a minis- 
tr\- of \isitation on a voluntarj' basis for the Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, where his son-in-law, David 
Plaster, is pastor. The new address for Pastor Crees is 
Shannon Creek Court. Space 11. R. R. 1, New Florence, 
Pa. 15944. 

•Roanoke. Va. (Clearbrook) A new look has been cre- 
ated in the auditorium by the installation of beautiful 
new carpet and new drapes. Carpeting was also installed 
in some of the classrooms. According to Pastor Charles 
Flowers the "interest shown in changing the appearance 
of the Lord's house is appreciated." 


Alto. Mich. .Apr. 11-18. Robert Mohler. pastor; Henry 
Rempel. speaker. 

Albany, Oreg. Apr. 11-18. Bruce Button, pastor; Becker 

In Memory 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

BOONE, Silas. 80, Dec. 19. 1975. hfe-long member 
of the Covington Grace Brethren Church, Covington. 
Va. Keith Zook. pastor. 

DAVIS. Barley. Jan. 25, a member of First Brethren 
Church. Akron. Ohio, for 25 years. Gerald Teeter. 



A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to n^w subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

The following marriages were solemnized by Pastor 
David Hocking at the First Brethren Church, Long 
Beach. Calif.: 

Gale Atwood and Larr> Mole. Jan. 3. Nancy Larson and 
David Rasmussen, Jan. 17. Jill Ledbetter and James 
Pratt, Jan. 17. Marena Little and Paul Otis. Jan. 24. 
Anne Bloomquist and James Robison, Jan. 30. Jannette 
Jensen and Mark Henning, Jan. 31. Charlotte Davis and 
Rock\ Boquist. Feb. 3. 



'm a Child of the 

King in Growing 

This is the opportunity you've been 
waiting for all year ... your oppor- 
tunity to help SMM in a real way on 
the national level. (Of course, you 
realize that all you put into the 
national SMM funnel soon finds its 
way through the district and local 

Suggested minimum goal: $1 a year 
per member. Not much, and there's 
probably not a WMC around that will 
be satisfied with the minimum. 

Your local treasurer has an offering 
slip for this offering so send it in by 
April 30. 







under the Christian Education Department 









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APRIL 1, 1976 


Smiling faces ... busy hands... 
melodious tunes ... the scent of 
sweet perfumes permeating the air- 
dedicated Christian ladies are laboring 
in their service for the Lord. This ob- 
servation seems to be a bit too pat. 
Perhaps it is just possible that there is 
a hint of cover-up here. 

Scripture records of mankind that 
all their righteousnesses are as filthy 
rags. All the good that man does— no 
matter how well It is received of 
others— if it is done in the power of 
the flesh, amounts to nothing more 
than filthy rags. What a picture! These 
works are not merely compared to 
worthless rags— but filthy ones— not 
slightly soiled— more than dirty— filthy 

The unsaved man finds himself 
locked into a position of a manufac- 
turer of filthy rags. He shares, he 
prays, he does deeds of kindness, he 
smiles, he attends church, he even sac- 
rifices. But all of these acts in the eyes 
of the Lord have no merit or lasting 

What a blessed privilege the Lord 
has given to the believer. He has given 
the believer an opportunity to get out 
of the "rag business." In fact, Christ 
has done much more . . . "for all 
things have become new." A Chris- 
tian's life can be the channel for the 
outpouring of the Holy Spirit in love, 
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, 
goodness, faith, meekness, and temper- 

ance. According to Revelation 5;8 
(NIV) the believer's prayers are com- 
pared to a golden bowl of incense. 
Quite a contrast— from total ugliness 
and worthlessness to ultimate beauty 
and worth. Through the Spirit it is 
actually possible to bring pleasure to 
the King of kings and to delight Him 
with service. 

But despite this privilege some be- 
lievers spend a good deal of their time 
at the old "rag factory." They slip into 
the dirty coveralls of the old man. 
Much is done in the power of, and for 
the glory of the flesh. How many 
WMC projects . . . how many Sunday 
School classes . . . how much mother- 
ing .. . all done in the flesh and then 
glibbly handed to the Lord as a gift— as 
a package of service! Oh, the gift is 
beautifully wrapped ... the paper 
sparkles . . . the bow is huge with flow- 
ing ribbon. And it is presented with 
such pride and anticipation of reward. 
Then the tape is loosened, the ribbon 
untied, the paper torn— and Christ 
finds what He knew He would— filthy 
rags in the finest packaging. 

What a heartbreak at the Judgment 
Seat of Christ to find much of one's 
service to have been corrputible and 
consumable as filthy, oily rags. Instead 
of the expected gold, silver, diamonds, 
pearls and rubies— there are packages 
containing slivers of wood, fragments 
of hay, and worthless stubble. 

The time for examination is now! 

For now there is yet time to serve. The 
day of the Bema Seat of Christ will be 
too late. Evaluate the motive for ser- 
vice. Is it because involvement is en- 
joyable? Is it because of guilt? Is it for 
recognition? Is it because service 
makes one feel good inside? Is it be- 
cause it is expected? OR ... is one 
serving because the Spirit of God that 
indwells is compelling in a ministry of 
love to the Lord— that He alone might 
be glorified? 

How proud is the heart of man! 
Someone once said: "If mankind had 
created the earth, there would be tags 
on every tree and stone— 'Made in the 
U.S.A. '-'Made in Japan'-'Made by 
John Smith' — 'Made by Mary 
Jones'— 'Made in Only Four Days.' " 

Because of this pride, there is a 
great tendency to cover up the truth. 
How many bitter hearts are under 
smiling faces? How much greed in 
sharing? How much flesh under spiri- 
tual appearances? 

The day of reckoning will come. All 
believers will appear before Christ, as 
it were, laden with many packages. 
Every work done since the day of sal- 
vation will appear and stand beside 
him. There is a big red box labeled 
"7,000 Dedicated Sunday School Les- 
sons Taught," and another labeled, 
"64,000 Minutes in Sacrificial Prayer 
Time." Still others . . . "Four Years as 
a Wonderful WMC President," 
"3,628% Hours in Diligent Bible 
Study," "20 Years as a Loving 
Mother," "40 Years of Submitting 
When My Husband Wasn't Loving," 
"2,005 Wednesday Night Prayer Meet- 
ings Faithfully Attended," "Six (and 
Almost Seven) Tracts Fearlessly Dis- 

(Continued on page 18) 

From Rags 
to Riches 

By Mrs. Ray I. Feather 




(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 2 7 and 28 of the 
1976 Brethren Annual.^ 


Mr. Terrence D. Shultzman June 2 

Rev. Martin M. Garber June 14 

Lynda Kay Garber June 15, 1969 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 1 5 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 
Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

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


Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 


Rev. Clifford L. Coffman June 22 


Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr June 12 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Rev. Roger D. Peugh June 1 7 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Mrs. Roger D. Peugh June 1 7 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Beverly Anne Hodgdon June 26, 1961 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
David William Walker June 29, 1961 

R. R. 8, Box 206, Warsaw, IN 46580. 


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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter I'retz, 413 

Wooster 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. 

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

Chestnui 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, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Dan Pachcco, 413 Kings Hwy., 

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

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

^ Offering Emphasis 

Home Missions Offering 
went over the goal . . . 
$6,127.43 was received. 

Has your district done 
its thing? That is, has it 
done its thing for the 
Operation & Publication 
Offering? This offering 
is still short of the goal. 

Note: Four months 
will speed right by 
and it will be time 
for national confer- 
ence and WMC ses- 
sions. Will you be 

"Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon," or most any other other, 
-time, can be very difficult if you don't have a good craft to cruise in. The 

river ministry in Brazil needs just that! And it also needs a trail bike for. 
'use at the end of the cruise so the missionary can get from the river to 

where the people live. So now you know and now you can really give to 
-the Foreign Missions Offering. (Any amount beyond the designated cost 

for the river ministry will go toward a residence in the Uberlandia work.) 


Where is Jesus in your life today? 

Is the cross of Calvary where you make Him stay? 

He suffered the shame, the agony too, 

He knew this was what He had come to do. 

But the shedding of blood from the innocent Lamb 

Was only part of God's wonderful plan. 

Could Jesus have hung on Calvary, 

Suffering in shame and agony. 

Showing no fear as the grave came in view. 

Had He not known there was more God would do? 

Where is Jesus in your life today? 

Is He yet sealed in the tomb where He lay? 

Hear and remember what the angels said, 

"Why seek ye the living among the dead?" 

The Jesus we love is in no grave of rock. 

He's the guardian shepherd who cares for His flock. 

Where is Jesus in your life today? 

Is He risen to glory the way we all say? 

What hope could we have if His death were the end? 

Without life eternal, why forgiveness of sin? 

Let Him down off the cross, let Him out of the tomb 

In His death see the power and glory— not the gloom. 

Oh praise God He's in heaven above! 

Interceding for us with His undying love. 

Giving us strength for each burden we bear. 

Letting us know He'll always be there 

(WMC editor's note: Sharon Lambert attends the Grace Brethren 
Church in Davenport, Iowa, where she is a Sunday School teacher and 
a Missionary Helpers Club worker.) 

Top Ten 

The following councils have been rated 
as the top ten in per capita giving for 
the WMC year 1974-75. 

1. Telford, Pennsylvania 

2. Everett, Pennsylvania— Senior 

3. Parkersburg, West Virginia 

4. Bellflower, California— Dorcas 

5. Englewood, Ohio 

6. Altoona, Pennsylvania— First 

Church— Senior 

7. Roanoke, Virginia— Ghent— Sherry 


8. Norwalk, California 

9. Duncansville, Pennsylvania— Senior 
10. Lakewood, California 


(Continued from page 16) 

tributed," "101 Testimonies Uttered," 
"620 Movies I Wanted to See, But 
Didn't" . . . and on and on and on. 

But then these packages— as beauti- 
ful as they will appear on the out- 
side—will be opened— and the flowery 
adjectives so carefully inscribed on 
their tags will be forever discarded 
along with much of their contents. 
The true worth of each work will be 
displayed for all to see. Praise God for 
the gold, the silver, and the precious 
stones that will be found. But how 
much will be scraps of wood and con- 
sumable waste? Every act of service 
done by the power of the flesh will be 
seen for what it is, and not one filthy 
rag will stand the test of the Judge's 

Smiling faces . . . busy hands . . . 
melodious tunes . . . the scent of 
sweet perfumes permeating the air- 
dedicated Christian ladies are laboring 
in their service for the Lord. Ladies, 
God desires those smiling faces and 
those busy hands— but only as they are 
the product of the Spirit within. It is 
easy to fool others, but the One who 
knows all and sees all cannot be 
fooled. Why labor for rags when God 
has promised all manner of riches? 

(WMC editor's note: Sharon Feather and her 
husband attend the Grace Brethren Church 
of Fremont, Ohio, where Mr. Feather is as- 
sociate pastor. The Feathers have two chil- 
dren—Scott, three, and Donie Raye, 6 




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. 


(Christian Education Department's editor's note:) 

■ John Sholly, Home Mission pastor from Dryhill, Kentucky, 
recently wrote confirming his desire to again use Brethren teenagers 
in summer missionary work through the TIME program (Training In 
Missionary Endeavor). 

He enclosed this testimony, noting places and events so familiar 
to those who have served with TIME in that region in previous years. 

The following teens served under the TIME program in Kentucky 
last year: 
At Clayhole, Kentucky: 

Susan Dishong / Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 

Karen Mason /Johnstown, Pennsylvania 


At Dryhill, Kentucky: 

Rick Battis / Winona Lake, Indiana 
Annette Johnson / Ripon, California 
Joy Leaf / Winona Lake, Indiana 
Mark Maurer / Winona Lake, Indiana 
Dave Stroup / Winona Lake, Indiana 
Connie Whitcomb / Winona Lake, Indiana 

By John Sholly 

It was a chilly morning, but I had to go. If you're going 
to get In the 100 calls per quarter; you make It a point to 
visit. My desk as usual had more than a day's work piled on 
it but It would wait. 

The motorcycle I use to get back in the hollers seemed 
ready to go. I adjusted my calling packet that hangs 
around my neck and rolled down the hill. Down river past 
Peach Orchard, Pie Foot Hollow, up Wilder Branch to the 
mouth of Red Root Hollow. Johnson's dog ran out barking 
his welcome. Emmory had been up to the Chapel and invited 
me down. 

First call! "Good to see you, come in; come in!" 

The three grandchildren lived with Emmory and his wife. 
One was in school; the others kept the doors open on chilly 

"I was in the hospital for three days," Emmory stated! 
"But I got up and left!" It had been his fourth heart attack. 
I thought to myself, "If there is ever a man that needs 
Christ; you're looking at him." 

I played with the kids, talked about many things and 
this included salvation. "Sometime," Emmory said, "you 
come back when you can, I'll be to church." After saying 
farewell, I headed the Yamaha into the hollow. "He's nice!" 
I reflected. "I'll stop again." 

Next morning Steve stopped me on the road, "Emmory 
died last night!" Died? I hadn't meant to say good-bye. 


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A computer-evaluc 

ted Sunday S 

chool report of the 




II iirH 1 

National Fellowsh 

p of Brethren 



71 Jl>\ 


JLJEl 1. 

♦Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 
day Schools'-February 1975-152; Feb- 


ruary 1976-155. 

♦Growth index based on 184 reporting 






A - 

Winona Lake, Ind 

Charles Ashman 

Robert Ashman 

February 1975 weel^ly average atten- 

B - 

Johnstown, Pa. 

February 1976 weekly average atten- 


H. Don Rough 

Ronald Carnevali 

dance- 28, 578 

C - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

Net Gain in reporting churches- 1,654 per- 


Kenneth Koontz 

Jack Griffith 

sons or up 6 1 percent 

D - 

Union, Ohio 

Ron Picard 

Carl Trimble 

112 churches registered increases total- 

E - 

Washington, Pa. 

Shimer Darr 

R. Dennis Malone 


F - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

71 churches registered losses total- 

(Singer Hill) 

Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

Largest numerical increase-Long Beach, 

G - 

Mansfield, Ohio 

Calif. (North Long Beach) 


George Wallace 

Tim Metcalf 

Largest percentage increase— Anderson, 

H - 

Cypress, Calif. 

Ross Martin 

Leola Rundall 

1 - 

Dillsburg, Pa. 

Lee Dice 

• r/?e larger the number of reporting 
ctiurches, tfie more accurately these figures 

J - 

Anderson, S.C. 

Marion Thomas 

Jack Broyles 

Witt represent the church growth picture of 

N - 

Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

the NF8C. We urge the totai support of the 
churches of the NFBC in this computer- 


North Canton, Ohio- 

204; South Bend, 

evaluated church growth analysis which is 


-229; Beaver City 


-50; Haqerstown, Md 


provided free of charge to churches of the 


Valley, Calif.-319, 

Cypress, Calif. -105. 

Fellowship by the Christian Education De- 


APRIL 1, 1976 


Christian School Pioneers 

Nostalgia 194' 

The year is 1947. The date— early 
September and the sky was probably 
somewhat overcast early that morning 
in Seal Beach, California. Those pres- 
ent that day at the Seal Beach Breth- 
ren Church were not as concerned 
with the weather, however, as the ex- 
pected arrival of three yellow school 
buses. One of them, a prewar vintage 
International, was a military surplus 
vehicle now owned by the Second 
Brethren Church of Long Beach (later 
to become the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church). The other two were 
owned by First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach. One was a 1936 Dodge 
with surprisingly streamlined appear- 
ance, and the other a brand-new 1947 

The Brethren Church, active in the 
school business during the American 
Revolutionary era, was about to re- 
enter a field that it had long neglected. 
A Christian school was being born and 
the name of it was "Brethren Day 
School." Zoning regulations had pre- 
vented the First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach from beginning the new 
school in its own building. Providen- 
tially the Seal Beach Brethren Church 
and its pastor. Dr. George Peek, wel- 
comed the arrival of three bus loads of 
children collected from throughout 
the greater Long Beach area on that 
first day of school. 

The strangeness of the new sur- 
roundings had not yet diminished for 
the nearly 100 students by the time 
the first chapel service was called to 
order in the church auditorium. Prin- 
cipal Albert L. Flory along with the 
founding pastor. Dr. Charles W. Mayes, 
took time to remind the students of 
the monumental event in which they 
were participating. The boys and girls 
in that chapel were probably not too 
impressed with the long-range ramifi- 

cations of that day. They were prob- 
ably more interested in learning first- 
hand all the ways that this school year 
was to be different from any they had 
experienced before. These students 
were pioneers. At the time they felt no 
concern for the loss of more sophisti- 
cated school buildings and play- 
grounds. Who could even feel bad 
about the absence of a school cafeteria 
when the principal of the school was 
personally leading them the two short 
blocks to the white sandy beach that 
made lunch hour a beach party. The 
sacrifices that some were so prone to 
emphasize were easily compensated 
for through the unusual sense of cama- 
raderie and school spirit that was fos- 
tered by dedicated teachers. I know. I 
was a sixth grader. 

Now nearly 30 years later local 
Brethren churches are sponsoring over 
20 Christian day schools, and Brethren 

W. Mayes 

Howard Mayes is Execu- 
tive Director of the Chris- 
tian Education Department and is 
also Chairman of the Board of the Lake- 
land Christian Academy of Warsaw, Indiana. 

leadership and resources play a deter- 
mining role in several other Christian 
schools officially sponsored by non- 
profit, interdenominational corpora- 

An Uphill Pathway 

My father. Dr. Charles W. Mayes, 
recently reminded me again that in the 
early days of the Christian school 
movement in California it was an up- 
hill pathway even in his own church to 
secure support for the notion of a 
Christian school education. 

Many Brethren holding lucrative 
positions in public education as well as 
many other pastors, were not easily 
convinced of the validity of the Chris- 
tian school movement. 

At that time Dr. Mark Fakkema, re- 
spectfully remembered by some as one 
of the most influential men in America 
in the early days of the Christian 
school movement, told my father that 
it would take a generation to secure 
the acceptance of the concept in the 
church community. 

He spoke from the broad perspec- 
tive of years of experience in the 
Christian Reformed denomination, a 
segment of the Christian community 
that became active in Christian school 
operation long before the concept was 
accepted by most evangelical churches. 
The accuracy of Dr. Fakkema's pre- 
diction is born out by the fact that 
many fine Christian schools today are 
educating the grandchildren of men 
and women who were unconvinced of 
the need for the Christian school when 
their own children were growing up. 
Friendly Opposition 

Every new Christian school today is 
being opposed by some individuals 
who, Lord willing, will be most appre- 
ciative of the existence of the school 
at a future date. Some are honestly 



. . . Christian Schools today 
are educating the grandchil- 
dren of men and women who 
were unconvinced of the need 
for the Christian school when 
their own children were grow- 
ing up. 

watching with friendly interest, wait- 
ing to see if the new school "will make 
it." Presumably it will be worthy of 
their support if it can just survive long 
enough to deserve it. 

But a new school must walk before 
it can run— it must have a childhood 
before it can demonstrate full-blown 

Today the Lord is blessing the 
efforts of a relatively small group of 
people in bringing into existence liter- 
ally hundreds of new Christian 
schools. These schools will welcome 
the opportunity to provide Christian 
education for the grandchildren of 
some who by design or default hinder 
the progress of the new school today. 

Thank God for the pioneers in 
Christian school ministry. We honestly 
welcome to our ranks those most re- 
cently persuaded, and urge others to 
take a position supporting Christian 
school education now on the basis of 
its rightness in terms of the overall 
mission of the church. 

An Exciting Possibility 

The success of today's new Chris- 
tian school could be virtually assured 
if large numbers now waiting for the 
school to "grow" or "prove itself" 
would throw their support behind the 
new school now on the basis of the 
rightness of its objectives and its con- 
sistency with the Christian philosophy 
of life. 

Everybody Likes a Winner 

It's a warm Friday night in a south- 
ern California town and the bleachers 
are filled to capacity for a football 
game between two well-established 
Christian high schools. One is operated 

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by a local church; the other by a non- 
denominational board of directors. 

My preference for one team is 
understandable since it represents my 
alma mater. A hush falls over the en- 
tire stadium as the invocation is of- 
fered over the loudspeaker. This is not 
a "watered-down" ode to an unknown 
God. The one leading the prayer ex- 
presses faith in the living Christ, and 
the authority of the Word of God. He 
mentions the highest goals of Christian 
education and asks that Christ be glori- 
fied through safe and sportsmenlike 
conduct on and off the field. 

I still have my favorite team, but 
suddenly the outcome of the game 
doesn't really seem important. The im- 
portant thing was realizing that that 
crowded stadium packed with well- 
behaved spectators was only a very 
small but effective evidence that two 
Christian high schools had grown to 
great strength and public acceptance. 

Amid the cheers of excited students 
and partisan fans it would be rather 
easy to sell observers on the validity of 
Christian school education. But I was 
thinking about our brand-new Chris- 
tian high school over 2,000 miles away 
in a little town in the Midwest. Are the 
real spiritual goals of Christian educa- 
tion less important there? Are teen- 
agers there less deserving of an educa- 
tion that will point them to God's 

The success of today's new 
Christian School could be 
virtually assured if large num- 
bers now waiting for the 
school to "grow" or "prove 
itself" would throw their sup- 
port behind the new school 
now. . . . 

authority rather than away from Him? 

No, the goals of Christian education 
and the needs of youth are the same 
throughout the world. I look closer at 
the people who fill the stands. They 
are not that different than the people 
of the same church affiliation in my 
present hometown in the Midwest. 

The difference was time. There will 
be a day. Lord willing, when the de- 
sirable but comparatively unimportant 
marks of strength and success like a 
football team and a well-developed 
campus will belong to our new school 

But in the meantime there will be 
many joys, challenges, and unique 
blessings for those who are willing to 
be pioneers in a new school program. 

APRIL 1, 1976 




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Sea World 
Under the Stars 

1976 Brethren National Youth Conference 

A lot of things make youth conference special. 

Josh McDowell . . . he'll bespeaking each evening. 

Roy Roberts . . . he'll be speaking each morning. 

Randy Kettering . . . he'll be directing an unusually fan- 
tastic music program. 

Special "options" . . . Monday's trip to one of the largest 
indoor pools in America (repeated on Tuesday); Wednesday 
night's cruise of San Diego harbor, Thursday's trips to San 
Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, or to the San Diego Mission, 
Old Town and Mission Beach; or Friday's trip to the beach. 

But Thursday evening is one of the youth conference 
special "specials." 

Since a trip to San Diego is "hardly complete without a 
visit to Sea World," Brethren iMatiorial Youth Conference 
has rented Sea World for cur ex'^li.isive use Thursday night 
of conference week 

We will haw access to all 5 shows and the 25 exhibits. 
And the rides will be free . . . including the sky tovi/ei- and 
the quarter-.miie skv nde. 

Shamu the killer whale will plunge to the bottom of his 
huge tank. He will surface, swimming around the tank at 
nearly 15 knots with his trainer riding on his back. 

You'll see a man ride a pair of dolphins. 

The "Ding-a-Ling Brother Seal and Penguin Circus" and 
"Yankee Doodle Whale" will also be included in the eve- 
ning's activities. 

In addition to these special water attractions, that eve- 
ning's meetings of National Youth Conference will beheld 
at Sea World. 

We are asking all persons registering for the conference 
to pay the additional five dollar fee for the Thursday spec- 
tacular. This is a special price which includes all rides and 
transportation by chartered bus. 

Brethren guests who are not a part of the National 
Youth Conference are welcome to join the Thursday eve- 
ning spectacular by paying the five dollar fee at the en- 
trance gate of Sea World at 7:30 p.m. on August 12. ^ 





(Cover Photo) The 
cover introduces you 
to the theme of this 
issue with an original 
piece of art present- 
ed by Mr. Arthur 
Davis, an art instruc- 
tor at Grace College. 

4 It Took 51 Years 

6 Born-Again Churches? 

8 New Life Out of the Ashes 

1 1 Sufficiently Proved and Ordained 

12 BMH NewsSumnnary 
14 Grace News Notes 

16 The Day of Resurrection 

19 The Return of the Graduate 

20 Keeping You in the Know 

22 The Church Growth Movement Is Here 

Charles W. Turner, Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman, Manecjing Editor 

Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 

Fern Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Omega Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 
Foreign Missions—Rev. John Zieiasko 
Riace Schools— Dr. Herman A Hoyt 
Home IVlissiorib— Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
cnri'itlari Ed. — Rsv. Howard Mayes 
WMC— Mrs Daniel Pacheco 




SECOrjD-CLASS postaqe paid at Winona Latte, Ind. issued 
ori the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544. Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Subscription price: S4.1>s a year; loteign, $5.00. Special 
I'ates to churcnes. 

ilib ^ i ib <b ^ (bib. 

Dear Readers, 

All of our thoughts at this 
time of year are being drawn to 
Easter and the joyful hope that is 
ours because of the resurrection. 
A thenne will conne to your nnind 
as you read this issue of the 
Herald. That theme is "New Life 
in Christ." New life is a reality 
because Jesus Christ died and 
rose from the dead. The Home 
Missions Council and Grace 
Schools have cooperated in a 
very wonderful way to bring this 
particular issue to you. 

The cover introduces you to 
the theme with an original piece 
of art presented by Arthur Davis 
of the faculty of Grace Schools. 
You will find some Home Mis- 
sions articles carrying out the 
testimony of what the resur- 
rection life can mean in the lives 
of some "Born Again Churches." 
Your heart, too, will be made 
glad with the account of James 
Taylor of West Covina, Cali- 
fornia. "The Day of Resur- 
rection" by K Marie Stolba tells 
the story of a Byzantine Easter 
Hymn. The editorial entitled 
"Hello Tulips!" speaks of the 
power of nature and nature's 

We trust you will find the 
theme "New Life in Christ" a 
special Easter treat from the vari- 
ous writers. — CWT 

Address your letter to the editor, 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. 




Reflections By Still Waters 

Spring is a time of rare beauty. It 
may be the contrast of the cold 
leafless trees and the brown lawns that 
we have been viewing the past months. 
Or it may be the mental attitude we 
have concerning the cold winds and 
the ice and snow. Whatever it may be, 
the first buds on the trees, the first 
green blades of grass or the slight 
warming of the breezes— the new visi- 
tor is most welcome. Just the other 
morning the first signs of spring be- 
came apparent. The tulips were push- 
ing their little green heads up through 
the decorative stones that surround 
our house. 

Possibly the surprise of their ap- 
pearance made me respond. On this 
March morning it was, "Hello, Tulips." 
If they heard they did not respond in 
any visible way, but I felt better hav- 
ing welcomed them into the new 
changing weather of spring. Now I 
knew it would not be too long until I 
could shed warm winter clothes and 
boots and wear some lighter-weight 
and brighter spring clothing. Sure 
enough the robins made their annual 
appearance just a short time later. The 
little chipmunks— newly born and ever 
so small— were cautiously running on 
the patio, and it was just about spring. 

I say just about because a few 
mornings later I was surprised to see 
the landscape covered with one of 
those wet March snows so typical of 
Indiana. It was beautiful, with every 
shrub and branch covered with snow 
delicately balancing on them. The 
slightest breeze would and did send 
the snow to the ground. But there, 
sticking their little heads up in seeming 
defiance (and perhaps dismay) were 
the tulips, just a little ahead of sched- 
ule—or were they? Not really because 
they were in part of the preparation 
stage and would soon put forth their 
beautiful yellow flowers right on time. 

We have always been fascinated by 
the awakening of God's creation seen 
in the glory of spring. The Psalmist 
spoke of the declaration of the exis- 
tence and glory of God through the 
works of creation. What mortal could 
doubt God's existence after viewing 
His handiwork? Wherever you go and 
use the powers of observation it is dif- 
ficult to miss the visible proof of 
God's power. 

APRIL 15, 1976 

But one of the evidences of man's 
many weaknesses is the way he tends 
to give too much credit to the Creation 
rather than the Creator. It is so easy to 
spend our vacation and travels looking 
at what God has done rather than 
looking to Him as a person. At the 
present time there is a call to the great 
outdoors. Back-packing, camping and 
a move back to nature have become a 
new life-style. This trend seems to be a 
rejection of much of the tinsels and 
trappings of our materialistic lives. 
There is a call to a simple way of life 
that takes people away from everyday 
routine and permits a relaxation of 
mind and body. Yet in this retreat 
from the 20Vn century there have been 
too few people who have captured the 
knowledge of who is sustaining this 
vase universe. 

An admiration of the handiwork of 
God is not the answer to a new life. 
You can live next to the works of God 
but miss the person of God. You can 
see the life He gives to His creation but 
miss the dynamic life He can give to 
each one who will receive it. One 
could but wonder how many people 
have lived and died but missed the real 
purpose of life. Maybe there have been 
millions or maybe a few billion who 

have seen a tree sprout new life or 
have marveled at the return of new 
growth to the plant life in the spring, 
but the pity of it all is they never ex- 
perienced the awakening of spiritual 
life in their hearts. They admired the 
works of God around them but never 
experienced God's power within them- 

The little tulips have come to new 
life just on schedule and I am glad. But 
this spring as always there are many of 
God's created beings who need to 
know the personal relationship that 
can exist through His blessing. Christ 
the Son of God has come and died. His 
blood was shed for our redemption 
and then in victory He rose from the 
dead. Justification and forgiveness of 
sin are now possible and an old life can 
pass away and in its place new life in 
God can be present. There is nothing 
like it because there is nothing like 
Him. He gives life more abundantly- 
full and free— and for eternity. The 
little tulip's presence says to the 
world, "Have you ever met my Crea- 
tor?" Well, have you? # 

Mello, Tulips!" 

Charles W. Turner 


A visit by his wife to the nearby Home Mission church nnade all the difference. 

It Took 51 Years ! 

By James Taylor 
West Covina, California 

1. I don't believe in the Bible. It 
was written by man, not by God. 

2. It has been translated so many 
times that it has lost its meaning. 

3. I believe there was a Christ, but I 
can't believe He was God. 

4. I don't believe in life after death. 
This is just a myth started by men who 
couldn't accept the fact that when 
you're dead, you're dead! 

These are a few statements made by 
me less than two years ago. But let me 
give you some of the background that 
formed these opinions. 

My name is Jim Taylor. I was born 
in Scotland 53 years ago, joining my 
two brothers and one sister. My par- 
ents were, in my eyes, highly moral 
people. Neither of them used bad lan- 
guage, nor did I ever see them drink to 
excess. They attended church occa- 
sionally, but seldom. 

My father was a well-educated man. 
He was a captain in the Merchant Navy 
and an officer in the British Navy at 
30 years of age. However, when his 
ship was depth charged by a sub- 
marine, he fell from a high position 
and both of his eardrums were rup- 
tured. From then on, he was deaf and 
employed in successively menial jobs. 
Because of his deafness, he became 
withdrawn and spent most of his time 

My mother was a wonderful, happy 
person who was patient and loving to 
my father and all of us. I missed my 
mother most during my teen years, 
since she had to work to augment my 
father's income. 

My parents are now both dead. I 
pray that they are with the Lord be- 

cause I believe they will be waiting for 
me when my time comes to die. 

Although I attended church, my 
youth years were quite unspiritual. 
When I was 16, Britain was at war with 
Germany, and I worked in a war fac- 
tory. We worked long hours and 
watched the German planes in the 
searchlight beams. 

At 19, I joined the navy and served 
on the battleship H.M.S. Duke of 
York, and aboard the light cruiser 
H.M.S. Norfolk. 

In 1950 I married Roma, whom I 
had met three years earlier in Swansea, 
South Wales. Because of the lack of 
housing, due to heavy bombing, and a 
desire for a better life, we decided to 
emigrate to Canada with our two chil- 
dren, Andrew and Sharon. Michelle 
was born in Canada, and our fourth 
child, Stewart, was born after we had 
moved to Buffalo, New York, in 1965. 

Events surrounding Stewart's birth 
were a great shock to us. He was born 
with an open spine— a one-in-a- 
thousand birth defect. (For some rea- 
son this defect is more prevalent in 
South Wales than any other place.) 

Stewart was operated on at five 
days of age. For the next six weeks, 
we spent every night beside his incu- 
bator in the hospital. This was the 
nearest I ever came to praying, but 
with my logic, how could I ask favors 
from a supreme being in times of need 
when I didn't acknowledge him when 
things were favorable? I was quite bit- 
ter and asked the usual questions: 
"Why us? Why him?" 

The surgeons were brutally honest 
with us. They said he may never walk 

and may spend his entire life in a 
wheelchair. There was a possibility of 
brain damage. We would know in time. 

Ten difficult years passed and 
brought me to the time when I made 
the statements at the beginning of this 
article. Up until 1974, like most 
people in the United Kingdom, I be- 
lieved that all I had to do to be saved 
was to keep the Ten Commandments 
as best I could. Although I wasn't 
really convinced about life after death, 
I didn't want to take any chances 
about being wrong, so I lived a good 

I had survived the usual problems 
with my teenagers who wanted to ex- 
perience life without realizing all the 
responsibilities involved. Eventually, 
when their incomes were sufficient, 
they moved into their own apart- 
ments. I must admit it was much easier 
for my wife and me. Roma was for 
peace and quiet, but I was for disci- 
pline. Somehow, when there was fric- 
tion between us, one of our children 
was in the middle. 

This became a low point in my life. 
I was despressed and knew there was 
something missing in my life, but had 
no idea what. I hated my job and I 
couldn't see much point to life. The 
newspapers and television constantly 
emphasized life's negative aspects. By 
this time I was very insecure. 

One day a stranger asked me, "Isn't 
it a beautiful day?" I answered in my 
usual negative way, "Yes, but it's very 
windy." He wore a wooden cross on a 
chain around his neck. Quickly this 
man began talking about Jesus. I 
backed up and moved away from him. 


realizing why he was so happy. He was 
crazy— some kind of religious fanatic! 

During the next few months, tran- 
quilizers kept me from driving on the 
freeways. Deep despression set in, and 
I had lost most of my self-confidence. 
Thoughts about how happy that "re- 
ligious fanatic" had been kept return- 
ing. I knew he was all the things I was 
not. Whatever he had, I wanted. Worse 
than being cynical, I was empty. 

In the meantime, Roma had been 
visiting various churches in the neigh- 
borhood. She showed no enthusiasm 
at all until she visited the West Covina 
Brethren Church. She came home all 
excited and told me about a small 
church where the people were very 
friendly. IVIy reaction was, "Oh, that's 

After attending the Brethren 
church several more times, my wife 
asked if I would object to the pastor 
coming to visit with me. I was reluc- 
tant. I had spent many hours being 
polite to Jehovah's Witnesses while 
they fed me their opinions. Now some- 
one else was coming to bore me with 
his views. After all these years of dis- 
belief, how could I know the truth? 

The next evening Pastor Philip 
Teran visited me. It caught my atten- 
tion that he was very young and also 
friendly and enthusiastic. I did not 
understand all he had to say, but when 
he talked about the rapture, my logical 
mind caused me to examine him more 
closely. Anyone who believed such a 
thing would believe anything! 

Pastor Teran visited me several 

Roma, and I accepted Jesus as our 
Saviour and Lord. 

At this early stage in my Christian 
life, I was still basing my opinions a 
great deal on logic. I wasn't really con- 
vinced about the power of prayer. 
Give thanks to God in all things I was 
told. Thanking God for the good 
things I could understand, but thank- 
ing Him for the bad things was ridicu- 
lous! It was a longtime before I realized 
that if it had not been for the prob- 
lems, I never would have needed 
God— never come to Him. It was the 
terrible problems and my need that 
made me accept Him in the first place. 
Today I thank God for all my past 
problems. We will have to wait and see 
if I thank Him for those to come! 

At the time my thoughts were, 
"Let's see if prayer works." I prayed 
that my daughter Sharon would accept 
Christ as her Saviour. I prayed every 
night. She accepted. Coincidence, I 

Then I prayed for IVlichelle. She ac- 
cepted too! Could be another coinci- 

So I really put prayer to the test 
and prayed for my son Andrew, who 
was involved in "self-realization." We 
all prayed— my wife, the pastor, and 
the Wednesday evening prayer group 
at church. Eventually he accepted 
Christ! Today I believe in the power of 

My son Stewart is also saved now. 
He is able to walk, run, swim, ride a 
bike, and he recently learned to roller 
skate. At 1 1 years of age, he is a hand- 

Him as my Saviour and Lord. 

We are a much happier family now, 
too. My son Andrew is married, and 
my daughters have taken Bible studies 
by correspondence. Whenever possible, 
they attend church with us. We all 
look forward to Sundays and enjoy 
the fellowship of our brothers and sis- 
ters in Christ. Each Friday we have 
Bible study in a home. We just can't 
seem to get enough of the Word and 
fellowship. Looking at the happy faces 
as we talk about Christ, I think back 
to when we were so deaf and blind. 
When I cannot understand why so 
many just will not believe, I remember 
it took me 51 years! 

I thank God that Roma was led to 
the West Covina Brethren Church. I 
thank God that Pastor Teran was able 
to reach me with love and understand- 
ing. I also thank God that the Holy 
Spirit miraculously removed my ear 
plugs and blinders and made me sensi- 
tive to the Word of God. 

In contrast to the way this article 
begins, today I believe: 

1. The Bible is the inspired Word of 

2. It is just as meaningful today as 
it was then— perhaps more so! 

3. Jesus Christ is my Saviour. 
When talking to someone about 

Christ, I know something must be 
right because I get that same look I 
gave the so-called fanatic who wit- 
nessed to me. I now receive ridicule 
for believing in Christ; for not cheating 
to make an extra dollar; for not being 
willing to miss church; and for not be- 

Even so, I was not about to trust my fate to someone just because I liked him! 

more times before he broke through 
my cynicism. I was impressed that he 
would be so genuinely concerned over 
me, someone he had never met before 
and didn't even know. Here was some- 
one who knew God's Word and was 
willing to give of his time in order to 
acquaint me with the way of salvation. 
Even so, I was not about to trust 
my fate to someone just because I 
liked him! But when he told me that 
everything he taught was taken direct- 
ly from the Bible— not to take his 
word for it without checking what the 
Bible says— that was it. My wife. 

some young man and is considered 
"gifted" mentally. He still has physical 
problems, but we are constantly taking 
these to God in prayer and faith. 

My shortcomings are evident to me 
but I strive for a closer relationship 
with God. After reading the New 
Testament through, I am nearly fin- 
ished with, the Old Testament, and 
plan to begin on the New again. The 
wisdom shown in Scripture amazes 
me. I have learned more about Christ 
in the last year than I knew during the 
previous fifty years. But more impor- 
tant is knowing that I have accepted 

ing willing to lie. Without the reminder 
that only two years ago I was like 
them, I would shun these people and 
keep the company of Christians only. 
But many people have not been as for- 
tunate as I to have someone spend so 
much time witnessing to them. 

I may have been able to fool myself 
and pretend I lived by the Ten Com- 
mandments—or tried to. But I was 
guilty of the greatest sin of all— not be- 
lieving in Jesus Christ and accepting 
that He died on the cross for my sins. 
Thank God I lived long enough to be 
shown the error of my ways. 

APRIL 15, 1976 






Born- Again Churches? 

By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Only a few were present on a miserable night for 
the annual church business meeting. No one 
counted to see whether or not there was a quo- 
rum present. The meeting droned on in Ufeless 
fashion. Finally one of the venerable "pillars" of 
the church stood to his feet and spoke. 

"I make a motion that we close this church," he 

Several gasped. Someone began to sob. A couple 
got up and walked out. 

Quietly a frail little lady stood up. With tears 
streaming down her wrinkled face, she began 
speaking in broken tones. 

"Close this church where I came as a little girl 
and heard of Jesus dying for my sins? Close the 
church where I was taught by Sunday School 
teachers who loved the Word of God and planted 
its truths in my life?" 

She continued. 

"Could you close this church where I met my 
sweet husband and we began our married life? 
Close a church where so many children have been 
saved, and wliich sent my own two sons to the 
mission field? 

"Where in God's Bible can we find reason for 
doing such a thing?" 

At this point, overcome with grief, she dropped 
to her knees and began to pray. 

The small group, stunned by what was much 
more than an elderly lady's words, sat in silence. 

Then a young man stood and, with choking 
words, began to relate his feelings. 

"I came to this church with my wife and kids 
because we had a hunger for God in our souls. We 
come hoping someone would show us the way to 
God-how to be happy in His family. 

"We wanted our children to hear about Jesus; 
about God and what He wants to do. But it's cold 
here and we don't feel like we really belong. No- 
body speaks to us. 

"Don't you understand? We came here for all 
this dear lady experienced here. What has hap- 
pened? We don't see it." 

Everyone sat stUl, almost frozen to their chairs. 
It was as if God had brought them face to face 
with the awesome reality of their spiritual condi- 

A confused pastor covered his face with his 
hands and repeated, "Oh, God! Oh, God!" 

On that cold, dismal night, a motion to close the 
church was followed by an all-night prayer meet- 
ing. According to the speaker who related this inci- 
dent, a pastor was saved, a church found new life, 
and a ministry for Christ was reborn. 

It is difficult to recall all the details of that 
story, but one thing is clear: God can bring about 
"church resurrections." Yes, churches can die. 
They can lose their love for Christ and their sense 
of purpose. They forget their direction and soon 
are utterly foiled by the power of Satan. 

Recall what God said to the church at Pergamos 
in the Book of Revelation. "I know . . . where thou 
dwellest, even where Satan's seat [throne] is: and 
thou boldest fast my name, and hast not denied 



my faith. . . . But I have a few things against thee, 
because thou hast there them that hold the doc- 
trine [teaching] of Balaam .... So hast thou also 
them that hold the doctrine [teaching] of the 
Nicolaitanes" (Rev. 2:13-15). The Holy Spirit re- 
corded in Scripture strong words of exhortation to 
churches for their apostasy. 

Apostasy of doctrine and life is a subtle disease 
of Satanic force that has overcome thousands of 
churches in our land. Even more staggering is the 
realization that thousands of lives have been af- 
fected. It is certainly the operation of Satan's dia- 
bohcal program to thwart the main instrument in 
God's plan of evangelism. 

Though our Grace Brethren movement is com- 
paratively young, we are not devoid of this disease. 
While contending for the faith, a church can be 
lulled to sleep in its effort to produce the spiritual 
atmosphere of fellowship, love, purity, and maturi- 
ty which God intended. A church can become so 
self-centered that God's directive to share the truth 
with others at home and abroad becomes fogged. 

The disease may center in the realm of doctrine, 
causing a denial of the basic teachings of God's 
Word. It may zero in on individuals, causing a ruin- 
ation of the testimony for Christ. Or it may move 
into the realm of human relationships where differ- 
ences in personality bring the work of the ministry 
to a halt. In any case, such must be pleasing to 

However, following the raising of Lazarus, Jesus 
said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life: 
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet 
shall he live" (John 1 1 ;25). Cannot this One who is 
also head of the Body-the church-bring about a 
resurrection in a "dead church" as well as a dead 
body? (Col. 1 : 16-1 8). Is not the power exercised in 
the resurrection of Christ still manifest for those 
who are part of the body of Christ (Eph. 3:20-21)? 

Is not the Holy Spirit, who is present in the lives 
of God's children and in the collective body of 
saints, ready to produce vitality, unity and maturi- 
ty? God so wills, but the elements of faith, re- 
pentance, confession, and yieldedness must be 

We are witnessing some "church resurrections" 
in our Fellowship today. The church in Bethlehem, 
Pennsylvania (formerly Allentown), and those in 
Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn), and Chico, California, are 
a few thrilling examples. 

To see new enthusiasm, renewed fellowship, an 
operating outreach program, increased attendances, 
and souls being saved is most rewarding. Though 
Home Missions is primarily a new church thrust, 
God has allowed us to observe some "born-again 

Perhaps more of our churches should take care- 
ful inventory to determine if we really are accom- 
plishing what God intended for the ministry. God 
has not lost the power to raise people-or churches. 

l^iW/ /v-jjA* 

APRIL 15, 1976 

Mew Life 
Out of the Ashes 

By Pastor Ronald Guiles 

I he Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church of Bethle- 
hem, Pennsylvania, is a unique church in some ways. 
Years ago it was a thriving church in Allentown, Pennsyl- 
vania, with a good gospel testimony. The church was 
doing all the things that a church ought to be doing. As 
years went by, however, the church became plagued 
with many problems that caused it to lose its effective- 
ness in the community, and plunged its members into 
deep discouragement. When the Brethren Home IVIissions 
Council was asked to take over the church a few years 
ago, it was faced with the prodigious task of rebuilding 
from the rubble of despair and discouragement. But it 
did rebuild, and today we are a strong, thriving church 
well on our way to being financially self-supporting. 

I he Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church is not 
unique in the way in which is was rebuilt. God has a way 
of taking discouraging, almost hopeless, situations and 
getting glory to His name by bringing new life out of the 
ashes. In pondering this phenomenon a few weeks ago, I 
was reminded again of the Book of Nehemiah where we 
are told how God rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The 
principles that God used through Nehemiah were also 
used in Bethlehem to rebuild this church. 

In Nehemiah 1:1 through 2:10 we see that Nehemiah 
was a man who cared. He cared for the work and for the 
people of God. It has been a thrill for me as pastor to see 
the change in this small group of people who made up 
this congregation when I arrived on the field a little over 
a year and a half ago. They have been transformed from 
a discouraged few into a group determined to do God's 
work. Much of this renewed spirit came from the love 
and unity that has been manifested in their lives and 

attitudes. I could relate story after story of God working 
in the lives of individuals in this way. There was one 
young lady who, after being raised in a Christian home 
and faithfully attending this church for many years, had 
gotten away from the Lord and became disillusioned 
regarding the ability of Christ to meet the needs of her 
life. After a series of circumstances God brought her 
back to our church and when she saw the love and unity 
of the people here, she committed herself to Christ and 
is now one of our key leaders. 

.Joon after we arrived in Bethlehem, we came in con- 
tact with a recently saved black couple who were being 
harassed by a local heretical group in the Bethlehem 
area. We spent many hours counseling with them, show- 
ing from the Word of God the error of this other organi- 
zation. Because of the love and concern of the pastor 
and the other people of the church, this young couple is 
now an intricate part of our church family. This type of 
concern and willingness to help has spread through our 
congregation like wildfire. Our people are united in their 
determination to honor Christ not only by a strong 
church but also by the testimony of their personal lives. 

In Nehemiah 2:11-16 Nehemiah is shown to have 
been a man with a vision. A little over a year and a half 
ago when I accepted the call to be pastor of this church, 
I was warned by many people that I should not come. 
The church had developed a defeatest attitude over the 
years, and it seemed as though the people knew they 
would never be able to have a successful church. I re- 
member one of my first contacts with the church was 
with a key leader who said to me: "There are many 
people in this church who do not believe that we ought 


to construct a building, it is too expensive, and we can- 
not afford it. And frankly I am one of them." But we 
have seen that trend reverse so that now there is a strong 
determination not only to erect a building, but to erect 
one large enough to accommodate the many people that 
we are confident God is going to send our way. The 
people have learned to look beyond the rubble and the 
fallen walls and the burned gates of the Brethren Church 
here in the Lehigh Valley. They now realize the past 
cannot be changed, but the future is yet to be built. In 
short, they have gotten their eyes off of the problems of 
the past and on to the prospects of the future. 

In Nehemiah 2:17-20 Nehemiah was a man who was 
willing to lead. Leadership is an important part of build- 
ing any testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. The church 
had not had a visitation program for some time. We 
began with just two men going out faithfully every week 
knocking on doors and presenting the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Others in the church caught the vision of this so 
that now we have many people involved in a visitation 
program on a weekly basis. We have seen some come to 
Christ through this program, but perhaps more impor- 
tant, we have seen God send people into our church 
through other means because He has honored our faith- 
fulness in visiting. 

■ inances are also an extremely important aspect of 
building a church. When we began our ministry here our 
weekly offerings were very small. We challenged our 
people regarding the necessity of faithfully supporting 
the Lord's work with their money as well as their time 
and prayers. As a result, our offerings have quadrupled 
in a relatively short period of time, and we feel confi- 
dent that we will be able to carry the debt even of an 

expanded building program. We have seen great enthusi- 
asm come alive here as the people have seen God working, 
and a contagious spirit has moved through the church. 


e praise God for His faithfulness here in the Lehigh 
Valley as He has changed the attitude of the people. But 
this is really nothing new with God, because He makes a 
practice of taking discouraging, almost hopeless situa- 
tions and making them into something great in order 
that we might realize that He is the one that gets the 
victory for Himself. 


'ne of the great examples of God changing the atti- 
tudes of our people was brought home to me soon after 
we started here as pastor. The young black couple men- 
tioned above had been coming to our church for several 
months. I was a little apprehensive at first as to how 
they would be accepted by our congregation. It soon 
became obvious to me that the people loved them dearly 
and wanted them to stay and to become a part of our 
group. During our first communion service, one of our 
deacons came to me and said, "I am so glad that they are 
coming to our church." I asked him why he felt that 
way, and his answer was: "Years ago we had the oppor- 
tunity to minister to blacks in the Allentown area. Our 
church refused to do this, and I believe God judged us 
for this decision. I am so glad that the Lord has given to 
us another opportunity to minister the Gospel to all 

I his thrilled my heart to see how God has changed 
the attitude of this church and has turned it around and 
given it a determination to be a strong testimony for 
Jesus Christ in this area no matter what may be the cost. 


APRIL 15, 1976 

Tamkin : 


Elmer Tamkin, a dedicated servant 
of God, has been promoted again. 
Starting with faithful service as a lay- 
man, he served in the First Brethren 
Church of Washington, D.C., for many 
years. His sweet spirit and alacrity to 
the direction of the Lord afforded him 
many opportunities to develop quah- 
ties that God was to use in later life. 

Mr. Tamkin served as tax attorney 
for the Internal Revenue Department, 
dealing with corporate tax matters 
which beautifully equipped him for 
God's call to the Brethren Investment 
Foundation. When he took early retire- 
ment from his secular work to follow 
the directive of God, he bore this testi- 
mony: "All my Ufe I have been engaged 
in secular work, and I want to give the 
rest of my life to the Lord's service." 

The Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, a new agency created for Chris- 
tian investment in the Lord's work, 
was organized in August 1955. Mr. 
Tamkin became its first financial secre- 
tary on December 1, 1956, accepting 
the responsibility on a salary figure 
one-third of that which was paid to 
missionaries— the major part of his in- 
come coming from retirement after 35 

years of government service. 

He carefully laid the policies and 
procedures as directed for the direc- 
tors of the corporation, adding his 
kind and gracious spirit to all trans- 
actions. He guided the Foundation un- 
til November 1967, when a stroke 
after surgery left him partially para- 
lyzed. Though he was curtailed in 
physical service since then, yet his 
keen mind continually showed deep 
interest in the work and progress of 
the Foundation and the greater minis- 
try of Brethren Home Missions. 

He was deeply loved by his col- 
leagues in Christian service. Their 
tribute was paid to him at the board of 
directors meeting on August 7, 1968, 
when an attractive, comfortable reclin- 
ing chair, a plaque, and a framed scroll 
on which all signatures of the directors 
and staff were written were given to 

Though Elmer Tamkin is now at 
home with the Lord, his sweet smile 
and spirit, his firm dedication to the 
Lord's service, and his faithfulness 
linger as a beautiful example to those 
left behind. We unitedly thank God 
for this choice servant of His. 

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By Rev. Richard Cron, Pastor 
Sacramento, California 

Another message for radio station 

"But Pastor, I thought you were 
already ordained!" This statement 
came to me several times from folks 
attending the ordination ceremony 
held on my behalf February 8 at the 
Sacramento Grace Brethren Church. 
Patiently I attempted to explain the 
position of our Fellowship with regard 
to licensure and ordination. 

I had been licensed in 1967 at the 
First Brethren Church of Whittier, 
California, and received into the fel- 
lowship of the Southern California 
District Ministerium. 

Rev. Harold Penrose administered a 
written examination and my answers 
were mailed to several district pastors 
who in turn used them as a basis for an 
oral examination. 

To most folks it was a surprise to 
discover that the local church had the 
authority to license a man to the min- 
istry. The New Testament (KJV) uses 
the word "licence" (license) twice— 
Acts 21:40 and 25:16. Each place it 
simply means to permit. This, I ex- 
plained, is what had been true thus far 
in my ministry. Each year I was again 
permitted to continue the ministry to 
which God had called me. 

The qualifications in I Timothy 3 
provide that a man first be proved. 
After eight years of service, the church 
in Sacramento felt I had been suffi- 
ciently proved and was qualified for 

What a delightful moment in my 
life! On a Sunday afternoon, 125 
gathered for the service. It was also a 

time for "homecoming" since many of 
those who had trusted Christ under 
our ministry were there. Longtime 
friends who had followed my Christian 
walk from the early days were present. 

Of particular pleasure to me was 
the presence of my parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Pat Cron from Paradise, Cali- 

The people of the church had made 
kind and gracious arrangements with a 
corsage for my wife and boutonnieres 
for the elders officiating. A guest book 
had been purchased and, when filled 
out, was presented to us as a memento 
of the grand occasion. 

For the service. Rev. Mel Grimm 
gave the invocation, and soloist Nor- 
man Nelson of Overseas Crusades pre- 
sented a heart-stirring message in song. 

Rev. Robert Thompson, a dear 
friend and Western Field Secretary of 
the Brethren Home Missions Council, 
challenged me to be a faithful pastor 
and to live worthily of the high calling 
given to me. The church authorization 
followed, read by Loren Zook, a faith- 
ful deacon in the church. 

Rev. Larry Smithwick, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Ripon, 
read Scripture from Acts 13 and 20, 
and followed with gracious words on 
his observations of my ministry. The 
vows of commitment were read by 
Rev. J.. Paul Miller, followed by the 
laying on of hands by the elders. 

It was a privilege to have such 
chosen men plead with God for the 
success of the ministry to which He 
had called me. As though to add God's 
finishing touches to the ceremony, 
Norman Nelson gave an inspiring 
gospel concert which concluded with 
The Lord's Prayer . 

Refreshments and a time of fellow- 
ship followed, including the presenta- 
tion of a fig tree (I always wanted one) 
abundantly fruited with "good ol' 
American exchange." 

I can scarcely believe anyone could 
be untouched by the power and pres- 
ence of God during those precious 
moments. It is my goal to continue in 
a ministry ordained of God and for- 
ever centered on faithful service to 
Jesus Christ. 

APRIL 15, 1976 


From the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

• Middlebranch, Ohio. To receive word that your church 
had received number one place in the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches in per member giving to the 
Foreign Missionary Society would bring untold joy, and 
that's what it did to the Grace Brethren Church of Mid- 
dlebranch. The national average for giving was $22.70 
per person while this church averaged $80.76 per mem- 
ber. Gerald Kelley, pastor. 

•Lititz, Pa. Carlo Pietropaulo and his staff of Lancaster 
Bible College students with the help of members of the 
local congregation will be joining in a week of intensive 
door-to-door canvass and literature distribution. Plans 
call on the group touching 5,000 homes during the 
week. Each day will offer three shifts-morning, after- 
noon and evening. Jerry Young, pastor. 

• Yankee Doodle 

Whale -ringing the 
Liberty Bell is no 
problem for killer 
whale Shamu who 
hurls his two-ton 
body out of the 
water in a 15-foot 
leap. Shamu is the 
star of the whale 
show at Sea World in 
San Diego, Calif., 
one of the attrac- 
tions national con- 
ference visitors will 
enjoy on sightseeing 
day, Aug. 11. Make 
your plans now to 
attend this year's 
conference, to be 
held Aug. 6-13 at 
the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, 

•Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace). The third year of ministry for 
Pastor Mark Malles at Phoenix was begun by receiving 26 
new members into the church. There have been 16 
people who have made public professions of faith since 
Jan. 1. Twenty beUevers are being trained in witnessing 
as a way of Ufe. 

Plans call for converting the day school auditorium 
into a church sanctuary seating 450. A new wing is being 
added to the school auditorium building, providing three 
additional classrooms and new school offices. Mark 
Malles, pastor. 

• New York (EP)— An extensive two-year study indicates 
that middle-income families are giving 15 percent less to 
charites than they did in 1960. 

The study, conducted by the Commission on Private 
Philanthropy and Public Needs, a panel assembled by 
John D. Rockefeller III, also disclosed that families with 
incomes under $20,000-which account for half of all 
giving- make donations primarily to religious ministries. 
Families with incomes above that level give primarily to 
hospitals, cultural institutions and education. 

Inflation and recession were the twin culprits in 
lowering donations, the panel found. 

•Bicentennial bulletins are now available. Cost is $2.75 
per hundred. Postage paid if check accompanies the 
order. You will find them an excellent aid in the GROW 
programs or for those many special programs during 
1976. Order now as no further printings are planned. 
GROW/BMH, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

• Pompano Beach, Fla. Rev. Gene Witzky has resigned as 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church and is looking to 
the Lord for future guidance. 


Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be re- 
ceived at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. May 2-7, Donald Bowlin, pastor; Richard 
Sellers, speaker. 

Minerva, Ohio. Apr. 25-May 2, Galen Wiley, pastor; Henry 
Rempel, speaker. 

In Memory 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

PACEY, Earl, 73, Feb. 21, member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Findlay, Ohio, for 18 years. Glenn Coats, 

ROBERTS, William, Feb. 27, a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif., since 1936. He had 
been living in Union City, Calif., prior to death. Terryl 
Delaney, pastor. 

STEPHENS, Joseph, 96, Mar. 2, a member of the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. He was a dear- 
ly loved man, blind since early youth as the result of a 
horse-riding accident. Charles Ashman, pastor. 
TAMKIN, Elmer, 82, Feb. 26, a member of the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church. He was Financial Secretary of 
the Brethren Investment Foundation untO retirement in 
1967. His son, Warren, is pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Elizabethtown, Pa. Charles Ashman, pastor. 



• Look for our catalog! In the next few weeks you 
should receive a copy of the 1976 BMH Books catalog. 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. is mailing a copy to 
all Herald subscribers, in order that you may become 
familiar with the great number of excellent books avail- 
able by Brethren authors. This catalog, with some modi- 
fications, is the identical one which was mailed to more 
than 3,000 Christian bookstores, Bible colleges and semi- 
naries across the country. 

• Please note the corrected dates for Grace Schools . . . 

Baccalaureate-Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. 

Commencement-Sunday, May 16 at 2;30 p.m. 
Please change the dates in your Christian Education 
pocket calendar. 

•Annual changes. Secretary for the Grace Brethren 
Community Church, West Alexandria, Ohio, is Mrs. 
Sandra Swafford, R. R. 2, West Alexandria, Ohio 45381. 
(Tel. 513-839-5291). .. Donald Sellers, Drawer 3920, 
Kenai, Alaska 9961 1. (Change on p. 30 oi Annual). 


• Whittier, Calif. (First). After the evening service on 
Feb. 29, a fellowship time was held in honor of Pas- 
tor Mert and Doris Lambert to say "Thanks for 
taking over in the absence of a senior pastor." A time of 
special music was provided by our own REALITY 
ROAD (^andy and Jeff Shultz, Lance Fralick and Fred 
Meise). The congregation presented the Lamberts with a 
generous money gift to show their appreciation. 

Circumstances can be intriguing ... It was more than 
a few years ago that Dr. Charles Mayes was pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Whittier (Calif.), and it was 
during this ministry that members of the Samuel Gault 
family found Christ as Saviour. Peter, one of the Gault 
sons, was taught and nourished at the church and finally 
went into the Christian ministry. Thirty years after Peter 
had accepted the Lord, his daughter Pauline entered 
BIOLA College, and it was there she met Terryl Delaney, 
who later became her husband. 

To bring the circumstances up to date the present 
pastor of the First Brethren Church is Terryl Delaney. 
He and Mrs. Delaney (Pauline Gault) and family are pic- 
tured below. 

A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Kathy Tidd and Michael Kenney, Feb. 14, at North 
Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Zoa Munro and Waldo Crowder at the Silverbell Grace 
Brethren Church, Tucson, Ariz. 

Carol Ingalsbe and Charles Morrisey, Jan. 2, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

The church family at Bellflower Brethren Church helped 
to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Joseph 
and Claudia Leffingwell on Feb. 29. The Leffingwells 
have been faithful workers at the BeUflower Brethren 
Church for many years. 

Thanks (or helping! 

Here are the 20 top churches in giving to the Missionary Herald Company in 1975: 


1. Winona Lake Brethren Church $4,508.10 

Winona Lake, Ind., Charles H. Ashmart 

2. West Homer Brethren Church $1,866.91 

Homerville, Ohio, Robert F. Holmes 

3. Grace Brethren Church $1,532.35 

IMyerstown, Pa., Luke E. Kauffman 

4. First Brethren Church $1,412.75 

Johnstown, Pa., Wesley Haller 

5. First Brethren Church $1,305.25 

Dayton, Ohio, G. Forrest Jackson 

6. First Brethren Church $1,261.37 

Wooster, Ohio, Kenneth B. Ashman 

7. Grace Brethren Church $1,181.91 

Hagerstown, IVld., Robert B. Collitt 

8. First Brethren Church $1,147.00 

Rittman, Ohio, Robert A. Russell 

9. First Brethren Church $1,053.59 

Winchester, Va., Paul E. Dick 

10. Meyersdaie Grace Brethren Church $ 985.00 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

1976— the year of the press! Your gift during 1976 will 
help pay for the new Heidelberg press which is now in 
operation at BMH Printing. 

Grace Brethren Church $ 

iVlansfield, Ohio, J. Hudson Thayer 

12. First Brethren Church $ 

Martinsburg, Pa., William H. Snell 

13. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church $ 

Telford, Pa., D. Robert Griffith 

14. First Brethren Church $ 

Altoona, Pa., Marvin E. Meeker 

15. Grace Brethren Church $ 

Ashland, Ohio, Knute Larson 

16. Community Grace Brethren Church $ 

Warsaw, Ind., David W. Miller 

17. Englewood Grace Brethren Church $ 

Englewood, Ohio, Gerald Polman 

18. First Brethren Church $ 

Kittanning, Pa., Donald G. Earner 

19. Rosemont Grace Brethren Church $ 

Martinsburg, W. Va., Mason Cooper 

20. Grace Brethren Church $ 

Worthington, Ohio, James Custer 


1976 GOAL S60.000 






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— s 

Coordinating unique and special activities, assisting in 
cultural series programming, and advising the Develop- 
ment Department of Grace Schools are the objectives of 
the newly designed Special Activities Committee. 

Created in the restructuring of the College's past 
bulky committee structure, this new committee func- 
tions in a combination of tasks of old committees while 
accepting fresh responsibilities. One of those focal points 
is the calendar of events. 

The Special Activities and Development Committee 
hopes to have the 1976-77 Events Calendar stabilized by 
the end of June this year which would allow better pub- 
lication of the planned activities. Four of the contracts 
are already finalized. 

The Maddens, a husband and wife duo piano team, 
will bring an evening of music October 8 on their own 
traveling grand pianos. November 5 promises to be a 
unique opportunity as Michael Feener of "Interpol" 
takes the Grace audience into the world of criminology. 
Selections of Carl Sandberg's works will be presented by 
Joseph Ehrenberg on January 28. And Niven Miller, 
Scottish baritone, is slated for a March 25 concert. 

Hoping to maintain a constant flow of such oppor- 
tunities, the Special Activities and Development Com- 
mittee has established a goal of offering lectureships or 

programs in each division of the college during any given 
year. Possibilities of needing to reduce that goal to only 
four division representations per year remain to be evalu- 
ated since this year is the first official year of the com- 
mittee's operation. 

As a standing committee, it visualizes the unique 
needs which lie in the future. Events that are still in the 
research stage are the 40th anniversary of the seminary 
and the inauguration of the new president of Grace 

As often as necessary the Special Activities and Devel- 
opment Committee meets in a seven o'clock morning 
conference. The committee is chaired by Mr. Richard 
Messner, the Grace School's Director of Development 
who speaks highly of the cooperative and creative spirit 
that the committee members express. 

Mr. Messner said that he was very pleased to have a 
regular "committee advisory to the Development De- 
partment" so that "input" and "balance" can be ob- 
tained in long-range planning of interesting and valuable 
experiences for the educational community. 

Other committee members are Mrs. Jean Coverstone, 
Dr. Jesse Humberd, Mr. Donald Ogden, Mr. Terry 
Shrock, Mr. Wayne Snider, Mrs. Miriam Uphouse, Mr. 
David Wickstrom and Dr. Stephen Young. 

Dr. Herman Hoyt, president, announced several perti- 
nent decisions reached by the board. Tuition in the college 
next year will be $900 per semester for students taking 
14-17 credit hours. A charge of $65 per hour will be 
charged for loads of 1-13 credit hours which is a reduc- 
tion of $5 from the current $70 per hour charge. Hous- 
ing will be $275 per semester and food $365, both re- 
flecting only a cost-of-living increase. 

According to Dr. Hoyt, it is the intention to move to 
a flat per hour charge for each student in the seminary, 
but this will be done in several stages. Next year full- 
time students will be charged $42 per credit hour. 

Promotions to the rank of Associate Professor were 
granted the following in the college effective in August: 


Mr. Vilas Deane, pending receipt of Ph.D.; Dr. Richard 
Dilling; Mr. Philip Jones; Mr. Terry White, pending re- 
ceipt of Ph.D.; Dr. Stephen Young; and Dr. Mervin Zieg- 
ler. Promotions in the seminary included Prof. James R. 
Battenfield to the rank of Associate Professor, and Prof. 
Lee L Kantenwein to the rank of Assistant Professor. 
Both promotions are effective in August. Retired profes- 
sors Dr. Norman Uphouse and Dr. Lloyd Fish were each 
given the title of Professor Emeritus. 

There were two title changes effective in August. The 
title for Phil Hoskins has been changed from acting to 
Director of Athletics and Dan Snively will be Associate 
Dean of Students instead of Acting Associate Dean. 



The First Step 

Probably the most momentous decision of the Board 
of Trustees of Grace Schools during the spring meeting 
was giving the green light to the construction of a new 
Science Center at Grace College. Ground-breaking cere- 
monies have been held and construction is underway 
with a target date for completion in the fall of 1977, or 

The air-conditioned center will be located between 
Beta Hall and the gymnasium. In addition to the science 
program the building will also provide space for the 
mathematics department and the business program. 

The Easterday Construction firm of Culver submitted 
the low bid of $716,960 which includes plumbing, heat- 
ing, ventilating, air conditioning, and electrical construc- 
tion. This does not include classroom equipment, land- 
scaping or architect's fees. The Brethren Architectural 
Service with Ralph Hall, chief architect, and Richard 
Vander Meulen, project architect, drew the plans for the 

The lower level will be the life science floor, with the 
biology laboratories, storage rooms, and a small animal 
cage for research. The main entrance from the campus 
vvill lead to the middle floor where the central science 
office area and the mathematics, business classrooms will 
be located. The upper level will house the physical 
science laboratories for physics, chemistry and as- 

There will be a viewing platform on the roof for night 
field work in astronomy. In the center of the entrance 
foyer there will be a pendulum well in which a famous 
experiment demonstrating the rotation of the earth will 
be in continuous operation. 

This is the first step of a three-phase $2 million build- 
ing project at Grace. The other phases will be a Fine Arts 
building, renovation of the present gymnasium into a 
chapel-auditorium facility, and construction of a new 
Field House gymnasium. # 

Above-Students facul- 
ty and guest form an 
outline for the new 
Science Center at Grace 
College as part of the 
groundbreaking cere- 
mony. Construction is 
underway and the Cen- 
ter is scheduled for 
completion by April or 
May of 1977. -(Aerial 
Photo by Doug Conrad) 

APRIL 15, 1976 

Participating in the cere- 
mony at the ground- 
breaking for the Science 
Center were: Warsaw 
Mayor H. Dale Tucker, 
Dr. Jesse Humberd, 
chairman of the build- 
ing committee; Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt, presi- 
dent: Larry Castaldi, 
chairman of the Grace 
College Community 
President's committee; 
and Charles Turner, 
moderator of the Nat- 
ional Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches. 





The Dag of Resurrection 

By K Marie Stolba 

On Easter Sunday congregations in thousands of churches lift 
their voices to sing ui exultation: 

"The day of resurrection, 
Earth, tell it out abroad; 
The Passover of gladness! 
The Passover of God! 
From death to life eternal, 
From this world to the sky, J 

Our Christ hath brought us over 
With hymns of victory." 

The words of this hymn's three stanzas are a portion of John 
Mason Neale's verse translation of the Byzantine Easter kanon, 
which is known also as the "Golden Kanon" or the "Queen of 
Kanones." The song dates from the first half of the eighth 
century, and its history is most interesting. 

The liturgical music known as kanon came into being as a 
result of a regulation of the Council of Trullo in 692 decreeing 
that daily preacliing of the Word was obligatory for the higher 
clergy of the Byzantine church. Prior to this regulation there 
was no daily sermon at the mornmg service, called the Morning 
Office. Instead, the reading of the Gospel for the day was usual- 
ly followed by the singing of the appropriate kontakion, a musi- 
cal homily explaining or interpreting that Gospel. To use both a 

kontakion and a sermon would be duplication, but a service 
without music was unthinkable. Something was needed to sub- 
stitute for the ^'o«/'a^'/o/^— something musical— so the kanon was 

Actually, our present-day hymn "The Day of Resurrection" 
{Worship and Service Hymnal, p. 75) is not a complete kanon 
but only the first portion of one. A kanon consists of nine odes, 
each composed with its own melody and in its own meter, and 
each ode normally has nine stanzas. The text of each ode was to 
correspond with one of nine Biblical canticles. Originally, the 
melodies of the kanones were simple, with one syllable of text 
set to one note of music. Gradually the melodies became longer 
and more complex, so that when a l<anon was sung at a slow 
tempo a great deal of time was consumed by the singing of nine 
stanzas. This became a special problem during Lent and Holy 
Week when the services were lengthened. So it was decided that 
kanones should be shortened by reducing the number of verses 
to three per ode. This accounts for the fact that "The Day of 
Resurrection" as we know it consists of three stanzas. 

The kanon served a liturgical purpose— meditation. The words 
of each stanza were supposed to develop a single idea, and the 
music was to be so appropriate to the text that the two merged 
to form a single entity. For this reason repetition or the reitera- 
tion of a thought in different words was desirable. This prin- 
ciple is recognizable in the strophe quoted above: "The Passover 
of gladness! The Passover of God!" reiterate the Passover idea 
of salvation from death through the blood shed by God's Son, 
and "From death to life eternal, From this world to the sky," 
are in a sense repetitive. Also, the three strophes together were 
to convey one important thought— in this case, the resurrection 
of Christ Jesus and His victory over death, a fact which should 
cause every Christian to rejoice! Thus the kanon was to provide 
food for thought during the Morning Service. 

The Golden Kanon was composed by John of Damascus 
(John Damascene) at some time during the second quarter of 
the eighth century. John was born in Damascus, and he and his 
foster brother Kosmas studied in Jerusalem. Both men became 
monks in the monastery of Mar Saba near the Dead Sea. At this 
time the first "school" of kanon poets and composers was flour- 
ishing at Mar Saba, and John and Kosmas became the most 
oustanding of these writers. Certainly, John played an impor- 
tant role in building a repertory of kanon Hterature. He is espe- 
cially remembered for his two Easter hymns, "The Day of 
Resurrection" and "Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain" 
{Worship and Service Hymnal, p. 80). Not only did John pro- 
vide poems for kanones, but the manuscripts which contain the 
musical settings serving as models indicate that the first melody 
in each group of models was composed by John. 

After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 vast numbers of 
Greek hymns were lost. Several hundred years elapsed before 
Dr. J. M. Neale relocated some 4,000 of them and began to 
translate the 16 Greek Service books. Among these pages were 
the two Easter hymns by John. 

Several tunes have been used with Dr. Neale's translation, 

APRIL 15, 1976 (Continued on page 1 8) 17 

The Day of Resurrection 

(Continued from page 1 7) 

including Lancashire and Rotterdam. Lancashire 
was composed by Henry Smart in 1836 as a setting 
for "From Greenland's Icy Mountains" and was 
first performed at the tercentenary celebration of 
the Reformation in Blackburn where Mr. Smart 
was organist at the parish church. Rotterdam was 
composed by Berthold Tours in 1875; the tune 
derives its name from the fact that Tours was born 
in Rotterdam. Holland. 

Easter has always been the most important festi- 
val in the Greek Church, and the exultant excla- 
mation "Christos anesti" ("Christ is risen!") has 
echoed and reechoed during the candle-lighting 
ceremony traditionally observed shortly after mid- 
night as the Easter Day commenced counting its 

hours. A part of the great rejoicing was the singing 
of the words of John's victorious hymn: 

"Now let the heavens be joyful 

Let earth her song begin, 

Let the round world keep triumph 

And all that is therein; 

Invisible and visible, 

Their notes let all things blend 

For Christ the Lord hath risen, 

Our joy that hath no end." 
As we sing the words this Easter, let us rejoice 
greatly. Let us remember not only the cross of 
Good Friday but the promise of the empty tomb— 
and let us repeat the words of those early Chris- 
tians: "Christ is risen indeed!" # 

Living Memorials 

An ever-increasing number of thoughtful people, desiring to honor the 
memory of departed loved ones or friends, are sending "memorials" in the 
form of contributions to Grace College and Seminary. Families of those 
whose memories are so honored are notified of the contribution by an ap- 
propriate card. Names of the donor and those whom they remembered are 
listed below. These memorials were received February 16 through March 15, 

In Memory of : 
Rev. H. Leslie Moore 
David Stockport 
VirgUJ. Kuntz 
James S. Ehly 
Mrs. Gladys Symons 
Julie Maurer 
Joseph Stephens 
Jack and Robert Shaffer 
Seminary Student Aid 
Mrs. Herbert (Ruth) Bess 
I. James and 

Eleanor H. White 
Asher Spurlock 
miliam R. (Bill) Smith 
John W. Weaver 

Memorial given by : 

Dorothy I. Van Horn 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Harten 

Miss Miriam Rohrer 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Davis 

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Lane 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Danough 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Shaffer 

Mr. and Mrs. Thurlo Fuller 

Mr. and Mrs. Jan Brumbaugh 

James W. White and 

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. White and family 
Mrs. John J. Abner 
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Burket 
Franklin E. Weaver 




By Anette Johnson 

Grace Schools had the privilege of hosting Dr. Ken- 
neth Gangel as the alumni-sponsored Grace Bible Confer- 
ence speaker, February 9-13. He delivered four nnessages 
on "Christian Marriage and Family." 

A 1960 graduate of Grace Seminary, Dr. Gangel has 
also graduated from four other schools after high school: 
Taylor University, where he received his B.A., Winona 
Lake School of Theology with an M.A., Concordia with 
an S.T.M., and the University of Missouri with a Ph.D. in 
college administration. 

When he graduated from Grace Seminary in 1960, the 
last thing on Dr. Gangel's heart was the desire to return 
to college campuses as a teacher or an administrator. 
That following summer, however, the Lord laid on his 
heart that very ministry, and he has now been in the 
service of higher education for 16 years. 

During that time he has been employed in three dif- 
ferent schools: Calvary Bible College for ten years. Trini- 
ty Evangelical Divinity for four years, and is presently 
serving in his second year as president of Miami Christian 
College. Along with the duties of that position, he is 
doing post-doctoral research on a grant at Florida State. 

Dr. Gangel's driving zeal now is to design a "distinct 
Christian College in Florida where none exists, one that 
balances academic excellence and spiritual fervor." 

When asked what led him to consider full-time Chris- 
tian service. Dr. Gangel points to a 1954 trip to Europe 
with a gospel team. They traveled there for three 
months, holding three meetings a day in tent campaigns. 
This proved to be a turning point in his life. Up to that 
time he had strongly resisted the Lord as far as Christian 
service; his desire was to enter the business world as an 
accountant. This short-term experience with full-time 
Christian ministry, however, convinced him that the 
Lord was leading him to a lifetime of just that, and he 
consequently made plans to attend seminary. He pro- 
gressed from there as the Lord led, and now has no 
reason to believe that he will ever leave the field of 
Christian higher education. 

Dr. Gangel's philosophy is "family first " Before ac- 
cepting the presidential position at Miami Christian Col- 
lege, he made it very clear to the board and staff that his 
duties to the college would not be allowed in any way to 
interfere with his duties as a father. If they did, he told 
them, he would not hesitate to resign. When it became 
apparent that he would be separated from his family 
quite often on speaking engagements and conferences, it 
was agreed that the family would unconditionally stick 
together during the three summer months of June, July, 
and August. Where Dr. Gangel went, his family went. As 
a result, his children have been to both the Pacific and 
Atlantic Oceans, to Canada, and to several different 
countries. Dr. Gangel's family is unquestionably the 
most important factor of his life. 

Dr. Gangel has written 10 books and close to 500 
magazine articles. He is an avid reader, and enjoys novels 
as well as religious and educational works. 

He regularly participates in active outdoor sports, 
such as tennis, basketball, and golf, and also enjoys color 
slide photography and music. ^jViV 

,Thc Return 
o( the Graduate 

Dr. Gangel and student. 

All sessions of the Grace Bible Conference were re- 
corded by Mr. John P. Suderman on cassette tape. Dupli- 
cation of these tapes are available at $3 each plus post- 
age. All inquiries or orders to: Mr. John P. Suderman, 
100 Third Street, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Dr. Charles C. Ryrie 

"Biblical Perspectives on Social Ethics" 

Doctrinal Light on Social Ethics 

The Old Testament Contribution on Social Ethics 

Jesus' Viewpoints on Social Ethics 

The Teachings of the Apostles on Social Ethics 

Dr. John White, Jr. 

"Power in the Church" 

Power of Purity 

Power of Prayer 

Power of Programming 

Power of Preaching 

Dr. Kenneth 0. Gangel 

Marriage, What God Intends 

Two Biblical Models of Parenthood 

What Is a Family 
Three Couplets for Family Living 

APRIL 15, 1976 



For more than 20 years Grace 
Theological Seminary has been con- 
ducting a Bible conference during the 
early part of the second semester. This 
conference is to help the students but 
is also arranged to attract alumni and 
pastors. Included in the program are 
the L. S. Bauman Memorial Lectures, 
the R. Paul Miller Lectures, and a 
series sponsored by the Grace Semi- 
nary Alumni. The speakers in these 
several series are also utilized in vari- 
ous seminars confronting the pressing 
problems of the times. The conference 
for this year is now history. 

Perhaps this year the largest num- 
ber of alumni returned for the occa- 
sion. It was a tirtie of great blessing to 
them, and the fellowship among them- 
selves and with faculty and student 
body served as a great refreshment. A 
number of them wished that churches 
could give some consideration to the 
wisdom of sending their pastors to this 
conference and underwriting the ex- 
pense. Realizing how important this is 
to the life and ministry of the pastor 
and the value it brings to the church 
through him, I decided to pass this 
word of encouragement on to those 
who read these columns. 

The pastor is constantly in the busi- 
ness of giving out, and being human, 
there needs to be a time of taking in. 
There is a time when he needs to lay 
aside his professional responsibilities 
and sit again as a student. He needs to 
retreat from all the cares of ministry 
and give himself solely to drinking in 
that message which refreshes the soul 

and enables for ministry. The confer- 
ence provides that opportunity. 

My experience has taught me that 
there are many pastors who are grap- 
pling with the problems of the pastor- 
ate to the point that they imagine they 
are in a class all by themselves, that no 
other pastor goes through quite what 
they are experiencing. Such is not the 
case. Every pastor is ministering to sin- 
ners; sinners needing to experience the 
first taste of grace, sinners just lately 
come into the camp of the saints, sin- 
ners farther along in the path of holi- 
ness, and still others among the ma- 
ture. All of these are sinners until that 
day when the Lord comes and per- 
forms that final work of grace. Assum- 
ing once more the stance of a student, 
mingling with fellow alumni, sharing 
the problems and the solutions— all of 
these do much to give the pastor a new 
lease on life. He then returns back to 
his pastorate with renewed vigor and 
determination to display that amazing 
grace of our blessed Lord in the great- 
est calling in all the world. 

If churches could give some con- 
sideration to the value of this confer- 
ence to their pastors and to them- 
selves, it could bring untold blessing to 
them. But pastors need help. They are 
struggling with finances in an esca- 
lating economy. All of them may very 
well need a raise in their salaries. But 
this I am not now urging. My sugges- 
tion is that something be done to en- 
courage them to attend this confer- 
ence. Set something aside in the 
budget definitely assigned to pay the 
expenses of the pastor for attendance 
at this conference. Make it clear that it 

can be used for nothing else. Then give 
him the time to attend the conference. 
You will never regret this provision for 
a larger and better ministry of your 

Needs for Christian Teachers 

These are days when public schools 
are facing dire straits financially. Over 
a period of years there has been a grad- 
ual reduction of the teaching staff all 
across the country. This has also taken 
its toll in the number of young people 
who are interested in pursuing educa- 
tion in colleges and universities. After 
all, there is no good reason for major- 
ing in education, if upon graduation 
you discover there is no place where 
your services are wanted. Making a 
livelihood therefore dictates that the 
student turn to some other area of 
concentration for a life work. 

But there is need for teachers. Over 
several decades the moral and spiritual 



level of the public school has con- 
tinued to deteriorate. Deterioration 
has also extended into the field of the 
academic. This situation has been com- 
pelling evangelical Christians to turn to 
Christian schools. As a result they have 
been springing up all over the land. 
Last year 114 new Christian schools 
were started in the state of Ohio alone. 
This is remarkable and sounds a note 
of hope for our country. 

This growing number of Christian 
schools calls for a continuing growth 
in the number of teachers who are 
qualified to teach in such schools. The 
preparation of such teachers was one 
of the primary reasons for the starting 
of Grace College. It has been endeavor- 
ing to spearhead the movement toward 
Christian day schools. IVlore and more 
young people have chosen this area of 
training, and are answering the call of 
the Lord to a ministry in Christian 
education. But the demand for teach- 

ers trained for ministry in Christian 
day schools is becoming so great that 
it is impossible to supply the demand. 
Quite recently Grace College could 
have placed 100 teachers, but were un- 
able to provide more than 40. 

Here is an area where the entire 
Christian community should be awak- 
ened to the need and the opportunity 
for invaluable spiritual service. At a 
time when the moral level of our land 
has reached a new low, and at a time 
when there is no better way to offset 
that decline than by investment in 
children, then let God's people get 
their young people into colleges where 
they can be prepared for such minis- 
try. All the talk about unemployment 
in the educational field can be re- 
moved by willing preparation for 
Christian teaching. Grace College is 
ready and more than willing to prepare 
young people for this high calling. 

The Board, the Budget, Tuition 

The annual board meeting of Grace 
Schools is now history. It was a good 
meeting and any number of actions 
were taken that will be announced in 
later issues of the Herald. All but three 
members of the Board were present 
for the three days of intensive deliber- 

Perhaps the most exciting action 
taken by the Board was the determi- 
nation to go ahead with the Science 
Center. By the time you read this con- 
struction will have begun, and it is ex- 
pected that the building will be ready 
for occupancy by the fall of 1977, if 
not sooner. You can assist in this ven- 

ture by joining in raising the funds. 
Remembering that the least amount of 
money borrowed will save thousands 
of dollars in interest, and giving to- 
ward this project will be helping to lift 
a great financial burden. 

And the burden of finance is now 
growing heavy. The pressures of reces- 
sion and inflation are taking a heavy 
toll. In order to carry a balanced bud- 
get into the coming year, desperate 
measures were taken in slashing costs. 
These slashes were taken in places 
where it is questionable as to the wis- 
dom of them. But there was no other 
recourse. The faculty and staff could 
be promised no raises, not even that to 
meet the rising cost of living. 

In an effort to meet these financial 
pressures board, room, and tuition had 
to be raised. This means greater bur- 
dens upon the young people who 
come. In this writing I am making a 
plea that greater efforts be made by 
people to provide funds to help young 
people. If every congregation could de- 
termine to set aside funds for use by 
the young people of their church who 
desire to attend Grace College, this 
could assure a good enrollment next 

Above all, let God's people pray for 
this educational enterprise. Not only is 
the individual welfare of students at 
stake, so is that of families, and 
churches, and communities, and the 
nation. These are days when Christian 
people need to take a new look at 
their responsibilities before the Lord. 
The time is late, the days are evil, and 
the coming of the Lord draws nigh. # 

APRIL 15, 1976 


The Church Growth iWovcmcnt 

Is Here 

Is there anything really new un- 
der the heavens? Well, I imagine 
this unresolved question will be 
with us for a long time. Some 3,000 
years ago Solomon seemed to indi- 
cate the man of the world had seen 
it all. So here we are with what has 
been termed the new idea of church 
growth. No, I do not think it is so 
new but it is a fresh approach to 
basic knowledge that has been 
around for quite some time. The 
Church growth movement is being 
talked about in dozens of denomi- 
nations. It is here and now. Dr. 
Donald McGavran has been hailed 
by many as the "Father" of the 
Modern Church Growth Movement. 
He observed many principles on the 

foreign missions field and began to 
put together these concepts. Lately 
there has appeared a domestic 
church growth movement which is 
catching the imaginations of many. 
McGavran describes it all this 
way, "Take it any way at all, in- 
crease of members and congrega- 
tions is absolutely essential to the 
world mission of the church." How 
do you measure church growth? 
This is an important part of the 
concept. Church growth has two 
major aspects: conversion- 
measured by church membership— 
and consecration which may be 
measured by stewardship. You will 
find in this church growth move- 
ment some usage of research in 

social sciences as well as data col- 
lection and diagnosis. These are 
joined to the Biblical principles of 
evangelism and authority of the 
Four Types of Church Growth 

It seems to me that the heart of 
this movement is best summed up 
in four types of church growth. 
There may not be full agreement 
among the followers of the move- 
ment in this matter, but for an in- 
troduction to the movement let us 
use the following guideposts. Sim- 
ply stated church growth consists 
of four types— internal, expansion, 
extension and bridging. Now for 
some definitions before we go any 

A. Internal growth does not in- 
volve any increase in church mem- 
bership numerically. But it causes 
growth of three types within the 
church. 1. Spiritual growth— or 
maturing of the saved members of 
the congregation. 2. Conversion 
growth-in that church members 
may experience salvation for the 
first time. 3. Organizational growth 
in that changes and modifications 
take place within the structure of 
the church. 

Internal Growth 

1. Spiritual growth 

2. Conversion growth 

3. Organizational growth 

By Charles W. Turner 




aftgBBWg&?«M» a BB»«N H Hw a swgai 

Expansion Growth 

1. Conversion growth 

2. Transfer growth 

3. Biological growth 

B. Expansion growth describes 
an increase in the local church, and 
again this may take place through 
several means. 1. Conversion 
growth brings people to Christ and 
into the fellowship. 2. Transfer 
growth results in converted people 
coming to your church and being 
added. 3. Biological growth is the 
conversion of the children of mem- 
bers of the church. 

.^ ^.i/^A^is.MiK'iKtiaia 

C. Extension growth is the third 
type of church growth. This is the 
process of adding new churches and 
congregations. It takes the re- 
sources of internal and expansion 
growth and applies them to a new 
location. Many will feel at home 
with the term Home Missions at 
this point. 

Extension Growth 

Church planting 

Bridging Growth 

Cross cultural church planting 

D. Bridging growth is the fourth 
type. Though not limited to over- 
seas mission, it finds its classic defi- 
nition through this outlet. Yet this 
is a key distinctive in that it crosses 
cultural barriers. These cultural bar- 
riers are best defined as racial, 
linguistic or class in nature. So 
bridging growth is not so much a 
fact of geographic location as it is 
crossing cultural and ethnic bar- 

I realize in this brief intro- 
duction of the church growth 
movement that I have not men- 
tioned the main personalities that 
are involved nor have I even intro- 
duced you to those tenets of the 
movement such as "homogenous 
unit principles," "varying receptivi- 
ty," nor "people movement." 
There is also a long line of books on 
the subject which we will not deal 
with in this article. The church 

growth movement is getting a great 
deal of exposure in our Southern 
California churches through the In- 
stitute of American Church Growth 
and you will be hearing a great deal 
more about it in the coming 

This article is an introduction 
affording the reader an opportunity 
to get acquainted with a much dis- 
cussed area of church involvement. 
I would like you to have some in- 

formation on the subject so you 
will be aware of its existence. In a 
future article I would like to bring 
you some research findings that Dr. 
Wayne Beaver has shared with me. 
The material was gathered by one 
of his classes at Grace Schools and 
concerns church growth in the 
Brethren Church. Also i would like 
to share with you some of the basic 
tenets of the church growth move- 
ment and make some observations 
regarding them. # 

APRIL 15, 1976 


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highur price 
Queen Mary Hyatt Hotel 

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Tel. 213.'436-3511. Cost: Single-$22. 00-3 1.00, Double- 
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Queensway Hilton 

700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach. Calif. 90801, Tel. 

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Rochelle's Motel 

3333 Ldkewood Blvd., Long Beach, Calif. 90808. Tel. 

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1976 National Conference Housing 


Conference dates: August 6- 13, 1976 
Location — First Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 



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How many in your family will need lodging? If there are children, what are their names and ages? 

Name Age Name Age 

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What date do you plan to leave California? 

Will you need transportation from a local motel? 

(Bus transportation will be available to and from the conference meeting area from listed motels and hotels upon 

sufficient demand.) 

Please check your preference as to lodging: 

LjStay in private home if available (Free). Deadline: application by June 30. 

□ Hotel or motel arranged by you in advance (your cost). Because of simultaneous conventions being held in Long 

Beach, v.;e suggest that you make reservations well in advance. 
□Camping facility arranged by you in advance. There will be no camping provided by the First Brethren Church. 

Campsites are at least 45 minutes to an hour's drive away. We suggest that reservations are made in advance. 

Send the above form to; Mr. Robert Haiiey, conference coordinator, First Brethren Church, 3601 Linden Ave. 
Long Beach, California 90807. 






















Cover Photo: Dr. and 

Mrs. Glenn O'Neal view 
the beautiful Iguacu 
falls in southern Brazil. 
(Zielasko photo) 


4 Seminars Held for Church Leaders 

6 "How was your trip?" 

8 A Real Christ in a Real Place 

10 Mexican Gems from the Capital 

12 CED Switchboard 

13 A Biblical Look at Spiritual Gifts 

14 All the Ush-Ush Details About Ushering 

17 SMM Princesses 

18 Mother— an Example of a Child of the King 
20 Motherhood and Monopoly 

22 WhereCan We Get All These Things? 

24 BMH News Summary 

Charles W. Turner, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Ediior 
Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 
Fern Sandy, Editorial Secretary 
Omega Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 
Foreign 1^155100.5- Rev. John Zielsbko 
Gr,=ice Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home M;s5ioris-Dr. Lestsr E, Pifer 
Christian Ed. -Rev. Howard Mayes 
WMC— ivlr-,. Daniel Pacheco 

MtMBCR tr 


SECOND-CL.ASS porttfys paid at Winona Lake, ind. Issued 
on the liril: and fiftesnth of eacn month by the Brethren 
Mis.'iicnaiy Herald Co., Box .^44, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Ljke, Inn. 46590. Sucscription p,ice- $4.50 a year; 
tortfyti, S5.25. Special rates to churcnet. 



n "Pastor, Go Home" in January real 
ly hit a note for me. I agree it is sad 
when a pastor is overworked, and even 
sadder to see a pastor who cannot do 
the work he is called to do because of 
numerous other things he must do. 

But even sadder is the pastor who 
has a compulsion to do everything, 
even though he has qualified people 
who hunger and thirst to serve. He 
may be always nagging his people to 
witness, then proceeds to do all the 
calling himself, never taking along any- 
one to let them learn how it is done. 
This type of man pleads for someone 
to "feel the call" to the children's 
work or music or nursery then pro- 
ceeds to make all the rules himself and 
runs it personally. His compulsion con- 
tinues and he helps to move the com- 
munion tables and run the sweeper 
after fellowship hour, he personally 
handles the loud speaker and air condi- 
tioning lest someone should think he 
shirks or doesn't have things under 

How much more appreciated this 
type of "dynamic person" would be if 
he could do his work, then put confi- 
dence in those who have been called to 
help and let them do their job. He 
could still help when a "babe" floun- 
ders; teaching and showing is his job. 
But not to run the church single- 
handed, while gifted ones are bewil 
dered as to how to help the pastor. 
—A Reader 

After reading this letter I was glad it 
was not written a couple of years ago 
or I might have thought someone was 
referring to me. I must agree with 
some of the sentiments in the letter. 
We need to train our people for the 
work. This could be done in the time 
we spend complaining about the fact 
that they will not work.-CWT 

Address your letter to the editor, 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. 

W usee 



Reflections By Still Waters 

• III. 


Charles W. Turner 

Exciting events can be put into 
motion around a person without one 
ever being aware of existing circum- 
stances. IVIy son, Jeff, has been de- 
livering papers for the past three years 
with a gross income of something 
under $20 per week. This in compari- 
son to earnings in IBIVl, General 
Motors, or American Telephone and 
Telegraph is "small potatoes." I have 
never seriously discussed with him his 
net income for the route, but it is not 
much above the petty cash level. This 
is why I was really surprised when he 
got a letter from the First National 
Bank in Chicago. 

Mr. Phillip O'Neill sent the follow- 
ing message addressed to my paper- 
carrying son: 

To the Successful Executive: 

You've worked long, hard hours at 
your business or profession. Isn't it 
time to begin reaping the rewards of 
your success? 

Many of your needs have been satis- 
fied already— home, hobbies, perhaps a 
second house. But you deserve more, 
because you've earned it. 

The difference between success and 
satisfaction may be an Executive Loan 
from the First. Amounts up to 
$15,000 are available. Your request 
will be treated with the utmost discre- 
tion and can be handled entirely by 
mail in the privacy of your home. 
Phillip P. O'Neill 
Personal Banking Officer 
The First National Bank of Chicago 


My Son, the Executive 

Maybe it was just parental jealousy, 
but I felt a little sad as well as frus- 
trated about the situation for a couple 
of days. Here I was for the first time in 
my middle age holding down an execu- 
tive position. I even see those fancy 
titles like "Executive Editor" and 
"General Manager" after my name; 
however, here I am upstaged by my 
16-year-old-blue-jeaned-clad son with a 
total net income somewhere under 
$150 per year. The First National of 
Chicago had completely ignored me, 
and it was my son who was eligible for 
a big $15,000 loan. For me it was the 
BankAmericard with a $750 top limit. 
Such is life, but I have finally regained 
my personal confidence and am ready 
to go on. 

Now to be perfectly honest about 
the whole thing Jeff might have run 
into a little trouble when he filled in 
the required application blank. Never- 
theless, there it was for a few heady 
moments, the possibility of a lot more 
spending money, more money than he 
had ever seen in his life. But, then it 
was back to reality— the rain, the 
snow, some occasional sunshine, and 
all those very nice paper-route cus- 
tomers. The dream was gone and the 
First National will have to look else- 
where to loan their $1 5,000 limit. 

A close look at the situation brings 
out the often forgotten fact that bene- 
fit-promises generally involve condi- 
tions or stipulations. The First Na- 

tional of Chicago wanted to know 
some basic facts regarding the person 
to whom they would be lending their 
money. The application form referred 
to amounts of income earned and the 
amount that could be repaid and how. 
It is one of the shames of our society 
that we are prone to examine the 
promises made by others without con- 
sidering the conditions to be met. For 
instance, there are many people, even 
Christians, who sign and accept an 
agreement but never meet the neces- 
sary obligations relating to the agreed- 
upon conditions. In the past, the term 
"bankruptcy" carried with it a certain 
stigma. This is no longer true in the 
thinking of many people. Moral values 
in our society are fast changing, and 
it's me, myself and I— no thoughts for 

It is often easy to accept blessings 
and the provisions of God without 
acknowledging the basic conditions He 
has established. Oh yes, we like to 
bask in the sunshine. But how about 
filling out the application and the 
bonds included in the agreement? God 
is not mocked, neither is He de- 
ceived . . . there will be a day of reck- 

It is one thing to borrow $15,000 
from the friendly First National Bank 
and Phillip P. O'Neill, but can you re- 
pay, are you willing? It was a good day 
to start with Christ but how are you 
meeting the obligations? # 

MAY 1, 1976 

Mrs. CNral teaches women's dass— Mrs. Solon Hoyt translates. 

In Januan 1976. Dr. Glenn O'Neal. For- 
eign Mission Society board member. Mrs. 
O'Neal, and Foreign Secretar\- John Zielasko 
held seminars for church leaders in .\rgentina 
and Brazil. Dr. O'Neal spoke on spiritual gifts 
and preaching; Mr. Zielasko on church 
growth, also on church leaders and manage- 
ment; and Mrs. O'Neal on topics for women. 

Vsi : - ; f :- Altig wrtti two young pastors— Se'g ic :r 

left, pastor at Sarrto Antonio; ^Jonato Parrt^a on right 
will graduate from Bible institute in May and become 
pastcx of the Cascanhal church. 

Seminars Held for Church Leaden 

Present Brethren mission 
team in Argentina— with the 
exception of the Hill 
Maconaghys— and visrtors. Left 
to right: Mr. Zielasko, Aldo 
Hoyt, Dr. O'Neal, Alice Hoyt 
with Kathy, Mrs. O'Neal, Alan 
Hoyt, Ivan Hoyt, Mary Hoyt, 
Lynn Hoyt w'rth Michael, 
Kathryn Hoyt; and at front, 
Philip Hoyt and Solon Hoyt. 


1. Jose Marmol church, Buenos Aires— Mrs. Hill 
Maconaghy at organ, Mr. Maconaghy on front row. 
Don Bosco and Marmol churches united for this ser- 
vice. 2. Dr. O'Neal teaches— Aldo Hoyt translates— 
during seminar at Almafuerte. Argentina. 3. Informal 
talks between classes— young man in center is a lawyer. 
4. Seminar group in nonh Brazil, outside Hodgdon 
residence at Capanema. 5. Missionary Ralph Schwartz 
and Pastor Necho prepare overnight accommodations. 

MAY 1, 1976 




How was your trip^' 

By Dr. Glenn O'Neal 

FMS Board Member 

The definition of a bore has been 
given as someone who when asked 
"How are you?"— tells them. The stan- 
dard question to ask the person who 
has been traveling is "How was your 
trip?" Most don't expect or want an 
extended answer, but my wife and I, 
with Foreign Secretary John Zielasko, 
were privileged to visit our Brethren 
fields in Mexico City, Argentina, and 
Brazil. What we saw was both exciting 
and sobering. I will attempt to answer 
the question by giving a brief report 
on each location visited. 

Mexico City— We arrived at the 
home of Phil and Amy Guerena on De- 
cember 29 as preparations were being 
made for their New Year's Eve celebra- 
tion. God has performed miracles in 
the lives of many people through the 
ministry of the Word. Scores of young 
people make the Guerena household a 
second home. This gifted group could 

make a tremendous impact on Mexico. 
Also, God has drawn together a num- 
ber of committed families who meet 
regularly in various homes for church 
services. It was in one of these homes 
that the group of about 50 met on 
New Year's Eve. Enthusiastic joy 
would characterize the evening filled 
with lots of exotic Mexican food, 
music, testimony, and the ministry of 
the Word. 

Buenos Aires— Aldo and Alice Hoyt 
who recently arrived on the field met 
us at the Buenos Aires airport on Janu- 
ary 2 and served as our hosts during 
the next few days as we visited the 
works in that city. The zeal of the Jose 
Marmol young people was especially 
impressive. The Hill Maconaghys and 
Lynn Hoyts are ministering in this 
area. Here we joined Foreign Secretary 
Zielasko, who was with us for the re- 
mainder of the trip. A lingering im- 

pression is the luscious top sirloin 
steaks for less than one dollar. I'm sure 
we would not want to import the en- 
tire Argentine economy, however. In- 
flation in 1975 was 334 percent. 

Argentine Interior— Solon Hoyt 
greeted us at the Cordoba airport on 
January 6. A service was held that 
night with about 30 believers at the 
Cordoba church. Cordoba is a center 
of political unrest. Although there are 
few visible evidences, there were 20 
kidnappings in Cordoba alone in the 
seven days we were in that area. A 
number of them were presumed to be 

The next few days were spent visit- 
ing the interior churches and minister- 
ing to church leaders at the Bible in- 
stitute quarters at Almafuerte. The 
optimism and warmth of this group 
speaks well for an encouraging outlook 
for the future of the church in Argen- 



tina. Concentrated workshops were 
conducted in church growth and man- 
agement by John Zielasko. I presented 
material on the gifts of the Spirit and 
preaching. Mrs. O'Neal ministered to 
the women present on the role of the 
Christian woman. 

Southern Brazil— We arrived In Rio 
de Janeiro on January 12 and spent 
three days enjoying the sights of this 
area, including magnificent Iguazu 
Falls. Then it was on to the unique 
city of Brasilia, and to Uberlandia 
where we were enthusiastically greeted 
by missionaries Tim and Sandy Farner, 
Norm and Cleo Johnson, and Barbara 
Hulse. We talked, studied, prayed and 
observed the challenge of this growing 
city. We were privileged to meet a 

number of fine people who have been 
contacted. The future looks bright for 
the entrance of the Gospel into many 

Northern Brazil— We arrived in Be- 
lem on January 17 and were welcomed 
by George and Evelyn Johnson and 
Ernie and Elaine Bearinger. I minis- 
tered to a very interesting group in a 
very poor section of Belem on Sunday 
morning with George Johnson as inter- 
preter. Two churches combined in 
Castanhal (where Keith and Vivian 
Altig are ministering) on Sunday eve- 
ning. This church recently called a 
full-time pastor, and there was an at- 
mosphere of warm enthusiasm. 

The next day was spent with the 
Bill Burk family up the Guama River, 
an unforgettable experience indeed. 

About 40 of the river people had 
gathered at one of the homes for a 
preaching service on Monday morning! 
It was thrilling to hear the testimonies 
that demonstrate the power of the 
Gospel to transform lives. 

The Northern Brazil workshop, 
similar to the one conducted in Argen- 
tina, began on January 22 in Capa- 
nema at the home of the Earle Hodg- 
dons. About 15 missionaries and na- 
tional pastors were present. There are 
some eager young pastors who give evi- 
dence of having a vision for the future. 

It was then back to Belem and 
home on January 22. However, the 
challenge of millions of unreached 
people with so few to minister to them 
still lingers. ^ 


Top 25 Churches in Per-Membcr Qiving to 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


Church Amount per member 

1 . Middlebranch, Ohio $80.76 

2. Dallas Center, Iowa 70.67 

3. Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights) 66.01 

4. Conemaugh, Pa 62.96 

5. Wooster, Ohio 61.97 

6. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 60.13 

7. Cypress, Calif 59.60 

8. Altoona, Pa. (Juniata) 57.01 • 

9. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 54.79 

10. Whittier, Calif. (First) 54.24 

11. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 48.81 

12. Warsaw, Ind 48.40 

13. Sidney, Ind 48.12 

14. West Palm Beach, Fla 47.67 

15. Garwin, Iowa 46.96 

16. Maitland, Fla 46.69 

17. Kittanning, Pa. (First) 46.29 

18. Hagerstown, Md. (Gay Street) 44.47 

19. Englewood, Ohio 44.37 

20. Telford, Pa 43.53 

21. Homerville, Ohio 43.25 

22. York, Pa 43.20 

23. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 42.46 

24. Berne, Ind 42.18 

25. Modesto, Calif. (LaLoma) 41.98 

National average per member in 1975 22.70 

National average goal per member for 1976 32.00 

MAY 1, 1976 

A Real Christ in a Real Place 

By Marti Tschetter 

Early this year I had occasion to be in France visiting 
friends in Lyon, and was able to satisfy a longtime curiosity 
about the Chateau of Saint-Albain. That center has long 
held an attraction for me. 

The village of Saint-Albain looks, externally, like any 
one of many small, quiet villages in the middle of France's 
famous wine-producing country. The Chateau property 
situated at one side of the village does not really comprise a 
very large area. But in addition to the old Chateau itself, 
there is an amazing variety of activity and function and life 
found on that one piece of land with its stone fences, old 
orchard, gardener's cottage and garden plot, storybook- 
looking tower and hilltop view of the River Saone. 

The afternoon when I arrived I had a taste of Tom and 
Doris Julien's lovely hospitality— certainly one of the real 
gifts the Lord has given them to cultivate and use for His 
glory in the setting of the Chateau. Their daughter Jackie 
gave me a grand tour of the grounds, pointing out dorm 
rooms for the youth weekends, a library, the kitchen and 
dining areas, church and prayer rooms, her father's study, 
and an amazing number of ins and outs and ups and downs 
(including what I'd been told I must see-the attic and re- 
stored ancient tower from which one views the peaceful, 
gorgeous expanse of surrounding countryside). 

This tour of the grounds inspired the realization that 
what looked a lot smaller in length and width than I'd 
always imagined when hearing about the Chateau was really 
a lot bigger in terms of complexity, personality and far- 
reaching impact. I thought more than once, "You'd all have 
to see it to believe it! The slides and descriptions don't 
begin to do this place justice." Yet, isn't that what we 
might expect when God takes things and places and facts 
and turns them into living, purposeful, personal environ- 
ments where His work is going on? 

The proof of this personality and purpose of God was 
seen that weekend not only in the hospitality and serious 
interest of the Juliens but, beginning that evening, in meet- 
ing some of the Christian young people who come regularly 
to the Chateau for concentrated Bible study and prayer. I 
happened to attend one of two more "intense" weekends 
held each month at the Chateau expressly for discipling 
those who have made a clear commitment to Christ and 
want to grow in faith. Two other weekends per month are 
scheduled as evangelistic outreach, usually attracting larger 
groups to the center (both Christians and non-Christians) 
for a demonstration of the basic gospel message. The Breth- 
ren missionaries in the area— Juliens, DeArmeys, Shargels— 
and French Christians like Daniel and Julia Dutruc coordi- 



nate the teaching and outreach ministry of the Chateau for 
these weekend retreats. 

Sunday was a special day for me in two ways: one, 
participating with the group meeting there for Sunday 
morning worship, Christians coming from Macon, Chalon 
and Tournus, as well as from Saint-Albain, with visitors 
from as far away as Long Beach, California— a good-sized 
fellowship that morning rejoicing with the music of the 
Dutrucs and learning under the teaching of Tom Julien on 
Matthew 5. The second special event was a presentation 
that afternoon to a very full house— the enthusiastic, radi- 
ant music and Christian testimony of a French musician, 
Gil Bernard. Apparently, without any of my own planning, 
I'd stepped in on a much-anticipated and almost historic 
event at the Chateau. People came from a wide radius, both 
eager Christians and those looking for the secret to Gil 
Bernard's joyful life. And really, you could sense the excite- 
ment in that crowded room as people caught hold of the 
reality and possibility of God's work in human lives. To me 
it was one more remarkable and reinforcing evidence of the 
Spirit of God moving over France and using His servants 
and things and places all as part of a great plan for trans- 
forming history. 

One specific personal contact I had in those two short 
days was with Walter and Claudia, a Dutch couple who had 
been traveling through Europe last fall, met friends who 
described the Chateau, stopped there to see for themselves 
what made it so appealing, and in that way came to know 
Jesus Christ in a personal, life-changing way. Now they are 

studying tapes available at the center, growing under the 
spiritual guidance of Tom Julien, and participating in the 
work by painting and helping with repairs on the property. 
It is remarkable how God can do several things so effective- 
ly and concurrently-in this case, bring two people to Him- 
self, use them immediately to provide continuity for His 
work in a specific place, simultaneously prepare them for a 
wider ministry, and also— though we may not see it yet— be 
preparing others to receive their witness! 

God can be free to act any place— whether it's your 
house or mine or a house with so exotic-sounding a name as 
"chateau." And He can be free to act through any lan- 
guage—our English or the French person's French. Most 
significantly. He is powerful and loving and wants to act in 
any person within any group— whether that's a young per- 
son going to a retreat in a French village, one of us as 
member of a family unit, a believer who's part of a church 
fellowship, or a Christian individual in a secular work 

On top of what I actually saw in finally visiting the 
Chateau, there were glimpses of many more aspects to the 
work than could be investigated in just one weekend: activi- 
ties and hopes beyond that one place or that one village. If 
you get a chance to go there sometime, stay longer than I 
did and see what the other facets of the diamond are . . . # 

(FMS editor's note: Marti Tschetter, of Winona Laice, Indiana, is a 
younger sister of Evelyn Tschetter, Brethren missionary in the Cen- 
tral African Republic.) 

i Chateau Saint-Albain 

MAY 1, 

demean Gems 

from the Capital 

I was born 20 years ago on a very 
special Mexican holiday-September 
16. Since birth I have suffered from 
progressiva muscular atrophy and 
never remember having been able to 
walk. God has been good to give me a 
very understanding family. 

I had always attended the Roman 
Catholic church, and at about 17 years 
of age became president of a local 
youth group. There we talked about 
how to make Christianity practical. 
My officers and I met every Tuesday 
with the priest who was our sponsor. 
He shared with us many personal ex- 
periences which helped me to under- 
stand God better. 1 enjoyed those 
times very much. 

Later, after the group was discon- 
tinued, I felt disillusioned with religion 
in general. Using the name of God to 
exploit people in different ways was 
especially distasteful to me. However, 
I was still firmly convinced that God 
really did exist. Hadn't I felt Him 
marvelously manifested through man 
himself, and through nature? 

Nevertheless, I wasn't really happy. 
I saw that everyone had a mission to 
fulfill in life— and I had no purpose. 
My life seemed worthless. Would it not 
be better to die? Two months passed. 
A new year was fast approaching; I de- 
termined to begin it happily. And I 
would find this purpose which I knew 
I ought to have. Within four months I 
had recovered a measure of happiness 
for living— but still without a purpose. 

At about this time a certain family 
moved near me. They belonged to the 
Grace Brethren Church. I was already 
slightly acquainted with them because 
the mother had been my English 
teacher some two years before. I began 
to visit them more often and was im- 
pressed by the love and fellowship ex- 
pressed among themselves and their 

friends. There I began to understand 
more of what it meant to be a Chris- 
tian. Later, when I had become friends 
with some of the young people, we 
would speak about Christ; and they 
shared their testimonies with me. 

It was then, during those moments 
of quiet sharing, that I felt I had found 
what I was looking for. I saw that one 
could be a Christian without being re- 
ligious. I understood that Christ called 
me, and I received Him as my personal 

Immediately God's plan for my life 
became clear. I felt as if all those diffi- 
cult, unexplainable things in my life 
suddenly began to relate to one an- 
other as one would put a puzzle to- 
gether. I not only understood that 
everything about my past had a defi- 
nite purpose, but I could also see part 
of God's plan for my life in the future. 
Now there wasn't a shadow of a doubt 
but that everything happens for a good 
reason. God has a plan for everyone— 
even before they're born! 

I marveled at God's incredible ex- 
actness and order in the universe— 
from the movements of the planets to 
the discipline that each person ought 
to have in his acts and thoughts. And 

now I know that all that is disagree- 
able or tragic happens because some- 
one has broken God's perfect law. 

Personally, my life has changed 
completely. Now I have a purpose! 
Where He leads me, I can walk secure- 
ly because I take within me the Crea- 
tor of the universe as my Saviour. He 
teaches me to love and to forgive 
everyone, and He goes with me as I 
share the Good News so that others 
might know Him personally and enjoy 
His love as I do. 

Now I am living with my family in 
La Piedad, Michoacan. At first I was 
very sad because I had to leave all of 
my friends and my brothers and sisters 
in the Lord in the capital. Also, I 
didn't like the change of life-style. 
There's a great difference between a 
city of more than 12 million people 
and a small town of about 40,000 in- 
habitants. But I'm happy because 
Christ is with me and it's His will that 
I should be here. 

Please pray much for me, my fami- 
ly, my friends, and for Mexico too, 
that many might receive Jesus Christ 
as their Saviour and Lord. 

—Licha Garcia Mendoza 
(sent by Mrs. Phil Guerenaj 



^\al Secretary. 



A new employee in the office of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society is Stephen P. Mason, who has been 
named by the Board of Trustees as Acting Financial 
Secretary. He is presently working part time, com- 
muting from his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After 
his graduation from the Fort Wayne branch of Indi- 
ana University in May, he will be coming into the 
work full time. 

Steve is no stranger to the business of foreign mis- 
sions, for he is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Mason 
and spent most of the early years of his life in Africa. 
He attended the Missionary Children's School taught 
by Miss Ruth Kent, returning to the U.S. when he 
reached seventh grade to live with the Richard Foote 
family in Fort Wayne and continue his schooling 
there. After high school graduation he attended Grace 
College for two years. This was followed by approxi- 
mately two years in the U.S. Army, military police 
branch, during which time he spent ten months in 


Resuming his education, he enrolled in Indiana 
University at Fort Wayne, part time at first while also 
being employed by the local telephone company, and 
full time the past two years. He will graduate with a 
degree in accounting. 

Steve's wife is an MK also— from Brazil— the for- 
mer Jeanette Miller, daughter of the Eddie Millers. 

Mike Alexander, former FMS financial secretary, 
will continue his assistance until the new financial 
secretary can take over full time. Mr. Alexander has 
now assumed his new post of controller for Grace 

FMS Board Memos 

Alexander appreciation: "A motion prevailed that we 
extend a vote of thanks and appreciation to Mike 
Alexander for his very dedicated and efficient service 
to the FMS, for the fine fellowship enjoyed with him 
in board sessions, for services rendered to mission- 
aries, and for his personal dedication and testimony." 
Mr. Alexander served as FMS financial secretary 
for four years, and though the FMS was sorry to lose 
him, he is to be congratulated on his new position as 
controller for Grace Schools, which is considered a 

Cost of living adjustment: "A motion prevailed to 
accept the recommendation for salary increase and 
cost of living adjustment for missionaries." 

Total support update: "^ motion prevailed that we 
update the total support program." 

No increase in total support of missionaries has 
been requested from the churches for some time, but 
in order to bring the program closer to financial reali- 
ty, the support program is being increased 51,000 per 
adult missionary. 

RAB funds on hand: "A motion prevailed that all 
designated funds in RAB (Relief Agency Brethren) be 
disbursed to designations; all additional funds (pres- 
ently on hand) to be sent to MAP (Medical Assistance 
Programs) for use in Guatemala." 

The amount of 310,000 has been sent for Guate- 
mala relief in the wake of the disastrous earthquake 
in February. Several hundred dollars additional were 
collected by Grace Schools and channeled through 
the FMS and MAP. 

MAY 1, 1976 


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. 

High Quality 
Materials at 


The Christian Education Depart- 
ment will handle your orders for high 
quality drapery materials. This heavy 
duty drapery material may be effec- 
tively used as classroom dividers, plat- 
form curtains, window drapes or bap- 
tistry drapes. It provides a more effi- 
cient sound barrier than many more 
expensive systems of folding doors on 
the market today. 

The Christian Education Depart- 
ment can provide the 20 ounce, su- 
preme weight velour (54 inches wide) 
in 55 different colors. The price is 
$7.85 a yard, which includes factory 

A folder containing sample material 
in all 55 colors is available for your 

For more information write the 
Christian Education Department, P. 0. 
Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 





Information-packed seminars, 
workshops, and rallies led by some of 
the outstanding Christian leaders of 
our time are the backbone of an action- 
filled week. 

After a general session each morn- 
ing packed full of exciting and chal- 
lenging information, the workshops in 
the afternoons will provide a wide 
variety of timely subjects. You may 
choose to attend the workshops most 
suited to your need. 

Five great days at the University of 
Illinois, Urbana, III. -May 24-28. Cost? 
Only $80— including meals, lodging 
and all sessions. 

For further information: ICWC Committee, 
P.O. Box 1156, Grand Rapids, IVIich. 49501 


[3 1 rv'iCi 


A computer-evaluated Sunday School report of the 


-1 iiii'-i 

National Fellowsh 

pof Brethren 



71 jI>VIl] 


jun 1. 


* Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 
day Schools*-March 1975-171; March 

* Growth index based on 185 reporting 






A - 

Long Beach, Calif. 

March 1975 weekly average attendance— 


George Peek 

Charles Course 

March 1976 weekly average attendance— 

B - 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 

Ward Tressler 

Nelson Cleveland 


C - 

Hagerstown, Md. 

Net Loss in reporting churches-363 per- 


Jack K. Peters 

Robert Foltz 

sons or down 1 . 1 percent 

D - 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 

J. Hudson Thayer 

Bob Gordon 


E - 

Washington, Pa. 

Shimer Darr 

R. Dennis Malone 

89 churches registered increases totaling— 

F - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


(Singer Hill) 

Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

91 churches registered losses totating- 

G - 

Waimalu, Aiea, Hawaii 

Clifford Coffman 

Haruo Aroki 

H - 

Okeechobee, Fla. 

Charles Davis 

Steve Rogers 


Largest numerical increase-Long Beach, 
Calif. (North) 

1 ~ 

Lansing, Mich. 

Charles Thornton 

John Furr 

Largest percentage increase-Anderson, 

J - 

Anderson, S.C. 

Marion Thomas 

Jack Broyles 


N - 

Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

■ 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 


nton, Ohio-218; Beaver City, Nebr.-54- 

churches of the NFBC in this computer- 
evaluated church growth analysis which is 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside)-502; Mt. Laurel H J -88' 

Orlando, Fla. -85; 

provided free of charge to churches of the 

Aiken, S.C.-47. 

Fellowship by the Christian Education De- 






You're invited to take 

A Biblical Look at Spiritual Qifts 

at the Christian Education Convention this summer. 

The 1976 Christian Education Convention will 
feature a special seminar presentation on Spiritual Gifts. It 
is to be held Friday, August 6, and Saturday, August 7, at 
the First Brethren Church of Long Beach, California. 

This special, in-depth study senninar is open to all who 
want to attend on the Friday and Saturday previous to 
national conference in Long Beach. 

It has been suggested that the Spiritual Gifts Seminar is 
"the most exhaustive study on the gifts to date." Featuring 
charts, illustrations and intensive study of the Scriptures, 
the seminar is also filled with practical materia! oriented to 
the discovery of your spiritual gifts. You'll gain new in- 
sights on the use of this material in your local church. 

Your instructors for the weekend will be Dr. David 
Hocking and Pastor David Seifert, pastors of First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach. Dr. Hocking (B.A., M.Div., D.Min.) is 
also president of the Western Graduate School of Theology. 
Pastor Seifert (B.M.E., M.A.), in addition to his responsibili- 
ties at First Brethren, is the chairman of the Division of 
Church Growth at Western. 

The cost is $15 which includes all the materials in the 
Spiritual Gifts manual. There will be tapes available at addi- 
tional cost. 

Sessions will begin on Friday, August 6, at 8:30 a.m.^ 
and will continue all day and evening. Saturday's sessions 
will begin at 8:30, concluding at 2 p.m. The concluding 
session features a special meeting for pastors. 

Saturday evening will feature Brethren churches that 
have excelled in church growth at the annual awards pro- 

The Christian Education Department has traditionally 
brought the finest in seminar input to the Brethren Church 
at the annual Christian Education Convention. We are 
pleased to encourage your attendance this year at the Spiri- 
tual Gifts Seminar, sponsored by this department. 

Undergraduate and graduate school credit for the semi- 
nar is available (three quarter hour units) from Western 
Schools of Church Growth, upon request. # 

/lAY 1, 1976 

By James Long 

Assistant to the Director 

All the Ush-Ush Details 
About Ushering 

Hold your breath! (If you pass out an usher will 
revive you.) 

Here's just what you've been waiting for: an illus- 
trated guide to ushering. (With all the "ush-ush" de- 

But quick, before your carnation wilts, let me 
stress that this is no laughing matter. And though we 
could all muster a few funny stories about certain 
ushers, we'll !<eep all tfiat stuff under the 
pew . . . because ushers are important folk. 

And that's principle number one. 

Important ... in that they are not unimportant. 

Look at it this way: if an usher is ushering proper- 
ly—on time, and so forth— who is the first person a 
visitor will meet, upon his early— or not-so-early— 
arrival at church? 

You're absolutely right! Our intrepid usher. 

If that usher crumbles his cookies properly he may 
find himself ushering that visitor right into the ranks 
of the regular attenders. 

If, on the other hand, he is "rude and scant of 
courtesy," or steps on the visitor's toes (figuratively, 
or otherwise), he may be the cause of the biggest 
exodus since Moses. 

Now, the second thing that I want to say about 
ushers is: "The Church is looking for a few good 

Gentlemen . . . who look the part. 

You probably will not want the man with lemon 


juice in his veins, because it will not stay there. It will 
ooze out his personality and create a sticky situation. 

No repugnant mannerism . . . offensive, ghastly. 

No "bubble reputation" . . . easily pierced. 

No insensitivity to others . . . callous, impervious. 

You're dealing with the image of your church. 
And, in many cases, the image of Christianity and the 
Lord Himself. 

So please, select a man who is Christian from the 
inside out. No room here for the pure plastic recycled 
Hula-Hoop halo. It's gotta be real, my friends. 

Third: Let's chat about the responsibilities of this 
prodigious individual. 

If you're gonna' ush, know your job, otherwise 
you may find yourself ushering those timid visitors 
into the choir loft. Or worse yet, the baptistry. So, 
take note. Keep them visitors high and dry. (High . . . 
like row six, at least . . .) 

Make people comfortable. 

Remember the words of my great uncle {an usher 
from way back . . . way back in row 34): "There's 
nothin' quite so comfy as bein' of good comfort." 
And if that strikes you as a redundant redundancy, 
try this: 

"Allow visitors to express the preference they have 
as to which seating they prefer, by giving them the 
opportunity to tell you where they'd like to sit." 

Thanks Unc. 

Not the most refined English, but an important 

Hypothetical situation: Visitor comes to visit (a 
common activity of visitors). Should you seat them 
(a) all alone on the first pew, with the next five pews 
empty; (b) next to the crying 18 month old whose 
mother always gets lost when you direct her to the 
nursery; or (c) with some friendly church folks who 
look like they might make the person feel welcome? 

If you chose either "a" or "b," please try out for 
choir. Don't be an usher. 

By the way, don't refer to visitors as "strangers," 
"aliens," or "wayfaring pilgrims." It tends to alienate. 

And there are some other things you ought to 
know . . . 

Don't breeze into the church at the last apocalyp- 
tic second, grabbing your carnation on the run, petals 
wrenched from their formally secure lodging in the 
heart of that plastic flower. 

Be there on time. 

Or early even. 


Then, I'm sorry I must mention this, you will do 
the whole church a substantial favor if you observe 
the following: (1) shave, (2) bathe, (3) and brush. 

Bad breath may slay the dragons. And the people 
will not come back for the nights. 

Furthermore, do not chew gum. It might get 
caught on your plate. 

Be friendly and outgoing. Many-a-folk have been 
kept from going out, because one alert usher was out- 
going. And that's no joke. 

In the fourth place, a riddle: "What does an usher 
do when an usher begins to ush?" Or to state it plain- 
ly, "What responsibilities are included in the usher's 
job description?" 

(1) Know when and where to seat people. Be sure 
to find those good five-dollar seats for the visitors. 

(2) One usher should remain at the back of the 
church at all times. However, let me caution you that 
it would not look good to see the ushers drawing 
straws or arguing over who gets to do it. Which brings 
me to: 

(3) Follow the leader. The average ushering team 
has a coach. To distinguish him from a teacher of 
athletics, we shall refer to him as the "head usher" 
rather than "coach." But whatever you call him, let 
him call the shots, so to speak. 

(4) Maintain proper ventilation. The first or 
second time (depending on how sharp you are) that 
you have to break out the smelling salts, or turn up 
the P. A. until you get a whistle of feedback in order 
to revive the snoozing saints, you'll remember. Be- 
lieve me. You'll remember. 

(5) Be wide-eyed and vigilantly aware of families 
arriving with young-uns. Young young-uns. Politely 
suggest that the founding fathers of the church ex- 
hibited great foresight in providing for nursery facili- 
ties when they planned the physical structure of the 
church. Courteously offer your services as a guide to 
said place of care. 

(6) Be prepared to answer the typical questions an 
usher might encounter without finding it necessary to 
flash blank stares at the questioner. 

(7) Reserve back rows for latecomers and other 

(8) Be alert for signals from the pulpit. If the pas- 
tor begins coughing and turns either scarlet or azure, 
consider the likelihood that a glass of cool water 
would be a fetching idea. 

(9) Do not drop the plate on the floor while taking 
the offering. It tends to be annoying. 

(10) At the conclusion of the service make sure 
that doors get locked (not to keep the people in, of 
course) and that the lights get turned out (not to 
drive the people away, naturally). 

And it is necessary to make that passing comment. 
Few ushers are able to resist the temptation of the 
"department-store-at-closing-time-syndrome." But, it 
is not your job to discourage fellowship. Let's face it, 
you have enough to do without adding that to your 
job description! 

(11) Be knowledgeable regarding emergency pro- 
cedures. Where's the first aid kit? Do you have smell- 
ing salts, as previously mentioned? Could you obtain 
a mop and a bucket if you were in a pinch? Would 
you be able to rise to the occasion if a bird flew into 
the auditorium and landed on the chandelier? 

(12) Et Cetera. Or, if I might say it like this, 
there's a whole lot more I could say, but why discour- 
age you before you even have plate in hand? 

Fifth and last: To ush, or not to ush. That is the 

Well . . . don't rule it out. 

Don't consider it third-rate. 

But bear in mind: "The Church is looking for a 
few good men!" Good from the inside out. 

It's kinda' like my great uncle used to say: "Show 
me a good man with a flower on 'is coat, a plate in 'is 
right 'and, 50 bulletins in 'is left 'and, a smile on 'is 
face and a pocket full of smelling salts, and I'll show 
you an important fella'." 

Important ... in that he is not unimportant. 

Christian Education Department 



We do have a serious commitment to ushering. 

A six-page syllabus entitled "Church Ushers and 
Ushering" by Rev. Vernon J. Petersen, Director of 
Christian Education for the Missionary Church in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, is available free upon request from 
the Brethren Christian Education Department. The 
notes cover virtually every aspect of ushering, includ- 
ing its importance, the qualifications of the usher, the 
responsibilities of the usher, generally, personally, 
physically, and socially. 

These notes could be used effectively in the train- 
ing of ushers. For your free copy write: Brethren 
Christian Education Department, P. O. Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

MAY 1, 1976 


Christian Education Department 


TIME EXPOSURE: Cheryl Kauffman 
is presently serving in the C.A.R. 

"Faith is recognizing that God is 
the Lord of time when my idea of 
timing doesn't agree with His." 

I found this especially true when I 
rededicated my life to Christ in Octo- 
ber of 1973. From that day, His sched- 
ule was in effect. He led me to Myers- 
town, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren 
Church in December where I learned 
more about God's Word, how He 
wanted me to live and spread the won- 
derful gift of salvation. 

So much happened as I grew in 
Christ and in May of 1974 I found 
myself in front of the church wanting 
to give my life to full-time service. I 
never dreamed I'd be in Africa only 15 
months later! God worked many 
things out and only two weeks before 
arriving, I was informed He really did 
want me here for a short-term service! 
It's really beautiful the way "all things 
work together for good," not only in 
that two weeks, but as each day is 
committed to Him. 

Anyway, I am in Africa thanking 
and praising the Lord for this privilege. 
It's been interesting, challenging and 

Qod's Time 


rewarding as each day passes. 

Take this month for example— the 
first two weeks I helped Linda Men- 
singer with Lumiere girls classes, re- 
turning to base only on weekends to 
restock on food, wash clothing, and 
leave for the next district. This past 
Sunday the Lord had other plans for 
me. I went with Gail Jones to Boguila 
(about 200 miles away) on an emer- 
gency trip with a patient. That emer- 
gency trip took six hours over dirt, 
washboard roads, not mentioning all 
the holes! After arriving at 10 p.m., an 
emergency operation on another 
patient became necessary. While help- 
ing with this operation, the "town 
crier" (Mary Ann Habegger) came in 
with the news flash of a cotton truck 
that had upset 10 miles up the road. 
As Evelyn Tschetter and I drove out 
into the dark early morning, our truck 
sounded like it was about to fall apart. 
Would we make it back safely with all 
patients within one and one-half 
hours? "It's not your time schedule" 

crossed my mind once again. Yes, we 
made it okay (Praise the Lord!) and I 
even got to bed for three hours of 
sleep! Doctor Walker and several other 
nurses only got one and one-half hours 
of sleep. 

Because the Lord knew we needed 
it. He planned a day of rest for Gail 
and me before making the return trip 
to Yaloke. It took nine hours this time 
because of moving both furniture and 
a family of seven for one of the male 
African nurses. You're right— it was a 
full truck. We even had three-month- 
old twins lying on the seat between 
Gail and me. Praise the Lord we didn't 
even have trouble with our truck. 

I arrived too late of course to go 
with Linda to Lumiere, but the Lord 
had different plans for me this week. 

"Faith is thanking God when I am 
left with shattered plans, for I know 
that He has better plans." "Because I 
know He holds the future, life is worth 
the living just because He lives." # 



• JUNE 15th— That's the registration dead- 
line for one of the most fantastic Brethren 
National Youth Conferences ever! Registra- 
tion information and $15 should be sent to 
the Christian Education Department. Infor- 
mation and details have been sent to all Breth- 
ren churches and to the almost 10,000 teens 
receiving the free Brethren youth magazine- 

• Registration begins the process of final plan- 
ning that will allow teens to spend the week 
of August 7-14 overlooking the Pacific Ocean 
at Point Loma College in San Diego, Cali- 
fornia. One exciting full week includes Josh 
iVlcDowell, Roy Roberts, Sea World, outdoor 

Wh Conference Deadline 

meetings, fantastic music, national achieve- 
ment competition and quizzing finals, tours 
of the area, lots of fun meeting new friends 
from across America and more. 

Teens and post-high school students are in- 
vited to come and "Celebrate the Son" with 

A five-minute slide-tape set featuring the 
scenes that will be the setting for this year's 
Brethren National Youth Conference is avail- 
able for use in churches. Send your requests 
to the Christian Education Department. Write 
for more information to Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 



SMM Princesses 

Many districts have 
a program where 
local SMM girls vie 
for the honor of 
being chosen the 
district Little Prin- 
cess. While some dis- 
tricts divide into separate 
competitions for Little Sisters 
(grades 1-3) and Amigas (grades 
4-6), West Penn goes one step 
farther by dividing into two areas, 
with a bit of the Allegheny Moun- 
tains between. 

Since grade school girls 
are easily motivated by 
the goal system, in 
order to qualify for 
district competition 
a girl must be active 
in her local SMM as 
well as a high achiever 
in goals. 

Each Little Princess is 
representative of many 
more SMM girls who 
are growing up to 
be more like Jesus 
mentally, physical 
ly, socially and 










1 -North East Ohio Little Sisters 

Middlebranch, Ohio 
2-West Penn Little Sisters (Western Area 

Bonnie Bickford, Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 
3-West Penn Little Sisters (Eastern Area)- 

Jennifer Sell, Altoona, Pa. (First 
4— So. Ohio Little Sisters— Sandra Lindsey, 

Englewood, Ohio 
5— Indiana Amigas— Michelle Henry, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 
6— West Penn Amigas (Eastern Area)— Ellen 

Reploge, Martinsburg, Pa. 
7— West Penn Amigas (Western Area)— Jane 

Frick, Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 
8— So. Ohio Amigas— Robyn Johnson, Troy, 

9— North Central Ohio Amigas— Sheri Wilson, 

Fremont, Ohio 
No. 10— North East Ohio Amigas— Judy Johnson, 

Norton, Ohio 
No. 1 1— Allegheny Amigas— Renee Shuba, Washing 

ton. Pa. 

-an Example 
of a Child of the King 





(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 27 and 28 
of the 1976 Brethren Annual.^ 


Mark William Austin July 23, 1968 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Sandrine Vieuble July 25, 1975 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

Mission EvangeUque, Yaloke via Bangui, Central 

African Republic. 


Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt July 29 

Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 


Mrs. Ralph Schwartz July 1 

Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 


Mr. David W. Shargel July 23 

21, rue Jules Guesde, 71100-Chalon-Sur-Saone, France. 


James Ernest Dowdy July 23, 1967 


Mrs. William L. Walker July 1 

R. R. 8, Box 206, Warsaw, Ind. 46580. 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

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

Wooster 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. 

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, 

Box 157, 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 

Miss Florence Bickel July 10 

Rev. Donald G. Hocking July 15 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Rev. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 

P. O. Box 5 88, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
George Allen Hodgdon July 26, 1959 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Hurry or you'll miss the BOAT. 
Don't get left behind when the TRAIL 
BIKE takes off. The RESIDENCE is at 
the end of the road. All this happens 
in BRAZIL! You, yes YOU, can be a 
part of this exciting ministry in North 
and South Brazil. GIVE and give some 
more to the National WMC Foreign 
Missions Offering. This is due June 10. 

Thank offerings and Birthday offer- 
ings have been accumulating all year, 
right? (If not, take one NOW! Then 
next year start earlier and see how they 
Increase.) Send them in by June 10. 

If your council "forgot" to send 
the special SMM offering last month- 
don't despair. You can still contribute. 
Don't put it off this month. Do it now! 

Read the Bible and it brings you into the association of the 
best people that ever lived. 

You stand beside Moses and learn his meekness; 

You stand beside Job and learn his patience; 

You stand beside Abraham and learn his faith 

You stand beside Daniel and learn his courage to do right; 

You stand beside Isaiah and learn his fiery indignation 

toward the evil-doer; 
You stand beside Paul and catch something of his enthusiasm; 
You stand beside Christ and you feel His love. 

MAY 1, 1976 



Sometimes I feel like I'm playing a game with the 
toddler that calls me "Mommy." Because by this time 
next year I may not be his mother. 

But at least for now— this one year— the role is 
mine, and it's my favorite name, my favorite game. 

Our son arrived last July 1 8. Two months later we 
celebrated his third birthday. He's called our "foster 
child." We want to adopt him, and have for months, 
even before he came to live with us. But those adoptive 
desires grow stronger as he makes his way deeper into 
our hearts. 

This summer will determine whether I am just play- 
ing the game or my role will become a permanent reali- 
ty. In June his case will begin to be sifted through the 
courts. And a decision will be rendered as to whether he 
will become a permanent member of our family or re- 
turned to the heartbreaking circumstances from which 
he came. 

For most couples, 1 suppose next to their wedding 
day one of the most exciting times is when they decide 
to have children. Being one of those typical couples, we 
were ready to fill our home with several offspring. As the 
months passed and no pregnacy developed, medical tests 
confirmed our suspicions that we were unable to have 

As you sort through tons of laundry, stacks of dirty 
dishes, and the daily rescue of the youngest from the 
oldest, you may think, "What luck you've been blessed 
with! No kids? Count your blessings!" 

Maybe you're sick of gagging over diapers or "that 
reversible stomach." Or your kids are teens and you've 
given up trying to figure how their systems function-or 

For you motherhood is a different type of game 
and you feel your Monopoly instructions are always, 
"Do not pass go. Do not collect $200." Or, "Go directly 
to jail!" And you feel like you live there. 

Or perhaps you can identify with my situation. 
Maybe you've shared my exact frustration. 


Where Will I Land? 

Whoever you are, keep reading. Plug in your own 
difficulty that seems insurmountable to you— that diffi- 
culty you just can't cope with, that uncertainty you just 
can't face. 

We wondered . . . Perhaps God would use us in 
some ministry as a couple, rather than a family. And I 
expected my disappointment to evaporate. 

It didn't. 

Instead, I tliink God actually increased our desire 
for children. Strangely, we felt a family was God's plan 
for us. 

We put our energies into adoptiqn. 

Letter after letter was sent to any adoption agency 
we could obtain an address for, but letter after letter 

"None available . . ." 

"Have you considered the home in . . .?" 

"We only accept applications from our own de- 
nomination . . ." 

"I have a desk drawer full of applications . . ." 

"The home closed its doors two years ago . . ." 

At that time, we visited a couple in our church who 
kept foster children. I was sitting in a comfortable chair, 
relaxed, light streaming in the window, when a toddler, 
not quite two years old, toddled up to me and began his 
own clever game with the bracelets I was wearing. 

On the way home, I looked wistfully at my hus- 
band. "I want to adopt Schaun." 

He did too. 

But Schaun was not up for adoption. 

He remained in our hearts. 

One year later, extreme illness in his foster home 
made it necessary to move him. Knowing of our adop- 
tive interest, we were asked if we would like to take 
Schaun as a foster cliild, pending a court settlement and 
possible adoption two months later (Sept. 1975). 

Though aware of the emotional risk, we opened our 
home to Schaun. As a close friend observed, "You made 
your decision months ago." 

WMC Editor sNote: Mothers Day is very special to those of us who are blessed with children. But there is a growing number of couples who 
have a desire for a family but no way to fulfill that desire. We all should make this a real matter of praver Even if your family is not faced 
with this situation, there is someone you know who is Pray with them. Thanks to Mrs. Long for her thoughts in this article. 

By Mrs. Jim Long 



I gave three days notice to a very understanding 
and excited employer and changed overnight from full- 
time secretary to full-time mother, relieved that I would 
know the outcome of Schaun's future in two short 

September, two very long months later, brought 
delays. A new law had gone into effect which would 
postpone the court case until the following June (1976). 
My heart sank. I had counted on having everything de- 
cided before I went beserk loving this child and pouring 
myself into him, knowing we might lose. 

Some people who knew our situation were ready 
with pat answers and spiritual formulas-"Just trust the 
Lord." "Of course you'll be able to keep the child!" 
"1 guess you don't love him as much, knowing you 
might lose him." "Motherhood isn't all it's cracked up to 
be." "You should be glad you don't have any." 

I know. They meant to be encouraging. But their 
encouragement fell flat. Real flat. 

Then there was always prayer request time. But the 
requests centered on those with broken legs, the flu, a 
routine surgery, or a serious ailment. All on the physical 

How could I explain my need for restoration, my 
crushed feelings, my inability to actually enjoy one day 
at a time. 

And the upcoming trial ... It dominated my 
thought patterns and spoiled so many good times. 

But request prayer for these feeUngs? The average 
church member would have muscle spasms in his neck 
and back for weeks, having turned to see who was failing 
to live the victorious Christian life where nothing ever 
goes wrong. 

So, every time I dressed for church I carefully 
donned my "plastic smile" to conceal my heaviness 
which seemed too great for a girl in her mid-twenties. 

It seemed that my emotional struggle was forcing 
me to mark time— like sitting out three inevitable turns 
to break out and at least reenter the game. 

Oh, there were encouragements. 

The card I received in the mail from that friend at 
church, especially picked out for me. A simple message. 

fraught with meaning: "I'm praying for you during this 
difficult time." 

The widow with young children who took time to 
visit and made me feel free to share those feelings and 
frustrations. She listened. Sympatlrized. Prayed. But 
didn't/preach. She souglit me out at church, asked how I 
was doing, and I knew I could honestly tell her. 

And there was another lady, the wife of a Bible 
teacher, who prayed with me over the telephone, assured 
me my feelings were normal and human, not incompati- 
ble with Christianity, but compatible with being a per- 

Another woman graciously cared for Schaun while 
1 required several all-day jaunts to the doctor, an hour's 
drive away. 

And there were others. 

Of course my husband was always ready to support 
me, to let me call him at work when I needed two 
minutes' worth of encouragement. Or more. No one 
knew or shared the concern more adequately than he. 

Yes, I've grown spiritually througli this still un- 
resolved situation. I know God is concerned. Hove Him. 
I trust Him. But my emotions trail. 

I guess what I want you to understand is that 
human emotions are God-gjven and Christians are God- 
gjven encouragers. So encourage! Hurt with people. 
Weigh the matter. Know those around you. Think how 
you would feel in such a situation. If you don't know 
what to say, just squeeze their hand and let them know 
you are aware of their struggle. Tangibly express con- 
cern-a note in the mail, a phone call, a visit, a flower. 

Thank God for your children, even if you feel you 
got them by drawing a "Chance card" or are stuck with 
the "luxury tax" of family conflicts. Love your children. 
Pour your life into them. 

And as for me— soon I'll know. 

Mother and Monopoly: where will I land? 

(Harriet Long is a contributing author to the Christian Education 
Department publications and her husband is assistant to the 
director of the CED. The Longs attend the Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church, Winona Lake, Ind.).. 

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Where Can We Qet 
All These Things? 





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Have you ever seen a visitors card? A WMC 
visitors card? This is a wonderful way to say 
"Welcome" to a lady attending for the first 
time. Hand it to her along with the Pen Pointer 
"What Is WMC?" (Of course what she will no- 
tice first is your friendly smile and the warm 
fellowship of the whole group.) 

The membership card is signed by each lady 
as they complete the requirements for member- 
ship that your council has set forth. Each year 
after that signing, she places a star on the card 
to indicate her intentions to be an active and 
contributing member to the WMC for another 

Constitutions are necessary backbone for a 
smooth-running WMC. Your group DOES NOT 
need a copy for each member. But you do need 
one or two available for reference. The "Consti- 
tution" booklet includes the national WMC con- 
stitution and suggested guidelines for your dis- 
trict and local organizations. 

Through the Years with WMC was published 
in 1973 and is an account of how the Lord has 
worked through this organization and blessed in 
every way for His glory. It gives the origin of 
Day of Prayer, devotional programs, offerings, 
and many more topics. It touches every aspect 
of national WMC and is a great book for every 
member to have. Why not put one in your 
church library? (Be sure to keep it up to date 
each year. There are blank pages for this pur- 



To order 

Visitors Cards 
Membership Cards 

Pen Pointers 

write to the national literature 
chairman. To order 'Through the 
Years with WMC" send $1 for each 
book ordered to the national finan- 
cial secretary-treasurer. 

Pen Pointers are the information booth of WMC. If you want 
to l<now— lool< in the Pen Pointers. There are eight titles to help 
you in various ways so your group can be the best WIVIC possible. 

"What Is WIVIC?" 

— give to visitors or new members (you 
might check to see if your pastor has ever 
read what WMC is all about). 

"Pattern for WMC" 
"How to in WMC" 
"Ways and Means" 

give to officers, especially those who are 
elected or appointed for the first time. 

"Women Manifesting Christ" 

"Home Frontiers" 

"Beyond Our Borders" 

"Working in My Church" 

— give to each member. These give valuable 
information on project ideas and general 
facts that are good for each member to 

Practical projects— working with our hands— are a vital 
part of most WMC groups. If your group hasn't taken 
on this type of project yet, this is a great time to 
start! Listed below are some ideas. Thanks to each 
group and district newspaper that supplied the infor- 
mation. Individual group names have been purposely 
omitted so you can imagine that your group— whether 
large or small— can accomplish any one of these. 

food showers 

goodie boxes to college students and service men 

redecorate and furnish church nurseries 

quilts for Navajos 

work days and church cleaning 

nursery attendants 

clothing and toys sent to missions 

hand-knitted slippers for Mexico— (154 pair from 
one WMC) 

dinners on wheels for shut-ins 

baking for shut-ins (WMC-SMM cooperation) 

baby layettes made and sent to missions 

books for Christian Day School 

Christmas for Dry Hill— presented at a district rally 
that featured Rev. John Sholly and a group of 
Kentucky young people 

special offerings for TIME missionaries 

baking for district camp 

sponsoring men and boys banquets 

clothing presented to Vietnamese families new to 
the community 

This Vi That 

TO BE a mother of men, a 
woman must make men of 
her boys. She demands their 
best, not because it belongs 
to her, but because it is due 
to them. For that which 
due children is not ease 
and luxury, but hard- 
ening of muscles, 
the habit of 
work, a sense 
of honor, 
and self- 
born of 

MAY 1, 1976 



hurches and the Evangelical Press Association 

• Winona Lake, Ind.— Grace Retirement Village. Our 

fourth resident wing is in the final stages of construction 
with a projected completion date of about May 1. Many 
apartment styles are available for occupancy with some 
immediate openings. The residents are enjoying various 
activities, accompanied by good Christian fellowship. 
Visitors are always welcome. We appreciate the prayers 
and financial support of our many friends of Grace Vil- 
lage. Our investment programs are worth your consider- 
ation. For more information write: Administrator, Grace 
Village, P.O. Box 337, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

• Conference housing. A full page giving complete details 
of available conference housing appeared on page 24 of 
the April 1 5 Brethren Missionary Herald. You are en- 
couraged to make arrangements for your housing in 
private homes, area motels, or nearby campsites at once, 
in order to avoid disappointment. 

• Ride with the Spokesmen to Brethren Youth Confer- 
ence on 10-speed bikes! Leave Winona Lake, ind., on 
July 10 and arrive at the conference in San Diego on 
Aug. 7. Cost is just $235 per rider, which does not in- 
clude the youth conference fee. Leader of the Spokes- 
men will be Charles Sanger, in cooperation with and the 
sponsorship of the Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, 
Telford, Pa. For complete information write to Charles 
Sanger, Box 277, Merrywood, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; 
or phone area 219, 267-2233. 

• Annual Changes. Robert Burns, R. R. 4, Box 39, Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 16201... The First Brethren Church of 
Sterling, Ohio, has changed its name to Grace Brethren 
Church, Sterling, Ohio. . . Darrell .Anderson, 3431 North 
Ave., Modesto, Cahf. 95351. . .Norman Johnson, Rua 
Eniissario 128, Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil 
3 8.400. . . David Shargel, 21, rue Jules Guesde, 
7 1 1 00-Chalon/Saone, France. .. Dan Hammers, 450 
Broadmeadows Dr., Apt. 306, Columbus, Ohio 
43214. . . Roy Kreimes, 92 Robbins St., Concord, N.C. 
28025. .. Terry Delaney, 11232 Thrace Dr., Whittier, 
Calif. 90604. . . Community Bretiuen Church of Grass 
Valley, 506 Walsh, Grass VaUey, Cahf. 95945. 


A six-month'5 free subscription to ttie Bret hren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Sherry Melton and Russ Hollhe, Feb. 28, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Janine Wikholm and Gary Airhart, Mar. 6, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Pamela Green and Donald Labbee, Grace Brethren 
Chiuch, Toppenisii, Wash. 

• Long Beach, Calif. (North). Prayer is requested for Pas- 
tor George Peek who currently is iU. According to his 
secretary, Shirley Shively, Dr. Peek "suffered a light 
stroke on Mar. 15. His condition has been complicated 
by the more recent discovery of a bleeding ulcer. ... He 
is slowly improving each new day." 

• Daily Devotions notice. The daily readings in the cur- 
rent issue end on May 23. In order to "catch up" with 
the Sunday School lesson schedule, there wiU be a one 
week "gap," so the next readings will begin on May 31. 
Orders for Daily Devotions should be sent to the First 
Brethren Church, P.O. Box 1, Wooster, Ohio 44691. 
Due to increased costs the new donation rates will be 40c 
per single copy, postpaid; in orders of ten or more, 35c 
per copy plus 1 5 percent postage. 


Notice of meetings to appear in this column must be re- 
ceived at least 45 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Arvada, Colo., May 9-16, John Aeby, pastor; Heruy 
Rempel, speaker. 

Kokomo, Ind. (North), May 2-7, Richard Bell, pastor; 
Becker Team. 

Dayton, Ohio (Basore Rd.), May 9-14, Russell Ward, pas- 
tor; Becker Team. 

Leesburg, Ind., May 16-21, Ralph Bums, pastor; Becker 

Hope, N.J., May 9-14, Terrance Taylor, pastor; Bill Smith, 

Albuquerque, N.Mex. (Grace), May 16-19, Donald Jentes, 
pastor; John Gillis, speaker. 

Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown), May 16-21, Robert Spencer, 
pastor: Bill Smith, speaker. 





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4 Who Has a Perfect Pastor? 

6 Grata Brethren — with Navajo Accent! 

8 Popu'atfon Shifts Affect Home Vii»on StratBgy 

1 1 Let's just praise the Lord ... 

12 BMH Ne»vs Summary 

16 What Does Regional Accreditation Mean to Us? 

18 ACCREDiTATION: Good or Bad? 

19 The Modern Money - Changer 

20 Struggle Ends in Victor/ 

21 Grace Women in Action 

22 Grace's "Red Machir>e" 

23 50 years 

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Z After many "should I" or "should I 
not" times. I have decided that I 
should wriiB against your news brief 
announcing the death of Kathryn 
Kuhlman. If you knew the damage she 
did, you would understand how I feel. 
Here are comments from just two 
friends: "I dkJ not know we beheied 
in her"; and, "\ don't feel like suppor:- 
ing the Herald Company after that for 
ft sounds like they approve of her pro- 

PerhapK you did not know her Tal- 
lies, but please be more careful in :^e 
future.— /'enosy/k'an/a 

Dear Pennsylvania, 

Thank you for taking the time to 
write and express your views. I did not 
follow your comments because to my 
knowledge the Herald did not rejxirt 
the death of Kathryn Kuhlman. Prob- 
ably you read it elsewhere for it is 
true. We did intend to report it later 
but lack of spiace prohibited it in the 
March 1 5 issue. 

The purpxsse of our news page is to 
bring to the readers the happenings in 
religious circles. Some of our readers 
use this as their only source of infor- 
mation about religious events. We do 
not necessarily ap>prove of what ap- 
pears there. To the most casual reader 
of the news briefs this must be ob- 

One favor please, since you men- 
tioned your friends' comments. Please 
pass the word to them for me that I 
feei the use of God's funds is very im- 
p>ortant and for them to use them 
v/isely as He would guide them. If God 
so leads them not to give to the Herald 
Co., we will understand and it will be 
no p)roblem at all. But it would also be 
wise not to try to use their funds as a 
means of threats because that might 
not please God either. 
Much Love, 

Addreu your letter to the editor. Rev. 
Charlet W. Turner, Brethren Missionary 
Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
All letters must he signed, although names 
will not he used in the magazine. 




Reflections By Still Waters 




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Grand RapiOs is what i ca ;- r -;-t: -: ; 
tractive city. Wrth ail of rts ;•;;-: -- : t : . 
residential areas and a number of good 
friends, it ahways holds pleasant mem- peci : 
ones for me. It is not a huge metro- To s - ; " 
politan area, but rt is of fair size. The ic ii-f - : r 
populAion is about 200,000 and thts z^z — i ----- 
places it in the same genefai papula- -fa: to be 

tion centef as Des Moines and Sah ir:;:;: ~: —-- 
Lake City. ¥Wiy are my thoughts con- ; - 

cemed with population trends? Well. I 
am aware that sta ti s U c s say the popu- 
lation is increasing appn>xinaieiy places -- : ~r f- 
200,000 people evefy sin^ day. An- t^e - -f;:; 
other way to bring this into some man- 
ageable metttal comprehefBicv) is to 
say a new Grand Rapids is added to 
the world every day. That is, tomor- 
row arwi the next da-. 3-d =; ';-; 
anyone can foresee. 

The world population is now at 4 
billion. I cannot grasp how many 
people this Involves. I sit in a busy 
CKHare Airport in Chicago and watdi 
thousands of people pass me in an 
hour. Or I have paused on the Avenue have the offxir:. 
of the Americas during the rush hou' a^o? 3^ ; t"-: 
in New York City. There is Irtefsi . = £s ;; -f r 

sea of faces moving In rapid review, cocnmunity — _s 
Then there Is the world with howUlJ sponsiriRy 
ghettos and look-alike tees. There are This rap 

4 billion people out there in another be appraisEc 
world! That thought leaves me men- can look at rt 
tally limp. We are told the wortd vnii that the ta5)< ^- ^ 
approach &5 billion by the year 2fXML be able to f^. 
If statistics are just a little off, it could sion mgaiizi 
be 7 billion. Want to look A it another in the nur- :' 
way? That means there will be 8,333 bmfe. New. 
more people an hour from now! This and it v 

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Your pastor isn't perfect, right? So 
next year send him to the Home Mis- 
sions Worl<shop. He still won't be per- 
fect, but he should know more about 
organizing, administrating, and work- 
ing with people like you. 

Workshops this year were held in 
Simi, California, and Columbus, Ohio. 
Typical of Brethren fellowship, the 
display of Christian hospitality by the 
host churches was outstanding. Pastors 
John Gill is and James Custer had their 
operations geared for comforting the 
body and challenging the spirit. 

Providing inspiration in the West 
was Dr. Earl Radmacher, president of 
Western Conservative Baptist Semi- 
nary, who spoke on six aspects of 
Christ's relationship to the church. 

Speaking from his experience of 
building the Blackhawk Baptist 
Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 
15 to 700 in 6 years. Rev. David Jere- 
miah gave practical instruction on var- 
ious phases of church leadership to the 
eastern pastors. 

Brethren Pastors Luke Kauffman, 
James Custer, John Mayes, and Chap- 
lain John Schumacher shared enlight- 
ening personal insights into a variety 
of topics. 

The delicious food and comfortable 
accommodations in warm. Christian 
homes highlighted the atmosphere of 
care and concern. 

No, the workshops won't make per- 
fect pastors, but they should provide a 
boost to the morale, an increase in 
vision, and a new determination to 
shepherd the flock. # 

MAY 15, 1976 

Grace Brethren - 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil Incorporated is a missionary agency 
concerned with the evangelization of 
America through the establishment of 
local churches all across this country. 
It is an extension ministry of estab- 
lished Brethren Churches in reaching 
out from "Jerusalem, and in all Ju- 
daea, and in Sarharia," as the Lord in- 
structed His followers in Acts 1 :8. Our 
Foreign Missionary Society is the ex- 
tension of the local church into "the 
uttermost part of the earth," repre- 
senting the last part of our Lord's 
commission in Acts 1 :8. 

Both the Home Missions Council 
and the Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church seek to fulfill this 
Great Commission. Both are involved 
in evangelization and a church-planting 
ministry. One is involved in reaching 
our homeland, the other primarily in- 
volved in reaching across our home 
boundaries to people with a different 
language and a different culture. How- 
ever, both missionary organizations 
have discovered they have overlapping 
ministries. Our Foreign Missionary 
Society is engaged in a "foreign" field 
known as Hawaii, and the Home Mis- 
sion Council is seeking to establish a 
home mission church in Navajoland, 
USA, which involves a "foreign" lan- 
guage and ministering "across cul- 

The Brethren Navajo Mission was 
established in 1947 under the direc- 
tion of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. The purpose of this "special- 
ized" ministry was the same as any 
other home mission point, that is, to 
confront people with the message of 
the Gospel and help establish believers 
in Jesus Christ into a local church. 
From the very first it became apparent 
that the Navajo ministry would not fit 
the pattern of "typical" home mission 

The Mission's center of operation 
was established at a geographical point 
on the map known as Counselor Post, 
New Mexico. Situated on State High- 
way 44 in northwestern New Mexico 

Jessie Barbone teaches 
a Sunday School class. 

Willie Haines and Ben 
Sala serve as ushers. 

this area represents the most eastern 
boundary of Navajo Country. In fact it 
was located nearly 45 miles east of the 
Navajo Reservation in the heart of 
what is known as "checkerboard coun- 
try" and only three miles from the 
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation. 
Here at Counselor a beachhead for 

Christ was established. The Mission en- 
gaged itself in a ministry of visitation 
in Navajo homes. With the aid of an 
interpreter, organized preaching ser- 
vices were conducted in the basement 
of the Mission building. Because of the 
isolation of the community, lack of 
transportation, health and police ser- 


1— The charter member- 
ship of the Community 
Navajo Grace Brethren 
Church is signed by WHIie 
Haines as his wife, Mary, 
lool<s on. The Haines fam- 
ily came to know Christ 
through the ministry of the 
Navajo mission. 

2— Sharing her testimony 
at Nageezi is Alice Costillo. 
Testimony time is alw/ays 
an important part of a 
Navajo Church service. 

3— Johnny Toledo a former 
Mission-school student 

drives the Mission van on 
Sundays to pick up Navajo 
people who don't have 

4— Teaching Navajo reading 
to the adult Sunday School 
class is Nora Trujillo's new 

vices, missionaries found themselves 
involved in meeting the physical needs 
of Navajo people as well as their spiri- 
tual needs. In 1951 a boarding school 
was established as part of the Mission's 
outreach. It was felt that school would 
serve in meeting the need of a trained 
Christian leadership in the future 
Navajo Church as well as providing a 
base for evangelizing Navajo young 
people and their families. 

A medical clinic was added to the 
ministries of the Navajo Mission along 
with a used-clothing program. These 
additional contacts brought the minis- 
try of the Mission into contact with 
almost every Navajo family within a 
25-mile radius of Counselor. A radio 
ministry in the Navajo language was 
begun which gave opportunity to share 
the gospel message over an even wider 
area of Navajoland. 

Through the years of faithful sow- 
ing of God's Word in the lives of Nava- 
jo people, the Spirit of God has 
brought many to the knowledge of the 
Saviour. Children in the school pro- 
gram learn to put their trust in Jesus 
and moms and dads were saved, too. 
Many followed the Lord in Christian 
baptism and Navajo young people 
upon graduation from the Mission 
school went on into Christian high 
schools, and now two of these stu- 
dents are in Christian colleges prepar- 
ing to serve the Lord. 

With the coming of John and Nora 
Trujillo this past year to join their 
father Lee Trujillo in the ministry of 
teaching the Word of God to their 
Navajo people, it was felt that the time 
had come for the mission to move into 
its ultimate reason for existence, that 
was the establishment of the Navajo 

On Sunday, January 25, 1976, the 
Community Navajo Grace Brethren 
Church came into formal existence 
with the signing of the charter mem- 
bership. There were 18 original signa- 
tures, and the charter membership will 
be held open for several weeks to 
allow for additional Navajo believers 
to identify with these first church 

These Navajo believers are all new 
at sharing in the responsibility of 
church membership and they have 
many things to learn. They have al- 
ready had several business meetings to 
help acquaint each other with some of 
(continued on page 9) 

MAY 15, 1976 







By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

The United States, growing larger 
every day, appears to be busier, more 
prosperous, and more urbanized than 
ever before. The average American is 
younger, richer, better educated, and 
more highly skilled than he was 10 
years ago. He enjoys the world's high- 
est standard of living and continues to 
benefit from expanding opportunities 
in every area of life. 

Our population, now nearing the 
225 million figure, is constantly under- 
going changes. Women are increasing 
faster than men. Males increased 12.8 
percent and females 14.7 percent from 
the 1960s to the 1970s. Though the 
baby boom has slowed to an abnormal 
pace, America still holds the doors 
open to immigrants from all over the 

Sex education, a changing moral 
code, the economic pressure of rising 
prices in cost of living, and the increas- 
ing number of women employed have 
caused a change in America's family 
structure. More and more the family 
unit is being broken down, producing 
psychological and spiritual problems 
that affect every member of the fami- 
ly. Churches must face these problems 
and develop means to cope with these 
growing needs and to deal with the 
vital area of touching these broken 
units with the Gospel. 

The year 2000 is just 24 years 
away. By that time it is estimated that 
there will be 300 million Americans. If 
God permits this time to arrive, the 
church will face a new life style and 
attitude. Family units that have bro- 
ken down will have grown spiritually 
weaker and will show less concern 
about the basics of life that made 
America the great nation that it is. 

Evangelization of the American family 
is going to be increasingly more diffi- 
cult in the days ahead. 

We can be sure that Satan will not 
let up on his constant thrust to enslave 
people. Nor can we see any change 
coming in the apostate church that 
still controls the minds of most Ameri- 
cans. The secular educational agencies 
continue to drive the wedge between 
secularism and Christian understand- 
ing. We know that the natural man will 
not seek after God and righteousness. 
Three hundred million Americans, 
most of whom are lost, represent a tre- 
mendous challenge for home mission 

Population shifts are coming at a 
rapid pace. Thus, two out of three 
Americans now live in big cities or 
their suburbs. Counting those who live 
in small cities and towns, 73 out of 
every 100 Americans are urban dwell- 
ers. Only 6 out of 100 Americans live 
on farms. 

Crime, congestion, employment, 
and development of suburban areas are 
reasons for a shift of population from 
the inner-city areas. New highway 
systems, the breakup of America's in- 
dustry into smaller units nearer to the 
markets, are also major contributors. 
The enormous cost of property, and 
even the very lack of available prop- 
erty, have forced the average starting 
family to settle in suburbia. 

Home mission organizations must 
be prepared to locate churches where 
people are and where they live. De- 
nominational lines are breaking down, 
previous loyalties to "family 
churches" are fading and the strong 
desire for young families to go "where 
the action is" affords the home mis- 


sion church with a great opportunity. 

Zoning boards, city restrictions on 
parking and traffic, plus the safety of 
people from assault, rape and robbery 
are also factors that have shifted 
church locations to suburban areas. 
The day of a one-acre plot for a 
church site is gone. Now three acres is 
a minimum, five is better and ten is 
advisable for future growth. 

The shifting migration of popula- 
tion is also an interesting study. The 
Midwest and South are the losers. The 
northeastern Atlantic coastal areas and 
the western Mountain and Pacific 
states are the big gainers. Superimpos- 
ing today's map of population density 
over a 20-year previous map shows 
that people are moving to coastal 
areas. The East, West Coast, and the 
Great Lakes coastal regions are getting 
the growth. The changes of industrial 
America to diversification, distribution 
and modernization of plant facilities 
are a major factor. The shift of shop- 
ping areas and malls, plus the cost of 
driving the family auto are other fac- 
tors. Still another factor is America's 
desire to use "off time" for leisure, 
bringing them to the beach areas. 

The major cities such as New York, 
Chicago, Los Angeles are losing indus- 
try and population. Annexation off- 
sets this to some extent, but now we 
are seeing great development of strip 
cities in these growth areas. Here is the 
ballpark of operation for the growing 
home mission church. 

We are aware that the Inner-city, 

rural areas, and certain other areas of 
specialized population do exist. These 
should not be neglected. However, the 
mainline of our home mission thrust 
must be where people are locating and 
where we have people we can use to 
start a church. 

When several families from the 
Mansfield, Ohio, area were directed to 
Aiken, South Carolina, by industry, 
we saw a practical example of what we 
are talking about. These people 
banded together and formed the nu- 
cleus for starting a new Grace Brethren 
Church. Hopefully, we look for this to 
happen all over our nation as Brethren 
people are being moved. We want to 
be ready to buy up these opportunities 
as God directs. 

Jesus said, ". . . Go out into the 
highways and hedges, and compel 
them to come in, that my house may 
be filled" (Luke 14:23). Our Lord 
knew where the people were. Propheti- 
cally, He knew what our job would be 
in 1976. 

We must be flexible, up to date on 
methods and procedures, and pray for 
wisdom to cope with these changing 
structures. No church can sit idly by 
and expect that the moving masses of 
peoples will beat a path to its door. We 
have a wonderful message that will 
meet man's need. Let us use every ef- 
fort to direct our thrust where people 
are and adjust our resources to be able 
to share Christ in the most effective 
way possible. # 

Grace Brethren - with Navajo Accent! 

(continued from page 7) 

these responsibilities. They have 
adopted their church constitution and 
officially called John Trujillo to be 
their pastor. They have elected some 
of their church officers to Assist them 
in carrying out some of these new re- 
sponsibilities they face as members of 
a local church. 

A second group of Navajo believers 
have organized themselves into a local 
church located 20 miles west of Coun- 
selor. They have chosen the name of 
Nageezi Grace Brethren Church and 
will be assisted by missionary Phil 
Lesko along with John and Lee Tru- 
jillo. Thus the Navajo Church will have 
a thrust into two geographical areas of 
Navajoland. We trust this duo thrust 

will be an encouragement for Navajo 
Christians to see the potential of even 
more new churches in the future as 
they assume their role of fulfilling the 
Great Commission and evangelizing 
their own people. 

With the establishment of the Nava- 
jo Church on a formal basis, a new 
milestone has been reached in the 
ministry of the Brethren Navajo Mis- 
sion and the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. We know that Brethren 
people across the land will rejoice with 
us in this achievement; the result of 
God's blessing and the faithfulness of 
His people. 

The challenges of the future are 
even greater as this new milestone is 

reached. Satan will not be content to 
sit back and watch the development of 
Navajo Christians into a strong vibrant 
testimony of God's grace. More than 
ever before we will need the prayers of 
God's people across America for 
strength and wisdom in guiding these 
two new churches. We need to see the 
power of God working through the in- 
dividual lives of each missionary in 
order that the total mission outreach 
will be effective in bringing Navajo 
boys and girls, as well as adults, to a 
knowledge of Christ. It is a big pro- 
gram with big responsibilities and the 
eternal destiny of Navajo Indians is at 
stake. May God help each of us in de- 
termining what we can do to help. W 

MAY 15, 1976 

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■^ Ring the bell! Ring the bell! That's -^K. M 

^ what the Sunday School students of ^T 

T^ the Grace Brethren Church of Sacra- ^( 


mento, California, were privileged to 
do on February 8. 

A replica of the original Liberty 
Bell, complete with the crack, was on 
display in front of the church when 
the students arrived. The verse which 
is inscribed on the original bell and on 
this replica was the memory verse for 
the day: "Proclaim liberty throughout 
all the land" Leviticus 25:10. 

Neighbors far and near were re- 
minded by the gong of the bell that 
the church on the corner was about to 
begin the Sunday morning service. In- 
side those church doors, a message is 
being taught and preached which is the 
only way for a person to have com- 
plete freedom— freedom from sin and 
the resulting new life in Christ when a 
person yields his life to God's special 

Presenting this plan and teaching 
God's Holy Word is what Sunday 
School in this church is all about. 

Superintendent Robert Mitchell 
declares the beginning of Sunday School. 








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... for His marvelous work of raising up two 
Brethren churches among the Navajo people! 

"Grace Brethren with a Navajo accent" has been 
a long-time prayer goal of many interested Breth- 
ren. Now it has been doubly answered! 

As with any new church, there are struggles and 
trials ahead. But these people are committed to 
forging through them as two Brethren testimonies. 
The staff of the Brethren Navajo Mission will help 
nurture the works along. 

We're asking you to join us in an offering of 
praise for the work of the Brethren Navajo Mission. 
We believe there are 10,000 people who will give 
$5 or more as praise to the Lord for building His 

Vital to the maturing of these new churches is 
the assistance of the Mission. A $50,000 offering 
would insure the ongoing ministry of the Mission 
and encourage the dedicated staff members. 

You should receive further details about the of- 
fering in the mail soon. A special envelope will be 
provided so you can give to this specific project. 

We hope you will use it as an opportunity to 
"just praise the Lord!" 



MAY 15, 1976 


N#ws Summary 

From the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ^S' 

• St. Petersburg, Fla. The new wing of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church was dedicated Sunday, March 28, 1976, dur- 
ing the morning service. The dedication speaker was Rev. 
Charles Ashman of Winona Lake, Ind. 

The new addition will provide more classrooms and 
also a large fellowship haU, and a smaller informal youth 
room designated as "Sonja Memorial" in memory of 
Sonja Slater, who went to be with the Lord last Septem- 
ber. In the far corner of the building is a pastor's study. 
The total square footage of the building is 376, and it 
was built for approximately $35,000 through volunteer 
help and some subcontracting. The architect was Val 
Curtise a member of the church. The real blessing was 
the way the Lord provided for the congregation through 
love gifts for this project allowing the project to be com- 
pleted with only an additional $10,000 doUar debt which 
was financed through BIF. Wm. Tweeddale, pastor. 

• Fort Myers, Fla. The Prophetic conference conducted 
by Rev. Nathan Meyer had an average attendance of 250 
a service which set a new record. The Sunday morning 
worship service had 301 present-an all-time high. The 
media of television, radio and newspaper was most gra- 
cious in reporting the meetings, and interviews were 
granted to Nathan Meyer as he gave information on the 
Ark and related world affairs. Randall Poyner, pastor. 

•Anderson, S.C. The green light is on for the Ander- 
son congregation and it is with enthusiasm that they are 
looking forward to building this summer. Grading is 
completed and all of it was done free of charge by An- 
derson County road equipment with prisoners doing the 
actual work. 

Pastor Marion Thomas says there is a new district in 
the making in the "Deep South." Meetings are being 
held in Charlotte with Bob Jones University students 
helping in the work. Two of these young men, Randy 
Senior and Bob Fetterhoff ("Preacher Boys"), were also 
willing workers at both the Anderson and Aiken 
churches. There are people in Winston-Salem who are 
asking that services be started soon in their area. Several 
Brethren famQies have also moved to Charleston, S.C, 
recently and desire to start services. If any of our readers 
know of Brethren in Charleston, Charleston Heights, or 
Summerville, S.C, please send word to Mr. and Mrs. 
Terry Gleason, Doraree Village Apts., 6701 Dorchester 
Rd., Apt. 221, Charleston, S.C. 29405. 

•Changes. Llewellyn Ingwaldson, 3117 W. Ocotillo, 
Phoenix, Ariz. 85017 . . . Earl Funderburg, Box 3435, 
Kenai, Alaska 99611 . . . Richard Grant, 3839 Dauthiri 
Dr., N.E., Canton Ohio 44721. 

• Denver, Colo. A "Red Letter" day was recently cele- 
brated for three churches (Denver, Arvada, and Colorado 
Springs) as they met at the Denver church for a bap- 
tismal service which included the baptism of Pastor Don- 
ald and Marilyn Weltmer and family. Mr. Weltmer (a 
Grace Seminary graduate) is now pastoring the Denver 
congregation. Following the baptismal service a joint 
communion service of the three churches was held. The 
afternoon brought the joy of fellowship and rejoicing in 
the Lord. There were 131 present at the morning wor- 
ship service of the Denver Grace Brethren Church. 

•Kittanning, Pa. (First). The Generation Gap was em- 
phatically closed recently when the oldsters and the 
youngsters got together at a banquet that was hosted by 
the youth. The banquet room was arranged with small 
tables seating four-two retirement-aged adults and two 
youths at each table. The youth took the menu orders 
and served the adults. Old-time songs and new-fangled 
songs were enthusiastically sung by the group, and then 
some really old slides were shown bringing laughs to 
everyone. The guest speaker was Rev. Wesley HaUer who 
brought a timely devotional after which two contests 
were held-hoop rolling and games of jacks. Pastor Don- 
ald Farner concludes this news item by saying: "There 
were about 70 youths and adults who enjoyed this un- 
usual evening. While the old-time rocking chair and the 
space-age rocket are a generation apart, representatives 
from both periods do not need to be apart in love, re- 
spect, and fellowship for each other." 

• Lexington, Ohio. The seventh anniversary of the dedi- 
cation of the original building was celebrated by dedicat- 
ing an additional Sunday School wing. This was the 
second addition to the original structure. Rev. Terrance 
Taylor, former pastor under whose ministry the first and 
second structures were buUt, was the special speaker for 
the day. Dean Risser, pastor. 

•Marshall, Tex. (EP)— Evangelist Hans Mulikin has de- 
cided to call America back to God by an unusual publi- 
city stunt: crawling on his hands and knees from his 
home town to Washington, D.C 

Evangelist Mulikin is currently underway, pulling a 
wagon which carries the slogan "Son 1." 

It's his way of calling America to prayer for national 
repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. 

•Iowa District News. More than 100 people gathered at 
an annual banquet recently at Des Moines. Sponsored by 
the district laymen the affair was considered a real suc- 
cess. Pastor Gilbert Gilgan, Jr., of the Cedar Rapids 
Grace Brethren Church was the speaker for the evening, 
and a group from the Grace Bible Institute in Omaha 
brought special music to the enjoyment of all present. 




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Lori Cook is giving Rev. & Mrs. Roy Snyder a cup of water. 

•Dayton, Ohio (First). A missionary conference was a 
tlirilling experience with missionaries from Africa, Ar- 
gentina and Brazil featured in this exciting program. A 
thousand-dollar project was adopted by our congrega- 
tion to supply a water purifying system at Bangui. God 
more than supplied the need, as $2,100 was given for 
missions on Sunday, March 28. Now our missionaries 
can have a cup of cold water which is free of parasites. 
G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

• Free service available. A free liaison service is 
available to all Brethren churches and ordained or 
licensed ministers by contacting the coordinator of 
the Committee for Pastorless Churches and Avail- 
able Men. Names of churches or individuals are 
listed upon proper authorization. Lists are available 
upon request. Avoid unnecessary delay in contact- 
ing a prospective pastor by writing to: Rev. Thomas 
E. Hammers, coordinator, 604 Chestnut Ave., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or phone 219-267-5977. 

• Washington, D.C. (EP)-At midnight March 28, Sun- 
day, the baby will have been born that brings the cur- 
rent population of the planet to 4 billion, according to 
the latest demographic estimates prepared by the Popu- 
lation Reference Bureau. 

The human race spent between 2 and 3 miOion years 
reaching 1 billion, says the bureau, in 1850 when 1,370 
inhabitants were added each day. The second billion 
took only 80 years; the third billion another 30 years, 
with that time cut in half to roughly 15 years for the 
present milestone of 4 bilUon. 

Throughout this year, each new dawn will bring a 
formidable increase of approximately 195,000 newborn 
infants to share the resources of a finite world. 

• Minneapolis (EP)— Jerry Lucas, the former professional 
basketball star who was coauthor of a best-selling book 
on memory, is now devoting all his time to a ministry of 
helping people learn to memorize the Bible. 

On a visit here, the 36-year-old, 6 foot, 8 inch for- 
ward and center for the Cincinnati Royals and the New 
York Knicks, said he believes "the Lord wants me to 
spend the rest of my life teaching others how to remem- 
ber His Word." 

Mr. Lucas said his life had changed abruptly two 
years ago when his wife, Sharalee, encouraged him to 
read the Bible and he "received Jesus Christ as my per- 
sonal Saviour." 

"My life will never be the same," he said. 

• Long Beach, Calif. (Community). Such a good time 
was enjoyed at the celebration of the Tenth Anniversary 
and Homecoming Day that several suggested the church 
should have a "Tenth Anniversary" every year! The at- 
tendances for the day included 224 in Sunday School, 
213 in morning worship, and about 200 for the after- 
noon dinner and service that followed. The special offer- 
ing of the day was to be used toward the purchasing of a 
church sign and support for Cheri Harrison who will be 
going to Alaska as a summer missionary. 

"Pray that the burglars wiU be so convicted of their 
sin they'll seek salvation and forgiveness through 
Christ!" . . . This is the reaction the church recently had 
due to a major break-in and burglary. Two cassette re- 
corders, a small radio, movie camera, and a fire extin- 
guisher were stolen plus several church keys and the key 
to the bus. There was extensive damage done to doors 
and windows were smashed. Insurance will cover most of 
the loss. Ralph Colburn, pastor. 

•Daily Devotions Circulation Growing. The widely used 
Daily Devotions Bible study-prayer guide, inaugurated in 
1963 by the First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, has 
grown from a modest circulation covering four churches 
to a denominational -wide use of over 6,800 copies quar- 
terly. The daily reading assignments follow the assigned 
study portions of the Bible-0-Rama series published by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. Scripts, enlightening 
the daily readings, are written, on a voluntary basis, by 
Brethren pastors and missionaries. The editing is cared 
for by the sponsoring congregation, which also prepares 
all the scripts for final printing. Production and distribu- 
tion is by the Herald Co. Orders for Daily Devotions 
should be sent to the First Brethren Church, P. O. Box 
1, Wooster, Ohio 44691 . Due to increased costs the new 
donation rates will be 40c per single copy, postpaid; in 
orders of ten or more, 35c per copy plus 15 percent 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be recieved 
for publication at least 45 days in advance of theirscheduled dates. 

Goshen, Ind. May 23-28, Harold Airington, pastor; 

Becker Team. 

Peru, Ind. May 30-June 4, James Marshall, pastor; Becker 


Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville), May 23-30, Duke WaUace, 

pastor; Donald Fitchett, speaker. 

In lilstnof y 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor 

JONES, Elizabeth, Jan. 12, a member of the Suburban 
Grace Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa. 
SCHAEFF, Henry, 74, Mar. 5, a faithful member of the 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 55 years. 
MARTIN, Ruth, 79, Mar. 26. She was a faithful member 
of the Calvary Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 
STEVENS, Ethel, Mar. 13, a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 


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

Esther Anthony and Russell Stock, Mar. 27, Suburban 
Grace Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa. 

MAY 15, 1976 


NEWS SUMMARY (Continued from page 13) 

• National conference information. In the interest of 
cost conservation, there will not be a conference mini- 
program bulletin insert printed and distributed to all 
churches this year. Conference dates are August 6-13, 
and housing information has been printed in the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald and Daily Devotions. The confer- 
ence program is in production, and copies will be mailed 
to all churches as soon as possible. 

• Welland, Ont. (EP)-A Jehovah's Witness, Mrs. An- 
toinette DiCarlo, 48, gravely injured in a traffic accident, 
died after her husband refused to allow a blood trans- 
fusion, investigating coroner Dr. Bruce Penton said here. 

Mrs. DiCarlo died in the intensive care ward of St. 
Catherines General hospital three-and-a-half hours after 
she was admitted. 

Five doctors treated her and a supply of blood was 
available, the coroner said. 

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions because 
they insist that Old Testament verses warning against 
eating blood of any animal cover blood transfusions. 

• Shelby, N.C. (EP)— Some 75 young members of Bethel 
Baptist Church here brought their rock and roll record- 
ings to a parking lot bonfire which destroyed about 200 
discs by popular rock and roll musicians. 

"The Lord told me in my heart this was the wrong 
kind of music to be listening to," 16-year-old Kevin 
Leigh told a reporter at the scene. 

The Associated Press news story said the idea for the 
bonfire originated with the church's youth coordinator, 
Donald BalltizgUer, 35. 

"Anything in a Christian's life other than Christ Him- 
self being a dominant force we feel is not right," the 
youth minister said. 

Bethel's pastor, J. M. EzeU, explained that the staff 
was "just trying to teach our young people that you 
don't have to be caught up in this satanic force of rock 
music in order to be popular." 

•Wytheville, Va. (EP)— "Business is picking up so fast I 
can hardly cope with it," exclaimed H. G. Fouse Jr., 
following his decision to throw out the booze and turn 
in his liquor license. 

Church groups have gone out of their way to schedule 
meetings at the HoUday Inn facility just off much- 
traveled Interstate 31 in this southwest Virginia city of 
6,000 people. 

Fouse's decision followed personal problems he won't 
discuss, along with experiences with drunks while work- 
ing part time at the local jail. In addition, he was stabbed 
in the motel's parking lot in 1974 when he tried to stop 
someone who was driving away under the influence of 

The manager used part of a $5,000 bonus for good 
management to purchase Bibles, which he distributes to 

•Three churches in the Iowa District (Des Moines and 
Leon of Iowa and Winona, Minn.) had the privilege of 
sharing in the ministries of Rev. Herman Hein, Jr., and 
this was accomplished by a cooperative concern for 
others. The expenses were shared, and then the district 
laymen provided travel expenses for the evangelist so he 
could minister at Winona, Minn. There were 125 deci- 
sions made in these three meetings. Where there is a 
willingness to share, the Lord enters into the project by 
sending spiritual benefits. 

• Kansas City, Mo. (EP)— A mammoth meeting of Chris- 
tian Charismatics, perhaps one of the largest ecumenical 
gatherings in history— with some 60,000 participants- 
will be held July 20-24, 1977, at various sites here. 

The program will encourage "free expression" of de- 
nominational conferences within the general conference 

Called the "1977 Conference on Charismatic Renewal 
in the Christian Churches," the gathering will include 
Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Menno- 
nites, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians and other 
Christians. It will use Arrowhead Stadium, home of the 
Kansas City Chiefs, a new downtown convention com- 
plex, Kemper Arena and many other sites. 

• Richmond, Va. (EP)— Gov. Mills E. Godwin of Virginia 
has signed into law a bill which authorizes public school 
divisions to establish "the daily observance of one 
minute of silence in each classroom" to be used for 
prayer or meditation. 

The measure, passed by the Virginia General Assem- 
bly, will take effect July 1. Although the measure was 
approved by an overwhelming vote, many legislators 
have predicted that it will be challenged in the courts. 

Organized prayer in public schools has been banned 
by the U.S. Supreme Court. According to its statement 
of purpose, the Virginia bill was created "in order that 
the right of every pupil to the free exercise of religion be 
guaranteed within the schools . . . ." 

• Bicentennial bulletins for special July observances. 

Cost is $2.75 per hundred. Postage paid if check accom- 
panies the order. You will find them excellent for those 
special July programs and also as an aid in the GROW 
campaign. Order now as no further printings are 
planned. GROW/BMH, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 

•Tucson, Ariz. Reports by Pastor Kenneth Curtis prove 
that the senior citizens are not forgotten by the Silver- 
bell Grace Brethren Church. Mr. Lee Brock, a former 
minister, is the leader of the senior citizens (Silver Belles 
and Beaus) and the group has grown to a high of 43 in 
attendance. They have a monthly meeting generally in- 
cluding a potluck supper followed by a special program. 
Two policemen have addressed the group giving interest- 
ing and practical hints. Mr. Hal Grause from Sonora 
National Desert Museum was also one of the special 

•Boswell, Pa. There was no lack of age communication 
when the men and boys of the Laurel Mt. Grace Breth- 
ren Church got together to enjoy a banquet. The ladies 
of the church graciously worked to supply an abundant 
and delicious meal. Pastor Don Rager of the Conemaugh 
Brethren Church gave a challenging message, and a film, 
"Big Splash," was shown. Awards were given to the fol- 
lowing boys who had achieved their goals in the Brigade 
program: Kelly Stemmler, Danny Markley, Tim Stemm- 
ler, Tom Gibson, and Scott Gibson. 

• Des Moines, Iowa. The many who attended the special 
meetings conducted by Evangelist Herman Hein, Jr., re- 
sponded with enthusiasm and there were 45 public deci- 
sions. According to the pastor, Robert Wilson, the "con- 
gregation did a wonderful job of encouraging others to 
attend, and we are looking forward to future benefits 
from this effort." 



Living yWemoriois 

A memorial gift not only perpetuates the memory of a departed loved one 
or friend, but brings comfort to the bereaved and also witnesses to your con- 
cern for the Christian education of the students in Grace College and Seminary. 

The family of the departed one is promptly notified of the memorial with- 
out mentioning the amount of the gift. 

The following memorials were received February 15 through March 31, 
1976. You may use the form below for your Living Memorial gift. 

In Memory of : 

Rev. H. Leslie Moore 

David Stockport 

Virgil J. Kiintz 

James S. Ehly 

Mrs. Gladys Symons 

Julie Maurer 

Joseph Stephens 

Jack and Robert Shaffer 

Living Memorial Fund 

Mrs. Herbert (Ruth) Bess 

I. James and Eleanor H. White 

A sher Spurlock 
William R. (Bill) Smith 
John W. Weaver 
Paul H. Merkey 
Joseph Stephens 

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Three appointments made by the Grace Schools' 
trustees at the spring board meeting included a new 
seminary dean, seminary director of admissions, 
and a head librarian. 

Dr. E. William Male has been appointed Dean of 
the Grace Seminary for the 1976-77 academic 
school year. He will succeed Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., 
who will become the third president of Grace 
Schools this fall. Dr. IVIale currently teaches psy- 
chology and Christian education in the college. In 
the seminary he is the instructor of Christian edu- 
cation and directs the graduate program in Chris- 
tian School Administration held each summer on 
campus. He was academic dean of the college from 

Professor Robert D. I bach, Jr., will become the 
head librarian this fall. He has been a member of 

the faculty since 1969 and serves as library assistant 
for the seminary and assistant professor of Old 
Testament and archeology. In 1975 he received the 
Master of Library Science degreeat Indiana Universi- 
ty. Ibach will replace Dr. and Mrs. Ben Hamilton, 
who are retiring as the Grace librarians this fall. 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman will become the Director 
of Admissions of the Seminary at the beginning of 
the 1976-7/^ academic school year in September. 
He has resigned as pastor of the Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church to accept the position succeeding Dr. 
John J. Davis, who will assume the duties of execu- 
tive vice president of Grace Schools. 

Ashman will continue as assistant professor of 
practical theology. He has 25 years of pastoral ex- 
perience and will also develop a new intern program 
as Director of Seminary Student Internships. 

MAY 15, 1976 


Obviously, for some of us it means 
a great relief and a profound sense of 
satisfaction, (it fias been a long time 
and it's not been without its diffi- 
culties and its times of disappoint- 
ment.) With our determination not to 
compromise on our commitment to 
the Word of God, we l<new we would 
have to go far beyond the ordinary 
standards that might have otherwise 
satisfied the North Central Associa- 
tion. We knew it wouldn't be easy, but 
we had no idea just how long and how 
hard the task might be. Frankly, there 
were times when we felt a little like 
the proverbial donkey with the carrot 
fastened on a stick, dangling just a 
foot or so in front of its face. As we 
met certain requirements, it was only 
to find that in the meantime those re- 
quirements, or the procedures in- 
volved, had changed. 

But it's all over now— and you can 
understand why I say that for some of 
us this decision of the NCA brings 
with it a great feeling of achievement 
and satisfaction. 

Before I comment any further on 
what this accreditation of Grace Col- 
lege means for us, let me observe 
several things it doesn't mean. 

(1) It doesn't mean that we have 
"arrived" at the pinnacle of perfection 
as an academic institution. We don't 
dare interpret this achievement as an 
indication that we can now rest and 
bask in our newly won position. I am 
not convinced that we have yet experi- 
enced all the great things that God has 
intended for these schools that He has 
raised up. This is not a time, therefore, 
to let down, but a milestone that 

should encourage us to renew our ef- 
forts to make Grace all that He wants 
it to be— both for His glory and for the 
growing impact of our graduates in 
this world that so desperately needs to 
know Him. 

(2) Accreditation doesn't mean that 
we will automatically get all the 
money that we might desire for all our 
various programs. Although this new 
status will undoubtedly free up some 
funds that would otherwise never be 




available to us, we shouldn't think that 
the philanthropic foundations are now 
going to form a line to see how much 
they can pour into our coffers. It just 
doesn't work that way, and it's a good 
thing it doesn't. God knows our needs 
and He also knows our hearts, and I'm 
convinced that He's never going to per- 
mit us to get to the point where we 
might be tempted to think we can 
make it— even financially— without His 

By Dr. E. William Male 

Director of 
Christian Scliool Administration 



(3) Accreditation doesn't mean, 
either, that we're necessarily going to 
be Inundated with new student appli- 
cations, or that we should expect 
phenomenal enrollment growth. For 
years, students who have had their 
own priorities straight— who really 
meant business for God— have decided 
that the values of Grace's offerings 
(spiritually and morally as well as aca- 
demically) more than offset the pos- 
sible problems associated with its lack 
of regional accreditation. Witness this 
fine student body we have today. 

What I'm saying is that although 
there may be some increase in student 


applications, and greater opportunity 
for selectivity; in the composition of 
our student body, we shouldn't expect 
—or even desire— unusual numerical 
growth from this new status. 



motivators for this entire effort. It was 
a frustrating— at times heartbreaking- 
experience for Grace students to be 
denied admittance into a professional 
or graduate school, or certification to 
work in the profession for which they 
had prepared, not because of any de- 
ficiency on their part, but solely be- 
cause their Alma Mater lacked regional 
accreditation. Now, even though there 
is little or no change in the academic 


To turn to the more positive, what 
will accreditation mean to us? I've al- 
ready alluded to our personal sense of 
achievement and satisfaction, an in- 
creased ability to tap otherwise un- 
available sources of money, and some 
increase in student applications. There 
are also a number of other fringe bene- 
fits that we won't even have time to 
mention today. But there are two 
things that I believe deserve special at- 

(1) The primary beneficiaries of 
this recognition are our students— past, 
present and future. And frankly, this 
consideration was one of the dominant 



program itself, all of a sudden it is 
recognized for what it was all along. 
And you who are students of the col- 
lege are the major beneficiaries of 
this— and for this we're delighted! 

(2) There is one other significance 
to the recognition to which I want to 
address myself in closing. It may 
sound a bit more philosophic, but I 
suggest it is every bit as practical and 
perhaps, in the long run, far more im- 

portant than anything else we've men- 

There have always been those de- 
tractors (both within the family of 
faith and outside of it) who have 
argued that academic excellence and 
spiritual commitment are mutually ex- 
clusive. I don't buy that. I've heard Dr. 
Hoyt say many times, "God puts no 
premium on ignorance." During my 12 
years of tenure as Academic Dean of 
Grace College, I considered one of our 
missions as a Christian school to be 
that of a living, growing demonstration 
that God honors honest academic 
achievement, and that excellence in 
academia and unswerving commitment 
to the authority of the Word of God 
are not contradictory but complemen- 
tary. It took us longer than might 
otherwise have been necessary, but it 
seems to me that this recognition by 
the North Central Association— and 
the manner in which it has been 
achieved— provide a very tangible testi- 





mony to the validity of that convic- 

Praise God with me today for this 
achievement and for all that it 
means— for Grace Schools, its support- 
ers, and its students— and for the cause 
of higher education that is genuinely 
Christian. # 

MAY 15, 1976 


By Dr. Vance A. Yoder 

Academic Dean of Grace College 

Good or Bo^ 

As of March 31, 1976, Grace College is fully accredited by, and a constituent member in, the 
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, largest and best-known of the six regional ac- 
crediting associations in our country. 

Our particular fellowship of churches was born out of controversy over the question of what 
character and form Christian higher education ought to take. Naturally, the immediate thought in 
some minds will be this: What did Grace College gfve up in order to gain this recognition? With- 
out mental reservation, it can be answered. Nothing. Nothing related to our doctrinal, moral, and 
spiritual stand has been sacrificed. Primary changes made have been in those areas related to in- 
creased academic qualifications of faculty members, new facilities and equipment, and a more 
established financial record (a decade of operation "in the black"). 

Other questions to be answered include these: 

7. How long has Grace worked for accreditation? 

Since 1956 Grace has pursued regional accreditation, 
now culminating in full approval after 20 years of 

2. Does this mean Grace is now rich? 

This does not mean material wealth in any sense. The 
support of God's people will continue to be absolute- 
ly necessary for the ongoing of Grace Schools. 

3. What is the value of accreditation? 
Accreditation is the recognized hallmark of academic 
excellence in higher education, similar to what the 
Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is to a commer- 
cial product. Other benefits include easier transfer of 
credit, eligibility for grants from foundations, and the 
right to participation in certain academic and athletic 

4. Is accreditation retroactive? 

The practical benefits of accreditation do accrue to 
all alumni. 

5. Does accreditation for current students indicate that 
former students received an inferior education? 

No, we would rather view this as an accrediting by 
the larger educational world for that which the Lord 
had already set His seal of approval. 

6. Does accreditation mean Grace is permanently locked 
into a secular system? 

No, accreditation does not mean that Grace College is 
in the hands of a secular group of educators. Our 
purpose to know Christ and to make Him known is 
unchanged. We are a part of a voluntary educational 
association from which we may elect to disassociate 
at any time. 

7. lA/ill Grace's standards deteriorate? 

No, we still retain our independent, autonomous 
stature and are not subject to higher control from 
outside educators. Entrance requirements, graduation 
requirements, conduct standards, and so forth, are all 
still a part of our internal administrative prerogative. 

Regional accreditation is an honor and responsibility; yet, it is not by any means the most im- 
portant recognition for Grace College. There will always be those pressures before us from within 
and without to conform to a lowest common denominator typical of mainstream higher educa- 
tion, whether or not we have accreditation. Knowing this, eternal vigilance is always needed to 
keep ourselves true to our goals, purposes, and objectives from which we have no intention of de- 

Pray with us that Grace College may continue to be faithful for many years to come. 



A new baby boy, a new job, and a 
search for two new pastors have all 
converged recently on the life of Mike 
Alexander. As Mike says, "It hasn't 
been a dull month." 

On February 27th Mike's wife, 
Anne, gave birth to a baby boy. Jay 
Douglas. Jay is their first child. Mrs. 
Alexander was formerly the editorial 
secretary for the Brethren Missionary 

Mike is moderator of the Warsaw 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
and on Sunday, March 14, Pastors 
Dave Miller and Paul Mutchler resigned 
from their positions. The resignations 
are effective June 1. As moderator of 
the church it will be Mike's responsi- 
bility to lead the pulpit committee to 
begin the search for a new pastor. 

On top of this, Mike has also had a 
change of employment. As of March 1 , 
Mike left his position as Financial 
Secretary of the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church to be- 
come the Controller of Grace Schools. 

Remarking on the selection of Mike 
as Controller, Paul Chappell, Director 
of Business Affairs said, "I'm glad to 
have Mike as a part of the Lord's team 
here in the business office. It has been 
beautiful to see God fit the puzzle to- 
gether in the selecting of our business 
staff personnel." 

Mike replaces Les Nutter who 
served as Controller for seven years. 
Les began work for the business office 

when he came to Grace Seminary in 
the fall of 1969. During seminary Les 
was a busy man. Working full-time and 
fulfilling his role as husband and 
father, Mr. Nutter finally graduated in 
May 1974. He extended his service as 
Controller for a year and a half in 
order to assist Mr. Chappell and to 
conduct additional theological study. 

Feeling his calling was to the pas- 
toral ministry, in February Mr. Nutter 
accepted the call extended to him by 
the Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, Grace 
Brethren Church. 

The Controller's job is basically one 
of financial oversight of the college 
finances, student aid and the Winona 
Lake Christian Assembly's expenses. 

In Mike's words that means that 
"the financial office is a service organ- 
ization to the administration and fac- 
ulty for the benefit of the students. 
It's not always pleasant, for example, 
to collect on student accounts, but it 
is our job to assemble the financial 
data and coordinate the finances for 
the administration and faculty as they 
in turn serve the students." 

Mike's hometown is Dayton, Ohio, 
and his home church is First Brethren 
of Dayton. He did his undergraduate 
work at Bowling Green State Universi- 
ty, Bowling Green, Ohio, receiving the 
B.S. in accounting in 1970. 

Following graduation Mike worked 
two years for public accounting firms 

By Denny Schultz 

in Dayton. In 1972 he entered Grace 
Seminary. After one year he left semi- 
nary to become the Financial Secre- 
tary of the Foreign Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church. 

For Mike, he believes his call is to 
the Christian business field. As he 
looks to the future he believes that 
Grace Schools will grow. And as he 
says, "With that growth the financial 
responsibilities will multiply. The posi- 
tion of Controller is a challenge, one 
that can be developed to fit my per- 

Mike's supervisor, Mr. Paul Chap- 
pell, sees Mike's position as Controller 
as part of a permanent team, a career 
ministry for Grace Schools. 

Presently Mike has one foot in the 
Foreign Missionary Society office and 
one foot in the Controller's office. He 
is helping to train his replacement 
while he is still moving into his posi- 
tion as Controller. 

As one academic/fiscal year and 
one presidential administration is 
drawing to a close and another one is 
readying to begin, Mike looks forward 
to the challenges that the expanding 
role of the Controller will present. 

With all his concerns Mike still finds 
time for a lunch-time work-out in the 
gym and a little tennis when the 
weather is right. 

Mike, Anne and Jay Douglas make 
their home on 12th Street in Winona 
Lake. # 

^^ iwodern /Vlonev Changer 







By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President of Grace Schools 

Regional accreditation for any liberal arts college is an 
accomplishment worthy of recognition. But it poses a long, 
hard climb to reach that level of academic excellence. For 
Grace College this effort has now extended over a period of 
20 years, and the announcement made by the North Cen- 
tral Association of Colleges on April 1 marks the attain- 
ment of that goal. 

When Grace Theological Seminary was organized in 
1937, there was no thought of a college in the minds of the 
founding fathers, much less regional accreditation, though 
provision was made in the Articles of Incorporation for 
such schools that might contribute to the accomplishment 
of the one spiritual goal, "To know Christ and make him 
known as the only Saviour and Lord of life." 

It was not until almost ten years later that there was a 
dawning consciousness of the need for a school to give 
some preparation to men and women entering the theologi- 
cal seminary. This took the form of a two-year liberal arts 
course on the undergraduate level and was initiated in the 
fall of 1948. About 30 students responded to this oppor- 
tunity, and in the following year another 25 enrolled. 
Those who came were so pleased with liberal arts training 
that after one year many of them transferred to other 
schools to complete their training for a college degree. As a 
result, enrollment in the two-year course began to diminish 
over a period of three years, reaching a low of 25 students 
in the spring of 1953. 

By this time, the faculty of the seminary and the board 
of trustees began to realize that educational responsibility 
to the church reached beyond the seminary and there was a 
need for a four-year liberal arts college. In view of the 
financial conditions at the time, making this move was a 
difficult step to take, but by faith the project was launched 
in the fall of 1953 and a third year was added. In 1954 the 
fourth year was added with the understanding that regional 
accreditation was not in view. 

The new venture immediately took on life and began to 
flourish. In 1955 annual certification was given the Educa- 
tion Department by the Indiana State Department of Edu- 
cation. A year later, in the spring of 1956, an event which 
dramatized the importance of regional accreditation came 
to the attention of the board of trustees, and tacit approval 
was given to move in that direction. 


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Since then 20 years have elapsed during which five 
cycles of progress toward regional accreditation have run 
their course. The first one covered a period of three years, 
culminating in definite action by the board in 1959 to seek 
regional accreditation. During this period the administra- 
tion and the faculty became thoroughly aware of the many 
facets of the school which must be improved in order to 
reach this level of excellence. This included the broad areas 
of faculty, facilities and finances. This impressed all of us 
that we had a long way to go. 

As a substantial step in the direction of regional accredi- 
tation the board took action to make the school a member 
of the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges. The 
purpose of this organization was to give help leading to 
regional accreditation. During the next three years the 
facilities were expanded, the faculty grew in size and aca- 
demic improvement, a campus development plan was drawn 
up covering 25 years, and a program was launched that 
culminated in a review team from the North Central Asso- 
ciation in 1963. The request for full accreditation was 
denied, but valuable help was derived in locating areas of 
weakness and ways to improve the school. 

The third cycle of progress began at this point and cul- 
minated several years later with a request for "correspon- 
dent status." This was a temporary, intermediate step, later 
abolished by the North Central Association. The request 
was denied. But the review team clearly indicated that 
progress toward accreditation had moved much further 
toward the final goal. 

The fourth cycle began immediately and moved with 
considerable progress over the next three years, so that in 
1973 the' review team recommended approval for that 
status with the descriptive title, "Candidate for Accredita- 
tion." The Commission of Colleges seeking accreditation 
gave enthusiastic approval and directed that interim reviews 
be made in certain areas over the next several years. 

The final cycle covering a period of three years is now 
complete. The review team wrote an encouraging report 
and recommended full accreditation. The procedure in the 
consideration of Grace College went as follows: 

The Executive Board of the North Central Associ- 
ation approved the recommendation of the evaluating 
team which visited the college in November, and the 
Commission of the North Central Association ac- 
cepted the decision of its Executive Board and the 
evaluating team to give fuU accreditation to Grace 
College. The final action of North Central Association 
was reported to Dean Yoder on Thursday, April 1, 

(Continued on page 2 1) 


More and more these days women's 
athletics are gaining attention and 
especially in basketball where the pace 
is fast and exciting. On the Grace Col- 
lege campus this is no exception as the 
Lancerettes finished a great season, 
beating teams such as Notre Dame, 
Valparaiso and Taylor and ending the 
season with a 1 1-3 record. 

First year head coach Joe Shephard 
compiled a team composed of two 
outstanding seniors and some excellent 
young talent which returns next sea- 
son. Leading the team in scoring and 
rebounding was senior Carol Hively of 
Ripon, California, averaging 12.8 and 

13.7, respectively. The remaining 
senior is 6-0 Brenda Wilcoxson from 
Fowler, Indiana, who averaged 7.7 
points per game and 12.6 boards per 

The only other gal to average in the 
double figures was junior Val Lund- 
gren of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, who 
marked up 11,6 a game. Teaming up 
with Val at the other guard position 
was Becky Stewart whose poise carried 
the team through some tough mo- 
ments in the season. Stewart, from 
Goshen, Indiana, averaged 8.4 points 
and 5.7 rebounds per game. The re- 
maining junior on the squad was Cathy 
Garrick, of Norfolk, Virginia, who is 
one of the most consistent performers 
on the squad playing both ends of the 
floor with equal intensity. 

The best addition made to the 
squad was freshman Nancy Lee, of In-, 
dianapolis, Indiana, who has a great 
future ahead. She became known as 
"super-sub" for her relief roles in tight 

The season for the Grace women 
began with the ladies defeating their 
first four opponents without any diffi- 
culty but the Lancerette string of vic- 
tories was broken by a strong Goshen 
squad 50-41. This didn't affect the 
women as they came right back with 
seven consecutive wins. The closest 
any team came was St. Mary's as they 
lost to Grace 56-53 in a seesaw battle. 

With the season winding down it 
seemed apparent the Grace women 
would go a long way in the state 
tournament. But this was not the case 
as they lost the season finale to Mari- 
on, 60-59, just three days before the 
tournament, and knew they must play 
a determined St. Mary's squad in the 
opening round. In the game St. Mary's 
revenged an earlier season loss. # 

Struggle Ends in Victory 

(Continued front} page 20) 

Many have been anxiously awaiting the formal an- 
nouncement that Grace College has at last reached this goal. 
And the administration is delighted to inform them that 
their prayers have been answered. Deep concern has been 
expressed by many that, in the effort to reach this aca- 
demic level, there would be no change in the moral, spiri- 
tual, and doctrinal stand of the school. It is with thanksgiv- 
ing that we can assure all our friends that there has been no 
change. The moral and spiritual ideals remain the same, and 
the underlying purpose of the school to serve Christ and the 
Church has been strengthened. 

Knowledge continues to increase with amazing speed in 
these days, so the accreditation process will go on. Grace 
College will continue to exercise self-study and improve- 
ment to keep pace with the academic movement of the 
times. This on-going program of self-improvement will not 
only train young people to live in an advancing civilization, 
but it will enable them to speak to the needs of the times as 
they present Christ as the only Saviour and Lord of life. 
The achievement of regional accreditation will open doors 
of service that would otherwise be closed. Let us all give 
thanks to God that He has enabled the school to reach this 
worthy level of excellence. # 

MAY 15, 1976 


Bob Burns cuts the net after a Lancer 
tourney victory. 

By Gary Woolman 

The 1976 Grace College basketball 
squad will go down in the history 
books as one of the better Lancer 
teams in recent years. The "Red Ma- 
chine" wound up regular season play 
with a 15-12 mark along with placing 
in a three-way tie for third in the Mid- 
Central Conference. 

As the conference season wore 
down it turned into one of the tightest 
races of recent years as Tri-State Uni- 
versity walked off with its 10th 
straight title with a 9-3 mark, followed 
by Goshen with a 7-5 standing; while 
Grace, St. Francis, and Indiana Tech 
evened things up with a 6-6 record. 
The Lancers did have an outside 
chance of taking the title but this 
dream vanished with a disastrous road 
trip which saw them lose to Goshen, 
St. Francis, and Indiana Tech in suc- 
cession b/ no more than a four-point 

The Lancers were noted as a unit, 
and statistics prove just this with the 
team setting two season records and 
two game records. From a season 
standpoint Grace shattered the field 
goal and free throw percentage stan- 
dards hitting 53 percent and 77 per- 
cent, respectively, while against Hunt- 
ington committed the least amount of 
personal fouls with 7 and during the 
Bethel game hit 37 of 57 for 64.9 per- 

During the season two events stand 
out, the second place finish in the 
Turkey Classic and the eastern tour 
over winter break. In the tourney 
Olivet Nazarene, the defending 
NCCAA national champions, beat the 
Lancers by one point in overtime for 
the closest title game in the history of 
the classic. While over the winterim 
the team traveled into Pennsylvania 
and Virginia and came away with its 
most successful tour in 10 years com- 
piling a 2-1 record in a 6-game stretch. 
During the eastern tour the basketball 
team also had the privilege to take part 
in church services where they shared 
their testimonies and sang. 

The greatest addition to the team is 
Doug Noll, of Berne, Indiana, who in 
17 games is leading the team in scor- 
ing, averaging a Lancer record 28.3 
points per game, along with being 
voted to the All-District 21 team of 
the NAIA. The 6-2 sophomore guard 
hits 56 percent from the field while 

making 84 percent from the line. This 
semester he has scored in the high 20s 
at a consistent pace while producing 
from 36 to 32 points in 6 of the con- 

Head Coach Phil Hoskins has devel- 
oped the club around two seniors and 
a score of underclassmen which makes 
for a very young, poised squad that 
plays with hustle. A big asset for the 
calm floor movement is senior, co- 
captain Greg Huston, of Cuyahoga 
Falls, Ohio, who may return next year 
to use up his eligibility. His 5-10 frame 
enables him to penetrate and pass off 
on offense while on defense he uses his 
quickness to snatch the leather globe. 
In these two categories he leads the 
team with 201 assists and 41 steals. 

The co-captain, senior. Bob Burns 
leads the squad in field goal percentage 
with a 58 percent clip in averaging 
15.8 points per game. The 6-6, for- 
ward from Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, 
is also second on the squad in re- 
bounding, pulling down 8.7 boards a 

The other big man on the court is 
6-8 Matt Tomsheck, from Michigan 
City, Indiana, who follows Burns in 
percentage from the field making 56 
percent, but commands the glass pull- 
ing off an average of 10.2 rebounds 
per game. Both Tomsheck and Burns 
were voted to the Turkey Classic all- 
star team earlier this fall. 

A big surprise for the Lancers has 
been Steve Nelson, of Auburn, Indi- 
ana, whose specialty is a knuckleball 
25-foot jump shot and the charity 
stripe where he has been at the top in 
the tough NAIA statistics making 87 
percent of his attempts. During the 
course of the season "Spider" set a 
new Grace basketball record for con- 
secutive free throws at 37. 

In past years Grace lacked good 
strength on the bench but this season 
changed as Roger Haeck and Terry 
Day, who both could easily start if 
called on, supplied much of the relief. 
Haeck, a native of Plymouth, Indiana, 
was a starter last year but was shifted 
to sixth man to make room for Noll. 
Day, who hails from South Whitley, 
Indiana, is one of the coolest individ- 
uals on the court from the standpoint 
of attitude, but is one of the hottest 
shooters from the outside this college 
has witnessed. # 



A half-century of service has been celebrated at 
the North Long Beach Brethren Church. It was on 
February 7, 1926, under the guidance and as an out- 
post of the First Brethren Church of Long Beach 
(Fifth and Cherry), that the first unit was built in 
North Long Beach. This building included a sanc- 
tuary, pastor's study, kitchen, and classrooms; and at 
the first Sunday School session there were 80 people 
present with 100 in the first worship service. 

The current statistical data includes some of the 
following information. The present sanctuary, seating 
1,100, was dedicated June 15, 1958. The average 
Sunday School attendance is now 1 ,450, and the 
church membership is 1,600 with over 1,000 persons 
attending sanctuary services. The budget for the year 
of 1976 is $507,1 10. 

Missions outreach has been a vital part of the min- 
istry of this church as has been shown throughout the 
years. In June 1935, 20 members were transferred to 
a new Brethren work in Bellflower, California, and in 
October of the same year 45 members were trans- 
ferred to the new home mission work in Compton, 
California. Missionaries now supported by the church 
are located at nine mission points around the world. 
Missions offerings from 1926 to 1976 total 

There are now 12 full-time workers on the staff 
including 4 ministers. Dr. George Peek was called as 
pastor of the church in June of 1948 making him the 
ninth elder to pastor the congregation in the 50 years 
of its organization. 

According to a review written in the Long Beach 
Independent Press Telegram regarding the 50-year 
celebration. Dr. Peek's "greatest joy is the 'real family 
spirit' that has permeated the church across the 
decades since its formation." 

The North Long Beach Brethren Church 
Long Beach, California 

Ground breaking for the present sanctuary, Sept. 23, 1956 


Ouantity ordecs for Sunday Schooi use vviii again 
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Cover Photo: 

Mount Evans in Colorado 
(Herald Staff Photo) 

4 National Conference !n North Brazil 

6 Home Loving Elizabeth Tyson 

8 Update On the Retirees 

10 Come Join Us in Long Beach 

1 1 Death Claims Africa Benefactor 

12 BMH News Summary 

14 I'm A Child Of The King 

15 A Listening Ministry 

16 WMC Reading Circle 

18 CED Switchboard 

19 Two Great Conferences 

20 Round Trip To France 

23 1976 National Conference Program 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Warm sunshine and casual, comfort- 
able living are usually the welcome 
tokens of the month of June. But this 
day in June was different because it 
was overcast and a threat of snow in 
the air. The threat later turned to reali- 
ty, and here we were back in winter- 
time again. The place— the beautiful 
mountains of Colorado and we were 
ascending Mount Evans. The tour 
guides were Russ and Betty Ogden, 
and I was glad! There are some things I 
prefer to do other than drive on moun- 
tain roads. I personally prefer to drive 
in the middle lane of those two lane 
highways when I go up or down a 
mountain. You can always tell a driver 
from Indiana or Iowa because they 
take the center and inside of those 
curves to avoid nearness to the edge. 

In fact when I drive in this type of 
area I would like to avoid all those 
comments like: "Look, it must be a 
drop-off that goes down a mile." I 
sneak a peek and my stomach does a 
flip-flop and my foot goes to the 
brakes. I also tell myself, "Lord, if I 
get out of this I will never do it again. 

Russ though is skilled because of a 
few years experience, and I sat back 
and enjoyed the scenery. We passed 
through the areas of pines and the 
beautiful aspens. The green blanket of 
grass and trees began to diminish and 
we came to the timberline. It was time 
to stop and see what to me is one of 

By Charles W. Turner 


nature's rare beauties. The rugged, 
gnarled and barkless trees that stand 
against wind and rain and snow only 
to be twisted and bent, yet they sur- 
vive and present a picture of character. 
These timberline trees have always 
held a special fascination for me, and I 
must admit they are one of my very 
favorite types of plant beauty. 

I am not too certain what it is that 
fascinates me and causes me to hold 
these century-old monarchs in such re- 
spect. It must be the thought that they 
are of unusual beauty because they are 
where they are. They seek no special 
shelter or protection and they appear 
to be the last line of grovrth. However, 
I have been told there are many small 
plants living on higher elevations above 
these trees, but their visibility is not so 
prominent. Yet these trees are really 
the frontier and above them are only 
the rugged stones and snow-covered 

There is a lesson in all of this for us, 
and I could not help but think about it 
that day. The people whom I find 
myself admiring have the same basic 
traits. Their beauty to me is their will- 
ingness to be a bit different than 
others. They do not want to be aver- 
age or as we tend to think of them as 
"normal." The average person does 
not want to be out where the winds of 
change are blowing the strongest. They 
find more security in the calm and 
lower elevations of life. A risk or a 
venture is just not their cup of tea. 
Thus their accomplishments fall into 
the area of the commonplace. There is 

nothing particularly wrong with this 
but the end results are never too spec- 

This applies to the Christian life as 
well. I think oftentimes that what 
some Christians call separation is not 
Biblical separation at all. What it is in 
reality is lower elevation growth. 
There is the fear of being near the cut- 
ting edge of ministry. It is a nothing- 
venture-nothing-lost type of existence. 
Stay away from the world and be a 
monastic person and you automatical- 
ly become spiritual. This is a false mis- 
interpretation of the Scripture. We are 
to be separated from the purposes of 
the world, but living in this world 
places us in the presence of the world. 
We are to live in the world and bear 
testimony to the world for God. 

My understanding of the great men 
of faith is that they took the battle of 
the faith to the world and did not wait 
for the world to come to them. It is 
difficult for me to conceive of Paul 
waiting for- people to come to him to 
hear the Gospel. He was on the timber- 
line. It was not the safest place to be, 
but he got the message to the people 
who needed it most. His presence 
there was not to flirt with the world or 
to see what it was like. He was there to 
present the message of Jesus Christ 
and to win souls for God. His spiritual 
appearance later evidenced his work. 
He was tough and strong spiritually 
much as the timberline growth on 
Mount Evans. 

My admiration must go to Caleb 
and Joshua, to Abraham and Moses, to 
Daniel and Joseph; the winds of trial 
blew and they began to show the 
marks of their dedication. The tests 
were severe but they came through 
with strong, hard Christian characters. 
The shelter of non-dedication does not 
make great warriors of the faith. # 

JUNE 1, 1976 

Laymen's meeting led by 
schoolteacher from Macapa. 

i • W Bv Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Representatives from about 14 con- 
gregations in North Brazil gathered in 
Capanema January 22-25, 1976, for 
the 16th annual national conference of 
the Igreja dos Irmaos do Brasil. The 
theme, "All for God's Glory," permeat- 
ed the atmosphere of the convention, 
and challenged delegates to a great vi- 
sion of and more involvement in the 
Lord's work. 

Host missionary Earle Hodgdon and 
family were placed under extraordinary 
pressure when they learned just days 
before that, due to irregularities in their 
documents, they would have to leave 
Brazil. The government's ultimatum 
gave them only eight days grace; they 
would have to leave Capanema on the 
very day that conference ended. In 
spite of this inconvenience forcing 
them to make hasty preparations for 
departure, they proved to be gracious 
hosts and opened their home for the 
lodging of ladies and the feeding of all 

Evening sessions were lively, featur- 
ing special numbers galore. Almost 
every congregation had some type of 
musical package, adding a vibrant testi- 
mony to the services. 

It is a most encouraging sign— to 

National conference delegates, plus a few missionaries, in front of the Capanema church. i 

this observer at least— to note that the 
conference was directed and controlled 
by the Brazilian brethren with mission- 
aries assuming an advisory role and 
participating by invitation only. 

Several events are worthy of special 

1) The moderator, EulalioTrindade, 
is pastor of the largest Brethren church 
in Brazil. That church (membership 
117) is located on the north bank of 
the Amazon River, isolated by 200 air 

miles from the cluster of Brethren con- 
gregations on the south side of the 

2) The statistician's report was re- 
corded on a color chart and gave a 
graphic picture of church growth or 
non-growth. Membership totals were 
up from 568 in 1974 to 597 in 1975. 

3) I sat in on the laymen's meeting 
and listened as Pastor Eulalio's leading 
layman held the attention of the men 
for two and a half hours with a well- 


Missionary George ^ 
Johnson presents diploma to 
Extension Seminary graduate. 



Typical Brethren chapel on Para-Maranhao highway. 

Special music by Pastor Necho and two of the members from Quatipuru 

prepared and well-delivered lesson in- 
tended to nnotivate laymen. This man, 
a high school teacher in Macapa, was 
the secretary of the Spiritist society 
before his conversion. 

4) Three young men were examined 
and recommended for licensure to the 
ministry. A graduate of the extension 
seminary program received his diploma 
during the Saturday night meeting, 
adding another note of encouragement 
to the conference. 

5) Perhaps the most significant ac- 
tion during the business sessions was 
the founding of the Brazilian mission 
organization. The original motion had 
in mind a home mission society, but in 
the course of discussion it was decided 
to create a mission organization that 
would embrace both aspects of mis- 
sions. That, at least, is a step in the 
right direction. 

North Brazil Brethren are making 

Statistician presents statistical report. 

JUNE 1, 1976 


By Mrs. Harold Dunning 

Does "home-loving" seem a strange descriptive term 
for a foreign missionary? Perhaps instead of being strange 
it only measures the extent of her love for the Lord Jesus 
and the sacrifices she was willing to make in order that 
God might reveal Himself through her to the people of 
Central Africa. 

Because Elizabeth Tyson, R.N., and my mother (Dr. 
Florence Newberry Gribble) were co-workers and often 
lived together, I had known her for years. But our first 
meeting as fellow missionaries was when my husband 
and I joined her in Florida to travel together to French 
Equatorial Africa (now the Central African Republic). 
The cargo ship S.S. Zarembo, on which we were to travel, 
was scheduled to leave Port Tampa on December 21, 
1940. We will never forget the kindness of Dr. and Mrs. 
Russell Barnard whose church gave them a quick vaca- 
tion on request so that they could drive to Florida and 
render taxi service for these three missionaries. They met 
us and all our baggage at the train and gave us the very 
welcome news that our freighter would be delayed in sail- 
ing for a few days. Then Harold had time to visit a dentist 
and buy some tropical clothes. We had not known until 
December 3 that we were going, and we had no outfit or 
outfit funds. How the Lord cared for that detail is inter- 
esting, too. Dr. Louis Bauman with his years of exper- 
ience knew we needed an outfit but encouraged us to 
trust Jehovah-Jireh. He kept wiring— with money — 
"Don't waste time outfitting; just catch that boat!" 

The delay was useful but also disappointing, and 
Elizabeth voiced our thoughts: "It is hard enough to 
leave just before Christmas, but to be stuck down here 
when we could have been with our families . . ."Thank 
God for the Barnards! We had a great time with them 
visiting St. Petersburg and the Cypress Gardens on Christ- 
mas Day. Two days later-on Harold's birthday-we sail- 
ed, carrying munitions and/or explosives less than a year 
before Pearl Harbor Day. We three signed personal waiv- 
ers and Dr. Barnard signed for the foreign board that 
"just in case" . . . and we headed into the end of a hurri- 

cane. It was not the first time the Lord sent His followers 
on a crossing when the wind was contrary! 

A birthday is a great time to be starting a new life, 
and the Lord taught us something that has made every 
Christmas since then very meaningful: to leave at Christ- 
mas time is to "walk where Jesus walked" —for He left 
His home that first Christmas for our sakes— and in a 
very small way we could share in the fellowship of His 
sufferings. The full 30 days at sea, with no port stops, 
were relaxing for Elizabeth and me as we were "born 
sailors." However, there was also work to do! Elizabeth 
enrolled the Dunnings in Sango class immediately! 

On the field our first assignment was to live with 
Elizabeth at Yaloke during language study and orien- 
tation. These matters were cared for by Dr. Taber and 
Pastor Volongou, while Elizabeth provided meals and 
taught us other invaluable things. This is where we first 
learned she was a home-lover. One of the world's best 
cooks, she taught me how to substitute many of the 
ingredients in any recipe by using African-grown items. 
A real serendipitist, she showed how a home can have 
beauty by using what is at hand and even be very com- 
fortable—for central Africa. 

Elizabeth was a nurse for our first and third daughters 
at their births and during other crises. She was "Aunt 
Betty" to all three girls. To the Africans she was "Mam- 
zell Tee-sohn" and she was always ready to leave her 
home to go help them— even in the night. Only a nurse, 
but she often performed as only a doctor does in Amer- 

Thank You, God, that home-loving Elizabeth is now 
at home. At home with the Lord Jesus whom she loved 
most of all. At home where all is beauty and light and 
joy. At home where she is waiting to return with the 
Lord Jesus to catch us up into the air, and so shall we 
ever be with the Lord. Come quickly. Lord Jesus! 

(This article was written in tribute to Miss Elizabeth Tyson, re- 
tired missionary, who departed into the Lord's presence last 
Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1975.) 



Line > I 

Enrolled in 

Church District 


converts classes 

1. Bangui 



2. Batangafo 



3. Bocaranga 



4. Boda 



5. Bogangolo 



6. Boguila-iViarakouncIa 



7. Bossangoa 



8. Bossembele 



9. Bouar 



10. Bouca 



1 1. Bozoum 



12. M'Baiki 



13. N'Zoro 



14. Paoua-nord 



15. Paoua-sud 



16. Yaloke 





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JUNE 1, 1976 

By Marcia Warden fl^ ^^Vl/^^^^^ 

For the most part, not much is 
heard about the missionaries who have 
been retired from active service on the 
field. iVlost of them, if given the choice, 
would still be back on their field of la- 
bor, doing as much as possible to assist 
in the mission effort. But the mission 
board has set guidelines and age limits, 
and the missionaries realize this has to 
be done in the interest of their health 
and well-being. For a few the Lord has 
given many years of ministry in the 
homeland since retirement. 

Miss Johanna Nielsen is now in her 
nineties, still fairly active though hin- 
dered by failing eyesight. Since return- 
ing to the United States from Argentina 
in 1953 she has resided in her own 
home in Long Beach, California. She is 
a member of the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach. 

Also from Argentina is Mrs. Loree 
Sickel, who served there nearly 50 
years. Her husband. Dr. Clarence 
Sickel, died on the field in 1951. Even 
after retirement, in 1972 she respond- 
ed to a call of need for her service and 
returned to Argentina for a year and a 
half. She also resides in Long Beach, in 
an apartment, and is a member of the 
North Long Beach Brethren Church. 

Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy com- 
plete the roster of those retired from 
Argentina. Their stateside home is 
El Paso, Texas, where their son James 
and his family are located. The junior 
Dowdys are self-supporting mission- 
aries devoting all the time possible to 
establishing a work in this Mexican 
border area, and the senior Dowdys— 
though officially "retired"— are assist- 
ing their son and his family in this 
work. Also, they are still spending 
time in deputation work, and for some 
weeks this spring were members of the 
missionary conference team in church- 
es in the eastern United States. The 
Dowdys are members of Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, 


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From Africa came Miss Florence 
Bickel in 1958 after 35 years of service 
as a missionary nurse. She has lived at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, since her retire- 
ment and is now a resident at the 
Grace Village retirement center. The 
Lord gave opportunity in her later 
years to develop her artistic talent, and 
she has completed many, many oil 
paintings. She is a member of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon lives in a Long 
Beach, California, apartment, and has 
her membership in First Brethren, 
Long Beach. She and her husband. 
Rev. Chauncey Sheldon, returned to 
the U.S. in 1966 after more than 40 
years of service in Africa. The Lord 
called Mr. Sheldon unto Himself in 

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Mrs. Minnie Kennedy spent more 
than 45 years in the Brethren work in 
Africa before returning to the U.S. in 
1970 for retirement. Her husband 
passed away on the field while yet a 
young man, in 1931, butMrs. Kennedy 
continued her service there. She resides 
at Grace Village retirement center, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, and her church 
membership is in First Brethren, Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Taber are the 
most recent Africa retirees, having 
been in the States since 1973. They re- 
side at Bethany House missionary 
home, Winona Lake, Indiana. Dr. 
Taber is a member of First Brethren, 
Long Beach, California; Mrs. Taber, 
of Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren, 
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Williams and 
Miss Ruth Kent of Africa, and Rev. 
and Mrs. Keith Altig of Brazil, all of 
whom have recently arrived in the 
United States, will be retiring from 
field service at the conclusion of their 

It is usually true that retired 
missionaries have an outstanding prayer 
ministry. Their fellow workers and the 
people among whom they worked are 
very close to their hearts. Thus the 
Lord is wonderfully using these people, 
and in this and other ways they are 
still contributing largely of themselves 
for His work overseas. 

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JUNE 1, 1976 

The annual conference of the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches is always a wonderful time of 
fellowship, inspiration, and challenge to those who at- 
tend. At this year's conference-the 87th-to be held 
at First Brethren Church in Long Beach, California, 
there will as always be a strong missionary emphasis. 

Included on the program is one of our veteran mis- 
sionaries to Central Africa, Rev. Donald Hocking, 
who will be speaking in Tuesday morning's Bible 
Hour on the subject "Freedom in the World." That 
Tuesday-August 10-will be Foreign Missions Day 
with the FMS corporation meeting at 10:00 a.m. and 
the Foreign Missions Challenge Hour at 8:45 p.m. 

The theme for the conference in this Bicentennial 
year has been announced as "Born Free." In keeping 
with that theme. Brethren Foreign Missions is using 
the theme "Proclaim Liberty" for its luncheon and 
challenge hour on Foreign Missions Day. While we are 
praising God that we have been "born free" in Amer- 
ica and have been "born again" to freedom in Christ, 
we gladly accept our task to "Proclaim Liberty" to 
those who are still in the bondage of sin. 

A highlight of Foreign Missions Day will be the 
annual missions luncheon, which will follow the 
morning sessions and be concluded in ample time for 
an afternoon of sightseeing in the southern California 
area. The luncheon will be held either at the confer- 
ence site or at a nearby restaurant, and reservations 
will be needed. 

Conference time is a busy time for the national 
boards. For Brethren Foreign Missions the schedule 
includes a missionary conference at First Church, 
Long Beach, during the week of July 25, followed by 
the annual missions seminar for missionary candidates 
and missionaries on furlough, the week of August 
first. During that week, also, the Board of Trustees of 
the FMS will hold its annual session. This all precedes 
the very busy week of the Christian Education Con- 
vention and national conference, August 6-13. 

Among the missionaries expected to be present for 
the conference are the following: 

Central African Republic 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Balzer 
Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Goodman 
Rev. and Mrs. Donald Hocking 
Miss Ruth Kent 
Miss Carol Mensinger 
Rev. and Mrs. Bruce Paden 
Dr. and Mrs. William Walker 
Rev. and Mrs. Robert Williams 


Rev. and Mrs. Keith Altig 
Rev. and Mrs. Eddie Miller 


Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Julien, France 
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Peugh, Germany 


Rev. and Mrs. Jack Churchill 
Rev. and Mrs. Phillip Guerena 
Rev. and Mrs. Walter Haag 

"Aunt Alys" Haag will be heading up special activ- 
ities for the youngsters of Missionary Helpers age dur- 
ing conference week. She always has a fast-moving 
program and gives the kids a great deal of exposure to 
"real, live missionaries." 

During the week of the conference in Long Beach, 
the simultaneous National Youth Conference at Point 
Loma, near San Diego, will also have a strong missions 
emphasis. In charge of this emphasis is Richard 
Harrell, a Grace Seminary student who is a former 
TIME missionary to Central Africa. Rich has arranged 
for many of the missionaries listed above to participate 
in various activities throughout the week. Included on 
the speaking program is Tom Julien, superintendent 
of our field in Europe and veteran missionary to 

You are cordially invited to join us for the special 
missions activities of the national conference; and 
you are requested to join us in praying that the im- 
pact of our fellowship that week will contribute to a 
bountiful harvest in Brethren Foreign Missions. 

A new feature during that week preceding confer- 
ence is a one-day missions seminar for teens and 
young adults. It will be held at the conference site on 
Monday, August 2, with sessions at 1:30 in the after- 
noon and 7:00 in the evening. The program, planned 
for young people considering involvement in missions, 
will include discussions about missionary life and pre- 
paration, question-and-answer sessions with mission 
executives and missionaries, a multi-media presenta- 
tion about missions involvement, and an informal fel- 
lowship with missionaries and FMS staff members 
(with refreshments). It is hoped that many teens and 
young adults who will be in Southern California on 
that date will take advantage of this unique oppor- 







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By Marcia Wardell 

Sometime back in tiie 1950s, the 
word came to the Winona Lake office 
of the Foreign Missionary Society con- 
cerning an American who happened to 
be traveling through the Central African 
Republic, was impressed with the 
work of the Brethren mission there, 
and promised some astounding finan- 
cial help to the mission. 

In due course of time this came 
about when substantial funds were 
made available to be applied toward 
the building of the Medical Center at 
Boguila. Later funds were furnished 
for the print shop building at the Bible 
Center. And still later, the so-called 
"guest house" at Bangui was funded 
by this source. 

The man was Mr. Irvin L. Young, 
who became a sort of legendary fig- 
ure to various mission works in Afri- 
ca as he contributed through the foun- 
dation bearing his name. 

Now word has reached the FMS of- 
fice that Mr. Young passed away sud- 
denly at his home at Palmyra, Wiscon- 
sin, on February 21, 1976, at the 
age of 78. His wife has sent a tribute 
written by a friend. Dr. Alexander 
Sharp. Excerpts from that tribute 

"Thousands of blacks in Africa— 
who have been healed by the doctors 
and dentists he supported in the hos- 

JUNE 1, 1976 

pitals and clinics he built, who now 
have heard the Good News of Christ 
through the missionary evangelists he 
sent, and who loved this 'Big Man' 
who worked so many miracles from so 
far away, but came to see them occa- 
sionally—will miss him. Happily the 
ministries which he was providing will 
continue because of the well-endowed 
Irvin L. Young Foundation which he 
established to do just that . . . 

"The business career of Irv was dis- 
tinguished almost beyond words to 
describe it. He was a master machinist, 
a true genius in mechanics. By his 
middle twenties he had valuable 
patents in his own name, had designed 
and produced an intricate tag wiring 
machine which the best designers of 
a large tag company had not been able 
to produce, and he was building his 
own fast, intricate, precise multiple- 
operation printing presses. The market 
was unlimited for his products and de- 
signing ability. He knew then that he 
could make as much money as he 
might choose to make. 

"But Irvin was never his own man. 
He was deeply religious and from the 
day when Dr. John Timothy Stone of 
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, 
had stopped him after church one Sun- 
day and said, 'Irvin, you have many, 
many talents. God has a big plan for 
your life. Do not resist Him,' Irv was 
committed to a life of Christian ser- 
vice. He knew he was thenceforth un- 
der orders and he accepted them 
wherever they might lead. 

"All this was happening at a time 
when the Student Volunteer Movement 

was at its strongest with its slogan of 
The Evangelization of the World in 
this Generation.' Irv was leaning toward 
foreign missions. This created a quan- 
dary for him and his trusted advisors. 
Dr. Stone and Dr. Harold Dalzell: 
could a conventional missionary assign- 
ment provide the best use of his rare 

"It may have been Dr. Dalzell who 
suggested he go to the Presbyterian 
Mission in West Africa on a special as- 
signment for a year. This he did and it 
settled one question for him, although 
it did not make his course clear; his 
life from that moment on would be 
devoted to Christian service to Africa. 

"After he had returned home it was 
Dr. Stone who resolved the conflict be- 
tween his commitment to African mis- 
sions and his exceptional money-mak- 
ing talents. Dr. Stone used a term that 
fired Irv's imagination: substitutionary 
stewardship. 'God has given you tal- 
ents for making a lot of money. Make 
it! Then send others with different tal- 
ents to Africa in your place.' 

"The rest of the Irvin Young story 
is the unfolding of this concept of 
'substitutionary stewardship' over a 
period of almost 50 years. So many 
aspects of his personality and behavior 
are easily understood when that com- 
pelling concept is grasped. No! Irvin 
was never his own man after he had 
dedicated everything to his God . . ." 

While most of the giving to Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions comes in small 
amounts from many hundreds of 
people— gifts which in numerous cases 
are without doubt made at personal 
sacrifice and for which the FMS is 
profoundly grateful— deep apprecia- 
tion goes out also for the real assistance 
rendered to the Brethren Africa Mis- 
sion through the gifts from the Irvin L. 
Young Foundation. 


^(#ws Summary 

From the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

• Important conference information. On page 23 of this 
issue, you will find a condensed program for this year's 
national conference. In the interest of cost conservation, 
a mini-program bulletin insert will not be distributed to 
churches this year, and you are encouraged to keep this 
page for future reference. Complete printed programs 
will be mailed to all churches about July 1. 

• Hemet, Calif. A new pastor, Richard Rohrer, has been 
called by the Hemet congregation. He arrived in Hemet 
and assumed the pastoral duties on May 25 after having 
graduated from the Biblical School of Theology, Hat- 
field, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Rohrer have been members of the 
Community Brethren Church of Whittier, Calif. The 
address for the Rohrers is Box 1884, Hemet, Calif. 

• North Lauderdale, Fla. Rev. Clyde Caes has resigned as 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church and is waiting on 
the Lord for His direction for further service in the 

•Orlando, Fla. Retirement means retirement to some 
people, but the Fort Lauderdale Grace Brethren Church 
is thankful that Joe and Kay Taylor do not take the 
word too literally. The Taylors recently sold their part- 
nership in a local architect firm and then donated two 
weeks of skiUed labor to the construction of the Lord's 
edifice in Orlando. Rev. John Diaz and the congregation 
are praising God for such Christians. 

•Annual Changes. Donald Weltmer, 125 Xavier St., Den- 
ver, Colo. 80219 (Tel. 303-936-5224) . . . Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Orlando, 5425 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., 
Orlando, Fla. 32811 (Tel. 305-876-3178). John Diaz, 
5001 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, Fla. 32811 
(Tel. 305-876-2801) . . . Harold Painter, 1050 Richards 
Rd,, Pen-is, Calif. 92370 (Teh 714-657-8725) ... The 
new pastor at Grace Brethren Church, Mabton, Wash., is 
Rev. John Mcintosh, P. O. Box 216, Mabton, Wash. 
98935 . . . Grace Brethren Church, 6002 Kimberly Blvd., 
No. Lauderdale, Fla. 33068 . . . Archie Lynn, Castle 
Green Apts., 99 S. Raymond, Pasadena, Calif. 
91 105 . . . Russell Ogden (Tel. 301-552-9660). 

• Winona Lake, Ind. Rev. Robert Ashman has announced 
his plans to retire as the administrator of Grace Village 
effective December 31, 1976. His plans for the future 
are indefinite but include travel as the opportunity af- 
fords itself. Persons interested in being considered for 
the position of Administrator of Grace Village to suc- 
ceed Mr. Ashman should send full resumes to Dr. Paul R. 
Fink, chairman of the Search and Screen Committee, 
Grace Village, R. R. 8, Box 5, Warsaw, Ind. 46580. 

• Fremont, Ohio. The congregation of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church voted to accept C. E. Angles as the general 
contractor for their new church. The project was staked 
out April 15 and is to be completed by Christmas of 
1976. The estimated cost is $360,000. 

Assoc. Pastor Ray Feather recently ministered in the 
primitive West Indies Island of Dominica. He was as- 
sisted by Ian Cranshaw, a soloist and member of the 
Fremont church. In the fall of 1974 these same men had 
a similar one-month evangehstic tour of the country of 
India. J. Ward Tressler, pastor. 

• Wooster, Ohio. 
A joint relief 
project to assist 
needy peoples in 
Guatemala was 
entered into with 
enthusiasm by 
Wooster Breth- 
banks, supplied 
by World Vision, 
were distributed 
and when re- 
turned there was 
in excess of 
$2,500 in sacrifi- 
cial gifts. The L to r: Moderator Miles Firestone, Pastor 
funds were dis- Kenneth Ashman, and Don Walker break- 
tributed through ingabank. 

Relief Agency Brethren (EMS) and World Vision Inter- 
national Rehef. There were 180 banks distributed and 
returned. Listeners to the church broadcast shared as did 
several teachers who allowed students to display LOVE 
LOAVES in their classrooms. Families prayed about this 
project and then decided what they could do to sacrifice 
for others. Some skipped meals, others reduced the 
quantity served. Some cut down on the expensive dishes. 
It was a rewarding and, hopefully, a continuing experi- 
ence for the Wooster Brethren. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

In M#mjOry 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

WALKER, Bertha, 77, Apr. 14, a faithful member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Camden, Ohio. Mrs. Walker 
spent the last four days prior to a stroke actively sup- 
porting the special Bicentennial revival meetings con- 
ducted by Rev. William Tweeddale. Arthur Sprunger, 

COMEBACK, Hannah, 73, Jan. 24, a faithful member 
of the Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
Robert Griffith, pastor. 




• Bicentennial bulletins for special July observances. 

Cost is $2.75 per hundred. Postage paid if checl< accom- 
panies tlie order. You will find them excellent for those 
special July programs and also as an aid in the GROW 
campaign. Order now as no further printings are 
planned. GROW/BMH, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 


•Scottsdale, Ariz. (EP)- Lutheran and Roman Catholic 
theologians expressed guarded opinions over the pros- 
pects of formulating a common statement on papal in- 
fallibility that will be acceptable to both communions. 

Beginning their 12th year of doctrinal dialogue, 11 
Lutherans and seven Catholics met at the Franciscan Re- 
newal Center here in a four-day session, Feb. 19-22-the 
22nd meeting since the talks were initiated in mid-1965. 
This was the fifth session devoted to the often divisive 
dogma of papal infallibility. 

At least three more meetings through 1977 will be 
needed, it was agreed, to complete the group's findings 
on a doctrine held only by the Roman Catholic Church 
and universally opposed by other Christians. 

Six sessions were required on the issue of papal 
primacy, four were spent on the ministry, three on the 
eucharist, and one each on the Nicene Creed, baptism 
and intercommunion. One meeting dealt with mapping 
procedures for consideration of the papacy. 

• Atlanta, Ga. The largest attendance for any event in 
the history of the church was the new record set on 
Easter Sunday as 277 gathered for worship. The total 
attendance for the day reached 597~this included the 
Sunday School, and morning and evening worship ser- 
vices—a record high according to Pastor Dean Fetterhoff. 


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

Rebecca Garner and David Diffenderfer, Apr. 11. Sus- 
quehanna Grace Brethren Church, Wrightsville, Pa. 
Cathy Greenough and Mark Sneed, Mar. 27. Grace 
Brethren Church, Virginia Beach, Va. 

•Washington. D.C. (EP)-Old Order Amish and Menno- 
nites would not have to pay Social Security taxes be- 
cause it conflicts with their religious beliefs, if a bill 
introduced by Sen. Richard Schweiker (R-Pa.) wins pas- 

"It is difficult for me to understand why we have not 
been ready to permit religious groups to conscientiously 
object to economic regulations when we rightfully recog- 
nized their right to object to the military service," Sen. 
Schweiker said. 

Exemptions are already possible for self-employed 
persons who belong to religious groups which provide 
for dependent members. "Now we must extend the ex- 
emption to cover those who work for others," he said. 

•Paramus, N.J. (EP)-Seven Protestant, Orthodox and 
Roman Catholic theologians envision in a book jointly 
prepared the reunion of Christian churches that ac- 
knowledges the Pope as its chief leader. 

A Pope for All Christians, a book by Paulist Press, is 
believed to be the first volume in which representatives 
of more than two Christian denominations offered an 
opinion on papal authority. Only one of the eight au- 
thors. Dr. C. Brownlow Hastings, a Southern Baptist, 
said his tradition could not accept reunion with any cen- 
tralized authority. 

Dr. Robert McAfee Brown, a Presbyterian who 
teaches theology at Stanford and who wrote the intro- 
duction, noted three important "breakthroughs" in un- 
derstanding the papacy: The impact of Pope John 
XXIII, the Second Vatican Council, and the "furor" re- 
sulting from the 1968 paper encyclical on birth control, 
"Humane Vitae," which "demythologized" a certain 
view of papal authority. 

• New York (EP)— The Bible, or portions of it, were pub- 
lished for the first time in 29 additional languages last 
year, according to the annual Scripture language count 
of the American Bible Society. 

The newcomers bring the total number of languages 
and dialects into which at least one Bible book has been 
published to 1,577, roughly half of the estimated num- 
ber of languages and dialects in the world, according to 
an ABS spokesman. 

The Bible has recovered its position as the world's 
most translated work. Several years ago it lost out to the 
works of Marx, Engels and Lenin. 

•Camden, Ohio. The theme for a full and exciting week 
recently celebrated at Grace Brethren was "Spirit of 76" 
in honor of America's 200th birthday. A great missionary 
conference opened the festivities with Roy and Ruth 
Snyder, Earle Hodgdon, and Paul and Dortha Dowdy as 
participants. Following the missionary conference Rev. 
William Tweeddale, pastor of the Brethren Church in 
St. Petersburg brought us many blessings from God's 
Word. There were 695 present at the various meetings. 

Since the changing of the name of this church which 
was organized in 1916 (then known as the First Brethren 
Church of Camden), a new constitution and reorganiza- 
tion along with the expanding of the entire total program 
has been put into effect. The name of the church is now 
Grace Brethren Church. Arthur Sprunger, pastor. 

JUNE 1, 1976 






If you would like to involve yourself 
in an effective, exciting, understaffed 
area of Christian service let me suggest 
that you try "listening." 

The art of listening may come nat- 
urally for some, but for most of us, it 
takes a concentrated effort and prayer 
for a quiet spirit. It takes the desire to 
care about others and to be receptive 
to their interests. Philippians 2:3-4 ex- 
plains this well. "Do nothing from self- 
ishness or empty conceit, but with 
humility of mind let each of you regard 
one another as more important than 
himself; do not merely look out for 
your own personal interests, but also 
for the interests of others" (NASV). 

Did you ever stop in the middle of 
a conversation and think "Wait a 
minute, I haven't told my story yet!"? 
We all enjoy hearing our own thoughts 
and I'm sure each of us has had the ex- 
perience of feeling that we couldn't 
get a word in edgewise. It is important 
to us to express our opinion, tell about 
our illness, our experiences, sometimes 
to the point of not caring to listen to 
anyone else's. There are a few people 
around who have conquered this self- 
ishness, even in informal conversation. 
They have discovered the wonderful 
ministry of being a "listener." 

The need for "listeners" is great in- 
deed. We need them in the Sunday 
School, the youth program, in our 
families, and among our friends. If you 
are a person who cares enough to lis- 
ten, God can use you everywhere. Who 
doesn't need someone to listen once in 

JUNE 1, 1976 

a while? What a blessing you could be 
to that discouraged friend or troubled 
youngster by just listening. 

Children especially need to feel that 
their parents will listen to them and 
care about their problems. They have 
the need to express their opinion even 
if it is in opposition to that of their 
parents. Of course parents need not 
agree nor should they concede to what 
they feel is wrong, but the young 
person will benefit from an atmosphere 
that is open to their thoughts. Parents 
who are "listeners" can prevent much 
resentment and rebellion from develop- 
ing in their children. The child will 
know you care and will be more 
willing to come to you with his pro- 

"Listening" is much more than just 
hearing. Therapists tell us there are 
many things to observe when talking 
with a troubled person. The person 
not only expresses himself with words, 
but also through facial expressions and 
tone of voice. Do you stop to "listen" 
to these clues of a troubled soul? Most 
of us are not good at hiding our feel- 
ings. If we would be more sensitive to 
these clues in those around us, we 
would find many opportunities to be 
an encouragement to those who need 
comfort and help. 

I am convinced that the words you 
might say or those words you are told 
are not the most important aspect of 
this "listening" ministry. More impor- 
tant is your known availability as a 
person who will listen and care. 

Some months ago at a church gath- 
ering, I noticed a young friend looked 


By Mrs. Ted Dutka 

especially troubled. She appeared quite 
upset but was trying very hard to hide 
it, since she was in public. I stepped 
back to her and quietly asked if there 
was something troubling her that she 
might want to talk about. She said no, 
that she was all right. At the time I 
had my doubts about my effectiveness 
as a "listener." I thought perhaps I had 
seemed nosy. But a few months later 
she and I were talking and she thanked 
me for noticing and asking if she 
needed to talk. She said that she had 
not wanted to talk about it at the 
time, but she had felt better just know- 
ing that someone had cared. This con- 
vinced me of the value of being avail- 
able to listen. 

I have also learned that sometimes 
others don't necessarily want our ad- 
vice. They just need to verbalize their 
feelings and to have someone there at 
a difficult time. Often, a tender quiet- 
ness is more valuable to them than any 
words we might consider wise. Gentle- 
ness is one of the fruits of the Spirit 
which is a real blessing to many. 

We cannot always understand the 
problems of others; we may not have 
ever gone through the same troubles. 
But remember— each of us feels that 
his problems are big when they occur. 
This is true of children, adults, and 
especially those who are going through 
those difficult in-between years. How 
much each one needs an available 

Of course, the listener himself has 
limitations. So many times there are 
no pat answers for those who come to 
you with problems. When you open 
yourself up to the needs of others you 
Continued on page 17 



by Karl and Debbie 
Dortzbach (Harper & Row, 
S5.95). Debbie Dortzbach. a 
pregnant 24 year-old American 
missionary nurse in a northern 

. - T^v -iv^ province in Ethiopia, is making 

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-y ^^ __ — ^>^^^^ by a masked, pistol-pointing mem- 

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%l»v^«tA'^WW^'^''*^'^^ shock, electrify and ultimately inspire 

the world. This is the story how 
the Lord protected her. 





Don't be misled by the book title 

and think that they couldn't be 
ievant for your situation. Even if yc 
are not a wife, not a mother, or have 
never been kidnapped, each one of 
these books has something to o^er 
you. You are influenced by what 
you read and in turn you influence 
others by expressing those S3~ie 

The Happy Housewife 

by Elizabeth Baker (Victor Books,S1.75). 
This is a delightful book on being a joyful 
mother and housewife in spite of crying kids, 
backache, contrary husbands, and dirty 

A Mother's World 

by Gayle G. Roper (Baker Book House, 
S2.95). The everyday, commonplace happen- 
ings of a mother's life become the stepping 

stones to a deeper spiritual life. 


Send to; Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
P. O. Box 544 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Please send me the following: 

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It's different! It's exciting! A new dimension is avail- 
able for your WMC meetings. Each song on the cassette is 
matched with a monthly Bible study. Use it as a part of 
your devotional program or just for listening pleasure. 
*— Miriam Pacheco, soloist 
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*— Roland Felts, organist 
*— Kids Korale, Jamie White, Maria Pacheco and 

Meredith Hammer add to the variety , 

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(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 27 and 28 
of the 1976 Brethren A nnual.) 


Mrs. F. George Peters August 10 

Rev. J. P. Kliever August 21 


Rev. Aldo E. Hoyt August 2 1 


Rev. Bill A. Burk August 5 

Rev. Ernest H. Bearinger August 6 

Mrs. George A. Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Carl Earner August 20, 1967 

Rua Joao XXIII, No. 520. L"berlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil 38.400. 


Ginette Mireille DeArmey August 12, 1970 


Phillip Valdo Guerena August 10, 1959 

Rev. Jack B. ChurchiU .August 20 


Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Miss Ruth Kent .August 2 1 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 
Rev. R. Bruce Paden August 26 

P.O. Box 588. Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 
Terry Lee Juhen August 27, 1959 

P.O. Box 588. Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 


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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-NIn. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

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

Wooster Rd., %"mona Lake. Invi. 46590 
Secy. -Mrs- George Christie. 910 S. 27th 

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

Femwood Dr.. Cotorado Springs. Cok). 

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.-Mis. Ben Zim- 
merman. R. R. 1. Warsaw. Ind. 46580 
Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157. 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 

Offerfng Emphasis 

PRAISE THE LORD!!! The Operation and Publica- 
tion Expense Fund went over the S5,500 goal! That is— 
for 1975. But why did it take us until March 1976 to do 
it? Make 1976 the banner year for this fund and start 
right now to hit the goal. This offering is due September 

The Listening Ministry 

continued from page 15 

mill fifxJ that there are moments of frustration when you 
seem to have no answer. 

But God knows these problems. He cares. He under- 
stands. Take these things to Him in (xayer. Make a "lis- 
tening" relationship an opportunity to pray with that 
person. Remind them of their Saviour's compassion and 
love or introduce them to Jesus if they do not know Him 
as Saviour and Lord. If others can see in you a com- 
passion that goes beyond selfish motives, they will be 
introduced to God's love. Tell them of the scope of His 
great love ar>d the peace their life can have with God in 

In bearing one another's burdens, God will bless you. 
He will show you His faithfulness and compassion. He will 
answer your prayers for others and give you great joy. Try 
it— concentrate on hearing others and responding to their 
spoken and unspoken statements. Pray for their needs and 
praise God for His answers. 

Kathleen and her husband are members of the Grace 
Brethren Church. Canton. Ohio, where she serves as presi- 
dent of the WMC and as patroness of the Charts SMU. She 
is currently employed at a bank. (WUC editor). 

JUNE 1, 1976 


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 - 

Long Beach, Calif. 



David Hocking 

Roy D. Halberg 


B - 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

James E. Miller 


C - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


Kenneth Koontz 

Jack Griffith 

O D 
O ^ 

D - 

Fort Lauderdale. Fla. 

Merlin Berkey 

Bill Hardison 

E - 

Washington, Pa. 

Shimer Darr 

R. Dennis Maione 

F - 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


(Singer Hill) 

Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

■^ £ 

G - 

Phoenix, Ariz. 



Mark E. Malles 

Ordean Snowberger 

-D O 

H - 

Okeechobee, Fla. 

Charles R. Davis 

Steve Rogers 

2 a 

CO ■" 

1 - 

Dillsburg, Pa. 

Lee Dice 

Gene Evans 


J - 

Anderson, S.C. 

Marion Thomas 

Jack Broyies 

5 5 

N - 

Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

D _ 

a ra 


Barberton, Ohio-202; 

Camden, Ohio-62; 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Hgts. 1-184; Washington, Pa. -290; Conemaugh, Pa. 

< 2 (Pike)-503; Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill)-262; Des Moines, towa-160; 

Mt. Laurel, NJ.-115; Lititz, Pa.-295; Myerstown, Pa.-712; N. Canton, 

Ohio-220; Ripon, Calif. -293; Simi, Calif.-330; Beaver City, Nebr.-59. 

♦Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 
day Schoots'-April 1975-173; April 
♦Growth index based on 183 reporting 
April 1975 weekly average attendance- 
Si ,005 
April 1976 weekly average attendance— 

Net Gain in reporting churches— 425 per- 
sons or up 1 .3 percent 
97 churches registered increases totaling— 

81 churches registered losses totaling— 

Largest numerical increase— Long Beach, 
Calif. (First) 

Largest percentage increase— Okeechobee, 
• The larger the number of reporting 
churches, the more accurately these figures 
will represent the church growth picture of 
the NF8C. 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 De- 

1\ME Enposwe 

Karen Stiffler— Armagh, Pa. 

Dryhill, Kentucky 

Patty Bright-Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 
Peggy Paulo— Rittman, Ohio 
David Jensen— Rittman, Ohio 
Mike Merritt-Sidney, Ind. 

Navajo Missions 

Karisse Cone-Winona Lake, Ind. 
Kathy Kincarte-San Bernardino, Calif. 
James Pitsenbarger-Ashland, Ohio 
Paul Schoonover-Whittier, Calif. (First) 


Betsy and Patty Morris-Whittier, Calif. (Community) 


Karen Stiffler— Armagh, Pa. 
Frances Unger— Winchester, Va. 


Phil Moyer-Telford, Pa. 

Mexican Border 

Kathy Christiansen-Long Beach, Calif. (North) 

Jeanne Gronewold— Whittier, Calif. (Community) 

Christopher Musulman-Whittier, Calif. (Community) 

Mexico City, Mexico (In cooperation with Spearhead) 
Roland and Raquel Coburn— Winona Lake, Ind. 
Tom Sharp— Ankenytown, Ohio 
Sue Battis— Winona Lake, Ind. 
Brenda Welling— Goshen, Ind. 
Vicki Witt— Meyersdale, Pa. 


Christian Education Department 


Brefhren IMofionol \o[)\\\ Co(\(e(ence 

There's a reason that Brethren National Youth Conference is a must for hundreds of 
Brethren teens. It's first-class. The best in recreational opportunities, the most dynamic, 
challenging speakers, choice music that teens can relate to, outstanding accommodations and 
food. Be a part of the action in San Diego this August. Write the Christian Education Depart- 
ment, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 for more details. The registration deadline 
(without additional cost) is June 15. 

ChnsUan Education Conuention 
SpUituQl cuts Semm( 


It has been called "the most exhaustive study on the 
gifts to date." Featuring charts, illustrations and inten- 
sive study of the Scriptures, the senninar is filled with 
practical nnaterial oriented to the discovery and use of 
Spiritual Gifts in the local church. 


Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7. Sessions will 
begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning and will continue all 
day and evening. Saturday's sessions also begin at 8:30 
a.m., but will conclude at 2:00 p.m. The concluding ses- 
sion features a special separate meeting for pastors. 


The seminar will be held at the facilities of First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, California. 


You will, if you care to. The cost is nominal: $15. 
This $15 includes all the materials in the spiritual gifts 
manual. There will also be tapes available (at additional 

cost). The seminar is open to pastors and others 
attending the national conference. 


Dr. David Hocking, pastor of First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, California; President of the Western 
Graduate School of Theology (B.A., M.Div., D.Min.) . . . 

Pastor David Seifert, pastor of First Brethren Church, 
(Long Beach); chairman. Division of Church Growth, 
Western Graduate School of Theology . . . 


Undergraduate and graduate school credit for the 
seminar is available (3 quarter hour units) from Western 
Schools of Church Growth, upon request. 


Those interested in being a part of the Spiritual Gifts 
Seminar, should register directly with First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, by using the following coupon 
and returning it with the $15 registration fee. 


. . . Save the conference rush and avoid the long lines. 
Register now . . . 

D Pastor 

D Mr. 

D Mrs. 

D Miss 




Enclosed is $ 

3601 Linden Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90807 

J$15 per person), reserve a place for me. Send to First Brethren Church of Long Beach, 

JUNE 1, 1976 


The Quiz team and leaders at 
the Macon Railroad Station. 

Standing I. to r.: 
Jim Haller 
David Plaster 
Tim Rough 
Gail Leffler 
Sherry Stiffler 
Cyndi Brant 

Seated I. to r.: 
Sandy Lauffer 
Howard Mayes 




The Western Pennsylvania team visited France 
March 29 - April 1 2 and returned most impressed with: 

1. the warm relationships they enjoyed with 
French believers; 

2. the tremendous fellowship with and hospitality 
of our Brethren missionaries serving in France (but 
they are so few for such a great mission field); 

3. the beautiful historic Chateau at St. Albain, cen- 
ter of Brethren mission activity with a tremendous 
outreach throughout France; 

4. the beautiful French countryside and modern 

5. the evident blessing of God upon His work in 
France— especially evident in the changed lives and 
clear testimonies of so many comparatively new 

6. the dedication and Biblical strategy of our mis- 
sionaries—as the Church of Jesus Christ is growing in 

Annually the national first place Bible quiz team 
has been given the privilege of visiting a Brethren mis- 
sion field as their reward for finishing on top in na- 
tional Bible quiz competition. In the past, teams have 
visited Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Mexico City. This 
year the Western Pennsylvania District raised money 
to add to that which was awarded by the Christian, 
Education Department to make possible the visit of 
their team to the more distant mission field of France. 
The district also provided the round-trip Airline ticket 
for the coach. Rev. David Plaster, the assistant coach 
Miss Gail Lefler, and Rev. Howard Mayes, executive 
director of the Christian Education Department. 





Christian Education Department 

At the Chateau 

To us, as to so many others, the most beautiful 
spot in all of France. It's not just the grassy park or 
the stately historic Chateau, or even the two hours or 
so spent at mealtimes in fellowship and conversation 
and eating delicious French food. But it is an aware- 
ness that you have after a few days that this is the 
spot, perhaps more than any other we know about, 
where God has seen fit to reach down and pour out 
His blessing in the establishment of a Church of His 
own making. We can't help but see how wonderfully 
God has prepared the Tom Julien family for this 
unique ministry. Their home is a substitute Christian 
home to literally hundreds of French and American 
youth who have been ministered to and welcomed at 
the Chateau through the years. 

In Macon 

Larry and Vicki DeArmey pastor the work here. 
We met many wonderful Christian brothers and sisters 
here. One night some of the families of the Macon 
congregation opened their homes to us for an unfor- 
gettable evening of fellowship and a delicious French 

Larry led us on a hike to a lookout spot high over 
the city of Macon. The beautiful valleys filled with 
villages, fields and vineyards must be some of the 
most beautiful in all of the world. 

In Chalon 

David and Cheryl Shargel were in the process of 
moving into the newly secured missionary residence 
from their high-rise apartment building. We arrived 
just in time to assist with the work of cleaning the 
house and moving their household goods. Stand by 
guys— the piano goes in the next truckload. 

Dave arranged for the team to spend an afternoon 
in a cafe conversing with students from local high 
school English classes. This provided many good op- 
portunities to share our faith. Terry Julien arranged a 
similar opportunity at his high school in Macon. Even 
the young people are very cynical about religion, but 
maybe the Lord will use friendships made to open the 
door for the witness of our missionaries. 

View of the countryside not far from Macon 

New Mission Residence in Chalon 

Photo By Howard Mayes 

Can the Chrisfion Ec/ucotion Deporfmcnf Help S(eth(en Fo(em /Mission 


... for Larry DeArmey, short term Training In Missionary Endeavor (TIME) was a turning 
point. Today he is a missionary in France. 

. . . and in the past three years 34 Brethren teens have spent time in training on Brethren foreign mission 
fields in the Central African Republic, Argentina, Brazil, France and Germany. It may prove to be a turning 
point for them. 

. . . can the Christian Education Department help Brethren Foreign IVIissions? Brethren teens involved 
first hand in missions can't hurt. 

Your gifts to the Christian .Education Department will help make this ministry a reality for more than 20 
teens this year. 

Training In Missionary Endeavor is a ministry of the Christian Education Department in cooperation with 
Brethren Foreign Missions and the Brethren Home Missions Council. 

Give through your local church, or write the Christian Education Department, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 


1976 mJlOmi COMfE 

Proomm aad Feofured SpCGkas 


Charles W. Turner 

Dr. Win Arn 

President, Institute 

for American 

Church Growth 

Rev. -John McArthur 

Pastor, Grace 
Community Church, 
Panorama City, Calif. 

Rev. Marvin Rickard 
Pastor, Los Gatos 
Christian Church, 
Los Gatos, Calif. 


will be conducted by 
Dr. David L. Hoci<ing 
and Rev. David Siefert. 
Conference Bible 
hour speakers will in- 
clude Rev. Robert 
Thompson, Rev. Donald 
Hocking, and Rev. John 



24th Annual Christian Education Convention 
Spiritual Gifts Seminar — Dr. David L. Hocking and 
Dr. David J. Seifert (Manual fee, $15) 

8:30a.m. - 11 :00a.m. Session I 
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session II 

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Session III 

Spiritual Gifts Seminar 
8:30a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 



1 :00 p.m. - 5; 30 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 

7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. 

Sessions IV and V 
Simultaneous Pastor's Session 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (chapel) 
Christian Education Rally 
Presentation of Aw/ards 


Morning Services in Local Brethren Churches 

5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Duplicate services, First Brethren. 
Moderator's Address: Rev. Charles 
Turner: "Our Bicentennial 
Challenge." Patriotic Musical, 
"America's Faith." 


7:30 a.m. 

- 8:20 a.m. 

8:30 a.m.- 8:50 a.m. 

9:00 a.m.- 9:50 a.m. 
10:00a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 

12:00 noon- 1:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. 

6:45 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. - 
8:45 p.m. - 

8:30 p.m. 
9:30 p.m. 


7:30 a.m.- 8:20 a.m. 

8:30 a.m.- 8:50 a.m. 

9:00 a.m.- 9:50 a.m. 
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 
1 1 :00 a.m. - 1 2:00 noon 
12:00 noon- 1:00 p.m. 
12:15 p.m. 

Continental Breakfast and Prayer Session 
(Men and women, fellowship hall) 

Corporation Meeting: Home Missions 

Bible Hour: Rev. Robert Thompson 

Business Session 

Simultaneous meetings 

Ministerium: Dr. Win Arn (chapel) 

WMC (auditorium) 

Grace Brethren Men: Rev. Ed Jackson 


Sightseeing (optional) 

Queen Mary Tour 

Pre-service Music 

Evening Service: Dr. John MacArthur 

Challenge Hour: Home Missions 

Continental Breakfast and Prayer Session 
Corporation Meeting: Foreign Missions 
Bible Hour: Rev. Donald Hocking 
Business Session 
Simultaneous Sessions 
Lunch or 

Missions Luncheon "Proclaim Liberty" 
(by reservation only) 

6:45 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
8:45 p.m. 

8:30 p.m. 
9:30 p.m. 

Sightseeing (optional) 

Ports 'O Call Village and Los Angeles 

Harbor Cruise 

Special Presentation: Grace Brethren 

Men on Boys Ministries 
Pre-service Music 

Evening Service: Dr. John MacArthur 
Challenge Hour: Foreign Missions 


Free Day — Tours of Knotts Berry Farm or Disneyland 

6:45 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

8:45 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. 


7:30 a.m. — 

8:30a.m. - 

9:00 a.m. - 

10:00 a.m. - 

11:00 a.m. - 

12:00 noon - 

1:00 p.m. - 


8:20 a.m. 

8:50 a.m. 

9:50 a.m. 
10:50 a.m. 
12:00 noon 
1 :00 p.m. 

5:30 p.m. 

Pre-service Music "Aiieluia" 

(Delegates who have performed in the 
canata are invited to join the confer- 
ence choir. Practice at 6 p.m. Wed.) 

Evening Service: Recognition of Past 

Moderators: and Dr. John MacArthur 

Challenge Hour: Christian Education 


6:45 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. - 
8:45 p.m. - 

8:30 p.m. 
9:30 p.m. 


7:30 a.m.- 8:20 a.m. 
8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. 

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. 
10:00 a.m. - 10:o0 3.m. 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 r.oon 
12:00 noon- 1:00 p.m. 

1:00 p.m.- 5.30 p.m. 

6:45 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 

Continental Breakfastand Prayer Session 

Corporation Meeting: Grace Schools 

Bible Hour: Rev. John Burke 

Business Session 

Simultaneous Sessions 


Sightseeing (optional) 

Tours of Maiineland or Beach Day at 

Pre-service Music 

Evening Service: Dr. John MacArthur 
Challenge Hour, Grace Schools. 

Presentation of Or. Kent. Jr. 

(Reception to follow at Quenn fv^ary, 

by reservation -Tr^ly) 

Continental Breakfastand Prayei Sessiun 

Corporation Meeting: Brethrsn Mission- 
ary Herald 

Bible Houi. Dr. David -Seifert 

Business Session 

Simultaneous Sessions 


Sightseeing (! 

.Shopping at vVaitminstei' Viail 

Pie-servici! Music (Children's Ciioir. 
"! Li.<e the Sound ot At^ietira") 

Evening Servire: Dr. John MacArihur 

Vou Caa Help! 

The Herald Company has purchased a new Heidel- 
berg Offset Press that will increase our capabilities 
of producing much more Christian literature. 
Our offering goal for 1976 is $60,000, and your 
gifts to the Herald Company will help pay for the 
press and other new equipment. 

A number of my editorials selected from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald are being placed in a 
book entitled My Favorite Reflections. The book 
will be presented to each person who contributes 
$5 or more to the Herald Company during the 
year 1976. 

Remember June and July as Herald offering months. 

1976 to be the "Veor of tt\e Press'' 

^ c^ 


Charles W. Turner 


1937-' 1976 

^ 1|<b i)6 66i)66l 

Cover Photo: 

Dr. and Mrs. Herman Hoyt. 


Jogging in Johnstown 


Cliristian, You Do Have Time 


Music in the Mountains 


To Grow or Not To Grow ? 



New Look at Albuquerque 



BMH News Summary 


Dr. Hoyt Serving Grace Schools 1937 - 1976 


1976 Grace College Graduates 



Seminary Graduates 



The Spirit of the Church 



Charles VV. Turner. Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 

Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 

Fsrn Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Omega Sandy, IBM Selectrii: Composer Operator 

Foreien Missions — Rev Jotin Zieiasko 
Grace Schoois--Dr. Hc-rman A. Hoyt 
Horrie Missions— Dr_ Lester E. Pifer 
Christian £d. — Rfi'v. Howard Mayes 
WMC— Mrs Daniel Pacheco 




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on the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Misbioniiry Herald Co., Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona L3l-:e, ind. 46590. Subscription price: $4.50 a year; 
foreign, $5.25. Special rates to churches. 










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. 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Joggir^g \^ 

Paul said it a long time ago and it 
has to do with exercise. Physical activi- 
ty is profitable to the body and should 
be performed. So when I feel the load 
of a few excessive pounds I determine 
to get out and jog. This phenomenon 
generally occurs in the springtime after 
the long winter is over. During the 
winter months I am not as active as 
usual; and, furthermore, the dry clean- 
er shrinks the waistline of my trousers. 
However, before I can get started on 
my project I must convince myself 
exercise will be good for me, and that 
I will feel much better physically if I 
get out there and make some fast 
tracks around the block. 

To give moral encouragement to 
the whole project I bought a bright red 
nylon warm-up suit. It goes well with 
my blue sneakers, and when the whole 
outfit is on I feel, for just a few mo- 
ments, a kinship to the great "milers" 
of other generations. This imaginary 
kinship gives me the added incentive 
necessary to face the bright glare of 
the morning sun. 

This spring I really got into the 
swing of things and took my warm-up 
suit on a trip to the East. In Youngs- 
town, Ohio, I stayed overnight near a 
complex of various motels. The next 
morning travelers were departing the 
Holiday Inn, the Ramada Inn, and 
Howard Johnsons, and as I jogged by I 
gave them all a friendly wave and they 
returned with cheerful smiles. It is 
great to be alive on a bright spring 
morning with the warm sun beating 
down on your face. 

The next week I spent with Wesley 
and Virginia Haller at Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, for a series of meetings. 
I still had the firm resolve to jog each 
day and keep fit. It was Tuesday when 
I got out my equipment and made my 
start. Now if you have never been in 
Johnstown, a word of explanation is in 
order. When God created the terrain in 
the Johnstown area He did something 

By Charles W. Turner 


very interesting. The end result is there 
is no more than three consecutive feet 
on the same elevation. To put it more 
simply it is a very hilly area. 

Leaving 111 Keppler Drive, the par- 
sonage, things were on the gentle in- 
cline and all went well. I turned right 
on Wonder Avenue because that 
sounded like a nice place. To my sur- 
prise Wonder Avenue dropped into a 
pit, and I started straight down at a 
pace not previously planned. They 
must have poured the blacktop from 
the edge of a hill and let it run down 
the side, and thus they had a street. 
The backs of my legs ached from try- 
ing to hold back the speed of going 
down Wonder Avenue. At the bottom 
of the hill I was greeted by a smiling 
repairman coming out of a home. He 
shouted: "I ought to be jogging too 
because my wife says I am over- 
weight . . . need to lose 25 pounds this 
summer. Keep going, buddy!" I smiled 
my acknowledgment and took note of 
the bulging waistline he possessed. 

Circling around another block I re- 
turned to the foot of Wonder Avenue. 
Yes, I was winded, but when I looked 
ahead at Wonder Avenue now-l 
gasped. It looked different from this 
new perspective and my first impulse 
was to get some mountain-climbing 


gear to get to the top. You want the 
end of the story? ... I made it. 

On returning home I put away the 
warm-up suit because I had discovered 
a truth for today. There is a wrong 
time to do a good thing. 

Jogging in Johnstown dropped on 
my priority list. Yet the same principle 
applies in a great many cases. There 
are a number of activities that we do 
that should be done at the right time 
and place. I enjoy reading the news- 
paper, but I doubt seriously the wis- 
dom of doing it in church on a Sunday 
morning. I enjoy some of these peppy 
little choruses that we sing from time 
to time, but I doubt the wisdom of 
using them at a funeral service. I enjoy 
getting into my bright red warm-up 
jacket, but it hardly seems appropriate 
in the choir loft at Sunday morning 

Knowing what to do and when to 
do it can have a great deal to do with 
the effectiveness of our witness to 
other people. One might have an urge 
to preach to a crowd of people. But I 
doubt seriously the wisdom of racing 
out on the baseball field at Chicago in 
the ninth inning when the score is 2-2 
and the bases are loaded. It hardly 
seems the time to preach a message 
even though the crowd may be with- 
out God. I also doubt seriously that 
you would get through the intro- 
duction before they carried you away. 
There is a wrong time to do a good 
thing and this brings me to the final 

How much do we let God, by His 
spirit, direct our activities? As Chris- 
tians are we sensitive to the still small 
voice within? Do we listen as God 
speaks, asking us to do something for 
Him? After all, by His truth and our 
willingness, the right work fits in at 
the right time and He will bless our 
work to His glory. When that happens 
all will turn out well, even though the 
way may be hilly like Wonder Avenue. 

JUNE 15. 1976 

Lester E. Pifer 

(^istiaq, Yo^ Do HaVe ^me 

If you knew now you would be 
struck by lightning six months from 
today, how would you live until then? 
This question was posed by a time- 
management executive, Alan Lakein, 
the author of the book How To Ge t 
Control of Your Time and Your Life 
which has sold 300,000 copies in two 

Corporations are spending millions 
on the services of time consultants, 
planning services and management 
seminars. A three-day seminar for 
executive secretaries and administra- 
tive assistants may cost $450 per man. 

At the heart of the whole matter is 

the plaguing problem of the proper use 
of a man's time. A qualified executive 
or engineer has the ability to produce. 
The major task is keeping him produc- 

R. Alec Mackenzie, a leading man- 
agement consultant, has concluded: 
"Relatively few people have learned to 
manage their time. It's a unique re- 
source. Everybody has the same 
amount. No one feels he has enough. 
Yet, everyone has all there is. So time 
is not the problem, but how we utilize 

Generally speaking, man has a 
built-in apparatus that rebels against 

regulation, system, schedule, and man- 

Young people do not take time to 
evaluate the qualities of a good mate. 
The resulting weaknesses and failures 
often mean an unsuccessful marriage. 

Couples begin the establishment of 
a home without allowing time for 
financial and budget considerations. 
Money problems lead to a domestic 

Parents can become so involved in 
the mundane issues of life that no time 
is taken to develop a spiritual interest 
in their children and discharge their re- 
sponsibility to lead those children to 



Too often we do not take the time 
to consider the really important things 
until, suddenly, we are faced with the 
unalterable fact that our marriage is a 
failure, our home is a casualty, our son 
or daughter is held by the court for an 
act of sin, or God's judgment has 
fallen upon us for derelict of duty. 

If the Christian knew now that the 
Lord would return in one year, how 
would he conduct himself those re- 
maining 365 days? The Word of God 
clearly states that Jesus will return, 
that it will be soon, and that we 
should be on constant alert for His 
coming. Jesus stated unequivocally 
that He would return, making certain 
only the Father knew the exact time. 

Since we do not know the exact 
time, then every minute, hour, day, 
and month must be scheduled, 
planned, and used to accomplish our 

Setting goals and arranging a sched- 
ule is a very important factor in ef- 
ficient living in our fast-paced environ- 
ment. Management of that God-given 
span of time known as your life is, in 
reality, the management of yourself. 

The Ministry of Management course 
offers an illustration of this point. 

"There is a story about a farmer 
who told his wife he was going to plow 
the south forty. He started early to oil 
the tractor. He needed more oil so he 
went to the shop to get it. 

"On the way, he noticed the pigs 
weren't fed. He went to the corncrib 
where he found some sacks. That re- 
minded him that the potatoes were 
sprouting. He started for the potato 


"As he passed the woodpile, he re- 
membered that his wife wanted wood 
in the house. As he picked up a few 
sticks, an ailing chicken passed. He 
dropped the sticks and reached for the 
chicken. . . . 

"When evening arrived, he had still 
not gotten the tractor to the field." 

How many times has this happened 
to you? Is this the story of your spiri- 
tual responsibility to your family? Our 
good intentions can be so easily dis- 
tracted that we never accomplish what 
we set out to do. There is no return on 
your time. "Therefore be careful how 
you walk, not as unwise men, but as 
wise, making the most of your time, 
because the days are evil" (Eph. 
5:15-16 ASB). 

The first hour of every Tuesday 
morning is scheduled for prayer by the 
staff of Brethren Home Missions. 
Every home mission point and specific 
requests from the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches are mentioned in 

It costs over $100 to pay the sala- 
ries of the staff for that hour. Is it 
worth $5,200 a year for 52 hours of 
prayer? We believe it is, so prayer time 
is scheduled into our week. 

Jesus prayed to His Father, "I have 
glorified Thee on the earth, having ac- 
complished the work which Thou has 
given Me to do" (John 17:4 ASB). 

Our Lord, master of His life, could 
confidently say that in three and one- 
half years of ministry, He had accom- 
plished all the Father had given Him to 
do right up to the moment before 

What a beautiful example to fol- 

God has allowed us enough time to 
do everything in His will for us. There 
is an appointed time for everything, 
and a time for every event (Eccl. 3: 1 ). 
It is imperative that we follow a few 
simple rules for efficient use of our 

1. Prayerfully set a goal for every- 
thing you believe is God's will for you. 

2. Arrange a schedule for the ac- 
complishment of that goal. 

3. Use every minute of your time 
wisely in following the schedule. 

4. Remind yourself that, as a Chris- 
tian, you are held accountable for the 
time, talent, and treasure God gives 

What are your goals? Do you want 
your life to please Him? Then every 
day must be planned. Spirit-led, cen- 
tered in His will, and accomplished ac- 
cording to His Word. 

All your goals, excellent as they 
may be, can only be accomplished by 
a careful management of your life, 
your time, and your energy. ^ 

JUNE 15, 1976 

The Brethren Bunch poses at another of their tour stops. 

How God worked at the Grace Brethren Chapel and reached not only the communities surrounding 
Hell-for-Certain Creek but all the way to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. 

By Pastor John Shelly 

For years there has been a "Young 
People's" meeting on Friday night. We 
have played every indoor and outdoor 
game— twice! We had devotions after 
games, and then refreshments. Every 
program was basically the same for- 

What seemed impossible was the 
formation of a close-knit Christian 
youth group that would be very com- 
mitted to the Lord and to each other. 
In our area there was not this type of 
close commitment in anything— even 
homes. The athletic programs of the 
local school approached this type of 
comradery, but it was short lived with 
the athletic seasons. 

After the Friday evening sessions, 
closing with the rigors of returning the 
young people home, this pastor would 
return to the chapel muttering to him- 
self, "Self! Why are you doing what 
you are doing; the way you are doing 
It; and what are you accomplishing? 
Oh, go to bed!" 1 would, 

I prayed about it. I thought about 
it a lot. I decided that "What do I 
do?" was easier to answer after I had 
answered "Where do I start?" 

The stage was set, and the episode 

took place several months ago when 
Kevin Muggins was youth pastor at 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. He 
with a close-knit youth group from 
Winona Lake, Indiana, descended 
upon us. Who can outlove Connie, 
Karisse, "Big Rod," Jim, Becky and 
the others? This busload of young 
people were in love with Christ and 
with one another. 

I began to eat my heart out! If my 
young people could only become like 
this ... if they could only see 
this . . . (Bing! A light turned on!). 

"Kevin, could I bring a few of my 
local young people in to stay with 
your group while you're here?" He 
went for it, and I dashed out to bring a 
few of my young "sheep." 

It worked! Our kids loved their kids 
and vice versa. For three days. Chris- 
tian love— "Winona style"— began to 
penetrate and reflect. There was sing- 
ing, witnessing, and praying for God to 
move hardened hearts. It was affecting 
every part of the Mission ministry. 

There were long talks between 
teens on topics that really mattered. I 
was asked how we could possibly keep 
Dave, Joy, Becky, Deb, Rick and Mark 

here with us. The final songs were the 
hardest to sing; the last prayer, the 
most difficult to end. Several made a 
covenant with God that they would re- 

Tearful farewells take forever. 
Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more 
moving to mankind than Christian 

They left. At our young people's 
meetings we talked about it and 
played "Remember." They did re- 
member and could not forget. Remem- 
ber the songs? Let's sing some, it 
might be fun . . . Jennie Sholly at the 
piano. Sounds good! Let's work on it. 
Excitement! More singing. They began 
to sing lessons a pastor can never 
teach. They began to sing and believed 
what they sang. Bible study and all the 
Sunday School lessons began to come 

"Why not spend the night at the 
Chapel, all of you, and we'll look at 
some of the pictures we took and talk 
about— just everything." 

It began, slowly at first. Love has to 
be taught and caught. The music and 
singing became the reason for being to- 
gether and just enjoying each other. 



With understanding came lil<e- 
mindedness, a big word for love. 

There were problems and opposi- 
tion. Some parents, who had criticized 
the Mission for 20 years, required their 
daughter to leave the group. They be- 
gan new gossip and rumor campaigns 
against what was happening and how it 
was happening. Their hostility cut the 
heart from their daughter's Christian 
commitment! They made it impossible 
for her to love others. Bitter lemons 
for everyone! 

A youth group from Hagerstown, 
Maryland, came to visit the Mission 
and our new "bunch" stayed with 
them. They made fast friends— just 
friends who had much in common and 
were really likeable. 

An invitation came from Dr. 
Robert Collitt and the WMC ladies of 
the Grace Brethren Church in Hagers- 
town. "Come up and be with us." The 
church sent money and Youth Pastor 
Stevens made the arrangements. 

Meanwhile back in the hills, the 
"Brethren Bunch" selected a name, 
memorized entire chapters of Scrip- 
ture, and learned their songs and parts 
well. We practiced hard— sweat shirts 
alike, standing erect, singing clearly. 
We were ready! 

The trip included a visit to Washing- 
ton, D.C., and Antietam Battlefield. 
We sang for the WMC and were given a 
Christmas party. The ladies had 

brought many Christmas presents to 
the group to take back to the Mission. 
The gifts were all gladly received. It 
was the only Christmas some would 

Later, we had over 100 present at 
the Chapel Christmas party. The 
"Brethren Bunch" handed out the 
gifts, keeping very few for themselves. 

Soon other requests for the "Breth- 
ren Bunch" came in. There was a trip 
to southern Ohio and another trip 
back to Hagerstown to the Calvary 
Brethren Church. 

It was an unforgettable time. Ken- 
tucky Congressman James Carter ar- 
ranged the opportunity for the "Breth- 
ren Bunch" to sing on the Capitol 
steps and visit the White House. A 
letter from House Speaker Carl Albert 
made it official. We had a paid tour 
through Washington, D.C., and all 
there was to see. 

After the trip . . . memories. People 
were coming forward in church. The 
"Brethren Bunch" was ministering to 
others up and down the Middle Fork 
of the Kentucky River, Many gave 
their hearts to Christ and followed 
Him in baptism. Thirteen young 
people received Christ and were bap- 
tized. "Let's just praise the Lord" we 
sang; and we did. 

How did this affect parents? We 
had different reactions, but most real- 

ized that what was happening was for 
the good of their children and their 
own home. 

The "Brethren Bunch" not only 
learned new songs, but important les- 
sons in life. They learned how to react 
to criticism; how to live with person- 
ality differences; why we believe what 
we believe; what really is a Church; 
and what is the Christian life. 

The trips we took were hours of 
close confinement in the van. It was a 
captive audience in the finest sense of 
the word. 

Now what? We're doing harmony, 
giving uncoached testimonies, and 
making life plans. Seven are actively 
planning to go to Grace College, trust- 
ing the Lord to make a way. Four 
want to be in the Brethren Student 
Life Volunteer Program. 

We get requests to sing at many dif- 
ferent places. Other trips will be 
planned. But as the newness wears off, 
the principles of Christian love and 
Christian living remain deep within. 

There are some we cannot reach. 
We just wait for the Holy Spirit to 
move them to respond. The "Brethren 
Bunch" is reaching out to family and 
friends and growing. Perhaps God will 
build a church at the mouth of Hell- 
for-Certain Creek. We are all com- 
mitted to it. It's exciting to hear and 
witness! There's music in the moun- 
tains. ^ 

Uniform sweatshirts identify the group in front of the reflecting pool at the Washington 

JUNE 15, 1976 

T^o Gro^ or Not To Grow? 

A few years ago there appeared on 
the ecclesiastical scene a new move- 
ment which has continued to gain mo- 
mentum. It is the popular CHURCH 
GROWTH emphasis which found its 
headwaters in the writings of Donald 
McGavran, the great missionary states- 
man. He proposes that it is "God's will 
for His church to grow," and based 
upon this assumption the movement is 
beginning to gain recognition. To 
those who have studied the history of 
American churches there has come to 
light the simple fact that in too many 
instances this expectation has not been 
realized. Even a casual perusal of our 
own NFBC statistical report reveals 
that we, too, need a change. 

Those who have noted this deplor- 
able state have blended their voices 
into a chorus of lament which now is 
being echoed across the land. Our con- 
servative theological prejudice has 
caused us to hold many of those writ- 
ing on the subject in suspicion but the 
growing phenomenon cannot be 
ignored. Such publications as Dr. Peter 
Wagner's, Stop the World I Want to 
Get On and his more recent volume. 
Your Church Can Grow, have now 
filtered into the libraries of many con- 
cerned Brethren. In the proliferating 
literature on the subject there are now 
many other fine works which could be 
added to the list, for instance: God's 

By Robert W. Thompson 

Way to Keep a Church Going and 
Growing by Vergil Gerber; The Birth, 
Care and Feeding of a Local Church 
by Donald MacNair; Churches and 
How They Grow by M. Wendell Belew; 
Your Church Has Real Possibilities, 
Robert H. Schuler; and Church 
Growth and the Word of God by Allan 
Tippett. These are but a few of the 
publications which have contributed 
to a growing interest in Church 
Growth and accent a steady discontent 
with the status quo. Is this really for 
me?— that is the question asked by 
many of us today. What exactly is the 
profit, if any, to us in the NFBC from 
the current emphasis on Church 
Growth? If nothing else it is alerting us 
to our true condition and encouraging 
us to see the possibility of changing 
our image. Those who have referred to 
such emphases as "the numbers game" 
or who have retreated behind the 
pious excuse of "quality rather than 
quantity" are not finding as many 
sympathizers as they once might have. 
Perhaps we are beginning to develop 
what Dr. Win Arn, of the Church 
Growth movement, suggests are 
"Church Growth Eyes" which simply 
means seeing ourselves in the light of 
God's plan for His church. 

For those who want to take advan- 
tage of it, there is a vast amount of 
detailed data available today. An 
analysis of this information brings to 
light many helpful suggestions to those 
desiring growth. It is only fair to state 
that most of those writing on the sub- 
ject make it perfectly clear that there 
is no one magic formula which, if in- 
stituted, can assure success. However, 
we can conclude from the information 
being provided that all successful and 
growing churches have vital signs in 
common. Perhaps the most cogent 
presentation of these basic character- 
istics are found in Dr. Wagner's book 
Your Church Can Grow. 

Diagnostic tools are now available 
to any who wish to determine the 
physical and spiritual well-being of 
their own church. Although some will 
consider these instruments carnal or 
unbiblical, they should be considered 
in the same light as Sunday School 
quarterlies or overhead projectors and 
used as a means to an end rather than 
an end in itself. Only with a compila- 
tion of' facts can a sensible plan for 
change be proposed and a positive 
prognosis presented. It might appear 
to some that this is a rather clinical 
approach to a spiritual problem but as 



in any legitimate examination only 
perfect honesty and candor can prevail 
with delusion serving no possible good. 
An accurate diagnosis in the early 
stages of any disease is far more impor- 
tant to the patient than any informa- 
tion gleaned from a postmortem 

As in any new thing to which we 
are exposed, there needs to be oppor- 
tunity for exposure, instruction, and 
learning. This can be had today in 

seminars and conferences, as well as a 
wealth of printed material now avail- 
able. Jesus suggested in his invitation 
to His followers that they "take My 
yoke upon you and learn of Me." This 
invitation is certainly timely and no 
one should find it objectionable to sit 
down in a conference environment and 
listen carefully to those who are doing 
the job. This should certainly be more 
profitable than our tedious and tiring 
attempts to explain or excuse our lack 

of growth. 

Like most things of value in our 
society today there is a price tag at- 
tached and the cost, to some, may 
seem prohibitive. The prize in any ef- 
fort, though, is commensurate with 
the effort. The degree to which a 
church commits itself to such a pro- 
gram will determine its success. The 
alternatives are clear— ro grow or not 
to grow. Vt 

Vital Si^i|s of i\\^ Jjocal Gl^Urcli 

Rev. Robert Thompson, western field secretary of has a submission on the part of the congregation. 

Brethren Home Missions, recently had the privilege of They have, however, earned th\s authority by making 

visiting and evaluating 10 of the largest, growing correct decisions step by step along the way. Not big 

churches in Southern California. The churches, with decisions that failed, but right decisions in little 

their morning worship attendance are: things. 

First Baptist, Van Nuys 4,300 They are sensitive. The concerns of individuals are 

Church of the Way 2,000 important to them, and they are concerned about the 

Lake Avenue Congregational 1,300 community and the possibilities of ministering to it. 

Calvary Chapel 7,500 ^ PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY 

The Mariners Church 1,500 ____ , , . . , , . . 

,-. ^ □ ^. , D u o nnn The goals and objectives of the church can be 

First Brethren, Long Beach 2,000 . , , ,,.,., ,. , , , • 

_ . ^ „ » r^u „i, c nnn articulated very clearly. There is a little formula m 

Garden Grove Community Church 5,000 ...... . . 

_ lie CM* o nnn their minds of what they intend to accomplish. 

Evangelical Free, Fullerton 3,000 ^ , . . ,_ r . 

., , . , _, c nnn The philosophy of ministry IS an outgrowth of the 

Melodyland 6,000 ^ , ,. , , ^ il ..,u ■. u 

_ _ .^ ^ rinn perspective of the local church. What the church does 

Grace Community 2,000 .j, , ^ ,_■■_, •.. 

_ . . , , ^ .,. IS directly related to what is believed and taught 

Surprisingly, there was not one sfiecific common 

denominator to which the growth of all 10 could be 

attributed. They were as different as night and day. 3. MOBILIZED LAITY 

But there were some things they all had in com- The laymen make the difference, yet the means by 

mon— what some have called the vital signs of the which they motivate and mobilize the laymen are 

local church. Here are the signs with a brief descrip- again different. But everybody in the church can have 

tion of each. some kind of activity. They all belong to a congre- 

1. DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP gation within the great congregation. 

Here is where the battle is won or lost. Again, 4. WORKABLE EVANGELISTIC PROGRAM 
there was no common denominator among the pas- In each case, a purposely tailored program was in 

tors, except they were all dynamic leaders. operation. There was absolutely no unanimity in the 

The pastor is the catalyst in the growth pattern. If vvay that program came to be. Every church has some 

he doesn't catalyze the church, it probably won't kind of method by which they are reaching the world 

happen. around them. 

Certain characteristics in common made their lead- _ HOMOGENEOUS UNITS 

ership obvious. „ . .. ■ ., ,. ■ t „ 

-ru *• -ru u t, » ^» :..,♦ Socia y and economically, the people are of one 

They were energetic. They are busy, but not just ^~ ' , , . ,_ . l. , i 

*i ■!■ \u • 1,- ^ \ vMho„ L.,'r<> ir, twoir kind. When folks come to the church, they are look- 

flailmg their arms making dust. When you re in their _, ^ , ,, -r. . j . j- j ♦u„v 

. . ^ inq for their kind of folks. They have identified their 

presence, they are vibrant. ^ ^ j. ... • ■ » » »u,. i,-„^ 

_. ...... ... , -ru 1 M„„ community and directed their ministry to that kind 

They are possibility thinkers. The men leading ^" ' 

these great churches are men of vision. They have P P 

come to a firm conviaion that their program is right These five vital signs were all evidenced by a group 

and are determined to stay with it. The vision of the of today's largest, fastest growing churches. Of course 

church is the vision of the pastor. the preaching of God's Word is foundational to the 

They have longevity. They have been there a existence of any church. We stand on that in the 

while, and most did not experience growth immedi- National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches as 

ately. A survey of 58 churches which were not experi- our motto. However, just as the pulse rate and 

encing growth indicated that each had changed pas- temperature are vital signs to the health of our body, 

tors within 3 years. we would do well to consider the effectiveness of our 

They are men of authority. Everyone of these men own church by checking these vital signs. 

New Ixook at ^S^lbiiqiierqUe 

By Pastor Victor Rogers 

New facilities were dedicated to the 
work of the Lord Sunday afternoon, 
April 25. 

The newly dedicated building of 
the Heights Grace Brethren will serve 
well in the growth of another Home 
Missions church which plans to go 
self-supporting January 1, 1977. 

The building is a low Spanish-style 
church building which was acquired 
with a lease option to buy after the 
first year of our ministry as a church. 
We praise the Lord that we were able 
to buy the building and have been pro- 
ceeding with improvements on the 
building since that time. We have 
placed a new pitched roof over the 
main auditorium and now have a new 
ceiling and a spacious design in the 

The outside has been given a south- 
western design which is so attractive 
along Eubank Boulevard, one of the 
main streets in Albuquerque. The facil- 
ities of the building comprise an audi- 
torium that will seat 230 people in- 
cluding the choir area, a large foyer, a 
kitchen and dining area, eleven Sunday 
School classrooms, the pastor's study 
and an adjoining office room. The 
building has been greatly improved 
both inside and outside since the be- 

ginning of the work. For all these facil- 
ities we say, "Praise the Lord!" 

A great challenge lies before our 
church. Albuquerque is a city of ap- 
proximately 350,000 people, one of 
the great needy mission fields of 
America. We believe God has raised up 
our church to minister in this part of 
the largest city of New Mexico. The 
city is the gateway to the West with 
Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 inter- 
secting. It is a beautiful desert city 
with all the greenery of trees, shrubs 
and grass and with water provided 
from underground deep wells adequate 
for this large growing city in the Rio 
Grande Valley. The climate is a 
moderately warm climate and one of 

the best health cities of the Southwest. 
It is a dry climate with a small amount 
of rain fall and very little snow which 
makes a beautiful all-year-round cli- 

The Lord has been wonderful in 
supplying the need for our building 
project, and our people have taken a 
great step of faith. We had a goal to 
raise $6,000 through our local congre- 
gation when we planned to build. 
Through God's goodness we were able 
to raise $1 1,450 in cash funds, includ- 
ing dedication day. God also has 
blessed us in a most unusual way by 
giving us a contractor in the church, 
Ronald L. Smith, who did the work 
for a very economical fee. And men of 
the church were able to help in the 
construction which cut down the cost. 
The roof project cost around $13,000 
or about half what it may have cost 
with an outside contractor. We were 
able to get plans at a very nominal 
charge. The building now has had the 
complete and final inspection from the 

Rev. Robert W. Thompson, western 
field secretary of The Brethren Home 
Missions Council, was here as the dedi- 
cation speaker. We were blessed and 
challenged through his ministry of 



several days along with the dedication. 

Visitors from nearby churches and 
from the Navajo Mission were here for 
the dedication service. Special num- 
bers were presented by Mrs. Lydia 
Valdez and her children Donna and 
Mandy and Miss Naomi Garcia of the 
Albuquerque Grace Brethren Church; 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lathrop of the 
Navajo Mission; and Mr. and Mrs. 
Tony Luna of the First Brethren 
Church of Taos. Rev. Donald Jentes 
and Rev. Robert Salazar participated in 
the dedication service. 

A man with a vision, Rev. Leo Pol- 
man, originally saw this building for 
sale. He in turn challenged Pastor 
Rogers and his wife to look at the 

building in prospect of starting an- 
other church in Albuquerque. The 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
looked into the matter of buying the 
building and were amazed at the price. 
A new Brethren Church was begun 
February 22, 1970. A group of people 
from the existing Grace Brethren 

Church in the northwest section of the 
city but who were living in the north- 
east area (Heights) and several other 
interested families formed the congre- 

As pastor, we were permitted to 
serve both congregations in the first 
year. In January 1971 we went full 
time with the new work and have 
given five years of full-time ministry in 
the church. We are looking to the Lord 
by faith that we may go self- 
supporting January of 1977, We want 
to thank our sister church for the part 
they have had in helping us get started 
and The Brethren Home Missions 
Council for their support of the 
church. ^ 

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From the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 


• Winona, Minn. With 
an attendance goal of 
"200 by '80" the 
Brethren in this town 
are already working 
with fervor and have 
broken many records 
within the last few 
months. The revival 
meetings conducted by 
Rev. Herman Hein, Jr., 
were encouraging as 
there were 31 rededica- 
tions and 5 first-time 
decisions. The atten- 
dances for the week of 
special meetings also 
reached an all-time 

On the last Sunday 
of the meetings. Rev. Gordon Bracker of Osceola, Ind., 
brought a challenging message in connection with the 
ordination service of Pastor John Hartman. There were 
69 present at the morning worship service and 56 en- 
joyed a fellowship dinner at noontime in the newly 
decorated, lower auditorium. In the accompanying pic- 
ture Rev. Gordon Bracker and Rev. Herman Hein, Jr., 
are shown participating in the ordination of Pastor John 
Hartman (kneeling). 

•Oakland, Calif. (EP)-In an Oakland Court House jail 
here, former Information Minister and co-founder of the 
miUtant Black Panther movement Eldridge Cleaver re- 
ceived Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. 

Chaplain Glenn L. Morrison of Follow Up Ministries 
headquartered in Hayward, CaUf., said Cleaver asked for 
a personal interview after being encouraged by a cell 
mate (and former enemy during nine years at San Quen- 
tin) to read the Bible daily. 

News of Cleaver's conversion came from Pastor Shad- 
rach Meshach Lockeridge who told some 600 Baptist 
ministers in Jackson, Miss., of the turnaround for the 
former radical. Mr. Lockeridge is pastor of Calvary Bap- 
tist Church in San Diego. A deacon in that church, a 
former Panther himself, learned of Cleaver's conversion 
first during a visit. 

•Seattle (EP)-Evangelist Billy Graham said here that he 
expects to preach in Cairo next year if an adequate site 
can be arranged. 

Mr. Graham told newsmen that the Egyptian govern- 
ment has approved such a crusade with the restriction 
that it be held on "neutral" ground. The Coptic Cathe- 
dral in Cairo is a possible site, he said. 

•Important conference information. A condensed pro- 
gram for this year's national conference appeared on 
page 23 of the June 1 issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. You are encouraged to keep this page for future 
reference. Complete printed programs will be mailed to 
all churches about July 1 . 

•Chicago (EP)— A team of 50 students from the Moody 
Bible Institute here will participate in a 13-day evan- 
gelism project, July 1 7-Aug. 1, at the 1976 Montreal 
Summer Olympic Games. 

The ministry will include evangelism. Sermons from 
Science demonstrations, and the showing of Moody In- 
stitute of Science films. The institute's educational 
science films depict the compatibility of the Christian 
message with the laws of science. 

• Cincinnati (EP)— A "thorough revision" of the best- 
selling Scripture paraphrase. The Living Bible, will go on 
sale next year, according to its originator. Dr. Kenneth 

The president of Tyndale House Publishers, which 
was founded in 1971 to distribute the paraphrase, re- 
ported on the planned revision at a dinner of United 
Methodist Men of the Cincinnati District. 

Dr. Taylor said three problems with the current ver- 
sion have led to the revision— literary style, possible in- 
accuracies, and the "frankness that there is in the origi- 
nal" Hebrew, which he tried to reflect in The Living 

•Washington, D.C. (EP)— While expenditures at privately 
(including religiously) operated institutions of higher 
education in the United States increased 8.3 percent be- 
tween fiscal years 1973-74 and 1974-75, expenditures at 
public institutions during the same period increased 12.5 
percent, according to a federal report. 

At the same time, revenues increased 13.1 percent at 
public institutions and 10.6 percent at private and reli- 
gious institutions. Revenues from student tuition and 
fees increased more (13.3 percent) for public institutions 
than for private institutions (10.4 percent). 

These preliminary statistics for fiscal year 1974-75 
were reported by the National Center for Education 
Statistics of the Department of Health, Education and 
Welfare here. 

•Sacramento, Calif. The "76 VBS" will be at night, and 
the adults will have the frustrating experience of having 
to choose 4 classes out of 9 . . . decisions, decisions! The 
courses to be offered are as follows: cake decorating, in- 
troduction to molds and ceramics, women's slim and 
trim class, plant care, Chinese cooking, exercise (men), 
golf, car repair, minor home-repairs. Pastor Cron thinks 
there should be something for everybody. 



• New Troy, Mich. An exciting anniversary and home- 
coming day was recently enjoyed by the old and the 
young. During the Sunday School hour the young 
people presented a play "Five Years in Summerville" 
written by a former pastor's wife, Mrs. Russell Williams. 
A history of the early days of the church, written 
by Pastor Russell Williams, was also read. Dr. James 
Beyer, professor of Grace Schools, brought the morning 
worship service message which was followed by a fellow- 
ship dinner. Ronzil Jarvis, pastor. 

• Roanoke, Va. Rev. George W. Hall and his wife, Mary, 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May I at 
the Ghent Brethren Church (Roanoke). The Halls are 
pastoring the Grace Brethren Church, WiUis, Va. 

•Winona Lake, Ind. 
Rev. Howard Mayes, 
for the past five years 
the Executive Director 
of the Christian Educa- 
tion Department, has re- 
signed that position (ef- 
fective Aug. 31) to be- 
come the administrator 
of the Christian junior 
and senior high school 
located at Winona Lake. 
"Lakeland Christian" 
will begin its third year 
of operation with an anticipated enrollment of approxi- 
mately 100 students in grades 7-11. The addition of 
grade 12 is projected for the following year. 

In Memory 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor 

BISHOP, Edna, 63, Apr. 22, was a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, for 30 years. 
Though handicapped with blindness, she was faithful in 
attendance at the worship services and in the study of 
God's Word. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
DEFFENBAUGH, Larry, 29, Apr. 22. He served the 
First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, as a financial of- 
ficer and in the area of youth teaching. Frequently he 
spoke to high school athletic groups where his theme 
was, "Play to Win." Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
McCURRY, Carrie, Mar. 1, a long-time member of the 
Vernon Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. Donald 
Farner, pastor. 

McCRACKEN, Lily, Apr. 22, a member for many years 
of the Vernon Brethren Church at Limestone, Tenn. 
Donald Farner, pastor. 

BOOZE, Cecil, 78, Mar. 27, a long-time member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Covington, Va. Keith Zook, pas- 

CLA Y POOLE, Nellie May, 82, Mar. 21 , a member of the 
North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. 
Robert Burns, pastor. 

BRY, Joseph, Apr. 25, a member of the First Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio, for 43 years and the father of Mrs. 
Richard Placeway, pastor's wife at Manheim, Pa. Gerald 
Teeter, pastor. 

• Dayton, Ohio (EP)_Enrollment in North American 
theological seminaries jumped a starthng 11 percent be- 
tween the Fall of 1974 and the opening of the 1975-76 
academic year. 

The sharp rise-from 36,830 to 40,895 students- 
occurred mainly in U.S. Protestant institutions, and was 
caused in part by a continuing increase of women, ac- 
cording to the Association of Theological Schools in the 
U.S. and Canada (ATS). 

Half of the numerical growth of 4,065 was noted in 
programs that normally lead to ordination, a reversal for 
the second year of an earlier trend toward declining en- 
rollment in basic ministry training. Women in this cate- 
gory have risen 1 32 percent since 1 972. 

• Annual correction. On page 49, the correct address for 
the Women's Missionary Council treasurer (Mrs. Gerald 
CUne) is 60215 Surrey Lane, R. R. 1, Elkhart, Ind. 
465 14... The address for the church clerk at Grace 
Brethren Church, GaHon, Ohio, is changed to 2393 Mt. 
Zion Rd., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820 (Tel. 419/562-3330) 
(see pg. 71). 

• Conference Sunday invitation. On August 8, those at- 
tending national conference are encouraged to attend 
the Brethren Church of their choice, and Pastor Donald 
Shoemaker and the members of the Los Altos Brethren 
Church in Long Beach would like to invite you to their 
morning worship services. Dr. John C. Whitcomb will be 
speaking at 9:30 a.m. on "The Origin of the Universe" 
and at 10:45 a.m. on "What Is Man?" The church is 
located just 10 minutes down the freeway from the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. 

• Roanoke, Va. (Ghent). When a preacher writes, "1 was 
most grateful and also 'speechless' (literally)"— you can 
conclude something really happened, and it did. Pastor 
Lee Myers had a birthday, and the church had a "Pastor 
Appreciation Day" for him. A brief "This Is Your Life" 
was read, a birthday meal with a large cake and other 
refreshments, plus a "money tree"; all put together are 
what made the pastor unable to talk. Many asked for 
"Slips" from the "money tree," so on the following Sun- 
day each bulletin included a "seed" (one cent) as a gift 
from the pastor. 

• Conference information needed, please! If you are stay- 
ing in private housing arranged by the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, CaUf., please let the church know 
by what means you are arriving-plane, car, train, or so 
forth. This will help tremendously in coordinating trans- 
portation to and from the conference meetings. Send the 
information to the First Brethren Church, 3601 Linden 
Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90807. (Note: See page 23 of 
the June I Missionary Herald for a condensed confer- 
ence program.) 


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

Linda Ritchie and Timothy Broemsen, Apr. 10, Grace 

Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio. 

Dianne Warstler and Terry Eves, Apr. 24, Grace Brethren 

Church, Canton, Ohio. 

Ruth Clingenpeel and James Williams, Apr. 2. Ghent 

Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

JUNE 15, 1976 



• Special church Bicentennial bulletins available. Cost is 
$2.75 per hundred. Postage paid if check accompanies 
the order. You will find them excellent for those special 
Bicentennial programs and also as an aid in the GROW 
campaign. Order now as no further printings are 
planned, and only a limited number are left. 
GROW/BMH, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 


•Washington. D.C. (EP)-The National Religious Broad- 
casters, made up of 700 largely Evangelical Protestant 
broadcasters and radio and television stations, has de- 
cided to participate in and promote a "National Simul- 
taneous Prayer Period" on July 4. 

Conceived a couple of years ago by Lew Tepfer of El 
Monte, Calif., the project will be climaxed with a five- 
minute period of prayer at 12 noon (EDT) on July 4 in 
Philadelphia. There is a strong possibility that President 
Ford will participate. 

Under current plans, the President would strike the 
Liberty Bell to signal the beginning of the period of 
prayer, which will be televised by all major networks, 
according to Dr. Ben Armstrong, NRB executive secre- 

There is indication of "massive support" of the effort 
by several denominations, he said, pointing out that the 
Fourth of July this year falls on a Sunday. He expects 

that most of the nation's 500 religious radio and tele- 
vision stations will support it; there is also a possibility 
of radio and television transmissions by satellite. 

•Bellflower. Calif. A Bellflower Brethren Cookbook in 
the making! And this is the way it is to be accom- 
pUshed ... At a recent dinner following the morning 
worship service there was a special menu . . . fried 
chicken, meat casserole dish, salad, vegetable, and des- 
sert. There was to be a recipe accompanying each dish 
that was brought. Mrs. Bettie Cashman, the wife of the 
pastor, offered to organize the recipes received, prelimi- 
nary to the production of the cookbook. 

At the beginning of this century a man by the 
name of Joseph Cook, from Boston, Mass., gave this 
summary of human life; Man's life means: Tender 
teens. Teachable twenties. Tireless thirties. Fiery for- 
ties. Forceful fifties. Serious sixties. Sacred seventies, 
Aching eighties. Shortening breath. Death, The 
sod . . . God. 

No matter how life has been lived, every human 
being must come to a direct meeting with God. 
(From a bulletin, First Brethren Church, Johnstown, 

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JiViiig JVTen^orials 

A memorial gift not only perpetuates the life of a departed loved one or 
friend, hut brings comfort to the bereaved and witnesses to your concern for 
the Christian education of the students in Grace College and Seminary, The 
family of the departed one is promptly notified of the memorial without 
mentioning the amount of the gift. The following memorials were received 
AprU 1 through April 30, 1976. 

In Memory of : 

Ben Woods 

Mrs. Mvrtle Hunter 

Richard R. Yoder 

Betty Harris 

C. Ralph Stetser 

Mrs. O. E. (Lilly) McCracken 

Riiie Peugh 

Larry Deffenhaugh 

A valon Bodlev 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawley 
The Friendship Class, 

c/o Mrs. Earl Hartleroad, Peru, Ind. 
Peru, Ind., Brethren Church 
Southeast District Brethren 

Ministerium, c/o K. E. Richardson 
2:15 Bible Class, Sunnyside, Wash., 

c/o Lena Alexander 
Miss Miriam Rohrer 
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Armentrout 
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Rumbolz 
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Myers, 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shilling 
Mrs. Hugh Sherrick 
Mr. and Mrs. Don Walker 
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Reed 
Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Drumniond 

Grace College Academic Dean Vance A. Yoder extends 
congratulations to three students who spoke at an 
Honors Banquet held to recognize junior and senior 
students with grade point averages of 3.50 and above. 
The students and the home churches they represent 
are (I. to r.): Mark Witwer from the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington in Temple Hills, Mary- 
land; Daniel Moeller from the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church in Winona Lake, Indiana; and Rebecca Pappas 
from the Grace Brethren Church in Worthington, Ohio. 

JUNE 15, 1976 


^r. 41[oyt 

1937-' 1976 

In an effort to reach goals such as 
accreditation, Grace Schools might 
have trimmed, tailored and pared 
down the priorities but instead con- 
tinues to seek first the kingdom of 
God and His righteousness. 

This text from Matthew 6:33 which 
sets priorities is at the center of the 
great Sermon on the Mount, is vital to 
the Christian faith, and has been the 
central ministry of Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt during the 39-year history of 
Grace Schools. Present at the prayer 
meeting in June 1937 which gave birth 
to Grace, Dr. Hoyt has been involved 
as a teacher and administrator ever 
since. He has served as president since 
1962 and in September 1976 will as- 
sume a new role as chancellor. He will 
continue to represent Grace through 
his Bible conference ministry and in 
other ways as the Lord leads. 

Under his leadership, Grace Schools 
has performed the task of seeking the 
kingdom of God and His righteousness 
and today has multiplied its outreach 
several thousand times in graduates 
who are making Christ known across 
the world as the only Saviour and 
Lord of life. "In the good providence 
of God, Mrs. Hoyt and I have been 
privileged to work with the Grace 
family and share in the benefits they 
have produced these past 39 years. 
The result is an institution of high 
academic standing and spiritual integ- 
rity, held in high esteem among con- 
servative people across the nation. In 
the highest sense this institution is a 
product of the Grace of God," Dr. 
Hoyt stated. 

During his tenure there has been a 
tremendous growth of the college and 
seminary until at the present time 
there are more than 1,000 students on 
campus. The campus has been ex- 
panded, financial stability has been 
achieved, and the relations with the 
community are excellent. 

Dr. Hoyt stated that he was grateful 
he was permitted to see the college re- 
ceive full regional accreditation on 
March 31, 1976, "without compro- 
mise." He emphasized in announcing 
the North Central accreditation that 
the moral and spiritual ideals of the 
college remain the same, and the un- 
derlying purpose of the school to serve 
Christ and the Church has been 

Born on March 12, 1909, in Iowa, 
Dr. Hoyt was the eldest in a large 
family of children and spent his early 
years in the town of Dallas Center, 
where he was a member of the Breth- 
ren Church. In 1930 he married Har- 
riet L. Fitz of Dallas Center. They 
have two sons, Joseph Paul and Edwin 
Max, and two grandchildren. 

Dr. Hoyt's teaching experience has 
been broad in scope and distinguished 
in character. In 1937 he came to the 
Grace Theological Seminary as profes- 
sor of Greek and New Testament. In 
times of emergency he has taught in 
other theological and Biblical fields. 
He held various administrative posi- 
tions including registrar of the semi- 
nary and college at Grace from 1948 
to 1962. 

A wide ministry has been enjoyed 
by Dr. Hoyt as a Bible teacher and 
preacher in many churches and confer- 
ences, majoring largely in the field of 
Bible prophecy. In addition to his 
speaking ministry, he is a writer of 
considerable breadth. This includes 
authorship of a number of books such 
as expositions on Romans, Hebrews, 
Revelation, and a recent volume en- 
titled "The End Times." He is also a 
contributor to a number of national 
Christian periodicals. 

As Grace president he travels exten- 
sively representing the school he loves. 
His journeys total nearly 50,000 miles 
annually. He prefers driving and tow- 
ing a trailer when this is possible. His 
wife accompanies him on many occa- 
sions as he travels throughout the 
United States. 

Being chancellor this fall may give 
him a little more time to write, to 
mow his lawn, do some woodworking 
and gardening, but there is one thing 
for sure; he will continue to have 
boundless energy as he serves the 
Lord. A student, following a personal 
interview, had this to say about Dr. 
Hoyt which is just as appropriate to- 
day as when written several years ago. 

"He is a true man of God, driven by 
the assurance of knowing that he is in 
the center of God's will who sustains 
him through his endless itinerary. Only 
by perceiving him as called of God to 
be president of Grace Schools can we 
understand and appreciate the tireless 
dedication characteristic of such a call- 
ing—and of Dr. Hoyt." # 



1976 (jrace 

^oUege (jraddates 

Bacl^elor of ^O^rts 

Barbara Aim 

Jeffrey Boze 

Robert Burns 

John Haller 

Hollister, California 

Berne, Indiana 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

Grace Brethren Church 

Bethel Brethren Church 

Grace Brethren Church 

First Brethren Church 

Santa Maria, California 

Berne, Indiana 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

James Hawkins 

Jackson, Michigan 
Grace Brethren Church 
Jackson, Michigan 

Gregory Howell 
Pleasanton, California 
First Brethren Church 
Sunnyside, Washington 


Garth Lindelef 

Santa Maria, California 
Grace Brethren Church 
Santa Maria, California 

Randy Maxson 

Winona Lake, Indiana 
Bethel Brethren Church 
Osceola, Indiana 

Larry McCall 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania 
First Brethren Church 
Kittanning, Pennsylvania 

Alexis McElhinney 

Dublin, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church 

Columbus, Ohio 

JUNE 15, 1976 


Daniel Moeller 

Elkhart, Indiana 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Stephen Munday 

Parkersburg, West Virginia 
Grace Brethren Church 
Parkersburg, West Virginia 

Randolph Nieter 

South Bend, Indiana 
Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
South Bend, Indiana 

Rebecca Pappas 

Columbus, Ohio 
Grace Brethren Church 
Columbus, Ohio 

Billy Patterson 

Ripen, California 
Grace Brethren Church 
Ripon, California 

Daniel Pritchett 

Warsaw, Indiana 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Camille Robbins 

Warsaw, Indiana 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Kathy Rowell 

La Palma, California 
First Brethren Church 
Long Beach, California 

Thomas Sharp 

Bellville, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church 

Ankenytown, Ohio 

Linda Stapleton 

Lyndhurst, Ohio 
Grace Brethren Church 
Lyndhurst, Ohio 

Richard Strappello 

Garrett, Pennsylvania 
Summit Mills Grace Brethren 
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

Virginia Toroian 

Altoona, Pennsylvania 
Grace Brethren Church 
Altoona, Pennsylvania 


Michael Forster 

Warsaw, Indiana 
Grace Brethren Church 
Sacramento, California 

Sandy Horney 

Sunnyside, Washington 
First Brethren Church 
Sunnyside, Washington 

Fred Logan 
Pompano Beach, Florida 
Grace Brethren Church 
Pompano Beach, Florida 

Mitchell Lush 

Beaver City, Nebraska 
Grace Brethren Church 
Beaver City, Nebraska 

David Rodgers 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 
First Brethren Church 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

Linda Snodgrass 

Denver, Colorado 
Grace Brethren Church 
Denver, Colorado 

Not pictured 


Kenneth Townsend 

Simi Valley, California 
Community Brethren Church 
Simi Valley, California 

Robert Wenger 

Minburn, Iowa 

First Brethren Church 

Dallas Center, Iowa 


Bacl^elor of S^i^rice 

Ronald Adams 

Fremont, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church 

Fremont, Ohio 


Karl Ashman 

Winona Lake, Indiana 
Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Steven Barrett 

Jackson, Michigan 
Grace Brethren Church 
Jackson, Michigan 

Gene Bratcher 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 
Grace Brethren Church 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Thomas Eichorst 

South Bend, Indiana 
Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
South Bend, Indiana 

Kathryn Ellison 
Parkersburg, West Virginia 
Grace Brethren Church 
Parkersburg, West Virginia 

Lucinda Fluke 

Winona Lake, Indiana 
Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Bobbi Henthorn 

Beaver City, Nebraska 
Grace Brethren Church 
Beaver City, Nebraska 

Ronald Herr 

Lodi, Ohio 

West Homer Brethren Church 

Homerville, Ohio 

Carol Hively 

Ripon, California 

Grace Brethren Church 

Ripon, California 

JUNE 15, 1976 


Cheryl Holman 

Gary Lapp 

Spokane, Washington 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Spokane Valley Grace 


Grace Brethren Church 

Spokane, Washington 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 


Michael Workman 


Wooster, Ohio 



First Brethren Church 


■ ^ ^« 

Wooster, Ohio 


Susan Miller 



Anaheim, California 

1 '•■ 

Grace Brethren Church 
Anaheim, California 


». i 

Elizabeth Stoll 

Winona Lake, Indiana 
Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Bacl^elor of M^sic EdUcatioii 

Nancy Emch 

Rittman, Ohio 

First Brethren Church 

Rittman, Ohio 

Richard Misner 

York, Pennsylvania 
Grace Brethren Church 
Hanover, Pennsylvania 

Kim Osborne 

Simi, California 
Community Brethren Church 
Simi, California 




S^n^ii^ary G^ddates 



Robert Skeen 

Diploma of Theology 
Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Columbus 
Worthington, Ohio 

Robert Divine 

Master of Divinity 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren 

South Bend, Indiana 

Daniel Eaby 

Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Ronald Lewellyn 

Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Herald Posner 

Master of Divinity 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Gregory Ryerson 

Master of Divinity 
Community Brethren Church 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Ronald Warrick 

Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Columbus 
Worthington, Ohio 

Daniel White 
Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church 
Sunnyside, Washington 


Not pictured 

Merville Nicholls 

Master of Divinity 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

John Diaz 

Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church 
Orlando, Florida 

John Mcintosh 

Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church 
Mabton, Washington 

Carol Morrisey 

Cert, in Biblical Studies 
Grace Brethren Church 
Toppenish, Washington 

John Pappas 

Master of Divinity 
Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Columbus 
Worthington, Ohio 

JUNE 15, 1976 


prorQ t\}e J^eport to tl^e QoUe^e frou} t\}e 
Nortt^ Qei\tva\ Association of QoUe^es ai^d Scl^ools 

"The seminary is strong enough to draw students from a variety of Christian colleges, 
and students from Grace Brethren families account for less than half of the enrollment of 
the college. The rest come from conservative Christian homes, attracted by the opportuni- 
ty to live and study with others who share their values and their religious faith. For there 
is no question what the college stands for, no ambiguity as to its stance. The catalog, the 
student rules, the agreement faculty sign before coming to the college, the daily chapel, 
the atmosphere on the campus— all make it clear that this is an evangelical Christian 
college with precisely defined expectations of behavior, including a respect for and defer- 
ence to authority. 

'This does not mean that Grace College is not awake and moving. Its enrollment has 
been growing, its financial position has been strengthened, and its plant has expanded, its 
curriculum has been pruned, and new blood has been added to its faculty. And it has 
done these things without compromising its principles. 

". . . the administration is competent, dedicated, and unified. Records are thorough, 
procedures relatively efficient, and communications open. There seems to be no waste 
motion, no overstaffing, and some of the staff are carrying very large loads. 

"The faculty of Grace College is unquestionably committed to the institution and to 
its goals, life style and mission. Their morale seems high. The team met many faculty 
both in classrooms and elsewhere and was impressed by them and enjoyed the inter- 


"Grace College was accepted as Recognized Candidate for Accreditation in the spring 
of 1973. It has been growing steadily since. None of its strengths are new, patched 
together or cosmetic. They are basic to what the college is. 

"1) Everyone in Grace has a strong sense of institutional mission. This is articulated 
clearly to the students. There is no ambiguity about what the college stands for. And its 
clear sense of mission pulls faculty, administration and students together. 

"2) Confidence in that mission and in the future make for excellent morale. Faculty 
do not like low salaries or the lack of support for their own continued education, but 
they see these as minor weighed against all the other rewards of teaching at Grace. 
Students do not like the paternalism, but they accept it in much the same way, and for 
the same reasons. The morale is not euphoric. It is simply confident, committed, and 
unreservedly supportive. 

"3) The college is financially sound. 

"4) It is excellently managed by a lean staff. Perhaps because there has been no 
proliferation of staff, administration of staff, administration is both efficient and effec- 

"5) The main campus buildings are generally adequate and well maintained. Others, 
off the campus, are perhaps more than adequate. The 153-acre campus is attractive. The 
location is excellent. 

"6) Both the Church constituency and the non-Brethren support are growing steadily. 
More and more applications are coming from children of conservative Christian families, 
regardless of specific sect. Strong faculty, not necessarily Grace Brethren, are being at- 
tracted to the college. 

"7) At the same time that the college manifests an unshaken confidence in its basic 
principles, it has demonstrated an objective awareness of its weaknesses and inadequacies 
and an ability to assign them priorities and go to work on them. The result has been a 
history of steady, solid growth. This objective self-viewed manifested by the college seems 
to permeate faculty and staff and promises to continue beyond any changes in adminis- 
tration." ajbi 




pirit of tl^e (^I^Orcl^ 

Just as every person has a personali- 
ty, every church has a personality, that 
we might properly call "the spirit of a 
church." It is just as apparent as an 
individual's personality— most ap- 
parent perhaps to the visitor who steps 
within its fellowship for the first time. 

The spirit of a church reflects the 
people of the church— pastor, leaders, 
members. The spirit of a church at- 
tracts people, or repels people. It 
makes a visitor glad he came, or warns 
him not to return but to seek another 

The spirit of a church affects the 
members of that church. If the spirit 
reflects disunity and divisiveness, it 
tends to destroy the positive, expec- 
tant attitude, and thus the joy and 
faithfulness of those who are seeking 
to keep their eyes on the Lord. 

A sick spirit within a church can 
become a terminal illness that will ulti- 
mately destroy the church. But a sick 
spirit can also be healed and trans- 

There is a very human tendency to 
place the blame for sickness of spirit 
on some convenient scapegoat. "If we 
only had a different pastor . . ." "If 
only our pastor did things different- 
ly . . ." "If the board were only more 
loving and more sensitive to the needs 
of the people . . ." "If everybody else 
were only as faithful as I am . . ." and 
so forth. 

Perhaps our real need is to take a 

hard, close look at ourselves. "Am I 
the loving Christian I ought to be?" 
"Do I exhibit the joy of the Lord in all 
of my life?" "Is the peace of God rul- 
ing in my mind and heart?" "Am I 
being obedient to the clear commands 
of Christ?" 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, 
joy, peace, patience, kindness, good- 
ness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- 
control. Against such things there is no 
law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus 
have crucified their sinful nature with 
its passions and desires. Since we live 
by the Spirit, let us keep in step with 
the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, 
provoking and envying each other" 
(Gal. 5:22-26, NIV.). 

When we begin to see ourselves as 
God sees us, we find so many short- 
comings there that we have less time 
to be critical of others!! Praise God, 
He loves us in spite of these! And His 
love can transform us, make us what 
we ought to be, and what (in our best 
moments) we want to be. 

How can the spirit of your church 
or my church be healed, and im- 
proved, and strengthened? I suggest 

these seven steps: 

1. Renew our allegiance to Jesus 
Christ as Lord (Luke 6:46). 

2. Recognize our dependence upon 
the daily direction and infilling of His 
Holy Spirit, that He may empower us 
and bear His fruit in our lives (Rom. 
8:9, 14). 

3. Realize the necessity of absorp- 
tion of, and obedience to the whole 
Word of God (Joshua 1:8). 

4. Develop the spirit of praise and 
thankfulness in and for everything (I 
Thess. 5:18). 

5. Train ourselves to see possibili- 
ties rather than problems. Call it posi- 
tive thinking, possibility thinking, or 
whatever; it's Biblical! (Phil. 4:13). 

6. Look for the best, not the worst, 
in others. All of us have weaknesses 
and imperfections. But all of us have 
strengths and virtues, too. By focusing 
on these, we will become less critical, 
more appreciative, more understand- 
ing, and more loving (Phil. 4:8, Rom. 

7. Develop a genuine interest in 
winning the lost of our community 
and our neighborhoods to Christ (Acts 

It is easy to see that all of these 
begin in our prayer life. And that's 
where they must continue, as well. 
"You can do more than pray after you 
have prayed, but you cannot do more 
than pray until you have prayed." 

JUNE 15, 1976 


VS) '^ Charles W. Turner 

JVTy T^Vorite ^^ef lections 

Charles W. Turner 

June and July are traditionally the months in the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches to 
emphasize the needs of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. This year we have special needs as 
additional printing equipment has been purchased. This is the "Year of the Press" because a 
Heidelberg SORK has been in operation since March. The new press cost about $45,000 and your 
offering will help to pay for it. 

As an incentive for you to give, we have prepared a collection of editorials which have 
appeared in the Herald magazine. Some of the selections in the book are: "A Turtle on the 
Turnpike"; "What Ever Happened to $1 .98 Sneakers?"; "Even Robins Make Mistakes." There are 
1 7 of my favorite editorials. You can receive a copy of the book if you become a corporation 
member during 1976. To become a corporation member you must give a gift of $5 or more. The 
books will be available in each local church by July 1. So give to the Herald through your local 


C'^&^lSo ^-^ ife-^H/nM^ 

Smr's«o« ■" 


^JULY 1; IS7W 

Dear Editor 

n Your most recent copy of the 
Herald has arrived. I look at 
every issue and say, "Wonder 
how they can improve on this?" 
But you do. Also Daily Devo- 
tions is here and this too is a tes- 
timony to your fine production 

Just wanted you to know thatf 
your efforts are not in vain 
Some people appreciate them!- 

D Greetings in the Name of our 
Lord. We have the pleasure of re- 
ceiving the Brethren Missionary 
Herald ever since I can remem- 
ber. We really enjoy it. Personal-J 
ly, I always had read and enjoyed 
it for its contents. But, since now 
I am working in the editing of 
Ninez (CEF's magazine for Latin 
America), I am able to valuate 
the Herald from a point of view 
somewhat different from the 
common reader, as you may well 
understand. I have recently i 
shared some of the latest num- 
bers we have received with a co- 
laborer. Her comment was: "It is 
one of the best presented de- 
nominational magazines I 
know." —Argentina 

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. 


Reflections By Still Waters 

By Charles W. Turner 


("Happy Birthday, America, " appeared last year as an editorial in the July issue of the Herald. Although 1976 has arrived, and we are now 
celebrating our nation's Bicentennial Birthday, the thoughts previously expressed continue to be relevant to our present situation. There- 
fore, I once more say: "Happy Birthday, America" CWT.I 

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 1 firmly contend 
it is a very rigid, unbending force that 
constantly marches forward. It is clear- 
ly marked by years, months, days, 
minutes and seconds. It is measured by 
clocks and calendars and thus the re- 
sults are recorded milhons of times in 
all parts of the world. There may be 
different attitudes toward time, but 
there is very little altering of it. 

Time and age are viewed by individ- 
uals 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 society 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 ob- 
servation 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 birth- 
days, 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. Bicen- 
tennial 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 depressing 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 over- 
all injury to our national unity. 

A celebration emphasizing our pur- 
pose 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 patriotism 
and a little flag waving. Now don't 
mark me off quite yet as being out of 
touch with reahty! 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 commentator 
throvwng on another burden on the 
pretext of news reporting. We are suf- 
fering from a distortion of national 
purpose, and we need to do a little 
"backward" looking to see how and 
why we came into being in the first 
place. The United States struggled into 
existence because people 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 Bos- 
ton 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 

It will be a privilege to be here to 
help celebrate our 200th Birthday. 
Certainly it will be a gala occasion 
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 can- 
not 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 
outstretched hands asking for a return 
of what was ours in the first place. Per- 
haps a real brave man will tell us to 
work a littie harder and to stop regard- 
ing 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 even 
tell us that we have been permitfing 
lawlessness and the rights of the crimi- 
nal to overshadow the riglits of the in- 
nocent 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 non- 
chalantly dismissed on legal technicali- 
ties 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 caUed by my 
name, shall humble themselves . . ."- 
then possibly a clear return to God can 
become a reality; and we can all say; 
"Happy Birthday, America!" 

JULY 1, 1976 

"God o[ Our Fathers, 

Whose Almiqhtg Mand** 

By K Marie Stolba 

Part-time Instuctor in Music, Grace College ■ 


One hundred years ago many com- 
munities throughout the United States 
were commemorating the one hundredth 
anniversary of the signing of the Declara- 
tion of Independence designed to sepa- 
rate the American colonies from Eng- 
land. Brandon, Vermont, was one such 
community. The centennial celebration 
held in that New England town on July 
4, 1876, is memorable because one por- 
tion of it— a Centennial Hymn— has sur- 
vived and is this year marking its own 
one hundredth birthday. Untitled, the 
hymn is known to us today by its first 
line: "God of our fathers, whose al- 
mighty hand," or by its music: "Nation- 
al Hymn." {Worship and Service Hym- 
nal, pg. 464.) 

The lyrics were written specifically for 
Brandon's Fourth of July centennial 
celebration by Rev. Daniel Crane 
Roberts, rector of the Episcopal Church 
in that town. Mr. Roberts was not a 
composer; hence, he supplied no music 
for his poem. At the centennial celebra- 
tion his words were sung to the music of 
"Russian Hymn" (Worstiip and Service 
Hymnal, pg. 461). That music, com- 
posed by Alexy Feodorovich Lvov in 
1833, was first performed on the name 
day of Czar Nicholas I of Russia in De- 
cember of that same year and served of- 
ficially as Russia's national anthem from 
that time until the Bolshevik Revolution 
of 1917. Perhaps this initial choice of 
music was prompted by the fact that 
Lvov's "God Save the Czar" was a 
national hymn. 

That the Russian Hymn was not 
wedded to Roberts' lyrics is understand- 
able. Lvov's music, though possessed of 

noble and majestic harmonies, does not 
particularly fit Roberts' poem. The in- 
compatibility was recognized by Daniel 
Roberts, who was fully aware of the 
quality of his verses. 

A short time after the lyrics made 
their debut, the General Convention of 
the Episcopal Church appointed a com- 
mission to revise their Hymnal. At that 
time many hymnals were comprised of 
words only, or had a meager showing of 
printed music, though the tunes were 
specified for the hymns. Daniel Roberts 
submitted "God of our fathers," as an 
anonymous hymn text, for the commis- 
sion's consideration. The lyrics were ac- 
cepted for inclusion in the revised 
Hymnal, which appeared in print in 
1872. Although Mr. Roberts had indi- 
cated to the commission that he would 
furnish them information relative to 
authorship of the hymn if it were ac- 
cepted, he did not yet acknowledge it to 
be his own. 

Before this revised Hymnal was pub- 
lished, our nation celebrated still another 
centennial— the one hundredth anniver- 
sary of the adoption of the Constitution. 
The General Convention of the Episco- 
pal Church appointed a committee to 
choose a hymn suitable for commemora- 
tion of this event at the centennial cele- 
bration to be held in New York. The two 
members appointed to this committee 
were well acquainted with hymns: Dr. 
Tucker was editor of the Hymnal, and 
George William Warren was organist at 
St. Thomas' Church in New York. These 
men selected the anonymous lyrics com- 
mencing "God of our fathers," and, 
since the words had no musical setting 


specified, George Warren composed ap- 
propriate music, with trumpet fanfare 
opening and interludes for the poem. His 
setting quickly became popular, and that 
music has come to be known as "Nation- 
al Hymn." Thus, lyrics born to serve one 
centennial had found perfect com- 
panionship in music created to help 
them serve another. 

The hymn as we know it today seems 
to have been first printed in 1894 in the 
musical edition of the Episcopal Hymnal 

which was edited by Tucker and Rous- 
seau and entitled Hymnal Revised and 
Enlarged. In 1895 it was included in the 
Presbyterian Hymnal and it soon became 
a part of many other such books. 

It is not surprising that this hymn is 
frequently sung on national anniversary 
celebration programs. The scope of the 
lyrics embraces past, present, and future, 
and their musical setting aptly expresses 
the majesty and power of the God they 
honor and praise. Let us examine the 
words briefly. 

Daniel C. Roberts 

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NATIONAL HYMN lU. 10. 10. 10. 

George W. Warren 



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Trumpets, befort eacA verse. 1. Gud of onr fa - thers, whose al-might-y 

2. Thy love di - vine hath led ns in the 

3. From war's a-larms, from dead-ly pes- ti - 

4. Ke - fresh Thy peo - pie ou their toil -some 


Leads forth in beaa - ty all the 
In this free land by Thee our 
Be Thy strong arm our ev - er 

Lead ns from night to nev-er- 


star-ry band 
lot is cast; 
sure de - fense; 
cnd-ing day; 

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(Continued on page 6) 

JULY 1, 1976 


We can only speculate as to the pos- 
sible verses of Scripture that were in the 
background of Daniel Roberts' mind as 
he put those words on paper. He left us 
no notes regarding his creation of this 

The first stanza is not only a paean of 
praise to God the Creator but an 
acknowledgment of His supremacy in 
the entire universe, His majesty and His 
power, and an expression of gratitude 
for His creation and leadership. 

The second strophe encompasses the 
breadth of our nation's total dependence 
on God— an admission of His loving pro- 
tection and leadership in the past, an ap- 
preciation for the freedom presently ac- 
corded in this land to which persons 
seeking to avoid various persecutions had 
fled, and an invocation of the presence 
of God in the future affairs of the nation 
as its Ruler, Guardian, Guide, and Stay. 
What a multitude of concerns those four 
words embrace! And hovy the words of 
this hymn strophe seem to encompass 
the inscription which was placed on the 
Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, 
your poor . . . ." The final line of this 
second strophe seems to indicate that for 
as long as this nation and its people 
abide by the law expressed in the Word, 
and for as long as we choose to follow 
the paths directed by the Almighty, 
there is nothing to fear. Perhaps the poet 
was thinking of Proverbs 3:6 which ad- 
monishes: "In all thy ways acknowledge 
him, and he shall direct thy paths." 

Prayer is continued through the third 
verse of this hymn which calls upon the 
Defender for protection from "war's 
alarms" and "deadly pestilence" and in- 
dicates total reliance upon the trust in 
His strong arm. Daniel Roberts knew 
well the perils of war; he had experi- 
enced them. He was a Civil War veteran; 
he had enlisted and served with the 
Eighty-fourth Regiment of Ohio Volun- 
teers. No doubt he himself had prayed 
for this kind of protection many times. 
In the third line of this verse the author 
seems to be stressing the importance of 
religion in the life of our nation; he may 
even have had in mind that definition of 
"pure religion" which is set forth in 
James 1:27. The last line of this verse 
brings to mind several passages from the 
Psalms, particularly Psalm 37:3 which 
reads: "Trust in the LORD, and do 
good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, 
and verily thou shalt be fed." 

The fourth and final stanza admits 
that the progress of this nation through 
its first century was not easy— and we 
may make that same statement with re- 
gard to the second century of its exis- 
tence—that there have been troublesome 
times, comparable with the darkness of 
night, but we as a nation and as individ- 
uals look forward to a "never-ending 
day." Then, coming full circle, the hymn 
concludes as it began, with glory, laud 
and praise to God, the Alpha and Omega 
of all things. 



Mary Cripe with African friends 

Therese was young and in terrible pain. She 
' had been in labor in the village for several 
days. At first glance it seemed that she could 
be no more than twelve years old. It became 
apparent that an operation would be neces- 
sary to try to save her life, and at this point 
its success seemed doubtful. 

But God who delights to do the impossible 
helped through the operation, and though 
Therese's life hung by a thread for several 
days, still she lived. One day she started to 
hemorrhage, and we knew that unless the 
bleeding could be stopped immediately, this 
was the end. It was here that I became 
acquainted with her. I had gone to see what I 
could do to help and was told that the most 
urgent need was for prayer. I went into the 
office and prayed for her, but she was just a 
name to me at that time. The Lord undertook 
for her and she lived through the operation, 
and then He laid upon my heart her even 
greater need— her need of salvation. 

Several days later I visited Therese. When I 
asked her if she were a Christian, she said no; 
and when I asked her if she wanted to become 
one, she again said no. I was taken aback 
somewhat, but I determined to present Christ 
to her in such a way that she would under- 
stand. Her mind was dull— the pain she was 
experiencing and the shock of the surgeries 
had just about drained her of all comprehen- 
sion. I had to use one of her relatives as an 
interpreter, and this isn't the most conducive 
way to talk to anyone about the Lord. Final- 
ly, after I repeated the same thing over and 
over, she said that she did understand and she 
wanted to believe. I read some verses and we 
had prayer together. As I held her hand, she 
hung on as though she didn't want to let go. 
But me of little faith-somehow I just kept 
thinking maybe she didn't know what she was 

in the Sight 
of the Lord 

By Mary Cripe 

doing. Finally I went to the local preacher 
(who understands her tribal language) and 
asked him to come and talk to Therese. 

About a half hour later he returned with 
joy written all over his face. "She did under- 
stand. She said that she understood the mes- 
sage of salvation and accepted Jesus as her 
own personal Saviour. She said at first she was 
so weak that she could hardly understand, but 
as she laid there the Lord strengthened her 
and she knew what she had done." The 
preacher also told me that Therese's father 
was one of the biggest medicine men in the 
country, and that his daughter's decision 
would be a real testimony. 

I visited with Therese whenever I could, 
and read the Bible and prayed with her. She 
improved slightly but her condition was not 
good. I knew this when I left Boguila for 
classes at Bele. While' I was gone she became 
worse and her family carried her off home, 
where she died. We all felt that she had per- 
haps had an untimely death because we could 
imagine some of the village medicine she 
might have been subjected to. I didn't get the 
whole story until about ten days later. One 
Sunday the local pastor made the announce- 
ment in church; "We all know about Therese 
who accepted the Lord at the hospital. After 
she died her mother told the people that they 
were not going to do anything heathen at 
Therese's death. She sent to another village 
for some of the deacons to come and hold the 
funeral, and it was truly a testimony to all 

She even though dead spoke to the people 
of Boleng through the new life that she had 
found. Now Therese is completely whole and 
will never know sickness or pain again. How I 
praise God that whosoever believeth in Him 
shall have everlasting life. 

Seven Obstacles 
to iVlissionarg Service 

By John W. Zielasko 

My early orientation to Christian service weighed heavily toward missions, and during my attempt to 
ascertain the Lord's will, a Bible conference speaker suggested that the matter of service should be ap- 
proached pragmatically. If a person wants to be honest with himself and truly desires to know God's will 
with respect to foreign missions, then he should take a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns: on 
one side write the reasons why you think you should be a missionary, and on the other the reasons why 
you shouldn't. If the reasons why one shouldn't be a missionary are not of such a nature as to hinder 
missionary service, then there is strong evidence that that's where the Lord wants you and you can then 
proceed to take further steps. Now that's an oversimplified method, to be sure, since many factors need to 
be considered in God's leading to missionary service. However, this exercise in self-analysis is helpful. 

In my work I am involved with candidates, and it is a part of my responsibility to encourage and 
motivate young people to consider seriously missions as a career for Christ. But on occasion those of us in 
this position find ourselves in awkward situations. For example, a person will insist that he is called to the 
mission field and feels that the Foreign Missionary Society should send him out immediately— the very fact 
that he is volunteering should be incentive enough for appointment. On other occasions pastors have 
challenged their people to the great needs on the mission field, and as a result one of several things happens: 

(a) People are ready to sell their homes, businesses and such, and go to the field. 

(b) Men who are approaching retirement after a lifetime in a secular job, want to dedicate the rest 
of their lives to the Lord's work; they feel that missions is the place to do it and want the 
Society to make a place for them. 

(c) Young people, challenged by the need for personnel, volunteer to go and want to go without 
further delay. 

Now, all of this zeal is commendable, and some of these folks do end up on the mission field 
performing fruitful ministries. But more than zeal is needed. It must be recognized that not every mission 
board is geared to handle ev&ry candidate. The mission's purpose, goals, strategy, and areas of service must 
also be considered. It would be the height of foolishness to attempt to create work and open new fields just 
to accommodate the desires of particular candidates, especially if they are not willing to make the necessary 
preparation for service. 

When missions societies appeal for people, they are not calling merely for warm bodies. It is not just a 
matter of placing Christians in various spots around the world; it is a matter of placing qualified Christians 
who are prepared to do their job. 

So, to help those who are seeking God's will and feel that foreign mission service may be the answer, 
the following obstacles should be taken into consideration and placed in the negative side of the column if 
they apply to the individual's case: 

I • Poor health. If a person does not enjoy good 
health, then it is doubtful that God wants him on the 
mission field. You must be able to care for yourself and 
not make demands on the time of other missionaries. 
Some physical handicaps may not be a hindrance, and 
one would not be rejected if a physical problem could be 
controlled by medicine. However, reasonably good 
health is necessary for the rigors of missionary life. 


Advanced age. A missionary career means that a 
person is involving himself in a different culture and 
language. Ordinarily, the older one is, the more difficult 
it is to make the cultural adjustments. Even more diffi- 
cult is the learning of a language. It is only in exception- 
al cases where people over 37 have demonstrated an 
ability to make the adjustments and learn the language 
sufficiently to communicate well. 


^ « Unprepared scholastically. This is the qualifi- 
cation that seems to bother candidates most. Many feel 
that all they need is an assurance of salvation and a 
desire to witness. For some reason or other they have 
the impression that people on the mission fields of the 
world are so inferior intellectually and spiritually that 
the most poorly prepared American Christian will appear 
as a spiritual giant to them. It irritates these people to 
discover that nine years of preparation beyond high 
school is recommended if one is to have a sustaining 
ministry on the mission field. College, seminary, practi- 
cal service, and at least one year of language school is 
required for those who are sent out in the context of the 
Great Commission; that is, in evangelizing, discipling, 
church-planting ministries. A missionary certainly needs 
as much preparation as a pastor-teacher, plus the added 
knowledge of a foreign language. 

Of course, there are other tasks on the mission field 
requiring personnel with different skills. But whatever 
the job, the missionary needs to have a good Bible back- 
ground besides his specialty. If you don't want to take 
the time to be prepared, then the Lord probably does 
not want you on the mission field. 


Pessimistic attitude. If you are a pessimist and 
feel that the day of missions is over; if you are easily 
overwhelmed by problems and see no hope for the mis- 
sionary enterprise; then your place is not in missions. If 
there is one thing the Lord's work does not need, it is a 
person who contaminates others with his negative atti- 
tude. Missions today needs positive men— men who look 
on problems as stepping-stones to victory, men who will 
not permit immediate circumstances to crush them (cf. 
II Cor. 4:8-18). 


_^ • Bullheadedness. If you must have your own way 
and cannot either take direction or work on a team, then 
it is better for you to remain at home. Missions requires 
team effort. Very few fields can tolerate the rugged in- 
dividualist who feels that everything must be done his 
way or not at all. Such a person is usually in trouble, not 
only with fellow missionaries and nationals, but very 
soon is in conflict with the policy, program, and goals of 
the society and, thus, in opposition to the organization 
that sent him. No mission organization of any worth will 
tolerate such a situation for very long. 



Unwillingness to make a life commitment to the 
Lord. Jesus said; "No man, having put his hand to the 
plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" 
(Luke 9:62). Today it is popular to seek temporary serv- 
ice. After all, it is reasoned, men in secular positions 
have three or four different careers in a lifetime; why 
should anyone be stuck for life as a missionary? Most 

JULY 1, 1976 

missionaries don't feel that they have been stuck with 
anything. They look on their calling as a privilege and 
find the life of a missionary challenging, satisfying and 
rewarding. Notice, however, that life commitment is not 
to a particular spot on earth; the commitment is to the 
Lord (". . . for ye serve the Lord Christ"-Col. 3:24). He 
may move His servant to a different field or to a differ- 
ent type of work, but it is still the ministry. The foreign 
mission enterprise needs committed, dedicated people 
who are willing to stay with the job until it is completed. 
And, the way things are going, it is obvious that the 
work of missions is not going to be completed before the 
coming of the Lord. 


Unworthy motives. Motives may be hidden from 
candidate secretaries but they cannot be withheld from 
the Lord. Why do you want to be a missionary? The 
following are reasons sometimes held but almost never 
voiced by candidates: 

(a) To broaden myself through contact with other 

(b) To improve my language skills. 

(c) Because I need to punish myself for past sins. 
The sacrifices, disciplines, sufferings required of a 
missionary will accomplish this. 

(d) Because I like to travel. 

(e) Because I am not qualified for a ministry in the 
U.S. but feel I will be acceptable in a mission 

(f) Because this is what my family or my church 
expects me to do. 

(g) To escape my present work and circumstances. 

If any of these is the secret motive leading to application 
to a mission board, then it rightly belongs in the negative 

During the Second World War, a young man took 
the medical examination for service in the army. There 
were several physical problems that disqualified him, and 
he was classified 4F. Most draftees did not contest this 
classification, for it meant they would not have to serve 
in the armed forces. However, a few months later this 
same young man appeared again before the army doctor 
and said, "Doctor, I have sought to correct the physical 
problems that disqualified me for service, and would like 
to take the examination again." This time he was found 
to be in excellent physical condition and was pro- 
nounced fit for induction into the army. When the 
young man left, the doctor turned to the others waiting 
for their physicals and commented, "There goes a real 

It may be necessary for a person in all honesty to 
place some reasons on the negative side of the ledger. At 
the moment they may disqualify him for missionary 
service, but this doesn't have to be his permanent condi- 
tion. He too can work at the negatives and turn them 
into positives that will make him fit for service as a 

{FMS editor's note: The next "A Moment with Missions" article 
will deal with the "positives" to offset these "negatives.") 

The Kind o{ Missionarg 
My Countrg Needs 

By Rev. Pierre Yougouda 

Early missionaries in my country 
found themselves facing two major 
problems: illiteracy and disease. These 
two are still prevalent but not as major 
problems. Because of the efforts made 
through schools and medical works, 
much imf)rovement has been made in 
these areas. 

The situation in Africa today was 
best stated several months ago by Dr. 
Byang Kato, one of the respHDnsible ob- 
servers of church life in Africa: "The 
evangelical church in Africa is at a his- 
torical turning point. . . . Her future 
will be decided by what happens in the 
next few years." Kato's words are 
both a wamir>g and a challenge. In 
li^t of this present situation I have 
been asked many times, "What kind of 
missionary does your country need?" 
This is the question that I will try to 

1) Missionaries who can organize 
and administrate in local churches are 
indispensable today. There are new 
problems showing up within the 
church. Since the flock has increased, 
its problems have compwunded. In 
Central African Republic alone the 
number of baptized believers in 1975 
was 80,240, and the multitude of new 
converts now taking the one-year Bible 
dass was not counted. Therefore, one 
can see how it is becoming more diffi- 
cult for most of the African pastors 
who have had no training in church 
organization or administration. 

With a strategy to nourish ail and 
j>rotect all, we need missionaries who 
can work with local pastors to help to 
organize and direct their churches. His- 

tory has shown very clearly what hap*- 
pened to the North African church 
after the great disaster which overtook 
her through Muslim conquests from 
A.D. 642 to A.D. 715. One of the 
reasons for the disappearance of the 
church there was the lack of organized 
leadership. Again Kato maintains: 
"While it is true that Africa needs mis- 
sionary help of many kinds, it is in the 
area of church leadership that evangeli- 
cals are most lacking." 

2) Missionaries to instruct church 
leaders of isolated groups are desF)er- 
ately needed. An ignorance of basic 
Biblical truths in many churches in my 
country is due to their remote loca- 
tion. The lack of trained missionary 
help simply means some areas must 
necessarily be neglected. This leaves 
both Christian leaders and their group»s 
vulnerable to the tactics of the ene- 
mies of the cross. 

3) Missionaries who will work in 
Christian literature are sorely needed. 
We do not have libraries with books in 
our own language. The Sango language 
is employed in C.A.R., Chad, Cam- 
eroun. Lair and some parts of Nigeria. 
We need books that pastors can read. 
Therefore, we need missionaries who 
will train Africans to produce Various 
kinds of church-related teaching 
materials, magazines and books. 

4) Well-trained Bible teachers are 
desp>erately needed. The existing Bible 
schools need to broaden their training, 
so the pastors and Bible students can 

get advanced Bible education and be 
better equipped to meet the needs of 
the emerging generation. Some forms 
of mysticism are still held by many 
church leaders. We need missionaries 
who can teach Biblical theology. 
Again, a statement by Kato is perti- 
nent: "If Africa's church is to meet 
the challenge, theological training 
must be strengthened. This must be 
done at every level, but particularly at 
the highest leadership level." 

5) Specialist missionaries in the 
field of youth ministries are also 
needed. To train Africans to develop 
various youth programs such as Child 
Evangelism is virtually unknown. We 
need missionaries to help youth work- 
ers by instructing them to conduct 
meetings and counsel young people. 

6) We need missionaries who can in- 
struct churches in methods of evangel- 

I have overlooked other missionary 
agencies that also contribute to the 
same goal, but the needs mentioned 
above are undoubtably the most press- 

Pray for those who are helping now 
in the field. And pray more that our 
Lord may raise up many young people 
from here to go and take pwsitions in 
the various tasks. 

fFMS editor's note: Pierre Yougouda was 
chosen by his fellow members of the Breth- 
ren Church in the Central African Republic 
to come to the United States for training at 
Grace Seminary which will equip him for a 
place o f spiritual leadership in his own land. 
He has now completed three years of his 
scheduled four years of schooling in the 



Missionarg Personnel Meeds 


Evangelists, church planters and developers 
Bible teachers— extension seminary 


Evangelists/church planters 

a) Urban church planting 

b) Pioneer church planting— new communities, Trans-Amazon Highway 

Extension seminary teachers 


Evangelists, church planters and developers (missionary elders) 

Teachers— Bible Institute, School of Theology, extension seminary 

Bible teachers— government high schools 

Women's and girls workers 

Writers and translators 

General missionaries willing to fit in where needed 


Extension seminary teacher (postgraduate— pastors) 

Evangelist (outreach) 

Bible Institute teacher 

Church developer (ministry to youth) 


Church planter (unevangelized cities) 


Church planter 


Evangelist/church planter 


Church planter 

Notes: 1. A limited number of positions are available in supporting and 
specialized ministries. 2. Age in itself is not an insurmountable 
barrier. However, experience has proved that the older one is, 
the more difficult it is to make the adjustments necessary for an 
effective ministry. 

For C.A.R. — Business Manager; Mechanic 

JULY 1. 1976 " 

From the 


Yaloke, Central African Republic 

We just finished a double-header— that is, two 
birthday parties in one night. Since Suzie is conning to 
the close of her three-week break and four days after 
returning to school at Bate she turns seven, we de- 
cided to have an early party. We also celebrated Gail's 
(Jones) birthday. Then I decided I would start the 
epistle I have been wanting to write for some time- 
mainly, to give some observations from my bush 

I finally finished six straight weeks of bush classes 
in six different locations. (I am not asking for a 
medal, for there are others who have done much 
more!) I tried to visit some of the very hard-to-get-to 
areas since we have the type car that can do it. The 
first four weeks were spent in our own district work- 
ing mostly with Cheryl Kauffman (TIME missionary). 
We had OTN classes in the morning and Lumiere 
classes in the afternoon. I might mention that Cheryl 
was terrific! There is nothing she won't tackle. I real- 
ly appreciated her. 

Linda Mensinger teaches a class in the "bush" 

To begin I had only one week to get ready for the 
six weeks. The very first day I tangled with a ladder 
and took a tumble. I was sure I had broken at least 
three different bones, but when everything settled 

down, only one place seemed serious and that was my 
right foot. For two days I couldn't put any weight on 
it; then Doc Walker came along and wrapped it and I 
began walking on it with much agony. At that time 
Cheryl arrived and really took over. I certainly 
wouldn't have met the first week of classes without 
her. I feel that this bush work is so very important— it 
seems that Satan opposes it even to the point of push- 
ing over ladders. But each day the situation improved 
and we got through the week without any other great 

The women's classes went fairly well, but we still 
have the age-old problem of many in the classes and 
so very few who know how to read. We desperately 
need a mass program in literacy. How are the people 
ever going to grow spiritually without being able to 
read the Word for themselves! Then there are those 
who can read but don't. Just where these people 
stand spiritually is a bit of a puzzle; they come to the 
classes but are living anything but victorious Christian 
lives. Also, worldliness is a problem in our churches, 
and few of our pastors seem to have a genuine con- 
cern about it. 

This year's OTN lessons were on the Holy Spirit. It 
was interesting to me that at many places there was at 
least one pastor who made it a point not to miss any 
of the lessons. One place a good group of deacons sat 
in on all the classes. I wish that for just one year our 
missionary men could all get out and do this sort of 
thing. The pastors need the help, as well as the 
deacons and laymen, to say nothing of the need in 
the boys work, which is nearly nonexistent in many 
places. Several churches had some real sharp girls who 
had come through the Lumiere program. They are 
■past the age of marriage, but in the church there are 
no boys their age whom they feel have the spiritual 
qualifications they desire in husbands. Several of the 
pastors blamed this on the weakness of the Flambeau 



movement. How desperately we need bush classes for 
the men. We women can do bush work among the 
women, but there is only so much we can do and we 
do have our limitations. Lord, send us more men so 
that they might be able to do some of this type of 

The last two weeks Rosella (Cochran) and I 
teamed up. We headed out over probably one of the 
worst roads in the country, but we praise the Lord 
that we made it without any damage to the cars. The 
first week we were at a place called Gboganagone. 
This church was founded in 1969 by a Kabba pastor, 
although it is deep in Gbeya territory. He has worked 
hard and organized a church. Many have been taught 
to read, have stated that they have accepted Christ as 
Saviour, and have been baptized. However, the pastor 
says that nearly everyone who had begun to be of any 
help in the Lord's work has backslidden. How many 
times he has started over again I don't know. He is 
discouraged, but feels he should try to continue on 
for awhile. The pastor stated that this territory has 
been Satan's for so long that it seems he is not going 
to give it up without a fight. I feel that we should 
definitely remember this pastor and this area in 
prayer, that we might see a real breakthrough with 
the Gospel. We refer to it mainly as "the Boda road." 
We hope to be able to give him more help in the 

This bush work is a great work, but certainly not 
an easy one. A multitude of bugs seems to descend 
upon you while you are trying to study at night. 
Many a night a drunken party is going on not far 
from where you are trying to sleep, to say nothing of 
the goats that wander around and squawk and holler 
most of the night. But as you go back from year to 
year, you begin to see a little bit of progress. At first 
there was no Lumiere work to speak of in this dis- 
trict, but now every area has some work going among 

"This bush work is a great worl<, but certainly not an easy 
one..." Missionary ladies camp in the bush. 

the girls. In each group one or two girls really seem to 
grow spiritually from year to year. This, of course, is 
only what we can observe. We do not know all the 
work the Holy Spirit is doing in the heart of each of 
those in the classes. Now we have at least two pastors 
in the district who do a fairly good job of going from 
place to place between the times we can be there, 
helping the girls and their leaders to continue on in 
the program. So we praise the Lord for what has been 
accomplished, and look forward to even greater re- 
sults in the future. 

I still have classes at Bossembele and Yaloke, pos- 
sibly at both places in May. Then after school is out 
several of us plan to go to Baoro, Carnot and Berber- 
ati for a week of classes at each place. Due to the fact 
that school will soon be out, Eddie will be able to go 
along to have classes with the men. Possibly Alain 
(Leycuras) will go too, and have Flambeau classes.— 
Linda Mensinger 

Chateau de Saint-Albain, France 

If you stopped in at the Chateau today you would 
hear a lot more English than French. We have been 
hosts to the winning 1975 Brethren quiz team, which 
arrived last Tuesday for a memorable two weeks in 
France. From the time they stepped off the plane 
until now their days have been packed with new ex- 
periences, and they have shown interest in everything. 
They have been a joy to have around, and excellent 
ambassadors for American youth. 

Doubtless the weekend at the Chateau will have 
left the most lasting impressions on them. For Satur- 
day, Larry planned a family fun time in which the 
team participated. Sunday morning the big meeting 
room was full for a worship service that had, as some- 
one remarked, both warmth and reverence. After the 
service many drove up to Chalon for a dedication of 
the new property that will serve as a residence for the 
Shargels. . . . 

Many of you prayed for Walther and Claudia. 
They are doing fine and are a joy to us; they study 
mornings and work in the afternoons. Walther's 

cousin recently came to visit them, and though she 
had said she did not want to talk about religion, by 
the end of the first week she had given her life to the 
Lord. Her fiance, worried by the letters she wrote, 
took a train down to Saint-Albain, and had not been 
here more than a week until he too put his trust in 
God. They are back in medical school in Holland, and 
have need of your prayers as they seek to maintain a 
positive witness for Christ. 

Thanks to Walther and Claudia, the three big girls 
dorms in the upstairs have taken on a new look. It has 
taken us 12 years to get to them, but they are now 
dressed in bright new wallpaper. By the end of the 
year we hope that the remaining untouched rooms of 
the Chateau will be redecorated, and the central heat- 
ing completed. 

We thank God for good health, especially at this 
time of the year when the work starts to pile up. 
Doris especially has had a heavy load, but when there 
is joy and unity the burden becomes light. Then too, 
we have had nearly two weeks of fantastically beau- 

JULY 1, 1976 


From the 

tiful weather, which has brought the spring flowers 
and fruit trees into full bloom, and we awaken to the 
singing of the b\rds.— Doris Julien 

Chalon sur Saone, France 

Just a few minutes until we drop from exhaus- 
tion. . . . The rain came just as we finished for the 
day. There were 10 friends here today, many for 
lunch and to stay all afternoon to work in the garden 
and around the house. The place is coming along— but 
this week and for the next 20 days or so, between the 
various workmen, the house will be torn up continu- 
ally. One never finishes sweeping up. Good thing 
we're not pureblood Swiss or the dust would drive us 
crazy. The children are dirty, but very healthy, from 
the yard, house and gardening.— Dai/eS/7a/'sre/ 

Chalon sur Saone, France 

Jose Marmol, Argentina 

Our time at camp was very restful. Michael spent 
that week at Grandma and Grandpa Hoyt's home in 
Santa Rosa. When he came up to the campgrounds 
for conference with Grandma and Grandpa, he was so 
chubby we couldn't believe it. But to top it all off he 
didn't recognize us and wanted to go back to Grand- 

The two older kids had so many friends that we 
did very little babysitting all through camp except to 
sit with them and help them at mealtimes. The hill 
country did them good, too. They ate with voracious 
appetites. Philip learned to communicate his wants 
and needs quite efficiently during that time. During 
camp I had a 15-minute devotional each day. All 
three of us speakers felt that the Lord had coordi- 
nated our messages. At the end of camp it was with 
great sadness that we said farewell to the main speak- 
er. His name is Salvador DeLutri, and we were greatly 
challenged by his messages. 

The camp is about 20 miles from the paved road 
and the day some were to leave it started to rain. We 
had to go out with the mission truck to get supplies 
for conference and take some people to catch the 
bus. DeLutri had come in a motor home and had 
quite a time getting in, so several of the cars that were 

leaving got together and we formed a caravan. I was 
at the head with the mission truck, and after we got 
to the first ford, the hill going up from it proved too 
steep and all the men had to pull the truck with a 
rope we had brought along. The same trick was neces- 
sary for one of the cars and the motor home. But that 
was only the beginning, for I got the truck stuck 
three more times. We made the twenty miles in four 

On the return trip I was so tired I asked Dad to 
drive, and I got in the pulling line. I really don't know 
which was worse, the responsibility of driving or the 
job of pulling. We got stuck only once, but those of 
us who pulled were in mud up to our knees. We ar- 
rived back at camp dog tired, but very thankful that 
the Lord had protected us. During conference the 
men took a dump truck and filled some of the bad 
ruts on the road where we had been stuck, and com- 
ing out after conference was easy. 

The conference was a time of real blessing. Two 
who had come as guests of some of the believers came 
to know the Lord. The conference attendance this 
time got up as high as 200, and that is about 50 
percent of the total membership of the Brethren 
Church in Argentina.— /-K'I" Hoyt 



^ews Summary 

From the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 1^^ 

•Important conference information. A condensed pro- 
gram for this year's national conference appeared on 
page 23 of the June 1 issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. You are encouraged to keep this page for future 
reference. Complete printed programs will be mailed to 
all churches about July 1. 

• Annual Changes. William Willard, 233. First Ave., Hill- 
'N Dale, Brooksville, Fla. 33512 (Tel. 
904-796-7172) ... Grace Brethren Church, Lexington, 
Ohio, P.O. Box 3009 . . . Robert Hill, c/o Carla Clayton, 
19395 La Guardia, Rowland JJeights, Calif. 
91748... John Dale Brock, '6239 Fillmore, Rialto, 
Calif. 92376 . . . Luke Kauffman, R. R. 4, Box 89, 
Myerstown, Pa. 17067 . . . Chap. (Maj.) Emlyn H. Jones, 
c/o Earl Cassel, R. R. 2, Hummelstown, Pa. 17036. 

Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Ashman are presented a plaque by Miles 
Firestone, moderator, in honor of their 30 years of ministry. 

• Wooster, Ohio. The First Brethren Church honored 
Pastor and Mrs. Kenneth Ashman's 30 years of ministry 
at a special reception and service, Sunday, May 30. Many 
members gave personal testimonies concerning the pub- 
lic and personal ministries of the Ashmans. Following 
the worship service, slides of past events and personali- 
ties were shown, along with displays of photos from 
former years. A generous offering was presented to the 
honored guests. 

When the Ashmans arrived in Wooster (1946), the 
mission congregation was worshiping in a remodeled 
home. Plans were soon formulated for a building pro- 
gram, resulting in the large, adequate sanctuary which 
was dedicated in 1949. In 1966 the Christian Education 
Annex was constructed, and in 1976 an extensive re- 
decorating program for the original sanctuary was com- 
pleted. The membership has grown to 616. 

• San Antonio, Tex. (EP)-William J. Murray, once a 
little boy whose mother successfully halted prayer and 
Bible reading in the school he attended and eventually in 
all U.S. schools, has renounced atheism. 

His mother, noted atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, 
said in Austin, Tex., that she was not surprised when she 
learned of the news and also was not surprised that her 
son had not informed her personally. 

Mr. Murray, 29, is running for the nomination for the 
congressional seat held by Rep. J. S. Pickle. 

•Fort Lewis, Wash. It was a most welcome privilege for 
Chaplain (LTC) William Schaffer (Ret.) to preach a ser- 
mon at the Army base at Fort Lewis upon the invitation 
of Chaplain John Schumacher. Remember to pray for 
Chaplain Schumacher and the ministry to which he has 
been called with the armed services. 


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

Sandra Hickman and Curtis Gates, Mar. 20, Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. 
Debra Baugher and Randall Miller, Mar. 27, Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. 
Shirley Brumbaugh and James Gard, Feb. 14, Communi- 
ty Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. 
Marcia Henderson and Paul Marsh, Mar. 20, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Fremont, Ohio. 

Tern Soule and Russell Rogers, Apr. 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Fremont, Ohio. 

Doreen Henderson and Marvin Davis II, May 22, Grace 
Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio. 

Mary Hall and Troy Jones, Feb. 14, Leesburg Brethren 
Church, Leesburg, Ind. 

Vickie Blankenship and James Hernandez, May 24, Lees- 
burg Brethren Church, Leesburg, Ind. 
Dawn Brandt and Randall Ebersole. Apr. 10, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Dona Imhoff and David Edwards, Apr. 24, First Breth- 
ren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Kathie Zebell and Rex Swords, Apr. 17, New Troy 
Brethren Church, New Troy, Mich. 

Penny Blank and Jack Snoddy, Apr. 3, West Homer 
Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 
Karen Lundquist and Timothy Gray, May 28, West 
Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 
Jo Ann Caesar and Thomas Sir Louis, Apr. 3, West 
Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 

JULY 1, 1976 


• Minerva, Ohio. The Bicentennial Emblem winner in the 
town of Minerva, Ohio, was Mrs. Williard Smith. Mrs. 
Smith's entry included a circular emblem, a large red, 
white and blue "M" surrounded by lettering, "Living 
Out Our Heritage," and "Minerva 1833 Ohio." The of- 
ficial American Revolution Bicentennial Emblem is in 
the center of the circle. The colorful emblem will be 
reproduced as buttons, and sew-on patches, and in ad- 
vertising material. 

• La Verne, Calif. Have you heard about the "Kinsmen" 
program? The purpose of this undertaking is to assist the 
widows and older folks of the church who have special 
needs. The members of the Men's Club, under the leader- 
ship of Dave Corder, are willing to do whatever needs to 
be done such as: move furniture, weed lawns or gardens, 
mow lawns, trim hedges, paint or do repairs. This is a 
program where actions speak louder than words, and the 
men are anxious to prove their willingness to WORK. 

•Fremont, Ohio. A Car Wash— for Souls . . . Something 
new and something different happened on a recent 
Saturday at Grace Brethren when the men and boys con- 
ducted a Free Car Wash! The object of this unusual 
undertaking was for the sole object of sharing Jesus 
Christ with those who came to accept the free services. 
A novel idea ... try it! 

• New York (EP)-The nation's Roman Catholic mem- 
bership increased by 180,037 in 1975 to reach a new 
high of 48,881,872 Cathohcs living in a record high of 
18,531 parishes in the 50 states. Catholics now make up 
22.78 percent of the population. 

Significantly, both infant baptisms and the number of 
converts to Catholicism increased, in the former case 
reversing a downward trend that began in 1962. Re- 
corded Catholic marriages, however, decreased by 
15,896 in 1975. 

In Memory 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

LEOHR, Dora, 82, Apr. 4, for 37 years a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Clay City, Ind. Robert Clouse, 

GETTER, Cozy, 81 , May 9, a member for 28 years in the 
North Riverdale church (Dayton, Oh,io), and also a work- 
er in Child Evangelism. Kenneth Cosgrove, pastor. 
WEBER, Cora, 91, Apr. 17. A longtime member of the 
First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. Services were con- 
ducted by her former pastor, Ralph Burns. 

• Deerfield, 111. (EP)— While aligning himself with Author 
Harold Lindsell's view on the authority, inspiration and 
inerrancy of the Scripture, Dr. Carl F. H. Henry says his 
publicized "reservations" about the book concern them- 
selves with the inversion and emphasis through which 
inerrancy becomes the first and primary issue in the dis- 
cussion of Scripture. 

"Inerrancy is clearly implied, logically deduced from 
and a necessary correlative of inspiration, though not 
explicitly taught," Dr. Henry told campus journalists in 
an interview at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
where he is visiting professor of systematic theology. 

Dr. Henry, whose interview will be syndicated exclu- 
sively by the Evangelical Press Association for its mem- 
ber periodicals, said the new Zondervan book by Dr. 
Lindsell "lacks theological balance," and stresses the 
Bible's authority ahead of inspiration or inerrancy. 

"I'm troubled," Dr. Henry said, "about the possibOi- 
ties of a vast amount of misunderstanding among the 
laity in view of excessive statements, and exaggerated ' 
perspectives that may only encourage some younger 
scholars to escape the force of Dr. Lindsell's real inten- 

He said the impression left by The Battle for the 
Bible is that the evangelicals are now simply a ghetto- 
operation. "What you don't get," he added, "is the real- 
ization that there is a vast tide of sympathy for our view I 
in many spheres. . . . Nor does The Battle for the Bible 
give us the sense that the Bible is battling for us, and 
that the other views are in desperate trouble, struggling 
to escape ever-encroaching skepticism by any and every 
possible means." 

• Richmond, Va. In the interest of using what is available 
and also establishing a friendly neighborhood spirit, the 
church council voted to use the vacant lot next to the I 
church for garden spaces. The ground was plowed and ' 
made ready for planting then spaces were offered to 
church members and neighbors. Perhaps there will be a 
"Harvest of Fruits" celebration when reaping time ar- 
rives. - I 

•New York (EP)— Evidence uncovered in Saudi Arabia I 
indicates that a site under excavation might be the I 
fabled gold mines of Solomon worked 3,000 years ago. 

American and Saudi geologists, working in a moun- 
tainous region between Mecca and Madina known as 
Mahd adh Dhahab, or "Cradle of Gold," say they might 
be standing at Ophir, mentioned in at least four books of 
the Bible. The site would have been within reach of the 
Umited transportation facilities of Jerusalem. Solomon 
rehed on the port of Aqaba from which ships and land- 
going vehicles could have reached the mines. 

Gold at one time was said to be outcropping on the 
surface and might have been a dazzling spectacle to the 

•Edinburgh (EP)— Membership of the national Church 
of Scotland (Presbyterian) is expected to decline from 
the 1973 level of 1,088,873 to less than a milhon by 
1981 and slightly more than 500,000 by 2001, accord- 
ing to a report presented to the Church's annual General 

The report is the second involving an economy survey 
of the Church carried out by Edinburgh University re- 
searchers. The group, headed by Prof. J. N. Wolfe and 
Dr. M. Pickford, warned Church leaders that they have 
only a decade in which to put their financial affairs in 




Vm a Child of the Kinq 

As a Citizen 


JULY 1, 1976 


The Flaq I Carry 

"Please, Mr. Beichler, may I carry 
the flag today?" I watched Jimmy's 
dark eyes grow wide with excitement. 
The children in Vacation Bible School 
loved to be chosen to be the flag bear- 
ers. To them it was a special honor to 
carry the American and Christian flags. 
When my husband answered yes, 
Jimmy hurried off to tell his friends. 
Somehow the day seemed much 
brighter for him. This was his day to 
carry the flag. 

As long as I can remember, it has 
meant something to carry the flag of 
the United States of America. In our 
schools, churches, parades, athletic 
events, and on many other occasions, 
people have proudly carried the colors 
of this great nation. Everyone, it 
seemed, but me. 

This realization came to me one 
Sunday morning in our Bible class at 
church. A man was stating, most em- 
phatically, that we ought to get in- 
volved! He was saying it is vitally im- 
portant that we as Christian people 
become involved in our communities, 
in civic affairs and politics. He 
added— even if it meant carrying a sign 
of protest or support down Main 

Sitting there listening, I began tak- 
ing inventory of my own Christian life. 
Certainly I had taken some interest in 
community affairs. I had served as 
PTA treasurer, president of Band 
Boosters, and helped in other organiza- 
tions, but carry a sign down Main 
Street? Never! I couldn't remember of 
ever having the privilege of carrying 
the American flag in public. 

A busy housewife and mother finds 
little time for activities outside the 
home. I could always use that excuse. 
The deeper I probed I knew there were 
times I could have been more involved. 
But my family always came first. Was 
that wrong? I wondered. Was it always 
my lot though to stand by while 
others carried the flags, the signs, and 
made speeches? What had I been doing 
all those years? 

Slowly I began to realize some- 
thing. Something I had known all 
along but now in a new and more vivid 
way. My citizenship is in heaven! 
While I deeply love America, the 

By Mrs. Paul Beichler 

thrust of my entire life is for a greater 
country. I had been carrying a flag all 
those years. It was displayed in our 
home, church, community and school. 
It was given to me by God. "Thou hast 
given a banner to them that fear thee, 
that it may be displayed because of 
the truth" (Ps. 60:4). 

There was my answer. The years of 
taking our family to church and devot- 
ing much time to the spiritual part of 
family life had taken time. Preparing 
to teach Sunday School lessons week 
after week was as normal for us as eat- 
ing and sleeping. Transporting our chil- 
dren to church and school activities 
filled the schedule. These were busy 

days. It was never our intention to 
parade our faith, or to draw attention 
to our spiritual service. Some have 
done far more, some less. We served 
because we loved— often serving in the 
quietness and solitude of our own 
home, with His banner over us. 

Oh, I wanted my children to grow 
up to be good Americans. I made 
every effort to teach them the values 
and principles upon which this coun- 
try was built. But one day, while 
watching my young son coming home 
from school, I realized I had to give 
him more. I watched as he lifted one 
foot, then the other, to trudge through 
the snow. He was so small and I loved 
him so. The tears stained my cheeks. 
What could I give him that would be 
of lasting value? Money? Material 
things? An education? These would all 
pass in time. I knew what the Bible 
said was true. "Heaven and earth shall 
pass away, but my words shall not pass 
away" (Matt. 24:35). I knew I was re- 
sponsible for planting the Word of 
God in the hearts of my children. It 
was the one thing that would endure 
forever. To this end was I committed. 

The years have slipped by quickly. 
Our two oldest children have grown, 
and God has given us another. Again I 
am reminded of my responsibility to 
her. At times I grow weary. Satan dis- 
courages but Isaiah 40:31 encourages. 
"They that wait upon the Lord shall 
renew their strength, they shall mount 
up with wings as eagles; they shall run, 
and not be weary; they shall walk, and 
not faint." Over and over this verse has 
given new strength to me. 

Knowing that I will not pass this 
way again, it is no time to falter now. I 
have one chance to lift the banner 
high. If for some reason, I must lay it 
down, I pray my children shall pick it 
up and carry it with care and devotion. 
The flag I carry is not mine, but His. 

(WMC Editor's Note: Frances and her hus- 
band are former missionaries with the 
American Missionary Fellowship and are 
now active members of the Wooster, Ohio, 
First Brethren Church. In a personal note 
following her article, Frances wrote: "While 
this article was written from personal ex- 
perience and from my heart, in a sense it is 
really a tribute to every Christian mother— 
the backbone of our nation. Anyone of 
them could have written the same.") 



(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 27 and 28 
of the 1976 Brethren AnnuaLy 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Mrs. Gilbert AelUg September 25 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic. 
Agnes Aellig September 28, 1968 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African RepubUc. 
Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


Jay Andrew Farner September 19, 1974 


Daniel William Shargel September 10, 1969 

21. rue Jules Guesde, 7 1 1 OO-Chalon-Sur-Saone, I ranee, 


Clifford Merle Coffman II September 14, 1963 


Mrs. Walter E. Haag September 1 1 


Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 

Mrs. Donald G. Hocking September 1 1 

c/o Mr. Malcom Schilling, 232 Junipero Ave., Apt. C-1, 

Long Beach, CaUf. 90803. 
Joel Daniel Hammers September 18, 1974 

450 Broadmeadows Blvd., Apt. 306, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 
Mrs. Edward D. Miller September 18 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 


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

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

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

Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Inu. 46590 
Secy.-Mis. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 

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

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

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, 

Box 157, 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 


Operation and Publication Ex- 
pense Fund needs your contribu- 
tions. This is the "gas" that 
mal<es WMC run. Fill it up! Of- 
fering due Septennber 10. 

Boguila, R.C.A. 
March 4, 1976 

Dear Christian Friends of the National WMC, 

Just a short note to thank you for your generosity in our behalf these 
past several months. Through your "support gifts" our needs have been 
met and through your "special gifts" our daughters Karen and Linda have 
been greatly helped In their college finances. Thanks so much for your 
thoughtfulness In these areas. 

We're excited about recent possibilities of change In our medical work- 
using a Missionary Aviation Fellowship plane for transportation. Donna 
and I just flew from Boguila to Bangui over a route which would have 
taken 14 driving hours— we made it in 2 hours. The possibilities are really 
tremendous In savings of time In travel as well as the fatigue which accom- 
panies these long trips. 

Thanks for your notes of kindness on special days, your prayers, and 
your support in these many ways. May the Lord richly bless you for it. 

Sincerely in Christ, 


The Aqc of Compromise 

By Florence H. White 

Winchester, Virginia 

This nation was conceived in the 
liberty breathed into life by our fore- 
bears' infinite faith in Almighty God, 
and nurtured through her early years 
by the blood of many heroes. Can we 
as the posterity of so noble a heritage 
cast aside our obligations to our fami- 
lies, our friends and neighbors by con- 
tinuing in an Age of Compromise? 
Surely as God's own hand led the way 
toward the founding of so noble a 
land, we through our own faith and 
trust in our Divine Creator should re- 
assess our values of ethics, morals, jus- 
tice, victory, honor, valor and religious 

The ethics of many of our citizens 
of today leaves much to be desired. 
They feel that labor is demeaning to 
them; that it is much more profitable 
for them to "enjoy" the pitiable wel- 
fare systems; and that it is their 
"right" that we who work must con- 
tribute to their shiftlessness. The wel- 
fare systems create within people less 
incentive to work, reduce their pro- 
ductive efforts, and reduce their faith 
in themselves as achievers. Throughout 
the early years of this country's settle- 
ment, men and women had to work to 
survive, they had to prepare constantly 

Throughout the Bible we are given 
references to work. God worked six 
days and rested (Gen. 2:2), yet we 
overworked Americans are dissatisfied 
with five days and are seeking a four- 
day work week. In II Chronicles 34:12 
we are told that men worked faithful- 
ly, while II Thessalonians 3:10 stresses 
that "if any would not work, neither 
should he eat." When Jesus sent the 
disciples out he told them "the work- 
man is worthy of his meat" (Matt. 
10:10). Therefore, if the disciples 
would do the work that Jesus com- 
manded, their needs would be sup- 
plied—this due to their personal effort. 

While the ethics of today's society 
leaves much to be desired, surely the 
morals of today are to be desired even 
less. Page 1 of "Anycity, U.S.A.- 
Gazette" is a sheet of horror. Kidnap- 
ping, rape and murder are becoming so 
commonplace that people "hide" be- 
hind their locked doors rather than aid 
a cry for help. Many in our land are so 
fearful that they dare not go out after 
dark. Deuteronomy 24:7 states clearly 
that the punishment for kidnapping is 
capital punishment, while Deuterono- 
my 22:25-27 imposes the death 
penalty for rape. God's pronounce- 

surely be put to death." 

Our youth are being fed the propa- 
ganda of "free-love— birth control 
pills— and abortion." Wake-up, Ameri- 
cans—how long will you permit this 
moral decay within this lovely land to 
continue. God established the divine 
institution of marriage, and blessed the 
home with children, how then can we 
condone the teaching of decadent and 
immoral men and women to continue 
to influence our children's lives, caus- 
ing them to willfully sin and murder 
through "free-love and abortion." 

Wherein lies justice: The penal 
system in a current state of upheaval 
decries the modicum of protection 
that is the "right" of every citizen of 
this fair land. All across our nation 
you hear the cry of law enforcement 
officers as daily they risk their lives 
protecting the citizenry only to be 
"gunned" down at the whim of a mis- 
creant from justice that has been re- 
leased because of graft, corruption or 
just plain loosely made law that can be 
twisted by clever legal minds to bene- 
fit the criminal. God's laws can never 
be twisted. They are emphatic and 
plain in Leviticus 19:1 5 and Deuteron- 
omy 16:18-19 while the punishment 

It takes a hard personal effort to achieve a sucessful life. 

for their families' needs both economi- 
cally, politically, and spiritually. They 
were "doers" not "takers." It takes a 
hard personal effort to achieve a suc- 
cessful life. It is gained in the reality 
that the well-being of self and family 
rests solely on the responsibility being 
taken and dealt with through personal 

ment in Genesis 9:5-6 leaves nothing 
to the imagination— He said, "Whoso 
sheddeth man's blood, by man shall 
his blood be shed: for in the image of 
God made he man." Whereas, Exodus 
20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17 and 
Romans 13:9 specifically state— "Thou 
Shalt not kill," and Leviticus 24:17 
says: "He that killeth any man shall 

of the death penalty was meted out 
for the crimes of murder, adultery, in- 
cest, sodomy, perjury, kidnapping, dis- 
obedience to parents, theft, and the 
offering of human sacrifice, just to 
name a few. 

In every war that our country has 
been engaged, the ultimate goal has 
ever been victory. To begin with, this 



country was a struggle of freedom- 
loving Americans striving against the 
forces that would keep them in a state 
of subjection. Our early forebears, de- 
cried the persecution of the iVIother 
country, England, and sought freedom 
despite the deprivation they suffered 
at the hands of the elements as well as 
the "savages." Yet, they persevered 
and established the beginnings of the 
freedoms that we Americans have 
fought and gained victory through the 
ensuing years. The father of our coun- 
try, George Washington, and his troops 
battled against insurmountable odds, 
yet with strong spirit and determi- 
nation gained the victory. Still later, 
brave men died at Lexington, Con- 
cord, and other battlegrounds, not for 
the sting of defeat— but rather the 
elation of victory. World Wars I and II 
brought victories that elevated our 
great land in a united effort that the 

death!" The resolutions were seconded 
by Richard Henry Lee and Thomas 
Jefferson and Thomas Nelson. What 
rhetoric! These were leaders, these 
were the men that believed, pro- 
pounded, and put their belief into 
action. Less than a month later the 
battle at Lexington, Massachusetts, 
began the Revolutionary War— how did 
it end? In victory! 

Deborah and Barak sang of victory 
in Judges 5:2, while David praised God 
for the powerful deliverance given him 
over Saul— in victory. 

Then, where goeth honor and 
valor? The Scriptures teach that the 
righteous are bold as a lion (Prov. 
28:1), and that we are not to be terri- 
fied by our adversaries (Phil. 1:28). 
There are many instances of honor and 
valor cited in the Scriptures, such as: 
Judges 7:7-23, when Gideon attacked 
the Midianites with 300 men, and 

Pioneer Preacher, by Z. F. Smith, the 
author related how George Washing- 
ton, in the presence of about 40 men 
and officers, was baptized by total im- 
mersion in the Hudson River. You say, 
well what's so great about that? Well 
the great is that he was a soldier, and 
he knew to obey a superior's com- 
mand. He could not reconcile his being 
a soldier of Christ and not following 
Christ's command to "believe and be 
baptized." His convictions were not 
thrust aside, he was true to his reli- 
gious principles and he took action. 

Rev. Raymond "Andy" Guest 
when addressing a DAR assemblage 
scathingly denounced the fact that 
legislation had to be "passed" to per- 
mit a student a few moments of silent 
prayer in the classroom if he so chose 
to seek God's direction on his en- 
deavor for the day. He said: "Isn't it 
pathetic that law can deny us the right 

What happened to the brave and courageous? Where is the honor and valor of yesteryear? 

forces of despotism could not con- 
quer. Again— victory. 

Where then lies the victory of Korea 
and Vietnam? What has happened to 
the brave and courageous? Where is 
the honor and valor of yesteryear? The 
brave men that fought, and were 
wounded, and died during these two 
infamous wars have given their all— and 
yet, where were the victories? 

Patrick Henry, in his defense of the 
resolutions at the second Virginia Con- 
vention, March 20, 1775, at St. John's 
Church, declared that the presence of 
British ships and troops in the North 
meant only one thing- "to force us to 
submission." He continued: "Gentle- 
men may cry peace, peace— but there 
is no peace. The war is actually begun! 
The next gale that sweeps from the 
North will bring to our ears the clash 
of resounding arms! Our brethren are 
already in the field! Why stand we 
idle! What is it that gentlemen wish? 
What would they have? Is life so dear, 
or peace so sweet, as to be purchased 
at the price of chains and slavery? For- 
bid it. Almighty God! I know not 
what course others may take, but as 
for me— give me liberty or give me 

when David slew Goliath in I Samuel 
17:32-50, and Joseph of Arimathaea 
in caring for the body of Jesus (Mark 
15:43). Thomas was willing to die 
with Jesus (John 11:16), and Paul 
went to Jerusalem even though he sus- 
pected that imprisonment awaited him 
(Acts 20:22-24, and 24:14-25). Honor 
and valor personified by courageous 
men and women. 

Then what of religious principles? 
Do we who are born again believers 
compromise! Could we like the three 
Hebrew children cited in Daniel 4 re- 
main true to our faith in God if we 
were subjected to the fiery furnace, or 
how about Stephen who suffered 
death when he stood firm and de- 
fended himself for his belief? Do we 
speak out in defense of our convic- 
tions or do we compromise? Today is 
the same as many years ago. People 
still thirst for the truth. In the 1700s 
the people of this nation were known 
to travel 40, 50 or even 100 miles to 
attend a meeting. Baptismal services 
saw 200 immersed at one time, and 
people camped on the grounds for 2 or 
3 weeks in order to hear the precious 
Word of God. In the book. The Great 

to think— for wherein can you say that 
thought and prayer begin or end?" So, 
stand up Christian Americans! Rise 
and be counted as against the compro- 
mise of ethics, morals and justice, vic- 
tory, honor and valor, and religious 
principles. Each new generation of 
Americans has the responsibility of 
leaving the world with more freedom 
than it had before they were born. As 
God the Father, God the Son, and 
God the Holy Spirit directs in our 
lives, let's each one light the torch of 
love once again in our hearts and re- 
affirm our faith in the religious prin- 
ciples that our forefathers lay down 
their lives for. Let us put on the whole 
armor of God; gird our loins with 
truth; have the breastplate of right- 
eousness; have our feet shod with the 
preparation of the gospel of peace; 
take the shield of faith; the helmet of 
salvation and the sword of the Spirit, 
the Word of God, and go forth today 
with a reaffirmation of our faith and 
confidence in our Saviour that will en- 
able us to stand firm in these last days. 
Therein we who love the Lord can 
stand up and be counted as being op- 
posed to this Age of Compromise. . . . 

JULY 1, 1976 


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

Statistics Don*t Bleed. However... 

Statistics don't bleed. 
And numbers aren't people. 

But there was a headcount at Pentecost. Because nunnbers are important. Important to God. And they 
should be to us. 
Statistics represent people. 
And numbers souls. 

And the objects of our "spiritual ministries" can be counted. That makes us accountable. Accounta- 
bility can hurt. If we're reaching more people, it shows statistically. And also if we're not. 
If "the numbers" are evaporating, we feel bad. 

We feel bad because we know numbers represent people. And we know we're reaching fewer. So when 
the count gets low, our emotions get low, too. And the temptation comes to become quite "spirit- 
ual" indeed: "Numbers don't matter to God. It's sp/n'ft/s/ growth that counts!" 
Spiritual growth counts. Sure. 
But people grow spiritually. 
Let's reach more so more can grow. 

Four years ago the Christian Education Department led the Brethren Church into Programmed 
Statistical Analysis (PSA). We're glad we did. PSA is a computer-evaluated monthly statistical check. 
It is provided to Brethren churches without cost as a ministry of our department. 
And like all normal computer services, our's can only throw out what's thrown in. However, in the 
process, it does a lot of fancy evaluating for us. And for you. 
But the purpose of PSA is not mechanical praise. 

We'll all celebrate your successes on awards night at national conference this August. 
PSA is a tool. A tool for your evaluation. Let it expose your numerical strengths and weaknesses. 
Then throw your concerted effort behind the sagging sectors of your spiritual programming. 
No, statistics don't bleed. 
But sometimes they show us where to bandage. 

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*Average attendance of all reporting Sun- \^ 


day Schools*-Mav 1975-165; May 



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Long Beach, Calif. Jirs 

tll^vid Hocking 

Roy D. Halberg 

*Growth igdex Ipsec^ on 181 reporting 
churches;! " 1 



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Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 

Ward Tressler 

Nelson Cleveland 

May 1975 weekly average attendance- 



Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 

Kenneth Koontz 

Jack Griffith 

29 365 II 1 1 

May 1976 weekly^ average atteridance- 


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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Merlin Berkey 

Bill Hardison 

Net Gain in reporting ^frches-399 per-§ 


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Ripon, Calif. 1 

Larry Smilhwick 

Bob Cover 


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Conemaugh, Pa. 
(Singer Hill) 

1 1 

Marvin Lowery 


Gail Howie 

sons or up 1.3 percent 
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Phoenix, Ariz. 

Mail Malles | 

1 1 Ordean Snowberger 

97 churches registered losses topting- 

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Charles R. Davis 

Sieve Rogers 



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Sidney, Ind. | 

Rollin SaiH 

Otho Hoagland | 

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Grass Valley, Calif. 

Arthur Carey 

Lloyd Goddard 



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Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Tlylor 

Largesl percentage increase-Grass Valley. 

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Gleifflora, Calif. -56; 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber 

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Surches. the more accurately these fiAires 
will represent the church growth pictu^ of 
the NFBC. We urge the total support of the 
churches of the NFBC in this computer- 


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)-184; Hagerstown, Md. JMaranatha)-376; Aiken, S.C.-52; Colum- ■ 
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davsburg. Pa. -203; Ken|i, 
Cypress. Calif.-107. * 

Alaska-tf9; Phoenix 

Ariz. (Grace)-150; 

evaluated church growth analysis which is 
provided free of charge to churches of the 

Fellowship by the Christian Education De- 





Evaluate. Consider. Reason 

The Christian Education Department Seminars 

in Youth Ministry and Sunday School Learning 

Are Stimulating Creative Thinking 

in Brethren Churches. 

Your Offerings Help Make Better Christian Education a Reality 

Give through your local church or write: 

The Christian Education Department 

P.O. Box 365 

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We need your help! 


Executive Committee 

Pres.-Lyle \V. Marvin, Jr. 

V. Pres.-Thomas McKinley, 5503 Menomonce Dr., Kokomo. Ind. 46901 

Secy .-Treas.- Roger Hancock., 6675 Worthington-Ga'ena Rd., Worthington, 

Ohio 43085 
Asst. Secy .-Treas. -Richard Wells, 514 S. Otterbein Ave., Westerville, Ohio 


Director of Boys Ministries 

Jack Cline, Grace ISrethren Church, First and Spruce Sts., Hagerstown, 
Md. 21740 

National Boys Adviser 
Rev. Edward Jackson 

Pastoral Adviser 
Rev. James Custer 

Advisory Committee on Boys Ministries 

Marvin Intermill 
Lyle E. Taylor 
Harry Fahnestock 
Roger Hancock 
Jerry Kurtz 
Bob Schultz 
J. Harold Stayer 
Glenn Sharp 
Ray Sturgill 

Waterloo, Iowa 
Wapato, Wash. 
Lebanon, Pa. 
Westerville, Ohio 
Pompano Beach, Fla. 
Elyria, Ohio 
Flora, Ind. 
Osceola, Ind. 
Orlando, Fla. 

Rev. Donald R. Taylor Ozark, Mich. 


WUmer Witt 
Qark K. MiUer 
Richard Wells 
Harvey Skiles 
Tom McKinley 
Lyle W. Marvin, 


Quakertown, Pa. 
Downey, Calif. 
Westerville, Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 
Kokomo, Ind. 
Cypress, CaHf. 

Members of the Board include all district presidents. 

The National Pellowship of Grace Brethren Men 


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JULY 15. 1976 



Helps and Hurts of a Branch Church 

6 When Stock Answers Failed 

8 Let Freedom Ring 

10 Somerset Grace Brethren Dedicate New Building 

12 BMH News Summary 

14 Grace Schools Accreditation Appraisal 

16 Grace Honors 

18 "A Night to Remember" 

19 McClain: Hall of Fame 

Charles W. Turner, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 
Tim Kennedy, Design and Layout Artist 
Fern Sandy, Editorial Secretary 
mega Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 
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 


;D-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 

firs< anri fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 

Hs.,Jd Co., Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 

kt, Inri 46SS0. Subscription price; $4.50 a year; 

.25. SpKci.-.l rates to churches. 


Dear Readers, 

I had no idea there were so 
many people who had lived in 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. But after 
the editorial "Jogging in Johns- 
town" appeared in the June 15, 
1976, issue of the Herald they 
seemed to come forward from all 
quarters. The comments apparently 
brought back a "flood" (what 
better word could be used of Johns- 
town?) of memories. To all of you 
people living in Johnstown— you 
have a lot of friends all over the 
country, and they have pleasant 
thoughts about their past associ- 
ations with your city.— CWT 

Dear Editor 

DThe Herald continues to get 
better. I particularly enjoyed the 
6-15 issue; even jogging on Wonder 
Street (you wonder if its a street) 
and Bob Thompson on "Vital 
Signs." Hope to send you many 
orders for Favorite Reflections .— 
Former Johnstown resident now in 

n Other comments ... "My wife 
and I enjoyed the editorial "Jogging 
in Johnstown." It makes us think 
of all of the good times that we en- 
joyed there." ... "I must disagree, 
there must be someplace in Johns- 
town where there is three feet of 
level ground. I think, maybe" 
. . . "You brought back some of 
the old days and a lot of happiness 
in your recent editorial about 
Johnstown. Years have passed, but 
the Lord has been good since those 
former days. Thanks a lot." 

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


Reflections By Still Waters 

Peter Rabbit Has 

a Problem 

By Charles W. Turner 


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My family enjoys the nearness-to- 
nature approach . . . with the conven- 
iences of civilization. But this ideal 
situation is not without its problems. 
A red-headed woodpecker is a beauti- 
ful creation, but makes a very un- 
welcome alarm clock at 4:17 a.m. 
when he or she raps his or her beak on 
the wood siding of the house. A chip- 
munk is cute when seen running on 
the patio, but loses much of the charm 
when he digs a hole in the lawn or 
burrows under the sidewalk making 
unsightly land changes. Peter Rabbit is 
a reminder of the wildlife close to 
where you live, but he sure is tough on 
the tulips. 

One of our favorite pastimes is to 
ride around the community and visit 
the new homes under construction. It 
is a "fun form" of daydreaming, and it 
is also a questioning time as to 
whether or not we built our home ac- 
cording to correct procedure. We also 
note that others have made the same 
mistakes we did. It seems there are 
two favorite spots to build these 
days— either in the woods or near a 
lake. If you get both a lake and a 
wooded lot at the same time, you are a 
real winner. We at least got the big 
trees and a small lake nearby and are 
most content with the setting. 

Recently as June and I were driving 
through a neighborhood of new 
homes, we spotted a garden with a 
four-foot-high fence around it. The 
garden was planted near a wooded area 
which must have been the homestead 
of some of the "original residents." 
Outside of the fence, looking into the 

garden through the fence, were two 
rabbits. They were hopping around ap- 
parently trying to find the one flaw or 
opening that would permit them en- 
trance to the forbidden Eden and a 
free lunch. They were devoting their 
undivided attention to the pressing 
problem confronting them. But they 
were obviously outwitted by a gardner 
who had determined to preserve some 
of the carrots for himself rather than 
donate his labors to the betterment of 
wildlife. I just wondered how long it 
would be before Peter Rabbit and his 
accomplice found an opening in the 
fence and reaped the rewards of dili- 
gent efforts. 

Barriers can serve different pur- 
poses in our lives. And finding ways 
through barriers may produce a 
stronger, wiser and more persistent 
person. Some barriers in the Christian 
life are to be overcome and are but 
testing grounds. Meeting and conquer- 
ing such testings will produce stamina 
and strength. It seems most worth- 
while goals present innumerable prob- 
lems before they are obtainable. 

However, when God sends a person 
on a mission, it usually results in the 
devil putting up some road barriers. 
Did you ever seek to do a work for 
God without some problems cropping 
up along the way? These barriers are 
overcome by persistent and dedicated 
work for the Lord. You have to find a 
way over them, or around them, or if 
need be— go under them. But get 
through you must if it is God's will for 
you to accomplish this mission for His 
glory. The really outstanding Christian 

never seems to give up, but will with 
God's help somehow find a way. 

Some barriers are put in the path of 
God's child to act as a "Stop— Look- 
Listen" warning. A reminder to slow 
down— reduce speed— think before you 
proceed. Some "fences" are like a 
warning barricade before you come to 
a bridge that is washed out. To go 
ahead through the barrier is just plain 
foolishness and will result in physical 
harm to the individual. God puts 
spiritual barriers in the way of His chil- 
dren to stop them from spiritual dis- 
asters in their lives. One's conscience, 
if controlled by the Holy Spirit, is a 
good fence. And to seek a way 
through the barrier is to invite the loss 
of favor and blessing from God. The 
barriers are best seen in the warnings 
of the Word of God. Stop at the fence 
and back off when you are warned. 

One's problem is to know whether 
a fence has been put there by God as a 
place of testing to see whether you 
have the dedication to keep going, or 
whether Satan is trying to block your 
way. This is not as big a problem as we 
often make it. If it is wrong or in any 
way goes against Biblical revelation- 
stop and do not look for an opening to 
get through. Do not kid yourself into 
questioning-Who? What? Why? 

If you find hardships and barriers in 
your mission for God, consider it a 
testing time and do not give up in find- 
ing a solution. 

I imagine Peter Rabbit and his 
friend found an opening because the 
lettuce and carrots surely made an en- 
ticing lure. ^ 

JULY 15, 1976 

Want to read the greatest success 
story in missions? It is the account of 
how a few men began a movement 
that would eventually encompass the 
entire Roman world and beyond. It's 
found in the Book of Acts. 

What was their strategy? At the 
heart of it all was a ministry of plant- 
ing churches. We often hear references 
to Paul's obvious strategy of planting 
local congregations in strategic metro- 
politan centers across the Roman Em- 
pire. However, we seldom hear of sfep 
two in that process. For example, in 
Acts 19 Paul is seen spending two 
years preaching and teaching in Ephe- 
sus. But Acts 19:10 goes beyond 
Ephesus and says "that all who lived in 
Asia heard the word of the Lord" 

From the main city on the coast, 
Paul's ministry reached over 200 miles 
into the interior of the Roman prov- 
ince of Asia. That is where it becomes 
clear that step two came into play. 
The Ephesian church became the cen- 
ter of a web of congregations which 
branched off from Paul's ministry. The 
work of church planting was more 
than the work of a church-planting 
missionary; it was the work of church- 
planting congregations! 

The same branch principles are ef- 

fective today as seen in the develop- 
ment of the Valley Grace Brethren 
Church of Armagh, Pennsylvania. The 
story actually began when laymen 
from the First Brethren Church of 
Johnstown began a branch Sunday 
School in nearby Riverside. That 
branch grew into a self-supporting con- 
gregation with the help of the Home 
Missions Council. In 1974 through the 
vision of laymen in Seward and with 
the encouragement of Pastor Don 
Rough and the Riverside church, a 
branch church was established in 
Armagh. This work has been blessed of 
God these past two years, and June 13 
marked the ground-breaking service at 
Armagh for our new building. 

The challenge from what has been 
done here is to understand how God 
can use congregations to branch out 
and establish new churches which can 
also reproduce themselves. 

The advantages of branch church 
planting are many. In my opinion, it 
seems to put our resources to their 
maximun use. When combined with 

the energy and support of local con- 
gregations in the district, the experi- 
ence and direction of the Home Mis- 
sions Council makes the work move 

Just the financial statistics them- 
selves bear out the benefits. From the 
very first Sunday as a church the 
Armagh congregation has carried a 
minimum of 48 percent of the pastor's 
salary in addition to meeting all ex- 
penses of operating the church. The 
district has helped with another 36 
percent. The Home Missions Council 
has had to support only 16 percent of 
the pastor's salary. This surely frees re- 
sources that are needed elsewhere 
across the nation. 

Having a mother church has been a 
big help for Armagh. The Riverside 
church in 1975 alone channeled over 
$2,000 through the district mission 
board to support the work. 

When compared with a lone pastor 
and a small Bible class, the branch 
work also has greater resources of 
manpower. GROW visitation teams 
from Riverside began to work in the 
Armagh— Seward area multiplying the 
efforts of the local Christians. Our first 
Vacation Bible School was held jointly 
with Riverside taking advantage of 
their facilities and teachers. Coopera- 


tion of this kind makes the initial 
stages of the branch church both easier 
and faster. 

The first Sunday of the Armagh 
Sunday School is another powerful ex- 
ample of the advantages enjoyed by a 
branch church. On our very first Sun- 
day we had a complete Sunday School 
with five classes, each with a trained 
teacher. It was done only as a branch 
church could do it. Several weeks be- 
fore the break, teachers were lined up 
and then assigned to work with teach- 
ers in corresponding classes In the 
Riverside Sunday School. On that first 
Sunday of May 1974, these teachers 
simply continued the lessons that the 
children had enjoyed right along. 

One intangible and yet important 
factor is the mutual excitement that a 
branch church generates. The new 
Christians were first raised up as part 
of a going and growing local church. 
The excitement of seeing what can be 
done does carry over. 

On the other hand, the excitement 
of seeing a branch church grow also 
gets into the mother church as well. It 
is no coincidence that the tremendous 
growth experienced at Riverside really 
began with the Armagh work. The 
close tie thus created still exists be- 
tween the two churches. Many faithful 
supporters from Riverside appear at 1 
a.m. to help with our newspaper- 
stuffing project at the Johnstown 
Tribune-Democrat Pastor Rough was 
our special speaker at the ground- 
breaking service. This mutual encour- 
agement means a lot to both groups. 
However, there are also difficulties 
in starting a branch work. Probably 
the biggest problem experienced at 
Armagh was the jolt of the transition 
from the mother church to independ- 
ent services. The work that It takes to 
keep momentum going, the number of 
jobs that each one must do In the new 
church (that were formerly done for 
them) seem to multiply. The going 
program and the facilities are all left 

Some families who were extremely 
enthusiastic about a new church, dis- 
covered that they were not ready to 
cope with the new situation. Some 
falter and others fall away. One thing 
that you quickly discover is that you 
really don't have all that you think 
you have in the number of people 
committed to building a new church. 
Praise the Lord for those who dug in 
and bore the burden. It takes real ef- 

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An expanding bus ministry means more people. 

Cramped in the facilities of the Grange Hall, the congregation is anxious for the new building. 

fort, vast amounts of patience, and un- 
failing dedication to make it work. 
Without those kind of people, a 
branch church (or any new work for 
that matter) will not make It. Behind 
all the publicity of growth in our 
home mission churches lie faithful 
Christian families doing a lot of work 
under often difficult conditions. They 
confront discouragements, problems, 
and adjustments that those In estab- 
lished churches are never called upon 
to face. It would be wise to carefully 
prepare these new Christians before 

sending them out as a branch work. 

Do we want to make an impact on 
our nation for Christ? The opportuni- 
ty has never been greater for the 
Brethren Church. But it means that In 
addition to the church-planting mis- 
sionaries sent out by The Brethren 
Home Missions Council, we need to 
see church-planting congregations with 
a vision to build branch works In near- 
by communities. Paul's ministry 
reached 200 miles— how far does your 
church reach? When do you plan to 
move on to step two ? W 

JULY 15, 1976 

'Your son has just been in a serious 

By Pastor Thomas Inman 

Colorado Springs, Colorado 

The assignment: A behind-the- 
scenes story of the nitty gritty of 
building a Brethren Honne IVIissions 
Church— like the day-by-day blessings 
and obstacles of a home mission pastor 
and his people. 

The deadline: May 15. 

The story: It came sooner than one 
would think! and more terrifying! 

Our telephone rang sharply at just 
after midnight that second Sunday 
evening in April, a night that usually 
finds pastors— including home mission 
ones— exhausted from the full schedule 
of the day. And I was no exception! 

Groggily I staggered from bed, 
stumbled down the hall, and groped 
for the phone on the kitchen wall. No 
bedside phone, of course! The voice 
on the other end said, matter-of-factly, 
"This is Doctor Haymond in Warsaw 
and your son has just been in a serious 
accident. His car hit a train and I feel 
we should move him to Fort Wayne 
where a urologist will be available." 

"How badly is he hurt? Was some- 
one with him? What can we do?" ... a 
thousand questions throng your mind 
accompanied by a creeping numbness 
that grips your body. 

Then . . . words of encouragement 
from Grace College Associate Dean 
Snively, routed from his bed, already 
doing his job and beyond! By then the 
family was aroused. It was a time of 
trying to comprehend what had hap- 
pened; of trying to face the crisis 
through Christ; of tears and much 
prayer. In one moment my world had 

accident. His car hit a train. 

collapsed. Finally, back to bed and to 
troubled sleep. 

Morning dawned and we sent the 
message to family and friends— 
especially the "family of God" that He 
has called us to work with here in the 

How will they respond? One need 
not ask, for years of sharing one an- 
other's heartaches and heartbreaks has 
predetermined a caring born of the 
love of the Lord and of one another. 
The question came almost automati- 
cally from each member contacted, 
"How can I help?" And help they did! 

I had gone to Denver early for a 
funeral. When word came from the in- 
tensive care unit asking us to come to 
Fort Wayne's St. Joseph's Hospital im- 
mediately, Geneva had just one hour 
to get home from her aid work at 
school, pack, and catch a plane* to 
Denver where we would continue our 
flight together. Neighbor ladies from 
the congregation helped pack the 
needed suitcases and get Geneva to the 
plane. Others made necessary phone 

We were in the midst of our annual 
missionary conference with Marie 
Mishler and Margaret Hull (the Don 
Millers had been here, too, but had left 
that very day). Gallantly all carried 
on . . . for Christ. The next evening, 
Tuesday, the congregation decided to 
go ahead with an African-style com- 
munion service complete with the 
table settings to fit the theme— just as 
had been planned. John Aeby, the 

When Stock Answers Failed 


home mission pastor at Arvada, and his wife 
graciously treked to the Springs to help our 
deacon board guide this important pre-Easter com- 
munion service. 

I "fought the Lord" for my son's life all the 
way on the trip to Chicago. "Lord, you can't take 
my only son!" Stock answers echoed in my 
head— answers I'd given to others in similar circum- 
stances like . . . "God gave His only Son," and 
"Remember Romans 8:28." But I didn't want an- 
swers like that; I wanted my son to live. 

Geneva and I wept and waited through thu 
two-hour layover in Chicago. I felt empty inside. 
Neither Geneva nor I could bring ourselves to call 
Fort Wayne to learn of Bryce's condition. We 
didn't want to know ... if it was bad news. How- 
ever, caring and praying had begun across America 
from Colorado Springs to the home churches of 
Geneva's relatives and mine. The churches of the 
Rocky Mountain Region were alerted and were 
already before the Father's throne for us. The 
prayer chain of our church in the Springs, as 
always, faithfully fulfilled its mission of prayer. I 
believe all of this is why, as we sat on the runway 

chain that spells the "oneness" of Brethren across 

Pastor Aeby had phoned Pastor Galen Lingen- 
felter in Fort Wayne who in turn had contacted 
this lady of his church. His own gracious visit to 
the waiting room in the early hours of that day 
brought a solace to me that is indescribable. Be- 
yond this. Pastor Galen "went the second mile" in 
caring for pressing and continuing needs. Estab- 
lished churches and their pastors really care about 
home mission personnel! 

Folk from "our own" Brethren Home Missions 
Council displayed Christ's love immediately in 
their visits and assurances of prayer. What great 
and gracious folk to work with and for. 

Grace Schools responded too, as a faculty, staff 
and student body. Vance Yoder, academic dean, 
cared for all faculty contacts to make arrange- 
ments so Bryce would not need to lose a semester 
of college credit. What a tremendous faculty! Dean 
Kriegbaum showed compassion and caring in help- 
ing with varied details and concerns and in taking 
us to see the demolished car and crash site. There 

in Chicago, waiting for a freed runway, at last I 
yielded and could say, "Not my will, but thine be 
done!" My battle had been won. 

Arrival in Fort Wayne brought the welcome 
news that, although still in critical condition, the 
internal bleeding was NOT from Bryce's vital 
organs but from the multiple fractures his pelvic 
area had suffered. 

Later, graciously, sleep carried us through the 
night in the waiting room of the intensive care 

Alone in a strange city? No. Early the next 
morning a lady from First Brethren in Fort Wayne 
appeared with coffee and an offer of lodging in her 
home— just a few steps from the rear door of the 
hospital. How had she learned of our need? Who 
had alerted her? The answer: More caring in a 

is no way we could mention all who had a part in 
this united effort to meet our needs both physical 
and spiritual. 

After consultation with the head physician on 
Thursday, I returned home. Geneva remained for 
two weeks until Bryce was out of intensive care 
and settled in his own room. 

Easter Sunday lay just ahead. On returning, I 
found our refrigerator bulging with food, brought 
each evening to our home to care for our 
daughters in our absence. (Lyn Nelle was still re- 
covering from knee surgery.) 

Easter dawned beautifully and 340 crowded 
into the two worship services. Following each 
service, one of our deacons addressed the wor- 
shipers as I waited in the foyer to shake hands. An 

(Continued on page 9) 

JULY 15, 1976 

By Robert W. Thompson 

Freedom has always been a word to stir our hearts. 
History has been punctuated with its echoes and it 
has provided the banner under which millions have 
rallied against the forces that would enslave them. 
Throughout the history of man there have been those 
declarations which have proclaimed it, but they reach 
their crescendo in the words of our Lord: "If the Son 
shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." In His 
death on the cross Jesus Christ purchased pardon and 
freedom for the sin-enslaved milUons of the ages. 

One might think that in the light of these bond- 
breaking, shackle-splitting words that His people 
would be enjoying the total freedom and Uberty so 
graciously provided. The truth, however, is that the 
church, hke her predecessor Israel, is slow to "possess 
her possessions," and consequently has not enjoyed 
the full realization of robust life and growth as ex- 
pressly desired by our Lord. Instead, she labors in the 
restricted confines of the brickyard of mediocrity 
while the Promised Land of milk and honey lies with- 
in her grasp. Were this chain of bondage to be broken 
and the full, uninhibited, productive processes of the 
church loosed in a fertile world of hungry hearts, 
there would be such a harvest to amaze the pessimis- 
tic churchmen of today. 

The chain, ah, yes! What is this strangulating bond 
that tends to limit the "Mystery of the age" against 
which our Lord has declared the "gates of hell shall 
not prevail." We know, of course, that the arch 
enemy of our souls has set his forces in militant array 
against the progress of the church, but I'm afraid that 
her friends have, likewise, presented equally as great 
an obstacle. The attitude and actions of our constitu- 
ency have served to provide a chain of circumstances 
and conditions that tend to restrict our development. 
Let us look closely at this chain and, link by link, 
consider these conditions within our own Fellowship 
that well might be the cause of our rather diminutive 

The first link that must be broken is our uncertain- 
ty concerning the very nature of the church. The con- 
tinued emphasis on the importance of the church uni- 
versal has tended to minimize the centrality of the 
local church in God's economy. There is a universal 
body of believers including all of those believers from 
Pentecost to the Rapture, but the only church that 
you and I can idenfify with is that which is mani- 
fested in a given local geographical location. If these 
local churches are to grow, we must increase our em- 
phasis and involvement in the local body. 

Many of the large para-church organizations have 
arisen on the premise that the local church is not 
doing the job. This may be true but the solution does 
not lie in a substitute program but rather in a revivifi- 
cation of that one singular organization which Jesus 
said He would build. 

Another link in this inhibifing chain is the current 
devotion to the dollar. Our emphasis on money has 
taken its toll. God's desire for the church is for it to 
depend on Him to supply its every need. Today, how- 
ever, our confidence is more in gold than God. Too 

Let Freedom Ring 

Part One 

many decisions in church growth are made with the 
bank balance in view rather than the tremendous 
reservoirs of heaven. This fiscal irresponsibility tends 
to limit the church both in its expansion growth and 
its extension growth. 

Next there is the matter of the deployment of the 
troops. The current wind of unrest that seems to be 
blowing through our churches today indicates an ap- 
parent discontent with various roles of service both 
among the laity as well as the clergy. The church has 
begun to take on the appearance of a Department of 
Misplaced Persons. We tend to confuse talents with 
gifts, aspirations with qualifications, longevity with 
maturity, human coercion with the call of the Spirit 
and consequently are reaping a whirlwind of con- 

A careful study of the Biblical concept of the 
Body and its respective members would tend to cor- 
rect our well-meaning, though misguided, efforts to 
deploy the troops. The change in the emotional and 
spiritual stability of a local church is immediately de- 
tected when its members are plugged into their 
proper sockets. God is more interested in fitting the 
job to the man than man to the job. 

At great risk now of being labeled a heretic, I dare 
to suggest that our common and traditional under- 
standing of congregational government adds further 
strength to the bonds of inertia that hinders our 
growth. Biblical principles in church leadership have 
been abdicated in deference to the rule of the majori- 
ty. We need a reaffirmation on the part of the church 
to submit, first of all to the Lordship of Jesus Christ 
and then to the authority and leadership of the 



undershepherds in keeping with the Biblical prece- 

We have been quick to detect rebellion against 
authority on the part of those outside the church but 
I'm afraid that we, ourselves, have been victimized. 
Too many times we have adopted the philosophy that 
says, "We will not have this man to rule over us." 
None of us would certainly suggest or subscribe to a 
protestant papacy, nor would we want to take the 
final voice away from the people. But there is certain- 
ly a need today for a reemphasis on the Biblical prin- 
ciples of leadership. 

Yet another hnk in the chain is our great con- 
fusion on the subject of evangelism. One might think 
that such a matter would hardly warrant our con- 
sideration since all of us would be quick to confirm 
our behef in reaching the lost. Yet when pressed fur- 
ther, we quickly note a great diversity among the 
Brethren as to the meaning of evangehsm. 

The various philosophies of and emphases in evan- 
gelism will be given further consideration in part two 
of this article. In addition, four more links in the 
chain will be discussed, along with a plan of attack to 
provide strength to begin breaking the links. # 

When Stock Answers Failed- (Continued from page 7) 

offering of love was given to us at the close of the 
day to meet unexpected expenses. Our folk were 
"Involved" as they always are! 

Writing assignment complete? Yes, but the 
larger assignment goes on— the continuing nitty 
gritty of the Lord's work here on an American 
mission field. This is made easier when one had 
just experienced the interdependence and caring of 
his local people, plus scores of other congregations 
across this great land of ours. Just to know that 
they care, that the pictures and names that appear 
in the Daily Devotions prayer booklets are more 
than just that to folk; but are living, breathing 
pastors and wives engaged in the Lord's work. 

There are, of course, other blessings that flow 
as the local "family of God" becomes increasingly 
involved; like the ready response of one of our 
deaconesses to an urgent phone call of a grand- 

mother who desperately needed to be led to 

Then, there are the obstacles; like a constantly 
moving populace due to military moves (every 2 
and a half to 4 years or sooner) and moves due to 
limited job opportunities in a city nearly devoid of 

As a congregation we dream and plan for the 
day when we can go self-supporting, carrying our 
own load financially, thus releasing moneys being 
expended here for use in other needy fields of our 
land. But we here in the Springs must develop a 
greater stability and a greater dedication to the 
God-given privilege of giving to the Lord in spite 
of one of the highest cost of living indexes in this 
country and a low wage scale. 

God bless you all . . . real good! I'm glad I'm a 
home mission pastor! 

(BHM Editior's note: After 58 days in ttietiospital, Bryce was able to return home to Colorado 
Springs. He was immobile for five weeks in a body sling, then underwent therapy on a tilting 
table twice a day for three weeks. He is now able to walk with crutches and drive a car. Accord- 
to Mrs. Inman, a major summer project will be restoring some of Bryce's lost weight He was 
down to 108 pounds.) 

Somerset Grace Brethren Dedicates New Building 

(Continued from page 10) 

The Bible message was delivered by 
Dr. Jerry Falweil, pastor of the 
Thomas Road Baptist Church of 
Lynchburg, Virginia, and president of 
Liberty Baptist College of Lynchburg, 
Virginia, who flew in from Lynchburg 
for the dedication in the afternoon. 

We want to commend the Grace 
Brethren Church of Somerset, its con- 
gregation, its staff and friends for their 
dedication for the total cause of 

JULY 15, 1976 

Christ. Their ability to make the best 
use of the facilities at liand and to use 
them to the maximum for the rapid 
growth and development of this 
church certainly is commendable. 
They have only two members of the 
staff on salary, the pastor and a secre- 
tary, Mrs. Florence Knepper. The bus 
mechanic, Harold Mollis; the bus direc- 
tor. Dale Younkin; the youth director, 
Paul Wicks; and a myriad of others 
who have helped in so many ways 
make up this entire staff and corps of 
soul winners. Pastor Clifford Wicks, 

with his aggressive leadership, his 
strong compassion for the lost, and his 
supreme desire to see God's will ac- 
complished in every life, provides a 
beautiful example of a pioneering, 
church-building, home missionary. The 
vision of the congregation to develop 
this mountaintop location is certainly 
going to be blessed of God. Their de- 
sire to go ahead and develop a program 
on a do-it-yourself basis is to be appre- 
ciated by Brethren people everywhere. 

By Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Qrace Brethren 
I Dedicate 
New Building 

On a beautiful mid-May summer 
day the Grace Brethren Church of 
Somerset, Pennsylvania, dedicated a 
new building which now becomes their 
sanctuary. Another milestone has been 
met in the development of this un- 
usual former home mission point. It 
was an unusual day wit