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Highlights of an Exciting Year 

Reflections By Still Waters 

A Prosperous New Year to You! 

"A*ii}t Sally's Prosperity 0*1 " \ 
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Charles W. Turner 


We share together all of 
those special greetings for the 
right time and the right season. 
. . . Remember, "A Merry 
Christmas and a Happy New 
Year"? Well, in some areas of 
the country it is not a "hap- 
py," but a "prosperous" New 
Year that finds its way into 
the vocabulary. I am not cer- 
tain what it all means, inas- 
much as different greeters 
have their own interpretation 
of the word prosperous. 

To illustrate this point, I re- 
cently heard a radio broadcast 
which aired the happy ring of 
gospel music, and, with it, an 
invitation to attend special 
services on a Sunday after- 
noon. It held out unusual 
promises to those who would 
attend. The highlight of the 
service was the opportunity to 
be anointed with— get this— 
"Aunt Sally's Prosperity Oil." 
Uncertain as to what "Aunt 
Sally's Prosperity Oil" was, I 
did not have to wait long to 
find out. 

The explanation went like 
this. If you were to be anointed 
with this oil, it would mean 
that you would "receive love, 
joy, peace, longsuffering, and 
money, and I do mean 

money!" Probably most of the 
hearers missed the mention of 
the fruits of the Spirit, and 
only remembered the promise 
of money. (I think this was 
the intent of the speaker, any- 

It served as another crass re- 
minder that people are looking 
for the easy way, whether it 
be in the secular or religious 
realm. The promise to get rich 
quick sells millions of books 
each year. If you were to be- 
lieve the authors, you could 
get rich quickly in real estate, 
gold, silver, copper, antiques 
or whatever might be sug- 
gested. The huckster states 
that if a depression comes or if 
inflation continues, there is a 
way for you to get rich. 

There are a lot of easy an- 
swers being offered in religion 
as well. "Aunt Sally's Prosper- 
ity Oil" is just one of the 
thousands of promises ex- 
tended to the easy-answer lis- 
tener. He is the person who 
wants religion and all the 
benefits that go with it. He is 
willing to listen to anyone 
who promises him something 
for nothing . . . those things 
that will give him his wishes 
and let him enjoy life accord- 
ing to his own desires. But we 
all know it does not work that 

The Scriptures do tell the 
way to life, and it is through 
Jesus Christ. Christ is the way 
to the Father. Full provisions 
have been made for each per- 
son to be forgiven under the 
shed blood of Jesus Christ. 
But the opportunity to be 
saved does not mean immedi- 
ate prosperity and ease which 
our human natures desire. 
Jesus spoke of opposition 
from the world and the devil, 
and the need of complete 
dedication in our Christian 
tian lives. He spoke of cross 
bearing, and not turning back 
once we started on the Chris- 
tian journey. 

Oh yes . . . there are bless- 
ings, peace, and comfort in the 
Christian experience. The 
blessings come from a heart 
submitted, the peace comes in 
the midst of tribulation, and 
the comfort comes when the 
hurts are being healed. The 
person who promises that "if 
you follow Jesus, you will see 
all the problems disappear," is 
not to be heeded. Those who 
promise trouble-free happiness 
in following God either are 
deceived or are in the process 
of deceiving others— maybe 

So peddlers like Aunt Sally 
have a way, but it is not THE 

€L January '80 

Cover photo by John Burtoft 

in icnc 

35 Years Ago- 1945 

"First Impressions," an article by Wayne 
and Dorothy Beaver, appeared in the Herald. 
It told of their first days in French Equa- 
torial Africa. . . . The Polmans paid a visit 
to Brethren students at Bob Jones Uni- 
versity where there were 32 in attendance, 
and to Bryan University where 20 students 
enrolled. . . . Henry Rempel held revival 
services at Summit Mills, Pennsylvania, 
where Kenneth Ashman was pastor. 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

Eddie and Linda Mensinger have finished 
their preparations and are ready to go to 
Africa as missionaries. . . . Shimer E. Darr 
was ordained to the ministry at Washington, 
Pennsylvania. . . . Charles W. Turner, pastor 
of Rittman, Ohio, Brethren Church, visited 
the missionary field in Brazil and was pres- 
ent at the Brazilian national conference. He 
was accompanied by Donald Emch. . . . 
Thomas Hammers was called to the 
Development Department at Grace Schools. 

5 Years Ago- 1975 

Coolville, Ohio, dedicates their new 
church facility. . . . Twenty-one Christian 
schools are now being operated by churches 
of the NFBC Paul Woodruff was or- 
dained to the ministry at Clayton, Ohio. 


Volume 42 Number 1 January 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles. 

WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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Ibimti features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• BMH News 10 • Best of the Books 20 • 

• A Children's Story 33 -Now 40 • 



Dear Editor, 

Page 21 of the October Herald caused me great rejoicing. Being an 
ex -banker and an ex-I.R.S. employee, 5.85 percent on our B.I.F. ac- 
counts is good news to me. 

At my suggestion, my church will now begin to put a rose on the 
organ (which has been done in the past) and also a five dollar deposit 
in a new B.I.F. account for each baby born into our church family. 

Perhaps each new life growing up will realize it had a part in 
Home Missions, and they may have also received at birth the begin- 
ning of a Grace College education fund. 

My motto is, "Put your money where it belongs-in a B.I.F. ac- 

P.S. I am mounting page 21 on our church bulletin board. I'm sure 
Mr. Fretz won't mind. 

Editor's note: I assure you Mr. Fretz "won 't mind. " Thanks for the 
excellent suggestion. What shall I say brethren, "go and do like- 
wise "? 

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The song writer has written 
"We've come this far by faith, 
leaning on the Lord. ..." How 
well this expresses the attitude 
of the people in Irasburg, ' 
Vermont. What a thrill it was 
to look out over an overflow 
audience of 203 people 
gathered for the dedication of 
the first Grace Brethren 
church in the New England 
States. The day-November 
11, 1979. 

Rev. Luke Kauffman, 
pastor of the Myerstown, 
Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren 
Church, was the dedicatory 
speaker bringing a great 
challenge on "Persistent 
Prayer" as it relates to church 
growth. Hearts were thrilled 
with the vocal solos of Mr. 
Melvin Tufts, Christian school 
administrator from the 
neighboring state of New 
Hampshire. The students of 
Grace Christian School blessed 
the congregation by singing 
"Onward Christian Soldiers" 
and "We've a Story to Tell to 
the Nations." The pastor of 
the Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 
Grace Brethren Church, Rev. 

by Pastor John Snow 

Warren Tamkin, spoke at the 
morning worship hour and 
brought greetings in behalf of 
district and Brethren Home 

The Grace Brethren Church 
of Irasburg, Vermont, is now a 
reality in the hearts and minds 
of the people in northern 
Vermont. The church is 
located at the intersection of 
Routes 5 and 14, just south of 
the little village of Coventry. 
Many cars pass by each day, 
and people can see the 
building loftily positioned 
atop a hill on a 10-acre site. 

Construction began on June 
1 1 with the arrival of a huge 
bulldozer to prepare the 
footers which would soon be 
laid. Progress moved rapidly 
that first week, and it was 

Pastor Snow reviews the building 

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exciting to see more progress 
each new day. Volunteers 
from the church worked as 
they were able, which 
contributed a greal deal 
toward alleviating labor costs. 
A special blessing occurred 
during the first week of 
September when seven men 
plus two couples from the 
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 
Grace Brethren Church, came 
to help with the construction. 
A tremendous amount of 
work was produced by these 
dear folks, plus the joy of 
Christian fellowship during 
that week. The church 
members rejoiced to be the 
recipients of such love and 

concern of Brethren people 
across this Fellowship. Then 
there was the surprise when 
four couples from the same 
church attended the dedication 

September 1 7 was set as the 
date for the opening of Grace 
Christian School for grades 
kindergarten through eighth 
which was to utilize the class- 
rooms. The workers labored 
hard to complete that phase 
for the opening of school. 
Then on October 7 the 
worship center was ready for 
the first worship service. 
Again hard work by the 
excellent contractor, Mr. 
Eugene Webster (who is also a 

member of the church) made 
it possible for the group to 
finally move from the tempo- 
rary meeting quarters at the 
Irasburg Elementary School. 
There were 85 people attend- 
ing that first service and in the 
evening service there were 1 07 
present to observe the first 
baptismal service. Twelve 
people entered the waters of 
baptism along with seven from 
the new work begun by Pastor 
Jim Hunt in Island Pond, 

Finally, November 1 1 was 
set as the dedication Sunday 
and the people prayed and 
planned for a great day. And 
what a great day it was! 

The building in progress 


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"To God Be the Glory" was 
the opening hymn, which 
expressed so well the heartbeat 
of the group in Vermont. 
After the greeting from Mr. 
Tamkin, Mr. Tufts sang "God 
Is My Refuge" which was 
most appropriate for the 
occasion. The many letters 
of greetings were shared from 
churches in the Fellowship. 
After the prayer of dedication, 
Mr. Tufts sang "Bless This 
Church"— a tremendous 
tribute to the purpose of the 
gathering together. 

The Grace Brethren Church 
of Irasburg has a beautiful, 
functional building— 4,230 
square feet to be used for the 

glory of God. Special thanks 
goes to the excellent work- 
manship and oversight of Mr. 
Webster who was extra careful 
to make sure everything was 
done right. In the expression 
of that appreciation, he was 
presented with a plaque which 
read: "In appreciation to Mr. 
Eugene Webster, III, of Cole 
and Webster, Inc., for the 
excellent superintendency of 
the building of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Irasburg, 

Now that dedication is 
over and the people have gone 
home, the church members are 
faced with the new challenges 
and goals before them. There 

are many desperate people 
who need the message of the 
Gospel. A portion of their 
covenant of dedication reads: 
"We dedicate this building to 
be a lighthouse in this com- 
munity for the defense of 
righteousness, for the rebuke 
of sin, and to be a bulwark of 
the faith." 

Surely, "We've come this 
far by faith, leaning on the 
Lord, trusting in His holy 
Word; He's never failed us 
yet." The congregation in 
Irasburg is confident that God 
has a great future in store for 
them in northern Vermont. 
Their thanks go out to the 
Northern Atlantic District 
Mission Board and Brethren 
Home Missions for their 
excellent support during this 
project. As one of the 
members so aptly put it, "It's 
great to be a Christian and it is 
also great to be with the 

There's snow in Vermont! Rev. Luke 
Kauffman and Rev. Jim Hunt join Pas- 
tor Snow for dedication services. 

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new resolutions . . . 
new beginnings . . ■ 
new changes . . • 
new opportunities . . . 

What about your new commitments to , Gotf 
Tnink about it. Are you really gomg to stick 
We have an opportunity for you. 

It will help you to . . . 

bring others to Christ, 
change homes, 
change lives, 
bring families together, 
encourage others. 

HoW? -rt in all of these by investing with us. 

You can have a part in alio 

You think we are stretching our point? 

Not really- . irrhe8 the task is harder. 

C^U^^ W " h th£ mUCh 

Write to us concerning our opportunities 

available to you. 
Let the Lord use you this year. 
Haven't you waited long enough? 


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Write to us for more information: Box 587 • Brethren Missions Building • Winona Lake, IN 46590 

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A Big God 
Produces Big Goals 

Pray for: 

1. Ten men to respond to Pastor Baer's discipleship efforts. 

2. Resulting fruit from Sam's visitation ministry. 

3. Fifty-two decisions by July 1980. 

4. A Self-supporting status by October 1, 1980! 





"We need to start wading out 
into the deep and begin trusting 
God to help us go self-supporting!" 
That statement, made by a lay 
member, summarizes the desire of 
the Dryhill Grace Brethren Chapel, 
Dryhill, Kentucky. 

In a November business meet- 

^\t's Corner. 

ing, the Dryhill congregation unani- 
mously voted to assume a 10 per- 
cent monthly increase in the 
church's financial support of their 
pastor, Rev. Sam Baer. Beginning 
with the month of December and 
increasing their support level by 10 
percent each month, the Dryhill 





by Larry N. 

The day I am writing this article, $387.50 
per ounce is the price of gold as reported in the 
Wall Street Journal. Last year on this day the 
price was $21 1.30 per ounce. The futures trad- 
ing on the Chicago Board of Trade reported 
selling one-year gold futures at $441.80. Over a 
two-year span, therefore, gold is expected to 
more than double in price! That's not a bad 
profit, is it? 

Let me direct your attention to two verses in 
Proverbs, the third chapter, verses 13 and 14 
(NASB). In the light of the skyrocketing 
market of gold, the lesson taught in this text is 
even more dramatic: 

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, 

And the man who gains understanding. 

For its profit is better than the profit of silver, 

And its gain than fine gold. 

And, for a definition of terms, look at the 
ninth chapter, verse 10: 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wis- 

And the knowledge of the Holy One is 

Tell your local banker sometime that you 
have a sure-fire way to "beat the market." It 
may lead to an interesting conversation. 

brethren anticipate fully supporting 
their pastor by September 30, 
1980. Upon reaching that goal, the 
church would then assume all other 
expenses becoming self-supporting 
in the month of October. 

Is self-support by October 1, 
1980, possible? No, it's impossible! 
And Pastor Baer is first to empha- 
size that, but he is quick to ask: "Is 
anything too hard for the Lord?" 
Claiming Genesis 18:14, these com- 
mitted believers are trusting their 
God for the impossible. 

Recognizing that trust alone is 
not enough, intermediate goals give 
this church some definite direction. 
Fifty-two decisions for Christ and 
26 baptisms by July 1980, in addi- 
tion to the effective discipleship of 
10 men, are some of the "stepping- 
stones" to self-support. 

Aggressively seeking these goals, 
the Dryhill believers have witnessed 
16 decisions and 6 baptisms with at 
least 5 more baptisms coming soon 
(reporting from July 1 through 
November 31). Also reported in 
November was a new record in Sun- 
day school growth. Receiving the 
October Sunday school banner for 
first place in Division "J" was a 
"first-time-ever" event, according 
to Pastor Baer. 

The "road" to self-support will 
not be an easy one to follow for the 
Dryhill. Chapel. Rated as the oldest 
Home Missions church, the Chapel 
will have some tremendous finan- 
cial barriers to overcome. But con- 
vinced that their God is bigger than 
the obstacles, the Dryhill brethren 
are looking forward to a self- 
supporting future. 

January '80 

Faithful Men - 

to Teach 

Grace Brethren Boys — 
equipping men to effectively minister to boys. 

In attempting to make this a reality, Grace Breth- 
ren Boys has been working closely with a number of 
churches in sponsoring Leadership Training Seminars 
for those men who are involved in a ministry to boys 
on the local level. To date, these Friday evening 
through Saturday afternoon workshops have been 
presented to about 150 men in 6 districts. Anyone 
who wants to minister to boys is welcome to attend. 
In fact, we have even had delegations from 2 other 
denominational groups attend our workshops! 

The five major areas of instruction that were 
covered are as follows: 

1. How to plan your yearly program 

2. How to develop your agenda for the month 

3. How to develop a resource pool of men 

4. How to prepare for your weekly meetings 


1. Using the Word of God 

2. Establishing the authority of God 

3. Using the devotions in the Chopping Block 

4. Use of tangible items and object lessons 

5. Making the devotionals yours 


Above: Mike Ostrander, 
national director of 
Grace Brethren Boys; 
and Harold Hollinger, 
national men's presi- 
dent, instructing a 
group of men in how to 
communicate spiritual 
truths to boys 

Far right: A group of 
men learning principles 
that will assist them in 
coping with the prob- 
lem boys in their units 

Right: Nick Jacobs, 
commander of our 
Grace Brethren Boys 
unit in East Columbus, 
Ohio, contemplating 
some of the instruction 
being presented at the 
North Central Ohio 
Leadership Training 


103 S. Willow St., Flora, Indiana 46929 

Phone: 219/967-3266 

1 . Involving the boy in the plan of salvation 

2. Using the Gospel Hand to reach boys 

3. Using the Wordless Book to reach boys 

4. Giving the boy assurance of salvation 

5. Teaching daily cleansing fr 


1. Root cause or symptom of problems 

2. The basic reason for their misbehavior 

3. The basic need for love 

4. Turn the problem boy into a prodigy 

1. Defining your goals 

2. Developing a workable strategy 

From the reports we are receiving in our office, 
God has been using this training to meet a definite 
need. It's exciting to hear what God is accomplishing 
through these men as they go back to their units and 
put this instruction to work. Boys are being saved. 
Units are taking on a new sense of direction and pur- 
pose. Men who were discouraged or defeated are find- 
ing a new enthusiasm. 

January '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

□ On October 17, 1979, members of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Davenport, Iowa, voted to become 
independent of all financial assistance from the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, as of January 1, 1980. M. 
Lee Myers, pastor. 

□ The Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola, Ind., 
gathered together on Nov. 11, 1979, for a ground- 
breaking service for new church facilities. This is the 
beginning of a half-million dollar project, which will 
include a Christian Education building for Sunday 
school and day school classes. Ward Miller, pastor. 

□ Effective Feb. 2, is the resignation of Rolland G. 
Coburn, from the pastorate of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Santa Maria, Calif. 

□ A sudden explosion and fire at his place of business 
took the life of Roger Ward recently. He was featured 
in the Christian Education pages of December's 
Herald because of his "going the second-mile" to 
minister to the 1979 Operation Barnabas Team 

He went home to be with the Lord following 
almost 2 weeks of hospitalization with 80 percent of 
his body burned. Three other employees were also 
burned and at this writing remain in intensive care. 

Roger was very active in the Norwalk, Calif., Grace 
Brethren Church. 

□ The senior high youth ministry team from the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, 
Ind., ministered in the Lake Odessa Grace Brethren 
Church in Michigan, Nov. 10 and 11. Their ministry 
included calling in the community; presenting "The 
Backpacker's Suite" on Saturday night with slides, 
songs and skits, puppetry; taking charge of the Sun- 
day school hour; and participating in various ways in 
the morning service. Directors of the group are Dave 
and Susie Hobert, missionary appointees to France. 
Bill Stevens, pastor. 

□ Richard and Sheryl Coburn have resigned from 
missionary service in Argentina due to health prob- 
lems. For the present, they are making their home in 
Natalia, Texas. 

□ Art Sprunger was ordained into the ministry on 
Friday, Oct. 26, at Sterling, Ohio. The service was 
conducted in the beautiful, new sanctuary of the 
Sterling Grace Brethren Church. The ministers pres- 
ent were: Jake Kliever, Bob Combs, Ken Ashman, 
Stan Nairn, Bob Russell and Richard Grant. The 
challenge was brought by Bill Tweeddale, who had 
discipled Art Sprunger into the Brethren ministry 
when Mr. Tweeddale was pastor at Lancaster, Pa. 

The ordination of Art Sprunger at Sterling, Ohio 

change yo 

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The Berrien Springs, Mich., church no longer has a 
telephone. Also, the church secretary is Mrs. Marion 
Becker, 100 Niles Ave., Lot 62, Berrien Springs, 
Mich. 49103 (Tel. 616/471-9579). 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Chris Kalb and Dan Balmer, March 3, Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
Ramona and Joseph Steckman, May 12, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 

Carol Shelly and Phil Allebach, June 9, Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
Cynthia and Greg Shaeffer, June 23, Grace Brethren 
Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 

January '80 


Sandra Weik and Brian Brightbill, Aug. 3, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 
Sharon Alfonso and Henry Delgadillo, Sept. 8, Bell- 
flower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. 
Joann Freed and Tom Kern, Sept. 8, Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
Coleen and Bob Nedimyer, Sept. 9, Grace Brethren 
Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 

Gini Brightbill and Michael Fetzer, Sept. 15, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 
Dorris and George Lilley, Oct. 25, First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio. 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, Stewardship Counselor for 
the Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md., 
Jan. 6-9, Curtis Stroman, pastor. 
Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Va., Jan. 13-16, 
Paul Dick, pastor. 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va., Jan. 20-23, 
Lester Kennedy, pastor. 

Ghent Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 
Jan. 27-30, Kenneth Teague, pastor. 
Washington, Heights Grace Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Va., Feb. 3-6, Fred Devan, pastor. 
Boones Mill Grace Brethren Church, Boones Mill, Va., 
Feb. 10-13, J. Donald Abshire, pastor. 
Garden City Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., 
Feb. 24-27, Richard Harstine, pastor. 
Gospel Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., March 2-5, 
Calvin Fulton, pastor. 

Wildwood Grace Brethren Church, Salem, Va., March 

Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church, Radford, Va., 
March 23-26, A. Harold Arrington, pastor. 


Notices In this column must be submitted in writing by the 

ALTFATHER, Aletha, 47, Nov. 15, member of the 
West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. Sis- 
ter of Robert Holmes, pastor. 

FULKERSON, David, Oct. 27, Norwalk Brethren 
Church, Norwalk, Calif. Nickolas Kurtenack, pastor. 
GREGORY, Myrtle, 63, Oct. 13, member of the 
Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, W. 
Va. R. Donald Weltmer, pastor. 
HELM, Mary Lou, 47, Oct. 30, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

JAMES, Anna, 77, Nov. 19, First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
STEFFLER, Harriet, 78, October 13, 1979, widow of 
Rev. William Steffler. She and her husband had faith- 
fully served three Brethren churches for a number of 
years-Hatboro, Pa., Philadelphia, Pa. (Third), and 
Dayton, Ohio (First). The memorial service was con- 
ducted by Rev. Alan Mangum, assisted by Rev. Roger 
Wambold and Rev. Warren Tamkin. 
WARREN, Kenneth, Sept. 5, Grace Brethren Church, 
Washington, Pa. Shimer Darr, pastor. 

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January '80 

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The Birth of a Church 

Bringing a newborn child into 
this world is a process full of joys 
mixed with sorrows, pleasure with 
pain, and hopes with sacrifices. The 
pangs of birth are intense, breath- 
arresting, agonizing. They intensify 
and multiply as the time nears for 
the womb-nurtured infant to 
emerge into independent existence. 

As he contemplated the efforts 
which brought forth churches in 
the province of Galatia, the Apostle 
Paul described the process in terms 
of the travail of childbirth. What a 
relief when there is visable, lovable 
proof and assurance that the efforts 
were not in vain, for there is a new 
life that will perpetuate itself. 

The team of Brethren mission- 
aries in Uberlandia are still suffering 
the pangs of labor in birth. We have 
been laboring in this city for almost 
five years. God has brought us into 
contact with people of divergent 
backgrounds, occupations, religious 
beliefs, prejudices, hang-ups, and 
sins. They are wonderful, gracious, 

friendly people; people who accept 
us into their homes and, though 
they may observe us for a while 
(wondering why we really have 
come to their city, their neighbor- 
hood, and their homes), they do 
give us a chance to prove ourselves, 
to show that we are not here to 
exploit or deceive them. 

During these five years of minis- 
try, God has put us in contact with 
more than 80 families. We have met 
them in various circumstances: the 
casual contact of neighbors, at 
birthday parties, PTA meetings, 
through mutual acquaintances, in 
the hardware store, and at places of 
recreation. In many different ways, 
God has brought us into contact 
with people who need our Saviour. 
He has given us some Christian 
friends who have shown interest in 
our work and have helped to 
"break the ice" with their friends 
and relatives who need Christ. 

It sounds easy, doesn't it, to 
build a church under such circum- 

stances? In reality, we have encoun- 
tered several barriers to the birth of 
a Brethren church in Uberlandia. 
We would like to share some of 
them with you so that you can help 
us in the life and death struggle to 
bring forth the first Grace Brethren 
church in southern Brazil. 

Prior Commitments 

We are meeting people, not in a 
vacuum, but in a whirlwind of re- 
sponsibilities, social involvements, 
relationships, and weekend activi- 
ties. The middle-class Brazilian has 
a very natural reticence to become 
involved in a religious movement 
which threatens to alter his life 
style, and especially his weekend 
activities. This has been a barrier 
with many, particularly men, who 
work hard all week and want the 
weekend to themselves. 

Religious Background 

The middle-class Brazilian is 
slow to accept change, especially in 
his religious life. Even though his 

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Opposite page: Our missionary families ministering in Uberlandia, Brazil, are: (left to right) Barbara 
Hulse; Heidi, Norm, Joseph, and Cleo Johnson; Jay, Sandy, Jonathan, Tim, and Jeffrey Farner 

religion is little more than a shield 
to turn away any challenge to the 
object of his faith, he uses it skill- 
fully to resist direct attempts to 
change his ideas. He is aware of the 
dozens of sects that are bending the 
minds of his more vulnerable and 
gullible compatriots. He is well- 
read, sees himself as well-educated, 
and is generally universalistic in his 
approach to religion. In fact, he 
sees religion largely as a cultural 
phenomenon, not a supra-cultural 
faith which requires a personal re- 
lationship to God, and, therefore, 
he sees no need to change. 

The "evangelical" church is 
growing at a rapid rate in Brazil, 
notably among the lower classes. 
There are some good, sound, bibli- 
cal local churches in all strata of 
society. Unfortunately, a large por- 
tion of church growth tends towards 
fanaticism, superstition, legalism, 
and excesses. Because of this, we 
have noted a strong predisposition 

against "believers." This takes time 
to overcome. We avoid the methods 
which would identify us with "fa- 
natics." Time is needed to demon- 
strate that Bible Christianity really 
works in the twentieth century 
Brazil. We have tried to develop a 
sensitivity to how people are react- 
ing to our message as we start, piece 
by piece, to explain the faith that 
God has revealed in His Word. 


It is difficult to pioneer a work 
in an area where your movement is 
totally unknown. Even among 
Christians who are looking for 
something which can better meet 
the spiritual needs of their homes, 
there is a tremendous hesitation to 
make a commitment to a church 
which doesn't have a single congre- 
gation in all of southern Brazil. The 
only way people will become 
totally committed is by receiving 
the kind of ministry and spiritual 
help that makes a vital difference in 
their homes. When God begins to 

really help people through us, a 
good image is constructed which 
takes away the reticence to get in- 
volved. We are working at this, but 
it is time-consuming, exhausting 
work in which time is never our 
own. We have to be available. 

The Cross 

The greatest of all obstacles to 
commitment to building a Brethren 
church in Uberlandia is the cross of 
Jesus Christ. This sounds ludicrious, 
but it has always been that way. 
Modern prophets, gurus, mediums, 
philosophers, and healers are cap- 
turing the masses. Even among 
middle-class Brazilians, Oriental, 
European, and African religions and 
philosophies are luring people into 
their trap. But somehow the cross is 
an offense. They think that it has 
been tried before and that it pro- 
duces fanaticism, ignorance, and in- 
tolerance. They think it is too 
narrow, too demanding. Truly the 
god of this world is blinding the 
understanding of unbelievers so 

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The Hennings (now with 
three children) have finally 
been granted their 
permanent visas. Physical 
problems will delay their 
departure, however. Pray 
that Mark, Janette, 
Heather, Ryan, and Melissa 
will be able to join the 
Uberlandia team by June 
of 1980. 

that they cannot or will not allow 
the glorious image of God to shine 
from the Son. It is not the crucifix 
on the wall or in the front of the 
church that offends. Nor is it the 
good luck charm that hangs around 
the neck. These crosses are every- 
where. The thing that offends is 
having to abandon all other confi- 
dences, all other allegiances. It is 
hard to admit that you are wrong, 
that you really can do nothing to 
save yourself. It is offensive to have 
to come to the foot of the cross of 
the creator of the universe, to come 
empty-handed and accept His sacri- 
fice and His lordship. 

The Brethren work in Uber- 
landia, in its gestation stage, is 
beginning to feel the pangs of pres- 
sure in the urgency of bringing the 
church into existence. We see pos- 
sibilities in this coming year, but 
it is going to take God's power in 
many lives to accomplish this. 
Christians need total commitment. 
Unsaved friends need to come to 
the end of self-sufficiency, indiffer- 

ence, and pride. No one but God 
can order the circumstances which 
bring people to the end of their 
quest for wealth, entertainment, 
statues, and pleasure. They need to 
see that these things do not bring 
true happiness, satisfaction, or 
meaning to life. 

This coming year we are plan- 
ning a more aggressive program of 
bringing people into contact with 
the church program. We are recruit- 
ing the Christians who are dedi- 
cated to this cause for a more 
meaningful and total involvement 
in reaching their friends, relatives, 
and neighbors for Christ. We sense 
that several of the individuals who 
are involved in the group are also 
feeling the pangs and anxiousness 
of bringing forth the church here in 
Uberlandia. We are expecting God 
to- give that surge of growth and 
commitment that will make this 

We also want to recruit you, our 
brethren in the U.S., to a greater 
commitment to our work in sup- 

port and prayer. Your prayers have 
helped us come through times of 
pain and discouragement. Your 
prayers have produced fruit in the 
lives of several individuals, some 
who have come to Christ and others 
who have grown in the Lord. Your 
prayers will make a difference in 
the lives of those who are still in- 
different. Prayer will open the door 
of opportunity into the lives of new 
people for witness to the Gospel. 

We also remind you that the ef- 
fort here in Uberlandia represents 
only the beginning of our mission 
here in southern Brazil. As the 
decade of the 80's gets underway, we 
will be looking toward other cities. 
We are going to need several 
couples who are willing to give 
themselves to the pioneer ministry 
of church planting. It is hard, pain- 
ful and sacrificial work. But there is 
no greater or more satisfying work 
in this world than the bringing 
forth of new congregations of the 
Church of Jesus Christ into this 

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Missions During 

Great Tribulation 

by John W. Zielasko 

The Scriptures do not teach that this age (Age of 
the Church) will end in a blaze of unprecedented 
victory for Christianity. In fact, our Lord Himself 
taught that toward the end of the age things would 
get worse, not better. In Matthew 24, we are told of: 
religious deceit (v. 5); wars (v. 6); famines and earth- 
quakes (v. 7); betrayals (v. 10); false prophets (v. 11); 
lawlessness (v. 12); lack of human compassion (v. 12); 
and persecution (v. 13). 

In the second Psalm, God lifts the veil of future 
history and shows us the nations gathered in battle ar- 
ray against the Lord. 

All of this refutes any concept that has Christian- 
ity conquering the world through the preaching of 
the Gospel. Only direct intervention by the Lord 
Himself will bring the long awaited kingdom (see 
Dan. 2:44). 

Prior to the setting up of His Kingdom, the world, 
and especially the nation of Israel, passes through a 
time of tribulation (see Matt. 24:21). The question 
that is of interest to the present discussion is as fol- 
lows: if the Church is raptured before the Tribulation, 
will there be any missionary activity following the 

The Scriptures teach not only that there will be 
missionary activity during the Tribulation Period but 
also that there will be an even greater number set 
aside for this task than is presently sent out by 
today's Church. However, they are not Christian but 
rather Jewish missionaries numbering 144,000. 

Concerning this missionary program, the following 
observations need to be considered: 

1) Jesus said, "And this gospel of the kingdom 
shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to 
all the nations, and then shall the end come" (Matt. 

24:14). This verse does not refer to the gospel of the 
grace of God, and thus should not be used as a proof 
text for Christian missionary activity in this age. 

2) The program will be carried out in the midst of 
great opposition and persecution. "Then they will de- 
liver you up to tribulation and will kill you; and you 
will be hated by all nations on account of My name" 
(Matt. 24:9). Also, see Revelation 6:9-1 1 . 

3) The program is conducted in the midst of great 
deceit, "and many false prophets will arise and will 
mislead many" (Matt. 24 : 1 1 ). 

4) The program begins with the ministry of two 
witnesses: "And I will grant authority to my two wit- 
nesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred 
and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth" (Rev. 1 1 :3). 

The two witnesses will kill, torment, deal out 
fiery judgments upon their enemies. Not a 
single servant of Christ in this present age is 
granted such privileges and prerogatives . . . 
what they do will be divinely authorized and 
will characterize the ministry of that day. In 
the overall picture, the engagements of God's 
servants in that period will be largely a rerun 
of John the Baptist's testimony "Make straight 
the way of the Lord" (John 1 :23)* 

5) The message of this program is not to be con- 
fused with the gospel of the Church Age. 

a) It is the gospel of the Kingdom (see Matt. 

We are justified in believing that the church age 
is a parenthesis in the divine economy, located 
between the 69th week of Daniel and the 70th 
and the emphasis of the tribulational preaching 
will be a continuation or resumption of what 
John the Baptist began, mainly, "Repent for 
the kingdom is at hand." It will be the gospel of 
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seem to obviate the possibility of the church 
preaching its gospel of grace in that period. 2 

b) The witnesses will point to Jesus as the 
Messiah, the Lord of Lords: "You will stand 
before governors and kings for My sake, as a 
testimony to them" (Mark 13:9); "and you will 
be hated by all on account of My name" (Matt. 

c) The witnesses will be given the words to 
speak by the Holy Spirit: "And when they ar- 
rest you and deliver you up, do not be anxious 
beforehand about what you are to say, but say 
whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not 
you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit" (Mark 

d) They will condemn sin, lewdness, and 
immortality. This is inferred from Revelation 
11:10: "And those who dwell on the earth will 
rejoice over them and make merry; and they 
will send gifts to one another, because these 
two prophets tormented those who dwell on 
the earth." 

e) The message is accompanied by miracu- 
lous signs: 

And if any one desires to harm them, fire pro- 
ceeds out of their mouth and devours their 
enemies; and if any one would desire to harm 
them, in this manner he must be killed. These 
have the power to shut up the sky, in order that 
rain may not fall during the days of their 
prophesying; and they have power over the 
waters to turn them into blood, and to smite 
the earth with every plague, as often as they de- 
sire (Rev. 11:5-6). 

6) The ministry of the two witnesses results in the 
ordaining of a select body of Jewish missionaries. 
"Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until 
we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their 
foreheads" (Rev. 7:3). 

The only servants commissioned in Daniel's 
70th Week of which we have knowledge are 
144,000 Israelites sealed with the authority of 
the living God (see Rev. 7:2); that they will 
preach to unevangelized Gentiles as well as Jews 
is crystal clear for after revealing their commis- 
sioning, John sees multitudes of "every nation 
. . . standing before the throne" (Rev. 7:9). 3 

7) This body of missionaries takes the message to 
all nations: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be 
preached in the whole world for a witness to all the 
nations, and then the end shall come" (Matt. 24:14). 
This is fulfilled in Revelation 7:9: 

"After these things I looked, and behold, a great 
multitude, which no one could count, from every 
nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, stand- 
ing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed 

in white robes, and palm branches were in their 
hands." One of the elders answers his own question as 
to the identity of this great multitude by telling the 
Apostle John: "These are the ones who come out of 
the great tribulation, and they have washed their 
robes and made them white in the blood of the 
Lamb" (Rev. 7:14). 

8) The Tribulation closes with considerable mis- 
sionary activity on the part of the Jews converted 
during that dreadful period. 

Isaiah speaks of the nations gathered in enmity 
against Jerusalem: "For I know their works and their 
thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and 
tongues. And they shall come and see My glory" 
Isaiah 66:18. This is, no doubt, the same event de- 
scribed by Joel (see Joel 3 :9) and by Christ (see Luke 
21 :20). In such a time of chaos and persecution, one 
would not expect a missionary enterprise to flourish, 
but it does. 

9) The ministry of these missionaries bears much 
fruit. Dr. John F. Walvoord speaks of this group when 
he writes, 

In the days of the awful tribulation of Israel, in 
which their ancient worship is once more pre- 
scribed and all natural Jews become the objects 
of persecution, there will undoubtedly be many 
more of Israel brought to Christ through the 
personal work of those previously saved. While 
many of the Gentiles will also be brought to 
Christ (see Rev. 7:9, 14), this period will be a 
special time for Jewish evangelism and it will be 
climaxed by the outpouring of the Spirit of 
God as a preparation of the return of Christ. 4 
Thus Israel finally does fulfill her missionary re- 

It is at this point that missions, in the sense of go- 
ing out with the message to bring people to a knowl- 
edge of God, ceases. There is no further need for mis- 
sionary activity because all will know Him (see Jer. 
3 1 :34 ; Heb . 8 : 1 1 - 1 2). The prophecy of Psalm 7 2 will 
be fulfilled: "And let all kings bow down before 
Him; all nations serve Him" (72:11); "And may the 
whole earth be filled with His glory" (Ps. 72:19). 
Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 

(Scripture quotations are from the NASB) 

S. Franklin Logsdon, Profiles of Prophecy (Wheaton, 
111.: 1964), p. 45. 

John F. Walvoord, The Return of the Lord (Findlay, 
Ohio: Dunham Publishing Company, 1955), p. 100. 

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is it Worth it? 

by Nora Macon 
with Tom Betcher 

Have you ever wondered what 
it's really like being a TIME (Train- 
ing In Missionary Endeavor) 
missionary? Is it really profitable 
for a young adult to take a summer 
or a year to minister in a foreign 
country? What could anybody learn 
in that short time? What's it like 
living with Mildred and Mitchell 

I talked to Tom Betcher about 
that exact subject— what it's like to 
be a TIME missionary. Tom went 
to Argentina for three months 

during the summer of 1979. He 
and five other TIMEers (3 girls and 
3 guys altogether) came from 
different parts of the U.S. and 
served together as a team. 

"I heard about TIME in my 
home church in Columbus, Ohio, 
from other team members coming 
back and reporting about their 
experiences. I had been interested 
in missions, so this sounded pretty 

Only one problem: it was long 
past time to apply. Desiring to go 
to Alaska, Tom decided he better 
talk to someone about it. Rev. Ed 
Jackson, pastor of the church in 

Kenai, Alaska, just happened to be 
in town in February. When he 
began to discuss his plans with Mr. 
Jackson, Tom was told there were 
openings in the team for Argentina. 
Tom wasn't exactly thrilled, but he 
talked to Ed Lewis about it 
anyway. God was leading. 

Suddenly tilings began to 
happen. The Christian Ed Depart- 
ment was enthusiastic and 
encouraged him to apply for 
Argentina. It was a definite change 
from Alaska. But because he had 
learned Spanish in college ("sort 
of) and had one year of seminary 
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Department and Brethren Foreign 
Missions thought he'd be great as 
the leader! 

"I was interested in home and 
foreign missions and wanted to see 
how they worked. But I had mixed 
emotions about going to 

The Lord supplied all of his 
financial needs. "I had about three 
months to raise my support of over 
$2,000, but I had no trouble 
getting it. And during this time I 
learned the meaning of Proverbs 
3:5-6. God was faithful and He 

On June 13, Tom and team 
members, Denise Hammond, Carol 
Henry, Peggy Polio, Mark Summers, 
and Scott Shaffer, took off for 
Argentina. After their arrival it 
took them a while to realize they 
were in another country. Buenos 
Aires is a large, modern city. 
About the only thing that was 
different, besides the language, was 
the driving and layout of the city. 
Everything was very crowded 

Tom has a very vivid memory of 
an episode that happened to him at 
the airport when they first arrived. 
"After getting off the plane, we 
went to get our luggage. In 
Argentina they provide carts for 

Members of the 1979 TIME team to Argentina are (front, left to right): 
Carol Henry, Tom Betcher, Peggy Polio, Denise Hammond; (back) Mark 
Summers and Scott Shaffer. 

people to use in getting their 
suitcases. I noticed everyone 
getting these carts so I thought we'd 
better get some, too." 

Just as Tom started over to get a 
cart, the whole crowd of people at 
the luggage area turned and headed 
right at him with the carts. The 
noise created by the carts on the 
floor constructed of raised bubbles 
plus two hundred or so people 
rushing directly toward him made 
Tom change his mind and wait. "It 
was almost like a panic!" 

When I asked Tom what some of 
the differences are between Ameri- 
can and Argentine youth, he 
seemed to think that basically they 
are alike. The difference in cultures 
explains the difference in actions 
and in the way of doing things. 

But they still love to have fun! 
One of Tom's most embarrassing 
moments came after he had lost a 

game with a group of young people. 
The loser must give something 
valuable to the winners. In order to 
get the item back, the loser has to 
do a stunt the others choose. 
Tom's stunt was to drop an inkpen 
in a bottle. Sounds easy. The trick 
was that the inkpen was tied to the 
top of the back of Tom's blue 
jeans. He had to stoop and try to 
get the pen in the bottle without 
being able to see either the bottle 
or the pen. That got a little 
embarrassing when he couldn't get 
it in. 

Before the team left for 
Argentina they had discussed what 
they would like to do. One of 
their desires was "to establish 
friendships, and we did. We were 
able to encourage the people and 
they could encourage us. Now that 
we're home, we have the task of 
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The schedule on the field was 
busy. The team visited the various 
mission points and missionaries. 
Ministering in at least three services 
a week (sometimes four or five), 
the guys had four or five sermons 
on practical Christian living that 
they shared, and the whole team 
sang in Spanish. Lots of testimonies 
and music were included in each 
service: saxophone, guitar, piano, 
and singing. 

A special treat for the folks 
there was muppet-type puppets. 
Spanish sound tracks were used and 
the puppets sang and talked about 
God's love. These puppets were 
left in Argentina for the churches 
to use. 

But that's not all these TIMEers 
did. "We painted and fixed odds 
and ends," Tom revealed. They 
also had the opportunity to go 
visiting with the missionaries and 
to take part in two communion 

And would you believe they still 
had time for some sightseeing? The 
group packed their bags and took 
off to the Andes Mountains for a 
few days of fun and relaxation. 

I began to wonder, while talking 
to Tom, how they communicated 
while doing all this. Tom informed 
me that they had little trouble 
understanding or being understood. 

"Most of the time there was a 
translator around. But if not, we 
could usually come up with enough 
Spanish between the six of us to 
communicate. We would talk to 
the people in broken Spanish and 
they'd answer us in broken 

Sometimes the team's use of 
Spanish would prove to be embar- 
rassing. One day while the group 
was traveling by train from Buenos 

. . . sharing testimonies with the Argentine people 

Aires to Rosario, one of the team 
members had to use the restroom. 
She left their compartment and 
wandered down the train, searching. 
Finally she saw a porter and said 
what she thought to be, "Where is 
the bathroom?" The porter smiled 
broadly and pointed further down 
the way. She thanked him and 
continued down the hall. She still 
couldn't find it! Spotting another 
porter she asked him, "Where is the 
bathroom?" This porter chuckled 
and led her to it. Later, safely back 
with the other team members, she 
related the story to them. The 
others burst out laughing. All the 
time she thought she had been 
asking where the bathroom was, she 
had actually been saying, "What is a 
bathroom?" When the nationals 
heard this story at Youth Camp, 
they began kidding her and wanting 
to discuss, "What is a bathroom and 
other philosophical questions." 

The TIMEers had a lot of 
contact with the Argentine people. 
They often ate in their homes. 
Each family would fix a large, 
delicious meal, and the team would 
leave feeling stuffed. Sometimes 
this happened four times a day. 
But it showed how warm, generous, 
and friendly the people were. 

Argentines need Jesus Christ 

just like anyone else. Tom men- 
tioned that these folks have the 
same needs as people in the U.S. 
The Christians need to be firmly 
grounded in God's Word. But they 
also need national leaders to teach 
them. And more missionaries to 

When asked to sum up his 
experiences in Argentina, Tom 
thoughtfully replied. "It took a lot 
out of us and was a lot of hard work. 
But, then, anything worthwhile has 
a price. The benefits I've reaped 
have far outweighed the sacrifices. 
I truly appreciated the opportunity 
made available to me. God has 
really used it in my life and will for 
years to come. I'd love to go back 
someday as a missionary." 

What did he learn? "God is the 
same and works the same around 
the world. My ministry with TIME 
deepened my walk with the Lord. 
If nothing else, this made the 
experience worthwhile. I have a 
deepened commitment to God and 
to missions. Seeing what happens 
made me more sensitive and aware 
of missions. I would recommend 
TIME for anyone going into 
Christian service. Even if you're 
not interested in missions, I'd say 
go with TIME. It'll change your 

January '80 

... a chapter from The Perfect Shepherd 
by John J. Davis 

It occurred to me one day while standing in front 
of a college class of 125 students in Old Testament 
History that I should ask whether or not anyone had 
had direct encounter with sheep, or knew much 
about them. The responses were interesting and 
startling. Only three out of that group had ever had 
any amount of contact with living sheep. 

One student responded, "My principal acquaint- 
ance with sheep is traced to childhood, when I was 
forced to master 'Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep.' " 
Another observation made it clear that we had some 
basic work to do before examining sheep and shep- 
herd relationships in the Psalter . . . "Well, I never did 
know a whole lot about living sheep, but I do remem- 
ber that we always got mint jelly when they served 
lamb chops ... is that significant?" 

I'd like to think that those freshman responses 
were something less than ordinary. However, in subse- 
quent years, I have encountered some wondrous and 
strange tales concerning Palestinian sheep and their 
nature! The views of these folk range from a very 
romanticized view of sheep to a very dismal appraisal 

of their character and capability. 

More recent writers have expressed less than lofty 
sentiment concerning the sheep. Ray C. Stedman in 
Folk Psalms of Faith states: 

It occurs to me that if Jehovah is to be our 
Shepherd, then we have to begin by recognizing 
that we are sheep. I don't like that analogy, 
frankly, because I don't like sheep. I come by 
my dislike honestly. I used to raise sheep. In 
high school I was in the 4-H Club, and I had a 
herd of sheep and goats. Goats I can abide, be- 
cause they may be obnoxious, but at least 
they're smart. Sheep are, beyond question, the 
most stupid animals on the face of the earth. 
They are dumb and they are dirty and they are 
timid and defenseless and helpless. Mine were 
always getting lost and hurt and snakebitten. 
They literally do not know enough to come in 
out of the rain. I look back on my shepherding 
days with a great deal of disgust. Sheep are 
miserable creatures. 

Now if that doesn't put steam on your stained 
glass image of these tender little creatures, read this 

statement by Stuart Briscoe in What Works When Life 

Doesn 't: 

. . . I do not doubt that it would be hard to find 
more stupid animals than sheep. For some 
reason, sheep have a remarkable aptitude for 
getting lost. They can be perfectly at home in a 
pleasant pasture, until one revolutionary spirit 
among them finds a hole in the fence. In less 
time than it takes to tell, they will desert the 
grass and head for the hole. In five minutes flat 
there won't be a sheep in the pasture and there 
will be hundreds on the road. Honking horns, 
bleating lambs, screeching tires, baaing ewes 
turned the quiet countryside into bedlam. All 
because some sheep decided to go astray, lead- 
ing many others after it. 

While sheep will not win awards for courage, 
stamina or fighting ability, I doubt that they would 
qualify for the world's dumbest animals, although 
they do run a close second. I once used to do a great 
deal of horseback riding and I think I mounted an 
animal that walked away with that award. However, 
sheep are mentioned more than 500 times in Scrip- 
ture and that very fact should call attention to their 


The Scripture reminds all of us that ". . . we like 
sheep have gone astray . . ." (Isa. 53:6). That state- 
ment is not a superficial observation, but represents 
very accurately the disposition of sheep. While sheep 
are harmless, they do have a strange curiosity that 
causes them to wander, get lost and sometimes lose 
their lives in the process. Scripture many times makes 
allusion to this weakness (cf. Matt. 10:6; 1 Peter 
2:25). When sheep are without a shepherd, they are 
the most helpless of creatures, according to Numbers 
27:17 and Matthew 9:36. 

It was interesting to watch the mood and the 
activity of sheep in the hills of Judah. On one day in 
particular, I sat with Mohammad Yaseen and 
watched the behavior of various sheep and goats. An 
extended stay in this pasture area afforded me special 
opportunity to note the great variety of behavior pat- 
terns of sheep in particular. As I observed their 
change in mood and activity, I was able to discern 
precise parallels with members of my congregations in 
past years. 

There were those sheep who remained with the 
flock and enjoyed the benefits of a selected pasture. 
But then there were those sometimes very young, 
sometimes old ewes who consistently wandered away 
from the flock, even though their newfound grass was 
of inferior quality. In fact, I found myself utterly 
amazed at the shabby herbage that would often at- 
tract the attention of sheep. 

Then there were the belligerent rams or ewes that 
would predictably cause unrest in the flock. On one 
occasion, I sat and watched a couple of old ewes fight 
with each other over a small tuft of grass which they 
both desired. I found such a fight incredible, because 
all around them was an abundant supply of very 
tender grass and herbs. Watching them tussle brought 
my mind back to the indictment of James, "From 
whence comes wars and fightings among you? Come 
they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your 
members?" (4:1). I found it amazing that these two 
animals would fight over this one small portion of 
food when the whole pasture was theirs. I've often 
wondered how many of God's people are preoccupied 
with bitter infightings while standing knee-deep in 
God's richest provisions! It is with a sense of shame 
and disgrace that we see many undernourished 
Christians— not because of the Shepherd's failure to 
provide, but because of their preoccupation with 
their own selfish desires. 

Some sheep were very tender and sensitive, nudg- 
ing their way to the shepherd and remaining close to 
him as if expecting some special favor. Other sheep, 
which I designated as the "explorers," were generally 
few in number, but insisted on moving out of the 
designated pasture and looking elsewhere. On one oc- 
casion, a lamb decided to select its own feeding area 
and found itself ultimately perched on the edge of a 
500-foot cliff which we could not approach because 
of the fragile nature of the rock. The path leading to 
this place appeared secure enough, but the end of it 
was dangerous indeed. The writer of Proverbs stated 
it succinctly, "There is a way which seemeth right 
unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of 
death" (14:12, see also 16:25). 

Some sheep were very oblivious to their circum- 
stances. These sheep would chomp away at the vege- 
tation, oftentimes unaware of dangers around them, 
or even a boulder in front of them. One old ewe, in 
particular, constantly bumped her head or scraped 
her leg through this lack of circumstantial sensitivity. 

Sheep provide a variety of sounds, depending on 
their particular circumstances. The bleating sound, 
however, is the most common and expected. It can be 
a very pitiful cry— and yet there are times when the 
lamb or sheep will stand silent when the danger is the 
greatest. I have seen a sheep stand absolutely quiet 
and apparently numb as the knife fell bringing about 
its death (Isa. 53:7). It was the bleating of the sheep 
that produced a great embarrassment to King Saul 
after he failed to carry out the command of God with 
regard to the annihiliation of the Amalekites (1 Sam. 

We would all like to think that, as believers, we are 

January '80 1 

prepared to challenge and defeat all the forces 'round 
about us. I suspect it is a bit disconcerting to realize 
that, after all, we are but redeemed sheep. It is this 
realization that causes us to rest in the care of our 
Shepherd. Scripture reminds us that Satan walks 
about as a "roaring lion" (1 Peter 5:8) and you just 
know that he has lamb chops on his mind! It is in- 
cumbent upon everyone of us to be close to our 
Shepherd, who knows the enemy and provides the de- 
fenses for His own. The danger to the flock does not 
always come from without, however, for we are 
warned that false prophets parade in sheep's clothing 
(Matt. 7:15). The Lord Jesus also told His own dis- 
ciples that He was sending them forth ". . . as sheep 
in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as ser- 
pents, and harmless as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This 
outlook is not designed to produce fear and insecurity 
among those who would serve Him, but is a realistic 
warning of the vicious hatred that they would en- 
counter. He encouraged them with these words, "But 
when they deliver you up, take no thought how or 
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that 
same hour what ye shall speak" (Matt. 10:19). 

The lessons from the flock and the sheep are there- 
fore inexhaustible. I have observed how well-fed 
sheep showed considerable strength in long journeys; 
but those weak and thin animals, which for a variety 
of reasons did not utilize the food provided, struggled 
in the journey. Perhaps the saddest scene of all was 
the bones in the desert. Time and time again while 
walking across the barren wilderness, I have seen the 
skeletal remains of a sheep or a goat that wandered 
off and died in the desert. This was a dramatic picture 
of the desperate need for leadership by the shepherd. 


It is often supposed that the Palestinian flock is 
rather small, but this was not the case in Old Testa- 
ment times, nor is it always the situation today. Job, 
for example, had 14,000 sheep in his flocks (cf. Job 
42:12). The rich man Nabal had 3,000 sheep and 
1,000 goats (cf. 1 Sam. 25:2). Solomon must have 
had vast numbers of sheep at his disposal since he was 
able to sacrifice 120,000 at the dedication of the 
temple (cf. 1 Kings 8:63). The Arabians are said to 
have brought 7,700 rams and 7,000 he-goats to 
Jehoshaphat for a tribute (cf. 2 Chron. 17:11). Such 
flocks would require several undershepherds to 
properly count them and care for them. Normally, 
there were not a great number of rams in a flock. For 
breeding purposes, the ratio was usually no more than 
1 ram to 20 ewes. Today, most of the bedouin flocks 
range between 30 to 75 sheep or sheep and goats. 

Needless to say, there are notable exceptions to this 
small number, but this size flock seems ideal for one 
shepherd to manage. 


In an agricultural-pastoral society, these animals 
were extremely valued and normally protected by 
law. Most ancient law codes and the Mosaic law made 
reference to the responsibilities of a shepherd and 
punishments for those who either stole or destroyed 
the animals. These animals provided food to eat, milk 
to drink (cf. Deut. 32:14), and wool for making cloth 
and covering tents. Sheep were often a medium of ex- 
change, and commonly used for sacrifices. 

Sheepshearing was usually carried out in the spring 
of the year and this called for a time of special cele- 
bration and festival (cf. 2 Sam. 13:23). The first men- 
tion of shearing is found in Genesis 31 :19 in connec- 
tion with Jacob's and Laban's activity. Fleeces weigh 
anywhere from 3 to 30 pounds, according to the 
particular breed and their grazing conditions. 

Sheep were sometimes valuable as pets and were 
deeply loved by their owners. Allusion to this is made 
in 2 Samuel 12:3 when Nathan appeared before 
David. He spoke of a poor man who had nothing ". . . 
save one little ewe lamb, which he had brought and 
nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and 
with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and 
drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was 
unto him as a daughter." 

In modern-day Palestine there are pet animals, as 
well. The most common of these is the Maloof. The 
word means "fed" or "overfed." Often these rams 
were fattened for the sole purpose of providing the 
meat for very special festive occasions. Many of the 
bedouin shepherds have favorite sheep or lambs and 
give them special attention and care. In the household 
of a poor man, however, one sheep would be of the 
greatest value and it is in this light that Nathan chal- 
lenged David. His illustration was most appropriate 
since David, as a shepherd, knew well the value of just 
one lamb. Even greater is the value of one who has 
been redeemed by the blood of Christ. Those who be- 
long to the Good Shepherd are His possession. 

Excerpted from The Perfect Shepherd by John J. 
Davis, published in 1979 by BMH Books. Copies of 
the book, priced at $4.50, may be ordered from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald, P.O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. Please enclose your check and 
BMH pays postage costs. 

January '80 

hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, end church growth 


Have you met 
our company's 
representatives : 

National Directors: 

Knute Larson 
Ed Lewis 
Judy Ashman 
Kevin Huggins 

Customer service: 

Ginny Toroian 

District representatives: 

Chuck Davis 

Fred Devan 

Roy Glass 

Southern Ohio 
David Goodman 

So. Calif. -Arizona 
Roy Halberg 

Rocky Mountain 
Galen Lingenfelter 

Indiana, Michigan 
David Plaster 

Randy Poyner 

Mid- Atlantic 
David Seifert 

Northern Calif. 
William Snell 

Allegheny, West Penn 
Charles Thornton 

Roger Warn bold 

North A tlantic 
Galen Wiley 

No. East Ohio 
John Willett 

No. Central Ohio 

Thinking About the New Year 

It will go as fast as it came. Years are that way. 

And whatever we want to get done in the important area of Christian 
education and youth and church growth, we will have to start now. 

I think, in the light of the apparent needs in lives right now, we could 
all be praying and working to beef up church programs in these areas at 

1. FAMILY LIFE: A course or two during the year, sermons to the 
point, publicity for the ways the church and staff can help. 

2. CHILDREN: Missions begins with the beginners or earlier ... charac- 
ter traits can be taught at that early age ... a Christian school can be 
considered . . . excellence for teachers can be neared if our I.C.L. and 
Scripture Press filmstrips are followed . . . children's church can be 
jacked up with special guests and subjects. 

3. THE GREAT COMMISSION: Let's infiltrate everything with the re- 
minder that the orders of the Lord relate to all we do every day. The 
Great Command is not just for across the ocean (we're across the 
ocean from where the command was given!). It is a way of life- 
doing what we do to help others become followers of Christ, get bap- 
tized, and then learn everything Jesus has said. 

4. SIMPLE ORGANIZATION: Does your place have clear lines of au- 
thority and responsibility? If not, the red tape and overlapping will 

5. YOUR PART: That's you. You are needed. This is a war for the 
spirits of people all around you, and you are counted on by the 
Lord! Do help! Pitch in, and with your family and heart and pocket- 
book and spirit ... I mean, what else is there? 

ABOUT A GOOD STAFF: Mary Jones is now Mrs. Nass, with the union in Winona Lake, Decem- 
ber 15. . . . Marilyn Johnson, of George and Evelyn, has returned to Brazil after studying at Grace 
and helping in our shipping department. If any of your orders arrived with Portuguese address- 
ing .... Brian Roseborough has made the Timothy Teams live with effective ministry-oriented 
planning, and all of us are celebrating their effectiveness. . . . Gladys Deloe and Ginny Toroian, ad- 
ministrative assistants, recently took two-day training to run our Lanier word-processing machine. 
That should save some time and energy in helping us to be more efficient with time and serving 
you better. It's the machine you saw on Monday night's pastors' football game! . . . The four 
directors taught 10 classes of Christian Ed for a special Grace College course recently. 

January '80 

January 19, 1980, Saturday Seminar 

Pastor Ken Ashman, hosting, 

at Wooster First Brethren Church 


9:00a.m. -4:30 p.m. 

Grace vs. Ashland basketball 
that evening at Ashland 

If you would like housing 

overnight to stay and attend 

services at one of our Ashland 

or Wooster churches Sunday, 

please call CE or Wooster FBC. 


1. Organizing the Local Church's CE 
Program from Scratch 

2. Balancing the Church's Ministry to 

3. Ministering to Girls Through SMM 

4. Organizing a Children's Church 


[he Growinq 










Simi Valley, Calif. 

John Gillis 

Harold Ball 

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Wooster, Ohio 

Kenneth Ashman 

Richard Holmes 



Warsaw, Ind. 

David Plaster 

Robert Cover 



Telford, Pa. 

William Tweedda 

e Howard Kearns 


Mansfield, Ohio Woodville 

Duke Wallace 

Ed Betz 



Elkhart, Ind. 

Everett Caes 

William Secaur 


Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Thomas Inman 


Johnstown, Pa. Geistown 

Gerald Allebach 

Paul Ream 



Anchorage, Alaska 

Larry Smithwick 

Gary Boyd 


Pine Grove, Pa. 

Harold Gelsinger 

Raymond Henry 



Toledo, Ohio 

Jeff Carroll 

Doug Davisson 


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

Morning Worship 
Attendances Up 

1. Long Beach Grace, Calif. . . 2667 

2. Worthington, Ohio 2202 

3. Ashland Grace, Ohio .... 1008 

4. Myerstown, Pa 984 

5. Long Beach North, Calif. . 779 

6. Winona Lake, Ind 734 

7. Modesto Big Valley, Calif. . 643 

8. Hagerstown Grace, Md. . . . 605 

9. Lititz, Pa 592 

10. Seal Beach, Calif 486 

11. Whittier Community, Calif. 465 

12. Wooster, Ohio 462 

13. Johnstown Riverside, Pa. . 450 

14. Simi Valley, Calif 441 

15. Martinsburg, Pa 391 

16. Warsaw, Ind 389 

17. Bellflower, Calif 386 

18. Johnstown Pike, Pa. 372 

19. Temple Hills, Md 371 

20. Union, Ohio 357 

by Pastor Ed Cashman 

An Anytime Enlargement Campaign 

This idea was used by the Bellflower Brethren 
Church, Bellflower, California, as an enlargement 
campaign. The emphasis was based around four 
special days: 

100 Percent Sunday— Goal was 100 percent 
of each class' enrollment in attendance, with em- 
phasis on contacting inactive members. 

Kinfolk Sunday— Emphasis on bringing rela- 

Neighbor Sunday— Emphasis on bringing 

Friends Sunday— Emphasis on having one or 
more friends who would be willing to "stand up 
for you." 

Our goal for our "high" Sunday was set, and we 
began several weeks prior to the campaign to 

encourage people to pray for the "goal." We used 
cards to obtain the names of prospects, and to 
serve as a prayer reminder. 

Another special emphasis was to "Work for 
Goal." We kept a card on any who agreed to wear 
one of the campaign buttons, to see who really 
worked at the campaign. 

To motivate interest between some of the larger 
classes and departments, we had two special tro- 
phies designed and built. They consisted of a base 
and backing made of rough, used, beat-up lumber 
on which was mounted a dented and mangled 
metal measuring cup. The inscription, "Didn't 
Quite Measure Up" was placed on the base, and the 
trophy was awarded to the class which had the 
lowest attendance for a given Sunday. 

by David Seifert 

thoughts on some of the suicidal risks in church life 

Why Do Churches Die? 

Suicide is sin for a church. 

Many denominations in America 
have ceased growing or allowed 
terminal illnesses to set in. Al- 
though less than half the citizens 
and the youth of America are 
practicing Christians and in spite of 
an expanding population, many 
congregations are smaller now than 
they were in the past. 

At the same time there is explo- 
sive growth in a vast number of 
American churches which are not a 
part of the mainline denominations. 
These aggressive, outreach-oriented 
Bible churches move forward with a 
confidence that is reminiscent of 
the New Testament era. 

Why the great contrast? 

I believe there are five reasons! 

1. There is a misunderstanding 
of the Great Commission ! The last 
command Jesus gave to believers 
was to "go and make disciples of 
all the nations . . . ." Once a be- 
liever comes to faith in Christ and 
publicly identifies with the local 
church body, he must be trained 
and equipped for service in the 
church and to the world. 

The command of our Lord does 
not address the non-Christian with: 
"You all come," but the believer 
with: "You all go." Many churches 
are failing to go and make disciples! 

2. Another symptom of disease 
is when a church believes that doc- 
trinal orthodoxy is sufficient . An 
orthodox statement of faith is no 
guarantee of growth and progress 
for churches. Right becomes might 
only when our doctrine is the 
foundation of our duty. 

It seems many churches are pre- 
occupied with the preservation of 
denominationalism rather than the 

expansion of the Christian faith. As 
a result our vision of the world's 
crying needs is clouded. 

3. Inflexibility and unwillingness 
to change is choking the life out of 
many churches. In an effort to 
perpetuate "the faith of our 
fathers," churches can become im- 
prisoned behind the bars of same- 
ness in methods and programs. 

Treadmills of sameness may give 
security to churchmen, but are 
woefully inadequate if we truly 
care about results for His Kingdom. 

If it doesn't work, if lives are not 
changed and people aren't added, 
stop it! Try something else. 

If new believers in Jesus Christ 
are nurtured and properly equipped, 
growth in our churches should be 
multiplied geometrically. 

4. Unfortunately many converts 
do not become disciples. When 
the breadth of a church's ministry 
suffers, it's time to look at the 

Are we meeting the spiritual 
needs of believers? Is the ministry 

of the Word of God proclaimed in 
practical, dynamic life-changing 

A convention of farmers and 
ranchers would never spend time 
discussing, "How to Get a Cow to 
Come to the Barn" or "How to Get 
a Cow to Eat." Rather, "How to 
Improve the Feed" is the subject of 
their concern. 

5. Ministry and service to others 
in the name of Christ is essential. 
Unfortunately in most churches 
passive sheep fill the pews. We 
often teach church people that they 
are saved so we can serve them. Not 
on your Bible! 

Weak congregations have "stay 
in the sheepfold" mentalities. We 
must settle for nothing less than 
"total mobilization" because re- 
sponsible church membership 
means being a responsible minister! 
Passive sheep become a mutual ad- 
miration society rather than an ad- 
vancing army! 

God helping us— let's help our 
churches live! 

Dr. David Seifert, pictured 
with his wife. Sue, pastor of 
Big Valley Grace Community 
Church, one of our GBC 
strongholds in Modesto, Cali- 
fornia, is also vice president 
of our GBC Christian Educa- 
tion Board and our CE 
Church Growth consultant. 
He is the strong and loving 
leader of the church that has 
twice been selected as 
"Growth Church of the Year" 
by CE at national conference. 

January '80 

Experience and Training in Leadership 

"After those weekends, I know that the only way I 

could enjoy life would be to serve Him. . . ." 
"The Timothy Team has helped me prepare for dis- 

cipling the young men in our church." 
"Timothy Teams to me was a real growing experience. 

I learned a lot from preparing to go and 

actually ministering." 
"It has taught me how to serve God in a new way and 

how to deal with and help other people with 

their problems and needs." 

"Not only did the kids gain, but so many adults were truly 
blessed. You helped our whole church." 

"This experience has given the teens a greater vision and willing- 
ness to serve." 

"We feel that the Timothy Team did more for our youth than 
any single program we have tried before. It inspired them, 
challenged them, encouraged them, and equipped them for 
a closer walk with the Lord as well as for ministering to 


Challenge and Instruction in Ministry 


Sharing Through Close Relationships 

The Lord used you in our midst. Nothing we have ever tried has 

been so productive ... I only saw love, encouragement and 

genuine interest by your group. I shall never forget the time 

you spent just loving our young people." 
'I just want to say thanks again for sharing such a special time with 

us. I've learned so much and have grown a lot spiritually by 

knowing you." 
'You've done so much for my life and made me see how important 

it is to let the Lord have complete control of my life." 
'You've really given me a burden to better serve the Lord." 
"I've really grown a lot closer to God since you came." 
'I really had a super time here this week and especially October 27, 

1979. I'll never forget that day. The Lord came into my heart." 




HoDina vou 

can h&ln #/s hetln 

r-Some of our Best Friends 

are- Pastors 

They share their lives in significant ways, often behind the scenes. 

sometimes with the tension of unfulfilled expectations, always 


with the need for a shepherd's heart. 


At GBC Christian Education, we are pledged to help these car- 


Nk ■-*■■ s ■ 

ing men with equipment for the ministry. Thanks to you, we 

^HL ~ rr " m 


W^.~~ ' v 


*HMMM—a monthly idea and suggestion sheet. 



*INSIDE TRACK— a full packet of papers and programs for 

the busy pastor, with helps for many areas of church 

Pastor John and wife, Carolyn, 


have been in Mabton, Washington, 

with their family since 1976. They 


have seen increases of 25 percent in 

readouts monthly to study growth patterns and needs. 

membership this past year, and over 

35 percent in the morning worship 


service over the last three years. 

specific workshops and papers for these busy men. 

John has this philosophy in the 

ministry there: 1) to disciple the be- 

*CONSULTATION-by letter, phone, and visit, offering 

lievers to do the work of ministry; 2) 

opinions and material in the expansive area of CE . . . 

to develop confident qualified leader- 

through staff, district reps, and consultants. 

ship in their assembly, particularly 

among the men; 3) to see the New 

*OHHH— monthly interchange of encouragement and ideas 

Testament pattern of Christian train- 

for pastors' wives, who love their pastor more than 

ing reproduced in their program. 


"I believe the ministry of the 

GBC CE compliments my philosophy 

*BZZZ—a monthly news and idea letter for the pastor's 

of ministry. 'Hoping to help' has 
been a reality in Mabton. 'HMMM' 

secretary, his most important staff person. 

has given me ideas and personal en- 

*DISTRICT REPS— a man in each district as a contact per- 

couragement in the work. Most re- 

son for helps and CE materials, and to be a consultant 

cently, your encouragement given to 
our GBC people along the plurality 

for our staff. 

of eldership concept is most wel- 

*PAST0RAL PAPERS-booklets and papers on the impor- 

come. We appreciate what you and 
your staff are doing for us in Mab- 

tant multifaceted job areas. 


*No charge to pastors. 

Thank You for helping us help these special servants 

Your gifts and prayers make it happen. 

Thank you for both! Please help us be generous! 

Send gifts to help to: 

GBC Christian Education 

P. 0. Box 365 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Please note your local church so we can credit. Or give through local offerings, if you wish. We thank you! 

January '80 i 

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Women Manifesting 


Msstcnary {Birthdays 

MARCH 1980 

(Addresses may be found on pages 28 and 29 of the 1980 
Brethren Annual.,/ 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan Austin March 10, 1975 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 


Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Greg Robinson March 15, 1972 

Mrs. Lynn Hoyt March 12 


Joseph Johnson March 25, 1975 


Mrs. Tom Julien March 27 


Mrs. David Manduka March 25 


Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 


Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Ronald Burk March 15, 1972 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

Stephanie Pfahler March 23, 1972 




wmc officiary 

President-2 1 9/267-7603 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

I nd. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-61 4/881 -5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary -5 1 3/335-5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-2 19/267 2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Offering Opportunity 

GOAL - $8,000 Due - March 10, 1980 

Send offering to Miss Joyce Ashman. 
Project money will be used to purchase 
equipment and materials for Educational 
Resource Center, the nursing skills labo- 
ratory and darkroom equipment. 

o<ji Cfod 

January '80 

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I Take 

Positive Action" 

by Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco 

The past few months have been so terrific in our 
studies of God's Word. How He used the people in 
their own time and place is a challenge to our 
personal walk with Him. 

Lord, let me be that yielded and willing. 

Enoch's walk with God (our November study) was 
especially challenging— to be so closely in touch with 
Him that every thought, action and purpose is pure. 
To be a partner of the Almighty God is really a 
blessed life. He gives all; we receive. 

Lord, it seems like an impossibility in my 
hurry-up world to stay close to you. 
There are so many things to distract me, 
so many questions that don 't seem to 
have clear-cut answers. How can I do it? 

Studying a portion of Scripture with the intent to 
benefit from it is an exciting venture. Reading has its 
place. Memorizing has its place. Studying with expec- 
tation should also be a regular thing. 

In 2 Peter 1 , we are given a glimpse of how abun- 
dantly God gives and we receive. Ours is not a rain 
barrel type passive receptance. We do have responsi- 
bilities and must take Spirit-controlled positive action. 

Lord, help me as I look in this part of 
Your love letter to me. I want to under- 
stand it and use what I learn so my life 
will glorify You. 

Peter addresses those who have received a faith as 
precious as his. It begins right there. God gives us 
faith through the righteousness of Jesus. Now comes 
our part— to know Him. Keep on learning to know 
Him better and better . . . and the flood begins. 
Grace, peace, a truly good life (that's everything we 
need!), His glory, His goodness, salvation from lust 
and evil desires, and His own character come pouring 
into our lives. 

That's quite a list! But there's more as we continue 
to build on the gift of faith. We practice being good 
and we continually learn more of Him through per- 
sonal communion with Him. We read and study the 
Scriptures to discover what He has planned for us and 
we put aside personal desires so the Spirit can exer- 
cise self-control. 

Lord, that last one is so hard. 

I'm so sure I know what's best . . . and I 

can easily rationalize that it's not selfish. 

When we gladly let God have His way, He blesses 
us with patience and godliness. The next benefit is 
being able to enjoy other people-brotherly kindness 
that blossoms into a deep Christian love. As we con- 
tinue in this way, possessing these qualities increasing- 
ly, He gives spiritual strength, usefulness and fruit. 

Lord, I can hardly take all this in. The 
score is so lopsided- You give so much, I 
do so little. Yet I'm the winner. The 
eternal winner! Thank you for being 
willing to forgive my sinful self and accept 
me in Jesus Christ. Thank you for begin- 
ning this whole process by giving me 
faith. I love you. 

But Peter gives a warning to those who fail to re- 
spond to the gift of faith with Spirit-controlled 
actions. He calls them blind and forgetful. They don't 
even remember that Jesus has cleansed their hearts 
from sin. They live in defeat and misery because they 
are blind to the fact that they can be spiritually 
strong and fruitful for the Lord. 

Then Peter admonishes us to work hard at being 
an obedient child of God as a protection against fall- 
ing into sin and as an assurance of a glorious welcome 
into heaven. 

Oh Lord, I don 't ever want to be blind 
and forgetful. I want to do my part. I 
want a close walk with You like Enoch 
had. I want a pure life for Your glory. 

January '80 ( 

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Mrs. Walter 

Alys (Lickel) Haag was born in 
Altoona, Pennsylvania. Her father 
was a railroader, and Altoona was 
headquarters for the Pensy Line. 
Alys was the oldest girl in the 
family, and it was always her task 
to entertain the younger children. 
She learned early in life that the 
best quiet times with the children 
were those in which she told them 
stories. Her imagination knew few 
limits, so she became adept at 
making the stories up as she went. 
That made the job challenging for 
her, as well as interesting for the 

At the age of 17 she entered 
nurses' training in Harrisburg, 
Pennsylvania, and became an RN. 
Both the art of story telling and her 
nursing abilities have been an asset 
in her missionary career. In the 
early pioneering years on the field 
of Baja California, Mexico, her 
children were small and the family 
was far from any sizable town for 
weeks at a time. It was good to 
know how to keep the family well 
and working, as well as how to 
make the long hours on the slow, 
slow roads seem short with games 
and stories. 

Alys always knew she wanted to 
be a missionary. In junior high 
school the "thesis" for passing her 
English and literature class was to 
write a "personal career book." She 
wrote on being a medical mission- 

Upon graduating from training, 
she worked in surgery for one year 
to earn money to go to Bible 
school. While in Bible institute she 
worked nights in a hospital, and it 
was there that an older nurse told 
her of the need for a nursing super- 
visor in a hospital in the mountains 
of Puerto Rico. The hospital was on 
a volunteer service project and the 
program was short term— two years. 

Alys Haag, 1980 Birthday Missionary 

The pay was ten dollars a month, 
plus room and board. This seemed 
like a good opportunity to get her 
"feet wet" in an actual missionary- 
like atmosphere. So, Alys applied, 
and in six weeks she was on her 
way to Puerto Rico. 

Alys was a "serge ant- type" 
supervisor, which was what was 
needed, but she didn't know one 
word of Spanish, and that was 
needed. There couldn't have been a 
more ideal situation or challenge to 
learn Spanish, however, so she 
learned it fast. 

Within two months of her arrival 
in Puerto Rico, a volunteer from 
California appeared on the scene, 
who was also interested in mission- 
ary work. Thus, Alys met her hus- 
band, Walt. They were married ten 
months later on January 1, 1947. 
Walt was from the Community 
Brethren Church in Whittier, Cali- 
fornia, which introduced Alys to 
the Grace Brethren work. 

They left Puerto Rico in June of 
1949, entered Grace Seminary that 
fall, and later began missionary 
work in Baja California, Mexico, in 
October of 1951. On Mexican Inde- 
pendence Day in 1952 their third 

child was born. This completed 
their international family of a 
Puerto Rican, aPennsylvanian, and a 
a Mexican, but all of them looking 
and acting like typical stateside 

Living on the U.S. side of the 
border and planting churches on 
the Mexican side is not an easy job 
when it comes to family life. Most 
evenings of the week were spent 
attending the prayer meetings of 
the various groups and getting 
home late, since the Mexicans don't 
hurry their services. All day Sunday 
was spent going from one part of 
Tijuana to another, to help in 
three Sunday schools and two eve- 
ning services. 

The Lord blessed, and three 
churches were born in Tijuana. 
Likewise the Lord blessed in the 
missionary family. It was marvelous 
training in spiritual growth and 
physical discipline. Also, to learn to 
live in two cultures comfortably at 
the same time is training that serves 
as a basis for solid lifetime decisions. 

Largely because of the children's 
good attitudes and accomplish- 
ments in school and Alys' partici- 
pation in PTA, neighbors became 
interested in knowing the Lord, and 
desirous to have evangelical teach- 
ing for their children. Thus, the San 
Ysidro Grace Brethren Church was 
born on this side of the border. 

Besides helping her husband 
plant churches, Alys thoroughly 
enjoys her role as "Aunt Alys" to 
the Missionary Helpers, and spends 
many hours making slide-tape sets 
and preparing monthly lessons and 
workbooks. She also loves to cook, 
bake, and keep house, partly be- 
cause she never has had all the time 
she would like to have to do it. 

As a mother, she is very happy 
with her offspring. Sharon, the 
oldest, is teaching missionary chil- 
dren with Wycliffe in Mexico. Doug 
is on the pastoral staff working 
with high schoolers in Fullerfon, 
California. Sandy, the youngest, is 
enjoying her employment as an ac- 
countant, and her part in the girls' 
work in the Whittier, California, 
church. Also two granddaughters 
add a lot of spice to Alys' life. 

'January '80 

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WMC Project for Grace Schools 
Meets a Special Need 

Lois Mack and Marie ne 
Bontrager are introduced to 
materials for exceptional 
students by Mrs. Marilyn 
Yoder Qeit), director of the 
Education Resource Center 

There is a facet of education receiving attention in public education that has been largely overlooked by 
the Christian community. That facet is the unique needs of exceptional students. 

Grace College recently has taken definite steps to include preparation for working with exceptional 
students in its teacher education program as well as its inclusion in methods courses. 

Grace established an education minor for teaching the Educable Mentally Retarded (EMR); the State of 
Indiana agreed to endorse Grace graduates with the EMR minor to teach these exceptional students; a 
three-person faculty was secured for the courses under the EMR minor. 

One large need, however, remained unmet: a way to finance the purchase of the materials and equip- 
ment so necessary in the education of teachers working with exceptional students. 

When this need was made known to the executive board of the Grace Brethren Women's Missionary 
Council, they responded by committing part of the Grace Schools national offering to the purchase of 
training resources for teachers working with exceptional students. 

Using these funds, Grace plans to purchase the following materials to help meet the unique needs of 
exceptional students: student textbooks that present curricular materials suited to the special learning rates 
and styles of the student; books with ideas for learning activities to reinforce learning; kits, games and 
audiovisual materials to enhance learning; and, finally, processing supplies and storage facilities for the 

The teacher education department faculty deeply appreciates the willingness of the WMC to provide for 
the addition of special materials since all elementary and secondary education students at Grace will benefit 
by acquiring knowledge about exceptional students and using materials to aid learning. 

January '80 > 

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by Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser 

Did I hear correctly? "Take the Navajo 
Children's Choir to the Mohican Forest for a 
hike and picnic." All 20 of them? Oh well, 
perhaps that could be fun for them and us 
too. As I recall that excursion last summer, I 
know the Lord was there. 

The sun was shining beautifully as we gath- 
ered around the picnic tables after the hike. 
Someone said, "Samson is missing!" How 
could it be? How could they have lost some- 
one? Did the children understand that they 
should stay together? My husband and two 
older boys went back to search. Lunch lost its 

Later my husband returned— no Samson. 
He was only 10 years old. A lady staff mem- 
ber from the Mission and I went to look. We 
thought of the river below the steep banks, 
the huge rocks, the injuries he might have. We 
called until the trees echoed. On the trail to 
the falls I looked up to see a small Navajo boy 
walking toward me. What a welcome sight! 
Samson was safe! 

What was so strange was that he did not 
feel he had done wrong. He just couldn't find 
everyone. I thought, was it wrong to run 
ahead of the leader? Was it wrong to feel he 
could care for himself in a new place? Was it 
not exciting to explore by himself? Yes! Yes! 

Then I thought, how often have I run 
ahead of my Heavenly Father? How many 
times do I not listen to His directions? I think 
I can care for myself. I lose my way. Then, I 

wonder, where is the Lord? Why have I gotten 
hurt? His presence is gone. I realize I have run 
ahead of God's plan and I have lost the sound 
of His voice. And when He brings me back, do 
I know that it is my fault? 

Lord, help me to remember Samson, help 
me to remember to follow close to You. 

"Thou will show me the path of life, in thy 
presence is fullness of joy" (Ps. 16:11). 

by Mrs. R. A. (Carolyn) Peak 

Nearly every week when I zip together my 
personal laundry bag, I thank the Lord for the lesson 
He taught me from that zipper. That zipper is an old 
metal one, in good condition, but as contrary as they 
come. For weeks I struggled to make it work 
properly, but it either would not cooperate with my 
efforts or did so reluctantly. It would zip a few teeth 
together and stop. No matter how hard I pulled, 
sometimes it would not go any further. I would move 
the head back to the start and try again. Often to 
little or no avail. Getting that zipper to close required 
a major pushing and pulling effort every week, grating 
teeth on one side against those of the other. I nearly 
threw the bag away. Then it occurred to me that per- 
haps a bit of vaseline on the teeth might help. Using 
my little finger, on a few teeth on both sides of the 
zipper, I dabbed a speck of vaseline right next to the 
head. Then I pulled, and presto! The zipper zipped. 
As if by magic, it went together. I pulled it open just 
as easily and zipped it shut again, just to be certain 
I wasn't dreaming. Sure enough! That zipper' was 
working as it was designed to work, smoothly and 

Then I smiled, for the Lord made me see those 
contrary zipper teeth as a collection of believers 
(maybe WMC ladies!), the head as the leader, and the 
vaseline as the oil of the Holy Spirit. Though the 
leader may be doing a commendable job of leading 
(as the zipper head was doing a commendable job of 
trying to zip), and though the believers may be 
designed to work together (as the teeth were designed 
to zip together), without the Holy Spirit, only un- 
pleasant pushing, pulling, and grating will get the 
work accomplished. But with His presence, with His 
filling of each one involved, the work goes smoothly 
and quickly. 

Perhaps Zechariah said it best when he wrote: ". . . 
not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith 
the Lord . . ." (Zech. 4:6); or to paraphrase it: "By 
My Spirit, those believers zip together and do My 

= January '80 

A Children 's Story 

January '80 

not been white already. Curly 
was fortunate. His shepherd 
was David, and David was al- 
ways alert to the needs of his 
sheep. Today he was calling 
for Curly to join the rest of 
the flock for the night. Curly 
looked longingly at the patch 
of clover he had just dis- 
covered and then turned and 
trudged up the hill dragging 
his feet in protest. 

"That clover was so sweet I 
wish I could have some more 
right now, " thought Curly. "If 
I wait till tomorrow all the 
adults will discover it and I 
won 't get any. " 

Suddenly Curly had an idea. 
He thought it was a good idea. 
But if he could have seen the 
nasty expression on his face he 
might have had some second 
thoughts about how "good' it 

"I'm going to wait till to- 
night when everyone is asleep 
and sneak back and have the 
whole patch for myself. " 

Curly knew that his mom 
could often tell when he was 
planning something wrong, so 
he was extremely careful to 
act normal as he laid down 
beside her for the night. He 
decided to pretend to go to 
sleep, and in just a little while 
he thought he could hear her 
slight snore. He waited, and 
then very quietly stood up and 
tiptoed through the flock of 
sleeping sheep. When he had 
gotten beyond the edge of the 
flock he kicked up his heels. 

"Yippee!" thought Curly as 
he bounced down the hill. "I'll 
have a good munch and then 
slip back and no one will 
know. " 

"Let's see, the place was by 

the brook past the mulberry 
trees. Yes, I can smell the 
berries, so it should be right 

under this tree an d it 


Curly started to munch 
away with great delight. The 
clover was extremely good. 
But it wasn't long till he 
noticed that everything was 
hushed. He heard a branch 
snap behind him and he 
jumped. He looked, but he 
couldn't see anything. 

"Silly! There's nothing 
there. " 

He went back to eating but 
this time there was a loud 
crunch behind him. He 
jumped around and saw two 
dark furry feet. He looked up 
and up, and there was a huge 
black bear literally towering 
over him. 

"Help! Help! he thought. 
But all he could say was a very 
weak "baa, baa." The beast 
started toward him and was 
reaching out to slice him to 
pieces when ... a sound— he 
heard a sound like— no, it was 
David's harp! He opened his 

"It's light! What happened 
to the bear? What am I doing 
in the middle of the flock be- 
side my mother? Why it was a 
dream, " he sighed in relief. 
"And it was David's harp that 
woke me up and chased away 
that awful dream. " 

He jumped up and started 
to prance around so vigorously 
that his mother opened her 
eyes and started to wonder if 
he hadn't eaten locoweed. He 
rushed over to David and tried 
to tell him in his best voice 
just how happy he was that 
David's playing had awakened 

him from his bad dream. 

"/ could have died of fright. 
But you awakened me and the 
sound of your harp soothed 
me. " 

That's what he wanted to 
say but all David could hear 
was "baa, baa." 

"What do you want, Curly?" 
asked David. "You seem aw- 
fully happy about something." 

Curly drug his nose across 
the strings of the harp trying 
to tell David. But the sound 
was dull; not very pretty and 
his nose stung from the strings. 

"Curly, you've gotten your 
nose into just about every- 
thing. But my harp? Do you 
want me to keep playing?" 

Curly jumped for joy and 
then laid down contentedly as 
David strummed and sang a 
song of praise to God for 
safety through the night. 
Curly wanted to sing praises 
too but that was reserved for 

That day when David led 
them down the hill, Curly saw 
the clover patch and walked 
right on by. He didn't want 
any part of the clover that had 
given him such greedy bad 

Not many days after, some 
men came to talk to David 
about going to the palace to 
play for King Saul so the King 
would be free from his sadness 
and bad dreams. At first Curly 
was unhappy because he would 
miss David and his harp. But 
then he thought that was sel- 
fish, and he remembered that 
it was selfishness which had 
caused that awful dream. He 
was happy that David would 
help the King just as David 
had helped him. 

January '80 

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of an Exciting Year 

by Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

President, Grace Schools 

Every school year in a college or seminary 
brings a fresh beginning. How many other 
enterprises of this magnitude can start over 
every 12 months? But while academic years 
tend to take on a certain sameness as they un- 
fold, the 1979-80 year at Grace College and 
Seminary has some features that have made it 
distinctive, and for these we give praise to 


The most obvious highlight of the present 
year is the record enrollment in both college 
and seminary. For the first time more than 
1 ,200 students have registered for classes, and 
this means full classrooms, bustling hallways, 
dormitories at capacity, and crowded parking 
lots. Of that total the 414 students in Grace 
Seminary represent the largest fall registra- 
tion in our history. The potential for Chris- 
tian leadership represented in these com- 
mitted young scholars never fails to impress 
everyone who visits a class or attends one of 
the chapels. 

Enrollment in Grace College topped 800 
for the first time (official total: 804). In these 
days of ecomonic uncertainty and a declining 
student pool, the increase of 5 percent which 
Grace experienced was most heartening. A 
previous Herald reported the high academic 
caliber of this year's freshman class. The 
spiritual concerns of this class have also been 
exceptional, and this has helped to establish a 
healthy student atmosphere on the campus 
this year. 


The academic programs have benefited this 
year by the addition of several new full time 

faculty in both the seminary and the college. 
Dr. Wayne Knife joined the seminary Old Tes- 
tament department, coming to us from a 
faculty position at Baptist Bible College in 
Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania. He has also 
taught at Philadelphia College of Bible. Dr. 
Larry Overstreet is the new professor of 
homiletics, with a brand new Ph.D. from 
Wayne State University, and previous faculty 
experience at Detroit Baptist Divinity School. 

Grace College added two faculty members 
to full-time positions this year: W. Merwin 
Forbes in the Department of Biblical Studies, 
and Mrs. Margaret Boozel in the Department 
of Nursing. There are also six part-time faculty 
members who have enabled us to enrich our 
curricular offerings beyond what the full-time 
faculty can provide. 

The administration of Grace Schools is the 
responsibility of the president, along with the 
executive vice president and administrators of 
the five major areas: the seminary, college 
academics, student affairs, business affairs, 
and development. Two of our administrators 
are in their first year of service and are per- 
forming with real distinction. Dean of Stu- 
dents Dan Snively acquired a number of years 
of valuable experience under his predecessor 
Arnold Kriegbaum, now retired. Director of 
Business Affairs Ron dinger is rapidly 
familiarizing himself with the complex aspects 
of his office. Both of these new administra- 
tors have quickly gained the respect of their 
colleagues. We believe God has brought them 
to us. 


The college enrolled its first students in the 
new associate degree program in nursing this 
fall, and interest is very high. Already Mrs. 
Barbara Woodring, director of nursing, reports 
a waiting list for the next class. These young 

January '80 Ow 


women are receiving their clinical experience 
at Kosciusko Community Hospital and 
Miller's Merry Manor. 

The seminary has made a number of cur- 
ricular changes to strengthen its programs. 
Students may now choose to pursue the four- 
year Master of Theology degree and bypass 
the Master of Divinity. The variety of aca- 
demic backgrounds among entering students, 
especially regarding their knowledge of Greek, 
is recognized more formally by three slightly 
different curricula. 

Two short-term courses will be offered 
during the winterim to resident students, as 
well as alumni and area pastors. These will be 
taught by visiting faculty. "Pastoral Counsel- 
ing" will be taught by seminary alumnus Dr. 
Edward Hindson, now of Liberty Baptist Col- 
lege, and "Christian Education Methods and 
Materials" by college alumnus Dr. Max 
Anders of Walk-Thru the Bible ministries. 
Next summer the seminary will utilize visiting 
professors Dr. S. Lewis Johnson (Dallas, 
Texas) and Dr. James Rosscup (Talbot Theo- 
logical Seminary) for two-week courses. 

This year also saw the inauguration of the 
first Grace Lay Bible Institute with 151 stu- 
dents. Sponsored by the seminary, it offers 
evening classes to student wives and other 
area residents taught by professors and gradu- 
ate students. The classes meet on eight conse- 
cutive Monday evenings each semester. Two 
Walk-Thru the Bible seminars are also being 
sponsored this year. The "Walk Thru the Old 
Testament" attracted 700 participants in 
September. The New Testament seminar will 
be held in February. 


Finances are a continuing problem in high- 
er education today, and Christian institutions 
are no exception. In some respects their pres- 
sures may be worse because some of them, 
including Grace, do not accept government 
funds for institutional purposes. Nevertheless, 
God has given us a host of friends who have 
caught the vision of Grace Schools and the 
potential that is here for a meaningful Chris- 
tian education. Alumni giving for the first 9 
months of 1979 (latest figures available this 

writing) was up 75 percent over the com- 
parable period in 1978. Total monthly gift in- 
come for the first 9 months of 1979 exceeded 
the same period in 1978 by 22.9 percent. Al- 
though Project 790 did not reach its lofty 
goal, it did bring in about $200,000 during 
1979, a most encouraging achievement. For 
all of these blessings we thank God and press 

News Notes 

$10,000 Bequest 

Mr. Squire Allen, who went to be with 
the Lord on April 14, 1979, at the age of 
86, made a bequest of $10,000 to Grace 
Schools in his will. He was a faithful 
member of the Grace Brethren Church in 
Flora, Indiana, since 1910. Donald R. 
Taylor is pastor of the Flora church. 

Returns to Library Post 

President Homer A. Kent, Jr., has an- 
nounced that Prof. Robert Ibach has re- 
turned to his position as Director of 
Libraries at Grace Schools. He resumed 
his duties officially on November 26. Mr. 
Ibach had previously served Grace for 10 
years before being appointed director of 
the Billy Graham Library at Wheaton 
College this fall. "We are happy to wel- 
come him back," said Dr. Kent. 

Elected AIDO President 

Richard Messner, Director of Develop- 
ment at Grace Schools, is the newly 
elected president for 1980 and 1981 of 
the Association of Institutional Develop- 
ment Officers, Christian Colleges. There 
are 70 members of this national organi- 
zation which is in its seventh year of 

January '80 

Picture yourself as 

creatively meeting the 

spiritual needs of your 

associates, your 

neighbors, your Sunday 

School class. 

Imagine your church in 

the forefront, creatively 

ministering God's Word 

with sensitivity to the 

people of your community. 

Stretch. Let your vision 

include you. Stretch 

yourself, and your 

church, for God and His glory. 

K Grace Theological Seminary 

is in the business of 

stretching the horizons of 

those preparing for 

lives of ministry. 

Through Biblically based 

curriculum a foundation 

is laid; through exposure 

to men that God is using 

a vision is gained. 

Now you can participate 
in life at Grace. The 
Grace Bible Conference 
is your opportunity to be 
challenged. It will allow 
you to imagine, to pic- 
ture yourself as leading 
the way ... for God 
and His glory. 

Don't miss being on the 

campus of Grace 

Theological Seminary, 

February 12-15, 1980 

for the 29th annual 

Grace Bible Conference. 

Featured speakers include Dr. Bruce 
K. Waltke, Dr. Charles R. Swindoll, 
Dr. John MacArthur, Jill Briscoe, Dr. 
Joseph S to well Sr., Pastor Walter 
Banks, Pastor Joseph Stowell and 
many others. Come and be a part of 
this exciting conference. 


FEBRUARY 12-15, 1980 

January '80 ' 

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ji i 

is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

James Gault, Sr. 
Mrs. Harriet Steffler 

Mrs. Mildred Schoenhals 
Chester McCall 
I. R. Kilgore 
Mrs. Hilda Martin 

Rev. Leo Polman 
Paul H. Kurtz 

Mrs. Aletha Altfather 
Mrs. Kate Flowers 
Mrs. Betty Feather 

In Honor of : 

Dr. and Mrs. Norman Uphouse 
(40th Wedding Anniversary) 
Pastor and Mrs. Paul E. Dick 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mis. Carl Powers 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Powers 

Miss Evelyn Kohler 

First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Mrs. Rae B. McCall 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kilgore 

Mrs. Dora Davis and Family 

Mrs. Annabelle Courtney and Family 

Mrs. Doris Frank and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Frank and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Jones 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Hoyt 

Mr. and Mrs. Neal W. Cauffman 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard O. Swineford 

Southeast District Ministerium 

Southeast District Ministerium 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Mr. and Mrs. J. O Renalds, III 

To share words of "comfort" with someone in a time of sorrow, or to 
express your "best wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one of the 
nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of "sympathy," or of "congratula- 
tions," to a loved one, friend or family according to your instructions, im- 
mediately upon receipt of your gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. Complete the form below and send 
with your check. The amount will remain confidential. 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

January '80 

Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $ 

Your name Telephone 

Your address 

City State Zip 


(Check one) 

□ In Memory of_ 

□ In Honor of 

□ Your relationship to the one for whom the gift is given 




Mail to: 
Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Sunday School Selective Quarter 

Your choice of these 18 adult study guides . . . 
$1.50 each until May 31, 1980. 

(Reg. $2.95 & $3.95 ea.) 




For use during the March, April, May selective quarter, we are offering your 
choice of these 18 study guides from prior quarters at the extra-special price of 
$1.50 each. Just two stipulations: Church quantity orders only at this price, and 
you must order on the form below or specify "$1.50 special" on your order. (In- 
dividual orders are priced at $3.95 each except The Family First which is $2.50.) 



Genesis, John Burke 

Deuteronomy, Bernard Schneider 

Proverbs, Charles Turner 

Matthew, Harold Etling 

Acts, Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

Romans, Herman A. Hoyt 

Galatians, Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

Ephesians, Tom Julien 

1 and 2 Timothy, Dean Fetterhoff 

Hebrews, Herman A. Hoyt 

James, Roy Roberts 

Revelation, Herman A. Hoyt 

The Family First, Kenneth Gangel 

Brethren Beliefs and Practices, Harold Etling 

Prophecy, Things To Come, James L. Boyer 

Pulpit Words Translated for Pew People, 

Charles Turner 
Sweeter Than Honey, Jesse Deloe 

(Effective Bible study and how we got our Bible) 
The Holy Spirit and You, Bernard Schneider 
Be sure to use the order form below or specify 


$2.95, Gerald Twombly 
Sorry— none available 
$2.95, James Long 
$2.95, Gerald Twombly 
$2.95, Gerald Twombly 
$2.95, Jesse Deloe 
$2.95, James Long 
$2.95, James Long 
$2.95, James Long 
$2.95, James Long 
$2.95, James Long 
$2.95, Gerald Twombly 
$2.95, Gerald Gillaspie 
$2.95, James Long 
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— The Brethren Missionary Herald — 



current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

The 1980 issue of the Brethren Annual was sent in the pre-Christmas mail rush. If you 
have received a copy of the Annual each year, it will come to you automatically. Copies 
are available upon request. 

HAROLD II is about to make its debut. This is the second computer to be put into use 
at the Herald. The first one, HAROLD I, has been working for about a year and a half. 
All names and addresses of Foreign Missions Echoes and Brethren Missionary Herald sub- 
scribers are stored in this computer. It also notes contributions to BMH, and makes 
out the payroll each week. 

HAROLD II will take over the functions of invoicing, inventory controls, and general 
ledgers. It will also make out payment checks and several other functions. As is true 
in all cases there are problems in the switch over, but the ability to handle large 
amounts of information quickly is a very valuable asset. 

Here is some news that I think you will like. The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. is 
obtaining a toll-free "800" number. We will get the number out to you this month. 
Calls may be made from every state, except Indiana, Alaska, and Hawaii. We will use 
the number for a three month period and if the results are satisfactory at the time, 
it will be continued. 

In the theological discussion areas, there is a great deal of discussion about the 

matter of events of the last days — when the Church will be taken to be with the Lord. 

Some teaching that varies from our historical and biblical position is being heard. 
Establish yourself well on this matter as to the truth. 

Have you made the selections for your selective class for the next Sunday school 
quarter? The special prices for Brethren adult literature makes it possible for you 
to study in your Sunday school class one of the biblical studies offered through the 

Make it a point to get your vacation plans for the national conference at Winona 
Lake in 1980. Conference is a bit early this year and it opens with a special Sat- 
urday night musical concert by Paul Schumacher. The conference for young people 
sponsored by GBC Christian Education will again be a good one. Oh yes, conference 
dates are July 27 through August 1. 

The moderator of the 1979 conference proposed a meeting of fellowship planning and 
discussion. David Hocking's suggestion will be resulting in a gathering at Winona 
Lake on April 14-16, 1980. Pray that the study group will be a definite forward 
step within our Fellowship. 

It would be a good idea to go to your pastor and ask him when your dis- 
trict conference will be held. It will first 
of all surprise him, and it will help you to 
decide to join the Brethren in your area in a 
time of fellowship and blessing. 





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current news items of help and interest to you as 

The 1980 issue of the Brethren Annual was sent in the pre-Christmas mail 
have received a copy of the Annual each year, it will come to you automat 
are available upon request. 

HAROLD II is about to make its debut. This is the second computer to be pi 
at the Herald. The first one, HAROLD I, has been working for about a year 
All names and addresses of Foreign Missions Echoes and Brethren Missionar: 
scribers are stored in this computer. It also notes contributions to BMH, 
out the payroll each week. 

HAROLD II will take over the functions of invoicing, inventory controls, £ 
ledgers. It will also make out payment checks and several other functions, 
in all cases there are problems in the switch over, but the ability to har 
amounts of information quickly is a very valuable asset. 

Here is some news that I think you will like. The Brethren Missionary Hera 
obtaining a toll-free "800" number. We will get the number out to you this 
Calls may be made from every state, except Indiana, Alaska, and Hawaii. We 
the number for a three month period and if the results are satisfactory at 
it will be continued. 

In the theological discussion areas, there is a great deal of discussion a 
matter of events of the last days — when the Church will be taken to be wit' 
Some teaching that varies from our historical and biblical position is beii 
Establish yourself well on this matter as to the truth. 

Have you made the selections for your selective class for the next Sunday ; 
quarter? The special prices for Brethren adult literature makes it possiblt 
to study in your Sunday school class one of the biblical studies offered tl 

Make it a point to get your vacation plans for the national conference at V 
Lake in 1980. Conference is a bit early this year and it opens with a speed 
urday night musical concert by Paul Schumacher. The conference for young pe 
sponsored by GBC Christian Education will again be a good one. Oh yes, conf 
dates are July 27 through August 1. 

The moderator of the 1979 conference proposed a meeting of fellowship plann 
discussion. David Hocking's suggestion will be resulting in a gathering at 
Lake on April 14-16, 1980. Pray that the study group will be a definite for 
step within our Fellowship. 

It would be a good idea to go to your pastor and ask him when your dis- 
trict conference will be held. It will first 
of all surprise him, and it will help you to 
decide to join the Brethren in your area in a 
time of fellowship and blessing. 



: EBRUARY 1980 

Reflections By Still Waters 

The "Who's Who 
of ^obocl^r 


Charles W. Turner 


It just had to happen. It was as 
inevitable as a headache! For years 
all of the famous people have been 
receiving the attention, and their 
biographies have been printed in 
fifty dollar volumes. Their plaques 
have graced their office walls and 
when this is called to their attention, 
they humbly admit they have been 
selected for an edition of Who's 
Who in Religion or politics, or an 
expert in some exotic field of en- 
deavor. Meanwhile, you stand by, 
hoping that one of these days your 
boss will remember your name. 
Maybe you are one of those sons-in- 
law that you hope your mother-in- 
law will someday recognize you and 
quit getting you confused with the 
trash man. 

It did happen; well, I should say, 
it is about to happen. A new 
volume is coming out and it will be 
called Who s Nobody in America. It 
is being compiled by a California 
firm. It promises to list the no- 
bodies of America. I assume it will 
include the important nobodies. 

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After all, how can one find a really 
nobody nobody? I am afraid, 
though, that this whole thing might 
get out of hand and fail. If so, we 
will end up with the VIP nobodies 
of America and the people most 
qualified for the book will not be 
listed. What a shame! 

Who, according to the standards, 
are the nobodies who may qualify? 
Some have applied— about 4,000 
thus far— and with a rough estimate 
of maybe 220,000,000 nobodies in 
America, there is still plenty of 
room to get in the edition. It looks, 
though, like the list will be limited 
to just 25,000 in the first edition. 

One applicant claimed she had 
been to the same psychiatrist for 
eight years and he kept calling her 
Evelyn. Her name is Mildred. An- 
other lady claimed that she is a wife, 
mother and a church secretary, and 
the only time anyone notices her is 
when she is gone. One lady wanted 
the honor on the basis that she had 
held a small party, and later the 
guests kept asking her to point out 

the hostess so they could extend 
their thanks. 

So, it is obvious that a large 
number of people are having the 
problem of finding what is probably 
their true worth in life. I think it 
also brings up the matter of how 
distorted we get with our sense of 
values. We place the wrong emphasis 
on who is important and who is not 
important. Certainly from the view- 
point of the Word of God there is 
the truth that God is interested in 
all. Christ died for the whole of 
humanity— the kings, the rulers, and 
those we call the common people, as 

In fact, we are warned in the 
Scriptures not to place too much 
importance on the status or voca- 
tion of a person. In the early days 
of the Church James spoke of not 
giving the best seat to those dressed 
in fine apparel, and moving the 
poor to a lesser place of seating. 
But when it comes to the calling of 
God, hear what Paul says about 
status, and place in life: "For ye see 
your calling, brethren, how that not 
many wise men after the flesh, not 
many mighty, not many noble, are 
called: but God hath chosen the 
foolish things of the world to con- 
found the wise; and God hath 
chosen the weak things of the 
world to confound the things which 
are mighty ; and base things of the 
world, and things which are de- 
spised, hath God chosen, yea, the 
things that are not, to bring to 
nought the things that are: that no 
flesh should glory in his presence" 
(1 Cor. 1:26-29). 

So, as men put together their 
"Who's Who" to give honor to 
those who have accomplished, and 
others put together a book of 
Who's Nobody in America, God 
puts together a book of His own. 
Those who are in His book will be 
saved by the grace of Christ, and 
the names of those important in 
God's program may well vary from 
man's list of recognition. 

COVER PHOTO: This Fulani tribesman in 
the C.A.R. is a member of just one of the 
20,000 unreached groups in the world today. 
Photo by Dr. David Daugherty 

in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1945 

The Brethren Radio Hour will go on the air 
as soon as funds are available. Needed are 
5,000 people who will send in a $1.00 per 
month. . . . The remodeling of the Foreign 
Missionary Residence on Chestnut Street in 
Winona Lake, Ind., is about to begin. Pur- 
chased in 1943 for $7,500, the residence 
will soon be ready for full occupation. 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

The report for 1964 Foreign Missions giving 

is in and it totals $483,211 Rev. Ralph 

Colburn, pastor at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 
celebrated his eleventh year as pastor, and 
received a gift of a Holy Land trip from the 
congregation. . . . The Florida district an- 
nounced that their first district conference 
will be held March 1-3. 

5 Years Ago -197 5 

Larry Gegner is moving from Ankenytown, 
Ohio, to Kokomo, Ind. . . . Almost 700 
people attended the dedication service of 
the new sanctuary at Sunnyside, Wash. . . . 
Columbus, Ohio, won the Sunday school 
contest for division A, and Warsaw, Ind., 
won it for division C. 


Volume 42 Number 2 February 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

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Dear Missionary Herald Family, 

I would like to thank you on behalf of the Senior WMC 
of the Martinsburg First Brethren Church for the beauti- 
ful covers you printed and distributed at national con- 

It makes our "Year-Book" so attractive and it is a joy to 
hand a newcomer such a neat and useful booklet. Of 
course, we all find them very useful— with the theme 
song right there, and so forth. 

Thank you again for this "over-and-above" service.— 
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Don Hocking (left) and President David Dacko (right) 

The President Prays for the 
Wisdom of Solomon 

by Don Hocking 

On Wednesday, November 7, 
while I was at M'Baiki for a pastor's 
conference, the protocol officer of 
President David Dacko visited my 
house in Bangui and asked to see 
me. My wife, Betty, explained that 
I was at M'Baiki and would return 
about 6 p.m. That evening he ar- 
rived a little after 6:30 and said the 
President wanted to see me the 
next morning at his residence at 8 
o'clock. So, Thursday morning I 
was there. 

I was ushered into a waiting 
room in the President's house. At 
8:30 the French protocol officer 
said President Dacko wanted to see 
me at 10 a.m. I explained that I had 
to leave for Batangafo at 9:30 a.m. 
and the flight had to go on schedule 
since permission for our flight had 
been obtained from the Chief of 
Staff of the Armed Forces and the 
National Sheriffs office. This is the 
date we had arranged and it could 
not be changed. He accepted the 

explanation and told me to return 
Saturday morning at 8:30. 

Returning Saturday morning, I 
again went to the residence. I had 
hardly gotten out of the car when 
the president was on the veranda of 
his house waiting for me. We went 
into a receiving room and sat down 

"we need to spread the 
Gospel. We need to get books 
about the Gospel all over the 
C.A.R. and encourage pastors 
to evangelize. Only God can 

keep our country right. 

Soldiers and guns and bullets 

can 't do it— only Christ. " 

to talk. Though I had met Mr. 
Dacko previously, this was the first 
time I had ever been alone with 

You might "wonder why he 
would summon me. There is a story 

behind it. When Betty and I lived at 
M'Baiki, he came to the mission on 
three occasions. At his first two 
visits we were away from home. 
The third time, Betty and I were 
there holding youth classes with the 
Snyders and Marie Mishler. He ap- 
parently was impressed by his visit. 
Marie took some black and white 
pictures and gave him one. 

His government was overthrown 
by Bokassa, but he was later al- 
lowed to return to his house near 
M'Bata via M'Baiki. Though he was 
under some surveillance, Al Balzer 
and I went to visit him. A soldier 
guarded him and those who came 
to see him, but the soldier let us 
through and we visited with him 
about one hour. He was very im- 
pressed by this visit and very appre- 
ciative—he gave us a regime of 
bananas and lots of eggs. We talked 
about spiritual things at that time. 
He told me then that he knew Jesus 
Christ was the only way of salva- 

During my next contact with 

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him at close range, he still was not 
in the government. But he was free 
to move about and he attended the 
church dedication of the M'Bata 
church. The Balzers and we were 
there. President Dacko sat right 
next to me and we had another nice 

The next time I saw him, we 
were on the same plane together. I 
was going from Paris to Bangui and 
he boarded at N'Djamena, Chad. 
We greeted each other. He was now 
the personal counselor to Bokassa 
and about the second or third man 
in the government. It was October 
of 1977. 

Perhaps all this had something to 
do with his invitation to me for a 
personal chat on that Saturday 

What did he tell me? Well, he 
gave me an overview of the political 
situation of Africa. He feels that 
the two greatest dangers are com- 
munism and Libya. There have 
been over 400 Central African stu- 
dents in Libya. He planned to pull 
them all out of that country. He 
showed me what the communists 
are doing and their strategy. 

Then he said, "I don't believe I 
have to tell you about the dangers 
of communism." 

"No, I know the dangers very 
well," I answered. 

He pointed out that there are 
500 Russian technicians in the 
C.A.R.— more than in any other 
central African country. He also 

"This is what I am asking 

from God. This is what I 

want you to pray about— that 

God will give me wisdom. We 

want to go on the straight 

and narrow path— not to the 

left or right. Pray that He will 

hold our feet on His path and 

that we will do things 

His way. " 

commented that they have built in 
Bangui the nicest and most impres- 
sive embassy anywhere in central 
Africa. He claimed it was not with- 
out reason— they are directing their 
attacks against the C.A.R. and 

"Therefore," he stated, "we 
need to spread the Gospel. We need 
to get books about the Gospel all 

over the C.A.R. and encourage 
pastors to evangelize. Only God can 
keep our country right. Soldiers 
and guns and bullets can't do it- 
only Christ." 

He is a devout Catholic but 
knows the way of salvation in 
Christ. It was a very impressive con- 
versation, and he is a very sincere 
religious man. 

He waited for my response. "I 
will tell all the pastors to pray for 
you and your government. I'll ex- 
plain to them your desire to 
encourage pastors to spread gospel 
books and to evangelize all over the 
C.A.R. You will have the complete 
backing of our pastors and mission- 
aries in these endeavors. That is 
why we are here and we appreciate 
your encouragement." 

Then I pointed out that his ab- 
sence at the Castors church on the 
day of thanksgiving (two Sundays 
after his coup d'e'tat) after he said 
he would attend was regretted by 
the believers there. I encouraged 
him to make it right. Dacko ac- 

Sunday morning, he arrived at 
church before I was to preach at 
10 o'clock. I decided not to preach 
while he was there (my messages 
are usually about 30 minutes long). 

The Castors Brethren Church 

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President Dacko visited the Castors church near Bangui 

Instead, I read Romans 13 and had 
prayer. Pastor Ndomale Joseph was 
in charge of the reception of the 
president and the service after he 
arrived. The president was given the 
opportunity to speak. It was almost 
like preaching! 

He had three points, which were 
backed with Scripture: 1) Spread 
the Gospel, Isaiah 42:7; 2) Spend 
time in the Word of God, illustrated 
by Mary and Martha in Luke; and 
3) Pray for God's guidance and pro- 
tection, Psalm 127:1-2. He was well 
received. The 2,000 people gathered 
in the Sango service clapped after 
each point and gave him a good 
round of applause at the end. He re- 
turned to his seat, the choir sang, 
Pastor Noel Gaiwaka prayed, and 
then President Dacko left. Pastor 
Ndomale and I accompanied him to 
his car. He asked for a group of us 
to come to his house at 6 p.m. 

I went back in and preached. 
Then after the service, a Frenchman 
and two Central African technicians 
came to record the adult choir sing- 
ing the national anthem in Sango 

and the youth choir which had sung 
two numbers during the president's 

The protocol officer came back 
to talk with me to say that in addi- 
tion to 10 pastors, the president 
would like to have the two directors 
of the choirs and several laymen 
and laywomen leaders of the 

He waited for my response. 
"/ will tell all the pastors to 

pray for you and your 

government. " We are really 

getting behind him and 

praying for him. Won't 

you do the same? 

church come to his residence. All 
together the Don Millers, the Hock- 
ings, 10 pastors, and about 15 lay- 
people (including the two directors) 
were invited. Don and I drove our 
two cars and took the pastors. The 
government sent a minibus to the 
Castors church to get the laypeople. 

We arrived about 6:00 and were in- 
troduced into his residence at 6:10. 
Lovely stuffed chairs were in 
groups of 6 to 8 and the president 
sat next to me on a sort of couch. 
We talked and he had soft drinks 
brought in for us. Then they set up 
a buffet. Everything was cold, but 
delicious: small sandwiches (ham, 
caviar), cold pieces of chicken with 
a little pickle, olives, potato chips, 
and cream puffs. 

Pastor Ndomale sat on the other 
side of the president. We got in- 
volved in some very interesting con- 
versations. He agreed readily to my 
taking some pictures. 

Before we left, I asked him if he 
would like to say a word to the 
entire group. He agreed and used 
Solomon as his example. He used 
the illustration of God's giving 
Solomon the privilege of asking for 
anything he wanted. Solomon 
asked for wisdom to govern God's 

"This is what I am asking from 
God. This is what I want you to 
pray about— that God will give me 

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Brethren Foreign Missions is interested in contacting direct descend- 
ants of the 53 charter members of the Society. If you are a close relative 
of any of the following people, please let us know at P. 0. Box 588, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590: 

T. C. Leslie 
C. H. Marks 
Rev. Clara Flora 
Rev. J. M. Fox 
Rev. Mary Sterling 
Naomi Wilson 
Rev. G. W. Rench 
Mrs. G. W. Rench 
Rev. Jacob C. Cassel 
Rev. W. H.Miller 
Rev. J. R. Wampler 
Mrs. J. R. Wampler 
Rev. I. D. Bowman 
Rev. J. Allen Miller 
Mary Wise 
Ella C. Laney 
Etta Lichty 
C. W. Landia 
Emily H. Gnagey 

Rev. Z. H.Copp 
Rev. J. O. Talley 
Lizzie G. Lichty 
Rev. L. W. Ditch 
Rev. B. H. Flora 
Rev. M. A. Witter 
Rev. W. M. Lyon 
Rev. C. F. Yoder 
Rev. J. E. Baker 
Rev. W. D. Furry 
Alma Moomaw 

(Mrs. L. L. Garber) 
Cora Snyder 

(Mrs. N. C. Nielsen) 
Alice Harly 
Ethelyn Clark 
Vianna Detwiler 
Rev. A. S. Menaugh 

Rev. L. S. Bauman 
Maud Wingard 
Mrs. W. C. Perry 
Sarah Rinehart 
Henry Rinehart 
Amelia Bauman 
W. S. Baker 
Myrtle Arnot 
Annie C. Switzer 
Hames Rodebaugh 
Rev. J. L. Kimmel 
B. F. Kinzie 
Mrs. Jacob C. Cassel 
M. J. Hanse 
Mary M. Bauman 
Aura M. Swihart 
Ida A. Simmonds 
Amy Penn 

wisdom. We want to go on the 
straight and narrow path— not to 
the left or right. Pray that He will 
hold our feet on His path and that 
we will do things His way." 

By the way, we had prayed be- 
fore we ate. Dacko seems to be a 
man of prayer. He confided in me 
that he reads 10 pages of the Bible 
and prays every day. In fact, off to 
the side we saw a type of prayer 
room. Of course, the crucifix was 
there as well as a picture of Mary 

and the Babe, but he had a Bible 
there. He reads it both in French 
and Sango, he said. 

At the end we had prayer for 
him— three pastors prayed. He was 
so friendly, down-to-earth, and 
gracious. What hospitality! Every- 
one was extremely impressed by his 
attitude, his humbleness, and his 
desire for prayer and wisdom from 

I feel we should rejoice in all of 
this. Naturally, we need to have 

guarded optimism, but these events 
have been very encouraging. The 
standing of the mission and the 
Union of Brethren Churches in the 
eyes of the government has never 
been higher. God has raised up 
President Dacko for times like 
these. We are really getting behind 
him and praying for him. Won't 
you do the same? 


Don Hocking meets with a group of African pastors and leaders 

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Celebrating 80 Years! 

by John W. Zielasko 

The Brethren Foreign Missionary Society will soon 
celebrate its eightieth anniversary. On September 1, 
1900, 53 determined and dedicated people met on 
the conference grounds of Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
brought into existence an organization that today em- 
bodies the loyalty and pride of the National Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

Why was it organized? Early records declare the 
purpose of the Society's existence. "The Society 
exists for the purpose of forwarding the cause of 
Jesus Christ in foreign lands, acting as an auxiliary of 
the Brethren Church." 

One doesn't assume such an ambitious program 
without fierce opposition from Satan and his hosts, 
and the fledgling missionary society was not immune 
from his attacks. 

It will be worth the effort to review a little of the 
Society's noble history and reflect on the motivation 
and dedication of the pioneers who blazed the trail 
and conquered formidable obstacles in obedience to 
Jesus Christ. 

The mission program itself did not get underway 
for three years after the Society's founding. Then in 
1903, two missionaries were sent out— one to Mon- 
treal, Canada; and another to Urmia, Persia. Both of 
these works later had to be closed. The ministry in 
Persia continued for a period of six years with some 
measure of success. Then, I believe, the missionary 
Yonan Y. Auraham died. Efforts to place another 
missionary on the field were unsuccessful due to the 
unstable political conditions in the area. 

It is interesting to note that the mission was 
located in what is now the Turkish section of Iran. 
Urmia is probably close to Tabriz, a city that is very 
much in the news as this is being written. Opposition 
to the Ayatollah Khomeini centers in this area. How 
tragic it is that it was not possible to continue a 
Brethren witness for Christ in that troubled spot. 
Even today there are only some 5,000 Protestants in 
all of Iran. 

It may surprise our readers to learn that the Breth- 
ren Church also had a work in China. Mrs. Rose 

Foulke and her two daughters, Verna and Rose, 
labored in Taming-fu, North China. This originally 
was a mission project supported wholly by the Long 
Beach (Calif.) Brethren Church, but it did come 
under the direction of the Foreign Board in 1921. 
Regrettably, a lack of missionary personnel forced 
the closing of the field in 1924, and since that date, 
FMS has had no involvement in the Orient. 

As you see, the devil was busy at every turn trying 
to discourage the foreign mission efforts of the Breth- 
ren Church. With these apparent setbacks, surely 
interest in the foreign mission enterprise would col- 
lapse. But, Satan was to learn that Brethren mission- 
aries are as devoted to Jesus Christ as any and that 
they tenaciously hold on no matter what the obstacles 
or dangers. 

To one who asked George Mueller 

the secret of his service he said: "There 

was a day when I died"— and as he 

spoke he bent lower until he almost 

touched the floor— "died to 

George Mueller, his opinions, 

preferences, tastes, and will; 

died to the world, its approval or censure; 

died to the approval or blame even of 

my brethren and friends; 

and since then I have studied only to 

show myself approved unto God." 

Argentina was considered by the Foreign Board to 
be the first organized Brethren missionary endeavor. 
It was termed, in the minutes of 1907, as the "special 
field of our missionary effort." The first team sailed 
for Argentina in 1909. Missionaries to Argentina 
found it hard to penetrate the Roman Catholic cul- 
ture, but they didn't give up. The existence of Breth- 
ren churches in Argentina today testifies to the faith- 

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fulness of those who were willing to stick to the diffi- 
cult task. 

The conquest of Oubangui-Chari in Central Africa 
is a tale of heroism that rivals the stories of mission- 
ary dedication, valor, and sacrifice anywhere in the 
world. We marvel at the patience and fortitude dis- 
played by our missionaries in the face of the ordeals 
they were forced to endure. 

The first missionary team had to wait three years 
before the French gave permission to enter the 
territory. In the meantime, reinforcements sailed to 
join the pioneer party; but on the trip up the Sangha 
River, the missionary's wife, Mrs. Antoine Rollier, 
was stricken with fever and died. Shortly after that 
the pioneer missionary party eagerly anticipated the 
arrival of another new recruit. Alas, Allen Bennett 
also took sick and died just a few miles short of his 
destination. James S. Gribble, himself, after receiving 
permission from the French to enter Oubangui- 
Chari, was permitted only two years of ministry be- 
fore the Lord called him home. Thus, the mission 
from its inception was plagued with sicknesses, 
death, and discouragements that were enough to 
cause the most optimistic to give up— but they didn't. 
The presence of a church numbering some 80,000 
members in what is now the Central African Republic 
is testimony to the courage, faith, and ministry of 
Brethren missionaries. 

In the course of these 80 years, the Society con- 
tinued to grow and prosper and now embraces 9 
fields: Argentina, Brazil, Central African Republic, 
Chad, France, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico, and Puerto 

Of course, Satan still opposes. 

Missionary casualties still keep the ranks pitifully 

The work continues to have its share of problems— 
but this is the lot of any Christian minister who faith- 
fully serves his Lord in this age. 

In the meantime, God blesses. 

From that day in 1900, when 53 people became 
the charter members of the corporation, the Society 
has grown and now has 9,000 people as corporation 
members. Over the course of these 80 years, over 250 
people have served or are presently serving as mission- 
aries with the Foreign Missionary Society. The 
present active missionary force is 103. 

When James Gribble issued the challenge for 
young men and women to follow him into the un- 
reached territories of Africa, Brethren young people, 
recognizing full well that such a challenge could end 
in death, accepted the call and gladly made the 
sacrifices necessary to do the job that Christ com- 

Looking Back 


Praising the Lord! 

This is an excerpt from a letter by 
James S. Gribble, pioneer missionary to 

"Before closing, I must add this. On 
Sunday a couple of Frenchmen called in 
our camp and after being a bit amused 
with the children, one of them asked 
Marguerite (Cribbles' child) if she would 
go with him. To this question she gave a 
negative answer saying that 'she wanted 
to go to Ubangui-Chari. ' So, from the 
least to the greatest of us, we are all 
united in wanting to go to Ubangui- 
Chari. " 

mitted to His Church. Notice, for example, these 
words from a letter written by one of our early mis- 
sionaries: "I place no value on anything I have or may 
possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. I 
indeed shall most promote the glory of Him to whom 
I owe all hope in time and eternity." 

The 1980s begin a new era for the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society. The obstacles we face in the accom- 
plishment of the Great Commission may be of a 
different nature from those faced by our pioneer 
missionaries, but they are just as formidable. Today 
there are the challenges of the Orient— billions un- 
touched by the Gospel, the pygmies, and countless 
ethnic groups in Europe and South America that have 
no gospel witness. These are just a few of the many 
opportunities that witness to the unfinished task. The 
job, indeed, is far from done, but we confidently be- 
lieve that the Brethren Church will continue to 
support this good work and will encourage her sons 
and daughters to follow in the steps of those noble 
souls who have brought us to the eightieth anniversary 

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Healing Souls 

by Dr. Bill Walker 

She was in critical condition 
when they brought her to the 
hospital. After many hours of 
trying various village remedies, the 
group of Arab men and women had 
presented her to us to care for. The 
coma was of uncertain cause and 
we felt that some of the village 
medicine may have actually 
aggravated the illness. 

We began intravenous feedings 
and a treatment schedule we felt 
would be appropriate. There 
seemed to be some improvement in 
the hours that followed. She began 
to moan and speak erratic phrases. 
Though still critically ill, we felt 
her coma was lightening. 

The Mohammaden religious 
leader, the Malum, showed up at 
the hospital after we had cared for 
the lady about 36 hours. He 
demanded she be released so he 
could take her to the village and 
offer a sacrifice for her— her illness 
would be cured if a chicken were 
sacrificed, he asserted. 

We assured the Malum that we 
were concerned for the woman and 
that we had been praying that God 
would lead us in the proper treat- 
ment for her. We had the 
opportunity to explain to the 
Malum that Christ's blood had been 
shed once and for all for all of our 
sins. It is no longer necessary to 
offer the blood of bulls and goats 
to obtain God's blessings (see Heb. 

For a few hours it seemed as 
though the Malum was going to 
accept our treatment and our 
method of asking God's direction. 
Soon, however, members of the 

Two women of the Bororo people 

family came asking us to take the 
patient back to the village. They 
said she was "dead." We promised 
them that she was very much alive 
and needed care— taking her to the 
village was a sure path to her death. 
No, we would not release her. 
Although the outlook was still poor 


for her ultimate complete recovery, 
we still accepted the challenge to 
do all within our available means to 
give her proper medical care. 

Later that evening, after shutting 
down the diesel motor which 
powers our electrical systems, I 
went down to the hospital to see 

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how the lady was doing. I was 
immediately aware of an unusual 
quietness as I approached the room. 
I noticed that all the women and 
men who had been milling around 
outside the door were not there 

The door was open. 

The bed empty. 

The life-sustaining fluid slowly 
dripped from the intravenous 
tubing on the concrete floor. 

The relatives had obeyed the 
edict of the Malum. A sacrifice of a 
chicken was necessary, he had said. 

One of our national nurses 
overheard the group discussing the 
idea that the "devil" already had 
her soul. She was talking in a 
manner they could not under- 
stand—she was already in the 
"devil's" hands, and no medicine 
would be able to help her. 

They did not bring her back, and 
though we have not seen any of the 
family since then, we are certain 
what the outcome was without 
proper medical care. The Malum 
makes great demands of the people, 
and refusing to follow his advice 

Above: A Bororo 
mother and child 
Left: Dr. Walker and 
assistant performing 

means trouble. Although we treat 
hundreds of Arab people each year 
at our hospital and dispensaries, 
only a very, very small number have 
yielded to Christ. 

In recent months we have had a 
nomadic tribe of Arabs, the Bororo 
people, frequenting our hospital. 
They tend herds of cattle out in the 
bush country and spend their lives 
wandering through the grass from 
one grazing area to another. We are 
seeing some of these people come 
to a knowledge of Christ. They 
seem eager to hear the Gospel and 
in some instances have expressed 
belief so quickly we have questioned 
if they really understood. But they 

One of our hospital employees, 
Philemon, knows their language 
very well and is able to act as an 
interpreter. We have cassette tapes 
available in the Bororo language 
prepared by "Radio Sawtu Linjiila" 
of Ngaundere, Cameroon. Mission- 
ary George Peters has provided us 
with a cassette player and a manual 
generator to supply the current 
needed to play the tapes. We 
realize the confession of faith a 
Bororo makes is without any 
foundation in depth, but it is a 
beginning, and Philemon has been 
very faithful in this ministry. 

The Bororo people are looked 
down on by many of the Arab, as 
well as non-Arab tribes here. They 
have found that they are treated 
with love and respect at our 
hospital and dispensaries, and the 
word gets around even without 

Having someone like Philemon 
who demonstrates Christianity in 
action has had a big influence on 
them. The Lord has blessed in 
giving direction for the care of their 
physical needs. Pray with us that 
God will give us guidance in 
meeting their physical needs. 
Remember the Arab people. Pray 
that the Lord will help them break 
away from their religious leaders 
and superstitions. 

We will continue to tell our 
patients about the saving power of 
Jesus Christ. After all, that's what 
Medical Missions is all about! 

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1979-The Year of Holocaust 

"Religion in Review" is a year-end feature of Evan- 
gelical Press News Service, furnished for publication 
to EP News subscribers and EPA members. 

Religion in Review 

by Gary Warner, Director 
EP News Service, Copyright December 1979 

It was not a pretty year. The Church, did not end 
the decade in a blaze of sacrificial glory. 

It was the year of holocaust, simply and directly 
stated. Warring and conquering factions in Vietnam 
and Cambodia committed genocide against the local 

The pictures and reports came early in the year 
from a region too many Americans secretly wish had 
never existed or would just go away. Little people; 
brown and yellow faces. First staring in hopeless 
abandonment from these rickety boats. Drowning 
and dying of starvation. No hope at home. No place 
to go. People without a country. By the thousands. 

It was only our initiation. The statistics spiraled 
into the millions. Cambodia. A land of eight million 
reduced to four million by Pol Pot's "re-education." 
The grisley reports multiplied, coming from mission- 
aries, journalists, government officials. Six thousand 
starving to death each day. By year's end no child 
under five would remain alive without outside help. 

Slowly the ecclesiastical wheels ground an about- 
face to confront the insanity. It was not easy. A 
matter of time, dollars and priorities. There was the 
resultant problem of governmental interference. And 
the evangelized to evangelize. 

Of course, one could not overlook ERA and 
women wanting to help lead the Church. Or homo- 
sexuals creeping in where even Communists once 
feared to tread. And church mergers to "dialogue" 
about; inerrancy rallies to attend; all kinds of capers 
in Washington to stamp our feet over; "properly 
Christian" political candidates to tote; and funds to 
raise to keep bureaucracies humming. 

"Jesus wept" (John 1 1 :35). 

Perhaps the Church's inertia was, in part, under- 
standable. In practical terms, what could be done? 
The situation seemed distant, the countries impene- 
trable, the diplomatic aspects mind-boggling. One can 
hardly fathom death in such monstrous proportions. 
And weren't most other matters confronting the 
Church of considerable importance? 

But all that was not the question. Rather, what 
could be attempted? What was the one calamitous 
event occurring in the world important enough to get 
our attention and cooperation? 

The Church began to try, joining those few weary 
arms and voices long in the fray. As World Vision's 

ship picked up "boat people," concern picked up at 
home. Every Southern Baptist family was urged to 
sponsor a refugee family. People ate rice and tea 
dinners at $50 a plate to raise funds. Food for the 
Hungry, World Relief and other Church agencies 
joined the government and secular institutions in at- 
sea rescues, feeding and resettlement. 

The response to the "boat people" set the example 
and was followed by a massive response to the Cam- 
bodian horror. Millions of dollars were pledged by 
denominations, UNICEF, the Red Cross, Christian re- 
lief organizations and others. Tons of food and medi- 
cal supplies were shipped. Students skipped meals 
with funds going to Cambodia. Church and govern- 
mental pressure was put on Cambodian officials to 
get the food and supplies from the borders into the 

As the Church stands on the threshold of 1980, 
Cambodia has become the "in" project. For thou- 
sands of Cambodians it is too little, too late. For 
others, it will be compassion received in time. One 
can only ponder how the 1980 record will read. 

Here's what transpired in other religious arenas in 


The Southern Baptists became the "jot and tittle" 
denomination. "Inerrant" Dr. Adrian Roberts was 
elected Convention president, Bible conferences 
featured preaching, prayer and denouncements of 

Certain Greek Orthodox Church officials came 
calling to condemn the SBC's appointment of two 
Boston-area missionaries to Greeks. 

The Methodists suffered an image problem (the 
continuing Pacific Homes Furor) and hired a public 
relations firm to take its temperature. Then malprac- 
tice insurance was added to its clergy's insurance 

Two major Presbyterian bodies— UPC/USA and 
SPC— held their first joint worship service since the 
Civil War. 

The Lutherans repeated 1978, with more dialogues 
and working papers. The heaviest action was with the 
Roman Catholics: joint Reformation services were 
held and justification was the key issue. A Catholic 
ecumenical official promised the two bodies would 
"one day dance together." Sitting that dance out will 
be the Lutheran editor (WELS) who wrote that 
Lutherans must stress the idea that the Pope is the 

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The Episcopalians had no problem with women 
celebrating Mass but could they be lesbians? The 10 
denomination COCU group's call for another meeting 
was met by yawns. Salvation Army membership was 
up 60 percent in 2 decades. The predictable GARBC 
ripped "The Year of the Child," the Communists and 
the IRS. 

A section in the Disciples of Christ Convention 
program book headed "In Memorian ... In loving 
memory of those who have served the church— minis- 
ters, missionaries, educators, unit leaders and wives," 
the list numbered "Jones, James Warren— Johnstown, 
Guyana— November 18, 1978." 


"The times they are a-changin'." Billy Graham 
held crusades in Milwaukee and Australia, and began 
publicizing the Association's charitable giving to 
counter criticisms, and found the Association with a 
near SI million deficit. 

Here's Life raised over $100 million to saturate the 
world with the Gospel by 1982, the first evangelists 
in 13 years entered East Germany, Christians demon- 
strated against anti-conversion bills in India and 
Israel, and the first evangelization since 1940 took 
place in Estonia. 


Rather than a land rush into China, the Church re- 
examined the inscrutabilities and took the slow boat 
instead. Bibles were introduced, radio broadcasts 
beamed and indigenous churches reopened. News 
filtered back of lines at churches and even assistance 
from the Chinese government. A Nanking theology 
professor called the mission opportunity "unprece- 

Good and bad news alternated from Russia and 
the Communist bloc. Amnesty International reported 
harassment of thousands of Russian believers. Czech- 
oslovakia deported three U.S. Bible smugglers. The 
Soviet press stepped up a campaign against the 
Church as a tool of "international imperialism." Bap- 
tists were reported arrested, even at weddings. After 
30 years of Communist rule, however, 10 million East 
Germans still register themselves as Christians. 

Mexico accused Wycliffe Bible Translators of being 
in cahoots with the CIA and canceled its working 
agreement. The World Council of Churches kept find- 
ing guerrilla groups who could use the money. Roman 
Catholic Latin American bishops called Jesus Christ 
the "liberator" of their continent. 

One of every two Canadians wasn't going to 
church, the Evangelical Council for Financial Ac- 
countability was organized to promote "voluntary 
financial disclosure among evangelical agencies and 
acceptance of uniform standards," and Charles 
Colson, after being shouted down by his Arlington, 
Virginia, neighbors for wanting to move his Prison 

Fellowship there, decided he didn't want the ex- 
offenders exposed to this element. 

Globally, Christianity suffered large statistical 
losses in the Western world but showed huge gains in 
Third World countries and south Asia. In the process 
an American missionary was kidnapped in the Philip- 
pines and missionaries fled Turkey, Iran and several 
African nations. 


The most significant triumph was in the area of 
pressure from the Internal Revenue Service to revoke 
tax exemptions of schools practicing, in the IRS view, 
racial discrimination. The Church came out swinging 
and sent the IRS walls tumbling down after months 
of offense and counter-offense. Congress eventually 
amended several bills to tie the IRS hands on the 

North Carolina and Kentucky again led the fight 
against state government regulation of an intervention 
in private Christian school matters. The latest battle- 
ground was state-mandated student competency tests, 
which the schools refused to participate in. 

In Kentucky, the court ruled the state cannot pre- 
scribe standards for teachers and textbooks in private 
and parochial schools. Indiana passed several "church 
freedom" laws, even exempting day care centers from 
certain state licensing. The activity spread: Bob Jones 
University beat the IRS on a tax exemption rap; 
Maine was the latest hotbed of Christian schools; and 
the private school movement gathered quiet but 
growing support in the SBC, long known for its sup- 
port of public education. 

The recurring voice for reading, 'riting, 'rithmatic 
and prayer in public schools was heard. The Supreme 
Court voted 7-2 to refuse to re-open debate on the 
highly charged issue. In Tennessee a "neutral" Bible 
study program was approved. 


A Bible translation, a campus newspaper and an 
Indian (?) were major newsmakers. 

Thomas Nelson Publishing unveiled its three and 
one-half million dollar baby, the New King James 
Bible— New Testament, which hit the scene in a whirl 
of promotion met by polite applause. The whole 
Bible is to be relased in 1981 . 

Reader's Digest worried fundamentalists with its 
announcement of a projected Bible condensation; 
Soviet authorities permitted the printing of 20,000 
Bibles and 25.000 hymnals, but there was no abate- 
ment in Bible smuggling; and the Chinese version of 
the complete Living Bible was released in Hong Kong. 

Moody Press declared the books of author Crying 
Wind "out of print" when the identity and back- 
ground of the best-selling author came into serious 
scrutiny after years of questions. While bookstores 
owners bemoaned the blacklisting of a marketable 
commodity, both Moody and Crying Wind main- 

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tained sOence rather than possibly speak with forked 

The Christian Booksellers Convention (St. Louis) 
drew a record number of visitors, exhibitors and 
bookstores represented; postal rates increased 625 
percent in Australia, and U.S. publishers fought the 
good lobbying fight in Congress to stay in business. 


The broadcast media hopscotched around the 
world, bringing the Gospel to more listeners and 
viewers than were ever before reached. Along the way 
there were the casualties and the newsmakers. 

The PTL television network tried to get its act to- 
gether but with every finger in the dike there was a 
leak elsewhere. In January, Jim Bakker declared the 
money troubles over through a "miracle bigger than I 
asked for," but, like some miracles, it was spelled 

The Federal Communications Commission 
launched an investigation of PTL's television fund- 
raising. This was met by thousands of protest letters. 
In November, Heritage Village, the PTL complex, re- 
ceived tax exempt status but was ordered to pay 
$8,000 in delinquent back taxes. 

The National Federation of Decency grew in fol- 
lowers and influence. CBS was the main target, espe- 
cially the "Flesh and Blood" show that paraded in- 
cest as the latest TV titillation. Liquor manufacturer 
Hueblein and a subsidiary, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 
were roasted for their sponsorship of "violence, vul- 
garity, immorality and profanity" on TV. The spon- 
sors claimed their shows were hardly an original 

The Mexican government refused to lift restric- 
tions against evangelical programming; the showing of 
"Holocaust" led to tips on war criminals; the 
"electric church" was criticized as being a tool of the 
"new right"; broadcast deregulation died in Congress; 
officials in Hong Kong reported listener response 
from mainland China to Bible reading programs was 
"increasingly spectacular." 

In the "news-we've-all-been-waiting-for" depart- 
ment, the Christian Broadcasting Network started 
casting a Christian soap opera, promising to feature 
"the full gamut of tempestuous emotions." 


Soldiering was the year's most unpopular lifestyle. 
Even old men, who usually send young men off to 
war, came out against it. With the volunteer army ap- 
parently a shambles, draft soundings were taken. It 
was opposed by the peace churches, Secretary of De- 
fense Harold Brown, and the Carter administration 
before the House voted 252-163 against a proposal to 
revive 18-year-old male registration. 

Senator Bob Dole grabbed headlines with his 
Federal cult hearings but grudgingly turned them into 
"seminars" after being admonished by religious, 

government and charitable groups. Hare Krishna 
stocked arms but was outdrawn in airports. The Uni- 
fication Church's street take was again in the millions. 

More and more Christians moved forcefully into 
political action with Christian Voice, SBC's Christian 
Citizenship Corp, and other official and unofficial 
organizations lobbying and politicking. The activity 
drew both praise and censure. There were 30 million 
abortions worldwide. "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice" 
advocates held marches in Washington. 

Fundamental and conservative Christians con- 
tinued to be the dam holding back the Equal Rights 
Amendment. Moody Bible Institute forced out Pro- 
fessor Stanley Gundry, reportedly over his wife's pro- 
ERA views and the resultant threat of withheld con- 
tributions. California pastor John Mac Arthur bit the 
bullet after his sermon stating women should not 
work outside the home, saying he had been misunder- 

President Carter called religious leaders to a 
summit and urged them to back his economic and 
energy proposals. First Lady Rosalynn Carter pla- 
cated "Year of the Child" opponents by stressing the 
church's role in family rearing. The number of un- 
married couples living together doubled in the 
decade. Four Indiana teenagers faced reckless homi- 
cide charges following an Amish infant's death from 
a thrown stone, capping weeks of harassment of the 

Homosexuality concerned the Church. Anita 
Bryant made magazine covers and "most admired" 
lists and opened a center for gays. The Methodists 
released contradicting studies on the place and rights 
of gays. Lesbians were appointed to leadership posi- 
tions in several denominations. 


The most publicized U.S. religious event was the 
visit of Pope John Paul II, playing to record crowds. 
Afterwards, some questioned who should pay for the 
$10 million papal visit costs, and a reported Vatican 
cover-up of a financial scandal got lost in the shuffle. 

One could still obtain Christian comic books and 
Christian yellow pages, and boycotts intensified 
against J. P. Stevens and Nestles. 

And the 1979 award for Worst Impersonation of a 
Holy Man goes to Ayatollah Khomeini. 


Of all the bizarre EP News "And Finally ..." 
items, we liked this one best. It seems to typify a year 
that has a question mark at its conclusion and re- 
mains partially undone. 

A letter to the editor in the February issue of 
Moody Monthly magazine stated "Ordinarily I am 
not the kind of person to write letters to magazine 
editors. However, in this case I felt I had to." 

End of letter. 

End of 1979. 

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Missionary ^Birthdays 

APRIL 1980 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1980 Brethren Annual J 


Suzanne Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Deborah Austin April 26, 1965 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

Rev. Ralph Robinson April 6 


Rev. Norman Johnson April 15 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Timothy Farner April 29 

Jonathan Farner April 29, 1971 


Mary Alice (Molly) Hudson April 10, 1972 


Miss Edna Haak April 1 


Mrs. Phillip Guerena April 5 


Lois Burk April 9, 1969 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Robert Williams April 15 

Offering Opportunity 

Goal - $8,000 

WMC project money this year will go to 
purchase equipment and materials for 
aiding Grace students in teaching handi- 
capped. Monies will also provide dark- 
room equipment and facilities for the 
nursing skills laboratory. This project of- 
fering is due March 10. 1980 . 

wmc olliciarij 

President-2 1 9/267-7603 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

I nd. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary -5 1 3/335-5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut St., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-219/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-219/267 3843 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-2 19/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


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by Linda Dilling 

Our three year old, Ricky, is looking forward to 
the day when he will be a dad. We did the right thing 
in beginning sex education early by letting our boys 
know they would grow up tp be men like Dad, and 
tHat our girl would grow up to be a woman like Mom. 

But this left Ricky with one big question, "How?" 
Oh, he believed it all right! We found him standing in 
front of the hall mirror pointing directly at himself 
and repeating, "You're going to be a dad, you're 
going to be a dad." But we knew by his frequent 
mention of it that something about the whole idea 
still bothered him. "How?" 

One night riding home in the car he finally got it 
all figured out. After hearing stories in Sunday school 
about Eve being made from Adam's rib, and stories of 
doctors and operations and broken bones, and feeling 
his own bones through his skin, he understood how it 
was going to happen. He turned to his Dad and, with 
all seriousness, said: "Someday God's going to put 
handles on my shoulders and pull me up like this (and 
he demonstrated how); then He's going to cut me 
open and take out all my little bones, and put in all 
big bones and hook me back together so you can't see 
(scars). Then 111 be a dad." 

We had to agree that was a very good idea. It had 
taken a lot of thinking with all the available infor- 

We, too, will have a different body someday. We 
really believe it. Some of us may have some funny 
ideas of how we'll be put together, and what we will 
look like. But we forbear each other because we 
know our conclusions are based on limited available 
information. Praise God that when we have those 
bodies they will be fashioned the way He decided. 
Then we will know how it all happened. The impor- 
tant thing is that we really believe that when He ap- 
pears, "we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him 
just as He is" (1 John 3:2 NASB). 

by Linda Hoke 

Recently a friend of ours who spent two years in 
Africa as a TIME missionary came to stay with us for 
a few days as she returned to the States. In transit 
one of the gourds that she received while in Africa 
was broken. 

She was ready to discard it as she had brought 
many things with her as she returned. Being the frus- 
trated interior decorator that I am, I saw many pos- 
sibilities for such an art piece and retrieved it from 
the discarded trash. 

I tried all kinds of glue and nothing seemed to 
work. Kathy seemed to know what she was doing 
more and more as I tried to replace each piece. I 
finally got all the pieces back in their original place, 
but it was indeed more fragile than ever before. 

It was then that I realized that our Maker can 
mend us better than any glue. When it seems as 
though we will never again be useful for His intended 
purpose as the gourd could never again hold exotic 
African fare, if we but put our trust in Christ, He is 
the glue, the Mender, that can give life anew. Not 
only this, but also the mending of our hearts will 
make us stronger than before, not fragile as the 

That gourd now hangs on my wall, a constant re- 
minder of the work of missions in the C.A.R. If we 
can be mended by the Maker, we can be used as a re- 
minder to the world of the redeeming love of God. 

by Mrs. Joyce Field 

"But I Thought You Said" 

I waited at "Wendy's" hamburger shop. Our WMC 
guest speaker waited at "Winn-Dixie." We never did 
find each other. Telephone calls to rectify the situ- 
ation were to no avail. Another communication gap! 
Over the phone the two names sounded familiar espe- 
cially to one who was not familiar with our part of 
town. A telephone call after our meeting explained 
the situation and our speaker graciously offered to 
come another time. 

This communication mix-up reminded me of two 
similar incidents. My aging grandfather answered the 
phone. The call was for his housekeeper, Daisy Laine. 
Since his hearing is slightly impaired, he didn't 
exactly understand who the caller was asking for and 
yelled into the receiver, "forty days of rain." Then 
there was the time my son on his return from a ball 
game told his grandmother a different place to pick 
him up. She related to me that he would be at Gary 
King's home, next to the school. I did not know 
where Gary lived, but figured if it was near the school 
I would have no trouble finding my six foot son. I ran 
up and down the street knocking on doors inquiring 
the whereabouts of Gary King's house when in reality 
my son was waiting at the Dairy Queen below the 

Yes, communication gaps can be humorous, in 
retrospect. They can be frustrating, time-consuming 
and can also cause hurt feelings, misunderstanding 
and divisions. Sometimes they are just the excuse 
someone is looking for to break off relationships. 
How refreshing to think of Heaven where we will all 
be in perfect harmony. In Heaven, our motives and 
meanings will be pure and completely understood by 
all. What a glorious hope! 

Editor's Note: Mrs. Field realized her glorious hope 
when she was received into her Lord's presence, 
August 25, 1979. 

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On Reading 
the Bible 

/ supposed I knew my Bible 
Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, 

Now a bit of John or Matthew, 
Now a snatch of Genesis, 

Certain chapters of Isaiah, 

Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), 

Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs- 
Yes, I thought I knew the Word! 

But I found that thorough reading 
Was a different thing to do, 

And the way was unfamiliar 
When I read the Bible through. 

You, who like to play at Bible 

Dip and dabble, here and there, 
Just before you kneel aweary 

And yawn through a hurried prayer; 
You, who treat the Crown of Writings 

As you treat no other book- 
Just a paragraph disjointed 

Just a crude, impatient look- 
Try a broad and steady view; 
You will kneel in very rapture 
When you read the Bible through! 

by Amos R. Wells 

SMM is the only girls' organiza- 
tion that is truly Grace Brethren. It 
offers information, learning activi- 
ties, and missions emphasis that 
each girl in a GBC will benefit 
from. Support it with your prayers, 
giving your time and contributing 
generously to the National SMM of- 
fering due in April. As WMC ladies 
sponsoring a daughter organization, 
let's not be guilty of child neglect. 

Dear Friend, 

"Sent of God" is such an exciting study— seeing how 
God used all kinds of folks in all kinds of ways to 
accomplish His purpose. And the excitement just builds 
as we learn how He can use us in our situations if we 
allow the Spirit to work in us. The theme song is really 
beautiful and I'm sure will be a blessing as you are 
learning it. 

Your meetings should be getting out of the same old 
rut (if you were in one, that is). Different, unusual, 
creative, and stimulating are just a few words that en 
should be heard as an evaluation of your meetings. 
Stress missions, MISSIONS, MiSsloNs, missions 
in every possible way. 

Joyfully sent, 

Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
National WMC president 


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October 1, 1979 
Mrs. Miriam Pacheco 
President, W.M.C. 
413 Kings Highway 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Dear Miriam : 

I want to express my personal thanks to you, and each member of the 
national WMC for the financial support provided for the Nursing Program this 
year. Your $2,000 gift has allowed us to equip the nursing simulation laboratory 
with two hospital beds, scales, a wheelchair and several other essential pieces of 

The Lord has been so faithful in meeting every need which has arisen since 
the inception of our program. He has provided vibrant, qualified nursing faculty 
and intelligent, enthusiastic students. (I am excited to tell you that the response 
to the program has been so overwhelming that we already have the class for Sep- 
tember, 1980 filled!) But more importantly, in addition to all of the "things" 
which God has provided, He has supplied committed Christians, such as the WMC 
ladies, who stand behind us in prayer. 

Thank you for your concern, prayers and participation in the preparation of 
Christian nurses. 

In His service, 


Barbara C. Woodring 
Director of Nursing Programs 


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hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

We've never asked 
for this kind of help 

You might want to turn the page for some shocking and 

stimulating news about GBC Christian Education. 

We want to tell you something we have never said 


We want to ask for your help in a very special and 

substantial way at a very critical and exciting time for 


Please don't turn the page and look unless you are ready 

for a surprise and a rather momentous occasion for our 

ministry with Christian ed, youth, and church growth. 

But with a prayer and a bit of readiness to consider a 

very possible solution for a problem we have, please turn 

the page and see if you can help us move for the Lord. 

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GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BOARD Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

President John Willett, Worthington, Ohio Vice President David Seifert, Modesto, Calif. 

Secretary Bill Snell, Martinsburg, Pa. Bernie Simmons, Lititz, Pa. Roy Halberg, Long Beach, Calif. 

Chuck Davis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
David Goodman, Anaheim, Calif. 
Vernon Harris, Lancaster, Pa. 

Galen Lingenfelter, Fort Wayne, Ind. 
David Plaster, Warsaw, Ind. 
Randy Poyner, Hagerstown, Md. 
Mick Rockafellow, Elizabeth town. Pa. 

J. Hudson Thayer, Mansfield, Ohio 
Roger Wambold, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Galen Wiley, Minerva, Ohio 

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Would You 

The Ministries of GBC 
Christian Education 

For churches, general— 

CE Convention, seminars 
Church growth impetus 
Herald CE pages 

Programmed Statistical Analysis- 
total church, S.S. 
Slide/tape presentations 
Awards and Honors Program 
GBC "Readables" 

For pastors— 

"HMMM . . ." 

"Inside Track" 

District Representatives 

CE consultation 

Pastoral handouts 

"Ohhh . . ." for pastor's wives 

"Bzzz . . ." for church secretaries 

For youth leaders, sponsors- 
Brethren "Pro-Teens" 
CE Youth Programs 
National Youth Week 
Seminars, Consultation 

For girls and leaders— 

SMM programs for four age groups 

For youth— 


Brethren National Youth Conference 

TIME (Training In Missionary Endeavor) 

Operation Barnabas 

Timothy Teams 

NAC (National Achievement Competition) 

Bible Quizzing 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers 

We'll keep moving in these areas 

February '80 

The story of ministry and need: 

1 . We rent offices, and use them like mad. Our landlord is the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., and they have been good to us. 

2. But business has been good to them, and they want to expand. 

3. We look around. One place possibly available for rental is very high. Around 
$2,000 a month for what we use. 

4. We price new buildings. It's expensive, and the interest rates are 14-15 percent. 

5. We hear about a home, a giant house. We go to see it. It has eight bedrooms . . . 
some of which would be very open and nice for offices ... a large reception- 
secretaries area, a living room good for conference and office . . . and more. 

6. We pray. 

7. We consult with owners, realtors, and our board. 

8. We make an offer of $90,000 for this large house, knowing it would take 
another $10-15,000 to add parking and the changes that are needed inside for 
all we produce to help churches. 

9. We keep praying. 

10. They accept the offer. 

1 1 . We come to you and ask for help! 

12. And for your prayers and financial support to move! 

13. Could you help us move? We need $20,000 down, right away . . . and would 
love to have more so payments would be smaller. Does God have 100 people 
out there with gifts of $100, and a few with large, large help, and many, many 
with other gifts? 

14. We're asking God to bless this appeal as He has blessed our ministries with 
churches and pastors and youth and Barnabas and TIME and seminars and 
HMMM and the Herald and other things recently. . . . 

We hope someone out there at your house will bring it up with others to see 
what you or your family could do to help us get an office home. 

15. We're hoping somewhere there will be several who will make substantially large 
gifts too, because of the great impact our part in lives and hearts has had and 
will continue to have. 

16. Could you help us move? 

17. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! 

Could We Describe the Home for You Please, So You Know How It 
Would Work: 

Location: Just on the other side of the Grace campus from where we are here in 
the Herald building. (The home was once Dr. James Boyer's residence— he 
built the original part. Later when the Dr. Paul Fink family lived there, they 
added four office-size rooms and a large reception-secretaries area in back.) 
Size: Approximately 4,000 square feet— including four bathrooms, utility room 
and other miscellaneous areas. 

Conference room/office 24'x13' 

Reception/secretary area 16'x25' 

Six other off ice areas 3 @> 12'x1 1"; 1 <g> 1 5'x13'; 1 <s> 1 1 'x16'; 1 @ 12'x15' 

Production/storage area approximately 1 ,086 square feet 

$20,000 down payment, due mid-Februar 
70,000 balance 

1 0,000 parking and changes 

$100,000 total need 

Jelp Us Move? 

From the front 

From the back 

Reception-secretaries area, and doors to some of the seven offices 


A sense of missions, 
a love for commitment 

Leo Polman used to walk into this office 
when he was in Winona Lake and put his 
arm around my shoulder, or that of Howard 
Mayes before me, and Pop Etling before 
him, and talk about the good old days at 
Camp Bethany. 

And the early days of our ministries with 
youth and Christian education in the 

But he never talked about that without 
talking about now, and encouraging, and 
thanking the staff and others for what was 

When he helped get that first ministry for 
our churches going, or when Pop Etling 
started to pour his life into the Sunday 
school board, dreams for a mission with the 
kind of advantages and ministry 
opportunities we have now were far away. 

Those faithful pioneers, now with the 
Lord, probably could not quite have 
dreamed of the day when we had as much 
material going out to pastors and churches 
and when 64 teen-agers go out in one 
summer on extended Barnabas tours and 
when short-term TIME missionaries with us 
turn around in growing numbers and go back 
to the mission fields full-time and when our 
SMM girls programs were used to help so 
many girls in our own Fellowship and now 
in others and when the Timothy Teams 
ministry spirit would be having an effect in 
the whole Grace College student body and 
when we would be getting such good 
reception with our version of youth 
programs excellent for the decade of the 
'80s and when 1,700 people would walk 
through the Bible with us and when a Senior 
Medal of Ministry award would be just for 
people over 65 and when 6 of our churches 
would be running over 600, and therefore in 
the top percentile in the nation and when 26 
of our churches would be hitting over 300 
on a Sunday morning. . . . 

Or then maybe that was the very day 
they dreamed of! 

What a time we're having together, 
making their dreams and more, inspired by 
the Lord, come true. 

Thank you for helping us move! 


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Mom Etling 

talks about 
our moving 

"I was just thinking about the long stride Christian 
Education has taken from the bare necessities. We 
used to share a room with the youth council, used our 
personal typewriter and borrowed other equipment 
from other people." That's what Mom (Mrs. Harold) 
Etling had to say when we told her about our planned 
move. "It took awhile to educate people that we were 
a department and an arm of the church that effects all 
areas of ministry. To me CE is the basis and foun- 
dation of all departments— evangelism arm of the 
Sunday school, informs youth in support of missions." 

"Pop would be very happy ... he would enjoy 
anything that would enhance the position and show 
growth. He would be glad for anything that would 
indicate progress." 

Mrs. Etling still has a strong interest in Christian 
Education. "I love young people and I know you're 
answering the needs." 

For 17 years Dr. Etling— known as Mr. Sunday 
School to many— spread his heart as director of GBC 
Christian Education. We build upon his heritage. The 
picture is Mom with Miss Ginny Toroian, administrative 
assistant now at GBC Christian Education. Ginny said, 
"Often Mrs. Etling will just call the office to say she's 
thinking of us and praying for a special ministry. She's 

Says Mrs. Etling, "I pray that the Lord will keep 
giving wisdom in carrying on the good work." She 
commented on the strong spiritual emphasis CE has in 
its ministries. "I guess you need a good facility to 
help continue with that!" 



1939 Leo Polman, director 





Ralph Colburn 

Ernie Bearinger 

David Hocking 


Dan Grabill 




Harold Etling, director 


Howard Mayes 


Dottie Franks 

Judy Ashman 

Knute Larson 

Merton Lambert 


Buck Summers 


Ed Lewis 


»e 1980's 

I'll help CE 
keep moving 


GBC Christian Education 
Office Facility 
P. 0. Box 365 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Please use my gift of $25 $50 $100 $500 $1,000_ 

OTHER toward the purchase of the new CE office facility. 





May we hear from you? Soon? Our deepest thanks! 

by Margery F. Brubaker 

Margery 's husband was assistant 
pastor at the Grace Brethren 
Church, Palmyra, Pa., prior to 
enrolling at Grace Seminary 







My pastor's wife 
needs me? 



don 't know 

our pastor's wife! 

She plays the piano, 

can comfortably speak 

to any group 

and always gives 

good advice. 

Her house is 

incredibly spotless, 

even when I 

drop by unexpectedly. 

The last person 

she needs 



Needs You 

Wait! I know she needs you. Things 
for her aren't at all like you imagine. 

For four years my husband was an 
associate pastor in a small town church. 
At age 23 I was overwhelmed by all 
the qualifications of the stereotyped 
minister's wife. 

I thought I had to be perfect. After 
all, wives of many pastors I knew be- 
came objects of criticism if they didn't 
"toe the mark." The shy ones were 
labeled "unfriendly"; the less talented, 
"hindrances to their husband's work"; 
the inexperienced, "immature." 

The shining example I was sup- 
posed to be crumbled before my 
mirror. Failure was all I could see; 
especially in comparison to other pas- 
tors' wives who seemed to be all I 
dreamed I should be. How could I ever 
measure up? 

I couldn't pinpoint my need. I felt 
unprepared for my new role, yet I 
didn't know where to go for help. As 
the weeks and months unfolded, I 
learned the people of the church were 
the ones who could help me. 

Your pastor's wife needs you to 
help her become the person God wants 
her to be. Sometimes she confuses that 
person with an imaginary superwoman. 
Many impressions of the parsonage 
woman have evolved into an unhealthy 
and unrealistic role. Anything mechi- 
cal or artificial cannot be presented as 
a godly example of womanhood. Let 
your pastor's wife know that you want 
her to relax and be herself. 

Moving from church to church can 
bring special adjustment problems 
since every church has its own person- 
ality. You can help your pastor's wife 
through the transition. Give her time 

to get to know you. Reach out to her. 
Break the ice. Soon she'll be reaching 

If you are older than your pastor's 
wife, you have special privileges. 
Biblical teaching sets a precedent- 
older women are to teach the younger. 
Don't ever think you have nothing to 
offer. If your pastor's wife is thinking 
clearly, she will appreciate your input. 

But don't be intimidated if your 
pastor's wife is older than you. She 
should welcome your fresh ideas and 
creative approach. 

To my relief, many of our church 
women knew my need. They knew 
their scriptural directives and obeyed 

One motherly woman gave me two 
dozen canning jars and a bushel of un- 
peeled peaches. She didn't leave this 
city-bred girl wondering what to do 
next, but taught me the art of canning. 
By handing me a simple tool she filled 
a practical need. She added to my 
knowledge of how to be a better 
"keeper at home." An emotional need 
was filled too; kindness and love came 
in those jars. 

Another woman prayed with me 
each week. Warm tea and a gentle 
heart let me trust her with my thoughts 
and feelings. An intimate atmosphere 
of acceptance and concern filled a 
need again. 

You may have a valuable skill or in- 
sight. Maybe tender thoughtfulness is 
your greatest asset. If you give it in 
love, you can fill needs you never 
dreamed exist in the life of your pas- 
tor's wife. 

Above all, display support by your 
words and actions. You know the 
Bible directs every individual to be an 
example of the believer, not just the 
pastor's wife. Your support will dispel 
her fear and loneliness and she will no 
longer feel the pressure of a human 
standard. She'll be free to serve the 

february '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 


Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Carol Wright and Richard Howell, Sept. 22, First 

Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Maison, Grace Brethren Church, 

Lansing, Mich. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Misener, Grace Brethren Church, 

Lansing, Mich. 

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Siemon, Grace Brethren Church, 

Lansing, Mich. 

□ Grace Brethren Church, P.O. Box 4067, CRS, 
Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. □ Grace Brethren 
Church, Maitland, Fla.: Tel. 305/628-8816. □ As of 
Dec. 23, Roy Polman became pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Elyria, Ohio. Mr. Polman's new 
address is 783 Finwood Court, Elyria, Ohio 44035 
(Tel. 216/366-5195). nThe First Brethren Church of 
Portis, Kans., has officially changed its name to the 
Grace Brethren Church of Portis, Kans. □ Richard 
Rohrer, 9282 Nancy Ave., Cyrpess, Calif. 90630 (Tel. 
714/828-8965) is pastor of the Los Altos Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. The secretary for this 
church is: Pauline Willems, 3821 E. 15th St., 90804 
(Tel. 213/4334132). D As of Nov. 25, Timothy 
Waggoner became the new pastor at the Grace Breth- 
ren Chapel, Fremont, Ohio. 

DThe Riverside Grace Brethren Church has a new 
youth pastor as of last October. Steve Howell has re- 
placed Bob Bolton, who moved to Irasburg, Vt., to 
work in the ministry there. Steve and his wife, Sherie, 
came to the Riverside church from Coral Springs, 

□ Members of the Grace Brethren Church at Fre- 
mont, Ohio, and Pastor Lee Friesen are rejoicing over 
the addition of 21 new members to the church roll 
during the month of November. 

□ Richard Cron, pastor of the Sacramento Grace 
Brethren Church, Sacramento, Calif., resigned from 
that position at the end of December. He has ac- 
cepted the challenge of pastoring the Community 
Grace Brethren Church at La Mirada, Calif., which 
was formed by the Whittier (Community) church. 
Lee Burris is serving as interim pastor at the Sacra- 
mento church untO another pastor is called. Please 
change your Annual. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

BOOMER, John, 89, Dec. 3, lifelong member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Portis, Kans. Clarence 
Lackey, pastor. 

KURTZ, Paul, 78, Nov. 15, member of the Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind., and a 
previous longtime member and a former moderator of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. David 
Plaster, pastor. 

LEIBFREID, Ralph, July 3 1 , faithful member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles 
Martin, pastor. 

LICHTY, Arthur, 11, Nov. 20, faithful member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Elyria, Ohio. Roy 
Polman, pastor. 

MILLER, Lydia, 64, Nov. 12, member of the Calvary 
Grace Brethren Church, Alto, Mich. Robert Moeller, 

REED, Charles, 84, Dec. 1, Grace Brethren Church, 
Hemet, Calif. Sheldon Perrine, pastor. 
RIFFLE, Madelyn, Nov. 8, Grace Brethren Church, 
Washington, Pa. Shimer Darr, pastor. 
WARD, Roger, 42, Dec. 13, a faithful member of the 
Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif. Mr. Ward 
will be remembered for his ministry with the youth, 
senior citizens, and the love and helpfulness he always 
gave to others. His life truly was a "giving living" life. 
Nickolas Kurtaneck, pastor, and Edward Clark, as- 
sistant pastor. 

WELK, Harry, 82, Nov. 1, Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 


february '80 

Rev. Mason Cooper is scheduled to speak at the 
following Grace Brethren churches: 

Temple City, Calif., February 20 and 24; David 

Willett, pastor. 
Galion, Ohio, March 9 to 16, Maynard Tittle, pastor. 
Clayhole,Ky., March 23 to 30 (a.m.), Clyde Landrum, 

Dryhill, Ky., March 30 (pjn.) to April 6, Sam Baer, 

Johnstown, Pa., April 13 to 18, Charles Martin, 

Milroy, Pa., April 20 to 27, Richard Horner, pastor. 
Sterling, Ohio, May 4 to 9, Arthur Sprunger, pastor. 

Dr. Robert B. Collitt, Stewardship Counselor for 
the Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 
Grace Brethren Church, Covington, Va., March 30- 
April 2, D. Michael Wingfield, pastor. 
Grace Brethren Church, Richmond, Va., April 13-16, 
Kurt Miller, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Virginia Beach, Va., April 
20-23, Dean Hertzler, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 
Temple Hills, Md., April 27-30, James Dixon, pastor. 

□ Nov. 4-9, 1979, the Grace Brethren Church of 
Albuquerque, N. Mex., held an evangelistic crusade 
with Rev. Frank Gonzales, and the Freedom Sound 
of the Frank Gonzales Evangelistic Association of 
Elkhart, Ind. During the 7 services, the attendance 
averaged 117 people per service, with a high of 140 
on the last night. There were 65 decisions for salva- 
tion and rededication during the 6-day crusade. The 
Freedom Sound also presented programs in 2 Christian 
schools, 1 public school, 1 Catholic school, 2 radio 
stations, a drug rehabilitation center, and the Albu- 
querque ministrial alliance. Plans are being made for 
another crusade in April of this year with other 
churches involved. Donald Jentes, pastor. 

□ Pastor Ward Miller of the Osceola, Ind., Brethren 
church, conducted a Family Life Conference at the 
North Kokomo Grace Brethren Church. 

□ Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resume's are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

□ The Centerville Grace Brethren Church, Centerville, 
Ohio, dedicated their new church facilities on Oct. 

21, 1979. More than 200 persons were in attendance, 
including several area pastors who participated in the 
service. The dedicatory message was brought by Rev. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor of the "mother" church. 
Friends and members of the Centerville and Dayton, 
Ohio (First) Brethren churches built the structure 
over a period of 1 1 months. 

Invitations to a "Getting To Know You" buffet 
were sent to Centerville area residents, and 115 per- 
sons responded to a time of fellowship on Oct. 28, 
1979. Jack Redrow is pastor. 

Free - 


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Many of the churches in the 
national Fellowship have enjoyed a 
musical with Chuck Olson. Now the 
Herald is offering this album with 
any gift of $ 1 5 to the Herald minis- 

Clip and mail to: 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

P.O. Box 544 

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Amount $ 

february '80 1 

Before the Days of Shortages 

by Lester E. Pifer 

In Exodus, chapter 36, we find a 
phenomenal event! Asked to con- 
tribute to the material needs of 
building the Tabernacle, the Chil- 
dren of Israel superseded the need. 
Such was their response that the 
people had to be "restrained" from 
giving to the Lord ! 

Then Moses gave an order and 
they sent this word throughout 
the camp: "No man or woman is 
to make anything else as an offer- 
ing for the sanctuary." And so the 
people were restrained from 
bringing more, because what they 
already had was more than 
enough to do all the work (Ex. 
36:6-7 NIV). 

One of the most amazing things 
about this passage is the motivation 
used to induce such an overwhelm- 
ing response. Looking in the con- 
text we fail to find computerized 
mailings, offering "incentives," 
strategic goals or even a stewardship 
banquet. Although our twentieth 
century fund-raising techniques 
may be completely valid, it is ex- 
tremely interesting to note the 
simplicity of Moses' methods. 

Moses said to the whole 
Israelite community, "This is 
what the Lord has commanded: 
Take from what you have, an 
offering for the Lord. Everyone 
who is willing is to bring the Lord 
an offering . . ." (Ex. 35:4-5). 

Speaking with the authority of 
the Lord, Moses simply asked for 
an offering. He did not suggest an 
amount, appeal to their emotions 
or beg. He just stated a need. He 
even eliminated "pressure" alto- 
gether by clarifying that only 
those who were "willing" should 
give unto the Lord. 

The secret of Moses' success was 
that everyone, or so it seems, was 
"willing." In the 39 verses of this 
passage, "willing," or related words, 
appears 9 times. The hearts of God's 
people were moved— and they re- 


Approximately 475 years after 
the Tabernacle was completed, we 
see another surplus of building 
funds. This time, King David appeals 
to the nation of Israel for gifts re- 
lated to the construction of the 
Temple. Setting the example of 
"over-and-above" giving, David is 
witness to the generous giving of 
God's chosen race (read 1 Chron. 

Rejoicing in the wholehearted 
response of Israel, David gives us a 
commentary of the proper attitude 
of giving, stated in the form of a 

But who am I, and who are 
my people, that we should be able 
to give as generously as this? 
Everything comes from you, and 
we have given you only what 
comes from your hand ... it 
comes from your hand, and all of 
it belongs to you. I know, my 
God, that you test the heart and 
are pleased with integrity ... I 
[have] given willingly and with 
honest intent. And now I have 
seen with joy how willingly your 
people who are here have given to 
you (1 Chron. 29:14-17 NIV). 

Certainly a willing, wholehearted, 
cheerful giver is what God is after. 
And yet, as David said, are not we 
just returning back to God what is 
already His? 

A secondary factor in this 
nation's response to God was the 
purpose of the offering. Individuals 
were eager to participate in the 
building of God's house. Whether it 
involved a gift of gold or that of 
time and skill, there were no short- 
ages of resources. 

BIF investors have complete 
assurance that their savings are 
being used by the Lord's people in 
church planting and church expand- 
ing ministries. God does hold us re- 
sponsible for our stewardship. Here 
is another opportunity to share in 
building new testimonies for Christ 
across this nation and in our neigh- 
boring country of Canada. 

Entering their twenty-fifth year 
of service, the Brethren Investment 
Foundation offers the members of 
our Fellowship the joy of partici- 
pating in building houses of wor- 
ship. By depositing money in the 
BIF open passbook accounts, in- 
vestors not only discover a conveni- 
ent method of saving but also know 
that their money is being used in 
the establishment of strong local 

Our priority though is not in 
buildings but rather in the "estab- 
lishment of strong local churches." 
Christ's atoning power rent the veil 
and brought God's indwelling Spirit 
out of the Temple and into the lives 
of individual believers. Thus the 
New Testament Church is not 
found in the form of a building but 
rather in a group of Christians 
united in the bond of Christ (see 
Eph. 2:19-22). 

Yet, in our American society, 
buildings are important. Where 
would you be worshiping on Sun- 
days if it were not for buildings? 
How many friends could you con- 
sistently attract to a meadow or 
even your home for worship serv- 
ices? Geographic areas, even within 
our own nation, often are respon- 
sible for how we answer such ques- 
tions. What may be totally accept- 
able in some communities seems 
unthinkable in others. 

Viewed as one element in our 
entire church planting ministry, the 
BIF performs an important role in 
enabling young growing churches to 
make realistic plans about future 
faculties. Available money at low 
interest rates offer these churches a 
service that could not be obtained 
anywhere else. 

Like Old Testament times, God's 
people have the opportunity to 
participate in building His church. 
As you read other articles in this 
issue concerning the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation, consider how 
your savings might be put to work 
for the Lord! 

1 february '80 

An Investment Plan 
for Yon— 

BIF Offers 

Highest Interest 


Celebrating 25 years of service for 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship, the 
Brethren Investment Foundation con- 
tinues to offer its investors the highest 
possible interest rates on non-term 

Compounded continually, these 
high-yield returns are not to be found 
in the uncertainty of today's currency 
but rather in eternal dividends. Func- 
tioning much like a savings and loan 
organization, the BIF is able to em- 
ploy savings deposits in making low 
interest rate loans available to growing 
Grace Brethren churches. Investors 
then, not only enjoy the privileges of 
a reputable savings institution with 
6.02 percent annual interest, but also 
know that their money is reaping 
eternal rewards as gospel "strong- 
holds" are established for the effective 
communication of God's Holy Word. 

The concept of a Brethren "savings 
and loan" organization became a 
reality on June 23, 1955. Faced with 
an inability to attain funding for the 
building programs of rapidly growing 
Home Missions churches, the Board of 
Directors of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council set into motion the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. Of- 
fering Home Missions churches 5Vz 
percent interest on growth related 
loans, the Foundation was quickly 
recognized as an important link in 
Brethren church growth. By the end 
of that first year 300 customer ac- 

(Continued on page 28, col. one) 

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fM* / % 







Walter Fretz 

Eight and nine percent money, investor motivation, security 
of funds, and the BIF's future are topics for discussion. 


Without the Brethren Investment Foundation the 
growth of our Fellowship would be greatly restricted. As 
the Brethren Home Missions Council endeavors to 
establish strong local churches in communities through- 
out this nation, financing for property purchases and 
building construction would be next to impossible 
without the help of the BIF. Even though the Council 
has strong assets and excellent credit, local lending insti- 
tutions would typically grant the loan based on the 
assets and financial security of the local church. With 
money currently being tight, even if a young church 
could obtain a loan the interest rate would be a 
tremendous burden. 


Well first, assuming adequate customer deposits, we can 
offer churches money. That is significant when, as I said, 
many new churches would have a tough time just trying 
to obtain a local loan. But with respect to interest 
rates— in our August board meeting the rate structure for 
loans and customer deposits was reset. Interest on 
customer deposits went from 5.25 to 5.85 percent with 
continuous compounding-which yields an annual 
earnings of 6.02 percent. Loans for Home Mission 
churches are scheduled at 8 percent. Churches with 
existing loans that desire the loan to be reset for an 
additional building or improvements will have the loan 
structured at 9 percent. Established churches have the 
{Con tinued on page 28, col. two) 

february '80 

BIF OFFERS (from page 27} 

counts were opened, totaling nearly 


BIF customers soon learned the 
convenience of "banking by mail." 
Located in Winona Lake, Indiana, the 
Brethren Investment Foundation de- 
veloped an efficiency in processing 
business reply mail. "Same day serv- 
ice" made deposits and withdrawals as 
close as the investor's mail box. 

Offering good customer service, the 
BIF experienced phenomenal growth. 
By 1960, just five years after incor- 
poration, savings deposits passed the 
two million dollar mark. Doubling 
again, deposits reached 4.5 million 
dollar? in 1965 and continued on in 
steady growth to reach today's level 
11.1 million dollars. 

1955 60 65 70 75 79 




1955 60 65 70 75 79 

Providing Home Mission's loans for 
property purchases and building con- 
struction is the Investment Founda- 
tion's expertise. Often the only loans 
obtainable for newly established 
churches, these low interest loans are 
saving churches thousands of valuable 

(Next page, 1st column) 

INTERVIEW (from page 27) 

opportunity of obtaining loans at rates from 8% to 9% 

percent, when meeting designated deposit requirements. 


At the present time a fairly common prime rate among 
banks is 15% percent for short term commercial loans. 
In some cases long term loans and mortgages may cost 
12 percent. On a $200,000 20-year mortgage loan, a 
Home Missions church could save $127,000 in interest 
expenses by obtaining a BIF 8 percent loan rather than 
a 12 percent mortgage loan. 


In our present situation, the easiest way for an established 
church to obtain a BIF loan is through designated 
deposits. We would work with the church to determine 
what level of new money would have to be deposited, 
through individuals in the church, in order for a loan of 
"X" amount of dollars to be granted. In some cases, a 
group of churches may be able to rally new deposits in 
order to help a district point obtain funding. We are glad 
to work with established churches along these lines. 


We are able to offer what I believe is a fair earning rate 
to our depositors. Our continuous compounded 5.85 
percent interest yields an annual earnings of 6.02 
percent which is higher than open passbook accounts at 
banks or savings and loans. But I don't think our 
interest rate is the strongest motivational factor in 
accounts being established. I believe the number one 
reason why we have 3,500 customer accounts is because 
these investors recognize the importance of our 
institution. They are willing to sacrifice earnings attain- 
able elsewhere to see their money work for the Lord! 
Their commitment to seeing local churches established 
throughout this nation is demonstrated by this sacrifice. 
I praise the Lord for these dedicated customers! 


That is a valid question. We do not have any federal 
insurance nor are we controlled by any federal agency 
like commercial savings institutions. We do, however, 
have a 16-17 percent liquid asset reserve which amounts 
to over 1.7 million dollars. This reserve enables us to 
meet our cash flow needs. In our 25-year history we 
have been able to promptly fulfill every withdrawal 
request and we intend to maintain that priority. As far 
(Next page, 2nd column) 

> february '80 

BIF (Continued from page 28) 

At today's current rate, a church 
desiring a 20-year mortgage of 
$200,000 could easily save $120,000 
in interest expenses by borrowing 
from the Brethren Investment Foun- 
dation. In this last calendar year, 14 
Grace Brethren churches were able to 
take advantage of these low interest 




Facing an expanding market for 
Grace Brethren church loans the 
Foundation is forced to turn down 
many loan requests each year. Main- 
taining a solid cash reserve places a 
limit on loanable monies but allows 
customers withdrawal needs to be 
promptly serviced— a BIF priority. 
Escalating building costs also limit the 
number of loan grants. Inflated prices 
have caused loan needs to jump there- 
by deflating the potential usage of the 
11.1 million dollars in customer de- 

Despite a tight economy the leader- 
ship of the Brethren Investment 
Foundation is optimistic about its 
future. Convinced that God still has a 
use for such an organization the BIF 
leaders are trusting God to supply 
loan funds as needed. As Brethren 
across this country catch a Home Mis- 
sions vision and understand the sig- 
nificance of the Brethren Investment 
Foundation, low interest loans (with 
eternal dividends for investors) will 
still be a tool for church growth in the 

INTERVIEW (Continued from page 28) 

as security, our loans are first-mortgage loans, thereby 
giving the Foundation an extremely solid equity base. 

We are affected in two ways. First, the growth in our 
customer deposits is not as strong as in previous years. 
People are not saving like they used to. But this is 
typical of all savings institutions. Secondly, inflated 
building costs are making our loans larger. Our loanable 
funds become rather limited when the average Home 
Missions church loan is running around $180,000 to 
$200,000. If we have to talk about $50,000 an acre or 
more for land, which is not unrealistic in California and 
Alaska, then we begin taking some rather big chunks out 
of our available funds. 


"Potentially" the future of the BIF looks bright! The 
market for church loans in our Fellowship seems unlimited. 
I don't know any deacon board that would favor 12 to 
13 percent money over our 8 to 9 percent loans. How- 
ever, realistically we need more customer deposits! 
Without continued growth in our deposits the Brethren 
Investment Foundation will be limited to only Home 
Missions church loans and restricted at that! With a 
Home Missions goal of 52 new churches, the BIF will 
find itself "sitting on the sidelines" if we still have $1 1.1 
million in deposits come 1984. In that case, our Fellow- 
ship would face a tremendous growth-restricting 
obstacle-no loanable money! 


Sure! Growth in the areas of stewardship and trust 
should be a natural byproduct of a tight economy. Faced 
with an inability to meet the many requests that we 
receive, our organizations will be forced to become very 
selective in granting loans. We have reached a point 
where we must determine between Home Mission 
churches as to which ones will receive loans. To be 
specific, it appears that this year we may have the avail- 
able funds for three or four major building programs. 
That is a far cry from meeting the requests! Being 
selective will continually remind us to be good stewards 
of God's money. Limited funds and increasing needs will 
force us to trust God more. And that will result in our 
greatest growth, as we step out in faith with our goals and 
trust God for loanable funds, He will supply our needs! 

This interview was conducted by Brad Skiles, promo- 
tional secretary for the Brethren Home Missions Council. 

february '80 

qXS uornen. 

by Larry Chamberlain 












Color TVs 

Booklet of directions 
mailed on request 

Peeling paint, broken win- 
dow, weeds used as wind- 

Sloven, reads TV Guide a 

What's that? 

Guard dog to protect in- 
ventory, "product sells it- 
self," no customer referrals 
(guess what . . .) 

... no customers 



LOCATION: Close and accessible to 

PROPERTY: Attractive, cared for 

MANAGEMENT: Sharp, customer-oriented 

SERVICE: Prompt and decisive 

ADVERTISING: Welcome mat, yellow 
pages, newspaper, good 
customer referrals 

SALES: Up, every year 

Same products, different approach. 

Given a choice, where would you buy a color TV? 

Now, instead of stores and color TVs, use the above items of comparison with 
two hypothetical churches . . . same products. 

PRODUCT: John 3:16 

PRODUCT: John 3:16 

Given a choice, where would you attend church? Or, better yet, where would your neighbors 
and friends? 

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Why an Emphasis on 
Jewish Evangelism? 

by Doyle E. Miller 

Shalom Chaverim (hello friends), 

"Why an emphasis on Jewish evangelism?" is a 
question frequently asked by Christians as well as 
Jewish people. I will give you 10 reasons why we 
should witness to Jewish people. Before I do I want 
to say that I truly thank God for Brethren people 
across the Fellowship who share the burden for 
Jewish souls with the staff here in Fairfax. Brethren 
people across America continually remind us of their 
prayer support and it is evident in their giving. 

God did set the nation of Israel aside but not in- 
dividual Jewish people. God Himself said in Isaiah 
43:1 and 44:21 that He created them, and that He 
would never forget them. For too many centuries 
there has been an emphasis on not reaching the Jew. 
I believe we do need to evangelize and to put special 
emphasis on reaching the Jewish people with the 

In my ministry I have opportunity to speak to 
many Christian people and frequently I find a root 
of bitterness toward the Jewish race, almost to the 
point of being anti-Semitic. I often quote "How odd 
of God to choose the Jew but not so odd as those 
who choose the Jewish God and hate the Jew." 

Perhaps you would like to cut out the following 
and start a Jewish notebook. From time to time you 
can add information about the Jewish people as to 
how to evangelize and share with them, and why we 
do put special emphasis on Jewish evangelism. 

Ten Reasons Why We Should 
Witness to the Jewish People 

(In answer to the question, "Why an emphasis 
on Jewish missions?") 

1 . Because GOD is not finished with the 
Jewish people as individuals or as a 
nation (see Rom. 1 1 : 25-26). 

a. According to one missionary , as stated, 
there are three Jewish people who 
trust Christ as compared to one 
Gentile, considering the ratio of popu- 

b. God has not cast Israel away (see Jer. 
31:37; Isa. 49:15; Rom. 11:1-2, 

c. Neander, a Jewish historian, said that 
one million Jewish people accepted 
Jesus in the first century A.D. 

2. The LORD has commanded us to preach 
the Gospel to all people (see Matt. 
28: 19; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:16 and 10:14). 
a. Gentiles are to make the Jewish 

people jealous (see Rom. 11:11). 

3. God has a great love for the Jews. They 
are the apple of His eye (see Jer. 31:3; 
Matt. 25:40; Rom. 11:28). His love 
should compel us to love them (see 2 
Cor. 5:14-15). 

4. GOD is doing a special work in the 
hearts of the Jewish people in these last 

a. The rebirth of the nation of Israel in 
1948 (see Isa. 11:11-12). 

b. There is a hunger among many Jewish 
people to seek their LORD (see Hosea 

5. A debt of love is due (see Rom. 15:27; 
Eph. 2:11-12). 

a. God has blessed us through this 
people (see Gen. 12:1-3; John 4:22). 

b. The Jews penned, copied and pre- 
served the Old Testament and the 
New Testament. 

c. Messiah committed His truths to the 
Jewish people and they were faithful 
in taking His salvation to the Gentiles. 
Example: Paul, a faithful Jewish mis- 

d. A Jewish virgin was the mother of our 

e. Jesus came as Messiah to the Jews (see 
Luke 1:30-33). 

f. Our church model came from the 
Jewish synogogue in the form of 
deacons and elders. 

6. Judgment will fall upon the unbelieving 
Jew first during the Tribulation (see 

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Rom. 2:9). 

a. We should warn them (see Jer. 
31:7, 10; Ezek. 33:7-8). 

7. We should pray for Israel and for the 
coming of Christ's Kingdom (see Ps. 
122:6; Isa. 62:6-7; Matt. 6:9-10). 

a. We will reign with Him (see Rev. 
2:25-29, 19:14-16, 20:6; Matt. 
16:28-17:11; Acts 1:6-8; Zech. 

8. God is preparing Israel for her national 
day of salvation (see Ps. 105:8-11). 

a. Events leading to that day (see Rom. 
11:25-27; Matt. 24:15-22, 30; Dan. 
7:13-14; Zech. 12:9-10, 13:8-9, 
14:3-4; Rev. 1:7). 

9. GOD will bless the world during the 
Tribulation and Millennium through the 
Jews (see Ps. 67 ; Zech. 8:13). 

a. During the crisis period God will call 
144,000 Jews to evangelize the world. 

In Israel today there are Jews who are 
"walking Bibles. " 

b. They will spearhead the last mission- 
ary thrust (see Matt. 24:14; Rev. 

c. The multitudes reached by them will 
be innumerable (see Rev. 7:9-10). Re- 
member, it was the first century be- 
lievers who turned the world upside 
down! (see Acts 17:6). 

10. GOD promises a blessing to those who 
take an interest in the Jewish people (see 
Gen. 12:3;Ps. 122:6). 

"Therefore, behold, the days come, saith The LORD, that 
it shall no more be said. The LORD liveth, that brought up 
the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, The 
LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the 
land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had 
driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I 
gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, 
saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I 
send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every 
mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the 
rocks" (Jer. 16:14-16). 

Now our passbook accounts enjoy 5.85% continuous compounded interest which 
annually pays 6.02% 

"Investing in the Brethren Investment Foundation is just 
a part of being a Brethren. At least for the past 22 years 
it seemed that way to me. It's like giving to the mission 
boards and other Brethren interests. To know that my 
money is being used to build Grace Brethren Churches 
makes it much more satisfying. It always gives me a 
good feeling. It makes me feel like I am doing my part. 
At the same time, I am helping myself to prepare for 
those retirement years that are getting here before I 
know it. I'll always be thankful for the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation and that I could have a part in it." 
Pastor Clair Brickel - Brookville, Ohio 

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Write to us for more information: Box 587 • Brethren Missions Building • Winona Lake, IN 46590 

For the Omaha Grace 
Brethren believers, authentic 
Christian love not only adds 
life and enthusiasm to the 
services, but also brings people 
in! "People really respond to 
love," says Pastor Gary Miller. 
"If we can demonstrate to our 
city that we have a love and 
joy that is supernatural and 
only comes from God, and 
that they themselves cannot 
duplicate, then they become 
eager to experience this new 
life found in Christ." 

And it's working! The 
Omaha Grace Brethren Church 
closed out last year's fourth 
quarter, averaging 89 in morn- 
ing worship attendance— that 
is up 5 1 percent over the 1 979 
first quarter records. 

Exactly how do these 
Brethren demonstrate love? 
Pastor Miller observes, "There's 
just a really neat attitude of 
acceptance! Visitors are 
warmly greeted and they 
know it is sincere. Last week 
we had a couple visiting our 
church for the first time. Be- 
fore they left that morning, 
they not only accepted an in- 
vitation for lunch but also ac- 
cepted a dinner engagement 
later on that week." 

Visitors at Omaha are intro- 
duced during the morning 
service, receive a follow-up 
letter from the pastor, and 

Skipping the 

Counterfeit — Demonstrating 

the Authentic were set in both Sunda y 

school and morning worship. 
But the program did more 
than just spark attendances. 
Unified materials in Sunday 
school, morning worship and 
evening services helped to 
draw the congregation to- 
gether in a spirit of love and 
joy. Maintaining these spiritual 
qualities the Omaha Grace 
Brethren Church has a great 
future to look forward to. "As 
our desires line up with God's 
desires, there is nothing that 
we cannot do," states Pastor 

Future goals include self- 
supporting in 1980 and a 
church planting ministry that 
could eventually lead to three 
or four Grace Brethren 
churches in the Omaha area. 
But for right now, the em- 
phasis is on reaching people 
for Christ. "I don't know 
where we will put more 
people," says Gary, "but I'm 
confident God will work out 
our needs. As we show Him 
our desire to reach lost people 
for Christ, I know He will con- 
tinue to bless our ministry!" 

Pastor Gary Miller 

then a personal visit by a lay 
ministry team. With a minis- 
try area that includes over 
600,000 people, this Home 
Missions church has many 
visitors to look forward to. 

Tied in with the character 
of this church was a "Spirit of 
Joy" campaign conducted in 
October and November of 
1979. Using the GBC Chris- 
tian Educational materials, it 
was during these four weeks 
that new attendance records 

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Rev. and Mrs. Robert D. Crees 

Three Monuments 
in Hawaii 

by Robert D. Crees 

My "Macedonian call" that 
pulled me out of retirement in 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, was the 
voice of Foster Tresise calling, 
"Come on over to Hawaii and help 
us." He wanted me to take his 
place while he spent four months 
on the mainland in deputation 
work and vacation. It did not take 
me long to ascertain the will of the 
Lord! I said "yes" and then, for 
my wife and I, there followed the 
best four months of our lives. It 
was not just a "vacation," but 
participating in a spiritual revival! 
We saw three monuments in Hawaii. 


The sheer beauty of the island 
thrilled us. To think that the 
islands in the group came up out of 
the ocean in a series of volcanic 
eruptions over thousands of years 
to then be clothed in green. The 
flowers are just magnificent, and 
the birds are beautiful. The sky is 

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a deep blue, and the constant 65 to 
85 degree temperature is inviting. 
By mistake we came to the great 
annual orchid show six hours too 
early, but the attendant let us stay 
and see everything all alone at our 
leisure! The majestic mountains, 
with the hardened lava flows below, 
testified to their volcanic origin. 
The beautiful sand beaches in one 
section was in contrast to the 40- 
foot splashing of the mighty waves 
on the rocks jutting up in the air. 
We took a two-day side trip to the 
"Big Island" of Hawaii. One week 
later their main volcano erupted, 
and the next day rain came, bringing 
38 inches of water in 5 days- 
creating a disaster costing over 6 
million dollars! 


Some people think of the native 
Hawaiians living in grass huts. Not 
so! They have big buildings and 
civilization, with all its attendant 
evils. One day we ate dinner in a 
revolving restaurant in Honolulu. 

Situated on the twenty-sixth floor 
of a building, the restaurant made 
one complete slow revolution in an 
hour, affording a commanding view 
of the mountains, the ocean, and 
the city. I counted 150 office and 
apartment buildings that were from 
10 to 50 stories high! However, the 
monuments man made did not 
impress me. 


I had thought that it took 
missionaries many years to get 
acquainted with orientals before 
they could work among them, and 
wondered how I could accomplish 
anything in a short four months. I 
was mistaken ! There was an open 
friendliness I had not anticipated. 
In one week I loved them and they 
loved me! We lived in the beautiful 
Tresise home and the church 
provided a 12 passenger van for our 
use in transportation. After two 
weeks of "solo" driving to church, I 
got the people to visit Saturday 
mornings, inviting children to ride. 
The van crew averaged bringing 22 
each Sunday, in two trips— one to 
the homes above the church and 
the other in the high-rise apart- 
ments. We got a children's church 
going, enlisting 8 workers. There 
were 5 public rededications, and I 
was able to lead 6 adults to Christ 
through personal work. 

I worked and dealt with those 
who had the following backgrounds: 
Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, 
Portugese, Puerto Rican, French, 
Egyptian, Filipinos, and 
Caucasian. I know better what 
heaven will be like now, for I will 
be with these wonderful people. In 
spite of our different backgrounds 
on earth, all of us already are 
speaking the common language of 
heaven! At the close they gave us 
leis with personal notes for us to 
read on the plane. One lady wrote: 
"I have decided to become a 
Christian. There is still a lot I need 
to learn, but the Lord will help 
me." Another wrote: "As a mother 
and wife I saw spiritual growth take 
place in my husband, children and 
myself. Words cannot express my 
heart for the many blessings 
experienced each day." Thank God 
for revival! The greatest monument 
I saw in Hawaii was the spiritual 
change God made in lives! 

New Course of Study at Grace 

Parents' panel at a class session. 

by Margery F. Brubaker 

All children are special. 
They capture the attention of 
others in a variety of ways. 
When children learn slowly 
they require special attention. 
Steps taken to determine the 
nature of a problem lead to a 
positive future for each child. 

Grace College now offers 
a special education minor. Dr. 
Bruce Alcorn, Director of 
Teacher Education, explains 
that the course content is 
presently restricted to the 
training of the educable men- 
tally retarded (EMR). This 
one area of exceptionality fits 
well into the structure of the 
elementary education major. 
The secondary education and 
teacher education majors can 

participate also. Graduates 
who have elected the EMR 
minor receive certification to 
teach educable mentally 
retarded students. There are 
five students enrolled in this 
new minor at the present time. 
Others elect some of the 
courses included in the 
program. All elementary 
education majors are required 
to take Introduction to 
Special Education. 

Mrs. Sharon Rager carries 
much of the teaching respon- 
sibility. From her own study 
and experience she offers her 
students fresh insight into the 
needs of the exceptional child 
and its family. Course content 
includes how to identify prob- 
lems early— a key in helping a 
child develop any level of 

ability to the fullest. Care and 
perception must be developed 
on the part of the teacher to 
recognize each child's need. 
Approaches to special educa- 
tion methods are carefully 
integrated with a biblical 

A high point for Mrs. 
Rager's class this semester was 
an opportunity to listen to a 
panel of parents who have 
exceptional children. The 
honesty with which they 
exposed their lives touched 
the students beyond an 
intellectual understanding of 
retardation. Suddenly they 
found the course content real, 
touching lives of people who 
feel and hurt, and then learn 
how to deal with a special 
aspect of family life. 

(Continued on page 36 J 

february '80 i 


NEW COURSE (from page 35) 

Students in the minor 
report good experiences in 
field work placement. Course 
requirements include four 
hours each week with a child 
in a special education class- 
room. The local Cardinal 
Center's special education 
classes supply these oppof- 

Another aspect of this 
program involves the national 
WMC. Grace Brethren women 
pledged close to $5,000 
toward materials for the 
resource center this year. Mrs. 
Marilyn Yoder, a teacher in 
the elementary education 
major, also served as 
coordinator of the resource 
center. She explains that a 
retarded child needs more 
repetition for learning than 
visual aids and manipulative 
tools can provide. Lessons 
augment texts and present 
concepts on a concrete level 
that appeal to all the senses. 

Art, music and physical 
education majors also use 
materials provided in the 
resource center since they too 
will encounter exceptional 
children. Special materials 
guide educable mentally 
retarded students toward a 
vocational goal. Self-worth is 
reinforced as they discover 
talents they can contribute to 
their community and church. 

Possibilities for the effec- 
tiveness of the EMR minor are 
extensive. Many churches 
have growing ministries to the 
handicapped and retarded. 
Solid training of the EMR 
minor prepares both school 
and church workers to 
minister confidently to people 
with special needs. 

'february '80 

toilet News Notes 


Charles M. Duke, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas, Apollo 16 astronaut, 
in acknowledging the receipt of an autographed copy of the book 
The Moon: Its Creation, Form and Significance written by Dr. John 
C. Whitcomb, professor of theology and Old Testament; and Dr. 
Donald B. De Young, associate professor of physics, notes that while 
he was on the moon his belief was in the theory of evolution. 

He goes on to state: "However, since that time I have put my 
heart to Jesus and the reality of the Holy Bible. I believe now with 
all my heart in God as the Creator and your book has been a tremen- 
dous inspiration to me to understand more fully the reality of God's 
creation. May God's richest blessing be upon each of you and your 

formed Grace Seminary Minority Student Scholarship Fund Committee meet 
with a representative of the First National Bank of Warsaw, Indiana. Pictured 
from left to right are: Dr. Charles Smith, Seminary director of admissions; 
Rev. Otha Aden of the Southern Heights Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
John Elliott, bank trust officer; Dr. Frank Gainer, research chemist with Lilly 
Pharmaceuticals in Indianapolis, Indiana; Bill Katip, director of student aid; 
and Dr. E. William Male, dean of the Seminary. 


The Grace Seminary Minority Student Scholarship Committee is 
functioning. Dr. E. William Male, dean of the seminary, states that 
the committee will be providing assistance where possible for mem- 
bers of certain United States minority groups, particularly American 
Blacks, who are accepted for admission to Grace Seminary. 

Inadequate educational backgrounds and inadequate funding 
has made it difficult for many of these students to enter seminary, 
and the committee's purpose is to help them to succeed in achiev- 
ing the kind of educational preparation that will equip them for 

. QM 9M 9M 

effective ministries. The committee will be working 
with the Seminary Student Aid Committee and 
$20,000 has been placed in a trust fund at the First 
National Bank in Warsaw, Indiana. Foundations and 
other organizations are being contacted for funding. 


Twenty-three Grace Seminary students partici- 
pated in the Holy Land Study tour held during the 
Winterim. Dr. D. Wayne Knife, director of Holy Land 
Studies for Grace Schools and associate professor of 
Old Testament, was the host. Professor Don Fowler, 
assistant professor of Greek, Hebrew and Old Testa- 
ment, was the co-host. 

Three weeks were spent in Israel at the Institute of 
Holy Land Studies located on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, 
three days in Greece, and one day in Switzerland. The 
academic program is oriented to the Bible and the 
purpose is to give students in-depth exposure to the 
events of the Bible at the places where they happened. 
Four hours of credit is given for the study. 

The group departed Winona Lake on December 26 
and returned to campus on January 20. Included 
among those going were: Gordon Lovik, Grace Semi- 
nary alumnus, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a pastor 
and wife, from California; and the wife of one of the 
seminary students making a total of 29 which is one 
of the largest groups ever to go from the seminary. 


The question facing most college graduates these 
days is, "Where can the degree earned be used?" To 
help answer this question, the Placement Office of 
Grace College sponsored a Seminar for Behavioral 
Science Majors. This major includes degrees in 
counseling, criminology, psychology and sociology. 

Director of Placement Lee Jenkins said the main 
area of presentation was in the field of Youth Cor- 
rections. Included among the four speakers partici- 
pating from this field was Robert Burns, of the Fort 
Wayne Regional Four Facility for Youthful Offenders. 
Burns is a Grace College alumnus, class of '76. About 
40 students attended the seminar. 


With anticipation of growing spiritually, meeting 
and ministering to new people, and glorifying God 
with music, the Grace College Concert Choir left 
campus for a 5-state tour of the mid-Atlantic United 
States December 29. The 36-voice choir presented 
their program in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, 
Virginia, and New Jersey over a 2-week period. 

For the director, Professor Donald Ogden, it was 
the twenty-sixth consecutive tour, but he still main- 
tains a "keen anticipation of choir tours." He said that 
"it's exciting to work with this kind of a group of col- 
lege kids and to share their excitement." 

Assisting Professor Ogden were choir officers: Jeff 
Secaur, president, Elkhart, Indiana; Becky Baker, vice 
president, Elkhart, Indiana; Beth Kaufman, Cissna 
Park, Illinois, secretary; Steve Placeway, Manheim, 
Pennsylvania, manager; and Jim Folsom, Yakina, 
Washington, chaplain. 

During the tour the choir presented an average of 
one concert per day. The choir's program repertoire 
includes a wide variety of musical selections from 
every period from the Renaissance to the Modern. 


Common Bond, one of the newest groups at Grace 
College composed of two sophomores and three 
freshmen, traveled to Florida during the holiday vaca- 
tion. En route the group gave concerts in Indiana, 
Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. 

Dave Guiles of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the 
organizer and leader of the group, and sings bass. He 
is a sophomore majoring in Christian Ministries. Last 
year he traveled with Sound Investment and with the 
Freshman Choir. This year he is also busy in the 
Grace Woodwind Symphony. 

Steve Makofka, freshman from New Holland, 
Pennsylvania, sings tenor for the group. He is a Chris- 
tian Ministries major. Ann Deane, alto for the group, 
resides in Winona Lake, Indiana. Kathy Hathaway of 
Kalamazoo, Michigan, is the group's soprano. Pianist 
is Jim Colman, sophomore from Merrillville, Indiana. 
Professor and Mrs. Paul Milliman traveled with the 
group on the southern tour. 


Twenty-three students from Indiana, Ohio, Michi- 
gan, Florida, Nebraska, Illinois, and Pennsylvania par- 
ticipated in the much-awaited first annual capping 
ceremony of the Grace College Department of Nurs- 
ing held at the close of the first semester of the 
1979-80 school year. Mrs. Barbara Woodring, director 
of nursing, presided at the capping ceremony. 

Along with caps, each student received white 
nurses' Bibles, and the ceremony also included a lamp 
lighting indicating an awakening of knowledge and 
also to indicate that Christ is the light of life, thus 
providing illumination. Dean Miriam Uphouse was the 
speaker for the occasion. 

Members of the class of 1981 receiving caps in- 

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eluded from Indiana: Mary Baker, Worthington; 
Barbara Baumgartner, Larwill; Rhonda Carini, 
Winona Lake; Cheryl Cochran, Michigan City; Jeanne 
Keener, Syracuse; Becki Lawlor, Warsaw; Brenda 
Linton, Pierceton; Joyce Mason, Warsaw; Marilyn 
Mercer, Warsaw; Ruth Penfold, Michigan City; Lynn 
Sproule, Warsaw; and Melinda Tom, Leesburg. From 
Ohio: Robyn Canady, Hilliard; Tammy Fast, Ash- 
land; Colleen Nettleton, Wooster; Regina Spotleson, 
North Canton; and Cathy Thieme, Fredericktown. 

Also, from Michigan: Gail Hawkins, Jackson; 
Cindy Ward, Bronson. Florida: Janet Hughes, Mait- 
land; Nebraska: Tammie Petro, Chambers; Illinois: 
Debra Robertson, Crystal Lake; and Pennsylvania: 
Sandra Sacher, Stroudsburg. 


Mrs. Mary Lou Fink, associate professor of educa- 
tion at Grace College, has resigned after 16 years of 
service, to move to Virginia. Her husband, Dr. Paul 
Fink, former Grace Seminary faculty member, has 
been teaching at Liberty Baptist College since Sep- 
tember. Mrs. Fink and their six children left Winona 
Lake in December to join Dr. Fink at their new home 
in Amherst County, Virginia. 


Professor Jerry Franks has resigned from his 
faculty position in the music department at Grace 
College effective December 21, the end of the current 
fall semester, it was announced by Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., president of Grace Schools. 

Franks, who has been assistant professor of music 
at the college since 1966 said in a letter that he was 
"regretfully submitting his resignation and that he ap- 
preciated the opportunities and ministries afforded to 
him while in the employment of the college." He ex- 
pressed a desire to pursue other interests including 
teaching, private instruction and personal appear- 

One of the top trumpeters in the nation, Franks 
organized the Dimensions in Brass when he came to 
Grace. The widely known brass group traveled 
throughout the United States and last spring toured 
Europe. He also developed a large community concert 
band during his 14 years at the college. Prior to com- 
ing to Grace, he was a featured performer with the 
Pittsburgh Symphony. 

Franks has also produced a religious music series 
for bands of all levels. It is being distributed by 
Volkwein Bros., Inc. 


HONOR ROLL is as follows: 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mrs. Harriet M. Steffler 
Paul H.Kurtz 

Rev. John P. Suderman 

Hale J. Husband 

Adeline M. Kolbe 
Paul G. Horn 

In Honor of : 

Rev. and Mrs. Larry Wedertz 
(With Appreciation) 

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One of the major concerns of the eighties and beyond is the number of prospective 
students for the Christian colleges. The birth rate factor tells us that in 1979 
there were 17 million students in the 18-21 age bracket. In the 1990s there will 
be only 12.9 million students in this age group. That is a decline of some 25 
percent. This also tells you something about the outlook for the under-adult 
levels of your future Sunday school. 

The year 1979 brought another record year to the Brethren Missionary Herald 
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MARCH v i980 

Reflections by Still Waters 




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tf march '80 

Charles W. Turner 


Times are changing, and it is 
difficult to tell exactly in which 
century we are really living! Our 
electric utility company provides us 
with the latest happenings in a 
monthly publication. (I think the 
actual purpose of the newsletter is 
to get our minds off the cost of the 
electrical bill.) This past month's 
articles told how to build an under- 
ground house. There are advantages, 
we are told, in that the constant 
temperature of the earth will save 
both heating and cooling bills. Even 
the roof is covered with earth so 
you can plant your lawn on it. 

The whole story sounded 
strangely like a cave dwelling to me, 
and I have this negative remem- 
brance that humanity worked for 
years to be delivered from this 
type of housing. But the energy 
crisis is here, and there are more 
believers in it each day. So every- 
one is trying to find a way to cut 
down on the high costs of keeping 
warm. Returning to caves is one 
possibility; one other is the good 
old wood stove. 

This black beauty— the wood 
stove— is returning to many a home. 
Everywhere I travel I get introduced 
to this latest member of the family. 
The main characteristic is that it 
provides a warm glow and is quite 
economical to operate. The closer 
you get to it, the warmer it is; and 
this is also in direct proportion to 
cold. Five steps away and you feel 
that you have moved from the 
Equator to the North Pole, all in 
the realm of five seconds and 
seven steps! Another disadvantage, 
I am told, is that in New England 
the smoke is presenting an environ- 
mental problem, much like that in 
Southern California. 

Another return to yesteryear is 
the reintroduction of the parlor 
fan. Mounted in the ceiling, it 
rotates to keep the warm air near 
the ceiling moving. The last time I 
had one of these things moving 
above me was when I sat in a hotel 
in Sudan, Africa, in the city of 

Khartoum. I remember being 
thankful then that such things were 
no longer used. 

So, it looks like it might be back 
to caves with wood stoves for 
warm tli, and a parlor fan spinning 
over my head. (Just when I thought 
I had reached middle age, and had 
finally subdued my post-depression 
childhood fears; here I am going 
back to the "olden days." If there 
is any satisfaction in it at all now, 
it is that I can really show my son 
what the "olden days" were like!) 

But before I do, I think I will 
hold on to my life-style as it is just 
a little longer. Having lived long 
enough to go to the "little car era" 
about five times now, and before I 
get a pair of roller skates or a skate 
board and start throwing dirt on 
my roof to make a cave, I will wait 
patiently to see how it all turns out. 
In fact, I do not think I'll even 
spend endless hours worrying about 
it all. God is still on the throne, 
and though His main mission is not 
necessarily my physical comfort, I 
think He will provide. If we get 
too excited about every media 
crisis (and there always is "one a 
day" at the six o'clock news), we 
will never get over being excited. 

My main concern is not the 
ability of God to provide for our 
needs. After all, mankind has never 
even begun to explore the depth 
and the riches of this world and its 
great systems. It used to be when 
we had a problem to solve in this 
country, we went out and did 
something about it; but now it is 
easier to sit around feeling sorry for 
ourselves. When just a touch of the 
ole Yankee ingenuity comes back 
and a few of us Americans get a 
little ambition and desire, there will 
be no limit to what man's intelli- 
gence and God's raw materials can 
accomplish. Well, the only thing 
mankind cannot supply is the 
righteousness to make us what we 
ought to be in this country again. 
But God has a big supply of it and 
He wants to pass it out to us again. 

Our cover photo is the beautiful painting 
"The Way To Emmaus." Reproduced cour- 
tesy of Harold M. Lambert Studios. 

in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1945 

Captain Chaplain Orville Lorenz is some- 
where in Belgium with the Ninth Infantry 
Division. ... A report on Africa indicated at 
this time there were 150,000,000 people of 
which 80,000,000 were classified as pagans; 
40,000,000 as Moslems; and 10,000,000 as 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

The Foreign Missionary Society reports 
that the total offering for the past year was 
$483,211 which is an increase of over 
$57,000. . . . Rev. Jesse Deloe was ordained 
to the ministry at Cleveland, Ohio. 

5 Years Ago-1975 

Rev. Curtis Stroman is the new pastor of 
the Calvary Brethren Church of Hagerstown, 
Md. . . . The new Colorado Springs, Colo., 
church has been dedicated. It has one of the 
most beautiful views in the country, as it 
looks towards the Rockies. Tom Inman is 


March 1980 

Volume 42 Number 3 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education. 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles. 

WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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Dear Editor, 

Thank you for printing the article "Great Joy on Eleventh Street" in 
the December issue of the Herald (page 28). We were able to use it in 
our earliest children's church time. It was a great way of sharing the 
Christmas message, and was told in a very clever way. (I'm sure the star- 
shaped cookies we passed out while the story was being read added to it 
for the kids, too.) 

Thank you again for the broad reach you desire to have through 
your magazine— even to the children. 

May the message of God's love in Christ continue to be told in the 
most unique ways until He comes to take us home!— Indiana 
P.S. By the way, who is Carolann Oswald, the author? 

Editor's note: Thanks for the kind comments about the Herald. We are 
endeavoring to increase the types of material we offer, and the response 
has been good. 

Who is Carolann Oswald? She is from the Wooster (Ohio) area, and is 
the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ashman. Carolann has con- 
tributed about five stories in this series.— CWT 

march '80 \ 

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Eighteen inches of snow in Richmond 

The Event of the Century 

by Pastor Kurt Miller 

January 5,' 1980-just another 
day at the beginning of a new year. 
But, in Richmond, Virginia, excite- 
ment was running high as the mem- 
bers of the Grace Brethren Church 
were about to celebrate the end of 
a long relationship with Brethren 
Home Missions— 12 years! But on 
the horizon loomed an ominous 
threat to the next days' planned 
events— a severe winter snowstorm. 
(In Virginia?) 

It started early and it looked as 
though the two to four inches of 
snow forecast would not material- 
ize. But when the storm had finally 
swept over its victim, it left the 
most snow to be dumped on the 
Richmond area at one time in more 
than a century- 18 inches! With a 
minimum force of snow removal 
equipment it was virtually impos- 
sible to move, and no one did, 
except Brethren! Eighty -two to be 
exact (in spite of the obstacles). 
But was this an obstacle? No. The 
most breathtaking service that this 
Home Missions church has ever ex- 

perienced was to be imbedded in 
the hearts and minds of God's 
people for an eternity. The splendor 
and the majesty of God was dis- 
played in the beautifully warm and 
fluffy snow, and somehow the 
spirit of everyone in attendance 
knew that God had intended it this 
way. This had been the history of 
this church— obstacles— but no ob- 
stacle was too tall for God! 

In 1968 Rev. William Gardner 
had a vision to begin a Grace Breth- 
ren work in Richmond, the capital 
of Virginia. In a short time several 
families were meeting every Lord's 
Day in a fire hall on the south side 
of town. They soon became known 
as the Grace Brethren Church of 
Richmond. Through the foresight 
and driving initiative of Pastor 
Gardner, land was purchased and a 
building erected to the glory of 

After five years of faithful serv- 
ice, Pastor Gardner felt God call 
him into other areas of endeavor. 
Rev. Ron Thompson, who had 
served as national evangelist for the 
Brethren Fellowship and had pas- 

Photos by: Tom Schneider 

-ir march '80 

tored the Patterson Memorial Breth- 
ren Church in Roanoke, Virginia, 
was called by God to lead the folks 
in Richmond. Pastor Ron's strong 
Bible teaching helped to engrain the 
people into the Church of Christ 
and a strong nucleus was prepared 
to plant and harvest His crop! God 
used these two dedicated men to 

Richmond's 1980 church officers 

At right: Rev. Bill Byers (extreme right), BMHC southern field 
representative, joins Kurt and Anecia Miller in celebrating self- 
support status. Also representing the Council on "self-support" 
Sunday was Rev. Kenneth Teague, a board member (not pictured). 

prepare His harvest. 

On March 1, 1978, Rev. Kurt A. 
Miller came to Richmond to pastor 
his first full-time church. Little did 
he know what God had in store for 
this apprehensive and inexperienced 
pastor! In the last year-and-a-half 
God has given this church over 50 
first-time decisions with all but 2 of 
these actively involved in the work 
of the church. Through consistent 
follow-up by the pastor and an in- 
creasing number of dedicated lay- 
men, these souls are being grounded 
in God's Word and growing in His 
grace. The attendance in the morn- 
ing service has grown from 35 to 
nearly 80. The Sunday school has 
more than doubled as have the eve- 
ning services and the midweek 
prayer services. The finances of the 
church have more than tripled as 
new converts are taught the impor- 
tance of worship through giving. 
Virtually every office in the church 
is filled by a different man, and 
there were more men teachers in 
the Vacation Bible School program 
this past summer than there were 
women teachers. 

One only has to be in this 
church for a very few moments to 
notice the spirit of warmth, love 
and concern which has its emphasis 
on the family first. The people ex- 
pressed this love by setting aside a 
day as "Pastor Appreciation Day," 
expressing their love for the pastor 
and family through testimonies and 
gifts. They express it to each other 
through gifts of love throughout 
the year and a helping-hand when- 
ever one is needed. And they express 
it to the lost world by inviting their 
lost friends and loved ones to 
church with them to share in God's 
wonderful grace. 

Yes, the "Event of the Century" 
has taken place in Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. Obstacles have been over- 
come. Victories have been gained. 
But not without down-to-earth 
hard work! God is a re warder of 
faithfulness. Much preparing, plant- 
ing, cultivating, fertilizing, and 
spraying for weeds has taken place 
by many weary hands and backs. 
The "Bountiful Harvest" was being 
prepared. God is just now beginning 
to reap the efforts of those who 

strived so faithfully through the 
initial years of this church. But, lest 
we become infected with "Arrival 
Flu," as Dr. David L. Hocking so 
aptly described it in the 1979 
Moderator's Address at national 
conference, the work must contin- 
ue. God does not desire us to leave 
our field unattended. We must con- 
tinue to grow. 

This church wants to personally 
thank the entire Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches for their 
prayer and financial support 
throughout the years. Please do not 
stop your prayer support. We need 
you! We know that you, as a Fel- 
lowship, are pleased. We know that 
our Lord is rejoicing. But, we are 
not satisfied. We believe that we 
have barely begun to scratch the 
surface. Our neighborhood is grow- 
ing by thousands every year. God is 
bringing these people to us so we 
can introduce them to His grace. 
No, we have not arrived. We have 
only reached a goal. That is good, 
but not the end. May our cry be: 
"Give me a passion for souls, dear 

march '80 ' 

Staking a Claim 

Almost in two different worlds, 
Darrell Anderson spent his first 
eight months at Placerville preaching 
on Sundays (below) and then 
commuted during the week to 
Sacramento to manage a glass 
company (left) 

by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

For Rev. Darrell Anderson and 
the Grace Brethren believers at 
Placerville, California, meeting 
weekly for Sunday services repre- 
sents more than just a religious 
routine. Behind the solid gospel 
preaching, the well-taught Sunday 
school lessons and the opportun- 
ities for fellowship, is a strategy and 
burden for reaching the city of 
Placerville for Christ. 

"Our church is in a good position 
right now," says Pastor Anderson. 
"Usually when you visit the un- 
churched in any given community 
there is typically one church that 
they think of and say, 'Oh, I at- 

tend the Methodist church,' or 
whatever. In Placerville there is not 
one dominate church that everyone 
looks to. So, we want to be that 
church. We want to so influence 
our community that 'Sierra View 
Grace Brethren Church' is the first 
name that comes to mind when 
they consider 'church.' " 

The ultimate result of that ex- 
posure is to lead people to Christ, 
as Lord, and then to disciple them 
in their faith. Meeting with Pastor 
Anderson since April of 1979, the 
Placerville Brethren recognize that 
love and acceptance are important 
ingredients in that ultimate disciple- 
ship process. 

"Basically our strategy in 1979 
was just meeting and drawing the 



people closer together," states 
Darrell. "We have a real warm 
group now. Our people are at the 
place where they will accept any- 
one who comes in and love them, 
making them feel a part of the 

Such fellowship is magnetic. 
During the fourth quarter of 1979, 
3 new family units became "regu- 
lars" bringing the weekly average to 
30— a significant accomplishment 
for any newly organized church. 

A lot is being said today about 
church growth leadership. Lay lead- 
ership in Placerville was an attractive 
quality to Darrell Anderson. 

"Our first contact with the 
church' planting opportunity at 
Placerville was through a family 
who had moved there from my 
previous pastorate. When I was 
asked to come to Placerville to be- 

' march '80 

gin a work, I told them that just 
because we have some friends there 
doesn't mean we should start a 

"But later," Darrell continues, 
"when further interest was ex- 
pressed and other families became 
involved, my wife, Irene, and I be- 
came more interested. What finally 
impressed us about this opportuni- 
ty of service was the dedication of 
the people— their commitment to 
Christ and to establishing a local 
church, and the potential growth in 
the area." 

Setting the example in leader- 
ship, Pastor Anderson has been able 
to meet on a weekly basis with the 
key laymen in the church. Although 
5:30 in the morning has some dis- 
advantages, this time allotment al- 
lows Darrell to share his life with 
these future church leaders. 

A major growth obstacle for the 
church in 1979 was the pastor's 
schedule. Committing himself to 
the church during its first year 
meant no financial security for 
Darrell. Accepting that, Darrell 
spent his first 8 months as pastor 
commuting to Sacramento to 
manage a glass company. Working 
40-hour weeks made visitation and 
basic church organization difficult. 
But there were some positive bene- 

"It has helped me to keep in 
touch with the world. Not that you 
can't do that as a pastor, but it is a 
little more vivid when you are out 
working with different kinds of 
people eight hours a day in a 
secular environment." 

Darrell Anderson knows person- 
ally what a life without Christ is 
like. Accepting Christ as his saviour 
at age 26, Darrell had lived a very 
active life maintaining 3 jobs and 
trying to find peace in the world's 
finances. It was not until his 
youngest child died that Darrell 
began to question where his life was 
headed. Less than 3 years after that 
tragedy, the Anderson family was 
walking with Christ and Darrell had 
enrolled in Grace College, working 
toward an ultimate seminary degree. 

As a father of two young boys 
and a full-time student working to 
pay the bills, seven years of educa- 
tion seemed like a very long road to 
follow. But Darrell was encouraged 
in his pursuit as he was able to lead 
his employer to Christ and see 
other lives influenced through a 
home Bible study which he led. 

After graduating from Grace 
Seminary, Darrell accepted the pas- 
toral call from the LaLoma Grace 
Brethren Church in Modesto, Cali- 
fornia. Finishing five years of minis- 
try there, Darrell believed God was 

calling him to a different service. It 
was while working as a glazier in 
Stockton, California, and seeing 
progress being made toward a 
Stockton Bible class, that Darrell 
and Irene joined the Placerville 
story. Committed to establishing 
the work, the Andersons moved to 
Placerville in July of 1979. 

January 1, 1980, was a historic 
date for the almost-a-year-old Grace 
Brethren Church. The turning of 
the calendar marked Brethren 
Home Missions financial support. 
Combining the local church sup- 
port, the Brethren Home Missions 
Council support, and funds from 
Grace Development, a Sacramento- 
based organization, Pastor Ander- 
son will now be able to serve his 
church full time. 

"Full time" will allow Darrell to 
utilize his resources in developing 
the church-getting out into the 
community, concentrating on 
visitation, more effectively disci- 
pling current believers and creative- 
ly planning for future growth. 
Given the existing leadership base 
and the potential of this mother- 
load ministry area, the Brethren 
Home Missions Council joins the 
Sierra View Grace Brethren Church 
in their zeal for reaching Placerville 
and their surrounding communities 
for Christ! 

Right: The Sierra View Grace Brethren 
Church's new meeting place, a Seventh- 
Day Adventist's sanctuary 

march '80 

A A jh M Ah. 

Discipleship-the ' 'Life-Blood' ' at Coolville 

Pastor Markley, at pulpit, gets men involved in the service. 

1 'If the Lord would take me home tomorrow this church would continue to function and grow, ' ' 
says Pastor Bob Markley. 

Extending his life in the lives of others, Pastor Markley has been able to effectively 
disciple a core of leaders in the Coolville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. ' 'These men 
(Markley 's leadership core) can do anything. They can preach, carry on all services, maintain 
the organization of the church and shepherd the rest of the believers. Basically, they can do 
everything that I can do. ' ' 

The results from this leadership structure have been phenomenal for the Coolville church. 
All goals for the church were met or surpassed in 1979! Membership doubled at 66. Morning wor- 
ship attendance for the year averaged 57, up 32 percent over 1978. Sunday school yearly 
average increased by 30 percent over 1978. The Sunday evening service attendance advanced to a 
yearly average of 42 (that's increasing 36 percent), midweek prayer meeting closed the year 
out with an average of 25, and offerings for the fourth quarter of 1979 stood at $6,728 (a 
record in stewardship for Coolville). 

All the ' 'stats' ' are simply to say that God is doing something in this Home Missions church. 
And so you won't get the wrong emphasis, here's how Pastor Markley started his 1980 cor- 
respondence with the BHMC : 

" I promised that I would write and let you know if it happened-the doubling of our membership . 
When I knew that we needed just three more members to complete our doubling goal, I prayed that 
the Lord would do something so outstanding that no one could say that the last three members 
came because the pastor pressured them. 

"It happened within 36 hours in a family of a dad, mother, two boys and the dad's aged 
mother. Through some miraculous circumstances, God received a broken man into His family, 
united a husband and wife, and healed a seemingly wrecked home. As if that wasn't enough, God 
continued in His miracle by bringing the entire family to church and moving them into a deci- 
sion to join our local body-all within 36 hours! Praise the Lord! ! ! " 

Not resting in past accomplishments, the Coolville Brethren have set equally aggressive 
goals for 1980 and are promoting a rather interesting program. 

It ' s called ' ' Adopt A Family . ' ' ' ' Adopt A Family ' ' for the Coolville Brethren is a challenge 
for each regularly attending family to ' 'adopt' ' an unchurched family for the year of 1980. 
Through events at the church and continual personal contacts among families, the goal of this 
program is for every churched family to develop meaningful relationships with unchurched 

By extending these ' 'circles of friendships, ' ' it is the church's prayer that these new con- 
tacts will ultimately result in new sheep in the fold. 

The leadership of Brethren Home Missions is excited about how God is working in Coolville 
and praising these believers for their vision and strategy for reaching their city for Christ! 

(Watch the May Herald for a feature article on this exciting work.) 

march '80 

for 25 years, 1955-1980. 
. . . for your help in building and ex- 
panding over 160 Grace Brethren 
churches from coast to coast. 
. . . for your continual prayers and 

support of our ministry. 
. . . for increasing our saving ac- 
counts from 8800,000 in 1955 to 
over 811,000,000 in 1980. 
. . . for the opportunity to increase 
our interest rates from 4.00% in 
1955 to 6.02% annual interest 
for 1980. 
And so again, from our hearts and 
from the many Grace Brethren chur- 
ches who have been able to begin and 
extend the ministry of Jesus Christ, 

CJtank y*ju! 

Brethren Investment Foundation • Box 587 • Brethren Missions Building • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

We invite you to become a part of the Brethren Investment Foundation. Write to us for more information. 
Now our passbook accounts enjoy 5.85% continuous compounded interest which annually pays 6.02%. 

Editor's Note: The South Bay Grace Brethren Church is a new branch church of the Long Beach, California, 
Grace Brethren Church. The Brethren Home Missions Council encourages "every church to plant a branch 
church "and rejoices with this mother church. This article, "A New Beginning, " is the first of an open series on 
branch churches -publicizing new developments apart from the Brethren Home Missions Council. 

A New Beginning 

by Pastor Thomas Hughes 

The Psalmist wrote: "This is the 
Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our 
eyes" (Ps. 1 18:23). I have taken 
this verse for the building of a local 
church in the South Bay area of 
Southern California. 

Little did I realize when I ac- 
cepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour 
and Lord in September of 1967, 
that I would be thrust into the role 
of being the first pastor in a new 
church! Shortly after that decision, 
the Lord began to work in my heart, 
and eventually called me into full- 

The Tom Hughes family 

'march '80 

One hundred and two attend South Bay's first service 

time service for Him as one of the 
pastors at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California. 
As an elder, I was aware of a group 
which had been meeting in the 
South Bay area, near Torrance, and 
of their interest in forming a local 
church. The church became a 
reality in September of 1979 with 
an interim pastor and a Sunday 
evening meeting time. It was 
during those days that I became 
convinced that God wanted me 
there as the pastor of that work. In 
December it became official— I was 
the pastor of the South Bay Grace 
Brethren Church! We continued 
meeting on Sunday evenings until 
an adequate facility could be found 
to begin full services. This became 
possible as we located a vacant 
elementary school auditorium and 
leased it for the purpose of 
beginning a church. We set the 
target date for the first Sunday in 
January 1980, as the first morning 
service date, and the excitement 
began ! 

While working at the new 
facility in preparation for our first 
meeting, one of the men offered a 
rabbit to one of my three boys. We 
agreed to take the rabbit and went 
home to build a cage for it. I had 
never built a rabbit cage before and 
really didn't know where to begin. 
As I started getting the necessary 
materials, I thought of the similar- 
ities of this task to that of 
establishing a church. I had never 
"built" a church before and felt 
inadequte in and of myself. 

Then I remembered a passage in 
Matthew 16, where Jesus said, "I 
will build my church ... (v. 18) 
and this became the passage from 
which I preached my first message. 
As I studied the passage, I realized 
that without Jesus Christ there 
couldn't be any kind of a church! 
But once accepting Him as the 
Master Builder, the job of building 
the church becomes His. 

The big day arrived. How many 
people would come? Did we have 
enough chairs set up? Would there 
be any "brand new" visitors, and 
not just "friends"? Were there 
enough workers? Were the 
classrooms set up? 

God was in full control and we 
trusted Him for everything! He had 
provided 200 cushioned folding 
chairs at dealer cost! He had 
provided extra classrooms on the 
school facility ! He had provided a 
new overhead projector and screen! 
He had provided drapes and paint 
and everything else, and He would 
bring the people, too! 

The 9 a.m. Sunday school hour 
arrived and there were people! I 
began the first adult Sunday school 
hour with our philosophy of 
ministry, beginning with the 
purpose of the South Bay Grace 
Brethren Church: to glorify God (1 
Cor. 10:31; Rom. 15:6); and 
followed with our premise— total 
dependence upon God's Word for 
authority and information (2 Tim. 

We shared our major objectives: 
Evangelism (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 

16:15-16; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 
1 :8); Edification (Eph. 4:11-16; 
1 Peter 4:10-11; and Expansion 
(Acts 13:1-4; 1 Cor. 9:7-14). 

We concluded by sharing our 
guidelines: (1) To always maintain 
principles contained in God's Word 
(James 4:17; Prov. 29:18, 30:6); 
(2) To emphasize ministry to 
people rather than performing tasks 
(Phil. 1:7-11; Col. 3:12-17); (3) To 
make sure we evaluate everything in 
light of our objectives (Heb. 4:12, 
5:11-14); (4) To utilize mature 
believers in the areas of discipleship 
(Col. 1 :28; 2 Tim. 2:1-2); (5) To 
manifest godly life styles as being 
essential to our goals and objectives 
(Heb. 13:7; 1 Peter 1:5-16); (6) To 
motivate people in discovering their 
gifts, as well as being mature in the 
faith before placing them in leader- 
ship roles (1 Tim. 3:6, 10,5:22, 
4:14-16); and (7) To manage all of 
our affairs with the confidence of 
God's sovereign control (Phil. 
4:4-7; Rom. 8:28-29). 

After the Sunday school hour 
we began our first morning worship 
service! As I stood up to preach 
God's Word and looked over the 
many people, the verse came to me, 
"This is the Lord's doing; it is 
marvelous in our eyes." The Lord 
had blessed us with 102 people for 
the first Sunday! With great joy I 
shared the passage which proclaimed 
that Jesus was ". . . the Christ, the 
Son of the living God" and the 
wonderful promise that He would 
build His Church and the gates of 
Hades would not overpower it! 

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Looking Back 

the IvordS 

Praise the Lord! Brethren 
Foreign Missions is celebrating 
80 years of taking the Gospel 
to people and planting 
churches around the world. 
Our official anniversary is 
September 4; on that day in 
1 900, the society was founded. 

At the Tenth Annual Breth- 
ren General Conference, 
meeting at Winona Lake, 
Indiana, the delegates were 
severely divided on whether to 
enter the foreign missionary 
field. The conference was 
electric with controversy 
about the subject. 

One of the group's leading 
elders, Jacob C. Cassel, had 
challenged the delegates by 
presenting a paper on a most 
relevant subject for any 
Christian body— "Are We 
Ready to Enter the Foreign 
Missionary Field?" 

The matter was then pre- 
sented to the conference. 
Even though an interest in 
missions had been developing 
for several years, the attempt 

Miss Vianna 

Detwiler-our first 


The Yonan Y. Auraham family-missionaries to Persia 

to actually form a foreign 
mission organization within 
the conference itself met with 
formidable resistance. 

Those in favor of the plan 
were finally told that, "there 
is plenty of room out under 
the trees" where they could 

On that hot Tuesday after- 
noon a group of determined 
people met on a knoll under 
the spreading boughs of a 
friendly oak. At 2:00 p.m. 
the Foreign Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church was 
born. A bronze plaque located 
between the Billy Sunday 
Tabernacle and the Homer 
Rodeheaver Auditorium now 
marks the spot. 

Fifty-three people were 
enrolled as charter members 
and an executive committee of 
six members was chosen. The 
executive committee consisted 
of: G. W. Rench, president; J. 
O. Talley, secretary; Jacob C. 
Cassel, treasurer; J. Allen 
Miller; W. D. Furry, and 

Vianna Detwiler. 

Look with us at some of the 
highlights of the first 20 years. 


The executive committee was 
increased to nine members by an 
amendment to the constitution. 
David Augustine, J. M. Tombaugh, 
and C. F. Yoder were elected as 
members of the committee. 


Rev. John A. Miller, of Meyers- 
dale, Pennsylvania, contributed 
$2,000 to the society for the sending 
out of the first foreign missionary, 
Miss Vianna Detwiler. 

Yonan Y. Auraham was approved 
by the board as our missionary to 


Yonan Y. Auraham was sent 
early in this year to establish a 
Brethren mission at Urmia, Persia. 

Miss Alice Harley, of Allentown, 
Pennsylvania, was accepted as a 
candidate for Persia. However, 
during.the year following, a physical 
breakdown disqualified her. A short 
time later Miss Harley, an inspira- 
tional leader in our early foreign 
missionary activities, went home to 
be with Christ. 

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Above: The steamer that took the Brethren pioneer 
party to Africa, up the Sangha River 

Left: The pioneer missionary party poses with some 
friends-(L-R) James Gribble, Dr. Florence Gribble, 
Estella Myers, Mrs. Rollier, and Mr. Antoine Rollier 
(standing in front are the Rollier's two daughters 
and Marguerite Gribble) 

The executive committee assisted 
in this work in Persia for six years, 
but because of the unsettled 
conditions, the mission was finally 
closed. C. F. Yoder was sent to 
investigate the likely missionary 
prospects, but was unable to reach 
the mission station because of 
political conditions in Persia at that 

During the summer of this year, 
Miss Vianna Detwiler was sent to 
assist in a mission being established 
in Montreal, Canada. 

Dr. J. Allen Miller was elected as 
president on August 29, succeeding 
G. W. Rench. (Dr. Miller served in 
this office until his death in 1935.) 

C. F. Yoder was elected to 
succeed J. 0. Talley as secretary. 


Louis S. Bauman and Samuel 
Lichty were elected as members of 
the executive committee, succeeding 
W. D. Furry and David Augustine. 


I. D. Bowman was elected as a 
member of the executive committee 
to succeed G. W. Rench. 


A. H. Lichty was elected as a 
member of the executive committee 
to fill the unexpired term of Mr. 

Talley. Since it became impossible 
for Mr. Lichty to serve, Marcus A. 
Witter was chosen to fill the 
vacancy made by Mr. Lichty's 

Louis S. Bauman was elected as 
secretary at the same meeting, 
succeeding C. F. Yoder. 


At a special meeting of the 
executive committee "the Argentine 
Republic and neighboring states of 
South America" were selected as 
the "special field of our missionary 
effort." At this meeting Charles F. 
Yoder and wife were called as the 
pioneer missionaries to Argentina. 


C. F. Yoder was selected as the 
pastor of the Montreal mission, 
with A. B. Maldeis as associate. 

Miss Bertha May Bell was 
approved as a missionary for the 
South American field. 


Jacob C. Cassel was called to 
assume the control of the Montreal 
mission after the departure of C. F. 
Yoder for Argentina. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Yoder and 
Miss Bertha May Bell sailed for 
Argentina on August 2. 


Miss Maude Cripe was approved 
for service in Argentina. 


Miss Maude Cripe set sail for 
Argentina. When there, she married 
Mr. Leonard Webb, who also became 
a missionary under approval of the 
board in 1913. 

Miss Bertha M. Bell discontinued 
her work as a missionary under our 


Morton L. Sands became pastor 
of the Montreal mission. 


Articles of Incorporation under 
the Laws of the State of Ohio were 
granted to the society. Offices 
were established at Ashland, Ohio, 
under the management of President 
J. Allen Miller. 

The society purchased its first 
property in South America in Rio 


The attention of the board was 
first called to the work of Mr. and 
Mrs. James S. Gribble, already in 
Central Africa. It was decided to 
"ask the approval of James Gribble, 

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Rev. and Mrs. Clarence Sickel 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman drives the first "Bible Coach." Clarence Sickel is leaning on the second car 

his wife, and Miss Estella Myers as 
accredited missionaries to Africa." 


To conform with the new 
charter, the name "Executive 
Committee" was changed to 
"Board of Trustees." 

The board passed a resolution 
approving the work of Mr. and 
Mrs. James S. Gribble and Miss 
Estella Myers in Central Africa, 
with the understanding that "they 
are undertaking this work in the 
faith that the Lord will supply all 
their needs, asking no salaries or 
any guaranty from this board." 


Thomas H. Broad took charge of 
the work in Montreal. 

E. G. Atkinson and Mr. and Mrs. 
William Bock were approved by the 
general conference as missionaries 
to South America. 

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Webb 
returned from South America due 
to Mr. Webb's health. 

The board decided to close the 
Montreal mission and dispose of the 
property at once. 


North Central Africa was 
approved by the general conference 
as a mission field. 

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Gribble, 
Miss Estella Myers, and Miss Mae 
Snyder were immediately approved 
as missionaries to this field. 

Alva J. McClain became a 
member of the board. 

On October 1 , the first issue of 
The Brethren Missionary (a quarterly 
magazine published by the society) 
appeared. Louis S. Bauman was 
appointed editor-in-chief, and J. 
Allen Miller, managing editor. 


Mr. and Mrs. James Gribble, Miss 
Estella Myers, and Miss Mae Snyder 
sailed on January 7 from New York 
for Africa aboard the S.S. City of 

Clarence Sickel and Miss Loree 
Cutright (later Mrs. Clarence Sickel) 
were approved by the general 
conference as missionaries to South 

Mr. and Mrs. Antoine Rollier 
were approved for Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rollier and their 
two daughters sailed for Africa on 
December 22, joining the pioneer 
party at Brazzaville. After an 
extended stay there, the entire party 
proceeded to Carnot. 


The South American Field 

Council was authorized to purchase 
a Bible Coach. 

Purchase of the property at La 
Cabrera, Argentina, was approved 
by the board. 

Miss Charlotte Hillegas (later 
Mrs. Orville D. Jobson) was 
approved by the general conference 
as a missionary to Africa. 

Charles H. Ashman was elected 
as a member of the board to fill the 
vacancy made by the death of 
Jacob C. Cassel. 

Mrs. Antoine Rollier, having 
been stricken with fever on the 
journey up the Sangha River, 
departed to be with Christ on 
September 16. She was our first 
missionary to be promoted to His 
presence. Thirteen months later, 
Mr. Rollier returned to America 
with his daughters. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sickel 
arrived in South America on 
November 15. 


Miss Mae Snyder was our second 
missionary to "walk through the 
valley of the shadow of death." 
She departed to be with the Lord 
on August 28. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bock discon- 
tinued their services as missionaries 
in Argentina due to ill health. 

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"God Will Not Forgive Us 
If We Fail" 

by John W. Zielasko 

"God will not forgive us if we fail," thus spoke 
Leonid Brezhnev to President Carter while nego- 
tiations were proceeding at the SALT signing summit 
meeting in Vienna last summer. Of course, the Soviet 
press denied that the Chairman had used the word 
"God." What he really said, they insist, is "future 
generations." But the remark is too well documented 
to be denied. 

It led the Wall Street Journal to observe, "God? 
God's forgiveness? From a man who heads the most 
belligerently atheistic regime around, maybe in his- 
tory? In fact, the Soviets have recently begun a new 
campaign to harass religious believers and at the close 
of the Pope's visit to Poland, issued a declaration that 
'expanding the atheistic education of the population 
remains an urgent task.' " The hypocrisy of Brezhnev's 
words echo throughout the world now that Russian 
tanks have crushed Afghanistan. 

This "off-the-cuff remark by Brezhnev to our 
president brings to mind two observations: 

1 . The Coming Day of Judgment 

"God will not forgive." The aging Soviet com- 
munist party chief, who, by the way, is soon to meet 
his Maker, spoke more truly than he knew. It may 
have been a simple remark trying to exploit "the re- 
ligious proclivities of the American president," but it 
does express a warning that all mankind needs to 

There is judgment ahead for all men (see Heb. 
9:27), and none, not even the Soviet communist 
party chief, will escape. This judgment is based on 
truth (see Rom. 2:2) and all the lies of the world will 
not sway the righteous judge in His decision. 

The judgment is righteous (see Rom. 2:5)— no one 
will be able to claim he was treated unjustly before 
God's court. The judge is Jesus Christ (see John 5:22). 
He who died to save mankind will then sit in judgment 
of those who deny Him. 

And, finally, judgment results in perdition (see 2 
Peter 3:7). There is no higher court, no appeal, and 
no acquittal. Truly God will not forgive if one fails to 
accept His Son (see Acts 4:12). 

2. The Unfinished Task of the Christian Church 
Brezhnev spoke these words in the context of the 

SALT agreement (which for now seems doomed to 

limbo). But, there is an issue much more important 
than how many nuclear warheads are produced by 
the super powers. That is the evangelization of the 
peoples of the world. The Christian Church is still far 
from the completion of that task. 

In a recent book that has made an initial attempt 
to identify the still unreached peoples of the world, I 
counted at least 41 different unreached groups in 8 of 
the fields where Brethren foreign missionaries are 
working. These are in addition to the cultural groups 
that presently receive the attention of our mission- 

By definition, an unreached people is identified as 
a group that has fewer than 20 percent practicing 
Christians among them. The 41 groups represent 
about 15,400,000 people and each will require a cul- 
tural and linguistic thrust to penetrate them with the 

For example, in France there are 804,000 Algerian 
Arabs; in Germany, 1,000,000 Turkish immigrant 
workers; in the C.A.R. at least 5,000 pygmies; in the 
Chad, 320,000 Ouabdai and 80,000 Masa; and so on. 
Project this kind of identification worldwide and we 
are faced with over 16,000 different peoples who 
have little, and in most cases, no Christians among 

Brethren Foreign Missions, along with other mis- 
sion societies, is making a special effort to identify 
the hidden peoples in the countries where we are 
presently working. In this way, the immensity and 
the urgency of the unfinished task will be brought to 
our attention. Christians who assume that the mis- 
sionary task is finished will thus be rechallenged; 
Christian young people who feel that there is no 
further need in the world for missionaries will be 
motivated to give their lives for missions. 

When we begin to focus in on these masses and see 
them as people without God and without Christ, then 
the floodgates of Christian compassion will again be 
opened. A great reservoir of prayer, funds, and people 
will flow out to them in renewed missionary ventures. 

May we be awakened to the urgent need to go and 
disciple the still untouched masses. For, as even that 
cynical, confirmed atheist Leonid Brezhnev reminds 
us, "God will not forgive us if we fail." 

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Sharing £he Challenge 

by Mrs. Florence Hull 

We heard them coming before 

The girls and women sing as they carry their loads on their heads 

in the 

Central Afric 

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miere girls coming up the hill to the 
mission house at Nzoro. Each girl 
carried a gift on her head, even the 
smallest with a cup containing some 
peanuts. This loving generosity 
characterized the treatment we re- 
ceived wherever we went in the 
Central African Republic. 

Our daughter, Margaret Hull, 
had written to us in June 1978, ask- 
ing that we prayerfully consider an 
excursion trip to the C.A.R. She 
has been serving in that country as 
a missionary since January of 1965. 

And so after much planning and 
scheduling we went. Our plane 
landed in Bangui at 1:30 a.m. on 
March 30, 1979. There we spent 
the weekend at the guest house. 

Bangui is a noisy, bustling city, 
alive with motorcycles, mobilettes, 
and radios! People are everywhere, 
often with huge loads on their 

Sunday we attended church serv- 
ices in Bangui. Imagine going to a 
morning service, the second one of 
the day , with over 3 ,000 worshipers. 


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It was great. And this was only one 
of the dozen Brethren churches in 
the city! 

We left the city by MAF plane. 
After a 40-minute flight to Bossem- 
bele, we joined Margaret. She had 
left 5 hours earlier from Yaloke to 
meet us there. We journeyed back 
to Yaloke together. 

The week was busy and packed 
full of activities. We drove to Bata 
and observed, firsthand, the chal- 
lenge of the Print Shop, the Bible 
Institute, and the missionary chil- 
dren's school. Bata is also the head- 
quarters of the MAF plane and 
hangar. We gained a new appreci- 
ation for MAF after seeing the ease 
with which they handled difficult 
problems. And we praise the Lord 
for the great service to our mission- 
aries that the faithful MAF pilot 
and his family provide. Theirs is an 
important part of the missionary 

We were grounded at Bata by 
dust blowing down from the Sahara 
Desert. This extra time gave us an 
opportunity to see the cotton crop 
being brought in to sell to govern- 

has a lush garden and we enjoyed 
the fresh vegetables and fruit, espe- 
cially the pineapples. The greenery 
was lovely. 

From Nzoro we flew to Boguila. 
This stop was very interesting to us 
because Margaret was stationed 
here during her first terms in Africa. 
We witnessed the value of the 
medical work, both at the hospital 
at Boguila and the dispensaries in 
the villages and the bush. We were 
impressed by the intelligence and 
devotion of the African nurses and 
the faithfulness of Dr. Walker and 
Dr. Pfahler. Visiting the pharmacy, 
we saw the important task of filling 
orders to send out to the villages. 

Traveling back to Bata, we re- 
turned to Yaloke by car. Three 
weeks were spent at Yaloke visiting 
classes at the School of Theology 
and the college. It was a thrill to at- 
tend Carol Mensinger's English 
classes with the college fellows. 
They delighted in conversing with 
us in English-they speak Sango, 
French, and English. We, being 
limited to English, normally had to 
converse by means of an interpreter, 

Margaret Hull teaches a 

ment buyers and to attend a 

Our next destination was Nzoro. 
Here the little Lumiere girls greeted 
us. Having been told that Nzoro 
was a paradise, we were not dis- 
appointed. Beautiful orchids grew 
along the path. Marian Thurston 

Bible story to the children 

so it was good to talk to them. 

Everywhere we went, we were 
impressed with the generosity of 
the believers. They have so little, 
yet willingly share what they do 
have. Over 40 OTN women (like 
our WMC) were attending morning 
conference sessions at Yaloke. In 

the afternoons they would go to 
their gardens and work. One evening 
these women walked up the hill to 
Margaret's home to greet us. Every 
woman brought a gift. They sang, 
played games, recited Bible verses, 
and then walked back downhill to 
their homes. 

At the end of three weeks, we 
drove back to Bangui, a fitting 
climax to our trip. The trip included 
the car drowning out in a huge mud 
hole, traveling many miles with no 
brakes and with less than all the 
cylinders functioning, and running 
out of gas (because we had to travel 
so far in low gear). During the rainy 
season the roads are even worse, if 
possible, than in the dry season. 

Our last weekend was filled with 
blessings. We went with the Hock- 
ings to MBaiki. Leaving Bangui, we 
traveled the only paved road (it 
even had street lights) past the 
native village and what was then the 
Imperial Palace of Emperor Bokassa. 

After spending the night in the 
unoccupied mission house at 
MBaiki, we went to Mbata for 
church. The trip took us through 
beautiful country — grasslands 
jungle, and coffee plantations. An 
extra bonus was a visit to a Pygmy 
village where we were allowed to 
take pictures of the big net they use 
to snare animals. 

What a privilege to meet in per- 
son the missionaries whom we knew 
only by name. What can we say ex- 
cept "Thank you, Lord" for all the 
blessings, the kind hospitality of 
the missionaries, and the very able 
help of Roy Snyder (I don't know 
how we would have gotten along 
without him). It was exciting shar- 
ing the challenge of the ministry 
with local pastors and seeing the 
blessing of the medical work (espe- 
cially to mothers and babies). It 
was good to see the help given by 
the TIME workers. We just praise 
the Lord for giving us the oppor- 
tunity to visit our mission work in 
the Central African Republic. 

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by Lynn Hoyt 



Salomon Luque 

"I ought to die, but I just don't get around 
to it!" Salomon Luque's joking remark is a 
reflection of the constant shadow hovering 
over his life. 

Salomon has not let this shadow get in the 
way of his effectiveness for the Lord. His 
service as pastor of the General Deheza church 
in the southern part of Cordoba, Argentina, has 
been exemplary. 

Born into the family of Fernando Luque, a 
drunkard , Salomon was raised in the atmosphere 
of alcoholism until his early teens when his 
father met the Lord. Fernando had made a 
profession of faith several years earlier in a 
Pentecostal tent meeting, but he was never 
really saved until the early 1 950s under the 
ministry of Brethren missionary Jack Churchill. 
At the time of conversion, Fernando's life was 
thoroughly transformed. The church building 

standing in Rio Tercero is the reflection of 
many hundreds of hours of his loving labor for 
the Lord. 

Salomon had wanted to attend the Bible 
institute since he was 1 1 years old. When he 
became old enough to go, he entered the 
school and studied there from 1 958 to 1 961 . 

It was during this period that doctors 
discovered he had a heart murmur. To some 
people this would signal the end of a career- 
but not to Salomon. He was convinced that 
the Lord wanted him where he was, so he kept 
right on working for the Lord. 

While serving on an evangelistic team in 
1960, Salomon ministered in a meeting at a 

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little country town called Gigena. One of the 
young ladies who attended those services 
noticed him right away and was very attracted 
to him. He never really noticed her, however, 
until two years later when they both served as 
counselors at the Billy Graham Crusade in the 
city of Cordoba. He then became acquainted 
with Inez Davicino. 

After serving in an internship under the 
supervision of the institute faculty in the 
church at General Deheza, Salomon was called 
to pastor the church at Corral de Bustos. He 
had a fruitful ministry there until 1 969. When 
he married Inez, they went to General Deheza 
where Salomon assumed the pastorate. The 
Luques have ministered there ever since. 

Going to the church at General Deheza was 
not easy. Shortly before his arrival, certain 
doctrinal errors were influencing the Brethren 
Church in Argentina, and the congregation at 
General Deheza was no exception. Salomon 
believed the General Deheza church still had 
some potential and possibilities left, and with 
this in mind, he dedicated himself to the work 

Mrs. Luque is a vital part of the ministry in 
the church. She is a wonderful children's 
worker. She heads up the Sunday school, and 
under her leadership it has grown to an attend- 
ance of 75 or 80. Inez also helps Salomon 

monitor himself so he will not overwork. She 
takes the doctor's dictum seriously— "If you 
don't overdo, you can live to a ripe old age." 

Because many churches in Argentina do not 
pay their pastors a sufficient salary, Salomon 
has always had to hold down another job in 
order to support the family. This has been an 
opportunity for him to be a real witness. When 
his wife recently quit her public schoolteaching 
position, Salomon went to work full time at 
the municipality. They had asked him to do so 
several times before, but he never felt free to. 

The government's reason for choosing him 
for his particular job is interesting. The town 
council felt that Salomon was the only person 
they could trust to collect the bills for pave- 
ment construction. They decided Salomon 
would not only handle the money well but 
would keep his fingers out of the till, too. He 
now works in the town office and is home and 
free by 2:30 p.m. 

Salomon's ministry is not showy. Unless 
you go to Deheza and see for yourself, you 
might conclude that he isn't doing anything. 
But one look at the statistics for his church 
and, better yet, at the men whom he has spent 
his time training will change your thinking 

In Salomon's case the proverb stands true— 
"Still waters run deep." 

Salomon and Inez Luque, with their daughters, Leticia and Rebeca 

march '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

change youiir annual 


□ On the inside front cover and page 47, the phone 
number for the Board of Evangelism should be: (703) 
345-5013. DOn page 68, two churches should be 
listed under Des Moines, Iowa. The listings should be 
as follows: 


First Brethren Church (73) 
E. 10th and Lyon Sis., 50316 
(Tel. 515/262-5290) 

DES MOINES (Robert Wilson) 
Grace Brethren Church 
(All mail to: 4909 Pine Valley Dr., 
Pleasant Hill, Iowa 50317) 

□ The pastor at Tonalea, Ariz., is John Trujillo, and 
the church name has been changed to Red Lake Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church. □ First Brethren 
Church, Whittier, Calif., mailing address: P.O. Box 
174, 90608. □ The address for the secretary of the 
Lansing, Mich., church should be 12381 Broadbent, 
Lansing, 48837. □ Robert V. Carmean is the pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Chapel, Canal Fulton, Ohio. □ 
The secretary of the Lima, Ohio, church is Dr. 
Stephen Sandy, 2448 Greendale, Lima, Ohio 45801. 

□ The secretary of the Armagh, Pa:, church is Mrs. 
Sandy Stiles, Box 82, Seward, Pa. 15954. □ The 
phone number for the secretary of the Gospel Breth- 
ren Church, Roanoke, Va., should be 703/989-3245. 


□ R. Darrell Anderson, 3020 Newtown Rd., No. 20, 
Placerville, Calif. 95667 . □ The church listing for Bruce 
Baker should be Laurel Mt. Grace Brethren Church,, 
Boswell, Pa. □ The church listing for Carl Baker 
should be Laurel Mt. Grace Brethren Church, Boswell, 

Pa. DThe phone number for Dr. Russell D. Barnard 
should be: 219/267-6986. □ Duane Bartle's zip code 
should be 91762. DThe street address for Russell 
Betz should be 351 N.W. 37th St. □ Richard Cron, 
Community Grace Brethren Church, 12200 Oxford 
Dr., La Mirada, Calif. 90638 (Tel. 213/947-5672). 

□ The address of Howard Downing, pastor of the 
new work at Marysville, Ohio, is 8240 Smith-Calhoun 
Rd., Plain City, Ohio 43064. □ The new address for 
Daryle Emch is 5300 70th Ave., N., Apt. 108-B, 
Pinellas Park, Fla. 33565 (Tel. 813/526-2471). □ Jay 
Fretz has assumed the pastorate of the North Kokomo 
Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. □ Elmer 
Fricke, 4 Azalea Rd., Mount Hermon, Calif. 95041. 

□ Gilbert Hawkins, Box 180, Beaver City, Neb. 
68926. QDeanHertzler, 2916 TheodorusCt., Virginia 
Beach, Va. 23456. □ Lyle Marvin's phone number is 
213/430-5106. OThe telephone number for Earle 
Peer is 717/232-3416. □ George Ritchey's address 
should be Shawmut, Mont. □ William H. Schaffer has 
accepted the pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Camden, Ohio, and began his ministry there Feb. 17. 
His address is: 96 W. Central Ave., Camden, 
Ohio 45311. DKen Silva's address is 2413 Pepper- 
mint Dr., Modesto, Calif. 95355. □ Daniel White, 
1417 N.E. Paropact Ct., Gresham, Oreg. 97030. □ 
James H. Wingfield, R. R. 1, Box 346-A, Rocky 
Mount, Va. 24151. QPaul Woodruff, 4319 N. Vine- 
wood Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 46254. 

□ (L.-R.) Mrs. Margaret Zook, Sunday school super- 
intendent of the Sacramento, Calif., Grace Brethren 
Church, is pictured here with Pastor Richard Cron as 
he presented the "Teacher of the Year" award plaque 
to Mrs. Ruth Veal, teacher of the junior girls (grades 
fourth through sixth). 

□ The first anniversary of the LaMirada, Calif., 
church was observed Jan. 9, and 97 people were in at- 
tendance. The school enrollment, kindergarten 
through eighth grade, is nearly 600 on both campuses, 
which fills them to capacity. John Mayes and Richard 
Cron, pastors. 

march '80 

□ Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich is serving as interim pas- 
tor of the Clearwater, Fla., Grace Brethren Church, 
following the resignation of Rev. Marion Thomas. 

D Warren Tamkin has resigned as pastor of the Su- 
burban Grace Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa., and has 
assumed the pastorate of the new work in Island 
Pond, Vt. 

□ Robert Ashman has been serving as interim pastor 
at Bethel Brethren Church in Berne, Ind. 

□ Wanted— Godly male primary schoolteacher at 
Grace Christian School, Anchorage, Alaska. Call 
(907) 349-2114 for more information. Larry Smith- 
wick, pastor; Star Route A 1622 K (Whispering 
Spruce), Anchorage, Alaska 99507. 


Allen H. Herr will be holding an evangelistic meeting 
in the Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino, Calif., 
March 23-27. James Ament, pastor. 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Denise Cornwell and Andrew Pearson, July 21 , Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 
Karen Weller and Chester Doty, Jr., July 21, Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 
Marianne Pearson and Kim Veenker, Aug. 25, Grace 
Brethren Church, Kent, Wash. 

Mona Nagle and John Doyle, Sept. 1, Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Gwen Righter and Keith Plourd, Sept. 1, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Garrison, Oct. 5, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Lew, Oct. 6, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Molly Glover and Daniel Green, Oct. 20, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Toppenish, Wash. 

Marlene Slonka and Curtis Shugars, Oct. 27, Geis- 
town Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Evelyn Martin and Charles Alexander, Nov. 2, Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 
Mr. and Mrs. John Israel, Nov. 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Phelps, Nov. 16, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Davis, Nov. 17, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Roseann Martinez and Phil Sturz, Nov. 17, Bellflower 

Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. 

Teresa Schilperoort and Benno Marx, Nov. 24, Harrah 

Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash. 


Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

ARMENTROUT, Michelle, Dec. 28, a faithful teen- 
age member of the Covington Grace Brethren Church, 
Covington, Va. Michael Wingfield, pastor. 
ARNOLD, Ethel, 84, Dec. 23, member of the First 
Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio. Kenneth Ashman, 

BARRETT, George, Dec. 29, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
CRAWFORD, Walter, Sr., Dec. 21, member of the 
Covington Grace Brethren Church, Covington, Va. 
Michael Wingfield, pastor. 

DA Y, Linda, Nov. 29, member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, Md. James Dixon, pastor. 
DeHART, Moir, Nov. 30, Grace Brethren Church, 
Temple Hills, Md. James Dixon, pastor. 
ECKES, Dolly, Nov. 1, member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Charles Davis, 

FAUNCE, Ben, Dec. 14, member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Charles Davis, 

HALL, Henry, 73, member of the Patterson Memorial 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. Ron Thompson, 

KELLOGG, Elise, Dec. 20, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
LADD, Mary Ellen, Oct. 5, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
McCLALN, Evelyn, 91, Jan. 9, a charter member of 
the Geistown Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Gerald S. Allebach, pastor. 

NELSON, Clifford, Oct. 5, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
NININGER, Dr. Robert, 76, member of the Patterson 
Memorial Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. Ron 
Thompson, pastor. 

SEWELL, Hazel, Oct. 30, member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md., James Dixon, 

SMITH, Sterling, Oct. 25, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 

march '80 ( 



for your care: 

* Prayers for our staff and 

* Giving to our moving project! 

* Giving to our regular budget 

* Suggestions and input by 

* What you're doing in your 
church for CE 

* Planning ahead for the sum- 
mer's Youth Conference and 
CE Convention 

* Response to our literature 
and mail helps 

* Encouragement! 

CE Dates and Events to Come 

SMM Patroness Workshops- 
Southern California 
Judy Ashman 
April 20-May 6, 1980 

CE Special Awards Applica- 
tion Deadline— May 1, 1980 

District WMC and SMM Rallies 
—West Penn 
Judy Ashman 
May 8-11, 1980 

Rocky Mountain Timothy 
Team— May 17-June 18, 

Operation Barnabas— June and 
July, 1980 

Brethren National Youth Con- 
College, North Manchester, 
lnd.July26-August2, 1980 

Christian Education Conven- 
tion— Winona Lake, Ind. 
July 27 and 28, 1980 

For more information write: 
GBC Christian Education 
P. O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

or call: 

(219) 267-6622 

You deserve it, my friend. You started out as a special gift from God 
and you have matured your way to wisdom. 

It's good to have you around, and to become better acquainted with 
your virtues and remarkable potential. 

Why, if there were no you— and we go way back to the concerns of 
Robert Raikes in Gloucester, England, 1780, to give thanks— we would be 
wanting some ways to do calling that grips our hearts. 

We would try to figure out how to get someone who does all the things 
you can do: 

1. Provide a way to teach small groups the Scriptures on a regular basis. 

2. Open up a weekly opportunity for many teachers in the church to share the Word 
and transfer their love for the Lord to other people. 

3. Make love happen— with all ages sharing and growing with their friends and seeing 
how the Bible can help and how they can too! 

4. Establish an organized outlet for musical talents, gifts of serving and helping, and 
many ways of ministering through class openings and projects. 

5. Become a base, in adult classes, for real pastoral care and concerns and yokefellow- 
ship between Sundays, with socials, visiting, and care lists. 

6. Serve as a good standard for measurement of interest in the Word. 

7. Become a way to promote attendance and bringing of visitors, without grabbing too 
much time from the church services. What a concern you've had for the poor, the 
children whose parents won't teach them, as well as the perfect single or couple 
who wants to mature in Christ. 

Sunday school, we love you and wish you many happy returns. 

Have a really good year! 

d<<ujdbL -J-OXoooni 

march '80 

STAFF PEOPLE AT CE: Ed Lewis, Ginny Toroian, and Judy Ashman are all part of an exciting 
singles class at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church that has grown by leaps and smiles and real caring 
and studies about real living recently. Over 40 are attending this class that meets in the front of the 
Missions Building and often hangs around a long time just to talk. . . . Ann Schaefer, who helps part- 
time with extra secretarial and shipping, is from the growing CE-minded church of our former presi- 
dent, James Dixon, in Temple Hills, Maryland. So is her fiance\ Ken Hynes. . . .Ginny Toroian is 
taking two seminary courses this winter semester, studying Salvation and the Christian Life and The 
Christian Family. . . . Kevin Huggins attended the January 2-4 Gospel Light conference to show new 
developments in literature and explain their philosophy and also to share a lot about help for the small 
church. He came back with a good appreciation for the trends at GL and for their literature, and urg- 
ing you to order through the Herald Company. 

Let's go back to jump ahead . . . Robert Raikes, in 1780, put it together. 
It's birthday 200 

for the Sunday school! 

Light the Candles! 

elp in Christian ed, 

This is the two-hundredth birthday 
of a great idea, and we want you to get 
in on the party. 

Happy Birthday, dear Sunday 

And thank you, Robert Raikes. 

It was in England, Gloucester to be 
specific, on a sidewalk to be exact, 
where Raikes was beat up by a bunch 
of kids. Age: 1 1-12. Number: many. 

"You think that's bad tonight," an 
unsympathetic lady told Raikes, "you 
ought to see what those kids do on 
Sundays when they don't have to be at 

The children were victims of the 
horrible mistreatment in employment 
that later brought on the child labor 
laws in England. Many of them 
worked at 8 years of age, and often 
10-12 hours a day in factories. 

Raikes, a wealthy newspaperman 
who was moved to care by his beating, 
decided he would get a school on Sun- 
day started to teach these children to 
read and write and know the Bible. He 
hired the first teachers and Sunday 
school was born. 

Sixty million people now are part 
of Sunday schools today. 

And so we celebrate that vision of 
care, and want to do some more of it! 

The first schools were held in 
kitchens, with paid teachers and stu- 
dents from the poorer sections of 
Gloucester mostly. The idea caught on 
like wildfire in England, and 4 years 
later 250,000 children were benefit- 
ing! Within 50 years, a million and a 
quarter of England's children were 

Some of the motley students who 
were rowdy in Raikes' first class grew 
up to help start classes other places. 

And the idea crossed the ocean. 
Francis Scott Key is one famous per- 

son connected with the early days in 
our states. He helped get the Mississippi 
Valley Enterprise passed, was influen- 
tial in getting Daniel Webster into the 
Sunday school movement, and was re- 
sponsible for a movement that turned 
into 61,299 Sunday schools in the cen- 
tral valley of our country, with 407,242 
teachers, and 8,650,784 students-all 
during the first 50 years of this Missis- 
sippi Valley Enterprise. 

Oh yes, and somewhere in there 
Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner." 

What a great idea— the Sunday 
school, that is. 

If we were hurting to know what 
the church should do to 

reach the world around it . . . 

and to get people involved in know- 

ing the Lord's Word . . . 
and to help the ministers (other 
than the pastors) into studying 
the Word and learning it to teach 
it . . . 
and if we wanted a way for people 
to relate with love to others in 
their churches . . . 
we probably would come up with 
something on the order of a Sunday 

What a great way to get love and 
truth into the heart of a child. 

Or to help an adult learn to love 
and relate to someone who has come 
for sermons but has not been chal- 
lenged to ask questions or face issues. 

Sunday school can do it all, if we 
are willing to help! 

A Birthday Celebration 

What every member should do about Sunday school . . . 

. . sit up front (this also helps late-comers) 

. . tell your teacher specifically what you appreciate 

. . come a few minutes early 

. . read the text ahead and contribute to discussion 

. . stay for church (to show you support it as part of the total 

. . bring a friend, then introduce them to others as you sit 

. . thank your and your children's teachers for their ministry in 

the lives of your family 

march '80 ( 

for 1980 

Three New Ones Too! 

For many years CE has honored a "Sunday 
School of the Year" on the basis of growth, struc- 
ture and programming of a Sunday school. In 
1978 a "Church of the Year" award was added to 
give recognition to a church on the move in its 
total picture. 

"The Senior Medal of Ministry" and "Christian 
Educator of the Year" have been awarded to four 
people (two in each category) who have been 
prime examples of servants and dedicated followers 
of Christ. 

Besides a new branch of the "Church of the 
Year" award to be given to the up-and-coming new 
church, honors will be given for 

1. CE Idea of the Year- 

— A new way to approach and expand a current 

ministry to train believers to serve. 

—a new idea for church growth that has a 

measurable effect. 

—A new program for a specialized age group 

(senior citizens, children, youth, single adults, 

and so forth). 

—a specific approach to discipleship. 

2. Alexander Mack Baptism-Membership Award— 
—to the church with the best achievement for 
their size, in the process of baptism and mem- 

3. Resurrection of the Year— 

—to the church with the best revival-and- 

comeback from low points, sign of new life 


Application deadline for all awards is May 1, 
1980. Forms are available from GBC Christian Ed- 
ucation, P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

Thanks to Many 

By now many of you have re- 
sponded to our January and February 
appeal for help to move to a new of- 
fice location that can be a great help 
in the ministries ahead. Thanks to all 
who have helped! 

If you would like to help us 
move, please feel free! Our total need 
for the land-contract purchase and 

parking lot and several adjustments is 
$100,000 (much less than the cost to 
build). Thanks for your encourage- 
ment and help for our part in the 
Lord's Chrstian education. 

The move, you know, is because 
of the enlargement of the Herald 
bookstore ministry. 

Thanks for your concerns. 








Simi Valley, Calif. 

John Gil lis 

Harold Ball 


Waterloo, Iowa 

John Burke 

Terry Kuntz 


Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

David Seifert 

Harlan Vanden Bosch 


Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 

Randy Bowman 

Robert Hanchey 


Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 

Duke Wallace 

Ed Betz 


Hagerstown.Md. (Calvary) 

Curtis Stroman 

Richard Gantz 


Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Thomas Inman 


Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 

Gerald Allebach 

Paul Ream 


Anchorage, Alaska 

Larry Smithwick 

Gary Boyd 



Sam Baer 

Mrs. Sally Bagley 


Udell, Iowa 

Marvin Meeker 

p The Growinq — 


by Ron Camevali, bus pastor, Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

The Bus of Love 

Use buses for love and church growth 

About 6 years ago the Lord led us into 
the bus ministry. Most of the people we 
bring in on our buses are children, many 
from poverty. Most of the adults we bring in 
are handicapped. Because of the large num- 
ber of children, our Sunday school classes 
have been split two and three times. 

While we've been bringing in the poor, 
the maimed and the halt, the Lord has been 
sending families with the means to pay for 
them. We have 27 families in our church 
who were reached directly through the bus 
ministry. They serve on the deacon board, in 
Sunday school and children's church; go on 
visitation; captain bus routes and sit on 
church council. 

God has provided us with workers who 
invite in the streets, keep the buses operat- 
ing and clean, and provide money. Last year 
we spent $21,381.64 for our bus ministry, 
but the Lord provided $25,925.57 to pay 
the bills. 

It costs in weary Sunday school teachers 
who lovingly teach the Lord's discipline. It 
costs in dirty carpets and smudged walls. It 
costs in time and dedicated workers burning 
themselves out for children who sometimes 
don't seem to care. 

But as our "bus kids" grow up, they get 
involved. And many are or will be helping 
with our new Riverside Christian Academy 
or Riverside Bible Institute, or otherwise 
helping ministries expand. 

march '80 

Some of Our Best Friends are — Young Adults 

in Ministry 


S tudent 
Life — '± — 


— A program of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches for its students who feel 
God's leading toward a full-time Christian 

— A national program directed through 
the GBC Christian Education office, to help 
local churches in their encouragement of 
young people who have made a commitment 
to pursue a full-time Christian career. 

— A program which provides Bible study 
materials, correspondence, information 
booklets from GBC Christian Ed and various 
mailings from other Brethren offices. 

— A program of prayer support. Each 
member's name is given to prayer partners in 
cooperation with the national Women's Mis- 
sionary Council (WMC). 



— A program of field training for church 
work and all of ministry. On-the-job experi- 
ence that is immeasurable. 

— A program involving discipleship, 
teaching, leading instruction sessions and 

— A program of encouragement to a local 
church; training and influence with the local 
teens; training in music, puppets, drama and 
evangelism; influencing by lives and words 
sharp Timothy Team members who are serv- 
ing Christ. 

— A program with goals and purposes: 
guidance and direction to teens on a one-to- 
one basis; building of various ministry 
groups in a church; evangelism and outreach; 
example and encouragement to the church 
family; field experience and training in 
Brethren Church ministries; encourage team 
members to continue their pursuit of a 
Christian career. 

Valerie Byers 

Junior, Grace College 
Member: BSL V and 
Timothy Teams 

Valerie Byers was a sopho- 
more in high school when she 
made a real commitment to 
Christ. It was the fall of 1974. 

At a youth meeting in the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church the 
kids were challenged to live a consistent Christian life. To that point 
it had been too easy to live life one way at church and around Chris- 
tian family and friends, and live a completely different way at 
school and around others. 

There was a revival in the youth group and Val, among others, 
decided to fully follow Christ and be ready to do whatever He 
wants . . . whenever He wants . . . wherever He wants. 

That's when Val was introduced to BSLV. "I found out what 
that stood for— Brethren Student Life Volunteers— and knew it in- 
volved some type of commitment for service." 

"While I was in high school we had a BSLV club in our church. 
We met once a month for breakfast and had special visits from 
people involved in Christian service. That plus material from GBC 
Christian Ed helped a lot in encouraging us." 

From there Val began to get involved. And not just in her local 
youth group. In the summer of 1975 she served with Operation 
Barnabas on the East Coast. Then, for 10 weeks in the summer of 
1978 Valerie ministered at the Los Angeles Brethren Messanic Testi- 
mony under the TIME program. 

As a member of BSLV, Val is eligible to participate in the 
Timothy Teams. So far she has been involved for four semesters. 
Says Val, "It has had a big impact. I have experienced so many 
changes . . . every semester it's something different! I've seen 
changes in my attitude and thinking concerning ministry. I've been 
challenged to minister more!" 

"The more I learn, the more I see that I have yet to learn. It ex- 
cites me to see the changes . . . and the Lord never stops teaching." 

Are BSLV and Timothy Teams worth it? "I'm excited to be in 
the Lord's work, doing what He wants. There's no place I'd rather 
be in the whole wide world!" 

Thank You for helping us encourage 
and train these special people. 

Your gifts and prayers enable us to continue. 
Thank you for both! 

Send gifts to help to: GBC Christian Education 
P. O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

march '80 ( 

Your opportunity 
to place 
a book of 
in public libraries! 

Every $5.00 you give will place a copy of this $7.95 book. The Moon, Its Creation, Form and Significance 
in a public library of your choice. Your gift is tax-deductible. 

This exceptional book by Brethren authors Dr. John C. Whitcomb and Dr. Donald B. DeYoung of Grace Schools, has been 
widely acclaimed. James B. Irwin, Apollo 15 Astronaut, states: "This book presents the best comparison of the various moon 
origin theories I have ever seen. I congratulate the authors on the material." 

You are invited to join with the Herald Co. and the authors in presenting copies of this creationist book in public libraries 
across America, right next to the evolutionist's theories! $10.00 will place two copies; $15.00, three copies; $25.00, five 
copies. And, you may name your local library as a recipient of one of the books, if you wish! 

BMH Books, the Missionary Herald book publishing division, has sold more than 1 1,000 copies of this excellent book since 
it was published in 1978. Your gift will enable us to expand its distribution even more in the coming months, as copies are 
sent to public libraries. 


I want to help! Enclosed is $. 

to place 

. copies of The Moon, Its Creation, Form 

and Significance in public libraries (@ $5.00 per copy). 

Send to: 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

P.O. Box 544 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



City State 
Name and address of your local library: 


Your home church: 


.uuimc uumc uumc_ 

Women Manifesting 


Mssionary ^Birthdays 

MAY 1980 

7/ no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 
28 and 29 of the 1980 Grace Brethren Annual.,) 


Mrs. Robert Skeen May 1 

Nathan Stallter May 3, 1979 

Mrs. Larry Pfahler May 1 7 . 

Mr. Werner Kammler May 30 


Michael Hoyt May 8, 1975 

Kathryn Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Hoyt May 16, 1971 I 


Mrs. Larry DeArmey May 5 

Rev. Larry DeArmey May 9 I 


Mrs. John Pappas 

May 1 


Mrs. Earle Hodgdon 

c/o Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

May 13 



wmr oWici 

President-2 1 9/267-7603 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary -5 1 3/335-5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-219/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Offering Opportunity 

Goal -$11,000 
Due Date —June 10 

The National WMC project for 
foreign missions this year is a con- 
tinuation of raising funds towards 
the building of a new mission resi- 
dence in Winona Lake, Indiana, to 
be used for missionaries on fur- 
lough, missionary candidate school, 
and board members. The need is 

o<jl Cjo2 

march '80 

— Remember, if you started saving a dime 
a week in September, by the end of the 
WMC year you will have completed your 
part in the Christian Ed offering, Thank of- 
fering, and Missionary Birthday offering. It's 
not too late to catch up now. 

— Please use the WMC order blank when 
ordering materials from the national literature 

— District presidents, do the presidents of 
your local councils know what questions will 
be asked of them on statistical blanks? In- 
form them now if it hasn't been done before. 

— Continue to pray for your BSLV stu- 
dent by name. 

— Have a progressive dinner for your 
group upon reaching a goal of your choice: 
meeting a financial need, gaining new mem- 
bers, and so forth.— California 

— Adapt, adapt. Good for you ladies who 
found the theme song not to your liking and 
found a suitable replacement. Several 
councils have found other choruses that 
were also in tune with the theme. All have 
somehow met the challege to learn a new 
song to represent the idea that we are ladies 
"Sent of God." Our programs are not dicta- 
torial but serve as an umbrella where we can 
all meet in some aspect and share our beliefs, 
our vision, and our purpose of being 
"Women Manifesting Christ." 

— Sharing lives. Share the life styles of 
several of your members at each meeting for 
the next several months. Personal testi- 
monies can be incorporated into this aspect 
of the meeting. A different way of present- 
ing the same idea could be a mystery guest 
sharing the description of the person, not 
only physical characteristics but accomplish- 
ments, spiritual life, and so forth. 


by Mildred Detlefsen 

Vienna, Virginia 

One snowy day last winter I set out food for the 
wildlife. As I watched, a squirrel picked up a walnut. 
He tried in vain for several minutes to crack the nut. 
Instead of discarding it as of no use to him, he made 
his way to the foot of a tree where I had recently filled 
a low spot with loose, soft dirt. God puts a bit of wis- 
dom in His creatures. The squirrel knew just where to 
bury the nut. Later, in the spring, I noticed the empty 
shells lying under the tree. The nut had been stored in 
a safe place. It was easier to crack and was still good 
food for the squirrel. 

As I read my Bible, I sometimes come across a pas- 
sage I do not understand. If I have the wisdom God 
gave the squirrel, I will not cast those words aside. I 
will hide them in my heart while it is still soft arid I am 
willing to learn. At a later time I can take them out 
and use them. The words will be my spiritual food for 
comfort, instruction and fellowship with the Lord. 

by Mrs. Dan Pacheco 

National WMC President 

We've been recalled. 

Well, our Granada has been recalled. 

The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Pro- 
tection Agency has determined that our vehicle or 
engine may be emitting pollutants in excess of federal 
emission standards. 

They tell us that a backpressure transducer (which is 
part of the exhaust gas recirculation system) isn't 
working and it may cause excesssive "engine 
detonation" or a "spark knock" condition that would 
be noticeable while accelerating. Since it was the com- 
pany's fault to begin with, they will fix it at no charge 
to us. We only need to be willing to spend a little time 
at the garage. The mechanic will install a reinforcing 
clip on the transducer or, if by chance it's nonfunction- 
ing, he'll replace the whole thing. 

I've almost quoted the letter and maybe it doesn't 
even make you smile. But I had to chuckle. 

It's so much like me. My Lord determines that the 
message coming out of my life isn't right, so He recalls 
me. Maybe through Scripture, a crisis, or a friend's 
loving rebuke. I need some reinforcement by the Holy 
Spirit so the old nature cannot be noticeable. Some- 
times this condition happens when I'm busy (and get- 
ting busier) with God's work, and self begins to emerge. 

One difference is the federal emission standards are 
not stable, but God's standards are unchangeable. An- 
other difference is that in my case the creator is not at 
fault. But still He's willing to make the adjustment— if 
only I'm willing to allow Him to do it. 

.uumc uurvu turnc^ 

Let's be a 


What is a mother, anyway? In 
several months we will hear all the 
glowing terms about a mother's 
love, sacrifice, gifts, thoughts, and 
many other attributes of the fe- 
male parent in poetry and prose as 
we near the celebration of the day 
set aside for mothers. 

Biologically, we don't see too 
many large families anymore. 
Everyone seems to sense a necessity 
to keep the family small, whether 
the pressure be a concern for the 
environment, because of the finan- 
cial needs of a large family, or 
numerous other reasons. But the 
family that I am speaking of is 
quite large. Of course, it is not a 
biological family. A mother is one 
who has produced offspring, cares 
for, protects and nurtures that same 
offspring. In this way WMC can be 
considered the mother of the SMM 
family. As long as I can remember, 
in Brethren circles this has been true 
to some extent. We have expected 
the right to be considered when 
program changes were initiated, 
new goals were set, and directors 
employed. Along with that right 
goes a responsibility. 

As a daughter grows physically, 
so has SMM matured into the 
organization as we see it today. 
From one group of teen-age girls 
meeting in a pastor's home with the 

pastor's wife, SMM has blossomed 
into a national organization of girls 
supplying a lively program suitable 
for all ages from little girls to their 
teen-age counterparts. 

Mothers see many changes in 
their children. They experience 
with the child some of the follow- 
ing symptoms: growth pains, illness 
and fatigue. But the majority of 
mothers do not give up the battle 
although the going might be tough 
for a time, because as ones who 
have traveled the road to maturity, 
they knew the end result. Christian 
mothers have an inner resource that 
not all possess to stimulate their 
love and devotion as they recall the 
love, devotion, and sacrifice of our 

Today, the program of SMM can 
encompass each girl in the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
Providing a Grace Brethren ap- 
proach, programs are available for 
Little Sisters, grades 1-3; Amigas, 
grades 4-6; Lumieres, grades 7-9; 
and Charis, grades 10-12. Meeting 
girls' needs in every avenue are 
strong points of this organization. 
Goals include: mission, Bible, sew- 
ing, music, camping, literature, 
photography, leadership, doctrine, 
babysitting, and nature. This is a 
random sampling from all four 
levels of achievement. 

As WMC ladies we have been 
used of God in the past to sponsor 
this group in many ways. First, we 
have worked in our local churches 
as patronesses or adult leaders of a 
local group. We have prayed for the 
girls and given of our financial 
means to support them locally, on a 
district level, and nationally. 

At present we are not the only 
parent. SMM has its national offices 
in the Christian Education Depart- 
ment headquarters in Winona Lake, 
Indiana. Miss Judy Ashman, director 
of SMM, is a tireless employee, but 
is also so much more than that. Her 
enthusiasm is contagious and 
through her effort and that of her 
predecessor, Mrs. Dottie Franks, 
SMM is what it is today . 

Reference has been made in the 
recent past that WMC has not met 
its obligation to aid in the work of 
SMM. No one has said, "Hey, you 
didn't do your job," but we are 
guilty, nonetheless. Each year we 
have set an offering goal for the 
Christian Education Department 
and statistics show that this one 
goal has not been met. Money from 
this offering goes toward the salary 
paid the director and also a scholar- 
ship to Grace College is provided 
for the National SMM Girl of the 
Year. The scholarship has been paid 
and Judy still gets her check, but 
we have not been doing our share. 
CE has been grateful for everything 
we contribute, for the support we 
show in other ways and accepted 
our check with a smile but as 
mothers we can't (or shouldn't) 
count on SMM's other parent to 
supply totally for our child. 

We have again set our goal for an 
SMM offering. Each WMC member 
should have a goal of supplying 
$1.50 during our WMC year so far 
towards this work. A lot of us 
would gladly supply this to a bio- 
logical daughter if she were hungry, 
or in need of clothing. We should 
remember that SMM supplies 
spiritual food as well as preparation 
for a life of service to our Lord if 
we but do our part, financially, and 
through avenues of service and act 
as mothers.— Editorial comment by 
Mrs. Linda Hoke, WMC editor 

march '80 i 

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is an 

Do you ever feel like your 
WMC group is just too small and 
that you don't really amount to 
a whole lot? Do you sometimes 
think it doesn't really matter if 
you send in a small offering or 
not? Do you know that last year 
out of 262 local councils like 
yours our national officers re- 
ceived reports from 253 groups, 
and there were 4,769 ladies on 
the membership roll at that 
time? During the same time 
period our ladies gave over 
$65,000 to national projects 
plus the projects done on the 
local and district level. Does 
that sould like a small group to 

We all serve the same Lord 
and that increases our capabilities 
greatly. No matter if the 
individual groups conduct 
meetings in different fashion, 
our goal is still the same— to be 
"Women Manifesting Christ." 
You are not alone— a sister on 
the other side of the state, the 
country, or the world, for that 
matter, is seeking to serve the 
Lord as you do through WMC. 
Little is much when God is in it! 
-Council Quotes, Mid-Atlantic 

WMC's National President Miriam Pacheco met with the Florida women 
during a recent trip south to reorganize Florida as a WMC district 

"Since you had to go in August, it's only right you get to go 
in January!" That was a friend's evaluation of my recent trip to 

But whatever the season and wherever the direction, it's a 
pleasure to get together with WMC women across our Fellow- 

The vital link between local and district councils and national 
WMC is the district president. These links are joined at our sum- 
mer national board meetings. We have been praying for a couple 
years that our chain would once again be complete with the 
Florida link in place. 

As I met with over 70 ladies across Florida, I was thrilled 
with their eagerness to reorganize as a district. I was privileged 
to meet with ladies in 8 of the 1 1 Florida churches, and each 
group voiced this same goal. 

It has also been my privilege to meet with pastors' wives at 
the Homes Missions' western and eastern workshops. Our 
thanks to the Brethren Home Missions Council for providing 
the time. Our thanks to pastors across our Fellowship for their 
support of WMC. Our thanks to the pastors' wives for their 
ministries among women. It's a blessing to be a part of an organi- 
zation that provides an avenue of ministry, and many pastors' 
wives have found WMC to be effective in churches of all sizes 
and localities. 

We are working together to better every aspect of WMC— 
organization, devotional programs, missions emphasis, prayer 
fellowship— to meet the needs of Christian women and to glori- 
fy our lovely Lord. Women Manifesting Christ-not only a 
slogan, but a reality.- Mrs. Dan Pacheco, National WMC President 

i march '80 


Puerto Rican Adventure 

by Dr. John J. Davis 

Muyaguaz, San Juan and Caguas are not exactly 
household words in Winona Lake, Indiana, but for 
the Grace College basketball team and its coaches, 
they hold very special significance. Late December 26 
the Lancers boarded the touring bus "The Night 
Hawk" and 30 hours later were on their way via air- 
plane to San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

But why Puerto Rico, you may ask? Coach Kessler 
described the goals of such a trip in this way: "We de- 
sire to provide as many significant opportunities as 
possible for every athlete to grow as a total man, that 
is, spiritually, physically, and intellectually. Travel in 
a land like Puerto Rico brings us in direct contact 
with a unique international brand of basketball which 
enriches our program, provides a firsthand view of 
missionary effort, and, finally, gives an opportunity 
for cultural broadening." 

It did not take the Lancers very long to find out 
what international quality of basketball is all about as 
they battled the Caguas national team at the Corillos 
coliseum. The Lancers made an impressive showing, 
but fell to the national team by 12 points. On the fol- 
lowing night, it was a different story, however, as the 
young Lancers adjusted to international rules, and 
physical aspects of the game, to extend the national 
team right to the end of the game, losing by a mere 4 
points. Perhaps what was most impressive was the 
fact that the Puerto Rican nationals were using 5 
players who had Panamerican Olympic experience. 

Sightseeing, shopping, and visits to national 
churches established by the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches were included in travels around 
the island. Daily contact with missionary Norm 
Schrock and national believers gave players a first- 
hand view of what missionary work is all about in an- 
other land. 

After a one-week tour of Puerto Rico, the Lancers 
headed for Miami, and a game with one of the finer 
NCAA Division II teams in Florida— Biscayne Col- 
lege. Biscayne schedules such teams as South Carolina, 
Florida, Dayton, Texas, Maine and Rutgers universi- 

Nestled in this impressive schedule was the Grace 
game which proved to be all Biscayne could handle. 
The Lancers battled this team very effectively, but 
were not able to overcome a 4-point deficit at the 
buzzer. This was the only Lancer loss on the tour in 
regular season play. Grace then defeated Homestead 
Air Force Base that had an 11-1 record in an exhibi- 
tion game. Other victories were recorded over Clear- 
water Christian, Florida Institute of Technology and 
Pensacola College. 

Travel in Florida also included many church serv- 
ices, youth meetings and seminars. The expression 
"serving Christ through athletics" which appears on 
athletic programs and literature from Grace is not 
a mere religious cliche. It is intended to convey the 
real dynamic of Lancer and Lancerette athletics. 

Church suppers, special meals both in Puerto Rico 
and Florida, coupled with snorkling off the coral 
reefs in Key West and swimming at beautiful Sanibel 
Island, added a very special touch to the whole tour. 
Who can forget the many hours on the "Night Hawk 
Express," a bus designed to provide sleeping as well as 
travel accommodations. Dinners by the roadside, 
coffee breaks at truck stops, Bible reading and study 
on the bus are all part of the memories of this trip. 

The memories, the spiritual enrichment and 
success on the basketball court with a 3-1 record 
makes this one of the finest athletic tours in Grace 
College history. It again provides substantial evidence 
that it is something special to wear the Lancer uni- 

march '80 


by John J. Davis 

President's Administrative Council-(left to right) Back row : Dr. E. William Male, Mr. 
Executive Vice President, Rj cn ard Messner, Mr. Daniel Snively, and Mr. Ronald Ciinger. Front row: Dr. John J. 
Grace College and Seminary Davis, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., and Dr. Vance Yoder. 

Wednesday afternoons are a very 
special time for seven men on the 
Grace campus who meet to develop 
strategies by which the policies 
established by the Board of Trustees 
are effectively implemented. This 
committee is known as the Presi- 
dent's Administrative Council, and 
deals with a wide range of issues, 
from finance to institutional image 
and mission. This body also pro- 
vides the president with a flow of 
information that will enable him to 
lead the school more effectively. 

Many decisions that affect the 
academic, social, and spiritual life 
of the institutions, however, are not 
made in this committee, but in well- 
organized faculty and staff com- 
mittees which are appointed an- 
nually. These committees oversee 
academic policies, student disci- 
pline, athletic programs, library 
operations and cultural and social 

Many policies are also developed 
by the respective faculties in their 
regular meetings. Such decisions are 
usually based on recommendations 
by various committees which have 
done broad research and have ex- 
amined all contingencies with re- 
gard to a policy. 

Decisions which affect the cam- 
pus as a whole, or involve major 
expenditures, are normally brought 

to the President's Administrative 
Council for deliberation and dis- 
position. Special problems which 
affect institutional policy or pro- 
cedures are also brought here, 
either by its representative mem- 
bers or outside groups or individuals 
who may be invited for a special 

No decision is made in the coun- 
cil without careful examination of 
the alternatives, and the effect that 
such a decision will have on the stu- 
dent bodies, faculty members, 
campus budget, or outside public. 

The President's Administrative 
Council was established about 17 
years ago under Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt, who was president of Grace 
Schools. All major areas of the 
school's operation are well repre- 
sented in this committee. It consists 
of the executive vice president, aca- 
demic dean of the college, dean of 
the seminary, college dean of stu- 
dent's, director of business affairs, 
and the director of development. 

Allow me to introduce you to 
the council members and reveal 
some of their personal interests. 

The office of executive vice 
president was created three years 
ago by the Board of Trustees. At 
that time it was their desire to 
establish a team concept in top 
level administration. Dr. Homer A. 

Kent, Jr., was appointed president, 
and the writer executive vice presi- 
dent, to serve as a team to share 
responsibility for institutional lead- 
ership. Dr. Kent and the writer felt 
that there was a need for a balance 
in administrative responsibility, 
which would include on-campus 
teaching, in order to remain a part 
of the academic community, as well 
as off -campus representation. Even 
when the president is absent from 
campus on official business, the 
president's office continues to be 
represented by the executive vice 
president. It is the desire of Dr. 
Kent and the writer to be accessible 
to students, faculty, and staff mem- 
bers, in order to prevent the occur- 
rence of difficulties, rather than to 
have to solve them after an absence 
from campus. Public relations 
activities of the school are shared 
by the president and executive vice 
president during the school year. 
This enables both administrators to 
remain part of the academic com- 
munity while still representing 
Grace Schools to the various publics 
away from the campus in Bible con- 
ferences, fund-raising activities, and 
student recruitment. 

The executive vice president is 
also responsible for overseeing the 
activities of the Winona Lake 
Christian Assembly, Grace Manu- 

march '80 

facturing, and the intercollegiate 
athletic program. Regular reports 
are given to the president on these 
various operations as well as other 
campus activities. In addition to a 
consultative role and assisting the 
president in various assignments, 
the executive vice president is co- 
ordinating the long-range planning 

Dr. Vance Yoder is another key 
member of the President's Adminis- 
trative Council. As academic dean 
of the college, he bears responsibility 
for the department of admissions, 
the faculty, and the general aca- 
demic policy. Dr. Yoder received 
the Ph.D. degree at Ohio State 
University and is an outstanding 
musician. He, too, continues to 
teach and maintains a vital link 
with the academic community. He 
is in his sixth year as academic dean 
and member of the President's Ad- 
ministrative Council. He enjoys jog- 
ging and is active in the Warsaw 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
as a Sunday school teacher in the 
adult department. 

The dean of the seminary is no 
stranger to those acquainted with 
Grace Schools. Dr. E. William Male 
is in his sixteenth year as a member 
of the President's Administrative 
Council and brings to that position 
a very broad background of experi- 
ence. Dr. Male served as academic 
dean of the college for 12 years and 
played a vital role in the ultimate 
accreditation of that institution. He 
is in his fourth year as the dean of 
the seminary. In addition to garden- 
ing, Dr. Male is an excellent pilot 
and enjoys flying, using the Warsaw 
airport as his base. The responsibili- 
ties of the seminary dean include 
oversight of the seminary faculty, 
department of admissions, student 
affairs and postgraduate studies. 

Richard G. Messner, director of 
development, brings to the Presi- 
dent's Administrative Council a 
long and varied experience as pro- 
fessor and coach. For 10 years he 
served as athletic director and head 
basketball coach. He also was a very 
effective teacher in the Biblical 
Studies Department. In 1965, he as- 
sumed the responsibility of directing 

V^LUVl^ HAg tli^ ** KJJ.X 

"Yet For 

Sake . . ." 

by George J. Zemek 

Assistant Professor of Homiletics 
Grace Theological Seminary 

"O foolish Galatians . . . ." What 
boldness! "What shall I say to you? 
Shall I praise you in this? I praise you 
not." What authority! Contemporary 
Christians stand in awe of apostolic 
authority to the extent that they some- 
times become envious. After all, itwould 
seem that if one could wield the authority 
of the Apostle Paul, difficult interpersonal 
relationships could be swiftly rectified. 
However, we do not possess apostolic 
authority; besides, Paul himself well 
knew that the end does not necessarily 
justify the means even in the cause of 

All too often, it seems that we are so 
inclined to focus our attention on the 

powerful Paul than our vision of the 
personal Paul— Paul the Christian brother 
and gentleman— is obstructed. It was this 
Paul who had responded to the Lord 
Jesus Christ's challenge of "Take my yoke 
upon y ou , and learn of me; for I am meek 
and lowly in heart . . ." (Matt. 1 1 :29). 
Much can be learned from the personal 
Paul, and his methodology concerning 
interpersonal relationships is certainly 
worthy of emulation. In the little Epistle 
to Philemon, this methodology is beauti- 
fully illustrated. 

The Epistle is quite personal in 
nature. It is concerned with a run-away 
slave named Onesimus, whose master was 
a wealthy Christian of thecity of Colossae 
named Philemon. Through the provi- 
dence of God (v. 15), Onesimus fled to 
Rome where he encountered the Apostle 
Paul and was subsequently led to the 
Lord Jesus. 

Paul faced the problem of reconciling 
the once "worthless" (v. 11, "unprofit- 
able") Onesimus to his old master. The 
Apostle knew that Onesimus was now a 
full-fledged member of the family of 
God, as much so as Philemon (cf. Eph. 
6:5-9). Even though Onesimus had 
probably wronged and stolen from 
Philemon, his return and reception 
should be as a brother in Christ (v. 16). 

In sending Onesimus back to his old 

the development program of Grace 
College and Theological Seminary. 
In his leisure moments he enjoys 
playing tennis and racquetball. He, 
like Dr. Male, possesses a pilot's 
license and enjoys flying although 
he is quick to observe, "I am 
strictly a fair weather pilot." 

Dan Snively is a new member of 
the President's Administrative 
Council, having assumed the posi- 
tion of college dean of students 
earlier this year. He previously 
served for four years as associate 
dean of students with Rev. Arnold 
Kriegbaum. Having received the 
Master of Arts degree from Ball 
State University in student per- 
sonnel administration, Snively is 
eminently qualified by experience 
and training to serve as dean of stu- 
dents. His office is responsible for 
campus activities, discipline, social 
and athletic programs. When not 
engaged in campus activity he enjoys 
sports, hunting, and fishing. 

The newest member of the Presi- 
dent's Administrative Council is 
Ronald dinger, director of business 
affairs. It is his responsibility to co- 
ordinate food service, student aid. 

budget control, and general campus 
maintenance, dinger received the 
Master's Degree from Ohio State 
University in business and was a 
vice president in the Acceleration 
Corporation, prior to assuming his 
position here at Grace. His hobbies 
include photography, jogging, and 
plant growing. 

The writer assumed his position 
as executive vice president in 1976, 
after serving as director of admis- 
sions in the seminary for three 
years. He has been a faculty mem- 
ber in the seminary since 1965. The 
writer's hobbies include hunting, 
fishing and stamp collecting. 

The final member of the Presi- 
dent's Administrative Council and 
chairman of that committee is Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr. For 14 years 
Dr. Kent served as dean of Grace 
Seminary and was on the President's 
Administrative Council during that 
time. In 1976 he was appointed to 
the presidency of Grace Schools 
and continues to teach two courses 
each semester in the seminary. Dr. 
Kent enjoys stamp collecting and 
photography as special outside 

march '80 > 

master, Paul ("The Apostle") could have 
simply and rightfully ordered Philemon 
to accept him with open arms (v. 8), or 
he could have written a potent letter 
denouncing the social stigma of slavery 
and its incompatibility to the Christian 
ethic, but he chose neither of these nor 
other possible alternatives. He rejected 
such negative apporaches and wrote this 
totally positive plea out of the depths of 
a humbled heart (v. 9). 

Paul wanted to stimulate Philemon to 
love and good deeds (cf. Heb.10:24). His 
desire was "that thy [Philemon's] benefit 
should not be as it were, of necessity 
[that is, by compulsion] but willingly" 
(v. 14). The Apostle was not only 
concerned with proper action and results, 
but with the principle of motivation. 

Paul commences by first commending 
Philemon for his previous actions, which 
were characterized by abu ndan t Ch ristian 
beneficence (vv. 4-7). Notice that this 
portion is characterized by genuine 
commendation and not by subtle flat- 
teries. Also, the respected Apostle and 
theologian does not hide his deep concern 
for people, especially those whom he 
had led to the Lord Jesus; they are his 
spiritual children (vv. 10, 19). Paul 
becomes so warmed with genuine Chris- 
tian sentiment that he calls Onesimus 
"mine own heart" (v. 12). 

As the letter progressively reveals 
Paul's burden, he is careful to accentuate 
the positive by stressing the new worth 

of Onesimus both from the practical 
perspective and the spiritual perspective 
(vv. 11,13, 16). By doing this, Paul is 
able to make the good of a person over- 
shadow the not-so-good. He could have 
certainly accomplished this theologically 
by pointing out the fact that Onesimus 
was also a recipient of the grace of God 
and a member of the Body of Christ: 
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized 
into one body, whether we be Jews or 
Greeks, whether we be bond of free; and 
have been all made to drink into one 
Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:13; emphasis added). 
But, he chooses to accomplish this 
personally as he pens these words to 
Philemon, "For perhaps he therefore 
departed for a season, that thou shouldest 
receive him forever, not now as a servant, 
a brother beloved . . ." (vv. 15-16; 
emphasis added)— the same truth, but a 
different tone. 

Paul was totally confident in his 
pleasant and gentle approach to Philemon 
concerning Onesimus (v. 21). He had 
been yoked with the Saviour long enough 
to learn a most powerful method of 
operation in Christian interpersonal 
relations: "Yet for love's sake I rather 
beseech thee" (v. 9). We all need to 
study further in the letter to Philemon in 
order to emulate the personal method- 
ology of the one who by the grace of 
God asserted "Be ye followers of me, 
even as I also am of Christ" (1 Cor. 

New Publication 

Grace Seminary is pleased to an- 
nounce the publication, beginning 
this spring, of the Grace Theological 
Journal. In a scholarly, attractive 
6X9 format, the first issue will be 
published in April. Two issues per 
year will be published, the fall issue 
appearing in October. 

Each issue will contain a half- 
dozen significant articles on various 
topics, book reviews, and review 
essays of important new publica- 
tions. Some of the topics touched 
on in the first issue include the 
meaning of "faith" in Habakkuk 
2:4 (Prof. George Zemek), an essay 
reviewing E. W. Pickering's new 
book on New Testament textual 
criticism (Prof. John Sproule), and 
an article dealing with the structure 
and interpretation of Genesis 22 
(John Lawlor), as well as many 

Subscription rates are $7.50 for 
one year, $13.00 for two years, and 
$18.00 for three years. Send your 
subscription to: Grace Theological 
Journal, Grace Theological Semi- 
nary, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 


THE JANUARY 1980 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

In Memory of : 

Mr. Dan Alt father 

Mrs. William Steffler 

Mr. James Gault, Sr. 
Mrs. Ruth Thompson 
Mr. Abslom Bowser 
Conrad Hoppes 
Samuel Marshall 

Dr. Charles W. Mayes 
Rev. Leo Polman 
Rev. Nelson Hall 

In Honor of : 

Mr. and Mrs. Noah C. Shull 
(60th Wedding Anniversary) 

Given by : 

First Brethren Church, 

Wooster, Ohio 
Mr. Frederick Kalesse 
Mrs. Alice Fidler 
Mis. Alice Fidler 
Laura A. Hall 
Mrs. Fred Walter 
Mrs. Clyde Hoppes 
Mr. and Mrs. Marion D. Clark 
Lois Sebree Smith 
Peru Grace Brethren Church, 

Peru, Indiana 
Geneva G. Kuhn 
Geneva G. Kuhn 
Geneva G. Kuhn 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

march '80 


current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

A recent Gallup poll indicates that 41% of the United States' population has no church 
connection. But the most surprising part about it is this: 

Most believe in God. 

45% say they pray every day. 

64% say they believe Jesus Christ is God, or the Son of God. 

68% believe in a bodily resurrection. 

77% had religious training during childhood. 

86% of the unchurched believe that individuals should arrive at their own 
personal set of beliefs, and a very high 76% of church members believe the same. 

27% believe in the Bible — literally. 
Some of these figures compare quite well with the figures and averages for church members,, 

Congratulations to Rev. Robert Holmes, and the West Homer Brethren Church, in Homerville, 
Ohio. During the 1979 year their pattern of giving was: 73% of their gifts to others; and 
27% used for their local work. That is out of a total of $69,000. Bob has been pastor 
of this congregation for 30 years. 

What is the major concern of the people of the United States at the present time? Inflation. 
It is in first place and is affecting the local churches and national boards as well. For- 
eign missions probably feels the impact greater than any other group, because of the loss 
of purchasing power overseas. Remember this in your giving. 

Have you done your part in helping GBC Christian Education to move to their new 
quarters? If not, send your check to the CE office, or give through your local congre- 
gation, for their expansion program. 

Heard across the land is a new call to get evangelicals involved in political action. 
Not seeking to give an evaluation of the merit or worth of these, here are a few for 
your information: Christian Voice; Moral Majority (Jerry Falwell) ; Christians Citizen- 
ship Corps (Southern Baptist) ; and Evangelicals for Social Action. There are a number 
of others that are appearing almost daily. What the prospects are for success in this 
field is open to question, in light of past history. But we will keep you informed as 
to their progress. 

Whereas Holiday Inn Corporation's annual business meetings used to open with prayer, 
they now are a bit different. Holiday Inn has purchased Harrah's Casino of Las Vegas, 
and plans to go into gambling interests elsewhere. Some of the top management persons 
have left the organization because of convictions against such changes in the structure. 
Holiday Inn also owns Perkins Pancake and Steak House. 

Have you marked your calendar for national conference at Winona Lake this summer? A 
Saturday night musical will begin the week of meetings. Paul Schumacher will present 
the concert under the sponsorship of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. It will be 
our way of saying thanks to each one of you for your cooperation during the year. The 
date: Saturday evening, July 26; followed by Christian Education conference and nation- 
al conference. Do not miss any of the sessions. 

Have you read the material in this issue of the Herald about placing a biblical cre- 
ation book in the public libraries? Yes, a joint venture between BMH Books and the 
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see page 4 

Reflections By Still Waters 


Madalyn Murray O'Hair 1 




by Charles W. Turner 


Before you think that I 
have great praise for the actions 
and beliefs of Madalyn Murray 
O'Hair, please read on. It 
seems unnecessary to tell you 
some of the actions and results 
of this individual's efforts. She 
headed the move to see prayer 
removed from the public 
school system, and attempted 
to get the motto "In God We 
Trust" removed from U.S. 
money. She even wanted the 
singing of Christmas songs 
taken out of the seasonal 
Christmas programs in schools. 

Her efforts have been 
frantic, and to some measure 
successful in accomplishing 
her intentions and goals. So, 
why the thanks to such an in- 
dividual? Well, she has helped 
to bring into focus the differ- 
ence between light and dark- 
ness, between spiritual 
emphasis and disbelief. She 
aroused a number of Christians 
to take a closer look at what 

the results could be in the loss 
of some of the privileges we 
assumed permanent. 

Maybe we have just drifted 
along for too long and have 
taken too many freedoms for 
granted. But O'Hair changed 
that; she made us realize that 
when the attack on truth 
comes, we must be ready to 
defend it. When we Christians 
aroused out of our snooze and 
took a look, we found that 
Christianity, in the system, 
can be attacked and changes 
can come rather quickly. His- 
tory had already told us this, 
but we had somehow forgotten 
it; after all, this is America and 
it could not happen here. But 
it has happened here and we 
are now a little shorter on past 
privileges because of it. So, 
Madalyn Murray O'Hair 
helped us see that Christianity 
does have its enemies, and the 
enemy can become very bold. 

Of late, changes have been 
taking place in the areas of 
morality. The openness of 
homosexuality is another 
prime example of change in 

our society. Homosexuality 
has been around since the 
earliest of times, as you will 
remember reading in the Book 
of Genesis. The difference is 
that before it was considered 
immoral and illegal, and now 
it vies for social acceptance as 
a respected life style. 

Again, why the thanks? Do 
you know that there are 
many, many new Christian 
day schools throughout the 
United States, and that they 
are daily growing? One of the 
reasons for this is that we have 
taken a closer look at the 
public school system and have 
realized that there is a much 
better way to educate and 
train Christian young people. 
So, Christians have taken the 
burden of the task and set out 
to do a better job in education 
and in teaching the way God 
outlined in the Bible. Keep in 
mind that the Christian day 
school movement is not the 
dearest of friends to the 
secular educators. It also 
might be a reminder to us that 
we need to apply the best of 
talents and dedication to make 
certain we do our task well. 
Let us not hang a Christian 
sign on the outside of the 
building and use it as an 
excuse for poor education. 

So those who remind us of 
our need to do our task well, 
deserve our thanks. But, one 
serious note of warning in it 
all: the danger of error taking 
people with it, is a problem. In 
this area O'Hair could be 
taking a number of people 
with her in her thoughts and 
anti-God campaign, that could 
result in then spiritual destruc- 
tion. But for now, a reminder 
of the presence of error, and 
the attacks on Christianity and 
its beliefs, can serve to spur us 
on to do what is right in the 
sight of God. 

,april '80 

COVER PHOTO: President Dacko of the 
C.A.R. arrives at the General Conference of 
African Churches. (Photo by Dr. John C. 

35 Years Ago- 1945 

Solon Hoyt and Lynn Daniel Schrock 
were ordained to the ministry at the close of 
the baccalaureate service at Grace Semi- 
nary. . . . The Brethren Home Missions 
Council announced the removal of its office 
from Berne, Ind., to Winona Lake, Ind. 
L. L. Grubb, secretary. 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

John Mayes, assistant pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif., has 
accepted the call to serve at Sunny side, 
Wash. . . . Pastor David Hocking reported 
from Columbus, Ohio, that new record 
highs were reached-65 in morning wor- 
ship and 71 in Sunday school. . . . Arvada, 
Colo., dedicated their new building; the 
speaker was Dr. Paul Bauman and the pastor 
is J. C. McKillen. 

5 Years Ago- 1975 

Rev. Howard Snively is moving from 
Mabton, Wash., to Ankenytown, Ohio. . . . 
Homer Kent, Jr., and John Davis were 
named as the administrative team to succeed 
the current president Herman Hoyt. . . . H. 
Leslie Moore, director of housing at Grace 
Schools, went to be with the Lord. 

Volume 42 Number 4 April 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles. 

WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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Dear Editor, 

A note of thanks for the February issue of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald. It was one of the finest issues that you have ever 
produced. Keep it up!— California 

Dear Editor, 

Spiritual Greatness-Studies in Exodus by Tom Julien was very 
good. He did a fine job in making the Book of Exodus a practical 
and helpful study. I hope he will soon do another study guide.— 


april '80 i 


President Dacko enters the Immel home and is greeted by Dorothy Goodman and Ruth Snyder. 

s HIM! 

by June Immel 

"Why not at the Immel's?" asked Betty 
Hocking. "OK, June?" 

"Yeah, I guess so. But . . . help! That's 
fine; sure." This was my stammering, stutter- 
ing response to the question. 

"Why not at the Immel's what?" you may 

Why not have the reception for the presi- 
dent of the Central African Republic and his 
ministers, body guards, and entourage at the 
Immel's? I sat aghast-my mind unable to 
grasp or accept the full significance of the 

It all began while attending a meeting of 

the MW— Missionary Women— at General 
Conference. The president wanted to attend 
the opening ceremonies of the General 
Conference of our African churches. 

"Fine! I'll be glad to go to Bozoum to see 
him. If I'm lucky, I just might get a glimpse 
of him. Oh, he wants to visit the Bible 
Center? Great! Tour the print shop? Sounds 
good. See the Bible Institute? OK. We 
should have a reception for him here at Bible 
Center? That's a fantastic idea!" 

"Why not have it at the Immel's? OK, 

After I recovered from shock a day later, I 


april '80 

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The OTN women and the "Soldiers of 
the Gospel" men line up in front of the 
Bozoum church to greet the president . 

The president's van pulls onto the road leading to the 

President David Dacko 

realized what Betty had asked me. The 
president of the C.A.R. in my home, eating 
and sitting in my living room. Maybe I better 
clean house. Clean house!!! I'll need to dust, 
sweep, mop, wash the curtains, beat the rug. 

"Sure, that's fine, but, but, but . . . MW, 
you will all have to help me." They all con- 

He doesn't know me. I don't know him. I 
became tense when the station bodies decided 
the Whitcombs should stay at the Immel's 
during the 10 days of General Conference. 
Dr. Whitcomb is a professor at Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary and a board member. They 
have a lovely home, and, and, and, I'm just 
June Immel. I don't even know Mrs. 

"Yeah, sure, I'll be glad to have them 
here," I heard myself say. How in the C.A.R. 
did I ever manage to get into this? But it was 
a great 10 days. The Whitcombs are normal 
people and very nice. But the president of 
the C.A.R.?! 

Well, today's the day. He should arrive any 
minute. Don Hocking is coming into my 
house with someone. I don't know that man. 
They are saying something about the arrange- 
ment of the furniture in 
the living room. It's not 

right? But 

"Howard, quick, we 
have to move the furniture 
all around. Put the couch 
and end tables over here, 
the lamp and two chairs 
here, the coffee table 

Bon, Merci. Set again. 
"Yes, doesn't the table 
look lovely? The glass 
punch bowl with dainty 
cups placed neatly around 
it, the cookies arranged 
beautifully on silver trays 
and china plates. Of 
course, we will serve the 
president and his ministers. 

Oh, here comes another man. He has little 
cards in his hands. He's putting name cards 
on the chairs. How many? Twelve! But we 
have only eight snack and serve settings. 

april '80 

The MW pose at the reception table-left to right: June 
Immel, Clara Gaiber, Beverley Garber, Dorothy Goodman, 
Ruth Snyder, Betty Hocking, DeniseSkeen, Marian Thurston, 
Norma Whitcomb, and Mary Ann Habegger. 

Dr. John Whitcomb presents President Dacko with i 
set of his Bible charts. 

"Please, Ginger, don't bark." 
He's standing in front of me. He's looking 
me in the eye. He's shaking my hand— nice 
grip. My heart is pounding. Does he see Jesus 
or can he read my mind— I hope Kirk doesn't 
say something in English 
he might understand. 
Whew! He's passed the 
Immels. Merci. 

He's entering the 
house. Line up, MW, to 
receive him. He's seated. 
SERVE. And serve we 
did. Long African-style 
skirts flowing, faces 
glowing, stomachs 
churning. MW are 

"Don, please don't 
forget to have him sign 
our guest book." 
He's done already? 
But ... I worked two days and he sat on the 
couch 10 minutes. Hope he didn't feel the 

He's walking out the door. "Oh, Ginger, 
please, Howard doesn't need his shoe now." 
I don't think the president noticed. 
Knock, Knock. 

"Come in. Oh, Jesus, when did You come 

"June, I've been here ever since you moved 
into this house, but you never gave Me a 
reception like you just gave the president of 

Head bowed, eyes closed, heart hurting, 
mind stunned. 

"You're right, Lord. I'm sorry. Thank 
You for this lesson. Could we have a glass of 
punch together Lord? Just You and me." 

"Quick, Dot, your china. Bon, Merci." 
I hear a car. It's HIM! He's arrived— the 
president of the Central African Republic, 
David Dacko. Will he shake my hand? Will 
he know this is our home? 

Howard and June Immel live at Bata (Bible Center) with 
their children-Lisa, Kirk, and Karl, and dog-Ginger. The day 
of the president 's visit. 18 were served in the living room, but 
64 were in the house. The event went beautifully , "thanks to 
the MW and the Lord. " 

1 april '80 

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Churches Give Record Offering for 
Brethren Foreign Missions 


Accident, Md $ 225.00 

Aleppo, Pa 1,167.79 

Boswell, Pa 1,206.00 

Coolville, Ohio .... 456.46 

Coraopolis, Pa 1,018.63 

Cumberland, Md. . . . 1,567.48 

Grafton, W. Va 3,041.30 

Jenners, Pa 2,546.80 

Listie, Pa 5,269.25 

Meyersdale, Pa 6,409.23 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) . . . 2,353.47 

Parkersburg.W.Va. . . 7,692.85 
Stoystown, Pa. 

(Reading) 2,170.00 

Uniontown.Pa 13,281.60 

Washington, Pa 4,764.65 

Westernport, Md. . . . 193.61 

Allegheny Misc 819.48 

$ 54,183.60 


Brooksville, Fla $ 

Clearwater, Fla 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Fort Myers, Fla. . . . 

Maitland, Fla 

North Lauder- 
dale, Fla 

Okeechobee, Fla. . . . 

Orlando, Fla 

Ormond Beach, 

Pompano Beach, 

St. Petersburg, Fla. . . 

Florida Misc 


Berne, Ind ! 

Clay City, Ind 

Elkhart, Ind 

Flora, Ind 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Goshen, Ind 

Indianapolis, Ind. . . . 
Kokomo, Ind. 

(Indian Heights) . . . 
Kokomo, Ind. 


Leesburg, Ind 

New Albany, Ind. . . 

Osceola, Ind 

Peru, Ind 

Sidney, Ind 









1 ,487.90 







1 ,990.72 




South Bend, Ind. . 
Warsaw, Ind. . . . 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Indiana Misc. . . . 







Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

. $ 1 ,783.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa 


Davenport, Iowa . . 


Des Moines, Iowa . . 


Garwin, Iowa . . . . 


Kansas City, Mo. . . 


Leon, Iowa 


Longview, Texas . . 


North English, Iowa 


Omaha, Neb 


Udell, Iowa 


Waterloo, Iowa . . . 


Wichita, Kans. . . . 


Winona, Minn. . . . 


Iowa-Midlands Misc. 


$ 33,098.87 


Alto, Mich 

Berrien Springs, 

Hastings, Mich. . . . 
Jackson, Mich. . . . 
Lake Odessa, Mich. . 
Lansing, Mich. . . . 
New Troy, Mich. . . 
Trout Lake, Mich. . 
Michigan Misc. . . . 

$ 9,230.27 



$ 18,998.91 


Alexandria, Va. . . 
Chambersburg, Pa. 
Hagerstown, Md. 


Hagerstown, Md. 


Hagerstown, Md. 

(Maranatha) . . . 
Hagerstown, Md. 


Lanham, Md. . . . 
Martinsburg, W.Va. 
Temple Hills, Md. 
Waynesboro, Pa. . 
Winchester, Va. . . 
Mid-Atlantic Misc. 





$ 58,256.25 

Dillsburg, Pa. . . 
Elizabethtown, Pa 
Harrisburg, Pa. . 
Hatboro, Pa. . . 

Hope, N.J 

Lancaster, Pa. (Grace) 
Lancaster, Pa. 


Lititz, Pa 

Manheim, Pa 

Mt. Laurel, N.J. . . . 
Myerstown, Pa. . . . 
New Holland, Pa. . . 

Newark, Del 

Palmyra, Pa 

Philadelphia, Pa. 


Philadelphia, Pa. 


Pine Grove, Pa. . . . 

Telford, Pa 

Wrightsville, Pa. . . . 

York, Pa 

Northern Atlantic 



Auburn, Calif 3 

Chico, Calif 

Grass Valley, Calif. . . 
Modesto, Calif. 

(Big Valley) 

Modesto, Calif. 


Ripon, Calif 

Sacramento, Calif. . . 
San Jose, Calif. . . . 
Tracy, Calif 


1 ,696.70 









Bethlehem, Pa $ 1,037.00 










Ankenytown.Ohio . . $ 6,462.98 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Grace) 31,682.29 

Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) 4,301.00 

Bowling Green, Ohio . 1,282.17 

Columbus, Ohio 

(East Side) 5,102.21 

Columbus, Ohio 

(Worthington) .... 56,229.71 

Danville, Ohio .... 2,195.00 

Delaware, Ohio .... 390.00 

Findlay, Ohio 595.00 

Fremont, Ohio 

(Chapel) 1,574.15 

Fremont, Ohio 

(Grace) 9,974.31 

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Galion, Ohio . . . 
Lexington, Ohio . 
Licking County, 


Lima, Ohio . . . . 
Mansfield, Ohio 


Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) . . . 
Marysville, Ohio . 
Pataskala, Ohio . . 
Northcentral Ohio 



1 ,220.00 





$ 146,109.83 


Akron, Ohio(Grace) . $ 
Canal Fulton, Ohio . . 

Canton, Ohio 

Cleveland, Ohio 


Cuyahoga Falls, 


Elyria, Ohio 

Homerville, Ohio . , . 
Middlebranch, Ohio 

Minerva, Ohio 

Norton, Ohio 

Rittman, Ohio .... 

Sterling, Ohio 

Wooster, Ohio .... 
Northeastern Ohio 








$ 119,530.74 


Albany, Oreg $ 1,177.69 

Anchorage, Alaska . . 715.38 

Beaverton.Oreg. . . . 1,864.58 

Goldendale, Wash. . . 304.21 

Grandview.Wash. . . 2,281.18 

Harrah.Wash 4,991.60 

Kenai, Alaska 817.00 

Kent, Wash 3,232.02 

Mabton.Wash 1,172.50 

Prosser, Wash 455.61 

Spokane, Wash 518.40 

Sunnyside, Wash. . . . 14,023.00 

Toppenish, Wash. . . . 2,626.03 

Troutdale, Oreg. . . . 2,764.20 

Yakima, Wash 6,047.11 

Northwest Misc. . . . 369.54 

$ 43,360.05 


Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

(Grace) $ 

Albuquerque, N.Mex. 


Arvada, Colo. . . . 
Beaver City, Nebr. 
Cheyenne, Wyo. . 
Colorado Springs, 


Counselor, N.Mex. 
Denver, Colo. . . . 
Portis, Kans. . . . 
Taos, N.Mex. . . . 
Rocky Mountain 

Region Misc. . . . 







$ 17,357.29 


Aiken, S.C $ 1,506.38 

Anderson, S.C 1,100.87 

Atlanta, Ga 3,099.00 

Boones Mills, Va. . . . 105.00 

Buena Vista, Va. ... 5,777.98 

Covington, Va 3,887.79 

Johnson City, Tenn. 

(Grace) 827.88 

Johnson City, Tenn. 

(Grace Bible) .... 400.00 

Radford, Va 168.28 

Richmond, Va 2,330.80 

Riner, Va 164.00 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) 1,108.50 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) .... 1,688.84 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 4,221.65 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Gospel) 78.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Patterson 

Memorial) 2,145.05 

Roanoke, Va. (Washing- 
ton Heights) 536.76 

Salem , Va. 

(Wildwood) 349.40 

Telford, Tenn 3,206.71 

Virginia Beach, Va. . . 899.00 

Willis, Va 152.00 

$ 33,753.89 


Alta Loma, Calif. ... $ 780.00 

Anaheim, Calif 3,196.86 

Beaumont, Calif. . . . 10,125.67 

Bell, Calif 3,051.08 

Bellf lower, Calif. . . . 15,898.79 

Cypress, Calif 969.00 

Fillmore, Calif 400.00 

Glendora, Calif 887.35 

Goleta, Calif 660.00 

Hemet, Calif 268.46 

LaVerne, Calif 2,785.28 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) .... 
Long Beach, Calif. 


Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 

Long Beach, Calif. 


Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) .... 
Mission Viejo, Calif. . 
Montclair, Calif. . . . 

Norwalk, Calif 

Orange, Calif 

Phoenix, Ariz. 


Phoenix, Ariz. 


Rialto, Calif 

San Bernardino, Calif. 
San Dieto, Calif. . . . 
Santa Ana, Calif. . . . 
San Ysidro, Calif. . . . 
Santa Maria, Calif. . . 
Seal Beach, Calif. . . . 

Simi, Calif 

South Pasadena, Calif. 
Temple City, Calif. . . 

Tucson, Ariz 

West Covina, Calif. . . 
Westminster, Calif. . . 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) .... 
Whittier, Calif. (First) 
Yucca Valley, Calif. . 
So. California-Arizona 








1 ,364.00 

1 ,208.50 
















$ 222,690.30 


Brookville, Ohio 

Camden, Ohio . 

Centerville, Ohio 

Clayhole, Ky. . . 

Clayton, Ohio . . 

Covington, Ohio 

Dayton, Ohio 
(Basore Road) . . . 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 

Dayton, Ohio 
(Huber Heights) . . 

Dayton, Ohio 
(North Riverdale) . 

Dayton, Ohio (Patter- 
son Park) 

Dryhill, Ky 

Englewood, Ohio . . 

Kettering, Ohio . . . 

Sinking Springs, Ohio 

Trotwood, Ohio . . 



1 ,490.60 










april '80 

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Troy, Ohio 


Union, Ohio 


Vandalia, Ohio .... 


West Alexandra, Ohio 


Southern Ohio Misc. . 





Altoona, Pa. (First) .$ 2,250.00 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 3,588.84 

Armagh, Pa 950.89 

Conemaugh, Pa. . . . 11,122.66 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 5,186.75 

Duncansville, Pa. . . . 9,753.73 

Everett, Pa 12,287.08 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 4,752.16 

Hopewell, Pa 857.85 

Indiana, Pa 1,739.59 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 14,338.40 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 1 ,969.33 

Johnstown, Pa. (Pike) 12,360.70 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 5,013.09 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(Grace) 15,937.05 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) . . . 2,610.32 

Martinsburg, Pa. ... 11,338.54 

Milroy.Pa 350.00 

i 116,405.98 


Akron, Ohio 

(Hillwood Chapel) . 

$ 1,010.00 

Hawaii (Aiea- 



Hawaii (Ewa Beach) . 

1 ,292.83 

Hawaii (Wahiawa - 


1 ,408.00 

France (Macon) .... 

1 ,440.00 

Puerto Rico 

(Summit Hills) . . . 



National SMM .... 


National WMC .... 


National Misc 


I 119,859.08 

A Tribute to 
Barbara Kolb 


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Miss Barbara S. Kolb went to be with the Lord 
on October 10, 1979. This loving servant spent 
most of her time writing to missionaries (75, in 
fact!), visiting the mission fields, and doing all she 
could to promote Brethren Foreign Missions. 

Barbara served in all possible positions at the 
Philadelphia Third Brethren Church— deaconess, 
WMC president, Sunday school teacher, and DVBS 
superintendent. For years she was in charge of chil- 
dren's church. Her WMC interests branched out to 
the district level where she served many times. 

National and district conferences were a must 
for her. She gave to the Lord (especially in the area 
of foreign missions) most freely of her time, 
money, and talents. 

The words of Paul certainly were true for 
Barbara: "For me to live is Christ and to die is 

april '80> 

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Ivooking Back 192 


the Lord 

Above: A house under construction that was 
intended as a temporary home for the 
Hathaways. When completely finished the 
building was to be the workshop at 

Left: Our missionaries to Argentina in 
1930: (front, left to right) Miss Johanna 
Nielson, Norman Romanenghi, Mrs. C. F. 
Yoder; (back) Mr. and Mrs. Egydio 
Romanenghi, Grace Yoder, and Robert 


Miss Charlotte Hillegas sailed for 
Africa via France in May. 

The General Conference recog- 
nized the work of Mrs. Rose M. 
Foulke in China, giving her standing 
as an accredited missionary of the 
Brethren Church. During this time 
she was supported by the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, 

Allen Lee Bennett and Orville D. 
Jobson were approved by the 
General Conference as missionaries 
to Africa. 

On September 22, the French 
government gave verbal permission 
to the Gribble party to begin work 
on the Bassai concession. Being de- 
layed by an attack of fever, James 
Gribble actually began his inland 
journey on November 3. On Mon- 
day morning, November 7, the first 
workmen were signed to begin 
clearing the concession and cut the 
line for survey . 

Orville Jobson sailed for Paris 
from which he and Miss Charlotte 
Hillegas sailed for Africa on 
October 6. 


Allen Lee Bennett sailed for 
France, April 25. After studying 
French for six months, he accom- 
panied Dr. Florence Gribble to 

The General Conference ap- 
proved the following missionaries: 
Africa— Miss Florence Bickel, Miss 
Minnie Deeter, Mr. and Mrs. John 
Hathaway, and Chauncey B. 
Sheldon; South America-Mr. and 
Mrs. Edwin Boardman, Jr. 

Orville D. Jobson and Miss Char- 
lotte Hillegas were married on No- 
vember 16, at Bozoum, Oubangui- 


Allen Lee Bennett, within a few 
miles of his destination in Africa, 
went to be with the Lord on 
January 17. He died of fever and 
the flu. 

James Gribble, our pioneer mis- 
sionary to Africa, was joined with 
the Lord on June 4. He also died of 

The General Conference ap- 
proved China as its third mission 

field. Previous to this approval, Mr. 
and Mrs. Walter Scott Elliott had 
established a mission station at 
Chungwei, Kansu, China. They 
were supported by the Long Beach 
(Calif.) First Brethren Church. 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson and Miss 
Mary Emmert were approved as 
missionaries to Africa. 


Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Elliott re- 
turned from China on account of 
health. A few months later, Miss 
Alice Evans, the only remaining 
member of the party, returned. 
This work was then discontinued. 

John W. Hathaway was ap- 
pointed by the board as general 
director of the Mission Oubangui- 
Chari, Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Boardman 
returned from South America. 

C. F. Yoder was appointed as 
superintendent in Argentina. 

The General Conference ap- 
proved the following missionaries: 
Africa— Mr.and Mrs. Lester Kennedy 
and Miss Hattie Cope; South Ameri- 
ca-Miss Johanna Nielsen. 

Yaloke, our second mission 

lapril '80 


Right: The wedding 
of Dr. and Mrs. 
Orville Jobson was 
attended by Miss 
Estella Myers and 
many Africans. 

station in Africa, was approved by 
the board. 


Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kennedy, 
Miss Hattie Cope, Miss Mary Em- 
mert, and Miss Elizabeth Tyson 
sailed for Africa accompanied by 
Miss Estella Myers, who was return- 
ing from furlough. 

Miss Johanna Nielsen went to 
South America as a self-supporting 

The General Conference ap- 
proved the following missionaries: 
Africa— Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Foster; 
South America-Mi. and Mrs. Percy 
L. Yett. 

Mr. and Mrs. Foster left for 
France for language study. 

Miss Minnie Deeter was obliged 
to return from Africa because of ill 


Beginning with January of this 
year, The Brethren Missionary was 
published monthly. 

Orville Jobson secured his Su- 
perior Diploma in France enabling 
him to return to Africa and open a 

school in accordance with the re- 
quirements of the French govern- 

On August 21, Chauncey B. 
Sheldon and Miss Hattie Cope were 
united in marriage at the Bassai 
station, Oubangui-Chari. 

Mr. and Mrs. Foster and Mr. and 
Mrs. Jobson arrived on the Africa 


Floyd W. Taber and Miss Ada 
Zellner were approved as mission- 

Mr. Taber and Miss Zellner were 
married April 13, and early in Sep- 
tember sailed for Paris. There Mr. 
Taber pursued a medical course 
with a view to service as a medical 
missionary in Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Eygdio Romanenghi 
were approved by the board as mis- 
sionaries to South America. They 
sailed in September and arrived at 
Rio Cuarto in October. 


Miss Grace Byron was approved 
by the General Conference as a mis- 
sionary to Africa. In September, 

Miss Byron left for France en route 
to Africa. 

In November a cable was received 
from Dr. Gribble advising of a 
native rebellion in Oubangui-Chari. 
A French military post was estab- 
lished at our Yaloke station, which 
was occupied by French soldiers 
until February 1929. 


Miss Edna Patterson was ap- 
proved by the General Conference 
as a missionary to Africa. She sailed 
for Paris en route to Africa in Oc- 

On Christmas Day, Chief Yaloke 
voluntarily surrendered himself to 
the French officials through our 
missionaries at Yaloke, thus prac- 
tically bringing hostilities to a close 
and effecting the eventual end of 
the rebellion in 1928. 


Miss Laura Larson was approved 
by the General Conference as a mis- 
sionary to Argentina. 

Miss Mabel Crawford was ap- 
proved by the General Conference 
as a missionary to Africa. 

april '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

□ A faithful member of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Lititz, Pa., Dale Weller, has gained recognition as 
one of the best high school band directors in the 
United States. The Warwick High School Marching 
Band, which Weller directs, was recently selected as 
one of the top 10 high school bands in the nation by 
the National Band Association. 

Weller frequently serves in the music ministry at 
the Grace Brethren Church. He is married and has 
two children. Jerry Young is the pastor of the Lititz 

□ Chap. G. James Dickson, Lt. Comdr., USN, is on an 
extended sea duty assignment aboard the USS Tripoli 
(LPH-10). He had served at the Naval Training Center 
in San Diego, Calif., beginning in 1976. In his services 
at NTC he had many decisions for Christ. The USS 
Tripoli has 700 men in the ship's company and em- 
barks thousands of Marines. He has many opportuni- 
ties to present the Gospel in his current assignment, 
as he had at NTC. Chap. Dickson has just received his 
promotion from Lieutenant Commander to Com- 
mander in the Regular Navy. 

□ Santa Rosa beckons the Brethren— We have claimed 
this growing Northern California city of 60,000 for 
Christ! A dozen dedicated families are needed to re- 
locate here and assist in this work. This is "new 
ground," because no Brethren presently reside here. 
Santa Rosa is situated in the beautiful Sonoma Val- 
ley in the famous Redwood empire. Hewlett-Packard 
and Optical Coating are the largest employers. 
Sonoma State College is located in Cotati nearby, and 
Santa Rosa has one of the largest junior colleges in 

Please contact: Mel Grimm, 4355 Panorama Dr., 
Santa Rosa, Calif. 95404 (Tel. 707/5464355). 

□ Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md., 
announces that Rev. Norman Mayer has been called 

as associate pastor. He began his ministry at Calvary 
Grace on Oct. 24, 1979. 

Pastor Mayer has pastored for 23 years in New 
York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He is a member of 
the Board of Gospel Missions of South America. Curt 
Stroman, pastor. 

□ The First Brethren Church of Waynesboro, Pa., has 
voted to change its name to Grace Brethren Church. 
Gerald Kelley, pastor. 

□ Pastor Marion Thomas resigned from the Grace 
Brethren Church of Clearwater, Fla., at the end of 
Dec. 1979. 

□ Pastor Charles Winter of the Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, Wash., invites Brethren amateur 
radio operators to join the "Brethren Net" which is 
held every other Saturday (the April dates are 12, and 
26.) The "Net" began on Jan. 19, and operates at 
1900 GMT on a frequency of 21.435 MHz. Brethren 
"hams" seek to provide a service within the United 
States as well as overseas, and Brethren currently par- 
ticipating are based in California, Maryland, Ohio, 
Washington, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. 

□ Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resumes are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

□ On Sunday, Jan. 20, the Rosemont Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Martinsburg, W. Va., held a special 
note-burning service of praise. Franklin Gregory 
(right) and Robert Triggs, Sr. (left), are shown burn- 
ing the note while R. Donald Weltmer, pastor, reads 
from the pulpit. Gregory and Triggs were two of the 
men who had originally signed the note March 17, 

DOn Dec. 31, 1979, USAF Chap. James T. Elwell 
completed a very successful two-year tour of duty on 
the island of Guam. He served in the position of exec- 

.april '80 


utive officer among the four Protestant chaplains 
which meant that he was responsible for all program 
coordination, planning, budgeting, and supervision, as 
well as speaker in the Sunday morning church services. 
Fifty to sixty persons have attended the adult Sunday 
school class also taught by Chap. Elwell. 

Chap. Elwell and his wife, Cyndy, along with their 
two children, Amy and Ken, have now arrived at 
Kirkland AFB (N. Mex.) for their next assignment. 

morn do cs 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Susan Hoover and Daniel Michaels, July 28, Grace 
Brethren Church, Lanham, Md. 

Bonnie Green and Dick Schilperoort, Dec. 8, Toppen- 
ish United Methodist Church, Toppenish, Wash. The 
ceremony was performed by Pastors Charles Winter 
and Greg Ryerson. 

Mary Jones and Joseph Nass, Dec. 15, Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. Officiat- 
ing were Charles Ashman and A. Rollin Sandy. 
Nina Buker and Gregory Loewer, Dec. 21, Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 
Mary Shriver and Glen Wertz, Dec. 21, Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. 
Elaine Gallaway and Rich Hess, Dec. 22, Ashland 
Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 
Brenda Frazier and David Stroup, Dec. 22, Grace 
Seminary Chapel, Winona Lake, Ind. The groom's 
family are members of the Simi Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Simi Valley, Calif. 

Debbie Frank and Trevor Tipton, Dec. 29, Penn Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
Cathy Scott and Tracy Overton, Dec. 29, Leon Breth- 
ren Church, Leon, Iowa. 

DGBC Christian Education office, as part of its 
church growth emphasis, is inviting pastors and church 
leaders to hear church growth expert Lyle Schaller, 
April 22-23, in Ashland, Ohio (GBC). Lodging and 
Tuesday's supper are provided, with a $15 fee for the 
10 hours with Schaller— author of many books on 
church growth. Call Ginny Toroian at the CE office 
for details (219/267-6622). 

□ Suburban Grace Brethren Church of Hatboro, Pa., 
is seeking a pastor. Any pastor who is considering a 
change, please send a resume to: Mrs. Lois Kimble, 
432 Mallard Rd., Hatboro, Pa. 19040. The phone 
number is 215/672-3382. All information will be held 
in confidence. 

DMrs. Julia Smithwick of the Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, Wash., was honored on Feb. 10 for 
45 years of faithful music ministry to the church and 
the community. Mrs. Smithwick is a charter member 
of the Harrah church and has served as both pianist 
and organist since 1935. Past Moderator Harry 
Parton presided over the evening ceremony in which 
Mrs. Smithwick was presented with a plaque com- 
memorating her many years of ministry. 

The Smithwicks' three children are all in Christian 
service. Son, Larry, and wife, Shari, pastor the 
Anchorage Grace Brethren Church, Anchorage, 
Alaska. Daughter Rachel and husband, Roy Getman, 
serve with Coastal Missions on Vancouver Island. 
Their youngest daughter, Kathy, and husband, Roy 
Harris, serve in Papua, New Guinea, with JAARS, the 
aircraft/radio arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators. 
Charles H. Winter, pastor. 

□ A premiere showing of the new film "Joni" was 
seen at the Grace Brethren Church of Temple Hills, 
Md. Over 700 viewed the two showings of the film. 
Also, Dr. James Dobson's "Focus on the Family" 
film series was shown for seven consecutive Sunday 
evenings. Attendance was averaged over 450 per Sun- 
day. James Dixon, pastor. 

c no ngc yc< inuoi 

D Donald Bowlin, 1724 J Ave., N.E., Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa 52402. □ James Elwell, Ch. Capt., USAF, 1606 
ABW/HC, Kirkland AFB, N. Mex. 87117. □ Mailing 
address for the Clearwater, Fla., Grace Brethren 
Church: 2341 Haitian Dr., Apt. 9, Clearwater, Fla. 
33515 (Tel. 813/443-0723, days; 813/796-0176, 
evenings). □ Kenneth Teague's telephone number 
should be 703/342-2625. □ Russell Williams, 6213 
Green Eyes Way, Orangevale, Calif. 95662. Grass Val- 
ley church. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

BRINER, Beulah, Feb. 12, 88. Mrs. Briner was the 
mother of Mrs. Tom (Doris) Julien, missionary to 
France. Revs. Woodrow Immel and Richard Craig of- 
ficiated at the memorial service in North Manchester, 

GLADWELL, Ed, Jan. 22, First Brethren Church, 
Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
MUNCH, Austin, April 14, 1979, charter member of 
Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Charles 
Davis, pastor. Mr. Munch was a deacon in the First 
Brethren Church, Washington, D.C., for many years. 
STOVER, Effie, Jan. 27, Harrah Brethren Church, 
Harrah, Wash. Charles H. Winter, pastor. 

april '80 

God is effectively using 

our National Evangelist 

Mason Cooper 

in a Revival ministry 

during these days. 

His ministry is available 

Could Revival be the answer? to your church. 

Does your church need this? 
Do you? 

Contact: The Board of Evangelism 

Dr. Robert Collitt, director, 1511 Maiden Lane, S.W., Roanoke, Va. 24015. Tel. 703/345-5013 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
Enjoyed Another Record Income in 1979 

The total income of the Herald was $1,157,000, establishing a new high! 
Thank you for helping in getting good gospel literature into the hands and 
hearts of people. 

To be of more service to you, it is now possible to call toll-free from all states 
except Indiana, Hawaii, and Alaska. The number is 1-800-348-2756. 

Again Our Thanks to You! 


april '80 

QA/e'/ie in ou/t mw Cfi kmdqaatitml 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

America Grows Up or Here Come the Adults 
or Ready or Not . . . 

Our sociological bulge is showing as a nation, and it's in 
the 25-35 age section especially. 

The people who were the baby boom after World War II 
and in the early 1950s became the Pepsi generation of the 
1960s and the young singles of the 1970s and are now the 
young adults. The babies of the banner crop year in 1955 
are now 24 or 25. 

And some of them have come back to church. 

Probably more will as we are ready for them. 

So you hear advertisers going after the young adult 
market and the 30s and 40s people rather than just the 
teens, as before. 

It isn't like we should fire the youth sponsors or the 
parents in our churches and get young adult or middle-adult 
pastors, but it is like we should be ready. 

Or rather, catch up. 

We've been saying adult things in Christian Education 
and in our churches for a good while now, but not all of us 
have been doing the things that matter and heal adults 
where they hurt. 

Some of the specifics churches can consider: 

1. Continuing education or adult education for adults. 
An evening Bible institute approach, for instance. 

2. A child care center once a week or every now and 
then for mothers to get a morning for ministries or shop- 
ping ... or a preschool center. (The obvious tension for 
many is related to strong feelings that the mothers of young 

children should not work out of the home, or leave the chil- 
dren once a month to go shopping, perhaps. The facts are, 
some will. Some have to!) 

3. Mothers clubs— possible in any size church. Who will 
start the ball rolling by going to the pastor with the idea 
and burden? There are a lot of mothers needing support 
and sharing times. 

4. Have special ministries and service opportunities and 
social times for seniors— those retired. 

5. Provide a yearly seminar on parenting, or a monthly 
"training hour" session or sermon helps on family principles 
and helps. 

6. Provide a family atmosphere of love for people who 
have no families. 

7. Help the growing number of single adults mix with 
other adults in the church. 

8. Start new young married classes frequently to help 
bring in new blood and meet the needs of the younger 

9. Feel responsible yourself, without an official posi- 
tion, to help other adults feel welcome in your church. Best 
way: have them in your home. 

10. Be sure you are a part of warm and friendly openings 
and greetings in your adult classes. A big factor in love and 

1 1 . Think adult when you think Sunday school— not just 
children. It's a very special need for singles and married. 

We thank you for your help with the CE move to a new head- 
quarters building, if you're one of the many individuals and 
churches who responded. If you can still give for this immediate 
ministry need, please share your gift now. Praise the Lord, we 
had the necessary $20,000 on the day of closing! 

april '80 

as you ceieorate tne year or tne buna; 
remember that the party is for adults too. 

Every adult in local church, 
we think at CE, 
ought to have three 
concurrent experiences: 

1. "Celebration" (worship 



2. "Congregation" (medium size 

class or 
+ group) 

3. "Cell" (small, intimate group 
for discipleship, 
+ growth) 

At Celebration, the group 
praises and learns. God is the 

At Congregation, there is time 
for interchange and fellowship. 
You are missed if absent. You 
make friends. 

At Cell, you get to relate 
carefully and share and grow in 
personal problems. 

Consider the three needs! 


april '80 

What is a Mother's Club? 


Discriminating, exclusive, and definitely a good idea. 


So much to learn, so much to do, so much to give, so much. 


A big word with a big meaning. The creature enabled by the 
creator to love. Uniquely. His marvelous plan. 

"Mothers Club"— a part of Grace Brethren Church, West 
Main, in Ashland, is being tried by others too. It's not exactly 
another social. Singled out, the privileged mothers of pre- 
schoolers are given the excellent opportunity of selected edu- 

Under the pastoral instruction of Associate Pastor John 
Teevan, this ministry is coordinated by Jane Teevan, Maxine 
Currie, Liz Hayes, Marilyn Cotsamire, and Mary Roediger. 
Several members who offer assistance can take credit for the 

Volunteers, organized by Pat Bachus, from the church take 
charge of the nursery. Undoubtedly, this service is what really 
makes Mothers Club possible. Nursery expenses and meeting 
costs are covered by a small donation each mother is asked to 

About one-third of the mothers who attend are from no 
church or another church. 

In 90 minutes, the ladies share spiritual communion 
through devotions given by the leaders, an interesting book re- 
port^ craft-of-the-month. They hear the speaker-of-the-month 
teaching the biblical aspect of discipline, or communication, or 
nutrition, and more. Meetings are scheduled every other Thurs- 
day morning. 

A new feature added this year is interviews with mothers. 
Insight, encouragement, wisdom, and laughter are shared when 
these mothers get together to learn from one another. Adding 
variety and fun to the scope of child development, "Activities 
to be done with child" is also offered. 

The Mothers Club newsletter, no less a collector's item, an- 
nounces the monthly meetings, lists features planned, recipes, 
Mothers-of-the-Month, hints, in addition to a variety of writ- 
ings printed for enriched mothering. 

Mothering. A blessing— unequalled, underestimated, un- 
deserved . 

His good idea. 

—by Anne Stefaniuk, mother of five and free-lance 
writer in Red Haw, Ohio. 

The Stefaniuk Family (Baby, Paul, not shown) 

chool, birthday 200, 

As we celebrate "Happy Two-hundreth Birthday" for Sunday school, we 
hear from two CE experts: Lowell Brown, founder-director of Inter- 
national Center for Learning, who has shared in our CE convention; and 
Rod Toews, Gospel Light vice president, and a regular contributor to our 
annual CE conventions. The question: 

Is Sunday School Really Needled 
by Adults in the '80s? 

Brown: Is the Sunday school 
needed in the '80s? I would 
have to say that, yes, it is 
necessary because it is one of 
the few programs we have 
that will help the conditions 
of the '80s. People need Bible 
study as much today as ever. 
They need to get into a group 
of people and ask, "What does 
the Bible say about my 
life?" If people are going to 
get active in Bible study, 
Sunday school is one of the 
few places available. 

Toews: As an adult teacher, I 
notice how much people need 
interpersonal relationships 
with one another. For ex- 
ample, couples are lost in our 
world to find identity with 
other people. Consequently, 
the opportunities that we 
structure within the Sunday 
school provide the possibilities 
for people to share their 
lives. Loneliness— in adults, in 
marriage, among children— can 
be addressed within the caring 
unit structure of the Sunday 
school. The Sunday school is 
the best vehicle to organize 

effective caring units, and 
more importantly maintain 
them, through the year's pro- 

Brown: Agreed. I think that 
the Sunday school is still the 
only program that most 
churches have that will take 
the oldest to the youngest 
and provide a systematic, 
planned, organized Bible study 

Toews: God has called a lot of 
people to work in the vine- 
yard, yet where are you going 
to be able to find significant 
ministries within the church as 
a layman? I think that the 
Sunday school provides not 
only the opportunity for 
teaching, but also for putting 
people in roles of administra- 
tion, of serving to visit, of just 
being a servant in refresh- 
ments. Again, the Sunday 
school is the great opportunity 
for the church to say, "Men 
and women you come here; 
we'll give you an expression 
for your life through minis- 

A computer-evaluated 
Sunday school report 
of the Fellowship of 
I I Grace Brethren 

Div. Church 


A Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 

James Custer 

Wilfred Friesland 
B Wooster, Ohio 

Kenneth Ashman 

Richard Holmes 
C Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

David Seifert 

Harlan Vanden Bosch 
D Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 

Randy Bowman 

Robert Hanchey 
E Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 

Duke Wallace 

Ed Betz 
F Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 

Curtis Stroman 

Richard Gantz 
G North Kokomo, Ind. 

Jay Fretz 

Gary Trimble 
H Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 

Gerald Allebach 

Paul Ream 
I Cypress, Calif. 

Steve Bradley 

Anita David 
J Dryhill.Ky. 

Sam Baer 

Sally Jane Begley 
N Toledo, Ohio 

Jeff Carroll 

Doug Davisson 

A.M. Celebration Growth! 

Five over 900 

+ Seven over 500 

+ Five over 400 

+ Nine over 300 

While we make much of 

quality and spiritual 

growth, we also rejoice as 

more of our churches are 

expanding ministries into 

larger numbers. 

Let's thank God together! 

Sandra Sayne 
1979 SMM 
Girl of the Year 

SMM is . . . 

. . . for any age girl from first through 
twelfth grade. There are four groups: 

Little Sisters— first through third grade; 
Amigas— fourth through sixth grade; 
Lumiere— seventh through ninth grade; 
Chan's— tenth through twelfth grade. 

... a program where girls learn about the 
importance of service and worship. SMM en- 
courages girls to memorize and apply Scrip- 
ture to daily living. 

. . . encourages girls to pray, give and go! 
Missions is a very integral part of SMM. 

... a chance for girls to grow in all areas of 
their lives. That's why SMM uses the ex- 
ample of Christ's life and teachings as the 
foundation for all programming (Luke 2:52). 

Some of Our Best Friends 
are - Girls 

Sandra Sayne attributes her desire to be a mis- 
sionary as a direct result of the missions emphasis 
in SMM. Twelve years in the program has had a tre- 
mendous influence on her life. "SMM taught me 
the importance of establishing goals and completing 
them. But more important it helped me see God's 
plan for myself as a woman." 

Service is a large part of SMM and Sandra feels 
that through SMM she has learned the importance 
of serving other people. She puts into practice 
what she has learned. She was on Operation 
Barnabas in 1979 and is now actively involved in 
puppets, drama team, nursery help and junior 
church at her local church. "I want the world to 
be a better place by serving the Lord in everything 
I do through my daily walk with Him." 

Being crowned 1979 SMM Girl of the Year last 
summer at Brethren National Youth Conference 
was the highlight of her 12 years in SMM. "Receiv- 
ing this honor has opened up many more doors for 
me to be able to witness and share my love for the 

This fall Sandra plans to attend Grace College. 
She will start pursuing courses in Christian Educa- 
tion which will aid in her goal to be in full-time 
missionary service. 

The SMM program is designed to stimulate 
spiritual growth in girls like Sandra. Your prayers 
and gifts allow these ministries to continue. 

To help Brethren girls, designate gifts to: 

GBC Christian Education 

P.O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

The Growinq 

by Pastor Bob Combs, Norton, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church 

Sunday School Open House 

We tried it at GBC of Norton and we liked it. 
The pu rpose was to give the teacher the opportu nity 
to establish rapport with parents and acquaint 
them with the materials, methods, and procedures 
of the classroom. 

We've tried "open house" twice. Sunday 
evening works best. Teachers were very positive 
after it was all over. 

After a general session explaining the schedule, 
there were three 15-minute classroom periods. 
Each teacher was in his class for two of those 

periods. The other period was used for him to visit 
his child's class. 

I conducted a Bible study for adults who were 
not involved. The youth held their regular youth 
meeting. There were learning activities for children. 

"The Christian Home." a film featuring Howard 
Hendricks, was shown and a fellowship time 
followed. The entire program lasted two hours. 

We plan to make "Sunday school open house" 
an annual event; knowing successful traditions are 
vital to church growth. 

a p rM -so Thank you for your loving prayers for your 

GBC Christian Ed Staff. We need the Lord and you! 



52 Churches Here We Come! 

As the decade of the eighties unfolds, the challenges 
for the Christian community are tremendous. 
Recognizing that Christ may return in this current 
decade, many Christians, Christian organizations and 
local churches are claiming aggressive goals for 
reaching their world for Christ. "Fifty-two Churches 
by 1984" is such a goal established by The Brethren 
Home Missions Council. 

Believing that evangelization is most effectively ac- 
complished through Bible-teaching, Christ-committed 
local churches, The Brethren Home Missions Council 
introduced "A Bountiful Harvest/40th Anniversary 
Church Planting Campaign" in August of 1979. The 
thrust of the program was to plant 10 churches over 
and above our anticipated growth of 42 churches by 
1984. A goal of $400,000, by December 31, 1979, vitally 
contributed to the establishment of these 10 additional 

With the conclusion of our fortieth anniversary em- 
phasis, the Council is now faced with the task — 52 
churches by 1984! Is it possible? We believe it is! But 
only as Brethren across this nation take up this church 
planting challenge through prayer, personal involve- 
ment and financial support. 


□ States without Grace Brethren Churches. 

Planting Bible-teaching, Christ-committed, soul- 
winning, missionary-minded local churches is the com- 
mitment The Brethren Home Missions Council has made 
to God and the FGBC. The above map shows the bound- 
ries of our Fellowship. Through the Bountiful Harvest 
program, the Council hopes to accelerate the growth of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

"Harvest News," a publication of The Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. Vol. 2 No. 1 

april '80 119 

A Bountiful 



by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Executive Secretary 

Tracing Our Roots 

The Bountiful Harvest program grew out of a progressive 
missions strategy developed in the late '60s. Disappointed in 
the annual reports of many home missions churches, The 
Brethren Home Missions Council determined to assist their 
churches in becoming more evangelistic, visionary and people 

After a careful study of slow-growing churches, the Council 
took three steps to help home mission churches become 
strong self-supporting witnesses. First, a two-year program 
of personal evangelism training for local churches was launch- 
ed with the use of Rev. and Mrs. Ron Picard. Beginning their 
ministry in 1970, the Picards moved from church to church 
training pastors and laymen in soul winning and effective 

A second corrective measure centered on the pastor. A 
careful program of screening home mission pastoral can- 
didates, with a special emphasis on spiritual gifts, personal 
evangelism and a compassion for the lost, was implemented. 
Orientation classes for new mission personnel began and soul 
winning was stressed at annual workshops. 

Our third directive involved an outline of goals for local 
church growth. Goals for souls to be won, increases in atten- 
dance and membership, as well as finances were to be set. 
Self-supporting became a stronger emphasis with a five-year 
self-support plan for all new mission points established. 

Out of this background came the Bountiful Harvest em- 
phasis of the present hour. When The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council Board of Directors met at the Brethren Navajo 
Mission in March of 1979, we were primed for visionary goals 
and aggressive advancement. The five newly established 
Navajo churches set the mood for the important decisions of 
the week. Mr. Brad Skiles, our new promotional secretary, 
laid out the Bountiful Harvest program. The Board and staff 
united in prayer and gave a "full speed ahead" approval to the 
challenging church planting venture. 

A Phenomenal Response 
The enthusiastic acceptance of the Bountiful Harvest 
challenge at national conference was unprecedented. The of- 
fering and commitments were the largest ever taken in a na- 
tional conference. The Grace Brethren Fellowship, under the 
excellent leadership of Dr. David Hocking, faced up to our 
church growth "diseases" and accepted the challenge of 
church planting in America and Canada. 

Though there was some fear that the new corps of foreign 
mission candidates might not receive their support, the Lord 
honored the faith of the Brethren by even a greater commit- 
ment for Foreign Missions on the following night. This proved 
again that a balanced home and foreign mission emphasis will 
produce God's maximum blessing. Building strong 
missionary-minded churches at home will produce support for 
missionary service abroad. 

The response in letters and gifts was overwhelming in 
these months since national conference. A businessman in 
Northern California wrote, "Yes, Dr. Pifer, I'll join you in 
prayer" and enclosed a $500 check. An isolated Brethren fami- 
ly in the state of Washington sent a gift of $500. A semi- 
retired pastor in Kenai, Alaska, sent an enthusiastic letter 



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Over forty Brethren from the First Brethren Church in Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, committed themselves to the Bountiful Harvest challenge. 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer, pictured above with Pastor Galen Lingenfelter, 
was able to personally thank many of these Brethren. 

and notified us of a $500 gift placed in the Kenai church for "A 
Bountiful Harvest." A doctor in Southern California sent his 
congratulations with a $2,000 check. A pastor from Clayton, 
Ohio, wrote "enclosed is my check for $40 to help in planting 
new churches in our Fellowship. It's my prayer that the Lord 
will give the vision you have to the people of our churches." 

We received hundreds of letters with the Bountiful 
Harvest offerings, some sent direct and others through their 

One of the most dramatic responses came at the First 
Brethren Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when almost every 
family present came forward to dedicate themselves to 
church planting and Pastor Galen Lingenfelter presented us 
with a check for $1,140. I had the privilege of personally 
thanking these Brethren and handing them their gold finished 
lapel pins. 

The Bountiful Harvest emphasis also helped the annual 
home missions offering, enabling us to receive our largest in- 
come for home missions. It exceeded our expenses by slightly 
over $5,000. Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! 

The Bottom Line 

The most rewarding responses came in the form of new 
churches and Bible classes being established. During the fall 
months of our promotional campaign, our Winona office was 
flooded with news of Brethren desiring to be involved in 
establishing new churches. New Bible classes emerged at 
Henderson, Nevada, and Flossmoor, Illinois, both with ex- 
cellent church planting potential. Five new Bible classes 
began in Florida (Jacksonville, Melbourne, Sebring, Lakeland 
and New Port Richey). A family in Raleigh, North Carolina, 
asked us for names of local Brethren and expressed a desire 
for a GBC in this growing city. Two new Grace Brethren 
Churches were organized in Southern California. Canadian 
doors began to open. 

The Bountiful Harvest goal is to plant 52 Grace Brethren 
Churches by 1984. Forty-two of these 
churches will be established by our normal growth pattern. 
The ten additional churches are planned but can only come as 
we pray the Lord of the Harvest for wisdom on locations, mis- 
sionary personnel and for the financial support. 

A tool for helping us reach our goal of 52 new 
churches was a $400,000 goal, essential to the development of 
10 churches beyond our budgeted growth. Currently we have 
1,618 people committed to "A Bountiful Harvest," represen- 
ting gifts of over $63,000. 1 believe more Brethren will commit 
themselves to this church planting challenge before 1984. As 
opportunities develop, and as we progress toward our ag- 
gressive "52 new churches" goal, God will supply the financ- 
ing through Brethren who share our desire for church plan- 
ting and for reaching this nation and our world for Christ. 
Let's praise God in advance for the souls He is going to reach 
through the Grace Brethren Fellowship! 

!0 april '80 

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Just want to thank you for the pewter pin. I 
praise the Lord for people like you who see to 
it that the Great Commission is carried out! 


For the first time in our lives we know what 
sacrificial giving means. After committing ourselves to 
"A Bountiful Harvest," our car insurance came due, 
our taxes came due, our oven went out, . . . then we 
learned that our National Guard pay check would not 
arrive until January. God continues to bless us unex- 
pectedly and today the Guard check arrived. All our 
bills are paid and with this letter is the rest of our $40. 
We may not have much under our Christmas tree this 
year but we do have the best gift of all — the Lord 
Jesus Christ and to Him we say "Happy Birthday and 
here's a gift to use toward your Bountiful Harvest!" 
Thanks for your service! 


Enclosed is my check for 
$40.00 to help with the program 
of planting new churches in our 
Fellowship. It is my prayer that 
the Lord will give the vision 
you have to the people of our 
churches. Thank you for the 


Thank you for the brochure: 
"A Bountiful Harvest." I found 
it very interesting and en- 
couraging. Though I am no 
longer a member of the 
Brethren Church, I am still in- 
terested in your home missions 
program. May the Lord bless 
your every effort to His glory 
for the salvation of hundreds of 
precious souls. Enclosed is my 
check for $100 for Brethren 
Home Missions. 


Although my mother passed away last 
spring, at the age of 98 V2, we still respect her 
intense zeal and interest in Brethren Missions. 
Even the last Sunday before her death she 
came home from church with a brochure in her 
bulletin concerning Home Missions. I know 
that she would have found some way to save 
$40.00 to be involved in this church planting 
campaign. Please accept this gift in remem- 
brance of her. 


Thank you for the pin. It is attractive and also pro- 
vides an opportunity to tell non-Brethren about our 
Fellowship. We rejoice that your financial needs are 
being supplied and that prospects for this coming year 
are good. We will do whatever we can to help you, 
through prayer and gifts. 


Any individual contributing $40 or more to "A Bountiful 
Harvest" campaign will receive an attractive gold finish 
home missions lapel pin. 

You Can Still Be Involved! 
OK, here's my special gift of □ $20, □ $40, D $_ 

for your church planting campaign. I'm anxious to see God 
use our Fellowship in planting 52 new gospel outposts! 


City, State . 


Local Church 

(Mail to: BHMC, Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590) 

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april '80 

New Churches 

and Classes 


Burlington, Vermont 

Rev. James Hunt T 
167 W. Main St. 
Newport, VT 05855 

Butler, Pennsylvania 

Rev. Robert L. Burns T 
R.R. 4, Box 39 
Kittanning, PA 16201 

Canal Fulton, Ohio 
Rev. Robert Carmean P 
Grace Brethren Chapel 
5516 Bridgeport 
Canal Fulton, OH 44614 

Flossmoor, Illinois 
Rev. Bill Smith T 
BHMC, P.O. Box 587 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Frederick, Maryland 

Pastor Jeff Thornley T 
c/o Grace Brethren Church 
5000 St. Barnabas Rd. 
Temple Hills, MD 20031 

Frostburg, Maryland 

Rev. Wayne Mensinger T 
Route 1, Box 379 
Frostburg, MD 21532 

Henderson, Nevada 

Rev. William Fay T 
c/o Don Blakeley 
632 Apollo Drive 
Henderson, NV 89015 

Jacksonville, Florida 

Rev. Gary Cole T 
Grace Brethren Church 
Barberville Road, Rte. 40 
Ormond Beach, FL 32074 

Lakeland, Florida 

Mr. Willard Yothers L 
126 E. Palm Drive 
Lakeland, FL 33803 

Marysville, Ohio 
Rev. Howard Downing P 
8240 Smith-Calhoun Road 
Plain City, OH 43064 

Melbourne, Florida 

Rev. Ed Jackson T 
Grace Brethren Church 
5425 S. Apopka-Vineland Road 
Orlando, FL 32811 

New Port Richey, Florida 

Mr. Lonnie Miller L 
Ja-Mar Travel Park 
1793 U.S. Hwy 19 N. 
Port Richey, FL 33568 

Riverside, California 

Rev. Brian Smith P 

3602 Ladoga 

Long Beach, CA 90808 

Santa Rosa, California 

Rev. Melford Grimm L 
4355 Panorama Drive 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 

Sebring, Florida 

Mr. Stephen Figley L 
Route 3, Box 2914 
Okeechobee, FL 33472 

Stanstead, Quebec 
Rev. Jim Hunt 
167 W. Main St. 
Newport, VT 05855 

Toledo, Ohio 
Rev. Jeffry Carroll P 
1114 Harrow 
Toledo, OH 43615 

Toledo, Ohio 

Rev. Richard Hopkins P 
302 N. Main Street 
Walbridge, OH 43465 

Torrance, California 
Rev. Tom Hughes P 
3102 Ocana 
Long Beach, CA 90808 

Waldorf, Maryland 

Pastor Jeff Thornley T 
c/o Grace Brethren Church 
5000 St. Barnabas Rd. 
Temple Hills, MD 20031 

Watkins, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church 

Louis Huesmann, Jr. L 
2525 Carriage Rd. 
Powell, OH 43065 

P = Pastor 
T = Teacher 
L = Layman 

MARCH 1, 1980 

More Money Needed? 

That's right! Although The Brethren Home Missions 
Council is moving full speed ahead with the goal of 52 
new churches by 1984, it is not too late to join this 
church planting campaign. The $63,000 + raised in the 
1979 "A Bountiful Harvest" emphasis could be used to 
bring one church to a five-year support level, or assist 
several works in initially getting started. But the 
overall goal of 10 churches beyond our budgeted 
growth will only be possible as more funds are marked 
"A Bountiful Harvest." 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is proceeding 
with the aggressive goals, trusting God for the needed 
funds as new works are developed. If you have not join- 
ed this church planting venture — we would welcome 
your involvement! 


Please contact one of these new 
groups if you are moving to their 
area and could be used of the 
Lord to help build a Grace 
Brethren Church. In addition to 
praying for these new 
developments, you could assist in 
the growth of these churches and 
classes if you can supply the 
groups with names of friends and 
family members who might be 
relocating in one of these areas. 

Note: This list may not represent all Bible 
classes or churches being developed in the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship. We request 
your help in keeping us informed of cur- 
rent developments! 

april '80 

by Cheryl Swift 

Cheryl (Berggren) Swift grew up in 
the North Long Beach (Calif.) Brethren 
Church where she and her husband, Dave, 
were married. They have lived in Riverside 
(50 miles east of Long Beach) for over 
two years. 

In the 

The Riverside, California, Brethren 

The cold yellow sun shivered as 
it rose in the early morning sky. 
Yawning, I stretched and rolled 
over in my warm sleeping bag, eager 
for more sleep. But within 
moments, the spell of the quiet 
morning was broken as bulldozers 
and jackhammers blasted through 
the cold, still air. Carpenters shouted 
to one another as their powerful 
pneumatic air guns ricocheted off 
wooden beams, keeping rhythm to 
the whining horn of the earth 
mover grading the streets out front. 

I pulled back the worn sheets 
hanging across the windows and 
sleepily peeked out. Rows and rows 
of empty, half -finished houses 
stood at attention. Shivering in the 
early morning sun; a new housing 
tract was being built in Southern 
California. I pulled the blanket 
tighter around me and shivered, 
too. Being young, excited, and 
expecting our first child, we had 
moved into our new house without 
water, gas, electricity, or furniture 
and alone in our "ghost town" we 
waited for weeks before we had any 
real neighbors. 

And so began a new life; a life 
filled with new friends, a new baby, 
new lawns, new curtains, but in the 
midst of the activity and newness, a 
dull pain ached in our hearts. We 
could find no church. How we 
longed to raise our new little 
daughter in a loving, Christ-centered 
Brethren church. But as the weeks 
and months wore on, we found no 
such place. 

Housing tracts like ours con- 

tinued to spring up throughout 
Riverside, California, at a phenome- 
nal rate. So many young families 
and young children— all needing to 
know that Christ loves them and 
died for them. The ache in our 
hearts deepened. "If only Brian 
and Kathy Smith were out here," 
my husband and I joked with each 
other, remembering our beloved 
"young marrieds" pastor and his 
wife at North Long Beach Brethren 
Church. "Why, if they were here 
we could win the entire city of 
Riverside (population, 162,800) for 
Christ! Such potential lies here!" 
Little did we know that God was 
thinking the same thing, and at that 
very moment was working behind 
the scenes, unbeknownst to us all. 

Several Brethren families 
"happened" to move into the 
Riverside area. God continued 
working. One afternoon a surprise 
letter arrived in the mail. "Would 
you be interested in starting a new 
Grace Brethren church?" asked Bob 
Thompson, of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council. In the weeks that 
followed, we gathered together to 
discuss the possibilities of planting 
a Grace Brethren church in River- 
side. How excited we all were! We 
continued to meet together every 
week, but how we longed for, and 
needed a leader— someone to give 
us direction and a goal. "It's going 
to take time to find a pastor," Bob 
warned us soberly. But God had 
already chosen someone. 

Someone whom He had been 
preparing well. One well weathered 

in the things of the Lord; a man 
with a vision, and the determination 
to see a dream fulfilled. One who 
had been our teacher in the high 
school department, right-hand man 
to our pastor, our "young marrieds" 
pastor . . . yes, our very own Brian 

How we praise God for the 
miraculous ways in which He 
works! Home Bible studies fol- 
lowed, discipleship programs, 
searching for a school to hold 
church services in, waiting for 
consideration by the Home 
Missions Board to be a Brethren 
Home Mission point .... 

God will build His Church. A 
church of love, warmth, and truth. 
How thankful we all are to be able 
to be a part of it. Yes, God will 
build His Church. You watch, you 
wait, you 11 see. 

Pastor Brian 
Smith has been 
an active mem- 
ber of North 
Long Beach 
Church for 
over 18 years. During his last 3 
years he served as associate pastor 
to David Miller, overseeing the 
evangelism I discip lesh ip m in is try 
and counseling. Currently, Brian is 
holding home Bible studies in 
Riverside and hopes to begin regular 
church services by April 1980. 

april '80 ( 

Expecting a Miracle 

You don't have to live in Oklahoma to expect miracles. They happen in California also. The Hemet, 
California, Grace Brethren Church maintains the motto: "Expect a Miracle!" And such an event is 

Arriving in Hemet on November 15, 1978, Pastor Sheldon Perrine and his wife, Nelda, have watched 
God bring the church membership from 20 in January 1978, to 46 in February 1980. During 1979 the 
Hemet Brethren have witnessed 24 first-time decisions for Christ, 15 baptisms, and 25 people rededicating 
their lives to Christ. 

The enthusiasm for growth was demonstrated financially among these believers as their $12,000 
budget for 1979 was exceeded in offerings by $7,000. A building fund which was started in June of 1979, 
closed the year with a balance of over $4,200. 

Asked what his strategy was for growth, Pastor Perrine replied, "Loving the flock and seeing that they 
are well fed (spiritually, of course)." 

Does that automatically produce growth? "No, but I've found that when my people realize that the 
love they experience among believers is genuine and cannot be duplicated apart from Christ, then they seem 
to be anxious to share that love with neighbors and friends. When you build upon that motivation with 
solid Bible teaching and instruction concerning our evangelistic responsibility, visitors are a natural 
byproduct," says Sheldon. 

Then you don't personally need to be involved in evangelism, right? "Wrong! 1 can't tell my people 
that they need to get out and share their Christ with a dying community if I'm not setting the example! 
My congregation must be able to see that what I say is what I do!" 

Sheldon is setting the example for his congregation. In 1979 Pastor Perrine made 667 calls (including 
calls on members) and handed out over 5 ,500 gospel tracts. 

Evangelistic fervor is as much a part of Sheldon Perrine as is his smile-in fact, they often work as a 
team. Sheldon recently reported that as he entered a dry-cleaning service near his home, the woman at the 
counter said, "My, but you're a happy man." Sheldon was quick to reply, "That's right, and I have a tract 
I would like to give to you that will tell you how you can also be happy." 

Finding out that the woman did not attend church anywhere, Sheldon invited her to attend Hemet 
GBC. That next Sunday she was there, the following Sunday she accepted Christ, two weeks later she was 
baptized, became a member of the church, and is now actively greeting visitors! 

Such a commitment to evangelism has led the church to set some aggressive goals for 1980. Twenty- 
five new families, 100 new converts, 100 baptisms and an average of 100 in Sunday school, are the miracles 
that these Brethren are trusting God for. The Brethren Home Missions Council is thrilled to see the vision 
and faith of this home missions church and has every reason to believe that God will perform His miracle at 

Pray that: 

1. God will supply the needed leadership for the growing church. 

2. The pastor will continue to be an excited motivator in preaching the Word and directing the laity in 

personal evangelism. 

3. Lasting fruit will result from the church's evangelism class. 

= -ir april '80 

Larry Wedertz prays God's blessing upon the life and testimony of Jose Castillo at his 
baptism in late spring of 1975- 

Jose has 
Gone Home 

by Angie Garber 

As I approached the nurses' 
station in the Cuba (N. Mex.) 
hospital that morning I learned that 
my old friend Jose, had suffered a 
stroke an hour before, and his left 
side was paralyzed. Two nurses 
were busy at his bed so I stood, wait- 
ing, outside his room. Soon Dolly, a 
nurse's aid and a member of the 
Cedar Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
said 1 could go in before they started 

the "Ivs." 

As I stood at his bed he asked 
Dolly, in Navajo, who it was. She 
pulled the bed from the wall so I 
could go on the other side where he 
could see me better. I opened my 
Navajo Bible to John 14, knowing 
it would be familiar to him. Read- 
ing those hope-filled verses brought 
tears to my eyes, so Dolly took 
over and read to him. Before she 
finished she was called away. 1 be- 
gan at verse one and then reread the 
words, "I go to prepare a place for 
you. ... I am the way." When my 
short broken prayer was ended 
Dolly returned and showed me his 
helpless left hand. I took his good 
hand in mine and he squeezed mine 
again and again. About the same 
time the next day we received word 
of his death. 

I cannot remember when I first 
saw Jose. I just remember he was a 
little white-haired man who lived 
along in the Chiquito camp. He 
herded sheep most of the time, but 
once in a while he would be stand- 
ing in the door of his house watch- 
ing as we visited his relatives. Once 
when no one was at the other 
houses, we went to his home and 
read to him. 

Lee Trujillo was his younger 
brother and was anxious to have his 

own people come to the Lord. He 
would drive his truck out and bring 
a load of people, including Jose, to 
church. When the Cedar Hill church 
was built, Jose became the janitor 
and loved to care for the building. 
Always at the services, he grew in 
the knowledge of the Word. When 
he saw us on the mission station, he 
greeted us with a wide smile and a 
happy word. 

Late last fall he was hospitalized 
with cancer and from then on he 
was in and out of the hospitals at 
Gallup and Cuba. The doctor told 
me a couple of months ago they 
gave him only a little while to live. 

When Jose was with his family 
for Christmas, he said he wasn't 
afraid to die as he was saved and 
ready to go. He was so thankful 
that Lee kept coming to his home 
and telling him of the Lord, even 
when he did not want him to bring 
the Bible and talk to him. What a 
happy day it was when he was bap- 
tized as a believer in Jesus Christ. 

Jose's life here has ended, but 
we know we shall see that joyous 
smile again in that place our Lord 
has gone to prepare for those who 
put their trust in Him. Truly Jesus 
is the Way to everlasting life. Jose 
has found the way and has gone to 
his eternal home. 

Our passbook accounts enjoy 5.85% 

continuous compounded interest 

which annually pays 6.02% 

You can have a part in building churches! 

Since 1955, The Brethren Investment 
Foundation has been able to lend money 
for growth and expansion to 160 Brethren 
churches. Only YOU have made that possi- 
ble by investing in BIF. As you save, your 
money works building more Brethren 

Brethren Investment Foundation 
Where your money works! 

Write to us for more information: Box 587 • Brethren Missions Building • Winona Lake, IN 46590 

A A A A ilk. 

Itfews from Dryhill 

Shoal, Ky., 

Where Half the Town 

Comes to Church 

by Pastor Sam Baer 

Should we continue this church 
or close it down? That was the 
question that continually bothered 
Pastor Sam and Betty Baer. From 
October to December, attendances 
had been as low as one and no 
higher than five. Two faithful godly 
ladies had moved away and both of 
them were tithers. Was it worth the 
bumpy 45-minute drive one way, or 
could our time be used more profit- 
ably in another area? 

After taking people home from 
the Dryhill church on Sunday after- 
noon, I would eat a hurried dinner 
and leave for Shoal at 1 :45 p.m. for 
the 35- to 45-minute drive. Located 
in three hollows ("hollers"), the 
Shoal chapel was started and built 
by Marvin Lowery as a result of a 
Vacation Bible School one year. We 
would have church from 2:30 to 
3:30 p.m. and then I would leave 
right away for a Sunday evening 
service back in Dryhill. Sundays 
were quite hectic. 

I started going out to Shoal on 
Fridays and holding two individual 
Bible studies with two men. They 
enjoyed it and appreciated my visits 
on Friday and I was having a good 
time, too. I would also visit some 
of the other homes in this small 
mountain community. 

"Why not have church on Friday 
evening?" I'm sure the thought was 
from the Lord. Why not? After all, 
I was already going out on Fridays. 
Why not have it at 4:00 p.m. right 
when the children get home from 
school, have a pot luck dinner, Sun- 
day school (which we never had 

time for on Sundays) and then 
church. The thought seemed great, 
would it work? After praying about 
it, I finally approached some of the 
people. They were all in favor of 
giving it a try. Our first try was the 
second Friday in 1980. Thirteen 
people came! It was terrific! Three 
of them were men and most of the 
times before we didn't have one 
man. The next week we had 13, 
again with 3 men. The last Friday 
of January we had 16. I was 
thrilled! Why? Because only 32 
people live at Shoal, Kentucky, 
therefore, half of the town was in 
church that day. We are looking 
forward to the day when the whole 
town will come to church ... on 

God Sent us Two Men 
Eight More to Go! 

Because a lot of Brethren people 
are praying across this nation, God 
is doing something unusual here at 
Dryhill. He is sending us men. 
Please, keep praying! 

December through September 
1980 is 10 months. Our goal? To 
reach 10 men who will be com- 
mitted to this work here in Dryhill, 
Kentucky. Praise God, He has given 
us two wonderful men. One in 
December and one in January 
(dated 2/12/80). We are trusting 
God to give us one man per month. 

God sent Junior Woods and his 
wife, Billie, to Dryhill, Kentucky, 
to open a coal mine. Junior was 
saved 13 years ago. He was born 
and raised along Hell for Certain 
Creek. He has .many relatives and 
friends that his heart aches to see 
come to know the Lord. Junior is 

at every service, our only man to do 
this since Tony Amendolia left last 
April. He is a tither, soul winner 
and radiates the Lord Jesus. Any 
Grace Brethren church would love 
to have him as a member of their 
church. He helps out in the services 
and has preached twice. 

In January God sent us Mike 
Lewis. Mike's parents were born 
and raised in this area and moved 
away because of being transferred 
in the Air Force. God sent him 
back to Leslie County after training 
him at an Independent Baptist 
Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Mike 
can teach, knows how to lead 
people to Christ, has been faithful 
Sunday mornings, and helps in the 
services. Pray that Mike can find a 
better job that will pay more as 
they can hardly make ends meet 
now. His wages are half of what he 
used to make in the Air Force. 
Janice is Mike's wife and they have 
a son nine months old, named 

)april '80 

Your opportunity 
to place 
a book of 
in public libraries! 

Every $5.00 you give will place a copy of this $7.95 book. The Moon, Its Creation, Form and Significance 
in a public library of your choice. Your gift is tax-deductible. 

This exceptional book by Brethren authors Dr. John C. Whitcomb and Dr. Donald B. DeYoung of Grace Schools, has been 
widely acclaimed. James B. Irwin, Apollo 15 Astronaut, states: "This book presents the best comparison of the various moon 
origin theories I have ever seen. I congratulate the authors on the material." 

You are invited to join with the Herald Co. and the authors in presenting copies of this creationist book in public libraries 
across America, right next to the evolutionist's theories! $10.00 will place two copies; $15.00, three copies; $25.00, five 
copies. And, you may name your local library as a recipient of one of the books, if you wish! 

BMH Books, the Missionary Herald book publishing division, has sold more than 1 1 ,000 copies of this excellent book since 
it was published in 1978. Your gift will enable us to expand its distribution even more in the coming months, as copies are 
sent to public libraries. 


I want to help! Enclosed is $. 

to place 

. copies of The Moon, Its Creation, Form 

and Significance in public libraries (@ $5.00 per copy). 

Send to: 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

P.O. Box 544 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 





Name and address of your local library: 

Your home church: 

, uuimc uuirnc uumc 

Women Manifesting 


Missionary {Birthdays 

JUNE 1980 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1980 Grace Brethren Annual.; 


Mrs. Marvin Goodman June 12 

Amy Paden June 12, 1977 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

Lynda Garber June 15, 1969 

Rev. Roy Snyder June 15 

Mrs. Howard Immel June 24 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 


Rev. Earl Futch 

June 10 


Mrs. Elliott (Tex) Hudson 

Timothy Hudson 

Rev. Tom Julien 

June 3 

June 19, 1975 
June 27 


Rev. Roger Peugh 
Mrs. Roger Peugh 
Monica Pappas . . 

.... June 17 
.... June 17 
June 18, 1976 


Mrs. Norman Schrock 


Miss Marie Mishler 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

June 25 i 

June 19 | 

Offering Opportunity 

The national WMC offering promotion for the 
months of March, April, and May is a foreign mission 
project. This year, as last, our Foreign Missions project 
is money towards the building of a new mission resi- 
dence in Winona Lake, Indiana. This building will 
house missionaries on furlough as well as supply 
many other needs. The need is great. Our project goal 
is $11,000 and the monies directed toward this proj- 
ect should be sent to the Financial Secretary-Treasurer 
Joyce Ashman by June 10, 1980. 

wmc olliciarg 

President-2 1 9/267-7603 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary-51 3/335-5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut St., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-219/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


1 april '80 


by Mrs. Elizabeth Moore 

"Grandma, are you proud of me?" The big brown 
eyes looked up at me as I tucked the first of three 
granddaughters into bed. My heart was full of pride as 
I replied, "Yes, dear, Grandma is very proud of you!" 

"Are you proud of big sister that she is taking 
swimming lessons?" 

"Yes. I'm very proud of big sister, too," I again re- 

"Are you proud of us that we are learning to dress 

Again, I had to answer in the affirmative as those 
brown eyes continued to tug at my heart strings. This 
dear little one that I love so dearly was really con- 
cerned that she had met with my approval. Later that 
night as I drove to my home, the phrase kept ringing 
in my ears, "Are you proud of me?" I couldn't help 
but think of the day when we will stand before our 
Lord. We won't have to ask the question. If we are 
faithful in our commitment to Him, He will say: 
"Well done" to each one. I wondered that night, and 
even now, if He will be proud of me? Will I hear His 
"well done thou good and faithful servant." I am also 
wondering if He will be proud of you? 

Women's Missionary Council Speaks . . . 

Hit My middle name is missionary. Very rarely do 
you find one who feels as I do about my middle 
name. Many middle names are deeply hidden in the 
recesses of the social security card or job application 
forms, but mine signifies my very being. 

You've probably heard of folks who use only a 
middle initial because they can 't conceive why they 
should be saddled with such a dubious title. I don't 
feel that way at all. My lineage is exactly what my 
name implies, or at least it should be. 

Why, my members or individual auxiliaries across 
the country are involved in innumerable ways in mis- 
sionary activities. They support birthday missionaries 
each year with prayers, support monies, and highly 
imaginative personal remembrances. Prayer is another 
avenue for service for my ladies. For several years 
they have prayed for missionary candidates and the 
Lord has supplied the need! Not only do the aux- 
iliaries support foreign missions, but the projects 
completed by hard-working councils are a map to all 
facets of Brethren work in the Fellowship. What a 
tremendous challenge to live up to a name such as 
mine. If youngsters are given a "family name" as a 
distinction, sometimes whether correct or not they 
are admonished to live up to it. What a privilege in 
serving the Lord to be properly called "missionary" 
and not have the name become a misnomer or empty 


WMC idea File 

— Remember shut-ins with a hint of 
spring- forced bulbs in a cup, coupons to 
wash their windows or another large task, 
and a tape of your recent WMC meeting. 
Cassette tapes and recorders can be circulated 
among members that cannot attend. 

— Spring clean your WMC files. Even if 
you find nothing to throw away or refile, 
this could jog your memory concerning 
doing something, filling out some form, 
sending in a report or offering that could 
otherwise be forgotten or misplaced. Do 
recirculate items that need to go to another 
officer of your group. 

— Please send all literature orders to Box 
No. 711 , Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Use 
literature order form in devotional packet. 

— Save your grocery store change for 
special offerings on a local or district level. 

— April 30, 1980, is the date for the 
Christian Ed offering to be due. This offering 
goes toward the support of director of SMM, 
Miss Judy Ashman, and the SMM Girl of the 
Year scholarship. 

— Did you know that our WMC Birthday 
offering goes toward the regular support of 
five missionaries freeing money for other 
projects that would otherwise be used for 
their support. Come on, ladies. This is one 
time when telling your true age really helps 

— Surprise your pastor and ask for a 
special once-a-year job. Washing windows, 
helping in the church office, and so forth. 
WMC is an arm of the church. 

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WMC and SMM work together in the local church. But we 
might not be aware of the total support given to the correspond- 
ing organizations by members of each. Let's listen in on a recent 
conversation over lunch when WMC National President Miriam 
Pacheco and Director of SMM Judy Ashman got together. 

Editor's note: National WMC 
President Miriam Pacheco and 
Director of SMM Judy Ash- 
man discuss together the 
"hand-in-glove" approach of 
SMM and WMC. 
Photos bv Liz Cutler 

Judy: It's nice to be able to 
have lunch together once in 
awhile. I wish we could do it 
more often, but I don't think 
my budget could afford it! 

Miriam: I know what you 
mean. It's nice to be able to 
just talk and share what's hap- 
pening in both SMM and 

WMC. Say, Judy, I have some 
questions that maybe you 
could help me with. "How 
does WMC relate to SMM since 
you've become a staff member 
with GBC Christian Edu- 

Judy: Well, WMC helps with 
financial support each year 

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through one of their national 
offerings. The GBC Christian 
Education Department actual- 
ly hires or appoints the 
director of SMM and then the 
WMC gives its approval of that 
director. Also, as director of 
SMM, I keep the national 
WMC executive committee 
and board informed of what's 
happening in SMM. I sit in on 
national WMC executive com- 
mittee meetings and offer 
helps and suggestions, but I 
have no voting privileges. 

Judy: Miriam, I remembered 
that WMC just decided some- 
thing about the $500 scholar- 
ship it gives for SMM Girl of 
the Year, what was the com- 
plete decision? 

Miriam: The $500 scholarship 
is designed for Grace College 
only, and the girl must use it 
within five years after her high 
school graduation or she for- 
feits the scholarship. She may 
not transfer it to another per- 
son or school. 

Miriam: Judy, I know that 
SMM and WMC are set up 
similar in organization in that 
we have a national level, dis- 
trict level, and local level. How 
should the district SMM 
patroness be responsible to the 
district WMC? 

Judy: I think that very defi- 
nitely she should report what's 
happening in the SMM pro- 
gram because of the support 
that WMC gives, but the WMC 
shouldn't "tie her hands." 

Since she is either appointed 
or approved for election by 
WMC (and that varies with 
each district organization) that 
should mean they feel she is 
capable of doing the job. Once 
the WMC has OK'd her to do 
that job, they should trust her 
to do it. 

Judy: Let me ask you some- 
thing. How do you see the dis- 
trict WMC could support the 
district SMM program? 

Miriam: Very definitely - 
prayer support. They are our 
"daughters" and it's part of 
our responsibility to love and 
support them. Also, a big part 
would be the financial support 
for the district SMM program 
as much as possible. In fact, 
one of our district WMC ob- 
jectives is to help support the 
district SMM in any way that's 

Miriam: You know, as I see it, 
the local SMM-WMC relation- 
ship is really the "nitty-gritty." 
But I know that some churches 
have problems getting WMC 
ladies to be patronesses. When 
you have that problem and 
you want to have SMM what 
do you do? 

Judy: I say that one should 
never penalize the girls in a 
local church because of the 
women. We do suggest that 
WMC membership is a good 
qualification for an SMM 
patroness, however, it's not a 
requirement. There are some 
WMCs that just really need 

"beefed up" in order to get 
more of the local women in 
the church involved. 

Judy: Miriam, you're a Little 
Sisters patroness in a local 
church. What kind of support 
do you like to see your local 
WMC giving you? 

Miriam: I can think of three 
areas right away: personal sup- 
port, prayer support, and 
financial support. Our WMC 
helps with paying for the girls' 
awards and it really shows the 
girls that the ladies are inter- 
ested in them. Of course, the 
prayer support is vital and the 
personal aspect of the ladies 
getting to know the girls on an 
individual basis can benefit 
both women and girls. I think 
one of the neatest things is the 
Mini-Maxi program! It really 
allows for the personal and 
prayer support of the women 
with the girls on an individual 

Judy: Yes, I know what you 
mean! Each of my SMM girls 
in our Amigas group really 
loves her Maxi and I notice a 
real bond between the lady 
who makes the effort to get to 
know and pray for her Mini. 

My word, I've got to run! I 
didn't realize how late it was 
getting and I've got an appoint- 
ment back at the office. 
Thanks again for having lunch 
with me. I really enjoyed be- 
ing able to chat about SMM 
and WMC and how they relate 
to one another. See you later! 

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From the Heart of a Woman, by Carole Mayhall (Navpress, $1.95) 

Here is basic discipieship from a woman's viewpoint. The author describes 

events in her life that convinced her God is interested in her daily activities and 

concerns. The book includes practical suggestions for Christian living, plus many 

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||Carole says, "by not taking the time to let Him invade my life." 

iNot Ready to Walk Alone, by Judith Fabisch (Zondervan, $5.95) 

Deals realistically with the subject of widowhood, offering sensitive and prac- 
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The intimate self-portrait of a woman forced to live a fishbowl life. The wife 
of NASA astronaut, Mary Irwin bravely shares how her own insecurity combined 
with the 5-year period of vigorous space training and the pressure of public life 
nearly cost the Irwins their marriage. 

Books may be ordered from the Herald Co., P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Write a Missionary Letter 

Our missionaries look forward to 
getting letters from ladies here in 
the United States. They like to re- 
ceive newsy letters, as we do. Keep 
your letters interesting. Let the mis- 
sionaries know what is going on in 
your own church, and how the 
Lord is working and blessing lives. 
Let them know when someone is 
saved, and when new folks start to 
come to church. Let them know 
what the SMM girls', the boys', and 
the men's works are doing, and tell 
them about what your WMC has ac- 
complished recently and the bless- 
ings received. Let them know you 
are praying for them. Make it an en- 
couraging letter. Tell them about 
the sermons, and when the Lord 
blesses your heart, and when you 
see answered prayer. 

Know the missionary family 
(that is, how many children are in 
the family and ask about them), or 
tell interesting things that would 
relate to their age groups. Read the 
Herald, Foreign Missions Echoes, 

and missionary prayer letters, and 
keep up on all the needs of our mis- 
sionaries. In this way, you will be a 
better warrior and a more interest- 
ing correspondent. Keep up on 
Home Missions, for the missionaries 
are especially interested in what is 
going on with the churches in the 
homeland. Know what the mission- 
ary does on the field before you 
start writing your letter— whether 
he is a teacher at the high school or 
the Bible Institute, or whether she 
is a nurse, and so forth. 

If it is a birthday letter, write in 
plenty of time so they get their 
letter for their birthday. It's better 
to be a few days early than late. 
Birthdates published in this issue 
are several months in advance to 
allow for mailing time. Don't just 
send a card with the WMC ladies' 
names signed on it. The missionaries 
like to receive news with the card as 
well. Thousands of miles away, it's 
difficult for a missionary to place a 
face with a name on a list, even 

though you met that missionary 
during his or her last furlough. If 
there are two in a family who have 
a birthday in the same month, write 
to both of them in one letter 
(saving on postage). Try to have 
the letter arrive for the one who has 
the birthday first. Use air mail 
forms for overseas missionaries. Use 
birthday cards for all the children 
and write a letter on the inside. 

Let's all write to our missionaries 
and get to know them better. It will 
be a real blessing in your life as well 
as in the missionaries' lives. Let's re- 
member that we can be a link to 
the church in the homeland, and of 
news of our country as well. As you 
correspond, keep in mind the busy 
schedule of the missionary who is 
sometimes covering the job of an- 
other missionary on furlough, or 
assuming tasks of a second job be- 
cause of the small missionary task 
force. Don't always expect a reply. 
Our letters, whether answered or 
not, will show our support. 

april '80 



A False Witness 
on Eleventh Street 

by Carolann Oswald 

March had been drippy 
until this sunny Friday. The 
children skipped happily out 
of school anticipating some 
fun together before dinner. 

"Hey, where's Tim?" Law- 
rence asked Casey and Her- 

"He had to stay after school," 
Herbert said matter-of-factly. 

"What did he do?" Lawrence 
wanted to know. 

"Ahh, I don't know," Casey 
chuckled, "probably cheated 
on his spelling test." 

"Yeah, ha-ha!" They all 
agreed . 

Monica and Erin, walking 
just a little ahead of the boys, 
heard most of the conver- 

"Wow!" Erin gasped, "Did 
you hear that? Tim had to 
stay after school because he 
cheated on his spelling test." 

"Boy," Monica answered in 

disgust, "I never thought Tim 
would do that!" 

The children stopped by a 
little candy shop for a treat to 
munch. They didn't notice 
Tim had almost caught up 
with them as someone said, 
"What are we going to do to- 

"You can all come to my 
house to play Ping Pong," 
Monica invited. 

"That would be fun, I could 
bring 'Uno' too. But are you 
going to invite Tim?" Erin 
wanted to know. 

"Why not?" Lawrence chal- 

"Who wants to play with a 
cheat? That's why not!" 
Monica retorted. 

Tim didn't understand why 
the kids were talking about 
him that way. He turned and 
walked behind the little shop 
to avoid the group. There was 
a lump in his throat. Why 
would his friends be like that? 

Tim wasn't in Sunday 

A Children 's Story 

school on Sunday. During the 
next week Monica, Erin, Casey, 
Herbert and Lawrence avoided 
him. Other kids ignored him, 
too, and while the teacher 
gave his class a lecture about 
honesty she seemed to look at 
Tim a lot. 

Tim cried himself to troubled 
sleep almost every evening 
until finally he confided to his 
dad what had been happening. 

Again Tim was not in Sun- 
day school. When the teacher 
asked if he was away or ill it 
was Monica who bluntly said, 
"He is probably under con- 

"Oh?" the teacher puzzled. 
"Then we should pray for 

The gang felt a little uncom- 
fortable, especially Casey. Just 
before class was dismissed an 
usher handed the teacher a 
note. It said that Pastor Ben 
wanted to meet with the chil- 
dren in his office following 
the worship service. 

A wave of excitement 
stirred the group as they won- 
dered what important job Pas- 
tor Ben had for them to do. 
Maybe they could go to the 
nursing home again. 

Pastor Ben looked very 
serious when he sat down be- 
hind his desk. He opened his 
Bible and read Exodus 20:16. 
Then he turned to Matthew 
and read chapter 12, verses 

The pastor looked solemnly 
at the group of quiet children. 
When he spoke his voice was 
soft, but stern. 

"Tim has missed two Sun- 
days now. When I asked about 
him last week his folks were 
perplexed over Tim's attitude 
about coming to church. Dur- 
ing this past week Tim told his 
dad the reason and his dad 
told me. 

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"It seems a few days ago 
Tim was asked to stay after 
school. The fact is that Tim's 
reading group is to participate 
in a PTA program and the 
teacher wanted Tim's help to 
assign the parts." 

Lawrence bit his lip. 

Herbert stopped folding his 
Sunday school paper into an 

Casey swallowed hard and 
put his head down. 

Erin and Monica glanced at 
each other with quivering lips 
and chins. 

Pastor Ben cleared his 
throat before continuing, "It 
seems that a very ugly rumor 
has hurt Tim and made him 
feel lonely. Tim has been ac- 
cused of cheating. In fact, his 
teacher at school even heard 

Casey couldn't stand it. His 
eyes burned as tears streamed 
down his cheeks. "It's my 
fault. We couldn't find Tim 
after school so I just joked 
about cheating. I ... I ... I 
guess the kids believed me and 
I just never told the truth." 
Casey covered his face. 

"Ah, Case," Lawrence snif- 
fled, "it's not all your fault. I 
didn't bother to find out for 
sure. I don't know if I really 
believed Tim cheated, it was 
just easy to go along with the 

"Yeah," Herbert said softly, 
smoothing a fold. "I just went 
along with it, too. Guess that's 
just as bad as saying the words 
in the first place." 

Monica was using her last 
tissue and Erin didn't have any. 
As Pastor Ben handed his hand- 
kerchief across the desk Erin 
could hardly speak. 

"Oh, you guys didn't do 
anything as bad as us," she 
cried "We told other people." 

"That's right," Monica 

sobbed. "We repeated some- 
thing we overheard. Oh, how 
could we be so mean!" 

Pastor Ben was quiet while 
the children settled down a 

"You have broken one of 
God's laws. Exodus 20: 1 6 says 
'Thou shalt not bear false wit- 
ness against thy neighbor.' 
You said, listened to, or re- 
peated something that was not 
true. Satan often uses idle 
words to cause all kinds of 
trouble. You need to ask 
God's forgiveness and Tim's, 

The children shook their 
heads in agreement. There was 
no doubt, they had done a 
very bad thing and hurt a 

A thoughtful look crossed 
Pastor Ben's face. 

"I have a question for you," 
Pastor said. "What if Tim 
really had cheated, then would 
it have been OK for you to 
talk about him and treat him 
the way you did?" 

Each one of the quiet chil- 
dren was thinking hard. 

Pastor Ben turned the 
pages of his Bible to Proverbs, 
chapter 17, and read verse 9: 
" 'He that covereth a trans- 
gression seeketh love, but he 
that repeateth a matter sepa- 
rateth friends.' Remember 
children, we all have sinned. 
The verse in Proverbs suggests 
that it is never God's way to 
talk behind a person's back 
about his sin. The right thing 
to do is to pray for each other 
and lovingly help each other 
live according to God's plan. 
Now let's pray together." 

As Pastor Ben prayed, each 
child silently confessed being 
wrong about Tim and each 
one asked God for forgiveness. 

On the way out of church 
to meet their parents, 
Lawrence, Casey, Herbert, 
Monica and Erin agreed to 
meet at 1:30 to go to Tim's. 
As soon as possible they 
wanted to apologize and ask 
Tim to forgive them, too. 

14 april '80 

If Christ Had Not Died 

If Christ had not died . . . 

Would our cursed, blind eyes ever see? 
If Christ had not died . . . 

That not one soul could ever be free? 
If Christ had not died . . . 

All pitiful struggling would forever be in vain 
// Christ had not died . . . 

Souls would still be buried in sins and pain! 

But Christ did die . . . 

For all who seek His love and cleansing name. 
But Christ did die . . . 

Without respect for our worthlessness or righteous claim. 
But Christ did die . . . 

Once and for all bearing all our shame. 
But Christ did die . . . 

With humility and power God's love to proclaim. 

And then Christ arose . . . 

The sacred Scripture's prophecy to fulfill. 
And then Christ arose . . . 

Making salvation's hope; resurrection a lasting thrill! 
And then Christ arose . . . 

Bringing fruitful purpose and unending joy until . . . 
When Christ returns . . . 

As He faithfully promised and surely will! 

-Anne Stefaniuk, Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

.WW. SIW 9m 

Stauffer Enrolled 
at Cornell 

Cornell University, in up- 
state New York, is well known 
as an Ivy League school. It is 
highly respected as one of the 
leading medical schools in the 

Students, numbering in the 
neighborhood of 16,000, 
throng over the elite, one-mile- 
square campus, located in the 
city of Ithaca. Among the 
many faces is one which some 
Warsaw (Ind.) residents and 
many Grace College students 
would recognize — Doug 

Doug is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Glenn Stauffer, Route 8, 
Warsaw, Indiana. His father 
works for Grace Schools as a 
member of the maintenance 
staff. Last year Doug, a 1975 
graduate of Warsaw Com- 
munity High School, gained 
recognition by graduating 
from Grace College with four 
majors: chemistry, biology, 
math, and general science. 

What is a recent Grace 
graduate doing at Cornell Uni- 
versity? Doug applied there 
and was accepted on the basis 
of his Graduate Record Exam 
(G.R.E.) scores, several good 

recommendations from Grace 
professors and his high grade 
point average (he graduated 
magna cum laude). Doug is 
pursuing his postgraduate 
work in the field of chemistry. 
His five-year program calls for 
three years of course work and 
teaching and two years to 
write a thesis. 

This semester, like last, 
Doug is taking three four-hour 
classes and has a teaching as- 
sistantship of 20 hours weekly. 
Doug finds the three courses 
(analytic chemistry, inorganic 
chemistry and physical chem- 
istry) very difficult, requiring 
a lot of work. His teaching as- 
sistantship calls for some class 
lecturing and some lab super- 

Doug's program will con- 
clude with two years in a 
federally funded research fel- 
lowship. Last February he 
selected a field of study that 
interested him and has had 
that topic confirmed by three 

Doug will work in close 
connection with his chief ad- 
visor. (He will also have two 
secondary advisors.) He will 

do much of the research work 
his chief advisor is pursuing. In 
this way he will have the infor- 
mation to write his thesis and 
his advisor will use the same 
information to publish re- 
search proposals. 

Presently Doug is consider- 
ing two possibilities for his 
research fellowship. The first, 
organic mass spectrometry, 
deals with the use of a beam 
of electrons to determine the 
structure of an unknown 
molecule. His other possible 
field of research, ion micro- 
probe, also uses a beam of 
electrons and is used to de- 
termine the chemical composi- 
tion of microscopic samples. 

After Doug finishes his 
postgraduate work, he plans to 
enter industry. There he hopes 
to conduct research in devel- 
oping new technology. 

After a period of industrial 
experience Doug hopes to 
teach. When asked if he cared 
to return to Grace, he re- 
sponded: "Sure, I would not 
mind coming back to Grace." 
He further commented that he 
doesn't favor the idea of 
teaching in a large school. 

april '80> 

grace Drag Aw, 

Three people playing an important role in the operation of 
Grace Manufacturing are Bob Hoeppner (at left), vice presi- 
dent and general manager; Mark Randall, manufacturing 
manager; and Ruth Frame, office manager. 

by Vance Christie 

Grace Manufacturing, Inc., gives every appearance 
of being a normal, everyday industrial enterprise 
which, in fact, it is. But the purpose for which it was 
established makes it unique in the Warsaw (Ind.) area. 
The firm is located in the Boggs Industrial Park at the 
west edge of Warsaw. 

An Elkhart (Ind.) businessman and his wife, David 
and Judy Leiter, read an article published in the 
Herald magazine, written by Dr. Herman Hoyt (then 
president of Grace Schools) and a spark of interest 
was kindled. Mr. and Mrs. Leiter desired to give a gift 
to Grace Schools which would grow in value as op- 
posed to an outright donation. Thus developed the 
idea of founding a corporation which would someday 
come under the auspices of Grace College and Semi- 

Knowing that the majority of new corporations 
never reach their eighth birthday, controlling interest 
in Grace Manufacturing was not donated to Grace 
Schools until 1974 after the industry was well on its 

A key figure in Grace Manufacturing is the former 
Michigan City (Ind.) Business Executive Bob 
Hoeppner. A husky man with a soft voice and a posi- 
tive attitude, he had been overseeing the design and 
production of electronic instruments used in the com- 
bustion and process industry for some 15 years when 

an advertisement in Moody Monthly caught his at- 
tention. The ad called for someone to manage a 
manufacturing plant "definitely based on Christian 
principles and founded explicitly to assist in Chris- 
tian work." 

Bob and his wife, Nancy, journeyed to Warsaw 
"just to look" at the prospects. Before returning to 
Michigan City, however, they purchased a home, and 
later agreed to manage the company. 

In August of 1969 the Hoeppners were working to 
get the manufacturing firm off the ground. They 
faced several major drawbacks, namely: no machinery, 
no product orders and no employees! 

"We used to go out and get an order for one 
product at a time. Then we'd bring our wives in 
(there was one other male employee at the time) and 
work at manufacturing it until we had the order 
ready for shipment," Hoeppner said. The company's 
first large order was delivered by hitching a loaded 
U-Haul trailer to a Firebird and Bob's driving it to the 

Today, a look at Grace Manufacturing presents 
quite a different picture. Its initial manufacturing 
facility has been doubled in size and in its 10 years of 
existence it has employed over 200 men and women 
from the community and Grace Schools. While the 
company is running at a lower level now because of 
the slower winter months, at times it employs three 
full shifts. Recently, two new pieces of highly effi- 
cient machinery have been added, thus increasing pro- 
duction. A micro-processor has been installed to care 
for the firm's inventory, monthly operations reports, 
balance sheets, and so forth. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., as president of Grace 
Schools, is also president of Grace Manufacturing. 
Hoeppner serves as the company's vice president and 
general manager. The quiet executive-manager enjoys 
his work thoroughly. Confident he is serving where 
God would have him to be, he labors at a multitude 

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of widely varied tasks. 

Bob believes in, and constantly strives to improve, 
Grace Manufacturing's customer service, product 
quality and production efficiency. He comments, 
"We're always churning away on some new product 
in order to maximize the potential that we possess 
within the company." 

Hoeppner explains the firm's philosophy in choos- 
ing a new product line: "We choose items which 'fit' 
us. They fit our production and marketing abilities." 

The bulk of Grace Manufacturing's production in- 
volves hardware items for residential housing and for 
the mobile home and R.V. industry. In all, the firm 
puts out over a score of products and services includ- 
ing a number of fabricated metal items. 

Hoeppner is quick to point out that a number of 
people in the organization play very important roles 
in the operation of Grace Manufacturing. Mark 
Randall, a 1977 graduate of Grace College, serves as 
manufacturing manager, with total responsibility for 
all aspects of the firm's production area. "He is a real 
asset to the business and contributes much to our suc- 
cess," Hoeppner said. Ruth Frame joined the firm in 

1970 as office manager. She capably handles count- 
less office details, and is also responsible for order 
entry, accounts receivable and payable, profit and 
loss data, and for all reports. "She has tremendous 
corporate loyalty and is an integral part of the cor- 
poration," he said. 

Grace Manufacturing gets no tax advantages be- 
cause of its connection with a nonprofit institution. 
"We pay the same percentage of taxes as any other 
profit-making corporation." 

The Christ-centeredness of Grace Manufacturing 
becomes apparent the minute one steps through the 
front door. Gospel plaques and paintings are stra- 
tegically placed on the walls and a tract rack can't be 
missed as one exits from the building. 

One might wonder how the company affects Grace 
Schools. The main way, of course, is that it contrib- 
utes some small help toward meeting the cost of run- 
ning the institution. It is also willing to accept non- 
standard work schedules. This attracts Grace stu- 
dents, who translate their earnings into payments for 
school tuition, dormitory expenses and other school 

News Notes 

Dean Walter Speaker for 1980 Baccalaureate 

Dean Walter, retired head of the Analytical 
Chemistry Branch of the Naval Research 
Laboratory in Washington, D.C., will be the 
speaker for the 1980 baccalaureate service of 
Grace Schools. The service is scheduled at 8 
p.m., Thursday, May 15, in the Billy Sunday 
Tabernacle in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Mr. Walter, a member of the pastoral staff 
at the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington located in Temple Hills, Maryland, 
has written various scientific papers and has 
contributed three chapters in standard refer- 
ence texts. He has also written for church 
publications and for 10 years wrote and con- 
ducted "Beside the Still Waters," a weekly 
broadcast from an Altoona, Pennsylvania, 
radio station. 

Commencement exercises for the 1980 
graduating classes from the college and semi- 
nary will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 
16, also in the Tabernacle. Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., president of Grace Schools, will pre- 
side at both events. 

High Scholastic Achievement in Athletes 

A milestone of accomplishment was reached 
for the Grace College basketball team with 
the grade point average for the entire varsity 
team being above a "B" (3.0) for the fall 
semester, according to figures released by 
Coach Jim Kessler. Leading the parade of 
scholar-athletes was junior Dave Henthorn of 
Indianapolis, Indiana, with a 3.771 average, 
followed closely by another junior Jeff 
Kowatch of LaVille High School (LaVille, 
Ind.) with a 3.628 average. 

Coach Kessler, in announcing the results, 
said he was extremely proud of the academic 
achievement of the entire team. "We believe 
in the concept of the scholar-athlete and want 
our men to work just as hard in the classroom 
as they do on the hardwood court. Consider- 
ing the amount of travel and time involved in 
basketball, to achieve a grade point average of 
above a 'B' is almost unheard of in sports on 
the collegiate level." 

While being the youngest team in Lancer 
history, the roundballers have gone through a 
rebuilding year and are already looking for- 
ward to next year. With a grade point average 
above a "B" they are also building for achieve- 
ment off the floor for many years to come. 

april '80 ■ 


Have it Matched! 

. your gift to Grace Schools, that isS 

Would you like to double the value of your gift to Grace? You can if you work for one of 
the companies that participates in the Matching Gifts Program. 

Here's how it works. First, plan to make a gift to Grace Schools. Then, tell the appropri- 
ate person at your firm (usually in the personnel or community relations office) that you 
would like the matching gift form. Fill out the top part of the form and then send the entire 
form along with your gift to Grace Schools. Our director of business affairs will verify your 
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Grace Schools will receive a second gift, the courtesy of your firm 's Matching Gifts Program. 

Sound easy? It really is . . . so take advantage in 1980. Last year over 700 companies con- 
tributed $17,000,000 to 1,300 colleges, universities, and independent schools through the 
Matching Gifts Program. 

For further information and a list of those companies that participate in this Matching 
Gifts Program, contact Richard G. Messner, Director of Development, Grace Schools, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 

THE FEBRUARY 1980 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard O. Swineford 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Cochrell 

Mildred Redinger 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Denny Brown 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Conli 

n Memory of : 

Mrs. Elenor McBride 
Paul H. Kurtz 
Eva F. Faber 
Don Misner 

Bert Jordan 
Christine Scano 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mr. Wellmon H. Greenwood Mrs. Wellmon H. Greenwood 

In Honor of : Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Dilling, Jr. Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 
(40th Wedding Anniversary ) 

april '80 



current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

On February 1 the Missionary Herald toll-free WATS line was opened, and the first call 
on the new service was Mike Wagner from Sunnyside, Washington. We sent him a New Ryrie 
Study Bible as a gift to mark the "happy event." The telephone company was about three 
weeks late in getting the line in working order. For all of you who tried and failed to 
reach us, please try again. The number is 1-800--348-2756 . 

Things have been stirred up because of the talk of a draft, or at least a regis- 
tration for the draft. Do you know that the United States has more women in the 
armed services than any other nation in the world? In fact, there are 130,000 of them. 

Looking for work in beautiful Winona Lake, Indiana? GBC Christian Education has two 
employment openings. A full-time secretary is needed; working Tuesday through Fri- 
day from 12-8 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The job involves general 
secretarial work, typing with a word processing machine, and filing. This is a possible 
long-term opportunity. Also needed is a full-time printing and shipping clerk. Work- 
ing hours will be from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This job involves print- 
ing with a small offset press, operating various office machines, and oversight of mail- 
ing and shipping orders. Good organizational abilities and efficiency are important. 
Write GBC Christian Education, P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590, or phone 219/ 
267-6622, for more information. 

HAROLD II has begun its function in the finance office of the Herald Co. and will pro- 
vide a much better level of help and efficiency in this area of operation. Information 
will be available to us at a much earlier date than before. 

To prove the idea that just because it is old it is not valuable is not true, the sale 
of McGuffey's Readers is going very well. About a year and a half ago, the Herald Co. 
put on sale the seven volume set. They have sold very well since then. In fact, just 
in the last two days we have sold four complete sets through the mail. Grandparents 
or parents who are looking for a special gift are the buyers. Maybe you would like a 
set. They are $25. You can pick up the phone and dial 1-800-348-2756 and a set will be 
on its way to you. If you send a check for $25 we will pay the postage. McGuffey's 
Readers make great gifts. 

Have you made your plans yet for national conference? If not, now is a good time to 
line up the vacation schedule and plan for a week of fellowship and spiritual blessings, 
The program begins Saturday evening, July 26. Be present for the musical with Paul 
Schumacher; it will be a good start for the whole week. 

The Grace College basketball team finished up its regular playing season Satur- 
day evening, February 23. Dropping a seven point decision to Marion College, the 
youngest team in Lancer history ended 13-19 for the year. The highpoint of the 
season was the Lancer's victory over Tri-State. This was their first win over Tri- 
State in seven years. During this rebuilding season the grade point average for 
the entire varsity team was above 3.0 ("B") for the fall semester (see story on 
page 37 of this issue) . Congratulations to Coach Jim Kessler and the team for 
these accomplishments. 

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P.O. Box 337, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Phone: 219/269-2499 



^SassrMAY 1980 


Reflections By Still Waters I I 






by Charles W. Turner 


By this time everyone in America 
has probably seen the new Mc- 
Donald's commercial on television. 
If you have not, it goes something 
like this: a lady opens up her ticket 
and begins to laugh; she has dis- 
covered she has won a prize in the 
"$1,000,000 Menu Mania" contest. 
She is joined in laughter by a 
gentleman who apparently has also 
won a prize. So goes the commercial 
as it is beamed to both young and 
old across this fair land. It is like a 
breath of fresh air, compared to all 
the political promises I have been 
hearing, and much more believable. 
Now for the reality of how it all 

My wife, June, told me on a 
Friday evening that she was going 
to a prayer breakfast the next 
morning, but offered to get break- 
fast for me. I assured her all was 
well; to just go ahead and I would 
provide for myself. I did so by 
heading for McDonalds for break- 
fast. To my surprise there was a 
crowd by 9:00 a.m., so I got in line. 
After I got an "Egg McMufflin" 
there was one table left and it was 
opposite a young couple with two 
small preschool children. Father 
was pouring the syrup and applying 
the butter on all of the pancake 

meals. The sun had come up too 
early for Mother and she sat with a 
slight smile, but in an obviously 
numb state. She opened the coupon 
for the "$1,000,000 Menu Mania" 
contest and her expression did not 
change— no laughter like seen on 
the commercial. Finally one of the 
young children asked the question, 
"Mother, why are you not laugh- 
ing?" Her answer must rank along 
with the great statements of Plato 
and Socrates, when she said with- 
out a change of expression, "Only 
winners laugh." 

She was not a winner; not at 
least by the rules of this contest. 
She did, however, express a current 
philosophy of thinking that only 
the winners can laugh. Cheerleaders 
cry when their team loses, and even 
those millionaire professional ath- 
letes find a tear when the "big one" 
gets away. In life there is not a large 
number of winners. In fact, second 
and third place winners in a race 
often receive a consolation prize. 

In the spiritual realm it is, and 
should be, different. In fact, all 
Christians should be winners. After 
all, to be saved from sin and to be a 
child of God certainly makes one a 
real winner. The losers are those 
who have neglected Christ and are 
bound for an eternity without Him. 
Yet, we should, as Christians, strive 
to attain and to do the very best 

with the help of the Holy Spirit and 
Christ, to bring honor and praise to 
His name. 

The joy of the Lord and an 
eternal outlook makes you a winner 
if Christ is your Saviour and the 
Lord of your life. In a world filled 
with heartaches and disappoint- 
ments, it is only the Christian that 
can smile and even laugh with some 
measure of joy. We need a great 
deal of Christian optimism to be 
part of our lives. Certainly there is a 
growing gloom on the economical 
and political areas of this old world 
these days. But for those who be- 
lieve the Bible there is a much 
brighter day on the horizon. Yes, 
only the winners laugh when the 
end comes, and the losers will weep 
and gnash their teeth. 

There is a little sequel to the 
story. Several days later I was on 
the road and I stopped at, yes, you 
guessed it, McDonalds. I ate my 
pancakes and sausage, opened up 
my "$1 ,000,000 Menu Mania" con- 
test card, smiled, and then laughed 
a little. People looked at me as if 
something was wrong. Nothing 
really was wrong. You see, only 
winners laugh, and I was an instant 
winner! I did not win a $50,000 
prize, but I won a medium-sized 
Coke. But, winners do laugh, even 
though others do not always join in 
on the happy experience. 

= may '80 

COVER PHOTO: H. Armstrong Roberts 


35 Years Ago- 1945 

The Fosters arrived safely after a four- 
week trip by boat from South Africa. It was 
a pleasant trip except for several U-Boat 
warnings. . . . The Brethren Home Missions 
Council reports a record offering of 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gave a "Bon 
Voyage" party to Pastor Ralph Colburn 
as well as a $500 check to help with his 
expenses to the Holy Land. . . . The Grace 
Brethren Church of Lancaster, Pa., sent 
forth a new branch work at Elizabethtown. 
. . . R. I. Humberd, outstanding minister and 
chart speaker, went to be with the Lord. . . . 
National youth conference will be held at 
Biola College-total cost $35.00. 

5 Years Ago- 1975 

"The Spokesmen," a group from Grace 
College, will tour this summer, and Bill 
Crabbs will be the leader. . . . Ground break- 
ing has taken place for the new church in 
Mt. Laurel, N. J. Robert Spicer, pastor. . . . 
Ed Miller was named to NCCAA AI1- 
American team, for his outstanding basket- 
ball performance at Grace College. 


Volume 42 Number 5 May 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artist, Jane Fretz 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian. Foreign Mis- 
sions: Rev. John Zielasko, Nora Macon. 
Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don 
Cramer. Home Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 
Brad Skiles. WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• News Notes 21 • Now 36 • 

Dear Editor, 

The March Herald was another excellent issue. 
The "Road to Emmaus" cover was just beautiful, 
and would look good in a frame! And if you 
bought that picture in a store, think what you 
would have to pay for it!— Ohio 

may '80 ' 

Greg Light, Steve Be 

i, John George, Chris Yacy, Roger Thomas, with Pastor Bob Markley at the pulpit. 


Pastor Bob Markley of 
Coolville, Ohio, seems to have 
taken Matthew 28:19 
seriously. You can't chat with 
Pastor Bob for very long 
before he starts talking about 
George, Roger, Steve, John, 
Greg, and Chris. Bob Markley 
is pouring his life into these 

Dwight L. Moody once said 
that he would rather train 1 
people, than to do the work of 
10 people. Bob Markley 
seems to maintain that same 

philosophy. Whether it is 
preaching, counseling, visiting, 
organizing or any other task of 
the ministry, Pastor Markley 
demonstrates a willingness to 
share his responsibilities with 
his disciples. "It is not always 
easy to turn things over," says 
Bob, "but as I have worked 
closely with these men, I have 
come to trust them. I know 
their current levels of capability 
and I know that within those 
levels they will carry out the 
responsibility that I give 

And what is it like to be on 
the receiving end? "I really 

couldn't visualize it," recalls 
George Horner, a longtime 
disciple of Bob's. "Before our 
pastor came here in 1 976, 1 
had thought that someday I 
would like to preach one 
sermon. Prior to Bob's arrival, 
I never had the opportunity of 
doing that. When Pastor Bob 
one night left the service in 
my hands, I couldn't believe 
it. I had a hard time trusting 
people to substitute teach in 
my Sunday school class; I was 
afraid they would say some- 
thing I didn't like. So, when 
the pastor trusted me to stand 
up there and say whatever I 

thfat £M -<Qfl> Mtot jMj 

wanted, I was shocked. But 
he trusted me to do it, and I 
really appreciate him for 

Since George's first sermon, 
he has had numerous occasions 
to preach. Out of the six men 
that Bob Markley is training, 
three have already developed 
confidence in preaching in one 
of the three services of the 

In addition to the trusting 
relationship that enables such 
a free interchange of 
responsibilities, Markley's men 
also point to a transparency of 
life style. "It has helped me 
to see that the pastor is 
human-that he has problems, 
too," states John George. 
"When I see the willingness in 
which he shares his life with 
others, that challenges me to 
do the same. It tells me that I 
need to let down the fronts 
and share a part of my life 
with others." 

"It's Pastor Bob's trans- 
parency that motivates me in 
areas of spiritual growth," says 
Roger Thomas, another 
Markley disciple. "As I see 
the Word living in his life, that 
challenges me to apply it to 
mine. If he tells me I need to 
be evangelizing, I'm only 

motivated as I see him prac- 
ticing that priority in his life. 
Taking it a step further, if he 
shares with me that evangelism 
is sometimes scary or some- 
thing in which he has to 
discipline himself, then that 
helps me to face my struggles 
and motivates me to discipline 

Time is another element 
that makes Bob Markley a 
successful disciple maker. 
Spending the necessary time 
with individuals to share one's 
life with others, to impart to 
them your best, seems to be 
Pastor Markley's objective. 
Bob says, "Time is love. People 
you spend time with are 
people you love. I love the 
people of my church; I love 
the men of my church. It's 
easy for me to spend time 
with them." 

Although Pastor Markley 
spends time with all his church 
members, his six disciples have 
become his priority. "Some 
people may think that's 
segregating my people," states 
Bob, "but it's not. The 
objective of living is not to see 
how many babies we can raise. 
We raise what we believe we 
can effectively train, educate 
and support. That's where 

my heart is. I 

can only pour my 
my life into in- 
dividuals, not 
masses. As I 
train these men, 
we may, as a 
team, be able 
to reach masses, 
but it has to 
start with my 
commitment to 
train these men 
to be the leaders 

God desires them to be." 

A visit to Coolville reveals 
the benefits from this 
approach. Not only do we 
notice three to four men, in 
addition to the pastor, taking 
part in the services, but we 
also find out that it isn't 
always the pastor who 
organized the service, or made 
house calls that week, or con- 
fronted a spiritual problem in 
the body, or even determined 
goals for the new year. 
Through a beautiful system of 
delegation, Bob Markley has 
been able to involve these men 
in all phases of the church 
ministry. So extensive is his 
training process that Pastor 
Markley says, "If the Lord 
would take me home tomor- 
row, this church would 
continue to function and 

One of the most amazing 
things about this training 
ground for disciples is the 
intensity in which they are 
made. As one talks with Pastor 
Markley, it isn't long before 
you realize he is serious about 
the stability of the church in 
his absence. He talks about 
who would lead the church if 
God decided Bob should go 
home. He talks about church 
planting and names the young 
men he is now training who 
could pastor those churches. 
So imparted is his vision in the 
hearts of his men, that 
Markley's disciples talk in 
these same future terms. 

Truly Coolville has become 
a model for disciple making. 
The command to "Go therefore 
and make disciples . . ." seems 
to have been taken literally by 
these Brethren. 

may '80* 

Ah cti €^ m m 

Why More Churches? 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

(Statistics based on articles from U.S. News & World 

Report and Church Growth America. ) 

We closed the decade of the '70s with more than 
300,000 churches in America. Yet, 80 million people 
in the U.S. do not claim to have an allegiance to any 
Christian group. Another 60 million Americans that 
are affiliated with Christian churches are non-resident 
or inactive, thus, at least 140 million Americans 
compose our mission field. 


By 1990, the U.S. estimated population will be 
243 million. By the end of the '80s, 1 out of every 8 
Americans will be 65 or older, an estimated 30 mil- 

The number of high -school age people will drop. 
The elementary age bracket will increase. 

Married couples, who made up 70 percent of 
households a decade ago, will comprise only 53 per- 
cent in 1990. One in every three persons will live 
alone or with a non-relative, compared with 1 in 5 in 

One of the fastest-growing groups of the 1970s, 
young adults age 18 to 24, will shrink in the '80s by 
15 percent, down to a total of 25 million. 

The average size of the American household will 
continue to decrease: 3.3 people in 1960, 2.7 in 
1980, and 2.5 in 1990. 


Blacks will increase both in numbers and as a pro- 
portion of the population during the next decade. 
They now total about 26 million or 1 1.8 percent, by 
the end of the '80s they will number 30 million or 
12.2 percent. 

The Hispanic population is growing so rapidly that 
no accurate tabulation is available until the present 
census is concluded. Because many are not registered 
and are illegally entering our country, it will be diffi- 
cult to arrive at a fair estimate of their growth. 

Asians and other racial minorities are expected to 
increase even faster, but from a relatively small base: 
up from 1 .3 percent of the population in 1970 to 2.7 
percent by 1990. 

Whites will increase in number from just over 190 
million now to 207 million at the end of the '80s. As 
a share of the population, whites will decline from 
86.2 percent now to 85.1 percent. 

In the light of these trends the Brethren Home 
Missions Council will step up its effort to effectively 
reach these racial groups. Special effort is now being 
made to build more churches among the Navajos. We 
have just moved to adopt the new Spanish church at 
Lakewood, California. The board approved an action 
to support a Black intern pastor at Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida, where there is a need to reach an increasing 
population of Blacks in the community. At our Home 
Mission workshops this year, strong emphasis was 
placed upon the necessity to seek out and train new 
potentials for the Brethren eldership. We hope to see 
every home mission church training at least one new 
man for future ministry. 


In the big metropolitan areas, people will continue 
to move away from the central cities to the suburbs, 
leaving just 22.9 percent of Americans living inside 
the cities, down from 27 percent today. The suburbs 
will continue to expand as centralized business and 
shopping moves to outlying areas. 

The Sun Belt will continue to increase with vast 
numbers moving from North and East to the South 
and West. Biggest gainers from this shift will be Cali- 
fornia, Florida, and Texas, which will each add at 
least 2.5 million people if present trends continue. 

Top 10 fastest growing states in the '80s: 

Arizona 41.7% increase - 1,000,000* 

Nevada 38.9% increase - 280,000 

Florida 34.7% increase - 3,100,000 

Wyoming 30.4% increase - 140,000 

Idaho 28.3% increase - 260,000 

Utah 26.8% increase - 370,000 

Colorado 26.4% increase - 730,000 

New Mexico 23.0% increase - 290,000 

Oregon 20.6% increase - 520,000 

Hawaii 20.2% increase - 200,000 

New Hampshire 20.2% increase - 200,000 

*est. new residents 

Top 5 growing states in total numbers of people: 

Florida 3.07 million - 34.7% increase 

California 3.05 million - 13.3% increase 

Texas 2.7 million - 19.8% increase 

Arizona 1 million - 41.7% increase 

Virginia 850,000 - 15.9% increase 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is concen- 
trating upon the Sun Belt. We have moved into 
Georgia, the Carolinas and Texas. More churches are 
planned in Southern and Northern California along 
with a greater effort in Texas. Florida is ripe for 

>may '80 

Ah. Ml Ml Mk Mk^, 

harvesting with five new Brethren Bible classes start- 
ing in growing areas. We must concentrate on other 
southern states where there are no Brethren churches. 
New people in a community really afford us with the 
best opportunity to build Bible-believing churches. 


The Apostle Paul warned that in the last days, 
there would be a "falling away" from the truth. In 
2 Timothy 3 he points to the apostasy, and its effect 
upon man and his integrity; the family and human 
relationships; the breakdown of the moral standards; 
and the drastic falling away from Christ, the Church, 
and the truth. Doctrinally, many of the current old 
line denominations are in a state of confusion. 

Our Grace Brethren Fellowship needs to rejoice 
continually that we are united on our Statement of 
Faith. Our doctrinal beliefs are based squarely upon 
the Word. Our new churches at home and abroad are 
being built upon the Bible-teaching ministry. Our 
stand upon the Second Coming of Christ alone is at- 
tracting many Christians which desire to fellowship 
with believers who expect His coming soon. 


The FBI released facts this year that revealed that 
there was a violent crime every 30 seconds, a 
property crime every 3 seconds, one murder every 
27 minutes, a forcible rape every 8 minutes, a rob- 
bery every 76 seconds, an aggravated assault every 57 
seconds, a burglary every 10 seconds and a motor 
vehicle theft every 32 seconds. 

Corruption in political realms continues to in- 
crease at alarming rates. Our newspapers and maga- 
zines inform us of the breakdown of morality and the 
increase of hatred in our nation. As our former presi- 
dent, Gerald Ford, recently said, "Our nation is in 
very serious trouble." We do live in a land of distress, 
distrust and discouragement. Never have we had a 
better hour to build churches with a message of hope, 
salvation and joy! Never has there been a day when 
people's hearts are better prepared to hear our wit- 
ness of Christ's work in saving the lost soul. 

Jesus said, "I will build my church . . ." (Matt. 
16:18). The Word is clear on His purpose. It is also 
evident that He desires to use us to build His church. 
To reach America, yes! To reach the lost, yes! To 
rightly divide His Word, yes! To extend the Gospel to 
all the people of the world, yes! This is His purpose, 
His plan to disciple all the nations of the world 
through local churches. This is the bottom line in our 
Bountiful Harvest Program to see 52 Grace Brethren 
churches come into existence by 1985. As God 
directs, we hope to see many new communities 
reached for Christ through our Grace Brethren Fel- 
lowship. Through your active support, in prayer, 
financial giving and personal involvement, 52 new 
churches by 1984 will be possible! 

BHMC Executive 



The Board of Directors, in their 1979 fall 
meeting, approved a three-week all-expense paid 
trip outside of the USA for Dr. and Mrs. Lester 
E. Pifer. Dr. Pifer served as assistant secretary 
for 12 years and executive secretary for 13 
years at the end of 1978. The Pifers chose to 
take the Bible Land Tour, March 18 through 
April 4, 1980. 

The tour director for the trip was Dr. Paul 
R. Bauman who served on the BHMC board for 
more than 25 years and served as the board 
president for most of those years. It was the 
first such experience for Mrs. Pifer and the 
second for Dr. Pifer. 

The twenty-fifth anniversary gift for Dr. 
Pifer was slightly belated as he has now served 
over 26 years. The Board of Directors are to be 
commended for their thoughtfulness in provid- 
ing this well-deserved trip for the faithful service 
of Dr. Pifer. 

may '80 






qX s uorneii 

by Larry Chamberlain 

A Balanced 
National Budget 

At the time of this writing, President Carter has just 
announced his anti-inflation strategy of balancing the 
federal budget. (As I recall, he promised to start that 
program in 1976.) Well, with all the national attention 
on the political jugglings of balancing the federal 
budget, trimming a billion here and a billion there, a 
thousand jobs here and a thousand jobs there, the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council is pleased to report a 
balanced "national" budget for the prior year of 1979 
and, with your help, a balanced budget for 1980. 

In 1979 we budgeted our expenses at $906,500. We 
carefully operated within a 1.2 percent margin of that 
budget with income exceeding expenses by $5,900. All 
of our needs were met and we were in a good financial 
position to face the challenges of 1980! At our board 
meetings in March of this year, we adopted a 1980 
budget amounting to $965,000, an increase of $58,500 
over last year. Over 45 churches will be supported dur- 
ing 1980, with the possibilities of reaching into Canada. 
Depending on an increase in regular offerings from last 
year of 13.2 percent, we are optimistic that our 1980 
budget needs will be met. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council acquired many 
new friends as a result of our Bountiful Harvest church- 
planting project, and we will be reporting some exciting 
new church-planting adventures in the coming months. 
Join us again this year in our vision of reaching our 
country for Christ. Pray for our missionary pastors- 
pioneers in the highest sense. Support us by designating 
a portion of your church offering, "Brethren Home Mis- 
sions." Help us "balance our national budget" for 1980! 

SPECIAL NOTE: At least 10 churches are slated to be- 
come self-supporting this year. When this happens, it 
opens up doors of opportunity for new churches in new 
cities, reaching more and more people with the gospel 

The Brethren 

Home Missions Council 

1979 Church Offerings 

The Top 25 Churches 

Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) . $35,583.68 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) .. 33,749.60 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) . 26,840.25 

Winona Lake, Ind 19,794.07 

Myerstown,Pa 18,064.23 

Sunnyside, Wash 17,283.45 

Winchester, Va 13,873.98 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) .. 13,074.90 

Wooster,Ohio 12,516.31 

Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) 12,378.00 

Fort Wayne , Ind. (First) ... 1 1 ,5 8 1 .5 5 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) .... 11,317.72 

Uniontown,Pa 10,776.85 

Homerville, Ohio 10,698.87 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) . . . 10,286.25 

Bellflower, Calif 9,832.30 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 9,747.00 

Berne, Ind 9,637.01 

Waterloo, Iowa 9,368.10 

Beaumont, Calif 9,192.67 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) . . . 8,805.82 

New Holland, Pa 8,588.46 

Telford, Pa. 8,018.10 

Martinsburg, Pa 7,409.50 

Lititz.Pa 7,274.79 

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A Brethren Home Missions 

On-the-job Training 
at Chambersburg 

Pastor Buck Summers at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is proving that a church doesn't have to have 
a large budget and lots of programs to attract an intern. Good old experience, even if it means without pay, 
is the offer the Chambersburg Grace Brethren Church makes to young men. 

"Certainly it would be ideal if we could offer an intern a part- or full-time paid ministry here in the 
church," says Pastor Summers, "but we're not going to limit our discipleship efforts because of budget 
ceilings. We can offer young men experience in the hard-core basics of establishing a new church. And if 
that's where their heart is-finding practical training in church planting-then finances will be secondary." 

Committed to reproducing his life in the lives of other men , Buck Summers is currently training Wes 
Heckman, a 1975 graduate from Messiah College. "Wes is our intern," states Buck. "He believes God is 
directing him to foreign missions and it is exciting for our church to take an active role in preparing him for 
God's ministry. Wes is an elder in our church and is responsible for our Christian Education and Missions 
Commissions. He has taught in our Sunday School of the Bible, our Institute of Christian Studies, and has 
helped in visitation. He has been able to preach in our evening service and by the time he leaves for Grace 
Seminary this coming fall, he will not only be experienced in preaching, but we will have trained him in 
every phase of the ministry-from administration to counseling." 

Although this home mission church is able to reap growth benefits from a resident intern, the moti- 
vation for developing intern positions lies deep within the pastor's personal philosophy of ministry. "I have 
a real burden to see young men trained and encouraged in the ministry that God has called them to. I want 
to become a 'Paul' in the lives of many young Timothys." 

Also ingrained in his ministry is a shepherding attitude that involves the complete individual. "I want 
our church to minister to the varying needs of brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to see people growing 
mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually from Luke 2:52," says Buck. 

Demonstrating this total ministry approach, Pastor Summers and his wife, Barb, have been teaching 
two "personal life development classes." Taught during the Sunday school hour, Buck leads the men of the 
church in the study of "Learning to be a Man," and Barb teaches the adult women's Sunday school class 
"Learning to be a Woman." Through these classes, as well as a strong pulpit ministry, the Chambersburg 
Brethren communicate ministry priorities to Christian homes with husbands being the spiritual leaders. 
Showing Dr. Dobson's film series "Focus on the Family," on Sunday evenings beginning Mother's Day and 
continuing through Father's Day, is another representation of this church's ministry concerns. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council rejoices in the growth of this home mission church, which has 
now surpassed the 100 mark in attendance, and praises their ingenuity in ministering to the total needs of 

Pray that: 

1. New contacts would be made through the film series "Focus on the Family." 

2. Church members might positively demonstrate to their friends an "aliveness" in their daily Christian walk. 

3. The church body might be sensitive to needs as they minister to one another. 

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(Editor's Note: "Building God's Church in the Maumee Valley" is part of a continuing series on church planting 
apart from the Brethren Home Missions Council. The Council rejoices in the growth of this new church and praises 
the Northcentral Ohio District for their vision in helping to establish this gospel outpost in the Maumee Valley.) 

Building God's Church 
in the Maumee Valley 

by Pastor Jeff Carroll 

What did Jesus mean when He 
promised, "I will build my 
church . . ."? What's a church any- 
way? How did Peter feel when 
3,000 people streamed forward in 
response to his challenge to follow 
the Saviour? The faithful people of 
Maumee Valley Grace Brethren 
Church in Toledo, Ohio, are experi- 
encing, in some degree, the answers 
to these questions. It is truly excit- 
ing to see how God works. 

But where did it all begin? Great 
works of God are not established 
overnight, and Maumee Valley 
Grace is no exception to that rule 
of church growth. The first Bible 
study group began meeting in 
October of 1977, with Pastor David 
Goodman, of the Bowling Green 
(Ohio) Grace Brethren Church, 
leading the study. During those 

early months, the attendance varied 
from five to fourteen adults with 
childcare provided infrequently. 
Upon Pastor Goodman's move to 
Anaheim, California, Pastor Dick 
Hopkins of Calvary Grace Brethren 
Church, near Toledo, began to lead 
the group. During this time, the 
adult attendance grew to between 
20 and 30 each week with several 
professions of faith and commit- 
ments to the establishment of a 
new Grace Brethren Church on the 
west side of Toledo. 

Meanwhile, Jeff and Pam Carroll 
were completing their final year at 
Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, 
Indiana. Pam had met Jeff at the 
Worthington (Ohio) Grace Brethren 
Church where Jeff, not yet a Chris- 
tian, told Pam, "I don't understand 
this Grace Brethren religion." 
Shortly thereafter, Jeff received 
Christ at a Nathan Meyer evangelistic 

meeting. Later Pam and Jeff were 
married in June of 1976, right be- 
fore the couple left for seminary. 
Pastor Jeff, in recalling those 
formative years at Worthington, 
says: "I was challenged almost daily 
by Pastors Jim Custer and John 
Willett to present myself for full- 
time ministry. When Pastor David 
Hocking returned to the church for 
a one-week visit, I knew with cer- 
tainty that God was calling me to 
the ministry and I surrendered my 
will to His." 

On March 18, 1979, man's desire 
and God's will came together as 
Bob and Cathy Gillespie and Doug 
and Mary Davisson went to hear 
Pastor Jeff preach in a little church 
in Milford, Indiana. It was there 
that they informed Jeff and Pam of 
the tremendous need of Toledo— a 
city of over 600,000 people with 
no Grace Brethren Church! After 

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much soul-searching and prayer, 
Jeff and Pam decided to commit 
their lives to reach people in the 
Maumee Valley. 

Pastor Jeff and Pam, and their 
little girl, Card, arrived in Toledo 
on August 9, 1979, and set a target 
of September 9, 1979, as the date 
of the first service of the Maumee 
Valley Grace Brethren Church. 
After checking more than 80 loca- 
tions for public services, the group 
finally found a place for its first 
service. The Lord blessed that first 
service with 83 people present and 
an offering of $1,215.79! The 
group set as its goal to average 50 
people in attendance by December 
31, 1979, and the Lord blessed 
them with an average of 50.4. Al- 
most forgotten, is the church's at- 

taining self-supporting status in less 
than two months under Northcen- 
tral Ohio District Missions. 


The group can sum up their 
ministry in two vision-packed 
words: "Great Expectations!" The 
temporary governing board of the 
church has set as their goal, "180 
by the end of 1980." With that goal 
in mind, it is reported that Pastor 
Jeff was quite relieved when the 
group chose Philippians 4:13 as 
their year verse at a recent congre- 
gational business meeting. 

Growing at the same rate as 
evangelism is an increasing stress on 
one-on-one discipleship. "A person 
cannot mature without it!" says 
Pastor Jeff very adamantly. With 

that goal in mind, Pastor Jeff has 
been training a group of very dedi- 
cated men: Bob Gillespie, Mike 
Henry, Doug Davisson, George 
Kinzie, Doug Bowman, Rick 
Fowler, David Lee, and Bob Nowak 
who have met each Saturday morn- 
ing from 7 to 9 a.m. since Pastor 
Jeff arrived. These men have great 
vision. Their desire is to evangelize 
Toledo, Ohio, where only 5,000 
out of the 600,000 residents of the 
city attend Bible-believing churches. 
But they will not stop there. They 
have the desire to raise up other 
pastors and to plant other churches 
up and down the 121 -mile Maumee 
River Valley. In short, they desire 
to evangelize the world. 

May the Lord grant these desires 
as they occupy until He comes! 

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Our mission dental school at Boguila. 


of a Dental Safari 

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by Dr. David S. Daugherty 

A dozen faces crowded 
around the screened window^ 
each gently nudging for a 
better view. Inside the shrill 
sound of a dental drill pierced 
the otherwise quiet African 
afternoon air. 

Daniel was having a filling 
placed in one of his back teeth, 
and his friends had all come to 
watch the mysterious pro- 
cedure. More than likely one 
of them would be back tomor- 
row to have a cleaning or some 
fillings. After all, Daniel 

seemed to survive all right, and 
that shiny silver filling inside 
his tooth was quite a conver- 
sation piece with friends. 

Such experiences were 
duplicated many times during 
my trip to the Central African 
Republic. My wife, Karen, and 
I spent a month giving dental 
care to missionaries and 
nationals at the Boguila Medi- 
cal Station. Over 150 patients 
were cared for during this 
time. I was able to provide 
many dental services such as 
cleaning teeth, taking dental 
X-rays, placing fillings, remov- 
ing hopelessly infected teeth, 
and making some simple re- 
placements for missing teeth. 

Friendships quickly form 
when you are able to replace a 
missing front tooth for a 
young person, or when you 
are able to remove an infected 
tooth that has been causing 
pain for months. Such friend- 
ship bridges can be used of 
God as a springboard for evan- 
gelism and spiritual growth in 
the lives of these Africans. 

You might wonder how it 
was possible to transport a 
dental office to this remote 
part of the world. I certainly 
did! However, God had al- 
ready taken care of this 

Sixteen years ago, Dr. 
Austin Robbins, a former 
Brethren missionary, built a 
mission dental school at 
Boguila. This spacious building 
sits across the road from the 
main hospital. It contains a 
private office, two treatment 
rooms, a lab, classroom, and 
clinic area with four student 
treatment bays. What a sur- 
prise to find this lovely set-up 
ready to be put into use. All 
the equipment originally in- 
stalled for this school was 
available for my use. After 
dusting away some cobwebs, I 
was ready to go to work. 

God blessed us with a very 
busy schedule and the good 
health that such an exhausting 
endeavor demands. My wife 
patiently assisted me along 
with missionary Jean Austin 
who served as our translator. I 
quickly learned the following 
Sango dental vocabulary: asso 
= pain, pembe = tooth, and 
tuku = spit. 

The vision for such a trip 
grew out of conversations I 
had with FMS Board member 
Dr. Peter Peponis and Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions. An in- 
vitation from the National 
Church in the C.A.R. further 
encouraged me. Our home 
church in Worthington, Ohio, 
along with family and friends 

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provided the funds to meet 
our travel expenses. Before I 
knew it, God had miraculously 
provided all that we needed 
for this trip and taught us 
many valuable spiritual lessons 
along the way. 

The Foreign Mission Board 
and the African Medical 
Council are very anxious to re- 
open this dental training pro- 
gram. Today the doors of the 
school are closed because no 
dental personnel (dentists, 
hygienists, technicians) have 
caught a vision for this excit- 
ing ministry. Lord willing, 
Karen and I would love to re- 
turn some day soon and help 
in reopening this program. 

Just think of this tremen- 
dous challenge for a minute: 
national Christians who are 
well-trained dentists and dis- 
cipled in their Christian walk 
using their vocation as an op- 
portunity to share the good 
news. Some would become 
leaders in their local churches 
and perhaps a few might ac- 
cept the challenge of becom- 
ing missionaries to other lands. 
Presently there is no dental 
training program anywhere in 
the C.A.R. How exciting it 
would be to have such a pro- 
gram with Christ at its center 
raising up young men and 
women equipped for His 
service ! 

Toward the end of my stay 
an elderly pastor, named Jean, 
came to see me as a patient. 
After some informal chatting, 
Jean explained that he had lost 
several front teeth and re- 

quested I make some replace- 
ment teeth. 

When I gave him his new 
teeth, Jean's eyes slowly filled 
with tears. They were tears of 
joy. He told me now he could 
return to the pulpit to preach. 
No longer would he be ham- 
pered by an embarrassing 
smile. No more would the kids 
tease him about his speech. No 
more insecurity in boldly shar- 
ing his faith. Now he was free 
to preach again. What a re- 
warding opportunity to help 
an aging pastor return to his 
church renewed and ready to 

What other pastors or na- 
tional Christians need such 
help? What unsaved Africans 
might be reached through an 
effective dental evangelism 
ministry? Only God knows, 
but maybe His answer lies in 
our hands. 

Perhaps you or a friend of 
yours would be interested in 
knowing more about this op- 
portunity. If so, please contact 
either me: 

Dr. David Daugherty 

2691 Dayton Avenue 

Columbus, Ohio 43202 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

P.O. Box 588 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Dr. Daugherty 
works on 
a patient. 

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Top 30 

in Brethren Foreign Missions Giving 

Top 30 Churches in Giving in 1979 

1. Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 

Worthington.Ohio $56,229.71 

2. First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio . . . . 54,086.32 

3. Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. . 50,118.19 

4. North Long Beach Brethren Church, 

Long Beach, Calif 40,793.22 

5. Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio ... 31,682.29 

6. Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 

Winona Lake, Ind 26,644.64 

7. Community Grace Brethren Church of 

Whittierand La Mirada, Calif 25,542.70 

8. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, 

Telford, Pa 19,238.00 

9. First Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. ... 19,069.82 

10. Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. .. 18,470.18 

1 1. First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio .... 16,559.52 

12. La Loma Grace Brethren Church, 

Modesto, Calif 15,961.50 

13. Grace Brethren Church of West Kittan- 

ning, Pa 15,937.05 

14. Bellflower Brethren Church, Bell- 

flower, Calif 15,898.79 

15. Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa. ... 15,418.64 

16. First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. .. 14,880.95 

17. West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, 

Ohio 14,529.99 

18. First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. ... 14,338.40 

19. Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, 

South Bend, Ind 14,117.99 

20. Grace Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. . 14,023.00 

21. First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio ... 13,999.39 

22. Grace Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa. .. 13,281.60 

23. Community Grace Brethren Church, 

Warsaw, Ind 13,256.67 

24. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. . 13,040.27 

25. Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Va. .. 12,875.84 

26. Pike Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 1 2,360.70 

27. Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett. Pa. 1 2,287.08 

28. Grace Brethren Church, Fort 

Lauderdale, Fla 11.474.76 

29. Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, 

Martinsburg, Pa 11,338.54 

30. Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, 

Conemaugh.Pa 11,121.66 

Top 30 Churches in Per Capita Giving in 1979 

(Based on 1979 membership records) 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. $93.84 

First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 87.10 

Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, 

Conemaugh, Pa 86.89 

Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa 83.80 

West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio . 81.63 

First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa 77.37 

Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church, 

Beaumont, Calif 73.37 

La Loma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif. 70.01 

Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . 63.05 
Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, South 

Bend, Ind 61.92 

First Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif 58.86 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 58.78 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind 58.36 

Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pa. . 55.34 

Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. . . . 52.73 

First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa 52.71 

17. Community Grace Brethren Church. 

Warsaw, Ind 50.21 

18. Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona 

Lake, Ind 48.71 

19. Community Grace Brethren Church of Whittier 

and La Mirada, Calif 47.21 

20. Grace Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa 46.77 

21. First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio 46.20 

22. Pike Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. . . . 44.79 

23. First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 41.09 

24. Grace Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash 35.50 

25. Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 

Worthington, Ohio 32.88 

26. Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, 

Martinsburg, Pa 31.58 

27. North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, 

Calif 30.86 

28. Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa 27.53 

29. Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. . . 27.04 

30. Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Va 25.80 

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1981 1932 1938 1934 19 


Miss Mabel Crawford sailed from 
New York on February 28, going to 
Paris where she took further 
preparation as a teacher in our 
African schools. 

The Gospel of John, printed in 
Karre, arrived on the African field 
on May 16. 

Miss Laura E. Larson left for 
Argentina early in June. 

Louis S. Bauman was elected 
editor of The Brethren Missionary. 

Lester W. Kennedy, one of our 
beloved missionaries to Africa, 
departed to be with Christ on 
November 5. He was laid to rest 
beside James Gribble at Bassai. 


On February 13, a disastrous fire 
occurred at Yaloke, destroying the 
school building, missionaries' 
homes, food supplies, and 
household goods. 

Undaunted Hope, the story of 
the life of James Gribble and a 
history of our work in French 
Equatorial Africa, was written by 
Dr. Florence N. Gribble. One 

Mi. and Mis. 

Ricaido Wagnei 

several yeais 

aftei theii 


Clarence Sickle, his wife, Loree, and Johanna Nielsen 
enjoy food and fellowship in Argentina. 

thousand copies were published and 
put on sale by the board. 

Marc Volongou, our first licensed 
pastor in Africa, was appointed by 
the field council as assistant pastor 
at Yaloke. 

Miss Mabel Crawford left Paris 
accompanying Dr. Gribble and Miss 
Myers to Africa, arriving on 
November 24. She immediately 
opened a school at the Bellevue 


Due to Mrs. Yett's health and 
other conditions beyond control of 
the board, it was deemed inadvisable 
for the Percy Yetts to return to 
South America. 

Homer A. Kent, Sr., was elected 
member of the board. (Dr. Kent is 
currently a faithful member of the 


Owing to the severe illness of 
Miss Edna Patterson, she was sent 
home from Africa in January, 
arriving in the States on March 21. 

After great suffering, the Lord 
called Miss Patterson home on May 

Miss Laura Larson married 
Ricardo Wagner, thus automatically 
canceling her contract with the 

Clarence L. Sickel was appointed 
field superintendent of the 
Argentine work. 

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill 
were approved by the general 
conference as missionaries to 


The Brethren Missionary 
published its last issue in March 
1935. Beginning with April, the 
magazine was merged with The 
Brethren Evangelist. The first issue 
each month of that magazine was 
the Foreign Missionary issue. L. S. 
Bauman continued as editor of the 
missionary issue. 

The Foreign Missionary Society 
was incorporated under the laws of 
the State of California on April 17. 

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Morrill sailed 
from New York on May 25. They 

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Dr. L. S. Bauman 

enjoys a cup of 

mate while in 


would make the opening of a 
fourth station in Africa possible. 


On July 26, Dr. and Mrs. Floyd 
Taber left France, arriving in New 
York in August 22. 


Bethany Home, the missionary 
home in Ashland, Ohio, was 
completed early in January. This 
home was the gift of the SMM to 
the Foreign Missionary Society, 
who furnished the lot. Two 
families could live there. It was 
completely furnished by the WMC. 
Dr. Gribble and her daughter were 
the first occupants. Mr. and Mrs. 
Jake Kliever, becoming approved 
candidates for Africa, were the 
first occupants of the other half of 
the house. 

On March 27, Mr. and Mrs. J. 
Paul Dowdy sailed from New York 
for Argentina. 

Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Taber and 
children left New York for France 
en route to Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Kliever 
departed for language study in 


Early this year the Central 
French School at Bassai and the 
Central School for missionaries' 
children at Bassai and Yaloke were 
opened, as well as the Central Bible 
School which opened at Bozoum. 

The board approved the election 
of Orville D. Jobson by the African 
Field Council as field superin- 

Two new stations were opened 
in Africa— the Fosters going to 
Bouca and the Jobsons to Bozoum. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hill Maconaghy 
sailed from New York and arrived 
in Buenos Aires on October 28. 

Charles F. Yoder, after 30 years 
of service as a missionary in 
Argentina, was retired. 


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sickel and 
their children left South America 
for the States for their first furlough 
in 10 years. 


The Native Evangelists School 
opened at Bozoum, French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Williams 
and Miss Ruth Snyder left for 
Quebec, Canada, to study French. 

The translation of the Book of 
Acts into the Gbea language was 
completed at the Bellevue station. 

On August 30, the "National 
Conference of the Brethren Church" 
(Ashland group) dismissed the 
Foreign Missionary Society as a 
cooperating board of that 

On August 31, several 
amendments of the Constitution of 
the Foreign Missionary Society 
were made and a revision of the 
Charter of the Foreign Missionary 
Society was also made at the FMS 
Annual Business Meeting. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dunning 
sailed for Africa and arrived on 
March 18. 

Late this year, the translation of 
the New Testament into the Karre 
language was completed by Miss 
Estella Myers. 

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SUBJECT: Foreign Mission Board Meetings 

DATE: February 11-14, 1980 

TO: Members and Friends of Brethren Foreign Missions 

FROM: The General Director 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman; Rev. Dean Fetterhoff; Rev. Robert Griffith; 
Rev. Wesley Haller; Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr.; Mr. Lenard Moen; Dr. Peter N. Peponis; Dr. 
Bernard Schneider; Mr. Herman Schumacher; Rev. Scott Weaver; and Dr. John C. Whitcomb. 
Dr. Glenn O'Neal had just undergone major surgery and could not be present. 

REPORTS: 1 . General Director's Report— world conditions that affect missions, personnel and specific 
fields review, challenges before the society, goals established, and recommendations. 

2. Financial Report- 12% increase in giving. This was offset by the dollar devaluation resulting 
in a deficit of $32,840. As a result, Brethren Foreign Missions is in an austerity program. 
Budgets were cut 10%. 

3. Special report on Africa by Dr. John Whitcomb— excellent response to meetings held with 
African pastors (over 400). 




may '80 

NEW MISSIONARIES: The following were approved for missionary appointee status: 
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Belohlavek- Africa, church development 
Miss Joyce Deacon— Central African Republic, nurse 

Mr. and Mrs. John Ochocki— Central African Republic, business administrator 
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sharp— Mexico, church planting 

RELIEF AGENCY BRETHREN (RAB): Funds were distributed as follows: 
$3,500 for Cambodian relief 
$3,500 to be dispersed through M.A.P. (Medical Assistance Program) 

With over two-thirds of the world population still unreached, we dare not be complacent about our 
foreign mission program. A goodly portion of missionary personnel must be penetrating that barrier that 
separates faith from non-faith (Rom. 10:13-15). 

The year 1980 celebrates the eightieth anniversary for Brethren Foreign Missions. God is blessing on all 
fields where Brethren missionaries are laboring.. This decade is indeed dangerous— but for the Christian it 
presents an opportunity to obey the Great Commission. 

As Dr. Kenneth Scott Latourette once remarked: "The missionary impulse will not let those who feel it 
rest content until the Christian message is presented to all men." 


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DATE: July 26-August 2, 1980 

LOCATION: Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana 

COST: $135 Including the $35 Registration Fee 



SPECIAL SPEAKERS: Pat Hurley and Dawson McAllister 

Design by David French 


From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

□ The house of Dr. and Mrs. Norman Uphouse, War- 
saw, Ind., was completely destroyed by fire on Satur- 
day evening, March 1 . The Uphouses were having 
dinner at a nearby restaurant, and returned to find 
firemen battling die blaze that had totally engulfed 
the house. Fire officials believe the blaze started 
around a wood-burning stove in the family room. Al- 
most nothing was salvaged. An auto was also de- 
stroyed in the fire. Dr. Uphouse is a retired professor 
at Grace College, and Mrs. Uphouse is associate dean 
of students. They have shown great courage through 
this ordeal, but much of their loss is irrecoverable, 
and your prayers will be appreciated. 

□ Lyle Marvin, Jr., and Don Lashley, members of the 
Kenai Grace Brethren Church, Kenai, Alaska, recently 
participated in a Civil Air Patrol search for a downed 
pilot, who had spent several days outside in below 
zero temperatures. The plane with Lyle Marvin and a 
pilot picked up the downed flier's signal on the Cook 
Inlet. Lyle, past president of the national men's 
organization and retired from the Los Angeles Fire 
Dept., is now directing the music program at the 
Kenai church. 

□ Mrs. Opal Sollenberger, a resident of Grace Breth- 
ren Village, Englewood, Ohio, has written a book en- 
titled / Chose To Live in a Nursing Home. Published 
by the David C. Cook Co., the book frankly faces the 
life-style decisions of the senior years. Mrs. Sollen- 
berger tells how she chose life in a retirement/nursing 
home facility over the other options, and you will 
also enjoy the humorous portions of the book. It is 
an invaluable book for those who are facing these de- 
cisions themselves, and for those who must help a 
loved one plan for senior years. You may order a 
copy of the book from the Missionary Herald, P.O. 

Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Please enclose 
your check or money order for $4.95 and BMH pays 
postage costs. 

Dr. Robert B. Collitt, Stewardship Counselor for 
the Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 
Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, Va., May 1 1-14. 
W. Carl Miller, pastor. 

Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, W. 
Va., May 18-21, Donald Weltmer, pastor. 
Melrose Gardens Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, 
Pa., June 14, Earle Peer, pastor. 
Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa., June 8-11, 
Wesley Haller, pastor. 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church, Lancas- 
ter, Pa., June 15-18, Vernon Harris, pastor. 

Dr. John C. Whitcomb will hold special meetings 
at the following churches: 

Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Va., May 23-25, 
Paul Dick, pastor. 

Anchorage Grace Brethren Church, Anchorage, Alas- 
ka, Aug. 3-10, Larry Smithwick, pastor. 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Darlene Lundquist and Tim Curran, Jan. 11, West 

Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 

Elizabeth Keast and James Schaefer, Jan. 12, Grace 

Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Galen and Carolyn Keeler, Jan. 12, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Ollie Briles and Anthony Martin, Jan. 12, Grace 

Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Deborah Thornton and Kevin Myers, Jan. 19, Grace 

Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. The bride's 

father, Rev. Charles G. Thornton, performed the 


Teresa and Richard Lau, Jan. 25, Grace Brethren 

Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

The following weddings were performed in the Grace 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif: 

Bill and Tami DeHoop, Feb. 2 

Michael and Connie Brooks, Feb. 8. 

Gary and Becky Flod, Feb. 9. 

Greg and Debbie Johnson, Feb. 29. 

may '80 i 

□ A tour to Israel, Switzerland, and Southern 
Germany is being planned for July 1-18. Pastor Ed 
Cashman of the Bellflower Brethren Church, 9405 E. 
Flower St., Bellflower, Calif. 90706 (Tel. 213/ 
925-6561), may be contacted for more details. A 
feature of this tour will be the Passion Play which is 
given in Germany only every 10 years and has been 
presented for 300 years. 

□ The Elizabethtown (Pa.) Grace Brethren Church 
won a recent Sunday school contest between Lan- 
caster Grace Brethren Church, Manheim Grace Breth- 
ren Church, New Holland Grace Brethren Church, 
and Elizabethtown. Michael Rockafellow is the pastor 
of the Elizabethtown church. 

change your annual 

□ Everett Caes, 58644 Co. Rd. Ill, Elkhart, Ind. 
46514. □ Warren E. Hall, 104 Hemlock, Sunnyside, 
Wash. 98944. □ Wendell E. Kent, mailing address: 
P.O. Box 362, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268. Home address: 
12417 Stine Ave., Tel. 717/762-9550. □ Marvin 
Meeker, Tel. 515/452-6472. □ Ron Picard, 7260 S. 
St. Rt. 48, Union, Ohio 45322. □ On page 29 of 
your Annual, Hattie Sheldon's address should read: 
510 Rose Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90802. □ Grace 
Brethren Church, Sacramento, Calif. Tel. 916/ 
972-1106. Also, Roy Halberg has recently accepted 
the pastorate of this church. His address is: 4261 
Whitney Ave., Sacramento, Calif. 95821. DThe 
name of the First Brethren Church, Des Moines, Iowa, 
has been changed to the First Grace Brethren Church. 
Richard Sellers has accepted the pastorate of this 
church, and will be moving to Des Moines July 1, 
1980. He had formerly pastored this church several 
years ago. □ Seven Fountains, Va.: Trinity Brethren 
Church, c/o Mrs. Isabelle C. Ritenour, Fort Valley Rd. 
Rt., Box 276, Strasburg, Va. 22657. 

□ The Grace Brethren Church in Davenport, Iowa, 
has grown considerably in the last year, and has been 
breaking all previous attendance and offering records! 
On April 13 a self-support celebration was held, with 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer (Executive Secretary of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council), Ron Weimer, Vernon 
Schrock (both from the Waterloo, Iowa, church), and 
many others joining in the commemorative event. M. 
Lee Myers, pastor. 

□ The Grace Christian Preschool became a reality last 
September for the folks of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Orange, Calif. Because the school repre- 
sents part of the vision of Dr. L. L. Grubb when he 
founded the church, Mrs. Grubb has designated the 
gifts given in his memory and set up as a memorial in 
this church to the establishment of the preschool. 

□ Rev. William Cochran has resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Lansing, Mich. He assumed 
the pastorate of the Listie Brethren Church, Listie, 
Pa., on April 1,1980. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

BEAMSLEY, James, Jan. 16, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 

MESSNER, Glenn C, 73, March 6. Mr. Messner was a 
member of the South view Grace Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio, where he had served as treasurer, 
building committee member, and a Sunday school 
teacher for many years. He was also a member of the 
Grace Schools board of trustees for several years. 
Donald G. Farner, pastor. (A special Glenn C. Messner 
Memorial Athletic Scholarship has been established at 
Grace Schools. Gifts should be sent to the attention 
of Richard G. Messner, Director of Development, 
Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Ind.46590.) 

MISNER, DONALD, 52, Feb. 2, a faithful member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. Kenn Cosgrove, 


July 26— August 1, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Holiday Inn (Warsaw) 

Phone: 219/269-2323 

Single, $33; Double, $39 

International Friendship House (Winona Lake) 

Phone: 219/267-8147 

Single, $1 1-22; Double, $15-$28 

Petro's Motel (Warsaw) 

Phone: 219/267-6101 

Single, $14; Double, $16— $27 

Regal 8 (Warsaw) 

Phone: 219/269-2601 

Single, $15.88; Double, $18.88-$21. 88 

Winona Hotel, Lakeside Annex, 

McKee Courts (Winona Lake) 

Phone: 219/267-7146 

Single, $14.50-$1 7; Double, $21 up 

A list of apartments and sleeping rooms may be 
obtained by calling 219/267-7146. The list will be 
mailed to you. 

-. may '80 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 

youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Pastor Knute Larson: executive director 

Rev. Ed Lewis, Rev. Kevin Huggins, Judy Ashman: directors 

Pastor John Willett: chairman of the board 

Dr. David Seifert: vice chairman and church growth consultant 

Dear Mother; 


Every day should be Mother's Day around your 
house, to be fair. But unselfishness never seeks 
recognition, and that's the way you are. 

Thank you. 

Frankly, what we do from this Christian Ed- 
quarters building or on the road, and what your 
church attempts for the great cause of educating 
and building the Christian, would be nothing with- 
out you. 

Your TIME with your little ones helps give the 
preschooler emotions of joy and strength, and 
stretches them to think worldwide even before 
leaving home for school. 

You are the daily touch; giving out "Precepts" 
by word and life when children get home from 

You teach "Operation Barnabas" before we do 
with your teens, giving booster shots and courage 
by listening and guiding. 

You are the "Inside Track" to your family with 
a servant's heart, helping that be the mood of the 
home and producing ministry at church by your 
involvement and suggestions. 

People say "Ohhh" and "Hmmm" as they watch 
your exemplary and beautiful role of honor and 
love toward your husband. And people get what it 
means that Christ is the husband of the Church. 

You preempted our filmstrip stories before we 
ever sent them to your church, for you raised your 
children with Bible facts and love, with application. 

You give daily Christian Education seminars on 
practical areas of living for Christ, and your family 
is getting the point by what you say and live. 

You are the best SMM patroness there ever was 
for your daughters, a caring youth sponsor for 
your teens, and Christian Educator of the Year for 
your grandchildren. 

Frankly, Mother, we are nothing without you. 

We thank you! 

for Good 

The July 27-28 Christian Education Convention we have planned for you, as part of our annual 
get-together all that week, will be excellent in content with a joyful mood, for all who wish to take their 
first hike, or to repeat, "Walk Thru the New Testament." 

As a choice, some very special, practical workshops— some for pastors and some for other workers 
in the church. 

Our invitation is to block it out on the calendar. 

Do come! 

And at the same time, not far from this convention of people seeking to do better with the Great 
Commission, our Brethren National Youth Conference. With the group of teens, leaders and speakers 
they have, you would have to work hard to avoid Christian growth and commitment. Come along! 

Thank You for Your Prayers and Support! 

may '80 1 

"Misery in the 'Me 

Dawson McAllister is president of Shepherd Productions, a ministry committed to training youth in evangeli 
education at Talbot Theological Seminary (Calif.). Mr. McAllister will be a speaker at the 191 


Many students have learned the 'me-ist' 
philosophy of their society and are 
now suffering the consequences. 

"Me" is the most fashionable word 
in American culture today. Looking 
out for "number one" and boning up 
on self-actualization is a matter of 
course. Men and women are unashamed- 
ly lovers of self. A "me-ist" says, "I 
am the center of the universe. I don't 
need God telling me what to do. I can 
meet my own needs, take care of my- 
self and enjoy all the pleasures that 
can be found in self. Absolutes are 
nonexistent. I will become my own 
value system. I will answer only to 

The symptoms of this "me- 
centered" philosophy are tragically 
manifesting themselves in American 
youth. Many high school and college 
students have learned the "me-ist" 
life style from their parents. Many 
parents today are increasingly self- 
oriented. They are not committed to 
their children and thus not inclined to 
make sacrifices for them. They don't 
push their children; the children make 
their own decisions. Discipline dis- 
appears from the home as children 
question authority and parents 
become increasingly permissive. 

Single-Parent Families 

How widespread "me-ist" parental 
beliefs have become is indicated by the 
growing number of working mothers. 
While some mothers need to work to 
survive, others work outside the home 
simply to maintain their materialistic 
appetites or to portray the image of a 
liberated woman. Nearly half of all 
mothers with children under 18 work; 
this more than doubles the number 30 
years ago. 1 Now, only 7 percent of 
American families can be classified as 
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"traditional"— with the father working, 
mother keeping house and two 
children at home. 

Another example of "me-ism" in 
the home is the growing tragedy of 
divorce and the single-parent family. 
The U.S. Census Bureau in 1978 re- 
corded 8 million homes where the 
mother was the only parent and 1.6 
million homes where the father was 
the only parent. According to the 
bureau's report, half of all the children 
born today will live in a single-parent 

Some sociologists say that it is 
easier for a child to experience the loss 
of a parent through death than divorce. 
Children who have lost parents through 
divorce have witnessed poor parental 
modeling in the areas of problem 
solving and communication. They 
have experienced the trauma of choos- 
ing between two people, both of 
whom they want to love. 

The American home is not the 
only institution endorsing "me-ism." 
The media also feeds selfish attitudes 
and are no friend to the high school 
student. Through 12 years of school, 
an average student will spend 15,000 
hours watching television compared to 
12,000 in a classroom. 2 What values 
are being impressed upon the teen- 
ager as he watches those 15,000 hours 
of TV? The values of the people who 
are daily flaunting their "me-ist" life 
styles and philosophy over the air. 

A study in Newsweek reported the 

. . . contemporary video 
entertainpnent, especially the sit- 
com, is running directly counter 
to traditional American values 
and institutions. Television's 
favorite black hats ... are busi- 
nessmen, military officials and 

the small-town power structure; 
on the other, criminals, the poor 
and the hyperkinetic style of 
urban life are almost invariably 
portrayed with sympathetic 
strokes. This coherent, anti- 
establishment ideology ... is 
largely the result of a left-of- 
center bias that has come to 
dominate the medium's creative 

Sex has largely replaced violence 
on television. An actual or implied 
sexual occurrence hits the American 
student 2.7 times every hour, and 
88 percent of all sex presented on 
television is sex outside of marriage. 
If one added up all the instances of 
sexual intercourse, sexual comments 
and suggestive sexual scenes appear- 
ing on network television in 1978, 
the total would be 20,000. 4 

"Partying Spirit" Life Style 

The consumption of alcohol de- 
picted on television is also on the 
rise. In fact, someone drinks 3.5 
times per hour on television— 4 
times per hour during prime time. 
For every time coffee is consumed, 
alcohol is consumed 10 times. For 
every time milk is consumed, 
alcohol is consumed 44 times. 
Water is consumed 1 for every 48 
times someone drinks alcohol. 

Obviously, students cannot be 
bombarded with "me-ist" view- 
points without sooner or later 
allowing them to control their lives. 
One consequence is a "partying 
spirit" life style among American 
teen-agers. The "partying spirit" 
way of life says, "Let's not deal 
with the pain and realities of life. 
Let's go ahead and assume the 
minimal responsibility to make just 


what He did at the cross are lifted 
up. As contemporary brothers of 
Paul, we must concur with his 
words in 1 Corinthians 2:2: "For I 
determined to know nothing among 
you except Jesus Christ, and Him 

id discipleship. He is a graduate of Bethel College (Minn.) and completed his formal 
Lthren National Youth Conference and GBC Christian Education Convention in July. 

Inough money to survive— until 
itarty time." 

This way of thinking is the reason 
lisco and rock is a seven-billion- 
lollar industry today. Its success 
s certainly not due to the caliber of 
ts music, but to the fact that the 
idancer becomes the star. With disco, 
if the music blares and the lights 
Idazzle, one can forget the drudgeries 
'if reality. Consequently, the "me" 
[generation is saying, "I do not want 
|o think. It will lead me to despair. 
3o I will party, party, party." 

The "party spirit" shows itself 
n the alcohol craze of the "me" 
generation. Joseph Califano, 
former secretary of Health, Educa- 
tion and Welfare, reported that 
nore than three million youths 
lave experienced problems at 
-iome, school or on the highways as 
a result of drinking. 

The violence in junior high and 
high schools is even more alarming. 
For example, the National Institute 
of Education estimates that each 
month 5,200 junior high and senior 
high teachers are attacked and 
6,000 are robbed by force, and 
282,000 junior and senior high 
students are assaulted and 1 12,000 
are robbed. 7 

Pursuit of Sexual Pleasure 

While "me-ism" has fueled the 
crime rate, it has also desecrated 
sexual expression. "Me-ism" makes 
man forget love and commitment, 
prompting him to fill the void with 
the pursuit of sexual pleasure out- 
side of marriage. The Department 
of Health, Education and Welfare 
reports that one million girls be- 
tween the ages of 1 5 and 1 9 become 
pregnant each year-370,000 of 
these pregnancies end in abortion. 

Some 235,000 result in illegitimate 
births, and 100,000 try to legitimize 
their situation by a marriage that is 
likely to end in divorce. One out of 
every 5 new mothers today is a teen- 
ager— 30,000 are 15 or younger. 9 

If those figures aren't alarming 
enough, in 1978 5,000 teen-agers 
and young adults committed 
suicide. 10 Psychologists say that 
for every teen-ager who succeeded, 
50 tried. 11 Overall, a quarter of a 
million young people tried to take 
their lives last year. 

The sickening eruption of these 
tragic problems has occurred be- 
cause our young people cannot 
handle the license that "me-ism" 
grants. Their home lives become 
wrecked. They give up on church; 
they give up on government; and 
now they're trying to put faith in 

And what does God say about 
this tragedy? He's saying, "Wake 
up. We're in a war." The battle is 
for the heart and mind of the 
American teen-ager. The war will 
not be won simply by telling teen- 
agers to live like Christians. They 
don't know what that means any- 
more. The battle will be won only 
as Christ's followers allow the love 
of Jesus Christ to melt the heart of 
selfishness that has come upon the 
American scene. 

The American teen-ager must 
come to recognize that God is holy 
and that this same holy God will 
one day judge the world. He must 
come to realize, therefore, that, if 
he lives to himself, ignoring God, he 
will have to pay the price. Our God 
hates rebellion and the cheap inde- 
pendence we seek apart from Him. 

I believe that the 1980s must be 
a time when Christ Himself and 

Back to Basics 

Many of us have become so 
caught up in the activity of minis- 
try that we've forgotten the source 
of our spiritual power. Our methods 
have replaced prayer. Advertise- 
ments have replaced personal evan- 
gelism. Rap groups are substitute 
Bible studies. The Christian student 
must be trained to share the gospel 
of Christ crucified, and he must be 
prepared to defend with Scripture 
his Christian life style. In short, the 
Christian student, and all of us, 
must be a living and practicing 
manifestation of the Christian ethic. 

Do you have convictions? Do 
you believe that Christ is everything? 
If so, why not say to God, "I'm 
ready. Take the garbage out. Re- 
place it with Your plan and Your 
power." The only way this sleeping 
"me" generation will ever stir from 
its stupor and turn to the Saviour is 
if they see you living the God- 
centered, supernatural life style of 
Jesus Christ. 

The Youth Letter, Evangelical Minis- 
tries, Philadelphia, July 1977 (based on 
Department of Labor report, "Working 
Mothers and Their Children"). 

2 The Youth Letter, May 1978. 

"TV Comedy: What It's Teaching the 
Kids," Newsweek, May 7, 1979, p. 67. 

National Federation for Decency, 
Fall 1978, report. 

5 Ibid. 

"New Alcohol Program to Focus on 
Women, Teen-agers," Los Angeles Times, 
May 2, 1979. 

7 The Youth Letter, July 1979. 

B The Youth Letter, July 1979. 

9 Family Circle, June 26, 1979. 

Good Housekeeping, May 1979. 

11 U.S. News & World Report, July 10, 

Printed by permission from Worldwide 
Challenge. Copyright © Campus Crusade 
for Christ, Inc. (1980). All rights re- 

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. . an experience in 

ministry education that 

I will use constantly 

and treasure all of my 


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Some of Our Best Friends 
are — 

Young Barnabases 

Operation Barnabas had quite an effect on Tim Poyner, a high school 
senior from Hagerstown, Maryland. He traveled on the 1979 summer team 
and was involved in drama (picture left), puppets, music, preaching, evan- 
gelism , testimonies, manual chores, and other forms of ministry. 

Tim, returned from the five weeks of intensive training experience with 
goals that he wanted to see implemented in his home church. Letters from 
Tim this year have indicated the following news . . . 

— started a Bible study on Tuesday mornings at school (public) and 20 
or more teens meet weekly. He and Pete Bitner (another O.B. alumnus— 
now senior class president) have organized the group 

— helped organize a youth choir with about 20 teens (even put on an 
Easter cantata, using teens singing and doing instrumental accompaniment) 

— have 1 1 puppets under construction for a new puppet team 

— presently putting together a youth newsletter 

— developing an outreach program 

— contacted lots of his friends to consider Operation Barnabas: three 
were selected from his church 

— has been accepted at Grace College this fall. 

There's nothing more exciting than hearing from Tim, or any of the other 
members of Operation Barnabas, who are implementing what they have 
learned from their experiences on Operation Barnabas. Well over 200 teen- 
agers have been involved with Operation Barnabas ministries over the last 
6 years. 

Fifty -six teens and eight adults will be involved with the two Operation Barnabas teams traveling in 
the East this summer. 

Operation Barnabas is one of the many ministries of GBC Christian Education that encourages young 
people to reach out to others in evangelism and ministry. 

Your gifts make "Operation Barnabas" a reality. The Brethren Board of Evangelism gives an annual 
gift to help make this youth evangelism emphasis possible. Won't you help, too? Pray for the effec- 
tiveness of this Brethren Youth Ministry. 

Please apply this gift to help with Operation Barnabas. 
Make checks payable to: 

"Operation Barnabas Ministries" Name 

GBC Christian Education o t ppt 

P. O. Box 365 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 Clty - 




Div. Church 





Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 

James Custer 

Wilfred Friesland 



Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 

Don Rough 

Leslie Chamberlain 

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Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

David Seifert 

Harlan Vanden Bosch 

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Telford, Pa. 

William Tweeddale 

Howard Kearns 



Brookville, Ohio 

Clair Brickel 

Dan Hartzel 


Roanoke, Va. (Patterson Memorial) 

Ron Thompson 

Sammy Ellis 




North Kokomo, Ind. 

Jay Fretz 

Fred Rutherford 

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Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 

Gerald Allebach 

Paul Ream 



Cypress, Calif. 

Steve Bradley 

Anita David 


Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 

James Barnes 

Lester Garwood 



No one qualified 

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Women Manifesting 


Jfissionary (Birthdays 

JULY 1980 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1980 Grace Brethren Annual^ 


Mrs. William Walker July 1 

Miss Carolyn Kodear July 7 

Miss Cheryl Kaufman July 7 

Dr. Don Hocking July 15 

Sandrine Vieuble July 25, 1975 

Lisa Immel July 26, 1966 


Elizabeth Hoyt July 4, 1978 

Maria Robinson July 9, 1966 

Mrs. Solon Hoyt July 29 


Elliott (Andy) Hudson July 10, 1973 

Mrs. Philip Gegner July 15 

Rev. Tom Stallter July 26 I 

c/o Tom Julien, Chateau de St. Albain 


Mrs. Dick Schilperoort July 2 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Mrs. Ada Taber July 8 

Frederick Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Rev. Robert Williams July 15 | 

Rev. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 | 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Mark Austin July 23, 1968 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Mrs. John Ochocki July 24 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Ryan Hobert July 29, 1978 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Mrs. Dave Hobert July 31 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



wmc officiary 

President-2 1 9/267-7603 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary-5 1 3/335-5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267 2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-2 1 9/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 



Goal: $11,000 

Due Date: June 10, 1980 

Project: Extended project-construction 
of a new mission residence 
in Winona Lake, Indiana 

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&&&&* WMC Pen Pointers 

WMC Pen Pointers are 
getting a new face and format. 
These pamphlets giving infor- 
mation concerning the 
methods, purposes, and other 
facts about WMC have been 
transformed from small items 
to a larger 5i4"x8^4" size. 
Individual Pen Pointers 
illustrate how to conduct a 
meeting with correct parlia- 
mentary procedure— a help 
for officers— and another 
gives help with regard to the 
missionary program of the 
organization. The set is being 
revised continually and with 
the new revision and size 
change, the new style and 
format will constitute the 
new WMC handbook. All 
eight Pen Pointers will be 
available for your council's 
use soon. Some are tempo- 
rarily out of stock due to the 
revision and printing of the 
new format. The Pen Pointer 
"What Is WMC?" will 
continue to be printed in the 
small size as well as the new 
format. The small size can 
then be presented to new 
ladies in our organization to 
familiarize them with the 

A Mother's 


1 Corinthians 


Love waits while child can Y be found 
at suppertime. Love says "thank you" to 
the child without being reminded, and 
does not seek a new dress every time 
child grows out of one. Love remembers 
others have cute children, too, and is not 
the first to control conversation with her 
story. Love doesn 't scream and have a 
tantrum when rules are not obeyed; 
would rather attend Little League base- 
ball titan go shopping; laughs while 

finding a child's shoe for the fifth time 
this day, because of the child's ingenuity 
in finding hiding places; forgives and 
forgets when children misbehave. Love 
prays for children 's salvation and praises 
the Lord when it occurs. Love remembers 
her own childhood; does not think the 
worst of her child; hopes for the child's 
best in the future, and endures childhood 
and its imperfections. Love never fails. 


may '80 


Dear Miriam, 

How nice it was of you to send greetings to the OTN women here in the Central African Republic. I 
translated your letter and read it to them at general conference during one of the OTN group meetings. They 
really seemed to appreciate it. I wanted to share with you something that was really thrilling for us to experi- 
ence during this conference. As you know, Martine Yougouda was national president of the OTN this past 
year. Of course, this has really been only a title and the main job was to prepare the program for the next 
year's conference and preside at that conference. However, since Martine had a good dose of WMC in the 
States, she really has a vision for what the women in Africa can do and she set about doing just that this year. 
She did an excellent job of directing the meetings and keeping things moving. I was the missionary counselor 
and it was a joy to work with her. Usually the missionary counselor has to more or less make up the program 
and then prompt the president of each thing to do in the meeting. However, Martine, Therese (the vice- 
president) and I planned the programs together last July. Martine contacted the speakers, and so forth, and 
she handled all of the meetings very well. She was very discouraged in the beginning of January because most 
of the speakers she had contacted had refused, saying they would not be able to attend conference. However, 
because of a number of changes in the general conference program, the OTN only had three meetings instead 
of the usual six. Martine said, "The Lord knew the program before we did. What would we have done if all 
the speakers had accepted!" 

Last year, Martine suggested that the OTN should have a Central Caisse to which each district would 
send a free-will offering. These funds would be used to handle expenses incurred in planning the annual con- 
ference program, and also help the Union of Brethren Churches by contributing to various projects. Last year 
the districts sent in a total of 170.000 francs ($850). We are all thrilled with their response. At the executive 
committee meeting of OTN which met during conference, it was voted to give 70.000 of that money ($350) to 
the Missionary Society of the Union of Brethren Churches. They had voted at the conference to send two 
men to the Cameroons to help in the establishment of churches in that country, but funds were lacking. 
Martine has a real missionary spirit and did a good job of presenting the need to the women and they accepted 
without any objections. When Martine gave the OTN report before the whole conference, she created quite a 
stir when she presented the gift of 70.000 francs, by stating that the women were giving this gift as an example 
so that all of the other organizations would return home and do likewise. We are thankful for the missionary 
spirit which is beginning to blossom and we know the Lord will richly bless. 

Martine also suggested to the OTN executive committee (which is composed of one delegate from each 
district— whoever happens to be at conference) that the officers remain in office for five years so there would 
be more continuity to the program. She explained that the officers should travel to the various districts and 
help where they can. She also would like to see an annual set of classes held for leaders, and so forth. Her 
suggestion was approved and it was voted to keep the same officers for five years. Martine has her work cut 
out for her for the next five years! She did not want the office and I had talked with her several times about 
it. She said she was too busy with her family and Bible Institute teaching for the job. However, two days 
before conference, when I went to her house on business, she said: "If the women want me to be the president 
for five years, I will be willing to try. The Lord has been speaking to me about it." It is such a thrill to see 
someone maturing in Christ— no matter what color or culture! How we need more women like Martine, and 
our prayer is that her leadership of the OTN will help to develop many others as Christian leaders. 

Continue to pray for the OTN out here— things are looking up! By the way, Pierre also did a great job 
as president of the conference. They are quite a team. 

May God richly bless you this year. 

In His great love, 

Betty Hocking 


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Women Manifesting Christ is the slogan 
of the national WMC, but the middle name 
of the organization is missionary. In the 
case of WMC, the middle name has much to 
do with the personality, purpose, and prac- 
tice of the organization. Individual auxili- 
aries across the country are involved in in- 
numerable ways in missionary activities. 

A purpose of the WMC is to become 
knowledgeable about the fields of service 
of the FMS and to provide support whether 
financial or through prayer to each of the 
missionaries serving on the various fields. 
Monthly portions of each meeting are given 
to the study of missions and those who 
serve, and prayer time is spent upholding 
the work of the Gospel going out in these 

Our current national project giving for 
the Brethren Foreign Missionary Society is 
being channeled into a fund for building a 
new mission residence to be used for mis- 
sionaries on furlough, retired missionaries, 
and also for missionary candidates during 
the annual winter seminar. 

Building costs are staggering and have 
halted for the time being any plans for im- 
mediate construction. Not only is the 
present stalemate disappointing to the 
emotional need of the society and its mis- 


sionaries, but a very present need when 
trying to locate facilities for the missionaries 
traveling through and staying in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

Our project towards the construction of 
this new residence was to be an extended 
project, and we are now in our second year 
of collecting money for this need. The goal 
that has been set for this year is $ 1 1 ,000 
and will be due June 10, 1980. The money 
that we give as a WMC organization will not 
cover the cost completely even in addition 
to the sale of the current missionary resi- 
dence property. Therefore, in addition to 
our giving of funds, we must be consistent 
in our prayer support of the project as well. 
We need to call on the name of the Lord 
for His timing in this construction. 

Missionaries on furlough have a very dif- 
ferent life style than most of us. Many of 
us would not be able to keep up with the 
pace that they set in order to inform us of 
the work they are doing. In return, they 
must have a place to call home while in 
Winona Lake. The present structure is in- 
adequate; the need is obvious; prayer and 
financial support are our privilege and ob- 
ligation. The Lord is able to grant us the 
ability to give so that this project can be- 
come a reality. 

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February 4, 1980 

Mrs. Dan Pacheco, President 
National WMC 
413 Kings Highway 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Dear Miriam: 

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

The financial department has just informed me that we have received your check from the 
WMC for the amount of $7,653.66 which was earmarked for Navajo transportation. We are deeply 
appreciative of this very splendid offering for this very needy project. The ladies of the WMC have 
come through victoriously again. We surely thank the Lord for the very splendid support that the 
ladies of the WMC have given to Brethren Home Missions over these many years. It was a great 
delight at this last national conference to be able to appear before the ladies and express our appre- 
ciation for their work in the past. 

May the Lord richly bless you for your labors and we are thrilled about you being with us in 
both of the home mission workshops this year to emphasize the importance of WMC in all of our 
churches. Please express my deep appreciation to the national WMC organization for caring for 
your expense in transportation to and from these workshops. May God's richest blessing rest upon 
you in this special ministry. 

Yours in His matchless grace, 

Lester E Pifer </ 



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February 13, 1980 
Women's Missionary Council 
c/o Mrs. Dan Pacheco, President 
413 Kings Highway 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Dear Members of WMC: 

On behalf of the students and faculty of Grace College, I would like to take this opportunity to 

thank you for your most generous financial gift which is being used for the purchase of books and 

materials for our new program in special education. It will go a long way toward giving the 

program a good solid start. 

There was enough interest in special education to justify starting the program one year in advance 

of our original plans. In fact, we should be graduating the first five minors in EMR (Educable 

Mentally Retarded) in May of 1981. 

Please continue to pray for this program and its possible expansion as the needs and resources 

dictate. You are all invited to come to our open house during the 1980 national conference to 

personally see what your concern and love are producing. 

Gratefully in Christ, 


Bruce K. Alcorn, Ph.D. 

Division of Education 
cc: Mrs. Marilyn Yoder 
Mrs. Sharon Rager 

ipcc HTflg *pcc_ 

Terry Julien 
"The Seventh Minstrel' 

Marcia Keough 

The Grace College Art Gal- 
lery recently featured the 
work of five graduating seniors. 
Students involved in the art 
show included: 

Peggy Bechtel— Miss Bechtel 
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Glen Bechtel, Minerva, Ohio. 
Her artistic concentrations are 
in the areas of ceramics and 
pottery. She is an art area 

Dave French— French is a 
Warsaw, Indiana, resident. The 
art area major is the son of 
Professor and Mrs. Ivan 
French. Professor French in- 
structs in Grace Seminary. 
Dave is active at Grace, singing 
in the Concert Choir. His area 
of interest is intwo-dimensional 
design paintings. 


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The five seniors who participated in the art display at Grace 
College were, from left to right, Marcia Keough, Dave 
French, Terry Julien, Jim Horn and Peggy Bechtel. 

Jim Horn— Horn is majoring 
in secondary art education. He 
is the son of Mrs. Robert 
Kolbe, Bourbon, Indiana. 
Horn, a transfer student from 
Biola College in California, 
places his artistic emphasis in 
the areas of drawing and paint- 

Terry Julien— Julien wast 
born in Switzerland and grewl 
up in France where his parents,i 
Rev. and Mrs. Tom Julien, arel 
Grace Brethren missionaries.! 
He has a double major in speech* 
education and secondary artl 
education. Julien has partici-; 
pated in a number of dramatici 

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Jim Horn 
"The Retired Glove' 

Peggy Bechtel 


roductions and has been 
ctive with the Student Activi- 
es Board since coming to 
race. His concentration is in 
ie area of charcoal pencil. 

Marcia Keough — Mrs. 
Ceough and her husband, 
ilark, reside in Warsaw, Indi- 
na. She is the daughter of Mr. 
fid Mrs. Ray Bahler, New 
laven, Indiana. Before conning 
o Grace, the secondary art 
ducation major attended 
/loody Bible Institute in 
Chicago and St. Francis Col- 
age in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
/Irs. Keough specializes in the 
ireas of ceramics and pottery. 

Jean L. Coverstone is the 
hairman of the Grace College 
\rt Department. 


Top 20 Churches 

in Giving 

to Grace Schools 

A total of $467,564 was given to Grace Schools in 1979 by the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. Following is a list of the "Top Twen- 
ty" churches with total gifts of $244,674 which is 52 percent of the 
FGBC total for the year. 




Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church . 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

. Charles Ashman . . 

. $55,686 

First Brethren Church . . 

Kenneth Ashman . 

. 24,983 

Wooster, Ohio 

First Brethren Church . . 

Forrest Jackson . . 

. 22,197 

Dayton, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Ashland, Ohio 

. Knute Larson . . . . 


Grace Brethren Church . 
Waterloo, Iowa 

. John Burke 


Grace Brethren Church of Columbus . 
Worthington, Ohio 

. James Custer . . . . 


West Homer Brethren Church 

Homerville, Ohio 

Robert Holmes. . . 

. 1 1,628 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Paul Woodruff . . 

. 10,072 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church . . 
Telford, Pennsylvania 

. . William Tweed dale . 

. 9,808 

Community Grace Brethren Church . . 
Warsaw, Indiana 

. David Plaster . . . 


Grace Brethren Church . 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

Randy Poyner . . . 

. 7,343 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Canton, Ohio 

Terrance Taylor . . 

. 6,583 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Fremont, Ohio 

Leland Friesen . . 


Grace Brethren Church . 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

. Wesley Haller . . . . 


Bethel Brethren Church . 
Berne, Indiana 


Grace Brethren Church . 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

Luke Kauffman . . 

. 5,804 

First Brethren Church . . 

Galen L ingenfelter 

. 5,681 

Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Winchester, Virginia 

. Paul Dick 


James Marshall . . . 

. 5,507 

Peru, Indiana 

First Brethren Church . . 

Robert Russell . . . 


Rittman, Ohio 

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"iPHju ww. jitou 

European Studq four 

Join tour host jerry Twombly and 

guides Steve Grill and Tom julien 

on a memorable study tour: 

Europe in 1981. 

Relive Church History as 

you travel through France, Switzerland, 

Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. 

See missions in action and do it all 

while you hear informing lectures 

by the men who can clearly relate 

in a meaningful way what God has 

done and is doing. 

You will see Europe with 

friends as you could never see 

Europe alone! 

Sound great ? It is !! 
Join us April 3-13, 1981. 

*Space is limited on this tour to 80 participants. 

A payment plan is available for your convenience. 

To reserve your place or for more information, 

write The Alumni Association, Grace College, 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

In Memory of : 

Mr. Glenn C. Messner 

Mr. Merle E. Mock 

Mr. Harry Norwood 

Mr. Warren C. Brown 

Mr. Wellmon H. Greenwood 

Rev. Leo Polman 

Bert Jordan 
Schools Mrs. Jeanette Mohler 


Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner, 

Don R. J. Cramer, 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler, 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

Dr. and Mrs. Lester E. Pifer, 

Rev. and Mrs. Homer R. Miller 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard Messner 

Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Ind. 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Mrs. Warren C. Brown 

Mrs. Virgil D. Springer 

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Jordan and 

WMC of the Mill Run Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Westernport, Md. 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

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News Notes 

The Grace Schools Board of Trustees met at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, February 25-27 and approved 
a budget of $4.96 million for the 1980-81 fiscal 
year. New board members attending the sessions 
included Mr. William Snoddy of West Salem, Ohio 
Mr. Chris Lapp, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Rev 
John Gillis of Simi Valley, California. The com 
position of the board currently is as follows: 8 busi 
nessmen, 10 pastors, 4 educators, 2 medical doctors, 
1 chemist, and 2 retirees. 

In the college the trustees approved promotions in 
rank for Dean Dan Snively to assistant professor and 
Dr. Weston Fields and Mr. William Gordon to asso- 
ciate professor. Mrs. Jean Coverstone, associate pro- 
fessor of art, was granted a sabbatical leave for the 
first semester of next year. 

In the seminary. Professor James Eisenbraun was 
promoted to assistant professor. Dr. Wayne Beaver 
was granted a sabbatical leave of absence for the 
second semester of the 1980-81 academic year. 

All promotions will be effective next August. 


by Dawn Stroup 

Grace College Freshman 

"Thank you, Lord, for this new baby sister," 
prayed Kevin Kempton of Mansfield, Ohio, after 
recently going to Purdue University (West Lafayette, 
Ind.) with the Grace College Personal Evangelism 
Team. One hundred and ten Grace students had the 
privilege of sharing Jesus with students at this huge 
state school. Fifteen decisions were made through 
contacts at Purdue and many seeds were planted dur- 
ing this second in a series of trips to the university. 

"It was scary," another member commented. "I 
had never done anything like this before. I guess at 
first I felt like Jonah going to the city of Ninevah. 
But then I realized that the people weren't hardhearted 
or wicked; they were very open and receptive to the 
love of God." 

The bus trip to Purdue was spent in becoming 
familiar with the different procedures and approaches 
used while witnessing of and sharing God's love. It 
was a time of sharing ideas, past experiences, and "at- 
tention-getters." Most importantly, though, it was a 
time of prayer. Prayer not only for hearts to be pre- 
pared at Purdue, but also prayer to cleanse the hearts 
of the team members so they could have pure com- 
munion with the Holy Spirit and be used effectively. 

"It's important that we remember to give all the 
glory to God when we do have a successful contact. 
We can't get caught up in a spiritual ego trip," one 

member of the team stated. 

Grace College Personal Evangelism members ob- 
served, through this trip, that some of the Purdue stu- 
dents were Christians, but they were often too 
wrapped up in college activities to remember Christ. 
Others there had heard of Jesus, but they did not 
know Him in a personal way. Then, of course, there 
were those who were ignorant of the Gospel. 

The blessings that come from evangelism outnum- 
ber the fears anyone experiences 1 ,000 to 1 . Those 
who participated in personal evangelism were brought 
together in a spirit of unity that has flowed through- 
out the campus. Genuine happiness and love come 
with such a Christian ministry. 

Is God 
in Your Will? 

So often we are concerned whether we 
are in God's will. And this is certainly a 
very important consideration. Being in the 
center of God's will is assurance that He 
will provide guidance and blessing. 

However, it is also important that God 
be in our will. No matter how adequately 
you are providing for your family right 
now, you are neglecting one of your most 
important responsibilities if you haven't 
made a will and included God's work in it. 

During our lifetime we are naturally con- 
cerned about giving our tithes and offer- 
ings. But when the Lord takes us home, 
what about the tithes and offerings in our 

The basic purpose of a will is to make 
your desires clear regarding the distribution 
of your estate. It also provides the utmost 
in protection for your loved ones after 
your death. In addition, at least a tithe 
should go to the work of the Lord. 

Perhaps you would like to make a final 
bequest to the Grace Schools ministry in 
which you have had a special interest 
during your lifetime. Please let us know if 
we can help you prepare or update your 

Richard G. Messner, Director of Development 

Grace Schools 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Telephone: 219/267-8191, ext. 125 

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current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

Moody Monthly magazine is carrying seven articles on the subject of abortion in its 
May issue. Editor Jerry Jenkins says, "it may be the most important issue we have ever 
published." The lead article by Philadelphia pediatrician C. Everett Kopp, challenges 
the abortion issue and calls it "deception-on-demand." This magazine's stand against 
abortion could very well be the strongest stand ever taken on this issue by a Christian 
magazine. Moody Monthly is published by Moody Bible Institute. 

Housing will be very short this year at national conference time due to the other acti- 
vities being held at Winona Lake during this week. The first service of the conference 
will be on Saturday evening, July 26, and the final session on Friday evening, August 1, 
See the listing of housing possibilities on page 22 of this issue of the Herald , and 
phone in your reservations to the place of your choice. 

The special planning committee appointed at last year's national conference met at 
Winona Lake in mid-April to discuss the future work of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. A report will be made to the Fellowship at a later date. The committee was 
composed of national board representatives and several moderators of the conference — 
past and present. 

Needs of the national boards and organizations are growing as the inflation rate con- 
tinues to soar. The same basic needs are also taking place in the local churches. Util- 
ity bills, supplies and overhead costs are causing a real current expense "crunch" in 
many churches and there seems to be no immediate relief in sight. Has your official 
board discussed how to face and place the proper priorities on the use of funds? Stew- 
ardship will be needed, and this is a Christian service along with the other duties 
of believers. 

The Herald toll-free phone number is being used a lot. To remind you, the number is 
1-800-348-2756, and is valid from all areas of the continental United States, except 
in Indiana. The Herald Bookstore has now increased its floor space and the musical 
needs of churches can now be better met. Those who will be attending national confer- 
ence will see a big change in the store, and in the number of items available. 

The Brethren Encyclopedia work moves forward and many of the Herald readers have re- 
ceived assignments to write for this work. The needs still exist for contributions 
and if you would like to help, please mail your contributions to: Brethren Encyclo- 
pedia, 6611 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119. Please identify your gift 
as coming from our Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

A Bible class is now meeting in Lakeland, Florida, at the home of Willard Yothers every 
Wednesday evening. If you are in the area you might want to visit with the group. The 
address is: 126 E. Palm Dr., Lakeland, Florida 33803. Willard Yothers is the teacher and 
the phone number is 1-813-687-4677. 

Holiday Tours Inc. is sponsoring a Brethren 
Heritage Tour, August 6-19. The tour is being 
hosted by Gerald Polman (212 Katy Lane, Engle- 
wood, Ohio 45322, 513/836-1467). The 14-day 
tour revolves around sights in Israel, Ger- 
many, Switzerland, Austria, and Vienna. 

;^<3«.s By Still Waters 

by Charles W. Turner Editor 

Have you ever felt lonely? Have 
you ever thought you were one of a 
kind? There just might be a reason 
for these thoughts and feelings. If 
you are an American Grace Breth- 
ren, you are a rare, and I hope not 
endangered species! 

Maybe you have never thought 
of this before, but there is only one 
American Grace Brethren for every 
5,575 persons in the United States. 
If you go to a big gathering, such as 
a national football league game, the 
odds are that in the stands there 
will be just 6 others like you. Per- 
haps it would be more appropriate 
to say that if you go to a Billy 
Graham crusade with 50,000 
people present, there might be 5 
others there, besides you, who 
would find like identity of denomi- 
national affiliation. 

Suppose you live in a town, city, 
or large metropolitan area— here is 
the likelihood of other Grace Breth- 
ren being around you if we were 
distributed equally across the 

In a town of 1,000, there 
would be 20 percent of one per- 
son who is Grace Brethren. 

In a town of 10,000, there 
would be about 2 Grace Breth- 

In a city of 100,000, there 
would be 18 Grace Brethren. 

In a city of 1,000,000, there 
would be 179 Grace Brethren. 
For some years now, when I go 
to a gathering, I have been taking 
my wife along, just so I know there 
will be at least two Grace Brethren 
in one place at one time. This gives 
me security! 

Do you feel Lonely? 

You are One in 
You are One in 5,575 

By this time you have gotten the 
message— there are just not a lot of 
Grace Brethren around these days. 
As the population grows, the per- 
centage drops because "they" are 
growing faster than we are. "They" 
are to be identified as "other 
people," in whatever sense you 
want to take it. 

I think this is a shame, because I 
feel that the Grace Brethren Church 
has a message to present to the 
world. There are many Christians in 
the United States, and this I 
acknowledge, but I am a Grace 
Brethren and I am proud of it. I 
want our Bible-based message of 
truth to reach a much wider circle 
than it has in times past. We have 
something positive and true to say, 
and it needs to be said in a louder 
voice for many others to hear and 

As Grace Brethren we have 
taken the motto, "The Bible, the 
whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible." We do not have a 100 per- 
cent record on this count, but we 
have done well in seeking to stay 
close to the teaching of the Scrip- 
tures. Our Foreign Missions record 
is good. There are more Grace 
Brethren outside of the United 
States than within our continental 
territory. Our educational record is 
good. We have established a training 
institution at Grace Schools that 
many other denominations look to 
for the training of their students, as 
well as the thousands of Brethren 
who have been trained there. Our 
Home Missions record is good in 
the encouragement and establish- 
ment of new churches. Our other 

works have had good records as 

We have something to say, and I 
repeat, there are many who have 
not heard. We need to break out of 
the narrow confines in which we 
have labored, and, with faith in 
God, begin to conquer some new 
territory for the Lord and for our 
way of belief. 

We at the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. are seeking to expand 
this witness through the printed 
page and to look for other areas of 
communication to complete the 
Lord's commands. In the past 10 
years our list of books by Brethren 
authors has increased to 125 titles, 
and they are going into bookstores, 
homes, Bible classes, and educa- 
tional institutions. Our presses are 
turning out materials that are at- 
tractive in appearance and biblical 
in content. Millions of pieces of 
literature are going all over the 
world from BMH Printing. 

These are a few of the things 
that we are doing so there will be 
many more Brethren next year than 
there were this year. If we all keep 
at the work we will not feel so 
lonely in the years to come. 

You are a partner with us in this 
work and we do appreciate it very 
much. Another way you can help 
besides your prayers is to remember 
that June and July are the months 
to present gifts for the work of 
publications in the Brethren Church. 
Do it by giving your gift through 
your local church. It will help us 
here at the Herald not to feel so 
lonely, because we know you are 
with us in the work. 

£ June '80 

Cover Photo: Rev. Dean Fetterhoff (far 
right) discusses Christian Education and 
Evangelism with several seminary students. 
Photo by John Burtoft. 


35 Years Ago- 1945 

Seventy-five thousand people gathered at 
Soldier's Field in Chicago, 111., for a great 
Youth For Christ convention, under the 
direction of Torrey Johnson. 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

Dan Hammers and Larry DeArmey, first- 
year students at Grace Seminary, prepared 
to spend 15 months of general missionary 
service in France. . . . The Board of Trustees 
of Grace College voted to construct a new 
men's dormitory. Completion date- August 

5 Years Ago- 1975 

Jesse B. Deloe assumed the position of 
deputation director in the Foreign Missions 
office. Mrs. Junie Sco field is the new voice 
at the Brethren Home Missions office. She 
assumes the switchboard controls to greet 
the incoming calls. . . . Frank J. Poland cele- 
brated his twenty-fifth year with the Home 
Missions Council. . . . Among the graduates 
of Grace Seminary were: Lynn and Aldo 
Hoyt, David Miller, Theodore Hobart, David 
Wingfield, Russell Betz, and Norman John- 


Volume 42 

Number 6 

June 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles. 

WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 12 • Now 40 • 


Dear Editor: 

I enjoy reading "Reflections By Still Waters." I espe- 
cially enjoyed the April editorial concerning Madalyn 
Murray O'Hair. She makes my blood pressure rise! She 
also makes me think of and trust God more— knowing 
He is still on the throne guiding Christian people. Noth- 
ing is impossible with God. Thank you for the editorials, 
Mr. Turner.- Ohio 

June '80 

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by Larry DeArmey 

As missionaries working in 
France, we know that ultimate- 
ly the future of a dynamic, 
self-propagating church in this 
country rests with key French 
men and women. They must 
communicate with other 

Jesus Christ Himself is the 
perfect example of one of the 
basic principles of discipleship. 
In Isaiah's beautiful prophecy 
concerning the person of the 
coming Christ, the prophet 


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Clockwise, starting at the bottom of page 4: 1. Raphael Ramos leads theeible Institute class on witnessing, on the tenth anniversary 
of his conversion. Raphael is from Macon and was one of the early contacts and converts of the Chateau ministry. 2. Part of the Tues- 
day night Macon Bible Institute. 3. Gilles and Ghllain, believers from Chalon, attend the Saturday Chateau session of the Bible Insti- 
tute. 4. Students take careful notes at the Chateau session of the Bible Institute. 5. An attender of the Saturday Chateau session. 6. 
Tom Julien leading one of the meetings. 7. Tex Hudson sitting in on a session. 8. In Macon on Tuesday nights, Tom Julien teaches 
one hour of theology and Larry DeArmey teaches one hour on the life of Christ. 

underscores the fundamental 
attitude of Jesus. "The Lord 
God has given Me the tongue 
of disciples, that I may know 
how to sustain the weary one 
with a word. He awakens Me 
morning by morning, He 
awakens My ear to listen as a 
disciple. The Lord God has 
opened My ear; and I was not 
disobedient, nor did I turn 
back" (Isa. 50:4-5 NASB). 
Christ knew that the future 
of His Church depended on 
His careful training of key 
people. He also knew that He 

could not pass on what He 
Himself had not learned. 
Therefore, His communion 
with His Teacher was intimate 
and intense. 

The motivating idea in our 
missionary strategy is training. 

Much has been done since 
the outset of our ministry in 
France to teach and equip 
French believers to live their 
Christian lives to the fullest 
and to communicate the Gos- 
pel through their personal wit- 
ness. The whole purpose of 
the Chateau ministry has been 

to teach through the study of 
the Word and a transformed 
life style. 

But there is a fundamental 
difference between simply 
teaching people and training 
them. Christ taught the masses, 
but He trained the Twelve. He 
fed the multitudes, but He 
forged the future leaders. 
Teaching implies imparting 
knowledge; training implies 
imparting a vision, a way of 
life, a discipline, a deep com- 
mitment, a desire to reproduce. 
And training is the key to the 

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Below: Jean-Marie, one of the most recent converts, shares 
for the first time his encounter with Christ. This is where the 
training begins. 

Above: Professor J u lien coordinates the 
total Bible Institute program, as well as 
teaching in Macon, Chalon, Lyon, and the 


Realizing that God was giv- 
ing to our ministry key men 
and women and also noting 
the lack of systematic training 
of these potential leaders, the 
Chateau version of a de- 
centralized Bible Institute pro- 
gram was inaugurated in the 
fall of 1978. This program is 
designed to meet the needs of 
highly motivated Christians in 
our ministries in Chalon and 
Macon and to give to them a 
solid foundation of systematic 
Bible study and practical train- 

The Christians who are en- 
rolled are being asked to fol- 
low a three-year program of 
study consisting of two hours 
per week in their own city, 
two hours per month at the 
Chateau, and an intensive two- 
week course at the Chateau in 
July. At the end of three years, 
each student will have received 
a basic in-depth knowledge of 
the Word and the Christian life 
without having to leave home 

(or work) for a formal Bible 
school education. 

The teaching is carried on at 
an advanced level with assign- 
ments, exams, and practical 
work being required. Our basic 
goal is not only to impart 
knowledge, but to see the 
people make the necessary 
commitment and impose upon 
themselves the kind of self- 
discipline and faithfulness that 
are key qualities of a servant 
of the Lord . 

Currently we have classes in 
Macon on Tuesday, in Chalon 
on Wednesday, and a com- 
bined session at the Chateau 
on the first Saturday of each 
month. About 10 students fol- 
lowed the intensive course last 

Already this phase of our 
ministry has begun to expand. 
We have initiated a Monday 
evening class in the city of 
Lyon about 40 miles to the 
south. A large group of people 
from various evangelical 
churches of Lyon are enrolled. 

As we begin this second 
year, we are praying that the 
Bible Institute ministry will be 
the key to preparing future 
leaders for our Grace Brethren 
work in France. We are also 
praying that this ministry will 
have its impact on evangelical 
Christianity in this region. 

We would ask your faithful 
prayers for this training pro- 
gram. French men and women 
must become mature in their 
faith and capable of communi- 
cating what they are learning. 
This means much hard work 
and a deep commitment on 
their part and, for many, it 
involves a great sacrifice. 

We of the missionary teach- 
ing staff feel the extra burden 
as we strive to prepare quality 
courses. It is hard work for us, 
too. We sense the need to 
deepen our knowledge of the 
Word and to develop a more 
intimate relationship with Him 
who is our teacher. Only as He 
teaches us will we be able to 
train others. 

June '80 

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a Most Serious Problem 

by John W. Zielasko 

On occasion I have been asked: What is the 
most serious problem in missions today— the 
lack of personnel to staff our mission fields or 
the lack of funds to carry on a program? At 
times in our history, personnel was very 
definitely a major problem. Young people 
were not responding to the call of missions; 
but at the moment, I would have to answer 
that our biggest threat to the progress, suc- 
cess, and expansion of the foreign mission 
program is the whopping financial appetite 
that overseas programs have in today's 
economy. In order to feed the craving of 
those twin beasts, inflation and devaluation, 
field budget and cost of living increments 
are devoured in a most uncouth manner. 
Total support figures, agreed upon at the 
beginning of the year, soon proved inade- 
quate. As an example, I just returned from 
Africa. While I was there the missionaries 
purchased gasoline for the MAF plane. The 
total purchase will enable that plane to 
perform its missionary duties for about 45 
days. The total cost of fuel, at $6.00 a gallon, 
came to just under $10,000. That cost will be 
shared by a wider group than just our mission 
but, any way you cut it, that is a hefty slice 
of the financial pie for just 45 days of 

The frustrating aspect of this is the fact 
that the Foreign Missionary Society in 1979 
had the best offering in history: 
$1,364,835.00, which is a 12 percent increase 
over the previous year. But, in spite of this, 
due to the reasons already cited, we went into 
a deficit of $30,000. This, added to our 
previous years' deficit, has forced our board 
of trustees to place the society on an austerity 

program with budget cuts in all areas. Since 
mission programs are already operating on 
skimpy budgets, this is not going to be easy to 

Perhaps we need our priorities challenged! 

As our world enters the 1980s, it is esti- 
mated that well over one-half of all the people 
who ever lived from Adam to the present and 
reached the age of five, are still alive-4.25 
billion people. The one overwhelming tragic 
fact that should grip and motivate the Chris- 
tian Church in this decade is the realization 
that, at the very least, 2.5 billion people do 
not know of God's love in Jesus Christ. What 
is even more significant is the pessimistic 
spiritual future projected for these people. 
Without a massive, bold, aggressive missionary 
thrust, they will die without ever hearing 
the Gospel. Most are so separated by language 
and culture from existing Christian congre- 
gations that deliberate missionary activity is 
the only hope for their salvation. 

The Brethren Foreign Missionary Society 
wants to assume its share of this mammoth 
responsibility. Bold plans are now being 
formulated to reach these unreached. Candi- 
dates are in training to serve on present fields; 
others are preparing to launch new ventures in 
the Orient. But none of this will be pos- 
sible without the prayer and financial backing 
of our people. 

God watches over His program, and we are 
confident that when His people become aware 
of the needs, they will respond magnani- 
mously. Just think, if all the members of 
Grace Brethren churches had given just one 
dollar more last year, we would not be 
faced with a deficit. Our missionaries are 
counting on your support in 1 980. 

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Looking Back 

Praising the Lord 


The first young people's camp 
was held in Almafuerte, Argentina. 

On March 19, Mr. and Mrs. 
Curtis Morrill and their two chil- 
dren, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams, 
Miss Grace Byron, and Miss Ruth 
Snyder sailed from New York 
aboard the Egyptian S.S. Zam Zam. 
They were bound for Capetown, 
South Africa. The Zam Zam was 
shelled and sunk on April 17, and 
the passengers were taken aboard 
the German raider Tamesis. On 
April 18, they were transferred to 
the prison ship Dresden where they 
were held until May 21 at which 
time they landed at St. Jean de Luz 
in occupied France. May 3 1 , they 
left by train for Spain and arrived 
in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 3. The 
Morrills sailed for New York on 
June 20. Miss Byron and Miss 
Snyder left a little later and arrived 
in New York on June 21 . Mr. and 

Left: Miss Byron, 
in dotted array, 
watches her 
precious outfit 
and other 
belongings go 
down into Davy 
Jones' Locker. 

Mrs. Williams left June 21 and 
arrived in the States on June 30. 

On August 28, Colonel De 
Larminat took over the reins of 
government in French Equatorial 
Africa in the name of Free France 
under the DeGaulle government. 

Marguerite Ruth Dunning was 
born, bringing joy to her grand- 
mother, Dr. Florence Gribble. This 
is the first grandchild to be born in 
Africa— the grandchild of the 
founder of our African mission, 
James S. Gribble, who had died in 


Dr. Florence Newberry Gribble 
passed away on April 1 . A cable- 
gram received from Africa stated 
that "Dr. Gribble passed away 
peacefully." She was buried at 
Bassai hill, next to her husband's 

Miss Mary Emmert finished her 

Above: On the German prison ship "Dresden" the 
Germans allowed husbands and wives to "keep 
tryst" on the deck for two hours each morning. 
Note Mr. and Mrs. Williams in the center of the pic- 
ture just this side of the boy who is reading his 

second primer, this one in Sango. 
(The first book was in Banou.) 


Robert and Lenora Williams sent 
their first greetings from Africa. 
They had finally arrived after a wait 
of about two years. Since World 
War II was taking place and their 
ship (Zam Zam) was shelled the first 
time they sailed, it was not until 
late in 1942 that they could leave 
for their long-desired destination. 
Even as they traveled, Mr. Williams 
related: "We heard of ships going 
down ahead of us in the path we 
should follow. We heard of ships 
going down behind us in the path 
we had just gone over, but we went 
through unharmed." 

Over 50 young men were enrolled 
at the Yaloke Junior Bible School. 

Missionary candidates for the 
year included Mr. Wayne Beaver, 
Miss Dorothy Wolf (engaged to 

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Dr. Orville Jobson reads in his study in Bozoum. 
Ben and Mabel Hamilton 

Curtis G. Morrill, topped off with a very familiar old hat, looks upon 
the eggs somewhat skeptically. Next to him is another missionary ap- 
parently looking for a date on said egg! The young man gazing into 
space, almost directly above Mr. Morrill, is Mr. Williams. 

Wayne Beaver), Benjamin Hamilton, 
and Miss Dorothy Hay (Goodman). 

Miss Mabel Crawford (already a 
missionary in Africa) and Benjamin 
Hamilton (a candidate for Africa) 
were married. 

There were 21 chapel points in 
Oubangui-Chari in 1943. The total 
Sunday morning attendance was 
3,352 people. 

A change of government took 
place in Argentina. The military 
took control and political diffi- 
culties resulted. 

Mission Evangelique de 
L'Oubangui-Chari (our mission) 
received official recognition by the 
government of French Equatorial 
Africa. Headquarters for the 
mission was at Bozoum. 


The board approved the following 
candidates for service: Mr. and Mrs. 
Lynn Schiock and Mr. and Mrs. 

Solon Hoyt for Argentina, Mr. and 
Mrs. Marvin Goodman for Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Beaver 
departed for French Equatorial 

A letter from Field Superin- 
tendent Orville Jobson in Africa 
cites the need for the following 
buildings (all were built in 1944): a 
missionary medical guest house in 
Yaloke (at this time, Yaloke was 
considered the medical center of 
the field); a store house and office 
building for Bouca and Bozoum; 
and a missionary rest house at 

On June 16, Dorothy Hay was 
married to Marvin Goodman. 

Two new works opened in 
Argentina: Canada Verde and Santa 


The board approved the follow- 
ing applications: Mr. and Mrs. 

Benjamin Hamilton, Africa; Mr. and 
Mrs. Albert Balzer, Africa; Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Hill, Africa; and Miss 
Ruth Kent, Africa. 

The board appointed Rev. 
Clarence Sickel as field superin- 
tendent for Argentina and Rev. 
Orville Jobson as field superin- 
tendent for Africa. 

Russell D. Barnard was called to 
become the new full time general 
secretary of the board at the 1945 
annual board meeting. He became 
the first full time general secretary. 

Marvin and Dorothy Goodman 
left for the field. 


The FMS offices were moved 
from Long Beach, California, to 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

The board approved Anna Marie 
Mishler as a candidate for Africa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill 
resigned from service in Africa. 

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Marvin and Dorothy Goodman 
and their family in 1949. 

Rev. Keith Altig (by the car door) and Rev. Eddie Miller (wear- 
ing the hat) together ministered in Brazil. 

The board recommended to the 
society that the next field of 
Brethren missionary effort be 
France, "and that this board be 
authorized to take immediate steps 
to establish the Brethren Church in 
France." It was approved. 

Publication of Stranger Than 
Fiction written by the late Dr. 
Florence Newberry Gribble was 
authorized by the board. 


The board authorized an investi- 
gation of Brazil as a possible field 
of Brethren missionary service. 

A motion prevailed that FMS 
"proceed at once toward the estab- 
lishment of a Brethren work in 
France and continue investigation 
of India and China as possible mis- 
sion fields." 

The following were approved as 
candidates: Miss Ruth Reddick, 
Argentina; and Miss Larue Malles, 


Rev. and Mrs. Keith Altig were 
considered for opening a mission 
field in Latin America. 


Mr. and Mrs. Don Miller and Mr. 
and Mrs. Jack Churchill applied for 

It was recommended to the 
society to enter Baja California as a 
field for one year beginning 
January 1 , 1949, with Jack Green 
as the missionary. 

Also recommended was that a 
missionary party be sent into 
Brazil, province of Amapa and adja- 
cent territory near the mouth of 
the Amazon River. 

The Altigs were recommended 
for service in Brazil. 

The following appointees were 
approved: Mr. and Mrs. Roy 
Snyder, Africa; Miss Mary Beth 

Munn, Africa; and Miss Mary Cripe, 


Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Miller were 
approved as appointees for Brazil. 

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Altig were 
urged to continue their investi- 
gation of the field of Brazil and 
move their family to Icoraci or 
other similar suitable territory and 
establish regular gospel services. 

Due to the ill health of Jack 
Green, the opening of the work in 
Baja California was temporarily 

Miss Clara Schwartz was ap- 
pointed to service in Africa and Mr. 
and Mrs. James Marshall were ap- 
pointed to service in Argentina. 

The Sumeys and the Roy Snyders 
(approved in '48) sailed for France 
for language study and then on to 

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Roy and Ruth Snyder 


The Marvin Goodmans left for 
France and language study. 

The Eddie Millers left for Brazil. 

The board approved the prelimi- 
nary applications of Rev. and Mrs. 
John W. Zielasko for service in 

A motion prevailed that our 
society begin its work immediately 
in the Baja California field, or as 
soon thereafter as our approved 
missionaries can go. 

These missionaries were ap- 
proved as "ready to go": Mr. and 
Mrs. Walter Haag to open a new 
work in Baja California; Mr. and 
Mrs. Paul Miller, Brazil; Mr. and 
Mrs. Don Miller, Africa; Miss 
Marian Thurston, Africa; and Miss 
Edith Geske, Africa. 

African Pastor 

to Grace Seminary for 

Further Study 

by John W. Zielasko 

The Brethren Churches in Africa have appealed to us for help. 
They recognize the need for their pastors to receive seminary 
training, but there is no way to accomplish that goal unless we 
help them. Eventually the church in Africa hopes to have its own 
seminary and plans are now being prepared to launch that am- 
bitious project. But until a few men receive their training in the 
U.S., they cannot hope to staff a seminary with qualified pro- 

Our partnership agreement with our African Brethren has re- 
sulted in the training at Grace Seminary of one man, Pierre 
Yougouda. He is now the chairman of the Educational Commis- 
sion in the African Church and is doing a commendable job for 
the Lord. 

Now the African National Conference has chosen another 
pastor to come to the U.S. for training at Grace. The Brethren in 
Africa have agreed to raise offerings in their churches and to con- 
tribute $1 ,000 a year toward his living expenses. 

I was present at the African Executive Committee meetings on 
April 2 and 4. At the close of those sessions, the moderator of the 
African Fellowship of Brethren Churches (Eglise Evangelique des 
Freres), Pastor Noel Gaiwaka, invited me to stand. He made a 
little speech thanking the churches in America for helping them 
in the education of their pastors. He then presented to me a 
check for SI, 000 which represents their contribution toward this 
project for 1980-81. 

Pastor Ndomale Josef and his family will arrive in the United 
States just prior to national conference and will be housed in the 
mission residence at Winona Lake, Indiana, for the time spent at 

If you would like to have a share in the education of this Afri- 
can brother, please give through your church or send your gift 
directly to the Foreign Mission office, marked "African Student 

June '80 

Wayne, Ind.), have two children— Russell and Christine. 
Mr. Richeson attended Grace College and Seminary. 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

□ Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church, Cherry Val- 
ley, Calif., had a very successful stewardship seminar 
with Stewardship Representative Henry Rempel in 

□ Pastor and Mrs. James Dixon led a group of 29 
members and friends of the Temple Hills Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Temple Hills, Md., on a recent 10-day 
trip to the Holy Land. The group was a part of the 
Grace Alumni Tour which left on March 15 and re- 
turned on March 25. 

D On March 16 the members of the Norwalk Breth- 
ren Church, Norwalk, Calif., officially voted to be- 
come the Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk. Dr. 
Nickolas Kurtaneck, pastor. 

□ Larry Richeson was licensed to the Brethren 
ministry at a special service at the First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio, Sunday, March 9. Those of 
the Wooster church assisting in this service included 
(left to right in picture) Don Streit, Pastor Ashman, 
Russell Richeson (father of Larry), Dan Fetter, Gary 
Crow, and Moderator Miles Firestone. Pastor Riche- 
son serves at the Winona, Minn., Grace Brethren 
Church. He, with his wife. Norma (formerly of Fort 

□ Brethren National Youth Conference for 
1980 registration DEADLINE is June 15. The 
fee of $35 and registration form must be in the 
GBC Christian Education office or post marked 
no later than June 15. Forms available at your 
local Grace Brethren church or by writing GBC 
Christian Education, P.O. Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

□ A new Grace Brethren Church is being organized in 
Ventura, Calif., under the direction of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Simi Valley. Any information re- 
garding interested people in the area should be sent to 
Grace Brethren Church, P.O. Box 3732, Ventura, 
Calif. 93006, or phone Arthur Burk-805/985-8020. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

BENSON, Mabel, April 8, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
HURLEY, Marie, April 17, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
JOHNSON, Edith, 79, April 9, Martinsburg Grace 
Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. William Snell, pas- 

KNUPP, Carl, Jan. 5, Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Don Rough, pastor. 
MOSER, Dorothy, Feb. 10, Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Don Rough, pastor. 
PARTON, Lorene, 80, April 11, Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, Wash. Charles Winter, pastor. 
PUTZIER, Eldon, 60, Nov. 17, member of Grace 
Brethren Church, Winona, Minn. Larry Richeson, pas- 

RAGER, Adam H., 65, April 18. A Brethren minister 
for 30 years, Mr. Rager served Grace Brethren 
churches at Lakewood, Calif., and Albany, Oreg. He 
was a member of the Clearbrook Grace Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va., and had been ill for the last 8 
years. The memorial service was conducted at the 
Pike Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., with Pastors 
Kenneth Koontz, Dean Risser and Don Rager, partici- 

REIGHARD, Ethel, 82, Conemaugh Brethren 
Church, Conemaugh, Pa. Don Rager, pastor. 
RUSSELL, Mary, 54, March 29, Martinsburg Grace 
Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. William Snell, 

ROBINSON, Herbert, March 20, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
WARD, Glenn, Feb. 23, member of Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. Daniel Eshleman, 

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WINES, Rachael Elizabeth, Jan. 3, age 6, Cherry Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church, Cherry Valley, Calif. 
Rachael was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert 
Wines. Daryl Baker, pastor. 

YOUNT, Irene, April 8, member of North Riverdale 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. Tad Hobert, pastor. 

□ Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for 
the Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 
Hope Grace Brethren Church, Dillsburg, Pa., June 29 
to July 2, Lee Dice, pastor; and at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Lititz, Lititz, Pa., July 6-9, Jerry Young, 

□ Considering new hymnals for your church? The 
Herald Bookstore will be happy to send samples and 
quote prices. For complete details, write to Charles 
Koontz, Herald Bookstore, P.O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Nancy Emch and Daniel Green, Aug. 25, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Worthington, Ohio. 
Gloria Goldchain and Carl Henning, March 8, Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Temple 
Hills, Md. 

Giles and Rita Nelson, March 8, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Debbie Faix and Scott Weidman, March 15, Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Temple 
Hills, Md. 

Julie Millen and August Roth, March 22, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Winona, Minn. 

Karon Edwards and Larry Rowe, March 23, Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Temple 
Hills, Md. 

Holly Hayes and Charles Logan, March 29, Penn Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
Randy and Alison Halberg, March 29, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Christina Medina and Rickey Wood, March 29, 
Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church, Cherry Valley, 

Bob and Brenda Bowman, April 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Jim and Kathy Gordon, April 11, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

□ The people of the Grace Brethren Church in 
Minerva, Ohio, are thrilled with their new Christian 
Education unit that they occupied and dedicated on 
April 13, with Knute Larson as dedication speaker. 
This 3,360 square foot structure gives them 5 addi- 
tional large classrooms with 4 of them opening up 
into a large fellowship area. Galen Wiley, pastor. 

□ Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resumes are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

□ Associate Pastor Bud Olszewski was ordained into 
the Brethren ministry at the First Brethren Church, 
Wooster, Ohio, on Sunday, March 9. Pastor Lee Dice, 
Dillsburg, Pa., was the guest speaker. Elders and 
leaders of the host church assisting in the ordination 
authorization were: Pastor Kenneth Ashman, Vice 
Moderator Dick Armstrong, Glenn Moore, and James 
Nettleton. Pastor Olszewski has been serving in the 
internship training program of the Wooster congrega- 
tion. He is married to the former Ann Cochrell of the 
Wooster church. They have two children: Jennifer, 
age 2; and Joshua Joel, born March 25, 1980. Pastor 
Bud is a graduate of Grace College and holds the 
M.Div. degree from Grace Seminary. 

change younr annual 

D Michael Blakley, 613 N. Hawkins, Sanford, N.C. 
27330. □ Warren Tamkin, Grace Brethren Church, 
Box 728, Island Pond, Vt. 05846. □ LaLoma Grace 
Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif. 95354. D Daniel 
White, 1417 N.E. Paropa Court, Gresham, Oreg. 
97030. Tel. 503/665-0312. 

June '80 

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On Saturday, April 5, Tim Inlow fell to his death while working on 
the new Home Missions church at Alta Loma, California. Those of us 
at the Brethren Home Missions Council were shocked and crushed at 
the news. Along with scores of others, the Brethren Home Missions 
Council wishes to express its sense of loss, along with its appreciation 
for the faithful service of this young man. Not only did Tim make a 
valuable contribution in the construction of the new church at Alta 
Loma, but he was a faithful partner in the establishment of the new 
Grace Brethren testimony at Riverside, California. 

Since Tim 's life, in recent months, had become so much a part of the 
ministry of Home Missions, we sought for some special way to enshrine 
his brief life in loving memory. While searching for just the right 
words to say, the following testimony was suggested by Brian Smith, 
Tim 's pastor at Riverside. It is written by Cheryll Swift, a fellow 
member and friend, who has said it most eloquently. We submit it to 
you that you might know and love the memory of this fine young man 
who lost his life in the service of the King. 

The story of one man and the difference he made. 





by Cheryll Swift 

His brown eyes flashed-a sparkle 
of excitement danced, yet something 
deeper, something not yet ready for 
words bubbled restlessly beneath 
the surface. Looking beyond me 
and the small group of friends that 
sat gathered around him, Tim gazed 
at the fireplace, his thoughts slowly 
taking form. Some call it a hope 
... a vision ... a dream. After 
several moments of silence, he 
looked up, and speaking quietly 
and deliberately, as if searching his 
own soul, he murmured, "Each of 
us must search his own heart. . . . 
Are we willing to make the commit- 

ment?" His words were full and 
hung heavily in the still, quiet room, 
and we all looked at one another 
searching our own hearts for the 
answer. Suddenly, an animated 
smile broke out across Tim's face 
and in his mischievous manner we 
were to grow to love, he piped 
teasingly, "Hey, what's to eat? I'm 

That night a dream was born: a 
consuming desire to build a church 
and reach out to the wounded and 
hurting people living with us in our 
home town, Riverside, California. 
That hope, that vision, that 
"dream" we all shared, was personi- 
fied in Tim Inlow. 

As the days passed, the Lord 
took that dream and, as a sculptor 
carefully labors over his precious 
piece or clay, He molded that tiny 
group into a beautiful and growing 
church. As the rainy winter days 
gave way to a warm new spring, our 
hearts swelled with joy. The excite- 
ment we all felt was expressed by 
Tim as he arrived early for every 
meeting, bounding through the 
door with his beautiful baby 
daughter, Hallie, bundled up in his 
tanned arms; and with Mary, his 

simple, perfectly suited helpmeet, 
trying to keep up with him. A 
strong pillar they were in our build- 
ing; the very cornerstone to the 
dream we all shared. 

His enthusiasm and laughter 
filled the room with a warmth that 
we could all feel; even the most 
serious discussions were punctuated 
with Tim's witty humor. One such 
hilarious evening was when Pastor 
Brian announced the individual 
duties of our four brand-new 
elders. "And Tim," Brian 
announced soberly, yet unable to 
conceal the twinkle in the corner of 
his eye. "I believe Tim has the 
unique and rare, God-given talent 
of being . . ." Pastor Brian swal- 
lowed and shuffled his feet, "-of 
being-our— our- janitor. " An 
awkard silence fell for a moment, 
but Tim was not to be outdone or 
at a loss for words. "Well, then, 
Boss, I'd better get my overalls 
on!" he chuckled, pretending to 
swing a long, heavy key chain laden 
with hundreds of keys. "I'll be sure 
to carry my Tidy-Bowl with me," 
he grinned. The men were in 
hysterics. And true to his word, 
Tim was a marvelous "key man." 

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As the weeks passed, a new 
maturity appeared in Tim's life. 
The rough edges began to disappear 
as his life took on a new direction 
and goal. His boyishness gave way 
to a new depth and security as he 
strove to fulfill the responsibilities 
God had now given him both as a 
father and now as an elder. 

"Land," Tim wisely urged us. 
"We need to buy some land. That's 
the future of our church." And 
though there were just a handful 
of us, with even a smaller amount 
of money, Tim set out in search of 
our land. I suppose to most of us, 
owning our own land seemed an im- 
possibility ; but to Tim, it was a 
reality. As a carpenter, he was 
probably already designing and 
building our church mentally. 
Little did he know, that although 
he would never draw the plans or 
pound the nails for his beloved 
church, he would still play an 
important role in its development 
and build it by a means neither he, 
nor any of us, would ever dream of. 
Yes, Tim would have a profound 
and immeasurable part in the build- 
ing of our church, for you see, 
while working on another Brethren 
church at Alta Loma, his Heavenly 
Father, the Master Builder of 
churches . . . of men . . . of lives . . . 
took Tim home to be with Him. 

They say that the mightier and 
higher a building reaches into the 
sky, the deeper into the earth the 
foundation must go. Our founda- 
tion has been dug deeper, and 
narrower, and more painfully than 
any of us expected, but then only 
God knows how high that building 
will go. 

Right now Tim is probably 
smiling and boyishly surveying the 
wonders of his new home in heaven. 
I'm sure its architecture and crafts- 
manship excels anything that Tim 
has ever seen. But for us in River- 
side, Tim's greatest achievement 
was not in the works of his hands, 
but the dream we shared together. 

Growth Consultant 
Joins BHMC Staff 

Rev. William W. Smith, former pastor of the North Kokomo 
Grace Brethren Church, has joined the staff of Brethren Home Mis- 
sions as a personal assistant to the executive secretary. Receiving 
unanimous acceptance from the Council's board of directors, Mr. 
Smith began this official capacity March 17, 1980. 

As personal assistant to Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Mr. Smith's main 
function will be assisting home mission pastors in establishing solid 
growth in their local church. Being able to spend a concentrated 
time period with home mission pastors, Bill Smith will try to share 
his experience as an evangelist and pastor with young men who may 
need personal counsel and direction. 

Prior to his new staff position with the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Bill Smith served over 20 years as an evangelist and filled 2 
pastorates at Compton, California; and North Kokomo, Indiana. In 
the 29 months that Bill pastored the North Kokomo church, he saw 
attendance grow from under 20 to over 120. Bill was also able to 
take this initially struggling home mission church and bring it to a 
full self-supporting status before his departure on December 3 1 , 
1979. Possibly the greatest tribute to Bill's ministry at Kokomo was 
his ability to establish a foundation for growth within the congre- 
gation and train an associate pastor who now, as the senior pastor, 
leads the North Kokomo Brethren into greater church growth. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is delighted to have Rev. 
Bill Smith as part of our church planting team and considers his in- 
volvement a tremendous asset to our ministry of planting vibrant 
local churches. 

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Left: Alcoholism is a major problem of many Indian 
groups. It affects not only the individuals involved, 
but also the members of their families. 

Below: Government-sponsored work programs, such 
as this work crew sponsored by CETA, help to allevi- 
ate the unemployment problem of Indians. But at 
best, such programs only meet the need temporarily. 
Permanent work opportunities are needed. 


A recent issue of United Evan- 
gelical Action pointed out some 
facts that should stir the hearts of 
Brethren. Mr. Tom Claus, a 
Mohawk Indian and president of 
CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian- 
Eskimo Fellowship), authored an 
article which demonstrated the 
need for Indian evangelism. 

Mr. Claus reminded us that while 
there are 850,000 Indians in the 
United States today, there were at 
least 14 times that number before 
Columbus came to the New World, 
or approximately 12 million. Of the 
present Indian population, there are 
496 tribes living on 267 reservations 
and speaking 250 different lan- 

Malnutrition and related diseases 
afflict 75 percent of the Indian 
population and one-third die before 
the age of 6 months. The average 
life span of an Indian male is 44 
years. Suicide among Indian teen- 
agers is 100 times the rate of that 
of white teens. Alcoholism is a 
major problem and accounts for 50 
percent of the recorded deaths on 
the Navajo Indian Reservation in 
Arizona alone. 

Of the total Indian school-age 
population, the Federal government 
is considered responsible for the 
education of two-thirds. There are 
50,000 Indian children in 226 
Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools 
and 100,000 in public schools. 
Private or mission schools account 
for 9,000 students and 20,000 chil- 


dren do not attend school at all. In 
the adult population, unemploy- 
ment may run as high as 90 percent 
during the winter months and much 
of the employment at other times is 
under government trainee programs. 

These statistics should soften 
our hearts with the need of reach- 
ing these 850,000 Americans. 
Only Christ can give hope to the 
Indians' future. Only Christ can 
transform an Indian's life and give 
him victory over sin. 

The Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches, under the ministry 
of Brethren Home Missions, is at- 
tempting to reach a segment of 
America's spiritually lost Indians. 
The Brethren Navajo Mission and 
Boarding School at Counselor, New 
Mexico, is a ministry among the 
Navajo Indians of the great South- 
west. The Navajo tribe represents 
nearly one-fourth of the total 
Indian population. 

The Brethren Navajo Mission, 
with its staff of over 15 mission- 
aries, is ministering to the very 
heart of the Indians' problems (sin). 
The Navajo Mission School, with an 
enrollment of 120, is providing an 
education at the elementary level 

that will equip Navajo young 
people to accept the challenges of 
their generation with a confidence 
in God. The church-planting minis- 
try provides opportunity for spirit- 
ual maturity and growth for the 
entire family, enabling them to 
cope with the problems so unique 
to Indian culture. 

The Brethren Navajo Mission, 
under the direction of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, believes 
God when He says, "He is not will- 
ing that any should perish." Evan- 
gelizing America includes the "first 
Americans." The task is too big for 
a few, but as concerned Brethren 
across this land pray and work to- 
gether, we can make an impact for 
God's glory. 

The Brethren Navajo Mission is 
facing some new challenges in the 
eighties. Will we be able to provide 
a Christian high school for our 
graduating eighth graders? Could 
we develop a recreation center with 
a Christian witness? How many new 
churches can we start in surround- 
ing areas? These are questions we 
face. With God's help, and your 
prayers, we are eagerly anticipating 
the answers! 


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Trying Something New Worked! 

An "evening" service at 1 :30 p.m.? Although there may have been a few skeptics at first, the Orlando 
Grace Brethren Church tried it-and now like it! 

With Florida gas at $1.25 per gallon and 75 percent of the Orlando congregation driving 15-20 miles one 
way to church, Pastor Ed Jackson and his church council became concerned about transportation costs. Willing 
to try something new, the church unanimously voted to move the evening service to 1 :30 p.m. -thus requiring 
only one round-trip drive to church on Sundays. Beginning the new schedule in December of 1979, the morning 
worship service is followed by a potlock dinner and then an early afternoon service. And, according to Pastor Ed, 
"It's great!" 

Meeting in the afternoon has dramatically affected the second service attendance. At the start of 1980's 
second quarter, afternoon attendance ranged from 75-80 —a high percentage for a church with about 1 20 morning 

A willingness to change methods is just one of the interwoven attitudes of this growing home mission 
church. Love, concern, and prayerfulness are a few others. "A friend once said that 'if you want to share in Ed 
Jackson's church, you have to take a number!' He was being facetious, but I think behind the joking is a concept 
that is significant to our church's growth," states Pastor Ed. "Our people have really grown together in a oneness 
of spirit. Burdens are shared, requests are prayerfully remembered and there is no doubt in anyone's mind that 
God is working in the lives of our people." 

The structure of Orlando's services encourages fellowship. Within the Sunday afternoon service are 20-30 
minutes programmed for sharing. "It's just a really good time of praises and requests. Everyone is uplifted as we 
hear and see how God is working in and through this local body," says Ed. 

Cottage prayer meetings also contribute to this spirit of oneness. Dividing the ministry area into four 
zones, Pastor Ed Jackson has discipled four men as zone pastors. These men lead the midweek cottage prayer 
meetings according to their zones and also are "shepherds" for the sheep in their particular zone. Cottage prayer 
meetings consist of a brief 1 5-minute Bible study, about 20 minutes of sharing, and the remainder of the hour 
and a half is devoted to prayer requests and small-group praying. 

Since arriving on the field on June 1 , 1979, Pastor Ed and his wife, Polly, have seen the church grow from 
40 to over 120. "Accelerated growth" summarizes the results at Orlando as the church met or surpassed all of 
their 1980 Home Missions goals during the 1980 first quarter. Home Missions financial goals for 1981 were also 
superseded as the church now receives close to S900 in weekly offerings. 

The vision of the Orlando Grace Brethren Church is seen not only in their own growth but also in their 
desire to extend their ministry into another community. For more than six months the Orlando church has been 
working with a group of believers in Melbourne, Florida, organizing a Bible class which will soon be Orlando's 
first branch church. When the Orlando congregation voted to move their second Sunday service to early after- 
noon, they did so encouraging Pastor Ed to drive to Melbourne on Sunday evenings to lead the group there. 
Meeting with the Melbourne class on Sunday evenings and midweek, Ed has seen the group grow to almost 20. 

Anyone acquainted with the previous ministries of Ed Jackson knows that he is a discipler of men, and 
this is the thrust of his ministry at Orlando. Working with six men, four of whom are zone pastors, Ed meets 
weekly with them and encourages his disciples in the things of the Lord. In Ed's words, "That's really my 
ministry here at Orlando-spending time with men!" 

Pray that: 1. The church will be able to effectively evangelize their immediate community. 2. The spirit of 
oneness will continue. 3. The Melbourne believers will have wisdom as they seek a full-time pastor. 

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Editor's Note: Michelle Sheer was part of the musical group "The 
Mt. of Olives" and presented fine Jewish music at many of Bet 
Emet's meetings. Michelle loves to share her testimony and gives 
constant help and encouragement to the missionaries at the 
Brethren Messianic Testimony. 





The Testimony 
of Michelle Sheer 

I was raised in an orthodox Jew- 
ish home in Cleveland, Ohio. My 
father was strong and strict, but 
he loved his family very much. We 
attended an orthodox synagogue. I 
sat in the back with my mother and 
sister, while my father and brother 
sat up front. I remember going to a 
Hebrew school twice a week, Sun- 
day school, and Shabbas service 
Saturday night and Sunday morn- 

I realized there was something 
different about me when I was in 
the third grade. We lived in a tiny 
neighborhood and coming back 
from school one day children threw 
sticks and stones at me. My eyes are 
slightly slanted and the children 
called me a "chinky-Jew, Christ- 
killer." Being sensitive, skinny, and 
scrawny, I ran home crying, "Mom, 

I didn't kill anybody," and I told 
her what had happened. She said, 
"Of course, you didn't. Jesus is no 
more than a prophet and your eyes 
will be an asset to you." She wiped 
the tears away and three weeks 
later we moved into an entirely dif- 
ferent neighborhood. It was a 
Jewish area called Cleveland 
Heights. It was then my father in- 
structed me that I was to meet only 
Jewish boys and have only Jewish 
friends. It was easy for me to do 
that because in my high school 
graduating class of almost 1,025, 
950 were Jewish. So it was obvious 
that I had no difficulty in this 
social matter. I also joined B'nai 
Brith Girls in which I was able to 
meet nice Jewish guys. Mom and 
Dad were happy because we were in 
a "Jewish world." We continued to 

attend services but as we grew 
older, Dad stopped going and we 
also stopped. My sister and I were 
confirmed and my brother was bar 
mitzvahed, but I somehow sensed 
that I lacked something. I knew 
there was a God and remembered 
so many times reciting Shema 
Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai 
Echad. "Hear, Israel: the Lord 
our God, the Lord is one." 

I was in my first year of college 
when I met a nice Jewish boy. The 
usual thing happens when a nice 
Jewish boy meets a nice Jewish 
girl— they have a nice big Jewish 
wedding. We were married in a 
country club atmosphere. My 
parents would not have the wed- 
ding in a Shule because kosher food 
would have been too expensive. 

My husband wanted to study 
law so we moved to California. I 
had a degree in early childhood 
education and was given a job in a 
preschool— mopping floors! 

I met a Christian lady there who 
knew I was Jewish. She once asked 
me, "Did you know that the 
Messiah has come?" I replied, "No, 
He hasn't. My brother told me that 
the Messiah was going to come and 
when He does all the good Jews are 
going to rise and we are going to 
live in the land of Israel." She in- 
quired of me, "What's going to hap- 
pen to everyone else?" I said, "I 
don't know, we're all Jewish!" She 
said, "Oh, did you know Jesus was 
the Messiah?" I said, "No, He was a 
prophet and I was called 'Christ- 
killer' when I was little and He is no 
more than a prophet!" She asked 
me if I talked to God. I said, "Oh, 
yes, all the time." She asked me in 
my spare time to ask God about 
Jesus. I continued, "I was born a 
Jew, why would He change me? We 
are a chosen people. . . ." She said, 
"I am not arguing with you. Just 
ask God." 

I asked God about Jesus one day 
when I was at home. I said, "Here I 
am God, You made me, shall I be- 
come Christian?" Two weeks later I 
was searching for a new job, and 
was called into a church school. 
There I met a nice lady. I refrained 
from telling her that I was Jewish as 
I feared she would not hire me. She 
was impressed with my qualifica- 

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tions and wanted to hire me, but 
asked if I was a Christian. I told her 
I wasn't. She invited me to return 
Sunday night for church. I really 
needed the job because my husband 
was in law school studying full 
time, so I agreed. Upon meeting 
this lady at the appointed time, she 
informed me that my righteousness 
was as filthy rags. I looked at her 
and retorted that I was a good Jew- 
ish person. "I didn't kill or hurt 
anybody. See how good I am? I am 
just trying to help my husband 
through law school. I'm good!" She 
said, "I'm just trying to tell you 
what it says in the Old Testament!" 
She gave me the Gospel of John, 
which I later threw away. I thought 
that she was crazy. In no way was I 
a sinner. I thought, "I am a great 
person; I am Jewish; God made me 
that way, and that's that!" 

In spite of my negative reaction, 
they hired me. 

At work, my little four year olds 
recited John 3:16: "For God so 
loved the world, that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believes in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." As I ob- 
served these children, I thought 
they are either Communists or 
fascists. "Why do they teach these 
kids this stuff?" But I told myself 
now is the time to fake it. When the 
children were napping, I began to 
look through the Bible. It said that 
we must be like children. Three 
weeks later I looked through a 
Living Bible. I read about the trans- 
figuration of Jesus where He was 
talking to Moses. It dawned on me 
that if Moses was going to be the 
Messiah (as my brother who was 
studying to be a rabbi taught me), 
why wasn't Moses transfigured talk- 
ing to Jesus and Elijah; not Jesus 
talking to Moses and Elijah? I knew 
then that Jesus had to be far greater 

than Moses could ever be. Recalling 
what that lady said, "Confess you 
are a sinner and ask Jesus into your 
life," I looked around, and up, and 
said to God, "I've got the truth 
here, Jesus really is the Messiah." 1 
asked Jesus into my heart. I told 
Him it would have to be our secret 
because I was the only Jew there 
who knew this. I told one of the 
teachers that I accepted Jesus as my 
Messiah. She was overjoyed. I told 
her, "Sure, you are a Gentile and 
you knew this all the time." She 
emphatically told me that not 
everyone does know Him. 

I was married to a Jewish man 
who would "kill" me if I told him 
about my belief in Jesus as the 
Messiah. This would have to be a 
secret between the Lord and me, 
but God had other plans. At dinner 
that night my husband smiled at me 
and said, "I know you accepted 
Jesus." I had in no way let him 
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Pastor Lee and Lynette Myers 


Editor's Note: In the short two and 
a half years that Pastor Lee Myers 
has been at the Davenport, Iowa, 
Grace Brethren Church, a very solid 
growth barrier has begun to tumble. 
In two years, Sunday morning wor- 
ship attendance has increased from 
78 to over 102. Composite mem- 
bership has increased 23 percent 
and this once-struggling home mis- 
sion church is now self-supporting. 

Commenting on his first impres- 
sions, Pastor Lee Myers wrote the 
Council in December of 19 77: 
It's the biggest challenge 
of my life (accepting the pas- 
torate at Davenport)! First, I 
must try to encourage the 
people. They feel overly 

pressed financially and some 
are even leaving .... 

However, I believe the 
Lord has directed me and 
that He is going to give vic- 
tories eventually. If I didn't 
believe that, I would consider 
myself a good candidate for 
psychiatric treatment. 

Pastor Myers was right; God 
called him to Davenport and the 
victories have arrived. The Brethren 
Home Missions Council rejoices 
with the progress of this home mis- 
sion church (now self-supporting) 
and eagerly looks forward to the 
continued growth God has planned 
for this Grace Brethren church. 

by Pastor M. Lee Myers 

The pathway to maturity or 
in reaching goals is often 
rocky and filled with pitfalls. 
There are advances and re- 
treats; heartaches and blessings. 
But where there is faith and 
faithfulness, and the goal is 
ever kept in view, there will be 
eventual success. 

That in Brief Is the Story of 

the Grace Brethren Church of 

Davenport, Iowa. 

First, we want to express 
thanksgiving to our great God 
and Saviour who called us out 
of darkness into His marvelous 
light. What a privilege and joy 
to be in the family of God and 
to be working with other 
Christians at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Davenport for 
the calling and maturing of 

We also take this opportuni- 
ty to thank the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, and 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer for then- 
wise and godly counsel, 
prayers, financial support and 

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encouragement. As a pastor, I 
am convinced, the Brethren 
Home Missions Council is do- 
ing an outstanding work in 
building fundamental, evan- 
gelical testimonies with the 
limited funds available. 

We praise the Lord for each 
of the servants He sent to 
minister at Davenport Grace- 
for Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, 
Rev. Richard Grant and Rev. 
True Hunt who held Bible 
classes periodically from 1952 
to 1959. 

We thank God for Pastor 
Carl Key, the first full-time 
pastor and for pastors Frank 
Gardner, Donald Brotherton, 
and Ronald Weimer. Each of 
these men had a special minis- 
try, used of the Lord in build- 
ing His church in Davenport. 

Under the leadership of Pas- 
tor Key, a small church build- 
ing was erected in 1 962. It was 
the site of many spiritual bless- 
ings, but it soon proved too 
small for a growing congrega- 

In 1973, a second larger 
structure (the present church) 
was begun under the pastoral 
guidance of Ron Weimer. It 
was dedicated to the Lord in 
August of 1 974. The cost with 
a three and one-half acre lot 
approximated $190,000. The 
cost at today's inflated prices 
would possibly be double that 

Currently (first quarter of 
1980), the Grace Brethren 

Church of Davenport, Iowa, is dren). God blessed with 17 de- 

enjoying its largest Sunday 
worship and composite growth 
averages, 126 and 109, respec- 
tively. On Palm Sunday, the 
largest communion was real- 
ized with 97 (including chil- 

cisions during the first quarter 
of this year. 

Our God has been good. We 
anticipate even greater bless- 
ings in the future, should He 
tarry . 

THE TESTIMONY (Continued from page 19) 

know this. I thought, "Oh, no!" 
and asked how he knew. He said, 
"By the look on your face." He 
then told me he would not talk to 
me for three days or even look at 
me. I was afraid that when my 
mother and father found out, they 
would also "kill" me. I thought I 
was going to have to go through a 
divorce, and wondered, "What's 
going to happen to me?" 

Time went on and God was 
good. Again He had other plans. 
While my husband was studying at 
home one night, there was a knock 
at the door. When he opened it, 
there stood a man and a woman who 
we did not know. They introduced 
themselves as Stan and Yvonne 
Ross. Stan said he was Jewish and 
believed in Jesus. I thought, "Oh, 

another one." Ron, my husband, 
invited them in and we talked for 
five hours. After they left, Ron 
asked if I had seen the light in 
Stan's eyes. I went to the mirror to 
see if I had that same glow. 

Ron, as lawyers are prone to do, 
spent 1 1 months with Stan re- 
searching and studying the Scrip- 
ture in his analytical way. He set 
out to prove that Jesus was not the 
Messiah according to the Scripture. 
He could not accept Him as I did. 
His faith had to be solidly based in 
the Bible. Finally, he, too, received 
Jesus. He was convinced by God's 

I am thankful today that he 
knows his Messiah. Also, I am 
thankful that I am not the only Jew 
who believes. 

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A Word from 
the Moderator 

by Jesse B. Deloe 

"One of the positive things about 
this meeting was the fact that the 
men could sit down and discuss 
these matters together." 

That was the comment of one of 
the members of the special commit- 
tee appointed by last year's confer- 
ence to study the matter of church 
growth in our Fellowship. Seven- 
teen men spent more than 14 hours 
in intense study and discussion of 
such questions as: 

"Why are some of our churches 
growing? Why are others apparently 
not growing?" 

"What in our conference organi- 
zation contributes to our growth 
and the fulfilling of the Great Com- 
mission and what may hinder those 

"How do the cooperating organi- 
zations of our Fellowship contribute 
to church growth?" 

"What is it that makes the Grace 
Brethren Church distinctive? What 
is the basis of our unity?" 

"What are the relationships be- 
tween our conference, the districts, 
the local churches, the national 
boards, our schools, and so forth? 
Are they good relationships? Can 
they be improved?" 

The discussions were frank, 
forthright, with "no holds barred," 
and, consequently, very helpful. The 
fellowship among the committee- 
men was heartwarming in spite of 
differences of opinion or viewpoint 
in certain areas, and all the actions 
of the committee were by unani- 
mous vote. 

Recommendations to be pre- 
sented in the committee's report 
at the annual conference in July 
will center around three or four 
major areas of concern. 

1. The Annual Conference of 

the Fellowship. Inefficiency and in- 
effectiveness are restrictions to 
church growth. How, then, can our 
organization and operation of con- 
ference be improved? Several 
recommendations from the com- 
mittee will suggest reorganization 
of the conference and the Fellow- 
ship with the realigning of com- 
mittee responsibilities. The over- 
riding purpose is to do away with 
time-consuming, nonessential 
"busyness"; while providing a 
simplified means of carrying on the 
necessary business of the Fellow- 

2. The Cooperating Organiza- 
tions of the Fellowship. At least 
nine agencies are recognized by the 
conference as cooperating organiza- 
tions, but there has not existed a 
set of criteria by which an organiza- 
tion can be evaluated for inclusion 
on that list. The committee will 
recommend such criteria to the 

3. The Doctrinal Position of the 
Fellowship. Recognizing that sin- 
cere and spiritually minded men 
may disagree about the proper 
understanding of Scripture, but 
that there must be a standard and 
objective doctrinal statement which 
identifies the position of the FGBC, 
the committee has reaffirmed the 
GBC "Statement of Faith" as the 
essential position of our Fellow- 
ship and encourages all churches 
and examining boards to reaffirm 
their commitments to it likewise. 
It will also be recommended that 
this "Statement of Faith" be incor- 
porated in the FGBC Constitution 
(we were surprised to find that it is 
not; it exists only as a separate 

4. The Spiritual Motivation of 
the Fellowship. Two further reso- 
lutions were agreed upon by the 

committee in its final session. The 
first was the reaffirmation of "per- 
sonal obedience in holiness and in 
the Great Commission of our Lord 
as the high calling for the Christian 
and the churches" and the calling 
of "our churches to work together 
in love and visible unity under that 
command, praying for the Spirit's 
impetus and gracious fellowship of 
love in this mission." The second 
was the proposal you read on the 
opposite page. All of the groups, 
boards, and schools represented on 
the committee are united in calling 
the members of our Fellowship to 
prayer. No organization is being 
formed; no promotion is being 
undertaken; we're simply appealing 
to you to pray regularly for the 
four areas suggested. Prayer for 
your Fellowship will certainly in- 
clude asking God for clear leading 
in the consideration of the study 
committee's report at conference, 
July 27-August 1, in Winona Lake, 

A personal word: I'd be delighted 
to meet you at conference. Come, 
consider the biblical theme "To 
whom much is given . . ." (Luke 
12:48) and an exposition of 1 
Corinthians 4. Enjoy the fellow- 
ship of 1 ,000 faithful Grace Breth- 
ren friends. Meet dozens of home 
and foreign missionaries and hear 
their challenges. Be blessed by re- 
ports from schools, boards, and 
agencies. Be involved in "gearing 
up for growth" in the FGBC. 

I'm looking forward to seeing 

June '80 

A Call to prayer please! 

In the light of the kind of time it is, and the evidences of need and poverty along with 
trends of joy and growth in Christ in our churches and Fellowship, we are urging 
everyone to come together daily to ask God's special grace and power in our lives and 
churches. Please join the discipline! 


1. MYSELF— for obedience 

2. MY FAMILY— for maturity and ministry 

3. MY CHURCH — for a Great Commission vision 

4. MY FELLOWSHIP-for revival and growth 

Asking GBC people everywhere, with one heart 
to take one spot a day when they pray for these 
. . .every day and /or fast with prayer one meal 
a week. 

All groups, boards, and schools are joining hands and hearts to share these special 
concerns and seek God's powerful help! Would you and your church join us in '80-'81 
as we turn to Him? 

For the Fellowship 

Jesse Deloe 

1979-80 FGBC Moderator 
Kenneth Ashman, 

Board President, Grace Schools 
Ralph Coburn. 

Board President, 

Brethren Missionary Herald 
Scott Weaver, 

Board Member, 

Brethren Foreign Missions 
Richard DeArmey, 

Board President, 

Brethren Home Missions 
Robert McBirnie, 


Grace Graduate Schools 

Charles Ashman, 

FGBC Conference Coordinator 
David Hocking 

1978-79 FGBC Moderator 
Homer Kent, 

President, Grace Schools 
Charles Turner, 

General Manager, 

Brethren Missionary Herald 
Ralph Hall, 

Board President, 

Grace Village 
John Willett, 

Board President, 

GBC Christian Education 


John Zielasko, 

General Director. 

Brethren Foreign Missions 
Lester Pifer, 

Executive Secretary, 

Brethren Home Missions 
James Custer, 


Worthington Bible Institute 
Sherwood Durkee, 


Grace Village 
Knute Larson, 

Executive Director, 

GBC Christian Education 


Let my heart be sound in thy 
statutes, that I be not ashamed. 
My soul fainteth for Thy salvation, but I hope in Thy word. 

June '80 ( 

Elder Jacob Fahrney (1798-1848), Antietam congregation, Maryland. Reproduction 
from a daguerrotype taken in 1848. Original daguerrotype apparently lost. Earliest 
copy appears on page 311 of H. R. Holsinger, History of the Tunkers and the Breth- 
ren Church . Also appears (copied from Holsinger copy) in J. Maurice Henry, History 
of the Church of the Brethren in Maryland . 

Brethren Encyclopedia 

Baptism. Engraving 
by G. L. Croome. 
Found on page 72 
of Peter Nead, 
on Various Subjects 
or a Vindication of 
Primitive Christiani- 
ty_, Dayton, Ohio: 
B. F. Ells for the 
author, 1850. 

Inside tent, annual meeting, Ashland, 
Ohio, 1881. The last annual meeting be- 
fore the division. One of the best and 
most revealing early annual meeting 
photos. Original print in sepia tone in 
the Brethren Historical Library and Ar- 
chives, Elgin, Illinois. 



you have 
old photos of 
baptisms, love feasts, 
church services, meeting- 
houses, district meetings, or 
annual meetings? Of elders and 
other brotherhood leaders? 
Do you have family photographs that show 
plain clothing styles of men, women, and children? 
Do you have old photos that show the home life of 
Brethren families-scenes inside the home, people working 
in the kitchen? That show the farm life of the Brethren- 
pictures of barns, people with farm animals, people working in 
the fields? That show Brethren at work in other professions? That 
show life in a Brethren community— people gathered at the coun- 
try store, horses and buggies in the street, mills, shops, and other 
establishments where Brethren did business? 

Do you have engravings or artwork of Brethren scenes? 
The editors of the Brethren Encyclopedia are undertaking a 
search to find graphic materials of historical value that are not 
already in collections at church headquarters and colleges. We are 
especially interested in photos taken before World War II and 
particularly before 1 900. 

We are asking you to send us photos for possible publication 
in the Brethren Encyclopedia. If we select your photo for the 
encyclopedia, it will be copied in the Brethren Press photo facili- 
ties at Elgin, 111., and the original will be returned to you. All 
materials, whether or not used in the encyclopedia, will be re- 
turned to you. Please include with your photo written permis- 
sion for the editors to use it in the encyclopedia. If you have a 
valuable photograph that you think might be of interest to us, 
but you do not want to entrust it to the mails, send us a photo- 
copy of it and an explanation. If it is a photo we think we might 
use, we will send you instructions for having it copied at our ex- 
pense. If you wish to make a gift of your photo to the encyclo- 
pedia, please indicate that. 

Please give as much information as you can about the photo: 
name of photographer, date and place taken, names and ages of 
persons in the photo, description of the activity or scene, and 
your own name, address, and phone number (or that of the 
owner if you do not own the photo). For some old photos there 
is very little identifying information; give as much as you can. 

Send the photos to: Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc., Editorial 
Offices, Bethany Theological Seminary, Butterfield and Meyers 
Roads, Oak Brook, Illinois 60521. 

Fine photographs are documentary material in their own right. 
They will add depth and dimension to the written accounts of 
Brethren life, culture, and history, as well as enhancing the ency- 
clopedia's appeal. We look forward to receiving the materials you 
send.— The Editors, Brethren Encyclopedia 

= Hrjune '80 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 

youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Dear Father, 

We want to hug you. 

There is no way our work goes great without 
you. We share support to churches in the area of 
Christian education, youth, and church growth— 
our triplet passions. And you make it all happen. 

Thank you, Father, for the example and teach- 
ing you are and give. You flesh out what the Bible 
says about truth and maturity. 

You take what is taught in the Sunday school 
and live that at the supper table. You hear chal- 
lenges on church growth and invite a friend over 
for evening service and pizza. 

You pitch in on socials with the youth group, 
and have dedicated your family room to the Lord. 

You teach four year olds in children's church 
and ring the bell of joy in the minds of these 
people Christ loves in a special way. 

We remember last spring when you sold that 
refrigerator and gave $125 extra to send Jim, from 

your church, out with 54 other teens on "Operation 
Barnabas." What a summer he had! And he painted 
2 church bathrooms, mowed 2 fields by hand, 
taught at 4 VBSs, led 8 people to faith, memorized 
18 verses, preached 2 sermons, slept in 15 homes 
to share joy and on 14 church pews. Thanks, 

You are what makes the church be the body, the 
way you shake hands, dart toward new people, 
seek to help with follow-up of new believers, and 
sing with gusto. 

From CE, and for your local church, thank you. 

Man, we die without you! 

Oh, families can make it without your heart, 
with the strategy of 1 Peter 3 and the love and sup- 
port of others in the church. 

But you make it really work, and special. 

Thank you tons. 

And have a very good Father's Day! 
Glad to be one, too! 

c=4^AjdbL? — L« 

CE STAFF: Welcome to Marilyn Johnson, just back from Brazil and her parents, George and Evelyn John- 
son, to serve as our shipping and printing person. . . . Also to Carmen Garling Franchino, added to the secre- 
tarial staff as of April 28. . . . Doug Koontz, of Charles and Alice Koontz, now helps a few hours each 
afternoon with maintenance while studying at Grace. ... Ed Lewis and Kevin Huggins, with six of our 
youth pastors, recently took in a "Reach Out" seminar on discipleship, and with great joy! Ask one of 
them for the notes on dangers of a youth group! . . . Knute Larson recently spoke for the dedication of 
the Minerva, Ohio, GBC new building. . . . Our special thanks to Debbi Neuenschwander, who "retires" to 
wifing with her college-husband, Jeff. 

GBC Christian Education has expanded to Saturday hours to serve you better. As of May 3, 
we are open from 8-12 for your Saturday orders and calls. Just another way we're hoping to help! 

june '80 


1980 Operation Barnabas 

Mid-Atlantic Team 

Team Leaders: 

Ed Lewis 

Judy Ashman 

Joe and Kathy Bishop 

Team Members: 

Jon Ball, Simi Valley, Calif., GBC 

Muriel C. Bamford, Waterloo, Iowa, GBC 

Kirk Barger, Hagerstown, Md., GBC 

Charles Batt, Jr., Hagerstown, Md., GBC 

Richard A. Bustraan, Atlanta, Ga., GBC 

Joe Cheek, Goshen, Ind., GBC 

Carol Eshleman, Hagerstown, Md., Valley GBC 

Denise Gilgan, Beaverton, Oreg., GBC 

Carylee Gilmer, Roanoke, Va., Ghent GBC 

Peter Hawkins, Winona Lake, Ind., GBC 

Dennis Henry, Norwalk, Calif., GBC 

Joanne Hoover, Lanham, Md., GBC 

Cary Lynn Jones, Canton, Ohio, GBC 

Cindy Kuykendall, Washington, Pa., GBC 

Daniel Markley, Boswell, Pa., Laurel Mt. GBC 

Mike McDonnell, Ormond Beach, Fla., GBC 

Diane Mclntyre, Martinsburg, Pa., GBC 

Marylou Mechling, Kittanning, Pa., No. Buffalo GBC 

Nancy Mihojevich, Osceola, Ind., GBC 

Robert Reid, Denver, Colo., GBC 

Lori Rishel, Uniontown, Pa., GBC 

Stirling Snyder, Elizabethtown, Pa., GBC 

Phil Sparling, Auburn, Calif., Gold Rush Comm. GBC 

CI iff ton Staton, Richmond, Va., GBC 

Natalie Stroman, Hagerstown, Md., Calvary GBC 

Melody Thompson, Roanoke, Va., Patterson Mem. GBC 

Rebekah Thornton, Sunny side. Wash., GBC 

Bruce Trottman, Roanoke, Va., Ghent GBC 

Team Leaders: 

Kevin and Tina Huggins 
Bruce and Christi Barlow 

Team Members: 

John Armstrong, Winchester, Va., GBC 

Marti Clason , Beaver City, Nebr., GBC 

Mike Daugherty, /4s/?/and, Ohio, GBC 

Margaret Dennis, Aiea, Hawaii, Waimalu GBC 

Bryan Floyd, Anchorage, Alaska, GBC 

Dan Friddle, Canton, Ohio, GBC 

Laura Funderburg, Cumberland, Md., GBC 

Ruth Garaux, Middlebranch, Ohio, GBC 

Lynn Gibbons, Bellflower, Calif., BC 

Michael Grim, York, Pa., GBC 

Chris Havens, Osceola, Ind., GBC 

Michelle Holtzman, Hagerstown, Md., GBC 

Neal Jankowski, Homerville, Ohio, West Homer GBC 

Terri Jones, Simi Valley, Calif., GBC 

Brad KeUey, Ashland, Ohio, GBC 

Briana Kennedy, Warsaw, Ind., Comm. GBC 

Tim Kurtaneck, Norwalk, Calif., GBC 

Kelly Landis, Lititz, Pa., GBC 

Dan Leadham, Norwalk, Calif., GBC 

Sandra Loper, Peru, Ind., GBC 

Mary Ann Makofka, New Holland, Pa., GBC 

Teresa Lynn Mason, Hagerstown, Md., Calvary GBC 

Julie Neil, Martinsburg, Pa., GBC 

Roily Onega, Denver, Colo., GBC 

Chad Salyer, Richmond, Va., GBC 

Gayle Siverling, Roanoke, Va., Ghent GBC 

Philip Waite, Martinsburg, Pa., GBC 

Margaret Wallace, Everett, Pa., GBC 

Brian Zellner, Winona Lake, Ind., GBC 

JUNE 11-18 

JUNE 18-21 
JUNE 21-22 
JUNE 22-25 
JUNE 25-28 
JUNE 28-29 
JUNE 29-JUL Y 2 . 
JUL Y 2-5 (Fourth 

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JUL Y 5-6 

JULY 6-9 

JULY 9-12 

JULY 12-17 . . . . 

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JULY 12-13 .... BUENA VISTA, VA. 

JULY 13-16 .... RICHMOND, VA. 
JULY 16-19 

(18-day off) ... VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. 

JULY 19-20 .... TEMPLE HILLS, MD. 

JULY 20-24 .... LANHAM, MD. 

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Some of Our Best Friends are 

Youth and Their Leaders 

No youth program changes lives. 

Lives are being changed, though. 
Hundreds of them every week in our 
one subscriber/youth Grace Brethren churches and their 

leader writes, "I really ... 

appreciate the quality active yOUth ministries, 

writing being done and 
would like to be a part of 
this ministry 

Over 100 of these churches are utilizing a new resource available through GBC Christian Education 
in their youth ministries. It's called CE Youth Programs, a monthly packet with program guides for 
Sunday evening and midweek youth Bible study meetings and much more. Most of the materials are 
written by our own Brethren youth workers and have been used with success before they are 

But it's not the materials that change lives. Change happens when youth meaningfully interact 
with God's Word and the changed lives of adult leaders. CE Youth Programs recognizes and aims at 
this. Many are finding it a good tool to make this kind of ministry happen in their own church. 

Creatively relating teens and the Bible to such topics as: "What Does God Do All Day," "Life at 
Non-Christian High," "Pain," "The Horror Craze," "Funny Ideas People Have About Satan," and 
"Raising Your Parents." CE Youth Programs help youth workers address teen's real needs and inter- 
ests. Ideas for monthly youth activities, drama, and puppet productions are also included in each 
monthly packet. 

Gifts to the GBC Christian Education ministries and subscription fees help provide this tool for 
our Grace Brethren churches. 

Subscriptions to CE Youth Programs are available by writing GBC Christian Education, 
P. 0. Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

The Growing Church 

by Milan Yerkovich, pastor 

Saddleback Grace Brethren Church 
Mission Viejo, California 

Do you want your church to grow? God does, 
with real soul winning growth and not just collecting 
the fruit from someone else's basket. The pastor 
(leader) has to determine that his church is literally 
going to invade his community in the spirit of the 
early Jerusalem church in which they filled the city 
with the Gospel (Acts 5:28). This is what I call 
"aggressive obedience." 

The dilemma that I faced was that I couldn't do 
it myself. I knew that I was to equip others to help, 

but I didn't have the resources or strategy to accom- 
plish this goal. 

The decision that I made was to attend an Evangel- 
ism Explosion III Clinic. Why try to "reinvent" the 
wheel? If other churches are growing dramatically, 
why can't we? Sure it cost a chunk, but as one of our 
businessmen said, "You have to spend money to 
make money." Made sense! At the clinic I was ex- 
posed to top quality materials, practical helps, and 
a strategy for motivation and organization. 

The disciples are being made! We have 25 people 
sharing weekly. In the first quarter of 1980 we've 
baptized 18 and added 19 to our membership. 

We're excited! How about you? Write to E. E. Ill 
International, P. O. Box 23820, Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida 33307. 


Women Manifesting 

wmc oMiciary 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary-5 1 3/335 5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut St., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary -2 19/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-2 19/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 




Support of Jewish Missions 

AUGUST 1980 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1980 Grace Brethren Annual.,) 


Mrs. George Peters August 10 

Rev. Bruce Paden August 26 

Kirk Immel August 26, 1968 


Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Mrs. George Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Farner August 20, 1967 


Ginette DeArmey August 12, 1970 

Rev. David Griffith August 26 

Centre Missionaire, 50 rue des Galibouds, 

73200-Albertville, France 


Rev. David Manduka August 10 


Rev. Jack B. Churchill August 20 


Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Dr. J. P. Kliever August 21 

Offering Opportunity 


DUE-September 10, 1980 
Monies from this offering are currently being spent to up- 
grade and revise WMC Pen Pointers; constitutional revision 
printing; Herald pages; new official stationery and post cards, 
as well as postage for all literature sent to local councils. Ex- 
penses were also paid for our president to attend both Home 
Missions spring workshops and a trip to encourage the Florida 
district to reorganize. In addition, new program packets are 
soon to be sent for your use in the coming WMC year. 


Money toward support of five women missionaries 
as an honor for their years of service. 

GOAL-$1.50 per member 
DUE-June 10, 1980 

June '80 i 

111 tunic tunic 



Realizing that God called you to 
Africa, what do you consider to be 
the best advantage of ministering in 
Africa as contrasted to doing the 
work of the Lord in the USA? 

The people of the Central Afri- 
can Republic do not have the op- 
portunities to hear the Word and 
study it like the folks here at home. 
There is not a church on every 
corner, or in every village. They still 
have to walk many miles to attend 
a meeting. There is still little 
literature besides the Bible. There 
are no Christian programs on 
radio and no television. People here 
in the United States have to con- 
sciously turn off hearing the Gospel. 
There are still many out there who 
have never heard the Gospel once. 

Are there any disadvantages to 
serving in the C.A.R.? 

Yes. One would never choose 
Central Africa as a place to live. We 
are there because we have a job to 
do and the Lord has called us there. 
But we would never think of retir- 
ing there! The weather is oppressive. 
The heat is very bad. February, 
March and April are the three hot- 
test months in Bangui, when it 
averages 97 degrees. Then, there is a 

lot of sickness. Missionaries often 
have lots of intestinal parasites and 
malaria. We take medicine daily to 
try to counteract these things. 

How have your duties as a mis- 
sionary changed since you first 
went to the field of Africa? 

In the early days of life on the 
mission field we did everything in 
the district. Our lives were filled 
with conference work in the bush, 
youth work, adult work, teaching 
elementary Bible school, and pre- 
paring our own lessons as we went 
along. Then we realized that we 
were all duplicating each other. So 
we specialized. Some missionaries, 
for example, took youth work and 
visited all the districts, or at least 
more than just their own. Roy and 
I have been in the city of Bangui 
for 15 years. The ministry of the 
capital city is different. Ours is, for 
the most part, a service ministry to 
others. We run a guest house for 
missionaries and their guests. We 
shop for those "up country." We 
meet planes and care for those ar- 
riving; take care of the men who 
come to the "big city" without 
their' wives; and so forth. Keeping 
the guest house running is another 

job. Huge washings every week oi 
possibly every few days, with 20-3C 
sheets at a time, are just part oi 
keeping the guest house going. Bui 
this is not a full-time ministry, and 
the afternoons are used for training 
classes for the leaders of the WMC 
work. There are perhaps 2,000 
women meeting each Thursday in 
the city of Bangui. I teach the 
leaders of the local groups who in 
turn teach the women. 

Where is your home located in 

We spent 15 years "up country" 
at the Bouca station, and now for 
the past 15 years we have been lo- 
cated at the capital city of Bangui, 
in the ministry just described. 

Does the political situation there 
alter your everyday life? Will the' 
change alter your work as you> 

The political situation hasn't 
changed any everyday occurrences 
yet, and we don't anticipate any 
problems. So far the government 
has been favorable to missionaries 
and to the Word of God. They have 
seen what it has done for their 
country. On the whole, missionaries 
are respected. 

'June '80 

In your opinion, is there any 
way communication from local 
WMCs with missionaries could be 
more effective? 

Communication by prayer is es- 
sential. Remember, we pray for you 
folks, too, so let us know some of 
your requests, as we do for you. 
Communicate through tapes and 
letters, not just birthday cards that 
are signed by the name of the group. 
Incidentally, communicate by air- 
mail. Our regular mail, which comes 
by boat, takes six months, or some- 
times a year or more. Anyone who 
wants to communicate with me, 
could roll up a women's magazine 
that they've read and send it. Write 
and find out our own particular 
needs; these are not listed in any 
publication. Then pray for us as for 
yourself. Are you discouraged? Per- 
haps your missionary is, too. Are 
you weary and overly tied? Many 
times so is your missionary. Are 
you thrilled about what the Lord is 
doing in your life or the life of the 
church? So is your missionary. 

/ know prayer is important in a 
missionary's life. How can WMC 
ladies pray more effectively for you 
and your husband during your up- 
coming missionary term? 

Pray for our own relationship 
with the Lord, that we stay close to 
Him and His Word. At times mis- 
sionaries get too busy to have de- 

Pray, too, for our relationships 
with the Africans and with other 
missionaries. Sometimes that's 
needed more than you know. Get a 
map. See where our country is. 
When you hear of difficulties in 
other parts of Africa, see how close 
we are to it and if near, pray 
harder. Last, but not least,, we're 
getting older. Pray for more 
patience, more strength to do the 
things we see to be done, more love 
and more tolerance. Many thanks! 




Bringing History 
up to Date 

In the past, the national WMC organization saw the 
need to organize the history of our group. A history 
book was published and is entitled Through the Years 
with WMC. Since the publication, WMC has grown, pro- 
grams have been completed and projects accomplished. 
The following is a list of projects and programs com- 
pleted since the publication date. To bring your book 
up to date, add the information listed herein to the ap- 
propriate pages. In most cases you will be able to cut 
and paste this copy directly into your books. 

If, perchance, your group does not have a WMC his- 
tory book, they are available from the National WMC 
Literature Secretary, Box No. 711, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana 46590. 

Total Offerings - p. 17 


- $5,000.00 


- $5,500.00 


- $5,500.00 


- $5,500.00 


- $6,000.00 


- $6,500.00 


- Grace Schools 

-- $ 7,000.00 

Home Missions 

- - $ 7,000.00 

Operation and 


- - $ 7,000.00 

Foreign Missions 

• - $10,000.00 


- Grace Schools 

-- $ 8,000.00 

Home Missions 

-- $ 8,000.00 

Operation and 


- $ 7,500.00 

Foreign Missions 

-- $11,000.00 

Tithe -p. 19 

1973-1 5% -$300.00 for furnishing homes for Bible Institute stu- 
dents in Africa, the remainder for a piano for Grace Village at 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

1974 -15% to initiate our new SMM offering. 

1975 -15% to Brethren Missionary Herald for headlining machine 
for larger than normal print. 

1976 -1 5%-capitol funds to Christian Education for inventory of 
our new SMM materials (a revolving fund). 

1977 -Motion: by board-August 1977, that Operation and 
Publication Offering be used first of all for intended purpose, 
and if there is any money over and above expenses this will 
be considered for a special offering. Carried. 

(Continued on page 32) 

_uu m( yjmc lum c . 

by Ruth A. Christian 

Mabton, Washington 

What a grandmother sees in retrospect, is 
quite different from what a mother sees in ex- 
perience. Because I was once a young mother 
with a big "little" family, I can recall how un- 
glamorous the multitudinous necessary tasks of 
each day became, as compared to some of my 
friends who were apparently rendering more to 
the Lord for all His benefits to them (Ps. 

My mind goes back to the winter our second 
son was born. Wesley was two and Miriam was 
one. With three babies, you can imagine that 
there was no end to the washing that needed to 
be done. This was one of those dark, foggy 
winters, with scarcely a day fit to hang out a 
wash. Water was pumped from an outdoor well, 
hauled into the washhouse, heated on a stove 
and drained away in tubs. I was one of the 
lucky ones though, as we did have the luxury of 
an electric washer; whereas across the river 
there was no electricity. Automatic dryers were 
unheard of, so we solved that problem by 
stringing clotheslines all over the house. Around 
the heater and over the kitchen range were the 
quick-dry spots, and wash often had to be 
rotated. It seemed as if my stewardship of time 
was cut out for me— washing clothes, washing 
dishes, washing babies, and washing floors. 

I look back today with shame that I so often 
let my morale drop with the barometer. I could 
not seem to keep my head in the clouds when it 
was constantly trying to dodge that wet wash. 
If only I could have had one tiny peek into the 
future, 40 years later, to see all three of those 
children busy in the Lord's work and touching 
the lives of so many young people, my heart 
would have sung for joy. Now I look back to 
my foggiest winter as part of a very fruitful in- 
vestment for the Lord. What if I hadn't been 

June '80 

THROUGH THE YEARS - (Continued from page 31) 
Foreign Missions — p. 22 

1973 — Toward the theological training and support of Pierre 
Yougouda from the C.A.R. 

1974 — Toward the central heating of the Chateau in France. 

1975 — Brazil— boat and motor (trail) bike for Bill Burk's river 
ministry. Balance toward residence in Uberlandia. 

1976 — Toward the house for the Norm Johnson's in Brazil 

1977 — Toward new missionary residence in Winona Lake— an 
extended project. 

1978 - New Missionary Residence - $10,000.00. 

1979 - New Missionary Residence - $1 1,000.00 

Home Missions — p. 25 

1973 - Toward a bus for the Navajo Mission. 

1974 - To remodel the Dryhill, Kentucky, chapel and/or 

1975 - Toward property at Kenai, Alaska. 

1976 - Toward Navajo Mission vehicles. 

1977 - Toward new church in Kansas City, Missouri. 

1978 - Assist in Internship Program with Sr. Pastor- 

1979 - Navajo Mission transportation-$8,000.00. 

Christian Education — p. 28 

1973 — Office furniture. Any remaining toward copy machine. 

1974 - SMM offering-SMM Girl-of-the-Year Scholarship and 
sponsorship of director of Girls' Ministries under the Christia 
Education Department. 

1975 — SMM Girl-of-the-Year scholarship and sponsorship of 
Director of Girls' Ministries under the Christian Education 

1976 — 15% tithe of Operation and Publication to the amount 
of $1,219.12 for inventory of new SMM materials. (This is 
in addition to Girl-of-the-Year and director of Girls' 
Ministries goal.) 

1977 - SMM Girl-of-the-Year scholarship and sponsorship of 
director of Girls' Ministries under Christian Education 

1978 - SMM - same as 1977 - Goal, $6,000.00. 

1979 - SMM - same as 1977 - Goal, $6,000.00. 
3race Schools — p. 31 

1973 - Toward the new Educational Resource Center in the 
Library Learning Center. 

1974 — To purchase seven special teaching desks and chairs 
and four overhead projectors for the seminary professors 
and air condition two small classrooms. 

1975 - Supplies and equipment for Art Department. 

1976 — Items to relieve crowded conditions in the seminary 

1977 - Equipment for Science Center-$6,500.00. 

1978 — Seminary-Equip seminary classroom, purchase 16mm 
films-Martin Luther and The Big Dig. Dictating equipment 
for seminary faculty offices and books for seminary library. 
Goal, $7,000.00 

1979 -College-(1) Equipment, resources and materials for 
Special Education, (2) Equipment for campus Nursing 
Skills Lab, (3) Darkroom equipment for the student news- 
paper/yearbook offices. Goal, $8,000.00. 

Jirthday Missionaries — p. 36 

1973 - Mrs. George Peters-C.A.R. 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter— C.A.R. 
Miss Kwang Ja Park— Brazil 
Mrs. Roger Peugh— Germany 
Mrs. David Shargel-France 

1974 - Mrs. Jack Churchill-Mexico 

Mrs. Dan Hammers— France 

Mrs. Minnie Kennedy-C.A.R. (retired) 

Mrs. Jake Kliever-Chad 

Miss Carol Mensinger— C.A.R. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy-Argentina 

1975 - Miss Lila Sheely-C.A.R. 

Mrs. William Walker-C.A.R. 
Miss LoisWilson-C.A.R. 
Mrs. Edward Miller— Brazil 
Mrs. Foster Tresise-Hawaii 

1976 - Mrs. Larry DeArmey-France 

Mrs. Larry Pfahler-C.A.R. 

Mrs. Robert Williams-C.A.R. (retired) 
Miss Ruth Snyder-C.A.R. 
Mrs. Paul Dowdy— Argentina 

1977 - Mrs. Keith Altig— Brazil (retired) 

Mrs. Marvin Goodman— C.A.R. 
Mrs. Solon Hoyt— Argentina 
Mrs. Hattie Sheldon-C.A.R. (retired) 
Mrs. Floyd Taber-C.A.R. (retired) 

1978 - Mrs. Bill Burk-Brazil 

Miss Mary Cripe-C.A.R. 
Mrs. Tom Julien— France 
Miss Ruth Kent-C.A.R. 
Miss Marie Mishler-C.A.R. 

1979 - Mrs. Walter Haag-Mexico 

Miss Mary Ann Habegger-C.A.R. 
Mrs. Norm Johnson— Brazil 
Mrs. Bruce Paden-C.A.R. 
Mrs. Roy Snyder-C.A.R. 

Devotional Program Committee — p. 44 

1973-74 - "Send the Light" (2 Cor. 4:6) 
Northern Atlantic District 

1974-75 - "Reflecting God's Blessings" (1 Peter 4:10, 
Living Bible) 
Southern California-Arizona District 

1975-76 - "I'm a Child of the King" (1 Thess. 2:12) 
Midwest District 

1976-77 - "Hidden Beauty" (1 Peter 3:4) 
Mid-Atlantic District 

1977-78- "Complete in Him" (Col. 2:10) 
Florida District 

1978-79 - "The Joy of the Lord" (Phil. 4:4) 
Allegheny District 

1979-80 - "Sent of God" (Isa. 6:8) 

Committee-Alice Koontz, Ginny Sellers, Miriam 

Presidents — p. 52 

1969-1973 - Mrs. Richard Placeway 
1973-1978 - Mrs. Robert Griffith 
1978- Mrs. Dan Pacheco 

Tenure of Office — p. 54 

Recording Secretary - Three (3) years 
Changed in the Constitution in 1979 

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June and July 

Brethren Missionary Herald 
Offering Months 

In book, magazine and tract form, the Missionary Herald seeks to bring the 
good news of salvation to a troubled world. We are grateful for the many 
Brethren people who are sharing and growing with us . . . your partners in 

Give through your local church to the ministry of publications! 

BMH Printing 

a growing, vital part of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. We thought 
you might like to know how wide an area the ministry actually covers. 
Listed below are organizations and publications for whom BMH Printing has done work in the past 18 months. 

Brethren Missionary Herald magazine 
Brethren Foreign Missions: 


Missionary biography booklet 

Personnel prayer booklet 

Individual missionary prayer cards 

Church bulletins and posters 
Brethren Home Missions: 


Desert Rain 

Minute-Man letters 

Church bulletins 

Bountiful Harvest materials 
Grace Schools: 



Grace College catalog 

Grace Seminary catalog 

Brochures and place mats 
GBC Christian Education: 



SMM books 

Youth conference materials 
Board of Evangelism 
Brethren Building Ministries 
Board of Ministerial Emergency and 

Brethren Investment Foundation 
Grace Village 
National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

Women's Missionary Council 

Herald Bookstore 

BMH Books 

BMH Tracts 

First Brethren Churches: 

Johnstown, Pa. 

Dayton, Ohio 
Grace Brethren Churches: 


Sidney, Ind. 

Warsaw, Ind. 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Danville, Ohio 

Rialto, Calif. 

Galion, Ohio 

Lancaster, Pa. 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

Telford, Pa. 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

Union, Ohio 

Brookville, Ohio 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Kettering, Ohio 

Armagh, Pa. 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
Brethren Encyclopedia 
Daily Devotions 

Blackhawk Baptist Church 
DJ Publications 
NINEZ (Child Evangelism magazine, 

Alpha Publications 

Chapel Crusaders 

Evangelical Fundamental Endeavor 

Mid-Atlantic District 

First Missionary Church, 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Immanuel Baptist Church, 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Here's Life, Philadelphia 
Hephzibah House 
Bible Truths Publications 
Graphic Communications 
Independent Brethren Church 
Indiana District Missions 
Lakeland Christian Academy 
Lititz (Pa.) Christian School 
Scripture Press Publications 
Summa Productions 
Warsaw (Ind.) Christian School 
Winona Lake Christian Assembly: 

Winona Today 

Publicity materials 
Dubuque (Iowa) Bible Church 
Mottville (Mich.) Bible Church 
Selah Center 

Bethel Chapel of Huntington Valley 
Feasterville (Ind.) Baptist Church 
Bourbon (Ind.) Bible Church 
South Whitley (Ind.) Baptist Church 
Berean Baptist Church 
Culver (Ind.) Bible Church 
Dr. John C. Whitcomb 
Dr. John J. Davis 
Christian Gift House 


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Dr. Homer Kent, Jr. 

I am delighted 
to use this op- 
portunity to 
report on 
some of the 
exciting as- 
pects of the 
expanding out- 
reach of Grace Theological Seminary. God has been 
accomplishing great things. It is impossible to recite 
all the exciting activities of the seminary and among 
our alumni, so the following news items and reports 
are necessarily selective. 

Evangelism Emphasis— The seminary administra- 
tion has continually sought means of increasing our 
seminary focus on this subject. One significant step 
was made in the addition of a course titled "Christian 
Education and Evangelism." The course is team- 
taught by Professors French and Male and has made 
extensive use of visiting lecturers known for their 
ministries in evangelism. Dr. Jack Murray, Dr. Marvin 
Rosenthal, Rev. Doug Erickson, Rev. Al Buhler, and 
Rev. Dean Fetterhoff have participated in this 
program. The Brethren Board of Evangelism has 
offered help in increasing this focus on evangelism 
and has contributed financially toward this project. 
Mr. Fetterhoff has made special contributions in this 
area. He is an alumnus of Grace and has had 10 years 
of experience in traveling as an evangelist. He has 
conducted evangelistic campaigns in a majority of the 
Grace Brethren churches in America. He recently 
challenged our entire student body on this all- 
important issue. Please pray with us for divine 

The Expanding Ministries 

Grace Theological Seminary 

guidance as plans are in progress for furthering this 

Effective Alumni— One of the most rewarding 
aspects of a ministry such as ours is the privilege of 
seeing graduates effectively applying their seminary 
education. Volumes could be written in illustrating 
and sharing this joy. One chapter in such a volume 
would include the story of Dave Stockeland. Dave 
came to us with a Lutheran background— even having 
attended a Lutheran seminary for a short time. But 
then, Christ found him! After completing his 
seminary course work, Dave successfully pastored the 
Manchester (Ind.) Bible Church for 2 years. In June 
of 1978, he moved to the Dubuque Bible Church. 
Since then there have been almost 200 professions 
of faith. Twelve home Bible study groups are in 
operation, 2 radio programs, and one new branch 
church has been established with 2 others in process 
of development. A Christian school will be in 
operation this fall. Dave has had 50 baptisms within 
the past 6 months! We are as proud as grandparents! 

Recently baptized believers in the Dubuque church. 
Another Example— Dan Boulton graduated from 
the seminary in 1975. Since then he has been serving 
as the Christian Education pastor at Grace Brethren 
Church of Columbus, Ohio. His duties in this position 
include oversight of the various CE ministries of the 
church, including the Sunday school, VBS, Christian 
Service Brigade, single adults, and so forth. He is also 
director of the Worthington Bible Institute, which 
involves oversight of three continuing adult education 
programs and a one-year undergraduate program. He 

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was also recently elected as chairman of the North- 
central Ohio District Ministerium. In recognition of 
his expertise in the field of Christian Education, Dan 
was recently selected to serve as a consultant for 
Gospel Light Publications. This ministry requires him 
to speak at various CE conventions and allows him 
the opportunity of working individually with pastors 
and churches in designing their CE programs. We are 
grateful to have had a part in Dan's preparation and 
we are delighted by what God is doing in and through 

A New Seminary?— In 1974, Pierre Yougouda 
came from the Central African Republic to study at 
Grace Theological Seminary. He and many other 
evangelical African Christians have dreamed of a 
Brethren seminary in Africa. Since he graduated and 
returned to Africa in 1977, thatdream has intensified. 
Rev. John Zielasko, general director of the Foreign 
Missionary Society, visited 
Africa in April and reports 
that the dream is nearing 
reality. Our own Professors 
Whitcomb and Beaver have 
served as advisors. Pray for 
Mr. Zielasko, the Foreign 
Missionary Society, Pierre 
Yougouda, and all the 
African leaders as they 
make plans for this signifi- 
cant advance. 

Pierre Yougouda 

Foreign Students— Can Grace Theological Seminary 
send missionaries into India? Amazingly, yes! 
Students from India, and 10 other foreign countries, 
were enrolled in the seminary for the spring semester. 
Abraham Thomas and Joel Mathai describe their 
native India as economically and theologically poor, 
yet socially friendly and with high ethical and moral 
standards. Both plan to return to India after gradu- 
ation. Joel is interested in a ministry to the vast 
number of English-speaking students at the British- 
founded University of Delhi in India. The school is 
highly intellectual, but completely void of a strong 
gospel influence. Other foreign students are planning- 
to return for ministries in Canada, Scotland, Japan, 
Kenya, Haiti, West Germany, South Africa, the 
Philippines, and Vietnam. 

World's largest Sunday school class— teaching is Dr. Ed 11 indson. 

Gigantic Class— Grace alumnus Dr. Ed Hindson, 
professor at Liberty Baptist College and an associate 
of Jerry Falwell, regularly teaches what has been 
billed as the world's largest Sunday school class. Dr. 
Hindson also travels extensively for ministries relating 
to Christian counseling and family matters. His 
winterim course at Grace in January attracted over 
100 students. He will teach a course next January on 
marriage and family counseling. Alumni may audit 
without any tuition charge. Pastors will find it 
especially helpful. 

Visiting Faculty— In recent semesters, more exten- 
sive use of short-term visiting faculty members has 
provided an added dimension for our students. Visit- 
ing faculty members during 1 979-80 include the 
following: Mr. Max Anders, Dr. Henry Brandt, Dr. Ed 
Hindson, Dr. L. Lewis Johnson, Dr. James Rosscup, 
Dr. John Lawlor, Dr. Kenneth Gangel, Dr. Roy 
Lowrie, and others. Students have greatly appre- 
ciated the added dimension of these Christian leaders 
who have made outstanding contributions in their 
various fields of expertise. 

Missionary Travels— Several faculty members have 
recently been involved in extensive missionary 
ministries. In January, Dr. John Whitcomb enjoyed 
a very fruitful and encouraging trip to Africa. He has 
also recently visited key missionary ministries through- 
out Europe. In April, Dr. William Male also journeyed 
to Africa. He ministered to missionary educators in 
Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Kenya. Dr. S. Wayne Beaver, 
chairman of our Missions Department, will use his 
sabbatical leave for the next spring semester as an 
opportunity to get back on the mission field and ex- 


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perience afresh the fulfilling of the Great Commission. 
In January, the Beavers will plan to fly directly to the 
Central African Republic where considerable time will 
be spent on the field where they served as missionaries 
for 25 years. Requests have been received to minister 
in other countries of Africa as well. In the spring, the 
Beavers will fly to Europe where they are looking 
forward to visiting mission centers in France and 
Germany. Invitations have been received from mis- 
sionaries in Spain, Portugal, Belguim, and Norway, 
asking to be included in the itinerary. By May 18, 
they will be back in Winona to open the summer 
session of the Graduate School of Missions. We are 
confidentthat the seminary ministry will be enhanced 
by these travels. 

Waltke, MacArthur, 
Swindoll, Briscoe— That 
about says it all! There 
is no doubt in anyone's 
mind. The 1980 Bible 
Conference created 

more interest than any 
previous conference. 
Over 1 ,300 people were 
present for the Wednes- 
day sessions, in addition Dr - Charles Swindoll 
to the 800 college students to whom Dr. MacArthur 
ministered during their chapel sessions. Snowplows 
pushed back the snow, and the entire west lawn of 
the campus was used as a frozen parking lot. Closed 
circuit television and video projection made possible 
the ministry to overflow crowds. McClain Auditorium, 
the Seminary Chapel, and our largest classroom were 
all filled for several sessions. Our special thanks to 
Jill Briscoe, Dr. Bruce Waltke, Dr. John MacArthur, 
and Dr. Charles Swindoll for making the 1980 confer- 
ence so very special. We are anticipating another 
harvest in 1981 as Dr. Jay Adams, Dr. Harold Lindsell, 
Dr. Warren Wiersbe, and Mrs. Sue Burnham come to 
minister. Be sure to put February 10-13 on your 
calendar right now. 

Christian Education— GBC Christian Education 
recently moved from the Herald building to their own 
facilities adjacent to the seminary on Presidential 
Drive. While that was an exciting move for them, 
another "move" was equally exciting for us. Their 

executive director, Knute Larson, and their executive 
director of youth ministries, Ed Lewis, will be team- 
teaching a seminar course titled, "Church Ministries 
to Adults." Both these men are graduates of our 
seminary and are well-qualified by years of experi- 
ence. We are excited by this new dimension in our 
Christian Education Department. 

New Faculty— Two new faculty members will join 
the seminary family this fall. Professor Richard 
Averbeck earned the M.Div. at Grace in 1977, and 
has just completed his Ph.D. program at Dropsie 
College of Hebrew. (His arrival in August will assure 
us of a full-time faculty ranging from A to Z— Averbeck 
to Zemek!) Professor David Turner earned his M.Div. 
and Th.M. at Grace. He taught at Baptist Bible College 
and School of Theology from 1976 to 1979. He is 
presently completing work on his Th.D. at Grace. We 
are delighted to welcome Professors Averbeck and 
Turner to the Grace family. 

New West Coast Representative— Professor Richard 
Mayhue has accepted a position as an associate with 
Dr. John MacArthur at the Grace Community Church 
in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. 
He will be involved in developing a continuing educa- 
tion program for pastors. Professor Mayhue is excited 
about this new challenge and we are excited about his 
opportunity and by the fact that he will continue a 
close association with the seminary. Plans are being 
made for him to teach in short-term winterim or 
summer courses. He will also continue to serve on the 
Executive Committee of our Seminary Alumni 
Association. We are happy for him, but we will miss 
him here! 

A New Journal— With the publication of the Grace 
Theological Journal, a new era in the outreach of 
Grace Seminary has been reached. The first issue of 
the Journal appeared in April. It included articles 
with a wide range of interest on such subjects as: "The 
Test of Abraham in Genesis 22," "The Primacy of 
Teaching in the Education and Growth of Christians," 
"The Nature of The Inerrant Word as Self-Authenti- 
cating," as well as a discussion on the text in which 
Jesus spoke of the mustard seed as the smallest of all 
seeds— long considered by some as a problem for the 
doctrine of inerrancy. There is also a section of book 
reviews to aid the pastor and other interested readers 
in the selection of worthy books. Copies of the first 
issue are still available for those who subscribe 

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immediately. If interested, please write to Grace 
Theological Journal, Box 373, Grace Theological 

Lay Bible Institute— One of the important new 
outreach ministries begun during the 1979-80 school 
year was the Grace Lay Bible Institute. The classes 
met on the seminary campus on Monday evenings 
each semester. Classes were taught by Professors 
Smith, Mayhue, French, and Phillips, and by Pastor 
Plaster. Enrollment exceeded our anticipation. This 
outreach ministry to our own community is exciting, 
but it is already expanding beyond our community! 
Plans are developing to use viedo-tapes of these 
courses in other local Bible institute programs. Tapes 
have already been prepared for use in Ashland, Ohio; 
and Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Dr. Charles Smith teaching one of the Bible Institute classes. 

Honorary Alumni— For the first time in the history 
of our schools, the alumni association and the semi- 
nary administration have conferred honorary alumni 
status on three outstanding individuals who did not 
graduate from our seminary. The three men are Dr. 
John MacArthur, Dr. Paul Fink, and Dr. David 

Dr. MacArthur is pastor of the Grace Community 
Church in Panorama City, California. Since his 
assumption of that ministry, the congregation of 
Grace Community Church has grown to become one 
of the largest in Southern California. He is a frequent 
conference speaker and has ministered extensively 
through radio and the written page. Just as impor- 
tantly for us— he is a friend of Grace Theological 

Dr. Paul Fink needs no 
introduction to the friends 
of Grace. Unlike most of 
our faculty, Dr. Fink did 
not attend our seminary, 
but he did minister effec- 
tively in the seminary over 
a period of 16 years. Al- 
most single-handedly he 
developed the Homiletics 
program which has minis- 
tered to so many of our 
students. He is currently 
serving on the faculty at 
Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Virginia. We 
are proud to have him numbered among our honorary 

Dr. David Burnham is the well-known pastor of The 
Chapel in University Park in Akron, Ohio. Dr. 
Burnham's congregation averages over 3,000 in 
attendance each Sunday, and has been influential in 
sending a large number of students to Grace College 
and Seminary. One of Dr. Burnham's desires is for an 
even closer tie with Grace Theological Seminary by 
means of an extension program in The Chapel. Pray 
with us as this prospect is being developed. 

Sweet Spirit— Our Lord blessed us in many ways 
during this past school year. Probably the greatest 
blessing of all was the sweet spirit of unity and pur- 
pose exhibited among our seminary family. There 
were weekly faculty prayer meetings, increased 
faculty ministries, faculty members filling in for one 
another, learning from one another, and I cannot 
recall a single argument in faculty meetings! At the 
same time, God sent to us an outstanding student body 
characterized by purpose and maturity. What an 
opportunity and what a blessing was the 1979-80 
school year! 

You have an opportunity of sharing in this 
ministry. We solicit your prayers and your support 
for the 1980-81 school year. 

Yours in Christ, . _ 

Homer A. Kent, Jr. / 

June '80 

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current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

National conference time is rapidly approaching, and if all your plans are not yet 
made it would probably be wise to finalize them. The conference begins Saturday eve- 
ning, July 26, with a musical concert by Paul Schumacher. This concert is being spon- 
sored by Brethren Missionary Herald Ministries. A worship service will be held Sun- 
day morning, July 27, and Moderator Jesse Deloe will deliver his address at this time! 
Christian Education sessions will run from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening 
(see page 27 for this schedule) . Tuesday through Friday the regular national confer- 
ence meetings will be held. Rooms and housing will be limited this year because of 
other conferences being held at the same time. 

Recession, inflation, and all of the other national problems today are plaguing 
churches, individuals and families. At the Herald Co. we are also experiencing 
these difficulties as costs of products and materials soar. So, remember the 
months of June and July are Herald offering months. Our sales are up and it 
appears that this will be another record year. Thanks for your continuing help 
with the ministries of publications. 

There are several ways to beat high costs — one way is to send a check with your order 
to the Herald Co. and we will pay the postage, and another way is to save on tele- 
phone costs by using our toll-free number for orders (1-800-348-2756) . 

The "Jesus March" on Washington is now history. The march was in early May. Reports 
say that about 200,000 people were involved and the cost of the project was over 
$1,000,000. The national news media gave very little coverage of this event. 

Conference planning sessions were held in April with about 20 people from the boards 
and institutions present for the meetings. The three day gathering was for the pur- 
pose of discussing ways in which national conference and the Grace Brethren Fellowship 
could best do their work and meet the needs of the people. Since this committee 
has no power in itself, the findings and suggestions will be made to this year's 
national conference. The origin of this committee came from suggestions made at 
last year's conference. 

BMH proudly announces three more books of significance. This brings us to about 130 
titles under BMH Books. The new books released are: A History of Israel , by John 
Davis and John Whitcomb (copublished with Baker Book House) ; Lessons in Leadership 
from the Bible , by Kenneth Gangel; and Personnel Administration in the~Christian 
School, by Lester Brubaker. A History of Israel is a large volume of about 600 
pages, and retails at $14.95. Lessons in Leadership will be used as a Sunday school 
study guide and costs $3.95. Personnel Administration is a book anyone involved in 
Christian day schools will want to read. Dr. Brubaker lectures each year at the 
summer sessions at Grace. This book is $5.95. BMH Books continues to move forward 
to become a part of the great Christian literature program. 

The Herald board, meeting in Atlanta, Ga. in March, decided to begin a study regard- 
ing the feasibility of a FM radio station in the Winona Lake-Warsaw (Ind.) area. If 
such a study proved positive, plans would 
proceed to establish a station with a 
Christian format. Many problems are re- 
lated to such a ministry and approval is 
needed from various sources on the Feder- 
al level. Pray for the will of the Lord 
in this matter. 

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by Charles W. Turner 


Here we are in Bicentennial plus 
4, and it is another Fourth of July. 
It is time for the traditional flag- 
waving and for the songs we bring 
out annually for a special time of 
singing. This will not be a happy 
Fourth for most Americans. We are 
beset by as many problems this 
year as seems possible, falling short 
of the unthinkable thought of war. 
All the pollsters tell us, in case we 
missed it from our friends' com- 
ments, there is as much discontent 
among the populace as there has 
been for many a day. 

We find American "held hos- 
tages" is one of the most unbeliev- 
able incidents in the history of the 
United States. We tried diplomacy, 
it failed; we tried force, it failed; we 
are now trying to ignore the situa- 
tion hoping it will all go away. We 
have been embarrassed, laughed at, 
and confounded as to what to do 
next. Our most powerful move has 
been to say that we will not swim 
with the enemy, or run on the same 
track with them, or get on the same 
basketball court. Even this move 
has not been shared with our friends 
and allies. 

Inflation has been tearing apart 
any semblance of economic order 

and planning. I just bought a can of 
gasoline for the purpose of mowing 
my lawn. The small can of the valu- 
able liquid cost $2.75, just two 
gallons. A few years ago I could 
have purchased about six gallons 
and gone a few hundred miles rid- 
ing in the comfort of my two-ton 
car! Now I have to push and never 
get off of my half-acre for the 
purpose of any sightseeing. Have 
you priced a house lately, or called 
your friendly banker to check on 
the costs of a loan? If you are not 
retired, or do not have a loved one 
retired on a fixed income, you 
ought to check into some of the 
hardships of the elderly caught in 
the problems of inflation on their 
fixed and limited incomes. 

Yes, there are other problems 
like the racial troubles of Miami 
and boatloads of people escaping 
Mr. Castro, the unemployment lines, 
and the question of whether you 
made the right move of buying that 
last Chrysler. Trouble, trouble, 
trouble, and you can spell them all 
with a capital "T." Things are 
tough all over, are they not? Groan, 
groan, groan, all with a capital "G." 

Things are so bad that you have 
to stand in line for a half-hour to 
get a seat at a restaurant. Then you 
have to choose from 50 possibilities 

on the menu. When you are travel- 
ing, you have to wait to get into 
Disneyland because 20,000 people 
got there that day before you did. 
I saw a five-dollar tip on a table not 
too long ago and I said to myself: 
"Things are really tough, are they 
not?" Imagine how over half of the 
population of the world would like 
to worry about the problems we 
have to put up with every day. 
They would be delighted, I assure 
you. You can turn on your radio or 
television and hear the Gospel 
almost any time of the day or 
night. What about that church that 
you attend where people love each 
other and the truth of the Gospel 
is preached? There is no one to stop 
you from worshiping God or even 
preventing you from singing of 
your love to God in a slight off-key 

Oh, say can you see? Yes, I be- 
lieve I can see a land flawed and a 
bit ragged, but a land that I need to 
pray for and to ask God to save 
from its indulgences and sins. But it 
is certainly worth saving, loving, 
and being thankful for because of 
time-honored principles. Yes, I am 
certain that I can still see hope and 
a future for us as a land, if we will 
listen to the voice of God and turn 
to Him. 

= July '80 

COVER PHOTO: H. Armstrong Roberts 


35 Years Ago- 1945 

Rev. Gordon Bracker became the pastor 
of the Cleveland, Ohio, Brethren Church. 
... An evangelistic service at Gaiwin, Iowa, 
resulted in 30 decisions for Christ, 10 of 
them were first-time decisions. The evan- 
gelist was Arnold Kriegbaum. 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

The Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington was dedicated. The new build- 
ing, situated on four and one-half acres, cost 
approximately $90,000. James Dixon, 
pastor. . . . Dr. Herman Koontz has resigned 
from the York, Pennsylvania, church to go 
to a new work in Orlando, Florida. ... Dr. 
L. L. Grubb, tendered his resignation as 
executive secretary of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council. 

5 Years Ago- 1975 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent, Sr., celebrated 
their fiftieth wedding anniversary and a re- 
ception was held at Grace Village. . . . Rev. 
Ward Miller moved from his pastorate in 
Modesto, California, to assume his pastoral 
duties at the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Osceola, Indiana. 


Volume 42 Number 7 July 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artist, Jane Fretz 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian. Foreign Mis- 
sions: Rev. John Zielasko, Nora Macon. 
Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don 
Cramer. Home Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 
Brad Skiles. WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• News Notes 12 • Guest Editorial 32* 

• A Children's Story 38 -NOW 40* 

Dear Family, 

This is a note of appreciation to all those people 
across the United States who have been praying for us. 

My husband, Tim Paul Inlow, went to be with our 
Lord on April 5, leaving me and our lO 1 /^ month-old 
daughter, Hallie Jane. As decisions and reality set in, I 
am constantly aware of the love and prayers on our be- 

Thank you. Mary Inlow, Riverside, California 

Prayers from our Fellowship are with you and your 
loved ones. -CWT 

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1 And it came to pass, in 
those days, that there went 
out a decree from Brethren 
Foreign Missions that all new 
missionaries must speak in 
the tongue of the field where 
they would be abiding, yea, 
even unto sojourning a year 
in a language school. 

2 And, thus, a certain cou- 
ple, Kent and Becky Good, 
went up from Florida, out of 
the city of Fort Lauderdale, 
into the land of Gaul, in the 
province of Savoie unto the 
city of Albert ville. 

3 The Goods were ex- 
ceedingly unlearnt in the 
ways of the Gauls; neither 
could they speak with 
understanding. And, so it 
was that, while they were 
there, they began to study 
diligently at the Centre Mis- 


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4 The Centre, being 
directed by godly Gauls (wise 
in the knowledge of their 
mother tongue and long- 
suffering toward their 
students), gathered round 
about them a host of mis- 
sionaries longing to utter the 
language of the Gauls. 

5 And it came to pass, that 
early each morning unto the 
fourth hour of the afternoon, 
the students would enter the 
Centre to be instructed in the 
ways of the Gauls. 

6 And, behold, it was 
necessary for the Gauls to 

make use of varied and divers 
manners of instruction, even 
unto drilling and memoriz- 
ing. Verily, verily, the mis- 
sionaries studied diligently 
to show themselves approved 
in the tongue, yea, even unto 
the burning of the midnight 

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7 But, even so, many of 
them lacked wisdom and fell 
into various trials, only to 
find, as in every cir- 
cumstance, that the Father 
worketh well in bringing 
them to greater maturity. 

8 And, behold, the Lord, 
who worketh many miracles, 
hath performed another 
wonder — for their minds 
soon began to know the 
tongue. Of a truth, there 
were those who heard their 
speech and greatly wondered 
at it; but, in due time, their 
words were received with 

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9 As they grew in wisdom 
and knowledge, they began to 
spread abroad the great good 
news of Jesus Christ — among 
the inhabitants of Albertville 
(at the community center and 
in the assembly at the Cen- 
tre) even unto the monthly 
retreats at the Chateau de 
Saint Albain. 

10 And it came to pass, that 
by God's faithfulness and 
your prayers, Kent and 
Becky Good passed their 
final exams in the latter part 
of the sixth month of the year 
and shall henceforth, the 
Lord willing, work with 
Brethren Foreign Missions in 
the province of Saone-et- 
Loire, in the city of Chalon. 

July '80 


George Johnson disciples 
North Brazilian pastors. 

by George Johnson 

Can a tract prayerfully handed to a young factory worker produce a soul-winning 
pastor? Can an invitation to study the Scriptures attract a handsome young man from 
playing the guitar at local dances to preaching the Word of God? 

Of course, many intermediate steps happened. But at our recent seminar for exten- 
sion seminary students in North Brazil, Pastor Aldo who still works in the factory delivered 
an excellent challenge to personal evangelism. As a graduate of the extension seminary 
course and pastor of a nearby church, he was invited to give a challenge to the 1 5 students 
now enrolled in extension seminary classes. Pastor Neco, another graduate and now a 
teacher in the program, was one of the instructors as was missionary Earle Hodgdon. 

We are frequently asked if we have a Bible institute or seminary here in Brazil. At 
present, we don't. We are one of the two groups in Brazil who runs an extension seminary 
program without a Bible institute for a base of operation. The Lord has blessed the pro- 
gram and we give Him the glory. 

How do you create an extension seminary? What are the ingredients of our pastors' 
training course? Our recipe is a good one. 

> July '80 


Serves: many, many, people Preheat country with missionaries 

Take several varying students . . . 

At present 15 students are enrolled. Among these are university students, a fisherman, a schoolteacher, 
some laborers, a businessman, and a taxi driver. All have one thing in common— a desire to study God's 
Word and be used in His service. 

. . . add to classes in any available room (the cooler the better). 

Although some stateside seminary students might consider the course requirements below those of Grace 
Seminary (and they are), the course contains some notes that would seem familiar. Classes meet weekly in 
a school, some churches, the back room of a grocery store, and, in one instance, in the water front home of 
a student who just happens to have the finest breeze in North Brazil. The only thing between his home and 
the Atlantic Ocean is about 75 miles of Amazon River. (That's one class I hope we never have to move— we 
need no air conditioning!) 

Stir vigorously with teachers, both missionaries and pastors . . . 

I have taught in the course since its beginning. Other missionaries have assisted through the years: Tim 
Farner, Barbara Hulse, Ralph Schwartz, and Earle Hodgdon. One of our graduates, a pastor, now studies as 
a teacher. Two years ago, one of our teachers fell sick with tuberculosis. Immediately, his student was able 
to step in, fill the gap, and take over this ministry. Pastor Neco now studies (with another pastor) in a class 
aimed at teaching. 

. . . and toss with a good curriculum. 

The curriculum is what you might expect in a pastors' training course: Theology I, II, III, and IV; Church 
History, Homiletics, Acts, Romans, Corthinians, and Old Testament Survey are just a few. Sixteen courses, 
a written lecture course, and 16 tape-courses are available. A typical class period involves 40 minutes of 
discussion over the taped lesson, one hour and 20 minutes of going over lecture notes, and perhaps a half 
hour discussing problems that have come up in the life and ministry of the students. The last half hour is 
beyond the regular class hour, but no one seems to notice. 

Make available to many men. 

Why extension? There are a number of answers to that question. The student is not lured into practice 
immediately in his home and home church. Men with families and professions are able to study. 

Be open to expand in the future. 

Will there someday be a seminary? Yes, we believe there will be one. That may bring some improvements. 
In some ways it may cause us to lose out on some things that have been precious. When the Lord leads and 
opens the door, we will move in that direction. 

Pour much prayer to completely cover . . . 

Would you like to help? Pray. 

Pray that the Lord will send us the right students and that we might train not only with words, but also by 
example. With your prayers and our labors together there will be many more pastors like Aldo, Manoal, 
Sergio, and Francisco to lead Brethren churches and minister to the needs of His people in North Brazil. 

Serve a successful extension seminary. 

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Dedahg 2 le 19 Decembre 1979 

A Monsieur le Patren de Bard en Amerique. 

Ani, c ©mitre" ti Apasteur-aneien- na sesse" ti Baibikoum na Gore, ani gt 
guel£ ti ala na, iri ti Seigneur na Sauveur ti ani Jesus-Christ ti sala 
ten£ na ala na Ihgai ti mbeti so. Ani vor© ala mingui ti ma ani. 

Ani sala mbeti so sengue pepej ani sambela mingui si ani sala mbeti 
st. Tonga na Nzapa adjia na be 1 ti aita ka, na legu£ ti iring© ti Naapa 
mveni, si ala ba mbeti ti ani s© ti dik© na pep© ti aita ka si, ambeni 
so Hzapa adjia iring© so na be ti ala, si ala m©u tele ti ala ti ga ti 
s-la na ani na sesse ti Tchad t©nga na: Adooteur, Amademeiselle, Amissi©. 
naire s© aye ti ga ti sala na ani tonga na Monsieur Richard Harell. Ah© 
keufe, ani ye mingui ti ©uara aj© so alingbi aid£ ani na legue ti fang© 
ye na Institut-Mblique Preparatoire so nal ye ti sala na sesse ti ani ru 
ng&u ti 1982. 

Tenga na mbeni Decteur am©u thle ti 1© ti ga na ti sala na p©p© ti 
ani, mbeni hepital, fade koussala t©nga s© alingbi ti m©u nguia mingui 
na b£ ti ani. Sengue pepe, fade" 1® sau ani na ti ti ak©bel4 nde nde, na 
nga, fade 1© sau ame ti ani. Na pop© ti ani na sesse ti Gore na Baibokoui 
H@pital amnque ani. 

Ani bala© ala ©k© ©k© keue na iri ti Seigneur na Sauveur ti ani 

Iri ti Acomite s© assala mbeti ni: 

1° Pasteur-ancien Dj^ksmptamian Michel ^~ 

2° " " Pjendole Simon ^ 

3° " n B<S©gang Alph©nse ^^ 

4° w " Djemdme Georges 

5° " " Ngaba Gas ten 

6° M n Yeteldjim David. 

-O O & G Cl 

Dodang 2 
December 19, 1979 

To Mr. Chairman of the Board 
of America 


We, the committee of the elders in the area of Baibokoum and Gore (Chad), we 
submit ourselves to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour to speak to you through 
this letter. We implore you to listen to us. 

We are not writing this letter without meaning. We have prayed much before we 
wrote this letter. If the Lord puts it in the hearts of you Brethren over there so that 
you see it good to read this letter before God's people— in order that those in whose 
hearts God puts the desire, according to His calling, to dedicate themselves to come 
and help us in the Tschad— fine. Those that we would like to have are doctors, single 
ladies, and missionaries who want to help us like Mr. Richard Harrell is doing. Most of 
all, we want to have people that can help us by teaching in the Bible institute we want 
to begin in the year 1982. 

If there is a doctor who will dedicate himself to come and open a hospital among 
us, this kind of dedicated work would bring much joy to us. It would not be a useless 
work— he would save us from many different kinds of sickness and also would be able 
to save the souls of some of us, too. In the area of Baibokoum and Gore, we do not 
have a hospital. 

We send our greetings to each and every one in the name of our Lord and Saviour, 
Jesus Christ. 

Here are the names of the committee that wrote this letter: 

Elder Djekomptamian Michel 
Elder Djendole Simon 
Elder Deogang Alphonse 
Elder Djememe Georges 
Elder Ngaba Gaston 
Elder Yotoldjim David 
(Translated by Mary Cripe, missionary to the C.A.R.) 

july '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 


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D Rev. William H. Schaffer was presented with a 
plaque honoring faithful service by church moderator 
Frank Brewster and the Grace Brethren Church, 
Camden, Ohio, on May 1 1 . The plaque read: 

Presented to 

in honor of being the oldest 

active pastor in the 


with 53 years of service 

as of July 6, 1980, and who is 


Presented by the 


Camden, Ohio 

May 11, 1980 

Mr. Schaffer began pastoring the Camden church 
in February and concluded 53 years of pastoral minis- 
try on July 6. 

□ James A. Barnes is pastoring the Grace Brethren 
Church of Altoona, Pa. (Juanita). He assumed the 
position last winter. 

□ The basketball team of the First Brethren Church 
of Johnstown, Pa., won second place in a basketball 
league made up of six area churches. One of the First 
Brethren Church players, Tony Bonnono, won the 
sportsmanship trophy for the league, which involved 
75 players. Ken Wadsworth was the coach for the 
Johnstown church. 

□ Special meetings were held in the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa., by Evangelist Mason 
Cooper, April 13-18. "These were days of rich 
blessings and the beginnings of even greater things," 
stated Charles Martin, pastor. 

□ Rev. Ed Jackson, along with his other responsibili- 
ties, is presently pastoring the newest Brethren 
church in Florida. This church, in Melbourne, was re- 
ceived into the Florida district at the last district con- 
ference at Fort Myers in April. The church is meeting 
at the home of Glenn Ernsberger, 705 Endicott Rd., 
Melbourne, Fla. 32935 (Tel. 305/259-6608). There 
are now 26 people attending this new church. 

meet lings 

Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for 
the Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Sidney Grace Brethren Church, Sidney, Ind., Aug. 
3-6. A. Rollin Sandy, pastor. 

Leesburg Brethren Church, Leesburg, Ind., Aug. 
10-13. Ralph S. Burns, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 24-28. 
Everett Caes, pastor. 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, South Bend, 
Ind., Aug. 31 -Sept. 3. Scott Weaver, pastor. 

July '80 

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DJohn 0. Teevan, the five-and-one-half-year-old son 
of Rev. and Mrs. John Teevan (Mr. Teevan is associate 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Ashland, 
Ohio), has had a hole in his heart since birth. However, 
a recent medical checkup has indicated that a 70 per- 
cent healing/ closing has taken place in his heart. This 
is a great cause for rejoicing! 

DThe telephone number for Mel Grimm (April 
Herald, p. 12) has been changed to: 707/542-5683. 

□ Timothy Dean (81b., 2Vi oz.) was born on May 5 
to Tad and Vivienne Hobert. Timothy's father, Tad 
Hobert, is the pastor of the North Riverdale Breth- 
ren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to the 
Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Ann Grahm and Clayton Wise, April 19, First Breth- 
ren Church, Rittman, Ohio. 

Amy Miller and Jerry Stolitza, May 1 7, Grace Breth- 
ren Church of West Kittanning, Pa. 


□ Gregory Howell, 1301 Rd. 15 S., Warsaw, Ind. 
46580. □ Richard Sellers, 909 Lyons St., Des 
Moines, Iowa 50316. 

Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

COBOUGH, Ralph, Feb. 5, member of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, 

HELSTERN, Harold, March 28, a deacon and mem- 
ber of the Englewood Grace Brethren Church, Engle- 
wood, Ohio. Gerald Polman, pastor. 
KARNS, Sara, May 1 3 , wife of Pastor Emeritus Lon 
Karns. Mrs. Karns had taught kindergarten for 53 
years. Englewood Grace Brethren Church, Engle- 
wood, Ohio. Gerald Polman, pastor. 
LYNN, Theresa, April 2, member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
MACK, Harriet, March 9, member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
OREN, Catherine, March 29, member of the Engle- 

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

REDINGER, Russell, April 21, member and deacon 
of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles 
Martin, pastor. 

□ Pastor and Mrs. Marion Thomas have publicly an- 
nounced their retirement. Pastor Thomas plans to con- 
tinue speaking in Grace Brethren churches beginning 
with churches he planted in Ohio. On Sunday morn- 
ing, Aug. 3, he will be preaching at the Fremont 
Grace Brethren Chapel; Tim Waggoner, pastor. On 
Sunday evening, Aug. 3, he will speak at the Bowling 
Green Grace Brethren Church; Ron Boehm, pastor. 
Other churches planted by Marion Thomas are the 
Findlay Grace Brethren Church, Findlay, Ohio, Tom 
Goossens, pastor; the Grace Brethren Church, Ander- 
son, S.C., Ray Feather, pastor; and the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Clearwater, Fla., Ray Gingrich, pastor. 

□ This past Easter was special for the Grace Brethren 
Church in Virginia Beach, Va. At 5:30 a.m., they met 
at the beach for a "Resurrection" service. Sixty mem- 
bers and friends gathered on the sand and boardwalk 
to celebrate Christ's Resurrection. The music and 
singing also attracted early morning risers from the 
nearby resort motels, who stopped and joined them to 
see what was happening. Dave and Cindy Edwards, 
who minister in area churches, sang a special number 
and led the group called "The Selahs" that minister in 
area churches, sang a special number and led the 
group in singing. One of the teens, Ronnie Brinson, 
read the Resurrection account from the Bible. Pastor 
Dean A. Hertzler had a message on "Astonishments at 
the Tomb" (Mark 16:1-8). This was followed by 
testimonies led by Mike Karangelen, one of the teens 
who is representing the Southeast District at national 
competition in the area of Teen Challenge Speaker, 
and who will be attending Grace College this fall. 


July '80 

Anchorage pastor, Larry Smithwick; Homer layman, Mr. Ted 
Veal; and Dr. Lester E. Pifer make a visit to the Homer, 
Alaska, property. 

Alaska , 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

Alaska, our land of the midnight sun, is a beckon- 
ing land of the North. A northernmost frontier, it is 
an intriguing land of opportunity. 

The National Geographic publications have posed 
many articles and two outstanding books on the 
grandeur of this beautiful territory. One of their 
writers says: "In Alaska, the last great American wil- 
derness, caribou still migrate across the lonely tundra; 
bald eagles soar above glittering glaciers; lumbering 
bears roam shadowy woodlands; and the mournful 

Beautiful Laud 

off Spiritual Opportunity 

by Pastor Larry Smithwick 

Come grow with us! . . . We're 
dreaming great dreams and go- 
ing somewhere good! These 
words introduced the objec- 
tives presented to the 
Anchorage Grace Brethren 
Church congregation on Dedi- 
cation Day, May 4. 

Objective (MOTIVE) Based 
upon the biblical imperatives 
of Acts 1:8 and Matthew 

Anchorage Grace Brethren Church 

28:19-20 we have set out to 
"Make a lasting impact on 
greater Anchorage for Jesus 
Christ by reaching and dis- 
cipling as many as possible 
before He comes." 


Based upon the solid biblical 
principle of 2 Corinthians 
5:10 and Romans 14:10-12 
we have set a Sunday morn- 

ing worship attendance goal 
of 2,000 in the decade 
ahead. In 2 decades we 
want to have established 20 
branch churches, commis- 
sioned 200 laborers to the 
harvest and be investing 50 
percent of our income 
directly to great commis- 
sion ministries. 

So that we could visualize 
meaningful progress toward 

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cry of the wolf pierces the silence of the northern 

"The forty-ninth state is still a rugged frontier 
where Eskimos challenge ice-choked seas in skin boats 
to find whales, where sour-doughs run sled dogs and 
hunt to put meat on the table, and where settlers find 
freedom and fulfillment in rough cabins. 

"But tremendous changes are affecting Alaska— jets 
streak into tiny villages on bleak, storm-battered 
shores, oil brings prosperity and problems, and native 
leaders— alert, Eskimo and Indian— with new power to 
shape the future of their peoples, who are poised be- 
tween the world of their ancesters and the world of 

This forty -ninth state offers beauty, freedom, ad- 
venture and challenge. I am continually spellbound as 

I try to absorb the spectacular horizons of snow- 
covered mountains and beautiful green valleys. The 
lovely glacier-fed streams team with the fisherman's 
delight. The wild life, seemingly undisturbed, can be 
seen almost anywhere. The expanse between cities, 
villages and communities offers endless freedom. The 
outdoorsman, his rugged life style, matches perfectly 
the challenge of this great land of adventure. 

Alaska, once called "Walrussia," described as 
worthless, a land of no animal life except for a few 
fish was purchased from Russia for two and one-half 
cent per acre. The agreement arranged by William 
Henry Seward for $7,200,000 and approved by our 
congress has become a "gold mine." In September 
1969, the state of Alaska sold off oil leases and made 
$900 million in a single morning. Fishing and lumber- 



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Ron Mapes sings to a congregation of 245 at the Anchorage dedication. 

this end our first year goal 
(1980) has been to: 1. Com- 
plete our first unit; 2. estab- 
lish our reputation as a 
Bible-teaching, vibrant, 
positive, soul-winning 
church; 3. reach a morning 
attendance of 250; and 4. 
go self-supporting. All of 
these goals are now well 
within reach with October, 
our third year anniversary, 

set for our self-support 

Logistics (METHODS) We're 
learning! We have found 
that a variety of methods 
are valid, but basic to all 
that we hope to accomplish 
is leadership. When you be- 
gin a church with two fami- 
lies and don't have a ready 
source of previously dis- 

cipled Christians to draw 
upon, one must focus on 
developing leadership. This 
remains the focus of our 

In the brief time God has al- 
lowed us to be in the great 
Alaskan harvest field we are 
learning anew each da-y to 
be faith-centered, not sight- 
centered. We are learning to 
be possibility-oriented, not 

July '80 

ing now rank second and third behind petroleum; 
tourism ranks fourth. Mr. Najeeb E. Halaby, presi- 
dent of Pan American Airways, says that each year 
more than three times the population of Alaska goes 
through Anchorage on flights between North America 
and Europe or Asia. At the present rate of increase, 
some 100 million travelers may be passing through 
Alaska by the end of the century. The Federal Avia- 
tion Administration has forecast Alaska will have at 
least 37 major jet airports by 1985. 

Along with Alaska's progress have come people, 
great increases in permanent residents. However, with 
people come problems. Population growth and an in- 
flated economy have produced serious human prob- 
lems-crime, split families, and alcoholism. In Alaska 
you can find people at the peak of prosperity or at 

the pits of poverty and degradation. You can climb a 
green jade staircase of one of Anchorage's grandest 
hotels and learn that it is only one of a series owned 
and operated by natives. Humanly speaking, it is one 
of the most challenging mission fields of this modern 

The Brethren Home Missions Council stepped out 
on faith and entered this field for three specific 
reasons. There was a deep spiritual need in the families 
that were already there, and the spiritual resources to 
meet these needs were few. Secondly, there was 
progress, prospective growth and great potential with 
the increase of population and development of this 
new state. Thirdly, God laid the burden of this new 
field upon our hearts and we saw the beckoning hand 
of God to go there with the gospel message. 

Kenai Grace Brethren Church 

problem-oriented. We are 
learning to identify needs 
and minister to them. We're 
learning. . . . We're learning 
at the feet of the greatest 
motivator ever to walk the 
face of the earth, the Master 
of Nazareth. 

On Sunday, May 4, our dedi- 
cation service with Dr. Pifer 
speaking was a tremendous 
blessing. It culminated a 

blessed year with Max and 
MaryEllen Fluke who stole 
our hearts and built a build- 
ing so very beautiful and 

To all of you who prayed and 
to the many who helped, 
thank you from the bottom 
of our hearts. To those of 
you who support Brethren 
Home Missions and for 
those who have the spiritual 

insight to place monies in 
the Brethren Investment 
Foundation, a special thank 
you. Without you, we 
would be meeting for at 
least two more years in the 
old schoolhouse on Huff- 
man Road. 

May the Lord continue to 
prosper your lives and ex- 
pand your vision until Jesus 


July '80 

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Our first mission point was at Kenai. This peninsula 
with its vast resources was the center of a great oil 
discovery. Its access to the sea, its fishing industry 
and its potential wealth brought many families to the 
area. We established our first mission beachhead with 
God's special blessing upon the pioneer work of the 
Herman Heins. When health problems forced a change 
of leadership, God had another dedicated family in 
Ed and Polly Jackson, to carry the mission through a 
building program and into a self-support status. It is a 
joy to see this mission -minded congregation continu- 
ing to grow and spawn other mission churches under 
the present leadership of Howard Snively. 

The Anchorage church was launched with the 
Kenai church sending an internee over to teach the 
Bible class. Now under the leadership of a full-time 

pastor, Rev. Larry Smithwick, the new building has 
been completed and the congregation is rapidly mov- 
ing toward self-support. It is thrilling to see the lives 
being changed, the spirit of fellowship and concern 
for lost souls in this body of believers. 

We already have the site for our third mission 
point at Homer. The rapidly growing area at Wasilla, 
a definite future capital potential site, is another great 
challenge. Palmer, Seward, and Fairbanks are on the 
planning board for the future as God may direct. 
Having just visited all these areas, I am challenged as 
was the Apostle Paul when he saw the beckoning 
hand to come to Macedonia. The Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches has in Alaska, "... a great door 
for effective work . . ." (see 1 Cor. 16:9) opened to 
us in this beautiful land of opportunity. 





^vl's Corner. 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 

An Optimistic Look 
at Inflation 


1970 1971 '1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 



(in 1970 dollars) Accordmg to Consumer Prtce lode* 

Inflation makes it tough for anyone trying to get 
ahead. It seems that the more you save, the less you 
end up with measured in terms of comparative pur- 
chasing power. No one seems to have an answer that 
will automatically solve the problems of inflation. 
The actions of the Federal Reserve allowing interest 
rates to remain at high levels may ultimately result 
in a lower rate of inflation— at the expense, however, 
of a recession and an increased rate of unemployment. 
It's a chronic economic trade-off. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council, along with 
the average consumer, is seemingly at the mercy of 
gigantic economic forces which take their toll on our 
plans for the future. Even though it may appear that 
we're making financial progress, we find out that our 
dollars are buying less. But we should not be discour- 
aged. By being in a position of weakness, economical- 
ly speaking, we can enjoy and marvel at how God can 
provide and give us financial strength! Our plans need 
not be aborted. Our fears need not take their toll. 
Our adversaries need not have the victory. We only 
need to claim the promise of God that "his strength is 
made perfect in our weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9), and 
plunge into the future with excited anticipation. 

We have over 33 developing points on our prayer 
list for future support— Bible classes in their formative 
stages and strategic cities on the U.S. map. It is only 
with the help of our Lord, working through His 
people, that we can hope to develop these new areas. 
Please share with us in our optimism, that even in the 
face of economic pessimism, we will see a great work 
done for God in the United States and Canada! 

july '80 

First Shovel 
Turned Toward 

by Pastor George R. Christie 

It has been the longstanding 
dream of a number of Brethren to 
have a Grace Brethren church in 
Goldendale, Washington. Golden- 
dale, a town of 4,000 people, is 
located in the beautiful Klickitat 
Valley in south-central Washington. 
It has long been the place to stop 
for refreshments when traveling 
between churches in the Portland, 
Oregon, area and the Grace Breth- 
ren churches of the Yakima Valley. 

The first time I can remember 
the dream being mentioned was in 
1963. I was the new pastor of the 
Grandview, Washington, church. We 
were conducting our missionary 
conference and Dr. Russell Barnard, 
who was at that time the director 
of our Foreign Missionary Society, 
was one of the speakers. After the 
meeting Dr. Barnard shared that he 
prayed whenever he made the trip 
from Portland, "Someday we might 
have a church in Goldendale." 
Little did we realize that God was 
even then laying a foundation to 
bring to pass the answer to that 

In the Home Missions church in 
Grandview were two ladies by the 
name of Williams, Fern and Barbara. 
In our Sunnyside church was a 
young woman, Patricia Waller. By 
1966 Barbara's husband, Don, came 
to know Christ as Saviour, and Miss 
Waller became Mrs. Roger Falter. 
By 1967 the church at Grandview 
was self-supporting, and spawned a 
new Grace Brethren church in Mab- 
ton, Washington. Fern Williams and 

her two children, Don and Barbara 
Williams, and their family were part 
of the 40 Brethren who started the 
church in Mabton. 

In God's timing the two Williams 
families, the Roger Falters and the 
Jack Williams family, from our 
church in Sunnyside, all moved to 
Goldendale where they fellow- 
shiped with another church. 

It was shortly after these 
families moved to Goldendale that 
the dream of having a Grace Breth- 
ren church here began to be dis- 
cussed by the Northwest District 
mission board. Apparently it was 
not God's timing as nothing de- 

In the spring of 1975 the phone 
rang on my desk in the Grace 
Brethren Church in Yakima, Wash- 
ington, where I was then pastoring. 
It was Barbara Williams. The Breth- 
ren families from Goldendale were 
interested in a Bible class in 
Goldendale. Arrangements were 
made and the Bible class began in 
the Don Williams' home. Over the 
course of the year which followed 

the group became convinced it was 
the Lord's will that they begin a 
Grace Brethren church in Golden- 

With the support of the North- 
west District mission board, and the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, 
the church was started in Septem- 
ber 1976. The organizational meet- 
ing was held in the Roger Falter 
home on September 12 with 14 in 

During the three years and seven 
months of our existence, God has 
given many blessings. Sixty people 
have professed to receive Christ as 
Saviour. Our attendances have 
grown steadily to where we have 
averaged in the forties for the past 
two months, and reached a high of 
58 in the morning worship service. 

In 1978 God blessed us in allow- 
ing us to purchase 8.69 acres of 
prime property just across the 
street from the high school, and on 
one of the main corners near the 
entrance to Goldendale. The asking 
price had been $10,000 per acre, 
but the Lord gave it to us for a 

• July '80 


of a Dream 


nou rccetind 
golden t n.(ir2.nd «—, 

total of $30,000. The current price 
for land in that area is now $15,000 
to $20,000 per acre. How we praise 
the Lord! 

Another area of blessing has 
been in our income. With the 
Lord's blessing we have seen it rise 
from $12,829 in 1977, to $23,322 
in 1979, and a projected faith goal 
of $32,000 in 1980. 

Sunday, April 27, the Lord gave 
us a beautiful day for our ground- 
breaking service. Sixty-two people 
gathered on the property to hear 
Rev. Herman Hein bring us a chal- 
lenging message on doing the Lord's 
work. He reminded us that we 
should not neglect the building of 

the church while engaged in the 
construction of the building. 

Five district churches were 
represented, and "greetings" were 
brought to us by various communi- 
ty and board representatives. 
Among those bringing special greet- 
ings was the mayor of Goldendale, 
Cyrus Forry, who expressed his de- 
sire to "see the day when Golden- 
dale would be the most evangelized 
city in the state of Washington." 
Mr. Homer Waller, a member of the 
Home Missions Council board of 
directors, brought greetings on be- 
half of the Council; and Rev. 
Charles Thornton, the chairman of 
the Northwest District mission 

board, brought greetings on behalf 
of district missions. 

The ground breaking marked the 
beginning of construction on a first 
unit of 3,500 square feet. The 
building will consist of a fellowship 
hall/auditorium and Sunday school 

It was my privilege to turn the 
first shovel of dirt toward the ful- 
fillment of the dream of having a 
church facility in Goldendale. Don 
Williams, Roger Falter, and Lou 
Bonjorni represented our trustee 
board and congregation in the act 
of ground breaking. 

The continuation of that dream 
is projected in the five-year goals 
recently adopted by the church. 
They call for the completion of the 
first unit in November of 1980, 
going self-supporting on September 
1, 1981, reaching an average morn- 
ing worship attendance of 105 in 
1984, and proceeding in that same 
year with the construction of our 
second unit which will consist of a 
large auditorium and more Sunday 
school space. 

Our motto for the construction 
period is taken from Nehemiah 
2:20. It is, "We His Servants Will 
Arise and Build . . . The God of 
Heaven, He Will Prosper Us." 

july '80 


/Grace Brethren" 


"But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57 
R. 3, Dryhill, Kentucky 41749 19 miles north of Hyden on Route 257) Telephone: 606»672»2520 

Samuel Baer, Pastor 


Dear Victory Mountain Prayer Warrior: 

Thank you again and again for YOUR PRAYERS! Your prayers are making the difference! 
Here are some of the good things God is doing ... BECAUSE YOU PRAYED!!! 

Last December our small congregation took their first steps toward a self-supporting status. Instead 
of paying me the usual $50 per week, they raised it to $65.69. In January it more than doubled with 
$107.49 per week. 

1 wrote Home Missions and asked them to set up a pay scale for us- our church assuming 10 percent 
more of my salary each month and Home Missions giving 1 percent less each month. From January 
to May this church accomplished something it never did before, THE CONGREGATION PAID 
writing. May 1 2, the church is paying its pastor $652.52 per month and Home Missions is paying 

The best news of all is, we closed the month of April with a whopping $12 in the bank! DON'T 


Another Victory Mountain goal is 10 men by September 30, 1980! Junior Woods, the man God sent 
us in December, is now teaching our adult class. He is definitely my "right-hand" man and he has 
been a tremendous encouragement to me. Mike Lewis, the man God sent us in January, came 
forward with his wife for church membership on Easter Sunday! We praise God for these two men, 


Last July our people set the goal of seeing 52 people saved and 26 of those baptized, by July 1980. 
To date, we have seen 35 people pray to receive Christ and 12 baptized. PRAY for 17 more souls and 
that 13 more believers will obey the Lord and be baptized! 


Ever since we came to Dryhill, we tried averaging 60 for the month. March happened to be our one- 
year anniversary month. Our goal? To average 60 or better. At the end of the month, the average 
was 66. In April, it was 65. Praise the Lord! KEEP PRAYING! 

God is doing some great things at Victory Mountain. Our faith is growing! As we trust Him for little 
things, we move toward bigger goals. He is stretching us demonstrating that HE IS BIG ENOUGH TO 

Thank you for your prayers. DON'T STOP PRAYING NOW! 

Trusting Him for the IMPOSSIBLE! 

"Where we tell you how to get to Heaven for Certain at the mouth of Hell for Certain Creek." 

A word from 

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TBrethiSn Investment foundation 

Building • Winona Lake, IN 46590 

to you for making 1 979 another record 
year at the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. The total income this year was 
$1,157,000, the largest in the history 
of this ministry. 

Much of this income was from sales of printed 
materials. About 4 percent of the income was gifts 
from individuals and churches throughout the country. 

We want to thank you for those gifts as well as the purchases. We 
are looking forward to another outstanding year in 1980. In fact, it 
looks like the total income will be about $1,250,000. You can be of help to 
us through your gifts. 

June and July are offering months for this very special work, so place your gift 
in the offering of your local church. We are growing, but we will be able to grow 
faster with your help. 


1 . Homerville, Ohio (Robert Holmes, pastor) $4,423.33 

2. Winona Lake, Indiana (Charles Ashman, pastor) $4,369.35 

3. Myerstown, Pennsylvania (Luke Kauffman, pastor) $1,373.00 

4. Rittman, Ohio (Robert Russell, pastor) $1 ,205.20 

5. Lititz, Pennsylvania (Jerry Young, pastor) $1,066.50 

6. Uniontown, Pennsylvania (True Hunt, pastor) $1,062.93 

7. Fremont, Ohio (Lee Friesen, pastor) $1,01 1.50 

8. Johnstown (First), Pennsylvania (Charles Martin, pastor) . . $ 940.00 

9. Warsaw, Indiana (David Plaster, pastor) $ 906.36 

10. Beaumont, California (Daryl Baker, pastor) $ 900.13 


Thanks to everyone for your contributions and 

especially are we thankful for your prayers p-IPIfl [1 ||\/ £W(-* 

as the ministry of the printed page con- Cl1 *^~* lJUI J Cl1 ^ 

tinues to enlarge. 

, Herald Offering 

V Jm^^ Months 

Charles W. Turner, Executive Editor I V I Ul III IO 

hoping to help in Christian 

ed, youth, and church growth 

We've moved. 

And we're still moving. 

We want to help. 

Judy Ashman, Director of SMM 

Kevin Huggins, Seminars and Youth Programs 

Ed Lewis, Youth Ministries 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 


Congregation 2 

Cell 3 

1. Worship in group praise and sermonizing 
and singing, with any size crowd. 

2. Fellowship and mutual ministry in a group 
where you know each other and would be 
missed if absent, and others would be aware 
of your needs. 

3. A small group— usually 4-12— where you feel 
accountable, are admonished and able to 
help others with specifics. 

One of our great hopes is that every GBC person— that's you and me, 
will be involved in celebration— the main worship body and usually Sun- 
day morning time. That pep rally kind of honor to the Lord is so im- 
portant to the local body. And the diet from the pastor and Scripture is 
so balanced and good. 

But there's also the need for congregation— where 20-45 people re- 
late to each other and help when there's sickness or need or disappoint- 
ment. Congregations study together and minister together and miss 
each other and encourage each other. Within a church, these groups- 
adult Bible studies and choir and smaller groups and youth workers— are 
a great help to each other. 

The cell ministry is always 4-12 people who you relate to in a very 
personal way and who admonish and encourage and study the Word to- 
gether. Your cell group might be your family or several families that 
study and pray together. Or a Bible study that makes a commitment to 
each other. 

All three go together to make a healthy church life as you get 
equipped to reach out in witness and evangelism. 

At CE we have a passion that more will take advantage of all three, 
and we hope to help. 

Thank you for your continued support for our ministries. So many got behind our move to the new head- 
quarters, and that's been a very motivating experience for us as we realize just how many friends we have out 
there. And you have continued to be a part of our regular support ministries which are expanding and meeting 
needs in a good way. We are appreciative of your gifts, your prayers, and your responses to what we're trying to 
do to help. 

From all of us, our board, the churches that are a part of our ministries, thank you very much. 

For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have 
been refreshed through you, brother [and sister] (Philemon 7NASBJ. 

C^Pfuxfcg cj-cua«v> 

About your CE staff: Judy Ashman, director of SMM, recently returned from many workshops and visits to seven churches in sunny 
California, with appreciation for the hospitality and reception there. . . . Carmen Garling Franchino, new secretary and Lanier operator, 
was married to Seminarian Scott Franchino June 7. . . . Kevin Huggins, an assistant director in our ministries, also chaplains at nearby 
Grace College where he is making many friends. . . . Secretary Crystal Roseborough accompanied husband, Timothy Team Director 
Brian and helped guide our Rocky Mountain Timothy Team, visiting and serving in some of the churches that don't get as many FGBC 
organization visitors as others. . . .Ann Schaefer, our shipping and materials secretary, was married on June 21 to a college student. 
Ken Hynes, of Washington, D.C. 

Walk Thru the 
New Testament 

Monday, July 28, is the GBC Christian Educa- 
tion part of the national conferences of our 

Eight hours being guided through the beloved 
books of our Lord to us. You will see relation- 
ships, clarify the circumstances behind the writ- 
ings, and identify the main messages of each of the 
27 books. 


Take one of the very practical and provocative 
workshops offered to stimulate church growth and 


Premarital Counseling 

Planning for CE in the 1980s 
The Membership Process 

Setting and Reaching Goals 
Assimilating New Members/ 

Anointing, Baptism, Baby 

Trends in Christian Education 
The Church Board of Elders 

Inspiring Teaching 

Youth in the Church 

The Successful Multiple Staff 

Youth: the Challenge 

Finances and the Local Church 

Successes in Christian Schools 



Knute Larson 

and David Goodman 

Glenn Heck 

Roy Halberg 

and Bernie Simmons 

David Hocking 

Edwin Cashman 
David Plaster 
and Jerry Young 
Kenneth Gangel 
Knute Larson 
and Charles Ashman 
Rodney Toews 
Dawson McAllister 
Knute Larson, et al 
Pat Hurley 
John Teevan 
Paul Kienel 
Gene Soderberg 

Two Special Rallies 

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7:00, with 
GBC Christian Education awards, inspiration and 
news about Christian Education, and special 
speaker Dawson McAllister. 

Dear Jesus, 

You Ruined the Curve 

Remember that horrible test 
when you got a 38! Relief started 
to come when you found John 
had scored 41 and Debbie a 
round 35. "It was an unfair, 
lousy test," you concluded in 
trilogy. "It was the teacher's 
fault. Now he'll have to grade on 
the curve." 

Then Jane Beth walked by. 
"What did you get on the exam, 
Jane Beth?" 

"I got 98." 

Yaaaaaaaaaaaa . . . 

And no one congratulated the 
girl. They would prefer to kill 
her! She ruined the curve! 

(Probably because she 

And so did Jesus. 

People then had settled into a 
relaxed religious ritual: "I know 
I shouldn't live this way, but at 
least I'm better than Jethro over 
there." "All of us are in the 
same boat." "You sin a lot. Wel- 
come to the club." 

And then came Jesus, de- 

stroying the curve by getting 


And then some! 

So instead of admiring and 
congratulating Him as first steps 
toward trust and reception, they 
killed Him! 

But they are still accountable 
to be like Him or bear the judg- 
ment-sentence of His equally 
holy Father. 

Our theme for the July 27 to 
August 1 Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches' national con- 
ference tells how God grades: 
"To whom much is given . . . 

"Much is required." 

No grading on the curve or by 

That is not His way. 

The good news is that as we 
by faith live in Christ, His 100 is 
multiplied and placed in the 
grade books as our grade. As we 
obey Him, and grow in Him, we 
have the right answers! 

Thank you, Jesus. 

The Middle of the 
Birthday Party 

Good times go fast. Now here we are in the middle 
of the two hundredth birthday year for the Sunday 

How's the celebration going at your church?! Are 
you helping the party be well attended, warm in spirit, 
and productive? 

Light the candles for a very special part of the 
church: the Sunday school for growth in Christ and 
His Word. 

A school with no limit to enrollment because of 
the Saviour's commission to reach out and make 
disciples or students. 

Happy birthday to us! 


to Pray 

May we call you to 119:80-81 
in the Psalms (NASB): 

• May my heart be blameless in Thy 
statutes, that I may not be 

/My soul languishes for Thy salva- 
tion; I wait for Thy word. 

And may we ask each other to 
take one spot a day to pray for four 
special requests, and/or to fast with 
prayer one meal a week to pray for: 

1. Yourself— for obedience 

2. Your Family— for maturity 
and ministry 

3. Your Church— for a Great 
Commission vision 

4. Your Fellowship— for re- 
vival and growth 

God will honor our unity and 
goal to His glory as we head toward 
conference and a special '80-81 for 
church growth. 

I Walked with 
" Doctor J" 

I can't keep my basketball con- 
nections secret any longer. Julius 
Erving and I are friends. 


I Stuffed 
Nate Thurmond 

He's the big 6'11" center who 
last played for the Cleveland Cava- 
liers, and was known for strength 
and hustle. 

Dr. J, Mr. Erving, of the Phila- 
delphia 76ers, just happens to be 
probably the best forward in basket- 

And that, sports fans, ends my 

Except for the explanation: 

My association with The Doctor 
was, in fact, brief. He, and the rest 
of the Virginia Squires he then 
played for, and I walked through 
the Washington, D.C., airport to- 
gether. (I got a feeling of what little 
children feel when they walk 
through the timber of adult legs!) 

And as for the stuff (blocked 
shot, for lay people) of Nate, the 
story is true, but needs perspective. 

He was then on the Bowling 
Green Freshmen Basketball Team. 
And I tried for Grace. 

They were smearing us, and 
Thurmond got a long pass for an 
easy shot and I raced from behind 
him and laid on his hands to stop 
him short of two points. (I think he 

made both foul shots, and I know it 
was my fifth foul.) 

So my stories look better in 
headlines, without the fine print. 

A reminder that often our claims 
about Christ and His Word can be 
just as much out of proportion. 

I Walk with 

I Stop 

Sin's Temptation 

But the test is more constant. I 
must be daily in God's will to walk 
with His Son, and serving Him regu- 
larly to claim growth. 

Talk demands no maturity. 

Claims come easily. 

But it is something else to grow, 
serve, work, share, and be the kind 
of Christian that is a positive asset 
to the church, witnessing to a per- 
sonal relationship with Christ by 
consistent, responsible ministry. 

Pitching in. 

Helping out. 

Doing the ministry of evangelism 
and education as if people's lives 
depended on them. 

That is more than talk. 

Your local church, with all the 
help we can muster, offers a Chris- 
tian ed, youth and children, and 
church growth ministry that can be 
all the better with your vigorous 

As a friend of the Lord Jesus, 
please stuff selfishness away and 


Some of Our Best Friends are — 

Christian School People 

School and Sponsoring Church Grades 

Grace Christian School 

GBC, Phoenix, Ariz PreK-9 

Brethren Elem. & Junior High 

Cherry Valley Brethren Ch. 

Beaumont, Calif K-1 1 

Brethren Elem. & Junior High 

Community GBC, Whittier, 

Calif K-8 

Grace Christian Schools: 

Brethren Elem. & High School 

GBC, Long Beach, Calif. PreK-12 
Los Altos Brethren Preschool 

Los Altos GBC, Long Beach, 

Calif PreK-K 

Norwalk Brethren Elem. School 

Norwalk Brethren, Norwalk, 

Calif K-6 

Big Valley Community School 

Big Valley Grace Community 

Modesto, Calif PreK-4 

Rialto, Calif. 

Grace Community Church 

Rialto, Calif PreK 

Grace Christian School 

GBC, San Bernardino, Calif. PreK-6 
Grace Brethren School 

GBC, Simi Valley, Calif. . . PreK-1 
Tracy Community Christian School 

GBC, Tracy, Calif 1-9 

Grace Brethren Christian Academy 

Yucca Valley GBC, Calif. . 2-9 
Grace Brethren Kindergarten 

GBC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. PreK-K 
Grace Brethren Kindergarten 
GBC, North Lauder- 
dale, Fla PreK-K 

Grace Christian Schools 

GBC, Okeechobee, Fla. . . K-3 



Grace Christian School 

GBC, St. Petersburg, Fla. 






Brethren Christian School 

GBC, Osceola, Ind 






Warsaw Christian School 

Community GBC, Warsaw, 





Lanham Christian School 

GBC, Lanham, Md 


Grace Brethren Christian Schools 
Temple Hills, Md 






Taos Christian Academy 

FBC.Taos, N.Mex. . . . 

K-1 2 





Brethren Navajo Mission & 
Boarding School 

Counselor, N.Mex. . . 






Worthington Christian Schools 
GBC, Worthington, Ohio 




Ashland Christian School 

GBC, Ashland, Ohio . . . 






Woodville Grace Brethren Preschool 
Woodville GBC, Mansfield, 

Ohio PreK 





Grace Christian School 

GBC, Lexington, Ohio . 






Grace Christian School 

GBC, Myerstown, Pa. . . 






Laurel Highland Christian Academy 

GBC, Somerset, Pa K-10 





Lititz Christian School 

GBC, Lititz, Pa 






Grace Kindergarten 

GBC, Anderson, S. Car. . 






Pike Christian School 

Pike GBC, Johnstown, Pa. 






Riverside Christian Academy 

Riverside GBC, Johnstown 





Grace Christian School 

GBC, Irasburg, Vt 








Simi Valley, Calif. 

John G tH Is 


Waterloo, Iowa 

John Burke 


Modesto (Big Valley), Calif. 

David Seifert 


Mansfield (Grace), 


Sonny Thayer 


Norton, Ohio 

Robert Combs 


Canton, Ohio 

Terry Taylor 


Waimalu, Hawaii 

James Kennedy 


LaVerne, Calif. 

David Belcher 


Glendora, Calif. 

Kenneth Churchi 


West Covina, Calif 

Dan Viveros 


Toledo, Ohio 

Jeff Carroll 

July '80 

.ujmc ujmc ijumc_ 

Women Manifesting 


Mssionary (Birthdays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1980 Brethren Annual.; 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


Mrs. Eileen Miller September 18 

Jay Farner September 19, 1974 I 


Mr. John Ochocki September 23 ) 

Centre Missionnaire, 50 rue des Galibouds, 73200 - 
Albertville, FRANCE 


Mrs. Alys Haag September 1 1 


Caryn Schrock September 22, 1977 I 


Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 I 

Mrs. Betty Hocking September 1 1 

c/o Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Offering Opportunity 

WMC Operation and Publication Offering 

Goal: $7,500 

Due: September 10, 1980 

wmc olliciartj 

President-2 1 9/267-7603 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary-5 1 3/335-5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

L iteratu re Secretary-2 1 9/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 



WMC \dea File 

1 >r ^^ &A 

- Have you received your copy of the new WMC 
constitution? Two copies were mailed to each council. 
If you have not received your copy as yet, please 
notify us at Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. It 
is not necessary for each member of your council to 
obtain this booklet. The local constitution printed in 
this material is only a suggested form and must be in- 
dividualized to make it valid for your group. Check 
your own form and the one illustrated to see if some 
revision needs to be made in your own constitution. 

- Credential forms for each local council were sent 
to you with your statistical form. Remember that 
these credential forms can be mailed this year ahead of 
conference to WMC, Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. This will save some time for the credential 
committee. Please note the quotation from the WMC 
constitution at the top of the credential form. Send 
ahead in plenty of time or bring the form with you to 
avoid confusion in seating of delegates. 

- Have you seen the new official WMC stationery? 
Available for officers' use, it utilizes the new logo and 
was designed by Miss Jane Fretz of BMH. This is an- 
other way your Operation and Publication funds have 
been spent this year. 

- WE APPRECIATE YOU! We as national WMC 
executive committee and national WMC board mem- 
bers want you to know it. Visit the WMC displays at 
national conference and sign up for a free gift. Names 
will be chosen each day and posted at the display. This 
is a small tangible way of showing our love for you as 
faithful WMC ladies. Sorry that everyone can't receive 
a gift, but perhaps YOUR name will be chosen. Our 
thanks seem small, but we know the Lord keeps ac- 
curate records and your rewards will be eternal. 

- Pray for your district representative to national 
WMC board meetings to be held at the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Friday, July 25. She will 
represent you in many important decisions. Support 
her in every way. 

- Have a qualified instructor lead your group in 
CPR instruction. Basic life-saving techniques are good 
to know as well as soul-saving techniques. Practice 

The following letter was first shared with WMC 
ladies by Ima Jean Burk and retold by Jane Peters re- 
cently when son Phil reached the age of 18 and 
changed status according to FMS procedure. 

You parents with college-age kids, how often do 
you talk to the kids by phone? A missionary can't. 

Did you help that son or daughter find employ- 
ment, at least by advice? A missionary can't. 

And when the youngster had a personal or finan- 
cial crisis, could you help? A missionary can't since 
mail service often takes six weeks each way. 

Does that youngster get home for holidays or re- 
ceive loving care packages? A missionary kid doesn't 
receive packages or spend time "at home" unless lov- 
ing relatives or churches care. 

WMC ladies can have a big impact on the lives of 
MKs and you are important to them and to us. Love 
them , pray for them , even if they are 18. 

"If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord 
will not hear" (Ps. 66: 1 8 NASB). 

The preceding verse came to mind one day 
when the children had been outside playing 
and had not made an appearance into the 
house for several hours. I was sure they must 
be having a super good time. Minutes later I 
heard voices. Walking over to the door, I was 
greeted by two children whom I could hardly 
identify as belonging to my household. It was 
apparent they had been playing in the mud. 
What a sight! In that condition they were 
about to step foot onto my clean kitchen 
floor. Blocking the door, I told them they 
would have to first go down to the pond and 
wash off the mud. Reluctantly, they turned 
away, slowly making their way to the pond 
for a cleansing. 

Closing the kitchen door, I thought how 
like that Christians are. We want to enter 
God's holy presence, but we regard inquity in 
our hearts. We cannot get in. We need a 
cleansing. First John 1:9 says, "If we confess 
our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us 
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous- 
ness." Only then will we be able to enter His 
"kitchen door" and talk with Him. 

—Ruth Farmer, Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

'July '80 



f- / r 

THE JOURNEY by Myrna Grant. Tyndale House. $2.50 

Rose Warmer, a Jewess of eager intellect, searches all paths in an ever-widen- 
ing journey through life that leads past intellectualism, through spiritism, 
towards her realization of the Messiah as her Lord. From her grand discovery 
and subsequent discipleship of other Jews, she is swept up as rubble into concen- 
tration camps during World War II, claimed by neither group. To the Germans, 
she is a Jew, but to her own people she is an outcast who has chosen the religion 
of the despised Germans, she is a Christian. The story of her survival through 
many battles before, during, and after the war is captivating. 

GOD! WHO ELSE? by Claire and Ruth Greiner. TriMark Publishing Co. $3.00 

In time of love, in time of loss, in time of sorrow, in time of worship, in time 
of supply, in time of disappointment, there is one who is a source of strength 
and promise. Who can give us the desires of our hearts? God! Who else? This vol- 
ume supplies vignettes of the Greiners' lives and how they have found that God 
is their source of being. 

Books. $4.95 

Mrs. Ortlund, busy wife, mother, musician, and author, is concerned with the 
beauty of the whole woman. "Remember," she says, "for all your adult life 
you'll be a woman. And how you live your life as a woman, all by yourself be- 
fore God is what makes the real you. Nothing on the exterior can touch or 
change that precious inner sanctuary— your heart, His dwelling place— unless you 
let it. Put first things first (eliminate and concentrate— the rule), and then live." 
Young women and old, homemakers and career women can all profit from this 
advice on how to live beautifully through disciplining your looks, your goals, 
your daily schedule, your relationships, and your life. 






Mrs. Walter Haag 

Mrs. Norm Johnson 



The Missionary Birthday offer- 
ing of national WMC goes towards 
the support of five missionaries 
serving under the auspices of the 
Foreign Missionary Society. By giv- 
ing this support money, the FMS is 
then able to free the money that 
would have been given to the sup- 
port of these five women to other 
projects that could not be provided 
in another manner. One might ask, 
why are women chosen? The 
answer would be that in this way 
ladies from our foreign missionary 
service can be honored during this 
time for their years of service to the 
Lord. Also, it is anticipated that 
each WMC across the country will 
get to know these five ladies better 
through the year and be able to 
pray for them more intelligently, 
knowing their needs and modes of 

This past year of 1979-80 it has 
been our privilege to pray, honor, 
and give towards the support of the 
following ladies: Miss Mary Ann 

Mis. Bruce Paden 

Mrs. Roy Snyder 

Miss Mary Ann Habegger 

Habegger, C.A.R.; Mrs. Walter 
(Alys) Haag, Mexico; Mrs. Norm 
(Cleo) Johnson, South Brazil; Mrs. 
Bruce (Anita) Paden, C.A.R.; and 
Mrs. Roy (Ruth) Snyder, C.A.R. 

The missionaries that have been 
represented this year have come 
from varied backgrounds to partici- 
pate in the Great Commission. It is 
interesting to see how the Lord led 
each of them in a different manner 
to serve Him. Of the five, only one 
had any background in the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship before her mis- 
sionary call. Mary Ann Habegger 
spent her early formative years in 
Berne, Indiana. She was not affili- 
ated with the Brethren Church until 
her life's vocation had already been 
chosen, although her family was 
definitely one that provided a 
Christian background. Alys Haag 
was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, 
but did not meet her husband until 
she was serving the Lord with an- 
other mission in the land of Puerto 
Rico. Ruth Snyder was born in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; met and 
married her husband while attend- 
ing Grace Seminary. The Lord's 
leading can definitely be seen in 
each of these lives and their calls to 
the service of the Lord under our 
Foreign Missionary Society are 
unique. But God does not have 


limitations of national borders 
when it comes to calling His chil- 
dren into His service and the Lord 
has used our other two birthday 
missionaries to illustrate this fact to 
us this year. Born in Brazil to a 
Brazilian pastor, Cleo Johnson 
heard God's call to service and met 
an American young man; they are 
currently serving in her homeland. 
A Swedish young lady, with a back- 
ground of being an MK in Central 
Africa, met a young man in lan- 
guage school and today Anita 
Paden is serving with her husband, 
Bruce, in the Central African Re- 

God's call is for all to serve Him 
whether it be in our homeland or 
on foreign soil. These ladies are just 
illustrations to us of how we can be 
used: missionary housewives, 
nurses, teachers, storytellers— ser- 
vants of the most high God. Let us 
not forget to pray for them even as 
this WMC year closes. We've made 
five new friends. 

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Editor's Note: The North Central Ohio District of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches has adopted a 
"Sanctity of Life " statement which it has recommended to national conference. Part of that recommendation 
is to add to the statement of faith, article 5 "Man, " the words: "Life begins at conception and is worthy of the 
utmost respect" (Ps. 139:13-16, Exod. 21:22-25). 

The Sanctity of Life 

by John Teevan, Associate Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

American Christians routinely accuse the Christian 
Church in Nazi Germany for failing to stand up 
against Hitler. In 1940 abortion and experimentation 
with the unborn were legal in Germany and illegal in 

Today the situation is exactly reversed. Millions of 
girls are risking their lives, their ability to have chil- 
dren, and their consciences to have what ads in yel- 
low pages across America call "safe, gentle abortions." 

As America replaces God with Uncle Sam, prayer 
with lobbying in Washington, and providence with 
cash payments, Christians themselves are starting to 
believe that if it's legal it must be acceptable. Chris- 
tian men can easily fall into the trap of having their 
daughter or wife have an invisible baby aborted 
secretly. It's legal. There is no singing of hymns, no 
pleas for mercy. It keeps the family name reputable, 
spares a lot of grief, and no one at church sees. Ex- 
cept God! 

But abortion is not the only sanctity of life issue, 
and the unborn are not the only ones declared non- 
persons. Jews in many cultures, black slaves, and In- 
dians in America were declared nonhuman for 
economic and political reasons. 

The same logic— based on wantedness, usefulness, 
and meaningful life— that permits abortion, also justi- 
fies the logic of Francis Crick, a Nobel Laureate who 
was quoted in the Pacific News Service as saying: "No 
newborn infant should be declared human until it has 
passed certain tests regarding its genetic endowment 
and that, if it fails these tests, it forfeits the right to 
live." His opinion is not unique. 

Infanticide happens now, and the same logic can 
also be applied to the handicapped, the elderly, and 
eventually any group deemed unwanted or useless by 
whoever happens to be in control. 

How does the Scripture establish Sanctity of Life? 

First, "Sanctity of Life" is established by creation. 
Genesis 2:7 reveals man became a living soul when 

God breathed life into Adam. Genesis 1 :27 states 
that man, unlike plants and animals, is created in the 
image of God. "Sanctity of Life" is ratified by social 
protection. In Genesis 4:11 and following, God 
cursed and banished Cain for murdering Abel. Exodus 
20:13 states that "Thou shalt not kill" or more com- 
pletely "You shall not murder people." In the 
Genesis 9:6 passage, murder carries the death penalty 
because man is created in the image of God. "Sancti- 
ty of Life" is confirmed by redemption. John 3:16 
states Jesus died for man, giving us the dignity of 
being worth the blood of the eternal Son of God. 
Philippians 2 established His becoming one of us as 
does John 1. Romans 3—5 establishes His payment 
for our sins. 

Doesn't the Bible teach that life begins at first 
breath? Genesis 2:7 says that God breathed into the 
dust-formed man, and he became a living soul. There 
is no indication that this is normative. Adam was the 
only human formed of dust. Besides, God does the 
breathing here, while at birth the child does his own 

Other passages indicate that God recognizes 
human life before birth. We read in Jeremiah 1:4-5: 
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . ." 
(NASB). In Luke 1:41-44 it is stated that John the 
Baptist "leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled 
with the Holy Spirit" (NASB). Galatians 1:15 says 
that Paul was set apart from his mother's womb. Luke 
1:35— Jesus alive at conception, and in Luke 2:21 — 
only recognized as Jesus at birth. The same Greek and 
Hebrew words are used for born and pre-born chil- 

Does the Bible say life begins at conception? Not in 

nice proof-text fashion. We know there is human life 
in the womb. That life is referred to as a child's "un- 
formed substance." That is a noun used only once, 
golem. The verb form of golem is found in 2 Kings 
2:8 where it refers to Elijah folding his coat. The 
word carries the idea of folding. The human embryo 

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is round and flat until it starts to "fold" and take the 
fetal position. That folding takes place about a week 
after conception. 

David refers to his reception of a sin nature at 
conception (Ps. 51:5) indicating his humanness at 

The Hebrew word for pregnant is harah which, 
while translated conceived, means more specifically 
"to become pregnant." Women become pregnant at 

The New Testament word sullambano means to re- 
ceive and is the word used to translate harah in the 
Septuagint. "To take together" is a more precise 
translation and refers here to the egg taking the sperm 
and together forming a child. The very words used in- 
dicate that life begins at conception. 

Is abortion punishable in the Bible? Yes. In Exodus 
21 (NASB), various rules concerning violence are 
given to clarify that one should not kill. Verse 22 
refers to two men struggling with each other, striking 
a woman "so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is 
no further injury" there shall be a fine. But verse 23 
says if there is further injury (to the child born 
prematurely), the penalty is life for life. The picture 
is that of a fight resulting in a premature childbirth. 
The prematurity requires a fine, the death of that 
premature child requires the death penalty. Some 
reputable scholars regard this as a miscarriage (dead 
baby) requiring the penalty and the further injury 
referring to the mother. Even accepting this view 
there is a penalty associated with the induced miscar- 

Is abortion the only "Sanctity of Life" issue? No. Al- 
lowing newborn (full-term and premature) babies to 
die of neglect is infanticide. Choosing specific groups 
such as ill, elderly , racially economically or physically 
handicapped, to die by someone's choice is euthansia. 
Both are violations of the sanctity of life principle. 

Is it advisable to make a strong statement on social 
issues? Not generally. Public outcry against homo- 
sexuality and pornography, for example, are current 
problems covered in a general way in our statement 
of faith. 

"Sanctity of Life" is basic to our Christian under- 
standing. In fact it is so basic that it has been assumed 
rather than stated. Similarly Christians have been ac- 
cused of making an issue of inspiration while the 
Early Church Fathers and reformers were "vague" on 
it. That argument is nonsense. Inspiration appears 
vague in the days of the fathers and reformers be- 
cause it was assumed. 

The world has again made it necessary for us to 

take one more tenant of the faith out of the realm of 
the assumed. To avoid being accused of being 
"vague" we must state clearly: "Human life begins at 
conception and is worthy of utmost respect" (see Ps. 
139:13-16, Exod. 21:22-25). 

What is "utmost respect"? It means prolonging and 
maximizing life. It does not mean prolonging or 
maximizing death. For example, removal of ectopic 
or tubal pregnancies results in one death but prevents 
the death of both and shows utmost respect for life. 
Similarly separation of Siamese twins, one with a 
four-chamber heart, one without, resulting in the 
death of the one with an insufficient heart often 
keeps both from dying. Some day possibly these 
deaths will be avoidable. 


If a local church believes in the "Sanctity of Life," 
what should it do? As a minimum, adopt a clear state- 
ment on the "Sanctity of Life," teach the people the 
sanctity of life, and provide a home, job, love, and 
adoption alternative for pregnant women in the 
church and community who are married or unmar- 

As a maximum, lead your community in providing 
an alternative. Run an ad in the phone book. Be in- 
volved in a community group to inform the com- 
munity about abortion and alternatives. Help the 
community identify the politicians' views, use of 
public funds, public legislation, and hospital/clinic 
abuses of the sanctity of life. Consider church disci- 
pline for member parents who deliberately promote/ 
arrange/cover an abortion for their daughter. 



Brown, Harold OJ. Death Before Birth. Nelson, 
N.Y., 1977. 168 pp. History, Bible and the future. 

Schaeffer/Koop. Whatever Happened to the 
Human Race? Revell, 1979. 256 pp. A medical, 
philosophical and biblical approach. Film series 

Shoemaker, Donald. Abortion, the Bible and the 
Christian. Hayes Publishing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, 
1976. 62 pp. Don is a magna cum laude Grace Semi- 
nary graduate. 

Information/ Action Group 

Christian Action Council, 788 National Press Build- 
ing, Washington, D.C. 20045. This group is distinc- 
tively Christian, very active, and publishes "Action 
Line." This is an interesting and informative monthly 

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Grace Theological Seminary 



Doris Jean Bickel, Leesburg, Ind. 
Charles Robert Grant, Worthington, Ohio 
John Michael Sherman, Leesburg, Ind. 

Daniel Frederick Pettman, Canton, Ohio 



David R. Hitchman, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Ralph A. Robinson, Orlando, Fla. 
Thomas Lee Sharp, Ankenytown, Ohio 


William Landon Akers, Grandview, Wash. 
Paul E. Chappell, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Robert Dean Fetterhoff, Marietta, Ga. 
James Douglas Heldt, Lititz, Pa. 
John Edwin Rife, Warsaw, Ind. 

Kimberly Joe Cone, Winona Lake, Ind. 
John Arthur Galle, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Gary Paul Gnagey, Meyersdale, Pa. 
David Robert Griffith, Telford, Pa. 
David Kraig Hobert, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Larry T. Humberd, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Stephen Michael Jarrell, South Bend, Ind. 
Charles William Morrisey, Warsaw, Ind. 
Jesse Paul Mutchler, Osceola, Ind. 
Thomas C. Pappas, Worthington, Ohio 
Joe T. Portugal, Whittier, Calif. 


Richard Hiram Battis, Sr., Winona Lake, Ind. 
J. Timothy Coyle, Newark, Del. 


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Graee College 


Tina Aldinger, Elizabethtown, Pa. 

Peggy Bechtel, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Paul Carter, Worthington, Ohio 

Mark Ernst, Phoenix, Ariz. 
John Fahrbach, Fremont, Ohio 
Cynthia French, Sacramento, Calif. 
David French, Warsaw, Ind. 
Lynn Frick, Johnstown, Pa. 
Lisa Goodman, Warsaw, Ind. 
Lori Hollebeek, Union, Ohio 
Terry Julien, Lugny, France 
Timothy Kent, Waynesboro, Pa. 
Ruth Male, Warsaw, Ind. 
Sherry Stiffler, Duncansville, Pa. 

Kevin Tschudy, Lititz, Pa. 


Bib. Studies 
Art Area 
Bib. Lang. 
Bib. Studies 
Art Area 
Math. Ed. 
Ele. Ed. 
Speech Ed. 
Bib. Studies 
Bib. Studies 
Social Stu. 


Gail Bonar, Canton, Ohio 
Thomas Beckett, Johnstown, Pa. 
Howard Bechtel, Minerva, Ohio 


Holly Allan, Ashland, Ohio 
George Bateson, Washington, Pa. 
Daniel Beckett, Johnstown, Pa. 
Michael David Bogue, Dayton, Ohio 
Sheila Boian, Simi Valley, Calif. 

David Brumbaugh, Duncansville, Pa. 
Sheilah Champion, Orlando, Fla. 
Lynette Cover, Warsaw, Ind. 
Dennis Duncan, Canton, Ohio 
Julia Foote, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Gwen Goodling, Elizabethtown, Pa. 

Sharon Johnson, Wooster, Ohio 

Bus. Admin. 





Ed. Area 
Ele. Ed. 
Ele. Ed. 
Ele. Ed. 

Ed. Area 

Teresa Marx, Harrah, Wash. 
Douglas Miller, Berne, Ind. 
Marshall Noriega, Bellflower, Calif. 
Steven Oroszi, Dayton, Ohio 
Kay Polman, Englewood, Ohio 
Christie Rush, Sidney, Ind. 

Dana Seiler, Temple Hills, Md. 
Franklin Scot Shaffer, Phoenix, Ariz. 
David Stroup, Simi Valley, Calif. 
Janalyce Van Dyke, Englewood, Ohio 

Allen Wedertz, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Gerald Willaman, Canton, Ohio 
George M. Wynkoop, Temple Hills, Md 

General Sc. 
Ele. Ed. 
Bus. Admin. 
Physical Ed. 
Ele. Ed. 
Music Mgmt. 
Ele. Ed. 
Bus. Admin. 

News Notes 


A longtime teacher in the Warsaw (Ind.) Commun- 
ity Schools and a missionary to France were among 
those honored during the 1980 commencement exer- 
cises of Grace Schools held May 1 6 in the Billy Sun- 
day Tabernacle in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Mrs. Willa Henry, Jef- 
ferson Elementary school- 
teacher, who has been a 
member of the school 
system for 22 years, was 
honored as the 1980 Col- 
lege Alumnus of the Year. 
She graduated in 1958 
as a member of the first 
four-year college class, 
sang in the first Grace 
College Concert Choir, and 
was among the first students to be selected for recog- 
nition in Who's Who Among American College and 
University Students. She also was a member of the 
first Grace cheerleading squad and the first four-year 
graduate to teach in the Warsaw schools directly upon 

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Alumna Henry, who is the first woman in the his- 
tory of Grace Schools to receive this award, was 
honored in 1975 as an Outstanding Elementary 
School Teacher in America. She and her husband, 
Ron, who is director of admissions at Grace College, 
reside in Winona Lake with their two daughters. 
William Katip, president of the College Alumni Asso- 
ciation, presented the plaque to Mrs. Henry for being 
named the distinguished College Alumnus of the Year. 

Missionary Thomas 
Julien, of Lugny, France, 
currently field superin- 
tendent for the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church, was 
honored as the 1980 
Seminary Alumnus of the 
Year. He received the 
M.Div. degree from Grace 
Theological Seminary in 
1956, was pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church in 
Fort Wayne for four years before becoming a mission- 
ary to France in 1958. 

Mr. Julien is the originator of the "Chateau Ex- 
periment," a unique church planting strategy that has 
been studied by evangelical mission organizations 
throughout Europe. He has served as a consultant in a 
project to establish a French language seminary in the 
Central African Republic. 

Tom and his wife, Doris, are the parents of three 
children, two of whom are graduates of Grace Col- 
lege. Mrs. Julien accepted the plaque in behalf of her 
husband which was presented by James L. Custer, 
president of the Seminary Alumni Association. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of Grace 
Schools conferred the baccalaureate and graduate de- 
grees on the more than 200 students graduating from 
the college and seminary. Music for the commence- 
ment was provided by the Wind Symphony under the 
direction of Paul Milliman and the Concert Choir 
directed by Donald Ogden. 

The seminary's highest degree, Doctor of Theology, 
was conferred on: Irvin A. Busenitz, Saugus, Califor- 
nia; James A. Freerksen, Lynchburg, Virginia; Ronald 
R. Gibson, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Leonard H. Hill- 
strom, Beaverton, Oregon; and Stanley V. Udd, 
Essex, Iowa. 

Marshall Noriega, president of the senior class of 
the college, presented a new sound and stereo system 

for Alpha Dining Commons as the class gift. The 
Grace Seminary senior class gift was $1,850 for a 
student aid endowment fund with interest to be used 
for a yearly scholarship. Stephen Hokuf, class presi- 
dent, announced the gift. Both were accepted in be- 
half of Grace Schools by Dr. Kent. 

Mrs. Coverstone on Sabbatical 

Mrs. Jean Coverstone, associate professor of art at 
Grace College, has been granted a sabbatical leave for 
the first semester of the 1980-81 school year. She has 
set as her goal the writing of a textbook on Art Ap- 
preciation from an evangelical Christian standpoint. 
She would like to have one that would be suitable for 
art appreciation classes in Christian schools. 

At present, she has had to rely on her own lectures 
and a series of prints. In writing the book, she will be 
touring Europe, visiting art monuments, and objects 
firsthand. Mrs. Coverstone will leave for Amsterdam, 
Holland, on September 3 with her husband, Dean, 
who is a first-rate photographer. While their plans are 
not complete, they hope to visit England, Holland, 
Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. 

Mr. Coverstone will do the picture taking while 
Mrs. Coverstone makes notes and sketches. They plan 
to return home in early December so that Mrs. Cover- 
stone can compile the material and get it in good 
shape for publication. 

Boal to Come to Grace 

John Boal, 6-7 center of Connellsville, Pa., who 
played a major role in leading his high school team to 
a 23-6 record this past season, is coming to Grace Col- 
lege this fall. He was the leading scorer with 539 
points and his career total of 952 made him the 
school's No. 2 all-time scorer. 

Boal received many basketball honors this past 
year and was also recognized as a top scholar by both 
Pittsburgh papers and by the Associated Press. When 
asked why he selected Grace over the many other 
schools that tried to recruit him, he stated: "I have 
dedicated my basketball talent and my life to Christ 
and feel Grace is where He wants me to be as I pre- 
pare for a ministry with youth or as a missionary." 

John and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Boal, 
are members of the Uniontown Grace Brethren 


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is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

Harry Araki 

Mr. Gerald Moss Browning 

Mr. David Edward Clark 

Mr. Wellmon H. Greenwood 

Lily Hughes 

Mr. Victor F. Kuhn 

Rev. Adam Henry Rager 

Mr. John P. Suderman 
Mr. John H. Wilbur 

Mrs. Irene Yount 

In Honor of : 

Samuel H. Baer, Sr. 

Ted Begley 

Mr. and Mrs. William Hammer 

(Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary) 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. C. L. Coffman 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 
Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark 
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Early, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 
Mr. and Mrs. Guy W. Bailey 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 
Rev. William H. Schaffer 
Rev. and Mrs. Donald Ogden 
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Twombly 
Mrs. Myrtle H. Cooley 
Rev. and Mrs. James Marshall 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Sam Baer, Jr. 

Rev. and Mrs. Sam Baer, Jr. 
Rev. and Mrs. Charles R. Kilgore 

To share words of "comfort" with someone in a time of sorrow, or to 
express your "best wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one of the 
nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of "sympathy," or of "congratula- 
tions," to a loved one, friend or family according to your instructions, im- 
mediately upon receipt of your gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. Complete the form below and send 
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A Children 's Story 

Bible School on 

by Carolann Oswald 

"Hey Casey, that was a 
really good dive," Tim called 
from where he was resting be- 
side the pool. "I finally got up 
courage to jump off the low 
board yesterday." 

"That's great, Tim," Casey 
grinned lifting himself up be- 
side Tim. "By the way, are 
you going to Bible School 
next week? I think the lessons 
about nature sound really 

"Yeah, I'm going," Tim re- 
plied. "There's Lawrence. See 
him on the other side? He 
really walks funny in those 
flippers! Let's go talk to him." 

"Free-style race," Casey 
shouted as both boys cannon- 
balled into the pool. 

"Tie," Tim panted breath- 
lessly. "H-Hi Lawrence." 

"Tie," Casey agreed. 
"How's old frog-foot himself?" 

"Hi guys," Lawrence said. 
"I'm fine. If you think I look 
funny just wait till you see 
Herbert play aquaplane in his 
mask and snorkel. There he is 
at the four-foot marker." 

"Hey Herbert," the boys 
yelled, "come on over!" 

"Lawrence, are you going 
to Bible School next week?" 
Tim asked as the boys sat 
dangling their feet in the pool 
and waiting for Herbert. 

"Sure," Lawrence replied. 
"I don't have a whole lot of 
choice. My dad is director this 

year, and my mom is in charge 
of junior crafts. But it's OK, I 
like Bible School." 

"Hello," Herbert sputtered 
while draining water out of his 
mask. "How are my poor land- 
locked buddies?" 

"Just fine," Lawrence, Tim 
and Casey said looking at each 
other. Then, splash, in they 
jumped giving Herbert a real 

"Wheeee" went the life- 
guard's whistle as she shook 
her head 'no' and pointed to 
the giggling boys. 

"Hello super snork," 
Lawrence gasped. 

When they had all stopped 
laughing and were treading 
water to rest, Lawrence said: 
"By the way, Herbert, we 
were talking about Bible 
School. Are you going next 

"Sure," Herbert replied. 
"Hey, let's go get a snack, 
maybe we will see somebody 
else we know." 

They all agreed that it was 
time for some refreshments, so 
off they went splashing, float- 
ing and diving to the snack- 
shop side of the pool. 

In the evening as the setting 
sun painted the sky lavender, 
pink, orange and blue, the 
Eleventh Street gang met at 
Erin's house. 

"Have you guys invited any- 
one to Bible School?" Monica 

"Every one of us, but Her- 

bert," Casey replied. 

"Erin, are you going to 
Bible School?" Herbert asked 
pretending to be shy. He 
folded his arms in front of 
himself and looked at Casey 
saying, "There, I did it." 

"Yes, Herbert, Monica al- 
ready asked me and I asked 
her," Erin giggled. "But some- 
how, asking each other isn't 
really what I think Pastor Ben 
meant for us to do." 

"Well, who else could we 
ask?" Tim challenged. "Even 
Mrs. McQuigg is going to help 
in the nursery." 

"Well, Matthew 28:19 says 
to go into all the world," Law- 
rence said thoughtfully. 

"Lawrence, just how much 
of the world can kids like us 
go into?" Monica asked. 
"Even Herbert can only fly in 
our neighborhood." 

"Neighborhood. Monica, I 
think you have said the solu- 
tion," Lawrence answered 
patiently. "We can ask kids on 
Twelfth and Thirteenth 

"You're right, Lawrence," 
Erin said clapping her hands 
with excitement. "There are 
lots of kids we see in school 
but not in church. Maybe they 
don't even go to church." 

"It is a terrific idea," 
Monica agreed. "Maybe some 
of those kids have never heard 
about Jesus." 

"I think it will be fun," 
Casey exclaimed. "There are 

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Eleventh ^Street 

six of us and we could go into 
our part of the world two by 

"I agree with that," said 
Tim. "I'd be scared to go 

"We could ask Pastor Ben 
for some of the advertisements 
he had printed," Herbert sug- 
gested seriously. Then with a 
twinkle in his eyes he con- 

tinued, "That way the girls 
won't have to remember what 
to say— they can just hand out 
the advertisments." 

"Oh, Herbert," Erin and 
Monica huffed. 

"It's settled then," Law- 
rence stated. "Let's meet in 
the church parking lot at ten 
o'clock tomorrow morning. 
Pastor Ben will be there then 

and we can ask him for the ad- 

"I'm excited!" "It'll be 
neat!" "I can hardly wait!" 
were the children's exclama- 
tions as they said good night 
and headed for home. 

It was a good feeling to 
know they had found their 
part of the world. 

July '80' 


current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

The following is a firsthand "Mount St. Helens" report from Charles Winter, pastor 
of the Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, Washington: 

It looked like a huge black thundercloud spreading across the western horizon of 
the Yakima Valley. Folks were already beginning to arrive for Sunday school on May 18 
when my wife looked out and said that was not a cloud. .. "that ' s from Mount St. Helens." 

As our people arrived they stopped on the church steps to watch the rapidly approach- 
ing blackness and to listen to the rumble of thunder. 

A telephone call a few minutes later confirmed the fact that that cloud was a huge, 
tumbling mass of volcanic ash and dust from Mount St. Helens. The grumbling, steam- 
spewing mountain west of us had finally "blown her top." In less than a minute she had 
dropped from being the fifth highest peak in the state, to the thirtieth, as 1,000 
feet of rock and dirt and glacier material blasted skyward. 

Harrah Brethren Church member Lyle Taylor, scoutmaster of our local troop, had his 
boys on a camp-out on the North Fork of the Ahtanum. Hurriedly breaking camp and driv- 
ing back towards Yakima he said "five miles per hour was too fast" in the thick, chok- 
ing dust. 

The fine ash that first fell soon gave way to a gritty, sand-like dust that cover- 
ed everything. Churchgoers entered the sanctuary with clothing sprinkled with grey 
dust and ash. 

Within minutes an eclipse-like darkness engulfed our valley. Lights in farm yards 
and city streets came on, birds went to roost and a chorus of frog voices from the 
irrigation ditches vied with the noise of thunder and lightning spawned by the vol- 
canic eruption. 

In the beam of headlights the volcano dust could be seen falling straight down 
like some strange hail. 

Dick and Bonnie Schilperoort were with us and were planning to leave that evening 
on the first leg of the journey that would take them to the Chateau ministry in France. 
But all transportation in and out of the valley ground to a halt and it wasn't until 
several days later that they were able to make connections to get on a bus headed east. 

The Sunday morning sermon was entitled "A Nation in Need of Prayer" and seemed 
quite appropriate. 

Wheelbarrow loads of dust were scraped from the flat church roof and were used to 
fill in some low spots in the gravel road near the church. The parsonage roof was 
washed off and the muddy mixture all but buried flowers and other plants. 

What the long-term effects of the dust will be in our valley is the subject of 
much discussion. Fruit trees and field crops were all pelted by the dust and even sharp 
streams of pressured water had difficulty dislodging the clinging ash. 

Whether Mount St. Helens will quiet down or just simmer or repeat the May 18 per- 
formance, is anybody's guess. But what has happened will affect our lives for long 
months to come. 

Proverbs 18:10 has taken on a new meaning to believers in the Yakima Valley: "The 
name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." 


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Snooks, Tlie Prolific Cat of Nantv-Glo, Pennsylvania 

by Charles W. Turner 


Several years ago while holding a 
meeting at the Pike Grace Brethren 
Church (Johnstown, Pa.) I met a 
very interesting personality. Snooks 
was her name, and she lived with 
Earl and Bernice Dishong. Snooks' 
gain to fame seemed to be because 
of the number of offspring she had 
delivered. At that time she had had 
a grand total of 104 kittens. But 
Snooks' tale is not yet finished— I 
have received word that her family 
is now up to 136, with the last 
litter being born April 20 which 
added six new babies to her collec- 
tion. (Four of these new kittens 
were offered to me, but being a 
person who does not like to share 
in the "good" things of life I re- 
fused the offer to allow others to 
have the joy.) 

Snooks will be 13 in September, 
and the Dishongs feel the story of 
the "Prolific Cat of Nanty-Glo" is 
not yet over. When I first met and 
chatted with Snooks over some 
good food in the Dishongs' home, I 
promised Snooks an editorial. She 
has been eagerly awaiting this for 
almost three years. But, you see, an 
editorial must have a moral or else 
the executive editor, of the maga- 
zine for which I write, will refuse 

it! Any moral to this story is indeed 
dangerous, unless we keep to the 
main point of the story— that is, 
Snooks has a lot of offspring. I 
checked the word prolific in the 
dictionary and found that one of 
the meanings is: "producing abun- 
dant works or results." Therein lies 
my application, with the under- 
standing, of course, that I am seek- 
ing to be most cautious in this 
whole matter. 

Churches need to be prolific, 
Christian workers need to be pro- 
lific and produce abundant work 
and results. We labor so long and 
find the results to be rather meager 
for such efforts. How many spiritual 
offspring do we have to show for all 
the hundreds of meetings we have 
each year? The average church will 
have at least 250 gatherings of one 
kind or another during the average 
year. (This figure is probably very 
conservative.) Tens of thousands of 
"person-hours" are committed to 
the church annually, and how many 
new offspring for the Lord results 
in this labor of love? 

If an insurance person were to 
spend a year selling his product and 
had one new policy to show for it, 
he would not have much food on 
the table. Could it be that we are 
working hard, but not wisely in our 
efforts? Often the statement is 
made that "the results are in the 

hands of God," and this is true, but 
you must also remember the com- 
mands of the Lord as to what Chris- 
tian service is all about. If we do 
what is asked of us by God, it is all 
right to claim and be assured of 
God's promises in obtaining the 
results. But if we claim the prom- 
ise without the input on our part, 
we need a rereading of what God 
says about service. 

It seems we debate the results of 
other Christian works as to method 
and depth, but gladly accept with- 
out question any positive progress 
in our own vineyard. I remember 
the little story about the rooster 
that rolled a huge ostrich egg into 
the henhouse. After the hens had 
viewed its size, the rooster was said 
to have made the following remark: 
"Ladies, I am not complaining, but 
I just wanted you to see what they 
are doing elsewhere." 

Yes, Snooks has a lot of off- 
spring, and sometimes the eggs are 
larger than those in our territory. It 
is also true that some vineyards 
have more and bigger grapes. But 
doesn't this give you a desire to see 
more fruit and spiritual offspring 
for the glory of God? Serving to 
that end certainly beats all of the 
complaints about what others are 
doing. It is also more pleasing to 
God, and that should count for 

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Cover Art by Tim Kennedy 


35 Years Ago- 1945 

In the fiscal year just ended the Foreign 
Missionary Society reports an income of 
$119,116.21. This is the largest amount in 
the history of the work. . . . The Albert 
Balzers are completing preparation to go to 
Africa, he as a builder. 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

National conference met at Long Beach, 
Calif. . . . Brookville, Ohio, laid a corner- 
stone in the construction of the first of 
three new units. 

5 Years Ago- 197 5 

The history of the Southern Ohio Dis- 
trict is in a new 200-page book telling the 
background and development of churches 
in that area. . . . Gerald H. Twombly has 
been named director of alumni relations for 
Grace Schools. . . . Thomas Hammers has re- 
tired from his responsibilities at Grace 
Schools after 1 1 years of service in the de- 
velopment department. 



Volume 42 Number 8 August 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles. 

WMC: Linda Hoke. 

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Dear Readers, 

The March cover of the Herald was the "Road to 
Emmaus" painting. It brought a number of thank-you 
comments to the Herald. One of the more interesting 
ones was a poem written by Miriam Mohler Hanson. 
You will find it on page 1 6, and I am certain you will 
enjoy it.-CWT 

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A Decade 

of Opportunity 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

A Brethren pastor from Sterling, 
Ohio, called the other day to say: 
"I have a family that is locating in 
Detroit. Where is the nearest 
church? Is a new Grace Brethren 
church being planned for this major 
metropolitan center?" 

A Brethren girl from another 
church writes and says: "I am 
teaching in Detroit, where can 1 
find a Brethren church? None of 
the churches here provide for me 
the kind of ministry we had in 
Columbus, Ohio." 

A Brethren father calls from 
Detroit saying: "We have just ar- 
rived and are unpacking our things. 
How soon can we get a Grace 
Brethren church here? Are there 
other families here that we can get 
together for a church?" 

Is God speaking to us through 
these voices? Is the Holy Spirit 
showing us a beckoning Macedonian 
call to this Detroit harvest field? 
My heart is stirred, several times we 
have tried in Detroit, but is now the 
time to step out in faith and launch 
our thrust? 

It is interesting that immediately 
following the Apostle Paul's clear 
instructions on systematic giving to 
the local church that he recognizes 
the open door of opportunity for 
church planting. "For a great door 
and effectual is opened unto me, 
and there are many adversaries" (1 
Cor. 16:9). 

Our American and Canadian mis- 
sion fields offer tremendous oppor- 

tunities for evangelistic Bible- 
teaching churches. Canada, fraught 
with many of the same frustrations 
as our field in the USA, seemingly 
is a wide open door to the Gospel. 
Reports of evangelistic meetings, 
church plantings, and a cordial atti- 
tude toward the conservative 
church are most encouraging. The 
cold clammy atmosphere of the 
apostate church is being penetrated 
by Spirit filled and inspired efforts 
in gospel evangelism. People are 
open to the dynamic power of the 

On our American scene is a real 
challenge for the eighties. Never 
have Americans looked ahead to a 
new decade with more uncertainty 
than they do now. Emerging from 
the 1970s is a nation aware of 
limits on its natural resources, a de- 
cline in global security, and its fail- 
ure, so far, to solve the great wor- 
ries of seemingly nonstop inflation, 
energy shortages, and social con- 
flicts at home. Strong liberal trends 
have left our public educational 
process in a chaotic mess. Liberal 
social agencies have set the stage for 
serious sins in immorality, broken 
homes, innocent slaughter of un- 
born babies. Liberal moves in the 
judicial system have bred a lucrative 
area for crimes of all descriptions 
on America's streets. 

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., our dis- 
tinguished historian, writes in the 
Wall Street Journal this thought on 
the immediate future of Americans: 
The issue is evidently not so 
much conversation vs. liberalism 
as it is fatigue vs. vitality. When 
the dam breaks again in the 1980s, 

as it has broken every 30 years or 
so during this century, we will 
stop proclaiming our inability to 
do anything about our problems 
and stop luxuriating in our con- 
viction of public impotence. . . . 
What we need today is not sanc- 
timonious exhortation but de- 
tailed investigation and hard 
thought. For, when the new age 
of experimentation comes, it 
would be useful if we had some 
good experiments to try. 

Secular writers continually ig- 
nore three important facts of life: 
that all men are sinful, have a fallen 
nature, and cannot help themselves. 
Secondly, that men everywhere are 
violating firm solid principles of 
truth set down in the Word of God 
on most issues that we face today. 
Thirdly, that God has provided 
salvation from sin, new life for the 
saved, wisdom from above, and a 
plan for happiness and joy on earth. 
Herein lies the thrill of Brethren 
Home Missions, proclaiming the 
truth of God, seeing God change 
lives and building a church atmos- 
phere where their needs can be met. 

Brethren Home Missions is 
taking giant steps to cope with the 
shifts in population, changes in life 
style and the strong desire abroad 
everywhere for the dynamic active 
thriving church. The Southern Gulf 
States and California show the 
greatest gains in population. We 
must plant churches where people 
are moving. This is the most con- 
venient time for people to associate 
with the new church in the com- 

We must capitalize on the social 
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that God's Word has the answer to 
their problems. We must build upon 
the uncertainty of the hour and 
show folks that in Christ there is 
security. We must buy up our op- 
portunity when families leave the 
apostate old line denominations 
and invite them to a thriving, grow- 
ing Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. Most of all we must train 
and disciple our leadership to build 
energetic, active soul- winning, Bible- 
teaching churches that will stand by 
the faith and reach the whole 
family unit. 

A current survey taken among 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship re- 

veals that our pastors have grasped 
the responsibility of church plant- 
ing. Hundreds are being discipled 
for pastoral leadership, goals have 
been set to start branch churches, 
and pastors are very responsive to 
our national goals. This survey re- 
veals that our goal for 52 new 
Grace Brethren churches by 1984 is 
very realistic. God seems to be call- 
ing forth Grace Brethren men to re- 
spond to the challenge of church 
planting leadership. As a Fellowship 
of churches we must accept the 
challenge of the eighties as our ex- 
cellent opportunity. The eighties 
could be our last opportunity to 

evangelize before Christ returns for 
His Church. It certainly is our op- 
portunity to broaden our base to 
extend the Gospel to unreached 
areas around the world. It affords 
us the finest opportunity to sup- 
port by prayer and gifts the home 
mission personnel we now have and 
to invest in the future leadership 
which God is raising up to carry the 
load in this decade. The Grace 
Brethren Fellowship has a great 
door for effective work opened to 
it. By God's grace, let's seize our 
opportunities in the eighties and 
bring glory to God in expediting 
the task. 

Dr. Harold Henninger (left) and Dr. Lester E. Pifer (right) with 
Bauman memorial portrait. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman Memorial Portrait Placed in the 

Christian Hall of Fame 

On Memorial Day weekend, a 
thrilling service built around the 
theme "God and Country Day" was 
held at the Canton Baptist Temple, 
Canton, Ohio. The auditorium was 
appropriately decorated with 53 
large American flags across the altar 
for the 53 American hostages held 
in Iran. A huge 30 by 25 foot 
American flag, borrowed from the 
First National Bank of Massillon, 
Ohio, hung from the ceiling. The choir, dressed in red, white and blue, sang patriotic hymns with the con- 

The entire service was televised over a local Canton station. Channel 5 TV station from Cleveland picked 
up portions of the service for their evening news. Dr. Harold Henniger's message, "God Speaks to America," 
was directed to a capacity audience of 4,800, including 14 elected officials from the city, county and state. 
Two new portraits were added to the Christian Hall of Fame, bringing to a total of 100 portraits of out- 
standing Christian leaders. An appropriate inscription was read for each. Rev. Robert Johnson, director of 
music and education, read the inscription on Stephen Paxon, pioneer missionary of the American Sunday 
School Union. This organization led by Paxton established 1,315 Sunday schools, with over 83,000 stu- 
dents, before his death in 1881. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer read the inscription of Dr. Louis S. Bauman. Dr. Bauman, son of an itinerate Brethren 
minister and evangelist, William H. J. Bauman, answered the call in early manhood. After a period of suc- 
cessful ministry, he learned from his mother as she said: "Son, before you were two hours old, I lifted you 
in my arms and dedicated you to the Lord for the Christian ministry." He served in pastorates in Pennsyl- 
vania, Indiana, California, and Washington, D.C. His pastorate at Long Beach, California, continued for 34 
years, building a membership of over 1 ,900. Over 1 50 young men and women entered full-time ministry as 
a result of his work. At Philadelphia, a streetcar conductor named James Gribble was saved. Mr. Gribble be- 
came the first Brethren pioneer missionary to go to the Central African Republic. 

At the dedication, Dr. Pifer presented to the Christian Hall of Fame Library copies of Dr. Bauman's 
books which came from his gifted pen and ministry in prophecy. This is the third Brethren portrait to be 
placed in the Christian Hall of Fame by the Brethren Home Missions Council. Previous portraits were of 
Alexander Mack and Dr. Alva J. McClain. 

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■ Pastor Bob 
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Coming of Age 
ill Coolville, 

by Pastor Bob Markley 

The graduation ceremony is over. We are officially 
self-supporting with diploma in hand. Actually we 
have only just begun. Self-support means to me that 
the farm team is now strong enough to be on its own 
as a team in the major league. And it's scary! Our 
Lord is a good coach, however, and to encourage us 
He reviewed the games of the past, with the failures 
as well as the victories. Coolville's verse for 1980 is 
Proverbs 3:6: "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and 
he shall direct thy paths." 

As the Lord and I traveled over the memory of 
four years of ministry in Coolville, it seemed that the 
keys to past success would be good ones for success 
in the major league as well. Those keys that worked 
for our self-support were: (1) controlled atmosphere, 
(2) concrete aims, and (3) complete abandonment. 
These keys will open doors for us in the future also, 
as we face it with confidence. 


To grow a church, someone must be the "watcher 
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depends on controlled atmosphere. No more can 
souls thrive and grow in a strife-ridden church than can 
plants in a cold greenhouse. Everything must be 
bathed in prayer. Negativisms are as common as 
changes in temperature, and do affect the spiritual 
climate of the church. If the pastor leads the way, 
the contagion of a sweet and loving spirit becomes 
like the fruitful atmosphere of a lovely greenhouse 
and growth results. 

My people have seen me down; really down. They 
have seen me "goof." They have also seen the 
sudden change resulting from a time of prayer 
together. This transparency matures them because 
they can identify and conclude that their own 
spiritual life is quite normal. 

Satan, the enemy of every Bible-preaching center, 
has some special tricks for home mission pastors and 
churches. His oft-repeated "downer" is: "Everybody 
else is doing great. You are the only one with 
problems. Why don't you give it up!" For me, 
remembering that board and staff members of the 
BHMC have promised to pray for me, plus the host of 
churches receiving the monthly prayer requests, is 
sufficient encouragement to readjust my own spiritual 
atmosphere through prayer and feasting on God's 


It is good to talk in "spiritual" terms about 
growth, but this "spiritual" idea must take form and 
substance if a mature, aggressively missionary church 
is going to be a reality. LRP + SAM is my formula 
for progress. LRP means Long Range Planning. No 
farmer works just for today, just for this crop, or just 
for this year. He patiently works his land today, this 
year, with crops in view that will give their yield in 
the years to come. As a pastor, I must work the same 
way, sharing my LRP with church leaders and 
members. This is a commitment to them which they 
have a right to expect and appreciation is shown by a 
reciprocal commitment from them. It is a somewhat 
risky investment, but the returns are more than worth 
the risk. 

SAM means goals must be Specific, Attainable, 
and Measurable. There is no originality here, but it 
is a formula that works. Christian Education's PSA 
plus BHMC methods do it for you. 

Self-support, a spiritual idea, must be translated 
into people and dollars. Once we have watched on a 
chart the direction our people line and dollar line 
have taken, we can project those lines and set the 
date. That's Specific! It is definitely Measurable and 
continuing months of chart plotting proves that it is 

also Attainable. It is reached through a series of 
intermediary SAM goals in offerings, attendances, 
membership gains, and special efforts of hard work 

For our self-supporting Sunday, June 1, we set a 
goal of $ 1 ,000 total offering. We have had several 
offerings this year of over $700, a couple over $800, 
and once we were over $900, so we set a new goal. 
Would we reach it? It was not a sure thing. But we 
are not afraid of failure. To attempt nothing is worse 
than failure. With God, one cannot help being 
farther ahead for trying even if he does not reach the 
goal. Our offering totaled $1 ,074 with 83 people 

The pastor, whether he enjoys it or not, is the key. 
As he stretches his vision and talks about it in many 
pastoring situations, his people begin to stretch their 
vision. The joy of the resulting relationship of love 
and unity makes the fellowship unique. 


In a missionary conference during the summer of 
1944 my wife and I dedicated ourselves to missionary 
service in Africa. Our lives were changed in the 
following years as we lived temporarily, expecting to 
go to Africa at any time. After three attempts to go 
to Africa, the board (not FMS) told us we were too 
old-at 28! We never went, but this burden for 
missions, born in our hearts in 1944, never left us. 
We led the way in making our church missions 
conscious, even from our earliest ministry. A 
missions budget which includes every missionary 
endeavor of the GBC, rather than being a deterrent to 
becoming self-supporting, actually aids and abets that 
day's approach. 

The LRP + SAM formula works here also. More 
than two years ago in one of our frequent growth 
talks on Sunday evening, we shared the challenge of 
growing and sending our own missionary. Perhaps 
one of the children or teen-agers in the meeting will 
be that missionary. That idea moved hearts. We also 
spoke of mothering a church in a nearby town. The 
SAM part of both of these is in the missionary budget 
at this time. 

An update on mothering a church: SAM is 
showing his face in a Bible class meeting weekly in 
another town. Currently this class is a ladies' class 
(taught by a Christian wife who lives there) and 
families are being reached. An additional sidelight as 
recent as June 8: in His marvelous grace God brought 
another family from that town to our church. He 
used one other family in the church who lives near 
the church to bring them (the men used to work 

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Self-supporting congregation at Coolville. 

together). This family in the church drove 20 miles 
to that town to bring that family to church and then 
the 20 miles back again to take them home. That's a 
missionary journey of 80 miles for the Lord— because 
they cared. With gasoline prices eating at the wallet, I 
call that complete abandonment to the Lord. How 
did these people get to the place where they cared 
that much? It is a part of the missionary idea of the 
church. But read on . . . 

Our missionary outreach must work in Coolville as 
well as in other places in the world. In fact, it must 
work here at home first and best. A missionary 
church will not long be that if it does not work in its 
community. Our people have a heart for others, but 
they were not always like this. They used to empty 
the church in five minutes after the amen. One 
Sunday night about three years ago I read them a 
story during one of our frequent church growth talks. 
The story was of a nice little town that was a tourist 
attraction because the people of the town were so 
friendly. They had the neat little custom of making 
and exchanging "fuzzies." People would come there 
to buy the "fuzzies" and the town became prosper- 
ous. One day someone started a nasty rumor that 
there was going to be a shortage of "fuzzies" so 
people began hoarding, tourists stopped coming and 
times got hard. One day children at play discovered a 
huge cache of "fuzzies" and bringing them out, 
distributed them over the town and the town 
returned to its previously friendly state. So I asked 
them to take time to exchange "fuzzies" before going 
home. It was about that time, too, diat we closed the 

building one weekend and put a sign on the door that 
we had gone to the mountains of Pennsylvania 
camping together. What a change that produced in 
the way of love and understanding. Churches should 
rejoice and take advantage of the things they can do 
while they are small and then enjoy different things 
that being large affords. 

It was later that "Adopt-A-Family" was instituted 
as our missionary outreach. This is something that 
any family can do, and is a continuing method of 
people reaching people, now in its second generation 
in Coolville. A family prayerfully considers a family 
to adopt; to care for, pray for, spend time with, 
picnic with, eventually witness to, invite to church, 
win to the Lord and disciple for the Lord. On commit- 
ment Sunday these names are written on a card and 
signed by the adopting family. The names then go to 
the pastor's prayer list, and later contacts are made 
and ministry begins- the farming method, if you 
please. "Adopt-A-Family" is a result of a home 

The in-service-training afforded by the Brethren 
Home Missions Council is superb. In a transparency 
on church growth at a BHMC workshop. Dr. Win Arn 
showed us families reaching families in growing 
churches. The conclusion was easy : "Then this is the 
thing to encourage!" And it works! It is not 100 
percent yield, but neither is my garden. The late Dr. 
Harold Etling used to say: "If you don't call on the 
ones you never get, you will never get the ones you 
don't call on." God, in His grace, adds to the church 
that sincerely cares about people. 

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by Robert W. Thompson 

Western Field Secretary 

Westward Ho! These words from 
yesteryear are as poignant today as 
when they were first uttered a cen- 
tury ago. In that day the reason for 
the westward trek was gold, land, 
escape, or just adventure and it 
doesn't appear that the reasons 
have changed all that much with 
the passing of time. The migration 
continues to the land of the big 
trees, sandy beaches, sunshine, and 
entertainment. And now, with the 
eruption of Mt. St. Helens, we have 
a new attraction to offer those 
seeking new horizons. For many of 
us living in the West, this great in- 
flux of visitors promises bloated 
welfare rolls, slower freeway traf- 
fic, rising real estate costs, and 
racial imbalances; most of which 
are even now quite intolerable. And 
yet, for the Brethren church, this 
great migration provides the milieu 
for the greatest opportunity in the 
history of our Fellowship. Al- 
though our diminutive stature has 
been cause for embarrassment, to- 
day's shifting population gives us 
the chance of a lifetime! Each 
"transplant" becomes a prime 
candidate for a place on our 
national statistical report. 

Why is this so? First of all, think 
of the overwhelming numbers in- 
volved. Historically the Brethren 
Church has tended to shy away 
from heavily populated centers, but 
we have sufficient indication today 
that the density factor is a decided 
advantage in church growth. To 
recognize the real possibility of a 
"strip city" from Canada to Mexi- 
co, one has but to drive north on 
Interstate 5 or Highway 99 and 
note the proliferation of towns and 
cities along this main street of the 
West Coast. 

Furthermore, we must not 
ignore the decided advantage of a 
community made up of new arrivals. 
People have a tendency to be at- 
tracted to those who show an inter- 
est in them, and those churches 
with a caring ministry reap the 
benefits. One reason for the success 
of many of our Home Missions 
churches is their location in newly 
developing communities. But even 
in older areas which have tended to 
deteriorate there is, today, a resur- 
gence of activity in new "move-ins." 
With the cost of new homes now 
beyond the reach of many young 
marrieds there is renewed activity 
in older communities for "starter 
homes." This brings a new dimen- 
sion to an otherwise dismal picture 
in the changing image of such areas. 

Made much of by the Chamber 
of Commerce there is a decided ad- 
vantage to the climate itself. Al- 
though one might rightfully com- 
plain about the smog, the truth is, 
there are few days in the year that 
would actually hinder the work of 
the church. Visitation, church serv- 
ices, special activities, and so forth, 
are virtually free from interruption 
resulting from inclement weather. 

Another factor that ranks high 
in church development is the West's 
"acceptance to change." Here 
change is the name of the game. 
Probably no other area in America 
is so characterized by variation and 

diversity as right here in Southern 
California. It is true that not all 
change is for the best, but an at- 
mosphere of acceptance is a de- 
cided precedent in the church 
factors of today. In places where 
digression from tradition is met 
with opposition there is a tendency 
to the status quo . 

We should not overlook the 
cosmopolitan makeup of western 
culture either. Ethnologists are in- 
timating that within a very few 
years Southern California will be 
predominantly Hispanic. There will 
be little need to travel far from 
home to involve oneself in a truly 
La tin -American missionary thrust. 
An interesting fact is the receptivity 
of these people to the Gospel and 
to the ministry of the Brethren 
Church. In those places where 
special emphasis has been made 
among these newcomers we have 
registered an excellent response, 
suggesting that here lies an entirely 
new mission field. 

These are but a few of the ad- 
vantages of planting churches in the 
West. Not everyone, of course, will 
or should become involved in such 
a pioneer venture. Only those desir- 
ing to chart uncharted seas, assail 
unreached heights, walk untraveled 
paths, will find ready challenge in 
the land whose history is made up 
of gold rushes, homesteads, land 
grants, and Catholic missions. 

The quest today, however, is not 
for gold, or vast holdings, or even 
thrills and adventure, but rather for 
the souls of men! For those willing 
to "spend and be spent" there are 
success stories yet to be written. It 
goes without saying, there must be 
a commitment to the Brethren 
Church and a desire to extend its 
perimeters. Such a commitment 
will provide nucleus families for 
new Bible classes and congregations 
as they move from place to place. 
The need will then be urgent for 
properly trained men to provide 

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leadership for these newly formed 
groups— men well trained, not only 
in doctrine, but also in experience 
gained in their own local churches. 
Standing with them must be scores 
of faithful believers committed to 
the Great Commission as it finds its 
fulfillment in the development of 
new congregations. This synergetic 
effort of individuals, local churches, 
and the Brethren Home Missions 
Council will result in many new 
churches not only in the West, but 
also across our entire nation. 

A century ago men were exhorted 
to action by the stirring words "go 
West, young man, go West!" The 
motivation of such a move was cer- 
tainly different from that which I 
have in mind, but the urgency re- 
mains the same. We must not allow 
the moment of opportunity to pass. 
Your Brethren Home Missions 
Council invites you to share in this 
pioneering adventure of the twenti- 
eth century. 

The Southern 



by William A. Byers 

Southern Representative 

Everybody is moving South! Is it 
because of the winter fuel need? 
Perhaps they want to move away 
from the volcanic ash! Whatever the 
reason, a great populace is moving 

to the Southeast. 

Over 300,000 people are now 
locating annually in Florida. The 
Grace Brethren are taking advan- 
tage of this move. Florida seems to 
be the leader now in Bible classes. 
Ormond Beach is sponsoring our 
new class in Jacksonville. South 
Orlando has sponsored Melbourne, 
bringing them to the place where 
they have now called Rev. Earl 
Moore as their full-time pastor. 
South Orlando is now sponsoring 
Lakeland. Rev. Ed Jackson has 
been used of the Lord in a mighty 
way to spearheard these works. The 
South Orlando church has, in less 
than one year, come current with 
their expenses and has announced 
their self-support. Okeechobee is 
sponsoring Sebring. New Port 
Richey is projecting a full-time pas- 
tor for 1981. Lonnie Miller, one of 
our faithful Brethren from St. 
Petersburg, is dedicating his time to 
start this ministry. The Florida 
churches increased their missionary 
offerings during this last year with 
the greatest advance in the history 
of our Florida ministries. Our next 
new church building in Florida is 
our Brooksville ministry. Pray for 
this fine progressive congregation as 
they continue to decide the size of 
then building and the proper timing 
for their construction. 

This year marks the special event 
for the deep South! We now have 
the newly formed Southern District. 
This district comprises the Tennes- 
see, the Carolina, and the Georgia 

Four new pastors have assumed 
their ministry in the Southeast this 
spring. In addition to Earl Moore at 
Melbourne, Florida, Dan Younger is 
moving to Clearwater, Florida; Rev. 
Steve Jarrell has moved to Char- 

lotte, North Carolina; and Dave 
Hitchman has moved to Johnson 
City, Tennessee. We thank the Lord 
for the fine dedicated men He has 
given us for these ministries. 

Other opportunities are opening! 
Some Brethren have written to us 
from Raleigh, North Carolina; and 
Columbia, South Carolina, to begin 
Bible classes. Brethren, the South is 
on the move! The Southern BHMC 
representative used to manage a 
simple schedule. Now it is a con- 
stant, careful study to integrate the 
schedule to meet the demand of the 

The greatest thrill is to visit our 
new progressive churches and have 
new converts discuss their thrilling 
conversions and tire patient labors 
of our pastors in their ministries. 
There must be many Brethren 
across America that wonder many 
times what their gifts are accom- 
plishing. If the testimonies of these 
new converts could be heard, all of 
our faithful supporting Brethren 
would thrill with the added blessing. 

A few southern states are yet to 
be reached with a Brethren church. 
Pray for openings in Alabama, 
Lousiana and Mississippi. It is the 
heart's desire and prayer of every 
member of the FGBC to see more 
of our churches grow large and 
strong since larger churches can do 
certain special things others cannot 
do. It is also, however, especially 
needful to expand our ministry to 
every state of the union. 

Our "Bountiful Harvest" cam- 
paign is determined to reach new 
states and new locations in these 
next few years to provide our Bible- 
teaching ministry to so many 
people who are lost. 

Continue to pray for the South! 
You will see more! 

august '80 

A A A A A . 

Dr. Raymond Gingrich preaches 
during Longview's dedication 

by Pastor Alan Jones 

Oil, chili, and the Dallas 
Cowboys— where else but in 
Texas? However, the Grace 
Brethren Church in Longview 
believes that God's interest ex- 
tends beyond these earthly 
things to the building of His 
Church in this great state. It is 
with this purpose in mind that 
several Grace Brethren families 
have committed themselves. 

Longview is located in the 
beautiful eastern portion of 
the state, approximately 120 
miles from Dallas. It has a cur- 
rent population of nearly 
62,000, but the unique feature 
of this city is its growth. Pres- 
ently it is ranked as the third 

Moves Ahead 

Longview's new building. 

fastest growing city in Texas 
and it has been projected to 
exceed 100,000 by the year 
2,000. Obviously this phe- 
nomenal growth provides a 
wonderful opportunity to 
reach people with the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. And it is with 
this factor in mind that the 
Grace Brethren Church hopes 
to capitalize by providing the 
area with a focal point of ex- 
pository Bible-oriented preach- 

ing with a Christ-centered mes- 

Since the beginning of this 
year, Pastor Alan Jones and 
the congregation have wit- 
nessed several significant 
events assuring them of God's 
blessing and direction upon 
this ministry. First of all, the 
average attendance figures 
have increased. The morning 
worship attendance on Janu- 
ary 6 was only 15, but in April 

august '80 

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we reached an average high of 
42 for the month. The number 
has since moved into the mid- 
thirties as a result of summer 
vacation for our college stu- 
dents, families moving away 
from the area, and others tak- 
ing vacations. But local visitors 
continue to visit church serv- 
ices almost weekly. 

Secondly, the local congre- 
gation together with the 
Brethren Home Missions 
Council recently purchased an 
existing church facility. The 
attractive rose-colored brick 
building and four-acre site was 
acquired for the incredible 
price of $70,000. The entire 
package included a partially 
carpeted sanctuary with 20 
pews capable of seating 140 
people, pulpit, 4 Sunday 
school classrooms, nursery, 
pastor's study, restrooms, 
piano, organ, and sound sys- 
tem. Since the purchase the 
congregation has invested less 
than $4,000 and several hun- 
dred man-hours to produce a 

Longview congregation. 

very inviting and appealing 
facility. Now that one obstacle, 
the lack of an adequate per- 
manent building, has been 
overcome, the prospect for 
numerical increase is highly 

A third event which must 
be considered as a milestone in 
the history of the Longview 
Grace Brethren Church was 
the recent dedication service 
on June 8. Since Dr. Raymond 
Gingrich played a major role 
in the founding of this minis- 
try, while administrator and 
professor of Bible at LeTourn- 
eau College, it was only fitting 
that he be the guest speaker 
for this occasion. His message 
was entitled: "The Temple of 
God— Its Distinctions and 
Dangers.'-' Also in attendance 
and representing the BHMC 
was Dr. Lester E. Pifer. It was 
a wonderful celebration for the 
people who have faithfully 
prayed, labored and sacrificed 
to see the church take posses- 
sion of a permanent home. A 

total of 78 were in attendance 
for this climatic event and 
were greatly blessed by the 
ministry of Dr. Gingrich. 

The Longview church, hav- 
ing reached one significant 
goal, is now looking with great 
anticipation to God's leading 
and blessing for the future. An 
outreach program is under- 
way and a Vacation Bible 
School was planned for the 
month of June. It is through 
these and other avenues that 
we hope to expose our mes- 
sage and ministry to our 
"new" neighbors. 

Naturally the local body of 
believers foresee many short- 
comings as well as achieve- 
ments in the future as they 
attempt to reach out into 
what appears to be a heavily 
churched city. But Pastor Alan 
Jones and the congregation 
feel confident in God's mes- 
sage, power and Spirit, as they 
co-labor together with Him, in 
the progress of Texas' first 
Grace Brethren Church. 

august '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

□ A Labor Day weekend singles' retreat will be held 
at Camp Conquest in the North Atlantic District. Ed 
Lewis and Judy Ashman of GBC Christian Education 
will be handling the programming. Dates for this re- 
treat are Saturday, Aug. 30, to Monday, Sept. 1. Cost 
is $25. Registration is Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 
12 noon. For more information, contact Pastor 
Robert Divine, Grace Brethren Church, Box 12, New 
Holland, Pa. 17557 (Tel. 717/354-9229). 

□ Tim Kent, recent graduate of Grace College, began 
serving as minister of youth and Christian education 
at Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, Va., June 15. 
Tim is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Wendell Kent, 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

□ The New Mexico churches and the Navajo churches 
are forming a new district to be called the Southwest 

□ The Rocky Mountain Region District is officially 
changing their name to Mountain-Plains District. 

□ Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCoy of 2007 Pheasant Dr., 
Salisbury, Md. 21801, are considering the possibili- 
ties of trying to begin a new Grace Brethren church in 
their area. Anyone interested may contact the 
McCoys at the above address. 

□ At the conclusion of the thirty-sixth annual con- 
ference of the Southeast District Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches in May, a new Southern District 
was formed consisting of all our churches in Tenne- 
see, Georgia, North and South Carolina. The theme of 
the conference was "The Exciting Eighties: Decade 
for Church Growth." The Bible hour messages were 
brought by Rev. Wesley Haller of Lancaster, Pa. 
Plaques for outstanding church growth were pre- 
sented to the Grace Brethren Church of Covington, 

Va., and the Grace Brethren Church of Richmond, 
Va. Ron E. Thompson, moderator. 

□ If you have a friend or relative in the Wichita, 
Kans., area that is looking for a Bible-believing 
church, send their name and address to Rev. Donald 
Eshelman, Grace Brethren Church, 1123 N. Terrace, 
Wichita, Kans. 62708. Pastor Eshelman will be glad 
to call them and invite them to worship. 

□ Dr. Paul Bauman has made numerous trips to vari- 
ous parts of the world as a tour leader. He has an- 
other interesting tour coming up in October. This trip 
is to China, Hong Kong, and an optional extension to 
Japan. The tour will be limited in number, and if you 
want more details write to him at P.O. Box 8181, 
Longview, Texas 75602, or call evenings at 

□ Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Sewell S. Lan- 
drum of Jackson, Ky., who celebrated their fiftieth 
wedding anniversary on July 26. Also, congratula- 
tions go to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Yoder of Meyersdale, 
Pa., who will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anni- 
versary on Aug. 21. 

change your annua 

□ Hill Maconaghy, 204 E. Tioga St., Philadelphia, Pa. 
19134. ORon Picard, 410 River Road, Englewood, 
Ohio 45322. QMike Volovski, 1111 North Juniata 
St., Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648. □ John Viers, Tel. 
419/522-9225. DWest Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio, Tel. 216/625-3304. □ Big Valley 
Grace Community Church, 605 Standiford Ave., 
Modesto, Calif. 95350. □ Grace Brethren Church, 
1603 Whitehall Rd., Anderson, S.C. 29621. 

□ Pastor Mike Volovski has resigned as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Altoona, Pa. Dr. Volovski 
will be professor of Greek and Hebrew at Manahath 
School of Theology in Hollidaysburg, Pa., where he 
received his Th.D. in May 1979. He will also be avail- 
able for Bible conference engagements. 

□ Bud Olszewski has resigned from the position of 
associate pastor of the First Brethren Church, Woos- 
ter, Ohio, to pastor the Grace Brethren Church of 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 

□ Larry Edwards was installed on June 8 as the new 
pastor of the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. 
Pastor Edwards' new home address is 417 W. Water 
St., Berne, Ind. 46711 (Tel. 219/589-2006). 

□ Rev. Alan Jones has resigned as pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Longview, Texas. Future plans for 
service are indefinite. 

U — ir august '80 

Guest Editorial 

Why I Joined the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches 

Rev. and Mrs. Dave Hitchman 

by Dave Hitchman 

I spent the first 25 years of my 
life attending an independent, fun- 
damental church in Mansfield, Ohio. 
I thank God for Christian parents, 
and for the fact that I accepted 
Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour 
at an early age. The early years of 
my life were centered around the 
church, with my parents, my pastor, 
and Sunday school teachers being 
instrumental in teaching me the 
Word of God, the importance of 
prayer, living by faith, and generally 
influencing me toward full-time 
service for Christ. 

During my high school years, 
some of my closest friends were at- 
tending the Ankenytown Grace 
Brethren Church. I always appre- 
ciated their fellowship and was 
aware of the spiritual quality for 
which their church was known in 
the community. It was through 
these friends that I eventually made 
the decision to attend Grace Col- 

Grace College means a lot to me 
personally. It was here that I made 
even more solid Christian friend- 
ships and was encouraged to study 
the Word of God in my classes. I 
heard great preachers that expertly 
communicated the truth in our 
everyday life and language. I met 
missionaries whose strategy was 
very successful in bringing literally 
thousands to Christ. I came into 
contact with godly Christian pro- 
fessors who devoted their lives to 
giving me a Christian perspective in 
the various disciplines within the 

curriculum. I also had the oppor- 
tunity to meet young men who 
were attending Grace Theological 
Seminary. I found myself desiring 
to study the Word of God in a 
deeper way, challenged with the 
study of the original languages, 
church history, and the great doc- 
trines of the faith. As I reflect back 
over these years of my life, I can 
see how God has led me to make 
the decisions that I have made. I see 
how He has prepared me to do a 
work for Him. I also am aware par- 
ticularly of what influenced me the 
most to adhere closely with the 
Grace Brethren Church. Although 
there have been other reasons, there 
were five that particularly per- 
suaded me. 

First of all, this group of be- 
lievers held firmly to the Word of 
God. They understood this Word to 
be the inerrant, verbal, plenary, in- 
spired Word of God. Whenever a 
matter in question would come up, 
such as the washing of feet or on 
the trine-immersion baptism, I 
noticed that their position was 
always first and foremost biblical. 
As I read their positions, I always 
thought to myself that it made 
sense. As I have grown in the faith, 
I have come to realize how impor- 
tant this position on the Scriptures 
is, especially in a day and age when 
many are falling from this position. 
Harold Lindsell makes this inter- 
esting observation in his book 
Battle for the Bible, 

of all the doctrines connected 
with the Christian faith, none is 
more important than the one that 
has to do with the basis of our re- 

ligious knowledge. For anyone 
who professes the Christian faith 
the root question is: From where 
do I get my knowledge on which 
my faith is based? The answers to 
this question are varied, of course, 
but for the Christian at least it 
always comes full circle to the 
Bible. When all has been said and 
done, the only true and depend- 
able source for Christianity lies in 
the book we call the Bible (p. 17). 

I am pleased to adhere with a 
Fellowship that unequivocably 
holds to this doctrine of Scripture. 
It is extremely important to me 
that I fellowship with other men 
who hold this same view. 

Secondly, the Grace Brethren 
concept of strong independent, 
local churches governed by con- 
gregational forms of govern- 
ment, fellowshiping with other 
churches of similar persuasion 
was appealing to me. The more I 
examined this concept, the more 
I was persuaded this was for me. 
One of the greatest weaknesses I 
can see from a pastor's stand- 
point with the independent 
church movement is the lack of 
fellowship a man and his people 
have with other churches. A man 
of conservative persuasion who 
moves into a new community 
often has trouble finding others 
who hold to the same doctrinal 
beliefs and practices. With the 
Brethren concept of a fellowship 
of churches on a district and 
national level, a man is able to 
have fellowship and receive 
help from other men who are 
quite similar in persuasion. Yet, 
within this concept, the local 

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church is independent in making 
decisions and overseeing the 
local church ministry within the 
local context. These seem to me 
to be in balance. 

Thirdly, I have come to appre- 
ciate and admire the Grace Breth- 
ren zeal for missionary expansion. 
This concept of national organiza- 
tion gives them the ability to band 
together and accomplish a great 
deal more than single, local 
churches. It is exciting to see how 
God is working on the foreign fields: 
Africa, Germany, France, Argentina, 
Brazil, and Mexico. Men and 
women with whom I attended col- 
lege and seminary are now actively 
used of God in other vineyards of 
the world. What a joy it is to have 
regular communication with these 
friends and to share on an occa- 
sional visit what God is doing in our 
lives. Then, to be involved in a 
church-planting ministry with the 
Home Missions Council is a sincere 
challenge and joy. I firmly believe 
this is where God is working now 
and for the future, and it is a rich 
blessing to be involved in the action. 

Fourthly, I appreciate and ac- 
knowledge the Grace Brethren's in- 
terest and determination to develop 
various youth ministries. I am not 
the only one to recognize that our 
teen-agers and junior high people 
are going to be tomorrow's church. 
I see this as being a tremendously 
important priority that we all must 
address ourselves to. While attend- 
ing the Winona Lake Grace Breth- 
ren Church (Winona Lake, Ind.), I 
appreciated their priority to this 
area of youth. You can tell that this 
is a major priority from the grass 
roots up, and people these days are 
interested in seeing their children 
involved in a church that has things 
to offer them. It is a tremendous 
security to know that my children 
will have a part in these and other 
growing opportunities that tire 
Grace Brethren Church offers. 

Fifthly, my last consideration of 
strength which influenced me 
toward the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches was its strong 
educational priority— that of Grace 
College and Grace Theological 
Seminary. I have attended both of 
these institutions and appreciate 

the emphasis and instruction that 
the teachers have imparted to me. I 
have been strongly influenced by 
the way the doctrine was graciously 
imparted. I can remember men 
from other religious persuasions 
who were my classmates that raised 
opposition to the Brethren views. 
Never once can I recollect a profes- 
sor responding in a vengeful way. 
Their attitudes and actions testified 
of their deep commitment to Christ 
and His teachings. It is my prayer as 
well, as I deal with people of vari- 
ous and sundry beliefs, that I might 
always respond to their questions in 
patience and love, allowing the 
Holy Spirit to confirm these truths 
to their hearts and minds. 

In closing, it is my prayer that 
these paths that God has led me 
through will be of benefit to others 
who are making similar decisions. I 
also hope it will give people who 
now belong to the Grace Brethren 
Church an insight into how others 
view you. We are often watched 
when we are least aware of it. Might 
we always be willing to give an ac- 
count of the hope which lies within 
us, until He comes. 

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On the Emmaus Road 

Their hearts were weary and troubled, 

As they walked the Emmaus Road; 
They talked and communed together, 

Oh, how heavy seemed their load! 
The Lord whom they loved and followed; 

Whom their hearts had given room, 
Was crucified and was buried— 

Now was absent from the tomb! 

A stranger then walked beside them 
And talked till the waning day; 

How their hearts did burn within them 
As He reasoned by the way! 

For it was the Lord who joined them: 

He was all the prophets' theme- 
He told them of Moses' vision; 
He spoke of Isaiah's dream. 

Oh, Saviour, come walk beside us, 

When weary and hard the way; 
And come in the early morning, 

Abide till the evening gray. 
When hope seems from us departed, 

And our hearts be filled with gloom; 
Grant us the calm of thy spirit, 

Give visions of joys to come! 

-Miriam Mohler Hanson 
Dayton, Ohio 

august '80 

Reaching the Unreached 

Irethren Foreign Missions 



The largest non-Christian religion is Islam, with an estimated 700 
million Muslims. 

600 million Hindus are found all over the world, with the 
majority in India. 

Marxism and what we might call "secular religions" 

800 million 

500 million 
people are 

250 million 



2.5 billion 
are still 

ethnic groups 
have been 
identified as 


Reaching the Unreached 




"Christian missions are no human undertaking 
but a supernatural and divine enterprise for which 
God has provided supernatural power and leader- 
ship," wrote missionary statesman Robert Hall 
Glover. Looking back over the 80 years since The 
Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church was founded, the truth of that statement 
is verified, and it is a delight to share some of the 
blessings that God has showered upon the Society. 
Since its inception, Brethren Foreign Missions 
has had as its primary goal the planting of the 
Church of Jesus Christ in those places where the 
Church did not yet exist. To date, 525 indigenous 
churches have been planted with a baptized 
membership approaching 80,000. Thus, foreign 
mission churches and membership are slightly 
more than twice the size of their U.S. counterpart. 
When it is realized that until the 1950s our mis- 
sion had only two mission fields, Argentina and 
Africa, and that this significant church growth 
was accomplished with a mission force of just over 
100 missionaries, the truth of Dr. Glover's obser- 
vation about missions becomes evident. 

Today the Society is also working in Brazil, 
France, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, and 
Hawaii. In no field has the work been easy; 
it is only through the dedication and per- 
sonal sacrifices made by committed godly 
missionaries that the Grace Brethren 
Church can today point with pride to 
these accomplishments. 

When Brethren missionaries first 
entered Africa, they took as their 
slogan, "First the pagans and then 
the Mohammedans." It's exciting 
to realize that our missionaries 
have never lost that vision. A 
deliberate aggressive mis- 
sionary thrust towards the 
unreached of Africa is a 
part of the present and 
future strategy. Mis- 
sionaries are en- 
couraged to engage 
in evangelism 
directed toward 
the Pygmies and 

the Muslims, as well as several unreached tribes. 

Today political divisions have created two 
Brethren fellowships in Africa — one in the Central 
African Republic and the other in the Chad. Both 
groups are prospering even in the midst of political 

The training of pastors and medical evangelists 
in Africa has done much to advance the in- 
digenous church. The African churches have their 
own foreign missionary society functioning, and 
they are now initiating plans to start a seminary- 
level program in French. 

The churches in Hawaii have gone self- 

Two congregations are organized in France; one 
in Germany. On both of these fields, as well as in 
Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, missionaries are 
conducting extension seminary classes to train 
leadership for the churches. 

But what about the future? The one overwhelm- 
ing tragic fact that should grip and motivate the 
Christian church in this decade is the realization 
that, at the very least, 2.5 billion people do not 
know of God's love in Jesus Christ. That's half the 
world's population. 

And what is even more significant is the 
pessimistic spiritual future projected for these 
people. Most are so separated by language and 
culture from existing Christian congregations that 
deliberate missionary activity is the only hope for 
their salvation. Without a massive, courageous, 
venturesome, missionary thrust, they will die 
without ever hearing the Gospel. 

With such a large segment of the world's popula- 
tion still unreached, we dare not settle into a posi- 
tion of merely servicing existing churches. The 
eternal destiny of these unreached multitudes 
depends on the success of the foreign mission pro- 
gram. A goodly portion of missionary personnel 
must be penetrating that barrier that separates 
faith from non-faith, belief from unbelief. That is 
why it is so important for us to begin a work in 
Asia as soon as possible. 

Brethren Foreign Missions is ready to assume 
greater responsibilities in the evangelization of 
the world. The prayers, the gifts, and the person- 
nel from Brethren Churches will make it possible. 

uo ye tnererore, ana teacn an nations, 

Reaching the unreached and planting churches 
will continue to be our objective in the future. Un- 
til the Lord returns, the coming years will present 
exciting opportunities for missions. Get involved. 
Won't you help us to renew the vision? 

John W. Zielasko 
General Director 

FMS Appointees, 

by Years, 

Since 1900 






Propagation of the Gospel 

Planting of Churches 

I Preparation of Leaders 





Child Evangelism 

Personel Visitation 


Bible Studies 


Social Contact 



Home Bible Studies 


Sunday School 

Youth Groups 

Personal Discipleship 
Bible Institute and 

Extension Theological 

Literature Translation 

and Preparation 











ba ptizing them in the name of the Father 



In 1909, while most of the world waited to know 
the outcome of Admiral Peary's attempt to reach 
the North Pole, the attention and prayers of the 
Brethren Church went south, below the equator. 
Argentina was chosen as a mission field. It was 
seen that, though the populous costal cities had 
some gospel witness, the vast interior had 
none. However, the early missionaries never call- 
ed their field "Argentina." They called it "South 
America" — a reflection of their missionary goal. 

One century ago the heart of Africa was s< 

almost totally without the message of Jj 

Christ. However, the faithful ministry oi 

sionaries and nationals has spread the Gos* 

most areas. Brethren Foreign Missions 

French Equatorial Africa (a territory 

The early missionaries suffered man 

but as a result of their labors and thl 

after them, a fellowship of 450 Bre 

in the Central African Republi 

with an attendance of over 10' 


In 1949, the Brethren Church entered Brazil. The 
Amazon delta area was chosen as the target. Then 
in 1975, a new ministry was begun in an urban 
area, Uberlandia, Brazil. 

When our mission began, t 

tral African Republic wei 

ritory. In 1960, they be 

Thus, some Brethren 

and the majority we 

missionary couple i 

retirement only on 

in this country. 

34 organized c; 


Continued evangelism and faithful witness has 
resulted in the planting of 37 churches in South 
America. Bible Institute, Extension Seminary, 
camps, evangelistic crusades, literature distribu- 
tion, and home Bible studies have aided the 
growth of the churches in these two countries 
where Brethren Foreign Missions serves. 

Today tl 








nd of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit 

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The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches en- 
joys its existence today because of a little group of 
Christians in Europe that was determined to obey 
the teachings of the New Testament. The 
religious persecutions of the 1700s left this group 
no choice. In 1719 and 1729, groups of the Ger- 
man Brethren left for America. 

When Brethren missionary work in Hawaii began 
in 1953, the islands were still a territory, not a 
state. Thus, Foreign Missions accepted the 
challenge of planting churches on the most 
populous island, Oahu. Hawaii is a true 
"melting pot" of races. Many of these peo- 
ple need to hear about Jesus Christ and 
His saving grace. At one time the 
whole population was considered 
Christian. Since that time, various 
cults and religions have invaded 
the islands. Evangelical churches 
are needed now more than ever. 
Today the three fully in- 
digenous, self-supporting 
churches in the state have 
formed a district of the 


io came 
R.) stands 

id and the Cen- 
irded as one ter- 
separate republics, 
es were in the Chad 
he C.A.R. In 1965, a 
to the Chad. After their 
jionary has been working 
nore are needed. There are 
s with a membership of over 

Thus, the Brethren Church is relatively unknown 
in Europe today. However, now Brethren Foreign 
Missions is reaching back into the continent of 
our church's origin. 

Our work in France began in 1951. Later with the 
acquisition of the Chateau de Saint Albain as a 
neutral center, a bridge was formed between the 
French people and the church. Two local churches 
have been organized from the Chateau 
ministry — one at Macon and the other at Chalon. 

Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 
Praise the Lord for 
these growing, 
vibrant testi- 
monies that 
had their 
start in 


ge numbers of churches and 
impressive, yet there are still many 
soples in Africa. Literacy programs 
nd printing ministries, medical work, 
leological training, evangelism, building 
:s, and youth and children programs are 
>.sed to reach these people for Christ. 

Our mission in Germany was pioneered in 1969. 
After eight years with only one missionary family, 
more arrived and are aiding the work. One church 
has been established in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Spain has been approved as a new field of mis- 
sionary endeavor. We are awaiting qualified can- 
didates to pioneer a work there. 

Evangelism, Bible studies, films, Bible institutes, 
youth groups, camps, and drama are all employed 
by missionaries and nationals to build churches. 
In spite of the Europeans' great spiritual indif- 
ference, God is building His Church and many 
people have come to know Him. 

Teaching them to qbserve all thingi j 

The Orient 

Puerto Rico 






Brethren Foreign Missions' first church plan 

ting efforts were in Persia (where Iran 

presently located). Due to political turmoi 

the mission was forced to close. Then 

1921 Brethren Foreign Missions undei 

took a work in China. It, was di{ 

continued, due to lack of personnel 

Spain had the greatest influence on the histories of 
Mexico and Puerto Rico. When the Spaniards first 
arrived they found Indians (highly civilized ones 
in Mexico) living in the lands. Today only a few In- 
dian tribes are left in Mexico and none are found 
in Puerto Rico. 

In 1951, Brethren Foreign Missions opened its 
work in Mexico in the Baja California peninsula. 
This work continues today with missionaries liv- 
ing in the United States and traveling across the 
border to minister. There are eight congregations 
in Mexico including the work in Mexico City 
which began in 1963. 

Since that time, Brethre 

Foreign Missions has not had 

ministry in the Orienj 

Recently, this needy area i 

the world was approved i 

field. Now qualifk 

candidates are needei 

Pray that people wi 

respond, and sooi 

missionaries wii 

be ready to 

and reach th 

unreached i 

the Orient 



The first work in Puerto Rico started in 1959 and 
was English-speaking. Today that church is 
Spanish-speaking and fully indigenous. The mis- 
sion on the island is completely Spanish-speaking. 
One new church has been established and Bible 
studies are forming. More missionaries are need- 

Many groups of people are still unreached in these 
two Spanish-speaking countries. But evangelism 
among the poor, middle income, and wealthy 
classes, to the individual and the masses, is pro- 
ducing churches. 

whatsoever I have commanded you: 

inancial Report 

Over the past 80 years, the Lord has financially blessed Brethren Foreign Missions. As you 
can see from the chart below, gifts have risen rapidly over the past few decades. Praise the 
Lord! We are indeed grateful for this consistent support by Brethren people. 

However, due mainly to inflation and the devaluation of the dollar overseas, these gifts 
have not kept pace with expenses. The accompanying financial report demonstrates the 
deficit we have experienced for the past couple years. In order for FMS to make up these 
deficits and continue expanding to reach the unreached, we need your continued faithful 

And thank you for helping to make our 80 years a success. 

i^^ /f ^^e^^^- — 

Stephen P. Mason 
Director of Finance 



Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman 
Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 
Rev. Robert Griffith 
Rev. Wesley Haller 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 
Mr. Lenard Moen 
Dr. Glenn O'Neal 
Dr. Peter N. Peponis 
Dr. Bernard Schneider 
Mr. Herman Schumacher 
Rev. Scott Weaver 
Dr. John C. Whitcomb 


Rev. John W. Zielasko, General Director 
Rev. Jesse Deloe, Director of Church Relations 
Mr. Stephen P. Mason, Director of Finance 
Rev. Gordon L. Austin, Director of Audiovisuals 
Miss Nora Macon, Publications Coordinator 
Miss Georgia Eikenberry, Assistant to the 

Director of Finance 
Miss Mary Jane Witter, Secretary 
Rev. Edward Bowman, Materials Secretary 
Mrs. Ella Male, Receptionist-Secretary 
Mr. Tom Betcher, Assistant to the Director 

of Audiovisuals 


of the Financial Report 

General Fund 





8 1,240,487 

8 1,107,582 

Interest & Miscellaneous 



Gain on sale of properties 




8 1,286,646 

8 1,130,204 



8 136,385 

8 126,180 




Missionary & Field 







8 1,319,583 

8 1,168,497 

Net income (deficiency) for 


(8 32,937) 

(8 38,293) 














80 Years of Gifts to 
Brethren Foreign Missions 

1980 (Budget) . 




1920 1930 












materials \ 

to: \ 

Brethren \ 

Foreign \ 

Missions, \ 

P.O. Box 588, 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


□ Information about 

□ Opportunities for service 

□ Information about annuities 
and wills 

□ ECHOES (free subscription) 

□ Other 

Under the Trees 

One hot Tuesday afternoon in 1900, a group of determined people met on a knoll under 
the spreading boughs of an oak tree. In that meeting The Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church was born. 

This happened during the Tenth Brethren General Conference meeting at Winona Lake, 
Indiana. One of the group's leading elders, Jacob C. Cassel, had challenged the delegates by 
presenting a paper on a relevant subject for any Christian body — "Are we ready to enter 
the foreign missionary field?" 

When the matter was presented, the attempt to actually form a foreign missions 
organization was met with formidable resistance. To those who favored such action, it was 
suggested that there was plenty of room "out under the trees." Today a bronze plaque iden- 
tifies the spot beneath these trees. 

That dedicated assemblage of Brethren was concerned about reaching the unreached. 
Eighty years have passed. Brethren Foreign Missions continues to minister to unreached 
peoples around the world. 

While praising God for His blessings through the years, it is time to rededicate efforts 
because the challenges at band seem greater than ever. May the determination, zeal, 
foresight, and steadfastness of purpose to carry out the Great Commission, which were 
characteristic of those who founded the Society, still be found among the Brethren. Renew 
the vision! 

In the power of the Holy Spirit 

With the prayerful support of Grace Brethren churches, 

And through the commitment of missionary personnel, 

Brethren Foreign Missions will expand 

\ To reach the unreached! 

Name _ 

and, lo, I am with you alwa 
even unto the end I 
of the world. 


A- men 

Thanks for your continuing support. 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

hurch Growth Specialist Win Am and GBC Chris- 
an Education Leader Knute Larson discuss U.S. 
lurch growth on TV. 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Thank you for your prayers and gifts and 
encouraging responses 

lb whom much is given . . . 

There's nothing quite like being thankful for wealth. 

Bless me Lord, so I can be grateful! 

But being we 1 1 -stocked has its handicaps too. How can we tell if we're smiling at God because we're 
thankful or just because we're comfortable and like having a lot? 

We skip meals now and then, but not because we don't have food or money— just to avoid getting fatter! 

We cry a bit, but usually because of a problem that might sound petty to someone hurting with an 
empty stomach and heart on one of our mission fields. 

We ache, but often because we played too hard; not worked to plow a stony field with a skinny ox, like 
a distant brother must do. 

We have our hard decisions about Bible teaching, but usually it's related to knowing which of 20 books 
to buy or whether to complain because the teacher went too long; not because we have no helps for study 
or no one to teach us. 

We talk about fellowship, but sometimes with a critical spirit toward someone who cares for us, rather 
than with the empty soul of the man down the street who has no church family to claim. 

We have been given much. 

But often we have been much given to apathy. 

Not caring. 

And then not caring that we don't care. 

Let's change. Or, better, be changed. 

Let's be a church so bent on gratitude that we pull together in love to work out our faith in good deeds 
toward others. 

Because we have been taught, we have a strong mandate to teach. 

Because we have been loved, we must love. 

To whom much is given, much is required. 

The Christian education and church growth force of any church is strong or weak in direct proportion to 
how many people in that church are thankful for what they have and fearful about their accountability 
before God. 

The youth and children's workers in a church increase as gratitude does. 

The best way to smile is when you're sharing! ^ d»" 

. . . much is required ^^ 


august '80 CJO) 

• Leadership of the staff 

• Vision and direction for total 
CE ministry 

• Specializing in ministry to 
pastors, adult CE, and church 

• Writing: CE pages in the 
Herald, GDC Readobles, Hm- 
mm. Inside Track, Accent, 
Precepts, and Pastor's Class 

• Consultation and seminar 

• Training In Missionary En- 

• Operation Barnabas 

• Youth Conference 

• Brethren Student Life Volun- 

• Brethren Pro-teens 

• Ac'cent 

• CE Youth Program 

• Works closely with staff coor- 
dination and office direction. 

• Seminars on CE and youth 

Pastor Knuto Larson, Executive 
Director/Pastof, GBC, Ashland, 

Ed Lewis, Director of Youth 
Ministries/ Associate Director of 
GBC Christian Education 

Ginny Toroian, Administrative 
Assistant to the Executive 
Director/Director of Customer 

Mrs. Gladys Doloo, 

Administrative Assistant Youth 

i august '80 

Word processing for Hmmm, 
Inside Track, Herald CE 
pages, Readables. 
Helps coordinate CE Con- 
vention, Awards programs. 
Editorial and writing for: Ohhh 
(for wife-friend of the pastor) 
and Bzzz (for church 

Customer Service — office 
reception, assistance to the 
district representatives 

• Youth ministry word 
processing — correspondence 
plus Brethren Pro-Teens, CE 
Youth Programs, and some 
Ac'cent copy 

• Processing applications for 
TIME and Barnabas 

• Youth Conference registrar 

• Writing and developing SMM 

• Open lines of communication 
to district and local SMM 

• Writing for: Accent, CE Youth 
Programs, Brethren Pro-Teens 

• Youth Conference and 
Operation Barnabas 

• Oversight of production of CE 
materials, shipping and pur- 

• Editor and chief writer for CE 
Youth Programs 

• Seminars in CE and youth 

• Operation Barnabas 

• Youth Conference 

• Timothy Teams, NAC, Bible 

Maintenance of mailing lists 

Scheduling CE's 600 filmstrips 

for local-church use 

Processing applications for 


Support to other CE areas 

Judy Ashman, Director of SMM/ 
Production Coordinator 

Kavin Huggins, Assistant 

Mrs. Crystal Roscborough, 

Secretarial Assistant 

Mrs. Mary Nass, Bookkeeper 

Contact with churches, han- 
dling their accounts for 
materials purchased 
Handling offering and special 
gifts to the CE department 
Special joy in handling the 
TIME and Barnabas accounts 

Brian Rosaborough, Assistant to 
Directors/Director of Timothy 

• Design and layout of 

• Slide/Tape presentations 

• Contributor to Brethren Pro- 

•Operation Barnabas 
•Director of Timothy Teams 

Mrs. Carmen Franchino, 
Secretarial Assistant 

• Secretary to Kevin Huggins 
and Judy Ashman 

• Coordinator of A/V equip- 
ment and resource librarian 

Marilyn Johnson, Printing and 
Mailing Assistant 

• Offset printer operator 

• Supervision of mailing 

• Materials clerk 

Mrs. Ann Hynes, Shipping 

• Orders filling and inventory 

• Assists in mailing depart- 

Doug Koontz, Facilities and 
Grounds Maintenance 

• General custodial and 
grounds care 

• Assists in mailing and 

august '80 

Thursday, July 31 

We would like all of you to see the special grace 
God has given to us— the new Christian Edquarters 
building for our Fellowship. 

He gave it through you— in fact, gifts to pay for 
it are still coming in. 

Thank you! 

And do come by, if you can. 

Any time is fine. And if you are at national 
conference Thursday, July 31 , will be the official 
open house time. 

The offices and shipping area are efficient, 
beautiful, functional, workable, warm and strong. 

Something like a lot of God's gifts! 

Thank you for helping Him provide it and keep 
it up. 

The Growinq Church 

Super People 
Over 60 

by Pastor Bill Tweeddale 

Penn Valley 

Grace Brethren Church 

Telford, Pennsylvania 

Penn Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church wanted to let the 
"seniors" in our area know 
how much they meant to us. 
ST l/l C\LT-\ Our youth and then our 
young adult class planned 
special meals for them to get 
the "Super Sixties" ministries 
off to a good start. Now we 
are having from 60-80 in attendance at our monthly 

"Super" has become one of the most dynamic 
ministries in our church! 

We are finding that older people are telling their 
children and grandchildren about the care of the 
church. Two effective laymen, John Kile and Paul 
Donnelly, are making the "Super Sixties" monthly 
special meetings go. They characterized their 
times as meetings of "happiness, enthusiasm, and 
dignity. The challenge of being instrumental in 
their hearing the Gospel of our Lord is exciting to 
us, too." 

Estella Harley, one of the "Super" people, said: 
"It helps me make new friends, go places, and do 
things. I especially look forward to our 'Super 
Sixties Paper' and the programs." 

GBC Christian Ed offices have contacts for other 
moving and growing ministries for seniors, including two 
of the largest in the nation. Are you ready for this special 




Thanks to you the 58 teens 

and 8 leaders are working 

O. B. Gives Courage 

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Missionary {Birthdays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1980 Grace Brethren Annual.,/ 


Mrs. Anita Paden October 1 1 

Mrs. Ruth Snyder October 20 

Samuel Paden October 27, 1975 

Rev. Robert Skeen October 31 


Rev. Tim Farner October 1 

Rev. George Johnson October 5 

Mrs. Imogene Burk October 18 

Caixa Postal 861, 66.000 Belem, Para, Brazil 


Matthew Ochocki October 3, 1979 

Centre Missionnaire, 50 rue des Galibouds, 73200-Albertville, 

Mrs. Sharon Stallter October 8 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71260-Lugny, France 

Joel Gegner October 22, 1967 

Marc Gegner October 23, 1975 


Rev. J. Paul Dowdy October 18 

Jacqueline Julien October 19, 1964 

4857 Polen Dr., Kettering, Ohio 45440 
Rev. Marvin Goodman October 22 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Please send to the field whenever possible. 

Offering Opportunity 


Goal - $7,500 

Date Due - September 10, 1980 

wmc officiary 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590 
First Vice President-419/884-3969 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President-614/881-5779 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 

Secretary -51 3/335 5 1 88 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut St., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Assistant Secretary-219/267-2533 

Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, Box 277, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-219/267-7588 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 616/693-2315 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary-219/267-2083 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman-219/267-5095 

Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etling, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


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Mrs. Harold 

Central African Republic 

Margaret Lord was born in 
Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is a 
graduate of Bob Jones Uni- 
versity. She and her husband, 
Dr. Harold Mason, served in 
Africa first iri 1953. Follow- 
ing 1 3 years of service in 
Africa, the Masons remained 
in the U.S. after furlough in 
1966. Some years later, still 
feeling called of the Lord to 
serve in Africa, they worked 
out a schedule of two-year 
alternating service with Dr. 
and Mrs. William Walker. That 
is, while one physician and 
family are on the field in 
Africa, the other is in the U.S. 
caring for the medical practice 
at Warsaw, Indiana. The 
Masons have just returned to 
the field for another two-year 
term . The Masons have six 
grown children. 



Miss Barbara 


A ranch in southern Arizona 
was the birthplace of Barbara 
Hulse; later she moved to 
Tucson with her family. She 
received her R.N. from the 
Samuel Merritt School of 
Nursing in Oakland, California, 
in 1954. Early in her training 
Barbara became acquainted 
with several Christian girls. She 
was led to Christ by her room- 
mate who was a Christian and 
a member of the McHenry 
Avenue Brethren Church of 
Modesto, California. Later, 
Barbara joined that same 
church. Feeling that the Lord 
would have her in foreign 
missionary work, she went to 
Grace Seminary. For one year, 
while she awaited her appoint- 
ment to Brazil, she resided 
again in Tucson, working at a 
hospital and studying the 
Portuguese language at the 
University of Arizona. She 
arrived on the field in January 
1959. Her work in Brazil is 
now in Uberlandia, southern 
Brazil. She is a member of the 
Silverbell Grace Brethren 
Church of Tucson. 

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Mrs. Jean-Claude 

Central African Republic 

Martine Vieuble (view-blay) 
is serving with her husband in 
the Central African Republic 
as a missionary, but she is also 
a product of the Brethren 
missionary work in France. 
She came to know the Lord at 
a youth weekend at the 
Chateau in 1973. Martine 
studied accounting and IBM 
programming and both she 
and Jean-Claude were active in 
the Chateau before they were 
married there. The "Friends 
of the Chateau" group is 
helping to support them on 
the mission field. They arrived 
in the C.A.R. in the late sum- 
mer of 1975 and Martine has 
assisted in the mission financial 
bookwork as well as teaching 
in the French schools. They 
have two children. 

Mrs. Martin 

Central African Republic 

Beverly Wooley was a native 
of California and grew up in 
the vicinity of Modesto. Before 
her marriage, to Martin Garber, 
she took training at the Puget 
Sound School of Evangelism 
in Tacoma, Washington. After 
their marriage, Martin, who 
had previously served in the 
U.S. Army, attended Westmont 
College, Santa Barbara, Cali- 
fornia, and graduated from 
Grace Seminary in 1952. Their 
first foreign missionary service 
began in the fall of 1952 when 
they left for language study in 
France and continued on to 
the Central African Republic. 
Now, after a time in the states, 
they have again returned to 
the C.A.R. The Garbers have 
three children: twins— John 
and Joyce, and Lynda. Their 
church home is the LaLoma 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Modesto, California. 

Mrs. Lynn 


Mary Knepper grew up in 
York, Pennsylvania. She was 
saved at age seven in a Brethren 
Home Missions church where 
her family was active. At a 
missionary conference she 
dedicated her life to missionary 
service. She met Lynn Hoyt 
at Grace College. Lynn was an 
MK and had grown up on the 
mission field of Argentina. 
After their marriage and while 
they were finishing their edu- 
cation, they ministered in the 
Grace Brethren Church at 
Kokomo, Indiana, and later at 
the Sidney Grace Brethren 
Church, Sidney, Indiana, 
where they retain their church 
membership. Lynn and Mary 
began their service in Argentina 
in the fall of 1975. There are 
four children in their family. 

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WMC Wea File 

- Be a weight watcher! Not necessarily watch- 
ing pounds, but watching the weight of extra min- 
utes in a business meeting that should be trimmed 
to slenderize the WMC image. If you are a local 
president, print an agenda of things needed to be 
discussed and stick to it. 

- Be alert. As a member of an individual coun- 
cil, each one should contribute time and talents to 
the making of a successful WMC. Know your local 
needs; the needs of missionaries, personally and 
collectively; the needs of your friends and the 
needs of the Grace Brethren Church as a Fellow- 
ship. Pray and help to implement the supplying of 
these needs. Money isn't always the necessity. At 
times, friendship and concern are the most impor- 
tant factors in needs being met. Show others you 

- Set goals! This is the beginning of another 
WMC year. Set goals-ones that are within the 
reach of your group. It's terrific to see faith in stu- 
pendous goals; but if those goals are consistently 
out of reach or out of the realm of possibility, 
ladies become discouraged. If high goals are what 
you seek, don't fail to set some intermediate 
goals so discouragement and depression are not the 
demeanor of your group. 

- A WMC in every church. This is a goal that 
has been set by the national executive of WMC. 
Yes, we think this is within the realm of possi- 
bility. WMC brings ladies together to study God's 
Word; WMC educates women to pray intelligently 
concerning missions and other needs of the church, 
specifically our Fellowship of churches; WMC is 
a place of Christian fellowship; WMC is steward- 
ship of our resources; WMC is a helping arm of the 
church; WMC is banding together with other 
women of like faith across the nation in a single- 
ness of purpose-to be Women Manifesting Christ. 
These factors are but a few that make WMC worth- 
while in every church. Does your WMC fulfull all 
the needs as listed above? Will you help us to reach 
our goal by prayer and encouragement? 

by Judy K. Dilling 

Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 

As I polished the antique spool case that doubles 
as an end table in our home, I reflected on the beauti- 
ful things man has made that have survived the years 
and have become cherished antiques. Pieces belonging 
to our own ancestors are especially cherished for their 
beauty and sentiment. I silently thanked God for my 
American heritage. My heritage -how precious! But 
wait, there is a greater heritage that I have— that of 
being a child of God-related to Jesus, the King. Have 
you thanked God lately for the rich heritage that is 
ours through the blood of Christ? 

"A Prayer" 
— composed one day while weeding 

Lord, give me that faraway look, 
Which sees not the weeds 
And briars at my feet. 

Let me see only the beauty of growing things 
Against the horizon of many hills, 
Banked by clouds against a field of blue. 

Give me that faraway look 
That sees not the drabness 
Of proximity. 

Lord, give me that faraway look, 
Which overlooks the petty trials of the day. 
Let me see only the beauty of a life complete. 
Treading toward the goal set by God above, 
With the calm of a steadfast purpose, 
Give me that faraway look 
That sees only 

Into eternity. Ruth A. Christian 

Mabton, Washington 

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Educate! Educate! School will 
soon be starting for another term. 
We are all aware that different 
levels of achievement are present in 
the school systems. We would not 
expect first graders to be able to ac- 
complish long division or algebraic 
equations. Neither are they expected 
to read the classics and understand 
all the hidden meanings therein. 

Perhaps the analogy does not 
hold up entirely, but we, as estab- 
lished WMCs, cannot expect our 
younger members to be knowledge- 
able in all the intricacies of the 
functioning of the WMC program. 
The cry has sometimes been to 
simplify the workings of the organi- 
zation. But the better idea would 
be to educate. As lessons in primary 
classrooms across the nation do not 
start with algebra but with the 
ABCs, let's start the same way with 
a new WMC program or educate 
new ladies in an established group. 
Don't overload. Every new member 
does not need to understand all 
national, district, or local organiza- 
tional functions to be blessed by a 
monthly Bible study or educated 

concerning Brethren missions or 
missionaries. But the child does not 
stay home from school because she 
will never learn all the things she 
has to know to be an educated 
woman. Likewise, if we train our 
younger women and new WMCs 
gradually in our organizational 
structure, we will accomplish the 
goal of a WMC in every church and 
a functioning, God-honoring group 
that will reproduce itself in another 

Don't know where to start? Be- 
gin with a few dedicated ladies who 
will start using the program packet 
with the helps included. As the 
ladies grow in the Word, some of 
the functional aspects or organiza- 
tion will come naturally. An entire 
slate of officers is not necessary 
initially, but a leader is essential. 

Seek help from other groups and 
the groups who are sought out 
should remember to teach individual 
lessons, not the whole organization 
in one sitting. Encourage the one 
who says, "But why?" Remember 
how long it takes to complete one's 
formal education. WMC is no differ- 

ent. However, one must learn 
through experience. It's hard to 
learn to swim by sitting on die 
shore. It's hard to learn to read 
without opening the book. It's hard 
to have a WMC without concentrat- 
ing on the pattern and implement- 
ing the program. WMC has its own 
literature to aid in education of 
women, individually and in groups. 
The history book of WMC is en- 
titled, Through the Years and will 
give background of the organization 
and the reasons for offerings given 
and programs supported. WMCs Pen 
Pointers also give instruction. Not 
all ladies in a local organization 
need to read each Pen Pointer. 
Some are for instruction for officers; 
while others are for the entire 
group. Ask for assistance. National 
officers are capable of answering 
questions and many others locally 
and in the district group are also 
aware. Don't know enough to even 
ask questions? Shout, "HELP!" 

Some children claim not to like 
arithmetic because they can't get 
the right answer. How different is 
that same child's attitude when an 
educator finally states the problem 
in a method that is understood by 
the child. Don't be a quitter with 
WMC. Try the Bible study and the 
mission emphasis and add the rest 
ax you learn. The child does not 
receive a diploma the first day of 
first grade. WMC can be a learned 
response; and Women Manifesting 
Christ in every church, a reality! 

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Mrs. Ortlund, busy wife, mother, musician, and author, is concerned with the beauty of the whole woman. 
"Remember," she says, "for all your adult life you'll be a woman. And how you live your life as a woman, all by 
yourself before God is what makes the real you. Nothing on the exterior can touch or change that precious inner 
sanctuary— your heart, His dwelling place—unless you let it. Put first things first (eliminate and concentrate— the 
rule), and then live." All women can profit from this advice on how to live beautifully through disciplining your 
looks, your goals, your daily schedule, your relationships, and your life. 

GOD! WHO ELSE? by Claire and Ruth Greiner, $3.00 

In time of love, in time of loss, in time of sorrow, in time of worship, in time of supply, in time of disappoint- 
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Rose Warmer, a Jewess of eager intellect, searches all paths in an ever-widening journey through life that leads 
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Jews, she is swept up as rubble into concentration camps during World War II, claimed by neither group. To the 
Germans, she is a Jew, but to her own people she is an outcast who has chosen the religion— Christianity. 


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This manual is arranged in workbook form. For each lesson, 
the author first gives the verses from Proverbs to be studied 
and then a list of questions. Some of the themes for study 
include joy, wealth and poverty, neighbors, work and lazi- 
ness, child training, goals and treasures, marriage, and old 
age/long life. Seven additional topics complete this infor- 
mative study. A copy should be obtained for each lady. 




News Notes 

by Vance Christie 

Cindy Spradling, a chemistry major and 1980 grad- 
uate of Grace College is participating in Union Car- 
bide Corporation's first ever co-op work/study pro- 
gram. In three years she 
will earn a degree in 
chemical engineering 
from the West Virginia 
Institute of Technology 
while working for 
Union Carbide. Both 

Union Carbide and the 
institute are located in 
Montgomery, West Vir- 
ginia, one hour east of 
the state capitol, 

Last Christmas, Cindy was scouting around for 
jobs to be had after graduation. She landed one with 
the Union Carbide, along with the stipulation that she 
would continue working toward an engineering de- 
gree. So Cindy began working for Carbide this sum- 
mer. In the fall, she will get back into the books. 
Then each summer she will work for Carbide. In this 
way, following the co-op program, she will receive a 
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Engineering degree 
in three years. 

West Virginia Institute of Technology has a stu- 
dent body consisting of over 5,000 mechanical, civil, 
electrical and chemical engineering students. Her 
courses will consist mainly of electrical engineering, 
chemistry and math. The school is generally con- 
sidered hard and she says that her particular program 
looks especially difficult. The undergraduate level 
work will consist of lecture and lab courses. Few of 
her courses will call for a combination of lab and class 

After receiving her degree in engineering, the job 
market is wide open to her. "Even a person with a 
master's degree has difficulty in getting a job," she 
says, "but once you have your engineering degree you 
can go almost anywhere and find employment." 

Cindy is the oldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert K. Spradling. Pastor Spradling has a growing 

church of over 600 in Charleston, West Virginia. A 
former Grace Seminary student, where he received 
the Th.M. in 1960, he and his wife have been at the 
independent fundamental Bible Center Church for 12 
years. The Spradlings have one other daughter, Cheryl. 

While majoring in chemistry at Grace, Cindy 
picked up a biblical studies minor. Prior to coming to 
Grace she earned some Bible credit by attending the 
Appalachian Bible Institute in West Virginia for two 

At Grace, she was the junior class secretary and 
worked with the school's Artist Co-op in her senior 
year. She enjoys sketching and drawing, as well as the 
"homey kind of things" like sewing, knitting, and 
embroidery. During the spring semester of her senior 
year she took a rock climbing and rapelling course, 
which she found both challenging and exciting. 

New Controller at Grace 

Larry Chamberlain will become controller of 
Grace Schools in August. He, his wife and two chil- 
dren currently reside in Warsaw, Indiana, where he is 
business manager and accountant for the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc., and accountant for the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. 

Mr. Chamberlain received his B.A. degree from 
Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, 
and this spring received the Master's in Business Ad- 
ministration from Indiana University. Prior to his ex- 
perience at BHMC, Larry was employed as branch 
manager and lending officer at National Central Bank 
of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bill Hofto will be assum- 
ing the position of assistant controller/senior staff ac- 
countant in August. 

New Courses and Record Enrollment 

Course offerings in the Grace Theological Semi- 
nary were increased again this summer. In addition to 
courses taught by resident faculty, there were a num- 
ber of well-known guest lecturers. These included Dr. 
Ronald Chadwick, Dr. Kenneth Gangel, Dr. S. Lewis 
Johnson, Jr., Dr. John Lawlor, and Dr. James Ross- 

There were 225 students enrolled in the first term 
in the M.Div., M.A. in Missions, Th.M., and Th.D. 
programs. More than 50 additional students were on 
campus for work in the M.A. program in Christian 
School Administration. The college also experienced 
a record enrollment with 161 students registered. 
This included the nursing students who were involved 
in 12 hours of class plus 24 hours at Parkview Hos- 
pital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, each week. 

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jfratf WW WW. 

Courtesy of Warsaw Times-Union 

The Grills: 




Mike and Steve Grill are more than 
just brothers. They are best friends, 
tennis partners, business associates, 
and colleagues on the faculty of Grace 
College. Both did their undergraduate 
work at Grace, received their masters 
degrees from Ball State University 
(Muncie, Ind.), and hold doctorate 
degrees in their respective fields. 

"Steve and I are more like friends 
than brothers," admits Mike, 34, the 
chairman of the Behavioral Science 
department at the college. "The 
whole idea of him as a brother doesn't 
even click for me. I think of him as 
just another good friend on the faculty, 
although obviously he's my brother." 

"Our family relationship is different 
than most," explains the older son of 
A. E. and Kitty Grill of Dayton, Ohio. 
"We like each other." 

It is not just the brothers; it is their 
parents and their wives, as well. "We 
take vacations together, as a group, 
just because we like to," he says. 

Together they went to France and 
Switzerland one summer; while 
England was the destination another 
year. Over Christmas break this year, 
the two took a group of students to 
Washington, D.C., with Mike teaching 
a class in Christian Counseling and 
Steve leading a class in Persuasion. 
"The fact that we both happen to 
teach on the faculty ends up making it 
doubly nice, because we could take 
students along, " says Steve, 3 1 . Both 
accompanied the tennis team, of which 
Mike is the assistant coach, to spring 
training in Florida. 

Steve, the chairman of the Speech 
Communications department, attrib- 
utes their family closeness to its size- 
they are the only children. "It's easier 
for us to be closer, than maybe people 
who come from large families where 
you kind of spread your relationships 
among all the family members," he 
says. "We're a small family and really 

by Liz Cutler 


The Grills' offices are located a 
short distance from each other in the 
lower level of Philathea Hall on the 
Grace campus. "It's kind of neat to be 
able to walk around the corner and 
have your brother/best friend right 
there," says Steve. 

The influences each has had on the 
other are obvious, although perhaps 
more with Steve, being the younger, 
than with Mike.. 

"I think it's really interesting to 
grow up when you have an older 
brother that you really look up to," 
Steve says. "Mike was very good in 
athletics in high school, much better 
than I . . . ." 

"Notice he didn't mention aca- 
demics," interjects Mike with a smile. 

"It was really something to be 
going to your brother's basketball 
games, track meets, and so forth. 
That's probably influenced me sub- 
consciously in a lot of ways," Steve 

Citing instances such as a choice of 
college and a teaching career as possible 
results of a big brother influence, Steve 
is quick to point out, "Not that I neces- 
sarily tried to copy him. We're smart 
enough to realize that we're very 
different in some ways." 

He continues, "In a lot of ways, he's 
always been the one to do things first, 
and then I kind of followed, except 
the college teaching, maybe. I got into 
that full time first, then I spent a great 
deal of my time trying to talk him into 
the fact that Grace would be a really 
great place for him to work." 

Steve, perhaps, has not had as great 
an influence on Mike. "Because I was 
not following in his footsteps, people 

didn't have expectations of me on the 
basis of him," the psychology professor 
says. The influences come more in the 
form of everyday interaction, according 
to Mike. "I would be hard pressed to 
put my finger on things specifically," 
he notes. "But there's kind of a 
constant give." 

Grace Schools are intertwined in 
the lives of the Grill family, going back 
as far as 1956, when the two brothers 
accepted Christ during a series of 
meetings in which Dr. Paul Bauman, 
Jr., spoke. The former Grace Seminary 
administrator and professor was speak- 
ingat their home church in Englewood, 
Ohio. Through the meetings, and the 
godly influence of their mother, both 
boys made public professions of faith 
that week. 

Several years later, as Mike prepared 
to go off to college, the influence of 
Grace again reared its head. "Coming 
to Grace was easy," says Steve, as the 
two tal ked about the decision to obtain 
their college eduation in Winona Lake. 
"We didn't have much choice in that." 

"I think our mother heard the 
basketball team at our Grace Brethren 
Church in Ohio in about 1 960 and 
made up her mind that the boys were 
going to go to Grace for at least one 
year, no matter what," he adds. "We 
have been very thankful for that." 

So, in 1963, Mike arrived on campus 
with the intention of attending the 
school for one year, then transferring 
to Ohio State University to study 
dentistry. "I came and was involved 
in athletics and really enjoyed it," he 
says. "So I decided to stay." 

Active in basketball, he was benched 
his senior year due to an illness. The 
English major turned more of his time 
to his studies, picking up a minor in 
psychology the last semester of his 
college career. 

He credits Chuck Henry (brother of 
Ron Henry, Grace director of admis- 

'august '80 


sions, and now chairman of the psy- 
chology department at Wheaton 
Coilege, III.) with influencinghischoice 
to direct his career toward psychology, 
rather than teaching. After looking at 
the possibilities, one of the most 
obvious was school psychology, some- 
thing he did for nearly eight years. 

Graduating from Grace in 1970, 
Steve joined the faculty a year later. 
"The timing was absolutely perfect," 
he says. The year he graduated and 
began working on his masters degree, 
the chairman of the speech department 
left to work on his doctorate degree. 
Dr. E. William Male, then academic 
dean of the college and now dean of the 
seminary, asked if he would teach until 
the department head returned. 

"By the way," Steve notes with a 
laugh. "He never came back. I've 
been here ever since." In addition to 
his responsibilities as chairman of the 
department, he also directs the majority 
of the drama productions at the 

Adjusting to being a faculty mem- 
ber, rather than a student, was difficult 
for Steve, who was hired when he was 
22 years old. "I had only been out of 
school for nine or ten months," he 
notes. "I immediately had to turn 
around and come back and teach with 
people who were some of my best 
friends, had played soccer with me, 
perhaps girls I had dated, and teaching 
with people, who just a few months 
before, had been my professors. 

"It took several years for people to 
stop looking at me as a student who 
just happens to be teaching a class, 
changing that image to, he is now a 
teacher here at the college, " Steve says. 
"I think I like it a lot better now that 
I'm sort of established and have been 
around awhile." 

Steve recently received a Ph.D. 
degree in educational administration 
from Ball State. "I thought I could 
make more contributions (to the 
college)," he says. In addition to his 
teaching responsibilities, he is the 
assistant academic dean and was 
recently responsible for the comple- 
tion of the new college catalogue. He 
has also served as assistant soccer 

On the faculty full time at Grace 
since 1978, the adjustment to teaching 
at his alma mater has not been as great 
for Mike, as it was for his brother. "I 
have had, as colleagues, a few people 
that had me as a student," says Mike. 
"This caused a little pain, because I 
really was more into athletics than 
academics, up until right at the end. 
Somehow, my doctorate degree, I 
guess has convinced them that I was 

really brighter than they thought," he 

"Or brighter than your grades indi- 
cated," his brother adds. 

In addition to Mike and Steve's in- 
volvement with the school, their father 
has served on the board of trustees 
since 1 971 . And, since his retirement 
from business, has worked with the 
development department. 

"Grace has really become a major 
factor in our lives, and, consequently, 
since we are the family, in our whole 
family's existence," says Steve. "That 
is probably one of the reasons we are 
so involved in trying to sell people on 
the good things of it." 

Another reason probably is that 
Mike and Steve have been in the unique 
position of seeing Grace grow. "We're 
starting to get some longevity," Steve 
notes. "With Mike coming in 1963, 
the family has been closely, uniquely 
involved in what's going on at Grace 
for 1 7 or 1 8 years. We 've been able, 
over a long period of time, to see those 
good changes, to see how the school 
has grown, and gotten better and 
better. We have some perspective 
now, that a lot of people don't have 
on Grace Schools, just by having been 
around so long." 

When Mike entered the college as a 
freshman, there were 300 students. 
The library was in a small room in 
McClain and meals were served at the 
Westminster Hotel, now the Inter- 
national Friendsnip House. 

"I think, especially coming through 
at that time, you believed in the 
school," comments Mike. "It has 
gotten uniformly better, in every way 
you can think. We're 800 this year; 
there is talk that it will probably be 
900, maybe more, next year. And, the 
students academically, just keep getting 
better and better, and spiritually, better 
and better." 

Mike and Steve are also partners in 
Warsaw Health Foods. The small East 
Center Street (Warsaw, Ind.) store was 
begun several years ago at the sug- 
gestion of their parents, who own one 
of the largest health food stores in the 
Midwest (Dayton, Ohio). "It's way, 
way over what we could have hoped 
for at this time." 

Their involvement with the health 
food store matches their active life 
style. "We see a real connection be- 
tween the Christian life style, taking 
care of your body, physically being 
the best you can, tied in with your 
spiritual life," says Steve. 

Their faith influences the way they 
teach, as well. "I'm becoming con- 
vinced that, at Grace in particular, 
anything we teach that isn't based on 

biblical principles, to the best that we 
can discern those principles, really is 
of little value," he notes. 

The speech professor recently has 
begun finding that there are Christians 
who have analyzed different areas of 
speech from a biblical perspective. 
"That doesn't mean in the past I 
taught things that were wrong," he 
says. "It means I didn't always know 
the biblical foundation for why I 
taught the things I did. I taught them 
because I was certain it didn't contra- 
dict anything that God said, but I 
really didn't know. More and more 
people now are making certain that 
the biblical principles have been 
looked up, and you can use those as a 
foundation for the cla^s." 

"Psychology is a little different in 
that a lot of academic areas really 
don't touch on moral things," Mike 
points out. "You can't avoid that in 
psyc, especially in counseling." Al- 
though he discusses more controversial 
theories in his classes, Mike is sure to 
base the classes that he teaches, as well 
as the personal counseling he does on 
the Bible. 

"We are more and more seeing that 
as a real important issue of the school," 
notes Steve. Both feel that one basic 
solution to the day-to-day problems of 
the school is to remain true to the 
uniqueness that is Grace College. 
"First of all, the Lord's going to bless 
you for remaining true to it, and, 
secondly, that uniqueness will attract 
people who ought to be there," says 
the speech professor. 

"It's all right to worry about 
money and students and everything 
else," he concludes. "But we have to 
keep worrying about whether we are 
doing the best job biblically, in doing 
the teaching of principles, and the rest 
will take care of itself." 

And, as the Grace vine has woven 
its way through the professional lives 
of Mike and Steve Grill, it also branched 
out into their personal lives. Both met 
their wives as a result of the college. 

Mike's wife, Becky, was a year 
behind him in school. They were 
married prior to her senior year in col- 
lege. She teaches half-day kindergarten 
at Lincoln School in Warsaw, Ind., and 
works in the health food store. They 
have a nine-year-old son, Joshua, a 
third grader at Jefferson School in 
Winona Lake. 

And, in a round-about-way, the col- 
lege played a part in Steve's marriage 
to Elaine, the college roommate of his 
college roommate's wife. The two met 
at the wedding, in which both were 
attendants. She is associated with 
Family Realty, Warsaw, Indiana. 

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. . . six of Europe's most captivating countries: 
The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, 
Germany and Austria. 

. . . the grandeur of Paris, the majestic Swiss 
Alps, the enchanting Black Forest, the castles 
of Bavaria and the serenity of the Austrian 

. . . the history of the church as you relive the 
past in the places where it happened. 

. . . what God is doing today through missions 
in Europe. 

my f©ii 
II i-It 1981 

for more information write: 

Grace Tours, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


THE JUNE 1980 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

Mrs. Harry Partem (Lorene) 
Gerald Moss Browning 
Thomas Foster 
Rudolph Moeller 

Hazel Aylor 

William J. Frettinger 
Ralph A. Cousins 
Mary Lois Fish 

Given By : 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peugh 

Mr. and Mrs. Moss C. Browning 

Laura A. Hall 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Mr. and Mrs. John Spotz and Family 

Southview Grace Brethren Church, 

Ashland, Ohio 

Mrs. Mildred Frettinger 

Mrs. Ralph Cousins 

Mrs. Elizabeth Moore 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46500 

august '80 



current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

This is the two hundredth birthday for the Sunday school, and many celebra- 
tions are planned for the happy event. But Sunday school at this time is also 
undergoing a period of evaluation. Dr. Win Am has come up with some inter- 
esting data, and here is some of the material: the total Sunday school, 
church school, and Sabbath school enrollment in American churches has de- 
clined from 40,508,568 in 1970, to 32,607 ,421— a 24 percent drop in the 
past decade. During the same period church membership grew 16 percent. 

Of the 42 major Protestant denominations in America, last year 24 reported 
at least some degree of growth in church membership. Of the same 42, only 
12 registered any growth last year in Sunday school. The mainline churches 
have suffered big losses in this area. One example is the United Methodist 
Church — since 1964 they have lost 2,524,365. 

But the mainline churches are not the only ones affected. One example is the 
Southern Baptist Conference. They have lost over 120,000 in enrollment 
during the past year. The Church of the Nazarene has grown 33 percent since 
1965, and during the past two years has lost 28,429, and 24,441. 

In the Grace Brethren Churches there are several examples of this problem. 
The Iowa-Midlands District reports a 24 percent decline in attendance 
during the past 10 years. The Northeastern Ohio District reports that only 
2 of their 14 churches have Sunday schools as large as they did 10 years ago. 

How does it look on the national level for the Grace Brethren Churches? As 
a whole, we have done by comparison, fair to good. We have at least beat 
the averages during the past 10 years. Our membership has increased 25 per- 
cent, but our Sunday school has not kept pace — it increased by 10 percent. 
Another way to look at this is that 10 years ago in our Fellowship we 
placed such importance on the Sunday school that 94 percent of the member- 
ship attended Sunday school. At the last reporting, we are down to 82 per- 

Conclusion? None. This is just to remind us of the reality of what is hap- 
pening in churches today. Maybe a discussion in your own group as to its 
growth rate would be profitable. What is happening in our more rapidly grow- 
ing churches? How do the attendances of Sunday school and morning worship 
compare in our Fellowship? Are the trends of the past 10 years still intact, 
or have the trends reversed? This is all for your thoughts and consideration. 

Earn up to 10% interest on your investments and 
also assist in the Grace Village expansion program! 

Grace Village offers you an opportunity to earn a 
high rate of interest and also assist in the continu- 
ing expansion program at the Grace Village Re- 
tirement complex. Recent action by the board of 
directors increased interest rates in our investment 
programs . . . rates which match or exceed those 
of the high yield money market certificates of- 
fered by financial institutions across the country. 

Investment Notes 

Investments may be made individually or jointly. 
Interest is compounded or paid in cash, which- 
ever you wish. Depending on the amount you 
wish to invest, and the length of time you place 
your investment, you may earn 7%, 9Vi%, or 10% 
interest. Funds received will be used exclusively 
to finance construction and expansion of the 
Grave Village facilities. Phone or write for a bro- 
chure describing these investment notes. 

Grace Village Annuities 

An annuity is a gift to Grace Village, from which 
you receive a guaranteed fixed income for your 
lifetime. To assist in financing the construction of 
the Grace Village Health Care Wing, it is possible 
to receive a high rate of return on annuities in a 
special "Plus One" limited time offer. A brochure 
which details this exceptional plan is yours for 
the asking, or you may phone us for details. 

Interested in Retirement Living? 

Grace Village offers carefree living during retire- 
ment years. If you are a prospective resident, you 

will like our unique financing plan: You select the 
type of apartment you wish, and make an en- 
trance deposit. THE DEPOSIT REMAINS 
YOURS— you do not forfeit it. This deposit plus a 
monthly service charge gives you all the services 
of Grace Village. All details are presented in a 
"Question and Answer" brochure which will be 
sent upon request. Or, if you wish, you may 
phone Mr. Sherwood Durkee, the administrator, 
for a preliminary application or an interview. 

To obtain information on notes, annuities 
and retirement living, please write or 
phone Mr. Sherwood Durkee, adminis- 

Q/tace QACGage 

P.O. Box 337, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Phone: 219/269-2499 






Reflecting ... 70 Years in Argentina 

Have We Lost the Vision? 


V v v 

Reflections by Still Waters 

By Charles W. Turner 


Where Have 

A reminder that we are liv- 
ing in an impersonal world 
which surrounds us. We have 
become mere numbers and 
many discussions have been 
held on this topic. You have 
more numbers to account for 
than even a genius in 
mathematics could possibly 
cope with. You have a house 
number, a Social Security 
number, a number at the 
bank, a license plate number, 
and a serial number on your 
car, credit card numbers, a 
telephone number, a time- 
clock-card number, and a mail 
box number. With all this you 
realize that the status of your 
person and place in society is 
very number oriented. We 
learn to live with it though, as 
the high price we pay for liv- 
ing in a modern society. 

In this society there are also 
faces I miss that I once en- 
joyed that highlights this 
growing trend towards "im- 
personalness." One face I miss 
is that of the gas station atten- 
dant. When gasoline was 40 
cents a gallon, he was there 
when I drove into the station. 
He had a friendly smile, he 
opened the hood of the car, 
checked the oil supply, and 
with brush and rubber 
squeegee cleaned my win- 
dows. He hinted at the need of 
air in a low tire, and even sug- 
gested that if I would drive 
the car to a location on his lot, 
he would fill it with free clean 
air. Not so any more. I drive 
into what appears to be a no- 
man's land, check the 81-30 
price, pump the gas myself — 
that is, if I can understand all 
the directions on the pump. 

All the Faces 

Then the little digital 
numbers race across the face 
of the pump with great speed 
(reaching new highs each 
week)! All this and still no 
face and smile, and no sign of 
help. I pay the bill through a 
little slit in the window, see a 
hand take my revenue, and 
hear a muffled word — "thank 
you." I am told it is for the 
safety of the attendants that 
they remain behind these bar- 
riers. I drive off from the self- 
service station and my right 
hand reeks of gasoline for the 
next half day. Yet, no one is 
there to help, or even smile. 

You can visit "Martha," the 
"Money Mars-el," now at your 
local bank. This machine, of 
the computer age, receives its 
messages through the key 
punch. It adds to your ac- 
count, takes from your ac- 
count, or jams and does 

Where have all the faces 
gone? That long row of 84.00 
steaks neatly wrapped, lie in 
impeccable order. There are 
tags all in place, telling us that 
"Elsie the cow" is about as 
valuable as precious metals. I 
suppose some person 
somewhere wrapped the 
beautiful meats in the 
package, but where is the man 
called the butcher? Has he 
disappeared because he does 
not want to defend himself 
against the pricing? Once he 
was a family friend and now 
his face is no longer 
recognizable. Once he was 


there to chat, now he is gone 
never to be seen, except for a 
fleeting glance as he refills his 
case when the crowd is gone. 
A lesson, dear Christian, for 
us all, if we will but look and 
see. The people of the world 
do not want to be mere 
numbers, nor do they desire 
to spend their lives speaking 
to machines that may speak to 
us in computer like voices. 
What they want to see and 
communicate with is people 
and friends. Jesus is described 
as a friend and a brother. The 
visitor that approaches your 
church does not want to be a 
number on your chart as one 
more person in attendance. 
He or she wants to see friend- 
ly faces to meet them and 
greet them. They have been a 
number all week and now 
they are seeking a face, a 
friendly face and another per- 
son to make them sense a 
degree of proper worth. You 
might well be able to in- 
troduce them to a friend of 
yours named Jesus Christ. 
The soul of the person you 
have just recently met may 
well be in the need of salva- 
tion through Jesus Christ. A 
smile, a kind word, and a bit 
of hospitality may well result 
in showing them that the 
world may treat them as a 
number, but Christians seek 
to regard people as God's 
highest creation. 

September '80 

Cover photo: by Peter Peer 


35 Years Ago- 1945 

Missionaries from Africa at national con- 
ference were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Foster, 
Miss Elizabeth Tyson, Mr. and Mrs. Jake 
Kliever, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dunning, Mr. 
and Mrs. Curtis Morrill and Mrs. Benjamin 

15 Years Ago- 1965 

Rev. Gene Witzky began his ministry at 
Pompano Beach, Fla. . . . Jerry R. Young, 
associate pastor at First Brethren Church of 
Kittanning, Pa., was ordained to the min- 
istry. . . . The Herald Company burned the 
mortgage as the final payment was made on 
their building, which was erected in 1956 
and paid off in nine years. 

5 Years Ago- 1975 

Spokesmen II traveled 1,200 miles on 
their bicycles. Under the sponsorship of 
GBC Christian Education, they left Winona 
Lake, Ind. and traveled around the shoreline 
of Lake Michigan through Illinois, Wisconsin, 
upper and lower Michigan and returned to 
South Bend, Ind. 


Volume 42 Number 9 September 1980 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles. 

I/VMC: Linda Hoke. 

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bimh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• News Notes 20 • Bible Crossword 38 • 

• Now 40 • 

«1 letters 

Dear Readers, 

National conference is now history and we were 
glad to have had the opportunity to fellowship with 
many of you. We missed some— sorry you could 
not be at Winona Lake for this very special 
happening. In NOW, on page 40, we would like to 
share a few conference headlines with you, and 
there will be more details in later issues. 

Better get your plans started for next year's 
conference sessions! 

Sincerely Yours, 

^4o4<£ 7(/. 

Something new has been added— see page 38 for a 
Bible crossword puzzle. 

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Reflecting . . . 70 Tears in Argentina 

Have We 


the Vision? 

by Peter Peer 

It's really not very impressive, that 
gray sprawling building situated just a 
half block from the important inter- 
section called "Cinco Esquinas" (five 
corners) in Rio Cuarto, the thriving 
commercial city of central Argentina. 
To the average man passing on the street, 
this old building holds little or no 
attraction and certainly no historical 

Above: Eduardo Coria addresses the congregation at Rio Cuarto. 

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Mrs. Loree Sickel receives a gift from the Argentine church 
as her son-in-law, Jack Churchill, observes. 

significance. Yet, this missionary has 
often wandered through its seasoned, 
and in some places dilapidated, halls 
with a sensation between thrill and 
wonder as I've considered the significance 
of this place in God's history. 

Rio Cuarto was the city chosen by the 
first Brethren missionaries as the starting 
place. Here they dug their first spiritual 
foxhole in the battle to take the message 
of Jesus to a needy Argentina. And this 
old building, now groaning from the 
effects of age on its weary structure, has 
seen many a spiritual battle, some won 
and, regretfully, some lost. 

In this old building the message has 
been preached, souls have been won to 
Christ, people have been baptized, and 
saints have been edified for nearly seven 
decades. Scenes of spiritual advances, 
bloody battles, weary retreat, and 

renewed advances have been acted out 
on this very spot by faithful men, both 
missionary and national. 

So it is with many places-insignificant 
to man's history but important to Jesus 
Christ and the history of His Church. It 
is not strange, then, that a young 
missionary should stand back in wonder 
at his heritage. 

November of 1979 brought these 
thoughts rushing into the minds of all 
missionaries as we celebrated the date 
when pioneer missionary Dr. Charles F. 
Yoder, with his family, arrived in Rio 
Cuarto back in 1 909. It was the Brethren 
Church's first effort to reach the great 
South American continent. 

The old church was filled to over- 
flowing those three days of early 
November 1979. The invisible church, 
the body of Christ, met not just to 
reminisce but to be reminded about the 

The anniversary cake. 

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needs of today and the challenge of 

The guest speaker was Rev. Jack 
Churchill, missionary to Mexico, who 
spent three terms of service in Argentina. 
Traveling with him was his mother-in-law, 
Mrs. Loree Sickel, who served longer 
than any other Bretliren missionary in 
Argentina. It was a joy to have her here 

Among the other guests was Mrs. 
Eleanor Romanenghi, daughter of the 
first missionary, Charles Yoder. Antonio 
Gamarra, now serving the Lord in 
Venezuela, was present. He worked with 
the Bible Coach in the early years. 

Joining in the celebration was 
Domingo Reina. He was one of our 
earliest national pastors who was saved 
under the ministry of Missionary 
Leonard Webb and who served faithfully 

Mrs. Sickel (left) enjoyed chatting with old friends. 

Many of the early national pastors and workers were 

in the Brethren Church for almost 25 
years. Ricardo Wagner was there and, 
though retired, he still serves the Lord in 
the Brethren Church. Also present were 
Luis Siccardi, who for many years was a 
faithful pastor; and Juan Pisani, another 
of the early workers. 

Activities for the three days included 
early morning prayer services in which 
the church laid before the Lord her 
present and future needs. Reports were 
given from each of the local churches of 
her needs and achievements. There were 
moments of fellowship and of recalling 
the past with the early workers. A 
special slide presentation was prepared 
about the early days of the work in 
Argentina. Challenging messages were 
presented by Mr. Churchill and national 

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Many people enjoyed the celebration dinner. 

pastor, Eduardo Coria. The meetings 
were a harmonious blend of contem- 
plation of the past with a view to conse- 
cration for the future. 

At the meeting Sunday afternoon, all 
of the former pastors were recognized 
and presented with a gift. Special gifts 
were presented to Mrs. Sickel, Mr. 
Churchill, and to the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church. The 
seventieth anniversary cake was cut in a 
moment of social fellowship before the 
last service in which Mr. Churchill 
brought a closing message. 

Is it healthy to reflect on the past? 
Our brethren in Argentina would say 
yes. The seventieth anniversary cele- 
bration was for the Argentine church a 
time of challenge, a time for reflection, 
and a time of mutual strengthening. 

The motto for the year was "Growth 
in '79." How important it is to grow. 
And, as I reflect on the past, I wonder 
why we've not grown more. 

The early missionaries to Argentina 
never called then field "Argentina." 
They called it "South America." That is 
a reflection of their missionary goal. It 
was not their idea to win just Argentina, 
but all of South America. 

Why has the Brethren Church worked 
in only the South American countries of 
Brazil and Argentina? Could it be that 
the Brethren Church has lost the vision 
for growth in all of South America? 
Could it be that I've lost that vision and 
that you've lost that vision? 

Pray, and renew the vision! 

National worker Domingo Reina greets Mrs. Romanenghi 
daughter of the first Brethren missionaries to Argentina. 

September '80 


A Time for 
Missionary Advance 

by John W. Zielasko 

"A dangerous decade, threatening the west- 
ern way of life." These ominous words from 
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher alert 
the West to trouble ahead. 

A group of experts who attended intensive 
seminar sessions at Harvard's Institute of 
Politics recently gave the gloomy prediction 
that the Soviet Union would soon achieve 
political dominance in the Persian Gulf. 

And so it goes. Doomsday is preached, not 
by prophets, but by politicians and scientists. 

The informed Christian, aware of the 
Bible's teaching, can look beyond the immedi- 
ate foreboding forecast to a glorious future 
with Christ. However, it is also true that mis- 
sions cannot afford to ignore present world 
conditions. The political destiny of countries 
very definitely affects the missionary enter- 

It was politics that closed China, politics 
that restricts Christian activity in Russia, and 
politics in the person of Idi Amin that caused 
the death of thousands in Uganda and 
harassed the Christian Church. Politics keeps 
missionaries from receiving visas in some 
countries, and politics restricts the activities 
of missionaries. 

In spite of this, the Christian missionary 
must have faith to believe that obedience to 
the Great Commission is not dependent on 
politics. Many mission organizations began in 
periods of political turmoil. 

For example, the mission societies of Great 
Britain came into being while Napoleon was 

plundering Europe; during the War of 1812, 
the United States sent out her first foreign 
missionaries; and in the midst of the Ameri- 
can Civil War, old mission societies experienced 
remarkable growth and new mission organi- 
zations were formed. 

In times of chaos and suffering. Christians 
have responded with greater commitment and 
greater sacrifice. There is no reason to believe 
that the eighties will be different. 

In the midst of the precarious world scene 
(perhaps because of it), the evangelical church 
and the foreign missions enterprise are pros- 
pering in a way unprecedented in history. The 
electronic church attracts millions. Big 
churches flourish not only in the United 
States, but also overseas. Evangelical semi- 
naries are thriving. Christian schools are mush- 
rooming. National churches are making their 
presence felt. The missionary responsibility is 
gaining momentum among Third World 
churches. Young people are flocking to youth 
conferences and once again are seriously con- 
sidering careers in missions. 

The need to intensify Christian missionary 
activity in the world has never been more 
urgent. More than half of the world's popu- 
lation is still untouched by the Christian mes- 
sage of salvation through Christ. 

In spite of this colossal challenge, less than 
one-third of the Protestant missionary force is 
directed toward the reaching of the lost. A 
recent analysis reveals that most mission 
societies have not made a penetration into 

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new fields for years. 

The Church of Jesus Christ must be chal- 
lenged to recognize and embrace, as her re- 
sponsibility, that massive segment of the 
world's inhabitants who are non-Christian. 
Over 16,700 unreached groups already have 
been identified. These are people groups 
where less than 20 percent of the population 
is Christian. 

Although Brethren Foreign Missions has a 
high percentage of her missionary personnel 
engaged in evangelism and church planting, 
we dare not relax our efforts. The eternal 
destiny of more than one-half of the human 
race depends on the success of the foreign 
missions program. 

The Apostle Paul spoke of this when he 
wrote: "And how shall they hear without a 

preacher? And how shall they preach unless 
they are sent?" (Rom. 10:14-15 NASB). 
Brethren Foreign Missions is ready to assume 
as much responsibility for world evangeliza- 
tion as the Grace Brethren Church, through 
her prayers, her gifts, and her personnel, per- 

Seven appointees left in August for lan- 
guage study; others are in the final stages of 
preparation for missionary careers. New fields 
have been selected, just waiting for qualified 
personnel to begin a ministry. 

We may be entering a dangerous decade, 
but that is all the more reason for the Church 
to launch out into greater conquests for Jesus 

Only He assures us, "I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the age." 



It's always hard to say goodbye to friends. Just 
after national conference in August, Brethren 
Foreign Missions said goodbye to Rev. Raymond 
Thompson who had been administrative assistant 
in the home office for 1 3 years. During those 
years, he proved to be a staunch friend and 
capable colleague. 

Among many varied duties, Mr. Thompson was 
perhaps best recognized for his work with candi- 
dates and prospective missionaries. He guided 
them through their many preparations as they progressed to become active 
missionaries. Mr. Thompson developed and directed the first two candidate 
schools conducted by FMS in 1978 and 1979. (Two members of the 1980 
class of appointees are Ray's daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Dave 

Bud, as he is known by his friends, is now moving on to a new challenge 
in the ministry. He has accepted a position with the Brethren Navajo 
Mission and has assumed his duties in Counselor, New Mexico, where he 
expects to work directly with Navajo pastors in training and extension 
seminary classes. 

The Foreign Missions staff publicly acknowledges its thanks to Mr. 
Thompson for his years of faithful service and warm friendship. Candidates 
and missionaries from all our fields sense a deep gratitude for his ministry 
to and with them. We also assure him of our prayers and best wishes as 
he and his wife, Mary, enter this new and challenging ministry in missions 
for Christ Jesus our Lord. 

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(or rather, everyone) 

by Knute Larson 

"Oh, boy," said Johnny. 

Johnny was very excited. It was 
his first job. He had just arrived in 
the city where he would be a 

"This is going to be so much 
fun," Johnny thought outloud. "I 
am so glad I didn't wait." 

Some people had wanted 
Johnny to wait and get more edu- 
cation. But ever since he was just 
little— age three or four— Johnny 
had wanted to be a missionary. 
And waiting until he got the whole 
way through school seemed like 
soooo long! 

"I know I can do it," Johnny 
told everyone who worried. His 
neighbor Susie agreed. "Johnny, I 
know you can do it, too," she said. 
Her words, so much like Johnny's, 
were just like a sign from God. 

"Excuse me, please. ..." A tall, 

well-dressed businessman was 
looking down at Johnny curiously. 
"You aren't Johnny Smith, are 
you? I'm looking for our new 

"I am Johnny Smith," said 

"You are? Yes, yes, you know 
who you are, of course." 

"Are you from the mission 
church?" Johnny asked. 

"I am. I would like to give you 
a ride to our board meeting," the 
man said. The tall stranger intro- 
duced himself as Erik Laventa, the 
vice chairman of the main policy 
board for the mission church. 
Johnny would be the chairman. 

"How do you do, Mr. Valenti . . 
Rick? Uh, what was your name? 
Are you a foreigner?" Johnny 

"Erik Laventa, Johnny, and I 
live here. You're the foreigner," 
the vice chairman said very dis- 

tinctly. "Do you have any thoughts 
on the property purchase?" 

Johnny was afraid that might be 
asked. He had not been able to 
understand the plans they had sent 

"My belief is that there is not 
enough playground space," Johnny 
said. That much he could tell from 
the plans. 

"But we really don't have extra 
space for playgrounds," Mr. Laventa 

"I want a playground and that's 

Everything got quiet, or rather, 

When they got to the car, Mr. 
Laventa said, "We'll have to see 
how the rest of the people on the 
board feel about the extra play- 

Then he quickly changed the 
subject to introduce Johnny to Mr. 
Stephan Moore who was sitting in 
the car. 

"I wanted to catch you before 
you got into some of the deep 
theological problems back at the 
mission station," Moore stated. 
"My wife and I just can't get our 
marriage to work, and I need help 

"What do you mean?" Johnny 
asked, as Laventa started driving. 

"I mean I'm ready to split the 
sheets, and I know it's wrong, and 
so does she, but it just can't work!" 

"Is she a nice lady?" Johnny 
asked. "She's not a mean lady, is 

"How does that pertain?" 

"Pertain? What does 'pertain' 
mean?" Johnny asked. 

Everything got quiet, or rather, 

When they got to the mission 
station, Mr. Moore walked away 
with a disgusted look on his face. 
Mr. Laventa helped carry Johnny's 
briefcase and suitcase into the 
missionary home. Johnny opened a 
file. The title on the front was 
"Decisions to be made." 

"Excuse me for asking," Laventa 
said, "but how did you get to be a 
missionary so young? Are you sure 
you're ready for that kind of 

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decision management?" 

"What do you mean by decision 
management?" Johnny asked. 
"Oh, never mind. I'd rather tell 
you how I got here. 

"Jesus is coming back soon. Do 
you believe that, Mr. Valenti?" 

"Laventa, Johnny, and yes, I do 
believe that." 

"Well, it seems silly to waste 
time in school when people are 
going to hell every day. And any- 
way, I don't think my fifth grade 
teacher even cares much about 
missions. School is OK, but these 
people don't care if I know junior- 
high science or not. They just need 
to learn about Jesus." 

"Phone call for the missionary," 
a secretary interrupted. "Excuse 
me, Mr. Laventa, it's an urgent call. 
It's Mrs. Sketer, and I believe her 
husband is dying. Is the new 
missionary here?" 

"Just press line two, Johnny," 
Mr. Laventa pointed. 

"Hello. This is the mission 
director, Johnny Smith." 

The lady on the line could 
barely talk. "I know you don't 
know us yet . . . but it's my 
husband . . . he's gone into a coma, 
and I just don't know what to do." 

"What's a coma?" Johnny asked. 

"Well, what I mean is . . . could 
you come over to the hospital right 
away, oh, please?" 

Johnny leaned to Laventa, 
"What time does the board meeting 
start, and what's a coma? Do you 
know?" He noticed people were 
beginning to fill the room. 

When he got back on the line, 
Johnny heard only zzzzzzzzz. 

"She hung up!" he said. "Let's 
get this board meeting going." 

Everything got quiet, or rather, 

That first day wasn't nearly as 
hard as the second. Or the third. 

"Oh, boy" was something 
Johnny said no more. 

He wondered if he should have 

Everything got quiet. 

Reprinted, with permission, from 
Ac' cent magazine. 

Top 30 

in Per Capita Giving in 1979 

(Based on 1979 membership records) 

Brethren Foreign Missions would like to apologize for the error 
made in the per capita giving chart published in the May 1980 Herald. 
It included only the top 35 churches in overall giving. This revised list is 
based on all of the churches in our Fellowship. 

1. Grace Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa $163.13 

2. Community Navajo Grace Brethren Church, 

Counselor, N. Mex 132.72 

3. Udell Grace Brethren Church, Udell, Iowa 120.18 

4. Grace Brethren Church, Berrien Springs, Mich 94.19 

5. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa 93.84 

6. First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 87.10 

7. Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa. . . . 86.89 

8. Hackberry Hill Grace Brethren Church, Arvada. Colo. . . . 86.61 

9. Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa 83.80 

10. West Homer Brethren Church, Homen-ille, Ohio 81.63 

11. Sidney Grace Brethren Church, Sidney, Ind 81.34 

12. Grace Brethren Church, Parkersburg, W.Va 80.13 

13. First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa 77.37 

14. Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash 76.55 

15. Bell Brethren Church, Bell, Calif. 74.42 

16. Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church, Beaumont, Calif. . 73.37 

17. LaLoma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif. 70.01 

18. Grace Brethren Church, Toppenish, Wash 65.65 

19. Grace Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, Fla 63.78 

20. Grace Brethren Church, Trotwood, Ohio 63.66 

21. Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 63.05 

22. Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, South Ben d, Ind. .. 61.92 

23. First Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 58.86 

24. Grace Brethren Church, Troutdale, Oreg 58.81 

25. Grace Brethren Church, A shlan d, Ohio 58.78 

26. First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind 58.36 

27. Grace Brethren Church of Norton, Norton, Ohio 56.97 

28. Hope Grace Brethren Church, Dillsburg, Pa 55.51 

29. Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning, 

Kittanning,Pa 55.34 

30. Grace Brethren Church, Maitland, Fla 53.08 

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Quebec, Canada 
Ripe for Harvests 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

Rev. Jacques Marcoux, a success- 
ful pastor in Sherbrooke, Canada, 
visited our churches at Island Pond 
and Irasburg, Vermont, while I was 
there over the fourth of July week- 
end. Many of his relatives have 
recently come to Christ and his two 
brothers and parents-in-law are very 
actively involved in our Island Pond 
church. His church is located in the 
French sector of Sherbrooke and all 
of his services are conducted in 
French. He is bilingual and I asked 
for a tape interview so that we 
might gain greater insights in what 
God is doing in Quebec and other 
areas of Canada. Being a conserva- 
tive Bible-teaching pastor and a 
deeply spiritual man of God, it was 
a wonderful opportunity to hear 
him speak from his heart on the 
challenge of the Canadian mission 
field. He expressed to me per- 
sonally his very deep appreciation 
for the work that is being done by 

An Interview with Rev. Jacques Marcoux, 
a Canadian Pastor 

States think about Canada. Most 
Americans don't make any distinc- 
tion between Quebec and Canada. 
But there is a difference. There are 
two different cultures in our 
country. Quebec is a French culture 
and the background is Roman 
Catholicism. We have seen an open- 
ing for the Gospel since 1960 with 
the coming of the quiet revolution 
in the province and also with the 
coming of the second Vatican 
council in Rome which has opened 
the door to much more freedom 
within the Catholic Church. From 
1 960 there has been anew openness 
and a new ability to listen without 
too many prejudices. They are 
interested now to know what the 
Gospel has to say. This has given 
us the opportunity to preach the 
Gospel like never before. 

Pifer: How strong is the evangelical 
church in Quebec? 
Marcoux: You have to realize that 
if you go back 20 years in the 
province of Quebec you would not 
see many evangelical churches, 
maybe five or six very, very small 
congregations. I would say in the 
past 1 years we have seen a growing 
number of churches. We have 
many new congregations coming on 
every year. 

Pifer: Do you think the "harvest is 

Marcoux: The doors are wide open. 
The field is really ready to reap. I 
think the greatest challenge we face 
among our French people in this 
decade of the eighties will be to 
find the men to preach the Gospel 
and pastor the churches. I think 
Quebec at this present time is very 
much like the time of Christ when 
He came and He looked and said 

our two pastors, R. John Snow and 
Warren Tamkin, and also our roving 
missionary, Rev. James Hunt. 

Pifer: Jacques, tell us a little bit 
about your background. 
Marcoux: I was raised a Roman 
Catholic. I'm a French Canadian, 
living in Quebec, and I came to 
know the Lord in 1966 at the age 
of 25. I had never seen or read a 
Bible up to this time. I was a very 
faithful Roman Catholic, but when 
introduced to the Bible I discovered 
that what I had learned was not 
exactly true. It is very hard to get 
out of this Roman Catholic system 
without a struggle, if you are really 
hooked in it. So after struggling for 
many months, I came out of that 
system and I really came to know 
the Lord. I knew then that I had to 
give my life to Him to reach our 
people who were in darkness. 

Pifer: Would starting a church in 
Canada be different than the U.S.A.? 
Marcoux: When we talk about 
Quebec, I think most people in the 

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the harvest is ready to be harvested 
and pray the Father that He will 
send men into the harvest. Our 
people are at this point. Six million 
French Canadians live in this 
province. Just a handful of them 
really have thus far had a real 
opportunity to hear the Gospel. 

Pifer: How do you explain your 
province being isolated from the 

Marcoux: This is almost unbelievable 
because you think of a province 
here, of a culture, of a people, who 
is next to the United States of 
America, the greatest and probably 
the longest Christianized people in 
the world. We are also next to 
English Canada which has been 
evangelized for a long time and sur- 
rounded at the east by New 
Brunswick and Nova Scotia which 
are English provinces where 
Protestantism has gone in. So we 
are out in the middle and in 1980 
you have a people who have never 
received the Gospel, never heard it 
yet. It is almost unbelievable. I 
don't think any American can 
understand that. But it is a fact. 

Pifer: Is the picture changing in 

Marcoux: When I came to the Lord 
we were just a handful of Christians. 
About 14 years ago, if you put all 
the Christians in Quebec together 
you probably would fill the 
auditorium of the Irasburg Grace 
Brethren Church. At the present 
time, I am pastoring a church in 
Sherbrooke and have been for 6 
years. When I came to the Lord I 
felt the Lord would call me into the 
ministry and that's what He did. I 
went to Denver Conservative Bap- 
tist Theological Seminary for my 
theological training. When I came 
back in 1974, the church at that 
time had a membership of about 80 
people. In the past 6 years we have 

seen a tremendous growth in that 
church. We are now close to 250 
members and last year we reached 
a Sunday school of nearly 400. We 
built a new auditorium 3 years ago 
with the capacity to seat 500 
people, and we have filled it thus far 
a few times. It is our plan to enlarge 
it to 1 ,200. We will probably see 
this happen in the next decade. 
Sherbrooke is just one example and 
this is happening everywhere in the 
province. Quebec City has a popu- 
lation of about 350,000. There is 
only one real dynamic evangelical 
church in that big town. There are 
2 other little evangelical churches 
which are struggling. 

Pifer: Would you say the people are 
responding more favorably to the 
evangelical message? 

Marcoux: A pastor came to Quebec 
City to start a church 3 years ago 
and after 3 years it is up to 1 50. 
These are all brand new converts; 
they are not imported Christians. 
This is tremendous when you think 
that in the province of Quebec you 
would knock on doors and have the 
doors shut on you everywhere. 
What we see today is so exciting 
that it is even scary because we 
wonder how we'll be able to face 
the challenge. There is so much to 
do. The harvest is ready. What will 
happen if in this generation we do 
not reach the people? 

Pifer: Let me ask you another ques- 
tion at this point. These people 
that have come to know the Lord, 
are they persecuted in any way 
because of their faith? 
Marcoux: At this present time there 
is no persecution at all. Ten years 
ago, 15 years ago, they were. Ten 
or 15 years ago when a person 
became a Christian he would be 
kicked out of his home. He would 
lose his family relationship. They 
would consider him a stranger. 

You see my father-in-law, Mr. 
Trudeau, here today, but when I 
came to the Lord and would try to 
witness to him he would just hit the 
table, become very angry and 
would tell me not to come in his 
house to tell him anything. Claude, 
my brother, did the same thing. He 
did not come to my place for a 
year. He didn't even talk to me. 
The Lord performed a miracle in 
our home because this was one of 
the rare situations where the whole 
family came to the Lord one year 
after we did. Today there is no 
persecution. People can be con- 
verted, the Gospel can be preached. 
It is just like cutting butter, it's 
easy. Maybe it's too easy. It might 
be dangerous when it is too easy. 
But what we are seeing happening is 
wonderful. The Christians are 
really Christian. 

Pifer: Now let me ask a little bit 
more about your church and its 
program. You say you have a 
Sunday school. Tell me about the 
program in the morning. How do 
you operate? Do you just have a 
Sunday school and then follow it 
by worship? 

Marcoux: No. We only have a 
Sunday school in the morning. We 
have our worship service on Sun- 
day evening. We have two separate 
programs on Sunday morning in 
order to save space, because other- 
wise we would have had to enlarge 
the building last fall. When we 
considered the cost of that we 
thought it would be better to split 
and have two services and two 
Sunday school programs with 
different classes beginning from the 
kindergarten to many groups 
among the adults. We have one 
service at 9:00 a.m. and one service 
at 10:45, and we have one full hour 
of Bible teaching on Sunday 
morning. On Sunday evening we 
have our worship service that lasts 

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about 2 hours, from 7 to 9, and 
there we have worship, songs, testi- 
monies, and people sharing their 
own experiences of what the Lord 
has done in their lives. There is a 
good biblical sermon to exhort 
them in their Christian lives. We 
have the same amount of Christians 
in the morning that come at night. 
The auditorium is filled in the eve- 
ning. I have seen in many churches 
in the States where at night there 
are a lot less people than in the 

Pifer: Do you do any personal 
evangelism? Does your church 
work out in a program of personal 
evangelism to reach people for 

Marcoux: We have a different pro- 
gram of evangelism. We were on 
TV the last 2 years. We were on 
TV for 16 weeks a year where we 
preached the Gospel and we used it 
as a means for our people to reach 
the people around us. We would 
then visit the people and ask them 
if they saw the program. If not, we 
would advise them to watch it and 
tell us what they thought about it 
and try to have contacts like this. 
The main thrust of our evangelism 
is Christian to Christian in their 
neighborhoods and with people 
with whom they work. We have 
tried different programs of evan- 
gelism. Every Sunday night we see 
several new faces. We had a bap- 
tismal service 3 weeks ago and there 
were over 400 people in the congre- 
gation. Those people had been 
invited by our people, our 
Christians. So I do not think it 
very urgent to press on some special 
program of evangelism since the 
way we are doing it is working very 

Pifer: When people confess Christ 
do you give an invitation for them 
to go forward at the end of your 

message like we do here in the 
United States? 

Marcoux: I do two kinds of evan- 
gelism. I do evangelism in the 
church when we have special 
services. Like when we have a bap- 
tismal service I will preach an evan- 
gelistic sermon. At the end I will 
give an invitation but I will not ask 
people to stand and go forward. 
The reason is that I have done that 
in the previous years and realized 
that I could move people with a 
number of people going forward 
and later realize they were not all 
real conversions. We have another 
form of evangelism that we call 
mass evangelism that we do two or 
three times a year. We rent a 
neutral hall in town, with a great 
publicity program, and get our 
people to invite all their friends. 
We have a special music program 
and I preach the Word. We fill the 
hall with 500 people almost every 
time. Once we filled one of the 
halls with about 800 people. We 
had an evangelistic meeting last 
spring in Montreal. We rented a 
hall of 900 seats but I never 
thought it would be filled. How- 
ever, when I went to preach that 
night all the seats were filled. In 
this kind of evangelism I would give 
an invitation and ask people to 
stand in front and then we have our 
counselors take care of these people. 

Pifer: Do you require the people 
that have been saved to be baptized 
before they join your church? 
Marcoux: Oh, yes! As soon as the 
people are converted we get them 
in a special program of discipleship. 
Also, in our church we have a class 
for young Christians. All the young 
Christians have to go through that 
class that lasts 22 weeks. But as 
young Christians we will talk with 
them about baptism. If they want 
to be baptized, we will have a 
course on baptism that lasts 4 

weeks teaching them exactly what 
baptism is and what baptism means. 
We have a baptismal service every 2 
months and usually we have about 
10 people each time. So we bap- 
tize about 50 people a year at this 
rate. When they are baptized, if 
they want to become a member of 
our church then they ask to 
become one. We give them a course 
on what the church is and what will 
be their responsibilities. Following 
this they go forward before the 
congregation and at a business 
meeting they will be accepted by 
the assembly. 

Pifer: Do you think that the most 
successful way to build a church in 
Canada would be to use people 
from your country rather than out- 
side missionaries coming in? 
Marcoux: Again when you said the 
word Canada, I would say the word 
Quebec at this point. Because 
Canada for most people is English, 
Quebec is French. So when we talk 
about Quebec we are talking about 
French people. We are talking 
about a different culture. We have 
a history in which French and 
English were at war. We had been 
conquered. The French people 
were the first here in Canada. Then 
we were conqured by England and 
we became a conquered people. So 
from 1 700 till now we have always 
felt as a French Canadian people 
that we were separate. When I was 
at school I was literally trained and 
taught that the English people were 
Protestant and Protestants were 
evil. It was a mortal sin to enter a 
Protestant church. The first time I 
entered a Protestant church was 
after I was saved. At the time I 
entered it I almost turned back at 
the door. I had so much prejudice 
and it was built within me that I 
felt I would die as I entered the 
door. So you see there's a culture 
struggle between two peoples, the 

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English and the French. The con- 
flict is much, much less than it was 
10 to 15 years ago. So this means 
that a French Canadian will 
probably be much more accepted 
than an English person. However, 
if an American or English person 
would come and he would have a 
heart for our people, they would 
accept him. 

Pifer: One last thing. What about 
your reactions as to what is hap- 
pening here in Vermont right now? 
Marcoux: I think it is great. I 
would say that New England or the 
Vermont area is pretty much the 
same as what we have in Quebec. 
There were very few evangelical 
churches in these areas. Fourteen 
years ago when my wife and I came 
to the Lord we visited our relatives 
who were living in Island Pond and 
we brought them the Gospel. I 
have a brother who married my 
wife's sister living in Island Pond 
and they came to the Lord. We had 
a group of about 1 5 people saved in 
the space of a month. And there 
were no evangelical churches in 
Newport or Island Pond. There was 
one in Saint Johnsbury. We tried 
to help our people grow in a church 
of their own, but they had so many 
struggles. I see what is happening 
within 2 or 3 years in this area of 
Island Pond, Newport and Irasburg 
since Jim Hunt arrived. I see all 
this growth and all these people 
attending and it's wonderful, it's 
tremendous. I think that the Lord 
will be doing something great and 
wonderful and thrilling for these 
people in Vermont. 

My Testimony 

by Celia Mahan 

All my life, or at least as far back as I can remember, I kept 
seeking for something, not knowing what. I was reared in a fairly 
religious Jewish home, and early in life was given violin lessons 
to compensate for things I could not do physically — being hand- 
icapped from polio at 17 months of age. Wbile my home was 
Jewish, I was not given any other knowledge other than I was a 
Jew and that was it; so a deep void existed. My violin became my 
solace, companion, my friend, confidante, and only through 
music could I express my innermost feelings. Through my music 
I met my husband, a Gentile, who knew the teachings in the 
Bible but did not live by it. 

Curiosity in searching led me to ask for a Bible when I learned 
I was pregnant. After receiving a Bible and beginning to read, I 
became quite confused as to its meaning and through a 
neighbor's interest in me, started to attend a neighborhood 
church. Monday night prayer meetings were held in different 
homes and I requested such a meeting to be held in our home on 
Monday, January 16, 1937. The group, including the minister 
were present and I listened intently, and what I heard that night 
was exactly what I wanted to know. It seemed so simple — to ac- 
cept this Christ on faith alone, and that is what I did. Right then 
I invited Jesus Christ to come into my life, and only then I knew 
I had finally found what I had been searching for all my life. 

A lovely daughter was born a few months later and she was 
raised in the church. She has never known anything other than 
the church; even though she knew of her Hebrew background, I 
did not want her to ever be ashamed of her heritage. Today, she 
is married to a gentile Christian, has two lovely children and my 
daughter has dedicated her life to full-time Hebrew-Christian 
work. God has given her a beautiful voice and she sings for Him 

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September '80 

A Ml A A Ml. 

What "Self 


Hello, my name is Ken Nash, 
and I'm an elder in charge of 
children's church and serving. 
Going self-supporting presents us 
with many opportunities. First, 
it's an opportunity to examine 
our reason for being the Lord's 
servants. Simply stated, our 
reason for being here is to make 
Jesus Christ known. That 
involves faith and works. As I 
understand it, we provide the 
faith and works, and God 
provides the substance. We trust 
Him and He provides our needs, 
whether it be money, equipment, 
people or whatever. Finally, as 
we trust God now for daily 
provision, we'll also have the 
opportunity to trust Him for 
daily vision. As societies every- 
where change, we may have to 
use different methods to 
proclaim the same message. 
Therefore, we need to be alert to 
God's direction for our future 
by being in His Word. 

Hi! My name is Bob McMaster. 
I'm an elder at Grace Brethren 
Bible Church, Omaha, Nebraska, 
and my responsibility is Sunday 
school. I have been involved 
with the church just over 10 
years. For a church to have its 
beginning as a small Bible class 
indicates that growth is taking 
place. Lives are being affected. 
Needs are being met. Such is the 
Grace Brethren Bible Church. 

It's exciting to review the 
past 12 years and see how God 
has worked. The lay leadership 
has generally been made up of 
rather quiet personalities as 
opposed to the outgoing natural 
leaders that one might tend to 
want in building a new work. 
However, these people have 
some uniquely strong qualities 
which have been an asset over 
the years. There is a real unity 
in spite of the fact that individual 
families are spread out all over 
Omaha and Council Bluffs and 
come from quite varied back- 

grounds and churches. There is 
a loving and giving spirit to those 
who have spiritual, emotional 
and physical needs. People are 
liberal in their monetary giving 
to support several missionary 
efforts, many of whom have 
gone forth from our own church. 

There is also a dedication and 
persistence to see the church 
overcome numerous obstacles, 
claim God's promises and 
continue to grow. Failing to 
grow usually means stagnation 
and poor health for a church. 
We believe that, while there are 
some benefits to being small, 
there is much more that can be 
accomplished through a larger 
body. And that's what our 
desire is— to be used of God to 
reach and minister to more and 
more people in a quality way. 

While becoming self- 
supporting is a major milestone, 
it is only one small step in 
realizing what God can do if we 
trust Him for greater victories. 

September '80 

Ah. Ah. Ak A 

Means to 
Omaha Elders 

My name is Larry Kirkpatrick 
and I'm financial secretary at 
Grace Brethren Bible Church. 
My family (including my wife, 
Marjorie, and four daughters— 
Sherrie, Lorrie, Jennie and 
Wendie) has attended since the 
church's beginning as a Bible 
class in 1967. 

Going self-supporting I feel is 
a physical and financial indicator 
of underlying spiritual growth in 
the lives of our people over the 
years. Through the trials and 
disappointments, we were grow- 
ing in God's time and God's way . 

It's been encouraging to see 
new believers help share the load 
of a growing church. Their 
input into the lives of older 
believers and to the life of the 

church has given renewed enthu- 
siasm to "be about our Father's 

God has had to impress upon 
us a number of times the futility 
of serving Him on our own 
strength. This lesson is an im- 
portant one for us to keep in 
our minds as we are now taking 
the step of becoming a self- 
supporting Grace Brethren 

Going self-supporting is just a 
step, though an important one, 
in our lives. This hasn't been 
our only goal, however, as new 
goals are taking shape, growing 
pains will continue as we are 
committed to these Christ- 
centered goals. 

Hi! My name is Gary Miller, 
and I am the "coach" of the 
Grace Brethren "team" in 
Omaha. Since I received the 
assignment over three years ago, 
the owner of the team has made 
some changes. He has given us 
many new team members and 
the spirit of our team has greatly 
improved. The other team 
members have shown such 
loyalty and cooperation even if 
we may be in a hitting slump. 
The spirit of criticism is dis- 
appearing and the spirit of love 
is prevalent. Many people 
return to the game (of life) 
renewed and encouraged (born 
again) after spending time with 
the team. The whole team is 
eager to recruit. On many teams 
the coach is expected to do all 
the recruiting, but not on our 
team. This team has made 
coaching a joy. Oh, there have 
been discouragements, and 
losses, but it's all worth it when 
you think of being on a winning 
team, a team that wins games in 
1980 and in the years to come. 
We are even confident about 
winning the big game someday 
in the future. The owner said 
we would. 

September '80 


A Viable Plan for Church Growth 

by Dr. Robert W. Thompson 

There is a wind of ecclesiastical activity blowing 
across our land that could well change the history of 
the Brethren Church. Starting as a simple little breeze, 
it has now developed into a significant force that 
needs to be considered by every church. It has been 
entitled simply "Church Growth"! Spawned in the 
anguish of anxiety over the lack of progress in the 
twentieth century church, it has now grown to a 
phenomenal movement. Hardly a week goes by with- 
out an announcement of a church growth seminar or 
conference being held somewhere. Its growing popu- 
larity provides an eager market for those looking for 
easy answers to growth problems. 

One can hardly imagine that such a subject would 
be cause for controversy, but not all are in accord. No 
one would state publicly that they think the church 
ought not to grow, but the tenor of our dialogue and 
the reality of our statistical report are indisputable 
evidence of the real truth. An analysis of such a re- 
sponse among the Brethren would, indeed, prove to 
be an interesting study. Undoubtedly we would find 
insinuations of improprieties directed at the "bubble- 
gum" brand of Christianity espoused by certain 
churches whose promotional programs hinge on 
"green stamp" appeals. Others, I'm sure, would re- 
taliate by suggesting that placing "winning the lost" 
as the primary purpose of the church reduces our 
ministry to a purely Armenian theology which exalts 
man and not God. Those committed to a "super- 
church" mentality look down their spiritual noses at 
others whose attendance charts reflect a diminutive 
stature, with those in smaller churches looking with 
suspicion on their larger counterparts as being the 
result of unspiritual practices. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council believes that 
there is one way in which this entire discussion can 
be resolved and that is by an all-out, concerted effort 
to start new churches. This would certainly be a prac- 
tical solution to the paralysis that grips our Fellow- 
ship. It is also a program to which all can give consent 
without question as to its validity. Other denomina- 

tions that have renewed their commitment to church 
extension through church planting are seeing amazing 
results both within the existing churches as well as 
the number of new congregations being formed. One 
such denomination, after carefully analyzing its own 
history, was shocked to discover that in one state 
alone over a period of 20 years it had closed 16 
churches and had started only 7. Their response to 
this indicting information was to carefully and 
prayerfully initiate a new program which resulted 
last year in the establishment of 20 new churches in 1 
year. The point being, that one does not have to 
resign himself to what might appear to be the in- 
evitable . 

I will spare you, the reader, the sad truth about 
our own history, but will quickly direct your 
thoughts to the result of a similar study conducted by 
the Brethren Home Missions Council. In response to 
the facts revealed about our own lethargic efforts 
within the Brethren Church the "Bountiful Harvest" 
campaign was presented to the Fellowship at national 
conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, one year ago. 
Carefully prepared, and meticulously outlined, it pro- 
vides a vehicle for the extension of the Brethren 
Church over the next five years. To review the plan, 
it was to see all forty-two existing home mission 
points fully self-supporting in the next five years. Pro- 
posed was a brand new congregation to replace each 
one that goes self-supporting. In addition the special 
"Bountiful Harvest" membership gifts were to be 
used to establish ten new churches above and beyond 
our regular efforts. To further promote and extend 
our ministry, it was suggested that we enter four new 
states as well as our neighboring country of Canada. 

The anticipated number of members participating 
in the "Bountiful Harvest" campaign was less than 
expected, but our goals have not changed! In fact, 
our board of directors, at their annual meeting in 
Winona Lake in August, committed themselves again 
to continuing the program and in concrete evidence 
of their sincerity to a man, enrolled again in the 

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JUL Ml Ml Mk M 

"Bountiful Harvest" campaign. Others, since, have 
indicated their desire to renew their commitment. 
Provisions to accommodate this growing interest is 
available in our office in Winona Lake, Indiana. 
Simply write to "Bountiful Harvest," P. 0. Box 587, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

As in the case of the "loaves and fishes," God has 
enabled us to take what we have received to date and 
invest it for Him at great dividends. This year brings 
us to the 100 meter mark of our 500 meter church- 
planting marathon and we have some exciting 
achievements to report. Ten churches have declared 
themselves to be self-supporting, some of them ahead 
of schedule, and all at great personal sacrifice. To 
take their place 9 brand new churches have been 
added to the home missions roll. In keeping with our 
plans to invade Canada, Jim Hunt has been added to 
our staff as a church-planting specialist in the New 
England States. A special bit of encouragement has 
been given to him to establish a beachhead in that 
great country to the North. Likewise, specific 
pioneering starts have now been made in three new 
states, Delaware, North Carolina, and Nevada, with 
exploratory probes being made in several others. 

Paramount to the realization of our goals, how- 
ever, is the absolute conviction that God is able to 
bring it to pass. He does this through those who are 
willing and available! New churches are neither ac- 
cidental nor incidental, but rather they are the 
natural culmination of carefully drawn plans and 
strategic moves. In reality, each new congregation 
actually starts with an awakening sense of responsi- 
bility to others. The spirit of independence is incon- 
gruous with church expansion. It is not the intent or 
purpose of the Brethren Home Missions Council to 
usurp the responsibilities of a local church, but rather 
to assist and support them in their efforts to extend 
their testimony beyond the perimeters of their own 
community. Money and men, of course, are of the 
essence, but without a plan our efforts will come to 
naught. The "Bountiful Harvest" is just such a viable 
plan and, implemented carefully, will produce its pro- 
posed results. 

We sincerely believe that those goals which pro- 
pose adding 52 new Brethren churches to our rolls by 
1984 are realistic. They are, however, predicated on 
the participation of Brethren people throughout our 
land. There is still time for you to become a part of 
this exciting church-growth program. In the words of 
another, "Church growth is not just another evan- 
gelistic fad or passing fancy —it is, rather, an important 
conceptual framework for evangelism that will take 
us to the twenty -first century or until Jesus comes." 

Continued from page 15. 

throughout the country. In reminiscing, 
many trials were endured throughout my life 
because of my stand for my Lord. My family 
thoroughly rejected my friends, and even 
friends turned against me. I was shunned as 
though I had a plague, but I kept my commit- 
ment to Christ. Yes, I've failed God in many 
ways, but He has always forgiven me. I 
always knew that prayer was my means of 
communicating with God and asking for 
understanding of family and friends. 
Gradually, my relationship with my family 
has become tolerable and I am accepted again 
and even respected for my stand. 

Many years elapsed and many trials came 
my way, not only physical. I had to undergo 
operation after operation, and in 1955 I 
came to California with my daughter. A few 
years later she married a fine Christian man 
and that same year I met and married my se- 
cond husband (after the decease of my first 
husband) and we lived happily together for 
almost 20 years before the Lord took him 
home. Our life together was Christ-centered 
and we were happy. However, the Lord had 
other plans, and three and one-half years ago 
my husband had to leave home and enter a 
nursing facility as he was terminally ill and 
could not be taken care of at home. At that 
time I met Pastor Doyle Miller and family 
from Bet Emet. I had made inquiry as to 
where a Hebrew-Christian Bible study could 
be found, and was led to the Millers. How I 
praise the Lord for bringing these people into 
our lives. They visited my husband weekly 
during his remaining life and he also learned 
to love them very much. I began attending 
their weekly Bible study and have grown 
spiritually through their teaching, and I pray 
that I may become a small vessel in their 
work. Theirs is not a solitary walk, as their 
work is love for the Jewish people and I am 
so grateful to be included with their identity 
in their work. 

Last September, 1979, my beloved Joe 
went to be with the Lord, and while he is 
now at rest and no longer suffering, I miss 
him greatly. Now I say, "Lord, if you are out 
there, catch me, as I feel I am jumping off!" 
I'm so terribly lonely and getting over my 
loss is greater than ever. However, I have my 
Comforter and now I'm trusting God not 
only for my life here, but also for life through 
all eternity. 

The above is but a short condensed version 
of my Christian life and I covet your prayers 
that God will continue to use me, to touch 
my body physically, as well as help me over- 
come my grief so I can help others. Also, my 
prayers are that God will bless my wonderful 
friends and second family — the Millers. 

September '80 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

□ Rev. A. Duane Jones of the Gold Rush Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Auburn, Calif., was a partici- 
pant in the Evangelism Explosion III International 
Leadership Clinic, held May 9-14 at the Crystal Evan- 
gelical Free Church of Minneapolis, Minn. A total of 
75 ministers, wives, and lay people from 15 various 
denominations attended the clinic, investigating this 
ministry of evangelism, discipleship and church 
nurture. Those attending came from 18 different 
states, Canada, Germany, Norway, and Taiwan. 

□ Mr. and Mrs. James Long (Mr. Long is the designer 
of GBC Christian Education Ac'cent.) have announced 
the adoption of a new son, George Michael. George is 
a blue-eyed, blond-haired two year old. 

□ On Sunday, June 15, R. John Snow, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Irasburg, Pa., entered the 
church building and realized that during the night it 
had been burglarized. A sound system, and other 
electronic equipment (including a tape recorder, 
radio, record player and calculator) were taken. The 
total loss came to about $ 1 ,000. 

□ Community Grace Brethren at 7260 South State 
Route 48, Union, Ohio, hosted "Round-Up at the CC 
Ranch" Bible school from Sunday, June 15, through 
Sunday, June 22. Averaging 520 in attendance each 
day, 176 decisions for Christ were made during this 

□ The First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., re- 
cently extended a call to Jeff Ahlgrim to become 
their assistant pastor. Jeff has recently completed a 
course of study in cross-cultural ministries and was 
granted the master of arts degree in communications 
from Wheaton Graduate School. Jeff and his wife, the 
former Donna Heffelfinger, are both Grace College 
graduates. While in Fort Wayne, Jeff will work with 
the church's education and evangelism programs and 
Donna will continue her career as a registered nurse. 

□ U. S. Army Chaplain John W. Schumacher is be- 
ginning a new assignment at Ford Ord, Calif., where 
he will serve as a Brigade Staff Chaplain. His last serv- 
ice was a two-year tour of duty in Korea, accom- 
panied by his family. He says of his ministry in 
Korea: "This has been a precious experience for us. It 
is a unique and wonderful privilege to serve the inter- 
national community. I have baptized nearly 30 
people during my time here. I have had the joy of 
seeing many come to Christ as Saviour and others to 
accept Him as Lord of their lives. Our program has 
steadily grown and we've been able to see new 
avenues of ministry develop." 

□ Dan Younger began ministering as the pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Clearwater, Fla. in July. 
His address is 214 Timberlane Dr., Palm Harbor, Fla. 
33563. (Tele. 813/937-5004). 

□ Darrell Wenzek has taken on the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Tracy, Calif. Mr. Wenzek is a 
graduate of Western Baptist Seminary, Portland, 
Oreg. He and his wife, Lois, have two children. Their 
present address is 236 W. Beverly Place, Tracy, Calif. 

□ Rev. Stanley Nairn was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on March 2, 1980, at the Middlebranch 
(Ohio) Grace Brethren Church. Rev. Ronald Guiles, 
pastor of the Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, 
Bethlehem, Pa., preached the ordination message and 
Brethren ministers from the Northeastern Ohio, 
North Atlantic, and California districts participated 
in the service. Special music was presented by Mr. 
David Guiles, the son of Rev. Ron Guiles and a Grace 
College student. The church provided a beautiful re- 
ception that followed the ordination service. 

Stan Nairn has served in assistant pastorates in 
Grace Brethren churches in New Holland and Bethle- 
hem, Pa., before assuming the pastorate at Middle- 
branch in January of 1979. 

1 September '80 

□ Going to Florida? A directory of our Florida Grace 
Brethren Churches is available from the Herald Co. at 
no charge. This directory features a map of each 
church's location, a picture of the church and the 
time of services. The address and phone number of 
the church and the pastor are also included. To ob- 
tain your free copy, write to the Herald Co., P.O. Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

□ Emlyn H. Jones, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, is completing 
his ministry at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York, 
where he has served for the past two years as Post and 
Staff Chaplain. He begins a new tour of duty in Ger- 
many in the month of August 1980. While in Germany 
he will have the privilege of fellowship with Captain 
John B. Patrick, also serving as a Brethren chaplain in 
the United States Army. Chaplain Patrick is accom- 
panied by his wife, Georgia, and their four daughters. 

Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. ; 

BURKE, Wenzel, July 4, Ellet Grace Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio. Gerald Teeter, pastor. Mr. 
Burke was the stepfather of Nancy Peugh, missionary 
to Germany. 

CHRISTESON, Harris, May 17, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
COY, Alma, 70, June 29, Leamersville Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John Gregory, pastor. 
ELY, Robert, May 13, Grace Brethren Church, Wash- 
ington, Pa. Harry Nonnemacher, pastor. 
FISH, Mary Lois, 65, June 22. Mrs. Fish was the wife 
of the late Lloyd Fish, and was national WMC litera- 
ture secretary. She was a member of the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church. Dr. Norman Uphouse and 
Charles Ashman officiated. 

HARRIS, Clara, 93, Fremont Ave. Brethren Church, 
South Pasadena, Calif. John Sturley, pastor. 
KELL Y, Mrs. Forest, June 1 2, Riverside Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa. H. Don Rough, pastor. 
KUHN, Victor, April 22, Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind. Larry Edwards, pastor. 
MacDONALD, A. Maude, 85, March 2, a faithful 
member of the Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, 
Va. W. Carl Miller, pastor. 

MOORE, Pamela, 28, June 5, Grace Brethren Church, 
Camden, Ohio. William Schaffer, pastor. 
MYERS, Stanley E., 48, July 18, professor of business 
at Grace College and a member of the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church. Charles Ashman, pastor. 
POLLARD, Ruth, 46, June 29, Leamersville Grace 
Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John Gregory, 

RICHMOND, Zerval Marie, May 26, Grace Brethren 
Church, Washington, Pa. Harry Nonnemacher, pastor. 

□ Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise were first commis- 
sioned to be missionaries to the Hawaiian island of 
Oahu approximately 27 years ago. Since the Tresises 
have been at Oahu two more new churches have be- 
come a part of the Brethren testimony in Hawaii-the 
Waimalu Grace Brethren Church (Aiea), James Ken- 
nedy, pastor; and the Rainbow Grace Brethren 
Church (Ewa Beach), Kip Coffman, pastor. 

This year the Waimalu Grace Brethren Church 
held their first Missionary Banquet in honor of four 
of their young people who have been called to serve 
as missionaries. Miss Becky Wagner, one of the young 
people, left on July 14 to go to Africa for one year 
with the TIME program. David Heard is training in a 
Child Evangelism Fellowship endeavor on the island 
of Oahu. Miss Deanna Dennis is serving a term in 
Tokyo, Japan, with Far Eastern Gospel Crusade. Miss 
Margaret Dennis was part of this year's Operation 
Barnabas team to Pennsylvania and Virginia. (Seated 
and pictured left to right.) 

The Hawaiian Brethren have also enjoyed their 
first conference as the Hawaii District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, which took place at the 
Waipo Grace Brethren Church on June 14. 

Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for 
the Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Grace Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind.; Sept. 7-10; 

Kenneth Bickel, pastor. 
Grace Brethren Church, Bowling Green, Ohio; Sept. 

21-24; Ronald Boehm, pastor. 
Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio; Sept. 28- 

Oct. 1 ; Leland Friesen, pastor. 
Grace Brethren Church, Elyria, Ohio; Oct. 5-8; Roy 

Polman, pastor. 
Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio; Oct. 

26-29; Gerald Teeter, pastor. 

September '80 i 

D Cofounder of Tracy Community Christian School 
(Tracy, Calif.), Richard A. Brown, was recently 
honored as "alumnus of the year" by Stanislaus State 
College. Rev. Richard Cripe, now pastor of the Ripon 
Grace Brethren Church, was also cofounder of the 
school, and was then pastor of Tracy's Grace Breth- 
ren Church. 

Brown was honored by the college because of his 
15 years of teaching accomplishments at Brown 
Junior High School in Turlock, Calif.; his achieve- 
ments in college as student body president and being 
honored with awards for service to the community; 
and in practicing his faith in God by serving the chil- 
dren of Tracy. 

In 1958 Brown had a water skiing accident that 
damaged his spine and left him handicapped. Brown 
moves about in a wheelchair or uses special arm 

It's been only in the past two and a half years 
that Brown has felt he has been doing something the 
Lord has wanted him to do— running Tracy's two- 
room, Christian schoolhouse. The school now has an 
enrollment of 50, with grades one through eight. 

□ The Listie Brethren Church reports that since the 
arrival of its new pastor in April, the congregation has 
witnessed the salvation of souls and 21 persons have 
been baptized. Pastor William Cochran has begun a 
new members class using the CE materials on "Basic 
Christian Beliefs and Practices." 

□ On May 17, the Grace Brethren Church of Rich- 
mond, Va., received the 1979 Growth Award for the 
Southeast District of the National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. This award was given to the 
church which experienced the largest percentage in- 
crease in the Southeast District. The Grace Brethren 
Church of Richmond experienced an 86.3 percent 
composite growth increase over the past year. The 
church is pastored by Rev. Kurt A. Miller. 

□ Louis Amundson is the new pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Goleta, Calif. His address is 5535 
Huntington Dr., Santa Barbara, Calif. 931 1 1 . 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Cathy Moyer and Sam Torres, Jan. 5, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Wendy Ditzler and Harvey Boltz, Feb. 9, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Cindy Johnson and Jon Simmons, Feb. 23, Grace 

Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Cyndi Derman and Larry Powell, March 15, Grace 

Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Joan Raber and William Hartman, March 28, Grade 

Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Elaine Galloway and Richard Hess, March 29, Grace 

Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Debbie Walter and Ron Ziegler, April 19, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Naomi Hayes and Leif Dahl, May 2, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Betty Oda and Charles Dietz, May 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Valerie Friend and David Carey, May 9, Ellet Grace 
Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. 
Dawn Collins and Jack Irby, May 10, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Patty Weekley and Doug Hirtz, May 10, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Amy Miller and Jerry Stolitza, May 17, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, West Kittanning, Pa. 
Jill Toberen and Brent Brinkerhoff, May 17, Grace 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 
Rose Highfill and Pete Stagnola, May 24, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Cherri Booomer and Charles Powers, May 30, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Patty Harrison and Tom Evans, May 3 1 , Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Libby Keller and John Lauster, May 3 1 , Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Elaine Pessel and Scott Rittle, Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pa. 

□ GBC Christian Education is gearing high for the 
1980-81 schedule of CE seminars. Six are set to in- 
clude seven districts, with another tentative for spring. 

September 15-16 

October 18 

Indiana District 
Winona Lake, Ind., GBC 

Mid-Atlantic District 
Temple Hills, Md., GBC 

Hagerstown, Md., Grace 

Southeast District 
Roanoke, Va., Washington 

West Penn, Allegheny 
Martinsburg, Pa., GBC 

Northeast Ohio, Northcentral 
Ohio-Wooster, Ohio GBC 

For more information contact GBC Christian Educa- 
tion, (219) 267-6622 or the host church. 

October 20-21 
October 22-23 

October 25 

January 24 

.September '80 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Judy Ashman, Director of SMM 
Kevin Huggins, Assistant Director 

hoping to help in 
Christian ed, youth, 
and church growth 

Our congratulations to Lititz, Pennsylvania, GBC: "Sunday School of the 

A great honor, a growing church, 
an excelling school 

Honors and special attention to "Mom" Etling — 

awarded the 1980 "Senior Medal of Ministry" 

continuing an extraordinary tradition . . . 
selected by a neutral committee from Baptist CE 

We highly esteem dual winners of the "Christian Educator of the Year" 

Teaching: Mrs. Janice Thornton (Sunnyside, Washington) 
Administration: Guy Brightbill (Myerstown, Pennsylvania) 

We award the "Alexander Mack Baptism-Membership Award" to East Side 
Grace Brethren Church of (Columbus) Blacklick, Ohio. 

excellent increase in conversion-baptism and new members, 
strong program for training, discipling, and involving new 

We're in This Challenge with You 

National Conference and CE Convention time is 
always a great time for us to see many of you 
supportive friends. Thank you for stopping by 
your new Christian Edquarters and for your en- 
couraging "keep at it" words about our people 
and paper work. 

We will. 

These days of the 1980s are bringing the best 
opportunities I have ever seen for talking openly 
about the Gospel and standing clearly for the salt 
principles in the Bible. Many of the issues the 
government and people are into in their discus- 
sions and decisions are moral and therefore 

spiritual issues. It is a time we must be heard and 
seen, or we will vanish from the sphere of in- 

It is also a time of frustrations, and overwhelm- 
ing fears and international turbulence. A time 
when those who have secure anchors need to 
share their connections, live their convictions, and 
point to Christ. 

Christian education is not an end in itself. It is 
the equipment room for getting in the shape of 
Christ to go out and do His work. 

We wil 

<=4^«jdbL> — Lj 

More about our conference award winners next issue, 
along with presentation of the "Growth Church of the Year" 

September '80 1 



by Knute Larson 

GBC Christian Ed Director 

Pastor, GBC, Ashland, Ohio 

I got in on Clyde Beatty's big show 
the other evening. I went to a circus. 
I came back with my church theology 
as straight as ever, with some great 
lessons for every church. 

May I take you to that evening with 
the trumpet and drums of a little band 
that carried you, under the big top, 
back to childhood, but also to some 
large lessons for the living church. 

1. Organization 

It was obvious that everybody who 
worked there knew what they were 
doing. One man who must have been 
the head usher helped us get into a 
shorter line for tickets, and he was 
very pleasant about it. 

As we got toward the big top, a 
friendly man ripped our tickets in half 
and some others helped us go the right 
direction in the seating area. One 
circus girl was very pleasant as she 
showed us where our seats were. 

Our ushers are like that, but I've 
been to a couple of churches where 

The organization was especially 
clear as the three-ring affair included 
so many different acts. After the 
lions and tigers were tamed again, the 
whole cage and all of the midget 
motels in which the lions live were 
taken out. Everybody was there at the 
exact moment. They knew when the 
lights were to be on and off, and the 
cage was down in just a few minutes. 

It always takes us longer than that 
to get the folding chairs up after 

Then every time someone went up 
to swing a little or even when the 
grand affairs of 1 5 swinging girls and 
guys were doing trapeze things all 

around the arena, the right one 
holding the rope and watching safety 
features was there. Never did the ring- 
master, the "senior pastor," or what- 
ever he was, have to ask if someone 
could come and hold the rope for 
one of the girls or guys on the trapeze. 
I was impressed that everybody was 
at the right place at the right time. If I 
were choosing a circus home, this 
might be the one I would go for. 

2. Versatility. 

I was overwhelmed by the fact that 
many people did several different 
things. The girl who took our tickets 
and helped us to our reserved seats 
then sat down with four or five other 
guys and girls who had come in. They 
appeared to be college students or 
young singles taking a joy ride for the 
summer and living in the hot tents of 
the circus taking tickets. 

But a few minutes later they dis- 
appeared. Ten minutes later there was 
the guy bouncing off an unusual plank 
helped by two other guys, doing 
somersaults and double somersaults as 
he bounced off their hand-held ledge. 
(Now I'm getting into the tricks, and I 
don't want to do that.) 

The girls were soon up on elephants, 
sliding down trunks, and posing while 
sitting on the elephant's head with one 
hand up (apparently a charismatic 

They were versatile, for sure, and 
apparently they weren't saying, "We 
ride elephants or swing trapeze, and 
are not quite so tiny as to take 


They were willing to be flexible an : 
to serve in many different ways. 

That too is great at church. 

3. Ministry Spirit. 

Now I know I couldn't read the 
hearts of all these performers, but it 
seemed like a big family. 

People served each other. When th 
popcorn guy came walking by he saw 
three of the performers and he stuck 
out the box for them to take some. 
Someone with a coke walked by one 
of the elephant trainers and he handec 
his coke to the trainer to share. 

Many of them helped with little 
sticks on the outside of the cage as the 
lion tamer, the center of the spotlight, 
got the glory and cracked the whip 
and told the lions what to do. They 
were there to help and, behind the 
scenes, do some poking. 

This is not a parallel for ushers to 
poke the old lions who aren't listening 
in the church (perhaps that would helf 
too). They used to do that when 
people fell asleep! But people do neeo 
nudging from each other! 

Another lesson was that they had ! 
two "services" that day to accom- 
modate the crowds. 

4. It was interesting. 

Now I know some churches that 
have used elephants to build their 
Sunday school, and I haven't made 
that shift in my allowance as yet; but 
the show, for sure, kept my attention. 
Now I heard of one church that was a 
"three-ring circus," someone said, 
without favor. Surely the Sunday 
school and the morning church and 

ffijG eoaeffle 

the evening church, plus all the other 
important meetings, ought to be inter- 
esting. Apparently these people had 
practiced a bit! One man did the 
tight-rope from the ground up to the 
top of the tent. (Our sanctuary ceiling 
could lend itself to that, but my 
Sunday shoes are slippery.) 

I sense the need in every church I 
visit, as well as our own, for teachers 
to really prepare their lessons and be 
ready with something interesting and 
exciting to keep attention. I fight for 
that and scratch for attentiveness in 
every sermon. The circus has ad- 
vantages, but the church must keep at 
it and make it work, too. 

5. Everyone had fun. 

Now I'm not sure about a man 
down a row from me who seemed 
rather bored. He was unwilling to be a 
child again, I think. But otherwise 
there was applause and laughing and it 
was all in fairly good fun. 

Somehow the parallel isn't exact- 
church isn't just for fun. Don't jump 
on this article with all fours. Neverthe- 
less, church should be a good time. It 
should be a place of joy where people 
share laughs and tears, too. Our hearts 
were with that guy on the motorcycle 
who drove up the same cable he had 
walked up earlier. When it appeared 
that he was out of control (he was 
doing a little hot dog work), you could 
hear and feel the gasps around us. As 
if when one part of the body hurts, we 
all would hurt. 

Church ought to be a place of joy, 
but it also should be one of mutual 
caring and sharing. 

6. The ringmaster was in charge. 

This guy had a whistle, and I saw 
him sitting on a chair outside the tent 
as we walked in. He looked unassum- 
ing, but I remembered from my last 
visit to a circus, at 1 or 12 years of 
age, that there was a man with a 
whistle. Every storybook about a 
circus has a man with a whistle and 
this guy used his. At one minute 
before the starting time, the whistle 
blew and he said on the speaker, "In 

one minute we will begin." Sixty 
seconds it was. 

His whistle called attention, but it 
also was a signal for the lights, the 
band, the servants, the stars, and 
everyone to do their thing. Nobody 
seemed to walk up and say, "You're 
not going to run my life." His coordi- 
nation proved excellent, as things 
happened one right after the other and 
with obvious good timing. 

I thought of Jesus Christ— Chief 
Ringmaster, whose whistle— the Word, 
ought to call usto immediate ministries 
and to coordinate. 

In a very real sense, the local pastor 
serves as a ringmaster to help people 
know when to share their gifts and get 
involved in ministry. If the people in 
ring one would have been yelling and 
throwing things, they could have 
destroyed the act in ring two. But 
instead they called attention to each 
other and had practiced and their 
timing was good, and they all responded 
to the ring