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BRETHREN MISSIONARY 



JANUARY 1985 



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Reflections By Still Waters 



Decentralization: 
the New Trend 



by Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

It all seems to have started in Washington a 
few years ago. There was a call for getting the 
work done back home. The theory was that it 
could be done better back nearer the source. 
The airlines were deregulated and were put on 
their own to schedule and do the work with- 
out governmental interference. The concept 
spread to other organizations— trucking, tele- 
phone communication, and investment serv- 
ices, including the banks. 

There is a lot to be said for the concept and 
the idea is spreading to many other organiza- 
tions. Long before the government started the 
concept, religious organizations were involved 
in this movement. It certainly is one of the 
strongest trends of the day— whether it be in 
education, publications, or missions. There is 
a definite movement to get more done on the 
local level. Universities twenty years ago be- 
gan to bring the state universities to the local 
communities. They grew with an unbelievable 
pace. Small community colleges grew to 
20,000 or more students. In Christian circles 
we are now following the same trend, but at a 
much slower pace. 

There is a renewal of the Bible institute. 
The local Christian Day School extended 
from day-care for preschool to the elementary 
level, then to high schools, and now to edu- 
cate adults. Education is going back home. In 
the area of publications we see the very same 
thing. Churches have their own presses and 
the new copy machines are just miniature 
printing presses. Small computers and word 
processors are the new wave of printing on a 
local level. Denominational publications are 
now monthly in almost all cases and local 
churches can get news to their people much 
faster than through the magazine. With the 



Sunday school not playing the role it did in 
former times, there is a change in curriculum 
and supplies. More is being done at home 
again. 

New churches and missions are more under 
the watchful eye of the district mission 
boards. More of the funds for church develop- 
ment stay in the territory than in other 
periods. If you have any doubts, take a look 
at the growth of funds being used for local 
missions. 

This trend will continue and gain much 
more momentum in the future. It is a good 
trend, for everything that can be done on a 
local level should be done there. Those of us 
involved in work on a national level know we 
are here to serve the local churches to be able 
to help them do the work of preaching the 
Gospel. There are some tasks that cannot be 
done as well by individual churches, so those 
functions should be done by national boards 
and organizations. 

There is the need for the joint efforts of 
the entire Fellowship to work in unity to get 
the Gospel to everyone. What can be done by 
the national boards to help local churches 
must be done. What the local churches can do 
on a unified basis for national boards must be 
done. We need to see the growth of local 
churches. Any study of recent information 
shows the Grace Brethren Church to be in a 
slowing growth trend. This trend must be re- 
versed soon or we will be moving into a nega- 
tive growth stance. This would indeed be a 
sad circumstance, because I believe the Grace 
Brethren Church has much to contribute to 
the world of Christianity and also to the 
needs of the world. 

So let us renew our efforts in the cause of 
Christ and the work of our Grace Brethren 
Church. 



JANUARY '85 



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MISSIONARY 




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Vol. 47 No. 1 January 1985 

The Brethren Missionary 
Herald is published monthly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
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Departmental Editors: 
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Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
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ccntents 

6 Historical Highlights 

8 Planting Churches in Navajoland 

1 1 Hope and Peace in the Midst of Trials 

12 The Lord's Church and the Lord's People 

14 Being a "Radical" in Our Unpredictable World 

16 1985 Brethren National Youth Conference 

19 One-on-One 

20 RVICS Leaving the Shuffleboard Behind 

23 Grace Brethren Foreign Missions SHORT COURSE 



hmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 17 • 



repcrted in the herald 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

Dr. Paul Bauman, executive vice presi- 
dent of Grace Seminary, and Dr. Louis T. 
Talbot, president of Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles, took off for a trip around the 
world to visit missions. . . . First Women's 
Missionary Council organized in Africa 
under the direction of Mrs. Orville Jobson. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1960 

Rev. George and Evelyn Johnson from 
Wooster, Ohio, went to the field of Brazil 
as missjonaries to that country. . . . The 
Brethren Construction Crew —Sellers, 
Sturgill, Jordan and Keyser— worked on the 
Fairland church in Akron, Ohio. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

The Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg, 
Vermont, was dedicated. John Snow, pastor. 
. . . Grace Brethren Christian Education 
moved into their new headquarters which 
are located just off Grace College campus. 



letters 



Dear Reader, 

There is something new in the 
Herald this month. Check page 36 to 
find the new feature, IT PAYS TO 
READ THE HERALD. Each month a 
subscriber to the Herald will be chosen 
by a random method from the mailing 
list. The person chosen will be given a 
special gift from the Herald Company. 
The gift this month is a Zondervan 
limited edition parallel Bible. It is a 
$150.00 Bible, bound in beautiful 
Buffalo Calfskin, and is indeed a prize 

possession. The winner is 

-CWT 



Cover photo by Larry Kayser 

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FEA TURE ARTICLE 



MONEY 
TALK 




by Winn Shackleford 

Assistant Professor of Business 
Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana 

(Editor's Note: Mr. Shackleford is a member of the 
Shackleford and Owen CPA's of Warsaw, Indiana. 
This material was presented in class at the college and 
also Sunday school at the Winona Lake Grace Breth- 
ren Church.) 

The Bureau of Engiaving and Printing says it costs 
about fifteen dollars to print a thousand bills, regard- 
less of denomination. Thus, to print a five hundred 
dollar bill is as cheap as printing a one dollar bill. 

Whether one covets a one dollar bill or a five hun- 
dred dollar bill, the cost in spiritual life is always the 
same. The "love of money" can be present in both 
the rich and the poor, and leads to a straying from 
the faith and a piercing through with many sorrows 
(1 Tim. 6:10). While all of us place some priority on 
money and some priority on ministry, few of us agree 
on where to place these priorities, let alone finding 
out positions consistent with Scripture. The balance 
offered by 1 Timothy 6:6 is a godliness with content- 
ment. In several ways, Paul's message to Timothy in 
this chapter can be seen as an expansion of Christ's 
parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16, where 
life and livelihood are put into proper per- 
spective. After all, wherever we view the 
greatest prospect for advantage, we 
usually find the greatest motive for 
industry and creativity. Do we 
agree with Solomon who writes, 
"Happy is the man who findeth 
%2Ml \\ wisdom . . ." which consists in 

knowledge and love of God, 
and entire conformity to all 
the intentions of His truths, 
providences, and laws? If 
so, then this should be the 
thrust of our business and 
and not a by-business. 
Or, do we subordinate 
wisdom to the merchan- 
dise of silver and fine gold 
which in itself cannot be 
wisdom? We might dowell 
to weigh Paul's admonish- 
ment to a ministry of godli- 
ness in our behavior and 
teaching, against our heart's 
pursuit of materialistic rewards. 



For where your 



The Evidence 

In Luke 16:10-11, Christ attaches a value system 
to money, called unrighteous mammon, and labels it 
as the least of our priorities. However, matters of 
truth and ministry in the service of our Lord are 
identified as true riches. If these become extreme 
points on a continuum of our life's endeavors, then 
how can we discern where we fall without being 
deceived by our own subjectivity? Perhaps we cannot. 
But 1 Timothy 6 offers some objective criteria as 
evidence of a troubled system of values. 

1. In verse 3, Paul begins with a rebuke of any- 
one who teaches that the value of worldly gain is 
higher than godliness. He said this type of teaching 
tends to corruption, but Christ's value system tends 
to healing. Do we teach and live by the doctrine that 
is according to godliness, or a doctrine dictated by 
the dollar? 

2. A second evidence taken from verse 4 is an argu- 
mentative spirit that produces envy, strife and evil 
suspicions. This spirit comes from disputes against the 
wholesome words of verse 3 and consumes the life 
out of the church (1 Cor. 2:13 and Rom. 16:17-20). 
Often it seems that we pridefully defend our pursuit 
of gain with impeccable logic and rationale, at the 
expense of pursuing godliness and unity in the 
church. Many times these wrong priorities define the 
lines of division in the local church. 

3. Verse 5 suggests that these are men who fashion 
gain as godliness rather than godliness as great gain. 
Therefore, their relative successes are measured in 
terms of gain. Yet, Christ has said in Luke 16 that 
these gains are not true riches. Paul says these men 
who value gain over godliness are of a corrupt mind 
and destitute of the truth. In fact, we are to withdraw 
from such, when often we all act as such. 

Therefore, while the wholesome words of the Lord 
Jesus Christ are intended to heal the wounds in the 
church and prevent division, we often defend posi- 
tions valuing gain over godliness, and by our words 
flaunt our ignorant pride and destroy the unity in the 
body. We cannot serve God and mammon. 

The Effects 

The parable in Luke has assigned godliness as a 
high priority over the least valued gain of mammon. 
Paul continues in 1 Timothy 6:6-10 to contrast a 
healthy attitude toward contentment with the evils of 
coveteousness. Paul begins with the pursuit of godli- 
ness, perhaps because it is the highest priority. 

1.A Christian's godliness is gain because it is 
profitable as it stands opposed to the division and 
strife caused by other doctrines described in verses 



3 through 5. This means that godliness promotes 
Christian unity. Unity is a spiritual bond among 
people whose lives are wholly surrendered to Jesus 
Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. It involves 
one mind, 1 Peter 3:8; one spirit, Psalms 133:1-3; one 
faith, Ephesians 4:4-6; one fellowship. Acts 2:42-47; 
one concern, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26; and one pur- 
pose, Isaiah 43:7. Therefore, as we pursue godliness 
as opposed to coveteousness, we will become a 
stronger, more unified body. 

2. Paul writes that the gain of godliness is great 
when compared to the worldly gain of mammon. 
Verse 7 suggests that this worldly gain is temporal, as 
we will carry nothing out of this world. According to 
Proverbs 23:2, some people are given to large appe- 
tites. Verses 4 to 5 say that others are given to cov- 
eteousness. Here, the context of these efforts to 
satisfy coveteousness involves overwork in long, 
hurried days, usually associated with total concentra- 
tion, and often anxiety. These efforts are for things 
that are not; for things of the world have a real exist- 
ence, but not a lasting existence. Verse 5 says that 
you do not lose them, they dissolve themselves as 
they make for themselves wings, and fly irretrievably 
out of sight. By contrast Christ teaches the immor- 
tality of godly gain in His Sermon on the Mount in 
Matthew 6:19-21: "Do not lay up for yourselves 
treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and 
where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for your- 
selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor 
rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and 
steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will 
be also." 

3. The pursuit of godliness is closely attached to 
contentment in these verses, while other doctrines are 
attached to strife. For the little that a righteous man 
has is better than the riches of many wicked (Ps. 
37:16). There are many who would not associate the 
word "sorrowful" with the words, "rich," "young," 
and "ruler." But such was the case with the young 
man in Matthew 19:22-23. He had position, posses- 
sions, and youth. In spite of having all three, he was 
sorrowful. He was sorrowful for what he had to sacri- 
fice to be born again; while he should have been sor- 
rowful about what he would miss in the future. 
Notice that with food and clothing, the Christian's 
heart is content as he pursues godliness. His desires 
are not insatiable. 

However, through verses 9 through 10, Paul gives 
some of the effects of a value system that is perverted 
toward mammon. Christ makes reference to these ef- 
fects in Luke 16 when He calls mammon unrighteous. 

1. Christ may identify mammon as unrighteous be- 



treasure is . . . your heart also." 



(Continued on page 34) 



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JANUARY '85 



Historical Highlights 





by Earle E. Peer, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

earing the name 
Gettysburg, one con- 
jures mental images 
of men engaged in 
fierce and deadly 
battle, imagines the sounds of 
horses' hooves, creaking wheels, 
and the roar of cannons, the crack 
of muskets, the shouts of com- 
manders, and the cries of agony. 

Gettysburg is located in south- 
central Pennsylvania in Adams 
County, named after our second 
United States president, John 
Adams. The town itself was named 
for James Gettys, who arrived from 
Ireland in the mid-eighteenth cen- 
tury. Aside from the historical im- 
plications it holds in our nation's 
history, it is also noted in the 
history of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Here are a few 
highlights: 

July 1, 2, and 3, 1863: General 
Robert E. Lee, commander of the 



Confederate States of American 
Army, 75,000 troops strong, en- 
counters General George G. Meade, 
with 100,000 men in the battle of 
the Potomac at Gettysburg. The 
fighting rages for three days, ending 
in a decisive battle at the High 
Water Mark with the failure of 
Pickett's charge. General Lee re- 
treats into Maryland and crosses 
into Virginia. Gettysburg is the 
scene of the bloodiest battle in the 
history of our nation, with 51,000 
casualties. 

November 18, 1863: President 
Abraham Lincoln arrives in Gettys- 
burg and spends the night at the 
Will's House, where he puts the 
finishing touches on a speech he is 
to deliver the next day at the dedi- 
cation of the National Cemetery. 
His "few appropriate remarks" (he 
is not the main speaker) last for 
only two minutes, but have been 
recorded in history as the im- 
mortal "Gettysburg Address." 

August 1955: President Dwight 
D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, 
retire to their home in Gettysburg. 
(After his death in 1969, Mrs. 




Eisenhower gives the home to the 
United States Department of the 
Interior. It is now known as the 
Eisenhower National Historic Site.) 

ugust 1973: The 
National Confer- 
ence of the Fel- 
lowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches 
convenes on the campus of Gettys- 
burg College with Dr. S. Wayne 
Beaver presiding as moderator. 

February 1980: Pastor Lee Dice, 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, conducts 
Bible classes in homes in the 
Gettysburg area. He is assisted by 
Pastor Larry Coggins in visitation 
throughout the community. (This 
ministry continues for a little more 
than two years.) 

May 10, 1981: Rev. and Mrs. 
Wendell Kent, of Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania, begin to commute 
each Sunday to Gettysburg to 
conduct Sunday school and wor- 
ship services in the YMCA Building 
on Lincoln Square. 

April 10, 1983: The Gettysburg 



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Grace Brethren Church is formally 
organized by Pastor Earle Peer, of 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the 
home of Rev. Donald Hinks. 
Fifteen persons are present for the 
organizational meeting and an 
offering of $100 is received. 

May 15, 1983: The first baptism 
of the Gettysburg GBC is held in 
the Melrose Gardens Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Harrisburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, with representatives from 
both congregations present for the 
evening service. 

July 3, 1983: Exactly 120 years 
after the final battle of Gettysburg, 
the first service of the newly 
organized Grace Brethren Church 
of Gettysburg assembles in the 
living room of Pastor and Mrs. Peer 



Pastor and Mrs. Earle Peer 



door for the fledgling congregation 
to meet in rented quarters in a re- 
modeled motel unit at 805 Harris- 
burg Road. There are 16 present for 
Sunday school, and 25 for the 
morning worship, with 16 people 
returning for the evening service. 
Jesse Gingrich, formerly of 
Hershey, Pennsylvania, becomes the 
organist for the new congregation. 
His father, Rev. Ulysses Gingrich, a 
member of the GBC in York, Penn- 
sylvania, begins teaching the adult 
Sunday school class. 

November 13, 1983: A dedica- 
tion service is conducted for the re- 
modeled building, as well as a Conn 
organ donated by Mrs. Dollie 
Setinsek of Harrisburg in memory 
of her late husband, Henry. Darlene 




Above: Overlooking the battlefield 
Right: Marker in National Cemetery 



at 635 Highland Avenue, about 
one-half mile from the National 
Cemetery. The group continues to 
meet here through October 17. 

September 25, 1983: The first 
communion service is held in the 
basement of the pastor's home, 
with 14 persons present. Eight of 
those have never participated in a 
threefold communion. It is a 
blessed time around the table of the 
Lord. 

October 23, 1983: After a 
search for three months, and more 
than 40 refusals, God opens the 



(Setinsek) Canoles blesses the 
hearts of the 35 persons present 
during an evening vocal concert. 
Sunday school attendance is 31, 
with attendance at the morning 
worship being 42. 

December 11, 1983: The second 
baptismal service for the new 
church is held at the Evangelical 
Free Church in Hanover, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

May 27, 1984: It is dedication 
day again, this time tor the newly 
purchased Mobile Home Annex and 
a new piano given to the church by 




Richard Harman. Everyone joins 
in a Family Fellowship Dinner, fol- 
lowed by an organ recital by Jesse 
Gingrich. Attendance for the day is 
59. 

July 8, 1984: Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt, President Emeritus of Grace 
Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana, is 
the special speaker at the First An- 
niversary Service. A church picnic 
follows the morning service with 
Dr. Hoyt speaking again during the 
evening service. 

October 14, 1984: The second 
communion service is held in the 
Chapel building, utilizing, as well, 
the facilities of the Mobile Home 
Annex. 

A continuing door-to-door visita- 
tion program is being carried on by 
the pastor. Pray that this will result 
in reaping precious souls for Christ 
as we Reach Out For The Harvest! 

The church appreciates the 
prayers and financial support of the 
Brethren, the direction of the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council, 
the support of the Northern Atlan- 
tic District Mission Board, and the 
overwhelming encouragement and 
assistance of the sister churches 
within the Northern Atlantic Dis- 
trict. The Harrisburg GBC has given 
two portable cribs and juvenile 
cribs. The SMM girls of the Susque- 
hanna GBC (Wrightsville) have 
equipped the nursery. The Ephrata 
GBC recently presented an over- 
head projector, along with many 
other supplies. 

". . . the world will little note 
nor long remember what we say 
here, but it can never forget what 
they did here. . . —Abraham 
Lincoln 

" . . . the world will soon forget 
what they said here, but heaven will 
always remember what the Lord 
did here. . . —Earle E. Peer ■ 



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JANUARY '85 



Planting Churches 

in Navajoland 



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by Raymond W. Thompson 

One of the great hindrances 
to evangelization and church 
planting among the Navajo 
people has been the white 
man's feeling that the Navajos 
could be assimilated into the 
great United States melting 
pot with little concern for the 
Indians' culture. 

A few anthropologists have 
practiced their profession 
among Navajo people and have 



gained valuable insights. Some 
traders have done what is 
necessary to try to predict the 
Navajo moods and communi- 
cate with them because it is 
good business. A very small 
number of linguists have made 
the extreme effort to crack 
the Navajo "code"— a language 
difficult enoughto be classified 
among the top three in diffi- 
culty. But it is tragic that the 
majority of evangelical 
Christians historically have 



John and Nora Trujillo. 
John pastors the Navajo 
church at Red Lake, 
Arizona. 



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thought the effort to under- 
stand where Navajos are 
coming from is not worth it. 
"Let them become like us, 
then we can teach them" 
seemed to be a frequent, 
though unspoken, attitude. 

Why can't Navajo people 
just drop their animal totems, 
or their corn pollen sacrifices 
to the sun, and see that be- 
coming a Christian means 
accepting the absolute lordship 
of Jesus Christ? Can it be that 
closer attention to understand- 
ing those things that are close 
to the Navajo heart might 
enable the Anglo evangelist to 
reach the people before they 
are driven off by the mission- 
ary's lack of perception. 

No observer can accuse 
Navajo people of being 
atheists. Their daily life is 
filled with recognition of the 
sun and moon, the sacred 
mountains which surround 
them, and even conversations 
with the animals. Their healing 
ceremonies, featuring intriguing 
sand paintings, their woven art 
and beadwork with broken 
circles, lest the spirits be 
trapped inside, attest to their 



The Navajo church at Cedar Hill, 
New Mexico, pastored by Tully 
Butler. 

religious world view. 

Lewis M. Hopfe in Religions 
in the World describes the 
animism of American Indians: 
"The Native American did not 
view nature as the creation of 
a supreme deity for the sub- 
jugation of human-kind. 
Rather, nature was seen as a 
collection of multiple spirits 
with which people must live in 
harmony. And so all of life 
had a religious nature." 

Hunting became a religious 
occupation in which the animal 
was not just an object to be 
killed, but a fellow creature 
with a similar spirit. Planting 
and raising crops, cutting 
timber, and herding livestock 
must all be done with appro- 
priate ceremony. 

In addition to the productive 
side of their lives, the Navajo 



people live in fear of malevo- 
lent spirits which might bring 
harm to them. Their lives are 
filled with elaborate cere- 
monies to "appease the spirits" 
and avoid evil. 

A perceptive approach to 
this animistic background is 
cited by an evangelical Navajo 
pastor, Herman Wiiliams. He 
describes an occasion in which 
a new believer came to him in 
great fear. It seems that as the 
believer returned home follow- 
ing his conversion, a number 
of owls roosted in nearby trees. 
A truly bad omen to the Navajo 
mind, this meant that death 
was at hand. A Christian, yet 
almost untaught, he went to 
his pastor for help. The Navajo 
pastor, with an understanding 
heart, told the man to return 
home, take his Bible and open 
it to a clear salvation promise. 
"You owls," he instructed him 
to say, "I belong to Jesus now. 
He has purchased me with His 
blood. You can't control my 
life or bring death until He is 
ready for me to die. Then I 
will go to be with Him for 
always. You go away now." 
(Continued on page 70) 



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JANUARY '85 



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(Continued from page 9) 

When the man did this, the 
first result was the peace 
which came into his heart. 
Then the owls disappeared 
never to return. 

A less perceptive approach 
might have driven this child in 
the faith back to the medicine 
man. The tendency of an 
Anglo American Christian is to 
say, "You are a Christian now. 
Forget your pagan supersti- 
tions. Owls are only birds and 
can't predict future evil in 
your life." This is true, but no 
real help has been offered to 
one who has known from 
earliest childhood that owls 
only come to announce a 
death. Realizing the depth at 
which this perception of evil 
was fixed in the new believer's 
heart, the Navajo pastor: 

1) Gave him something to 
do to deal with a real problem. 

2) Did not embarrass the 
new babe in the faith. 

3) Gave him spiritual 
counsel which was worthy of 
his spending time meditating 
upon. 

4) Substituted the power 
and blessing of God for the 



fear which characterized his 
life. 

The result was that this new 
believer continued to grow in 
his Christian faith and eventu- 
ally became a Navajo Christian 
leader. 

Often in working with 
school children, one becomes 
aware of conflict in their 
thinking. Parents, concerned 
about spirits being offended, 
warn their children not to 
listen when religious instruc- 
tion is given. Children, in turn, 
are taught in school to look 
for empirical evidence, then 
make choices based upon 
knowledge of facts. However, 
the element of faith is vital to 
Christian training and the 
child is unable to discern be- 
tween the reverence in which 
his parents hold their spirit- 
world objects and the biblical 
faith taught in the Scriptures. 
The result may be that he 
loses confidence in both. Re- 
bellion against all adult 
authority and a determination 
to "find my own way" can 
wreak havoc in young lives 
faced with a world that offers 
attractive but deadly allure- 



ments. 

In view of the immense gulf 
separating the white missionary 
from the Navajo people whom 
he desires to reach for Christ, 
what can be done to bridge 
the gap? The answer, which is 
becoming more evident on the 
Navajo reservation, emphasizes 
the need to establish indige- 
nous Navajo churches with 
biblically trained Navajo 
leadership. 

Historically, the white mis- 
sionary has been moved by 
compassion to meet what he 
perceives to be a great need to 
change the way people live 
and think. His orientation has 
blinded him to the feelings of 
Navajo people. Thus the 
gospel message has not gained 
serious consideration in many 
of their minds. The mission- 
ary often represents white 
domination and power. He 
has been tolerated as a resource 
to be exploited and his Jesus 
regarded as another talisman 
to bring benefit. Rather, the 
missionary must see that his 
effective ministry centers in 
training a few Navajo Christians 
(Continued on page 13) 



Consider Your Investments 

So you are saving for the future. Where is your money in- 
vested? Is it in a savings account? A money market certificate? 
An IRA? What returns are you getting? Is it just financial? 

At the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, your money 
not only earns 6.72 percent continuous interest, you also have 
the satisfaction of knowing your funds are being used to help 
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Hope 

and 

Peace 




in the 
Midst 
of 
Trials 



Photo by Alexandria King 



by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

"So very few people go out to serve Christ," said 
Bob Lance as he prepared for full-time Christian 
service in 1981. "My wife and I always wanted to be 
available to Christ. We just told God that we are will- 
ing to go anywhere." 

Anywhere. That meant resigning a responsible 
position as an engineer with the Ohio Department of 
Transportation to attend seminary. It meant sacrific- 
ing a more comfortable lifestyle to study God's Word. 
And it meant separation from family and friends as 
they began to minister among the Navajo Indians of 
northwestern New Mexico. 

It even meant continued commitment as Bob suf- 
fered with a heart infection and seven major surgeries 
within a four-month period. 

Through it all, he remained faithful until God 
called him home at the age of 35 on Wednesday, No- 
vember 7. Memorial services were held on Saturday, 
November 10, at the Grace Brethren Church in 
Worthington, Ohio. 

"Why? is a big question," Bob had told a reporter 
a few months earlier while he was a patient at Pres- 
byterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
"People wonder why God allows bad things to 
happen. They think good people should be able to 
live an untroubled life. But God allows bad and good 
things to happen. 

"Why? For His honor and glory. And to draw us 
closer to Him." 

Bob and his wife, Valerie, accepted Christ in early 
1975 at the Grace Brethren Church in Worthington. 
She made a decision on their first visit, and Bob 
followed a few weeks later. 

"We were praying at the end of the service and I 
felt a tug on my shoulder," she recalled during an 
interview shortly after their arrival in New Mexico. 
"Bob said, 'I've got to go forward.' I burst into tears 



and since that day, our lives have changed a lot," 
she added. "We changed and rearranged our priori- 
ties and we ended up at seminary." 

A program by the children from the Grace Breth- 
ren Navajo Mission School sparked an interest in 
serving at the Mission. As they investigated the 
possibilities, they began to see a need in the area of 
church planting. A visit to the Mission cemented the 
decision in their minds. With the full support of the 
Worthington church, the couple and their three chil- 
dren were on their way to work at the Mission in the 
fall of 1982. 

First came a year of studying the difficult lan- 
guage at Farmington, New Mexico. Then, it was a 
move to the Mission compound at Counselor, 120 
miles northwest of Albuquerque, and involvement in 
the work there. 

On Thursday, April 12, Bob woke up with what 
they thought was a case of the flu, suffering vomiting 
and fever. That night, in Farmington, a doctor diag- 
nosed a heart infection. By Saturday, he was on the 
operating table at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquer- 
que where surgeons replaced a defective heart valve. 

Since that time, the Lances lived in the face of 
death. Despite six more major surgeries, they con- 
tinued to maintain a positive testimony of their faith 
to those around them. 

"Everybody at the hospital keeps asking us 'Why?' 
I don't think either of us want to know," commented 
Valerie, 34, in mid-August. "But we want people to 
know we had hope and peace even with this." 

A native of New Jersey, Bob graduated from Ohio 
Northern University in Ada, Ohio, in 1972, with a 
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Through 
Valerie's brother, a friend of Bob's, the couple met 
and were married in December, 1970. In 1982, Bob 
received a Master of Divinity degree from Grace 
Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

He is also survived by their three children— Brian 
(11), Sarah (10), and Rebeccah (8). ■ 



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by Nathan Leigh, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Makakilo, Hawaii 



The Lord's 
Church 



Our church, I am sure, is not and 
different than other churches in thci 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Chur I 
ches. Makakilo is a community like 
many others in our country. We» 
have our own cultural differences 
However, like most other areas, wei 
also have a general coldness towarc 
God. 

We also have problems in the 
church with growth and faithful! 




and the 
Lord's People 



ness. Yet, we have seen ourvictorie: 
in those areas. 

I never thought the Lord wouk 
give me the privilege of pioneerinc 
a work, but in His grace He did, anc 
in doing so I have learned two as 
pects about church growth that per 
haps I would not have learnec 
otherwise. 

The most important thing that 
and many of my people havi 
learned is that this church is God' 
and we should submit to Him an< 
allow Him to do things His way i 
we are seeking to please Him. Tha 



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lay sound like it should already be 
nderstood, but in the "success" 
riented society we live in, it is easy 
3 try to force a church to grow 
our way. It is also very easy to put 
iour trust in methodology and 
nink you can solve the problem 
/ith a new program. 

I believe this has been the turn- 
ig point in our work— realizing 
lat this work is God's, not mine, 
ot the people of the church, not 
le Grace Brethren Home Missions 
ouncil's. We have been given a 
cewardship. I have been allowed to 
e the overseer. Home Missions has 
ne responsibility of helping the 
rork with guidance and support, 
nd they meet that calling with 
reat love and dedication. 

However, the church is God's 
I rid He decides when and how 
i lings will happen. Many times His 
jrays are not only not our ways, 
jut they are also so different from 
('hat we think that we wonder if 
Ire are going the same direction. Of 
ourse, He has a perfect plan and is 
tier gently leading us to it. 

Let me give you a prime exam- 
le that will illustrate what I mean, 
am a firm believer in personal dis- 
ipleship. Right now I am working 
'ith "11 men, some together but 
lostly one-on-one. The Lord has 
Iso opened the door for me to'dis- 
iple seven women, whom I meet 
'ith all together. They in turn are 
linistering to the other ladies in 
le church, allowing me to stay out 
f some difficult counseling circum- 
:ances. 

i I am very excited about all of 
lis, but I was not enthused about 
ow it started. I had been praying 
>r six months that the Lord would 
:ad a man to me to disciple. No 
lovement had come. Then on a 
unday night, God answered my 
rayers. I arrived at church that 
ight prepared to preach to about 
5 people, which is average. I was 
<cited about the music we were 
Ding to have, and the testimonies, 
knew the lesson would be blessed 
/God. 

I got there a half-hour early and 
aited, and waited. Sometime after 

p.m. one man came. We talked 
id waited. When I realized he was 
ie only one coming, I grabbed my 



Bible and sat down next to him. 
That was the beginning of my one- 
on-one discipleship. 

We have never had another Sun- 
day night like that again. But that 
evening, God in His infinite wisdom 
had planned the beginning of a 
special relationship between myself 
and my people. 

I am convinced that only by 
how well we continue to have com- 
plete faith and trust in His way of 
doing things, will we see our work 
in Makakilo grow the way He wants 
it to grow. 

The other aspect of our work is 
one I feel is highly overlooked. I 
firmly believe our work does and 
will owe much of its success to the 
people of the FGBC. My congrega- 
tion has never stopped being im- 
pressed by the fact that people who 
might not even know how to pro- 
nounce Makakilo are praying and 
giving to our church. 

Let me share with you quickly 
two examples. At national confer- 
ence. Pastor James Custer encour- 
aged me to read Undaunted Hope, 
by Florence Gribble. It is a book 
about Brethren missions by a Breth- 
ren author. After I read it, I was so 
challenged and encouraged that I 
have passed the book on to mem- 
bers of our church. I see the same 
results as they see the involvement 
of Brethren people in missions. 

I recently received a note from a 
church that I attended two years 
(including one in active ministry) 
notifying us of their financial sup- 
port of Makakilo. Here is a church 
that hardly had time to get to know 
me, they know none of the people 
in my church, but their love is seen 
through their financial gifts. When I 
was part of the church, the pastor 
was always caring and the people 
made me feel at home. Now we are 
out from their flock but the love 
and support are still there. With en- 
couragement like this, how can we 
but win for Christ. 

We have great visions for Maka- 
kilo, but no matter what God may 
produce, what we have already 
learned and gained is eternal in 
value. Continue to pray for us and 
be prepared to continue hearing of 
great things being wrought by God 
in Hawaii. ■ 



Planting Churches in Navajoland 

(Continued from page 10) 
to establish and lead their own 
churches. 

The church which is to be 
effective among these people 
must belong to them. It can- 
not compromise its biblical 
message, yet it must know its 
people and the tensions which 
impel and repel them in the 
activities of their daily lives. 
It must be led by their own 
people who understand when 
they hurt and yet are firm 
enough in matters of convic- 
tion to discipline. Their 
counsel must offer real help 
to the problems which are 
significant to their percep- 
tions. 

Such a church must find its 
center among the people, not 
in the mission compound. Its 
program must fit the lifestyle, 
expectations, and schedules of 
the people who make it up, 
not an outside cultural pattern. 
Its pastor must be unspoiled 
by sophistication which is 
foreign to his people. His 
understanding of how his 
people perceive life must 
influence his delivery of the 
truth of God to them so as not 
to close their ears with need- 
less offense. Yet, he must be 
wise enough to discern when 
they are mishandling the truth 
in order to compromise. He 
must be a man of the Book of 
God, able to draw the necessary 
parallels in the lives of his 
people and to make the appli- 
cations which will lead them 
to maturity in Christ. 

The preparation of this kind 
of pastoral leadership, with a 
vision to proliferate biblical 
churches among Navajo people, 
is the great challenge to the 
Christian missionary today. It 
must be the effective answer 
to the problem of resurgent 
animism among Navajo 
people. ■ 



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BEING A 'RADICAL' IN 

AN INTERVIEW WIThi 



(GBC Christian Education editor's note: Dr. 
Howard Hendricks is founder and former 
chairman of the Christian Education Depart- 
ment at Da/las Theological Seminary. He 
continues to serve as a professor there. In 
this reprinted article from the NavLog, Dr. 
Hendricks discusses evangelism and the 
Great Commission.) 

Q. Last October at The Navigators Pastors 
Congress, you strongly stated, 'The greatest 
threat to Christianity is not atheism, com- 
munism, humanism or materialism, but it's 
Christians trying to sneak incognito into 
heaven without sharing their faith or with- 
out ever participating in the most significant 
work on planet earth." Could you elaborate? 

A. I feel the primary problem is the Chris- 
tian who is not functioning as a Christian. 
He doesn't share his faith, doesn't have the 
vision and is not committed to reproducing 
disciples. The result is that he's constantly 
receiving but not reproducing. I think this is 
eating our lunch in the spiritual realm. You 
know most Christians never lead another 
person to Christ. 

Q. Why is that? 

A. Well, I think it's true for a number of 
reasons. For one, most people do not know 
how. For another reason, most people think 
that evangelism is a gift, and since I don't 
have that gift, therefore I can't do it. But 
fear is probably the greatest inhibitor to 
evangelism. When you don't know what 
you're doing, you're petrified to even try. 
Then also, the Church has professionalized 
evangelism to the point we think it's only 
the preacher's or evangelist's responsibility 
to do the evangelizing. So, we bring a guy or 
girl to church and let the preacher hang one 
on him, thinking that's where he's going to 
come to Christ. This is far from every be- 
liever sharing his faith in his network of re- 
lationships. 

Q. What then can help turn this situation 
around, where people are enjoying the privi- 



lege of leading others to Christ? 

A. This is why I am committed to dis- 
cipleship. Many seek to lead a person to 
Christ, but never take him on to inform him 
as to what follows his entrance into the 
Christian life. That's where we are. Most 
people have never been discipled. The 
second thing is that we need to change our 
concept of the Church and realize that the 
pastor-centered church is a biblical mon- 
strosity. God gives gifts to every believer. 
Every Christian is in the ministry. I would 
say my number one message to pastors in 
1984 is to equip the saints for their work of 
ministry. Get out of the ministry of addition 
and into a ministry of multiplication. God 
does not call a pastor to do the work of the 
ministry, but to equip the saints for a work 
of ministry. 

Q. What do you think it's going to take to 
accomplish the Great Commission? 

A. It's going to take a drastic change in 
our seminaries and training schools, in terms 
of their philosophy of education— in what 
they are really equipping their students to 
do. I also believe it's going to take a drastic 
change at the local church level. The boards 
of local churches need to start calling men 
whose distinct task is not to come here and 
do our work for us, but to equip us to do 
the work. I think, thirdly, it's going to take 
individual believers who will not only under- 
stand that philosophy but who will embrace 
it for themselves. I believe the average lay- 
man is just screaming for someone to equip 
him to be a layman who can function the 
way he often wants to function but doesn't 
know how. 

Q. Many people find it's a little hard to 
share their faith in a secular context. So, we 
now focus on friendship evangelism. Do you 
think it's tougher in the 1980s to share your 
faith as opposed to earlier decades, or are we 
copping out and saying it's just taking 
longer? 

A. No, I don't think it's tougher. It may 







UR UNPREDICTABLE WORLD 



HOWARD HENDRICKS 




ifhe more you are 
Ice your society the 
less you impact it. 
lie more distinctive 
j'ou are, the more 
you impact it. 



be different, or it may call for a different ap- 
proach. I think the network of human 
friendships is still the best relay of truth, and 
so, you are right that evangelism through 
friendships may demand more time. A 
person has to win a hearing for the Gospel— 
whether it's by professional or business com- 
petency and his dedication to the task, 
whether it's his friendship and continuing 
love and concern for people by inviting them 
over to his home or apartment, or getting in- 
volved with the person outside the job. But I 
think the real issue, if I've put my finger on 
it, is that we are not providing a sharp 
enough contrast, a radical lifestyle that's dif- 
ferent from our society and generation. I 
think the more you are like your society, the 
less you impact it. The more distinctive you 
are, the more you impact it. 

Q. How then can we become most dis- 
tinctive? 



A. I think one way is allowing the Spirit 
of God to deliver us from ourselves. One of 
the characteristics of our society is that it's 
selfish, focused upon ourselves, what's best 
for me. I find that people who are delivered 
from themselves are truly liberated persons. 
Secondly, I think we communicate by genu- 
ine, unconditional love and concern for 
other people and their needs. But often, 
we're interested in people only as long as 
they are interested in Jesus Christ. When 
they say, "I'm just not interested in that 
jazz," then we lose interest in them, proving 
that our interest was very superficial to 
begin with. Another way we do it is by how 
we cope with the realities and problems of 
life. In other words, how do we face death 
and disappointment, failure, a handicapped 
child, bankruptcy, and other similar situa- 
tions? Maybe another one would be that we 
are living for something— committed to an 
eternal cause that is obviously beyond our- 
selves and that will out-last us when we're 
gone. 

Q. When Galatians 2:20 says, ". . . It's no 
longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me 
. . . ," how can we really grasp hold of that 
truth and allow Christ to live in us totally? 

A. I like to put it this way— that I become 
a suit of clothes the Saviour puts on to ac- 
complish His purpose. A great error we make 
is thinking it's what we do for God that 
counts, rather than our willingness to allow 
God to live His life through us. I. don't know 
who's going to walk in the office, who I'm 
going to meet, what's going to happen when 
I go home. I may be going to a Dallas Cow- 
boys practice, and I don't know who will 
corner me and say, "Hey, Doc, sit down. I've 
got to talk to you about something." I'm 
just a suit of clothes for God to use. I want 
people to see Jesus Christ in me, so that the 
only explanation that I have for my life is 
supernatural. ■ 

Reprinted by permission from the June/July 1984 
issue of NavLog, bimonthly magazine of the Navi- 
gators. 



JANUARY '85 



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1985 Brethren 
National Youth Conference 




Estes Park, Colorado August 10-16, 1985 
We're Excited About 1985! 



Being excited about our work is really quite 
easy. What's more exciting than seeing God 
shape young livesl 

Whether it's through Operation Barnabas, 
Timothy Teams, Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference, EMI, TIME, SMM or another CE ministry, 
our staff is touching many lives, both young and 
old. 

At our 1984 Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference, over 200 teens made public decisions 
and many more joined them in fresh com- 
mitments to Christ. That's excitingl This year's 
youth conference brings added excitement as 
Grace Brethren adults join us at Estes Park, Col- 
orado. We're looking forward to this sharing of 
adults and youth in the impact of the week. Mark 
your calendar now for August 10-161 

April 8-12 is approaching fast. That week will 
bring Grace Brethren youth pastors and workers 
from across the country to Ridgecrest, North 
Carolina, for CE's National Youth Worker's Con- 
ference. Youth Workers will leave the week with 
their batteries charged and practical ideas and 
strategies to implement. Every church can benefit 
from this. Write us for more details. 

Operation Barnabas is always exciting. This 
summer two teams will travel up and down the 
West Coast. 

The impact of EMI and TIME is overwhelming 
as about 40 people will be challenged this year 
in missions. 1985 will be exciting in another way 
as we make plans for a 1986 Latin American Mis- 
sions Institute, a new ministry to prime future mis- 
sionaries for our southern neighbors. 

Our list continues ... but we don't want to stop 
without including you. Your support gives us ex- 
citement in this new year. Thanks for praying, giv- 
ing and sharing in our ministry of challenging 
young lives. ^j 



TIME Workers 
Prayer List 

Please join us in praying for these TIME 

workers currently serving on mission fields. In 

addition to praying for God's direction as they 

consider missions, please remember other 

needs: good health, safety, financial support 

and effectiveness as they minister in specific 

ways. 

Name/Field of Service/Home Church/Dates of 

Service 

Marilyn Austin/France 

Winona Lake, IN GBC/2-28-84 — 8-27-85 

Karen Bartel/Central African Republic, 
Yaloke/Wooster, OH GBC/1 2-27-83 - 5-28-85 

Karen Battls/Navajo Mission/Elizabethtown, 
PA GBC/6-01-84 - 6-01-85 

Chuck Chappell/France/Winona Lake, IN 
GBC/1 0-1 -84 - 6-85 

Frank Dawson/Central African 
Republic/Mansfield, OH Woodville 
GBC/2-03-84 — 2-02-85 

Trlcla Dlrka/Central African Republic, Yaloke 
Kent, WA GBC/6-18-84 - 6-17-85 

Mark Elllson/Navajo Mission/Warsaw, IN 
Community GBC/6-15-84 — 6-15-85 

Jim Johnson/North BrazilAWooster, OH 
GBC/7-01-84— 11-15-85 

Don and Lois Rosa/France/Lititz, PA 
GBC/2-28-84 - 6-27-85 

Mike and Amy Volovakl/Central African 
Republic/Duncansville, PA Leamersville 
GBC/7-01-84 — 9-01-85 

Joyce Wenger/Navajo Mission/Myerstown, 
PA GBC/1 -15-85 - 8-15-85 

Brenda Yoder/Germany/Lititz, PA 
GBC/1 -16-84 - 1-15-85 



BMH 

NEWS REPORT 



□ The Grace Brethren Hour, a radio program of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, PA, began an 
international outreach on November 6. It has aired do- 
mestically for the past eight years, but now is broad- 
cast to cover the five million- English-speaking people 
of the Caribbean, reaches all of the Caribbean 
Islands, and touches even the northeast coast of 
South America. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

□ Make plans now for Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference/FGBC Adult Conference. Held at Estes Park, 
CO, August 10-16, both conferences begin check-in 
registration at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 10. Con- 
ference facilities do not permit earlier arrivals. Both 
conferences conclude Friday, August 16, at 1 :00 p.m. 
The cost for Brethren National Youth Conference is 
$198 per person. 



REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THESE 

FGBC CHAPLAINS IN THE 

ARMED FORCES 

Chaplain (Capt.) Charles .Card, HHD, 2nd BT 
BDE, Fort Jackson, SC 29207 / Lieutenant 
John L. Diaz, CHC, USNR, 6810 Lancewood 
St., Orlando, FL 32817 / Commander G. J. 
Dickson, CHC, USN, Office of the Chaplains, 
Box 21, USNAVCOMSTAPHIL, FPO San Fran- 
cisco 96656 / Chaplain (Major) James T. 
Elwell, Administration Bldg., Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education, 1205 Palmyra 
Ave., Richmond, VA 23227 / Chaplain (Capt.) 
A. Duane Jones, 7921 Andrews St., Lawton, 
OK 73505 / Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Emlyn H. 
Jones, US Army Tank Automotive Command, 
Support Activity, Selfridge, Selfridge Air 
National Guard Base, Ml 48045 / Chaplain 
(Major) John B. Patrick, 810 N.W. 49th St., 
Lawton, OH 73505 / Col. (Chap.) John 
Schumacher, USA, 217-B Marshall Ridge, 
Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013 (US Army War Col- 
lege. 



(Continued on page 36) 




The 



KMPeCaQOteQOWprogram 



GRACE BIBLE CONFERENCE 

February 12-15, 1985 

FEATURED SPEAKERS 

DR. WALTER C. KAISER, JR. 
DR. ANTHONY T. EVANS 
DR. J. HERBERT KANE 

MINI-CONFERENCES 

WOMEN AND THE WORD OF GOD 

Susan T. Foh 

MINISTERING WITH BLACK AMERICANS 
Dr. William C. Banks 

DISCOVERING AND MEETING CHURCH NEEDS 
Bob Gilliam 



m 



Corporation 

RR Donnelley & 

Sons, Inc. 
Victor F. Weaver, Inc. 
Pittsburgh Plate Glass 
Textron 
ARA Services 
United Telephone 

Company of Indiana 
Texaco, Inc. 
Eli Lilly & Company 
Bethlehem Steel 

Corporation 
Campbell's Soups 



Employee 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Linn 
Mr. & Mrs. George Piatt, Sr. 
Rev. & Mrs. Edward Wingard 
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Mueller 
Miss Beth Curry 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jones 
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Wales 
Dr. & Mrs. Paul Klink 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hartwiger 
Mr. Jay Reimer 



OCTOBER 1984 HONOR ROLL 



In Memory of: 

Terrill McConnell 
Mrs. Mabel Smith 
Mrs. Kenneth Teague 

Mazie Trapp 



Given by: 

Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 
Mrs. Elnora L. Schopp 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Rev. & Mrs. Ron Thompson 
Mr. & Mrs. Chester Elliott 



I JANUARY '85 



17, 



A relationship, not promises 

. and words, is the only 

thing that can change 

lives. And that requires 

trust. 



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Story by: ROB WILKINS 
Photos by: LARRY KAYSER 



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neon 




evening, sweater-warm and marshmallows. A breeze carries children's laughter 
>arn window light casts a slow yellow slide through the smoke of a campfire 
tense flies, brilliant and climbing and dying. 

e is music, the voices of children and adults, a balance of energy and control: 
'es me, 
sme, 

ells me so." 

ilk, mostly about unconditional love. 

:s, like many of the children, comes from a background of trouble and hurt, 
it kind of whip they used on Jesus?" he asks the children. 

use Ministry is its name, because names are convenient. It is, more than any- 
ion. Giving and taking. Having needs and meeting needs. It is as simple as a 
s a broken home. 

of the ministry is difficult. It is more than about 50 "Christian College stu- 
th about 15 "underprivileged children," ranging in age from 1 1 to 15. Some of 
from families without much money. Some come from single-parent house- 
homes. Some have parents who are busy, violent, uncaring and/or not there, 
ormal homes, whatever normal is. 

fit individual people. A broken home does not mean a child is unloved. A 
in be filled with hate. A poor family can be rich in many ways. Cause and 

: eiget confused by categories. 

1 Lighthouse Ministry, in any case, is looking for a friend. Many times desper- 

t:j.ng to establish identities," says Gonzales, a counselor. "They are looking for 
t<|ook up to. That's why you get the Michael Jacksons and the movie stars. By 
reality, I know these kids can find something to fill that void." 

(Continued on page 2 1) 





d hoots a quick glance at Toni as she finishes off her Cheerios. 



Toni was a person of many faces at the retreat— grimacing 
as she catches a water balloon, giggling as a cat prowls 
toward a bowl of Cherrios. 

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JANUARY '85 



RVICS 



Leaving the 
Shuffleboard Behind 





A time of song and prayer join the RVICS team before beginning a day of labor 



November 15, 1984 
On a particular morning in October, Russell 
Wencker had a choice. 

He could have awakened whenever he wanted to the 
mourning cry of a dove in the home he built on Lake 
Ozark, Missouri. Or, he could have gotten up at 7:45 a.m. 
and gone to work in a town squarely in the cornfields of 
Indiana. He could have kicked his feet back whenever he 
felt the urge on the plush couch of his carpeted home. Or, 
he could have cramped in a mobile home. 

He could have gone fishing. Or, he could have built an 
environmentally-controlled storage room for paper. 

Russell Wencker, a face lined with character, had no 
trouble making up his mind. Almost before the sun, he was 
up in a mobile home in Warsaw, Indiana, thinking about a 
shed for paper. 

Wencker, you see, wouldn't have it any other way. 

J. he sun skips on dew, the soft light of an October 
morning. 



RVICS volunteers eased 
the load on Grace's main- 
tenance department for 
two weeks in October. 




The music, at times, sounds as blue as the sky. 
I'm so glad that I'm part of the family of God. 
It's because we are a family 
And these folks are so dear 
When one has a heartache, 
We all shed a tear. 
Up until a couple of years ago, none of the ten or so 
couples knew each other. Most of them share little— their 
backgrounds, homes, former jobs, and incomes vary. 

They do share, however, at least two things— retirement 
and a love of the Lord. That is enough, they say, to call 
each other family. 

1 he name of the group is Roving Volunteers in Christ's 
Service. It makes a lousy acronymn. RVICS— hard to pro- 
nounce, and doesn't make a word or even sound cute. It fits 
perfectly, primarily because gimmick is not the group's 
focus. 

Substance is. 

The group, composed of about twelve couples, is focused 
on service— to Christian colleges, seminaries, schools, con- 
ferences, boys and girls homes, prisons ... to the Lord. 
They travel around the country meeting needs wherever 
they might be. In early October, for two weeks, it was 
Grace Schools. 

Richard Barker is the unofficial leader of the group. He 
and his wife joined about seven years ago. He believes it was 
one of the best decisions he has made in his life. 

"I waited around for years for retirement," Barker says, 
"and then when it came all I did was wait around." Barker, 
who had worked for A.C. Auto Parts for 27 years, says he 
felt like he was losing his spark. He thought the abilities 
that the Lord had given him were going to waste. 

"Retired people have the time; we've got the knowledge 
and the experience, so why shouldn't we put that to use?" 
After reading an advertisement about RVICS in a magazine, 
the Barkers bought a motor home and hit the road. The 
places where they work provide them with a hook-up for 
electricity and plumbing. Nothing else. 

For nine months of every year, the Barkers live in a 
tiny, tin home with wheels and without paychecks, daily 
newspapers and boring routines. 

"We love it," Barker says. "Every minute of it." 

A he wives congregate around a long table in the bot- 
tom floor of Alpha Hall. They are making drapes for some 
of the dorm rooms-31/2 and 5/8, that's 41/8, isn't it?" 
The work oftentimes, is not that exciting. 

"The fringe benefits outweigh the work," says Verda 
Graham, who with her husband Earl have been members 
for five years. The Grahams always wanted to figure out a 
way to travel. They heard about RVICS and after an "un- 
settling decision" decided to join. 

It was a decision they seldom regretted. 

"What makes the group so special," Verda says, "is the 
family attitude. When one member hurts; the others do 
also. When another rejoices, so do the rest." Verda says, 
"What knits it all together is that we all love the Lord." 

Verda says that because of her travels, she now has 
"friends all around the country." But more than the travel 
and the friends, perhaps, is a sense of usefulness. 

"We felt there must be something more than shuffle- 
board in a warm climate," Verda adds. "We wanted to do 
something with the rest of our lives and not just vegetate . 
We wanted to be doers of the Word and not just hearers." 



J. he work that the RVICS do, town to town, state to 
state, is invaluable. At Grace, for example, the jobs they 
performed— anything from washing laundry to carpentry- 
relieved much of the pressure from a harried maintenance 
department. 

But for the members of RVICS, the work is part of an 
overall joy. Traveling is also part of it: "We see spring three 
times a year." It might be dogwoods in North Carolina, or 
the smell of wood fires in the valleys of Virginia. 

But it's something more than all of that. Something hard 
to define. It might be called family. 

"We know everyone's sorrow and success," Wencker 
says. "We know whose kids are in trouble and who is going 
to graduate and who is going to have a birthday and who 
had a grandchild. We are like a family. It's special. You've 
got a reason to get up in the morning." 

Even if that morning happens to be in the cornfields of 
Indiana. ■ 



(Continued from page 19) 

v_yne on vJne 

The ministry's emphasis is on Jesus Christ and uncondi- 
tional love. It is not an easy love, the kind you see in 
fantasies or, even, many marriages. But, oftentimes, it is 
hard, painful reality. Giving of oneself, regardless of the 
circumstance and the cost, is never easy. 

Words almost never do it, only actions. 

"The whip," Gonzales says, "had little pieces of bone 
and glass in it." The children get the point, of course. Christ 
loved. Unconditionally. So should we. 

What the ministry is, possibly, is a Saturday morning 
breakfast of Cheerios and no sugar. When sunlight is lazy in 
cornfields and dew. When October birds, ugly enough for 
winter, sound pleasant. When a chainsaw cuts into a cool, 
blue sky. 

What it is, possibly, is 11 -year-old Toni. Skinny, 
blonde, giggles at kittens. Oversize hiking boots with pink 
socks. A lower-middle class background, parents divorced, 
has a mother who cares and sisters somewhere, but not sure 
where. 

She flips straight hair from her eyes, sometimes with a 
smile that devastates. She is afraid of her grandpa dying, 
loves to cuddle, and is prone to sulk. 

Sitting down at a picnic table with her bowl of 
Cheerios, she reserves a spot for someone special. "Becky is 
sitting right here, " she says to the child across the table. 
"Right next to me. " 

What the ministry is, more than anything else, was the 
smile that followed. 

JL he Lighthouse Ministry is not fun and games. Not 
essentially. 

Anita Conner wants to make that very clear. Conner, 
with the direction and generosity of filmmaker Ken 
Anderson, is responsible for starting the Lighthouse Minis- 
try. 

Conner says what makes the ministry different, and 
difficult, is commitment on a one-on-one basis. 

"If we are just here to show these kids a good time and 



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& 



(Continued from page 21) 

v_yne on v_yne 

to have fun," Conner says, "then we haven't accomplished 
anything. They will go home thinking we are fun people 
and that's it. We're not doing this for the fun and glory and 
games and splendor of the program, but to have an impact 
on the way these kids live their lives and how they treat 
others." 

Conner says the only way to have impact is through 
commitment. And that is not fun and games. 

"It is a day-to-day commitment to that kid. It's not 
anything magical. I don't think you can just say I am going 
to be committed to you and in that one breath have a com- 
mitment that lasts for years." 

Conner says the counselors are expected to spend time 
with the child at least once a week, year after year: "As 
long as they are in the area, they know that they are com- 
mitted to that kid's growth and maturity and the knowl- 
edge that kid gets about who God is." 

The idea, Conner says, is to reflect God's love in their 
lives. "What we feel these kids need is a one-on-one re- 
lationship with the counselor. Because really that is all that 
life is — a one-one relationship with God. We want to re- 
flect God's love in our relationship with them." 

Decky sits down at the spot reserved for her. Next 
to Toni. She whispers in her ear, gets a smile, and spoons 
her Cheerios. 

Becky is a "counselor. " The label is used, because 
labels are convenient. 

She is a sophomore at Grace College, quiet and speaks 
with a voice just this side of a whisper. She has soft eyes. 

Becky decided to get in the ministry because of her 
background. "I've lived a sheltered life," she says. Both of 
her parents were Christians; her dad, a psychologist. She 
says she had never dealt with much hurt before. She says 
she needs to know what it is and how to help people deal 
with it. So, she signed up and fell in love. With Toni. 

"A t first, I didn 't want Toni as my kid, " she says. "The 
first thing that struck me about her was that she was so 
skinny. And she was running around without her coat on. I 
fust didn 't think she would be the kind of person that I 
would get along with." At a movie at one of the weekend 
retreats, however, "something happened." 

"I was just sitting by her and she fell asleep in my lap, " 
Becky says. "She seemed to stick on me and that was all 
right because I really fell in love with her. " 

Becky and Toni now see each other at least once every 
two weeks. You can tell by touches, they have a special re- 
lationship. 

Like after breakfast, without a word, they put their 
arms around each other. 

Anita Conner and James Gonzales know about hurt. 
Anita is the daughter of a pastor. Her home, she says, had 
the appearance of perfection. "Outside, things looked per- 
fect," she says. "They knew the Bible backwards and for- 
wards. But there were lots of things going on behind the 
scene — a lot of selfishness, a lot of pride, a lot of bicker- 
ing." Her parents are now divorced. 

When she was in high school, she says, she also had a 
bad relationship with a Christian man. "I know what some 



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of these kids are going through," she says. 

Gonzales grew up in a small town in New Mexico. His 
father, he says, was an alcoholic. By the time he was 12, he 
had spent time in a detention home. 

He says he knows what it is like to live in hopeless- 
ness: "People from the lower classes all they want to do is 
get out of school as soon as possible and get a job to sur- 
vive. That's all the goals they have." 

Jesus Christ gave both of their lives purpose. 

That is why they emphasize a relationship with Christ 
in the ministry. It is the only way, they say, to achieve 
lasting change . 

"We try to emphasize the love of Christ and what He 
has done in our lives," Gonzales says. "We try to make it 
have an effect on them — not so much by our words, but 
our actions. The spiritual emphasis gives them a picture of 
where we are coming from. Not just so much as nice guys 
or nice girls, but as representatives of Jesus Christ." 

Becky and Toni, at the weekend retreat at Ken 
Anderson Treehouse Farms, never once had a theological 
discussion. They never talked about predestination, the 
foreshadowing of temple sacrifices, or, even for that matter, 
the love of Christ. 

"But that's all right; words are easy. There are, often- 
times, more important means of communicating Christ," 
Becky says. 

Like finding corncobs together as light falls through 
the cracks of a barn. Or sharing a crazy face as the water 
balloon breaks. Or gigling up the ladder of a treehouse. Or 
holding hands through a path in the woods. 

A relationship, not promises and words, is the only 
thing that can change lives. And that requires trust. 

"I want to show her, first of all, that I am her friend," 
Becky says. "I want to show her that I love her and that 
Jesus loves her. No matter wliat she does, we are still going 
to love her. We're not going to walk out on her. " 

For Becky that means sacrifice, worry, possible heart- 
ache, time, and pressure. But, she says, she does get some- 
thing out of it also. "Toni love, " she says. 

Ltet us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and per- 
fector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him 
endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the 
right hand of the throne of God" (Heb. 12:2). 

The Lighthouse Ministry makes no promises of happi- 
ness — either for the children or the counselors. Christianity 
is not a bottle of giddiness to keep in a brown paper bag. 
You don't hide it on street corners. Unconditional love is a 
touchstone with razor edges. 

But its result, when handled properly, is joy. Not a 
gooey feeling. Not a plastered smile. But a direction, a 
steadfastness. A purpose in a purposeless world. 

"We don't want to peddle fake answers," one of the 
counselors says. "Most of these children's problems aren't 
going to go away if they accept Christ. The circumstances 
probably won't change." 

The counselors share no illusions. They look at Christ. 
He healed and touched and wept. Wherever there was a 
need was where He was. And He was crucified. 

"You have to hurt to love," Conner says. 

The hurt of sacrificing a night out with the girls for a 
game of catch. The hurt of worrying how a child might be 
coping. The hurt of being rejected. The hurt of a soft touch 
or a smile. 

The hurt of bone and glass and joy. ■ 



The Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

SHORT COURSE 



by Nora Macon 



You are about to learn facts about Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions that will make missions more 
understandable and enjoyable. This course will acquaint 
you with GBFMS's basic tenets, organization, and 
programs. 



First issue: January, 1985 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

P.O. Box 588 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 



23 





PURPOSE 



"The purpose of this Society shall be to carry out the Great 
Commission of the Lord In Matthew 28:19,20: 'Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe 
all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with 
you alway, even unto the end of the world.' " 

—From the Constitution of the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Grace Brethren Church 




HISTORY 



I matter 



It is 2 p.m. on a hot Tuesday afternoon. Fifty- 
three determined people are standing on a knoll be- 
neath the spreading boughs of a friendly oak. The 
place is Winona Lake, Indiana; the date, Sep- 
tember 4, 1900. 

Two recent events have drawn these people to 
this spot and confirmed their determination to do 
what they feel must be done if God's will is to be 
fulfilled. The first event occurred just hours before 
in the nearby auditorium where the Tenth Breth- 
ren General Conference is in session. One of the 
leading elders, Jacob C. Cassel, polarized the dele- 
gates by presenting a paper on a most relevant sub- 
ject for any Christian body. 

From our point of view, almost eighty-five years 
later, the question raised by Mr. Cassel's address 
drew from the delegates a most surprising response. 
The subject of the message— "Are we ready to 
enter the foreign mission field?"— seems inoffensive 
enough and not the kind of topic which would 
excite controversy. 

For today's committed Christian the question is 
hardly debatable. Yet, discussion immediately 
divided the delegates into the pros, the cons, and 
the over-cautious. 

The second event had taken place when the 

matter was presented to the conference. The at- 

to actually form a foreign mission organiza- 



tion within the conference itself met with formida- 
ble resistance. To those who favored such an 
action, it was finally suggested that there was 
"plenty of room out under the trees" where they 
could begin their organization. So here they are 
making history. 

Today this spot is identified by a bronze plaque 
just beneath the tree. 

Presently the question faced by the Grace Breth- 
ren Church is expressed in a different vein— one 
which takes into account the blessing of God upon 
the Society down through the years. Today the 
question which not too patiently awaits an answer 
is this: Are we ready to accept the responsibility 
for the immediate opportunities which face foreign 
missions? 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions has come a 
long way since that historic day in 1900. Whether 
it will have 85 years more to serve the Lord is 
something which many Christians would seriously 
doubt. The coming of the Lord seems imminent. 

While praising God for His blessings, it is a time 
to reded icate efforts, for the challenges at hand 
seem greater than ever. May the determination, 
zeal, foresight, and steadfastness of purpose to 
carry out the Great Commission, which were char- 
acteristics of those who founded the Society, still 
be found among the Brethren! 




*J 



H 1 

M 1. 200 foreign missionaries (presently 
121). 
2. 150 new churches overseas (currently 
about 542). 

HI! ^hdf 3. 125,000 baptized believers abroad. 
__l ^P^S 4. Active missions committees in all GB 
man - " "P r I i^T^ churches. 

2. The planting of ! V= ,L feflJS 5. 15,000 GBFMS corporation members. » 
churches and the | K2fg 6. A $4,000,000 offering in 1986 ($100 
multiplying of ;| W**4Zi per Grace Brethren member). 
congregations. \ O li WLMfi** 

3. The development of H!— _~~ ImhS^ 

existing congregations. 

4. Fellowships of churches 
on all fields. 

5. Mission churches 
involved in mission 
outreach. 

6. Preparation and ~ 
training of pastors and U 
leaders for local ' 
congregations 
(through Bible 

Institutes and * !l 

Seminary programs). |™7~~|fm\!KJlLlJkl I^PI^Iil^fS, 

! ' " ' jf 1.2 million dollar offering in 1980. 

2. New fields opened in last five years: 
England, Philippines, Japan, and Spain. 

3. Missionary residence in Winona Lake built 
and paid for. 

4. Missionary biography of Estella Myers pub- 
lished. 

5. 100,000 baptized members overseas. 



Goals 






FACTS and FIGURES \ 



/—Over two billion/people have never he< rd the Gospel of Jesus Christ. \ \ 

—The largest non-Christian religion is Islam, with an estimated 700 
-Grace Brethren Fdreign Missions minister! in eleven countries: Argentina, Brazil, CentraJ > 



/ Republic, Chad, England, France, Gem any, Japan, MexicoAPhilippines, and Spam. 

/ —Grace Brethren churches also exist in Z lire and the Cameroon. \ 

/ — FMS is directed by a board of 12 elected men and the DirectorW the Society. \ 

/ — Yonon Y. Auraham was the first missionary to be sent to the field by FMS. He served in yrmia, Persia. 

/ —Brethren missions points also existed in Montreal, Canada and Kansu, China. \ 

/ —Argentina is the oldest mission field still in ex stence. \ - \ 

/ —Grace Brethren Foreign Missions offers opporti nities for 200 more missionaries by 1990. \ 



/ /grace brethren foreign missions office staff \ 

/ Rev. John W. Zielaskb, General Director; Re/. Wendell Kent, Director of Church Relations;^ev. Ed Lewis 

/ Director of Personnel*; Mr. Stephen Mason, Director of Finance; Rev\. Gordon Austin, Director of Audio 

/ visuals; Miss Nora Macon, Publications Coordinator; Mrs. Lillian Teeter, Administrative Secretary; Mrs. Sharor 

/ Andersen, Assistant to the Director of Finance; Ms. Robena Pannebaker, Secretary of Finance and Aufiliovisuals 

Mrs. Kathy Herman, Secretary to the Director of Personnel; Mr. Roger StoVer, Materials Secretary; Mt. Scotl 

Howington, Audiovisual Assistant; Miss Sally Stover, Mail Clerk, part time. \ \ Of 

/ \ JANUARY '85 £.■%. 




Service Programs 



EER 



A career missionary is one who is completely dedicated to the missionary task over 
an extended time period. 

This position is the backbone of the missions program. It takes time to evangelize, to 
teach and train leaders, and to plant churches. 

This is our greatest personnel need. 



TERM 



The term missionary program is designed for those who are desirous of dedicating at 
least four years of their lives to foreign missions service, but do not feel called to a 
career in missions. 

At the end of four years, term missionaries will be given the opportunity to apply 
for career status. 





SOWers 



SOWers is a new program featuring a two-year term of missionary intern- 
ship for couples or groups of singles. 

Learning some of the language previous to departure is required. 



Openings available in: 

France Mexico 

Germany C.A.R. 



Philippines 
South Brazil 



TENT-M/1KE 



Tent-makers are people willing to take employment on the mission field in order to 
use their free time to help in mission ministries. 

Opportunities can be limited due to governmental regulations or high unemploy- 
ment. 

Some of the best job opportunities are with American firms with branches in other 
countries. 




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FMS 



Profile of a Grace Brethren Missionary 

Here are some traits that should characterize a Grace Brethren missionary: 

1. Has had a born-again experience. 

2. Acknowledges Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of his life. 

3. Is wholly in accord with the Statement of Faith of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

4. Believes that evangelism and church planting are the priority goals of missions. 

5. Is loyal to Brethren organizations, in so far as they remain loyal to Christ. 

6. Is willing to work in a team ministry. Has the ability to relate to others. 

7. His motive for missions: a) obedience to Christ (Matt. 28:19); and b) conviction that outside of Christ, men 
are lost (Acts 4:12). 

8. Belongs to and supports a Grace Brethren church. 

9. Is willing to disciple those with whom he works and to teach them what he knows. 

10. Believes strongly that he has been called to the ministry and especially to the work of a missionary. 

11. Has a happy home life— husband and wife have no serious problems— husband is the head of the home. 

12. Manifests the qualities of an elder as outlined in 1 Timothy 3. 

13. Is at peace with himself. 

14. Adaptable— he can say with the Apostle Paul, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am to be content" (Phil. 
4:11). 

15. Knows and identifies with indigenous missionary principles. 

16. Has prepared himself well for his assignment— education and experience. 



Steps to Becoming a FMS Missionary 



1. 


Pray! 


9. 


Appointee status 


2. 


Preliminary application 


10. 


Raising support 


3. 


Contact with FMS 


11. 


Commissioning 


4. 


Increased role in local church 


12. 


Language school 


5. 


Final application (with reference checks) 


13. 


Field orientation 


6. 


Candidate school (tests and interviews) 


14. 


Field assignment 


7. 


Internship 


15. 


Missionary! 


8. 


Board approval 


'This 


step is optional; usually 



Society. 



Requirements of a Career Missionary 

The requirements for a person to become a career missionary vary from person to person. Usually the 
Society bases its decisions on education, experience, and character development. 

1. Education. It all depends on where a person is headed and what he intends to do as to how much is re- 
quired. For church-planters, the Society normally requires a Master of Divinity degree from an evangelical semi- 
nary. For single women, 30 hours of Bible classes are desired. There are exceptions to these requirements, how- 
ever, depending on age, family, experience, maturity, and so forth. Education requirements are quite different for 
support workers. 

2. Experience. It's important that a person has at least some limited involvement in ministries here in the 
U.S. before going into foreign missions. Experience in evangelism, discipleship, or teaching is normally desired. 
Internship opportunities are helpful, but not always required. 

3. Character Development. Such areas as faithfulness, reliability, and positive relations fall into this cate- 
gory. A person is wise to set goals for himself and attempt to allow the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) to in- 
fluence his outlook on life. 

Overall, it's best not to assume what the requirements for each person would involve. Because of the impor- 
tance of individualized attention, each person is considered on his own merits. 

FMS JANUARY '85 Z# 



OPPORTUNITIES 



ARGENTINA 



Church planters 
Teachers for T.E.E. 
Youth workers 
Children's workers 
Tentmakers 

BRAZIL (NORTH) 

Church planters 
Teachers for T.E.E. 
Youth workers 
Children's workers 

BRAZIL (SOUTH) 

Church planters 
Youth workers 
Children's workers 
Secretaries 
SOWers Program 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 

Church planters 

Evangelists for university students 
Evangelists for pygmies 
Evangelists for Moslems 
Elder-Teachers for Seminary and 

upper level Bible Schools 
Teachers for T.E.E. 
Youth workers 
Children's workers 
High School Teachers for Christian 

School 
High School Teachers for Bible 

classes in Public Schools 
Construction workers/Maintenance 
Doctors 
Dentists 
Secretaries 

Business Administrator 
Elementary Teacher for one-room 

MK School 
Mechanics/Maintenance 
SOWers Program 

CHAD 

Church planters 

Missionary Evangelists to Moslems 

Teachers for T.E.E. 

Youth workers 

Children's workers 



ENGLAND 



Church planters 
Youth workers 



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JANUARY '85 



Children's workers 

FRANCE 

Church planters 

Youth workers 

Children's workers 

Teachers for T.E.E. 

Construction workers (short term) 

Tentmakers 

SOWers Program 

GERMANY 

Church planters 
Youth workers 
Children's workers 
Teachers for T.E.E. 
Secretary* 
Tentmakers 
SOWers Program 
"Immediate need 

JAPAN 

Church planters 
Youth workers 
Tentmakers 

MEXICO 

(Border and Mexico City) 

Church planters 
Youth workers 
Children's workers 
Construction workers (short term 

on border) 
SOWers Program 
Tentmakers (border) 

PHILIPPINES 

Church planters 
Youth workers 
Missionary Evangelist to tribal 

groups 
SOWers Program 

SPAIN 

Church planters 
Youth workers 
Tentmakers 

ZAIRE AND CAMEROON 

Pioneer church planters 

Teachers for T.E.E. 

Missionary Evangelists to Moslems 

FMS 



Appointee— a stage in the process o'. 
becoming a missionary. An ap<| 
pointee has filed a final application 
gone through candidate school 
passed several interviews, taker 
some psychological and language 
aptitude tests, and has received 
Board approval. People in this stagt; 
are raising support and preparing tc] 
leave for the field or language 
study. 

Area Director— a person (usually e 
missionary) who has the oversight 
of several fields in near proximity. 
For example, Tom Julien is the! 
Europe Director; Marvin Goodman' 
is the Africa Director; Dr. Wayne! 
Beaver (Board member) is Latin 
America Director; and Rev. John; 
Zielasko (General Director) is the. 
Orient Director. 

Board of Trustees— 12 elected menj 
(both clergymen and laymen) com- 
prise the Board. The General Direc- 
tor is a member ex officio (making 
13). These men make decisions 
concerning strategy, finances, and 
personnel. When elected by the 
corporation members, they serve 
three-year terms. 

Candidate— a stage in the process of 
becoming a missionary. A candidate 
is one who has filed a preliminary 
application to register his interest in 
missions. He could be at any point 
along the way to becoming an ap- 
pointee. 

Candidate School— a time when candi- 
dates who are striving to reach the 
field within two years gather to- 
gether in Winona Lake, Indiana, 
during the Christmas break. Classes 
taught include the philosophy of 
our mission, raising support, evan 
gelism, language learning, time 
management, discipleship, mission- 
ary writing, cultural differences, 
relationships, travel, packing and 
shipping, photography, and the 
sending church. 

Church Planting— involves evangelism, 
discipleship, and training nationals 
in order to establish indigenous na 
tional churches. 



rrace Brethren Foreign Missions 

GLOSSARY 



orporation Member— a member of a 
Grace Brethren church who gives 
$50 a year to Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions. Membership is re- 
newable each year. One can become 
a life-time corporation member by 
giving $500 in one calendar year. 

liscipleship— nurturing and encourag- 
ing growth in a believer; teaching 
Christians the message and truths of 
the Bible. 

vangelism— the presentation of the 
I Gospel to unbelievers and the 
I winning of personal commitments 
to Christ. 

1 ield— a country or area in which 
missionaries are ministering or 
which has been approved by the 
Board as a place where missionaries 

; plan to establish a work. 

| ield Superintendent— a person (usual- 
i ly a missionary) who has the over- 
: sight and administrative responsi- 
! bilities for his field. For example, 
1 Roger Peugh is the Field Superin- 
tendent for Germany; Tom.Julien, 
France; Tom Stallter, C.A.R.; Earl 
Futch, Argentina; Walter Haag, 
Mexico; George Johnson, north 
Brazil; Tim Farner, south Brazil; 
Cecil O'Dell, Japan; and Phil Steele, 
1 England. 

I inal Application-a form filled out by 



candidates when they are convinced 
that missionary service is God's 
will for them. Personal reference 
checks are made. 

FMS— an abbreviation for Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society; another way to 
refer to Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions. 

Furlough— a leave of absence from the 
field for a missionary, giving him 
time to go to his homeland to re- 
port to his supporters and churches, 
plus giving him time for physical 
and spiritual refreshment. Length 
of furlough depends upon length of 
time spent on the field during one 
term. 

GBFM— an abbreviation for Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety. 

Indigenous— the type of churches FMS 
desires to plant! An indigenous 
church is the church of the 
nationals. It is their church, self- 
sustaining and engaging in evangel- 
ism and missions. Missionaries 
planting indigenous churches are 
trying to work themselves out of a 
job. 

Missionary— a Christian answering the 
call of God, recognized and sent by 
his local church, crossing cultural 
and linguistic barriers to perform a 



special ministry of evangelism and 
church planting. 

Preliminary Application— a form filed 
with FMS by a person indicating his 
interest in foreign missionary serv- 
ice. There is no obligation to either 
the applicant or the Society when 
filed. It puts him in closer contact 
with the Society. 

T.E.E. (Theological Education by Ex- 
tension)— a program in which mis- 
sionaries travel on a regular basis to 
a village, town, or city and hold 
theology classes for national lead- 
ers. Through this program, leaders 
can earn diplomas and certificates. 

Third World— non-aligned nations of 
the world (Africa, Asia, Latin 
America). First world countries are 
free, capitalistic; second world 
countries are communistic. 

World Christians— believers who have 
caught a world vision. They have 
seen the world as God sees it— lost 
in sin, but still possible of being 
reached with the message of salva- 
tion. They have kept a world vision 
through prayer. World Christians 
have obeyed a world vision and are 
actually reaching out to the un- 
reached. 



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look back in the material to find answers. Answer all questions to the best of your ability. 



1 . Name the 1 1 countries in which Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions ministers. 



2. What does church planting involve? 



3. Who is the field superintendent in the Central African 
Republic? 



4. What are Tentmakers? 



5. In what year was FMS begun?_ 



6. Where was the first FMS missionary sent? 

7. Name three of the goals for 1990. 



(Continued on page 30) 



TEST (Continued from page 29) 
8. What does indigenous mean? 



16. What is the largest non-Christian religion in the world? 



17. What is the step (in becoming a missionary) that is 
right before raising support? 



9. How much education must an FMS missionary have? °- Wnat ls T.E.E.. 



10. What kind of missionaries is FMS needing in greatest 
numbers? 



11. How many people in the world have never heard the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ? 

12. Where are the offices of GBFMS located? 



19. How can a person become a corporation member of 
GBFMS? 



20. Are you a World Christian and why? 



13. How many men are on the Board of Trustees? 

14. What are Third World countries? 



15. What was the issue that divided Brethren National Con- 
ference in 1900? 



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Joe Johnson March 25, 1975 

Evelyn Pettman March 28, 1983 

Mrs. Nancy Green March 31 

Central African Republic 

Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan Austin March 10, 1975 

Emily Kuns March 11, 1976 

France 

Rev. Chris Nord March 7 

Lisa Viers March 26, 1973 

Mrs. Doris Julien March 27 

Germany 

Christopher Manduka March 1, 1982 

Mrs. Kathy Manduka March 25 

Philippines 

Raymond Hulett March 14, 1983 

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24 October 1984 



Mrs. Margie Devan, President 
National WMC 

2507 Vancouver Drive, N.W. 
Roanoke, VA 24012 




Dear Mrs. Devan, 

The England team was just recently notified of the very generous 
gift to us from the National WMC. We understand that this has gone 
towards the purchase of missionary housing here in England, helping 
us to reduce the amount initially necessary to borrow for downpayment. 
Each of us thanks you for this great ministry you and the many women 
in America who are active in the Women's Missionary Council have had in 
our personal lives by meeting our needs. 

It was not an easy decision to purchase missionary housing on the field, 
but due to scarcity - virtually nonexistence! - of rental property, we 
came to this final conclusion. The first house was purchased last 
November for our family when we were at the end of our lease on our 
former home and unable to renew it. We were thankful to find a moderately 
priced semi-detached (like a duplex) house in a neighborhood convenient 
to the children's schooling and shops. We have made inroads in several 
of our neighbours lives and do believe that God led us to this particular 
home. I am enclosing a photograph so that you may see what you had 
such a vital part in allowing us to obtain. The house was extended by 
the previous owner so that we have enough bedrooms, a study upstairs, 
and ample room for entertaining many English couples. 

In just one week our Harvest Weekend will begin with Larry and Vicki 
DeArmey coming from Lyon, France to share with the Grace Brethren Church 
in Solihull. The highlights of our weekend include a Harvest Banquet 
Friday evening and a Ladies Coffee Saturday afternoon. Our people are 
very enthusiastic and have invited many of their friends to come along. 
We would appreciate your prayers for this important weekend. 

We have been so grateful, since our arrival in England, for the support 
of the ladies in WMC through their faithful prayers and correspondence. 
We appreciate your leadership of this outstanding group of women. Please 
extend our deep thanks to them for us, as we are all. 



Together in His grip. 




Phil Steele 

for the England Team 



Grace Brethren Church Planting (UK) 



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MONEY TALK (Continued from page 5) 

cause as we pursue it, we fall into temptations and 
snares. Therefore, the effects of this pursuit are un- 
safe and trap the victim who follows his or her lusts, 
(see James 1 : 14-1 5). 

2. Verse 9 warns us of the many foolish and harm- 
ful lusts. We should be afraid and ashamed to follow 
them because they drown us in destruction and per- 
dition. The implication of the context is that these 
lusts are never satisfied, and the contentment men- 
tioned in verse 8 is absent. 

3. The love of money mentioned in verse 10 will 
drive men to every sort of sin. However, the money 
itself is not the problem. But when the love of money 
is given a higher priority than godliness, the problem 
arises. Also present in this verse is the inclination 
some will have to deny their faith and cancel the 
effect of their ministry as Demas did (see 1 Tim. 4: 10). 

The Charge 

In Luke 16, Christ ends His explanation of the 
parable with a conclusion that leaves the listeners 
around Him committed to either serving God or 
mammon. The implication is that it does not become 
any man, especially a man of God such as Timothy, 
to set his heart on the things of this world. Men of 
God should rather be taken up with the things of the 
Lord. Therefore, while you cannot serve both God 
and mammon, you can have all your worldy treasures 
committed to the one you love. So, Paul instructs 
Timothy on how to deal with this problem among his 
people. 

1. Verse 11 begins by instructing the man of God 
to flee these things. As a Chistian grows toward ma- 
turity in the Lord, he is to gain a sensitivity to his 
heart's desires and protect himself against the snares 
and temptations of the love of money. 

2. Verse 1 1 further warns the man of God of the 
love of the world and instructs him to follow after 
righteousness, faith, love, godliness, patience, and 
gentleness. These qualities are presented as a new goal 
diametrically opposite the riches of verse 9. Right- 
eousness describes behavior patterns toward men, 
and godliness as an attitude toward God. Faith and 
love are principles for living that will require patience 
and a gentle spirit to accept the rebukes of God and 
men. 

3. There is a reminder in the charge of verse 12 
that where there are temptations and snares there will 
be conflict. The exhortation here is to fight the good 
fight of faith. It is a good fight, for it is a good cause; 
to lay hold of eternal life and everlasting rewards. 

4. According to verses 13 through 14, the charge is 
an imperative. Therefore, our choice is more or less 
one of obedience and not preference. We are not to 
exercise a value judgment and select a stand consist- 
ent with our inclinations, instead we are to keep this 
commandment without spot, blameless until our 
Lord Jesus Christ's appearing. Christ confessed to 
Pontius Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world: I 



am come to bear witness unto the truth." We, too, 
must agree that our kingdom is not of this world. 

The Conclusion 

In the closing three verses of this section, there 
are several magnificent exhortations. When we con- 
sider where our hearts rest on the continuum of our 
lives' endeavors, from the love of money to the pur- 
suit of godliness, let us not overlook or dare to forget 
these thoughts. 

1. Verse 14 is a reminder of Christ's second ap- 
pearing. As in the parable of the talents, we will be 
held accountable for our efforts made in the spirit of 
God. John says, "And now little children, abide in 
Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence 
and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you 
know that He is righteous, you know that every one 
that does righteousness is born of Him" (1 John 
2:28-29). We are to continually abide in Him, in the 
truth relating to His person, and be allegient to Him. 
This abiding is a duty of perseverance in trying times, 
and is encouraged for at least two reasons. First, that 
we might not be ashamed at His coming and depart 
from our allegience to Him. Secondly, because 
abiding in Him bears testimony of Him. 

2. Verse 15 says that our Lord Jesus Christ is the 
King of kings and the Lord of lords. The powers of 
earthly princes are all derived and dependent on Him. 
Jesus Christ is also found as the blessed and only 
Potentate in verse 15, and as the source of all hap- 
piness. Therefore, it is from Him that our perspectives 
must be changed and maintained. Yet, do our hearts' 
commitments beseech Him for happiness, or, are we 
content to pursue mammon? 

3. According to verse 16, it is our duty to ascribe 
all power and honor to God, although the nature of 
the sinful heart ascribes power and honor to the 
dollar. Let us love, adore, and praise the great God; 
for "who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify thy 
name, for thou only art holy . . . (Rev. 15:4). 

Ray O. Jones writes that money talks, or so we 
have been told since childhood. Listen to this dollar 
speak: "You hold me in your hand and call me yours, 
yet may I not as well call you mine? See how easily I 
rule you? To gain me you would all but die. I am as 
invaluable as rain, and as essential as water. Without 
me, men and institutions would die. Yet, I do not 
hold the power of life for them; I am futile without 
the stamp of your desire. I go nowhere unless you 
send me. I keep strange company. For me, men 
mock, love, and scorn character. Yet, I am appointed 
to the service of saints, to give education to the grow- 
ing mind and food to the bellies of the poor. My 
power is terrific. Handle me carefully and wisely, lest 
you become my servant, rather than I yours." 

Paul closes the Book of 1 Timothy with a prayer, 
"Grace be with you. Amen." Grace is the beginning 
of glory, for wherever God gives grace, He will give 
glory, and will not withhold any good thing from him 
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The following list of marriages took place at the Grace Breth- 
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Louise Samuelian and Dan Palmer, August 17 
Maria Ruiz and Robert Fallon, September 29 
The following list of weddings took place at the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

Lynn Brickel and David Hudson, September 29 
Brenda Jones and Tom Cody, June 16 
Brenda Miller and Brad Green, September 1 
Sally Miner and David Reuter, September 8 
Jacqui Roach and Tim Rucker, June 30 
Debbie Routh and Jeff Green, July 14 
Linda Stapleton and David Koontz, July 29 
Chris Alonzo and Mark Combs, July 7. Calvary Brethren 
Church, Kettering, OH. Dan Pritchett, pastor. 
Elizabeth Bugg and David Risser, October 5. Grace Brethren 
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Rebecca Dinulos and Dean Kline, September 1. Grace Breth 
ren Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Benita Easley and Mark Haneke. Grace Brethren Church, Kit 
tanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Foreman, July 7. Community Grace Breth 
ren Church, Warsaw, IN. David Plaster, pastor. 
Kimberly Hammers and James Setty, Jr., September 28 
Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman 
pastor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lawson, November 3. Grace Brethren 
Church, Irasburg, VT. John Snow, pastor. 
Cynthia Martin and Timothy Yocum, August 18. The bride's 
father, Charles Martin, and an uncle, Charles Lawson, offici- 
ated at the ceremony. First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. 
Charles Martin, pastor. 

Linda Mayer and Charles Lawson, June 30. Trotwood Grace 
Brethren Church, Trotwood, OH. Charles Lawson, pastor. 
Denise Paul and Scott Miller. Medina Grace Brethren Church, 
Medina, OH. Ike Graham officiated at the ceremony. Dan 
Najimian, pastor. 

Kim Ronk and Larry Burk, October 20. Rosemont Grace 
Brethren Church, Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 
Cindy Rose and Mickey Shaub, September 22. Ellet Grace 
Brethren Church, Akron, OH. Richard Bell, pastor. 
Julie Umpleby and Brian Evans, September 1. Bethel Breth- 
ren Church, Berne, IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 
Karen Van Tassel and Wesley Clark, August 11. Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Irasburg, VT. John Snow, pastor. 
Stacy Wolfe and Michael Stolitza. Grace Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 
Diane Yohn and Doug Youngblood, October 26. Rosemont 
Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 



Bay Community Church in San Jose, CA / Pastoral 
Resignations— Jeff Heim, Lima, OH; Joe Nass, Lexing- 
ton, KY; Darrel Taylor, Sidney, IN; Ray Davis, Meyers- 
dale, PA; Robert Morton, Parkersburg, WV; Dean 
Risser, Lexington, OH; and Ron Warrick, Conemaugh, 
PA / A new GBC was started in Vienna, WV, with 
Robert Morton, pastor / Mr. and Mrs. Chester Monn 
(Galion, OH) celebrated their sixty-third wedding 
anniversary on October 1 1 / Bob Thompson, west- 
ern representative for GBC Home Missions, had triple 
bypass surgery Nov. 5 (recovering very well) / Ed 
Leech (Bellflower, CA) had his twentieth surgery. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson (Rittman, OH) 
celebrated their wedding anniversary September 28 / 
Thurmond Frost (Dayton, OH) is home following 
heart surgery. 

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Feature Article: "The Bible and Astronomy" — page 4 



Reflections By Still Waters 




"Look, Mom, No Hands 
I'm Typing!" 



Enter Talkwriters . . . 
machines changing 
speech into text. 

by Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



The wonders of the new elec- 
tronic age never seem to cease. 
The world of television and 
movement of satellites through 
space is something that I have 
learned to follow but not to com- 
prehend. Part of my life and 
duties have been taken over by 
the use- of computers and I spend 
a part of each day keeping track 
of my personal and company 
records by punching information 
into a computer and letting it do 
the record keeping for me. When 
I want it graphed into nice, neat 
little pictures, the push of a key 
does the work for me. I still do 
not understand, but I have learn- 
ed to live with and to accept it as 
part of my life. I save a lot of time 
this way, although I am not cer- 
tain that I get a great deal more 
accomplished. 

Each time I purchase a new 
gadget and begin to enjoy its 
benefits. I read about another one 
that will do the same task much 
faster. I can tolerate that, but 
when I discover it costs half the 
price of my recent purchase, I am 
disturbed! 

A recent quiet evening was 
disturbed when I read about a 
new IBM typewriter which takes 
dictation. You speak into it and it 
records the words for you. At the 
present time the typewriter is 



limited in its knowledge and can- 
not be taken too seriously. It on- 
ly understands some 5,000 words 
which is a small fraction of the 
more than 100,000 the average 
adult is supposed to know. I use 
the words "supposed to know" 
because I have always considered 
myself near average, but to list 
100.000 words which I know may 
place a strain on my mind. The 
new typewriter does have other 
limitations as well. The problem 
is not so much with the machine 
as with people. While the 
typewriter is listening for instruc- 
tions someone might cough, rat- 
tle a paper or sneeze and that 
would confuse a computerized 
typewriter. 

Then there is the problem of in- 
flection — the people in Virginia 
do not always say things the same 
way we in Indiana say the same 
word. The computer also has a 
problem with such words as 
"meet her" when it hears "meter" 
or as the Fortune magazine writer 
tells us, "this guy" can become 
"the sky". But the problems of 
technology will be solved and in- 
stead of sitting in front of the 
typewriter using two fingers, I will 
some day sit in front of the 
machine and speak and it will be 
able to transcribe each word of 
wisdom. I will find it hard to be- 



lieve that it is really happening. 
Well, not really because I tried it 
at a recent computer show and it 
was able to follow me and get a 
number of the words that I had 
spoken. Marvel of marvels — 
something new? No, not at all! 
Really something very old, chang- 
ing the power of the word into 
some action. 

You will remember it all started 
with God "In the beginning," 
before there was mankind or a 
world as we now know it. God 
said, "Let there be. . ." and there 
was. He can make His commands 
become reality. I have always 
marveled about the power of God 
and his mighty abilities. It re- 
mains a great mystery to me to as 
to how He can do it. To go a step 
further, the power of the Word is 
evidenced in THE WORD. When 
Christ came to dwell in our midst, 
He was called "THE WORD." and 
the Word became flesh and dwelt 
among us. 

Although we are impressed 
with the coming day when we 
can make a computerized 
typewriter work for us, remember 
such great steps for us humans 
fall far short of making planets, 
the earth, seas and sky. We still 
struggle to have a machine 
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Dave Beeson and Greg Hoffert 
News Page Editor, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko. Nora Macon 
Grace Schools: 

Dr Homer A, Kent Jr. 
Mike Boze 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
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CONTENTS 

8 Money and Finances 

11 Where is Clark Kent When You Need Him? 
12- Help Is Needed 

14 Separated 

15 FMS News Service 

16 The "Mecca" of Home Missions 

18 Being Like Christ 

19 Fresh Hope at Hope 

20 Local Churches to Receive $250,000 

23 GBHMC Update 

24 Facing The Music 
26 Plenty of Purpose 

30 Timothy Teams — Two Perspectives 
32 Worship: The Missing Link 
34 Better Cornbread 

BMH FEATURES 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 29 • 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

Edward Miller was ordained to the ministry at the 
Winona Lake church. Dr. Paul Bauman returned 
home after his trip around the world Russ Ward left 
the pastorate at Cuyahoga Falls to go to the 
Cleveland, Ohio church. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

The Board of Trustees of the Grace Brethren Village 
continued to work in the Dayton area on plans for 
a retirement home. Funds were needed to complete 

the purchase of the land The first services of the 

Kenai. Alaska Grace Brethren church were held with 
14 in attendance for Sunday School. Herman Hein 
was the pastor. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

Grace Seminary announced the formation of a 
Minority Student Scholarship Committee to provide 
assistance and funding for students to enter 

Grace The College Bookstore made a name 

change and will now be known as the Herald 
Bookstore, with 40% more floor space added to the 
sales area. 



Cover photo by Nora Macon 



LETTERS 

Dear Editor: 

Greetings in Jesus' name from NCO! 

Just want to let you know how great 
I think your new way is of sharing hap- 
penings in our Fellowship. Those seem- 
ingly little things that people do in' our 
local churches that are really so very im- 
portant in the overall fulfillment of the 
Great Commission need to be noticed. 
Man, does that ever encourage the 
ranks!! I like to tell our people they hit 
the national FGBC news! 

We really do appreciate all you and 
your co-workers are doing to help make 
our ministries much easier and better. 

-Ohio 



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Feature Article 



THE BIBLE 
AND ASTRONOMY 



By John C. Whitcomb, Th.D. 

Professor of Theology and Old Testament and Director of Doctoral 
Studies, Grace Theological Seminary 

Introduction 

The written Word of God, the Bible, is specifically 
designed to confront man with his desperate need 
of a Saviour from sin and to reveal the gracious pro- 
vision by the Triune God of full and free salvation 
through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ the 
Lord, and His death, burial, and resurrection on our 
behalf. 

Many biblical truths, when taken seriously, come 
as a great shock and offense to minds that have been 
blinded to the full glory of God as evidenced in all 
of His works. Perhaps no work of God has suffered 
more distortion by fallen mankind than His creation 
of the sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars. Most 
men since the Fall have worshipped these lifeless ob- 
jects as gods. In recent generations, in the academic 
communities of the western world they have been 
explained away as the mere end products of mindless 
cosmic evolutionism through billions of years of 
chance interactions of subatomic particles. In either 
case, the God of Creation, who has revealed Himself 
in Holy Scripture, has been effectively excluded from 
our thoughts. 

The purpose of this brief introduction to the biblical 
perspective on astronomy is to attract attention to 
what God has actually revealed on this marvelously 
fascinating subject in the only Book He has ever given 
to mankind. 

If God is pleased to use this article to help some- 
one come to Jesus Christ our Creator and Lord and 
to read, believe, and obey His infallible Word, the 
author will be abundantly rewarded. 

"For since the creation of the world His invisible 
attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, 
have been clearly seen, being understood through 
what has been made, so that they are without ex- 
cuse" (Romans 1:20 NASB). 

The ultimate purpose and significance of the 
astronomic universe is theological — to tell us vital- 
ly important things about God which we could not 
otherwise know as finite creatures. The vast 
number and almost infinite diversity of celestial ob- 
jects, and their utter dependability in spite of con- 
stant change, their supernatural origin and destiny 
all point unerringly to a personal, living God as the 
supreme Designer, Creator, and Sustainer of the 
universe. 



God Created the Universe 

Though God Himself is invisible to men ("His in- 
visible attributes"), the universe He created ("what 
has been made") is so effective as a channel of 
revelation that "His eternal power and divine 
nature" can actually be "clearly seen" and 
"understood" by men. In fact, God so clearly shows 
important things about Himself through His 
universe that men "are without excuse" (Rom. 
1:20). 

We do not need special instruments such as 
telescopes to discover that God is infinitely power- 
ful as Creator. This basic truth is more accessible to 
us than our hands and feet, "because that which is 
known about God is evident within [Greek: en] 
them: for God made it evident ro them [Greek: 
autois]" (Rom. 1:19). 

The problem men have always had with the 
theological implications of astronomy is nor a lack 
of evidence, facts, data, information, truth, or light 
(general or natural revelation) . The evidence is 
everywhere around us. We are simply immersed in 
it at all times: "the heavens are telling of the glory of 
God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His 
hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to 
night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor 
are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line 
has gone out through all the earth, and their ut- 
terances to the end of the world" (Psalm 19:1-4). 
"To whom then will you liken Me that I should be 
His equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on 
high and see who has created these stars, the One 
who leads forth their host by number" (Isa. 
40:25-26). 

Even a shepherd boy, tending his father's flock 
by night 3000 years ago in Judea, could look up 
and see God through His celestial handiwork: 
"when I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy 
fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast 
ordained; what is man, that thou dost take thought 
of him?" (Psalm 8:3-4) 

Therefore, the real problem has never been the 
paucity or obscurity of the evidence. It has been 
man's sinful refusal to submit to the evidence. 
Thus, the very passage in Romans 1 that assures us 
of mankind's clear knowledge and understanding 
of God's power and deity through the effective 
testimony of natural revelation, also insists that "the 
wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all 
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who sup- 
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which is known about God is evident within them; 
for God made it evident to them ... for even 
though they knew God, they did not honor Him as 
God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their 
speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
Professing to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 
1:18,19,21,22). 

Thus, because men "did not see fit to 
acknowledge God," He "gave them over to a 
depraved mind" (Romans 1:28). Apart from the 
special grace of God through the death and resur- 
rection of His Son, made known by the gospel 
("good news") , the witness of the stars remains hid- 
den to self-blinded humanity (1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 
4: 18) . God even directs Satan to confirm this willful 
blindness so that the light of the Creator no longer 
effectively penetrates the human mind and heart (2 
Cor. 4:3-4). 

This was my own condition as a student at 
Princeton University in the early 1940's. I gladly 
and fully accepted as my own the materialistic and 
evolutionary philosophy of my science professors, 
as we studied the origin of the world. I had no in- 
terest whatsoever in discovering the true identity of 
my Creator. I had no desire in my heart to submit to 
Him as my absolute Lord and my coming Judge. 
As far as I could tell, this attitude was shared by the 
entire faculty and almost all of the student body. No 
one in my family encouraged me to consider the 
claims of my God and Creator. 

Then, by the amazing and mysterious grace of 
God, two or three students invited me to attend a 
Bible class taught by a Princeton graduate who had 
served as a missionary in India. After several 
months of hearing the claims of Jesus Christ ac- 
curately and lovingly presented, I came to the point 
of decision. Once again, I read the claim of Jesus 
Christ my Lord: "I am the way, and the truth, and 
the life; no one comes to the Father, but through 
me" (John 14:6). I now believed what I read. The 
Bible suddenly became the living Word of God to 
me. "Old things passed away" and "in Christ" I 
became "a new creature" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

Nothing in God's universe was changed at that 
moment. It was I who was changed. With a new 
and God-given perspective, provided through the 
grid of special revelation in Scripture, I now had a 
radically different view of the realities of God's 
universe. I discovered very soon that while God's 
written revelation is obviously not a textbook of 
astronomy in the technical sense of that term, it is 
very much a divinely authoritative textbook on the 
philosophy of science and on the order, duration, 
and manner of events by which God created and 
has subsequently directed His universe. 

What does God actually tell us in His Word con- 
cerning astronomy (Greek: star-science)? 

The Number of Stars 

First, He tells us that the number of stars is, from 
the human perspective, infinite. Even though the 
number of stars visible to the unaided eye is only 



about 2,500, yet men have always considered 
them to be practically countless. Thus, God led 
Abram one night out under the open sky and said, 
"Now look toward the heavens and count the stars, 
if you are able to count them ... So shall your 
descendants be" (Gen. 15:5).' 

Now God had previously told Abram, "I will 
make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so 
that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, 
then your descendants can also be numbered" 
(Gen. 13:16). Years later, He promised him, "I will 
greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the 
heavens, and as the sand which is on the seashore" 
(Gen. 22:17; compare Jer. 32:22). Thus, God told 
Abraham what no ancient or medieval astronomer 
could ever have imagined, namely, that the order 
of magnitude of the number of stars in the universe 
is comparable to the order of magnitude of the par- 
ticles of dust on the continents and the grains of 
sand on all the seashores of the world. 

From the human perspective, therefore, the 
universe is infinite in size. God even uses this fact as 
a challenge to those who would deny His eternal 
covenant with Israel. God stated through Jeremiah, 
"if the heavens above can be measured . . . then I 
will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that 
they have done" (Jer. 31:37). 

The most spectacular biblical claim to the actual 
number of stars in the universe is found in Psalm 
147:4-5: "He counts the number of stars . . . great 
is our Lord . . . His understanding is infinite." The 
obvious point here is that one of God's great claims 
to infinite understanding is that He has actually 
counted the number of stars. No one else can ever 
match this achievement! In fact, he is able to assure 
us that "not one of them is missing" (Isa. 40:26). 

The Diversity of the Universe 

Secondly, God tells us something of the diversity 
of His universe. Each astronomic unit is unique. 
While it may appear to the casual human observer 
that all stars are monotonously similar, yet their 
Creator assures us that "star differs from star in 
glory" (1 Cor. 15:41). Each star is glorious because 
it is a "hand-made" and thus unique product of the 
divine Mind. 

But there are different levels of such glory. This is 
made very clear by the fact that God not only 



"What does God actually tell 

us in His Word concerning 

astronomy?" 



"counts the number of the stars," but also "He gives 
names to all of them" (Psa. 147:4; compare Isa. 
40:26). The biblical concept of assigning a "name" 
(Hebrew: shem) to someone or something is very 
rich. So far from being an arbitrary and thus essen- 
tially meaningless designation (as is so often the 



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case in "naming" our own children), it involved an 
understanding of the basic characteristics and at- 
tributes of the object. Thus Adam was involved in a 
highly intellectual and meaningful activity when he 
"gave names" to each kind of mammal and bird 
(Gen. 2:20). Paul bowed his knees "before the 
Father, from whom every family in heaven and on 
earth derives its name" (Eph. 3:15). The fact that 
only God can name each star is His way of saying 
that the diversity and quality of the stellar universe 
is an adequate physical reflection to mankind of His 
omniscience. 

The Processes of the Universe 

Thirdly, the processes of the universe are 
likewise revealing and instructive. The phases of 
the moon, the movements of the planets ("wander- 
ing stars" from the Greek verb planeo, "to wander" 
-Jude 13), the rotation of the earth, the orbits of 
comets, and the marvels of eclipses are all given 
due attention in Scripture. Most of these processes 



"Thus the heavens and earth 

were completed and all their 

hosts" (Gen. 2:1) 



relate to man's created need for variations of light 
intensity ("the greater light to govern the day, and 
the lesser light to govern the night"), and time in- 
dicators (Gen. 1:5, 14). God does not need il- 
lumination or clock-calendars, but human beings 
definitely do! 

How does the Bible describe the processes of the 
universe? From Genesis to Revelation the Bible 
consistently avoids (for the sake of effective com- 
munication to mankind) highly technical teaching 
of scientific data or concepts. Nevertheless — and 
this is crucial to the entire discussion — the Bible 
provides perfectly accurate descriptions of things by 
the use of the language of appearance. This has 
been frequently challenged, but never successfully. 

A perfect example of this principle is the account 
of the creation of the sun and moon in Genesis 
1:16. "And God made the two great lights, the 
greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light 
to govern the night; He made the stars also." On an 
absolute scale, of course, the sun and moon are not 
"great lights" compared to many of the giant stars. 
In fact, the moon is not a "light" at all in the sense 
that the sun is a light. But from the perspective of 
earth-dwellers, the statement is vastly more mean- 
ingful than a technical astronomical analysis. Fur- 
thermore, the statement, is perfectly accurate. 
There are only two great lights visible to the unaid- 
ed eye, not three or ten. 

Another outstanding example of this principle is 
found in Revelation 7:1, which speaks of the earth 
having "four corners." This does not suggest that 
the Bible subscribes to the flat-earth concept, for the 



following phrase explains that "the four corners" 
refer to "the four winds of the earth." Even today 
meteorologists use the four directions of the com- 
pass to describe wind movement, without thereby 
implying that the earth is flat. 

Finally, and perhaps most famous of all, are 
biblical statements that refer to "the rising of the 
sun" (e.g. Rev. 7:2 NASB, compare Psa. 19:4-6). 
Does this mean that the Scriptures teach geocen- 
trism (the theory that the earth is the actual physical 
center of the solar system)? Not at all, for this is a 
language of appearance so appropriate that it can- 
not be improved upon even by astronomers of our 
day. 

Thus, the entire seventeenth-century debate be- 
tween Galileo and the Roman Catholic Church as 
to whether or not the earth moves around the sun 
was biblically irrelevant. Both Galileo and his 
church were woefully ignorant of the Bible's own 
guidelines to its proper interpretation. It is true that 
the Psalmist stated that "the earth shall not be 
moved" (Psalm 93:1 and 96:10). Flowever, the 
Psalmist, speaking of himself, also asserted: "I shall 
not be moved" (Psalm 10:6; 16:8, 36; 55:22; 
62:2; 66:9; and 121:3). The obvious point is that 
he did not anticipate being swerved from the path 
God had marked out for him. Likewise, the earth 
cannot be diverted from its God-ordained func- 
tions, such as its orbital movement around the sun. 

The Bible also states that there is a universal law 
of degeneration and disintegration. The entire 
universe is moving "vertically-downward" to chaos, 
not "vertically- upward" by means of some evolu- 
tionary, innovative and integrative principle. The 
total amount of mass/energy in the universe re- 
mains constant, for God's work of creation was 
finished at the end of the sixth day: "thus the 
heavens and the earth were completed, and all 
their hosts" (Gen. 2:1). Nothing more is being add- 
ed to the cosmos, but what does exist is 
disintegrating everywhere and always: "The 
heavens are the work of Thy hands. Even they will 
perish . . . and all of them will wear out like a gar- 
ment; like clothing Thou wilt change them and they 
will change, but thou art the same" (Psalm 
102:25-27). "Lift up your eyes to the sky ... for 
the sky will vanish like smoke . . . but my salvation 
shall be forever" (Isa. 51:6). 

In spite of this universal flux of mass/energy that 
drifts ever downward in quality, there is never- 
theless a basic dependability. Immediately after the 
Flood, God promised to Noah and to all postdilu- 
vian humanity: "While the earth remains, seedtime 
and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and 
winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Gen. 
8:22). The continuance of night and day is a 
guarantee that the earth will continue to spin on its 
axis in reference to the sun. The seasonal changes 
assume the continued tilt of the earth's axis in 
reference to the plane of its orbit around the sun. 
Note, however, that this "limited uniformitari- 
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tinues only "while the earth remains." 

This very important biblical principle is strongly 
confirmed by the prophet Jeremiah: "Thus says the 
Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the 
fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by 
night ... 'If this fixed order departs from before 
Me,' declares the Lord, 'then the offspring of Israel 
also shall cease from being a nation before me 
forever'" (Jer. 31:35, 36). "Thus says the Lord, 'If 
you can break My covenant for the day, and My 
covenant for the night, so that day and night will 
not be at their appointed time, then My covenant 
may also be broken with David my servant that he 
shall not have a son to reign on his throne'" (Jer. 
33:20-21). "This is what the Lord says: 'If I have 
not established my covenant with day and night 
and the fixed laws of heaven and earth, then I will 
reject the descendants of Jacob and David my ser- 
vant'" (Jer. 33:25-26 NIV). 

It seems to me that these very strong assurances 
in Genesis and Jeremiah provide for us the 
necessary frame of reference for understanding the 
sundial miracle in the days of king Hezekiah of 
Judah, and even the long day of Joshua. The sign 
that God gave to Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:8-11) was 
certainly one of the most spectacular miracles in 
Old Testament history. In the courtyard of the 
palace there was apparently a series of steps (not 
necessarily a sundial as we would normally think of 
it) so arranged that the shadow cast by the sun 
would give an approximation of the time of day. At 
the request of the king, and doubtless in the 
presence of a large group of officials (including 
foreign ambassadors?), the shadow moved 
backward ten steps (or "degrees")! 

How did God actually accomplish this miracle? 
Did he cause the earth to stop its rotation and turn 
backwards a little? All true Christians would agree 
that He could have done such a thing, for by Him 
all things consist, or hold together (Col. 1:17). But 
the Bible makes it rather clear that this was not 
God's method; for in referring to this miracle, 2 
Chronicles 32:24 states that Hezekiah "prayed to 
the Lord, and the Lord spoke to him and gave him 
a sign [Hebrew mopheth]." But in verse 31 we are 
told that the Babylonians sent ambassadors to 
Hezekiah "to inquire of the wonder [mopheth] that 
had happened in the land. " Obviously, then, it was 
a geographically localized miracle, which did not in- 
volve a reversal of the earth's rotation, with 
shadows retreating ten degrees all over that part of 
the world. Instead, the miracle occurred only "in 
the land" (of Judea) ; and, to be even more specific, 
it was only in the king's courtyard that "the sun's 
shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on 
which it had gone down" (Isa. 38:8). 

It is my conviction that a proper understanding of 
the nature of this great miracle helps in our 
understanding of what happened in the miracle of 
Joshua's long day (Josh. 10:12-14). Since 
Joshua's need was for a prolongation of light (not a 



slowing down of the earth's rotation), his need 
could be met by a supernatural continuation of 
sunlight and moonlight in central Palestine for 
"about a whole day" until Joshua's army could 
follow up its great victory and completely destroy 
the enemy. This was indeed a stupendous miracle 
of God! In fact, "there was no day like that before it 
or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a 
man; for the Lord fought for Israel" (Josh. 10:14). 
It was no less miraculous and supernatural for God 
to change the direction of solar radiation on one 
battlefield, or even one sundial, than for Him to 
stop the rotation of the earth. Similarly, it was no 
less miraculous and supernatural for our Lord to 
raise one man from the dead than to raise all men 
from the dead at the end of history (John 
11:40-45; compare John 5:28, 29). 

The Origin of the Universe 

The Bible also provides for mankind the only in- 
fallible, authoritative information concerning the 
origin and destiny of the astronomic uniuerse. To 
the Hebrew mind, the concept of the creation of the 
sun, moon and stars served to magnify the glory of 
God because of the special way in which the open- 
ing chapter of the Hebrew Bible sets forth this 
cosmic event. The traditional Hebrew/Christian 
understanding of the opening chapter of Genesis 
has been simple and straightforward, in total con- 
trast to the wide spectrum of creation concepts that 
characterizes modern Christendom, including such 
views as theistic evolutionism (with God providen- 
tially directing the cosmos towards higher and more 
complex forms such as plants and animals and 
finally man in a geologic timetable involving billions 
of years) and the gap theory of Genesis 1:1-2 (with 
God creating a perfect world perhaps billions of 
years ago, destroying it at the fall of Satan, and 
then recreating it in six literal days) . 

There is a very good reason for this: all other 
historical narratives in the Bible were understood in 
a normal manner (technically known as the 
historical/grammatical method of hermeneutics, 
which takes into full account not only the context of 



"The Bible provides for 

mankind the only infallible 

information concerning the 

universe." 

each passage but also all the nonliteral figures of 
speech) . Since there is no evidence of poetry in the 
first chapter of Genesis it seems rather obvious that 
God intended the chapter to be understood nor- 
mally. If, on the other hand, we abandon the God- 
honored and time-honored method of 
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Where does FMS get its money? 

We are very dependent on churches and in- 
dividuals who support GBFMS. Over 98% of last 
year's income was derived from gifts and offerings. 
The balance of last year's income was from interest 
earned and miscellaneous items. 

How much of the money that comes in for mis- 
sionary support is used for the administratrion 
of the home office? 

The answer to that is none! The only exception to 
that would be if you would consider publicity 
items which come out of the home office (Herald , 
prayer cards, prayer letters, etc.). But as far as the 
administration itself, none of the missionary sup- 
port dollars are used for administration. 



Missionary & Field 
78% 

Salaries & Benefits 45% 
Field Budgets 21% 

Travel & Furlough 5% 

Miscellaneous 8% 

(language school, outfits, etc.) 



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Total Budget Expenses 

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An interview with Steve Mason, GBI 



MONEY 

How Do Yo 

Does FMS give higher salaries to more experi- 
enced or better-trained missionaries? 

No. Each missionary receives the same base 
allowance no matter what his experience or 
background. The only differential built into the 
base salary is for years of missionary experience 
with GBFMS. After four years of service, mis- 
sionaries do receive a small yearly increment on 
their salary. 

Do all missionaries receive the same salary? 

As I mentioned before, each missionary does 
receive the same base salary with a small adjust- 
ment based on years of service. That base salary 
is their furlough salary. When a missionary leaves 
for the field he might receive an adjustment to his 
pay based on the cost of living in the field where 
he serves. Since it is more expensive to live in cer- 
tain countries than to live in the U.S. (such as 
Japan), a supplement might be added to a mis- 
sionary's salary to compensate for this fact. 

Do missionary children receive support money? 

Not in the sense that the parents' salary is adjusted 
based on the number of children he has. A family 
with children has a higher support level than a cou- 
ple who has no children. The reason for this in- 
creased support level based on the number of 
children is that there are additional expenses for 
transportation, schooling and increased housing 
needs which are paid in addition to salary and this 
raises the cost of maintaining a missionary family 
as opposed to a missionary couple. 

When a person sends in $100 for a missionary's 
support, does the missionary personally receive 
that full $100? 

No. Only a portion of a missionary's support is paid 
directly to the missionary in the form of salary. A 
portion of that $100 would also go to the mis- 
sionary's medical insurance, retirement program. 



;ctor of Finance, answers the most-asked questions about finance 



d FINANCES: 

\ccount for That? 



travel expenses to and from the field, housing, 
transportation on the field, and other ministry 
expenses. 

What is the difference between a new mis- 
sionary's support and the outfit fund? 

The outfit fund is a one time gift which helps the 
missionary in the transportation and/or purchase 
of household goods which he will need to set up 
housekeeping on the foreign field. A missionary's 
support is an ongoing account which pays the 
salary and other ministry expenses. 

Is each missionary responsible for raising his or 
her own financial support? 

Yes. the individual is responsible, but the office will 
give help and direction in the raising of support. 

What happens if a missionary's support does not 
come in? For example, if Roger and Nancy Peugh's 
level is $28,500 and only $23,000 comes 
designated for their support, what happens? 

First of all. the missionaries are not penalized; they 
do not receive a cut in salary and their expenses 
are covered. Peughs, for example, are covered by 
the Germany field support pool. Perhaps during 
the previous year more money came in than was 
needed to cover their expenses or another mis- 
sionary on that field received more than their sup- 
port level. This contributes to the field support 
pool. 

What if a church drops a missionary's support 
while the missionary is on the field? Suddenly 
the missionary would be under-supported. 

Basically, the home office and the missionary 
would contact his other supporting churches and 
suggest an increase in the level of their support. 
Other churches might be contacted, also. The mis- 
sionary would be placed on a list designating him 
as under-supported and available for churches to 



assume support for him. When the missionary 
comes on furlough, one of his tasks is to raise the 
support that he is lacking. The missionary is not 
allowed to return to the field until he is fully sup- 
ported. We have never had a missionary who 
couldn't return to the field after furlough because 
of being under-supported. 

What does FMS do to help missionaries when 
they retire? 

Missionaries receive a pension, but in addition to 
that we help them with a loan to purchase a car 
and also a furnishings fund for them to set up 
housekeeping here in the States. It is hoped that 
the missionaries' home church will take an active 
part in their retirement and settling here in the 
States. Missionaries are also included in the Social 
Security program and would receive those benefits 
as well. 

When a missionary is sick, who pays the bills? 

As I mentioned in a previous question, a portion 
of a missionary's support goes to a medical in- 
surance fund. So it is from the insurance fund that 
these medical bills are paid. 

What do the General Fund offerings go toward? 

The General Fund offerings which are not 
designated for a specific missionary's support or 
to a special project would go to help cover home 
office administrative expenses. These offerings 
cover office staff salaries, the rental of office space 
here in Winona, telephone, postage, and other ad- 
ministrative expenses. 

Does FMS keep any financial reserves on hand? 

We do try maintain a positive cash flow, but if the 
question means do we intentionally build up a 
large reserve, the answer to that would be "no". 
From time to time we do have excess cash on hand 
which is invested to earn interest, while at other 



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times, we have had to borrow money to care for 
current expenses. 

What happens when offerings do not cover the 
expenditures and FMS goes in the red during a 
year? Who makes up the difference? Where does 
the money come from? 

The FMS is a non-profit organization; however, that 
does not mean that in certain years there will not 
be an excess of income over expenditures which 
in a sense will allow a reserve to build up. Hopeful- 
ly, those years will precede the years where ex- 
penses are over income. If offerings do not cover 
expenses in a given year they must be made up 
in following years. 

Where do the various fields get their field budget 
monies from? 

A portion of each missionary's support goes toward 
his field's budget. For example, all the missionaries 
in France must raise as part of their support the 
field budget for France. These field budgets cover 
such things as housing, vehicles (purchasing, 
maintenance, and operating costs), and other 
ministry expenses. 

How do project offerings differ from all other of- 
ferings? How much of the money for a specific 
project is actually used for that project? 



A project offering is placed in a restricted fund 
where it cannot be used for any purpose other 
than its designated purpose. All of that money is 
used for the specific project to which it was given. 
There is nothing deducted for administrative costs, 
and it is not diverted to other projects without the 
specific approval of the donor. 

When a missionary desires to go back for more 
training (seminary, perhaps), who pays for his 
schooling? 

The missionary is responsible for his schooling 
costs. However, after a missionary has served for 
a given number of years, there is a furlough study 
grant which is available which will pay up to 60% 
of a missionary's tuition costs, in an approved 
course of study. This grant is given with the 
assumption that the missionary will continue his 
missionary career. 

When a missionary comes to the States when it 
is not time for his furlough, who pays for that? 

The missionary is responsible for paying those 
travel costs which are not approved furlough travel. 
If a missionary chooses to take his vacation or per- 
sonal leave in the U.S. or any country, it is his 
responsibility to pay for those travel costs. 




Children's Schooling 2% 

Missionary Support Expenses 



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Where Is 

Clark Kent 

When You Need Him? 

by Clay Hulett 




You face the Philippines — a 
nation of 7100 islands that if 
put together would be equal to 
the size of Arizona. You face a 
people as equally diverse as 
the islands — from the conserv- 
ative Makati Bankers to the 
head hunters of Mindanano. 



Philippines 




Where do you go? Where do 
you start? What do you say? 

You face a country where 95% 
of the population believe they 
are Christian because they are 
baptized Catholics and 
celebrate Christmas longer 
than any other country in the 
world. Religious slogans and 
verses are everywhere. 




Kim. Clay and Big Ray Hulett 



Where do you go? Where do 
you start? What do you say? 

You face a nation of 2.7 
million Mango trees, thou- 
sands of Jeepneys and tricycles, 
tons of rice, 60% annual infla- 
tion, 40% unemployment, with 
20 typhoons every year. 

Where do you go? Where do 
you start? What do you say? 

You have been sent to 
evangelize and plant churches 
in Manila, one of the largest 
cities in the world. Manila has 
a population of over eight 
million people — professionals, 
government workers, college 
students, and squatters. 

Where do you go? Where do 
you start? What do you say? 

You face all these things . . . 
and . . . you are all alone. 



Call for Clark Kent (alias 
Superman)? No! Who needs 
Superman when you have the 
God who is able to do ex- 
ceedingly abundantly beyond 
what you could ask or think. 

As your team in the Philip- 
pines, we have a tremendous 
task facing us (Clay and Kim 
Hulett) in 1985. We're thankful 
for another missionary couple, 
Ted and Vivien Ruiz, who will 
be joining us in March. 




Ted and Vivien Ruiz 

Think of us as we face many 
challenges this year. We won't 
be looking for Clark Kent, but 
we will be counting on God's 
help. We know He uses people 
like you to help people like us 
as we face each task every day. 




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This map indicates the needs for various types of mis- 
sionaries at several stations in the Central African 
Republic and Chad. Many of the villages listed have no 
missionary representation and are crying for mis- 
sionaries to come and teach. Another great need not in- 
dicated on the map is for missionary evangelists who 
would be willing to live a nomadic lifestyle to minister 
to the pygmies of northern C.A.R.. 



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among the pygmies. 



sTEEDED! 



People. That's what missions is all about. 

The aim of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is to reach people, 
evangelize them, disciple them, and plant churches made up of peo- 
ple. In order to do that, missionaries are needed. Who are missionaries? 
People. 

People like you and like me. 

All Grace Brethren mission fields are pleading for more people to come 
and join them. "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out 
workers into His harvest" (Matthew 9:38). 

Some think that because we have more missionaries in Africa than 
anywhere else, no more missionaries are needed in that area of the 
world. Wrong! African pastors are begging for more missionaries to 
come and teach them. Many unreached people groups (pygmies, Fulani) 
need missionaries who are dedicated to ministering to them. The mis- 
sionaries are asking for support personnel to help them, so they can 
concentrate on evangelism and discipleship. More help is needed. 

People are needed. 

Consider your role in the personnel needs of missions. Could God 
use you in His harvest? 



Key to the 


Map 






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House Parents 


1 Wn Maintenance worker 




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Builder 


J Doctor/Medical worker 




JL 


Secretary 


l**-~i Dentist 




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Mechanic 


\jj Professor/Teacher 




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Youth worker/Children's worker 


* Business 


Manager 







Separated 

A Missionary Wife's Prayer 



By June Immel 




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Sometimes we do not enjoy being 
separated, Lord. 

Separation from our children is hard. What 
are they doing now? Is their homework com- 
pleted for tomorrow? Is someone tucking 
them in bed? Kissing them goodnight? 

Assure them of our love and daily prayers 
for each of them. Supply their physical, emo- 
tional, and spiritual needs in a way that on- 
ly You can. 

Separation from friends — I need some 
woman talk today, Lord. Howard would en- 
joy some man talk. We love our African 
brothers and sisters, but cultural differences 
separate us from heart-to-heart talks. Even 
missionaries are separated from us today. 
Lord. Sometimes living on a mission station 
by ourselves is not fun! Give our friends Your 
strength and encouragement today, Lord. 
Thanks. 

Separated. Yes, we're apart by long 
distances from family — parents, brothers, 
sisters, in-laws. Are they well? Are they at 
peace with You? Hear and answer their 
prayers, Lord. Give abundantly of Your love 
to them. Thank You that we are together 
through You. 

We're even separated from our church. We 
are lonesome for the sharing, singing, 
laughing, and praying times at East Side. Con- 
tinue to bless the church, Lord. 

Thank You that Howard and I are not 
separated. We are together — willing and 
ready to listen to each other — laughing, shar- 
ing, and praying together. 

And now. Lord, since I've talked this over 
, with You, we are not really separated from 
children, family, friends, and church. 
Through the Holy Spirit, You bring content- 
ment, peace, joy, happiness, and 
togetherness. And someday, Lordn (please 
make it soon) we will ALL be together with 
You, the author and finisher of our faith. 
Thanks, Lord. 

FMS Editor's Note: June and Howard Immel are living 
at M'Baiki. a station out in the bush of the Central African 
Republic. Attending high school in Zaire, Lisa. Kirk, and 
Karl Immel are far away from their parents. The Immels 
are members of the Columbus, Ohio. East Side Grace 
Brethren Church. 



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?MS NEWS SERVICE FMS NEWS SER 



THE CHAD - Little news emerges from this former 
French colony. The civil war continues to stifle mis- 
sionary activity and makes the missionary's 
presence life-threatening. Until a missionary's 
presence is accepted without hindrance to his' ac- 
tivity or threats to his life, Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions will assign missionaries for the Chad to 
other duties. 

The Les Vnasdales will remain in the Central 
African Republic assigned to the training of 
students (including some from Chad) at the 
Theology schools. Richard and Kathy Harrell are 
assigned to the France team and will minister in 
Le Creusot until a more stable political climate ex- 
ists in Chad. 

It is hoped that the recent return of French troops 
will not only relieve the threat of Libya's influence 
in the region but also bring a measure of political 
stability to that afflicted land. 

WINONA LAKE - 1985 marks the 85th anniver- 
sary of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. Anyone 
who gives a $75 (or more) special Anniversary Gift 
to GBFMS will receive an autographed, com- 
plimentary copy of Estella Myers: Pioneer 
Missionary by Miss Ruth Snyder. This biography 
relates the exciting story of one of our pioneer mis- 
sionaries to Africa. Special anniversary gifts should 
be sent directly to FMS, clearly marked "Anniver- 
sary Gift", with the sender's home church 
mentioned. 

SPAIN -- While Marilyn continues with language 
study and son Jeff concludes his senior year at a 
Christian academy in Madrid, Bob Salazar con- 
tinues surveying central Spain. He is investigating 
four especially needy areas in an effort to initiate 
a Grace Brethren Church. Bob will be visiting 
Galicia in the Northwest, Vasco in the northeast, 
the Andalucia area in the southwest, and the 
Valencia area in the southeast. 

STUTTGART, GERMANY - The church member- 
ship in the Stuttgart congregation grew con- 
siderably in 1984. At the beginning of the year, four 
people were members; at the end of the year, 19 
people had joined. Two of these members have 
now moved to northern Germany and are pray- 
ing for missionaries to come plant a church in their 
area. Though membership is small, attendance at 
Stuttgart has consistently been around 100. 



CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC -- Latest statistics 
from this field show remarkable growth in 
numbers. There are now 539 churches. Thirty men 
were ordained to the ministry in 1984. making the 
total of ordained men 231. At Yaloke High School, 
119 students are enrolled. Brethren Biblical 
Seminary at Bata reports an enrollment of 23. 

SOLIHULL, ENGLAND - Eighteen believers of 
Grace Brethren Church in Solihull participated in 
a three-fold communion service that was held the 
last Sunday of November. There were three new 
families among the many "first-timers" to realize 
the meaning and impact of this teaching of the 
Lord. The Spirit was evident through the binding 
intimacy of the fellowship throughout the evening. 

MEXICO CITY -- On Sunday, September 2. 1984. 
the Grace Brethren Church of Mexico City took 
another step forward when its pastor, Sergio Lopez, 
was ordained. Sergio was saved in this church 
through Bible studies. After several years of work- 
ing in the banking system of Mexico City, he and 
his family moved to California where he attended 
Talbot Seminary. Upon his graduation in 1980. he 
returned to take the pastorate at the Mexico City 
Grace Brethren Church. 

Sergio was examined on January 30, 1984, by Rev. 
Walter Haag. Rev. Jack Churchill, and Rev. Phil 
Guerena. Walter Haag. Mexico Field Superinten- 
dent, officiated the ordination service at the 
church. Dr. Wayne Beaver. FMS board member, 
and Rev. John Zielasko. General Director, assisted. 

Praise the Lord for this step of faith in Sergio's 
life. Prayers are coveted for him as he continues 
to serve the Lord in Mexico City. 




Rev. John Zielasko, Dr. Wayne Beaver and Rev. Walt Haag have 
the prayer in Sergio Lopez's ordination service. 



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15 



The "Mecca" of 
Home Missions 



Mecca, a city located in 
western Saudi Arabia, is a city 
that could be described as 
"very religious" (Acts 17:22). You 
see. this city was the birthplace 
of a man named Mohammed, 
who became the father of the 
Mohammedan religion. To this 
day. Mecca is the most holy ci- 
ty of the Islamic world. 

Now, you may be asking 
yourself. "What does this have 
to do with Grace Brethren 
Home Missions?" Please be pa- 
tient and read on. In the year 
1818, a small settlement was 
established in northeastern 
Ohio to which the name Mec- 
ca was given (named after the 
ancient Mohammmedan holy 
city). In 1835. the name of Mec- 
ca was changed to Medina, 
after another Arabian city, (In- 
terestingly, Mohammed 
himself was born in Mecca in 
570. and died in Medina in 
632). To date, this northeastern 
Ohio city is still called Medina. 

Medina. Ohio, actually 
became a city in 1950. Back 
then it had a population of 
5.097. As of the 1980 census, 
Medina's population was 
15,309. or triple its 1950 popula- 
tion! This growth factor, which 
is due to the fact that the city 
(which is the seat of Medina 
County) is both strategically 
located and aesthetically attrac- 
tive, makes it a suitable loca- 
tion for a Grace Brethren 
Church. 

Not unlike its ancient Ara- 
bian namesakes. Medina is 
also a "very religious" city, with 
more than twenty churches. 
However, despite the number 



By Dan Najimian, Pastor 
Medina, OH Grace Brethren Church 

of churches, the community 
desperately needs to hear the 
Gospel of salvation through 
faith in Jesus Christ. It was that 
burning spiritual need which 
prompted the decision to 
establish the Medina Grace 
Brethren Church. 

The Medina work began as 
a Bible Study in the winter of 
1983 under the direction of Ike 
Graham (who, with his family, 
is currently in language study 
in Japan, preparing for a church 
planting ministry with Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions). 
The ministry began to grow, 
and by summer, the people 
began to think seriously about 
forming a local church. It soon 
became evident this was the 
direction which the Lord was 
leading the group (most of 
whom were already commit- 
ted Grace Brethren). 

That fall they began to con- 
sider candidates for pastor. At 
the end of January, 1984 they 
voted, and "the lot fell upon" 
Dan Najimian. Graham stayed 
with the group through the 
first Sunday morning service, 
which was held on March 11, 
1984. 




Perhaps one of the more 
noteworthy aspects of the 
church has been the meeting 
places themselves. It was their 
desire from the beginning to 
hold both Sunday morning 
and evening services, as well as 
some kind of midweek 
meeting. 

As a Bible study, the group 
had been renting an old Bap- 
tist church building. They con- 
tinued to meet there when 
Sunday services began, using 
the facility on Sunday evenings 
for prayer meetings. In order to 
avoid additional rental charges, 
the group met in the home of 
Alex and Bertha Caesar for Bi- 
ble studies on Wednesday 
nights. 

Things began to change 
when the Baptist church sold 
their building to the City of 
Medina. At the beginning of 
July, the city announced plans 
to demolish the structure to 
make way for a parking lot. 
This forced the Grace Brethren 
congregation to begin to hold 
Sunday morning services in a 
local elementary school. Sun- 
day evening meetings were 
held in the pastor's home in 
order to avoid prohibitive ren- 
tal costs (along with their room 
rental charge, the school re- 
quires an on-duty custodian at 
more than $14 hour). 

As the congregation looked 
for a new meeting place, a 
rather promising prospect turn- 
ed up. The local YMCA had 
recently purchased a house 
which they planned to 
renovate and expand with a 
small auditorium. When in- 



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Members of the Medina. Ohio. Grace Brethren Church 



quiry was made, the director 
said they would be pleased to 
let the fledgling church use 
their newly acquired building 
and the rental fee would be 
very reasonable. Plans were 
made that the congregation 
would begin meeting in this 
new location in early 1985. 

To summarize the progress of 
the Medina Grace Brethren 
Church, the work has been 
slow. Medina is a friendly com- 
munity, but so far there has 
been no overwhelming 
response to the Gospel. This 
fall the visitation ministry was 
stepped up, and the church is 
praying that God will begin to 
open people's hearts to His 
word. 

The church continues to 
maintain an active WMC 
group, and in October the 
pastor began a discipleship 
ministry with Alex Caesar and 
Gene High, two of his key 
men. 

The following have been the 
highlights in the history of the 
Medina Grace Brethren 
Church. 

- Baptismal services were 
held at the Rittman. Ohio 
Grace Brethren Church on 
May 20, (five baptisms). 
and September 23 (six 
baptisms). 



- An informal "foreign 
missions conference" 
with Rev. Jack Zielasko, of 
Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions, as the guest 
speaker was held 
November 14. 

- First official three fold 
communion service was 
held with the Elyria, 
Ohio. Grace Brethren 
Church at their church. 
November 18. 

- Special missions speak- 
ers, Jim and Pam Mer- 
chant, radio missionaries 
with Trans World Radio 
were present on Nov- 
ember 25. 



The Medina congregation 
has also appreciated oppor- 
tunities to fellowship with 
some of the other established 
Grace Brethren Churches in the 
Northeast Ohio District. 

The greatest need presently 
is to have the Lord of the 
harvest raise up more faithful 
workers and send them into 
the harvest fields of Medina 
with us (Matt. 9:38). In a "very 
religious" city like Medina, it 
will take a spirited church 
made up of people with a vi- 
sion in order to win souls for 
Christ and to grow. 




Pastor Dan Najimian and church member Alex Caesar at the Ella Canavan Grade 
School where the Medina Grace Brethren Church met on Sundays earlier this year 



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17 




BEING LIKE CHRIS' 



Sermon 
Month CQ 



By Ernest L. Usher, Pastor 

East Atlanta Grace Brethren Church 

Atlanta, Georgia 



It is a common fact that we as Christians desire so much from God. Yet, 
I often wonder how many times we stop to ask ourselves what God desires 
most from us. 

Many answers have been given by various Christians as to what God does 
desire. We are told He wants us to bring Him honor and glory: to evangelize 
the world, and to be great prayer warriors. And the list goes on and on. 

Unfortunately, I believe that for many of us these are just pat answers, given 
without much thought about what they really mean. They are also too 
general and too broad to fully answer a question for those of us who need 
a specific answer. 

But is there a more specific answer? I believe there is! 

Romans 8:29 reads. "For those God foreknew He also predestined to be 
conformed to the likeness of His Son. that He might be the firstborn among 
many brothers." I John 3:2 tells us that we will be like Christ when we see 
Him. II Corinthians 3:18 also informs us that we are being transformed into 
Christ's likeness. These and like verses clearly point out that the ultimate 
desire of God for Christians is that we become like Christ. 

This is not some pat answer because in His word God has given us a specific 
picture of what Christ is like. We see Christ Himself in the gospels and His 
characteristics are noted in the lives of various people in the Scriptures. 

In Luke 2:25. we confront Simeon, who I believe is a splendid example 
of Christlikeness. Little is known about this man. The only mention of him 
is in this passage, yet in this brief appearance, he exhibits four characteristics 
of Christlikeness. 

As we examine this passage we see that Simeon was a righteous man. 
I believe this signifies that he did what was right towards other men. 

Secondly, he was like Christ in that he was devout. This word means to 
take hold of something well, carefully or reverently. Simeon apparently was 
a man who was careful about his religious duties. Essentially, he was careful 
to see that he obeyed God. 

Thirdly, we notice that Simeon was a man of hope. He was waiting for 
the consolation of Israel. The pattern of words conveys the idea that he placed 
all his hopes for Israel in God's promise of a coming Messiah. He was ready 
to believe God's promises and live according to them, although many Jews 
during that time had given up hope of a coming Messiah. 

Lastly, we observe that Simeon was like Christ in that he was a Spirit-filled 
man. This last element probably explains to a large degree the other three 
elements of his character. Without the filling of the Spirit, it is almost im- 
possible for one to be righteous, devout, or convicted of a Messianic hope. 

It is time for Christians to realize that God is interested in developing 
character in our lives. God desires us to be men and women of great character 
Before He can use us to win the world for Christ, we must first be Christians 
whose character speaks louder than our tongue. 

Are we committed to doing what is right toward others, regardless of who 
it is or how hard it is to do? Are we careful about our responsibilities as Chris- 
tians? How concerned are we about our church attendance or about our devo- 
tional life? Do we live as if we truly believe in our hope of a returning Lord 
and Saviour? And most importantly, are we filled with the Spirit? Do we ex- 
hibit in our lives the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy. peace, patience, kind- 
ness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? (Gal. 5:22,23) 

How we answer this last question is vastly important because we will never 
develop great character through our own efforts. We can only develop 
character to the same degree that we rely upon the Spirit. It can be honestly 
said that, if our lives as Christians are to be pleasing to God we must be 
righteous, devout, living for Christ's second coming, and filled with the Spirit. 



Fresh Hope at Hope 




Pastor Jack and Judy Galle 



by Jack Galle, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Hope, New Jersey 

On any Sunday morning, at 
9:25. in Hope. New Jersey, you 
may witness a sight that was 
familiar in the old west-a caravan. 
But this caravan is comprised of 
late-model cars, not covered 
wagons. Believers leave their 
desert experience of the week for 
an oasis-Sunday school at the 
Grace Brethren Church. 

By 9:30. the building is full of ex- 
citement and warmth. The people 
exchange some small talk and 
then go to their classes. With 
questions, comments, and gen- 
uine care being exchanged. The 
lesson applies to life as it really is! 
When the teacher is finished, the 
lesson is not. Believers share with 
each other about what God is do- 
ing in their lives. Struggles and 
burdens are shared, laughter is 
soon heard. Fellowship is real in 
the lives of these people 

After Sunday school, everyone 
grabs a pastry and a cup of coffee. 
Visitors are welcomed as they get 
in the door. A real effort is made 
to be cordial and helpful. This is 
people reaching out to people. 

During the service you can feel 
these people have assembled to 
worship the King! There is 
warmth about the service that is 
felt by all. The new pastor, Jack 
Galle, challenges the people to be 
different. During the prayer, you 
grab the hands of the people on 
your right and left, showing the 
unity shared as a body of 
believers. 

Two hours later, you have finish- 
ed a great barbecue on the lake. 
Oh, the painful memory of the Bi- 
ble's teaching about gluttony. 
Well, that is an area you need 
growth— spiritual growth, that is. 
The physical growth is obvious at 
the waistline. The pastor is in the 

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As a result of estate planning interviews since 
National Conference, 52 individuals or families 
have made decisions to include their local chur- 
ches in their wills, which would total about 
$250,000 based on the present size of the estates 
involved. 

Upon coming into the Stewardship Ministry in 
January 1984, 1 experienced confusion and 
frustration with knowing what specifically was 
being accomplished. Even though we were able 
to answer questions for individuals concerning 
what should be done about their wills, some of 
the technical points to be considered, how they 
would want to consider God's work in their will, 
and many other personal questions, there didn't 
seem to be any meaningful way of knowing what 
was accomplished. In talking with some of the 
other former Stewardship representative's wives, 
it was learned that they too had experienced the 
same frustrations. 

Even though many of the people who were 
counselled had signed letters indicating their in- 
tent to include God's work in their will, many 
times we had found that they had never actual- 
ly completed their will. Often it had been two, 
three, or more years since they had met with 
Stewardship representative. 

In searching for a solution to help the people 
we met with actually complete their wills, we 
discovered a system used by several other 
denominations which followed the four P's of 
estate planning. These are, the PEOPLE you are 
interested in, the PROPERTY or assets that would 
be available for distribution at death, what are 
your PLANS for distributing the property to the 
people. And finally, who are the PLANNERS you 
need to help you effectively carry out your 
PLANS. 



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LOCAL CHURCHES 

TO RECEIVE 

$250,000 

by 

Russel H. Dunlap 

Stewardship Director 



Usually there was little problem with the PEO- 
PLE to be considered in the will. However, when 
putting in the new system immediately follow- 
ing National Conference we soon learned the 
PROPERTY, or the net assets available for 
distribution, was not at all clear. This made it dif- 
ficult to make effective PLANS. In examining 
numerous wills, we are finding very few which 
really represent the desires of the people once 
they understand the possible property involved 
to be distributed. This information was learned 
through the estate planning/will interviews with 
62 family units where the size of the estate in- 
cluding life insurance to be left by the husband 
and wife or single person average about $108,000. 

Of the 62 family units completed since starting 
this new system, all have wanted to include God's 
work in their will at an appropriate time. Fifty- 
two of the total, from 12 different churches, in- 
dicated a desire to include their local church in 
their will. Based on the present size of the estates 
involved, the amount to be left to the local chur- 
ches would be about $250,000. Fifty-six families 
indicated they desire to include Foreign Missions 
in their wills for a total in excess of $400,000. 
Home Missions will be included in 50 of the wills 
for about $359,000. Grace Schools and other 
organizations are mentioned in 16 of the wills for 
over $80,000. In total, these 62 individuals could 
eventually leave more than one million dollars 
to God's work as a result of the estate plan- 
ning/will interviews. 

We praise God for the response and generosi- 
ty of the members and friends of our Grace 
Brethren Churches. One couple who were inter- 
viewed had recently completed a new will and 
expressed a desire to have it redone to include 
the Lord in their will. Their comment 

(continued on page 22) 




Build A 
Nest Egg 

For God 



A deposit in the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation 
will not only help you meet personal financial goals, it 
will create a nest egg to help in the Lord's work. Funds 
placed in the GBIF are used to help growing Grace 
Brethren churches construct new facilities and purchase 
needed equipment — at a cost below commercial loan 
rates. 

Build a nest egg for the Lord with an investment in the 
GBIF! 



Grace Brethren Investment Foundation 

Box 587 Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 267-5161 






Fresh Hope at Hope 

(continued from page 19) 

lake with a husband and wife 
who have recendy come to Christ. 
As they give testimony to what 
God has done in their lives, their 
brothers and sisters in Christ re- 
joice with them. They are baptiz- 
ed and brought into the 
fellowship of the church. With 
their jeans soaking wet, everyone 
greets them with an embrace. 
Now everyone is wet. or at least 
a bit soggy. There is real joy that 
permeates this day. The adults 
and youth spend time together 
swimming in the lake, playing 
badminton, or just taking a 
snooze under the shade tree. 

Congratulations! You have just 
spent a day with a group of grow- 
ing Christians at Hope, located 
one mile off Interstate 80. Minutes 
away from famous honeymoon 
resorts in the Pocono Mountains, 
this is a beautiful part of the 
Garden State. Forty minutes to 
the east is the World-Trade Center. 
There is a growing population 
shift away from New York City to 
this more rural area, a bedroom 
community for New York City. It 
is at the same time affluent, due 
to the high calibre of professional 
people; and also poor, due to the 
endless liberal churches in the 
area. One things stands assured: 
Jesus said. "I will build my 
Church." He is at work. 

January 13 was another time of 
celebration. That was the date 
that the church celebrated going 
self-supporting. Ten years and 
four pastors after its founding, 
this was a time to praise God for 
what He has done, and to believe 
that He will continue to do greater 
things in the future. We thank 
God for using the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council and the 
Northern Atlantic District Mission 
Board. They have been invaluable 
to the church during those times 
of difficulty that every church 
goes through. As we anticipated 
this great occasion, we were 
reminded of the word etched in 
Nehemiah 2:18, "Let us arise and 
build." 

There is indeed fresh hope at 
Hope! 



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Speaks To College Students - Pastor William Tweeddale, of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church — Suntree, Melbourne, Fla., 
shares about his ministry during chapel services at Grace Col- 
lege on January 24. as part of a special Home Missions emphasis 
at Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Ind. Also sharing about their 
church planting experiences were Pastor Brian Smith, of River- 
side, Calif.. Pastor Warren Tamkin, of Frederick, Md., and Dr. 
Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary for Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. The special week was sponsored by the Council. 




Port Richey Dedicates Building — The Gulf View Community 
Grace Brethren Church in Port Richey, Fla., recently dedicated 
their new facility. A former Home Mission point, the church is 
located near the Ja-Mar Trailer Park, where the congregation first 
met. Rev. James Poyner is the pastor. 



Local Churches Receive $250,000 

(continued from page 20) 



was, "We just didn't think about 
it!". In speaking with a Christian 
attorney in one of the eastern 
states, he stated that in counsel- 
ling individuals about wills, he 
sends about half the people away 
with the indication they do not 
really need a will as the states ver- 
sion is adequate for their situa- 
tion. There is no way you can 
honor God for the way He has 
blessed you in your life without 
making a will and specifically in- 



cluding a portion of your assets 
designated for your local church 
and missions. 

Do you know and understand 
what your will really says? I find 
that many people don't! Also, 
have you adequately honored 
God in your will for His blessings 
upon your life? 

Editors Note — For further information 
regarding the content of your will, contact 
Russel Dunlap. Grace Brethren Missions 
Stewardship Service. Box 587. Winona 
Lake. Ind. 46590, (219) 267-5161 



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(Photo by Marian Fenn 



ORANGE CITY BREAKS GROUND 

The Calvary Grace Brethren Church at Orange City. 
Fla., broke ground on October 27. 1984 for their new 
facility on Howland Boulevard. Rev. Thomas Hickey 
of the Ormond Beach, FL, Grace Brethren Church was 
the guest speaker. Pictured are the building commit- 
tee with the plans and a model of the proposed 
building. From left to right are Mike Luddeni, con- 
tractor; Vern Latham, superintendent of job and coor- 
dinator-. Clay Hadley-, Barbara Heckert. treasurer; Den- 
nis Heckert; Bill Matthews; Bill Tugend; and Pastor 
Kenneth Koontz. 

WEDDINGS ANNOUNCED 

Wedding bells have sounded for several individuals 
in Home Mission ministries. 

Warren Tamkin, pastor of the Home Mission work 
at Frederick, Md.. married Lois Pryor on November 
23 during a ceremony at Hagerstown. Md,, The 
newlyweds are residing at 1412 Rolling House Drive, 
Frederick, Md., 21701. 

On December 15. Terrie Peffley and Wayne Aites, 
of the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission staff, were mar- 
ried at Myerstown, PA.. Her pastor, Rev. Luke Kauff- 
man, who is also president of the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions board of directors, officiated at the 
ceremony. 

Terrie has been supervising the girls' dorm, while 
Wayne has been a part of the maintenance staff. Both 
will continue their respective ministries at the mis- 
sion in Counselor, N.Mex.. 

REILLY BEGINS LEXINGTON MINISTRY 

Pastor Al Reilly has begun his ministry with the 
Grace Brethren Church at Lexington, Ky. He and his 
family arrived on the field in mid-January. 

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Reilly has been an ac- 
tive member of the Suburban Grace Brethren Church 
in Hatboro, Pa., while a student at Biblical Theological 




Seminary, also located in Philadelphia. He has also 
serve with Campus Crusade for Christ and Lakeside 
Christian Service, and as a youth pastor. 

Reilly is also a graduate of Temple University. 
Philadelphia. Pa., with a B.A. degree in sociology. 

He and his wife. Linda, have three children. 
Elizabeth, five, Sarah, two and Daniel, two months. 

PASTOR FOR FIRST GBC IN MAINE 

The first Grace 
Brethren church in the 
state of Maine has kick- 
ed off. the new year 
with the arrival of their 
first full-time pastor, 
Darrel Taylor. Taylor, 
the former pastor of the Grace Brethren Church at 
Sidney. Ind., began his ministry on January 1. 

The Brunswick church has been meeting since ear- 
ly July. Rev. Jim Hunt, missionary church planter for 
Grace Brethren Home Missions, drove each week to 
Brunswick from his home in Saratoga Springs, NY. 
to lead the services in rented facilities near the 
downtown area. 

In addition to being the first Grace Brethren Church 
in the Pine Tree State, the Brunswick group is also 
the first new point to receive financial support in 1985 
from the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council. 
Also assisting in the support of the church is the 
North Atlantic District Mission Board. 

Taylor is not new to the Brunswick area, having 
served there as an officer with the U.S. Navy Corp of 
Civil Engineers in the early 1970s. 

The new pastor is a 1971 graduate of Auburn Univer- 
sity with a degree in civil engineering. In 1981, he 
received a M. Div. degree from Grace Theological 
Seminary. Winona Lake, Ind.. 

He pastored the Sidney Grace Brethren Church from 
1982 to 1984, and is also active in the Navy Reserve 
program. 

He and his wife, Carolyne, have two children, Jesse 
Nathanial, eight; and Joshua Aaron, six. 

NEW PASTOR AT LIMA 

Emory R. (Zeke) Young has been called to minister 
at the Grace Brethren Church in Lima, Ohio. He began 
his ministry there in mid-January. 

Young is a recent graduate of Grace Theological 
Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind.. For the last year, he 
has served as administrative assistant at the Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw. Ind., where 
he was also a member. 

A native of Charleston. W Va., Young received a B.A. 
degree in business administration from St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College in Laurinburg. N.C. in 1975. He 
received a M. Div. degree from Grace Seminary. 

He and his wife, Marsha, have two children. Leah 
Nicole, two and Allison Michelle, one. 



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Ethel Anderson carries it in her 
purse. Smaller than a fingertip, it 
reminds her of God's greatness. 
Lighter than down, it speaks of a heavy 
burden removed. As delicate as tissue, 
it tells her of God's everlasting 
promises. 

It is a strange thing to carry in a purse. 
In a tube, floating in liquid, unlabeled, 
barely visible. Although tiny and 
umimposing, it used to be no small 
thing with Ethel Anderson. For years 
and years, it made her question God. 

"Down-up. down-up, down." Ethel 
Anderson looks over thick reading 
glasses. She is caught up, as so often is 
the case, in music. There is that look 
in her eyes. "Down-up. down-up, 
down," she says over the voice of 
violas. "You've got to get that pattern 
down in your head. Down-up, down- 
up, down." 

It is a curious-looking string section that 
Ethel Anderson is conducting. Some 




Ethel prepares for Handel's "Messiah" 



wear gray suit vests. Others sweat 
pants. Some high-top Nikes, others 
argyle socks. Some wear paisley shirts, 
others Wranglers. There is gray hair 
and cracking voices, grandmothers and 
papergirls, college students and com- 
munity members. 

Together, they praise the Lord with 
one voice or bows on string. The 
chords from Handel's "Messiah" fill 
the room. 

Ethel Anderson, bold as her red 
sweater, is in her element. "Down-up, 
down-up. down," she shouts over a 
rising sound. "Listen to it." 

Ethel Anderson has devoted much of 
her life to music. Before being saved, 
it was nearly her God. After her con- 
version, and only gradually, it became 
a gift to return to the giver. 
Since the age of eight when her first 
violin cost $25, she has spent coundess 
hours with priceless music. She has 
performed with several orchestras on 



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he east coast, as well as Wheaton 
academy, Illinois All-State and Man- 
hester to name a few. 
a college two important events took 
lace: her salvation and her marriage 
d Richard. The first changed her at- 
tude; the second her location, 
he moved to Winona Lake to join her 
usband, a seminary student at Grace, 
ler attitude about music had also 
hanged. It was, she says, a slow, pain- 
rl change. 

\ Christian views music in a different 
erspective," she says. "To a Christian 
: is a gift. A gift not only to be enjoyed 
ut to give honor to God. I find music 
d be the highest form of that." 
lusic she says, is a gift of great value. 
Music is filled with great energy and 
motions," she says. "As a Christian the 
lusic revolves around your relation- 
hip with the Lord — where do you get 
our energy and what reason do you 
ave for being happy? But I don't often 
link of it (music) as being worshipful, 

guess I'm just not that pious, 
ometimes I just plain enjoy it because 

speaks of existence." 



I'm interested in an orchestra 
tiat is going to be used to 
rain performers and expose 
udiences to more and more 
f the great music. We take 
tie musicians we have and 
ill them to stretch." 

,nd for Ethel Anderson, it was a gift 
lat was almost taken away, 
hortly after her marriage, an ear 
pecialist told her that she would 
ecome deaf. And in a short time. An 
merited disease of the ears was get- 
ng worse. "He said I just wouldn't 
ear," Ethel says. "He told me that hear- 
lg aids wouldn't do me any good." 
thel Anderson was angry. Real angry, 
t remember being very angry with 
jpd," she says. "I had spent so much 
me with strings and it meant so much 
3 me. I felt that God had goofed, that 
e really didn't know what he was do- 
lg and that he was not playing fairly." 
or a while, she gave up music, and 
?treated, with her anger, inside 




Ethel conducts with emotion, energy and enthusiasm. 

herself. She was, she says becoming bit- 
ter and tense, but surviving. Only with 
the encouragement of her husband, 
Richard, did she go to another doctor 
to be tested for hearing aids. 

The doctor said the hearing aids might 
work, so she was fitted for two "huge" 
aids. Although the sound was metallic, 
chemical, and filled with clatter, she 
could still hear. 

Even though she now considers it 
"rather bold," she continued her music 
and styled her hair over her ears. 

Ethel Anderson always had this 
dream. Ever since she started teaching 
mathematics and music at Grace in 
1968, she wanted to start an orchestra 
using members of the college and the 
community. 

Three years ago, she started an ensem- 
ble of eight people. A year later, she 
added flutes and a harp and sold out 
the Little Theater. Last spring, she final- 
ly had a full orchestra. 
It was, she says, a difficult task. "It 
caught on slowly," she says. "People 
don't think about orchestras too much 
here. One the east coast, it was just a 
way of life." 

Ethel Anderson, a calculating thinker, 
began planning to sell her idea. 

One lady she knew, for example, was 
in her 60s and used to play the violin 
years and years ago. Ethel sugested that 
she might try the viola since it was less 
difficult to play. The only problem was 
that she didn't have a viola. But Ethel 
did. She traded drapes for a viola. 
She lent other instruments to other 
community members. She recruited at 
junior high and high schools. 
The idea was to aim for profes- 
sionalism. But that was not the main 
goal. The orchestra was to provide 
music. 



"If I were going to have an orchestra 
in town just to give polished perfor- 
mances, then I would not be all that ex- 
cited about it. I'm interested in an or- 
chestra that is going to be used to train 
performers and expose audiences to 
more and more of the great music. We 
take the musicians we have and tell 
them to stretch." 

Ethel Anderson started the orchestra 
with high hopes and two huge hearing 
aids. She still has high hopes. The hear- 
ing aids are gone. 

Last January, surgery restored Ethel 
Anderson's hearing in one ear. In a 
risky surgery that had better chances to 
fail than succeed, doctors removed a 
tiny diseased stapes bone and replac- 
ed it with a piece of platinum. She 
discarded the hearing aids she had 
worn for about 30 years. 

It was the end, she says, of a struggle 
that taught her many lessons. 

First of all, she says. Christians have no 
right to ask for only comfort. "We have 
no right as God's children to say, 'Give 
me all the good.' We had a daughter 
that got very sick and they thought it 
might be leukemia. The tests came 
back negative and someone said, 'Isn't 
the Lord gracious?' I thought to myself, 
'Would the Lord have been less 



Gone is the metallic, clattered 
sound of the hearing aids. 
Here to stay is the rhythm of 
the heart. 

gracious if it would have been 
leukemia?' Absolutely not. 

"The Lord has taught me many things 
and dealt with many things that need- 
ed to be removed from my life — pride, 
a haughty spirit and other things — by 
the things that I have been through. 

"We are told to rejoice in our sufferings. 
Well, I can't say that I rejoice in suffer- 
ing — I haven't come to that point in my 
spiritual maturity yet. But I can say, 
God, I know you are going to work this 
out and that I am going to look back 
at it and say 'I know why this happen- 
ed.' If not in this life, then in the next." 

"God is a gracious God. God is more in- 
terested in my development than in my 
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Niagara Falls, Canada, to Lan- 
caster, Pennsylvania, is a long way 
for lunch. But on a Monday after- 
noon in the middle of fall, that's 
exactly what Sterling Gunn and 
his family did. 

"We enjoy it quite a bit," Gunn 
says. "We've been here three or 
four times. The food is great." 

Others at the table are from New 
Jersey, New York and Ohio. 

The restaurant is known as 
Good-N-Plenty. It is big business. 
A seating capacity of 670, more 
tables than a school cafeteria, 
about as many square feet as a 
football field, a staff of 280, serv- 
ing up to 2,000 meals a day, a 



•urpose 



bakery which always hints of 
Shoo-Fly pie, a gift shop which 
sells everything from Smurfs to 

We want to make people 
feel like family," Dolly 
says. "Part of the fun is 
getting to know the peo- 
ple." 

pewter, a lobby with an old-time 
fire engine, and a waiting line, 
sometimes, running into hours. 

But, regardless of size, the 
restaurant reminds one of home. 
Or better, Grandma's home. 



There is not a piece of plastic in 
sight, only bricks and fires. 
Styrofoam is unpardonable. The 
smell is a mixture of basted beef, 
boullion and Aunt Bea's. Set in 
Amish country, in a century-old 
Amish house, the charm is as 
natural as apple pie. 

And about the Apple pie. And 
the roast beef. And the noodles. 
And the corn. And the ham. And 
the mashed potatoes. And the 
chicken. And the apple butter. 
And the home-made bread . . . and 
it keeps coming, bowl after bowl, 
plate after plate, and one gets this 
picture of several crazed grand- 
mothers in the kitchen who refuse 



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to stop cooking. 

Chris Lapp used to be a farmer. 
He had no degree and was content 
working the land. A wife, a couple 
of cows, and a few acres. Perhaps 
while planting, a seed, a thought, 
was sown in his head. The Lan- 
caster area, rich in history and 
beauty, did not offer enough in the 
way of tourism. Chris Lapp left his 
plows. 

Lapp, a trustee of 
Grace Schools, 

started a'bus tour line 
in 1969. After 10 
years of that, he saw 
that a restaurant 
might succeed. But it 
had to be the right 
kind. He and his wife, 
Dolly, knew what 
they wanted -- a 
restaurant in a family 
setting, serving as 
much homestyle food 
as one could want, 
and in a family style. 
All for a reasonable 
price. 

Not much to ask. 

A short time later, 
the Lapps learned of 
the Amish home for 
sale. It would be, they 
reasoned, a perfect 
setting for a family- 
style restaurant. 
They were right. 
They opened with 
about 40 employees 
and a seating capaci- 
ty of 130 people. "It 
seemed to succeed right from the 
beginning," Chris says. 

The next year the Lapps ex- 
panded the restaurant to seat 540. 
It is now considered one of the 
most successful and popular 
restaurants in the Northeast 
United States. 

The Lapps have a number of 
theories for the restaurant's suc- 
cess. "It's because people get 
hungry," Chris jokes. But it's 
more than the food, which is bet- 
ter than most mothers'. It's more 
the atmosphere. Food is served to 
an entire table which seats about 
25 people. Before the food is serv- 
ed, introductions are made. Joe 



and Jenny from New Jersey meet 
Tom and Tina from Ohio. And so 
on. 

"We want to make people feel 
like family," Dolly says. "Part of 
the fun is getting to know other 
people." But it's more than the at- 
mosphere. It's more the attitude. 
If hard work, charity and 
thanksgiving to God. 




Chris and Dolly Lapp 

During the first few years, the 
Lapps worked hard - sometimes 
more than 70 hours a week. "The 
work gets very tiresome," Chris 
says, "but it is also very reward- 
ing." 

The Lapps, however, are quick 
to give credit where credit is due 
for their success. "As far as I am 
concerned the glory goes to the 
Lord," Dolly says. 

The restaurant, she says, was 
dedicated to the Lord when it 
opened, and they are both 
dedicated that it remain that way. 

Their thanksgiving to God is 
more than just words, however. 
They are intent on using the 



restaurant as a service to the Lord. 
For example, all the food that is 
left over each day -- and it is 
voluminous - is donated to local 
charities to help feed the poor. The 
food goes to convalescent homes, 
social programs for the poverty- 
stricken, and to a home for troubl- 
ed teenagers. 
The Lapps also consider the 
restaurant to be a 
ministry in other 
ways. Some of the 
employees have been 
saved after being 
hired. "We try to make 
time for them," Dolly 
says. "We want to just 
be able to talk to them 
and show that we 
care." 

The success of the 
restaurant has also 
allowed them to sup- 
port another love - 
Grace Schools. After 
sending two children 
to Grace, Chris 
became very ' in- 
terested in the schools. 
He became a trustee 
and also has been a 
consistent financial 
supporter of the 
schools. 

"Grace Schools as I 
see it," Lapp says, 
"has become one of 
the top Christian 
Schools in the nation. 
The difference I see is 
the consistency of leadership and 
determination to keep it in line 
spiritually and to keep it Christ- 
like." 

In one of the corners of Good-N- 
Plenty Restaurant, there is a 
celebrity corner, of sorts. There 
are pictures there of Red Skelton, 
Jerry Falwell, Archie Campbell, 
Paul Harvey, James Irwin . . . 

They are nice, Chris says, but 
not to be blown out of proportion. 
The most important customer, he 
says, is the next one who walks in 
the door. Possibly from New 
Jersey or Canada or Ohio or, ac- 
cording to Hebrews 13:2, from a 
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(Continued from page 25) 
comfort. That comes as a shock to a lot 
of Christians." 

Another thing that the ordeal taught 
her was the power of prayer. "I think 
we should tell people that prayer 
works. It may not be immediately or 
how you think it should be answered 
or it might even be a downright no. But 
God does answer prayer and it is in the 
Christian's best interests." 

The practice session of the Grace Com- 



munity Orchestra continues. Ethel is in 
her element. Pointing and confident, a 
voice over music, directing and 
shouting, thick reading glasses and a 
red sweater, orchestrating the strings 
and the emotion and the music. 

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain," 
Ethel half-sings over music and then 
adds in a spoken voice, "Believe me." 

The music is not perfect. But to Ethel 
Anderson it is beautiful. She has learn- 
ed, she says, an appreciation for music 



beyond anything she had known 
before. Gone is the metallic, clattered 
sound of the hearing aids. Here to stay 
is the rhythm of the heart. 

Ethel Anderson has been through a 
long trial. She hopes that she will never 
forget the overwhelming greatness of 
the grace, love and direction God has 
shown her. But if she does, a reminder 
is only as far away as her purse. In it 
is her stapes bone — tiny, diseased and 
replaced by the Grace of God. □ 



The 

Program 

A Blessing to 
Grace Schools 



CORPORATION 

Pittsburg Plate Glass Industries 
Bristol Myers 
Montgomery Ward 
Ohio Bell Company 
G.D. Searle Company 
Bethlehem Steel 



American Broadcasting Company, 

Inc. 

First National Bank of Warsaw 

Pepsico, Inc. 

Whirlpool Corporation 



EMPLOYEE 

Rev. & Mrs. Ed Wingard 

Mrs. Darleen Shepherd 

Mr. & Mrs. William Spurr 

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Pietzsch 

Mr. & Mrs. William Youngmark 

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Boyer 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard McDowell 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hartwiger 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Markley 

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Plunk 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Runion 

Miss Annabelle Snyder 
Mrs. Elaine Vandermark 
Mr. Gary Rowell 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pollard 
Mr. & Mrs. Willis Trumble 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Blosser 




LIVING MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL 
NOVEMBER 1984 



in 




Given by: 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Trissel 
First Grace Brethren Church 
of Dayton, OH 

Rev. and Mrs. Dean McFadden 

Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker 

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 



In Memory of: 

Mrs. Mabel Smith 

Gilbert Onstott 
Mrs. Arlene L. Sharp 
Robert Lance 



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NEWS REPORT 



□ The Sebring, FL, Grace Brethren Church, Jay 
Fretz, pastor, was dedicated to the Lord on Dec. 
1. Ray Feather, pastor of GBC of Okeechobee, FL, 
delivered the dedication message. Others who took 
part in the dedication service were: Rev. Bill Byers, 
representative of Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council; Rev. Ed Lewis, Jr., representative of the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the Grace Brethren 
Church; Rev. Charles Turner, editor and manager of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Company; Mr. Walter 
Fretz, representative of the Grace Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation and father of the pastor; and the 
Building Contractor, Mr. Chris Marine. Special music 
was furnished by the Brethren Four from the Okee- 
chobee church. Over 200 persons were present for the 
service. 




Ed Jackson Ray Sturgill Don Taylor 

□ At a recent board meeting of the Grace Brethren 
Men and Boys, the Lord led in the expansion of their 
ministry to further reach out in various men's minis- 
tries. Those elected to serve were: Ed Jackson, pastor 
of the GBC in Findlay, OH, will serve as executive 
director. He will be coordinating the ministry to men 
and boys and working especially with the new "Yoke 
Fellow" program. Mr. Ray Sturgill has been selected 
as director of Men's Ministries. He will be working in 
the areas of "52 League" and "Yoke Fellow" pro- 
grams. He is employed by Grace Schools, Winona 
Lake, IN. Don Taylor, pastor of the GBC of Flora, 
IN, has been selected as Interim Director of Grace 
Brethren Boys. He will be working directly with the 
unit commanders through the contact men. 

□ A record of 221 people attended the Threefold 
Communion Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 18 at the 
GBC in Seal Beach. Special features of the evening 
were a turkey dinner and a program of contemporary 
Christian music. Donald Shoemaker, senior pastor. 

□ The congregation of the Ghent GBC, Roanoke, 
VA, honored Pastor Jeff Dunkle with a surprise 
reception following the evening service on Nov. 11. 
Pastor Jeff is beginning his sixth year as associate pas- 
tor at Ghent. Pastor Kenneth Teague, senior pastor. 



□ The Temple Hills GBC of Greater Washington dedi- 
cated the Surrattsville campus/educational unit, lo- 
cated in Clinton, MD, on November 4. 

□ David Rush, member of the Grandview, WA, GBC, 
was ordained to the Christian ministry by the Rim of 
the World Community Church, Running Springs, CA. 
Garth Lindelef, pastor of the Community GBC of 
Long Beach, CA, was the main speaker. Ward Miller, 
pastor of the GBC in San Bernardino, CA, gave testi- 
mony of God's working in his family's life. The 
ordination service took place on Nov. 18. 

□ Rocky Mountain Grandeur awaits all who plan 
ahead to attend our national conference at the YMCA 
at Estes Park, CO, August 10-16, 1985. 

The youth and adult conferences will be coordi- 
nated together on the same grounds. 

For a vacation with a purpose, plan a week or two 
to attend the Brethren conference next year. 

Mark and Jeanne Flegge (Columbus, OH, Grace) 
had their infant daughter dedicated to the Lord / 
Dawn Langham and Michelle Tippett (Waterloo, IA) 
were welcomed into the membership / Jim Marshall 
(Dayton, OH, First Grace) spent some time in Vir- 
ginia deer hunting / Mrs. Denise King (Longview, 
TX) had surgery recently / Jeff Hatten (Wooster, 
OH) expressed his thanks to the church for the Wy- 
cliffe Bible Commentary presented to him / Pauline 
Haymaker (Winchester, VA, Blue Ridge) celebrated 
her birthday Nov. 11 / Pauline Kelbly (Rittman, 
OH) was a patient in the Northwestern Memorial 
Hospital in Chicago. 

Steve Robison (Whittier, CA, Grace) served as 
informant on the Glass Convention held at the Pasa- 
dena Convention Center / Jimmy Cooper, Mark 
Lawhorn, Herbert Martin and W. W. McClammer 
(Roanoke, VA, Patterson Memorial) all celebrated 
their birthdays on Nov. 3 / Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
was the special speaker at a Homecoming Bible 
Prophecy Conference held in Accident, MD, Nov. 
7-11 / Dave Collins (Columbus, OH, Grace) is 
director of the Worthington Christian High School 
Choir. 

Tonya Ostrander (Taos, NM) "has been accepted 
by the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital in Los 
Angeles for treatment. About once every three 
months she will be flown to L.A. for examination and 
treatment until the doctors feel she is ready for 
surgery. They, then, will fuse her spine and implant 
two steel rods in her back. Normally this surgery 
would cost about $50,000, but under the Shriner's it 
is absolutely free." The Ostranders are praising the 
Lord for the way He provides. 



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TIMOTHY TEAMS 




John and Linda Holder, playing a game with their daughter. 
Timothy Teams brought them some fresh ideas on parenting. 



The John Holder Family 

"We didn't know what to expect." 

The Holder family had few expecta- 
tions about the Timothy Team's 
ministry. Linda, wife and mother, was 
a little apprehensive about housing 
one or two team members. She 
wondered how to entertain them or 
if her family would feel uncomfor- 
table. Alan, the teenage son, thought 
perhaps he'd hear a sermon from an 
overnight guest. 



Even with those butterflies, Lloyd Holder and his family looked forward to the team's 
arrival. ltd be different. 

After three weekends of leaving studies behind to minister to the Goshen, Indiana, Grace 
Brethren Church families, this Timothy Team left their mark on the Holders. 

"We loved it," says Linda. "We felt very comfortable with them. My son liked the boy 
who stayed with us and he was a good influence for our son. Our daughter is pretty young 
but she became friends with the girl who stayed with us." 

"I was surprised," Lloyd says of the team, "that there wasn't a grouch in the bunch. That 
tells me someone put a lot of effort into the team. 

"They also seemed like a part of the church ... it wasn't like we were being invaded 
by strangers. I was amazed how they blended in and were accepted." 

For three weekends last fall, this CE Timothy Team held Saturday seminars for parents 
of teens, stayed in homes Saturday night and were involved in Sunday morning services 
at the church. Consisting of 10 Grace College and Seminary students, the team used the 
fall semester to train team members for spring teams . . . and also minister to families: 
especially parents. 

Lloyd and Linda found the Saturday parenting seminars helpful. "When you get to be 
in your forties," Lloyd says, "it's easy to get set in your ways. It was refreshing to have 
someone bring in new ideas. 

"I never really thought about the emotional needs of our kids before," Lloyd continues. 
"I suppose it crossed my mind . . . but when you bring it out in black and white and 
discuss it for three or four hours, it starts making sense." 

Linda adds, "The seminars helped me to be more aware of some of the problems our 
kids go through. Because they are young (the team members) and we have teenagers, they 
were able to share with us a lot of things about our teenagers that our kids wouldn't tell 
us. It's helped me to have a little more patience and understanding with my kids." 

During the last weekend at Goshen, the Timothy Team and GBC families traveled to 
Michigan for a family retreat. More teaching, family sharing and games characterized the 
retreat. It pulled the other two weekends together. It brought families together. 

Recalling the retreat, Linda says, "We had a family prayer time. I don't think our family 
had ever done that before — all of us praying together — and other families commented 
on it being something new, too. It was good and we learned some of the things that are 
important to our kids and that they feel need to be prayed about." 

The Holders are a different family, now. 

Alan says his dad is easier to get along with and wonders if the Timothy Team had 
something to do with that. Lloyd says he's working harder at listening, both with his ears 
and eyes. Linda continues to think about unconditional love, and wants her children to 
know they're loved no matter what they do. And Stephanie, the youngest Holder, remembers 
a Timothy Team skit where she learned that regardless of what she did, she could tell 
her parents and they'd understand. 



WO PERSPECTIVES 



A Word 

About 

Timothy Teams 

Timothy Teams is a GBC 
Christian Education ministry 
consisting of Grace College 
and Seminary students. A 
commitment to Timothy 
Teams means giving up three 
weekends each semester to 
minister in a Grace Brethren 
church. It also requires team 
meetings and preparation. 

During the 1984 fall 
semester, two Timothy Teams 
ministered at two Grace 
Brethren Churches: Goshen, 
Indiana and East Side Colum- 
bus, Ohio. With 10-12 
members per team, the fall 
focus of the ministry was to 
parents of teens and then 
discipling the team members 
for leadership in the spring 
semester. In this spring 
semester, the two fall teams 
are now divided into four 
teams, each working with 
one GBC for three weekends. 
Veteran Timothy Team 
leaders Steve Garcia and Jay 
Firebaugh led the fall teams 
and are working closely with 
the spring leadership. 

Forty-eight students make 
up our spring Timothy 
Teams. With a ministry focus 
now geared to working with 
teens, the teams are minister- 
ing at: Goshen, Indiana-, Col- 
umbus, Ohio (East Side)-, Nor- 
ton, Ohio-, and Akron, Ohio 
(Ellet). 

Please join us in praying for 
their safety and effectiveness. 




Jim Folsom 

"TT has helped me personally" 

Jim Folsom is a senior seminary 
student at Grace. He also is a 
member of the office staff at GBC 
Christian Education. In his third 
year with Timothy Teams, Jim was 
a part of last fall's leadership team 
that ministered at the Columbus, 
Ohio, East Side GBC. This semester 
he is leading a team of 12 students 
to the Akron, Ohio, Ellet Grace 
Brethren Church. 

It's Jim's first chance to lead a 
team solo. There's a certain fear 
about that. 

"I'm scared to death!" Jim says. 
"But I'm looking forward to being 
in a leadership position where I'll 
either sink or swim. I've never been 
THE leader before. Now we're going to see if I can be a leader of people." 

Fortunately, his past experience with Timothy Teams has prepared him 
for his current leadership. 

Jim joined Timothy Teams thinking he'd learn about puppets, drama 
and youth work. He did learn that, but first he learned a lot about himself. 

"The leadership team meetings focus on our own lives. We go through 
personal characteristics that we need to develop or refine or drop," Jim 
says. 

Students involved in the program make their own personal growth a 
priority and find that helps them minister in the churches. They're 
challenged to be effective servants by first growing spiritually and deal- 
ing with personal issues. 

Jim continues, "Timothy Teams has helped me in my interpersonal com- 
munication skills. I've been able to listen underneath their words and 
maybe find some hurts they'd like to communicate but are afraid to bring 
into the open. 

"I'm also learning to develop more intimate relationships and recognize 
that people are the most valuable commodity." 

The parenting emphasis during the fall semester of Timothy Teams is 
only two years old. It's the result of recognizing that teens will only go 
as far spiritually as their parents. And that effective youth work requires 
working with parents. 

The response from the parents has been good . 

"At first I think they respond, 'Who are these kids telling us how to 
raise our kids!' But after the initial shock is over, they are very receptive 
and find it helpful," says Jim, 

And how does Jim feel about sharing on parenting to parents? 

"Pretty good. If it were my own thoughts . . . that'd be different! But 
we're sharing from authorities, men like Dr. Larry Crabb, Dr. Ross Camp- 
bell, Kevin Huggins and Gordon MacDonald. It's good stuff that's help- 
ing both the team members and parents." 

Jim's Timothy Team experience is helping him at CE, too. 

"I'm better at getting teams out on time," he says smiling. And, more 
seriously, "I have a bigger picture of what we're doing. I'm thinking more 
about what we're striving to accomplish and feel like I can be more ef- 
fective in helping meet people's needs." 



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WORSHIP: 
THE MISSING LINK 

By Roy Halberg 



We hear lots of talk about "marks" of a Christian 
— qualities or characteristics that single us out as be- j 
ing genuinely saved people. Magazines, books, Chris- 
tian radio and TV ... all of them remind us that we're 
to be different . . . unique . . . marked out as special 
in some way. 

The Lord recently impressed me with the need for 
a supreme mark in my life. A priority characteristic 
uniquely marking me as a believer . . . distinguishing 
me from unbelievers . . . becoming the priority activi- 
ty of my life . . . it's WORSHIP! 
Worship? Yes, worship! 
Honoring God . .. giving Him respect, reverence, homage, acknowledging Him for His superior 
worth and value, thanking Him and praising Him for who He is and what He does . . . 

This is the highest calling for the Christian. And sadly, it's the missing link in many of our 
lives . . . and homes . . . and churches! 

As one Christian brother in India observed, "You feel sorry for us in India because of our 
poverty in material things. We who know the Lord in India feel sorry for you in America because 
of your spiritual poverty ... In our churches we spend four, or five or six hours in prayer and 
worship, and frequently our people wait on the Lord in prayer all night-, but in America, after 
you have been in church for one hour, you begin to look at your watches. We pray that God 
may open your eyes to the true meaning of worship . . ." 

His words brought me up short. They startled me. They angered me. Then, they convicted 
me . . . because they are true. 

As AW. Tozer called it several years ago, worship is the "missing jewel in the evangelical 
church." 

We go to church to be entertained, to "get blessed," to hear the Word and more times than 
not, I fear ... we do not truly worship God. 

Too often we go to "worship services" motivated chiefly by a special speaker or a special 
music group ... or seeking to be with special friends ... or seeking to have a need met — 
to be encouraged ... to be lifted up ... to be "blessed." 

I need to come to church with God as my focus. 
Not myself . . . nor friends and fellowship with 
them . . . nor the pastor and his words . . . nothing 
but GOD - the SUPREMELY HOLY GOD who 
desires and deserves my worship. 

I need to come into His presence to give . . . not 
to get. To give worship, praise, honor, reverence 
. . . NOT to get a blessing ... or to be taught . . 
or anything else. 

You know what I've found? The more I give in 
worship, the more I am given. And isn't that just 
like God? When I come righdy to give God my wor- 
ship, He gives me all I need . . . plus lots, lots more. 
Will you join me? Let's link up with God . . . let's 
truly worship Him. 




Roy Halberg is the 
pastor of the River City 
Grace Community 
Church in Sacramento, 
California, and Presi- 
dent of the Board of 
Directors for GBC Chris- 
tian Education. 



Lord, who can truly 
worship you? Psalm 15 

Ten qualifications . . . check them off, one 
for each of the ten fingers on our hands 
. . . let's see how we measure up! 



1. A life marked by integrity. 

2. A life that does what is right. 

3. A life that always speaks truth. 

4. A life that doesn't slander 
against another. 

5. A life that does no evil to 
other. 

6. A life that neither gives nor 
receives evil reports about 
others. 

7. A life that carefully 
distinguishes between the 
ungodly and the godly. 

8. A life that keeps it's word, in- 
spite of the consequences. 

9. A life that doesn't take advan- 
tage of others' misfortunes. 

10. A life that isn't persuaded by 
bribes. 



Women 

Manifesting 

ehrist 



President: Mrs. Margie Devan, 10 E. Luray 

Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
First Vice President: Mrs. Geneva Inman, 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 

Springs, CO 90810 
Second Vice President: Mrs. Janet Minnix, 

3314 Kenwick Tr. SW, Roanoke, VA 

24018 
Secretary: Mrs. Florence Lesh, R. 3, La 

Porte City, IA 50651 
Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Ginny Sellers, 

10455 U.S. 12, White Pigeon, Ml 

49099 
Financial Secretary Treasurer: Mrs. Joyce 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 
Ass't. Financial Secretary Treasurer: Mrs. 

Donna Miller, R. 8, Box 277, War- 
saw, IN 46580 
Literature Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter, 

R. 8, Box 292, Warsaw, IN 46580 
Editor: Miss Nora Macon, 705 Terrace Dr., 

Winona Lake, IN. 46590 
Prayer Chairman: Mrs. Debbie Adams, R. 4, 

Box 94-A, Kittanning, PA 16201 



April 1985 



If no address is listed, the address can be found in the 1985 Brethren 
Annual, pages 38-40) 

Brazil 

Mary Hannah Green April 2, 1981 

Rev. Norm Johnson April 1 5 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Sandy Farner April 29 

Jonathan Farner April 29. 1971 

Central African Republic 

Suzie Mensinger April 9. 1969 

Steve Vnasdale April 17. 1970 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 

France 

Nathan Daugherty April 13. 1981 

Benjamin Weaver April 28, 1978 

Germany 

Miss Edna Haak April 1 

Treleen Craigen April 6, 1970 

c/o Black Forest Christian Academy. Postfach 1109. 7842 Kandern 1, 
West Germany 

Daniel Pappas April 16. 1981 

In the United States 

Lois Burk April 9. 1969 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Lenora Williams April 15 





Offering Opportunities 



Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

Sango Literature Fund 

Goal: $10,000 

Send before June 10, 1985. 



This offering will go toward the printing of much-needed 
literature written in Sango. Some of the literature printed 
will include OTN (WMC) materials, youth work material, 
lesson books for SMM and the boys' work. Our African 
Brethren are crying for this material. 

The Birthday offering that is received during the year 
needs to be sent before June 10, 1985. This money goes 
toward the support of the WMC Birthday Missionaries. Na- 
tional WMC suggests a minimum of $1.50 a year per 
member. 



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Better Cornbread 

Do you make cornbread? From scratch? How does 
it turn out? 

For years all my efforts produced a kind of 
crumbly product that was better eaten with a fork 
than fingers. I could have given up and used a fail- 
proof mix, but I was convinced that there must be 
a way to make Better Cornbread from scratch. So 
I experimented with recipe changes adding more 
or less flour, more or less cornmeal, two eggs in- 
stead of one, increasing the shortening, decreas- 
ing the sugar, etc. Nothing except the extra egg real- 
ly helped — and that egg didn't bind the bread 
together enough for us to abandon forking it. 

Then one day I accidentally poured in more milk 
than all the recipes said was the right amount. In- 
wardly I groaned knowing that not only would we 
be unable to use fingers for the cornbread but that 
forks wouldn't do either. Spoons would have to be 
the order of the evening. Since all hope of success 
with that particular batter was lost, I recklessly 
turned the oven up to 425° and shoved the watery 
mess into the furnace. (Mother had always baked 
cornbread at 350°, so I knew that the 425° listed 
on the recipes was MUCH too hot.) 

Well, as you've probably guessed, that cornbread 
made with too much milk and baked at the hot- 
test temperature I'd ever used turned out 
marvelously well. We didn't have to use spoons 
or forks. The cornbread was a deliciously moist 
finger food with only a few crumbs falling to keep 
my pride at a proper level. 

As I feasted on the Better Cornbread, I could not 
help but think of the mix of believers in our church 
(or WMC) struggling to hang together as a body. 
I thought of how often we crumble apart and 



wondered if more milk of the Word in each of our 
lives (I Peter 2:2) and additional heat of persecu- 
tion would bind us together. 

Since church history indicates that each of these 
does have a binding effect, I wondered if we might 
not take some positive action towards oneness. 
Certainly we could increase our time in the Word. 
Deliberately, I now pour additional milk into every 
batch of cornbread. 

But should we also seek persecution? Since we 
are commanded as much as possible to "live 
peaceably with all" (Romans 12:16), it didn't seem 
we should seek it but rather live godly lives that 
would begat the heat of adversity knowing that "all 
that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer 
persecution" (II Timothy 3:12). 

So I had the lesson. Drink deeply of the milk of 
the Word; live soberly, godly, righteously, and grow 
into a better church, a body that is truly one in 
Christ. 

I thought I was finished with the Better Corn- 
bread school, but then I learned one more lesson 
from the last batch I made. We didn't eat it all the 
day I baked it or the day after that. But we did en- 
joy the leftovers on days two and three. 

Then on day four, I bit into the final piece only 
to discover that while it held together and looked 
great, it was SOUR. Let me tell you that Better 
Cornbread gone sour is abominable. And so are 
better churches resting on their laurels. If they don't 
use what they have learned through the milk of 
the Word and heat of persecution, they sour! 

Next time you make cornbread, pray that your 
church (or WMC) will take steps to stop its crumb- 
ling and determine to keep from souring! 
— Carolyn Peak, Whittier, California 



NOTICE 

If you would like to use the 
WMC Birthday Missionary slide 
set, be sure to write far enough in 
advance to reserve the set. Since 
the Birthday Missionaries are em- 
phasized during the next few 
months, scheduling needs to be 
done ahead of time. You can 
reserve the slide set through Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions, P.O. 
Box 588. Winona Lake. Indiana 
46590. Be sure to indicate your first 
choice of dates. 



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The Bible and Astromony 

(Continued from page 7) 

historical/grammatical interpretation, then all hope 
of definitively determining what the opening 
statements of the Bible mean must be abandoned. 
Now it is essential to recognize that the reason 
biblical writers praised God for His work of creating 
the sun, moon, and stars is that they did under- 
stand the Genesis account! At least two things can 
be clearly discerned in the creation record that un- 
veiled the absolute glory of the Creator. First, the 
astronomical bodies were created suddenly, thus 
establishing the overwhelming uniqueness, in fact, 
the absolute ultimacy of God's power (om- 
nipotence). Secondly, the astronomical bodies 
were created after the earth and plant life had been 
created thereby eliminating all potential competi- 
tion (in terms of a solar or lunar deity or even the 
modern secular "god" of cosmic evolutionism) for 
the claim of final sovereignty and thus deity. 

The Sudden Creation of the Universe 

The creation of the astronomical universe was 
not only ex nihilo (i.e., from no previously existing 
matter, as stated in Heb. 11:3), but it was also, by 
the very nature of the case, instantaneous. Its origin 
could not, therefore, have been spontaneous or 
self-acting. The evolutionary concept of a gradual 
buildup of heavier and heavier elements 
throughout billions of years is clearly excluded by 
the pronouncements of Scripture. 

In the first place, the immediate effect of God's 
creative word is emphatically stated in Psalm 
33:6,9 — "By the word of the Lord were the 
heavens made; and all the host of them by the 
breath of his mouth .- . . for he spake, and it was 
done; he commanded, and it stood fast." There is 
certainly no thought here of gradual development, 
or trial and error process, or age-long, step-by-step 
fulfillment. In fact, it is quite impossible to imagine 
any time interval in the transition from absolute 
nonexistence to existence! Similarly: "And God 
said, Let there be light: and there was light" (Gen. 
1:3). At one moment there was no light anywhere 
in the universe; the next moment, there was! So 
spectacular is this creation event that the New 
Testament compares it to the suddenness and 



"By the word of the Lord were 
the Heavens made" (Psa. 33:6) 



supernaturalness of conversion (2 Cor. 4:4-6; cf. 
5:17). It may be confidently asserted that the idea 
of sudden appearance dominates the entire crea- 
tion account (cf. Gen. 1:1, 3, 12, 16, 21, 25, 27; 
2:7, 19, 22). 

This leads us to a second important consideration 
pertaining to creation of the astronomical universe, 
namely, the analogy of God's creative works in the 



person of Christ during His earthly ministry nearly 
two thousand years ago in Palestine. Since the New 
Testament makes it clear that the universe was 
created through Christ, the Son of God (John 1:3, 
10; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2), and that the miracles He 
performed while on earth were intended to reveal 
His true nature and glory (John 1:14; 2:11; 
20:31), it is deeply instructive to note that these 
works all involved sudden transformations. Thus, 
while it has been claimed by one philosopher that 
there is "no strategy as slippery and dangerous as 
analogy," the biblical analogy of Christ's creative 
work in Genesis and in the Gospels remains ir- 
resistibly powerful. 

In response to the mere word of Jesus Christ, for 
example, a raging storm suddenly ceased, a large 
supply of food suddenly came into existence, a 
man born blind suddenly had his sight restored, a 
dead man suddenly stood at the entrance of his 
tomb. Of the vast number of healing miracles per- 
formed by Christ, the only recorded exception to 
instantaneous cures is that of the blind man whose 
sight was restored in two stages, each stage, 
however, being instantaneous (Mark 8:25). Such 
miracles were undeniable signs of supernaturalism 
in our Lord's public claim to Messiahship, and we 
may be quite sure that if, in His healing of the sick 
and crippled and blind, He had exhibited "the pro- 
digal disregard for the passing of time that marks 
the hand of him who fashions a work of art," no 
one would have paid any attention to His claims! If 
the Sea of Galilee had required two days to calm 
down after Jesus said, "Peace, be still," the 
disciples would neither have "feared exceedingly," 
nor would they have "said one to another, 'What 
manner of man is this, that even the wind and the 
sea obey him?'" (Mark 4:39-41). 

The profound theological implications of these 
facts for the Christian understanding of the origin of 
the universe can be recognized in the comment of a 
prominent British evolutionist: 

The theologian attributes certain infinite 
properties to his God; he is described as 
omnipotent, omniscient, and of infinite 
goodness. Now the Mind which reveals 
itself in the development of life on this 
planet is clearly not omnipotent, otherwise 
it would have assembled perfectly de- 
signed organisms directly from the dust of 
the earth without having to go through the 
long process of trial and error which we call 
evolution. 

Every effort to modify the suddenness and super- 
naturalness of creation events to make them more 
acceptable to the "modern mind" only results in the 
long run in minimizing and obscuring the true at- 
tributes of the God of Creation. This has been a dif- 
ficult lesson for many Christians to learn. 

In the third place, the fact that God's work of 
creation was completed in six literal days clearly 
demonstrates that the creative work of each day 



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was sudden and supernatural. In view of the 
widespread resistance to this concept, even in some 
Christian circles, it may be surprising to many peo- 
ple to learn how strong are the biblical arguments in 
its support, if the indispensable historical/gram- 
matical system of biblical hermeneutics be ac- 
cepted: 

(1) Although the Hebrew word for "day (yom) 
can refer to a time period longer than 24 hours 
(e.g., "day of the Lord"), its attachment to a 
numerical adjective restricts its meaning to 24 hours 
("second day," etc., cf. Num. 7:12-78). 

(2) The formula "evening and morning" indicates 
a 24-hour cycle of the earth rotating on its axis in 
reference to a fixed astronomic light source (not 
necessarily the sun). The same phrase appears in 
Dan. 8:26 (cf. 8:14 ASV) where it must refer to 
literal days. 

(3) No Israelite would have understood God's 
days of creation to be longer than 24 hours, 
especially because of the clear analogy with man's 
weekly cycle of work and rest (Exod. 20:11; 
31:15-17). Six "days" (plural) cannot be figurative. 

(4) The "days" of Genesis 1: 14 must be literal or 
the word "years" in the same verse would be mean- 
ingless. 

(5) The "day" of 2 Peter 3:8 must be a literal day 
in order for the contrast with "a thousand years" to 
be protected. God can do in a very short time what 
men or "nature" would require a very long time (if 
ever) to accomplish. This is why sinful mankind 
would naturally prefer to stretch God's days of crea- 
tion to cover vast periods of time. 

(6) Since the "day" of Genesis 2:4 lacks the 
numerical adjective, it could refer either to the first 
day or to the entire creation week. Or the phrase 
could simply mean "when." 

(7) Nothing is really gained by lengthening the 
creation days to accommodate the evolutionary 
timetable of earth history, for the revealed events 
are often in reverse order from that which evolu- 
tionism requires (e.g. earth before sun; whales 
before land mammals; birds before reptiles). 

The Sun, Moon, and Stars Were Created 
After the Earth and Plant Life 

It has not been generally understood that the 
order of events in Genesis 1 is deliberate and mean- 
ingful, and that all alternative views to the tradi- 
tional view of a comparatively recent creation week 
share a common denial of this divine order. While 
claiming to allow the opening chapter of the Bible 
to speak for itself, proponents of these alternative 
views are in reality reversing the created order of 
the earth and of the stellar universe to accom- 
modate the uniformitarian consensus among con- 
temporary astronomers. One result of this reversal 
is the tragic eclipse of a profound message that 
permeates the entire Old Testament: the Creator is 
infinitely superior to the creation, including the 
astronomical creation. Therefore no visible heaven- 
ly body may be worshipped. 

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This profound theological principle is confirmed 
and demonstrated biblically by the fact that the stars 
were directly and instantaneously brought into ex- 
istence apart from preexistent materials by a mere 
spoken word of the absolutely unique, omnipotent, 
omniscient, holy and transcendent God of the 
universe, the Lord of Israel and the Church, who 



". . . The order of events in 

Genesis 1 is deliberate and 

meaningful." 



alone is to be worshipped by men. Furthermore — 
and this neglected fact is theologically crucial — the 
infinite inferiority of the stars to the true God of 
creation is fixed by their having been created after 
the creation of the earth and its vegetation. In the 
words of a prominent student of the history of 
science: 

In the first chapter of Genesis it is made 
evident that absolutely nothing, except 
God, has any claim to divinity; even the 
sun and moon, supreme gods of the 
neighboring peoples, are set in their places 
between the herbs and the animals and are 
brought into the service of mankind. 

Idolatry is far more subtle in our generation — and 
to that extent less "honest" and open — than in the 
ancient world. Therefore a study of the worship of 
the sun and moon in the "cradle of civilization" and 
a survey of the Old Testament denunciation of that 
worship may seem to be utterly irrelevant and 
remote to the modern reader. It is clear to discern- 
ing students, however, that while the forms or ob- 
jects of pagan worship may change through the 
centuries, the underlying rejection of the witness of 
the Spirit of God to the human heart through 
general and special revelation remains the same. 
Modern minds, no less than ancient minds, sense 
that the Creator who is revealed in the opening 
chapter of the Bible is vastly different in His at- 
tributes and in His demands upon men than any 
other god ever imagined. This is why our 
understanding of the manner and the relative 
chronology of the creation of the astronomic 
universe can never be a peripheral issue, even to 
"modern" men. 

The Destiny of the Astronomic Universe 

The basic dependability of the sun, moon and 
stars is not contradicted but, in a sense, confirmed 
by the biblical references to their future fluctuations 
of light intensity. The very fact that the sun, moon, 
and stars will not shine during the Day of the Lord, 
with its global judgments, is set forth as an incom- 
parably great wonder of history, which gains in sign 
value in exact proportion to its normal dependabili- 
ty. This is characteristic of all biblical sign-miracles. 



They do not destroy but, rather, presuppose a basic 
uniformity of natural and historical processes. 

Eight centuries before Christ, the prophet Joel 
announced concerning the divine judgment that 
shall immediately precede the Second Coming of 
Christ: "The sun and the moon grow dark, and the 
stars lose their brightness ... the day of the Lord is 
indeed great and very awesome, and who can en- 
dure it?" (Joel 2:10-11, cf. 3:15). God Himself 
warned the world: "I will display wonders in the sky 
. . . The sun will be turned into darkness, and the 
moon into blood, before the great and awesome 
day of the Lord comes" (Joel 2:30-31; quoted by 
Peter in Acts 2:19-20). Ezekiel applied this coming 



"Psalm 115 focuses our 

attention on the uniqueness of 

God and Controller of the 

universe." 



global judgment to Egypt in particular: "I will cover 
the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its 
light" (Ezek. 32:7). 

Building upon these warnings of celestial 
judgment-signs at the end of this age, Christ 
predicted that "there will be signs in the sun and 
moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among 
nations, in perplexity . . ." (Luke 21:25). More 
specifically: "Immediately after the tribulation of 
those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon 
will not give its light . . . and the powers of the 
heavens will be shaken (Matthew 24:29; cf. Mark 
13:24-25). 

Sixty years later, the apostle John, exiled to a 
lonely island in the Aegean Sea, was granted a vi- 
sion of these unique end-time events: "And the 
fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a 
third of the moon and a third of the stars were smit- 
ten, so that a third of them might be darkened and 
the day might not shine for a third of it, and the 
night in the same way" (Rev. 8: 12; compare 6: 12) . 

Following the Great Tribulation with its unique 
and astounding suspension of solar and lunar func- 
tions in reference to earth-dwellers (compare 
Joshua 10:12-31; Hab. 3:11; Luke 23:44-45), the 
great Kingdom Age will dawn at last. So marvelous 
will be the glory of the King of Kings at His first ap- 
pearance upon the earth since His ascension 1900 
years ago, that "the moon will be abashed and the 
sun ashamed, for the Lord of hosts will reign on Mt. 
Zion and in Jerusalem" (Isa. 24:23). From another 
perspective, however, the Kingdom Age will be 
such a contrast to the dreadful darkness that will im- 
mediately precede it, that "the light of the moon will 
be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun 
will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven 
days, on the day the Lord binds up the fracture of 
His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted" 
(Isa. 30:26). 



The apostle John describes the final destiny of 
the astronomic universe: "And I saw a great white 
throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose 
presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place 
was found for them . . . and 1 saw a new heaven 
and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first 
earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming 
down out of heaven from God . . . and the city has 
no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, 
for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is 
the Lamb . . . For there shall be no night there" 
(Rev. 20:11; 21:1-2, 23, 25; compare Isa. 
60:19-20). 

Thus the sun, moon and stars will continue to 
fulfill their three God-ordained purposes of il- 
luminators, time regulators, and signs (Gen. 1:14) 
as long as the earth remains (compare Gen. 8:22), 
even into the Kingdom Age, with an eschatological 
emphasis upon their sign function. But these 
celestial bodies are not essential to human ex- 
istence. And they are certainly not gods to be wor- 
shipped! Beautiful, complex and functionally im- 
portant though they may be to the inhabitants of 
the earth, they are infinitely inferior to the God who 
created them! 

The Purpose of the Universe 

Finally, the Bible alone can tell us the ultimate 
purpose of the universe. Most astronomers today 
insist that we never will find a clue to the purpose of 
the universe until we can establish contact with in- 
telligent physical beings from other galaxies. It 
seems biblically certain, however, that this door is 
tightly shut, because God has created life on this 
planet and nowhere else. 

There are a number of biblical indications that 
point clearly in the direction of the absolute unique- 
ness of physical life on the earth. Psalm 115 focuses 
our attention on the uniqueness of God as Creator 
and Controller of the universe in total contrast to 
the man-made deities that characterize pagan 
religions. The psalmist climaxes his message with 
this statement: "The heavens are the heavens of 
the Lord; but the earth He has given to the sons of 
men" (verse 16) . A valid implication of this inspired 
statement is that those who truly know the Lord 
cannot possibly be threatened by whatever is in the 
universe beyond. In other words, the only "extra- 
terrestial intelligence"- men need to be deeply con- 
cerned about is the intelligence of God Himself, as 
revealed in His Word. 

Isaiah 45:18 adds significant light to this 
fascinating question: "for thus says the Lord, who 
created the heavens (He is the God who formed 
the earth and made it, He established it and did not 
create it a waste place, but formed it to be in- 
habited), 'I am the Lord, and there is none else.'" 
Since the Hebrew word tohu, translated here "a 
waste place," also appears in Genesis 1:2, this 
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to support the so-called Gap Theory interpretation. 
This view maintains that God created an originally 
perfect earth (Gen. 1:1) which later became a 
"waste place" because of the fall of Satan. Then, 
millions or billions of years later, the earth was 
recreated in six literal days. However, this is really 
not the thrust of Isaiah's statement. Isaiah is saying 
that God did not create the earth to be a waste 
place, but created it to be inhabited (in contrast to 
all other planets). As we turn to Genesis 1, we 
discover that is the way the earth was created. It 
was not created to remain empty, but within six 
brief days to be inhabited by all kinds of living 
things. 

In comparing the statement of Isaiah 45:18 with 
Genesis 1:2, a prominent Old Testament scholar 
pointed out that "Isaiah does not deny that the 
earth was once a tohu; his point is that the Lord did 
not create the earth to be a tohu, for the earth of 
tohu is one that cannot be inhabited, and does not 
fulfill the purpose for which it was created. The pur- 
pose rather was that the earth might be inhabited." 

If intelligent physical life exists only on the earth, 
the question must be asked, "why do countless 
stars and galaxies exist throughout the universe?" 
Many Christians have asked, "why would God go 
to all the work of creating billions of galaxies and 



"There is no legitimate way to 

harmonize cosmic 

evolutionism with a Christian 

theistic view." 



then put life on only one comparatively small 
planet?" In answer to this question, it must be 
recognized, first of all, that it required no more ex- 
ertion of energy for God to create a trillion galaxies 
than to create one planet. "Do you not know? 
Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the 
Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not 
become weary or tired. His understanding is in- 
scrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to 
him who lacks might He increases power" (Isa. 
40:28-29). 

God has condescended to give to men three 
basic reasons for His work of creating the stellar 
universe. "Let them be for signs, and for seasons, 
and for days and years; and let them be for lights in 
the expanse of the heavens to give light on the 
earth" (Gen. 1:14-15). The three stated purposes 
for the existence of the universe, as far as man is 
concerned, are: (1) signs, (2) a clock-calendar 
system, and (3) illumination by day and by night for 
earth dwellers. A fourth purpose is conspicuous for 
its absence, namely, that there might be celestial 
platforms for extra-terrestial intelligent beings! The 
stupendous sign-value of the celestial lights is clear- 
ly emphasized in Psalm 8, Psalm 19:1-2 and 
Romans 1:18-19. Since God apparently con- 



sidered these three basic purposes to be sufficient 
for the creation of the stellar universe, it is therefore 
unnecessary to multiply reasons beyond God's 
statements in Scripture. 

The most significant biblical evidence of unique- 
ness of life on the earth is doubtless the incarnation 
and second coming of Jesus Christ our Lord. The 
second Person of the triune God, through whom 
the entire universe was brought into existence 
(John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2), became a 
permanent member of the human race by incarna- 
tion (John 1:14). The staggering implications of this 
fact dare not be minimized by those who profess to 
be Bible-believing Christians. 

There is not a shred of evidence in Scripture that 
the first coming of Christ was a comparatively in- 
significant event in the career of the Son of God, 
stopping briefly on earth, as it were, on His way to 
other planets and galaxies to carry on a cosmic 
ministry of revelation and redemption. The great 
Creator who became our Savior also told us to 
pray: "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be 
Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, 
in earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:9-10). The 
earth, not some other planet, will be the location of 
Christ's kingdom. 

In isolation, not one of these biblical evidences is 
sufficient in itself to demonstrate the uniqueness of 
life on earth. However, in a book that professes to 
give to men all that is necessary for our under- 
standing of life and the universe, it is highly signifi- 
cant that not one word is given that would support 
the concept of extra-terrestrial intelligent life. 
Secular scientism may be haunted by the fear that 
we are totally alone in the universe. But this is not 
the biblical perspective at all. Many millions of spirit 
beings, called "angels" (i.e., "messengers"), are 
deeply involved in the affairs of men (e.g. Dan. 
10:20; Luke 20:36; Heb. 1:14). Infinitely above all 
of these invisible and powerful creatures, however, 
is God, the Creator of all things, who has revealed 
Himself to men as the Father, the Son, and the 
Holy Spirit. 

The Creator Alone Can Meet Our Needs 

God created men in such a way that they cannot 
find full and deep satisfaction apart from Him. Ut- 
terly frustrated by the inequities and cruelties of this 
life, a psalmist by the name of Asaph entered into 
the sanctuary of God, and thus gained a totally new 
perspective on the world (Psa. 73:17). He conclud- 
ed with these inspired words: "With Thy counsel 
Thou will guide me, and afterward receive me to 
glory. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And 
besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth" (Psa. 
73:24-25). The ultimate tragedy of cosmic evolu- 
tionism is that it virtually ignores the very God who 
created us to find our fulfillment in Him alone. The 
secular scientific establishment, with its big-bang 
cosmogony, has deliberately rejected the Christ "in 
whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and 
knowledge" (Col. 2:3). In all of their vaunted 



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brilliance, men are bypassing the Son of God "in 
whom all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily 
form," for "in Him," the apostle Paul asserts, "you 
have been made complete, and He is the head over 
all rule and authority" (Col. 2:9-10). To the Chris- 
tian, the universe is neither purposeless nor mean- 
ingless. Adequate directions are available. We are 
not alone. 

There is no legitimate way to harmonize cosmic 
evolutionism with a Christian theistic view. Chris- 
tian theism presupposes the authority and infallibili- 
ty of the Bible. An honest and consistent applica- 
tion of hermeneutical principles in analyzing the 
biblical record of ultimate origins leads one to a 
complete impasse in accommodating it with the 
most popular cosmogonical theory of our genera- 
tion. To be sure, "theistic" evolutionists speak 
much of God (or "a god") ; but they have apparent- 
ly not heard the clear message of His written Word. 

In contrast to the six-day creation period of 
Genesis 1 and Exodus 20, for example, cosmic 
evolutionism in all of its currently popular forms 
(atheistic, deistic, and theistic,) envisions the stars 
forming hundreds of millions of years after the 
cosmic event that first launched the universe, and 
the planets of our solar system appearing still later. 
How can this be reconciled with the declaration of 
God that the planet earth was created before the 
stars? 

Cosmic evolutionism postpones man's ap- 
pearance on the earth until at least twenty billion 
years of apparently purposeless natural processes 
have run their course. But the Genesis record 
depicts man as the true king of the earth at the very 
beginning of earth history, exercising dominion 
over all animals, including those in the depths of 
the seas (Gen. 1:26-28; compare Psa. 8:5-8), 
within a matter of hours of their creation. Even the 
stars of the heavens antedated man by the space of 
only two days (Gen. 1:19, 31; compare Exod. 
20:11), for they had no independent purpose of 
existence. They were created for the Son of God 
(Col. 1:16) and for those who have been created 
and renewed in His image (1 Cor. 3:21-23; Col. 
3:10). They did not wait billions of years to ac- 
complish what they were created for, namely, to 



serve as "signs" to men of God's creative wisdom 
(Gen. 1:14; Rom. 1:20). Only by denying the clear 
testimony of the chronological sequences of 
Genesis can one speak in terms of "theistic" evolu- 
tionism. 

Four thousand years ago God asked Job: 
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the 
earth! Tell Me, if you have understanding . . . Can 
you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the 
cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation 
in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites? 
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix 
their rule over the earth?" (Job 38:4, 31-3). In as- 
tounding contrast to the characteristically proud 
and secular twentieth-century mind, "Job 
answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou 
canst do all things, and that no purpose of Thine 
can be thwarted . . . Therefore I have declared that 
which I did not understand, things too wonderful 
for me, which I did not know ... I have heard of 
Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye 
sees Thee; therefore I retract, and I repent in dust 
and ashes" (Job 42:2-6). 

Our ultimate choice is either to believe that the 
universe is the product of random and meaningless 
chance, or that it was created by a personal living 
God. But these alternative faith commitments can- 
not be equal options for men who bear the image of 
God indelibly imprinted upon their innermost be- 
ing. The God of creation simply will not allow 
Himself to be compared with any other "deity," in- 
cluding evolutionary time/chance: "To whom 
then will you liken Me that I should be his equal?' 
says the Holy One. 'Lift up your eyes on high and 
see who has created these stars, the one who leads 
their host by number. He calls them all by name; 
because of the greatness of His might and the 
strength of His power not one of them is missing 
. . . 'Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the 
earth; for I am God, and there is no other'" (Isa. 
40:25-26; 45:22). 

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Reflections By Still Waters 



Changing Habits 

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Charles W. Turner 

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It seems that very few things or people escape 
change. The circumstances around us make 
change a reality. This is clearly shown in a recent 
report by a conference board study of United 
States consumers. The study indicates the 
interests of people. The fact that more women 
are working today has brought about many of 
these changes. We are tending to eat our meals 
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There is a change in the spending habits of the 
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on those items that we feel are of some value to 
ourselves. In the spending, there may be ele- 
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in the increase of alcoholic beverages, but it also 
appears in the increasing expenditure on drugs. 
The rapid increase of drug abuse in this country 
and in the world is one of the greatest moral 
problems facing society today. The huge profits 
have made it a worldwide industry. This willing- 
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us for many years. 

The more habits seem to change, the more 
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the same— the need of purpose in life and the 
reason for life itself. The need of having purpose 
cannot be separated from the reason why we are 
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The church has a purpose— that of making its 
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restlessness by constantly changing them. It is 
our time to establish our priorities in carrying 
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10 Conversion. . . To Judaism? 

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Home Missions 



by Ed Jackson, Exec. Dir., 

National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men 

and Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Find/ay, Ohio 

(former Home Missions pastor, missionary to Alaska) 

The term "true yokefellow," as Paul used in his letter 
to the Philippians, is as meaningful for us today as it was 
in that day. 

It was in 1974 that a call came to pastor the Grace 
Brethren Church in Kenai, Alaska, which I accepted. 

Due to the hazards of the trip up the Alcan High- 
way, which was then covered only with gravel, a major 
problem might be incurred. The continual striking of the 
gas tank by the gravel made it necessary to protect the 
metal with a covering of rubber or some other substance 
to prevent the possibility of making holes in the tank. 

Ben Kramer had just what was needed and was willing 
to share it and take the time and trouble to install it. 
Through this labor of love, a true yokefellow was born! 
This relationship has lasted for 10 years and is growing 
richer each day. 

Ben is a businessman and a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Worthington, Ohio. He and his wife, 
Ruth, have three children— Doug, Cindy, and Brad, and 
together they journeyed to Kenai in the summer of 1975 
to survey the work, and as a result became very much 
involved in the mission work— clearing the land for a new 
church building or whatever needed to be done. 

During this visit I suggested to Doug, then about 
16, that he spend a year in Alaska between high school 
and college and help build our new building, which was 
then only in the planning stage. Doug and his parents 
felt that this might be a possibility. 

Of course, to build a structure in Alaska presents a 
unique problem of getting the necessary materials and 

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having them on hand at the proper time. After much 
prayer about all the problems involved, I shared this 
with Ben, my true yokefellow. With about eighteen 
months to plan for our new church building, we would 
seek to locate a semitrailer box. We made a list of all the 
items that would be needed and had them shipped to 
Home Missions headquarters in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Again, Ben came through by locating a semitrailer 
box in Toledo, Ohio, which could be dropped in An- 
chorage, Alaska, when it had served its purpose for us. 
The equipment gathered at the Winona Lake offices— ten 
ton of it, was then loaded by my friend Ben and others 
he recruited to assist him. The equipment was then 
pulled to Seattle, Washington, where Ben had made ar- 
rangements for the trailer and all to be loaded on an 
ocean-going container ship— headed for Anchorage, 160 
miles from Kenai, the final destination. 

By this time the church structure (or shell) had been 
built, and when the semitrailer arrived we just opened 
the front doors and offloaded the contents. Some four- 
teen months had passed in the process. 

Praise the Lord for all those who assisted, but all this 
could not have been completed if it were not for my 
true yokefellow— Ben. 

The Kramers have been such an encouragement to us 
over the years, that I feel every missionary— foreign and 
home— needs a true yokefellow, who is always there 
when needed with a phone call or letter, or other means 
of assistance. Such as, the Kramer home was always 
open for hospitality, with transportation provided, upon 
my return to the lower 48 for national conference or 
board meetings. A true yokefellow does not only assist 
in a tangible way, but, also, all his help and encourage- 
ment is bathed in prayer. What an assurance to know 



that someone loves and prays for you daily— all out of 
love for his Lord! With a true yokefellow, you can laugh 
together, weep together, pray together, be anxious to- 
gether, shiver together and rejoice together. 

It is my prayer that this challenge will encourage you 
men to become "true yokefellows" to a foreign mission- 
ary or a home missions pastor. It tells us in Ecclesiastes 
4:9-12 that "Two are better than one, because they have 
a good reward for their labour; for if they fall, the one 
will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when 
he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how 
can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, 
two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not 
quickly broken." 

We are looking for a few good men! Why not accept 
the challenge and join the ranks of the true yokefellow? 

by Ben Kramer 

Christian Businessman, Worthington, Ohio 
(the other half of the yoke) 

In the summer of 1974, my wife, Ruth, was the mis- 
sionary lady for DVBS at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Columbus, Ohio. They established a goal of raising $500 
to send Ed and Polly Jackson to Kenai, Alaska. We had 
never met the Jacksons prior to this time as we were 
rather new in the faith. Our entire family came to know 
the Lord in the summer of 1972 at Word of Life. We had 
just started attending the Grace church in December of 
1973. 

Life really began for us at forty, and for our three 
children-Doug (16), Cindy (14), and Brad (9). Little did 
we know that the relationship with the Jacksons would 
enrich the life of each member of our family. 

While talking to Ed at the church one evening, I 
learned that he needed to get his truck and passenger car 
ready to make the 5,000 mile journey to Alaska, and so 
our relationship began. The vehicles were made ready. 
We had the Jacksons in our home for dinner one evening 
and in a day or two they were on their way to Alaska, 
by way of national conference in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

As we said goodbye, I remember thinking, "Wouldn't 
it be special if our family could do this same thing some 
day!" The thought came so quickly and involuntarily 
that it rather surprised me. Reality swiftly returned and 
I realized that as the owner of a small business, with 
three children in school, and no preparation to pastor a 
church, there would need to be some other plan. 

God is more than faithful! Over the past ten years. He 
has encouraged a relationship between the Jacksons and 
the Kramers far beyond our imagination. Praise the 
Lord, it had only begun. Through tears of joy and hard 
times, we have learned to minister to one another— to 
sense when encouragement, support, or a listening ear 
was needed. Prayer for each other and members of the 
families cemented us together in Jesus Christ and we give 
Him all the praise and glory. 

Ed had not been in Alaska more than a few months 
when a need arose for a four-wheel-drive truck. Jim 
Welborn, one of the men in the Kenai congregation, 
wanted to purchase a vehicle and use it for himself and 
as a ministry to plow the snow from the church parking 
lot. Four wheelers in Alaska often cost several thousand 
dollars more than in the lower 48. Ed asked if I would 



purchase the truck and make arrangements to have it 
driven through or shipped to Kenai. What followed 
turned out to be the beginning of a great adventure for 
the Kramer family. We ordered the truck, outfitted it 
with a nine- and a half-foot truck camper, and our entire 
family left July 2, 1975, to tour the northwest on our 
way to Kenai, Alaska. It took us two- and a-half weeks 
to make the trip and we spent three weeks working 
around the new church property by tearing down old 
homesteads, tar paper sheds, and clearing brush. When 
time came to leave we wondered what disposition should 
be made of the camper as we had tried to sell it previous- 
ly. God had a plan for the camper, for it has been used 
over and over again by visitors and workers at Kenai and 
Homer as the church buildings were being constructed. 

We flew home in late August with the joy of the Lord 
in our hearts having had a great experience and a small 
part in what was happening in Kenai. Doug had been 
challenged to return the next summer to help with the 
construction of the new building and, as we contem- 
plated the opportunity, Ed and I began to consider how 
we might save shipping costs and whether or not it 
would be feasible to gather all the finishing items for the 
new church and ship them to arrive in the time the 
building would be under roof. 

The following summer of 1976, Doug winged his way 
north to be a part of the construction crew and Ed and 
I continued the gathering of all the finishing items. 
Cindy, our daughter, had been asked to go along with 
Doug to serve as the cook for the construction crew but 
was unable to accept the opportunity. Connie Day, a 
pretty dark-haired young lady, accepted the challenge 
and made the journey. Doug and Connie fell in love and 
were married in May 1979. 

Shortly after Doug returned from Alaska, the truck- 
load of interior finish goods was ready for shipment. 
Truckers Harrison Cady, Ed's half-brother, and Joe 
Randel made the trip to Seattle with a willing and co- 
operative spirit. God using men and their professions 
began to be an evident part of all that was being accom- 
plished. Darwin Thompson, carpet layer from Alto, 
Michigan, laid the carpet and tile. Don Sellers and Earl 
Funderburg headed up the construction crew and 
men from the Kenai church used their heating and 
electrical skills. The list could go on and the concept 
began to form. 

To further experience this concept firsthand, I re- 
turned to Kenai on February 16, 1977, for the purpose 



"Missionaries and missionary 

families are in need of help that 

you alone can provide/' 



of decorating the church interior. Arriving, I found that 
the drywall was just being hung and no chance for 
interior work to begin for nearly two weeks. My plan 
was to return to Ohio March 2 or 3, but God had an 
alternate plan that began to unfold on February 18. 
Warm weather and rain, and then the bright sun— the 
beginning of ten days of absolutely beautiful weather- 
cold at night but warm enough to work outside during 



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the day. We were able to complete the outside painting 
on the building, finishing up the windows under the high 
overhang in the beginning of a eight-inch snow storm. 
The timing was perfect, the exterior work was now done, 
the dry wall contractor had completed his work so the 
volunteer paint crew went to work full tilt getting the 
interior surfaces ready to prime and finish. March 22 
rolled around and two weeks had stretched into five but, 
praise the Lord, the entire building was nearly done. I 
left for the lower 48 on March 25 with my head filled 
with all sorts of thoughts and ideas of men using their 
God-given talents to serve the Lord. I will forever be 
humbly thankful for this opportunity and experience. 

Ed and Polly moved to Florida in May of 1979, ar- 
riving in June to begin the work of rejuvenating the 
Orlando GBC. The congregation was small, the facility 
in need of cleaning up and repair, but, as time passed, 
God provided the increase and repair. 

The Kramer family made several trips to Florida dur- 
ing the next two years, working on the yard, sprinkler 
system and adding a little in the way of outside mainte- 
nance to the building. Doug and Connie took on the job 
as house parents at a ranch across the street from the 
Jackson home and were able to visit them periodically. 
This added to the yokefellow relationship and it really 
became apparent as we grew more committed in our re- 
lationship. There needs to be an openness and willing- 
ness on both sides of this relationship to make the yoke- 
fellow concept work. 

The Jacksons were called back to Homer, Alaska, 
to start a church, using property that had been pur- 
chased several years earlier while Ed was pastoring in 
the Kenai church. Our youngest son, Brad, was invited, 
along with several other young men, to help in the 
clearing of land surrounding the church. He gained a per- 
spective that we pray will serve him the rest of his life. 
He was able, also, to use his electrical talent the Lord has 
given to him to install equipment in the Jacksons' boat. 

Ed and Polly answered the call to start a new church 
in North Pole, just north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The prog- 
ress was slow due to the bitter cold 40 and 60° below 
zero weather and a period of discouragement brought on 
a season of intercessory prayer which strengthened the 
now-growing yokefellow relationship. The Jacksons and 
the Kramers have reached the point that where if one is 
cut, the other bleeds. If tears well up they are no longer 
wiped away in haste. We seem to know when the other 
needs his spirits lifted— a short note, a phone call. Shar- 
ing our needs and prayer requests openly and seeing God 
answer prayer after prayer makes the bond grow stronger 
(1 Cor. 12:24-27). 

With the North Pole church well established with land 
and building, and now pastored by Gary Hable, the 
Jacksons answered a call to pastor the GBC in Findlay, 
Ohio. After a lengthy discussion with the Jacksons at 
national conference in August of 1984, I flew to Alaska 
and drove one of the vehicles back to Findlay. Polly 
used the other half of my round-trip ticket— bound for 
Findlay— to get the house ready for occupancy when the 
furnishings arrived. The Jacksons' ministry continues to 
blossom in Findlay and so is our yokefellow relation- 
ship. What a blessing! 

Blessings and a yokefellow relationship are awaiting 
you! I have told my story that you may be encouraged 

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to get involved. Missionaries and missionary families are 
in need of the help that you alone can provide. You 
need no special training. The catalyst that makes this 
yokefellow relationship work is: 

The bond of the precious faith in Jesus Christ 
and a faithfulness to pray for one another. 

A willing spirit to minister and be 
ministered unto by both families or individuals. 

A pastor who is willing to ask for assistance, 
sharing his ministry with a layman who in turn 
is willing to supply whatever the needs may be. 
God has uniquely equipped you with special talents 
that you use every day to provide a living. Why not dedi- 
cate these talents to God and allow Him to use you as a 
yokefellow (1 Cor. 12:4-6). 

The DVBS missionary goal of $500 at the GBC of 
Columbus, Ohio, and the rubber I put on the tanks to 
send the Jacksons to Kenai have been multiplied more 
than a hundredfold and only eternity will reveal the net 
results of their missionary vision. 

YOKEFELLOW QUESTIONNAIRE 

NAME 



ADDRESS 



OCCUPATION 



Yes, I am interested in being a yokefellow to a for- 
eign missionary. 

Circle if you have a field preference: 

1. Argentina, Brazil 2. Africa 

3. Europe (England, 4. Japan 

France, Germany, Spain) 5. Philippines 
If still available, I would like to be a yokefellow to: 



Yes, I would like to be a yokefellow to a home mis- 
sion pastor. Name 



(Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands are under 
Home Mission supervision.) 

Please mail to National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Men, Box 416, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 



Upon receipt of the above questionnaire, we will at- 
tempt to assign you your missionary if you name a 
preference. Along with your assigned missionary, we will 
also send you a "How To" manual with log sheets to 
assist you in your ministry as a yokefellow. An offering 
to help with administration, mailing and postage is not 
required but will be deeply appreciated. Make your 
checks payable to: National Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Men (Yokefellow). All gifts are tax deductible. 



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assigning loans to faceless corporations 
or sending interest to meaningless in- 
dividuals. We are people serving people 
in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. We lend money exclusively to 
growing Grace Brethren Churches at 
three to five percent below the commer- 
cial rate. Our depositors are committed to 
using their funds to reaching the world for 
Christ. You see, we're user friendly. We 
take a personal interest in each of our 
customers, whether through the mail or in 
person. Invest in the FGBC. Invest in the 
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Box 587, Winona Lake, In 46590 
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Persistence Results 1 



By Jorja L. Day With Dale Jenks, Pastor, Grace Bret 



A dedicated Christian lady in 
North Hatley, Quebec, fervently 
witnessed to a 25-year-old man 
who had come to her home to in- 
stall cable television. What she said 
made the man uneasy and he 
wished to be done with his work 
and be gone, but as the Lord would 
have it, his work required a second 
visit to the home of this 'strange' 
lady. 

Her persistence resulted in 
changed lives for many and a 
flourishing Grace Brethren church 
in Island Pond, Vt., now led by 
Pastor Dale Jenks. 

Jacques Marcoux, presently a 
full-time evangelist based in Mon- 
treal and leader of the largest 
crusade for Christ in Quebec, was 
the young cable installer. After the 
lady had roused Jacques' interest 
in Christ, she referred him to her 
pastor. He sought out the minister 
and ultimately trusted Christ as his 
Savior. 



As a new Christian, his heart 
became burdened with the spiritual 
warfare of those closest to him, He 
was determined to share the 'Good 
News' he had discovered with his 
Catholic family in Island Pond, Vt.. 

As the family gathered for 
Christmas that year in the 
mid-1960s, Jacques began to teach 
them. Slowly and with much ap- 
prehension, he introduced a whole 
new activity — studying the Bible 
— to them. He continued for a year 
without giving up. Finally, his 
father-in-law believed, then 
brothers, and sisters, until most of 
his family were won to the Lord.* 

With this humble beginning, a Bi- 
ble study was begun in the home 
of Jacques' brother, Claude. The 
group grew in number, and they 
soon arranged to use the facilities 
of an old school house, forming the 
first Gospel-preaching church in the 
community for years. They called 
it the Evangelical Baptist Church, 




and it was pastored by Jules 
Mailloux, a student at Bethel Bible 
Institute in Lennoxville, Quebec. 

Originally, the services were in 
French, as that was the native 
language of most of the congrega- 
tion and the pastor. However, 
recognizing the spiritual need of the 
area, they soon began to use 
English. 

The congregation outgrew the lit- 
tle school house, so they rented the 
first floor of a huge apartment 
building. This was to become the 
meeting place for years to come, 
until Satan struck a death-blow. 

The new church was gaining so 
much attention, it also attracted 
some individuals of charismatic 
persuasion. The result was a split in 
the church, damage to its 
testimony, and its eventual demise. 

In God's timing, missionary Jim 
Hunt arrived in the area. (Hunt is 
presently missionary church planter 
with Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions and pastor of the Saratoga 
Springs, N.Y. Grace Brethren 
Church.) 

Under the leadership of Hunt, 
the flickering Light was rekindled. 
The testimony that had been 
damaged was repaired and the 
Gospel message continued through 
the establishment of the Grace 
Brethren Church. The new con- 
gregation was begun in 1980 



Jorja Day was 
saved more 
than a year 
ago at the 
Island Pond 
Grace Breth- 
ren Church. 
She and her 
husband, Robin, first attended the church to 
view a special film series, and as a result, 
learned of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. 
They are now active members of the church. 




Church service at Island Pond. 



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New England Church 



ch Island Pond, Vt. 




Island Pond Grace Brethren Church 



through the cooperative efforts of 
the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council and the North Atlantic 
District Mission Board. Today, ap- 
proximately 70 people meet each 
Sunday to worship in their new 
building west of the village. 

What caused the Light to flicker, 
and what makes Island Pond a uni- 
que place to minister? 

The answer to both questions are 
found in three major factors — the 
religion, the isolation, and the peo- 
ple of the area. 

Island Pond is really a typical, 
quaint little Vermont village. It is 
cradled among majestic mountains, 
which form a backdrop for a 
beautiful lake with an island in it! 

Located in northeastern Ver- 
mont, only 15 miles from Canada, 
the Canadian influence on the area 
in language, culture, and religion is 
great. Many of the approximately 
1,600 residents are Catholic. 



Others belong to a long-standing 
Congregational Church. 

Because of the isolation, there is 
not a lot of reason for people to 
move to the community. Once a 
thriving railroad town with 13 sets 
of tracks and 250 employees, the 
railroad now employs approximate- 
ly 12 individuals and works only 
two sets of tracks. 

The people who live in Island 
Pond are most likely to have been 
there for some time. For that 
reason, they tend to be set in their 
ways and resistant to change. One 
local resident spoke the sentiment 
of many townspeople at a recent 
town meeting, "We have three old 
established churches in Island 
Pond. People ought to be able to 
have their needs met by these chur- 
ches. We don't need any more 
churches." 

Add to this a 400-member cult, 
the Northeast Community Church, 



national media attention, and over- 
zealous reporters, and the result is 
a community who suspects evil in 
anything new. 

It is a real challenge to the 
members of the Island Pond Grace 
Brethren Church to be such bright 
lights as to attract many of these 
people who are set in their ways. 
But they are doing it through be- 
ing available when needed and by 
having a servant's heart. 

Jesus said, "I will build My 
church and the gates of Hell will not 
prevail against it." The testimony of 
the Island Pond Grace Brethren 
Church bears witness to those pro- 
phetic words, and to the faithful 
witness of a godly woman in North 
Hatley, Quebec. □ 

'From the moment of his salvation, Rev. Jac- 
ques Marcoux has had a special concern for the 
town of Island Pond. It was very fitting that during 
special meetings at the church in April, 1984, at 
which he spoke, that nine people prayed to receive 
Christ as Savior. 



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conuersion... 



To Judaism? 

by Isobel Fraser 



Calling door-to-door one time, 1 was the recipient of a good 
bawling out by an elderly Jewess who told me in no uncer- 
tain terms that she resented my coming to the Jewish people. 

"You don't find any of us trying to convert you," she said. 

In the past, I would have had to agree, but taken the op- 
portunity to point out that if the Jewish people believed they 
had the only spiritual truth, they should seek to take it to the 
Gentiles. God had told Israel they were to be His witnesses 
that He is God (Isa. 43:10,11). 

No longer, however, can Jewish people make this claim 
regarding attempts to reach non-Jews. This I learned at one 
of our Bet El meetings some time ago. Besides the regular 
Bible study, items that others bring are welcome and discuss- 
ed in light of the Bible. 

One lady brought an article from a Jewish publication tell- 
ing of an effort to convert Gentiles to Judiasm. It quotes a 
published pamphlet by Rabbi Maggal, the founder of The Na- 
tional Jewish Information Service. . . "For The Conversion 
of Gentiles to Judaism." The pamphlet asked a number of 
questions and gave the rabbi's answer, which I will paraphrase. 

1. What is the definition of a Jew? A Jew is one who has 
either been born into the Jewish peoplehood or by conver- 
sion has accepted the Jewish faith. 



2. Can the Jews be called the Chosen People? They are 
indeed. The Scriptures not only testify to this but reaffirm it 
many times. For example, Deuteronomy 7:6 says: "For thou 
art a holy people unto the Lord thy God. The Lord, thy God 
has chosen thee to be His own treasurer, out of all the peoples 
that are upon the face of the earth." It was to bring the message 
of the one God to the world that they were chosen. 

3. Is it possible for anyone to become a part of the chosen 
people? The rabbi's answer was affirmative. Whoever is will- 
ing to learn what Judaism stands for and live accordingly is 
welcome. No one is excluded because of birth, nationality, 
or race from full-fledged membership among the Jewish peo- 
ple. According to the Talmud: "The convert is like a new-born 
Jew with respect to all his privileges and obligations." 

4. What is the Jewish Bible? The Jewish Bible consists of 
the Old Testament only. Judaism has no New Testament; 
therefore, Jews do not call their Bible the Old Testament. It 
is called The Holy Scriptures. 

5. According to Jews, is Judaism the only true religion? Yes. 
Because of this belief, they have suffered martyrdom for more 
than two thousand years for their faith. It is the world's only 
pure mono-theistic religion. 

6. What is the basic doctrine of their faith? It is found in 



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Deuteronomy 6:4: "Hear, O Israel Adonoy (the Eternal) is 
Dur God; Adonoy is One." The teaching of Judaism is that 
God is One. . . invisible and indivisible. 

7. Are the Jewish people still waiting for the Messiah? Yes, 
[hey are. The Messiah, who will be a person (not a god), will 
create through his wisdom and the right time, complete peace 
in the world. The real Messiah, a person, will abolish war and 
the fear of war forever. 

8. What is the attitude of the Jewish people toward Jesus? 
Just as Christianity finds no significance of meaning for 
Mohammed or Budda, so Jesus has no place in Judaism. 

9. Salvation — is it a Jewish problem? No, it is not a Jewish 
problem because the central issue in Judaism is the good 
deed. Despite man's imperfections, faults, and sin, Judaism 
teaches that man is heading toward the Kingship of God here 
on the earth. 

10. Heaven and hell, are they Jewish beliefs? According 
to Judaism, there is no hell. There is no reference in the Jewish 
scriptures to such a place. Each, through his own behaviour, 
makes his own heaven or hell in his life. 

11. Does Judaism oppose science? No, because it is a 
religion of reason. Nothing in Judaism contradicts the findings 
of science. 

12. Does Judaism have any missionary movements? Yes. 
The National Jewish Information Service serves this purpose 
— a Jewish missionary organization to bring the message of 



Judaism to the world, and also seeks to convert non-Jews 
to Judaism.* 

This will give you an idea of some Jewish religious views 
and the barriers that many of them are to the Gospel. 
Remember, however, that these answers would not be ac- 
ceptable to all Jewry. Judaism in the main, has three distinct 
groups: Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Even as a 
modernist and a fundamentalist would not agree on the 
answer to questions on Christianity, so you would find dif- 
ferences in the various Jewish groups. Nevertheless, all need 
your prayers that God might open many hearts to the Gospel 
and to faith in Christ Jesus. 

'On a recent Jewish program on television, it was stated that 
several thousand Gentiles converted to Judaism in the past 
year. □ 











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only staff member of the Grace 
Brethren Messianic Testimony in 




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Los Angeles, Calif. She has 




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there since 1951. 











Pastor Dean and Diane Smith — Hemet, Calif. 

NEW PASTOR BEGINS AT HEMET 

Dean Smith has assumed the pastorate of the Grace 
Brethren Church at Hemet, Calif. He began his ministry on 
March 1. 

Dean is a 1978 graduate of Westmont College in Santa Bar- 
bara, California with a B.A. degree in psychology. He re- 
ceived a M. Div. degree with a pastoral concentration from 
Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Ore., in 
1983. 



For nearly the past two years, he has been on the staff of the 
North Long Beach Brethren Church in California. It was at 
that church he accepted Christ at age six, and later rededicated 
himself during high school. 

In addition to his pastoral experience, Dean has also worked 
as a counselor in a half-way house for convicted criminals. 

Dean is married to the former Diane Gentry, and the cou- 
ple is expecting their first child this spring. 

Diane is a graduate of Mt. Hood Community College with 
a degree in graphic arts. 

RISSER GOES TO MARION, OHIO 

Veteran Grace Brethren pastor Dean Risser has assumed 
the pulpit at the Grace Brethren church in Marion, Ohio. He 
has been ministering there since February 12. 

Dean has been a Grace Brethren pastor since 1954. He 
has led congregations at Johnson City, Tenn., Pompano 
Beach, Fla., Coraopolis, Pa., and most recently, at Lexington, 
Ohio. During his ministries at Johnson City and Pompano 
Beach, those churches went self-supporting. 

A native of Ashland, Ohio, Dean is a graduate of Bryan 
College, Dayton, Tenn., and Grace Theological Seminary, 
Winona Lake Ind. 

He is married to the former Ella Lee Hall. They have three 
grown children — a son and two daughters, and three 
grandchildren. 



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On The Job Traininl 

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By Steve Jarrell Pastor, Grace Brethren Church Charlotte, North Carolina 



It was a difficult four and one-half 
years, but finally, in May 1980 my 
Master of Divinity degree became 
a reality. The struggles and 
pressures of seminary life were 
over, and the new Home Mission 
church in Charlotte, N.C. was 
beckoning. Now, in my naive think- 
ing, it was just a matter of ap- 
propriating all my newly acquired 
knowledge and eagerness toward a 
problem-free, flourishing ministry. 

In the beginning, everything was 
new. We were full of joy and expec- 
tations as we anticipated our future 
together in Christ. 

Our size didn't seem important, 
only that we existed and that we 
had a purpose. The small con- 
ference room at Horner's Motor 
Lodge became our sanctuary for 
worship during our first year. Our 
name and credibility were under 



suspicion, but our message, motive, 
and conduct helped establish our 
sincerity, as visitors appeared at our 
services. 

We became the 'church on the 
move,' relocating to Valleydale High 
School due to a need for extra 
space. We worshipped the Lord in 
the school cafeteria, always leaving 
it cleaner than we found it. 

Due to scheduling conflicts with 
the school, in less than a year, the 
church was forced to move again. 
The next four weeks found us wor- 
shipping in the garage of Van and 
Alma Masters, the couple who had 
had the initial vision and burden for 
a Grace Brethren Church in North 
Carolina. During this time, two new 
families became a part of our 
group, confirming once again the 
sovereignty of God. 

The Lord gave us a very special 



blessing in the Master's garage, 
however, the need for additional 
space again necessitated relocation. 
After much fruitless effort and 
frustration, a stranger suggested the 
YMCA. And, for the past two 
years, that has been our church 
home. 

The past year has proved to be 
the most difficult and yet most pro- 
fitable in our church's history. With 
the so-called 'honeymoon' long 
over, the real pastor and congrega- 
tion emerged. Now that we had liv- 
ed with each other as 'bride and 
bridegroom' for three years, we 
were confronted with the issue of 
being obedient and willingly loving 
one another (regardless of personal 
feelings). Or, we could submit to 
sinful pride and call it quits. 

It was painfully difficult for both 
pastor and congregation to face the 




Land Is Paid Off — Pastor Steve Jarrell stands on the property that the Charlotte. N.C. Grace Brethren Church purchased last fall. Plans 
are now being made for the construction of their first building. 



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truth about their respective inade- 
quacies. (Remember we were new 
in every way, with so much to be 
learned). However, God, in His 
grace, was causing us to grow in- 
ternally, and to consider the 
weightier matters of loving, serving, 
caring, and understanding each 
other's concerns and tensions. No 
longer did we simply agree with 
these matters intellectually, they 
became experientially realized 
through prayer and application. 

As pastor, I learned that a preoc- 
cupation with numerical church 
growth leads to just the opposite. It 
also fosters internal spiritual decay. 
The Lord has also shown me that 
servanthood means vastly more 
than preaching a faithful message. 
Serving is work (often unap- 
preciated) and self-denial that is 
done for the glory of God. 

The congregation has learned a 
seminary does not produce robot- 
like preachers who disseminate 
truth, are always spiritually suffi- 
cient, and have no feelings or prob- 
lems. Now they understand to a 
much greater extent the meaning of 
Proverbs 27:17, that one man 
sharpens another. They have also 
come to realize their personal 
responsibility for making the 
pastor's ministry joyful (Heb. 
13:17). 

Through the darkest hours, it 
was a great comfort to know God 
understood my feelings. My heart 
was in this church, but I kept 
wondering if I had lost my influence 
here and if I should consider 
another ministry. The answer had 
to be as clear as my own salvation 
experience, because leaving prema- 
turely might prohibit both the con- 
gregation and myself from learn- 
ing the important lessons God 




Charlotte WMC - The WMC at the Charlotte Grace Brethren Church 
meets regularly to study the Bible and learn about missions. 



wanted to teach us. 

God, in His perfect timing, com- 
pelled me to stay and submit to His 
hand of tooling. The Lord is truly 
gracious in that He often turns a 
negative situation into something 
positive. 

The result is that the Charlotte 
Grace Brethren Church is growing 
spiritually, and in numbers, too! 



In November, our people com- 
pletely eliminated the land debt, 
and our building committee is in- 
volved in preliminary planning for 
our first unit! We are learning that 
what makes a church great in God's 
eyes is not its size, or how much ac- 
tivity it has but true spirituality, strip- 
ped of all phoniness. 













Rev. Stephen Jarrell has been the pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church at Charlotte, 
NC, since 1980. He is a graduate of In- 
diana State University and Grace Seminary 
and is married to the former Linda Shirley. 



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Team Spirit (for the Lord) 



"Go Blue . . . Go White .... Go Eagles— Fight, 
Fight Fight!" 

"Now, how does that other new cheer go?" 



We have two daughters who are cheerleaders this 
year. Our ninth grader is cheering for her high school 
boy's basketball team, and our fourth grader cheers 
for her sister's basketball team. 

Our living room has been the scene of much thum- 
ping, bumping, and jumping as Beth and Jenni learn 
and practice new cheers daily. Even 80 year old 
"Grandpa" Schaffer gets in on the action with a "1 

- 2 - 3 - 4 - Who Are We For?" 

It is easy for all of us to get "in the team spirit" with 
such vivacious activities going on. 

But then, I thought of one of our Lord's, cheers 

— "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so," Psalm 
107:2. 

Am I then to be quiet when with others? Or am 
I to proclaim His good news? Just as our daughters 
lead the crowd in cheering on their teams, I am to 
lead lost souls to God by cheering (witnessing) for 
my Lord. 

Help me, Lord, get in your "Team Spirit" and tell 

the world joyously, "I am redeemed by you blood." 

— Barbara Waters, Kenai, Alaska 



Hungry for Literature 



How does a mission function 
without books? How does the 
Church expand and reach out 
— what do they give to the new 
converts — other than with the 
written Word and Christ- 
centered literature? How does 
literature get in the hands of 
people unless it is printed? 

That is the responsibility of 
Christians who have so much — 
sharing with those who don't! 

"What a joy it is to see the 
delight and gratitude of a grow- 
ing National Christian when he 
is able to buy a book of his own 
to help him in his Christian 
walk!" Lila Sheely relates. "I say 
'buy' because that is the way the 
program is set up. We must pro- 
vide the funds to print literature 
that the people can buy." 

At this point in time, there is 
no way the Grace Brethren 
Churches of the Central African 
Republic can come up with the 
necessary funds to print a stock 
of literature: Bibles, song books, 
OTN material, Lumiere books, 
laymen's helps, pastors' study 
helps, Sunday School lessons, 



readers, tracts, etc.! Our mission 
in the C.A.R. needs them all. 

The people will buy them. 
They are hungry for literature 
and devour whatever they get. 
Let's fill their hands with good, 
biblical literature instead of what 
they might find through other 
sources. 

"This subject is close to my 
heart," Lila shares. "I can't begin 
to estimate the value of Christian 
literature in my own life and 
walk. But I do know I have fed 
on 'good stuff over the years 
that the African people know 
practically nothing about. How 
I would love to share some of 
this with them. I am trusting that 
there are others who would like 
to be a part of that, too." 

Here's our opportunity to 
help, WMC ladies. Our Foreign 
Missions Offering for 1985 is for 
the Central African Republic 
Literature Fund. Our goal — 
$10,000. We didn't meet last 
year's goal. Let's respond and 
give to this fund which is so 
desperately needed. 

Our mission is the C.A.R. is 



counting on our help. So are the 
Africans. Here is a letter from the 
African pastor who is the na- 
tional supervisor of the Lumiere 
(SMM) program in the C.A.R.: 

"My heart is filled with hap- 
piness to write this letter to you 
because of your great love which 
you have shown to us in promis- 
ing to give $10,000 to help in the 
ministry of literature distribution 
for the Eglise Evangelique des 
Freres in the RCA. (our mission 
in the CAR). 

"It is because of this great 
love, which you have shown in 
extending your hand to us in the 
work of the Lord, I know now 
that you are really thinking of us. 
I thank you very much for your 
love. I greet you all in the name 
of our Saviour, Jesus Christ." 

Let's pray for our African 
brothers and sisters as they strive 
for growth in their spiritual lives. 
And let's meet our commitment 
in the Foreign Missions Offering 
this year. 

The written word plays an im- 
portant role in the growth and 
life of the Christian. 



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Women 

Manifesting 

ehrist 



President: Mrs. Margie Devan, 10 E. Luray 

Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
First Vice President Mrs. Geneva Inman, 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 

Springs, CO 90810 
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Annual, pages 38-40) 

Argentina 

Rev. Stan Nairn May 1 5 

Brazil 

Mrs. Susan Miller May 1 

Mrs. Dorothy Hodgdon May 13 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Denise Skeen May 1 

Nathan Stalker May 3, 1979 

Mrs. Berta Kuns May 1 1 

Sheri Vnasdale May 19. 1968 

Mrs. Martha Hines May 23 

France 

Mrs. Vicki DeArmey May 5 

Rev. Larry DeArmey May 9 

Rev. John Viers May 21 

West Germany 

Mrs. Becky Pappas May 1 

In Language Study 

Jay Hocking May 1. 1979 

Mrs. Mary Lou Moeller May 4 

Rev. Clay Hulett May 14 

In the United States 

Sy Belohlavek May 6. 1980 

Michael Hoyt May 9. 1975 

Kathryn Hoyt May 13. 1974 

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Pre-med 
Potential 



^H reputation is something that 
JLM must be earned. It takes per 
m m. severance, quality and 
talent to achieve. It's not something 
that can be had by talking. It requires 
action and results. 

The Grace College Science Depart- 
ment is earning its reputation. 

The department recently has had 
an impressive track record in prepar- 
ing students for graduate work at other 
schools, most notably in the field of 
medicine. 

Rick Liston has been accepted into 
the University of Utah School of 
Medicine on an early admission basis. 
Liston, a senior at Grace, will be the 
first Grace graduate to be accepted in- 
to medical school. 

However, the school has a number 
of other students in other medically- 
related graduate schools. For example, 
Russ Woda and Dave Benson are cur- 
rently enrolled in the Ohio University 




Rick Liston, Grace pre-med student, on duty in the local hospital's emergency room. 



College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
Woda is a sophomore and Benson is 
a freshman. 

Ron Roddy is currently enrolled at 
Ohio State University School of Den- 
tistry. Also, Alan Mumaw, a senior at 
Grace, has been interviewed for ac- 
ceptance into Ohio State University's 
Medical School. 

Not bad for a school with only about 
750 students. 

Test scores from Grace students tak- 
ing the Medical College exam "com- 
pete very favorably" with most major 
schools around the nation, says Dr. 
Richard Jeffreys. 

Armed with the department's track 
record, Dr. Jeffreys would like to erase 
some misconceptions. 

Misconception No. 1: Grace College 
is only a Bible college and cannot pro- 
vide adequate education for graduate 
schools of medicine. 

"We are considered to be only a Bi- 




Biology labs offer a wide variety of learn- 
ing experiences. 



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ble school and we're not. We are also 
a highly credible academic institution 
in the sciences." 

Misconception No. 2: If you want to 
go to graduate school, go to a major 
college or university. "I don't know a 
single student from Grace who wanted 
to get into graduate school, who 
couldn't," Jeffreys said. 

Misconception No. 3: Grace does 
not have a pre-med program. "All 
medical schools in the United States 
tell what their requirements are for ad- 
mission," he says. "We can meet those 
requirements." 

Misconception No. 4: Grace does 
not have adequate facilities. Jeffreys 
says that with the completion of the 
Science Building and its modern 
equipment, Grace facilities compete 
with many major universities. 

In fact, Jeffreys insists, the oppor- 
tunity for a well-rounded education is 
higher at Grace than most other 
schools. The combination of sound 
academics, student-faculty interaction, 
and spiritual emphasis is a powerful 
combination. 

Rick Liston agrees. Liston, who will 
be in medical school in the fall, says 
his education at Grace was "excellent." 

When Liston transferred to Grace 
from Grand Rapids School of Bible 
and Music, he was not sure what he 



wanted to do. 

"I thought about going overseas to 
the mission field to teach," Liston says. 

However, after taking a few science 
courses, he quickly became interested 
in medicine. He says he got much 
guidance and personal interaction 




Dr. Richard Jeffreys, head of Grace's 
Biology Department 

from Dr. Raymond Gsell and Dr. 
Jeffreys. 

After deciding to pursue admission 
into medical school, Liston says he 
was told "several times by several peo- 
ple" to transfer to another school. 

Liston says he thought about it. 

Instead, he declared a major in 
chemistry and stayed at Grace. It was 
a decision he says he never regretted. 

Liston says he has compared his 



education program with friends in 
other, larger schools. "It is very com- 
parable." 

Liston says he did not receive the 
academic training in a vacuum. It was 
given perspective, he says, by the 
school's spiritual emphasis. "I really 
desired to be in this kind of spiritual 
atmosphere," Liston says. 

The preparation, both spiritual and 
academic, will provide an excellent 
background for his career. He says the 
medical field is crowded with ethical 
questions and academic answers are 
not enough. 

Liston says he would like to become 
a doctor and minister on the mission 
field. 

But, there are at least seven years 
of intense study ahead of him. And 
four years behind him. 

"Because the school didn't have a 
pre-med reputation," Liston says, "I 
really had to apply myself." However, 
Liston, says, that the school is on the 
verge of having earned its reputation. 

"I think it takes two things to have 
a good pre-med program," Liston 
says. "First of all, you have to have a 
good faculty and curriculum. There's 
no question we have that. The second 
thing is that you have to attract quali- 
ty students who are interested in go- 
ing into medicine." □ 



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Program 




LIVING MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL 
DECEMBER 1984 

Given by: 

Mr. and Mrs. James Beach 
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gowl 
Grace Brethren Church 
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Skellenger 

Mrs. Wavelene Hoppes 



In Memory of: 

Mrs. Jeanette Beach 

Mrs. Kenneth Teague 

Mr. Robert Wilcoxson 

Mr. Anton Skellenger 

and 
Mr. Lyle W. Marvin, Sr. 

Mr. R. Clyde Hoppes 

and 
Conrad Hoppes 



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't would not be 
entirely accurate to call John Chestnut a good 
ol' boy. Stereotypes, like homespun sweaters, 
never seem to fit perfectly. 

Yet, Chestnut does have some distinctly 
southern characteristics: a slow drawl, a quick 
wit and an easy temperament. 

Raised on ham and grits, he stands 6-feet-5 
in size 15 shoes. He likes jeans and boots bet- 
ter than pinstripes. He looks as if he would 
feel even more comfortable with a chaw. 

None of this, of course, is surprising. He 
was reared in a small, coastal town in North 
Carolina. What is surprising, however, is 
where he lives now — New York City. 

So what's a good ol' boy like John doing 
in a place like this? 

Underground. Brooklyn, New York, on 
the B train. Saturday night. 

It's where John Chestnut likes to take out- 
of-town visitors. "You can get a feel for the 
city on the subway," he says, standing among 
the graffiti, the derelicts, the foreign 
newspapers. 

The contrast is obvious. The riders of 
routine — sullen, of single stares, silent, 
frozen-boned. And John Chestnut, in his 
Tarheels hooded sweat shirt, saying things 



In dead winter, in the biggest 
city in America, among cold 
hearts, John Chestnut, from 
North Carolina, says he has 
found the warmest spot in 
the world — God's will. 



like "UNBELIEVABLE!" and "AMAZING!", 
laughing like a bassoon, chattering over the 
monotone of steel on steel about architects, 
spring and, of all things, God. 

"I'm thrilled to be here," Chestnut says. "I 
know this is where God wants me." In dead 
winter, in the biggest city in America, among 
cold hearts, John Chestnut, from North 
Carolina, says he has found the warmest spot 
in the world — - God's will. 

A couple of years ago, the furthest thing 



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from John Chestnut's mind was New 
York City. He carried a lifetime of 
apathy for it. 

"I knew that Billy Cunningham was 
from Brooklyn and he played for the 
Tarheels, "Chestnut says. "And there 
was the Thanksgiving Day parade. 
And Macy's. That's about all I knew." 

He had little desire to know more. 
"I thought that only fools and nuts liv- 
ed in New York City," Chestnut says. 
A couple of years ago, Chestnut, by 
his own definition, became either a 
fool or a nut. 

He became a pastor in Brooklyn. 

Chestnut says it would have been 
easier for him to go to Africa: "At least 
there would have been things I 
recognized there," he says. 

Despite the seemingly enormous 
obstacles. Chestnut says the decision 
to go was not a difficult one. It never 
is when there is only one option. 

After graduating from Grace 
Theological Seminary in 1979, John 
Chestnut wanted to become a pastor 
in one of the following locations — 
North Carolina, the southeast, or the 
south. 

"I was in Indiana during the three 
worst winters in history," Chestnut 
says. "I can remember standing on the 
back bumper of my car and the snow 
coming up to my chest. It was not a 
pleasant sight." 

Chestnut got his wish. He became 
pastor of a church in Redsville, North 
Carolina. 

"I thought it was an ideal town," 
Chestnut says. "It had about 18,000 
people — small enought to live in and 
big enough to have a McDonald's." 

The only problem, Chestnut says, 
was the church. "They had no real 
spiritual interest." After three years and 
time for lots of personal growth, 
Chestnut knew it was time to leave. 

A few possibilities presented 
themselves. Chestnut candidated for 
a church in Asheville, North Carolina. 
Although the location was ideal, the 
church was not. He did not take the 
job. Two years later, the church 
disbanded. 

Another opportunity came in Fayet- 
teville, North Carolina: "This seemed 



to be perfect." There was only one pro- 
blem: "I'm still waiting to hear back 
from them," he jokes. 

And then the doors began to shut 
around John Chestnut. "There just 
wasn't much available." he says. 




John's expository preaching meets the needs of 
a congregation tired of shallow sermonizing. 

Except for this job in New York City. 

A friend called to tell him the First 
Evangelical Free Church in Brooklyn 
was looking for a pastor. 

"He said that I should call," 
Chestnut says. "I hung up the phone 
and said, no way, huh-uh, he's crazy. 
I just would never consider a place like 
Brooklyn. Even the name of the city 
sounded bad, sort of like a Hebrew 
guttural." 

Because of a lack of options, 
Chestnut decided to visit the church. 
It was the second week in January. 

"I can remember flying into Newark 
and all you could see was cars and 
traffic and it was so cold. It was about 
10 degrees and I stepped off the plane 
and immediately froze." 



The possibility for ministry at the 
church warmed his heart. 

"I asked them what do you consider 
my top five priorities? I remember this 
one guy who seemed like the 
stereotype of a typical New Yorker 
took off these little half glasses and 
pointed them at me and said: 'If you 
come here, you have one priority. 
We're tired of McDonald's. We are 
tired of Kentucky Fried Chicken. We're 
tired of junk food. We want you to 
come here and feed us the Word of 
God. We want filet mignon.' 

Chestnut returned for a second visit 
with his wife, Patty, also a Carolina 
native. Together they decided to move 
to New York City with their two pre- 
school children. 

John calls it cultural shock. It's not 
that New York City is as bad as most 
people imagine it to be. There are not 
people hanging around every street 
corner, wearing black stocking caps, 
flashing knives. It's nothing like that. 

"It is not like the Cross and Switch- 
blade." Chestnut says. "I'm not at all 
afraid of living in New York City. But 
that doesn't mean I'm foolish either. 
There are certain places I stay away 
from at certain times." 

The real difference, he says, are the 
attitudes. The pace of life is 
phenomenal. Chestnut seldom 
receives phone calls after 10 p.m. in 
North Carolina. Because of the size of 
the city, people tend to be isolationists, 
clannish. 

They build massive walls. 

In Brooklyn, they search for identi- 
ty. They find it, mainly, in ethnic 
groups. Within 10 blocks or so of 
Chestnut's church at 66th St. and 6th 
Ave., there are dozens of ethnic groups 
— Greeks, Norwegians, Koreans, 
Latinos, Chinese, Haitians, Costa 
Ricans. . . . 

Chestnut, often, has a hard time 
deciding what to eat. He has to choose 
between souvlaki, rigotoni, egg 
rolls. . . About the only thing he can't 
find is grits. 

"You go into the fruit store and there 
is a Korean guy there," Chestnut says, 
"You go into the meat market and the 
guy is Italian. The neighbors on both 



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sides are Jewish. Across the street they 
are all Irish. Over here there are 
Chinese. It's just so different. I can't 
really tell you how different it really is." 

Chestnut's church, for example, has 
had as many as 16 different ethnic 
groups represented at one time. 

Sometimes, it leads to humorous 
mistakes. "It's great to use World War 
II illustrations in sermons. But all of a 
sudden you are talking 
about the dirty Nazis and 
you look out and you see a 
German couple sitting in the 
front row." 

But what it is, mainly, is 
challenging. John Chestnut 
has to minister to an over- 
whelming variety of 
backgrounds and per- 
sonalities: 

— to George, a Scan- 
danavian, who played on 
the 1952 CCNY basketball 
team and is an engineer 
with the New York-New 
Jersey Port Authority; 

— to the Sandiballs, a 
Costa Rican couple who 
live in a Jewish section of 
town and speak very little 
English and work hard to buy VCRs 
for a lower-class apartment; 

— to Danny Russo, an Italian, who 
was introduced to Christ by his 
Chinese girlfriend, who was formerly 
a Buddhist. 

— to Dennis, a black, a graduate of 
Cornell University. 

What I have learned, more than 
anything," Chestnut says, "is my own 
inadequacy. I am completely reliant on 
the Lord for my ministry." 

The church is unique. During a 
Sunday morning, there are two 
messages being presented 
simultaneously. Chestnut preaches in 
English for those who can understand. 
Another pastor, in a separate sanc- 
tuary, preaches in Norwegian. Sunday 
afternoon, the church is used to pre- 
sent a Korean message. 

The language and ethnic barriers 
are frustrating, Chestnut says. 

There are many people within the 
surrounding blocks of the church who 
cannot attend: "You go into a store 



and there is a Chinese person. You ask 
him to come to church and he gives 
you this blank look. He doesn't 
understand what you are saying. How 
do you reach these people? Christ 
died for them too." 

There are also more subtle 
frustrations. 

"Each ethnic group does things their 
way." Chestnut says. "If you set down 




The Chestnuts: Patti, Robert, Joshua and John. 



and talk to someone who is Arabic, for 
example, you have to have coffee 
first." 

Chestnut spends a good deal of his 
time breaking down barriers. He em- 
phasizes the difference between world- 
ly heritage — the background and at- 
titude of different ethnic groups — and 
spiritual heritage, the oneness of the 
family of God. 

"The common bond is Christ," 
Chestnut says. "He can break down 
all barriers." 

There has been growth in John 
Chestnut's church. The membership in 
the English section has increased from 
about 50 to nearly 115. That is nice, 
Chestnut says, but what really pleases 
him is the spiritual growth of the in- 
dividuals and the body. 

"When I came here," Chestnut says, 
"they had so very, very hard lines 
drawn (between some of the groups). 
I think it was a relatively cold church. 
What pleases me is that I think we 
have become a caring church. There 



is real warmth and love and concern. 
They are beginning to really incor- 
porate the Word into their lives." 

Along with the joy, John Chestnut 
has acquired a tremendous burden. 
One that sinks deep into his heart. 

On a day-to-day basis, whether on 
the subway or a walk to church, he 
sees spiritual decay and darkness. He 
sees hungry hearts going unfed. He 
sees blank stares and 
junkies and breakdowns 
and the tangled traffic of 
unregenerated minds. 

He can count the number 
of fundamental churches in 
New York City on two 
hands. He says it is an ugly 
black eye for the church of 
Jesus Christ. 

"This city is absolutely 
barren," Chestnut says. 
"There is nothing here. It is 
a desert. Who is doing 
anything to reach these 
people? There are areas 
where the gospel is not be- 
ing preached at all." 

"There are all these peo- 
ple that are hungry and that 
are hurting and that are needy. We as 
Christians have said: No way, I'm not 
going to go. I can't go there.' And the 
city dies. 

"Who in their right mind would 
want to come and live in a pit like this? 
I know that's what the average Chris- 
tian thinks. That's what I thought. I 
don't know why God sent us here. I 
really don't. Maybe it was because we 
were foolish enough to come." 

And foolish enough to care when 
no one else seems to. 

"Now don't get me wrong," 
Chestnut says. "I don't go to the top 
of the World Trade Towers and 
scream: 'O God, let me reach New 
York City.' There's no way one person 
is going to do that. All I would like to 
do is reach the 20-block area where 
our church is." 

In the numbing winter of a cold ci- 
ty, John Chestnut, the good ol' boy, 
is spreading the warm gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Like a few rays of North 
Carolina sunshine, it melts hearts. □ 



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21 



How can God 
use a couple 
when their world 
crumbles around them? 




Midlife Crisis 

to Midlife Blessing 



by Lois Ross 



Physical pain. Family problems. 
Unexpected death. Sudden loss of 
job. 

Everything crashed at once. 

The pain and trauma were great. 
What would you do if your carefully 
built world toppled as you 
watched? 

My husband and I thought we 
had every good reason to weaken 
and lose heart in the summer of 
1983. Our lives were shattered by 
a series of events. 

A siege of lower back pain 
plagued my husband, Don. It re- 
quired months of extensive treat- 
ment and hospitalization. On top of 
this, years of deep-seated family 
problems which taxed our spiritual 
and emotional reserves seethed to 
the surface. The sudden death of 
both of our fathers made our hearts 
ache. 

To ease the unrelenting anguish 
of our souls and spirits we plunged 
deeper into Bible study, prayer, and 
church fellowship. Then the final 
blow in this mid-life crisis hit. After 
33 years of service, Don was re- 
leased from his management posi- 
tion. 

Except for the intervention of the 
Lord, we could have been crushed 
by these painful burdens. 

In the midst of our despair the 
Lord sent Marlin and Sue Weaver 
into our lives. The Weavers had just 
returned to our church (the Lititz 
Grace Brethren Church) after at- 
tending the EuroMissions Institute 
(EMI) that summer. 

After their first Sunday back at 
church, Don and I were sharing 
with Marlin and Sue about their 
EMI experiences. The Weavers 
spoke fervently about their time at 
the Chateau de St. Albain in 
France. 

In the course of the conversation 
Don interjected that he had been 
released from his job due to the 
economic recession. Jokingly Don 
asked Marlin if the Chateau could 
use someone with his skills. Marlin 
didn't laugh at this remark. Instead 



he outlined the Chateau's dire need 
of someone with varied building 
and maintenance skills. This casual 
conversation sparked a flame of 
interest. 

We began to pray, which fanned 
the flame. Soon we decided to pur- 
sue the idea futher. A phone call to 
Tom Julien in France confirmed the 
need. 

The slow step-by-step process of 
preparation started. 

We engaged a tutor for our in- 
troduction into the French 
language. In order to expand our 
insights in discipleship, we joined 
Pastor Young's Grow Class. We at- 
tended a Bill Gothard seminar to 
learn some of the biblical principles 
that apply to daily relationships. 
Becoming active in the children's 
church was a heartwarming 
experience. 

GBC Christian Education ac- 
cepted our application for service 
in France and placed us in the 
TIME program. The red tape un- 
wound but we completed all the 
paperwork necessary for this ven- 
ture into France. We were granted 



a long-term visa (after we each sub- 
mitted eight forms filled out in 
French). The next step was to gain 
the necessary support for our ser- 
vice. The Lititz church graciously 





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adopted an elephant for this task! 
Pastor Jerry Young encouraged the 
congregation that if the Rosses 
were willing to serve in France, then 
the church body should try to meet 
their support. He added that due 
to other missionary commitments 
this would be an elephantine job, 
and the only way to eat an elephant 
was in small bites. Thus, the 
Elephant Fund was born. It was this 
fund that sent us to France. 

We waited upon the Lord and 
He renewed our strength. We 
found ourselves in France. Don's 
lower back pain did not return as 
he busied himself with the 
multitudinous tasks at the Chateau. 
Our inner heartaches subsided as 
we met each day's challenges. 

The Lord gave us an example of 
tireless energy in ministry in the 
lives of Tom and Doris Julien. We 
have witnessed what it means to be 
a servant of the Lord on a daily 
basis on hostile soil. 




The religion of France is Roman 
Catholicism — 85% of the people 
profess to be Catholics. Yet, only 
5% attend church regularly. The 
majority of people are without faith 
in God. The reformation that swept 
Europe was a failure in France. The 
"Age of Enlightenment" propelled 
France into a philosophic thought 
that gave birth to godless beliefs. 

It is in this atmosphere that the 
Juliens have been striving to build 
a bridge based on the Gospel of 
Christ. The Chateau de St. Albain 
is the physical vehicle for this 
bridge. And here we are. 

With the many activities that take 
place at the Chateau, our time is 
always occupied. Many retreats are 
held here. Seminary Extension 
studies are held here in the spring. 
June brings EMI. Many weekend 
events take place on a monthly 
basis. These all add up to hours of 
work. 



Our inner heartaches 
subsided as we met 
each day's challenges. 



That's where we came in. 

Although the work here is 
demanding and constant, it is also 
very satisfying, much appreciated, 
and full of blessing. The French 



people have been open to us and 
have helped us to adapt to the 
language and cultural differences. 

Each day we awaken and realize 
that we are truly needed and that 
we are serving in His vineyard. He 
brought us here. 

He turned our mid-life crisis into 
blessing. □ 





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And the People Responded! 



by Russel H. Dunlap 
Stewardship Director 



Did you know that David was in- 
volved in raising funds in the Old 
Testament? 

David spoke to a congregation 
about his endeavor to obtain the 
resources to build the temple which 
was later completed by Solomon. 
In 1 Chronicles 29:1-5, David 
speaks of his great effort to raise the 
funds for the building. Since he 
loved the house of his God so 
much, he gave his own personal 
offerings of silver and gold which 
would amount to about one billion 
dollars in today's values. Quite an 
example! 

David challenged the congrega- 
tion to consecrate themselves to the 
Lord concerning this project. 

The people responded. The of- 
ficers and leaders of the house of 
Israel soon gave willingly of their 
gold, silver, bronze, and iron. All 
those who had precious stones 
gave them to the treasury for the 
house of the Lord. 

Much rejoicing was the order of 
the day because the people had 
willingly given. King David also re- 
joiced greatly in this final great ef- 
fort in his life. 

In our stewardship ministry we 
are rejoicing as the Grace Brethren 
people with whom we meet willing- 
ly want to include God's work in 
their wills. Since National Con- 
ference, 1984, we have counseled 
over 70 family units to the point of 
having their estate analyzed and 
the information ready for the at- 
torney to complete their wills. 
Every family has wanted to include 
God's work in its will! 

During the course of our work, 
we have opportunities to examine 
many wills which have already 
been completed. Sometimes ar- 
rangements have been made to in- 
clude God in the will, many times 
as a result of counseling of former 
stewardship representatives. 
However, most Christians have not 



included God in their wills, not 
because of a lack of interest or 
desire but merely because they had 
not thought about it or considered 
it when having their wills 
completed. 

It is so obvious from this passage 
in 1 Chronicles that great joy and 
rejoicing comes from properly 
honoring God with the resources 
He has put into our hands. David 
lifted a prayer of thanksgiving and 
praise for the abundance which 
they had to build God a house for 
His holy name. Recognizing over 
and over again that everything he 
and the people had came from 
God, David knew they could give 
nothing back to God except what 
He had already given to them. 

There is no indication that there 
were any in the land of Israel who 
had not contributed, and everyone 



apparently gave willingly toward 
the building of the temple. But sup- 
pose there were some folks who 
didn't give. How do you think they 
felt as the whole congregation was 
rejoicing with the victory and suc- 
cess of this great project? 

I am convinced that those who 
fail to include God in their wills in 
a generous and meaningful way 
will miss a great blessing from God. 
Have you adequately considered 
what God would have you do in 
your will? If you need help, please 
contact me at the Grace Brethren 
Missions Stewardship office. 

Remember King David and the 
nation of Israel as they honored 
God by their willing offering. Don't 
miss out in the rejoicing and joy 
that comes from voluntarily giving 
out of what the Lord has entrusted 
to you. □ 




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Comm 



An Interview wi 



Dan: What were some of the goals and desires that you 
had when you came to Brazil? 

Dave: One of the goals I had was to be able to use some 
of my talents in whatever way I possibly could, knowing 
there was a language barrier; using what I know in music 
and also speaking abilities in whatever capacity I possibly 
could. Another goal was to really develop a devotional life. 
That's something that sometimes just gets ignored at home. 

Dan: How do you feel that you did in accomplishing these 
goals? 

Dave: I feel pretty pleased that I've reached them by the 
end of our time in Uberlandia. Every Sunday I was play- 
ing the guitar at the church and also at youth meetings. 
Every time they needed me in music I was playing. That 
really helped me a lot. I improved my skills tremendously 
from where I was when I arrived. Also I felt that I was able 
to use my speaking ablilities in studies there in Brasilia and 
here with the young people and in the Sunday evening 
services, being able to give testimonies and preach. It's the 
kind of thing I like to do. I felt very good in accomplishing 
that. As for my devotional life, it's more regular now. I took 
on the task of reading through the Old Testament and I've 
been doing rather well at it. 

Dan: What were some of the goals and 
desires that you had, Gail? 
Gail: One of the goals I had that was the 
same was developing a better devotional 
life. It's always been a struggle for me. 
And I've felt pretty successful at that. It's 
been regular and I've had a closer walk 
with God. I am pleased with that. I guess 
when you're thown into an unfamiliar 
situation, you don't know the people and 
you don't know the culture, you tend to 
rely on God more, out of necessity. But 
that's good. I've felt more free to send up 
prayers. It's more than just a formal 
prayer time. It's sending up prayers all 



through the day. I feel closer to God and that's been a real 
help to me. I also wanted to do some reading, both on 
the Bible and general subjects. I've been able to do that. 
I also wanted to be able to develop friendships. 

You just never know how that is going to work when 
you can't talk to people. I've been able to have a Bible study 
with Adriana. The language barrier is there. There's no 
doubt about it. I had my dictionary ready so when she got 
stuck on English and I got stuck on Portuguese, we went 
to the dictionary. It was a slow process. And as far as the 
Bible study, I was really surprised that she wanted to con- 
tinue because she said she was getting a lot out of it. It's 
hard to see how, when my ability was so limited. But I think 
that the friendship was the key factor. We joked about it. 
When we get to heaven there won't be any language bar- 
rier and we'll be able to talk about what we studied. What 
was unique about the friendship was that the relationship 
was probably closer than with someone who could speak 
English. 

Dan: You are our first TIME missionaries to stay for six 
months. Would you recommend this experience to others? 
And if so, to who? 




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ave and Gail Rosner by Dan Green 



Gail: It was something that we'd thought 
about before we came. We were in- 
terested in a longer period than the one 
month or three month experience. We 
wanted to experience more of a reality. 
With just a summer, it can be easily 
romanticized as a summer that was spent 
in Brazil. I think that the goal was ac- 
complished in that we've really seen a 
picture of what the life is like here, what 
missionaries go through. I wouldn't 
recommend it for someone who is not 
really interested in missions, meaning 
someone who is possibly interested in 
returning to the field. Someone who just 
wants to find out about missions should 
take the shorter three month period. 

Dan: Do you think that you can grasp the reality of the 
mission lifestyle and cultural adjustments in six months or 
can what you've done be experienced in less time? 
Dave: You go through the different phases of cultural ad- 
justment just like we were told in the beginning. I think that 
through the six months we went through each one of those 
phases and I'm just wondering if the time was cut shorter, 
you might cut out some of that process and not be able 
to work through it completely. 

Gail: If we'd stayed only for the normal three months we 
would have had a very negative attitude toward the culture. 
So the added time helped us work through the adjustments 
and develop more friendships. 

Dave: If it was going to be shorter than six months, I'd say 
no less then five. 

Dan: Dave, how has your knowledge and appreciation of 
the Brazilian culture developed over your stay here? 
Dave: One of my first impressions was that Brazilians value 
people more than they do their schedule. Meetings started 
late and a lot of times they wouldn't even come to church 
because someone dropped by to visit. That sort of floored 
me at first that they wouldn't speak up and say, "I've got 
church tonight. Why don't you come along with me?" or 



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something like that. As time went on I began to appreciate 
their emphasis on friendships more and more. There is a 
necessary balance to strike between friendship and respon- 
sibilities, but I think that Americans often look to the other 
side and don't place enough importance on people. 
Brazilian coffee is another difference. I was shocked at first, 
but I love it now. 

Gail: I agree with Dave and I've also been impressed with 
the hospitality that is shown here that goes along with the 
emphasis on friendships. They are such a loving people. 
Dan: Did it strike you odd when you first came that 
everyone always hugs each other? 
Gail: Yes. The women kissing each other and the men 
hugging each other seemed awkward at first. 
Dave: I've really grown to appreciate that. I told Gail the 
other day Brazilians know how to greet each other. I think 
when I go back I'll want to hug friends when I see them. 

Dan: In what way has your TIME experience affected your 
relationships with Christ, spouse and family? 
Dave: I feel like it has drawn me closer to Christ. Being 
thrown into a different situation I've had to depend on Him 
a lot more. I'm catching a vision for lost souls and seeing 
the situation through His eyes. My relationship with Gail 



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has definitely strengthened. There were a lot of times when 
she was the only person I could talk to. Our communica- 
tion has improved and strengthened. In terms of family rela- 
tionships, it has drawn us closer to them. By being apart 
we are writing letters and sharing with them what is hap- 
pening in our lives here. We're apart from them in the 
States, but here it is so far away. They in turn have en- 
couraged us a lot. 

Gail: Dave and I have seen each other in different situa- 
tions that we've never seen each other in before. Through 
the different struggles we've seen new things about each 
other and we've gotten to know each other better. 

Dan: What are some of the needy areas for prayer you 
have observed among Brazilian Christians in general and 
among Brazilian Grace Brethren Churches? 
Gail: I think it's important to pray that the Brazilian Chris- 
tians would be willing to make a strong commitment to the 
Lord and that they would really dedicate their lives to Him. 
The extreme poverty that some of the people experience 
is a difficult thing. Some of them just don't have food to 
put on the table and in the same church you have people 
who are very comfortable in comparison. Uniting those two 
groups of people is difficult. Even planning activities that 
everyone can afford to do is a practical need to pray for; 
wisdom in planning activities to not exclude those who have 
less. 

Dave: Pray for unity within the church between these two 
groups. There is a tendency not to mix and sometimes 
there is a bit of tension. Also, even though some of these 
people have made professions of faith, a lot of times they 
are still searching in other areas, trying to mix spiritism and 
a relationship with Christ together. Pray 
that Brazilian Christians would be 
dedicated to God and His Word alone. 

Dan: Are there any prayer requests 
specifically for the Brethren works here? 
Dave: One request for the church here 
in Uberlandia is for those who are in the 
Evangelism Explosion training class that 
they will begin to take the initiative 
themselves to lead people to Christ. They 
have led some to the point of making a 
decision but they let Pastor Tim pray with 
the person, as they still are unsure of 
themselves. They know how to do it but 
they are afraid to. They need boldness. 
In Brasilia I am burdened for Parsondas. 



He is such a likable person — fun loving 
and easy to be around. He'd be such an 
asset to the church but hasn't made that 
profession to be united with the church. 
He hasn't said yet that he is a believer. 
Gail: I have a burden for Parsondas also 
because of a burden I have for his wife. 
She can't reach her full potential if he 
doesn't accept the Lord. It would be neat 
to see them united in Christ as a family. 

Dan: Have your romantic ideas about 
missionaries burst and if so, in what ways? 
Gail: Even though we knew it and had 
been told so many times, the thing that 
sticks out in my mind is the fact that mis- 
sionaries are people. We forget that they 
are just ordinary people and that they face the same strug- 
gles and go through life just like we do. If you don't know 
how to pray for a missionary, just pray for the same strug- 
gles you go through to start with. They have more because 
of the cultural differences. They aren't super people. They 
are just like us. 

Dave: We both agree on that. And one of my romantic 
ideas of the missionary was that he spends his entire life 
visiting and preaching. I've come to realize that there are 
bills to pay, groceries to buy, all kinds of things that I never 
really realized that a missionary has to do. It's easy to ig- 
nore all of that when you hear the word, "missionary." It's 
easy to think of someone walking around with a Bible 
under his arm all of the time. 

Dan: What are some of the characteristics of a missionary 
that you have observed are essential to do a great work 
for God here in Brazil? 

Dave: One that I have seen that is essential is that though 
you may differ with the culture, you have to accept it. You 
can't try to change it or say, "I'll do it my way and they 
can do it their way." I just think in terms of doing the dishes. 
They wash their dishes differently than we do. By insisting 
on doing something your way you can easily offend a 
Brazilian. Even though you may not agree with the ideas 
it is so necessary to adapt to their culture. 
Gail: I see that you have to be persistent. You just don't 
give up and give in to discouragement, because in the 
beginning the process is slow — finding dedicated people. 
But if you want to win and disciple people to the Lord, 
the process is slow. 
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Long Haul Perfume 

Reflections on an Eighty-Fifth Anniversary 



by Wendell Kent 



American business, always 
alert to the possibility of tapping 
new markets with unusual pro- 
ducts, has done it again. This 
time the trucker, that macho 
man who delivers the goods, is 
the target of a new sales promo- 
tion. At selected truckstops 
across the country I understand 
that a hot seller is the new Long 
Haul Perfume. 

Apparently someone realized 
that after a long day in the cab 
of their eighteen-wheelers, these 
kings of the road have a bit of a 
problem. A few minutes under 
a hot shower would be the ideal 
solution, but when that luxury is 
not available a stopgap measure 
is needed. Enter the newcomer, 
Long Haul Perfume. Designed 
especially for truckers, it pro- 
mises to keep that weary traveler 



both socially acceptable and able 
to live with himself for longer 
stretches of time. 

We at Grace Brethren Foreign 
Mission's are now celebrating 
eighty-five years of existence. 
That's a fairly long haul by 
anybody's measurement. We 
who have the assignment of 
communicating the news and 
promoting the work of the 
Society are very much con- 
cerned about how we're coming 
across to the dear people who 
so faithfully support us. 

Do we need some Long Haul 
Perfume to make us more ac- 
ceptable? Not if it's just a cover- 
up to hide some embarrassing 
situations. We believe we're 
more likely to come out smell- 
ing like a rose after eighty-five 
years if we make a sincere effort 




to be open and frank about the 
problems and difficult decisions 
we face all the time. We tell our 
missionaries to be positive about 
their reports to the churches but 
also to be honest. We feel we 
owe the churches this. 

In eighty-five years we've 
made a few mistakes. We've sent 
some folks overseas who should 
never have gone and we've no 
doubt rejected some who would 
have made great missionaries. 
We've poured money into pro- 
jects that were ill-advised and 
withheld funds from places that 
might have been productive. 
We've closed some doors that 
we might have tried harder to 
open and we've pressed into 
areas where hindsight would tell 
us we should have moved more 
slowly. As we stand aside and 
look back at eighty-five years, 
we know we could have done 
more — but we're so thankful 
that at least we didn't do 
nothing. 

The trust our supporters have 
in us is something we never 
want to violate. If there is any 
Long Haul Perfume to be wafted 
from offices and fields of Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions, may 
it always be the "sweet smelling 
savor" of sincere obedience to 
the Great Commission. 



before applying to be a TIME missionary in Brazil? 
Dave: A couple deciding to come needs to face the 
fact that they're going to have to give up some in- 
dependence and find themselves once again in a fami- 
ly type situation where there is always supervision. 
That was hard for us to adjust to. We've really come 
to accept that now. If we had it to do all over again, 
we would like to have spent a little more time at home 
preparing in Portuguese before we came. Before we 
left we really didn't see the urgency of learning as much 
as we could but that would have been a great help. 
Gail: Preparing yourselves, too, for the cultural dif- 
ferences is important. It is good to find out what some 



of the differences are by talking to people who have 
been here or finding Brazilians who are in the States 
so that it isn't such a shock — or at least so it doesn't 
show on your face. You need to decide ahead of time 
that you are going to be flexible. You have to be aware 
that a lot of things are going to go against your grain 
just because they are things that are different than you 
are used to. You have to go with the flow and not get 
uptight. 

Dan: Thanks for your insights and reflections. I'm sure 
they will be helpful to those interested in the TIME pro- 
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Jeannie Miller at her desk in France. 



When Jeannie Miller first went to France in 
1979, it was for three-and-a-half months. Not 
much time to get a feel for missions. Or so we 
might think. 

She joined three other collegians in forming 
a TIME (Training In Missionary Endeavor) team 
from the CE office. Serving at the Chateau, 
European headquarters for Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions, the team spent much of their 
time painting, redecorating, wallpapering and 
raking leaves. The closest they came to "mis- 
sionary work" was stuffing tracts in mail boxes. 

But they also had time to see a lot of coun- 
tryside (on the way to mail boxes) and to meet 
French people and missionaries. Two weeks 
were spent living with French Christians and 
for another two weeks, the team members liv- 
ed with missionaries. For the later two weeks, 
Jeannie was matched with missionaries Tom 
and Doris Julien. 

It was in the homes and with the Juliens at 
the Chateau where the team was impacted. 

"I learned what a real mission field is," says 
Jeannie. "Through some structured teaching, 
Tom Julien shared why France is a mission field 
. . . most people think that because it's civilized, 
it's Christian. I also learned about the every- 
day life of a missionary; how they make con- 
tacts and how they fill their day." 

This first taste of missions culminated for 
Jeannie a few months ago. In January of 1985, 
Jeannie arrived back in France as a term mis- 
sionary. She's one of two TIME veterans from 
that 1979 team to return as a missionary. 



"I knew I would return," Jeanie says of tha 
first trip. "I just didn't know how or in wha 
capacity." 

It took another TIME experience to provid< 
the answer. 

Following the 1979 TIME trip, Jeannie com 
pleted college and returned home to Coloradc 
Springs, Colorado. Thoughts of France stayec 
with her. She kept in touch with Tom and Dori: 
and on one occasion considered a challeng( 
to return to help in church planting. But it didn' 
click. 

Then in 1982, she received a letter fron 
Tom. 

"It was out-of-the-blue," says Jeannie. "H< 
wrote how he needed secretarial help and ask 
ed if I'd be interested. When he listed the area; 
of responsibilities, it was like a perfect descrip 
tion of what I had in the back of my mind anc 
what I really wanted to do. I was so grateful fo 
the opportunity." 

In February of the next year Jeannie arrivee 
in France as a personal secretary to Tom Julien 
Under the TIME program again, she served fo 
almost a year-and-a-half at the Chateau. "I wa 
full-time in the office, except when I mowed th( 
lawn," she says. 

Jeannie was the first secretary at tht 
Chateau. There was a lot to be done. 

First she had to find a place to work. The 
library, one of those rooms she painted in 1979 
became her office. Next came work on a filinj 
system and organizing the files for the Bible In 
stitute. Tom's correspondence, requests fo 



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in France, Jeannie knew she'd return. 



literature and tapes, and buying stamps and office supplies 
consumed more time. 

EMI came next. 

Jeannie tells how she used to discuss with Connie Whit- 
comb, another TIME worker, the EMI (Euro-Missions In- 
stitute) schedule and work load. "We tried to figure out," 
she says, "how they made it in the first EMI without sup- 
port help. I can't imagine Tom's time spent selling stamps 
and postcards, helping make phone calls and being a 
translator. Doris would have been involved in the same 
things. 

"Both Connie and I were incredibly busy during EMI. 
We had so many errands. Travel arrangements took a lot 
of time. Just typing and photocopying the syllabus is an 
immense job. And then there's collecting and filing evalua- 
tion forms." 

The term "support help" accurately describes Jeannie's 
ministry to Tom. As she assumed more responsibility, Tom 
was able to concentrate on what he does best. During the 
week of EMI, that meant more time for personal interviews, 
one-on-one counseling and preparation for his messages. 

While serving in this way, Jeannie began to think beyond 
her commitment to the TIME program. 

It was during a Julien furlough to the states that she pic- 
tured herself staying in France. "I floated around helping 
the different missionaries," she says. "While I was in Lyon, 
I stayed with Rich and Kathy Harrell and every day took 
a bus, a subway and a bus to Larry and Vicki DeArmey's 
house. After a day of work,T'd take a bus, subway and bus 
back to the Harrell's. I felt like That Girl.' I began to see 
myself living in France on my own. And I saw how many 
different directons I could go in the ministry." 

Jeannie isn't one to jump into a decision. Several months 
passed before she considered her future again. As her 
TIME experience was coming to a close and departure 
dates had to be set, Jeannie realized how committed she 
was to the ministry in France. She wanted to be a part of 
it. She wanted to come back for four years as a term 
missionary. 

One "obstacle," though, had to be worked through. 

"I had always thought when I'd go back to France I'd 
be married," says Jeannie. "Being single was a very real 
issue because I thought, Til be 30 when I get home!' Maybe 
that's not horrible, but 'these are the prime years of my life!'" 

It's not that Jeannie was discontent with being single. 
She's just honest. She'd like to be married. And being mar- 
ried better fit her picture of her role as a missionary. 

She may have put the term missionary thought on hold 
if it wasn't for a Bible study Tom shared. Tom talked to 
Jeannie and Connie once about God's will. It was a dif- 
ferent approach, emphasizing that we needed to be more 
concerned about our lives being for God's will, rather than 
us "finding God's will." Tom outlined God's will for 
creation — that everything would come in subjection to 
Christ and that Christ's church would be built. He chal- 



lenged the girls to be a part of that plan. 

"There was a point when," Jeannie shares, "I started 
looking at Europe and all the things God wants to do, the 
world and how great His plan is and how He wants to bring 
everything under the authority of Christ, and how He wants 
His church to be growing and building and how He wants 
a spirit of revival to spread across France with people 
turning to Him and becoming His disciples and infiltrating 
society . . . when I looked at all that and the vision of our 
(missionary) team — all the great and mighty things and big 
things God wants to do — I thought, 'So what if I'm not mar- 
ried? What does that have to do with anything?' 

"It's not that the desire isn't there or that I'm pretending 
it doesn't exist, but when you put it into perspective, it's 
awful small compared to the greatness of what God wants 
to do and the deepness of my desire to be involved in that." 

Jeannie's a part of the European missionary team, now. 
She lives in Macon, France, home for four other Grace 
Brethren missionaries and about ten miles from the 
Chateau. Half of her time is spent as secretary to Tom 
Julien, sharing the responsibility with Patty Morris. The 
other half of her time is given to areas of evangelism and 
discipleship. 

She's living out a dream ... a dream of assisting the 
Juliens and being a part of what God is doing in France. 
It's a dream that was planted on a three-and-a-half month 
breeze through France in 1979. 




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Sharing Jesus With A Hurting Generatioi 

By John Dawson 



If there's ever a time when it's easy to talk 
to people about spiritual things, it's now in the 
1980's. It's time to begin boldly speaking about 
the wonderful relationship all men can have 
with their heavenly Father. 

So many times we've been reminded of our 
duty and obligation to evangelize the lost. 
Flashing into our mind comes a picture of a dy- 
ing race stumbling on in hurt and depravity. We 
must tell people about God's broken heart and 
His plan to save them. 

Most Christians contemplate evangelism with 
a heavy heart and a fear of rejection, but a 
twinge of guilt reminds them that their obliga- 
tion is plain. 

Why should we share Jesus? Because peo- 
ple need him? Because we look at strangers 
and just love them so much? Because of duty 
and obligation? There should be three main 
reasons why we share the Gospel with others. 

Three Reasons For Sharing 

1. Healing the heart of God. 

If you love someone, you'll seek to comfort 
them and help them at the point of their 
greatest hurt. We have a broken-hearted Father 
Who has entrusted us with an awesome 
responsibility and privilege: the expression of 
His love to a hurting generation. 



CE Editor's Note 

Articles like "Do Talk to Strangers" are 
reprinted here as a result of our recogni- 
tion that, as Grace Brethren, personal 
evangelism needs to become a natural 
part of our lives. Last fall our CE staff met 
with several GBC pastors and discussed 
the needs of our Fellowship of churches. 
We identified what we believe are our 
four greatest needs: combatting apathy, 
fulfilling our evangelistic responsibility, 
coming back to the basics (prayer, Bible 
study, worship, evangelism), and 
developing true fellowship with believers. 
Throughout this year we hope to provide 
help in these four areas. 




Jesus said, "As My Father sent Me, even si 
send I you." (John 20:21) Our very name i: 
the "Body of Christ." This means that ou: 
hands must become His hands, our eyes shin* 
with His love, and our voices speak His words 
As His people we represent Jesus to the world 
Where else will they see him? 

I have three children. I love to hold them 
comfort them, and teach them. I can't imagine 
what it would be like to have no arms to hole 
them and no voice to comfort them when thev 
experience pain, but God has entrusted us with 
the tremendous privilege of expressing Hi! 
heart of love to His own wayward children 
How vulnerable God has made Himself to us 
We cannot fail His trust. We cannot ignore Hi! 
broken heart over millions who still walk in ig 
norance of His plan of reconciliation. 

Can You Love The Lost"? 

We often hear preachers talk about i 
"ministry of reconciliation," and evangelism i! 
literally that. When you see strangers walking 
down the street, you don't immediately love 
them — actually, you can't love them. Have yoi 
ever wondered what it feels like to have a "love 
for the lost"? This is a term we use as part ol 
our Christian jargon. Many believers search 






"Don't wait for a feeling of love in order 
to share Christ with a stranger. \bu already 
love your heavenly Father, and you know 
that this stranger is a child of His, separated 
from Him, so take those first steps in 
evangelism because you love God." 

their heart in condemnation, looking for the arrival of some 
feeling of benevolence that will propel them into bold 
evangelism. It will never happen. It's impossible to love "the 
lost." You can't feel deeply for an abstraction or a concept. 
You'd find it impossible to deeply love an unfamiliar per- 
son in a photograph, let alone a nation or a race or 
something as vague as "all lost people." 

You may have read the testimonies of praying mis- 
sionaries who wept with loving compassion for the peo- 
ple of their calling, but don't forget that this experience is 
a result of God's emotions being shared with a human heart 
in the intimate place of intercession. God doesn't relate to 
commodities and abstractions. In His omnipresence, He 
does not see a conglomerate such as the nation of China, 
as much as He sees every Chinese person, whom He has 
known intimately since conception. 

Don't wait for a feeling of love in order to share Christ 
with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, 
and you know that this stranger is a child of His, separated 
from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because 
you love God. It's not out of a primary compassion for man 
that we share our faith — it's first of all love for God. The 
Bible says in Ephesians 6:7-8, "With good will render ser- 
vice, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that 
whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive 
back from the Lord, whether slave or free." The fact is: man- 
kind doesn't deserve the love of God any more than you 
or I did. We should never be Christian humanists, taking 
Jesus to poor sinful man and reducing Him to some kind 
of product that will better the lot of mankind. Men deserve 
to be damned, but Jesus, the suffering Lamb of God, 
deserves the reward of His suffering: which would be that 
none perish, but that all are reconciled to the Father. 

When you do open your mouth to testify to others as 
a love response to God, you'll be amazed at the change 
that comes in your feelings and emotions. This brings us 
to the second point. 

2. The love of Christ controls us. 

Evangelism involves a strategy of both saturation and 
penetration. Saturation in that every person needs to hear 
the good news (as in literature distribution to every home), 
and penetration in that we must intensely disciple as 
many as we can through personal relationship. We need 
to do both: to make disciples and evangelize masses. 

A great many opportunities to share the Lord are a result 
of contact with our acquaintances in our work, school, or 
neighborhood. Unsaved family members are also an im- 
portant opportunity and responsibility, but we must press 
beyond the frontiers of routine contact. There are millions 
who will never be reached unless we take our courage in 



hand and share with a stranger. Some of the most dramatic 
and rewarding experiences that I've had in ministry have 
been a result of approaching a stranger with the Gospel. 
There's even a time when we should organize in a militant 
way and set aside time for a planned outreach. The reason 
this type of ministry is less popular is because we have to 
deal with our own insecurity and fear of rejection. 

This leads us again to the question of motivation. The 
strongest motivation in the world is the indwelling love of 
Christ. 01 Cor. 5:14) 

"Follow Me" 

What if Jesus suddenly appeared in the flesh in front 
of you, calling you away from your friends and beckoning 
you to follow Him? Where would He take you? Jesus is 
not attracted to pleasant places and popular people, as 
much as He is drawn by His great compassion to the dark 
and lonely places where people are shut away from the 
eyes of the crowd. 

In a way, we have the advantage, the emotional protec- 
tion, that comes with the limitation of our five senses. We 
are boxed in. There's always a horizon to our vision and 
a limit to our hearing. We don't see our fellow man in all 
his pains unless tragedy intrudes into our personal world. 
But God sees it all. He who is more sensitive and com- 
passionate than any human parent has to witness all the 
cruelty and despair of this dying planet. 

"We've been clearly commanded to share, 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every per- 
son on earth. It's not an option or a special 
ministry for a few, but a normal activity in 
the life of every believer." 

If you followed Jesus out the door, I believe you'd find 
yourself following Him into the wards of a hospital, into 
the bedroom of an abused child, or simply to the side of 
a someone bewildered by his personal emptiness. 

This doesn't mean that following Jesus always takes us 
to strangers, but the fact is that most of the unfinished task 
of world evangelism lies among cultures and people un- 
familiar to us. Having taken the initial step of contacting 
a stranger, you'll be amazed at the ability of the indwelling 
Christ to arouse within you compassion and empathy for 
the people you talk to. Don't sit around asking God for love. 
He IS love and He dwells within you. If you will just obey 
Him in making the initial contacts, His love, wisdom, 
power, and knowledge will be poured out through you. 

The Apostle Paul testified to the super-natural enabling 
power of God in his ministry. "And my message and my 
preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in 
demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith 
should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power 
of God." (Cor. 2:4-5) 

After 13 years as an evangelizing Christian, I still grap- 
ple with fear and inadequacy in sharing the Lord with 
others, but this human weakness only serves to remind me 
that soul-winning can only be accomplished in total 
dependence on Jesus, the Savior. 

"So everywhere we go we talk about Christ to all who 
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know how. We want to be able to present each one to God, 
perfect because of what Christ has done for each of them. 
This is my work, and I can do it only because Christ's 
mighty energy is at work within me." (Col. 1:28-29, LB) 

3. Obedience: We were born to reproduce. 

Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." 
(John 14:15) We've been clearly commanded to share the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person on earth. (Matt. 
28:19-20) It's not an option or a special ministry for a few, 
but a normal activity in the life of every believer. Just as 
any marriage naturally brings forth children, we were born 
again through vital union with Jesus. 

"The fact is that most of the unfinished task 
of world evangelism lies among cultures 
and people unfamiliar to us. Having taken 
the initial step of contacting a stranger, 
you'll be amazed at the ability of the in- 
dwelling Christ to arouse within you com- 
passion and empathy for the people you 
talk to." 

Some Practical Steps 

It is important to clearly know the Gospel message and 
develop skill in communicating it, but let's not be in- 
timidated by our lack of training. By all means, get trained 
where possible, but don't miss the many obvious things you 
could be doing. Let me ask you about a few: 

1. Do you have a supply of favorite tracts that you carry 
with you in your handbag or briefcase? 

2. Have you ever rented one of the many excellent Chris- 
tian films and shown it to a non-Christian audience? Every 
American high school student should at least have the op- 
portunity to see the film The Cross and the Switchblade. 

3. Do you invite people to Christian concerts or services? 

4. Have you ever purchased gripping testimony books 
like The Hiding Place or God's Smuggler to give away to 
non-Christian acquaintances? 

5. Do you join with the programs of your church that 
reach out to the poor or the institutionalized? 

6. When you use public transportation, do you share 
Christ with those around you? 

These are all simple things, but even using these obvious 
methods can turn each day into a supernatural adventure. 
God will take the little loaves and fishes that we offer Him 
and multiply them in the feeding of a surprisingly great 
multitude. 

Remember, the only hope millions of people have is that 
some obedient Christian will cross a language, cultural, or 
even psychological barrier to bring them the "Good News" 
of God's love. 

My wife went through all her school years here in 
America without anyone explaining the details of God's 
plan of salvation. When she first heard a clear presenta- 
tion of who Jesus was and what He had done, she eager- 
ly accepted Him as her Savior and within a year was engag- 
ed in missionary service. There are people all around you 
who need the knowledge of God that you have. 



You're sure some of them would never listen so you don't 
even try. Don't try to decide how they will respond, let them 
decide by giving them the opportunity. 

We never know what work the Spirit of God has been 
doing in drawing a person to Jesus. 

Look For Divine Appointments 

I'm reminded of a time walking through the International 
Airport at San Juan, Puerto Rico, when God impressed 
me to share Jesus with a man standing alone on the obser- 
vation deck. I went upstairs and walked around the obser- 
vation deck praying until I became convinced that it was 
God's appointment. We struck up a conversation and I 
began to share my testimony. Within minutes we were pray- 
ing together. He was very vulnerable at that moment hav- 
ing just experienced divorce. His heart was crying out in 
loneliness, pain, and confusion, when a stranger appeared 
at his side and brought a message from heaven itself. "God 
loves you, He has lovingly pursued you all your life, and 
even now wants to forgive you, heal you, and reveal 
Himself to you." 

I'll never forget the gratitude of that lonely man when 
we finally parted. It had dawned on him like a thunder clap 
that he had a heavenly Father. "God was alive and could 
be known!" The thing that touched him most deeply was 
my story of divine direction to him out of all the people 
there that day. 

People without Christ are empty vessels living in emo- 
tional turmoil and spiritual poverty. Don't be afraid of them. 
The exterior may be intimidating, but all people struggle 
with guilt, hurt, and a need for real love. Look past that 
veneer of self-sufficiency and the hollow mask of human 
pride. Underneath is a child who needs a father. A sinner 
needing grace. Tell them what Jesus has become to you, 
and invite them home to the Father's house. Give them 
the GOOD NEWS. 



John Dawson is a 

dynamic communicator who 
travels and teaches world- 
wide. He is also Director of 
the Southwestern U.S. for 
Youth With A Mission, and 
Executive Director for Cen- 
trum of Hollywood, Cali- 
fornia 


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NEWS REPORT 



D Wedding Bells rang for Warren Tamkin, pastor of 
the Frederick Grace Brethren Church of Frederick, 
MD, and Lois V. Pryor on November 23 at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, MD. 

□ Pastor Robert Holmes was given a unanimous call 
to begin his thirty-fifth year of ministry at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Homerville, OH. 

□ Rocky Mountain Grandeur awaits all who plan 
ahead to attend our national conference this year at 
the YMCA at Estes Park, CO, August 10-16. 

The youth and adult conferences will be coordi- 
nated together on the same grounds. 

For a vacation with a purpose, plan to spend some 
time in Colorado this year and enjoy the conference 
sessions. 

D Philip Teran has resigned as minister of evangelism 
and church growth at the East Side Grace Brethren 
Church, Blacklick, OH. He is seeking the Lord's lead- 
ing as to his future ministry. 



□ "Fifty years ago, Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum began 
his ministry in the Grace Brethren Church. He was 
licensed to the ministry by the Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, CA, in 1935; and was or- 
dained in 1940. He served his first pastorate in 
Sterling, OH, and is presently pastoring the Ocala 
GBC at Silver Springs, FL." During the period of Sep- 
tember 1, 1953, to August 31, 1961, he served as 
editor of the Brethren Missionary Herald and general 
manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company. 




□ "Over 900 people attended four Christmas '84 per- 
formances of The Host' at the Grace Brethren 
Church in Seal Beach, CA. The play was a Renaissance 
musical drama highlighting Christ's spirit of servant- 
hood. It was written and directed by Verne VanBus- 
kirk, member of the Seal Beach church, and performed 
by members of the congregation." — Donald 
Shoemaker, pastor 



WE ARE SO PRONE TO FORGET 




Send your offerings and contributions 
to the Board of Ministerial Retirement 
Benefits in care of Pastor Clair E. 
Brickel, 14319 Brookville- Pyrmont 
Rd„ Brookville, Ohio 45309. 
Please Don't Forget! 



. . . that pastor who served so faithfully for thirty or 
forty years in the pastorate at a salary that was so close 
to the poverty level. 

. . . that if it were not for faithful pastors yesterday in 
the local church supporting our missionary projects we 
would not have the base for our missionary activity of 
the present day. 

. . . that our educational and evangelistic enterprises 
today were nurtured and encouraged in the begin- 
ning by faithful pastors who struggled to make ends 
meet. 

. . . that these pastors died and left widows with not 
enough financial backing to maintain a comfortable life. 

. . . that credit needs to be given to those who were 
faithful in the past as well as to those who are doing 
the job today. 

. . . that there is a board appointed by National Con- 
ference to care for the needs of those who have ser- 
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NEWS REPORT 



□ The four Hawaiian Grace Brethren churches are 
looking forward to fellowship with the Grace Alumni 
Tour which takes place this month. 

Guests who attended the Waipio GBC in January 
were: Mrs. Alice Deal, Accident, MD; Virginia 
of Lanham, MD; and John and Inez Burns from 
Winona Lake, IN.— Submitted by Dave Mitchell 

D Dave Troxel, 
pastor of the New 
Albany, IN, GBC, 
was ordained to 
the Christian 
ministry on Octo- 
ber 21. Pictured at 
left are Pastor 
Quentin Matthes 
(Southwest GBC of 
Columbus, OH) 
who preached the 
ordination mes- 
sage, along with 
Fred Nieter (far 
left), lay elder, 
who also partici- 
pated in the service. 
Dave was led to the 
Lord ten years ago in Fort Wayne, IN, by Pastor 
Matthes. A carry-in dinner was held in the Troxel 
home following the service. 



marriages 



A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Deanna Gabel and Donald Kratz, September 15, Penn Valley 

Grace Brethren Church. Roger Wambold, pastor. 

Lorna Freed and Jeff Halfinger, September 22, Penn Valley 

Grace Brethren Church. Roger Wambold, pastor. 

Peggy Kunco and Gary Gillespie, Conemaugh Grace Brethren 

Church, Conemaugh, PA. Ron Warrick, pastor. 

Sandra Nye and Mark Allem, September 2, First Brethren 

Church of the Brethren of Wyomissing Hills, Wyomissing, PA. 

Roger Wambold was the officiating minister. 

Laurie Dudte and Craig Wellert, Grace Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, OH. John Teevan, pastor. 

The following weddings took place 
in Ashland, OH. John Teevan, pastor: 

Laurie Dudte and Craig Wellert 

Sarah Eberhardt and Kent Carman 

Donna Force and Don Dawson 

Nancy Keener and Rob Thorne 

Theda Kline and Ron Neer 

Robin Nichols and Jeff Bee 

Barbara Sharpe and Gary Gorton 

Vicki Wellert and Mike Welch 




the Grace Brethren Church 



Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

Hawn, Ward, February 16, 1984. Grace Brethren Church, 
Osceola, IN. Keith Shearer, pastor. 

Keaffaber, Dale, 69, December 11. He was a member of the 
Winona Lake (IN) Grace Brethren Church. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

Lee, Emma, Grace Brethren Church, Portis, KS. Clarence 
Lackey, pastor. 

McCollum, Mary, November 27, Cherry Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Beaumont, CA. Robert Whited, pastor. 
Plunk, Mildred, August 5, Conemaugh Grace Brethren 
Church, Conemaugh, PA. Pastor Don Rager (Retired) con- 
ducted the funeral service in the absence of the pastor. Pastor 
Ron Warrick, who was attending national conference. 
Sharpe, Mrs. Glen (Arlene), October 22, Grace Brethren 
Church, Osceola, IN. Pastors Keith Shearer and Gordon 
Bracker officiated at the memorial service. 
Simmons, Ruth, May 1984, Grace Brethren Church, Osceola, 
IN. Keith Shearer, pastor. 

Smith, Mabel D., 80, October 24. She was the mother of 
Mrs. Forrest Jackson and Bill Smith, and a member of the 
Winona Lake (IN) Grace Brethren Church. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

Statler, Mary, December 15, Conemaugh Grace Brethren 
Church, Conemaugh, PA. Pastor Don Rough conducted the 
memorial service at the Riverside Grace Brethren Church. 
Sybert, Marie L., wife of James O. Sybert, September 7, 
Grace Brethren Church, Cypress, CA. Randy Senior, pastor. 
Wolf, Ed, Grace Brethren Church, Portis, KS. Clarence 
Lackey, pastor. 

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Outstretched Hands— page 16 

A Pastor's Heart to Heart Talk About Abortion— page 4 

Sharon Strickling's Team Ministry— page 32 

Doc Uphouse's Real Estate— page 10 



Reflection By Still Waters 




Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



It happens just about every year in Indiana. An 
early bird that looks for a worm and finds an 
Indiana snowstorm. It just does not look right, 
because robins are a sign of spring and hope that 
the end of winter is near. This winter has not 
been good to us and there were days of cruel 
winds and heavy snow. It seems that when winter 
is back and the snow is deep and the temperature 
is way below zero, a friend or soon-to-be former- 
friend telephones me from California or Florida 
just to let me know how warm the world can be. 
But that is one of the prices that must be paid for 
not being smart enough to get out of Indiana. 

But the sight of the first robin tells me the time 
has come. The time for spring— warm sunshine 
and yellow dandelions in my lawn. Just as hope 
reaches its greatest level, then comes the last 
spring snow and there is a poor robin sitting on a 
snowy lawn. Pity alone cannot help, but an extra 
piece of bread might be just the thing to let the 
robin know you care. 

Spring is the return of life to the bleak country- 
side. The tulips are pushing through the ground 
and there are a few buds on the barren trees. The 



fruit trees push forth in white and pink and the 
lawn begins to turn green. The robin was right, 
even though he was a little early. However, there 
is another sound in the land that tells me it is the 
time of hope and cheer. It is the coming of the 
Easter Season and to the Christian it is the sound 
of hope and reality. 

The message is clear, because He lives we, too, 
shall live. He is the first fruit of our hope. The 
world, with its troubles and pain and sorrow, re- 
flects the effects of sin. Because he, Adam, sinned 
and we followed in his line, we have about us a 
world in travail and pain. Certainly there are few 
things as beautiful as a sunrise or sunset, but what 
must they have been like before sin cursed the 
world! 

The lonely robin sitting in the midst of the 
snow offers a picture of the hope of escape from 
the problems of the passing winter. However, a 
cross, the Son of God dying and an open tomb, 
offers to us the ultimate hope. The hope of for- 
giveness, the reality of a new life, and the future 
of dwelling in the presence of God for an 
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Editor, Charles Turner 

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Dave Beeson and Greg Hoffert 
News Page Editor, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Schools: 

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Mike Boze 
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CONTENTS 



7 Promising 

10 Doc Uphouse's Real Estate 
16 Outstretched Hands 
18 Trustbusters 

21 '84 Foreign Missions Giving Record 
24 From Dream to Dedication 

26 Ministering In A 'Haven of Rest' 

27 New Executive Named 

28 The Forgotten Key To Victory 

29 Is God Mad At You?? 

32 Sharon Stricklings Team Ministry 
34 Living In "Red Ink" 
36 Less Squeet 



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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 38 • 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

Groundbreaking was held at Harrisburg, 
Pa. and about 100 people were in atten- 
dance for the special day . . . Rev. and Mrs. 
James Marshall received their permanent 
visas to enter Argentina. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Pastor Jesse Deloe announced plans to 
go to Whittier, Calif, to assume the 
pastorate at the First Brethren Church. He 
had been ministering at North Riverdale, 
Dayton, Ohio . . . Atlanta, Ga. broke 
ground for a new church, Pastor William 
Byers. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

The Herald Company introduced their 
new "800" toll-free number and the first 
call came from Sunnyside, Wash. . . Dean 
Walter was the commencement speaker 
for Grace Schools Baccalaureate services. 



LETTERS 



Dear Readers: 

Two words of thanks to you: First, for 
your patience during a time of change. We 
installed new MCS Compugraphic typeset- 
ting equipment at the first of the year. It 
involves a major step forward in prepar- 
ing copy for printing. But, like all new 
equipment, it is taking some time to make 
the transition. Thus, the magazine has 
been quite late in making its appearance. 

The second word of thanks' is your 
response to the changes. We have receiv- 
ed some very nice letters about appearance 
and content. We appreciate the fact that 
you did notice! We are seeking to get the 
scheduling back to normal. The changes 
will make the delay worthwhile — in time, 
savings, and quality. 

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COVER PHOTO: Werner Kammler 
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A Pastor's Heart-to-Heart Talk on 

ABORTION 




by Dr. Donald P. Shoemaker 

Dr. Shoemaker is Senior Pastor of Grace 
Community Church in Seal Beach, 
California. He was one of the first Protes- 
tant ministers to be involved in the Right- 
to-Life movement and has spoken nation- 
wide and in Canada on pro-life issues. He 
has served as a Professor of Biblical Studies 
at Biola University, has done doctoral-level 
graduate studies in theology and ethics at 
Fuller Theological Seminary, and also was 
the chairman of the Sanctity of Life Com- 
mittee for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. 

Copyright 1985, Dr. Donald P. Shoemaker 



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Illustration courtesy of Kosciusko County Right to Life. 



As a Pastor, I have to struggle through many spiritual and 
moral questions. The role of the Christian in society, the im- 
portance of clear demonstrations of love in the Christian com- 
munity, the need for careful biblical doctrine— all these have 
been matters of deep personal concern to me. But in recent 
years our society's acceptance of abortion as a proper solu- 
tion to a problem pregnancy has become an equal concern 
for me. And if you are a practicing Christian, I think the 
changes in law and attitude toward abortion ought to be a 
concern to you as well. 

I confess that when I first heard the phrase "abortion 
reform" several years ago I did not even know what an abor- 
tion was. Since I have always counted myself in with those 
who favored things truly "progressive," I set out to investigate 
this issue. What I learned is that "abortion reform" (more cor- 
rectly: "permissive abortion") has been unjustly placed 
alongside the great movements toward human dignity in our 
time. 

I hope that this short discussion will add to your informa- 
tion on this subject. Don't be the uninformed Christian I once 
was! 

ABORTION TODAY 

Before 1967 there was no "abortion reform" as we now 
know it. One by one, however, states began changing their 
laws more or less to an "abortion-on-demand" position. Then, 
on January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court's 
"Roe vs. Wade" decision gave a great victory to the efforts 
of pro-abortionists to rid the law books of all restrictions 
against abortion. That decision created total abortion rights 
during the first three months of a pregnancy and very broad 
abortion rights in the remaining six months. The practical 
result is that today there are virtually no restrictions against 
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In the twelve years since that court decision there have 
been over 12 million abortions in the United States. Each 
year there are about a million and a half abortions. Ap- 
proximately 100,000 of these are after the first three months 
of pregnancy. 

Should this trend concern Christians? Or, should we ig- 
nore it as nothing or as something wrong but "a private 
choice" which we have no right to try to change? If we as 
Christians oppose abortion, are we truly seeking the best 
interests of God and humanity? Or are we narrow, out-of- 
date and judgmental? 



"If we as Christians oppose abortion, 
are we truly seeking the best interests 
of God and humanity?" 



I believe that abortion— ending the life of the unborn for 
reasons other than saving the mother's life— must be a mat- 
ter of deep concern to Christians. Since Jesus tells us we 
are the "salt of the earth", I also think we have a duty not 
only to hold strong opinions on this vital issue, but also 
to speak out and work for change— just as strongly as if 
the issue was rape prevention, child-abuse, drunken driv- 
ing, racial prejudice or other sins against our fellow human 
being who is made in God's image. I am to love my 
neighbor as myself, Jesus said. This means living by and 
applying God's commandments that protect my neighbor. 
And what neighbor is closer to us than the child within the 
womb? 

WHEN DID YOU BECOME "YOU"? 

There is really no serious doubt as to when human life 
begins. I was taught in my secular high school biology 
classes what nearly everyone knows— separate, distinct 
human life begins at conception. 

A good example of this understanding of human life 
(before legalized abortion became widespread) can be seen 
in the Life magazine feature article "Life Before Birth" (April 
30, 1965). That article said, "The birth of a human life really 
occurs at the moment the mother's egg cell is fertilized by 
one of the father's sperm cells." In other words, we are all 
separate human lives from conception through develop- 
ment in our mother's womb through infancy and 
throughout the rest of our lives. 

What I've just said has nothing to do with religious beliefs. 
You can know these things without having any religious 
faith at all. In fact, what requires "faith" is to say that human 
life begins at some point after conception, like at some 
vague point when the "soul enters", or at birth. Saying 
things like that takes more faith than I've got! 

How then does our Christian faith help us? Well, science 
can tell us what is human life, but science cannot tell us 
if that life is valuable. It takes a value system, a philosophy 
of living, a religious faith if you please, to tell you that. And 
the way of thinking about the value of human life that is 
held by those who make and judge laws and who provide 
us medical care is the way of thinking which will control 
our lives. 



My value system comes from the Hebrew-Christian 
Scriptures (someone else's value-system may come from 
his "humanism" or simply his "playboy" lifestyle). My 
system teaches me that human life is precious to God and 
should be to us. The loss of any human life, whether by 
natural death, accident, violent attack or sickness, should 
be seen as tragedy. Even what we might call "justified kill- 
ing" should be seen as tragedy and such killing has to bear 
the burden of proof that it was, indeed, justified. If we're 
going to make a mistake, let's make a mistake on the side 
of life! 

THE VALUE OF "PERSONS" 

Sometimes I'll hear someone say, "Yes, I know life in 
the womb is 'human' life, but is it a 'person'?" That ques- 
tion also gets asked when we think of someone terribly 
deformed or maimed, or in a coma or kept alive by 
machines. Answers don't come easy for some of these 
cases, but there is one great difference between life in the 
womb and the other cases. Life in the womb almost always 
requires only ordinary care (breath, warmth and nourish- 
ment) to continue developing normally. Nothing "heroic" 
is needed, just the same basic care you and I need every 
day. Yes, it is "dependent" life, but all of us will find 
ourselves "dependent" human life many times throughout 
life. We don't lose any of our value by being "dependent." 

It is very dangerous to separate "personhood" from 
biological human life. If you hear someone make "per- 
sonhood" dependent on whether or not human life reaches 
a certain level of health or intelligence or freedom from 
dependency, or on whether or not that one human life is 
"wanted", that person is creating a philosophical standard 
which is arbitrary and dangerous. And that standard is also 
unChristian! 

Christianity puts value on each and every human life, 
whether dependent or independent, smart or dull, witty 
or senile, healthy or terminally ill, wanted or unwanted, 
even whether good or very evil. Christianity is certainly in- 
terested in what some call the "quality of life." But this must 
be a quality of life for everyone, not a quality of life for 
some at the expense of the right to life for others. 

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ABORTION? 

Of course, you will not find the word "abortion" 
anywhere in the Bible, nor are you explicitly told that abor- 
tion is right or wrong. This does not automatically make 
abortion an issue without moral concern, however, for 
Scripture does not specifically forbid wife-beating, slavery, 
segregation or vandalizing cars either. 

What you do find is that Scripture values human life and 
that certain scriptures speak of human life before it is born. 
No distinction is made between life before or after birth as 
far as value is concerned. It would be correct to give to 
unborn human life the same protection and value we 
should give to all human life. 

Let's briefly talk about a few important verses. You will 
want to look these up in your Bible. 

Genesis 2:7 says that God breathed into man's nostrils 
the breath of life, and man became a living soul (or be- 
ing). I've heard people say this proves that the unborn can- 
not be "human beings", for they have not taken their first 



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breath. But that isn't so. From conception onward, that new 
life has required the breath of life, and the only question 
is how it comes. At birth there is a change in how the breath 
of life reaches us. There is also a change if you have a 
tracheotomy or you are connected to a heart-lung machine. 
Certainly, the breath of life need not come only through 
the "nostrils" for you to be human. 

Also, this verse is only talking of the first man, Adam. 
Not Eve, not you, not me, not anyone else. Adam's case 
was not typical, and this verse cannot be used to say that 
the rest of us become human at some moment after God 
formed us. If anything, the verse would argue that if the 
breath of life is present in human flesh, you have a "per- 
son." And that would make abortion the killing of a human 
person. 

Exodus 21:22-25 might give the impression that abor- 
tion is not a serious matter. After all, if a woman had a 
"miscarriage" (according to the New American Standard 
Bible) after a man struck her the man was merely fined. 
But if the mother died, the penalty was much more serious. 
Doesn't this show that the unborn is of lesser value than 
life after birth? 

Not at all! If you said that, you would also have to say 
that slaves are not human beings in light of verses 20 and 
21. In one case, a master who hurt his slave is not punish- 
ed if the slave dies "for he is his property." Also, you need 
to see that the verse talking about the "miscarriage" is 
speaking about an instance of accidental abortion, not a 
deliberate, willful one. So, the verse could not be used to 
justify abortion-on-demand. 

But I think there is a better way to understand this 
passage. In the Hebrew, the phrase "so that she has a 
miscarriage" literally says, "so that her children come out" 
(an expression used elsewhere to speak of birth). A 
premature birth, not a miscarriage, is meant. The New In- 
ternational Version is correct in translating, "she gives birth 
prematurely." If this is the extent of the results of being 
struck, the assailant is fined. But if there is any loss of life 
(to mother or child), the assailant's penalty is "life for life." 
Exodus 21:22-25 therefore suggests equal worth of unborn 
and mother in light of the equal penalty if either should die. 



"I am convinced from the whole of 
Scripture that God views abortion as 
the unjust taking of human life ..." 



Psalm 139:13-16 is Scripture's most extensive account 
of God's presence with us when we were in our mother's 
womb. In fact, God is not only present, he is very busy — 
hard at work fashioning this new, independent life. He even 
beholds us when we are "unformed substance" (v. 16), that 
is, a tiny embryo, without distinguishable human form. Try 
to find such a high view of unborn life among those sup- 
porting the right to abortion today! 

The New Testament is no different from the Old Testa- 
ment on this issue. The unborn possess personhood, and 
there is no basic difference in value between born and un- 
born human life. Luke 1:15,41,44 shows that as an un- 
born child (his mother was six months pregnant) John the 



Baptist could experience the human emotion of "joy." Even 
more, it is probable that John was filled with the Holy Spirit 
while yet unborn. Luke also calls John before he is born 
a "babe"— a word used other places in the New Testament 
to describe young Timothy (II Timothy 3:15), the baby 
Jesus (Luke 2:12,16) and even the newborn babies 
Pharoah slaughtered (Acts 7:19)! 

Many other Scriptures consistent with what I have said 
could be discussed if space permitted. I am convinced from 
the whole of Scripture that God views abortion as the un- 
just taking of human life— a violation of the Sixth 
Commandment. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? 

Once we see abortion as God sees it, we as Christians 
must be burdened and concerned. We must weep and pray 
for a society which has seared its conscience. God judges 
even "secular" societies for neglecting the basic rights and 
needs of their people (Ezekiel 16:49). 



"Christianity puts value on each and 
every human life . . . ,! 



Then we must get off our knees and get busy. Christian 
duty to society does not end with prayer and "soul- 
winning." You need to be involved politically in support of 
pro-life legislation candidates (who are otherwise qualified 
to serve you). You and your church should be involved 
in direct ministry to women with problem pregnancies. This 
may include sidewalk witnessing outside abortion facilities 
and setting up a pro-life counseling center and home for 
unwed mothers. After a child is born, continued emotional 
and financial support may be needed. Adoption ar- 
rangements may be necessary. 

You and your church should put out an ongoing, ex- 
tensive educational effort to keep Christians informed about 
pro-life concerns. Speak out with words seasoned by con- 
viction and love. And with all your convictions be ready 
to forgive, "even as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you" 
(Ephesians 4:32). □ 

RECOMMENDED READING: 

Bajema, Clifford E. Abortion and the Meaning of Personhood. 

Nathanson, Bernard N. Aborting America. 

National Right to Life News. An informative bi-weekly 

newpaper. Write to Suite 402, 419-1 7th St. N.W., Washington, 

D.C. 20004 

Nilsson, Lennart. A Child is Born. 

Shoemaker, Donald P. Abortion, the Bible and the Christian. 

Thielicke, Helmut. "Why the Holocaust?" Christianity Today. 

Jan. 27, 1978. (Explains that the Holocaust became possible 

in Germany once the leaders changed their thinking on the 

value of human life from a definition of intrinsic worth to one 

of functional worth.) 

Willke, John C. Handbook on Abortion. 

Young, Curt. The Least of These. 



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W_J efore a rehearsal of the 
M~~^ Promise Players. There 
^^^ is a mirror. In one 
sense, it is imaginary; in another 
sense, real. It is flesh — one face 
reflected to another. One mood 

— anger or joy or silliness or 
wonder — to another. One look 

— goofball or wide-eyed or pen- . 
sive — to another. 

It is an exercise, a mental 
calisthenic, of sorts. They say it 
takes concentration. The reflec- 
tions, sometimes, look silly. 

Mike Boze, the Promise 
Players' advisor and a Grace 
College speech teacher, has this 
soliloquy. About drama, Latin, 
and somewhere during the Mid- 
dle Ages, mysticism and 
secularism, and, of course, 
liturgies and Shakespeare. He 
sounds like he knows what he is 
talking about. 

The bottom line, he says, is 
that drama, and the arts in 
general, have become foreign to 
the church. 

That's too bad, he says. 

To bludgeon (bluj'en, inf., to 
strike repeatedly with a short, 
heavy club; ie, sometimes 
synonymous with certain forms 
of preaching) is not always the 
best way to communicate, he 
adds. 

Then, subtly, he begins talk- 
ing about subtlety. 

the rehearsal has begun. 
Steve is the armpit. 




"Okay, God. 1 get the picture." Promtse Players Rosemary Russell 
and Kip Normand in a variation on the theme of Jonah. 



He hears it from the nose, 
aka, Phil. "Stop acting so snoo- 
ty," says Funnybone, of course. 
Ba-dump! The eyeballs address 
The Chairman, who is a brain. 
"You'd make a spectacle of 
yourself," quips a familiar voice. 
Ba-dump! Funnybone again. 
Soon there is confusion. The 
Chairman tries to bring order. A 
foot, alias Allyn, protests. 
Something about the brain com- 
ing down and spending time in 
leather saunas and letting a foot 
run things for a while. "The way 
you run, you'd be a real lame 
brain," Ba-dump! Guess who. 
And then Stomach starts to 
churn — too many milkshakes 
— and the teeth go on strike for 
better working conditions, and 
the nose blows it. Hysteria. 

The Chairman pounds the 
gavel. Heart takes the floor. 

A speech similar to 1 Corin- 
thians 12. "We all are many 
parts of one body and because 
we all make up the same body, 
we must work together. We 
need each other." 

By all the body's parts, the 
heart's message is received. 

Laughter, says Boze, is part 
of what the Promise Players are 
after. There is nothing wrong 
with a snicker. Entertainment, in 
fact, is an essential ingredient. 

The sketches are creative. 

"What we want to do is catch 
the audience by surprise," Boze 



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Promising 




The parable of the Good Punk Rocker sheds fresh light on Luke 10 

stage, the-jazz-in-feet. Chhh. Chhh. 



says. "We want to make the package 
enjoyable to watch and listen to. 
Hopefully, we are creating visual and 
verbal pictures . . . recordings maybe, 
that they will play back in their minds." 

The sketches pump energy. 
Rhythmic, visual, clicking, unconven- 
tional, flowing. 

High Voltage. 

Says Allyn Decker, one of the 
players: "Because it is visual and you 
have real people up there acting out 
Biblical stories in a fresh way, it adds 
a new dimension." 

And, in the church, comes 
something curious. Giggles. 

"Too often," says Allyn, "we get this 
idea that we need to put on this stoic 
personality when we go into church. 
We need to recognize the holiness of 
God and worship him, but I don't think 
we have to discard our personalities 
and be something other than what we 
are." 

The sketches, at times, hint of a 
parade. With the same sort of visual 
playfulness. On Main Street, it brings 
people to the front porch step. Mostly 
curious. 

Distracted, the back door goes 
unguarded. 

Chhh. Chhh. Somewhere from 
out of sight. Chhh. Chhh. Rhythm 
and click. Chhh. Chhh. Blow through 
open doors. Chhh. Chhh. Onto the 



The subway moves, a pulse of voice. 
Chhh. Chhh. 

"A man was on a train from 
Brooklyn to Queens. (Chorus) 
Brooklyn to Queens. Brooklyn to 
Queens. Brooklyn to Queens. 
Brooklyn to Queens. (Chhh. Chhh.) 
And as he sat down to read the 
newspaper, he fell among football 

The message is most ef- 
fective when it sneaks. 
Cloaked in images, tied 
to senses, looking for 
thought, it slips through 
the back door. 

fans. (Chorus) Sock 'em in the kisser! 
Sock 'em in the jaw! Send 'em to the 
cemetery, Rah! Rah! Rah! 

-Chhh. Chhh.- 

"Who had just seen their team lose 
the big game. Boo-hiss-what-a-load- 
of -trash!" 

And so on, chhh, chhh, . . . ( a 
break to paraphrase) . . . the man gets 
mugged, a social service worker sucks 
on smoke, phhoo-whoo, ("I really care 
about the kids"); in the restroom, a 
preacher prays. But no one helps. 

Until. Chhh. Chhh. 'And also on 



that train was the leader of a punk rock 
group. (Ooool! Ehh!) Chhh. Chhh. 
(Electric guitar riff.) And he stopped 
the train. (Screeching brakes). 
Chhhhhhhhhh . . . Phoned the am- 
bulance. Doo-roo! Doo-roo! Doo-roo- 
Doo-roo! Left him twenty bucks for a 
new coat (awwh) and sent him off to 
the hospital . . . Doo-roo! Doo-roo! 
Doo-roo! Doo-roo! 

A speech by the narrator follows. 
Luke 10 with energy. 

The message is most effective when 
it sneaks. Cloaked in images, tied to 
senses, looking for thought, it slips 
through the back door. 

"The message is the bottom line," 
Boze says. "If the message doesn't get 
across, there is no communication." 

The entertainment — the sensory 
images, however, can be an effective 
channel. If it trips the imagination. 

"If you truly want to engrain a 
message on the mind, you have to 
stimulate the imagination," Boze says, 
"you have to make them think." 

The idea is to make it seem some- 
one's own idea. 

"If you can get somebody to think 
of something as being their own idea, 
then it works," says Kip Normand, one 
of the players. "If you can get people 
to laugh at themselves and get them 
to see some of the things that they do 
by acting it out, they can see how 
ridiculous we all act sometimes. It kind 
of helps to open their eyes." 

The ultimate goal is not entertain- 
ment. Roller skating, if that were the 
case, would be as helpful. God's truth 
should never be used frivolously. But 
rather, presented with subtle style, it 
is a bone-and-marrow sword. 

Narrator's voice, mellow alto, 
haunting. "Vanity of vanities, says the 
preacher, all is vanity." Fade to 
movements — slow, fluid and charg- 
ed. The shopkeeper dresses a mani- 
quin with a jacket. And a sign, 
"STATUS." Everyday Joe passes by. 
He gets possessed with the idea of 
possessing that jacket; but reaching in- 
to his pockets, he realizes he doesn't 
have enough money. A look of 
perplexity, followed by an idea. 

Two pennies, he remembers, in his 
penny loafers. Just enough. The sign 



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is sold with the jacket. STATUS. In 
capital letters. Bold-faced. 

Everyday Joe is not everyday 
anymore, and out the store, Rooster 
Strut. 

Three women fawn. Goofhead 
smile. The look is Life Is Good, the 
kind on Michelob commercials. 

Until. Him. With the jacket, a little 
bit brighter, a little better material, a lit- 
tle better fit. 

And the sign, "EVEN MORE 
STATUS." 

The man strikes a J. C. Penney 
pose. The women leave for him. 

Temporarily, there is distress. But 
gradually, through the feel of the 
jacket, by the punch of the word, with 
a few ideas of illusion, he recovers to 
a tap on his shoulder. 

Another woman, he thinks. He 
turns with a look of anticipation, ain't 
I bad, and finds a gun in his face. 

The thief steals his jacket. 

And the sign. 
Everyone ignores him, even the 
policeman. 

The cold. He realizes it, tense body, 
arms folding, tight knot, alone on who 
knows what street corner. The cold. 
Fade to narrator: "Do not store up for 
yourselves treasures on earth, where 
thieves break in and steal. But store up 
for yourselves treasures in heaven." 

On stage, the man's head drops. 




"Zacchaeus, today salvation has come to you." The Promise Players in "Zaccs For Tax." 



The Promise Players, the nine of 
them, are committed to spreading the 
word of Jesus Christ. They practice at 
least twice a week. They put 
themselves into their acting. They 
worry about every move, every word. 

They believe that what they are do- 
ing — communicating God's message 
through drama — can be effective. 
They don't advocate the abolition of 
preaching. Far from it. They don't see 
things in categories. Good preaching 
usually contains elements of good 
drama. And vice versa. 

But what they would like to do, and 



see others do, is widen the scope of 
communication in the church. God's 
people, of all people, should be 
creative. 

So, whenever they get asked, they 
hit the road. Maybe, a church in 
Michigan or Ohio or Indiana or 
wherever. 

They'll stay a day or so, put on their 
sketches, and go home. 

What they leave behind, usually by 
way of the back door, are images. 
Something like a mirror. Imaginary, in 
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Doc knew what was important. Soil 

and Soul With a shovel or a story, he 

planted seeds in both. 

doc urnousE's 

HEAL "ESTATE 



Editor's Note: Dr. Norman Uphouse was a 
man with energy. He was active in the Warsaw, 
Indiana community and at Grace Schools. He 
accomplished 1,002 things. Nearly two months 
ago, at a circus, he died. This story, based on 
interviews with several of his friends, is a tribute 
to his unending energy. 

Two weeks after his death, it was a 
strange rain that fell in February. The 
tractors, with their cartoon eyes and 
rusty throats, stood still. The paint was chip- 
ped, one yellow, one blue, one orange — 
rude eruptions in white snow and gray sky. 

Down the road, an endless trail of rub- 
ber, wood, steel and rust. Bald tires, broken 
tools, bike frames, 3-wheel lawnmowers, 
leaning huts, props, jimmies, duct tape. 
Junk art. 

What was missing was the energy. The 
steel-gut wrench of horsepower — air and 
fuel and fire. The still-breaking voices of the 
boys who always seemed to be around 
him. The spit of hammers on wood and 
iron in dirt. No blare, no bang, no bark. 

The only voice belonged to a slow rain. 
On the steel of dead tractors, it shouted a 
strange refrain. 

What was missing was Doc Uphouse. 

We stand corrected. We never expected 



Dr. Norman Uphouse to die. Even though 
he was 78, it never crossed our minds. 
Even though Hebrews 9:27 is underlined 
in our Bibles, we were taken by surprise. 

It's just that he always had one more 
thing to do. One more garden to plow. One 
more story to tell. One more drive to clear. 
One more cause to champion. One more 
hand to give. 

And we always expected him to do it. 

Death seemed an antonym for his 
name. He was preoccupied with life. He 
invested his time, and there was never 
enough of that, in growing things. He knew 
flowers by name. He loved cows. He 
stooped for children. He gave blood. He 
barked at and embraced His Boys. 

The land, more than anything else, was 
his lifeblood. He liked the feeling of dirt 
under his fingernails. He always seemed 
to be carrying a shovel, or pulling a plow, 
or stripping some weeds. Wherever he saw 
a bare patch of ground, he planted. 

"I think that he felt like the king of the 
world when he was in the seat of a trac- 
tor," says one of his neighbors. 

From the dirt, he knew, sprung life. 
Strawberries and beans and carrots and 
tomatoes — from brown, brilliant reds and 
greens and oranges. 



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He looked at people the same way. 
He invested his time and life in 
planting seeds. Digging with an idea, 
or plowing with a story, or raking with 
a joke, or stripping with a twisted 
cliche, he worked hearts. 

John 12:24 was probably one of his 
favorite verses. 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ex- 
cept a grain of wheat falls into the 
ground and die, it abideth alone: but 
if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." 

And fruit, that tangy burst of dirt, 
was what grew all around where Doc 
Uphouse lived. 

— A plowed field, no more than 
a few years ago. Dr. Norman 
Uphouse, well into his 70s, was on his 
moped. He stopped by one of his bulls 
for a little tease. The bull got angry. 

Dirt trailing, bull chasing, goatee fly- 
ing, Doc Uphouse was on the move. 

—In another field, a short time later. 
Lady Ruffian was a horse that no one 
could break. No one even wanted to 
try anymore. 

Except Doc. There was that look in 
his eyes as he pulled her in. The Lady 
bucked and brayed but, finally, faced 
the fact of a stronger will. She was 
broken. 

—About the same time. On an ice- 
covered roof, making a few repairs. He 
slipped and fell about 10 feet to the 
ground. Doc rubbed his arm for a sec- 
ond and climbed back up the ladder. 

—Maybe a year or so earlier. On the 
Matterhorn. Doc looked down. 

Some people called Doc Uphouse 
an eccentric. 

But that's only the label people use 
when other labels won't stick. There 
was no neat little category in which to 
put Dr. Norman Uphouse. At one time 
or another, he was a preacher, 
teacher, businessman, counselor and 
farmer. 

But that was not all he did. "He had 
his finger and mind in almost 
everything," says one friend. He was 
a champion of causes — the Red 
Cross, Lakeland Child Evangelism, 
Dr. Carl Mclntyre . . . He served on 
boards, committees and councils. 

"He didn't have 101 things to do, 
but 1,001," says one friend. 

As a natural outcome of his intensi- 
ty, he fell into paradoxes. On the sur- 
face, he was disorganized. No one 



remembers him writing anything down 
— rent payments, appointments or 
checks. He kept things in his mind. 

He never used blueprints. From his 
mind came the random layout of 
Fairlane Trailer Court. From his hands 
came leaning barns, huts and 
undefinable wooden structures. 

He was the Great Improviser. "If he 
could get something to work or to 



We don't know what 
heaven is like. Our Bible 
doesn't tell us much. We 
are sure, though, that if 
there are shovels, Doc 
has one in his hand. And 
if there are children, Doc 
is stooping down. And if 
there are flowers, Doc is 
learning their names. 



stand, that was the bottom line," says 
one friend. 

At times, he would seem absent- 
minded. His conversation often would 
switch gears without warning. From 
the state of strawberries to Dr. Carl 
Mclntyre. From the counseling tech- 
niques according to Gustad to the 
Johnstown Flood. 

He repeated (and repeated) his fun- 
ny little sayings: "I'll never tell you an 
untruth, but this is truer than most of 
my stories," and "every person should 
develop two skills in one skull." 

A master of impromptu and illustra- 
tion, he was easily distracted. But rare- 
ly to the point of dilly-dally. 

Despite the "hayseed" appearance 
of a farmer, Dr. Uphouse was brilliant. 
Although he did not have a high 
school degree, he had nearly every 
other degree that it was possible to 
earn. His mind was unquestionably 
inquisitive. 

The brilliance, couched in an out- 
ward banality, took people aback. On 
a trip to London, in his farmer jeans, 
he reeled off the history of Troy. 

More than anything, the seeming 
paradoxes were a reflection of his at- 
titude. A man of deep convictions, he 



knew what was important and what he 
wanted to accomplish. 

He knew that flesh was like the grass 
that withers. He fought for eternal 
goals. 

He had the fortitude to stand behind 
what he believed. For example, he was 
once the pastor of a United Brethren 
Church near Winona Lake, Ind. The 
United Methodist denomination 
wanted to merge. For a long time, 
Uphouse fought and held his con- 
gregation together. Finally, the 
Methodists moved in. Uphouse and 
most of the congregation moved out 
to start a new church. 

Time seemed his great enemy. We 
always have this picture of him mov- 
ing. With a book, with a shovel, with 
a bale of hay. Never empty handed. 
He had, always, one more thing to get 
to. 

So, Dr. Uphouse set up priorities. 
Maybe it wasn't even a conscious ef- 
fort. The Bible told him what was im- 
portant and what was not. And the Bi- 
ble was engrained in his mind. 

Material things, essentially, were 
not. "He looked at material things as 
being important only if they could 
meet the needs of others." So, the 
leaning barns gave shelter to other 
people's horses. The jimmied and jux- 
taposed tractors plowed other people's 
drives. 

But for Norman Uphouse, material 
possessions seemed of little value. 

A couple of years ago, Uphouse 
was eating out. He came back to the 
trailer court and saw a fire. His house 
was burning. A friend who was with 
him was surprised by his reaction. 
"It's only wood" were his words. 

We are not so much amazed at 
the things that Doc attempted, but that 
which he accomplished. 

Seemingly distracted, disoriented 
and disheveled, he very seldom fail- 
ed. He succeeded at 1,002 things. 

He teased the bull, he broke the 
horse, he climbed the Matterhorn, 
and, more than anything else, cared 
for people. 

The word that comes to mind is 
servant. 

"No matter how busy he was and 
how in a hurry he seemed," says a 
friend, "he always had time for you. 
You might have to walk somewhere 



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with him, but he always was there." 

Charity begins at home. His rela- 
tionship with his wife was a unique 
one. In stark contrast, Miriam is 
dignified, upright and impeccable in 
appearance. Yet, together, they en- 
couraged one another. By Doc's sug- 
gestion, she earned a college and 
master's degree. 

"He was always bringing her up to 
a higher plane," says a friend. 

He gave constantly of himself. He 
used to say that there were only three 
things that he would not lend out: His 
toothbrush, his power tools, and his 
wife. And in that order. 

His trailer court, although not 
aesthetically perfect, helped many 
young families get their start. When a 
beloved professor was dying of ter- 
minal cancer, he was at his bedside. 
Day after day after day. He would 
plow three acres of field for $10. He 
would give or lend out shovels, rakes, 
sugar, blood, land and vehicles. 

He plowed innumerable drives, dug 
an eternity of holes, shared infinite 
stories and helped an endless number 
of people. 

"He lived the Christian life," says a 
friend. "Everyone who knew him 
knew that he loved people. No one 
ever questioned that." 

We at Grace can still hear the 
barking. 

Somewhere in his trailer court, 
maybe next to a strawberry patch, or 
by a leaning barn, or in a field of hay, 
Doc and His Boys. 

By the yelling, we always knew that 
something special was going on. No 
one can talk about Doc Uphouse 
without talking about His Boys. 

They weren't really His Boys. He 
had three daughters. But, in another 
very real sense, they were. 

"He felt he had a responsibility to 
them," says one friend. "He was very 
hard on them one minute, but the next 
minute he would have his arm around 
them." 

On the one hand, they were cheap 
labor — $2 an hour, max. On the 
other hand, Doc Uphouse invested his 
life in theirs. 

His Boys often complained about 
their wages. But, they knew that what 
he gave them was of eternal value. 

"He had a tremendous impact on 



my life," says one teenager. "He taught 
me what it was to be a Christian and 
to have Christian values." 

No job that His Boys did was ever 
well done. There was always 
something that could have been done 
better. "That's the worst job I've ever 
seen in my life" was a common refrain. 

They threw a lot of manure. Baled 
a lot of hay. Burnt a lot of fires. Felt 




a lot of dirt. Heard a lot of stories. 
Learned a lot of principles. 

"He taught us, in his unique way, 
what was really important." 

Like the time when one of His Boys 
found a nest of garter snakes. Without 
thinking, he threw one of the baby 
snakes into a nearby fire. 

Doc exploded. "I never saw him so 
angry in all my life." Before he got 
paid, he had to write out six times: "I 
will not harm little, green snakes." 

The boys were also attracted by 
Doc's seeming inconsistency, his 
peculiarities. 

Like the time he lost his 
"humungous," white, clumsy cat. He 
and His Boys formed a search party. 
Before going out, Doc lectured His 
Boys: "Now whatever you do, don't 
try to call the cat. She's deaf, she can't 
hear anything. So, it won't do any 
good." The lecture lasted at least 10 
minutes. 

The party broke up, the boys agree- 
ing not to call the cat. A few minutes 
later, one of His Boys saw Doc com- 
ing around a corner, stooped over, 
calling, "Here kitty, kitty, kitty." 



They loved his stories . . . about the 
mama camel and the baby camel, 
about hay and Proverbs, and anything 
at all . . . and they loved his energy 
... his fascination with mopeds and 
basketball and moving. 

But most of all, they loved his love. 

"Despite the way he acted 
sometimes, we knew he loved us and 
that he was trying to teach us 
something. I looked up to him as a 
model Christian. He just gave and 
gave." 

Although he gave himself — in- 
vested himself — in all of His Boys, he 
had a special care for those who had 
little in the way of a home. 

One of them came from a broken 
home — one divorce and an unstable 
second marriage. 

"He knew that I really didn't have 
a father," says the boy. "So, he kind 
of took me under his wing. I think that 
because of my background, he had a 
special love for me." 

The boy worked for two years with 
Doc. The last time he saw him was last 
summer at the Flagpole. 

"He said to me that I had grown up 
a lot. And then he just sat back and 
smiled." 

It was appropriate that Doc Uphouse 
died at a circus, a place of energy and 
animals and children. 

He never slowed down. That morn- 
ing he had plowed several driveways. 
He decided to go to the circus because 
he had only seen an elephant once. 

He died on the move, bending over 
the car that was to take him home. 

And home is where he went. 

We don't know what heaven is 
like. Our Bible doesn't tell us much. 
Maybe it's because we couldn't fathom 
it. We are sure, though, that if there 
are shovels, Doc has one in his hand. 
And if there are children, Doc is stoop- 
ing down. And if there are flowers, 
Doc is learning their names. 

Eternity, we are sure, would be a 
perfect place for Doc. He will always 
have the time to do one more thing 
in the service of His Master. 

It was a bitterly cold February day 
when they buried Dr. Norman 
Uphouse. His Boys were the 
pallbearers. They lowered his body in- 
to the dirt that he loved. 



GRACE 



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Given by: 

Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Schaffer 

WMC Meyersdale 

Grace Brethren Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 



Rev. and Mrs. John J. Burns 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Burns 

Miss Evelyn Kohler 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliot 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Burns 

Mr. and Mrs. William McKeefery 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Ashman 

Mrs. Louise Garber 

Mrs. Elizabeth Moore 

Dr. and Mrs. George Ros 

Mr. and Mrs. R. Wayne Snider 

Mrs. Lucille Stookey 

Mr. and Mrs. Ned Titus 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Woodring 



LIVING MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL 
FEBRUARY 1985 

In Memory of: 

Mrs. Herman Schumacher 

Mrs. Ruth Bowser 

Herbert Mays 
Mrs. Alvera Clark 
Richard Lotter 
Mrs. Gertrude O'Neill 

Richard Lotter 

Richard Lotter 

Mrs. Gertrude O'Neill 

Dr. Norman Uphouse 




Living Memorials, 

200 Seminary Drive, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 



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PARENTS OF 1984 GRADUATES 



A reminder to the parents of this year's graduates that 
a special picture package of your student receiving his or 
her diploma can be available for you. The package includes 
two 5x7 prints in folders and four wallet size prints, all in 
color, for just $10.00. (Add $1.00 extra to receive the 
negative.) The package will be mailed to your home a few 



weeks after commencement. If you are interested, you may 
order the photos in advance by sending the name of the 
graduate (indicate whether seminary or college), your mail- 
ing address, and a check for $10 made payable to Grace 
Schools. Send your request to Grace Schools Public Rela- 
tions, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



BMH 

NEWS REPORT 



Marriages 



Connie Eggeman and Tim Moomaw, Grace Brethren Church, 
Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Kimberly Gegner and Robert Payne, Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Washington, Temple Hills, MD. The ceremony was per- 
formed by the bride's father, Associate Pastor Larry Gegner and 
was assisted by Pastor James Dixon. 

Ami Haywood and Keith Gregory, Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Warsaw, IN. The groom's father, John Gregory who is 



pastor of the Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, 

PA, performed the ceremony. Allen Edgington, pastor. 

Monica lannucci and Charles Mansfield, Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Washington, Temple Hills, MD. James Dixon, pastor. 

Henrietta Martin and Glen Stealy, Grace Brethren Church, 

Osceola, IN. Keith Shearer, pastor. 

Elaine Nettleton and Bruce Ressler, Grace Brethren Church, 

Wooster, OH. Pastor Bud Olszewski (Rittman, OH) performed the 

ceremony. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Beverly Ressler and Sam Rose, Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, 

OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Paula Ressler and Tom Wenger, Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, 

OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Deanna Smith and Ken Buck, Grace Brethren Church, Osceola, IN. 

Keith Shearer, pastor. Pastor Dan Jackson performed the wedding 

ceremony. 

Christine Snarey and Robert Kelley of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Greater Washington, Temple Hills, MD, of which James Dixon 
is pastor, were united in marriage in Lambertville, Ml. 
Cindy Lou Walter and Timothy L. Flaugh, Leamersville Grace 
Brethren Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 



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Outstretched Hands 



by Werner Kammler 



Thousands and 
thousands of hands 
are stretched out in 
Central Africa. They 
beckon. They ask 
for attention, love, 
and care. They cry 
for help. 

In many areas 
south of the Sahara 
Desert the rainy 
season was too short 
to ripen the people's 
crops. Many organ- 
izations are working 
to give a hand to 
these needy coun- 
tries that are going 
through a great 
famine. 

The media have publicized this 
news again and again. People all 
around the world have heard and 
even seen pictures of starving children 
and adults. Hearts have been moved 
toward these people in great need. 

But there is something worse than 
a body without food! 

One day as a missionary in the Cen- 
tral African Republic, I was talking to 
a group of Fulani people. They were 
listening in a very thoughtful way to 
the message of the Gospel for the first 
time. Then one of them commented, 
"If only we would have heard this 
years before." 

Even though these people had 
food, they were starving — spiritually 
starving. 

One Fulani Moslem heard from a 
missionary that there are millions of 
Christians in the world and that there 
are many in his own country. Upon 
hearing this he wondered aloud, "But 
if they believe it really, why didn't they 
tell us? No, you Christians, you are not 
believing really what you tell us. 
Otherwise you would have told us 
sooner." 

Mohammed has taught his followers 
to do a lot of work in order to become 

Werner and Nelly Kammler serve with Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions in the Central African 
Republic. Currently on extended furlough, the 
Kammlers are from Switzerland. Werner is one 
of the few missionaries who can speak the Fulani 
language fluently. 




acceptable to Allah. As a missionary, 
I have seen them in their prayers and 
giving of alms, in their fasting month, 
and in their pilgrimage to Mecca. I 
have met many nomadic Fulani peo- 
ple who have gone on the pilgrimage. 
One woman told us that she has been 
to Mecca three times. Did she find 
salvation and forgiveness of sin by her 
costly works? 

The Fulani people make up an 
unreached people in the C.A.R. They 
are very religious, but nevertheless, 
they do not know the way of salvation 
and Jesus Christ. They do not know 
the joy of forgiveness. They are 
starving. 

The Fulani people live in all of the 



countries south of 
the Sahara, but their 
origin is Semitic. 
Some historians say 
that they traveled 
north from Ethiopia 
and then south 
down the west coast 
of Africa. About 150 
years ago they came 
to Nigeria and the 
Cameroon where 
they conquered 
some very mighty 
kingdoms. 

The Fulani world 
is manifold, but it is 
easy to recognize the 
svelt figure of a 
Fulani who is more 
like an Arab rather than an African. 
Most of the Fulani people are 
established in communities. The 
nomadic ones are called Mbororos. 
These people live for their herds. 

Indeed, the Mbororos are specialists 
in keeping and herding cattle. The 
settled Fulani and Arabs voluntarily 
give their herds to the Mbororos to be 
taken care of by them. It's a common 
sight to view an Mbororo man stand- 
ing with his hands heavily resting on 
a long staff as he contemplates the 
cattle. 

During the last 20 years the Fulani 
have come by the hundreds to the 
C.A.R. As the drought and famine 
causes the Sahara to creep southward, 




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John 3:16-17 in Ajamiya, the Fulani language. 



the Fulani (especially the Mbororos) 
come hunting pasture for their herds. 

The countries from which they 
come are strongly Islamic, and they 
were carefully watched over by their 
fellow believers and religious leaders. 
However, in the C.A.R. they are 
strangers without a home or religious 
care. 

It is urgent that the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ is brought to these people. 

As I was driving home to Bata from 
Boguila, I stopped in a village to 
deliver a letter. A Fulani approached 
me and asked for a lift. Traveling 
alone, I was happy to have the com- 
panionship. But how does one start an 
evangelistic conversation with a 
Moslem? 

"Have you heard about the tragic 
epidemic disease striking the cattle in 
the Chad and in the north?" I asked 
him. 

Oh, yes he had heard about it. 
Hundreds of cows were the victims of 
this terrible plague. So I asked him if 
he had heard about the Fulani man 
who lost all of his 200 cows in just a 
few days' time and then committed 
suicide. 

He had heard that, too. My pas- 
senger listened intently as I told him 
that material things (even cows) are 
not able to hold us up. Only God can. 

Do we put our trust in the multitude 



of our cattle or in 
God? 

I was able to tell 
him about the Good 
Shepherd who 
voluntarily came to 
give His life to 
redeem His sheep. 
My rider was amaz- 
ed to hear that 
Christ was coming 
again and that He 
has all judgment in 
His hands — even for 
a Moslem. 

An Mbororo man 
who came to 
know Christ ex- 
pressed his joy like 
this: "As a Moslem, 
I learned that Jesus 
will judge the whole 
world. Now the 
Great Judge is my 
Savior." 

Many Fulani have 
been touched by the 
Gospel in the bush 
at their camps, at the 
hospital and dispen- 
saries, and at the 
market places. I wish 
that you could see 
their faces as they 
listen to the old, 



old story of the Savior's love. Many 
hands stretch out of the darkness to 
receive portions of the Word of Life in 
Fulani or Arabic. 

I am in Switzerland now. It is good 
to be on furlough, but when I think of 
these unreached people, I would 
rather be among them! A spiritual bat- 
tle is being waged for the souls of these 
Moslem people. 

The constant, daily spiritual strug- 
gles in the villages and towns of the 
C.A.R. , Chad, and Cameroon is no 
ordinary one. God, in His purpose, 
has linked it with praying people in the 
States. 

The Lord is calling you and me to 
take up the battle. Let us engage in this 
unseen conflict by stretching out our 
hands in prayer to God that He may 
be exalted and the enemy routed. 

God wants Fulani people "built in- 
to" His body, the Church. Don't let 
them spiritually starve. 




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TRUSTBUSTGRS 



by Margaret Hull 



I sat staring morosely across the 
breakfast table at Marthe, hoping the 
hot coffee would rejuvenate me from 
another restless, sleepless night. The 
early morning sun slanting in through 
the lone window of our African house 
illuminated her dark, irregular features. 

We were going through the usual 
morning routine; she was reciting her 
dreams from the previous night. My 
mind was only half on her story, as her 
dreams ran pretty much the same, 
usually being preoccupied with food. 
I was more concerned with the day's 
schedule. My watch said 6:30, and in 
45 minutes I would have to be over 
at the church for roll call. 

We were in the midst of bush camp 
for girls, and Marthe was carrying 
about half the teaching load. I was 
grateful for her help, but sometimes 
these endless recitations on dreams 
got a bit old. 

It occurred to me that Marthe was 
really anxious about food, that the 
thought of having to go hungry almost 
possessed her at times. I wondered 
why it was so difficult for her to trust 
God to supply her needs. 



I thought of God's faithfulness to her 
during the years I had known her. 
How He had raised her up from her 
death bed, had apparently cured her 
of leprosy, had restored her health to 
an amazing degree; how He had given 
her many friends who loved her and 
cared for her and who were generous 
with their gifts. I thought of the nice 
house she had, not thatched, but with 
a permanent aluminum roof, supplied 
through friends in America and mis- 
sionaries in the Central African 
Republic. 

I was thinking, "Marthe, why can't 
you trust God. He has proven to you 
over and over again that He is big 
enough to take care of you." 

As though she could read my 
thoughts, Marthe said, "I know I 
should trust God for my food. I know 
the Bible says that the birds don't make 
garden, and yet they don't go hungry. 
But somehow I can't make that apply 
to myself, because birds can flit and fly 
around, but my swollen legs keep me 
from walking very far, I can't search for 




food the way the birds do." 

I knew this was something very real 
to Marthe. She had sometimes gone 
for more than one day without food. 
When she had worked with me in 
classes three months previous to the 
present camp, she had been thin. She 
and many people in her area had 
gone without adequate food because 
of the lack of rain on their gardens. But 
now she looked her normal self, and 
I thought, "This, too, should prove to 
her that God can take her through the 
tough times. God has proven His 
faithfulness. She should be able to 
trust." 

And then I realized that I should be 
applying the judgment of lack of trust 
to my own life. I should be able to 
trust. I had walked with God through 
twenty years on the mission field, and 
God had time and time again proven 
His faithfulness and loving care to me. 
Why didn't I trust? 

For example, why had I had two 
sleepless nights at Boguila before I had 
left for girl's camp? Anxiety. I was wor- 
ried about the bandits that came down 
from the Chad to the area near the 
border where we were to have camp. 



God had time and time again 
proven His faithfulness and lov- 
ing care to me. Why didn't I trust? 



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It was only a flat rear 
tire, but I recognized it 
as an omen of many 
terrible things to come. 



I had heard stories about how they 
had burned houses and storage bins, 
how they had beaten whole families 
and taken all their possessions. I, a 
white person, would surely be a target 
for such action. 

I worried about the isolation of the 
location. What if I should fall ill, who 
would evacuate me? What if my car 
broke down on the rocky lonely stretch 
of road? One truck traveled that road? 
One truck traveled that road every 
other day, hauling cotton from the 
villages to the gin. How would I know 
if something happened to my family 
in the States? I would be two weeks 
without any communication with the 
mission. How would I tolerate the terri- 
ble heat this time of year, especially in 
an African hut with few windows 
which were always tightly closed at 
night? 

All these worries. 
And I was unable to 
commit them to my 
Heavenly Father. 

Sure enough, one 
hour into our trip it 
looked like my fears 
were going to be- 
come reality. The car 
gave a lurch which 
almost took us off 
the road. I realized 
something was dras- 
tically wrong and 
brought the Toyota Stout to a quick 
halt. It was only a flat rear tire, but 
I recognized it as an omen of many 
terrible things to come. My worrying 
had not been in vain. 

We couldn't get the jack to work 
right, and after an hour of struggling, 
I sat there in the middle of the road, 
covered with fine white dust, and 
prayed, "Okay, God of Constant 
Presence, just as I feared, the situation 
is beyond me. Please take over." We 
tried the jack again, and perhaps the 



valve was finally tight enough or an 
angel held the jack up; anyway, the 
pressure had held, and we were able 
to get the tire changed. 

When I reached the town of Paoua, 
I had learned that the ferry which ser- 
viced the road to Beny was still out of 
order, and sure enough I would have 
to take the long way around on the 
cotton hauling route. While in Paoua, 
I had gone to a German -sponsored 
aid station which ran, among other 
things, a large garage. A nice Chris- 
tian man had fixed the tube and put 
two boots in the poor old split tire. The 
head man of the garage also had 
made a tool for me to use to wind 



We reached Beny at 4:30 that after- 
noon. We were to stay in the pastor's 
house. He had a chair brought outside 
and I gratefully plopped into it, realiz- 
ing my tiredness. In 7V2 hours' time 
we had traveled 87 miles. We had ar- 
rived. We were safe. The pastor's wife 
brought me a strong, very sweet cup 
of tea. 

Marthe continued her recitation 
unperturbed, but I was jerked from my 
private reverie as a fat brown mouse 
scampered across the floor. I smiled 
grimly as I thought of the lady who 
had told me in the States, "I could 
never be a missionary. I can't stand 
bugs and mice and snakes." 

That's what I had told the Lord four 
days previously when as the pastor 
was showing us where to put our 
things, I had seen three mice dash 
around the perimeter of the room. 
"Oh no, Lord, not mice. You know I 
can't stand mice. You know I'm always 
the first one to screech and jump for 
higher levels. No, Lord, not mice. Not 
on top of everything else." 

No newcomer to bushwork, I had 
brought along a mouse trap. After we 
got things settled, Abel, my 
househelper, set the trap. In about two 
hour's time he had caught ten mice. 



How much 
did I need 
would take 



more proof 
that God 
care of me? 




down the spare tire stored under the 
truck bed. The regular handle had 
been stolen in Bangui. I had felt much 
better as I left Paoua with two usable 
spare tires. 

How much more proof did I need 
that God would take care of me? Yet 
I was full of anxiety as I drove over the 
next stretch of road realizing how 
deserted and isolated it was, wincing 
at all the sharp rocks on the road, 
thinking of my two nearly bald back 
tires. 



I thought we would surely have them 
wiped out soon. But then a terrible 
thing happened. The trap broke. I sat 
outside while Abel manned the trap. 
But the hour inevitably came when 
everyone else had gone to bed, and 
so, I, too. 

As I walked into the house I could 
hear the scurrying of the mice as they 
ran in several directions. Marthe was 
already in bed in the cot next to mine. 
She wondered if I would be willing to 



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Before I could teach that 
lesson to the girls, God and I had 
to come to terms over the mice. 



let her use my mosquito net, as the 
mice were running across her bed. 
With a firm "No," I tucked myself 
securely under the net. 

With taut nerves I listened many 
hours to the mice scampering and 
gnawing. Two or three times I got up 
to move things. Finally, about 4 a.m. 
they quieted down, and I drifted off to 
sleep, to be awakened by the bell for 
morning prayers an hour and a half 
later. 

The second night was a repeat of 
the first. Sometimes I dozed off only 
to be awakened as a mouse pinged his 
feet on the metal legs of my cot as he 
scampered underneath. 

I prayed, "Lord, I know you could 
make the mice leave. You have that 
kind of control over nature that you 
could drive them all away. But I don't 
ask you to do that. I only ask you to 
stop my ears so I can't hear them." I 
rolled onto my side and stuffed a 
finger into my ear. But I continued to 
hear them and to feel the vibrations of 
the bed as the mice bumped the legs. 

On the third night I decided to sleep 
outside. I fixed my cot under the 
varanda of the house but the brilliance 
of the moon, the chasing of goats and 
barking of dogs gave me a restless 
night. I decided anything was better 
than mice and prepared to sleep out 
again the fourth night. 

It wasn't that simple, however. 

Abel was shocked that I had slept 
outside alone and determined to sleep 
out with me. Evidently the pastor was 
nervous about the idea as well and 
made several trips outside during the 
night to check on me. I realized I 
couldn't disrupt so many people and 
knew it would have to be back indoors 
for the sleeping. 



So there I sat Friday morning, drink- 
ing coffee and watching Marthe as she 
drew her recitation to a close. It was 
clear to me that if Marthe needed to 
trust God about food, there were also 
some things that I needed to trust God 
for. God and I needed to come to 
terms about the mice. 

After breakfast I reviewed the Bible 
lesson I was to give in a few minutes. 
The girls were enjoying these lessons 
on Moses. Today we were to hear 
about the Jew's rejection of Moses 
after Pharaoh had increased their 
workload. 

I read Exodus chapters 5 and 6. 
Moses, at the end of himself, a broken 
man, wondering why God didn't do 
what He had promised to do, had ask- 
ed God frankly why He had sent him 
back to Egypt. God gave a wonderful 
answer. He said He was the Lord, the 
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 
They had been willing to trust Him, 
even when they did not fully know the 
meaning of His name. Had Moses 
forgotten the meaning of "Jehovah"? 
Did not Moses realize that God was 
sufficient for all His needs? Couldn't 
Moses trust Him during the hour of 
trial? God wanted Moses to learn to 
a fuller degree the meaning of His 
name— the All Powerful One. God 



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FMS 



I realized that I should be ap- 
plying the judgment of lack of 
trust to my own life. 



was going to reveal to an un- 
precedented degree His might and 
power. But it was not to be preventing 
trials and hard times. Moses and the 
Israelites were to experience God's 
power as He took them through in- 
credibly hard places. 

I closed my Bible and realized that 
before I could teach that lesson to the 
girls, God and I had to come to terms 
over the mice. That is, I needed to 
come to God's terms. I told God I 
would trust Him to keep my sanity 
during the next week of living among 
mice, and I would trust Him to give me 
sleep in the midst of mice. 

Such a small issue — mice. They 
were nothing compared to what mis- 
sionaries had endured in order to 
spread God's light to every corner of 
the earth. During the first week of 
camp I had been reading some mis- 
sions histories. I had gotten a real in- 
feriority complex as I read about these 
pioneer missonaries. But I imagine if 
the truth were known, they had their 
"mice lessons", too. 

Each of us must daily commit our 
mice to Jehovah God, the All Mighty 
One. We need to know in a deep per- 
sonal way the meaning of His name. 




1984 Record 

of Giving to Grace 

Brethren Foreign Missions 



ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident, MD $ 20.00 

Aleppo, PA 975.00 

Boswell, PA 1,210.74 

Coolville, OH 717.60 

Coraopolis, PA 2,155.05 

Cumberland, MD 3,602.58 

Grafton, WV 2,564.25 

Jenners, PA 2,973.00 

Listie, PA 6,853.52 

Meyersdale, PA (Grace) 13,488.77 

Meyersdale, PA (Summit Mills) 3,233.92 

Parkersburg, WV 5,496.00 

Uniontown, PA 13,162.11 

Washington, PA 7,451.03 

Westernport, MD 415.00 

Allegheny District Misc 388.40 

TOTAL $64,706.97 

FLORIDA DISTRICT 

Brooksville, FL $ 3,571.80 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 18,313.59 

Ft. Myers, FL 8,108.00 

Lakeland, FL 668,50 

Maitland, FL 2,859.00 

Melbourne, FL 300.00 

Okeechobee, FL 4,908.27 

Orlando, FL 2,712.47 

Orange City, FL 438.17 

Ormond Beach, FL 2,400.00 

Palm Harbor, FL 242.64 

Pompano Beach, FL 300.50 

Port Richey, FL 675.00 

Sebring, FL 1,379.83 

St. Petersburg, FL 4,369.30 

TOTAL $51,257.07 

HAWAII DISTRICT 

Aiea, HI (Waimalu) $ 2,062.00 

Ewa Beach, HI (Rainbow) .... 459.42 

Makakilo, HI 130.20 

Wahiawa, HI (Waipio) 3,795.00 

TOTAL $6,446.62 



INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne, IN $ 21,489.30 

Clay City, IN 665.00 

Columbia City, IN 223.90 

Elkhart, IN 9,574.00 

Flora, IN 2,973.63 

Ft. Wayne, IN (First) 21,305.17 

Ft. Wayne, IN (Grace) 10,168.15 

Goshen, IN 3,775.07 

Hartford City, IN 1,268.50 

Indianapolis, IN 8,963.24 

Kokomo, IN (Indian Heights) . 5,489.86 

Kokomo, IN (North) 6,050.00 

Leesburg, IN 2,530.00 

New Albany,' IN 475.00 

Osceola, IN 14,180.63 

Peru, IN 8,606.61 

Sidney, IN 6,425.80 

South Bend, IN 25,610.96 

Warsaw, IN 33,243.63 

Winona Lake, IN 50,869.07 

Indiana District 413.17 

TOTAL $234,300.69 

IOWA-MIDLANDS DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids, IA $ 793.81 

Dallas Center, IA 4,386.00 

Davenport, IA 1,762.74 

Des Moines, IA 2,502.13 

Garwin, IA 6,017.88 

Leon, IA 5,970.85 

Longview, TX 1,686.00 

Morrill, KS 52.00 

North English, IA 555.00 

Omaha, NE 600.00 

Udell, IA 2,256.88 

Waterloo, IA 23,771.40 

Winona, MN 778.03 

TOTAL $21,648.18 

MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto, MI $ 11,993.65 

Hastings, MI 479.50 

Lake Odessa, MI 2,989.00 



Lansing, MI 1,377.73 

New Troy, MI 4,037.00 

Ozark, MI 746.30 

Michigan District Misc 25.00 

TOTAL $21,648.18 

MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, VA $ 5,469.44 

Chambersburg, PA 1,710.19 

Frederick, MD 732.00 

Hagerstown, MD (Calvary) . . . 1,854.41 

Hagerstown, MD (Grace) 20,950.48 

Hagerstown, MD (Maranatha) 7,171.50 

Hagerstown, MD (Valley) 2,134.25 

Lanham, MD 6,144.76 

Martinsburg, WV 11,778.00 

Temple Hills, MD 19,748.00 

Waynesboro, PA 11,677.05 

Waldorf, MD 1.000.00 

Winchester, VA (Grace) 13,692.73 

Winchester, VA (Blue Ridge) . 3,543.18 

Mid-Atlantic District Misc 238.70 

TOTAL $107,844.69 

MOUNTAIN-PLAINS DISTRICT 

Arvada, CO $ 3,225.50 

Beaver City, NE 396.02 

Cheyenne, WY 500.00 

Colorado Springs, CO 1,628.95 

Denver, CO 1,821.50 

Portis, KS 4,483.32 

Wichita, KS 708.50 

TOTAL $12,763.79 

NORTH ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Bethlehem, PA $ 5,759.89 

Dillsburg, PA 14,901.72 

Elizabethtown, PA 8,881.00 

Ephrata, PA 6,348.00 

Gettysburg, PA 432.00 

Harrisburg, PA 13,073.75 

Hatboro, PA 2,758.75 

Hope, NJ 1,304.00 



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in Giving to 
Grace Brethren Foreign 


rches 

Missions 

$ 168,314.91 
122,485.83 
82,433.70 
55,702.65 
52,795.30 
50,869.07 
49,576.17 
44,995.00 
39,322.44 
33,886.00 
33,24363 
29,706.84 
26,64137 
25,610.96 
25,218.72 
24,481.17 
24,260.81 
23,771.40 
22,132.45 
21,489.30 
21,316.76 
21,305.17 
20,950.48 
20,652.09 
20,435.00 
19.748.00 
19.579.21 
19,278.04 
18,485.43 
18,313.59 


Long Beach, California (Grace) 

Wooster, Ohio 

Whittier, California (Community) .... 

Telford, Pennsylvania 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Long Beach, California (North) 


Bellflower, California 








South Bend, Indiana 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania (Grace) 






Myerstown, Pennsylvania (Grace) .... 






Hagerstown, Maryland (Grace) 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Grace) 

Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 

Temple Hills, Maryland (Grace) 

Sunnyside. Washington (Grace) 

Modesto, California (Grace) 


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Grace) 



Irasburg, VT $ 703.73 

Island Pond, VT 896.75 

Lancaster, PA (Grace) 20,652.09 

Lancaster, PA (Southern) 4,290.00 

Lititz, PA 24,481.17 

Loysville, PA 144.00 

Manheim, PA 5,809.35 

Mt. Laurel, NJ 2,522.00 

Myerstown, PA 22,132.45 

Newark, DE 600.00 

New Holland, PA 12,428.13 

Newport, VT 179.17 

Palmyra, PA 6,101.79 

Philadelphia, PA (First) 13,094.60 

Philadelphia, PA (Third) 3,814.34 

Pine Grove, PA 1,794.65 

Royersford, PA 100.00 



Saratoga Springs, NY 357.00 

Staten Island, NY 30.05 

Telford, PA 52,795.30 

Wrightsville, PA 1,132.35 

York, PA 11,060.06 

North Atlantic District Misc. . . 165.00 

TOTAL $238,743.09 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Auburn, CA $ 2,712.07 

Grass Valley, CA 200.00 

Modesto, CA (Big Valley) .... 19,278.04 

Modesto, CA (La Loma) 9,880.77 

Placerville, CA 367.80 

Ripon, CA 6,848.16 

Sacramento, CA 3,405.50 



San Jose, CA 3,878.78 

Stockton, CA 617.31 

Tracy, Ca 1,650.00 

TOTAL $48,838.45 

NORTH CENTRAL OHIO DISTRICT 

Ankenytown, OH $ 11,663.75 

Ashland, OH (Grace) 44,995.00 

Ashland, OH (Southview) . . . 8,612.28 

Bowling Green, OH 2,922.71 

Columbus, OH (East Side) . . . 20,435.00 

Columbus, OH (Southwest) . . 1,739.00 

Danville, OH 1,585.00 

Delaware, OH 3,300.00 

Findlay, OH 900.00 

Fremont, OH (Chapel) 900.00 

Fremont, OH (Church) 10,079.87 

Galion, OH 5,760.00 

Lexington, OH 24,260,81 

Lima, OH 714.00 

Mansfield, OH (Grace) 26,641.37 

Mansfield, OH (Maranatha) . . 375.96 

Mansfield, OH (Woodville) . . . 7,384.19 

Marion, OH 337.88 

Marysville, OH 973.88 

Mifflin, OH 1,147.38 

Mt. Vernon, OH 1,460.00 

Pataskala, OH 12,065.66 

Toledo, OH 600.00 

Walbridge, OH 1,537.18 

Worthington, OH 168,314.91 

North Central Ohio District Misc. 767.49 

TOTAL $359,473.32 

NORTH EAST OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron, OH (Ellet) $ 10,183.00 

Akron, OH (Fairlawn) 6,020.00 

Canton, OH 29,706.84 

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 921.00 

Elyria, OH 1,706.90 

Homerville, OH 11,539.13 

Lyndhurst, OH 450.00 

Middlebranch, OH 13,219.60 



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Medina, OH 300.00 

Minerva, OH 3,701.50 

Norton, OH 9,015.93 

Orrville, OH 6,935.88 

Rittman, OH 15,684.23 

Sterling, OH 1,743.97 

Wooster, OH 82,433.70 

North East Ohio District Misc. 320.61 

TOTAL $193,882.29 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Anchorage, AK $ 3,435.70 

Beaverton, OR 2,491.65 

Eagle River, AK 7,743.84 

Goldendale, WA 1,361.00 

Grandview, WA 4,005.00 

Harrah, WA 7,088.10 

Homer, AK 252.51 

Kenai, AK 1,525.00 

Kent, WA 13,469.46 

North Pole, AK 300.00 

Prosser, WA 699.06 

Spokane, WA 803.47 

Sunnyside, WA 19,579.21 

Toppenish, WA 1,541.59 

Troutdale, OR 500.00 

Yakima, WA 9,520.00 

TOTAL $74,315.59 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

AltaVista, VA $ 505.00 

Boones Mill, VA 100.00 

Buena Vista, VA 10.00 

Covington, VA 2,929.60 

Radford, VA 527.18 

Richmond, VA 2,733.00 

Riner, VA 393.50 

Roanoke, VA (Clearbrook) . . . 2,241.35 

Roanoke, VA (Garden City) . ., 663.25 

Roanoke, VA (Ghent) 8,964.30 

Roanoke, VA 

(Patterson Memorial) 4,695.85 

Roanoke, VA 

(Washington Heights) 45.00 

Salem, VA 448.10 

Troutville, VA 80.00 

Virginia Beach, VA 816.00 

Willis, VA 100.00 

TOTAL $25,252.13 

SOUTHERN DISTRICT 

Aiken, SC $ 6,081.99 

Anderson, SC 686.00 

Atlanta, GA 21,316.76 

Atlanta, GA (East) 510.05 

Charlotte, NC 1,304.00 

Johnson City, TN 603.00 

Telford, TN 5,822.00 

TOTAL $36,323.80 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA- 
ARIZONA DISTRICT 

Alta Loma, CA $ 2,850.00 

Anaheim, CA 16,275.00 

Beaumont, CA 6,690.09 



Bell, CA 5,303.63 

Bellflower, CA 39,322.44 

Covina, CA 4,141.63 

Cypress, CA 2,356.43 

Glendora, CA 101.00 

Hemet, CA 1,415.00 

La Mirada, CA 4,595.20 

La Verne, Ca 13,750.58 

Long Beach, CA (Community) 4,707.59 

Long Beach, CA (Grace) 122,485.83 

Long Beach, CA (Los Altos) . 5,337.96 

Long Beach, CA (North) .... 49,576.17 

Los Alamitos, CA 7,675.00 

Los Angeles, CA 3,010.16 

Montclair, CA 600.00 

Norwalk, CA 5,097.39 

Orange, CA 4,834.55 

Phoenix, AZ (Grace) 11,999.66 

Phoenix, AZ (Northwest) 1,171.31 

Rialto, CA 2,645.25 

Riverside, CA 3,600.00 

San Bernardino, CA 315.00 

San Diego, CA 2,573.18 

San Ysidro, CA 80.00 

Santa Maria, CA 1,410.24 

Seal Beach, CA 1,030.00 

Simi Valley, CA 18,068.00 

South Pasadena, CA 2,752.55 

Temple City, CA 2,135.30 

Torrance, CA 312.00 

Tucson, AZ 570.25 

Ventura, CA 4,442.56 

Westminster, CA 2,259.65 

Whittier, CA (Community) . . . 55,702.65 

Whittier, CA (Grace) 33,886.00 

Yucca Valley, CA 515.00 

Southern California/ 

Arizona District Misc 65.73 

TOTAL $445,659.98 

SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Brookville, OH $ 13,857.00 

Camden, OH 75.00 

Centerville, OH 5,130.00 

Clayhole, KY 1,070.24 

Clayton, OH 2,487.00 

Dayton, OH (Basore Road) . . 2,270.12 

Dayton, OH (Calvary) 1,031.99 

Dayton, OH (First) 18,485.43 

Dayton, OH (North Riverdale) 3,660.66 

Dryhill, KY 241.30 

Englewood, OH 3,739.85 

Lexington, KY 230.00 

Sinking Spring, OH 750.00 

Trotwood, OH 5,387.00 

Troy, OH 1,011.65 

Union, OH 2,150.00 

West Alexandria, OH 159.33 

TOTAL $61,736.33 

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albuquerque, NM (Grace) ... $ 224.98 

Albuquerque, NM (Heights) . . 448.00 

Counselor, NM 3,328.00 

Taos, NM 3,246.21 

TOTAL $7,247.19 



WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Altoona, PA (First) $ 100.00 

Altoona, PA (Grace) 7,414.65 

Armagh, PA 2,733.00 

Avis, PA 750.00 

Conemaugh, PA (Grace) .... 17,515.72 

Everett, PA 6,030.86 

Everett, PA (Community) .... 518.00 

Hollidaysburg, PA 6,809.96 

Hopewell, PA 943.00 

Johnstown, PA (First) 10,353.66 

Johnstown, PA (Geistown) . . . 4,645.00 

Johnstown, PA (Pike) 15,751.59 

Johnstown, PA (Riverside) . . . 7,698.86 

Johnstown, PA (Singer Hill) . . 6,850.90 

Kittanning, PA (Grace) 25,218.72 

Kittanning, PA (North Buffalo) 3,400.64 

Leamersville, PA 9,325.65 

Martinsburg, PA 15,378.61 

Milroy, PA 693.00 

TOTAL $142,131.82 

MISCELLANEOUS 

National Fellowship of Grace 

Brethren Churches $ 1,130.54 

National SMM 700.00 

National WMC 27,198.78 

Miscellaneous 229,156.68 

TOTAL $258,186.00 

GRAND TOTAL $2,441,890.96 



1984 Ends 
in the Black 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
ended 1984 in the black. Praise the 
Lord! Our income for 1984 was 
$2,321,400; our expenses were 
$2,280,500. We therefore had 
$40,900 income over expenses. This 
took care of 1983's deficit of $26,180. 
We praise the Lord for the good of- 
ferings and financial support in 1984. 



Hospitality 
Fund 

Funds are needed by Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions to host 
overseas pastors at National Con- 
ference. The National Churches are 
paying their expenses to and from the 
United States. U.S. Brethren are their 
hosts during Conference week. 

If you would like to have a share in 
hosting these national representatives, 
please send gifts to our offices mark- 
ed "Hospitality Gift". Thank You. 



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With construction equipment still gracing the landscape, the new Multi-purpose 
Building at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission stands boldly against the New 



Mexico sky. The building was completed last fall and dedication services were held 
in December, the day this photograph was taken. 



FROM DREAM TO DEDICATION 



By Larry Wedertz, Superintendent 

Grace Brethren Nauajo Mission 

Counselor, New Mexico 



"Think big!" That was the challenge 
my pastor, Leo Polman, gave me 
when I was a teenager. After I came 
to Grace Brethren Navajo Mission I 
decided to give his challenge a try and 
trust God for big things. So I asked the 
Polmans to come from California and 
provide special music for our area- 
wide tent crusade. They did! But a 
spring windstorm tore the tent to 
shreds on the third day of the crusade 
and, although we were able to com- 
plete the week of meetings, my en- 
thusiasm for thinking big was dampen- 
ed just a little. 

To think big for God and His work 
requires more than just daydreaming 
about what God in His greatness can 
do. Faith requires a response. It re- 
quires stepping into the Jordan River 
and beginning to walk. Through the 
years here at the Grace Bre.thren 
Navajo Mission we have seen the 
results of our little steps of faith. God 
has blessed with programs, buildings, 
and changed Navajo lives. 

Our new gym/multi-purpose 
building in Navajoland began as a 



dream five years ago. In February, 
1980, I met with several members of 
the Brethren Home Missions Council 
in Whittier, California. We had just 
concluded three days of inspiration 
and challenge in the Home Missions 
workshop for pastors and their wives. 
Everyone felt compelled to attempt 
great things for God and three areas 
of new direction at Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission were laid out at that 
meeting. One was for an assistant 
superintendent and director of church 
planting ministries. Another was the 
beginning of a high school for Navajo 
youth who desired to further their 
Christian training upon completion of 
their elementary years at Brethren 
Navajo Mission School. The third was 
for a multi-purpose building that 
would provide space for large gather- 
ings as well as a recreation center for 
Navajo youth — students in our 
elementary and high schools as well 
as other youth with whom the mission 
has contact. 

By the fall of 1980, God had 
brought to pass the first two objectives: 



Grace Brethren Navajo Mission had 
expanded its ministry to include a high 
school and Bud and Mary Thompson 
were on the field directing the ministry 
of Navajo church planting. But the 
plans for a new multi-purpose building 
remained only a dream. The year 
1981 passed with little apparent prog- 
ress toward the realization of the 
dream. 

But there were occasional en- 
couragements. While attending Grace 
Schools board meetings in Winona 
Lake, Indiana, I shared the dream of 
a multi-purpose building with Pastor 
Tom Inman of Colorado Springs, 
Colo, and Lowell Miller of Denver, 
Colo, and before our conversation 
ended, the first designated offerings 
were set aside for the project. Other 
people began to show interest and we 
were encouraged that God would pro- 
vide this needed facility. A special gift 
of $1,000 was given by the First 
Brethren Church of Taos, New Mex- 
ico, even though they were raising 
money for their own new gym. By Na- 
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of 1982 preliminary plans were drawn 
up and additional offerings were start- 
ing to come in. Then in the fall and 
winter of 1983-84 interest from local 
churches began to pick up. With the 
encouraging response of Brethren 
people, the Home Missions Council 
gave their final go-ahead in March, 
1984. 

Immediate needs shifted from the 
supply of financial resources to the 
assembling of a volunteer work force. 
It was our dream that all our finances 
could be used for the purchase of 
materials and that all labor would be 
contributed. But to complicate this 
dream, the State of New Mexico in- 
sisted that our general contractor and 
all sub-contractors be licensed in the 
state. How God arranged for all of this 
and provided the necessary help is tru- 
ly a miracle of His grace. 

Ralph Hall of Grace Brethren 
Building Ministries received a letter 
from Tom McDonald of Cartwright, 
Oklahoma indicating he had been a 
licensed contractor for twenty-five 
years in the State of California. In ad- 
dition, he had spent two years in 
Bangladesh as a volunteer on a mis- 
sionary construction project. He said 
he and his wife, Olline, would be 
available for the six or seven months 
necessary to see a building project 
through to completion. 

God had provided the contractor. 
But how could he be licensed in the 
State of New Mexico? We shared this 
concern with Ray Calcote, a Christian 
man from Farmington, New Mexico 
who had done a great deal of earth 
moving for the mission with his 
bulldozer. He suggested that we con- 
tact his pastor who held a New Mex- 
ico contractor's license, to see what 
might be worked out. I made an ap- 
pointment to meet with Rev. Robert 
Jacques in Farmington and before I 
could finish telling him all of our plans 
and expectations he asked me if we 
would like to work under his license. 
I could hardly contain myself for the 
joy welling up in me. God had helped 
us over another great hurdle, but there 
were more obstacles on the horizon. 
Could He do the same thing in sup- 
plying a Christian electrical contractor 
and plumbing contractor? 

He did! Marvin Intermill, a 
journeyman electrician, retired from 
the John Deere tractor plant in 
Waterloo, Iowa, said he could do the 
electrical work. God raised up an 
electrical contractor in Cuba, 




Rev. Larry Wedertz leads dedication services at the 



nultipurpose facility 



just thirty-five miles from the mission, 
who gave Marvin permission to work 
under his license. 

Rev. Jacques mentioned a member 
of his church who was a licensed 
plumber. I contacted Bart lies who said 
he would give us a good price on the 
plumbing and that he would be will- 
ing to come and stay at the mission 
during the week, eliminating travel 
time and cost. It was evident that 
God's hand was on our building pro- 
ject, but His leading and answers to 
prayer had only begun. 

While collecting bids for the steel 
superstructure and roof, I nearly gave 
up on contacting a small construction 
firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But 
I finally made contact with Cliff De- 
Went and discovered he was a born 
again Christian. His bid reflected his 
love for the Lord and we saved nearly 
six thousand dollars. In addition, his 
involvement with Youth for Christ 
eventually made available to us a 
ministry in white-water rafting as a 
means for reaching teenagers for 
Christ. 

With contractors lined up, permits 
obtained, and supplies on hand, we 
were ready to build. Week-by-week 
throughout the summer and fall 
months of 1984, God raised up peo- 
ple who came to help for a few days 
or a few weeks. Cse and Ruth Blake, 
from California, volunteered to help 
with cooking and keeping 
records on the workers. 

Space does not 
allow us to 
mention 



the nearly 150 people who came from 
near and far to lend a hand. Three 
times a group.came from Pennsylvania 
in the Spicklers' converted Greyhound 
coach. Some folks flew, others drove. 
Husbands left their families to come 
and work. Sometimes families came 
along and everyone helped out. When 
fall came, the work crews gradually 
grew smaller until we began to think 
we would not be able to meet our 
dedication date. But God continued to 
care for needs and the Lester Keysers 
arrived to bolster our spirits and get the 
building ready for occupancy. 

At last dedication day came on 
December 2, 1984, and the dream 
was realized. The service, in true 
Navajo style, was over three hours 
long and climaxed five exciting days of 
special meetings, ball games, and 
other activities that demonstrated the 
versatility of the building for varied 
ministries. 

Dr. Lester Pifer, executive secretary 
of Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council, brought the dedication 
message and several of the 
Christian contractors and 
sub-contractors shared 
their testimonies. 
Special music 
abounded 



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Ministering 

In A 

'Haven 

of Rest' 



By Kurt Miller 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 
Palm Harbor, Fla. 



More than 100 years ago, a family 
headed south, seeking a haven of 
relief from the cold northern United 
States for health reasons. They 
discovered the beauty of the St. 
Joseph Sound and started a settle- 
ment in the beautiful rolling area that 
runs along the Gulf of Mexico on the 
western shore of Florida and sur- 
rounds a large inland lake, Lake Tar- 
pon. This area is now known as Palm 
Harbor, a large unincorporated area in 
North Pinellas County, Florida. 

This community has a short, but 
rich history, a prosperous present and 
a most promising future. From its ear- 
ly population of a few hardy souls ex- 
isting on fishing and citrus, Palm Har- 
bor has blossomed into one of the 
fastest growing residential areas in the 
country. Thirty minutes from the Tam- 
pa International Airport, residents can 
enjoy all the advantages of a major 
metropolis while living in a rural 
setting. 

Although there are a number of 
posh resorts, a few motels, and several 
travel-trailer and camping parks, Palm 
Harbor is not basically a tourist town. 
A well-balanced economy has firm 
roots in retail business, financial institu- 
tions, the building trades, and the 
commerce necessary to support a 
residential community. 

Believing Palm Harbor to be an 
ideal location to live, Vauldine and 
Jean Curtis felt led in 1977 to begin 
a Bible study in their home with the 
hopes of establishing a Grace Brethren 
Church. At the time, they were atten- 
ding the Grace Brethren Church at St. 
Petersburg, Fla., some 20 miles away. 
With the support and aid of Pastor 
William Tweeddale, then pastor at St. 
Petersburg, the group grew and a 



commitment was made to support a 
new Grace Brethren Church. 

Following the first official meeting on 
May 30, 1977, the group contacted 
the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council regarding their need of a 
pastor and financial support. When 
the new church was adopted by the 
Council, Pastor Marion Thomas arriv- 
ed to lead the young congregation. 
Later, Dan Younger was called as 
pastor. 

Currently, leading the flock is Kurt 
Miller, former pastor of a Home Mis- 
sion work in Richmond, Va., and also 
of an established church at Everett, Pa. 

The Palm Harbor church has not 
been without struggles. Yet God has 
a time and a season for responsiveness 
to the Gospel. Though the church is 
realizing tremendous victories, it has 
many hurdles yet to cross. 

During the months of November 
and December, 1984, the church con- 
ducted a "Birthday Gift For Jesus" 
drive to raise $5,500 to satisfy the 
mortgage on their property. On 
December 30, the total received was 
$5,575! God supplied the need "ac- 
cording to His riches in glory!" The 
church had also realized excess giving 
for the year exceeding its projected 
goals by nearly $2,500! 

When Pastor Miller arrived in late 
1983, the church was unable to pay 
any of his support for the first quarter, 
while Home Missions was paying the 
total salary. A year later, the church is 
now contributing one-half of the 
salary. 

One apparent obstacle is the ob- 
vious "sun-and-fun" factor of the Sun- 
coast of Florida. The climate is con- 
ducive to year-around outdoor ac- 
tivities on the beaches, in the many 



The Palm Harbor Congregation hopes to build on this property this summer. 



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beautiful parks, and endless sight- 
seeing and tourist attractions close at 
hand. Though this makes living in 
Palm Harbor a virtual "haven of rest," 
it makes building a church difficult. But 
irregular attendance and lack of com- 
mitment seem to be typical of the area. 
Not only has the Grace Brethren 
Church experienced these problems, 
but many other churches of varying 
religious persuasions note the same 
difficulties. It has not been easy to 
build a Grace Brethren Church here, 
but it is beginning to succeed, 

On June 1, 1985, the church will 
break ground with the hopes of begin- 
ning construction of their building 
around July 1. There are many things 
to be done between now and then. 
Although the future appears bright, 
the need for souls saved, discipleship, 
and sanctification are imperative. 

The greatest need of the Palm Har- 
bor Grace Brethren Church is for 
God's people to pray: for the Holy 
Spirit to increase each member and at- 
tenders knowledge and love for Christ; 
for a responsiveness to the Gospel 
message by those who are being con- 
tacted with the Gospel in their homes; 
for the pastor in his spiritual life as he 
wrestles in the ministry against forces 
that would like to destroy the ministry 
of the Word in this "haven of rest." 




Rev. Kurt Miller 
has been pastor of 
the Palm Harbor, 
Fla., Grace Brethren 
Church since the fall 
of 1983. Prior to 
that, he pastored 
Grace Brethren 
churches in Richmond, Va., and Everett, 
Pa. He and his wife Anecia have three 
daughters, Mindi, Juli, and Kristi. 



New Executive Named 



Dr. Robert W. Thompson has been nam- 
ed executive secretary designate of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council. He 
will assume the position of executive 
secretary on July 1 when Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
retires after more than 30 years in Home 
Missions ministries. 

The announcement of Dr. Thompson's 
appointment was made by Rev. Luke E. 
Kauffman, president of the GBHMC board 
of directors, on Wednesday, March 13, dur- 
ing the spring meetings of the board. 

"My biggest burden is to see the Grace 
Brethren church grow," said Dr. Thompson 
following the announcement. "Our job as the Council is to promote the Grace 
Brethren Church and see us grow as a Fellowship." 

Since 1965, he has served as western field secretary for the Council. Prior 
to that, he pastored the Grace Brethren Church at Westminster, Calif., then 
a home mission point. 

He is a graduate of Biola College and has taken additional graduate work. 

He and his wife, Betty, have two children — Mrs. John (Linda) Shields, 
who is the music director of the Bellflower (Calif.) Brethren Church, and 
Daniel Thompson, who is associate pastor at the Ft. Myers, Fla. Grace 
Brethren Church. They also have five grandchildren. 

The Thompsons currently reside in Long Beach, Calif. They will be mov- 
ing to Winona Lake, Ind. this summer. D 




Tour Planned To Navajo Mission 

Individuals attending the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches this summer in Colorado may wish to extend their trip 
a few days to visit the Indian lands of New Mexico. 

The Grace Brethren Home Missions Council and the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission is sponsoring a five-day tour which includes a visit to the 
Mission in Counselor, N. Mex., a tour of Chaco Canyon National Monu- 
ment, a visit to the Plaza in Taos, as well as the Grace Brethren Church 
and the Indian Pueblo there, and sight seeing in Sante Fe. 

The tour will leave from Estes Park, Colo., on Friday afternoon, August 
16, and fly from Denver, Colo., to Albuquerque, N.Mex., that day. It will 
conclude on Tuesday, August 20, with a return flight from Albuquerque to 
Denver. Arrangements may be made, however, to return to your home from 
Albuquerque. (Those who are not attending the conference, but wish to par- 
ticipate in the tour may meet the group in either Denver or Albuquerque.) 

Cost of the trip is $249 per person for a couple; $272 for a single; $241 
per person for three people; or $238 per person for four people. Included 
in the price is round trip air transportation from Denver to Albuquerque via 
Continental Airlines, one way motorcoach transportation from Estes Park 
to Denver Stapleton Airport, motorcoach transportation from Albuquerque 
to Counselor, to Taos and back to Albuquerque to the airport, two meals, 
hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn in Taos, baggage handling, and 
three nights lodging and meals at the Navajo Mission. 

All arrangements have been made by Travel Specialists, Inc., in coopera- 
tion with Grace Brethren Home Missions. For additional information, con- 
tact Liz Cutler, at Grace Brethren Home Missions, Box 587, Winona Lake, 
IN, 46590, or call (219)267-5161. 

Those persons who wish to drive to Counselor to participate in the special 
activities on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 are welcome to 
do so. However, reservations should be made in advance, particularly if meals 
or housing is desired. □ 



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27 



Sermon 
of the 
Month 




"To be great, it is necessary to suf- 
fer." This was the favorite expression 
of Enrico Caruso, the great opera 
singer. Another has said that success 
and suffering are closely linked. If you 
succeed without suffering, it is because 
someone else has suffered before you. 
It is not surprising that we should find 
the same principle in Scripture: "If we 
suffer, we shall also reign with Him . 
. ." (2 Tim. 2:12). 

This Easter Season, as we 
remember Christ's death, the perfect 
payment for our sins, let's not forget 
that He also suffered before He died, 
and in so doing, left a pattern for us 
to follow. 

Early Friday morning, Christ stood 
before Caiaphas, the High Priest, and 
the other Jewish leaders. The events 
that took place in that scene teach us 
two crucial lessons about suffering. 

The testimony that was used against 
our Lord, was the statement that He 
had made toward the beginning of His 
ministry, "Destroy this temple (mean- 
ing His body) and in three days I will 
raise it up" (Jn. 2:19). The false 
witnesses twisted that statement and 
said that Christ claimed He was able 
to tear the temple down, thus making 
Him a defamer or slanderer of the 
temple (Matt. 26:59-61). In short, He 
was being accused of something He 
had never said nor done. 

Has this ever happened to you? If 
you are walking with Christ, it is almost 
inevitable. Our Savior promised His 
disciples that since He, the Master, was 
wrongfully called "Satan," they, the 
members of His household, should ex- 
pect the same type of untrue slander 
(Matt. 10:25). Godly men and women 
through history have been slandered 



The Forgotten 
Key To Victory 



By Doug Sabin, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Milroy, Pa. 



time and again. The great preacher, 
Charles Spurgeon, was criticized ter- 
ribly in his ministry, with his sermons 
being called "trashy" and many doub- 
ting whether he was even saved! 

Christ gives us some encourage- 
ment as we face this type of trial. He 
said, "Blessed are you when men cast 
insults at you, and persecute you and 
say all kinds of evil against you false- 
ly, on account of me. Rejoice and be 
glad, for your reward in heaven is 
great." (Matt. 5:12-13a) 

The inevitable question is possibly 
coming to mind. If I can expect to take 
part in Christ's suffering unjustly, what 
should my reaction be? 

When Albert Einstein was asked for 
his formula to success, he replied, 
"X+Y+Z = Success. X stands for 
work; Y, for play; and Z, for keeping 
your mouth shut!" 

When Christ stood before that com- 
pany of men and their lies, it was one 
of the biggest injustices of the ages. 
There, the Creator of the universe 
stood, being judged by His own crea- 
tion, and they were lying at that! 
Notice His response: "But Jesus kept 
silent" (Matt. 26:63a). Three other 
times, Christ responded in the same 
way: when He appeared before Pilate, 
when Herod questioned Him, and 
when He hung on the cross. 

During these crucial times of silence 
in the face of unjust criticism, Christ 
was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 
53:7, "He was oppressed and afflicted, 
yet He did not open His mouth." At 
the same time, He was laying down 
an extremely important principle for 
us: We can honor God by responding 
to unjust criticism with silence. 

Notice what Peter declared, 

"For you have been called for this 
purpose, since Christ also suffered for 
you, leaving you an example for you 
to follow in His steps. While being 
reviled, He did not revile in return; 



while suffering, He uttered no threats, 
but kept entrusting Himself to Him 
who judges righteously" (1 Peter 
2:21,23). 

Clearly, one of the hardest tasks for 
any Christian is to take unjust criticism 
without retaliating, or driving it down 
inside. 

Christ stands before us as a perfect 
example of One who left the business 
of settling accounts to God. We can- 
not dare to do any less. 

The forgotten key to victory? It is 
suffering silently in the face of unjust 
criticism. Ask God to prepare you now 
so that the next time you face this type 
of trial, you will "suffer silently." If you 
do, "great will be your reward in 
heaven." □ 




Doug Sabin has been 
the pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church at 
Milroy, Pa., since early 
1984. He is a graduate of 
Montclair State College 
in New Jersey, and 
Grace Theological Sem- 
inary, Indiana. He and 
his wife, Barbara, have 
two daughters, Merry Jo 
and Jannelle. 



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Is God Mad At You?? 

By Russ Dunlap 

Director, Grace Brethren Missions 

Stewardship Service 



When I was a young lad on an Ohio farm, a neighbor's house 
caught fire. Some of the neighbors were able to get there but they 
were only able to remove some of the contents and that was all. 
In the process, one small, slight fellow picked up a large cast iron 
coal heating stove weighing way beyond his normal ability to lift, 
set it on a window ledge, and three fellows on the outside carried 
it away. 

After the fire the men were trying to figure out how the man was 
able to lift that stove by himself. Under normal circumstances, he 
would never have even tried to lift that stove by himself. But due 
to the excitement of the moment, he had the extra human strength 
to lift it. He had no time to think of excuses. 

You have probably heard it said, "God will never ask you to do 
something without giving you the ability to accomplish it." I am 
reminded of this when I read the story of Moses in Exodus. 

As God talked with Moses, he said, "So now, go. I am sending 
you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." But 
Moses had his excuses why he could not do what God was telling 
him to do. 

First, Moses said he was a nobody and didn't consider himself 
a likely candidate for the job. He wasn't up to dealing with Pharaoh. 
God had to convince Moses that He would supply the resources 
to complete the job. 

Then Moses argued with God that when he went to the Israelites, 
they wouldn't listen to him, then what would he do? God instructed 
Moses and assured him Israel would listen! Next, Moses was afraid 
the people wouldn't believe him, just as if to say, "God, this won't 
work. They won't believe me!" But God then convinced Moses that 
He was able to do everything that was needed for the occasion. 

Finally, Moses told God that he had a speech problem and knew 
he could not do the job. Some have thought Moses stuttered and 
therefore felt inadequate to do what God was telling him to do. 

Even after God tried to convince Moses He would help him to 
speak and would tell Moses what to say, Moses said, "Please Lord, 
send someone else to do it." Exodus 4:14 "Then the Lord's anger 
burned against Moses." 

How often has God been "mad" at you and me for making ex- 
cuses as to why we cannot do what He has asked us to do? 

Moses' brother Aaron got in on the blessings of this opportunity 
because Moses wouldn't trust God to help him. Has God asked 
you to do something which you do not want to do or feel you can 
not do? Trust God, He will supply the talents, time, and treasures 
you need. Jesus never fails! 

I find there are people that need to care for matters of their will 
and financial planning. I am sure each has their reasons (excuses) 
for not doing what they know God would want them to do. If you 
know you should do something about your will and haven't, don't 
delay any longer. Don't wait until God gets "mad" at you and gives 
someone else blessings that belong to you. God wants to help you. 
Write and we will assist you — Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship 
Service, Box 587, Winona Lake, Ind. 56590 or call (219) 267-5161. 




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Dream To Dedication 

(Continued from page 25) 

with the ministry of Angi lies, Ray 
Calcote, Tony Luna, Rick Petitta, Deb- 
bie Pueschel, Ben Stoner, The Living 
Spring Gospel Singers, and our own 
high school choir. 

Dreams come to an end. But our 
dreams for the future of the new multi- 



Rev. Larry Wederte 
has been on the staff 






of the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission, 
Counselor, N. Mex. 
since 1958. He has 
been superintendent 
since 1966, with the 
exception of 1977 to 
1979. He and his 


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wife, Jonnie Lou, who 
teaches kindergarten 
at the Mission, have 
four grown children. 







purpose building in Navajoland do not 
end with the dedicaton ceremony. 
There are yet several hundred hours 
of work needed to complete the 
building itself. Equipping the building 
will involve a great deal of money and 
effort. But already God has answered 
prayer and half of the bleachers have 
been supplied as well as individual 
lockers for the locker rooms. We have 
a pressing need for floor covering and 
we know that God will supply. 

Our greatest dreams center in the 
use of the building in the days to come 
and God's supply of a person who will 
direct the ministry that this building 
makes possible. It will be exciting to see 
how God brings these dreams to 
reality. U 




Tom and Olline MacDonald, left, of Cartwright, 
Okla., are recognized for their contribution to the con- 
struction of the Multi-Purpose Building at the Grace 
Brethren Navajo Mission during dedication services in 
December. Dr. Lester E. Pifer, right, executive secretary 
of Grace Brethren Home Missions, presented them 
with a Bible and an engraved plate Also looking on 
is Lloyd Wenger, Dallas Center, Iowa, a member of 
the GBHMC board of directors. 





Ocala Is Latest 
Home Mission Point 

Ocala, Florida is the newest point 
for Grace Brethren Missions. Financial 
support for this new Grace Brethren 
Church was approved during the 
March meeting of the GBHMC'board 
of directors. 

This new group was started in the 
Chelsea Estates area east of Ocala by 



Rev. Arnold Kreigbaum, 
Grace Brethren minister 
and former dean of 
students at Grace College. 
Many of the members are 
Grace Brethren people 
who have moved from the 
northern states to retire or 
semi-retire in the area. 

Rev. Kreigbaum is 
leading the group until 
they call a pastor. When a 
full time pastor arrives on 
the field, financial support 
from the Council will 
begin. 

The group presently 
meets in the Kreigbaum home, 
although they are looking for a wor- 
ship site on Baseline Road, south of 
Silver Springs and east of Ocala. They 
are also exploring the purchase of pro- 
perty in the area. □ 

GBIF Approves Loan 

A loan of $240,000 to the 
Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren 



Church, Avis, Pa., was approved dur- 
ing the March meeting of the board of 
directors of the Grace Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation and the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 

The funds will be used when the 
Home Mission point begins construc- 
tion on their first unit this spring. Pat- 
terned after the Grace Brethren 
Church at Pine Grove, Pa., the 
Tiadaghton Valley building was 
designed by Ralph Hall, of R.E. 
Nelson and Associates, Bradenton, 
Fla. The 6,000 square foot facility will 
be in colonial style and will contain a 
125-seat sanctuary with overflow 
seating to accomodate another 60 
people. Also in the plans are a 
fellowship hall, kitchen, nursery and 
toddler rooms, and a church office and 
pastor's study. 

Total cost of the building is estimated 
at $300,000, some of which the 
church already has on hand, accor- 
ding to Walter Fretz, financial secretary 
for the Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation. □ 



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Sharon coordinates the SMM program for the Ashland, Ohio, GBC. Here she discusses a project with a 
young girl. 

They call her SMM Coordinator. It's a big responsibility, involving about 18 adult workers and 
70 girls. Sharon Strickling is in charge of the Serving My Master program for the Grace Brethren 
Church of Ashland, Ohio. 

A blend between Girl Scouts and Sunday school, SMM at Ashland happens each Wednesday 
night for young girls in grades first through sixth. 

For Sharon, that means setting aside time each week to plan activities, set goals, meet with leaders, 
prepare lesson materials and coordinate facilities. 

Fortunately she's not in this alone. 

"The thing that gives me the most pleasure," Sharon says, "is when a lady comes up to me 
and says,'Is there any way I can help with SMM?'" 

What is a dream for many church leaders, happens regularly to Sharon. 

"It might be someone I've never seen before," Sharon continues, "or someone who left the pro- 
gram and now misses it. Just when there's a vacancy and I'm wondering what to do and I don't 
have the time to make a lot of phone calls, someone will call and ask how they can help." 

Visible throughout Sharon's four years of leading this ministry has been God's partnership. It 
started in the very beginning. 

When Sharon was first asked to coordinate the church's SMM program, she wanted to do it 
all. She felt like she had to know how to do everything. It was humbling when she finally admitted 
that she needed help. 

"I looked at the needle work in particular," she says, "and was overwhelmed. I didn't even know 
how to do cross-stitch and that was the easiest skill." 

In that moment of desperation, her silent partner took over. 

A woman approached Sharon and said she wanted a ministry in the church. She asked if she 
could help in the girls' program. Sharon said sure and asked her to describe her interests. As if 
she were reading from an SMM handbook, the woman said she enjoyed crocheting, embroidering 
and knitting; during weekdays she taught needle work at a resident home for handicapped people. 

"The Lord sent her," Sharon says. "He brought home to me that I didn't have to know how 
to do everything, that I have a wealth of people around me who know how to do the things I 
can't. I just have to be open to sharing the ministry with others." 

And when Sharon did that, the Lord provided lots of knitters. Other women in the church 
volunteered and the needle work training expanded to include one lady for every two girls. 

"I just said, Thank you Lord; thanks for showing me I don't have to do it all myself,'" recalls Sharon. 

God has helped with other staffing needs, too. Like one year when Sharon was trying to match 
women and girls in a kind of "big sister" or friend relationship. Two weeks before the big event 



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when these relationships would be announced, Sharon 
wanted to dump the whole idea. She had fifteen ladies 
committed to the program, but needed thirty-five more. 

Then she received a phone call from a woman who had 
hurt her back and was temporarily confined at home. The 
caller asked, "Wouldn't you like me to call everyone I can 
think of and see if we can find more Maxi's (SMM jargon 
for a big sister)?" It was Sharon, then, who almost hurt her 
back as she was "floored." 

The friend made the phone calls and the program was 
a success. 

Through a ministry involving 70 
young girls, God is teaching Sharon 
that He will provide her ministry 
needs. 

Even in the little things, that seem important only to 
Sharon, God gets involved. This last year, when the Mini- 
Maxi program now needed 70 women to befriend the girls, 
Sharon was thrilled with the strong response from the 
women. She felt so good about the matching . . . until, 
on the day of the Mini-Maxi party, when the relationships 
would be announced, Sharon realized she left out one girl's 
name. 

"It may seem like a little thing to others, but it was a big 
thing to me," recalls Sharon. "And it would have been a 
big thing for that little girl, too." 

In less than half-an-hour, Sharon received another one 
of those phone calls. A woman's voice said, "My husband 
reminded me that 1 better call you to see if you needed 
any more Maxi's." 

"That kind of thing gives me goose bumps," says Sharon. 
"It makes me feel special in the Lord's sight because He 
honored my concern for that girl and He honored the 
worth of this program." 

Sharon knew very little about the SMM program 
four years ago. As a mother of two daughters, she 
was beginning to see a void in her girls' lives. She 
wanted them to be in a club like Girl Scouts where 
they would learn some special skills and be among 
peers. 

The church recognized the same kind of needs 
in other families and had begun an SMM program. 
Sharon, a veteran children's worker, was asked if 
she would coordinate the program. 

"All you have to do is prove to me that it's wor- 
thwhile," Sharon said. 



Sharon believes she can best 
serve her SMM leaders by par- 
ticipating in their groups. Each year 
she works with a different age group. 



After her own research, Sharon was sold on the 
program. 
Photos by Joe Dove "ft j s Girl Scouts and Bible memory and how to live a 

Christian life and how to grow spiritually and how to teach 
girls about the things they'll need to go through in grow- 
ing up," says Sharon. 

Her next step was to be sold on being the coordinator. 

"The thought was scary," says Sharon, "but when I saw 

how well CE organized the program and how many ladies 

were already committed to helping, it was less frightening." 

Sharon takes her ministry seriously. "Wholeheartedly" 

is the word she likes to use. 

Each year she participates in a different SMM age group, 
sometimes teaching other times helping the teacher. She 
says it's essential for her to have a handle on each age 
group and understand the whole program. It also enables 
her to be a better helper to her age-level leaders. 

Working part-time as a nurse, Sharon wisely uses 
available time for SMM planning. There's not a conflict bet- 
ween SMM time and family time, especially since her two 
daughters are in the program. Her husband, Rich, is ac- 
tive in the church choir on Wednesday night so their 
schedules mesh well. 

If you were a teacher in Sharon's program, she'd talk to 
you about lifestyle. She's committed to modeling the Chris- 
tian life before the young girls. Titus 2:3-5 is her theme: 
Older women likewise are to be reverent in 
their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor 
enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 
that they may encourage the young women to 
love their husbands, to love their children, to 
be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, be- 
ing subject to their own husbands, that the word 
of God may not be dishonored. 
Her motherhood reinforces what she says as a leader. 
"As I look at the women who are helping in SMM," says 
Sharon, "I tell them I'm glad my daughters got to see their 
lives reflected this year. Each lady is unique but they all 
have something special about them and if my daughters 
can pick up one good thing a year, that's fantastic." 

Sharon Strickling shares a big ministry. It's touching many 
young lives and challenging some older lives, too. D 




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Living In "Red Ink" ByD™***. 

"Insufficient funds." That two-word 
indictment from the local bank put 
an instant damper on my free- 
wheeling approach to finances. 
That unwelcomed (and expensive) 
reminder forced me to backtrack 
through the chaos of my desk cor- 
ner, where the financial records 
were stored amidst the "someday" 
pile. There I found my problem— 
not deliberate prodigality, just a few 
checks I had forgotten to enter, a 
couple of monthly balance 
statements I had meant to recon 
cile (that's why they were in the "someday" pile!), and a checkbook that revealed a pattern of sub- 
tracting that, well, let's just say that at times I wasn't even close. 

I discovered that the chaos on my desk was reflected in the condition of my checkbook. The 
bank was right — my account had run dry! 

"Insufficient funds." The friendly financial institution is not the only source of that grim verdict. 
Sometimes we find the same two-word warning being issued a little closer to home. 

The emotional deposits and debits of our lives create a bank-like account at our core. We are 
accustomed to approaching that account with confidence, knowing that the necessary reserves 
will be available and accessible. There are times, however, when we can approach the emotional 
bank account to make a needed withdrawal and receive the unwelcome news that the account 
is overdrawn. Instead of finding emotional reserves enough to share, we find the emotional cup- 
boards are bare. And true to form, we receive a notice of insufficient funds, a notice that is usually 
composed of one word: "apathy." 

The dictionary defines apathy as, "lack of passion, emotion or excitement." Most of us know 
apathy as a bad case of the blahs— a zero where the zip used to be. And apathy is most tragic 
when we care little for that which counts most. 

Where does apathy come from? Apathy may be the emotional bank's warning of insufficient 
funds due to the infrequency of deposits. When the Lord Jesus spoke about choosing treasuries, 
He indicated that our care was drawn to where our cash had gone (Matthew 6:21). Apathy is the 
indicator of no "care" where there is no "cash." Feeling apathetic? Check your deposits! It's unlikely 
that we'll care deeply for that which comes cheaply. If you're not investing yourself— if you're not 
giving of your time, energy and resources — then don't expect to care! That holds true whether 
the issue is our relationship with Christ, our church involvement, our family, our jobs, or our friends. 
When we're not making personal investments that cost, the deficiency of deposits may lead to 
insufficient funds and apathy. 

Sometimes apathy appears from the other side of the ledger. We make our usual deposits in 
the emotional bank, but we subject the account to such intense or such immense withdrawals that 
we receive a warning of insufficient funds. In this case apathy is not the result of caring too little, 
but of caring too much, for apathy can at times be a synonym or a symptom for "burnout." Elijah 
on the "day after" knew painfully well the feeling of being too worn-out to continue and too weary 
to care (I Kings 19). And the Biblical precedent for personal "time-outs" and retreats needs to be 
observed and obeyed. 

Feeling apathetic? Check your withdrawals! Maybe there are some that need to be delayed or 
even deleted. Maybe the next withdrawal needs to be your own, alone with the Lord— lingering, 
listening, learning, loving. 

Apathy, a notice of insufficient 
funds in the emotional bank of our 
lives, an indicator that demands 
more than recognition— it demands 
response. How's the balance in 
your account these days? If the 
balance is up you're probably en- 
joying the dividends of enthusiasm 
and excitement. If the balance is 
down, it may be time for a little per- 
sonal accounting as you look at the 
pattern of deposits and with- 
drawals. No better "emotional/ 
financial" advice was offered than 
Solomon to his son: "Watch over 
your heart with all diligence, for 
from it flow the springs of life." 
(Proverbs 4:23) □ 



Dave Belcher is 
pastor of the LaVerne, 
Calif., Grace Brethren 
Church. He is also a 
member of the board of 
directors for GBC 
Christian Education. 




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"Hey, jeetjet?" 

"Naw, jew?" 

"Nope, less squeet." 

"Wear jew wannago?' 

"Dunno." 

"Lezgo ear." 

"Okay." 

Is this a conversation in a foreign language? Did it take 
place overseas? Could it be the speech of an alien creature 
from a science fiction epic? 

Actually, this dialog (or one similar) takes place across 
the United States everyday: two people are making plans 
for lunch. 

Confused? Here, allow me to translate: 

"Hey (or hello), did you eat yet?" 

"No, did you?" 

"No, let's go eat." 

"Where do you want to go?" 

"I don't know." 

"Let's go here." 

"Okay." 

Our English has become slurred and inarticulate. 
It doesn't matter from what part of the country we are; 
we've become sloppy with our speech. Sometimes it's dif- 
ficult to understand someone when he runs all his words 
together, uses poor grammar, and tosses in a few slang 
words. 

I'm guilty of it. Often I become so hurried that I 
runallmywordstogether. I forget that I'm trying to com- 
municate with someone, and they might not understand 
me. 

My prayer life tends to reflect this pattern, too. I rush in- 
to the presence of God and rattle off my prayers, often- 
times forgetting to praise God for who He is or thanking 
Him for His care and concern for me. In my sloppiness 
I omit details and pray almost generically. 

I'm glad He understands in spite of my slipshod com- 
munication. Even when I don't know what to say or how 
to pray for a situation, God understands. The Holy Spirit 
serves as a sort of an interpreter for us. 

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. 
We do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit 
himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot ex- 
press. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind 
of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints 
in accordance with God's will." Romans 8:26-27 NIV 

How wonderful to have open communication with God! 
Our slurred or inadequate speech is no hindrance. But I 
still need to strive to improve my prayer life. Instead of 
dashing in and praying in a flash, I need to take quality 
time with my Father. 

Lord, help me not to speed into Your presence and "bless 

miss'ries in the fornfields and pray Yule heala sick." May 

I be more conscious and deliberate in my prayer life. D 

— Nora Macon, Winona Lake Indiana 




— The Lake Odessa, Michigan, WMC has 
an annual Spring Breakfast at their church for 
all the women and girls instead of their regular 
meeting. The group has a very good turn-out 
for this event which features a special speaker 
or group. 

— The Summit Mills, Pennsylvania, Jr. 
WMC enjoyed cookouts before their monthly 
summer meetings. 

— A fun way to emphasize missions at a 
WMC meeting is to serve refreshments that are 
typical to the mission field you are studying. 
You might want to try them with your family 
as you pray for missionaries in that area. A 
recipe booklet is available from Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions, and Grace Brethren Home 
Missions would send some Navajo or Jewish 
recipes. 

— In order to emphasize the 15th Day of 
Prayer, the Alto and Lake Odessa, Michigan, 
WMCs met together at a restaurant for 
breakfast. The ladies who attended had a sweet 
time of fellowship and prayer. 

— The Covington, Virginia, Jr. WMC shares 
a year-long project idea: "We have a missionary 
Christmas stocking which each member con- 
tributes to every month, giving a nickle for each 
month of the year. For example, one nickle in 
January, two nickles in February, etc. This is 
used as a special missionary offering at the end 
of the calendar year." 




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President Mrs. Margie Devan, 10 E. Luray 

Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
First Vice President Mrs. Geneva Inman, 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 

Springs, CO 90810 
Second Vice President Mrs. Janet Minnix, 

3314 Kenwick Tr. SW, Roanoke, VA 

24018 
Secretary: Mrs. Florence Lesh, R. 3, La 

Porte City, IA 50651 
Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Cinny Sellers, 

10455 U.S. 12, White Pigeon, Ml 

49099 
Financial Secretary Treasurer: Miss Joyce 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 
Ass't Financial Secretary Treasurer: Mrs. 

Donna Miller, R. 8, Box 277, War- 
saw, IN 46580 
Literature Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter, 

R. 8, Box 292, Warsaw, IN 46580 
Editor: Miss Nora Macon, 705 Terrace Dr., 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Prayer Chairman: Mrs. Debbie Adams, R. 4, 

Box 94-A, Kittanning, PA 16201 



June 1985 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found in the 1985 Brethren 
Annual, pages 38-40) 

Argentina 

Rev. Earl Futch June 10 

Brazil 

Rev. Dan Green June 16 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Dorothy Goodman June 12 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

Dr. Jim Hines June 14 

Lynda Garber June 15, 1969 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 

France 

Rev. Tom Julien June 27 

Miss Patty Morris June 28 

Germany 

Rev. Roger Peugh June 17 

Mrs. Nancy Peugh June 17 

Monica Pappas June 18. 1976 

In the United States 

Rev. Les Vnasdale June 1 1 

Rev. Dan Pettman June 14 

Rev. Roy Snyder June 15 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

Mrs. June Immel June 24 



Offering (©pporhmtttes 





Foreign Missions Offering 

Goal: $10,000 

For the Central African Republic 

Sango Literature fund 

Send before June 10, 1985. 

Also, 

The Birthday Missionary Offering emphasis is hap- 
pening now. We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a year 
per member. 
Send before June 10, 1985. 



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NEWS REPORT 



D Mike Brubaker, pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Philadelphia, PA, was ordained to the Christian ministry 
April 1, 1984. Pastor Roger Wambold (Penn Valley GBC, 
Telford, PA) delivered the sermon and Pastor Ronald 
Guiles (Lehigh Valley GBC, Bethlehem, PA) moderated 
the service. Along with other pastors, the father-in-law of 
Pastor Brubaker, Dr. Charles Y. Furness, was also involved 
in the service. Following the service, a very fine fellowship 
meal was enjoyed in the lower auditorium of the church. 

□ Harold Dunning, associate pastor of the GBC of Long 
Beach, CA, observed 50 years in the gospel ministry with 
an after-church celebration in his honor. As part of the 
celebration, he and his wife. Marguerite, left in early 
January for a three-month stay in the Central African Re- 
public visiting friends and spending some time with their 
daughter and her family, Paul and Roberta Kuns. The 
Dunnings had served as missionaries to the C.A.R. for 
many years. 



Deaths 



The following list of deaths occurred during June to September at 
the Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA. Richard Mayhue, 
pastor: 

James Eckstrom, July 28 

Lyle Marvin, August 23 

Harriet Mellen, June 9 

Ethel Ryan, in July 
Ashton, Delia, May 21. Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 

Ballantine, James, 82, February 7 (1984). He was a faithful 
member of the First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, PA. Mike 
Brubaker, pastor. 

Bowman, Emma, 77, November 18. Meyersdale Grace Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, PA. 

Bowser, Ruth F., 84, February 18. She was a faithful servant at the 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, PA. Ron Warrick, 
pastor. 

Conner, Sadie, 80, June 28. Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, 
Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 

Cramer, Art. He was a member of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Crowder, Waldo W., 83, February 16. He was a longtime member 
of the Silverbell Grace Brethren Church, Tucson, AZ. Ken Curtis, 
pastor. 

Diehl, Gary, 31, December 24. Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 
Donnelly, Paul, 44, November 26. Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 
Eicher, D. Ross, 58, September 6. Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 
Hess, James, December 14. He was a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 
Hochstetler, Ivan. He was a faithful attender at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Wooster, Ohio. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Klucker, Mrs. Lillian, October 14. She was a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 






Lamberson, William, 61, December 6. Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 
Miller, Ovid, 72, December 8. Calvary Grace Brethren Church, 
Alto, Ml. Richard Placeway, pastor. 

Nikos, Mary, 90, October 7. LaLoma Grace Brethren Church, 
Modesto, CA. Joel Richards, pastor. 

O'Neal, Glenn, 66, February 18. He was a member of the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA; and was a mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Foreign Missions Board of the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. A memorial service was held at 
the Biola University commemorating his years of service as a 
professor at Talbot Theological Seminary. 

Plunk, Millie. Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Conemaugh, 
PA. Ron Warrick, pastor. 

Rowe, Albert, 84, April 11 (1984). He regularly attended the First 
Brethren Church, Philadelphia, PA, for the past 14 years. Rev. 
Donald Shackleton, minister to senior adults, officiated at the 
funeral service. 

Schumacher, Mrs. Herman, 81, February 2. Grace Brethren 
Church, Osceola, IN. The memorial service was conducted by 
pastors Keith Shearer, Scott Weaver, and Gordon Bracker. 
Sell, John, January 24. He was a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 
Sise, Eunice, October 5. LaLoma Grace Brethren Church. Joel 
Richards, pastor. 

Trapp, Mazie, October 22. Grace Brethren Church, Homerville, 
OH. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

Triggs, Frances, September 29. Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 

Uphouse, Dr. Norman, 77, February 1 . He served as a pastor in 
various churches since 1930, and on the faculty of Grace College, 
Winona Lake, IN, from 1954 to 1975, when he retired from the 
teaching field. He was also very active in community affairs, some 
of which were: chairman of the board for Lakeland Christian 
Academy, Warsaw, IN; chairman of the American Association 
of Retired People; and for more than 30 years as a volunteer in the 
American Red Cross Association, having been named Indiana's 
Outstanding Red Cross Volunteer in 1975. He was also a member 
of the Winona Lake (IN) Grace Brethren Church. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

Walls, Ambrose, 81, November 6. Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 
Walls, Frances, 79, April 18 (1984). Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 
Whisman, Dorothy, October 1 1 . Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 
Wolfe, Dorothy, 83. June 12. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church. 
Roger Wambold, pastor. 



Change \bur Annual 

Thomas Bailey, Shamrock Motor Home Park, No. 110, 
Warsaw, IN 46580 / William Crabbs, R. 2, Box 345, 
Johnstown, PA 15904 / Lee Dice, Unit 101, 2500 Cleve- 
land Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 (Tel. 216/345-7826) / 
Jeffrey Heim, 6777 Laird Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 
43068 / Jon Richard Jacobson, c/o I SOT, P. 0. Box 
50015, San Bernardino, CA 92412 / Richard McCarthy's 
telephone number is 814/749-8758 / John Pappas, 
Liebigstr. 7/1, 7080 Aalen-Unterkochen, West Germany / 
Mitchell Picard, 1523 E. Newport Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 / 
Victor Rogers, 7363 Palomar Ave., Yucca Valley, CA 
92284 / Ronald Smals, Lincoln Apt. No. 10, 1600 E. Ft. 
Wayne St., Warsaw, IN 46580 / Emery (Zeke) Young, 
104 E. Main St., Elida, OH 45807 / The new phone num- 
ber for the Foreign Missionary Bethany Residence, 
Winona Lake, IN (inside front cover) is: 219/267-7050. 



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• The 12 -Year Road To Self-Support 
• Grammar and Grandpa 
Four Misconceptions About the "Call" to the Ministry 



Reflections By Still Waters 



A Castle To Confuse a King 



Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



(Where the 
hospitality is free!) 




There are not many kings left in this world, 
though there still remains a number of castles. To 
the travelers of this world there is a strange and 
unusual group of castles. They are called White 
Castle, and to the people of certain select parts of 
the country they are part of the culture. My con- 
tact with them is in Southern Ohio or in Indiana- 
polis, Indiana; but I have been told they can be 
found in Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and even in 
New York City. To those not yet introduced to 
them, they belong to a chain of restaurants. 

The White Castles were established in 1921 and 
the buildings will attest to that fact. They can be 
best described as Early or Mid-Depression times. 
They are white-stark-white with a metallic or 
plastic look. But once inside you find a strange 
attraction— the price of the product. The ham- 
burgers are priced at 28cf apiece, and, not being 
one of the biggest spenders of our time, I find 
that appealing. The customers range all the way 
from a lady in a fur coat to a less expensive dress. 
You can also buy the hamburgers frozen for the 
same low cost, and always have a supply close to 
you when the desire for a "White Castle" attack 
hits you in the middle of the night. 

How to order the hamburger is a problem be- 
cause you know a 28«5 hamburger may be a little 
short of a full meal. So when I visited one recent- 
ly I stepped back to see what others would 
do. Not a very brave gesture, but I have found it 
to be a safe one. To my surprise, the first cus- 
tomer—a big truck-driver type, ordered "Eighteen 
Whites, please." There had to be some mistake, so 
the next customer— a petite, young-mother type- 
stepped up and said, "Twenty-four, please, to 
go." Then a couple of teenagers came through 
and they settled for six apiece. 

I was ready for "Two White Castles, please 

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some onion chips and a Coke." I did my best to 
look like a regular customer, just one of the 
crowd. The little waitress announced my order in 
a big voice and everyone in the place knew I was 
new. The total bill came to a mind-snapping 
$1.33— hardly enough for a tip elsewhere. She 
put the hamburgers in little boxes, which I found 
later was to protect the poor little things. An- 
other purpose was to help me find them in the 
sack. Had they been alone I would have lost them 
under the sales slip which was bigger than the 
hamburgers. They were good— real good and my 
heart now belongs to White Castle. I only go to 
the Yellow Arches when there is a special oc- 
casion like an anniversary or a birthday. 

A part of the menu board does remain in my 
mind every time I think about White Castle. The 
final item after the sandwiches and the beverages, 
down on the lower right hand side, reads "Hos- 
pitality Free." There are only a few bargains left 
in this world. You might not put a 28d hamburger 
in that category, but there is hospitality which 
does not cost a penny. 

There is a smile which you can give to a friend 
or a hello to a person you've just met. There are a 
few moments of your time that you can give free 
to someone who needs those moments more than 
anything else. You can pass on a cheerful word in- 
stead of some problem. When you encounter a 
person with a day that has only difficulties, resist 
the temptation to add to their problems. 

As a Christian, we are salt and light as well as 
an emerging saint. We are to be givers not get- 
ters—a balm in Gilead— not a bomb of verbal hurt. 

Remember those people at White Castle who 
give their hospitality free. How about us in the 
Church? What do we people with the Bread of 
Life have to offer? n 



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Vol. 47 No. 5 May 1985 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
is published monthly by the 
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P.O. Box 544, 1104 Kings 
Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $8.25 
per year; foreign, $10.00; special 
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Editor, Charles Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 

Typesetting and Layout, Mike Baker. 

Dave Beeson and Greg Hoffert 
News Page Editor, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Mike Boze 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester Piter, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 



CONTENTS 

6 Of General Concern 

9 Grammar and Grandpa 

12 Finding Our Lives 

14 Self-Support NO WAY! 

16 God Wants Your Thought Life 

18 The 12-Year Road To Self-Support 

22 Who Murdered Mighty Mediocrity? 

24 CE News 

27 Beginnings in France 

30 Beginnings in England 

32 Beginnings in Germany 



BMH FEATURES 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 34,36 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

A contract was signed for the construction of 
the new Grace Seminary building at Winona 
Lake, Ind. This was the first home for the 
Seminary that they were able to call their own. 
To date all facilities have been rented from 
others. . . Dedication of the Johnson City, Tenn. 
Grace Brethren Church was held under leader- 
ship of Pastor Russell Ogden. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Meyerstown, Pa broke ground for their new 
building. There were 136 in the morning wor- 
ship service, Luke E. Kauffman, pastor. . . 
Chaplain John Schumacher reported baptizing 
3 persons in the Dak Bla River in Vietnam. They 
had recently made a profession of faith in Christ. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

Grace Schools announced a $4.96 million 
budget and approved a promotion in rank to 
Dan Snively to assistant professor. Dr. Weston 
Fields and William Gordon were advanced to 
the rank of associate professor. 



LETTERS 



Dear Editor: 

Congratulations on the March issue of 
the Herald Magazine. It is the most time- 
worthy issue yet. The stories are more in- 
depth and more easily identified with by 
the reader. They are varied enough in their 
sources to be interesting, but are not so 
obscure as to be "unreal" or remote. 

The people involved — such as Steve 
Jarrell — are not portrayed as white plaster 
idols. They are human, complete with 
mistakes, and the stories are written to help 
the reader benefit from those mistakes. 1 
think people need to see that our contem- 
porary Brethren heroes are human; this 
refocuses our goal on God instead of 
ourselves, and isn't that the real purpose 
of any Christian work? 

— Indiana 

COVER PHOTO: A leaded glass facsimile of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions logo, made by 
Mr. and Mrs. Wendal Cram of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Portis, Kansas. (Photo by 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer) 



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Four Misconceptions About the 
"Call" to the Ministry 



By Dan L. Gillette 



Dan L. Gillette is a 1984 graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary. He is cur- 
rently serving as pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Covington, Virginia. 
This article is a summation of a chapter 
from his M.Div. thesis titled The "Call" to 
the Ministry: External and Verifiable, and 
is used by permission. The entire thesis is 
available at the Grace Theological 
Seminary library. 



"I will build my church" (Matt. 16-18) echoes from heaven. 
On earth God uses people to do it. Yet the problem of the 
"call" to the ministry is who should do it. A common approach 
says the "call" is internal and mystical. Four views branching 
from that basic approach will be examined in the light of the 
biblical data and found wanting. 

The "Call" Is Like Falling In Love 

A student, young, confused on the subject and boldly 
honest, asked a pastor to explain the "call." A long pause was 
followed by an unsure voice of the red-faced man saying, "It's 
like falling in love." Hearing himself say it must have given him 
more confidence as he elaborated, "Yes, it's kind of like when 
you find the woman you want to marry. You just know she 
is the one. You just feel it." 

However, the biblical definition of love in marriage is that 
it is a covenanted relationship and feelings are the by-product, 
not the basis of the commitment. No biblical passage com- 
mands one to, or suggests that one love or marry because of 
a feeling (1 Cor. 13; Eph. 5:22-23). 



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The "Call" Is Mystical Like The Salvation Experience 

Proponents of this view cite a direct emotional encounter 
with God as the ultimate proof of salvation and the "call." 
The problem with this view is that there is no way to judge 

"There are many who think that they 
are called simply because in a 
meeting they were conscious of a 
rush of feelings ..." 

the validity of any truth claim. The result is that a person 
can say that he is saved and "called" to the ministry by 
a mystical experience and no one has the right to ques- 
tion or examine him. 

Yet assurance of salvation is derived from its fruit (Matt. 
7:15-20) and the saint's perseverance in the faith to the 
end of his life (2 Tim. 4:7-8). For the Christian to regularly 
examine himself along the way to see if he is "in the faith" 
(2 Cor. 13:5; 1 Cor. 9:27) is entirely in order. Likewise 
the one "called" to the ministry must prove it by having 
fruit in the ministry and by passing the examinations given 
in the Pastoral Epistles (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) as ad- 
ministered by God's people, regardless of any mystical 
experience. 

The "Call" Is By Feelings, Impressions and "Voices" 

This misconception of the "call" is that there is no audi- 
ble voice or visible sign, but simply a feeling of intuition 
about God's leading. There is a tendency to look on intui- 
tion as an infallible channel of God's speaking. Christians 
often find the tendency to regard intuition as a foolproof 
channel of guidance. To question intuition is to question 
God Himself. There are many who think that they are call- 
ed simply because in a meeting they were conscious of a 
rush of feelings, of an intense action of their own mind and 
so insist that they are called of the Spirit of God to teach. 

Psychologist Dr. James Dobson states that one of the 
objectives of Satan is to get the Christian to lean totally on 
his impressions, accepting them uncritically as the absolute 
voice of God. When this occurs, the devil has achieved 
all he wants. 1 

There is no clear statement in the Old or New Testament 
telling us that we should attempt to discern God's will 
through intuition. "I can find no examples in either the Old 
or New Testament where it is clear that someone discern- 
ed God's will through inward guidance. This may seem sur- 
prising but I would challenge the reader to find such an 
instance." 2 I tried and failed. 

Concerning the call, "There is no verse in the Bible to 
suggest that Christians are to wait for a "call" before they 
make plans to serve God." 3 We must conclude that there 
is no biblical basis for the notion that intuition should be 
regarded as an indication of the Holy Spirit's leading, 
generally in anything and specifically concerning the "call." 

The "Call" Is By Visions, Prophecies and Fleeces 

Some think that they should be the recipients of super- 
natural guidance because supernatural guidance occurred 
in the Scripture. It is true that God actually "called" some 



people to the ministry by this means. Therefore should 
every (or any) preacher today receive a supernatural "call" 
to the ministry? 

When all the instances of such guidance are considered, 
the sparsity of them in the early Church and the Old Testa- 
ment is very telling. It seems that in the great majority of 
decisions there were no experiences of supernatural 
guidance. Consider, for example, the non-frequency of 
miracles, or supernatural interventions by God during the 
time between the first Adam and the second Adam. Enoch's 
translation was the only miracle in over 1,700 years be- 
tween Adam and the Flood. For centuries Israel suffered 
in Egypt with no special voice from heaven. Only rarely 
did a miracle occur during the centuries from Joshua to 
David. For centuries before Christ came, God withheld all 
miracles. 4 Also in the New Testament, the apostle Paul liv- 
ed to see the passing of miracles. 

Concerning the "call" to the ministry, Dr. Friesen sees 
only three such occurences in the New Testament and the 
apostle Paul did not see his calling as providing a pattern 
for other ministers. 5 

Regarding prophecy, there is no instance of a prophecy 
being regarded as guidance in the New Testament after 
Pentecost with the exception of Acts 21:4. "Prophecies" 
in which one tells someone else he is "called" to the ministry 
are to be disregarded. 

Referring to fleecing, is it valid today for someone con- 
sidering the ministry to ask for a "yes" or "no" answer 
relating to whether he is "called?" This approach as the 
other approaches are not viewed as appropriate for the 
Church Age and it cannot be considered normative for the 
present economy. 

. . ."the call' to the ministry is not in- 
ternal or mystical." 

Dr. Hoyt summed it up well by saying, "The canon of 
Scripture is closed, and apart from the Bible we may not 
speak of an infallible indication of God's will." 6 

Examination of the specific common views of this general 
approach reveals no biblical support. "Feelings" are not now 
and never were any indication of God's will on any topic, 
including the "call" to the ministry. Supernatural revela- 
tions did occur. Yet they were extremely rare, never stated 
or implied as a prerequisite for the minister and do not oc- 
cur in this Church Age in any form. These common inter- 
nal and mystical views of the "call" are biblically found want- 
ing, because the "call" to the ministry is not internal or 
mystical. " D 

'James Dobson, Emotions: Can You Trust Them? (Ventura. Calif. :Regal 
Books, 1980), p. 122. 

2 M. Blaine Smith, Knowing God's Will (Downer's Grove. Ill: lntervar- 
sity Press, 1979), p. 80. 

] CharIes R. Smith, Can You Know God's Will for Your Life?. The BMH 
Discusssion Series, 6 (Winona Lake. Ind.: BMH Books. 1977). p. 3. 

Mohn C. Whitcomb, Does God Want Christians to Perform Miracles 
Today?. BMH Discussion Series, 1 (Winona Lake. Ind.: BMH Books. 
1973). pp. 5-6. 

■■Garry Friesen with J. Robin Maxson, Decision Making and the Will 
of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View (Portland. Oreg.: 
Multnomah Press. 1980). p. 313. 

'Herman A. Hoyt, "The Divine Call to the Ministry of Jesus Christ." 
Grace Journal 14 (1973):9. 



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A 1959 graduate of Grace College. Amos Good now works in the Pentagon. 



GRACE 




Grace Editor's Note — Amos Good was elected 
the 1985 Grace College Alumnus of the Year We 
thank him for representing our Lord so faithfully 
through his career. 



Minute by minute, 
Amos Good is never 
sure what might ap- 
pear on his desk. 

It might be information about a 
brush fire in Central America. Or 
maybe a request for boots in Tel 
Aviv. Or, possibly, a terrorist attack 
in Lebanon. 

"Something new comes in the 
in-box about every 15-minutes," 
Good says. "It's kind of like putting 
out little fires all over the world." 
Maybe routine. Maybe a crisis. 

The job, Good says, could make 
a rubber room your home. "It could 
be a very pressure-filled job if you 
let it. It's very important because it 
could have repercussions for the 
world we live in," Good says. 

But for Amos Good, that's where 
perspective comes in. "There are a 
lot more important things than my 
job," he says with a smile. 

Amos Good's job title is chief ad- 
ministrative assistant to the chair- 
man of the joint chiefs of staff. 
Compressed and translated: the 
right hand man of the highest rank- 
ing general in the country. 



That may sound impressive, but 
really it's nothing when put in 
perspective. Get this, Good says: 
He is, and only by grace, a son of 
God. The friend of the right hand 
man of God. 

Amos Good sort of blows away the 
perception of a man who works in 
the Pentagon. The images of a 
cigar-smoking, quick-talking, 
impatient-Strangelovish bully of 
Commies disappear with the first 
word. A tape recorder can hardly 
find his voice. He has the white hair 
of someone you respect. He talks 
with reverence, possibly fear, of 
God's power and nuclear war. 

He quotes the apostle Paul 
almost constantly. 

He looks too composed, almost 
sanguine, for a man who works 
mostly 12-hour days in a mega G- 
force job. "The thing you have to 
realize is that God is sovereign." 

Good's job, which begins before 
the sun, is a varied one. Routine 
and crisis. Local and global. 
"Basically it (the job) is to keep the 
paperwork flowing. The govern- 
ment has tons of paperwork. The 
requests that come in for action we 
have to determine what is to be 
done, where they should be sent, 
and how much time is needed for 
action." 



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GENERAL 
CONCERN 



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•**•• 



Good's job, essentially, is to get the 
necessary information to people who 
make the decisions. That information 
varies — from requests for equip- 
ment to troop movements to hostage 
crises. The location also varies. 

"We have worldwide command — 
we have a Pacific command, a Euro- 
pean command, a Central American 
command, a Middle East com- 
mand," Good says. "Constantly 
throughout the day we have 
messages or memorandums coming 
in throughout the world. They tell us 
about problems and what conditions 
are like." 

For example, Good says, he could 
get a memorandum about troop 
movements in Honduras or possible 
terrorist activity in Lebanon. Judging 
by the size of the world, he says, he 
is almost always dealing with some 
crisis. 

"There is almost always a crisis," 
Good says. "When you have to deal 
with the whole world, there's always 
bad trouble somewhere. Even when 
there aren't any crises, you have to 
stay on top of a situation to deter- 
mine what you would do if there was 
one." 

Amos Good, a 1959 graduate of 
Grace College, says his job is impor- 
tant. "The ramifications are so much 
greater now than they were a few 
years ago," Good says. "Then, one 
nation could not destroy another na- 
tion with one blast. The implications 



are much broader. Two people could 
have an altercation in some remote 
part of the world and it could end up 
having widespread political ramifica- 
tions." 

At times, Good says, the amount 
of information can almost be over- 
whelming. For example, the 
pressure, hours worked and informa- 
tion during the Iran hostage crisis was 



"You find a lot of key 
people and high level 
people who are very in- 
terested in spiritual 
things." 



tremendous. Good does not go into 
details. 

"It was hectic," he says. 

In his desk drawer, reserved for 
times when things get crazy, is the Bi- 
ble of Amos Good's father. Philip- 
pians is looking a little ragged. 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in 
everything by prayer and supplica- 
tion with thanksgiving let your re- 
quest be made known to God. And 
the peace of God, which surpasses 
all comprehension, shall guard your 
hearts and minds in Jesus Christ." 

Amos Good could probably not 



handle his job if it weren't for his rela- 
tionship with Jesus Christ, he says. 
"I know a lot of people who the job 
is the most important thing for them. 
You can usually tell right away who 
they are," he says. 

Amos Good's job is at least third 
on his priority list. His relationship 
with Christ, he says, comes first; his 
family, second, and then maybe the 
job. He says he needs to keep the 
spiritual balance to maintain the rest 
of his life. "Like Paul says, the most 
important thing is to be faithful," 
Good says. 

Surprisingly, perhaps, Good's 
spirituality is not that unusual in the 
Pentagon. 

"There are at least a dozen Bible 
study groups at the Pentagon," Good 
says. "You find a lot of key people 
and high-level people who are very 
much interested in spiritual things. A 
lot of people here acknowledge that 
there is a God and that we are 
responsible to Him." 

Down a piece of the 17 miles of 
corridor, Amos Good, the one-time 
church furniture salesman, walks in- 
to his office at the Pentagon. In his 
in-box there is a piece of paper mark- 
ed 'Top Secret.' 

To the rest of the world, it's like a 
scene from a high-drama spy thriller. 
To Good, it could be just a routine 
piece of work. 

And if not, there's always his dad's 
Bible, ragged at Philippians. □ 




LIVING MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL 
MARCH 1985 



In Memory of: 

Dr. Glenn O'Neal 
Mr. Harry N. Duff 
Dr. Norman Uphouse 



Given by: 

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Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kilgore 
Mr. & Mrs. William Reichelt 
Rev. William H. Schaffer 
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Dr. James Boyer, retired Grace Seminary professor and developer of GRAMCORD 



Wmim & GR/MNDFA 



Dr. James Boyer, contrary to his 
trappings, is not the retiring sort. 

Pay no attention to his winter home 
in Florida. Or his plans to buy a fishing 
boat. Or the sign that hangs on his 
wall: Lucky To Have a Grandpa Like 
You. 

Dr. Boyer, for the most part, is not 
living a life of horseshoes and 
hammocks. 

Since his retirement six years ago as 
a professor at Grace Theological 
Seminary, Dr. Boyer has done 
anything but fade away. 

He sometimes works 14 hours a 
day, typing and loading and beeping 



his 256 K Compaq computer in the 
corner of his living room. 

And what Dr. Boyer has done and 
is doing, without being asked or paid, 
is remarkable. 

Perhaps, revolutionary. 

Dr. Boyer calls it GRAMCORD, a 
catchword for a grammar concor- 
dance. It is the result of years and years 
of work. 

GRAMCORD allows a user to 
search out different grammatical con- 
structions in New Testament Greek 
much the same way a concordance 
allows for individual word studies. 

Dr. Boyer said he became convinc- 



ed of the need for a grammar concor- 
dance when he was still teaching 
Greek at Grace. 

"Language is grammar," Dr. Boyer 
says. "Grammatical constructions 
become the means of language. We 
put sentences together in grammatical 
constructions. You change the struc- 
ture and you change the meaning. 

"We've always known about these 
constructions and how important they 
were but we have had no way up un- 
til now of getting them together for 
comparative study. Now we can." 

The reasons for the breakthrough? 
New technology and old-fashioned 



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hard work. 

For a couple of years, Dr. Boyer 
has been working on a database for 
the system. That involved catalogu- 
ing each of the more than 138,000 
words in the New Testament. For ex- 
ample, nouns were parsed according 
to gender, number and case. Verbs 
identified with tense, voice, person, 
number and mood. Something as 
seemingly simple as a conjunction 
would be broken down as to kind — 
purpose, result or source and so on. 

Every type of grammatical unit 
was identified — participle, infinitive, 
genitive absolute, preposition . . . 
whatever. 

Boyer gave his work to Paul Miller, 
a computer programmer and now a 
staff member at Trinity Evangelical 
Divinity School. Miller wrote a pro- 
gram to store the database. The com- 
puter will also display verses, 
chapters or sections in the New 
Testament with each word 
catalogued according to its gram- 
matical function. 

The printouts from the database 
piled more than eight inches high. 

Miller then worked out programs 
to sort and retrieve individual gram- 
matical units. For example, say a per- 
son wanted to find and compare all 
of the infinitives in the New Testa- 
ment. A series of commands could 
be written and the computer would 
print out all infinitives. 

Context can also be controlled. 
The computer will list however many 
words of context (before and after) 
that are desired. Also, individual 
books of the Bible or sections of that 
book can be specified. 

Different types of infinitives could 
also be broken down. The computer, 
for example, lists the infinitives with 
nominative articles or genitive ar- 
ticles. After the infinitives are listed, 
the computer counts the number of 
constructions and breaks them down 
by books of the Bible. 

Infinitives are just an example. The 
same can be done with every gram- 
matical unit — genitive absolutes, ac- 
cusatives of general reference, par- 
ticiples, relative clauses, and so on. 
In fact, Boyer says, the possibilities 



are endless: 

"There is no end as to what can 
be done with this program," Boyer 
says. "As soon as you set up a cer- 
tain number of constructions and 
show them, another scholar can 
name that many more and do a 
study on them. There is no such 
thing as completing the GRAM- 
CORD program and having it done. 

"It is really a tool. It's like a ham- 
mer. The job of a hammer isn't done 
when you finish building a particular 
house. It can be used to build other 



GRAMCORD allows a 
user to search out dif- 
ferent grammatical 
constructions in New 
Testament Greek much 
the same way a concor- 
dance allows for in- 
dividual word studies. 



houses. This tool will be around and 
available when anyone runs into a 
problem anytime." 

Boyer does not think GRAM- 
CORD will redefine the meaning of 
the New Testament. 

"I think it's going to make it possi- 
ble to check things and answer some 
of the borderline questions that 
before couldn't be answered," Boyer 
says. "In any case it will make us 
more confident. We can say that this 
is how a construction is used." 

For example, Boyer recently used 
GRAMCORD to complete a study of 
a purpose clause that appears in 1 
Peter 3:1. 

The passage refers to a wife win- 
ning an unbelieving husband to the 
Lord by her actions. The purpose 
clause in this passage uses the in- 
dicative mood — one which implies 
certainty. Normally, the purpose 



clause uses the subjunctive — a 
mood of contingency (doubt to the 
outcome). 

Because of this construction, some 
have said the passage guaranteed an 
unbelieving husband's conversion. 

The GRAMCORD allowed Boyer 
to examine and compare other pur- 
pose clauses used in a similar man- 
ner elsewhere in the New Testament. 
His finding? A purpose clause with 
the indicative does not always mean 
certainty. Therefore, there is no 
guarantee that an unbelieving hus- 
band will be saved. 

Boyer has also done studies on the 
use of imperatives, participles and in- 
finitives. He says the results have sur- 
prised him: "I've learned some things 
that I had not been aware of even 
after 30 years of teaching Greek." 

Currently, the program is just 
beginning to be used. Grace and 
Trinity have installed the program in- 
to their main computers and are of- 
fering courses. 

The program has also been leased 
out to other schools. Also, some of 
the leading scholars in New Testa- 
ment studies have shown interest in 
the program, Boyer says. 

Software is available on a limited 
basis through Trinity Evangelical 
Divinity School. For qualified 
scholars with access to a computer 
with 256 K memory, the program 
can be purchased for about $500. 
Eventually, it is hoped the program 
will be marketed by a software com- 
pany which supplies pastors and 
churches. 

GRAMCORD is not without its 
limitations. Its database, for the most 
part, is based only on Boyer's 
opinion. However, there has been 
some comparison with another 
database and other scholars have 
checked "trouble words." 

Also the program, at times, is dif- 
ficult to run: "Some of the com- 
mands are rather cumbersome," 
Boyer says. 

There is one final limitation. If one 
could call it that. "It still only supplies 
a list a raw data," Boyer says. "You 
still have to do the studying." □ 



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11 




Finding 
Our Lives 



by Sue Weaver, 
Missionary to France 



Being in language school has taught me not only zillions 
of French nouns, pronouns, and verbs, but how much we 
use language— writing checks, reading food labels, using 
recipes, understanding road signs, and talking to my kids' 
school teachers all require French. 

Not being able to do these things, well, makes me feel 
like I'm not a very smart person! It's embarassing at age 
31 to have to ask the man at the bookstore how to spell 
"sixteen" so you can write it on your check. 

Though we speak French all day at school, we are speak- 
ing it to other students who have had the same vocabulary 
lessons and dialogues that we've had. When we go 
downtown, the people don't always use the words we have 
studied! 

We ask people to repeat things for us, and we are 
asked to repeat things, too. Sometimes we are so pleased 
that we've communicated so well. Then there are days it 
seems we will never get the language right. 

After one particularly discouraging weekend, during 
which it seemed that neither my professor nor the Albert- 
ville merchants were understanding my French, it "got to 
me." I had a good cry. The Lord brought to my mind the 
verse that says, "Whoever loses his life for My sake will 
find it." 

I think we all sometimes feel like we are losing our lives 
in the lives of our husbands or children or friends, or in 
some other job God has given us to do. But, He has pro- 
mised that if we lose our lives for His sake, we will find 
them. 

And He is faithful to His promises. □ 



Beginnings in Germany — 

(Continued from page 33) 

of evangelism and God's clear working through other chan- 
nels, contact was gained with a group of believers in a near- 
by city who were interested in establishing a New Testa- 
ment local church. 

These indications of God's special working demonstrates 
God's love and patience with His Church in Stuttgart. 

Progress is being made. It seems obvious that this group 
will reach maturity as an indigenous church if God's peo- 
ple continue to pray urgently for such a working. 

Now when you hear the word "Germany", think of a 
country where God is working and planting His Church. 



— The Florida District WMC held training 
sessions at its Fall Rally for local officers and 
leaders. The respective district officers lead the 
sessions. 



— One WMC circle rented a local gym for 
an evening and invited the SMM girls. The 
women and girls enjoyed a fun evening of play- 
ing volleyball and other games. Plus, it was a 
good opportunity for both groups to get to 
know one another better. 



— If you haven't read the reading circle 
books for this year, be sure you do! The stories 
are very interesting and will have an impact on 
your life. 



— The New Troy, Michigan, WMC took a 
trip to many places of the world during one of 
their meetings. When they arrived at the 
church, big arrival and departure signs were 
posted. Each lady was given a ticket with the 
Bible verse on the back. Their "plane" was ar- 
ranged with three seats on each side of the ai- 
sle with red, white, and blue streamers down 
the outside of the plane. Many had never flown 
before. 




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Women 

Manifesting 

ehrist 



President Mrs. Margie Devan, 10 E. Luray 

Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
First Vice President: Mrs. Geneva Inman, 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 

Springs, CO 90810 
Second Vice President Mrs. Janet Minnix, 

3314 Kenwick Tr. SW, Roanoke, VA 

24018 
Secretary: Mrs. Florence Lesh, R. 3, La 

Porte City, IA 50651 
Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Cinny Sellers, 

10455 U.S. 12, White Pigeon, Ml 

49099 
Financial Secretary Treasurer Miss Joyce 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 
Ass't Financial Secretary Treasurer: Mrs. 

Donna Miller, R. 8, Box 277, War- 
saw, IN 46580 
Literature Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter, 

R. 8, Box 292, Warsaw, IN 46580 
Editor: Miss Nora Macon, 705 Terrace Dr., 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Prayer Chairman: Mrs. Debbie Adams, R. 4, 

Box 94-A, Kittanning, PA 16201 




July 1985 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found in the 1985 Brethren 
Annual, pages 38-40) 

Argentina 

Elizabet Hoyt July 4, 1978 

Brazil 

Jonathan Miller July 10, 1983 

Stephanie Miller July 16, 1978 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon July 18 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Karen Daugherty July 4 

Miss Carolyn Kodear July 7 

Sean Daugherty July 8. 1983 

Miss Cheryl Kaufman July 10 

Dr. Don Hocking July 15 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Rev. Tom Stalker July 26 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

England 

Erica Kowalke July 28. 1983 

France 

Mrs. Kathy Harrell July 20 

Mrs. Soni Viers July 20 

Rev. Jim Hocking July 20 

Ryan Hobert July 29, 1978 

Mrs. Susie Hobert July 3 1 

Germany 

Miss Jane Fretz July 8 

Kristina Ramsey July 27, 1983 

Japan 

Seth Graham July 14. 1978 

Mexico 

Rev. Tom Sharp July 19 

Rev. James Schaefer July 29 

Philippines 

Rev. Ted Ruiz July 14 

In the United States 

Mrs. Donna Walker July 1 

Rev. Bob Williams July 15 

Mark Austin July 23. 1968 

Lisa Immel July 26, 1966 

ffiffermg ©pportmttttes 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

Sango Literature Fund 

Goal: $10,000 

Send before June 10, 1985 

This offering will go toward the printing of much-needed 
literature written in Sango. Some of the literature printed 
will include OTN (WMC) materials, youth work material, 
lesson books for SMM and the boys' work. Our African 
Brethren are crying for this material. 

The Birthday offering that is received during the year 
needs to be sent before June 10, 1985. This money goes 
toward the support of the WMC Birthday Missionaries. Na- 
tional WMC suggests a minimum of $1.50 a year per 
member. 



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Self-Support? NO WAY! 



by Don Soule 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

Anderson, S.C. 

When asked to write an article on going self-support, 
my mind immediately began to consider the term "self- 
support." 1 thought yes, in one sense we do want to be 
self-support; but there is another part of me that says "No 
Way!" What I mean, of course, is that a child of God is 
never "self-support," but for lack of a better term we use 
it to describe a church being weaned from financial 
assistance from the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council. 

Let me share with you a brief history of the church in 
Anderson. S.C., and what "self-support" does and doesn't 
mean to us. 

In the fall of 1972, a Bible class was started in the home 
of Jack and Jane Broyles. Then, in November 1973, Pastor 
Marion Thomas and his wife, Yvonne, came to Anderson 
to lead the work. An organizational business meeting was 
held on November 11, 1973, and the result was the 
establishment of the first Grace Brethren Church in South 
Carolina! 

In 1978, my wife and I came to Anderson to get our 
"feet wet" in the pastoral ministry, working under the direc- 
tion of Rev. Ray Feather. Since that time, God has taught 
us much about ourselves and the ministry. In April 1983, 
the church called me to become the senior pastor and 
God's grace has been sufficient over these last two years 
to keep us going for Him. (Rev. Ralph Burns has also 
ministered here.) 

What Self-Support Does Mean 

First, it means that by faith we as a local church are go- 
ing to trust God to provide our material needs. We claim 




1 Timothy 6:17 that we do not trust in uncertain riches but 
in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 
We are not trusting in our ability to bring in the necessary 
funds to keep the church operating, but rather in the God 
who gives us the ability to get wealth (Deut. 8:18). We have 
never had an over-abundance of wealth, but God has 
always met our need in some way or another. I am so 
thankful to God for the financial closeness of our church 
because it keeps us close to Him. 

Secondly, "self-support" means that we as members of 
the local church are willing to trust God by giving sacrificial- 
ly. It is nothing to give to God what we can easily do 



Groundbreaking at Anderson on June 13, 1976 





Anderson, S.C., Grace Brethren Church 



without, but a true heart of thankfulness will give sacrificial- 
ly. I am amazed at the sacrificial giving on the part of many 
of our people here in Anderson. 

Thirdly, going self-support means we can concentrate 
more on giving than receiving-. We have always stressed 
the importance of giving to missions, but now we will see 
the funds that came to us from Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions and the Southern District Mission Board channeled 
into other new works which will proclaim the word in those 
communities. 

In addition to Grace Brethren Home Missions, the former 
Southeast District and the current Southern District have 
faithfully supported us in Anderson. Now as we go self- 
support, we desire to become more involved in planting 
new churches in our district. The Southern District is young 
and small in church numbers, but large in potential. We 
cover four states with only seven churches, two of which 
are home mission churches, with only about 500 members 
in the entire District. With this room for growth, we at 
Anderson want to be a contributing factor to the develop- 
ment of new Grace Brethren Churches throughout the 
south. 

What Self-Support Does Not Mean 

Going self-support does not mean separating ourselves 
from the wisdom and counsel of Grace Brethren Home 
Missions. We have profited from their support and we in- 
tend to keep close contact with them. 

Becoming self-support does not mean that we become 
prideful and say, "Look what we have done," because it 
is all the Lord's working. We are laboring in vain if this is 
man's work. 

Self-support does not mean we become independent 
of the support of other churches and believers within our 
Fellowship. The encouragement of others in the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches is so important— we feel 
separated from them due to distance. We constantly need 



the prayer support of believers across this Fellowship and 
that is important now more than ever. 

We also want to be an encouragement to other Grace 
Brethren people. Let us beware that we do not become 
independent of each other for then we may fail to see and 
meet the need of other believers or churches. 

Self-support? Financially from the Grace Brethren Home 
Mission Council and the Southern District Mission Board? 
Yes. 

From the fellowship of other believers and Grace 
Brethren Churches and from God? No Way! 




Don Soule has been 
pastor of the ■ Grace 
Brethren Church at 
Anderson, S.C. since 
June, 1983. Prior to that, he served as assistant 
pastor on a voluntary basis. He is a graduate of 
Washington Bible College and is married to the 
former Cindy Robey. The Soules have one daughter, 
Carrie Ann. 



GBHMC 



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Sermon 
Month CD 




16 MAY '85 GBHMC 



by Gary Nolan, Former Pastor 

Coast Community Grace Brethren Church 

Laguna Niguel, Calif. 



Psychology teaches us the tremendous significance of 
the thought life in determining who we are and what we 
are becoming. We are learning that a person can literally 
think his way to success or failure. You think about 
something hard enough and long enough and you are just 
liable to do it. 

The amazing thing to me is that the Bible has been say- 
ing this for thousands of years. Long before psychology 
made the scene, the Bible was informing us of the tremen- 
dous importance of the thought life. For example the 
Bible says: 

"For as he thinks within himself so he is." (Proverbs 23:7 
NASB) 

"Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow 
the springs of life." (Proverbs 4:23 NASB) 

The Bible uses the word "heart" in a sense of "the heart 
of the matter," or "the core of man's being." Out of this core 
of being emanates man's mental activity, emotions and 
feelings. 

Out of your thought life are the issues of life is what the 
verse is saying. A rudder on a ship is a very small part of 
the total bulk of the ship, and yet the direction of the rud- 
der determines the direction of the entire ship. When the 
rudder turns, the whole ship turns. By the same token; your 
thoughts determine the direction of your life. What you say 
with your mouth, what you do with your hands and where 
you go with your feet. It's what causes you to act the way 
you do. Matthew 12:34 states, "... for the mouth speaks 
out of that which fills the heart", and Matthew 15:18 and 
19 reveals that, "the things that proceed out of the mouth 
come from the heart. . . for out of the heart come evil 
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false 
witness, slanders." 

You will never be the type of person you want to be or 
would be until you learn to control your thoughts. It takes 
a discipline of the mind, a guarding against the thoughts 
that defile you mentally before you can be the Christian 
God wants you to be. I would like to suggest three things 
to help you discipline your mind: 

1. Challenge —You have to want it! No one wants 
discipline normally. But you have to want to be above the 
normal. If you are tired of being guilty for what you have 
done and thought, you feel that you have not accomplish- 
ed much for God in your life. If you are tired enough to 
want to change and are willing to do what is necessary, 
then you are ready for the challenge. 

2. Commitment— The challenge is to commit yourself 
to God because He is the one who changes lives. The way 
you commit yourself to God is to commit your thoughts, 
your mind. This commitment is found in Romans 12:1-2: 

J urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, accep- 



table to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transform- 
ed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what 
the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and 
perfect." (NASB) 

"To present yourself to God" speaks of commitment. 
"Present" carries the idea of turning yourself over to 
another. We are to present our bodies to Him by decisive 
action. Your "body" in this statement involves your total 
person which includes your mental machinery since it 
specifies "living." It is in the active voice so it is talking about 
something that is to be done. "Do not be conformed. . . 
but be transformed" in verse two are in the passive voice 
so they are being acted upon. This means if we meet the 
condition of presenting our bodies and minds to God then 
we will not be allowing the world to conform us, but rather 
will be allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us. We have 
two possibilites each day. Either the world is conforming 
us, or the Holy Spirit is transforming us. If you are in a 
state of commitment, you are being transformed, and if 
you are not in a state of commitment you are being con- 
formed to the world. This is taking place in the "renewing 
of the mind" as your thought life is committed to God. 

3. Contemplate — You must spend time concentrating on 
the things of God. It means to consider, give continued 
attention to, to meditate on the presence of God in your 
life and allow Him to teach you and mold you through His 
Book, the Bible, and in turn you sharing your life with Him 
through Prayer. 

In Philippians 4:7, Paul says "And the peace of God, 
which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts 
and your minds in Jesus Christ." He then lists things that 
have Godly excellence, are worthy of praise, and on which 
we are to "Let our mind dwell on." Paul is saying to be con- 
tantly thinking about the truths of God because in verse 
9 he promises, ". . . and the God of peace shall be with 
you." 

The disciples on the road to Emmaus, after they realiz- 
ed Jesus Christ had been walking with them, reflected on 
the delightful experience by saying, ". . . Were not our 
hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on 
the road, while He was explaining the Scripture to us?" 
Jesus Christ is still burning hearts today but only those 
hearts and minds that are willing to give him contemplative 
time. 

This world is throwing out everything possible to con- 
form us to its ways. Unless we are willing to accept the 
challenge and make the commitment of giving our thought 
life to God, we will not experience Christianity the way God 
intended it to be lived. "For whatever that has overcome 
the world— our faith" (I John 5:4 NASB). 'So faith comes 
from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" (Romans 
10:17 NASB). 

God wants to change our lives. He wants us to be more 
like Him, but most of all He wants our minds — our thought 
life. When we give it to Him He fills us with His Spirit and 
gives us the abundant life He has promised. D 



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It's been a long time coming, but after 12 years and a 
false start, the Santa Maria, Calif., Grace Brethren Church 
is self-supporting! As of January 1, the local congregation 
has taken the full responsibility of their financial obligations. 

But the trek hasn't been easy. 

Originally founded in 1966, the church was a part of 
Home Missions until 1974. At that time, they went self- 
supporting, only to find themselves in difficult straits in 1977 
and back under the support of the Council. Under the 
ministries of Rolland Coburn and now Ralph Schwartz, the 
church is recovering and beginning to grow. But even 



then, times have been tough. 

The road to self-support status has been a rocky one, 
as the congregation struggled toward their goal. Insurance 
premiums for the pastor and his family rose, payments 
on their used church building were sometimes difficult to 
reach, and then, a few families left the congregation, mak- 
ing the financial picture even bleaker. 

"I'd say we lost 15 members," recalled Schwartz recent- 
ly. "Evidently, the Lord wasn't too upset with that, because 
He's given us other people and our finances really haven't 
been hurt, to speak of," he added. "The Lord's been with 
us through it all, and we're excited about being self- 
supporting. I think the goal was there for so long, that we 
didn't know if we were going to make it." 

The congregation purchased their facility from another 
church in 1975. And that even is a drawback at times. 

"Our sanctuary is too big for us," the pastor admitted. 
"It makes new people feel like something has died here. 
We try always to explain that we were able to purchase 
this building from another church that moved out." But the 
rest of the building, he said, "just fits." 

The Santa Maria Grace Brethren Church is one of a 
handful of evangelical congregations in the community of 



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34,000 people which are attempting to meet the needs of 
the area, according to Schwartz. 

"As I came here to this very beautiful area of the central 
California coast, I saw a tremendous need," he recalled his 
first visit to the field in 1980. "I looked at the church ads 
in the newspaper and realized there were only a couple 
of churches that I would even think of attending," the 
former missionary to Brazil added. "As I've ministered here, 
1 realize that it's still the case. There are very few Bible 
teaching and preaching churches." 

Contacts with unbelievers are made through visiting new 
parents or new residents in the community, and by en- 
couraging church members to evangelize their neighbors. 

"Our challenge is to mobilize our people to recognize 
the opportunity and to begin to tap it, for the Lord and 
for the ministry here," said the pastor. "I think our self- 
support status, at least on the part of many of them, is an 
encouragement to do that," he added. 

For 1985, the congregation has adopted seven goals 
which focus on the spiritual and social growth of the church, 
and sets some specific suggestions for reaching the com- 
munity of Christ. Various committees have been formed 
to address each of the goals. 

(Continued on page 20) 



Ralph and Martha 
Schwartz, pastor 
of the Santa 
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The 12-Year Road 

(Continued from page 19) 

"The committees are to use the people of the church," 
explained the pastor. "Anyone who wants to be involved 
can serve on a committee," he added. Even non-member 
attenders are permitted to serve. "We want to spread that 
responsibility and feeling of belonging as widely as we 
possibly can." 

Schwartz is confident the self-support step is in God's 
timing. "As a result," he said, "We have every intention of 
making it." d 




Santa Maria's Goals 



The Grace Brethren Church at Santa Maria, Calif, 
has established seven goals for 1985 for spiritual and 
social growth within the congregation and their com- 
munity. The foundation of their plan is based on 
Isaiah 54:2, "Enlarge the place of your tent." 

1. Men's and women's Bible study groups which 
will encourage the spiritual and social growth of the 
church body. 

2. The attaining and maintaining of the self-support 
status of Grace Brethren Church with the goal of 
assuming the total mortgage on our building. 



3. That an outreach program to contact new peo- 
ple be established and that we ask God to help us 
reach five new families this year. 

4. That our Sunday School teachers have both the 
opportunity and responsibility to be exposed to a 
teacher training and development program. 

5. That we recognize the importance of music in 
the praise and worship of God and seek ways to 
develop a strong music ministry including prayer for 
a music director. 

6. That we seek ways to maintain and improve our 
church facility including new carpeting when feasible. 



7. That youth programs be developed to attract 
and retain the interest of our young people. 






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Who Murdered Mighty Mediocrity? 



—a GBC Murder Mystery- 

by Paul Mutchler 




Mighty Mediocrity (they called him Mighty because he had such a powerful and predominate 
personality) is dead. Not a charter member, Mighty was, nevertheless, a normal person in the ministry 
of his church and first cousin to another stalwart member, I.M. Apathy. Mr. Mediocrity was noted 
for his witty sayings: "It'll do . . . it's for the church!" and "That doesn't sound half-bad . . . It's OK!" 

Mighty Mediocrity was murdered — in warm blood. But, his church will not prosecute ... in 
fact, rather than a funeral, they're having a celebration! The truth is — some of his own fellow 
Christians are the ones who did poor Mighty Mediocrity in! Following are descriptions of the most 
likely suspects . . . see if you can determine whodunnit! 

Suspect *1: Barny Encouragement. Always so positive, always promoting faithfulness. Barny 
was always pointing out people's strengths and good qualities to Mighty. In fact, Barny would always 
tell other believers' their own strengths and abilities. Barny kept encouraging Mighty to not be con- 
tent with average ... it was as though Barny didn't like the Mediocrity family. The only time Barny 
was ever sad was when Mighty wouldn't share in one of the church services, and then he would 
call or visit Mighty to show how he felt. Pretty sneaky fellow. Barny was no good for Mighty Mediocri- 
ty ... he kept trying to stir up love and good deeds. On the whole, though, Barny Encouragement 
just doesn't seem strong enough to murder Mighty Mediocrity.* 

Suspect #2: Tim Example. Always so pure and right, always such good deeds. Tim just wasn't 
normal ... it was as though, his understanding and appreciation of Christ had hit him so hard 
it left an imprint on his life. Tim would always tail Mighty, talking with him, working with him, pray- 
ing with him, probably trying to win Mediocrity's trust and confidence. Tim was one of those fellows 
who would swoop down on a guy with a lifestyle of faith, love, and purity. He was such a bad 
influence on Mighty that Mighty would often slip into Tim's way of life. Too bad — a good case of 
"bad company corrupts good morals." And yet, Tim Example just doesn't seem strong enough 
to have murdered Mighty Mediocrity.** 

Suspect #3: Paul Excellence. Always pushing, always pursuing a better way. Paul seemed to 
march to the tune of a different drummer— much different. He wasn't very friendly to Mighty 
Mediocrity— even seemed to show open contempt. It was like Paul was always trying to "one up" 



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Mighty in the church . . . tension was always highest around the Christmas play and choir rehearsals ... he did do 
things well, though. Paul kept harassing Mighty with Bible studies and new music (modern stuff . . . you know . . . "He 
Touched Me"). He kept questioning Mighty as to his motives for ministry ("Are you doing your best? Does this bring 
glory to the Lord?") Paul nearly drove Mighty crazy. However, by himself, Paul Excellence hardly seemed able to murder 
Mighty Mediocrity.*** 

OK . . . Who did it? 

Barny Encouragement? Nope . . . Mighty excused himself from Barny's attacks. Tim Example? Wrong . . . Mediocrity 
stared him down. Paul Excellence? Wrong again . . . Mighty escaped him by giving Paul honors and awards for his hard 
work! So, who did it? All three! Barny Encouragement, Tim Example, and Paul Excellence ganged up on Mighty Mediocrity 
and he died, passed away. But . . . from that life-less lump of Mighty Mediocrity came a tragic person— John Love— he 
actually enjoyed being with those guys! Mediocrity died and Love took over. They were last seen 
together — Barny Encouragement, Tim Example, Paul Excellence, and John Love . . . heading for the home of another 
helpless victim . . . that's right . . . I. M. Apathy. Pray for Apathy— he doesn't stand a chance.**' □ 



Hebrews 10:24-25 
I Timothy 4:12 cf. 
Proverbs 20:6-11 
Colossians 3:16-17, 23-24 
I John 4:11 



Paul Mutchler is 
pastor of the Ft. 
Lauderdale, Florida 
Grace Brethren 
Church and Vice 
President of the GBC 
Christian Education 
board of directors. 




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Skidding On Ice Was No Accident— The Akron, Ohio, Timothy Team had a close call in March 
when they began to return to Winona Lake from a weekend ministry at the Ellet Grace Brethren 
Church. Finding the highways glazed with ice and water, they maneuvered their van around spin- 
ning cars, bounced off a guard rail and managed to slide to a stop behind a car that was not so 
fortunate. Being a Good Samaritan to the driver of the smashed Honda, the team invited the driver 
into their van and helped him locate a wrecker. In the process, they shared the Gospel and the 
driver accepted Christ. Jim Folsom, the Timothy Team leader, said, "It was exciting to see how 
God timed our leaving the church and being delayed in the slowest line at McDonalds to bring 
us onto 1-76 at the time of that accident so we could share Christ with Tom." 

TIME Worker Announces Engagement — 

Jim Johnson, TIME worker to North Brazil, has 
enjoyed working with his parents, Grace 
Brethren missionaries George and Evie 
Johnson. He's also enjoyed building a friend- 
ship with Ruth da Graca Lobato. The couple 
was engaged in February. Ruth grew up in the 
Grace Brethren Church in Macapa, where the 
Johnsons served for two years in the '60s. She 
is a graduate of the University in Belem with 
degrees in piano and economics. Congratula- 
tions, Jim and Ruth! Jim Johnson and fi anC ee, Ruth da Graca Lobato. 

Keeping Busy in Navajoland — Joyce Wenger, from the Myerstown, PA, GBC, has had a busy 
spring as a TIME worker at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission. Working in the high school pro- 
gram, Joyce teaches biology, chemistry, girls' physical education as well as three physical educa- 
tion classes in the lower grades. She also coaches the girls' varsity and junior varsity basketball 
teams. Much of her free time is spent with Navajo young people. Joyce calls herself a "sports nut" 
and finds the mission's new gym a good place to build relationships. "They seem really free to 
talk to me," Joyce writes, "and I've seen some of their magazines, words to songs and symbols 
they have which represent Satan and other images."Concerned about the influences of these things 
in the lives of the Navajo young people, Joyce asks for prayer as she talks and works with these teens. 

New TIME Workers — Please pray that God will work in the lives of these TIME workers as they 
seek His direction concerning a future in missions and are challenged through specialized service: 




Name 

Bruce and Lisa Triplehorn 
Dan Leadham 
Lorraine Owens 



Field 

North Brazil 
Navajo Mission 
Navajo Mission 



Dates of Service 

March 24-June 17, 1985 
May 10-August 10, 1985 
June 20-August 15, 1985 



Home Church 

Wooster, Ohio GBC 
Norwalk, Calif. GBC 
Waldorf, Md. GBC 



Silent Scream Video Now Available —The pro-life film that has appalled the nation is now 
available through GBC Christian Education. Silent Scream, through an ultrasound recording, 
documents the abortion of a 10-week old preborn child. The moving video is now available for 
church or home viewing. A $10.00 donation helps CE to develop a video library and covers the 
postage both ways. Call our office to reserve the VHS video. 

LAMI Program to Begin— A new TIME program is scheduled for the summer of 1986. A com- 
bined effort with Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, CE's Latin America Missions Institute will ex- 
pose young adults to the missionary opportunites and needs of Latin America. The institute will 
feature two weeks of training in North Brazil by Grace Brethren missionaries and national pastors. 
Following the classroom experience, participants will be able to have a two-week internship with 
GBC missionaries serving in Latin America. The program is designed to help young adults evaluate 
their future in Latin American missions. For more information, write GBC Christian Education. 

EMI Prayer Request — Please remember our Euro-Missions Institute program as it begins May 
31. Over 20 young adults will spend the month of June asking God for direction as they consider 
involvement in European missions. The first two weeks of the program will be at the Chateau of 
Saint-Albain. The following two weeks with GBC missionaries. 



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Beginnings in France 



by Tom Julien 



When I tell most people that I am 
a missionary to France, I get a puz- 
zled stare. 

"France? Why, I was just there last 
summer. Fascinating place. Paris, the 
Cote d'Azur, the Alps, the castles on 
the Loire. . .the whole bit. And the 
people. . .well, that's another story. Tell 
you one thing, though when you get 
out of Paris, they can be downright 
friendly." 

"Did you see any churches?" 

"Sure, everywhere! Steeples and 
stained glass and statues all over the 
place. My wife must have dragged me 
into a hundred of them!" 

"You don't understand. I'm not talk- 
ing about historical monuments, but 
churches— families of God's people 
who love Him and gather together to 
pray and hear His word." 

"Well, can't say that I did see any 
of those. But can't say I was looking 
for any either. Missionary to France! 
They don't seem poor enough to have 
missionaries." 

Yes, there are missionaries in 
France, as well as in other European 
countries. Grace Brethren mis- 
sionaries. 

They are there because a mission 
field is, by definition, not a poverty- 
stricken country, but a place where the 
church is too weak to evangelize its 
own generation — either numerically, 
doctrinally, or spiritually. It must have 
outside help to fulfill the Great 
Commission. 

The first missionaries in France ar- 
rived in the second century and 
planted churches in the Rhone valley. 
In the centuries following, France 
became a leading power of 
Christendom. 

But France's spiritual history is one 
of the world's greatest tragedies. 

The church that began by the 
preaching of the gospel soon became 
the official the official religion of the 
empire. The masses entered the 
church by force, taking with them most 
of their pagan beliefs. 

Two things happened to the church. 
It became a powerful political force, 



eventually owning half of France, and 
its teaching drifted farther and farther 
from the truth as tradition was 
substituted for revelation. Salvation 
came through the church and its 
sacraments rather than being a free gift 
of God's grace to all who believe. 

Later, people began to read the 
Word of God and discover its 
message. But the French who broke 



France's spiritual history 
is one of the world's 
greatest tragedies. 



with the official church faced rising 
persecution. One of the blackest nights 
of human history was the massacre on 
the eve of St. Bartholomew's Day — 
the treacherous slaughter of thousands 
of Christians all over France. 

Finally, by one stroke of his pen, 
King Louis the 14th stripped away the 
liberties of his Protestant subjects, driv- 
ing them out of the country by hun- 
dreds of thousands. Someone said, 
"The soul departed from France, 
never to come back." 

Thirsty for freedom from oppression 
of all kinds, the French turned against 



both king and church and adopted a 
new religion — rationalistic humanism. 
All the pent-up intellectual energy that 
could have produced some of the 
world's greatest Christian thinkers in- 
stead marked western civilization with 



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the godless philosophy of which we 
continue to reap the results. 

Yes, France is a mission field, one 
of the world's most needy, where few 
of its towns and villages have any 
Christian witness. Its cities are vast 
spiritual deserts. 

France is also one of the world's 
hardest fields, where indifference and 
cynicism effectively insulate most from 
the message of Christ. 

Many missionaries gradually come 
to the same conclusions about France 
that we did over 20 years ago. One is 
that the gulf between the world and 

Effective evangelism 
must grow out of people 
relating to others in a 
personal way. 

the struggling little evangelical chur- 
ches is so great that few Frenchmen 
can make the leap. Another is that the 
methods that missionaries import with 

left: Tom Julien leads a session during an 
evangelistic outreach at the Chateau, 
bottom: God is using the Chateau in His work 
in France. 



them are often too impersonal to be 
effective, becoming barriers rather than 
bridges. 

The conclusions led to the 
rediscovery of a basic principle of 
evangelism: God's method is the per- 
son and effective evangelism must 
grow out of people relating in a per- 
sonal way. 

This is the main reason that the 
Chateau of Saint-Albain came into the 
picture for Grace Brethren Missions in 
France. The Chateau is a bridge be- 
tween Christians and unbelievers, a 
place where people could know Christ 
in lives as well as hear about Him in 
messages. 

As people accepted Christ and 
began to grow, the Chateau fulfilled 
other purposes. It became a bridge 
between evangelism and the first few 
converts and the yet-future churches 
by providing a place where their faith 
could be matured. And, of course, it 
became an identity factor for the 
Grace Brethren ministries, both in 
France and in America. 

The initial ministries of the Chateau 
attracted mainly youth. It was hard. It 
was during the sixties when unbeliev- 
ing young people were revolting 
against all the accepted values and the 




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ones who were saved tried to copy the 
American Jesus people. 

Gradually, the number of Christians 
began to grow and to take root in the 
Word of God. The beginning of a 
church was coming together in the ci- 
ty of Macon, just ten miles to the 
south. 

Though some of our American 
brethren began to despair in the early 
days, the goal of Grace Brethren mis- 
sions in France has always been the 
same— to evangelize and teach with 
the purpose of planting churches. If 
the original target group was young 
people, it is because they were the 
ones most open to the gospel and 
ready to change. 

Since then the youth work has 
merged into the total picture and 
represents just one facet of the 
ministry. 

Today, the Chateau still serves as a 
bridge. It has also become the base of 
other ministries for the mission and the 
churches that have grown out of those 
feeble beginnings. 

One of the most important of these 
ministries is the Decentralized Bible In- 
stitute, offering to local Christians a 
three-year course of systematic train- 
ing in the Bible, theology, practical 




The role of that old 14th 
century fortress in the 
hills of southern 
Burgundy has only 
begun. 



studies, and the ministry. 

Other new and exciting ministries 
are on the horizon, giving the impres- 
sion that the role of that old 14th cen- 
tury fortress in the hills of southern 
Burgundy has only begun. 

There is a growing spirit of expec- 
tancy, a belief that revival for France 
is not far away. □ 

top: Personal involvement in the French peo- 
ple's lives is an important factor in evangelism, 
bottom: The first outreach of the Chateau was 
to young people. 




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England has always captured the 
imagination and attention of the 
world. Much of what has happened to 
and affected this island is because of 
its physical features. 

Britain is, in fact, a whole ar- 
chipelago of islands, extending from 
the Channel Islands, a few miles off 
the coast of France, all the way to the 
Shetland Islands, which lie on the 
same latitude as the Hudson Bay in 
Canada. England is a part of the coun- 
try officially known as the United 
Kingdom of Great Britain: England, 
Wales. Scotland, and Northern 
Ireland. 

Being separated from the European 
continent, Britain has developed a 
sense of standing apart. For many cen- 




Beginning 



The meeting place of the Grace Brethren Bible Fellowship. 



turies this feeling of isolation from 
Europe was reinforced by her links 
with the rest of the world. It is only 
relatively recently that political and 
economic events have turned her eyes 
toward Europe. 

The people of Scotland, Northern 

"England has ceased to 
be Christian or God- 
fearing." 

Ireland, and Wales, while regarding 
themselves as British, still cherish their 
own separate histories, traditions, and 
ways of life. For example, the troubles 
in Northern Ireland are a direct reflec- 
tion of this mentality. 

The English are a very amiable peo- 
ple, but when the subject of religion is 
mentioned, this sense of isolation 
becomes all too evident. They are very 
tolerant of other religions, even 
teaching comparative religion in 
school. This tends to work against a 
positive response to the presentation 



of the gospel. 

In a local English newspaper a con- 
tributor wrote: "Those who know the 
real meaning of Christianity would 
confirm categorically that this country 
has ceased to be Christian or God- 
fearing." In a country that once held 
the Light of Truth for all the world to 
see, this prevailing darkness is a great 
sadness. 

Evangelists and preachers such as 
Charles Spurgeon, G. Campbell 
Morgan, F. B. Meyer, John Wesley, 
and D. Martin Lloyd-Jones have come 
from this country. Many missionary 
works started here. 

As one Englishman said, "We used 
to pray that one day these heathen 
countries to whom we were sending 
missionaries would be revived and be 
in a position to send other missionaries 
throughout the world. Little did we ex- 
pect that they would be coming to this 
country to preach to us!" 

The first team of Grace Brethren 
missionaries, the Dave Kowalkes and 
Phil Steeles, arrived on British soil in 
1982. That day gave birth to a new 




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l. England 



by Dave Kowalke and Phil Steele 



hope and wider vision for the creation 
of a British Grace Brethren Fellowship 
of Churches. 

Having conducted an intense 
survey in the year prior to their arrival, 
the England team determined to con- 
centrate their focus on the town of 
Solihull. Located in the south fringe of 
the vast greater Birmingham metro- 
polis, Solihull offered many of the 
characteristics common to the area 
which is most receptive to the church- 
planting missionary. It is a growing 
community, economically stable, with 
a warm family atmosphere. Geo- 
graphically at at the heart of England, 
Solihull boasts of a transit and com- 
munication network second only to 
London. 

Laying the foundation and early 
evangelism in Britain worked best by 
using the Grace Bible Fellowship 
established in Solihull. 

Grace Bible Fellowship began as the 
first attempt to create a kind of week- 
ly Bible study and evening outreach 
where contacts could be exposed to 
the claims of Christ. It became the 



movement toward the establishment 
of the local church. 

The home fellowship, or house 
church, is growing in popularity in 
England and so provides a method by 
which significant advances can be 

A growing company of 
British Christians stand 
committed to the nur- 
ture of the Grace 
Brethren Church. 

made. It is planned to establish a 
number of these dependent, but self- 
propagating Grace Bible Fellowships 
which will continue to give further ex- 
pression to the local church and as 
well promote the importance of 
mutual care and evangelism in a more 
intimate and informal atmosphere. 

While the Grace Bible Fellowship 
lends a practical expression to the 
church, in turn the church offers the 
Grace Bible Fellowship a clear identi 




ty through an establish purpose and 
set of complementary goals. 

In the future, plans involve the 
establishing of a cluster of Grace 
Brethren churches near Birmingham 
metropolis. Only as God raises up 
teams of trained men and women with 
a heart for church planting in England 
will any further advance to needy 
communities and villages be possible. 

The birth of Grace Brethren Mis- 
sions in Great Britain has become a 
reality. A growing company of British 
Christians stand committed to the nur- 
ture of this first born assembly. 

The anticipation for the future can 
only be measured by the confident 
hope in Jesus' promise to build His 
church in England. □ 




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Beginninc 



Germany. The word is capable of 
eliciting an astonishing array of 
responses. 

The music lover delights in realizing 
that much of the world's greatest music 
is the product of German composers. 
The thinker appreciates the German 
philosophers and systems of thought 
which have profoundly affected the 
lives of millions of people. 

The efficiency expert is impressed 
by the precision of a society which 
allows more than 60,000,000 people 
to live together in a country the size 
of the state of Oregon and yet 
preserves a high degree of orderliness. 
The economist is amazed at the hard- 
working determination and indus- 
triousness of the people, and with 




an economic system which has wiped 
out poverty and has produced a level 
of prosperity virtually unmatched by 
any other country in this world. 

The historian's imagination is stirred 
at the sound of such names and places 
as Cologne, Munich, Worms, Nurem- 
burg, Marx, Durer, Luther, Bismark, 
Bach, Hitler, Wagner, and Goethe. 
The traveler is pleased with the ex- 
tremely reliable rail and highway 

The Reformation heri- 
tage has been largely re- 
jected or forgotten. 

systems which make possible smooth 
and efficient transport to any location 
in the country. He is also awed by the 
cleanliness and natural beauty of the 
landscape and the quaintness of the 
numerous villages dotting the 
countryside. 

The World War II veteran reflects on 
the tenacity of the foe or on the relief 
and thankfulness of a people when 



they were released from the horrors of 
war even when it meant defeat for 
their army. The politician recognizes a 
strong U.S. ally and a democratic 
system which preserves the basic rights 
of each individual. 

The technician values the world- 
renowned quality and reputation of 
"Made in Germany" products, from 
cameras and cars to the space lab. The 
educator respects a compulsory 
education system which provides the 
basics for everyone and an opportuni- 
ty for the gifted to receive some of the 
finest and most intense technical train- 
ing in the world. 

The Christian is appreciative of the 
great Reformation heritage but cannot 
close his eyes to the fact that this 
heritage has been largely rejected or 
forgotten. He is dismayed by blatant 
demonstrations of immorality, by ram- 
pant materialism, and by an almost 
universal escape to alcohol or 
sedatives to drown out the problems 
of a stress-filled and hectic lifestyle. 

He recognizes that, though the 
Catholic and Protestant arms of the 




Stuttgart 

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1 Germany 



by John Pappas and Roger Peugh 



State Church claim a membership of 
nearly 90% of all Germans, only 10% 
of these are regularly active in church- 
life. This demonstrates a failure to 
meet the real needs of the people. 

Finally, he feels compassion and 
love for this frustrated, insecure, and 
for the most part, spiritually lost 
generation of Germans and is moved 
to fervent prayer for God's grace and 
mercy on their behalf. 

The fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches committed itself to seeking 
the spiritually lost of Germany in 
1968, when it was decided to enter 
that land to plant churches. Our 
Fellowship, which has always had 
more than a passing interest in the 
land of its beginnings, sent Roger and 
Nancy Peugh. 

Stuttgart was chosen as the area to 
begin the propagation of the gospel. 
A small group of believers began 
forming and soon about 10-15 were 
gathering for worship services. 

In 1974, the Lord granted a special 
breakthrough with a number of 
families. Soon a men's leadership 



group was formed. 

There was excitement within this 
group for the salvation of souls, but it 
became apparent that though these 
men were committed to some aspects 
of the Scriptures, most were strongly 
opposed to believer's baptism, 
threefold communion, and the actual 
forming of a New Testament church. 

Progress is being made 
in Stuttgart through 
God's special working. 

These tensions surfaced, and in 
1980, a very sad rupture took place 
within this body. The remainder of the 
year was spent struggling through the 
hurt that this rupture caused. 

Healing began to take place, and 
God brought some new people to the 
congregation who had had no contact 
with the past group. 

In 1982, the youth group began 
dynamically moving forward through 
their tearoom ministry — an informal 




gathering for the purpose of sharing 
testimonies and reaching out in a per- 
sonal way with the message of the 
Christ. 

The next year God worked in very 
clear ways to unite the congregation 
once again. This unity of spirit was 
manifested through the congregation's 
desire to refurbish its own facilities at 
great expense of their personal time 
and money. 

Following this renovation, there was 
deep involvement in a week-long 
evangelistic thrust. The year closed 
with a large number of people com- 
mitted to believer's baptism and a 
growing sense of commitment to each 
other. In addition, through this week 
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NEWS REPORT 



Marriages 



Gwen Goodling and Daniel Shenk, Myerstown Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor, 
Theresa Peffley and Wayne Aites, Myerstown Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Debra Shepley and Douglas Monahan. Maranatha Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, MD. Pastor Jack K. Peters, Sr., officiated at 
the ceremony. 

Lynda Shepley and Steve Placeway, Carmel Methodist Church, In- 
dianapolis, IN. The father of the groom, Richard Placeway, per- 
formed the ceremony. 

Barbara Zeller and David Mumma, Myerstown Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

□ The Grace Brethren Chapel, Fremont, OH, will be 
celebrating Homecoming services July 4 through July 7. 
Special speakers will be former pastors, along with Dr. 
Lester E. Pifer, executive director of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions, and the present pastor, Tim Waggoner. 
Former pastors were: Granville Tucker, Marion Thomas, 
Tom Bailey, and Lee Burris. 

□ Stephen Paul Peters, former youth pastor of the Mara- 
natha Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD, was ordained to 
the Christian ministry. His father, Pastor Jack Peters, Sr., 
delivered the ordination sermon. He served as minister of 
youth at the Maranatha church for five and a half years 
and has begun his ministry as the senior pastor of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Union, OH. 




Pictured in the photo above are some of the Brethren 
pastors who also participated in the service— Russell 
Ogden (Lanham, MD), Larry Sowers (Hagerstown, MD— 
Maranatha), and Larry Humberd (Hagerstown, MD— 
Grace). Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive director of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Winona Lake, IN, pre- 
sented the ministerial charge. 

□ Dr. Nathan Meyer, Salem, VA, will conduct a Bible 
Prophecy Conference in the Grace Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, OH, May 19-23. John Teevan, pastor. 



□ Brian and Kathy King completed five years of ministry 
as caretakers of the Northwest District camping facility. 
Clear Lake Grace Brethren Camp. The Kings went to 
Washington state from Alaska where they were members 
of the Anchorage church. They had a very positive influ- 
ence for Christ among their mountain neighbors. The 
Clear Lake GB Camp Trustees presented them with an 
engraved plaque recognizing their contribution to the 
camp. A money gift was also given to them. The Kings 
will reside in Ripon, CA. 

Ron and Jodi Rods of Hillside, CO, have accepted the 
challenge to serve as caretakes of the camp.— Submit ted 
by Chuck Winter 

□ Congratulations to the following young people from 
the Mid-Atlantic District who placed in their achievement 
competition: 

Yolanda Lewis— 1st place in the Vocal Solo 1 and II- 

Heather Holiday— 2nd place 

Trish Trader— 3rd place 

David Hasker— 1st place in Vocal Solo II (Men) and in 

Piano Solo 
Trish Trader and David Hasker— 1st place in Small 

Vocal Ensemble 
Youth Choir "Promise"— 1st place 
David Finkbeiner— 1st place in Teen Challenge Speaker 
Temple Hills— 2nd place in Large Drama 
Angie Potts and Bryan Robinson— 8th and 10th place, 

respectively, in Bible Quizzers 

David Hasker and the Youth Choir are qualified to repre- 
sent the Mid-Atlantic District at the National Youth Con- 
ference in Colorado. 



THE BOARD OF 

MINISTERIAL RETIREMENT 

BENEFITS . . . 

has the responsibility that rightfully 
belongs to the local church of caring for 
the retirement of pastors that served in 
their pulpits in years gone by. The business 
world has been forced to face up to this 
kind of commitment by a strong union 
with the power they have at their com- 
mand. Our board can only appeal to the 
Christian graces which should be found 
in the Lord's work to meet their respon- 
sibility to former employees (pastors). It is 
not just a local church obligation but a 
denominational obligation to those who 
have served faithfully in denominational 
work. We can meet the need but we 
need the help of everyone. Send your 
contributions to Pastor Clair E. Brickel, 
143 19 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd., Brookville, 
Ohio 45309. 



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□ The Seal Beach, CA, church has changed its name to 
Grace Community Church of Seal Beach. Donald 
Shoemaker, pastor. 

□ PASTORAL POTPOURRI-Scott Franchino (formerly 
of Winona Lake, IN) is the new associate pastor of the 
Peninsula GBC of Soldotna, AK / Sheldon Perrine has re- 
signed from the Hemet, CA, GBC / Dave Atkins (from 
Northcentral Ohio District) is now pastoring a church in 
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He plans to maintain his ties 
with our Fellowship / Dean Risser has accepted the pastor- 
ate of the Marion, OH, GBC / Lee Dice has accepted the 
position of associate pastor at the GBC of Wooster, OH / 
William Willard completed his ministry at Brooksville, FL. 
He is open to the leading of the Lord / Dan Gillette has 
accepted the pastorate of the GBC in Covington, VA / 
Dean Smith, formerly on the staff of the North Long 
Beach Brethren Church, has accepted the pastorate of the 
Hemet, CA, GBC. / Edmund DeZago, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, FL, was or- 
dained to the Christian ministry. 

After twenty-one years, Richard Placeway has returned 
to his former pastorate, the Parkersburg, WV, GBC / Paul 
Mutchler, pastor of the Fort Lauderdale, FL, GBC, was 
able to take his wife on a two-week cruise of the Carib- 
bean by serving as chaplain of the ship for the cruise / 
/ John Sturley is serving as interim pastor at Montclair, 
CA, while he is completing his seminary training at Talbot 
Seminary. 

□ Kevin Huggins, chaplain of Grace College, has resigned 
effective at the end of the school year. He will join the 
staff of University Park Chapel in Akron, OH. 

□ Jon Jacobson will be concluding his ministry in South 
Africa this summer under Campus Crusade and will re- 
turn to the U.S. 

□ Arthur Carey, who has retired at least twice in the past, 
has come out of retirement again. He and his wife, Leah, 
are serving with the Central American Mission in 
Guatemala as Special Service Personnel in CAM's Rest 
Center in Panajachel. One of their seven children is a mis- 
sionary under Wycliffe in Guatemala. 

□ NEEDED: qualified chairman of the nursing depart- 
ment at Grace College with master's degree. If interested, 
contact Dean Vance Yoder, Grace College, 200 Seminary 
Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590 (Tel. 219/372-5105). 



□ FILM RENTALS for Christian films may be reserved 
through the Brethren Missionary Herald offices. The 
Herald Co. is able to secure films produced by all the 
Christian film companies. For information and reserva- 
tions, call toll-free 1-800-348-2756. 

□ Clair Brickel has joined the staff of the North Riverdale 
GBC, Dayton, OH. He will serve as minister of music and 
visitation. "He is directing the choir and congregational 
singing as well as assisting in home visitation." 

□ BROOKVILLE, OH. The Grace Christian Schools 
will be expanding their educational program this coming 
fall. Through this expansion, the curriculum will include 
four-year-olds in the kindergarten through grade three. 
(Gleaned from The Trumpeter, Dayton, OH) 



Deaths 



Daily, Clarence "Pete," 73. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. 
Larry Edwards, pastor. 

DeBolt, Ethel, 84. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. Larry 
Edwards, pastor. 

Fetters, Iva, 89. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. Larry 
Edwards, pastor. 

Henny, Hazel, 90. Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, Ml. 
Pastors Michael Rockafellow (a grandson) and Bill Stevens offi- 
ciated at the memorial service. 

Lortz, Rilla. Pleasant Grove Grace Brethren Church, North 
English, IA. Arthur McCrum, pastor. 

Rich, Greg, 18 (died as a result of an automobile accident in 
Florida). A memorial service was held in Florida and at his home 
church, the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. Larry Edwards, 
pastor. 



Change \bur Annual 



Evan Adams, Rummel Mill, Benedict Rd., R. 1, Butler, 
OH 44822 / Steve Clifford, 4181 Cheryl Dr., Flint, 
Ml 48506 / Benjamin Collins, 5416 E. Los Angeles 
Ave., No. 88, Simi Valley, CA 93063 / Gary Crandall, 
R. 5, Box 321, Warsaw, IN 46580 / Leland Friesen is 
temporarily away from his address in Fremont, OH / 
Dan Gillette, 115 Phillips St., Covington, VA 24426 / 
Roy Halberg, c/o Big Valley Grace Community Church, 
605 Standiford Ave., Modesto, CA 95350 / Daniel 
White, 1035 SE 190th, Boring OR 97233 / The zip 
code for Lloyd Woolman should be 98043 / The 
address for the Frederick GBC, Frederick, MD, should 
be: 1412 Rolling House Dr., Frederick, MD 21701. 



THIS AND THAT 
Brad and Margie Hull (Long Beach, 
CA— North) were featured in their 
church's Family News recently / Craig 
Cordell (Waynesboro, PA) furnished a 
special music number / Judy Tingle 
(Winchester, VA-Blue Ridge) was the 
director and pianist for the Easter 
Cantata "No Other Lamb". 



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Maturity or Middle Age 



• Spain: The Country and Its People 



Reflections By Still Waters 



Trouble, 



Trouble, 



Trouble! 



Life's Potholes 

Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

Whether it be in Holy Writ or in the writing of 
the philosophers— or even in the experiences of 
life— man is born to trouble as the sparks fly up- 
ward. Sparks do fly upward, and that is a cer- 
tainty. Problems and troubles come in all manner 
of disguises. Friends as well as enemies can bring 
them to the threshold of your life. Once having 
arrived, troubles, as visitors, tend to stay for pro- 
longed periods— much like an unwanted relative 
or long-forgotten friend. But they do go away and 
calm returns to the heart and life. Troubles are 
just the potholes of life and we who drive autos 
know what that means. As we move along the 
avenues of life we are confronted with those sud- 
den jolts and bangs and that can mean big 
problems. 

I am not certain who it is that makes all of the 
surveys that are produced, but someone has come 
up with the following information. This spring it 
was reported that the nation's drivers faced a road 
of life filled with some 56 million potholes— an 
awesome thought. But that is not all The Road 
Information Program reported. The physical de- 
scription of an average pothole— 16 inches wide 
and 5 inches deep that will need 110 pounds of 
filler at an average cost of $5.20. If you are not 
already filled with information, here is a little 
more. It takes 8 to 1 2 minutes to fill one. 

It came as no surprise to me as a native Buck- 
eye to find that there are more potholes in Ohio 
than in any other state-6,800,000. That comes 
out to 29 pits per mile. Having been born in Ohio 
and learning to drive there takes a special skill. I 
used to call them gopher holes— you hit one and 
then go for another one. Rhode Island carries the 
nation with the least-only 13,559 identifiable 
potholes. 

One last tidbit of trivia about potholes. It costs 

2 JUNE '85 BMH 




the average driver $187 a year in damages caused 
by the potholes. For some people— they live in 
the state of Ohio when it comes to life, for the 
potholes are many and constant. Other people 
seem to live in the less troublesome state of 
Rhode Island and have far fewer incidents of 
troubles. The origin of troubles, of course, began 
with the curse and the fall of mankind. But our 
immediate problems can find several sources- 
some of course of our own making— disobedience 
and not using wisdom. We also fall into the pot- 
holes of trouble just walking down the road to 
duty. The self-created problems are ones with 
which we must deal with openly and a solution 
must be found before they are repeated. Dis- 
obedience must be solved by confession and acts 
of lack of wisdom should be eliminated by learn- 
ing by experience. 

But there is extreme difficulty in the matter of 
falling into a pothole of troubles in the per- 
formance of duty. This is when we are most vul- 
nerable to the cry of "Why me, Lord?" Our self- 
righteousness reaches full maturity when we feel 
we have done the best we can only to be hurt. 
Peter lends a great deal of insight into the subject 
in his epistle. When we suffer for our own sins 
that is just what we deserve. We accept that pun- 
ishment. But when suffering comes with an open 
Bible in hand and a heart warm to serve, we 
should accept that as well and not think that some 
strange event has singled us out for troubles. 

The troubles and potholes of life are headed 
your way and my way. May you not be a fellow 
Ohioian and face 6,800,000 of them, but may 
your potholes of troubles be few just like little 
Rhode Island. May it be true of all of us that we 
do learn from the experiences and grow with them 
to a higher level of Christian maturity. 



EEETHREN 
HI\M< V\l\ 




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Editor, Charles Turner 

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Dave Beeson and Greg Hoffert 
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Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
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CONTENTS 

4 Maturity or Middle Age 

8 Spain: The Country and Its People 

10 The Challenge of Europe 

12 FMS News 

14 Their Lives Exemplify Service 

16 Bibles and Bluegrass 

18 A Classic Renaissance 

20 Go Tell It On the Mountains 

22 Where Are You Going? 

24 Angel's Story 

26 Austin Joins Home Missions 

27 New England Breakthrough 

28 Teaching Children Financial Discipline 



BMH FEATURES 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 20 • 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., of Grace Seminary, 
had the privilege of awarding the B. D. degree 
to his son Homer at the Seminary Commence- 
ment. Homer Jr., graduated with the highest 
honors. . .Groundbreaking services were held 
at Alexandria. VA, for a new church. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Maynard Tittle left the Defiance, OH, church 
to become pastor of the GBC church in Galion, 
OH. . . John Whitcomb and Chet Kammerer 
received the Grace Seminary and Grace Col- 
lege Alumnus awards, respectively. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

Bud Olszewski was ordained to the Christian 
ministry at Wooster, OH. . William W. Smith 
joined the staff of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council as a personal assistant to Dr. Lester E. 
Pifer. 



LETTERS 



Dear Readers: 

We seem to have awakened in some of you a 
new set of words— 'warts and all" 

Several articles have brought responses, both 
positive and negative, about material in the Herald 
The compliments have been regarding a frankness 
in dealing with personal experiences and per- 
sonalities- They have been balanced the other way 
by responses that indicate persons have been hurt 
by the "warts and all" approach. Though we 
originate only a small portion of the material in the 
Herald, we nevertheless feel a responsibility to have 
the magazine be a place where a "warts and all" 
approach will not hurt and add a burden to the 
already difficult experiences of life. Thank you for 
the expressions of interest— ail in good taste and 
in the warmest spirit of Christian understanding 
A dialogue between the contributors to the Herald 
and the Herald staff is an ongoing effort to present 
matters in the spirit of wisdom and edification. I 
am carefully avoiding the specific circumstances. 

Thanks for your continued interest in the growth 
of the Fellowship and the individual persons in 
it.-CWT 

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Maturity 

or 

Middle 

Age? 

by Jean Fleming 



Last year I decided that, by God's Grace, I would not become a middle-aged Christian. If wit! 
a knowing smile you are attributing my vow to over-forty touchiness, you're mistaken. Physica 
age has nothing to do with this condition. 

A ten-year-old child who is thoroughly familiar with the Bible can rattle off the right answe 
in Sunday school. But if he has lost all sense of wonder before God's truth, he is a middle-agec 
Christian. So is the college student or young adult who, in preparing to lead others through lessor 
one of a basic Bible study series, stifles a yawn and approaches the study hopelessly content wit! 
his current level of understanding of the Deity of Christ. 

In fact, a new believer can be a middle-aged Christian as easily as someone who received Chris 
forty years ago. The qualificatons are simple: be satisfied with your current level of spiritual ex 
perience and then sit back and get comfortable. 

Dangerously Safe Ground 

I've been a Christian for twenty-some years. I have enough knowledge to keep from makin< 
a fool of myself in Christian circles. I'm proficient enough in Christian jargon to understand am 
be understood in most religious gatherings; usually, I can find Nahum before the last person stop 
shuffling pages. I've attended conferences and seminars and spoken at a few myself. Most of mi 
brothers and sisters in Christ consider me a reputable fellow believer. 

I'm on dangerously safe ground. 

It seems to me the Pharisees stood on such ground. They carried their religious aura comfor 
tably: they were respected, satisfied, complacent. They knew enough not to make fools o 
themselves, enough to make themselves look very good. Once they reached this comfortable level 
they rested contentedly in their ecclesiastical hammocks. They were happy to appear spiritual rathe 
than to be spiritual. The Pharisees felt safe in preserving their status quo; actually, they were 01 
very dangerous ground. 

I fear getting comfortable— relating to the Lord in a benign, but nevertheless calloused, way 
I want to expose myself to God in a vulnerable and ruthless way so He can change me. 

A middle-aged Christian is content to live on "safe" ground because he doesn't see the fata 
incongruity of it. Safety is the antithesis of Christian experience. 

Faith is another way of saying risk, stretching, growth. 

Without faith no one can please God (Heb. 11:6). God's plan for His people does not includi 
safe, middle-aged coasting. To the end Abraham, Moses, and Paul pressed toward the mark (Phil 
3:14). They never drew a line and said, "I've experienced enough of God to satisfy me. I thinl 
I'll just rest on what I've learned." To the end Paul had the spirited enthusiasm and commitmen 
of a zealous new believer. Although probably in his sixties when martyred, he never becaim 
middle-aged. 

Neither did Caleb. When Moses sent twelve men to spy out the promised land, ten brough 
back a middle-aged report— they recommended dying in the desert or returning to slavery in Egyp 
rather than hazarding a dangerous conquest, even though the God who parted the Red Sea wa 
leading them. But Caleb and Joshua gave an enthusiastic report and strongly encouraged the peopli 
to embrace the venture, risk and all. Risk was not a bottomless pit to Caleb, because as he pro 

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claimed, "the LORD is with us" (Num. 14:9). 

Scripture repeatedly describes Caleb as a wholehearted 
follower of God. This characteristic kept him from becom- 
ing a middle-aged spy at forty and enabled him to say, at 
age eighty-five, "I am still as strong today as the day Moses 
sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now 
as I was then" (Josh. 14:11). 

Stay On The Heights 

Paul and Caleb inspire me, but what motivates me is a 
healthy fear of falling away— gradually, imperceptibly. 

I fear fooling myself by continuing to do all the right 
things externally, all the while bankrupt of any inner 
reality — picking and choosing which Scriptures speak to 

WANT TO be middle-aged? Be 
satisfied with your current level of 
spiritual experience and then sit back 
and get comfortable. 



me but crediting God with leading me, conveniently clos- 
ing my ears to Christ's hard sayings or explaining them 
away in terms of my culture and personal preferences. "The 
Lord says: 'These people come near to me with their mouth 
and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from 
me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught 
by men'" (Is. 29:13). 

Obvious sins warrant an all-out, frontal attack, but it is 
the little foxes I fear— silent, subtle, just-tainted spoilers that 
sneak in as slightly distorted perceptions, mild self- 
righteousness, little acts of obedience left undone, small 
"short-comings" overlooked, tiny foibles indulged. The 
foxes go unnoticed at first. Too late I find my garden has 
been gutted. 

Fortunately, in Christ there is an inexhaustible treasure 
house to explore. Vital Christianity is as exciting as an ex- 
pedition into virgin territory — but we have the security of 
a well-trodden historical path, because Moses and Elijah 
and John Wesley have passed before. Life in Christ has 
no dead ends, no final peaks, no interminable deserts, no 
irreversible swamps. Behind every dark cloud, formidable 
foe, besetting sin, or prickly thorn, God stands ready to 
enrich our knowledge of Himself and delight us with new 
discoveries. Tragically, when we decide not to go higher 
and further, we limit not only our growth but also our thrills. 

The danger is clear. "We must pay more careful atten- 
tion, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not 
drift away" (Heb. 2:1). 

How does this tragic process happen? It takes no effort 
to become a middle-aged Christian. The culture in which 
we live wears away our sharp perceptions, dampens our 
zeal, and extinguishes our fire. Slogging through daily life 
can blur realities until the material world seems more real 
and desirable than His Kingdom. But perhaps our greatest 
enemy is the Christian culture we unknowingly design for 
ourselves. 

How do we avoid substituting this self-made culture for 
Christianity? We can start by identifying the danger signs 
that signal a slide into complacent middle age. Following 
are some of the most common. Do you see them yourself? 



Domesticating Jesus 

During the great revival of the 1700's, the men God 
used had the same message: "If Jesus is not Lord of all, 
He's not Lord at all." The practical Lordship of Jesus Christ 
is essential to a vigorous faith. 

A one-time "Lordship decision" is not enough: I must 
defer to Jesus daily as He brings issues to my attention. 
For example: Will I ask forgiveness in a messy situation? 
Am I ready to endure hardship and inconvenience to get 
further help in my Christian life? Am I willing to leave 
behind a new dining room set to go to the mission field? 
In my job, will I deal honestly even though I may lose salary 
advances, promotions, or even the job itself? 

Questions like these and hundreds more surface 
throughout life, requiring that I make choices based not 
on personal considerations, but on obedience to Jesus 
Christ: "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do 
what I say?" (Lk. 6:46). 

In his fiction series The Chronicles ofNarnia, C.S. Lewis 
said of Asian, his central character and Christ figure, "he 
is not a tame lion." Jesus cannot be domesticated and 
brought indoors like a house cat. Jesus is Lord, Master, 
God — not our pet or buddy (Mai. 1:6). 

Although Jesus is totally approachable, available, and 
ever watching over us in love, we must relate to Him as 
Lord, not Genie. Prayer is not rubbing a magic lamp to 
call down His blessing on our plans and desires. We are 
His servants that His will might be done. 

It is absolutely crucial that I not moderate and mute Jesus- 
to be more comfortable with Him. He must never become 
a fabrication of my design. I cannot cleave to Him as 
Shepherd but deny Him as Judge, exult in His love but 
ignore His wrath. "... a time is coming and has now come 
when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit 
and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father 
seeks" (Jn. 4:23). 

Shortly after I committed my life to Christ, someone with 
whom I shared the gospel said to me, "Jean, I know it's 
changed your life, but I can't believe. It sounds like a fairy 
tale." The gospel does indeed sound like a fairy tale — or 
science fiction. Yet a middle-aged Christian may be unable 
or unwilling to be amazed, shocked, or thrilled at God's 
truth. Has the familiar gospel lost its impact on you? 

"Familiarity breeds contempt," it's been said. In the Chris- 
tian life, familiarity breeds callousness, cataracts, and a false 
and deadly sense of well-being. By its nature it often goes 
undetected, draining off vigor even as it assures that all is 
well. Have you ever hit a portion of Scripture in your quiet 
time and thought, "I know what's here. I've read it before, 
heard my pastor preach on it, even studied it in Sunday 
school"? This kind of attitude, although it stops short of 
claiming to know it all, dulls receptivity and invites com- 
placent satisfaction. 

Study the life of Jesus. No ruts. All His living was vital 
and vibrant. Those who take Jesus' words seriously and 
expose themselves to Him in a vulnerable way are 
guaranteed an exciting life. 

Although Jesus was consistent— His life perfectly ex- 
pressed the will of the Father, completely representing what 
is right, just, and good — He was also unpredictable. His 
closest followers stood scratching their heads half the time, 
wondering what He would do next. Jesus' teachings kept 
everyone off balance. Imagine a Jew saying, "Drink my 



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blood"! He forced people to stay alert because he didn't 
always speak plainly. 

Jesus' unpredictability is perhaps the greatest indictment 
of our sinful condition. The problem of familiarity arises 
not because of limitations in Jesus' life or in the Scriptures, 
but because we approach this amazing man and this inex- 
haustible book impassively. I pray that the great truths of 
the Bible might increasingly grip my life, that the familiar 
wonders of grace, mercy and the sacrificial death of Christ 
would never become tired fare. Handling the Word of God 
should cause me to tremble, not yawn. It grieves me that 
I know so little of trembling. 

"That Doesn't Apply To Me" 

How often we've been warned, "Don't take it personal- 
ly." That may be good advice for the thin-skinned in in- 
terpersonal relationships, but it is disastrous advice for our 
relationship with God. Failure to "take it personally" leads 
to hypocrisy — such as adults who express grave concern 
over the lack of spiritual commitment, evangelistic zeal, and 
faithful Bible study among the youth of the church, all the 
time overlooking the same lack in themselves. 

Remember the Pharisees? Unless Jesus got their atten- 
tion with a jab to the jaw they assumed He was speaking 
to others— those who needed it. This attitude is a fatal flaw 
of the spiritually middle-aged. 

Our walk with Christ demands personal receptivity. 
When God speaks through Scripture in my devotions, 
through my pastor, or in the rebuke of a friend, I must res- 
pond, "Lord, are you speaking to me? Is there something 
I must confess? Something I must change?" Throughout 
the Bible, God warns us to keep an attentive eye to 
ourselves, to scrutinize and test our lives. In Dt. 4:9 He 
warns, "Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so 
that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or 
let them slip from your heart as long as you live." 

The followers of Jesus must be fully conscious of their 
own vulnerability, careful they don't deceive themselves by 
holding an unrealistic self-estimate. They should test their 
actions and examine their motivations (Gal. 6:1-4). The 
challenge is to stay humble. So, if you think you are 
standing firm, you may already be a middle-aged Christian. 

A Slowly Cooling Heart 

All Christians experience periods of dryness in their walk 
with God. But a slowly cooling heart is a slowly dying heart. 

Our Lord speaks of the ebbing of fervent love as a critical 
concern, one requiring repentance and diligent, specific ac- 
tion. "Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your 
first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! 
Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not 
repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from 
its place" (Rev. 2:4-5). 

What is this first love? In Jer. 2:2 the Lord says, "I 
remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you 
loved me and followed me through the desert, through a 
land not sown." Bride love. First love. Tender devotion. 

Bride love is evidently high and lofty, because Jesus tells 
us to remember the height from which we have fallen. It 
is a love that follows the beloved not through a land of milk 
and honey but through a desert, a land unsown. To be with 
the loved one is enough. 

Middle-aged love, however, is more like the couple who, 
grown used to each other, have accepted a quiet stagna- 



tion, who endure conversationless meals, who linger 
wearied in boredom, who with expressionless eyes stare 
past the stranger they promised to love "till death do us 
part." No Joy. No thrill. No warmth or pleasure. Middle- 
aged love can happen to anyone — and will happen to 
anyone who neglects to fan the flame. 

If you intend to light a fire, consider your fuel. Well- 
seasoned wood is easily ignited with a spark, damp or 
green wood requires care and effort to blaze with flame. 
A cool heart, like green wood, requires constant blowing. 

Growing Out of Middle Age 

How do you fan a smoldering ember into the fire of bride 
love? Court. Plan time to cultivate your relationship with 
Christ, to give attention to your Lord, to receive His ex- 
pressions of love as well as to learn how to express more 
fully your love to Him. 

To avoid middle-aged love, or to grow out of it, try 
something new: take a walk alone with the Lord to pray 
or reflect on a verse; try a new posture — kneel beside your 
couch as you read the Bible, lie face down before God 
and recommit your life to Him; take a hymnbook to a 

BRIDE LOVE. . .follows the beloved 
not through a land of milk and honey, 
but through a desert, a land unsown. 
To be with the loved one is enough. 

solitary place and sing praises to God; go out for tea and 
make a list of God's goodnesses to you (start, "Lord, I 
remember when You supplied the money for conference, 
when You helped my little girl, . . ."); set aside time just 
to listen ("Lord, speak — I'm listening"); approach the Bi- 
ble in different ways — read the Gospel of Luke in a quiet 
time, go through Proverbs during your lunch break listing 
the characteristics of a learner, read a Psalm each night 
before retiring. 

Don't Play It Safe 

Living as Christ desires but also playing it safe is impossi- 
ble. Faith presumes risk. What risks are you taking? 

Growing in your relationship with God may mean tell- 
ing someone about Christ even though you're scared 
speechless or leaving a secure culture to serve Christ 
overseas. If you're shy, it will mean introducing yourself 
to a visitor at church . The element of risk may present itself 
in little scary packages or in big scary packages. The key 
to embracing it is the lesson we learn from Caleb; risk is 
safe because God is with us. 

Examine your life. Look for opportunities to exercise 
your faith. Express your fears to the Lord, ask Him to help 
you. 

You will grow older, but you don't have to become 
middle-aged. Let God stretch your faith as you expose 
yourself to His changing love. Secure in His grace, take 
risks that open your life to fresh and vital experiences with 
Him. D 



JEAN FLEMING is a Navigator staff member in Seattle, Washingto 
husband Roger is regional director for The Navigators. 



Reprinted from Discipieship Journal issue 24, • 1984 by The Navigators, Used 
by permission, all rights reserved. 



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Spain: 

The Country 

and Its People 



by Buzz Inboden 




Spain — a land of beauty, a land of friendliness, a land 
of mystery, a land of tradition, and a land of uncertainty. 
Spain is the land of the Moors, the Conquistadores, and 
the Inquisition. It is a land known for delicious foods, sun- 
drenched beaches, towering mountains, and artful 
metalware. 

Spain has bustling cities, breathtaking cathedrals, and 
over 37 million people, most of them hopelessly lost 
without God. 

Who is the Spaniard? No one quite knows for sure. 

A Spaniard would claim to be Catholic (over 95% of 
the population would make such a claim), although he 
probably does not attend mass more than a couple times 
a year. He would assert a pride in his ever-increasing stan- 
dard of living, but would probably cast a longing eye toward 
more industrialized European countries or the United 
States. 

He would recall the Spanish Civil War when about 40 
years ago, Spaniard turned against Spaniard and against 
much of the world as well- He would admit that he was 
marked by the ensuing years of dictatorship, but would ex- 
press optimism with the emerging democracy and be 
delighted that he, the common Spaniard, can finally have 
a hand in selecting his leaders. 

The Spaniard is a magnificent person— very friendly yet 
self-conscious. He or she is very clean in appearance, very 

Traditional beliefs and practices are no 
longer sufficient. 



proud in action, very traditional in practice, and very bold 
in thought. 

The Spaniard is also very lost. 

Reformation ideas never entered Spain. Neither did the 
Enlightenment. Spain's neutrality kept it out of the com- 
munity that formed as Europe was rebuilding. 

Now, however, Spain is emerging. Its eyes are on Latin 
America, and its resources are being heavily invested in 
the outside world. Spain is taking seriously its role as leader 
in the Spanish-speaking world. 

The Spaniard's new awareness of the world is exciting 
and frustrating for him. Traditional answers no longer 
satisfy. Traditional beliefs and practices are no longer 
sufficient. 



This is the Spaniard the missionary will encounter. The 
gospel of Jesus Christ and abundant life that He offers will 
transform the lives of the Spanish people just as it trans- 
formed the lives of people the world over. The Spaniard 
has learned that treasures on earth are easily corrupted. 
He has learned that thieves do break through and steal. 

This is the hour to take the good news to Spain so that 
the Spanish people can lay up for themselves treasures in 
heaven. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions entered Spain in 1984, 
when Bob and Marilyn Salazar entered the country. This 
year the Salazars will be moving to Valencia to begin 
church-planting ministries. 

They need help. 

We dare not miss this opportunity. Spaniards are mov- 
ing all through the Spanish-speaking world as business op- 
portunities expand. Each business man could also be a mis- 
sionary. Spain is the gateway to the Moslem world of North 
Africa, too. 

Many additional parts of the world could indeed be con- 
fronted with the gospel if Grace Brethren people take the 
challenge of reaching the people of Spain for Jesus Christ. 




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The Challenge of Europe 




Discerning Christians agree that we 
have entered a significant period of 
human history — in some ways the 
most significant that the world has yet 
seen. 

Most would also agree that Western 
Europe is destined to play a strategic 
role in the world of the next two 
decades. Those who know Europe are 
painfully aware of its tragic spiritual 
lethargy. Some, however, are begin- 
ning to peer beyond her present indif- 
ference and catch a vision of what 
could happen if Europeans would 
once again turn to God. 

Some believe that we are entering 
the first of what could be three distinct 
phases in a moving of God's Spirit in 
Europe in this time of its history. 

A Period of Preparation 

Two things are becoming more and 
more evident. The first is that God is 
laying on the hearts of people in wide- 
ly scattered places a burden to pray for 
a spiritual awakening in Europe. The 
second is that an increasing number 
of dedicated Christians are expressing 



the conviction that God is choosing 
them to be a part of His team on that 
continent. 

It would appear that more spiritual 
energy, in the form of intercessory 
prayer, is being focused on Europe 
now than at any other time in recent 
history. Christians in many lands are 
praying that Europe's churches will be 
revived, that the forces of evil will be 
restrained, and that the preaching of 
the Word will fall on ears made 
spiritually sensitive. 

If it is true that the prayers of God's 
people are stored up to be poured out 
at a precise time of history (Rev. 5:8), 
there is hope that Europe will again 
awaken to the message of God. To be 
sure, no amount of praying can 
guarantee revival; God is sovereign. 
But periods of intense prayer have 
often been followed by periods of turn- 
ing to God. 

A Period of Awakening 

Perhaps the pieces are not quite in 
place for a significant movement of the 
Spirit in Europe. If the winds of revival 




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by Tom Julien 




would sweep across this continent to- 
day, much spiritual energy would be 
dissipated in an emotionalism having 
few roots in the Word of God. 

Yet, a widening network of people 
and churches are already awakening 
to the significance of the time. There 
is a spirit of expectancy. 

When this network of Christians — 
prepared, tested, and awakened — is in 
place, the Spirit of God could once 
again move across parts of the conti- 
nent of Europe, putting flesh on the 
dry bones of churches deadened by 
worldliness, lack of vision, and inter- 
nal strife. 

A Period of Opposition 

No one knows whether Europe will 
experience a spiritual awakening 
before the return of the Lo.rd. Phase 
two remains in God's good 
providence. 

If a spontaneous moving of God's 
Spirit should occur, however, bringing 
Europeans to repentance and faith in 
the Lord Jesus resulting in the 



multiplication of believers' churches, 
then this period of opposition would 
be inevitable. 

The reason for this is evident. The 
growing movement towards religious 
unity, based on a pluralism of beliefs, 
is seen by some as the only effective 
response to a continuing disintegration 
of our civilization. The search for 
spiritual unity will be increasingly 
motivated by political and philosoph- 
ical considerations. 

A revival of biblically-rooted faith in 
Jesus Christ, the only way of salvation, 
would come immediately in conflict 
with the popular religion of our day. 
It would be seen as a threat to what 
some would consider mankind's only 
hope for averting world catastrophe. 

Opposition would be inevitable, 
conceivably leading to another disper- 
sion of a segment of Europe's popula- 
tion. In this case, it would not be the 
Jews but rather transformed believers 
courageous enough to preach the ab- 
solute truths of God's Word to a 
generation of people committed to 
religious syncretism. (Continued on page 13) 





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FMS NEWS FMS NEWS FMS NEWS 



The Chad— This African country is now classed as the 
poorest country in the world. The average annual income 
in the Chad is $80.00. Salaried employees are paid one 
month out of three, if they are paid at all. This includes 
government employees and soldiers. 

Manila, Philippines— An article appearing in the Los 
Angeles Times on December 12, 1984, stated that the 
Pope had issued an "apostolic exhortaton" to dismiss the 
"widespread idea that one can obtain forgiveness directly 
from God" and exhorted Catholics to confess more often 
to their priests. This goes against what one Catholic Filipino 
man told Clay Hulett. The man believed that he could con- 
fess his sins to God right in his own home. He was very 
surprised when Clay shared the Pope's exhortation with 
him. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina— Over 1,300 Mormon mis- 
sionaries live in Argentina today. They are frequently seen 
in the greater Buenos Aires area. Several of their temples 
are being constructed with building programs that would 
be the envy of most Grace Brethren churches in the United 
States. The Mormons' appeal seems to be mostly with the 
middle and upper middle class citizens. As is normal with 
most cults, they are syphoning many people from existing 
Protestant groups, but also they have gained from disillu- 
sioned Catholics. Prayer is being requested that God might 
prevent the continued rapid growth of the cults in 
Argentina. 

Uberlandia, Brazil— The missionaries in Uberlandia 
began requesting prayer for strong Brazilian leadership in 
the church several years ago. Many similar requests have 
been shared since then, including one for the training of 
Sunday school teachers. Today Sabastiao is in his third year 
of study at the Word of Life Bible Institute preparing to serve 
the Lord as a pastor. Several men are taking turns leading 




weeknight meetings as believers gather in three different 
neighborhoods for Bible study and prayer. One man is will- 
ing to preach when Tim Farner is away. Also, five Brazilians 
are presently teaching Sunday School and four ladies are 
involved in a teacher training course. These things did not 
"just happen." God is answering prayers. 

Lyon, France— Dr. Dave and Karen Daugherty lived in 
Lyon, France to strengthen their French language skills 
before moving to the Central African Republic to begin a 
dental program. While there, Dave met with five faculty 
members at the Lyon dental school. One of the men, Dr. 
Hirlemann, hopes to visit the Daughertys after they are 
settled in the C.A.R. A committed Christian dentist in 
Alsace, France, has promised to help with the ordering of 
dental supplies from France. The Daughertys arrived in the 
C.A.R. on May 21. They will actually begin the dental pro- 
gram this fall after Sango language study. 

Argentina— On November 28, 1984, Hill and Dorothy 
Maconaghy saw the realization of a dream of eight years. 
Since their retirement, they had wished to return to the 
field of Argentina where they had served as Grace Brethren 
missionaries for 38 years. Alighting from the plane at 
Buenos Aires, they were greeted by many old friends. 

The Maconaghys did not go just for a vacation, but also 
to serve during their stay. Hill preached several times in 
the three Buenos Aires churches, spoke at a pastor/leader 
conference, led a baby dedication service, and helped with 
the work of an evangelistic film series. The Maconaghys 
traveled to the Cordoba province accompanied by Solon 
and Kathryn Hoyt. There they visited most of the Grace 
Brethren churches. 

Time passed quickly for them, and on February 11, it 
was time for them to return to the States. The missionaries 
bade them farewell, very grateful for the help and en- 
couragement that only veteran missionaries can give. 

La Verne, California— Ted and Vivien Ruiz were com- 
missioned by their home church in March. The Ruizes are 
being sent as missionaries to the Philippines. Ted and Viv 
were supposed to leave in March, but couldn't since they 
did not have their visas. The visas are approved, but red 
tape will delay them from receiving the visas until May or 
June. They missed their April language school, so they will 
begin in August instead. 

Until their departure, Ted and Vivien will stay in La 
Verne, California, helping the Grace Brethren Church in 
whatever they can. Viv will seek to help the missions com- 
mittee to solidify its goals and direction. Ted will continue 
to coordinate the visitation program, work with a singles' 
ministry, and encourage the new staff member. 

Ted and Vivien Ruiz are commissioned for service in the Philippines. 



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Belem, Brazil— Brazilian Brethren National Conference 
was held in Belem this year at the Bible Institute building. 
Many Brethren attended. The evening services were held 
in a different Brethren church in Belem each night. In the 
afternoons, a group of young people would go door-to- 
door in the neighborhood of each church and invite peo- 
ple to attend the evening services. Unusual for a national 
conference? Yes, but a few people were reached for the 
Lord! 

St. Albain, France— Approximately 25 participants ar- 
rived at the Chateau on May 31 for this year's Euro- 
Missions Institute (EMI). Their first two weeks were spent 
at the Chateau learning about the European strategies and 
hearing speakers talk about such topics as the will of God 
and church-mission relationships. John Teevan from 
Ashland, Ohio, will share about the local church. The sec- 
ond two weeks will give a more practical view as the EMIers 
stay in the homes of the missionaries in France, England, 
Germany, and Spain and have more contact with nationals. 
A special visitor this year will be George Johnson, mis- 
sionary to Brazil, who will be observing the Institute to help 
prepare for the Latin American Missions Institute (LAMI). 

Brasilia, Brazil— In April the young people of the Brasilia 
Bible study participated in a local campout sponsored by 
the Bible Study. The main -emphasis was on the first steps 
in the Christian life. The 15 young people (ages 9-14) were 
greatly challenged to grow in their maturity in the Chris- 
tian walk. One young person made a personal decision 
for Christ. 

France — French national television showed the film Jesus 
of Nazareth during Easter week, and since then many 
testimonies have been heard from Christians on how that 
event gave them open doors to share their faith in Christ. 
At least one girl has accepted Christ as a result. 

Karuizawa, Japan — God is opening many doors for an 
effective and fruitful church planting effort in Japan, even 
though our missionaries are still in language study. Ike and 
Nancy Graham have had the opportunity to witness to 
neighbors and to make friends with some Christians. One 
church planting possibility exists with Nagahatta-san and 
his family. They are open to beginning a Grace Brethren 
church. 



Nagahatta-san and family. 



Continued from page 11 

God could choose to use Europeans once again pushed 
away from their boundaries, to bring the Good News to 
other parts of the world in a 20th century missionary move- 
ment which would burst out of the structured missionary 
societies of our day. 

If Western Europe, a sleeping giant of 20 centuries of 
spiritual heritage, should awaken, the world would not re- 
main the same. 



Winona Lake— The Buena Vista, VA, First Brethren 
Church gave $9,063.58 to Grace Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions in 1984 (not $10.00 as reported in the April Herald). 
Their offering was received shortly after the January 
deadline, so this amount will be shown in the 1985 report. 

Chad— The problem facing President Habre is the loss of 
French backing. If he tries to occupy the north, he faces 
insurrection in the south. Correspondents tell of large-scale 
killings by Habre s troops in the south. On top of that, there's 
grave famine. An estimated 90,000 Chadians have fled to 
Sudan, looking for food. 

The massacres occured becaused the south has never 
really been pacified. Rebels have been exploiting the in- 
security there to their own ends. Some, no doubt, get help 
from Libya, while others are remnants of old independence 
movements. 

Valencia, Spain— Valencia has been designated as the 
first city into which our Grace Brethren missionaries in 
Spain will enter. Bob and Marilyn Salazar are praising God 
for his guidance in seeking and selecting a starting point 
to initiate the work. The team in Spain will grow this fall 
as Ralph and Carolyn Robinson and family join the 
Salazars. 




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Their Lives E> 
Mike Alexande 



— «r-~:rr":-': ■ I Mike in his office at Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 



Ministries: 

Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, 
1978-84. Executive Vice President, 
1982-84. 

Grace College and Seminary, 
1976-78, Controller. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, 
1972-76, Financial Secretary. 

Warsaw Community Grace 
Brethren Church; served as 
moderator, recording secretary, 
deacon, pulpit committee member, 
and Board member of Warsaw 
Christian School. 

Perimeter Presbyterian Church; 
served as an adult teacher, and 
chairman of finances. 

Grace Brethren Retirement 
Homes; chairman of business ad- 
ministration committee. Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches; na- 
tional treasurer and chairman of 
hospitality committee. 

Awards and Activities 

1984 Who's Who in the South 
and Southwest 

1977 Outstanding Young Men of 
America 

Roswell, Georgia, Little League 
Coach 

Optimist Club (Warsaw, Ind); 
chairman of finance committee and 
member of Board of Directors. 

Education 

University of Nebraska 
Grace Theological Seminary 
Bowling Green State University 
Sinclair Community College 



The news that Mike Alexander died suddenly at the age of 37, stunned Grace 
Brethren missionaries and members of the home office staff with whom he had 
worked. Mike went to be with the Lord on February 8, 1985. 

Mike came to Grace Brethren Foreign Missions at a time when the Society was 
in need of his expertise. During the four-year period (1972-76) that he was the 
Finance Department's head, he was instrumental in revising the missonary salary 
system to allow for a cost-of-living index and helped in the establishing of a qualified 
retirement program. 

His interest in missions extended beyond this time spent with Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions and because of his heart for missions, a memorial fund in his 
memory has been established. One of Mike's goals was "To know Christ and to 
make Him known" here in the United States and across the world. This memorial 
will help to continue this life goal. 

The monies from the memorial will furnish a study room in the Missionary 
Residence in Winona Lake, Indiana. Missionaries on furlough often need a place 
to prepare sermons, write, or study. The study room will be just that, plus part 
of the room will have a cubicle for listening to and practicing with language tapes. 
Gifts for the memorial fund should be clearly marked and sent to GBFMS, P. 
O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

GBFMS is thankful to the Lord for the role Mike has had in foreign missions. 
Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Anne, and his children, Jay 
and Julie. □ 




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Dlify Service 
lenn O'Neal 



Phoebe and Glenn O'Neal chat with some men at EMI 



The GBFMS Board of Trustees was in session (February, 1985) 
when word was received that Dr. Glenn O'Neal passed away. 
Dr. O'Neal was member of the Board from 1952 to 1984 and 
presided as its president for many years until illness prevented 
him from attending Board sessions. 

He and his wife, Phoebe, along with John Zielasko, General 
Director, made trips to the mission points in South America and 
Africa. In 1977, they traveled together in the Orient in the in- 
terest of seeking new opportunities where new Grace Brethren 
works might be established. As a result of that survey, church 
planting ministries were initiated in the Philippines and Japan. 

The O'Neals also attended and spoke at the Euro-Missions 
Institute one summer. Dr. O'Neal had a great influence on many 
students as he taught at Talbot Seminary and also served as dean. 

Glenn was a good friend and supporter of missions. His in- 
terest in and knowledge of the mission program made him a 
valuable member of the Board of Trustees. The office staff and 
missionaries of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions will miss him 
greatly. □ 



Dr. O'Neal was actively involved with 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 
(Clockwise, from 2nd right): The O'Neals 
and the Zielaskos join a group of Africans 
while visiting villages in the Central African 
Republic. 

Glenn and Phoebe and Jack and Jean 
travel together to another mission field to 
survey the progress and encourage our 
missionaries. 

As president of the board. Dr. O'Neal 
leads one of its sessions. 

While in Europe, Glenn teaches one of the 
seminars at the Euro-Missions Institute as 
Dave Griffith listens. 









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FMS JUNE '85 1 5 




fifes 
anil 

Bluegrass 



"I think people are surprised more than anything," says 
Dr. David Turner on the combination of bluegrass and 
seminary professors. 



, 



n the basement of a seminary. 
A hallway of mostly uncirculated air 
and colors without breath. The print 
shop is deserted, and you get the 
feeling that someone's Bible is prob- 
ably opened to I Chronicles . . . 
Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah 
his son . . . 

A distant office bleeds fluorescent 
light into the darkness of a gray Fri- 
day afternoon in the basement of a 
seminary hall . . . Shebuel the son 
of Gershom, the son of Moses was 
officer over the treasures . . . 

Mostly silence, a hum over wires, 
a fan's wheeze, water swirling in pipes 
. . . Johanan the eighth, Elzabad 



the ninth . . . 

And then, unexpectedly, a banjo. 

The music breaks the blandness. 

"1 saw the light! I saw the light! 

No more in darkness, no more in 
night. 

Now I'm so happy — 

Praise the Lord. I saw the light!" 

The instruments are packed with 
emotion: the banjo like cool water; 
the bass, a warm breeze; the guitar, 
rain on tin roofs. Together it is 
bluegrass, as bitter and as sweet as 
listening to a thunderstorm in a dis- 
tant valley. 

In the office filled with Old Testa- 
ment commentaries and books on 



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victorious Christian living, the three 
staff members have just finished a 
song. A student has dropped in with 
a bag of M&Ms: "I heard the music 
out in the hall," she says. "Man, you 
guys are really good." 

I think people are surprised 
more than anything," says Dr. David 
Turner on the combination of 
bluegrass and seminary professors. 
Turner and Dr. Gary Meadors, both 
assistant professors of New Testa- 
ment and Greek, play the guitar and 
banjo respectively. David Brown, 
director of field services, plays the 
bass. Dr. Rick Lovelady, chairman of 
the college English department, often 
joins in with a guitar. Together they 
are known as Afterclass. 

"I think the thing that got it 
started," explains Turner, "Is when I 
noticed a bumper-sticker on Gary's 
car that said, 'Have you hugged your 
banjo today." Soon, Turner drug his 
guitar out. Brown then stopped by 
and started to play Meadors' guitar 
and then bass. 

A few bluegrass tunes later and 
they were a band. 

They now play for area churches 
and socials, mostly on a volunteer 
basis. They have also added singers 
from the college and seminary. 

Bibles and banjos are -not exactly 
hamburger and ketchup. At first, they 
may seem an unsettling combina- 
tion. "I think people find it novel 
rather than strange," Meadors says. 
"There has been only one person," 
Meadors says, "who thought it was 
strange. And he was from Germany." 

Meadors, however, says that 
bluegrass has some of its roots in the 
church. "I think the Gospel enters in 
because a lot of bluegrass singers 
came out of Virginia and North 



Upeaking to one another in psalms 
and hymns and spiritual songs, sing- 
ing and making melody with your 
heart to the Lord." — Ephesians 5:19 



Carolina and their roots were in 
church. Bluegrass really began in 
church basements with a fiddle and 
a banjo." 

The members of the group see it 
as a throwback to a time before 
television, before automobiles, before 
the pace of today's society. 

"Most bluegrass was invented 
before the television era," Meadors 
explains, "when families got together 
and played and sang. I make this 
analogy: Country music is barroom 
and bluegrass is backporch." 

The group members also believe 
that the Gospel and bluegrass have 
other similarities. The music, like 
many passages in the Bible speaks 
of paradoxes: Of joy and suffering, 
of laughter and tears, of defeat and 
victory. The feeling of a bluegrass 
train song, for example, is similiar to 
I Corinthians 1:5. 

"Overall it is a happy sound," 
Meadors adds. "It's uplifting. There 
is a lot of sad music in bluegrass too 
but even when you play that, the sad 
is pretty" 

Afterclass, however, is not trying 
to make any statements with their 



music. They don't play because 
Bluegrass is socially significant or 
because Bill Monroe came from a 
small town, or even because it could 
have some spiritual impact. Nothing 
that deep. 

"We play because its fun," Turner 
says. 

Kick-off-your-shoes-loosen-your- 
tie fun. Pickin-wildwood-flowers-on- 
a-country-road fun. Singin ; praise-to- 
the-Lord fun. 

In the dark basement the music 
draws a person to the office light. 

"Oh, the land of cloudless day! 

Oh, the land of an uncloudy sky! 

Oh, they tell me of a home where 
no storm clouds rise. 

Oh they tell me of an uncloudy 
day." 

Down the hall the music flows, a 
challenge to monotony. Someone's 
Bible may be open to another book. 
Possibly Psalms . . . 

It is a curious combination, this 
darkness and this music . . . "Those 
who sow in tears, . . ." this song of 
hope and this basement . . . "shall 
reap with joyful shouting." □ 





Given by: 




In Memory of: 




Virginia District Ministerium 


Pastor George Hall 


LIVING MEMORIAL 


Rev. Dave Mitchell 




Mrs. Loraine Mitchell 




Mr. & Mrs. Harold 


Peugh 


Mr. Glenn O'Neal 


HONOR ROLL 


Mr. Stanley Nairn 
Mr. & Mrs. Teofilo 




Mr. Gertrude O'Neill 
Mrs. Mildred Nairn 


APRIL 1985 


Alemania 




Dr. Norman Uphouse 
In Honor of: 




Rev. Dave Mitchell 




Mr. Lawrence Mitchell 



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Classic 
Renaissance 




Dr. Edgar Lovelady, head of the Grace College English Department. 



Jg t one time Dr. Edgar J. 

U Lovelady, when confronted 
with Joyce, would have pro- 
bably thought of a wooden, suppor- 
ting beam. Hawthorne, a tree that 
blossoms in spring. Blake, a master 
of slapstick. 

Now they are, in some mysterious 
way, his everyday companions. They 
sit still on his shelf, shout from an 
open page, or jump into his 
consciousness. 

It was a backward journey, of 
sorts, that brought Lovelady to them 
and the other masters of the English 
language and the human psyche. 
After graduating from Grace 
Theological Seminary in 1966, he 



had been accepted into the Univer- 
sity of Michigan's graduate school. 
He was to study Near-Eastern 
languages. He never made it. 

Three years later, he was teaching 
in the English Department of Grace 
College. 

'The Lord gets you into a lot of 
things through the back door," says 
Dr. Lovelady. "1 guess I'm one of the 
original back-door men." 

Dr. Edgar J. Lovelady is unique, 
both in personality and experience. 
His parents were traveling 
evangelists. "I remember 44 straight 
nights on the road and sleeping in 44 
different places." Because of the 
travel, Lovelady never received a 



high school diploma. 

He has earned a Doctorate of 
Theology degree. 

Like his father before him, he is a 
talented musician. He plays a wide 
variety of instruments, including the 
classical guitar. He has only had a 
handful of music lessons in his life. 

He loves horses. 

A receding hairline betrays an 
otherwise young face -- easy smile, 
gentle eyes, quick speech. 

Spiritually, he has learned to stop 
taking things for granted. He em- 
braces the Biblical answers because, 
in part, he has studied the questions. 

He understands the human con- 
dition and speaks of it often. He has 



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studied art. 

He used to think that he wanted 
to be a pastor or an evangelist or a 
missionary. Just so it was "full-time 
Christian service." He became 
frustrated at times, because he did 
not know what to do with his life. 

And then the unexpected happen- 
ed. On the edge of a dilemma, he 
found the cutting edge of God's will 
and the sharp questions of acid pens. 

In 1963 Dr. Lovelady ran out of 
money. He needed a temporary job 
to get enough money to 
attend graduate school at ^_^ 
the University of 
Michigan. 

By "chance," there 
were two job openings at 
Cromwell School. One 
was for a fifth-grade 
teacher; another was for 
a high school English 
teacher. 

A friend of Lovelady 's 
who also needed a tem- 
porary job, took the fifth- 
grade position. Lovelady 

was left with high-school 
English. 

"My English background was 
miserable," Lovelady said. He had 
had the 12 hours of required 
courses. Moby Dick and Comp 1 
and Oedipus Rex . . . that sort of 
thing. Edgar J. Lovelady wasn't ex- 
actly thrilled. 

"I was interested in Biblical 
scholarship," Lovelady said. "I 
thought all other areas were intellec- 
tually inferior." 

Lovelady was quickly humbled. 
Maybe by Dostoyevsky. Maybe by 
Milton. Maybe by C. S. Lewis. Cer- 
tainly by God's will. 

Once he started searching the 
classics, Lovelady was "compelled." 
As a Christian, he says he always 
knew the answers. The trouble was 
that, he had never really considered 
the questions. 

Lovelady changed his plans. He 
enrolled at St. Francis in Fort Wayne 
for a master's degree in English. 

What Lovelady found in the 



classics was something spiritual, 
some kind of intense longing, a great 
vacuum of soul and earth, the in- 
complete human heart. 

"They all essentially speak of one 
thing," Lovelady explains, "and that 
is this God-shaped blank." 

There are never easy answers. 
Even the dynamic Christian writers 
-- Blake, Dostoyevsky, Tolkein, 
Lewis, Keats, Browning, Kempis, 
Milton, Montgomery, Tolstoy and so 
on -- did not see in the black and 



fwhat Lovelady found in the classics 
was something spiritual, some kind 
of intense longing, a great vacuum 
of soul and earth, the incomplete 
human heart. 



white. They bled their ink. 

Like Job and Solomon, they 
wrestled with the questions of ex- 
istence: the celebration, the despair, 
eternity and death. They framed 
their questions in the answers that 
God gives through the Bible 

"They were not writing as 
preachers and propogandists," 
Lovelady says. "These were people 
who had absorbed Christianity into 
their lives. It was a natural outcome 
that it should come out in their 
writings. 

Even with writers who did not 
adhere to Christianity. Lovelady finds 
hints of God. 

"The great literature of the world 
presents an apologetic view," 
Lovelady says. "There are so many 
evocative ideas, tie-ins and parallels 
with the Bible. A common theme is 
that hearts are restless and waiting to 
rest in something. That's the same 
thing that the Bible says." 

The great literature has forever 



changed Lovelady's Christianity. No 
longer is it purely didactic and super- 
ficial. It is also human. 

"Christ knew what was in man," 
Lovelady says. "To a lesser extent, so 
did the great writers. They were great 
psychologists. It is important for 
Christians to know what it is to be 
human and what others have said 
about being human." 

By grappling with the human con- 
dition, Dr. Lovelady finds more value 
in Divine grace. The greatest of all 
literature is that which 
^^^ m provides answers. The 

Bible is at the center of 
lovelady's life. One 
greater than Hawthorne 
is the Holy Spirit. 

"Man without Christ is 
hopeless and miserable," 
adds Dr. Lovelady. "By 
reading the classics, you 
find that man without 
God does not have any 
answers. I've looked at 
philosophy and the great 
themes and the evolu- 
tionary arguments. 
There wouldn't be anything without 
Christ." 

Dr. Lovelady sits at his desk in a 
tight office. Behind him are his 
degrees: Bachelor's, Master of Divini- 
ty, Master of Arts, Doctorate, Master 
of Theology. 
They are paper. 

He has a unique perspective -- a 
vast knowledge of English literature 
and Biblical languages. It gives him 
insights into the great questions and 
the great answers. He teaches both. 
But knowledge. Dr. Lovelady says, 
should never be lifeless. Human 
questions and Divine answers are a 
volatile mixture, a formula for change 
and worship. It demands ministry. 
Dr. Lovelady explains that 
"ministry is a term often 
misunderstood. It isn't just a preacher 
and an altar call. Or a missionary 
with a Bible. Or an exposition of 
Psalm 22." 

It could be one insight. Tolstoy, 
perhaps, and a young mind. A sin- 
gle question that cries for God. □ 



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Go Tell It 

On The 
Mountains! 



by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

1985 Moderator 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 



Have you ever stood at the edge of 
the cliff and wanted to shout to the 
world below? Last Fall, my wife and 
1 gazed at the city of Montreal, Canada 
from the top of a nearby mountain. As 
we viewed the city below, my heart 
leaped at the thought of shouting the 
Good News of the Gospel to all the 
people in that metropolis. 

The national conference of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Chur- 
ches will be held high in the beautiful 
Rocky Mountains of Colorado on 
August 11 through 16 at the YMCA 
Camp of the Rockies near Estes Park. 
This site, which, is eight to nine thou- 
sand feet above sea level, is one of the 
most attractive recreational spots in the 
area. 

Though we may want to shout the 
Gospel from that vantage point, the 
primary concern will be reaching the 
mountains of people in the mission 
fields of the world. As we celebrate the 
85th anniversary of Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions, our guest speakers 
will be nationals from foreign and 
cross-cultural home mission fields. 




Ivanildo Trindade (Brazil), Pierre 
Yougouda (Africa), Rainer Ehmann 
(Germany), and Tully Butler (Navajo) 
will bare the needs and tell of the prog- 
ress of the Gospel in their respective 
areas. 

The Moderator's Address on Sun- 
day evening will center upon the state 
of our Fellowship and the challenges 
which lay before us. Vice moderator. 
Dr. John Mayes, will bring his message 
at the Tuesday morning Bible hour. 
Music at all the sessions will be pro- 
vided by Grace Brethren young peo- 
ple and adults. 

This conference promises to be one 
of the best inspirational times of 
fellowship we have ever enjoyed. 
Every effort is being made to make this 
a family conference, with plenty of 
time for fun, in addition to challeng- 
ing instruction. Special tours and 
sightseeing trips are planned through- 
out the week. 

It will be a special privilege to have 
the Grace Brethren National Youth 
Conference held simultaneously on 
the same grounds. The young peo- 




Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

pie will join the adults for several 
meetings. 

The conference will be preceded by 
a seminar for foreign missionaries and 
a Home Missions pastor's conference 
at The Inn at Estes Park on Friday and 
Saturday, August 9 and 10. The 
Christian Education convention will 
convene on Sunday and Monday, 
August 11 and 12. 

Many of our ministers and laity have 
expressed the need for revival in our 
Fellowship. We are praying for a great 
movement of the Holy Spirit during 
and after this conference. Surely, if we 
are to see our local churches prosper 
spiritually, our vision and compassion 
increase for the lost, and our mis- 
sionaries reach the fields of the work, 
it must be a genuine work of God in 
all of our hearts. □ 



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NEWS REPORT 



D PASTORAL POTPOURRI-Joe Bishop, former associ- 
ate pastor of the GBC of Lititz, PA, has accepted the 
chaplaincy position at Grace Schools / Rick Clark, 
former associate pastor at Ankenytown, OH, has accepted 
the pastorate of the Manheim (PA) GBC / Harold Combs 
is the new pastor of the GBC at Clayhole, KY / Michael 
Funderburg (Cumberland, MD), has resigned and has ac- 
cepted the pastorate at Alto, Ml (Prayer is requested for 
the Cumberland congregation as they seek the direction of 
the Lord in the selection of a pastor.) / 



Change Your Annual 



Robert Belohlavek, B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African 
Republic / Edward Bowman, Grace Village, P. 0. Box 
337, Winona Lake, IN 46590 / Dave Daugherty, B. P. 
240, Central African Republic / Lynn Hoyt, Calle 22, 
No. 2350, Parquefield, 2000, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argen- 
tina, South America / Christophe Nord, 18, Rue des 
Martyrs de la Resistance, 71 100 Chalon Sur Saone, France 
/ Sheldon Perrine, 7430 Crescent Ave., Apt. 101, Buena 
Park, CA 90620 / Jack Peters, Jr., 2826 Forestbrook Dr. 
N, Lakeland, FL 33803 / Dan Pettman, 3517 Headleys 
Mill Rd., c/o GBC, Pataskala, OH 43062 / John Sholly, 
215 Liberty St., Jonesville, Ml 49250. 



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NEWS REPORT 



Marriages 



The following marriages took place in the Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, CA, during November 1984, to March 1985. 
Richard Mayhue, pastor. 

Lori Amyrauld and Jim Hedges 

Karen Chaplin and Russ Schaible 

Lynnel Grubbs and Steve Gilley 

Yolanda Gomez and Tim Sivils 

Julie Harris and Tony Loya 

Karen Kaufman and Robert Rudd 

Julie Quinn and Tim Crabtree 
Shawna Kay Cavanaugh and Frank Corbett, Jr., Valley GBC, 
Hagerstown, MD. Dan Eshleman, pastor. 

Lauri Guillard and Michael Guessford, Valley GBC, Hagerstown, 
MD. Dan Eshleman, pastor. 

Mary Jones and Michael Gamby, Valley GBC, Hagerstown, MD. 
Dan Eshleman, pastor. 

Tina Leahy and Mark Overmyer, GBC of Columbus, OH. James 
Custer, pastor. 

Sharon Trump and Kevin Tschudy, GBC of Lititz, PA. Jerry 
Young, pastor. 



The following deaths occurred at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, CA, between January 7 and March 3. Richard 
Mayhue, pastor. 

Charles Belt Michael Dyer 

Jean Brakeman Eva Simms 
Messner, Thelma, 77, a member of the Southview Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, OH. She was the mother of Richard Messner, 
who for many years had served the Lord through Grace Schools. 
Stouffer, Margie, a charter member of the Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, MD. Dan Eshleman, pastor. 



□ Position opening for Christian person: Riverwood 
Ranch Group Home for boys is open for an executive 
director. Full time, salary negotiable. Qualifications: 
Four-year college degree in social services or related field; 
four-year working experience in human services. Send 
resume to: Robert A. Ashman, P.O. Box 1282, Warsaw, 
IN 46580, or call 219/267-5988. 

□ Mike Prentovich, an employee of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Company, Winona Lake, IN, has been licensed 
to the Christian ministry by his home church in Rittman, 
OH. 

□ Warren Tamkin, former pastor of the Frederick (MD) 
GBC, has accepted the pastorate of the Hope GBC in 
Dillsburg, PA. He began his new ministry in June. 



□ Dr. Richard Kriegbaum, has been ap- 
pointed the new president of Fresno 
Pacific College, Fresno, CA, beginning 
his duties July 1. He received his 
bachelor's degree in Spanish from 
Wheaton College, his master's from Ball 
State University, and his doctorate in 
higher education from the State Uni- 
versity of New York in Buffalo. He was 
director of planning and research at 
Wheaton prior to his acceptance of the 
Fresno position. 

Richard is the son of Rev. and Mrs. 
Arnold Kriegbaum of Silver Springs, FL. 
The entire Kriegbaum family is very 
educational minded. The father had 
served as college dean at Grace College 
(also, previously had been editor and 
general manager of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, Winona Lake, IN); his 
mother had been a schoolteacher; his 
sister, Karen, a school administrator; 
and a brother. Ward, an academic vice 
president of Wheaton College. 

□ Woodie and Bill Woods (Dayton, OH) 
journeyed to Dryhill, KY, and installed 
a new furnace in the Victory Mountain 
Grace Brethren Chapel. It took two 
days to complete the installation, and 
the work was done without charge to 
the church.— Submitted by Sam Baer, 
pastor 



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of the r 
Month U 




Perhaps the most important question in life for everyone 
of us is: "When you get where you are going, where will 
you be?" 

Everyone is going somewhere. So, what is your goal? 
What is the purpose of your existence? 

I hope it is to be like Jesus. In Philippians 2:5, Paul says, 
"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ 
Jesus." 

When Paul wrote this, he was in prison at Rome and 
he was being hurt by others. Through this treatment, he 
was learning to be like Jesus. Out of his experience, he 
shares what we are to be like, too. In Philippians 1:15-17 
and 2:3-4, Paul tells us the problems we face in our Chris- 
tian life. "Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from 
envy and strife, but some also from goodwill; the latter do 
it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense 
of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of selfish am- 
bition, rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause 
me distress in my imprisonment. . . Do nothing from 
selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let 
each of you regard one another as more important than 
himself; do not merely look out for your own personal in 



terests, but also for the interests of others." 

First there is "envy" and "strife" and "selfish ambition." 
Paul says men were preaching Christ in this way. They were 
trying to hurt him. He tells us in chapter 2 that there was 
"empty conceit" and everyone was looking after his "own 
interests." 

Envy says, "Hey, are we not all created equal, with cer- 
tain inalienable rights? I don't want anymore than so and 
so, but . . ." 

So "envy" grasps and takes. "Strife" won't submit. It is 
disobedient and wants its own way. "Selfish ambition" 
doesn't just want what everyone else has, it wants more, 
and that means others must have less. "Empty conceit" 
loves things where it finds it is important or it looks to its 
own self. "Own interests" is only concerned with doing 
what is good for itself. 

When these are the attitudes of our life, Paul says this 
is what you miss: "If therefore there is any encouragement 
in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any 
fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 
make my joy complete by being of the same mind, main- 
taining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one pur- 



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pose." (Phil. 2:1-2) 

First, you miss the encouragement of Christ and the con- 
solation of love. Encouragement means "one who comes 
along side of." You've pushed Jesus away. Consolation is 
to speak soothing words and you can't hear them because 
you've hardened your heart. The partnership of God's 
Spirit cannot be experienced because He is grieved and 
real pity and compassion will not be yours when trials 
come. 

So Paul says be like Jesus. Was He envious? 

Phil. 2:6 says, "Who although He existed in the form 
of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be 
grasped." Jesus was in very nature God, but He was not 
envious. He was not grasping. 

Was Jesus filled with selfish ambition? 

Paul says in verse 7, "but emptied Himself." Literally, "He 
made himself nothing." 

How about empty conceit? 

Paul notes in verse 7 that He took the form of a bond- 
servent and was made in the likeness of man. In verse 8, 
he tells us that He humbled Himself. 

Did Jesus stir up strife? 

Paul says, no, in verse 8. "He humbled Himself by 
becoming obedient. . ." 



How about own interest? 

Phil. 2:8 says, "By becoming obedient to the point of 
death, even death on a cross." Did Jesus die for His own 
interests? Jesus, the just, died for the unjust. He died for 
others. 

Is it your desire to be like Jesus? If it is, you are going 
to have to die to yourself on that cross. Where are you go- 
ing? When you get there, where will you be? 

Many Christians today are not like Jesus. They are fill- 
ed with envy, strife, selfish ambition, empty conceit, and 
own interests. I bet you are thinking of someone else like 
that right now. It couldn't be you, could it? 

How could I put away these things from my life? You 
need to go to Him daily in His word so He can speak to 
you; and you need to pray so you can ask Him to help 
you obey what He has said. And then you need to do it. 
II Cor. 3:18 says, "But we all, with unveiled face beholding 
us as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transform- 
ed into the same image from glory to glory, just as the Lord, 
the Spirit." 

Is it that simple? 

Yes! It isn't easy, but if you do it, you will change "from 
glory" (what you are now) "to glory" (like Him). 

Has anyone ever asked you, "Are you Him?" □ 



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Story 



by Angel Acosta 



I awoke and found myself on the operating table. The 
room was ice cold. Naked and helpless, with my body 

| ,JJ$ strapped to the table, I felt so frightened and alone. I wasn't 

sure whether or not I would be alive the next morning. I 
tried to ignore the pain, but it was so great it was almost 
unbearable. Faces wearing masks hovered all around me. 

Someone covered my own face with a mask. Immediate- 
ly, I felt nauseated and I realized if I vomited, I would suf- 
focate. No one seemed to understand my moaning and 
groaning until, finally, I screamed out. A young nurse rush- 
ed over, tore the mask off, and held a pan beside my face. 
\ I felt so miserable. I begged Jesus to help me. . . 

I had always considered myself to be a pretty good per- 

* son. I never did anything really terrible according to my 

_, definition of the word, or, at least, not anything that any 

a ordinary person wouldn't do. I firmly believed in God and 

, His Son, Jesus Christ. In my early childhood on the 

'0$ W% southwest side of Chicago, I would spend several minutes 

I — j each night repetitiously praying words which had little 

meaning. I was somewhat familiar with the Bible and 

especially enjoyed reading the Book of Revelations trying 

to imagine Heaven and all of its beauty. My life seemed 

to be that of any typical, middle-class, "all American" girl 

in the Midwest. 

One Sunday morning when I was in the fifth grade, my 
best friend, Eileen, and I decided to attend the morning 
worship service at a local Baptist church rather than Mass 
at the Catholic church. Despite their dismay, our parents 
agreed and allowed us to miss Mass that particular 
morning. 

The children's service we attended was so very different 
than anything we had ever experienced. We sang happy 
songs that I had never before heard. 

After the service, a dark-haired woman invited Eileen 
and I to the back room to accept Jesus Christ in order to 
have eternal life. We eagerly prayed and asked the Lord 
into our lives. Heaven was definitely the place I wanted 
to be. 

I never attended that church again, and I did not realize 
the significance of that day until many years later. 

My spiritual life deteriorated as I grew older. Family rela- 
tionships also fell apart as I felt misunderstood and I sought 
pleasure and happiness through dare-devil excitement. 

Things continually grew worse, and I became more 



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unhappy as time passed. Twice I seriously contemplated 
suicide. After one terrible fight with my parents, I was 
grounded in my room for three of the longest months of 
my life with no telephone or television, and, of course, 
friends were not allowed to visit. 

During those three months, I planned my great get-away 
to California. Oh, how I longed to be there, even though 
it was a place 1 had only read about. I bought maps and 
books and spent much of my time dreaming about my 
future there someday. 

After graduating from high school, I was hired as a legal 
secretary trainee at the Attorney General's office for the 
State of Illinois. For the next four months, I managed to 
save $1,000 and receive the training I would need to get 
a job in California. One month before my 18th birthday, 
I bought a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles. 

I did not share my plans with my family until one week 
before my departure date, then I quietly packed all my 
worldly possessions, took the remaining $800 from my sav- 
ings, and ventured to the West Coast, leaving my family 
and friends in order to fulfill a long-awaited dream. 

Arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday, 
September 8, 1980, I made my way to the Clark Hotel 
in the heart of the city with the help of an Amtrak employee 
and two taxicabs. As the two drivers unloaded my belong- 
ings, I went to register for a room. To my dismay, the clerk 
told me I could not stay because I was a minor. I literally 
fell to pieces, but one of the cab drivers came to my rescue 
and talked the clerk into letting me stay for one night. 

Within the hour, I began my search for an apartment. 
By the next day, I was at home in Bell, a city approximately 
eight miles away. My bachelorette apartment was nothing 
to brag about, but it suited me just fine, and it was better 
than nothing. 

That same week, I found a job working as a legal 
secretary. I was ecstatic. I called my frantic mother and pro- 
udly announced I had found a job making $1,100 a month 
and an apartment with a swimming pool. I did not tell her 
I had to borrow $10 to get back and forth to work and that 
I would be existing on peanut butter, bread, and milk until 
I received my first paycheck. (That $800 didn't even last 




one week.) But, my fears subsided. I felt that I could do 
anything and everything. 

I became involved with "friends" who synonymously us- 
ed the word work with hustling, stealing, and selling drugs. 
I fell in love with a young man who had alcohol and drug 
addictions. He abused me both verbally and physically, and 
yet, I allowed it to go on for more than a year. My dream 
of life in California was shattering. 

When he left me for another woman, and I ended up 
in the hospital with an extopic pregnancy and nearly died 
from internal hemorrhaging. I awoke as 1 was being wheel- 
ed from intensive care to the hospital room, yet I wasn't 
sure whether I was happy to be alive. 



I had always considered myself to be 
a pretty good person. I never did 
anything really terrible. . . 



The next six weeks I spent at home recuperating. I was 
so disillusioned. I spent many hours walking around my 
neighborhood in Bell begging God for His help. 

Several months after I was back to work, I had an op- 
portunity to buy a cute, silver Volkswagon Scirocco. I 
wanted this car so desperately I prayed to God on my . 
hands and knees. He allowed me to have it, but I was 
unaware how He would use it to lead me to reaffirm that 
decision I had made many years before. 

1 had read a step-by-step article in a magazine on how 
to drive a stick shift, so 1 confidently stepped into the car 
and drove off. But only four days later, I burnt out the 
clutch, thanks to the informative article. 

Since the City of Bell does not allow street parking bet- 
ween 2 and 5 o'clock in the morning. 1 left the car in the 
parking lot of a church on the corner until I could save 
enough money to have it repaired. It remained there for 
more than a month. Then, one night, I noticed a note writ- 
ten in Spanish attached to the windshield. My fears that 
someone had been watching me were dispelled as one of 
my roommates translated it. Feeling the need for friend- 
ship, I called the number on the note and was invited to 
a Wednesday evening prayer service and coffee afterwards 
at the home across the parking lot of the church. 

That night, I committed my life to Christ in the home 
of Pastor Phil and Amy Guerena. (It was Amy who had 
written the note.) 

It has been more than two years since that night and 
my life has changed drastically. I can only praise God and 
thank Him for his faithfulness and lovingkindness even 
when I have shown Him very little faith. I know that 
through Christ there is hope for anyone and I can truly 
experience happiness in my life. He displays His love and 
mercy to me day after day, and that is all the reassurance 
I need. □ 

(Editor's Note— The church where Angel left her car was the Bell, Calif., 
Brethren Church- She is now is a member of that church and is involved 
in the music ministry and teaches Sunday School She is still a legal 
secretary and now lives in Hollywood, Calif.) 



Angel Acosta 



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• Longview 




The church members enjoy fellowship. 




Joins 

Home Missions 



Pastor Fenton and Judy McDonald 



The capital of Texas is the newest point for Grace Brethren 
Home Missions! On May 1, the Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Austin, with Fenton McDonald as pastor, joined the 
Home Missions family. 

Feeling a burden for this central Texas city, Pastor McDonald 
and his family moved to Austin in June of 1984 from San 
Jose, Calif., where he had pastored the Grace Brethren 
Church there. A couple from the San Jose church, Jerry and 
Jana Langford and their small son, Matthew, joined them in 
the move to help in the new ministry. 

Pastor McDonald found secular employment while he 
began to plant a church. By October, Sunday worship ser- 
vices and Thursday evening Bible studies were being held in 
their northeast Austin home. Soon, two Bible studies were 
being held in different locations in the city. 

By early February, church attendance averaged 25 a week, 
and the congregation voted to pay the pastor's salary one day 
a week. In early April, they voted to increase his salary and 
request adoption by the Council, since they would now be 
able to contribute one-third of the total support. The Iowa- 
Midlands District has also adopted the point. 

McDonald is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Biola 
University. He has also attended Talbot Theological Seminary. 

He met his wife, the former Judy Eberline, while they were 
students at Moody, and they were married in 1969. The cou- 
ple has three daughters, Rachel, twelve; Michelle, nine; and 
Hannah, seven. 

The North Long Beach, Calif., Brethren Church is home 
for McDonald. Growing up there, he served as youth pastor 
from 1969-74. He served at San Jose from 1974-84. 

His father, Tom, supervised the construction of the new 
multi-purpose building at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission, 
Counselor, New Mexico, last summer. 

Austin is located in the heart of Texas and is within a 
300-mile radius of 89 percent of the population of the state. 
Seventy percent of the population is within 200 miles, mak- 
ing this a strategic point for the development of a Grace 
Brethren Church. 

The community boasts 353 churches, which represent 45 
denominations. But there is a strong need for a Bible-teaching 
church, according to the pastor. "Church is a social function 
for many," he says. 

The city itself has an estimated population of 367,550, with 
an estimated 450,000 people in the surrounding county. By 
1990, it is expected to reach a population of 461,000 in the 
city, and 574,699 in the county. 

In addition to the 120 state and 62 federal agencies located 
in the capital city, Austin is home to the University of Texas, 
Bergstrom Air Force Base, and many computer companies. 

The new church at Austin is the second Grace Brethren 
Church in the Lone Star State. The other is located at 
Longview. A Grace Brethren Bible study is also being held 
in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 



26 june 85 GBHMC 



More than 40 years ago, Dr. L.L. Grubb, then executive 
secretary of Grace Brethren Home Missions, called a high 
level strategy meeting with four eastern Pennsylvania 
pastors about church expansion. This initiative brought 
about the birth of new churches at Harrisburg, York, 
Palmyra, and Hatfield. In the succeeding years, the Nor- 
thern Atlantic District was born and major expansion for 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church was seen in Lan- 
caster and nearby counties. 

In the last decade, the Northern Atlantic District Mission 
Board and the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council, 
Inc. have helped expand Grace Brethren ministries into the 
New England sector of our Nation. For years, it was our 
desire to plant churches in this staunch Ivy League environ- 
ment. Liberalism characterized the staid churches and it 
seemed virtually impossible to break through that invisible 
wall of opposition. The barrier that faced the Grace 
Brethren movement was also shared by almost every con- 
servative Bible-teaching church organization. 

Our breakthrough came in Vermont where Rev. James 
Hunt, a returned missionary from Africa, was ministering. 
Though he was working with another missionary organiza- 
tion, he desired to plant Grace Brethren churches. Soon 
the council and the North Atlantic District Mission Board 
began to support his church-planting efforts financially. 

The Grace Brethren Church at Irasburg, Vermont, was 
born. Pastor John Snow came and Jim, and his wife, Mary, 
expanded their Bible classes to other areas. Within five 
years, the Irasburg church, with a new building and Chris- 
tian school, arrived at the self-support status. The "five year 
plan" had worked in our first New England ministry! Their 
strong stand for the Word, doctrine, and the Christian life, 
set up a high standard for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches in this new territory. 

The missionary church-planting efforts of the Hunts turn- 
ed to Island Pond, approximately 20 miles to the east. 



Backed again by the missionary vision of the Northern 
Atlantic District, the Grace Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, and now the Irasburg church, a new church in this com- 
munity was soon organized. 

It has been five years since Rev. Warren Tamkin and his 
family began their ministry at Island Pond. His experience 
in home mission work, his ability at teaching the Word and 
his organizational skills soon produced an aggressive church 
body. A ten-acre site was chosen and a first unit building 
was constructed. 

This year, the church, now under the leadership of Rev. 
Dale Jenks, arrived at self-support status. My wife, Genny 
and I were present for the celebration of the occasion, 
which was held in the beautifully decorated auditorium of 
the local high school, during which we showed some home 
mission slides of the work in its early history. A meal was 
prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Leclaire and served by 
an active group of young people. We were thrilled to hear 
the testimonies of these dear people, many of whom came 
from French Roman Catholic backgrounds and who to- 
day have a vibrant testimony for Christ. The gratefulness 
of these dear people for their salvation, their church, and 
their fellowship was warmly expressed to the Grace 
Brethren people everywhere. 

The breakthrough in New England continues as the body 
of Christ expands. Jesus said, "I will build my church. . 
. " He is using His Spirit, dedicated servants of the Cross, 
and the power of His word in touching, changing lives, and 
saving souls. Churches are starting at Stowe, Vermont; 
Saratoga Springs, New York; and Brunswick, Maine. 

This breakthrough will continue, for Jesus, our com- 
mander in chief said, "Go into all the world. . . reach every 
creature. . . " Grace Brethren people, through their mis- 
sionary outreach ministries, have a mandate to continue 
to reach our land for Christ in these great days of 
opportunity. □ 



New England Breakthrough 



by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Executive Secretary 






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Teaching 
Children 
Financial 
Discipline 



by Larry Burkett 



One of the most neglected areas in family life involves 
teaching children financial discipline. Even in homes where 
Bible study and prayer are an established way of life, 
finances are rarely, if ever discussed. Is it any wonder that 
so many young couples suffer because of financial 
mismanagement? 

But whose responsibility is it to teach children about 
money? In most high schools today, a consumer economics 
class simply teaches students how to complete a credit ap- 
plication, and not necessarily how to budget and save. If 
schools can't or won't teach our children the rules of money 
management, who will? 

Often the most effective teachers are Mom and Dad, and 
the best lessons are learned at home. It is at home, wat- 
ching his parents' example, that a child establishes lifetime 
habits. If he learns to manage money as he learns other 
skills, he will be spared many costly mistakes as an adult. 

Before parents teach their children how to manage 
money, they should master the lessons themselves. If they 
continually buy luxuries on impulse, their children will come 
to expect the same privileges. If Mom and Dad have not 
learned how to balance a checkbook, they should not be 
surprised that their son or daughter lacks the same skill. 

The reason is simple: Kids have an instinct for detecting 
insincerity, and they mimic bad habits much quicker than 

28 JUNE 85GBHMC 



the good ones. Why? Because being slothful and un- 
disciplined requires less effort. Children, like adults, will 
usually seek the path of least resistance. For that reason, 
parents must establish a positive, balanced example. 

If too much discipline is harmful, too little is disastrous. 
A boy or girl who is given a high-powered sports car at 
16 will not learn the concept of working for a reward. And 
can the young person who regularly uses a credit card to 
buy gas be expected to understand the principle "owe no 
man"? 

As you decide what money management lessons your 
children should learn, establish rules to enforce your prin- 
ciples. This is sometimes difficult to do, but in order for 
discipline to be effective, it must be firm. Don't "cover" 
financial responsibilites for your child simply to avoid 
confrontation. 

Be sure you are not expecting more than the child is 
capable of achieving. But if guidelines are violated, con- 
sequences should follow. Remember, the value system you 
establish in your child's early years will last a lifetime. 

A simple rule of thumb in being fair with children is to 
remember that God is to parents as parents are to children. 
Therefore, don't establish a harsher set of rules for your 
children than you would like God to have for you. He does 



not expect us to be mature Christians instantly. Apply the 
same loving patience with your children. 

In addition to enforcing rules parents should develop a 
reward system that makes financial discipline fun. The very 
young child who is not old enough to work outside the 
home can associate a job well done with a monetary reward 
as he tackles small jobs around the house. The chores can 
range from washing the car to mowing the lawn — or 
whatever task the child can manage for his age. 

Lessons in financial discipline will be more effective if 
both husband and wife agree on the approach. A good 
time to define money management goals for the family is 
during a quiet weekend alone. When you disagree, be will- 
ing to compromise. 

The next step is a family session where the children can 
offer their ideas and objections. The following guidelines 
on how to budget, tithe, save, and borrow responsibly can 
be used to stimulate your family's discussion and help set 
realistic goals. 

Budget 

When a child first begins to earn money, he or she should 
be on a budget. For a very young child this may simply 
consist of a portion given to God and the remainder ra- 
tioned during the week. Once again, consequences are a 
very good teacher. If Susan has spent all her allowance 
on Monday, there will be none left for an ice cream cone 
on Saturday. 

During adolescence, the money can be divided into set 
categories, such as tithe, clothes, entertainment, college, 
and others. A teenager should be ready to manage both 
a checking and savings account, with all their related 
bookkeeping. 

By graduation from high school, parents should be ful- 
ly confident that their children can function in a paper 



money society without borrowing to exist. 

Tithe 

The Bible describes a tithe as a voluntary act of worship 
and obedience. Children should be encouraged but not 
forced to tithe. They need to understand why God asks 
us to tithe, and how we are blessed in giving to a specific 
family or missionary and then help him to write or call the 
recipient. 

Savings 

As in tithing, your child will be more willing if he can 
touch the benefits of his effort. When saving is tied to a 
future event or purchase, such as a summer trip or bike, 
your child will be more motivated to save. And after the 
goal is reached, he can enjoy the results of his financial 
discipline. 

Borrowing 

Your child will probably borrow money at some time in 
his adult life. But before he does, you can teach him the 
realities of debt. Allow him to borrow a small amount of 
money from you. Then set up a rigid repayment plan, with 
interest. Remember that if you don't teach him the 
discipline of monthly payments, a creditor possibly will. 

These first lessons in money management are simple, 
but they establish habits many adults never learn. When 
you give your child solid financial guidelines, you give him 
a future that will be free from the bonds of excessive debt. 
No parent can insure that his child will always be wise in 
money matters, but every parent can teach their children 
sound principles of financial management. 



Reprinted with permission from Focus On The Family 





FLASH— The Mifflin, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church has 
been adopted by the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council. Financial support to the church began on June 1. 

The church began in November, 1983 as several families 
sought to be involved in a new mission outreach. Pastor 
Charles Barnhill was called to serve as their pastor. 

Since their beginning more than a year ago, the group 
has grown from 23 charter members to the current 
membership of 44. But attendances have reached even 
higher. Presently, the congregation meets in rented facilities, 
but as their size increases, the building and parking area 
is becoming inadequate. Land purchase is now being pur- 
sued in anticipation of building their own worship center. 

Mifflin is located east of Mansfield, Ohio and is within 
easy driving distance of Ashland and Wooster. Manufac- 
turing is a main industry in the area, as well as the Plea- 
sant Hill State Recreation Area, which is nearby. 

Barnhill is a native of the Mansfield, Ohio, area and is 
a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary. 

He and his wife, Lauretta, have three children. □ 




Pastor Charles and Lauretta Barnhil 



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President: Mrs. Margie Devan, 10 E. Luray 

Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
First Vice President: Mrs. Geneva Inman, 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 

Springs, CO 90810 
Second Vice President: Mrs. Janet Minnix, 

3314 Kenwick Tr. SW, Roanoke, VA 

24018 
Secretary: Mrs. Florence Lesh, R. 3, La 

Porte City, IA 50651 
Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Ginny Sellers, 

10455 U.S. 12, White Pigeon, Ml 

49099 
Financial Secretary Treasurer: Miss Joyce 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 
Ass't. Financial Secretary Treasurer: Mrs. 

Donna Miller, R. 8, Box 277, War- 
saw, IN 46580 
Literature Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter, 

R. 8, Box 292, Warsaw, IN 46580 
Editor: Miss Nora Macon, 705 Terrace Dr., 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Prayer Chairman: Mrs. Debbie Adams, R. 4, 

Box 94- A, Kittanning, PA 16201 













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August 1985 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found in the 1985 Brethren 
Annual, pages 38-40) 

Argentina 

Jackie Nairn August 3. 1971 

Mrs. Betty Nairn August 18 

Brazil 

Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Mrs. Evelyn Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Farner August 20, 1967 

Central African Republic 

Jeffrey Skeen August 4. 1980 

Mrs. Lois Belohlavek : August 29 

England 

Kristin Kowalke August 16. 1979 

France 

Miss Trudy Kauffman August 2 

Julie Weaver August 2, 1981 

Matthieu DeArmey August 8, 1982 

Stephanie Nord August 11. 1983 

Ginette DeArmey August 12. 1970 

Rev. Dave Griffith August 26 

Jonathan Nord August 27, 1980 

Terry Julien August 27 

Germany 

Rev. Dave Manduka August 10 

Japan 

Mrs. Debbie O'Dell August 21 

Mexico 

Rev. Jack Churchill August 20 

Philippines 

David Ruiz August 5. 1984 

Mrs. Kim Hulett August 23 

Spain 

Rev. Bob Salazar August 20 

Mrs. Marilyn Salazar August 20 

In the United States 

Mrs. Kristen Kirnbauer August 14 

Toby Waggoner August 17, 1983 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Dr. Jake Kliever August 2 1 

Jason Crandall August 22, 1974 

Kirk Immel August 26, 1968 



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A HERALD UPDATE 



Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

Our thanks to the ones who help in the work 
of the printed page. For some 45 years the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald has been involved in the 
ministry of distributing the Word of God. This 
ministry has been increasing in nature and scope 
during the past several years. We would like to 
share with you a report of this progress. Our sales 
have tripled during the past 10 years, and the in- 
come has been increasing sharply as well. 

We are at the end of the first six months of 
1985 and we want to let you know how things 
are going. 

Christian Publications 

There has been dramatic growth in Christian 
publications over the period of time mentioned 
above. But the past several years have brought 
changes— major publishers are reporting their 
operations in the red during the year 1984. This 
includes the two largest— Zondervan Corporation 
and Thomas Nelson. Many small bookstore 
outlets are also faced with the same problem. The 
days of rapid growth in Christian publishing has 
now peaked. We, at the Herald, have seen a peak- 
ing in some areas of activity. Two changes— the 
decline of interest in Sunday school and the num- 
ber of students in school have brought some 
stagnation in sales, but other areas have increased. 

BMH Books 

At the present time we have over 200 books 
carrying the BMH imprint. This year will bring 
the largest number of new titles in our history. Of 
significance is the imprint program with Moody 
Press and the John MacArthur New Testament 
Commentary Series. Three books have been re- 
leased—Hebrews, 1 Corinthians, and Matthew 1-7. 
The book on Ephesians will come later in the 
year. By the end of the year we will have three 
books by Charles Lee Feinberg. Also, we have 
produced or will soon release Daniel by Dr. John 
Whitcomb, Ordinances by Rev. David Plaster, 
The Love of God by the late Dr. Bernard 
Schneider, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians by Dr. 
Raymond Gingrich. Several other releases will be 
announced soon. The future of BMH Books is 
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Herald Magazine 

We are in a period of transition with the maga- 
zine. At the present time, we basically "rent out" 
pages to the Brethren boards and they present in 
those pages the items that they want to empha- 
size. With the January 1986 issue, there will be an 
attempt to bring some unified theme to each issue 
of the Herald. A coordinator employed by the 
Herald will work with the boards and together 
there is the desire of improving quality and con- 
tent of the magazine. A copy of the Herald is sent 
to an average of 4.5 members of the Fellowship. 
This is a high ratio according to most denomina- 
tional standards, but not high enough to meet the 
needs of the Fellowship. We have sought to find 
out what the members of the Fellowship want in 
a magazine. Many want it to remain as an infor- 
mation magazine, as is; others want more devo- 
tional content, much like Moody Monthly; and 
another group wants it to become more involved 
in discussion of issues that are related to the 
Fellowship. Being Brethren, we are glad there are 
at least three opinions. So, it is obvious that 
whatever direction we take in publication, we will 
have many who want something else. But it 
remains that the Herald magazine serves to bring 
information to the Brethren as no other channel. 

Production and Future 

The production and printing area of the work 
peaked about five years ago and has been in de- 
cline. The great cost of equipment and keeping 
up with technology changes has brought us to the 
conclusion that we had to decide whether to put 
funds into Christian literature or steel and bricks. 
This is not a hard decision to make, because our 
purpose for being has been clearly set. We have 
moved into electronic equipment which is the 
wave of the future. We now have the capacity to 
use telecommunication and optical character 
reading with page layout and design being done 
by computer. This will be followed by new forms 
of printing by laser and jet inking. 

The Lord has blessed with the necessary funds 
to help with the needed expenses for inventory 
build-up with new books. We are confident of the 
future growth as a publication firm. Lives are 
being changed with the material we produce and 
distribute-nearly 2,000,000 "Life's Most Impor- 
tant Question" tracts have been distributed. We 
look to the future for greater works for the Lord 
and the national Fellowship. As time and oppor- 
tunities come, we will seek to enter the open 
doors. We will be changing the methods of doing 
things as well. However, the message of God's 
saving grace will be the theme of the work. D 



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BRETHREN 
MISSIONARY 




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Vol. 47 No. 7 July 1985 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
is published monthly by the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 
EO. Box 544. 1104 Kings Highway. 
Winona Lake. IN 46590. 
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Editor, Charles Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 

Typesetting and Layout, Mike Baker, 

Dave Beeson and Greg Hoffert 
News Page Editor, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Mike Boze 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 



CONTENTS 

4 A Lifetime of Service 

8 Giving Thanks At Sebring 

10 Allowing God Control In Every Situation 

11 People and Prayer 

14 It's Sort of Sad, Lord 

15 Heed the Need 

18 The One Month Missionary 

21 Allen Bennett: One Solitary Life 

22 Refocus 

25 Dr. Kent To Step Down 

28 Dirty Christianity 

31 Letters to the Editor 



BMH FEATURES 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 12, 13 • 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

At the 13th Annual Graduation Service of 
Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Incl., Charles Ashman. Jr.; Ralph Gilbert; and 
Homer Kent, Jr.; received honor awards dur- 
ing the service . . . Revival came to Clayhole 
Ky. More than 450 people attended the final 
service and some 50 people were baptized. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Ron and LaDona Picard began a new ven- 
ture of visitation evangelism as they traveled 
from church to church aiding Home Missions 
churches establish effective soul winning pro- 
grams . . . Thomas Inman completed 17 
years of ministry at Denver, Colo, and 
pioneered a new work at Colorado Springs, 
Colo. 



5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

Kent and Becky Good began 



their 



language study at Albertville, France . . . 
Over 245 persons attended the dedication 
service of the new church in Anchorage, 
Alaska, Larry Smithwick, pastor. 



LETTERS 

Dear Readers: 

Due to limited space on this page, you'll 
find the Letters to the Editor feature on 
page 31 of this issue. 

CWT 



This month's cover is an architect's 
rendering of the proposed indepen- 
dent living units at Grace Village, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. This new IIV2 
acre development will feature 
duplexes and quadplexes . . . look for 
more information in the August 
Herald. 



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A Lifetime 
of Service 



By Liz Cutler 
Promotional Secretary 




Lester E. Pifer 



Lester Pifer recalls waiting to be baptized on June 6, 1940 
at the First Brethren Church in Rittman, Ohio. 

"An elderly man in his late 70s was also in line. He turn- 
ed to me and asked how old I was. I told him I was 20. 
He said to me, 'Lester, I've wasted my life. I don't have 
much longer to live. But you have your whole life ahead 
of you. Why don't you serve Him?' 

"I'll never forget those words, because they really drove 
home to me that I had a life to live for the Lord," he says, 
his hazel eyes brimming with excitement as if he were still 
that young man with a lifetime to serve for God. 

He went at his commitment with a deep determination 
that has characterized his life, including more than 30 years 
with the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council. This 
month, he retires after 20 years as executive secretary. 

"He goes into everything he does wholeheartedly," says 
Genny his wife of 43 years. 

While the pastor of the First Brethren Church in Fremont, 
Ohio, in the early 1950s he had a radio program, discipl- 
ed new believers, led Bible classes in other communities, 
and even was president of the local PTA (Parent Teachers 
Association) one year, in addition to his pastoral ministry. 

He was determined to reach the community for Christ 
and set out to do it in any way he could. 

"We didn't have anyone coming from the northwestern 
part of the city," he recalls, leaning back in his chair, his 
hands behind his head. He approached the local Child 
Evangelism director and, much to her surprise, asked for 
an assignment in that area. Soon he was leading a Wednes- 
day afternoon class in a store room near one of the elemen- 
tary schools. 

"In a matter of weeks, we were having upwards of 35 
to 40 kids coming," he says. "One afternoon, I looked out 

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and saw the principal of the school sitting in the midst of 
the kids. I knew he was there for a purpose, but I didn't 
know what the purpose was." Undaunted, the minister 
went ahead with the afternoon's program, including Gospel 
songs and a Bible story. When it was over, the principal 
approached him. 

"He said to me, i could not understand why these kids 
couldn't wait to get to this class when school was out. I 
must confess, I thought something was going on over here 
that was not good. I have my answer,' He said. 'I want to 
come to your church, too.'" 

"The next Sunday morning, that man and his family 
were sitting in my congregation," he said. 

While at Fremont, the congregation voted to finish con- 
struction of the building in which they were already meeting 
in the basement. Pifer went to 17 different banks to seek 
financing, all without success. 

"I didn't know where I was going to get $40,000 to put 
up that building," he says. On the advice of a friend, he 
went to see the vice president of the Cleveland Trust Com- 
pany, one of the biggest lenders in the state of Ohio. With 
briefcase in hand, he walked vigorously into the main of- 
fice on Euclid Avenue and announced his intentions to the 
receptionist. She directed him to the man's office where 
he was ushered into the walnut paneled office of H. R. 
Templeton. 

He explained his problem. The man studied the plans 
then looked across the desk at the pastor. 

"Young man," he said incisively. "Why do you want to 
build a building in Fremont?" 

"I felt that was my cue to give my testimony for the Lord," 
recalls Pifer. "I proceeded to tell him I believed everybody 
was lost and all men and women needed a Saviour. We 



were a Bible teaching church and needed to reach lost peo- 
ple for the Lord. I was committed to that ministry and I 
needed that building not only for a place of worship and 
training, but as a place of fellowship for people who would 
come to know the Lord." 

The banker hesitated a moment then asked what the 
Brethren believed. As Pifer finished telling him, the older 
man leaned across the desk. 

"It may interest you to know that as a lad, I went to a 
Brethren Sunday School." With those words, he spun 



'I'll never forget those words, because 
they really drove it home to me that 
I had a life to live for the Lord.' 



around in his leather chair and pressed a button. Three 
men walked into the office. 

"Sit down with this young man and go over these plans," 
he told the men. "We're going to loan them $40,000 for 
a building." 

The call to serve with the Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council came in 1953, and it was a challenge Pifer 
readily accepted. As the assistant to then executive 
secretary, Dr. L. L. Grubb, he worked in areas of promo- 
tion, speaking in churches, and some administration until 
1965 when Grubb retired. 

During the national conference of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches that summer when he was ap- 
proached about assuming the position which Grubb had 
just vacated. But the Coun- 
cil's large financial deficit con- 
cerned him. 

On their knees that even- 
ing in their room at the 
Lafayette Hotel in Long 
Beach, California, he and 
Genny prayed about the 
situation. A short time later, 
the phone rang. It was the 
Council's bookkeeper, Louise 
Blankenship. She reported 
that an annuitant had died 
and left the organization 
$24,000. 

"I had my answer in that, 
that the Lord was going to 
overcome that deficit," he 
said. He accepted the leader- 
ship of the Council the next 
day. 

The position meant long 
hours in the office, and even 
longer ones on the road. At 
one point, he traveled 70,000 
miles a year, often piloting in 
the small Tri-Pacer airplane 



which the Council owned. Other times, it was by car, train, 
or commercial airline. 

It also meant being gone from home for weeks on end. 
With three children at home, Genny was often the one who 
kept the home fires burning, and there were times when 
it seemed a toss-up between who came first — the family 
or the ministry. 

"The family and I realized his ministry was first," says 
Genny, a sturdy woman with dark wavy hair and soft 
brown eyes. "We accept him as he is and we all go along 
with it." 

Even so, family time at home became important. "The 
children went through all their lives celebrating their birth- 
days when their dad was home," she recalls. Every effort 
was made to make the day important, with a special meal, 
decorations, or guests. 

His children were special. Genny recalls his delight at 
their first-born, Beth. "He was so proud of her that it was 
almost embarrassing to me," she says. "Everything had to 
be the best for her." 

Each of the couple's children is active in some form of 
Christian service. Beth, who works with the Board of Trade 
in Chicago, is active in her local church. Mark teaches at 
a Christian School. Debbie also teaches at a Christian 
school in Florida and is the wife of a Home Mission pastor, 
Jack Peters. 

"I've always set full time Christian service as a high call- 
ing of Christ Jesus," he says. "I did not automatically re- 
quire it. I wanted God to call them as He would." 

He met his wife in the living room of his family's home 
in the late 1930s, while she was visiting his sister. Over 
a game of Chinese Checkers, they became acquainted. 

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The Pifer family gathered to celebrate Lester and Genny's 40th anniversary in 1982. Standing, left to right are Jack Peters, 
Jr., Deborah Peters, Beth Pauley, Maryann Pifer, H. Mark Pifer. Seated are Genny and Lester Pifer, surrounded by five of their 
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wanted to see more of that girl," he recalls. For the next 
two years, he would drive past her home near Rittman, 
working up the courage to stop. "I knew she was a Chris- 
tian and probably would not go with me," he says. "I believe 
the Lord was in that and used that in a real way to bring 
me to a point where I saw my need for the Saviour first, 
then after I was saved, we did begin to date." 

The couple was married in 1941. "His love for the Lord 
was predominant in my mind," recalls Genny. They began 
to prepare for the ministry by enrolling in Bryan College 
in Dayton, Tennessee. Later came three years at Grace 
Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
ultimately the pastorate. 

"I don't think he could have been successful if I hadn't 
given him completely," notes Genny with a soft smile. "I 
think my willingness to do that has been my contribution 
to his ministry," she adds. 

During seminary years, she would often visit her home 
in Ohio with their newborn baby. "Every time I'd come 
home, he'd have something special fixed for me," she says. 
Even in later years, as he traveled, he would bring her a 
small gift, whether it be a program of a service, or a favor 
from from a banquet. "We used to call them peace offer- 
ings," she says with a laugh. 

Pifer's spacious Winona Lake office is crowded with 



"I've always set full time Christian ser- 
vice as a high calling of Christ Jesus." 



momentos of his travels. A fur parka-clad Alaskan Eskimo 
doll, ivory trinkets, and a small Indian totem pole stand 
guard on the counter, while an Aztec sun calendar shines 
down from the wall. Photos he has taken throughout the 




In the early days of his ministry with Home Missions, Pifer piloted the 
Council's plane during his coast-to-coast travels. 

world, including the Egyptian pyraminds and the Holy 
Land share space with Navajo paintings, a brightly woven 
Indian rug, and other momentos of his ministry, including 
his certificate of ordination, his honorary Doctor of Divini- 
ty degree given by Grace Theological Seminary in recogni- 
tion of his years of leadership at the Council, and recogni- 
tion in Who's Who in Religion. 

Under the glass on his desk lies a map of the United 
States and a photo of President Ronald Reagan and Vice 
President George Bush— visual reminders of his commit- 
ment to reach the United States for Christ and to pray for 
our leadership. 

Across the room, Pifer is seated at a round table. He 
gazes intently across the table. His face is lined from the 
years, almost like furrows in a freshly plowed field and he 
brushes his thinning, gray hair back from his face with a 
sweep of his large, gentle hands. 

"I've told everybody that I am not retiring," he says with 
a slight smile. "I'm retiring from this job, but I hope to be 
used somewhere else." □ 




In 1971, Pifer and Rev. Jack Zielasko laid the cornerstone for the Missions Building in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

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Mary, Mary, 




How does your garden grow? 



With lots of sunshine and the right 
amount of rain, Mary's garden is probably 
in full bloom by now. And while her 
flowers reach to the sky her account in the 
Grace Brethren Investment Foundation is 
also growing. Her regular deposits earn her 
6.5 percent interest (and 6.72 percent with 
continuous compounding) and she has the 



satisfaction of knowing her funds are help- 
ing churches in the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Grow with much need- 
ed construction loans. 

How does your garden grow? Why not 
plan a few seedlings for the Fellowship, 
even now. Invest in the Grace Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation. 



Grace Brethren Investment foundation, Inc. 



Box 587, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
(219) 267-5161 



Giving Thanks At Sebring 



By Jay Fretz, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church, 

Sebring, Florida 



Thankful. That would be a good word to describe the 
people at Sebring, Fla. Grace Brethren Church. In a little 
more than a year, we have seen God take dreams and 
make them realities; and take prayers and fulfill them 
beyond our greatest hopes. 

When I arrived as pastor December, 1983, I found a 
group of sincere people looking for the Lord's guidance. 
More than anything else, they unitedly wanted to see a 
Grace Brethren Church established in their community. 

Their dream was to construct a building as a worship 
and learning center. For some time, they had been meeting 
in a local Christian school on Sunday, and in member's 
homes on Wednesday nights. They wanted a facility they 
could call their own. 

Plans for a building had been drawn, and the people 
had a mind to work. But the Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, our parent organization, stipulated that the 
building could begin only after the pastor had been on the 
field for six months. 

God used those six months in a special way as a time 
of getting better acquainted; a time of loving and sharing; 
a wedding of pastor and people in plans and dreams for 
the future work at Sebring. It was a time of growth in 
fellowship and mutual confidence for all. Enthusiasm for 
building the church, both physically and spiritually, began 
to grow. 

Plans took shape for ground breaking to be held in late 
March. The corner lot on Thunderbird Road and Thunder- 
bird Hill Road became an important spot for pastor and 
people as that day approached. A sign on the five acres 
joyously proclaimed— "Future 
Home of the Sebring Grace 
Brethren Church." The dream was 
getting closer. 

Problems of ground clearing, 
water access and electricity oc- 
cupied our time and thoughts. But 
those pale into insignificance as we 
remember the blessings and 
thankfully recount how God work- 
ed out all the details so that on 
March 31, 1984, ground breaking 
took place at 3626 Thunderbird 
Road just northwest of Sebring. 
The hopes and dreams of all of us 
began to be realized as each shovel 
full of earth was turned. 

Friends and relatives, including 
those from other Grace Brethren 
Churches in the Florida District, 



were invited. Rev. Paul Mutchler, from the Fort Lauder- 
dale, Fla., Grace Brethren Church, brought the message. 
With each shovel of dirt, we realized that God would see 
us through to the completion of the project. 

By this time, the plans had been completed. The Home 
Missions Council had verified their approval of the design 
and the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation had set 
aside $100,000 to finance the building. In retrospect, it was 
the prayers of God's people in many places across the 
country that have been the backbone and sustaining sup- 
port of this work. 

Many of our winter residents soon left to return to their 
homes in the North for the summer. They did not see the 
slab poured, the walls put up, or the trusses and the roof 
put on. For those of us who watched the building take on 
form and substance, there was much to be thankful for. 
We had a good Christian contractor, the work had begun 
systematically, and the Lord was guiding the work. 

One evening after the foundation was dug, the building 
committee met on the property. They looked at the size 
of the building and decided to extend the overall length 
15 feet. It was a decision we never regretted. Yet, because 
of it, we were concerned about finances. Would we still 
be able to build it for the projected $100,000? 

He gently reminded us. God never fails! As we follow- 
ed His guidance in expansion He blessed us in the cost 
of the building. 

God gave reasons for rejoicing in the process of con- 
struction. One day the contractor reported that the com- 
pany that was going to make the trusses would not be able 




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Rafters go up on the new building. 




Dedication day arrived, with an overflow crowd in attendance. 

to supply them on time. He would look for another com- 
pany, but the cost would probably be increased, not to 
mention the additional eight trusses which would be need- 
ed for the 15 feet of building not in the original bid. 

How thankful we were when we learned he had found 
a company that would make all the trusses on time for 
several dollars less than the original bid. Our Lord was wat- 
ching over us, doing what we could not. God's providence 
and care is better than man's best planning. 

By now, the inside walls were ready for beautification. 
For two days, we worked, applying two coats of paint to 
the interior. The next day, we worked on the outside, begin- 
ning at 9 a.m. At 2 p.m. and two coats of paint later, we 
had completed the project. No longer was the building just 
grey stucco, but now it was a sparkling ivory white. 

The dream of having our own building was nearing reali- 
ty. Plans were made to move in the first Sunday in 



September, hoping to be out of the Christian school before 
their classes were underway. 

By the first week in October, everything inside the 
building was essentially complete. Only a few things, mostly 
landscaping, remained to be done. In anticipation of 
dedication in early December, we planted shrubbery and 
flowers, put down sod, and erected a large cross given to 
us by the Okeechobee, Fla. Grace Brethren Church. 

By Dedication Day on December 1, all was ready. Rev. 
Ray Feather, a long time friend of the church and pastor 
at the Grace Brethren Church at Okeechobee challenged 
the congregation to continue to reach their community with 
the Gospel. The Brethren Four Quartet, also from 
Okeechobee, presented special music. Representatives 
from national Grace Brethren organizations also conveyed 
special greetings. 

A capacity crowd of more than 200 people filled the 
church with music and praise to a loving Father who had 
been so faithful, and presented an offering that day of more 
than $4,000. 

The final indebtedness for the building was only 
$80,000. (Remember, we had expected to incur a 
$100,000 debt.) We can only attribute it to a loving God 
who guided each step of construction. 

Since Dedication, attendances have continued to in- 
crease. Each week, new faces appear in the congregation. 
During the first quarter of 1985, we averaged 105 in Sun- . 
day morning attendance. We have not experienced a time 
of depression that some might expect following a high point 
such as a building program. 

Is it any wonder that a good description of the Sebring 
Grace Brethren Church is "thankful'— thankful for what 
God had done and for what He is doing. □ 




Western Consultant Named 



Pastor Brian Smith, Riverside, Calif, 
has been named a consultant for the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil. He will represent the Council in 
Grace Brethren Churches throughout 
the western part of the United States 
beginning in July. 

Smith has been pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church at Riverside since 
1979. During his tenure, he has 
developed the church from a Bible 
study to a self-supporting congragation. 

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Smith 
is a graduate of Long Beach State Col- 




lege with a B.A. degree in Speech. He was also graduated from 
Grace Graduate School, Long Beach, with a M.A. in Biblical 
Studies. 

Brian and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Jason, age 10, 
and Kari, 9. Q 

Corporation Meetings 

The corporation meetings of The Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council Inc. and the Grace Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, Inc. will be held at 9:15 p.m., August 13 at Estes Park, Colo. 
They will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and will take place 
following the 8:45 p.m. Grace Brethren Home Missions Challenge 
Hour. 



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9 



Sermon 
Month CQ 



Allowing God 

Control In 
Every Situation 



by Nathan Leigh, Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Makakilo, Hawaii 

It has always been interesting to me that Christians 
always seem to find some areas of theology that they just 
refuse to deal with. Each one of us has our own individual 
problem areas. However, I have found that for the most 
part we all seem to have one area of common ground — 
the Sovereignty of God. 

We all try and figure out how much of God's sovereign- 
ty is used compared to how much freedom of choice given. 
Some make God out to be almost a mere spectator while 
some see Him like the man who once gave a sermon at 
a picnic on how the drumstick he was holding had been 
predestined to be hatched, raised, killed, and fried to be 
his lunch that day. It seems we are always trying to put 
everything at a level we can understand, even an infinite 
God. 

The saddest part about all this is that I believe the Chris- 
tian is really missing one of the most comforting and 
reassuring facts about the sovereignty of God. That is — 
He is in total control! No matter what you believe about 
sovereignty, you must agree that our God allows every oc- 
curence to happen. That makes Him in control. And that, 
to me is very comforting. 

When I am willing to deal with the sovereignty of God 
then I can really apply "In everything give thanks; for this 
is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thess. 
5:18) In EVERYTHING, not just the good things! It seems 
we find ourselves rationalizing the "bad things" away in- 
stead of accepting them as allowed by God. "WHY!" we 
ask. I do not know why some things happen, but I do know 
who allows them to happen. When I give Him thanks 




Nathan Leigh has been 
pastor of the Makakilo, 
Hawaii, Grace Brethren 
Church since its inception in 
October, 1982. He is a grad- 
uate of the University of 
Hawaii and Washington Bible 
College. He and his wife, 
Armida, have one son, 
Christopher, age 2. 




for those situations, I learn that my trust is in Him. This 
frees me from having to focus on the lesson He is trying 
to teach me. 

I once heard it stated, "Ronald Reagan does not con- 
trol the economics of God's church, God does!" When I 
dealt with that truth, I learned how to apply Phil. 4:19— i 'Fbr 
my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches 
in glory by Christ Jesus. 

You see we talk about God being in control, but when 
things start to go in a direction which was not on our growth 
chart or according to our program, we push in and try to 
figure out what went wrong. But if we would deal with His 
sovereignty we could experience such freedom to move 
and minister. If we would realize that no matter what the 
circumstances, He has allowed it. If it is "bad" than work 



I do not know why some things hap- 
pen, but I do know who allows them 
to happen. When I give Him thanks 
for those situations, I learn that my 
trust is in Him. 



through it until He turns it to good. (Rom. 8:28) If it is 
"good" then receive the blessing and bear fruit. 

Even in my sin, I see His total control at work. I know 
it is not His will for me to sin, but He did allow me to step 
into it. Now if I can deal with that, then I have hope that 
even in this defeat I can glorify God. How? By confessing 
my sin and learning from it in such a way that next time 
I won't step into it or if I meet someone who is headed 
for that same fall, I can minister to that person because I 
have been down that path. 

When I deal with the practicality of God's sovereignty 
there are no accidents, mistakes do not have to be un- 
profitable, everything I do has an eternal perspective and 
investment, and I can leave the worrying to my God. This 
is peace! (Phil. 4:6-7) 

This freedom that comes when you understand that God 
is in control is an experience every Christian should have. 
You begin to view your world as one in which "To 
everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under 
heaven." Learn to live under the comfort of Deut. 29:29. 
"The secret things belong to the Lord our God." D 



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People 

and 

Prayer 



by Isobel Fraser 

Grace Brethren Messianic Testimony 

Los Angeles, Calif. 



"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same 
with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, 
that God would open unto us a door of ut- 
terance, to speak the mystery of Christ." 

Colossians 4:2,3 

The axiom "It's easier said than done," applies so aptly 
to perseverance in prayer. Yet how needful it is to the ac- 
complishment of the ministry of the Lord. Probably the 
greatest example of a servant of the Lord for us to pattern 
our lives after is the Apostle Paul. He wrote to fellow 
believers asking them to continually pray for an effective 
ministry for him. In Ephesians 6:18, 19, his request is very 
similar to the scripture quoted above. What joy when there 
is response in the lives of others because of persistent 
prayer. 

Sometimes this persistence in prayer has to be for years. 
In the case of Barney, it was about 30 years. His wife, Ann, 
was a wonderful Christian and a real asset to our ministry. 
Not only was she faithful in attending our various meetings, 
but she and I did visitation together at least once a week 
for many years. Many of the people we visited were those 
whom she had first contacted. In fact, our ministry to blind 
Jewish people began through a contact she made on the 
street in front of her home. 

As we had prayer for those we were to call on, Barney 
was always remembered. There were opportunities to share 
with him occasionally and at times he would attend social 
meetings at the mission. Both of their sons had accepted 
Jesus as Messiah and Saviour, but the younger one really 
yielded his life to the Lord. 

A few years ago, the Lord called Anne to her heavenly 
home without the joy of having seen her husband receive 
Christ. She did not know that she would meet him in Gan 
Eden (Heaven). 

Just a few months ago, Barney went through a traumatic 
experience. He had to have his left leg amputated. Through 
this, his son was able to lead him to an acceptance of Christ 



Jesus as Saviour. Presently, he is in a convalescent hospital 
learning how to use an artificial foot. Continued prayer is 
needed for his growth, first in the Lord and then physical- 
ly so that he can resume a normal life. 

In Philippians 1:9, Paul wrote, "And this I pray, that your 
love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and 
in all judgment." This is my prayer for Edyee, who has 
acknowledged Jesus as Saviour but needs to be confirm- 
ed in her faith and grow in the knowledge of Him. 
However, I was encouraged recently when I was ill to 
receive a beautiful booklet of selections from the Psalms 
from her. At the end she wrote: "No man is free unless 
he is master of himself. Fear says 'Faith is dead.' God dried 
my tears, and chased away those fears! Count your bless- 
ings daily. He breathed life into my soul and made me 
whole. And the Lord reached out His hand and led me 
to the Promised Land." 

At our prayer request time in the Shalom meetings, Dena 
invariably asked that the Lord might restore her sight. Blind 
since childhood, she was very self-reliant. She lived alone, 
did her own shopping, took the bus to go to the doctor 
and care for other matters, and was a pleasant person to 
be with— quite knowledgeable and with a sense of humor. 

Dena was among those who attended the Shalom group 
in the early days. Later she stopped coming, and when 
she returned several years ago, there was obvious change 
in her life and attitude. She had really grown in the Lord. 
I could depend on her to share in discussion. Her beautiful 
singing voice often complimented our song service. 

Dena's prayer has been answered. Today she has her 
sight— though not exactly the way she had anticipated. On 
Easter Sunday, the Jewess went home to see her Lord and 
Saviour. Her entrance into heaven was through a severe 
heart attack, which was quite a shock as she had not had 
any heart problems up to that time. Though we will miss 
her very much, yet there is rejoicing on her behalf that she 
did not linger incapacitated. She is in the Lord Christ's 
presence and one day we shall see her again. Then she 
will be able to see us too. □ 



GBHMC 



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NEWS REPORT 



□ The Lake Odessa, Ml, GBC surprised Pastor and Mrs. 
Bill Stevens with an engraved plaque in the shape of the 
state of Michigan in honor and recognition of ten years of 
service to the church. Also received were flowers, cards 
and other gifts. 

□ "At the District Conference of the Northeastern Ohio 
Churches, Pastor Bob Holmes and his wife, Alice, were 
honored for their special service to the district. They have 
served faithfully at the Homerville GBC for 35 years. 
The moderator, Pastor Bud Olszewski, awarded them with 
a plaque marking this accomplishment."— Submitted by 
Bud Olszewski 

□ The Yucca Valley (CA) GBC is praising the Lord for a 
gift of a deluxe Dodge 15-passenger van with only 32,000 
miles. —Submitted by Roger Mayes, pastor 




Pastor Barnhill is kneeling. From left to right: John Teevan, 
Gary Miller (hidden from view), J. Hudson Thayer, Robert 
Russell, Edward Jackson, Maynard Tittle, and Richard DeArmey 
(with back to camera). 

□ An ordination service was held for Pastor Charles 
Barnhill of the Mifflin GBC, Mifflin, OH, on April 14. 

Rev. M. L. Myers, pastor of the Blue Ridge GBC in 
Winchester, VA, delivered the ordination message. Area 
pastors who took part in the service were: Gary Miller 
(Southview GBC, Ashland, OH), J. Hudson Thayer (Mans- 
field, OH, Grace), Edward Jackson (Findlay, OH, GBC), 
Robert Russell (Mansfield, OH, Woodville), John Teevan 
(Ashland, OH, GBC), Richard DeArmey (Columbus, OH, 
Grace), and Maynard Tittle (Galion, OH, GBC). 

□ Mike Morrow and Deven Murti each won a second 
place trophy in a "pinewood derby" held at the LaLoma 
GBC in Modesto, CA. Mike won his in the Builder's 
division, and Deven in the Sentinal division.— Gleaned 
from the LaLoma Lighthouse, May issue 

□ David Guiles, assistant pastor at the Community 
GBC of Warsaw, IN, was inadvertently omitted from 
the 1985 Grace Brethren Annual. He was licensed May 
6, 1984. Please insert his name on page 103. 

□ Daniel White, former pastor of the GBC in Troutdale, 
OR, concluded his ministry there in June. 




□ Pictured above are three girls who were honored at 
the Florida district conference which was held on April 
20. 

Vivian Niederhelman (left) was chosen as the Girl of 
the Year (Lumieres group), Danielle Thompson (center) 
was selected as the Amigas Princess, and Rebecca 
Niederhelman (right) earned the title of Little Princess.— 
Submitted by Pamela Elders, SMM district coordinator 

□ The Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church of Winchester, 
VA, which was organized in September of 1983, broke 
ground on June 2 for their first all-purpose building at a 
cost of $325,000. A larger sanctuary structure is planned 
to be erected later as the membership has already grown 
to 130 with an average attendance of approximately 145 
at the morning worship services. 

One hundred and five enthusiastic people attended the 
ground-breaking service which was conducted by the 
pastor, M. Lee Myers. Messrs. Ken Bonner, architect, and 
Charles Heath, contractor, also spoke. The Scripture was 
read by Richard Sudduth and each member of the deacon 
board led in prayers of dedication. 

The building committee is comprised of Robert Roper 
(chm.), Kenneth Unger, Willard Baker, Perry Duvall, Roy 
Duncan, Marshall Patterson and the pastor.— Submitted by 
Pastor Myers 

□ Jeffrey Gill, pastor of the GBC of Delaware, OH, was 
ordained to the Christian ministry June 2. 

□ Tom Mahaffey, a former associate pastor of the GBC 
in Temple Hills, MD, has accepted the pastorate of the 
GBC in Waynesboro, PA. He began his ministry there in 
June. 

□ The Clear Lake Grace Brethren Camp, near Harrah, 
WA, broke ground for the new multi-purpose lodge build- 
ing. The special speaker was Rodger Williams, pastor of 
the GBC at Mabton, WA, and comments were made by 
Norm Anderson of the U.S. Forestry Service. 

□ Pastor David Mitchell of the Waipio GBC, Wahiawa, 
HI, extends a special invitation to visit his church to any 
of the brethren who might be visiting on the island. For 
directions from Honolulu or transportation to the church, 
call 623-0418. 

Visitors during the month of May were: Miss Sue Ellen 
O'Connor (Eagle River GBC, AK), the Ray Holland family 
(Ghent GBC, Roanoke VA), the Ralph Ratliff family 
(Ghent GBC, Roanoke, VA), Lawrence Mitchell (father of 
the pastor), Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Green, (Community GBC, 
Warsaw, IN), and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shuff (GBC), Long 
Beach, CA. 



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□ Rick Clark, former assistant pastor at the Ankenytown 
(OH) GBC, has accepted the pastorate of the Manheim 
(PA) GBC. He began his ministry there on April 28. 

D Pastor and Mrs. (Carol) Ronald Warrick announce the 
birth of a "bouncing baby boy" on Mother's Day, May 
12. Luke Nathanael joined their three other children. 



Marriages 



Cari Castle and Robert C. Pfister, June 1. Grace Brethren Church 
of Columbus, OH. James Custer, pastor 

Sheryl Cottrell and Paul Hoehner, May 4, at the Immanuel 
Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD. (Gleaned from the Greater 
Washington-Temple Hills, MD— Newsletter) 

Pamela Dissinger and Ronald Snavely, May 25, at the Swatara 
Church of God. The ceremony was performed by Luke Kauffman, 
pastor of the GBC of Myerstown, PA. 

Michele Fedora and Philip Long, April 20, in the GBC of Myers- 
town, PA. The ceremony was performed by Robert Kern, minister 
of counseling. Luke Kauffman, pastor 

Sandie Hoover and Mitchell Kinsinger, May 25, at the GBC of Lan- 
ham, MD. Russell Ogden, pastor 

Lee Ann Huff and Douglas Waller, May 11, at the GBC of Lan- 
ham, MD. Russell Ogden, pastor 

Kathy Kent and Mark McCarthy, May 18, in the Winona Lake 
GBC, Winona Lake, IN. Kevin Huggins, chaplain at Grace Schools, 
officiated at the ceremony. Charles Ashman, pastor 
Monica Ann Knudsen and Dale Tyson, Jr., April 20. The cere- 
mony was performed at the York Gospel Center by Kenn 
Cosgrove, pastor of the GBC in York, PA. 

Vicky Konyha and Paul Gard, May 25, were married at Port 
Huron, Ml.— Submitted by Russell Ogden, pastor, Grace Brethren 
Church, Lanham, MD 

Wendy Marshall and Robert Adams, May 18. The ceremony was 
performed in the Stone Church, Yakima, WA, by Chuck Winter, 
pastor of the Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, WA. 
Becky Nicholson and David Nicklow, May 4, in the GBC of 
Meyersdale, PA. Ron Warrick, pastor. 

Michele Reed and Michael Krick, May 4. The ceremony was per- 
formed by Robert Kern, minister of counseling, Myerstown GBC 
of Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor 

Lenise Sturgill and Jonathan Walter, May 4, at the Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. (Gleaned from the Greater 
Washington— Temple Hills, MD— Newsletter) 

Tami Tischer and Brian Stahl, at the Grace Brethren Church, Lake 
Odessa, Ml. Bill Stevens, pastor 

Priscilla Wentzel and Kevin Garthwaite, May 11, in the Myerstown 
GBC, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor 
Anne Wheeler and David Broyles, May 18, in the GBC of Ander- 
son, SO Don Soule, pastor 



Deaths 



Botdorf, Robert, May 24. He was a member of the GBC in Homer- 

ville, OH, for 44 years. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

Bowser, Grace, 83, April 29. Leamersville GBC, Duncansville, PA. 

John Gregory, pastor. 

Crusan, Minnie. Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, MD. Russell 

Ogden, pastor. 

DeMoss, Lula, 66. She was a longtime member of the Harrah 

Brethren Church, Harrah, WA. Charles Winter, pastor. 

Dively, Ray, 69, April 21. Faithfully attended the Leamersville 

GBC, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 



Freeze, Irene, 82. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD. Ray 
Davis, pastor. 

Hopkins, Roy V. He had been a faithful member of the Homerville 
(OH) GBC for 64 years. Robert Holmes, pastor. 
Hoover, Solon, 73, May 16. Leamersville GBC, Duncansville, PA. 
John Gregory, pastor. 

Houser, Markwood, 69. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD. 
Ray Davis, pastor. 

Irving, Ethel, 78. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD. Ray 
Davis, pastor. 

Keister, Herbert, 70, May 6. He was a charter member of the GBC 
of York, PA. Kenn Cosgrove, pastor. 

Koontz, Gladys, 66. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD. 
Ray Davis, pastor. 

Locke, Ethel, May 30. First Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, OH. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

Long, Jere, 90, May 31, faithfully attended the Leamersville GBC, 
Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 

Longnecker, Barbara, 73. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, 
MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 

McCracken, Randolph "Petie," 75, of the Aleppo Brethren 
Church, Aleppo, PA. G. Douglas Witt (former pastor) assisted the 
pastor at the memorial service. Stephen Knierim, pastor. 
Munch, Margaret. Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, MD. Russell 
Ogden, pastor. 

Murray, Anna K., 87. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD. 
Ray Davis, pastor. 

Peters, Robert. First Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, OH. Forrest 
Jackson, pastor. 

Pryor, Lena. Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, MD. Russell Ogden, 
pastor. 

Rogers, Elma B., 99. A memorial service was held in Yucca Valley, 
CA, with her oldest grandson, Sherwood Lingenfelter, as speaker. 
Another service was held in the Grace Brethren Church in 
Leamersville, PA, with Pastors John Gregory and Homer Lingen- 
felter officiating. Mrs. Rogers' husband, George Rogers, had 
founded the Leamersville church in 1936 and pastored there until 
his decease in 1938. 

Mrs. Galen Lingenfelter (Fort Wayne— First), and Victor 
(associate pastor of the Yucca Valley Grace Community Church) 
are two of the five surviving children. 

Shumaker, John H., 72. Meyersdale GBC, Meyersdale, PA. Ron 
Warrick, pastor. 

Thomas, llo M., 88. She was a longtime member of the Lake 
Odessa, Ml, Grace Brethren Church, Bill Stevens, pastor. 
Weltmer, Elizabeth, 81, May 14. She was the mother of Donald 
Weltmer (pastor of the Melrose Gardens GBC, Harrisburg, PA). 
She was a faithful listener and supporter of the radio ministry 
of the Leamersville GBC, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 
Zook, Angie, 94, April 27. River City Grace Community Church, 
Roy Halberg, pastor. 



Change \bur Annual 

Rick Clark, 333 E. High St., Manheim, PA 17545 / Alan 
Clingan, 6176 Sumter Rd., Brooksville, FL 33512 / 
Allen Edgington, 903 Roy St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 / 
Lon Karns, Grace Brethren Village, 1010 Taywood Rd., 
Englewood, OH 45322 / Paul Lindberg, 8233 Krim Ave., 
N.E.. Albuaueraue. NM 87109 / Doyle Miller, P.O. Box 
480210, Los Angeles, CA 90048 / Dean Risser, 815 S. 
Prospect, Marion, OH 43302 (Tel. 614/383-4197) / 
Victor Rogers, 7363 Palomar, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 / 
Ron Welsh, 711 W. Wenger Rd., Apt. 153, Englewood, 
OH 45322 / Daniel White, 1035 S.E. 190th Ave., Port- 
land, OR 97233 



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It's Sort of Sad, Lord 



by June Immel 



It's sort of sad today, Lord, as I sort through kitchen 
utensils, dispensing of items I'll not need next term. 

Animal cookie cutters and Donald Duck and Yogi Bear 
cake pans. With Lisa not returning to the Central African 
Republic and my boys maturing, no longer desiring Ginger 
Bread Boys or bunny rabbits, what do I do? 

What do I do with little toy cars, an Indian village, and 
decorator dolls? I know, I'll give 
them to a mother of younger children. 

There are teens in our home, Lord. How incredible! Me, a 
mother of three teens! Oh, Lord, make me fit. 

I've heard teenagers keep a person young. Then, Lord, why do 
I feel so tired? As I looked in the mirror this morning, I noticed streaks 
of gray and wrinkles under my eyes. 

Lord, give me an understanding heart and love. Love as recorded in 1 Cor- ' 
inthians 13:4-5. Is it possible Lord with that type of love in my life, I could bet- ' 
ter understand our teens? I believe so. 

It's sort of sad today, Lord. Lisa is leaving M'Baiki to return to Zaire for her last 
semester of high school. Is she prepared for the challenges that await her at Grace 
College? 

As we return to the United States for furlough, will our teens once again suffer 
culture shock? I probably will. 

What styles are being worn? What's the latest teen lingo? Will my children be laughed 
at or criticized when they talk to other teens? How do I equip them for life in the USA? I 
don't know, Lord. 

I ask for wisdom, understanding. I feel so out of it. I desire to return home but I fear non- 
acceptance. J know I'm accepted by You, always! But I sense that our value system is different, ' 
our speech foreign and accented, our style of living behind the times. Help, Lord! We need You. 

Oh, God, we desire to be used to bring honor and glory to Your name. But we are tired. Today 
I don't feel like being on display in our supporting churches. Oh, God, help the people at home to 
realize that we are human. We have problems like everyone else. We are not super-Christians. We 
need You daily. 

It's sort of sad today, Lord, as we contemplate furlough. In a few weeks we will leave the Central 
African Republic to return to the U.S. What will happen to the churches in the Boda-M'Baiki districts? I 
know we are not indispensible. But we've begun a good work and there's no missionary available to con- 
tinue it. 

Are there people that should be here and aren't? Is there no one to fill the gap because someone did not 
listen to Your voice? Why, Lord? 

It's sort of sad, no, it is sad! Discouraging. Even frustrating. At times we've sown in tears. We know we shall reap in 
joy because You are in control. 

We need not be sad. Lord. Forgive me for these negative reflections. Give me a positive attitude as I return to the 
good 61' USA. Thanks for the privilege of serving You, and may others desire to be included in Your work in the Central 
African Republic. 



1 4 JULY 85 FMS 




Heed the Need 



by Mrs. Lois Miller 



Three men. 

All with different abilities and backgrounds. Yet they 
banded together to produce a desperately needed tool for 
missions. 

Literature. Why would three men care so much about 
books and pamphlets and tracts? The United States is 
saturated with literature. Why the big concern? 

Take Leonard Kuns and his wife Betty. The Kuns seized 
the opportunity to visit the Central African Republic where 
their children, Paul and Berta Kuns, serve as career mis- 
sionaries. (Seeing their two grandchildren, Adam and Emi- 
ly, added to the incentive.) 

Leonard and Betty visited every active mission station 
in the C.A.R. They observed the everyday life of 
missionaries — the frustrations, the joys, the sorrows, the 
victories. But one hindrance haunted their minds. The mis- 
sionaries did not have literature for the Africans. 

"How can we build up our people without having 
materials that will help them understand the Word of God?" 
echoed from the missionaries' mouths again and again in 
the Kuns' memories. 

As they thought about this lack of literature, Leonard and 



Betty felt a heavy burden creep over their beings. How 
could they help get literature for Christians in a country 
where they couldn't speak the language and didn't know 
the culture. What could they possibly do? 

Enter Don and Lois Miller. The Millers were missionaries 
in the C.A.R. for over 30 years. One of their first jobs on 
the field was to help teach the Africans to read in Sango. 
At that time not many people knew how to read, but now, 
what a change! (The new generation of Africans is desirous 
of being educated.) 

The Kuns knew the Millers and also knew of their latest 
interest in the impact of literature on the lives of Africans. 
When the Kuns arrived back in the States after their C.A.R 
visit, they grabbed a few hours of sleep to lessen the jet 
lag and then jumped in their car to call on the Millers. 

Don and Lois were glad to see the Kuns and discuss their 
trip to Africa. As the Kuns began to tell their concern for 
getting literature to the nationals, the conversation 
intensified. 

"What can we do to help? How can we help care for 
this situation?" Leonard asked. 

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you? Are you interested in launching 
a literature for Africa program here on 
the West Coast?" 

While telling Leonard what all 
would be involved in such a program, 
they grew more and more excited. 
Don mentioned that it would take 
money to initiate the program. 

Responding enthusiastically, 
Leonard related how the Lord had 




blessed them and that they would like 
to use some of the money to help put 
needed literature into the hand of the 
Africans. 

Don immediately envisioned a 
triangular effort for this printing pro- 
gram. Harold Ball came to mind. 

Harold and his wife Janice had 
ministered as missionary printers in the 
C.A.R. for several years. It all began 



They became more and 
more excited as they 
discussed what was in- 
volved in the program. 



when Harold attended a men's retreat 
where Simon Pierre Nambouzouina, 
an African pastor, told of the need for 
literature among his people. Mis- 
sionary Wayne Beaver made an ap- 
peal for a printer for Africa. 

After the meeting Harold (who 



1. Harold Ball looks at some of the newly 
printed booklets. 

2. Their trip to the C.A.R. impressed the 
urgent need for literature upon Leonard 
and Betty Runs. 

3. Some Chadian men pour over their 
worn lesson books during a Bible Institute 
class. 



owned his own printing business) chat- 
ted with Wayne about the need. 

Things moved fast. 

The Balls sold their business and left 
for the C.A.R. where Harold used his 
printing skills to help provide literature. 
When the Balls returned to the States 
to live, missions still burned in their 
hearts. They attended missionary con- 
ferences and kept hearing about the 
need for literature. Mary Cripe's words 
particularly impressed them— while 
holding classes for girls, she didn't 
have sufficient literature even to teach. 

So the need was fresh in their minds 
when Don phoned Harold. 

Don explained the proposed 
literature program to Harold. He 
asked if Harold would be interested. 

"Let's meet someplace to discuss the 
possibilities," was Harold's immediate 
and affirmative response. 

Harold's reply was a lift to Leonard 
Kuns. Maybe it would be possible to 
help. 

Within the next few weeks, the three 
men met for lunch. At that meeting 
plans were formulated for the begin- 
ning of the West Coast Literature for 
Africa program. 

It just happened (in God's perfect 
timing) that Marvin Goodman and 
Tom Stallter, missionary administrators 
in the C.A.R., were in the States for 
meetings in Winona Lake, Indiana. 
Marvin and Tom readily agreed to ac- 
cept an invitation to fly to California 
to make plans with the trio. 

They named the printing enterprise 




Wescola (no, it's not a new soft drink). 
Wescola represents West Coast 
Literature for Africa. 

The program was approved. 

Harold is part owner of Valley Film 
Service, a pre-press trade house. He 
has contacts with printers in the 
southern California area who are help- 
ing by printing materials at minimal 
costs. As more funds become 
available, a print shop will be set up 
in the Ball's garage for printing 
literature for Africa. 

These three men and their wives are 
excited as they see God's hand leading 
and already giving fruits from the 
presses. Marie Mishler and Rosella 
Cochran, retired missionaries living in 
the Midwest, are working on 
manuscripts. Margie Morris, an ap- 
pointee to the C.A.R., helped make 
corrections for the press. All these 
hands keep the presses rolling. 

The program has been launched 
and the need heeded. Other hands 
will be required to continue to meet 
the cries for literature. Wouldn't you 
like to know that your African brothers 
and sisters are learning and growing 
because you helped put the written 
work in their hands? 

"This all came out as a unique blend 
of abilities: Harold with his printing 
skills and trade contacts, Don with his 
African field contacts and knowledge 
of its needs, and me with my financial 
sources," Leonard Kuns remarked. "It 
takes all three and more to accomplish 
the work, but only as God makes it 





possible and only as He gives 
strength." 

You could be used, too. Like these 
three men. □ 

1. Many OTN women do not have their 
own books, so they share with each other. 

2. Harold Ball, Leonard Kuns, and Don 
Miller discuss what literature to prepare 
next for printing. 

3. The young people of the C.A.R are 
eager to learn and to read. 



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FOREIGN MISSION 

EVENTS AT 

NATIONAL 

CONFERENCE 



—'Awakening the Sleeping 
Beauty"— an all missions 
celebration teaming with 
Brethren Home Missions. Sun- 
day, August 11, 2:00 p.m. 

— Commissioning Service for 
new missionaries Tuesday, 
August 13, 6:45 p.m. 

—'We've a Story to Tell". Cor- 
poration meeting, slide show, in- 
terviews. Thursday August 15, 
6:00 p.m. 

—Pastors from other countries. 
Pierre Yougouda, C.A.R. 
Rainer Ehmann, W. Germany 
Gerard Sangoy, France 
Sergio Lopez, Mexico 
Ivanildo Trindade, Brazil 

— 28 furloughed missionaries 
present all week. 



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by K. Owen White 



I have on the shelf in my office in 
Houston a picture of a young man 
who gave it to me many, many years 
ago. It is inscribed in white ink, "Allen 
L. Bennett, II Corinthians 6:10." 

Allen and I were fellow students at 
Biola University. Both of us came from 
very poor homes, and we worked our 
way through school. I worked down 
in the sub-basement in the shipping 
room. He had a little better job work- 
ing in the basement in the press room. 
We both made the same tremendous 
salary of $9.00 a week. 

One day Allen came through the 
room where I was working, pushing 
before him a little cart filled with paper 
and string and trash from the press 
room. He paused and asked, "How 
are you, White?" 

I replied, "I'm fine, Allen, how are 
you doing?" 

"Well, I'm doing fine, but I have a 
problem." He hopped up on the table. 

"What's your problem, Allen?" I 
said. 

"Well, what does a man. do when 
it's only midway in the semester and 
he has just one suit of clothes and the 
pants are worn so thin that he's almost 
afraid to go out in the morning lest he'll 
not get back safely at night? I make on- 
ly $9.00, and it costs me $9.50 for 
board and room." 

"I don't know, Allen," I commented, 
"but I'll be able to join you in 
the problem before the ses- 
sion is over." 

He laughed and went on 
his way. He was a semester 
ahead of me. 

One morning two of us 
were standing in the lobby of 
the school when Allen came 
down the steps with a big 
suitcase in either hand. 

"Allen, where are you go- 
ing?" I asked. 

"Why, I'm going to New 
York, then I'm going on to 
France. I'm on my way to the 
mission field in Africa." 

Other students had made 
it known that they were go- 



ing to the field, and a large group of 
their fellow students had gone down 
to the station with them, to sing and 
to say, "God speed you on your way." 
But here was Allen, at seven o'clock 
in the morning, slipping down the 
steps with his suitcases. 

My friend and I grabbed the suit- 
cases, jumped on the streetcar with 
Allen, and went down to the Santa Fe 



Here was Allen, seven 
o'clock in the morning, 
slipping down the steps 
with his suitcases. 



depot. We put the bags up in the rack 
in the day coach, since he was going 
to ride all the way from Los Angeles 
to New York in the day coach; he 
didn't have enough money for a 
Pullman. 

After a few days I received a card 
saying, "Dear K. O., I'm taking such 
and such a ship tomorrow for France." 
Some weeks went by, and I got 
another card. Allen said, "Dear K. O., 
I'm studying the language. Sometimes 
I think I'm getting the best of it, but 
mostly I think it's getting the best of 
me. Pray for me." 



Then silence for a long time. 

One day I came up from the sub- 
basement where I was working and I 
met a fellow student. 

"Have you heard about Allen Ben- 
nett?" 

"No," I answered. 

"Why," he exclaimed, "word came 
today that he died." 

"What in the world happened?" 

"We don't know yet." 

Word arrived that after six months 
of language study, Allen had taken a 
ship for Equatorial French Africa, and 
after landing, he had taken a river boat 
to go inland to his station. About the 
second day he was stricken with some 
strange jungle fever. He rapidly grew 
worse, and within two days he died. 

Some people lamented when they 
heard about it, "What a shame! He just 
threw away his life, he never even 
reached his mission field. He must 
have been mistaken. Evidently the 
Lord didn't intend him to go." 

That wasn't true. I was told that 
when word came to his church, and 
his pastor preached and told the story, 
a dozen young people came forward 
and said, "We will go wherever God 
wants us to go. We will take Allen's 
place." 

I was present in the student body 
when the story was told at the Bible 
school, and I saw more than 40 young 



Allen Bennett 
chats with some 
Africans at the 
Bangui Market 
on Christmas 
Day, 1922. 




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The One Month Missionary 

(Continued from page 19) 



people gather around the platform 
and each one said, "I will go wherever 
God wants me to go. I'll take Allen's 
place." 

Then I looked at the picture he had 
given me and for the first time looked 




up the verse he had inscribed on it, 2 
Corinthians 6:10: "As sorrowful, yet 
always rejoicing; as poor, yet making 
many rich; as having nothing, and yet 
possessing all things." I told myself, 
"Well, Allen, this was prophetic." 

Later I learned some things about 
him that I had not known previously. 
I discovered that shortly before he 
entered school, there had been a tragic 

He was stricken with 
some strange jungle 
fever. 



automobile-train wreck in which a few 
members of his family were killed and 
he was injured so that he always had 
a limp. Yet he was not bitter but was 
the happiest Christian I think I ever 
knew. 

At one time he wrote a little thumb- 
nail autobiographical sketch, and 
among other things he penned, "Went 
through school on a combination of 
faith and works— mostly works, but 
the Lord stood with me and brought 
me through." 

"As poor, yet making many rich," 
His church, the student body, his 
fellow students, multitudes of others 
were enriched by the testimony of his 
life and death. "As having nothing, 
and yet possessing all things." 

I suppose that lonely, unmarked 



grave has been forgotten. It may be 
that no human being could find it. But 
I would rather be Allen Bennett, as 
poor as any boy could be, and lay 
down my life for God than to be one 
of Texas' multimillionaires with two 
Cadillacs, too much money to count, 
and no knowledge of God or hope 
beyond the grave. 

The Royal Highway led Allen Ben- 
nett to Africa. He never reached his 
mission station, but I think that he ac- 
complished the purpose that God had 
in mind for him. □ 

Reprinted from "Moody Founder's 
Week Conference Messages, 1960." 
This was part of a sermon given by Dr. 
White on February 7, 1960. Some 
statements in the article are 
inaccurate — facts about Allen's life are 
in the biography to the right. 





Allen Bennett and Dr. 
Gribble conduct an 
evangelistic service 
among the Banu tribe 
at Yaloke. 



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FMS 



Allen Bennett: One Solitary Life 



Allen Bennett served as a missionary with Brethren 
Foreign Missions. He was born in 1899 in southern 
California. 

When Allen was 17, his cousin died in an accident. With 
his grandfather, mother, and aunt, he set out to attend the 
funeral. During the trip, their car collided with a fast train. 
His grandfather, mother, and aunt were killed instantly. 
Allen was carried 800 feet on the cowcatcher of the 
locomotive before the train could stop. 

Allen spent a full year in the hospital. Various bones were 
rebroken several times. A steel plate was inserted in his leg 
but was later removed. Thus, he limped. 

While in the hospital, Allen met a young nurse, Myrtle 
Mae Snyder. She was on her way to French Equatorial 
Africa to serve as a missionary with the Brethren Church. 
Through her influence, he decided to enter Christian work. 

As a student at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (Biola), 
Allen heard that Miss Snyder had died of malaria in Africa. 
Her death caused him to consider missions and he was 
led to consecrate his life to Africa. 

Allen sailed for France in 1922. After six months of 
language study, he met Dr. Florence Gribble in Antwerp, 
Belgium, and boarded a ship to travel to Africa in October, 
1922. 

Allen became ill several times along the way but was well 
when the traveling party was met by James Gribble in 
Bangui. The day after Christmas, the Gribbles and Allen 
started their long overland journey to Bassai — site of the 
Brethren mission station. 

Young Bennett became ill with pneumonia at Guezali, 
a small village. Soon meningitis set in. In spite of the earnest 
care he received, Allen died ten days later on January 17, 



1923. His last words were, "There is nothing between my 
Lord and me." 

There in front of the little mud hut in which he died, 
the Gribbles laid the body to rest. A bronze marker was 
later erected at his grave, one hundred miles from Bassai. 

The marker still stands today. Located next to it is a 
Brethren church. And on the other side is a medical 
dispensary. 

This devoted young man left behind a carefully written 
diary of his journey and many beautiful poems. 
Characteristic of his poems was the expression of his hope 
of heaven. 

Allen Bennett's life and death did affect many people. 
Including future missionaries. 

While Allen was attending Biola, he would visit the 
friendly home of the Kerstings. The Kerstings had a five 
year old daughter named Elsie who was greatly im- 
pressed with Allen. When he left, he became Elsie's mis- 
sionary hero and she prayed daily for him. 

After the news of Allen's death reached the Kerstings, 
Elsie grieved for him. A little later Elsie decided to be a 
missionary to Africa. 

Many years passed and Elsie married. Her husband 
became a successful contractor. One day they heard about 
a need for a builder in Africa. Al and Elsie Balzer offered 
their lives for service. 

Elsie was influenced by Allen Bennett. In Africa she had 
an evangelistic fervor and many, many Africans came to 
know Jesus Christ through her. 

Allen's life was not in vain or wasted. God worked 
through him to accomplish His purpose. □ 




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SEMINARY 



REFOCUS 



TOWARD 



A L A N C E 



BY Rob Wilkins 



I here is no recipe for the making of 
a successful pastor. Two shakes of exegesis, a pound of theology, and 
a dash of homiletics won't do it. 

By themselves, they are essential ingredients, but useless without 
the oven of practical experience. 

"For too long," says Dr. William Male, dean of Grace Theological 
Seminary, "we have put our emphasis on what we want our students 
to know and not what we want them to be." 

The academic studies, Male says, have been superb; the oppor- 
tunities for practical experience have been lacking. 

That will change, he says. 

In coordination with Grace Brethren Home Missions, a revamped 
pastoral ministry department of Grace Seminary will expand and vary 
opportunities for practical experience. 

Under the new plan, a seminary student will be able to make a 
choice. Internships will be available in established, usually larger, chur- 
ches, smaller churches moving toward self sufficiency, and urban, inner- 
city ministries. 

The experience, Male says, will be invaluable and something that 
could not be taught in a classroom. 

The graduates, will be going out so much better prepared," Dr. Male 
says. "They will know the challenges that they will face and they will 
know that they are not unusual. They will not be afraid of getting their 
hands dirty." 

The change in the intern program is part of an overall shift of em- 
phasis in the pastoral ministry department, says David Plaster, who 
has been hired to coordinate the department. 

"We want the student to get an overview of their ministry," Plaster 
says. "We want them to develop a philosphy. In the past, there has 
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what they are doing and why they are 
doing it. We want them to develop 
goals and strategies." 

The changes in the department are 
sweeping, Plaster says, but necessary: 
"A lot of people came to the same 
conclusion at the same time. Change 
was needed." 

Some of the courses in pastoral 
ministries have been restructured. For 
example, the introductory course, 
Christian Education and Evangelism, 
has been changed to the Biblical 
Philosophy of Ministry. 

"We want the students to be able to 
develop a broad perspective of 
ministry from the theology that they 
have learned," Plaster says. 

Other required courses will also be 
changed. 

The major change, however, is in 
the internship. Previously about all that 
was available was an internship with 
major, established churches — usual- 
ly in the Warsaw-Winona Lake area. 
Partly the reason was financial, Male 
says; partly, an oversight. 

The results were limiting both in 
terms of numbers of internships 
available (usually about two to three 
a summer) and their fruits. 

"Most of the guys who were involv- 
ed in the larger churches (as interns) 
had a very artificial view of church life 
in America. They were involved in 
multi-staffed churches where each per- 
son had one specific responsibility. 
They would have several hundred 
members. But that's not the average 
church in America." 

Starting next summer, internships 
will also be available in small, develop- 
ing churches. The seminary, working 
with Grace Brethren Home Missions, 
will place students in any one of 42 
Grace Brethren churches across the 
country. 

Larry Chamberlain, administration 
coordinator of the Home Missions pro- 
gram, says that the churches range in 
size from 50 to 75. All of the churches 
are working toward self support. 



Chamberlain says he likes the idea 
of internships in the smaller churches 
for a number of reasons. 

"Some people when they graduate 
have had a fear of the ministry," 
Chamberlain says. "They have a real 
fear of being a senior pastor in a 



Th, 



I he academic studies, 
Male says, have been 
superb; the oppor- 
tunities for practical ex- 
perience have been 
lacking. 

That will change. 



church planting situation or in a small, 
growing church. The full responsibili- 
ty of developing that kind of church is 
very awesome. If the student has 
never experienced that before, he will 
tend to be afraid of it." 

The idea, Dr. Male says, is for 
students to get their "hands dirty." The 
student will be expected to do a little 
bit of everything. 

"They will be going through the ear- 
ly pioneer struggle of a church," 
Dr. Male says. "Anything that needs to 
be done — bulletins to be run, chairs 
set up, preaching, a baptism — they 
will be involved in." 

Dr. Male says that working an in- 
ternship in a small church will better 
prepare a student for what he might 
face after graduation. 

"I am burdened that we have some 
seminary graduates who are sitting 
around Winona Lake waiting for the 
perfect church to open up. We want 
our graduates to be self starters, 
creative, willing to get heavily involved. 
That might mean starting a Bible 



study or using someone's basement or 
renting a storefront. We need to give 
them that kind of experience." 

Plaster says one of the main advan- 
tages of the small church internship is 
the one-to-one relationship be- 
tween the pastor and intern. 

"There will be a heavy emphasis on 
discipleship," Plaster says. "We want a 
person to be with a pastor, get to know 
his ministry, and catch his vision for a 
ministry." 

Each of the churches, which must 
be approved by Home Missions for 
internship, will also benefit, Cham- 
berlain says. The churches, generally, 
are not yet self supporting and short 
of staff. Summer, he says, is also a 
time of extra duties for a pastor — con- 
ferences, workshops and the "summer 
slump." 

Because the churches are small, 
money must be raised by the intern, 
Chamberlain says. Support, he says, 
can be generated through a home 
church, friends or relatives. 

Plaster feels that a student's home 
church should become increasingly 
more responsible for providing prac- 
tical experience. 

"The local church should take 
seriously the responsibility of putting 
men in the ministry. They can't just 
shove them off to some seminary. 
They have to give him good, hands- 
on practical experience as part of his 
education." 

Knowledge and experience. The 
balance, Dr. Male says, has been 
tipped in favor of knowledge. The 
seminary, along with others across the 
country, has been criticized for it. 

The new approach to pastoral in- 
ternships, Dr. Male hopes, will help 
put things back into a proper 
perspective. 

"The thing that Grace is concerned 
about," Dr. Male says, "is that we have 
a combination of serious scholarship 
— knowledgeable minds — and a 
development of a concern for souls — 
warm hearts." □ 



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GRACE 



Dr. Kent 

To Step Down 




On May eleventh, at the 1985 
Grace Faculty and Staff Recognition 
Banquet, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
President of Grace College and 
Theological Seminary, announced his 
plans to relinquish the presidency at 
the end of the 1985-86 school year. 

In a letter to the Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees, Dr. Kent said his 
decision came as the result of time 
spent reevaluating "the special needs 
of the institution for the years ahead, 
as well as my own desires for the re- 
maining years of my professional life." 

Dr. Kent desires to return to full-time 
teaching in the institution — a position 
he held with tenure when he was 
asked to assume his present role in 
1976. 

Grace Schools' administration, 
faculty, staff and students can look 
back on the nine years of Dr. Kent's 



presidency with satisfaction and ad- 
miration for a job well done. The 
Schools have experienced the largest 
enrollment in its history. Regional ac- 
creditation was achieved for the 
seminary, and was reaffirmed for the 
college for five years and later, for ten 
years. The nursing program was 
begun, as well as new graduate pro- 
grams in missions and in Biblical 
counseling. The science building was 
completed, the dining hall was enlarg- 
ed, Colonial Hall was significantly 
remodelled, and six tennis courts were 
constructed. 

In finances, the largest gift to date 
was given to Grace during the present 
year. Grace's first capital campaign 
ever to exceed one million dollars 
reached that level a few years ago, and 
institutional indebtedness has been 
substantially reduced. Each of the 



preceding eight fiscal years had ended 
with a balanced budget. 

As President of Grace Schools, Dr. 
Kent has had to face the many dif- 
ficulties and pressures that are com- 
mon to small, liberal arts colleges and 
institutions of higher education such as 
adapting to demographic changes and 
successfully reacting to the budget 
crunch. 

With the planning that has been 
typical of Dr. Kent's time as president, 
he is making his plans known now to 
allow the Board of Trustees ample 
time to establish guidelines for a search 
committee and to avoid hasty 
decisions. 

Grace Schools have benefitted from 
his wise counsel, foresight, and love 
for the students and will continue to 
draw from these qualities in the future 
in his continued role of professor. □ 




LIVING MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL 
July 1985 



In Memory of: 

Florence Moore 
Dr. Glenn O'Neal 
Dr. Norman Uphouse 
Dr. Norman Uphouse 



Given by: 

Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Burns 
Rev. William Schaffer 
Mr. and Mrs. Don Ogden 
Mrs. Pauline Hartman 



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Dirty 
Christianity 



by Gordon Aeschliman 



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A challenge to an 
American heresy 

We need a much dirtier Christiani- 
ty. The kind that rubs shoulders with 
people who might disturb us— people 
who hang out in places that saturate 
our hair with cigarette smoke and 
permeate our clothes with the smell of 
beer. 

We need some of these people on 
our "personal friends list"— 
homosexuals, prostitutes, adulterers, 
fornicators, cheats, swindlers, welfare- 
abusers, sophisticated tax evaders, and 
capitalistic oppressors. You know the 
type — your basic sinner. 

So much of our American Chris- 
tianity has become a white, dry- 
cleaned religion that both separates 
and insulates itself from the world. 
And the amazing fact is that this is ex- 
actly opposite to what Christianity is 
all about. 

The gospel isn't something that 
somehow protects us from the evil 
world. Rather, once it has taken effect 
in our lives, it is supposed to catapult 
us back into the world to become the 
means for Christian love and 
righteousness to change that world. 

The Pharisees had trouble with this. 
They really thought they could destroy 
Jesus' reputation by pointing out to 
people that he always hung around 
sinners and publicans. His friends were 
people like Zaccheus, a man who was 
notorious for robbing others, Mary the 
prostitute, and many others like them. 

But the Pharises' "accusation" 
backfired because Jesus' behavior was 
just what the world needed to see. 
What use was a self-righteous band of 
people or a club that people could join 
only when they were good enough? 
Sick, hurting, sinning people can't do 
right. They know it, and they aren't 
helped when those who know the 
Righteous One withdraw from them. 

Too many of my "unclean" friends 
have been hurt by Christians who re- 
jected them because of their sin, in- 
stead of loving them with the revolu- 



tionary love of our Lord. These "clean" 
Christians withheld the only thing that 
could set my friends free from their sin. 

John was a friend I met in the 
bathroom of a restaurant. Somehow 
we got talking about God, and he im- 
mediately dismissed Christians as a 
bunch of hypocrites. As I got to know 
John better I discovered that he was 
bisexual, although his preference was 
homosexual. All his encounters with 
Christians had very quickly turned in- 
to verse-down-the-throat sessions 
about how he'd better repent and give 
up his sinful lifestyle. They might as 
well have been telling a starving Ethio- 
pian that he had better eat or he'd die. 
John had no more resources available 
for doing good than the Ethiopian has 
access to food. Only as he became a 
child of God would he truly live and 
live righteously. 

John needed someone who didn't 
focus on the dirt, but instead loved the 
sinner enough to link his hand with the 
One who died to take away the sin. 

Dayira was young: a prostitute, drug 
addict, and alcoholic. I think of all the 
nights a friend and I spent with her, 
just trying to befriend her and care for 
her. She couldn't understand why we 
wouldn't get involved with her sexual- 
ly. One night we told her that it was 
because we love her with the love of 
Christ. We didn't want to abuse her in 
any way but only to do what was good 
for her. 

Her initial reaction was anger. 
Anger at us because we were part of 
the church to which she had gone in 
her lowest moments of desperation— 
after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. 
The church rejected her publicly, say- 
ing that the sanctuary should not be 
defiled by a sinner like her. 

We spoke with the pastor about it 
and found he was very proud that he 
kept his church "clean from the world." 
I have to believe that Jesus weeps 
when he sees the church shutting out 
people that he died for because they 
are sick with the very thing he came 
to heal — sin. 

Too often American Christianity 
smacks of the prayer of the Pharisee 
who stood up in the temple and ar- 
rogantly raised his hands to heaven, 
saying, "God, I thank you that I am 



not like all other men — robbers, 
evildoers, adulterers— or even like this 
tax collector. . . " The tax collector 
could not even look up to heaven. In- 
stead, he beat his chest and said, 
"God, have mercy on me, a sinner." 

Jesus said it was the tax collector 
that went home justified. 

We need to be reminded that the 
only real difference between us and 
the man next door or the pimp 

"It is not the healthy 
who need a doctor, but 
the sick. . . I have not 
come to call the 
righteous, but sinners." 
Jesus 



downtown is the grace of God. We 
have been fortunate enough to be 
forgiven of our sins and to be declared 
free of any condemnation. We are to 
follow the example of Jesus who gave 
up all for our sakes. He not only mix- 
ed with the sinners, but died the 
shameful public death of a low-down 
thief and murderer. 

The church doesn't exist for itself, 
and its members are not supposed to 
gauge their actions by what other 
Christians — who are already sealed for 
eternal bliss — think about them. 

What counts is what the church is 
doing to bring sinners to Christ. And 
that is the standard by which we must 
measure our friendships and activities. 

Let's hear it for dirty Christianity that 
reached scum like me, an enemy of 
God and doer of evil — a dirty Chris- 
tianity that got down in the gutter and 
grime and allowed the love of God to 
explode into my heart and turn me in- 
to a brand new creation. 

The Pharisees accused Jesus of lov- 
ing dirty people, and they put him on 
a cross, but God the Father placed him 
at his right hand. Let's trade our clean 
Christianity for the kind that God 
values. 



This article was written by Gordon Aeschliman. 
Reprinted by permission from World Christian 
Magazine, copyright 1985. Volume 4, number 
2. World Christian Magazine, Box 40010, 
Pasadena, Calif. 91104. 



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1985 National CE Convention 

Preparing for the Climb 



August 11-12, 1985 
Estes Park, Colorado 




Speakers: 



Join us for a very special challenge on 
personal revival. 

Our 1985 National CE Convention is 
like no other. We've set aside our yearly 
emphasis on methods and ideas to stop 
and focus on the most important aspect of 
Christian education: the life of the teacher. 
The teacher's message is only as effective 
as the teacher's life. 

Through Sunday and Monday, we join 
the FGBC moderator's emphasis on the 
need for revived living. Our Fellowship of 
churches needs that challenge. 

This year's convention and conference 
could be one you'll remember for years to 
come. Join us for this special emphasis on 
prayer and personal revival! 





Luke Kauffman, pastor of the 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Grace 
Brethren Church. As a past moderator 
of the FGBC and current president of 
Grace Brethren Home Missions, Luke 
will share his personal burden for the 
FGBC through a Bible message on 
Sunday. 

Keith Merriman, pastor of the Orrville, 
Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. His 
ministry is characterized by an intense 
commitment to evangelism, discipleship 
and prayer. Keith will challenge our 
prayer life on Monday. 




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Jim Custer, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Columbus, Ohio. In addition 
to sharing his heart for the Fellowship on 
Sunday, Jim will challenge us on Mon- 
day with what true commitment means. 



Dave Breese, president of Christian 
Destiny, Wheaton, Illinois. As an inter- 
nationally known author, lecturer and 
radio broadcaster, Dave will enlarge our 
vision through a personal session with 
pastors and church leaders on Thursday 
afternoon. 



The National GBC Christian Education Convention is 
held in conjunction with the FGBC National Conference. 
See the FGBC National Conference program for a com- 
plete schedule of the National CE Convention. The 1985 
National CE Convention is free of charge to all FGBC Na- 
tional Conference attenders. 



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PLUS sixteen workshops to help you revive specific 
life areas and aid you in ministry! 




Letters to the Editor 



ISSUE DATE: March 1985 
GROUP: Grace Schools 
ARTICLE AND PAGE: 

"Brooklyn's Good ol' Boy", page 18 

Dear Bro. Turner: 

As always we enjoyed receiving the 
issues of the Herald. One of the articles in 
the March issue, however, left me very 
disappointed. It was called "Brooklyn's 
Good ol' Boy." It left a very wrong impres- 
sion of New York City and the Christian 
work here. 

Granted, this city of 5 boroughs with 7.5 
million people (with each housing project 
holding more people than all of 
Meyersdale, Pa.) has an incredible need for 
a greater and stronger Christian witness. 
But when John Chestnut said he could 
"count the number of fundamental chur- 
ches on two hands" and "there is nothing 
here . . ." that was an outright lie. (Notice 
the yellow pages from Brooklyn enclosed) . 
Granted, all the churches listed are not 
what they could be or should be but there 
is a Christian community. He is not the on- 
ly one. Bay Ridge Baptist Church is only 
4 city blocks away from his Free Church, 
and it has a burdened, hard-working Bob 
Jones graduate for a pastor. I was invited 
and attended a church-planting pastors' 



meeting in Queens where at least 50 
pastors were present who have begun a 
mission work in different parts of N.Y.C 

Another obvious misrepresentation was 
the first photo in the article. Chestnut's 
church is located in one of the better sec- 
tions of Brooklyn — middle class — of which 
the train station is not representative, 
despite his little statement that it would 
have been easier "to go to Africa." If a pic- 
ture of him had been taken in front of his 
church or home, one would see how 
misleading this picture is. His congregation 
owns a beautiful building with two sanc- 
tuaries and a huge basement hall. This is 
a city like any other with upper, middle and 
lower classes. It is not all slum. 

All five boroughs of N.Y.C. have their 
own atmosphere and in each borough are 
many "villages" with their own ethnic per- 
sonalities. All five boroughs have some 
Christian witness with a few churches really 
on fire, certainly more than ten. They on- 
ly scratch the surface with so many peo- 
ple here, and we do need more people to 
pray for and work in this huge city, but God 
honors truthfulness. 

Bro. Turner, the Herald owes New York 
City an apology for not checking out the 
truthfulness of this article. — New York 



ISSUE DATE: April 1985 
GROUP: Grace Schools 
ARTICLES AND PAGE: 

"Promising", page 7 

Dear Editor: 

I want you to know that I am appalled 
at the article in the April Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, "Promising." 

I do not understand how in the world 
any Christian person could think that "The 
Parable of the Good Punk Rocker" could 
even begin to relate to God's Holy Word. 
(Luke 10) 

Why, why, would anyone want to bring 
God's Holy Word down to such a 
humanistic level. 

Satan is truly working overtime in the 
lives of many Christians and many chur- 
ches today in luring us away from the true 
worship of God. 

Oh that people would wake up to the 
subtle ways of Satan and what he is doing 
in the lives of Christians. He is blinding 
them, causing them to focus on entertain- 
ment and glorification of man rather than 
glorifying God. 

God help us all to wake up to what is 
happening today. 

1 can't believe that your magazine would 
even print such a disgusting article and I 
for one just closed the pages up and didn't 
even finish reading it, I was so 
upset. — California 



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Celestial Travel! 
Going Up? 



By Charles W. Turner, 
Editor 

For centuries Christians have been going up and the non- 
Christians have been concerned about travel in the reverse 
direction. However, there has been a new force in play dur- 
ing the past 15 or 20 years— the temporary space travelers. 
They may be classified as those that are going up, but they 
may not stay up permanently. I must admit, though, that 
some have done quite well. The first group went into space 
for a few moments. However, they were merely pioneers 
of yet more ambitious followers. 

The moon walkers came next and we all watched on 
TV and then walked out into the dark of night and looked 
up. Could it really be happening? Yes, it was; and they 
made it back to walk with other mortals again. Now it is 
the space shuttle and they are working up a schedule much 
like the old train schedule. A recent group made the trip. 



A senator went, too, but then a number of them have been 
out in space for years! A teacher will be going soon, and 
I trust will find a place of safety from the ever-dangerous 
student. 

But wait just a moment. You, too, can go if you are both 
patient and rich. Theodore Swartz will make it all 
possible — that is if you want to believe Theodore. The first 
scheduled trip has been set for October 12, 1992. It just 
happens that will be the five hundredeth anniversary of 
another very famous trip — Columbus' voyage to the new 
world. If you have been to Europe and/or the Holy Land 
and are bored with the thought of another trip to Hawaii, 
this is for you! 

To prove that there is a market for just about everything 
for the adventuresome and the rich, Mr Swartz advertised 
the three-day orbit trip at a cost of one million dollars a 
seat for this space vacation. Being a hopeful man, he 
prepared to take care of the couple hundred folks that 
might be interested. Four weeks later, more than 2,000 in- 
quiries have flooded his mail box, and are still arriving to 
ask questions about the trip. Mr. Swartz says so many want 
to go that he is cutting the price to $50,000 per seat for 
the first trips and only $25,000 per seat when the volume 
picks up. Now that is a real drop in price and a savings 
of some $950,000. Frequent flyers will probably get a 
special mileage discount. He is ready to buy a private space 
vehicle at a cost of some $200 million. I rather imagine 
this fine gentleman might even let you in on a deal to be 
part-owner of one of the space ships as well. He just strikes 
me as being that interested in humanity. 

Now I consider myself a rather forward-looking person 
and there is nothing in the whole story that is impossible 
to accomplish. After all, years ago, I made hundreds of trips 
from my front room rug while living in Akron, Ohio. 
However, it was not Theodore Swartz who was making 
the flights. It was Flash Gordon and I was only about ten 
years of age at the time. Ray guns fought off the enemy 
and every trip was carried out with excitement and the 
journey ended in a safe return. Now it is Star Wars, and 
even our president wants to get into the action. 

I have a better idea. For a flawless and no-cost trip, may 
I suggest a scheduled but as yet an unannounced flight. 
By grace through salvation in Jesus Christ, one can enter 
the ranks of a group of future space travelers. The distance 
will leave the moon far behind, for this will be a heaven- 
bound flight. Salvation being a free gift, it insures a seat 
for the trip. The Lord is keeping this scheduled but unan- 
nounced flight a secret. He knows when the call will come 
for the saints to get on board for this flight. He has not told 
anyone yet about the departure time. This will be much 
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August 1985 



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Editor, Charles Turner 

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Dave Beeson and Greg Hoffert 
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Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Mike Boze 
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Dr. Lester Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 



CONTENTS 



4 Taking the Less Traveled Road 

8 War and Separation 

10 1985 New Missionaries 

13 Returning To A First Love 

16 A View From The Top 

18 A Missionary Picture 

20 The Lordship of Christ 

26 Prayer— Your Lifeline to the Father 

31 GBC Christian Education 



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REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

The work continued on the new Grace 
Seminary building— McClain Hall. The steel 
floor was installed for the chapel wing . . . Paul 
Dick accepted the call to the Winchester, Va., 
church to serve as the pastor for the tenth year. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Paul Mohler, pastor at Grafton, W. Va., was 
given the keys to the new parsonage . . . 
Raimundo Cardoso, Brazilian pastor from 
Icoraci, was the first believer from that field to 
visit the Brethren churches in the United States. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

The Foreign Missionary Society celebrated the 
eightieth anniversary with a meeting "under the 
trees" at Winona Lake, Ind., where the society 
was born . . . The new Christian Education 
headquarters observed open house at Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

COVER PHOTO: Rocky Mountain National 
Park scene, by Dr. Lester E. Pifer. 



LETTERS 

Dear Editor: 

1 am responding to a letter published in the July 
edition of the Brethren Missionary Herald, in which 
the writer expressed disdain at your printing the 
"Promising" article. The article pertained to the 
drama ministry of the Promise Players. 

The person's concern focused around the 
description of one of the Player's sketches: The 
Parable of the Good Punk Rocker. 

The accusation was that the Players were bring- 
ing God's Word down to a humanistic level by set- 
ting Jesus' parable in a modern day motif. But our 
only intent in illustrating Scripture dramatically is 
to put its principles into flesh and blood situations, 
hoping that people will see the universality of Jesus' 
teachings. 

The intent of our rendition of the original Good 
Samaritan parable is the same: those whom we 
despise often put us pious Christians to shame by 
showing compassion to those with whom we are 
often too busy to get involved. 

I hope that in the future this person takes the 
time to get all the facts and to realize that Scrip- 
ture was written for humans. Although cultures may 
differ, the Scripture's principles are universal and 
timeless. 
— Allyn Decker, leader of the Promise Players 



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Taking the Less Traveled Road 

by Nora Macon 



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Lost people view a missionary 
with a little awe and some admiration 
(and a quick, thankful sigh that they 
weren't called to be one). 

There's sort of a mystical quality to 
the "call" of a missionary. What a 
supernatural, ultra-spiritual ex- 
perience, resplendent with blinding 
flashes of light, a persuasive dream, 
heavenly voices, or a sudden, intense 
burden for some area of the world! 

What a misconception! 

Even though some missionaries 
have had dramatic calls, God guides 
most missionaries just like He guides 
other Christians. And sometimes it 
takes years. 

"I clearly decided that home in the 
United States was where I belonged. 
The most I could do was to fill the 
needs in the home church because I 
was familiar with them. I could do that 
well. I felt I had no ability to transfer 
myself to another culture." 

Do these sound like the words of a 
missionary? They are. 

While reflecting on her call to 
France, Soni Viers also commented, 
"In the church I was beginning to 
emerge from mothering two young 
kids to the roles that were available to 
play, Sunday School teaching, 
DVBS — the things that go on in the 
church. That's where my heart was." 

How could God call someone who 
was so firmly planted in the United 
States? Surely a lightning bolt was re- 
quired! But John and Soni Viers never 
mention any extraordinary 
experiences. 

The Viers were saved after they 
were married and were discipled by 
Campus Crusade. A change of jobs 
led them to Dayton, Ohio, where they 
began to attend the First Brethren 
Church. 

John started working with Sonny 
Thayer in the youth ministry. "It was 
in those years that the Lord began to 
speak to me," John noted. The Lord 
used II Timothy 2 and II Timothy 
4:1-2. 

It wasn't long after these words 
pricked my heart that we made a deci- 
sion to pursue training for the full time 



ministry." 

John became a youth minister at 
the Mansfield, Ohio, GBC, while tak- 
ing classes at Ashland Seminary. The 
success with the youth was tremen- 
dous. During their eight years there, 
they became familiar with many Grace 
Brethren missionaries. For the most 
part they were missionaries from 
Africa. 

"While yet in Dayton, both of us 
had the opportunity to meet Dr. Or- 
ville Jobson. I visited him from time 
to time. Dr. Jobson had quite an in- 
fluence on my life as he shared his vi- 
sion for world missions, particularly for 
Africa," John reminisced. "I'll never 
forget the discussions we had. Once 
he told me that God needed men such 
as myself on the mission field and that 
he would pray that God would move 
in our hearts. I didn't realize the im- 
pact of those words until many years 
later." 

The Viers became very, very sen- 
sitive to the needs of the mission field, 
particularly Africa. 

"Most always when a missionary 
was in our church, I felt a strong af- 
finity and a responsiveness in my heart 
to respond to the need. I suppose that 
is what led us to investigate the 
possibility of our serving on the African 
field." 

But what was going on in Soni's 
mind during this time? 

"I know that Africa burned in John's 
heart, but I didn't share the same 
desire. The emotional desire to obey 
or to submit every time the plea was 
read from Scripture was there. I was 
always touched and ready to respond, 
but it was purely emotional. I knew 
that John had that burden, and I didn't 
want to hold back. But I knew the at- 
tachment I had to the church and my 
country. I really had a hard time mak- 
ing the decision on an emotional 
basis." 

"The bottom line was that submis- 
sion or obedience for me became a 
matter of riding on John's coattails. So 
the decision was yes — 1 was in com- 
plete agreement for going under the 
TIME program." 



But complications set in. John's 
father died unexpectedly. Their son, 
David, had a severe accident. The tim- 
ing was bad. 

"I had little understanding as to why 
the door was suddenly closing," Soni 
confessed. "I wondered if it were a 
matter of my own heart being disobe- 
dient or was that the Lord's will? It 
caused a great question in my mind 
because we had been in forward mo- 
tion at a rapid pace. Right after the 
death of John's dad, we were debating 
whether to go to Africa because of 
David's health condition. We were ad- 
vised not to go by both his doctor and 
Sonny Thayer." 

John's role grew fuller in the capaci- 
ty of evangelism and discipleship. It 
equipped John for the work he could 
do as a church planter. 

Then Tom Julien came to Mansfield 
and shared about the needs of 
Europe. 

Soni remembers, "He stayed in our 
home and spent a good deal of time 
with us that week. That's when God 
planted the seed and defined our 
focus for what kind of spiritual needs 
there were in France." 

"When Tom visited that year, he 
didn't know Soni and I were very sen- 
sitive and praying about the Lord's will 
for our lives respecting missions," John 
mused. "Yet, one evening, he turned 
to us and with a sort of smile on his 
face, his fingers extended toward Soni 
and said, 'God wants you in France.'" 

"I nearly dropped my pie," Soni 
laughed. "In our home he had 
repeatedly expressed the need as it 
related to people like us having ex- 
perience in the ministry, discipleship, 
and evangelism. Sharing his burden 
with us he always drew a direct rela- 
tionship to the role we could play per- 
sonally." 

From that time on, the Viers began 
to pray and become more informed 
about the work in France. They were 
not convinced that they should be in 
France, but they were very concerned 
about the things Tom had shared. 

"Actually it was the first time we had 
been exposed to the tremendous 



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spiritual needs that exist in France and 
most European countries," John 
recalls. "I was ready to make a com- 
mitment, but I sensed Soni didn't feel 
the same and didn't have the 
understanding. She was not at all con- 
vinced at the time I was ready to make 
a commitment." 

"My attraction to missions was on 
an emotional level and I was unable 
to make a decision concerning mis- 
sions on any other level," injected 
Soni. "My reasons were never based 
on a clear knowledge of Scripture. 
That's when I decided home in the 
United States was where I belonged. 
The only thing I understood was 
John's call to the ministry, and I could 
only see that fitting in the church ex- 
perience in the States." 

John realized that they couldn't go 
to a foreign country and make the 
commitments that would be required 
unless both were committed. They 
began to pray together. 

"I remember a few occasions where 
I wept before the Lord asking Him to 
bring Soni to the same understanding 
that I felt He had brought me to." 

But that was done in private, not in 
front of Soni. 

"I think it was gracious of John not 
to put pressure on me at that point. 
Had he wept in front of me in his 
prayers, I would have said, 'That's it. 
I'm going. There's no question. There's 
no problem. I'll go. That's fine.' His love 
for me was very deep and his desire 
to follow the Lord was wholehearted. 
And I think it was good of the Lord to 
give him that much wisdom and that 
much love to be able to wait for 
another two years." 

The Viers did begin to pray about 
the Lord's will in their lives. They were 



sensing that it was time to leave the 
Mansfield church. They received a 
phone call one evening from the 
Centerville, Ohio, church. The pulpit 
committee invited them to come and 
meet with it and be considered for the 
senior pastorate. It was the first call in 
eight years, so they couldn't deny it 
since they had prayed about a new 
ministry. The call was extended to ac- 
cept the pastorate in the Centerville 
church. 

John sees his time at Centerville as 
a growing experience where he 
became more aware of himself. "After 
one year of ministry, I began to 
understand the meaning of God's call. 
I realized that my calling was not so 
much as a pastor but as an evangelist. 
I began to realize that there is a dif- 
ference between these two offices. It 
took the two year's ministry at Center- 
ville for me to understand the real call- 
ing of the Lord in my life. But it was 
progressive understanding. Yet we 
were committed to that ministry and 
had no intentions of leaving it." 

During this entire time, Soni had 
clung to a dream. She had not com- 
pleted her degree in English Secon- 
dary Education before she had had 
their first child, Lisa. Having very little 
to finish before she could receive that 
degree, she always held the dream of 
teaching. 

"The more I was around Christian 
schools and good Christian teachers, 
I felt that that was going to be my role. 
That desire became a goal." 

Soni's plans didn't all fall together 
like she anticipated. The first day they 
were in the new church, they were in- 
volved in a car accident. Soni found 
herself in a cast and on crutches. 

"I had a lot of physical suffering like 



I had never had before. It led me into 
questioning at a different level where 
was God in relationship to me at that 
point. After getting angry and hurt, 
staying up late at night and being a 
wreck, I turned to the Word. I tried to 
discover the reasons— was there sin in 
my life? What was God doing in my 
life? What I was I to do? What was my 
response to be? The experience real- 
ly taught me. I had a greater sense of 
my own personal walk with the Lord 
and the importance of that." 

"The problem was I still held to that 
dream of teaching and I still pursued 
the goal of finishing my degree. I 
couldn't give up the idea, even though 
God was impressing me about obe- 
dience to what Tom Julien had placed 
in our lives. Going to field versus stay- 
ing in the States — that's the point God 
kept taking me back to. I kept running 
from that point. I wanted to pursue my 
goal." 

Soni saw herself fully capable of be- 
ing both the Christian God wanted her 
to be as John's wife, the pastor's wife, 
and being Soni Viers, the teacher at 
the Christian school. When she had 
her last cast removed, she started tak- 
ing her courses at a renewed pace. 

Just a month and a half into her 
schoolwork, Soni had an extremely 
serious car accident. "That time sent 
me to the pits. At those times in your 
life when God spares you, you have 
to say, why did You do that? Why am 
I here? What do You want me to do? 
God's answers come very seriously 
and pierce every level." 

One day Soni gazed around the kit- 
chen. She saw a stack of Shakespeare 
and umpteen various versions of every 
kind of lit book and on the other side 
of the table, her Bible. 




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"I realized I planned to play a game 
with the Lord in bargaining to have my 
own way in order to teach. I think 
teaching was an honorable and a fine 
goal, but as my dream, it became self- 
consuming. School was taking up 
every bit of my working hours. When 
I looked at the stacks of books on the 
table and the unbalanced lifestyle of 
priorities I was developing, I realized 
it would get worse once I was in the 
professional world that I was dream- 
ing of. That came caving in on me 
forcing me to face myself and where 
I was going." 

Soni had some physical problems as 
a result of the second accident. God 
was taking her to the point of yielding 
and submitting and obeying. God was 
asking her to be a good steward of her 
life. 

"Life, as I saw it after two car ac- 
cidents, can be very brief, and death 
comes as an intruder." 

When National Conference came 
around, the theme verse was "Awake 
unto righteousness, for some have not 
the knowledge of God." That's the 
verse that God used to actually call 
Soni to the field. 

"The missionary call became very 
real in my life when I heard those con- 
ference messages. The understanding 
I gained for the purpose of the church 
reaching out to the world implanted 
John's vision for the world into me. I 
became willing to be a co-laborer with 
him". 

John remembers leaving con- 
ference in California and driving 
home. "On our way back Soni looked 
at me and said, 'Don't you think we 
should be available?' I said, 'Available 



to what?' And she said, Available to 
the call that Roger Peugh gave, 
available to serve the Lord in Europe 
and in France, in particular.'" 

God had challenged them to mis- 
sions. They knew from their ex- 
perience with Tom Julien that it wasn't 
Africa. God had narrowed the place 
down through Tom sharing his vision 
and the burden. 

John said to Soni, "Well, haven't we 
been available?" 

"No, I haven't been." 

The Viers talked about it all the way 
to Ohio. John remembers "driving in- 
to our driveway and saying to Soni, 
'Well, we can't go now. It's too late. 
We've made a commitment to the 
Centerville church. The Lord has 
called us into this ministry and we 
have work to do here. We simply can- 
not go.' That was my decision. I felt 
strongly that that was a commitment 
that had not been completed as yet. 
That was my decision and we didn't 
talk about it again." 

Until three weeks later. John was 
preaching a message and it hit him 
that Paul left an immature church (the 
Corinthian church). 

"I was committed to staying in the 
Centerville church because I felt as if 
the church had not yet reached 
maturity, particularly respecting its 
mission to the world and the local 
community. I came home that day 
and said, 'My reason for staying is not 
good enough.' I was convinced that I 
was not the only man who could carry 
on that mission in the Centerville 
Church." 

At that point, submission and obe- 
dience became a thing of cost. A 



change of minds can go against the 
tide of popular opinion. It can hurt un- 
til the understanding becomes clearer. 
The Viers wanted their going to be 
confirmed through the church. 

After a few months, the church 
began to sense this vision and the 
leadership decided they wanted to be 
involved. The church decided to send 
the Viers as its missionaries. What an 
expansion of its vision! The field ap- 
proved them, and FMS approved 
them. Their full support was raised in 
four or five months. They left in the 
fall of 1983 for France. 

"I have known without any doubt 
that this is where He wants me to be," 
Soni now assuredly states. "This is 
where I belong. The Lord has served 
to encourage us through the openness 
and response of the French to us, the 
ready adaptation of our kids, and our 
transferral of culture and language." 

"I experienced such confusion, 
resistance, and fear to follow the Lord," 
Soni continues. "Churches can pro- 
vide a comfort zone and a club-like 
Christianity where the pastor's wife is 
the homecoming queen. A flurry of 
committees and activities can give the 
impression that you are up to your 
earlobes in serving the Lord. For me, 
submission and obedience became 
personal rather than assuming that 
because I followed John that was suf- 
ficient." 

Soni's favorite poem sums up her 
feelings. "Two roads diverged in a 
yellow wood, And sorry I could not 
travel both and be one traveler, long 
1 stood . . . Two roads diverged in a 
wood, and I— I took the one less 
traveled by, And that has made all the 
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War and Separation 



by Les Vnasdale 



War. Just the word evokes fear, uncertainty, and a feel- 
ing of separation. 

War has convulsed the country of Chad into turmoil and 
unrest. Its present agitated state has barred Grace Brethren 
missionaries from returning to this field. 

In August of 1981, Les and Ruth Vnasdale left for French 
language study to prepare themselves for missionary ser- 
vice in the Chad. It is now 1985 and time for the Vnasdales' 
first furlough, yet they still have not served in the Chad. 
What happened? 

When language school was completed, it was deter- 
mined not to send the Vnasdales to the Chad until Richard 
Harrell returned from his furlough. This wise decision was 
made because of continuing unrest in the Chad and the 
greenness of the missionaries fresh out of language school. 

When Richard married Kathy in 1982, mission regula- 
tions required that they stay in the States for a year of ad- 
justment. Then came language study in France for Kathy. 

The time finally arrived for the Harrells to enter their field 
of service. The war in the Chad had escalated making re- 
entry very dangerous. The Harrells committed 



themselves to serve in France until December, 1985. 

Four years had passed since a Grace Brethren missionary 
had been stationed in the Chad. 

But what happened to the Vnasdales? What happens 
to new missionaries who do not get to serve in the coun- 
try of their choice? 

Les and Ruth began ministering in the Central African 
Republic after language study. Bata, site of the Brethren 
Biblical Seminary and School of Theology, became their 
home. They were rapidly immersed in teaching, distribu- 
tion of literature, and some accounting. 

Among the 43 students at Bata are six Chadian couples, 
three of whom are Grace Brethren. God gave the 
Vnasdales a ministry to Chadians. Even though Les and 
Ruth were blocked from entering their chosen field, they 
became involved in preparing pastors and their wives for 
Chadian churches. 

These three couples are separated from their families and 
their homeland. Yet they are faithfully studying so they can 
return and minister in the Chad. 

The first of these couples, Samuel and Dina, have been 



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Christians since early youth. He is the son of a Brethren 
pastor. While waiting for a year-long suspension of school 
to end, Samuel received some School of Theology 
literature from Richard Harrell. Samuel decided to finish 
his formal education in Bible training. He had dreamed 
of full-time Christian service for years. 

Samuel was married to Dina and their two sons were 
born at Bata. War has still had its effect on this family even 
in the C.A.R. They have often gone many months without 
news from their families. This hardship has caused them 
to trust God to care for their loved ones. 

The second couple have been believers for many years. 
Joseph and Marionnette have experienced some hard 




Joseph, Les Vnasdale, Samuel, and Elie go over a lesson. 

blows while in the C.A.R. Joseph was ready to enter the 
12th grade in Bangui when he sensed the Lord's leading 
to complete his studies at the School of Theology. He gave 
up the possibility of earning his high school degree, which 
could have led to a lucrative career, to attend. Their first 
child died. Joseph's brother was shot and killed in northern 
C.A.R. Nevertheless, they kept going. Now they have one 
son. 

Joseph asks Christians to pray for what he considers the 
greatest need in the Chad — missionaries who can train 
Chadian teachers for a French language Bible School in 
that country. He asks prayer that the Chadian Brethren 
will remain faithful to God's Word and will not beome 
discouraged because of the lack of missionaries. 

Both of these couples were graduated in June. They 
desire to return to the Chad if conditions will allow them 
to do so. The pastors want Joseph and Samuel to be the 
first teachers in a new Bible Institute. 

Elie, the third Chadian student, will receive his master's 
degree in 1986. He was raised in a Christian family. His 
wife, Berthe, was raised Roman Catholic and came to know 
Christ through the testimony of Elie and another friend. 
Elie and Berthe have three children. 

Elie spent 14 years in school and became a public school 




Joseph reviews his notes. 

teacher. He taught for ten years, rising to the directorship 
of an elementary school. The last three years he worked 
without salary because of the political unrest in the Chad. 

Elie sensed God's call in his life when he took one year 
from his schooling to work in the Young Christian Union. 
He joined the first class at the Brethren Biblical Seminary. 

All three couples have had financial struggles as the war 
in Chad has often made it hard for their churches to col- 
lect and send them money for food. But they continued 
to trust God and have faithfully continued their schooling. 

War has had its impact on missionaries and nationals 
alike. It has separated missionary from field and nationals 
from family. Yet, God provides. 

Why do these folks continue? What makes the Vnasdales 
press on, training others, even though they aren't in their 
choice field? What compels the nationals to keep study- 
ing and training? 

War. 

A great spiritual war is being waged in Chad. Though 
the battle has been won, these people want more Cha- 
dians to be on the winning side. They care about their souls. 

And so they continue. □ 




Ruth and Les Vnasdale work with Chadian students: Joseph, 
Marionnette, Berthe, Elie, Dina, and Samuel and their families. 



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Support Level: $12,500 



Home Church 
Grace Brethren 
Support Level: $25,000 



Winona Lake, Indiana, 



Margie Morris 

Destination: 

Central African Republic 



Projected Departure: 
Fall, 1985 
Home Church: 




Projected Departure 
August, 1985 
Home Church: 
Macon, Franco, 



Projected Departure: Fall, 1985 
Home Church: 



Worth i ngton, Ohio, Grac e Dr e thr e n (Tom) 

New Holland, Pa., Grace Brethren (Mary Ann) 
Support Level: $25,000 



Mike and Amy Volovski 
Destination: Central African Republ 



Grace Brethren 
Support Level : $12,500 



10, 



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Projected Departure: Fall, 1985 

Home Church: 

Leamersville Grace Brethren, 

Duncansville, Pa. 

Support Level: $34,000 



lissionanes 




Ted and Kristen Kirnbauer 

Destination: Japan 

Projected Departure: Fall, 1986 



Destination: Central African Republic 
Projected Departure: Fall, 1985 
Home Church: 
Grace Brethren Chape l , Fremont, Oh i o 



Home Church: 

Long Beach, Calif. Grace Brethren 

Support Level: $35,000 





Barb Wooler 

Destination: 

Central African Republic 
Projected Departure: 
Fall, 1985 



Home Church: 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren 

Telford, Pa. 

Support Leve l : $1 8 ,000 



Ralph and Carolyn Robinson 
Children: Jeff, 14; Greg, 13 
Destination: Spain 



Lorrie Shaver 
"DestJnaTforiT l-rance" 
Projected Departure: 
Fall, 1985 
Home Church: 



Projected Departure: Fall, 
Home Church: 

Orlando, Fla. Grace Brethren 
Support Level: $32,000 



Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
Grace Brethren 
Support Level : $15,000 




Pray for Them 



Jack and Marilyn Wainwright 
Children: Brian, 6; Timmy, 5; Philip, 2 
Destination: Central African Republic 



Destination: Mexico 
Projected Departure: 
Fall, 1985 
I l o me Church: 



Projected Departure: Fait, 1986 
Home Church: 

First Brethren, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Support Level: $37,000 



Goshen, Ind. Grace Brethren 1 
Support Level: $14,000 



FMS> 



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(Pastor Brian Smith shared these thoughts on church 
planting with the Southern California— Arizona District. 
They can very easily be applied to our entire Fellowship 
of churches. 

Much of what has made up the history of the Southern 
California— Arizona District has been generated from the 
local family of believers at the Long Beach Grace Brethren 
Church. At the Southern California District Conference in 
Los Angeles in 1911, Niels C. Nielson, requested the 
District Mission Board, of which he was the President, to 
support an evangelistic tent meeting in Long Beach. As 
always, he backed his request with a portion of his own 
money to help fund the efforts. 

On Sunday, October 13, 1912, evangelist Louis S. 
Bauman began the first Brethren services ever to be held 
in Long Beach, in a tent on the corner of Tenth Street and 
Walnut Avenue. As a result of this meeting, 71 people step- 
ped forward, and 49 of them expressed a willingness to 
enroll as members of the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach. At the close of this meeting, members and friends 
contributed $5,600 toward the purchase of a permanent 
location. Two lots were subsequently purchased at the cor- 
ner of 5th and Cherry for $3,000. On Sunday, April 6, 
1913, Louis S. Bauman preached his first sermon as pastor 
of First Brethren Church of Long Beach, now known as 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach. 

Many Southern California churches, of various affilia- 
tions, trace their roots to this great church and its members. 
The history of this church reveals a long-standing "equip- 
ping and sending" ministry of Pastors, missionaries, and 
spiritually mature lay couples. 

In Jesus' letter to the Ephesian Church in Revelation 
2:1-5, He tells Apostle John: 

"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: 
The One who holds the seven stars in His right 
hand, the One who walks among the seven 
golden lamp stands, says this: 'I know your 
deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that 
you cannot endure evil men, and you put to 



the test those who call themselves Apostles, 
and they are not, and you found them to be 
false; and you have perserverance and have 
endured for My name's sake, and have not 
grown weary. But I have this against you, that 
you have left your first love. Remember, 
therefore from where you have fallen, and re- 
pent and do the deeds you did at first; or else 
I am coming to you, and will remove your 
lampstand out of its place — unless you repent." 
Ephesus was a great church. They were doctrinally 
straight, ecclesiastically sound, and morally pure. However, 
in Revelation 2:4 Jesus tells them "But I have this against 
you, that you have left your first love." 

What was that "first love" that the Ephesian believers had 
left? Paul possibly gives us an idea in his letter to this church 
in Ephesians 1:15-17. 

"For this reason I too, having heard of the faith 
in the Lord Jesus Christ which exists among 
you, and your love for all the saints, do not 
cease giving thanks for you, while making men- 
tion of you in my prayers; that the God of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give 
to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in 
the Knowledge of Him." 
Thirty years later, Jesus, through the pen of the Apos- 
tle John, compliments them for their knowledge and 
wisdom, and rebukes them for leaving their first love for 
each other. Jesus warns them that unless they repent and 
return to their first love, the radiant influence of that church 
in the community would be turned off. 

Unfortunately, that church failed to heed the warning 
of Christ. Marvin R. Vincent, in his Greek commentary, 
writes that Ephesus' "candlestick has been for centuries 
removed out of its place; the squalid Mohammedan village 
which is nearest to its site does not have one Christian in 
its insignificant population; its temple is a mass of shapeless 
ruins; its harbor is a reedy pool ..." 

No sharper words of criticism could cut deeper in any 



Returning To A First Love 

By Brian C. Smith 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Riverside, California 




relationship than to hear that the "first love" has vanished. 

Imagine how tragic it would be for a married couple to 
be celebrating their diamond anniversary and to discover, 
that though they still live together and eat together, their 
love for each other has grown cold. 

Christ gives a simple solution to the Ephesian problem. 
He tells them in verse 5 "Remember, therefore from where 
you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at 
first." 

"Remember." "Repent." That was the prescription Christ 
shared with the Ephesians in order for them to reclaim their 
first love. 

This passage gives some important lessons that we also 
need to learn to return to our first love. 

First we need to Remember. I'm not so young as to not 
remember the "heydays" of our District. When conference 
time arrived it was a gala celebration of love, excitement, 
and enthusiasm. Reports would ring out in District Con- 
ference of new churches wishing to be added and new 
delegates wishing to be recognized. 

By the way of comparison the waters have cooled 
somewhat in recent years. The cause of this, I believe, is 

No sharper words of criticism cut 
deeper in any relationship than to 
hear that the "first love" has vanished. 

the same that gave rise to Christs' judgement of the Ephe- 
sian Church. We have left our first love. I do not mean our 
love of God's word, or our commitment to saving souls, 
or our loving fellowship as members of the Body of Christ. 
We are still in the heat of passion in these areas. I am refer- 
ring to our "first love" as a District and that was planting 
churches. 

The basic premise of a district centers upon a united 
geographic emphasis on evangelism, discipleship, and 
church planting. The final words of our Lord Jesus Christ 
prior to his ascension into Heaven are these: ". . . but you 
shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon 
you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and 
in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part 
of the earth." We as a District are taking care of our 
Jerusalem, and the remotest parts of the earth. It's our 
Judea and Samaria that is often overlooked. 

We need to Remember. We also need to Repent. In 
other words, turn back, go back to where we left off. Do 
the deeds we did at first. Return to doing those things that 
made our district a great district — and not just a corporate 
name. 

But some may ask, "Why even plant new churches in 
Southern California?" The Southern California of today 
is not like it was 75 years ago. Farms and bean fields have 
turned into housing tracts and Burger Kings. Everyone is 
freeway close to large churches, lead by dynamic, world 
famous pastors. With land and building costs so high — 
why not just consolidate new churches into the large mega- 
churches? A prominent Southern California pastor stated 
recently that there is really no need to plant new evangelical 
churches in areas where there is already a number of them 
ministering. 

There are four reasons why I disagree with that position: 

The first has to do with the definition of an evangelical 




church. What doctrinal positions are essential and non- 
essential to be "evangelical?" When Jesus gave the Great 
Commission in Matthew 28, He concluded by declaring 
our obligation to teach "all" that He commanded us. Add 
to that Paul's admonition in II Timothy 2:15 to "handle ac- 
curately" God's truth, and we have quite an undertaking. 

It seems as we continue to focus more clearly our 
microscope of Biblical exegesis, we become accountable 
to obeying and teaching it "all" in our local churches. 

I planted a Grace Brethren Church not because of tradi- 
tion, but because of Biblical conviction. As a pastor, I will 
not change my Church practices unless my Biblical con- 
victions change. That is why there is always room for one 
more evangelical church — if its Biblical convictions differ 
from the churches in its area. 

Secondly, I believe we will always need to be planting 
new churches because of the millions of unreached peo- 
ple in Southern California. Take your own neighborhood. 
How many of your neighbors are born again and are even 
attending an evangelical, Bible teaching church? Though 
the "mega-churches" may boast of two, three, four, or even 
six thousand Sunday worshipers, that still leaves unreached 
millions of others. 

When I planted the Grace Brethren Church of River- 
side five years ago— there were many large evangelical 
churches already established in that city. Yet the great 
percentage of the 250 people who now call our church 
home were unchurched when I arrived. We could plant 
five more Grace Brethren Churches in Riverside and never 
cross each others paths in reaching the unchurched, nor 
rob a large evangelical church of any of its members. 

Thirdly, church size has much to do with whom you 
reach. When the Riverside Church had a congregation of 
25, people who joined us thought that 25 was the perfect 
size for a church. People then joined us when we had 50 
people because they thought 50 was the perfect size for 
a church. People join churches of 100, 200, 300, 6,000 
because each of those sizes are perfect for certain people. 

The fourth reason why I believe we need to always be 
planting new churches in Southern California is because 
of the Christian ministry opportunities it provides. People 
in large churches often having trouble finding an adequate 
ministry, or even having their gifts noticed. 

Church planting provides many opportunities for multi- 
ple ministries. When the Riverside church began five years 
ago, 100 percent of all the adults were active in ministry. 
Of course, when you are dealing with a total of four 
families, that was more by necessity than by choice. Yet 
today, with a church family of 250, more than 70 percent 



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of all our adults are active in either our nine children's Sun- 
day School departments, our facilities coordination, or our 
music ministry. "Equipping the saints" is not just a catchy 
phrase — but an absolute necessity for church planting. 

I believe we will always need to be planting new Grace 
Brethren Churches in Southern California. As our popula- 
tion continues to grow, and our neighborhoods continue 
to expand, we as a District of Churches need to grow with 
them. 

Once a district is committed to church planting the next 
important question must be answered: "Who do we send 
to plant churches?" Some might believe that all is needed 
is to send a pastor to a promising location. They reason: 
"God did it with the Apostle Paul, He can do it with a 
dedicated pastor today." But the Apostle Paul had help. 

Two of the Apostle Paul's co-laborers were Aquila and 
Priscilla. They were Jews, apparently a man and his wife, 
perhaps of some means, who made it their business to go 
to different places and help Paul with his work. 

Aquila and Priscilla would fall under our classification 
of laymen. They were theologically sound. They were oc- 
cupationally mobile, able to relocate and start into business 
as the leading of God's Spirit would indicate need. And 
they were materially generous, exhibited not only by the 
use of their house for church, but also, I'm sure, by their 
financial support of the growing churches. 

Not all of the people Paul reached were Aquila's and 
Priscilla's. God doesn't call all Christians to be church 
planters, any more than He gives all Christians the ability 
to teach, to administer, or evangelize. 

Two hundred years ago there were many brave families 
who moved in covered wagons West into virgin wilderness, 
to establish towns and cities for the masses who would 
come later. So too, there must be many potential local 
church planters in our own congregations who are 
theologically sound, occupationally mobile, and material- 
ly generous, that God can use to build a ministry from 
scratch. 

What needs to be done in order for our district to 
revitalize its church planting ministry? Let me make five sug- 
gestions I feel need to be considered if our district is going 
to make a concerted effort in returning to its "first love." 

1. In order for a district of churches to be effective in 
church planting, they must be unified in theology and 
philosophy of ministry. When five Grace Brethren families 
from five separate Grace Brethren churches move to a new 
area — and each of those original five churches are at a 
variance with each other in denominational distinctives and 
philosophy of ministry — it is practically impossible to har- 
moniously unite those families in a concerted church plan- 
ting effort. Often their conflict lies more in semantics than 
in any real areas of substance. Each church needs to 
reevaluate its commitment to our identity as Grace Brethren 
Churches planting Grace Brethren Churches. 

2. We need to financially commit ourselves to assisting 
new works with the overwhelming burden of land pur- 
chases and facility construction. Land costs and building 
codes prohibit the construction of new churches unless 
there is generous financial backing by a strong Fellowship 
organization. Our spirit as independent churches — though 
protecting our autonomous existence — causes us at times 
to become narrow minded and short sighted as to local 
and regional obligations to church planting. 

3. We need to re-program the thinking of many of our 



Grace Brethren people. Often, when they move to a new 
area, they seek out a church which mirrors their former 
one in size and facility comforts, often in another denomina- 
tion. We need to enlighten people to the excitement of 
planting something new and watching it grow. 

4. We as local churches need to be more flexible in our 
definition of "worship service." As long as we continue to 
define our auditoriums as "sanctuaries," and emphasize the 
"worshipful" atmosphere generated by large choirs, organs, 
and pianos— then very few of our members will be willing 
to be part of a church planting situation — for no Christian 
wants to stop worshipping God! 

At times the local church has unconsciously brainwash- 
ed its congregation into believing that true worship cannot 

... we are taking care of our 
Jerusalem and the remotest parts of 
the earth. It's our Judea and Samaria 
that is often overlooked. 

take place without beautiful facilities, magnificent choirs, 
and elaborate orchestras. But that wasn't true during the 
first centuries of Christianity. The churches met in homes, 
or rented facilities to hold their worship services. 

Some of my greatest hours of worship have not taken 
place in a large church facility, or as the result of an emo- 
tionally stirring musical ministry, but in a barren, hot, dry, 
meeting hall shared with pioneer church planters. 

5. The local church needs to develop a way of identifying 
and preparing potential church planters. Particularly 
those — like Aquila and Priscilla— who may have the occu- 
pational mobility to move to a new area. Often the people 
a local church can least afford to lose are the ones that must 
go. King David's calamity as recorded in I Samuel 22:2 
("everyone who was in distress and everyone who was in 
debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to 
him. . .") should not be the norm for church planting. 
Bible study leaders, musicians, financially secure indivi- 
duals, are needed most, and often the least available for 
church planting. These are the individuals that should be 
identified and prepared for productive church expansion. 

I challenge you to consider being Aquila's and Priscilla's. 
No matter what your age or occupation, or what your 
spiritual gifts may be, present yourselves available and if 
God would so choose, to be willing to move and be used 
in planting new Grace Brethren Churches; to reach the un- 
churched in those communities for Jesus Christ. You are 
saying nothing more and nothing less than— "God, here 
I am . . . send me." □ 




This article is excerpted from the 
moderator's address given by Rev. Brian 
Smith on May 2 at the Southern 
California— Arizona District Conference in 
Long Beach, California. Smith is the pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church at Riverside. 
California, a former Home Mission church 
which went self-supporting in 1984. In addi- 
tion to his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor 
Smith serves as the West Coast Consultant 
for Grace Brethren Home Missions. 



GBHMC 



AUGUST '85 



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A View 
From The Top 



By Dr. Robert Thompson 

Executive Secretary 

Grace Brethren Home Missions 



The path angled sharply upward as we trudged toward 
the top. Breathing was difficult in the hot summer air and 
exhaustion was imminent for a number in the party. The 
campers appeared to be doing well but it was quite evi- 
dent that the counselors were totally unaccustomed to such 
strenous effort. But the end was in sight . . . just ahead 
one could see the angular outline of the ranger's station 
perched precariously on the summit. Old Glory rose pro- 
udly into the cloudless sky and waved gently in the subtle 
currents that swirled around the pinnacle. 

The last few hundred feet seemed endless but at last, 
with sides heaving from the added exertion we stood pro- 
udly at the rail overlooking the scene before us. For the 
uninitiated it was pure ecstasy to view the hills and valleys, 
with homes and towns and busy thoroughfares stretched 
out like a giant patchwork quilt. In the distance one could 
see the various points of interest which our guide had 
meticulously pointed out as we left the cabin early in the 
morning. A brief glance behind us revealed the twisted and 
tortuous trail that had, but a few moments before, been 
such a challenge but now seemed to amble lazily down 
the mountain side. 

Tahquitz Peak isn't much of a challenge for experienced 
alpine climbers but for some of us in Southern California 
who spent our summers at Camp Tahquitz, it offered an 
escape from the mundane, an opportunity to expand our 
vision, and be released from the commonplace world in 
which we lived. A view from the top brings to light an en- 
tirely new perspective of places and circumstances which 
in the normal course of events remain obscure and 
undefined. 

The executive office in Winona Lake may lack some of 
the scenic beauty of the San Jacinto mountains but I must 
admit the view from the top presents a startling panorama 
of detail. First and foremost is the sobering fact of the vast 
horizon of responsibility which falls within the classification 
of Home Missions. From the familiar shores of Cook Inlet 
in Alaska to the sandy beaches of Florida in the South; 
from the intimate and familiar details of Southern Califor- 
nia to the strange and historical environment of New 
England, all this territory just waiting for those brave enough 
and courageous enough to claim it for the Master, the Lord 
of the Harvest. This is our Jerusalem and we must give 
an account of our stewardship. 

A view from the top reveals, also, a special and singular 
ministry afforded our Fellowship. We do have something 
to share, a cause around which to rally. The Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, with its unique association of 
churches, provides a extraordinaryily designed vehicle for 
accomplishing church growth in America. Although loosely 
knit, there is a common denominator which supplies the 



cohesive element so necessary for expansion. We must 
commit ourselves, again, to "reproducing after our kind." 
Such an environment of commonality and unanimity make 
a fertile field for outreach and development. Being "Grace 
Brethren" is more than a name to bear, it's a ministry to 
share. 

A view from the top discloses a program for such growth. 
It's not enough to agree on certain points of doctrine or 
even to possess desire to propagate them but one must 
have, also, the engine with which to power the entire opera- 
tion. Within our Fellowship, there are three significant en- 
tities, each able to perform a distinct and separate func- 
tion in church growth. There is the local church which, 
alone, must bear the brunt of supplying men and money. 
It, likewise, must be seen as holding the key to outreach, 
for it is only as the local church is imbued with the spirit 
of Missions can we hope to extend our borders. The District 
and National Home Missions organizations are there to 
assist the local church but, alone are powerless to achieve 
any worthwhile progress in the divine mandate to disciple 
this "nation." Cooperation must be the watch word for all 
those engaged in the cause of church growth. 

A view from the top with its monocular vision, however, 
does allow for the development of a strategy and plann- 
ing so necessary if we are all to pull together. Without 



Cooperation must be the 
watch word for all those 
engaged in the cause of 
church growth. 



some coordinating influence it would be too easy to 
overemphasize certain available targets but in so doing 
neglects other equally needy sections of America because 
of their obscurity and inaccessibility. The 1985 Grace 
Brethren Annual lists just 307 churches in only 33 of the 
50 states which suggests that we are far from the mark 
which our Lord has set before us. 

A view from the top furthermore reveals the incredible 
opportunites that are present with us today. In no other 
generation have we had the tremendous population ex- 
plosion which bloats our cities with candidates for the 
gospel. The uniqueness of our citizens, with its 
heterogenous diversity, makes our own land a virtual 
Foreign Mission field. Like other areas of endeavor, we now 
must "specialize" in the field of growth. 

Church development in America once was pretty much 
characterized by a WASP philosophy. We must now ac- 
cept the fact that people do not melt into one great 
homogeneous unit upon arrival in the United States, but 
tend to retain much of their social and cultural background. 
If we as a Fellowship, are to make significant inroads into 
these culturally isolated cul de sacs, we must rethink our 
methods and our philosophy. We must be prepared to 
change, not only our thinking, but our programming as 
well. 

Perhaps, more startling than all else in our view from 
the top is the realization that from "up here," it is all 



perspective and vision. The action lies back down in the 
valley! A pause at the summit allows for a careful perusal 
of the full picture but no crisis is ever solved from such a 
vantage point. What is needed at this juncture in our history 
is a personal and individual assessment of our response 
to the Great Commission. Such an analysis will certainly 
result in a renewed determination for each one to become 
involved in our Lord's program. 

It is wonderful to read in the Word how the early 
believers went everywhere preaching the Word and as a 



We must be prepared to 
change, not only our think- 
ing, but our programming as 
well. 



result new churches sprung up throughout the known 
world, but we must not rest upon the laurels of yesterday. 
We have no persecution to thrust us out into new areas 
but must rely, totally, upon personal commitment. This 
necessitates an ongoing emphasis on church planting in 
America. We live in a world of "instant" everything but 
churches are neither incidental nor accidental, they are the 
result of carefully planned strategies and prayerfully sup- 
ported programs. 

The planting and establishing of new churches is not just 
the historic record of yesterday's efforts but it is today's task 
and tomorrow's hope. The planting and establishing of new 
churches is everybody's business. It must not be delegated 
to any organization or institution but must remain a priori- 
ty in every believer's life. This admonition has been 
humorously but eloquently expressed in the following lines 
of wit: 

There was an important job to be done and everybody was 
sure somebody would do it. Anybody could have done 
it but nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, 
because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought 
Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody 
wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blames 
Somebody but Nobody did what Anybody could have 
done. □ 




Dr. Robert W. Thompson has 
been executive secretary of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council since July. Prior to that, 
he served as Western Field 
Secretary for the Council. He and 
his wife, Betty, live in Warsaw, 
Indiana. 



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\ Ministry Picture- The Grace B 




The Bible is an intricate part of the curriculum. 






hreii Navajo Mission and School 




Graduates are honored at a special banquet 




How do you 

fit into the 

picture? 



—Would you help sponsor a Navajo 
student? 

—Would you volunteer as a skilled worker 
for a short or long term? 

—Would you pray regularly for the staff, 
the students, and their families? 

For more information, write Supt. Larry 
Wedertz, Grace Brethren Navajo Mission, 
Counselor, New Mexico 87018 or phone 
(505) 568-4454. 



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GBHMC AUGUST 85 1 9 



Sermon 
Month CO 



Thtj 
rLordship 
°> Christ 



By William F. Tweeddale 

Pastor, Community Grace Brethren Church— Suntree 

Melbourne, Florida 

Early in April 1985, I was invited to celebrate the 20th 
anniversary of the establishment of the Grace Brethren 
Church at Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Having had part 
in the establishment of that congregation, it was a joy for 
me, a home missionary, to be invited back for such a 
wonderful time of fellowship. 

One highlight of the service was on Sunday morning, 
when the choir sang "He's Alive." Every fiber of my being 
was enthralled at the thought of Christ being alive, and I 
worshipped with the choir, thanking God for the way they 
expressed to Him what I felt. 

There is something magnificent about those moments 
of high collective worship, and the recognition of Christ 
being Lord. However, what about those of us who labor 
with congregations that are not even as large as a church 
choir; can we also express His lordship collectively? This 
is somewhat of a dilemma with the small evangelical 
church. If lordship and feeling go together, we can unders- 
tand the words of Nathan Hatch, associate professor of 
history at the University of Notre Dame: 

"Clearly a trend in the last ten years (among 
evangelicals) are to take liturgy more seriously." At 
the same time, he said, many Catholics are moving 
in a more evangelical direction. 1 

An article in Christianity Today describes the agony 
Thomas Howard went through in his conversion to Roman 
Catholicism. (Howard is a professor of English at Gordon 
College, the son of Philip Howard of Sunday School Times 
fame, and the brother of Elisabeth Elliot.) He came to a 
place in his life where he appreciated the liturgy, and the 
indentification of something monumental on earth, like the 
Catholic-Church, with the Lordship of Christ. 

I was disturbed as this scholar continually opted to the 
statements of men for answers to difficult questions. One 
question concerned a period of time in church history when 
three men vied for the office of the pope. Howard's reply 
was "I would refer you to a canon lawyer on that question." 2 

Seeking final authority for the states of our soul in the 
writings of men or the dictates of the church trouble those 
of us who believe in the "Living Word." We feel that only 



our Lord can govern such matters, and our appeal is always 
to Him. This is what the Lordship of Christ is all about. 

A. W. Tozer's "An Anthology" 3 does not even list a main 
reference to the Lordship of Christ because of his many 
subjects, from "activity" to "youth," imply the Lordship of 
Christ. It is an appeal to the Word of God rather than to 
experience. 

George Duncan in a sermon, "If I Wash Thee Not," 4 
touches the heart of the matter of Lordship in describing 
what happened when Christ instituted the feet washing ser- 
vice. I want to share some thoughts from this great ser- 
mon on John 13:2-10. 

Firstly, Peter was a man with "Defiled Feet." 5 We must 
reflect for a moment on Peter who had reached a place 
of privilege having been with the Lord. Yet it was this man 
that the Lord told needed his feet washed for he had pick- 
ed up defilement along the road. Only as we recognize our 
own unworthyness can we really know the need for Christ 
being Lord of our lives. If we think we can handle it "very 
well, thank you," we will never totally recognize Christ as 
Lord. 

Secondly, Peter was a man with a "Defiant Heart." 6 Peter 
said "not my feet." We see the same kind of pride that keeps 
every one of us from allowing Christ to be absolute Lord 
of our lives. It is His word, His life, His being that we desire 
even in some of those things which may even be unseem- 
ly to the world. 

Peter's fight with the absolute Lordship of Christ in his 
life was a continual battle. Many years after the incident 
in the upper room, the Lord gave him a vision of the things 
that God allowed him to eat. Peter cried out, "Not so Lord" 
(Acts 10:14). 

Someone said this is an impossible combination of 
words, for either Peter would have to cross out "not so," 
or Lordship does not receive response from feelings, or 
traditions, or theological ideas. Lordship must have 
response in the believer to the Word of God alone. 

Lastly, Duncan says Peter was a man with a "Desperate 
Cry." 7 "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my 
head." 

Just think what went through the mind of Simon Peter 
when he heard "no part with me." The true believer has 
the same response. Can we claim that Christ is our Lord? 
Do we look to Him for direction in our lives? Is He really 
Lord? 

Christ is not only Lord in collective matters of church 
worship, he is Lord in those little places of life. He is Lord 
in our families, in our quiet times, in those solitary places 
of ministry. As Tozer's Anthology implies, there is not special 
reference for the Lordship of Christ for it permeates every 
fiber of our being. □ 

1. Randy Frame, "Well-Known Evangelical Author Thomas 
Howard Converts to Catholicism," Christianity Today, May 17, 
1985, page 46. 

2. Ibid., page 55. 

3. H. Verploegh, ed., A. W. Tozer — An Anthology, (Camp 
Hill, Pennsylvania: Christian Publications, 1984.) 

4. Rev. George B. Duncan, /// Wash Thee Not, ed. Herbert 
Stevenson Keswick's Authentic Voice, (Grand Rapids: Zonder- 
van Publishing House, 1959), pages 239-244. 

5. Ibid., page 240. 

6. Ibid., page 241. 

7. Ibid., page 243. 



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was this — that they never 
set anything to rights but destroyed it instead. When a dish was 
dirty they did not wash it, they broke it; and when their clothes 
were dirty they burned them." — C.S. Lewis' Pilgrim's Regress. 

It seems a normal basement — bare bulb light caught in 
cobwebs, the singular, patient (and almost sad) smell of 
moisture and cement; long sunless shadows practicing impossi- 
ble angles; the thick, brown arms of an unfired furnace, asbestos 
snakes. 

But Kip Normand knows that this is no normal room. He's 
no casual observer. As historical consultant for the Winona Lake 
Christian Assembly, he has lost hours, even summer days in 
this cellar. 

"You don't often find places like this anymore."Normand says. 
"It's kind of like Tutankhamen's tomb down here." 

"If there is anything that makes me sick, it is to have some 
red- nosed, buttermilk-eyed, beetle-browed, peanut-brained, 
stall-fed old saloon keeper say that he wouldn't be in business 
if it were not for the church members voting for him. Hell is 
so full of such church members that their feet are sticking out 
of the windows." — from a sermon by Rev. Billy Sunday. 

Billy Sunday, Kip Normand thinks, was shy. Really. This, the 
evangelist who spoke to an estimated 100 million people over 
a 40-year ministry. The preacher-acrobat who needed a rub- 
down after every sermon. 

"The impression I get is that when he was by himself that 
he was quiet, shy and nervous. He didn't act very well in the 
company of strangers." 

But give Sunday a Bible and a stage and a couple of thou- 
sand of people and things would change. 

"He was electric," Normand says. 

Or so he thinks. It's impossible to know for sure. Billy Sun- 
day is dead. What are left are hints, scattered mostly in Winona 
Lake, Indiana where his home still stands. Hints from the elderly 



Billy Sunday was a man who made an im- 
pact. On the community, on the nation, its 
moral and spiritual fibre, and, above all, on 
individual souls, forever. 




Kip Normand, a recent Grace College grad, gains practical experier 



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iseum curator at the Billy Sunday home. 



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folk who recall childhood memories; 
hints from biographies of the 
"glorious saint;" hints from Sunday's 
study, which contains a near Who's 
Who of autographed pictures and at 
least one letter from Billy to his 
daughter which begins: "Dear 
Lambie Pie;" hints from Billy's ser- 
mon outlines written in his own 
handwriting. 

And, of course, hints from a mus- 
ty basement. 

lAJhat is knowledge too but 
recorded experience, and a product 
of history: of which, therefore, 
reasoning and belief, no less than ac- 
tion and passion, are essential 
materials?" — Thomas Carlyle. 

Kip is unusual. He drives, when he 
can get it, a black MG — the kind 
with cartoon headlights. He owns a 
Victrola. He wears Coke bottle spec- 
tacles. He probably wouldn't know 
Mr. T from all the tea in China. He 
wants to be, one day, the curator of 
a museum. 

He gets excited by Confederate 
dollar bills or a ticket to the 1932 
Olympics or a dust-covered Lind- 



bergh medallion. The past plays a 
major role in his present. 

He wearies of television and pom- 
pus attitudes and the neglect of our 
heritage. History, he says, is not 
something to destroy or ignore, but 
to enrich. 

"I guess most people have the im- 
pression that people in the past were 
stupid," he says. "That they didn't 
know as much as we do because 
they didn't have computers." 

Eventually, Kip would like to 
become a history teacher: "I would 
like to go out on a bit of a crusade 
against boring history teachers," Kip 
says. 

This fall, Kip plans to further that 
desire. Having received his BA in 
speech from Grace College this past 
May, he will begin studying 
American history and museum work 
on the graduate level in the 
American Studies Program at Notre 
Dame University. 

So, when the job came open for 
a temporary curator at the Billy Sun- 
day Home, Kip jumped at the 
chance. Kip has always been in- 



terested in the rich history of Winona 
Lake; he now had the opportunity to 
study one of its claims to fame. 

"This job is perfect," Kip says, 
standing in the middle of a basement 
on a sunny summer day. 

^ome of the biggest lies ever 
told are to be found on gravestones." 
— Rev. Billy Sunday. 

Billy Sunday's living room is quiet. 
Late afternoon sun in window 
streams, slow dust traps. A pair of 
Billy's spectacles, throws a shadow 
into the past. The clocks, tapping 
monotones, don't agree. 10:40, the 
one. 12:42, another. 3:47, a third. At 
least two are deceptions. 

The Victrola waits. Doodle-Doo- 
Doo-Fox-Trot (La, Ra, La, La) by the 
Benson Orchestra of Chicago is not 
spinning. There are floral prints on 
the furniture, olive grays and dark 
greens and browns. The sun settles 
in. Wood and felt and crystal and 
shadows. 

The silence is the color of old 
paper, It is mostly fragile and 
unbroken. 

There are hints of screams from 



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distant voices. In black-and-white, in 
a desk drawer, Billy preaching, yell- 
ing, jumping. In his study, a sermon 
outline: Something about a "Frizzle 
headed sizzie." On a hallway wall, 
Ma's painting of three horses, pop- 
ped veins and sunken light. In a col- 
lection, a autographed picture from 
Cecil B. Demille: "To the only man 
that works harder than I do." Next to 
Teddy Roosevelt, John D. Rockfeller, 
Bob Jones, Homer Rodeheaver. 

A recipe for hoarseness: V2 cup of 
good apple vinegar, a lump of but- 
ter the size of a bantam egg, 3 A teas- 
poon black pepper ... A picture of 
the Sundays in a parade to burn the 
Kaiser in effigy . . . Billy's Chicago 
White Stockings uniform, the year 
they won the pennant in 1885 . . . 
A reply from John Wanamaker: "In- 
to our silent home/ the stillest ever 
— came quickly, / your comforting 
message of remembrance, / which 
helped us to bear the / unutterable 
sorrow of our hearts." A newspaper 
clipping about the sawdust trail: 135 
cities, 38 states, 80 million people; 
"in his favorite game of soul winn- 
ing." 

Every Bible is open to Isaiah 61:1; 
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon 
me because the Lord has annointed 
me to bring good news to the af- 
flicted; he has sent me to bind up the 
broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to 
the captives, and freedom to 
prisoners;" 

For those who have an ear for 
history, the house shouts of 
knowledge. 

1/ men could learn from history, 
what lessons it might teach us! But 
passion and party blind our eyes, 
and the light which experience gives 
is a lantern on the stern, which shines 
only on the waves behind us!" — 
Coleridge. 

Kip Normand is looking, more 




"The Spirit of the Lord 
God is upon me because 
the Lord has annointed me 
to bring good news to the 
afflicted;" Isaiah 61:1 



history, but made it. Partly because 
he was part of a fascinating and 
beautiful time in Winona Lake's 
history. Partly because of the elec- 
tricity he generated. Partly because 
of the people he touched. 

He doesn't want his image 
glorified or horrified. He wants to 
know him, as much as it is possible, 
as he was. 

"The impression that I get of Billy 
was that he was very earthy," Kip 
says, "He really seemed to have a 
passion for people." 

There is a story that impressed Kip 
about Sunday. After finishing a series 
of meetings in New York, Sunday 
was making a deposit to a skeptical 
teller. Of the thousands of dollars in 
deposits, there was a $5 check from 
an old widow. The teller refused to 
cash the check, stating that the old 
widow's account was already over- 



drawn and that she owed $1,500 on 
a mortgage. He wanted to embarrass 
Billy. Calmly, Sunday wrote on a 
piece of paper, which he handed to 
the teller. It was a check for $1,500. 
The teller was bewildered: "What is 
this for?" he asked. "Friend," Billy 
says, "have you never read in the 
great book of what a man of means 
is supposed to do about orphans and 
widows?" Billy left. 

The man was later converted. 

But Billy wasn't perfect. One of his 
children, who had served on the 
evangelistic team, started drinking 
and later committed suicide. For 
Billy, the hurt lasted until the grave. 

Billy Sunday was a man who 
made an impact. On the communi- 
ty, which was known at the time as 
the "Christian Resort" of the coun- 
try; on the nation, its moral and 
spiritual fibre, and, above all, on in- 
dividual souls, forever. 

Kip Normand would like to know 
him. He digs up images instead of 
bones. 

"I consider myself a bit of an ar- 
chaeologist," Kip says, "there is a 
sense of mystery in what I do. You 
never know what could be in the 
next box I open or the next closet I 
look into. It is fascinating." 

Kip Normand is in the base- 
ment. Outside, the sun collects 
frisbees. Kip sorts through a box. 
Maybe junk. Maybe a glimpse. The 
damp stones of a foundation sur- 
round him. D 

Tburs of the Billy Sunday Home 
are available from 1 to 5 p.m. 
weekdays. Appointments for tours 
can also be made by calling Ron 
Busch (219-372-5239) or the Billy 
Sunday Home (219-372-5286). 
Cost for the tour is $1.25'per per- 
son. The home is located at 111 
Sunday Lane, Winona Lake, 
Indiana. 




Given By: 

Mr. & Mrs. Neil Paden 
Harrah Brethren Church 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Shipley 
Rev. & Mrs. Dean McFadden 
Harold Peugh 



In Memory of: 

Mr. Verne Ferguson 
Mr. Verne Ferguson 
Michael Alexander 
Mr. Everette Smith 
Mr. Verne Ferguson 
Lula De Moss 



GRACE 



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Prayer — 
Your Lifeline 
to the Father 



by Nora Macon 



Prayer. 

It's something we all know we 
should do. Not only that, we should 
want to do it. We should look forward 
to times of prayer. We should be in an 
attitude of prayer. 

Yet praying is often the very last 
thing we do. It's difficult to discipline 
ourselves to pray. What a sad paradox. 

Oh, we'll take the time to whisk off 
a prayer before meals (which in public 
can be accompanied by dropping a 
napkin or rubbing the eyes). We'll 
sometimes even pray before we go to 
bed. But usually it's for Aunt Bessie's 
arm or "all the missionaries" or for a 
good day tomorrow. 

And those aren't bad things to pray 
for, in and of themselves. But do we 
really care? 

Prayer is our lifeline to God. When 
you don't communicate with some- 
one, the relationship slackens, falters, 
and even dies. How often do we tell 
God how we're feeling, what's going 
on in our lives, how we need His help? 
How many times do we pray about 
another person's needs, struggles, and 
desires? That takes time! 

Prayer. A lifeline. 

What is a lifeline? Picture a moun- 
tain climber rapelling down a sheer 
cliff. Only a rope holds him as he 
swings out above the valley. His safe- 
ty (even his life) is dependent upon 
that rope. If it should fray or be worn 
thin on a jagged rock, it could break 
and the mountain climber would 
plunge to an almost certain death. His 
lifeline had broken. 

Or what about a patient, pale on 
hospital sheets, connected to a 
breathing apparatus. The thin plastic 
tubing carries the essential oxygen to 
his lungs. That is his lifeline, for if the 
tubing was removed, he would stop 
breathing. 

This year in WMC, we will be study- 
ing prayer. It's an important issue to us 
all. Just think what would happen if 
all the WMC ladies in the States 




banded together and began to pray, 
earnestly pray. What an impact on our 
churches, on our Fellowship, on the 
world! 

Our mission studies will convey the 
importance of personal prayer in our 
missionaries' lives. They will be shar- 
ing personal prayer needs and specific 
answers to prayer. These could help 
your circle develop an active growing 
prayer ministry for a missionary. 

On Holy Ground, by Kirkie Mor- 
rissey, is our study book. She deals 
with the various aspects of prayer and 
how it can change our (and others') 
lives. 

Let this new WMC year be a 
challenge to you. Be open and 
vulnerable. God has some great things 
in store for you. 

And let us take our theme verse and 
make it a reality in our lives. Prayer 



does make a difference! 

"Devote yourselves to prayer, keep- 
ing alert in it with an attitude of 
thanksgiving" Colossians 4:2. □ 

WMC Operation and Publication 

Expenses 

Goal: $10,000 

This is the offering that keeps WMC 
running! Even though National WMC 
does not have office headquarters, it 
does have office expenses. Stationary, 
paper, phone calls, some travel, etc. 
is all needed to keep WMC going. 

Last year a special offering was 
taken to get this fund back in the black. 
Help us keep in the black by faithfully 
giving to the Operation and Publica- 
tion Fund. 

Send this offering before September 
10, 1985. 



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— The Southern California-Arizona District 
WMC's newsletter is called the Write Up. Now 
this district is producing the Mini Write Up— a 
shortened (usually one page), monthly version. 
What a great way to keep WMC ladies in- 
formed on what's currently happening! The 
"mini" version contains a brief word from the 
District President, current prayer and praise re- 
quests, updates on district projects, SMM news, 
news from local WMC's, and advertisements 
for the fall retreat. 

— When you hear about a missionary or 
special guest who will be speaking in your area, 
contact that person and see if he/she would be 
able to meet with your WMC group. Then, 
organize a meeting for your ladies, even though 
it might not be on your regular meeting night. 
Take advantage of visiting speakers! 

— At your Fall District Rally, consider hav- 
ing training sessions (15 minutes) for local of- 
ficers. Have the respective district officers lead 
the sessions. The Florida District has done this 
and says it is a great help to local ladies. 

— The Mid Atlantic District WMC sponsors 
a family night every year. Various themes 
(Hawaiian, Western, etc.) are featured, and the 
costumes, food, and program revolve around 
the theme. It's a great way to introduce your 
family to WMC. 




No One Can Be Found 



Ever feel like giving up? 
Life really isn't fair 
People, people come and go 
But no one gives a care. 

You miss friendships of the past, 
They just let you down. 
Try to find a person's help 
But no one can be found. 

There's One who feels your hurt, 
One who's always near. 
He can mend your broken heart 
From all the worldly fear. 

Call on Jesus — He's the One 
To come running to your aid, 
Pull you from the nagging hurt 
That only Satan made. 
— Karl Immel 

Karl Immel is one of our MKs in the Central 
African Republic. His poem expresses a feel- 
ing that everyone has at various times in his 
life. But Karl has found the answer— Jesus 
Christ. 



^Missionary ^itrtfjbaus 
October 1985 

(If no address listed, the address can be found 
in the 1985 Brethren Annual, pages 38-40.) 
Brazil 

Rev. Tim Farner Oct 1 

Rev. George Johnson Oct 5 

Rev. Ed Miller, Jr. Oct 8 

Mrs. Imogene Burk Oct 18 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Sharon Stalker Oct 8 

Rev. Marvin Goodman Oct. 22 

Japan 

Rev. Cecil O'Dell Oct 1 

Mrs. Nancy Graham Oct 10 

Mexico 

Mrs. Rosa Churchill Oct 4 

Philippines 

Mrs. Vivien Ruiz Oct 2 

In the United States 

Cristi Sharp Oct 11. 1983 

Aaron Green Oct 12, 1983 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy Oct 18 

Mrs. Ruth Snyder Oct 20 

David Crandall Oct 26. 1970 

Rev. Bob Skeen Oct 31 



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BMH 

NEWS REPORT 



Change \bur Annual 



Charles Flowers, 7777 St. Route No. 127, Camden, OH 
4531 1 / Michael Funderburg, 13626 84th St., S.E., Alto, 
Ml 49302 / Thomas Goossens, 1 15 Oak St., Conemaugh, 
PA 15909 / Kevin Huggins, 85 Goodhue Dr., Akron, OH 
44313 / Nathan Leigh, 952044 Waikalani PI., No. C202, 
Wahiawa, HI 96786 / Thomas Mahaffey, 250 Philadel- 
phia Ave., Waynesboro, PA 17268 / Paul Mutchler, 616 
N.W. 21st St., Wilton Manors, FL 33311 / D. Richard 
Robbins, 101 Diamond Mill, Clayton, OH 45315 / Ralph 
Robinson, R. 1, Box 195, Nebo, NC 28761 / John 
Schumacher, Post Chapel, Fort Richardson, AK 99505 / 
Robert Smoker, P.O. Box 1232, Stowe, VT 05672 / 
Greg Stamm, 1410 Sheridan Dr., Apt. 16B, Lancaster, OH 
43130 / Warren Tamkin, 8 Seasons Dr., Memphord 
Estates, Dillsburg, PA 17019 / J. Ward Tressler, 5230 
Greencroft Dr., Dayton, OH 45426 / Scott L. Weaver, 
3235 Rue Voltaire, Apt. 922, South Bend, IN 46615 / 
William Willard, 1020 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543 / All 
mail for the GBC of Denver, CO, should be sent to 700 
S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219 / The new address 
for the Eagle Creek Grace Brethren Church is: 7001 W. 
46th St., Indianapolis, IN 46254 / All mail for the 
Frederick, MD, church should be sent to: Mr. Wayne 
Tucker, 416 Biggs Ave., Frederick, MD 21701. 



Marriages 



Deaths 



Clark, Alvera, 80. Grace Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Robert 
Spicer, pastor. 

Denlinger, Mary, 63. Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, St. 
Petersburg, FL. Randy Weekley, pastor. 

Fosbenner, Paul, 76. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Tel- 
ford, PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 

Harbaugh, Blanche, 98. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD. 
Ray Davis, pastor. 

Kearns, Janice, 51. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, 
PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 

Lynn, Mrs. Artie M., 95. She was the widow of the late Rev. 
Archie Lynn who had served in pastorates in Pennsylvania, 
Virginia, and California. The memorial service was held at the First 
Brethren Church of Buena Vista, VA, with Pastors Lester Kennedy 
and Ron Thompson officiating. 

Mills, Harry, 87. He had served as an usher, trustee and deacon of 
the Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, VA. 
Ron Thompson, pastor. 

Parr, Marcus, 82. He was a member of the Bethel Brethren Church 
in Berne, IN, where Larry Edwards serves as pastor. The memorial 
service was held in the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, IN. Charles Ashman, pastor, officiated at the 
service. 

Schaadt, Luella, 76. Bethel Brethren Church in Berne, IN. Larry 
Edwards, pastor. 



Christine Frank and Steven Moyer, June 22. Penn Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Telford, PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 
Anne Goodman and Robert Hoy, June 29. Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, IN. Allen Edgington, pastor. 
Jan Hawley and Charles Deatherage, June 29. River City Grace 
Community Church, Sacramento, CA. Tom Lynn, pastor. 
Jeanette Sowers and Tom Flanagan. Grace Brethren Church of 
St. Petersburg, FL. Randy Weekley, pastor. 

Audra Travis and Rob Hagar, June 29. Penn Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Telford, PA. Roger Wambold, pastor. 
Connie Whitcomb and Mark Rosendahl, April 13. Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN. Connie is the daughter 
of Dr. John C. Whitcomb. Charles Ashman, pastor. 

□ The Grace Brethren Church of Waldorf, MD, dedicated 
their new facility on June 15. 

□ Dave Johnson, Yakima County Sheriff Deputy and 
member of the Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, WA, was 
alerted by a plea for help coming from his patrol car's 
CB radio early one morning. The plea was coming from 
a husband rushing his wife to the local hospital for the 
delivery of a child. It was obvious the husband would 
never make it in time so Mr. Johnson ordered the husband 
to stop and in less than three minutes a healthy baby boy 
was born in their pickup cab. 

Just the week before, Dave, a certified E.M.T., had 
decided to stow all his medical supplies and gear in the 
trunk of his new patrol car, so everything was there when 
needed. This is the second "on the road" delivery made 
by Dave— Submitted by Pastor Chuck Winter 




□ David K. Hobert was ordained to the Christian ministry 
at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, 
IN, on May 9. Pastor Charles Ashman presided at the serv- 
ice and Dave's father-in-law. Rev. Raymond Thompson 
from the Navajo Mission, gave the message. Others partici- 
pating in the service were: Ron Kinley, Dave's brother-in- 
law; Larry Chamberlain, Rev. Wendell Kent and Rev. 
John Zielasko. Rev. Donald Ogden and Mrs. Miriam 
Pacheco provided special music. 

□ Jonathan Hutching and Richard Martin graduated from 
the Ohio University. Jonathan received the Bachelor of 
Arts in Political Science (with honors), and Richard the 
Bachelor of Science in Communications. They both re- 
ceived commissions as Second Lieutenants in the Army.— 
Submitted by Percy Miller, pastor. West Alexandria, OH 



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D Steve Burns has resigned from his position of associate 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of Buena Vista, VA, 
and has moved to Sunnyside, WA, to take up his work 
for the Lord at that place. Anyone interested in the 
position at Buena Vista, VA, should contact the church 
at 100 E. 29th Street, Buena Vista, VA 24416. 




□ Pictured above are the participants in the groundbreak- 
ing service held for the new Clear Lake Camp facility 
which is located near Harrah, WA. Left to right: Pastor 
Richard Cron, Mr. Lyle Taylor, Pastor Chuck Winter, 
Pastor Dale Hostetler, Mr. Mel Curfman, Mr. Don Cowles 
and Mr. Ron Curfman with his son. 

□ The Florfda District of our Fellowship has decided to 
divide their district into three at their conference in 
April. Their plan will be presented for approval at the 
national conference in Colorado. 



□ Alan Mangum has resigned at the Third Brethren 
Church of Philadelphia, PA. Therefore, the church "is 
looking for a pastor who would be called by God to an 
innercity work." 

□ Ron Smals was ordained to the Christian ministry at 
the Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, IN. 
Pastor Ron Guiles (Bethlehem, PA, and father-in-law of 
Ron Smals) officiated at the service. 

□ "J. Norman Mayer, senior pastor of the Calvary GBC in 
Hagerstown, MD, has announced the appointment of two 
men of that church as licensed ministers. With the excel- 
lent cooperation of the examination committee of the 
Mid-Atlantic District ministerium, J. William Kesecker, 
Jr., and Robert O. Bitner were received into their new 
roles in March and June, respectively. 

Mr. Kesecker, a graduate of Asbury College and Trinity 
Evangelical Divinity School with graduate studies at Johns 
Hopkins University, has been serving for two years as the 
assistant pastor with special emphasis on youth ministries. 
Mr. Bitner, an alumnus of Houghton College and Dallas 
Seminary, has served as a missionary to Haiti for over 
20 years with Unevangelized Fields Missions. Presently on 
leave of absence from that society, he continues to 
minister to migrant Haitian farm workers in the four-state 
area surrounding Hagerstown, and also serves as vice 
moderator of the church."— Submitted by the Calvary 
GBC of Hagerstown, MD 



The Scriptures Command . . . 




. . . that our Fellowship support the Board 
of Ministerial Emergency and retirement 
benefits! Well, at least it does say that the 
ministry conducted by this conference ap- 
pointed board should be done. 

Paul reminds us in I Timothy 5:8 "but if any provide not 
for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath 
denied the faith, and is worse that an infidel." Out retired 
pastors still have their membership in our Fellowship. They 
belong to us. This certainly is saying that we are to take care 
of their needs. They have spent many years treading out the 
corn and now are worthy of their reward. 

The Apostle James trumpets that same cause when he 
says "pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father 
is this, to visit ... the widows in their affliction ..." It would 
appear that one of their greatest afflictions is that of having 
their material needs met during the time of old age and retire- 
ment. Much is said in scripture about taking care of the 
widows. Someone needs to do the job. Our board can do it 
if you will help. Send your contributions for these ministries 
to Pastor Clair Brickel, 14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd., 
Brookville, Ohio 45309. 



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Many times they're 
young people. Teens 
looking for direction. 
Full of enthusiasm. 
So eager to live for 
Christ. 

Sometimes they're 
senior saints. Not 
wanting to be forgot- 
ten. Still anxious to 
minister and serve. 

Hardly a month 
passes that we don't 
help pastors. Sharing 
fresh ideas. Bringing 
encouragement. 
Listening. Assisting. 

We're GBC Christian 
Education. Ministry is 
our middle name. We 
help teens, col- 
legians, husbands 
and wives, families, 
children, Sunday 
school teachers, and 
church leaders and 
workers. 

We're growing. Im- 
proving. Stepping out 
in faith. Allowing God 
to expand our vision. 
We're excited. And 
we're doing all of this 
with you in mind. 
We're hoping to help 
you . . . and your 
ministry. 



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>omething exciting happened 
to CE on May 1, 1985. After 19 
months of prayer and planning and a 
unanimous vote by the CE board of 
directors, Ed Lewis was appointed 
executive director. 

"Ed was the choice of many board 
members back in 1983 when we first 
considered names for executive direc- 
tor," says Brad Skiles, administrator 
for CE. Skiles, who worked closely 
with the board in this decision, adds, 
"When we first approached Ed, the 
timing wasn't right. I think it took us 
this long to identify our needs and 
for God to lead Ed in this direction, 
too.' ' 

Known throughout the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches for his 
work with youth, Ed has ministered 
in almost every Grace Brethren 
church. Following four years as assis- 
tant pastor and youth director at the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 
and graduation from Grace Seminary, 
Ed joined the CE staff in 1973. As 
Director of Youth Ministries, Ed led 
in the expansion of the TIME pro- 
gram, Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference, Operation Barnabas and Na- 
tional Achievement Competition. 
Through his vision and leadership, 
ministries like Nehemiah Missions, 
Euro- Missions Institute, Timothy 
Teams, CE Youth Programs and Na- 
tional Youth Worker's Conference 
have been started. 

In 1982, after recognizing the 
number of Operation Barnabas alum- 



Welcome to our Future! 



With the new appointment of Ed Lewis 

as Executive Director, exciting changes are 

happening at CE. But one thing hasn't 

changed. We're still hoping to help! 



ni and TIME veterans who were 
entering careers in missions, Ed 
responded to God's leading by join- 
ing the staff of Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions. Serving in a half- 
time arrangement with both CE and 
FMS, Ed has developed a unique 
ministry of motivating young people 
toward missions through his work at 



CE and then working with many of 
those same people as Director of Per- 
sonnel for FMS. 

With his new position as executive 
director, Ed continues his half-time 
arrangement with FMS. His respon- 
sibilities at Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions have not changed and con- 
tinue to complement his CE ministry. 

A half-time executive director is 
not a new situation for CE. But with 
Ed's move into areas of children and 
adult ministries— becoming responsi- 
ble for the entire vision and ministry 
of CE— reciprocal changes are occur- 
ring throughout the Christian Educa- 
tion office and ministry. 

"I feel good about continuing half- 
time with both boards," says Ed. 
"With Brad's help as administrator 
and the addition of a director in 
youth leadership, it will work.' ' 

As executive director, Ed will still 
oversee some youth areas. He con- 
tinues to be responsible for Opera- 
tion Barnabas and will travel with 
these ministry teams during the 
summer months. The Training In 
Missionary Endeavor (TIME) program 
and Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference also remain under his direct 
leadership. Since all three ministries 
are administrated by others, Ed will 
have the freedom to develop and im- 
prove helps for pastors, Sunday 
school teachers, children's workers, 
lay leaders and others who are 
touched by CE ministries. 

The gap that Ed leaves in youth 
areas is filled by Dave Atkins. As 
Director of Youth Leadership, Dave's 
primary ministry is working with 
youth pastors and lay youth 
sponsors. 

Known in the Northcentral Ohio 
district for his seven years as youth 
pastor at the Mansfield, Ohio, Wood- 
ville Grace Brethren Church, Dave 
has a successful track record in 
youth ministry. 

"At Mansfield," Ed says, "Dave 
started with almost no kids and grew 
the ministry to over 100 youth and 
staff. 

"He has a heart for God. He verb- 
alizes his faith. His ministry is 'out 
there' with kids. And he will make a 
great director of youth leadership in 
helping us stimulate our Fellowship 
to growth." 

More than leadership positions are 
changing at CE. So is the vision. 



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Vision Comes From God 



J. hen, leaders make it happen. 

Maybe it's a desire for excellence 
that makes them want to improve 
ministries. Certainly, it's a deep com- 
mitment to give God free rein in 
their lives. To place no limits on how 
God can work through their lives 
and ministry, that's their goal. 

Ed, Dave and Brad are leading 
their staff in looking for ways to im- 
prove, expand, excel and help. 

"Our potential is great," says Ed 
Lewis, executive director for CE. 
"People want to back a program 
with goals and vision. Vision is the 
key and God is developing that in 
our office staff. Our staff is strong in 
having a heart for God and there's 
an inner core that is evident." 

At an early hour each week, as 
travel schedules permit, the three CE 
directors meet for a time of prayer. 
They pray for each other, CE staff 
and ministries, other boards and the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship. That's 
where they find their vision. 

"Ed and I started praying together 
like this in December of last year,' ' 
says Brad Skiles. "It's changed my 
life and I've seen Ed grow, too. It 
knitted our hearts and was the best 
thing for our ministry. When Dave 
came in July we began the same 
kind of prayer schedule and already 
have seen God use that in our lives." 

The vision they are running with 
includes an evangelism thrust. "We 
recognize that even though we have 
outstanding youth ministries," says 
Ed, "they are all geared to church 
kids. Yet in America, this is the first 
'post-Christian generation' where 
kids are completely ignorant of the 
Gospel and don't know the truth 
about the Lord. We need to make 
some changes in our ministries and 
set the pace for thinking evangelism 
and vision and stimulating our 
churches in those areas." 

Like the quality programs CE has 
developed for youth and pastors, the 
staff is anxious to expand their work 
to include ministries to grass- root 
church leaders and workers. In the 
works are teacher training helps for 
Sunday schools, specialized training 
and certification for professional and 




Ed Lewis 

Executive Director 

' 'I believe God has an ex- 
citing future ahead for us. 
This office belongs to Him. 
If we really believe that, 
it'll affect everything we 
do." 



lay youth workers, and a video 
library for teaching and training at 
home as well as in churches. 

Wanting to build on the successful 
programs already in existence, the 
CE leaders are approaching additions 
carefully. The fall months will be 
strategic as priority time will be 




Dave Atkins 

Director of Youth Leadership 

' T look back on my life and 
see how God has prepared 
me for this ministry. I'm 
thrilled to be a part of this 
team and God's plan." 



given to planning, evaluating and 
organizing. 

"We have big dreams that God has 
given us," says Ed. "But we also 
recognize our limitations with time, 
staff and resources. As we expand 
and improve, we're committed to 
only starting what we can finish and 
keeping the quality of all our pro- 
grams strong. Many of our dreams 
require a lot of prayer and faith as 
we trust God to provide the 
necessary resources for this expand- 
ing ministry." 




Brad Skiles 

Director of Administration 

"I'm so pleased with Ed's 
leadership and the addition 
of Dave. These changes 
have been a great en- 
couragement and challenge 
to me and our staff." 



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"This new direction is great! You're a 
personal challenge to me, Ed, and will 
be a tremendous executive director. I'm 
glad you're keeping your Foreign Mis- 
sions tie. That's such an important link 
for youth. And as a youth pastor, I can't 
wait to draw from Dave. His heart for 
evangelism and fresh ideas are exactly 
what I need." 

Dan Allan, Youth Pastor 

Ashland, Ohio 



Comments We've Received 



"Ed's our man! He was our first choice 
and I'm glad we waited for God's timing. 
He has great ideas for what God can do 
through CE. These are going to be ex- 
citing years ahead!" 

Paul Mutchler, Pastor 

Chairman of CE Executive Search 
Committee 



"The board has made a good choice, Ed. 
You're the right man! This means a lot 
to me personally, just in relation to con- 
fidence in the department and in your 
ministry being extended even wider. It is 
a joy because of how I respect your 
ministry spirit and abilities and 
character! ' ' 

Knute Larson, Pastor 

Former Executive Director 



"I rejoice that Ed has accepted the 
challenge of directing the CE ministry. It 
has been my thought for some time that 
Ed would make a natural leader for us. 
He has proven himself a visionary leader 
of workers. I believe the Lord's timing is 
perfect and rejoice we are making this 
move.' ' 

Ray Feather, Pastor 

CE Board Member 



"I was elated to hear of your selection 
as Executive Director of CE. Your en- 
thusiasm for touching the lives of young 
and old, and the solid relationships you 
have established through the years 
should really help to solidify the 
ministry there. May God help you, Ed, 
to continue to dream greater dreams of 
what He can do through you." 

Ken Brown, Pastor 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) 



CE Office Staff 

Ed Lewis 

Executive Director 

Dave Atkins 

Director of Youth Leadership 

Brad Sidles 

Director of Administration 

Sue Rike 

SMM Coordinator 

Joe Bishop 

Timothy Teams Coordinator 

Bruce Barlow 

CE Youth Programs Editor 

Dan Thornton 

BNYC Assistant Director 

Jim Folsom 

Administrative Assistant 

Linda Phelps 

Administrative Assistant 

Steve Garcia 

Timothy Teams Assistant Coordinator 

Karen Werner 

Financial Assistant 

Valerie Byers 

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant 

Georgia Marshall 

Production Assistant 

Rosella Cochran 
Resource Room Secretary 

We recognize that your prayer support 
is your most valuable contribution to our 
ministry and essential to our expansion. 
Thank you for sharing our vision and 
concerns. 

Please Pray for . . . 

1. Ed as he leads the staff in refining 
current ministries and expanding into 
new areas. 

2. Linda, Dan and Brad as they work 
with Ed in specific areas, helping him 
balance his CE and FMS work. 

3. Dave as he begins his new ministry. 
Pray for him as he develops new ways 
for CE to assist youth workers and 
strengthen local church youth ministries. 

4. Our entire staff as we ask God to 
mold us into the men and women He 
desires us to be and then as we seek to 
be used by Him in effective ministry. 

5. Thousands of prayer partners to join 
us in our vision for aggressively reaching 
young people and shaping their futures. 
Pray that, as a team, our staff and 
prayer partners will have the faith to 
allow God to work without limits in 
enabling CE to help church and youth 
ministries. 



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Reflections By Still Waters 



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Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



The final notes of the last song had ended and 
the Brethren began their descent from the moun- 
tain. In the history books it will be listed as the 
Ninety-sixth Annual Conference of the Brethren, 
but I think it will be much more than that. Hope- 
fully, it will be the renewal of our work as Breth- 
ren. 

The main thrust of the planning of the confer- 
ence centered around the celebration of our years 
as a missionary-minded group. Our visitors at con- 
ference this year came from the whole globe- 
England, France, Germany, Africa, Argentina, 
and Brazil. 

It was appropriate that the moderator was Dr. 
Lester E. Pifer who has served so well as leader of 
the Home Missions Council for so many years. 
This being the year of his retirement from his 
Home Missions responsibilities, it was good to 
have him in the place of honor as moderator at 
the conference. 

The setting for the conference was beautiful. 
That, however, comes from someone who thinks 
the state of Colorado was one of God's special 
gifts to America. So, I am a bit partial. If you 
have not visited there, you have seen pictures 
of lakes and mountains in their very special 
beauty. So, each morning and each day brought 
an extra touch of feeling that it is good to be on 
God's beautiful earth. 

There was overhanging the conference this year 
the memory of someone who did not make it to 
national conference. Just a few days prior to the 
conference. Miss Lorrie Shaver was a passenger on 
Flight 191 for Dallas. She with 133 other passen- 
gers died in that crash on Friday evening. Lorrie 
was a graduate of Grace College and was headed 



for Colorado from her home in Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida. She was to have been commissioned on 
Wednesday evening of conference to go to 
France. A vacant chair with her picture was in 
evidence that night. She had already finished her 
work on earth when the rest of us thought she 
was just beginning. She had indeed ascended the 
mountain. 

There is something special about mountains in 
the Word of God. Throughout the Bible there 
were great events that took place in the high 
places. The Law of God came from a mountain 
and there was thunder and lightning and truth 
that has echoed through the centuries. Moses saw 
the Promised Land from a mountain! One of the 
great Bible heroes, Caleb, asked for a mountain 
for his inheritance and the privilege to remove the 
enemy and to possess it. Elijah had a mountain- 
top experience. In the New Testament the feeding 
of the 5,000 was on a mount overlooking Galilee. 
The transfiguration of Jesus took place on a 
mountain. The message of prophecy references to 
conquest and possession of God's rights speaks of 
Mountain of God. 

It is difficult to come down from the mountain 
and to head back to the daily routine. But very 
few have the privilege of living on the mountains. 
The rest of us live on great stretches of flat land 
and some in the noise of the city. But that is where 
we do our work and hopefully fulfill the will of 
God for our lives. 

Conference has ended— a few of the Brethren 
had the privilege of being on the mountain and 
enjoying the fellowship with the Brethren. We 
trust that the period of refreshment and renewing 
will result in a blessing to many. 



SEPTEMBER ' 85 



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CONTENTS 



4 Unlimited Potential 

9 Is Jesus Lord in The Bad Times? 

12 Living on the Cutting Edge 

16 Pygmies — Kings of the Jungle 

19 Guatemala — The Land of Striking Distinctions 

20 My Interrupted Letter 
22 We Saw Beautiful Feet 

24 National WMC President's Address, 1985 

26 Touch the World Through Church Planting 

28 Planting A Church in the Bible Belt 

31 How to Get Your Prayers Answered — Every Time! 

32 The Prayer Book 



BMH FEATURES 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 15, 34 • 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 

35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

The newly elected officers of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Board were: Chairman, Charles W. 
Mayes; Vice Chairman, W. A. Ogden; Secretary, 
Homer A. Kent, Sr.; Treasurer, Louis S. Bauman 
. . . The Portland, OR, campaign of Billy 
Graham reported that 384,500 persons heard 
him speak. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Ground-breaking services were held at 
Englewood, Ohio, at the site of the Grace 
Brethren Village. The speaker was Dr. Russell 
Barnard . . . There was a record-breaking at- 
tendance of 164 at the morning worship service 
of the Grace Brethren Church in Myerstown, PA. 
Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

Raymond Thompson joined the staff of the 
Brethren Navajo Mission after having served for 
13 years as administrative assistant for Brethren 
Foreign Missions . . . Stan Nairn was ordained 
to the Christian ministry at Middlebranch, Ohio. 



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matter of some changes to be made this 
winter in the Herald magazine. We appreciate 
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mentioned your concern about this subject. 
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POTENTIAL 



by Rob Wilkms 



In the lobby of a large 
Arizona motel, shut inside a 
phone booth, Tom Roy lost 
control. 

"I didn't just sob," Roy 
says, "I cried uncontrollably 
for about 15 minutes." 

His dream of being a pro- 
fessional baseball player had 
just been crushed. The San 
Francisco Giants organiza- 
tion had released him after 
he hurt his arm. 

Tom Roy had committed 
his life to baseball. During long childhood 
winters in Milwaukee, he played every day 
in the snow. Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn 
and Hank Aaron stared at him from his 
bedroom wall. He kept statistics on earned 
run averages, batting averages, homeruns, 
steals and anything else that seemed im- 
mensely important. 

"I was a fanatic," Roy says. "I lived 
baseball." 

And now the realization came hard. The 
dream had become a vapor. 

Seventeen years later, Tom Roy stands on 
a baseball diamond near Detroit. Profes- 
sional athletes surround him. In the stands 
are children. An endless chain of licorice, 
mitts, gum, hats, bubbles and whispers. 

"Is Parrish coming?" "Are you left hand- 
ed?" "\bu can be Johnny Grubb then." 
"Can we get autographs?" "Where's Lance?" 

Tom Roy loves the sight. Partly because 




Tom Roy, Director 
of Unlimited Potential 



of the energy and respect. 
Partly because he sees his 
own childhood reflected. But 
mostly because he has the 
opportunity to share with the 
children. 

About baseball, yes, and 
something more important. 
For years Tom Roy had 
nothing to live for. The 
dream of baseball was gone. 
Forever, he thought. 

"I had no purpose," Roy 
says. "None at all. I was ab- 
solutely destroyed. I really gave up on life." 
He partied because there was nothing else 
to do. He had gone to school to become a 
radio announcer. Just before he was to leave 
to take a job, he went out on a date that 
changed his life. 

"She brought a Bible along. I just about 
fell out of the car. It was sort of like — get 
that thing out of here," Roy says, crossing 
his fingers. 

Tom Roy says he had no use for God. He 
had been very religious — sang in the choir, 
served as altarboy, went through confirma- 
tion . . . that sort of thing. And God, he says, 
had honored him by denying him his dream. 
After understanding that salvation wasn't 
based on works, Tom Roy accepted Christ 
nearly IV2 years later. A personal relation- 
ship with God began to fill his life with 
purpose. 

On the recommendation of his pastor. 



"We really care about these kids," Roy explains. "And we feel 
we have something important to tell them." 



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Roy decided to come to Grace Col- 
lege. He had planned on becom- 
ing a pastor. 

God's will would have it 
differently. 

The baseball clinic was beginn- 
ing. On this particular day, it is in 
Detroit. 

There are "stations" scattered 
over the outfield. A couple of the 
Toronto Blue Jays, in town to play 
the Tigers, are at the clinic. 

Jesse Barfield, an outfielder, is 
giving a talk on hitting: "To get a 
proper grip," he explains, "is just like 
you are watering the lawn." Tony 
Fernandez, the Blue Jays' short- 
stop, is watching the kids' forms as 
they field a baseball. He struggles 
with his English: "Pretend it's a 
whopper. How do you say it? A 
Burger King Whopper." 

Two of the Tigers are also on 
hand — Frank Tananna and 
Johnny Grubb. Tananna, the 
recently acquired left hander from 
Texas, is giving a demonstration on 
pitching: "What's important for a 
pitcher?" he asks. "To throw 
strikes." Children listen intently, the 
energy of wide eyes underneath 
baseball caps. At another station 
they practice running, arms pum- 
ping — "ear to backpocket, ear to 
backpocket." The laughter carries, 
like it will on summer days. 



It is obvious that Roy and the 
players love the children. There is 
no gimmick. They are not in- 
terested in building fan clubs. There 
is no element of greed — the clinic 
is free. 

"We really care about these kids," 
Roy explains. "And we feel we have 
something important to tell them." 

Tom Roy never lost his love for 
baseball. 

Even when his dream of playing 
it professionally died. Even when 
he tried to pursue becoming a 
pastor. Even when there seemed to 
be no practical reason for that in- 
tense love. 

"I really loved the game too 
much," Roy says. "It was still close 
to being number one in my life. I 
really had a heart for spiritual 
things, but I knew baseball. I didn't 
really know the Bible. And so when 
push came to shove, I took 
baseball." 

The people at Grace College, 
however, had a tremendous impact 
on his life. 

"It was a dramatic change for 
me," Roy says. "Role models were 
probably the biggest change. I had 
been used to baseball types (as role 
models) and that kind of life — the 
self-centeredness. I was very goal 
oriented, but I saw men at Grace 
who had purpose in their lives. 




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Their lives were moving in a direc- 
tion. I came to an understanding of 
servanthood." 

He also continued to be involv- 
ed with sports. During his college 
years at Grace, Tom was the assis- 
tant softball coach. With Karen's in- 
come, (the girl with the Bible in the 
car and now his wife), the Roys 
were able to survive financially. 

In addition, Roy was beginning 
to see that sports and ministry 
could be effectively combined. 

At the time, however, he never 
anticipated the unlimited potential 
of the ministry. 

Tom Roy steps to the 
microphone near home plate. The 
kids are in the stands, anxious to 
hear. "The real reason we are here 
is to tell you about the person of 
Jesus Christ." 

Roy then asks each of the players 
to give a quick testimony of what 
Christ has meant in each of their 
lives. 

"Things aren't always easy in 
baseball," Barfield says. "There are 
a lot of pressures. But I tell you 
what, it makes it a whole lot of fun 
when you can look up and say, 
'Hey, I went 0-for-4, but somebody 
still loves me.' " 

Tananna, who signed with the 
California Angels in 1974, said he 
became a Christian after tasting the 
best of what the world had to offer. 

"I was single at the time, and I 
was living a life that everyone said 
should produce happiness. I had all 
the money, I had a real nice home, 
I partied all the time, And from the 
magazines that I was reading at the 
time, I was a success. Boy, wouldn't 
everyone like to be Frank Tananna? 

"On the outside, that's the way 
it looked. On the inside I was bar- 
ren. There was nobody home." 
Christ, Tananna goes on to explain, 
filled the inner void. 

"I have the love of Christ in my 
heart," says Fernandez, "and I want 
to tell you something — God loves 
me. And because he loves me — 
I love you. God sent his son, Jesus 



Christ to die for you and me and for 
all our sins. Not because we deserve 
it, but because of his mercy." 

Ernie Harwell, long-time radio 
voice of the Tigers, finished the 
testimony time. 

"Jesus Christ has put my life in 
the right priority," Harwell says. 
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God 
and all these things will be done un- 
to you. I know that the first thing 
and the most important thing to me 
is how I walk with the Lord." 

Tom Roy follows and gives an in- 
vitation. He compares salvation 
with rounding the basepaths: first 
base is knowing of the love of God; 
second base, knowing your own 
sin; third base, knowing that by 
faith, you are saved and not by 
good works; and home base, put- 
ting your faith in Jesus Christ and 
his work on the cross. 

After college, Tom Roy was 
satisfied with his coaching job at 
Grace. He was, he says, discipling 
young men. That was before the 
Billy Graham crusades. 

For two consecutive years Roy 
attended the crusades and worked 
with professional baseball stars in an 
evangelistic outreach." They had 
great success. 

Roy was beginning to feel 
convicted. 

"God was beginning to speak to 
me through circumstances and 
people, about using my abilities to 
share the plan of salvation," he 
explained. 

After the second crusade in 
1980, Roy incorporated an 
evangelistic, non-profit baseball 
ministry. For the first couple of 
years, the work was part-time. For 
the last year-and-a-half, it has been 
full time. 

Roy chose an appropriate name 
for the ministry — Unlimited 
Potential. 

We had dreams of what it was 
going to be like and the success we 
could achieve," Roy says. "So far it 
has exceeded those dreams." 

Working through churches sur- 
rounding the ministry sites and 




Tom Roy's love for Christ is expressed to hundreds of kids each month through this ministry 



Baseball Chapels, Roy coordinates 
a series of clinics in major and 
minor league cities throughout the 
country. Since going full-time, Roy 
has had a number of opportunities 
to take the ministry into foreign 
countries — China, Puerto Rico, 
San Salvador, Canada, Africa and 
others. He also works closely with 
his contacts for follow-up ministry. 

The ministry sounds glamorous 
— professional athletes, travel, ex- 
citement. What it is, Roy insists, is 
hard work. 

"It was glamorous for the first 
month and nice the second month. 
After that, it became ministry." 

Ministry can be anything but fun: 
"If you do it every day, it really gets 
to be more of a reality. It gets to be 
a tough, tough thing to do." 

Two years ago, he was on the 
road 270 days. Last year, 170 days. 
Being away from family and friends 
is the worst part. 

"There are a lot of intensely lone- 
ly moments on the road," Roy says. 
"There are a lot of tough decisions 
to be made, a lot of tensions, a lot 
of spiritual opposition. On my own, 
I couldn't handle it. But God has 
given me a super wife with a super 
attitude and has given me His 
Word." 

Commitment, Roy adds, is not 



an easy word. 

Roy says he remembers one 
point in his ministry when he 
wondered if it was worth it. He was 
sitting in the top row of the bleacher 
seats in Puerto Rico A clinic had 
just been rained out. The sun was 
shining on a empty and puddled 
field. 

I was talking to God and 1 was 
mad," Roy recalls. "I was sitting 
there going: Why? Why. God. bring 
me all the way over here — away 
from my family and friends — and 
then this happens? And then the 
answer came to me from God: 
'Sure, you want to be with me 
when things are going well, but 
when things are going badly, you 
don't.' I can't tell you how that has 
affected me." 

But don't get Roy wrong. The 
ministry, he emphasizes, is laced 
with joy. The lonely nights, the 
tedious details, the endless phone 
calls, the worry over support, the 
rain-outs, the spiritual oppression, 
the long trips and the homeless 
feelings are nothing when put into 
an eternal perspective. 

At Detroit, the clinic is over. For 
a dozen or so children, eternal life 
with Christ has just begun. 

Tom Roy needs to say nothing 
about his joy. □ 



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SEPTEMBER '85 



GRACE 




by Max Anders 



One of my favorite stories growing up was "Old Yeller," the story of a pioneer family 
carving out an existence on the wild edge of wilderness, who adopt a huge "old yeller" 
dog after it saves their boys from a pack of wild pigs. The dog lives as a beloved member 
of the family until one day it again saves their lives from an attack by a rabid wolf. 

In the process, however, Old Yeller contracts rabies himself, and the lovable lop-eared 
mutt is reduced to a snarling, mindless set of slashing teeth. And the son who owned 
Old Yeller was faced with the incomprehensible responsibility of shooting the dog which 
had twice saved his life. 

In a tear-jerking scene, the father comes out to console the son in the loss of his 
dog ... a blow which the whole family felt. I'll never forget the tender words of wisdom 
his father gave: "Son, sometimes life just hauls off and socks you one right in the 
stomach . . . and there's no explaining it. And all you can do is hang on until you catch 
your breath, and then start livin' again." 

When life hauls off and socks you one right in the stomach . . . when you stand there, 
immobilized by the searing pain, doubled over, mouth agape, unable to breath spiritual- 
ly or emotionally, one question dominates the horizon: "Is Jesus still Lord of your life?" 
It's easy for Jesus to be Lord in the good times. But is He also Lord in the bad? It's easy 
to have faith in Him during the good times, but do we have faith in Him during the 
bad? How easy it is when the river of life is flowing our way . . . when everything's com- 
ing up roses. But when the river of life slows to a trickle, how is it then? Is He Lord in 



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the bad times, or only the good? 

Perhaps C.S. Lewis said it best in his book, A Grief 
Observed: "When you are happy, so happy that you have 
no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted 
to feel his claims upon you as an interruption, if you 
remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and 
praise, you will be — or so it feels — welcomed with open 
arms. But go to him when your need is desperate, when 
all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slamm- 
ed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting 
on the inside. After that, silence. You might as well turn 
away." 

A Christian must be able to stand nose to nose with this 
mind-bending truth and not blink: A good God allows His 
children to suffer. Period. We can discuss why. We can 
ponder the consequences. We can debate the rationale. 
But the two towering truths remain unchanged: God is 
good. And His children suffer. 

Until both truths are embraced, a Christian will never 
go beyond spiritual infancy; for the road to transformation 
always goes through the tunnel of trials. So be honest. How 
do you do in the bad times? 

The central passage in all the Scripture on this matter 
is perhaps James 1:2-4, where we read: "Consider it all 
joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, know- 
ing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And 
let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be 
perfect and complete lacking in nothing." 

TRIALS ARE UNAVOIDABLE: There are three major 
observations we can make from this passage. The first is 
that trials are unavoidable. They WILL happen! James said 
count it all joy "when," not "if." When trials come our way, 
instead of counting it all joy, we usually respond with the 
knee-jerk reaction, "Why me?!?" 

Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a man who was on his 
way home from work on the subway. He was prone to mo- 
tion sickness, he had had a big lunch which didn't agree 
with him, he had worked hard all afternoon in a smoke 
filled conference room, and he boarded the subway with 



When life hauls off and socks you 
one right in the stomach . . . when 
you stand there, immobilized by the 
searing pain, doubled over, mouth 
agape, unable to breath spiritually or 
emotionally, one question dominates 
the horizon: "Is Jesus still Lord of 
your life?" 



an already upset stomach. He was jammed onto the train, 
the last one to be able to get on, and the automatic door 
closed right at the end of his nose. And so as he was stan- 
ding there, facing out the closed doorway, things were 
flashing by ninety miles an hour, and the longer he stood 
there, the sicker he got. 

The train pulled up to the next stop, but he did not want 
to get off. However, the train was so full, no one could 




get on, even though a small crowd was pressed up near 
the slowing train. The lurching and jerking of the stopping 
train was the last straw for the fella's motion sickness. The 
door opened ... up came his lunch, all over the man stan- 
ding on the platform waiting. The door closed without 
anyone getting on or off, and the train sped on down the 
track. The unfortunate man who's chest had become the 
depository for the sick man's lunch turned to the person 
standing next to him, raised his palms to the heavens and 
cried, "Why Me!?!" 

Sooner or later, the doors of life open, and someone's 
lunch is deposited on our chest, and we cry, "Why me?!? 
Why this!?!? Why now?!?" 

And that is what James is trying to answer. But the first 
observation we make is that troubles are unavoidable. They 
WILL come. And we will gain little headway in overcom- 
ing them by asking "Why me?" More instructive is for us 
to follow with the next two observations. 

TRIALS MAKE US SPIRITUALLY STRONG: James 
says consider it all joy . . . knowing that the "testing . . ." 
We must look at the word for testing. The Greek word is 
peirazein. It does not suggest a solicitation to moral evil 
(as the word "temptations" in KJV might be 
misunderstood), but rather a test designed to validate the 
finished product, or to refine the finished product. 

We might say that gold is "peirazein-ed" in the refine- 
ment process. 

A young bird is said to ''peirazein" its wings. 

The Queen of Sheba was said to have come to "peira- 
zein" Solomon. 

God was said to "peirazein" the faith of Abraham when 
he appeared to be demanding the life of Isaac. 

In his commentary on James, William Barclay writes: 
"All kinds of experience will come to us to purify and 
validate us. There will be the test of the sorrows and disap- 
pointments which seek to take our faith away. There will 
be the test of the seductions which seek to lure us from 
the right way. There will be tests of the dangers, the 
sacrifices, the unpopularity which the Christian way must 
so often involves. But they are not meant to make us fall: 
they are meant to be defeated. They are not meant to make 
us weary: they are meant to make us stronger. Therefore 



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we should not bemoan them: we should rejoice in them. 
The Christian is like the athlete. The heavier the course 
of training he undergoes, the more he is glad, because he 
knows that it is fitting him all the better for victorious effort." 

TRIALS ARE MEANT TO COMPLETE US IN CHRIST: 
Finally, we are to learn endurance, which shall make us 
mature . . . complete. The word for endurance is 
"hupomone," meaning "to remain under." In his commen- 
tary on James, Spiros Zohiates writes: "Have you ever seen 
a blacksmith work with a piece of iron? He holds it in the 
fire to soften it up and make it pliable. That is exactly why 
God permits the testing of our faith by trials. He wants us 
to acquire patience, to acquire pliability. If you and I are 
constantly out of the fire of affliction, we become stiff and 
useless. God wants to reshape us according to His image, 
for in the fall of Adam we lost our divine image, or divine 
shape." 

The one who is "hupomone" remains under God's 
refinement ... in God's fire until God's work in him is done. 
If Jesus is Lord of our life even in the bad times, we must 
lean into the pain, remain spiritually sensitive, obedient, 
faithful. Whatever the test, it must be gone through God's 
way. What is the pain, what is the difficulty, what is the 
test you are facing? Is it a difficult marriage, disappointing 
family relationships, financial difficulties, physical pain, 
emotional turmoil, moral temptations, anxiety about the 
future . . . ? If we fail to go through it God's way, we hurt 
ourselves, we hurt those around us, and we hurt the cause 
of Christ. 

We can bolt from the ranks if we choose, and squirm 
out of God's fire ... or we can refuse to be softened even 
though we remain in the fire. But then we lose twice: once 
because of the pain, and twice because we lose God's best 
for us. The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 
but the Lord refines the heart (Pr. 17:3). 

Again, we quote C.S. Lewis who wrote: "Imagine 
yourself as a living house." God comes in to rebuild that 
house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is 



If Jesus is Lord of our life even in 
the bad times, we must lean into the 
pain, remain spiritually sensitive, obe- 
dient, faithful. Whatever the test, it 
must be gone through God's way. 



doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks 
in the roof and so on . . . But presently He starts knocking 
the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does 
not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? 
The explanation is that He is building quite a different house 
from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing 
here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, 
making courtyards. You thought you were going to be 
made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. 
He intends to come and live in it Himself." 

This is a tough one. We believe, but Oh, Lord . . . please 
help our unbelief! When dispair clutches like a banchee at 
our ankles, grant that we might not be doomed to drag 
it through life with us like Marley's chains. Grant that by 



your grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we might 
grab ahold of these truths with sanctified tenacity, and never 
let them go: that you are good . . . that trials make us 
strong . . . that your will never take us where your grace 
will not keep us . . . and with hope fixed in heaven, may 




we count it all joy when we encounter various trials, know- 
ing that the testing of our faith produces endurance, and 
that we may let endurance have its perfect result, that we 
may be perfect, mature, and complete, lacking in nothing. 
May Jesus be Lord in the bad times, as well as in the good. 
□ 




Dr. Max Anders is pastor of the Grace Com- 
munity church, Marietta, Georgia, and a visiting 
professor in Christian Education at Grace 
Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological 
Seminary. He has been a key speaker at GBC 
Christian Education's National CE Convention. 



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Living 

on the 

Cutting 

Edge 




Bob Nicholson, youth pastor at the North Kokomo, Indiana, GBC. 



Two years ago Bob Nicholson 
struggled with an inner tension. Begin- 
ning his freshman year at Grace Col- 
lege, he wanted to be involved in 
ministry. 

A growing youth ministry in his 
home church and a summer on 
Operation Barnabas primed him for 
service. He was still on a mountain top 
when he came to Grace. 

Something was happening inside of 
Bob that made him dream about a 
particular kind of ministry. He wasn't 
satisfied "just to fit in somewhere." 

"I wanted to be on the cutting edge 
of ministry, " says Bob. "I desperately 
wanted to be in charge of some young 
people and to be their pastor. I wanted 



to be in a place where I could put into 
practice what I knew about youth 
ministry." 

Though that was Bob's desire, he's 
quick to admit that it wasn't long 
before he buried himself in school ac- 
tivity and his strong ministry desire 
waned. 

Then a phone call came from 
Kokomo, Indiana. Duke Wallace, 
pastor of the North Kokomo Grace 
Brethren Church, challenged Bob to 
be his youth pastor. Wallace, who had 
been Bob's pastor at the Mansfield, 
Ohio, Woodville Grace Brethren 
Church, knew that Bob had the 
necessary qualities and experience to 
lead 20 teens. 



In February of 1984, Bob began 
what many would see as a long grind. 
Every Friday afternoon he'd drive 90 
minutes to Kokomo and have a full 
afternoon and evening of meeting with 
teens for one-on-one discipleship. 
Somewhere around 11:30 p.m. he'd 
make it to bed. The next day his 
schedule began at 7:30 a.m. and 
brought him back to the Wallaces' 
home around 8:30 p.m. Sunday 
would be packed with meetings. He 
usually returned to his Grace dorm 
after midnight. Then it was the 
discipline of classes and homework 
throughout the week so he could 
devote Friday afternoon through Sun- 
day to a group of kids at Kokomo. 



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After three semesters and two sum- 
mers, Bob regularly ministers to about 
45 high school and junior high teens. 
When Joy Explosions provide church 
kids a special opportunity to invite 
friends, the numbers grow past 100 
with an additional 30 adult leaders. 

Bob leads a group of 10 youth 
sponsors, ranging in age from 17 to 
47, and has a full program for discipl- 
ing young people and giving them 
ministry opportunities. His Gospel 
Team, a singing and ministry group of 
16 youth, recently completed a tour 
that included ministry in Canada. 

From a brief overview of his grow- 
ing ministry, it's obvious that this 21 
year-old has had several years of train- 
ing in youth ministry. That schooling 
began at the Woodville GBC in the 
spring of 1980. 

A new resident of Mansfield, Ohio, 
Bob shopped around for churches. 
Not happy with what he found, his 
spiritual life went dormant. 

From his first commitment to Christ 
two years earlier, Bob knew that he 
wanted to be a pastor. He enjoyed 
solid growth in a church in Nashville, 
Tennessee. But then he moved to 
Ohio at age 16 and now nothing was 
clicking spiritually. 

About the time he had given up on 
church hunting a friend at school told 
Bob about his dad's church. Bob 
joined Greg Wallace in attending a 
Wednesday night youth celebration. 

"I was astounded by the commit- 
ment of the young people and by 
pastor Dave's teaching," recalls Bob. 

Referring to Dave Atkins, then 
youth pastor for the Woodville GBC, 
Bob continues, "He had everyone's at- 
tention. There were over 90 kids there 
and I couldn't believe how hungry they 
were for the truth and how serious 
they were about it." 

That was Bob's first exposure to the 
Grace Brethren Church. His search for 
a church home stopped. "It was exact- 
ly what I wanted in a church," says 
Bob. "I wanted to sit down with the Bi- 
ble and really study it and have some- 
one teach me how to integrate it into 
my life. 1 had no idea how to do that." 

The Bible teaching he received at 
the GBC met his need. "I started 
eating up the Word. It changed my life. 
The Grace Brethren Church really 
lives up to its motto about the Bible 
(the Bible, the whole Bible and 
nothing but the Bible)," he concludes. 

Most significant to his growth was 




Kokomo's Gospel Team, a ministry team Bob has developed in his youth group. This summer 
they ministered to churches in Michigan, Ohio and Canada. 



his personal contact with Dave Atkins. 

"This is awesome," Bob says. "The 
second time I went to Woodville Dave 
invited me out for a Coke. We went to 
a restaurant in Mansfield and he lis- 
tened to me describe my life and we 
talked back and forth for four-and-one 
-half hours. At the end of our conver- 
sation, he said.'Bob, 1 believe you are 
searching to get into the Word and find 
some answers ... I have a follow-up 
program I'd love to take you through.'" 

The seven-week course Dave used 
with Bob stretched to more than 36 
weeks. A record, according to Bob. 
They covered subjects like: salvation, 
baptism, quiet times in the Word, shar- 
ing your faith, how to have godly boy/ 
girl relationships and other spiritual 
growth issues related to young people. 

"It was so amazing because I had all 
these questions and God was using 
Dave and other people to trim off my 
loose ends," says Bob. 

On the final night of their "seven- 
week" course, Dave had a special an- 
nouncement. "He came in all excited," 
recalls Bob. "'Bob,' he said, 'I can't 
think of a better night to do this . . . 
I just talked with Ed Lewis and he 
wants me to pick two guys from our 
youth group for Operation Barnabas. 
I'm picking you.'" 

Dave's push toward Operation Bar- 
nabas was what Bob needed. In the 
weeks that followed. Bob saw God 
provide for his financial needs and he 



was soon on his way to California to 
travel for six weeks with about 30 
other high schoolers. Their goal 
throughout the summer would be to 
minister to churches in anyway they 
could. Sometimes that would be 
through door-to-door evangelism, 
puppet programs, singing or working 
around the church. 

"Operation Barnabas was the turn- 
ing point of my life," says Bob. "Ed 
Lewis was amazing. I saw his heart for 
Christ and his vitality and was en- 
couraged to get moving and start 
ministering." 

"It was like God gave me six weeks 
to see what really goes on with peo- 
ple and how to effectively minister. I 
was so in contact with people and their 
needs. Late night talks gave me op- 
portunities to talk with people about 
their spiritual lives and how we could 
apply what we were learning from the 
Word to our lives and ministry." 

One key lesson Bob learned from 
the Barnabas team was the need to 
minister even when you don't feel like 
it. Bob remembers one particular Sun- 
day when their team had four perfor- 
mances. "About the third program we 
were really beat," says Bob. "The 
leaders kept encouraging us and we 
encouraged each other. We prayed 
about our need for strength and the 
Lord came through and helped us 
with that fourth service." 

Meeting peers who were dedicated 



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to Christ and being involved in 
evangelism were highlights of his sum- 
mer. "I loved sharing Christ door-to- 
door," says Bob. "We shared Christ in 
a mall, in parks and through our pup- 
pet programs. One day we went to a 
park and had a game festival. There 
must have been 100 kids who 
swamped us. That was a super oppor- 
tunity to have fun and then talk to 
them individually about Christ. 

"I would go back on Barnabas a 
million times. It's a great experience to 
be in ministry and to be on fire for 
Christ with other young people." 

When he returned from his summer 
of ministry in 1982, his youth pastor 
offered him a leadership role in their 
youth ministry. For the next year, Bob 
continued meeting with Dave for Bible 
studies; was a member of the traveling 
ministry team, Harvest; joined other 
youth workers in training as youth 
sponsors; and led a ministry team of 
11 junior highers called "Sunshine." 

His year at home in Mansfield 
before leaving for college was key in 
preparing him for his ministry at North 
Kokomo. Seen throughout his current 
ministry are reflections of Mansfield, 
Dave Atkins and Operation Barnabas. 

Bob gives God the credit for the ef- 
fectiveness of his youth ministry. But 
beyond God's role, Bob's natural en- 
thusiasm and hard work and a suppor- 
tive pastor and congregation have 
been the ingredients that have produc- 
ed big results. What has been impor- 
tant to him personally, is important in 
his ministry. When 23 North Kokomo 
youth received certificates for com- 
pleting Bob's seven-week follow-up 
program, he had personally discipled 
19 of those teens. Spending time 
building deeper relationships with his 
youth and giving more responsibilities 
to the adult youth sponsors are his cur- 
rent priorities. 

Now, beginning his junior year at 
Grace, Bob really does look forward 
to his weekend trips to Kokomo. "1 
wouldn't trade it for the world," he 
says. "I think I'm too attached to those 
kids. 1 love them so much." 

Bob's age hasn't stopped him from 
dreaming big dreams . . . and fulfill- 
ing them. God is giving him an exciting 
ministry while gaining experience in 
youth work. □ 



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NEWS REPORT 



□ ECHOES from National Conference: The officers for 
the next year will be John Mayes, moderator; Tom Julien, 
moderator elect. Fellowship Council— Eastern Area Repre- 
sentatives: Russell Ogden, Ron Thompson, R. Paul Miller, 
and Jerry Young; Central Area: Howard Mayes, J. Hudson 
Thayer, David Plaster, and Jesse Deloe; Western Area: 
Donald Eshelman, David Marksbury, Donald Byers, and 
James Kennedy. Kenneth Koontz will serve as secretary. 
Larry Chamberlain as treasurer, and Sherwood Durkee 
as statistician. 

Pastoral changes^James Willett, resigned at the Walker 
Road GBC at Beaverton, OR; Gene Klinger has accepted 
the pastorate of the Fremont (OH) GBC; William Willard 
has joined the staff of the Lititz (PA) GBC; David Quick 
was recently installed as pastor of the Sidney (IN) GBC; 
Gene Witzky has accepted the call of the Lexington (OH) 
GBC; Mike Johnson (former pastor of the Indian Heights 
GBC in Kokomo, IN, has accepted the challenge of the 
Virginia Beach, VA, GBC to reestablish the church in a 
new location; Tom Hughes has joined the staff of the GBC 
in Long Beach, CA; and Roy McCoy is now serving as 
pastor of the GBC in Cumberland, MD. 

D Eldon Grubb has accepted the position of pastor of 
youth and adults at the Garden City GBC, Roanoke, VA. 
He began his ministry there on September 1. 

Eldon's name was inadvertently omitted from the 
Annual, having been licensed in May of 1984. Please add 
his name in your Annual. 




□ Larry Humberd, associate/youth pastor at the GBC 
in Hagerstown, MD, "was ordained to the Christian minis- 
try in November 1984. 

"Participating in the service were Pastors Ray Davis 
and Bob Dell, and, also, Harold Henry, vice moderator. 
Pastors from the Mid-Atlantic District present were: Dean 
Walter, Carl Baker, Warren Tamkin, Dan Eshleman, and 
Larry Gegner. Also, Kenn Cosgrove and U. L. Gingrich 
from Larry's home church (Waynesboro, PA) were pres- 
ent." 



Marriages 



Jeanette Araki and James Nielson, Waimalu GBC, Aiea, HI. James 

Kennedy, pastor. 

Gerraine Asato and Neal Niiyama, Waimalu GBC, Aiea, HI. James 

Kennedy, pastor. 

Natalie Au and Stuart Hara, Waimalu GBC, Aiea, HI. James 

Kennedy, pastor. 

Kathryn Bateson and Jim Marshall, Bellflower Brethren Church, 

Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Beverly Beltzer and Phil Ronco, Lehigh Valley GBC, Bethlehem, 

PA. Ron Guiles, pastor. 

Linda Carter and Ronald Tschudy, Myerstown GBC, Myerstown, 

PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

Laura Clymer and Randall Cobbs. Gleaned from the Longview, 

TX, Family News. 

Veisa Dingus and Cliff Staton, Lehigh Valley GBC, Bethlehem, 

PA. Ron Guiles, pastor. 

Paula Dissinger and Joseph Lamm, Myerstown GBC, Myerstown, 

PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

Mary Durham and Jeff Workman, Wooster GBC, Wooster, OH. 

Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Stephanie Hanshew and Kurt Van Meeveren, Bellflower Brethren 

Church, Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Ginny Haywood and Jay Boyle, Winona Lake GBC, Winona Lake, 

IN. Charles Ashman, pastor. 

Shelly Johnson and Keith Eberly, Wooster GBC, Wooster, OH. 

Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Cary Jones and Chris Deloe, Winona Lake, GBC, Winona Lake, IN. 

Chris is the son of Jesse and Gladys Deloe. Charles Ashman, 

pastor. 

Mary Knowles and George Barchie, Bellflower Brethren Church, 

Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Sherrye LeTourneau and Steve Coles. Gleaned from the Longview, 

TX, Family News. 

Beth McKinley and Scott Hottle. Gleaned from the Longview, TX, 

Family News. 

Sally Miller and Jeffrey Miller, Meyersdale GBC, Meyersdale, PA. 

Ron Warrick, pastor. 

Susan Miller and Ed Nettleton, Wooster GBC, Wooster, OH. 

Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Sandy Quinonez and Paul Taylor, Bellflower Brethren Church, 

Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Pat Reed and Hanford Thomas, Wooster GBC, Wooster, OH. 

Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Jan Shiroma and David Lee, Waimalu GBC, Aiea, HI. James 

Kennedy, pastor. 

Sally Stover and Todd Ruhl, Labbee Ranch, Harrah, WA. Charles 

Winter, pastor. 

Lynn Wagner and Forrest Harvey, Meyersdale GBC, Meyersdale, 

PA. Ron Warrick, pastor. 

Karen Winey and Sam Steiner, Wooster GBC, Wooster, OH. 

Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Maria Zancofsky and John Ruth, Lehigh Valley GBC, Bethlehem, 

PA. Ron Guiles, pastor. 

□ There's a new church in the state of Texas, located at 
Austin. The pastor is Fenton McDonald, who wrote "Our 
new Brethren church is moving right along with 30 mem- 
bers now and 30-40 in attendance."— Gleaned from Long- 
view, TX, Family News 

□ Kurt Miller, pastor of the Palm Harbor, FL, GBC has 
been named chaplain of the Dunedin, FL, Police Depart- 
ment. Pastor Miller, a former police office, acted as chap- 
lain of the Chesterfield County Police Department in Vir- 
ginia while pastoring the Richmond, VA, GBC. 



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Pygmies — 
Kings of the Jungle 



by John W. Zielasko 



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'eep in the heart of the African jungle live an incredi- 
ble people — the pygmies. Along with Marvin Goodman 
and Vernie Abbitt, I visited pygmy territory in June, 1985. 

It was the adventure of a lifetime. 

When the western traveler encounters the pygmies in 
their small family unit villages, they appear gentle, passive, 
and submissive — but meet them in their natural element, 
the forest, and they are immediately transformed into self- 
confident "kings of the jungle". 

The word "Pygmy" comes from a Greek word, "pugme", 
meaning "fist" or the measurement between the elbow and 
the knuckles. For the average man, that is about 13V2 in- 
ches. The pygmies bear the name because they average 
about four of these units of measurements, or 4V2 feet in 
height. Although they are shorter, it is their facial 
characteristics more than their height that distinguishes 
them from their African neighbors. 

Their homes can hardly be called homes at all. At first 



sight, they appear more like a giant bird's nest turned up- 
side down. A better description might be to picture an 
Eskimo igloo, but instead of constructing it with blocks of 
snow, the branches of trees are bent to shape and then 
covered with leaves to keep out the elements. 

When in the forest, in contrast to living along the side 
of the public roads, the pygmies live in these shelters for 
about a month at most, then they move and build a new 
one. We Americans just move the furniture around 
occasionally. 

The pygmies seldom lie or fight among themselves. The 
men spend much of their time in hunting and bartering 
with their African neighbors, trading animal meat for fruit 
and vegetables. 

But how many pygmies are there? That is hard to deter- 

While on their journey, the missionary group met a pygmy hunting 
party armed with nets and spears. John Zielasko poses with the group 
in a dense section of jungle. 



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mine since the pygmies don't stay in 
one place long enough for the cen- 
sustaker to arrive. 

It is estimated, however, that from 
15 to 20 thousand live in the vicinity 
of the jungle that we visited — where 
the Cameroun, Central African 
Republic, and Congo borders meet. 
This is not a large population com- 
pared to the great mass of humanity 
— perhaps, not even worth mention- 
ing — but, then, how does one value 
the worth of even one human soul? 

Little mission work is being done 
among the pygmies and with civiliza- 
tion crowding them out of their natural 
habitat, it is doubtful that their culture 
will remain intact very long. There has 
never been a more opportune time to 
reach these spiritually deprived peo- 
ple for Christ. 

New roads penetrating their territory 
and their small villages built alongside 
public roads make it easier to contact 
them. They are within access of our 
mission work and even closer to the 
national church ministries, so a joint 
mission venture with our African 
church is a real possibility. 

What will it take to reach them for 
Christ? At this point, we don't have all 
the answers but there are some opi- 
nions that seem reasonable, and, at 
the moment, this the way we see the 
situation. 

A base will need to be established, 
manned by a couple so that the mis- 
sionary will not have to travel great 
distances to make contacts with the 
pygmies. A couple is needed who will 
care for the base and perhaps work 
with the local African church. 




Compare the facial characteristics of the 
pygmy (left) to the CAR believer (below) and 
differences in structure are apparent. 



As for the missionary to work with 
the pygmies, we will not rule out the 
possibility of a married couple. It needs 
to be kept in mind that it would have 
to be a very special couple. Tremen- 
dous sacrifices need to be made which 
are not conducive to an ordinary mar- 
riage relationship. Both husband and 
wife must be willing to make sacrifices. 
So you see, Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions is searching for a rare breed 
of missionary when it comes to work- 
ing with pygmies. 

Where among the readers of this ar- 
ticle will be found a person or persons 
with the following qualifications? 

Candidates must be willing to learn 
the pygmy language. It is a tribal 
language, different from Sango. As far 
as we know it has not yet been re- 
duced to writing. The missionaries will 
spend lots of time away from creature 
comforts such as electric lights, beds 
with mattresses, running water, etc. In 
other words, they must enjoy the out- 
door life and have a willingness to 
travel on roads that require a four- 





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wheel drive vehicle. Roads are bad 
and sometimes no more than a path, 
so the missionary can only get as close 
as possible by truck and will need to 
hike the rest of the way. 

And, lest one becomes unrealistic as 
to the qualifications, I should mention 
some things that I feel would disqualify 
a person for this type of ministry. 

Youth is a must for this venture. The 
older one gets, the larger the obstacles 
seem and the harder it is to put up 
with the inconveniences. Furthermore, 
this is no place for children since the 
mother usually finds the sacrifice of 
raising children under these conditions 
too great. Only singles or a married 
couple without children will be able to 
stay the course for this missionary task. 

So you see. evangelism and church 
planting among the pygmies isn't easy 
— whoever heard of a pygmy church? 
But the difficulties are not with the 
pygmies themselves. They are friend- 
ly, attentive, and responsive. It is in the 
physical realm that the problems are 
the most formidable. Yet missionaries 
of former years made similar sacrifices 
in order to reach the unreached. I 
believe that today's young Christians 
are just as eager to serve Christ and 
just as willing to endure the hardships 
that this type of missionary work re- 
quires in order to obey the Great 
Commission. 

And of course there are the tremen- 
dous spiritual obstacles. CS. Lewis 
once remarked, "There is no neutral 

The homes of the pygmies look like leaf- 
covered igloos. 



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ground in the universe. Every square 
inch, every split second is claimed by 
God and counter-claimed by Satan." 
Satan will not give up his holdings 
without a fierce struggle and we 
should not expect an easy battle. But 
it is the Lord's battle and final victory 




is assured. 

The Apostle Peter tells us that the 
Lord is "not willing for any to perish 
but for all to come to repentance" 
(2 Peter 3:9). The pygmies are in- 
cluded in that wish — but they along 
with others of the human race will 
perish unless they believe. They, too, 
should have the opportunity to hear 
the Good News in Christ Jesus the 
Lord. 

Who among us will go and tell 
them? □ 



The pygmies are very responsive to the 
Gospel and are attentive listeners. Every time 
missionaries go to them and share with them, 
the pygmies are friendly, willing to listen, and 
desirous to hear more. Cults (especially Mor- 
mons) are beginning to go in and talk to the 
pygmies, and they are open to hear. Only the 
Good News of Jesus Christ can provide eter- 
nal life and release them from sin. Who will go 
and tell them? 




The Challenge 

of 

It All 

by Linda Mensinger 

While traveling among various 
villages doing bush work, we visited 
a Brethren church in Bayanga, 
which is very isolated from any other 
group. We taught reading and Bible 
to the people there. 

One day after class, I decided to 
wander around a bit to get some ex- 
ercise. On the way back to the 
village, I became lost. 

I took the wrong path and ended 
up right in the middle of a pygmy 
village. They were as shocked to find 
me there as I was! I greeted them all, 
shook hands, and then asked where 
the mission road was. They 
understood and pointed the way. 
- As we saw many groups of these 
people, we realized that we need to 
have an active work among them. 
Yes, we talked to them and passed 
out tracts, but that always leaves me 
a bit cold. 

What the pygmies need is some- 
one to live among them and show 
them what the love of Christ is all 
about. 

One might wish she were 20 
years younger. However, after a 
week in the damp forest, several of 
us realized that living there any 
length of time could become a 
rather painful experience for us who 
are old enough for arthritis. 

We pray that it won't be long un- 
til some robust youth will respond 
to the challenge of evangelizing the 
pygmies. □ 




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Guatemala — 
The Land of Striking Distinctions 




by Alys Haag 



VJuatemala — a land that leaves 

visitors with vivid impressions. 
The fireworks noisily boom from 

five o'clock in the morning until mid- 
night. Every event is celebrated with 

fireworks, so there are frequent out- 
bursts from long packs of firecrackers, 

the louder the better. 

Brilliant colors delight the eyes. 

Flowering trees and shrubs grow 

everywhere displaying bright hues. 

The dark-skinned inhabitants are 

beautifully dressed in deep reds, 

yellows, and greens. The Indian 

population combine all these colors 

and throw in a few more shades when 

they make the cloth for their clothes. 

The evergreen folliage and blue, blue 

skies form a backdrop that accentuates 

it all. 

When we visited, the two distinct 

cultures caught my attention next. The 

Indians who populate the rural areas contrast with the Ladinos who live in cities. The Ladinos speak Spanish and 

are a proud people. Being such a patriotic group, they really don't like the Mexicans or other Latin Americans very 

well. In fact, a few years ago, they eliminated all foreigners from their country. The Indian still speaks his tribal language 

and several groups exist, 

Guatemala is also a land of an advancing evangelistic testimony. On Sunday mornings more than half of the folks 

on buses and walking the sidewalks can be seen carrying Bibles. It is believed that more than 30% of the Ladinos 

are professing Christians. The Indians are beginning to believe as they get Scriptures in their own tongue. 
Why, then, start another church in Guatemala? 

It is already started. The church is asking the spiritual help and guidance of the Grace Brethren church. A nucleus 

of young people have been attracted 
to the distinctive doctrines of the Grace 
Brethren and believe them to be what 
the Bible really teaches. 

This group wants to be a local 
church and join us in fellowship. 

We visited them and were impress- 
ed and encouraged. There were 26 
present on Sunday morning. The peo- 
ple live and meet in a new suburb of 
Guatemala City that has no other 
church. They are good teachers and 
diligent visitors in reaching others in 
the neighborhood. Their goal is to 
have 20 baptized members by the end 
of 1985. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is 
excited by this group. These people 
were taught by a Grace Brethren man 
living in their city. Won't you support 
them in prayer? 




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My Interrupted 
Letter 



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by Elizabeth Schaefer 



his afternoon started out to be 
an afternoon of great accomplish- 
ments. My primary task was to write 
a letter to our supporting churches, but 
I was interrupted by, well, read on, and 
you'll see . . . 

Dearest family and friends at GBC, 

Nolo, wait just a minute. 

Wait a minute, yourself! What's go- 
ing on here? 

Every time I turn around you start 
whacking away at my keys to some- 
one back on the "home front." What's 
so important about writing all those 
people? 

Well, 1 do believe you have a good 
question, faithful typewriter. Truly, if it 
were not for those on our "home 
front," James and I wouldn't be here 
and (may I remind you) neither would 



Oh! That sounds rather serious. But 
what exactly do you mean? 

Our GBC family at home has had , 
a great influence on our lives, and God 
used them to help mold and prepare 
us for our present ministry. Now that 
we are here in Mexico City, our GBC 
families hold us up in prayer 
support— something I have never ex- 
perienced in such a powerful way 
before we moved here. And of course 




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their financial backing has just been 
tremendous. For all these reasons and 
more I am responsible to keep them 
informed of how God is blessing us so 
greatly here. 

Well, maybe you are right and they 
do need to hear from you. But, tell 
me, what kind of blessings do you 
have to write about, huh? 

Oh, lots and lots! Just for instance, 
James and I have experienced 
physical blessings. It may seem strange 
to some folks that missionaries receive 
these kind of blessings, but I for one 
am thrilled at all God has given us or 
allowed us to have. 

What in the world are you talking 
about? 

Oh, silly typewriter! Look around 
you! Our home is furnished with Mex- 
ican furniture— the first time we've had 
anything matching! Also, and more 
importantly, God is blessing us with a 
new little Schaefer — a wonderful 
answer to prayer. 

Well, that's all well and fine, but fur- 
niture doesn't sound to me like the 
kind of stuff to write home about! 

Perhaps not, but I sure have plenty 
more blessings to write about! God has 
blessed me in my emotional life as 
well. Being in God's will— where He 
wants you and doing what He wants 
you to do— is the most joyous task in 
the world. I am truly happy here in 
Mexico City. I'm not homesick — can 
you imagine that? I'll be frank with 
you. When James and I left our home 
area so that he could attend seminary, 
it took me awhile to really adjust. 
However, when we moved to Mexico 
City, it was an easy transition! I was 
ready; God had prepared me. It's 
simply a joy to be a missionary. 

I suppose that would be something 
to write home about. Maybe it will en- 
courage young people in the GBC's 
to truly consider being a missionary — 
it's not "all that bad." 

No! It's great! The greatest blessings 
of all are the heart-felt spiritual bless- 
ings. A minister of the Gospel may 
become discouraged because he 
doesn't see results, but the key is to 
learn to lean that much more on God 
and His strength. As a result, spiritual 
growth takes place. 

You sure are talking generalities . . . 

What I mean is that I, too, have had 
to learn to lean more on God this year 
while I'm learning Spanish and trust 
Him for the results of my fledgling 
ministry here. 



Take Time to Consider . . . 

Mexico City is now considered to be the largest city in 
the world, yet Grace Brethren Foreign Missions has only 
one career missionary family working there as well as a fami- 
ly stationed there temporarily. Won't you pray and serious- 
ly consider what part you could have in this church planting 
ministry? 

Consider: 

— Being a SOVVer. If you have a good working knowledge 
of Spanish and would be committed to a two-year ministry, 
perhaps this is the program for you. 

— Becoming a part of a team ministry in Mexico City as 
a career missionary church planter. 

— Sending your pastor to visit Mexico City so he can ex- 
perience first-hand the vast needs there and return to your 
church better equipped to encourage more laborers to go 
to this field. 

— Praying regularly for this city of people who are blinded 
by their traditions as well as materialism and do not know 
what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus 
Christ. 

— Praying regularly for more laborers to go to Mexico City. 
This is a vast, ripe harvest, but the laborers are few. 



Do you think He has been using 
you? 

Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do. 
James and I have befriended the folks 
in the Grace Brethren Church here. 
We've ministered by way of Christian 
example and by encouraging them to 
become more involved in their church. 
As well, we've opened our home to 
them and have ministered simply with 
love. Maybe I can't speak fluently quite 
yet, but I can sure let Christ love others 
through me. Serving coffee, sharing 
our TV. with them around bowls of 
popcorn, joking here, singing there, a 
hug, a prayer together, spending a 
whole afternoon with them to help 
make pinatas (which we could have 
bought ready-made) or sharing a tear 
when they cry — all of this has been our 
ministry of love. 

Well, it sounds like you do have 
things to write home about after all. I 
realize now that you should tell folks 
at home about all this so they keep 
praying for God to use you and con- 



tinue to equip you for your ministry 
in years to come. So, I guess I'll con- 
tinue to submit my keys to you. But, 
don't talk about tears anymore, okay? 

Why? 

Because you're starting to make me 
cry. 

But typewriters can't cry. 

They can't talk either, can they? 




James and Elizabeth Schaefer 

FMS SEPTEMBER '85 2 1 




We Saw 
Beautiful 



by Marguerite Gribble Dunning 



1 am very glad we made the 
journey! 

God allowed us to return to the 
Central African Republic where we 
had been missionaries for 25 years 
between 1940 and 1970. This visit 
was the loving gift of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. 

After a four-day delay during our 
flight, we finally arrived at Bangui on 
January 10. There were at least six 
very glad people when the Kuns (our 
children) and the Dunnings (us) saw 
each other. 

Then our working trip started. 

Our happy group flew by MAF 
plane to the Bible Center near 
Bozoum. How nice to fly, especially 
since we remembered so many earlier 
trips by foot, bicycle, and auto. 

Harold, my husband, spent much 
of his time teaching in the Brethren 
Biblical Seminary at Bata and con- 
ducting seminars for pastors in various 
other locations. These were thrilling 
days for Harold and for the Africans, 
too. Many of the pastors had been his 
students; others felt they knew him 
from having heard about him. 

One pastor expressed his apprecia- 
tion by a typically African word picture. 
"Your coming to us," he said, "has 
been like a nail pounded into a wob- 
bly chair at just the spot of weakness, 
so that the chair is strong and firm 
again and can hold a burden or weight 
placed on it." 

All of February and March was 
spent visiting the various mission 
stations. We met many old friends. 

Maurice was a lad in a loin cloth at 



Harold spoke to groups of pastors like these. 
22 SEPTEMBER '85 FMS 



Bossembele when we moved there to 
begin that work after our first furlough. 
Now he is Pastor Molekpo Maurice. It 
is understandable why he is such an 
excellent pastor, for even as a 
youngster he had a genuine single- 
heartedness for the spread of the 
gospel in Africa. 

We were delighted to meet again 
Elizabeth, third of Pastor Volongou's 
five daughters. This dear old pastor 
helped teach us Sango at Yaloke. He 
used to call Harold "son" because 
Harold was the age his own son would 
have been had he lived. 

Elizabeth had come to help me take 
care of our little two-month old 
daughter until her family had to move 
to a government post. This teenager 
and our little girl had loved each other 
greatly. Now Elizabeth is a very hand- 
some matron, dressed beautifully, 
even by European standards. Her 
father, Volongou, has been in heaven 
several years. 

It was exciting to visit M'Baiki, a sta- 
tion where we were the first mis- 
sionaries. It was started by two 
Africans, Mobongaina Maurice and 
Fango Francois, who moved there to 
work in 1937 (the year we were mar- 
ried). They had already trusted Christ 
and set out at once to tell all the peo- 
ple they met about Jesus. 

When Harold went to M'Baiki. as a 
new missionary in 1942, there was 
already a large group meeting regular- 
ly. Fango has been with the Lord for 
some time, and Pastor Maurice is not 
well. He was unable to attend the ser- 
vice the Sunday morning Harold 
preached, but sat outside his house 
not far away and said he could hear 
it all. 

Maurice's wife told me of an earlier 
name the Africans had given Harold: 
"Na-mbagu-na-mbague," when means 
"this side, that side" or more loosely, 
"hither and yon." They called him this 
because of his constant practice of tak- 
ing the gospel all over his assigned 
area of 25,000 square miles. Thank 
God, there are now three mission sta- 
tions and more missionaries to work 
in that part of the field. 

At M'Baiki we saw another old 
friend. Nguengo Paul served us well 
all our years at Boda and M'Baiki and 
also the missionaries after us. During 
more recent years when there was no 
missionary living at M'Baiki (before the 
Immels), he faithfully guarded the 
property and helped the missionaries 
who occasionally visited. 



We did not get to see everybody we 
would have liked to see, but we were 
so happy to see so many dear friends. 

When we left Bangui, it was 90° in 
the shade at 8 a.m. When we arrived 
in Amsterdam there was snow on the 
ground. We spent five days with the 
Luebs, missionary friends from our 
church. In rapid succession we pro- 
ceeded to visit Schwarzenau, Ger- 
many (the birthplace of Brethrenism) 
and to have wonderful fellowship with 
the Peughs, the Craigens, the Juliens, 
the Goods, and other Grace Brethren 
missionaries in Germany and France. 

What a great privilege it was to be 
able to visit the missionaries in Europe! 
In the past we were always too busy, 
rushing to speaking engagements or 
conferences in the States or back to 
our jobs in Africa. 

All too soon, though, our trip of ex- 
actly three months had to come to an 
end. 

April 4, we flew non-stop to Los 
Angeles arriving there about an hour 
and a half later! That apparently short 
time covered a ten-hour flight. It was 
daylight all the way, even though we 
left in the evening and arrived after 
dark. 

"What did you see?" people ask us. 
I answer that we went to see beautiful 
feet, and I start naming missionaries. 
God says their feet are beautiful as 
they go about spreading the Good 




Pastor Maurice Molekpo 



News, publishing "glad tidings, tidings 
of peace, tidings of Jesus, redemption 
and release" (Isaiah 52:7). 

Indeed, it was beautiful to see the 
activity for the Lord of the Africa and 
Europe missionaries, to see them 
bringing the beauty of holiness to lives 
ruined by sin. We thank them for 
gracious hospitality. We apologize to 
them for interruptions we caused. We 
promise to pray specifically because of 
having seen their beautiful feet. 

I am very glad we made the 
trip. 




The Dunnings during their early ministry in the CAR 

FMS SEPTEMBER '85 23 




"How Shall They Hear?" — the 
why and how of missions has been 
our theme this year. In our Bible 
studies, we've looked at the biblical 
basis for missions and have seen how 
spreading the good news of salvation 
has been part of God's plan from the 
very beginning of man's time on 
earth. 

The author of our study book, G. 
Christian Weiss, believes that the 
"master key" to the entire Bible is a 
missions text, Luke 24:45-48: "Then 
opened he their understanding, that 
they might understand the scripture, 
And said unto them, Thus it is writ- 
ten, and thus it behoved Christ to 
suffer, and to rise from the dead the 
third day: And that repentance and 
remission of sins should be preached 
in his name among all nations, 
beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are 
witnesses of these things." Weiss ex- 
plains, "It is to be observed that Jesus 
pointed out two cardinal truths to the 
disciples as He opened their 
understanding of the Scriptures. 

First, 'It behoved Christ to suffer, 
and to rise from the dead.' 

Second, 'Repentance and remis- 
sion of sins should be preached . . . 
among all nations.' 

"These are the two basic 
truths, or facts, of the Bible. If 
you read the Bible without recogniz- 
ing the divine necessity of the aton- 
ing death of the Son of God or the 
divine necessity of the evangelization 



National WA/IC 

President's 
Address, 1985 

by Mrs. Fred W. Devan, Jr. 



of the world by the Church of God, 
you miss its essential message." 

Recognizing the necessity for the 
atoning death of Jesus should be 
quite easy for us today. The evidence 
of the depravity of man smacks us 
in the face constantly. We would 
have to go through life wearing blind- 
folds and ear plugs not to be aware 
of it. 

As I prepared this in June, 
America was caught up by the TWA 
hostage crisis and the allegations of 
the Walker spy ring. Both of these 
incidents show us how little regard 
many people today have either for 
the laws of men or the laws of God. 
Human life increasingly seems to 
have less value. The accounts of 
rapes, murders, and robberies which 
we read in the newspaper and see 
on TV news daily should fill us with 
fright, but are now such com- 
monplace things that we hardly take 
notice unless someone we know is 
involved. 

This became very real to me a 
couple of years ago when a dear 
friend in her eighties, a member of 
my home church, was robbed in her 
own home, beaten severely, and left 
for dead. The robbers took little of 
value materially, and through God's 
grace she has recovered physically, 
but this woman and her family and 
friends were robbed of peace of mind 
and a feeling of security in their 
homes. 



Three years ago it was our 
privilege to visit with Walt and Alys 
Haag and see a bit of their ministry 
on the Mexican border. That short 
visit did more to make me aware of 
the need for missions than all the 
missionary speakers, slides, books, 
and curios ever could. Many 
memories fill my mind, but one that 
stands out is of little four and five 
year old children, all alone, begging 
on the streets, and selling packs of 
chewing gum at the border crossing. 
When I expressed my surprise at the 
children wandering around seeming- 
ly all alone to Alys, her reply was, 
"Life is cheap here." How sad! 

Unfortunately, I'm afraid the same 
philosophy is growing in our own 
country. I'm sure each of you could 
share a tale of horror that has hap- 
pened in your own area of the coun- 
try. Yes, man is very depraved and 
in great need of a Savior, Jesus 
Christ. The necessity of the 
evangelization of the world by the 
church should be a natural 
outgrowth of our awareness of man's 
sinfulness. I am thrilled each year as 
we see young people, and some not 
so young, commissioned for service 
in foreign missions. I am also excited 
each year as we hear of the funds 
needed for sending these mis- 
sionaries to the field gradually being 
met as individuals and churches 
pledge financial and prayer support. 

Recently, Grace Brethren mis- 



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sionaries have entered three new 
fields: Japan, Spain, and the Philip- 
pines. That's exciting progress. Chur- 
ches planted on other fields continue 
to grow. This year we have 22 new 
missionary appointees. 

A special letter from Roger Peugh, 
addressed to the National Women's 
Missionary Council came to my 
home in December. Let me share 
that with you. 

"Greetings in Christ's Wonderful 
Name! 

Nancy and I want you to know 
how much we deeply appreciate 
your involvement in our ministry. 
Through the years the faithful 
prayers of hundreds and hundreds 
of ladies across the United States for 
our ministry here in Germany has 
been evident to us. We have re- 
ceived literally thousands of letters 
in fifteen years from WMC groups in- 
dicating that they have been pray- 
ing for us. We are deeply confident 
that God's working here in this 
needy place has been in large 
measure due to the fact that you 
have faithfully prayed for His work- 
ing here. 

The things which God has been 
doing here within the last two 
months stagger our ability to com- 
prehend and fully appreciate. Three 
people that we know of have con- 
fessed faith in Christ and are con- 
sidering baptism, as well as a number 
of other people who have been 
Christians for some time and are 
struggling through the statements of 
Scripture regarding baptism. We 
know you will continue to pray that 
God may get the victory in these 
people's lives. 

Thank you so much once again 
for your faithful support and for 
every expression of your love to us. 
We wish you God's richest blessing." 

I am sure you share my joy in this 
report of God's working in Germany. 
1 was so pleased to know that so 
many WMC women have cor- 
responded with the Peughs, assur- 
ing them of our support. I'm sure the 
same thing would be true of many 
other missionaries. Let's continue to 
uphold them and their ministries 
before our God. 

Another exciting letter, a first for 
me, came from Pastor Baguene 



Henri, General Supervisor of the Na- 
tional Lumiere in the Central African 
Republic. He had been informed by 
our missionaries that WMC would be 
giving $10,000 for a revolving fund 
for the printing of Christian literature 
in Sango. Listen to the excitement in 
his letter: 

"My heart is filled with happiness 
to write this letter to you because of 
your great love which you have 
shown to us in giving $10,000 to 
help in the ministry of Literature 
Distribution for the Eglise Evangeli- 
que des Freres in the R.C.A. 

It is because of this great love, 
which you have shown in extending 
your hand to us in the work of the 
Lord, I know now that you are real- 
ly thinking of us. I thank you very 
much for your love. I greet you all 
in the name of our Savior, Jesus 
Christ." 

Christian literature is just not 
available in the CAR because funds 
are not available to print it. The peo- 
ple are hungry for it and will eager- 
ly buy it when possible. Bibles, song 
books, Lumiere books, laymen's 
helps, pastors' study helps, Sunday 
school materials, tracts are all need- 
ed. Can you imagine how our chur- 
ches would function without these 
items? 

Have we responded? Our goal 
was $10,000 and that is the amount 
Pastor Baguene so kindly thanked us 
for. However, as of June 30, the end 
of our fiscal year, only $7359 had 
come in for this project. I feel very 
strongly that we should not disap- 
point our Brethren in the CAR. We 
have so much Christian literature 
available to us and their need is so 
great that I believe we must meet this 
commitment. 

Over the years, WMC women 
have been very interested in the 
Home Mission work at Dryhill, Ken- 
tucky. Many things have been done 
to assist in this work. Several years 
ago, the Victory Mountain Grace 
Brethren Chapel became self- 
supporting but in the last year, pro- 
blems in the church prompted Pastor 
Sam Baer to again call on Home 
Missions for financial help. When the 
National WMC Board heard of this 
last summer, we felt very strongly 
that our Home Missions offering 



should go to meet that need. Recent- 
ly Pastor Baer wrote to me, express- 
ing his thanks for our help. Let me 
share an excerpt from his letter. 

"We are just now starting to 
rebuild and there seems to be a good 
spirit among our people. Finances 
are picking up some and so is atten- 
dance for which we are very grateful. 
At first, we thought we would have 
to get through this year without any 
insurance, which is a real risk, hav- 
ing six children, but thanks to you all, 
we are having a great year. 

Please give the National WMC 
our thanks and gratitude for standing 
with us during a real trial. We ap- 
preciate it so very much. God has 
done some mighty great things 
through you ladies. Keep up the 
good work." 

I'm sure that you appreciate these 
letters of thanks as much as I do. It 
is a real encouragement to me to 
know that God can take the small 
amount of money that each of us is 
able to give and use it to meet the. 
needs of our missionaries and na- 
tional Christians. 

Continued next month 



Offering 
Opportunities 

Grace Brethren 
Home Missions 



Project: IBM personal computer and 
supplies for the promotional department 

Goal: $9,000 

Send before December 10. 1985 

This micro computer would be a great 
asset to the efficiency of the Home Mis 
sions office. It would be compatible with 
the IBM 36 computer system which was 
recently installed in the building and 
would add to the capability of that 
system. 

Project: Thank offering for Grace 
Brethren Jewish Missions 

Goal: $1.50 a year per member 

Send before December 10, 1985 

Even though the Jewish work in Los 
Angeles is being closed next year. Isobel 
Fraser is still ministering there and com- 
pleting final details. Isobel will retire next 
year. 



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Touch the 
World Through 
Church Planting 



By Rev. William Smith 



Church planting. That term has become an important 
buzz word in evangelical circles today. Yet to the average 
layman, it evokes images of seminary trained men perfor- 
ming mystical motions to begin a church. But that isn't 
necessarily so. 

Almost anybody can begin a church. You don't even 
have to be a spiritual giant to do it. 

Successful church planting is not merely the opening of 
new churches. It is actual extension of Christ's kingdom 
through true community evangelization and is possible 
through spiritual pioneers. 

The entire Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
should become involved in church planting through pro- 
ducing pioneering Christians who are willing to respond 
to God's call. It is a relatively simple process and one which 
is easily followed. 

Producing pioneers is the secret of church planting. At 
the same time it is a testimony to genuine spiritual life. The 
spiritual climate in the local church controls the produc- 
tion of such pioneers. Where the Spirit of God is permit- 
ted to work, there young men will receive visions. (Acts 
2:17) 

Where the spirit of pioneering and sacrifice are lacking 
in the pastor and congregation, pioneers will not likely be 
produced. The spirit of pioneering is a spirit of vision, con- 
cern, sharing, and commitment. 

True spiritual life manifests itself in two ways — action 
and reproduction. There is an eternal "go" in God's plan 
for His people and those who have Him must go. Pioneer- 
ing Christians must be willing to respond to this call. 

These individuals have several characteristics in com- 
mon. Their calling is not human, but divine. They are more 
interested in souls than salary and depend more on prayer 
than popularity. Their concern is more with the will of God 
than the will of man, and they are ready to serve rather 
than be served. 

It may be that the Lord has put His hand on you in a 
special way to help pioneer a new church for His name's 
sake. Are you willing to go? 

Scripture sets for a pattern for church planting. Little 
question exists that the Jerusalem church was a pioneer- 
ing congregation. However, the first pioneering of the 
church was unintended. Acts 8:1 states — "there was a 
great persecution against the church which was at 
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout 



the regions of Judea and Samaria, ex- 
cept the apostles." 

It seems clear that motivated by fear 
of devastating persecution, they scat- 
tered in every direction. Banished, ex- 
iled, homeless wanderers, they 
allowed God to turn their loss to gain 
as they, going "everywhere preaching 
the Word," gave wider distribution to 
the Gospel. 

To the credit of the Jerusalem 
church, it should be noted that they 
were faithful to foster the life of newly- 
born congregations such as those at 
Samaria and Antioch. Sending good- 
will ambassadors, they rejoiced in 
them and confronted them in the 
truth. 

It remained for the church at 
Antioch to provide us the greatest ex- 
ample of a pioneering congregation. 
Some of the persecuted Cyprian and 
Cyrenian Christians, having been 
forced out of Jerusalem by the 
persecution, came to Antioch. Here 
they preached the Lord Jesus and a 
great number believed. Barnabus was 
dispatched from Jerusalem to 

"The dynamic Christian 
church of the first century and 
thereafter was to be formed of 
pioneering congregations, 
each of which would set fires 
of Christian witness all about 
its place . . . until the whole 
world would know the power 
of the resurrected Christ." 

Antioch. He remained and brought 
Paul there from Tarsus to work with 
him. This was to set the stage for the 
Antioch church to later show brilliance 
in a requiring hour. Acts 13:1-3 states, 
"there were at Antioch prophets and 
teachers — and while they were 
ministering to the Lord and fasting, the 
Holy Spirit said, 'set apart for me Bar- 
nabus and Saul for the work to which 
I have called them.' When they had 
fasted and prayed and laid their hands 
on them, they sent them away." 

Thus, the Antioch congregation was 
first to take deliberate action to send 
workers out as heralds of truth. In this 
way, Antioch assumed the lead as the 
missionary center for Christianity. In 
reaching out to share its witness, the 
base at Antioch retained its glow and 



Smith Resigns as Field Secretary 



William W. Smith, eastern field 
secretary for Grace Brethren Home 
Missions since 1980, has resigned 
effective early September. 

He will be pursuing another, as yet 
unnamed, ministry. 

Smith joined the staff of Home Mis- 
sions first as a consultant in church 
and later was named eastern field 
secretary with responsibilities for 
overseeing new Grace Brethren works 



in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New 
Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Maine, 
and other eastern states. 

He previously pastored the Grace 
Brethren Church at North Kokomo, 
Ind., and also had a successful 
evangelism and Bible conference 
ministry. 

He and his wife, Phyllis, will remain 
at their Winona Lake, Ind. home.Ll 



Orange City Dedicates Building 



The Calvary Grace Brethren 
Church in Orange City, Fla. dedicated 
their new facility on Saturday, 
September 7. 

Construction of the building, which 
is their first unit, began in May. A 
multi-purpose room, which will be us- 
ed initially as a sanctuary, four 
classrooms, nursery, kitchen, and 



pastor's study are included in the 
78-by-60-foot building. The sanctuary 
will seat approximately 120 people. 

The church is located on Howland 
Boulevard between Orange City and 
Deltona. 

Kenneth Koontz is the pastor at 
Orange City. 



vitality. Gentiles were being converted 
to the faith and brought into the 
church. 

The pattern was clear. The dynamic 
Christian church of the first century 
and thereafter was to be formed of 
pioneering congregations, each of 
which would set fires of Christian 
witness all about its place, which 
would spread until the whole would 
know of the power of the resurrected 
Christ. 

Several elements are necessary for 
successful church planting. 

A prayerful attitude must be listed 
first. We dare not be vocal on the need 
for prayer and then short on perfor- 
mance. Prayer is absolutely essential 
to the development of a new 
congregation. 

Self-denying response is portrayed 
by the pioneering church planter. 

Acts 4:32 characterizes the New 
Testament church planter — "They 
were of one heart and soul, and not 
one of them claimed that anything 
belonging to him was his own." 

Careful instruction in the Word of 
God follows as an essential element. 

Paul exhorted Timothy to "preach 
the Word" (II Timothy 4:2). Preaching 
has been God's primary way of con- 



veying His Word to men. Whenever 
the church or the pastor minimizes this 
ministry they lose their power with 
God and with the people. The Bible 
is our guidebook. 

Deep concern for the lost must also 
be demonstrated. When we plant new 
churches, the great objective of the 
Kingdom of God is accomplished — 
souls are saved. We can give to others 
what has been given to us — a church 
in which to worship and serve the 
Lord, and where they can invite others 
to come and find Jesus Christ as their 
Savior. □ 




Rev. William Smith served as eastern 
field secretary for Grace Brethren Home 
Missions from 1981 until his resignation 
in September 1985. He has also been 
a Home Mission pastor. 



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SEPTEMBER '85 



27 




Planting A Church in the Bible Belt 



By Liz Cutler 
Promotional Secretary 



Pastor Dave Troxel surveys the 
scene before him. From the grassy 
knoll where the New Albany, Ind. 
Grace Brethren Church meets, he 
watches as people gather for a wed- 
ding at a Methodist church across the 
street. Holstein cows in the field beside 
it are calmly chewing their cuds, 
oblivious to the world around them. 
In the distance, the southern Indiana 
community of New Albany is visible. 

"There are so many people out 
there who need Christ," he says, the 
summer sun streaming through the 
window and illuminating his face. 

"What pains me most are the ones 
that don't have the time to hear the 
Gospel, or they would rather not talk 
about it." He gets a far away look in 



his eye. 

He recalls meeting a teenager at the 
Harvest Homecoming, an annual 
festival held in October in New Albany. 

"She was about 13," he recalls. 
"Had real scraggly, blonde hair. She 
was watching her younger brother and 
sister." 

They stopped at the church's display 
to see Sera, Troxel's ventriloquist dum- 
my giraffe. 

"I started talking to them about go- 
ing to church. She had on a T-shirt 
with a marijuana leaf on the front and 
a belt with a Playboy bunny on it. I 
started talking to her about the Lord. 
She said, "We don't go to church," and 
she pulled her little brother away and 
they walked on. 



"There I was. I was in the booth. I 
couldn't leave. And there went a soul 
down the road." 

He stops for a moment as if he were 
watching the girl and her siblings 
disappear into the crowd again. 

"Oh, that just broke my heart." 

Reaching people for Christ in this 
Bible belt community where there 
almost as many churches as there are 
gas stations may not be as easy as it 
seems. 

Located on the edge of the hills of 
Kentucky, life in southern Indiana 
takes on a much slower pace than it 
does a few hundred miles north. In 
fact, to the uninitiated ear, southern 
Hoosiers may talk more like someone 
from the Blue Grass State than a resi- 



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dent of the midwest. (New Albany is 
located on the Ohio River and is a 
bedroom community for Louisville, 
Ky.) 

"A preacher is someone you don't 
want to offend," explains Troxel, who 
admits he experienced a bit of culture 
shock when he moved here from the 
northern part of the Hoosier state in 
1982. "Most people will tell you what 
they think you want to hear." 

So, a positive response to an invita- 
tion to attend church may not mean 
the individual will show up the next 
Sunday. 

"It a takes longer to build relation- 
ships," he says. 

But in the three and one-half years 
that Troxel has been in the pulpit of this 
Home Mission church, the congrega- 
tion has doubled from an average at- 
tendance of 20 to more than 40 on 

"There I was. I was 
in the booth. I couldn't 
leave. And there went 
a soul down the road 
. . . that just broke my 
heart." 

Sunday morning. Offerings have in- 
creased and they are looking toward 
going self-supporting yet this year. 

"We have a monthly need of 
$1,809, we have exceeded that five of 
the last nine months," he says. They 
also hope to have their property on St. 
Joseph Road paid off in the next few 
months. 

And they continue to look ahead. 

"If the Lord really blesses, we'll 
break ground next year." 

The church currently meets in a 
century-old school house outside of 
New Albany. The location, while a 
highly visible one, may also have its 
drawbacks. 

"I sometimes have the feeling the 
people think because we're in that lit- 
tle schoolhouse there that we're some 
kind of weirdos or something where 
we've got an offbeat type of 
denomination," says Louie Forcht, a 
middle-aged truck driver with a plea- 
sant southern drawl. "It doesn't bother 
us, but I think it bothers some people." 

To quell any uneasy feelings a visitor 
might have about the location, church 
members and attenders do their best 



to make them feel at home. 

"This church is so comfortable," 
remarks Bob Cool, a New Albany 
funeral director who began to attend 
the church last April. 

"The people here were never 
strangers. From the first day we walk- 
ed in, they were never strangers." 

Another unique feature of the 
church is the blend of Brethren 
backgrounds found in the congrega- 
tion. Several members came from a 
local Church of the Brethren after it 
closed its doors. Others are from an 
Ashland Brethren background. 

In fact, it may be one of only two 
Brethren churches in the southern part 
of the state. 

"You just don't go too far in nor- 
thern Indiana without seeing a 
Brethren church," says Forcht. "But 
down here, it doesn't seem like its 
caught on as much. Look at the size 
of Louisville and there's not a Brethren 
church at all over there. To me, the 
door's wide open for this kind of a 
church down here." 

But the factor that seems to attract 
the majority of the people to the New 
Albany Grace Brethren Church is the 
Bible teaching. 

"He (Pastor Dave) really preaches 
the Gospel," says Jo Ann Forcht. 
"There are just not many preachers 
around who do, not around here 
anyways." 

"I took a survey of the congrega- 
tion," notes Troxel. "The people were 
most impressed by the fact that we 
preach the Bible," he adds. "That tells 
me I don't need to get social to be in- 
teresting . 

Earlene Hendricks, a vivacious 
mother of two, echoes that sentiment. 
"It's hard to find a good church around 
here." 

That was one of the reasons Fred 
and Dot Neiter became involved in 
beginning the church in 1978. 
Transferred to the New Albany area 
from South Bend, Ind. because of his 
work, the couple saw a need for more 
evangelical, fundamental works in the 
area. 

"We feel the Lord brought us down 
here to help start the church," says 
Fred, who is in charge of maintenance 
at the Pillsbury Company in New 
Albany. 

For about six months, Fred com- 
muted to the area weekly while his 
wife remained in South Bend so their 
son, Rod, could finish high school. It 
was during that time, he noticed an 



item about church extension in Indiana 
in the bulletin from his home con- 
gregation, the Ireland Road Grace 
Brethren Church. 

"I read there that the district mission 
board was thinking about starting a 
work in New Albany." 

At that point, the Neiters weren't 
sure they wanted to be involved. But 
after conferring with their pastor in 
South Bend, Rev. Scott Weaver, and 
Rev. Rollin Sandy, then president of 
the district mission board, and spen- 
ding time in prayer, they became com- 
mitted to beginning a Grace Brethren 
work there. 

Even then, it was more than a year 
before Pastor Russ Simpson arrived on 
the field to begin the church. 

"He saw a vision for a chance to 
start off," recalls Neiter. "But it was all 
a leading of the Lord, things worked 
together so well." 

Being one of the founding families 
meant total involvement. 

"I really had to change some at- 
titudes toward the church," recalls 
Rod, who moved with his parents to 
the Ohio River community after he 
completed high school. "Instead of be- 
ing someplace to go, it was someplace 
in your life." 

As financial secretary, Mrs. Neiter 
has kept an eye on the church's books 
through the years. She admits there 




Pastor Dave Troxel 

GBHMC SEPTEMBER '85 29 




Charter member Fred Neiter greets Jo Ann Forcht following the worship 
service. 



were times when she lost sleep over 
the financial condition of the church. 

"I'd get home and look at the offer- 
ings, and she'd say, 'Hey, you know, 
we only got this much in . . . and here 
are the bills that we have to pay. How 
are we going to do it?'"recalls Fred. 
"We'd pray about it!" 

With the help of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions, the church got 
through those tough financial times. 
And as attendances have improved, 
so have the offerings. Now the Neiters 
are looking ahead to seeing the church 
go self-supporting and construct their 
own building. And even as they plan 
their first unit building, the congrega- 
tion is anticipating planting another 
Grace Brethren work. 

"We would like to have our church 
family be of an adequate size to start 
another church here in the area," notes 



Fred. "There is only one other fun- 
damental church in the area." □ 




Liz Cutler has been promotional secretary 
for the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council since December, 1982. She is a 
graduate of Grace College and will receive 
a M.A. degree in Journalism from Ball State 
University this December. Liz lives near War- 
saw, Ind., and professes a great weakness 
for any kind of ice cream. 



Tour Takes 
Visitors To Mission 

"I thoroughly enjoyed everything" 
was one comment from a guest on the 
recent Indianlands Tour to the Grace 
Brethren Navajo Mission and other 
points of interest in New Mexico. The 
tour was held August 16 through 20. 

Eighteen individuals gathered at the 
airport in Albuquerque, N. Mex. Friday 
afternoon, August 16 for a whirlwind 
tour of Indian highlights and Grace 
Brethren ministries in the state. Follow- 
ing dinner in the Old Town area of 
Albuquerque, the group left by motor 
coach for the Grace Brethren Navajo 
Mission, two hours away at Counselor. 

Saturday and Sunday were spent 
observing the ministries of the Mission 
and seeing sights within driving 
distance of Counselor. 

On Saturday, Carson Trading Post, 
which has served the Navajo Indians 
since the early part of the century, was 
the first stop followed by the Chaco 
Canyon National Historical Park. 

Sunday morning found guests bum- 
ping their way along dusty roads to at- 
tend the service at the Cedar Hill 
Navajo Community Grace Brethren 
Church. Pastor Butler and his congre- 
gation warmly welcomed the visitors, 
there was plenty of time after the ser- 
vice to get to know one another. 

A Thanksgiving service was held 
Sunday evening in the new multi-pur- 
pose facility on the Mission compound. 

Following the service, a carry-in din- 
ner with the Navajo people was held 
in the dining room at the Mission. 

Monday was spent visiting Taos. N. 
Mex., beginning with a Spanish meal 
at the Canon First Brethren Church. 
A stop at the Taos Pueblo and a visit 
to the Plaza (Old Town) was made 
before calling it a day. 

After breakfast and devotions, the 
group left Tuesday morning for Albu- 
querque and their return flights home. 
Stopping in Sante Fe, the capital of 
New Mexico, individuals had an op- 
portunity to see the Governor's Palace, 
the Plaza, and other sights in one of 
the oldest communities in the country. 

The Indianlands Tour was the first 
time the Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council and the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission have joined forces to 
bring a group of people to see the 
work of the Mission first hand. Ten- 
tative plans are being made for a se- 
cond tour to be held sometime during 
1986. For more information, contact 
Grace Brethren Home Missions. Box 
587, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. □ 



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rayer may take different forms: adoration, reflec- 
ting on the person of God; confession, admitting our sins 
to God; thanksgiving, ascribing credit to God for all that 
he has given. Prayers that center upon one of these areas 
are not uttered with an expectation of a response, an 
answer. Their purpose is accomplished while we pray: God 
is glorified, we are forgiven, etc. 

There is another area of prayer, one that quite often 
dominates our times of prayer, that does expect an answer. 
This area of prayer is supplication — making specific re- 
quests for ourselves and others. And if I may emphasize 
the obvious for a moment, there is an overriding reason 
why we ask God for things: it is to receive something from 
God. Everytime we make a request, we hope for a 100 
percent success rate in receiving that for which we've asked. 

However, if your prayer life is anything like mine, you 
fall far short of that, as all Christians seem to. For many, 
the fact that not all their prayers are answered can be 
tremendously discouraging. They reason, "Didn't Jesus say, 
'Everyone who asks receives?' It sounds so simple — just 
believe and receive. Why is it that every request we bring 
before the 'throne of grace' is not immediately answered? 
Aren't we children of the King? 

Our misconceptions about prayer need to be resolved 
in order to see how God deals with our prayers. Prayer 
is not the quarter that, when placed in the slot machine, 
hits the jackpot everytime. Prayer is not the genie in the 
lamp or a new all-purpose snake oil, guaranteed "to take 
care of what 'er ails ya'." Ideas such as these on prayer 



How to Get Your 

Prayers Answered 

— Every Time! 



reduce God the Father, the all-powerful, all-knowing God 
of the universe, to a waiter, standing in the wings with a 
tray of steaming hot food, waiting anxiously for our order. 

Each of these ideas of prayer fail on one major point: 
they see God as the only active party in the answering of 
prayers. Making the supplication is just the beginning. We 
have an important role in seeing the prayer itself answered. 

This may be likened to a baseball game. When we make 
a request to God, we pitch the ball. God, receiving the re- 
quest, hits the ball (since He's perfect, He never misses!). 
Then, in order to catch the ball (receive an answer to our 
request), we must move toward the request. Baseballs are 
rarely hit directly toward the centerfielder. We must move 
toward the ball, to the right or the left. So too must we 
be active in order to have our requests answered. 

So what kind of activity is required of us to have our 
prayers answered? Put very simply, obedience! God desires' 
to give His children "good gifts" (Matthew 7:9-11), yet we 
must live lives of obedience in order to move us toward 
those good gifts He desires to give. God has prepared a 
tray of steaming hot food, but it's a "to go" order! "Come 
and get it" by conforming your life to His commands. 

The following is an exercise designed to show you from 
God's Word how to get your prayers answered — every 
time! 

1. Refer to the following verses and list the important 
conditions for answered prayer. 

a. John 15:7 



I John 3:21, 
I John 5:14, 



22. 
15. 



2. As we are obedient to God, what is the character of 
his responses to our prayer? 

a. Ephesians 3:20 

b. Jeremiah 33:3 

3. What must we avoid in order to assure that our prayers 
are answered? 

a. James 4:3 

b. Psalm 66:18 





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Dean Smith has pastored the Grace 
Brethren Church at Hemet, Calif, since 
March, 1985. He is a graduate of West- 
mont College and Western Conservative 
Baptist Seminary. Dean met his wife, 
Diane, while working in a market in 
Portland, Ore. He admits to checking her 
out instead of her groceries! The couple 
now has one son, Ryan, who was born 
in April. 



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SEPTEMBER '85 



31 



This month, Jewish people observe their most solemn 
of holy days, known as "The Ten Days of Penitence." Other 
names for the period are "Days of Awe" or "High Holidays." 
It begins with Rosh Heshanah (New Year) and concludes 
with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) . In 1985, this period 
is from September 15 to 25. 

Prayer comprises a great portion of the services that ac- 
company these special days. In fact, the book used is a 
special prayer book. 

Since Judaism has three main divisions, orthodox, con- 
servative, and reform, each has its own prayer book. I have 
a copy of the one used by most conservative congrega- 
tions entitled "High Holiday Prayer Book." 

I found this quotation from the Talmud very interesting: 
"Even when the gates of heaven are shut to prayer, they 
are open to tears. Prayer is Israel's only weapon, a weapon 



inherited from our fathers, tried and tested in a thousand 
battles." 

A large portion of the prayer book is composed of the 
Psalms. We usually think of the book of Psalms being 
Israel's hymnal, which is of course true; but it is also the 
forerunner of the prayer book. A psalm has been assigned 
to each day of the week and for special days. Quite ap- 
propriately the psalm for Yom Kippur is Psalm 32 which 
begins: "How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, 
whose sin is covered!" 

The Prayer Book also contains many poems and 
thoughts for meditation. The following is a supplication 
which was composed in the Middle Ages by one called a 
Hazen (Reader). 

Behold, in deep humility 

I stand and plead before thee, God on high, 



The Prayer Book 







Great God who are enthroned above all praise, 

harken and give heed unto my prayer. 
Though unworthy of my sacred task, 
Though imperfect, too, and filled with awe, 

1 bow before thy holy Presence here, 
To crave compassion for my erring folk. 
O God of Israel's Patriarchs, 

Their children's children send me as their voice 

To supplicate Thy pardon and Thy grace. 

To ask Thy mercy, Thy continued love. 

Though unworthy of my mission Lord, 

Though I stand not flawless in Thy sight, 

Condemn Thou not my people for my faults, 

Consider but their virtues, Righteous Judge. 

Forgive us our iniquities. 

And turn our afflictions into joy. 

Thou great, exalted God who hearest prayer, 

Hear ours, and bless us all with life and peace. 

Perhaps the best known prayer is the Kol Nidre, chanted 
by the cantor on the eve of Yom Kippur just before suset. 
This solemn prayer, dating back to the eighth century, asks 
God to annul all vows and oaths of the coming year. A 
controversial prayer, some say this is only between the in- 
dividual and God. Others point out that it grew out of oaths 
and vows Jews were forced to make, such as during the 
Inquisition. 

Prayer is a vital part of our Christian worship; however, 
not in the amount of time given to it in our worship ser- 
vices, and not in the use of recorded prayers, no matter 

Judaism has a blessing for almost 
every phase of one's life. 



how beautiful. Ours is mafniy a personal time alone with 
the Lord and is praying in our own words. 

Judaism has a blessing for almost every phase of one's 
life. Recorded or personal, one condition must be met ... a 
clean heart. And only the blood of Jesus Christ avails so 
our prayers are acceptable to the Holy God of Israel. 

I'm always thankful that Jewish people who are not 
believers permit me to pray for them after I have visited 
with them and shared the Word. But it has always been 
disconcerting to look up and find that they have not closed 
their eyes. 

Next to the joy of leading a Jewish person to the Lord 
is that of seeing growth in the grace and knowledge of 
Messiah Jesus and to hear the first prayer. This was my 
privilege recently with a former Jewish neighbor who had 
wavered back and forth between Jesus and Judaism. 

The other day after our time of sharing and my prayer, 
this in essence was her prayer: "I love you Lord Jesus. I'm 
not going to ask much from you. I'm accepting your will. 
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." 

She also gave me a pocket notebook and in the first five 
pages she had written some quotes she had read and also 
some of her own thoughts. Her last thought was this: 

"Blessed is thy name in all the universe 

Praise thee, praise thee 

Eternal life with thee so pure and free 

Miracle of miracles 



Thou has bestowed upon me 

Oh Lord Jesus, I love you with my heart and soul 

For 'tis you that breathed life into me and made me 

whole 
I do solemnly vow never more to stray 
Thy precious blood cleanseth me 
Now, I can chase Satan away. 
I give you my very life to keep 
Until it's time for you to put me to sleep 
Thy will be done." 

Her reference to "Thy will be done" both times is regar- 
ding some very serious physical problems that she has 
which makes her very unsure of the future. 

A special benediction from the "High Holiday Prayer 
Book" is recited and the "Ten Days of Penitence" ends with 
the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn). It reminds me that 
one day the trumpet will sound and as the hymn "Sweet 
Hour of Prayer" says: "And shout, while passing thro' the 
air, Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer." □ 




Isobel Fraser has served with the 
Grace Brethren Messianic Testimony in 
Los Angeles. Calif, since 1951. Now 
residing in the mission residence on 
North Kings Road, she enjoys inviting 
friends in for an evening of table games. 




Graces 

Home 
Missions 



Council, Inc. 



Church Planting In Norlh America 



New Logo Released 

A new logo for The Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Inc. has been unveiled. 

First reviewed at the August meetings of the Council's 
board of directors, the logo will be used throughout the 
Fellowship to symbolize the national church planting pro- 
gram of the FGBC, according to Dr. Robert W. Thomp- 
son, executive secretary of Grace Brethren Home Missions. 

The logo features a Colonial style steeple emerging from 
an open Bible. The steeple is also framed with a circle, 
almost in the form of a rising sun. 

The new symbol was designed by Tim Kennedy of Ken- 
nedy Design, Warsaw, Ind. (He is the son of Pastor Jim 
Kennedy, of the Waimalu Grace Brethren Church in 
Hawaii.) It will be used on stationery and promotional 
material for Grace Brethren Home Missions. □ 



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33 




Deaths 



Backus, Elizabeth, 68. Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, 
CA. Ed Cash man, pastor. 

Butts, Paul. Rosemont GBC, Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 
Delozier, George, 81. Vicksburg GBC, Hollidaysburg, PA. Robert 
Griffith, pastor. 

Gidner, Roy Dean. GBC of Lake Odessa, Ml. Bill Stevens, pastor. 
Hammond, Ruth. First GBC, Dayton, OH. G. Forrest Jackson, 
pastor. 

Kinsey, Mildred, 80. Winona Lake GBC, Winona Lake, IN. She 
was the stepmother of Mrs. Gerald Polman. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

Kliever, Freda, 77. GBC Middlebranch, OH. Freda and her hus- 
band, Jake, served for 40 years as missionaries under the Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society in Central African Republic 
and the Republic of Chad. A memorial service was held August 25. 
Wesley Haller, pastor. 

Ramsey, Thurston, First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, VA. 
Lester Kennedy, pastor. 

Smith, Michael, 44. Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, WA. Charles 
Winter, pastor. 

Staton, Marcella. First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, VA. Lester 
Kennedy, pastor. 



Change \bur Annual 



David Atkins, 2703 Sharon St., Winona Lake, IN (Tel. 
219/267-2160) / Dennis Beach, 1925 Wickford PL, Spring- 
field, OH 45503 / Joseph Bishop, 812 Charles Dr., Winona 
Lake, IN 46590 (Tel. 219/269-4324) / Arthur Burk, 
P.O. Box 6592, Anaheim, CA 92806 / Carlton Fuller, 
R. 2, Box 257, Unicoi, TN 37692 / Ralph Hall, 6611 
Heritage Lane, Bradenton, FL 33529 / Chris Hayes, 
P.O. Box 875445, Wasilla, AK 99687 / Paul Hoffman, 
12630 Racquet Ct., Auburn CA 95603 / Tom Hughes 
is now pastor of evangelism at the GBC in Long Beach, 
CA (his address remains the same) / Larry Humberd, R. 
9, Box 110, Hagerstown, MD 21740 / Doug Jensen, 
3521 Williamson Rd., Stow, OH 44224 / Gerald Kyser, 
707 Carnegie Ave., Akron, OH 44314 / Stanley Norwick, 
1467 Osprey Lane, College Place, WA 99324 / John 
Patrick, 1351 Brownsboro Rd., Eaglepoint, OR 97524 / 
Gary Patterson, 1125 N. Standish Ave., Oklahoma City, 
OK 73117 / Jack Peters, Jr., 2804 Forestgreen Dr., S., 
Lakeland, FL 33803 / Roberto Salazar Gutierrez, Valle 
de La Bellesters 35, 4 a , 46015 Valencia, Espana / J. 
Ward Tressler, 5230 Greencroft Dr., Dayton, OH 45426 
(Tel. 513/837-3341) / The zip code for the Palm Harbor 
GBC, Palm Harbor, FL, is 34273. 

□ Dan Travis, formerly of Des Moines, IA, has joined the 
staff of the North Long Beach Brethren Church as as- 
sistant pastor in the area of Christian education. 



DThe Coast Community GBC at Laguna Niguel, CA, 
pastored by Gary Nolan, has been closed. Gary has ac- 
cepted a full-time position with Gospel Light and is now 
Southwest Regional Manager of Church Curriculum 
Services. 

□ Garth Lindelef has been approved for ordination by the 
Southern California District Examining Board. He is 
serving as pastor of the Community GBC of Long Beach, 
CA. 

DThe Grace Brethren Church in Virginia Beach, VA, has 
been closed and the building sold. Efforts are in progress 
to reopen at a new location. 

□ Tom Lynn, formerly on the staff of the GBC of Long 
Beach, CA, has accepted the call of the River City Grace 
Community Church of Sacramento, CA, to become her 
pastor. He began his ministry there on July 1. 




□ North Long Beach (CA) church burns mortgage-"On 
June 23, during the evening service, Pastor David Miller 
and Pastor Emeritus George Peek joyfully torched the 
mortgage on their present church building. The structures 
were dedicated in 1958 and 1961, and are currently 
valued at more than 2 million. 

"The church is still seeking suitable property for a re- 
location east, as the Lord opens the door, and has over 2 
million in cash toward such a move. Suitable properties in 
the area desired carry price tags three times that amount, 
however." 

The Board of Trustees of Grace Schools has estab- 
lished a Search Committee to seek a new president in 
light of Dr. Homer A. Kent's resignation. The commit- 
tee will be comprised of 1 1 advisors: two members 
each of the Seminary faculty, College faculty, and 
national ministerium; one representative from each of 
the following: Seminary student body, Seminary 
alumni, College student body, College alumni, and 
a community representative. 

Any suggestions to be made to this committee 
should be sent to: 

Jerry R. Young, Chairman 

Presidential Search Committee 

501 W. Lincoln Avenue 

Lititz, PA 17543 



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The Cloud 

the Size 

of a Man's Handl 



Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



The little cloud on the horizon has become the 
symbol of an approaching change. We often think 
of the time in the Old Testament when the cloud 
appeared to bring the long-awaited rain. Then it 
was the time of blessing and hope. We are in great 
need of a small cloud that promises blessing, be- 
cause there are a great host of dark clouds over- 
head right now. 

A story that appeared in the business news last 
month is one of the little cloud stories. Many of 
you are just now adjusting to the ATMS. That is 
short for the automatic teller machines used at 
many banks. It is a computerized device that 
works for 24 hours a day for the price of three 
average bank tellers. Well, it seems that one of the 
ATMS in Pittsburgh broke down and refused to 
surrender the plastic cards that were inserted. In 
two hours a failure of the computer system and 
the machine took 2,000 cards from customers. 
The computer was unable to recognize the cards 
and thought they were counterfeits, so it just 
would not give them back. The bank apologized 
later for the conduct of their misguided and 
mischievous computer. 

Not only are the credit cards disappearing, but 
so is the money in this country. As a nation, we 
are moving with the greatest speed in history to- 
wards some form of disaster. Never in our history 
have we so mortgaged our future to pay the 
bills of our seeming luxuries. The dark clouds of 
debt are growing so fast there is no way to even 
evaluate it by any standard that can be compre- 
hended in our normal lives. 

The time this was written a Farm Aid program 
was being conducted to call attention to the con- 
tinued demise of the traditional small farm. The 
year 1985 has already witnessed the collapse of 
the largest number of banks since the Depression. 

National debt is growing so fast that it took 
about 200 years to build the first trillion dollars 
of federal debt and only 58 months to add the 
second trillion. For the first time since 1914, the 



United States owes the rest of the world more 
than they owe us-debtor nation status. We are 
living on borrowed funds and there is no plan to 
repay. 

It is easy to find this as a non-related issue in 
our Christian world. There are so many really big 
issues around us in the battle that are not flesh 
and blood but principalities and powers. But the 
actions of the material world do impact us in the 
work of the Lord. What about those trained and 
prepared Brethren missionaries that are waiting to 
go to the field? They await support money and 
national conference has come and gone without 
the needed pledges of support, which were 
usually secured there. We are only months away 
from another large group who wants to go in 
1986— maybe 25 more. 

The boards are in need of support for fresh 
building of a support base in the form of new 
churches. Educational institutions stand in need 
of help to prepare the workers of our tomorrows. 
The funds are existent, but what about our 
priorities? There are no doubt enough funds are 
in the possession of the Brethren, but is the will 
present to see the material possessions reach the 
Gospel priorities? 

To those who were present at national confer- 
ence and heard the reports, there remains no 
question that we are coming to a decision time in 
our Fellowship. Churches, membership, attend- 
ance at services all dropped in 1984 for the first 
time in the history of our national Fellowship. 
The task can be accomplished, but it will not be 
completed unless there is a change in our plans 
and desires. It is still not too late to begin to turn 
things around, but the clouds of debt and dismay 
are rapidly gathering. It will be done when we 
recognize the need and are willing to do some- 
thing about it. Possibly our greatest problem now 
is that we have not yet seen the clouds that prom- 
ise either refreshing rain or untold problems. 



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MISSIONARY 




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CONTENTS 



4 Touch the World Through Evangelism 

6 Boholniihii — Boss, Chief, Dictator, Lord 

8 How Shall The World Know 

10 Developing Future Funds For The FGBC 

12 And the Drums Boom On 

14 A Tale of Two Lives 

16 How God Taught Me To Give 

18 TIME* for What? 

21 Thank You For Praying . . . 

22 BNYC Competition Winners and Scholarships 
24 Conducting Registration 

26 WMC President's Address (Part 2) 



BMH FEATURES 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 11 • 



REPORTED IN THE HERALD 



35 YEARS AGO - 1950 

Grace Schools reported a record enroll- 
ment for the fall. There were 165 students, 
which was an increase of 20 over last year. 
The breakdown was 122 students in the 
seminary and 43 in the collegiate division. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1970 

Merton Lambert had resigned as the assis- 
tant to the director of Christian Education 
Department. He joined the staff at Whittier 
First Brethren Church in California. . . Rev. 
Charles W. Turner had been named as the 
new executive editor and general manager 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1980 

Larry Chamberlain was named the ad- 
ministrative coordinator of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. Larry had been with 
Home Missions for two and a half years. This 
was a new added responsibility. 



LETTERS 



Dear Editor: 

Just a note to say how much I appreciate 
the Herald and the interesting articles. We 
receive ours almost a month late, I guess 
due to the place we live, but it is still pack- 
ed with informative articles. Another idea 
that I believe would be interesting would 
be a monthly Pastor's Profile which includ- 
ed a brief history with some facts concer- 
ning his years in the ministry, his favorite 
verse and how he came to know the Lord. 
Also included could be some human in- 
terest facts even what his hobbies might be. 
This is not to build up the man but simply 
draw our Fellowship a little closer by let- 
ting others know a little about some of our 
Pastors. Just a thought . . . 

Thanks again for all the work being done 
to provide our Fellowship with a magazine 
that is dedicated to further the work of 
Christ within our Fellowship. 

— Hawaii 



Cover photo: Fred Sieb Photography. 



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Touch the 
World Through 
Evangelism \ 

(Second in a series of three) 




By Rev. William Byers 
Southern Field Secretary 



Decide upon something that seems to be the best. 
Choose a method to communicate it to the most people 
in the shortest time possible. Engulf it with the gusto of 
perpetual enthusiasm — and you have the world's 
occupation — the pursuit of success! 

The above prescription for life's complete fulfillment is 
also a good one for the truly born again believer if what 
he decides upon as his life's priority seeks to follow God's 
instruction for eternal values. The whole of God's message 
to man from Genesis to Revelation finds its climax where 
Jesus gave his commission to his children as he said, "Go 
into all the world." This phrase can only be interpreted in 
one way: His wording "all the world" is the ultimate in en- 
thusiasm (enthusiasm means literally God through us) and 
his saying to us "go" reveals our responsibility, but even 
more the glorious partnership with him in building his eter- 
nal family. 

Touching the world through evangelism involves only 
two efforts both which makes up the Grace Brethren Home 
Mission ministry. The first and primary effort is being there. 
The other effort is telling the message. 

Our Lord did not give us this commission to "go into 
all the world" without living before us an exact example. 
When man saw this he called it evangelism! It was Jesus' 
practice while he was visually on earth to be a living ex- 
ample of all the truths he taught. When he taught salva- 
tion he was baptized by water to show identification to what 
caused this "from death to life" experience. When daily 
cleansing from sin was needful to be taught, he washed 
the disciples' feet to illustrate his cleansing for man's walk 
in this life. The love feast was a precious moment with his 
followers to speak of their future glorious experiences. Last 
but not least, he died, paying the greatest price in order 
that all men of all time could have eternal life. Even his 
death became a living experience when he arose from the 
tomb victorious. All truth was made clear by His example. 
(Of course He was more than an example. He was God!) 

Jesus' living example of evangelism as he witnessed to 
the Samaritan woman at the well showed exactly step by 
step how we can successfully lead people to Him. 

It is the goal of all Home Mission personnel to follow 
this evangelism example of our Lord as it is recorded in 
the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John. Let us follow 



together the phenomenal pattern of 
soul winning our Lord set down for us 
in this account. 

The woman of Samaria said to 
Jesus, "How is it that thou, being a 
Jew, askest drink of me, who am a 
woman of Samaria? For the Jews have 
no dealings with the Samaritans." 
There was no human reasoning that 
this woman understood that could 
cause a Jew to talk to a Samaritan. 
Jesus, being there, defying all man's 
reasonings, even the disciples' think- 
ing, knew that this was where God 
could meet a spiritual need. Genuine 
church pioneering is motivated by this 
burning desire — the first effort of 
evangelism: being there. The com- 
munity that seems to have the greatest 
need for reaching people for Christ 
and Christian maturity is where we 
must endeavor to build organized 
churches. 

When the Atlanta, Georgia, area 
was first pioneered for the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship, the municipal 
authorities there, like the woman at the 
well, could not understand the con- 
cept of winning people spiritually in 
order to build a church. For that 
reason, they turned down three zon- 
ings for building locations. It was totally 
beyond their reasoning powers to 
think that we would want to build a 
church where there were so few peo- 
ple that were named Brethren. It was 
only when a community was physical- 
ly built with interested Brethren 
families that these authorities began to 
permit church location in their 
thinking. 

The Grace Brethren Church is 
building our new ministries primarily 
through evangelism by people not by 
groups of church people in separate 
locations. Some Brethren churches 
may begin this way, but the heart of 
inner church strength is the momen- 
tum of new saints in preparation for 
service. Our Home Mission pastors in 
the development of the early period 
of church growth are asked to spend 
more than 50 percent of their work- 
ing ministry with new people seeking 
opportunities to win them to the Lord. 
This is what Jesus was doing there at 
the well. Yes, being there is the first 
priority to touching the world through 
evangelism. 

The second great effort in 
evangelism is telling the message. 
Here again we have the living exam- 



ple of our Lord as he illustrated to us 
through his experience with the 
woman at the well every basic ap- 
proach needed to win a person whose 
heart has been prepared by God. 
Although there are almost limitless 
areas of help the Lord gives us on this 
occasion to aid us in personal witness, 
I will choose to mention only five that 
seem to stand out very clearly as he 
told the message. Every successful 
communicator whether he be a 
teacher, sales person, or preacher, 
employs all of these approaches. "He 
that believeth on me . . . greater works 
than these shall he do ... " John 
14:12. These are great words of en- 
couragement to us as we develop His 
style of evangelism. 

1. Getting the person's attention — 
ask them for something. Jesus said to 
the woman, "Give me a drink," (John 
4:7) or he could have simply com- 
plimented the woman about 
something. A person earns his right to 
be more personal when he builds 
upon that which is constructive. Our 
Home Mission pastor at Charlotte, 
North Carolina, Steve Jarrell, relates 
an experience with a dear Christian in 
his church. When Pastor Steve first ap- 
proached this man with the claims of 
Christ, he said he was interested 
because he did not want to die and go 
to hell. Pastor Steve immediately built 
on the positive by assuring him that it 
was good that he was willing to see 
Christ as his way for eternal life and 
then he asked if this man would share 
his lovely home for a time when they 
both could study God's word together. 
Today, this businessman is a growing 
Christian in the Grace Brethren 
Church of Charlotte, seeking whatever 
avenue through which he can to serve 
the Lord in that church. 
2. Stir up interest — Jesus said to the 
woman at Sychar (summarizing his 
statement), "If you knew who 1 am 
you would ask me for water for I could 
give you water that would last forever 
— it would mean life for evermore." 
(John 4:10) 

Our statement from a personal 
testimony that gives assurance of eter- 
nal life will arouse most anyone's 
interest. 

3. Awaken desire — Jesus used 
water to illustrate everlasting life. He 
said, "My water that I give you will be 
eternal life." (John 4:14) A Christian 
lady in the Home Mission church at 



Palm Harbor, Florida, presented the 
plan of salvation to a friend for the first 
time since she had become a Chris- 
tian. To her amazement, telling the 
message awakened the desire for 
Christ in her friend's life and she 
trusted Jesus as her Savior. 

4. Prepare concern for a personal 
need (conviction). Jesus asked 
the Samaritan woman to get her hus- 
band. When she said she did not have 
one, Jesus revealed his knowledge of 
her sinful life. (John 14:17, 18) Em- 
phasizing the scripture that points to 
everyone's need, since all have been 
born with a sinful nature, will bring 
conviction to an unsaved person about 
his sinful life. 

5. Enlisting commitment to a per- 
manent solution. When this sinful 
woman confessed her desire to accept 
the coming Messiah, Jesus said, "I that 
speak unto thee am he." (John 4:26) 
Even though this woman tried to side- 
track our Lord, as people do when 
you discuss spiritual things, (John 
4:21) he brought her to the point. He 
sensed her attention, interest, desire, 
conviction, and therefore assumed her 
commitment. This woman made the 
commitment to trust Christ for eternal 
life. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
magazine is accomplishing a goal that 
its name suggests — communicating 
to you the news of progress and the 
needs ever present in our work 
together in missions. Our Home Mis- 
sion churches and our pastors are for 
the most part doing a good job at 
"Touching The World" in evangelism. 
It would be good if we had space to 
relate to you all the exciting ex- 
periences of our pioneering pastors 
with their people. You must know how 
much these people and our Home 
Mission staff appreciate your gifts and 
prayers. 

Another great burden of ours is to 
reach out with Grace Brethren 
testimonies into many metropolitan 
cities in states where we have no chur- 
ches. Brethren, please pray for us as 
we co-labor to "Touch The World" 
more through added ministries in 
these places. The world is hungry for 
our kind of evangelism and teaching 
as Jesus taught it. When we build 
these new churches in the great 
U.S.A., they will in turn "Touch The 
World" with this kind of mission 
endeavor. 



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BOUOLIMIIMII * - 

Boss. Chiel. Dictator. Lord 



by Raymond W. Thompson 



Riddle: What one word is used by the Scriptures to 
describe each of the following personages: Abraham, 
Jacob, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Peter, Paul, Christ? 

Answer: (Don't peek until you've had a go at it.) The 
word is servant! 

The concept of an ideal servant— a person submitted to 
another for the accomplishment of the other's benefit — is 
praised in both the Old and New Testaments. "Servant" 
implies that there must be a master— one who exercises 
command. An authority whose unquestioned word evokes 
an immediate affirmative response — Lord! Boholniihii, as 
our Navajo brethren express it. 

Paul tells us "If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is 
Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from 
the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9, NIV). 

Peter uses a similar expression to admonish, "In your 
hearts set apart Christ as Lord" (I Peter 3:15 NIV). 

Recent surveys indicate that a high percentage of peo- 
ple in the United States consider themselves to be "Chris- 
tian." And even an impressive number attest to having been 
"born again." Why, then, do crime and abortion figures ap- 
pear to be escalating off the top end of the charts? Can 
it be that few who call themselves Christian have ever ful- 
ly recognized Jesus as Lord? How many significant deci- 
sions in the average Christian home are made after con- 
sulting the will of the Lord Jesus? How is His will even 
determined? Perhaps by some vague emotion in which one 
senses what God wants. Certainly not after any intense 
search for what God has revealed in His Word. 

This lack — or failure to give unique commitment to the 
Lordship of Jesus Christ— troubles the entire Christian com- 

* (Bo-ho-nee-hee) 



munity today. And it is no less a problem to Navajo 
Christians. 

Sometimes in cross culture ministry we can misinterpret 
as spiritual insubordination preferences based merely upon 
cultural heritage — hair style, dress, form of worship. And i 
we must be continually on guard lest we become critical 
in matters of legitimate personal choice. Attitudes, however, 
which reflect individualism in opposition to the will of our 
Lord can wreak havoc within the body of believers and so 
weaken the church as to destroy its testimony. A few il- 
lustrations from Navajo life may shed some light on this 
problem. 

The Navajo Family 

Traditionally matrilineal, with dependence upon govern- 
ment help for subsistence, the place of the Navajo father 
has been reduced far below the Biblical standard for his 
position as the responsible leader in the home. To recognize 
Jesus as Lord, a Christian Navajo father must step into an 
unusual role and assume his place as spiritual leader, in- 
structor, and example. This may create extreme tensions 
until all the family recognizes, "We are Christian, the Bible 
is our guide, Jesus is our Lord, and father is our leader." 

Marriage customs are very casual. Often a man and 
woman who merely begin living together are said to be hus- 
band and wife. Problems arise when, even after the arrival 
of children, the relationship is terminated just as casually. 
This kind of marriage is spoken of as "Navajo way" and 
appears to be acceptable to some Christians as well as to 
non-Christian people. 

Jesus our Lord is very clear about His purpose in Chris- 
tian marriage, the seriousness with which it is entered into 



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and its permanence. To name Him as 
Lord demands we accept His way in 
every case where He has spoken 
clearly. 

Customs 

Navajo people love occasions which 
bring them together for feasting and 
enjoyment. Traditionally they have 
many ceremonies or "ways" which 
satisfy this desire. A baby's first smile 
is an occasion for celebration and may 
be regarded more highly than his birth 
date. Puberty rites to celebrate the 
child's approach to adulthood are 
widely celebrated with yeibichai, 
(yay-bi-chay) or Night Way 
ceremonies. The celebrated Navajo 
sand paintings are important elements 
in many of these activities. Beautiful 
intriguing folk art, yes, and highly 
regarded by the people. Yet these oc- 
casions are deadly to Christian life and 
testimony. The ceremonies are infus- 
ed with the acknowledgements of 
spirits to be reverenced, and accom- 
panied by drinking and practices con- 
trary to our Lord's commands. 

But a Navajo who does not par- 



ticipate is accused of abandoning his 
family— not caring for them. He 
desires to be with his people, and he 
is abused for refusing to participate in 
family ceremonies. Yet his commit- 
ment to Jesus as Lord requires him to 
abstain. Here is an area in which the 
fellowship of the church can bring 
great encouragement to a believer. 

Religion 

Dine, (de-neh) or "The People," as 
the Navajos call themselves, are 
religious folk. They have complex 
stories which recount how the Holy 
People created mankind and taught 
skills and rituals which are still to be 
observed. The sun and moon are 
sacred objects of reverence and may 
be petitioned for blessing. Certain 
mountains and natural features are 
held in awe, and care must be taken 
not to desecrate them. The People feel 
a harmonic relationship to nature and 
animals may be prayed to lest they 
bring harm. Medicine men and hand 
shakers (diviners) are important com- 
munity figures. Death is feared and the 



spirits of the dead must be honored 
lest they become angry with their 
relatives and bring a curse upon them. 

How different is the Christians' 
salvation by grace through faith in 
Jesus. Therefore, for a Navajo to 
become Christian involves a major 
change in all his religious activity. The 
study of the Bible, prayerful worship, 
learning Christian hymns, and 
fellowshipping with other believers, all 
become vitally important in enabling 
him to bridge the cavernous gap and 
begin to mature as a part of the body 
of Christ. 

There can be no syncretism here. 
Worship of Christ must involve sub- 
mission to His Lordship with unques- 
tioned obedience to His Word. 

Do you see parallels between the 
needs of Navajo believers and of other 
Christians? The significant people of 
the Bible were servants. Christ became 
a Servant. The church is a fellowship 
of servants. And we all have One 
Lord — Boholniihii! 



Pastors Recognized 

Seven pastors were honored by the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council during the Home 
Missions Challenge Hour at the National Conference 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches at Estes 
Park, Colorado in August. 

Recognized for outstanding pastoral leadership in 
their Home Mission churches during 1984 were 
Charles Barnhill, Mifflin, Ohio; Michael Clapham, 
Cincinnati, Ohio; Dave Troxel, New Albany, Ind.; 
Paul Hoffman, Auburn, Calif.; Jim Jackson, Homer, 
Alaska; Kurt Miller, Palm Harbor, Fla; and Jay Fretz, 
Sebring, Fla. 

The recognition was given at the recommendation 
of the field secretary in each area of the country. 
Among the criteria considered were evangelism and 
calling program, lay leadership development, effec- 
tive organization and delegaton of responsibility, 
maintenance of building and grounds, cooperative 
spirit, effective problem solving and decision mak- 
ing, church giving patterns and fund management, 
and public preaching and teaching ministries. □ 




Charles Barnh 





Michael Ciaph 




Jay Fretz 






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'How Shall The World Know" 

'Proving the Resurrection' 

Romans 1:1-6 

by former Pdstor Gary R. Hable 

G.B.C. North Pole Alaska 

We live in a scientific world, a world in which people no longer accept things by faith. 
People continue to cry out for everything to be tested and proven, the "show me" syndrome. 

The Word of God records that a certain man, Jesus of Nazareth, who walked the sur- 
face of this planet was actually God manifested in the flesh. But to a world such as ours 
that has rejected God's Word, how shall they know that Jesus Christ is in fact who He 
claims to be . . . that He actually has been declared to be the Son of God with power 
by the fact of His resurrection? 

One method by which you can prove something to be true is the "scientific method". 
This method makes use of experiments to prove its assumption. For example, to prove 
that Ivory Soap floats, you would set up an experiment where you could test one thou- 
sand bars of soap to see if they float. Then based upon the results of that experiment you 
would state that Ivory Soap does float. 

Well, immediately you can see that it is impossible to prove the resurrection by using 
the scientific method. But there is another method by which you can prove something 
to be true, and that is by the "legal method". This is the method that our court system 
uses. It employs the use of testimonies and eye-witness accounts to legally establish the 
validity of something that once took place. Well, God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to 
use the "legal method" to testify to the world the reality of the resurrection of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. The question one might ask then is: "How has He chosen to accomplish this?" 

We know that God has chosen the preaching of His Word to be the means by which 
He draws people to Himself, and it is our responsibility as ambassadors for Christ to carry 
forth the gospel message. But there is more to it than that. Romans 1:18-20 declares that 
God is clearly seen through that which He has made: "For the wrath of God is revealed 
from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth 



in unrighteousness, because that 
which is known about God is evident 
within them; for God made it evident 
to them. For since the creation of the 
world His invisible attributes. His eter- 
nal power and divine nature, have 
been clearly seen, being understood 
through what has been made, so that 
they are without excuse." The things 
"made" is the Greek word "poiema" 
from which we get our English word 
"poem". And a poem is a rhythmic 
composition which expresses the 
thoughts of its author. God has 
created a poem, His creation, that ex- 
presses Himself and can be read by the 
world. 

Well, as we think of all that God has 
created, we also see that His people 
are also His creation, we are His "new 



creation" in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). We 
too, are part of the overall poem that 
can be read by the world. As a matter 
of fact Ephesians 2:10 says that "we 
are His workmanship, created in Christ 
Jesus for good works, which God 
prepared beforehand, that we should 
walk in them." Here again the word 
"workmanship" is the Greek word 
"poiema"; we are God's poem, 
created in Christ Jesus for good works. 
The point is this, there are people 
around us who do not know the Lord 
Jesus Christ, and God has sovereign- 
ly placed us in their midst. We have 
friends, neighbors, relatives, and other 
people whom we are in contact with 
on a regular basis. And these people 
are reading your life. As progress is 
made in your sanctification, by God's 



grace, your life then adds credibility to 
the message that you are proclaiming 
to them. You are the light that they see 
and the poem that they read in the 
midst of this great darkness. 

How does this all tie into the reality 
of the resurrection? Well, it is only 
because of our Lord's resurrection that 
we have been made His workman- 
ship. It is only because of His resurrec- 
tion that God's people have a message 
to carry to a lost world. And it is only 
because of the resurrection that God's 
people are being sanctified, that their 
lives are being transformed before the 
watching eyes of the world. All of this 
testifies to the world that God the 
Father has indeed sent His Son. 

What message is your life giving to 
those around you? □ 



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OCTOBER '85 



Developing Future 

Funds For The FGBC 



By Russel Dunlap 
Stewardship Director 



More than two million dollars has been set aside for 
Grace Brethren ministries, according to a report released 
at the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches last August in Estes Park, Colorado. 

In reporting to the conference, Russel Dunlap, director 
of Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, noted that 
in the last year, he has worked with 199 family units in 
estate planning. Of that number, 125 families have in- 
dicated their desire to include Grace Brethren Missions and 
their local church in their estate plans. 

Those 125 families have a total estate value of 
$16,075,000 in assets, including insurance, and have in- 
dicated total charitable future interests of $2,857,000. 

More than $800,000 has been set aside for the local 
church and district church extension work. Nearly 
$800,000 has been designated for Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions, while nearly $700,000 has been earmarked for 
Grace Brethren Home Missions. Grace Schools and other 
organizations are slated to receive more than $500,000. 

The total future interest recorded is $2,856,640, or an 
average of $22,900 per family unit. 

Dunlap stated it is the goal of the Grace Brethren Mis- 
sions Stewardship Service to promote good stewardship 
within our fellowship of churches and to assist members 
and friends with their financial and estate planning, review 
and preparation of wills, trusts, and other means of ac- 
complishing their desired financial plans. 

He quoted a survey conducted by Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 
moderator of the FGBC for 1984-85, noting it revealed 
that 387 members had died during the last three years in 
the 143 churches which responded. Of that number, 39, 
or ten percent, of the individuals named the local church 
in their will, leaving a total of $168,167 for that ministry. 
The average size of the bequest to the churches was 
$4,800. 

Normally, charitable bequests are made when the se- 
cond spouse, or a single person, dies. So, in effect, the 
above represents about 20 percent of the family units who 
are making a bequest to the local churches, he added. 

In stewardship conferences in the past year, 117 of 125 
family units, or 93.6 percent, wanted to make some type 
of charitable bequest. Of that number, 97, or 78 percent, 
wanted to include the local church. That figure was almost 
four times the number which the survey indicated. 

Dollars of future interest are determined by estate plans 
of the individuals who have been counseled through the 
Stewardship Service. These monies will come to various 
organizations via bequests (wills), trusts, annuities, in- 
surance, or other arrangements. The dollar amounts are 
based on the present estate and present plans, both of 
which are subject to change. 



Stewardship Activities 

REPORT PERIOD: August 1, 1984 to June 30, 1985 

Total Estate Planning Interviews 199 Family Units 

Complete