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I heard a sfory the other day that 
is worth passing on. A certain 
man wanted to sell his house for 
$10,000. Another man wanted to 
buy it very badly, but he was a poor 
man and could not 
afford to pay the full 
price. After much 
dickering, the 
owner agreed 
to sell the 
house to 




the man for $5,000. But, the reduced 
price came with a stipulation. The 
owner would sell the house, but he 
would y> keep ownership 
of a large y^<S. nail protruding 
from ^^ over the front 

After several years, the 
original owner decided he 
wanted to buy the house hack. 
Understandably, the ^ 

new owner refused to 
sell. So the original 
owner went out, found 
the carcass of a dead 
dog in the street and 
hung it from the nail 
that he still owned. Soon the 
house became unlivable, and the 
new owner was forced to sell to 
the owner of the nail. 

As the storyteller con- 

d evil 
life, he 
to hang his 
on it." 

we leave the 
with even one 
peg in our 
will return 
rotting garbage 

When Dave Bogue came to 
our church recently, he con- 
cluded the service by inviting 
people to come up and get a nail. 
The purpose of the nail was to 
remind us all of the sacrifice 
Jesus made on the cross for our 
sins. Hopefullv, we would be 
encouraged to faithfully witness 

to others about |-_^ 


faith in the /___/ 


Lord Jesus. That 

~\ ^x 

nail has also served 

1 /""^N 

to alert me to 

/ 1 

something else. It 

/ / has 

much to do with / 

/ rny 

future. It reminds / 

/ me to 

diligently guard / 

/ the 

front door of my / 

/ life. I 

cannot afford to / 

/ gi\'e the 

enemy access / 

/ to even 

one nail. C 

Where's my hammer? 

New Year 

I am part of the "Fellowship 
of the Unashamed." I have Holy 
Spirit power. The die has been 
cast. I've stepped over the line. 
The decision has been made. I 
am a disciple of His. I won't 
look back, let up, slow down, 
back away, or be still. My past is 
redeemed, my present makes 
sense, and my future is secure. I 
am finished and done with low 
living, sight walking, small 
planning, smooth knees, 
colorless dreams, tame visions, 
mundane talking, chintzy 
giving, and dwarfed goals! 

I no longer need 
preeminence, prosperity, 
position, promotions, plaudits, 
or popularity. I don't have to be 
right, first, tops, recognized, 
praised, regarded, or rewarded. I 
now live by presence, learn by 
faith, love by patience, live by 
prayer, and labor by power. 

My face is set, my gait is fast, 
my goal is heaven, my road is 
narrow, my way is rough, my 
companions few, my guide 
reliable, my mission clear. I 
cannot be bought, compromised, 
detoured, lured away, turned 
back, diluted, or delayed. I will 
not flinch in the face of sacrifice, 
hesitate in the presence of 
adversity, negotiate at the table 
of the enemy, ponder at the pool 
of popularity, or meander in the 
maze of mediocrity. 

I won't give up, shut up, let go, 
or slow up until I've preached up, 
prayed up, paid up, stored up, and 
stayed up for the cause of Christ 

1 am a disciple of Jesus. I 
must go till He comes, give till I 
drop, preach till all know, and 
work till He stops. 

And when He comes to get 
His own. He'll have no 
problems recognizing me . . . my 
colors will be clear. 


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Breaking the Siinda^^ 
Morning MOLD m Pmd vancl 

nother church?" 
Tliat's what many people 
. thought when the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church an- 
nounced plans to plant another church 
in Warsaw, Indiana. There are o\'er 40 
churches in Warsaw and Winona Lake. 
What difference could one more make? 

But when Warsaw's newest 
church had their grand opening on 
October 1, 1995, it was clear Jesus 
was ready to build one more. And 
this one looked a lot different from 
His others. There was no cross, no 
stained glass windows, no organ, no 
hymns, no rituals, and no pastor 

Instead, tlie 291 people who came 
out to see New Horizon Community 
Church's first public ser\'ice saw a band 
tliat had a soft-rock sound, a lead singer 
and backup singers of professional 
quaUtv', a drama that poked fiin at the 
"l^Lrds and the bees," and a talk-not a 
sermon-that laimched the series, 
"E\'er)'thing you e\'er wanted to know 
about God but were afraid to ask." 

The new church is out to 
surprise people who ha\'e gi\-en up 
on church. It is the first church in 
Warsaw to design a Sunday morning 
service exclusively for people who do 
not now attend church. Word-of- 
mciuth has been their sole advertising 
and it seems to have worked well. 

"Everything we do on Sunday 
morning is geared for people we call 
'unchurched,'" says Brad Skiles, 
senior leader for the church. "We 
have a small group of people who 
meet weekly to critique the Sunday 
service. Their whole focus is whether 
our music, drama, theme, and 
message connected with unchurched 
people. We ha\'e redesigned the 
church service to provide a place for 
people to learn about God without 

feeling pressure to make a decision. 
We realize that faith is a process and 
we allow people to go through that 
process at their own pace." 

The idea to start this new type of 
church in Warsaw, came out of a series 
of earlv morning meetings that began in 
September of 1994. Eight men commit- 
ted themsek'es to meet weekly to pray, 
study Acts, and discuss the possibiHtv 
of starting a church that would present 
the message of tlie Bible in a contempo- 
rary way. The group was an urdikely 
mix of interests and ages. Ranging from 
an early-tv\'ent\'-vear- old to a 70 vear- 
old, tlie group was made up of a college 
professor, a retired missionary, two 
financial planners, a denominational 
executive, a lead singer for a hard-rock 
band, a videographer, and an owner of 
an area foundry. 

Early in the de\'elopmental 
process, John Tee\'an, pastor of the 
home church for these men, was 
brought into tlie decision. Soon the 
vision for the new church became a way 
of fiilfiUing the mother church's plans to 
reach out to different people groups. 

In January of 1995, the October 
1 launch date was chosen. Then 
meetings in the mother church were 
used to communicate the strategy 
for reaching out to some 8,000 
unchurched people in this rural 
community. From Januarv through 
May, the mother church helped 
nurture the movement and encour- 
aged its development. By June, 50 
adults left area churches to pursue 
the church planting \'enture. 

From June through September, 
tlie new church met weekly on Sunday 
morning in a "Spiritiial Boot Camp" 
phase. Sunday morning topics and 
small group acti\ities began educating 
and expanding tliis core in anticipation 

of a new design for church. Then the 
October 1 laimch vje& a tremendous 
affimiation of how God is working. 

Although their Sunday morn- 
ing service attracts attention, this 
new church wants to be known for 
what happens on other days of the 
week. "We view Sunday morning as 
a funnel," states Skiles. "When 
people are ready to take a next step, 
we ha\'e lots of ways to get into 
smaller groups which meet during 
the week. Someday, we'll be known 
as a church of small groups . . . 
where it is easy to make new friends 
and feel a part of a family." 

Behind the scenes of this church 
is another uriique strategy. With a 
core of about 130 attendees, the 
church has yet to name a pastor "We 
decided we didn't want a church 
where it was expected the pastor 
would do all the work," says Skiles. 
"We ha\e se\'eral talented people 
sharing the role of a pastor and nearly 
everyone in our core is in\oh'ed in 
some aspect of ser\'ice. One of our 
values is to train leaders and our 
current structure gi\'es many oppor- 
trmities for leadership de\'elopment." 

Tliroughout the nation people 
have been praying for tliis churcli 
planting effort. Commenting on the 
preservice prayer time, one of the New 
Horizon leaders said, "It was such a 
special moment. As we started to pray I 
could feel the prayers of many people 
across tlie nation who have been 
remembering us." The new churcli is so 
gratehil for tiie pra\'er support of its 
motiier diurcli and friends tiiroughout 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship. God has 
been aixsweiing tliose prayers . . . one 
demonstration being the many un- 
churched people who came on tlieir 
first Sunday. • 

_^^ Jam ARY/pEBRLARY 1996 




by John W. Schumacher 

During period of September 1 
through September 9, Martha 
and I found ourselves in- 
\'oh'ed in an opportunity for minis- 
try we could never have imagined 
possible, even in our wildest dreams. 
The words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 
2:12 kept coming back to me: "... a 
door was opened to me of the Lord." 
We were in the city of Kiev, 
Ukraine, "half a world away" 
from the comforts of home and 
"a world away" from the com- 
forts of politics, language and 
culture that we so easily . . . and 
so often . . . take for granted. 

Where do events like 
these have their begirmings? I 
can easily remember the night 
I met Sergei Timchenko in the 
home of my friend and co- 
worker in the National 
Association of Evangelical 
Chaplains Commission, 
retired chaplain Jim Edgren. 
Sergei had pastored an 
underground church in a 
community outside the city of Kiev, 
uncomfortably close to the 
Chernobyl nuclear power plant. 
When the "Iron Curtain" lifted, 
Sergei was permitted to move to 
Denver, Colorado, to begin what 
was to become a five year study 
program at Denver Conservative 
Baptist Seminary. Now he was 
returning to Kiev where he had been 
invited, because of his newly 
acquired "Western" education, to 
assume the "chair" of the Religion 
Department at the University of 
Kiev, Mohyla Academy. One of his 
burning desires was to offer a course 
at the University that would reflect 
what he had experienced in the 
United States. He wanted to call his 

course, "Christianity and Democ- 
racy". Unknown to me, he was 
looking for "professors" he could 
in\'ite to Kie\' to help him present 
this academic opportunity for 
Ukrainian college students. My 
good friend, Jim Edgren, said to 
Sergei, "talk to John, he taught 
Ethics at the Army War College". 

John Schumacher (R) in a Ukrainian University classroom. 

After a brief conversation, Sergei 
looked at me and simply, but 
sincerely asked, "John, would you 
come to Kiev and lecture on ethics at 
mv university?" With almost no 
confidence that anything like that 
could ever happen to me, I told my 
new friend, "if the Lord opens the 
door, I will come". 

The event is much greater and 
more comprehensive than this space 
can contain, but the Lord's loving 
providence brought us to the 
moment when we were at last on 
board our 767 Martinair Holland jet, 
Ukrainian visas and 40 pages of 
manuscript in hand, ready for "take 
off", fully knowing that the best 
preparation we could have done 

would not be enough for what lies 
ahead of us. 

Thursday, August 31: We 
depart SeaTac International Airport 
for our 10 hour flight to Amsterdam. 
About 2 hours out of Amsterdam, 
the sky turns a brilliant red, the 
most spectacular sunrise we have 
ever seen. "Thank you Lord, for 
such a powerful reminder of Who is 
really in control of the incredible 
journey!" After a four hour layover 
in Amsterdam, we board our 
Ukraine Airline 737 jet for our three 
hour journey to Kiev. I find this part 
of our journey a time for quiet but 
fairly intense reflection. 

Friday, September 
1: We land in Kiev, quite 
weary from our journey 
and experiencing a ten 
hour jet lag, go through 
customs and finally into 
the airport lobby, 
desperately searching to 
find the familiar face of 
Sergei. Almost 45 
minutes later, after one 
more prayer reminding 
the Lord that He is "in 
charge", I look up to see 
Sergei coming toward 
me. 1 hug him. I have 
never been happier to 
see a familiar face! We 
are taken through the city of Kiev to 
an apartment building as long as a 
football field and 12 stories high, 
containing over 4,000 people. We 
will stay with Ludmila Gluchomen, 
a native Ukrainian, who had studied 
and lived in the US during the 
"Cold War" years. For most of that 
time, she had been completely out of 
contact with her family. She is now a 
missionary serving in the Ukraine 
with "Great Commission Missions". 
She knows both cultures and is 
fluent in both languages. We begin 
to feel a little more secure. 

Saturday, September 2: After a 
"fitful" night of "rest," we awake to 
our first full day in a part of the 
world about which the West knows 


so little. We spend the afternoon sight- 
seeing and, early that evening, find 
ourselves tra\'eling across the city with 
a "taxi" driver ("taxis" in Kiev are pri- 
vately owned cars you are able to flag 
down, whose drivers expect a fee for 
their service), who is a former Ukrai- 
nian soldier and former member of the 
Communist party. We share Christ with 
him, through our host, and he responds 
with sincere interest. We attend a two 
and a half hour service in a Baptist 
church where I am invited to give a tes- 
timony 2ind sing . . . and where I am 
greeted by an old Ukrainian gentleman 
with a "holy kiss" square on my mouth! 

Sunday, Septem- 
ber 3: The morning is 
ours and we cherish 
every quiet moment. 
We travel to another 
Baptist church for 
another two and a half 
hour service where, 
again, I am invited to 
sing and give my 
testimony. (No kiss . . . 
but 1 am asked by one 
gentleman if I have 
ever sung opera. I think 
it is a compliment!) We 
meet Sergei's wife, 
Irana, and his children, 
Marsha, Kata, Andre 
and Ilya. We are also privileged to 
meet his sisters, Anna and Olga and 
Olga's husband, Slava, a physician. 
Precious Christians. We are re- 
minded how artificial barriers melt 
away quickly when you meet a new 
brother or sister in Christ. We can't 
imagine what Heaven wiU be Like . . . 
but this is at least a "tiny" glimpse! 

Monday, September 4: We 
journey by "Metro" (their subway 
system that "feels" like it must be at 
least 200 miles of tunnel) to the 
University where we have a very 
enjoyable office call with Dr. Gorski, 
head of the Department of Religion 
and Philosophy. We see more of the 
city. Government buildings still 
have the "hammer and sickle" 
prominently displayed. Sergei tells 

us that it means nothing now but is 
just too hard to "chip" it off. Late 
afternoon finds us at the Military 
Academy where they train their 
middle-management "career" 
officers. I ha\'e been invited to 
lecture on ethics. It is a "first" for the 
Academy. Few, if any, Americans 
have ever been invited to speak to 
these students and they have never 
heard a lecture on ethics. Questions 
are asked, the dialogue is energiz- 
ing. I feel I have genuinely "con- 
nected." 1 am able to share my faith 
and the "faith of my fathers" who 
gave birth to a nation that has 

Mr. mid Mrs. Schiimachereiijoii a dinner unth Victor Kidaknnch, 
CItesnokov, Vladimir Mandrageeja, Alexic Pavlovich and Ih: Edi 

embraced a moral, ethical value 
system from its earliest days, deeply 
rooted in the Judeo-Christian 

Tuesday, September 5: The 
morning is quiet. On the way to the 
University, we pass by a fatality 
accident. The body is sHll lying in 
the street. It is symbolic to me of the 
desperate plight of so many who 
live in the part of the "Former Soviet 
Union". The course is introduced by 
Dr. Gorski and I am introduced by 
Sergei. As Sergei begins to interpret 
for me, he is interrupted by several 
of the students. He looks at me and 
tells me, "they do not want me to 
interpret for you, they want to hear 
you only in English". What a gift! 
Lecturing through an interpreter is 

exhausting and limiting (I was 
"wiped out" after the lecture at the 
Military Academy). The platform 
time is long, over two hours. Again, 
I have the opportunity to share my 
faith and our precious Christian 
heritage. Again, the dialogue with 
the students is energizing and 
exciting. Our evening meal has been 
prepared by Sergei's mother, 
Ludmila. It is ethnic food, which is 
simple, but quite tasty and filling. 
When we finish eating, I am invited 
to do a mini-concert. It is a very 
touching experience for both of us. I 
sing Ludmila's favorite, "The 

Hiding Place" to an 
accompaniment played 
bv a "gifted pianist" 
(Martha!) playing a 
very out of tune piano. 
"Grandma" Timchenko 
clasps her hands under 
her chin and lovingly 
smiles and quietly tells 
us, "spaceba! spaceba!" 
("thank you, thank 
vou"). It is a moment 
we will always remem- 
ber and cherish. Our 
return "home" is not 
une\'entful! We are 
escorted by Grandma 
to a bus. We come to 
the end of the bus route and are 
required to exit the bus. It is late at 
night, and we have no idea where 
we are, except that we are with 
"Grandma", who is also lost and 
who speaks no English. It is hard to 
imagine a situation where one could 
feel more insecure! We finally arrive 
at our "home," driven there by a 
reluctant "taxi" driver. He is in a 
hurry and drives recklessly fast. I 
think of the title to an old movie, 
"From Here To Eternity" (!!), but we 
make it and Luda's familiar apart- 
ment looks almost as inviting as my 
own front room in Olympia! 

Wednesday, September 6: 1 
had been scheduled to address the 

(continued on page 18) 

Dr. \^adimir 
vard Afoniii. 



January/February 1996 




It's not Just for the Pre-Teen - 

rrrr^ by Bob Smoker 

What is the age group 
that you usually associ- 
ate with Grace Breth- 
ren Boys? Most likely your 
answer is grades one through 
six. Many churches have Grace 
Brethren Boys for the older boys 
as well. The Grace Brethren Bovs 
program has always included the 
older boys, taking them beyond 
the elementary level with more 
ad\'anced material and activities, 
and incorporating them into the 
leadership structure. 

This renewed interest 
among the older boys is linked 
to the "Adventure Team." Being 
part of the A-Team means that 
the boy has demonstrated certain 
qualities and skills as well as 
reaching the right age. 

past June 22, 
members of 
the A-team 
along with 
22 men 
in the Grace 
Boys High 
held in the 
Park of up 
state New 
York. The 

large num- 
ber was 
more than 

expected and is an indication 
that there is considerable interest 
among our men and boys for this 

Older and younger men enjoy the great outdoors. 

bined in a wilderness setting 
away from the rest of the world, 
and when man and boy are 
stretched spiritually, emotion- 
ally, and physically, good things 
happen. It is no wonder that 
Grace Brethren Boys, for the 
older boys, is growing. 

We are praising God for 
what He is doing with and 
through the ministry of Grace 
Brethren Boys. Churches inter- 
ested in learning more about this 
ministry should contact: 

Tlie young men of the Grace Brethren Boys 
in the wilderness. 

Roger Mills, National Director 
118 Salem Ct. 

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 




ONE on ONE with 

The People 
We Meet 


Conference on Women 


: Millie Davis is from Orlando, 
Florida.Wliat is tlie project that 
is on your heart right now? 

A; Well, the main thing that is 
on my heart right now is the hurting 
pastor's wives or women who are in 
the ministry today. 

Q: You are going to have a 
retreat. When is that going to be? 

A: The retreat is going to be in 
April, the 22nd tlirough tlie 25tli, 1996. 

Q: Where is it going to be held? 

A: It's going to be held at the 
Hilton Beach Resort and Conx'ention 
Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Q: Tliis is especially for pastor's 
wives. Is this correct? 

A: It is for women who are in tlie 
ministry or their husbands who are in 
tlie ministn,'; tliat is minister of music, 
minister of education, whatever. 

Q: Wliat is tlie goal of tliis retreat? 

A: The goal of this retreat is 
to help those pastors' wives to 

understand their role, to be able 
to cope with it, to fill in that gap. 

Q: You shared with us a 
statistic on people unhappy as 
couples in the ministry. Would you 
share that again? 

A: Yes. H.B. London, who is with 
Focus on the Familv, shared a statistic 
that he had polled pastors and tlieir 
wives. They asked tine pastors and their 
wives if they had the opportunity to 
leave tiie ministry today how many 
would leave. Approximately 83"^ of the 
pastors said tliey would leave and 100"/!) 
of the pastors' wives said they would 
lea\'e tlie ministry today. 

Q: Tliat is shocidng! Now tliis is 
die reason tliat you are going to have 
tliis women's retreat, to encourage 
women in the ministry? 

A: Absolutely! Not only to 
encourage, but we've got to find that 
denomination in there tliat is going to 
meet a need. 

Q: What is the cost of the retreat? 

A: The cost of the retreat is 
$295.00. That is for four days and three 

nights at the Hilton plus tlieir transpor- 
tation. We are praying verv hard tliat 
tliey will see tlie need to come, tliat they 
will find tlie time to come and that tlie 
people in their churches will see tine 
need and see to it that they get there. 

Q: If people want to help witli a 
special fund, would they set it up 
tliroughout her church or how should 
tliey do it? 

A; Tlie wives themselves who are 
coming are to make their own reser\'a- 
tioi\s, so the best way to do it would be 
to go right to the wives or tlie pastors. 1 
want your vrafe to go and 1 wiU pay the 
way, or I wUl gi\-e them frequent flyer 
mQes, or anytliing I can do. But you 
need io be tliere. If you go and you get 
inspired, you are going to come back 
and bless our ministry here. 

Q: Tlie dates of the reh-eat again? 

A: April 22nd tlirough the 25tl-i 
1996. Ste\'e and Maria Gardner are 
going to be there in concert and song. 
Patty Stiunp, a Cliristian counselor, is 
going to he there. She is not only going 
to be speaking, hut she is going to be 
a\'ailable to meet witli any pastor's wife 
who has a need on a personal basis. • 





by Martha Schwartz 


/ /~W' "¥"6110! I'm back again." I 
recognized my son's 
. voice immediately. "It's 
great to see the sun again after being 
out under the sea for almost three 

"Oh, Terry, it's so good to hear 
your voice and to know you're 
safe." We had visited his submarine 
just before he went out for this last 
stint. I could understand what a 
blessing sunlight would be and 
how claustrophobic he might have 
felt living in such limited space for 
a long time. 

"And something important: 
Your brother's wedding is only 
two weeks away and he needs to 
know your measurements for your 

On went the joyful conver- 
sation with my 23 year old son 
who was stationed at the 
Nuclear Submarine Naval Base 
in Bangor, Washington. He had 
been in the Navy for over 4 years 
and had excelled as an 
electrician's mate on his "boat." 
One time he worked 60 hours 
straight because the elecrical 
generator on the sub had failed, 
which put the crew in danger 
and in the dark, under the ocean. 

At such times, he remem- 
bered that God is there in the 
depths of the sea: "If I take the 
wings of the morning, and dwell 
in the uttermost parts of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead 
me, and your right hand shall hold 
me" (Psalm 139:8- 10). 

During some of those tedious 
hours at sea he had opportunity to 
work with Tony and to talk with 
him about the Lord. Tony's child- 
hood had been rough and he was 
rather skeptical about what Terry 
had to tell him, but he listened. And 

when they were cin land, they had 
lots of fun together boating, skiing 
and being with other young people. 
Sometimes Tony went with Terry to 
the young adult class at church. He 
was full of questions and objections. 

Another week passed that 
summer of 1988 and we had the 
pleasure of another call from Terry 
on Saturday. He would be leaving 

Terry Schwartz in uniform. 

Washington on Monday and arrive 
home in Santa Maria, California, on 

Sunday was a busy day — 
Sunday school at the C&MA church 
in Silverdale, Washington, then to 
another church to participate in the 
worship service and fellowship 
again with friends he had made 

He had attended the wed- 
ding of a friend the day before and 
one of the bridesmaids needed a 
lift to catch a plane. "Always ready 
to help," Terry was available. And 

during the two-hour trip, he was 
able to share his testimony with 
the girl. 

He had to hurry to be at 
church that evening, where he had 
agreed to share what God had 
taught him during his time at sea. 
Arriving home, he threw some 
clothes in the washer, since he 
planned to leave for California the 
next morning. 

He jumped into his bright 
blue-green Porsche, with his Bible 
on the seat beside him, and took 
off down the twenty miles of 
beautiful tree-lined highway 
toward the church. 

The meeting began without 
him. Later, Terry still hadn't 
arrived. Now it was very late! 
Something must be wrong. Prayer 
went up for him. 

Monday morning in Santa 
Maria was quite normal, although 
the week had arrived for Curtis 
and Susan's wedding. Ralph, my 
husband, had gone off for his 
morning game at the racquetball 

The doorbell rang — two 
Navy officers were at the door. I 
invited them in. They looked 
extremely serious, but would not 
say why they had come until Ralph 
arrived. Then, they told us that 
Terry had died in a car accident the 
evening before. My reaction sur- 
prised them as I said, "Oh, he has 
gone to be with the Lord!" 

Terry had been bom in Brazil 
where we were missionaries, and he 
had expressed his desire to visit BrazO, 
2ind perhaps to return there as a 
missionary. It was comforting to us that 
the chaplain at tlie submarine base who 



conducted the memorial service had 
also served as a missionary in BrazU. 
Terry liked music and had a 
collection of tapes. He especially 
loved Keith Green's songs. 1 can 
picture Terry rejoicing in the pres- 
ence of the Lord singing: 

"Oh Lord, You're beautiful. 
Your face is all I see. 
For when Your eyes are on 

this child 
Your grace abouncis to me." 

{•Keith Green, copyright 
Birdwing Music/Cherry Lane 
Music Publishing Co.) 

I miss my son more than 1 can 
express. My heart cries because he is 
not here. But, praise the Lord, he is 
safe in God's house and some day 
we'll be there together 1 don't know 
why God would take one in the 
prime of life, who was faithfully 
serving Him and who planned to 
serve Him in the future. I just leave 
that with the Lord. He knows what 
is best! 

Tonv was greatly affected hv 
Terry's death. He continued to attend 
the young adult's meetings and 
within a year accepted the Lord. He 
later finished his military service and 
mo\'ed to California near us. He was 



hungry to know God's Word and 
Ralph had the privilege of discipling 
him, as well as marrying him to a 
Christian young lady. Terry had 
touched Tony's life as well as dozens 
of others. 1 thank the Lord that I, 
along with my husband, had the 
privilege to raise a child of the King. 

Riilpli and Martini Sclrwarfz 
served ns Grace Brethren missionar- 
ies in Brazil from 1964-78, then 
pastored tlie Santa Maria, (CA) 
GBC until 1991 when they joined 
the GBC missionan/ team in 
Portugal. • 


$1.5 Million Donation 

Staff Report 

Winona Lake-Grace College 
and Seminary has received 
a gift of $1.3 million— 
the largest contribution in the 
school's history. 

The donation came from Mr 
and Mrs. Robert Gordon of 
Springfield, Ohio. The Gordons, 
longtime friends of Grace College, 
were honored at the school's 
homecoming Oct. 20. 

The gift includes $500,000 
toward the renovation of the 
former Westminster Hotel. The 
building was purchased by the 
college in 1994 with plans to 
renovate it as a college dormitory, 
student union, and conference 
center Grace is involved in a 
capital campaign to renovate the 

The remaining $1 million will 
help build a new student recre- 
ation center on campus. Plans for 
that facility will begin once the 

capital campaign for Westminster 
is concluded. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon were honored 
Grace College's homecoming on October 20, 

This gift moves Grace substan- 
tially closer to completing the capital 
campaign for the Westminster, as 
well as enabling the institution to 




take a significant step forward in the 

campus building strategy. 

In thanking the Gordons for 
their gift, Grace president, Dr 
Ronald Manahan noted that they 
are careful stewards of their 
resources, seeing to it that their 
gifts are in\-ested in work that is 
eternal: promoting the work of 
God's kingdom. The Gordons have 
given to Grace over se\'eral decades. 

The Gordons said their 
agreement with the mission of 
Grace College was an important 
factor in their gi\'ing. 

Grace College and Seminary 
IS an evangelical Christian com- 
munity of higher education that 
"^ applies biblical \'alues in strength- 
ening character, sharpening 
competence and preparing 

service. Degrees are awarded 

through the doctoral level. 

The institution is accredited by 

the North Central Association. • 

xJmmM^ JanvaryiPebrvary 1996 



May I Introduce You 
to Kevin and Jill Yohe? 

by Georgia Bateson 

Kevin & Jill Yohe are members 
of our Osceola Grace Breth- 
ren Church. Ke\'in is active in 
the choir anci together they are youth 
leaders when Jill is able. 

They met at Taylor Univer- 
sity, tieen married about 6 years 
and had even served as EMT's 
together for a few of those. They 
led a fairly normal life until 
August 20, 1989. After vacationing 
in Pennsylvania, visiting Kevin's 
parents, they were returning 
home with Jill asleep in the car. 
When she awoke, she had a 
tremendous headache and was 
vomiting. Ke\'in took her to the 
nearest hospital. This particular 
hospital had had 6 cases of 
meningitis and wanted to do a 
spinal tap. Since Jill had to 
remain flat on her tiack for 8 
hours following the spinal tap, she 
was admitted to the hospital. 
Kevin in the meantime called his 
parents to tell them what was 
going on. It also seems Kevin had 
an aunt that lived in this particu- 
lar town, so Kevin gave her a call. 
She came to the hospital and took 
him and their dog, who had been 
traveling with Kevin and Jill, to 
her house. 

When Jill awoke the next 
morning, the left side of her face 
was droopy. She remained in the 
hospital 4 to 5 days. Kevin's aunt 
spoke to her doctor and Jill was 
transferred to a hospital in 
Youngstown, Ohio. Jill spent 
approximately a week and a half 
there with still no diagnosis. Jill 
finally convinced the doctor in 
Youngstown to let her go home. 

Kevin's parents came to take Jill 
home to Indiana. At this point, 
Kevin and Jill had a subcompact 
car and Kevin's parents had a 
larger car which would make her 
6 hour trip home much more 
comfortable. Back in Goshen, Jill 
saw a local neurologist who 
thought she might have mi- 
graines. It was September by this 
time and there still had been no 

Tlie doctor called Kevin at 
his office and told him to 
come right away because he 
didn't think Jill would live 
through the night. 

further testing done. They 
contacted their family doctor at 
the Elkhart Clinic who called in 
another neurologist. Jill was 
back in the hospital with her 
right side paralyzed. She was 
taken by ambulance to Rush 
Presbyterian St. Luke's in Chi- 
cago and admitted to the Neurol- 
ogy Department. Finally, some- 
one had some ideas! They 
started her on high doses of 
steroids. She would get better, 
then would be worse. The doc- 
tors there were treating her for 
multiple sclerosis. The neurolo- 
gist called in specialists who ran 
tests, but there was no follow-up 
on the testing. Jill was admitted 
to the hospital in Chicago 4 or 5 
times with no positive diagnosis, 
all the while her condition was 

deteriorating. Soon she was in a 
wheel chair and almost was put 
on a respirator. 

The doctor called Kevin at 
his office and told him to come 
right away because he didn't 
think Jill would live through the 
night. Their pastor went with 
him and they had an anointing 
service. They were still getting 
nowhere and asked for a second 

About this time Jill's mom saw 
an article in the paper about a lady 
who had the same sort of symptoms. 
Jill called the lady who had traveled 
all over the world seeking a diagno- 
sis. She told Jill the best doctor that 
she had founci was at Indiana 
University Medical Center in 
Indianapolis. Jill called the doctor, 
but he wouldn't see her. Jill 
called the lady back, who in 
turn called the doctor and 
explained Jill's situation to 
him. The doctor (Dr. Kohler) 
agreed to see Jill. 

It was now December 
of 1990 and there had not 
been a positive diagnosis. 
During Jill's first visit to Dr. 
Kohler, he studied the 
testing that was done at the 
hospital in Chicago. By studying 
the results, he seemed to think that 
she had contracted encephalitis, 
which is an inflammation of the 
brain. Jill was admitted to the 
hospital in Indianapolis two more 
times between December 1990 and 
June 1991. During this time. Dr. 
Kohler tried to find a pam medica- 
tion that Jill could take. In June of 
1991, a nerve block was tried, but 
only gave minimal relief. It was 
suggested that a block of ner\'es be 
removed from her shoulder. It was 
during this time that Dr. Kohler 
made a positive diagnosis. He felt 
fairly certain that Jill did indeed have 
encephalitis, but because it was let go 
so long thev would never know for 

(continued on page 15) 






Into the Arms of Jesus 


A Memorial Tribute to Russel H. Dunlap 


by Larry N. Chamberlain 

We had shared in our 
staff devotions on 
Tuesday morning, 
October 17, how uncertain each 
day's e\'ents can be, yet our 
certain assurance is that the Lord 
directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9). 

On Wednesday, our dear 
friend and colleague, Russ 
Dunlap, suffered a sudden, 
massive heart attack and was 
ushered into the arms of his 
Savior, only one month from his 
seventieth birthday. 

Russ was a layman who 
dedicated his management skills 
to the work of the Lord. He 
ser\-ed as Director of Business 
Affairs at Grace College for nine 
years (1962-1971) and, for the 
past twelve years, as Director of 
Grace Brethren Financial Plan- 
ning Service, holding steward- 
ship seminars and individual 
estate planning interviews across 
the United States. 

Russ and his wife, Phyllis, 
traveled thousands of miles in their 
motor home, to Grace Brethren 
churches of any size congregation, 
encouraging people to include the 
work of the Great Commission in 
their financial planning. 

Russ conducted over 3,000 
personal interviews, reviewing 

estates totaling over $440 mil- 
lion. He had the privilege of 
seeing over $42 million desig- 
nated for the local church. 
Christian education and mis- 
sions across America and around 
the world. 

Russ Duitlap. 

The time and travel Russ 
and Phyllis committed to their 
ministry was far beyond any 
measurable return of earthly 
compensation. Yet they sought 
only the advancement of the 
Great Commission and the 
eternal reward of Heaven. 

To Russ, "stewardship" was 
not only the focus of his minis- 
try, it was a way of life. I know 
of no one who offers a greater 
example of Christ-like steward- 
ship than Russel Dunlap. His 
gentleness, caring spirit, eager- 
ness to help, never-ending words 
of encouragement and acts of 
giving are testimonies to his life 
that will li\'e on in our memories. 

The song that was sung 
during the memorial service was 
precious to Russ during his 
lifetime and comforts us who bid 
him good-bye . . . 

Over the sunset iiionutniiis 
SoiJiedny I'll softly go, 
Into the anus of jesiis, 
He who has loved me so. 

Over the sunset luouiitniiis, 
Heiiveii nzvaits for me. 
Over the sunset mountains, 
Jesus my Savior I'll see. 

Toiling will all be ended. 
Shadows luill flee away. 
Sorrow will be forgotten, 
O what a wonderful day. 

Cards and letters may be 
sent to Phyllis and the family at 
1782 Country Club Road, War- 
saw, IN 46580. • 





Lady Lancers, 


by Jessica Horner 

The Lady Lancers clinched 
their first NCCAA national 
title this weekend at Lee 
College, Tennessee. The ladies en- 
tered the national tournament 
corning off a disappointing home 
loss to conference rival Taylor, but 
they overcame their obstacles in 
an overwhelming show of unity. 

The tournament started 
Friday, November 3, with three 
matches of pool play. The Lady 
Lancers first faced Trinity Chris- 
tian College, (Illinois), whom 
they had already beaten twice 
this season. However, Trinity 
took game one 10-15 while Grace 
struggled to find their rhythm of 
play. Grace came back to win the 
next two games 15-12, 15-5. 

The final game in pool play 
was a tight match against 
Concordia (Michigan). Again, 
Grace lost the first game 11-5, 
but continued to gain confidence 
that they could overcome their 
long, grueling day of volleyball. 
They won the next two games 
15-12 and 15-13 to finish the 
first day still seeded number one 
in the tournament. 

Grace (35-3) began day two 
of the single-elimination tourna- 
ment by facing Judson College 
(Illinois). Although Judson put 
up a fight in game one, the Lady 
Lancers took the match in two 
games 15-13, 15-1. Grace played 
an excellent match, only missing 
two serves. Rebecca Wahlstrom 
and Trish Dament finished with 
seven kills a piece. 

The Lady Lancers moved on 
to a quarter-final match against 
Mt. Vernon Nazarene, (Ohio). 
Grace cruised to a 15-5, 15-9 win 
over the team they had beaten 
earlier this season. The outside 
hitters were strong in this match 
as both Stacy Pastryk and Stacey 
Jackson recorded seven kills. 
Wahlstrom had 15 kills in the 
match, and Dament added 10 

Meanwhile, Concordia 
pulled out a surprise upset over 
Taylor University, setting up a 
rematch between Grace and 
Concordia for the championship 

The Cardinals tried to 
continue their upset streak by 
taking the first game 15-13. 
However, the Lady Lancers were 
not about to give up. They 
dominated game two, command- 
ing a 8-0 lead before winning 
15-7. Momentum turned dra- 
matically to set up the final 
game. Grace took an early lead 
and kept control of the game. 
Concordia managed to score 12 
points, but nothing could stop 
the Lady Lancers. When Stacy 
Pastryk drilled the ball past a 
Concordia defender for the final 
point of the game, the celebra- 
tion began. NATIONAL 

Rebecca Wahlstrom was 
honored as the tournament's 
Most Valuable Player while also 
claiming a spot on the NCCAA 
Ail-American team. Setter, 

Melissa Rants, was also named 
to the All-Tournament and AU- 
American team. Head coach, 
Candace Moats, was voted 
NCCAA Coach of the Year in her 
first season at Grace. 

The Lady Lancers finished 
their regular season with a home 
win against Marian Tuesday 
night. They played Marian again 
Thursday, November 9 in the 
first game of the MCC tourna- 
ment. The tournament continued 
November 10-11 at Taylor 
University. The winner of the 
conference tournament advanced 
to the regionals held at Michigan- 
Dearborn, November 16-18. 

The Lady Lancers ended the 
season with a disappointing loss 
to Taylor University in the semi- 
final round of the NAIA Re- 
gional Tournament. They began 
the tournament by defeating St. 
Xavier 3-0 on Thursday evening. 
Friday, they defeated the Univer- 
sity of Michigan-Dearborn 3-2 
and the College of St. Francis (L) 
4-1. They were defeated by 
Taylor on Saturday. 

Rebecca Wahlstrom paced the 
Lady Lancers throughout the 
tournament with 212 kills. Bridget 
Byers added 88 kills and 22 blocks. 
Melissa Rants and Wahlstrom 
added 18 blocks a piece. Rants also 
contributed 454 assists. Wahlstrom 
and Rants were named to the 
NAIA All-Region First Team for 
their superb play this season. The 
Lancers finished the season with 
an overall record of 44-5. • 





{May I . . . continued from page 12) 

sure. Because the inflammation of 
the brain had caused nerve damage, 
Jill now had Cranial Reflex Sympa- 
thetic Dystrophy Syndrome. The 
RSD causes the pain and has spread 
from her head to her shoulder. Jill 
has also been diagnosed with 
Collegen Vascular disease. This 
causes the swelling she experiences. 
Anti-inflammatory drugs build up 
toxic levels in the liver and some- 
times do not interact well with the 
pain medication that she takes 
causing further discomfort and 

In recent months, Jill has 
become resistant to the steroids. The 
next step will be a chemotherapy 
drug. Because of all the medication 
she has been on, her immune system 
is completely depleted. Because her 
body cannot defend itself, Kevin 
must be very careful not to bring 
colds and flu home or Jill could 
easily contract it herself. 

God has taught Jill and Kevin 
much through all of this. He has 
taught them patience. He has kept 
them humble and through all of 
the trials they have learned to give 
things over to God. The Lord has 
provided for them every step of 
the way. 

The many hospital stays 
and the medication costs have 
totally destroyed their finances. 
Jill's monthly prescriptions run 
$300 a month (out of pocket). 
Hospital stays are $350, also out 
of pocket. At one point, the bills 
seemed insurmountable. This 
past year alone, January through 
September has exceeded 
$16,000.00, with the total since 
1989 surpassing $300,000.00. 
Even with insurance, many times 
the bills were like heavy weights 
on their shoulders. Since turning 
over the responsibility to God, 
Elkhart General has graciously 
forgiven $7,500.00 of their bill 
which Kevin and Jill are very 


Kevin's employer has 
been very accomodating 
through the insurance 
nightmare, and in letting 
Kevin be with Jill in her 
many hospital stays. Kevin 
has even received permis- 
sion to work at home and 
take care of Jill during 
times of home convales- 
cence. But this requires the 
use of a home computer 
which is currently beyond 
the realm of financial 
possibility, due to the 
medical bills. The cost of 
an adequate computer has 
been reduced to about 
$1,250.00 thanks to a 
special deal that has been 

grateful, and have been working 
with Consumer Credit to pay the 
other mounting bills. Kevin says 
that he and Jill have concluded 
that, "if the Lord 
sees fit to 
send Jill 
to the 
it's going 
to have to 
be the 
bility to 
pay for it". 

they have 
done, Kevin 
and Jill 
extend their 
love and 
to all who 
have so 

helped with bills in the past. The 
entire situation has been hard on 
them, but through it all, they both 
are holding tightly to their faith. 

As EMT's, Kevin and Jill 
met many lifesaving emergency 
needs. Maybe we can do the 
same for them now. 

Meanwhile, we praise our 
Lord for the encouragement and 
perseverance that the Yohe's 
have shown to our church fam- 
ily. They truly have exalted 
Jesus' love in their testimony. 

Obviously, it's been a long 6 
years of trial and growth for 
Kevin and Jill. Let's band to- 
gether to pray for them. 

Also, Kevin and Jill have 
mounting financial needs. 
Anyone who cares to help are 
invited to send gifts to: 

Kevin and jill Yoke 
2703 Cearwood Court, 
Goshen, Indiana 46526. 

A special account is being 
investigated at local banks. • 

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Grace Brethren \y News Update 

Touching You from Aground the World 

Pastor Glenn Rininger has 
resigned as pastor of the 
Sebring, Florida GBC on 
October 1, 1995. He is prayerfully 
seeking God's will. 

CE National has added 
Timothy Kurtaneck to its staff. 
Timothy (often called "T. K.") hails 
from southern California with his 
wife Dana and daughter Rebekah. 
He serves as Director of Church 
Relations and Operation Barnabas. 
He traveled on Operation Barnabas 
tours for seven years and taught and 
coached at Whittier Christian School 
for ten years. 

Chery Otermat, former 
Director of Operation Barnabas, 

has had a change in her title at CE 
National. She will continue to 
oversee Girls' Ministries, TIME and 
Crosswalk, but will have added 
responsibilities in office operations. 
Chery's new title is Director of 
Operations and Specialized Ministry 
Training. She administered the OB 
ministries very capably for six years 
and CE National is looking forward 
to her expanded ministries. 

On October 22, 1995 Dr. Paul 
Fink and pastor Jesse Truax had 
submitted their resignations as 
Senior and Associate pastors effec- 
ti\'e immediately to the First Breth- 
ren Cliurch of Buena Vista. They will 
continue to serve the church 
through January 21, 1996, or until 
the church is successful in securing 
the services of a new pastor. Dr. Fink 
will continue his teaching at Liberty 
University and will seek opportuni- 
ties of supplying pulpits or an 
interim pastorate. Pastor Truax's 
future plans are indefinite. Please 
remember both the pastors and 

church in prayer as each seeks God's 
guidance for the future. 

Mr. Ted Austin, father of 
Gordon (GBIM) and Gary Austin 

Retreat for 

in Ministry 

in the Eye of 
the Storm" 

April 22-25, 1996 

at the Daytonn Bench Hilton Resort 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co. would like to challenge you 
to contribute a donation to this 
women's retreat. Your financial 
support will help several women 
attend this retreat and make the 
cost more affordable. 

Furthermore, the total amount 
given to this project will be 
matched by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company. 

Please send your donations to 
this address: 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 

RO. Box 544 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(pastor of GBC, Colorado Springs, 
CO) went to be with the Lord 
Sunday, October 29, 1995. He had 
been part of the Grace Village family 
since December 1, 1985. Wendell 
Kent conducted the memorial 
service on Thursday, November 2, at 
Grace Village. 

Ted was an active member of 
Long Beach GBC under the minis- 
tries of L. S. Bauman, Charles 
Mayes, Dave Hocking and Dick 
Mayhue. He worked as a consulting 
engineer for North American 
Rockwell, serving on the Apollo 
moon project. His wife, Minnie had 
passed away October 19, 1993. 

At Grace College Homecom- 
ing, President Ron Manahan 
announced that Bob and Frances 
Gordon of Winter Haven, Florida, 
had given a gift of $1.5 million to 
Grace college. 

In late September, over sixty 
people were baptized at the Yalok 
church in Leigh, Philippines. Praise 
God for how He is working in His 

Praise the Lord for opening 
two new Bible studies — one in 

Paradise, the other in Bulelac, both 
in depressed areas of Malanclay. The 
home in Bulelac has no breeze and 
no electricity. They meet by candle 

A midyear invitational 
meeting will be held in Santa 
Monica, CA on January 30-31, 1996. 
All FGBC organizations and cooper- 
ating districts are invited to send 
representatives to the meeting. To 
make your reservations call Charles 
Ashman at 219-269-1269. 

From the Swains in Prague 
Czechoslovakia — Praise the Lord 
that over 600 students received New 
Testaments this Fall. We passed out 
NTs to high school students. We 
hope to repeat this process many 
times this Fall, perhaps even once a 
week. We have discovered that 






Czechs have a desire to learn 
English or to use the English that 
they know. Therefore, we have 
planned to start a Czech-American 
club where we can meet with 
people. George has prepared a flier 
in Czech about the club and is using 
it as a method to talk to unsaved 

Please pray for fi\'e men to 
accept Christ and to be discipled to 
work with us here in Prague in 
starting Grace Brethren churches. 

Pray for Ralph Colburn who 

has congesti\e heart failure. 

From the Hewlitts in the 
Philippines: Prav for sahation of 
those attending the house churches 
we started at Karangalan Village. 
Praise the Lord for the continued 
ministry in San Carlos at Freddie's 
house. The Saturday afternoon 
worship service is still well at- 
tended. Praise the Lord for the 
enclosed room built at the sicle of 
the house that we can use, \'ery 
helpful during rainy season. 

Praise the Lord for the selec- 
tion by the Ruizes of a new ministrv 
area, Sumulong Highwav. Praise the 
Lord that housing has already been 
found and Ted and Viv moved in 
October, 1995. Ask God to prepare 
hearts for the Gospel. This will be 
the start of our ninth work. Pray for 
Ted as he turns the ministry of the 
Cainta church over to David Torres 
and the men and women there. Pray 
that the folks will keep their focus 
on reaching out to others. 

Continue to pray for the 
Marikina church as they are 
looking for property to buy. Thank 
God for the generous donors who 
made this purchase possible. Pray 
for Pastor Rey Paz as he leads the 

Dan Beaver has a full class 
load this year as does Bonnie 
Nissley at Faith Academy. Pray for 
the response of the students to our 
GBC teachers. Pray for Bonnie as she 

plans a December trip to West 
Virginia and then Switzerland. 

From the Pouparts in Spain: 

Thank you for praying for the work 
in Valencia. We are seeing fruit after 
several years of planting seed. This 
Fall, our group will be dividing into 
two cell groups. We're encouraged 
by the steady growth of our group 
this past year and ha\'e seen firm 
steps in commitment to the work. 
We'll continue with our church 
ser\'ice on Sunday mornings in our 

Dr. Ted Hildebrandt, professor 
of Old Testament, has completed an 



Ralph Colburn 

& Jeff Carroll 

Hawaiian Cruise to 

February 22-March 2, 1996 

For more information please 
call Pastor Ralph Colburn at 

(310) 493-5613-BUS or (310) 
630-2122-HOME or Jeff Carroll 

at (800) 348-2756. 

interacti\e, multimedia computer 
program designed to teach first year 
Hebrew. This program has been 
published by Parsons Technology 
and is available at local bookstores. 
The program is designed as part of an 
overall seminary initiative to provide 
instruction for interested individuals 
who cannot mo\'e to the Winona Lake 
area. It has been adopted by other 
seminaries and is also being used to 
train missionaries as they remain on 
the field. Grace Seminary offers credit 
for the successful completion of the 
program. Dr Hildebrandt is currently 

working on a similar program for 
biblical Greek. 

The Deacons of the First 
Brethren Church of Buena Vista, 
VA are constituted as the Pastoral 
Search Committee. They are 
seeking God's direction for secur- 
ing a pastor of the church. Any 
member of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Ministers inter- 
ested in being considered should 
send a current resume to: 

Mr. Charles (Buddy) Smals, 


First Brethren Church 

100 East 29th Street 

Buena Vista, VA 24416 

Students at Grace College are 

realizing the importance of ha\'ing 
their spiritual life in focus. Already 
this year, more than 30 women 
students have come forward, of 
their own accord, asking for ac- 
countability and prayer partners. 
The Student Life Department is 
excited about this new year and the 
obvious perspective on things 

Four Home Missions 
churches will be "out of the nest" 
as of January 1, 1996, and will be 
self-supporting, although some 
will continue with District Mission 
assistance for awhile. 

Pacific Hills Grace Brethren 
Church in Murietta, CA, will enter a 
new phase of ministry as Pastor 
Doug Bukowski will find full time 
employment outside the church in 
order to support his family while he 
continues to develop a core group 
and establish a church. 

In preparing the 1996 budget. 

Home Missions has responded to 
the requests of various districts and 
included the following locations as 
possible new points: Chilicothe and 
Zanes\'ille, OH; Canton (Atlanta), 
GA; and SaUda, CA (central CaHfomia). 





(Kiev Diary continued from page 7) 

Police Actidemv, but it doesn't 
happen. Tlie official with the power 
to give the final OK is out of town. 
(Subordinates were not allowed to 
make decisions under Commu- 
nism!) histead, we do more sight- 
seeing. We go to "Lavra", the 
ancient walled monastery, probably 
the oldest structures in the city of 
Kiev. We are told that Russia had its 
beginning here in "Lavra". At my 
request, Ludmila, our missionary 
hostess, asks an old Orthodox priest 
to explain the svmbolism of the 
Orthodox cross. He looks angry and 
mumbles something. She looks at 
me and tells me that his answer is a 
gruff, "why do you want to know?" 
He walks away. We have just come 
from the cathedral where they were 
saying an Orthodox mass — no seats, 
just people standing. The monks 
were singing beautiful Gregorian 
chants. No one looks happy, in fact, 
very few people anywhere look 
happy. Our e\'ening experience 
stands in dramatically sharp con- 
trast to much of what we have 
experienced in the few days we have 
been in Kiev. Sergei's friend, CDR 
Victor Kulakevich, who had ar- 
ranged for my presentation at the 
Military Academy, was able to get 
tickets to the ballet. It is an awe- 
some, powerful, emotional presenta- 
tion of the ballet, "Swan Lake". For a 
little while we both feel "recon- 
nected" to "our" world and are 
remindeci of the rich cultural 
heritage that is very much a part of 
this unique country. 

Thursday, September 7: In the 
afternoon, we meet another 
"Sergei", but fail to get his last 
name. He is a senior advisor to the 
President on matters having to do 
with social issues and education. I 
give him a "I Corps" Bible ("I 
Corps" patch and camouflage cover. 
I had purchased many of these Bible 
for our soldiers at Fort Lewis when I 
was still the I Corps Chaplain). I 

give him a miniature Chaplain 
Regimental pin. He immediately 
places it on his lapel. I think he is a 
belie\'er He is most anxious to 
influence the establishment of a 
Chaplaincy in the Ukrainian mili- 
tarv We have a fascinating ex- 
change. 1 give my second lecture at 
the University. Afterward, I am 
approached by a young Naval 
officer who had been at my Military 
Academy lecture, who is also a 
journalist for their professional 
Naval journal. He asks if he can 
interview me. I tell him that I 
welcome this opportunity. He tells 
me early that he is not a believer, but 
he is very professional and asks 
probing questions . . . another 
moment in time I could not have 
expected, yet another very exciting 

Friday, September 8: 1 am 
scheduled to give another lecture at 
the Military Academy. This time on 
the "Ethical Conduct of War." Sergei 
had been afraid of this lecture until 
he heard me give parts of it at the 
University. Now, both he and CDR 
Vulakevich want the student officers 
to hear it. I am excited about the 
possibility. It doesn't happen. By the 
time thev can get it scheduled, the 
students are leaving for the week 
end. We knew ahead of time that we 
would need to be "flexible" on this 
journey Little did we realize just 
how "flexible" we would have to be. 
Early that evening, we meet CDR 
Vulakevich, COL Mandrageeja, COL 
Pavlovich, Dr. Chesnakov and Dr. 
Afonin. All men are in responsible 
and influential military/government 
positions. We talk, barely taking 
time to enjoy a delicious meal that 
has been prepared for us at the 
Military Academy Officer's Club. 
We begin at 6:30 P.M. and finally say 
"Good-bye" after 10:00 PM. We talk 
much about the future of Ukraine, 
hopes and dreams for democracy to 
work, and a longing on their part for 
a chaplaincy for their armed forces. 
It is so intense I am exliausted. I 

doubt that I fully realize how 
momentous this encounter really is. 
They are absolutely mystified that a 
clergyman can serve in the military 
and be able to serve in responsible 
positions. They are vmeasy with the 
"power" needs of the Orthodox and 
Catholic churches and they have 
been taught to believe that all 
"Protestants" are "cultists". Sergei 
and I both ha\'e the opportimity to 
share our military work so well. I 
want to believe that I have helped to 
dispel their "myth about "Protes- 
tants" . . . and the mystery of 
"clergymen in uniform." All of the 
conversation has been warm and 
affirming. I pray that they have seen 
Christ in me and that they have 
been made to confront what He 
could mean to them. 

Saturday, September 9: We 
finally make it to Kiev's "Borispol" 
International Airport for oirr return 
flight to Amsterdam. We settle down 
in our seats aboard our KLM 737 jet 
plane. It is clean. We would not have 
missed one moment of the past week, 
but we are ready to leave this myste- 
rious coi.mtry with its imstable and 
very rmpredictable future, with a 
deprived populace emerging from 
the long, dark night of Commimism, 
living in "quiet desperation". Yet, we 
have "connected" with precious 
brothers and sisters in Christ, and 
ha\'e also "connected" with the 
sincerely "curious" at the University 
(Uke Olecya, a beautiful young girl, 
who told us that she wanted to be a 
'real Cliristian') and the Military 
Academy, and, hopefully, the govern- 
ment and military officials with 
whom we have talked. I sincerely 
believe that our times of sharing our 
faith with these groups are recorded 
in eternity and that someday we wUl 
know more fully the impact of the 
"open door" of opporttmity that the 
Lord gave us in Kiev. 

(To the many of our "Herald" 
readers who remembered us in prayer 
throughout this journey, we give our 
enduring and heartfelt tlianks.) • 





doesn H 

W«.ar NIKES 

by Deborah Willis 

Sometimes I picture myself as 
an ant. (I know — that's weird. 
Bear with me.) So, I'm an ant, 
and I'm crawling. (That's what ants 
do.) I want to get to the ant hill. I 
have a vague sense of where I'm 
going, but I can't see it because of all 
the grass. In fact, the only thing I 
can see is grass. (OK — if I crane my 
neck way back, I can see a little bit 
of sky, but that's all.) 

Grass in front of me, grass 
behind me, to the right and the 
left. But I know I have to get 
through this forest of grass to 
reach my destination. (Now 
where was I going? Oh, yeah. 
Home.) So I keep crawling. I 
dodge, I climb over, I squeeze 
under. I even chew through, if I 
have to. But still it keeps com- 
ing. Blade after blade. I no 
longer stop to look at the sky. I 
am focused on getting through 
the grass. Soon I even forget 
about the ant hill. All I think is, 
"Dodge. Grass. Climb. Grass. 
Squeeze. Grass. Chew. Grass." 

It does not end. I move 
mechanically. Around. Over. 
Under. Through. I am exhausted. 
And then I can go no further. I 
have come to something too big to 
chew through. I see no way 
around it, and I certainly can't 
crawl under it. It is a mountain, and 
I have no choice but to go over it. I 
sit down and cry tiny tears of 
frustration and discouragement. 

Then you come along. (You, 
who are still a human.) You say to 
me, "No, see . . . this isn't a moun- 
tain. It isn't even close. This is just 

Lam? Light 

"Her Lamp does not go out at night" 

a mound of dirt left by a mole. 
Look. I can knock it down with 
one well-placed Nike." And you 
are, of course, right. 

But in real life, God doesn't 
wear Nikes. He is totally in 
control, all knowing, and deeply 
involved in the journey of his 
"ants." But this does not guar- 
antee us a smooth journey with 
neither grass nor twig nor 

1 suspect God has a pair of 
tennies in His closet, because there 
are occasional accounts of moun- 
tains being kicked down. But more 
times than not. He lets us struggle 
over the mountains. Yes, He's 
always with us. And yes. He loves 
us and wants only the best for us. 
But no. He doesn't always knock 
down our mountains. 

"That doesn't make sense," 
you protest. "Mountains are 
painful. Mountains are hard. Why 
doesn't God just flatten them all?" 

I must admit, I don't know 
for sure. After all, I'm only human. 
But if you will let me become an 
ant once again (come on, be a 
sport), maybe we can come closer 
to an answer. 

I am no longer at the foot of 
the mountain. I am at the top. 
What I went through to get 
there, I don't want to remember. 
I am sore and bruised. I have a 
gash on leg #5 which may very 
well become a scar. But the worst 
is behind me. 


As soon as I am strong 
enough, I begin to notice my 
surroundings. I am watching a 
cloud go by when it hits me — I'm 
above the grass. I can see for 
miles! My, but the big picture is 
bigger than I ever imagined. And 
what's that speck of brown on the 
horizon? It's the ant hill! Home. I 
had almost forgotten. It comes 
flooding back to me why I'm on 
this journey and where I'm going. 
I start down the mountain with 
renewed vigor. 

On the way down I meet a 
fellow ant. Poor bug. He's going 
up. I stop to encourage him and 
to let him know I've been there. I 
even show him the gash on leg 
#5. He thanks me, but I can see 
that he's too tired to catch my 
optimism. Maybe he'll under- 
stand when he gets to the top. 

I reach the foot of the moun- 
tain. More grass. But it doesn't 
seem so bad now. I've been to the 
top of a mountain and back. A 
blade of grass is no big deal. 

Sure, sometimes I still catch 
myself letting the grass get to me, 
forgetting my destination. So I 
stop a bit, to remember what I saw 
from the mountaintop. Then 
things are back in perspective and 
1 can journey on with confidence. 
Because I'm going home. • 

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Do you like pickles on your 
sandwich? I sure do! 
Whether it's a cheeseburger 
or a ham sandwich, biting into the 
bun and tasting that crunchy 
"vinegarized" cucumber just 
electrifies my lunch. 1 like pickles, 
but according to pickle industry 
statistics, over the last decade only 
the same people were enjoying the 
same number of 
pickle servings. No 
matter how hard 
the \'arious 
pickle companies 
tried, they could 
not get more 
people to eat 
more pickles. 
Sales were flat and 
stuck at $700 
million for 10 
years. You might 
say that pickle 
sales had plateaued 
(No wonder people are 
always giving me cucumbers!) 

One company began to have 
a burden for this dilemma. That 
company was Vlassic, you might 
say they have a passion for pick- 
les. What did they do? They 
began to study the habits of the 
pickle consumer. They asked their 
customers all kinds of questions 
like: "When did you eat your first 
pickle?" "How can we make our 
pickles better?" As Vlassic asked 
their customers the questions, the 
whole company listened instantly 
and purposefully. One answer 

kept surfacing: People 

wanted their pickles 

sliced lengthwise so that one 

slice would co\'er the length of a 


Vlassic then took the idea to 
engineering. In a matter of months, 
a couple of engineers had developed 
a machine dri\'en by air that could 
slice pickles lengthwise at high 

speeds. Interesting to note 
that in this whole 
development process 
p, the makeup and 
'^■■' consistency of the 
pickles was not 
changed. The 
company's mission 
statement was not 

Nothing was 
changed except the 
way the pickles 
were sliced and 
when the world 
found out .... Well, 
pickle consumption increased 
15% the first year. That's an 
additional $105,000,000 in sales. 
Not bad for just a little innova- 
tion and repackaging of a good 
solid product. 

Can we learn from companies 
like Vlassic? Can we innovate in the 
way we do church? Can we talk to 
the people that we want to reach? 
Can we change without changing 
the message? Can we be driven to 
the new ways to reach more people 
for Jesus Christ? We must, if we 
hope to survive! m-. 

J[farch/J[^pril 1996 

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Every church family prays for 
special opportunities to be 
used by God to touch the 
lives of others for His glory. We at 
Susquehanna Grace Brethren 
Church are well aware of the words 
of the Apostle Paul as recorded in 
Ephesians 3:20, 21. 

"Noiv to Him who is able to do 
immeasurablif more than all we 
ask or imagine, according to His 
power that is at work in us, to 
Him be glorif in the church and 
in Christ Jesus throughout all 
generations for ever and ever! 

This promise came alive in a 
spectacular fashion during the Fall 

of 1964, when our church family 
hosted every pregame meal during 
the season for the Golden Knights 
Football Team from Eastern York 
High School. 

The human element in this 
ministry included church family 
football parents, Fred and Ruth 
Graver, and the head coach of the 
team, Roger Getz. Each week prior 
to the meal one of the men of the 
church led the team in a devotional 
and prayer. Always giving rapt 
attention and genuine appreciation 
were members of the team, the 
coaching staff, trainers, medical 
technician, and a number of the 
players' parents. 

The grand finale of the 1994 
season was the football banquet. 


hosted by the church. Dr. Roy 
Roberts was the guest speaker for 
the occasion. He totally connected 
with the audience. The gift of a 
Bible was presented to each 
member of the team from the 
church family. 

This initial experience was 
repeated for the 1995 season just 
completed. The expressions of 
gratitude from the team mem- 
bers, coaches, and parents 

We are praising the Lord for 
the unique opportunity of sharing 
Him and the privilege of demon- 
strating genuine friendship within 
our community. We are confident 
that "His Word will prosper where 
He sends it." ■» 

Sister Ohurches 


by Pastor Dan White 

The psalmist said it well: 


/ / I 1 eliold, how good 
and pleasant it is 
for brothers 

(sisters) to dwell together in 

unity!" (Ps. 133:11 

And not only dwell together, 
but also to find a common ground to 
work together in reaching out to a 
needy world for our Lord. 

The relationship of the 
Susquehanna and York Grace 
Brethren Churches in York County, 
Pennsylvania has been one not 

unlike that of many others in a 
general geographic area — conge- 
nial when together, but not neces- 
sarily making the time to get 
together. Committed to the same 
overall purpose of reaching 
people, but not really taking the 
time and effort to work together to 
accomplish it. 

The theme of the 1994 district 
conference and the message of the 
moderator. Rev. Les Nutter, also 
pastor of the Susquehamia GBC, set 
in motion a series of events that 
have changed all that — for now, and 
hopefully for the future. 

"Keeping fellowship in our 
fellowship" was Pastor Nutter's call 
to all churches in our district. The 
challenge was to explore ways to 
encourage interchurch fellowship 
and possible cooperative outreach 

The week immediately follow- 
ing the district conference, the two 
churches celebrated a Memorial Day 
picnic on the grounds of the York 
church. The pre-summer gathering 
was reciprocated in September, 

(Continued on page 18) 

J\/Jarcli/J^pril 1996 

o Long, Pastor Dick 

by Joan Tsibouris 

Pastor Dick DeArmey 
leaves a long legacy of 
touching lives 
through preaching, 
counseling, writing, 
and teaching. It was a joy to 
speak with many of those he 
touched as I informed them he 
went to be with the Lord on 
September 14, 1995. 

As Pastor Dick's secretary 
for the past ten years, I had the 
opportunity of witnessing many 
of the changes his wise counsel 
brought about in people's lives. 
It was deeply rewarding to hear 
so many of those folks testify to 
how Pastor Dick had helped get 
them on the right track. One 
woman who did not have a good 

relationship with her father said, 
"If I could have chosen a father, 
it would have been Pastor Dick." 

As Pastor Dick's heart 
attacks began to come closer and 
closer together in the past few 
years, he was forced to reduce 
his teaching and counseling 
schedule. Retirement was not an 
option for this dear servant of 
God. Instead, he undertook a 
much heavier writing schedule. 
Certainly he realized that he 
could reach far more people 
through his writings than in 
counseling sessions. 

At the time of his 
homegoing. Pastor Dick had 
completed six months of his 

"Elephants & Onions" devo- 
tional series, the last of 30 
booklets he wrote. He had 
hoped the Lord would allow him 
to finish that project. Indeed, he 
might have done so except for 
the fact that he kept getting 
ideas for other writing projects 
that intervened! Those ideas for 
new booklets came faster than 
his hand could write. 

Pastor Dick, we will miss 
the twinkle in your eye, your 
corny jokes, your wealth of 
knowledge of the human condi- 
tion, your love of Bible study, 
and your uncomplaining spirit in 
the face of major health prob- 
lems. But how great it is to 
know that we will meet again! nii 

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ssing the Boundaries in 
Christian Social Concerns 

In a Christian ethics class I taught at Biola 
University, I occasionally heard students speak 
of the "Biola Bubble." Since I was just a naive 
part-time facultv member, 1 asked them to explain 
to me what this bubble was all about. 

The "Biola Bubble" (or any bubble Christians 
inhabit, for that matter) is a man-made separation 
chamber. Inside the bubble we go about our 
religious routine and speak our pious platitudes. 
But we do not really penetrate the wall of the 
bubble to have a real impact on the world outside. 
Nor can outsiders easily look in. 

But if we will really stop, look and listen to the 
world aroimd us, if we will really listen to the 
summons of the Gospel, we will break out of our 
bubbles and enter the world for mission. 

Folks, if we're living in a bubble, it's time to 
wake up and smell the coffee. The world around us 
is challenging us at every turn. 

Recently, mv daughter found herself in a very 
awkward situation. She's a teller at a credit union. 
The customer was very obnoxious and made some 
very racist comments which were heard bv the 
woman she wanted to insult. My daughter must 
respond to that situation from the \'alues her Chris- 
dan faith gives her. What should she have done? 

Last month, I walked around a corner in a 
public place and came upon two men who were 
engaging in sex. There they were, together, right in 
front of me. When you see that, you know you're 
out of your bubble. What should I do? 

Last week our church received a threatening 
form letter in the mail. It called for assassinations 
and claimed that these killings were morally 
justified. It said the assassinations would start with 
leaders of the news media, including the news 
managers of all the local Los Angeles TV stations. 1 
phoned the information to my local newspaper and 
to a TV station and 1 called the police who came 
and took a report. 

To others who mav have seen these threats: 
What did you do about them? Did you throw them 
away? Did you chuckle as you passed them around 
the office staff? How you answer may reveal 
whether or not you live in a bubble! 

Here are two kinds of bubbles that keep us 
from biblical social concerns: One is the isola- 

by Donald P. Shoemaker 

tionist bubble. Christians who dwell safely and 
securely inside isolationist bubbles have certain 
luxuries which Christians with a world-view of 
their mission can't enjoy. Inside the bubble we 
can spend our time debating exotic issues. We 
can count the angels on a pin. We can see who 
has the most detailed and exciting prophecy 
chart. We can think of new ways to defend the 
rules of our subculture. We can ignore the fact 
that the world writes us off as "irrelevant." 
After all, Jesus said we'd be rejected. We don't 
have to listen to the cry of the widow or the 
orphan. The cause of justice on our doorstep or 
the suffering on the other side of the world 
need not disturb us. Bubbles are quite sound- 
proof. And they obscure our vision. 

Another bubble is the nationalist bubble. In 
this bubble we think first as Americans, second 
as Christians. God and Caesar have become 

1 recently watched a Christian TV program 
where the speaker stood in front of a stage set 
draped in red, white and blue. On the back- 
ground were the words, "Believe in America." 
Now, I could accept that banner, maybe, at a 
labor union rally. But on a Christian program 
it's borderline idolatry. The Bible calls us to 
believe in God while we honor our country. 
Seems I read on a coin somewhere, "In God we 

Our God and our Gospel call us out of our 
bubbles and make us Christians with a view of the 
whole world. How so? Here are five quick points: 

First, there is but one true and living God 
who is King of all the earth. God is not the God of 
so-called "sacred things" alone nor is He just a 
national god. He is Lord of all. 

Second, there is one morality which is right 
anywhere you go. Even in the Old Testament, 
when God is yet working through a particular 
earthly nation, the call of the prophets is a call to 
all nations for justice and compassion. 

Tliird, there is one humanity, made in God's 
image and likeness, with a God-shaped void in 

(continued on page IS) 

f^archl\pril 1996 


by Dr. Nathan M. Meyer 

Thirty-six years ago 
(after being in the 
ministry 12 years) the 
Lord very definitely 
directed me into the 
specialized work of 
Bible Conferences dealing specifi- 
cally with Bible Prophecy. I didn't 
hear a voice, but the call was so 
definite and so strong I knew 1 had no 
choice. From that time to tliis, there 
has never been any doubt in my mind 
concerning God's will for my life. 

Over half of the Bible is 
prophecy. The Holy Spirit, by 
divine inspiration, directed Bible 
writers to record exactly, and in 
detail, the whole future history of 
the world and of the human race — 
all the way into the eternal ages. 
Nobody but God can do that with 
100% accuracy. People can guess 
about tomorrow, but only God can 
write history in advance. 1 find that 
extremely fascinating. It is one of 
the irrefutable proofs that the Bible 
is of divine origin. 

"Bible prophecies are more 
certain than the Law of Gravity," 
says world famous scientist. Dr. 
Hugh Ross who has a Ph.D. in 
astronomy. He grew up with no 
knowledge of God, but in studying 
the complexity and orderliness of 
the universe, he reasoned there just 
might be a creator, whether a 
"being or a thing." 

His question was, "If there is a 
creator, has he revealed himself?" 
To find an answer, he read each of 
the major books which the chief 
religions of the world claimed to 
have come from their god. 

Dr. Ross decided to compare 
each one with known facts of history 

and science to see how many errors 
he could find. He knew that no 
book written by mere men was 
completely free from scientific 
errors. He reasoned that if there was 
a book that really came from the 
creator, it would not be full of 

Dr. Ross kept a notebook 
listing all the errors he could find 
relative to history and science. He 
was amazed how long his lists were 
for every single book except one. 

The Bible was so different. 
"Literally every page," he said, "had 
an abundance of scientific and 
historical statements," that he could 
check. Furthermore, he said that 
unlike the others, the Bible was 
written in very clear, precise terms — 
"verv direct, very clear and very 

Except for the Bible, he found 
no book that got the order of cre- 
ation correct. For example, they put 
animals before plants so the animals 
would have had nothing to eat. 

He used his scientific expertise 
to calculate the probability that 
Moses could get all thirteen events 
listed in the Genesis creation story in 
exactly the right order to be one 
chance in six trillion. That really 
made him think. 

He studied the Bible every night 
for a year, at the end of which time 
his Bible notebook, intended for 
listing scientific and liistorical errors, 
did not have a single entry. After 
years of intensive study, he concluded 
that the Bible was never wrong. 

As an astronomer, he was 
surprised to discover that 2700 years 
ago (long before Columbus) Isaiah 
said the earth was round (Isa. 40:22). 

He found the Second Law of 
Thermodynamics and much about 
the stars. He learned facts about the 
star-cluster Pleiades that were only 
verified in the Astronomical Journal 
a year after he found them in the 
Bible. It was in the book of Job 3500 
years ago. He was very impressed. 

He found hundreds of scien- 
tific statements and thousands of 
historical statements in the Bible — 
every one of which he found to be 
precise and correct. 

Isaiah wrote 150 years before it 
happened that a king named Cyrus 
would set the Jewish captives free 
and give them money to go home 
and rebuild their temple. Nothing 
like it ever happened before or since, 
but every detail Isaiah foretold 
happened as predicted. 

Dr. Ross found about 300 very 
specific prophecies relating to Jews 
going into exile twice and finally 
returning to the land that God gave 
them. He spent many hours in the 
library using microfilm and newspa- 
per accounts to check out the 
Biblical predictions concerning the 
Jews, their land, it's desolation and 
final productivity. He couldn't find 
one mistake and most of these 
prophecies were fulfilled since 

Jeremiah listed, by name and 
order, nine settlements that would 
be built to expand Jerusalem after 
the Jews returned the second time. 
Every one has been fulfilled exactly 
as foretold and in the right order. 

Dr. Ross calculated that the 
chance of Jeremiah getting this all 

(Coiitimied on page 18) 


ONE on ONE with 

The People 
We Meet 


Russian Missionaries 


I'm talking with Paul and 
I Cindy Michaels. You are 
missionaries to central 
RussiSralso known as western 
Siberia. The capital of Siberia is 
Novasibirsk. How did you come to 
go to Siberia? 

A: We heard news of Russia 
opening up and we rejoiced in that as 
Bible college students. I remember 
praying for Russia and the gospel to 
help freedom to spread throughout 
that country. So, we were encour- 
aged by the news and the only way 1 
can explain it is that when we heard 
this news it became a burden that 
would not go away. I talked with 
Cindy about the possibility of our 
going to Russia and the more we 
prayed about it the more God 
confirmed in our hearts that this is 
what he wemted us to do. I would 
say that one of the things that the 
Lord used was the need in Russia. 
We Uved, at that time, in Lexington, 
Kentucky, a city of 250,000 with more 
than 200 evangelical churches in it. 
We were hearing reports of cities of 
half a million in Russia that didn't 
have any churches in it and as we 
heard that need, God pulled on our 
hearts and we went. 

Q: Where did you go to Bible 

A: I went to Philadelphia 
College of Bible. 

Q: Is that where you met 

A: No, I'll let Cindy answer 

Paul and 1 met at Hatfield 
Biblical Seminary. I was a nurse 
working in the evenings and taking 
classes during the day and that's 
where we met. 

Q: How long have you been 

A: 13 years 

Q: How many children? 

A: We have three children, 
Benjamin 12; Andrea 10; and Josiah 8. 

Q: And how do they adjust to 
life in Russia? 

A: They've done great! The 
children in Russia are very accepting of 
foreign children. Foreign children are 
very unusual. The children that know 
my kids are the first foreign children 
they've ever met and that really helps 
the children adjust to the culture. The 
children wanted them to be their friends 
right away. They've been great. 

Q: Do either of you speak 

A; Not much. 1 speak a little 
bit. I understand a lot more than I 
speak. So, I haven't studied Russian 
as much as Cindy has or the children 
have. 1 stopped studying Russian 
probably a year ago once 1 reached 
the point of being able to function on 
the day to day stuff. I realized that 
for me, to become fluent in Russian, 1 
had to make a great commitment to 
it. We had decided on our first term 
to focus on ministry primarily and 
that's what I've done. I haven't 
picked up Russian as much as I'd 
Uke. But, that will come. 

Q: Are the kids learning 
Russian in school? 

A: I home school them, but they 
are being tutored four days a week in 
the Russian language and they play 
with other kids that don't speak 
English. So that helps. 

Q: What's your day Uke, Cindy? 

A: Well, in the mornings, of 
course, 1 teach the children and 1 do a lot 
of food shopping. We don't have a car 

(Continued on page 10) 

J\/Jarcli/^pril 1996 

{One on One continued from page 9) 

SO we have to waE< to a lot of different 
places to get food and carry it home. 
There is a lot of waiting in lines and 
finding food. That's a large part of my 

Q: I heard that you started 
eight churches. Tell me about that. 

A: We've used several different 
methods in starting churches. We've 
had short term teams come and saturate 
the area with die gospel and through 
the core of new believers that ha\'e 
resulted in that outreach. We have 
stcirted Grace Church. We've also had 
the privilege of training Russian men 
throughout southwest Siberia. In fact, 
they've trained about 95 men in 
regional centers in Siberia. 1 train them 
in church planting, so some of them 
have accepted the challenge of starting 
some new churches. As a result, they 
have altogether started eight and I 
would say over 300 adults have come to 
faith in Ctirist. 

Q: Are these all Grace Breth- 
ren Churches? 

A: No. Grace Church is Grace 
Brethren, but the others are all 
national churches, primarily the 
Russian Baptist Churches. 

Q: That is really exciting! Is 
there much political unrest? 

A: Yes. There is a lot of political 
unrest because of what is taking place 
economically in the coiuitry We're 
experiencing 20% inflation a month 
officially. I tliink it's worse than that, 
but that has caused incredible financial 
problems for the families in Russia, in 
particular for the pensioners. As a result 
of the great difficulties that the Russians 
are experiencing in the inflation, it 
makes things very unpredictable. It 
makes living very impreciictable. 
People want change and so I really 
think they wUl go to the extent of 
electing someone like Sherenoski who is 
a Fascist. We don't know what wiU 
happen with him if he becomes 

Q: He has a lot of support 

A: Yes, he does. He was 
elected the head of the Parliament, 
so he has already gained a lot of 
approval politically. We'll go from 
here if he becomes president. 

Q: What do you hope to do 
this year? 

A: What we did in the past, 
primarily plant churches in 
Novasibirsk. Six of the eight 
churches are planted in the city, but 
our desire is to extend throughout 
western Siberia. Our vision for this 
next year is to plant eight churches 
in the four different regions around 
us. This coming summer, we will 
invite sixteen twelve member teams 
to come for two weeks and to carry 
out a saturation evangelism strategy. 
We initially spread the gospel as 
much as we can through a village or 
through a region in a major city. 
Then, through those who have come 
to faith in Christ, we start a church. 
Lord willing, we will start eight new 
churches with that strategy as 
Westerners come for a two week 
term to be used of God in that way. 

Q: Do you have any other 
helpers on the way or would you 
like to have more help? 

A: We do have some young 
ladies who are coming to work with 
us that we really praise the Lord for, 
who will be able to develop our 
women's ministries that we have, 
that we haven't really been able to 
develop. We are thankful for the 
young women who are going to 
come and head those works. But, at 
this point, we don't have any men 
who are preparing to come and so 
it's something that we really have 
been praying for. I hope that God 
will raise up a couple of men who 
have a Bible foundation and some 
ministry experience and a heart to 
win people to Christ. I think that if 
the Lord raises up a few more men 
to join our team, we can continue 
to expand what God is doing 

Q: Do you ever feel your lives are 
in jeopardy or is there a stiong military 
presence there? Do you ever feel 

A: No, we don't right now. There 
is peace between foreign people. We 
have been very warmly received by the 
Russian people. We are not being 
watched. You know, they have their 
structure, the Communist structiire, 
which is pretty much in place. We see 
military presence everywhere, but we 
don't feel tiireatened in any way. One 
thing that has happened, especially in 
the last year, is that the spiritual battie 
has intensified. The Orthodox Church 
has stepped up very much so. They 
attack and oppose Protestantism, and a 
partiailar form of Protestantism, wliich 
is helping to see Protestant Churches 
planted throughout Russia. They see 
that as a real threat to tlie power tiiey 
would like to have once again over the 
country. We experience a lot of opposi- 
tion from them, propaganda in newspa- 
per, radio and television. Weekly, we 
see the stuff and so I tliink that the 
spiritiial conflict is intensifying. 

Q: Cindy, do you get to use 
any of your nursing skills in any 

A: I use my nursing skills in 
the family and with the Russian 
people who come to me. I think I 
would ha\'e to be fluent in the 
language before I could do that on 
an official basis with the people. 

Thank you very much! It's 
really exciting what you're doing 
there, m 


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. . . Children's Bible Quizzing by Mark Vandegrift 

Names like Taylor, Kear, Steiner, Bonar 
and Wiley may not ring a bell, but these 
are just a handful of quizzers involved 
in past Northeastern Ohio district quiz 
teams. And each one is currently or has been involved 
in junior cjuizzing. 

As with many good programs, a "feeder" system 
is often present to maintain stability and quality within 
the program. NEO has had such a system in place for 
well over 15 vears. Junior quizzing, a vital program in 
the NEO district, allows stucients in Grades 3-6 to 
experience a quiz program with less competition, less 
materials and less pressure than that experienced in 
senior quizzing. Students can get their "feet wet" 
and still enjoy the benefits of quizzing: studying 
Scripture; gaining better study habits; learning 
discipline, leadership, confidence and public speak- 
ing skills; enjoying fellow quizzers from other 
district churches; and burying God's Word deep in 
their young hearts. 

Junior quizzing does not vary much from the 
senior quizzing format. Quizzes are still run using the 
national guidelines, including type number of ques- 
tions, point values, errors, bonuses, doctrinal questions, 
fouls, time limitations, etc. Stats are maintained and 
prizes are awarded at the end of the year for the top six 
quizzers, highest team average, most improved team, 
participant and spitshine award. However, the amount 
of material covered is less than that of the senior 
cjuizzers. For example, the national quiz program is 
currently studying Hebrews and 1 & 2 Peter. The junior 
quizzers are studying Hebrews only. Also, there is not 
a rally winner; each team quizzes four times and point 
totals for each quiz are not emphasized (i.e. coaches 
and quizmasters do not declare winner and loser). This 
portion of each rally is meant to mirror standard "jump 
question" quizzing. 

To end each rally, a quizdown occurs. Each 
quizzer, in succession, is asked a regular jump cjuestion 
not used in the previous rounds of standard quizzing. 
Each quizzer has 30 seconds to answer the question. A 
c]uizzer has two errors available and questions continue 

Tliese young people are ini'olved with the Junior district quiz 
teams in Nortlieastern Ohio. Tlte quiz teams are made up of 
third and sixth graders. 

to be asked until only one quizzer remains. Points are 
awarded to the top 15 quizdown finishers. At the end 
of the year, an award is given to the most accumulated 
quizdown points. This portion of the quiz rally allows 
those quizzers to participate who have studied the 
material but are too shy to jump. 

It is interesting to note that this level exhibits very 
high quality quizzing. Very few errors occur because 
the students have a great ability to memorize the 
material. Comments from parents indicate that most of 
the students involved make quizzing a top priority 
because they are not pulled in as many directions as 
high school students (i.e. sports, choir, band). 

The benefits are obvious! The wonderful exercise 
of studying and memorizing large portions of scripture 
on a regular basis does not need to wait until seventh 
grade. If you would like more information on junior 
quizzing, please write or call: 

Mark Vandegrift 

704 29th St. NE 
Canton, OH 44714 
Home: 216^56-5630 
Work: 216-493-9900 


For quizzing resources, contact CE National at P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 or call (219) 267-6622. 
For specific questions relating to Bible Quizzing for grades 7-12, contact Ray Feather, National 
Quizmaster, at the Sunnyside GBC or Scott Feather, Associate National Quizmaster, at Grace Schools. 


J[Jarch/ji^pril 1996 


Becky Schwan, England 

My name is Becky Schwan 
(maiden name Julien). I 
.was bom in Ft. Wajme, 
IN, but when I was two, my brother 
Terry, my sister Jacqueline, and I 
went to France with our parents. 
We lived at The Qiateau (that was 
fun) and attended French public 
schools. Mom and Dad kept 
informed of what we were learning, 
especially in high school, so we 
could talk through it at the supper 
table and compare it to what God 
teaches us in the Bible. 

I asked the Lord to come 
into my life when I was 6 years 
old at a VBS program in 
Winona Lake. As I grew, I 
learned more about what 
Jesus had done for me. I 
struggled during my junior 
year and finally rededicated 
my life to God and had a 
great senior year. I started a 
small Bible study at school 
and also was able to witness 
to some of my teachers. 

I attended Bob Jones 
and Grace College and 
graduated from Grace in 
1978, then took a teaching 
job at Dayton Christian 
High School. I met David, 
my husband, at church 
there. (He was the cute 
guitarist who occasionally 
did special music, and was a 
music teacher.) We were married 

We have three children. 
David is 13 in senior school. He is 
very outgoing, a leader in his circle 
of friends, and has been a real asset 
to us in our ministry. His hobbies 
are soccer, juggling, and badminton. 
Rachel is 11 in junior school. She is 
quieter than David and is good 
around people. She is generous 
v^th everything she owns and is 
sensitive to the needs of others. 
Philip is seven in elementary school. 

He is our "miracle boy," having had 
two heart operations when he was 
rune months old. He is a little ray of 
sunshine, loves to read, and just 
learned to swim. (His daddy hopes 
he wiU be the musician of the 

We went to England in 1990 
after David graduated from Grace 
Seminary. We live in the town of 
Shirley, a suburb of Birmingham, 
in a semi-detached house (a 
duplex), on a very busy road. We 
are fortunate to have a house with 
adequate space. 

The main goal of our team is 
to plant churches that wiU be self 
sufficient (with national leaders) 


Schwans serve as missionaries in England. Seated 
to right are David, Rachel, Becky, Philip, and David 

and growing. Our responsibilities 
are varied, but they all center 
around meeting people or helping 
with activities that wiU give 
people an opportimity to hear the 
gospel. We are involved in 
puppet clubs, a preteen group and 
Bible studies. David preaches 
occasionaUy and has started a 
guitar club which has given him 
good opportunities to contact 
men. I have ladies coffees and we 
entertain in our home. Building 
trust takes time and response has 
been slow, but we now have 

several new families in our church 
and we are growing. 

My spiritual goal is to know 
God better each day! A lot of 
times I equate my spiritual life 
with my service for the Lord, or 
what I'm learning, but the Lord 
just wants me, as a living sacrifice. 
He wants me to slow down, listen, 
and just spend time with Him. 
I think I'm a missionary 
today because my parents had 
such a positive influence on my 
life as a missionary kid. We 
ministered as a family, and we 
kids felt included in what our 
parents were doing. We knew 
that Mom and Dad had a real 
burden for the souls of 
people, as the ministry was 
at times hard and discour- 
aging. That instilled in us 
the desire to do something 
significant with our lives, 
whether on the mission 
field or at home. 
Asked about SMM and 
WMC Becky said: 

We didn't have SMM 
when 1 was growing up in 
France, but SMM groups 
did nice things for me as an 
MK — letters, gifts, and they 
prayed for me! 

The WMC women 
back home have been such 
an encouragement to me, 
and to many others. I've 
often said that WMC is the "per- 
sonal touch" in missions. It really 
helps to receive letters and cards 
assuring you that you're not alone, 
and that you are loved and cared for 
and prayed for! MyWMC'salso 
have been so generous and creative 
with their gifts; they really are a 
wonderful group of ladies. 

Joy Sims, France 1- X L O / 


grew up in a small town in far 
northeastern Pennsylvania and 
have an older sister and a younger 




brother. We used to joke that we only 
slept in Pennsylvania, but Uved in New 
York, since almost all of our schooling 
was in New York as well as my parents' 
jobs and our church. My parents are 
committed Christians and we were 
raised in an atmosphere of faith. 

In junior church, when I was 
seven, I surrendered my Ufe to the 
Lord, but it wasn't until high school 
that I began to take my faith 
seriously. 1 was well grounded in 
the Scriptures and had many good 
role models. My mom is very 
hospitable and I see the value of 
growing up in a home that was 
open to different kinds of people. 
This model has especially helped 
me in my present ministry. I was 
exposed to missions and mission- 
aries and learned to know them 
as real people. Our independent 
Baptist Church is one of our 
supporting churches now. 

After high school, 1 at- 
tended Word of Life for a year. 
There 1 grew in faith and was 
deeply challenged to consider 
missions as a vocation. At the 
WOL missions conference, 1 gave 
my Ufe to the Lord for foreign 
mission service. That same night, 
1 had my first "date" with Mark 
Sims from Columbus, Ohio, who 
had also committed his Ufe that ji,g 

night for foreign missions. left 

Then, I enrolled at Tennes- 
see Temple College and Mark 
began his studies at Columbia 
Bible College. As our relationship 
continued to deepen, we saw 
God's hand leading us together, 
and I transferred to CBC. 

In 1978, we received a letter 
from a former professor at WOL 
who was serving in France. He sent 
us a book, France, Forgotten Mission 
Field, and asked us to consider the 
field of France. We took this as the 
Lord's direction and began gather- 
ing information about France. 

We were married in 1980 and 
graduated from CBC in 1981. That 

summer, we learned of the Euro- 
Missions Institute — a firsthand 
exposure to missions in France, 
sponsored by the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship of Churches in which 
Mark had been raised. Although 
the deadline had passed when we 
heard of the opportunity, Mark 
submitted our appUcation by phone, 
and several days later, we learned 
that we had been accepted! God 
used those six weeks in France to 
further confirm His direction for us. 

Following Mark's gradua- 
tion from Grace Seminary in 1986, 
we returned to Columbus, Ohio, 

Sims serve as missionaries in France. Seated 
to right are Joy, Gabriel, and Mark. 

to work with the GBC which was 
now my home church as well. 

In August, 1987, we added a 
very important member to our 
family, our son, Gabriel Mark. In 
September, 1988, we were able to 
leave for France. God was faithful 
to keep us on track those many 
years. We are praying that God 
wUl add more children to our 
family, but He has chosen to say 
no up to this point. Gabriel 
started first grade this year and 
attends a private school which is a 
15-minute walk from our home. 

We live in the town of 
Macon in a third floor three 
bedroom apartment, five minutes 
by foot from the main shopping 
area of town, and across the street 
from the train station. We work 
with the GBC in Macon, the oldest 
existing work of GBIM in France. 
My main ministry is to my 
family and I take this very seri- 
ously. I beUeve the mom sets the 
tone for the home. I have many 
friends (most of them not yet 
Christians) and enjoy seeing them 
in their homes or at mine for 
coffee and times to talk. I see 
these occasions as great 
vehicles for evangelism. And 
our family plans time for 
inviting other couples and 
families for meals. I am also 
teaching EngUsh to young 
children. 1 teach a five to eight- 
year-old Sunday school class, 
and with two French women, 
teach a Good News Club. 

I want to thank the WMC 
ladies for their faithful prayer 
support and practical interest 
in missions. Mark and 1 both 
beUeve wholeheartedly that 
WMC groups are a vital Unk 
between missionaries and their 
supporting churches. We 
encourage you to keep your 
focus on the world. We appreci- 
ate your cards, missionary chests, 
and projects you invest in year 
after year. We love you! 

Each year several missionary 
women are chosen to he honored as V\IMC 
Missionaries of the Year. Becky and Joy 
are two of four selected for 1995-96. 

More information about these 
ladies is in the WMC Program Packet. 
Yon may obtain either a slide/tape or a 
video to introduce them to your WMC. 
Order from Grace Brethren International 
Missions, P.O. Box 588, Winona Uke, IN 
46590 (phone 219-267-5161). Please 
give the desired date, indicate your media 
choice (video or slide/tape) and include a 
love gift to cover expenses, m, 


f^arclil/^pril 1996 

Pastor Ralph Colburn 

Pastor Ralph Colburn was bom 
October 22, 1916, in 
Wheatland, North Dakota, the 
youngest of three boys. He moved to 
Pomona, California the summer of 
1923, after finishing the first grade in 
Wheatland. He accepted Jesus as his 
Savior in a boys and girls after-school 
Bible class in Pomona, March 28, 
1928. His whole family became 
believers or assured of salvation 
about that time. They helped start a 
new Grace Fundamental Church in 
Pomona in early 1929. They were 
baptized by single immersion to- 
gether as a family. They moved to 
Long Beach, CA, late in the summer 
of 1929. The first church they visited 
was First Brethren in Long Beach on 
Labor Day weekend, because they 
knew the speaker was a great one. 
They never did get aroimd to visihng 
any other churches, as they fell in 
love with "Fifth and Cherry" and its 
pastor. Dr. L. S. Bauman. They were 
baptized as a family by trine immer- 
sion in 1930. 

Pastor Ralph graduated from 
Hamilton Junior Fiigh in January 
1930. Graduated from Long Beach 
Poly High in June 1933 (the year of 
the big Long Beach earthquake!). 
Taught boys Sunday school class in 
First Brethren from 1932-38 (different 
classes). Sang in a male quartet in 
church, which was also part of a 
gospel team, 1933-38. Graduated 
from Long Beach City College (two 
years) in February 1936. Enrolled in 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles, ¥aR of 
1936, lived on campus two years. 
Graduated from Biola, 1949, with a 
Th. B degree, a special four year course 
they were offering at that time, which 
included best of Bible Institute practical 
studies, and much seminary level work 
(three years Greek, two years Hebrew, 
two years Systematic Theology, etc.). 
Ralph enrolled in Westmont College, 
first year of its existence as a college, 
September 1940, graduated with a 
B.A. in the first graduating class (four 
members) in 1941. Ralph's father 
died in late September 1938, necessi- 

tating moving home from Biola, 
commuting, taking over his father's 
business to support self and mother. 

He began a branch Sunday 
school and church from First Brethren 
in Naples, Jime 1939, called Light- 
house Community Church, and 
pastored this until December 1941, 
right after Pearl Harbor. Sunday 
school grew fiom 22 to 66 in one year, 
and church from 12 to 40 in that year. 
He started a high school group in a 
home in Seal Beach in Fall of 1940, in 
which attendance reached 50(+) and 
over 40 received Christ as Saviour. 

Ralph served as interim pastor 
at Whittier First Brethren three 

Ralph Colburn. 

months of 1942. He was called to 
serve as pastor of First Brethren 
Church of Compton, May 1942 
tlirough December 1947. He was 
called to be Brethren's first National 
Youth Director, January 1948 thi'ough 
September 1954. He h-avelled 
extensively over the country. Mjirried 
Julia Rowland at First Brethren Churcli 
of Inglewood, CA, April 10, 1954. 

Ralph founded the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 
in January 1955. He saw it grow in 13 

a Man of Service 

years to 300(+) members, with Sunday 
school attendance peaked at 600(-i-). He 
helped found two other Grace Brethren 
Churches in the immediate area and 
three others in the state of Horida 
during those years. Both of their sons 
were bom in Ft. Lauderdale: Mark 
Jonathan, July 31, 1955; and Timothy 
Joel, May 31, 1958. 

He came back to California in 
April 1968 to become pastor of Com- 
munity Grace Brethren of Long Beach, 
served there for 10 years. He taught 
11th grade Bible at Bretiiren High 
School for six of those years. Both sons 
graduated from Brethren High. Ralph 
was inxdted to join the staff of North 
Long Beach Brethren in May 1978 as 
associate pastor to seniors. Ten happy 
and effective years of ministry ensued. 
When North Long Beach merged with 
Rossmoor, he continued in the 
capacity of pastor to seniors along 
with other responsibilities. 

Pastor Ralph served from 1959 
to 1995 on the Bretliren Missionary 
Herald Board of Trustees, as Vice 
President, President, and Treasurer 
of that board. In 1960-61, he served 
as National Moderator of our 
Fellowship of Churches. He has 
served as alumni president of both 
Biola and Westmont in the 1940's. 

Ttic memorial service for 
Pastor Ralph Colburn was held at 
Grace Church in Los Alamitos on 
Friday, January 19th. What a send 
off it wasl Participating pastors 
were Ron Jackson, Dr. George Peak, 
Dr. David Miller, Dr. MickUkleja, 
and giving the benediction was Dr. 
David Hocking. Ralph told me once 
that he used to change Dave 
Hocking's diaper in the nursery. Part 
of the service urns a video of Ralph 
himself on his death bed telling of his 
lozv for the Lord and his looking 
forward to arriving in Heaven. What 
a model for all of us. Ralph luas a 
Pastor's Pastor and we will miss him 
much. 1000 people were present, all 
in some way touched by Ralph 
Colburn's life. ■"= 



Catching Up With . . . 

by Tom Felten 


ere's a little trivia question 
to tease your memory: In 
. what city did Jerry Lucas 
and the USA hoops squad capture 
the Olympic Gold medal in 1960? 

(Insert Jeopardy final question 
theme music here.) 

Time's up. 

If you said Rome, (ding, ding, 
ding) you are obviously either a 
sports nut or a graduate of the Lucas 
Learning System. 

"The Lucas Learn . . . ?" 

Well get to that later. 

Now, if your memorv is really 
good, you'll also recall that Jerry 
was the first basketball player on the 
planet to win a high school state title 
(Middletown, Ohio), an NCAA 
crown (Ohio State), an Olvmpic gold 
medal (USA), and an NBA ring 

Not bad. But his most impor- 
tant victory happened 3 months 
after he left the game, when he 
discovered God's plan for his life. "I 
found Christ from reading the 
Bible," he says. "Tremendous 
change took place in my life, and 1 
wanted to draw closer [to God]. The 
next year I used my memory 
principles to memorize the entire 
New Testament." 

Yes, you read that correctly. 

When Jerry first began under- 
standing the process of what he calls 
"automatic learning" and de\'eloped 
his amazing way to remember 
information, he would tutor busi- 
ness types in seminars. These days 
his Lucas Learning System seminars 
are held mainly in churches. 

Here's what the big man with 
the deft outside touch (Remember 
the Lucas lay-up — the 15- to 20-foot 
"J" that would rain all day?) says 
about the seminars that have 
touched a multitude of people: 

"On Simday morning I preach a 
family relationship sermon. I teach 
people how to memorize the whole 
sermon as I preach it. They walk out 

with the ability to repeat an 
entire 10-point sermon, and they 
can't believe it. 

"On Sunday evening I 
have a how-to-learn seminar. I 
raise people's confidence. I 
show them that God has gifted 
them with tremendous skills 
that they've not been taught to 
use. I compare learning prior to 
school with learning after 
entering school. Thev see a 
huge difference in understand- 
ing how the learning process 
reallv works in what I call 
'automatic learning.' 

"As children, we are 
taught by our parents as they 
point to and identify objects. For 
instance, we see a chair, and without 
realizing it we register a picture in 
our mind. It's an automatic gift God 
put in us." 

In his seminars, Jerry builds on 
this understanding to help people 
improve their memory and succeed 
in Bible memorization, academics, 
as well as their personal lives. On 
Monday night, he holds another 
learning seminar that goes deeper 
into the learning process and helps 
his listeners remember names of 
new people they meet. 

He also gi\'es his testimony 
and explains the gospel of Jesus 
Christ in this session — the main 
message he wants everyone to hear. 

An incredible event took place 
in Jerry's life several years ago after 
he gave his testimony at one of his 
weekend seminars. 

But first, some background. 
When Lucas was in his twenties, his 
parents divorced, and both remar- 
ried other spouses. After Lucas 
accepted Christ, he witnessed to his 
mother and stepfather, and they 
both asked Christ to be their Savior. 
His father, who had struggled with 
an alcohol addiction for years, 
would have nothing to do with 
Jerry's faith. 


Jerry Lucas 

Pro Basketball Player 1963-1974. 

After countless attempts to tell 
his father about Jesus Christ, Jerry 
called him once more when he was 
home in Ohio to speak at his 
stepfather's funeral. Again, his 
father said, "No." So Lucas was 
surprised to see his father at the 

Jerry asked him to attend a 
Sunday service he was leading in a 
local church and the elder Lucas 
agreed to go! While Jerry was 
giving the invitation, his father 
accepted Christ. Since that time, his 
dad has not had even a sip of 
alcohol. What's more, Mr. and Mrs. 
Lucas have remarried. 

Jerry's kids — five of them, ages 
18 to 32 — and his wife Cheri are the 
other key people in his life. And 
even with five kids, something tells 
me Jerry has no problem remember- 
ing their names. 

It's automatic! mn 

Lucas Linkup 

For more information on Jem/ Lucas' 
seminars or the Lucas Learning System, 
lurite to: jerry Lucas, PO Box 728, 
Templeton, CA 93465. 

(Printed from the February 
1996 issue of Sports Spectrum.) 

l[farM^pril 1996 



Grace Brethren 

News Update 

Touching You from Around the World 

Chaplain James Schaefer now 

resides at 3547 Kelburn Drive, 
Fayetteville, NC 28311-2041. 

Reverend Charles Bearinger 

has been pastoring the First Brethren 
Church of Buena Vista, VA, since 
February 1, 1996. 

Bruce and Lisa Triplehorn, 

missionaries to Brazil, had a new 
baby boy, Jonathan Paul, born on 
December 21, 1995. 

Mark and JoAnna Berndt, 

missionaries in the Czech Republic, 
had Sara Kristine on December 23, 
1995. The Doctors advised them to 
have an abortion, warned that the 

O Q O O O O 

baby had Down's Syndrome. The 
baby is perfectly healthy. 

Larry and Cammie Robbins 

serve with the Wycliffe in Zaire. 
December 17, 1995, Sunday morning 
at 3:00 a.m., a group of armed 
robbers broke in the Robbins' home. 
They threatened the Robbins and 
stole many of their possessions 
(nothing essential to their work). It 
was a terrifying experience for them. 
After the robbers left, the Robbins 
gathered together to thank the Lord 
that they were not hurt. They could 
sense God's angels protecting them. 

They are deeply grateful for 
the director, Steve Anderson, who 
came over and spent the morning 

9 e • • « • 

• oea***» 

Knepper's Alaskan Fish N' Camp 

is a "Christian Fisherman's Retreat" for men and boys centered around 
God's Word. It will hold two camps this summer: July 7-13, 1996 and 
July 14-20, 1996. Pastor Ed Jackson of Worthington, Ohio, once 

pastored the Kenai 

Grace Brethren 

Church. He has a 

genuine love for 

the Alaskan 

outdoors and for 

the men, he will be 

the speaker at the 

first camp. The 

speaker for the 

second camp will 

be Camp Director, 

Col. John 

Schumacher. He 

has dedicated his 

life to the outreach 

of men as a U.S. 

Army Chaplain. 

For more information or for our brochure contact J. M. Knepper, 
Knepper's Alaskan Fish N' Camp, 10761 Los Alamitos Boulevard, Los 
Alamitos, CA [Tel. (310) 425-4001]. 

Ed Jackson. 

John Schumacher. 

debriefing the Robbins. The Re- 
gional Security Officer of the 
American Embassy, who is a Chris- 
tian, came to investigate and took 
charge of official matters. He helped 
make the Robbin's home more 
secure, and he set in motion certain 
precautions to make sure the 
Robbins were not hit again. 

Pastor Quentin Mathis has 

sets of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald magazine for sale dating 
back to 1960. If you are interested 
call him at 614-878-6625. 

Mike and Myra Taylor, 

missionaries in Africa, had Joanna 
Abigail on November 20, 1995. 

Madelyn P. (Comeford) 
Shipley — born September 13, 1922; 
died September 20, 1995. Madelyn 
grew up in the Peru GBC and was 
married on June 16, 1946 to Charles 
E. Shipley of Dayton, Ohio. The 
couple served in the First Brethren 
Church until 1959 when they moved 
to St. Petersburg, Florida and upon 
their return to Dayton in 1965. They 
were later active in the Basore Road 
GBC before retiring and moving 
back to St. Pete in 1986. 

Charles passed away in February 
of 1993. Madelyn was subsequently 
diagnosed with pulmonfiry fibrosis to 
which she finally succumbed at the 
home of her cousin, Janet Cooper of 
Horida. She is survived by her three 
sons: David, Steven, and Greg. 

The Grace Brethren Commu- 
nity Fellowship, 17651 New 38 
Avenue, Okeechobee, FL has 
dissolved. They have joined the 
Grace Brethren Church at 701 South 
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL, so 
writes Pastor Larry Zimmerman. 






Cuyahoga Falls GBC closed its 
doors on December 23, 1995. The 
building in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is 
up for sale by Brethren Home 
Missions. Walt Malick, former 
pastor, has informed BMH news. 

The Brethren Missionary 
Herald has sent out a new leader- 
ship letter to leaders of the Fellow- 
ship. It is called the Leader's Edge. 

Here are a few reminders 
about the Women's Ministry 

• (March 22nd is the last day to 
register for the Retreat.) 

• Hotel Reservation is due March 

• Hotel check-in starts Monday, 
April 22, 2:00 p.m. 

• First session together starts 
Monday April 22, 7:00 p.m. 

• Retreat will conclude Thursday, 
April 25, noon. 

• Shuttles can be arranged to /from 
the Orlando airport. 

• Contact Gladys Deloe or Kathy 
Allison at (219) 267-5262 or 
Milhe Davis at (904) 373-7235. 

See you and 299 others in 

Steve Makofka, 

Pastor of Youth and 
Family Ministries, was 
ordained to the 
Christian ministry by 
the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater 
Atlanta on Sunday, 
November 26, 1995, 
during the morning 
worship service. 
Guest speaker for the 
occasion was Dr. 
David Plaster, Vice 
President for Aca- 
demic Affairs of Grace 
Schools. Dr. Plaster 
has made a significant 
contribution to Steve 
Makofka's life during 
the past seventeen 
years, both as pastor 
and seminary profes- 
sor. Sharing in the 
ordination ceremony, 
in addition to other 
members of the local 
church, were Rever- 
end Bill Byers and 
Pastor Dean 

Fetterhoff. A reception for Steve and Lorrie and their family followed the 
service in the fellowship hall of the church. 

Steve Makofka ziHis ordained by David Plaster, 
Reverend Bill Byers, and Pastor Dean Fetterhoff in the 
GBC of Greater Atlanta, November 26, 1995. 

John Patrick, former Army 
Chaplain, was installed as the 
pastor of Kittanning, PA Grace 
Brethren Church on Sunday, 
January 21, 1996. He also re- 
ceived Legion of Merit award 
from the army, presented by 
Pastor Jerry Young of Lititz GBC, 
a colonel in the reserves, at 3 
p.m. There was an installation 
service with Charles Ashman 

John Schumacher, Endors- 
ing Agent, has just informed us 
via FAX that Chaplain Com- 
mander John Diaz, U.S. Navy, a 
divisional Chaplain stationed at 
Camp Lejuene, NC has received 


orders for a six-month deploy- 
ment with a Marine combat unit 
that will be positioned, on ship, 
off the coast of Bosnia. Com- 
mander Diaz departed January 
26 and appreciates prayer for the 
opportunities for ministry 
during his deployment and for 
his wife, Brenda, during his 
absence from home. 

Mark the date on your calen- 
dar for National Conference, July 
27-August 1, 1996, in Toronto, 

COMPUSERVE number for 
Brethren Missionary Herald is 


]\^arch/J^pril 1996 


(Social Concerns . . . cant, from page 7) 

every heart. While God has determined 
the contours of each nation, all people 
everywhere are God's offspring and 
share a common dignity in Him. 

Fourth, there is one summons, 
to take the one Gospel to every 
people. The Day of Pentecost is the 
terminus ad quern for all nationalist or 
racial or social status bubbles, for 
God pours out his Spirit on all flesh, 
and the wonderful works of God are 

proclaimed in every tongue so that 
people might call on the name of the 
Lord and be saved. 

Fifth, there is one destiny, 
when multitudes from every nation, 
tribe, people and tongue will stand 
before the throne and cry, "Salvation 
to our God." 

From this divine vision of a 
universal God who has a universal 
compassion and call, the message of 
the Gospel goes forth to minister in 
all its many issues and dimensions. 

including its great message of social 
justice and concern. 

The question which remains is, 
will it go forth through us or without 
us or even inspite of us? Allow me to 
paraphrase a word from the Book of 
Esther, for perhaps God will speak to 
us in Mordecai's plea to Esther, "If 
you remain silent at this time, relief 
and deliverance will arise from some 
other place. And who knows 
whether God has not raised you up 
for such an hour as this?" nii 

{Bible Prophecy . . . cont.from page 8) 

exactly right is one chance in 10 
biUion. He figured the Genesis 
account had a one chance in 6 trillion. 

He calculated that the prob- 
ability that thirteen selected 
predictions out of 3500 he found in 
the Bible, would come true by 
chance, was one in 10 with 138 

The probability for the Law 
of Thermodynamics is one in 10 
with 80 zeros. The probability that 
the Law of Gravity won't work is 

one in 10 with 200 zeros. Conclu- 
sion: The Bible can be proven 
mathematically to be more reliable 
than the Law of Gravity. And yes. 
Dr. Ross is now a very committed, 
witnessing Christian. 

The greatest prophecy for us 
now is contained in four little 
words. Jesus said, "1 will come 
again." It couldn't be plainer. The 
disciples asked when it would 
happen and Jesus gave them more 
than a dozen specific signs of His 
return. All of these are now explod- 
ing in their fulfillment. 

The sad thing is that most 
people know nothing about it. Even 
people who call themselves Chris- 
tians are in for the shock of their 
lives. They are not ready. Many 
seminary professors are not teaching 
their divinity students about it and 
many preachers are not telling their 

When Jesus came the first 
time, the religious leaders were 
caught by surprise in spite of the 
fact that they had hundreds of 
prophecies. Now it's going to 
happen again, mi 

{Sister Churches . . . cont.from page 5) 

hospitality courtesy of the 
Susquehanna GBC. In the meantime 
(July 1994), the two pastors met to 
plan how the sister congregations 
could further capitalize on their 
proximity and common desire to 
magnify our Lord and Savior, Jesus 

Each church has found a 
particular niche in presenting the 
message of Christmas uniquely 
and effectively (Susquehanna via a 
still-life, outdoor portrayal of "The 
Road to Bethlehem;" York via a 
musical/drama approach). By 
combining efforts in prayer and 
dedicating local church meeting 
times to be free to participate in 
the program of the other, the 
churches and people had some 

most precious opportunities to 
work together. Each church, as it 
were, functioned in a support role 
to the other, as they ministered the 
good news of Christmas to their 
primary ministry area. Positive 
feedback from the participants 
yielded a fresh appreciation for 
the people, and a unique method 
of outreach of the other church. 
To top it off, the churches were 
able to worship the Lord together 
in a combined threefold commun- 
ion service shortly after the arrival 
of the new year (January 8, 1995). 

The arrival of Pastor George 
Traub at the Hope GBC, 
Dillsburg, PA, in northern York 
County, has added a new mem- 
ber to the "planning triumvi- 
rate." Our association has only 
been met with his/their affirma- 

tion as the Hope GBC partici- 
pated in our spring fellowship 
picnic in May 1995. New plans 
for 1996 call for a three church/ 
threefold communion in January 
at the York GBC, a pulpit ex- 
change Sunday, April 21, 1996 
(with the three pastors sched- 
uled in one of the other churches 
for the morning service), a 
spring fellowship picnic hosted 
by Hope GBC, and a similar fall 
all-church picnic to be hosted in 
September by the Susquehanna 
GBC. Who knows what they will 
do next! 

Was it a good experience and 
worthwhile? A resounding "yes!" 
Certainly these cooperative events 
and outreaches are worthy of 
exploring for the future. "Try it, 
you'll like it!" * 



A cooling breeze 
came in off of the 
lake just as I 
finished the shear 
climb up the 
washed-out side 
of the hill. Jutting tree roots and 
large, buried rocks had been my 
hand holds up the steep, bare cliff to 
the grassy top. I clamored from 
sunlight to shade as I crested the 
hill, stopping under the towering 
canopy of hardwood trees to drink 
from my plastic canteen. My trusty, 
rubber Bowie-knife hung ready at 
my side, and a toy Winchester rifle 
was slung over my shoulder. From 
the summit, I could now look down 
on a village of log buildings, beyond 
which lay my ultimate goal: the 
huge fort, with its blockhouses that 
guarded the steam train and the 
Indian tepees! 

If you were that ten-year-old 
boy, this might have seemed as 
much like heaven to you as it did to 
me then. But no, those picketed 
gates didn't open into glorv. It was 
a theme park near Angola, Indiana, 
called "Buck Lake Ranch." 

Every summer, from Memorial 
Day to Labor Day, my weekends 
were often spent wandering the hills 
and hiding places of that young 
boy's paradise. Saturdays were 
especially fun, because there was 
usually no one else around except 
my grandparents. It was they, along 
with my father and the owners 
(Harry and Lienor Smythe), who 
began the park. My grandparents 
ran the Sno-Cone and Cotton Candy 
stand that stood close to the stage, at 
the base of the hill. Sundays were 
quite hectic sometimes, and I can 
remember days when I would stand 
at the counter and sell Sno- Cones 
for three and four hours straight 
without stopping. But it wasn't 

really work; I got to see the shows 
for free, and on top of that usually 
made from five to seven dollars for 
the weekend as a "thanks for 
helping" from Grandma. 

But in the late sixties, the park 
was sold, and my grandparents sold 
out their business. The precious 
memories of my adventures there 
were priceless, and I have kept them 
to this day. 

So I was overwhelmed with 
nostalgia one year ago when, while 
on my way to a BCS basketball 
game near Angola, I recognized the 
road that turned off to Buck Lake! I 
drove on down to the school where 
the team was to play, but I couldn't 
stav. Being that close, I just had to 
see mv childhood paradise again. 
But as 1 drove that familiar country 
road, I wondered, "Would the place 
look the same? Do I e\'en want to 
see it from an adult's point of view? 
Will seeing it after thirty years of 
change spoil my enchantment with 
that grand amusement?" 

1 was glad that Ronda was with 
me. Not only could I maybe glean 
one more memory from the park to 
share with her, but if things weren't 
still as 1 remembered them, I could 
look at her and think, "Yeali, but look 
what great blessings God has given 
me instead!" We slowly rolled 
through the main entrance. The pine 
trees that lined botli sides of the road 
had grown, but I could see between 
the trees that the rustic old fort was 
gone. Clearing the 
tree-lined road 
I pulled on to 
the beginning 
of the brick 
street that 
gently down 
to the beach. 
Some of the 

old log buildings were still 
standing, but there was no sign 
of the rides that used to glorify 
the shore and throw colorful 
electric reflections off of the lake. 
The wind blew, rustling a lot of 
the same old trees again, but this 
time the feeling was eerie rather than 
exciting. We walked down the brick 
street past the stage, its rafters 
echoing the haundng voices of the 
many performers who had gotten 
their start there: some long since 
passed away. 

I smiled to see the old Sno- 
Cone stand still minding its place 
near the stage. Peering inside 
through a crack, I could see the door 
to the old ice room. The many 
layers of white enamel paint on the 
counters were stained and bordered 
with mildew. A large hole in the 
ceiluig told of how a dead tree limb 
had come through the roof. Nothing 
was in the little building anvmore to 
tell passersby what a joyful place 
this used to be. I felt no more of the 
sense of adventure, of carefree 
summers, or of hope for prosperity. 
Another car pulled in, and the 
driver asked if there was going to be 
an auction that night. "That's all that 
goes on here ansmore," he said. 

How could it be? How could 
this marvelous place that so stirred 
my imagination and shaped my 
very life be left to fall apart? This 
was once a wise man's dream, and 
now it has rotted into an embarrass- 
ing epitaph. 

Where is evervbody? Doesn't 
anyone care? Where is the caretaker 
of paradise, and how can he have 
the gall to permit such a wellspring 
of joy turn bitter? 

And so it was also, and many, 
many times more, that went through 
the heart of Christ as he visited Eden 
after Adam and Eve's fall and said, 
"Where are you?" 

Lamp Light 

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Scripture Memory 
Made Fun & 

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1996 ModeratoWirreT^ 


Touching Yo\ 
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thren News 

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S S I O N A R Y 

MAY/JUNE 1996 

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96 Moderator of GBC 

Alexander Mack 


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Change Is Not Easy 

Jeff Carroll 

The Brethren Missionary 
Herald has been coming 
into our homes for over 
57 years. It has literally heralded the 
good things God has accomplished in 
and through our Brethren churches 
worldwide. The BMH Board has 
tried to build our magazine as a basic 
organ of communication with our 

But communication has 
changed o\'er the years, and it is now 
changing even more rapidly. Many 
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We also are sending, by e-maU, 
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currentlv recei\'ing this news. 

Originally, the Herald magazine 
was the chief communication of our 
national Boards to our Brethren 
people. Tliis, also, has changed. We 
support all of our boards and pray for 
their ministries to prosper, but each 
board has found it more effective to 

communicate with its constituents 
through its own publications. All of 
these changes necessitate a reevalua- 
tion of tiie purpose of the magazine. 

In 1980 the circulation of the 
Herald reached an all time high of 
11,000. In 1995 we sold 1,100 annual 
subscriptions to the Herald for $13.50 
each. The actual cost of producing, 
printing and distributing the Herald 
was $65.00 each. You can see that 
adding subscribers only intensifies 
our problem of losing $51.50 on each 
one, or about $56,650 a year. This has 
been the pattern for several years. 
Consequently, after much delibera- 
tion and prayer, the board has sadly 
decided to cease publication of the 
Herald magazine. The final issue wUl 
be May-June, 1996. 

We have, however, a new 
publication that is alreadv meeting 
needs in harmony with our purpose. 
The Leader's Edge is being sent each 
month to 1,800 persons: all Herald 
subscribers, pastors, missionaries, 
teachers and other Grace Brethren 
leaders who gi\'e us their addresses. 
Beginning with the May issue. The 
Leader's Edge will include two pages 
of current Grace family news. 

We ask our present Herald 
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their remaining subscription fees to 
the cost of The Leader's Edge. To those 
who recjuest it, we will be happy to 
mail a cash refund. 

This announcement is made 
with a sense of sadness at losing an 
old friend, but with much hope for 
the future of our fellowship. 
Change doesn't always produce 
growth, but growth always pro- 
duces change. We expect that our 
church, and our world, will continue 
to change rapidly as we approach 
the time of our Lord's return. Please 
pray with us that our efforts to 
encourage our leaders and cast 
vision for our churches will stimu- 
late growth in our personal lives and 
in our fellowship. • 

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VOL 58 NO^ 3 

MAY/JUNE, 1996 


*^ Change Is Not Easy 

C PAYER: The Strength 

*^ to Live Dependently 


Made Fun & Easy 




Steve Peters 


GBC Congress 


At "BootCamp" 


For Miss Ruth Snyder 


GB News Update 

"LORD, USE ME . . . 

But Not Too Close 
to Home!" 

In) Judy Dniiiels 



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Tim and Aleue Enderle, with 
"coach" Bill Snell, listen to Neil 
Cole during a workshop session. 


Barb teaches a daily community 
Bible class in Sango and Andre 
translates into the language of 
his people in the forest. -i-i 

Cover Photo: Steve Peters 
is the 1996 Moderator of 
the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. He is 
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PRAYER: The Strength 
to Live DependentJy^^i^ 

Wiat is left to be said 
about prayer? We 
know essentially 
what prayer is. We know why we 
should pray. We know to Whom we 
should pray. We know where we can 
pray. We know ho\\' to pray. We 
know lots of Scripti-ire about prayer, 
even quote them from Scripture. 
Many hours we have logged sitting 
through seminars and sermons. And 
beyond these things, we think we 
know what the best prayers are, who 
prays most eloquently, most sincerely, 
most profoundly, most 
ciramatically, with the deepest 
voice, tears, and even cliches. 
It is amazing how very 
much we know about prayer, 
yet how very little we 
actually pray. A recent 
survey indicated that 
Christians pray only an 
average of two minutes a 
day. Most people responded 
that they thought about 
praying nearly every day. 
Most expressed a deep desire 
to have a consistent daily 
prayer life. Perhaps most 
stunning was the fact that apart 
from public praying in ministerial 
duties, the American pastor aver- 
ages only seven minutes of prayer a 

Nafuralh', the question anyone 
would ask would be, "Wliy?" Why 
such prayerlessness? And, it's the 
right kind of question. Ask a lot of 
people ancf one would get a lot of 
different answers. Ask the Lord and 
maybe He would give but one. What 
would it be? Let's check it out. 

Lots of passages of Scriptures 
speak of prayer: what to pray for, 
how to pray, when to pray. Many 
passages speak about what happens 

when we don't pray. A number of 
passages indict us for prayerlessness. 
But few, if any, directly answer and 
explain why we don't pray. 

Maybe it's obvious through the 
collection of the hundreds of pas- 
sages of Scripture that address the 
matter of prayer. Every passage of 
Scripture that describes prayer 
ultimately teaches one basic prin- 
ciple: dependency! 

Dependency may be called 
different things and appear in 
different forms: trust, faith, need, 

A recent survey 
indicated that Cliristians 
pray only an average of 
two minutes a day . . . 
the American pastor 
averages only seven 
minutes of prayer a day. 

despair, relationship, fear, awe, 
worship, praise, thankfulness, and 
many more. These and all other 
descriptions flow ultimately from 

When Hannah prayed for a son, 
she expressed total dependency. 
When EUsha prayed for the move- 
ments of the weather to cease, he was 
dependent upon God to do it. 
David's prayers for victory over 
Israel's enemies was realized by Ills 
total dependency on God for victory. 
His psalms of praise deeply express a 
total reliance on God for forgi\'eness, 
power, and spiritual experience. Job's 
ultimate realization, through his 

ordeal, highlighted his dependency 
on God above friends, family, and his 
own wealth and reputation. E\'en his 
strongest emoHonal queries toward 
God, about the fairness of his suffer- 
ing, betray a dependence on God to 
be able to answer. 

Prayers of praise and worship 
have meaning because the presuppo- 
sition behind them is an awareness of 
the absolute and total dependency on 
God. Isaiah's confrontation with the 
Exalted One threatened his very 
existence. He felt, in an instant, his 

total dependency on the One 
^ before him for his \'ery life and 

Other examples are given 
to us from the Bible. Mary's 
"magnificat" demonstrated 
dependency for a miraculous 
birth. Peter's prayer in prison 
showed a dependency for 
release. While in shackles, Paul 
and Silas' praise and song 
revealed a dependency for their 
very lives. 

To whom did Stephen 
commend his spirit in his instant 
final prayer? Of course, to the 
One upon whom he knew he was 
ultimateh' and eternalh' dependent. 

Perhaps the most strikingly 
dependent praying was done by God 
to God. Such is the miracle of mutvial 
dependency expressed to a degree 
beyond comprehension in the Trinity. 
Jesus postured Himself in a depen- 
dent relationship upon the Father. It 
was not His own will, but the 
Father's that was the driving force in 
His earthly walk. His prayers were 
the highest expressions of depen- 
dency expressed in all of the Bible. 
Jolin 17's passionate appeal was an 

(Prayer coiit. on page 6) 




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awesome unveiling of a dependency that 
surpasses the human mind's ability to 
fathom. "Now they have come to know 
that everything thou hast given Me is 
from Thee; for the words which Thou 
gavest Me I have given to them, and they 
received them and truly understood that I 
came forth from Thee, and they beUeved 
that Thou didst send Me. And that they 
may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art 
in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may 
be in Us; that the world may beUeve that 
Thou didst send Me." On. 17:7-8, 21) 

So, what does that mean to us? 
Well, if indeed dependency is at the core 
of all true prayer, then it helps to answer 
the question we asked earlier, "Why 
don't we pray more?" The answer then 
might have a lot do with dependency, or 
rather, the lack of it. 

We are an independent people in a 
self-sufficient culture. The American 
perspective has been conditioned more 
bv expectation than need. We are more 
motivated to seek the fulfillment of 
personal rights and expectations (what 
we think we deserve) then we are 
moti\-ated by need. We don't "need" 
food. We "deserve" food, and not just 
food, but more food than we need. 

Couple with those expectations the 
advanced ability we have developed to 
supply all of our own needs and desires, 
and we find a whole culture of people 
who have lost their impulse of needi- 
ness and dependency. This is devastat- 
ing to the practice of prayer. Nothing 
neutralizes the imperativ^e dynamic of 
sincere prayer as much as independent 

It is fairly obvious that to the 
extent one senses a dependency on God, 
to that extent one will develop a signifi- 
cant prayer life. What one of us hasn't 
gone through those times of tragedy and 
difficulty and been forced to increase the 
intensity of our prayer? For most, it is 
not an increase in praying, it is a restart- 
ing. Who hasn't proclaimed, following 
a particularly taxing and stressful time 
in our life, "I never prayed more in my 

(Continued on page 15) 


Scripture Memory 

Made M^Ul & 

The Word of God is living 
cind powerful, and 
sharper than any two- 
edged sword. God has promised 
that His Word, not ours, will not 
return empty, but will accomplish 
His purpose. It is important that we 
teach our children to memorize 
Bible \erses and passages to prepare 
them for li\'ing the Christian life. 
We are commanded to teach the 
Word to our children at all times 
(sitting, lying, walking, and stand- 
ing). We are fortunate to ha\'e 
access to Scripture, but it is not 
always possible to stop and look up 
the verse needed for a particular 
situation. Through Scripture 
memorization it is always readily 
available. Psalm 119:11 says, "I have 
hidden your word in my heart that 1 
might not sin against you." The 
Word of God will keep us from sin or 
else sin will keep us from the Word. 

It is important that children be 
encouraged to memorize Scripture 
because their minds are very quick 
to learn and retain what has been 
learned. The verses I remember best 
are the ones that I memorized in 
elementary school. I think Satan has 
used the variety of translations of 
Scripture to cause many people not 
to memorize at all, especially adults. 
The verses they learned as children 
were in the King James Version. 
Now they question whether to 
continue in King James or change 
versions. This often results in 
nothing being memorized. 

Bible memory with children 
should be approached with excite- 
ment (enthusiastically), example 
(know the verse well yourself), and 
expectation (encourage participa- 
tion). The verse can be introduced 
with a question, picture, or object 
lesson. It must be established as 

God's Word and should be read 
directly from the Bible. Don't forget 
to emphasize the reference as part of 
the memory work. It is good to 
have it at the beginning and at the 
end. I describe it like an oreo: 
cookie on both sides and the good 
stuff in the middle. The meaning of 
the entire verse should be explained 
as well as individual words. You 
can determine if they understand if 
they can verbalize it back to you. 
Once the preliminary things 
given abo\'e ha\'e been done, you are 
ready to help them memorize the 
\'erse. The secret to memorization is 
repetition and more repetition and 
once it is learned, then re\'iew and 
more review. Repeat the verse man)' 
times in many different ways. Make it 
fun and thev will learn in tlie process. 
Begiii b\' ha\'ing the \erse and reference 
on a paper big enough for all to see. 

• 1. Read tlirough the verse a 
couple times and then tiy covering 
lip different parts of it as you 
continue to repeat it. Start covering 
up small portions and increase it 
until all is covered. If the verse is 
written on a chalkboard, zuords can 
be erased in random order as it is 
repeated and learned. 

• 2. Put the words of the verse to 
music. Several Scripture music 
tapes are available at Christian 

• 3. Dexvlop hand motions to 
represent what is being said in the 
verse. Tlie children like to help in 
choosing motions each time you say the 
verse. Tliis method keeps their hands 
busy and aids in remembering the 
words by associating it with the 
motion. Tliis method helps them better 
understand the meaning of the verse. 

• 4. You can learn the verse by 
adding a word each time you say it. 
Start with the first word, then first 

by Linda Kline 

two words, then first three words, 
etc., until the ivhole verse is said. 

• 5. If the words of the verse are 
on several strips of paper, they can 
be put in the proper order to help 
them learn it. This can be done as 
competition by timing the process of 
two teams, with their ozvn set of 
strips, ivorking at the same time. 

• 6. Have different groups of 
people stand up and say the verse 
(such as those with "red" on their 
clothing or those who like a certain 
ball team). 

• 7. Divide the group into trvo 
teams and have them alternate 
saying ivords of the verse. (Have the 
team stand when they say their 
words.) Go through the verse tivice 
switching who starts the verse the 
second time. I call this "popcorn" 
because they are going up and down. 

• 8. Have teams, and rate ivho 
does the best job at saying the verse 
and making it sound like one voice. 

• 9. Hot potato game could be 
used to review verses. Pass around 
a container with a couple pieces of 
candy in it. Each child must say the 
next word of the verse quickly (why 
it is called "hot" potato) or he/she is 
eliminated. Tlie child -who is the 
last one standing gets the candy. 

After the \erse is learned, it 
should be applied tci the child's life. 
What fact is to be remembered? 
What promise can be claimed? 
What command is to be followed? 
Use the verse in different settings to 
emphasize its practicality. 

Review the verse the next week 
and throughout the year Ask who 
can say it, who knows the meaning, 
and who obeyed what it said. 

Special rewards for memory 
work can be given occasionally. 
Praise, stickers, stars, and smiley 
faces are good rewards. • 

J\^ayjune 1996 

Crustian GROUP 

S U R V I V A I. 



Joe was a Crustian. He had made the decision 
early in life to commit himself to the Crustian 
way. His parents had been Crustians before 
him, but he freely chose to join the Crustian 
cause. He had no questions about what it meant 
to be a Crustian or doubts about the superiority 
of the Crustian way of life. 

Joe publicly identified as a Crustian. 
Anyone who knew him, had to know that he 
was a Crustian. He regularly wore Crustian 
symbols as jewelry. Joe even had a prominent 
Crustian logo on his car. At work, he had an 
especially interesting Crustian saying framed on 
his office wall. 

Now, it is the practice of Crustians to 
gather together in assemblies every seventh 
day. At the appointed time, they meet to 
remind themselves of what it means to be a 
Crustian and to help one another grow in their 
practice of the Crustian life. At their meet- 
ings, they retell the stories that shape their 
movement. Season by season they review the 
foundational lessons of the Crustian way. 
They also take collections at their meetings to 
support their cause. Some of the meetings are 
energetic and exciting. Some of them are 
quiet and even a bit boring. Yet, attendance at 
these regular assemblies is an established part 
of Crustian life. 

Joe was a member of a Crustian assembly. 
He had joined his family's meeting when he first 
identified himself as a Crustian. Later, he 
moved his membership to an assembly on the 
other side of town. He wanted a little indepen- 
dence from the place where he grew up, and 
where his parents still belonged. 

It was important to Joe that he belong to a 
solid Crustian assembly. He liked knowing that it 
offered sound Crustian teaching. People needed to 
be able to learn true Crustianism. A good assembly 
was also a place to turn to in times of need. 
Crustians have a reputation for looking out for 
each other. Being part of the group was a great 

However, Joe did not attend the meetings. He 
was certain that he already was a Crustian. He had 
learned the stories in his childhood and had heard 
most of the lessons many times. Usually he had a 
good idea of what the speaker was going to say as 
soon as the topic was amiounced. Joe's weeks 
filled up so quickly that it was hard to give one day 
out of seven to a particular cause. The meetings 
did not last all day, but they did put a real cramp in 
scheduling flexibility. 

Joe had so many demands on his money 
that he never gave any financial support to the 
assembly. He knew that a good Crustian con- 
tributed to support the cause, but his money 
always seemed to be taken by other needs. He 
intended to start giving some day when his 
personal overhead was not so great. 

One day, Joe decided that he should drop in 
at the weekly meeting and see how things were 
going at his Crustian assembly. He imagined the 
surprise his presence would cause in some of the 
people gathered there. He anticipated some 
gentle chiding from the Crustian leader, but 
knew that there would also be genuine apprecia- 
tion that he was present. 

But Joe had a big surprise. When he drove up 
to the building where the Crustians met, he found 
it closed. In fact, it looked like it had been closed 
for some time. This fact hit Joe hard. His assembly 
had failed him. His mind filled with questions. 
"Where were they meeting?" "Was anyone even 
meeting?" "What had happened to the committed 
Crustians?" "Why had they given up this meet- 
ing?" "Didn't anybody care?" "Where was he 
going to go when he needed help?" "How could 
sometfiing like this happen?" 

To any of us, it is very clear how it happened. 
The assembly had too many Joes in it. Each Joe 
assumed that the responsibility for the group rested 
on the shoulders of others. He forgot that no group 
can survive on the good intentions of inactive 
members. Any cause can thrive only as long as 
each Joe does what he knows needs to be done. Joe 
had foolishly cut his own lifeline. • 


ONE on ONE with 

The People 
We Meet 

1996 Moderator of GBC 



Steve Peters is 
I Senior Pastor of 
Community Grace 
BrethrenTnCrch in West Milton. He 
is the 1996 moderator of our fellow- 
ship. Steve, how long have you 
been at your church? 

A: I've been their 11 years. 
I went there in December of 

Q: What has happened in your 
ministry there? 

A: Ron Picard was there 
before me. He had a feel for evange- 
lism. God really used him to build 
incredible leadership and to win 
people to Christ in that area. I came 
to the church when they were 
without a Pastor for about 20-22 
months. It was a church that was 
running about 250-260. We'\'e 
doubled the attendance there, and 
built a 3000 square foot education 
wing. In March, we will be finishing 
another 14,000 scjuare foot audito- 
rium and foyer that will seat 900. 
We've seen a lot of ministries take 

off there. We are really jumping into 
the focus 2000 church big time. 

Q: What's your biggest church 
challenge right now? 

A: The biggest church chal- 
lenge is getting an associate. Scott 
Distler (former associate), who went 
to Osceola, and I were together for 
ten years. We had a phenomenal 
ministry together and he always had 
a heart to become a Senior Pastor — 
we knew that it was coming. I'm 
tickled that he's part of the fellowship 
and I'm really praying that the church 
will "knock the socks" off all of us. 

We ha\'e a Youth Pastor, so we 
are looking for an associate right 
now. We have a couple of families 
that we're considering. 

Q: You're also serving as 
moderator this year. How are you 

A: Things are going well. Our 
theme is, "Personal Responsibility 
Equals World Impact." The whole 
thing revolves around the fact that 

God wants to use us right now. If 
it's a small church or a large church, 
someone that's involved or not 
involved at all in their church, I hope 
that they can walk away from this 
conference, in Toronto, knowing that 
God wants to use them right now. 

Q: You spent time, in the 
fellowship, in different churches this 
year, what would you like to see 
happen as moderator? What 
direction could you give the fellow- 
ship in its effort to carry out the 
great commission? 

A: I get thrilled to see our 
people get invoked in things they 
never dreamed possible. It would 
be my heart's desire for our confer- 
ence to catch hold of God's place for 
every person, that knows Him as 
Saviour, to make a world impact. 

Q: What is the biggest prob- 
lem confronting our fellowship 
today? What is holding us back? 

{Continued on page 10) 

][JayJime 1996 

{One on One continued from page 9) 

A: We are not free. 

Q: What do you mean by 

A: We're not free to serve. 
We have too many barriers in the 
way. We have to cross too many 
bridges. We have to go through 
too many hoops. We have all 
these hoops we set up, and we're 
missing out on incredible 
opportunities of ministry. 

Jesus sent out guys two by 
two — they didn't know hardly 
anything. Even when they got 
back, they didn't know a whole 
lot about what was going on. He 
wasn't afraid to send them. We 
need to be free. It doesn't mean 
that we ignore truth — 1 don't 
mean that. We've got to have 
truth, that's going to set us free. 

I had a guy that was only 
six months in Christ. He's a 
great big truck driver, and I 
travelled with him. He came to 
me crying. He wanted to learn 
how to lead people to Christ. I 
told him before this year is out, 
he would learn how to lead 
people to Christ. I watched that 
guy sit in a truck stop, reach over 
a table, grab another truck 
driver's hand, and pray with 
him to receive Christ. That guy, 
without any major formal 
training, (he took a two-year, 
nonaccredited Bible Institute 
course at Liberty) is a missionary 
in Alaska today. 

Q; What do you hope to 
accomplish in Toronto? 

A: We want to commission 
Pastors to start a fellowship. We 
hope to have a tighter alliance 
between national delegates so 
that we have more of a team 
effort in reaching our world for 
Christ. Again, we want people 
to know that God wants to use 
them and to have a world 
impact! • 

The IV Latin 
GBC Congress 

by Pnil Gilerena 

"Lord, please send laborers into 
Australia and its surrounding areas." 

This was one of the prayers being offered for the five continents 
of our world. It was during the "Banquet of Nations," featur- 
ing the countries of Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United 
States. The menu even consisted of foods from these four countries. 

Why just these particular countries? These are the places where 
Hispanic Grace Brethren Churches are located who form part of the 
international team, "Quipo International." 

Over five years ago, Terry Hofecker and Martin Guerena spent 
about one year brainstorming how to unite the pastors and churches 
(Hispanic-GBIM) in planting more works with a united effort. Last 
September 14-17, in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico was the fourth 
annual gathering of most of those involved. 

Seventy-five pastors and leaders came to Tecate to share and to 
expand their vision in fulfilling the great commission. The food was 
plentiful and excellent. Of course, the fellowship and small prayer cells 
were stimulating. But the seminars were only part of the joy of being 
present. Various topics pertinent to Latin American leaders were ex- 
pounded. Sharpening leadership skills, discipling more effectively, and 
strengthening small groups were some of those shared. 

Since the last meeting one year ago, three new churches have been 
started, and now, Cuba and the city of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico are 
preparing to plant Grace Brethren Churches no later than early 1996, 
Lord willing. The two border Mexican pastors who went as missionaries 
to Cuba were present with their ever joyful abundant experience. 

The conference as a whole presented many, many leaders, some 
leading worship, praying, emceeing, teaching, receiving, cleaning, 
mopping, eating, playing, or fellowshipping. It was without a doubt, a 
mountain-top ride in the lives of all who attended. 

A spirit of togetherness, care and cooperation clearly prevailed. 
This was exemplified by the director, leaders, missionaries, pastors, great 
speakers, and everyone present. The highlight of this conference was 
just being present, and experiencing the harmonious Christian spirit. 
The excitement communicated afterwards by those who attended was 
evident. Some said, "I want to get more involved. What can I do?" Also 
overheard, were some saying, "I want to take a group next year," and "I 
liked the enthusiasm of everyone being part of this congress." 

Most of the Mexican GBIM missionaries were present, as well as 
Terry Hofecker and Will Marling. It is our desire that more U.S. Hispanic 
churches would come next year. 

Concluding the four days of a spiritual high, focusing on the great 
commission, the good-bye was, "See you next year. Lord willing!" Warm 
hugs (abrazos) in typical Latin greetings and good-byes were freely 
exchanged. Going home, the message was, "This is our vision, this our 
work, this is our team." See you this year in Cuernavaeca, Mexico, 
October 31— November 3, 1996. • 




Missionary to the Pygmies 

"by Miriam PaJ,.eco 

How did a gal from 
Philly land in the 
Central African 
rain forest? It was 
a long trip, with God's unseen 
direction over the years. Here's how 
Barb describes it. 

"I accepted Christ when I was 
very young and was baptized when 
I was five years old. My family, all 
of whom are Christians, attended a 
Plymouth Brethren assembly during 
my childhood years. Then, after a 
move north of Philadelphia when I 
was 12, we attended Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church. (That is still 
my home church.) I have three 
older brothers who each have a neat 
Christian family. My oldest brother 

Barb teaches a daily community Bible class 
in Sango and Andre translates into the 
langnage of his people in the forest. 

is a missionary in Ecuador working 
in a printing ministry. 

"Christian high school had a 
definite positive impact, and just 

before my senior year, the 

Lord revealed Himself to 

me in a very personal 

way. This was like a new 

beginning in m\' walk 

with the Lord. 

"During my years at 

Grace College (I gradu- 
ated in 1982), I was 

awakened to a sense of 

Awe, wonder, and appre- 
ciation for God's power 

and majesty as it's 

revealed through His 


"All of these 

factors together, plus the 

faithful prayers of my 

parents, have shaped 
my life and influ- 
enced my choices to 
follow the Lord. 1 went to the 
Central African Republic in 
1985 because of the need, and 
because of God's clear direc- 
tion that my participation in 
the Great Commission should 
be as a career missionary. 

"As for my goals in life, I 
want to be used of God to 
strengthen others in their love 
for Him and in their knowledge 
of the Word. 1 want to take as 
many people with me to heaven 
as possible, and help them 
cultivate the kind of life which 
will result in their receiving 
much heavenly reward. In my 
personal life, my desire is to 
become a godlv person and to 
finish the course the Lord has 
laid before me. While I very 

much enjoy this life, I look forward 

to crossing the finish line and 

getting on with the next "phase" of 

my existence. 


Barb and Jim Hocking serve as advisors to this team 
of men ivho are instructors in the training of literacy 

"I enjoy biking, music, walk- 
ing, writing, and reading. I love to 
be outdoors. I lo\'e the four seasons, 
mountains, and fishintr — if I don't 
ha\'e to put the worms on the hook 
or take the fish off. I love the beach, 
the ocean, sunsets and sunrises, and 
trips in the car I would like to hike 
the Grand Canyon some day, and to 
go coral reef snorkeling. 

"In the Central African Repub- 
lic, 1 devote half mv time to Pygmy 
work, and the other half to literacy 
work around the countrv, especiallv 
in the capital citv of Bangui. In both 
ministries, my goal is to train 
Central Africans to do for their own 
people what I am doing. In both of 
these works, I have found people 
extremely eager to learn. For a 
teacher, it is a high pleasure to have 
eager and motivated students. 

(Continued on page 13) 


J[JayJune 1996 


"B O O T C A M P" 

' * • by Larry N. Chamberlain 


The Antler's 
Doubletree Hotel 
in downtown 
Colorado Springs 
was the setting for 
church planters and their spouses to 
gather for intensive training in how 
to start churches. Church and 
denominational leaders came, as 
well, to be trained in how to coach 
church planters. 




' \- 









Tim and Alene Eiuicrle, with "coach" 
Bill Sncll, listen to Neil Cole during a 
workshop session. 

Men and women from 21 states 
representing 14 different denomina- 
tions were challenged to identify 
and articulate their vision, core 
values and mission. In the 
BootCamp, 29 church plants were 
represented and 25 were trained to 
coach church planters. 

The workshop format was not 
for spectators, but provided oppor- 

tunity to put action plans 
in place to be carried out 
when they return to their 
target communities. 
After each presentation, 
as the workshop assign- 
ments were carried out, 
individualized coaching 
was an important aspect 
of the entire experience. 

Grace Brethren 
Home Missions spon- 
sored four couples who 
are planting new 
churches: Randall and 
Ann Arthur from 
Gaines\ille, Florida; 
Tim and Alene Enderle 
from Zanes\'ille, Ohio; Mike and 
Teresa Sinteff from Atlanta, 
Georgia; and Lynn and Sally Yates 
from Jacksonville, Florida. They 
were accompanied by "coaches" 
Bill Snell and Neil Cole. David 
and Denice Sincock, 
exploring the oppor- 
tunity of planting a 
new church, also 
attended from South- 
ern California. 

While the 
daytime schedule 
dealt with what to do 
and how to do it, the 
e\'enings were de- 
voted to praise and 
worship and the 
personal spiritual 
de\'elopment of the 
participants. Times of 
challenge, sharing 
and praying were 
significant aspects of 
each evening. 

Randall and Ann Arthur display their "strategic 
plan" for reaching Gainesville for Christ. 

Since its first BootCamp in 
October 1992, the Church Multipli- 
cation Training Center has trained 
church planters for some 270 
church plants. Over 50 different 
denominations have participated 

"We were able to develop a wonderful trusting 
relationship with one another. After going through 
BootCamp together, we noiv have a long-lasting 
relationship based on a wonderful common experi- 
ence." — Randall Arthur 



Lynn and Salh/ Yates: 

"Yon ivant us to plant a 

wife and I 'with cucoiiy- 
agement and deep 
iiisigiit. [We are] better 
prepared, better orga- 
nized, and more confi- 
dent because of tliis 

— Tim and Alene 

"I cannot express 
the importance of having 
Teresa here to share in 
tJic visionizing and 
processes. I believe . . . 
we have 

Other people who are willing to take 
risks. Other people who have a great 
passion for the lost. Other pieople who 
have a similar temperament and 
personalitif make-up. It is evident tliat 
Home Missions is committed to the 
Lord and the task of reaching the lost 
through supporting, helping, encourag- 
ing, praying, sacrificing, caring and 
loving Church Planters." 

— Randall and Ann 

Spiritual warfare is never so 
fierce and intense as it is in the effort 

with people coming from every 
part of the United States and 
Canada as well as some minister- 
ing in Mexico, France, Sweden and 
Zimbabwe. The BootCamp staff 
come from several denominations 
and have planted or o\'erseen the 
planting of several hundred 
churches. Experience and exper- 
tise abound. 

The practical training com- 
bines with networking and excellent 
fellowship in a supportive environ- 
ment to better prepare couples for 
the rigors of the task ahead. 

Here's what our Grace Breth- 
ren church-planting couples said 
after their week's training: 

"Experienced churcli planters and 
church planter coaches surrounded an/ 

become a 
with a 
united purpose, vision, 
and passion for the work 
Christ Jesus has called 
us to. " 

— Mike and 

"Of very high 
value from this training 
ivas the bonding 
together of other church 
planters in our Fello'w- 
ship. We really grew to 
love each other and have 
a common vision larger 
than ourselves. The 
biggest value has been to 
draw Sally and me closer in common 
purpose and unity — a real team." 

— Lynn and Sally 

"We were thoroughh/ encouraged 
/'!/ meeting other people who are like us. 







^^ ^ ^ 


"The time spent planning tias been helpful. Teresa 
and I have been able to put a 'stake in the ground' 
in many areas of onr ministry." 

— Mike Sinteff 

to plant a new church. Remember 
these church-planting couples in 
vour prayers as thev go from 
"bootcamp" to the "front lines" of 
the battle! • 

(Barh Wooler continued from page 11) 

"Grace Brethren International 
Missions has recently assigned me 
to the "Rapid Deployment Force," 
so I will be traveling to various 
mission fields to work on specific 
projects as needed. Along with my 
work in CAR, this last year I was 
also in Cambodia to meet believers 
who are asking for GBIM involve- 
ment, and to evaluate a strategy for 

planting churches there. I'm 
excited with anticipation of what 
the Lord has in His plans for my 

'"The Lord is my Shepherd, 1 
shall not want,' is special to me. It is 
so freeing to know that God is able, 
and He intends to take care of me. 
He is fully trustworthy as a partner, 
always equipping me with all I 
need." • 

Barb Wooler is the fourth and 
last of the WMC Missionaries of the 
Year. You may obtain either a slide/ 
tape or a video to introduce all these 
xvomen to your WMC. Order from 
Grace Brethren International Mis- 
sions, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Please give the desired date, 
indicate your media choice (video or 
slide/tape), and include a love gift to 
cover expenses. 


J[fayjuiie 1996 

A AAon-Eulogy for 

uy iviarvin Goodman 

on S(7i/ I/O// luaiif 
me to give a 
eulogi/? A 
cidogif for Ruth? 
Ruth are rcf 
tnlkhig about? There are a lot of Ruths 
around here hi Wmona Lake, so you will 
have to be more specific. And if its the 
Ruth I am tlhnking about, she definiteh/ 
wouhi zuant us to be spiecific. Oil, you 
say its a eulogxj for Ruth Snyder? Hmiii. 
With all the Ruth Sm/ders around here, 
we still have to be more spiecific, don't we 
Ruth? A eulog}/ for Miss Ruth Synder? 
Oh, you mean the tall xohite haired 
missionary lady? The one that you often 
see walking around Winona Lake with the 
short, white haired iiiissionary, also 
named Ruth?" 

Well, the Miss Ruth Snyder we 
are going to talk about would be 
terribly embarrassed to think we 
were going to give a eulogy for her. 

"Relax, Ruth, this isn't gohig to be 
a eulog}/. See the program says "Personal 
Commeiits. " We arc just going to give a 
feiu facts about your life and the way yon 
lived it. But Ruth, you can't blame us if 
the facts we give sound sort of like a 
eulogif, can you?" 

Miss Ruth Snyder was bom in 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. (We 
would do well to observe that you 
could take Ruth out of Pennsylvania, 
but you couldn't take PennsyK'ania 
out of Ruth. She was one of those 
loyal Pennsylvanians whose roots 
always remained there.) She was 
bom there in 1912, and raised there 
until she went to Asliland College in 
1932. During the years she spent at 
college and a short period as a school 
teacher, the needs of Africa were 
weighing on her heart. So she went 

to Grace Seminary, graduated with 
honors in 1940. (She often reminisced 
about her Seminary days and the 
friendships formed there.) Within a 
year of her graduation, in March 
1941, she was one of a partv of six 
who set out for Africa on the ill-fated 
Zam Zam. After some harrowing 
experiences, she found herself back in 
the States in June of 1941 . 1 am sure 

Miss Ruth Snyder. 

that many would accept such a 
setback as a sign from the Lord to 
stay in the good old U.S. — but not 
Ruth. After a Hme to regroup and re- 
outfit, she set out again for Africa, 
arriving in January 1944. 

From then on, Africa was her 
life. Not even cancer and extensive 
surgery could keep her away from 
Africa. Even when deteriorating 

health obliged her to remain in the 
United States in 1983, she prayed for 
Africa, she wrote lessons and litera- 
ture for Africa. She wrote a book 
about Estella Myers, a pioneer 
missionary to Africa, with the hope 
that others would be moved to ser\'e 
m Africa. 

What kind of a person was Miss 
Ruth Snyder Knowing her over a 
period of 50 years, 1 have formed 
some definite opinions, but I wanted 
to find out what others thought of 
Ruth. First, I asked some of my 
children what their thoughts were 
about "Aunt Ruth." Children have a 
way of being able to see through a 
person, and our children spent a 
number of their years in Africa on the 
same station with Ruth. Here are the 
kind of words I hear them say: 
"sharp," "good mind," "very wise 
and carefvil in the way she spoke," 
"always a twinkle in her bright eyes," 
"lovely," "peaceful and serene." 

Well, 1 wanted to get some 
other opinions, and here is what 1 
heard from relatives and others who 
knew her well; "Not a mean bone in 
her body." "Loved everybody." 
"Loved the Word." "A student of the 
Word." "Had wide interests and was 
an avid reader" "A good Bible 
teacher." "Had a deep faith jind love 
for the Lord." "A good sense of 
humor" "Young at heart and 
enjoyed being with young people." 

"Nozu, Ruth, don't get upset. We 
are just stating the facts, remember " 

Now its my turn. How would I 
characterize Ruth? Don't be shocked, 
but the first word that comes to my 
mind is the word "tough." Maybe 
that is not a good choice of words 
when talking about a lady, and she 



was certainly a lady. But the word 
"tough" truly described her, in every 
good sense of the word. We could 
use other terms: brave, plucky, 
courageous — and she was all of these. 
God allowed her to go through many 
trials in her life — and she stuck it out 
through each one. Of course we 
know, and she would want it to be 
pointed out, that it was her deep 
faith in her Lord that made it 

Shortly after Ruth arri\'ed in 
Africa, she was appointed to work 
with the Beavers in establishmg the 
Bible Institute, first at Bellevue, and 
then at Bata. From that day on, she 
had to show great fortitude and tact. 
She was called upon to teach African 
men. The subjects she taught most 
were Church History, the Life of 
Christ, and the Gospel of John. Now, 
a lot of people, e\'en here in America, 
would have trouble with the thought 
of her assuming the role of teaching 
men. But, think of her assuming that 
task in Africa, where women were 
supposed to fulfill only a subordinate 
role. Somebody had to do the job! 
Ruth carried out her job with wisdom 
and in evident subordination to the 
Biblical teachings and doctrines of her 

Seminary professors and of the 
missionary elders on the field. She 
won the hearts of the African stu- 
dents, and any time you traveled 
with her and came across some of her 
former pupils, their joy at seeing her 
was self exident. You would hear 
such words as, "Greetings mama." 
"How are you, mama?" "We are so 
glad to see vou, mama!" And I know 
that when the news of her homegoing 
arrives in Africa, there will be groups 
of her former students, now pastors 
of churches, who wUl get together for 
several days to pray and reminisce 
over all the good memories they have 
of "mama Ruth Snyder." Yes, Miss 
Ruth Snyder toughed it out in a 
difficult role and came out a winner. 
Her toughness was also appar- 
ent in the way she handled herself 
when the disease of cancer was 
ra\'aging her body. She went about 
her work, disregarding the pain as 
much as possible. Some of you who 
have known Ruth, only in the later 
years of her life, were not fortimate 
enough to know, to the fullest, the hm 
loving. Light hearted side of her Oh 
yes, it would peek out in the latter 
days as well, but it was somewhat 
veiled bv the \'icissitudes of her 

health. Wliat was always evident 
was her determination to keep on and 
to accomplish all she could for her 
Lord while time remained. 

Another facet of Ruth's charac- 
ter was her prayer life. Right beside 
her fa\'orite chair were some well 
worn cards in files. The cards in one 
file had the names and facts about 
each missionary. The cards in the 
other file had the names and pictures 
of all the students she had taught in 
Bible Institute. And daily, she would 
remember these people in prayer. 
The word "prayer warrior" was 
certainly exemplified in her Ufe. 

Another word that I would use 
in portiaying Ruth is a word she used 
in her book describing Estella Myers. 
She said of Estella: "God can work 
wonders through one unpretentious 
life." Tliat certainly can be said of 
Ruth as well as of Estella. It is the 
word, "unpretentious" that stands 
out. She didn't "put on airs." She 
was a remarkable woman, with many 
great accomplishments, but she 
didn't let you know about them. You 
had to learn them for yourself by 
observation. I cormt myself fortunate 
to be one of many who were able to 
do that. • 

{Prayer continued from page 6) 

What a shame that we have 
such difficulty sustaining a similar 
fervency, in a consistent way, through 
the majority of our li\'es that repre- 
sent bounty and togetherness. But is 
that impossible? Of course not. In 
fact, here in lies the secret to a pas- 
sionate and consistently meaningfiil 
prayer life, live a life that keeps us 
aware of our dependency on the 
power of the Lord. 

It is not only possible. It is a 
mandate from God. "Seek first the 
kingdom of God, and all of these 
things will be added to you." Seek 
Me, depend on Me, and I will 
supply your need. Live depen- 
dently and prayer becomes a 
lifeline. Seeking God, imploring 

God, praising God, exalting God, 
relating to God (not as an equal, but 
as a dependent adopted child) are 
all are expressions of a life that has 
found its significance in a growing 
awareness of reliance upon God for 
all things. 

The surest way to develop a 
pattern of life that makes depen- 
dency the norm, is to continually 
li\'e beyond the parameters of safety 
and surety. A life that is given to 
committing its energv into accom- 
plishing dreams and goals, that go 
beyond what can be accomplished 
through one's own energies, leads to 
a life of dependency and conse- 
cquently to a life of prayer. 

The Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches has established 
Focus 2000 Goals that take us 

beyond our abilitv to accomplish. 
They are bigger than us. They 
require extraordinary power to 
realize them. They must drive us to 
prayer. That is whv the appeal for 
2000 prayer partners is such an 
imperative. The need is greater than 
current supply. The resource we 
have at our disposal is not sufficient 
for the demand. But the resources 
that we ha\'e at our disposal 
through God and through prayer are 
sufficient for more than we 

Join together with the many 
who are committing to living at risk 
by going beyond the reasonable 
limits of our comfort, and living 
dependently upon the power of God 
when we call upon Him in 
prayer! • 





Grace Brethren 


News Update 

Touching You from Around the World 

"Stand Up, Speak Out," was 

the theme for the first NCO District 
Winter Mini-Camp for grades 4-6. 
The Woods\'ille, Delaware and 
Lexington GBC's have held camp 
for about four years, and this year it 
was opened to the entire district. 
125 children and staff con- 
verged on the Pleasant Valley Ranch 
for a 48 hour snow retreat. Chapel 
services, singing & praising, spiri- 
tual growing, praying, tobogganing, 
tubing, and other e\'ents were apart 
of the profitable retreat. 

New Addresses & 
Phone Numbers: 

Kip and Mary Cone 

Michaelstr. 220 

74523 Schwabisch Hall 


Brian and Rhonda Weaver 

16 Pembroke Croft 

Hall Green 

Birmingham, 828 ^^EY 


Phone: (011-44) 121-745-1936 

Steve and Celeste Kern's 

Phone Number: (011-49) 7051- 

Editions Cle Office Phone 

(in France): (011-33) 78-85-33-80 

Hazel N. Smith, a member of the 
Martinsburg GBC since 1946, passed 
away February 8, 1996. Services were 
conducted by Pastor James S. Laird, Sr. 
and Pastor Robert A. Russell. 

In Russia, there are new 
restrictions on visa approval (only 

three month \'isas are now allowed 
until the elections) and the authori- 
ties are limiting the number of 
missionaries that are allowed at 
work there in Novosibirsk. This is 
being done contrary to the Russian 
Constitution and the Religious 
Freedom Act of 1989, but the au- 
thorities believe it is inevitable that a 
communist will be elected as 
president, and foreign missionaries 
will be expelled from the country. 
Please pray that Russia will stay 
open for the Gospel to be freely 
preached, and the Spirit's direction 
and power in these uncertain times. 

Crosswalk: The new lay-led 
ministry, known as the Crosswalk, 
was laimched in Indiana at the Fort 
Wayne GBC, pastored by Bob 
Arenobine. This ministry focused on 
lav people from Grace Brethren 
churches, sharing personal and 
Christian life testimonies as evidence 
of God's power in changing lives. 
The Indiana Crosswalk ministay was 
held the weekend of April 27, 1996. 

Continue to pray for Pastor 
Dan Eschelman. He had surgery for 
a cancerous ti-imor from the lower left 
lobe of his left lung in March. 

Many of you are enjoying the 
Leader's Edge published by BMH. If 
you can, we could use help with the 
publication costs. We are providing 
it free to over 1,700 people. What- 
ever you can do, we would appreci- 
ate it. If you have news, please 
share it with us at 1-800-348-2756. 

A Seniors Cabinet is being 
formed by CE National to encourage 
effective ministry for seniors and to 
seniors in our local churches. A 

group met this past month in 
Lancaster, PA and are planning a 
June 7 meeting to be held at Willow 
Valley GBC, Lancaster, PA. 

Pastor Bob Nicholson has 

taken a leave of absence from the 
Grace Community Church In Mt. 
Vernon, Ohio. The congregation is a 
daughter church of the Lexington 
GBC (Pastor Dave Atkins). Pray for 
the pastor, his family, and for the 
congregation at Mt. Vernon. 

Yukimasa Kinjo is the new 
pastor-in training of the Hoya City 
GBC in Tokyo, Japan. According to 
missionary, Debbie O'Dell, "He is 
gifted in evangelism and is a very 
godly young man." 

Pray for the transition this year 
as the O'Dells turn over more 
responsibilitv to Yukimasa as they 
plan to return to the USA for home 
ministry this June. 

Grace College & 
Seminai'y Neius 

Grace College has released 
figures for tuition, room and board 
for the next 1996-97 academic year. 

Grace is pleased to araiounce for the 
second year in a row that tuition wiU 
onlv increase with the rate of infla- 
tion. The increase in tuition will 
stand at a mere 3% with an overall 
2.5% increase. Tuition, room and 
board for next year will be raised 
from $13,300 to $13,652 which 
includes a 3% increase for tuition, a 
4% increase for room and a 0% 
increase for board. Grace has made 
an effort to keep its tuition in a 
moderate range so that a degree from 
Grace will not be out of reach for its 






constituents. Grace College offers its 
students over $1.5 million in financial 
aid to help fund their higher education. 

The Teacher Education 
Committee of Grace College voted 
to extend the following honors to 
some of the students who completed 
their student teaching during the 
Fall of 1995 in the local Warsaw area 
elementary and high schools. The 
Grace College Outstanding Prospec- 
tive Teacher Awards goes to the 
following students: Heather 
Bartlett, a senior from Rib Lake, 
Wisconsin; Rebecca Hulthen, a 
senior from Shabbonah, Illinois; and 
Kim Gage, a senior from Lettz, Iowa. 
The Grace College Outstanding 
Prospective Teacher Award Honor- 
able Mention goes to the following 
students: Amv Mathewson, a senior 
from Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Audrey 
Henderson, a senior from Dryden, 
Ontario, Canada; Ann Hinz, a senior 
from Warsaw, Indiana; Rebecca 
Matheny, a senior from Doylestown, 
Ohio; and Bryan Nelson, a senior 
from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Con- 
gratulations are extended to these 
students and best wishes for their 
futures in education. 

Grace College and Seminary 
has employed Mark Messenger as 

Network Administrator. Messenger 
received a Bachelor of Science m 
Computer Science and Mathmatics 
from Grace College in 1990. He 
came back to Grace after working 
for Boston Whaler, a boat manufac- 
turer, because he said wanted to take 
the opporttmity to use his business 
skills in a ministry position." 

On March 19 and 20, Dr. 
Charles E. Hummel, speaker for the 
1996 Staley Lecture Series, was at 
Grace College and spoke in chapel 
and selected classes. Hummel 
graduated from Yale Uni\'ersitv and 
earned an M.S. in chemical engineer- 
ing from M.I.T He has worked with 
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in 

various positions since 1951, as well 
as being President of a college in 
Rhode Island for ten years. He has 
written se\'eral books including. The 
Galileo Coiiuectkvi: Resolving Conflicts 
between Science and Clnistinnity which 
is used as a text at Grace College. 
Hummel spoke about the harmony 
between Christianity and science. 
The Tliomas Staley Foundations is a 
private, nonprofit organization that 
strives to hirther the gospel among 
college students nationwide. 

• • • • • 



The First International 
Conference of GBC's 

The First International 
Conference of Grace Brethren 
Churches will occur in Toronto, 
Canada, July 27— August 1, 1996. 
Put those dates on your 
calendar. Home 
Missions is 
making plans to 
commission the 
launch of our 
first Canadian 
church at that 
conference. Call 1-800- 
268^838 for hotel reservations m 

Dave and Jean Vittum have 
been accepted as Rapid Deployment 
missionaries to the Philippines. 
Dave is finishing a career with the 
U. S. Navy, having specialized in 
service of nuclear submarines. They 
are members of the Waldorf GBC, 
and will leave for the Philippines in 
October if God provides a support 
team for them at that time. Pray 
that the Vittums will be able to raise 
all their support bv October. 

Pastor Dave Marksbury has 

moved to the Seattle, WA area 
where he has assumed the pastorate 
of the Grace Bible Fellowship GBC 
in Maple Valley. Tliis former Home 

Missions church has been without a 
regular pastor for nearly two years, 
but has held together well. The 
church Dave formerly pastored in 
Garden Grove, CA (New Life GBC) 
has closed. Dave continues to serve, 
part time, as Western Director of 
Church Planting and Development 
for Home Missions. 

After much prayer and 
searching, the Ron Schemmer 
family located a rental home in the 
Otay section of Tijuana. This means 
fewer long waits at the border. 
Teaming up with two boys inter- 
ested in reaching; their friends, Ron 
Schemmer began meeting boys in 
the local park to play soccer. Within 
a month, 15 to 20 boys ranging from 
six-year olds to 20-year olds were 
playing. Ten of these boys professed 
faith in Christ at a birthday party at 
the Schemmer home. Pray for 
effecti\'e follow-up for these children. 

CE National's Time Program: 
Time (Training in Ministry Experi- 
ences) will be sending teams this 
summer to inner-city Chicago and 
Northern Brazil. The Chicago Time 
Team will be led by Bill & Patty 
Willhite and will minister in coop- 
eration with the nationally recog- 
nized Circle Urban Ministries. 
Ivanildo Trindade will lead the 
Brazil Time Team ministering in 
beach evangelism , campus out- 
reach, street e\'angelism, and to the 
churches In Macapa and Belem. 

Paul Mutchler will be leaving 
Littitz, PA, and will be joining the 
staff at the GBC of Columbus in 
Worthington, OH. He will begin his 
new ministry as Pastor of Adult 
Ministries, CE, Programs & Services. 
He'll be starting May 1, 1996. 

Address Correction: 

Grace Brethren Church, 6259 
Faber Dr., Brooksville, FL 34602 
Pastor Bill Stevens 


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"Lord, Use Me 

T! he summer before I started 
college, 1 took a job as a 
__. waitress at one of Winona 
Lake's old hotels. Restaurant work 
was not my first choice, but the job I 
wanted fell through at the last 
minute. With college looming ahead, 
I was in a near-panic mode. 

The work was exhausting and 
we were always shorthanded. Our 
boss was a temperamental old Navy 
cook who looked as though he hadn't 
shaved since the Korean War. A 
highlight of my summer was watch- 
ing him throw a plate of eggs on the 
floor after a customer sent them back 
because they weren't cooked right. 

But the job was OK. Almost 
everyone who worked at the hotel was 
my age, so one of the benefits was a 
little social life at work. And, because 
this was 1968, there were still confer- 
ences in Winona Lake — which meant 
people coming and going constantly. 

We met people who were well- 
known in Christian circles — almost 
celebrities. Most of them were as 
nice as pie (even to teenagers) and 
we enjoyed being around them. 

One woman, however, was the 
exception. I was warned about her 
early on. When our paths finally 
crossed, I realized no one had been 
exaggerating. She was rude and 
demanding, and Eked to look at us as 
if we had just come from a slave 
auction. We all avoided waiting on 
her. When we saw her heading for 
the dining room, we would rush to 
the kitchen to decide who the un- 
lucky server would be for that meal. 

One day, I was the unlucky server 
Our lady was sitting at her table with 
some friends, entertaining them witli a 
monologue about an upcoming 
Christian film she was working on. I 
was distributing the food, when 1 heard 
her say the oddest tiling: "Yes, we're 
hoping to reach the young people in 
America wdth this film." 

I couldn't believe it! 1 wanted to 
scream. 1 wanted to jerk her to her feet, 
and shout, "Lady, if you want to reach 

/ t in I / i—y ii I I IL lb 

young people, why don't you start 
here? There are a dozen of us tliat you 
see every day, and not everybody is a 
Christian. Don't you care about us?" 

For some reason, I said noth- 
ing. Although I didn't react out- 
wardly, I've never forgotten how 
bizarre her statement was. 

She wanted to reach young 
people, but not the ones close to her. 
She wanted to influence teenagers 
she didn't know, but she couldn't 
even be friendly to the ones she saw 
every day. Who knows what might 
have happened if she had? 

I've thought about her com- 
ment in the years since that summer. 
Along the way, I've met other 
people who have operated the same 
way. Maybe they weren't rude and 
demanding to the people around 
them — just oblivious or uncaring. 

It's easy to tliink of examples. The 
Old Testament priest, EU, somehow 
managed to minister to the children of 
Israel, but lost his own sons in the 
process. King David was a hero in the 
entire country, but not with his family. 
I've known people who could list 
missionaries all over the world, but had 
a tough time remembering who li\'ed 
two doors dovvTi tlie street. 

But I guess I'm the same way. 
Why is it easier for me to go across town 
where I don't know anyone, Jind pass 
out invitations to church, than it is to go 
next door and give one to my neighbor? 
Two reasons come to mind. First, my 
neighbor knows me. Somehow I have it 
in my mind that she's going to say, "Oh 
you want me to come to church with 
you? And didn't I hear you yelling at 
your kids in the yard last night?" 

My neighbors are nice people, 
and not one of 
them has ever 
said something 
like that to 
me. But the 
thought of 
hearing them 
say it is still 
there. 1 

But Not Too ^ 

Close To HOME" ^ 

should somehow be perfect before I 
invite them to cliurch, or they won't 
want to come. Wliat I'm forgetting is 
that my neighbors wouldn't be coming 
to churcli because of me, but because 
God is working in tlieir hearts. 

The second reason close-up 
evangelism is hard, is that it's riskier if 
someone asks a question and I don't 
know the answer Or what if I'm asked 
to do something tliat throws my 
schedule out of whack? What then? 

Both of these reasons involve 
"me" a lot. 1 suppose that's why 
long-distance ministry is so popular 
with us. We can feel good about our 
involvement when we drop a ten 
dollar bill in the offering, knowing 
that our pastor or some missionary 
will use it to tell someone we don't 
know about the Lord. And it 
doesn't cramp our schedule or give 
us an identity crisis. 

Somewhere there's a balance in 
all this, and I admire people who 
have it. These are people who have 
a genuine concern for folks in Africa 
they've never met, and they have 
the same concern for their co-worker 
in the next office. They write to 
missionaries overseas, but they also 
volunteer at their child's school. 
They don't miss opportunities — 
whether close by or miles away. 

Our lady in the dining room 
probably thought she had quite a 
ministry. But her balancing act with 
close-up and long-distance evange- 
lism needed a lot more practice. She 
ne\'er knew what opportimities she 
missed by ignoring tlie people around 
her I probably don't know what I've 
missed along the way, either • 


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