Buzzard Bylines 1977
At present I am living in Arlington, VA in a modest apartment with a
Christian roommate. I am still working at the Pentagon for the Secretary
of the Army [mail & files sections]. I am attending Arlington Memorial
Church [C&MA] where our group of singles has a weekly Bible study,
bowl together, has retreats in the mountains and so forth. My latest craze
has been for classical automobiles and I won a '67 Cadillac convertible
and a '56 Lincoln Continental Mark II coupe.
I am still teaching 5th grade. As of Sept. I became director of children's
and youth ministry in a Methodist church. It looks like the Camp at
'His Land' is being closed as an avenue of service. Really my future is
indefinite right now. I don't know if I'll sign my contract again next
year or not.
Allan & Cindy Bosson
Allan plans to stay at least one more year as assoc. pastor at Howick
Bapt. Church, probably more. I am finishing my job as home economist for
an Auckland newspaper as we are expecting our first baby Bosson on March 27.
We're quite excited!
This year has been good. The Lord has blessed in so many ways. I have
enjoyed teaching--it is more interesting, exciting and challenging every
year, and this year is one of my best. I also kept up with cheerleading.
Two of our three basketball teams finished first in the state. The church I
attend is really ALIVE. Much of the teaching and preaching reminds me of
school. The Lord is really doing a work in and through its ministries.
Deb & Paul Haken
Nathaniel Paul arrived May 24. We came home on furlough just in time to
spend Christmas with our families. We will be stateside until June. We
hope we can see some of you doing this time. We need prayer for the $250
additional monthly support that needs to be promised before we return to
Nigeria. $135 of this is for Nate and the balance is needed to offset the
spiraling cost of living in that country.
I am studying with Wycliffe at the International Linguistic Center and
University of Texas at Dallas for my M.A. in linguistics. I should complete
it in Dec. 1977, and be preparing to leave for 9 mos. of language study
in France by June, 1978. Then finally to French West Africa which is my
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
This has been a year of the Lord's faithfulness. Pete (Peter Armand)
joined us April 7. A few weeks after, Jean required surgery for removal of
her gall bladder and appendix. We are now packing our barrels for Iran
and leaving Columbia for a missionary conference in FL Feb. 27-Mar.6. Then
we will head to the West Coast for 3-4 weeks, having deputation meetings
and visiting Armand's family in WA. After that, it's to Jean's home
hoping soon to receive word that the rest of our monthly support need of
$115 per month has been met. We want to thank you all for your consistent
Ed & Margaret Maehlmann
We just completed our missionary conference at Windsor Park, and we
experienced tremendous blessings. We became even more excited about going
to Germany and training disciple makers. Sept. 13 was special delivery day
as Fredrick Nathan (Ricky) arrived. We have been doing a good bit of
traveling visiting churches and family and now trust God to supply us
with suitable living quarters back in Canada and a part-time job for Ed
so we can devote more time to full-time deputation. We are grateful for
a loving Good Shepherd who guides and provides.
Grady & Vicki Merritt
We moved just 4 blocks into a larger house with a nice garden space in the
back. Work was getting slow for Grady this winter, but 2 weeks before we
had to move, the Lord provided a federally-funded job, weatherizing
low-income housing for the elderly. God-gave us a Spirit-led pastor last
summer and the change is very evident. G is now directing Training Union
and V is leading a new youn adult group as well as continuing as librarian.
Benjamin is now 2 and all boy and life. We are expecting a 'baby sister'
he says, in Sept. Either is fine. We still are not settled in mind as
to whether lay work here is to be a life ministry or if G is to go on to
seminary. That decision will be made within this year.
Tricia & Dan Miller
In Jungle Camp the Lord has been with us and turned each day into one of
joy. He has taught us to laugh over spilled canoes, muddy trails, or a
plate of hot beans. Our God is a God of love, and we have felt his love in
new and exciting ways at Jungle Camp. Our desire is that His love might
reach others during this new year. Scott Daniel will be one the end of
March and God provided the laying off of all our school debts July 4, 1976.
Clint & Laura Morrison
We are still working on our Ed. D degrees at New Orleans Bapt. Theo. Sem.
We have both been involved in Clinical Pastoral Education at So. Bapt.
Hospital here. The Lord has been very good to us.
Al & Daisy Ortiz
Edwin is now at CBC. Because of your faithfulness in prayer, we have been
able to keep all facets of church life going, instill a desire for growth
and community life in our home Bible studies, met on a man-to-man basis
with Josue, Tony and Ruben, inspired esprit de corps to a team of 9 young
men who are considering seriously the claims of discipleship, coordinate
a one-month Overseas Missions Camp, team teach the book of Romans to a
class of 25 Extension Seminary students, plan and coordinate a one week
intensive course on the Christian home for 26 students while at the same
time appear live on TV every day for 3 weeks to treat the same subject.
Daisy is still appearing on TV every Thurs. for a half-hour teaching how to
use native foods in creative cooking. She also hostesses a continual flow
of guests at our house-church-missions center.
I'm still in Greenville, still working on that M.A. and still footloose
and fancy-free. Last summer I sold books with the Southwestern Company
in TX. Now I'm back in school, living in a trailer with one Pennsylvanian
(male), 2 turtles (his), and one cat (mine). I managed to run into the
John Birch Society which turned out to be a group of great people doing an
indispensable job, and I joined. So I'm pretty busy--the Lord is helping
me stay out of trouble.
I am back home again because of more health problems. Jobs are very hard
to find. I would appreciate your prayers about my situation. There is a church
here near home which is very active that I am thinking about joining.
There is a real need for SS teachers and maybe there are some other ways
I could help through it.
Dottie & Stan Smith
We are in our third year at Southwestern. Stand graduates with his M.Div.
May 13--Hallelujah! We are trusting the Lord for a church pastorate,
hopefully in SC, where we can serve for 2 years as experience to go on to
the mission field. We're excited [Stan was ordained to the ministry in Jan.
by the church his father pastors here in SC.]
Deb & Doug Stromberg
We leave Feb. 17 for Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Doug will be in charge of the
SAM mission bookstore there. We just completed a year of Spanish language
study in Edinburg, TX. It was a hard year of studies. Amy is now 15 mos.
and running everywhere. We are going to have another baby the first of
August and are so excited about this. We would appreciate the class's prayer
that God will help us as we get down there and involved in His work.
We are excited that we are finally going!
Terry & Bev Thames
Terry is working with Krispy Kreme donuts. Bev is happily at home with
Teddy [Theodore Carlton] who was born Nov. 11, 1976.
Mark & Linda Thomas
Our big news this year is our son Alexander Kyle [called Kyle] who
was born Sept. 25. His arrival has changed my lifestyle--I'm now a
full-time wife and mother--not always in that order! Mark has turned in
his soccer boots for ski boots and teaches beginners the basics of the
sport as well as Bible Studies during our ski retreats which take place
during Christmas break. God is blessing and we praise Him for full sessions
of students form all over the US and Canada who are enthusiastic about what
God will teach them here.
Pam & Fred Tuggy
We are still in Mexico as Short Term Assistants with Wycliffe. Terry Dale,
our blond, blue-eyed son, joined his 2 dark-eyed sisters Sept. 26. We're
looking forward to a family reunion in TX in June this year.
Marlita & Bill Walker
We are looking for a house to buy but the Lord hasn't given us peace about
any of the ones we've seen. We are looking forward to baby Walker in
April. I have quit work and am busy at home sewing, crocheting, refinishing
some chairs and getting things ready for the nursery. Bill will be ordained
by the First Baptist Church of Plainwell (Conservative Baptist) where he is
full-time assoc. pastor in May. He is not taking any classes at college this
semester as he's using that time for studying his theology and Moody notes.
Gene & Bonnie Ward
We are both teaching at Columbia Christian and really do enjoy it. It's
funny how God puts us in places we least expect to be. We're here most
of the time and would love to see any of you if you get by this way.
We're not sure how long we'll be here, but until God tells us to leave we
plan to stay put.
Lee & Mary Watson
Almost two years have passed since our marriage. God has greatly blessed
our relationship and has seen it to supply our every need. We live in a
lovely duplex; I am a salesman at a furniture store and Mary has one
semester left at Palm Beach Jr. College. She plans to transfer to Miami
Christian College to complete her elementary ed. degree. We have asked to
lead the SAM Peru youth team this coming summer. The young people sing,
give testimony in churches and schools, do door-to-door evangelism,
distribute tracts, conduct open air meetings, sell Christian literature
and this year will add a puppet ministry. Pray that God will provide the
necessary finances and will prepare us physically and spiritually for this
Marlene & Paul Wenzel
We resigned from Merediths' in July. After several months of job and
apartment hunting as well as living with family and a lot of friends, we're
settled in Oct. Because I had difficulty finding a job, Paul had to take
a job working 30 hrs. a week in a dairy. This meant cutting his school
load in half. We were disappointed, as this is his sr. year, but we are
sure the Lord knows best. The Lord gave me an excellent job as a
receptionist for a gum specialist in mid-Oct. I just love it! We praise
the Lord for His goodness to us. We'd love to see any of you. Paul's
dad's surgery for cancer in Jan. was successful and we really praise the Lord!
- Other highlights: LaVon & Debbie Post are expecting
in August, and Wayne & Wendy Graves are still plugging
along in seminary.
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