Buzzard Bylines 1980
Martha & Jorge Cuevas
We were married July 28 and love married life. Feb. 1 we leave for a month
in Mexico to be with Jorge's family. We hope to go back there to live
in a year or two. At present we are real involved with a Pres. church. Jorge
is a deacon and we teach the young people's class.
Jerry & Lois DeRenzo
Jerry is working at CBC in electronic media. We have been accepted for
service in Italy with Bible Christian Union. Our target date is June, 1981
and we need deputation contacts in the Southeast and Northeast. We appreciate
both your prayers and also your letting us know of churches in which
we could speak.
For the past 3 1/2 years I've been working at Prairie Bible Institute but
am resigning as of April 13 to move to Dallas to work for Dr. Walvoord
and his assistant at Dallas Theo Sem. as their secretary. God has done
"exceedingly abundantly above" all I could ever ask or think in preparing
me for this new phase of my life. If you're ever passing through Dallas,
I'd love to give you a personal tour of the seminary.
Rachel & Bill Ellis
We were finally able to attend the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts last
June in Atlanta. As a result, this has been a year of much growth. We look
forward to attending again in Charlotte in April. We miss you all and
that wonderful alma mater we all love and of which we have some of our
I'm completing my 6th year as dean of students at Lutheran Brethren Schools.
Other responsibilities include instructor for OT & NT survey
Hillcrest Academy, Alumni Relations Director and writer for a regular
publication within our synod. Summers are usually spent on a large ranch in
western Montana and I am in training with the goal of running in the Boston
Marathon this year. My bachelor status serves as a joyful passport for a
unique ministry with people that God has given to me. The Lord is so good!
Presently I'm working for Remedial Education and Diagnostic Services, Inc.
I teach remedial reading and math to 1st-8th graders in 3 schools 2 times
a week. It is interesting and allows me to specialize as a teacher.
In May '79 I completed requirements for a PA teacher's certificate and
earned a second BA degree. I am now in evening college and should complete
an M. Ed. in reading by Dec., '81.
For 4 months now I have been the first pastor of a 2 year old church,
Eastwood Pres. God has been teaching me about working with families and
concentrating heavily on evangelism, discipleship and missions. We regularly
take neighborhood evangelism surveys and are having the Evangelism Training
Program (of Rev. D. James Kennedy). Pray that God will mightily bless
Deb & Paul Haken
Continue to remember us as we shop and pack to return to Nigeria April 8.
SIMAIR has been granted permission to continue using its present airfield,
but Avgas is now $5.00 a gallon!
I arrived in Abidjan on Nov. 2. I probably won't be moving into a village
until May because of some meetings scheduled here and because it is a bad
time of year to move into Upper Volta. Ann Hook and I will be working
together on a project among the Lyele (lay-lay). Hopefully I can find
someone here who speaks Lyele so I can begin learning words and phrases. We
do need a car. They cost about double here, so you'll have to pray double.
Deb & Peter Jones
This year Deb finished language school, we moved to Tsipiri and received
approval for our literacy project. Our goal is several hundred new readers
which should result in more Bible readers and thus more potential believers.
We need wisdom in choosing and training personnel and in writing the primers
and teaching guides. We will relocate this summer and need prayer for
just the right place, provision of needed household items, our traveling
from our remote location for shopping, etc. and for the political
and economic conditions here. Provision has been made for Deb and Jonathan
to return to PA now for our baby's arrival in mid-April. Peter will come
on a little later and then we look forward to visiting with family and
friends when we return in May.
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
We hope to leave in April for Kenya to minister among the 40-50,000 Arabic
Muslims along the coast. We still need about $200 in monthly support. Also
pray for the Corley family who returned to Iran in September.
Ed & Margaret Maehlmann
Ed is working at two churches part-time, youth pastor at one and evangelism
director at the other. God is increasing the numbers and with that comes
more responsibility, but praise God for increasing our ministry. We are
especially looking forward to the Family Affair Seminar in Saginaw. Rick
3 1/2 and Monica 15 mos. are our 'big helpers.'
Grady & Vicki Merritt
Benjamin's begun kindergarten and Grady was honor graduate at Air
National Guard NCO Academy in Oct. He's added training classes in carpentry
and weatherization to his job duties. Besides home and garden, Vicki
enjoys being technical processes librarian at the church. We enjoyed having
the Paul Hakens and Bob Tullmanns in our home a few days each this year
and would welcome others!
Glynis & David Miller
We have foster parented 13 this year (13 yr. old Tracy is with us now)
and became actual parents for the first time in mid-March. Our church
started AWANA this fall and it is going great. David and I both teach SS
and Church Training in addition to other responsibilities. Dottie & Stan
Smith made missions real for our young couples while they were down this
way for mission orientation (they are now in Manila, Philippines).
Gary & Ellie Minion
Erin Marie and Christina Hope were born June 28. Gary is still working
with So. Bell and we are considering buying property to build a house in
West Columbia. We have joined McGregor Pres. Church this year and are
enjoying the fellowship and Rev. Bill Solomon.
Clinton & Laura Morrison
We are caseworkers at Arkansas Bapt. Home for Children. We teach the
college & career SS class at Wilmar Bapt. Church and are involved in
marriage and family counseling.
I enjoy my job caring for Mrs. Otis Braswell's mother and am also quite
involved in my church. But I am at the point of asking myself "what does
my Christianity mean to me?" i.e. What exactly happened when I gave my
life to Christ?" This period has meant soul-searching and questioning and
I pray that I will not turn away from God but emerge all the stronger
with my face "set like a flint." Pray for me in this. I'm not ashamed to
admit that I NEED you.
Ted & Beth Ragsdale
We praise the Lord daily for our lovely Julie Marie, born Oct. 25. Beth
is staying home as long as she can to be with her. We continue to work
here at Faith Pres. The Lord has steadily added to our number and we plan to
move by Mar. 1 into a brand new store front in a centrally located plaza.
Truly it's such a thrill to be involved in His work.
One big lesson God has been teaching me is that the crucifixion of Christ
involves every area of my life (not that I've attained death to sin,
but this is God's desire for my life). I'm employed by So. Bell, and God
has given me a ministry at USC among international students (Japanese,
Chinese, Indian, Mexican and even Arab, but no Israelis yet). . He has
been showing me the importance of serving them. I will soon begin teaching
English to a Vietnamese Chinese family.
Deb & Doug Stromberg
We're back after 8 mos. furlough. The bookstore has moved into a location
with 50% more room and it's exciting to see the growth, especially in
the wholesale work where believers by Christian literature and then take
it out into the villages to sell. Deborah is busy with Amy, Bethany and
Cari and all the activities of homemaking. We bought a 125 Yamaha
motorcycle until we decide about a car. We appreciate prayer for our health,
work, personal witness, hospital classes, neighborhood house church and
Terry & Bev Thames
Heidianne arrived Oct. 12. Terry is still with So. Bell and Bev is personnel
health nurse at Bapt. Med. Center. We now attend Calvary Bible Church
where Rev. Raymond Scott is pastor.
Mark & Linda Thomas
Our Bible School now has a capacity of 68 and they are all here. Mark
travels each semester to our 2 other Torchbearer Centers (Canada and Texas)
for a week of lectures. With Christmas ski retreats and summer programs to
organize, life is full. Linda is a happy homemaker. Keeping up with Kyle,
3, and Heather, almost 2, is a daily exercise in the fruits of the Spirit.
We are very blessed with having guest lecturers in our home. They give
us varied input on God's work around the world. What better fellowship
could we ask for to share our 'cuppa'?
Pam & Fred Tuggy
Fred's been going like mad getting cars and mobile homes ready for the
trip to the boarder as their papers expire. Ours expire April 10 but we've
been too busy to sit down and talk and pray much about What to Do or Where
to God next. We plan to go to SIL in OK this summer but still aren't
sure about becoming members.
Marlita & Bill Walker
Bill is back in school at Grand Rapids Bapt. College. He will get his
bachelor's degree and May and go for one more year for his M. In Christian
Ed. He's working 3-11 with Amway while I hold down the fort with Mikkel,
3, and Benjamin 2 (4/23/79). We attend Sparta Bapt. Church, working with
the Jr. High dept., and I really enjoy the choir. with our daughter I'm
trying to apply Gal. 5:13, "With love, help one another."
Gene & Bonnie Ward
The Lord gave us our house and we are especially enjoying planting growing
things. Gene still teaches 5th grade at Bradley School and Nathan Scott
joined our family Oct. 21.
Marlene & Paul Wenzel
Paul accepted the position of pastor at the church we attended while in
seminary. We've moved into the beautiful parsonage. Our 'surprise package'
arrived Jan.11. We love Kerry Lane to death and of course she is simply
beautiful. I'm adjusting to working at home rather than in an office
and also to sleeping during the day rather than at night many times.
Doris & Neil Wolfe
Doris continues to teach Bible and Spanish to K-2 and reading and
math to one remaining kindergartner. Pilots from Cochabamba have agreed
to take Neil's place while we are on furlough May 20-Jan. '81. We hope
to arrive in Miami in time for Andy's birthday and plan to spend the
summer in Canada with Neil's parents and home church. Neil will be taking
training for a more advanced pilot's license. This takes place in Waxhaw,
NC in the fall, so perhaps we'll get to CBC for [word missing].
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