Homecoming Buzzard Bylines 1981
Allan & Cindy Bosson
We're settled into Texas life now. Allan is in his second semester at
Southwestern Bapt. Theo. Sem. studying for a M. Div. specializing in
counseling and church administration. He has a part-time job as a civil
engineer which keeps him extra busy. I stay busy with the boys and
typing Allan's papers. We are getting involved in a good church--sure
miss full-time ministry but know God's plan is for us to be here now.
Martha & Jorge Cuevas
We've moved to Mexico June 4, 1980. God has blessed as Jorge started a
cheese factory. Slowly God is bringing his Catholic [family?] to live here
too, and our prayer is that we might win them to Christ. Pray for our witness
before them and others. John Burton was born Feb. 4, 1981.
I just finished my M. Ed. in Reading at Beaver College. God has been good
to give me opportunities beyond my regular job to use my skills as a
reading teacher. Presently I work on the side at Bethanna Home for Boys and
Girls. This spring I'll have a reading clinic of my own at Community
College for 2nd through 8th graders.
Deb & Paul Haken
Since the need for missionary airmen in Nigeria is dwindling and SIM has
no need for pilots elsewhere, we applied to work with Wycliffe Bible
Translators in their effort to get the written Word of God into the hands of
the remote peoples of the earth. In June we will take a first step by
moving to the JAARS Center, Waxhaw, NC for a year of work and training.
I'm finally going to have a partner to share the work--Cathie Jackson.
We've been friends for a number of years and have kept in touch. She is
to meet me in Abidjan the end of March where our branch is having a
2-week conference. Our initial work will be language learning in Lyele.
She will have to adjust to the hot, dry climate and we will have to
adjust to living together. Family illness may be hindering the return
of my native translation helper, Christian Bayala, who left in Oct.
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
Please pray for: 1) ability and patience in Swahili language study;
2) Peter's adjustment to school and a place for him in first grade (1982) as
pupils outnumber places; 3) Jean and the new baby due around April 16;
4) continued good relations with our co-workers; 5) salvation of Omar,
Mohammed, Athmad and Mtafa.
Ed & Margaret Maehlmann
It's been a year of varied experiences; some were thrilling and satisfying;
others were difficult and not easy to understand. Through them all we
learned God's loving purposes. In our SS class we're studying Warren
Wiersbe's book Be Mature on James. The average attendance is 7. We can
expect to be challenged and exhorted. We see evidence of progress in the
youth group too. Several have improved attitudes, others are participating
in serving the Lord. The attendance averages 12.
Grady & Vicki Merritt
While in Ankara, Turkey for ANG annual training last fall, Grady was
unexpectedly laid off his job. The Lord is faithfully providing for us,
and we need His wisdom as Grady continues to seek a full-time job.
Olive-skinned, dark-haired Joel Robertson (1/23/81) is a delightful
contrast to his blond, blue-eyed brothers. Benjamin is excelling in 1st
grade and Vicki is church media library director.
Glynis & David Miller
Miriam Joy was born Mar. 16, 1980. In Sept. we'll be rejoicing with baby
#2. Our work at Central is progressing although at times is discouraging.
We're here for the Lord's time, seeking Him daily for His will to
be done. Tracy, our foster daughter, decided to live with her mother and
stepfather again, so moved back Feb. 13. Her home is still un-Christian
and she's 'fallen in love' with a 22 yr. old unbeliever (she's 14)
so we covet your prayers for her.
Tricia & Dan Miller
We arrived in CA on Mar. 1 headed for Elizabethton, TN where Dan will be
taking helicopter training for that new phase of our work in the Philippines.
Al & Daisy Ortiz
It has been a different and difficult year to adjust my ministry to added
administrative responsibilities, field liaison leadership, family needs
and my desire to be involved in direct discipleship activities. Edwin has
been accepted into paramedics at Miami-Dade Community College for this fall.
Cindy graduates in June but lacks conviction as to the future.
Dottie & Stan Smith
We give much thanks to the Lord for sending Dustin Christopher our way on
Oct. 6. HE took care of so many potential difficulties in Dustin's birth.
Language study moves on "hinay-hinay basta kanunay"--slowly but surely.
Do pray for us to understand Cebuano so we can share our living Lord.
Jochen & Cheryl Stahl
We are now in a village north of Stuttgart, 2 1/2 hrs. drive south of
Frankfurt. The new job requires quite a few adjustments, but we are
confident that by God's grace we'll be able to minister here for the
cause of Christ.
Deb & Doug Stromberg
We are thankful for the $110,000.00 sales of Bibles, hymnals and Christian
literature in our wholesale and retail work here for 1980. There has
been a 40% increase in the sale of Bibles. Deb is teaching kindergarten (in
English) at a local missionary school. She has 6 Bolivian and 3 missionaries'
children. She also teaches 3 Bible classes a week at the children's hospital.
We may be taking a 4-month furlough in July. Pray for an additional
Bolivian clerk and a daily renewing of our hearts and minds in God.
Terry & Bev Thames
Our home is available to those passing through and needing a place to stay
for a day or so. Terry still works at So. Bell and Bev at Bapt. Medical
Center. Terry is a deacon at Calvary Bible Church and also music coordinator.
Teddy is a typical 4-year-old boy and Heidianne is 16 months old and
still bald. Is there hope?
Pam & Fred Tuggy
Last summer, during SIL's course for support workers, we were asked to
consider spending the next year or so at the JAARS Center, doing basically
the same kind of auto mechanic work as in Mexico. We rented a very reasonably
priced 4-bedroom house and enrolled Wendy and Cindy in a Christian
school. Pam works several mornings a week in the Center nursery. Y'all
come see us and we'll make sure you get a 'grand tour' of the Center.
Marlita & Bill Walker
We are close to the end of Bill's MRE program. By June classes should be
done, and then he will complete his thesis and doctrinal statement by Dec.
We are putting 'feelers' out for any camp positions available. If
anyone has information concerning openings, let us know. My days are full
as I've gotten deeply involved in a musical group with ministers in other
churches once a month. We are developing a Jr. Hi program at our church
with 30-35 kids on Weds. nights. PTL. God continually supplies our needs
and strengthens us for our daily responsibilities.
Marlene & Paul Wenzel
1980 was a year of growth for us, starting with the arrival of Kerri Lane
(1/11/80). She is the joy of our hearts. Claiming Jer. 33:3 as our year
verse, the church where Paul pastors reached its 1980 goal of 24 new regular
attendees (the Lord brought us 39) and not making any loans to make ends
meet. We ended the year with a surplus for the first time in memory! I
have been teaching a ladies Bible study at our house. It's been amazing
how the Lord has worked with me and just since Christmas I've even fallen
in love with ministering to these ladies. I'd appreciate your prayers.
Our love to all!
Doris & Neil Wolfe
On Jan. 26 we were back to work in Tumi Chucua, Neil flying and fixing the
planes and I as a teacher's aide for K-3rd. The Ignaciano NT has arrived
from Dallas and will be decided Easter. The Tacana NT is now being typed
and will be ready in early 1982. The first Sun. of Feb. the church in
Tumi was unexpectedly visited by the Vice President of Bolivia and his
family. In the service he had a word of commendation for our work among the
indigenous people of Bolivia.
[This letter was accompanied by a page of pictures of 1) Kerri Wenzel;
2) the Walkers; 3) the Thames; 4) the David Millers; 5) the Tuggys;
6)the Joneses; 7) the Smiths; 8) the Merritt boys; 9) the Strombergs;
10) Rhonda Hartell]
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