Buzzard Bylines 1983
This year I received several phone calls: Larry Allen
has been at the
same job for almost 10 years, working in the Pentagon (for the Army).
Another CBC grad works in the same 'cell' and he is thankful for the
fellowship. Steve Fields is a purchasing agent for World
Carpet but is going into business for himself in fire safety and
prevention. He is still active and travels often to tournaments, etc.
He and Debbie hope to visit his parents in Kenya later this year.
Hakens are back in Waxhaw while Paul
finishes flight orientation. They'll return to Pennsylvania in mid-summer
to await their field assignment. Glynis & David
need special prayer the next few months. April 4-14 David will be in
Guatemala on a mission trip. In May or June, they'll be moving to
Wake Forest, NC where David
will finish a Master's degree at Southeastern Bapt. Seminary. After a
miscarriage in Oct., they are expecting a baby in late Sept. Things are
about the same for the Thames. They look forward to having
Terry's sisters here for Homecoming (Oct. 13-15) and welcome company any
time. Chris & Anne Matthies are still active at World
Gospel Church and seeking the
Lord's will concerning the mission field. Chris is operations manager
of the computer center at the SC Dept. of Mental Health.
Allan & Cindy Bosson
In 1983 we anticipate my graduation from
Southwestern Bapt. Sem. as well as our decision of what to do with our lives
and where to serve this time. It's an exciting time for us, but only as
we keep our eyes on Christ. Christopher started school in Sept. and
received his first trophy as a member of the Blue Raider soccer team. Timothy
tries hard to keep up with his big brother and enjoys the two children
Cindy babysits as playmates during the week.
My small reading and learning center provides great variety and a big
challenge. It runs from 3-8 p.m. so I also get to substitute
teach in two local public schools. Interestingly, many I come in touch with
are Christians too.
Deb & Peter Jones
After a busy summer furlough, we have come back
more aware than ever that this is a spiritual battle. Pray for our language
study, the Bible studies, the literacy program and our family. Jonathan
finds school tedious at times which can stretch Deb's patience as te cher.
Joanna and Jonathan have adjusted well to being each other's playmates,
but they do have their moments!
In Aug. I moved to Costa Rica to live with Aziel and Marion
Jones, as tutor for their youngest son and household helper. I have joined
their mission board, Christian Missions Inc. as a short-termer. My
only prayer request is for my personal relationship with God: "that
I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His
sufferings, being made conformable to His death."
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
In Jan. Pete started 2nd grade and Lori, kindergarten 2. At
22 mos. Kelly & Amy like to sing, look at
books and go 'outside.' Jean and her co-worker continue their weekly
visits. They need wisdom and the opportunity to share Christ. Armand hopes
to complete 6 more tracts on fasting before Ramadan begins in June. They
will be useful during the sundown fast-breaking time for witnessing. Over
100 Muslims have seen the gospel film.
Ed & Margaret Maehlmann
Ed is still youth minister at Richfield Rd. Bapt. Electronics is
supplying fairly steady employment too. Ed enjoys building industrial
robots for Buick and bottling conveyors for 7-Up and Aunt Jemima.
Margaret keeps two 5 yr. olds from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. providing Christian
school tuition and playmates for Monika. Ricky is a happy first grader.
Grady & Vicki Merritt
Grady's midnight to 8 a.m. job is serving
our family well. The Air National Guard will only take him as far as FL
this year. Vicki's church library ministry is always varied and growing
and this spring will include training church teachers and leaders in the
use of media. Our boys are now 8, 5 and 2.
Tricia & Dan Miller
We praise God for our own house here in Bagabag.
Dan's completed check-our in the helicopter, and Scott enjoys first
grade. We need prayer for safety in flight, Tricia's job as SS coordinator,
wisdom in relating to people and part-time Ilocano language study for
Al & Daisy Ortiz
I am diagnosing several neighborhoods in metro-Miami as part of our
church planting strategy among Hispanics. I hope to design a church
directory for Miami and am using part of the research for my master's
thesis at Columbia Graduate School. All the team members are
here and raring to grow. Pray that we will grow together as we study the
Word. We need contacts with open hearts and open homes. Our son Edwin will
soon be striking out on his own and Cindy is at CBC.
Dottie & Stan Smith
We have made our fourth move in one term. We feel a burden for the
'fringe' tribal population and there is much to
be done here. Baptists are well-known because of our 50 bed hospital, and
the one missionary nurse in the province has long needed help. Our furlough
begins in Oct.
Beth & Donny Smith
We are presently living in Pittsburgh, PA where
Donnie is a sales representative for ServiceMaster Industries. We have
4 sons--Paul, 5, Adam, 3, Jonathan, 2, and Joshua, 10 mos.--and that's
quite a job in itself. We'll soon be relocating to Columbus, OH.
Deb & Doug Stromberg
The literature arm of SAM was given over to an individual. We continue
with SAM on special assignment, seeking God's
will for our future. Our girls, Amy 7 1/2, Bethany 5 1/2 and Cari, 4, are
all fine. I am teaching 22 kindergartners on a full-day program at Miami
Christian School. We are thankful God guides us continually.
Pam & Fred Tuggy
We are now full members of the Mexico Branch of SIL. We praise the Lord
for the opportunity to serve Him. Fred spends a good part of the time on
the road transporting translators, doing a wide variety of repairs
(from artificial legs to wheelbarrow wheels) and some public relations
too. Pam is helping in the school library and teaching 2 Spanish classes a day.
Marlita & Bill Walker
1982 was a year of adjustment as we settled
into our new home and ministry. Bill is youth pastor and CE director at
First Baptist [Downer's Grove IL]. Just now we are beginning to see signs
of encouragement in the youth ministry. Marlita's main job is keeping
the home fires burning, yet she's been ministering with her musical talent
and teaching a Sr. High girls' SS class. Mikkel is in kindergarten and
received Jesus as her Savior last month. Benji will soon be 4 and one-year
Melody is our toddling delight. We look forward to seeing many of
you at our reunion in Oct.
Marlene & Paul Wenzel
We REALLY enjoyed attending Paul's 10-year
class reunion last Oct. It was SO much fun to see everyone and a precious
time of fellowship to hear what God has done in each life in 10 years.
Sure hope each of you can attend our reunion this year. We have been
thrilled to see more growth as we are in our 4th year of pastorate
here. Our family is growing too as we expect an addition in June. Kerri
is really praying hard for a sister. Our love to all.
Doris & Neil Wolfe
Praise God with us for a peaceful change of government in Oct. The
economic situation remains critical. Praise for a new
mountain airstrip for Christian Quechuas who want to read the Bible for
themselves. Neil averages one flight a week. During the school term we are
'parents' for 4 teens and a 9-year-old as well as our own two. Health
is still a problem; sometimes we wonder when Andy, Elaina and I will
adjust to 'city germs.'
New Buzzard babes:
Joshua William Chestnut, August 19, 1982
Benjamin Christoph Stahl, March 7, 1982
Charles Ryan Winter, March 21, 1982
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