Buzzard Bylines 1985
Marlene & Paul Wenzel
Hi everybody! We continue here in the pastorate and praise HIM
for the growth we've seen. I suppose the biggest news is that
Bill & Marlita Walker moved near us last spring and it has been
just great. They are a half-hour north of us-we've had lots of
fun together, although with 2 church schedules and 5 children
between us we don't get together as often as we had originally
hoped. It was a special treat for Marlita, Deb Haken and me to be
together for a day in Oct. Paul's dad continues to teach a full
load even though he's past retirement age but is doing well. We
plan to go home to Columbia in the spring.
There's not a whole lot new here. My small business for reading
and learning services continues to grow and be rewarding both in
challenges and opportunities. I continue to supplement the
business by substitute teaching for local public, private and
parochial schools. Every now and a school calls me to take over
assignments for a teacher who is on extended absence. As of Feb.
1, my old high school has hired me to handle a remedial reading
program through June 7. Needless to say, I keep busy working with
children. Hopefully a visit with Doris & Neil Wolfe will be part
of my summer plans.
Allan & Cynthia Bosson
In June we'll begin our third year at Lee St. Bapt. Church. Also
in June Allan will begin work on a D. of Min. degree through
Southwestern Bapt. Sem. The ministry is demanding but always
exciting as we watch God working in the lives of people. Our two
boys are now 6 and 8. For some reason, soccer is their favorite
Martha & Jorge Cuevas
It has been a great year of God doing the impossible as usual!!!
After 2 months in Mexico, we arrived home to find I was pregnant.
Also my sister-she was 6 weeks ahead of me. Many of you have
prayed for Debbie. God used 2 miscarriages and my new niece to
finally bring her and her husband to Himself. After my bout with
cancerous cells of the cervix, Andrew is no small miracle. Jorge
Andrew was born Oct. 22, 1984 and of course is a delight! Our
older son JB accepted Christ two days before his 4th birthday and
one day after my own spiritual birthdate. In Aug. God gave us
Dr. Allen Fleece as our interim pastor--What a blessing! God
used him and others to enable us to meet a $100,000 goal to build
a church. Dad and Jorge are the contractors and it will be paid
for when complete. Jorge became a deacon in this little PCA
church in Dec.
Chris & Ann Matthies
We are still on deputation and have 50% of our support needs to
head to Spain with Worldteam. We plan to be off to language
school in August.
John & Patty Chestnut
We're all doing fine. The church is growing spiritually and
numerically. The love of Jesus Christ is being experienced daily,
and it's something this church hasn't had in a long time. We're
very thankful for the Lord's blessing. John continues to work
hard and always seems overwhelmed at the pace of life here in
Brooklyn (but loves it!). Patty still plays the organ and is
teaching a ladies' Bible study on Tues. & Weds. The boys keep her
busy too. Robert is 4 and learning so much so fast (it's scary)
and Josh is 1 1/2 and thinks he can do anything big brother can do.
We have a big house and would love to have anyone come and stay,
especially if you are on your way to the field. John is a great
tour guide and can get around pretty good now! Our love to
Larry & Lenore Hill
Right before Christmas we moved to Richmond where Larry is
assistant minister at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church-a large
church in a beautiful area of Richmond. We LOVE being south
again! John is 6 1/2 and in first grade. Sarah Katherine is 3 and a
little mother to Anna Elizabeth who is 1. It is so good to keep
in touch with everyone through the newsletter.
Connie & Al Areheart
In our ministry at Dunn's Chapel both music and youth ministry
were weak areas, but in the last year the Lord has provided Paul
& Hope Cheshier (CBC grad who was one of our youth from our AR
ministry) to work part-time with our you and also as music
director. The church has grown by 8-10 families in the last 2
months. In March Al will begin a businessmen's weekly Bible study
in downtown Columbia. Connie leads a group of 10-15 ladies in a
Thurs. home Bible class and also has a monthly ladies' study.
Brad is now 6 and Ben is almost 3, so needless to say, life is
Glynis & David Miller
We had to move out of our last house because a new highway was
coming through and found a really neat 4-bedroom Spanish style
home about 20 min. out in the country on 19 acres of land. The
kids love the outdoors and it keeps us all busy--me cleaning and
all and David chopping wood for the heater. As usual we are quite
busy at church. This year I am teaching a young adult couples SS
class and really enjoying it. The children are really growing up
and are our constant joy. Last month in Montgomery at one of the
malls we ran into an old friend-Aaron Fleming. He's pastoring a
growing Pres. church. On Easter Sunday they will move into their
new building after having met in a school for 5 years. On April
13 he will be married to a girl named Chris who seems to be a
real complement to Aaron.
Terry & Bev Thames
Still active at our church where Terry is a deacon and church
treasurer. Same jobs, same house, same kids.
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
We are just finishing up a year's furlough and will be returning
to Mombasa April 10 for our second term of service with the
Muslim people. In March, 1984, Jean had a benign growth removed
from her thyroid. We praise God for his timing as we were due for
furlough at the time the growth was discovered. This year has
been busy, having traveled about 30,000 miles with many speaking
engagements. Our children are growing fast as all children do.
They will be re-adjusting to the British school system in Kenya
Gene & Bonnie Ward
Gene continues to teach 5th grade in the public school, and
Bonnie is full-time with our 4 children. We had a great time last
summer in Alaska. No kids and nothing to do but loaf and enjoy
the beauty of God's creation. What a refreshing time! WE are very
happy here and find our lives filled with opportunities to serve
Christ. Our home is always open to anyone who can stand the
Gary & Ellie Minion
Our twin girls are enjoying kindergarten. Gary is still with
Southern Bell. He is enjoying heading up the follow-up program of
Evangelism Explosion in our church. He's also leading a layman's
discipleship study. Ellie is a full-time homemaker.
Deb & Doug Stromberg
Doug loves his work as Development Coordinator with SAM. It is
hard to believe that we have been with the mission for 10 years.
I'm teaching 2nd grade in The King's Academy. Amy, Bethany and
Cari go there and love it too. Amy had emergency surgery for a
ruptured appendix 4 weeks ago. We praise God for leading us to
another doctor in time, as it was first diagnosed as a kidney
infection. She was a very sick girl for a while there and is so
much better now. It made me realize that our children might be
given to use only for a brief time and we should cherish each
moment with them.
Grady & Vicki Merritt
It's been a basically routine year. We're headed to Harrisburg,
PA of the April 13 wedding of V's middle brother. Although not
involved with our local church library this year, Vicki is
director of the Cola. Metro/Lex. Bapt. Assoc. Church Media
Library Organization. Fifth grader Ben is excelling in trumpet,
David is a straight S second grader and Joel is Mom's constant
Highlights from missionary classmate newsletters:
Al & Daisy Ortiz
returned to the DR in June. As field director,
he has the responsibility of relating to their church in the
capital and to the Haitian work on the far end of the island.
Edwin is working and studying in Miami and needs to rekindle his
relationship with the Lord. Cindy returned with them to get
executive secretarial training.
recently joined Paul in Switzerland for additional
French study to prepare for their arrival in Cameroon in July,
where Paul will be a JAARS pilot/mechanic. Their first month will
be spent living with an African family to learn how they live and
what is important to them.
returned to her African home in Nov. She was able
to get her word processor through customs without problems or
Pam & Fred Tuggy
put over 6,000 miles on the road this summer
before returning to find their Mexican home had been broken into
and many of the children's toys taken. Because of continuing
documentation problems, they are without teachers for their
children, so Pam is now homeschooling their 3 and one child from
Tricia and Dan Miller
are back on the job in the Philippines. At
the Center, Dan is spiritual life chairman, school committee
chairman and on the executive committee for the Philippine Branch
as well as his work as pilot/mechanic. The loss of Matthew still
hurts but the Lord continues to give His special healing.
Debbie & Peter Jones
are now furloughing in the US. Peter was to
stand trial this past Aug. because the government charged him
with criminal responsibility in the accident which severely
injured baby Luke. It was discovered that a car malfunction
caused the crash. Luke has make a fantastic recovery although he
is still on anti-convulsive medication.
Doris & Neil Wolfe
will be coming home May 15 for furlough and
reassignment as the work in Bolivia nears completion. Neil has
been the only pilot since May, 1984. Doris is teaching Spanish in
grades 3-6 of the missionaries kids school two afternoons a week.
Dottie & Stan Smith
welcomed Ryan Adrian on April 29. On June 11
they returned to Philippines. Peace and order continue to be a
problem in their part of the country and they have seen armed
rebels as they travel through the countryside to minister to the
Mark & Linda Thomas
continue their ministry at Capernwray. Linda
has had a bad year with Cron's Disease and kidney stones. Heather
continues to wear an eyepatch for lazy eye. Capernwray has had a
full house most of the year and the conferences have been well
attended. Mark had opportunity to travel to other centers in
Europe and various churches in the United Kingdom and was
involved locally with the Mission England outreach last summer.
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