Buzzard Bylines 1986
This year's letter was a patchwork of individual letters and
included a Christmas card picture from Jochen & Cheryl
Stahl and their five children.
Grady & Vicki Merritt
Our first year of home schooling has pointed up some of my
shortcomings as a new teacher, but we are very much looking
forward to continuing and benefiting from the experience. Ben and
David are playing soccer and loving it.
Ed & Margaret Maehlmann
Of the 5 new boys in our dorm, 3 have received Christ as Savior,
for which we praise God. Since almost _ of our boys are 9th
graders, they're livelier and more immature than last year's
bunch. Monika and Rick are always busy with activities and
Margaret has a challenging and rewarding time with her Sat.
children's radio program.
Glynis & David Miller
David will be glad to graduate from New Orleans Bapt. Theo. Sem.
in June. If we are approved by the So. Bapt. Foreign Mission
Board in Feb. we will spend Oct.-Dec, 1986 near Richmond in
orientation and move to Costa Rica in Dec. for a year of Spanish
language study. Then we'll move to Guayquil, Ecuador to serve as
a religious educational consultant. We have enjoyed becoming part
of the seminary family and look forward to the coming of our
fourth child in March.
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
As you pray for us remember: 1) Jean's language study; 2)
Armand's ability to share the gospel in Swahili more effectively;
3) the kids continued health and learning at school; 4) for
wisdom to know what methods and individuals to pursue in the
work; 5) for full financial provision to pay for our car and
renting a bookroom (the dollar's decline is pinching a bit).
Stan & Dottie Smith
We've been asked to consider a move north to do church planting
among a very poor tribal people in the Agusan rain forest. As we
consider this direction, the practicalities of needing a house,
making a move, beginning again in a new place crowd our thinking.
If this is to be our direction, play that our doing His will and
being His kind of people (Gal. 5) will mesh. That's true
Christianity-being and doing. It's a movement we celebrate at
Christmas. May the new year find you rooted in Christ as He
enables you "to be and to do."
Debbie & Peter Jones
We have seen the birth of a long-standing vision of jungle
campaigns supplementing Bible study and discipleship, which
incorporate the dynamics of music, teaching, teams, visitation,
medicine & healing. We pray this is just the beginning of an even
more powerful ministry of God's Spirit.
On the homefront, the children have started their new school
year. Two-year-old Luke runs off from Daddy's care to visit the
little schoolhouse on the other side of the patch. Debbie enjoys
the new setup. Our fourth child is due around Christmas.
This year has been pretty busy. I've had some extensive editing
work to do on two books-a descriptive grammar textbook and a
compilation of SIL language survey in Burkina Faso. This summer I
went to Cameroon to help train Africans to work linguistically on
their own languages with the ultimate goal of Bible translation.
The fall was rather chopped up with meetings, deadlines, travel,
etc. and even Christmas was a bit hectic. A special event was a
month-long visit from my parents in Feb. Dad helped in carpentry
and Mom with typing library cards. The Lord has been faithful in
supplying my needs, sustaining my health and answering prayer.
Our team in Burkina Faso is growing.
Marlene & Paul Wenzel
1985 will be remembered by us for the very sudden homegoing of
Marlene's dad [54 yrs. old]. While vacationing together in 1000
Island Canada, he died of a heart attack. He was babysitting
Megan but she was asleep at the time. No warning, just collapsed
and was gone home with the Lord. The shock and sudden loss have
left their imprint on our lives these past few months but the
Lord has become more precious in these difficult times. We
continue here in the pastorate-7 years now and a delight to see
God working in many lives. We plan a Wenzel reunion this summer.
It has been 19 yrs. since all 8 Wenzel kids have been together so
Mom & Dad are very excited as there are 19 Wenzel grandchildren.
Martha & Jorge Cuevas
We are to be in Mexico the month of Feb. Then in March we all go
to Columbus, MS to build a Lutheran church. In about July it will
be another Lutheran church in Raleigh, NC. I'm not sure how the
boys will adjust to 8 months away from home. We usually stay here
while Jorge comes and goes, but this time it is too far. So we've
about decided that I will teach JB kindergarten wherever we are.
Deb & Paul Haken
Our big news is that Josiah Luke arrived Dec. 15. We feel pretty
much `at home' now and little by little are learning what SIL
does here. Besides flying and maintenance, Paul sees public
relations as a vital part of the growth of Bible translation
here. We are grateful to the Lord for His help in finding a
church. The kids continue to be very contented at school.
Chris & Anne Matthies
Our family is in the Spanish Language Institute in San Jose,
Costa Rica from Jan.-Aug., 1986. From here we go to Madrid, Spain
where we will be joining Worldteam's Spainteam ministry headed by
Paul Thompson. As most of you know from the CBC newsletter ["he
died suddenly from complications after having the flu for several
days"], our oldest son Toby (9 1/2) died of peritonitis last
August. We had just been studying Revelation, chapter one
together. We miss him greatly but are assured of his being with
Al & Daisy Ortiz
Daisy's 92 yr. old dad Pepe went to be with the Lord in Oct. At
the marriage retreat in Nov., Dr Pena, who'd cared for Pepe with
free in-home visits, and Mr. Alvarez, an influential lawyer who
used Pepe's wheelchair for his broken right leg, attended. Isn't
it like God to turn tokens of grief into symbols of joy? As of a
result of one of our marriage retreats, we are following up Dr. &
Mrs. Belliard. We will need wisdom, discernment and the opportune
boldness to penetrate their professional shell with the power of
the gospel. The house-church now has 6 consistent couples at its
nucleus. We'll soon need a meeting place, especially if we get
good results from the showing of the JESUS video-cassette in
selected homes during the Easton season in the neighborhood of
Doris & Neil Wolfe
I haven't sent out a prayer letter since Sept. I keep
waiting/hoping for some news of our new assignment. It's
beginning to look like we may be here at Waxhaw for another
school year. The children have done amazingly well at adjusting
to life in the State-actually better than us adults have done. I
for one still feel like a fish out of water. The highlights of
our furlough so have been our visits with our supporting
churches and from Lorraine Evans (she'll be here again this week
and celebrate her birthday with us). Neil has enjoyed being
assistant coach for Elaina's soccer team and now for Andy's
basketball team. Thank you for keeping in touch.
Steve & Debbie Fields
We are still in Ellijay, GA. In Feb., 1985 I started working for
a Christian developer at Beaver Lake Estates. We sell lots and
timeshare villa and houseboats. I do collections for the
maintenance fees and property owners' association. I had a
successful year and we have been able to buy a house in the
development. On Weds. at lunch we have a Bible study in the
office and it has had a good impact on several lives. A new
church has started here and I am helping with that. We will begin
construction in a few days. Debbie is almost finished with
cosmetology school and has done well so far. Keith Fellows came
by a few days ago. He has been helping with Ethiopian relieve
work for SIM for 16 months and is soon to return to Ghana to the
work he started there. My parents will be home from Kenya in
April and we are looking forward to seeing them.
Allan & Cindy Bosson
Allan continues to pastor the Lee St. Bapt. Church in Valdosta.
He is still working on his doctorate and will be for a few more
years. Our latest news is the arrival of our third child due
April 16. With Christopher 9 and Timothy 7 this baby was a
definite surprise. But we can't wait to meet him/her!
Pam & Fred Tuggy
We thank the Lord upon every remembrance of you. So many have
written to tell us of your concern and prayers we feel rich. My
physical and emotional health is improving steadily. I'm still
not good for much heavy work yet, but run a lot of errands and
still work in childcare 3 days a week. We are building our house.
The Lord has worked out details so quickly we still feel we're
dreaming. We'd like to move in May or June. Come see us.
Marlita & Bill Walker
We're starting our 3rd year here and the Sr. Highers seem to
really be taking hold with maturity and love for one another.
Bill & I are each discipling 3 teens on a weekly basis, which is
a great joy. Our kids are in Christian school which makes it
tight and it looks like we'll be moving again (in the area) this
year to lessen the stress. Mikkel (9) is busy with piano and
Rainbow Choir. Benji (7) loves soccer and asked Jesus into his
heart this past year. Melody (4) is our socialite who can hardly
stay home by herself and play-she continually `needs' her friends
and activity. The Lord is giving us wisdom & grace in our lives
and also the victories over Satan's darts as we struggle with
sick cars and rental increases. We're thankful that He is the
Overcomer, the Rock, the Fortress-"we are more than conquerors
through Him who loves us."
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