Buzzard Bylines 1989
Martha & Jorge Cuevas
The first of the year we flew to Mexico for a visit. The boys
loved the animals, especially the baby goats. March found Jorge
out-of-town building several churches 4 days a week, and that is
what the next year holds unless the boys and I go to Rock Hill.
In July, Jorge and 2 co-workers went to Laredo, TX on a PCA work
project. They build little houses for $250 and share the gospel.
Many were saved. My niece Sarah has joined Andrew in preschool 3
days a week. JB is doing very well in 2nd grade under the A Beka
program. It is always exciting to see what the Lord has for us
I've been away from Burkina Faso for over a year but am expecting
to return in Feb. I have not been able to adjust to the
cold-either climate or air conditioning-but several warm sweaters
take up the slack. I passed my medical check-up with flying
colors. I've moved or traveled about 20 times this year. For the
most part I enjoy this, but it can be very draining. My parents
sold their home of 20 years this summer which adds to a sense of
rootlessness I have while on furlough. I have had a number of
quality times with members of my family and good friends which
have served to get me away from my desk and all-consuming
computer. This has been a remarkable time in my spiritual life.
It stems chiefly from finding a supportive, vital church. Thank
you for your continued prayers and support. They are absolutely
essential to the ongoing ministry to which God has called me.
Armand & Jean LeBlanc
Currently Armand is Field Superintendent for International
Missions Inc. in Kenya where we work among Swahili Muslims. We
have many opportunities for personal visits. Pray we'll be able
to convey peace and comfort to anxious Muslim hearts. Family-
wise, the kids are fine, and Jean's feeling fine today, and I'm
"mean as a snake." I've been practicing. Pray for a good
furlough, which will begin in July. Ask God to raise up $30,000
for re-outfitting as we return to Kenya and for Him to use us as
we speak and fellowship.
Ed & Margaret Maehlman
Ed still supervises Study Hall 4 periods but his 5th class he
teaches math. Just before school began he got his teaching
certification for Bible and a temporary one for math. Biking is
still his #1 form of relaxation. During the summer, he , Rick and
4 other boys cycled 240 miles to the Gulf Coast in 4 days. I'm
still involved with Homemakers and we just baked cookies for the
prison inmates. This year I've learned a new craft-
Scherenschnitte. Ed has joined me in making grape vine wreaths but
not in sewing. I still do weekly children's radio on Sat., plus 7
hrs. a day of music production, training students and being a
Grady & Vicki Merritt
our days are still pretty much filled with home schooling. I
still edit the area support group newsletter and do a fair amount
of telephone counseling/encouraging, as well as teaching our
three. Ben has applied to enter Ben Lippen as a junior in the
fall. Grady is still radio dispatching and Air National Guarding.
We've made several family trips this year including getting the
whole Hammack clan together at Thanksgiving. Just after Christmas
we learned G's dad had inoperable lung cancer and were able to
spend New Year's weekend in Pensacola. In May we look forward to
having 38 members of my mom's side of the family together in Iowa
for Grandpa's 83rd birthday.
Tricia & Dan Miller
I've been home since Oct. 15 to stay with my folks. Plans are to
return to Philippines on Jan. 6. My dad was said to have only 6-
12 mos. to live [it's been 6 mos. now]. Upon my arrival, his
condition was poor and he'd been confined to bed since June,
1988. Overall we've been encouraged even though we know his heart
is weak and his health frail. His sense of humor is still very
active. It's been a special time to spend these days with Daddy
as we reminisce about our family life and reflect back on the way
God has brought us. I have so much for which to be thankful.
During this time, Scott and Kim stay with Elizabeth Gee, one of
our new teachers in Bagabag. Dan directs the Aviation Dept. and
has been asked to become its manager beginning in the summer of
1990. Pray with us as we consider this position.
Clint & Laura Morrison
Clint is area director for the Arkansas Baptist Family and Child
Care Services. Pray that our son Chris might maintain a testimony
at school and not be deterred by a strong, negative peer group.
Al & Daisy Ortiz
We arrived in Columbia on July 4 to find refuge from the cloud of
stress of family sickness and ministry pressures. With Daisy
recuperating from ptomaine poisoning, Cindy under medication for
a chemical imbalance and my own inner struggles with the Lord, we
were in no shape to celebrate. After a couple months we found
affordable housing, Daisy fully recuperated and Cindy was taken
off medication. Because Cindy's counselor is concerned about the
amount of stress we managed on the field this past term, he asked
to meet with us as well. I've also been taking his counseling
course of "Theory of Personality" at CBCS and will be dealing
with "Counseling Techniques" and "Biblical Marriage" in the
winter quarter. Special needs are facing us in the days ahead
and we covet your prayers.
Al & Claudia Pearce
June 10, 1988, I retired from the Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept.
and left for Alaska to do church planting. We are serving in a
small village chapel, Chistochina, and God is doing wonderful
things. I will be using my aviation experience (pilot and
mechanic) in my work here. Pray for faithfulness in our time of
serving the Lord. David is nearly 20 and in the Air Force. Tim is
Paul & Marlene Wenzel
I'm sure you've heard that Paul's dad died of a heart attack in
May. He was still teaching. The funeral was a special time of
seeing many faculty, staff & friends we hadn't seen since college
days. Heaven seemed all the more precious in those sad days. Mr.
Hatch, Mr. Hoyt and Dr. McQuay all shared in special ways at the
funeral and Pres. McQ. was the main speaker. While Mom W had had
a difficult time adjusting, Dad W is where he looked forward to
being for many years. Paul was chosen to join the Board of SAM
so is seeing more CBC'ers in that ministry. Stash and Faith
DeLaCour spent five days with us on furlough from Japan--many
Ted & Beth Ragsdale
We've had a very fruitful summer in our campground ministry in
Myrtle Beach. There were a number of people who accepted Jesus as
Savior each week. I'm very thankful for a good assistant, Paul
DiToma. This summer we added a `Christian Video Seminar' program
which dealt with topics such as cults, how to prepare for
adolescence, the New Age movement, what every wife wants her
husband to know about women, etc. Beth has been busier than every
trying to keep up with 4 children and a ministry of hospitality
through our home.
Mark & Linda Thomas
Linda has been enjoying good health for nearly a year. The weekly
routine of Sunday School, Ladies' Bible Study, Children's
Creative Sewing and Youth Club (ages 11-14) keep her fairly busy
in the community. I would never have dreamed that I would be
going around the world at the beginning of 1988 and round again
at the end. To see the Torchbearer work in Indonesia, Japan,
Australia and New Zealand was a privilege and a joy, and yet to
see those lands, especially the big cities, with so many young
people, the majority `without God and without hope' is hard on
the heart. The joy of the larger family at Capernwray surrounds
the challenge involved in the daily responsibilities that must be
fulfilled as the Lord Jesus Christ is given His rightful place.
Pam & Fred Tuggy
Since Jan., repairs have been done on 100 more cars that during
all of 1987. Fred is gladly anticipating help of one or more
short-term volunteers to help catch up. I'm working 2 hrs. a week
in Childcare as needed and able. My priorities now are keeping
myself as well as possible and using my bits on energy for
important things: time for the family, church, sometimes friends,
school events, and hopefully meals and housework. Being able to
sew, make more than a simple meal or attend a ladies'
retreat-those are special bonuses.
Marlita & Bill Walker
We need prayer for specific guidance by April concerning our next
ministry and adjustment for our kids.
Deb & Paul Haken
Paul's pilot license was renewed and their have been other
encouraging events in the aviation department recently. There is
an influx of new linguistic people coming to Cameroon and it is
always exciting to see new workers ready and enthusiastic to be
used in this harvest field. At the last Branch conference it was
decided to begin SIL's own secondary school. This is a big
project and there is much to be done before the school opens in
1991. We have taken on the responsibility of organizing a youth
group for the 10 SIL kids now in junior high so that they can
have a regular Bible study and fun time together.
Doris & Neil Wolfe
On Sept. 6, a 3-year contract was signed with the National Indian
Foundation, a government agency overseeing all work with Brazil's
Indians. This should greatly expedite the renewal of visas and
issuance of new visas for those waiting in the States. We are
confident that our temporary visas will be renewed as requested
in June and that next July we'll be eligible to apply for
permanent resident status. Andy is in 9th grade and Elaina in
5th. I was asked to head up the Literature Production Department.
I am still doing artwork and layout for literacy booklets in
various Indian languages but have a few additional
responsibilities as well.
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