Here is a September 12 update from Dave and Cathie Datema, endorsed missionaries serving in Pasadena with the US Center for World Mission.

  • “The INSIGHT students have finished their 3rd week and are now studying ancient civilizations and the beginnings of the Old Testament. They seem to enjoy each other and are working hard to finish their assignments and readings. We are happy to have 16 students here on campus from Wales in the UK, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kansas, Oregon, North Carolina, New York and California. One woman is from a United Brethren church in Harrisburg, Pa. She came after hearing Dave speak at her church last fall.
  • “Cathie has agreed to be a mentor for one of the female INSIGHT students. Most of the students are away from their families and friends so this relationship is intended mostly to provide friendship. They meet for one hour, once a week.
  • “Dave recently returned from a weekend in Colorado, celebrating his aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary with other Datema relatives.
  • “Cathie and the girls are traveling to Ohio this week to visit friends and family.”

Dirk Small, pastor of the Idaville UB church (Idaville, Pa.), is still having serious difficulties with injuries sustained over five weeks ago in a motorcycle accident. He has a serious infection in the 14-inch incision from the surgery. He is in a lot of pain and would appreciate our prayers.

Sam Quinn, superintendent of California Conference, sent this note: “Please be in prayer for the Canyon Country church, as they are making decisions as far as having to move to a new and larger location. The cost could be as much as $10,000 per month–a large commitment.” This Hispanic congregation of about 400 people was recently told that they could not continue using the Lutheran facility where they have been meeting for many years. Edwin Recinos is the pastor.

Jana sent these items from Macau on September 13.

“Our ELP classes started in early September with VERY FEW students. This is discouraging for all of us. Pray that more of our students will return during the next couple of weeks. Pray for wisdom on how to handle the situation. Pray for a sense of peace that this is God’s ministry, and He’s in control. (To be honest, I’m feeling more stressed than peaceful right now.)

“Lamar and Karen Crumbley arrived safely, with their arrival nicely timed between two typhoons, so that their flight schedule wasn’t affected by bad weather. They’re getting settled in and finding their way around. Pray for them as they continue to adjust to Macau and develop relationships with our Chinese friends.

“English Bible Studies started again after the summer break. Several women returned. A few others are planning to come after their children get settled into their new school year. Pray for Tiffany, Miss Cheong, Carmen, and Pansy. All of them are non-Christians who have returned to our English Bible Studies. Pray that their lives will be changed as they study God’s Word.”

“Our ELP secretary, Michael, is taking come church-related courses this year. He thought that his class schedule wouldn’t affect his work schedule with us, but it ends up that there are a lot of time conflicts. He will decide by the end of this month whether to continue working for us with fewer hours or whether to just quit the job and focus on his classes. We’ve appreciated his commitment to our ministry on Taipa, and we want to encourage him as he seeks God’s will for his future. Either way, we’ll need to find another part-time secretary. Pray for God to lead us to the right person.”

“My financial support is now at 99% for this term. Much of this consists of one-time gifts, so I will continue to be in need of monthly supporters in the future. I also have teammates who are still in need of monthly supporters. However, I am thankful for God’s provision for this term.”

Sue Cherry has been the “voice of the UB Headquarters” for 24 years. It was in 1979 that she began serving as receptionist. So when people called, her voice was usually the first voice they heard.

Sue concluded her service at the UB Headquarters at the end of August. She has been greatly appreciated, and will be missed.

Sue is the husband of Dr. Howard Cherry. They pastored several UB churches before Dr. Cherry joined the staff of the Huntington College Graduate School of Christian Ministries in 1979. They will remain active in various types of ministry.

This photo of the International Executive Committee was taken at the 2001 General Conference. L-r: Gary Dilley, Paul Hirschy, Francisco Raudales, Brian Magnus, Juan Pavon, Joe Bob Amara (then superintendent in Sierra Leone), Lloyd Spencer (then superintendent in Jamaica), and Peter Lee.

The International Executive Committee met September 15-16 at the Daytona UB church in Holly Hill. This group consists of the top leader from each UB national conference. The persons attending included:

* Sierra Leone: Albert Beckley, General Superintendent.
* Jamaica: Winston Smith, Superintendent.
* Honduras: Francisco Raudales, Superintendent.
* Nicaragua: Juan Pavon, Superintendent.
* Canada: Brian Magnus, Bishop.
* United States: Paul Hirschy, Bishop.
* Hong Kong: Peter Lee, Superintendent.

Also attending was Gary Dilley, the US Director of Global Ministries.

This was the first meeting of the International Executive Committee. The committee was established as part of the new international structure at the 2001 General Conference.

Brian Magnus, Bishop of the UB Church in Canada, was named chairperson of the IEC.

Jim Ellifritt, the Northwest Conference superintendent, is a major in the National Guard. He reports that beginning in mid-October, he will be ordered to active duty for language training in Dari, the majority language for Afghanistan. He writes:

“Our unit will be officially activated on November 30 and sent to Fort Bragg, N. C., and certified for deployment. We will arrive in Afghanistan around the first week of January. I will be in a town called Bagram. The deployment is schedule for 12 months beginning November 30. Prayerfully it will only be 12 months in country.”

Jim says he’s grateful that his children are older–Kori is 15, Stacy 18, and Jim 23. “I am cautiously excited about opportunities of ministry to soldiers and civilians. All of this, like everything else with the military, is subject to change. It will be more real to me when I finally step onto the tarmac in Bagram.”

The Troy and Julie Hendricks has arrived in Spain, where they will serve as missionaries with Send International. They are settling into an apartment in Azuqueca. They report, “All of our boxes that we sent air freight arrived safely. We are becoming very familiar and comfortable with Azuqueca. It is a wonderful, friendly town.

“Hannah and Ethan continue to adjust well. They will start school at a public school in Azuqueca on Monday, September 8. Next Monday, September 1, we will visit the public schools here in town to see which has space available for our kids. We have talked to parents from our church here who have recommended which school to request, but at this point in time there may not be space available. We really feel that attending public school will be their very best way to adapt to the culture and learn Spanish.

“Today, Troy went to Alca-Lingua to register for the intensive month-long language course. It begins September 2 and runs through the month of September. It is a very fast and very intense foundational course. He will take the train from Azuqueca to Alcala every morning, about a 13-15 minute ride. It is a 20-minute walk from our apartment to the train station in Azuqueca. Then from the train station in Alcala to the language school is about a fifteen minute walk. So the whole process of getting to language school should be a little less than an hour commute. Julie will begin formal language study in October, after the kids are settled into school.”

Joshua Kesler is the new senior pastor of Bethel UB in Elmore, Ohio, effective September 1.

Marion Hall is the new senior pastor of Harrison UB (Harrison, Mich.) effective August 17.

The Michindoh Conference held a Mini Missions Conference for Children on June 21. It was led by Troy Hendricks, missionary to Spain, and Pastor Steve Smith of Lakeview UB (Camden, Mich.). It was held at Lakeview.

Rhonda Dilley challenged the children to participate in missions. They made mission-oriented crafts, and learned to play a new game called Soccette, which was likened to needing to learn a new culture. They also assembled nearly 100 shoeboxes to be given out by the Lakeview youth as they conduct a VBS at Laurel Mission. They were served lunch and then were treated to a concert by the 7th Street five-member band that combines rock, folk, and country sounds. The band is from First UB church in Blissfield, Mich.