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VzoA ChhAJit^an ffviondb.
We hope, that you. att (Via Moti and A.acatvtng tha bZa&6tng6 thC& new
ya<xA. EveAy yaoA .^aam& to go ^oiteA than tha p^acading onaixktck maka6 ouJi
job 06 ChAyUtCanA a moAa tvigant ona. We hopa that 7975 wo6 06 anjoyabla
^OA you ait It uiob jjo-t u6. ThoAa am a tot ojj nam that we want to AhoJia \HAXk
you 6ecou6e much koM happanad haAa 6tnca wa ta&t wAota to you,
Tha PuoAto Jlico Ch/UMtXjon SchootM had a CfvuMtnvM pAogAom on VacembaA
17th,and tt wo6 a gAaat 6ucee66. ThaAa woAa ovaA 200 paopta jamnad tnto ouA
6matt chuAch but avaAyona anjoyad it oaAjy much. It wo6 o bit hactic {^OA tha
taaxihan^, vaAy anjoycdota and 6paciat ^oa tha 6tudant6 and a Aaat 6oiVLca o^
pAida ioA tha pcviantM, Tha contacts that we ote making thAough tha 6choot cuia
constantly a souAca ioA new pAospacts ^OA tha chuAch haAa. Wa ajia saaing a
continuad intaAast by saoaAot o{^ tha j^amitias and wa giva God tha gtoAij ^OA
that.
Just ba^oAa ChAiMtmas wa waAz abta to puAcJhasa ona ojJ tha buildings that wa
pAaviously had been Aanting ioA school usa. Tha lady that ownad tha budding
kapt wanting to Aoisa tha pAica o^ tha building and it was a bit diHicult to
nagctiata with haA. Owning this building will gioa us an oppuAtunity to axpand
QUA {^acilitieM and ouA capacity ioA new students. Also, it will maan a substantial
savings on tha Aant that wa had baan paying and tha paymants wa now hava to maka.
We aia beginning to Aacaiva applications oa next yaoA and It appaoAS that
we loill soon be iillad up.
Suzanne's motheA, Thelma Swango, ^Aom lAonton, Ohio, was able to visit us
duAing tha holidays and it wasa Aaal joy ^oA us to hava haA. She cooked us
some wondaA^ul meals and helped at tha school and all soAts oi othaA jobs.
It becomes easy to be homesick duAing the .ChAistmas holidays so haA visit
meant a lot to us.
We woAa able to get oua house painted, inside and out, and I'm glad it is
dona. Most o^ tha houses haAa aAa stucco and it takes a lot oi cHoAt and a
lot oi paint to get them looking nice. Suzanne and I did tha inside and than wa
invited some ^Aiands ovoA to help us with tha outside. We attacked tha outside
^Aom vaAious angles and soon got tha job dona. It had not baan painted ^oa savaAol
ijaaAS and tha outside was in Aaal need o^ some paint.
ThaAa has baan a tAemendous incAjoasa in cAima in PueAto Rico and it has
aiiactad ona Ojj tha nUssionaAy families, tha Von PooAman family. They hava faeent-"**^
tha victims o^ thAaa buAgloAias o^ theiA home in tha last thAaa months. They lost
all 0^ theiA elactAical item, cameAas, AacoAd and tape playoAS, a tAumpet, and
othaA items that amounted to about $2000 woAth oj goods. Tha police hava not
baan able appAahand tha paASons kes^pSStf^'^dnd Bia doubt ii they will avoA be
able to. Ona o^ tha families o^ tha chuAch, tha Gonzales family, was Aobbad
while they woAa at home asleep. Capital cAimes incAaasad ovaA 20% last yaoA
ouid this yacLA has staAtad o^^ in tha same diAaction. We hopa you will be pAaijing
that God miglvt be able to woAk haAa in a mighty way and change this tAand o{^ tha
society haAa.
We want to thank you ^oA tha suppoAt that you gave ^OA 7975. We Aaalisa
that it would be impossible ^oA us to maintain tha woAk haAa without youA
^aith^ul pAoyaAS and o^^aAings. Wa Aaceivad savaAol ChAistmas caAds and lettaAS
^Aom OUA suppoAtoAS and wa Aoally appAadatad them. Wa hopa that you will wAita
moAa o^an and inquiAa about tha wo-tfe hoAa. Ii you aveA hava any type oi question
about PueAto Ricjo and tha woAk haAa; please iad iAaa to wAita. Thank you all
again and may God bless you .
In ChAist,
BUENAS NUEVAS
FROM
PUERTO RICO CHRISTIAN MISSIONS
GPO Box 29A6
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00935
AS COLD WATERS TO ATHIRSTY SOUL, SO IS GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY
-Proverbs 25:25
SPRING ISSUE
1976
BOD WILL
A LSSSON I/V TRUSTIl^G J/f HIS PROVISIOl^!
GOD KNOWS HOW TO PROVIDE FOR HIS WORK. also, he always does
IT IN HIS OWN WAY AND IN HIS OWN TIME. SOMETIMES WE NEED TO BRING
THIS FACT TO OUR REMEMBRANCE.
IN THIS ISSUE OF BUENAS NUEVAS. YOU WILL SEE HOW GOD HAS PRO
VIDED FOR THE WORK OF THE PUERTO RICO CHRISTIAN MISSION IN CAPARRA
TERRACE. AFTER A FULL YEAR OF LOOKING AND PRAYING. WE HAVE BEEN
PROVIDED WITH A NEW PREACHER FOR THE IGLESIA DE CRISTO. ALSO. THE
CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL HAS BEEN PROVIDED WITH A NEW ADMINISTRATOR. A
NECESSITY THAT CAME WHEN THE PALMERS LEARNED THAT MRS. PALMER WILL
HAVE TO REMAIN IN THE STATES FOR CANCER TREATMENT.
IN ADDITION. MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT OUR PLANS
FOR REMODELLING THE RECENTLY PURCHASED CAMPUS. AS THIS ISSUE OF
PtjENAS NUEVAS GOES TO THE PRINTER. IT APPEARS THAT WE HAVE FOUND A
LOAN TO BEGIN PHASE I OF THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT.
THE PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS FOR 1976-77 SEEM TO BE RESPONDING TO
THE NEED. TOO, OF COURSE. WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE HELP. THERE ARE
A NUMBER OF INTERNS WHO ARE COMING TO HELP WITH THE SUMMER PROGRAM
WHO WILL BE AN INVALUABLE HELP IN GETTING READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL
YEAR. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS THE WORK IN CA
PARRA TERRACE WITH A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST,
NEET OUR NEW
PREACHER
& HIS WIFE
Robert Gurwell has been in our prayers for nearly a year now
as a prospective preacher for the Caparra Terrace Church. It is
evident that the Lord worked Providentially to bring us together
at just the right time. Bob and Dangela came to the island for a
pre-Easter Evangelistic meeting, and to consider coming to Puerto
Rico to work. After hearing Bob preach in both Spanish and Engl
ish, the local Board recommended that the congregation consider a
call to him as their preacher. The vote of the congregation the
following Sunday was unanimous to call the Gurwells.
This is a big step for the church since they will be paying
Bob more than they have ever before. The Gurwells need to raise
some"~supple"mentary~"support in the States until the church~ts able
to support them completely.
Mr. Gurwell received the Bachelor of Theology Degree at the
Ozark Bible College this Spring. He had been preaching in a stu
dent ministry in Missouri and working as the custodial supervisor
for the college. His wife, Dangela, worked for some time as one
of the secretaries in the Administration Building of the college.
The Gurwells are anxious to begin working with the church at
Caparra Terrace. Mr. Gurwell is to be ordained on May 30 in Lake
Charles, Louisiana. Upon completion of packing their belongings,
and shipping their car, they will arrive on the field June 2. We
are all praying for them as they begin this tremendous work. Any
persons interested in corresponding with the Gurwells may write a
letter using our GPO Box.
AND. WE ARE HAPPY
TO INTRODUCE OUR
NEW
Administrator!
Richard York came
originally from Danville,
Illinois. He graduated
from Johnson Bible Col-
_lege_ in 19.72, . and held
ministries in Kentucky
and Tennessee. In 1971
Mr. York was invited to
Rico by Bill Loft, of the Levittown work. He return
ed to Puerto Rico the following summer as an intern.
In February, 1973, Mr. York moved to Puerto Rico and began
to teach at the Junior High level for the Puerto Rico Christian
School of Levittown.
While working at the Christian School and church in Levit
town, Richard met Suzanne Swango, who was also teaching at the
School. They were engaged, and were married in May,
1974, in Suzanne's home church in Irontown, Ohio. Suzanne grad
uated from Milligan College in 1971, and had come to Puerto Rico
in August, 1972.
The Yorks went to San Jos6, Costa Rica, for eight months of
intensive language study, and returned to Puerto Rico in April of
1975. Besides teaching in the Christian School In Levittown they
have been heavily involved in preaching and teaching in churches
on the island. Mr. York has been responsible for much of the ad
ministrative contact with the government for the Christian School
because of his knowledge of Spanish.
We are pleased that the Yorks have responded so enthusiasti-
cally to the need in Caparra Terrace. We deeply appreciate the
spirit^ of love and sacrifice which the Levittown brethren have
shown in supporting Richard in this change, knowing that he has
been such a valuable worker there. His familiarity with Spanish,
with the people in Caparra Terrace, with Christian Schools and
their purpose, and with Puerto Rico, all combine to make him an
ideal choice for Administrator of Christian Day School.
Since Mr. York will begin fulltime with us on June 1 he will
not have time to return to the States this summer to raise more
support.^ He needs additional support, not only because some of
his previous support has fallen off, but also because of the cost
of living in San Juan compared to Levittown and due to the bigger
being an Administrator. We will need to raise about
?200 per month to allow for these anticipated expense. We ask
all our supporters to consider this important matter.
THANK YOU, LORD
FOR ALL OF THE FINE WORKERS WE HAVE HAD THIS PAST SCHOOL YEAR. WE
THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR MISSIONARY TEACHERS FROM
ALL OVER THE UNITED STATESWITHOUT THEM, WE WOULD NOT HAVF THE
CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL.
HERE ARE THE STAFF MEMBERS FOR THE LAST SEMESTER OF THE PAST
SCHOOL YEAR:
ADMINISTRATOR; HAROLD PALMER
PRINCIPAL: ADELAIDA KUIDLAN
BOOKKEEPER: BLANCA TORRES
SECRETARY; NORMA WAGGONER
SPANISH; DIANA MELENDEZ
BEATRIZ QUINTERO
CUSTODIANS; TIRSO CINTRON
VICTOR CHAPARRO
JEANETTE CHAPARRO
SUBSTITUTE I BRUNY ORTIZ
PRE-KINDER; LEONA ESCALERA
KINDERGARTEN: RITA BRANSON
FIRST GRADE;
SECOND GRADE;
THIRD GRADE:
FOURTH GRADE:
FIFTH GRADE:
SIXTH GRADE;
SEVENTH GRADE
EIGHTH GRADE;
JOAN HONSBERGER
LOIS SCOTT
YOLANDA COLLAZO
VICKI DAY
AUDREY MCKEAN
WANDA LEIGHTY
DENNA GRUBER
CONNIE WISLER
PRAY
WOULD YOU HOLD THESE MATTERS BEFORE THE LORD IN FAITHFUL PRAYER?
1. New Workers: The Gurwells, Yorks, and new Teachers.
2. ___SuMMER PrograM:__The_Interns, VBS and Camp schedules.
3. Construction; Remodelling of school and church properties.
A. Teachers' Support: As many work to raise their needs this
summer.
5. Island Churches: As they grow spiritually in months ahead.
6. The Palmers: Particularly for Karen Palmer's recovery from
cancer
7. Future Workers: That new missionaries might come to help
us in this open field.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED INTEREST AND SUPPORT OF OUR WORK HERE
RICK AND SUZANNE YORK
PASEO DONCELLA 1226
LEVITTOWN, PUERTO RICO 00632
May 27,1976
Dear Christian Friends,
Suzanne and I send you our greetings from Puerto Rico. We are
both well and very happy in the work that we are doing. There is a lot
of news that we have for our supporters and we are very excited about
it. As you can see by the other newsletter that I have enclosed,! have
accepted the position of Administrator of the Christian Day School
in Caparra Terrace. The present Administrator, Bud Palmer, has to
return to the United States because his wife is very seriously ill
with cancer. I have had contact with the work at Caparra for the
last five years,even before I came to Puerto Rico. The people of the
school and the Church of Christ are very loving and kind and I am
sure that we will be able to work together for the "cause of Christ".
This new job will involve a tremendous amount of responsibility
for me and I am sure there will be a few headaches and worries too.
I think,however, that this will be a very rewarding and challenging
job. Please be praying for me and for the work at Levittown. Suzanne
will continue to teach at the Puerto Rico Christian Schools in
Levittown this year and I will be traveling back and forth each day.
Next summer we will be moving' to the Caparra Terrace area.
There has been good news this last month in the churchs on the
island. There were three baptisms last Sunday at the Church of Christ
in Levittown and five at the Church in Caparra. The Lord's word is
being preached and results are being seen. The Church in Caparra is
getting a new minister on June the second and we are expecting the
work to really grow.
June,July, ^nd August are going to be very busy months for Suzanne
and I. Suzanne is in charge of the summer school program at the
school in Levittown. She will also be teaching in the Vacation Bible
School there. I am going to be in charge of two buil^ding projects,
one at the church in Caparra and the other at the Christian Day School
We will be putting in new floors in part of the church building and
we are having a construction firm build two new claissrooms and b.egin
preparatory work for the construction of a multi-purpose Auditorium.
As you can seee there are a multitude of things to do. There will be
six interns coming from various Bible Colleges to help with the
construction work and also with the teaching in the VBS's that we '
will have and the summer camps. Plea|e pray that.all goes well and
that the news of Christ will be hearS by many more.
Suzanne and I want to thank you all for your financial help but
we also want to make an appeal to yop and all the churchs that receive
our newsletter. We need to receive $200 a month more than we are
receiving now. We are living on only $400 a month and we just cannot
make ends meet on that amount. If we could have only ten individuals
or ten churchs give five dollars a week,our need would be met. Please
keep this in your prayers because our need is very real. Write to us
and let us know that you are keeping us in your prayers. Your letters
mean very much to us.
In Christ, ^
Rick and Suzanne
RICK AND SUZANNE YORK
]225 PASEQ. DQNCELIA
LEVIlTO'rtTI,PUERTO RICO 00532
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Dear Chrlsti/sm Eriends, , AUGUST 25J976
Gree'ings from Puerto RicoIWe pray that the Lord has cqntinued to bless you
AS He has in the past and that the work that you all are doing will glorify the
Lord. We are eager to share with you soic of thej/ictories and also scme of the
problems t we have been having here. "
BDsy,busy,busYv that is what we have been. With all the programs that we had
GOING THI;.. summer AND TRYING TO GET THE SCHOOLS READY FOR THE NEW YEAR/THINGS HAVE
BEEN EXFREMifLY BUSY. We WERE PLEASED TO HAVE SEVEN STUDENTS TOOM DIFFERENT BiBLE
COLLEGES HERE FOR THE S!KR TO SERVE ON INTERNSHIP PROGRAf'IS.ThEY TAUGHT
Sunday Schcxil cusseSjPaintp_and scrapeDjcleaned and did a thousand other jobs^
fit: wtRE AB'.i TO COi-'BINE WiTfi THE PROGRAjm IN LEVTiiCr^'i QN SEvTRAL OUTINGS AjND~.Ti-1E
SUK'lER CA^r AT^D IT WAS V'ERY REWARDING FOR US TO BE ABLE TO GUIDE THOSE YOUNG
PEOPLE 'WHO WERE SO FULL OF ENTHUSIASM FOR THE LORD,
We began THE SCHOOL YEAR LAST WEEK AND THE LOPJD HAS SURELY BLESSED US AGAIN.
As YOU KNav 1 AM WORKING WITH THE CHRISTIAN DaY SCHOOL AND SuZANNE IS STILL TEACHING
WITH THE SCHOOL IN LeVITTOWN SO WE HAVE A DOUBLE SHARE OF THE JOYS BUT ALSO TWICE
THE hfjada:he:s, The school in Levittown has 130 students this year and the school
I'm WITH :has 250 students this year.Things were not nearly as heciic as I was afraid
they were going to be but I'm sure the Lord was watching over us.ihere is a great
POTENTIAI. among the families that are represented in our student bodies AND the
reason we .ARi: HERE IS TO REACH THEM FOR ChRIST.
The Iglesia de Cristo in Caparra is growing and ^ve are very thani^ul to have
Afull TI^E preacher NOW. BoB GuRWELL AND HIS WIFE DaNGELA CAME FROM OZARK DIBLE
Allege ;,n June and they are doing a great job. Bob is bilingual and already
begun to work very hapd with the church and results are being seen, we have had
THREE baptisms IN THE UST SIX WEEKS, Ke ARE LOOKING FORWARD AND PLANNING ON
HAVING A STRONG CHURCH THAT IS LED BY PUERTO RiCANS SO THAT THE CHURCH CAN
CONTINUE TO GROW IF AND WHEN WE LEAVE. SuZANNE AND I ARE PLANNING ON STAYING HERE
FOR SEVE/^AL MORE YEARS BUT WE CAt^I NEVER TELL WHAT THE FUTURE wIlL HOLD. I WAS
TALKING TO C^E OF THE PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH LAST SUNDAY WHO IS FROM LUBA. HiS FAMILY
WAS ALLCIVED TO lEA'/E AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF WAITING AMD THEY HAD TO LEAVE MOST
OF THE RELATIVES THERE. He TOLD ME THAT THE CONDIJimS HERE ARE ALMOST LIKE THEY
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"mAT God will care for l^s.
Suzanne aiiD I are still in need of two hundred dollars a month support, The
PRICES OF everything HAS RISEN IN THE LAST YEAR AND V REALLY NEED MORE SUPPORT.
The TR0U3LE IS THAT WE ARE SO BUSY THAT WE CANNOT TAKE TIME OFF AND RETURN TO THE
States to raise the additional support so we are having to contact you all through
THIS meaj-js. Please keep us in your prayers and fention us to your mission group
AT church. We really whould appreciate it.
We have several prayer requests that we want to share with you this month.
Please pi; praying for us as we work and for God's wisdom to make the right decisions
THAT HAVE TO BE MADE. Be PR/AYING FOR THE GURWELLS AND THE ChORCHS HERE ON THE ISLAND
THAT THEY MIGHT GRCW. Be PRAYING FOR DoN AND JaN J'IeRRIMAN^OUR FORWARDING AGENTS^ WHO
HAVE BEEN A TREMENDOUS HELP TO US. fesT OF ALL^ BE PRAYING FOR THE MILLIONS OF
PEOPLE WHO H\VE NOT YET BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT CHRIST. I'LL CLOSE NM. WRITE TO USi
In Christ,
CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL
G.P.O. Box 2946
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936
Tel. 783-2200
Richard D. York, Director Adelaida Kuidlan, Principal
i December 7, 1976
Dear Friends in Christ,
After two months of much activity, I'm finally taking time to sit down
and write to you. We are both fine and happy with our work here, although
at t.imes we get tired out. But we're young and get rested quickly.
We're sending you all the Christmas newsletters of the two schools that
Suzanne & I are working with. Together there are about 400 students in
the two schools that are learning daily of Christ. Families are being
reached and the seed is being planted. In the Iglesia de Cristo in Caparra we
are preparing a plan of Evangelism for the next three years. It involves
the preparation of the present members for leadership and the reaching of
the community around the church which is heavily populated. Our job has always
been and will continue to be, the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.
Christmas is rapidly approaching and we thought we'd tell you of some
of the traditions we have here in Puerto Rico. While you all are busy slicing
up the turkey on Christmas Day, Puerto Ricans are busy roasting a young pig.
Lechon asado (roast pig) is the traditional meat of Christmas. It is eaten
with rice and beans, and boiled bananas, but the food is not the only custom
that is different from us. Beginning about two weeks before Christmas
families start visiting one another for caroling. The caroling is called an
asalto and they are very lively. The real difference from asaltos and our
traditions of caroling is that here the singing is done very late at night -
or early in the morning. The first Christmas here we were awakened about
2:30 A.M. by an asalto next door. The people came with trumpets, trombones,
tamberines and sang for several minutes. The custom dictates when a group
comes to your house you must get up and let them in and provide refreshments.
By far the most unusual custom for us is the emphasis placed on Three
Kings' Day - January 6th. This is the day the Catholic Church holds as
being the day the Wise men visited the Baby Jesus. Most parents wait and give
the best gifts on this day - so the children get two sets of presents which
they enjoy very much.
Suzanne and I are hoping to be able to go back to the states next November.
We had hoped to come home next summer but plcuis are already being made for
the summer and we won?t be able to get away. Hopefully, we'll be home for
Christmas.
We appreciate your love for us and your continued support. Please
continue to pray for us and also take time to write.
In Christ,
THE STAFF AND FACULTY OF THE
IGLESIA DE CRISTO AND THE CHRIS
TIAN DAY SCHOOL WISH YOU A VERY
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY
NEW YEAR. WE PRAY THAT THE LOVE
OF CHRIST WILL BE ABLE TO SHINE
THROUGH YOUR LIVES THIS NEXT
YEAR. AS WE PAUSE TO REMEMBER
THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS
CHRIST^ LET US TAKE TIME TO
THANK GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS
AND HIS LOVE FOR US.
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EASONS
G
REETING!
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Adelaida Kuidlan
Principal
Jan Rutledge
Third
Leona Escalera
Pre-Kinder
Vicki Day
Fourth
m.
Rita Branson
Kinder
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Audrey McKean
Fifth
Mary Van Blaricum
First
Wanda Leighty
Sixth
Karen Samson
Third
Merdeth McClenah
Jr. High Scienc
Carmen Bernardin
Spanish Jr. High
Douglas Phillips
Art
Tirso Cintron
Custodian
Yolanda Collazo
Second
Denna Gruber
Jr. High English