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A
I
Ron
ElerickFamily
vol.
2-
no.
1-
april
vb
The
January
25th
issue
of
THE
LOOKOUT
contained
Arleen's
first
and
only
article
accepted
foir
publication,
an
article
entitled
"Was
Jesus
Homesick?".In
this
article
sheconcluded,
"Praise
the
Lord
for
homesickness!"
In
her
Personal
Diary
for
January
23rd,
written
fromChiduba
Vil
lage,
Arleen
wrote:
"I
hadagood
time
in
the
Lord,
standingoutsidethe
kitchendoor,
looking
at
the
stars
and
praying.
..For
the
first
time
in
my
life
Ihave
really
longeddeep
in
iny
soul
for
Jesus
to
come
and
take
me
away
to
be
with
Him
and
worship
at
His
feet
forever.
I'm
so
in
lovewith
Jesus,
just
wish
I
could
let
the
whole
world
know,
but
I'll
just
have
to
wait
for
Hisleading.Not
unhappy
here,
just
want
to
bewith
Jesus.
.."Arleen
is--
Homesick
nolong
er
not
for
Oklahomaand
friends,
nor
for
Heavenand
Jesus;
but
wedomiss
her.
Three
months
have
passed
since
we
came
to
Africa
and
found
our
place
in
Malawi—ay
husband
Ron,
ourthree
girls,
and
I.
They
have
not
been
easy
months.
I
am
writing
this
with
a
pen
because
our
typewriter
has
not
arrived,
and
neither
haveoiir
other
household
goods
They
are
somewhere
on
the
waywe
hope.
In
the
meantime
we
are
learning
to
do
without.
The
Lord
hasblessed
our
efforts
to
get
adjusted
to
"bush
life."
Our
missionary
work
is
taking
shape,
and
we
are
encouraged
by
the
possibil
ity
of
greatresults.
Still,
like
all
new
missionaries,
we
miss
our
loved
ones
back
home.
We
are
homesick.
If
you
have
ever
suffered
from
that
malady,you
knowhome
sickness
can
be
a
realsick
ness.
It
canrob
its
victims
of
all
enthusiasm
and
energy.
We
must
not
allow
that'.
But
even
as
we
putour
homesick
nessout
of
our
minds,
it
leaves
a
precious
thoughtz
Was
Jesus
homesick
too?
God's
own
Soncame
from
the
heights
of
Heaven
to
live
on
earth
as
a
wanderer
without
a
bed
or
a
place
to
handHis
cloak.
The
change,
the
"cul
ture
shock,"
must
havebeen
infinitely
more
drastic
than
ours—-more
drastic
than
the
shock
any
missionary
hasever
suffered
when
coming
tohis
fieldof
service.
As
Jesus
walked
thehot
and
dustyroads
of
Galilee,did
He
think
of
the
comforts
He
had
left
behind
in
Hisheavenly
home?
When
He
was
misunder^
stood,did
He
think
of
the
warm
andhappy
fellowship
He
had
(NextPage
Column
1)
ARLEEN
ELERICK
Sept.
10.
1944
-
Feb.
9,
ISTB
Arleen
Jane
Evans
Elerick
was
bom
Septem
ber10,
1944,
in
Los
Angeles,
California,
and
departed
this
life
to"bewith
the
Lord"on
February9,
1976,in
Blantyre,
Malawi,
Africa,
where
the
family
was
serving
as
missionaries.
She
receivedher
secondary
education
inthe
LosAngeles
area,
graduating
fromWashington
High
in1962.At
the
age
of
twelve,without
the
help
of
Christian
parents,
shebegan
her
own
search
for
God
and
accepted
Christ
as
her
Savior
and
Lord.
At
the
age
of
fourteen,
5he
felt
the
call
of
God
toserve
as
a
missionary
and
she
always
felt
that
the
call
was
to
Africal
That
feeling
never
changed.
Following
this
committmentsheattended:
1year
(Pepperdine
University,
Los
Angeles).
(NextPage
Column
3)
As
reportedIn
the
last
Issue
of
the
MALAWI
WITNESS,Ron
and
the
family
were
moving
into
Blantyre
to
attend
Language
schpol
during
the
rainy
sea
son.
God
had
provided
a
house
for
them
as
an
answer
to
pray
er.
So
their
newhome
was
to
beBlantyre
in
a
house
that
God
had
prepared.
Ron
writes:
"Many
haveaskedabout
the
details
of
Arleen's
illness
and
subsequent
death,
so
I'd
like
toshare
this
now
in
the
MALAWI
WITNESS.
"We
moved
into
townon
the
2nd
of
Deceniber
to
attend
Lan
guage
school
andon
the
same
day
the
entire
family
was
in
oculated
at
the
hospital
for
Cholera,as
duringthe
rainy
season
in
Malawi,
manydo
con
tact
thedisease.
Beginning
the
28th
of
December
Arleen
began
to
haveheadaches
and
dizzy
spells,
etc.
She
tookchloroquine
tablets
as
a
cure
for
a
Malaria
attack,
as
we
assiimed
this
was
her
problem.
Thesymptoms
went
away
and
she
seemingly
recovered.
However,
a
week
later
the
symptoms
re
turned
and
the
Doctors
who
treated
her,diagnosed
that
she
had
Malaria.
She
was
treated
for
thisuntil
Saturday
the
7thof
February
when
she
be
came
incoherent
in
her
speech.
The
doctors
examined
her
and
told
me
she
had
Cerebral
Mala
ria,
commonly
known
as
"Black-
water
Fever".
They
contacted
the
residentin
chasge
at
the
Queen
ElizabethHospital
and
he
admitted
her.
Tests
were
then
taken,
and
the
results
showed
that
Arleen
was
suffer
ing
from
Hepatitis,
not
Malar
ia,
and
that
her
bloodsugar
(NextPage
Column
1)
 
'I
WILLRETURN
...
THE
WORK
MUST
GOON."
:?
cont.
enjoyedwith
His
Father?
When
He
was
rejected
and
mistreat
ed,did
He
think
of
all
the
hosts
of
Heaven
who
worshiped
Him
withjoy
and
love,
acknow
ledging
Hitn
as
Lord
of
the
universe?
As
Jesus
borethe
agony
of
Calvary,
did
He
long
for
the
painless
state
that
was
His
before
the
beginning
of
time?
"The
fellowship
of
his
suf
fering'."
Paul
rejoiced
in
it,
arjd
so
do
we.
Homesickness
is
but
one
area
of
life
that
we
can
share
with
Jesus
and
know
that
He
understands—one
way
that
we
and
our
Lord
can
be
linked
in
common
fellowship.
Praisethe
Lord
for
homesick
ness'.
(This
article
appeared
in
the
January25,
1976,
issueof
THE
LOOKOUT
and
Is
reprinted
with
their
permission.)
cont.
was
dangerouslylew.
Although
they
fed
her
glucose
tobuild
it
up,
Arleen
went
into
a
coma
that
night
and
neverregained
consciousness.
She
died
at
9:30
p.m.
the9th
of
February
(Malawi
time)and
was
buriedin
Limbe,
Malawi,the
next
day.
"Many
may
assume
that
our
living
in
"bush
conditions"
in
Africa
contributed
to
Arleen's
death.
Not
sol
The
doctor
at
the
hospital
explained
that
he
felt
shecontacted
hepatitis
at
the
hospital
from
a
needle
that
was
infected.
The
time
of
theincubationperiod
fits
thedate
whenwe
were
all
in
oculated
for
Cholera.
"Some
may
think
it
strange
that
Arleen
was
buried
in
Ma
lawi
,
butshe
would
notagree.
Long
before
we
went
to
Africa,
we
discussed
thispossibility
for
both
of
us.
It
was
her
request
that
she
be
buried
where
shedied.
It
was
her
desire
to
be
buried
in
Africa,
surrounded
by
the
peopleshe
loved
and
ledto
Christ'.
"Some
people
never
fulfill
their
visions
inthis
life.
Arleen,although
for
just
a
short
time,
saw
her
dreams
and
desires
for
Christ
fulfilled."
"From
the
beginning,
there
was
never
any
doubt
in
rny
mind
that
I
would
return
andcon
tinue
the
work
that
Arleen
and
I
set
out
to
accomplish
for
our
Lord.
Six
years
ago
n\y
faith
would
not
have
been
strong
enough
to
have
considered
this,
but
Arleen
led
me
to
a
deeperwalkwith
Christ
and
it
is
now
possi
bleto
accept
whathashappenedand
to
go
on.
"Tenmonths
ago,
wewent
to
Malawi
feeling
that
this
was
God's
will
for
us.
We
set
out
to
evangelize
people
who
needed
Christ
and
who
had
no
one
to
teach
them.
In
these
few
short
monthswe
placedBibles
inthe
hands
of
men
forthe
first
time;
we
shared
with
people
hungry
for
the
Gospel;we
assisted
with
the
starting
of
two
new
congregations
and
the
opening
of
a
new
village
and
we
witnessed
the
new
birth
of
51
people.
"But
the
work
is
not
finished,
fiy
committ
ment
is
as
valid
today
as
it
waswhenwe
started
out
together.
The
circumstances
have
changed,buttheneed
is
as
great
asever!
Our
leadership
training
classes
havedone
much
to
train
evangelists,
and
this
mustcon
tinue,
as
new
areas
are
requestingteaching.
"Souls
are
lost
andneed
Jesus.
Ihave
the
permitto
go!
Ilovethepeople!I
am
learningthelanguage
and
Iexpectgreatthingsin
theyearsto
come
for
thegloryofJesus!"Truly
it
is
no
sacrifice
toreturn.Christ
hasbeenacomfort
to
me
and
n\y
mind
is
at
peace
withthe
knowledge
that
NOTHING
can
separate
us
fromHis
love.
This
isnotthe
end,buta
new
beginning."
-
UPDATE!
-
While
this
issue
has
been
primarily
a
tributeto
Arleen,we
also
want
you
to
know
of
thepresent
and
future
plans.(Call
if
youhave
questions.)
THE
PRESENT:
Ron
and
the
girls
are
staying
in
Bakersfield,
California,
with
Ron's
brother
and
his
wife
and
two
children.
Ron
willreturn
to
Oklahoma
the
first
of
May,
spending
the
summer
speaking
to
supporting
congregations,
camps
andD.V.B.S.groups.
The
girls
will
join
him
in
the
summer.Susanand
Wendy
are
do
ing
fine
inschooland
Rhonda
will
soon
enroll.
She
is
much
improved.
THE
FUTURE:
Ron
is
planning
to
re
turn
to
Malawi
this
fall,
probably
in
September
or
October.
However,
many
details
mustbeworked
out.
FINANCES:
In
excess
of
$13,000.00
has
been
received
for
the
expenses
relatedto
Arleen's
death
and
the
returnof
the
family
to
the
States,
This
will
more
than
meet
the
needs
and
will
provide
the
funds
for
the
return
to
Africa.
Regular
SERVICELINK
funds
shouldcontinue
however.
FIELD
ADDRESS:M/M
Ron
Elerick
ChristianChurch
Mission
Chiduba
Village
P/A
Chtringa
P.O.
Palombe
Malawi,
Africa
FORWARDINGADDRESS:
Malawi
Christian
Mission
c/o
EasternHeightsChristianChurch
Route
2•—
Box
88
PoncaCity,
Oklahoma74601
ARLEEN
cont.
1
1/2years
(San
JoseBible
College,
San
Jose);
and1
year
(San
Jose
State
College,
San
Jose).
While
at
Bible
College
she
metRon
Elerick
and
they
were
married
on
June
6,
1964,
at
Oroville,
California.
Two
years
later,
Rhonda
Jane
was
born
on
August
19th
at
San
Jose.
Followinga
move
in
1967
to
Alaska,
Susan
Maewas
born
May
19,
1968,
in
Fairbanks
and
Wendy
KayonAugust
21,1970,
in
Homer.
God
used
Arleen
in
the
churches
at
Fairbanks,
An
chorage,
Wrangell,
Homer
and
Kenai.
It
was
during
this
time
of
still
feeling
God's
callto
bea
missionary
that
she
re
marked
to
an
Indian
womanwho
wasa
Christian,
"God
is
going
to
have
to
change
n\y
feelings,
or
Ron's".
Afew
days
later,
Ron
announced
hisdecision
to
returnto
BibleCollege.
In
1971,Arleen
resumed
her
studies
at
Midwest
Christian
CollegeandgraduatedwithanA.B.Degreein
Christian
Edu
cation
In
1973.
During
this
timeshe
shared
a2
year
min
istry
with
Ron
at
the
Christ
ian
church
in
Apache.
On
Sunday,
May
18,1975,
at
the
Eastern
Heights
Christian
Church
in
Ponca
City,they
were
"set
apart(bytheelders)for
the
work
to
which
God
had
called
them"(Acts13:2)and
four
days
later
departed
for
Maiawi
where
homewas
to
bea
native
mud
hut
with
a
tin
roof
in
the
villageof
Chiduba.
Arleenpassedfrom
this
life
onFebruary9,inthe
cityof
Blantyre,
where
they
wereen
rolled
inLanguageschool
dur
ingtherainyseason,ofin
fectious
hepatitis;
contacted
twomonths
earlier
froman
in
fected
needle
when
innoculated
for
Cholera.
Shewas
buried
in
Limbe,Malawi,inaccordance
with
her
desireto
be
burled
in
Africa,
surroundedby
those
sheloved
and
ledto
Christ.
She
was
preceeded
in
death
by
her
mother
and
father
and
is
survivedbyherhusband,
Ron,and
3daughters:
Rhonda
(9),
Susan
(7)
and
Wendy
(5);
and
by
ahostofChristians
who
willbechallenged
by
her
witness.
Nonprofit
Org.
U.S.PO'STAGE
PAID
Permit
No.32
 
A
I
Ron
Elerick
Family
VOL.
2-
NO.
2-
SEPT.
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