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Income in red from Jan.
Expenditures ixpenditures Bal. Mar 1, 1976
SHS "* 6'' _-J 04.73
Watch for the three
month report which will come out in April.
... through Piefores
Sid and Mary Allsbury
Our group one Sunday last summer.
Several are gone who are pictured
and several new people are now with
Getting the church paper out.
L. to R. Leanna Ragland, Mary (hid
den), Marslia White, Sid, Larry
White, and Fred Ragland.
Our living room on Sunday afternoon is often
slacks) visiting with Italian Christians,
John Allsbury: "What's that bright light in the
Larry White (center in white
Guy Mayfield (standing) visiting with Bob Oliver (right).
'Rig group picture of the Mid-Winter Rally, Most of ttie 115 people who
attended at the Riisselsheim Youth Hostel. The Frankfurt Christian
The first Berchtesgaden Retreat of
Christian Churches and Churches of
Church was host to this Rally.
Christ was held in October *75. Primarly a military retreat, this weekend conference had 130 registrants.
Tom Leedom baptizing a soldier
(Steve Vargas) at the *75 Lugano
At the Berchtesgaden Retreat. Adults in a session of singing, special
music, and preaching.
We take pleasure in greeting you by way of these pictures.
As you can see
the work called; "Project; Germany" involves more than the local congregation near Frankfurt. Sid and Mary Allsbury consider their c o n g r e gation" to be spread all about Europe.
6^835. Any questions you have can be directed to the elders there and offerings to the same address should be marked "Project; Germany". Our
address in Germany is below.
The Allsburys are sponsored by the Christian Church, Carterville, Missouri
CARTERVILLE CHRISTIAN CtlURCH P. 0. Box 67
Non-Profit Organization U. S. Postage Paid Carterville, MO 64835
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Sid and Mary Allsbury
6370 Oberursel 6 Germany
SID AND MARY ALLSBURY FRANKFURl GERMANY
JULY NEWSLETTER 1976
I'm sitting here before our big blue and red tent in Lug ano, Switzerland. A few clouds are making i t past- the ridge of high mountains to the north. This high range
forms the dividingline between this climate and the
more rainy one to
the north. Gu^__Mayfield was so right
when he selected the Lugano area for the first Lugano Camp in 19,6.4. The natural beauty, good climate and rec-
reationa'l possibilities make this an inviting place for
families to spend their vacation. We try to take advantage of the physical to proclaim the spiritual.
My memory serves me best back about two weeks.
we took the family and Frau Robert to the camp in the Black Forest-. I 'call i t the German Camp because the Phillips family started i t primarily for German children. This year there were as many American children in the
group as German. After getting set up on Sunday, we had classes on Monday. I helped with the bi-lingual song services and taught a Jr. Hi. Class in English. Noon
meal Monday was sausages with french fries. It was dur
ing this meal that the black clouds started rolling in.
After eating, a few of us ran back to the hill top camp and
began securing tents. The rain and hail came. Bill Rosnett's tent fell in, others just leaked, ours too. After the worst
blew over we took inventory,
A mountain of wet sleeping bagsl
How thankful we were for a large dryer on the groundsWe expected better weather the next day—but i t rained most of the night and all morning. Mary and Diane Miller served us all breakfast in our respective tents. Alva Phillips felt that we were in a hopeless situation, having absolutely no
facilities except tents, mostly small ones, so we decided to give up. By Tuesday evening we were back in the Frankfurt
GOOD-BYE LARRY, HELLO LUGANO!
With the extra week at home, we realized we,
at last, would
have time to work on our old tent. We bought i t in 1968. We were able to have Larry White over to spend most of the week with us before he returned to Iowa. Marsha, his wife, was already gone. He was a lot of help as we sewed in loops for guide lines and repaired holes. We sprayed part with waterproffing, too. We could tell how badly we needed the extra time at home by the good feeling at all we were able to get done. We said good-bye to Larry again, and by now we already miss him and Marsha. By-the-way Larry, the tent leaked, but not where you said it would! We are hoping before next year to be able to exchange the dust and dirt
of ou^^.J:;^nt for the cleanliness and order of a camping
We would especially like to be able to use a
camper-;in the winter as a place to go for rest and relax-
Looking over the past year I think that would help a lot in keeping up our energy around home.
THE LUGANO CAMP
I'm back home now. Over two weeks has passed since I started this letter. I'm sorry its late. We like to mail i t to Carterville by the end of the month but that was impossible. There were fewer than usual at camp this year. J3inetv-nine in all if we include the ones who didn't stay all week,
Fiv_e;.were baptized tMs year.
from missionary familiesV
There were about' 40 people
That's about a third less than
normal, due mostly to furloughs of missionaries.
that the classes and sermons were very good this year.
from Pacific Christian
College was with us'
classes at camp were:
He "pays his own way to Europe to be
Training for Christian Service in
able to help in the camp as well as in other placed while here. He's teaching for me in Karlsruhe August 15. Other
the Military—Guy Mayfield;
Counseling Classes--Dan McChristian Ethics—
Women's Seminar—Jodi McCall;
Sid Allsbury; Basic Teachings of the Christian Faith— Harold Hicks; Bible Origins—Dennis Messimer; Christian Evidences--Bi11 Rosnett; and "Who Is This Jesus?"— Dale Mallory. We had a Bible Bowl the last morning, then the young people played Bible Bowl against their parents in the evening. A lot of fun and helpful, too.
Next year.Vs.. camp committee i^ Guy M^fjLeld, Dennis Mess- )) ifner, Harold Hicks, Bryan Searcy, and Sid Allsbury. ^
Bryan is one of our new ones here at Frankfurt. We are always proud when our local folks take leadership re sponsibilities in our activities. Fred Ragland serves
on the committee for the Fall Retreat.
It's sure been wonderful these past two months to have greater financial security. We thank God for using many of you toward this end. Surely His love is shed abroad through your hearts. The end of June the Huhn family from Belgium came to see us and say good-bye. They are returning to the U.S. This family has been such a blessing to us. One glance at our finance report and you can see their generosity. Their participation in various activities has also been great. Personal con
tact with this family is also a blessing. Bob Huhn is
a business minded, spiritual man.
doesn't i t ?
Sounds like Acts 6:3,
Yours and His in Germany,
Sid and Mary Allsbury and family
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WORD FROM PRISON
BY OCNALD. I^EEVES
I iCTiew people outside didn't care •SO why should I, I was put into a
c e l l with ten other GIs• I ' d heard a l o t about confinement and what a
good enough to share with our read ers some of his experiences in com
ing to Christ,
think you*ll be
' blessed' from reading his testimony.
My life itself has lead in breaking r every law in the book, I*ve done all i f not more, but I was never caught at any of i t until now. Be fore I get into my story I wanted
just sat there. How I was really hating everyone in the whole world.
Did Somebody Really Care?
know that the cause
was sitting there on my bed
: for my being where I am and every thing I've done is because no one ever really loved me, I was lone some | I was afraid, and people had
hurt me so much I didn't care who 1
a GI came
to me and said, "Hi,
My name is
a t him and
t o l d him he was
not my brother and to go get lost. But he stood there looking at mo
hurt as long as I got what I wanted. My whole life was messed up, I drank a lot, and ran around with other women, I did everything I could to get back at people. But
in order to do this I had to be
with a big smile on his face, I
up and walked away.
high or drunk.
No One Cared So Why Should I
I was stationed i n Schwabach, On
When I came back he'd made my bed and put his Bible on i t turned to John. In heavy red lines was writ ten,'Tbr God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him may have everlasting life," I walked over
to him and told him I didn't, read
197^ I was off duty, and my
this kind of junk. He looked up and
wife and I wanted to go to the PX before my two sons came from my mother—in—law's• The f i r s t thing I did, as always, was driiik a beer
and some Jim Beam, I ' d drunk a lot
said, "Brother, I love you and Jesus loves you," I couldn't say another
word. He asked me to go to the chapel where there was a group of
Christians about i t , who
could t e l l told him that I
me a l l wasn't
trouble. The trouble was so bad that I was taken to the stockade i n
going to church because there was nothing there for me but a bunch of
Jimmy Page was there to help me. At
who wanted to go to cb-irch to come out everyone in my cell got up to gOe Page came to me and said for me to come, on, so I went. As I walked into the chapel there was a man with a big smile on his face. Ho asked me my name and told me he
loved me, I took the seat i n the
the next chapel
went again. IVhen
Brother Ben came
the next time he put his arms around me and said, "God bless you, Don, I thank Jesus for you5 I love you," That night I
and when I
gave my life to Jesus,
I felt the love and
very back of the chapel. As I sat there I saw something I'd never
seen befores all the inmates were
care of a now born baby. The next day I had IIP with Brother Page and everytime he'd look at me he'd start to sing a gospel song. Even though I'd never heard i t be fore I'd sing i t with him. When he
asked rne where I had learned the
smiling. Not just an everyday smile but a big smile, one that meant
someone who looked at
"I Had Never Seen Anything
Like lhat In My Life^"
started to sing,
song I told him i t was the f i r s t I had heard of i t . We praised the Lord together.
Freer Than Those Not I n Prison
sat there, and : as
sat . there I
wanted • to cry, something I hadn't done for at least eight years. Bro
ther Ben told all of us how much
read this will
a r e a l love
Jesus loved us, and he quoted from Romans 3s23, "For all have sinned
and fallen short
for a pefson. The only way to have this love is to give your life to Jesus Christ, Jesus really does
-ixO-d" 1, He—to-ld—us—that- no.—ma-t-ter what we'd done Jesus i s merciful to forgive us of-our sins. At this I
really wanted to bawl, but I held i t all back, Then they all started to
pray and because i t had been such a long time since I ' d done this I
But look at things this ways in a confined place, but I'm
because the doors and the bars
couldn't find any words, I sat there and started to feel a feeling
that I ' d never felt before. Brother Ben gave an altar call. There must
keep Jesus' Spirit out, I'm freer than a. lot of people who arn't locked up, because, you see, I'm spiritually free through the lovecf Jesus Christ my personal Savior,
1 hope and pray that this will help
others to experience a new through the blood that Jesus
so we can be
have been about seven go forward to pray, and as they prayed they cried, I had never seen anything like that in my life, I got up and left the
cleansed and most
all be born again Christians,
chapel to go bach to my cell because
I started to cry and I didn't want
anyone to see i t .
God bless all of you who read this.
As X was going back to the cell a guard stopped me and asked me where
I x>ras going, T-Zhen I told him, he asked me if there was anything he
could help me with, I told him no, Everytime I turned around someone
I'm sure you can shsire with us the joy Donald has found through the
love of Jesus, Donald has finished
was telling me they loved me.
really gave me a great fear,
Ihe Beginning Of A New Ljfe
our Bible study correspondence course, and we are enrolling him in
another course with Ozark Bible
When I didn't
Aussere Passauerstr, 90
Rodger Mack i s back! Ho i s sta tioned in Grafcnwbhr for six months. He will then return to Ft, Hood,
IIMOnUAL miO-lUlflTER mu.
DECEMBER 26-31, 16
--WORKSHOPS - - FELLOWSHIP
Texas, Rodger was active in the congregation here while stationed at Ayors Kaserne near Butzba.ch, It will be good to see Rodger again.
S—1, l/l6 FA, Bde 75
Sunday in September, Dav©' and Chris
are new to us and a real blessing,
Tom Nelson, Berlin, had surgery for
the third time on his knee in Sept
keep him in your prayers,
Silke Bernstein, Mainz, which sev
theme: 'KNOWING CHRIST"
Th© annual Mid-Winter beginning
source of blessings to many
eral will remember from the '7^ Lugano Camp, recently returned from a visit to Montreal, She spent time
there with her cousin Ulrike (Kiki)
Busch and Alex Lobach, She is en
organized "the f i r s t
rallies in var
ious parts of Germany. In recent years this conference has been held in Vienna, Belgium, aind near Basel. Last year's program was in Riisselsheim near Frankfurt,
We the were at first denied Youth the use of for
Munich f o r
t h i s win
Janice Phillips spent throe days in
Oberursel in September learning about offset printing techniques. Jay Enck plans to take the same
course in October, Alva Phillj-ps
search which seemed hopeless. It was September and we had s t i l l no facility for more than 120 people. We all gave th© matter time in prayer. Many possible retreat cen ters were visited in the Frankfurt
area. The central office for the
has been resting after a period of illness. Remember him in your pray
in the Rhein Main Air Base Meeting in homes the group
studies around the
centered i t s
youth hostels was contacted. The Evangelical church office in Frank furt also tried to help, A neigh bor hero in Oberursel spent many calls and great effort through his
book of Ja.mos,
(Tel. 06105/6738) or Bryan Searcy (Tel, 06105/71189) for more infor
office, an ecumenical, roligous group working with foreigners, with
October 1, we
stopped by Heidolbag
at the youth hostel
Wo answer was "Yes!"
in the Bible correspondence course, With practically no mistakes Curtis
right away saw i t as an answer to prayer. I t is larger than before.
In a beautiful cityj centrally lo cated, Lots of space for parking, loafing, eating and classes, ¥e
thank God for His blessings.
completed his work quickly. The latest to enroll in the study is Donald Flowers, formerly of Karls ruhe, If you'd like to enroll just drop us a cardj i t ' s free.
- 25, t976
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