April 1999 Newsletter


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RLDS Association of Ministry to Military Personnel Newsletter 
The Peacekeepers 
April 1999 Issue

At this writing Iím trying to get the letter ready to mail in April. Since we will be leaving Arizona on 27 March and not get home until the last week in April I donít know when it will arrive in your hands. I had some problems with a few of the military e-mail addresses so if your letter is late this time blame it on the military. We have three testimonies this time which I believe is good news for all of us. -CH

PEACEKEEPERS IN MY LIFE

By Jim Cable

My mother passed away late in 1998. She and my father had better than 60 years of life in Independence, Missouri, and all of it was lived with the church very much at the center.

Her death was during the coldest days of our winter this year. When we planned for visits at the funeral home with family and friends, we were aware that it would be difficult for many to come out on the winter eveningscheduled.

However, we were comforted by the arrival of many old friends who had come to share with us their good memories of my mother, Geneva Cable. As many of them talked with me, I had the strongly freshened memory of the years of World War II and the years that immediately followed in the decade of the 1940s.

My parents, I knew, often invited young adults of the church into our home during those years. During the war, many of the young men came in military uniform. They were home on leave, or were preparing to go to assignments in all parts of the world. A few of those did not return, having paid the full cost of being a peacekeeper.

But among those visiting the funeral home were returned military folks from that time who told me how important the encouragement and friendship was they had received. And I remembered each one of them myself as absolute models of courage and Christian commitment. A couple of them became teachers of my Sunday School class when the war ended. Others were near neighbors and had their own parents who had room for me in their hearts just as my parents loved their sons.

I admired those men. And I have admired those serving the peacekeeping needs of so many nations around the world since that time. It has been my privilege to know personally service personnel in countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia in my work for the church. I find them all carrying the same sense of discipline and inner character that makes of them good citizens of their own countries and of the larger world as well. I have been able to be at home in so much of the world because of their dedication and skills.

My personal sense of peace has been blessed and enabled by these men and women. I am grateful for all that they do. One of the great privileges of my own life was a few short years in uniform. I hope my stewardship of my time in that way was a contributor to a sense of personal security for children of that time who are now grown and perhaps aware of the value of that form of ministry.

Jim Cable

(Jim Cable is a former Apostle and now serves as the director of communication for the World Church -CH)


A TESTIMONY FROM WWII

I was inducted into federal service Sept. 16, 1940 for one year; that was extended; then ďfor the durationĒ after Dec. 7, 1941. I started in a tank company in Oregon; transferred to the 146th FA BN and later served as Personnel Sgt Major as a M/Sgt.

In August 1941 I attended Silver Lake Reunion (WA) where an Evangelist speaking by the direction of the Spirit told young men then present: ďif you are faithful to your covenant of baptism, you will have men fall to the right and to the left of you. Your lives will be spared. You will release from such situations without so much as the loss of a hair on your head.Ē I did not understand what all this meant until Dec. 7, 1941 and Pearl Harbor.

When that attack took place, I was on the Willard A Holbrook Army Transport. (The Navy ran better ships) We were one week West of Pearl Harbor in a 52 ship convoy. After hearing the attack on the shipís radio, I knew what had been said in my hearing. Tokyo Rose came on the radio immediately after the attack listing (in order and column) our convoy. Reminding us that we were without naval escort and too far for air cover. It was a little unnerving for all, including me until I recalled the Lordís promise.

During my 32 months in SWPA I spared many times. On R&R spent in Australia I met (when possible) with our church members in worship. My first experience: We did not list in phone books, I had no addresses. I found the LDS, went there, finally got a hint of where there was a group. I hired an air-bag operated taxi to the distant location. Spent 20 Aussie pounds, walked to the church meeting hall. It was then 11:30 AM and a Sacrament Sunday. No one was there, I inquired of a home nearby. I was told that they met at 1400 hours. I was directed to a local Deaconís home a few blocks away. On knocking at the door his wife came. I handed her my Priest card (I had been ordained at Ft. Lewis, WA on 11-17-41 under the hands of Apostle D.T. Williams and my father W.W. Belcher). The lady closed the door with me outside. Soon I heard the loudest roar from inside and the door was flung open. I was ushered into a bedroom where the Deacon was. His wife served him breakfast IN BED on Communion Sunday.

He confirmed the time of meeting. I left and went for a walk staying well away from the gathering I could see. I needed some evidence that my RLDS was divinely called of God. After I could hear some singing (from a familiar hymnal I well knew). I went in and sat on the back row. I spoke to no one and no one spoke to me.

Dan Belcher, Evangelist
Independence, MO


I received this shortly after the last newsletter came out. -CH

A CHAPLAIN'S TESTIMONY FROM VIET NAM

This is Delbert Cory. I was a RLDS Navy Chaplain for awhile. I thought I would pass along an incident that shows God is at work no matter what we think.

I was responsible for the spiritual welfare of about 1500 marines in Viet Nam in the last half of 1965 and first half of 1966. I received a message from the Churchís World Headquarters that we had a church member who was wounded and had asked me to administer to him. I couldnít do it. I was too far away. Transportation was difficult and I really couldnít leave my marines. I was aware of an Army Pfc. in the area who was a young elder but the chance of my getting him out of the field to do the administration was very remote. However, I thought since I was a Chaplain and the message would go through the manís commanding officer I would give it a try.

I composed a message with the knowledge that the elderís commanding officer would read it first. I had no idea whether the elder was even interested ; I had not had any contact with him even though I did see a number of our church members. I sent the message and had asked for a response. I didnít get a response and I thought nothing had happened.

I was busy and forgot about it until 28 years later. I wasnít feeling very good but I answered the phone one evening. On the other end was the elder to whom I had sent the message. I still have never met him but what he told me on the phone gave me support I needed at that time. I found out that the commanding officer did pay attention to the message and called the young Pfc. in out of the field. The elder had not been told what it was about and he came in shaking in his boots. He thought he was in real trouble. Pfc.ís are not called in out of the field by the commanding officers unless something is really bad wrong. When the elder reported, the commanding officer gave him the message and asked him what it was all about. The message reminded the Pfc. he was an elder and had accepted that responsibility even if he didnít think he would ever have an opportunity to be an elder in the army. The commanding officer provided the Pfc. what he needed and he went on to perform the administration.

What was important was not the administration but that the Pfc. was reminded he was an elder as well. That has stayed with him since for the whole 28 years and he thanked me for reminding him. He had more respect for himself and others gad more respect for him being and elder as well as a Pfc. It came back to me when I needed it.

I have seen things like that happen over and over. God is at work in ways we may never expect.

Delbert Cory
Lt, CHC, USNR (Ret)


Thanks to our Sponsors!

We need to give credit to those who are sponsoring this newsletter and the association business through their contributions. Without them we could not continue the newsletter or the associationís business. So much thanks to all you and may the Lord bless you.
  1. David Bauer - Independence
  2. Dan Belcher - Independence
  3. Gladys Berridge - Missouri
  4. Mary Bradley - San Jacinto
  5. Maj. Dale Cleland - USMA
  6. Bob & Shaorn Clothier - Independence
  7. Duane Couey - Independence
  8. Richard & Shirley Cozart - Florida
  9. Don & Jean Davis - Independence
  10. Don & Dorthea Dexter - Michigan
  11. Lee & Sandy Ecker - Michigan
  12. Bert & Francis Gage - Oklahoma
  13. Beverly & Lester Heath - Missouri
  14. Curt & Joyce Heaviland - Independence
  15. Kelly & Lehaman Heaviland - Independence
  16. Donna & J.D. Ingram - Independence
  17. Olen & Emma Henson - Illinois
  18. Kim & Scott Jobe - Florida (Now on activeduty)
  19. Larry & Carol Keller - Tennessee
  20. Ben & Lois Kincaid - Arizona
  21. Ed & Madeline Merz - Michigan
  22. Carl & Carol Mesle - Independence
  23. Bob & Marge Minnick - Arizona
  24. Brenda & Meredith Mitchell - Germany
  25. Jo & Vern Montgomery - Indiana
  26. Sebe & Shirlee Morgan - Michigan
  27. Ted & Pat Mueller - California
  28. David & Mimi Nelson - Arizona
  29. Robert & Sheila Nipper - California
  30. L. Wayne & Nellie Olson - Arizona
  31. Cheryll & Thomas Peterman - Missouri
  32. Mr & Mrs Mike Remington - Oklahoma
  33. Jerry Rogers - Alabama
  34. Georgia & Jerry Rose - California
  35. Bruce & Charlotte Sargent - Wyoming
  36. Sharon Scherrer - Ohio
  37. Eldon & Lee Simmons - Independence
  38. Bert & Diane Snethen - Oklahoma
  39. Iris Spencer - Wisconsin
  40. Dianne & Seiichi Terauchi - California
  41. Doris & Pershing Tousley - Independence
  42. Evelyn Wilson - Independence
  43. Phyl & Ted Medler - Missouri
  44. Judy & Rex Boswell - Iowa
  45. Russell & Cathy Godfrey - Independence
  46. Jerry & Sharon Shelton - Germany
  47. Jim & Judy Graham - Germany
  48. Debbie Gilmre - Germany
  49. Steve & Marie Pement - Germany
  50. Don Ward - Germany
Our newest members are Rex and Judy Boswell from Lamoni, Iowa. Sure is nice to have them on board. 

Time to Renew

Just a reminder to those of you that joined the association before October of 1998 that the 1999 dues are now payable.

Please send your check to Lehman Heaviland - 309 Shrank - Independence, MO 64056.

This is the only way that we have at the present time to continue our newsletter mailings throughout the world. Hopefully the April 10 minute newsletter to all pastors will contain an invitation to Pastors outside of the US to send names of their military people. 


Banquet at World Conference 2000

I know itís early but I would like to hear from each one of you. As you know we have a banquet at World Conference to get together and conduct the business of the association. What would be your preference as to time. Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening or if no World Church meetings on Wednesday evening a Wednesday date. It wonít make any difference to me but I want to be able to line up a caterer and rooms if possible. Send me snail mail or e-mail your preferences even though you might not be able to attend. Iíd like to hear from each person. 

Have You Moved?

If your are transferred, please drop me a post card, at least. I am beginning to get some mail back as the person is no longer at the address. Just send it to the association at 1228 Scott - Independence, MO 64052-3818 and Iíll get it. Also if you have an e-mail address Iíd sure like to have that. Iím army05@aol.com. 

GOD BLESS,

Curt Heaviland
President
 
Last updated: 14 Apr 2001
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