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Beth, Ruth & Wendell Freeman

Wendell Freman, Gwelo, Soulhern Rhodesia


Wendell Freeman was born on August 23, 1936, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He

was baptized by Brother O. A. Trinkle, and during the ministry of Brother Harry
Poll at the Englewood Church, he made his decision to dedicate his life to Christ in full-time service. He received his training for the ministry at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary, being graduated in 1958 with the A.B. (Bible) degree. Since that time he
has been in the pastoral ministry.

During his last semester of college, Wendell began preaching at Wrays Chris
tian Church near Clearspring, Indiana. On June 1. 1958, he was ordained to the

ministry. In August of that year he was married to Ruth Custer of Hamersville, Ohio, who also is a graduate of the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Ruth was valedic
torian of her graduating class and has worked as Assistant Editor of Junior Lesson Materials at Standard Publishing Foundation in Cincinnati. The Freemans have a
daughter, Beth, who was born in June, 1960. After their schooling, Wendell and Ruth moved to Vallonia, Indiana, to continue

to serve the Wrays church and to begin a ministry with Driftwood Christian Church. They served these churches until August, 1961, when they resigned to begin securing

support for their missionary work in Southern Rhodesia, Africa. Wendell, Ruth and
Beth will be with us Sunday evening to begin our Missionary programs for the

year. You will surely want to hear of their planned labors in Africa. Be present at
7:30 for a wonderful service.

Christ For

SOUTHERN
CHRtSTIAN

RHGDESIAN MISSION
AND RUTH FREEMAN

CHURCHES AND CHURCHES OF CHRIST

WENDELL

CITY

EVANGELISM

CHARLES AND GLADYS GREEN, FORWARDING SECRETARIES

6839 East Pleasant Run Parkway, Indianapolis 19, Indiana

Africa

Orlando, Florida

Aoril 13, 1962


Mission Services

Box 963 Joliet, Illinois


Dear Sirs:

Here is cony for Horizons:

On July 13, 1962, the V/endell Freeman family v.dll be on


their way to Southern Rhodesia aboard the African Planet > Three weeks after their departure from New York City, they hope to

arrive at Capetown, then travel the fourteen hundred miles


inland by truck to Gwelo.

There, the Freemans will continue the work begun by lir. and i'^'Irs. Charles Gruver among the Coloureds and Africans. They

also desire to establish a work among a nortion of the 6,700


Eurooeans in the town. Work on the native reserve areas and

mining compounds among the Africans vn.ll occuoy most of their time. There are eight churches already established in an area one hundred miles around Gwelo. kost of the dongregations are small and only three have buildings in which to worship. These Christians need strengthening, and the gospel message going
to hundreds and hundreds of others who have not heard or ac cented Christ.

The need in the Gwelo area has been presented to churches

in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. EngleiYood Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, has pledged the greater part of the Freeman^s Living Link, with churches in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana supplying

the remainder. At this \irriting, a little over 200.00 has been


pledged of the 300.00 per month needed for their Service Link.
V/endell, Ruth, and their daughter Beth, will live in the house where the Ziden Nutt family novr resides, about five miles
from the center of Gwelo. Their permanent mailing address after

July will be: Box 167, Gvrelo, Southern Rhodesia, Africa.


Yours in Christ,

V/endell Freeman
Picture enclosed "GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE'

VOLKSWAGEN GIZMO

Last week we mentioned that we would be running another artlole this week
concerning the work of the Freeman's In Southern Rhodesia. Well here It is: The

Freeman's must purchase the above truck before they can leave for service over seas. It is the ideal auto for missionary service. It is half truck and half car. It

will take on 5 adults as passengei-s, and still give as much room in back as an av erage half-ton pick-up. If you take out the back seat, you get another 65 cubic

feet space inside. down like tailgates.

(You can even put the outside inside. And the bed's all flat.

We have hoops and a


All 3 sides come

tarp that turn the bed into a covered wagon).

Loading is easy.

No wheel well, Wendell can use all the

room for carrying stuff.

The cost of this Volkswagen Gizmo is somewhat more than 2 thousand do-llars.

We would like to purchase this vehicle for the work in Southern Rhodesia.
the Freeman's Imve not been able to raise their service link in total.

As yet

If we can.

purchase this truck for them it will save the mission the 10 per cent interest and

the monthly payments. We know that Englewood can do it so let us each one put
ourselves to the task. The Freeman's will be sailing on July 13, so we have about Can we do it for the sake of those that are lost two months to raise 2 thousand.

in the Gwelo area of Southern Rhodesia.

Mf^i
THE ENGLEWOOD CHR5STIAN

V
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FREEMAN'S

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For many

*
\vc have been

months

working- toward doing our i^art in the sending of Wendell and Ruth to South
ern Rhodesia. Now the date has been . they will be filing on announced

July 13, 1962 from New York aboard


the African Planet. Sometime later

they will arrive at Capetown, and will


then drive overland to Gwelo,. South

ern Rhodesia, which will be their field of labor. They will arrive in their place of service in the early part of August. Many details must be armnged dur ing the next two months before the voyage. Visas must be obtained, house hold goods must be packed in large barrels, shots and T.B. examinations
fulfilled, a truck purchased, and many

letters written. During this time, we request every member of Englewood

will be in prayer for this dedicated


young couple.

Beginning this month (May) we are adding the Freeman's to our list of

living-links.

From our missionai*y ^

budget we will be paying $100.00 to ward the link support of this fine

couple. In the future we hope to In crease this and apply the Increase to
ward their service link which has not

&s yet been fully pledged. It was just two years ago this month that we added Dr. Waiters to our foreign mis- r slon outreach. This means that within

-the past two years we have doubled i. our missionary outreach to foreign
fields. We are happy that we are able

to do this, and are praying that the liord will lead us so that we might
add others also. Our misionary com

mittee is leading us toward being a

great missionary church. Next week


we will reveal a big project that we

hope to hglp.AiHtnce for the Freeman's.

Tfiie Africa Stor


FEEEI^IAi-'I'S AT WOrlK IN GWELO

October 27j 19^2

The Wei-idell Freeman family arrived in Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia and &* busy at

work,ai2 kfikhfeiklcklt field address is Box l67j Gwelo, S. E., Africa. They are working
^^J^^he work bj^un by Charles and Mrs. Allie Gruver, and recently carried on by the

Ziden Nutt family who he^^ow pioneer^ new work at Karoi.


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backed by Englewood Christian Church, Indianapolis, Ind.

-urches in Ohio, Ky., and Ind., are participating in their support. They sBi-led

from New York July 15, landed in the Union of South Africa, and proceeded 1,40^^
overland bgr Gwelo bj^VW Truck supplied by their sponsoring church, Richard A. Laue,
Secretaries

preacher.

Forwarding

are: Charles and Mrs. Gladys Green, 6859 E. Pleasant Run


church.

Pkwy., Indianapolis 19, Ind. serving in behalf of small,-

Bro. Free" reports that there are eight^established^JIphurohes in an area 100 miles

around Gv/elo, only three of which have buildings of their ovm in which to ^^orship. They/rffmaflJ
hope also to establish a work among the 6,700 v;hite persons in Gwelo.

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UnEK Hum WENUai, ruih and beth fkeenan ^


December
"

6,

1962

THUS FAR ACCOMPLISHED


We are thankful for the privilege of serving Christ in Africa and for

. . . and thou shall call his name

JESUS:
from

for he shall save his people


Matthew 1:21.

"thank you"; "zaka-naka" wihich means "all right." Then-she jabbers a lot when playing by herself trying to
imitate Junia. She wants her dolls tied

their sins."

your assistance in our work here. We

Dear FHends In Christ at Englewbod:


At this Christmas season, Chris tians' thoughts turn once more to the
wonder of wonders God dwelling

feel that God has blessed our laboring together. Thirty-two have been added
to the Lord in Christian baptism in the three months we have been here.

on her back as African mothers carry

their childen. All in all, we feel she is adjusting to Africa very well.

In answer to the question, "Are .you


homesick?" we can only say. .that there

among men. We sing with joy all the thrilling, carols about the.Christ child
and the events surrounding His birtli.
We hear
God's

The new building of the Mhondoro church of Christ has been completed
and was dedicated with much rejoic

are many people that we miss greatly. Sometimes we long for familiar places,
customs, and circumstances, but the

the

beloved
And our

words of
hearts

pro
in

phecy and fulfillment read again from


Word. bow

ing on October 21, 1962. Sevreal ap plications for primary schopls have
bee nmade. When these are granted it will mean a wonderful opportunity for teaching African, youngsters Bible
truths and Christian living daily in
have be school. Another project we

unfamiliar is gradulally becoming the


familiar and we are growing to love
dearly many of the African Christians
brothers and sisters in Christ.

tliankfIllness as.we ponder once more the meaning of ChrLst's birth to the
world.

JESUS
One part of the

SAVIOUR

OUR FIRST

AFRICAN

CHRISTMAS

This will be ohr first Christmas in

gun is a much-needed brick building


"on" "the-GWetoproperty- to house- onr African workers and helpers. Apart from these things there have been the

Africa, And although


one, we are looking

it promises to
forward to it

Christmas story stands out especially to us this year . as we see Christ's saving power dem
onstrated over and over among people
who have not known Him: It is the

be a very wet one rather than a white


eagerly. Throughout the month of De
cember
.African

more intangible things the conver


sations, the day-by-day contacts

significance of the earthly name God's


Son was given. Both Joseph and Mary
were Baby's
was

we

will

be

taking
the

special
area.

Christmas
We will

services
in

to

eight different
Gwelo

churches

through which we feel the Lord is working to turn the people here to
Christ and to help them to grow in
Him.

instructed name was

carefully to be

that

the

Jesus. The
And that is

show with

fllmstrips African

portraying figures and

very name of God's promised Messiah


to mean "Savioui-"!

the birth of Christ and will use flan-

nelgraph

the

wonderful

message

we

have

to

Shona words to apply the meaning of Christmas to the lives of the people

SOME PERSONAL NEWS


Many of you have asked, "How does
Beth like question Africa?" has been, Another "Are frequent home you

preach.
who
the

We

have

Saviour,
sins and

Jesus,
bring
is

can take
life

away

here. Already We have received


eral very nice boxes of small

sev
toys

peace to the heart and make happy


surrendered to Him. This

for the African children. We will pass


these out to the children at the Christ

sick?" To the first question the ans wer is "yes." Beth is in Africa now and right at home has been playing

the message of Ohri.stmas for each of


us and for the Avhole world.

mas services, along with some candy.

May God

richly bless

you

at this
' ~ -

You

will

be

especially

interested

in

happily with an African playmate

the fact that the Gwelo-area churches,

little girl named Junia. Beth is be few Shonda words


which i

Chrlstmpm? ^"d ^ip"rbP"nnrnlTig.. yg^-.


and our work.

poor in wordly goods as they are, are

ginning to use a
"good-bye":

taking up a Christmas offering for the spread of the gospel in lirazil.

she will say "chrisarayi" which mean?


"tatenda"

...... Yours in Christ, ,


Wendell, Ruth, and Beth Freeman

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