It truly was a special evening of reconnecting, reminiscing and honoring the contribution of the alumni award winners. With one award winner in Brazil, another in Cameroon and the third leading a busy life of volunteer service in Minitonas, Manitoba we were not able to acknowledge them in person. We did enjoy a slide show of each recipient and Susan Grenz, Interim Coordinator of Alumni Relations, presented a brief biography and tribute to each one.
The award winners were; Betty Mantay, The Rev. Ken & Jerilyn Bayer, and Herbert & Martha Hoehne. Betty is a lifelong missionary to Cameroon. Betty’s sister Gladys Kneller was there to receive her award and read a few words of thanks from Betty, who is still in Cameroon. Ken & Jerilyn Bayer are church planters and founders of the Chain of Love homes in Brazil. Dr. Allan Effa, professor of missiology at Taylor seminary as well as Jerilyn’s brother, did a beautiful job sharing thanks from the Bayers and some of his memories of Ken & Jerilyn. And finally Herbert & Martha Hoehne of Minnitonas, MB., a lay couple who have dedicated their lives to serving their church and many mission fields around the world.