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The Online Bridge: FALL 2005
Issue 12, September 2005

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Distinguished Alumni Award Goes on a Road Trip

Bayer Presentation
Ken and Jerilyn Bayer with Dr. Herman Effa

Ken and Jerilyn Bayer Presentation
A Gateway Missions team from Central Baptist in Edmonton and Whitecourt Baptist in Whitecourt arrived at the CHAIN of Love Campus in Campo Bom, Brazil, on Saturday, April 22nd. Along with a great attitude for hard work and a desire for interaction with the CHAIN of Love children (over 90 of them), the team brought the lovely award, citing the Bayers' recognition as distinguished alumni.

The entire group together with the missionaries went to a restaurant Sunday noon.  Prior to entering the restaurant, a brief meeting was held outdoors, where Dr. Herman Effa presented the award.  It came as a total surprise to Ken and Jerilyn.  Dr. Effa recounted some of the Bayers' activities in two successful church plants. Then there was a brief sketch on how the development of the CHAIN of Love ministry moved from a dream to a dynamic rescue operation that has already transformed the lives of over 125 children. The award was presented by Dr. Effa on behalf of the Taylor Alumni. A prayer of thanksgiving was offered to God for past accomplishments with intercession for future guidance and success in ministry. The lovely dinner that followed was a fitting time of celebration. (contributed by Dr. Herman Effa)

Mantay Presentation
Betty Mantay with Neil Kaarsemaker and Steve Sutherland

Betty Mantay Presentation
Betty Mantay received her Distinguished Alumni Award at her church in Edmonton, McKernan Baptist, this past July. She had been unable to attend the award dinner in May because she was back in Cameroon for a short term trip to work with her previous missions organization. The presentation took place during the Sunday morning service. After a time of worship and prayer, Director of Development Neil Kaarsemaker rose to describe the award, and was followed by Steve Sutherland, the new Alumni Coordinator, who gave a short speech on Betty and her lifetime of Christian service. The award was presented and Betty responded with thanks to Taylor and to McKernan Baptist for supporting her throughout the years.

The entire congregation gave Betty a rousing ovation and the service continued. The congregation also enjoyed a presentation from the Vacation Bible School class who sang a song based on the African Safari theme they’d had for their VBS. This was a coincidence, but very appropriate since Betty’s missionary service had been in Africa. (contributed by Steve Sutherland)

Hoehne Presentation
Pastor Herb Radke with Herbert and Martha Hoehne
Herbert and Martha Hoehne Presentation
As with the other recipients, Herbert and Martha Hoehne were unable to be at the Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner. The Sunday after that dinner, April 17th, they were honoured at their church in Minitonas, Manitoba (First Baptist) by pastor Herb Radke—who is also a Taylor Seminary alumnus. On May 3rd, the Choristers ( Taylor’s student choir) came to the Minitonas area as part of their 2005 tour and held a concert at Temple Baptist in Swan River for a joint service with First Baptist. At the mid-way point of the concert, Taylor president Marvin Dewey got up to speak about the school and its ministry. During this segment he took the opportunity to present Herbert and Martha with their award. The joint congregation responded in appreciation of the Hoehnes. (contributed by Herb Radke and Gordon Adnams)