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Financial Repo(( (or February 1976 y J

Income in red from Jan.


Expenditures ixpenditures Bal. Mar 1, 1976

SHS "* 6'' _-J 04.73


Si 147.89

Watch for the three

1000.00 S147.89

month report which will come out in April.


SI 47.89

letting

... through Piefores

Sid and Mary Allsbury

Jill

Farmer

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Our group one Sunday last summer.

Several are gone who are pictured


and several new people are now with
us

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
sky?"

like this.

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


camp

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

Carterville, MO
Project:
Bahnweg 12

64835

Non-Profit Organization U. S. Postage Paid Carterville, MO 64835


Permit No. 1

Germany

Sid and Mary Allsbury


6370 Oberursel 6 Germany

Kempton, ind.

Bo"t?7

46o49

Assoc.

SID AND MARY ALLSBURY FRANKFURl GERMANY


err. 31976

JULY NEWSLETTER 1976

Dear Friends:

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.
GERMAN CAMP

My memory serves me best back about two weeks.

July 11th

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 daybut 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
area.

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

.trailer-,./

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


We felt

That's about a third less than

normal, due mostly to furloughs of missionaries.

that the classes and sermons were very good this year.

Good preparation.

from Pacific Christian

College was with us'


classes at camp were:
CalL?

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 MilitaryGuy Mayfield;

Counseling Classes--Dan McChristian Ethics

Women's SeminarJodi McCall;

Sid Allsbury; Basic Teachings of the Christian Faith Harold Hicks; Bible OriginsDennis 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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Bahnweg 12
637 Oberursel 6

Germany
U.S.A.Address

Caterville,Mo 64835 Permit # 1

C a r t e r v i l l e Christian Church Box 67

Carterville, Missouri
64835

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From

FRANKFURT ' CHRISTIAN


October 1976
Sundays, 10?00 A.M.
Rlxein S t r e e t s Corner Lahn &

CHURCH
Allsbury

~ BaHnweg637 Oberursel 6
Tel. 06171 75259

Oberursel by Frankfurt

WORD FROM PRISON


BY OCNALD. I^EEVES

Donald

Reeves

first

met

Christ

after

coming

to prison.

He

was

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,

We

think you*ll be

lot
the

of

the guys
anyone,

do
When

so
I
to a

I wasn't
entered
bed and

' 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

trusting
cell I

walked over

just sat there. How I was really hating everyone in the whole world.
Did Somebody Really Care?

; ,.m,y

readers to

know that the cause

While I

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

up

to me and said, "Hi,

brother!
I looked

My name is
a t him and

Jimmy

Page,"

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.

got

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

June 6,

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 motherinlaw'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

this

day

and

got into-some

real

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
nuts.

Fiirth,

Germany,

Wlien they

called for

all

ininates

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

call,

June 12,

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

left

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
something to
them,
V

someone who looked at

"I Had Never Seen Anything


Like lhat In My Life^"

Everyone

started to sing,
I

just

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
I

wanted to cry, something I hadn't done for at least eight years. Bro
ther Ben told all of us how much

hope
to

all who
see what

read this will


a r e a l love

be

able

can do

Jesus loved us, and he quoted from Romans 3s23, "For all have sinned

and fallen short

of the

glory

of

for a pefson. The only way to have this love is to give your life to Jesus Christ, Jesus really does
-love-US all.

-ixO-d" 1, Heto-ldusthat- 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

I'm free
can't

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

life gave
of

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

They

our Bible study correspondence course, and we are enrolling him in


another course with Ozark Bible

College,
at 2

You can

write

to Donald

Donald Reeves

had started

reading

my

Bible,

When I didn't

understand something

Aussere Passauerstr, 90

8440 Straubing

Important
Announcemmi

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.


Heidelberg, Germany
DECEMBER 26-31, 16
PREACHING
--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.

Addressg

S1, l/l6 FA, Bde 75


APO 09355

Dave Knoblock
Allsbury during

preached
his

for

Sid
one

absence

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

ember,
this

Progress
time due

has
to

been

slower
Do

infection.

keep him in your prayers,


Silke Bernstein, Mainz, which sev

theme: 'KNOWING CHRIST"


Th annual Mid-Winter beginning
Mayfield

Rally

has Guy
and

been a

source of blessings to many

eral will remember from the '7^ Lugano Camp, recently returned from a visit to Montreal, She spent time

since its
and

in I966,
planned

there with her cousin Ulrike (Kiki)


Busch and Alex Lobach, She is en

Thelma

organized "the f i r s t

rallies in var

rolling
ter,

in

a
three

BibJ-e

school

near

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

months

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

Russelsheim

Hostel

the coming

rally

and so

began

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
ers ,

Mid-week Bible

studies

have

been

begun area.
ha.s

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,

Join us

each Tliurs-

day evening!

Call

Fred

Ragland

(Tel. 06105/6738) or Bryan Searcy (Tel, 06105/71189) for more infor


mation,

office, an ecumenical, roligous group working with foreigners, with


no success.

Curtis
latest

Piper,
to

Heilbronn,
the five

is

the

finish

lessons

October 1, we
to inquire
The

stopped by Heidolbag
at the youth hostel
Wo answer was "Yes!"

in the Bible correspondence course, With practically no mistakes Curtis

there.

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.
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MD

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&T0BE^

- 25, t976

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