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iJJea-E' Helpei'-e and Partner^;,

J^-uiuary ^6^ ^9!?''f

haa been an e^^eritfu,! ,^eax' of iti^-if;ies^ new

proj^tis.^ sonw cliaapixjxnt-

and cone-lderable achi'?ifera«ftt

As 1^56 op^ij ws fed that we aj>=

laat ad

justed, 2iccl:ii:iatedj, and iiitevrratecl dntx^ the life of the chux^'chtis of Ciu-lat in Jamaica,

iirobieiiiti loom larger than they did

it

but In geiiex-al the outlook for the

Church of caudst in Jaraica is encoin^agi ig. ue believe thj.t cur

I'esourcea will have even iDors fniitfblnt sr. and periaaneiicy.,

tiiae., efforts^ and

Pi-rst, look at the statistics of service (cf.-, aecojt^iaiii^ylng report fo7' firAaacial

stittistics), In the past, year G-rayce ia -io aiid I liave led

in the establishioeiit of

one new ccm/j^sgation (lilletson Rd.-; Kingston) sdiich has 12 mejabers, about 20 receiving;

the Lord's cjupper each

ance on the Lord's day services in the tiartieso Grayce Mari-j taugtit 1/0 Bible lessons,

Lord's (iay,;

a Bit le. schoQl with attendance of 45, and attend*^

conducted a/i cisjht-'day Ikilidays Bible iX'^ool (the first in dVn.naica)j

received, sorted^

OlSlC: distributed .^,1 used Bible literature received by four fanaliesa took care of .ill

our bookkeeping^, sliared loi'gely xii tiie c.n:res;fiondsnct:5 and

eared for the fard.ly

I have held four area rallies durin i the year vTitj-i 2b c-orj.iTregatio.ns represented^

tau.ijit

ho'irs ij.i the Jamaica Bible Se.ixinuxy., had a two--hc3ur public disiTussioit vrith

the ?th Day Advcijit.ist missioruiry in Grd,^ Cr-ay-aQj held fiftee/t we^Bcs of evangelistic

a»ectings, proaciir^d 1b9 sermons; taii^it 1';3 Bible lessons,, attended 54 T]nestiii>:;s or seX'

vicesB prepiired :±nd conducted a

Institute of one week., tau^it 52 hoifcs in ttiree

U&n^s Institutes, prepared^ numeog;raxjhcd. and distributed ten isaaea of the local

mcvithly paper (5^,000 copies),, prepared^, luplir>ited and maiXed tv^eive newsletters, pre--®

pared BO coloi'ed slides for circu3.ation ;n the U,^6o and edited two JAi.iUCAN u1iAliLE2<U2iIiL

besides writing utjcounted personal lettc's oorjcerning the work here

?»ow, let U.S turn our eyes to the fU -ure- Already in 1556 w:^. have two victcries to-

i'exjort-»'the start q.j\ the fourth new cong •e.c^tiou (Penwood) aiid the opejjxng of a fif

teen Tjdnuts radio broadcast, the first t. jiK the tH-nirch of Chriot has ever been on ih,2

ra.dlo in Janiaica., Qrayce Marie is teach /ig, three Bible cl^msea a week ;ind expects to

begin a women"s class on aXterriate itoday nigfita at 311etson Ed. I hope to .bold to

iT\y plan of Oiie weeK of evangelistic camp igfaug ^veiy moixtti^ a gpal whxclx I exceeded

in 1955 by tiu\?fc weeks„ iVe are ferventl;\ prayiixg that the eviairelist v/e have con tacted wriil 1)u able to move to Grand Oayiau in 195^'

This meaiis our work is cut out for ■^956 on a big scvile-. Letters of coiaif^idation

arjti inquiry are be^jjining to conie in frot; tlte first radi.o prograBi

People i.<i Grd

laan are listening to .it, vVe believe it

i;, going to be a rnort fruitful mnistTy -aiid

may well accouiit

for

of our tiine in ^^956.,

Shall v/e trv

to get iinothcr fifteen

minutes of radio tiirie'^

uould you pray fcr it if it is the Lord's will?

.Vould you

Ljcip pay for it?

Gay~

if it is pOivsibleg we hope to get c le.'ist the. s^ell of a cittircJ-i building up in

Ptoryh^rr wc. can p-'t it

erected,

I-^rtwood before "the end of the year,

thr;,- sooner '.vi.il

that work become productive-,

If we get yls500 for this X'urposSj we believe wc can

gp;t up soiTx^tliing penaanent t>iou£#i not cojrplcted^

It is our plan to loan the money for

create a revol-/irig fiiid

the buildirig,, .jitd then hr/e the congj^egat ioii pay it bad: to

for future b>uildingr»o

If th-a^^ folk gj;;t ap a ■bui?.ding,j they rare able often to pay

back the sum itivested in a few years .-

And still

the needs and opportuxiitii.-3 exist which v^e can't

touch., A call coinria

from .5 welfiir^-: wo.ri<;er on another of the h^rric-ane Housing cstates'»-''l^lease come aiid

hold a Biblp ulLina, Ko 3-c?-i;doao work is

3eiii;

cai-ried on h;-reo"

la tixis .-state -are

so'rie lots Wiiioh san be bought for a cluxrxrn building, site, v.-e ujjderstaiiii.,

CGni}iletely sche-Julcd -with time and cc-7:?rat ted

Y.'t i,~ ijre

financiaJlly.

.'.lio will help this situa

tion?

't\lx i.t C'raj

be done^

Jar.aica can ust

5ach of you should feol

.^jea.sure of

irore

satisfaction iii knosiiing

it v/as by

youx' prayers .ji-l ycii ^iftc

prv^y?

ill you T .-ie.-: to

for Ghi'ist?

tir.t tJie abo-c ? report c^jxi be given„ .vill you C'0,ritiriue to

-t furth r .purport for

Yo-sr- f

tne otj oinr; of this entire niiiictry

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Jamaica For Cbrist"

Jamaica Christian Hussion

SERVING

Churches of Christ

HAUF-WAV-TREE P. O. JAMAICA. B. W. k

Box 20

EVANGELIST AND MRS. GRAYSON H. ENSIGN

Ivir. Heirrold I.icParland

Box 968

Joliet, 111,, U. 3, A,

Dear Brother MoParland,

Goo's Fellow Workers

MR. AND MRS. DONALD FREAM

MR. AND MRS. WOODROW PHILLIPS MR. AND MRS. JAMES HERGET

January 19, 1956

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Greetings to you and your co-workers in tl» cause of Christ.

Thanks a lot for the recent article on our work here. Vfe ap^eciate

the space. The enclosed check for $10.00 is part of our exprea^on of

thanks for the service you are rendering for the evangelizat^n of the i-vorld.

The Lord has "blessed us thus far in the new year with the beginning of our fourth congregation in Penwood. The work looks promising. We hope to be

able to put itp at least the shell of a house of vrarship this year in the area

on tiie lovely big lot we have acquired.

The big news is that I have signed a year's contract (renewable) with Radio JarrBtica (the onl^*- statii^ in the island) for a 15 minute broadcast

on i'i'iday afternoons at k''h5»

000. People in Grand Cayman are hearing the broadcast over medium sliort

wave (3.36 or 4.95 Megs). Perhaps people in the U.S. could pick it up like

wise.

This station claims a listenership of 400,

V/e believe this is the greatest advancement yet in the w ork in Jamaica.

Chilstiaiis everywhere are listening in,and vre are looking forward to a big

contact throu^ mail. We may develop a Bible correspondence course.

For the present I am preparing the programs and preaching the message. The native ministers believe that this will l^d influence to their work,

for many people listen to the radio. Those on the radio are believed by

many of the people to have some "recogiition" or "standing", which results in

more i*espect for the message of the Church of Christ.

The Lord Christ be with you through the new year and bless with fruit-

fuliiess your labors for Christ.

In the love of God,

raon H. ISnsi^

Forwarding Agent: Mrs. Emmett W. Wayne. Box 87. Cincinnati II, Ohio.

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JAMAICAN

^''^^HALLENGER

" a great and effectual door is opened

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 3

and there are many adversaries

FEBRUARY, 1956

A Lord's Day Group In Grand Cayman

On The Air!

"The Churches of Christ salute you"

With these words the first radio broad

cast of N.T. Christianity in Jamaica be gan.-Friday, the thirteenth of January, was an unlucky day for the devil as the

Church of Christ went on the air. Chris

tians everywhere were elated over the

victory and strengthened in contending

for the faith.

NO TIME

During the latest Men's Institute the

Jamaican men were strong in their con

viction that such a program would im

measurably help the est^Iishment of the

Church in Jamaica. Convinced by their

arguments, Bro. Ensign immediately went to ^dio Jamaica (our only station)

with a request for time. The manager was polite but quite certain that all re

ligious time was scheduled.This was the

same old story that one of the other

families received when they applied two,

years ago. Nevertheless, Bro. Ensign

prayed about it and then wrote a strong

fetter of application on December 13.

^ough ^e future looked discouraging, yet Grayson immediately wrote to the

U.S. for iitformation on possible pre

pared programs.

GOD PROVIDES

Eight days later Mr. Hendrika wrote

Bro. Ensign offering him 16 mihutes

(Continued on page four)

Cayman Chronicle

One year after starting the Church of

Christ in Grand Cayman, Bro. Ensign re visited the Church to find it prospering

in the I^rd. In his twenty-four days

Grayson baptized four young adults, re ceived one into fellowship, preached twenty-three sermons, taught sixteen

Bible lessons,and held a two-hour public

discussion with the 7th Day Adventist

preacher (See p. 2). It was one of the

most rewarding and encouraging three weete in Bro. Ensign's entire ministry.

"PILGRIM'S PROGRESS'*

To see the spiritual progress of the

Adams and the MacTaggarts especially was in itself a blessing. By the grace of

God these"young" Christians have made

tremendous growth in the knowledge of

God's Word,in personal consecration, and

in personal work. Their witness has

sh^en the whole island and brought rid

icule, abuse, and slander upon them. It

was like a re-enactment of restoration

history a hundred years ago in Kentucky

or Indiana. The Church of Christ in Grand Caymari is overcoming the gates

of hades.

This time services were also held in a

new area c^led Lower Valley, near Sis

Bodden's home. TVo or three

ter Carolyn

carloads of Christians from Georgetown

travelled over the spring-breaking road to Ihe school building on the nights (Continued on page four)

PAGE TWO

THE JAMAICAN CHALLENGER Publiihed by Evan9«Iist and Mr*.

GRAYSON HARTER ENSIGN

Churches of Christ (Jamaica Christian Mission)

BOX 20

Half-Way-Tree, Jamaica, B. W. I.

(U. S. Address: Miss Mildred McClure c/o River Park Church of Christ 8o3 30th Street, South Bend, 15, Indiana)

We prefer to have all funds and letters tent

to us In Jamaica.

Other American families 1n Jamaica:

The Donald Freams.

The Woodrow Phiiiipi. The James Hergets.

Wanted

Yes, wanted!

A couple of mature

Christian families of sound judgement,

good educationj proven ability, conse

crated personalities, holy lives, aggres sive leadership, with plenty of intestinal

fortitude and no doubts about the neces

sity of restoring N.T. Christianity. We

who are here see the greater and great er need of other workers to evangelize

Jamaica. We have only touched a small

portion of the population. Large areas

have no church of Christ nor any know

ledge about the true Church. New fam

ilies could locate.in any of three large,

modem cities in the island and do a not

able work in areas too far from King

ston. With the radio pro^am we expect

to contact many new individuals and

groups interested in undenominational Christianity. We are likely to be embar rassed by the lack of evangelists to go out to these groups to visit, teach, set in

order, etc.

RESTORATION NOW

I am convinced that the restoration

movement is just starting in Jamaica,

With reinforcements, Jamaica can be

covered with the gospel. The work is

hard, sometimes discouraging, challeng ing, and potentially rewarding. This is

no place for novices, lazy time-servers,

or incompetent failures. We need strong

men and women who love the Lord, the

souls of men and women, and hard work.

We need powerful preachers of the whole

counsel of God.

WILLING TO PRAY

Do you fit this description? Are you willing to pray, "Lord, send forth reap

ers even if it includes me?" Consider

Jamaica, dear brother, count the cost, and then write to us, Box 20, Half-Way-

Tree, Jamaica.

FEBRUARY, 1956

S.D.A Vs.Christian

The Cayman denominationalists were

trying their best to keep the people from hearing the non-sectarian gospel. To de

feat their purpose, I decided to use the

fioneer device of the public discussion.

wrote to Mr. Klugee, the Anderson,Ind. Church of God preacher and asked him

for a

Next I tried the Seventh Day Adventists

and was pleasantly surprised when Mr.

Comm, their missionary, accepted. (La

ter I learned he knew practically nothing about the Church of Christ). He said he

did not want a debate,but only a presen

tation of views. We agreed upon one hour apiece divided into two sections.

THE BIG NIGHT

About 300 people crowded into the town

hall on the appointed night. The SDAs were jubilant and cocky, expecting an easy victory. I spoke first, giving twenty

reasons for bein^ a member

Church of Christ. Mr. Comm gave the usual reasons for being a S.'D.A. Then I used forty minutes to give twenty-eight

the

public discussion. He flatly refused.

of

reasons why I was not a S.D.A. As fact and scripture toppled the S.D.A. fabri

cation, the

SDAs became noisy and

angry. Mr. Comm was so upset that he

rambled and fumbled over his assigned

topic, "Why I am not a member of the

Church. of—Christ". Principally,-he.1at

tempted to refute the reasons I had given.

It was so pathetic that when I asked for

a copy of his tape recording, he said he

didn't want to be quoted. Since he was quite unhappy over the outcome, I of

fered him four nights of real debating,

but he declined.

VERDICT

The community's verdict was that the S.D.A. cause was seriously wounded. The

Church was happy and greatly streng

thened. The religious community had a

new knowledge and

the

Church of Christ.

respect for

O

w

W.0.Comm and G.H.En^inn

FEBRUARY, 1956

PAGE THREE

JAMAICAN JUVENILES

"Christmas"JamaicanStyle

"Bang" Another huge firecracker ex-

Eloded. Christmas in Jamaica was like

aving services during a bombing. No

one seemed to consider the fact that we

were trying to worship God, and they

ought to have the courtesy to be quiet.

For days everyone, even the poorest, seemed to have money for fire-crackers. Did you hear the beating of drums and the shrill piping of the fife which

Pied-Piperlike ^ew that crowd? Those

grotesque faces and strange costumes

are the John Canoe dancere who will

perform throughout the city for a tip. Last year David cried whenever he saw them, but this year we persuaded him to just laugh at them.

WORLDLY REVELRY

For weeks tiny booths about three feet

wide had been erected side by side around

the Parade (square) in downtown King

ston. Here cheap little" trinkets and in expensive Japanese-made toys were sold.

Just before Christmas multicolored crepe

paper hats were seen everywhere—piles

of them for sale along the sidewalks and one on almost everyone's head.

In.the Parade was a huge Christmas

tree about 30 feet high which had been

shipped from Canada. Throngs surround

ed the Parade ten days before Christmas

when the tree was lighted for the first

time at a special service of caroling and

speeches.

Everywhere beggars thrust out their

With

drinking, dancing, partying, and merry-

nlaking the worldly Jamaicans celebrat

ed "Christmas". CHRISTIAN CONTRAST

Christians,on the other hand,reverent

hands almost demanding alms.

ly remembered Christ's birthday with

special services. Beginning at five o'clock

in the morning, Christians assembled

for early worship. Almost every congre

gation presented a children's program consisting of scripture, recitations,songs, and perhaps a play portraying the shep

herds and wisemen visiting the Christ. For us it was a day of rejoicing because

God so loved us that He gave His Son

to save us from our sins.

THE OTHER DAY

"Oh, close that door, I'm about to

freeze. Feel my nose, it's cold. How cold

is it? 64? Burr, get another blanket", said Grayce Marie. Yes, we just had a spell of winter in summery Jamaica, and

everyone almost froze. Why, it got down

to 58 above zero, the second coldest day since 1887 when it was 56. Burr,I'm cold.

Sister Dawes

A Christian woman who loves children

and sees the great need of teaching them to know Christ is Sister Dawes. She

lives in a small room behind the Ewarton

post office, where she is employed; but

every Lord's day she walks over rugged, unpaved, and often muddy country roads-

At

to teach a Bible class of children.

Polly Ground, Cassava Pond, and Ewar

ton children eagerly await this woman they Idve and respect

From time to time she plans and pre

sents the children of these congregations in "concerts" (Jamaican term for pro

gram) of recitations, songs, scripture,

etc. How the children love the used liter

ature from the U.S. she bripgs with her. On Christ's birthday many were delight ed with the candy treats you see Sister Dawes holding in her arms. -One of her

greatest joys is taking Christ to the backward, country children of Jamaica who will rise up and call her blessed.

Many Thanks

The inadequacy of words is never more

apparent than when one wishes to ex

press gratitude. Grayce Marie and I have

been blessed greatly by our association

with

Mrs. E. W. Wayne as friend, stu

dent,tfeacher of our children, correspond ent, and forwarding 'agent. To us she

appears to be one of the most remarka

ble women

we have ever known, and oi\e

of the finestj^^Christians we have ever

worked

er.

Now because of serious illness in the

family. Sister Wayne is having to give up her work as our forwarding agent.

Our regret is replaced by the hope that

in the future Sister Wayne will be sent

to Jamaica to work with us in the radio

ministry and women's and children's

classes.

Thank yout God bless and t\ee you more and more,Sister Wayne.

with. Praise God for such a help

PAGE FOUR

FEBRUARY, 19B6

CAYMAN CHRONICLE

(Continued from First Page) when the Georgetown hall was not avail

able. The gospel was well received in

this area, and the seed sown should pro

duce fruit later on.

BOYCOTT

The denominationalists stirred up as much trouble and opposition as they

could because- the zeal and the truth of

the Christians only was producing a pow

erful effect on the whole community.

It seems odd that some professing Chris tians would rather that sinners go to hell than to become Christians only. Yet

a number of denominationalists attended

the services in spite

of a general "^y-

cott" that was issued by the leaders. The

truth of.God prevails.

DISTINCTIVELY DIFFERENT

Bro. Ensign was able to get in more

personal evangelism this time than last.

Many people were taught in their homes.

The Christians are active in their visita

tion and in benevolent work. In Cayman, the Christians only are quite distinguish,

able from the Protestants by faith, life,

and work.

The Church through Grayson contact

ed an evangelist in the U.S. who is wil

ling to move to Grand Cayman. Diligent

search was made for a suitable site for -a-house-of-worship^ut without success.

Your constant prayers arfe needed for this valiant band of Christian soldiers.

Margie Gressman and Valrie McLaughlin

were two of those baptized.

THS JAMAICAN CHALLENGER

Care of River Pic. Choreh of Chritt •33 SOtfi St.,

South Bond, 15, Indiana.

ON THE AIR

(Continued from First Page) weekly broadcast at 4:45 on Fridays.

Grayson immediately accepted, signed a renewable year's contract, and paid $280

down. Since most stores close at 4:00, this time is excellent for reaching many people. Radio Jamaica claims 400,000 listeners, and it may be heard on medium short wave (3.36 or 4.95 Megs) in Grd. Cayman, perhaps in the U.S. Thousands of people will be hearing the whole coun

sel of God for the first time. SO LITTLE FOB SO MANY

For the present Grayson is preparing the program in Jamaica though some prepared tape recordings may be used later. The station charges a production fee of $4;28 for each tape made. The bill for the time and the production of tapes will amount to $880 a year, but redffcs^ to spiritual terms, it means that for each dollar you invest the gospel will be preached to 454 people each week. This

could be the means used of God to create

a restoration movement for His Church

in Jamaica.

Please prqy daily for this program. If

it' is possible, pledge something for this

radio ministry. We believe that this is the greatest victory yet achieved in Ja maica with the greatest future before it. To God be the glory.

Sincere gratitude goes to the River

Park Church of Christ for their great assistance in getting these papers mail

ed to you. Special thanks go to Bro. Sherman Nichols, who has come to our help more than once, and to Sister Mil dred McClure who has become our bank ing agent.

Order your Missionary Handbook from

D. H. Henry, 175 15th Ave E., Eugene,

Oregon, for an excellent view of all mis

sions.

NorvPitofit Organization

U.S. POSTAGE PAR) PERMIT NO. 803

South Bond, Indiana

Mr, ilarrold McFarland

Box 968

Joliet, III,

FORM 3547 REQUESTED

/

WORLD SURVEY - 1956

Please complete both sides of this form and mail to reach

Mission Services, Box 968, Joliet, Illinois by May 21, 1956.

Grayson Ensign

27831

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Half Way Tree P. 0,

Jamaica, British West Indies

This report covers work of(make any correction needed)?

Report any addition to family in 1955: Name.-

Monthi

Day.

Name of Mission with which associated (if any),

Names and Addresses of endorsing churches (or

First

Church of Christ

lynchburg, Ohio

What is your PRIMARY job on the field? (Write name of each adult, and ONE of these terms—or an other of your own choosing which seems more accurate: evangelist, training preachers, homemaker,

teacher (general education), doctor, nurse, secretarial, Christian journalism, benevolence

frrsysnn hi Knai,gn

Grayce llarie Ehsiga

Bible teacher (women and children)

STATISTICAL REPORT ON THE WORK ITSELF.

•:]stiraated

^ Nationals preaching

h Q Nationals teaching(general education)

lO ^ Nationals training preachers

* ? , Nationals preparing to preach

^ I Number of churches started in 1955

by G, Ensi^s

Church buildings in use

I I'l'I""iifiKinniir [I'^wTawTi'ffii

Est# 10^ Other churches meeting in homes, etc.

_ Q _ Other regular preaching points.

Additional Bible Schools

number of Christians in your field

Baptisms in 1955

^ Number of known unbaptised believers

Not clear vdiat is required.

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Write below any ideas you have for a 1957 Survey which might be more meanmgful?

(Please fill out other side also)

WHAT DOES IT COST TO DO MISSIONAHY WORK BY INDEPENDENT SYSTEM?

Ho^ much, livinglink support did you receive in 1955 ({total)

(include pledged support and personal offerings)

wa

adults am

cMldren

How much did you receive for the work itself in 1955 (total)? (include pledged support for operating costs, transportation

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on field, equipment, supplies, promotion, printing, etc.)

How

much did you receive in fimds designated for the

the support of native:

Laborers and skilled workmen

Preachers and teachers

Preacher students

Orphans and aged

How much did you receive in funds designated for assisting in building NATJTVE churches, etc.

How much did you receive in funds designated for building projects (housing, workspace, etc.);

MISSION

For those traveling in the States (new missionaries and those on furlough):

How much did you receive in total offering while visiting

churches in 1955?

How many churches did you visit?

How many miles did you travel in this deputation work?

How much did such travel cost you (mileage, food, lodging)?

Write below any ideas which would make this survey more meaningful for another year.

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(Please fill out other side also)

Mrs. Grayce M. Ensign (January

11, 1923 at Kenosha,Wisconsin), Mark

R. Ensign (January 26, 1948 at Cin-

^cinnati, Ohio), David G. Ensign (July

24, 1952 at Cincinnati,Ohio), Nathan

B. Ensign(June 9, 1950 at Cincinnati,

Ohio), Grayson H. Ensign (May 3,

1921 at Fayetteville, Arkansas).

The Grayson H. Ensign family

serves in Jamaica, now in their first

term there. They received training for

their work as follows: Grayson gradu ated at the University of Florida with

a B. A. degree in 1942.The Cincinnati

Bible Seminary,Cincinnati, Ohio con

ferred an M. A. degree upon him in

1945. He received the B. D. degree

from CBS in 1948. He was elected to

the Honor Society—Delta Aleph Tau.

He has graduate credit hours taken

in Hama Divinity School, Springfield,

Ohio and the University of Cincinnati.

Mrs. Ensign was Valedictorian of the

1945 class at Cincinnati Bible Semi

nary and wasa fulltime professor wheni

he resigned to go to Jamaica.

RiverP ark Church of Christ,South

Bend 15, Indiana and First Church of

Christ,Lynchburg, Ohio sponsor their

work as missionaries. All mall goes

directly to them on the ifield.

Field Addres^

Grayson akd Ws. Grayce Ensign

Churches

Gnrist

Box 20,Ha^WayTree

Jamaica, Bw^h West Indies

Field Address:

Grayson and Mrs. Grayce Ensign

Churches of Christ

Box 20,Half Way Tree

Jamaica, British West Indies

Mrs. Grayce M. Ensign ( JaniP'^l^ 1923 at Kenosha, Wisconsin), Mark E- Ensign(

.1948 at Cincinnati, Ohio), Da-rid G,.Ensign ( July 24, 1952 at Cincinnati, Ohio), Nathan

B, Ensign C June 9, 1950 at Cincinnati, Ohio), Grayaon H. Ensign ( May 3, 1921 at

Fayefeville, Arkansas).

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The Grayson H. Ensign family io miooienai'iaj lu Jamaica, now iKH'ulug their first

term there. They received training for their -work as followsj Grayson graduated at

the Uni-rersity of Florida with B.A. degreei 1942. The Cincinnati Bible Seminary,

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Cincinnati, Ohio confered M.A.^upon him in 1945. He later received B.D. degree from

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CBS 1948. He was elected to the Honor Society - Delta Aleph Tau. He has graduate

credit hours taken in Hama Divinity School, Springfield, Ohio and the University of

Cincinnati.

Mrs. Ensign 'was Valedictorian of the 1945 Class at

Cincinnati Bible

Seminary. Broi!^§nsign taught se-ven years at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary and was

a full time professor when he resigned to go to Jamaica.

River Park Church of Christ, South Bend 15, Indiana and First Church of Christ,

Lynohburg, Ohio sponsor their work as missionaries. All mail goes directly to them

on the field, there is no forwarding agent.

FOiiulgi'i Addeessj

Churches of Christ ( Jamaica Christian Mission)

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Information for 1957 YEARBOOK OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS of CHRISTIAN CHURCHES and CHURCHES of CHRIST

f• List all persons In picture (left to right in order) giving date and place of birth (include year). Nathan B, Ensign Jime 9, 1950, Cincinnati, Ohio ^ Grayson H, lilnsign May 3> 1921, Fayeteville, iirk.

—Mark R. Ensign

January 26, 1948, Cincinnati, 0.

—^-"Grayce M, Ensign January 11, 1923, Kenosha, V/is.

^,David G. Ensign, July 24, 1932, Cincinnati, 0.

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3.

Give correct name used in ^latlon to your work (ours is, e.rfl, l)Iissiort)Se^ices), and full

address on field.

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Date of beginning of work on this field, and name of first workers.

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4. Give forwarding agent (if any), and/or forwarding address (if any) in United States.

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5. List schools where trained, with years and degree (if any):

6, List places and length of Christian service before entering mission work (such as teaching,

preaching, etc.)

7. List places and length of missionary service (for illustration: 1st term, Japan, April 1938 to June 1943; 2nd term, Korea, July 1944 to April 1949; etc). In most cases, the

place will likely be the same.

8. Name and address of endorsing (sponsoring) church (or churches).

River Park Church of Christ, South Bend 13, Indiana

First Church of Christ, lynchburg, Ohio

9. If you want copies of the book at $1, please indicate number desired. We will bill if you

desire.

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XlrX^ JAMAICAN

^ CHALLENGER

** a great and effectual door is opened

and there are many adversaries. "

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 5

JUNE, 1956

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Proposed House Of Worship ForPenwood Rd.

It gives us great joy to announce that

the plans for the house of worship of the

Penwood Rd. Church of Christ have been

passed by the housing engineer. Through Sister Fream's artistic ability, we are able to offer this sketch of the proposed building. In June we hope to lay out the plot and begin digging for the founda tion. From then on. the progress we make is entirely in your hands. Truly, the Lord has blessed us every

step of the way in establishing the

Church of the Lord

at Penwood Rd.

Now we are ready to erect one of the

most adequate meetinghouses owned by

the Churches of Christ in Jamaica. The

plans call for a reinforced concrete block

structure, sixty-three by twenty-nine ft.

There is a simple wall-tower on the side

for a loudspeaker or bell. The roof will be twenty-eight feet from the floor to

the apex with no cross beams in ^e in

The floor will be tile, and the

terior.

roof of aluminum sheeting.

If we missionaries do all the work

we • can,

we

structure can

estimate that the basic

be

erected for about

$3,500. This is needed now. Our urg

ent need is for

$1,500 to enable us to

make a definite start.

This expenditure seems reasonable

and justifitiable. The building will be accessible to several thousand people in new homes. No church building is with

in a mile and a half at the moment.

This building will be almost in the cen ter of the expanding area of western

Kingston. As planned,the building will

be adequate for a number of years, and

can be enlarged easily.

You will want to have a definite part in this significant undertaking. It is a

large task and will require many help

ers to complete it. Maybe you would like to honor some member of your fam ily, who would rejoice in this important

advancement of Christ's Church, by a

memorial gift. We are earnestly sohcit- ing your fellowship in prayers and fi nancial gifts, large and small. Why not

write today?

THE JAMAICAN CHALLENGER

Pvbliihed by Evangciitt and Mrt.

GRAYSON HARTER ENSIGN

Churches of Christ (Jamaica Christian Mission)

BOX 20

Half-Way-Tree, Jamaica, B. W. I.

(U. S'. Address: Miss Mildred McClure

c/o River Park Church of Christ 8o3 30th Street, South Bend, 15, Indiana)

We prefer to have

to us In Jamaica.

all funds and lettera sent

Associated with the Donald Freams

in the Jamaica Christian Trust.

The Right Method-God's

"The Scriptures, rightly divided, are

the all and alone sufficient rule of faith

and practice." This principle is true and fundamental to all right practice of Christianity. The Scriptures are clear as to HOW the world is to be evangel

ized.

ONE AND MANY

First, our Lord Christ established it as

an individual responsibility (Mt. 28:18f;

Acts 1:8; 8:4). This individual burden

for souls is never lifted from the Chris

tian's heart until the day of his death or ascension with Christ. Second, the

Holy Spirit establishes a congregational

responsibility (Ac. 13:1-4; 14:26-28) in

the sending out of qualifi^ evangelists.

There is no teaching by precept, exam

ple or inference in the N.T. for any or

ganization for evangelism besides the lo

cal Church. If God foresaw no neces

sity for an extra-congregational organ ization to effectively evangelize the world, what can we gain by establishing such? The N.T. forcibly impresses us

with the fact that every Christian is a

"missionary" and every congregation

was in its entirety a "missionary soci

ety".

So be it!

FATAL SUBSTITUTE

Men with worldly wisdom often find fault with God's "simple" method and propose "improvements'. The objections ^hey raise are not inherent wealmesses i»f God's plan, but only deficiencies of

functioning on the part of fallible folk.

Intelligently (scripturally) set up and

functioning, the Church of Christ pre sents a holy, simple, and invincible body

for evangelism. But the substitutes

(societies, fellowships, etc.) have num

erous historical and logical weaknesses which are congenital and incurable. How soon will the Churches of Christ

awake to present dangers and abide by

God's decisions?

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Neville Pink,Valedictorian

Brother Neville Pink, along with Sel- bourne Dixon, Frank Crooks, Sydney

Palmer, and Roy Taylor, was graduated

from the Jamaica Bible Seminary on March 28. After two years of basic work in Bible and theology, these young men

were granted the certificate. Associate

of Sacred Literature. Bro. Pink was the

valedictorian of his class while Sydney

Palmer was the salutatorian. About

three hundred people attended the serv ices on Graduation Day, which were held in the newly completed auditorium of the Seminary building.

PINK'S PAST

Since Bro. Pink is working with the Ensigns in the Penwood Rd. Church of Christ, you will be interested in some details of his life. Neville was reared

among Roman Catholics. He was con

verted to Christ by Bro. Hepburn

York St. Church of Christ, where

of

he

faithfully served as a teacher for several

years. He completed the sixth standard

in school which is roughly equivalent to eighth grade U.S. This is as far as stu

dents go in government schools. To take

advanced work beyond this requires pri

vate schooling which is expensive.

MORE EDUCATION

At the present time Bro. Pink is tak

ing a business training course ir ih

hopes that it may be a means of

veh

hood until the Penwood Rd« chuixh tn&^

become self-supporting." He is also in

terested enough to ^ke post-graduate work in the Seminary. This req^dre? early rising and a long, five mile up

hill bike ride.

Brother Pink has proved him.self as a

capable student, a consecrated Christian,

Md a willing worker. He has shown in

itiative in calling in the homes of Pen-

wood as well as conducting a young peo-

pl® s Bible class on Saturday afternoons.

Wi^ further guidance, study, and ex-

perience, Bro. Pink should become one

of the best gospel preachers in Jamaica.

JAMAICAN JUVENILES

Penwood Rd. Holidays Bible School

"A NEXT" H. B. S.

The first week in April was a holiday for the school children of Jamaica, so

Grayce Marie and Brother Pink took ad

vantage of this to hold another ("a next

one" in Jamaican lan^age) Holidays

Bible School. This time it was held in the tent at Penwood. Because of the limit

ed space within the tent and the lack of"

shade trees outdoors, only children 10

years old and older attended. The young

er children begged to come, but they were assured that a next time they could attend, A total of 57 were enrolled, with

an average attendance of 42. Everyday

Bro. Pink rode his bicycle several miles

across Kingston to conduct the opening

song services and to assist the students.

EARNEST LISTENERS

After enthusiastic singing, the chil dren listened for 45 minutes with rapt

attention to lessons about the thrilling lives of N. T. heroes — Jesus, Peter, Stephen, Philip, and Paul. Then, di -id-

ing into two groups, they thoroughly

ii>yed their workbooks relating to vhe

] ssons. r-tlost of them never had w rk-

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such nuzzles, match ng games, q iz-

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. e( . -'oung Christians, who attf ad-

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, re ularly, were challenged to greater

S'-ivic;.

CURIOSITY AROUSED

•r. :he following Lord's day T.igh . a

Q: mo

stration program was held for .he

paren s. Over 150 crowded into the tent,

stuck their heads through the side cur

tains, or stoo^ in the yard. This H.B.S.

had been a n6w and interesting exper

ience for the pupils, and many hated to see it come to an end. Their repeated question was, "When will we have a

next one?"

TRAGEDY

Each day of the H.B.S. the young peo ple were thoroughly instructed as to

what they must do to become Christians,

and when the week was over they could tell with the aid of their five fingers

what was required of them for salva tion. Several teen-agers have made

their confessions of faith; but their par ents have forbidden them to be baptized,

declaring them too young to know what they are doing or too inexperienced in sin to repent.

AN EXAMPLE

One 14-year old girl, the most atten tive pupil during H.B.S. confessed Christ during the evangelistic campaign which followed; but her aunt and uncle with

whom she lived refused to let her be

baptized. After we urged the serious

ness of the matter on them, they wrote

to her mother. Then, before we knew

it,

Cavelle had departed to tho country or

had been moved to some other locality. This is so often our tragic experience in

Jamaica.

BANANA PANCAKES

A dessert specialty of ore of the Ja

maican hotels is banan.i pancakes. Grayce Marie has tried to copy these,

and our family finds them delicious.

Thoroiighly mash three well-ripened

.-ananas.

Ad-.! one egg, a iash of salt,

.nd mix well.

If the batt- r seems too

flour to hold the

• lin, add jilst a little

-.nixture together. Fry on a well greased

hot skillet.

Mark, Nathan, and David like these

with either syrup or a mixture of cin namon and sugar on them. Why not ask mother to fix them for you some

time soon?

PAGE FOUR

Grayce Marie

In spite of the fact that I am her hus band, or maybe because I am her hus

band, I feel competent to give a candid

and true picture of this Christian wo

man.

Grayce Marie is a faithful and hard?

working teacher, correspondent, book; keeper, mother, wife, home->maker, di^

tnbutor of used B.S. literature, a Chris tian, and some other things also. As a teacher, Grayce Marie is thorough in

preparation and unexcelled in the pre

sentation of enduring Bible truth. At the present time, she is teaching three wo men's classes and eight children's clas

ses each month.

IN THE OFFICE

Many of you are acquainted with Grayce Marie through letters. She takes

care almost entirely of sending out the

monthly newsletters, adding notes where

THE JAMAICAN CHALLENGER

Car* of Rivar Pk. Church of Chriit

833 30th St.,

South Bond, 15, Indiana.

nece^ary, and answering many requests for information. Many of her days are spent in the office from early until late. She keeps our ten-column ledger posted, balanced, and complete. She prepares the financial reports once a month and also the six month summary which is mailed to contributors. Grayce keeps the card

file of over 2,000 names and the finan

cial file of contributors up to date.

ACQUIRING SILVER THREADS

Some of you are mothers of boys, and you know something of the anxiety, labor, prayer, and endurance that is re quired to be a good mother to three of the liveliest, most independent, high-

spirited, impish, and loveable fellows

you ever saw. Then to try and be a good wife to a dashing evangelist-writ

er-radio preacher-teacher and builder is

to add several dimensions to the task.

Still, with the help of God, Grace Marie

makes us a happy,smooth-running home

where there is a blend of sweet and bit

ter, tears and laughter, work and play.

STACKS OF LIT

Not so many of you can realize the

task that faces one who has sole respon

sibility for receiving box after box of

used B.^. literature, sorting it into se

quence and uniformity, and then packag

ing it for distribution to congregations each quarter. As in other things, Grayce

is methodical and keeps an accurate rec

ord. of the supplies each congregation

gets, thus assuring fair distribution.

BUT BEST OF ALL

Above all, Grayce Marie is an earn

est, zealous, happy, well-grounded and working Christian. She loves the Lord

Jesus and the work of Christ. She is a

strong believer in New Testament

Christianity and holds uncompromisingly

to the doctrine of Christ. She is a bles

sing to all who hear her and know her.

I thank God for such a help mate, such

a good example of Christian woman hood—my wife.

Non-Pi'oftt Organization

U.S. POSTAGC PAID

PERMIT NO. 103

Seurii Band, Indiana

?.*r, !i.".rrold McFarland

Box 96B

Joliet, 111,

FORM 3547 REQU6STED

> JAMAICAN

CHALLENGER

" a great and effectual door is opened

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6

Whitehall To

ConstantSprings

June 10th was a notable all-day meet

ing for the dedication of the house of worship of the Constant Springs Church. Grayson preached the dedication sermon

because he and Woodrow were respon

sible for this new congregation. Starting with a Bible school on White

hall Ave. in December, 1954, the Ensigns developed a congregation in this diffi cult area over much opposition. In eight

months the congregation numbered 29

active members. The B. S. enrolled 80

with a weekly attendance of from 50 to

60.

HOUSING PROBLEM

On our slender finan-

ces housing a new con-

gregation is always a

serious problem.

We

moved from the out-

doors into two small rented rooms, and fin-

ally into a large, used

tent on

a rented lot.

Land for a building

was

difficult to find

and unreasonable in

 

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grow only so big in a

tent in Jamaica. GOD'S ANSWER

A church can

God answered prayers by combining the Half-Way-Tree church (also without their own building) with the Whitehall

Ave. church. The members of both con

gregations agreed to our proposal that

a new church be formed, called the "Con

stant Springs Church." Woodrow, Don,

and Grayson cooperated in erecting an

auditorium wing on the Seminary build

ing, seating almost 200. Bros. Phillips and Thompson continued as ministers of the new congregation. It was a happy day for us all to see a stronger congre gation in an adequate building. (See

page 6 for a picture of the building).

New term of the Jamaica Bible Semin

ary opens September 4.

and there are many adversaries

SEPTEMBER, 1956

PHILLIPS TAKE LEAVE

June 15 was a sad day for all Chris

tians in Jamaica. Due to ill health, espec

ially of Woodrow, the doctors had urged

the family to return to the U. S. Reluc tantly, the Phillips took a year's leave of absence in hopes that the Lord might

enable them to come back to Jamaica,

the land of their labors for more than

five years.

The evangelists particularly regretted to see Woodrow leave as they knew he was one of the strongest preachers and best teachers here. They knew that his departui'e weakened the work just when strength was needed.

WORK ACCOMPLISHED

During Bro. Phillips' last term on the field, though his health was impaired, he was in-

strumcntul in establish-

(started by Hergets).

" With the combining of

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gregation with H-W-T,

this congregation grew

to number 90 members.

Woodrow, with Don,

planned and construct-

ed the auditorium for

the Constant Springs church, a wing to the Seminary building. Bro. Phillips also planned and con

structed a concrete block house for mis

sionary use on land adjoining the Sem inary. Though he did not get to entirely

finish it, it is liveable and the Ensigns

now reside in it. OTHER WORK

Besides teaching in the Jamaica Bible

Seminary, Bro. Phillips held a number of campaigns and sponsored two men's

institutes. The entire family has our

prayers in their new work with Ozark

Bible College, Joplin, Missouri. Pray that God will soon send a needy replace

ment.

We arc glad to add new names of those

interested to our mailing list.

PAGE TWO

THE JAMAICAN CHALLENGER Published by Evengelltf end Mre.

GRAYSON HARTER ENSIGN Churches of Christ (Jamaica Christian Mission)

BOX 20

Half-Way-Tree, Jamaica, B. W. I.

(U. S. Address: Miss Mildred McClure

c/o River Park Church of Christ

8o3 30th Street, South Bend, 15, Indiana)

We prefer to have

to us in Jamaica.

all funds and letters sent

Associated with the Donald Freams

in the Jamaica Christian Trust.

JamaicaChristianTrusi

In May of this year a limited liability

company known as "The Jamaica Chris

tian Trust" was reco^ized by the Jamai

can government. This ended more than

a year's work on the part of the evan

gelists in Jamaica to establish a holding

company to protect the property and

real estate purchased with funds from

American Christians. We are satisfied

that we have formed as foolproof and

hereticproof a means of holding proper

ty as can be devised under Jamaican law.

Up until now property could only be held

in the name of an individual. This was

Tinsate, unwiser' aiKhwery—dangerous.

Now anyone who really wants to protect

pi'operty can deed it to the Trust for use

only by the Church.

A TRUST

This company is only a trust, not a

managing company. The articles forbid

any management of any congregation or

other institution which might lodge their property to protect it. The articles in clude a clear doctrinal presentation of

N. T. Christianity and preclude any

chance of these properties coming into

the control of denominational or heathen

folk.

The original trustees who formed the

company are Don Fream, Woodrow Phil

lips and Grayson Ensign. On June 8,

three Jamaican ministers of the Church

were added as trustees: Wm. Ashley, A.

R. A. Hepburn, E. A. Woodstock. All

three have stood through years of test

ing. As an American committee of ad

visors, Sherman Nichols, Edwin Crouch,

and Joe Dampier were elected.

NO TRUST

The Hergets have refused to lodge

their $30,000 Boys' Home in this Trust.

They have formed a trust company of

their own with themselves as owners and

managers. Don, Woodrow,and I feel that

this means the Hergets are no longer

working with us. We also feel compelled

to state that the Home should not be

owned by individuals and that its future

SEPTEMBER, 1956

Old Harbour Bay Day

Three miles out of Old Harbour is the

village of Old Harbour Bay (right on the

sea). The largest and most influential congregation is the Baptist which is up

held and led by the Eric Lords (wealthy

landowners). Through Bro. King, our in

defatigable helper and "unofficial mis

sionary", we were invited to preach in the Baptist building. The fact that I

had preached for the "Brethren" in Old

Harbour was a help.

BIG TURNOUT

Bob, Sister Wayne, Bro. King, and I went out in the evening and put up the

P. A. system. (We heard later that folk

heard the message a fourth mile away.)

The Church of England dismissed serv ices, and many/ denominationalists of various kinds were present. Bro. Bob sang a solo; Bro. King prayed, and I

preached one hour on "The Unity of the Spirit". Over 600 people were in the

building; yard, and street. Many stood

for the entire service. Afterward scores

of tracts were distributed.

THE POWER OF GOD

The message was well received. 'The

Lords were enthusiastic about my coming back, and mapy townfolk almost de

manded thaU return. Later the Baptist

minister must have cooled the Lords to

ward the undemoninational message be

cause, though the Church asked me to come back, someone "forgot" to invite

me. However, Bro. King and I had a

fruitful discussion with the Lords the

other day. Though they tend to be "faith only" and interdenominational, still they

were persuaded enough to say that they

would certainly have me down again.

It is my hope, rather than try to start

a new congregation in Old Harbour Bay

(for which I have neither the time, the

money or the preacher to help) that by

working with the Lords, preaching to the

church, and through the radio to trans

form this group into a

God's power can do it.

N. T. Church.

In sending packages to us, value at % theii retail cost and plainly mark "Gift".

as a Church of Christ institution is open

to serious question.

_ Your investment of funds for proper

ties in Jamaica through Don or me will

be a protected investment for the (3hurch

of Christ through the years. Any ques

tions will be gladly answered.

SEPTEMBER, 1956

PAGE THREE

JAMAICAN JUVENILES

"BOOBY EGGS"

"Booby Eggs! Booby Eggs!" Each year

during May and June higglers (women venders) walk through the streets of Kingston and St. Andrew selling these

speckled eggs. Usually they have been hard boiled, so the higgler carries with

her a bowl of salt and pepper to accom modate her customers who generally eat

their purchases immediately.

RARE TREATS

Although the vender calls out,"Booby

Eggs", she also sells noddy eggs. Both

are smaller than hen's eggs; but one,

when hardboiled, is darker than the in side of a hen's egg. The other is very

unusual in that the white looks like

clear, uncolored gelatine with a peach

colored yolk seen through it. It is over

a year since we had these, so I

gotten just which is which.

So many

eggs were sold in Kingston proper the

past two years that higglers did not

come way out to the suburbs to sell their

wares. Each time we inquired about

them, they were sold out. Hence we mis

sed these delicacies thi.s year.

have for

RARE SOURCE

During May and June the tern and the noddy lay their eggs on the cays off

the coast of Jamaica. The Morant Cays

70 miles southeast of Kingston are the

main source of supply. Private operators,

mostly Caymanians, have pel-mission from the government to collect these and

bring them to the mainland.

About 150,000 eggs are collected dur ing this short season, at a rate of about 5,000 a day. Men, in groups of eight to

a team, walk around the tern and noddy

populated cays with boxes in their hands and "rob" the nests. The tern lays her

eggs (booby) in the sand, whereas the

noddy nests in the bracken. When the

he

At the end of

returns to the launch.

the day the crated eggs are brought by launch to kingston to be sold as a deli

cacy to poor and rich alike for about 3d (trupence) each or 4 cents in Amer

box is filled with about 500 eggs,

ican money.

The Other Day

The other day a plumber came to fix a broken pipe in our yard. When he

lighted up a cigarette, three year old

David said. "God

smoke." The man

David kept repeating it, he finally un

derstood and put out his cigarette.

does not want you to

was puzzled, but when

MARK,A CUB

Greeting you with the official Cub sa

lute-is-Cub Scout-Mark Ensign.

UNIFORM

After attending Cub Scout meetings

for several weeks, Mark an nounced one

evening that the following week he would

be invested as a Cub. This meant he

needed a uniform by then. Since they can not be purchased ready made, Mark

and his mother drove to Scout Head

quarters the next morning to purchase navy blue materials for shirt and trous ers, besides all the other paraphernalia - cap, woggle, belt, knee-socks, and gart

ers with fancy green tabs. A Christian

woman made his shirt, but she had never-

tailored pants. Therefore, Mark's mother-

decided to make them herself so they

would be ready on time.

first pair of pants she had made, so it was quite an experience for her, but

It was the

Mark was delighted with them.

INVESTED

Parents and friends were invited to

the investment service; .so Sister Wayne,

Brother Bob and all the Ensigns attend ed. Mark was one happy boy when pre sented to his Cub Mistress along with

eight others to receive his troop scarf

and become a full fledged Cub. Then the

older Cubs were gracious hosts as they

seiwed ice-cream and cake to the new Cubs and their guests.

The next day Mark begged to wear his uniform, so we granted that privilege provided he posed for a picture. We

think he is a handsome Cub, don't you?

PAGE FOUR

Bob Allen, Lois Wayne, Joan deGroot

Christian Co-workers

Working together to make the Elletson Road Holidays Bible School successful were Sister Wayne, our former forward'

ing ar'ent from Cincinnati, Ohio, on her

first visit to Jamaica; Brother Allen, who spent his second summer here; Sis

ter deGroot, a

British Guianese living in

Jamaica who was converted recently;

and Sister Ensign. Together we spent hours duplicating pupils' books and pre paring artwork centered around the

theme,"Our Living Bitile".

HOUSE AND YARD FULL

What a disappointment was ours to have rain keep the children away the

first day so no session could be held. So as not to miss a day of concentrated in struction, the school was continued through Saturday, 99 children enrolled

with an average attendance of 77,

Sister Wayne, assisted by Sister de

Groot who is always eager to learn and serve Christ better, taught the 7-8 year

olds while Sister Ensign taught those

9-10 and Brother Allen the older ones.

Special points wore given for attendance,

being on time, bringing visitors, learning daily memory verses, and reciting the

divisions of the Bible with their corres

ponding books. The winner in each class

received a lovely Bible. At each closing session the children

sat spellbound until those sitting in the

"lucky seats" were revealed. These were

privileged to lead the line of march and hold the open Bible for everyone to see as they entered or left at the close.

Since

PENWOOD ALSO

the tent at Penwood limits a

Holidays Bible School to one class, in April the younger children were prom

ised the next school. Brother Allen went

to Grand Cayman and Sister deGroot re

turned to her position at the bank; so Sisters Wayne and Ensign, assisted by

Delores Campbell, a capable young

SEPTEMBER, 1956

Four Years Old

Since July 24th was David's fourth birthday, we planned a party with three little boys invited, Mark had mumps, so it could not be here. Hope Gardens was

selected, but it rained. Freams saved the

day by offering their house. With home-made paper hats on Shawn,

Kenneth, Bert, and David enjoyed ice

cream, Kool-ade, candies, birthday cake,

and special favors. David was happiest,

however, for this was his first party.

Now David anxiously-awaits the-open-

ing of school on September 18th, since

it will be his first day there,

"Proud As Punch"

Although Nathan is only six, he was allowed to attend Holidays Bible School.

He studied hard and brought visitors.

Consequently he led his class and won

a Bible, (Mark had mumps and couldn't

attend, lessening Nathan's competition.) The last day Nathan's eyes grew bigger

and bigger as he discovered he was the

lucky leader for the demonstration pro

gram.

Christian from Penwood, conducted the

school,

29 children between 7 and 9

years of age enrolled. Average atten

dance was 26. Their curriculum was the

same as the younger class at Elletson

Road.

ROYALTY

On Tuesday they made crowns to take

home to recall their lesson on Esther.

All marched in a parade as they left. Wednesday morning all but one return ed wearing crowns, and Thursday pic-

^res were taken with their crowns on.

Everything they made in connection with

their lessons fascinated them, for this

was very new to all.

Sister Wayne and Brother Bob return

ed to America, but all the children join us in prayer that God will bring them back for more Holidays Bible Schools.

SEPTEMBER, 1956

JAMAICA

^Sfc'PruSiO

iryrrr

Radio Evangelism

The gospel is still on the air!

Aftei seven months oi strong doctri nal preaching, Grayson is still preach

ing N. T. Christianity to an island steep

ed in sin and sectarianism. The results

to date have fully justified the expense.

For just one cent, four and a half peo ple can hear 52 scriptural messages. Most of the 400,000 listeners would nev

er—-have learned- of undenominational

Christianity apart from the broadcast.

THEY SAY

Typical comment: "I always listen to you because the program is so different

from most religious programs." "I hope

God will enable you to continue to spread

the true gospel seeing there are so many false teachings in the world today." "I

listen every Friday. It gives me joy in

my soul. It makes me feel to hold on

more to the Lord." Sister MacTaggart

said, "It is the shortest fifteen minutes

on i-adio."

FRUIT

Though only eternity can reveal the

full effect of the program, excellent re

sults have been achieved. As a direct

result of the radio message, several have

been baptized; three men entered the

Seminary; several denominational con-'

gregations have been entered with the

restoration plea; a number of independ ent preachers have been contacted; thou

sands of tracts have been distributed; and denominational leaders are begin ning to worry. Grayson is solely responsible for the financing and preparation of this inval

uable asset to the Church in Jamaica. He

hopes to sign another year's contract in January, 1957 which requires $880. "Thank you for listening. Remember to

write Grayson Ensign,Box 20 Half-Way-

Tree. The Churches of Christ salute you!"

PAGE FIVE

Up And ComingPenwood

Eight short months ago we began the congregation on Penwood Rd. in the

community shelter. Now we are in our

second tent (the first blew to pieces) and have 26 members, most of them by bap

tism.

A full schedule of services are

held each week, totaling 26

month. On every consideration this is

the most encouraging group we know

of. The Christians, though young in

years and in Christ, are zealous, faithful, and eager soul-winners.

the

for

PLANS

Every effort is being made to fully

evangelize this area with its hundreds of

families without Christ. Almost every

week someone is baptized. This grow ing congregation merits your prayers

and assistance. The building has been

approved, but we are far short of the

$1,500 needed to get a running start. Our little tent is overflowing now, and yet 140 families will be moving into our area next month. We desperately need your help to get up the walls and roof now.

This group attended the dedication at

Constant Springs.

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PAGE SIX

CONSTANT SPRINGS BUILDING

Another Day In Old Harbour

Another profitable day was spent with

the "Brethren" in Old Harbour at their

invitation. Bro. King, Mark and Gi*ay- son went out for morning Bible school.

Grayson brought the lesson to the 250

children on Jonah—the man who ran

away from, to, with, and ahead of God.

Then he preached to about 90 folk on "Why I Should be Baptized". This is a

greatly needed message in Jamaica. The

message was so well received that Gray- son duplicated copies for distribution

that evening

OPEN MINDED

In the evening, with a full house and

the P. A, we reached many folk with

the message,"By Grace Are Ye Saved".

Hundreds of tracts and sermons were

distributed. We were all highly pleased

with the sincerity and open mindedness

of these folk^

Bro. King was told that the elders

had agreed that from now on all folk

were going to be baptized for remission

of sins. Several elders said that the sermon on Grace was the most outstand

ing they had ever heard. Give God the

glory.

THE JAMAICAN CHALLENGER

Car» of River Pk. Church of Christ 833 30th St., South Bend, IS, Indiana.

SEPTEMBER, 1956

My Fifth Rally

Mark and Grayson traveled out to the Guy's Hill area on a Lord's day for the fifth all-day preaching rally that Gray

son has held since March of last year. The attractive concrete block meeting

house was filled with folk at 10:30 a.m.

When three truckloads arrived from dis

tant congregations, the audience over flowed onto the platform and out the doors. 150 folk attended from eight dif ferent congregations: New Hope, Merry- land, Hamilton Mt., Gayle, Phillipsburg,

Carron Hall. Port Maria, and Whitehall.

HUNGRY SOULS

This was Grayson's first visit in this area. He found many Christians eager to

receive the Word. Don Fream attended

in the afternoon and brought a message on how to more effectively establish

Christ's Church. Grayson preached three

sermons during the day:

"The N. T.

Teaching about the Holy Spirit,""About

the Church'- and "The Restoration of the

New Juersalem."

Everyone thought it was another out

standing rally with excellent results in fellowship and teaching, Grayson has come away from each of these five ral lies refreshed in spirit and filled with a new hope for the woi'k of Christ in sin

ful Jamaica.

Non-Pi'ofit Organization

U.S. POSTAGE PAID

PERMIT NO. 803

South Bend, Indiana

Mr. Harrold McFarland Box 968

Jollet, III,

FORM 3547 REQUESTED

(E\}mt\}ts ai (ttlirist

in 3)5iniaica

BOX 20, HALF-WAY TREE, JAMAICA, B.W.I.

"Jajsaica For Christ"

Evangelist and Mrs. Grayson h. ensign

oci

Dear Brother IlacParland:

JAMAICA CHRtSTtAN TRUST

ASSOCIATES:

THE DONALD FREAMS

October 19, 1956

Greeting from Jarjaica in the name of the Lord, Three hours ago v/e closed

our quarterly Men's Institute, I thou^t I would get this news off to you in case you had space for such,

j-iHOT LMT'S INSTITUTE VJELL ATTSt-HKD

The ninth in the series of quarterly Men's Institutes v/as held by the faculty of

the Jamaica Bible Seminary, Grayson II, Ensigti and Donald DVeam, evangelists, in October,

1956, The four days curriculimi was outlined and prepared by Grayson Bnsigi. A total

of thirty-six men attended some of the classes. For the first time women v/ere invited

to the evening class, and nineteen different women attended the class on "Titus",

Brother Fream taught ten class hours—"Pictures of Jesus from John's Gospel";

"How to Plan and Con^ilete Home Calls", and "The Value and Use of the Jamaica Chris

tian Trust, Ltd," Brother Ensign tau^t 14 class hours—"Exposition of First Peter",

"Exposition of Titus", "How to Interpret the Bible", and "How to Itoe Effectively Use Equipment and Personnel to Evangelize Jamaica",

Sister Ensi^i was responsible for providing one main meal each day free of cost to the men. This was much appreciated by the men who made the most of the opportunity.

Those attending came from thirteen churches. They were able to take home dupli

cated copies of all the classes except the discussion classes, and a number took

extra copies to pass out among other officers in the home congregations. An excellent spirit of comradeship and an intelligent attention to the lessons tau^t marked tlis

entire four days of meeting. The Lord permitting, another Institute will be held in

February, 1957.

P,S, If you want to give ary credit line &r the

photos we recently sent in to you for the front cover,

I took both of the 8 x 10 pictures.

"Ask of me. and I will give thee the nations for thine inher/tance."

., th.p,^,chPl

freams and ensigns in jaota ^

i.n,„k.

.p.„„.„,„,.ppp.pp.^

o Christ. Some goals have beea reached. Hopeful plans are laid for hew objeo-

tives,

fsO JAMAICA BIBLE SEMINARY£1^

The missionaries in Jamaica have often expressed agreement on a common

goal: self-sufficient, self-supporting, and self-propagating churches of Christ

who can train their own ministry. The only way for this goal to be reached is

through the ^odly leadership of devoted and trained Jamaican preachers. To this

end the Jamaica Bib3^_ Semin^jy is dedicated.

At present, nine Seminary-trained men are preaching regularly in Jamaica,

and one. is preaching in England, Six men are at present enrolled for full-time

training for the ministry of Christ. Donald Fream and GMyfiOh-£naagn sharTthe

teaching shhedule at present.

In addition to this preacher-training, the Seminary grounds are always

bustling with other activity. Truly, the Lord has blessed the work in Jamaica

by providing a beautiful campus with an adequate building in the largest city

in Jamaica, where Christian activities of many types can be housed on behalf of

the church of our Lord Jeaus Christ.

OHRISO^IAN MEN'S INSTITUTES C—

Once every four months a special teaching session for men only is held at

the Jamaica Bible Seminary. Men from the country and from Kingston come to

"camp" for four days on cots. Some of them must save money for many weeks to

pay their bus fares, and others have to be content to attend only every other session. The attraction is spiritual food. From five to ten different subjects

are taught during the four days with a total of about 25 hours of class work.

Donald Fream and Grayson Ensign alternate in responsibility for preparing

these tjieaching institutes, and do all the teaching with the exception of the

afternoon discussion class when local Jamaican leaders are used.

7^^ -U new churches C-

Another major undertaking is establishing new congregations in needy areas.

In October, 195^» Grayson Ensign flew to Grand Cayman, an island dependency of

Jamaica, to help the Tom Adams (Christians from Jamaica) to establish the first

church of Christ. An infant church of nine members resulted. Brothers Fream and

evangelized in Cayman during 1955 with several added each time, Grayson

returned twice; the latest visit to help Brother Paul Smith become acquainted

with the work and the church. The Paul Smiths hope to land in Grand Cayman

before the first.of

1^57#

ayman

^ Constant Spring CL,

The next congregation established by the Ensigns was on Whitehall Ave^^*^

Constant Spring, near the Seminary^^rom a Bible school of 25, this congrega^

tion grew to 29 Christians and a B.®^with 80 enrolled in

months. Because

of financial problems, it was decided to combine the Half-Way-Tree and the

Whitehall AveV^^Congregations in a permanent meeting place at a new location.

As a result, the "Constant Spring Church" was organized. Phillips, Fream, and

Ensign cooperated in the erection of an auditorjihm wing of the Seminary building

for the congregation. Woodrow Phillips ministered to this church un±i,l his, . „^

poor health forced him to return to the U.S.^'in the summer of 1956.^Since then^^

Donald Fream, assisted by Albert Thompson, a Seminary graduate, has been min

istering to the church. There have been I5 additions in the past three months.

The church now has 80 faithful, active members.

New Hope C-

Donald Fream called a special meeting of the remnants of two "dead"

churches and organized the "New Hope Church of Christ," centrally located in

the island. Since this re-orga^nization, the newly formed church has shown a zeal and faithfulness that has drawn admiration from many other churches in

the area. As a result of their faithful service and showing, a kindly saint in

Oklahoma sent $1,500 to purchase the material to construct a building for the

church. The cement-block building was nearing com^tion in the fall of I956,

and the congregation is rejoicing. "We aire determined

to

be faithful to

the end," they sing. C. A. Morris, a Seminary graduate, now ministers to the

congregation of 66 active members.

^ Elletson Road

Mrs.j^Ensign began afternoon Bible classes in eastern Kingston in July, 195^^

This work grew into two large classes of children. In January, 1955» the Ensigns

began an additional class on the Lord's day in a chapel building on Elletson

Rc^ad, which was rented from the trustees of a defunct Baptist group. In August,

g five.ryear lease with option to renew. A congregation was organized

at once and now has 2? active members. A.A. Walker, graduate of working with this congregation also.

Penwood

is

Such a splendid opportunity presented ijSnelf in a new area that in JanC/3f^

1956, the Ensigns felt compeliked to enter this field in spite of their already

heavy load. Meetings were begun in the community shelter on the Penwood

Housing Estate (a government development) while negotiations were begun to buy

a strategic corner lot on Benwood Hoad. Later a laro.» t 4.

lot.andclaaaeeandworshipserviceswereinlaseT.e

the building plans lor the house of worship pictured'here.

3.

''''''

andand wT"ere thousands will he living as public and private housingP-oplais developidlive

around the sxte. The meetinghouse will be almost in the center of the new area Of wes ern Kingston. With a cosunodious structure, a tremendous worh can be

wood B«^church With 25 active members is the largest church7n~ area. The

—• The Pen-

Ensxgns have full responsibility for erecting the 30 by 65 foot building.

RADIO

Q

A very signifi^^dievement to date in evangelism has been the weekly

broadcast of N^AiteSanity over the only radio station in Jamaica which

began January 13, 1956. By God's favor, Grayson obtained I5 minutes a week.

Over 400,000 people in Jamaica as well as folkjin Grand Cayman now hear the whole

counsel of God in no uncertain terms. Most of these would never have heard of

undenominational Christianity otherwise. The results have been excellent-

Christians strengthened, scores of contacts with interested folK and contact

with denominational congregations who want further teaching.

Grayson Ensign, assuming responsibility for this work, prepares the pro

gram each week, preaches the nine-minute sermon, and pays for the broadcast.

Because of the real success, Grayson is praying that he can sign next year's

contract in January. For one penny, 236 people hear the gospel.

JAMAICAN EVANGELISTS £_^

While the eventual goal is self-supporting churcnes in JaBiaica, only a few

have attained that mark, and in the meantime partial financial assistance is given

to several evangelists in order that they may devote their time to preaching rather

than being forced into secular jobs. Donald Fream is helping eight men in this

way, and through their ministry, not less than I9 churches are being served and

scores baptised.

One of

been a means of

THS JAMAICA CESISTIAN TSUST, XjIiiriTIjD'ii-i' Uj.i ^ter^ial problems presented to the Jamaica missionaries has

the church and school properties for the future use of

the churches of Christ in Jamaica. After years of planning and working, the

Jamaica Christian Trust, Ltd. was finalized for this purpose as a legal entity in May, 1956. It is forbidden by its constitution to interfere with the management

or operation of the local congregations. Several church properties have already been, while others are being, lodged in the trust. The Jamaica Bible Seminary was

one of the first properties to be so protected.

*

The Trustees, who must be members of the church of Christ, are made up of

three American and three Jamaican evangelists. Tbe American trustees are Donald

Fream, Grayson Ensign and Woodrow Pdillips.

J BUILDINGS AND PHOPSRTISS CL

on the material side, considerable aid has been given to loyal churches to

assist them with their buildings. Donald Fream was able to provide roofs for

three churches, as well a^the complete new building going up at New Hope. Sev

eral important pieces of property have been acquired: at Gayle, at Decoy, and

at New Hope, which are, all presently being used, and a piece of land in Linstead,

a major town in the island where plans are underway to establish a strong church.

A roomy, comfortable house has been leased in the Guy's Hill area for the Jamaican

evangelist who works with seven churches in that part of the island, while another

house and land has been purchas^ as parsonage for a preacher who ministers to

four churches in and around Majfcen. These properties will all b^sVcure#,in the

Trust•

A new kitchen and laundry unit were built as additions to the Seminary, to

be used by students, the Men»s Institutes, and the Camps. A paved city street

has just been completed from the Seminary to the main road.

RALLIES AND CAMPAIGNS

All-day preaching rallies and evangelistic meetings have proved effective.

Grayson Ensign has planned and conducted five all-day preaching rallies ih various

districts where a number of congregations could assemble. Approximately 700

people have been reached by the strong doctrinal preaching during these rallies.

The churches have received much encouragement.

During the past year, Grayson Ensign has held eight weeks of evangelistic

meetings in various congregations, has distributed 10,600 tracts, preached 2^2 sermons, taught 134 lessons, taught 192 hours in the Seminary, In the past 50

months, he has driven 53,000 miles.

Donald Fream has visited 22 of the churches in the island to strengthen and

encourage them, and has held five weeks of evangelistic campaigns in which 24 were

baptized.

"7

—J PUBLICATIONS L-

Through the ministry of the printed word, thousands are reached with Bible

teaching. "The Jamaica Christian," edited by Sen Fream, is a local paper printed

primarily for the churches, as a medium for reporting news and discussions of doctrinal subjects. Since last year, the paper has been printed rather than

mimeographed as it was previously, and 12,000 copies have been distributed in

months.

5.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE CAMP I

A summer camp program was launched in August^1956, with the holding of

the first such camp in the history of the churches of Christ in Jamaica, and

was hailed by campers, teachers, parents and churches as a great forward step

in winning Jamaica's youth for Christ, Thirty-six youngsters from twelve

different congregations scattered through four parishes attended the camp for

a week of teaching, recreation, fellowship, and prayers. Tea were bapti^d as

a result. The Freams are responsible for managing the camps and plan to have

them each year,

WOMEN'S WORK £L

I4rs. Ensign has been an agressive worker among children and women. A number

of additions to the churches have come as a result of her classes and Holidays

Bible Schools which she pioneered. Four

were held in the past year with

an aggregate enrollment of 299 children. Some of the time^Grayce has taught

four Bible classes ptfSUweek though she has only three now. This/work for the

future because these children will be stronger Christians than the present generation. Important help is given to the wog.en of the congregation through

three women's classes a month.

i^s,^Fream has also been active in work among the children, teaching several weekly Bible classes, organizing a Sunday evening youth group, planning and

assisting in managing a junior camp, and teaching in Vacation Bible School. She has mimeographed program booklets for use by the churches, written and directed two Bible plays, and teaches a weekly women's class. Bight youngsters from her Bible classes have been baptized into Christ during the first nine months of

1956.

I'ijj TripFUTURE

Future plans call for more of the same^only more so. Expansion is partially

dependent upon the addition of new evangelists. After five

work on the

field, Woodrow Phillips and his family had to return to the tf;"S-r"because of his

deteriorating health. This has made it even more imperative that other quali

fied couples should be found for the work in the island. Pray for this harvest

field.

Lj Addresses on the field:

,,.J)onald Freamj

Grayson Ensign>

Box 10, Half Way Tree

Uamaica, B.W.I.

V Box 20, Half Way Tree

Jamaica, B.W.I.

y

VOjt o|%4^■ j (t>^0

^70 PMAICA BIBLiSSiiaCCNMl'PLMS FjiBRUARI INSTITUTil

December 1956

0EC29 1%6

AT Jaiaaica Bible Seminary, Grayson H. i!insii|^ and Donald Fream recently conducted

; .

the ninthin a serie^of quarterly Men'sInstitutes. Tliirty-six menattended^

' -the foiir-day study progran which was outlined and prepared by Brother dnsigg,

and 19 women>attended the ^ecial evening class on "Titus."

Brother Fream taught 10 class hours: Pictures^f Jesus from John's Gospel,

How to Plan and Gon^ilete Home Galls, and The Value and Use of

the Jamaica

*

Ghristian Trust, Ltd. Brother jSnsit^i^ taught 4-U class hours: Lxposition of First

Peter, Exposition of Titus, How to Interpret the Bible, and Hoifc to more Effectively

Use Equipment and Personnel to Evangelize Jamaica,

 

Sister Ensigg provided one main meal daily free of cost to the men. Those

attendin^ing came

from 13

congregations. Duplicated, copies of all the lessons were

provided for them to take home. Another amilar Institute is planned in February.

Address is Box 20, Half Way Tree, Jamaica, BritMh West Indies, Fseams arehow

ia the States on Furlough and available to speak: address at Route Two, Moore

V

Haven, Florida,

,

.

JAMAICAN

^''^HALLENGER

" a great and effectual door i$ opened

VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1

and there are many adversaries

DECEMBER, 1956

GIVE GOD THE GLORY!

"Glory to God in the highest" sang the angels over Bethlehem that night when Jesus the Light of the world, came. We men must give God greater glory than the angels did. Not for angels did He die!

"Christ Jesus came into the world." This rejoiceth the heart, but this is not the good news. The Son of God came "to save sinners!" He came not to condemn

the world, but to save to the uttermost defiled and guilty sinners. Thanks be

unto God for His indescribable gift!

"Lo, I am with you always!" As we faithfully carry out His commission,

the exceeding precious promise stands fast. "Who shall separate us from the

love of Christ?"

"I come again and will receive you unto myself." How jubilant our hallelu

jahs when He returns for His faithful saints. "Blessed is that servant whom his

lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing." "Be thou faithful unto death, and I

will give thee the crown of life."

Safely through another year God has brought us on His way. As a family, we give God the glory for the achievements reached, for all physical blessings, for friends who pray and give for the gospel's sake,for the future with its bright

hopes. "Thanks be unto God, who alway.s leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and

maketh manifest through us the savor of His knowledge." With eyes fixed on the ripening harvest, we say again, "Our sufficiency is fi-om God." "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

"Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways."

Natht

David

Mark

w:

V-

Grayce Marie Ensign

PAGE TWO

THE JAMi

Published

Churches ofr

(U. S. Addi'

c/o Riyi

8S3 30ti)St/eef,'

We prefer- to

to u* !n Jamsti

Associated'''

in the 'Jai

CHALLENGER lyiRSefUt and Mn.

PR ENSIGN

Smaica Christian Mission)

1^:20

;;^rnaica, B. W. I.

fth. Mijdred McClure

'i^hurch of Christ

^lQ:B^d, 15, Indiana)

" fupds and letters sent

jOonaid Freaips

'"•'sn Trust.

It came t^i

day that

truth ahouj; uvfl;

One hrothe^,,!^

support my iffr

would he adeao'

Jamaljpai wl^re

lower, such 'aj js

preachingfor^T^,

ing for moiiey'^d^ the U.S. uwr

U.S. I.ea^^^TI

ifeention the other

"-^o not know the

_ litions in Jamaica.

jAer that he did not

).b^'cause my salary

_p.the U.S.

and in

costs were 90%

*■7

showed I

was

if I were "preach-

jit^ld n^ver have left

7^ last

the

) '.by holding three

year in

and I are l^prl(^i^i,ati'five jobs at half

the salary.?

\

Christian jobs.

"both Grayce Marie

our iticome,J^i^^d^ures, and business

pi^ctices. It yPutdr.d(e!light us for elders

from syppoi-tingf qphgre^tions to drop

in unannouncea Mid' thoroughly check

everything.

We

books for the all-

seeingf Lord; tnerfeJbre, we fear no man's

scrutiny.

100 Hour

Week

Freams, Philips

and we mutually

agreed that $100 per adult and $30 per child a month was a fair and adequate salary for pei-sonal expenses. We re ceive $290 a month or $3,480 a year. Since our house is bwned by the Jamaica

Christian Trust, our financial position is

comparable to that of U.S. preachers

who make $66 a week and have a par

sonage furnished. Because both Grayce

Marie and I \?ork a 15 hour, 7

days a

week schedule for the Church, we have

a clear consciep^ ip accepting this "sal

ary."

We are not ashamed of our work

schedule nor the Lordfs accomplishments

through us. We invite comparison with

any family anywhere.

U. Sf< vs. Jamaica

No one living in Jamaica thinks it is

a cheap place to^l^ve. R. J. Blake, estate

owner, wrote in! vthe Gleaner, Oct. 28,

1956: "It is a"f4ct that today the cost of living in Jamaica (together with

chronic unemployment) makes life intol

erable

for

the.

people in

Jamaica."- The. pldjority of Jamaicans

live on a subrStajidar-d, starch diet which

.

,■

DECEMBER, 1956

Americans cannot keep healthy on. Our

family uses all the locally produced

fruits and vegetables available as well

as raising some in our garden. For

health's sake, we must keep a nutritious

diet.

Compare these last week's prices

from Miami's supermarkets and our only supermarket: 2% can peaches, 19c, our price 56c; Scot toilet tissues, 10c, here

25c;

catsup

10c, here

35c;

oranges

9c

doz, here 25c; onions, 3c lb, here 11c; ham 43c lb., here 95c; cabbage 4c lb., here 14c; peanut butter 35c 2 lbs, here

$1.07.

Soap powder is so expensive we

do

not use it.

Jamaica vs.-Europe An article in the Oct. 21, 1956 Gleaner

captioned, "By Comparison with Major

ity

of

Civilized. Countries

.

.

.

Food

Prices Here 'Fantastic'," confirms our

case.

The

writer

compared

Jamaican

and European prices: lettuce, spinach four times higher here than in Europe;

rice 15c lb. here, in Spain 5c; rib roast 56c per lb. here, in England 21c; dressed

chicken 77c lb. here, in England 37c, etc.

Operating Expenses

Our

electricity

bill

is

about

$6

a

month. We use one tank of bottled gas a month, $12.25. Shoes and clothing are

more expensive.

Only by using used-

clothing from boxes you sent have we

been able to get by. Clothes get as dirty

here

as

in

Cincinnati

and have

to

be

cleaned more often because of perspira tion. Medical and dental fees are higher,

and illnesses more frequent. Medical ex

penses were so heavy that all three fam

ilies were forced to let general funds

pay for expenses over 10% of income

($29 in our case). Though used almost exclusively for business, our phone costs

us $4.90 a month.

All

Americans

in

Jamaica I

have

talked with declare Jamaica a most ex

pensive place to live in. Dr. McCulloch,

S. Baptist, told me that he and his wife

were having difficulty living on their

salary. He told his "Board" they should

raise his salary by 10%.

Willing to Learn

Of course, brethren, I am willing to

taught.

If

the critical brother(s)

be

would like to move here and demonstrate

how five can live on $200, we shall wel

come him. But it strikes me that most

preachers who complain about "mission

aries" being "overpaid" are conspicuous

by their absence from the mission fields.

An honest missionary earns his salary

many times over. Yet I must confess missionary work is profitable as Paul says, "but godliness with contentment is

great gain."

DECEMBER, 1956

PAGE THREE

JAMAICAN JUVENILES

Wiener Roasts

For days the Christians in Penwood waited eagerly for September 8th. We

had promised a "Wiener Roast" and

none knew what to expect. Some young

men gathered a little wood and cut sticks, unfortunately only about 2 feet

long. They didn't realize a large bon

fire was required, nor that roasting

Rains

sticks should be much longer.

came that afternoon, but about an hour

and a half before we were to meet at the

lot in Penwood, the sky cleared. With brightened spirits Christians began to

assemble.

Soon the fire was roaring. An elec tric light was strung from the tent to

the tail-drop of the station-wagon, which

served as a table. As the fire faded to

glowing embers, Grayson explained just

how to put wieners on sticks and how

by careful turning the wiener would

gradually brown and split open. Grayce Marie made hot mustax-d (prepared mus tard is very expensive) and had catsup

ready for buns.

Yum! Yum!

Somewhat apprehensively folk took

their first bites. of "hot dogs." Dark

eyes spai'kled, registering delight. Then

all began to gobble down this new-found

treat. Almost eveiyone devoured four and would have eaten more had there

been enough. Grape Koolade, also a rar

ity, proved a good thirst-quencher. Ev eryone liked "that red stuff," too — the

catsup.

Seated ax'ound the campfire we sang

choruses and closed with devotions.

Young and old alike agreed they had a

most enjoyable fellowship.

Elletson Road, Too

On October 13th the Elletson Road

young people came to our house for a

wiener roast in the back yard. Although

it rained heavily that afternoon, it did not dampen their spirits nor hinder plans. A menu and program similar to

that at Penwood was used only Grayce

also prepared a large pot of pop-corn

which proved popular. We're quite cer

tain that in the future they'll want their

socials to be wiener roasts.

The Other Day

Four year old David Ensign slung his new schoolbag over his shoulder and

marched up the steps to a new adven

ture — his first day at school.

Nathan fell at school and cut his

head open for the fifth time. Two days

after the three stitches were, removed

he fell from a tree and opened the same place,requiring two stitches. Mark has been in school only two

The Hygienic Food

Everywhere in Jamaica are banana trees. Most yards have one tree while

rui-al areas have large plantations or

small cultivations, even on steep moun tain sides.

Really, the banana is a plant, not a tree; for it has no woody ti-unk. It is

composed of long leafstalks wrapped

tightly together. Each new leaf, rolled

up tightly, appears at the

top of the

stalk. It unrolls and looks like a large

drooping feather,from 1-2 feet wide and about 6 feet long. The stalk gi-ows taller

as new leaves develop.

In about a year a short leaf forms at the top — a sign that the shoot is

forthcoming. Then a pui-ple bud appears.

As its petals di-op off they reveal the

stem and hands of bananas. Best stems bear 8 or 9 hands. At first the fingers

(individual bananas) point down but gradually curl upward.

Huge Production

Bananas are cut while green, are carefully transported to the nearest ba

nana port, sealed in plastic, placed on

small banana boats, and rowed to the

ocean vessel. Some months over 1,000,-

000 stems leave Jamaica. Also, Jamai

cans consume tons of boiled gi'een ba

nanas. Jamaica raises more bananas

than any other country. Suckers (young plants) grow from the roots of the mother plant, which pro duces only once. After she is cut down,

the suckers mature and bear fruit.

The stem pictured is from the first sucker Grayce Marie planted. It had

eight hands, the first hand having 22

fingers. Grayce Marie points to the first ripe banana.

and a half years, but he just passed the

entrance examination for "high school," which is usually for children over 9

years of age.

PAGE FOUR

"Dinner is Served"

Institute men get free

meal

*'Off to Queen's School!" David's first day.

DECEMBER, 1956

Bob Allen, Summer Worker, 1956

(and Grayson)

"Kings and Queens" Penwood Rd. H.B.S., August, 1956

DECEMBER, 1956

Men's Institute No.7

The seventh Christian Men's Insti

tute is now history. These Institutes be gan in October, 1954, when Bro. Ensign organized the first one. Since then one of the American evangelists has planned

and promoted a four-day Bible Institute

for men every four months. Good re

sults have been secured by these meet

ings.

As this was Grayson's third Institute to prepare, the work of preparation was

soon done. Two letters, a month apart,

were mailed out to about sixty individ uals and congregations. The curriculum was outlined, and the courses assigned. Then on the Lord's day preceding the Institute, heavy rains began to fall and continued for almost thirty-three hours with only brief letups. Many country roads were blocked with landslides, and

transportation was almost halted. How

ever, the rain stopped Monday after

noon, and Tuesday morning a few men

arrived for class.

FIFTY-FIVE IN TWENTY-FOUR

Bro. Fream taught ten class hours:

"Pictures of Christ from John's Gospel," "How to Plan and .Complete a Calling Program," "The Value and Use of the

Jamaica Cljristian Trust, Ltd." Bro. En

sign taught fourteen class hours: "Ex

position—of 1st—Peter," "Exposition of

Titus," "How to Interpret the Bible," and "How to More Effectively Evangel

ize Jamaica."

For the first time, women were in

vited to attend the evening class which

was on "Titus."

A total of nineteen

women attended during the three nights of this class. By Friday thirty-six men

from thirteen congregations had attend

ed some of the classes.

All received

duplicated copies of all the courses ex

cept the afternoon discussion classes.

Some men took home extra copies to

pass out among other officers and teach

ers.

VALUABLE SUGGESTION

An excellent spirit of cooperation and interest was maintained at a high

level. Bro. Ensign asked the men as to

the next (after the radio program) sug gestion they had for the advancement

of the work. They unanimously agrreed

that We should start a Christian high school to educate men for the Seminary

work. The social-economic condition in

Jamaica is such as to cripple a Seminary

without a "feeder" school. Grayson be

lieves this is the next major project that

should be undertaken. It will require ex

pansion of the Seminary and the full

time service of a new family of Chris

tian teachers.

Every day Grayce Marie provided

one main meal free of cost to the men.

The Koolade flowed freely while the hot

patties, boiled green bananas, rice and

curried beef, fish and rice, and bread

PAGE FIVE

Penwood Progress

A year ago we happily reported an

"open door" in a new area — the Pen- wood Housing Estate — with the down payment on an excellent corner lot which we were to purchase from the

government. At that time we were told

that the price would be about $420. In January, 1956, we began regular serv ices in Penwood and soon had a congre

gation which grew in ten months to

thirty-three members (26 by baptism),

five now inactive. Building plans for a concrete block meetinghouse 29 x 63 feet

were drawn and approved by the Hous

ing Department.

TWO MOUNTAINS

Then two mountains got in our way

—^the lack of money and government red

tape (increased by opposition from the

denominational Jamaica Council to our

receiving the lot). We considered it wise planning to have at least $1,500 before

beginning the erection of the building.

This sum would insure a substantial

start on the walls and roof. This much

is greatly needed for our tent (the sec

ond one) is too small for any expansion

and is extremely temporary.

You folk in America cannot imagine

the snail's pace at which business is

carried on here. It is one of the most

frustrating things we Americans endure. In spite of innumerable conferences with housing officials, no progress was made until Grayson went to the Minister of

Housing.

A SHOCK

Then we got a shock. The Commis

sioner of Lands evaluated our lot at

$2,044! Through a change in the hous

ing administration, the original seller

was no longer in charge of sales. Bro.

Coke and I had a conference with the

Permanent Secretary to the Minister of

Housing who gave a sympathetic hear

ing to our protest. He was impressed by

the pictures contrasting the condition of

the lot when we received it and its pres ent improved state, and the drawing of

our attractive building. Bro. Coke is

quite confident that we shall now be of

fered the lot at a greatly reduced price.

As yet no word has reached us.

BUILDING THE CHURCH

Though the house of worship still

seems in the indefinite future, yet the

Church is building up. Since our Sep tember report to you, we have baptized

six into Christ, received one into fellow

ship, and four confessors need to be

baptized. We are building the Church,

but we invite your prayers and your con

tributions that we may build a house for

this promising young Church. This work

must go forward under God!

were consumed in huge quantities.

The Ensigns hope to hold another

Institute in February or March, 1957.

PAGE SIX

DECEMBER, 1956

FOR WOMEN ONLY

Toniglit come with me to our women's

meeting at Elletson Soad, held every

second and fourth Monday nights each

month. Since this is for women only,

Grayson and the boys stay home. Well

leave early to pick up several'womeh on

the way. I'll see if Sister Samuels, the

dear Christian widow who lives with us,

is ready.

First, we'll pick up Sister Joan de-

Groot, the youn^ British Guianese who

became a Christian since coming to Ja

maica. Now we drive about three miles

before we get faithful Sister Mitchell

and her eleven year old granddaughter, Valda, also a Christian. There they are

at the corner. A few blocks awa^y we

find four sweet, little, elderly sisters

waiting for us — Sisters Wilson, Davis,

Forrest, and Granham. We'll have to

hurry. Someone might be waiting for

us to unlock. Yes,there are Sisters Craig

and Bowes.

Participation

I usually have charge of the service

with various women participating. "Sis

ter Richards, will you kindly lead us in

a few lively choruses?" With her clear,

sweet voice she leads from one Jamaican

chorus to another. Then we sing a cou

ple.hymns_from Redemption Song^'To-^

night I have asked~Sisler~llIitchell to

take us to the throne of grace. I'm

wondering if you have any requests for

prayer? We must remember the sick —

Sister Rose and Sister Hewitt; also

those who have gone to the country

garts — SisterParchment,Cooley,and

obinson. Let's not forget Brother Mil

ler in England also."

After a rather lengthy prayer in

comparison to those uttered in the

States, Valda Mitchell, who has been memorizing scripture to help earn a

scholarship to camp, quotes Romans 12.

How beautifully she recites it.

Now we have two questions from the

THE JAMAICAN CHALLENGER

C«r« of Rivor Pk. Church of Chriit

833 30th St.,

South Bond, 15, Indiono.

question-box last time to answer from

ime word of God. 1. Is straightening of

hair right? 2. Is it wron^ to leave my

husband and to be a Christian because

he is bad? I answer these by scriptural

principles.

Living Testimony

Sister Forrest, a faithful,loving,and

thoughtful Christian about seventy

years years old, has been asked to give a testimony. With a bright countenance

and eyes sparkling she tells us of her

Saviour who is her constant companion

although she lives alone.

Although she has never sung a solo

in public before, Sister deGroot wants to niake use of every talent God has given

her; so she sings just before our lesson.

Currently our lessons are taken from John's gospel, and tonight we are study

ing chapter five. After teaching this

verse hy verse I present a flannel-graph

resume of the lesson. "Are there any

questions about the lesson?" Sister

Bowes speaks up, "Sister Ensign, you

have made it so clear we have no ques

tions."

We sing a closing hymn. Then Siste?

Givens leads in a closing prayer.

"While the ladies are -visiting and put

ting questions into^ the box, I better

gather up iny^materials. Til also unlock"

the car so you folk can get in." .The

windows are fastened shut; the lights are out; the front door and gate are locked; and the car is loaded -with

women. Thus ends another Women's

Meeting at Elletson Road. "See you for another meeting in two weeks, the Lord

willing."

The population of Jamaica was 1,- 553,663 at the close of 1955.

Did you know that the symbol of the

English pence d comes from the Roman

denarius?

Non-Ptofit Organization

U.S. POSTAOe PAID PERMIT NO. 803

South' Bond, Indiana

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JAMAICA

VOLUME 6

DECEMBER, 1956

CHRISTIAN

NUMBER 5

FURLOUGH

Furlough time has come again for

the Fream household, and we hope to leave Jamaica December 15th, 1956, to

begin our second furlough to the States.

We plan to be touring the churches un til July of '57. and any churches interest ed in having us visit and present the work to their congregation should con

tact us as soon as possible at our Amer

ican address:

Route 2

Moore Haven, Florida.

All our financial obligations on the field to maintain the Seminary, assist

the churches and ministers, pay taxes

and leases on properties, etc., will con

tinue as usual. All contributions should

be sent to the Florida address where

they will be receipted and acknowledged

and forwarded to their proper designa

tions. Boxes of used clothes and Bible

school material should still be sent to

our Jamaican address.

Brother George Westefeldt (see next column) will be our replacement in Jamaica during the months we are in

the States, and intends to return later

(Continued on page Four)

JL',!

A group of visiting Christians gather in

front of the little Goshen church build

ing where the preacher, Leslie Williams,

a Seminary graduate, was ordained to the ministry in November. Shown in the moture from right to left, Donald

Fream, Albert Thompson (another preacher) and Leslie Williams.

George C. Wetlefeldt

NEW WORKERS FOR JAMAICA

We are happy to introduce to all

friends of the Jamaican work. George

C. Westefeldt. and the

Fred Hintzs, new

recruits for the Lord's service in the is

land.

Since those of us in this field of

labor have been praying earnestly for many months for additional workers, we

cannot help but feel that this is God's

answer to our prayers.

BROTHER WESTEFELDT

Brother Westefeldt graduated with

a B.Th. from San Jose Bible College in

1951 and took two more years work at

the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry by the Church of Christ in Algonac, Michigan, and has

spent five years in the full-time minis

try with rural churches in Ohio and Ken-

tucky.

He also spent 13 months in Japan

while in the Air Force, and realizes the

life of a missionary is not a "glamorous"

one, but he comes because of a real de

sire to preach Christ to the unsaved. The

following excerpts from a few letters

will give a cross section of the opinion

of well-known brethren.

RECOMMENDATIONS

"Brothei Westefeldt

.

.

,

is

a

thorough-going Christian. His age, ed

ucational background and experience are

all favorable to his being a good worker.

I can heartily recommeahim to you (Continued on page Four)

"

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