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We have begun the year with great attendance, superb leadership and lots of enthusiasm. Let’s continue with near 100 percent attendance and the rewarding fellowship.

February 21st Tuesday, 6:30pm Covered Dish Dinner at the Church, “Chili Night”, with lots of entertainment.

March 17th Saturday, Enjoy an all day bus trip to Colquit , GA (“Georgia’s First Mural City”). Entertainment the play “Swamp Gravy” (about old time life in South Georgia) with lunch and the show. Sign up by Feb 5th ; Cost is $80.

April 17th Tuesday, Boat Trip on the Amelia River to Cumberland Island; Cruise Tour with Lunch following.

May 15th Tuesday, Annual End-of –Season Catered Picnic; 6:00pm at the Church.

Meet Wanda Burcham:

Wanda grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and graduated from Bryan College, a liberal arts college in Tennessee. She accepted the Lord at a very early age, at age 9. At age 16, she surrendered her life to God. Furthering this goal she graduated from the Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Louisville, Kentucky. Her family moved to Western Pennsylvania, and that also became a home base.

She had an early call to the mission field at age nineteen. After training and other assignments, at age twenty six, she was stationed at a Leprosy clinic in Hyderbad State, now Andhra, India. She worked there from 1953 until her retirement in 1992. When asked about precautions she took to avoid becoming infected, she said she washed her hands a lot. The Leprosy today is different from the Leprosy referred to in the Bible.

Hyperbad State is in the South central part of India where the local language is Telugu, which she had to learn to communicate with the natives and to teach in the Woman’s Bible School. (Telugu is one of 14 main languages of which there are about one hundred other tribal languages.) Her class was composed of teen aged girls with limited language skills; they could barely read or write. In India, Hindi, an official language of India, is introduced in the fourth grade and English in the 5th Grade.

Wanda estimates about three percent of the Indians are Christians; and this number is mainly due to the mass conversions in the early 1920’s. The majority are Hindus, and about 14 percent are Muslim. While both India and the Western countries are democracies, the big difference is the Caste System in India. It is unlawful to discriminate by Caste, but it is based on Hindu beliefs; making it hard to eliminate the discrimination.

Her mission group of about seventy co-workers found relaxation by visiting, reading, playing Scrabble and biking on the local roads. While there, Wanda supported a boy through high school. His father was an outcaste with very limited means. He became a medical government worker. In 2001 he was martyred by Hindu radicals.

Penney Farms, her current home, asks the residents to volunteer to perform various necessary duties. Wanda works in the Coffee Shop once a week and drives friends to their doctors. She is currently working on a Paper Symposium, “Arabs, Turks & Moguls on Islam’s entry to India.”

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