My World Vision Story – 3 – From ‘Prisoner’ in the Communist Camp, to Globe Trotter

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From ‘prisoner’ in the communist camp, to globe trotter

I have started in my new adventure as a World Vision staff member on December 1st, 1999, one month before the turn of the Millennium. It was not an easy ride, by any means, but I have learned enormously during the last sixteen years as a staff member of this Christian humanitarian organisation.

Although my Christian ministry had from the beginning an ecumenical dimension, and my theological studies centred on contemporary Orthodox theology helped me to go beyond the narrow confines of the evangelicalism of my youth, it was in WV that I have come to understand in very real terms, and to be able to serve the entire breadth of the Church. Furthermore, it was in the WV context that I had real human interaction with people of other faith, and was often humbled by the sincerity of their commitment to a faith other than mine, and by their genuine love to others. Without my WV experience, these dimensions of faith would have remained theoretical, distant realities for me. Continue reading “My World Vision Story – 3 – From ‘Prisoner’ in the Communist Camp, to Globe Trotter”

Udo Middelmann – In memoriam Edith Schaeffer

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Edith Rachel Merritt Seville Schaeffer died on March 30, 2013 in her home in Gryon, Switzerland, where she had moved 13 years ago to be surrounded by memories, her music, her son’s paintings and the detailed care organized daily by her daughter Deborah Middelmann. She was born on November 3, 1914 as the third daughter of Dr. George Hugh and Jessie Maude Seville in Wenchau, China, where her parents ran a school for girls and taught the Bible in Mandarin.

Edith Schaeffer marked her life with the expression of rich ideas, often rebellious against the staid and superficial life she saw among Christians. The oldest sister became a communist in New York of the 30ies, the second eloped. Edith Seville married Francis August Schaeffer in 1935 and in no way was she the typical pastor’s or missionary wife. She turned her active mind to work with her husband, teaching first seminary wives to think and to question, to create and make of life something of integrity, as her husband so wanted her to do. Continue reading “Udo Middelmann – In memoriam Edith Schaeffer”

A doua scrisoare de la Schaeffer

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Chalet le Chardonnet,
1885 Chesieres,
Switzerland.
4th January, 1984.

Str. Columnei 18,
Bloc K6, Appt. 4,
Cartier Dacia,
6600 Jasi,
Roumania.

Dear Dan Manastireanu,

Just a note to tell you that Dr Schaeffer has received your letters and read them with a great deal of interest and pleasure.

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O scrisoare de la Francis A. Schaeffer

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În vara anului 1982 i-am trimis o scrisoare lui Francis A Schaeffer, un om ale cărui cărţi mi-au influenţat în mare măsură în primii ani ai umblării mele cu Cristos.

Din păcate, n-am păstrat o copie a acestei scrisori şi ea nu se află nici în dosarul meu de la Securitate, deoarece ea a fost scoasă din ţară în ascuns de un prieten elveţian, Albert Dufour, care călătorea anual în România împreună cu soţia lui, aducând pe ascuns Biblii şi literatură creştină.

În vara lui 1983, adică aproape un an mai târziu (distanţă în timp aproape de neînchipuit astăzi, în epoca comunicaţiilor electronice, dar foarte obişnuită atunci, în comunicarea cu străinătatea) am primit răspunsul lui Schaeffer pe care îl transcriu mai jos.

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