Bland, Bob & Bernie Newsletter (Spring 2014)

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It’s been a long, unhealthy winter in Blandland.


Joel Robert, our great-grandson, born in August 2013.

Bernie had knee surgery, followed by a heart attack, resulting in surgery for a stent. The main artery was 99% blocked. Then she had severe pain in her neck (no, it wasn’t me). The doctor has her on muscle relaxers. She is better now, after a couple of weeks of treatment.

Catherine Noel is pregnant and expecting the first week of August. She has been very sick but seems to be leveling off now and very excited to be expecting a baby girl. Needless to say, a couple of grandmas and grandpas and Uncle Joshua are excited as well.

Cathy Lynn has a bad case of shingles. The doctor said it was the worst case he had ever seen. It covers almost all of her body. It has been about two months but is on the mend now. It was very painful.

The rest of the family are all well at this time. PTL!


Two staffers in Uganda, coming from town in Koboko on a motorcycle, were hit by a car. Each suffered a broken leg, one in three places. Moses Ocen also had serious head injuries and was unconscious for a week. He was moved nine hours south to Kampala, and has since been released. Praise the Lord that there is no permanent brain or spinal damage; it is really a miracle. Please pray for Moses and Quinto.


Big Tops #1 and #2 went up April 16. Three other tents are already up as well.


One is staying here at TMI. We have had several groups coming for tours and we will have tours for all the teams. The other two will be set up, Lord willing, and open for tours May 17 to October 12. One will be at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana and the other will be at the Spanish Evangelical Church in Youngstown, Ohio. A $9 per person donation to AIDS Orphans for medicine and garden seeds is requested. To request a tour contact Teen Missions headquarters.

Between now and June 1, when the first leaders come in, we have to squeeze in the TMI three-day Annual Board Meeting, a week of setting up Tabernacles, Secretary’s Day (can’t forget that), a trip to Arizona and New Mexico for investments and meeting with several Indian Missions about the possibility of a combined Native American Boot Camp and maybe a MSSM and TMI team for 2015. Appreciate your prayers. Eivind and Carol Bray have loaned us a car while out there. Cathy Lynn is going with me to help drive. Our schedule is:

April 22Fly to Phoenix stay with the Brays

April 23Meet with a Spanish Church about a church

loan and with Desert Springs Church who has

a loan with our overseas investment program.

April 23Have lunch with the Mastor’s parents, Mo and Carly of the Circuit Riders.

April 23Afternoon meet with Dan Fredericks, the head of the United Indian Mission, one of the

largest in the country

April 24Drive to Show Low and meet with the

Christian Indian School. Also Spur Ministries

and lunch with FTM Glynn Buffkin (Snoopy).

April 25Plan to be in Vanderwagen, New Mexico to

meet with United Indian Mission Broken

Arrow Bible Ranch.

April 26To Window Rock to meet with Western

Indian Mission Director Chuck Harper.

April 27Across the Navajo Reservation to Burnt Corn

to meet with their leader, Mary Kay (no not

cosmetics); we did a project there.

April 28To Flagstaff and El Nathan Christian Camp

April 29Back to Phoenix

April 30Fly back to Florida

May is time to put Tabernacles up. We also plan a trip to the Everglades for set up of a 2015 team with our new 18 mini-motorcycles for Preteens. Plus the TMI Annual Board meeting will be followed by the five US Boot Camps.


Lord willing and health permitting, I will go to Cameroon, Malawi, South Africa and Madagascar for one month. Bernie will be staying with her sister, Esther, in Chillicothe, Ohio while I am in Africa.


Dr. Randy Stringer, our son-in-law, has been commissioned to write a book on The Messages of the Birds of the Bible. Randy’s working title is Bible Birdspeak. Randy has been a birder since a child and is an expert in the field. His book is planned to be published and available for Christmas of this year. It will be given to those who make a donation of $50 or more to support the worldwide work of TMI, AIDS Orphans and Motorcycle Sunday School Missions. This includes:

32 Bases in 23 countries

23 Free Bible Schools

38 Boot Camps

32 Orphan Rescue Units

162 Sunday Schools (with 20 more to place)

3 Life-size replicas of the Old Testament Tabernacles


1.  Healing for our Uganda staff Moses and Quinto.

2.  Bernie’s health

3.  Pooh and Brian and the birth of their baby.

4.  Tara and Bobbie raising Joel Robert. He is growing so big and is such a joy.

We thank you who stand with us in prayer and support. May the Lord richly bless you.

Come and visit us at TMI, AIDS Orphans and Motorcycle Sunday School Missions.





  1. Hello from Ohio.
    I am a former team member Hawaii 1988 and former assistant team leader Bermuda 1990.
    I have been married now for 19 years and have 2 children a 17 year old son and a 14 year old daughter.
    My wife is a teacher at a Christian School for the past 22 or 23 years. I would love to contact some of my old team members just to catch up, but I do not have anybody addresses. If it is possible could you please send or have someone send email addresses from both teams or even home addresses. Thanks I hope all is well with you.
    Yours Sincerely
    Paul Lowry 1988 /1990

    • Paul, Please call or email our office for that information ([email protected]).

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