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Anna B. (Ann) Classen (1928- 2016) passed to glory on Jan. 17, 2016. Sent out by the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church of Meade, Kan. (now Countryside Bible Church), Ann was one of several women employed by our Fellowship to assist with home missions. Trough 1952 and into 1953, Ann ministered in the Poplar, Mont. area. A church planting pastor was working there, and Ann was assigned to do children’s work and visitation to help that church planting effort. By this time, Ann had already served several sum- mers with Go Ye Mission in Oklahoma and was a graduate of Grace Bible Institute of Omaha (now Grace University). Her work in Poplar ended when she was

approved to go to Japan under Far Easter Gospel Crusade (now SEND International) in 1953. She was one of the many FEBC missionaries who responded to the post-war call to take the gospel to Asia. Ann served 42 years in Japan. Her skill in children’s work, her courage in visitation, and her

persistence in door-to-door literature distribution was invaluable for effective church planting. Working with her sister Martha, she began six churches. In her final term, she worked with a Japanese pastor to begin one more church. Troughout her career, Ann was fully supported by Fellowship

churches, as were most FEBC missionaries until the 1980s. In the 1970s it was common for several missionaries to travel together to visit a number of FEBC Churches on a given trip. One of the last of such trips paired Ann and Martha Classen with Harvey and Anna Louise Schultz. Ann influenced another generation of missionaries to consider

missions. Today FEBC missionaries Darwin and Karen Stoesz serve in Japan as a result of Ann’s influence.

Crosspoint Bible Church of Omaha broke ground on Feb. 28 for an addition and remodeling project. Te 1.3 million dollar project will create a new nursery and library, provide main floor restrooms, and enlarge the foyer. Existing space on the main floor will be reconfigured for church and pastor offices and a classroom. Construction will be in progress when the FEBC Convention is held at Crosspoint in July.


Anna Reiger Award in Christian Education

People are celebrated in fields of sports, business, music, literature, drama and education. We honor their dedication; the positive contributions they make within their fields; and the way they inspire others to excellence. How much more should we celebrate Christian teachers who have internalized the Word of God and then faithfully imparted its truth to their students! Te Anna Rieger Award in Christian Education was initi-

ated in 1998 to recognize teachers who impact their students for God’s Kingdom. Tis award is a memorial to Dr. Anna Rieger, who, as a teacher and professor, exemplified these characteristics. Tis annual award recognizes at least one teacher from our Fellow- ship who has given distinguished service to the local church in the field of Christian Education. Please consider whom you could thank and encourage by

nominating them for this award. Request a nomination form from or from your church office. Full members of FEBC churches who have displayed leadership through godly character, competence in Christian Education, and faithfulness in ministry for a minimum of 10 years are eligible to be nominated.


FEBC Christian Education Scholarships

Two scholarships are available to members of FEBC churches. Application forms are available at Appli- cations must be submitted by May 31.

Christian Ministry Scholarship College students preparing for career ministries may apply for a Christian Ministry Scholarship from the Commission on Education. A limited number of scholarships of $1000 are available based on income from the Scholarship Trust Fund.

Continuing Education Scholarship Continuing Edu- cation Scholarships are also available for people already in full-time ministry (pastors, missionaries, etc.) who need additional training.

Consider a Gift Scholarships are funded though income received from the Scholarship Trust Fund. Tis fund was estab- lished to provide financial assistance to those who seek to better equip themselves for ministry through Biblical and specialized education. Giſts or bequests made to the Scholarship Trust Fund will enable us to partner with those whom God is preparing to minister in his Kingdom.

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