S: Evelyn Black 90th Birthday
BC: "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." - Cardinal Mermillod | WE LOVE YOU MOM
FC: 90th Birthday Celebration | "Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations" Psalm 90:1
1: Evelyn Grace Schultz was born June 19, 1921 in a Baptist parsonage in Shedden, Ontario to Alice (Leach) and Allen Schultz.
2: The Shultz family came to Canada form Pennslyvania to join up with an Amish Mennonite community near New Hamburg, Ontario. Her mother's family came from Suffolk County, England and settled in the Detroit area of Michigan in the 1880's. Her parents, Alice and Allan Schultz, were among the first white people to ever set foot on African soil, and Evelyn and her husband (Vern Black) followed that same tug on their souls to Africa
3: Evelyn's father pastored many different congregations in her young life and she moved frequently. Some places were Port Burwell,, Mount Forest and Kitchener. When ready for grade 12 at age 15, her dad took sick with rheumatic fever and was bed-ridden for 1 year. In order to have an income they bought the Golden Rule bookstore in Kitchener and moved there while her mother ran the store. Instead of going to grade 12, she went to business college. Life was full and interesting with lots of dates. She very much enjoyed her teen yeas. She had many secretarial jobs to help out financially. During this time Leola McMillan came to board with them and became like a sister to Evelyn.
4: During the summer of 1942 while listening to a speaker at MBC she realized that there was more to life than living for self and made the decision to go to Prairie Bible College in Three Hills Alberta.
6: While at Prairie she knew in her heart that she was to be a missionary, but it wasn't until she heard Mr. Maxwell the founder of PBI speak on a verse from Jeremiah "Seek great things for thyself- seek them not", that she fully surrendered to what God had for her life.
8: Evelyn Grace Shultz and Vern Everend Black were married April 26, 1947 at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener, Ontario
9: MARRIAGE AND COURTSHIP | On October 26, 1946 on Hamilton Mountain Vern asked Evelyn to share his life with him. Joy was short-lived when a month before the wedding date she came down with strange symptoms and was diagnosed with MS. The doctor's advise to Vern was "not to get married - if he did- not to go to Ethiopia - and certainly NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN." DEVASTATED - they callled the pastor and elders from Vern's church in Hamilton and had them pray over Evelyn and anoint her with oil. They knew God had heard and a few days later all the symptoms had disappeared and she was given a clean bill of health.
10: ETHIOPIA 1948-1965 Sheshamane Adaba Dilla Addis & Bishoftu | 1st house where Dot was born
11: Airport at Adaba | Early Ministry | FOUR & FIVE | ONE | then there were two | # THREE | THE END # 6
12: FAMILY | FAM | FAMILY VACATION | FAMILY VACATIONS | BISHOFTU | LANGANO | CHESLEY
13: Growing up in Ethiopia
15: School Days
16: MINISTRY VERN was a carpenter by trade so was sent to various locations to build houses, schools, clinics and churches. | Some of the mission stations were: Sheshamane, Saja, Adaba, Dilla and Bishoftu. He was also called upon to do medical work
17: ROBERT JOHN BETH EVELYN CAROL ANN born - November 6/52 born- Sept 19/53 born - Aug 29/56 . Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Kitchener, Ont Addis Ababa, Ethiopia . | MURRAY ALLAN born - January 4/48 Waterloo, Ontario | SPECIAL EVENTS | DOROTHY IRENE born - May 19/49 Sheshamane Ethiopia s | HOWARD EVEREND born Feb 6/51 Addis Ababa Rthiopia | beside the Queen's visit and numerous encounters with temperor Hailie Selasiie | SIX M A J O R E V E N T S
18: Every five years between 1948 and 1965 "the Black Family" would spend one year in Canada before heading back to Ethiopia. Every furlough time there would be new additions to the family since the last.
19: Some of the most memorable times were getting to and from Ethiopia by boat.
20: In 1965 the family returned to Canada and were introduced to the Schultz and Black side of the family. We lived in Kitchener, Markdale and Barrie. Evelyn worked at different secretarial jobs and Vern worked as an insurance agent in Markdale; carpentry, pastor of the Alliance Church and bus driver in Barrie.
21: Happy Mother's Day
22: In 1971 Vern, Evelyn and Carol returned to Ethiopia and lived in Addis and ran the guest house at Bishoftu for a time. Family visits from Canada were common. | Bishoftu Mountain
23: "A Mother's love never ages."
24: Retirement Years MBC Huntsville Florida
26: 50th wedding anniversary | Great is God's faithfulness Six children 19 grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren
27: Happy 90th!! An amazing story of Faith, Courage and God's Blessing! | A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Her children rise up and call her blessed