In Memory - Katie Van Zyl
June 19, 1954 - March 15, 2019
World Missions is heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of our mission partner, Katie Van Zyl, who had served in Bogotá, Colombia with her husband Bob since 1977. Katie and Bob translated the New Testament (published in 1991) and Old Testament portions into the Camsá Indian language and then worked as consultants—Bob in the area of Bible translation and Katie in literacy-Scripture use with members of over 40 people groups in the region. Most recently Katie served as the literacy team coordinator for the SIL Americas Area Scripture Engagement (SE) Core Team—working alongside various indigenous and Latin Christian leaders to develop new SE strategies and facilitate discipleship and training activities. Bob currently serves as the Americas Regional Director for SIL’s Global Sign Language Team. He had been working in Honduras at the time of Katie’s passing.
Katie was a delightful lady who always had a smile on her face. She served her Lord well—having left a loving legacy of God’s Word to the people of Latin America. Katie leaves behind her loving family, Bob, daughters Amy (husband Jorge) and Katie Ann, and granddaughters, Isabella, Sofia, and Laura; plus her many friends around the world and colleagues with United World Missions and SIL International.
The World Missions Team gives God Almighty all praise and honor for Katie Van Zyl, our dear friend and gospel partner of 41 years. We will miss her very much but are grateful that she is present with her loving Lord and Savior. In Katie’s honor and memory, World Missions contributed $5,000 to United World Mission to fund Camsá language projects. Thank you very much for keeping Katie’s family in your prayers.
In Memory: Lois Mateer
February 19, 1939-April 11, 2019
Lois Mateer went home to be with the Lord on April 11 in Santiago, Chile. Lois was a very lovely lady who served faithfully alongside her husband Sam for 35 years in church planting ministries in Quito, Ecuador and Santiago, Chile. Although the couple retired from their ministry at the end of 2014, they chose to remain in Chile where they continued to remain active in ministry and music. A celebration of Lois’s life was held at San Marcos Church on April 12, and the funeral was held on April 13. A memorial service will be held in the States in the future. Please be in prayer for Sam and their four children and families, their many friends in Ecuador and Chile, and their colleagues with Mission to the World. We praise the Lord for the privilege of partnering with Lois and Sam during their entire 35 years of missionary service.
We are praying for eleven of our members to serve on the foreign mission field for one year or longer over the next ten years. Might you be one of them? Contact the World Missions Office for prayer, counsel, and/or assistance.
- Please continue to pray for the ministry of World Missions and the Lord’s direction as new opportunities are under consideration and prayer.
- Pray for our missionary family that serves throughout the world. Pray for their safety, good health, strong families, love and care of the people to whom they minister, and the Lord’s blessing add direction in their work.
The Prayer Team coordinated by Leslie Cory meet every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in Tower Room 403. During this time those in attendance will review missionary prayer requests and spend time in prayer for the needs of the week. All are welcome to attend on any Wednesday evening.