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Birtle Eye Witness (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Birtle, Manitoba Oak Birtle Shoal Takoj february 2, 1983 a it in Cartt it. J4787 11ff/ 63 ? meter j u w it by derail. 0967 a a legislative ii Jarry i00 Vaud Fatiau Street Manitoba a pc it 5 w Creek 32 a a a a a Lav a 57aa 2rt" Beulah �4 a in a Decker �474 i j r pc i ate a Mem 1 s Birtle Eye witness ninety first year number 5 subscription rates within 40 Miles Over 40 Miles $10.00 per year $12.00 per year $16.00 per year Birtle a new year baby arrives the Birtle and District chamber of Commerce welcomes Philip John Henderson As Birtles 1983 new years baby. Pictured above with his Mother Shirley mrs. Larry of St. Lazare Nee Dupont. Philip weighed in at 10 lbs. 1 of. On january 11th 1983. The chamber of Commerce baby Layette was presented to them. Most of the items were purchased on behalf of the chamber membership but we would like to thank those members who gave special discounts or donations besides. Eliaabeth and Prince Philip will pay a Royal Row to British Columbia Between March i. They will be on Nano for the ceremonial ground breaking of expo a a a la Vancouver and will also visit Nanaimo Vernon and Kamloops . _ Roxann Barker Heads the Birtle chamber of Commerce miss Munel Stephenson of in his add lathering at the Birtle United Church the Birtle and District chamber of Commerce held their election of officers for 1983 at their meeting january 28th at the bread Box. Those elected to office were a president Roxann Barker vice president Betty Graham Secretary Kathy Dvorak treasurer Marg Hodgson downhill Derby Bob Cain retail promotion Fred Barker and Ray Howard. Membership dues Are now payable for this year. The remain the same As for 1982, $25.00 per business and $10. Per individual. New members Are most Welcome de Munn was the Winner of the $5. Meeting prize As he was in attendance and he will win a additional $5.00 is he is in attendance at our next meeting on february 23rd at 7 30 at the Birtle bread Box. Every meeting from now on we will be drawing from the membership one Lucky number. Each member having been designated a number. If your number is drawn and you Are in attendance you automatically win $5.00. However if you Are not in attendance the Money stays in a a a pot for the next attendance draw. To earn your $5.00 Bonus you must attend the meeting following to receive it. Each month we will print in the Eye witness the name of the Lucky merchant along with a reminder of the Date and time of the next meeting which you will have to attend to win $5.00.artificial ice now in use Birtle District Arena is now equipped with artificial ice. The Plant was turned on last Friday january 28th and so far no problems have been encountered. It was fitting that the Birtle old timers were the first team to play on the new ice As it was their tournaments every year that had to be cancelled due to poor ice conditions. The old timers Defeated Decker on Friday evening. Birtle has also been awarded the Maha 12 and under play Down tournament scheduled for Early in March. This is something to look Forward to. Miss Muriel Stephenson a delightful talented and dedicated lady from Ontario who has spent 30 years As a missionary in India was the guest speaker at the Birtle United Church on january 20th, sponsored by the outreach committee. The approximately 40 persons who heard her found the experience both interesting and inspiring and would like to share it with readers who were unable to attend. Miss Stephenson gowned in an attractive Sari and jacket is on a a furlough for ten months. In the armed forces a furlough Means a Holiday to do As you please but for a missionary it Means travelling around the country in weather very unlike India speaking two or three times a Day at churches like ours often with a Small audience and sleeping in a different bed every night. But miss Stephenson did not mention any of this a she greeted everyone with a warm soft smile and spoke earnestly about her beloved a a family of 210 Indian children at the Hostel or boarding school where she has worked for the past number of years in Northeast India at rat Lam the same place where or. Robert Mcclure did his famous medical work. Prior to this work from which she must retire in four years she had spent eight years working on the production of a hymnal in the main Indian language Hmidi translating some of the beloved Christian hymns into their language and setting them to the very different Indian music which does not use Harmony As we do but relies on Melody and rhythm. Some of their tunes May have Only four notes used in various order but As she demonstrated on her Bamboo flute the results Are quite pleasing to the ear. She began her presentation by playing that Small flute several Indian melodies. She then took her violin and first gave a Beautiful rendition of Largo then Sang and played a hindi hymn their translation of a the lord is my Shepherd. Muriel Days her violin every sunday at the White Church in rat Lam for the hymns. Music is her first interest in which she has a degree. She is also an ordained minister. She is the daughter of Canadian ministers and often in her teens heard the message that missionaries were urgently needed for India Africa Etc. She Felt it was a Good thing to do but something she herself could never undertake. But at 19, she accepted Jesus As her Saviour and it was not Long before she Finsod the will and courage to answer die Call. The Joy she finds in her work shows in her face but she says that for quite a while a a self kept popping up. After teaching English in a Junior High school replacing a miss Bridge Man who was on furlough she was asked to take on evangelistic weak teaching christianity in the villages. She made All kinds of excuses. She wanted to continue with the work in music which she loved. But a Man on the North India Church Board asked her a what do you think god wants you to do a she then realized that she was seeking to do what she wanted not what god wanted and knew she should go. She asked permission to Complete her work Stencilling 110 songs in hindi for the children to sing. Even after she went she wished that another member of the group who spoke hindi would do All the speaking. But someone said a there Are two kinds of servants in India continued on Page 10

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