Deborah Wold, Treasurer
I was raised in a Christian home. At the age of six, I asked Jesus into my life as my personal Lord and Savior. My parents had Christian fellowship meetings in their home most of the years that I lived with them. I grew to love this “extended family.” At 16, I began to work part-time to save money for a vehicle and for my college expenses. Ultimately, I worked my way through college by doing various part-time jobs. In 1972, I traveled to Israel with my parents to visit some of their friends who lived in Israel.
In 1984, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with a major in Physical Education and a minor in French. After graduation, I traveled with a group of college-age students to fourteen countries. This tour lasted 50 days and was called, “In Search of Christ’s Excellence.” We visited eleven countries in Europe plus Israel, Egypt, and Kenya. My experience in Kenya was the most memorable and life-changing. We were in a remote, barren part of this country at a small Christian high school and orphanage. I helped build a chicken house. We mixed and applied the cement with our bare hands. I was thrilled to help improve the situation for these orphans and students.
Because of these two trips, God-planted a desire in my heart to help orphans, widows, and others who are in need in other countries. In 1986, during the final semester of my teacher-credentialing program at CSULA, I became friends with Joseph Murala, who attended several of our home-fellowship meetings. During this time, Bernie Wold, also a good friend to Joseph, attended our home-fellowship meetings. I married Bernie Wold in 1987 and taught for two years at Anoakia School in Arcadia, California. With the expectancy of our first daughter, I resigned from Anoakia and became a stay-at-home mom. My husband and I strongly believe in home schooling. We use a Christian-based curriculum. With God’s blessing, we will home school all four of our children from kindergarten through high school.
During Christmas, 2003, Joseph visited our home. He asked Bernie and me to have a part in GEM. We prayed about the proposal and accepted it. It is exciting to be involved with Global Evangelical Ministries. I have the honor and responsibility of being the treasurer of the board of directors. I am a full-time homemaker, wife, mother, and teacher, but I am glad to make the time to freely serve in GEM. Though it is particularly difficult to be separated from my husband during his overseas trips, it is worth the sacrifice. Please ask God what your part may be with GEM. God bless you.
Treasurer of GEM
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