A Tribute, Page 3
|From Hong Kong,
Dick, Lucille, Donny and Dorothy traveled by freighter to San Francisco,
where Dick's and Lucille's parents met the ship. The Websters spent
two years in Berkeley, CA, where Dick and Lucille worked with students at
their alma matter. During this time, Dick and Lucille felt lead to
return to Asia, to Formosa (now Taiwan), to work with high school and
college students there.
Darlene became the third little Webster, born in October 1952, and soon after that, the family boarded a ship and headed for Formosa.
Darlene and Dorothy
|The family settled
in the the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, home to Chung Gung
University, the second largest university on the island. Here they set up
Bible studies at the university and at various high schools and eventually
built a student center where the students could fellowship after
school. A few years later, a Christian businessman donated a piece
of land in the country, and with the help of the students, a conference
center was built, called the Mt. of Olives, complete with dormitories, and
a dining/meeting room. Eventually a chapel was built.
Conferences were held at the Mt. of Olives throughout the summer and the winter break. As many as 200 students would attend at a time. The curriculum was set so that a student who attended each summer could gain a reasonable foundation in Bible and theology over a four year period.
Dick and Lucille felt that the Christian students should learn to share their new faith with others, and so they would take the students to the rural villages where the students could learn to share their faith with the local people.
In 1958, Lucille was diagnosed with cancer. It proved to be a protracted battle. In 1963, she went to be with the Lord whom she had served so faithfully.
Breakfast in the dining room at the Mt. of Olives.
Breakfast usually consisted of rice, peanuts and Chinese pickles, great if you're used to it.
Student ministry in a village.
marked a time of transition for the Webster family. Dick had just
accepted a position as teacher and Vice President of Christ's College in
northern Taiwan. A year later, Don graduated from Morrison Academy
High School in Taiwan and left to start Wheaton College. It was
clearly a lonely time for Dick as well as Dorothy and Darlene, with both
Lucille and Don gone.
In time, Dick became attracted to a co-worker in the student work, Florence Shires. The two were married on Valenties Day, 1965. A year after they were married, son Larry became the latest addition to the family. Two years later, Sam was born to complete the family.
After nine years as an independent missionary, Dick, with Flo, joined TEAM Mission, and continued full time student work, much of it in connection with Campus Evangelical Fellowship. They moved to Taichung, in the center of the island, which proved a central location for the island-wide ministry. It was also the location of Morrison Christian Academy, the school from which all five children would eventually graduate.
Dick traveled extensively throughout the Island, speaking in churches and to student groups wherever he was invited. In 1970, he again began taking student teams into village areas for missionary training. This developed into the founding of Village Gospel Mission, which now works in eleven unreached areas in the southern part of the Island
A ministry involving both Dick and Flo, was the mentoring of young Chinese Christian workers to help them become more effective in their own ministries. As Dick and Flo became recognized as senior missionaries, they became instrumental in mentoring some of the more junior foreign missionaries, giving them practical help as well as spiritual prayer partnering.
Darlene & Dorothy, Flo & Dick, Sam and Larry, 1969.
Don was in Navy flight training in 1969.