Archive for October, 2008

Dr. Jere Patzer (1946-2008)

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Longtime friend and supporter of ICC, Dr. Jere Patzer, passed away on October 26th after a two-year battle with non-Hodgkins mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and particularly aggressive form of cancer.  Jere was 61.

When ICC founder, Alcyon Fleck, heard the news  of Jere’s passing she was filled with great sorrow.  Alcyon recalls that in the early days of ICC, Jere was a big help to her.  He was also a close personal friend and conducted Pastor Fleck’s anointing service when he was gravely ill.  A few days before Jere passed away, Alcyon spoke to Jere’s wife,  Sue, and told her she was praying for the family.  Sue relayed a message from Jere that “he reads every word that you write.”  Not only was Jere a personal friend, he was a staunch supporter of ICC.

At the time of his passing Jere was serving as President of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) of the Seventh-Day Adventists.  Born in Bozeman, Montana in 1946, he graduated from Atlantic Union College in 1969 and went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Ministry. Jere served as a pastor in New York, Pennsylvania and Oregon. He also served the NPUC as a youth ministries director and as both the Executive Secretary and President of the Upper Columbia Conference prior to his becoming the president of the NPUC.

A memorial service  will be held in honor of Jere on Saturday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church, Battle Ground Washington.  More information  can be obtained at the NPUC website.

Jere is survived by his wife Sue, his sons Darin and Troy and his daughter Carissa. Please join with all of us here at ICC in offering our deepest condolences to Jere’s family.   May God bless all of you in this time of deep sorrow.

ICC Korea Update

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Kent Greve, ICC’s International Development Director, wrote this report regarding the trip he and Dr. Ottis Edwards took to South Korea to visit the chapter there.  Dr. Edwards serves as the ICC corporate link and supervisor for this chapter.

 

For those of you who aren’t aware, in Septembrer of 2007 ICC established a chapter in South Korea under the able leadership of Dr. Pyung Il Cho.  Dr. Cho is a retired dentist who also served as director of a health college in Korea.  Ottis and I have been impressed with the rapid development of this chapter and their desire to raise awareness and resources for the benefit of the children of ICC. 

During our visit, Ottis and I were able to meet with the ICC Korea board.  Many of the members are current or former Seventh-day Adventist church pastors or workers.  I was impressed with the quality of gentlmen present at the meeting and the enthusiastic discussion that took place.

One of the most importnat aspects of this visit to Korea was to work on submitting funding requests to the Korean government.  In all, four requests were submitted in behalf of the ICC projects in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Congo and El Salvador.  Each request was for $150,000.  If they are accepted, what a huge blessing it would be for ICC’s children.  We will hopefully know the outcome by January.

ICC Korea Board

ICC Korea Board

ICC’s New Blog

Friday, October 31st, 2008

International Children’s Care is launching a new Blog in an effort to provide updated “insider” information on projects and partner news.  We hope that you find this place in cyberspace to be a worthwhile read in the weeks and months that follow.