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My wife is much too humble and quiet to say much about herself, so I have
asked to write on her behalf.
1. First I have copied the text of her missionary letter sent out to all her
supporters. It was also sent out to my school friends and relatives as well.
From her introductory letter (image
to my relatives detailing our itinerary for August, 1988
Personal Testimony, Chris Wise
I would like to share with you how God has worked in my life. First of all, my name is Christine Wise. l went to a liberal church with neighbors when I was a child.
When I was in third grade, I was burdened about missions. I felt it was very wrong for people in other lands to worship other gods. I believe God wanted me to be a missionary. I rejected this call when I was a senior in high school.
I went to nursing school hoping that I would get married soon. This was a miserable time in my life, as I knew that I belonged in a Christian school. I left nursing school after a year and three months. From my home in Attica, Ohio, God called me to Tennessee Temple Schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
God convicted my heart with Ephesians 2:8,9 that I had been trusting in good works and that I must repent. I was challenged to read through the Bible. This also greatly convicted my heart as I saw how God hates "little" sins of selfishness and pride.
I was then ready, the third week of college, to ask Jesus to save me. I was saved and baptized at Highland Park Baptist Church. The pastor, Dr. Lee Roberson, baptized me, and God changed my heart attitude. I then desired to live for Him and let Christ live through me [Galatians 2:20]. He gave me joy and contentment and a reason for living.
GOD'S MISSIONS CALL
l knew God wanted me to be a missionary. My eyes were on Ghana, West Africa after meeting a national from there. I was told, however, that I could not go until there was a couple to accompany me. I remained busy for God for three months when I received a call from my mission board to come a fill a need in the Christian school at Nassau, Bahamas.
I went and God burdened my heart to remain and help the ministry there twelve years. God opened doors for me to teach Sunday school, junior church, witness, have hospital visitation, have Bible clubs in the government school, drive people to church, and use Source of Light Bible lessons with many.
A national pastor asked me to come and help with a Christian School in Providentiales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I served in this ministry for three years. I enjoyed God's open doors to teach Sunday school, junior church, have ladies meetings, have Bible Clubs in the three government schools, drive the van for school and church activities, and witness for our Lord.
God has now worked in my life to bless me with a special gift: Pat Lanyon. I pray that I will be a good help-meet to him.
Mr. C. Pat Lanyon
35 Deerfield Avenue 1
East Hartford, CT 06108
August, 1988 ITINERARY, C. Pat Lanyon & Chris Wise
1-5 CT business details, marriage reading & study
6-14 OH marriage preparations & wedding on the 13th (invitation [was]
15-25 CO relatives to meet, "honeymoon!"
25-26 OH packing and return to CT.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
Her Husband also, and he Praiseth
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a Woman that Feareth the LORD, She Shall Be
2. Christine has many virtues to list, and she surely has added so much to my
life I will be spending the rest of our marriage days evening out her great
addition to my life and our family.
- Christine has a CARD MINISTRY she has conducted since she probably first
became a missionary. She sends birthday and anniversary cards out most of
all, but on many other occasions she has sent get-well, encouragements,
special holidays as Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving. She added to her
already packed list before marriage all the church folk I was keeping being
the clerk, not to mention a family card list for my family, and missionaries
I have corresponded with.
- Christine has always had A HEART FOR LADIES. While in the British West
Indies, she regularly encouraged ladies in each of the churches she had a
role in. She attends every ladies meeting, banquet and function. She
actively participates in our Ladies' "Secret Pal' Fellowship since its
inception in our church, including the banquet held each year.
- Christine LOVES TO COOK, and she faithfully provides variety and good
tasting meals for our family of four, and often others that may get
invited-- some even on a minute's notice [the 'spur of the moment' impulses
yours truly is prone to do. :-)] She also loves to garden and use what grows
in our yard to cook with during the summer.
- Christine is PRUDENCE magnified! Probably since
early youth living in the poor agricultural community she grew up in and
then having to live on the pauper's missionary income in a 3rd world
country, she makes everything more that it was when she got it! God has
astoundingly enabled her to find amazing deals in her grocery shopping in
our expensive-to-live-in state through couponing, event sales, reduced- shelf
purchasing, and many other devises advertisers have brainstormed such as
loyalty cards, coins for discounts and other rewards.
- We are constantly being given bags of clothes, or other articles, no
longer wanted by folk in and around our church, neighborhood, and even
business. Often nursing home residents, single mothers, single men,
struggling families, house burning victims, etc. are seen toting home a
bag of sized up goodies of which they were in her mind as each was
- Most of the articles in our home are not new-- not that we can or
won't get new things if really necessary. But we have learned to live
with a spirit of contentment on most of life's basic necessities.
- We saved up to purchase in 2003 our first car ever paid for in CASH
and not more than 2 years old!
- We frantically paid off principle on our house loan because it saved
us so much money. This enabled us to pay off a 30-year-mortgage in only
- We are able to home school our children for only $1,000 per year and
keep them home saving us thousands of dollars on transportation costs
and risks of traveling over 44 miles a day to attend an excellent Christian
Day School they would attend if not able to be home-schooled.
- Christine is CREATIVITY incarnate. The creative bulletin boards put up
every month in our church are only one small outward sign of this amazing
creative mind. She loves to create original
cards to give to others in addition to sparkled up purchased cards with
her own styles of stickers, rubber stamps and glued-on foils and trinkets.
- Christine is SPIRITUALITY. Yes, she has an exceeding LOVE for the LORD, as
is manifested by these:
- She desired at age 10 to be a missionary to
- She trusted Christ as Savior upon entering college and attended the
school operated by the godly Lee Roberson, Tennessee Temple.
- She entered missionary service after an Associates Degree and served
15 years after graduation from college. She even upgraded to a
bachelor's degree during that term-- a decision that was to eventually lead her
to meet, in August 1977, the man who was to become her husband 11 years
later. The years most women spend rearing children after school-training
she spent in contentment being single, loving
small children and ladies as she served in Church ministry as a Teacher
and humble Church Worker in careful devotion to her Lord.
- She patiently waited for God's choice in marriage-- carefully and
sensitively keeping herself through a close walk with Christ away from
many 'eligible' young men throughout those 15 years.
- When completing her service, she was praised by those served as THE
BEST missionary setting foot on the islands she served.
- During her years of service she served with rigor and diligence,
careful not to spend time around tourists who had come for pleasure and
for recreation in islands well known for such activities.
- She faithfully reads her copy of the Bible through each year, now on
reading number 36 (May, 2006)
- She teaches a Sunday school class of Primary Girls now for over 16
- Christine is LOYALTY. She is loyal not only to her husband, but also to
her church, pastors, people, and most important of all to her LORD.
- Christine is VIRTUE, her guide, of course, being Proverbs 31: 10 ff>
- 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
- The woman who learns the value of assimilating promises made in
scripture receives the benefits of so doing. One need only go to an
exotic jeweler to determine the value of 'precious stones.'
- 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
- Some women have such an eye for possessions and stature of social
class that their habits place such pressure on their spouse so as to
create great financial stress upon a marriage and it's home. But a
virtuous woman has social stature and spiritual possessions that
enrich a home with far greater riches than life's
battlefield-spoils. This results in a great peace at home where
children learn to love things of true value-- love, happiness, joy, contentment,
and harmony with one another.
- 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
- How a woman's life ends matters far more that accomplishments she
may make at self-gratification's expense. Christine's good deeds are
1) Showing love and gratefulness for her husband to everyone she
speaks with both in and out of his presence, 2) Patiently waiting
for spiritual growth to take place in his life that sometime seems
to take years and years, 3) Gratefulness for God's choice in spite
of seeing other noble couple's choices that may excel in their
fruitfulness. These comparisons are shunned by the virtuous woman!
- 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
- Without money, she accumulates clothes in exceeding abundance--
yes they may not be the new and flawless as one would purchase at
expensive clothing stores. She seeks flax, having found it to be
healthy for body, for her family and carefully each morning prepares
it in oatmeal cereal! And her hands-- yes her
hands are wrinkled from years of use-- sewing, dish-washing,
card-making, gardening, and much more than can be listed here.
- 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
- 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
- 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
- 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
- 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
- 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
- 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
- 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
- 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
- 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
- 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
- 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
- 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
- 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
- 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
- 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
- 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.