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Week of December 4, 2006
Legal woman is off to New Zealand to help open a Bible School
By BILL GLEN
WCR Staff Writer
Ruth Schafers will barely have time to open her Christmas presents with her family before flying halfway around the world to help open a Bible school in Auckland, New Zealand.
On Dec. 27, Schafers moves from Legal to Auckland where she will serve as ministry coordinator for the new Catholic Discipleship College in the Diocese of Auckland. She will be looked upon to lead prayer journeying, praise and worship, and outreach.
The college opens next February and Schafers is eagerly looking forward to the opening.
"Ordinarily, I get really excited, but I'm excited to see what God is going to do down there," said Schafers, prayer journeying director at John Paul II Bible School in Radway.
"This is going to be big and new."
Schafers is a recent widow and her three children are grown.
She said the opportunity to make the journey presented itself and she chose to go.
"We have had students from New Zealand come here (JPII) for several years."
Her new mission will be all about evangelization, she said. The New Zealand school is patterned somewhat after JPII.
"For the most part, it is (our) policies and procedures and using our experience. I have found that the people down there are very open to any kind of suggestion."
The school plans to open with 15 students - ironically the same number that enrolled at JPII in its inaugural year in 1984.
The charismatic renewal centre in Auckland will provide two floors of its building as a temporary location for the college. Someone has donated some 14 acres of property south of the city for a permanent location in about two years.
"I can't think of a better way to spend my life," Schafers said.