|Grandma Wilmerton Receives Her Crown
"I'm going to meet Jesus."
Barbara's Mom fought a four-week battle with pneumonia and mild congestive heart failure.
A feeding tube had to be inserted because she had lost her ability to swallow,
causing all her food to go straight to her lungs.
At noon on October 31, about a week after being
released from the hospital, Grandma Wilmerton told the nurse on duty, "I'm going
to meet Jesus." Then
around suppertime, the
nurse went in to check on
her and found her
About three minutes later, at 5:35 p.m., she went
back in and found she had died in her sleep at the
age of 88.
Awesome that she knew where she
Our Children Are Growing Up!
Heidi (23) - A
talented pianist and
gifted singer, is
studying voice. Last
summer she attended
the Institute for
Vocal Study at
Oberlin College. Not long ago, she won an award by a Cleveland
Heidi's been working as a heart monitor
technician and patient care assistant at a local
hospital and going to school at the same time.
She earned her EMT license and is currently
studying to be a paramedic. Heidi seems to excel
at everything she touches. Going to visit Kurt's
family in Switzerland for the Christmas holidays.
Heidi deeply loves the Lord and has many
opportunities to witness to co-workers. Looks like
Mom but is a ditto of her daddy inside.
Monika (20) - Our
socialite, makes friends
easily. She has a lovely,
inherited voice (not from
She's attending her first
year at Free Gospel Bible
Institute in Export, PA.
She worked in a Christian
daycare and served as a
volunteer at a local
hospital. Here's a fine young
lady, with deep Christian
convictions and inner beauty.
Monika is our
cleanie and she's a great cook. Her spiritual gift is serving. She is gifted
with natural talent for fixing hair. Loves
computers. Excels in spite of a severe visual
handicap. Favors Kurt's side of the family in
looks but is very much like her mother inside.
Rosemarie (11) - Our
exceptionally gifted, fifth
grade, academic whiz
kid. An inquisitive,
babbling brook which
never runs dry, this gal
keeps us giggling from
morn 'til dawn!
her second year in piano.
The leader on the block.
Loves computers. Just
learned how to create
web pages from scratch. (Need a lesson?) I plan
to hire her as our Missing Link web designer.
real pipsqueak - the runt of the bunch, just like I
was. Her 7-year-old brother weighs more than
she does! Favors both Kurt and me. Kurt's
family tells us she's the spitting image of his
Paul (7) - Our sweet,
head-taller-than-others, second grade
kid. This kid weighed
nearly 11 pounds when
he was born. Obviously
took after Grandpa Wilmerton's side of
the family. He looks very
much like a Wilmerton
(Barbara's side of the
Loves computers. Never had a check
mark for bad behavior in class. His spiritual gift
is serving. Just mention you need something at
the table and Paul's the first one to run and get it.
We know God has a very special ministry
reserved for Paul.
Peter (5) - A mega
ditto of his daddy, both
inside and out! We
showed him Kurt's
picture from when he was
five years old, and Peter
thought it was his own
picture. The resemblance
This one's a real powerhouse - our biggest challenge.
Has more energy than a pack of wild tigers. Peter
has determination and a contagious, enthusiastic,
vibrant spirit. He loves computer, too. Enjoys
participating in the children's choir at church.
Anything to be up front!
If we're going out,
Peter's the one who always begs to go along.
Always likes to be on the go like Daddy. We already
know he'll be going places when he grows up!
Barbara (Mom) -
As a stay-at-home mom, there's never a dull moment in my life. I've never understood
how mothers can "run out of things to do" at home, because I've never been able
to catch up on my to-do list. As a matter of fact, the list seems to get longer every day.
My kids call me a computer nerd because I enjoy spending so much time on the computer. I
got lost somewhere in Cyberspace about five years ago. Then one day someone challenged me
to make a web page by pointing me to an award-winning site of a 12-year-old. I said to
myself, "If he can do it, I can do it."
I've really enjoyed
the special ministry God
has given me, directing
over 100 Internet volunteers, translating sermons
for David Wilkerson's ministry into over 25
languages. We use the English sermons for Bible
studies in prison.
Chaplain Mario (Dad) - (I call him Kurt. We
won't tell his age, but
folks often mistake our
kids for grandkids.)
Kurt's been busier than
ever this past year with
prison ministry and
church and convention
Lately, we've kept
him running back and
forth to the post office, mailing requested copies
of David Wilkerson's Suicide book to suicidals.
The Christmas holidays, which are depressing to
many, have drawn quite a number of desperate
souls to our free, online offer. Going high-tech, our ministry is reaching far
more needy souls than we ever dreamed possible.
Kurt's been a wonderful support throughout
the whole time when I had to run back and forth
to see Mom at the hospital and personal care
home, pitching in, helping care for the children.
Without his encouragement and willingness to
fill in the gap, I would have fallen completely