by Chaplain Kurt Mario Haas
A Special Tribute
Chaplain Mario with "Mom" Wilkerson
~ the one who never gave up on me ~
on her 85th birthday
Wherever we go in life, we leave footprints, whether it be good or bad,
and 33 years ago, "Mom" Wilkerson left not only her footprints in my
life but lovingly, after many months of sharing the love of Christ with
me, led me to the Master's Feet. Yes, "Mom" believed in me and never gave
up on me. Thanks, "Mom," for sharing the Light with me. Now I'm sharing
it with others.
The two who never gave up on me.
Left to Right - Faye Mianulli,
Chaplain Mario, "Mom" Wilkerson
"Mom" Wilkerson receives her crown
Date: Tue Jul 15 1997
From: Barbara Haas
We just received this message in a fax on at 10:00 o'clock this morning (Ohio time).
Ann Wilkerson's Obituary
Services for Ann Wilkerson, 89, Garden Valley, are scheduled for
Thursday, July 17, 1 pm, at the Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home,
Lindale (Texas), with her sons,
Donald Wilkerson officiating.
Burial will be at the Lindale City Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilkerson died 2:15 am, July 15, 1997 at her residence. She
was born July 24, 1907 in Cannonsburg, PA to Andrew and Marie
Martin. In 1928 she married Kenneth Wilkerson and together they
served Assembly of God churches in
Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In 1960, after the death of her husband, she joined her sons in
New York City in the Teen Challenge Ministries serving as the
counselor. There she helped to establish a Coffee House ministry
in Greenwich Village. In 1975 she moved to Garden Valley where the
World Challenge Ministries is
headquartered, retiring in 1991 because of illness.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth and a daughter,
Joan Kloss. Survivors include three sons, David, Jerry, and
Donald and a daughter Ruth Harris, 17 grandchildren and 23 great
grandchildren, two brothers, Frank and Milan Martin and nieces
Visiting hours will be Wed. 6-8 pm.
"Mom" Wilkerson was well-loved by many she ministered to through her
coffee house and street ministry in Greenwich Village and through
countless letters in her later years.
One day "Mom" was conducting a street meeting in a park in the Village
and had drawn a very large crowd. The police came by and warned her to
break it up or they would have to get the paddy wagon. "Mom" answered,
"Go get the paddy wagon," and the whole crowd laughed.
Then she would obediently break it up and tell the crowd, "If anyone
wants to hear more, I'm going down to the Lost Coin." Many would follow
her. She was a great, fearless soul-winner and was respected by even the
rowdiest people in the crowd.
My husband Kurt was saved through the ministry
of "Mom" Wilkerson, who for 8 long months, put up with his endless
questions at the Lost Coin coffee house in Greenwich Village, New York.
Every time Kurt tried to
sidetrack her with another question, she always brought him back to the
question of being born again. The other workers in the coffee house
tried to give him literature but he would never accept any literature
from anyone but "Mom."
Kurt really gave everyone in the coffee house a terrible time with
his cursing and sidetracking questions, but "Mom" would never put up
with his foolishness. He was drawn to her tough love and kept coming
back to hear more.
Then the workers started a 24-hour prayer chain for the stubborn
Swiss. One day, Kurt was handed a newspaper full of articles and
pictures, reporting the return of Christ. In a panic, Kurt found a
phone booth and called "Mom's" house. There was no answer. He then
dialed the Teen Challenge Center, and, to his relief, a worker
answered the phone and told him "Mom" was sick and wasn't answering
the phone. He had thought Christ had returned and taken "Mom" away
and left him behind. He was relieved to find she was only sick.
You can read Kurt's testimony here.
Brother Donald Wilkerson,
who serves on our Missing Link board,
had recently e-mailed us and told us his mom had suffered several
mini-strokes, was bedridden and coming in and out of consciousness,
no longer recognizing anyone. She had a very strong heart and went
for many days on only water but suffered no pain and was on no
medication before she died.
Barbara Haas, Webmaster
Lorain County Free-Net Chapel
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