A GOODLY HERITAGE
In her casket were two bottles of Old Milwaukee beer and a
We certainly were surprised as we viewed the body of the mother of one
of our Awana leaders. We heard that she had told her family that she
wanted to be buried with her beer and her cigarettes and the family
honored her wish.
I imagine that her son was probably embarrassed by this family decision
and it made me realize how difficult it must be to be the only Christian
in your family. As we drove home from the viewing my mind was directed
to Psalm 16:6 that proclaims, “Yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
Yes, I am so very fortunate to have a goodly, Godly heritage, and so
are you. Please don’t ever forget it and never take it for granted.
Your heritage begins with your parents. Your dad and your uncles, Craig,
Ken and Tim, all came to know the Lord as children. The Lord allowed
all three to marry wives who knew the Lord as Savior. All have tried
to raise you and their families to honor the Lord.
Grammy and I also asked the Lord to be our Savior while we were young
children. We have tried to live lives that please Him. On our honeymoon
the Lord led us to Psalm 92:13, “Those that be planted in the
house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” We
have tried to follow this promise all of our married lives. Elsewhere
in this book you will find the principles that we have tried to model
and pass on as our legacy.
Your parents also had uncles and aunts who loved the Lord and were active
in many areas of service and ministry. Uncle Terry, Aunt Kendy and Aunt
Sue also accepted Jesus as their Savior when they were children. Uncle
Leon served as a pastor in several churches after completing Bible school.
The goodly heritage also includes your great grandparents. Grammy’s
parents – Gramps and Muz Bickle - both loved the Lord. They made
Him central in their family life after Gramps accepted the Lord as his
Savior later in his life. They loved to entertain visiting preachers
and missionaries. Muz taught Sunday School. Gramps (Glenn Bickle) had
a special gift of evangelism and was responsible for leading many people
to the Lord. Sharing the Gospel with others was his greatest joy. He
was very active in Gideons, taught Sunday School and led prayer meeting.
He and Muz were very faithful in their prayer life and they prayed daily
for their children, their grandchildren, and their great grandchildren.
Muz (Mary) was a Deitrich and was the youngest of six children –
Ray, Bob, Ethel and Hattie and Ida who died as a child. In the latter
years of his life, Grandpa Deitrich lived with Gramps and Muz until
he died. His father was a preacher. Gramps had two sisters, Ruth Lewis
and Miriam Hubler and one brother, Floyd, who died when he was young.
Your dads might remember Mom Bickle who came to know the Lord in her
My parents, Grandma and Grandpa Kauffman, were charter members of our
church, Faith Bible Fellowship Church, in Lancaster. They were very
instrumental in getting the church started in 1950. Grandma taught Sunday
School, was active in Womens Missionary Society and Awana and had a
CEF club for children in our home. They took us to almost every church
service, all of our lives, even when it meant going by train or bus
or driving 40 miles to get there. For well over 50 years Grandpa (Horace
Abraham) taught Sunday School, was an elder, served as church delegate,
handled the church financial records, and served as financial secretary
for the Bible Fellowship denomination and worked in Awana. He also served
on the boards of Berean Bible School, Lancaster Christian School, and
Calvary Homes. His life was devoted to serving the Lord and setting
an example for his family.
Grandma (Aletha or Dolly) Kauffman was a Wise and grew up in the Herndon
area before moving to Sunbury. She was one of seven children born to
Mammy (Alice) and Pappy (Lloyd) Wise – Sis Neidig, Anna Mahlon,
Phyllis Gaugler, Bud, Sam and Richard Wise.
Your great great grandfather, Grandpa Kauffman’s real father,
Horace Abraham Kauffman, died during the flu epidemic of 1919 when Grandpa
was just two years old. He had one real sister, Ellen Derck. Grandma
was then encouraged to marry a friend of his, Norman Wolf, and they
had two daughters, Beatrice Derck and Thelma Smock. Thelma married Bob
who became a pastor for over 50 years in our denomination. Ellen and
Beatrice married brothers – John and Marlin. All the family loved
and served the Lord and they were all very instrumental in my Christian
Norman Wolf became a real father to Grandpa Kauffman and a special grandfather
to me. He served as a pastor for over 65 years. He performed our wedding
ceremony and was our pastor for several years while we were in Sunbury.
He was a real pastor with a heart for his congregation. He was a man
of prayer. He was the most Godly person I have ever known and was a
great influence on my life.
Grandma (Esther) Wolf also came from a family of believers. Her brother,
Timothy Gehret, was a pastor and a presiding elder in our denomination
for many years. Another brother, Myron was an elder in our Bethlehem
church. His wife, Lizzie, was a brother to Grandpa Kauffman’s
real father. Grandma Wolf’s father, A.B. Gehret, was also a pastor.
I remember her mother, Grandma Ettinger, who died in 1944.
Your great great great grandfather was Charles L. Kauffman (1861-1942).
In 1896 he was appointed postmaster of Zion Hill. He too loved the Lord
and several times took Grandpa Kauffman to services at Holiness Camp
Meetings. Part of his farm was used for the Zionsville Bible Fellowship
Church where the Wolfs are buried. His father – your great great
great great grandfather Abraham Kauffman (1840-1889) was the last secretary
of the church to write the minutes in German. His father was Samuel
(1840 – 1889) and his father, your great great great great great
great grandfather, Abraham (1780 – 1860) was one of three brothers
who came here from Germany. He settled in the Lehigh Valley.
There are so many more stories that could be told, but I hope that you
see that you indeed do have a goodly, Godly heritage. However, such
a heritage means nothing when it comes to your personal salvation. It
is your responsibility as an individual to accept the Lord’s free
gift of salvation and experience the forgiveness, which he gives. Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. It is my prayer and
my deepest hope that you will make this vital decision and someday when
the Lord returns you will be with the Lord and all of us who have gone