100 YEAR FAMILY REUNION OF MARGE ABRAM’S
FAMILY HISTORY !
only his mother, one brother, one second cousin and a couple of
third cousins but here I am one of 8 children It was in this setting
that I was born. We attended church and Sunday School. Grandfather
and grandmother have over 300 descendants and over 180 attended the
family reunion. It was so wonderful to see so many of my relatives
that I had not seen for many years with hundreds of family members.
Marge with eldest Brother Andy and wife Karen.
Marge’s sister Evelyn, husband Ed and brother Keith.
In 1948 a revival swept through Northern
Alberta deeply affecting our Slavic churches and many others as
well. I was eight years old at this time when a visiting evangelist
came to our church. As the evangelist ministered, he asked for those
who wanted to invite Jesus into their hearts. I felt a tug on my
heart and wondered, "Would Jesus really come into my heart?" Shyly I
raised my hand and went forward in the altar call.
That night, while we were praying, my
friends had visions. One had a vision of Jesus! Praise the Lord!
That night Jesus came into my heart. I knew beyond a shadow of a
doubt that Jesus had come into my life and washed my sins away! Oh,
the joy and peace that flooded my heart! The next day at school, I
shared the Lord with my classmates. I obtained a Bible. God planted
a hunger in my heart to one day attend a Bible School and study His
I have shared this testimony around
the world before singing the song, 'Had it not been for Jesus, then
my soul would be lost.' I have prayed for and led many to the Lord
myself. My pastor had confidence in me as a seventeen year old,
asking me to become bookkeeper for the church. This experience was
to prove invaluable in the years to come.
Ernie, Marge and Bill.
Ernie, daughter Ronda and Tony.
Marge with youngest brother Ernie and wife Dora.
Cory and wife Lisa.
Eden and Hannah.
God's Hand was on my life and I felt the
need for further study of the Word. When the Dean of British
Columbia Bible Institute came to our town, I prayed, "Lord, if it is
your will for me to study at this college, let the Dean approach me
with an enrollment application." This he did and the following year
I enrolled there.
While at Bible College, we were
required to make a church in the area our home church. The Ukrainian
church there became my home church. This experience was also
invaluable as my husband and I would minister in the former Soviet
Union during communism and after the fall, planting 70 churches
ourselves to date. Praise God! While at Bible College. I was also
praying, asking God for His direction in my life.
I had chosen Matt.6:33 as my favorite
scripture…"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." If you
are earnestly desiring God's perfect will for your life, God will
give you the very best. It was during this time that my future
husband, Tony Abram, an Associate Evangelist with the T.L. Osborn
ministry came to Vancouver to precede his crusade there. I was
assistant youth leader at this time. Tony was invited to our church
to share his testimony and preach there. He visited many churches in
the area, asking for their co-operation in the crusade, staying with
friends at the church.
Two months later we traveled back to
Williams Lake for my parents and Tony to meet. Tony and I had
planned to meet in England and be married there. However, my parents
wanted me to be married at home. The following week on a Tuesday
evening, November 20th, 1962, we were married in a candlelight
All my family, the church family and
many friends were there. However, Tony's parents and brother Frank
could not be there as they were 3,500 miles away in Pennsylvania.
Marge’s brother Keith and cousin John.
Aunt Kate with daughter Bernice, Dan, Brent,
Denice and daughter Doreen
The church ladies made my
reception lunch and dear Sister Dunn and Muriel, her daughter even
made us our beautiful wedding cake. After the wedding
reception, my sister Evelyn and her husband Ed drove us to Vancouver
where I helped Tony pack to leave for home and then to England.
There at the airport we said goodbye, trusting to meet again in
England. I gave notice at my job and in two weeks was able to
join my husband in Pennsylvania, meeting his family there.
We had a short time of ministry in
the area before leaving for England. That cold winter was to be the
coldest year in 248 years of recorded history. God did many
wonderful healings and miracles in England that year. I have
been especially blessed as I have been able to share in Women's
Ministries telling women that they can also be used of God.
Rejoice, Jordan, Jaden, Savion, & Tony.
Marge's niece Darlene & Malcolm
Uncle George with daughter Marilyn.
Marge, Lisa, Cory, Jeff, Dora, Josh and Sara.
I have been so blessed
as I, with my husband, have seen two Nation-wide revivals in Bolivia
and Paraguay, South America. In the city of Santa Cruz,
Bolivia, during our crusade in the stadium, three nights in a row,
ten deaf and dumb testified of healing. Their first words were,
Mafety and Eudocia Kryzanowski, Pioneers.
What a privilege it has been to share
the wonderful good news of the gospel! I can truly say that my
eyes and ears have been blessed to see and hear the wonderful works
Matt.13:16-17 "But blessed
are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For
verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have
desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them;
and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them".
We want you to know that without your
prayers and faithful support we would not be able to take the Gospel
to the Nations. God bless you and yours is our daily prayer.
We love you Tony and Marge Abram.