Love Never Fails
258 Pages
English

Love Never Fails

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258 Pages
English

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Love Never Fails is Dr. Robert P. Vande Kappelle's biographical tribute to Jacob and Bertha Vande Kappelle, career missionaries to Latin America. The book introduces the reader to two contrasting nations, placid Costa Rica and turbulent Colombia. During Jake and Bert's seven terms as missionaries, democracy and Marxism contended for the soul of Latin America. Against this backdrop, Catholic and Protestant traditions clashed, and then cooperated, in their struggle against poverty and disbelief. The book narrates the spiritual conflict while highlighting the opportunities created when individuals of faith contend against forces of superstition and despair. Love Never Fails will cause all readers to evaluate the meaning of faith and look for renewal of heart and mind.

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Published 29 April 2019
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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Love Never Fails The Story of Jacob and Bertha Vande Kappelle, Missionaries to Latin America By Vande Kappelle, Robert P. Copyright©2006 by Vande Kappelle, Robert P. ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-6276-8 Publication date 7/6/2018 Previously published by Tate Publishing, 2006
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I am indebted to David M. Howard for his enthusiastic support of this project and for his invaluable research on the growth of evangelical Christianity in northern Colom-bia during the 1950s and 1960s, when he was a colleague of my parents. My gratitude extends to Eve Fowler, who kindly provided documentation that enabled me to tell the story of her husband’s tragic and untimely death in a remote part of Colombia. This book could not have been written without encouragement from my family. My heartfelt thanks to Susan, who read through various drafts and supported the project with wisdom and editorial verve; to my daughter, Sara, who believed in this project from the start and who supported it with spiritual and professional expertise; and to my son, Peter, who always lent a reliable ear and contributed valuable advice. I wish to thank Mary Ann Johnson for her gener-ous editorial assistance in the early stages of my writ-ing, and also Dr. Nathaniel Roe for his encouragement and helpful missionary perspective. I am indebted to the Information and Technology Services Department at Washington and Jefferson College. The following sup-port staff deserve special credit: Lauren Fee, for making impossible requests possible; Clay Archer, for coming to the rescue during computer crises; and Kyle O’Meara, whose photo editing skills made fifty-year-old slides and eighty-year-old pictures appear as new.

TABLEOFCONTENTS
Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 1Manhattan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 2The Way to San José. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 3High Hopes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 4Catching the Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 5The Bible Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 6Enlarging the Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 7One Child Born. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 8Adjustments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 9Enlarging the Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 10 Refocusing the Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 11New Beginnings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 12Hopes and Fears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 13More than Conquerors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 14The Narrowing Rift. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 15A Double Blessing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Afterword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Endnotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

&OREWORD
The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews, in the great gal-lery of heroes of the faith in chapter eleven, lists many of the giants of the faith by name. Then the author adds “and others. . . .” Then follows a description of nameless men and women who were equally great heroes of the faith but whose names are never given. They are the “unsung heroes.” We will never see their names on the marquees of Christianity. We do not know who they were, but we know that they faithfully served the Savior, living and dying for His name and for His people. Such “unsung heroes” were Jake and Bertha Vande Kappelle. Their names are not listed in mission histories that tell us of William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Jim Elliot and other famous servants. But when we get to heaven we will find that the Lord has said to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and that they will be wearing the crown of faithfulness. Jake was a stolid, quiet spoken Dutchman, a man of few words. Bertha was a bubbling, gregarious, out-spoken lady never at a loss for words. Their marriage was a classic case of “opposites attract.” They comple-mented each other in wonderful ways in their personal lives and ministry. Jake served quietly and efficiently behind the scenes. He did not desire or seek recognition. He just wanted to do the best job he could with the gifts that God



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had given to him. And he did that faithfully and well. He has left a legacy of solid buildings and solid lives in both Costa Rica and Colombia. Whether he built with cinder block and mortar or with love and spiritual depth in the lives of children, construction workers and pastors, the results were firm. His legacy lives on. Bertha spent her life reaching out to non-Chris-tians and Christians alike, also building into their lives with her enthusiastic and uninhibited witness. She was fearless and direct, whether it meant going into the most dangerous slums of Cartagena or simply loving the needy children in a Bible home in Costa Rica. Her gift of direct evangelism was remarkable. Few people ever came in contact with Bertha without hearing of the love of Christ. While Jake and Bertha gave themselves unstint-ingly to the Costa Ricans and Colombians, living fru-gally and in a self-sacrificing way, they never neglected their primary responsibility to the one child that God had given them. The author of this book is a living testimony of the love and care that he received from his busy par-ents. Dr. Robert Vande Kappelle, instead of being a dis-illusioned “missionary kid” (an unfair characterization sometimes tagged on to M.K.s), is rather a follower of Jesus Christ who learned to know and love the Savior under the example and love of his parents. It was my privilege to know and work with Jake and Bertha for fifteen years, especially in Colombia. I rejoice in seeing their story told in such a vivid and accu-rate way by their son. I have relived many happy memo-ries in these pages. I heartily commend this book as an