Former missionaries celebrate 70th wedding anniversary
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Shoreline, Washington
NCN News submissions
Former missionaries Earl and Gladys Mosteller celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June.

The couple married June 12, 1941, before going into missionary service for the Church of the Nazarene.

Their daughters and sons-in-law - Kathy and Larry Loeber, Virginia and Jim York, and Liz and Steve Ott - organized a reception for them July 9 at the Seattle Aurora Church of the Nazarene in Shoreline, Washington.

On the long eastern wall of the reception room were five flags representing the countries where the Mostellers spent their 70 years of marriage ministering for God: the United States, the Cape Verde Islands, Brazil, Portugal, and the Azores Islands.

At the far end of the room, on the north wall, were two throne chairs backed by a sea of red carnations and an array of candles. There, the couple enjoyed three hours of personal congratulations and honors.

Pastor Jose Delgado, who was baptized as a young teen by Earl Mosteller in the Cape Verde Islands and later pastored with the Mostellers in Portugal and evangelized with them in the Azores, surprised the couple with a four-day visit and attendance at the reception. Delgado now pastors in Rhode Island.

Relatives, many of whom the Mostellers had not seen in decades, also attended the event.

Friends in Ireland and Portugal sent floral arrangements with their congratulations. Literally hundreds of friends sent congratulatory cards and emails with the fondest of thoughts for the occasion. Still others telephoned.

L. Aguiar Valvassoura, head of the Church of the Nazarene in Brazil as well as pastor of the church founded by the Mostellers in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil (which under Valvassoura's leadership is now one of the two largest in the denomination), sent a unique gift of a 10-inch slice of amethyst stone with a message and a photo of the newlyweds inscribed on a metal sheet attached to it.

The inscription read: "Seven decades of connubial vision in the presence of the Lord— what an extraordinary legacy! We celebrate with intense joy and manifest our gratitude for their dedication lavished on the Church of the Nazarene
in Brazilian lands - L. Aguiar Valvassoura, Church of the Nazarene of Brazil."

Their alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University, honored the couple with a beautiful engraved plaque, which was accompanied by a letter from NNU President David Alexander and presented at the reception by Shawn Blenker, development officer for Planned Giving.

A scholarship grant, The Earl & Gladys Mosteller Called unto Holiness Grant, has been established at NNU in the couple’s honor. The Mostellers consider themselves unworthy of such an honor and thank their great friends Paul and Lori Freeberg for their generous endowment in initiating the grant.

The Mostellers also thank and say “God bless you” to those who sent greetings and gifts and to the church leaders who sent them kind words, for the couple knows that they owe their all to Christ and the Church of the Nazarene.
--NCN News submissions
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