Retired World Gospel Mission missionary and longtime friend of the camp Meredythe “Mery” Scheflen died Monday in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Scheflen, who was raised in Merchantville, N.J., first arrived in Bolivia in 1952. During her many decades of serving the Bolivian people, she founded the Rio Nuevo Grade School, Berea High School, Berea Bible Seminary and Bolivian Evangelical University, which was the first private, Spanish-speaking evangelical university in South America.
A 1947 Asbury University graduate, Scheflen also earned a theology degree from Malone University before entering a mission field she officially retired from after 53 years of service in 2003. She continued to live in Bolivia until political turmoil forced her and other missionaries to flee in the fall of 2008, but returned to the place she wanted to live out her final years last year.
Click HERE to read an article on the WGM website about Scheflen’s life and ministry.
During her many visits to Delanco Camp over the years, Scheflen impacted countless youth and adults and was used by God to lead dozens more to follow her into the mission field.
Were you one of those impacted by her ministry? Share your recollections of Mery in the comments.