Missionary pays visit from India

June 14, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI


A woman who has done ministry work in Calcutta, India, for more than 50 years spoke at Zion Assembly of God in Maugansville on Sunday about her life and faith.

About 75 people attended the evening service at which Huldah Buntain, 79, spoke for about one hour.

In 1954, Buntain and her husband, Mark Buntain, now deceased, were asked to go to Calcutta as missionaries.

The Buntains later founded Missions of Mercy, which has more than 700 churches, 73 schools and a hospital in India, according to the Colorado-based organization.

Buntain remains involved in the group's work in Calcutta, traveling around the world speaking about her life, faith and encouraging people to help fund the group's work.


"She has been ministering for a long time in a hard place," Pastor Joe Quesenberry said while introducing her at the evening service. She also spoke at a morning service.

Quesenberry said he asked Buntain to come talk to the church congregation about her ministry work. The church has financially supported her group's ministry for more than 20 years, he said.

Buntain told the congregation she likes to visit the churches that have sponsored her work.

She spoke about the hard lives of the poor in Calcutta.

After she spoke, Quesenberry held up a small flag of the nation of India while leading the congregation in a prayer.

"Father, we lift up this flag of a big nation and, Lord, we thank you that you have sent your servants there," Quesenberry said. "We thank you for everyone who has gone to help the poor and the naked and the blind and the lost, oh God, and we ask that you multiply their work, Lord."

After the service, books about her life were for sale.

In the books and in her remarks, she mentioned the late Mother Theresa, who she said was a friend.

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