The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 33, Ed. 1, Friday, January 27, 1989 Page: 3 of 6
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A dreamer is a visionary
an idealist someone
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Bob Waldron is a dreamer like
Born in El Paso Waldron direc-
tor of McCaleb Institute moved
with his family to Los Angeles
when he was 4.
Excelling as a student Waldron
received a scholarship to Pepper-
dine where he was baptized into
Christ. He changed his major from
pre-med to Bible his sophomore
year and began dreaming about his
serious commitment to Christ as
an overseas missionary.
Waldron began to look for a
place of service "anywhere in the
world." He attended a mission
study group about Hong Kong as a
His wife Gina who met him at
the study says she was impressed
with his compassion. "He really
was interested in other people."
Friends for a year and a half
they dated for three weeks and
were married seven months later.
A dream come true.
Waldron says they had two
things going for them; commit-
ment to each other and commit-
ment to the Lord. "We were broke
and immature but committed."
The close-knit Waldron family
has been built through effort and
emphasis says Waldron proudly
and his family is second in priority
only to the Lord.
"We sure have a great family" is
the family motto Waldron says. "I
have to admit that I'm the one who
usually says it."
The family has cherished the
closeness. He says it's been a place
of retreat and healing.
Sarah the youngest of Waldron's
three children and a junior
management major recalls a time
which brought her closer to her
dad. While she was on the way to
see her dad who was in the hospi-
tal having back surgery her car
broke down and she couldn't find
anyone to help repair it.
She called her dad. "They were
fixing to wheel him down to the
operating room and he made them
wait" while he called a mechanic
"As a father he has tried very
hard to make time for his
children" Gina says. "He's tried
not to let the work consume him to
the point that he didn't have time
for his family."
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are godly qualities." He's been
there to listen and give advice.
Waldron's idea of what the fami-
ly thinks of him as a father: "He
makes a lot of mistakes but his di-
rection is good."
He says jokingly that as he gets
older he knows he doesn't have all
the answers and he's not even sure
about the questions.
Waldron still knew he didn't
have all the answers after working
in a JapaneseAmerican congrega-
tion in Los Angeles in cross-
cultural missions for four years.
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Choosing to seek a position under
the oversight of an eldership he
took a job in Juneau Alaska.
Six years were spent learning to
understand isolation and other
elements of a "foreign" work.
"You couldn't get into Juneau
unless you went in by boat or by
plane" Waldron says.
In isolation a missionary
"doesn't usually get his en-
couragement from other individu-
als" Waldron says. "That en-
couragement has to come largely
from two sources: from family and
just from the Lord. So a person
learns to depend more on the Lord
rather than on other people."
He says he doesn't know any
secrets about depending on the
Lord. He doesn't dream about
three easy steps.
"There are no TV programs
Bible correspondence courses and
all of these kinds of things that
help us. You're just kind of naked
before the Lord alone. It's a mat-
ter of trusting and depending a
matter of turning your heart your
life and will over to the Lord."
Wlaldron continued to
I have dreams and vi-
I sions for his family
and the church in
receiving his M.A. in missions at
ACU. "We loved the work in
Guatemala" because of the recep-
tivity they have for the gospel he
says. With the look of a Central
American missionary he becomes
more intense as he talks about the
groups of people who would stand
all day and listen to preaching on
Ending his work in Guatemala
Waldron and his family had a
tough time experiencing reverse
culture shock in Denver where he
taught missions for eight years at
Bear Valley School of Biblical
For Waldron and his dreams the
major difficulty was that he was
"one step further removed from
the front lines."
"When you baptize someone in-
to Christ and start a church in a
town where there was no church
those are the kind of thrilling ex-
periences that only the people on
the front lines get to enjoy."
While at Bear Valley however
Waldron still kept in touch with
his visions for mission work by in-
stilling the desire for missions in
preaching students and training
others for the front line thrills. His
primary goal at the school was to
recruit teams of missionaries to go
At ACU Waldron's work with
McCaleb Institute and the Conti-
nent of Great Cities ministry
brings him one step closer to the
front lines one step closer to cap-
turing his dreams dreams of ser-
vice for his Lord and making His
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Bob Waldron director of the McCaleb
McCaleb Institute is geared
toward educating the church in
how to do missions successfully
and wanting to do missions. The
Continent of Great Cities ministry
was formed to emphasize the plan-
ting of mission teams in South
Waldron travels frequently giv-
ing seminars and speaking sharing
his dreams with the brethren to
help them be as optimistic as he is
about great things being done for
Institute stresses the importance of world
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He's the first to admit that's where
he lives a lot.
"I do dream and wonder why we
couldn't have this that or the
other in the church."
Waldron sees the dangers
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though of dreaming and how one
could just dream and not be of any
value "You could be so other-
worldly that you're not getting
anything done and have no earthly
People have become so pragmat-
ic in this century Waldron says .
"We need to have room in the
church for some dreamers. I guess
we need some Don Quixotes chas-
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