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Page 2 V l (~_C'~M I~11 JNITV The - January 11,2012 CROSSWORD KEY Today's puzzle is on Page 1 TuE NEw ERA ON ThE Roab SUDOKU KEY Today's puzzle is on Page 15 They can Parents stay busy in front of Sweet Home High School Saturday, Jan. 7. during the SAFE Committee's can and bottle drive, which raised nearly $1,O00 for the alcohol-free senior entertainment to be held following this year's graduation. Organizer Kristin Adams. at far right, said help in the effort came from parents Linda Doles. Martha Fisher, Brenda Winslow, Tracy and Kevin Rober{s. Cherie Miller, Joan Tolle, Kristie Fosback. Trisha VanEck and Mike Adams. Help in collecting the cans and bottles also came from students Bret Adams. Bryce Roberts. Kyle Winslow, Chris Carpenter, Emilie Riggs, Hailey Fisher. Nicki Ailshire. Raul Hernandez, Eric Garcia. Austin Ko- erschgen. Alex Howard. Tiffany Miller, Devyn Makin. Dakota Snow. Clint Doles, Taylor Conn and Ami Olstead. Pack along a copy of The New Era, get a of a landmark, and send us a photo (good quality, please) with ap ate explana- tory information to The New Era, EO. Box 39, Sweet Home. OR 97386, drop it by Our office at t313 Main St., or e-ma l it to news@ sweethomenews.com: We'll publish it as soon as possible, rally in the r that sub- missions arrive. Please include a phone num- ber in case we need to t you. .913 1 5 6i 7 4 2 8i 2978 651 6437 198 1859 276 3621584 84 963 fiQl B nfw liP? Call (541) 367-2135 Q i?,ITUARIES Well-traveled local man heads out Billy Hilburn Jan. 19. 1942- Jan. Z 2012 Billy "Bill' Clyde Hilburn. 69. of Sweet Home died Jan. 7. 2012 in his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born Jan. 19. 1942 in Miami, Ariz. to Clyde E. and Minnie Marie (Doyle) Hilburn. Mr. Hlllburn was raised in Wil- lamina. He married Raylene Fay Prichard in Reno June 17. 1961. He worked at Pyramid Oil Com- pany during the mid 1960s. His team won the Eldorado World Champion Oil Rigging Competi- tion in 1965 in Taft. Calif. The Hillburns ,,moved to Sweet Home in 1974. where Mr. Hillbum worked at Willamette Industries until he retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He loved his kids and grandchildren. Mr. Hillburn is survived by his wife. Raylene Hilburn of Leb- anon: daughter Audrey Hilburn and son-in-law Darrell Hiraoka of Sweet Home, Paul Hilburn of Lebanon. Billie Hil- burn-Bjorn- sen of Sweet Home. and Bud Hilburn of Lebanon: two sisters, Betty Grosh- ens of Wis- consin and Barbara Guidry of Cal- ifornia: a brother, Gene Hilburn of Washington; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Lee Hilburn in 1974: brothers James Hilburn and John Hilburn; sister Pat Dawson and son-in-law Kirk Allen Bjorn- sen. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A memo- rial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. at Sweet Home charter School. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. again - on mission to Philippines By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Gary Myers has a yen for trav- el and ministry. This week the former Sweet Home man is headed for the Philip- pines for yet another stint, working with church planters there - some- thing he has done around the world xn nearly two dozen countries. Myers still has strong local ties. His parents and a sister live in Sweet Home, and River of Life Fellowship is a partner in his mis- sion to the Philippines. He attended Sweet Home schools. "I've always been a guy who enjoys a lot of movement, travel, new places, new experiences," said Myers. 49. "I did my first church or missions-related trip in 1989 to Mexico. That really planted a cross-cultural seed in me." Fast forward to 2001. when he was off to Africa on a One Mis- sion Society International mission in Johannesburg, South Africa for the Christian Workers Conference, a general Bible conference for in- ternational church workers and church Planters. On that trip, he visited Mo- zambique. Rwanda and Kenya. In 2004. he assisted Dave Graffenburger on an overseas OMS church planting mission to Asia. including Myanmar. India. Bangladesh, South Korea. China. Singapore. the Philippines and In- donesia. And he also made return trips to Africa, including Angola and the other African countries he had visited previously. Through about 2009, he returned annually to the African Great Lakes Region. in- cluding Rwanda and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to work with rural church planting. "All of this would be in con- text of church planting and leader- ship development," Myers said. His personal conviction and the goal of his organization is the centrality of church planting. "The church has the ability to influence, to impact a commumty, which can definitely impact a cul- ture." Myers said. Strong, spiritu- ally healthy national workers are critical, so OMS invests heavily in them. Myers' commitment now is a long term in the Philippines - five years, he said. All of his previous experiences were short-term. Now. he will be part of the leaddrship to help him better un- derstand the culture and be part of that church's planning team. In 2010. he lived the entire year in the Philippines at the sug- gestion of OMS. Myers said. Eng- lish is taught in the schools there. although Tagalog is the local lan- guage. It was a good fit. he said. "The main work is to arrive and get back into the work of church planting," Myers said. He will work with Marcos Ocampo. who oversees church planting on the island of Luzon Myers' job is to be a mentor and a coach in the ministry context. while Ocampo is the leader. "My work is to come along- side them. having been in different elements of church leadership for probably the last 20 years." Myers said. "I'd like to use my life ex- perience for their good and God's glory." His base of operations will be a training center, built using funds from the River of Life Fellowship, in the Tarlac Province. about four hours northwest of Manila. He will teach courses in the Bible and life and ministry, targeting college- aged adults and proclaiming the Gospel to them. Myers. an Albany resident, is assisted by the Valley Life Church in Lebanon, he said. The church is responsible for investing in him and his ability to go on the mission. His father was a pastor in Grants Pass in the early 1970s be- fore moving to Sweet Home. My- ers moved to Sweet Home in the mid 1970s with his parents. Ralph and Clarene Myers. They live in Sweet Home today. His sister. Renita Sanchez. also lives in Sweet Home. Myers. who is single and has no children, attended the Sweet Home Junior High in Sweet Home and then went to the Western Men- nonite School in Salem. He gradu- ated from Western Mennonite in 1981. He returned to Sweet Home See Myers, page 3