Adolph and Edith Baudisch Endowment for Missions Training Established
December 21, 2005
What inspires ordinary people to dream extraordinary dreams? For Adolph and Edith Baudisch, a special young couple meeting at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was passion...passion for their Lord; passion for his kingdom-building work, especially in foreign mission fields; and, ultimately, passion for each other.
In a garden wedding at her parents' home in Random Lake, Wisconsin, in 1938, Edith, at the age of 34, became the bride and lifelong partner of Adolph Baudisch. The newlyweds continued to make their home in the Milwaukee area where Adolph worked as an accountant. A pioneer of the times, Edith blazed a trail for herself in the banking business. She successfully convinced the management of Wauwatosa Savings and Loan in Milwaukee to employ her as a teller, a position predominantly held by males at that time. Small in physical stature, Edith had to stand on a wooden box at her teller's post in order to greet and serve her customers.
Edith's employers were quick to recognize her determination, ambition, God-given abilities, and "can do" attitude. As the result of regular promotions, Edith eventually was named Secretary/Treasurer of Wauwatosa Savings and Loan, a position which she continued to hold until her retirement in 1950.
Retirement found Adolph and Edith moving to California to enjoy the warmer climate. As a Californian, Edith worked part-time as a sales representative for Baptist Life Insurance. Life was good. However, after dressing to attend morning worship one Sunday in April of 1965, Adolph was called to his heavenly home to receive his reward. Edith continued to reside in California until the last years of her life.
Circumstances deterred Edith from personally serving on the mission field, but her passion for Christ's work in foreign lands did not wane. Even though she died on October 31, 2004, Edith's impact on missions did not. In fact, it assumed momentum. Successful businesswoman and disciple of Christ that she was, Edith had made provisions to further God's kingdom for eternity through establishment of the Adolph and Edith Baudisch Endowment for Missions Training.
The purpose of this endowment is to provide scholarship assistance to students who are training for Christian service/missions in a foreign field. Although any student may apply, preference will be given to foreign applicants with the understanding that these students will return to their homeland upon completion of their training. The funds can be used to meet tuition, travel, books, and living expenses. In addition, the Baudisch Endowment provides funds for instructional opportunities for missions' faculty, both at NAB Seminary as well as on the mission field.
Our first Adolph and Edith Baudisch Endowment recipient is Amanda Potter from Jamestown, North Dakota, who is a first-year Master of Divinity student. Amanda shares Edith�s passion for missions and hopes to be serving in the field upon graduation from NABS.
We are very grateful to Adolph and Edith Baudisch for their generous investment in equipping servant leaders for the ministries of Christ in the church and the world. We know that Amanda is the first of many students whose journey through seminary will be blessed by the Baudisch family and who, in turn, will go out and bless Christ's church universal.