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Area woman honored overseas

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Margaret Brewer dedicated her life to teaching and foreign missions, and now after her death last year, a Christian Seminary and a school will be dedicating its building and land to her.

"It honors a Clay County teacher who started in 1938 in a two room school house and always believed the last great commandment was to spread the Gospel throughout the world," Margaret's son Jim Brewer said. "And she did."

According to her obituary, published in The Brazil Times Oct. 27, 2010, Margaret was born south of Clay City March 17, 1919 to James B. and Evalyn Wilkes Lankford.

She was one of 5 daughters -- one a principal and teacher -- and a son.

She graduated from Clay City High School in 1936 with Salutation honors.

"She had the highest grade average," Jim said, "but was not Valedictorian because young girls had never been Valedictorians, only Salutation."

After graduation, Margaret received her teaching certificate from Indiana State Teacher's College in 1938 and her Aunt Margarete,10-years-old to the day, helped her to get a job at Union Elementary near Clay City.

"Her teaching style was an incredible amount of love and prayers," Jim said. "She never hesitated to talk about her beliefs."

Following Margaret's marriage to James Jackson Brewer Dec. 22, 1945, she raised two children, Jim and Marilyn.

She returned to ISU in the 1960s to earn her bachelor and master's degrees.

She also taught elementary school at Middlebury, Clay City, Jackson Street and East Side schools in Brazil, totaling a career of more than 40 years according to her son.

She went above and beyond through her participation in the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher's sorority and received their State Award.

She volunteered at Cornerstone Christian Academy as a librarian and assisted with the Third Grade.

In 1964, Margaret received the Focus Award for Education in Clay County.

Margaret held strong religious beliefs and was for many years a church deaconess and a member of Brazil's First Christian Church for over 60 years.

Her funeral in Brazil was attended by two of her son's friends from India.

One was Pastor Joy (Varghese) of the REWA Theological Seminary and Orphanage in Madhya Pradesh, (Northern) India.

Pastor Joy said a prayer as part of her service and grace later at the church luncheon.

"As a Christian in India, Pastor Joy had been shot, stabbed, beaten, almost put to death and imprisoned. He was told never to preach about Christianity," Jim told The Brazil Times. "Instead, he started a Seminary in Northern India that now has more than 50 students and teachers, as well as an orphanage with almost 100 children, in a couple of rented buildings."

Jim decided to use part of the small inheritance his mother left after passing as "seed money" in her name and he donated it to help purchase the needed facilities for the ministry.

"Last week Pastor Joy came to my office and said that he and the REWA ministry board had voted to dedicate the buildings and land to the memory of Margaret Brewer of Brazil, Indiana," Jim said, "for the money she had given and the dollars we had collected and sent to the school these last two years!"

Jim told The Brazil Times that he is trying to collect sufficient funds to travel to India and visit the orphanage. He also said the legacy of teaching didn't stop with his mother.

"My daughter, Maggie Brewer, is a teacher in Frankfort, Ky," Jim said, "and with her grandmother and great aunt provide an unbroken chain of 'Margaret Brewer's' that have taught school for more than 100 years."

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accidently i went through this article. when i read about rewa theological seminary, I really surprised. its because the things mentioned there is not correct.I know this Joy varghese and seminary as i am staying in rewa near to the building.seminary just started in 2009 only. the building is joy varghese own only.14 students graduated before this 2013. around 20 students coming each year but leaving because of thr bad impression of the administration. now this year seminary closed because no staffs are there. joy varghese treating the staff as secular worker not a minister of god. so staffs dont like to stay there. even they dont have any orphanage here and in india anywhere also. we came to know that joy pastor dedicating this building to other peoples even also to get money. He running this building only for his family purpose and fame only. he doesnt have real submission and mission work. He used to say lie for his earnings. i think better to be careful like these types of indian frauds. they spoil God;s name and ministry also,,,thanks

-- Posted by sajan on Tue, May 28, 2013, at 5:07 AM

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