As I sit at my desk here at the NCF headquarters in Arcadia, CA, looking out my windows at the lovely neighborhood across the street, with the barren, arid San Gabriel Mountains in the background, I am thinking of you and wondering what you are looking out upon. Where my world is green right now, yours may be very white, or sandy desert tan, or stark with the trees of winter. Wherever you are, I pray that you are aware of just how important you are to God and how much He loves you. We are so blessed to be a ministry that you choose to support. This makes my heart feel so full. Thank you for joining with us in His work.
This month, I want to give you an update on God’s servants at NCF. Part of the joy of my job is the opportunity to continue to interact with Dr. Clyde Narramore and Dr. Bruce Narramore, two men who have been gifted by the Lord with the ability to not only listen, envision, imagine, and look ahead to the needs of the Kingdom, but also to act, to set plans in motion, and to enlist others in the implementation of the exciting visions they have been given.
Friends often ask about Dr. Clyde, who created the Narramore Christian Foundation and its ministries and served as President for about 50 years. Dr. Clyde celebrated his 97th birthday in November 2013 and is doing amazingly well. I have the delight of talking with him about once a week or so. He continues to bless me with his words of encouragement and tidbits of wisdom, gathered from his many years of serving in the Kingdom, listening to the Lord, and loving His people.
Dr. Clyde lives at home, next door to his son, Dr. Kevin, and Kevin’s wife, Barbara. They keep a close eye on him and are good help and company. Dr. Clyde continues to be vitally interested in the ministries of NCF, upholding them in prayer continually, as well as lifting you, our supporters, to the heavenly throne on a regular basis. I am sure he would appreciate your prayers. He sends his love and greetings.
Many of you have inquired about how Dr. Bruce is doing. As I have mentioned in previous letters, in the fall of last year, Bruce encountered some significant health concerns. I have been in touch with his family, who has given me permission to share more about his condition. Over the last few months, it has become clearer that Bruce is struggling with some neurological issues that impact his judgment, emotions, behavior, and decision-making ability. After 45 years of serving at Rosemead School of Psychology as co-founder, dean, and professor, and 15 years serving as President of NCF, Bruce is grieving the loss of the very meaningful work with which he has been involved at both NCF and Rosemead for all these years.
I realize that this news may be very difficult for you to hear and absorb, as it is for all of us whose lives have been impacted by Bruce, his wisdom, his insight, his willingness to speak into difficult situations, his caring heart, and his incisive words. Bruce’s wife, Kathy, continues by his side, encouraging, guiding, and loving. Please be in prayer for Bruce, Kathy, and their children and grand children during this difficult and unexpected time.
Finally, I would like to end by sharing a bit about who I am, the impact that NCF, Dr. Clyde and Bruce have had on my life, and how I came to be the Acting President of NCF. I received my Doctorate of Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, having started in the program while RSP was still in the town of Rosemead. While there I had opportunities to interact with Dr. Clyde and later to lead groups in several of the seminars that NCF held for missionaries, ministers, business and professional people. In my second year of the program, RSP moved to Biola University.
Through my studies at Rosemead, I learned that I loved psychodynamic psychotherapy, which was a specialty of Rosemead and of Dr. Bruce Narramore. As I continued through the doctoral program, I grew to know God and myself better. My life was transformed. Under the careful teaching of Bruce and others on faculty, I became not only a professional psychologist, but also a more integrated whole person. In 1990, I joined the Rosemead faculty and became a colleague of Bruce’s. When Bruce accepted the position of President of NCF in 1999, he asked me to become a member of the NCF Board of Directors, which I was honored to do. A couple of years later, I became the Board Chairperson. Now, in addition to being colleagues at RSP, Bruce and I worked together on various NCF ministries and related tasks. When he became ill quite unexpectedly, the Board of Directors asked me to assume the role of Acting President, a job, which I had never even considered.
The story of God’s love and His plan for NCF continues. He has given me a delight in doing this job, for which He had been preparing me, unbeknownst to me. Since NCF has been such a part of my life for the last 28 years, I am very familiar with the ministries and staff, as well as having been personally blessed by them, so stepping into this role has been surprisingly easy. Most importantly, Bruce had set NCF up to keep running, even without his wise and compassionate leadership. I am not sure if he was aware of this, but with the very competent help of our staff, our associates, the NCF Board of Directors, and the many people who are invested in these ministries, NCF is moving along amazingly well. Thank you for your continued involvement and support as we go through this time of transition. It is so good to be a part of God’s people and His Kingdom plan.
As always, we appreciate you. I realize that you give because you believe in what the Lord is doing through NCF. Thank you for your prayerful and financial help in making these ministries happen, and for your prayers for Dr. Clyde, Bruce, the NCF Board, and myself in the important days ahead.
In humble gratitude for His blessings,
Cherry G. Steinmeier, Psy.D.