Celebrating the Life of Betty Cole
Bruce and Betty Cole were missionaries with TEAM to Venezuela. They have long been part of our missionary family. In fact, WEFC started supporting the Coles prior to our church moving to Wethersfield in 1961.
Carrie Mochau, the first missionary to be sent out by our church, connected our church family with the Coles. Even though they retired in 1989, we continued to support them into retirement because the retirement income for some of our older missionary families was limited.
The Coles served in Venezuela from 1952 to 1965, first in evangelism and church development, then they moved to San Cristobal, in the foothills of the Andes.
Of course, during these years Betty played a big part in helping raise five young boys! Bruce taught at Ebenezer Bible Institute and served as dean of men as well. The Coles also started a church near the institute.
After they returned to the U.S. in 1965, they continued to work with Spanish-speaking people.
While on loan from TEAM to the Missionary Gospel Fellowship, they started a Spanish-language church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For years, the ministry was a separate entity to Bethel Church, which moved to Parchment, Michigan.
In the early 1990’s Bethel was privileged to make that ministry part of Bethel Church. Polin Aguilar, who was the missionary working with the Spanish ministry at the time, became their first associate Hispanic pastor. From that point up to today, Bethel has truly been a multicultural congregation.
The Coles returned to Venezuela in March of 1981. Betty served as station hostess, arranged lodging for missionaries and nationals, assisted with conferences and retreats, and taught music courses. The Cole's retired in 1989 and returned to their homeland of Coburg, Ontario, Canada.
Betty was 94 years old when she passed, and she died on her birthday. She was born on October 10, 1927 and went to be with the Lord on that same day, 94 years later.
Reflecting on Betty’s life is a reminder of the privilege we have of supporting our missionary family. In doing so, we play a role in what God does through them.
Thank you for your faithful support of our missionaries. Pray for them. Encourage them. Support our missions budget as we partner with what God is doing around the world.