to friends and family
from Zelma and Pat Pattillo
3821 Spring Valley Road, Birmingham,
Alabama 35223 USA
Here's some of what we've been up to in 1999:
Zelma continued to provide chaplain's care to hospice patients while serving as coordinator of spiritual care for Unity Health Management Services in Birmingham. She and Pat helped Laura move her worldly goods from Baton Rouge to Louisville in a hot week in mid-summer, and managed to get away for a long-delayed vacation to South America in October. To read more about Zel's work, click here.
Pat is in his fourth year as North American representative for Hong Kong Baptist University, the only Christian university in the Peoples Republic of China. He went to Hong Kong just after Thanksgiving to participate in graduation activities and to meet with university officers. He also was pleased to help launch the Duke K. McCall Chair of World Christianity at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond,VA, honoring his mentor, the former president of the Baptist World Alliance.To read more about Pat's work, click here.
Finally, 10 months into the year, we found time for a vacation . . .
In Rio, we were
taken on a "backstairs" tour by missionaries
Guy and Elena Key, who showed us not only the wealthy
Ipanema district, but Latin America's largest favella,
home to more than 150,000 squatters . . . We visited
the tomb of Evita Peron and attended a traditional tango
performance and dinner in beautiful Buenos Aires . . . then
went to an Argentine cattle station
in the Pampas for a lively Gaucho festival . . . and
stood in awe of the colossal 2-mile-wide cascades of
Iguassu Falls, where the borders of Argentina, Brazil and
Paraguay come together. . .
Now, an update on the next generation . . .
Stephen moved from Washington, DC, to Singapore, where he manages an overseas office for the U.S. Business Council of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). It is his sixth year with this international 'chamber of commerce' that links 10 nations in the Orient with 500+ U.S. corporations. After spending Christmas week in Birmingham, he will ring in Y2K in Sydney, Australia. You can write Stephen at this email address.
a break from teaching English and writing her Ph.D. dissertation
at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge
to participate in a 1999-2000 literary assignment with Actors
Theatre of Louisville, the state theater of
Kentucky and one of the nation's top-ranked regional
theater organizations. She's delighted to be returning
to her childhood hometown, if only for a short time. You
can write Laura a note at this e-mail address.
And a tribute to the previous generation . . .
Pat's dad, W. M. Pattillo, Sr., a widower full of personality and optimism, died February 8 of emphysema, just nine weeks short of his 87th birthday. Born into the family of a Methodist circuit-rider and home missionary in South Alabama, he had two long careers as a grocery executive with Delchamps and Kroger, and had spent a happy 25 years in retirement at his home in Vestavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham not far from where we live. Zel and Pat had spent most Saturdays in a delightful ritual of lunch and extended conversation with this lively and alert octogenarian. He was a devoted churchman at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. He also loved gardening, and we now have on our deck one of his prized pink geraniums, which has blessed us with full bloom all summer and fall, reminding us of him.
millennium n. A hoped-for period of joy, serenity,
for you and yours
Pat and Zel