1966-67: EMM workers Mary and Luke Martin with their two children. For over a decade, Luke and Mary served in Vietnam doing evangelistic work, teaching, administering, and running a women’s ministry.
EMM workers James Metzler, Donald Sensenig, Luke Martin, and Everett Metzler stand in front of the community center in Saigon in 1966.
1968-69. “Bird” over Saigon. Luke Martin’s fellow worker James Stauffer pointedly wrote in 1968 that American participation in the war was “in the air instead of on the ground.”
March 1968. This photograph, sent home by EMM worker Everett Metzler, displays the all-too-common aftermath of street fighting and bombing raids in and around Saigon.
In 1969, Luke Martin and James Metzler pose with the neighborhood children inside a building they have partially reconstructed.
Sept. 1968. A closeup of the devastation.
Arlene Stauffer, wife of James Stauffer and one of Luke’s fellow workers in Vietnam, explains the true meaning of Christmas to Vietnamese ladies at a Christmas tea in 1968.
In the 1970s, Arlene reveals a plaque on the church commemorating one of the building’s fundraisers: EMBMC (now known as EMM).
(L to R) Luke sits with Nguyen Van Ninh and Tran Xuan Quang. Quang was ordained as a pastor in March 1969.