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Gwendolyn Ruth Bergman Shaw, Ph.D., founder of End-Time Handmaidens and Servants International, known in many nations as "Sister Gwen," passed into the Presence of the Lord January 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. She was at home in Jasper, Arkansas, in accordance with her wishes.     Born October 1, 1924, the firstborn of Edward Bergman and Bessie Miller Bergman, in Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada, she made Jesus her Saviour at the age of 17.       After graduating from a Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Bible School, she answered the call of God to go to China in 1947. Since missionary organizations were returning their senior missionaries to the field following World War II, none to which she applied would accept her; she then traveled by faith to the northwestern region of China, ministering there until her city was endangered by the fast-approaching Communist army. She escaped on the second-to-last flight out of Lanchow, the nearest airport - a three-day journey. (Her missionary experiences in China have been chronicled in the Flower Pentecostal Archives in Springfield, MO.) With the door closed to China, Dr. Shaw continued to fulfill her call to the Chinese by ministering in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where she lived until 1970.     In 1963 she received a double-portion anointing after a time of fasting and prayer. From that time on she has served God in about 115 nations of the world, with Holy Ghost fire, signs and wonders following in her trail. In 1970, after a lengthy fast, the Lord burdened her to call out the "End-Time Handmaidens" to reap the harvest in the nations of the world. It was after this that she founded the organization which is known by that name.   She is also author of over 50 books and has composed many songs of worship.  Dr. Shaw was also led of the Lord to found the End-Time Handmaidens and Servants International School of Ministry in 1988. It is an anointed school with a vision for teaching the deep truths of God's Word, imparting a burden for the nations to God's people.  Her life was celebrated at Faith Assembly of God, 112 Valley View Church Rd. in Harrison, AR on January 22, with Rev. Robert Doorn of Ocala, Florida, officiating. Interment was conducted on January 23 in El Shaddai Garden in Engeltal, south of Jasper, under the direction of Coffman Funeral Home of Jasper.



Doris Swartz

Our beloved Pastor Doris Swartz passed peacefully over the threshold to Heaven on May 22, 2012.

Pastor Doris became an End-Time Handmaiden in September of 1992. She had known and worked with Sister Gwen over 25 years before officially taking her vows. In 2007, she became a trusted board member of the End-Time Handmaidens, Inc. Her valuable wisdom and experience will be missed. For the past twenty years, Pastor Doris has been known to many End-Time Handmaidens and Servants as the face of International Ministers Forum. She encouraged so many to become ordained so that when they had an opportunity to go into a hospital or prison to pray for people-the door could be opened or if they felt called to a nation, they had a fellowship of other ordained ministers to work with or encourage them.   Please keep Pastor Doris' son, David, and his wife Jo in your prayers as they lead the Church in this time of transition.



Our beloved, teacher and friend, June Oesterreicher Coarsey Lewis, 80 years of age, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her children and grandchildren at her home in Jacksonville Beach, FL on August 24, 2011. She was the daughter of Huger and Oleta Oesterreicher and a graduate of Fletcher High School’s class of 1948. June attended Florida State University and received a Doctorate from Shalom Bible College and Seminary of Des Moines, Iowa.

June is survived by four children: John B. Coarsey and his wife, Jan; Stephanie Cope and her husband, Theo; Kimberly Broderick and her husband Bob; and Niki Boyer and her husband Dean.  She is predeceased by her sister Anne McCoy Burnett; she is also survived by several siblings: Sylvia and Jimmy Messinese, Michel Oesterreicher, Hugh and Kathi Oesterreicher, and Angela Oesterreicher.  June spent the last 30 years of her life as a much sought after teacher of Biblical principles to pastors and missionaries all over the world. But she was more than just a teacher, she brought the Word of God to life and taught it line-upon-line to give total understanding to her students so that they could apply the principles to their lives. June was a brilliant woman of God, a researcher and student of the Word who not only had revelation but spent hours every day studying so that she could give out of the Word’s richness.  She could always be relied up to take up a cause for intercession and bring it to the courts of Heaven like a lawyer bringing the written Word to the Great Judge who promised that His Word would never return to Him void. We are so privileged to have had her fine example very early in our lives being formed by her teachings to understand the fullness of God’s purposes for His people and the richness of our inheritance in Christ.  June stood for the Great victory won in Christ through His death and resurrection, as students of the End-Time Handmaidens and Servants International School of Ministry will verify, she was a dearly beloved teacher who put everything she had into her students to get them to higher ground. She always said, “We want you to stand on our shoulders!”

Her teachings are still available from the Engeltal Bookstore, in books, CDs and DVDs and some in our online Media Center. She is also the author of five books; some of which were translated into several languages.  Her travels took her from the tip of South America to the heart of Africa, to North Africa, through the Straits of Gibraltar, and all over Europe, and from the Philippines to Tiananmen Square in China. June loved to paint and everywhere she went she would take her brushes and painting materials and paint a picture of that place. She will be greatly missed from the Body of Christ on this side of eternity, she was such a wonderful gift to us. She is no doubt enjoying the glories of the Presence of Her Beloved Saviour and Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, on the other side of the veil.



(January 30, 1958 - December 8, 2012)

 Sharon Fay Woodhead, age 54 of Jasper, Arkansas and formerly of Wisconsin and Oregon, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Harrison, Arkansas.  Sharon was born on January 30, 1958 in Lane County, Oregon the daughter of Jerome "Jerry" and Jeanette (Blade) Stonebraker.  For over the past three years, Sharon served as the Bookstore manager for the End-Time Handmaidens and Servants International Ministry. She was truly a woman after God’s Heart, she had a powerful passion, love, and devotion for God.  Not only was she a wonderful intercessor, she was a loving wife, a beautiful mother, and a true friend to all those she came in contact.  She radiated life, light, and love.

Survivors are her husband, Mike Woodhead of Jasper, AR; parents, Jerome and Jeanette Stonebraker of North Bend, OR; two beloved children, Andrew and Abbey Woodhead of Jasper, AR; a brother, Bill Stonebraker of North Bend, OR and a sister, Nancii Stonebraker of Seattle.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Glory Tabernacle south of Jasper, AR. Viewing will be from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the El Shaddai Garden on Engeltal Valley Road under the direction of Coffman Funeral Home of Jasper.  

Pallbearers will be Leslie Murphy, Bob Baldwin, Terry Woodhead, Danny Kennon, Andrew Woodhead and Billy Krieger. Honorary pallbearers will be Philip and Sharon Buss, Dave and Betty Graves and Sis. Gwen Shaw. DVD copies of the funeral service are available at End-Time Handmaidens and Servants.