|Rushden Echo and Argus, 16th May 1947, transcribed by Kay Collins
Accepted as Missionary
MR. Richard A. T. Wakefield, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Wakefield, of "Chalkwell" Newton Bromshold, who left the village some months ago to undergo training at the Moody Bible Institute. Chicago U.S.A., has been accepted as a missionary by the South American Indian Mission.
A former member of the Rushden Wellingborough-road Mission Church, Mr. Wakefield will now attend the summer school of Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma.
Following this he will pass on for service in the Xingu area or in the lowlands of Peru on the headwaters of the Amazon.
|Rushden Echo & Argus, 6th February 1948, transcribed by Kay Collins
Missionary's U.S. Wedding
Mr. Richard A. T. Wakefield, son of Mr. A. H. Wakefield, of "Chalkwell," Newton Bromshold, who left England in 1946 with an ambition to do hazardous missionary work in the forests of Brazil, has been married in the U.S.A.
Mr. Wakefield, who was a member of the Rushden Mission Church and a preacher in the Wellingborough Wesleyan Reform Union Circuit, had a year's training at the Moody Bible Institute at Chicago.
The wedding was at Grace Baptist Church, Washington, and his bride was Miss. Virginia Una Brown, of Rison, Arkansas, U.S.A.
|Rushden Echo & Argus, 13th February 1948
Married Fellow Student - Missionaries Together
Mr. Richard A. Wakefield of Newton Bromshold, who went to the U.S.A. two years ago to study for missionary work among Indian tribes of the Brazilian forests, has married an American nurse who has the same ambition.
The son of Mr. A. H. Wakefield of "Chalkwell," Newton Bromshold, the bridegroom was a former preacher in the Wellingborough Wesleyan Reform Union Circuit, and has already completed a year's training at, the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
He was married in the Grace Baptist Church, Washington, by Dr. Martin F. Clough, to Miss Virginia Una Brown Wall, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wall, of Rison, Arkansas.
A registered nurse, she has been training for the mission field in the Amazon valley among the Indian tribes.
Attired in white satin, she carried a white Testament, with which gardenias and lilies of the valley were intertwined with white ribbon. Her attendants were Miss Geneva Wall (sister of the bride), Miss Marion O'Neal, and Mrs. Juanita Feathers. Their dresses were of pink and blue, and Colonial style bouquets were carried.
Mr. Jeff Meade (friend of the groom) was best man, and ushers were Mr. Bernard De Rener and Mr. Charles Emerson.
The honeymoon was spent at Arlington, Virginia, and Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield are now continuing their studies at the Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina.
|Rushden Echo & Argus, 5th March 1948, transcribed by Kay Collins
Known throughout churches in the Rushden area as a local preacher, Mr. A. H. Wakefield, of "Chalkwell" Newton Bromshold, has been appointed British Representative of the South American Indian Mission, Incorporated.
The extent of Mr. Wakefield's new task can be judged from the fact that the Mission, which was incorporated in 1921 and has its headquarters at West Palm Beach, Florida, has over 70 missionaries.