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Bruce and Nancy Muskrat - Musicians on Mission

Musicians on Mission
Bruce and Nancy Muskrat

Fort Worth, Texas
December 2012

Nancy and BruceThis has been a year of travel, visiting family & special friends, and making new friends. Bruce began his travels in February when he accompanied a group of Carroll Institute staff to Orlando, FL where BHCTI was awarded full accreditation by the Association of Biblical Higher Education. It was the culmination of many years of hard work by the entire Carroll staff. Immediately following that trip, Bruce and two faculty members flew to Kentucky to hear the performance of a composition written by one of Carroll’s doctoral students.
In March, Bruce and Nancy were asked to serve as adjudicators for a piano festival sponsored by the Joplin Piano Teachers Association in Joplin, MO. They had played in the festival when they were children, so it was an interesting experience to return as judges. They also performed some 4-hand music in a mini recital.

In April, the Muskrats were invited to present a class on Argentine music for an Ethnomusicology course at Dallas Baptist University.

Nancy, Andy and BruceMay was a special month as Bruce and Nancy celebrated a proud event when their son Andy graduated with a Master of Arts in Worship degree from Carroll Institute. At the end of the month, the Muskrats embarked on a new adventure when they traveled to Camagüey, Cuba where Bruce taught a class on worship in Spanish and they both presented a concert in Spanish at the First Baptist Church of Camagüey. Carroll Institute has over 60 students in Cuba in two cohorts that are working towards a Master of Arts in Theology degree. Although the Muskrats had communicated with the students through email, it was a wonderful experience to get to know them personally and to listen to their stories of faith in the midst of great struggles.

During the first week of June, Bruce and Nancy traveled to Tulsa, OK to attend the annual Baptist Church Music Conference.

The month of July saw the Muskrats traveling again as they drove to Broken Arrow, OK to help a cousin move into a new apartment, then later to Bentonville, AR to visit with Andy, Heather and little Jacob.
One of the highlights of the year was a trip to Argentina in August to participate in the 100th anniversary of the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires. The Muskrats were honored during the ceremony by having two classrooms named after them in the School of Music. It was a wonderful two weeks of visiting Argentine friends and the churches where Bruce and Nancy had served during the 28 years they served as missionaries there.
September was a month of other reunions. The Muskrats joined their friends, David and Barbara Vick, on a trip to North Carolina for the Week of the Emeriti sponsored by the International Mission Board at Ridgecrest. Over 1,000 missionaries gathered for a week of sharing and attending special meetings. On the way, Nancy was able to spend an evening with her dear friend and maid of honor, Patti Storm Broyles.

 Ben, Daniel, Luke Sarah, and ClaireOctober Andy, Jacob, Heather and Braedenwas another month of travel as the Muskrats went to Mount Pleasant to spend a week keeping their three oldest grandkids, then drove to Bentonville for the birth of their sixth grandchild, Braeden Lee Muskrat (2nd son of Andy and Heather). At the end of the month, the Muskrats traveled to Corpus Christi to represent Carroll Institute at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting.

Danny Ray, Amy and CalebIn November, Bruce and Nancy traveled once again to Broken Arrow, OK for the annual Muskrat Family Reunion over the Thanksgiving holiday.

And for December . . . Bruce and Nancy will stay at home and let everyone come to their house for Christmas. They are looking forward to having all three kids with their families, Nancy’s parents, Bruce’s dad, and Nancy’s sister and her family.

We give thanks to God for His blessings, protection, and sustaining power during this past year. We are so blessed and thankful for our wonderful family and special friends like you. From us to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all God’s blessings for the New Year.

Nancy and Bruce

Bruce and Nancy Muskrat are at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. Bruce is Professor of Church Music and Missions and also serves as Director of Business Affairs. Nancy is Lecturer of Worship and Missions and is Communications Coordinator. Now "emeritus" missionaries to Argentina, the Muskrats served 29 years under appointment of the International Mission Board, SBC. Appointed in 1977 as seminary music teachers, the Muskrats taught courses in church music and worship in the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Buenos Aires (1979-2000), and ministered through music evangelism and participation in church planting through the mission's Pro-Meta team. Bruce served as Administrative Support Leader for the Argentine Baptist Mission, the organization of  Southern Baptist missionaries in that country. 

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