Norma Perry hadn’t been a Christian very long when her husband died while working on the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington. When she heard about the newly formed Boise Bible College a couple of years later, she moved to Boise to learn more about Christianity.
As part of the first enrolled class at BBC in 1945, Norma was awarded the four-year BSL degree in 1950, becoming BBC’s first graduate. She then completed a practical nursing degree, took several more classes at BBC, and continued raising her two children, Linda and David. Both Linda and David attended Boise Bible College; Linda was also known for her skill on the piano.
Erwin Marshall, an evangelist at the time in Eugene, Oregon, held revivals in Boise; through these his family became familiar with the Perry family. Erwin’s son Dale enrolled at BBC in 1955 to prepare for ministry. He also frequently sought out preaching opportunities in area churches. One Sunday he needed a pianist and wanted to ask Linda, but it wasn’t proper to travel alone with a woman. So he got a friend to ask her and a friend to go; the four went together. Afterwards, Dale commented,
“That Linda will make someone a good wife.” That someone would be Dale; they were married in December, 1958.
Upon Dale’s graduation with a B.A. in 1959, he and Linda would move to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and serve on the mission field together for 46 years, having been recruited by missionaries Ziden and Helen Nutt. Their daughter Lindale was born in 1974; she made the journey to attend BBC in 1991. Meanwhile, Nick Adams had come from Athena, Oregon, beginning classes in 1989. Nick and Lindale met and married, and decided to join her parents’ work in Zimbabwe. Nick worked under and learned from Dale for many years, teaching Scripture classes, preaching, and doing whatever was needed to help out.
Today, Linda lives in Meridian, Idaho, while Nick and Lindale continue the work in Zimbabwe. Nick teaches at Zimbabwe Christian College as well as at a high school and junior school; he is always seeking to ground his students in the Word of God. Lindale is house mother for a high school dormitory of 80 girls, where teaching Scripture and counseling give her much opportunity to be involved in their lives and point them to Jesus. She also leads a weekly ladies’ Bible study.
The legacy still goes on… Nick and Lindale’s son Zane holds a Bible Certificate from BBC (2017) and currently attends Boise State University, son Trent is a current BBC student, and daughter Serene says she will be attending in a couple of years.
We celebrate God’s faithfulness to BBC and the legacy He built with the life of Norma Perry.
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Pictured above, Norma Perry
Pictured below, Adams Family