HONORED MEMORY: Plaque honoring Walter Bond now appearing in the Baeza cemetery.ity officials in Baeza, Andalusia, Spain, have honored the memory of the country’s first Adventist missionary, one of several early-twentieth-century religious freedom and democracy martyrs whose graves were later desecrated.
A MARTYR REMEMBERED:Plaque honoring Walter Guy Bond, pioneer Seventh-day Adventist missionary to Spain, is unveiled by Roberto Badenas of the Euro-Africa Division on May 23, 2010, in Baeza, where Bond died 96 years earlier.Walter graduated in theology at Healdsburg (now Pacific Union) College in 1899. In the summer of 1902 Walter and his brother, Frank, attended a camp meeting in Fresno, California, where A. G. Daniells challenged young people to engage in missionary service. Walter and Frank were among the 30 young people who responded to the call. Walter married Leola Gerow on November 12, 1902. Shortly thereafter, Walter, Leola, and Frank sailed for Spain to work as missionaries. They arrived in Barcelona on June 22, 1903.
FAMILY REMEMBERS: Jesús Calvo, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spain, presents a letter from Walter Bond’s descendants to Baeza mayor Leocadio Marín.Baeza’s mayor, D. Leocadio Marín; Mrs. Marín; and a city officer presided over the May 2010 ceremony. The Adventist Church was represented by the president of theSpanish Union, Jesús Calvo; the director of the historical archives of the Spanish Union and event organizer, Andrés Tejel; and other pastors and numerous church members. The representative of the Adventist Church in the Euro-Africa Division, Roberto Badenas, unveiled a commemorative plaque.