About Me

I was born in Nebraska, the third of eight children, near the end of World War II. Since we lived in poverty, I started working summer jobs when I was twelve. I cleaned a motel for $.35 an hour and detasseled corn for $.50 an hour.

At age 15, I enrolled at Nebraska Christian High School and worked my way through by cleaning for the school. I then attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, where I met my husband Peter. We married in 1965, a few months after graduation.

Gospel Missionary Union (now Avant Ministries) accepted us as candidates for missionary service in 1966. We spent a year at Rio Grande Bible Institute to learn Spanish before heading to Panama in 1968. There Peter pastored a church and we both taught in a Bible Institute for Panamanians.

We moved to Canada in 1969, where Peter’s family lived, built our first home and started Boldt Pools Ltd. in 1975, where I worked for nearly thirty years.

In 1997, I graduated from Tyndale College and Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Counseling. I’ve had my own counseling practice since then.

I help in the “Freedom Readers” program where I read to a child after school and help him/her with homework for an hour.

I enjoy writing everything from children’s stories to serious research articles. I edited my husband’s two books, “Out of the Jungle,” and “Back to the Jungle.” I also edited Jacob Braun’s book, “Long Road to Freedom,” which won a first-place national award.

Peter and I have four married sons, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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  1. Hi Fern, It is awesome to be able to read about you. I am your second cousin. My grandpa Henry Brunken was your Grandma Marie Brunken’s half brother. I just met you brother Richard a few days ago and he has been sharing so much about your family. I also worked with your brother Carl for several years at D&L in Columbus, Nebraska. When I first met him I literally thought he was my dad. They could be twins, they even sound alike. I have a Facebook group about the Brunken family and would be delighted if you would join us. Once again, so good to meet you!

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