John Mosiman

September 12, 1931December 26, 2012

John Mosiman, devoted husband, father, and grandfather went to be with his Lord on December 26, 2012.

John was the adopted son of Fred and Lucille Mosiman of Elgin, Illinois. He leaves a legacy of faith and love to his wife of 57 years, Gloria.

John is survived by his sister Sue Wyld of Wheaton, Illinois; three adult children, his daughter Elizabeth Adkins of Summerville, South Carolina; his daughter Marianne and her husband John Sullivan of Austin, Texas; his son John Douglas Mosiman and his wife Ajeli of Fort Mill, South Carolina; and five grandchildren.

John graduated from Wheaton College in 1953 and later earned his Master of Art degree in art at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

John and Gloria met in San José, Costa Rica. They studied Spanish prior to mission work in Ecuador South America. They were married in Quito, Ecuador where they served as missionaries for twelve years.

John created an art form he called “Musical Paintings.” It was a blend of chalk paintings with theatrical lighting and choreographed to music, captivating audiences at clubs, conventions, churches and schools. He performed from New York to Dallas, Miami to San Francisco, also to Canada and seven countries in Latin America crossing a span of forty-one years.

John was an accomplished artist and created pencil drawings and acrylic paintings. He enjoyed hiking and camping in the wilderness. During his career he climbed forty-seven peaks in the Rocky Mountains. He was well-known for sleeping under the stars in his hammock instead of a tent. He greatly enjoyed carving intricate designs and Bible verses on walking sticks.

John opted to spend his retirement years ministering in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. A major part of his work was building houses for destitute families, enabling them to move out of their cardboard shacks and into frame houses. He recruited and spearheaded volunteer construction teams, supervising them and working with his own hands as well. They constructed over one hundred fifty houses. John gather financial donation of over one million dollars.

John sponsored hundreds of Mexican youths for high school and university education. Through his life, God radically changed the life of many people; both those in need and those who came to help.

John completed his work in Mexico in 2010 when his illness prevented him from travelling. Since that time, being confined at home, he enjoyed teaching the Bible to small groups at his home and mentoring several individuals.

John will be missed by his family and friends worldwide. John often mentioned this Bible verse: “There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes from God. It is he who made us capable of serving…” – 2 Corinthians 3.5, 6 TEV.

A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3838 Steck Ave, Austin, Texas. 78759.

In lieu of flowers, John has requested donations be made out to His Work, Inc., 13217 Dime Box Trl. Austin, TX 78729, with a memo designating the check for Acuña Mexico Ministry, Building and or Education. Website: or for aiding persecuted Christians around the world, send donations to the Voice of Martyrs, PO Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443, phone 800-747-0085, memo John Mosiman memorial.

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January 11, 2013

Perhaps many of us who went to Mexico due to John's influence really don't know how to say that we loved John as a real person who cared for people like Jesus directed. It's nice to know that John made a difference to us ( and many others).Many thoughts and thanks are unspoken here because of this man who cared for others and he made a difference to us all.

Tanya Hamlin

January 4, 2013

We met John and Gloria 9 years ago when we moved down the street and what a blessing it has been! They have been like second parents to our family and to the other neighbors on our street. My children loved to go over there and talk to John or help in their garden and he would always entertained their curiosity. John's generosity was never ending. A truly wonderful and kind person who's faith was always evident and a testimony for others. We miss you so much John!

Craig Bishop

January 4, 2013

I was blessed to know John, and to witness him live his faith in front of so many people every day. John would always amaze me with his selfless acts of kindness. It is a treasure of mine to remember him tirelessly serving others in need. John wouldn't wait for people to ask for his help, he would go and immediately help them whether he knew them or not. To me the most memorable characteristic of John is that despite the long days of building houses, painting fences, editing pictures on his computer, and rounding-up support for students in Mexico, he continued to spend more time studying God's word than anyone I've ever known. John truly was a Biblical scholar, and he never neglected to explain to new believers even the simplest attributes of God. I never heard John talk down to anyone. He was willing to search for new truths in God's word without assuming that He already knew the “main point.”
Rather in a hammock during early morning quiet times, or in his study during the late hours of the night, I will always remember John intentionally sharpening his Bible knowledge. Here are just a few tips I learned from John:

1. Keep a logbook full of important Scripture verses. (I think John had several hundred verses in his logbook.) Divide the logbook into sections of daily / weekly / bi-monthly / monthly. Place the verses into different sections, and recite them including their reference by memory on a regular schedule. If you can't remember a verse when its turn comes up, promote it to a higher section where it will have more frequency. If you know a verse very well, demote it to a lower section. This tool will help you recite a very large number of Scripture verses from memory.

2. Compose a leger of God's attributes: love, mercy, power, humility, sovereignty, etc. Associate each attribute with a specific color. Read through the Bible from beginning to end. Every occasion where you encounter one of God's attributes, color it with its respective color. As you fill-in the Bible with a vivid palate of color you will more completely see God displayed on every page.

3. Don't be afraid to use a simple, Bible translation that mimics modern language. John's favorite was the Good News Translation, but he also used the Phillips New Testament. Then just sit back and enjoy reading God's word.

Being a friend and mentee of John has forever changed my life. I learned more about God from living with John and Gloria for a few months than I have learned trying to teach myself in over a decade. I have come to love John and Gloria and their whole family, and I cherish the gift God gave me in their affection and time they invested in my spiritual eternity. John has left behind a legacy of a Christian servant, and God's name is praised by many through his direct influence. John rearranged a popular bumper sticker slogan, and I believe it perfectly defines John's love for God. On an old, beat-up, 300k mile, work pick-up were the words, “america bless God!”
God we thank you for the life and love of our beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend John Mosiman…

Bill Spence

January 2, 2013

John has left a legacy that anyone would be happy to have. The lives he touched are more than the common person could count. I am saddened for his family, but know in my heart that he will be waiting their arrival along with our Lord and Savior. For now, thank God he is no longer bound by his flesh and the pain he endured. God Bless you John.

January 2, 2013

Dear Gloria, I wish I could put into words what John and you have meant to my spiritual journey. You and your family have been and will be in my thougts and prayers. Thanks for all the times you opened your house for our Bible Study. John's teachings and words meant so much to me. God bless you, Margaret

Dennis Carroll

January 1, 2013

I can testify that there are hundreds of individuals who were blessed by the many homes that John built in Cd. Acuña, Mexico. I know that his labors were done in the name of Jesus, our Savior, and that John is reaping the fruit now.

R. Melissa Bosworth-Reininger

December 31, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love from John's niece.

Doug and Darlene Peters

December 30, 2012

John and Gloria were already well established in the mission work in Ecuador when we arrived as new missionaries at HCJB Global in December of 1962.

Over the years we maintained contact with John and Gloria. John has been a great encouragement in our lives and we thank God for his passion to know and practice the Word of God. His ministry was effective and touched many people. He is greatly missed by all of us.

Connie Kerber

December 30, 2012

Gloria and family:

We were so sorry to read about John's death. I have thought about both of you so often, wondering how you were doing. John was a wonderful neighbor. We had many good times sitting by the fire and chatting at night. Jeff, myself and my kids send their sympathy to you and your whole family. May God Bless all of you at this difficult time.

Lauren Percaccio

December 28, 2012

Every time I would think of John or see him, I would smile. John and Gloria were fantastic neighbors and amazing people. Blessed are those of us who were able to share in his life.