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Raised in Southern California, Josa Bivin
is a graduate of BIOLA's two-year Bible course.
She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from L.A. State College.
first teaching assignment was in California's Walnut school district
During the summers and on winter weekends, she worked at Forest Home Christian Conference Center located in the mountains near Los Angeles.
Bivin's first trip to Israel in 1966 brought her
She later worked at Kibbutz Yagur as a volunteer.
After a month of getting up at 4:30 a.m. to pick apples and grapes, she
left the kibbutz and moved to Kfar Shmaryahu (near Tel Aviv), becoming the first dorm mother for the Baptist high school students studying at the American International School
Returning to California just prior to the Six-Day War, Bivin
again taught school, saving her
money until she
was able to return to Israel in 1968.
Presently, Bivin is working as secretary for the Hebrew University's Armenian Studies Program.
As a second-generation Armenian American, she spends her spare time researching her family history and continues to discover lost relatives.