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Psalm 103:6 states, "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." And in some other verses in that same Psalm we read that He does not treat us as our sins deserve but rather as the heavens are high above the earth so great is his love for those who fear him. Lowell says he has experienced many, many blessings in his life but they are all due to God's kindness, grace and forgiveness. He doesn’t claim to merit even the smallest blessing. Praise and thanks be to God.
He grew up in a solidly conservative Christian family on a farm outside of McIntosh, Minnesota. Even as a child he felt God nudging him towards foreign mission work; he had an interest in Spanish though his high school offered no foreign language opportunity. After graduating from high school he attended one year of Bible School and one year of seminary in Fergus Falls, living in what is now the Hillcrest Boys' Dorm. At the suggestion of Rev. Harland Helland he went to college in Billings, Montana. It was there that he met his wife, Paula, who also had an interest in mission work in Latin America. In preparing for future work they took an intensive course of Spanish study in Mexico. Lowell and Paula served with the World Mission Prayer League in Ecuador for 20 years. Lowell taught in a school of about 1200 students (Interamerican Bilingual School), worked with theological education; and helped plant two churches. What memories were made--developing friendships with those of another culture, sharing the Scriptures, camping at 13,000 feet, taking vacations at the beach, eating "motepillo", coping with amoeba attacks and yes, spending some time in jail too! After a long and arduous process the Bilingual School was turned over to Ecuadorians and Lowell and Paula felt that it was time to return to the U. S.
The Quams came to Fergus Falls so their three daughters could attend Hillcrest (their son graduated from high school their last year in Ecuador); also Lowell wanted to finish up his seminary training. (Having taught English in Ecuador he also thought it would be interesting to teach Spanish in the U.S.) While still in seminary he was asked by President Brue to come and teach Spanish at Hillcrest and here he is today! After all his travels and experiences around the world, Lowell considers it a privilege to teach and share his faith with students from the U.S. and so many other countries, all in one place.
Lowell and his family still have a heart for missions and serving others here and abroad. His wife, Paula, volunteers as a friend and teacher to Somali immigrants who live nearby. Their son Paul, his wife Linnea and their 4 children along with the Quam’s youngest daughter, Lois all live in Washington. Daughter Lynda and husband, Preston live in Colorado, and daughter Luisa teaches in Ecuador. Lowell and Paula worship at Good Shepherd L.B. Church. Lowell likes to walk, cross-country ski, bike, remodel his house and fish. He also enjoys trying ethnic foods but asks that you hold the really hot spices, por favor!