Missionary

Blindsided and grateful

Blindsided and grateful

One October night in 2006, my wife blindsided me* with this question: “What would you think if God wanted us to be missionaries?” I had never considered that possibility before and was not ready to consider it then. “Why in the world would God want us to do that?” I...
Choosing Nepal

Choosing Nepal

“When is it OK to put me first?” This was the question presented to my wife, Saundra, and me in a recent conversation. Our response? Our lives are not our own to do with as we wish. We were meant for a much bigger purpose than accumulating things and simply enjoying...
Fergusons sense new calling

Fergusons sense new calling

After 29 years of faithful service with Global Partners, the missions arm of The Wesleyan Church, Jarvis and Sue Ferguson sense God moving them in another direction. As a young girl, God put in Sue’s heart the dream to serve him as a missionary nurse. God clearly...
Former Bible college president passes away

Former Bible college president passes away

Dr. Warren Woolsey passed away December 24 in Houghton, New York. He was 95. Dr. Woolsey began serving in full-time ministry after his service in the United States Army. In 1950, he and his wife, Ella, moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to serve as missionaries. He...
The Tale of a Coffee Cup

The Tale of a Coffee Cup

*Names changed for security. New in Albania and wanting to get to know the people in my neighborhood, my heart leapt when I heard a woman’s voice calling to me, “Pershendetje (Greetings!),” initiating friendship with me, a stranger. Next came the question which I...
​Veteran missionary, Jim Ramsay, passes

​Veteran missionary, Jim Ramsay, passes

Rev. James Aaron Ramsay, 76, of Central, S.C., passed away Sunday, March 19. He was born in Gibraltar, Pa., on July 25, 1940 to Sedgwick Uriah and Mary Elizabeth Ramsay. He was married to Carol Chance on August 4, 1962. James was a graduate of Frankfort Wesleyan...
​Lifelong service included missionary to Caribbean and Africa

​Lifelong service included missionary to Caribbean and Africa

Roberta Lois McCallum, 90, entered heaven on March 7 from Lyons, Kansas. Born March 16, 1926, Troy, N.Y., to Robert and Helen (Boyd) Gunsalus (deceased), she graduated from Allentown Bible Institute (PA) in 1945, and later from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She...
​Only a woman

​Only a woman

I was reading recently about Mary Slessor, a Scottish missionary to Nigeria in Africa. The daughter of a shoemaker by trade, Mary went to work as a “half-timer” at the age of eleven. This meant she worked in the mill half a day and the other half-day she...
Church planter, leader passes

Church planter, leader passes

Forrest James Gearhart, age 94, died November 11, 2016, in Fern Park, Fla. He was founding pastor of the Sturgis, Michigan, Wesleyan church and also the Wheaton, Illinois, Wesleyan church. He served as district superintendent of the Northern Illinois District from...
​Missionary to Africa passes away

​Missionary to Africa passes away

Rev. William Edgar “Bill” Morgan, a Wesleyan pastor and missionary, passed away December 5 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He was 91. He served as an ordained pastor for 65 years with The Wesleyan Church. He spent thirty-three years of ministry in...
​When can I go home?

​When can I go home?

When I was 6 years old, my parents said, “Ok! We’re ready to become missionaries in Asia.” So I said goodbye to my friends and my house and my family and my dog, and in 1997, we moved around the world. I had to learn a new language and culture and...
​Faithful missionary to Africa passes away

​Faithful missionary to Africa passes away

R. Grace Duda passed away in May 2016 at Wesleyan Village in Brooksville, Florida. She was 89. Born Rachel Grace Duda, she was known as Grace her whole life. She married Rev. Robert (Bob) Duda, and the couple pastored in Georgia prior to be called to the mission field...
The passing of Wesley Duewel

The passing of Wesley Duewel

I received word recently that the great missionary saint, Dr. Wesley Duewel, passed away March 5, 2016, at the age of 99. His devotional classic, Ablaze for God, is one of my favorites. I have read and re-read it many times, and it has been a tremendous source of...
Centenarian missionary celebrates homegoing

Centenarian missionary celebrates homegoing

Norva (Bassage) Crosby did not fully retire from ministry until aged 99, She celebrated 100 years of life on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in Brooksville, Florida, along with family and about 150 friends from various areas of the country. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016 she...
Faithful missionary to Africa passes away

Faithful missionary to Africa passes away

Rev. Ed Wissbroecker was known as a Wesleyan missionary who gave more than three decades of service in Zambia, Africa, and kept going back even after retirement. At the age of 91, Rev. Wissbroecker died February 13, 2016, in Brooksville, Fla. Rev. Wissbroecker was...
Retired pastor, missionary, Paul Meeks, passes

Retired pastor, missionary, Paul Meeks, passes

Rev. Paul Meeks passed away January 16, 2016. He was a retired, ordained minister in the Shenandoah District. Rev. Meeks and his late wife, Darlene, served with Wesleyan World Missions (now Global Partners) in the Philippines for 22 years and as missionaries-at-large...
Former missionary, Lois Downey Traugh, passes

Former missionary, Lois Downey Traugh, passes

Lois Jean (Baumgardner) Downey Traugh, 84, of Asheboro, N.C., went to heaven July 27, 2015. Lois was born February 11, 1931, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Walter and Grace Baumgardner and gave her life to the Lord at a young age. She graduated from Napoleon High School and...
Missionary stateswoman: Virginia Wright passes

Missionary stateswoman: Virginia Wright passes

Virginia Fern (Meeks) Wright, 90, was born of missionary parents in Babatpur, India on February 6, 1925. After returning from India, her parents served in various mission churches in Missouri, finally settling in Lawrenceville, Illinois, where Virginia spent the rest...
Missionary Ruth Pierson passes

Missionary Ruth Pierson passes

Ruth Pierson, 71, went to be with her Lord on Dec. 19, 2013. Born Ruth Meyering, her mother died when she was six, and Ruth was raised by her sister, Mary Johnson, in Holland, Michigan. She knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior by age 9 and was part of Holland Central...