Wesleyan world missions

​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...
From history: a Jamaica church was started

From history: a Jamaica church was started

Editor’s note: Daniel M. Hyde is the former district superintendent, Leeds, Middlesex Parish, Jamaica, W.I. He and his wife, Nadeen, left their pastorate in College Park, Maryland, to serve in Jamaica in August, 1970. The couple helped re-divide the district in...
​Faithful missionary passes onto heaven

​Faithful missionary passes onto heaven

Rev. Robert Smith joined Jesus Christ in life everlasting early the morning of Saturday, September 17, 2016. Rev. Smith, affectionately called “Bob” by so many of us, pursued the great commission with holy passion. Bob served as assistant general director...
​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...
​Betty Freeborn: 27 years helping people in bush hospitals in Africa

​Betty Freeborn: 27 years helping people in bush hospitals in Africa

Betty Nelle Freeborn was born August 19, 1921, on the family farm near Miltonvale, Kansas. As a teenager she attended Miltonvale Wesleyan Academy, graduating in 1939. It was in her junior year she surrendered her life to God’s service. She enrolled in nurses...
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...
​Iconic Wesleyan missionary to Japan passes away

​Iconic Wesleyan missionary to Japan passes away

Rev. Harold Johnson, 91, of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away February 5, 2016. Rev. Johnson and his wife, Edna, served as lifelong missionaries to Japan with Wesleyan World Missions (now Global Partners) for 37 years. They partnered with Japan’s Immanuel General...
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 couple passes within one week of each other

Former missionary couple passes within one week of each other

A missionary couple with Wesleyan World Missions (now Global Partners) has passed away within a week of each other. Wilda Arlene Nelson, 89, passed away November 2, 2015, and her husband, Rev. Eldon B. Nelson, 89, passed away one week later, November 9, 2015. The...
Wayne Wright, a life given to the Great Commission

Wayne Wright, a life given to the Great Commission

Wayne W. Wright, 88, was born into a preacher’s family in Terre Haute, Indiana on October 22, 1926. He first sought the Lord as an eight-year-old at the Hulman Street Pilgrim Holiness church, and was baptized and taken into church membership at twelve. Wayne...
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...
​Ermal L. Wilson, missionary statesman, dies

​Ermal L. Wilson, missionary statesman, dies

Ermal Leroy Wilson, 97, of Marion, Indiana, was General Secretary of World Missions for the Pilgrim Holiness Church and the merged Wesleyan Church from 1958-1972. Ermal Wilson is remembered with gratitude by The Wesleyan Church as a missionary statesman, a preacher of...