A Special Meeting

A special photo from a special meeting

Last night we traveled to Shreveport for a missionary commissioning service.  55 new International Mission Board  appointees were commissioned for overseas service.  It was an inspiring service that I’ll never forget.

I took the photo below after the service.  There’s a special connection between these two couples who’d never met.

Terry and Sara Iles, Gordon and Leigh Ann Fort
Terry and Sara Iles, Gordon and Leigh Ann Fort

Gordon Fort and his wife Leigh Ann spent twenty years of service in Southern Africa before moving to Richmond, VA where he serves as Vice President for Overseas Mission for our Mission Board.

Gordon’s mother,  Dr. Wana Ann Gibson Fort, grew up in Harrisonburg, LA with (our youngest son) Terry’s grandfather, Herbert Terry. The Terry and Fort families have been friends for generations.

The Fort family (Wana Ann, her husband Dr. Giles Fort, and their five boys) served in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe for decades.

Wana Ann Fort is my wife DeDe’s lifelong missions hero.

It was a special moment when our son Terry and Sara got to meet this couple that has a deep connection with our family.

Terry and Sara are studying at La. College and are prayerfully considering a call to missions. Pray for them and countless other young people whom God is using to share the gospel with a lost world.

DeDe and I want to encourage everyone to consider giving extra this year to the Lottie Moon Missions Offering.  This is the main source of support for our 5000+ Southern Baptist Missionaries worldwide.   Learn more at www.imb.org.

Numerous couples are ready to go but are currently deferred due to current budget constraints.  Our oldest son Clay, his wife Robin, and boys are in the pipeline to go but awaiting word.

Prayerfully consider giving so those who feel called may go.

Ready to Go.  Content to Stay.


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