Lucy Wisehart Lima Hyman went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Judy and I were asked to represent IM for the funeral, which was held on Saturday, September 5, at First Free Will Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.
It is with great sadness that the family announces the unexpected passing of Marion Leverne Hanna Sr., 71, on Monday, August 31, 2020.
Marion was born on November 4, 1948 in Lake City, South Carolina, a son of the late Zuel and Gertrude Gaskins Hanna. He was a 1966 graduate of Johnsonville High School. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Meade, Maryland as a Military Policeman from 1969 – 1971 and was a lifetime member of Westside Free Will Baptist Church in Johnsonville, where he served as a deacon for the past 49 years.
His favorite activities such as fishing, driving the golf cart, attending church, playing Skip-Bo, and grilling out, all centered around spending quality time with friends and family. His free time involved frequent trips to Wal-mart and caring for animals. He was a treasured “Pa” to Alejandro, Ana, and all the kids whom he shared Smarties with. Marion always had a song to sing …. even if he couldn’t remember all of the words and he just made them up. His heart was so big that it took a machine to keep it running for 15 years after his open-heart surgery.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Faye Hanna; children, Lee (Jennifer) Hanna of Anderson and Kristi (Tim) Johnson of Alpedrete, Spain; grandchildren Alejandro Johnson of Tennessee and Ana Johnson of Alpedrete, Spain; siblings by birth, Ruby Faye Cribb of Lexington, Zuliene (Don) Thompson of Lake City, Troy (Lorraine) Hanna of Johnsonville, and Tony (Chrystal) Hanna of Johnsonville; sibling by marriage, Mona (Steven) Dukes of Johnsonville; and numerous extended family members that were dear to him.
The family deeply appreciates all the love, prayer, and calls, but requests that family and friends refrain from visiting the house at this time.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Westside Free Will Baptist Church, 530 Vox Highway, Johnsonville, SC 29555, directed by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway, SC.
The burial will be private.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please use good judgment, practice social distancing, and please wear masks if attending.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tim and Kristi Johnson’s Mission Account through Westside Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 414 Johnsonville, SC 29555.
Written by Neil Gilliland, September 2, 2020.
IM, Inc. News Release September 1, 2020
Antioch, TN – Victoria Little officially requested a leave of absence effective September 1, 2020. Victoria requested the leave, stating, “this has been a very different year for me as I have navigated the waters of returning from Kenya, moving to Nashville… and continuing to invest in an ever-growing relationship with my now fiancé, Bryse Paffile.”
Bryse and Victoria will be married this month in North Carolina. Bryse currently lives and works as a physical therapist in Washington state. They will live there and prayerfully consider the following steps God has for their life and ministry. Victoria plans to become active again as a nurse to keep her license current and brush up on her nursing skills.
When asked about the next steps concerning the mission field, Victoria said, “Bryse and I are excited to do ministry together. Our hearts are for others to know Christ, and we both desire to be overseas in the future using our medical skills to meet physical needs in order to reach spiritual ones. We do not know exactly where or what that looks like, but know that the Lord will guide us as we faithfully pursue him.”
Victoria added, “it has been an honor to be a part of the IM team, both as a missionary and with the home team. They have become my family and part of my heart. God has done incredible things over these last three years, and I look forward to how He will continue to use IM in my and Bryse’s future.” She went on to say, “I want to give a very special thanks to every person who gave with their finances, prayers, and encouragement. I’ve learned so much about the body of Christ and love how I have experienced Him working among FWB.”
Clint Morgan commented, “Victoria served in Kenya in an exemplary manner. Her commitment to Christ, passion for souls, and love for people endeared her deeply to the Samburu people and the whole IM family. We anxiously await the day God directs Bryse and Victoria to their next cross-cultural ministry and pray, somewhat selfishly, it will be with IM.”
Please join us in praying for Victoria and Bryse as they begin their journey together and pray that God gives clear guidance in their next ministry steps.
We know God provides for IM families in many ways and YOU can be one of them!
We hope you look for opportunities to care for these families.
One of the most amazing ways we were ever cared for as missionaries
occurred when our children went away to college.
When our oldest son turned 16, we bought him an extremely used Jeep
Cherokee with 198,000 miles on it. We figured that we’d sell it at the
end of our stateside assignment. When it was time to return to Uruguay
we found out that missionaries are probably the only group of people who
would buy a car with 200,000 + miles on it. We decided we’d keep it and
use it for conferences or travel when we were in the States.
My son enrolled in a college that was about 600 miles from our stateside
home. We sent him off to college in that high mileage Jeep. Everything
went well that first year and it made it till around Thanksgiving the
next year. One day he was returning to campus and he passed through the
town of Rogers, Arkansas and it began to overheat. He left it at a
dealer there. Imagine my surprise when I received a call from the
dealership saying that it would be $600.00 to replace the thermostat and
the water pump! (The funniest part was that to fix all the things wrong
with it they would charge an extra $2400! This was more than we paid for
it when we bought it!) I told my son that there was no way we
could/would pay that and it would be best if he could find a shade tree
mechanic to fix it. No luck. We called some friends but they couldn’t
recommend a mechanic in the area. The hard part for me was being 5,000
miles away with a problem I could have solved myself but I was nowhere
nearby. The only thing we could do was pray and wait for an answer.
Tammy had a ladies’ Bible study at the time in our home. One day she
received a call from one of the participants and she said “I have a
group of 12 people, 11 men, and one lady, she’s got to have a break, may
I invite her to the study?” Of course, Tammy said yes. When she arrived,
we found out that this group was from a church from…. Rogers, Arkansas!
When I found out I told Tammy to ask her if some of the men could
recommend a mechanic. The lady did better than that. She gave me the
number of her pastor and he sent the church mechanic to pick up the Jeep
and fix it. When it was fixed I called to find out home much I owed and
the guy said “There’s no charge. This is something we do for
missionaries!” The church was not a Free Will Baptist Church and at the
time I had never even been to Rogers, Arkansas but we were blessed by
Connect Church in Russellville has also been great auto repair
servants. Once when my oldest was returning home his power steering pump
went out near Russellville. He called me and asked me what to do. I told
him to call my friend at Connect Church. An hour later he was back on
the road with a rebuilt pump and the towing and repair was covered by
our Connect Church family.
My youngest son also benefited from friendships at Connect church. He
attended Arkansas Tech and one of the leaders had a trucking company.
Just about all of his auto repairs were done by them and he only paid
for the cost of parts.
Many people take for granted a well-running, well-serviced car but those
friends and churches that helped our college-age children from point A
to point B has been some of the greatest blessings we have received.
The Celebration of the Women’s Center
in Ivory Coast
On Saturday, March 7, the women’s ministry of Ivory Coast (women of good news) inaugurated its conference center in Bondoukou. In addition to a large hall for conferences, the center also has accommodation for visitors and girls from villages in the region who come to study in Bondoukou.
As part of the inauguration celebrations, women made a parade around the city. Almost 1,000 women were present for a women’s retreat that was followed by a THP team from the United States arriving a few days in advance to help finish the building, clean up, and prepare to receive the women’s retreat. The team stayed to participate in the opening. Representatives of local authorities, the Free Will Baptist Association, IM, Inc., WNAC, and the Free Will Baptist Foundation were also present.
The FWB Foundation had made two gifts that totaled to be around $100,000 to complete what had been raised by women in the Ivory Coast and the United States for the construction and equipment of the new center. When women in the Ivory Coast planned this project, many thought it was too great and that it would not be possible. Glory be given to God by the united efforts of many different groups!
Special thanks to Pastor Amiezu Paul for the photos and Kenneth Eagleton for the written statement.
The IM leadership team has been closely following the ebb and flow of information about the number one world concern at this time…the coronavirus.
While it is impossible to find a one size fits all response we want to assure our IM family and FWB constituency that we are making decisions we believe reflect due diligence, precautionary actions, and protection of our field and stateside personnel as well as short-termers (eg. THP projects, CMP team, etc.). We are giving our field teams the right to stay or leave based on their situation and sound reasoning. However, we reserve the right, and certainly bear the responsibility, to exercise our fiduciary charge to safeguard the well-being of our staff and those who serve in any capacity with or for us which may mean we recall staff and impose a quarantine in certain situations.
We ask for your prayers and God’s unfathomable wisdom as we navigate these somewhat precarious waters.
Clint Morgan, IM General Director
In September 2019, a once-in-a-lifetime event occurred. At the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, United Kingdom, the magnetic North pole, as indicated on compasses, pointed directly at the geographic North Pole, or true North, for the first time in 360 years.
A compass, if functioning properly, points toward the Earth’s magnetic north pole, which is generally not the same location as the geographic North Pole. Earth’s magnetic poles exist because of its magnetic field, produced by electric currents in the liquid part of the earth’s core. The location of the magnetic north pole is constantly changing and can move as far as 1,000 km away from the true north pole.
On the other hand, true north is calculated using an imaginary line through the Earth rather than a compass. Outside forces do not cause it to vary. True north is always in precisely the same location.
I see this as a good analogy of us at IM as we align our plans with God’s plans. He is the true North and we are the magnetic North. We, as humans, have a propensity to follow the magnetic pulls of this life and its imposing culture.
The IM leadership team (IMLT) is charged with leading the Mission in the right direction, and along the best paths, at all times. We believe our true North is simply God’s will. However, we must deal with the magnetic pulls as we move through our times and the cultural continuum of life. We must keep our eyes fixed on the true North.
As we enter 2020, our vision is guided by one overriding principle: we want to ensure our magnetic north (our plans) is properly and completely aligned with the true North (God’s plans). As mission leaders, it is imperative we align our plans, strategies, and actions with His plans and strategies, and not attempt the opposite.
We need your prayers as we pursue the path He desires we follow.
Photo: ID 49731568 © Olivier Le Moal | Dreamstime.com
Mark your calendars: January 12, 2020. It will prove an important date for many people. Research suggests 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions give up on them by that date. About half of all New Year’s resolutions revolve around health issues (eating less, getting more exercise, etc.). Our goals are seldom reached simply because we lack personal discipline. I am not trying to be critical or harsh, just truthful. Anyone who has ever made a resolution can identify with those who “give up.” What we began with great enthusiasm now lies in the heap of the unfinished.
The disciples gathered around as the Lord shared some last instructions just before His Ascension. A few simple words, and He was gone and a new era began.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. (Acts1:8-9, ESV)
I wonder if Peter turned to his companions and said, “Boys, we’ve got a job to do.” Nearly 2000 years later, we are still about the task. Why? The answer is simple, the task is unfinished. As long as there are those who need our witness in Jerusalem we can’t quit. As long inhabitants of our Judea remain in darkness the task is unfinished. As long as the people of Samaria have not heard a clear presentation of the gospel the mission is uncompleted. And as long as men, women, boys and girls in the ends of the earth do not proclaim Him as Lord and Savior, the task rests unfinished.
That small band of men grew exponentially in the ensuing years as the Church put its shoulder to the task. Undaunted through the winds of adversity and persecution, the flame of the gospel spread across the known world and to the ends of the earth. They did not quit. The flaming arrows of the evil one came to naught as the Church moved forward.
The gospel moved from Asia Minor to Europe, and its flame became a mere flicker. Then a monk in Germany tacked his theses to a monastery door and the gospel’s flame once more burned bright. It was transported to the new world and was the basis for the foundations of the new country, eventually called the United States of America.
And in 1935, a small fledgling denomination sent out its first missionary to the ends of the earth and we have not turned back. We have not quit. Many January 12s have come and gone and we are still about the task. Why? It is simple…the task is unfinished. As long as it is unfinished, we will keep on praying, sending, and going.
Every summer since 1992, ETEAM has welcomed Free Will Baptist students from around the country (and even other countries) as they gather in Nashville. Anxious but proud parents say goodbye, leaving their teens to be trained and sent to the four corners of the earth to minister alongside our missionaries.
Now, 27 years later, it happened again. Nearly 100 students along with their leaders boarded planes bound for life-changing experiences across the globe. Some will minister with career missionaries who began their own journey to reach the nations on ETEAM.
The ETEAM staff has prayed for these students since the day they were selected. Their parents have prayed for them since they received the letter with their destination. We invite you to join us in praying for these students. You might even want to follow their journeys.
You can pray specifically for:
- Safety. We do everything to make these trips safe but we can’t guarantee it.
- Good health. The students will eat new foods and be in a new environment.
- Travel. Flights, connections, and various forms of travel can be a challenge.
- Effective ministry. Even though they will be limited by language, these teams can play a significant role in the ministry of our missionaries.
- People. ETEAM is designed to reach people. Pray for the people who will meet our students and pray they will sense the love of Christ through them.
- Spiritual revival and renewal. Often ETEAM students’ lives are radically changed by these experiences. Pray they will hear and obey God’s call on their lives.
- Parents and Grandparents. The most difficult role may be as the parents of ETEAMers. Some, though very proud of their children, are anxious as their “little” ones have flown the nest and are in other countries.
- Thanks. Thank the Father for students willing to answer the call to go and parents and grandparents who let them.
- ETEAM staff, especially coordinator Hanna Mott. Hanna and her team spend thousands of hours preparing, planning, attending to myriad details, training, sending off, and debriefing each team.
- Free Will Baptists. Thank the Lord for IM and a denomination willing to invest in the youth of our denomination.
Every year, a sense of anticipation overtakes the IM office as we eagerly await your generous World Missions Offerings. And, for good reason. So much depends on them. Budgets are finalized. Plans are made. Our ministry partners are in place, eager to see if we can reach even further this year. Everyone is praying this year’s offering will be record-breaking—not because breaking records is a priority. But because, the greater the offering, the more Great Commission work we can accomplish.
A mission partner recently wrote, “We would not have a church if it weren’t for our generous friends in the United States.”
Thank you for ensuring more churches will be planted. Thank you for empowering trainers to train and leaders to lead. Thank you for funding medical supplies to treat the body, opening the door for Christ to heal the spirit.
You are so much more than a “donor.” You are a family member, a team member. In fact, you are included in our mission statement: We exist to labor with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission. Together, we empower men and women around the world to preach the gospel to the sin-sick and hopeless. What an exciting opportunity to be part of what God is doing around the world!
So, whether this was your first year to give to the World Missions Offering, you participate annually, or your offering is still in the works, thank you. We look forward with great anticipation to what God will do with our generous gifts.