Honoring Our Missionaries

One of my goals as the Director of Ministry Partner Discovery for Converge Worldwide International Ministries is to work toward our missionaries being fulfilled, for them:

To engage emotionally

To develop professionally

To prosper relationally

To grow spiritually

Total fulfillment will only come when we see Jesus face to face, but in this life my desire is for missionaries to be fulfilled in their ministries, fulfilled in their finances, fulfilled in their relationships and fulfilled in their personal lives.

“He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 NASB

Imagine giving your heart and soul to an activity or a responsibility for ten, twenty, or thirty years.  Now imagine that you receive very little recognition for that activity.  Sounds like – parenting?  Marriage?  Being faithful to a friend or a company?

Most of us can relate.  Who throws parents a “thank you” dinner for their sacrifices?  How many volunteers receive special recognition for touching their communities?  Most of our efforts in faithfulness go unrecognized.

We do celebrate milestones such as wedding anniversaries and a good employer recognizes employees at appropriate times.  The Bible encourages us to celebrate faithfulness and key milestones in our spiritual journeys as individuals and as communities.

It is in this spirit that we are choosing to honor missionaries who have served Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference for ten or more years.  Won’t you celebrate the faithfulness of these missionaries who have rearranged their entire lives around the idea of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ all over the world?

35 Years of Service

Gary and Doris Reynolds

"Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains..." Psalm 36:6 NLT

30 Years of Service

Ruth Gollings

Dennis and Melody Nordine

Dick and Beverly Young

25 Years of Service

Mark and Helen Downing

Tom and Mary Lou Ellison

Mike and Marcia Flinchum

John and Elaine Mehn

Steve and Carol Smith

20 Years of Service

Mike and Sherry Borstad

Steve and Nopaluck Cable

Larry and Mary Caldwell

Lynn and Barb Conner

John and Lori De Cleene

David and Carol Jahnke

Eric and Janet Johnson

Scott and Ruth Millar

Becky O.

Chuck and Betty Selander

Steve and Debra Rowe

Paul and Margie Varberg

Kevin and Cynthia Walton

Joel and Barb Wright

15 Years of Service

Bruce and Julie A.

Thangi C.

Paul and Ana Hill

Mary Larsen

Doug and Stephanie Lewis

A couple serving in the Middle East

Wilondja and Shirley Masongezi

A couple who has served in Central Asia

Gary and Ruth Stephens

"They are like trees planted along the riverbank...

10 Years of Service

A couple who has served in sensitive locations

Jeff and Barb Chapman

Jane Fischer

Thom and Ellen Schotanus

Jim and Ina Smith

Rick and Carol Stark

Steve and Barbara Wilkinson

...bearing fruit each season." Psalm 1:3 NLT

Each missionary or family is being honored with a gift card and a certificate.  Won’t you add to this by sending a note or a small gift reminding your missionaries how grateful you are for their cross-cultural service?


  • Current missionaries and those who have resigned or retired during 2011 have been included for past unrecognized anniversaries.
  • A few of these missionaries served overseas and then continued their service within the IM office.
  • The years listed may not be the total years of service in some cases.



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3 Comments on “Honoring Our Missionaries”

  1. Anitra Carbo Says:

    What a Way to Honor CWW Missionaries! What better service than to give our lives fully to our King. (Being a parent may be thankless, but at least the pay is terrible~Jim Gaffigan)


  2. Brian Stankich Says:

    It was kind of fun, Anitra 🙂



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