Friday, August 8, 2008
Kent Fothergill and Older Missionaries
Several years ago, Kent Fothergill said to another ACTION missionary in Manila, “I want to die on the mission field. What greater joy could I have than doing what God called me to do and being where He wants me to be?” Kent died suddenly, two days later, of a heart attack at the age of almost 65! We are still in prayer for older (and younger) missionaries to take Kent’s place... long-term “older” missionaries in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Hudson Taylor was laboring vigorously on the mission field at age 69. J. Oswald Sanders ministered effectively into his later 80’s; and at age 85, Caleb wanted a mountain so that he could drive out a stronghold of giants. Yes, we want young people, but many “older folks” as well. Our prayer target is for over 200 additional missionaries. There is no reason they could not all be over 55 years of age! Why not?