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Glen and Lillian Sessions list Home and
International Missions departments as Heirs
“A Free Will Baptist couple, burdened for the cause of missions, has named the National Home Missions and Foreign Missions Departments as recipients of their entire estate.”
This was the beginning of an article written in 1984 by John Gibbs, then director of development for the Home Missions Department. The article referred to Glen and Lillian Sessions (pictured) who made their home on a mini-farm in Hitchita, Oklahoma. The Sessions were pleased to know that their estate would be instrumental in bringing people to Christ around the world, long after they were in Heaven.
Glen and Lillian celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on February 14, 2005. Lillian went to be with the Lord later that year, followed in 2006 by her husband, Glen. The couple loved the Lord and felt a deep burden for missions, both at home and around the world. And the forethought and generosity of this Christian couple will make it possible for Free Will Baptist missionaries to continue to take the name of Christ around the world.
The Sessions encourage other Free Will Baptist families to consider the Lord’s work when penning their wills. Brother and Sister Sessions were always reluctant to receive any credit or praise. They felt their gift was a small contribution compared to what they gained by their salvation.
Those who would like to follow the example set by Glen and Lillian Sessions are encouraged to write to either the FWB Home Missions or FWB International Missions Departments at PO Box 5002, Antioch, Tennessee, 37011-5002, for more information on how you can help to further the gospel of Christ even after the Lord has called you home.
HYMAN WITH THE LORD
Rev. Herman Hyman of Santee, South Carolina, went to be with the Lord in January of this year. Brother Hyman was a great servant of the Lord. For many years, he served as a tentmaker (self-supporting church planter) for the Home Missions Department, pastoring the Immanuel FWB Church in Santee.
The church, though small in number, had a big heart for Home Missions. They established a plan to raise a large offering for Benjamin Randall Day, and 25 church members put the plan to work. In 2002, their offering was $11,799.78, or $472.00 per person. In 2003, they gave $13,930.41, or $557.22 per person. In 2004, the last year Hyman pastored the church, their offering was $16, 349.57—an offering of $653.98 per member! What an amazing example!
Pastor Hyman wanted to see everyone in the world to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord. He especially felt it was important to strengthen our churches in America. He believed that building more Bible believing churches would lead to more converts around the world by increasing the number of pastors to fill pulpits, students to send to college, workers for overseas ministry, and supporters to provide financially for these ministries.
He was also convinced that the world has moved to our doorstep, and we are quickly becoming an ethnically diverse country. Within the increasingly diverse population are more and more people who have never heard the gospel. We must be ready with the gospel.
Bro. Herman was a great man of God, and he and his wife, Patsy, were real friends to the Home Missions department. Bro. Herman was a great traveling partner and a hard worker in the vineyard for the Lord. The supporters of the Home Missions Department, and countless others whose lives he and his ministry touched, wish to express deep appreciation for his work and his love for the Lord and Free Will Baptists.
Dr. Richard Adams served as the director of development for the Home Missions Department in Antioch, TN, for more than 17 years.