Missionaries are the true heroes of today - men, women and children who have surrendered all and determined to fulfill the Great Commission by carrying the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the farthest corners of the globe.

(DISCLAIMER: I am a member of an Independent, Fundamental KJV-preaching, soul-winning Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. However, this blog is my own creation and is not a ministry of Bethany Baptist Church. Missionaries featured in this space may or may not be supported by my church. Inclusion in this list does not imply any affiliation with Bethany Baptist Church, nor does it offer any extra "in" for a missionary to present his work at our church. Inviting a missionary to our church is not my decision, but my Pastor's. I'm sorry to have to include this, but don't want to have any misunderstandings to come out of what is intended to be a blessing.)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

It's all in the family!

OK, so here we go again, dashing around the world in the pursuit of missionaries taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a dark and hopeless world.

Yesterday we visited Estonia to meet Rachel and Ron Winkler. Today, we'll head back to the family as we head to Cambodia to meet Bro. Stephen Benefield and his family. The family connection? He is Mrs. Rachel's brother! If that isn't enough of a connection, there's another one that I didn't catch yesterday. Both Bro. and Mrs. Winkler and Bro. Benefield and his family are sent out of Sequoia Baptist Church in Visalia, Calif. Their pastor is Robert Benefield - their father!!

So it is with this great familial background that we turn our attention to Bro. Stephen Benefield and his family, including wife Angela and their six children.

Since 2000, the Benefields have worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, although they are currently in the United States on furlough Bro. Benefield shares his life in "The Missionary Memo," which can be found at http://themissionarymemo.blogspot.com/.

Bro. Stephen Benefield's blog is written from the perspective of the man of the family and chronicles them on furlough. Both of these represent a really unique perspective and I would really encourage you to jump over and follow along. There's not a place to sign up for email updates to the blog, but you can sign up to receive ministry updates by email and you can follow Bro. Benefield on Twitter (I can honestly say that is the first time in my life I've written that phrase!).

I really hope you enjoy the journey and continue to lift Bro. Benefield and his family up to the Lord as they work toward returning to Cambodia.

Enjoy the new week and remember to pray for missions, ask God to help you give more and if He calls you to go, then obey His calling!

In Christ,

Bro. Garry

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