Elaine Willis, the wife of Missionary Jim Willis, is an amazing missionary widow. Missionary Jim Willis and his wife Elaine went to Panama as missionaries in 1974. They were the first Independent Baptist missionaries to go to that country. Brother Willis was a faithful servant of the Lord, and he passed away on the mission field on Christmas Eve in 2000.
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After the death of her husband, Mrs. Willis stayed in Panama and has continued to support the nationals that her husband had trained. She is a great example of a godly wife, mother, homemaker, and missionary!
We first heard about the Willis family while we were students in Oklahoma Baptist College. Several years before we went to college, a young lady came from Panama to attend Oklahoma Baptist College. Brenda Santiago was from the Willis’ church in Panama. She finished Bible College and had almost completed deputation to return to her homeland as a single missionary when a man surrendered to go to Panama. Franklin Booth married Brenda, and they have been serving the Lord in Panama as missionaries for the last fifteen years.
Praise the Lord for the Willis family and for the fruit of their ministry! You are going to enjoy this interview with Mrs. Willis!
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
“God had only one Son, and He made Him a Missionary.”
Failure and Lessons:
Mrs. Elaine Willis tells us that she overstepped her bounds as a missionary widow. The Lord dealt with her in an unusual way. “What are you doing with my champions?”
She also tells us that the worst mistake that she made as a missionary was to put the nationals before her own family.
Mrs. Elaine Willis tells us about the funeral of her husband and all of his converts who were there.
Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?
Mrs. Elaine Willis tells us about making the decision to stay on the field as a widow.
Mrs. Elaine Willis said that her goal is to know Him and make Him known.
What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?
Mrs. Elaine Willis tells us she would go to Bible School, do deputation, and then go to language school before going to the mission field. Language school has made all the difference.
Mrs. Elaine Willis tells us that she was having a hard time with priorities until she got this book.
The Missionary Wife and Her Work by Joy Tunner Tuggle
She learned this list of priorities from this book.
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He is coming; so we should be transparent, open, and honest before all men, and we should let God love the unlovable through us.
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