Monthly Archives: June 2013

#019 – Mrs. Elaine Willis [Podcast]

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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But first let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford, and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  God has been doing some great things through this program, and I thank you for being a big part of that!  We have been featured in Revival Fires; in the most recent issue, they published the interview with Rick Martin.  Make sure you subscribe to Revival Fires and look for more of our interviews in that great publication by my friend Dr. Dennis Corle.  You can find out more about Revival Fires by going to their website RevivalFiresPub.org.

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!

Bible Verse:

Isaiah 54:13
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Hebrews 12:1-2
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,

Quote:

“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.

Memories:

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.

Current Burden:

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.

Resources:

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.

  1. Wife
  2. Mother
  3. Teacher
  4. Homemaker
  5. Missionary

 

Contact:

Website:
willismissionaries.org

VOIP:
(214) 628 6297

E-Mail:
JEWillis@cwpanama.net

Farewell:

He is coming; so we should be transparent, open, and honest before all men, and we should let God love the unlovable through us.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/019, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter.  If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe.  You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast.  In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries.  You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes.  If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question.  It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions.  Try it out and see what I am talking about!  The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

#018 – Missionary Eddie Woodfield [Podcast]

Eddie Woodfield photo woodfield2011_zps27413fdb.jpgMissionary Eddie Woodfield is one of those men of whom you may have never heard. I heard about him from my Uncle Ron Cherry. Uncle Ronny is a hero of the Vietnam war. During his tours of duty in Vietnam, he was in the US Army. Later, he was in the United States Navy and retired as a Master Chief in the Fighting SeaBees. While he was stationed in Italy, he attended Missionary Eddie Woodfield’s church for the military.

Welcome back to Missionary on Fire. I am your host Missionary Joe Consford, and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week. If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Missionary on Fire. Go to MissionaryOnFire.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review. This will help Missionary on Fire be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly. I have made a short video tutorial to show you how to subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes. Just go to MissionaryOnFire.com/tutorial.

How many people are serving the Lord full time because of your ministry? Wouldn’t it be great to say there are five people in full time ministry because of my ministry? Or ten? Or twenty? Because of Missionary Eddie Woodfield’s ministry in Rota, Spain, there are over 100 men and women who are serving the Lord in full-time ministries. There are pastors, school teachers, and missionaries all over the world! One of his converts has already been interviewed on Missionary on Fire in Episode # 16, Missionary John Nordman in Australia.

Bible Verse:

I Timothy 1:12
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Quote:

John 4:35  inspired Missionary Eddie Woodfield to say,  “The fields have expanded, but the laborers have abandoned!”

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Eddie Woodfield said that his greatest failure was being discouraged by things not meeting his expectations.  The thought of Noah vs. Jonah  has been an encouragement to him.

Memories:

Missionary Eddie Woodfield tells us some great language and cultural mistakes that he made in his ministry!  He yelled at a man to give him a kiss right now!  And he visited a lady in the hospital and bought her flowers from a funeral parlor!  The poor lady was scared to death that the preacher knew something that she did not know.

He said that his most treasured memories are the communications that he receives from his converts all over the world!  If man will go and share the Gospel with other people, they will listen and get saved.

What was the most important milestone you reached in dealing with the people of your mission field?

Missionary Eddie Woodfield answered right away, “Learning that I am not always right!”

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Missionary Eddie Woodfield wanted to rejoin the military to be a chaplain, but he was refused by all branches of the military.  He is so thankful that he was rejected by the military because he said that who ever signs your paycheck is who you work for!

Current Burden:

He is running the Oremundo ministry doing correspondence courses in Spanish!

What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?

  • Totally and completely surrender your life to Christ.
  • Be very well trained.
  • Get some experience in the Local Church.

Resources:

Missionary Eddie Woodfield tells us to read every missionary biography we can get our hands on!

Contact:

Missionary Eddie Woodfield can be reached by e-mail:

ewoodfield@oremundo.org

His website is Oremundo.org or you can click here to go directly to his contact page.

Farewell:

Missionary Eddie Woodfield shares some characteristics he has observed from several faithful missionaries that have influenced his life!

  • Tenderhearted toward the Lord and His people.
  • Receptive to spiritual correction, instruction, and leadership
  • Sensitive to the actions and reactions of everyone around them
  • Never desires leadership but always willing to accept it
  • Always quick to give credit and recognition but slow to accept them
  • Feels indebted and grateful to their sending and supporting churches
  • Has a keen sense of awareness about what is good and what is evil
  • Leads by example
  • Sensitive to the needs of their followers
  • Neither motivated nor discouraged by finances
  • Affectionate and openly show their love toward their family

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week. If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/018 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there. If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook. If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send. If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com. I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe. You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast. In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries. You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes. If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question. It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions. Try it out and see what I am talking about! The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.

From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

#017 – Missionary Richard Konnerup [Podcast]

Missionary Richard Konnerup arrived in Ethiopia as a missionary in 1961. He and his family served in that country for seventeen years. The communists took over Ethiopia in 1974; and for three years, the Konnerups tried to remain in the country. Brother Konnerup was arrested and charged with treason. When he was released, he was deported from Ethiopia.

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I want to welcome you back to Missionary on Fire. I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford, and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week. If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Missionary on Fire. Go to MissionaryOnFire.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review. This will help Missionary on Fire be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly. I have made a short video tutorial to show you how to subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes. Just go to MissionaryOnFire.com/tutorial.

My family first met the Konnerups when they were in Denver, Colorado, just after Brother Konnerup was released from Ethopia. My father was in the Air Force, and he was just about to be Honorably Discharged. My father had been saved in the military, and he did not know of any Independent Baptist Churches in East Texas where we would be moving. He asked Missionary Konnerup if he knew of any churches in that area that he would recommend. Missionary Konnerup said that he had a supporting church in Center, Texas – Central Baptist Church pastored by Brother Roy Wallace. My parents are still very active members of that church. Brother Wallace has gone to heaven. I am so thankful for a missionary pointing my family to a good church!

In 1978, the Konnerups moved to Kenya. For the last 34 years, they have faithfully served the Lord on that mission field!

Bible Verse:

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Richard Konnerup tells about working with nationals to build buildings and in doing so he built some great relationships. Some of these relationships are still ongoing today.

Missionary Richard Konnerup tells a great story about a missionary spending six hours with a man to lead him to Christ. He tells that he learned that you must be persistent to lead some people to Christ.

Missionary Richard Konnerup tells the story of how he thought the farmers were wasting time, only to find out that he was wasting his efforts.

Memories:

Missionary Richard Konnerup’s treasured memories are of his late wife who went to the mission field and for many years never had running water or electricity; in all of the years on the mission field, she never complained. You really should hear him tell about his first wife!

What was the most important milestone you reached in dealing with the people of your mission field?

After many years on the mission field, Missionary Richard Konnerup realized that the people knew that his heart was on the mission field. Even if he is not there, they know he is there with them because they know he is their lifelong friend.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Missionary Richard Konnerup tells about the friendships that he made and how that if he had not gone  many people would spend eternity in Hell!

Current Burden:

Please pray for Missionary Richard Konnerup and his wife Ann as they are getting on up in years, and their health has made it difficult for them to travel overseas. They do not want to stop being missionaries! They are in need of our prayers!

What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?

Quit fooling around and get on with the Lord’s work!

Be wise and do not get into debt that will keep you from serving God!

Go to a school that will teach you the Bible, the Local Church, and missions. Make sure that the school has a good network of churches.

GET WITH IT!

Resources:

Harbenger by Jonathan Chann

Concise History of the Christian World Mission by Herbert J. Kane

What in the World is Going On By David Jeremiah

 

Contact:

rakonnerup@mchsi.com

Farewell:

To be a missionary is the the most exciting thing you can be involved with! Life has its dificulties, but remember we serve a risen Savior. In serving Him, we make relationships that will last a life time!

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week. If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/017 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there. If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook. If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send. If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com. I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe. You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast. In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries. You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes. If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question. It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions. Try it out and see what I am talking about! The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.

From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

#016 – Missionary John Nordman [Podcast]

Missionary John Nordman went to Australia in 1990. He is currently working on starting his third church; he is now working along side his son-in-law, Dave Westbrook. It is the only Independent Baptist Church in Tasmania, a state of 200,000 people. He also started a Bible school. Missionaries from his Bible school are church planters in Australia, Europe, Asia, and South America. Pray for him as his health is failing.

First, let me say that It is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week. If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Missionary on Fire. Go to MissionaryOnFire.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review. This will help Missionary on Fire be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly. I have made a short video tutorial to show you how to subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes. Just go to MissionaryOnFire.com/tutorial.

Bible Verse:

Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

Quote:

“God never expects retreat!”

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary John Nordman tells us about a confrontation with a homosexual drug addict! They were yelling at each other! Still today Missionary John Nordman prays that he will have the chance to meet that man again and give him a presentation of the Gospel!

Memories:

Missionary John Nordman tells a very funny story that started during his second sermon in Austraila and continues to this day! English is not the same the world over!

Missionary John Nordman also tells us that his most treasured memory of his life on the mission field is being able to lead a young couple to Christ, watch them grow in grace, and see them go on to serve the Lord!

What was the most important milestone you reached in dealing with the people of your mission field?

Missionary John Nordman tells us that the most important milestone in his ministry was the realization that Australians were at least three generations removed from the truth of the Word of God.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Missionary John Nordman tells us about a meeting he had with Pastor Bill Winninger in Georgia. Pastor Winninger was going through some very difficult times, and he told Missionary John Nordman, “One soul is worth it all!”

Current Burden:

Missionary John Nordman tells us that these are his current goals:

  •     To help my son-in-law build a church here where all past attempts have failed
  •     Soul winning
  •     Prayer
  •     Preaching
  •     Teaching

What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?

Missionary John Nordman lays out some specific actionable advice!

  •     Make sure I was in a good church with a pastor who loved me enough to stand by me.
  •     Settle my personal salvation.
  •     Ensure my wife was on board with me—the reason most leave the field.
  •     Write down where God has called me and why—very important.
  •     Realize that God does not call to a specific place (town, village) but a specific country.

Resources:

Rabonni by Phillip Keller

Contact:

theguardian46@gmail.com

beulahlandministries.com

Missionary John Nordman also publishes a monthly e-mail only magazine. If you send him an e-mail requesting to be placed on the list, he will do that for you.

Farewell:

“I stop and think through the years if we had not come there would be no missionaries from Australia in South America, Spain, Japan, East Timor, and many pastors here at home in Australia.  I hurt when I think of all those called that do not go – not for them but for all the people that would have heard, accepted the Lord, but now are destined to hell because a servant refused or left his call.  There is not a lonelier life, a more potentially discouraging life, a more financially poor life than a missionary,  but there is not a more fulfilling life than the life of a church planting missionary.”

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Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week. If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it. To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/015 , scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there. If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook. If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send. If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com. I cannot wait to hear from you!

MissionaryOnFire.com is now starting to send a monthly newsletter. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you may do so by going to MissionaryOnFire.com/subscribe. You do not want to miss a single episode.

Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast. In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries. You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes. If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question. It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions. Try it out and see what I am talking about! The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.

 From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!