“I don’t care what you do with my hair, but when I leave here I don’t want to look like a missionary any more.” That’s what Ruby Fulbright, executive director of the North Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union, told a hair dresser when she return from four years serving overseas (during which time her husband cut her hair). Fulbright light-heartedly shared this story with the crowd of more than 1,200 at Wednesday evening’s commissioning service for new CBF field personnel. Speaking to the 16 new field personnel, Fulbright remarked, “I’m not sure what a missionary looks like these days. I’m not sure if any of you look like the traditional missionary.”
So what does a missionary (a.k.a. field personnel) look like these days?
For WMU N.C., sometimes they might look like Lindsay, who grew up as a counselor at WMU camps. Now, she’s an advocate for the needs and empowerment of women and children in Southeast Asia.
For members of Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, field personnel might look like Cindy and Ryan Clark, fellow church members they have shared a pew with Sunday after Sunday. Now, the Clarks are selling their home, leaving their jobs and headed to the Philippines to serve.
If you happen to meet Jenny Jenkins, a trained nurse with a passion for the people of Haiti, know that she is also one of CBF’s new field personnel. She’s using her unique skill set to follow in the footsteps of Jesus — healing the sick and caring for the dying.
Sometimes field personnel are your retired neighbors. Couples such as C.J. and Jack Wehmiller, who have found a second career and a call to serve the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
If you are a student at the McAfee School of Theology, you might be surprised to learn that the guy sitting across the classroom is preparing to follow his call to Chile. Blake and Bekah Hart will serve the Aymara people, who live in the Andes Mountain.
And, field personnel might look Mickael Eyraud, a native of Nice, France, who became a Christian as a child after a missionary visited his hometown. Now, Eyraud and his wife, Kamille Krahwinkel, are teaching English and building relationships with students in China.
Passionate people following God’s call in their lives.
In 2010, that’s what field personnel look like. More than 150 individuals are following that call with the support of CBF.