Eight years ago this week—at a West Coast Baptist Youth Conference—God called my niece, Amie Richard, to missions. And this past Sunday night, we had the opportunity to send her out as a Lancaster Baptist Church missionary.
After that Youth Conference eight years ago, Amie came to West Coast Baptist College to train for missions. During her freshman year, God confirmed His call on her life, and after her junior year, she had the opportunity to travel to Thailand where the Lord impressed on her heart that this was the field in which she should serve.
Amie graduated from WCBC in 2013 with a degree in elementary education, and she began the deputation trail shortly after graduation—with extreme diligence. Before completing deputation, Amie had been in over one hundred churches to share her burden for Thailand.
In Thailand, Amie will be working with a church planting missionary family and will be working with university students in teaching English and presenting the gospel.
Last Sunday night, our church had a send off service for Amie as our deacons and pastoral staff gathered with her for a prayer of dedication before she began the trip to Thailand this week.
Amie is a fantastic young woman who could teach in any Christian (or public) school in the country. She’s smart, gifted, and loves the Lord passionately. As an uncle, I’m so proud of her and her willingness to follow the Lord. As a pastor, I’m so thankful that our church gets to be her sending church.
Please pray for Amie as she begins ministry in a foreign country as a single woman. Pray that the Lord will honor her faith, help her to learn the Thai language quickly, put a physical and spiritual hedge of protection around her, and empower her witness that she will see much fruit as she leads souls to the Saviour.
All around the world, there are fields white unto harvest. Praise God for another trained laborer going into His harvest!