Moonlighting missionaries — Texas style
Blogging live from Austin, Texas
I spent the evening with a room full of moonlighting missionaries.
By day, these members of the Westside Church of Christ work as schoolteachers, truck drivers and homemakers, to name a few. But on Wednesday nights they gather in a classroom to grade courses and prepare lessons for their students in World Bible School.
“For me, it’s a way to be a missionary without having to leave my family,” said church member Dawn Skupin.
I’m in Austin on a brief reporting trip to learn more about the 37-year-old ministry (although, as I found out today, its origins date back much earlier).
I visited World Bible School’s headquarters in nearby Cedar Park and talked to members of the staff. Most of them teach students by correspondence in addition to their jobs.
I had lunch with Ernest Bullard, a member of the Westover Hills Church of Christ who became a Christian after studying WBS in prison. Now he teaches students around the world. I got a copy of his testimonial from a WBS fundraising dinner in Austin.
“In my life, I’ve followed some trails that have been dark, cold and lonely,” he said. “But with God, I’ve always been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now life is good.”
I also got to speak with the legendary R.H. “Tex” Williams, who served as president of WBS for nearly 20 years. We talked about his days playing college football, serving as a missionary in South Africa and his buddy Abe Lincoln. (I’m not kidding.)
FeedbackHow can I get back into World Bible School? I tried several times but can’t get communication anymore.They seem hesitant to answer my emails.I was a teacher a few years ago.I thought it would be easy to get back in but no,not so.
Calvin Ramseycalvin ramseyNovember, 18 2010To become a teacher (or to re-connect) contact Sherri Hays at the WBS office. Her email is [email protected] and the phone number is 512-345-8190. It should be easy.
Beth ReeseBeth ReeseNovember, 18 2010WBS is a fantastic way to be involved. Our congregation (Highland Lakes church of Christ in Kingsland, TX) is very active in a WBS effort in West Africa and we handle 400-600 lessons every 30-50 days. Its a great work to be part of. And yes, Tex Williams’s good friend was Abe Lincoln. My wife and I were married by Abe 33 years ago.Ken DarnellNovember, 19 2010I know Wes and Martha from a different time in life. Whatever the Queens are involved in, it will be a worthwhile project to say the least! Wes, send me a line! All the Best, DaveDave RotzellApril, 19 2011