SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — They’re the unsung heroes of mission work, the ones who watch and pray as their children “move to far-flung parts of the world to further God’s mission — often taking the grandchildren with them,” said Beth Reese.
Marcus Reese escorts his grandmother, Oleta Paden, to the stage during the conference. (PHOTO BY ROBIN CANNON)
For that reason, organizers of the 2014 Global Missions Conference
honored parents of missionaries, including Reese’s mother, Oleta Paden, “for her sacrifice in letting her daughter, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren spend most of their lives on the mission field,” said Reese, a former missionary to Africa.
Ron Wade of HopeWorks in Memphis, Tenn., leads a prayer during the conference. (PHOTO BY ROBIN CANNON)