How This Missionary Couple Is Helping God’s Children

God turned their passion to care for children into a missions opportunity to glorify his name.

From Message magazine issue "2020 Candidate Issue"

Being the youngest of eight children, and having both of his parents pass away by the age of 11, meant that Bill grew up largely under the care of older siblings.

Bill heard the gospel from his brother, but he didn’t act on his need for a savior until college, when an unfulfilling and broken lifestyle directed his heart toward God.

Kathy was saved at a young age. She always enjoyed hearing missionary stories and sensed that God was leading her into full-time ministry through the influence of youth leaders and places like Word of Life camp in New York.

Bill and Kathy met at Bible college, and after graduation they moved to Michigan to become houseparents with the Baptist Children’s Home (BCH). After many years with BCH, their longtime church family in Michigan asked Bill to be their pastor. Bill later returned to BCH as its president in 2013.

In 2004, after dialogue between ABWE and Jim Geurink, former BCH president and ABWE board member, BCH became heavily involved in helping Liberian children who were orphaned and displaced due to the country’s civil war. After Bill’s first exposure to the country in 2004, he returned thinking that he could be a missionary to Liberia. Now that inspiration has come true.

The Brittains have been making regular visits to Liberia for the past 15 years.

With ABWE, Kathy and Bill will be supporting and developing projects as they assist and promote church planting, evangelism, field recruitment, and youth outreach in Liberia. Their next trip will occur later this November.

Editor’s Note: Learn more about the Brittains’ ministry here.

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