November 29, 2017

The sanctuary of the white, two-story building was full, the pews lined with people from all walks of life who came to pay respects to Pastor Leon George.

The very structure itself was a silent witness to the life and ministry of Pastor George; he had guided the congreg...

July 4, 2017

Over the last few years, World Missions has been the grateful recipient of gifts from the estates of departed saints such as I. C. Holland, Naomi Collins, Connie Foster, and Naomi Boone. In other cases, such as Lester and Lee Etta Witt, World Missions was named a benef...

May 19, 2017

Lavena Crooks served the World Mission Department alongside her husband, Ray, and daughters, Pamela and Patricia, in Jamaica from 1955-1960 and 1963-1966. She passed from this life on May 15, 2017.

Grace Blythe, who knew the Crooks family from their time in Jamaica, wro...

October 26, 2016

There is more than one reason October 31 is significant to people.  Some celebrate Halloween, and others may remember Reformation Day.

This date is also significant to World Missions because it was on October 31, 1906--110 years ago!--that one of our first missionarie...

November 11, 2015


Raymond Leslie Crooks was a country boy from Oklahoma, who often slept in a woodshed as a child in order to make room in the house for his siblings. He later became a Christian missionary on the island of Jamaica, a pastor, a professor, and president of a Bible colleg...

June 25, 2015


Missionary to Jamaica, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, and Mexico


What would make a 29-year-old, single lady leave her family and the familiarity of home to move to another country? In the case of Naomi Collins, it was to use her abilities for the Master...

October 1, 2013

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Director Steve Elsey recalls the first time he was introduced to I. C. Holland; it was by mail, and Bro. Holland had written across the top of his stationery: “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Once Steve met...

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