WRBA offers a number of opportunities to sow seeds for the gospel as part of our ongoing ministry. One such opportunity is the support of the Orval and Lois Edington Earle Missionary Home. This residence provides a home for visiting missionaries on stateside assignment and retiring missionaries during their transition back from the foreign field.
In 2001 Waco Baptist Association learned that Lois B. Edington Earle, longtime member at Western Heights Baptist Church, had left her home to the association for the use of Baptist missionaries on stateside assignment.
A committee was formed to set policies for the house and the house was listed on the missionary housing list of national WMU. Hayley Ainsworth in the association office was named contact person for those seeking information about the availability of the house or making housing reservations. Hayley can be reached at 254-753-2408 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of individuals and churches gave assistance in preparing the house for its first occupants: painting, cleaning, pruning, mowing, removing trash, etc. The WMU women from across the association gave a linens shower for the house supplying sheets, pillows, blankets,towels, kitchen linens, etc. Other individuals provided dishes, glasses, stainless flatware, lamps, furniture, and the manpower to move the furniture.
Recent renovations and the addition of a property manager to the WRBA staff have insured that the home remains in excellent condition.
The first residents of the Orvel and Lois B. Edington Earle Missionary Home were the Mike Cannata family from West Africa in 2002.
Other residents have included:
•Joel and Tiffne Whitley, Spain
•Steve and Pam Woods, Argentina
•Paul and Laura Shelton, Argentina
•The Flint Miller Family
•Bruce and Nancy Muskrat, Argentina
•Gabriel and Victoria Orea, China
•Larry and Virgie Henry, Western Europe
•Jim and Viola Palmer, Nicaragua
•Jeremy and Summer Palmer, Nicaragua
•Markus and Bedsie Thane, Germany