Looking Back, with Winnie Minear

by | May 31, 2019

I was born September 14, 1951, in Maryville, Tennessee, the fifth of six children. My family moved to southeast Iowa when I was three where we lived on a farm. In 1958, we moved to eastern Florida to Vero Beach when I was in the second grade and I finished elementary, junior high and high school there as well. I went to Maryville College in Maryville, TN where I was born. At the end of my second year of college, I came to faith in Christ through the ministry of Campus Crusade. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

After graduation, I was a summer missionary with CEF in the Knoxville area. In the fall of 1973, I attended the CEF Institute in Michigan. In January 1974 I moved to Richmond to work with Mrs. Lola Little with CEF in the Richmond area. I began attending Immanuel Baptist in 1974. In September 1975 I began teaching at Richmond Christian School where I taught for 4 years.

It was in February 1978 during the ministry of Pastor Fesmire in a missions conference that God spoke to my heart to serve Him as a missionary. Revelation 5:9 was the verse God used to speak to me: “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art Thou to take the Book and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe, and tongue and people and nation.’”

I attended Moody Bible Institute in 1979-1980 for my Bible training. During my year at Moody God confirmed my call to missions. The summer of 1980 I went on Practical Missionary Training to Mexico and Central America for two months. In the fall of 1980, I attended the candidate school with CAM International. After being accepted with CAM and God providing my support, I left for a year of language school in San José, Costa Rica in August 1983.

I arrived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the capital, in August 1984. In my first ministry, I taught English classes and Bible studies at the Penzotti Institute, a Honduran Christian school. I also was involved in ministry in several churches in Tegucigalpa. Most of my time was spent at the Berea Church in Cerro Grande on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa. I taught children’s Sunday school classes and ladies’ Bible studies.

I moved to San Pedro Sula in February 1994 to the northern part of the country. In San Pedro Sula I was involved in two churches teaching children’s Sunday school classes and ladies’ Bible studies. From 2001 to 2018 several Honduran Christians and I had the opportunity for ministry at a large public school teaching weekly Bible classes for the 5thand 6thgrade classes reaching over 400 students each year.

Another ministry that I had while I lived in San Pedro Sula was providing teacher training classes in 42 churches in northwestern Honduras. I also had the privilege to teach Christian Education topics from 2002 to 2015 in northwestern Honduras at a Bible Training Center, similar to a Bible Institute, training many pastors and church leaders that couldn’t attend a seminary.

In 2010 I had the opportunity to train teachers in Nicaragua. I also had the privilege of going to Cuba with other missionaries from my mission to train Christian leaders in Christian Education in 2013, 2014 and 2016. We partnered with the New Pines Seminary to provide seminary level Christian Education courses for the Cuban church leaders. I was deeply impacted by the Cuban Christians’ deep joy and love for God and a deep desire to serve Him in the midst of hard times for many years.

Another ministry that I have had throughout my missionary career has been discipling women. I count it a great privilege to have come alongside these women to help them grow in Christ. It has been a joy to see many of them now discipling others. I have also worked alongside several pastors’ wives in church ministries.

Truly God has been faithful to me in all my 35 years as a missionary. I praise God for His faithfulness.  Thank you so much for being co-workers with me in Honduras these many years.  It would not have been possible without you. Thank you so much for your financial support and for your faithful prayers.”

Winnie Minear

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