Avery Hendrick begins our recording time by giving her testimony. She went with her parents – Lori and Stephen Hendrick — to one of the Kansas City stadiums to a Billy Graham type meeting with Franklin Graham preaching. When she wanted to receive Christ personally into her life, her Dad went forward with her and prayed with her to receive the Lord of her parents and three siblings!’ (Revelation 3:20)
Within a year of this posting, young Avery returned from four months of mission work in South Asia, seemingly taking it all “in stride.” She worshipped with the people there, she “mixed and mingled,” encouraging the believers there. Symbolically, she let them know that they had “brothers and sisters … pulling for them” on the other side of the world.
She was a trainer to them in discipleship and evangelism.
And she discovered what it was like to be a genuine “minority!” In most of the churches she ministered in South Asia, she was the only white person in the fellowship. And in at least one village, it proved that she was the only white person they had ever seen “face to face” in that village! She drew quite a crowd just by being “Avery.” She added, “My blue eyes didn’t help either, which added to my being a novelty!”
In the summer of 2018 in New York City, one mission project was to set up a “mission point” down in the subway, in a multiple linguistic area of the of the City, with signs in multiple languages offering “free payer” and “free Bibles” in their language. When approached by the locals, her team would provide a Bible in their “heart” language, would ask if there was anything for which they wanted prayer. The response to a prayer request would usually lead to a longer conversation, and then a one-on-one conversational sharing of Jesus!
Avery is a student at Spurgeon College, a part of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, near where her family lives. Visiting the home page of the Seminary’s website (www.mbts.edu) reveals what good tastes they have. (They depict Avery about half-way down on the home page.)
Spurgeon College contains the actual library of the great 19th century English preacher, Charles Hadden Spurgeon of London. More about the college – on the campus of the Seminary – at www.spurgeoncollege.com.
And more about the rigorous, profitable, and successful “Fusion” mission training program Avery completed and will continue to be involved, visit https://spurgeoncollege.com/academics/#fusion.
Our family is so very thankful for Avery, her siblings — “Drew,” Ashlyn, and Abigale – and their parents, Lori and Stephen.
Related “links” to earlier broadcasts – for anytime listening
To hear … “Stephen & Lori Hendrick talk about special wholesome ‘Purity’ weekends with each of their children” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2013/10/17/stephen-lori-hendrick-talk-about-special-wholesome-purity-weekends-with-each-of-their-children/
To hear … “Granddaughter Ashlyn Hendrick is a member of a University Sorority: a pro-life University Sorority!” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2017/03/07/granddaughter-ashlyn-hendrick-is-a-member-of-a-university-sorority-a-pro-life-university-sorority/ ;
To hear … “Stephen Hendrick… ‘Man of Neighborhood Peace’” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2008/07/26/stephen-hendrick-man-of-neighborhood-peace/;
To hear … “Peggy Fortner (Lori Fortner Hendrick’s mother) and I share 4 terrific grandchildren and a passion to save lives of unborn children!” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2017/07/13/peggy-fortner-share-4-terrific-grandchildren-passion-save-lives-unborn-children/;
To hear another KC story, titled … “Gary Schmitz regarding the great Kansas City prayer effort! They’re doing it! See www.citywideprayerkc.com” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2015/09/06/gary-schmitz-re-great-kansas-city-prayer-effort-theyre-doing-it-see-www-citywideprayerkc-com-
To hear a story about the Good News of Jesus in multiple languages, … titled … “Amazing! Ryan Wagner reports the outstanding “Jesus Film” is now translated into 1,729 languages, and available on cell phones” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2019/03/15/amazing-ryan-wagner-reports-the-outstanding-jesus-film-is-now-translated-into-1729-languages-and-available-on-cell-phones/;
Jim Wells befriended cancer victim, KC Royals ‘World Series’ manager Dick Howser; led him to Christ” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2015/10/27/past-radio-pastor-jim-wells-befriends-kc-royals-world-series-manager-dick-howser-led-him-to-christ/
To see and hear a very moving 2-minute video from the “Jesus Film” of the “… miraculous catch of fish …” , click on … https://www.jesusfilm.org/watch/world-youth-day-vocation.html/miraculous-catch-of-fish/english.html.