George Davis, Missionary to the World

I was sad­dened to find out that my uncle passed away recent­ly. My heart and prayers go out for his wife and my aunt Dr. Billie Davis. Rev. George Davis for all my life was a mis­sion­ary with the Assemblies of God. Now, I prob­a­bly have a seri­ous­ly skewed view point of him so you will have to put up with that per­spec­tive here, for I have always been proud of my aunt and uncle Davis — actu­al­ly, all my aunts and uncles are great! I do have a great fam­i­ly.

Unlike many mis­sion­ar­ies that focus on mis­sions work to one or a few relat­ed coun­tries or soci­eties, my uncle was, at least to me, “the mis­sion­ary to the whole of Central and South America” and lat­er “to the world” through his work with the International Correspondance Institute, now a part of the “Global University.” His wife of course worked right along side of him and sup­port­ed him great­ly even when she was pur­su­ing oth­er endeav­ors (for exam­ple, she retired as a pro­fes­sor at Evangel University, my alma mater).

I remem­ber fond­ly the sto­ries he would tell of God’s great­ness pro­tect­ing him as he flew around Central and South America in his plane deliv­er­ing Sunday School mate­ri­als, oth­er sup­plies, and gen­er­al sup­port to the oth­er mis­sion­ar­ies. Especially in the 60’s and 70’s, get­ting around South America in a bush plane wasn’t easy. Finding land­ing strips and fuel was just a part of the dif­fi­cul­ties he faced. Yet God was always there, direct­ing him to the right place or direct­ing oth­ers to him to help him.

My aunt and uncle Davis have giv­en me a per­son­al feel­ing for mis­sion­ar­ies. We often look at the mis­sions work and see how impor­tant that is and over­look the mis­sion­ar­ies them­selves, as peo­ple with needs, wants, and desires. It is so impor­tant for us to pro­vide all kinds of sup­port to our mis­sion­ar­ies, not only the ones out in the field but also those here in the States seek­ing sup­port for them to get into the field and espe­cial­ly for our retired mis­sion­ar­ies. Don’t just send mon­ey and pray for them (and please do that!). Write to them, encour­age them, and be there for them.

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