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Overton, Bettycomment (0)

November 18, 2004

By Sondra Washington

Church: Central Park Baptist Church, Birmingham

Favorite Bible Verse: Phil. 4:19

Hobbies: Knitting, playing the piano and organ, enjoying grandchildren

Favorite Hymn: “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

Family Status: Widowed; six children; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren

Betty Overton has been involved with Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and missions work for almost 50 years. Currently, she serves as church organist and WMU director at Central Park Baptist Church, Birmingham. She is also co-director of the church music and missions program, which serves 120 children every Wednesday afternoon.

Q: Why have you supported missions for so many years?

A: I’ve always loved missions. My daddy was a Methodist preacher and we always had missionaries come and stay with us. I guess I was born into it.

Q: What does this support demand?

A: I don’t feel like it’s a demand. I describe it as a service. It requires time, love for missions, giving to missions and supporting missionaries.

Q: What do you get from your support of missions?

A: I get a great blessing from everything we do. Our church is very active in the missions action program. Our WMU leads the church into giving needed supplies to different organizations in Birmingham.

Q: How do other family members support you?

A: They are very supportive. Becky and her husband were missionaries in the Philippines for five years.

Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?

A: I guess I’ll be in it until I die. I love missions.

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