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Whirley, Enid comment (0)

May 25, 2006

By Sondra Washington

Woodmont Baptist Church, Florence
Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28
Favorite Hymn: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Hobbies: Reading, crossword puzzles
Family Status: Widowed after 56 years of marriage to Carl, four children, 10 living grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren

Enid Whirley was a Southern Baptist missionary in Nigeria for 33 years with her late husband. At 85, Whirley is still active in missions, serving as prayer chairwoman for her Women on Mission group and volunteering with hospice and Meals On Wheels.

Q: What led you to become involved in missions?

A: I had always felt like the Lord wanted me to do something. When I met my husband, he was already in the ministry. When we went to the seminary at Louisville (Ky.), we felt like we were both called to go overseas.

Q: Why have you continued doing missions work over the years?

A: I feel that all of us who are Christians and love the Lord will continue to serve Him. I’m not serving Him like a lot of other people are, but I do what I can. I feel that’s what the Lord wants, and He has been so good to me.

Q: What does it demand?

A: I just think that as Christians, we give ourselves to the Lord to do whatever He wants us to do the best we can.

Q: What do you get from it?
A: I get the joy of feeling like I’ve done a little bit. Whatever you do, you have the satisfaction of at least trying to do what the Lord wants you to do.

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

A: I will be involved as long as I’m able, and I’ll probably be doing these same things.

Q: What difference will missions work make for you?

A: I think I have a better understanding of what missionaries go through, and I’ll know how to better pray for them.

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