by Coy Shaw
In his farewell speech to the nation, General Douglas MacArthur quoted the above words
from a once popular barracks ballad. But, what about old missionaries; do they just fade away?
Today there are many pastors and churches debating about what to do with their old
missionaries. Should they be replaced with younger missionaries? Should their support be dis-
continued? How about putting them on reduced support?
The many years of experience of an older missionary can be a source of invaluable
wisdom and knowledge. Although changes in health may require changes in ministry, retire-
ment from serving God is not the course most independent Baptist missionaries take.
One missionary couple who has devoted their lives to winning the lost and edifying
the saints is Ken and June Love. Since 1957 they have been involved in church planting in
the United States and overseas. They have labored for the Lord in Texas, Missouri, Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia
and Florida. In November of 2005, they went to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, to help the
Calvary Baptist Church become indigenous.
Although Brother Love is approaching his 76 th birthday, he and his wife are
still actively serving the Lord. They are burdened to plant new churches and help
struggling churches. Their desire is to help reseed America. As you read the follow-
ing quote, you can sense his passion:
“We want to help pastors start churches, preach revivals and mission confer-
ences, do short interim work and help churches find a pastor. We have been contacted
recently by two churches that need pastors, and their attendance is falling. We
need more churches in America—not less. All nations are coming to Amer-
ica—America is a great mission field! We need more USA missionaries.
“We have recently traveled some 7,000 miles in 8 weeks. We worked
with small, new, needful places, plus some good, solid works. Some works had
5, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22 in their services. Brethren, this is where my burden lies. I
want to help such places.
“Many places need help in
their discipleship programs, mis-
sions programs and soul-winning
programs. Some are reluctant to ask
us to come because of their num-
bers or financial resources, but for
nearly 57 years neither numbers
nor money has kept us from going
where the Holy Spirit opened a
door. In the past 8 weeks, we did
try to lay a burden on those that
could support us to do so, hope-
fully some will. The expense of
travel, plus the materials and
equipment for the work of the
ministry, is high.”
In October of 2009,
Brother Love had open heart
Ken and June Love