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her last year of college. As a director’s
wife with children still at home, Virginia
had to adjust to life with Don being
gone a great portion of the time.
After Tim and Renee left home, Virginia
traveled with Don to his speaking
engagements. Hundreds of pastors’
wives shared their burdens, heartaches,
and frustrations with her. Because of her
tender heart, she often wept with them.
When Don was appointed as President
of BIMI, Virginia’s title changed again
to president’s wife. The Sisks traveled
all over the world encouraging and
inspiring missionaries. When BIMI
moved into its new facilities, she
spent countless hours cleaning and
decorating so that the property could
have the appearance of a beautiful
refuge for missionaries instead of the
cold, unappealing look of a hospital.
A fter Don retired as President
of BIMI, he was asked to teach
missions at West Coast Baptist College.
This meant that Virginia had to leave her
home in Tennessee and live in California.
Now, she was a professor’s wife.
When Virginia was asked to teach a
missions’ class for young women at the
college, she confided in me that she
did not feel qualified to teach college
classes. I assured her that no one could
be more qualified than she was. After
all, there were very few problems that
missionary wives face that she had
not experienced. She accepted the
challenge and was a wonderful teacher.
The students in her classes felt honored
to have the privilege of being taught by
such a gracious lady. Sometimes, her
“mothering” instinct came out and she
baked cookies for them.
Throughout her 65 years of marriage,
her title had changed many times. She
was a foundry worker’s wife, a preacher’s
wife, a pastor’s wife, a missionary’s wife,
a director’s wife, a president’s wife, and
a professor’s wife. It did not matter what
title she had, it was obvious that as far as
she was concerned, her job description
was the same as it was when as a young
woman she stood before a congregation
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18 and said, “Since God has called Don to
be a preacher, I want to be the very best
wife that I can possibly be.”
V irginia went to be with the Lord on
July 8, 2017. I looked at her obituary
and read the following words: “Virginia
was born in Nortonville, Kentucky.”
I can never forget Nortonville—not
because of the unpleasant encounter
with local authorities on a dark, rainy
night, but because Nortonville gave
me an unexpected friend in Virginia
Sisk. I thought about the times that
my husband and I had jokingly asked,
“Can anything good come out of
Nortonville?” I had my answer. YES, A
LOT OF GOOD CAN COME OUT OF