Published Sunday, March 11, 2012
From Staff Reports
The Woman's Missionary Union of Heatherwood Baptist Church recently held a Ladies Valentine Fellowship night.
The event took place in the church's fellowship hall with some 38 attending. After enjoying a sumptuous variety of desserts, attendees heard a talk by a retired missionary, Ann Verlander.
Born in Atlanta, Verlander accepted Jesus Christ at age 7. She felt the call to missions as a teenager while while attending Camp Pinnacle, the Woman's Missionary Union camp in north Georgia.
That call was answered in 1984 when she and her husband, Larry, joined the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board. Together they began a long career of service in Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast and South Africa. She spoke of the joy and pain, the hardships and adventure, as well as the rewards and blessings of missionary work.
The Verlanders, who recently retired, live in Tyrone and are members of Flat Creek Baptist Church.