I am writing to recommend Ryan and Elisabeth Strother as an addition to your missionary family. Elisabeth grew up in our church and Ryan has served as an assistant pastor on our paid staff for several years. Brother Strother has taught in our high school, organized and directed our Sunday school, and served as our Financial Director for the past three years. They have two pre-school age sons and are a model family in every way. Their departure will leave a gaping hole in the ministry here at Liberty Baptist Church but we believe it is the will of God for them to go to the mission field.
For the past two years, God has been dealing with their hearts about going to the country of England. As you know, England is one of the most difficult fields in the English-speaking world. It is the country that first sent America the Gospel, but now it is the place that needs our help. I have prayed and counseled with the Strothers for the past two years about this decision and they are convinced it is God's plan for their lives to go. I believe in them and whole-heartedly support them in this great task.
I normally preach on a mission field somewhere each year. I often tell the national churches that the churches back in America send our very best to become missionaries. We do not send our "leftovers;" we send the finest young couples we have to sacrifice their lives in bringing the Gospel to other countries. There is no doubt in my mind that this is true when it comes to this dear couple. Not only will I greatly miss Ryan and Elisabeth as my friends and co-workers, but also I will miss their precious sons, Samuel and James. Pastor, this couple will make a great addition to your missions family. Please give them a call, or feel free to call me if you have any questions at all.
Your Friend, Dwight Tomlinson Pastor, Liberty Baptist Church Newport Beach, CA
Dr. Paul Chappell
It is my privilege to recommend to you the ministry of Ryan and Elisabeth Strother to the mission field of England. Throughout their time as students and as a dating couple at West Coast Baptist College, they both had consistent and God-honoring testimonies.
More recently, these past few years Ryan and Elisabeth have faithfully and diligently served the Lord on staff at Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach, California for my dear friend, Pastor Dwight Tomlinson, and have done a great job. They are a fine young couple, and I am thankful for their Christian character.
I whole-heartedly recommend them to you for your prayerful and financial support. Your investment in supporting them will no doubt be an investment made for eternity.
Sincerely in Christ, Dr. Paul Chappell Pastor, Lancaster Baptist Church Lancaster, CA
Dr. Don Sisk
I am so thrilled that God called Brother and Mrs. Ryan Strother to go to the United Kingdom. This is a strategic time in the history of that great country, and God is opening unbelievable opportunities. The Strothers are faithful, godly servants; and I believe that God will greatly use them. I trust you will have them in your church and partner with them in this great ministry.
Dr. Don Sisk General Director Emeritus of Baptist International Missions, Inc Chattanooga, TN
Dr. Bud Calvert
It is a great honor for me to recommend to you Ryan and Elisabeth Strother. God has wonderfully worked in their lives to go to the United Kingdom with the purpose of starting Independent Baptist churches. They, with their children, are a wonderful and godly family who will be a blessing to your church!
Dr. Bud Calvert Pastor Emeritus, Fairfax Baptist Temple Fairfax Station, VA
Pastor Christopher Strother
It is a joy for me to be able to write to you and recommend Ryan and Elisabeth Strother as missionaries for you to support. Many places in our world are in desperate need of Bible believing, Bible preaching churches, and England is no different. Our Mother Country, which was once the light, has now fallen into darkness, and my brother and sister-in-law are answering God's call to rekindle the flame of evangelism and church planting in London, England. There is a desire in their hearts to serve the Lord in this place. I know that his vision is to see churches planted and use those churches to reach the diverse crowd of London in hopes that men will go back to their home countries and win their own to Christ.
Ryan Strother has ever been a man of integrity and character, and Elisabeth has always shown herself to be a godly lady who loves the Lord, her husband, and her children. They are both doctrinally pure, carry godly convictions, and are prepared to "hold the line." I can't think of a finer couple to represent Jesus Christ and your church in London. Should you choose to invest in their ministry, as we will, I believe there will be a great return paid to your account at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
I'm in a straight betwixt as I'm excited to see them follow the will of God for their lives, but I'm also saddened to see my brother, sister-in-law, and nephews go half-way around the world. This is close to my heart and is probably somewhat biased, so I would ask you to also consider the recommendations of Pastor Tomlinson and Pastor Chappell. Will you please pray about and consider supporting these wonderful people? If I can answer any questions for you about the Strothers don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration.
Your Friend, Christopher Strother Pastor, Mountain View Baptist Church Rancho Cucamonga, CA