As much of the world has been focused on Afghanistan in these days, I’ve found my thoughts much occupied with memories of Christy and Betty Wilson.
These faithful servants of the Lord ministered as missionaries—for 22 years—in what had been, prior to their arrival, the unreached nation of Afghanistan. Christy was my first professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; it was from him that I received an introduction to the world mission of the church. I served as his teaching assistant for two years and worked with him on the book, Bringing Christ to All the World.
I have long thought of him as my spiritual father, and I remain deeply grateful for his godly witness, precious mentorship, and loving friendship. He opened opportunity after opportunity for me and was used of the Lord, in many ways, in setting the trajectory of my life. Christy went home to the Lord in 1999, but his influence over my life, and over the lives of countless others, remains. When Christy and Betty set foot on Afghan soil, they were standing where few Christians had stood before. Today, the second fastest growing evangelical movement in the world is in Afghanistan. First is in Iran, where Christy was raised by his parents who were missionaries to that country. I hope you’ll take the time to read about this remarkable man in the accompanying story.