Charlie and Ann Harris
Charlie and Ann are examples of the fact that God often calls forth “missionaries” later in life. Charlie was co-owner of a Civil Engineering Firm, and Ann is a Registered Nurse. Charlie also served on the Board of the Mailbox Club for 12 years.
However, in 2002, after 30 years in the business world, the Lord led Charlie to join TMC as a full-time missionary. As the African Field Director, Charlie traveled to over 21 sub-Saharan African countries. Other ministries in Africa became involved with TMC including Child Evangelism Fellowship, Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision, and other churches and organizations. This often required 3 & 4 weeks of travel at a time, and Ann faithfully stayed home and prayed for Charlie and the mission. More and more opportunities opened up for reaching children: The Lord seemed to be placing a special emphasis on reaching the un-reached children of the world with the Good News of Jesus.
In 2005 the Lord led to TMC a full-time Director for all of Africa, Rev. Francois Boshoff, and Charlie shifted to serving in Eastern Europe. As the Lord continued to bless the TMC ministry worldwide, Charlie assumed the position of Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It was during this time that Charlie literally “flew around the world,” leaving the U.S.A. from the east coast, flying to over 5 countries, including Mongolia, and then flying “eastward” from Mongolia to Beijing, and back to his home in Winston-Salem, N.C.
It is amazing to witness so many new doors opening for reaching children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Lord has provided two helpers for this region who are under Charlie’s supervision: Anastasia Andreeva Nosachyova, who is the TMC Area Coordinator for Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and Dr. Igor Sayapin, who is the TMC Area Coordinator for Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Georgia.
Charlie and Ann have committed their lives to the Lord for reaching the children with the Gospel. They are “faith” missionaries, depending on the Lord to provide not only for them in their ministry, but for the reaching of the children around the world with the Bible lessons. The Lord has provided for some of Charlie’s support, but anyone who would feel led to help him and Ann in their ministry may give donations to the Mailbox Club for the ministry in Europe.
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