Lois M. Henry - 1998 A Award Recipient
Bio from 1998:
At fifteen-years old, Lois answered God’s call to missionary service in South America. Never doubting that vocation, she completed four years at Asbury College, majoring in Spanish. For four summers she ministered to Mexican migrant workers. She prepared for her missions work by teaching in American public schools, training for a year in medical missions, and studies at Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (now College).
In 1954, Lois was appointed as a career missionary with WGM (World Gospel Mission). After language study in Costa Rica, Lois arrived in Honduras to teach at the Juticalpa Helen Luce Christian Primary School. Later she served as principal at. She also fulfilled the role of teacher and principal in Tegucigalpa Christian High School. Her teaching skills were put to use at Juticalpa Bible Institute and at El Sembrador Bible School, where she worked with a group of girls planning to be bilingual secretaries.
Ms. Henry actually developed the first curriculum for bilingual secretaries in Honduras. The high school she served as principal became the national training center for all Honduras. In 1975, the graduates of the program received the first titles given to bilingual secretaries by the Honduras government. In 1961, Lois received her master’s degree in Spanish from Indiana University.
Driving her double cab Toyota pickup, filled with enthusiastic Honduran Christian students, Lois often set off across wooden bridges and slippery mud creeks to the town surrounding the campuses where she worked.
In ministries of village evangelism, she helped establish churches and distributed literature. In one year, she estimated more than 21,000 publications passed through her hands. Her daily persistence and obedience resulted in an effective ministry to Honduran military camps where young men from throughout the country received their first personal Bibles and heard the Gospel message because of how good Lois was at finding “small occasions for service.” In her own words, Lois said about one of her days at the camp,
“At one of the military camps, a truckload of ‘new recruits’ (youth picked up by force in public places) had just arrived. The officers gave us permission to give chocolate bars and New Testaments to them, too, as they stood in line awaiting their first orders. I’m sure those scared boys won’t forget that act of love…"
Nor will other Hondurans forget Lois’ love inspired outreach …including the two motherless girls who shared her home, the grieving mother who came to Lois’ Christmas celebration, the young family who established their home under Lois’ roof, or the students who sat in her living room enjoying popcorn and homemade fudge.