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Missionary Spotlight – Frank Hobart

Frank Hobart is not one of the missionaries that I personally know. I seem to vaguely remember that he may have been at Awana Headquarters when I was there for one of the Commander Colleges I attended there, but I really don’t remember.

As I saw his responses to the interview I learned a lot. I learned that he is faithful and that God has blessed him because of his faithfulness. However that blessing is bittersweet. As he sees his ministry grow, it requires more missionaries to meet the need and each time he passes the baton to another it is a blessing to see someone else serving God with his passion, but when you are living by faith, off of the support of individuals and churches, as each new missionariy arrives on the field and Frank turns over an area to them to care for, he gives up some of his support for the new missionary.

This isn’t the case just with Frank, but with all missionaries. That is why I encourage people to support their missionary. Whatever amount you can give is a blessing to them. You may think you can only give a little each month, but your little with the little of others may be just what they need to minister effectively. So now lets learn a little bit about Frank and his ministry.

As I always do, I asked Frank some questions and below are his responses. My prayer is that this will help you get to know him and his ministry a little bit better:

How long have you been an Awana Missionary?

25 years.

What area do you serve? Originally the whole state of Tennessee, but we have grown so much we now serve southeast Tennessee.

# of churches under your care: About 105

 Fun Facts: Favorite food, favorite sport, something interesting people don’t know about you, etc…(whatever info you want to share):

I love Fired chicken, hotdogs, and oriental food. I was originally an inner-city kid from Chicago and didn’t get saved until I was an adult.

 Why are you an Awana Missionary?

We became Awana missionaries after attending Moody Bible Institute. After being involved in Awana at our home church for several years we felt this was the most powerful tool we have ever seen for churches to reach families and get the word of God into the hearts and minds of children and adults.

Share something God is doing in your ministry:

I thank God every day for allowing me to do what I do. We have been privileged to be in a part of the country where the growth of the ministry has literally exploded for several years. In 25 years we have seen the state of Tennessee go from only 35 Awana churches to right now over 500 Awana churches. From just one missionary to now having 3 missionaries. God id so good!!

What advice would you give to a local Awana Commander or Leader?

The most important quality God is looking for in any servant/leader is faithfulness and real commitment.  I don’t believe God calls anyone for short-term.  Be committed to sticking it out until Jesus comes!

How can we specifically pray for you over the next month?

As with so many others the economic times our nation is going through, combined with dividing our area has left us pretty short on support.  After 25 years we know God is faithful, but please pray with us that God will continue to send us new ministry partners to help with our financial support.  Also, that God will continue to bless us with good health to use for His glory.

 Ministry website(s): www.awanasetn.com

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