|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “Paul wanted Timothy to go with him …” Acts 16:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The passing of Ken Daugherty”
In 1990, when my family and I became members of Hilltop Baptist Church in Chula Vista, CA, I began hearing stories about a man who was a member of the church but whom I hadn’t met yet. The stories were about a guy who led mission teams to remote locations around the world, doing exciting things in exotic places. For instance, there were the three weeks he spent trekking through the mountains of Nepal to bring medical care and the gospel to remote villages; or the numerous trips to bring supplies to refugees hiding from the Sandinista government in the jungles of Nicaragua; or the time his team was captured by the communists in Malawi and held in prison, finally being freed by the direct intervention of the U.S. State Department.
Seriously, I was expecting to meet a swashbuckling Indiana Jones character. Instead, Ken Daugherty struck me more as a soft-spoken, mild-mannered accountant. He was not at all what I expected. But the stories were true, and a lot more as well. As I got to know Ken and I spent time with him in the CERT International (Christian Emergency Relief Teams) offices, the more fascinated I became with the world of international missions. I quickly became a volunteer in the office and warehouse, I helped to plan missions and prepare supplies, and I got to go on a mission or two as well.
Over the years (after I retired from the Navy, went to seminary, and became a Pastor), I continued my association with Ken and with CERT International, helping, supporting, and sometimes going. Ken and I would often speculate if perhaps someday I might be able to join him on the staff of CERT International.
Finally, in 2004, that did happen. By then the CERT International headquarters were located in Crossville, TN and God opened the door for me to join Ken as his full-time Vice-President of Operations. Over the next thirteen years (four as a full-time staff member and then, after I returned to church work and became the Pastor of Oak Hill Baptist, nine more years as a part-time mission planner and team leader), I planned and led close to thirty missions for CERT to places around the world. They were fascinating and rewarding years for me and I will be forever grateful for how God used Ken Daugherty to introduce me to the world of international missions.
Ken went home to heaven last week, on Wednesday March 9th, after a long and fruitful life of 84 years. In addition to serving as the President of CERT International for over thirty years, he was a Pastor for more than twenty-five years before that, and he was at one time the Chairman of the Billy Graham Hawaii crusade.
There will be a memorial service for Ken on Friday March 18th at 6:00 at Central Baptist Church in Crossville, TN. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his memory to CERT International. You can send them to:
460 Old Jamestown HWY
Crossville, TN 38555
Or you can donate on the CERT International website at www.certinternational.org.
Ken Daugherty served the Lord faithfully and well in a variety of ministry roles for almost sixty years. He blessed many people and he will be missed by all.
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