On election day yesterday (Nov. 3) the people of Kentucky elected a man of strong faith to be their new governor.
On his blog, Denny Burk writes that Kentucky’s new governor, Matt Bevin, has “fervent Christian faith” and that he and his wife have endowed the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s center for global missions.
The story behind Bevin’s decision to contribute to the Seminary’s center for global missions is a sad but beautiful one.
“Glenna and Matthew Bevin provided an endowment to fund the center in remembrance of their late daughter, Brittiney, whose passion for the gospel drove her life,” Aaron Hanbury writes on the Seminary’s website.
“Speaking to the seminary’s board of trustees, foundation board, faculty and students, Matthew Bevin told the story of Brittiney, who was the oldest of his 10 children,” Hanbury continued. “From the time she was a young girl, Brittiney possessed an incredible heart for missions, according to her father. He used the biblical phrase “salt and light” to describe Brittiney’s compassion for “the least of these.”
The Bevins sent Brittiney on two missions trips. Sadly, just days after she returned home from ministering in Romania, she was killed in a car accident.
“Matthew Bevin said that his daughter will not physically be able to fulfill her calling, but her desires are being fulfilled by the legacy she left behind. The Bevins desire to see Brittiney’s calling live on through a generation of young Christians ready to answer the call to world missions,” Hanbury reported.
That is why the Bevins have endowed the center for global missions at the Seminary, to honor the passion of their daughter and the conviction they share to spread the Gospel to the world.
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Publication date: November 4, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.