In lieu of the editorial and the columns that usually appear here in the newsletter, this issue of the WEI Update will focus on two of God’s special servants, Bob and Jan Towel. The Towells are uncomfortable under the spotlight. Their goal is to please God and to introduce people to Jesus Christ, not to win human approval. That is precisely why they deserve special recognition and honor.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Show respect to those you should respect. And show honor to those you should honor” (Romans 13:7, ETR Version). In keeping with this principle, Bob and Jan Towell received special honor at the Harding University Bible Lectures recently, not once, but three times. First, they were recognized at the WBS/WEI/China Now luncheon that was attended by approximately 260 lectureship participants.
Second, they were honored at a special reception arranged by David and Lola Crouch, champions of WEI at the College Church in Searcy. David writes, “Approximately fifty friends and WEI teachers attended the reception, which included a congratulatory video from Tom Langley, President of WEI, who was attending a mission conference in Europe. A letter from Dick Ady, founder of the institution, was also read. Lee Allen, Director of Development for WEI, served as Master of Ceremonies for the reception.
Third, Bob and Jan were honored by Harding University. David Crouch writes, “At Harding University’s 95th annual Lectureship, Jan and Bob Towell were honored as recipients of the University’s Distinguished Christian Service Award following the October 2 keynote lecture.
“In making the presentation, Dr. Dan Williams, Harding’s Vice President for Church Relations, cited the couple’s ‘more than three decades of behind-the-scenes, invaluable leadership that has made WEI so effective in fulfilling the Great Commission.’”