The Apostle Paul and Tonya Small

by Mikel Berger

This past Sunday, I taught in the Connection Hour in our new study through the book of Philippians. Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi is basically a missionary reporting back to a supporting church. Scholars believe Paul wrote the letter 10-12 years after he was with the church in Philippi. 


Here at Kossuth, a missionary we sent over 11 years ago to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, Tonya Small, is facing some significant changes in her missionary journey. At the time I was preparing my lesson from Philippians, I was also asked to review a draft of an update letter Tonya was writing to her supporters and sending church. The similarities were striking.


Christians have been partnering in the gospel since the earliest days of the church. When Paul wrote to the Philippian church, his location wasn’t what he necessarily desired, but it was what was best for the advance of the gospel. Along with Tonya, Bethesda and Kossuth leadership are trusting God that Tonya’s change in location will also serve to advance the gospel while others continue the necessary work in South Africa. 


Please take a few moments to read Tonya’s update and a brief response from Daryl Starr, deacon of the Mission Team at Kossuth. After that, please pray for Tonya and for the orphaned and vulnerable children in both Hammanskraal, South Africa, and right here in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. 


Update Letter from Tonya Small