Shirley Webster, wife of Warren Webster, former General Director of WorldVenture passed into the presence of her Lord on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
Shirley and Warren were appointed by CBFMS/WorldVenture in 1953 to serve in West Pakistan. From the very beginning, Shirley was a partner with Warren in the ministry. They learned the difficult Sindhi language and began translating materials into the Sindhi tongue, thus becoming leaders in furthering the Christian literature and literacy among the peoples who had not heard the gospel of Jesus. Shirley saw that because of the seclusion of some women, only another woman could reach them. God gave Shirley a joy of serving the Lord that was evident in her countenance and she delighted in reaching these women through Sunday School contacts and regular visits, allowing her access to their homes. Soon children were hearing the word of God as they listened to Shirley sharing the stories of God’s love.
In 1971, the CBFMS board approached Warren about becoming the General Director of the mission. This would mean leaving the field and the people they had come to love. When their visas for Pakistan were not granted, they felt that the Lord was leading them to return to the States and this new field of ministry leadership. Here too, Shirley was a partner with Warren, hosting missionaries, leading prayer groups, writing encouraging letters to missionaries. Many times people would say, “Shirley, your encouragement came at a difficult time for us.” She also poured her life into missions and children at First Baptist of Wheaton. Many young people are now walking with the Lord because of Shirley’s tender, loving care.
Her greatest ministry came in the tender care of her husband and his struggle with Parkinson’s. Though there were days that were not easy, her love and concern for Warren enabled her to be a gentle and loving caregiver. The legacy left by Shirley and Warren was instrumental in the direction of WorldVenture today.
We are grateful that because of her love for the Lord Shirley contributed her life to the growth of God’s kingdom around the world. She will be remembered for her gift of teaching and training, her joy of serving the Lord and for the guidance given to the many people who crossed her path. Her fruitful impact on the lives of other and for the Kingdom will not be forgotten.