God gives us faithful men and women to lead us and shape us in our journey towards Christ. A. Reid Jepson was a mentor of mine.
The classroom was empty, but I was sure it would soon be full. A junior at Biola University, I was excited about my developing relationship with God and expecting the gospel of Jesus Christ to reach the world in my lifetime. A leader in the Student Missionary Union (SMU), I had arranged a prayer meeting to petition the Lord on some pressing missions concerns. I had invited a dear friend, Reverend A. Reid Jepson, a long time pastor and missionary with the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) and the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA), to address the group. Reid had traveled many times behind the Iron Curtain and had dozens of examples of the powerful work of God in his life to share.
I had invited all of the active members of the SMU and many personal friends, selected the time and place to coordinate with their schedules, and even used my meager college income to buy a few refreshments. Reid had known my mother for years, had taught me many things about the Lord, and he was the most faithful Christian man I knew. Always punctual, he arrived about 20 minutes before the prayer meeting was to begin. I arranged and rearranged the chairs, the missions materials and the snacks, and we chatted as we waited.