had a good marriage, two lovely
daughters, and several grandchildren when he lost his wife, Wendy,
following a long illness. He'd been an earthmover, driving huge
machines to level land for new home developments, shopping centers,
etc. He also had served on church boards and in various ways had worked
to build the Kingdom of God. But mostly, Ray was a follower and lover
of Jesus whose life drew others to Christ.
served as a missionary in Mexico, teaching and sharing
the love of the Lord she knew so well. In recent years Paish, as she is
called, began to teach young missionaries-in-training how to hear the
voice of God, how to have an intimate relationship with Jesus, and how
to battle in the heavenlies through intercession.
For many years Ray's lovely wife Wendy and Paish were best friends.
They exchanged letters, visited one another's homes, and shared
together their relationship with Christ.
After Wendy's death, God began to weave together the hearts of
Ray and Patience.
In 2003 they
Ray sold his business in Southern California and they
watched God meld their lives into a team.
Paish still does most of the
teaching. But Ray's constant prayer, their godly role modeling, and
Ray's wise counsel for students, have touched the lives of hundreds as
they have taught in Youth With A Mission schools, churches, and other
settings in several U.S. States, Canada, and Central America.
The Giffords can be reached through the office of
Across International Ministries: firstname.lastname@example.org