Linda Lipscomb – Modern Day Missionary Story

Today my little daughter received a couple of gifts from a special missionary friend of hers. He had just arrived back in the US from being overseas visiting previous missionary posts. Several times he has said that he thinks my daughter will grow up to be a missionary. She is a redheaded fireball, who is stubborn and never meets a stranger, sounds like good qualifications for a missionary. Anyway, she was thrilled with her gifts from Asia and could hardly pay attention in church for admiring them and playing with them.

God works in mysterious ways. I was already working on a post about this missionary’s wife and it has been sitting open on my computer for days. I could never do justice to their story and I was concerned for security reasons. Nevertheless, God knew I needed a little push and he provided it.

Linda Lipscomb was home on furlough from the Philippines when I first met her several years ago. They lived in the local missionary house and attended our church while in the States for furlough. I think Linda had some blood pressure problems and some undiagnosed lung problems that they were trying to deal with before they returned to the mission field. Linda was always eager to share her experiences especially with the children. She would dress up and show off items brought from the mission field. All the children loved to hear her stories.

When Linda and her husband retired they did not just spend their time traveling in an RV or in Florida like many retirees, they went to the mission field. They sold everything and moved to the Philippines to share the gospel with others. They spent years there on the mission field starting churches, leading the lost to Christ and caring for the medical needs in that area. Linda was a retired nurse.

After their most recent furlough, Linda was given the green light to go back to the mission field. This time they asked for somewhere no one else wanted to go. They were given a place in Asia as “Retired Traveling Americans”. A place where they would never have been allowed as missionaries. When asked why they were in that city they could honestly say they loved the people and the city. English teaching was an important part of their ministry. They used the Greatest Book, the Bible as the textbook. They did not speak the native language well, but her husband always said they “spoke the language of love”.

In January of 2008, Linda was riding the bus through the city. Upon getting off the bus, the bus driver started the bus forward before Linda had stepped off. She was thrown to the pavement and broke her wrist and her femur. Later that day the worried bus driver was brought by his supervisor to see Linda. The police were available to file charges. The supervisor was going to fire the bus driver and make him pay restitution. The Lipscombs forgave the bus driver and said, “We forgive you because God has forgiven us.” They then asked for him to be allowed to keep his job.

Linda was later air lifted to Bangkok, Thailand, for medical treatment. She spent about a month in the hospital with surgeries and medical complications. The prayers that were offered for her from several continents were continuous; we would receive several emails or text messages about her condition.  However, the Lord had decided that her work was finished here on earth. Her husband said she witnessed to the most people just by falling off the bus. On February 14, Valentine’s Day, she went home to Heaven.

At her very touching memorial service, the most appropriate song was sung. Linda was our church’s “Lottie Moon.” She was little, less than five feet tall and petite. Yet, she was broken on the mission field as she was telling others about her Savior, who was broken and spilled out for her.

Broken and Spilled Out

One day a plain village woman
Driven by love for her Lord
Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
Disregarding the scorn
And once it was broken and spilled out
A fragrance filled all the room
Like a prisoner released from his shackles
Like a spirit set free from the tomb

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of you, Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on thee
Broken and spilled out
And poured at your feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee

Lord you were God’s precious treasure
His loved and his own perfect Son
Sent here to show me the love of the Father
Just for love it was done
And though you were perfect and holy
You gave up yourself willingly
You spared no expense for my pardon
You were used up and wasted for me

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of me Jesus
God’s most precious treasure
Lavished on me
Broken and spilled out
And poured at my feet
In sweet abandon
Lord you were spilled out
And used up for me

By Steve Green

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8 thoughts on “Linda Lipscomb – Modern Day Missionary Story

  1. Thank you for sharing your story about two people who meant a lot to me and my family as they did so many. What a beautiful life Linda lived for her Lord! And JP is still busy sharing his story and helping others to understand more about God and his love for us. A wonderful example of life well lived.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Anonymous,

    You are welcome. Maybe one day JP will write a book. 🙂

    Our family has missed seeing JP as often since we are in a different church now.

    Berean Wife

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  2. Linda is my best friend’s mom. I wish everyone could hear Kelly describe how much she loved people. She was definitely our Lottie Moon. I count it and honor and privilege to have known and loved Linda. She is missed here but heaven is a little bit sweeter.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Ms. Garrett,

    It was a privilege to know Linda. I pray Kelly’s heart is encouraged knowing that her mom died serving the Lord with all her heart. Her work was finished.

    Berean Wife

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  3. Linda was my neighbor in that city where the bus accident took place. We were blessed to have her in our family’s life as she shared love not only with the people of that nation but those of us who also lived away from home. She was real and open and warm to all the streams of students that poured into her home every week. we missed her so much!

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Becky,

    Thanks for sharing about Linda while in your city. I’m sure her death affected many there just as it did here. Hopefully, it caused the gospel to go out even more and more in that city.

    Berean Wife

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