Pen Florida Light for the Lost Director Todd Weston says he is surprised . . . but not surprised.
“I shouldn’t be surprised because God can do anything,” Weston says. “But I must confess I am pleasantly surprised. Actually, I am blown away by the response! In light of the lingering effects of the pandemic, high inflation, and other factors on our economy, Floridians rose up in faith to give and commit above and beyond. Amazing!”
The previous year, 2021, Pen Florida gave an all-time LFTL record of $1,617,770, making them the No. 1 Light for the Lost giving district/network in the Fellowship.
“Something powerful is happening and building in Pen Florida, one of the strongest missions supporting districts in the Assemblies of God,” says Rick Allen, National Light for the Lost director. “There is such an incredible legacy of missions, generosity, and evangelism focus in Pen Florida. I believe we’re seeing the dividends from many years of great missional leadership and influence.”
A strong legacy of missions participation and giving was woven into the fabric of Pen Florida by Dan Betzer. Betzer pastored First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida, for 34 years, and also served a number of years as the district missions director.
“[Betzer] greatly increased missions awareness and emphasis throughout Peninsular Florida,” Weston says. “Coupled with that is the strong support and commitment to missions by District Superintendent Terry Raburn, the executive leadership team and presbytery, District Missions Director Tom Manning, and many missions-minded pastors.
“I must add to this [list],” Weston continues, “the history of great former Light for the Lost Peninsular Florida directors like Joe Livesay and Baldy Boyd, upon whose shoulders we stand.”
Light for the Lost’s mission is to provide evangelism resources for missionaries and missions partners in five platforms: print, audio, video, internet technologies, and apps.