(United States CNSAM). On February 26, 2015, missionary volunteer, Anna Olea, went to be with the Lord at the age of 81.
Her missionary ministry began shortly after becoming a widow. When her husband passed away, she became deeply depressed. During this time, she decided to become involved in Work and Witness and made three trips. On the third trip, she felt a strong calling to serve through missions.
She became a volunteer missionary for the Church of the Nazarene and her first assignment was to the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina and later to Peru. She continued to support the Work & Witness program and served as a volunteer missionary for 11 years. However, beyond that, she served five or six more years without a contract.
Anna was one of those persons who left her footprints wherever she went. The South America region leaders remember her as someone always willing and ready to collaborate wherever needed and in a spirit of gratitude and commitment.
Her son, Michael, said at her passing, “…she treasured her time in South America…she loved missions and lived for missions.”
Source: Glynda Wesley and documentation from archives.
Editor: Susana Cabral.
Translation: Cheryl Cox.