Jim and Teresa Flora, former Texas County residents, have been appointed as missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Floras, who were appointed last week in Houston, Texas, alongside 103 other missionaries, will be serving in Lesotho, Africa, among the Basotho people. They will live in the village of Mokhotlong, which is in the Maluti Mountains. Lesotho is often called the ‘Kingdom in the Sky.’
The Floras and their girls, Grace, Anna and Rebekah, will travel by horseback into the mountain villages to share Christ with those whom have never heard. Their specific job title will be church planters.
In Lesotho, there is a large population of orphans who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Teresa Flora will also be teaching True Love Waits to teens in the villages.
The Flora family will move to Richmond, Va., in January to begin training and orientation and will arrive in Lesotho at the end of March.
Jim Flora is a previous pastor of Bucyrus Baptist Church. Teresa Flora, the daughter of Marcella Neugebauer, worked for Houston Schools from 1990 until ’97. Their sons, Jim, Jason and Joshua, all attended Houston Schools.