The year was 1976 and I was attending the Inter-Varsity Urbana Missionary Conference with a group of young adults from my home Bible study group. It was a time in my life when I was struggling with a call to ministry and trying to decide whether to leave the teaching profession and go to seminary.
The conference was an amazing panacea of famous speakers such as Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. John Stott. There was powerful music, numerous workshops and display tables with recruiters from mission organizations all over the world. In between speakers up on the main stage at this huge coliseum there were mission advertisements that lasted for only a minute or two. One caught my attention. A large African American gentleman seemed to have a speech impediment. He spoke passionately about deaf people in Africa.
“We need workers to go to Africa and help establish deaf education.” That man was none other than Dr. Andrew Foster.