Lynn Louise Porter was born on October 16, 1958, in San Luis Obispo, California. Her parents, Charles and Caroline Porter, were newly appointed missionaries with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE), so from birth Lynn was involved in a missionary lifestyle. Her early years were spent in Peru and high school was mostly in Puerto Rico. Every fifth year was a furlough year in California. When Lynn was 4 years old, she received Jesus Christ as her Savior, and while in college she dedicated her life to serving the Lord. Lynn graduated from Piedmont Bible College with a degree in Christian Education in 1981. She worked for a year as a Christian School teacher, then felt called by God to a missionary career, following in the footsteps of her parents. Lynn went to Peru as a short-termer, then joined ABWE full time in 1983. Lynn worked as a missionary to Iquitos, Peru for the next 37 years, teaching in the Bible Institute, teaching women’s and children’s classes, discipling believers, and working with the Efata ministry to the deaf. Lynn struggled against cancer in 2004 and again in 2015, but was able to continue her ministry in Peru until 2019 when she returned to the U.S. for the final time. Lynn passed into the presence of her Savior Jesus Christ on March 6, 2020. She is preceded in death by her stillborn brother Nathan Thomas, and her mother, Caroline Porter. She was dearly loved and will be missed by those who survive her: her father, Charles Porter, her sister Pam (Tim) Hewitt, her nieces Melody (Troy) Rankin, Gloria (James) Farley, and Praise (Ian) Moyer, and her grandnieces Kaylee, Aliya, and Jordyn Rankin. Lynn had a far-reaching influence for Christ, and was an example to hundreds of people of a life devoted to God and His Kingdom. She let her light shine before others in such a way that God received all the glory for her life. The world was blessed to have her for 61 years.
ABWE's deaf ministry in Iquitos, Peru, Deaf work - Iquitos, project 0744411