Faith Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota honored John and Sylvia Kallin on Sunday March 8, 2009 for 40-years of ministry in the Amazon Region of Brazil, Peru and Columbia. They were sent out by Faith Baptist forty years ago under the direction of Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. The special day featured a personal presentation by both John and Sylvia during Sunday School, followed by a video presentation during the morning service. Brother Kallin brought a message to close out the service. At noon the church provided a carry in dinner including all who were present for the service. The day closed out in the fellowship hall with a time of testimonies and closing words by Brother Kallin and Pastor Julian Suarez. In this day when many missionaries return after one or two terms, it is a blessing to see a forty-year ministry honored.
I served at Faith Baptist Church from 1972-1976 as assistant pastor under the leadership of Dr. Gerald Carlson. The day provided not only a time to see the Kallins once more, but also to get reacquainted with many friends from the past. Former pastor Charles Johnston who had served Faith Baptist previous to Pastor Suarez and for twenty years of the Kallin’s ministry, was also present for the day.