George and Veda Rae Lozuk

George flicked on the light to their house and saw mud covering everything in sight: walls, tables, chairs. Even the picture frames on the walls dripped mud. As he and Veda Rae took in the mess, they wondered where their children were.

When George and Veda Rae Lozuk were serving in Caracas, Venezuela, a flash flood hit several parts of the town while they were at work. As the couple drove home, they saw bulldozers scraping mud off of bridges and roads, and when they turned into their driveway they saw streaks of mud on the walls of their house.

Their children should have been home. The Lozuks frantically called and searched for their children until they found them. Even though the flood reached the second floor of the house, the Lozuk children had been able to find safety on the roof. God protected the Lozuk family that day.

The Lozuks served in Venezuela for many years and had a deep love for the culture and the people. George worked in radio advertising and broadcasting during his time in Venezuela, and his campaigns were fruitful. He coordinated one particular advertising campaign that brought a crowd of thousands to the local Olympic Stadium, leading to hundreds of conversions in one day.

During the 1990s, George and Veda Rae served in Moscow, Russia, as some of the first missionaries to enter the country after the Iron Curtain fell. George’s father had moved to America from Russia when he was just a boy and became the pastor of the Russian Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Both George and Veda Rae had a heart for Eastern European missions. The Lozuks served in Moscow from 1991 to 1993, building and strengthening ties between the Southern Baptist Convention and the existing Russian Baptist Convention.

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