In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Helen Moses Reynolds, 1935-2023

Helen Moses Reynolds, 1935-2023
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Helen Reynolds, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Belgium and Germany, died Nov. 25, 2023. She was 88.

Helen was born March 15, 1935, in Orlando, Florida, to Edmond Boxley and Ruth McCall Rowe Moses. She graduated from Edgewater High School; received the Bachelor of Arts from University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and the Master of Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

She married William “Ray” Reynolds in 1959. Together, they served in churches in Clarksville, Indiana; Wiersdale, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Blocher, Indiana.

In 1972, the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed Helen and Ray missionaries to Belgium.

Her obituary reports, “She loved people, welcomed them into her home and heart and ministered to them through many challenging situations… She loved her family and precious friends and shared with them her playful and creative spirit, laughter, and her delight in giving parties.”

At heart, Helen was an educator, investing in preschool and school-aged children. Her training curriculum for Christian educators was translated into six languages. She started two kindergartens – one in Florida and one in Belgium. During their last term, Helen and Ray served as church planters for the European Baptist Convention.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ray; children, Bill (Debbie) Reynolds, Charlie (Jenene) Reynolds, and Ruthie (David) Delk; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at Generosity Resource Center – IMB Generosity.

Read an obituary here.