The Baptist Convention of Iowa State Missions Offering is named for William and Garlinda Hyde. Bill and Lyn, Iowa born, Southern Baptist missionaries served together in the Philippines for 25 years. Bill was killed in a terrorist attack in March of 2003. Following Bill's death, Lyn returned to the Philippines but has recently returned stateside. The Hyde’s represent the missionary spirit and commitment.
Each year in September the Baptist Convention of Iowa encourages the local churches to receive a special offering for State Missions. The funds are used to support mission work in Iowa. The funds are used for church planting, strengthening churches, associational missions, reaching the lost, evangelism events, and witness training. All gifts to the offering are an investment in changed lives, healthy churches, Kingdom business and cooperative missions. If it weren't for the Hyde State Mission Offering, travel and support for the NAMB missionaries in the state would be cut considerably. Thank you for your support of this vital missions offering.
Who was William Hyde?
William Paul Hyde was born and raised in NE Iowa. His older brother, Dick, acknowledged that, “the journey he took wasn't an easy one, the Lord had something in mind for Bill long before he was born."
Bill had the nickname “slugger”, not because of his abilities in baseball, but because he used to get into a lot of fights! He was a large man. Bill was described as strong-willed and opinionated, much like the apostle Paul.
By the time Bill was in high school, his talent as a musician began to get notice. In a household of musicians, "He had the voice in our family," said Dick Hyde, "a deep bass like Tennessee Ernie Ford. He even had offers to be a professional musician." But there were other things stirring inside him.
He served in Vietnam. He married Garlinda (Lyn), the woman who was to be his wife for 37 years. And after earning bachelor's and master's degrees in music at the University of Iowa, he taught music in schools in Iowa. But still things stirred within him.
"He could have had a quiet life, a happy life, (could have taught school) and touched lots of lives," said David Miller, pastor of Northbrook Baptist Church in Cedar Falls. "But he and Lyn chose the front lines -- or rather, were chosen would be more appropriate."
In 1978, the couple was appointed as missionaries to the Philippines by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.
At first he taught MKs (missionary kids) at Faith Academy in Manila. But he had another passion -- church planting -- and during the latter years of his ministry in the Philippines he and Lyn moved to Mindanao and focused on that passion.
It is known that he facilitated the planting of 600 churches. Bill hosted a Pioneer Evangelism conference. With 3,700 participants, it was probably the largest such conference ever held. There is a good possibility that 3,000 churches will result from this conference.
"This was a remarkable man," said Thurman Braughton, a recently retired IMB missionary who worked with Bill. "This guy took what we were doing and multiplied it 10-fold, maybe 100-fold. "Where we were adding, he was multiplying."
Bill did that by training pastors and laypeople, equipping others to plant churches, rather than have those efforts depend on him or a relative few. Out of the January conference, 1,086 new church planting teams were formed. It is expected each team will plant three churches. Bill had plans for training 150 Filipinos as trainers next year and, through them, training another 7,000 laypeople in church planting.
He was a big man with a big vision.
Bill was killed as a result of a bomb blast, March 4th, 2003 in the Phillippines. His wife, Lyn, returned to the mission field, and just recently, returned stateside. His son Steve continues in mission work in Cambodia. His son, Tim, lives in Dallas.