This devotional is part of the Black Missionary Heroes Past and Present Series.
Virgil Lee Amos
Founder of Ambassadors Fellowship International
Read 1 Corinthians 9:24–27
Virgil was born in Oakland, California, in 1942 as the second of five children. He truly accepted Jesus as Savior at ten years of age and began sharing the gospel with a passion in high school. Being compelled to proclaim the gospel caused Virgil to give up the dream of engineering and making money and go to Moody Bible college where he realized what he was burdened to do: Missions. He first went to Mexico in 1962, the same year that he was married to his wife Martha. The Amoses ministered throughout Europe in the early ’60s and then served in India for a year. After using Virgil on several continents and giving him a variety of missions experience and Biblical education, the Lord brought together all those experiences with the person he had made Virgil to be – an African American man – and turned it into what would be Virgil’s life work: the founding of Ambassadors Fellowship International.