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Bryan Proctor admits his dream is not a common one, but the work of 127 Worldwide isn't common either.
A 1999 graduate of Anderson County High School, Proctor has been working as a bi-vocational pastor for the last 12 years, but he resigned his position as children's minister at Lawrenceburg's First Baptist Church in November to go to work with 127 Worldwide as an orphan's advocate.
His passion is to raise awareness about orphans, whether in the United States or in another country.
“My wife and I were driving down highway 127 one day and she just looked at me and said, 'We have got to talk. God is trying to tell us something.' Soon after that, we became foster parents.”
It was part of a dream that Proctor has had for years. Currently, his wife, Stephanie, and he are in the process of adopting two pre-schoolers who will join the two biological children in their home.
Along the way, Proctor became aware of 127 Worldwide's ministry to orphans. “It was seven months before we actually got together,” Proctor says of his meeting with Sara Beth Fentress, the ministry's founder. “She came to First Baptist to speak.
“In July of 2012, our Vacation Bible School had a mission challenge and brought in over 800 pairs of sandals for the work of 127 Worldwide. Some of the local stores ran out of sandals.”
Proctor, who works in state government for the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, says he and his wife prayed earnestly before accepting the work. He hopes to be full-time with 127 within two years and admits that with four children in the home, it will be a “step of faith.”
At 127, Proctor will be traveling throughout Kentucky to share the work. He is scheduled to speak at Hope Community Church this Sunday and says the calendar is beginning to fill up.
He also plans to go to Honduras this summer to work in the mission.
“A lot of times, we will give money or build a house or build a church,” he says. “The draw of 127 is that people are already there serving. God is already doing things. It is more than just sending money.”
Proctor says he will be working for 127 out of his home.
“My wife and I have always worked together in ministry, but this is the first time my whole family will be involved. Now my children will be involved in the ministry. That is exciting.”