of CMI Director Passes Away
On June 27th Fawn Marie Winsted, wife of CMI
Director, Brad Winsted, went to be with her Lord after
an eight-month bout with cancer.
Fawn was the chief editor at CMI for over fifteen
years. She was a prime motivator even in the 1980's with
the founders to get the "Bible Building Blocks of the
Faith" into a colorful, usable format. At that time,
Brad, was a Navy pilot and they moved to many overseas
locations. CMI materials were tested at this site. Fawn
spoke at numerous training seminars and coordinated all
overseas mission trips since the mid-1990's. Her
enthusiasm with teaching the kids made for memorable
occasions, especially with missionary children around
the world. Fawn's goal was always for the children to
truly know the basic questions and answers of the Faith
along with the Bible associated Bible verses. This meant
repetition and constant practice. But Fawn always
thought that this could be a fun exercise.
Fawn was born in Nebraska in May, 1954. Her father
was in the Air Force and they moved around the country
quite a bit. In the 1960's the family ended up in Santa
Cruz, CA where her Dad purchased a art and office supply
business. That business, Palace Art and Supply continues
in operation today. Fawn worked there, along with
attending school. After high school, she went to
Cabrillo Junior College and obtained a B.A. at the
Monterey School for International Studies, majoring in
Russian. Her interest in languages and linguistics were
used throughout her life around the world. Her majoring
in Russian was due to her being converted to
Christianity at an "underground church" in the Soviet
Union on a tour during the early 1970's. Her excitement
for missions led her to join the Slavic Gospel
Association and being accepted into the Defense Language
Institute in Monterey, CA as a transfer student. She met
Brad at the Navy Postgraduate School chapel in 1977.
They were married on June 24, 1978. They celebrated
their 32nd Wedding Anniversary after Fawn was admitted
to the hospital the last time.
As a wife and mother for 32 years, Fawn mothered
eight children (6 girls and 2 boys) ranging in ages from
the oldest at 30 to the youngest at 12 years old. Brad
and Fawn's oldest daughter, Rebekah, is married and a
missionary in the Middle East, they have 4 children with
a fifth on the way. The second daughter, Rachel, is
married and living in Jacksonville, FL with 2 children.
The third daughter, Ruth, was helping the eldest in the
Middle East as a Art Teacher at an international school
and assisting Rebekah with her four young children.
Their two sons are serving in the military. Bradley, the
oldest, as a 2/LT in the army in Germany (to be deployed
to Afghanistan in August in an armor/Stryker battalion)
and Samuel as a 2nd class midshipman at the Naval
Academy in Annapolis, MD. A set of 17 year old twins,
remain home, Sarah and Emily. Lily is also home. Fawn
home schooled all the children from 4 years old on. A
seventh grandchild is now in Rebekah's womb.
With Fawn's love of teaching, missions and children
combined to make her a key asset to Children's Ministry
International. Not only did she use the opportunity to
teach missionary children at mission conferences
throughout the world, often bringing her children to be
teachers, but used the catechetical material at these
conferences a test platform. She was a tremendous
motivator and encourager. And she had the unique ability
to produce, proofread, screen and encourage other
workers to do their best. To sum up her personality one
would use the word "passion in people and Christ". She
studied the Bible everyday and was an accomplished Woman
Bible Study leader. She counseled young and older women
in life problems and was always pointing people to Her
Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.
CMI will never quite be the same, without Fawn's
ready smile, hearty laugh and motivating personality.
She was, at heart an optimist who looked at every
problem as an opportunity to expand the Kingdom of God
by reaching "Kids for Christ". Everyone who knew Fawn
got excited about the possibility of teaching children
the timeless truths of Scipture.
For more information about Fawn and her impact in
CMI, the church, and her home go to Brad Winsted's
Facebook page. Her Memorial Service at Redeemer Orthodox
Presbyterian Church in Atlanta was a gigantic and
wonderful experience of testimony to Fawn's friendship
to others and service in expanding the Kingdom of God to
children and their parents.
Memorial Gifts for Fawn Winsted may be sent to CMI,
2331 Fourth Street, Suite 106
Tucker, Georgia 30084-4499
She has finished the race well, glorifying God in all
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