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New Houston mission center named for Mildred McWhorter

HOUSTON, (BP)–A long-awaited new building for the Gano Mission Center in Houston has been named for former home missionary Mildred McWhorter, who retired in 1992.

McWhorter, who now lives in the north Georgia town of Franklin, was the former director of the Houston Baptist Centers and was known for her effective ministry to inner-city residents and her colorful missions stories.

“Mildred basically started the Baptist Mission Centers ministry for the Home Mission Board in the 1960s,” said Ginger Smith, executive director of Baptist Mission Centers in Houston. “For 30 years ‘Miss Mac’s’ name was synonymous with inner-city Baptist mission ministries in Houston. We are so excited about the new building honoring Mildred. It’s been a longtime dream and it’s finally happening.”

The Mildred McWhorter Missionary Building will provide male and female dorm rooms for short-term and summer volunteers, three private apartments for long-term volunteers, two conference rooms, a kitchen and dining room, five offices and a prayer room. The $600,000, 7,400-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in May.

“This building will be instrumental in providing hands-on mission training, plus life-changing ministry programs for the inner city of Houston,” Smith said.

The Gano Mission Center facility, located just north of downtown Houston, is one of three Baptist Mission Centers facilities in Houston.

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