Nona Freeman Left Us Last Night

Nona Freeman 1916-2009
Dear Friends of Nona Freeman:

We sorrow, yet rejoice to inform you of the earthly departure and heavenly arrival of our mother Nona E. Freeman 93 years old. She was a Jesus name Minister; Foreign Missionary; Daughter; Wife; Mother; Grandparent and beloved friend to millions around the world.

She took the 10:45 pm flight, Saturday, December 26, 2009 at our home in Fort Worth Texas. Take-off was smooth after 93 years of waiting on the run-way. There was often layovers at various terminals in her life but she never complained.

She began her Ministry in 1939. She spread the gospel of Jesus Christ for over 70 years as a Preacher; Speaker; Columnist, Evangelist and beloved author of more than twenty books. She preached and served as pastor’s wife throughout the U.S. and the continent of her burden, Africa.

Upon arrival she was greeted at her Heavenly Destination by Jesus then she was finally greeted by her spouse of 62 years; her beloved E.L. ‘Bug’ Freeman!

She was also greeted her daughter and our sister Marla, and not only a fellow minister but her beloved mother, Carrie Eastridge as well as a host of loved ones, the apostles and prophets of old.

Those left at the terminal upon her departure; daughter and travel companion Sandra Freeman of Fort Worth, Texas, daughters, Linda, Sharon, son Dale Freeman, several generations of grandchildren, siblings, family and a host of friends around the world.

The Home Going Service and Celebration of her life commonly called a ‘funeral’ will be announced Monday, December 28, 2009

The Nona Freeman family thanks you and asks for your prayers at this time.

Sandra Freeman/Nona Freeman Ministry
Telephone: 228-497-4396Non

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

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Transcribed sermon of Nona Freeman 1987;
‘Your Labor Is Not In Vain’
JANUARY 3, 2010

‘Therefore my beloved brethren be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. For as much as ye know your labor is not in vain.’ (I Corinthians 15:58 KJV)

I am learning that we are not going to be able to access the harvest; we are not going to be able to figure out what God has done. Before I left for Africa there was a girl I had tried to get right with God. I thought I had failed when I left for Africa. Years later at a Texas camp meeting I met a young man who asked me if I remembered the girl I had helped before I left, and told me it was his mother. She did come to God, and raised her children by the Bible. Be faithful in your work and what you give to missions.

A student from a college in Carbondale, Illinois gave another student from Ghana a track. In Ghana when a student goes away to college everyone in their tribe contributes something but when they come home they all expect something in return. The student handed the tract he received to someone as a gift. As a result of that anonymous person who passed out a tract the man who received the tract found God and his family also. Missionaries were sent when the family wrote requesting them and over 600 people were baptized in the name of Jesus in Ghana. You don’t see immediate results from your labor many times but you will be rewarded.

The Lord gave me a scripture one time when everything seemed to be going wrong, “He shall see the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied,” I took it as a promise that I would also one day see the travail of my soul and be satisfied. I was privileged to visit two conferences in South Africa and not one of the buildings would hold all of the people that came. I saw all of the fine people singing and preaching and testifying about working for God and I thought “Oh it is so worth while that little bit that we invested of our money, time, and efforts in the work of God. We just simply do not know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.

I want to tell a story of a man whose name I do not even know. I can only tell you his nickname, they call him the Dutchman. He was from Holland, and went to Ethiopia. We don’t even know when he went. He didn’t have the board behind him and no partners in missions. He had no family or friends, just a burden. It is interesting to know that there wasn’t even an estimated work at that time in Holland. Somehow this man received a revelation of Jesus name and had received the Holy Ghost. When he got to Ethiopia he tried to learn Amheric, but he was old and his Dutch tongue could not work, around the strange language. As the Dutchman would try to tell them about Jesus, the people would snicker at the way he was butchering their language. He tried to tell them of his desire to do something for God. He had no income or support so he had to rely on others to give him something to eat and a place to stay. People would make a room for him and even give him food to eat. Many times they would ask him to pray and he would begin to talk in tongues, and after a while open his eyes and the food would be all be gone. There were several homes that he could go to and stay in, but he never received the pleasure of seeing one person see the truth.

There was one home he visited frequently because the woman had a very soft heart. Her name was Mother Salomi. They fixed a little room for him on the back porch. The Dutchman would fast for forty days every year leading up to Christmas and every year leading up to Easter. He had just completed his forty day fast after Easter when he came out of his room leaping. At first the family was afraid and became more afraid when he took one big leap and became suspended three feet off the ground. They say his face was shinning so much that they could hardly look at him. And he said,” It’s going to happen, its going to happen. The revival that I have been praying for is going to happen.” He turned to Mother Salomi and said, “My dear you are going to receive the Holy Ghost,” he turned to Iilla and said, “You my boy will be a preacher of the gospel after you receive the Holy Ghost.” The grandson was not at all interested and Mother Salomi simply didn’t under stand. The Dutchman said while suspended in the air, “The day you see my blood in the street, you will know it is true what I have said.” He said of Mother Salomi’s husband, “My friend, I am sorry you will be gone when this happens.” He then sank slowly to ground, got his Bible and his belongings and walked out. They never saw him alive again. One day Iilla saw an accident, it was the Dutchman. He had been hit by a car and blood from his head run into the gutter, just as he told Iilla. From this Iilla was saved and also his mother, his Father died before it happened. Iilla is now a preacher of the gospel. Today in four years time 50,00O Ethiopians have received the Holy Ghost.

There is a tremendous revival there today. The other day I was praying and I said, “Lord, would you tell the Dutchman what you are doing in Ethiopia, and his labor wasn’t in vain. Your labor is not in vain in the Lord!

This a picture of the old Dutchman from Nona Freeman’s book.


I remember the year (one of many) Sis. Freeman spoke at the AZ Ladies Retreat. She spoke on “Blessings.” That year has remained in my mind for many many years.

Another year, I was honored to pick Sis. Freeman and “Bug” up from Sky Harbor for another time at Ladies Retreat. I have never really thought I was a bad driver. But by the time we got to the resort, Bro. Freeman was hanging on for dear life to the dash board.

What a great team them made. What a great heritage there family has been blessed with.


‘From 2009 to 2010; Another Year For Thee’
By Nona Freeman

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

From MISTY’S BLACK TUNNEL by Nona Freeman.
When the human race fell from God’s grace by satan’s evil plan in the garden of Eden, the Almighty knew a make-over or remodeling job could not erase the awful consequences of willful disobedience. Out of great compassion He put on humanities’ flesh, and came down to mankind’s level to redeem them from the master of deceit. Cruel men crucified Him, unknowingly fulfilling God’s glorious plan to make new creatures of His creation.

How often we long to start over and live our life again, hopefully avoiding our mistakes and the circumstances that made us victims; however, life is a one-way street. We cannot turn back time; but obedience to God’s Word can give us a pristine new beginning with the old record obliterated by the precious blood of Jesus. With repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Ghost we walk through His death, burial and resurrection to a new life.

Then, how and why do we drag the scars and emotional stresses of the old life into this new beginning? Jesus said His grace is sufficient. Is it possible His plan is incomplete? Oh no, His plan is perfect. We must learn how to allow the unfolding of His design for us according to the inspired instructions He has graciously given.

Psalm 23, the last phrase of the second verse and the first phrase of the third verse reads: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:

Healing from hurting scars and devasting flash-backs can only begin as we follow Jesus to the still waters. He leads us with a tender hand to a restful place of peaceful restoration and quiet assurance.

In the place of His still waters, face the past and let the serenity of heaven enfold you as you remember. You cannot ignore your tragedies and overcome them. Bring yourself and all your pain, distresses, anger, grief’s, sorrows and heartaches to this quiet place and put them in the loving hands of Jesus.

In all my years of traveling I found when I talked with many hurting souls, that during the holidays physical, spousal, sexual and child abuse was at an all time high. Sadly, many carry those scars with them the rest of their lives. Ours is ‘The Healer’ so cast all your worries, hurts and cares on Him, for He cares for you; let Him help you.

Another year is dawning, dear Master, let it be,
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee!
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast,
Of even deeper trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace;
Another year of gladness, in the shining of Thy face.
Another year of progress, another year of praise;
Another year of proving thy presence “all the days.”
Another year of service, of witness to Thy love;
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Master, let it be,
On earth, or else in heaven another year for Thee!
-Author Unknown-

The countdown to 2010 is near; 2009 cannot be changed, only learned from. Don’t let 2009 be the standard you set for yourself in 2010. Our God is the one of new beginnings, second chances and starting over. Hallelujah, hallelujah! –Nona Freeman

In Jesus Name!
Nona Freeman Ministry


Nona Freeman New Year Message for 2010:

Dear Friends, Fans and partners of Nona Freeman Ministry ;
Greetings in the name of Jesus;

Per Sister Nona Freeman’s own preparations prior to her death she has left messages to go out for some time to her precious supporters. She read your comments, emails, messages, postings on various blogs and forums daily and they meant the world to her. Many she remembered; then there were those, ‘Sister Freeman, you don’t know me but you blessed me, or I live for God because of you, etc.’ You are just as much Aaron and Hur in her life as in the passage of scripture below when the battle raged against Israel:

Exodus 17:12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Each of you raised those precious, Godly hands when she could not. When she was in the setting sun of her life your words and messages brought her sunshine.

She posted December 16, 2009, “Next to Jesus and my ministry, family, friends and supporters have always been my life.’ When you hurt she hurt.” It is her desire for her messages and devotionals on various forums to be continued. She spent time preparing and advising what she wanted posted on holidays, etc. One thing near and dear to her heart is start 2010 reading the King James Version of the Bible. She made the comment, “I have been to areas of the world where these souls did not even know of a Bible not to mention own one. It is still the greatest selling book in the world. Billions of people have read its sacred pages, making it the best-selling book of all time! It is God’s Holy, inspired Word and is the most powerful and most quoted book in the world. Some of the greatest men in modern history have had a deep respect for it. Robert E. Lee said, “In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”

The composition of the Bible is indeed amazing. It was written by forty different human authors under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These writers wrote independently, knowing almost nothing of other’s part. None had anything in common, and their literary qualifications were diverse. Moses, for example, was a man of learning, trained in the best universities of Egypt. Peter, on the other hand, was a fisherman without claim to formal education. Yet each wrote the wisdom of God with powerful force.

The Bible is composed of two main sections:
-The Old Testament, containing 39 books, the New Testament, containing 27 books.

It is composed of 1189 chapters; 929 chapters are in the Old Testament; 260 chapters are in the New and utilities. 773,746 words convey its life-changing message.

This precious, literary masterpiece contains history, laws, poetry, prophecy, biography, dramatic stories, letters, and revelations. Christian church leaders of the 5th century A.D. decided upon the list of books to be included in the Bible. This collection of accepted writings came to be known by scholars as the “canon,” and was considered inspired and authoritative.

It is one of her last requests that she could encourage everyone in her death to read the word of God daily. If possible read it through annually. At the time of her death she had read hers completely through seven times; God’s perfect number. Each time she reported gleaning something differently. Read the Bible daily even if it is just one verse; hide that verse in your heart because you may need those very words before the day is through! Your daily path may direct you in such a way that word would be the one that encourages you on. Purpose in your heart for daily devotional not to just to honor Nona Freeman but bring depth to your walk with God.

There are several hints she shared that enhanced her devotional.
The Bible is full of promises! Sister Nona Freeman circles every time these appear:
-I AM-the one; The Almighty for ever more; appears 1, 111 times in the King James Version!
-I HAVE–Meaning God has already done it; appears over 8, 000 times!
-I WILL–make no mistake God said it’ it will happen! 3,067 times
-SHALL – the most binding word that can be applied to your situation; is irrevocable appears 7, 487 times!
-MY GLORY-is a woman’s uncut hair; 84 times!
Of course you don’t understand everything but, Nona Freeman said, ‘In JESUS name; just read!’

Since I’ve come to God my Bible has guided me through quite a lot,
Some of its pages are ripped and marked on, but then others are not.
Before I continue understand it’s not abuse that caused all these marks,
It’s from me reading the word when my life was alone in the dark.
Though sometimes I read it I’ll have to admit I do not quite understand,
I remember it is divine not to be understood and that I am only human.
I am told that the Lord’s thoughts and ways are not at all like mine,
But when I get alone and ponder His words, He and I become entwined.
When I was lost in sin, it’s stories I would not care to ever read,
I didn’t really care then because, it’s message I didn’t want or need.
It’s use in my life then, well there were many more than I can say,
To name a few of now, it’s a shame the way I treated it in those days.
Something to press on, paper weights, cushions or a prop are some,
I’m afraid the list is slanderous and not at all honorable.
When I was in school some folks came and gave us a pocket Testament,
I took it and kept it then not sure why without a single argument.
When I got home in my top drawer it went without a second thought,
I did not need it then I was anxious for the pleasures of life I sought.
One day while in church service I heard a preacher proclaim,
“Jesus Christ, the Lamb, died on an old cross and for me was slain.”
I felt unworthy as he spoke of this man’s ultimate sacrifice,
As I heard his words and read my Bible along, I was given the revelation.
Jesus died on an old rugged cross and gave His life’s blood for me,
The light was coming on my eyes opened, and now I could plainly see.
With tear filled eyes at the close of the service, there was the invitation,
I was the first one at that old altar that went without hesitation.
I have God in my heart now and as I read the words I can hear,
His voice speaking loving words to me, and it’s so perfectly clear.
It’s through the words of my marked up Bible that I again know,
That on the old rugged cross His true love for lost man showed.
It always sees me through a lot, this friend this Bible of mine.
I’ll keep it for my notes; marks there make them easier to find!
So you see it is not wrote in or marked up out of disrespect nor abuse,
It’s times in life of discouragements and I marked the passage I used.
-Author Unknown-

Blessings in Jesus name;
Nona Freeman Ministry


I remember Bro. and Sis. Freeman visited the Simoneuxs in Germany when I was living there with my soldier husband during the first Gulf War. We had a wonderful time. I fell in love with Sis Freeman. I was privilged to talk with her at the Ladies Conference in Colorado Springs.
We were reminiscing about Germany and the past. She talked about
Bug. He was wonderful to. The two of them were in love with people.
I feel sad and yet happy. We all know where they are! Who will fill those shoes?


(Posted on my FB account and transferred here.)

This is Paul Burkett Sr., Dad of Pastor Donovan Burkett of First Church of Fort Worth. We will never forget the last time your mom was here. She was awesome as she always is and her message on soul winning was much appreciated as we can never hear enough about that subject. When I was a child growing up I remember Bro. and Sis. Freeman being in the states for a while until they were able to go back. My mom, Annie Mae Burkett would always tell my sister and I how awesome Bro and Sis Freeman were and how effective they were in their field. I just wanna say thanks and many thanks to them for their labor overseas and in the US. May God Bless you Shirley and the rest of your family and may God’s peace be upon you. And you guys always remember the great accomplishments of your mom and dad, their spirits shall remain with you the rest of your life. God Bless, Paul Burkett, I love you all.


Memories go way back to her first solo deputation when she arrived sick at my parents home. (the Chambers) Since then our paths have crossed so many times, mostly on the platforms of women’s conferences. What a joy to hear her call me friend every time. Miss her much already and can’t wait to see her again.


Heavens gain is our loss. Only enternity will reveal the impact her ministry made on God’s Church and the world! She will be greatly missed.
She taught that if we endure and labor faithfully until the end Heaven is our reward. Thank Sis. Nona Freeman for all you have and will continue to contribute to us as Saints of God, the Church of the living God and the world. We will see you over there. tell Jesus we’re coming….


Precious unto the Lord is the death of His saints.That’s what we labour for while we dwell in these mortal bodies ,to be present with the Lord at the end of our sojourn on earth. We are praying for you.


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