OKLAHOMA CITY – Broadus and Margaret Hale, emeritus International Mission Board missionaries in Canada, Brazil and Zimbabwe over the course of 29 years, died May 31 and July 4, respectively, in Oklahoma City. He was 91; she was 84.
They met at Highland Baptist Church in Albuquerque and were married there nearly 63 years ago.
Margaret Hale in retirement served four terms as president of New Mexico Woman's Missionary Union and then as the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's missions growth consultant. Broadus Hale did interim pastoral work.
They moved to the Baptist Village retirement center in Oklahoma City in 2014.
A memorial service for the Hales was held July 19 at Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Albuquerque.
Hale wrote in his missionary application during the mid-1960s that while teaching at Union Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans in 1955, “I became concerned about the vast numbers of people who had no opportunity to hear about Christ.” He surrendered for missionary service at one of the school’s missionary day programs.
He also had been corresponding in 1955 with Margaret Owens who felt a similar call. They were married in August 1956. The Hales were appointed as IMB missionaries in August 1967.
Broadus Hale taught and served in leadership roles for many years at the Baptist Theological Seminary of South Brazil and the Women’s Training School in Rio de Janeiro, while Margaret Hale taught secretarial skills.
During their first year in Brazil, the Hales saw a new church born.
“Our little church has been a blessing to us this past year,” they wrote in December 1969. “We shall have our first baptismal service the Sunday before Christmas…Our church is composed of very poor people, some of whom receive less than thirty dollars (equivalent) a month, too poor to buy a Bible – even if they could read. But they are joyful crentes(believers) and know…joy in their salvation.”
Hale influenced generations of Portuguese-speaking students through his book, "Introdução ao Estudo do Novo Testament" (Introduction to the New Testament Study). He also served for a time as pastor of the International Baptist Church in Rio.
In 1985, the Hales served in Zimbabwe, where he supervised the Portuguese department of the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe in Gweru and served as pastor of Gweru Baptist Church. The Hales transferred in 1988 to Canada, where he taught history, polity and missions strategy at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, until his retirement in 1996.
Hale held bachelor of divinity and doctor of theology degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Hale was an Oklahoma native who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the late 1940s and subsequently in the New Mexico National Guard during the Korean War. Margaret Hale was a Louisiana native. Both graduated from high school in Albuquerque, he in 1945, she in 1953.
The Hales are survived by two daughters, Sally and Beth, and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23230, or online at www.imb.org/give.
Written by Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.