The Torrisons returned for stateside assignment in January 2014 after serving their second term in Panama. While on stateside assignment they also served as missionaries-in-residence during the 2014-2015 academic year at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Oklahoma.
In April 2014, the Board approved a transfer from Panama to Uruguay for the Torrisons, in anticipation of the Panamanian work entering into a partnership with International Missions and no longer requiring full-time missionary staffing.
On May 31, 2015, the Torrison family departed for Montevideo, Uruguay, to begin their new ministry. They plan to foster leadership development, teach Bible classes, and spearhead discipleship training. They also hope to begin the process of building relationships as the first step toward a new church plant in the greater Montevideo area.
As an eight-year-old, Steve was saved at church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He rededicated his life while in the U.S. Navy, and shortly thereafter felt called to preach. During his third year at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Oklahoma, Steve specifically felt and surrendered to the call to the mission field.
Lori was saved at the age of five. After a moving sermon at church, she informed her parents “she wanted to get saved,” and knelt with them by the couch at home. Lori first felt the tug towards missions in seventh grade, but did not surrender to the call to missions until a student revival during her second year at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.
During their last year at Hillsdale College, Steve and Lori worked part time every weekend at the Woodward Free Will Baptist Church in Woodward, Oklahoma. They were involved in visitation outreach, children’s church and youth activities. Following graduation from Hillsdale, the couple moved to Woodward and worked full time with the church in much the same capacity. In addition, Steve provided music for the youth group and P.E. for the local Christian school. Lori worked at the local crisis pregnancy center during the week.
Steve and Lori Torrison were appointed as career missionaries to Panama in July 2004. Following a year of language school in San Jose, Costa Rica, they moved to Chitré, Panama, in April 2006. The Torrison’s assisted Stan and Brenda Bunch with the rapidly growing new church plant in Chitré. They were also involved in area studies to determine areas with the most need for future churches.
After a year of stateside assignment, the Torrisons returned to Panama in 2010 and began work on a church plant in Penonomé, Panama, working with Osvaldo Ortega, a 2011 graduate of the Panama Free Will Baptist Seminary. Steve and Lori left the church in his care when they returned for stateside assignment in 2014, anticipating the transition from field missionaries to partnership with the Panamanian association in January 2015.
They have two daughters, Melanie Joyce (December 13) and Abby Elizabeth (October 14).
Woodward FWB Church, Woodward, OK
- Pray for men to step out in faith and answer the call to be a pastor. Three of our five FWB churches in Uruguay are without a Uruguayan pastor.
- Pray for the people of Uruguay to see that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Only 6% of the country claim to be Christian.
- Pray that God would put seekers in our path, and that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we meet people and build relationships.
- Praise the Lord for revival in the Montevideo area church, currently waiting for a interim Cuban pastor.