A. W. Mund
I was born and reared in a fishing village along the Alabama gulf coast. Our home was right on the Bon Secour River, so as far back as I can remember, I have had my feet in the water. As a small child I remember catching minnows in a baited jar, graduating to a small cast net that I literally threw until it fell apart. From there I proceeded to my own boats, gill nets, trawls, oysters tongs, crab traps, etc. Thus the seafood world was in my veins as real as blood.
My parents were good church-going people. They were faithful members of a church in our area. Around the age of nine I joined this church. Not until I was eighteen and in college do I remember giving thought to my spiritual condition. After exposure to Bible preaching, it was apparent that I had a big need. I had never come to know Christ a my personal Saviour. In January of 1966 I acknowledged my condition as a lost sinner and received Christ as Saviour. My, what a difference! Soon after, the call of God came to preach. After college and Bible training, God blessed with two exciting churches that I pastored for fifteen years. Those years held blessings and training needful for the work here at FOMMI. In 1989 FOMMI planted Fishermen Baptist Church in Bon Secour, Alabama. In 2018, after 29 years, I retired from pastoring Fishermen Baptist Church, and in 2019 FOMMI joined forces with Victory Baptist Church of Milton, Florida, to continue worldwide mission efforts.
Being raised around the sea it came natural to have heart and soul in it. Little did I ever know that God would use me to reach out to those who live in island and seacoast areas. Jesus seemed to love Galilee. Much of His time was spent along the sea. The first four disciples were fishing men. Coastal areas of the world are in desperate need of the gospel. The most wicked of places are said to be port cities. My heart is in those areas. God plants you where you grow your best. Millions live where the sea touches the land. Few know they are drowning in sin and despair. What a privilege to follow the Saviour and in doing so He can make us Fishers of Men!