As I reflect upon the past 40 years of my life, I have to say that I have been truly blessed to be a part of The Union Mission Ministries. I am thankful that the Lord has allowed me to serve in a ministry that touches the lives of hurting men, women and children. I can remember
washing dishes at Camp Hope Haven and praying for each child that had eaten from those plates and doing the laundry for 17 precious boys and girls, praying for each one as I folded their clothes. My life was blessed as I interacted with our senior adults. I remember Elsie, age 91, who would get on her knees each night and pray for me.
My children still look forward to our Christmas Eve party for the residents of the Mission, and now bring my grandchildren to be a part of this special time in our lives. I love interacting with our donors, getting to know them in a special way, and praying for them at different times in their lives.
My heart is grateful for each one who is a part of The Union Mission family and grateful to God who has been faithful to me personally and to this very special ministry
With warmest regards,
Linda Bashford Vaughan
Linda Bashford Vaughan grew up one of five daughters of Rev. Theodore (Ted) Bashford, who served as the Executive Director of The Union Mission from l956 until his passing in 2008. In l971, Linda and her late husband, Leroy Vaughan, felt called by the Lord to become “Houseparents” at Hope Haven Children’s Home. Overnight they became the proud parents of 17 children. Together they served the Lord faithfully until Leroy’s death in l991. He also served as Associate Director of The Union Mission, while Linda served as Administrator of the Children’s Home and Hope Haven Adult Home.
Linda became Associate Director of The Union Mission Ministries in l991, overseeing the day to day operations, appearing weekly on the ministry’s television program and representing the ministry through speaking engagements.
In 2008, with the passing of her father Linda became the ministry’s Executive Director, overseeing the ten ministries and over 100 employees. Linda is also involved in Project Romania, sponsored by The Union Mission. She travels to Romania twice a year to conduct a Ladies Bible Study Conference and works with The Bashford Foundation in fullfilling the vision her father had for the country of Romania. In 2011, she celebrated 40 years of faithful service to the Lord through The Union Mission Ministries. Linda resides with her mother at Hope Haven in Virginia Beach, Virginia and finds great joy in her two grandsons, Jordan and Hudson, and her granddaughter, Harper.