Lea Little and Louise Little served as missionaries in China with China Inland Mission (Louise: 1947-1951; Lea: 1949-1951) and Japan first with Overseas Missionary Fellowship and then the Evangelical Free Church mission (1953-1975). After returning to Canada in 1975, Rev. Lea Little became the first executive director of the EFC of Canada Mission, retiring in 1989. Lea Little passed away on February 6, 2017. Louise Little passed away on April 10, 2012. Lea and Louise’s life work as missionaries and then Lea’s work as a missionary statesman spanned 40 years.
According to Arvid Olson (“The Historical Development of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada Missions,” p. 57):
Lea was the ‘Father of Canadian Free Church Missions.’