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September 2015
Obituaries

Brian Norton (1939–2015)

Born in 1939, growing up in a Monmouthshire mining valley then in Cardiff, Brian Norton came into contact with the church through the Boys’ Brigade.  At the age of 13 he came to faith in Cardiff, under the powerful preaching of Rev. Dr Gwyn Walters, who himself was influenced by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Still in his teens, Brian attended a series of lectures by Gwyn Walters on the theology of grace, given under the auspices of London Bible College in Cardiff. It may seem hard to imagine today with the bewildering plethora of Christian books on sale, but in those days Christian books were hard...

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August 2015
Obituaries

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015)

The widow of missionary Jim Elliot, who was killed by Auca Indians in 1956, has died at 88 after a battle with dementia. Yet her story of mission and perseverance will live on. If one thinks of Christian women of influence, Elisabeth Elliot, the widow of missionary martyr Jim Elliot, certainly comes to mind. Her books, speaking tours and godly example have encouraged and taught hundreds of thousands all over the globe. Inspired by her faith and obedience in the face of suffering, many have obeyed the Great Commission and sought to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth. Early years Elisabeth was...

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August 2015
Obituaries

Clifford Pond 1924–2015

It is not often that someone gets to shape the work of Grace Baptist Mission (GBM) through its council and then serves as a missionary, but that was true of Clifford Pond.  Born in Cambridge and growing up in Hertfordshire, Clifford left school at 14. He volunteered for the RAF Medical Corps, serving in Iceland and the Far East. On leave in India, he saw the work of Strict Baptist Mission (later GBM) at first hand and so began an attachment that lasted a lifetime. He returned home from the RAF to train for ministry and met and married Muriel. He served pastorates in Cransford...

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August 2015
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Joyce Smith 1944–2014

Grace Baptist Mission (GBM) gives thanks for the life of Joyce Smith, who died at the end of last year. In 1977, Joyce and her husband David were sent by Eden Chapel, Cambridge, to serve in Nigeria, in fellowship with GBM.  Her husband described their time in Nigeria: ‘We set sail from Tilbury Docks in London on a Nigerian cargo ship, and five weeks later sailed up one of the tributaries of the mighty Niger River. ‘The boys were aged three and one. We went to work with the Qua Iboe Church, living in an old mission house with no protection against mosquitoes (of which...

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July 2015
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Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot went to be with the Lord on Monday 15 June after suffering for 10 years with dementia. She was born in Belgium to missionary parents. The family moved to the U.S. when she was just a few months old. She met the man who was to be her husband at Wheaton College while they both studied Classical Greek. Already they both had in mind that they wanted to use their studies to help them translate the New Testament into new languages. They went separately to Ecuador to work with the Quichua Indians and married there in 1953. While working with the Quichua Indians...

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March 2015
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Stanley and Etta Todd

Stanley and Etta Todd (hereafter Dad and Mum) recently passed away, after serving the Lord in Nigeria, Ghana, Northern Ireland and Liberia.  Several years of increasing frailty meant that Mum died at the age of 91 on Boxing Day 2014 after a short illness. The next day Dad was rushed into hospital suffering from pneumonia. He never fully recovered, passing away on 8 January 2015, at the age of 84. Nigeria Coming from a farming background in North Antrim, near the picturesque Giant’s Causeway, in 1954 Dad left as a missionary to Nigeria with Sudan Interior Mission (now Serving in Mission).  After language study and...

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February 2015
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Ray McCabe (1930–2014)

On 28 November 2014, missionary Ray McCabe went to be with the Lord, aged 84, after a battle with cancer. Ray and his wife Nel had been in the Govanhill Free Church of Scotland congregation since he came to Glasgow to work with Christian Witness to Israel (CWI). Mr McCabe had served as Scottish Secretary for Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) since the 1960s, only being replaced in January 2014, after many years of service. Speaking at the remembrance service at Govanhill, where Mr McCabe had been an elder, Mike Moore, former general secretary for CWI, said, ‘In my life, two men have influenced me...

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October 2014
Obituaries

Rev. Ian Paisley (1926–2014)

The death of Rev. Dr Ian Paisley, statesman, politician and Free Presbyterian minister, at the age of 88, was announced on 12 September. Dr Paisley, the ‘big man’ of Northern Irish politics and Protestantism, co-founded the Free Presbyterian Church in 1951. He was re-elected moderator of this denomination virtually every year for 57 years. He also founded the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which he led for nearly 40 years. Dr Paisley was made a life peer (Baron Bannside) in 2010, and finally retired from politics in 2011. In 2007, the DUP joined with Sinn Fein in a power-sharing agreement that signalled the dramatic climax of...

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October 2014
Obituaries

Pastor Harry Waite

Pastor Harry Waite was called into the Lord’s presence on 19 August, aged 91. He was one of those men who came under the influence of Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel during the 1940s and 1950s and embraced Reformed doctrines in a way that characterised his preaching throughout his long ministry. Mr Waite was the son of a Baptist minister in London, but on his own admission did not respond to the gospel, which he heard each week from his father, until he was in his 20s. After school, he had various jobs and served in the RAF during the Second World War. Having...

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June 2014
People

‘Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks’ – Personal view

How shocked would you be if a local minister said to you, ‘Oh, we don’t really bother about women in our church; they’re too complicated, we don’t really understand them’?   Or: ‘To be honest, we’re not interested in engaging with non-white people. The cultural differences are so great, we don’t see how we can bridge them’? I hope you would be outraged that such attitudes could exist in 21st century Britain. And yet, though the words may never be spoken, this is the tacit attitude underlying many churches’ approach to disabled people in their communities. I say that not to condemn, but to state...

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May 2014
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Rev. Dr Ian Malcolm Tait (1918–2013)

Ian Tait, a pastor and teacher of God’s Word, died on 17 December 2013. He was formerly pastor of Welwyn Evangelical Church, Hertfordshire. He was also a visiting lecturer at Covenant Theological College, Tennessee, and Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri. Ian was born in 1918, ten months before the end of the First World War. He grew up in Kettering, a choirboy in the local church. His mother died when he was only nine. In 1937, at the age of 19, he joined the Royal Engineers and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Conversion and lay-preaching While on leave that year he heard an...

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January 2014
Obituaries

Pastor Lamb – a Chinese servant of God (1924-2013)

It is not often that the Economist reports on Christian matters, still less on evangelical Christians. Yet the death, in August 2013, of Chinese house-church leader Lin Xiangao, better known as Pastor Lamb, merited quite a long obituary in its columns.   Perhaps it was the fact that no less than 30,000 Chinese Christians tried to attend his funeral in Guangzhou which drew their attention!       I knew Pastor Lamb well and have visited him in his house-church many times since the early 1980s. A quiet, unassuming man, often smiling, it was difficult to take on board that he had done slave labour in dangerous...

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