07 Jan

Hero of Faith – Dr John Bendor-Samuel: With the Lord

JBS as he was known by most of us was an incredible man.  In some was that is enough said, what can you say? at the same time, there is SOO much to say.

Not only did he have influence of my family, but my wife’s too.  It was not only my experience, that he know EXACTLY who you were, and what you were up to.  Enough to freak you out,  YET his genteel nature and genuine interest in you quickly put those feelings to rest!

John was struck by a car on his way home from the office yesterday evening and died shortly after arrival at Wycombe General Hospital.   He was crossing that same bit of road as he did everyday getting home for supper and the news at 1900.  There is a brief report in the local newspaper.   Maybe the local council will FINALLY turn the street lights back on again 🙁

John basically founded Wycliffe UK, pioneered our work in Africa, specficially Ghana and Nigeria – places close to our hearts.  My conversation with him, he was heading up the corridor to get a cup of tea, and he stuck his head into my office to ask how our plans and preparations were going for heading out to Nigeria.  He said he was praying for us and hoped it would be hassle free preparations.    As if he didn’t have enough other things to do with his time!

A lovely bio of him can be found here on the Wycliffe UK blog

and also an extensive history here on a church website – http://stjohnandstephen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/John-Bendor-Samuel-27-June-2010.pdf

He is a tragic loss to his family, Wycliffe and the wider mission world.  He did not have to take a big step when he passed to glory.  I can’t remember the exact wording from our meeting together this morning but it went something like this, you’ll get the idea!

apparently one colleague talked to Eddie (our Executive Director) this morning, saying “isn’t it great that John is now revelling in glory”
Eddie responded “as long as i have ever known John, he has been revelling in Glory – the step to heaven was a not big one for him!”

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