My Dear Friends in Max West
At the time of writing I realise that it is exactly one year since I was appointed Locum in Max West. Many things have happened in that time; Gordon’s hoped for return to service was sadly not to be and with his death we were faced with a situation which this church has not experienced for almost 30 years, almost unprecedented in these times. A new Ministry and a new chapter in the life of the Church is now a reality.
Gordon enjoyed his family, especially time spent with David and Alasdair. I recall when they were both very young, Gordon would have meetings or visits most evenings, but there were very few nights when he missed bathtime and he always managed to read bedtime stories to them. Those of you who remember Gordon’s talk on favourite books will recall the different voices he used. This was a common occurrence in our house. I often heard squeals of delight coming from the boys’ bedrooms as Gordon took on the guise of characters from Great Expectations, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, David Copperfield, Harry Potter and his favourite A Child’s Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Since our involvement with Bondo in 2007, progress continues to be made through the Usenge Development Initiative (UDI), the Charity drawn up and overseen by the committee we deal with in Bondo.
Remember Pentecost? A dozen men who walked with Jesus decided to stand up and be counted. Included were some fishermen and a Revenue representative – probably not a learned man among them – but we sit in our pews because they had fire in their bellies and spoke out for our God. How do we demonstrate a commitment to our God?