A Servant of God and his... Divine
Partnership For we are labourers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9) .
by James Ray
The great missionary David Brainerd died
in the home of Jonathan Edwards in Northamp-
ton, Massachusetts. Jonathan Edwards, writing
about that event in an article, spoke of the last
times of David Brainerd. “David's last church
service, his last prayers with the family, his last
horseback ride, the last time he went out of our
gate alive, his last message.”
Edwards wrote, “I praise God that in His
providence Brainerd should die in my house so
that I might hear his prayers, so that I might
witness his consecration and be inspired by his
example.” It was more than 40 years ago when a
young couple seeking support came by the
church I pastored. Bob and Gail Huffman were
going to Paris, France, to share news of the
Redeemer. With two little girls, they arrived in
Colombes, France, in 1969 to begin learning
the French language.
They moved to Argenteuil in 1971. The
earliest meetings were held in their apartment,
followed by the move to a house in 1972.
In 1977 they moved to a larger house in
town where for 24 years
they shared the Gospel of
God's love to those around
them. A church was established, and in 2001
the present building was acquired with room
for 120-150 people. Through the years I have
visited Bob and Gail and preached in their
church in this suburb of Paris.
When BIMI celebrated its 50 years of
ministry in June 2010, nearly 800 people were
present under the big tent. Missionaries from
all over the world converged on the campus
of BIMI to celebrate the event. One was Bob
Huffman. Bob and Gail traveled all the way
from Paris to be there.
Bob and Gail had journeyed through
more than 40 years of missionary ministry.
They still radiated the same spirit as the young
couple I first met in 1969. There was, however,
a difference. Bob, once the picture of health
and vitality, now stood in our midst with a tint
of sadness in his eyes. His frame was no longer
the vibrant always energetic form I knew, but
now thin and weak, he still stood upright and
bold. Bob had been battling cancer for a time.
He knew his days were limited. A few days
earlier BIMI presented Bob with a special
award for the faithful and tremendous work he
and Gail accomplished in France. In the midst
of our joyful reunion with Bob, we all rejoiced
but felt foreboding emotion of “last times.”