Bob and Gail returned to Paris. As Bob
neared the gates of eternity, he thought of those
friends and churches who had stood with him
throughout the journey. He wrote the following:
There are some among you who have
prayed for us and sent support from
the beginning of our ministry in 1969.
Others have joined along the way. We
love and respect each one of you because
of your consecration and faithfulness to
the great commission.
You were there when we had physical
and spiritual needs!
You were with us when two young
Christians with two little girls, only
two and six, left all they knew to go to a
foreign country, language and culture.
You stayed with us as we labored to
learn French, trying at the same time
to make contacts and share the love of
Christ with them.
We were aware of your prayers as we
witnessed to neighbors, fellow students,
and later to merchants in the open market
where we held a Bible and book stand.
You went with us through each step of
the ministry, from starting with English
classes and Bible clubs in the high-rise
apartment complex to the house where we
held services in the garage turned chapel
to the old stone house in town where we
met first in the living-dining room, then
in the basement, and finally in a renovated
workshop just behind the house.
You accompanied us through
each phase of outreach: the recorded
telephone messages, tract distribution,
summer and winter camps, the ladies
meetings, the youth group, AWANA
clubs, films, concerts and the radio
program the church sponsored.
You stayed by us as the children grew
up, through our son Lance's meningitis,
our daughter Lauri's bout with Hodgkin's
disease, and now through my wife's
You were faithful to pray and give
as the church outgrew the building and
as we searched for a place to purchase in
2000-2001. You saw God answer prayer
and give us our present building and
you stayed with us through the years of
renovation and for the inauguration.
Now the church has called a national
pastor and the ministry and outreach
goes on through the Christians we have
trained to take over the teaching and
other responsibilities. Just last Sunday
seven teens made professions of faith at
a dinner and meeting on Saturday night!
As most of you know, my physical
status has been affected by pancreatic
cancer, and tests show that the
chemotherapy has not had the desired
effect. Therefore, all treatments have
been stopped and we don't know what
the future holds. Of one thing we are
sure: we know the Lord holds the future
in His Hands, and we are trusting Him
completely for the outcome.
As for me, behold, I am in your hand:
do with me as seemeth good and meet
unto you (Jeremiah 26: 14).
On December 3, Bob Huffman made
his last journey to the church in Paris that he
had started so many years ago. The young man
who had come by my church to tell me of his
vision for Paris had at last reached the end of
Gail stood lovingly by his side as she had
throughout all the years. His children were there
cherishing last moments and remembering all
the events of last times—his last words, his last
prayer, his last witness to the nurse who attended
him and—yes, you, his friends and supporters
were present. Since the day you had met him and
supported him—and became with Bob labourers
together with God. YOU WERE THERE!
IN MEMORY OF BOB HUFFMAN
43 YEARS MISSIONARY SERVICE IN
FRANCE Mrs. Gail Huffman continues to serve in
France, working with women's ministries
in the church her husband, Bob, founded.
In memory of Bob Huffman's passion
for reaching the lost, Gail has proposed
a memorial fund to assist in distributing
Bibles in Europe and Eurasia. By
designating your gift to the Bob Huffman
Memorial/European Bible Fund #656,
Bob's evangelistic vision will be honored.