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E D I TO R I A L
For we are labourers
together with God.

JAMES RAY, Editor
DIVINE PARTNERSHIP
1 Corinthians 3:9
T he great missionary David Brainerd died in the home of Jonathan
Edwards in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jonathan Edwards, writ-
ing about that event, spoke of the last times of David Brainerd—
“David’s last church service, the last time he prayed 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 past
when a young couple came by the
church I pastored, seeking support.

That couple, Bob and Gail Huffman,
were going to Paris, France, to share
news of the Redeemer. Through the
years, I have visited Bob and
Gail and preached in their church
in Paris.

hen BIMI celebrated its
50 years of ministry, there
were nearly 800 people present
under the big tent. Missionar-
ies from all over the world con-
verged on the campus of BIMI
for that grand occasion. One of
those was Bob Huffman. Bob
and Gail had traveled all the way from
Paris to be there for that special time.

Bob and Gail had journeyed through
40+ years of missionary ministry.

They still radiated the same spirit as
the young couple I had met in 1969.

There was, however, a difference.

Bob, once the picture of health and vi-
tality, now stood in our midst with a
tinge of sadness in his eyes.

is frame was no longer the vi-
brant and energetic form I always
knew, but thin and weak, although still
upright and bold. Bob for a time had
W H
been battling cancer. He knew his days
were now limited. A few days earlier
BIMI had presented Bob with a special
award for the faithful and tremendous
work he and Gail had accomplished in
France. In the midst of our joyful re-
union with Bob, we
all rejoiced but felt
foreboding emotion
of “last times.”
Bob and Gail
returned to Paris.

As Bob neared the
gates of eternity,
he thought of those
friends and churches
that had stood with
him throughout the journey. He picked
up his pen and wrote to his friends:
“You were there when we had
physical and spiritual needs! You
were with us when two young Chris-
tians with two little girls, only 2 and
6, left all they knew to go to a foreign
country, language, and culture. You
stayed with us as we labored to learn
French. 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 bookstand. You went with
us through each step of the minis-
try. You stayed by us as the children
grew up, through our son Lance’s
meningitis, our daughter Lauri’s bout
with Hodgkin’s disease, through my
wife’s Parkinson’s disease, and now
with my having been diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer. We know the Lord
holds the future in His Hands.”
handful of weeks from that letter,
Bob Huffman died. On Decem-
ber 3, he 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 so many years ago
had at last reached the end of the jour-
ney. 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 met him and sup-
ported him―and became with Bob…
A labourers together
with God.

NATIONS • 3