Tribute to Eunice Crook – Missionary to India & South Africa

Eunice, who recently passed away aged 96,  served with her husband Donald Crook as British AOG as a missionary for 50 years from 1946 to 1996. Just after the second world war ended in October 1945 they applied to become AOG missionaries to work in Tamil Nadu, South India. They arrived in Bombay 1946 and then travelled by train to Madras. They were based in Coimbatore where they learned the Tamil language. They were involved in planting churches around Coimbatore in Pollachi and Madurai. They trained local evangelists to reach out into the villages with the Gospel message. Their ministry was essentially pioneer evangelism and church planting and they also developed Lifeline literature ministry in India. Towards the end of the 1960’s it became difficult for missionaries to obtain visas to work in India.

In 1969 Eunice and Donald were requested to move to South Africa to assist David Newington in the Lifeline literature ministry based at Nelspruit. With their many years of ministry experience working in India, it was better for them to be located in Durban where a high percentage of Indian migrant workers and their families had settled. J.F. Rowlands requested that Donald and Eunice work in the Durban Full Gospel Church and Bible College. By 1990 they had planted five Indian churches in Durban area of Kwazulu Natal.

At the end of the 1990’s they took well deserved retirement from their many years of mission work to return to the UK and reside in Maidstone, Kent. Donald Crook passed away in 2010. 

 

 

Tribute to Gordon Burgess 

Missionary to Spain 1962-2017

We have heard that our esteemed missionary Gordon Burgess passed away at the weekend in his adopted nation of Spain aged 89.  

Gordon and Margaret Burgess served as missionaries in Spain from 1962 when they first went out to work for the Spanish Pentecostal Mission. In 1967 Spain was seen as a fresh open door of opportunity for the British AOG to pioneer churches in the South of the country, when new government laws were passed in Spain allowing greater religious liberty. The OMC visited the nation and decided to adopt the work of Gordon and Margaret Burgess as the basis of developing the new mission field because there was no Evangelical or Pentecostal witness in that part of Spain. Gordon and Margaret Burgess were greatly encouraged by Ernest Shearman from Nottingham and Mike Jarvis from Dagenham. The links with Dagenham have continued with Gordon Burgess and the work in Spain right up to the present day through the support and interest of Ken Williamson.

Gordon and Margaret worked together in Spain for 48 years until 2010 when Margaret died. They were spiritual mentors to the various missionaries that joined the team in Spain. Gordon became more Spanish than English spending 55 years in Spain, only returning to the UK for itinerary visits. Gordon planted churches in various places starting in Aguilas and finishing his time in Alicante. Gordon was a Bible teacher training many Spanish AOG leaders through the regional Bible school. Gordon worked very closely with the Spanish AOG and was a true pioneer of the legacy that is left in the Pentecostal witness that thrives there today.

 

 

Tribute to Stuart Windsor

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has announced with regret and deep sadness the death of their Special Ambassador, the Reverend Stuart Windsor. 

Stuart passed away at his home on the morning of 17 September. 

Stuart was a former AOG minister who served as CSW's National Director for 19 years before retiring and becoming Special Ambassador. He travelled extensively to visit communities where freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) was being curtailed, often at great personal risk.  

We’d love you to join us in remembering Stuart’s life and giving thanks for his legacy at a special memorial and thanksgiving service on Wednesday 29 November at Westminster Chapel, London.

Stuart was such a big part of CSW’s history, serving as our National Director for 19 years before stepping down and becoming Special Ambassador, a role he served in until the end. A dedicated defender and champion of freedom of religion, we’ll never forget Stuart’s courage, compassion, and deep, sincere love of Jesus.

Full service details
Wednesday 29 November, 2pm at Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate,
London, SW1E 6BS