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Our friend, brother,
and fellow colleague, Dr Bill Woods OBE, went to be with the Lord today,
Monday, 6th November 2023. We are sad at his parting from us, but glad that his
battle is over and he is now at home with the Lord.
has heard the Saviour say “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou
into the joy of thy Lord.”
Bill went to Brazil,
with Acre Gospel Mission in 1960. Audrey and I had the pleasure of working with
him when we arrived in 1965. It was then that he felt constrained to qualify in
medicine to help thousands of people who suffered from leprosy, it was a courageous
step to undertake this medical course in Portuguese.
After qualifying in
1976, he further studied in Rio to become an ophthalmic surgeon. Bill used his
acquired skills to treat thousands of leprosy patients who thanked God for his
dedication to their cause. While Bill tirelessly worked to alleviate physical
suffering, he kept his focus on evangelism. Wherever he went, he took gospel
literature. He travelled on all the Amazon tributaries that crisscross the Acre
to meet his patients in very remote places, all the while sowing the good seed
of God’s word.
Many in glory will
welcome Bill because he led them to Christ. There is no doubt that our
colleagues who have gone before him will also welcome Bill home, and I am sure
there will be many joyful conversations of days gone by in the Lord’s work. Today we salute the life of this great
servant of God. Although his was a sacrificial life, it also was very
satisfactory for he knew that he served the Saviour who loved him and whom he
loved. Good night Bill. We will soon see you and all our Acre family on the
morning of that bright and cloudless day.
“And I heard a voice
from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord
from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours;
and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).
President of Acre
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