Just received this update on the woman who was killed in this week’s bus bombing in Jerusalem.
Dear Neil and Jamie, When I sent out the last news/prayer alert after the bus bombing in Jerusalem on March 23rd all that was known about ‘Mary’ (the only person who was killed) was that she was a 59-60 year old UK national who was studying here in Jerusalem. Well, tonight at my congregation here in Jerusalem, we were told of this woman’s incredible life of humble service to the LORD. She was originally from the north of Scotland but for the past 20 years she had lived in a remote (and rather primitive) area of the African country of Togo as part of Whitcliffe Bible translators. After learning the local isolated dialect, she had recently completed translating the entire New Testament for the people of that region. She had come to Israel only a short time ago to take a 6-month course in Ancient Hebrew at Hebrew University so that she could return to Togo and translate the Old Testament as well. While in Israel, she lived on a Finnish owned Christian moshav on the outskirts of Jerusalem. On the day of the bus bombing she had traveled into the city to meet a friend. As we observed a moment of silence in Mary’s honor, the prayer leader who gave this report, called to mind Paul’s testimony to Timothy, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my race. I have kept the faith.” My final thoughts. It was said that Mary had traveled into the city in order to meet a friend. While she was not able to keep that appointment, she did indeed meet a very special Friend as she crossed Life’s finish line. As the Day of the LORD is clearly on the Horizon, may each of us be found with the same testimony, while fervently loving God and loving each other. Blessings and “Hugs” from Jerusalem, Brenda Giles.