The WA Interserve community fondly remembers a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of Interserve, John Prince, who passed away in September 2021, aged 98 years.
John and his wife Moyra were involved in encouraging mission awareness in WA since the 1960s, when Moyra was the state secretary for BMMF, the precursor organisation to Interserve. The minutes recorded from that time show that they hosted a number of visiting missionaries and held dinners and events in their home to promote mission work.
John himself was involved in mission work after his retirement. He made a number of short-term trips to PNG, where he was involved in teaching and training pastors. In more recent years, John could be relied on to faithfully pray for Interserve Partners and attend Interserve events, which he did with his characteristic enthusiasm.
Some words from fellow members of the WA community demonstrate John’s care for the people of Interserve as well as his support for the organisation:
“We only got to know John in recent years when serving in Central Asia. John received our newsletters and we were regularly encouraged by his short email responses, which showed his deep understanding of mission and some of the challenges that we face.
“When we returned on home assignment to WA, he was quick to invite us for lunch or afternoon tea at his place. After these times of fellowship, we would come away feeling that we’d been with someone who was close to the heart of God, which made us feel understood and encouraged in our mission journey.
“John has always had mission at heart, from the APCM missions at his home in Glenroyd St. to Interserve. He participated in our Interserve meetings from Ruth Connelly’s prayer meeting, to annual dinners. His heart was always for reaching the lost of different cultures.”
John’s presence is sadly missed by WA Interserve and we give thanks for his life.