As you may remember, our dear brother and fellow missionary who served for several years here at Abaana’s Hope tragically passed away at the end of June. Shortly after his death a memorial service was held for Myron back in Alabama. We planned to do the same here, but it was his wife Holly’s special request was that we hold off having the service at AH until she could be here. Of course we did.
Three months later Holly and Rachel are now here, so this past Sunday, September 18, the Acholi community gathered to celebrate Myron’s life and honor the memory of such a faithful man of God. I’ve been thinking on what I’d say about the service for a whole week, but I can’t really put the beauty into the right words. Those moments of worship were sincere and God-focused. The testimonies shared by Myron’s Acholi friends were joyful. And the Gospel message proclaimed was hopeful. We pray that many people saw Jesus’s love and joy displayed in us even in our sorrow that Myron is no longer here.
Several Acholi people whom Myron greatly touched during his time here in Gulu shared memories…
Our CDP kids sang the three songs we practiced throughout Center Week: 10,000 Reasons, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, and Lord, I Need You (both English and Acholi).
Kris gave a clear and simple presentation of the Gospel, sharing about Jesus’ gift of salvation and the urgency of eternity. It was what Myron would have wanted more than anything…for all the Acholi people and the whole world to know that Jesus was his reason for living. He would also want them to know that he was willing to die for the same reason– for the sake of Christ’s glory and because he loved the Acholi people so much.
A plaque was made for the community to remember Myron. It says:
Phillip Myron West
Lacam Malac (and in case you didn’t know, Lacam Malac was Myron’s name given by the Acholi people here, meaning the one who eats a lot 😉
July 2, 1970 – June 21, 2016
The Hands and Feet of Jesus
“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Then a big celebration! Food and fellowship that lasted for several hours….