Gerald Gotzen has been one of our mission support enterprises. We regularly had Gerald come to preach and to update the Fellowship on
the work going on amongst Christians, Moslems and people of other faiths, throughout the 'Horn of Africa'. He updated us whilst away on his visits to Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland and it has been our privilege to support both financially and in prayer.
We received the following message this morning.
It is with great sadness tempered with grace and hope that I share with you this report. At about 5pm Ethiopian time on Sunday, December 9, 2018 our beloved brother, Gerald Gotzen went home to be with the Lord. He was in Ethiopia
returning to Addis by car from a meeting in Hosanna when the car he was in collided with a truck. It is my understanding he died on route to the hospital. His body is now being transported to Addis Ababa.
ten weeks ago, on September 22nd, his beloved wife Elly passed away suddenly in a fire. They were married for 55 years.
Gerald deeply loved Ethiopia and devoted over 40 years of his life to this unique
land and people. He told me many times that when he eventually went on to be with the Lord, he wanted to be in Ethiopia. Sadly, his passing was far sooner than any of us would have imagined.
I met Gerald
in Addis Ababa back in 2004 and we immediately became friends. His love for Ethiopia was contagious and through him, I grew to love Ethiopia as well. He soon became a member or our Jewish Voice UK board and served faithfully in that role for more than a decade.
He opened many doors for us in that nation, serving as an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God. He was received by Ambassadors, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Patriarchs and Kings and spoke into their lives.
importantly, Gerald was a man of faith who deeply loved the Lord with all his heart, soul and strength. Although we will all miss him greatly, he is now rejoicing in presence, of the Lord, reunited with his beloved bride and many he helped lead to righteousness.
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” Daniel 12:3
Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO
Jewish Voice Ministries, International
Sad and tragic as this news is, like Jonathan
says, Gerald is now with his beloved Elly and in the presence of the Lord he has served so faithfully all these years - he is one of those cast iron certainties for a "Well done, you have been a good and trusted servant."
Pray for Gerald's
family who have now lost their father, grandfather etc to another sudden and quite violent end. Pray that they will find peace in knowing that Gerald died going about the Kingdom business that has been his passion for life and in a place where he felt God
had used him in a ministry of reconcilliation.
We, along with very many others will miss him. Rest in peace Gerald.
Leaders & Members South Hams Christian Fellowship