They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40.31)
Ross Elliott died peacefully at Christchurch Hospital on April 29. Ross came to know Christ at a Crusader Camp while at High School. He served the Lord as part of the NZCMS family for 18 years in East Africa. Later he served as the interim General Secretary for some months and organised a NZCMS Conference.
Ross & Pauline were in Nairobi at the Christian Industrial Training Centre from 1966 -1978. After their children grew up, they went to Uganda in 1997 to head up the Bunghoko Rural Development Centre, a joint Church Army and CMS project. The Centre featured a demonstration farm, tree nursery and relevant courses. It was then that they met Steve and Watiri Maina who were part of Church Army Africa. When we visited the Centre the extent of land and the heavy rain surprised us! We were also impressed by their rapport with the local people that made real the motto of the Centre: Helping people help themselves.
Ross and Pauline’s work to help build God’s Kingdom in both countries has no doubt been long lasting. One of our current mission partners, Tessa Laing, reported her amazement when she was in Uganda in 2010 that the vocational training school that Ross had started some 20 years earlier was still going strong.
At his funeral, besides family, tributes were given by various NZCMS people.
We as the NZCMS family have truly lost a friend and brother, though we rejoice for the innumerable lives that have been impacted by Ross and Pauline’s faithful service. We give thanks that Ross was one of those people who knew what it was that God was looking for in men and women and sought to live like that. It was our honour to journey alongside him.