There have been a lot of tears and hugs the last couple months as Dr. Bill and Marsha retire from a lifetime of faithful mission service. After being missionaries in Swaziland for 8 years, they have been missionaries in Papua New Guinea for 22 years at Kudjip. Bill is a family medicine doctor and Marsha worked with national pastors and missionaries through the Field Office. Three decades of loving the poor, the mistreated, the broken. Three decades of showing the love of God to patients, the community, the church, fellow missionaries, missionary kids, and everyone around them. Their wisdom, mentorships, joy, laughter, care, and presence will be greatly missed in this place… but we know God will continue to use them for His glory in California too.
Today was Bill’s last doctor meeting. A quote was read about an man building a bridge for those who might come behind. Bill certainly was instrumental in all of the current doctors coming and staying and learning what it takes to do good medicine with limited resources. He has built bridges of love and concern for staff and patients. We are privileged to say that the McCoy’s didn’t just build a bridge – they continued the walk with us and they taught the rest of us to build bridges too.
Please pray for the McCoy’s in the huge transition of return to the US and all the new relationships and ministries that lie ahead. May we all learn how to build bridges that connect others to knowing, loving, and serving God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”