Our dear brother Ken Weaver was born on 11th August 1931 and went to his well-earned rest in glory on 25th May 2020. Ken served the Lord with the Mission from 5th May 1975 until his retirement in 1998, well supported by his wife, Sheila, who died on 26th December 2019. This godly couple worked together at numerous events, including Beach Missions, where Sheila cooked for the team. Ken and Sheila were faithful Christians, praying and serving the Lord together.
I was privileged to have fellowship with them at Barnstable and Bridgwater Fairs, where we assisted Clive Williams in the witness. I also worked alongside them at the Tissington Well Dressings outreach and the International Musical Eisteddfod witness in Llangollen, North Wales. When Crockenhill Baptist Church, where Ken and Sheila worshipped, first hosted a Bible Exhibition, Mary and I enjoyed their fellowship and the lovely meals prepared by Sheila!
I first met Ken and Sheila back in March 1985. We were attending an open-air seminar in Pembroke, South Wales and soon got to know each other very well, and enjoyed each other’s company. Ken designed some of the first display boards used by the Mission and also constructed the first display stands for the Bible Exhibitions.
During my early months with the Mission we worked together in Canterbury. I remember Ken dealing with an enquirer as I spoke to a group of disabled young people. These young people listened well but I wondered how much they were able to take in. When I later mentioned this to Ken, he gently reminded me, “Joe, you were speaking to their minds, God was dealing with their spirits”. That was a big comfort to me. Our God is able to speak through the preaching of the Word by His Spirit into their hearts. We give thanks for many who the Lord spoke to through Ken’s gospel preaching and personal work.
Our visits to Maidstone Prison together proved to be encouraging and fruitful. Ken and Sheila, Mary and myself were present to witness to the baptism of six men who had trusted the Lord through that work. It was a great joy to witness such an event! We were thrilled with wonder at what our God had done in the lives of these men as each one gave testimony to their faith in the Lord Jesus as Saviour.
Joe Hayden (Retired Evangelist)