Here is a good word from David Wilson, who is reaching the 50th anniversary of his ministry in OAC.
“We are living in troubling times, but if our trust is in the almighty God, there is nothing to fear. He is our refuge and strength.
“When we sailed from New Zealand in 1967 to attend Columbia Bible College in the USA, we were given a scroll by the Director of OAC (I was a voluntary worker). Written on the scroll were these words: ‘He has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ (Heb.13:5). Now in our 50th year as missionaries, we can say He has NEVER left us. Even when we lived South Asia, and I ended up in ICU with Malaria, and Elaine became paralyzed through calcium deficiency, He NEVER abandoned us. Now with the Coronavirus pandemic, we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ can hold onto the same promise. In life or death, He will never leave us. He also said, ‘My peace I give you … Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (John 14:27). We are immortal in God’s will on earth until He calls us home.”
David has been involved in our ministry for well over half the number of years Open Air Campaigners has had the name. Much was different then, with the bulk of the ministry in the southern hemisphere. Under David’s watchful eye, and a lot of hard work, ministry has spread around the world and his own ministry has seen branches opened in much of Latin America and the former Soviet Union, among other countries. The former airline pilot has continued to surf the skies… until the recent pandemic put a temporary hold on things… to make Jesus’ name known where it was formerly unknown or largely misunderstood.
David served as International President between 1996 and 2004. This Spring our new President appointed David as International Administrator, advising on a wide range of issues. At the age of 80, this is what you call re-tyre-ment.