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Good bye Jonathan Stuart Mc Rostie / English International

By: Thérèse Swinters

On September 25, 2011, Jonathan Stuart McRostie went to be with the Father. Therese Swinter has written a commemoration of the life of Jonathan Stuart Mc Rostie.

In memorium

Jonathan Stuart McRostie     
March 11, 1938 – September 25, 2011

Photo from Jonathan Stuart Mc RostieThinking about Jonathan Mc Rostie and our first weekly meeting makes me realise how much I miss him. Jonathan understood that churches and fellowships needed to be helped to address ‘disability’.

In the leaflet of the memorial service on 30 september 2011, we read:

“Jonathan was born March 11, 1938 in Bamako, Mali of missionary parents and the third of 4 children. He attended boarding school in Guinea. In 1954, he moved to Kansas to finish his last two years of High School. He then attended Moody Bible Institute for 3 years followed by 2 years at Wheaton College for a BA Degree in Sociology.

In April 1982, Jonathan was seriously injured in a car accident in Spain and became quadriplegic. This did not stop him from serving the Lord faithfully in Operation Mobilisation.“

Jonathan was then the leader in a Belgian church and the leader of OM. Throughout Belgium he was prayed for. That’s when I first heard about  Jonathan McRostie.

About ten years later the Lord called for disabled people to become more visible in the churches and to church leadership. But how?  Jonathan was clearly the right person in Belgium to head up “Churches and Disabled” and “Action group church and disability”.  He was also the driving force behind the European Disability Network, started in 2000.

His deep love for Jesus, his Saviour, drew me and many others into involvement with EDN. With his faithful example and enormous energy – even from his wheelchair, and sometimes in very difficult circumstances – he was the one who encouraged and taught us.  

We give grateful thanks to the Father for the help we received through Jonathan, and also his wife and children, to support and honour those parts of the Body of Christ which appear to be the weakest. Now we need to go on without him.


29/10/2011 21:26:36