George Campbell Biography, Evangelist to Newfoundland - EPILOGUE


?Don?t grieve for me, but grieve for those without a Saviour,? were words George Campbell spoke two days before he died. He had made it clear just how he wanted his funeral to be conducted. Tom Hoy, who had spent several years helping in the work in Newfoundland, lead the singing of the hymns at the service held at the West Richmond Gospel Hall.

Bryan Funston, at Mr. Campbell?s request, was to give the obituary and speak a personal word after which he had asked Gaius Goff to speak a personal word and preach the gospel.

Six young men, who had been closely linked to him in some kind of gospel activity and had been influenced by him, served as pallbearers. Ten other men who had been in various ways associated with the Lord?s work in Newfoundland or other outreach work were honourary pall­bearers. These sixteen men stood in respect as hundreds of people paid their final respects to a man who had served his generation.

Jonathan Procopio gave a final word at the graveside to conclude the time of respect given to George Douglas Campbell.

But typically, George didn?t want it to end there. He wanted the funer­al of George Campbell to be a challenge time. So that night in the West Richmond, B.C., Gospel Hall, twelve men challenged several hundred people in a two and one-half hour memorial service to ?take the challenge? of evangelism, church planting, personal devotion and pioneer work.

May everyone who has been touched in some way by George Camp­bell respond to that challenge. There are always questions that remain unanswered when an effective pioneer is taken away at 58 years of age. Perhaps because of the very fact of his passing at a comparatively young age, there will be men and women who will no longer be content to live a complacent Christian life. Maybe you will take the challenge of big-city evangelism, missionary work in Central America, market-place evan­gelism in small towns or one of the hundreds of areas of need not yet filled.

Mr. Campbell was no theologian; he was a man who was available. He wasn?t highly educated, he was a labourer in a ripe harvest field. He didn?t want to impress anyone; he wanted to see lost people rescued.

Whatever your capacity, God can use you if you are willing to be used.

Take the challenge.

Gaius C. Goff