Warner and Jean Vermaak

    Warner has written his and Jeans ‘Story’

    1959 Warnre and Jean photoAt His invitation in April 1953, at the age of 20, I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I was fortunate to have as my mentor the late Mr Morgan Greenwood, a dedicated Methodist Local Preacher. With his encouragement I grew in my faith. In 1958 I went to B.I.  with the intention of joining the S.A. Branch of the Sudan United Mission – the mission to which Mr Greenwood introduced me. I well remember him saying,  “Warner, an interest in Missionary work leads to spiritual growth.” After B.I.  I my home circumstances prevented me from going to Nigeria. I obtained employment at the Volkswagen Factory in Uitenhage.

    I became very active in various Christian activities – Y.F.C;   S.A.N.S.S.A;    Prayer Meetings;    The Methodist Church etc…   Also arranging Deputation Meetings for many Missionary Societies and was the Eastern Cape Representative of S.U.M.

    While arranging Deputation Meetings for Miss Jean Houison of the S.U.M……. God led me to propose to her and ..…….  We got married on 26th November 1966 by the Rev “Sandy” Gilfillan (we both were much blest while at B.I. – at different times – and he was the Principal).

    Together Jean and I continued to serve the Lord in various ministries in Uitenhage.

    Jean was invited to apply for the position of Matron at B.I.  She did and was accepted.  I took early retirement from Volkswagen and in January 1991 we joined the staff of B.I.  We linked up with the Fish Hoek Methodist Church and served there in various ministries.

    Eleven years later we left B.I. and retired to Fish Hoek.

    Jean suffered a Stroke in March 2013 and after a slight recovery our children kindly arranged for us to enter the Stirling Lodge Retirement Village in East London.  We are in the same complex but in different sections.  Both still very much in love and ( D.V.) will be celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary on 26th November 2016.

    After more than 50 years of following the Lord Jesus I still regard those two years at B.I. as the most influential ones of my life. I had gone there well versed in the Scriptures through attending a weekly Bible Study led by Mr Greenwood. At BI I grew in this knowledge and learnt to have a very deep respect and firm belief in the inerrancy of God’s Word. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, will ever change that belief and I have to thank the Rev Sandy Gilfillan and the late Rev Howard Green for that.