On 27 December 2019, David Womersley slipped peacefully away at his home. His son Stephen had been taking care of him in recent weeks, since he finally came home after a bad fall resulted in a long spell in hospital and a rehab home. He was 88 years old.
David was born and brought up in what is now DR Congo and, after completing his education and training as a teacher in England, he applied to CAM and went back to Congo as a missionary in 1953. He married Bronwen Vale, another missionary teacher, in 1959 and their son Stephen was born in December 1960, during the turmoil that followed Independence. In 1964 David founded the Christian teacher training school at Kamina and later went on to re-start the Central Bible Institute there. He and Bronwen were devoted to the training of Congolese young people and pastors and their wives. David became a much loved and respected Field Leader, giving guidance and support to younger or newer missionaries.
David’s commitment to CAM continued after he and Bronwen returned to UK in 1988. He served as Home Representative/UK Director for 15 years and also as a Trustee until only a few years ago. (Bronwen died in 2007.) David’s last visit to Congo was in 2011, just before his 80th birthday. In 2015, to coincide with CAM International’s Centenary, David published his book, ‘The House that God Built’, an inspiring story of his life and missionary work in Congo and the growth of the Mission.
We pay tribute to this faithful servant of God, who gave over 60 years of his life to helping advance the work of the Gospel in Central Africa under CAM International. He will be warmly remembered by hundreds – here in UK, in Africa and in many other places – who were touched by his ministry and gracious character.
We have just heard that the funeral will take place on 29th January in Rushden, David’s home town. We can imagine the crowds who will attend the thanksgiving service on this day.