On Wednesday 29 January, a good crowd gathered at noon in Rushden Cemetery, braving icy winds, to see David Womersley’s body laid to rest. David’s sister Pat and her husband Peter had flown over from Australia. (Pat is in the photo with CAM Administrator Kym Delport.) Former CAM missionary Robin Morris conducted the ceremony. At 2pm, family, friends, CAM personnel, retired missionaries and grown-up ‘missionary kids’ (MKs) filled The Heritage Chapel for the Thanksgiving – David had left instructions for the order of service! We listened to stirring tributes, sang David’s favourite hymns and watched a slide show of photos illustrating his life. The address was given by Pastor Gideon Monga Ngoy, a Congolese pastor who lives and works in Brussels. He told the thrilling story (interpreted by his son Lusa) of how his family were so blessed over many years in Congo by the Womersleys.
Everyone was invited to stay for tea and cakes in the hall. What a time of reunion between old friends who had not met for years/decades! There were no fewer than 10 MKs who were at Kamina 2 with David and Bronwen during the 60s and 70s. They were meeting up with exclamations of delight when they recognised each other (or were told the other’s identity!). From left to right they are (using maiden names): Sarah Leeming, Steven Leeming, Joy Brinkman, Stephen Gaze, Stephen Womersley, Nyota Monot, Alison Rowlands (sorry, almost hidden), Rachel Gaze, Pauline Waller, Lorraine Butler.
People were invited to take free copies of David’s book, ‘The House that God Built’, and leave a donation if desired, in memory of David. The fact that £500 was collected shows how much he was loved and highly regarded by so many.