Posted by: calloftheandes | September 11, 2009

HCJB Global-UK Retiree Brian Cooke Had Contagious Passion for Missions

A laser focus is important, but even more so during one’s last months of life. So it was for Pastor Brian Cooke. In failing health and with his own mortality looming before him, Cooke marshaled his energies for a long-held earthly passion before meeting his Savior.

Cooke coordinated one last church work team, traveling thousands of miles to help Ecuadorians build and maintain a clean water project.

Cooke died on May 31, 2009, with loved ones and friends holding a thanksgiving service honoring him at Mayfield Community Church in Harrogate on June 11. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Enid, a son, Tim, and a daughter, Alison.

Born the fourth of five children in 1937 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, he was educated at Monmouth School for boys. He came to know Christ as his Savior during his years at the school.

Following agriculture college, he joined the Animal Health Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and was moved to Somerset where he met and married Enid. Brian threw himself into Sunday school and youth work, preaching in local churches and heading up Christian campaigns and crusades. His work with the government moved the family to Wales, Wiltshire and again to Somerset where he took on the role of a lay pastor for many years.

Cooke also served at the HCJB Global-UK World Office from 1996 to 2002. He began his service as associate director at the office in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He was also an honorary member of HCJB Global.

“Brian’s enthusiasm for HCJB Global was huge,” said Colin Lowther, who heads the U.K. office. “Both he and Enid would travel to the far-flung corners of the U.K. to let people know all the latest goings on in Ecuador or North Africa—wherever HCJB Global was making inroads for the gospel. He wanted to pass on his passion.”

Lowther continued, “I think one of Brian’s most lasting legacies for the mission will be the people he’s encouraged into service. His passion rubbed off on people so much that some actually ended up working for HCJB Global!” During his years with HCJB Global-UK, Brian, along with Enid, headed up several work teams to assist with water projects in Ecuador.”

Cooke served formally with HCJB Global until 2002. The next year he arranged for a Christian musical/drama “At Any Cost,” that toured the U.K. This production told the story of the five missionaries martyred in Ecuador in 1956 based on the book, Through Gates of Splendor.

Memorial gifts may be sent to HCJB Global. Donations will be split between Water Projects (Account No. 374840) and Mobile Medical Clinics (Account No. 374891). Both are ministries of HCJB Global Hands’ Vozandes Community Development Department in Ecuador.

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