We received a message on our satellite phone early on April 1,
2008 that Dr. David Masters, an English doctor and SIM-Sudan
colleague, had passed away in the night. He and his wife, Irene,
have been stationed in Doro, Eastern Sudan, an SIM base only
3-hour drive from Yabus. They've been part of a large medical
ministry team there.
This couple recently joined the SIM-Sudan team in January of this
year but they were among our most experienced missionaries.
Dr. David and Irene spent 19 years serving in Congo and then 19
years serving in England. They arrived in Doro on February 4, 2008.
An hour after hearing the news, our SIM Yabus team drove to Doro
to encourage our colleagues and attend David's funeral at 4:00 pm.
Doro is home to the Mabaan tribe and the service was conducted
by several Sudanese church leaders. Several people gave testimonies
of their friendship with Dr. David, a colleague nurse sang several
English hymns and another SIM missionary closed the service with a
call for the Mabaan people to follow Dr. Masters' example of pouring
his life out for the furthering of God's kingdom. The day before he died,
Dr. Masters rode his bicycle over an hour away to visit a village, taking
care of their sicknesses and sharing the love of Christ.
Please keep Irene and the Doro team in your prayers as Dr. Masters
will be greatly missed.