After a long battle over the past 2 years, Paul Abeyta died of leukemia on Friday, November 30th, in Slough, England, just outside London.
Grace Church has been supporting Paul and Lorraine since the mid-1980’s, making them 2 of our longest serving cross-cultural ambassadors. They served with WorldTeam. Paul had a great heart and passion to share the Gospel with Muslim background people, especially those from South Asia, who were his neighbors.
He was bold in his witness, both choosing to engage in public debate at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park London and spending extended times of discussion over tea with men in a local shop. Hospitality was a huge part of their ministry as a couple, welcoming Muslim couples into their home.
Paul is survived by his wife Lorraine who has been a true partner in ministry every step of the way. Her loss of a kidney and, most recently her stroke which paralyzed the left side of her body, have not diminished Lorraine's desire to share Christ’s love, including with her Muslim background caregivers.
Paul and Lorraine have 3 adult children: Jenay, married to Darren; David, married to Susie; and Bradley.
Paul’s memorial service will be held on Tuesday December 11, 2018, at Slough Baptist Church, where Paul served as an elder for many years. Andy Perryman who spent a summer sabbatical time with Grace several summers ago pastors this church.
I am reminded of 2 Biblical images that characterize Paul’s life:
Matt. 5:16: “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
Heb. 10:23-25: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. …let us encourage one another---and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
He ran the race, finished the course, and has truly gained the prize.
Global Missions Pastor