He’s God’s now

05 Oct

Dad has beaten us all into God’s presence. In the last hour his cancer has been defeated once and for all.

Mother and Rebekah were with him for his graduation, though Simeon, Philippa and I thank God that we were able to say our goodbyes to him in meaningful ways, even though at the time we didn’t know they were goodbyes.

In the last week he spent precious time with our Wellington family, and kept his promise to Abe and Phoebe to take them on the ferry. This weekend Alex, Rosemary, Shona and Bruce filled his love tank with their friendship and fellowship. And on Sunday he baptized and dedicated Abe and Phoebe.

Today he sits down for the marriage supper of the Lamb with a full appetite and an empty stomach.

For Dad, it was a week that could not have been better.


Posted by on 5 October, 2011 in Medical


24 Responses to He’s God’s now

  1. Del & Ann Quesinberry

    5 October, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We pray that God will wrap you in His arms and hold you very close as you walk through this valley.

    Del & Ann

  2. Mel Flynn

    5 October, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Dear James and family,

    I am so sad to hear of Doug’s passing, for purely selfish reasons of course. He was an amazing soldier of God and one of the funniest and most amazing men I have ever met. He and I met on the 2significance trip to India in 2008 and he guided me (along with some other amazing men) back to Jesus, I guess you could say being born again. My sadness at the world’s loss is of course tempered with utter joy that he is now with our beloved Lamb, no doubt making him laugh out loud!

    I will never forget him and will always remember him with a smile. A precious precious man.

    With love

    Mel Flynn

  3. Allan & Margaret Jenks

    5 October, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Bronwyn, James, Philippa, Simeon, Beckie & families,

    Such a shock for us that it was so quck at the end, but yes, a glorious change has occurred! Fought for so long and faithfully by Doug in the warfare of faith, and that sin and death-defeating change we all look to join him in.
    “O Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory?!”
    Our thoughts & prayers with you all

  4. Allan & Margaret Jenks

    5 October, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Bronwyn, James, Philippa, Simeon, Beckie & families
    Such a shock to Marg & I that Doug’s gone from us so suddenly, but doubtless a mercy for the Lord’s good soldier. Out thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Absent from the body, present with the Lord! And truly;
    “In His presence is fullness of joy, and at His right hand, pleasures for ever more.”

  5. Lamberta Groves

    5 October, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Pastor Doug’s visits to our church, his preaching and his prophetic Words have always been treasured. His tireless service to the Lord are an amazing example. I am grateful to the Lord for his obedience. May the Lord comfort his family at this time

  6. David Jones

    5 October, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    “Well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord.” It has been a privilege to have known and worked with Doug. I look forward to catching up with him later. Love and Prayers to Bronwen and to the rest of the family.

  7. Trevor Davis

    5 October, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I now see – I am sorry at your lost but rejoice with Doug in the presence of the Lord – he was a great guy and I enjoyed the times of ministry we shared in earlier year when we were closer to each other – our prayers are for the Grace of God to minister to you all – good bye friend
    Trevor Judith

  8. Caroline Cochrane

    5 October, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Dear Browyn and Becky
    Thoughts with you both at this sad time, but it is good to know that he is with the Lord and doesnt have to suffer in pain anymore
    Good Bye Doug Rest in Peace

  9. Trevor & Colleen Scott

    5 October, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Bromwyn and family, our thoughts and prayers are in our hearts for your loss. Words of condolence is difficult to express. As you will be aware Doug was a lot more to us than an acquaintance, his faith, his life, and the way he endured to the end, is a memory we will always have. The real consolation is, He fought the Fight, He ran the Race, He kept the Faith and left behind a deposit of faith and resilience for others. Now he rests in the arms of Jesus.

  10. Joy Wynings

    6 October, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Our prayers and love are with you at this sad time. Our hope is that your trip and visit with your family be a wonderful time amidst the saddnes and reality of your fathers absence. May the Lord supply your every need. We love you.
    Joy and Chuck

  11. Ron Hee

    6 October, 2011 at 11:35 am

    We will miss you, Doug! You have made a difference to New Life Restoration Centre which is celebrating her 30th Anniversary this month. Thank you for showing us how to run with faith in the battlefield. We will miss your friendship and your humour. Enjoy your reward in heaven. You have truly ran a great race and fought a great fight. Goodbye, my friend….

  12. garry king

    6 October, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    garry and cheryl king geelong remember you all with a great deal of love and admiration have followed dougs journey over the last 18 months our thoughts are with Bromwyn and all the family all our love is yours.

  13. Greg Bain

    6 October, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Bronwyn and family, Gail & I hold you up to our heavenly dad in our prayers during this double edged time. Your loss and grief is Doug’s Graduation.
    It was my privilege to know Doug when he spent time in Tasmania some years ago. His good humour, love of music, and passion for the gospel and education inspired me.
    I am also indebted to him for a simple act – inviting me to hear a young welshman (David Jones – above post) preach to a call in the back hall at St John’s Presbyterian Church, Hobart. David’s preaching in turn was a step in my life in Christ – back to a big picture of God in action here and now.
    I too look forward to catching up with Dough later.

  14. Bernie & Susie Hartog

    6 October, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Hi dear Bronwen and family… Our heartfelt love to you all… Doug has been a great inspiration… He gave us with some great memories… and impacted our lives with his prophetic ministry. He has certainly ‘lived life to the full to the end’. His faith in Christ a fine example for all… A faithful soldier who has beaten us all home! What a brilliant departure to the homeland. WIll uphold you all in our prayers, Bronwen. Much love to you. Until we meet again…

  15. James Crompton

    7 October, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I went to India with Doug in 2007 and my wife Sylvia and I visted Doug and Bronwyn in Hammer Springs in 2008.

    I thank God that I met Doug and Bronwyn. I know Doug is with God and I know God is with Bronwyn at this time.

  16. Eric & Adriana Koch

    10 October, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Dear Bronwyn, We heard the sad news that Dough passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We thank God that we have met him and you and for all the encouraging words and wisdom and knowledge you shared together. We pray that God is with you and your children. With love Eric, Adriana and the children, Naomi, Aron, Hannah, Lois and Ruben

  17. Eric & Adriana Koch

    10 October, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Dear Browen, and children. We heard the sad news of Dough passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are thankful that we have meet him. You both were such an encouragement for us and with wisdom and knowledge! We pray that God will be with you and guide you and hold you in His Hands through this difficult time!
    With love from Eric & Adriana Koch, Naomi, Aron, Hannah, Lois and Ruben

  18. Shaun and Anne Kearney

    11 October, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Our hearts reach out to you Bronwyn and all the family.
    May the blessing of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost surround you all and keep you til we meet again.
    Love Shaun and Anne

  19. Billy Chiew

    11 October, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Bronwen, James, Philippa, Simeon & Rebekah & families,
    Sad that I didn’t get to convey my ‘temporary goodbye’ to Doug. The last time I met Doug was a few years ago in KL. I thank the Lord for His love shown to me through Doug & the Duncan family, esp. while in Geelong. He lived unashamedly & radically for Jesus.
    My prayers & thoughts to you all.
    Love, Billy.

  20. Phil and Tricia Thomson

    11 October, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    To Dear Bronwen, James, Philippa, Simeon & Beckie, and their extended families,
    on one hand, our heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers for you at the loss of a truly wonderful man of God and prophet, in Doug. But on the other, we join with you in celebration at his graduation and passing into God’s presence.
    We have many fond memories of times spent with our brother Doug and yourselves, during your time in Geelong and especially during our time in the motel. It truly was a privilege to know him, to sit under his ministry and benefit greatly from it. Also to enjoy and appreciate his wit and humour.
    May you all truly experience the Presence of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter at this time.
    Our love & prayers,
    Phil, Tricia, Matthew, Michelle and Michaela Thomson.

  21. patrick Lai

    11 October, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Hi, Dear Bronwen and family, the celebration of Doug’s life though held thousands of miles away, the echoes will continue to reverberate in this part of the world -Malaysia ( and China, India…. ). we thank you so much for sharing him with us. God used him strategically to spearhead the work of God through his prophetic ministry. He’s one the sharpest prophets, that much we agree. He left that indelible deposit of God in so many lives for which we are eternally grateful.

  22. Corry Harteveld

    15 October, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Dear Bronwyn and family,

    Much love to you all and thank you in sharing with all of us, Doug’s life, especially his faithful race to the end to his ‘new home’ with Jesus Christ.
    It was a privilege to meet up with you and Doug some time ago. Doug has been a true witness of the Lord to me and how he did glorify the Lord in his last sermon.
    A true inspiration!
    Much love, Corry Harteveld

  23. Gill, Phil and Abby North

    21 October, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Bronwen and family,
    We send you our deepest sympathy at this time and give thanks to God for Doug’s life, lived so fully for his Lord.
    We feel privileged to have known him and come under his excellent teaching.
    May the absolute assurance that he is safely home with Jesus sustain and strengthen you through the days ahead.
    With love,
    Gill, Phil and Abby

  24. Emily Way

    25 November, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Mr. Duncan taught me at The Crossing down in Geraldine this past January. Though he talked about his diagnosis, and the knowledge that his time on earth was short, he spoke with such confidence and joy in God’s plan for his life, and it was so encouraging for us students.
    I only now was told that he had moved on to be with the Lord, and though I know he will be deeply missed, his legacy of living for Christ will live on.
    In the few short times we met, Mr. Duncan highly impacted my worldview, and challenged me to live my faith boldly. My life was changed because of him, and I am forever thankful.


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