Dear friends in Christ,
” And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:13 (King James Version)
Thank you for your encouraging emails, sms-text messages, phone calls, cards and flowers. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.
The funeral service for Dad-Charles Wigg went very well. It was held on Friday 1st of April, at 11 am Tasmanian (Australian) time. We praise God that we were able to give Dad a fitting farewell.
Many people came to the funeral from around Tasmania and as well as from interstate. Joshua and Lisa two of Dad's grandchildren, who live interstate, also were able to come for the funeral. Peter and Paul - Dad and Mum's two adopted sons could not come. However, they sent emails and a poem to be read at the funeral service. Even Mum and Dad's foster daughter was present.
John and Ian (sons) led the service. Adele and Alison (two adopted daughters) read the eulogies. The grandchildren took part too, either by reading from the Bible, or reading an email, or singing hymn. Our son Joshua did a slide-show presentation by compiling several of Dad's photos as well as Dad's favourite Bible verses, to a background of hymns. Elders from Burnie Gospel hall where Dad fellowshipped, led us in prayers.
Brother Nagib Seif from Kingsgrove Assembly in NSW came with his wife and daughter to attend the funeral. Seifs' daughter, Susan sang a song. Bro. Seif praised God for Dad's input in helping with the growth of Kingsgrove Assembly for 20 years. Kingsgrove Assembly in New South Wales was like a home away from home for Dad. He used to spend at least 2 months in a year with them. He used to stay with the Seifs.
Gideon's International set up a table at the funeral service for people who wished to donate Bibles, instead of flowers and wreaths.
Five of Dad's Grandsons and Uncle John Stokell (Mum's brother) were the carriers of the coffin.
The graveside service was conducted entirely by the elders of the Burnie Gospel Hall. The rain held off till the burial was finished. Well, it only drizzled till then.
We printed out most of the emails from overseas and interstate and put them in a clear plastic folder for all to read during refreshments after the service.
Thank you all again and God bless you all for being with us in our time of bereavement. Thank you also for your kind fellowship and friendship to our Dad, Charles Edward Wigg during his ministry. We will meet him again, when we see Jesus in Glory.
In Christ our Saviour,
JOHN & JAYA
For those who are interested, some of Dad's Bible expositions and messages are available on the below website
We hope in time to render some of Dad's audio cassette messages to audio CD format.
Attachment: Funeral Service notice.
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