Back to God Director Passes Away

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Rev. Robert Heerspink, 57, died Oct. 1, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Mich., three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Heerspink was director of Back to God Ministries International, the Christian Reformed Church’s media ministry. He held that position for the last six years of his career. Prior to that he served four congregations after his ordination in 1979.

Rev. Peter Borgdorff, deputy executive director of the denomination, said, “Bob Heerspink was an outstanding leader, not only in the ministry of Back to God Ministries International but also in the denomination and the global church. Bob's relational sensitivity, his love for the CRC, and his friendship as a colleague and coworker will be sorely missed.”

Rev. Jimmy Lin has been named as interim director.


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I was extremly saddened to learn about the death of Rev. Robert Heerspink after his struggle with pancreatic cancer for the last three months. I offer my deep sympathies to you Edith, and the family; and assure you of my prayers.

A little over three years ago, my dear wife Shirley, died of the same disease after battling it for five months.

And today, I learned of the passing of Dr.
Jules Hoffmann, who died of pancreatic cancer! He was an idefatigable doctor in cancer research, and passed away before knowing that he was one of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine!

Dear Edith, I leave you with these comforting words from Revelation that apply so well to Bob's life and ministry:

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." 14:13, 14

Bassam Michael MADANY
36 years of Service in the Ministry of Radio Missions of the CRC's BTGH.