In Memoriam — Nancy Hubbard

Perry and Nancy Hubbard have been missionaries with Global Partners since 1986. They have served in Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea, and Guyana. In 2008 they relocated to Panama where they currently live and minister.

Perry serves as the Interim Director of JIBACAM, the missions board for Ibero-America. He travels throughout Latin America presenting seminars on missions and developing materials to promote missions.

The Hubbards assist in the work of The Wesleyan Church of Panama. Perry is involved in the training of pastors and in the local men’s ministry. Nancy gives leadership to the hospitality ministry of the church and tutors English.

Some of you may remember 2006 when the Hubbards were with us for our annual missions conference.  They were both interesting and dynamic.  On their advice, we changed the way we organize our annual conference.

Sylvia and I were hosts to Perry and Nancy for that weekend.  I’ll never forget the frosty Saturday morning on the last day of September.  Nancy rose early and went out for a walk to see the effects of an over-night frost.  She captured the following image of a frost-touched dahlia in Sylvia’s flower garden.

This image, which she shared with us, speaks deeply to me of the fragility of life.  For over a decade Nancy fought the battle against cancer.

With deep sorrow, I read the message from Perry this morning.  While her adult children were rushing to Panama to be by her side, she passed into the presence of our Lord.  The children were able to speak with her by telephone before she passed.

Her battle over, I believe she would agree with the unknown poet who penned these lines.

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.

 

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