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Bohofmaster - 06.08.2007, 15:53
The Major is home!
Major Ian Thomas
Born Hampstead, London, England, 13th September 1915
Died Estes Park, Colorado, USA, 1st August 2007
"Heaven is rejoicing as Dad is welcomed home"
That was the heading on the news sent round to the other Torchbearer centres by Chris Thomas just yesterday...
"At 1:40 today (Wednesday) Dad, whom many affectionately referred to as "The Major," "Ian" or "big brother" went to be with the One whom he loved, served and about whom he couldn't stop talking. That was true until the end!"
It is with sadness that this announcement comes but also with a tremendous sense of thanksgiving and joy as Capernwray and Torchbearers International reflect upon the remarkable journey he had upon earth. So many are eternally grateful for the message of life in Christ that he so clearly and powerfully proclaimed and no doubt there will be those reading this who will recall a moment, a turn of phrase and a Scripture explained that sparked life into the soul, none more so than "Christ in you, your only hope of glory."
Dad's funeral will be held in the coming week in Estes Park, Colorado, where he and Mrs Thomas have been based for over 20 years. Joan and the family are grateful for your prayers as thanksgiving is made for Major's welcome home. Preliminary plans are being considered for a celebration of his life to be held at Capernwray Hall, England in the weeks ahead. Further details will be confirmed as and when possible.
It is a privilege to write from a place like Capernwray, at present filled with young people, knowing that Major and Mrs Thomas took steps of obedience even before the place was purchased 60 years ago. They never dreamed or imagined what the Lord had in mind as the first guests arrived and travel around the world began. No doubt you praise the Lord for Major's life, testimony and legacy.
As far as living the Christian life is concerned he always maintained it was impossible. He would never let us forget, "Only Christ can do that," and often said "He never said we could--He always said He would".
With all our gratitude for the Lord's goodness,
Mark & Linda Thomas
and everyone at Capernwray.
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