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rium with a nurs- ery, large entry, bookstore, fel- lowship hall, and kitchen. We also had an office, four classrooms, two storage rooms, and facilities for the handicapped. As founder and missionary pastor of Bible Baptist Church of Argenteuil, Bob prayed and worked with his whole heart and soul to reach folks for Christ. He was completely dedicated to the task to which God had called him in spite of constant feelings of inadequacy. In 2008 at the age of 70, he felt it was time to step down and ask the church to call a younger man. Therefore on December 31, he handed the keys to the present pastor, Aldo Atzori, who was led to the Lord by another missionary. Our desire was to stay in France and make ourselves available to relieve pastors who needed rest. The Lord had other plans. In February 2009 Bob began having serious digestive problems. Tests showed a tumor in the area of the pancreas. Our children helped find good doctors. A specialized surgeon removed the tumor, but it was cancerous. Bob began chemotherapy that spring and in November doctors said the cancer was in remission. Late in December 2009 he began having backaches and when he saw the cancer specialist early in February, tests showed the cancer had come back. A second round of chemo made him very tired and he asked that we make plans to go see our family in the States. In July back in France, doctors wanted to try a more potent dosage of chemo that would make him very ill. Bob refused and began putting his affairs in order. 22 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2015 He took his last breath on November 29. His funeral was held in the church and conducted by those he had known from childhood, loved, and nurtured spiritually, then baptized. Christians and almost all the neighbors in our apartment complex came to pay their respects to a man who was their friend and example. He was buried in Argenteuil on December 3, 2010. Before Bob passed away, the Lord gave me the conviction that I should stay in France to encourage our beloved Christians and continue to witness to those around me. For three years I stayed in Argenteuil, teaching adolescents, doing personal Bible studies, and helping where needed. The Lord gave me a song that I sing often: “No, Never Alone.” I can truly say He has been with me every day. I am staying on in France even now because my youngest daughter and her husband had a house built with a two-room apartment for me. Because of health problems, I can no longer live alone. Some may wonder why we stayed in one town for more than 40 years. Actually, the Lord kept us there. Several times we wanted to move and begin another work. Looking back, we understood the importance of long-term ministry because in France gaining the confidence of the people is necessary and takes time. We became the faithful friend who doesn’t forget when a person moves away. Over the years I have stayed in touch with most of our former neighbors and friends, sending cards with a spiritual message for the holidays and keeping in touch by phone and email, thus continuing the witness to 80 to 100 families. My greatest desire is to see each of them come to know the Savior. W