Obituary to George
Stephens who passed away on the 11th September 2008
It is with great sadness
that the North Nibley Romania Team announces the death of its founder George
George was the pastor at North Nibley Congregational Church
during the 1980s and was there in 1991 when the first visit was made
to Romania. The story goes that they were praying for the people
in Romania after the media showed the dreadful conditions, then someone said
"As well as praying, why don't we go out there and help".
George made contact with churches in Romania, particularly
with the Hungarian Baptist Church in Strada Lunga in Brasov.
He was a well known preacher in the vicinity of Wotton Under
Edge and also had many contacts in Wales.
He died on 11th September and the funeral took place on the
18th September at the North Nibley chapel - just for family members.
On Saturday 1st November, there was a memorial concert
in memory of George at the West End Congregational Church in Ebbw Vale.
Peter, Vanessa and Wendy attended from the Charity. About 300 people sang
some of George's favourite hymns, ably assisted by a Welsh Male Voice
choir. George's son Ian spoke intermittently about his
Father's life and afterwards the lady members of the church provided tea,
sandwiches and cake to a very large crowd.
Donations were given in aid of creating a Youth and
Retreat Centre in Wales. This apparently was his dream.
It was a stirring tribute to the founder of our
charity and a very warm feeling pervaded the gathering.