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January 18, 2013

The Choir Boy Who Became An Ink Salesman.

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The Choir Boy Who Became An Ink Salesman.
by Dick Hunt, January 17th, 2013.

But he didn’t stop there.His name was Reg. Wright. He was trained in Westminster Abbey as a boy and he was well trained. He grew up and married a Girl called Kathleen. In the course of time they became very active in the Church of England and moved to Toronto,Canada. They had three sons and two daughters. I am still in touch with one of the daughters who with her Husband now lives in Olympia, Washington. When I met the family, Reg had finished his studies for the Anglican Ministry and he was appointed to the scattered County Mission in which my family worshipped and served in East Cenrtral Alberta. He had really been called to Christian Ministry and was very effective in sharing the Faith with his flock. His central point was a town of about 2,000 people 28 miles from the Ranch on which I grew up.

In the meantime, Ruth and I had married, were working flat out on the Family Ranch and going to services each Sunday in a Village 12 miles from where we lived. To enable Reg to lead a Scoout Troup and visit people on Mondays, he often stayed with us on Sunday evenings to save travel costs. Often he travelled with the R.C.M.P officer from the town in which they both lived, one of his flock. And Monday noons, they enjoyed the noon meal which Ruth whipped up, beef and vegetable stew. We had such great visits and they were rich in Christian fellowship.One of the Mondays Reg came with his own car, he came back to us late in the day, dressed in his usually neat and pressed blue suit, but that day it was not neat and clean. He was covered in soot and not spic and span at all. I asked him what on earth he had been doing.
He said he had been trying to get the oil fired heater in the Church working, without success. I asked him why he was doing it. He said,”because no-one else was – and it had to be made to work.” I did a quick turn on that and immediately saw that the responsibilty was mine, not his. I said I would get the thing fixed and with the help of a friend we did the job. “What must we do that we may do the work that God requires of us.?” I learned that “we must believe in Jesus, the One who He has sent”(John 6:29ff). I learned that the Minister had a full time calling to Teach and to Preach and to minister the Word of the Lord with his whole heart and mind and to train up those committed to his charge in the way that they should go. I was learning to become a full time member of the team and not just an on- looker.

So when Reg stayed with us over night we drank many cups of tea and he was training me. His predecessor was young and believed he had to make every decision because ‘he was trained to do so.’ Reg was a leader who pointed the Way. With his gentle urging and teaching and sharing, he led me to the point at which I heard the call of God to commit myself to train for the Ministry and in the process Ruth was with me all the way. The final decision came when we were on holiday in the mountains west of Calgary and on the way home we stopped to see Reg and Kay who by that time had moved to a Church in Calgary. I said, “Reg, I have some news to share with you.” He said, “I’ll make a pot of tea and bring it out on the lawn where Kay is”. When He brought it, I told them I want to prepare for Ordination”. He said, “well Kay, that is an answer to prayer isn’t it”. He then said that they and Bishop Ragg had been praying I would do so for four years. We were all very happy and I began my formal studies the next year.

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for this. I’ve sent it on to Dad’s youngest sister Mary now 93 in Aurora ON I know she’ll be pleased to receive it. I’ll be sharing it as well with our family. Blessings, Sarah Diana

    Comment by Fred&Sarah Hope — January 18, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

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