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Our loss is Heaven's gain - James C. Bell

We have lost a great friend in the passing of Dr. George Worrell. Christendom has lost one of its great warriors. Heaven has gained a great hero of the Saints. Jesus Christ has welcomed home one of His own.

I'm sure His first words were, "Well done my good and faithful servant, welcome home!"

Dr. Worrell was a preacher, teacher and witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. All who knew him felt his Christian influence and love for people. During his life, he led many lost souls to repentance and faith in Christ.

One of his talents was to encourage all he came to know, teach and witness. I can testify that he made a difference in my life by encouraging me to keep on witnessing for Christ and teaching others to be disciples for Jesus. George always had a big smile on his face and a firm handshake as he greeted people. He made each one feel he was something special and was loved and respected.

I think the first time I saw George was as a visiting preacher when I was in the hospital with acute leukemia. He came into my room and introduced himself, saying he was visiting from our church and he hoped I was doing better. He had a great bedside manner; he was soft-spoken and very concerned about my health.

He told me of the church praying for me and looking forward to my getting back to worship and praising the Lord with them. I liked him the first time I met him and was very glad to see him each time he came to visit. He always prayed with my wife and me, each day he came, and that really gave me confidence that I would be cured of this dread disease.

Over the past few years, the Lord has led me to write a book about my witnessing experiences with the hope that others would be encouraged and inspired to become witnesses themselves. One of the first people I asked to read my transcript was George and Betty, for I knew they would give me some good advice and some encouraging words.

They both were willing to read my script. Betty corrected my English and spelling, which I did appreciate, and George said he liked the book and encouraged me to publish it. He said it was a very inspiring book, and he thought it would encourage others.

I thank God for the life of Dr. George Worrell and for every life he touched for the Lord Jesus. I am thankful for his faith in Christ and his courage to witness for Him; to tell others that God loves them and Jesus died for them.

I understand his favorite verse in the Holy Bible was John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." This powerful Word of God is widely known by people all over the world, and yet, many have not claimed it for themselves. I pray with George that many will hear and understand and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

My friend, if you are reading this column and realize you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior, I pray you will believe in Him and know you will not perish but have eternal life. May our great God and Savior Jesus Christ have honor and glory as you and countless others accept Him and believe in Him.