Vale our dear friend Bruce Chapman   

Our dear brother in Christ, colleague and much loved member of the BCA family, Bruce Chapman lost his battle with melanoma on Monday 7 May 2019. While our hearts are heavy especially for Jodi, Matthew, Laura, Felicity and Oliver, we take comfort in the assurance that God took him to glory and welcomed him home as a good and faithful servant.

When Bruce visited the BCA National Office in February after ending his treatment he recorded a video where he wanted to assure his supporters, that while he was waiting for our heavenly father to call him home, that wasn’t a hopeless thing as he had his trust in the risen Lord Jesus. Bruce shared from Colossians 2 as he found these words an encouragement throughout his Christian life – Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness…..

Bruce’s life was celebrated at services in Darwin (May) and Sydney (June). In Sydney, Laura and Oliver shared memories of their Dad: “I never realised how lucky I was to have such amazing parents who took me to church every week and loved me unconditionally,“ said Laura. “And I’m sorry I didn’t get to spend more time with my Dad, but I’m so grateful for every opportunity and moment that we had.” Oliver’s fond memories made those in attendance laugh, especially when he told everyone that Bruce was like the good cop/bad cop character in the Lego movie: “Sometimes he would be angry and scary and other times he would be happy and friendly.”

Carly and Larissa Simpkins spoke about their days in Bruce’s youth group in Darwin: “Bruce’s motto for youth group was to keep it simple, build relationships and read the Bible,” said Carly. The most important thing to know about Bruce according to Larissa “was his focus on God’s big plans and purposes for us and spreading that good news to everyone.”

Jodi, Matthew, Laura, Felicity and Oliver would like to thank you for your prayers and support for both Bruce and us over during our last 11 years as BCA Field Staff and especially these last three years since Bruce was diagnosed with melanoma. We have found it a privilege to be part of the BCA family and especially the prayer support that comes with it. We are overwhelmed with the expressions of love and care for us during these last days. We pray for you and us to be encouraged by Bruce’s example to keep serving and trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour each day.