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Tributes paid to Norfolk evangelist Bob Humphries 

Bob Humphries, described as “a passionate and fearless evangelist whose life touched multitudes of people in the UK and beyond,” died peacefully in his sleep at home in the early hours of Tuesday morning, June 27, aged 76, reports Mike Wiltshire.

The extensive ministry of Bob and wife, Linda, was supported by numerous churches in Norfolk and London in their vision to reach hurting and needy people.  It all began when Bob’s home church in Canterbury, Kent, sent him for further training in Christian outreach work with the late Rev Dr Bob Gordon and the King’s Coach evangelistic venture. It was through the Coach ministry that Bob first met Linda, and they eventually married in Norwich.

KedeshBobLinda3In 1996, Bob and Linda moved from Norwich to work in South London with the Salvation Army, helping the homeless and those suffering from drink and drugs.

While there, they worked with ex-offenders and prisoners in HMP Wandsworth. In 1998 they became prison mission partners at St Mark’s Battersea Rise and led more than a hundred people into the prison ministering to inmates, especially those that were prone to self-harm and suicidal behaviour, which they saw as a massive problem in prisons.

After eight years of prison work, the couple started Kedesh Ministries (Kedesh is one of the cities of refuge given to Joshua) and in February 2005 they opened a Drop-in Centre in Magdalen Street, Norwich working under the St Mark’s church leadership.  They also fed the poor and saw ‘miraculous provision’ of food while serving Christmas meals.

Born in Gravesend, Kent, Bob’s working life gave him credibility among streets traders, political activists, and some of neediest people in society.  “He was an inspiration – he longed to see people delivered and set free by God’s power from all manner of issues and problems,” said a friend.

Bob and Linda were also leaders of a “prayer-walking” initiative around the City Gates of Norwich. News of their prayer and healing ministry often brought them calls from across the UK. Many people found their way to the Kedesh Ministries team in Norwich for prayer, encouragement and counselling.
 
Despite a heart attack in December, 2012, followed by several years of physical decline, Bob never complained but maintained a lively interest with many friends  in fellowship life in Norwich. Intensely optimistic, he shared funny stories and wrote newsletters during the final stages of his illness.

There have been many tributes to Bob who leaves two sons, Neil and Glen, and a daughter, Denise. In a moving family tribute, Neil, who is also battling cancer, wrote about Bob as a “Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad and true friend. Loved and respected by so many. He touched and saved so many lives in his work that he loved so much - a truly devoted Christian evangelist. Goodbye Dad. Love you always.” 

Bob’s funeral is provisionally planned for Thursday, July 13 at St Faith’s Crematorium at 2pm, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Wroxham Road Methodist Church at 3pm.

Read our previous stories about Bob.

Pictured top is Bob Humphries and, above, with Linda outside the Kedesh centre in Norwich.
 

Please add your thoughts and tributes to Bob below

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Annmarie Harrison (Guest) 02/07/2017 00:18
I'll always remember Bob having such a large presence about him, always being open and kind. RIP Bob. Thinking of you Linda x
Esther Cole (Guest) 02/07/2017 16:26
RIP our dear friend and spiritual father and mentor. We appriciate your life and all you have been and were to us, such an inspiration to many. We shall miss you greatly but you are in a better place, in the presence of the Lord! RIP
Stephanie (Guest) 03/07/2017 22:34
I remember Bob from when he and Linda lived 2 doors away from me. He was such a lovely kind man and very passionate in his calling to reach others. So sorry for your loss Linda.
Jess and Anne Mary (Guest) 05/07/2017 08:52
One of the greatest warriors for God's Kingdom in the region. We'll all miss him greatly down here. Our love to dear Linda.
David Stansfield (Guest) 13/07/2017 13:42
Bob has always been a source of encouragement and support since I first met him in Elim Norwich. A Godly man who will always be hard to replace. A true friend, brother and leader.
Gavin Dixon (Guest) 17/07/2017 15:45
It was a privilege and a joy to have Bob on the King's Coach Team. He brought his wonderful passion for God and enthusiasm in sharing the Gospel...a wonderful team member. Well done, Bob..good and faithful servant. We shall all miss him...but he will be too caught up in enjoying the presence of God to worry about that. Our prayers and love to Linda and the family. Gavin & Sue.

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