Ian Smith: A Man of Passion and Commitment

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Thu, 30 Jul 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

7 months after being diagnosed with cancer, Ian Smith, CMS Ireland’s Director of Mission, died at home, on Wednesday 29th July.

During his two years with the Society Ian’s passion for the gospel and his wide experience of mission, throughout the world, shaped his leadership and characterised his relationships with those he encountered in Ireland and beyond.

In Ian’s own words, mission was ‘in his DNA’. The extension of God’s Kingdom was at the very heart of this man of God.

Ian joined the CMS Ireland team, as Director of Mission, in June 2007, following 23 years service with CMS Britain.

Speaking on behalf of CMS Ireland, Acting Director of Mission Brian Lavery said: “Ian was a man of tremendous faith and vision. His energy, passion and commitment were evident in everything that he did. Throughout his illness Ian’s faith remained strong and he talked freely about the comfort he found in prayer and intimacy with God. His example, as a leader and fellow disciple, was a constant source of inspiration, even during his illness.”

“Our thoughts and prayers today are with his family – particularly his wife Carol and his children Luke and Colletta.”

Ian’s funeral service will be held in Holywood Parish Church, Co. Down, on Tuesday 4th August at 11:30am.

A memorial service will be held in St Oswald’s Church, Fulford, York, tba.

Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to CMS Ireland.