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Darrell Beddoe, who served as BNN Director from 2004-2011, entered heaven's gates on August 13th. A viewing is scheduled at Alden-Waggoner in Boise on Tuesday, August 18th from 4-7pm. An online service is planned for Wednesday, August 19th at 2pm (https://livestream.com/whitney).
The family shared the following update:
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. – Psalm 116: 15-16
Early this morning our beloved Darrell Victor Beddoe was loosed from his bonds and welcomed into the presence of his Savior. He was 79 years old. Ruthanne, his wife of 57 years, was at his side. While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has imposed limits on travel and personal contact, his final weeks at home in hospice care were enriched by visits with his children, and grandchildren. Old friends found ways to communicate via phone, Zoom, cards, letters, emails and texts. The conversations were full of laughter, tears, memories, words of scripture, prayer and blessing.
Throughout the journey of his diagnosis and treatment for bone marrow disease, he maintained the same good humor and sweet spirit that he demonstrated throughout his life – his true character shining through right to the end.
We thank you for all your many prayers and gestures of love for Darrell and Ruthanne and for our whole family over the past months.
While we invite you to join us in grieving the loss of Darrell’s companionship here on earth, we also invite you to join us in resting in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. We will share our plans for a memorial celebration when they are set.
With love and gratitude,
The Darrell V. Beddoe Family
To our sister churches in fellowship with the Baptist Network Northwest,
For 80 years our network has existed in the Pacific Northwest as a family of churches serving together to share the gospel. Formally beginning in 1940 with a vision to spread the good news, the Columbia Basin Mission began planting churches in rural communities that needed them. Over the years that work has resulted in over 200 church plants and mission sites in the Northwest served by hundreds of church planters and missionary pastors. While our name and geographic focus has changed, our passion for sharing the gospel and starting churches has not.
Chances are the church you serve in today has been assisted by our network over the years: some through a missionary we sent to start your church; some through ministry grants and loans from our Revolving Fund; some through support and encouragement of your church with counsel and guidance at crucial moments; and all of our churches through the blessing of relationships that encourage us to keep going. Like any relationship, there are seasons marked by deeper closeness and other seasons marked by less closeness. The reason we are writing today is to cultivate a closer relationship with you and your church.
Today we invite you to affirm your church’s commitment to BNN for the purpose of working together intentionally to “nurture fruitfulness in local churches through encouraging one another, equipping one another and extending ministry with each other.” For some this will be an easy decision based on your current connections to our ministry. For others, you may be less connected to us or our past involvements with your church. If that is the case, we want to encourage you to revisit the ways we have helped your church in the past and the ways we can work together today. Check out our web site. Talk to one our staff or council members. Let us know what questions you have about BNN.
To help with this we have included the pamphlet ‘What is the BNN’ and a ‘Reaffirmation for Fellowship’ document. This will allow the BNN to know your desires of working together in the Northwest for the glory of God.
Please complete before September 13 by one of the following ways:
Nurturing fruitfulness in local churches,
Baptist Network Northwest