I have met several hundred people over the years involved with medical missions. Some of them have been extremely impressive both by their efforts and their deep spiritual nature. At the top of that list is a man we have praised before on our blog. His name is William Kidd. Bill died unexpectedly this last week in a hunting accident. We are still in a state of shock!
Bill and his wife Owanna are an incredible couple. On most of Bill’s trip, Owanna was right there beside him. Despite being in their 80's, they were here last year in the heat of the summer setting up our lab on the Ship of Life. Bill’s passion was helping set up laboratories in third world countries and training the lab tech to carry on after he went home. He did this everywhere it seems and in some very inhospitable places like North Korea! Bill was not afraid of anything I think because he had the Lord on his side.
I will never forget the twinkle in Bill’s eyes. I will never forget how he got up every morning on the ship and brought Owanna a fresh cup of coffee just like she liked it. I will never forget Bill talking to the patients in the clinic like they understood English! They didn't understand his words but they felt his compassion and warmness and the way he looks each one right in the eyes with the look of the Savior’s love.
I will never forget Bill Kidd. Owanna, thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. God blessed you with an incredible man, He will continue to be with you. Rick