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A Tribute to Peter Martin…

We often use the term “well done good and faithful servant”, but there was never a more appropriate term to be said about Peter Martin. Several weeks ago Peter sadly died after several years of very poor health.

Peter came to the church that Grace and I were pastoring as a result of finding Christ at school at the age of 14 and immediately saw what needed to be done – and did it! Such was his servant heart that we as a church took him on as the church administrator several years later.

Many of you will know that in 1979 I went to Ghana and my life was transformed. I shared my stories, told of the needs and in a few weeks we had raised several thousand pounds and Peter went into action. Within six weeks he had freighted out everything that was on my list. As I travelled around the country people began to respond to the appeals and challenges that I made and it was Peter who said we now need a separate charity to handle the funds.

It was Peter who came up with the name Links International in 1985, and what an inspirational name it proved to be, so aptly describing the ministry that emerged from that time. It was Peter who developed the office administration. We started in the church office then moved to a cabin in the church garden and finally into a suite of offices above the church building. Peter was so creative coming up with such strap lines as, “Together we can make a difference” and  “We are here to serve the church around the world”.

He wrote the first newsletter and went on to develop the magazine and a number of brochures and leaflets. He organised our conferences and promotional tours. He handled all the administration of my travel stretching around the world. He developed summer teams, which enabled us to send hundreds of people on short term teams to such places as Ghana and India. Never once did I have to look behind me to see if the job was done. He took my dreams and made them happen and serving another man’s dream is not always the easiest thing to do.

We laughed and cried together, overwhelmed by the Grace of God and humbled as we saw changed lives. Whenever I travelled I would be asked, “How is the little guy who works for you?” They would of course mean Peter! He was small in stature but a giant in God. A faithful friend, a spiritual son, prayer warrior and the best second man anyone could ever have wanted. He has now entered into His inheritance and I am honoured to have known him.

Norman Barnes
Founder of Links International