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Jen Rees Larcombe 1942-2022

Jen Rees Larcombe 1942-2022(Picture: J John)

The passing of Jennifer Rees Larcombe on the twenty fourth October 2022 may have come as a tragic loss to the various hundreds of people that have been challenged and helped by her distinctive talking and writing ministry. I share that sorrow, deepened by the truth that I had the privilege of being linked by marriage: Jen was my spouse’s godmother, and her father, Tom Rees, my spouse’s great-uncle.

Tom Rees was not only a formidable evangelist – his rallies crammed the Albert Corridor some fifty occasions – however, alongside together with his spouse, was additionally liable for turning Hildenborough Corridor into Britain’s first Christian residential centre. Jen was born into this highly effective Christian household in 1942 and it gave her a deep biblical data and helped her change into a Christian at an early age.

But if she was blessed in her household, it was not so elsewhere. Having what we might now name dyslexia, she suffered bullying and disgrace in school. In her life Jen travelled by means of many valleys and this was the primary.

In 1966 Jen married Tom, a schoolteacher, and collectively they’d six youngsters. Regardless of Jen’s dyslexia, she started a profitable profession as a author, authoring books for kids and more and more writing on sensible non secular points with a exceptional readability and honesty. Considerably to her shock, she discovered herself an more and more common Christian speaker.

In 1982 Jen suffered a critical assault of the viral mind illness encephalitis. After a dramatic near-death expertise, she recovered sufficiently to search out herself confined to a wheelchair and granted disabled standing. Because the years handed and he or she discovered no therapeutic, she developed a beneficial ministry to the various who had sought, however not obtained, therapeutic from God.

Then, after eight troublesome years, astonishingly Jen discovered herself out of the blue and utterly healed by means of the prayer of a brand new Christian. It was a miracle however one which introduced issues: some questioned both the character of her ailment or her restoration, whereas others, anxious for their very own therapeutic, sought to search out out ‘her secret’.

One other deep valley opened up when, after thirty years of seemingly joyful marriage, Tom out of the blue walked out on her. Along with her attribute honesty, Jen has recounted her struggles as she battled grief, loneliness, melancholy and anger. She triumphed over them and continued talking and writing into her 70s earlier than being struck with lung most cancers: a merciless affliction for a non-smoker.

There’s nonetheless a style to miss the unordained ‘beginner’ in Christian ministry and, unhappy to say, significantly when that beginner is feminine. But Jennifer Rees Larcombe was a determine of exceptional significance in Britain and past. Whereas her message was primarily heard and browse by girls, her affect was far wider. I feel that affect got here from 4 issues.

First, Jen was a girl with whom folks might establish. Whether or not in individual or in print she was a exceptional communicator; by no means speaking all the way down to you ‘normally’ however all the time, it appeared, to you personally. If you’d like a reminder of her potential, then please watch the interview I did along with her simply over 6 months in the past on Going through the Canon the place she was a compelling presence.

Second, Jen was a girl of utter integrity. One cause why she was so convincing a speaker and author was her utter honesty about who she was, how she felt and the way she believed God was coping with her. With utter honesty she laid naked her struggles with melancholy, non secular darkness, persistent sickness and the collapse of her marriage.

Third, Jen was a girl of perception. For all her curtailed training she was the wisest of girls. There was no sense of superficiality or ‘fluffiness’ along with her; she thought deeply about each side of the Christian life and utilized a profound biblical data to it.

Lastly, Jen was a girl of non secular intimacy. She did not simply know about God; she knew God. There was a heat, a actuality and a vigour in her Christian stroll that’s sadly uncommon. In that exceptional interview on Going through the Canon maybe probably the most telling level is the place, round 21 minutes in, she talks about how she is going through dying. I do not suppose I’ve heard anyone categorical such a quiet and compelling hope in Christ.

Jennifer Rees Larcombe journeyed by means of many valleys in her life however she let Christ lead her out of all of them. She created an organisation referred to as Magnificence from Ashes and that is an excellent abstract of what she did in so many individuals’s lives: rework dry ashes into dwelling magnificence. Thanks, Jen!

Canon J.John is the Director of Philo Belief. Go to his web site at www.canonjjohn.com or observe him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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