Rodney's funeral can be viewed on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/zo0q5z9cfNI
A brief biography of the deceased ~ Rodney W. Francis
Good morning Jean.
I wasn't able to come to the funeral and spark [many thousands would have liked to], but here is what I would have said
I had never before met a man who was so successful academically and yet so mightily used of God.
I had never before met a man, who with minimal education, was invited to speak in bible colleges.
I had never before met a man, who never attended a bible college, and yet could teach on a par with all the other great teachers I have heard.
I had never before met such a man who, although having minimal education, was able to produce so many simple and yet profound writings that continue to encourage and build up the body of Christ in so many different countries.
I had never before met a man who moved so much in the gifts of the Holy Spirit [especially the word of knowledge] to greatly strengthen believers the world over and by his many overseas travels, to build up the body of Christ.
I had never before met such a man who was not only able to teach on the gifts of the Holy Spirit [I had listened for 30 years to such wonderful teachings] but was able to START ORDINARY PEOPLE [including me] moving in them.
I had never before met such a man who was so powerful in God, and yet humble and able to put his arm around the meek and lowly and undistinguished and encourage them
I had never before met such a man who [together with his stalwart wife Jean] was brave enough to risk his family by standing against the powers of darkness by trusting in God’s miraculous keeping power.
I had never before met such a man who would without retaliation, meekly endure insult [this I speak as a once-transgressor in that area]
I had never before met such a man who was consistently able in all his life to walk purely and uprightly before God untainted by any money or morals ambiguities.
I had never before met such a man who, although so great in God, was always available to have a chat on the phone.
Thank you, Rodney Francis, for being a friend and being part of my life for a few years
Thank you for making the funeral service available on the web.
I am sure many will watch it.
God bless you
Thijs Drupsteen (New Zealand) ~