“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (ESV)
We end this year by saying goodbye to John White, our co-founder and longtime President of Firefighters For Christ, International. His Celebration of Life was held on Friday, December 14, 2018 and attended by an estimated 1500 people. Among those were friends who had traveled from Arizona, Utah, New York, Canada, Northern Ireland, Germany, and Sweden. It was streamed live on-line and our servers registered over 1000 computers viewing it from around the world. His life impacted many.
Our goal for this service was to Glorify God and share the gospel. A family slideshow of John’s life played as people entered the church. Jim Wilke, a pastor at Saddleback Church, opened up with a “John story” and prayer. Music from Rebekah Jones was worshipful and heavenly. Speakers representing family, friends, Firefighters For Christ, and the Los Angeles Fire Department gave brief messages of John’s impact on their lives. The music, speakers and entire ceremony were designed to support a video message of John explaining the gospel, with snippets of him in action preaching the Word on various mission trips. It was a powerful video. Pete McKenzie followed up with further explanation from God’s Word and an invitation for those wanting to receive Christ. Our Master of Ceremonies, Eric Simpson, ended with a final search, not wanting to leave any souls behind.
John was given a traditional fire department send off with crossed aerials, a uniform detail salute, honor guard and bagpipes. Saddleback Church in Lake Forest was our gracious host for this event.
The entire service was recorded and can be viewed here:
This video will also be converted to MP3 for download and made available in DVD format from our Media Ministry. You can access their website at www.firefighters.org or click the Media Ministry tab from our home page. You can also contact them at: FFC Media Ministry, 29 Rancho Circle, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 600-6025
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John White – Finished Well