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Very few people have been as committed to caring for the work of Jews for Jesus as Roger Horwood. We will miss him very much. Thank you Sharon, for sharing your wonderful husband with Jews for Jesus. Blessed be his memory and blessed be the name of the Lord.
David Brickner, Executive Director Jews for Jesus
“I was setting up to speak at a local church in Johannesburg in 1991. I heard a booming voice behind me ask, ‘Is that Andrew Barron?’ “I turned and there was Roger Horwood smiling at me: ‘You are much better looking in person than in your picture!’ “I knew I was going to like him. Roger and I became fast friends. He was very enthusiastic about what Jews for Jesus was doing in South Africa and around the world. He was eager to get involved. When the chairman of the board, Austen Massey, passed away suddenly, we asked Roger to prayerfully consider taking the position. He responded immediately. It was no small job for a man who was already busy pastoring a growing church. ”Roger travelled to the US and Europe several times for board meetings. He spoke in local churches in and around Cape Town on our behalf. He loved the Lord and the gospel. He loved woodworking and was a bit of a celebrity building miniature furniture. He loved diving and sailing. He had grit. He loved his wife Sharon and his kids, Lee-Ann and Tim.”
Andrew Barron, who, with his wife Laura, pioneered our work in South Africa.
“Few people we meet on Earth reflect the fullness of Christ. But Roger Horwood is one of them: full of love, wisdom, faith, humor, delight in life, courage, hope and faith…someone who marinated in the life and purposes of Jesus. Every one of us who knew him, I’m sure, has benefitted from his loving us; every one of us has experienced through Roger (and his wife, Sharon) the reality and the healing love of God! May we turn to God even more passionately, simply because we know that Roger was one of His choice servants who showed us how life should truly be lived in Him!”
Rev. Byron Spradlin, the original chair man of the Jews for Jesus board of directors, who continues to serve with the US board
“I think of Roger as an exceptionally energetic and caring person who followed through with his faith from the boardroom to the street. Generous with his time, Roger was wonderfully unashamed of the gospel and of sharing it with all people—and especially with Jewish people. I deeply appreciated his quite unique commitment, so often sidelined in the church, to sharing the love and reality of Jesus with Jewish people. Go well, Roger.”
Stanley Sher, former Jews for Jesus board member and Hope of Israel field worker.
“Roger was always proud of the work of Jews for Jesus; it brought him much joy to hear of reports and testimonies, both locally and from around the world. We always had an open invitation to come and minister at Camps Bay United Church, which Roger pastored, and he always gave us a hearty welcome when we were there. Let’s not forget that Roger launched his boat, which he had built with his own hands—what an inspiration to us all! Thank you, Roger, and see you dancing with Messiah!”
Michael Sischy, Director Jews for Jesus South Africa.

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