Leslie Doecke - Third Speaker at the Funeral Service of Brian Doecke - Sao Paulo, Brazil - October 24, 2011

Hymn 28, "Come, Let Us Follow Jesus"


I have appreciated all that we’ve heard already. As Colin said, we were children together, we played together, and did mischief together. Our parents suffered quite a bit with 8 children to bring up, but the things of God were always in first place in our home. So we had the privilege of being brought up with much care. We learnt to serve and accompany zealous parents. Ever since the cot, we were listening to words of God and growing up, started making our choices. Some even say that they heard before they were born. Reading about what is the advantage of being a Jew and Paul making several comments about the advantages of them. I thought of the advantage of being born into homes with the will of God and so that was our privilege when we were young people.

 

I was thinking of the words of God and, “Thou hast the words of Life Eternal.” We have listened to the words of life eternal since the cot. We grew, and the day in which I accepted the truth, Brian had a cold and wasn’t in that gospel meeting. (It was a Friday.) He was shocked when in the meeting on Sunday, I took part. He asked Mum what had happened and she told that I had got up in the gospel meeting. So he hid for the rest of that Sunday. He was having a struggle and in the Gospel meeting in the afternoon, he professed. So he began three days after me. He was very zealous with the family and brought the girls in our home into line. I had to be the peacemaker. He had this gift of a preacher and always wanted to bring people into line, whether they wanted to or not. That was his gift.

 

Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Humbling ourselves and making ourselves subject to God with all pleasure; making us see that the will of God is much better. God works to make us more and more humble, willing to obey from the heart. The purpose of God, the plan of God is to give us time for us to prepare for Eternity. I have spoken, that if it was for us not to go into the Kingdom, it would be better to not have been born. The plan of God is that all might enter the Heavenly Kingdom. No one is going to be able to say that He didn’t make necessary provision to save our soul. God gave His Son, He did everything and if we don’t make the most of it, it won’t be God’s fault.

 

Hebrews 5:9, “And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.” This was the provision made by God for Eternal Salvation, so that our living is worthwhile here in this world. A visiting worker spoke that we should give many thanks to God that He awoke us and made us see the way to live to please God and reach the Heavenly home. Brian never looked back.

 

Many years ago, I joked that I wanted to retire and they don’t let me and he said, “I want more years in this work to help other young people to learn to evangelize and sow their lives as seed.” After the special meetings, I stayed a few days with him, but I was no good for anything, but we were together and I felt that I lacked, but it was really tiredness. One thing he said very sad, “I don’t think I’m going to be able to be in a field again. I don’t think I’m going to be able to be a pioneer again.” The will of his life was to help others obtain a part in the heavenly Kingdom.

 

2 Peter 1:3-4, "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue, whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” All that we have of value we receive of the God; everything that we can use, He has given us. It rests with each one of us to know how to use the gifts He has given us. We remember those that are in Australia at this hour, accompanying us. We were taught to never leave anything, not even the health of our parents to affect the work. Brian never let this happen.

 

We think that he could’ve gone to Australia to consult specialist doctors; take out the stomach, but he chose to not do surgery. He had a little problem in his heart. He chose to finish here in Brazil and to leave a good example. And so when he put something in his head it was difficult to change it; you people know that. Carl said he didn’t want to leave his bones in the States to serve for a testimony. We appreciate everything that was done in his favour here in São José dos Campos by the friends and the fellow workers. And now we are going to do our part going forward.