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n August 16, 2017, the Lord called   His Ministry
               Mr. Norman Crawford home to
        Oheaven. For him, it was not a great   His ministry was a great blessing to
        distance. He lived and exuded something   assemblies in North America and farther
        of the fragrance of heaven by his very coun-  afield. His writing has left us a rich legacy
        tenance. As a former editor, he is deserving   of truth. His teaching was formative for
        of the tribute we have given him in this   many in our generation and will be sorely
        issue of Truth & Tidings. Along with fitting   missed. His gospel preaching was with
        tributes from both his local assembly and   power and warmth; his ministry and teach-
        those who knew and labored with him,   ing were Scriptural and accurate.
        a number of articles from his pen are in-  A Mantle
        cluded. One feature of his oral and written
        ministry was its relevance. This quality can   His departure reminds us that while
        be seen in the few articles that are included   God calls His servants home, the work
        in this issue. They range from the practical   goes on. When the Lord took Elijah home
        to the doctrinal, from that which would   in dramatic fashion, the mantle fell from
        interest young to that which would appeal   his shoulders to be taken up by a younger
        to those who are older.              man. As he approached the Jordan, his
                                             question was not, “Where is Elijah?” His
        The Man                              question was, “Where is the Lord God of
          The Lord has seen fit to take a very valu-  Elijah?” (2Kings 2:14, KJV). The God Who
        able man from our midst. Men are raised   raised up, equipped, and used Norman
        up to serve their generation, yet his life of   Crawford, is still able to raise up and gift
        service spanned several generations. In  men today for service in the public sphere.
        many ways, his home-call is the end of an  The home-call of every believer serves as a
        era. There are still a few men who have  challenge to the next generation to follow
        links with men who pioneered years ago  their faith (Heb 13:7).
        in this country; Mr. Crawford is one of the   Lives of men who have faithfully served
        last. He was in every inch of his frame, a  the Lord may intimidate some with a sense
        true Christian gentleman.            of our own personal inadequacy. They are
          Of significance, the tributes which follow  never meant to intimidate or even to be
        speak as much of the character of the man  imitated. They are meant to inspire and
        as they do of the richness of his ministry  encourage. May there be among us those
        and the blessing which flowed from his  who will stoop to take up the mantle and
        service.                             serve God in their own generation.

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