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about the need and told him to seriously   the study of the Holy Scriptures. His Bible
        consider it.  Thinking about the harsh   knowledge was not on a mere intellectual
        weather conditions in our part of Canada,   level; it was clear that he had bought
        it was the last place he wanted to go. But   the truth for himself. He was a man of
        in his reading the next day the words of 2   deep conviction, and God used him like
        Corinthians 3:5 caught his attention: “our   Apollos to water us with His Word. But
        sufficiency is of God.” He was willing to   what impressed us the most from the
        act upon what God says and he told his   beginning was his humble spirit. During
        brethren about his exercise. The following   his life he often warned us about the
        summer he came to New Brunswick       danger of pride. He was easy to approach
        for the first time and shared in Gospel   and he delighted to discuss the Scriptures
        meetings with Murray McCandless in    with the youngest and simplest believer.
        a tent pitched just outside the village of   He truly served the Lord among us with
        Green River.                          humility of mind (Act 20:19).
          His application for a visa to move    His public prayers were real and his
        to NB was turned down by Canadian     worship fresh and often moving, giving
        Immigration,  but  he  came  back  the   evidence that he was in touch with God.
        following summer until God removed    Having him in our home was a blessing
        all the obstacles, and in November 1985   for our family. Praying together, visiting,
        he arrived to stay. He spent his first six   and sharing different types of meetings
        months in Green River where he was    with him was not only a great privilege
        initiated to our winters, and then made   but a spiritual education. As a steward of
        his home in Tracadie. He laboured in the   God’s truth he was faithful. He taught us
        Gospel throughout the French speaking   what he had learned directly from God’s
        parts of New Brunswick, and some parts   book as well as what he had learned from
        of Quebec. He preached the Gospel of   others. He was a genuine and sincere
        God in rented buildings, tents, halls, and   brother who said what he believed and
        in  house  meetings,  often  amid  strong   believed what he said. He feared God
        opposition. During Gospel meetings    more than men and resembled Nathanael
        in Pigeon Hill before the assembly was   in whom there was no guile. He was
        formed, a large and angry crowd gathered   a very close and trustworthy friend in
        just outside the tent determined to stop the   whom we could confide.
        meetings. Our brother suffered a severe   The French speaking believers always
        physical attack which left its mark on him   called  him  “Mr.  Wells,”  not  merely
        for a long time.                      because he was older than most of us
          He excelled in teaching and was a great   but mainly because we highly esteemed
        blessing to the French speaking assemblies   him; “a faithful man who can find” (Pro
        and was much appreciated at the different   20:6). There is no doubt that he was sent
        conferences in the Maritimes. He also   of God, and his departure is a great loss
        contributed valuable articles to the French   to the French speaking assemblies and
        magazine La Bannière de la Vérité.    the whole work in the Maritimes. But his
          From the very first time we heard him   godly example is part of the great legacy
        in 1981, it was evident that he was an   he left us. May God be pleased to fit others
        imitator of Ezra, having given himself to   and call them to His work.

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