The mother of Barb Wooler, Grace Brethren International missionary to the Central African Republic, passed away early Sunday morning in southeastern Pennsylvania after a long illness.
Last fall Barb was led to reschedule her usual February trip to Africa until May, and she also decided to go to Pennsylvania this past Friday instead of waiting until Saturday, as was her original plan. She was able to spend some good time on Saturday with her mom. Arrangements will be made after they know when her brother, a missionary in Honduras, will be able to get to the States.
Barb said, “It is indeed amazing (and humbling and affirming) how God has led me so that I’m in the right place at the exact right time. I can’t imagine my dad having to walk alone through this. I am so very grateful to be here.”
Noting her mother’s long period of declining health, Barb observed to friends, “It has been a long journey, and arriving to the end of her journey true to her Savior and holding firm to her simple, pure faith, she has won. I was so blessed to have such a loving and good mother.”
During her years with GBIM Barb has had a significant ministry with the Pygmy population, and has been the co-founder and developer of the Project Hope and Charite ministry that cares for more than 1,000 orphans in the central African country.