A Personal Struggle with Cancer
David Watson was born in 1933, educated at Wellington College school and St. John’s College, Cambridge where he gave his life to Christ. He became an ordained minister in the Church of England, starting work among the dock workers of Gillingham, Kent with John Collins and David McInnes at St Marks church. David’s second curacy took him to the Round Church in Cambridge, where the vicar was Mark Ruston. Around the same time, encouraged by Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones, David sought the fullness of the Holy Spirit in his life and the modern Charismatic movement in Britain had one of its most important leaders. David became Curate-in-Charge of St. Cuthbert’s, York in 1965 which was attended by no more than twelve at any service, and was twelve months away from redundancy.
Eight years later the congregation had out-grown St. Cuthbert’s resulting in a move to the much larger St. Michael le Belfrey opposite York Minster. Subsequently the congregation grew to many hundreds, in only a few years. As his ministry progressed, David Watson was involved with missionary enterprises throughout the world and was a high profile advocate of reconciliation and ecumenism in Northern Ireland. He pioneered work with the arts, using drama and dance in church for the first time. He met the Vineyard Leader John Wimber in 1980, and was one of the first people to welcome him and the Vinyard ministry to the UK. This encouraged the connection between Wimber and Terry Virgo of Newfrontiers. He left St. Michael-le-Belfrey in 1982 for London. He died of cancer on 18 February 1984 after recording his fight with the disease in a book, Fear No Evil.
John Gunstone remarked of David Watson: “It is doubtful whether any other English Christian leader has had greater influence on this side of the Atlantic since the Second World War.”
Shortly before he died David wrote the following:”The most important lesson I have learned in these past eleven months is that God loves me, is always with me – in the dark as in the light – and that I cannot trust him too much. The best is yet to be, once we have put our lives in Christ.”
David Watson was one of the best known and loved Christian leaders of modern times he had an impact as evangelist and teacher second only to Billy Graham. Michael Green
Cancer being such an emotive word means I found this personal struggle with cancer written by the Revd David Watson helpful, and it helped diffuse the sting this disease carries. As one gets older with the body fraying at the edges then one finds that cancer is often looked for as it can cause many awful things in the body.
The book helped me as a christian to start dealing with the shock one might have cancer on a daily basis, but I think this book is limited to assisting people who have a faith, as it is central to the struggle.of this well known Church man.
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