Thursday, 17 July 2008

Farewell to the Orrs

Today (or thereabouts) the Orrs (Pete, Em and family) head off to Durham for Pete to start work on a PhD. Pete and Em have spent a little over four years in Sydney, and have contributed greatly to everything they have been involved in, predominantly College and church. Living in a different country for the past 6 months their move isn't as significant for us (hence not really being sure of the exact day on which they move!) as it will be for some. But it would be good to take this opportunity to thank the Orrs for all that they have been and done over the past four years.

For those of us in Pete's year, College would have been a very different (and, arguably, much dumber) place without him. While I wasn't at church with him, seeing him and Em with people from church, as well as hearing all that they did, as well as the fact that they asked him to stay on for the past six months, all point to the fact that they were deeply loved and will be greatly missed. There's no doubt in my mind that the next three years in Durham will be hard work for them, but also a wonderful time where Pete is better equipped for the ministry God has in store for him. Go well, brother. We'll miss you, but look forward to seeing how God will use you in academically contending for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints.


Roger Gallagher said...

Dear Pete & Em,

May God bless this next stage of your lives, and see you better equipped to defend & proclaim the gospel.

Jason said...

All of us at St Matt's will miss them dearly - they have been a great encouragement and Godly example to us all.

We just hope the warmer weather of Sydney will draw them back after Pete sets a new record for the time to complete his PhD!