Tragically, in November last year, Daniel Grimmer, a member of the Multiply AMEN team, died of a heart attack. Huw Lewis pays tribute to him:
Daniel and Hephzibah GrimmerA HUMBLE, hearty and active man, Daniel Grimmer had been part of the AMEN (Apostolic Men Empowering the Nations) group connected with the Multiply Network for six years. His input into the Indian sub-continent and the Far East had been invaluable and he had set up Multiply conferences in southern India last year.
Born in Kerala, southern India, he came to know Jesus in his teens and helped most of his family find Christian faith. After several years in the Merchant Navy he worked for OM, on their ships, and met his wife, Hephzibah, during this time. His first church was in Kolhapur and after this he accepted an invitation to pastor the Abu Dhabi Evangelical Church in the United Arab Emirates. He led the church for almost 18 years.
A tireless networker, Daniel helped establish the Cana Vision Conference, The Global Partnership for Church Unity as well as being a core member of Multiply. Unity among the churches was one of his passions and he longed to see more effective ways of groups partnering together to share the gospel. He was always keen to seek new openings and opportunities for the Kingdom of God to advance and connect with like-minded men and women globally.
He had a selfless desire for people to know Jesus and he became a mentor to many young men and women throughout the world, releasing them for ministry in their own nations. His great love for God was reinforced by a longing to see others empowered and become servant leaders.
Daniel was a man who loved brotherhood and building relationships – especially those that spanned barriers of race, denomination and ethnicity. His mischievous sense of humour, reality, care and constant availability made him a spiritual father to many.
He will be greatly missed and leaves a large hole in the AMEN group.