My twin brother Russell was born 20 minutes after I was born on October 27, 1933, in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The Lord preserved Russell for a full life of service for Him. At eight years of age, he slipped from a small wooden bridge. I believe angels helped his little hands grasp the crossbeam supporting the bridge above a 90-foot drop to the rocks below before our dad was able to pull him to safety.
Once, he and three companions were ambushed in Laos by hostile soldiers. Through Divine Providence, it was Russell’s Australian passport that saved them.
After graduating from Avondale College, Russell taught for three years at Seventh-day Adventist elementary schools. In 1953 he married Enid Evans, then continued his studies in psychology and medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1965.
Russell served in several hospitals worldwide, and in 1983 his excellence in the medical field earned him the honor of becoming a fellow in two Royal Colleges of Physicians in the United Kingdom. When he became president of two Adventist hospitals in Southeast Asia, they were both in serious financial crises. Russell challenged them to practice true Sabbath observance, and the Lord blessed their decision financially. More importantly, for the first time in ten years, several Buddhist staff and nursing students were converted.
When Russell returned to Melbourne in 1992, he prayed, “If You desire me to do self-supporting ministry, provide financial support and send calls for me to minister without my solicitation.” The response was immediate, and he knew the Lord was leading.
What a joy it was for us to team up for world-wide evangelism! Russell and I soon will have published 76 books together. Perhaps the crux of his ministry was the establishment of Highwood College with its students, health guests, publishing, and outreach.
Russell had a deep dedication to God and a passionate love for the Seventh-day Adventist church. In spite of his great achievements, he was a humble and tireless worker for the Lord. He was a devoted and loyal husband to Enid, his first wife, and Glenice, his second wife, each of whom he loved dearly. He cared deeply for his three sons, Stephen, Timothy, and James.
On May 2, 2008, at the age of 74, Russell died in a tragic car accident. He will be greatly missed. We trust that soon Russell shall awake from sleep and behold His Savior, whom he had so faithfully served, loved, and worshiped.