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敬愛的宣教夥伴及上帝的忠僕懷約翰牧師回天家


懷約翰牧師(1925年10月7日生於吉隆坡)於2022年3月10日星期四清晨在英國劍橋的阿登布魯克醫院(Addenbrooke's Hospital),睡夢中,安息主懷。懷約翰牧師的家人說,牧師在家中摔倒後,於醫院接受治療兩個半星期,但因胸部感染變肺炎而去世。

家屬將於2022年4月5日星期二上午舉行火化禮拜(僅家屬),下午2:30則在唐寧廣場聯合歸正教會(前聖哥倫布及伊曼紐爾會所),舉行懷約翰牧師感恩追思禮拜,一同記念他的生命見證。 禮拜後,將在吉布森大廳提供茶點,歡迎大家留下與家屬敘舊。

懷約翰牧師生前有囑咐,婉拒獻花。若為記念懷約翰牧師捐款,請捐贈至聖經公會(Bible Society), 謝謝。

慰詞可寄至:

  • Mr. David Whitehorn <djwhitehorn@gmail.com>
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Whitehorn, 5 Fenners Lawn, Cambridge CB1 2EH England U.K.

►教會地址→Downing Place URC, 4, Downing Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EL Enlgand U.K.

教會地圖→https://downingplaceurc.org/about/where-we-are/

懷約翰牧師於1951至1970年受派來台宣教,以下是他在PCT的事工:推動排灣族語聖經翻譯(屏東);擔任PCT原住民宣教幹事(臺北);擔任玉山神學院第3任代理院長(花蓮)。 在台期間,他的妻子Elizabeth (Haslam) Whitehorn於屏基和花蓮門諾醫院擔任醫師。

1970年回英國後,懷約翰牧師仍與台灣保持密切聯繫,1970-1973年間和1983-1993年間,牧師繼續排灣族聖經翻譯事工,並多次訪台。1973年,排灣族新約聖經出版;1993年,排灣族短篇聖經出版;其他出版刊物:1. Raleigh Ferrell編譯的《排灣族詞典》(1982年),懷約翰牧師詳細列出排灣族較短的聖經中所用的字眼,收錄於該詞典的附錄;2. 與共同編輯Robert Early在2003年出版《排灣文獻百篇》,太平洋語言學,澳大利亞。 回到英國,懷約翰牧師短暫教書後,為「上帝的時間」計畫服務。

很遺憾,在牧師去世前,他的妻子Dr. Elizabeth (Haslam) Whitehorn(1975年)及他們的兒子Stephen Whitehorn在24歲時(1985年)就已去世。懷約翰牧師2002年與Elizabeth Bruce結婚,與她共度退休生活。

我們向其妻子Elizabeth (Bruce) Whitehorn、懷約翰牧師的子女David (Margie)、Helen (Colin Christy)、Richard (Rachel)及他九位孫子表達最誠摯的哀悼和慰問。


Rev. John Whitehorn (懷約翰牧師) (born in Kuala Lumpur 7 October 1925) went home to the Lord peacefully in his sleep early morning of Thursday, 10th March 2022 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, England U.K. The Whitehorn family shared that following a fall at home, John was well cared for in hospital for two and a half weeks but sadly succumbed to a chest infection which had developed into pneumonia.

Following a private funeral service at the Crematorium for the family only (morning) a public thanksgiving and memorial service for the life and witness of Rev. John Whitehorn (懷約翰牧師) will take place 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5th April 2022 at Downing Place United Reformed Church (former congregations of St. Columba and Emmanuel). Refreshments will be served in the Gibson hall after the service and all are welcome to stay and meet with the family.

In accordance with John Whitehorn’s request there will be no flowers. Any donations in memory of John should be made to the Bible Society – thank you.

Messages and condolences to the Whitehorn family can be sent to:

Mr. David Whitehorn <djwhitehorn@gmail.com >

Mrs. Elizabeth Whitehorn, 5 Fenners Lawn, Cambridge CB1 2EH England U.K.

Church Address: Downing Place URC, 4, Downing Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EL Enlgand U.K.

please see website for directions: https://downingplaceurc.org/about/where-we-are/

A retired minister of the United Reformed Church (URC), (former English Presbyterian Mission) Rev. John Whitehorn served as a missionary partner with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan during the years 1951 – 1970 and he served PCT in the following areas of ministry: Paiwan Bible Translation (Pingtung); Secretary for Ethnic Ministry work PCT GA office (Taipei); Acting Principal Yushan Theological Seminary (Hualien). During the years in Taiwan his wife, Dr. Elizabeth (Haslam) Whitehorn served as medical doctor at the Norwegian Alliance Mission Hospital in Pingtung and the Mennonite Hospital in Hualien.

After returning to England (1970) Rev. Whitehorn maintained his close ties with Taiwan and continued working on Paiwan Bible translation (1970-1973) and (1983-1993) and visited Taiwan couple times in those ensuing years. It was with great joy when in 1973 the Paiwan New Testament was published and 1993 Paiwan Shorter Bible published. Other publications John Whitehorn contributed to Raleigh Ferell’s Paiwan Dictionary (1982). With co-editor Robert Early published One Hundred Paiwan Texts in 2003 Pacific Linguistics, Australia. Back in England John after teaching for short time, served the “Time for God” scheme.

Sadly John was preceded in death by his wife Dr. Elizabeth (Haslam) Whitehorn (1975) and their son Stephen Whitehorn at the young age of 24 (1985). After several years as a “single parent” in 2002 John married Elizabeth Bruce with whom he shared happy and fulfilling retirement years.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Bruce) Whitehorn, and John’s children David (Margie), Helen (Colin Christy), Richard (Rachel) and all his nine grandchildren.

by Carys Humphreys, Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT)


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