…Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people. In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.(Psalm 116:15-19)
Dear friends, today we are mourning the loss of a dear friend and mentor, our beloved brother Aeron Morgan has gone to be with the Saviour he so faithfully proclaimed all of his life. My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to dear Dinah, his faithful wife, and to Aeron’s children, Angela,Michael and Philip.
What can I say in tribute to this wonderfully Spirit filled man of God? Aeron’s countenance literally shone, as he proclaimed the indescribable riches of God’s grace, and of his saving love as revealed in Jesus. Such a joyful man of God, with an ever ready good word and an infectious smile.
I will miss his prayers. Aeron and his beloved wife Dinah have always faithfully carried so many of us in their prayers. One of my first thoughts on hearing of his home going was selfish, I admit, for I thought, ‘who will pray for us, as Aeron did?’ . At certain times in our pilgrimage, and always at just the right time, Aeron and Dinah would write us and tell us that God had especially laid us on his heart.
Our brother was ever a man of scripture, always talking about the Word of God, but never in a dry, academic way, for Aeron was (and is) passionately a lover of God and a follower of the Lamb of God, Jesus. He would always have some insight to share with those who are like-minded.
I have spent time with brother Morgan in his home, with his wife and in his dealings with others. What you saw and heard was what he lived. The Morgans live out a simple, God-fearing piety, with a deep, burning faith, constantly praying about everything, witnessing to others, and forever loving their neighbor, as Christ loved us, even when they were hurt or betrayed by others they had nothing but love and hope for them.
I loved the times I spent in hotel rooms with them at conference, praying together, fellowshipping. Aeron and Dinah would share their meals with me, feeding me sandwiches and ‘Welsh Cakes’, as we laughed, shared, cried, and talked scripture.
Before he was a Bible College chancellor , instructor and a denominational superintendent, Aeron was for long time an Assembly of God pastor, serving congregations in the UK and in Australia. Through his years as a shepherd(pastor), He obviously learned to love and serve God’s people.
Aeron would give credit first to God, then to his upbringing, and his parents for anything worthwhile in his life. The bio on his website explains that;
Aeron Morgan is a Welshman, born in Aberaman in the Aberdare Valley, South Wales. Raised in a Christian home, his godly parents had a great influence on his life, and he was converted at a very early age in the local Pentecostal Mission. The assembly was truly a ‘sending church,’ privileged to see many go forth as missionaries, pastors, and evangelists to different parts of the world.
Brother Morgan would often bless me (and others I am sure) by sharing his earliest memories, of being shaped and formed by people who had been involved in the Welsh Revival, and for whom the Lord Jesus and the Christian life is a burning and living reality.
From his parents, and a through steady stream of others touched by God, brother Morgan’s early life was enriched by redeemed drunkards, itinerant preachers who would stay with the Morgans when Aeron was young, ( one of whom would lead him into personal, devotional Bible studies,“We will just study the book of Colossians this week, alright Aeron?“), and devout Pentecostal christians of all walks of life who stamped their impression on this man of God.
One of my favorite ‘Aeron stories’ was of the Bible professor in England who for forty years had served in the Bible college, teaching theology to youth. He wasn’t formally educated himself but He knew Jesus and the Bible deeply and was a real treasure. In the 1960’s, When the college wanted to ‘get with the times’ this man was unceremoniously put out of the faculty.
This was the discussion when this ‘retired’ Pentecostal pioneer went into the British Bereau to apply for and receive his pension,
“How long have you worked at the school?”
“What was your salary”
“Nothing, I took nothing for I have lived completely by faith…”
Pause. Then, “Where did you reside?”
“At the school…”.
Aeron, you would always tell me of men and women who had been deeply touched by God, and who were full of the Holy Spirit, living godly lives in a world full of sin, evil and failure. They gave all for Jesus and took nothing for themselves, They shone for Jesus as theylived, shaping your life brother, and we are all better for that.
But all this time I now realize, that you yourself were one of them…the godly fruit of revival,a real man of faith and of the Spirit. Your ‘denomination’ modernized also, but you stood fast in your testimony of truth even when they turned away from yourself, and Philip and the others. You are one of my Christian heroes brother. We love you and will miss you dear brother, tell Jesus we love Him- Pastor Bill Randles, Kristin, and Believers in Grace fellowship!