What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints. ( Psalm 116:12-15)
Many years ago , when I first visited the beautiful country of South Africa, I enjoyed the hospitality of a beautiful Holy Spirit filled couple, Fred and Wendy Blomkamp. I had never met anyone like Fred before in my life and probably never will. He went to heaven yesterday, and I wish to Eulogize my dear friend and brother.
Fred had led a hard, sinful life, and he would be the first to tell you that when he would give his testimony, as He often did. He loved his race horses and his excessive gambling and all that went with that kind of life, until he met Jesus Christ.
Fred told me once that when he was a sinner he gave all, 100 percent to his sinful pleasures, now that he was a Christian he was going to go every bit as far if not further.
Fred was a sold out witness of Jesus Christ. He had to be the boldest man I have never seen. I have never seen anyone as utterly un self-conscious as Fred Blomkamp. He did not care what anyone thought of Fred Blomkamp, He was always more concerned where they stood with Jesus Christ!
Wherever he went, Fred was distributing tracts, CD’s, Cassettes, of Gospel sermons, testimonies and prophetic teachings. He wanted everyone to know Jesus. Fred was an evangelist from the word “Go”.
God gave Fred a great booming voice, He could literally penetrate the hardest walls and closed doors with that powerful voice. I love the story of the beautiful, sweet refined South African lady I met, who had been at the post office, where she heard and saw Fred witnessing to a customer , whose back was against the wall, and who was looking for a way out of the situation.
When the person Fred was witnessing to excused himself, Fred continued on with his business, but this lady followed him out, and told him, “I overheard you speaking to that man about Jesus… He may not have wanted him, but I would like to be born again, sir!” Right there in the parkade of the post office Fred led this dear lady to Christ, and as far as I know she still follows Jesus to this day.
I would give anything to be able to have another home fellowship meeting at Fred and Wendy’s house, but he is gone. That was Fred (and is Wendy), always serving the LORD, always meeting the need, opening up their home, baptizing people in their pool, sharing the latest book or tract or cassette or CD with whoever will. We miss you Fred.
The Joy of the LORD radiated from my brother! Who hasn’t been stopped in their tracks by one of Fred’s shattering “PRAISE THE LORD!” shouts? The Blomkamp home was a haven, I always felt such joy and relief when Fred would take me there after those grueling flights, to be greeted by Wendy’s cheerful smile and hug, and Fred’s friendship and sense of humor.
We only have each other for an indeterminate time, people ae gifts. Fred was a gift to all of us. He has gone on to his reward. He suffered greatly in his later times, but I am told he did so without complaint, for Fred was a real man. He loved God and was grateful for his salvation. Fred believed God could do anything, He was a man of great faith, but he also believed in the Sovereignty of God, and that we cannot tell God what to do.
My dear Wife Kristin and I are praying for you all. Our hearts go out to you Wendy, and to Leigh and Romy, and to Gina, and Nicky and to all of your precious families. We love you and ae praying for you in this time of loss. Remember that death is not the final Word, for Jesus, whom Fred loved, says to us “I am the resurrection and the Life, He who believes on me will never die”.