Editorial: Remembering Dr. Boushra Mikhael

Editorial: Remembering Dr. Boushra Mikhael

Humanly speaking the church suffered a great loss on January 26, 2012 when Dr. Boushra Mikhael was called home to be with the Lord. His obituary as it appeared in two major Canadian newspapers and an Arabic paper in Egypt is reproduced here.

Dr. Mikhael was a valued committee member and contributor to Counsel Magazine and his help will be missed greatly. Those who sat under his ministry got to know a man who walked with the Lord. He had a tremendous grasp of scripture and took us always to the Person of Christ. He not only knew Christ but lived Him and was a living example of Paul’s reason for living, ‘For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.’ (Philippians 1:21).

It was this unyielding defense of the honour of Christ which displayed itself in not only careful thinking about the Lord, but in a Christlike spirit extended to all. He always began by addressing an audience as, ‘Beloved’. This expression of love for all believers endeared him to many.

In this issue of Counsel we print an excerpt from his last major writing project. This editor had the privilege of sitting with him in his hospital room going over the final draft a few weeks before his homecall. On the day of his departure the book was released to the printer. ‘The Desire of All Nations’ is a study of the Person of Christ, a fitting and triumphant conclusion to a life lived for his Saviour. Brother Mikhael finished well.

Our brother’s life is a challenge to all of us. We are to use our God given abilities for the glory of Christ and pour out our lives for Him. We have an obligation to the younger generation to give them a living example. Paul wrote, ‘Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 11:1). Dr. Mikhael was one of those who proved this is entirely possible in this day. His family asked me to extend to Counsel readers their appreciation for the outpouring of love and sympathy extended to them from all over the world. Individual acknowledgements would be impossible due to the sheer volume of messages received.

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