On Friday, December 3rd, 2004, our dear brother in Christ, Ian Jones, was killed in a tragic industrial accident. Our heartfelt prayers are with his wife Korin, and sons, Arran and Daniel.
Hundreds of friends, both secular and Christian, paid tribute to Ian at a memorial and thanksgiving service at Park End Presbyterian Church, Roath, Cardiff on Wednesday, 15th December.
Testimony to Ian's incredible enthusiasm for life was given by both Christian friends and his workmates, many of whom had fought to rescue him when a shutter-door fell on him, critically injuring him, as normal shut-down procedures were carried out at the end of the shift at the Recycling Plant at Lamby Way, Cardiff.
All who worked with Ian remembered his ability to work with great enthusiasm and joy and many tears were shed as we reminisced over a life transformed from a struggle to find meaning, resulting in casual drug use, petty crime, and violence, to one of Christian discipleship.
No one witnessing Ian striving to give up his past influences could fail to notice the pain he had gone through, but all who remember his work in Christian ministry knew how far he had come as he witnessed and worked with youth groups and Christian music outreach in the Cardiff area.
The early formation of a witnessing group to those trapped in the cults in the Cardiff area found Ian involved with 'Direction,' from which this ministry sprang, and we will never forget that we could rely on his consistent presence, no matter whether it was in hours of prayer for the lost and deceived, on hot summer days witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses at their annual Cardiff Arms Park Convention, or on the coldest winter days in door-to-door work and distribution of tracts. Because of the witness of Ian and Korin we have seen at least one believer in Christ, John Griffin, escape the snare of the Jehovah's Witness.
God bless you Ian, good and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ!