TRIBUTE TO JAMES MARTIN
August 11 1949 - November 29, 1999
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” II Timothy 4:7-8
Early in the morning of Monday November 29, 1999, my precious husband, James, drew his final breath on earth and stepped in the glorious presence of His God. He preached his final sermon on Sunday morning during which there was an awesome outpouring of God’s presence in the service. During the Sunday evening service members of the congregation shared testimonies about the powerful way God had used their pastor during the short time since he had accepted the pastorate of Coolidge Indian Assembly of God. Following the service, Pastor James shared the usual time of food and fellowship with his congregation. He went to sleep Sunday night, after having experienced an unusual time of anointing upon his ministry. He suffered a brain aneurysm in the early hours of the morning, slipped into unconsciousness and when he awoke he was in the precious presence of God.
Our loss is deeply felt and we miss him more than words can express. However, in reflecting on the kind of man James was, the life he lived, the ministries in which he served and the Lord he loved, I feel the words of Paul the Apostle express beautifully James’ story. He has indeed finished his race and completed his battles victoriously. He has laid down his sword and gone home.
James had been in active Home Missions ministry for over 25 years. During this time he pioneered three Assembly of God churches in Massachusetts, served as pastor of Whiteriver Assembly of God on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. He also served as pastor of East Las Vegas Assembly of God in Nevada and most recently had been appointed pastor of Coolidge Indian Assembly of God In Coolidge, Arizona.
During his years of ministry he also served in Teen Challenge, worked as Prison Chaplain in a Massachusetts State Correctional Intuition and acted as police chaplain for the Acton Police Department. His heart beat for missions America as he considered it to be the greatest mission field on earth. As his wife of twenty-five years I have stood by his side through the good times as well as the difficult ones. I miss him immensely!
One thing I have learned from laboring side by side with such an awesome man of God as James. God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness and His grace is more than sufficient for everything I will ever need! It is with deep love and gratitude that I pay tribute to my precious husband, James…. I will love you forever, I will miss you immensely but I will continue to be faithful until the day that I stand beside you in the glorious presence of the God we loved and served together!