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Jim McInnes Home with the Lord

James McInnes
August 1944 to July 2019

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our missionary, James McInnes, on July 16th. He will be greatly missed.

Below are excerpts from Pat’s eulogy and other reflections regarding Jim’s remarkable, Jesus centred life. The photo above was taken last year at Jim and Pat’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Jim McInnes was born on August 8, 1944. He was adopted by loving parents and received into a home where he was cherished and taught to love God and walk in His ways. He accepted Jesus at a young age and never wavered from his path in pursuit of glorifying his Saviour in everything he did. He graduated from Toronto Bible College in 1967. He married Patricia Anne Richards in 1968. Then in 1970, he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Electric Technology. He worked for four years at Applied Electronics, an innovative company working in a new field of technology in monitors and installation of electronic systems.

In 1972, Jim and Pat moved to Costa Rica with their one year old daughter, Heather, to start their missionary service with Latin America Mission. Their other children, Karen & Jeff, were both born in Costa Rica. All together, their three children blessed Jim with 12 grandchildren, one of whom preceded him to heaven.

Jim’s training in technology was put to use in supporting radio ministries Farro del Caribe and Difusiones Interamericanas. He also helped with La Clinica Biblica. During his long missionary career, Jim also worked with young people under the AMCA camping ministry and he helped build Camp La Cumbre. He also pastored Union Church for 26 years and raised up many disciples — young and old.

In later years, Jim and Pat’s ministry took on an international focus. They travelled to Africa, Italy, Wales, England, Scotland, Canada and the US, spreading the love of Jesus. They also ministered throughout Costa Rica. Even in his last days, he prayed and talked of Jesus to taxi drivers, doctors and technicians involved with his care, family, friends, patients in the hospital, and many others who came across his path. God’s promise to him that he would touch many in his old age proved true.

Pat shared: “Jim passed quietly and triumphantly into the wonderful presence of his Father on July 16. He now wears the victor’s crown and has heard the words, ‘well done good and faithful servant’. His funeral was a victory celebration as scores of people expressed their gratitude to God for this man who had been a mentor, father, teacher, pastor and friend.”

Pat intends to continue the missionary work they started together in the 1970s: “I have great peace and firmly believe that our work is not done. I intend to carry on and finish the course as well, always leaning on the arm of my beloved who has promised to bring me up from the wilderness and into the harvest.”  She also shared, “To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only wise God our Savior be glory, majesty power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore. Amen” Jude 24, 25

Although we mourn, we also praise God for Jim’s life and for his dedication and faithfulness before the Lord. He was greatly used by God in transforming lives.

Please pray for Pat and family during this difficult time.