A former CMS missionary couple, Russell and Kay Clark, have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for their years of service to medicine and the church.
Dr Russell Clark was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the field of geriatric and rehabilitation medicine, and for his work as a medical missionary in Asia and Africa. Dr Clark had wanted to be a doctor in Africa from when he was only 10 years old.
When he received his letter, notifying him of the honour, Dr Clark shared with the Hills Shire Times that he was “a bit cross”, as he believed his wife, Kay, also deserved an award.
To Dr Clark’s joy, a letter soon arrived for Rev Kay Clark, telling her she had been given a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Anglican Church, and to CMS.
Following his marriage to Kay, whom he met at a Crusader camp, the couple served in Hong Kong from 1974 to 1984, where Dr Clark was the founding head of the Department of Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Kay Clark was involved in teaching English and working with poor families in Kowloon while her husband worked at the hospital.
From 1985 to 2002, the Clarks lived in Sydney and Dr Clark worked at St Vincent’s Hospital. During that time, Kay Clark was ordained as a deacon within the Anglican Church.
Two years after Rev Clark’s ordination, the couple moved to Tanzania, where Rev Clark lectured at Munguishi Bible College and Dr Clark worked at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. CMS still has a large involvement in mission work in Tanzania, including two missionary families, the Boyes and the Taylors, at Munguishi.
Since their return to Australia, Dr Clark has worked as a senior lecturer at the University of NSW. Rev Clark has worked as an Assistant Minister at St Michael’s Anglican Church in Vaucluse, and served on the ministry team at St Matthew’s West Pennant Hills.
Praise God with us for this faithful couple, and their many decades of work in his name. Thank God that he raises up so many dedicated followers to serve him in Australia and overseas, and that these people can be excellent witnesses of the love of Jesus to their friends, family, colleagues and those they serve.