Sarnia-Lambton community “united in concern” for Bosma family

 Paul Visser was one of about 125 people who came to a prayer service for the family of Ancaster murder victim Tim Bosma. Living Hope Christian Reformed Church organized the service knowing the Bosmas have relatives and friends in the community.


Paul Visser was one of about 125 people who came to a prayer service for the family of Ancaster murder victim Tim Bosma, whose picture was projected during the service. Living Hope Christian Reformed Church organized the service knowing the Bosmas have relatives and friends in the community.

Ralph DeJong says people in Sarnia Lambton have been touched by the tragic murder of Tim Bosma.

On May 6, the Ancaster contractor took two men for a test drive in his black pickup which he’d put up for sale on Kijiji and The Auto Trader  and never returned home. Posters of the missing man were plastered across Ontario by concerned friends and social media sites were alive with people posting their support and spreading the latest information about the case in the hopes of returning Bosma home.

But that was not to be. Police found his burned remains on a farm in Ayr a week later. A Toronto man faces a charge of first degree murder and two others are being sought.

People in Sarnia-Lambton were drawn not just to the tragedy of the story, but to the family since Bosma’s sister, Jen Noordam and her husband Chris, a Sarnia police officer, live and work in the community and worship at People’s Church in Wyoming.

DeJong is the chair of the Living Hope Christian Reformed Church which organized a prayer service for the Bosma family just a day after the body was discovered. Bosma was a member of the Ancaster Christian Reformed Church.  DeJong says everyone was touched in some way by the tragedy.,  “We are united in concern for his wife and family,” DeJong told about 125 people gathered in the Sarnia Christian School gym. “We had all hoped it would be different; what binds us together is our grief.”

And while grief binds the church communities together, so does their faith according to Walt Noordam, Jen’s father-in-law who attended the service.

“I had a chance to talk with Hank and Mary (Bosma – Tim’s parents) just a few hours ago and told them the opportunity there was tonight and they felt very encouraged so many churches were stepping forward; especially those who had never met Tim,” Noordam said, adding “it takes a load off their back” knowing the church across the province is praying for them in their time of need.

Living Hope’s pastor, Rev. Richard Vander Vaart, urged the community to continue remembering the family through this difficult time. “In this crisis…we have really had a sense of community…we are given the gift of community to share our burdens.

“We have lived with this family, prayed for them, thought about them, maybe even stayed awake through the watches of the night thinking of them…if you find yourself, tomorrow, next week or next year thinking ‘I wonder how Sharlene is doing?’ You should pray…it’s a practical and powerful way for you to help.”

– Heather Wright

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