Wyoming church does what it can to help family of Tim Bosma
For years, the sign in front of People’s Church has proclaimed the gospel using only verses from the bible; but all that changed one cool spring day because of the disappearance of a man who lived hours from the corner of London Line and Camlachie Road.
On May 6, Tim Bosma, a contractor from Ancaster, walked down his rural drive way with two men who wanted to test drive the truck he’d listed for sale on Kijiji and The Auto Trader websites. He disappeared into the night with a smile to his wife, Sharlene.
The family knew something was terribly wrong when he didn’t return. They took to Facebook and began the search to bring Tim Bosma home that very night.
In Sarnia-Lambton, Bosma’s sister, Jen Noordam, and her husband, Chris, a Sarnia Police officer, got into their car and drove to Ancaster to do whatever they could to help find the missing man.
Chris Noordam and Bosma’s wife met with the media May 9 to plead for anyone – everyone – to help bring Tim home. “Tim is a loving husband and a great father to a two-year-old girl,” Noordam said. “He is an amazing uncle to his nieces and nephews. He is always the first to laugh and the last to get upset.”
Back home, the people of People’s Church began to do what they could to help their friends, the Noordams, according to Associate Pastor Mark Ottaway.
“There have been a lot of emails back and forth to Jen and Chris,” he says. Chris’ parents also attend People’s Church and were having a “difficult” time because they wanted to support their daughter-in-law and son but were finding it hard to do from a distance.
Church members also wanted to help. “There was a collection taken (with the money) to help out in whatever way was necessary,” says Ottaway.
And church administrators, in an effort to help, changed its roadside sign – which usually holds a bible verse- to a plea to help find Tim Bosma.
“People want to do what they can…there was still a hope at that time; we thought it was about a truck…we still had hope that he would be found.”
By May 14, that hope was dashed. Hamilton Police announced they had found Bosma’s burned body in a field of a farm near Ayr – the property of a 27 year old Toronto man who had been arrested on the weekend and charged with forcible confinement and theft in Bosma’s disappearance.
Ottaway and the staff at People’s Church watched the news conference, stunned by the news. “There were some tears this morning,” says Ottaway “especially some of the wives that have been close to Jen.”
And through the tragedy, Ottaway says the members of the church are leaning on their faith and each other. “These sort of events have a way of pulling people together,” he says adding prayers have been offered in churches across the country for Bosma and his family. “We’ve been praying together with many churches we don’t even know, all to the same end…When man attacks, people pull together.”
And Ottaway says they draw on their faith and are comforted knowing “God is in control.”
– Heather Wright