Goodbye, Dr. Bradley

I was just on the phone with Derek, youngest son of Dr. Edward Bradley. I never wept before the way I do now — not even when my dad passed away.

Dr. Bradley first came to visit us in January of 2007, at the time when I was lost and going in the wrong direction. Unlike our other visitors in the past, he just spent time with me and listened to my babbling. He did not tell me what to do or where to go. Instead, he helped me put all my “guards” down and let me share the vision that the Lord placed in my heart for our people. I felt free in his presence. Back in the States, he called us regularly and asked for our prayer requests. In him, I found a true Christian and a true friend — very rare in this day and age. And that changed my life, and our whole church and mission.

My family grieves. The whole church will grieve when I tell them the sad news. We say “goodbye” to a dear, dear friend — one who was like a father to us. We all looked forward to his personal visits to members’ homes — in  the “streets and lanes of the city… the highways and hedges” (Luke 14:21, 23). He sat and listened to our stories. We were all “at home” with him. We will miss him very, very much.

Goodbye, Dr. Bradley. And thank you. Thank you for… you.

Grieving,

Glem Melo
Mindanao, Philippines

* All photos by Derek Bradley, 2008

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5 thoughts on “Goodbye, Dr. Bradley

  1. I am very sad to hear this. Is this true? Isn’t it sudden? What is the cause of his death? Yes, I agree with Glimar. Ed has been so warm and caring even to people he met only a few times. When he took me along with him and leah to Cambodia, he made sure we had time to talk. I was then at a crossroad, making a major decision in life. When he learned of my decision, he sent me a beautiful bunch of flowers. When Leah and I were in Washington D.C., he invited us to their home. And whenever he is in the Philippines, he invites me to join him and leah for a coffee or meal. Ed, you have been a real friend and a mentor/counselor to me. You will be missed! Elsie Calalang

    1. Hi, ‘te. Yes, it’s true. I received a message from his youngest, Derek, and called him immediately. Dr. Bradley had a hemorrhagic stroke and 26 melanomas on the brain. His doctors said that he has no chance of recovery. He is now in a medically induced coma. The family will be saying their final goodbyes and then they will release him to the Lord. I have been crying a lot since I talked to Derek. May the Lord raise up more true Christians and true friends like him.

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