It is with shock and deep sadness that we heard the news of Rev Val Bock’s sudden death last week.
Val grew up in Melbourne, Victoria and her early training was as a nurse. She was ordained as a Minister of the Word in 1989 and served in the East Kimberley/Kununurra Parish in WA from 1990 – 1998. She formally retired in November 1998 at the age of 63.
Val supported the work of UnitingWorld since her formal retirement and served as a UnitingWorld Experience Volunteer with a number of overseas church partners from 2004: in Indonesia, Malaysia (Bethany Home) and Thailand.
In 2012 and 2013, Val volunteered at the McKean Rehabilitation Centre, a leprosy hospital and aged-care facility of the Church of Christ in Thailand where she had previously spent 13 years as a missionary over 40 years ago.
During her most recent Experience placements in Thailand, Val provided pastoral care encouragement to McKean’s staff and elderly patients, organising activities, leading devotions and discussions, counselling patients and building friendships with many throughout the hospital. Val was a fantastic writer and always told wonderful stories of her time at the McKean in her regular updates.
Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers on Wednesday and as the family notice mentioned ‘sister of Barbara and Noel, special aunt, friend and mentor to many around the world. Now with the Lord whom she loved and served all her life’.
We too give thanks to God for her life of ministry, compassion and loving service.
UnitingWorld – National Director
9 February 2015
*If you would like to donate to UnitingWorld in memoriam of Rev Val Bock’s life and work, you can do so here. Alternatively, you can donate to the Leprosy Mission, another great organisation which Val worked with, by clicking here.