The loss of our brother and friend

Shalom, dear fields of wheat family, 

This is an update I would so rather not be sending! It is my deeply regrettable task to inform you of the untimely passing of Gary Morrison, a founding member of the Board of Directors, for our U.S.-side Fields of Wheat non-profit organization.

May his memory be forever blessed.

On February 20, Gary was traveling with a friend to go quail hunting. Their plane crashed with no survivors. We are still stunned. Gary and his wife, Mari Kay, opened not only their home but their hearts to me. I stayed with them in Abilene many times, pampered and refreshed by their loving hospitality. A member of our family has gone on to be with the Lord. It is still impossible to comprehend the absence of such a wonderful brother, so dedicated to the Lord and the Fields of Wheat vision.

The following is what I wrote to Mari Kay and to Gary’s grown children. I hope you can feel inside of my words, my longing to both grieve our loss of our partner and, at the same time, to celebrate the immeasurable value of a life well-lived.
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Dearest Mari Kay, Anna, and McKendry,

At this inconceivable time, we long to be next to you and, in even a minuscule way, to help shoulder the grief of Gary’s departure. Yet our heart is to give glory to God and to express abiding admiration and praise for the excellence of how Gary lived. What a man! He sought to know and to serve God with every fiber. I was always challenged by his questions, by his yearning to understand and to walk in God’s ways.

I was drawn into a deep friendship with this special, special man, through his passion to bless Israel and to participate with us in bringing our long-awaited redemption through Yeshua. On behalf of all of your brothers and sisters in the Messianic community of Israel, we honor the devoted life of your husband and father.

And we declare our covenant love for you—in perpetual gratitude for his foundational contribution to establishing a center in the Galilee to bless and equip all of God’s children in Israel. Please know that we are walking with you through this valley, knowing that even now, the Lord will make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

With enduring love and affection, Eitan & Connie Shishkoff.

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May the suddenness and the sadness of Gary’s passing cause the strong renewal of our bond, as co-laborers in the Fields of Wheat. Please keep Gary’s wife and children in your earnest prayers. And let us hear from you.

Loving and appreciating you,

Eitan Shishkoff.