The Rev. Isaac Agré, Global Ministries Missionary, Passed Away on November 3, 2011
"Come to me, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
It is with deep sadness that I share with you that the Rev. Isaac Agré, a missionary for the General Board of Global Ministries, passed away on November 3, 2011.
While we grieve the loss of Isaac, we celebrate his life. His generous and courageous spirit was evident in the hospitality of his mission work in Tunisia. He and his wife, Jacqueline, offered a ministry of solidarity with migrants and refugees from many different African countries, including those from their home country, Côte d'Ivoire. The missionary presence provided stability for people in Tunisia who are marginalized. This was especially important during the recent political upheaval.
I am thankful for Isaac's service and ministry. Please join me in praying for Jacqueline and their five children.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Isaac Agré has been called home by his Lord in the early morning of November 3, 2011, following a cardiac arrest. His doctor had hospitalized him on Friday, October 28, since his condition required immediate care in the form of a hemodialysis.
Isaac Agré was born on January 1, 1953. After his theological studies in Benin and Yaoundé/Cameroon, he was pastor of the Methodist Church of the Ivory Coast and spiritual director of the Methodist schools before he became a superintendent in 1993. As of 2005, he was the chair of the Council on Ministries of The United Methodist Church of the Ivory Coast. In the following years he and his wife, Jacqueline, accepted the challenge to become missionaries in Tunisia.
Married to Jacqueline Okon Owo, they had five children: Armelle (27), Romuald (25), Patrick (23), Nathan (21) and David (18).
Isaac Agré was sent to Tunisia as a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries. His presence in Tunis, also in the recent difficult times of unrest and uncertainty, allowed him on the one hand to be part of an ecumenical ministry. He was working with the Reformed Church of Tunis and with Caritas of the Catholic Church in order to receive and to support immigrants and refugees. On the other hand took care of the property of The United Methodist Church in Montfleury/Tunis. There he organized the reception of small groups and established a home for young women from sub-Saharan Africa who had come to Tunis because of their studies.
With the death of Isaac Agré, the church loses a highly appreciated employee and a faithful witness of Jesus Christ.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46)
(Rev. Daniel Nussbaumer)
Date posted: Nov 07, 2011