On Saturday, 14 September 2019, Lenora’s Mother, Harriett Bathman, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at 88 years old. Bill and Harriett Bathman were married for 65 years. They served the Lord in Missions for over 6 decades in Great Britain, Eastern Europe and across the African continent. They lived in Europe for 22 of those years. For seven years, they also resided in South Africa and used Cape Town as their base of operations for continued ministry throughout Europe and Africa.
Harriett Bathman trained at the Georgia Baptist Hospital and became a Registered Nurse. She loved being an OR Nurse and thrived during medical crisis. Harriett Bathman’s most fulfilling work in her medical capacity was arranging medical equipment, as well as, teams of doctors and medical personnel to travel to Eastern Europe to perform surgeries and organising the donation and transportation of tonnes of medical equipment to hospitals in Eastern Europe and to Angola and Sudan.
The Bathman’s strategy was to work through local churches to enhance their status and credibility in these, mostly communist, countries, meeting desperate medical needs, as well as making it easier for the church to fulfil the Great Commission in their community.
Harriett Bathman was an organiser who co-ordinated complex missions, hospitality, hosting mission leaders from around the world in their home and mission base in Austria, networking with medical professionals and ensuring that Network, Pioneers, In Touch Mission and Frontline Fellowship were well organised and kept on their toes.
Much of the garden at Livingstone House was cultivated under her direct supervision and the word “No” was rarely part of her vocabulary. If Harriett Bathman felt the Lord was guiding her to fulfil a task, she would move mountains to make it happen.
Harriett Bathman is survived by three daughters, ten grandchildren and eight grandchildren, on three continents and two hemispheres. Their daughter, Lenora, is a second generation Missionary and granddaughter, Andrea, with her husband, Hunter, are third generation Missionaries.
Bill and Harriett Bathman were examples of excellence, of dedicated, life-long commitment to Missions, especially to persecuted Christians and in Restricted Access Areas.
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me… Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:34-40