Tributes paid to Norfolk prayer warrior Mark
The Norfolk Christian community has been paying tribute to “a great hero of the faith” Mark Sutcliffe, who died from cancer on Christmas Day.
A former employee at YMCA Norfolk, Mark was best known as a prayer warrior and intercessor, involved with numerous churches and Christian projects and groups across Norfolk and much further afield.
Jill Gower, Director of Call to Prayer, said: “I have known Mark for about 20 years. I first met him at a prayer meeting in an attic room at the old YMCA building. I was very taken with his passion for Jesus and his style of intercession. Over the years we worked together a lot; in the early days at Living Water when the “prayers” gathered around a banner or in my caravan before progressing to the prayer tent. Mark got involved with praying for the youth, and would report back to us the testimonies of all that the Lord was doing.
“We worked together with Martin Down and Stephen Mawditt at the First Friday Call to Prayer gatherings, when on the first Friday of each month we travelled around the county to different churches leading intercession together.
Over the years we have been involved in many prayer times together, including the intercession for a conference in Manchester with John Mulinde and the great prayers from Uganda, and we at Call to Prayer will always be grateful for his anointing and input, and the many great meetings we shared.”
Soul Church senior pastor, Jon Norman, paid tribute on Facebook: “Mark was full of faith and expectation right up to the end. Now safely home with the Jesus he loved and served. His legacy will never die.”
Craig Deal, pastor at Gateway Vineyard Norwich, said: “The amount of lives and churches that have been impacted by Mark is endless. We have lost a prayer warrior and encourager. Mark-enjoy the party in heaven!”
David Elverson, leader of Kingdom Life Church, said: “He is such a hero of the faith and a great friend. So sad. Wife and fellow church leader Holly Elverson wrote: “A hero of the faith and a faithful man! Our loss is heavens gain. I will miss him.”
Others from the Norfolk Christian community also posted messages on Facebook
Pete McAllen wrote: “Mark was an example, a man who lived by faith, talked faith and prayed like few I know. A friend to us and so many others. We will miss him, and the hole he leaves. As Christians let’s reflect on what he carried and be inspired to live big lives for Jesus. I will miss him greatly and pray his legacy will live out in my life.”
Jane Clamp said: “Mark never failed to speak God's word into my life, encouraging me and cheering me on. Blessed to have known him.”
John Lind, wrote: “Words are sometimes not enough to explain how you felt about someone, but Sara and I have a host of lovely memories of this lovely man which we will treasure all the more now he's not with us.”
Michelle Smith said: “Mark will be so missed by so many of us. A great man of faith, a true friend and pure lover of Jesus”
Cle Jarvis wrote: “Such an amazing encouragement and example! Prayer Warrior and friend.”
Ann Marshall said: “Always a great encourager always positive, always full of love, always giving out from the abundance of his heart, you are a hero Mark, I am certain you have heard the words Well done good and faithful servant.”
Mark’s thanksgiving service is now on Wednesday January 17, at 2.45 pm, at Soul Church, Mason Road, Norwich.
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