The Sudden Death of a Friend and Colleague, Noah Huss

It is strange to even write this blog entry because we know that Noah will not be reading it.  He always read our blog and encouraged us in what we had written.  Who would have guessed there would be a post dedicated to him?   
Today Dave and I received an email from World Team saying that Noah Huss, one of World Team’s mobilizers, was in a car accident yesterday and died due to his injuries.  We have been crying off and on ever since.
When we first heard this news we simply could not believe it.  Dave had just emailed Noah on Saturday and I have been corresponding with him as well the last couple weeks.  And he is World Team’s mobilizer, the guy who’s stationed in North America, not the fellow-missionary who is going into dangerous regions of the world.  He and his wife just had a baby.  He was just in Louisville.  How could it be him that died?
When Dave and I were looking into World Team, we called and Noah was the one to answer all of our questions.  We then signed on with World Team and since then have become good friends with him.  He started representing World Team in Louisville at Southern Seminary and at our church, Immanuel Baptist.  Because of that, he has been to our house a number of times and we have become very close.  We also worked with him a lot through World Team, at times emailing one another daily.  He was even the one who recommended we consider going to Cameroon.
When we think of Noah, all we can remember is joy!  As we have wrestled through our missionary process Noah has always supported us. He wholeheartedly believed in the cause of missions and worked tirelessly to raise up more people to go overseas.  He was always encouraging us in our pursuit of Cameroon.  He would write emails and FB messages out of the blue just to encourage us in our endeavors to translate the Bible.  When discouraged, we called Noah.  After talking to him, we felt a renewed sense of missionary zeal.  His job was far more than a job for him, it was his passion.  Oh how indebted we are to him.  
And now he is gone.  He is with Jesus, it is better for him this way.  And yet, he left behind a wife and three young sons.  And he also left behind World Team which certainly feels a tremendous loss.  He did so much for the cause of missions.  We assumed that we would be working with Noah for the rest of our lives.  It is with great sorrow that we grapple with this loss. 
Please be in prayer for Noah’s wife and sons and also please pray for World Team, that they will find a mobilizer as hard-working and godly as Noah.
“For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.” Lamentations 3:31-33

Author: Stacey Hare

Stacey is a servant of Jesus Christ as well as a wife, mom, linguist, and Bible translator. Right now she is working creating literacy materials so the Kwakum people can learn to read and write in their language. She is also working on translating Old Testament stories into Kwakum with her husband and local Kwakum colleagues.