Philip Gurung and his wife Maili [pictured left in 1971] have both passed away within 3 weeks of each other, having been married for almost 62 years.
Philip was one of the ‘first-fruits’ of the ministry of Pat O’Hanlon and Hilda Steele, having been treated in their clinic in Nautanwa in India. Philip was baptised in the local river in 1941, and became a member of the Nepal Evangelistic Band [the forerunner of INF].
Pat helped arrange Philip’s marriage in 1953 to Maili. She was a Nepali girl who had also become a Christian, having been cared for by Beth Allinger and Elaine Crane [two other members of the Band]. Together the newly-weds trekked into Nepal, a few months after the original party.
Both Philip and Maili were key figures in the development of the work of the Band and INF, and Philip also became a leader in the church in Pokhara. They were regarded with great respect and affection by INF staff who came to refer to them as Philip Baba [father] and Maili Aama [mother].
They are survived by six of their seven children, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Maili Aama went to be with her Lord on 19 November, and Philip Baba followed on 7 December. Both lives were celebrated with funeral services at Ramghat Church in Pokhara.
We thank God for their faithful work and great legacy. Our prayers and thoughts are with their family.