An MFMer at Heart

My Journey

By Bruce Kelly

Bruce Kelly
Long-time MFMer Bruce Kelly shown in his police uniform.
I am a retired police officer and pastor from Melbourne, Australia. My wife, Jan, and I first became involved with Men For Missions when Dr. Ed Kilbourne spoke in 1982 at our evening church service. David Little, Australian National MFM Director, and his wife, Trish, were also present.

Following several discussions with David, Jan and I signed on for our first MFM tour to Indonesia. We traveled to Indonesia two more times with MFM Australia. My teenage daughter and I also visited with an OMS New Zealand team in India.

Bruce in India
Bruce traveling to India as part of an MFM team in 1983.
During his tenure as MFM National Director, David initiated three councils in the Melbourne area. These councils held banquets, conducted retreats, sold freshly picked apples, and chook manure to raise thousands of dollars for missionary support. We enjoyed wonderful support from Warren Hardig and John McLaughlin. They and others from MFM were always welcome visitors to our home. In my 45year connection with OMS, the ministry of MFM councils was, in my opinion, the golden era of OMS in Australia.

Bruce at Malang seminary
Bruce presenting a check from MFM Australia to the Malang seminary to help purchase overhead projectors.
When David unexpectedly resigned as Australian National Director, the mantle fell on my shoulders. At that time, I was serving as a police officer and had three children to care for at home. I regret that MFM no longer exists in Australia; however, I remain an MFMer at heart, and as an 82-year-old street evangelist, still “Do, Go and Give” at every opportunity.

“Now when I am old and gray, O God do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation and your power to everyone who is to come.” Psalm 71:18

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