Rev Benjamin Lemboe was a charismatic, gentle and kind-hearted person who touched many lives. He served as a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, now known as the Uniting Reformed Church. Through his association with the Church Office, he served as Church representative on the Management Committee of the Christine Revell Children’s Home and later the Christine Revell Board of Trustees.
Rev Lemboe served on these committees since September 1987, a total of 29 years and never considered stepping down. Many others have served and left the organisation, but Rev Lemboe was the one who advocated for the needs of the Christine Revell Children’s Home in various churches, at his congregation, Welgelegen, and also at the Church Office and Synod meetings.
We are very thankful for his commitment and dedication to our organisation. The Christine Revell Children’s Home has gone from strength to strength and thanks to “Dominee” there was continuity between CRCH and the Church Office. His wisdom and calm nature with meaningful recommendations will be sorely missed by us. He supported our events and specifically made an effort to come to our bazaar every year.
We would like to dedicate this poem to him.
From all of us at CRCH Management, staff and all the children.
HE IS GONE
You can shed tears because he is gone
Or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he must come back.
Or you can open your eyes and see all he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can think of the loving moments that you have shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow, be sad and say……
We cannot go on without him.
Or you can be happy to face tomorrow because of all the yesterdays.
You can fondly remember him, when he is gone.
And cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry, close your eyes, feel empty inside
And might want to turn back time.
But together we will do what he would have wanted.
Smile, open your eyes, live life to the fullest,
Love each other and carry on.
– Derived from a poem of David Harkins