David Wiens died Oct. 26, 2009. He was born May 31, 1926 in Sagradovka, Russia to Abram and Susanna Wiens. To flee the pressures of the Communist regime, they moved to the Amur River on the Chinese border, then, a few years later escaped over the frozen river to Harbin, China. In 1932, with the help of MCC, they moved to the Chaco, Paraguay, where despite the difficulty of building a new existence from scratch, David’s parents praised God for the freedom to worship. In 1948, David married Olga August. Four years later they moved to Brazil. David built houses and worked in a bike factory. After their daughter’s marriage to a Canadian, David and Olga moved to B.C. in 1970 because of growing inflation in Brazil. David worked at Columbia Kitchen Cabinets until his retirement. David and Olga rejoiced in the fact that their children along with their spouses have a strong faith in the Lord and through their example encourage their children. Many trips made David and Olga’s lives fuller and they thanked God for the experiences. After some declining health, David was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He was an exemplary patient and did not complain. Predeceased by 1 grandson, David is mourned by Olga; children Helga, Werner, Inge, Wilfried; 10 grandchildren; great-grandchildren. The memorial service was held at King Road MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C., October 29, 2009.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.