February 2, 1973 Wally, Norma and family boarded a flight to Lausanne, Switzerland and began their many faithful years of YWAM service. Wally was an extraordinary man, walking away from the pinnacle of his career to join YWAM. God was indeed number one in his life. He opened his heart and home to orphans and continued to be an advocate for the widow and orphans. He lovingly cared for his wife and modeled faithful love to all who knew him. With strong conviction he persevered through the difficult and stretching early days establishing Gleanings for the Hungry. He was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis which was incurable and fast growing. On 22 January 1999, just three short months after he revealed his condition, Wally passed away and walked lovingly into the Savior’s embrace leaving his wife, Norma, and 4 children, Coleen, Steve, Luanne & Dwight. (Facts taken from “The Best Kept Secret in YWAM – The Gleanings Miracle” by Steve Witmer.