Last night at 11pm, Oman lost a dedicated lifetime missionary, Dr. Donald Bosch, at the age of 95. As one of the church secretaries, Esther, commented on facebook, ” He was a man of such love and compassion. A regular attender at the Church in Ruwi at 7:30 pm even at the age of ninity five. At 94 he used to sing Hymns in the service.Though it is such a sad thing here on earth , its all Joy and celebration in Heaven to receive this man of faith. WE MISS YOU DR.BOSCH.” Many older Omanis in the Muscat area are quite familiar with Dr. Bosch and his lifelong devotion to health and education in the Sultanate. As the famous twitterer, Muscati wrote on twitter: “those of us who are from Muscat know and appreciate Dr Bosch’s life, his love for Oman, and his role in health and education.”
Dr. Donald Bosch and wife Eloise at one of many audiences with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos over the years. In line with his exceptional generosity, the Bosches were even gifted with a beautiful house in the Muscat area as a sign of HM’s appreciation for their work.
If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Bosch’s work, you might want to read this article from Business Today about Dr. Donald Bosch titled “The Medicine Man”. As the article states, he and his wife, Eloise, are best known for their published account between 1955 and 1970 titled “The Doctor and The Teacher“. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book (available in “the Family Bookshop”) to read the fascinating history of Dr. Donald and Eloise Bosch and their contributions toward the Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Bosch will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife, Eloise and his children, Paul, Bonnie and David. The memorial service for Dr. Bosch will be Saturday at 7PM at the Ghala Church.