TWU says goodbye to alumnus Ben Farrant

Richard Taylor writes:

On Thursday July 6th at 1:20 pm, Benjamin John Farrant rode into heaven to meet his saviour. Ben's bike was hit from behind when he was training for the annual Seattle to Portland race. He was killed instantly.

As his friends and family we mourn the loss of a man who loved God and others deeply. His passing leaves a huge void for us personally and Wellspring as an organization.

And yet, we do not mourn as those without hope for we know that he has lived a full and meaningful life and preceded us to heaven.

I have had the privilege of being as close friends with Ben as seems possible on this earth. We first knew each other while attending Trinity Western University. Those were days filled with spontaneous fun and fellowship. We played rugby, cooked together, had paintball wars, formed the infamous Men of Nog, and grew in our faith.

Following University, Ben traveled with five others to Africa as part of the “Safari Six.” We spent almost three months together visiting game parks, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, rafting the Nile, and hanging out on the Indian Ocean. It was during this time that Ben began to develop for Africa. During a two week stint in Rwanda he was struck be the opportunities to make a difference. He later wrote, “After traveling though Rwanda in 2002, I found myself shocked by the atrocities and oppression. I also felt God's deep love for the people of Rwanda and was drawn to impact its future for the glory of God. I hope that God will use Wellspring as his tool, giving hope and a future through quality education that draws children to know Jesus Christ.”

During the next four years, Ben poured much of his time and energy into serving people. I watched him grow into a man who demonstrated the Christ-like life. He was a founding member of Wellspring in 2003. He went on to serve the organization into multiple ways including building our website, serving on the Board of Directors, and spending four months as a volunteer in Rwanda. He was also active in his church, and as a leader among the young adults, he found ways to engage other people through common interests such as hiking and cycling, and continually demonstrated hospitality despite moving seven times in two years. He was a tremendous friend. He would go out of his way to do anything he could to help. I have reflected on Ben's legacy a lot over the past tow weeks and I know that the investments he made while on earth were eternal ones. His legacy will live on and we want to continue to be faithful to what inspired him.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum