Rilla Hutchinson’s story
When Wendy Coates discovered that her mother Rilla Hutchinson had left a legacy to MAF, she was delighted.
Mum was born in Manchester in 1936 and became a Christian through the local church. She was an active member of the youth group and married Dad in 1962. They spent their first two years together in Nigeria, where he was working, and made friends with several missionary pilots.
‘Although my parents returned to the UK to bring up their family, they never lost interest in mission and Africa. When we married and had families of our own, she remained supportive.
‘She and Dad enjoyed some wonderful adventures overseas during retirement, until Dad’s Parkinson’s disease made travel too difficult.
‘Mum did a great job caring for Dad until he passed away in March this year. She died just two weeks later.’
Wendy, also a keen MAF supporter, concludes, ‘MAF combined my parents’ love of Africa with their understanding of the vital role planes can make to people’s lives – including bringing the Good News about Jesus. I pray that legacies like Mum’s will bless those in need through the ongoing work of MAF.’
Constance Hilda Hodgetts’ story
Hilda, as she was known, was born in Dudley in 1924, one of five children. Converted to the Christian faith in her late teens, Hilda was an enthusiastic church member; her faith becoming her purpose and driving force. This she gladly shared with her husband Ronald, a local preacher. After seven short, but happy years together, Ronald sadly died and Hilda returned to caring for her widowed mother.
Hilda never missed a chance to share her faith with those around her, always ready to share a gentle word of testimony to callers at her home or tradesmen. A kind, gentle person, Hilda loved spending time with children, even running a youth group, offering young people sound teaching and encouragement to invite God into their lives.
A prayerful and dedicated supporter of MAF, Hilda enjoyed attending MAF open days, particularly the MAF exhibits and planes at the Gorsley flower festival.
Hilda lived her life by the Gospel. A copy of the prayer of St Francis ‘Lord make me an instrument of thy peace’ was kept in her Bible and matched her attitude to life exactly.
Hilda sadly died on the 26 October 2013 and kindly left a gift to MAF in her Will. She believed that MAF helped everybody and her legacy was a part of that.