Darda Burkhart has captured the dedication and devotion of the call of God on the life of her father, Percy Wills in “Forging Ahead,” a biographical sketch of the life and ministry of an amazing pioneer missionary to the peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
Percy Wills is often thought of as a man for all seasons and a servant to all he met. His spiritual journey and ministry took him from his family for long periods of at time to minister throughout the remote frontiers on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Wills, a true visionary, saw the needs of the people in out-of-the-way areas without medical or spiritual help.
“Forging Ahead” is a testimony of a man walking by faith and seeing God provide through miracle after miracle through his sixty years of pioneering in missionary work. Percy’s ministry included reaching into logging and mining camps, door to door visitation in the remotest areas of the Canadian Pacific Northwest. He provided clothing, conversation, friendship, as well as help with chopping wood, harvesting potatoes, and providing help with household chores. He told the children stories and always shared the gospel message once he had earned a respect and been given a listening ear.
During the years of the great depression Wills established a ministry to the drifter and the homeless. He built a shelter for the men. Always a man of vision Percy opened a medical clinic in the early years of Messenger II Ministries. During the years of World War II Percy provided ministry to servicemen and following the war he opened camps for teens, and helped administer daily vacation Bible schools for children.