Remembering Max Rideout

“He doesn’t want to go to NZ to retire from ministry, but rather to use the move as an opportunity to serve the Lord.” 

These words were written by a friend of Max Rideout as 6 years ago, Max & his wife Mei  prepared to move from their homeland of Canada to New Zealand, so they could be nearer to family here.

Having served with Inter Varsity, the IFES movement in Canada, the Rideouts moved to Wellington primarily to work with international students.  Over the last 6 years, they have faithfully and fruitfully served amidst various challenges, including the significant impact of the global pandemic for international students.

Nearly 2 years ago, Max was diagnosed with a brain tumour and sadly, on Friday, 17th June, 2022, Max died peacefully in the care of the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.  We grieve his passing from this life, but not as those with no hope, for, as Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)

Max has been exemplary in his work with international students.  He related well to students from around the globe, befriending them and showing an interest in them.  He prayed for them and carefully took time to introduce them to Jesus.  As a result, many students have heard about Jesus and some have come to love, trust and follow Him all over the world.  Even amidst the realities of his terminal diagnosis, Max continued to be involved in activities with students, as he was able.

Speaking of Max, Ben Carswell, TSCF’s National Director said “Max was a well-loved friend and colleague.  In his time serving with both TSCF & Inter Varsity Canada, he has made a significant contribution by sharing the good news of Jesus with students from around the world.  We really appreciate Max using his retirement to serve God faithfully and fruitfully here in NZ.  He will be sadly missed.”

At this time, we remember and pray for his family and friends around the world, especially his loving wife Mei, their children Amy and Michael, grandchildren and the wider whānau.

The Rideouts have expressed a desire for the work of reaching international students in New Zealand with the good news of Jesus to continue.  If you would like to donate to support this, you can do so here.