We had only one son…

Police Officer David R. Payne - Lewiston, Maine PD - Killed in the line of duty on July 23, 1988

Officer David R. Payne (1961-1988) Lewiston (Maine) Police Department

My wife still reminds me that when I visited her after the birth of each of our five children, and brought her a gift, none could match the clock-radio I presented her upon the birth of our son – our only son. David was the middle child with two older and two younger sisters. From the time he was a child he demonstrated seemingly tireless intensity in the things he attempted. Fulfillment came twenty-four years later upon graduation from the Police Academy in Waterville, Maine.

A “P.K.” (Preacher’s Kid), David endeavored to please his dad and struggled with a vocation choice – thinking he might not please his dad if he didn’t become a pastor or missionary himself. If law enforcement was God’s will for his life, the encouragement from dad was for him to become the best police officer possible… and he was, but only for two years. Just a month before his twenty-seventh birthday, on a hot, humid Saturday afternoon, David’s life on earth came to abrupt close – ambushed and gunned down by someone he was trying to help.

With one hour to go on a double shift he was working for fellow officers, David again unselfishly demonstrated his tireless energy by responding to a reported accident call to assist two other officers in their reports and investigation. Officer David R. Payne fulfilled the purpose to which the Lord had called him, and was promoted on July 23, 1988. Over nine-hundred law enforcement officers, plus another thousand relatives, friends, and others heard a clear presentation of the Gospel during the memorial service. Truly, David was a missionary!

The tears of family and friends, including those of a young widow and two small children, cannot change what has transpired, but David did leave a legacy that is irreplaceable. Countless numbers have heard that God had only one Son also. The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to die because of God’s love and because of our sin. Read carefully Romans chapter 5. Yes, God did so love the world that He sent His only begotten Son, so that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish, but would have everlasting life… John 3:16

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” – 1 John 3:16.

Only one son… his life given – so that others may live. God’s Only Son… His life given so that you may live eternally – 1 John 5:11-13. Do you know the “peace with God” Romans 5:1 speaks about?

“Dad” Payne
2 Timothy 1:12

Are you a someone who is unsure of where you will spend eternity? Would you like to be sure? You can be! But you must first acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You must repent of your sin. “For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross so that your sins may be forgiven. “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;” (Ephesians 1:7) You must trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. Ask Jesus into your life now.  Pray this prayer:

“Dear Lord, I realize that I am a sinner. I have tried to live my life without You, but I no longer want to live that way. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and that He rose again on the third day. I acknowledge that Jesus is the Only Way to eternal life. Lord, forgive me of my sins. Come into my life, change my heart, and make me into the person You want me to be. Amen”

Solamente Un Hijo;  Nur einen Sohn; Bare en sønnнственный сын; Un Singur Fiu

  1. Ruth & Warren Swinerton
    January 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    My Brother-David Lloyd just forwarded your latest letter. He has kept us informed of your goings on every time he recieves them. We have prayed for you for years–you have been in our Dad’s-Rev A Eugene Lloyd-church many times.
    we moved to VA 8 & 1/2 yrs ago to be near our daughter -Becky S Corey-who is married to a childrens PAstor here in VA–they have been to KY and Ga and are now back here in VA—thankfully we didn’t follow them !!! The Lord works in mysterious ways.They have one daughter-Jenna 10 yrs old. Our son owns the house we live in–He is a missionary now in Australia–he was in Quito,ecudor for many yrs before being transferred to Au. _His name is Mark Swinerton,wife Mary, children:Beth-now married and has a son of her own-Josiah Andrew Davies Husb Joshua-Isaac is now a senior in High school; Christopher will be 16 in MArch and CAtherine is 9 yrs.We have been to Quito 2 times and to Au twicwe–the second time 2 of MArks supporters gave us the trip. MArk is an electrical engineer and does videoes and work for radio and tv stations now thru Campus Crusade.
    My Sister Christine MArried Emile “Joseph” Savard and are now retierd from the ministry. They do evangelistic meetings traveling around the US and CAnada . She does her musical instruments at the services. David myself and Christine along with our spouses went to Key West,FL last MArch and did 2 concerts and a morning service for the BAptist churches 50th anniversary.It was wonderful for all of us to be together again. We had done a singspiration up in NH in JUly of 09. I don’t know when or if we will do anmother one.
    Well–I guess I have rambled on enough–we do pray for your work as ask that the Lord will continue to work His many Blessings in your lives.
    “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread,and thy water;and I will take sickness away from thee.Exodus 23:25
    May our wonderful Lord And Saviour continue to lead and bless you as you labor for Him
    In The bonds of Christ
    Warren & Ruth Swinerton

  2. Melinda, Jon, Andrew and Kaylee Mulvenna
    April 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Ray and Barb, thank you for coming over to our table last night @ McDonald’s. Your kind words toward the children (Ben & Jon) regarding baseball and the encouragement to walk in their faith was perfect! McDonald’s was the last place we were to go to last night, but now I know why our Lord placed every obstacle in our path to be there exactly when you both were there. My prayers will be with you as you reach many lives through the tragedy that your family has faced. May our Lord and Savior go forth in every conversation you lead to bring glory to His name!

  3. Marilyn Davidson Harrington
    July 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I went to school with Warren and Ruth Swinerton and came across this very sad happening on the internet.
    Our son, Timothy Harrington is all over the middle of the US at Christian Music Festivals this summer. He is sponsoring many of them. He has designed and engineered a line of fish shaped guitars. I back him up from our home in Maine. So our involement is very different from the Lloyd family. I am happy that so many are trusting the Lord and doing His work.

    Marilyn Davidson Harrington
    Goldfish Guitars

  4. Marvin & Norma Arlynn
    October 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Received your letter OK and everything seems to be as it probably should.
    Norma and I fully understand the basis of your admirable and dedicated work; we too lost a very loved son, and the loss is tremendous.
    Hopefully, we will see you both this coming Tuesday at ECH.
    Norma & Marvin

  5. Mary Jane Ames
    February 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Dear Ray and Barb.
    I have just looked at your “Only One Son” page. What a tremendous ministry God has given you through that big change in our lives.
    I am very blessed with the excellent picture of your family at Chrstmas with one of your grandchildren. What a blessed joy to share. I rejoice that Barb is feeling much improved after her surgery before Christmas. You folks have been throgh so much. I pray for you, Ra, as you prepare for the trips and ministry you have to share in February and March and April. May God give you the needed wisdom. You dear ones are in my prayers. Mary Jane Ames- presently in Derry NH with daughter Alice and family. I appreciate receiving your praer letters.

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