In the morning of October 24th I received a phone call from my Mom when I was at the YWAM base which came to me as a surprise that she called my cell phone in the morning at 9:14am because at that time in Canada it would have been 2:14am. When she called me I knew something had happened because otherwise she would have been sleeping at that time. The news that my Mom told me came to me as a complete shock and after I said good-bye to her tears came to my eyes when I went back to my staff team where they were meeting for our prayer meeting and then they all asked me what happened.
My Mom wanted to call me with the news that my Grandpa (my Dad’s Father) had died and went home to be with the Lord on Thursday October 23rd at 11:30pm. He was 89 years when he died. My Grandpa’s health was not doing so well for a while so I had a feeling that it might be at any time now but when you actually get the news it is pretty shocking. When I told my YWAM staff team about the news they all surrounded me and prayed for me which was very comforting to me at the time when I heard the news.
I asked for the afternoon off because that evening I went to a retreat with my YWAM staff team for the weekend. When I got home from the YWAM base I checked my e-mails and I noticed that I received an e-mail from my Dad about my Grandpa. My Dad told me that my Grandpa had died the previous day at 11:30pm, he didn’t know when the funeral would me yet, he was able to say good-bye to him before died along with my other relatives and he died very peacefully at the nursing home.
My Dad also wanted to talk to me so he was able to call my cell phone at 6:47pm that evening on Friday when I was on my way to the staff retreat. I was able to speak to my Dad for around 15 minutes on the phone which was nice to connect with him and hear his voice again after not hearing it for a very long time.
The visitation was held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, in Waterloo, Canada on
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. The funeral service was held in the chapel at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesday evening on that day I was able to have a Skype call with my Mom. She told me that the funeral was beautiful; there were different family members that sang songs and spoke about how Grandpa had impacted their lives. My Mom also told me that there were many people there to show their support to the family and relatives as well. I wish I could have been there with my family as well but unfortunately I could not be there however they were definitely in my thoughts and prayers during the day.
I am very grateful that my Mom was able to be there and my brother Jonathan too for the Grandpa’s funeral. I was so glad when I heard that my Grandpa was more than ready to meet Jesus and he even had a near death experience in June of this year even before he died so he had already experienced heaven and he told two of my aunts that it is such a beautiful place. Now I can have complete peace in my heart that I will be able to meet my Grandpa again someday in heaven which gives me a lot of hope.
I was not extremely close to my Grandpa like I was to my Nana but I was very grateful that he was a Grandpa and he was a part of my life for 36 years. Grandparents are very special people and they are a gift from God. My heart is also filled with so much gratitude that my Grandpa financially supported me on a monthly base for almost 4 years which meant so much to me as I serve as a missionary here in Romania. Every time I got an opportunity to see him when I was in Canada for visits I always thanked him for his support and showed him pictures from Romania. I remember how much my Grandpa seemed to appreciate those times together and it was really great for me too, to be able to connect and spend time together.
Now when I return to Canada for visits I will not be able to see my Grandpa anymore which I will miss but I have hope from God that we will one day meet again in heaven. Grieving is still not easy because there is still that void that we do not have our loved one here on earth anymore and I had wished that I could have been at the funeral too so I could have had a better closure as well and also to be there with my family too.
I also know that sometimes life as a missionary those times are not always possible to return home whenever you can so I am very grateful to be surrounded by such a supportive YWAM community who have become like a family to me here in Romania and they that have showed me over and over their love and support through all of the ups and downs that I go through in life which I am very grateful.
I am very thankful that I will be able to go home this year to Canada for Christmas. It will
be such a blessing to reconnect with my family and also my relatives for a couple of weeks and it has also been 5 years since I have been home for Christmas too so it will be nice to return to Canada this year for the holidays.
I just want to thank everyone for all of your prayers for my family especially for God’s peace and comfort at this time. I would also like to ask for your continual prayers for God to bring a spiritual breakthrough and a restoration into my immediate family as well. I just want to praise God that nothing is impossible with Him and we have the victory in Him!