Pastor Andrew Teng, 1949- 2016:  Finishing strong, and onward to greater things

Pastor Andrew Teng, 1949- 2016: Finishing strong, and onward to greater things

Posted by GCI Phils Media, With 4 Comments, Category: Personal from Ka Eugene,

May 24 ,2016

It is never easy to lose a good friend, and when it happens you feel that a part of you is gone too. I had the chance to say my final goodbye to Pastor Andrew Teng when I visited his wake last Friday. He died on May 18, 2016. He was almost 67 years old. He has fought the good fight, after months of different health challenges which started with losing his eyesight after what seemed to be an easy, quite common cataract surgery. Then he was diagnosed with malignant cysts in his liver and then suffered from stomach ulcers.

I can just imagine the pain, stress and difficulties Andrew and his family went through. Adding to the challenge were the health concerns of Gladys, his wife, as she too battled cancer and went through the regimen of treatments and the difficult road to recovery. Yet in our visits to them, we saw two strong pillars of the faith, both inspiring testimonies of lives in full trust and surrender to the will of our God as they participated in His work.

Andrew embraced His Savior and relied on His strength unto the end. He ran a full race and finished strong. We prayed for healing and relief. And God answered our prayers the best way possible for them. As for Andrew, his frail body is no longer in the grip of pain.

In 2010, Pastor Andrew together with wife Gladys received recognition for their 25 years of service in the church from Dr. Joseph Tkach. And even after his retirement in 2012 until the time of his death, Andrew always had the heart of a pastor, making people feel that they are God's beloved children. God continues to bless each one of us with an incredibly meaningful life story in Him, a race that was meant to be fought and won, and made more sweet by the power of God's love at work in all circumstances. Pastor Andrew claimed that reality, the same blessing that is for all of us as well and something we can share with others as well.

We remember Gladys and their daughters Fair and Phoebe as they go through life without their beloved Andrew. They need our prayers, love and encouragement. We thank everyone who prayed for them, visited them, stayed beside them and helped them in many different ways.

Understanding God's will can be a challenge many times, but experiencing God's love through it all magnifies God's awesome grace. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1). With that in mind, we can take courage and resting in Him, we can always say "it is well with my soul".

We thank God for Pastor Andrew and Gladys. To Pastor Andrew, cheers to a life well lived, and onward to better things ahead. We love you!

Ka Eugene

4 Comments
  1. Date: May 24, 2016
    Author: Bill and Donna Rae Wells

    Prayers for comfort and peace for the family and friends of Pastor Teng.

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  2. Date: May 24, 2016
    Author: Bill Sidney

    Dear Gladys, Fair and Phoebe, We were shocked to hear of the passing of Andrew. We appreciated his faithful service as a minister in our church who was very diligent and dedicated to the work God called him to. We will never forget him as a beautiful person. Our prayers are with you all at this very painful time. Gladys you have been having your battles with your health too. We will be remembering you fondly in our prayers. May God continue to comfort you all. As we grieve we look forward to seeing Andrew again minus all the pain and suffering. God bless you all! With much love, Bill and Daphne Sidney

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  3. Date: May 24, 2016
    Author: Carlos M. Castro

    With my whole family, I express our sincere condolences to Sisters Gladys, Fair and Phoebe. We thank God for the strength and perseverance He gives you to face your trials by His Spirit, who gives you the will and power to stick with the Lord no matter what. We love you. Pastor Caloy Castro and Family. GCI-Pampanga, Phils.

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  4. Date: May 24, 2016
    Author: Rod & Ruth Matthews

    In our short but wonderful sojourn in the Philippines over 25 years ago now, we have the fondest memories of and respect for Andrew and Gladys. They reflected Christ in the congregations they pastored - gentle, loving, serving, faithful - and great company. Then and now, we wished we had opportunity to spend more time with them. It's hard to think of the Philippine church without Andrew. His legacy is forever embedded in the lives and hearts of countless others - known and unknown. He is now "home" and we remember and pray for his family who face the adjustment to his physical absence. May God bless you all - directly and through those he has placed around you. With gratitude to God for him, Rod & Ruth Matthews

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