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!