Saturday, June 19, 2010

I'm taking time today to remember you and your life. It's been a
couple of years since I last saw you, and I miss you a lot. I know
that when I see you next, you will be in a pretty posh place in
heaven. Through your death I have come to see with striking clarity
that what we do here during our transient lives has eternal
consequences. I strive to live life just the way you did.
I am sorry for all the pain that you suffered. From afar I shared in
your pain, hoping and praying. But to the end, you have given so
much. In some way, you really lived out what your life stood for in
the way you faced death. It reminds me of Jesus.
You were always fun to be with, and your jokes were funny. You had
much joy from living out the truth, and you were always willing to
share it. I am thankful to be one that has received your love and
companionship. You may not be here now, but the imprint of your life
in this world will always live in us. Hallelujah for the hope that we
have, and all that we have to look forward to! Bless you Andrew.
I'll celebrate your life by living mine to the fullest. I'll see you
at the end.

James Choi

ps Sam, Steve and Mark must be so big now!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Andrew, my pastor and friend

Andrew, you and Val have been such an inspiration to me. Even in death and even more so, your very passionate walk with Jesus has had a profound impact on me. I want to be just like you when I grow up :) I miss you dearly. Rest in peace my friend.

Steven Baronian

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Generations of Blessing

The Snekviks are a source of rich joy and blessing for me and my whole family. I first met Chuck and Marianne, Andrew and Ingrid when I moved to Portland. I was attracted by a hunger to know the Lord and some stories of church life. Not knowing what I would find, the first thing that touched me so deeply was the love of these brothers and sisters. They became friends and encouragers, pillars and precious stones in a house God is building. I was privileged to be built with the Snekviks for an eternal purpose. Chuck and Marianne opened their home to us. They opened their hearts and family to us. We became friends and enjoyed so much with them and their children. Andrew grew up before our eyes as a testimony to the hunger and thirst for God present in Andrew’s whole family. We went camping together, ran together, prayed together and worshiped the Lamb. We watched Andrew sail through Portland High School. I remember the day we went to a Portland beach to witness Andrew’s baptism. A joyful testimony in front of a number of his high school friends as well as the believers he knew. Then Andrew flew off to Stanford. Chuck and Marianne continued to encourage us as they continued their search for what God is all about practically in their lives.

The Snekviks gave and gave (and are still giving). As Christ was poured into them, they just let Him be poured out again to others. When Andrew came back for visits, he was always ready to pray for us or encourage us. Then Andrew found Val, who reflected and magnified the joy of Jesus with Andrew. I thank our Lord Jesus for the fellowship we could share with Andrew and all the Snekviks. I thank you, Val, for letting God’s love be multiplied in you and for trusting Him with your lives. We are confident that God will raise up your children, Samuel, Stephen and Mark, to continue the blessing that has been flowing for several generations. We look forward to meeting them and seeing you again one day. We continue to pray for you and your family Val. We pray for you too, Chuck and Marianne, Ingrid and Chris, as we give Jesus our pain and loss. We will miss Andrew very much. Thank you for showing us more of Jesus!

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; from Psalm 84

With deep love and sympathy, Ollie, Jen and the Muff family

Monday, May 31, 2010

and another thing...

Even in his death, God is using Andrew to teach me something.

I am convinced that God will never replace Andrew - there will simply be nobody to replace him.
God isn't making people as disposable helpers - each is unique, and special.
Andrew was exceptional, but I'll tell you what - Andrew is exceptional, for eternity, and he is so because he embraced his path, his purpose in God.

I am convinced that we will fair well because God will provide -- but He will not replace Andrew.
Instead, in the last day, Andrew will be restored to us and us to him. Thank you Jesus!!

And so, our grief can turn in patient hope...

Christophe Leroy

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thanks Andrew

You have made an impact on me, thank you for it. I am a different person than I would otherwise be because I knew you. Here are some things that come to mind...

I say things like "You Rock" and refer to being sad as "bummed." I like Jack Johnson, I even pray "The Divine Hours" (although not as consistently as I would like.)

I'm more reliant on Jesus.
Thanks for all the times that you made in your busy schedule to hang out with me. To listen to my problems patiently, never judge, and give wise advice. Thanks for helping me see the underlying fears and false beliefs that were affecting the choices I made. Thanks for helping me invite Jesus to heal some of those. Thanks for your joy, passion for Jesus, and humor.

I'm married.
But it was not a 1 day ordeal with flowers and white dresses. It was listening to Kate and I talked about our fights, while you and Val chased kids around your home. It was praying for our relationship before and after we were married. It was teaching us not to kill each other for our different attitudes toward money. Thanks for showing me what a father and a husband can look like. As Kate and I figure out how we will raise our children, I often ask what would Andrew and Val do?

I'm a leader.
Thanks for teaching me how to lead, and how to do that as a servant. Both for people trying to follow Jesus, and for people trying put away chairs at church. You taught me to encourage, listen, make strategies, trust in Jesus, pray for people I lead.

Thanks for changing me. I am so glad to have known you here.

Enjoy heaven,

Friday, May 28, 2010

Warm Welcome

Andrew extended a warm welcome to me and members of our congregation at Life Church, graciously allowing us to participate in small group leader training at The Vineyard.

Andrew’s generosity, commitment to Christ and the body of believers, and wonderful smile will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Andrew’s family and friends. You are in our prayers.


Pastor Eva Clarke


Thankyou Andrew and Val and family for being a living testimony of Jesus , his love, pain , joy , sorrow and hope.

I had only been attending the Vineyard for a short time and Andrew was at the Boston site. I did not have the great blessing of getting to know him personally other than to see him and hear him and Val speak at the church in Cambridge. My life merged with Marianne and Chuck and the story of this man and his life began to unfold more and more before me. It has been my greatest privilege to pray for Andrew and be a part of this journey. It is profound how much someone can affect you in life and not know him well. I have been touched and changed seeing and hearing all he has been and done for others. Andrew's journey and sharing it with all of you has changed me and my life forever. I will only press on with more love, more hope and joy in Jesus name upon this earth , Thy Kingdom Come, Lord, Thy Kingdome Come...

Thankyou Andrew and thankyou Jesus for allowing all of us this precious time with him.

Judy Jordan