Brother Andrew’s family, friends and acquaintances share their thoughts and connection with Brother Andrew:
Br. Andrew was always a gracious host and would help strangers that were in need of a place to stay. In late 2016 I contacted him to help the father of a family from Aleppo, Syria who would be traveling to the U.S. from Syria and in need of a place to stay while he was getting a visa at the U.S. Embassy. Br. Andrew was able to help and eased the journey of our friend. Since our friend was a surgeon, Br. Andrew, who liked to “wheel and deal”(pingelen), negotiated in exchange for staying at the school that Dr. Gahnoum would teach first aid to the staff as a small thank you to Br. Andrew for his assistance. I am sure this is only one of countless stories about Br. Andrew’s helping others and in return receiving help for the school.“
Br. Andrew, God speed until we meet again.
He was an amazing man and left a tremendous legacy here in Jordan. He had such a footprint in people’s lives!
I always interpreted for Brother Andrew in Japan and greatly looked forward to those opportunities. His godliness and sincerity were mixed with a mischievous sense of humour and he was loved wherever he travelled here. We still can’t really believe he’s gone, but we thank God for his legacy and pray for those who continue his work.
I have many stories of Br. Andrew – but one that my daughter reminisced was from five years ago when my daughter was 6-years old and Br. Andrew invited our family to stay at the Institute. We were touched by the compassion that was clearly evident between the children, the teachers and staff. Br. Andrew cultivated this safe space for everyone. Any interaction with him was always spiritual – he really embodied love and exuded a joyful spirit and being around him was always comforting. He leaves a legacy of recognizing the dignity of each person. We will miss him.
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