It is with heavy heart that we inform you that Liz Chan, Robert’s precious mother, had her Homecoming on June 29 at 5:40 p.m. Thank you for your support, love, and prayers for the Chans during these last two months.
It has been a stressful and emotionally and physically difficult time since Liz’s hospital admittance on April 18. Robert and his sister, Judy, took turns sleeping at the hospital every night for 2 1/2 months, and one of them was with her nearly 24/7. However, it was also a very spiritually strengthening, encouraging, and inspiring time. Jesus so clearly shone through her as she always used every ounce she had to praise Him, pray, and worship Him in song, even when she could no longer speak.
Here is the announcement from Robert:
“Hi loved ones. Today my mom passed from this life into eternal joy in the presence of her Savior and God. She finished her race well, comfortably, and with beloved family all around her. She’s been unconscious with everything in her body shutting down. She breathed on her own for 30 minutes before her heart stopped at 5:40 p.m. We had absolutely precious hours beforehand with her relatives all around. Uncle Kenny and my dad read Psalm 103 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 out loud together in Cantonese. Judy, Kathy, and I led the family in many worship songs. We prayed for her. This was the most emotional and real I’ve seen many of my relatives as they thanked mom for her love and her impact on their lives. There were many tears before and not a dry eye in the room when she passed. Death is ugly, jarring, violating… it’s not what God designed us for. I miss my mom so much. Yet it’s all the more amazing that Jesus went through death under God’s wrath for our sin so that we could enjoy a restored relationship with God forever. While we’re home without mom, mom was lovingly carried home before us. Thanks for your prayers throughout. They really are the best support we could ask for now.”
Liz was such a trooper and an inspiration every time we visited her. I always left our visits having drawn closer to Jesus, having been inspired to love our Lord more authentically. Whenever we would visit, and when she could no longer speak, she would motion for us to sing praises and pray, or she would write it on her portable board, as well as to encourage us with things like “Unconditional love from God for U” (see pics above).
God bless you, Liz. He has raised you up!
“But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies … So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” 1 Cor. 15:35-36, 42-43