Dear Friends,

Throughout the years that I’ve been at BCC I have had the blessing of meeting and getting to know some very special people. A few short years ago I had the privilege of meeting John Chandler. He came to BCC from Corinth, Mississippi and he came for a specific reason: he was looking for a new start and he wanted to seek the Lord with all of his heart. I will never forget meeting John for the first time as his pastor, Brother Gary, drove him from Corinth to OKC where we met at Ted’s restaurant. John was bug-eyed. He didn’t know us and we didn’t know him, but he was told BCC would be a good place for him to get a fresh start.

It didn’t take John ten minutes to capture the hearts of everyone at BCC. He was a gentle giant. He was so willing to help with anything. He volunteered with the boys basketball and baseball team. He hung out with the Middle School and High School kids. He helped mow yards, stuff worship bulletins, and teach kids how to snow ski. He was so polite, kind, and gracious to everyone he met. He had a wonderful habit of calling you “Mr.” or “Miss.” so-and-so. He had a smile that lit up the room when he walked in. He loved kids and he loved the Lord. Wow! Is it any wonder that all of us love John so much!

Early this morning we received a phone call letting us know that someone had shot and killed John. I couldn’t believe what I heard. I didn’t want to believe what I had heard. It is true. John is now with the Lord and we all have a huge hole in our hearts. I’ve talked to so many people today, all of them are numb, all of them are hurting, and all of them love John so much.

As sad as I’ve been today, I am so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to know John. I’m a better person today because I knew John Chandler. If I would have never met and gotten to know John then I would not be feeling this great sorrow and empty feeling that has been gnawing at my gut all day. I’ll take the sorrow and empty feeling any day. Thanks Lord for allowing me to know one of Your special kids! Thanks Lord for giving us the assurance that this life is not all there is…heaven is John’s new home.

In His Steps,

In Memory of John Chandler
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