Tuesday, May 16, 2006

In Memory of Timothy...

The loss of our dear friend and brother Timothy Barranco is, at times, most deeply felt because of the heart for God we saw in him. Tim drew us to Jesus with his life. Let us draw even nearer to Jesus in his death... honoring what God has done in him and through him. Let's give God the glory for a man who lived his life for that day... and is now standing before his father in glory.

Feel free to use this blogsite to honor Tim and pray for his family and friends, to recall your favorite memories about him, and even questions or struggles as we all are working through giving him up to Jesus.


Blogger Jon T said...

Tim will be sorely missed by all of us at WTS and Limekiln Dorm. He was such a servant to everyone at the Dorm and he loved his housemates with a love un-dying. May his family and loved ones know that we're praying for them all.

Jon Talley
RA - Limekiln Dorm
Westminster Theological Seminary

10:55 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Tim's work at Beachmont Christian Camp was wonderful and my children have fond memories of him.

My children want Tim's siblings to know that they are deeply sorry for this loss and are lifting the Barranco family up in prayer.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

I've known Tim for a number of years and had the privilege to work with him at Beachmont Christian Camp (Summer 0f 2000), and hear him preach the Gospel there. What a great preacher! From the time I spent with him I can only say that He always displayed a love for the Lord that will continue to affect my life. As a believer, to know others are walking through life alongside you is immensly encouraging, and Tim's example propelled me foward in the race of faith. One vivid image comes to mind when I think of Tim Barranco: A small, well-worn, blue Bible. I think he had it superglued to his hand or something, and he made me think he "just had" it at the time. As my contemporary, He modeled what others may have been timid to do. I'm thankful he lived out Joshua 1:8 for me to see, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

To the Barranco Family and Shelah,
I'm very grieved at your loss, and my prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

2:34 PM  
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2:37 PM  
Blogger Anthony J Stiff said...

I met Tim in the Limkiln dorm my first year. He was one of the first Westminster students I encountered and he immediately stopped what he was doing to help me unpack my car. That for me sums up my expereince of Tim, he was a servant. Never seeking apraisal of himself but serving because he genuinely cared for those around him.

Whenever I saw him making dinner there was always a warm offer to share, and whenever I saw him studing there was always a friendly raising of the eyes as to say hello, even while being busy I care about you. In a place filled with so much labor Tim found a way to encounter me personally each time we saw each other. I will miss him deeply, my wife and I are praying for the Barranco family. As well as Gulf Coast Community Church in Fl, a Soverign Grace Church Plant in the area we are from.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Even though I spoke with Tim only once (I remember at the end of our brief conversation, he asked me where I am from. I told him that I am from China. He asked again, “What part of China?” I said, “Beijing.” He replied: “Wow!” – I’ll never forget that), I remember Tim as someone who is always nice and kind. I really mean it, he is always nice and kind.
I wish I told him that I am going back to Beijing after I finish my study at Westminster. I do not know why I wish I did, but I have now learned to accept the many painful “whys” in life that definitely have no answer!
We need wisdom for treading through all the riddles and puzzles of life and for focusing our eyes and minds on Christ Jesus.
I would just like to let Tim’s family know that my son Daniel and I pray for you. Daniel is my only son, who is turning 18 on May 18 …
May our LORD Jesus comfort your hearts for your painful loss! Please accept our deepest sympathy!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Phil Coffin said...

Tim was a good friend to me. I spent a year living in the room under his at Limekiln Dorm. He and I shared many nights talking about our struggles, life, and girls. He was always an encouragement to me and pointed me to Jesus. I struggled a lot my first year in seminary and the truth is I almost died because of a serious health problem. Tim was always a servant and cooked many meals for me and always tried to include me when he could. He drove me to the CCEF conference last Nov. and even offered to take me to dinner aterwards. These last few months I didn’t see him as much because I moved to Machen Dorm (Tim used to joke that I was a traitor for leaving Limekiln) but he always had a smile when I saw him and a sentence or two of encouragement for me. I miss him a ton, but I praise God he is with Jesus. Tim taught me a lot in life and is teaching me to follow Jesus even now. I praise God for Tim’s life and pray for his family and friends that have suffered a great loss.

A Brother in Christ,
Phil Coffin
Fellow student
Westminster Theological Seminary

8:37 PM  
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6:47 AM  
Blogger Philip Tachin said...

It is quite difficult for me when I recall our times of prayers and playing pingpong together. Your great pastoral qualities are surely missed. May your good deeds follow you, hoping that one day, by the sovereign mercy of God, we shall be reunited in a new covenant fellowship at the feet of Jesus.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

he was defintely an inspiration to me, and everyone who knew him. always encouraging, always uplifting. and the way he preached was so gentle and humble. he was one of the most amazing people i've ever met. his Christian example will be missed.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Chris Marras said...

I didn't know tim that well. But when i met him at beachmont, I knew that he was a kind man with a passion for serving and being around kids. I know he is gone from this earth, but he is alive in Christ and has met him face to face. we will see him again one day, and when we do, it will be a joy indeed.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Angie said...

I got to know Tim a few years back when I became apart of Beachmont staff. Each time I would hear him speak, whether in conversation or in front of a large crowd, he inspired me more and more in my walk with the Lord. His questions challenged me to go deeper. His passion to glorify God in all that he did has compelled me to live my life in the same way, worthy of the calling I have received.
There are words to a song that have been of great comfort to me during this time of loss (by Sara Groves):
"Going home I'll meet you at the table, going home I'll meet you in the air... I cannot wait to be going home."
That day when we will see Tim again and many others, will be the day when we will see our Lord for the first time as He is. All hurt and pain will seize and we will be with Him forever. That is our final destination if we have salvation in Jesus.
I cannot wait to be going home.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Lisa N Shepherd said...

I miss your face
always your friend
love you

8:41 AM  

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