Friday, November 28, 2008

In Memory of Jasmin Javier - VIA Head, JIL Burnaby


Jasmin is a true friend, an employee, a song leader, a cousin, an aunt, a sister, a daughter, and most of all a faithful worker of God.

I know that when she was still a small kid around three to four years old . She loves to dance, yup she moves her body so gracefully. People around her in our City Town in Bago Bantay, Tacloban Street knew her.

Onetime when there is in a competition of dancing for all toddlers like her age. She participate, yup she dance gracefully, did her best as she can. And of course, the winner is …..the most promising dancer ever after..JASMIN! She handed the trophy (the gift) hold it tight. Then run went back home as fast as she can, to show it to her family. To make her family be happy that she did it. Her face, you could see it how the happiness filled her heart on that very hour BUT… She fell down on the ground, instinctly did covered her body by her hand with that gift still holding on.. A sound of break heard outloud, the box (the gift) showed nothing happened.. Got up in her feet, run again seems nothing happened. Happiness in her face, eyes, in her act, while she’s running reaching home…. At last she made it, got home. Showed her gift and start opening …. Happiness faded in her beautiful face, then staring at me . It looks she’s saying something, want to send me a messages …. Her eyes not blinking... tears coming out... I pick her up, console her. And telling her, gifts are only a simple things. Your love is great more than those gifts and never get broken. She smiled at me and then hugged me. Yes that is Jasmin when she was a child… My Jasmin is a good dancer….

When she is became a teenager, she found out that she is a good singer. So always do the singing inside the washroom as a part of her training. Her mom bought her a key board Yamaha. Not satisfied, because her mom knows Jasmin have a potential being a good singer. Again bought her a karaoke stereo, it means her future is bright and shining. She became a part of our church choir....She sang good and leading for better...

When God moved her into more responsible works for Gods glory, she became a song leader and an assistant HEAD in music ministry. Yet the task was so tight and hardtime goes in her way. Endurance and dedication still in her heart.

NOW she left this world …. Ascended into heaven..singing with our Almighty God..... Filled up the vacant spot where God needed her most……

A father who misses her most…thanks God….Thanks to all good Samaritan whom got a pure heart and willingly giving their effort to bring back my daughter. Thank you all and may our good Lord blesses you all and may He touch your heart and become His children and have life eternally…. Continually give your love until this unforgetable mistake and unbearable experience gotten justice.

by: Bro. Bobby Javier


Every one of you would agree that Jasmin is a true friend, a loyal employee, a dedicated song leader, a caring cousin, a thoughtful aunt, a loving sister, a respectful daughter, and most of all a devoted worker of God.

To me Jasmin is a sister my younger sister, the youngest out of all the four of us siblings. As my younger sister, Jasmin has given me that privilege to be a Kuya. Jasmin has never treated me in any way or form of disrespect. In my own perspective, Jasmin has a very pure heart. All that she has ever done is to ensure that we as a family are always together and connected. Jasmin has always been the one who gathers all of us in the house to get together to call upon the Lord in times of troubles. Jasmin with his soft voice but powerful demand tone of voice has enabled all of us to get together to pray to Him our Lord. Jasmin is truly gifted. Jasmin has offered her singing talent to God. She enjoys singing for him and it truly shows every time she is out there on the stage singing praises to Our God. Jasmin loves to sing for him. Her bedroom is full of Christian music. Jasmin has truly portrayed herself as a living testimony around her surroundings. Her sweet sound tone of voice every time she opens her mouth to speak is just truly inviting and fulfilling.

God is a God of Mercy and Loving. Imagine regardless of who we are God has already chosen us for him. Remember God has chosen us first before we even make an effort to choose to love him. True God we already have the victory and blessings. God loves for us is so great that the number of the strands of our hair put together as a whole is not even close to how much God truly loves us. All that we need to do is to completely depend on Him as our Lord of everything. I believe that Jasmin has understood that love and Lordship true Jesus Christ.

What is so beautiful about Jasmin’s life on earth is that she has demonstrated the joy, love, and blessings she has received for following our God’s standard way of living. Just as you will all agree with me, Jasmin will not be remembered as an individual who has been hit by car nor as a person with many friends, but as a true devoted worker of God. Jasmin has not rendered anything merely for her own interest but for our God’s Glory. I remember that every time we have a talk Jasmin has always reminded me the goodness of our Lord and to continually worshipping God. As well as Jasmin has always declared “It is for the Glory of God”. Jasmin merely follow the standard way of living written in the words of God. She keeps significant number of verses in her wallet, on top of her desk, and a book of verses in her bag. Her life revolves around how she can be a better person in God’s eye. Through series of lessons the she has completed, bible reading, and participation to prayer meeting were an act of striving to be a better worker for God.

As a one year older sibling of Jasmin, I have been given an opportunity to watch live a true dedicated pure hearted worker of God. I have seen how Jasmin has chosen to live her life every single day. I can remember ever since we were young Jasmin has always been the person who cares about her surroundings. Jasmin has always shared her belongings and blessings. Back in the Philippines where Jasmin and I have mostly spent our elementary school, I remember that every Christmas Day most our Ninong and Ninangs have given us gifts in a form of monetary. (Cash). During those time Jasmin will always share her gifts and sometimes as nice as she has been I have seldom took advantage of it, not in a Bad way but as a loving brother way. As such a young little girl, Jasmin has already portrayed her spontaneous goodness.

Jasmin is truly a caring person even in her last moments she has touched many lives. Jasmin’s objective is to win soul for God as she has found Love, Joy, and Peace with God. Therefore, Jasmin is looking at every soul best interest as she desires to share that phenomenon freedom she has received from God to everyone else. Sometimes she may be direct to inform me of my inequities, but through her life I can see her caring for me as she only desires that I become a better individual. Jasmin is truly a loving person as she forgives anyone immediately as she understands the definition of Jesus death on the Cross.

There are a lot of things that we as human cannot understand. I know and I believe that my dear sister is with Him. Our head is measurable and therefore the way we think is measurable in which disable us to truly comprehend our God’s plan for each one of US. I believe in my heart that God has a better plan for my family and I pray that we as a strong family be able to fully grasp Our Lord’s plan for us and for Jasmin. Life is indeed short, it is not ours to control for we do not have that power. Everything in this world belongs to Almighty God.

Jasmin, thank you for being our dearest sister. I am very proud to be your Brother and we both know how blessed we are to be given a family like ours today. Thank you Nay and Tay for building that important God’s core value in our family as the solid foundation of our Family.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those 3 witnesses Heinz, Simon, and Bal who were there with Jasmin during her last moments. Truly, it is not an accidental you 3 were there; I believe that God has a plan for all us involved in Jasmin’s last moments.

I would to thank Jasmin’s co-workers led by Chie, Dennis, Buboy and John their Boss for providing Jasmin a work place where she has enjoyed so much. As well thank you for that continues support for my family and I.

Thank you JIL church for allowing Jasmin to express her love to God true her singing. Thank you Music Ministry for the challenging but loving experiences you all shared with my Sister Jasmin.

Thank you for all her friends and acquaintances and for all of you for being a part of Jasmin life here on earth.

I believe you all will agree with me that Jasmin is not meant for temporal life here on earth but for all eternity. One day our turn will come and join Jasmin in worshiping our God.

by: Bro. Jerome Javier

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