Mr. V Mathew Samuel was born on April 20th, 1931 in Chenneerakara, Kerala, India. He grew up with his mother, father, two brothers and three sisters. He was married to Thankamma Samuel in 1950 and blessed with two daughters, Susan & Sicily.
He moved to the United States in 1981 in order to be with his children. He had accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal savior and in 1986, he bore testimony through baptism in water in Boston, dying and rising in Christ. He continued in fellowship with the believers of International Church of God, Burlington, He was a member of International Church of God Burlington, MA.
On May 14th, 2020 the sun set on his life and joined the ranks of those cheering us on from the grandstands of Heaven. V.Mathew Samuel is now safe in the arms of Jesus, where he will experience no more suffering, no more tears, no more disease, no more pain, no more loneliness, no more grief, no more separation and no more death.
Praise the Lord. His spirit is free, never again to be shackled in a sinful world. The joy and grandeur that he is experiencing today cannot be expressed in human terms. Isaiah laid it out for us in unmistakable terms. “Yet we have this assurance, those who belong to God shall live again. Their bodies shall rise again. Those who dwell in the dust shall awake and sing for joy!
For God’s light of life will fall like dew upon them. Isaiah 26:19 (TLB) What a magnificent promise at a time of separation and loss like we face today!
The loss of Dad Mathew Samuel will be shared by his daughters Susan & Sicily, son-in-laws Pastor Joseph Simon, Vincent Abraham and grand children Pastor Jason & Blessy Simon, Justin and Reshma Abraham, Jasmin and Rohit Prasad, Joslin great-grand children Johanna, Shekinah, Samuel, Rhema Simon and Ethan Abraham.
We will all miss him beyond what words can express. The Lord Himself enters into our suffering with us and gives us His peace. He pours Himself into our emptiness, draws us to His bosom, and assures, “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 The hope that we have in Christ sustains us.
The promise of eternal life is our Comfort. Until then… “… let us run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..” Hebrews 12:1-2
And “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
This is our Hope and this is our Comfort.
Goodbye, Appachen. What a great father and grandfather you were. We rejoice at your Home going but we will miss you.