E. J. John

Enoch Jonathan John went to be with the Lord in the early hours of Sunday, July 13th, 2008. He was 55 and had been working in YWAM Pune since his marriage to Suman in December 1995. They were our neighbours and friends during the early years of our own marriage, when we lived in the same housing society, Sham Sundar.

‘EJ’, as he was universally known, and Suman were leading a ministry called Sahayak Hath (Helping Hands) for all their married life. ‘EJ’ embodied the ‘Servant Leader’ so clearly, he was always ready to serve, not only his wife, Suman, but any of the YWAM Pune Staff in both small and large ways. Also through the Sahayak Hath ministry he touched many, many lives. He was a dear friend to many and a loving, gentle, and kind husband to his wife Suman.

One of the members of the Sahayak Hath ministry wrote the following poem, in memory of ‘EJ’:

S – Sahayak Hath means helping hands.

A – As a ministry to help the down trodden.

H – Having a committed staff of friends.

A – All working as God’s faithful lambs.

Y – Yearning with Love and desire to help.

A – Although bearing hardship to self but

K – keeping in mind the glory of God.

H – Hopefully blessed is this ministry.

A – Anchored by EJ John and Suman.

T – Together with God’s guidance and inspiration.

H– Have brought this ministry to realization.

In a few days it will be one year since ‘EJ’ went to his heavenly home and in that time we have all missed ‘EJ’s smiling face and kind words and his deep spiritual insights. As we celebrate his life, and the many ways ‘EJ’ touched and blessed us as the YWAM Pune Family on July 13th 2009 we remember that he is now ‘in that better place’ seeing The Lord face to face, which was always his desire for each one he met.

Jonathan R. Portwood.

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Video Montage of EJ’s Funeral.