Jeremy Earnshaw

From YWAM Newcastle via planetywam.net

On Monday 16th June 2008 YWAM Newcastle experienced a terrible tragedy. Two of our staff were walking along the coastline on their day off when a freak wave washed them into the water.

One was winched to safety by rescue helicopter but despite extensive search and rescue efforts by several different local authorities, Jeremy Earnshaw from Fairbanks, Alaska was not found.

Jeremy has been a wonderful, passionate caring member of our family in YWAM Newcastle. Having completed his DTS here in 2003, and an SOE in 2006, he returned in 2007 to serve with us full time in our Youth Street ministry.

He worked specifically with our cafe and skate teams, reaching out to youth and engaging them at their level, loving on them, representing the heart of God and being a “big brother” by helping them to navigate through their teenage years.

Jeremy’s family is asking that the commemoration be a celebration of his life. Green was Jeremy’s favorite color. We are inviting everyone to wear a lime green armband on Tuesday. On the armbands we are writing “1.21”, which represents the verse from Philippians that Jeremy had tattooed on his chest. “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

A tribute to Jeremy Earnshaw from skate park Newcastle