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Reflection in Pictures
The Blessan Samuel Memorial Fund
ever since I came to Houston back in '97 to attend UH. Attending the business school with him was great; we took some of the same classes and were in some organizations together. I used to kid around with
for getting his hands on my Jars of Clay tape, which he borrowed indefinitely, but we had a mutual understanding that he could keep it.
We would always manage to do lunch or hang almost everyday, and at times take trips after class to visit Tony at work. Who could forget him breaking out the lunch bag with his dad's famous puri. I remember whenever we had a class at night, he would always give Rajee and me a ride back to the dorms. We could have walked, it wasn't that far, but he took us. His simple deeds of kindness spoke volumes about him. Through the years we all changed and grew.
grew with God, and his life was evident of that.
It almost seemed that every time I asked
what was going on, he would say he's going on a mission trip. I am proud to have known him and forever thankful to God that he was my friend. I can truly say his life is an inspiration for me to serve Jesus more and have a closer relationship with Him.
I first had the honor of meeting
when I first joined
The Accounting Society at The University of Houston, an organization
was very dedicated to, about two years ago.†
In the Summer of 2002 and Spring of 2003,
and I were able to get
internships at the same companies which allowed us to get to know each other
and I were able to get
along so well because I quickly found out that he also loved to watch TV.† I had never met anyone who watched as much TV
as I did.† During our internships we use
to go to lunch together pretty much everyday, and during these lunches we would
have some great conversations.† In fact,
one of the last conversations we had was over
TV.† He told me how his TV was very old, and that
his dad had already said that when the TV broke down his family wouldnít be
getting another TV because his dad felt that they watched too much TV, although
wasnít going to let this happen.†
Soon after he told me the story
said that when the TV broke down
he was going to buy his dad a bigger TV.†
One thing I liked about
was that when he spoke, his words would
always be positive.† There were times
when I would go to
and tell him things such as ďI donít think I got the
jobĒ, or ďI donít think I will be accepted into graduate school.Ē† For every negative thing I had to say he
always had about a hundred positive things to respond with.† He would always keep my hopes up.† Blessan
was the type of person who who never
worried about himself, he always watched out for everybody else.† If a job would open up he would always tell
a friend to apply for it, or if I didnít get a chance to get breakfast, he
would have a kolache ready for me.† It
was because of his unselfishness and care for others that good things would
happen for him.† Currently every lunch
that I take I truly miss Blessan, but I know he is truly living the great life
Samuel was the very definition of a true friend. He would go out of his
way to help you in any way he could. He never judged you. He took you for who
you were and never asked for any more. He had such a wonderful spirit and seemed
always to have everything under control. He will be greatly loved and
missed. I am a better person today for having known him.
I had the privilege of meeting
Samuel at Convention about ten years ago. I had actually met Benson
first as he must've been about 9yrs old. During the meeting he was sitting in
front of me and my brother making funny faces at us. This led to an immediate
friendship. Benson introduced us to
and from that day on
was like my little brother. Though I only saw him once a year at
Conventions and maybe at youth camp we kept in touch through email.
was truly a man who loved God and had a burden for the mission field. He made
numerous trips to Mexico to help out the work there. He was also planning a
mission trip to Panama this coming August. He and I were planning to go together
with other missionaries. He would IM me regularly and tell me how he had a
burden for the young people in our church and said that prayer was the answer.
nature was a very soft-spoken and humble person. However, he always loved a good
laugh. When we would meet at Conventions and at YAR we would sit down (after the
meeting) till about 5 am in the morning and exchange stories over the past year.
He was really looking forward to the upcoming Tournament in Wash.DC. He would
always ask me if I wanted to jump ship and join H-town. I was tempted at first
to switch sides but then I quickly repented and decided to stay with my local
team I then would try to make him jump ship and join DCZ Finest as he was a very
good baller but he declined also. He was a very loving person he told me how
much he loved his mother. He told me he included her in all his activities.
It was a dreadful
and shocking moment for me when I found out I had lost a true friend and
brother. However, one thing I do know he is rejoicing with the Lord to suffer
pain no more. All his labors in the Sunday School ministry and on the mission
fields will be rewarded. I will truly miss my little brother
I will meet him one day. God Bless.
Strangely enough I met
Samuel exactly two weeks ago when I was in Houston. My cousin, JoyChan in
Houston could not meet us at the airport so he sent his son Joel with
to come get us. We rode in his car
back to the house, he was very pleasant, well spoken young man and spoke to my
Dad about his faith and family. He seemed very mature and kind. Later that
evening my cousin was telling us what a nice guy he is, so helpful and he can
call on him anytime.
I am just
numb today. I cant believe I met him two weeks ago. It makes me realize how
precious life is and how we cannot take for granted even random acts of kindness
from strangers or even our own nearest and dearest."
One Good Friend
What a person needs most
In this weary old world
or wealth without end,
comforting hand to hold on to
the solace of one good friend.
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seems almost a miracle
in the great world we found each other
glad we did
And so lucky to have a friend like you
good friend who speaks with wisdom and kindness
And whispers reassuring words when my belief wavers
good friend who listens without judgment
silently holds my hand in moments when no words are needed
one good friend I have shared a thousand silly giggles
million knowing glances
a handful of secret dreams too precious to entrust to anyone else
good friend has taught me that no day is more important than today
friendship holds the magical ability to multiply joy and divide sadness
And most of all,
good friend has taught me that sometimes
One good friend is all a person really needs
are to me as I am to you,
A calming influence in a too-busy world
A source of strength when itís needed most,
A wellspring of joy when smiles are scarce,
A kind heart that always understands,
One good friend always.
W/nothing but love, tears & joy
-Your good friend
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