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  • (1/2) Part 1 of remembering a year ago: “Michiah Lancaster (Feb 24, 1996-January 14, 2018)
In the early morning hours of January 16, 2018 I received a message from aspiring missionary, Isak Westraad requesting an honorary #portrait be done of his best friend. Only a day earlier, 21 year old Michiah Lancaster, a missionary-in-training, had been caught and lost beneath the treacherous deep waters of a swimming dam in Cape Town, South Africa and died there. 
As I swallowed the message, it slowly dawned on me that I knew and had spent time around Michiah several years ago, I even had a friendly relationship with one of his sisters (FJ Senter).
The last couple of days have past with tribute after tribute on Facebook from dozens of mutual friends shining with incredible accounts of his life and character as an only 21 year old. 
From what I know personally and have read in the past days, Michiah had a calm, steadfastness about him. He was kind but confident, he was a servant to everyone around him, humble and helpful. He was one that preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it—this made finding the right photo for the portrait a little difficult 🙂 .
But Machiah’s humility wasn’t the false kind that held him back from living fully, nor was his shyness a hindrance to his vigorous devotion to the great commission of Jesus Christ. He had what seemed to be an unwavering desire to spend and be spent for the cause of the gospel in any form or shape he was able to practice and share it.
A favorite photo from his closest family and friends is one of him at a picnic table coloring a page with a young African child—oblivious to the presence of a camera. I believe it captures his personality in many ways. Another favorite photo is of him beaming from ear to ear as he was climbing a pavilion only a few short hours before he died. In it, the background is thick with beautiful, green, African Foliage--the sun beating down and Michiah seems as carefree and happy as any 21year old should. 
This was the last photo taken of him before he passed away, and the first photo that Isak shared with me as we discussed his portrait...”(see post 2/2 to continue) (1/2) Part 1 of remembering a year ago: “Michiah Lancaster (Feb 24, 1996-January 14, 2018) In the early morning hours of January 16, 2018 I received a message from aspiring missionary, Isak Westraad requesting an honorary #portrait be done of his best friend. Only a day earlier, 21 year old Michiah Lancaster, a missionary-in-training, had been caught and lost beneath the treacherous deep waters of a swimming dam in Cape Town, South Africa and died there. As I swallowed the message, it slowly dawned on me that I knew and had spent time around Michiah several years ago, I even had a friendly relationship with one of his sisters (FJ Senter). The last couple of days have past with tribute after tribute on Facebook from dozens of mutual friends shining with incredible accounts of his life and character as an only 21 year old. From what I know personally and have read in the past days, Michiah had a calm, steadfastness about him. He was kind but confident, he was a servant to everyone around him, humble and helpful. He was one that preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it—this made finding the right photo for the portrait a little difficult 🙂 . But Machiah’s humility wasn’t the false kind that held him back from living fully, nor was his shyness a hindrance to his vigorous devotion to the great commission of Jesus Christ. He had what seemed to be an unwavering desire to spend and be spent for the cause of the gospel in any form or shape he was able to practice and share it. A favorite photo from his closest family and friends is one of him at a picnic table coloring a page with a young African child—oblivious to the presence of a camera. I believe it captures his personality in many ways. Another favorite photo is of him beaming from ear to ear as he was climbing a pavilion only a few short hours before he died. In it, the background is thick with beautiful, green, African Foliage--the sun beating down and Michiah seems as carefree and happy as any 21year old should. This was the last photo taken of him before he passed away, and the first photo that Isak shared with me as we discussed his portrait...”(see post 2/2 to continue)
  • (1/2) Part 1 of remembering a year ago: “Michiah Lancaster (Feb 24, 1996-January 14, 2018) In the early morning hours of January 16, 2018 I received a message from aspiring missionary, Isak Westraad requesting an honorary #portrait be done of his best friend. Only a day earlier, 21 year old Michiah Lancaster, a missionary-in-training, had been caught and lost beneath the treacherous deep waters of a swimming dam in Cape Town, South Africa and died there. As I swallowed the message, it slowly dawned on me that I knew and had spent time around Michiah several years ago, I even had a friendly relationship with one of his sisters (FJ Senter). The last couple of days have past with tribute after tribute on Facebook from dozens of mutual friends shining with incredible accounts of his life and character as an only 21 year old. From what I know personally and have read in the past days, Michiah had a calm, steadfastness about him. He was kind but confident, he was a servant to everyone around him, humble and helpful. He was one that preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it—this made finding the right photo for the portrait a little difficult 🙂 . But Machiah’s humility wasn’t the false kind that held him back from living fully, nor was his shyness a hindrance to his vigorous devotion to the great commission of Jesus Christ. He had what seemed to be an unwavering desire to spend and be spent for the cause of the gospel in any form or shape he was able to practice and share it. A favorite photo from his closest family and friends is one of him at a picnic table coloring a page with a young African child—oblivious to the presence of a camera. I believe it captures his personality in many ways. Another favorite photo is of him beaming from ear to ear as he was climbing a pavilion only a few short hours before he died. In it, the background is thick with beautiful, green, African Foliage--the sun beating down and Michiah seems as carefree and happy as any 21year old should. This was the last photo taken of him before he passed away, and the first photo that Isak shared with me as we discussed his portrait...”(see post 2/2 to continue)
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