It is with a heavy heart that I write this post this evening. On Sunday, December 21st, our dear friend and AC180 co-founder Stefan Tarapchak passed away. Those that have followed AC180 since it’s beginning know that Stefan accepted the battle of stage IV colon cancer with honor, courage and fought like a warrior. While none of us, in our finite understanding, will ever be able to explain the ways and workings of an infinite God, we can testify to the strength of Stefan. His faith never waivered, his mission was clear. Stef’s journey touched lives both in person and throughout the world wide web. He lived the vision of AC180.
He loved his children and was a committed Dad.
He loved his wife and was a committed Husband.
He loved people and was a committed friend.
He loved Jesus and brought God glory.
On a personal note, I would say that when Stef and I cast the vision for AC180 in my home office, we had no idea that this journey was on the horizon. I now understand that God, in his providence, was creating a band of brothers and online community of support that would mean so much to Stefan in his battle. The contributors to this blog supported Stef through prayer and email. We linked arms and hit our knees as a band of brothers. Each contributor was a cherished friend to Stefan. I cannot put into words what your support meant to Stefan. I cannot thank you for what your prayers meant to me. I would ask now that you support Stef’s wife Sandi and their 3 children through your prayers and love.
To each of you that have commented, emailed and sent text with your condolences, I thank you. I look forward, with great anticipation, to the day when our spirits will sour as we meet one another. More than that, I look forward to the day when our time, our thoughts, our hearts and souls will worship the almighty. Because he conquered the grave, Stefan is forever home where there is no sorrow and no pain.
Well done my good and faithful servant.
We will miss you brother.