The world was blessed on September 20th, 1982, when Andrew Amparan was born. Andrew would say that his life really began when Jesus called him at age 14. From the moment he was called, Andrew lived his life for Jesus. God gave Andrew an ability to see into the true intentions and motives of people – to see their core – their hearts. He served in several churches in various leading and pastoral roles, helped at countless concerts, helped people hear Jesus’ calling and voice.
Those who know Andrew best would use words like “vulnerable”, “integral”, “uncompromising”, “honest”, “generous”, “obnoxious”, “deeply-loving”, “accountable”, “steadfast”, “above reproach”, when describing him. He knew thousands of people and every person he met, he impacted.
This is a man who loved Jesus, his wife, his children, and his family deeply, without restraint or compromise. He is a man who poured everything into what God called him to do. Andrew was blessed with the joy of pouring into people, showed no fear when God told him to pull things out of people and himself. He honored God in his obedience, his self-sacrifice, his forgiving heart, and his ear for God’s voice in His word. He is a man of integrity, of honesty, of responsibility, of purpose.
In 2009, Jesus called Andrew’s daughter Sacred. Amidst this incredible painful loss his words were “If one person comes to know Jesus through her death, it was all worth it.” He is fortunate that he was able to see this happen. His heart is always to serve Jesus and bring people to Him through his life experiences and heartache.
God called Andrew home on October 30, 2021. He will forever be 39 years old. Andrew knows God is in control, though we don’t know the reason. It is up to us to follow his wonderful example: trusting in God’s sovereignty, being honest about our pain and questions with God, steadfast in our faith never losing sight of God and His promises which are found in his word, and to live life without excuses or regret. We rejoice that he is alive in Christ, and those that know Jesus will see him again.
Andrew’s spirit and legacy is carried on in his beloved wife and son, Julie and Judah Riff-Raff Amparan, his parents Carla and Tom Smith and his brothers, Matt Amparan, Tommy Smith, Jerry Gomez and their wives, (Jessica, Kimberly and Tamarah) and children (Jadon, Mykah, Kaden, Trey, Desi, Drew, Little Jerry, and Nathaniel).
Per Andrew’s last wishes, his family, Julie and Judah will be relocating to Jacksonville, Florida in March 2022, to live life with Jerry and Tamarah Gomez. We will be holding a memorial for him in Jacksonville at Sovereign Grace Family Church and will be streaming online sometime mid-2022. Details will be announced through Facebook, you may find Julie’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/shaigazelle/. You may call or text Julie at 619-985-8912 or email her at JulieAmparan@yahoo.com if you would like more information.
If you would like to help out Julie and Judah in their journey without Andrew, you can donate through her gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-for-julie-and-judah
Andrew would want him passing into glory to be one that would lift the name of Jesus. If you would like to surrender your life to Jesus, please email, text or call Julie.