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May
15

Andrew Chan Funeral


The funeral of Andrew Chan, the Australian recently murdered in Indonesia was held this morning.
The funeral for Myuran Sukumaran who was murdered alongside him will be held tomorrow.

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Wife recites letter written to Chan on day of execution

chan funeralFebyanti Herewila, who Chan married two days before his execution, received a standing ovation after speaking at the service.

She recited a letter that she wrote to Chan on the day of his execution.

“Darling keep singing when they take you. I love you, I’ll see you soon, death cannot separate us,” she said.

She praised Chan for his strength throughout the ordeal, saying “no-one could ever face death like him”.

“Andrew refused to cover his eyes and he even wore his glasses that night,” she said.

“He hates wearing his glasses, [but] that night he chose to wear them because he wanted to look them in the eyes”.

After the ceremony there was a private cremation.

Chan was executed alongside fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran and six other prisoners on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan on Wednesday last week.

The two men spent nearly 10 years in detention on death row in Bali’s Kerobokan prison after they were found guilty of attempting to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into Australia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the executions were a “dark moment” in the relationship between Australia and Indonesia, and responded by withdrawing the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson.

Chan expressed remorse for his crimes and, together with Sukumaran, he established a drug rehabilitation program for fellow inmates at the Kerobokan prison.

An atheist before his arrest, Chan later converted to the Christian faith, which he said helped him cope with life in jail.

 

The above is from an article found here

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-08/andrew-chan-funeral-service-sydney-bali-nine/6454374

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9 Responses to “Andrew Chan Funeral”


  1. May 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I read the same article. It’s a pity the ABC described Andrew Chan’s last moments as ‘defiant’ twice in their coverage. I don’t believe he was defiant, just giving glory to God. Thankyou Andrew Chan for showing us, as believers in Jesus Christ, how to face death.

  2. May 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Cheryl, I find it unfortunate every time I see the two Aussies described as the Bali Nine Ringleaders – or similar. I was also annoyed whenever I that old footage was screened in news reports of two angry young men pushing and swearing their way through the mob around them that must have been taken around the time of their trial 10 years ago. Both of those portrayed a false image of who they were in the present time.

    To paraphrase what someone said a week or so ago: The Indonesians arrested drug runners and executed a pastor and an art teacher.

  3. May 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Yes, very true words. The world is actually worse off for the loss of them, not better, but few can see that.

  4. 4 Marleen
    May 9, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Were they not the ringleaders? Is that made up? Would that be to make everything seem better?

    It is problematic “defiant” was used. I didn’t read such an article, but some people think that’s a good thing (to be defiant in the face of unwanted treatment or judgment) and wouldn’t have been putting anyone down by using the word in writing about Andrew Chan. And sometimes people don’t think of the etymology or real meaning of a word; it can be used as something like the opposite of cowering. Like I said, though, I didn’t read (or see or hear) the ABC coverage, so I didn’t catch any nuance that might have been involved.

  5. 5 Marleen
    May 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Well, wearing a Panthers jersey… “defiantly” might fit there.

    Singing “Amazing Grace” (written by a reformed slave trader) while wearing a sports jersey…

    Interesting they changed the words to “Amazing grace, my chains are gone…”

  6. 6 Marleen
    May 9, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I can’t find it now, but an article, linked to, had a priest who accompanied the mentally ill man for the execution and said despite the circumstances the care at the prison was good.

    Here is a different article discussing some legal weirdness that was endured: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/pastor-rob-buckingham-speaks-after-bali-nine-executions/6430782
    I don’t know why this pastor refers to people as boys.

  7. May 11, 2015 at 8:04 am

    They were apparently the ring leaders of “the Bali Nine” when they were arrested, recruiting the others to smuggle drugs out of Indonesia to Australia. However that is what they WERE. By the time they were murdered they were significantly changed men who were deeply involved with the rehabilitation of other prisoners.

  8. May 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

    The physical conditions in the prison aren’t comfortable, but I’ve heard that they provide a lot keep the prisoners occupied and active, giving every opportunity for them to be rehabilitated.

    It’s not uncommon for men to refer to each other as “boys”. During Australian sporting interviews players often refer to their team mates as “the boys”.

  9. 9 Marleen
    May 12, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Oh, okay. Thank you.


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