Pastor KK Bachew
Content: Trinidad Express News
PRAKASH (KK) Bachew, the founder and senior pastor of the Faith Assembly International Church in Five Rivers, Arouca, passed away yesterday. Bachew, 63, died at the St Clair Medical Centre just after noon yesterday. Last Friday, while conducting a military funeral service at the Faith Assembly International Church, Bachew was addressing the congregation when his speech began to falter. His son Jonathan ran to his aid.
“Pastor KK then laughed and said ‘Death, where is your sting? I stare in the face of death’, at which point he collapsed to the floor,” a release from Faith Assembly stated yesterday. Bachew was rushed to the St Augustine Private Hospital, where it was diagnosed that “he suffered a stroke which was caused by an aneurysm”. He was transferred to the St Clair Medical Centre for emergency surgery. At 12.15 p.m. yesterday Bachew passed away. He was the husband of Roma for the past 36 years and was the father of eight children and the grandfather of nine. Many persons took to social networking site Facebook to express grief at the death of Bachew, who was described as a “key figure”.
“There is no doubt he was well loved and will be sadly missed. When asked by his members to describe Pastor Bachew, there were resounding exclamations of high praises, ‘A man after God’s own heart, a compassionate soul, full of humility and selflessness.’ ‘He was a true leader’, one member exclaimed, as well as ‘A man of vision and missions’,” the release from the church stated yesterday. “Whilst the passing of Pastor KK was sudden, we are rest assured that he is with the Lord and his life will be remembered and celebrated for many years to come, his great legacy will live on through his family and church members.” the release stated.
Another Pastor collapse at service Pastor Jerome Mcneil (pictured below)
It was a moving church service according to congregants, with their animate pastor as spirited as ever. But it was one members of Rev Jerome McNeil’s church in Dallas, Texas may never have imagined remembering for his sudden death at the immediate conclusion of his sermon. ‘He walked down the aisle like he always does,’ Christian Chapel ‘Temple of Faith’ CME Church member Cherry Bullard recalled to CBS Dallas news this week. ‘All of a sudden I heard a thud and I didn’t know what it was. I looked around, and he was gone.
Collapsed: Rev Jerome McNeil tragically shocked his congregation last Sunday after he fatally collapsed moments after delivering an animated sermon The church’s senior pastor of the last 21 years collapsed moments after delivering his sermon to a packed sanctuary last Sunday whose membership totals 6,000. Exiting his pulpit, he passed a plaque reading: ‘Preach as never to preach again. As a dying man to dying men’ – a quote by the 16th century English church leader Richard Baxter ‘He was just a great man,’ assistant pastor Linda Curry told CBS. ‘We are hurting, but we are a family,’ she said.
‘It’s just hard to have sit here on Sunday listening to his sermon, not thinking that it was going to be his last sermon that I was going to be able to hear from him,’ Ms Bullard said. ‘It’s just been hard to accept this, and yet I know he’s gone, but I know he’s in a better place.’ A ceremony for the reverend is scheduled for Saturday morning. He leaves behind a wife of 39 years, according to the church website, two daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters
Many pastor 2012 collapse in like manner during service including earlier in the year Bishop Barnett Thoroughgood.