On February 1st, my friend and coworker, Cy Stafford left this world to his eternal reward. He leaves behind a loving wife, Stephanie, three sons and their families, and hundreds of others who will also miss him dearly.
I first met Cy in 2003 when I went to Arusha to teach and to attend the first ever graduation of the Andrew Connally School of Preaching. He was the founder and director of that fine school. I, like everyone else, immediately liked Cy and I enjoyed working with him. That would be the beginning of a 13 year friendship that even saw us travel to other places together.
We shared many conversations and laughs and were sometimes able to know what the other was thinking by simply looking each other in the eyes. His always had a particular gleam. Cy was known for his smile, easy going demeanor, and the ability to bring calm to any situation. But most of all, he loved his Lord and wanted as many people as possible to love Him, too.
Tanzania will forever be his legacy and preacher training in particular. It was his passion all the way to the end and was even the focus of our last visit. Those of us who loved Cy will ensure that it continues. As such, Cy requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to "Tanzania Preacher Training" and sent in care of Bear Valley at:
2707 S. Lamar St.
Denver, CO 80227
The world needs more Cy Staffords!
In loving memory,