“Jorge was the only Bible some will ever read.”
Jorge Miranda faithfully served as a Children’s Ministry volunteer for our Women of Courage outreach program for more than 25 years. Sadly for us, Jorge went to be with Jesus on April 16, at the age of 60, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Every second Saturday of the month – for over 300 meetings, rain or shine and even when facing cancer, Jorge showered his love on our kids, as their moms gathered for their monthly meeting.
Jorge was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States as a young adult, joining family members in San Francisco. His first vocational trade was upholstery, and he was always repairing something and working with his hands. He later earned certifications in electronics and worked in that industry for many years. In 1987, he married Linda, and they were blessed with four children: Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua, and James.
In addition to volunteering with us, Jorge very actively engaged in prison ministries with Radiant Church. As his family shared, “Jorge was a man who loved deeply. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed many different activities, especially those outdoors: camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, but most of all just hanging out with those he loved. At the end of his life, Jorge only regretted that he would be unable to continue ministering to those who need the Lord. His life embodied the Scripture: ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.’ (Phil. 4:21)”.
To us at Family Life Services, Jorge was a true hero for our kids. He wasn’t just a dedicated volunteer, he was truly part of the family. His love, joy, smile, and tremendously positive attitude helped transform the lives of generations of kids. He was a role model of true Christian manhood and all the kids, especially the boys, looked up to him.
As one of our Women of Courage moms shared in thanking Jorge for investing in her daughters, “Thank you for such a welcoming smile and dedication to our kids! You always made my girls feel so welcomed… Thank you for being such a positive male role model to so many kids without that in their lives.”
Nikki, Women of Courage Program Coordinator, echoes those sentiments: “Jorge exemplified what it means to love unconditionally. For many of the moms and children he served, Jorge was the only Bible they will ever read. His legacy will live on in the lives he changed at Family Life Services.”
We named our youth room the Miranda Room in honor of Jorge in 2017 and are now gladly adding a memorial bench to our beautiful grounds. We miss Jorge dearly but rejoice that He is at peace with His Lord. Well done, good and faithful servant! (Mt. 25:23).