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Death of a radical Jesus-follower – Craig Gallegos, RIP

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Life is short. As the Bible says, we should pray, “teach me to number my days.” My daughter Estie called Monday evening – she’d just gotten the news that her close friend, Craig Gallegos, whom she met on AIM’s First Year Missionary program in Mexico, was killed. The news devastated her as I’m sur…
By Seth Barnes
Life is short. As the Bible says, we should pray, “teach me to number my days.” My daughter Estie called Monday evening – she’d just gotten the news that her close friend, Craig Gallegos, whom she met on AIM’s First Year Missionary program in Mexico, was killed. The news devastated her as I’m sure it did many.  Craig was an original.  He died giving one of his young disciples a ride home on his motorcycle.  Since he only had one helmet, he gave it to his friend.  When they crashed, the helmet saved his friend’s life (read article here).
 
Dana Siekman wrote me and said, “Although  I knew Craig well and saw him every day, it still amazes me how many people he knew, kept in touch with, took care of, and mentored. Craig’s legacy will be unparalleled in this town and there won’t be anyone like him for a very long time.”
 
Estie remembers Craig in her email to me below:
Craig GallegosHe liked to laugh, he liked to be intense. The last time I talked to him in May he asked me how I
was and I told him I was “Loving life!” “That’s what I like to hear!!”
he said back.

He would swing dance with me, pray with me, try pick up lines on me
(which I hated), argue with me about whether or not drinking was
biblical, and would even let me cry on the phone with him when I needed
to at 2am in the morning! He gave like he would never run dry. He
nicknamed me “Fuerte” while in Mexico.

 
Craig would always ask me how Leah was doing, because he knew I was burdened for her. When I was nannying in Colorado he drove five hours to come see me. He danced with little Gracie Davis, and laughed when she said, “Dance with me, boy!”

One time he and I decided to try to live off of ten dollars a week between the two of us, so we could see how life was for the Mexicans. I lasted one day and he never stopped giving me crap for that. When in Dallas, he took me out to a nice dinner and bought me flowers and an orange gorilla that I named OG. Afterwards he would always ask if OG was doing ok when he called.

I used to joke that I wanted to marry an Irish man.  He would act disappointed and say, “That rules me out” since he is half Mexican. Last year he texted me saying, “Guess what! My name is Scottish (close to Irish) and it means rock!” I then let him know that I would make an exception for him – all in good humor of course. 🙂

Craig was a rock, to the core. He loved and lived hard. He poured his life out into the youth in his area and was sold out for Durango, Colorado. We used to call each other and sing the song “Here I Am Once Again”  to each other. Craig couldn’t sing at all, but he tried. 🙂 While in Mexico on a mission trip he tried to teach me the song.  We had no recordings of the song, just the notes, but he taught me it until it sounded halfway like how he remembered it. After that he would always make fun of me, saying I never played it how it was actually supposed to be played.

Heaven just got a whole lot more exciting on July 21st. I can’t wait to see Craig’s smile again, or to hear him make fun of my laugh. And hopefully he’ll still have some bling bling on his ear and be acting like the big shot that he was.

Here i am once again
Here I am,
once again
I pour out my heart
For I know that you hear
Every cry
You are listening
No matter what state my heart is in

You are faithful to answer
With words that are true
And a hope that is real
As I feel your touch
You bring a freedom
To all that’s within
In the safety of this place
I’m longing to …

Pour out my heart
To say that I love you
Pour out my heart
To say that I need you
Pour out my heart
To say that I’m thankful
Pour out my heart

To say that you’re wonderful
  See pics from Craig’s Mexico ministry team here.  

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