In Loving Memory of Teddy Joel Zbacnik


Your passion for your family, your church, your community and missions will live on in the lives that you touched!  

June 11, 1963 – May 30, 2012

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

June 3, 2012

Dear Marlene, Zach, Nate and Mariah,

I’ll never forget the first time that I met you as a family of five in Lima, Peru, probably seven years
ago. You had spent months packing medicines from the USA and preparing the lists of medicines
to be bought in Lima. Timberline medical missions was headed to the Shipibo tribal village of San
Francisco in the state of Ucayali. However, due to political unrest and the possible personal dangers
for you in that area of the jungle, you were taken to the state of Loreto, the jungle city of Iquitos to
work in a Latin America Child Care school.

The camaraderie amongst you five was such a treat. It was unusual to have a family with younger
children on a team. However, Zach, Nate and Mariah were a delight to all of us and especially the Peruvians. On
about the first day I believe that it was Nate that had an encounter with a boa. Ted was very anxious, cautious
and so loving. My eyes saw him as Our Heavenly Father who hurts when his child is in pain.
Your medical team served the children, teachers and community with excellent medical skills abounding in love
and care. Ted and Marlene with Carol Gilbert had to make many difficult decisions even regarding the finances
because the needs were greater than they had anticipated. I saw these three sacrifice their own rest time and
finances to help provide the best.

Also, I remember the dark cloud that came upon the Zbacnik family during some stressful moments when Ted was struggling health-wise. Never once did we hear a negative, disheartening word from anyone in the family. My heart ached as I watched the stalwartness of both the children and Marlene during this crisis. You five were a tremendous testimony of faith that spoke to all of us and the Peruvian team mates that were praying for each of you. 

Thank you for the miles of service in missions around the world but especially in Guatemala and Peru. Thank you for the hours of sacrifice with love that each of you has given to the children, the adults and the hurting communities. I personally thank you for your kindnesses to me as a missionary in Guatemala and Peru.I believe that with all confidence Ted could say along with the apostle Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7

Also, I believe that Ted set an example for his family and all of us. “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

Matthew 10:42

In His love,
Gwen Kovac
Gwendolyn Kovac


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s