Family: Twenty-eight years ago a young, hurting young navy man realized that he had a need for a Savior. He surrendered his heart and soul to the only person that could bring him peace…peace from a dysfunctional, drug infested family. That’s when it all began…
The Father began to put a calling in that man from that point on. The man tried to run, but to no avail. God just wouldn’t let him. God knew that this would be a man that would touch those in need as he was in need. So, after a long, hard time of training, this man walked in path that was made for him. He began to preach, pastor and disciple and he loved it. He loved it when people listened with open ears and open hearts. They were changed by the Word that he preached and they, in turn, would change those that were hurting around them.
His ministry did not go without struggles or pain. There will always be struggles and pain when you try to help people see their need for change; their need for a Savior. But he persevered and over and over again he would crumble at the feet of the Savior begging for Him to intervene.
My husband, Pastor Jerry Vargo, was that man. He was a man after the heart of the Father, not just for himself, but for others. In December of 2005, he resigned from a church that he had been pastoring for four and a half years. His desire was to open a Bible Institute somewhere. He loved to teach the Word. So, we moved to Jacksonville, Florida feeling that this would be a great place for this institute.
We moved here in March, 2006. Jerry sent out at least 30 resumes for many different types of jobs. After all, a man has to work to feed his family. When nothing opened, he took a job that was offered with Fed Ex. It wasn’t the ideal, but you do what you have to do for the sake of your family. The Bible Institute would come in time.
So, he was in training for 8 days, worked with his trainer for two more, and was then on his own. He was delivering a package to a resident on the second day of working alone when something happened to the truck. Jerry was in front of the truck, walking towards the house, when the truck began to roll forward. It hit him from behind, killing him instantly.
My husband has talked about heaven since I met him twenty-five years ago. He would say how wonderful it would be to be in the presence of the most loving, awesome God! We talked about death quite a bit in our family. It was never something to fear, but brought joy and anticipation even at the thought. I am convinced that my husband is in the amazing presence of the almighty God right now. This is not something that I say because it’s what should be said at this time. It brings comfort to me and my family…a comfort that is felt deep in depths of our soul! And Jerry is in his glory…picking the brain of Moses, Paul and every author of every book that he has ever read.
Of course, even though there is tremendous peace for my husband, we are left here to grieve. But even in the midst of that, there is nothing that I want more than to have his sermons and words of wisdom continue. He was one of the most insightful men that I have ever met. I want that insight to continue to you via Sermon Central and any other avenue that opens. Be blessed and bless others with the sermons posted here. Jerry loved to hear how his sermons were used by others and he would love to know that it is continuing even now. My prayer is that God will be glorified even in my husband’s death. What the enemy has intended for evil, the Father will make good.
Before each sermon, he would ask that you e-mail him if you used that sermon just so he could know if they were being used. I would like to continue in that vain. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless each and every one of you. Use my husband’s sermons and blessed!
And then go and kiss your spouse a few extra times…you just never know…
In His Arms,