Damon O. Burrows, minister, evangelist, administor, husband, father, and friend, left this world today to go to a better place and join the many people he cared for, loved, witnessed to, and helped through his years of ministry and leadership. A Navy veteran, Damon never met a stranger. He was a friendly, outgoing, and genuinely warm individual whose heart was easily touched and his actions often motivated to act as his Lord would have wanted him to act.
His heart was always to evangelize, to share the message of Christ, and to bring the joy he experienced to everyone. He ministered to the homeless, the drunk on the street, the addict, the gang member, the criminal, the lost, the hurting, the young, the old, and the in-betweens. To Damon there were but two types of people - those who knew the Lord and those who did not. Anything else was window dressing to that basic concern. He mingled with CEO's, high ranking individuals, weathly men and women. He rubbed shoulders with the street person with equal ease and equal love.
God led him to often make the connections between those in need and those able to help with that need. A matchmaker of miracles he stepped in to help like he knew his Master would have: food, help with bills, prayer, a ride, advice, wisdom, and laughter, always laughter.
His life was a role model of the impact of the love of God on people. People were always his chief concern, his motivation in life, and his reward. No one who ever knew Damon O. Burrows can ever forget him and the world is poorer today with his passing. Those who knew him, however, are enriched. Like the wake of a might ship on the seas, he leaves a powerful legacy of grace, love, and joy. For him the words of the sailor's prayer are apt "... Then are they glad because they are at rest; and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be."
Fair seas in heaven, my friend, fair seas.