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A Life Well Lived

Jun 4, 2021

This past weekend, I received a message that Jerry Jacoby had passed away. If you’ve been at ICSV for a while, you’ve had the privilege of getting to know Jerry. He and his wife, Michaela, have been the Elementary School Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) speakers for 13 years! In fact, they were scheduled to come this year, but because of the Covid restrictions, their visit was postponed to next year.

Let me tell you a little bit about Jerry. He and Michaela have been motivational speakers, traveling around the world, bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to children everywhere. He was a proficient musician who started out as a school music/band teacher. He found his niche when he started to perform his own songs for the children. Every song had a good message to teach the children about God as Creator and Savior. Jerry used his many gifts to show people God’s love, connecting personally with each one.  You can check out some of his videos at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM0V3sPkmlG226KyNicHfwg. I’m sure that your children will want to sing along with them. One of the quotes on Jerry’s website was, “I eat oatmeal every morning — I hope to still be singing for kids when I’m 100!” It seems that God had other plans for Jerry.

One of my fondest memories of Jerry was when the elementary teachers all got together at Ms. Harvey’s house when they were here for SEW a few years ago. He comes from a Scandinavian background, as do I, so he was able to play and sing numerous Swedish songs with me. We sang all kinds of hymns, choruses, songs from The Sound of Music, etc. I could have stayed there singing and laughing all night! I also remember when my husband purchased a CD from Jerry to give to our granddaughter. When he learned why we were buying one, he gave us a copy of every one that he had! He was generous like that. Jerry brought joy through his quirky personality and his crazy jokes. Most importantly, he spread God’s love to us all because his desire was that everyone would come to receive God’s free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.

Although we will miss him, we can be assured that Jerry is now in Heaven, in the very presence of God. I’m sure that when he passed away, he heard those words that we all long to hear, “Well done, my faithful servant.” In Jerry’s memory, ICSV has donated a small grove of three trees to be planted in the school’s name. The Jacobys loved ICSV. Please be praying for his wife of over 40 years, Michaela, and the rest of his family, as they will greatly miss him. We’ll all miss him.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director

To read more about the life of Jerry Jacoby, check out this link: https://www.hamptonfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Jerry-Jacoby?obId=21238354&fbclid=IwAR30-9r11L0fSRzY9SxY7sGBTIsxcXCPWSNHyPenub0Jgf5ftwThJ9XJaRI#/celebrationWall