Memorial Fund for Izaiah Chung
***Cash and check gifts are not reflected in the total***
Izaiah Kay-Yan Chung, beloved son of Ivan and Tina Chung, went to be with our Lord on Fri., March 9, 2018. Izaiah lived throughout his 7 months and 18 days in a hospital in Hong Kong, fighting for his life, and not once did he stop fighting.
Izaiah will be remembered as a lovely and sweet boy, as his life reminds all who have prayed for him around the world that the amazing grace of God is our power and strength for each day, and that nothing can separate us from His love.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, Tina and I have decided to start a memorial fund in honor of Izaiah. All gifts will be matched from a generous donor to TLAfrica, Inc.
*UPDATE: Another gracious, anonymous donor wants to match all donations towards the Izaiah Memorial Fund, up to $5,000, which will be added towards the first THIU Matching Fund, until October, 2018. Hurry before the matching fund time period ends!
*All foreign credit card transactions are authorized, but please note payments will be processed in U.S. Dollars (USD)
Please help us honor Izaiah’s memory through donations to TLAfrica, Inc. Ivan has been involved with Transformational Leadership in Africa since it’s inception 10 years ago, and is part of the U.S. and International Board of Directors.
This non-profit is on a mission to empower African leaders through effective teaching and mentoring by equipping them with knowledge and skills for Christ-like leadership.
Your donations will go towards a construction fund for a new higher education development project serving post-genocide communities, Thousand Hills International University (THIU). More info on this visionary university and future programs can be found here: https://www.tlafrica.org/portfolio-items/thiu-project/
All gifts given to Izaiah’s memorial will be matched by TWO generous donors. Donations can be made online or with a check (USD only). Please write in the memo line “Izaiah” and mail to:
On 3rd January, 2017, Tina and I received the horrifying news through early detection that our baby in the womb had Edwards Syndrome, or Trisomy 18, a rare genetic anomaly that’s deemed “incompatible with life” and whose victims face challenging odds of survival. Through the faithful prayers of many around the world, Izaiah was born July 19, 2017, and proved to be a fierce fighter, overcoming daily drops in oxygen levels, overcompensating heart rate, vomiting, near deafness, fevers, hernias, swallowing issues, and countless physical challenges.
We not only found Izaiah compatible with life, but found him demonstrating daily how to live: seldom crying, constantly looking us in the eye and cherishing moments with family and grandparents, taking pleasure in the little things like music and baths, waking and sleeping with a sweet and lovely twinkle in his eye, growing stronger and bigger, ignoring the mechanistic hospital environment and ominous constant sounds of the intensive care unit, earning the respect and love of all the medical staff and friends who visited him. He lived on the edge of life, escaping death so many times we thought God would allow him to live past his first birthday, a very rare occurrence in babies with Trisomy 18.
We prayed daily for miracles, as we are still doing with Izaiah’s older brother, Mattias, with his genetic challenges. In the end, as much as we believed we would witness another one, we understood that miracles are but a temporary “fix,” that Izaiah fought an incredibly great fight, and beat us to our Lord. We are convinced that God has revealed heaven to little children like Izaiah, and that in our sadness and grief, God is hiding less from us (Luke 10:21). If, on earth, Izaiah could not grow and mature any longer, we definitely did.
We want to thank the medical staff of Queen Elizabeth Hospital for giving Izaiah your best for over 14 months, and in many cases, going beyond what the medical system required of you. We want to honor the global community in East Africa through TLAfrica, Inc., in honor of Izaiah (instructions on this web page).
Izaiah is survived by his parents Ivan and Tina, along with his older brother, Mattias; paternal grandparents, Derek and Amy Chung; maternal grandparents, Simon and Annette Ng; maternal great-grandmother, Yee Ko.