John Lello
  • Date of passing: Nov 26, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Papua New Guinea
One thing is certain—He is calling you, calling you to give your all. —John Lello

A Message from Pam Lello:

Dear family and friends,
After returning to the states and attending the memorials and funeral, we are presently staying at the AFM Training Center in Michigan.

We would like to thank all of you for your prayers and support during this difficult time. The Lord is so good and we have so much to be grateful for.

A few months before the accident our computer crashed making it difficult to communicate. However, with a new email address we will once again be able to correspond.

Thank you again for all your prayers, financial support and encouraging words. God bless you all.

Pam, Abby & Alissa Lello

• If you wish to assist the Lello family, you may send a check or money order marked “Lello Memorial Fund” and send it to Adventist Frontier Missions, PO Box 286, Berrien Springs, MI, 49103. If you wish to transfer funds electronically, please call AFM at 269-473-4250 and we will provide the routing numbers necessary to make a deposit. 
(Please note: If you donate to both the Lello Memorial Fund and to AFM as well, please make out separate checks. Funds designated Lello Memorial Fund are personal gifts and are not tax deductible.)

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In Loving Memory of John Lello, 1966-2012

The Lello family joined Adventist Frontier Missions (AFM) in November 2009, accepting a call to live among the animist AMA people along the Sepik River and raise up a Seventh-day Adventist church among them that would bring the Gospel to the entire tribe.  The Lellos completed their fundraising and launched to Papua New Guinea in March 2012.

John Lello died on the afternoon of November 26, 2012 in an accident while felling trees near the site of his AFM mission project in Papua New Guinea's Sepik Province.  Please surround his family in caring and prayer--especially his wife, Pam, and their two girls, Alissa and Abby.

Stephen Combe who picked up the family from May River shared this observation (From comments on ANN news story)“I had the sad but great honor of picking up Pam and her daughters from the May River.  There were so many villagers who wanted to pay their respects to John and Pam. His body had been lovingly wrapped and flower petals garlanded his casket.  The girls were given flower garlands too. Such a sad time and yet Pam gave a very moving and courageous speech of hope before she boarded the helicopter.  The whole village joined in prayer for her and the girls, for the SDA ministry in the Ama tribes and for the remembrance of John to always honor his commitment to Jesus and his love of the Ama people.”

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by LaRenne Lacey on 6th December 2015

"I think of your precious family every time I open an AFM magazine and all you each have sacrificed. Praise God for holding you up each day giving you a fresh measure of grace to continue in ministry for Him. Yes, soon Jesus will return and resurrect John to spend eternity with all of you.  Praying for each of your family members! Remember, Jesus is carrying your sorrow."

This tribute was added by Judy Lello on 6th December 2015

"Never a day goes by that John is not missed.  The pain and memories linger.  But my heart goes out to our darling daughter Lois and our precious daughter Pam and grand children, Lissa and Abby who daily live the reality of a family of three. I long for heaven when the redeemed of all the ages will be reunited forever with all our loved ones that sleep in the grave awaiting the trumpet call of Jesus, what a day of victory that will be?"

This tribute was added by Jeannie Windels on 26th November 2015

"This man, his wife, daughters, and their mission continue to fuel a mission passion in my heart.  Their dedication is an inspiration and blessing to me.  I look forward to the reunion in Heaven and to hearing the stories through eternity of the impact they have had on people around the globe.  God bless you!!!!"

This tribute was added by Jeannie Windels on 30th November 2014

"Dear Pam, Alyssa and Abigail,

Your family picture is still on my fridge, too!  I think of you often and pray for the Ama and for the missionaries who are heading there.  I just pray that each of you will have strength and courage to remain faithful to Jesus until the Glorious Day of Glad Reunions!!!!!"

This tribute was added by LaRenne Lacey on 29th November 2014

"yes, I think of Pam and the girls often when I read AFM mag.  When I read update on your current work with AFM in preparing candidates I praised God for the strength and growth He has given each of you. For the "good He has brought out of tragedy!"  I continue to pray for you and look forward to meeting John and all your family in heaven."

This tribute was added by Jerry & Charlene Leach on 26th November 2014

"Be assured that John's ultimate sacrifice is not forgotten, and neither are you, Pam, or the girls.  In the midst of great loss, you have been faithful to the Ama people as you have shared their story wherever there has been opportunity. But on a very personal level, a husband/father is deeply missed in your lives.  May you continue to find comfort and strength as you lean into the Everlasting Arms."

This tribute was added by Karen Cunningham on 26th November 2014

"Dear Pam, Alissa and Abigail, You all are in our hearts and thoughts today as we stop to remember your husband and father. We know he would be so proud of his little family and how strong you have become. You are a living testimony to what God can accomplish through tribulations and trials. We praise God and ask Him to continue to give you all grace and strength as you work in His vineyard. Much love and respect, Ashley and Karen"

This tribute was added by Jerry & Charlene Leach on 26th November 2013

"Pam, Alissa and Abigail, please know that you are remembered especially in our prayers each Sabbath. Your loss is still very present in our hearts.  And your "umbrella photo" is a permanent fixture on our refrigerator."

This tribute was added by Judy Winkle on 26th November 2013

"Pam, Alissa, and Abigail...thinking of you today and know how painful it is for you to bring everything to remembrance again.  I am sure there are good memories too.  Uplifting you and the girls in prayer during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Karen Cunningham on 26th November 2013

"Dear Sister Pam, Alissa and Abigail, I know today must be a hard anniversary for you, but I praise God that He has given you the strength and grace to get through this first year. I know that He will continue to carry you through. John would be very proud of all of you. You have taken up a good work to continue to help out in the mission field and spread your testimony. We are so pleased that God has answered your prayers and has found a family to take your place among the Ama people. We will continue to uplift you all and praise God for His loving mercy towards you as you continue to work for the Master. Much love and respect, Ashley and Karen"

This tribute was added by Maslova-Tarasova Olga on 15th March 2013

"Luke 12:6-7 "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows." With love Olya, Vladimir, Ariel, Ruth."

This tribute was added by Maslova-Tarasova Olga on 15th March 2013

"Dear Pam, Alissa and Abigail!We are your brothers and sisters in Christ from Ukraine. Today we read about the accident happened with your husband!I was crying during reading... We grieve with you!May be you feel fear or confusion...May You feel Jesus arms of love around you!"

This tribute was added by LaRenne Lacey on 18th February 2013

"Through AFM mag I feel acquainted with your family.  Pam, as I read your detailed account of John's accident I marveled at your courage and dedication, your agony in leaving your "new family" in NG.  Every time I awakened during the night I lifted your family in prayer to the Almighty One who "has carried our sorrows."  May His strength be yours today!  "Be Still My Soul," precious hymn."

This tribute was added by Dennis Heintz on 29th January 2013

"I read Frontiers cover to cover each issue.  I feel like I know your family.  Our  hearts and prayer go out to you Pam, Alyssa, and Abigail.  God knows your pain and promises to heal.  We are praying for you all. Words seem so meaningless at a time like this.  Heaven cannot be too soon."

This tribute was added by Laurel Teller on 24th January 2013

"As our class prepared for the AP Calculus test, he would come in on Sunday to help us.   And when conflict came between the AP test schedule and our senior class trip, Mr. Lello upheld integrity by having us take the test on the right day.  Mr. Lello: honorable, humble, and seeking to serve God.  I’m looking forward to sharing stories and mathematics with him soon!"

This tribute was added by Laurel Teller on 24th January 2013

"You are in my prayers!  To remember the importance of my teacher--  Mr. Lello played an important part in my senior year at Spring Valley Academy as my physics and calculus teacher as well as one of my class sponsors.  We did many creative projects in physics. Mr. Lello would go to great lengths to help his students learn-always with a caring spirit and a desire for his students’ success."

This tribute was added by Wilder Domond on 19th January 2013

"Dear Pam, Abigail and Alissa

U may not remember us, we are the Domond Family
Before I begin, id like to tell u how sorry we are when we heard about our friend John s passing. We live in Bethlehem, Pa. You, John and the girls came over our home to pray fo us. Tears are coming down my eyes. God bless"

This tribute was added by Jeannie Windels on 7th January 2013

"Dear Pam, Alissa and Abigail,  I have thought of you and prayed for you so many times over the last few weeks.  My heart aches for you, and I pray that you will be strengthened and comforted in the knowledge of God's love for you and the hope of the soon return of Jesus.  This past Sabbath our children's Sabbath School class prayed for you.  Psalm 125:1, 2 and Psalm 126"

This tribute was added by Ugochukwu Elems on 5th January 2013

"Indeed, John was on a mission - he knew it and gave his all to accomplish that mission.  And yet the mission is unfinished.  Who will continue from John Lello left off?  And to you my beloved sisters - Pam, Abby and Alissa, John fulfilled his mission; what about you?"

This tribute was added by katie burge on 4th January 2013

"dear Pam - I just discovered your tragic loss on the AFM facebook page.  Oh my heart goes out to you.  I don't know your family personally, but your family pictures are an inspiration.  May you know you are held in the faithful arms of our Saviour.  He will never let you go!  May you be comforted, strengthened and led by Him always."

This tribute was added by Kim Mazone on 28th December 2012

"It doesn't seem like that long ago when you were visiting our home in Maine and telling us about your hopes of taking God's Word to the AMA people. Our family has prayed for you and enjoyed reading emails about the positive work you did in sharing Christ to those who needed to hear. We are heart broken over your loss. The kids send hugs to their pen pals Abby and Alissa. Love, the Mazones"

This tribute was added by Khin Mg Kyi on 24th December 2012

"Dear Pam, Alissa, and Abigail, our prayers are with you always. As missionaries in PNG, we are very proud for the sacrifice that John and you all have made. May our heavenly Father continue to comfort you and give you peace. May the Lord hasten His return when John will wake up from his sleep and say "hello, good morning" to you Pam and his two beautiful girls."

This tribute was added by Jerri Kinney on 23rd December 2012

"Dear Pam, Alissa and Abigail, sisters in Christ.  My tears join with yours at the painful loss of your precious husband!  How hard this trial must be, yet how wonderful that He is safe in Jesus. Seems like little comfort just now, but oh, how sweet the thought to know you will see, touch and share with him again.  May God be your husband your strength and song through these dark days."

This tribute was added by Zoë D'Hommée on 23rd December 2012

"Dear Pam, Abigail and Alissa,
I am so sorry to hear such sad news. Each of you are each in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for God's loving arms around you and his strength to carry you through this time. I pray that you will feel his love and know that He will carry you through, that better days will come. Sending you a big hug, Zoë"

This tribute was added by Poka Launa on 23rd December 2012

"There are billion places in this universe for such a wonderful family to live and enjoy their lives and do whatever they wanted to do to make them happy, but here in the land of PNG, obeying God seems to be their hearts' desire, the Lilo's, truly has left something that will be remembered of all times.God will richly bless and comfort you, Pam, Abby and Alissa all the days of your lives."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Reid on 18th December 2012

"On this eve of laying John to rest, I believe heaven notes our fresh tears and pain. By faith, I envision holy beings executing the Father's plan to bear you tenderly through this deep sorrow. The Mighty Spirit of Comfort is ministering even now, Pam. I believe this because the  Eternal One, intimately acquainted with loss, has promised, "I will not leave you comfortless...I will come...""

This tribute was added by Marilyn & Larry Lang on 18th December 2012

"John Lello loved children.  I'm sure he had a profound impact on the little ones there in the mission field; seeds that will bear fruit we can't imagine.  May God bless Pam, Alissa and Abigail and provide them comfort.  We will all see John again in "just a little while" when we all get to heaven."

This tribute was added by Bruce Wickwire on 16th December 2012

"Pam, Alissa, and Abigail.  Our hearts are heavy with sorrow.  John was a dedicated man and worker for the Lord.  Heaven only will reveal the why.  May God bless and comfort you.  Come quickly Lord Jesus.
Bruce and Victoria Wickwire"

This tribute was added by James Kiangua on 13th December 2012

"Pam, Alissa and Abigail, I want to praise God for the determination and courage you have to touch the lives of others with the Love of Christ. the seed you have shown will be harvested when He comes. May His providence be with you all."

This tribute was added by Casey Hastings on 13th December 2012

"Dear Pam and children, we were saddened to learn of your loss.Kako church in upper mazaruni, Guyana, prayed for you."

This tribute was added by Patty Giambra on 12th December 2012

"Hi Pami! As I look at the pictures of your family, I can see love and happiness in your faces.Your girls are beautiful. I pray that God will fill the hole that has been left behind, with hope and strength to endure, and everything else that you need. His ways are not our ways. And that there is a bigger story going on that what we can see. I pray for God to use this for His glory. Big hug!"

This tribute was added by lois dittberner on 11th December 2012

"Pam & Girls,  I'm so sorry for your great loss.; I;ve wanted to write to you since John;s death. but I didn;t know how to get in to write.  Pam I;ve known you since you were born.  My heart aches for you.  I hope by this time you will be home with loved ones.  My prayer is that the Lord will lift you up in his arms the next 3 weeks. My love to you your cousin Lois"

This tribute was added by Karen Mogel on 11th December 2012

"My heart is heavy and aches for you and your family.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Words cannot express the sadness that we feel for your loss.  Stay strong in your faith. God will never leave you.
Love and Prayers, Gary, Karen, Gary, Jr., and Aubrey"

This tribute was added by Meka Schwartz on 11th December 2012

"Blessings to the Lello family and extended loved ones.  I am so glad to have read about all of the wonderful work the LORD allowed the Lello's to do in God's vineyard. I am deeply saddened and crushed for Pam and the girls.  They will forever remain in my heart and prayers.  So glad to know that John lived the Light, and made his calling and election sure."

This tribute was added by Lucy Chung on 10th December 2012

"Dearest Pam, Abby and Alissa,
Sending up many prayers for you.  Have a safe trip back to the US.  Elijah & Caleb send their love to the girls and pray that Jesus will hold them tightly and shower them with kisses.  Thinking of you all daily, especially Pam.  *Many, many hugs*"

This tribute was added by Lois Burn on 8th December 2012

"Having worship tonight and came across this message for you:

May the Lord send an angel ahead of you to guard you along your way and may He bring you to the place He has prepared for you. (Exod 23:20 NIV). Looking forward to seeing you and Abby and Alissa ... Soon!"

This tribute was added by Benny Mason on 8th December 2012

"As Jobs friends could not speak for a week when they came to see him, I just can not think of more comforting words for you and the girls tho' I will support your family in this time."

This tribute was added by Marianne Hollister on 7th December 2012

"Pam, Abby & Alissa,I have read & reread the tributes for your family.  I have looked at the pictures & cried, smiled & yes even laughed when I saw your Dad with his beard for the first time!  I know he would like that!  He would of laughed with me, wouldn't he?  Thank you sharing your Dad & husband with us during this time of loss and healing- We love him too!  Love, hugs & prayers"

This tribute was added by Veselinka Becejac on 7th December 2012

"My sweet gentle, lovely Pam,

I scream with pain for your loss. May God who has been acquainted with grief find a way of comforting you. May you find the strength to live on enveloping yourself in the Rock of Ages.
Much love Seka"

This tribute was added by Tunisia Peters on 7th December 2012

"It was my privilege to meet your family last year. My heart is broken with grief, and goes out to you everyday. I know that John was precious in the sight of the Lord. Right now we are experiencing the valley of grief, but the best is yet to come-God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and Christ will make all things new!  I love you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Danielle Koning on 7th December 2012

"Dearest Pam, Abby and Alissa. Me and my parents have been profoundly moved by the news of John´s passing and have been praying for you ever since we heard. I remember John as both a leader and a humble learner: an extraordinary combination. You have a family in Holland and the larger AFM family that is deeply moved by your hurt and journeys with you in heart and prayer. You are not alone."

This tribute was added by Richard Haas on 7th December 2012

"Our hearts and our prayers and go out to you at this time.

                  Richard and Betty"

This tribute was added by Judy Lello on 7th December 2012

"Dearest Pam & precious Abby and Lissa, Granny and Graddad still find it so hard for you to return home with out your Daddy.  We weep with you and feel deeply for our loss, but we are so thankful for your continuing loving ministry for Our Lord Jesus to the people of PNG. We look forward to your return and long to hold you in our arms. Praying for you many times daily. "Jesus comfort them.""

This tribute was added by Manel Perianayagam on 6th December 2012

"Dear Pam, Alissa and Abigail, Our hearts ache with you. We cling to the promises of God: " ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” Revelation 14:13.
                                      Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus, Come!"

This tribute was added by Margaret Ospina on 6th December 2012

"Dear Pam, Abby and Alissa, It was with much eagerness that I followed your progress to launch on this endeavor.  My heart was with you, rejoicing as you reached your goals, warmed with reports of your experiences along the way, and now in sorrow over your loss.  My prayer is that you will feel the arms of the Lord around you at this time and His presence closer than it ever has been."

This tribute was added by Sherry Reppert on 5th December 2012

"It's so hard to know what to say.  Time has gone by and my heart still aches for my friends...John, a friend from BMA, who showed such Christianity and put others before himself; Pam, also from BMA, who has always been special to us; and Alissa & Abigail, new friends I hope to meet soon.  God be with you in your loss.  We hold you up to God daily. Lovingly, Sherry Aumack Reppert & family"

This tribute was added by Jeff Batchelder on 5th December 2012

"May the Lord bless you and keep you in your dark hour.
May the Peace of God grant you healing, and dry your tears.
May the Love of God shine warm and bright in your life.
For God's children, death is only a temporary parting......
You and your family are in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Randall Simpson on 5th December 2012

"My Dear Sister and Nieces,  My heart is heavy for each of you but especially for you Pam.  You have always been my strong and aventuresome sister and now that strength is be tested as it never has.  I love you guys and I wish there was more I could do to comfort you and take away some of your pain.  I look forward to putting my arms around you.  John was a tremendous man and example!"

This tribute was added by Debbie Fine on 5th December 2012

"Dear Pam, Abby and Alissa, my heart breaks for you girls ever since last Monday morning when I heard the news about John. He was so excited and passionate about going to PNG. I enjoyed each update we received since you all arrived there last spring. I'm glad to have known John for a few years on "the hill" in Kentucky. Much hugs and prayers. keep in touch."

This tribute was added by marge gal on 4th December 2012

"Dear Pam and little ones my deepest heart sorrow goes out to you.
Praise God you have the blessed hope and will see John again
never have to part eternal life together with Jesus. Praying for
you.      Sister Marge Gal."

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