Andrew Chan’s widow has read some of the pair’s final letters to each other at the Sydney funeral for the executed Australian.
Febyanti Herewila-Chan married the convicted drug smuggler in Indonesia two days before his April 29 execution.
In her final letter to her new husband, Ms Herewila-Chan said she told Chan to keep singing as he was lead to the execution field, and that when he got to heaven he could ask Jesus to send him back to her.
“If you’re happy to stay there (in heaven), don’t worry about me,” she read to the crowd of more than a thousand mourners at the Hillsong megachurch in Baulkham Hills in Sydney’s northwest.
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Chan told her to continue his vision for Indonesia.
“Continue to fight for the rights of the injustices in this country,” he told her.
Ms Herewila-Chan, a Christian, said she had questions for her God following the execution but said Chan had kept his faith until the end.
“I remember I was there when his clemency was rejected,” she said.
“I was so broken but he (Chan) holds me and said `don’t worry God is in control’.”
She said no one could have faced death with as much courage as her husband, who, with other prisoners, chanted “bless Indonesia, bless Indonesia, bless Indonesia” in his final moments, she said.
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“Andrew managed to end it well,” she said.
“Andrew managed to forgive those who hurt him.
“It is only because of Jesus.”
Earlier in the service, Chan’s brother, Michael, said the executed Australian drug smuggler had taught him the meaning of “courage and dignity”.
He reflected on the changes Chan had made during his 10 years in an Indonesian jail, and promised to look after his “new sister”, Ms Herewila-Chan.
“Andrew showed me that everyone can change and change for the better,” Michael said.
“Andrew, you used to say that you looked up to me. Now, little brother I look up to you.”
Up to 1600 mourners at the Hillsong megachurch stood as one as pallbearers carried in Chan’s coffin at the start of Friday’s service.
There were cries of “Amen” from the crowds as family friend to the Chan’s Major David Soper said of Chan: “He is with his maker”.
Major David Soper, acknowledged the presence of the Sukumaran family at the service.
Chan and fellow drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran faced the firing squad together last month.