In a senseless and tragic act, Rachelle Bergeron (Haemmerling), acting AG for Yap, Micronesia, was shot and killed in her yard last evening as she returned from a run with her dogs. She and Simon were a few days away from their first wedding anniversary. We grieve with Simon in his terrrible loss and pray that he will have strength through the loss of his best friend and the person that had brought him so much joy and true happiness.
Those of you who know Simon know of his deep faith in God and commitment to serving others. We have all benefitted from his good advice, his prayers and his care for us. Now it is time for us to return some of what he has given in a small way. Though the government is covering costs for repatriation of Rachelle's body, Rachelle's family and Simon will need significant funds to cover funeral costs and travel costs to the United States where Rachelle will be laid to rest. Please join me in making it so Simon does not have to worry about finances when he is bearing so much weight of grief.