Four Young Person Funeral Fund
As many already know four beautiful young people went to be with the Lord on Sunday. Brother Levi Wallace (Arizona), Brother Jonathan McGeary (Arizona), Sister Johanna Naber (Canada), and Sister Sabrina Giebelen (Germany) attended church in Flagstaff, Arizona on Sunday July 20th. Afterwards, the four of them were on a short flight to Sedona, Arizona in a small, single-engine aircraft when their plane went down.
Each of these beautiful people touched lives in many amazing ways and we would like to honor the parents that raised such excellent examples of christians by helping them cover expenses.
We are asking the body of Christ to donate as you feel lead to the families to help with funeral expenses including huge travel related items inherent with the fact that two of the four were from foreign countries. We hope that in this terrible tragedy we can help lessen the immediate burden of expenses that the families will incur.
The proceeds will be deposited into a non profit bank account set up specifically for this purpose by friends and believers and ALL proceeds will be distributed to the families on August 31st, 2014.
The families affected greatly appreciate your prayers in this time of tremendous need!
2 Corinthians 9:15
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly , or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written , He hath dispersed abroad ; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
By God's grace the families are doing well but grieving has intensified with time and they will always need your prayers. Louisa mentioned that when the sympathy cards stop... the journey gets more difficult. Keep all four families close to you in prayer every day.
Once again, thank you for your amazing generous spirits - for all you gave... I know the families are so grateful!
As a side note: now begins the most difficult phase of grieving for the kid's families and friends. It is when the funerals are over, the ashes are scattered, the emails dwindle and the phone calls stop that the loneliness and loss becomes most obvious. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE continue to remember these families in your prayers. To visit them. Send them letters of encouragement. To remember their children and allow their children to inspire you to live a bigger, fuller, richer life with more of Jesus reflecting from it.
I want to extend from all four families that they are forever humbly and enormously grateful for everything you have done for them.
I pray your reward will be great!! God Bless!!!
This week we paid tribute to two phenomenal human beings - Jonathan and Levi. This coming weekend Sabrina and Johanna's families will say goodbye to them until the other side. I have never been so touched and by God's grace I will never be the same. I watched the victim's families standing in unity... broken and rightfully devastated... yet absolutely unwavering in their faith in Jesus Christ. We all walked away feeling inspired to be better people. Sunday morning our church was bursting at the seams with young people ready to rededicate their lives to God. I think we have all been soberly reminded that our own lives and the lives of others are fragile. We are dust in the wind and there is no time like the present to find out what our purpose for living is and to fill it. Each of the four taken has left a testimony of selflessness -lives consecrated to reaching for the edge of the circle and drawing the unpopular, the poor, the weak and the disabled into it's center. In their final act of selflessness they have be used as tools to draw the body of Jesus together in unity. Nobody at the funeral was asking about denominational or doctrinal boundaries... we were all in one mind and one accord that we wanted to help and serve the families affected. Praise God... all things work together for the Good to those that are called!
This morning I was given a scripture... if the families are reading this I thought I would pass it along as I thought of you:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I'm in awe at the generosity and willingness of people to give what they can for these families. But, I'm not surprised! We're one huge family of God and when one member suffers, we all do. You can feel the love as you look at the donations and read the comments. It is truly inspiring. I pray that each of the families needs are met 100%.