Strickland Family Love Fund
(CNN)As country singer Craig Strickland and his friend Chase Morland set off to hunt ducks during a winter storm in northern Oklahoma over the weekend, Morland sent what is, in retrospect, a haunting tweet.
"In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm," Morland tweeted late Saturday.
Days later, Morland is dead, and searchers are looking for Strickland in Oklahoma's Kaw Lake, where their boat purportedly overturned.
a prayer from a post I made on facebook for the family:
As I get ready to go to bed and think about the way this week has played out so far it's so weird to feel this calm. I can only say this because of the calm the family has gracefully shown us. Their strength and faith in God has inspired me and I know so many of you. We have all been praying for a miracle to happen and we will of course keep praying for the one miracle we want so badly, but I do believe the true miracle is how Craig has touched lives and through his beautiful wife and family been able to witness to so many. I can't say I won't cry again as my heart hurts so much for them as there are things you just feel aren't fair in life and you never want to see anyone hurt, but through them I draw strength and shouldn't it be the other way around. That family has touched lives, changed hearts and led so many to God, and Craig and Helen have shown so many of what a true love story really is. Through their love for Christ he led them to each other. The story will never be over regardless of the outcome because this family allows God to write their story. And I can't wait to see where this story takes us in years to come. To my friends I adore you, I cry for you, I thank you, and I pray constantly for you. #prayersforcraig
The intention of this fund is to help the family and the search teams cover the expenses associated with the search. Friends and family are staying in hotels in an unfamiliar town and any donations to help cover the costs of this trying time would be greatly appreciated. 100% of the funds raised are managed by Craig's wife.
UPDATE AS OF JAN 4, 2016
per Helen Elizabeth's Instagram page
Craig Strickland was found today. We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father. The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep. They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life. I love you with all my heart Craig Michael.
The money being raised will now be used to help with celebration of life expenses as well as much needed life transition for Helen as she adjusts moving forward without Craig. We appriecate your continued support and prayers.
Please be sure when you comment or donate you leave a note about where you are from and how this story has impacted you. We are just blown away by the distance Craig's story has reached. Thank you
Do you Remember the holiday movies where there is the Angel character that is sent to earth to get the one person back on track because they stopped believing. That's what this feels like to me. Like Craig was this Angel on earth and while he was here he was do the work God wanted him to do. And on Dec 27th, God said "it's time Son, your work here is done, time to come home".
You see, Craig wanted so much more for everyone one else around him. I believe that his love for his bandmates was so strong and he wanted, as you hard tonight, nothing more than success for them. With this story being told in this way, the way God has planned, Backroad Anthem is being heard by people who never knew about them and they have even more fans. That is God and that is Craig and his love for his bandmates.
As the pastor mentioned and everyone saw how much Craig loved Helen, she loved and loves him equally as much and we all got the privilege to watch their love grow during their courtship and through their journey as they shared their lives on social media. Me being a girl who has been single for a long time and looking for love in all the wrong places, found hope through these two. God brought them together and Helen got to experience a love most of us never get to experience because Craig was a unique young man and you just don't find to many willing to openly talk about Jesus. So although that love story is not the happily ever after I would have hoped for, I know this love story is so much more and I understand now why God called Craig home. This was the only way to get our attention, and as Helen said, he always wanted to make sure we were brought closer to God so we would all see each other later.
Well done my friend. Tonight I did ask God to forgive me and gave him control of my life. I want that happily ever after that only God can offer. And on a side note, I deleted all my dating accounts I'm trusting God to guide me the way he guided Helen and Craig. If my story ended the same exact way this one has but I had the laughter and love they have , I wouldn't change a thing because to know the love this family knows and has experienced with Craig is more than most of us will ever know in our lives.
Craig, thank you for loving everything and everyone you cam in contact with. Thank you for your kind heart and willingness to help others. For your big ol smile that Noone could say no to. For that laugh that made everyone around you laugh with you. And most of all for impacting my life and I know the lives of so many others now and in the future. God chose the best possible spokes person when he chose you. Not gonna lie, I wish he would have given everyone close to you more time, especially Helen, but what I have learned from that beautiful girl is trust in God's timing, so I will.
Till we meet again my sweet friend.
Hello everyone, I just want to let everyone know that this is a legitimate account that will go to paying for expenses, such as: hotel stays for the length of time it takes to locate Craig Michael, major bills, etc. I personally want to thank everyone who has donated and plans to donate for helping our family during this extremely difficult time. One of the most difficult aspects of the process is knowing how to get through this financially. Thank you for loving us enough to help out with this. I know this is not a blessing that many people receive. Love in Christ, Helen Elizabeth (Wisner) Strickland.
Terri....weren't you ever taught that if you had nothing nice to say not to say anything at all? Your negativity is not needed. You have zero idea what their financial situation is OR how much it costs for this search. Maybe we should do a gofundme fundraiser to buy you some compassion. Prayers are with you Craig and family.
Today's update: We were still unsuccessful in finding Craig today. However, great things happened. We searched the lake and found a cove that seemed promising. The 4 State Search and Rescue team came and searched the area. We got the opportunity to spend time with them and they gave us so much peace. Craig's father, dog Sam and friends also searched other coves and eliminated several other areas of the lake. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the fund already bc it is going to go to gas, food and hotel stays for these wonderful individuals. They are doing all of this voluntarily. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have cried today because I have felt so blessed by all of you.
I have been waiting since 1969 for my brother to be found. His boat went down 16 miles off Mobile Bay during a fishing trip when the weather turned bad. My heart goes out to this family, knowing first hand that every day that goes by is one day closer to having to live with it the rest of your life. I know my brother is gone, but that doesn't mean that every day we didn't have a body was a day that I would look at people and wonder is my brother on some pleasant island. That was where my mother pictured him until her death. Not finding the body of a loved one leaves an empty place inside you for life.
Helen, first off I want to let you know how much I am sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain it brings to lose your husband. I pray for strength for you and Craig and the rest of the family. Secondly, I have to say that your faith is so inspiring me. While praying for you I asked God to somehow give me the courage to be more like you. In what has to be the darkest moment in your life, you've shown more faith and love for our Father to a complete stranger ( myself ) than most anyone in my life. Thank you. You are a beautiful soul inside and out. I'm glad the Lord has brought him home now, and the search crew can rest. And sweetheart, I'll be praying for you for as long as praying is needed.
So sorry to hear of ur loss i know how u feel my brother was traveling from seeing my mom in grants pass oregon in the nursing home when he wrecked his van on 199 in California it rolled down an embankment and in to the raging river on dec 5th thay still have not recover vechile or bodies of him or his friend i live in missouri and have trying to raise money to get home i am all my mother has,left god bless and prayers
Helen, please stay strong and know that the hold is with you holding you up!! I never once hesitated to donate to your account because I know you are honest and God loving people!! The prayers are still coming and you are all in my heart!! God bless your family!!!
Terri ,there is something called KARMA, I pray to GOD you never know what this family is going through and your common sense is that of a 2 year old. There's always a troll who can't just give there love,prayers and support.You know nothing about music at all , just because they make records doesn't mean there living like Elvis. The more people that can search for Craig Strickland the better,maybe it's friends or the community who want to help and can't pay for the hotel. Hotels are not cheap or is anything else. I hope in some way Sam can help too. My prayers for his wife,his family and his friends. I pray and hope the good lord brings him home safe . My deepest condolences to for Mr. Morland and his family and freinds,may GOD embrace you at this difficult time
True love is hard to find. I thought i had but i lost the love of my life due too divorce. I find this freak accident to be heartwrenching. Thinking of you constantly and praying for all of you. Words cannot express the sadness i feel for you. Im holding out hope that hes found shelter.
My heart goes out to your family. I took my kids to see backroad anthem as a going back to school thing. And of course had thier pictures made with the entire band. That has stuck with me since that day I have never met kinder people and even tho they wanted to go they stopped to take pictures and sign a little boys hat. And hug a girl who was shy. My heart and prayers go out to thus family and thier friends as they continue the search and every day I pray today is the day. Hold faith and dont let the negative people get to you. Your undying faith thru this gives me hope.