Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SPC - 'Black & White' - #4


About a week ago, friends from college who are missionaries in Paraguay were involved in a fatal car accident there. The wife and mother, Julie, and her six-year-old son, Timmy, were killed in the accident. The father, Norberto, and adopted daughter, Anahi (18 months), survived the accident and are OK after a brief hospitalization.

While the university community through which Christy and I knew them mourns, it has been good to see and be a part of the outpouring of prayer and financial support to the Kurrle family.

This account of the memorial service for Julie and Timmy at their church in Paraguay is nothing short of inspiring (and heart-wrenching -- you've been warned) whether you knew this family or not.

Another college friend said this: "It is hard to be joyful in the midst of grief. I've experienced such a sadness since last week's tragic news of Julie and Timmy's deaths. But reading about what took place at Saturday's memorial service offers a glimpse at how joy and grief can co-exist. Julie is still teaching us, after death, through the memories of those individuals who had the privilege of knowing her."

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