Saturday I attended the funeral service of my nephew, age 28. He was last seen alive, carrying a gun and threatening to kill his family and himself. He ran off into the woods and disappeared.
Some of us were hopeful because he’d stolen his mom’s phone and his dad’s credit cards. We believed since he was on foot, he’d call someone to pick him up.
The search parties hunted in vain for two days. There was no activity on the phone or credit cards. So they sent out the cadaver dogs.
That totally crushed our hearts.

They found his body after a self-inflicted wound.
He had professed Christ to his family months earlier and said he believed in Him and was saved. We think the drugs damaged his mind and thought processes. He suffered with hallucinations, paranoia, and seeing demons come after him in the end.
Drugs are damaging and deadly. Do everything possible to keep others from them and get counseling for someone who is on drugs.

Throughout the traumatic ordeal, the Lord gave us His strength to face each day and the inevitable news. Prayers of the saints and friends in churches carried us through and are still doing so. Please continue to pray for all in the family.
We thank each of you for your prayers, cards, food, and being there to encourage us, hug us, and listen.
Through Christ, His forgiveness, love, mercy and grace we can live and move on each day in this fallen world, surrounded by evil.
We love God and thank Him for his presence and His help in times of all troubles.

Thank you all for your support.


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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  1. mflabar says:

    We’ve been trying to pray about this, and will continue to do so.

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