Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend update

This weekend involved some sad news.
As most of you have probably already heard, on Saturday morning, Ed (from Tytoo Gardens) died. It came as quite a shock to all of us when we got word that he had fallen from a ladder and died instantly. He was a wonderful man and an example to us all in the way he chose to surrender his life to be used by God. There have been countless lives that have been changed through his testimony. We can rejoice in the way he lived to serve and help so many desperate children.
But there is still sadness for the ones he left behind. Above all right now I ask you to pray for the children who live and are fed at Tytoo Gardens as they grieve Ed's loss. It is still unknown to me what will become of Tytoo Gardens and the children, whether they will be re-located or if someone new will step up to run the orphanage. Please keep this all in your prayers. Below I have included a picture of Ed, and one of the older orphan girls who was a great assistant to Ed in managing the children. Now that he is gone, she will have a lot of responsibilities resting on her shoulders, so please keep her in your prayers as well.

The loss of Ed leaves me with a lot of unanswered questions in my mind. It's difficult for me to understand why the Lord would take him away from these children, especially after they have already dealt with so much hurt and loss in their lives. And now what? Where can they turn for protection and comfort? It is time for those of us here to step up and fill that void in their lives, and above all, ask the Lord to comfort them like only He can. The Lord is still sovereign and there is purpose for these children. It's now our time to trust Him and allow Him to use us, just as He used Ed to accomplish His will, even when we don't understand.


Renee Kievit said...

I just read your post. Richard Beldman informed the church of Ed's passing. I am pray for you as you grapple with the questions in your heart. I'm thinking and will write more later. :)

Opa said...

We are very much in sympathy over what hes happend to Ed at Tytoo gardens. May God sand somebody to take over his role. Blessings Opa.