Greetings from Ministry to Ministries partner, Harvesters,
This month has been a very trying month, or I should say a trying year! Most of you have heard about the tragedy that happened on our Yei campus. Being in the states, I heard just bits and pieces, so I will try and share what I heard as it was shared with me.
James, our driver who is from Kenya, and two of our local Sudanese laborers were working on our four- ton truck when Thomas was told to get in the truck and do something. He accidentally shifted the vehicle into first gear and as a result, the vehicle drove over Henry’s body and James’ legs.
We thank the Lord for our hospital and the excellent doctors and nurses there who immediately responded to this incident. They worked on both James and Henry for hours, however, Henry, whose injuries were much more severe, did not make it. Dr. Jeff did surgery on James and then they evacuated him to his home country, Kenya. Katherine, our nurse, flew with him to a hospital in Nairobi. I was told he had an eight hour surgery there. He has now been discharged and we have been told he will walk again in just a few months.
Henry had other family who has worked for Harvesters for 12 years and it has understandably been a time of great grief for them. His passing left behind family that had depended on him. We are deeply saddened by this accident and the loss of Henry. It has been very hard being here in the U.S. when all this happened. While all that was going on in Yei, Dennis was finishing up his three weeks of radiation treatment. As soon as we got news of what had happened, he immediately left for Yei. We are hoping after James recovers he will return and work with us once again. Until then, please pray God will provide us with another driver.
In times of tragic loss, we are reminded of how frail we are. Our lives are but a vapor as James 4:14 says. Yet Jesus knows our frailty, He walked amongst us and sympathizes with our struggles. As our merciful high priest, He knows our weaknesses and we can take comfort in His omniscience. However, it is hard to not wonder why. Like Job and the prophets of old, it is hard to avoid asking God why this happened. And yet, while we may never know, God, our loving heavenly Father, is not troubled by our questions. He embraces us in our times of loss and gently calls us to continue trusting in His goodness.
As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, we are reminded that He is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. “He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”. Help Ministry to Ministry (M2M) support Harvesters Reaching the Nations by going to their website and assisting them in their greatest needs.