Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Last night I drove these children to the hospital where their Mom and their Pastor was waiting to tell them that their Father had died suddenly. Last they knew he had been taken to the hospital because of a bad cold, sore throat and fever. The doctors still don't really know what happened. Some how this sweet, sweet, man survived war and violence in Burundi only to die in America of some strange unexplainable infection. The refugee community in Aurora has lost a great man and these children have lost a great father. A whole parade of mourners showed up at the hospital last night to pay their respects.
Please remember this family in your prayers. They relied heavily on their father's income, so not only will their emotional road ahead be difficult, their financial situation will be uncertain. Luckily they have a great church family at St. David's Episcopal in Aurora.
For the past two and a half months the fifteen year old boy in this family has been working for us at Bryan House shoveling snow. I've been feeling so ready for winter to be done, but in light of this situation maybe a few more good snow days would be okay.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Yesterday afternoon just before four o'clock, my father-in-law called me and asked if I had heard anything from my husband. He said that there had been a shooting at NIU where Rick is a law student. He said he had tried to call him, but had not gotten through. I hadn't heard anything. I hung-up right away and tried to send Rick a text. I was feeling a little shaky and having trouble hitting the keys right, so it was taking me a long time just to write a simple line: "Shooting at NIU. R U ok?" While I was trying, he called. He was hunkered down in the law library with his classmates waiting for the all clear signal so he could leave. He was okay. His building was in the general vicinity of the incident, but not close enough to hear or see anything bad. I'm glad the moments of not knowing were so short for me. I can't imagine what parents were feeling who didn't hear from their children right away. Why does this keep happening in our country? Gun violence is so out of control? Some how we have to get a handle on this.
The University is closed today. Rick is at home with two young Burmese refugees who arrived yesterday and are staying with us for a few days. Luckily they don't speak much English so they don't know what happened. Not exactly a great day to welcome folks who have fled from the violence in their own nation to try to find some peace and safety.
Our hearts go out to all the victims and friends and family of those who were killed. And I thank Jesus that my husband is safe.