At a time when our church is growing spiritually and people are coming to know the Lord, this week we have been reminded that the enemy is at work, as evil also trys to prevail...and much more than that we have been reminded that this world is indeed NOT our home!
This week, almost exactly 3 months since our church family lost and buried Margaret and Samuel's baby John,(who was so wickedly overdosed by a hospital nurse) we have sustained another terrible and tragic loss in our family.
Yesterday our dear brother, and friend, one of our most faithful men, Evans Bwire was tragically killed, his life taken so selfishly by another human being...
We are left with extreme grief, confusion, mourning and without much understanding of exactly what happened in those few tragic moments.....we are just trying to grasp the fact that Evans is really gone....its truely hard to believe we won't see him again here on this earth. Oh Lord help us!!!!
Instead of rewriting and explaining the story again I will copy for you what our teammate Ben has so beautifully written about that tragic day and the truth that we hold onto....
Evans is the young man seated in this picture on the left hand side
Something terrible has happened that will be used for God's good purposes November 24, 2009.
Yesterday morning one of the most faithful young men of our church was killed. Evans, brother to Archie, best friend to Alfred. Evans was 23 years old and his days were numbered until this one. We were expecting many more, but God knew from the day Evans was born that this would be his last day.
Alfred and Evans were driving to work as they usually do at around 7:00am in their truck for Darad Hardware. A minor accident occurred and their side mirror was broken. When an accident occurs here in Kenya, you pull over and discuss with the other person what happened, make negotiations, and then go to the police station. They decided to all drive to the police station. Evans rode with the other car, Alfred followed in the truck. The other car passed the police station and continued on, Alfred followed. They made it 10 minutes outside of Ukunda, Alfred overtook the other truck and blocked their path. As words were being exchanged between Alfred and the driver, Alfred heard THUMP, and Evans was lying on the ground. He was hit by some blunt object wielded by someone in the truck. Alfred picked his best friend off of the pavement and put him in the truck racing back to Ukunda, to the nearest hospital. When Alfred and Evans arrived at Palm Beach Hospital, only Alfred remained. Evans was pronounced dead on arrival. And the names which were always affixed together, "Alfred and Evans", are now separated.
Senseless greedy wickedness!
As family, friends, and church members grieved in the hospital, Alfred was giving a statement to the police and the police were tracking down the other vehicle. The car was found, then the driver, but not the man who hit Evans. The driver was locked up in the police station. And so was Alfred until all could be sorted out.
Alfred, Alfred, oh poor Alfred! His best friend is dead. He should be here with us finding some spiritual comfort in the presence of the redeemed but instead sharing a cell with people responsible for killing his best friend!
Corrupted wretchedness that takes righteous life!!
For what! FOR WHAT! A side mirror? 5,000 shillings ($65)? Is that how much life is worth now?
Alfred was finally released last night at around 7:00pm.
Something terrible has happened that will be used for God's good purposes. How? How can this be good? It cannot be good. Wicked man cannot be saved from indwelling wickedness...unless, unless he gets a new heart, unless, unless he is born again. But that's impossible. True. But God is not. God is not. This is God's specialty. He is Creator. He can speak to nothing and even nothing will obey the sound of his voice in fear and shape itself into something. He is Redeemer. Even when His creation is marred and corrupted by sin, He can buy it back out of its wickedness and pronounce it clean, pure, and innocent once again. Born again. Redeemed. This is what He does.
Redeem this wicked act Lord Jesus, I pray.
I was thinking about just how sad this day was. I was praying for Alfred, Cecilia, Archie & Tabitha, Fred & Tabitha, and Evan's family I don't know. All I could say was, "Lord listen to my spirit and intercede on my behalf," and this verse: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid" (John 14:27).
Evans is with Christ, and it is so much gain to him, so much better there than here. We live on, and for us to live is Christ as we live in Him and with His message of hope and salvation to the world. And as we live in a world of suffering, we will suffer, some with a greater pain than others. But God has spoken through His apostle Paul who suffered greater than all of us and considered it all as 'this light momentary affliction [that] is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison' (2 Cor 4:17).
Please pray for us and with us for the family and friends of this great young man who loved Christ while he was here and now loves Him in the deep presence of God, greater than we can comprehend.