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Looking forward…

Labstone Chanda at Mapalo School – Wiphan Care Ministry It’s truly hard to even describe our hearts and feelings the last couple of days. I’m ready for Richard to come home. I miss him…and right now–he is on the 18 hour flight from South Africa to Atlanta. Tomorrow this time–he’ll be home. And I’m sure […]

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Lauren - October 9, 2011 - 9:47 am

my heart is so broken for this family! I am praying for them and for all effected by this loss… there are many I’m sure. So so hard to understand these things this side of heaven…

Sandi - October 9, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Just sent a donation. I have to admit I have been nauseous about it since getting the e-mail from Wiphan. I even played the what if he had been in the US game & quickly realized that from my experience in working in hospitals that when it is a person’s time the events will unfold as God had planned no matter the age or circumstances. Still, it doesn’t make it any easier or less painful. It is a bracing reminder of the blessings we have & it is a charge to march on to continue doing God’s work. He shows his face when we are at our lowest & he shines through the pain. Praying for the void to be filled & for God to make sense of such a tragedy.

Alison - October 9, 2011 - 5:35 pm

Praying for his sweet family!

Rory - October 9, 2011 - 6:05 pm

I want you to know that God has brought you, your husband, your family, Labstone, and his family to my mind and heart several times to pray over the past few days. God must have such a special place in His heart for you because I just KNOW I’m not the only one He called to pray on your and Labstone’s behalf. I am lacking the right words at this moment, but His Words never fail, so I’ll just leave a verse here to encourage and strengthen: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen, but the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Praying the unseen is touchable for you today and that your heart finds the healing it needs as you grieve the loss of a great friend and co-laborer in Christ, yet rejoice at the awesome reunion that’s going to take place on day.
Love from one mama’s heart to another,

Labstone… {we love you brother – always}

He fought the good fight. And this morning, Labstone Chanda went to be with Jesus. Please pray for Sarah and his three young, beautiful children. We will all miss him greatly. Most of our memories with Labstone are filled with belly-ache laughter. He left his job as a school teacher to take a risk with […]

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Naomi - October 7, 2011 - 10:35 am

Oh I am so so sorry! My heart just breaks for his family and friends. Those sweet children. The Mother’s heart that grieves for the love of her life. Makes me cry.

I will be praying. And for you too!

Blessings, Naomi

Sandi - October 7, 2011 - 10:59 am

Our hearts are with his family & all of the children who are feeling his loss. Praying for God to bring healing, peace, & JOY to break through the sadness. Praying for many hands to lift his wife & his hildren up during this time.

Brittany - October 7, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Oh gosh, I am so sorry to hear this. I had been keeping Labstone and his family in my prayers. May they find some understanding of God’s goodness in this, and rest in his peace.

LEWIS CHAMA - November 18, 2011 - 6:45 am

his death has left me with much wonder and at the same time speachless. we shared the same floor building at INSURANCE HOUSE IN NDOLA and i used to insure most of his cars. a very cheerful person he was. and when i broke the news to my wife Priscilla she did not believe me, all said was ‘A CHEERFUL AND HELPFUL PERSON HE WAS’. I WILL DEFINATELY MISS HIM. MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO PROTECT AND PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY.

Update on Labstone, Life with daddy gone & Craft Relief:)

Whew…it’s been a CRAZY day–but oh my soul…I rejoice over the One who is over ALL things. ONE day–when all is quiet in my home…many years from now…this mom is going to write a book full of His miracles–cause I know as believers at our house–we see them EVERY day. Today was no exception. Where […]

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Larisa - October 7, 2011 - 7:19 am

Praying with you Andrea…and you amaze me! Still having time to write a huge blog post after your crazy day?? Wow!

Pray for Labstone…

I write tonight–and ask humbly for you to please join us in prayer for Wiphan’s headmaster Labstone Chanda. Labstone was in a wreck a couple of weeks ago–and he has been in the hospital. Richard and the team went to be with him today as they heard his condition had worsened. It had. You can […]

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kim - October 6, 2011 - 10:47 am

I will definitely pray for his complete healing!!

Rory - October 6, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Prayed for him and his family this morning and will add him to my prayer list. What a sweet countenance he has! Please keep us updated! Praying for you too mama. My husband traveled a lot the last few years for work, and though the trade off of having him home when he wasn’t traveling was great, I know first hand how hard it is to be mom to four littles, homeschool, keep up with ministry, and just maintain your sanity.:) Hope today is filled with fresh energy and some surprise blessings. You are doing an amazing job!

Shelly - October 6, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Andrea — I’m praying with all my heart. Precious Labstone was on my mind all day today. Dan and I prayed with the kids for him and for Richard tonight. We love y’all dearly.

Kim - October 6, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Just prayed. Love & Blessings, Kim