Broken, but not defeated, by missionaries' deaths
Warm Whispers Ministries
Spicy Grove Children's Home and Youth Center
I feel the need to tell the real story to help bring peace and comfort to family and friends who are not here with us to feel and hear what took place from my perspective.
Saturday evening, April 30, Grace and I were with Teri when the police came to her house to share with us what they had found and were hoping that we could identify and bring clarity to an uncertain situation. They knew they had one man and one missing.
Through looking at pictures from the police, I was able to confirm that the one man they found was my dear friend, Randy Hentzel. We then, with some help from others, tried to give them descriptions of Harold Nichols. Soon after the police left, many from the community were at the house ready to go find Harold. They loaded up the truck and van to go look for their father, mentor, boss and friend.
Because of the treacherous area where Randy was found, the search had to be called off until daylight. They all returned ready to find their friend the next Sunday morning. Around 100 people searched for Harold until noon. They all took a break and called in search dogs.
While many of us where at the house praying, the news came to us in the afternoon that 'Baldy' found Harold. It was the final blow that both were dead. We all were devastated, felt struck down, but NOT destroyed! The night brought many tears, prayers and comfort through phone calls, and a large representation of the ministers that work side by side with us missionaries, as we bring hope and the love of Christ to this area of the world.
Monday afternoon, I called my friend, Robert Montague, now the minister of national security, who is our member of parliament, to ask him if he would come visit the family. They told me on the phone that he was trying to come that evening. Later we were told not only would he becoming to the house but the prime minister, Andrew Holness, would also be attending. This brought us so much comfort and honour to the work of the ministry.
Wednesday morning, I had the privilege, along with John, the director of Teams for Medical Missions, to go to identify Randy and Harold on behalf of the family so that official autopsies could be performed.
This was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through, but GOD has given me strength that I never thought I had. He brought out Himself in ways I have never seen. God is a BIG GOD and I will never doubt his greatness.
This time of tragedy is very difficult and hurtful on many levels for different people. My pain can't even compare to my friend's wives, Teri and Sarah, and their children. I love you, dear people, who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the gospel and hurt for you all and are praying for you that the Lord will give you the comfort that you need.
Thank you to my friends, who have been a tower of strength in your prayers and support.
I am reminded, in God's Word, of how the disciples must have felt when their Lord was taken from them. I can say, like Paul in 2 Cor. 4:9. "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body."
Jamaica is a beautiful place with beautiful, God-fearing and loving people. This is a SAFE place! Evil raises its wicked head all over the world and hits the just and the unjust. This is not the time for me to feel fearful or give up. This is the time for me to continue the calling God has on my life with even more zeal and passion than ever before.
Yes, I have to admit that fear and distress are feelings I still experience, but I am not done! It is so true we are here for a time at the right time in the right place for such a time as this. Thank you GOD that you have called me for this time and to this place.
Thank you again for your prayers and support.