"A time to be born, and a time to die" (Eccl. 3:2).
(Note: This update was not published until March 20.)
Dear Friends, Supporters, Colleagues,
We want to thank you for your prayers for Adrian's father over the last weeks and months. During the night of last week Saturday he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He had celebrated his 87th birthday, but was also very tired. We mourn his loss, but do not mourn as those who have no hope. We know he is now with his Lord, and in a better place.
At this time we ask your prayers for Mom Helleman, who is 86. Pray that the Lord will comfort and sustain her in this time of transition. May He keep her from danger and ill health. May she be refreshed by the love of her family and friends.
Adrian was able to get a reasonable ticket within a day of hearing the news. He flew to Boston, where he spent the night with our daughter Pauline. On Wednesday morning they drove to Ottawa together to be with the family for the wake and the funeral on Thursday.
Thank the Lord with us that Adrian could join the family at this time. We are grateful for safe travel. He hopes to be back in Nigeria next week.
Wendy (for Adrian too)
Adrian and a family friend support Mom Helleman at the commital ceremony
Mom Helleman with one of her great-grandchildren; indeed, the Lord takes, but he also gives new life.