Sad News from Florida…

John just returned to Haiti from Florida last Friday.  He had been called to come because his father was very ill, in the hospital, and not expected to live.  He was able to spend 5 days with his brother, sister, and father.  His dad was alert some of the time, knew John, and was doing a little better.  I told John that it’s better that he was able to visit with him while he was still alert rather than going to Florida after he had died!

Today, we received word that John’s father had died peaceful this morning with John’s brother at his side.  His death was unexpected at that moment, but we all knew that he was not doing well.  He could not eat or drink without choking and he told the kids that he wanted nothing special done to keep him alive.

Please pray for John, Joe, and Julie and all of their families during this difficult time.  John’s dad was a Christian and he is now in heaven with Charlene, John’s mother.  John will be going out in the next week to speak at the graveside service.  I will not be able to leave right now.

Thomas J. Bickel, your family will miss you, but we rejoice that you are reunited with mom finally!

4 comments (Add your own)

1. DALE & JAN RIGGINS wrote:
WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT TOM. DALE CALLED HIM 2 SPRINGS AGO WHILE WE WERE IN FLORIDA VISITING OUR DAUGHTER. TOM WORKED FOR THE I.C.R.R. WHEN DALE DID AND TOM AND CHARLENE WERE IN OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS. WE HAVE EVEN CAMPED TOGETHER BACK THEN AND ENJOYED THEM BOTH. IT WAS GOOD TO HAVE A VISIT WITH HIM ON THE PHONE. OUR SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. WE SURE ENJOY ALL YOUR BLOGS, DIXIE. BLESSINGS FOR ALL YOU DO.

Thu, August 12, 2010 @ 2:32 PM

2. Victoria Lizor wrote:
Dixie, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of John's father. Thoughts and prayers go out to you, John and your families during this difficult time. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time With Sympathy, Victoria Lizor

Thu, August 12, 2010 @ 9:55 PM

3. Janis wrote:
John, I know how hard it is to let your parent go on to their reward in Heaven. Mother has been in heaven for a little over 2 years and daddy almost 13, it is hard. But with faith we will be reunited with them in God's time. Will be praying for you and your family. Will pass on the information to my family so they can be in prayer as well. I don't know if you knew Grandpa Ragsdale's brother Clyde or not but he passed away on Tuesday morning at 4:30.

Sat, August 14, 2010 @ 4:54 PM

4. Janice Larson wrote:
So sorry for your loss, but the important thing his soul is with Jesus.

Sun, August 15, 2010 @ 2:08 PM

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