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!
Posted on Wed, August 11, 2010
by Dixie Bickel