Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tragic News

This evening I received a call from Leslie Anderson (graduate of OCC who is the children's minister at Lincolnway Christian Church in New Lenox, IL). She informed me that Harley Mitchell, who with his wife Lola served as forwarding agents for us for about 13 years when we were in Chile, was killed in a traffic accident this afternoon near his home in Elwood, IL.

Harley was the owner of Mitchell's Food Mart in Joliet. He was a dedicated Christian man, father and grandfather. I called the family home, and spoke with his sons, Jim and Jerry briefly. Their youngest son, Jack, has served as a missionary to Chile for over ten years. We visited Jack and his family in Chile last year when we were there. I called Chile to speak with Jack also. He and his wife, Sharon, will leave tomorrow night to return to the U.S.

Rose and I will plan to travel to the Chicago area for funeral services.

A couple of passages of Scripture come to mind. The pain and grief of the moment pale in comparison to our hope.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Bible : English standard version.(Php 1:6).

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
The Holy Bible : English standard version. (Ro 8:18).

Our Lord Jesus began a work in Harley Mitchell's life many years ago. That work is completed. The family (we also) grieves his loss. Harley is now in glory. Through tears we will remember Harley, but in the light of eternity, our grief will be short-lived. Present sufferings and grief will fade in comparison to the glory that has been revealed already to Harley. As Jack said just a few minutes ago, "That is our consuelo!!"

May the Lord comfort the afflicted, and give them His peace!



Charissa said...

This is very sad news. Although I haven't seen Harley and Lola in years, I feel close to them and have fond memories of staying with them in Joliet. I hurt for Lola. I will be praying for the Mitchell's during this difficult time. Thanks for your words of comfort. We just have to remember that he is in a better place. We can only imagine what heaven will be like, but he is now rejoicing in the presence of the God he has worshipped for years! We just have to keep that picture in our minds until the day that we get to join him.

Dave Smith said...

The Lord's blessings on your travel Uncle Dave, my prayers this afternoon are for that as well as the family's strength and comfort. Thanks be to God for his life of example and service ... God certainly welcomes him home.