Went to be with the Lord: October 27, 2000
37 years old.
Anna knew how to be a friend and how to love well and deeply. She encouraged me to press on in God, to obey Him no matter what the cost. She taught me that life is meant to be lived and to be enjoyed. She taught me how to appreciate God in His creation and how to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
She was serving as a missionary in a SE Asian nation. One morning, she turned on her gas stove and it blew up, leaving her with 3rd degree burns over more than 85% of her body. She was evacuated to Singapore where after much pain and several operations to try to save her life, she went to be with Jesus.
After the accident, while waiting to come to Singapore, friends shared that even in her pain, she was encouraging those around her and her words were “Jesus Christ is enough; He is enough for me.” I sang worship songs to her in the hospital and although she could not talk, she nodded in agreement to the songs of praise and worship to Jesus, even trying to raise her hands. Her faith and trust in God was evident to me when I went in to see her. In health or in pain and suffering, she showed deep trust and faith in God.
I read through all the cards and letters that Anna had given me over 9 years – they fill a box. These are thoughts Anna shared about her work, her faith in God – she said “ It is a great privilege to be able to participate with God in eternal things. Today the downward spiral of the world economy is forcing many to look beyond this present reality. I am so grateful to have within me the seal of the eternal and everlasting reality.”
Anna’s thoughts about our work, our lives – “ … we have led rich lives – talk about only the tip of the iceberg … join me in being grateful and of good cheer that our lives have counted and will continue to …”
What she wrote when I was going through a hard time – “when the road gets pretty rough, things are uncertain, the heart fears, becomes frustrated – take the word of God out – let Him speak His comfort, His security and never changing faithfulness into your heart.”
Her thoughts when she was going through a hard time – “Today I’m still growing, learning, amazed at how much truth and goodness and beauty I can still find in all the ugliness that we are walking through. The beauty comes from the simple fact that we are committed to each other in good times and bad. Truth and goodness can be found in God no matter what happens.”
Anna’s favourite Scriptures: Isaiah 40:28-31; 2 Cor 12:9-10
Anna was a faithful and loyal best friend, who encouraged and challenged my walk with the Lord. She was fun, intense, real and was truly the "wind beneath my wings." – Averyl Aeria