“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
On Tuesday, May 15th, in the middle of the afternoon, D passed away from this earth, to be eternally with her Father in heaven. In remembering her during the funeral activities last week, we rejoiced in how she first believed in Jesus a little over two years ago and how she never turned away from Him throughout her battle. She was full of the joy of the Lord and was able to praise Him and give thanks to God in circumstances that were absolutely dire. She dared to laugh and invited us to join her in those moments. She, in many ways, was forced into humility as sickness overcame her body. She responded in grace when those who should’ve accepted her didn’t and she loved and accepted those who came her way, disregarding who they were or where they came from.
D was by no means perfect. She still she wrestled with various issues and sins but she was growing in her faith and walk in the Lord. She was a child of God and she knew it. She took advantage of her situation in the hospital and shared her faith in Jesus with many other patients. Several of those patients also had AIDS and many of them came to faith in Jesus before they died. She also led several ladies in her village to the Lord.
“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel…”
“For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened – not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
D is now at home with the Lord. She is survived by 2 children, her second husband, her sister, her father and step-mother. Please pray that they too would become His children and walk by faith, not by sight.