Through tears of searing pain, a broken hearted women just told me that God is so good. And I believe her.
Friday morning my friend, Ryan, was meeting his mentor, Bob, at McDonalds in Kiev Ukraine. Before they sat down to have their regular encouraging conversation centered around God, they went up to the counter to order. I do not know the details of what transpired I only know that as he went to order, Bob had a massive heart attack and went to be with The Lord he loved so much. He left behind a wife of 37 years and two biological children and many, many people here in Ukraine and in the states that would consider him their father as well. Bob and his wife, Sherri, have served in Kiev, Ukraine for 12 years. Bob’s love and passion was for God, his wife, and showing others the love of God.
I have only interacted with Bob a few times but let me tell you about them:
Bob and Sherri invited Ryan, Sarah, and myself over for dinner one night. As Sherri finished preparations for the dinner we sat in the living room talking. I remember being impressed with how much Bob wanted to really know about our lives. I remember thinking,”Wow, it’s not only his wife asking all the interested questions, they are unified in wanting to know me.” This couple was also unified in wanting to encourage us with the truth from God that they have experienced through the years.
A few weeks ago, six missionaries were sitting around a breakfast table before our team meeting. I was the youngest one at the table. As Bob and Sherri, and a few other missionaries asked deep questions and discussed truth from the Bible and their life, I was fooled with thankfulness. I felt so rich in that moment that I was with such people who loved my Lord so much. I had to leave the room before my tears of joy started spilling over. That was the last time I spent with Bob.
Thank you for praying for our team. Last night we had a celebration service, Bob is with Jesus! And we also mourned Sherri’s loss with her. When I spoke with her she told me, “God is so good. And I’m gonna get through this, one breath at a time.” This woman is real and she is hurting! She is not denying that the pain is there and threatens to suffocate her, but she takes that pain to Jesus and they sit together and cry. She is so beautiful and so was Bob, I am so privileged to have have been loved by this couple.