I have a dear friend who has been the wind under my wings for the last 3 1/2 years. Not only was her blog named “Deborah’s Encouragement”, but she truly was an encouragement to me, even in her rough times. I just love her. Now you must know that i never physically met her, instant messaged with her, skyped with her, emailed, Facebooked and twittered and blogged. Even if she only left a small message that said “love you dolla”, i knew she meant it with all her heart.
Her womens ministries was the most authentic, down to earth, heart to heart i ever experienced. She was not a missionary in South Africa, but a resident. She not only experienced rough times raising her children but shared them as well, for us to pray for her, and to know that Jesus hasn’t promised us a life with out trial, but promised to be with us.
Last weekend I learned from her very sweet sister that my dolla-Deborah is now with Jesus. Her husband came home one night and shot her in her sleep, then himself. He died immediately, and she died the next day. She is survived by a daughter who is married and a grandchild, another daughter who lived at home, and a son.
Honestly, I cannot imagine any of them going through ilfe without her…they were her DOLLAs…as i know the pain of suicide in my own life, i plead with God for mercy on her children at this time, to comfort them, to give them peace, to help them sleep, to help them eat, to help them not to fall to the schemes of the enemy…and for the life of me i will not ever understand why someone would do this…but Dear Jesus help us to forgive.
If you have time or would just like to experience her check out her blog…my favorite posts of hers are “One high heel, one slipper” . She will be greatly missed around the world
UPDATE: new information is showing that this is NOT a suicide/murder…it is a murder with a possible three shooters.