Today we got to hang out with Andy and Katie. Andy was a grooms men at our wedding. He is going to the University of Iowa and is probably going to end up serving as a missionary in China. Thursday he and his wife is leading a missions trip to Cashmere (its in India). It was great to catch up and to hear what is going on in their lives. It is times like this that I wish I had more time to hang out with them.
It was thursday morning that I got the worst phone call ever. Hannah (mike and carol’s oldest daughter) and her Grandfather Dave were out fishing on the nearby river wednesday afternoon and didn’t come home. Earlier that morning they had found the boat on a small island. It made my heart drop the moment I heard those words. I immediately began to pray. Sarah came back to the house and I told her the news. She began crying and calling out to God. What makes this new especially hard for Mike and Carol is that they lost their first child a couple days after he was born. Throughout thursday we waited for news. We didn’t hear anything. That evening we left Des Moines, heading back to Chicago. We got to chicago around ten that night and still hadn’t heard anything. The next morning we drove down to the grandparents home in Momence IL. I praying that the two of them were ok, but I was beginning to prepare my heart and mind to find them dead. When we arrived at their home we heard that they had found Grandpa Dave dead in the river, just a couple minutes earlier. Our hope that Hannah was still alive dwindled to just a thread. Mike and I and a couple of other guys were preparing to go out and look for Hannah, when we received another call. Hannah had walked out of the woods to the search and rescue staging area. She was with out clothes and all scratched up but doing well. We all hopped in the cars and practically flew over to the staging area. Hannah, who was just five years old, had survived 3 days and 2 nights in the woods alone, with the help of God. She was taken to the hospital, but everything thing turned out well and she was released later that day. Then the media came… All of the major Chicago-land tv stations and newspapers were there. Mike and Carol definitely used the opportunity to show how God had provided for them and hannah throughout the whole situation. In one way the media was great because I (jason) got to spend a lot of time with hannah in the hospital while mom and dad were talking to the media and family. At the end of the day we went back to chicago and the next day we came back to Des Moines. What a long tiring week, but surely God was with us. We have heard of one salvation in our congregation from this event and many more of our neighbors have heard the gospel because of what has happened. hear Pastor Mike share his story about what happened with Hannah and his father from the “church website”:http://web.mac.com/klamman1/iWeb/nhcc2/Sermons/296F54C0-4F6F-44DC-8ADC-7DD9A8954D68.html
I know it has been a while but hear they are. Here are the Pictures from my sisters wedding and our time in Arizona enjoy! Download my pictures for yourself: “family pics.zip (download the pictures for yourself)”:http://jasonsarahquick.com/file_download/2 _you will need a high-speed internet connection because the file is 75mb_
We had a great time back in Des Moines. I got to enjoy a little free time at the gracey’s monday afternoon. I found a long lost fun: Flying a Kite. Korbin got a really cool prirate kite, but unfortunately it weighed something like 8 pounds so it never got off the ground. But I found a really cool spiderman kite, that flew pretty well. Ah the joys of a kid.
This weekend we got to travel back to Des Moines for our nephew’s birthday. Korbin is an amazing three this year. We had a great time hanging out with family and catching up on with what is going on around town. We also got a chance to visit Johnston Evangelical Free Church on Sunday. We have recently connected with the church to talk to them about possibly supporting us. We had a great time and got a chance to meet the missions intern. It was cool service to be a part of as they were commissioning short-term missions teams that morning. Check out the pictures from the birthday party: