Going to the States; Grieving

At 3 am this morning my dear Abuelito (Grandpa) passed away suddenly. He fell off a ladder and landed on his face. He had a brain bleed and there was nothing they could do for him when he got to the hospital.
Ivan Durand grew up in Puerto Rico. He accepted the Lord in his midlife and lead his family in the way of the Lord since then. He was a wonderful Abuelito. So giving, kind and caring. He is joining his wife in heaven in the arms of Jesus. A better place than here.
I have to leave right away. We are not sure the timeline, and even if John is going to be able to come. Please be in prayer about all this. There is so much do and I am not thinking straight right now.
Please pray for my mom, Sally Carns. She is grieving greatly as this was her last surviving parent. We do have peace knowing that he is suffering no longer (he was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago but in remission, and also still grieving his wife’ death a few years ago). Pray that our finances will come together. There is so much to take care of before leaving the country. Sorry if this post is random.

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Thank you for the prayers. Love you all.

10 thoughts on “Going to the States; Grieving

  1. April Menking

    So sorry! Praying for you. What a blessing that he knew the Lord.

  2. ED

    I know that He is with you and going before. Random? Perhaps. I am thinking Real. How did Missionaries endure on the field before e-mails and this sort of communication? Thanks for keeping us informed! ED

  3. Paul & Phyllis Hull

    Praying for you and your family. Grandparents are so special

  4. Leah

    So sad. Praying for you and your family.

  5. Rachel

    So sorry Mel. Praying for you. Love ya, Rachel

  6. Jan Place

    I am so sorry to hear of your grandfather’s death. I certainly will be in prayer for you and your family and the many decisions that will have to be made.
    God Bless You, Jan

  7. Mel, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sending hugs over the miles, my arms are extended to you. I know how hard it is to loose a loved one when you are so far away. That’s one of the hard parts of being a missionary, being abroad when you wish you were right there by your family and friends when they are in need and you too!
    Prayers are with Sally, I lost my dad just before I went on the field and still to this day it’s so hard. Please give your family our condolences. It’s a relief to know that he is with our Heavenly Father now and his wife. I know you’ll miss them but you have the memories to last till you meet again!

    Love ya

  8. Pat Hawkins

    Mel, I am so sorry for your lose. I will be praying for comfort for you and your family and also for the finances. God bless you always Mel. Pat

  9. Evan

    Never easy but even harder when it’s so unexpected. Praising God for airfare provisions and will be praying for a smooth trip (customs, the kids etc.) Praying for your mom and all the family.

  10. Mandy Klint

    I am so sad to hear about your loss. You are in my prayers!

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