December 10, 2013 - Updates
Thank you for your continued outpouring of prayers,
remembrances, and photos. "Let us hold fast the confession of our
hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."
The bodies of our dear friends, Lusayo and Wanangwa, will be flown, along with Steve Larmey and our local director Nkosi
Sampindi to Blantyre, Malawi by about 9 AM local time, Wednesday, December 11.
A Farewell Church Service will be at 4pm at Blantyre Baptist Church, where
Lusayo, Wanangwa and Sarah attended. Afterwards, family will go with
their loved ones bodies to their villages of Karonga and Mulanje. Deo
Kyara, Alexis Kwamy, and Dyan Larmey will be flying to Malawi from Tanzania to
be at the service. Michelle Peteet, one of the International School Team
Members in Kenya, will also be flying in.
Our desire was to have more of the Young Life Africa staff
present in Malawi for the services, but due to Nelson Mandela's funeral,
flights are nearly impossible to book. We know that the Lord is in
control and we will trust that He will make other opportunities for the family
of Young Life Africa to support Lusayo, Wanangwa, and Sarah's loved ones.
Sarah's body will be repatriated to Tulsa, OK within the next
couple of days after the American Embassy completes the final protocol.
We will share Funeral and Memorial service plans as soon as we know of
In Johannesburg, Evans had a long but effective surgery
yesterday. He will have at least one more surgery needed to repair
an open (compound) fracture on his wrist. South Africa Young Life staff Pierre
deJager is with him at the hospital and will stay there with him. We
have also flown an uncle from Malawi who is a pastor to be with him.
Evans may have a long hospital stay. Please pray that he will be
released before Christmas to be home with his very pregnant wife, Stella.
Osborne improves every day and is close to being released
from the private hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Mphotso and Zein are safely reunited with their families.
Jeremiah is still on the way after a stop in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, the first Young Life Camp in the Matopos ended
today with about 100 kids saying yes to Jesus. The second camp started today
with over 400 kids.
December 9, 2013 - Updates, Financial Support and Pictures:
thank you for all your prayers over the last 72 hours. More are needed
as families and friends are just beginning the grieving process and many
details still need to be arranged. Three of the accident victims,
Jeremiah, Mphotso, and Zein, are making their way back to their homes in Malawi. Please pray for their travels. Evans and Osborne, two other
accident victims, were both seriously injured and are still under
medical care. Osborne is getting the help he needs in a private
hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Evans is being transported to
Johannesburg, South Africa for medical care for broken bones. We are
grateful to God that both CT scans are clear for head injuries. Young Life Zimbabwe has shouldered most of the on the ground care for the victims and their families who were able to travel to the hospital. While performing this needed task, they also just welcomed 400+ campers to an outreach camp in the Matopos, Zimbabwe. As you can imagine, this has been a very trying time for Nkosi and Patson as they were very close to all three of the Young Life Staff who passed away. Steve Larmey, Senior Vice President of Young Life Africa, is on the ground in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe handling logistics and reaching out to those in need.
People have been asking how they can provide finanical support for the victims and their families. There are two major financial needs related to this tragedy. Expenses directly related to this tragedy including costs for
funerals, hospital care and transportation, are covered by Young Life. You can contribute to offset these costs HERE. A support fund for Mphatso Sanga and
Chimwemwe Mhango is being established. Please watch this site in the coming days for more information.
As the support and love for the three deceased and those injured have poured in, many great pictures have been passed along. If you have any you would like to share please send them to Mike Knowles at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be posting pictures here.
We grieve as a large family of Young Life Africa which you are a part of.
Pajoma, Pajoma (Together, Together)
My soul clings to YOU. Your tight hand upholds me. Psalm 63.8
December 6, 2013 - Facebook:
encourage you to vist their Facebook pages. The words expressed by
their family, friends, partners in ministry and those they ministered to
are a witness to the incredible story that was their lives. We will be
posting soon with information about ways you can financially support
their familes through this tragedy.
December 6, 2013 — Letter from Denny Rydberg to Young Life Staff and Board:
I am deeply saddened to report that earlier today a tragic auto
accident claimed the lives of three of our Young Life Africa staff:
Wanangwa Sanga (Lilongwe, Malawi); Lusayo Mhango (Blantyre, Malawi); and
Sarah Adams (living in Blantyre, Malawi and originally from Tulsa,
Oklahoma). Two others have been hospitalized, conditions unknown: Evans
Chintedza, along with another individual in the vehicle, whose first
name is Osborne. The accident took place following a meeting of our
senior Africa leaders, held in Zimbabwe.
Please join me in praying for the families who are coping with this
devastating loss and for those who are now comforting them. Nkosi
Sampindi, the area director in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is at the hospital
where Evans and Osborne are being treated. Our staff in Tulsa are
mobilizing to care for the Adams family. Please pray for Steve and Dyan
Larmey as they lead and love the Africa team through this sad, sad time.
Here is a part of Dyan’s message to those who knew and worked with
Wanangwa, Lusayo and Sarah:
We know you will deeply grieve the loss of these friends in this
world. Only through Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection can we
sing the lines from the Christmas hymn, "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,"
with belief and joy, "born that man no more may die" and "risen with
healing in His wings."