What would you do if you were faced with a tragedy in your life that seems insurmountable? If the unthinkable happened, would you be prepared to face it? Would the grace be there, and be sufficient to see you through life when your worst fears are realized?
Today I interviewed a couple who, less than a year ago, were thrown into just such a situation. Paul and Rebecca Bunke lost two of their six children on August 4, 2003, in a traffic crash caused by a drunk driver.
I've known Paul for quite some time, so my heart grieved for this family as soon as I heard the devastating news almost a year ago. However, it is nothing short of amazing how God has used this tragedy to touch hearts and reach lives for the kingdom.
Paul told me he doesn't refer to it as an "accident," but rather a crash or a wreck. That's because he believes nothing is an accident in God's sovereign plan for our lives, and also because of the fact that it had a cause...drunk driving.
Amazingly, Paul and Rebecca have forgiveness for the man who caused the accident. And they've turned devastation into ministry. You can read the entire story on their website. Also, if you live in the Rockford area, you can hear the interview on Sunday, July 18th, at 5:30 AM on 101QFL or at 9 PM on Radio 91.
Paul will also be the special guest speaker Sunday night at 6:30 PM at Berean Baptist Church, 5626 Safford Road in Rockford.
A book of comfort for children and parents alike...
I asked Paul and Rebecca about what things were of particular comfort to them in the weeks and months following the loss of their children, Sara and Philip. They mentioned a book written for children, titled Someday Heaven, by Larry Libby.
Although Paul says someone who has just lost a loved one doesn't need to be inundated with a library of books on grief, the Bunkes say they keep several copies of this book on hand to give to people who are grieving.
According to www.amazon.com: "Explaining the mysteries of Heaven to a child can be a difficult task. But in Someday Heaven, author Larry Libby gives simple, comforting answers to difficult questions that children age 4 to 8 often have concerning heaven. "
But according to Paul and Rebecca, the book comforts children and adults alike in its simplicity.
While Paul continues his job as an investment broker, and Rebecca her job as a homeschooling mom, they hope to minister to others through their Bunke Family Ministries. For more information on this outreach and more on the Bunke's story, go to www.bunkefamily.com
Here are my answers to today's Friday's Feast...join in if you like!
Appetizer Make a sentence using the letters of your favorite color. (Example: BLUE - Bob loves using eggs.) --PINK--Please ignore naughty knights? (I know, lame....)
Soup If you were to be stranded on a deserted island and could only have one CD to listen to, which one would you want it to be?--Nope...I tried, but I just can't do it. I couldn't get by with just one CD. There's no way I could decide on just one.
Salad How many people have you kissed in your lifetime?--Actually, not that many. Definitely fewer than ten, little more than five maybe.
Main Course Someone offers to give you $2 million, but says you can only have it if you will give half of it to charity. Which good cause would you donate the $1 million to?--My church, my parents' church, other small and struggling churches, evangelical foreign missions and agencies that help feed and care for needy and starving children, like Samaritan's Purse.
Dessert What would you like to name your next pet?--Good question. I actually came up with the name for our German Shepherd, Stormy, because we got her during April when lots of storms were going on. There's a possibility we may get a toy poodle. Maybe something that would go good with Stormy. Rainy? I dunno. :) Or maybe a nod to one of my husband's favorite sports teams.